Narco trafficker jailed for 1 year

first_imgAn East La Penitence, Georgetown man who pleaded guilty to the offence of trafficking narcotics was on Tuesday sentenced to one year’s imprisonment when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Jailed: Nigel HodgeNigel Hodge admitted that on February 16, 2019, at 58 Miles, Mabura, he had in his possession 38 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The 53-year-old man, in plea of mitigation and in tears, explained to the court that he uses the illegal drug for medical purposes as well as an appetite stimulator.However, Magistrate Wanda Fortune, after listening to Hodge’s mitigating factors, handed down the one-year prison term. He was also fined $57,000.last_img read more

National Prayer Day marred by divisions

first_imgThat changed in the 1990s, when the National Day of Prayer Committee established a task force to help coordinate activities across the country and connected it with Colorado’s Focus on the Family. The conservative group, led by James Dobson, took charge of the day, then insisted that all participants adhere to its “Judeo-Christian” theological tenets. A participant must “be an evangelical Christian who has a personal relationship with Christ … and acknowledge that I am working for the Lord Jesus Christ and the furthering of his work on Earth.” Three years ago, the task force, now led by Dobson’s wife, Shirley, caused an uproar in Utah by saying that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Seventh-day Adventists, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus would not be allowed to pray at any of the services it sponsors. The exclusions still apply, which is why Chaplain Linda Walton has helped organize an alternative service for National Prayer Day at the Provo LDS Tabernacle. Some faiths do not say traditional prayers but may meditate on deity, Walton says. “Some will stand up, hold their arms up, lay on their bellies, whatever. We are going to continue to support everyone’s ability to do that.” • Photo Gallery: Day of Prayer Thursday’s National Day of Prayer was once a symbol of American unity and faith in God that transcended boundaries. In recent years, though, the decades-old tradition has become mired in divisions. Across the nation, most celebrations are organized by and for evangelical Christians, with others choosing to host alternative services. Believers in Muncie, Ind.; Oklahoma City; Troy, Mich.; Salt Lake City and more have added more inclusive events, with participation across the spiritual spectrum. The holiday began in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked Americans to pray for guidance as it was trying to birth a nation. Abraham Lincoln called for a day of fasting and prayer in 1863. Nearly a century later, Harry Truman made it an annual event, and in 1988, Ronald Reagan set aside the first Thursday in May so citizens could join in worship across all religious boundaries. Walton, a Seventh-day Adventist, has been helping with this kind of interfaith prayer service for a decade. Mormons have been included among the organizers, but this is the first time it has been in an LDS setting with a high-ranking LDS official speaking. “We’ve rotated it around to all different denominations,” she says. “It’s time for the LDS to have their turn.” The Rev. Gregory Johnson of Standing Together, a joint ministry of Utah evangelical clergy, has no problem with the alternative service – and may even attend – but he defends the task force’s approach. “Our events are led by evangelicals, but the public is welcome,” says Johnson, who coordinated several evangelical-only services in Orem and Salt Lake City. “We have no desire to offend or hurt people’s feelings, but it’s important to pray with others who share the idea of who God is.” By most measures, the National Day of Prayer Task Force’s efforts have been successful. In 2005, it claimed more than 50,000 “prayer events” nationwide and had an annual budget in excess of $2 million, according to a report by the Texas Freedom Network, a religious liberties watchdog group in Austin. “They’ve hijacked what was supposed to be an opportunity for all Americans of all faiths to pray for the country,” said Dan Quinn, communications director for the Texas Freedom Network. “In a time of crisis that we are in right now, wouldn’t it be better to ask for guidance on how to pull Americans of all faiths together?” (801) 257-8725. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘It will all be sorted on Monday, one way or the other’, claims Sam Allardyce

