Buxton teacher dies after car slams into lorry

first_imgNursery school teacher Carlotta James, called Abigail, of Lot 27, Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara, died after the car she was driving, PHH 67, slammed into the back of a lorry along the Good Hope Public Road, ECD at about 02:00h on Saturday.Dead: Carlotta JamesThe driver of motor lorry GPP 143, a 31-year-old resident of Mahaicony, ECD, reportedly told investigators that he had slowed down the vehicle and had indicated he was about to turn south across the Good Hope public road when the car being driven by the 45-year-old James, proceeding east along the northern side of the Good Hope road behind the motor lorry, ran into his rear.Initially pinned in her vehicle, James was subsequently removed therefrom, placed in a Police pickup, and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.James’s niece, Melissa Younge, said she was returning from the airport at about 02:07h and was stopped by the Police at Good Hope. She exited the minibus in which she was travelling and discovered her aunt’s car plastered to the back of a truck.“We went to see if she was in the vehicle but the car was empty, and I saw the blood and the damages and her wig. A guy told me that he was from Golden Grove and he was passing and he saw the accident, so he went to render assistance. He said she was holding his hand and staring at him, but he don’t know is who she was, so he couldn’t contact nobody.“The Police (were) there and I gave him the information and I called my other aunts and told them what (had) happened, and I went home,” Younge detailed.She said her aunt had left earlier in the day to go to the Dorcas Club Nursery at Plaisance, ECD, where she had been head teacher, and she cannot tell where else her aunt had gone afterwards.“I didn’t go to the hospital, I saw a guy with the Police and I was looking for her bag and so on. The truck driver was about to tell me what (had) happened and the Police told him to ‘Shut up,” she added.The Police have said the lorry driver was subjected to a breathalyser test and it is certain he was not under the influence. He is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Peace River Regional District News Letter

first_imgHere is the latest news letter from the Peace River Regional District.  Click on the attached pdf to download the file.- Advertisement –last_img

‘Man United have made a mistake… Ryan Giggs should be MANAGER’ – Ex-Red Devil

first_imgManchester United have made a mistake overlooking Ryan Giggs for the manager’s job, according to Clayton Blackmore.Giggs is leaving Old Trafford after 29 years as a player, coach and assistant manager.The Welshman was keen to land the top job after Louis van Gaal’s sacking last month but was snubbed in favour of Jose Mourinho and has decided not to stay on at Old Trafford in a new role.And Blackmore, the former United defender, admits he is disappointed by the club’s failure to give the 42-year-old a go in the hotseat.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, he said: “The club have had their chances to give Ryan the job… but they have brought in David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now Jose Mourinho.“For me, the club have made a mistake. They should have given him a chance. He deserves that chance.“He has done so much for the club in the last 30 years. He knows everything about the club – how we won all those games [under Sir Alex Ferguson].“Now it is going to be a while, if ever, when he does get the chance to manage Man United.”last_img read more

