A man was arrested after Police conducted a raid on a Norton Street, Lodge home on Saturday. Police confirmed that the man was found with an unlicensed pistol and nine matching rounds of ammunition.He is expected to be charged as soon as Monday. Only recently, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine revealed that a total of 46 firearms were seized during the period January 1 to August 20; that is, 23 pistols, 13 revolvers and 10 shot guns.The highest number of seizures was recorded in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) with 20 seizures, while F Division (Interior Locations) followed with 12 firearms.However, the Police continue to conduct raids, resulting in the seizure of firearms and ammunition. On Friday last, two persons were arrested after Police unearthed an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in a vehicle they were travelling in.It was reported that Police ranks acting on information, intercepted a motor car on the Golden Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, where a search was conducted and a 12 gauge single barrel shotgun was found.The driver of the vehicle and a passenger were taken into custody and were subsequently charged.
Caricom Member StatesNew President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders, has said he is disappointed over the non-accession to the court of most Caribbean nations, including Trinidad and Tobago, where the CCJ Headquarters are based.The CCJ was inaugurated in 2005 with two of the ‘Big Four’ (the four members states that signed the Treaty of Chaguaramas to form the Caribbean Community (Caricom)), Barbados and Guyana. They acceded to the court’s appellate jurisdiction in 2005. Belize then joined them in 2010, and Dominica followed in 2015.Since its establishment, the Caribbean Court of Justice has embarked on a mission of trying to convince the signatory member states of the Caribbean Community that the court is a great utility at their disposal. Those member states that have not yet acceded to full membership of the court still send their appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC). Most Caribbean states only accede to the CCJ’s original jurisdiction in regard to interpretation and application of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.Attending a private sector interaction session at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown last week, Justice Saunders was asked about his feelings regarding Trinidad not fully acceding to the court’s membership. He replied that the twin-island republic has been good to the court, but the CCJ is nevertheless disappointed about the situation.“We have very good relations with the state of Trinidad and Tobago that allows us to work and function properly in Port-of-Spain; but yes, it is disappointing that Trinidad (do) not yet send their appeals to the CCJ, and that has a multiplying effect; because some of the other countries that are yet to accede, they readily say, ‘Well, why should we, when the state in which the court is housed does not send their appeals [there as well]?’ There is nothing we could do about that, but it is a cause for concern,” he asserted.According to the CCJ President, the court had, in the past, been targeting Government and the bar associations in the region to convince the member states to accede to the CCJ, but this method has failed to produce any results.“I think that our strategy has to change, that we need to find ways of reaching ordinary men and women, boys and girls.Because Governments, when they don’t take a step that they should take, they do that because they are unsure of what the political consequences are likely to be; and if the Government is confident that the political consequences will not be unfavourable, then they will take that step tomorrow. And so we have to see what we can do, and our allies and stakeholders can do, in order to try to create a climate where the Governments of all the countries that have not yet acceded feel comfortable in taking the decision; which we feel is the right one to take,” he stated.To this end, Justice Saunders said the court has now embarked on a number of strategies to connect more with the ordinary people, including being more involved in, and active on, social media.The CCJ President noted that some of the detractors of the court get away with purveying stories which are simply not true. He pointed to a recent instance when he heard a commentator on the radio calling the CCJ a “lazy man’s court” and that “they hardly do any work”.Justice Saunders has dismissed those remarks, saying the facts of the CCJ’s work are in its performance.“Between January and now, for the Commonwealth-Caribbean countries that send their appeals to the Judicial Committee, that court has delivered 11 judgements. And they have the ‘Big Two’ – Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica — sending appeals to them… But in the same length of time, we delivered 22 judgements – double the amount,” the CCJ President asserted.He said the court now has to work on ensuring that citizens in the region do not believe the “garbage” that is being spread, and instead provide citizens of the region with information that helps to dispel those myths.
A Linden lad is feared drowned after he fell into a section of the Kara Kara creek at Mackenzie, Linden in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Saturday. Guyana Times understands that nine-year-old Imani Leech, who recently moved with his mother to the Lower Kara Kara, Speightland area was sitting on a wooden bridge situated at the creek with his mother and other relatives sometime after midday when he reportedly “slipped” and fell into the creek.Relatives told this publication that the child’s aunt, who was sitting next to him, grabbed his hand and both of them fell into the creek. However, efforts to save the duo only resulted in the child’s aunt being saved.“He was on the bridge and he foot get slip and he aunty hold he and all two of them go out together. Plenty people went in the water [searching] because we shout for people. That’s the reason why the aunty get saved,” a female relative indicated.A search party was formed by residents and Police but they were unable to locate the child.“People came and they searched and they say that when the water settle they will go back and search. Other than that, nothing. We went back and we ain’t see he”, the child’s aunt told this publication.At the home on Saturday, the child’s mother, who is a police officer, wept uncontrollably and was too distraught to speak to the media.The lad is a Grade Five student of the Regma Primary School in Linden. Investigations are ongoing.
