Crime preventing initiatives implemented in interior locations

first_imgA lot of focus is being placed on implementing initiatives outside of Government programmes that are geared at targeting youths for their educational and professional development.These programmes are proving to be successful in curbing situations and instances where youths are involved in criminal activities.This is according to Commander Kevin Adonis, who has responsibility for Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine.Commander Kevin AdonisHe told Guyana Times on Sunday that hundreds of children and youths from the mentioned regions are participating in sports as well as technical and vocational skills training – initiatives that his division along with various stakeholders have developed and implemented.Commander Adonis explained that upon taking up the post last year, he became cognisant of the alarming number of children who were either not attending school or simply being involved in unlawful activities.In light of this concern, the police in those regions along with other stakeholders, took matters in their own hands; using their financial resources to help provide better conditions for as many children as possible.To date, there are hundreds of youths benefiting from the various initiatives. In fact, some of them cannot attend school because their parents are cash-strapped or too poor.As a result of this, there are programmes for these children to attend classes, free of cost, outside of the school setting.“This is helping to take their minds away from any crime-related situations, even some of them going into the backdams to work for paltry sums and at their own risk, so we decided this had to be done. The teachers who come and give services do so freely, they are not being paid, it is just that everyone wants to see these young people progress. Some children even learn knitting, are taught and play sports, all these things so that they can have opportunities at earning an income the right way when they need to.”Additionally, it is not only the youths who are benefitting from this form of social intervention. Commander Adonis pointed out that there are programmes for younger children where they are taught phonics and reading as well.“Some parents cannot afford to send their children to school for various reasons, even the young ones, so we hope to help them in this way. Our aim is to assist the children and in doing so, it has been noted that crime-related incidents involving youths have reduced drastically. The intention is to make sure they are given the opportunity of being the best they can be, even if it means that we and the other stakeholders have to spend our money in doing so.”last_img read more

Region 5 RDC statutory meeting lasted 60 seconds

first_imgThe Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) October statutory meeting was adjourned on Thursday, 60 seconds after it commenced.Regional Chairman, Vickchand RamphalThursday’s entire episode was no different from previous meetings in the recent past. After the meeting was called to order by Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal, he made mention of two persons who were seated around the horseshoe and asked for them to be excused so that the issues pertaining to their presence could be addressed.As he did, that the Regional Executive Office (REO) Ovid Morrison rose to his feet and said he could not stay because the Chairman was not following the agenda which he had set. He said the first item on the agenda was announcements as he walked out of the board room.Councillors who represent the coalition government followed the REO, forcing Ramphal to adjourn the meeting.This is the 10th time for the year that meetings were adjourned without any meaningful discussions.In April, three new Councillors took up positions at the table but were not given recognition, forcing the April RDC meeting to be adjourned.Only two of them were present at Thursday’s meeting.Following another failed RDC meeting, Ramphal met with the media where he expressed disappointment.“When we cannot have a meeting, it affects the people of the entire region because we cannot sit and make solid decisions to address the many problems, issues and situations that are affecting our people in this Region,” Ramphal said.According to him, the recent flooding at Mahaica could have been avoided had the RDC been sitting and having meaningful discussions to make proper representation.However, Ramphal noted that almost a year before the sea defence at Dantzig gave way, he brought it to the attention of the media that had highlighted that there was a small breach and urged for urgent attention to be paid to the area.“First, when I spoke about it, the same Mr Morrison called a press conference immediately and said to the media that the Regional Chairman is misleading the entire public of the situation there. If Mr Morrison had peddled the right information to the relevant authorities, then that situation there could have been prevented. And if we had the opportunity to address it at the council level, it would have gotten wider representation from all the various Government agencies”.Ramphal said many of the farmers cannot go back on those lands because it is contaminated with salt water.“It might take years for it to come back to its natural state and there is very little help being given to those people of that area,” the Chairman told reporters on Thursday.last_img read more