Slutskaya nears skating mark

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Slutskaya skated third and not many saw her morning performance. No resolution for Nardiello: Suspended coach Tim Nardiello and the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation were in an arbitration hearing for nine hours Wednesday with no resolution. The sides will resume their hearing today, and could continue into Friday if necessary. Neither Nardiello – who is seeking reinstatement as the national skeleton team coach – nor the federation made any public statement about the closed-door session, with both sides saying they will withhold comment until the arbitrator issues a ruling. Nardiello was placed on paid administrative leave by the USBSF on Dec. 31, after slider Felicia Canfield and the mother of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Tristan Gale both wrote the federation and accused the coach of sexual harassment. Snowboard star’s comeback over: Snowboard legend Shaun Palmer’s inspirational comeback from a near-fatal drinking and drug episode last year ended Friday in Kronplatz, Italy, when he tore an Achilles’ tendon. Irina Slutskaya captured the short program Wednesday, putting the Russian in position to win and overtake Katarina Witt and Sonia Henie with her seventh title at the European Championships. Slutskaya skated early but her score of 66.04 points held up for nearly five hours. Russia’s Elena Sokolova was second at 60.88, followed by Switzerland’s Sarah Meier at 60.87. The long program is today. If Slutskaya wins, she will break the European record she shares with Witt and Henie, two of figure skating’s greatest names. “I don’t think about it,” Slutskaya said. “It is still a hard competition; I just want to give my best. It is not the reason why I’m coming here. ” center_img Palmer, 37, was injured while performing a banked turn during a World Cup snowboardcross qualifying heat. Palmer, of South Lake Tahoe, will miss next month’s Turin Games, which begin Feb. 10. “I could hear it rip,” Palmer said of the tear. “I just collapsed and my Olympic dreams were over. It was more heartbreaking than anything in my career.” One of the most famous extreme sport athletes, he was poised to become a mainstream star at the Winter Olympics. After a six-year hiatus, Palmer was trying to qualify in snowboardcross, which is like motocross on snow. Also known as SBX, the event is making its Olympic debut in Italy. Before the injury, Palmer was expected to be one of four men nominated to the American team, U.S. snowboarding coach Peter Foley said. 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

Adventure-seekers surf into new careers with Donegal ETB

first_imgThree ambitious people are on the crest of a wave after completing year-long surfing programmes with Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service. The ETB’s FET Service provides three exciting full-time sports courses for people seeking active careers; an Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship, Surf Instructor and Beach Lifeguard Training, and a Sports, Recreation and Exercise Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses are all popular options at the moment.As enrollment season gets underway, Donegal Daily talked to three recent surf learners to hear about the highlights of their experience: Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompson (29) has been working ‘flat out’ all summer after securing a job from the Surf Instructor and Beach Lifeguard Training course.Stephen completed his working experience in the Donegal Adventure Centre – where the ETB course is taught in South Donegal – and he stayed on for the busy summer months in Bundoran.Stephen says his passion lies in surfing. “I used to bunk off school to go surfing. People always said you’ll never get a job doing that, but I’m doing it now!“My work is totally different at the Donegal Adventure Centre. We do surfing, ropes, take youth groups out on adventures, coasteering and kayaking. “It’s really fun working with kids. It’s great seeing them come in all nervous and leaving happy at the end of the day. It’s very rewarding work.”Stephen praises the tuition at Donegal ETB for helping him to become a good swimmer with life-saving skills and to gain a greater understanding of the ocean. Qualifications in the programme are internationally recognised to give learners employment opportunities all over the world.Stephen said: “The centre is full of well-qualified staff. I passed my exams the first time around the teaching was so good.“I’d recommend this course to others. It’s my favourite course I’ve ever done because surfing is my passion,” he said.Francis DuffyWhen Francis Duffy heard about the ETB’s Surf Instructor and Beach Lifeguard programme she jumped at the opportunity. Francis, who is originally from Belfast, moved to Ballyshannon over 20 years ago to raise a family and work in accounting – but she admitted that field of work never ‘satisfied’ her. “I was working in accounting in Sligo and I was happy with what I was doing but at the same time I was never satisfied,” she said. “I was married with a family, so I wasn’t going to leave a job to do something else, but I always liked sports like running, swimming and surfing.” The 40-year-old was keen to thank her coaches: “There is no way on Earth I would have got what I did get if I didn’t have the coaches and the administrative desk.“Beach lifeguarding is all about teamwork, so my group were supportive of each other, but the expertise, talent and support were fantastic. “There was a family environment there and that was really helpful, it got us through, there is so much more to be gained from the course than you can write down on paper.”Francis DuffyFrancis now works at the Donegal Adventure Centre as one of the core instructors and tutors and she highlighted the unbreakable ‘team spirit’ as the most rewarding part of the course.“The team-spirit, gaining that team spirit was how we achieved it, which was a difficult thing, we had to work together and we achieve it as a team, not only me.”Thomas KellyThomas (Teddy) Kelly, who was born in Glasgow, lived and worked in several countries before making the move from New Zealand to Donegal, studying the Surf Instructor and Beach Lifeguard course. “I left school when I was 17 and went to college to study outdoor education,” he said. “I then went travelling and worked in four or five different countries in different adventure centres and outdoor tourism.“I got back from New Zealand and I had a friend in Donegal who said there was an adventure centre here, so I came across and soon realised that the main employment here was surfing, so I started the course to get another feather in my cap.”The course, which is assessed by a surf and beach lifeguard theory and an exam, lasts for 27 weeks and Kelly admitted it felt good to complete the course. “It felt good for the beach lifeguard because I struggled with my swimming, not so much in the sea, but in the swimming pool I wasn’t great, but when I completed it, it was a very good sense of achievement. “I have done a lot of instructorship in the past like kayaking skiing, rock climbing, so I was delighted, as I said before, to add another feather to the cap.”Visit www.donegaletb.ie to find more information about the surf and outdoor activity instructor courses and PLC courses at Finn Valley College Stranorlar and Errigal College Letterkenny starting in the coming weeks or email adultguidance@donegaletb.ie with course inquiries.Specific skills courses (surf instructor and beach lifeguard and outdoor activity instructor traineeship) are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Adventure-seekers surf into new careers with Donegal ETB was last modified: September 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:bundorancareersDonegal ETBeducationjobsPLCsports educationsurfingtraininglast_img read more