Earlier this week, Mayor Lantz stated if the City gained control of the property, they would immediately start the process of cleaning up the mess. In the 2010 budget the City has allocated $250,000 for the clean up.In April of 2008, Fort St. John City Council voted to declare the Fort Hotel a nuisance property. In May of 2009, the building caught fire and was completely destroyed. The City purchased Fort Hotel in a property tax sale in 2009 for $72,000. Photo: A fire in 2009 destroyed what was left of the Fort Hotel – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caCorrection – Earlier this week the Mayor had stated the deadline to pay the outstanding property taxes was Monday. City staff have since notified us that the date is actually Tuesday at 10:15am.- Advertisement -According to the property owners realtor, the Fort Hotel, will soon transfer to the City of Fort St. John.In a comment posted Friday on Energeticcity.ca, realtor Kevin Pearson says the owner of the Fort Hotel will let the City have the property and will not be paying the outstanding taxes. According to Pearson, the owner said “he has decided to donate the property to the city.”The comment goes on to say, “the owner has had much grief and financial hardship over this property over the past several years and has decided that he did not want anything to with it anymore.”The owner of the Fort Hotel, Michael Seo, has until Monday at 10am to pay the back taxes owed on the property. If that deadline isn’t met, the City would take control of the property.Advertisement
A Police Corporal died on Saturday morning after falling into the Berbice River.Dead is 43-year-old Chakumba Scipio, who was attached to Central Police Station in New Amsterdam and of Angoy’s Avenue, also in the same town.Reports are the incident occurred at about 09:30h when a group of Police ranks were on their way to conduct investigations into several reports of theft in communities along the Berbice River.Dead: Chakumba ScipioAccording to the police report, the team, under the command of a Chief Inspector, left New Amsterdam en route to Sand Hills in a police vessel, which was captained by the now dead rank, who was a certified coxswain.While in the vicinity of Bermine, the boat suddenly began to sway, resulting in Scipio falling overboard and going underwater.Despite efforts to rescue Scipio, ranks found his body hours later with the help of the Coast Guards.The officer’s grieving brother, Cleveland Scipio, told reporters that he was at work when he received information about the incident.“They told me that he fell off the boat. I went down by the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling and some of his colleagues told me what happened,” he related.According to the grieving brother, Scipio did not want to be a part of Saturday’s trip.“We spoke up to Friday night and he told me that he did not want to go on this trip. However, he is a police officer and that is his job, when duty calls, they gotta do what they gotta do,” the brother noted.Corporal Scipio was described as a “superdad” to his three children, whom he had been taking care of alone after his wife died several years ago. He had also been supporting his only brother after their parents passed away.The body of the 43-year-old rank is presently at the Arokium Funeral Parlour awaiting a post-mortem examination. Meanwhile, the police have launched an investigation into the incident. Scipio, who joined the GPF in 1999, was the divisional electrician and coxswain.
When Everton make the short trip across Stanley Park to contest the 226th Merseyside derby, they will be facing a completely different animal to the team they faced in the 225th clash.The result that day was a 1-1 draw, with Danny Ings (remember him?) giving Liverpool the lead before Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser ensured the points were shared.Brendan Rodgers went into the game looking to clear some of the dark clouds around his head, but another disappointing result was a storm he couldn’t shelter from and the Northen Irishman was sacked hours later.Everton were good value for their point and should arguably have taken all three with Lukaku bullying a fragile Reds defence.That defence was struggling to adapt to a newly adopted 5-3-2 formation, which saw Emre Can playing at centre-half alongside Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel.However, it will be a much tougher challenge for Everton to equal or better that result this time around against Jurgen Klopp and his reformed backline.Back in October, prior to the derby, Rodgers’ Liverpool were on a terrible run of form, having won only once in their previous eight games – and even that was a laboured 3-2 home victory against now relegated Aston Villa. Liverpool have only lost once in the last 14 games Klopp’s Liverpool, on the other hand, have only suffered one defeat in their last 14 – and that was the inexplicable 3-2 capitulation against Southampton last month, having gone 2-0 up.On this run they have beaten the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, while on Rodgers’ run there were home draws against FC Sion, Norwich and Carlisle (which they won on penalties) and a confidence-shattering 3-1 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United.One player who played in those games – and played poorly to boot – was Divock Origi, who looked like he was destined to be the latest failure of Liverpool’s flawed transfer committee.Under Klopp, though, he has had a renaissance and his record of four goals in his last four starts has seen him leapfrog Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino to become the main central striker.So while the so-called ‘Klopp revolution’ may not have yielded a top four place this season, changes have been made and the rewards are just starting to be reaped. Expect this to continue over the summer with new players (perhaps Mario Gotze) brought in to fit the manager’s ‘heavy metal football’ style.As for Wednesday’s 226th Merseyside derby, while the last four have all ended in draws, Everton will have to work extremely hard to make it five. 2 2