first_img Sam Allardyce West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will discover on Monday whether he continue at Upton Park – but will NOT be in the meeting with owners David Sullivan and David Gold.The Hammers chief’s future has been the subject of intense speculation with his contract set to expire in the summer and Slaven Bilic and David Moyes are among the names touted as a possible successor.The 60-year-old will travel to Spain for a family holiday after Sunday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle so will send his agent for the talks with Sullivan and Gold.“It will be all sorted Monday, one way or the other. I’m not personally having a meeting but my agent will be available to speak to the owners,” Allardyce said.“Because the season is finishing so late, the only opportunity I have to go away with my grandchildren is half term. So I’ll be shooting off to Spain to see them and whatever will be, will be.” 1last_img read more


first_imgSite Engineer McCallion Group require a Site Engineer / Senior Engineer, for large scale building project based in Northern Ireland.The experienced engineer must have a strong work history in building projects, be degree qualified and have a strong understanding of the construction industry. Each applicant must provide a work history of the last 5 years and be available to start immediately. Criteria• Degree in Engineering• Project list for the previous 5 years• Site Safety pass• Provide two references• Experience using GPS and Total StationDuties• Reporting to the Project Manager• Setting out and levelling• Plan and schedule work and efficiently organise the site• Supervise and monitor the site labour, monitoring the work of subcontractors• Implement health & safety practicesFor more information please contact McCallion Group on +353-74-93-62952. CVs should be emailed to claire@mccalliongroup.ieJOB VACANCY: SITE ENGINEER/SENIOR ENGINEER WANTED was last modified: July 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:engineerJob VacancyMcCallion Grouplast_img read more