GARDA NOTICE: TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS THIS SUNDAY FOR MATCHES AT O’DONNELL PARK

first_imgGARDA NOTICE: Patrons travelling to the Donegal v Roscommon (football) and Donegal v Down (hurling) matches at O’Donnell Park this Sunday are being advised of the following:Patrons travelling through Ballybofey are advised to leave early to allow for delays at road works on Donegal Road.Parking at O Donnell Park is restricted.From 1.30pm access to the area will be restricted to local traffic and vehicles displaying disability passes.People travelling to the match are advised to use car parks in the town and avail of free shuttle bus service to O Donnell Park.People intending to use Glenties Road from Letterkenny Town should use the diversion at Oldtown onto the Rockhill Road.Please also note: There will be a diversion in place after the match with traffic being diverted as required at Blacks Centra up Convent Road onto Circular Road and the Hospital Roundabout.  GARDA NOTICE: TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS THIS SUNDAY FOR MATCHES AT O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: March 10th, 2016 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:O’Donnell Parktraffic restrictionslast_img read more

PROPERTY DEVELOPER BANNED FROM BEING COMPANY DIRECTOR OVER DONEGAL DEAL

first_imgA property developer, whose firm went bust owing Nama more than Stg£30m, has been banned from acting as a company director for eight years over how he handled two Donegal property deals.Peter McDaid ran McDaid Developments (Ireland), which did much of its business in County Donegal.The firm also had land or developments in his native Derry as well as in Cavan and Longford. It went into administration in 2010, leaving creditors more than £33m out of pocket. Its biggest creditor was Nama, the National Asset Management Agency.Nama had taken over loans originally made to the company by Bank of Ireland.Northern Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) found that two transactions in the two years before the administration were detrimental to the firm’s creditors.They were the sale of a property in Donegal, in lieu of an alleged loan of 140,000 euros when in the opinion of the administrator, the property was worth at least 230,000 euros. Secondly, giving a tenant of a property the option to buy it for 400,000 euros when in the opinion of the administrator, the property was valued at around 550,000 euros.Mr McDaid also failed to adequately account for the whereabouts of all the fixed assets owned by his company.After the company failed, he also submitted a materially inaccurate Statement of Affairs which overstated the value of the company’s land and property by £9,850,000.At the time that McDaid Developments (Ireland) entered administration it had 13 sites that were a combination of undeveloped land, completed houses and partially-built developments.In addition to the bank debt, the firm owed almost €900,000 to smaller unsecured creditors, many in County Donegal. The company’s last set of accounts, for the year ending November 2008, showed it lost more than £6m in that time, compared to a £500,000 loss the year before.A note in those accounts showed that Mr McDaid, had personally guaranteed at least some of the company’s borrowings.He was declared bankrupt in April 2012.PROPERTY DEVELOPER BANNED FROM BEING COMPANY DIRECTOR OVER DONEGAL DEAL was last modified: June 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PROPERTY DEVELOPER BANNED FROM BEING COMPANY DIRECTOR OVER DONEGAL DEALlast_img read more