Six area teams hope to advance tonight

first_imgHere’s a quick glance at tonight’s games. Division II-AA quarterfinal Cajon (19-9) at Pasadena (26-2), 7:30 p.m. The top-ranked Bulldogs have made a thunderous statement in the first two rounds of the playoffs, defeating Golden Valley and Chaffey by a combined margin of 31 points. The inside-outside play of forward Nigel Ajere and guard Trevon Harmon, along with the Bulldogs’ ferocious defense and supporting cast are hoping the good times continue against the No. 8 Cowboys, who are riding a five-game winning streak. Cajon, led by guard Marquis Green (17 ppg), slipped by Saugus 57-56 in the first round, then had an easier time with No. 9 Fullerton, 52-44. Division III-AA quarterfinals Santa Clara (17-8) at La Ca ada (26-2), 7:30 p.m. Although the Saints are the No. 3 entry from the Tri-Valley League, they have played a fairly tough nonleague schedule. They opened the playoffs with a victory over Keppel (66-57) followed by a 79-63 win over Brentwood. Randy Gonzalez and James Wilder average double figures for the Saints, but they will have to deal with La Ca ada’s 6-foot-7 Adam Malik, who scored 36 points in a 75-68 second-round win over Crossroads. The Spartans are hoping to reach the semifinals for the third consecutive season. Price (25-4) at South Pasadena (21-9), 7:30 p.m. There is officially a Cinderella in the West San Gabriel Valley, and the Tigers don’t mind wearing the glass slippers. The Tigers advanced to the quarters with an amazing 52-51 victory over Windward, and now get to host one of the Southern Section’s premiere teams. The Knights moved up to Division III-AA this season after winning a record eight consecutive V-A championships, and five state titles since 2000. The Knights bring a 17-game winning streak into the contest, and haven’t lost a Southern Section playoff game since 1999. There is a glimmer of hope, however. Price hasn’t been as dominant as recent years, and only beat San Gabriel by 21 points in the first round. Division III-A semifinal Renaissance Academy (27-1) vs. Perris (18-8) at Paloma High School, 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats are hoping to reach their third consecutive divisional championship game after moving up from V-A. The No. 2 Wildcats have looked comfortable in their new division, defeating Santa Fe, 67-54, in the quarterfinals, but now have the tough task of travelling to No. 6 Perris. Perris lost four of its first six games during a difficult stretch of games, but has won 12 of its last 13, including a 61-48 win over Sultana in the quarters. Division IV-A semifinal La Salle (23-5) vs. Twentynine Palms (26-2) at Yucca Valley High, 7:30 p.m. Revenge was sweet for the Lancers in the quarterfinals, avenging an early season loss to Cerritos Valley Christian with a 59-58 victory. The Lancers hope to do the same on the road tonight after losing to top-ranked Twentynine Palms, 53-45 at Pierce College on Jan. 20. The Lancers didn’t have Scott Jones in the first meeting against the Wildcats. Jones scored 14 points in the Lancers’ win on Tuesday. Div. V-AA semifinal Linfield Christian (20-8) vs. Maranatha (19-8) at Temple City HS, 7:30 p.m. The Minutemen are a game away from a possible rubber match with Delphic League foe Pacific Hills in the championship game next week. The Minutemen split a pair of games with Pacific Hills, whom they tied for the league title. The Minutemen haven’t been seriously challenged in the playoffs, defeating Murrieta Calvary Chapel, 73-58, in the quarters. Linfield Christian ruined the chances of an all-area semifinal by defeating Marshall, 54-53 to reach the semifinal game. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The CIF-Southern Section re-alignment figured to strengthen the playoff possibilities for several area high school basketball teams, but few could have imagined there would be six teams left this deep in the postseason. Maranatha, La Salle and Renaissance Academy hope to punch tickets to divisional championship games tonight. last_img read more

The model of consistency

first_imgNEWPORT BEACH – Once Jay Haas earned a share of the Toshiba Classic lead after the opening round, it was apparent he enjoyed the view from the top. Haas put on an exhibition on how to play with a lead, going on to win the Champions Tour event Sunday in record fashion with a final-round 6-under 65 to win at 19-under 194, two shots ahead of R.W. Eaks. “It’s hard playing with the lead,” said Haas, who broke the tournament record of 17-under-par set by Hale Irwin in 2002. “It’s hard to be aggressive.” Haas shared the lead with five others after Friday’s first round, then gained a one-shot lead over Peter Jacobsen at 13 under entering the final round. He had just one bogey for the tournament, the par-3 No. 8. But if there were any breakdown in his game, Haas turned it aside. He birdied No. 9 to make the turn at 2 under, then added three straight birdies on the back nine and gained a cushion that no one else would touch. “I don’t want to say I was comfortable,” Haas said. “But with a three to four-shot lead, I didn’t want to do anything stupid.” Since joining golf’s senior circuit in 2002, Haas has forged ahead to become one of its top players. He won last year’s player of the year award after winning four titles and a record $2.4 million. The $247,500 victory was his first of the season, but already his fourth top-10 in only six events. The 50-and-older tour seems to suit Haas quite well. After winning nine times in 29 years on the PGA Tour, he has won seven Champions titles in more than three years. center_img “I certainly continued to ride the wave from last year,” Haas said. “I’ve played well all year. I got a lot of breaks today; all week, too.” Eaks fired a final round of 65, too, but it didn’t seem to matter much. He said he knew he was playing for second place after the 12th hole. “Every time I made a birdie, he made one on top of me,” Eaks said. “It really was something to watch. “It’s such a pleasure to play with him because he makes you play better.” Prior to the final round, Eaks said he didn’t think anyone could catch Haas. He was right. “It was a nice week,” said Eaks, who spent most of the 1990s playing on the Nationwide Tour and only two years on the PGA Tour. “Any time I can play golf on the Champions Tour is good. Believe me, there are a lot other things I could be doing. Playing on the Champions Tour is the best.” Joe Ozaki and Ben Crenshaw tied for third at 13-under 200. It was Crenshaw’s highest finish in his Champions career, while Ozaki matched his best finish. Not bad for someone who earned his way into the field by earning a spot in the open qualifier. Helendale resident Mark Johnson tied for 30th at 6-under 207, while Redlands resident Dave Stockton tied for 58th at even-par 213. 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