Governor performs a special favor

first_imgIf there’s one thing the sponsors of most ballot initiatives don’t want, it’s for voters to know that’s what they are. If there’s one thing voters need to know more than anything else in today’s politics, it is which moneyed interests are paying to place ballot items before them. Yes, the corporations, labor unions and other forces whose big money has come to dominate the California initiative movement use misleading committee names in every election year to mask their involvement. But there’s a simple way around that: Print the names of the biggest contributors behind each putative measure in big letters on the initiative petitions voters are asked to sign in shopping malls and outside stores. Doing this would at least allow voters to know who is trying to shape public policy in this state. That was the precise aim of a bill that easily passed both houses of the state Legislature this year – only to be vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – the same man who loudly promised while campaigning in 2003 that he would make California government the most open in America. Why did Schwarzenegger veto the bill, known as SB 469 and sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Debra Bowen of Redondo Beach? “This bill attacks the initiative process and makes it more difficult for the people of California to gather signatures and qualify measures for the ballot,” said Schwarzenegger in a veto message that had many readers scratching their heads in puzzlement. The governor did not explain how the bill would make gathering signatures harder. The legislation would not close off any venues for signature gathering. It would not prevent anyone who wants to sign from doing so. But it would let voters know who is paying the petition circulator that’s harrying them on their way in or out of a store. It would often provide a clue about the real stakes of a proposed initiative. The actual meaning of Schwarzenegger’s veto message is not that the bill would make matters more difficult for voters, as he said, but that it might makes things harder for him and his corporate backers. Had the petitions for this fall’s Propositions 74, 75, 76 and 77 listed the oil companies, developers, pharmaceutical firms, big-box stores and other companies that provided the approximately $20 million Schwarzenegger used to fund the petitions campaigns for them, those measures might not have made the ballot. Of course, all the information SB 469 sought to put at the public fingertips already is available to anyone who takes the trouble to look for it. All anyone needs to do is check out the secretary of state’s Web site. So Bowen’s bill would not have forced anyone to reveal anything new, merely to display public information more prominently. And that’s important. Since almost no voters realize the information is available or know how to find it, providing it for them in a relevant document makes sense. Or, as Bowen said after her bill was vetoed, “The governor’s belief that somehow ‘everyday Californians’ are better off when they can’t find out who’s paying for an initiative campaign when they’re being asked to sign a petition to put something on the ballot is both wrong and ridiculous.” But Schwarzenegger’s action is at least consistent. When it comes to the TV commercials pushing both sides of this fall’s propositions, other ads tell voters whose ideas they are hearing. “Paid for by No on 75, educators, firefighters, school employees, healthcare givers and labor organizations,” is the tagline on the anti-75 messages. “Paid for by Californians Against the Wrong Prescription – No on 79, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and major funding provided by Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Pfizer Inc., GlaxoSmithKline and other companies” makes it pretty clear drug companies oppose 79. But Schwarzenegger’s ads for his propositions all say merely “Paid for by Gov. Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team.” This says nothing about the real-estate, chemical, insurance, entertainment, retail or big agriculture interests that really provided the money. In short, Schwarzenegger’s veto was an act purely designed to help special interests. Quite a move for a politician whose mantra is all about driving special interests out of Sacramento. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. Write to him by e-mail at AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgJohn McCreadie of Stewart and MacLochlainn Accountants with Tirconaill Tribune Editor John McAteer at the completion of the Local Election Opinion Poll.The election opinion poll published in this week’s Tirconaill Tribune for the Letterkenny/Milford Electoral Area shows non-party candidates are set to win almost 43% of the first preference vote.And it is no big shock that there is a huge degree of apathy on voter intentions amid an urgent demand for a new political party.The poll among 500 people in the area shows party profiles since the last local elections in 2009. Fianna Fail is on 23%: down by 17.7%: Fine Gael is on 16.3%: down by 8.4%: Sinn Fein is at 13.4%: an increase of 5%. Labour remains unchanged at just 3.7%. However the non-party bandwagon is on a roll reaching a figure of 42.7%. This is an increase of 20.3% in five years.Politicians who’ve been interpreting the poll say that turn away from mainstream politics is a clear manifestation of the demand nationally for a new political party.This poll shows a number of other factors as seen through the views of the electorate and 35% of those polled do not intend voting at all.At the same time there is a factor of a further 40% that is undecided what way they intend to vote. A graph of the Tribune’s pollOne of the interesting stats from the poll is that more than half of the ‘undecided’ are non-party.However this is where real indecision raises its head in that 60% this group may not make up their minds until they visit the polling station and see the ballot paper. Their votes could cause a real upheaval as the final seats are decided.The Tribune poll also asked voters for a verdict on the performance of the Government and Irish Water.The results are quite shocking with only 12% expressing satisfaction with the Government and 96% of the poll is outraged with the prospect of water charges next year.Fianna Fail looks well placed to win two seats but once again there is no distinct evidence of vote management to ensure they hold their third seat. This will come as good news to the chasing group of four, albeit they are under half the projected quota.The leading group includes Liam Blaney: Ian McGarvey: Ciaran Brogan and Mick Quinn all within shouting distance of the quota and above a 7% first preference figure.They are followed by Noel McBride and John O’Donnell with the quota at 9% of the turnout Michael McBride and Gerry McMonagle are also doing well to give a solid enough choice for the first eight seats.Jimmy Kavanagh of Fine Gael and James Pat McDaid of Fianna Fail are also within the top ten of first preference choices in the race for seats. Tribune editor John McAteer said “That is the theory of the poll but the actual experience may well change in the coming week as pressure mounts for those last two elusive seats and a better vote management plan right across the entire panel, but especially in Fianna Fail where Blaney and Brogan have 76% of their party share.”Others contenders names well within contention are Tom Crossan: Charlie McClafferty: Donal Cullen, Paschal Blake and Grace Boyle.INDEPENDENTS DAY! SHOCK TRIBUNE POLL PUTS NON-PARTY CANDIDATES ON 43% was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalElectionsJohn McAteerpollTirconaill Tribunelast_img read more