Motlanthe reassures the nation

first_imgPresident Kgalema Motlanthe (Image: The Presidency of SA)Wilma den HartighThe global economic crisis and South Africa’s social grants were major priorities in President Kgalema Motlanthe’s State of the Nation Address on Friday.  He also assured South Africans that the nation is in a good state, despite the strain on the local economy and much political uncertainty.He said South Africa could not ignore the global credit crunch and its consequences for production and trade. The government’s immediate task is to devise responses that will minimise the impact of the crisis, he said, especially on the most vulnerable sectors of society.Motlanthe stressed that South Africa’s counter-cyclical budget policies had helped the country avoid the worst impact of the crisis.“We are in a period in which others are experiencing or projecting recessions. South Africa and the rest of the continent are still poised for growth, even if at a slower rate,” he said.The president announced that a task team was busy debating a number of interventions for the country. These include continued public investment projects, the value of which has increased to R690-billion for the next three years.“Where necessary, we will find creative ways to raise funds,” he said. This will include support by development finance institutions, loan finance from international agencies, partnerships with the private sector and utilisation of resources controlled by workers such as pension funds.Plans to expand employment in sectors such as health, social work, education and law-enforcement agencies will continue. The introduction of the next phase of the Expanded Public Works Programme will also be fast-tracked.  He spoke of “mitigating actions” to be undertaken within the private sector to counteract an excessive investment slowdown and unnecessary closures of production plants. For example, government will adapt industrial financing and incentive instruments to help deal with challenges in various sectors, and also encourage development finance institutions to assist firms in distress. Alternatives to layoffs will be explored, including longer holidays, extended training, short time and job-sharing.Many analysts and opposition parties welcomed the introduction of the task team, as well as the proposed intervention strategies.  “What stands out is that the president spoke about the global financial crisis. It is an indication that government is not in denial,” said Judith February, head of the political information and monitoring service at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa.She added that it was a “good steadying speech” that addressed how the economic crisis will impact on South Africans. However, she did express concern about the implementation of the initiatives.Raenette Taljaard, director of the Helen Suzman Foundation, said Motlanthe approached the implications of the global financial crisis for South Africa in a very thoughtful way.“He even made some suggestions of what can be done if we know that the credit markets are going to be closed for infrastructure,” Taljaard said.Dr Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus, largely agreed.“Although the address was an election speech in a certain sense, the intervention plans are concrete and we welcome the task team discussions,” Mulder said.  Social grants also came under the spotlight in the address. Motlanthe said government has over the past 15 years done its best to attack the scourge of poverty through the social wage. Income poverty among African and Coloured communities has declined, partly as a result of higher rates of employment and access to social grants. In 1999 the number of grant beneficiaries was 2.5-million. By 2008 this had increased to 12.4-million.Research conducted by a team of academics at the University of Stellenbosch, led by Professor Servaas van der Berg, indicates that money-metric poverty declined substantially since the turn of the century. The reduction is to a large extent due to a dramatic expansion in social grants expenditure from 2002 onwards.Among households that include children (aged 17 and younger), the number of households reporting that a child went hungry declined dramatically (from just over 31% to 16%) between 2002 and 2006. Evidence of the social wage is also seen in massive improvements in access to primary health facilities.Despite these advances, Motlanthe said still more could be done.“Government is painfully aware that abject poverty is still too widespread in our society and the level of inequality is too high.”As part of the intervention plan, he said government will sustain and expand social expenditure, including progressively extending access to the child support grant to children 18 years of age and reducing the age of eligibility for old age pension to 60 years for men.Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance, was critical of this emphasis on social grants, saying poverty-stricken South Africans need more than a “few hundred rand a month” to sustain themselves. Zille said what is needed is to grow the economy and create more jobs so that people can sustain their families and earn a honourable living.Jacob Zuma, president of the ruling African National Congress, pointed out that the levels of poverty in 1994 were “beyond description” and social grants were necessary to address this situation. “It is important to begin to think how we can come out of this. We can’t have a country that depends on grants forever,” Zuma said, adding that an emphasis on education is an important tool to address this issue and lower the number of people dependent on grants.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Video Drone Flight Leads to Felony Charges