City candidate Sorthun dies of pneumonia

first_imgBorn March 21, 1935, in Oak Park, Ill., Sorthun moved to Burbank with her family in 1952. She graduated from Bellarmine-Jefferson Catholic High School and attended Glendale Community College. In the late 1950s, she and husband Jim Sorthun founded two small charter airlines, Farrair and Admiral Air Service, which flew from Burbank and Oakland to 11 other states until 1962. Her business morphed into Sorthun Aviation in 1963, an aircraft sales and parts business that operated until the late 1960s. She divorced her husband in 1967 and raised her daughters alone, working as an accountant and at the aerospace firm Lockheed until retiring in 1990. Though she had lived in Shadow Hills for decades, Sorthun moved back to the family home in Burbank in 2002 and became active in community issues. BURBANK – Margaret Sorthun, who recently ran for City Council but was hospitalized with pneumonia in the run-up to the election, has died. She was 71. Sorthun, a retiree who served on a city task force charged with reviewing local fence ordinances, died March 8, nearly two weeks before her 72nd birthday, her daughter Linda Holtz said Wednesday. She received 341 votes, finishing seventh in the Feb. 27 election. “My mom had what it took,” Holtz said. “If she wasn’t in the hospital, she definitely would’ve been out there campaigning. She was a strong woman, and that’s the way she had always been.” She was appointed by the City Council to a task force reviewing fencing, walls and hedge standards in the city when she emerged as a strong opposition voice to new height limits. She is survived by daughters Holtz, 44, and Mary Louise Willams, 45, grandchildren Patrick Williams, 15, and Krystle Holtz, 13, and goddaughter Cathy Jo Terhune, 51. (818) 546-3304160Want 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

MySpace users to recommend news

first_imgNEW YORK – The popular online hangout MySpace is entering the news business with a feature that lets its users determine what items other members see. MySpace News brings to a much larger audience the user-recommendation capabilities already available through Digg and Time Warner Inc.’s Netscape. It also marks the site’s further inroads into becoming an Internet portal akin to Yahoo Inc. and others. Unlike Digg and Netscape, which rely heavily on user submissions, MySpace will also scan thousands of Web journals and news sites and group results by categories such as sports and politics. MySpace will go further than Google Inc.’s news offering by letting users vote on items, helping to determine what makes the front or section pages. As part of the service, MySpace will pull and display headlines from the outside news sites, a practice that contributed to legal challenges against Google. The search engine leader recently reached a settlement with Agence France-Presse and earlier with The Associated Press, although no lawsuit had been filed by the AP. MySpace, like Google, would let publishers exclude their items from the site, said Dan Strauss, whose group helped develop the news service. He also said MySpace would be helping to drive traffic to the news sites, bringing MySpace readers who might not otherwise be visiting. The feature, which was expected to debut today as a “beta” test, uses technology developed by Newroo, which MySpace parent News Corp. bought last year. Strauss said items from News Corp., which owns the Fox network and other media outlets, won’t get special treatment. 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

‘I’m nearly wetting myself!’ Tottenham fans react to £22m signing report (not Berahino!)