There was one priceless scene in an episode of the PBS television show “American Family” where the patriarch – played by Edward James Olmos – argues that there shouldn’t be things like bilingual education and that here in the United States, everyone should speak English. His friend wholeheartedly agrees. What makes the scene funny is the irony: Both men are making their arguments in Spanish (with English subtitles).The scene is a neat metaphor for the complicated views that many Hispanics have on the subject of language – views that often confuse non-Hispanics and create tension between the groups.For instance, there are plenty of Hispanics who oppose bilingual education because they think it hurts kids by making it more difficult to learn English. Yet at home, many Hispanics tend to switch effortlessly between Spanish and English and make an effort to ensure that their children maintain their command of Spanish.Not that they always succeed. The Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington-based research institution, recently reported that while half of the adult children of Hispanic immigrants speak some Spanish at home, the percentage falls to a quarter or less for their children and grandchildren. Of course, a business has the right to consider one’s ability to speak English as a prerequisite for employment. But – once the person is hired – the employer shouldn’t discriminate against some employees just to put other employees at ease.For one thing, there’s the First Amendment. Courts have ruled that people have the right to converse with one another in whatever language they please as long as it doesn’t interfere with how they do their job.Besides, the proponents of English-only laws sometimes claim that allowing employees to communicate in a language that others may not understand fosters division in the workplace. But what is really divisive are rules that pit one group against another and make language the dividing line.And we don’t need any more of that. The immigration debate is already splitting the country. Now language has become a proxy for the foreigners that frighten us.Library books frighten some folks in Lewisburg, Tenn. – library books in Spanish, to be precise. A while back, at the Marshall County Memorial Library, an employee named Nellie Rivera proposed a bilingual story time where children could have books read to them in Spanish. Some townspeople raised a fuss and demanded that all books in the library – whether bought with public funds or donated by private individuals – be in English.The silver lining is that there are good folks in Lewisburg, and around the country, who scoff at such cultural censorship. As word of this bilingual backlash got around, outraged patrons began sending checks to the library that were specifically earmarked for buying Spanish-language books. Perhaps to tweak the opposition, some of the donations were in Rivera’s name.That’s what I love about story time – in whatever language. There’s usually a happy ending.Ruben Navarrette is a San Diego Union-Tribune columnist (e-mail: email@example.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAnd despite the fact that many Hispanics are committed to learning English, many of them also flatly resent English-only laws or workplace rules prohibiting languages other than English.That makes sense to me. Just because you think people should learn English doesn’t necessarily mean that you think a government or private employer should coerce them into doing so through pressure, threats or intimidation. And for what purpose? Just because you think it is in a person’s own self-interest to learn English doesn’t mean that you need laws and regulations that seem intended to accommodate English speakers by forcing others to conform to the ways of the mainstream.So don’t be surprised if many Hispanics applaud the decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to sue the Salvation Army because its thrift store in Framingham, Mass., required employees to speak only English on the job. The requirement was posted and yet at least two Hispanic employees defiantly continued to speak Spanish while at work. The EEOC claimed that their firings violated the law. English-only proponents said that the EEOC’s position violated common sense.The critics are wrong. It’s not that a business doesn’t have the right to expect its employees to speak English. It does. It just doesn’t have the right to prevent workers from speaking languages other than English. That’s what this case is about, after all – not a requirement that employees be able to speak English, but a rule that banned the speaking of other languages.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Reds re-sign two: Cincinnati agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Wily Mo Pena and catcher Javier Valentin, avoiding arbitration with both players. Pena got a $1.25 million deal, while Valentin’s contract is for $1.15 million. Juan Rivera’s two-year contract with the Angels is worth $3,275,000. The outfielder will earn $1.25 million next season and $2,025,000 in 2007. He batted .271 with 15 homers and 59 RBI in 106 games last year, his first with the Angels. Rivera and the Angels reached the deal Saturday, when the team also agreed to a $10.5 million, three-year contract with Chone Figgins. Both players had filed for arbitration. Now, five Angels remain eligible for arbitration: closer Francisco Rodriguez, starting pitcher John Lackey, reliever Scot Shields, reliever Brendan Donnelly and catcher Jose Molina. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Dance lessons: $2. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672.Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a bus trip to see the Medieval Times dinner show, the Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Call (661) 267-2586. Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventGrief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at A Place in the Sun church, 38117 13th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9180. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700.
Thomas Tuchel 1 Southampton reportedly want to replace Claude Puel with former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel.It has been widely claimed that Puel is facing the sack after just one season in charge at St Mary’s.And now the south coast club have drawn up a list of possible contenders to take over from the Frenchman.According to Sport Bild, Tuchel is high up on their list of targets and they are confident of luring him to England.The 43-year-old, who has been likened to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, was sacked by Dortmund last month.But if this report is to be believed, he may not have long to wait to secure another job with Southampton keen on offering him a contract.