first_imgUSL Results & Reports 13.07.14ResultsDrumkeen Utd. Res. 3 1 Swilly Rovers Res. Knockalla Caravans Cup FinalLetterkenny Rovers 0 1 Swilly Rovers4 Lanterns USLDerry City Res. 5 0 Drumkeen Utd. ReportsDPD Div. 1Drumkeen Utd. Res. 3Bonagee Utd. Res. 1Drumkeen took all three points in this encounter with Swilly at St Patricks Park on Saturday. The home team took the lead on twenty eight minutes with a superb goal from Sean Peoples when his long range effort from thirty five yards crept in under the cross bar giving goalkeeper Caolan Bolton no chance. Up until the goal Swilly had the lion’s share of possession without creating any real chances of note, Oisin Duffy then had a couple of wides for Swilly before Drumkeen doubled their advantage after thirty nine minutes through Peter McNamee, Lee Guthrie’s effort was saved by keeper Bolton and the ball fell to McNamee who made no mistake from two yards out. Drumkeen went in two up at half time. Swilly nearly pulled one back right at the start of the second half but Cormac Toland saw his effort just go past the post. Drumkeen played much better in second half but Swilly were still in the game and had a Shaun Crossan shot saved by Michael Gibson and Caolan Murray fired wide. Drumkeen wrapped up the points when Conor Laverty got the third when he scored from a Peter McNamee right wing cross. The home team might have got a fourth, Lee Guthrie had a shot saved and Conor Laverty put in a good cross but there was no one there to get on the end of it. Swilly did pull a goal back with five minutes left but it proved to be no more than a consolation goal. Some good young players on both sides with Johnny Black and Lee Kennedy doing well for Drumkeen and Caolan Murray and Ryan McDaid showing well for Swilly.DRUMKEEN: Michael Gibson, Johnny Black, Darren Bonner, Kevin Boyle, Chris Kyle, Lee Guthrie, Shane Laverty, Lee Kennedy, Sean Peoples, Conor Laverty, Peter McNamee, Subs: Mark Bonner on for Sean Peoples,SWILLY, – Caolan Bolton, Lewis Cole, Caolan Murray, Glen McElhinney, Anthony Fisher, Shaun Crossan, Cathal Diver, Ryan McDaid, Oisin Duffy, Liam O Donnell, Cormac Toland, Subs: John Roulstone on for Bolton at half time, Referee Vincent Mc Laughlin.Fixtures Wednesday, July 16th at 7:30pmDonegal News League CupGroup ACockhill Celtic v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. S. TonerSwilly Rovers v Bonagee Utd. Ref. T. McAreeThursday, July 17th at 7:30pmFanad Utd. v Finn Harps Res. Ref. V. McLaughlinSaturday, July 19th at 2pmDPD Div. 1Drumkeen Utd. Res. v Bonagee Utd. Res. Ref. S. TonerLetterkenny Rovers v Fanad Utd. Ref. M. McGarrigleSunday, July 20th 2pm unless stated4 Lanterns USLDrumkeen Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. P. DuddyFanad Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. P. Coll (12 noon)Swilly Rovers v Bonagee Utd. Ref. T. McAreeDPD First DivisionTeam P W D L F A +/- PtsLetterkenny Rovers 3 3 0 0 13 3 10 9Bonagee Utd. Res. 3 3 0 0 11 3 8 9Drumkeen Utd. Res. 4 2 0 2 9 9 0 6Swilly Rovers Res. 4 0 1 3 5 14 -9 1Fanad Utd. Res 4 0 1 3 3 12 -9 14 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Table 01.06.14Team P W D L For Against + / – Pts.Cockhill Celtic 10 9 1 0 28 6 22 28Derry City Res. 11 8 3 0 29 13 16 27Letterkenny Rovers 10 5 3 2 18 10 8 18Swilly Rovers 10 4 2 4 20 21 -1 14Drumkeen Utd. 11 3 3 5 24 30 -6 12Bonagee Utd. 10 3 1 6 14 14 0 10Finn Harps Res. 10 2 0 8 9 22 -13 6Fanad Utd. 10 0 1 9 8 34 -26 1USL: SWILLY WIN BATTLE OF THE ROVERS TO LIFT THE KNOCKALLA CARVANS CUP was last modified: July 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:swilly roversUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