first_imgAn Ohio man faces felony charges after refusing to land his video drone.Kele Stanley, a videographer and drone enthusiast in Ohio has been charged with a felony after officials say he refused to land his drone in order for a medical chopper to land at a crash scene.Stanley allegedly came across the accident while driving and began flying his $4,000 drone above a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree. Stanley told reporters that he was planning on turning over the footage to a local news station as he had done in the past.Image Courtesy of CareflightWhen an officer asked him to down the drone, Stanley refused stating that there was no law in Ohio prohibiting him from using the drone. This is true, as of right now there are no laws or regulations in Ohio prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft for amusement purposes. However, commercial use is illegal.Authorities state that they told Stanley of the helicopter’s approaching and he refused to down the drone. Stanley disputes these claims stating, “I’m not an idiot. If I had known that Care Flight was on the way, my helicopter would have come down immediately. There wouldn’t have been any dispute.”Stanley pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct.The entire case brings into question the larger debate over the legalities of using unmanned drones for film and video use. Additional debates surrounding the legal use of drones extend from police surveillance to Amazon’s drone delivery plan.What do you think? As professionals utilizing new video technology, we’re curious what restrictions, if any, you feel should be placed on video drone usage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Yusuf Pathan grateful to Gautam Gambhir for his faith

first_imgHard-hitting Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Yusuf Pathan has thanked his captain Gautam Gambhir and the team’s head coach Jacques Kallis for reposing faith in him and giving him the opportunity to bat for nearly half the innings. (WATCH: Yusuf Pathan welcomed like a true ‘Knight’ after stunning RCB into submission)KKR won by five wickets with five balls to spare to eventually climb to the second spot on the Indian Premier League points table. Pathan hit a match-winning unbeaten 60, guiding his team to a thumping win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.Yusuf admitted that carrying the match-winner tag did bring its own pressure, especially since it is difficult to be consistent when batting down the order.He expressed gratitude to the team management for showing trust in him and sending him in with more than ten overs to go in the innings. (Pathan, Russell muscle Kolkata to five-wicket win over Bangalore)”It is not easy. When you come in with two or three overs to go and you need to hit big shots every ball, you won’t have that kind of consistency. But I back myself and, importantly, my team has faith in me. So it is important to have that confidence,” Yusuf said.”I thank Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich for trusting me and giving me ten overs to bat. After spending two or three overs at the crease, you get into the zone and things become easier. So I am very grateful to them for having faith in me and giving me that opportunity.”advertisementAndre Russell (39) and Pathan logged a 96-run partnership of 45 balls for the sixth wicket. Pathan reached his half century in 27 balls. (Pathan disagrees with Gavaskar’s understanding of RCB bowling attack)Asked about the game plan behind the match-winning partnership, the veteran Baroda batsman said, “We were not thinking of anything in particular. We knew if we stuck around and played our shots, the target would not be too difficult to chase.””At one point, when I was setting myself up, Russell played really well, taking the pressure off me. So that was very important, that we played for each other.””We wanted to keep wickets in hand, while still playing our shots to prevent pressure from building. We knew that if we could take it deep, then one over of 20-25 runs could swing it our way.”The 33-year-old also praised skipper Gautam Gambhir for backing his players.”Gambhir is a very good captain and he believes in, and backs his players under any situation. If you noticed today, Piyush Chawla gave away some runs early on in his first two overs, but Gambhir trusted him and gave him the ball again. And see, he picked up wickets later on. It is important for us players that your captain backs you all the time,” Yusuf said.last_img read more