first_img Son Heung-Min in action for Bayer Leverkusen 1 It looks like Tottenham are swiftly backing away from a move for Saido Berahino as it has been reported they’re on the verge of signing Son Heung-Min.The South Korean star has been a big success in the Bundesliga, joining Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 after a three-season stint with Hamburg, scoring 21 times in 62 matches from midfield.VIDEO: HEUNG-MIN SON’S BEST GOALSThe versatile star can play on either flank or as a No.10 and is proficient with both feet too, and Spurs supporters are getting excited about the prospect of seeing him at White Hart Lane.See how fans reacted on Twitter below…last_img

K-8 school wins out in Wilmington

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“As much as I’m interested in looking out for the community, I’m more interested in making sure Wilmington has a school,” trustee Yolie Flores Aguilar said. Vladovic and President Monica Garcia said they favored reducing the scope of the project to help save a bank and Latino market at the site. After the vote was taken, Vladovic said the board ignored community protests. “This is another example of bureaucracy winning out over community,” he said. In October, a board majority gave Vladovic a two-month window to get more community input on the controversial project. The district hosted two subsequent meetings. Vladovic was asking the district’s Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees LAUSD’s $20billion building program, to further research the change. Connie Rice, the committee’s chairwoman, said overturning the current plan would threaten “the integrity of the school construction program.” In July 2006, the district approved a 1,278-seat school for a commercial block at Avalon Boulevard and L Street. Building the school would return the 1,385-student Gulf Avenue Elementary to a traditional calendar from a year-round schedule. It would also relieve crowding at Fries Avenue and Hawaiian Avenue elementary schools, as well as Wilmington Middle School. The district spent $4.3 million on the project and hosted 20 community meetings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a rare override, the Los Angeles school board on Tuesday rejected board member Richard Vladovic’s attempt to reduce the size of a planned K-8 Wilmington school. Board members said Vladovic’s plan – which would instead erect an elementary school on the site – would imperil $37 million in matching state funds and fail to relieve crowding at Wilmington Middle School. Altering the plan would also cause a two-year delay, pushing the opening of the school to the fall of 2014. After a two-hour discussion, the board voted 5-2 in favor of the K-8 span school. last_img read more

Man dies after being buried under feed

first_img The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health was investigating the incident. Foster Farms could be fined if investigators find violations of workplace safety rules, said spokesman Dean Fryer. Foster Farms was also looking into the incident, said Tim Walsh, a spokesman for the poultry processing company. DELHI, Calif. – A Foster Farms mill supervisor died of injuries suffered when he was buried under five feet of animal feed, the company said Saturday. Kevin Southerland, 51, was trying to remove corn stuck on the wall of a 150-foot-tall silo at the Foster Farms feed mill in Delhi on Wednesday when the feed fell on him. Police officers dug an unconscious Southerland out with their bare hands. He died Friday night at a local hospital, Foster Farms said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Southerland’s family at this time,” said Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster. “Mr. Southerland was well regarded by all who knew him, and we will miss him.” 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

CONFIRMED: Harry Redknapp signs deal to stay as Birmingham City boss

first_img1 Harry Redknapp has signed a one-year contract to remain as Birmingham City manager, the club have announced.Redknapp, 70, guided Birmingham to safety in the Sky Bet Championship after taking over from Gianfranco Zola on April 18.The former West Ham, Tottenham and QPR boss led the Blues to two wins in their final three matches as the West Midlands club avoided relegation by two points.Redknapp agreed terms with Birmingham on Thursday night and the club announced his appointment on their official website.“Just days after memorably guiding Blues to Sky Bet Championship safety, Redknapp has now committed again to the club,” a statement read.“Initially he came in on a short-term agreement as Gianfranco Zola’s replacement for the final three matches of the season with Blues in a precarious position.“But two wins from the final two games, culminating in that tense afternoon at Bristol City on Sunday, secured Blues a 19th place finish in the table.“Redknapp held talks with the club’s owners and board of directors this week and finalised the details of his contract (on Thursday) night.“The composition of Redknapp’s backroom team will be revealed in due course via”Redknapp will be working alongside director of football Jeff Vetere, whose appointment by owners Trillion Trophy Asia was confirmed on Wednesday. Steve Cotterill and Paul Groves are expected to remain as part of his backroom staff.Zola ended his four-month spell as manager by resigning on April 17 following just two wins in his 24 games in charge, leaving Birmingham 20th in the table and three points above the relegation places.Redknapp stepped in the following day and kept the club in the Championship when they won 1-0 at Bristol City in their final match.Birmingham are expected to have cash to spend in the summer, even after Zola spent around £10million on new signings in January.The Italian had replaced Gary Rowett in December after the latter had guided the club to seventh place. Harry Redknapp last_img read more