Check your tickets! Irish EuroMillions winner confirmed in latest draw

first_imgOne EuroMillions player in Ireland woke up €278,540 richer this morning after matching five numbers and one lucky star in Tuesday’s EuroMillions draw. The online player came agonisingly close to hitting the €56 million jackpot on offer and just missed out on the life changing top prize by one lucky star.The National Lottery has stated that an email confirming the €278,540 prize win has been issued to the lucky online player this morning. Players are being urged to check their emails for some very good news in their inbox. The winning numbers for the EuroMillions draw were 20, 25, 34, 42, 45 and Lucky Stars 6, 11.There was no winner of the €56 million jackpot which means that Friday’s jackpot rolls to a whopping €70 million.A spokesperson for the National Lottery said: “One of our lucky online players will have woken up to an email this morning to inform them that they have won the €278,540 EuroMillions prize!“We are encouraging all of our online and App players to check their emails and to contact our prize claims team on 01 836 4444 and we will make arrangements for them to collect their prize”. It has been a bumper year so far for online National Lottery players who have won over €19 million by playing on and on the National Lottery App. The biggest online winners this year include a Lotto syndicate who claimed a €7.1 million Lotto jackpot in February while last June another lucky online EuroMillions player scooped the EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000.Check your tickets! Irish EuroMillions winner confirmed in latest draw was last modified: August 1st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:euromillionsnational lotteryticketslast_img read more

Young businessman shot dead in Bihar

first_imgA young industrialist, Gunjan Khemka, was shot dead on Thursday at the gate of his factory in Hajipur near Patna. He had been receiving extortion and threat calls for the last six months.Vaishali Superintendent of Police Manavjeet Singh Dhillion said: “An unidentified criminal fired at Gunjan Khemka when he was waiting outside the gate of his factory in industrial area of Hajipur…three rounds were fired at him and he was declared dead when taken to the local hospital…his driver Manoj Ravidas too has received gunshot injuries”. Gunjan Khemka, 38, owned G.K. Cotton factory at Hajipur in Vaishali district and his father Gopal Khemka, too, is a big businessman of the State. The family is said to be owners of a big hospital, medical stores and a private school in Patna.Gopal Khemka is the State convener of small industries cell of BJP in Bihar. Family members of the Gunjan told journalists that he and his wife have been receiving extortion calls for the last six months. “He had lodged a complaint regarding this at the local Gandhi Maidan police station but no action was taken…had the police acted upon his complaint, he would have been alive today,” said a family member requesting anonymity.Traders shocked Meanwhile, the daylight murder of Gunjan Khemka has sent a shock wave among the business community of the State. Some local BJP leaders too reached his residence to offer condolences. “I would request to the government to act swiftly…the culprits must be booked soon”, said local BJP MLA Nitin Navin. Opposition leaders slammed the Nitish Kumar government for complete failure on the law and order front in the State. “Everyday people are being killed, looted and raped in Bihar…but there is no one to look after…governance has collapsed in the State,” charged RJD leader and party spokesperson Bhai Birendra.last_img read more

Croatian footballer in trouble for killing chicken on pitch

first_imgIf formally charged and found guilty, the player could face up to one year in prison.Gazdek, who claims to be an animal lover that owns several pets, argued to local media that the killing “was not intentional”.“I ran towards the chickens to chase them away, swung my foot and accidentally killed one,” he said.“Chickens are constantly entering the pitch interrupting the match. The pitch is full of feces, these are unhygienic conditions,” he added in comments to the local 24sata paper.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds PLAY LIST 01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee03:14Mom of 3 year old girl slain in anti drug ops files raps vs Rodriguez cops02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hurting no more Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? INQ Stock ImageZAGREB, Croatia–A Croatian animal rights group said Wednesday it would file charges against a local footballer who kicked a chicken to death during a semi-professional match over the weekend.The incident took place on Sunday when a brood of chickens ran onto a pitch in eastern Croatia.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES One of the players, Ivan Gazdek from the home team NK Jelengrad, ran after the birds, kicked one with his foot and then chucked it over the fence in a flurry of feathers.The 23-year-old was red-carded for unsporting behavior.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe NGO Animal Friends also strongly condemned the “shameful act and cowardly behavior of the player against an innocent animal who died with crushed bones and in pain”.The group said it would file charges against the player for the “criminal act of animal killing or torture”. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more