Waking up From a Nightmare: A Wish Come True

first_imgTrying to remind children that life must go on after they have experienced a tragedy or tragic moment in their lives is as hard as explaining to them why the cold hands of death takes those we love, away.The lives have just changed for three children from the Caldwell community, who we recently featured in our column on December 12, 2014 under the title ‘Ebola Happenings: Three Orphans Appeal for Help’.These children were the first group of orphans to have lost their entire family, including both parents and two sisters, to the deadly Ebola virus. For months they have been battling their emotions, meeting dead ends whenever they were forced to go out and look for food, money and the simple things life would have offered if their parents were still alive.For months their community, leaders and also the government who have yet to know that these children exist, until now, have forgotten them. SOS calls were never made by the children or their grandmother who quite recently had to leave her village to help watch over them.Our female reporter, Yewa Sandy, who says she was attacked months ago while trying to reach the children and those who were all affected by the Ebola spread, was never able to reach them.So for months, they have had nothing but a sullen look on their faces, upset about what hand they have been dealt at such young ages. No parents, no help and no possible future.That was then. Upon reading the article that featured 16 year-old Mohammed, 14 year-old Ahmed and six year-old Bendu Passawe, the director for Rainbow Intercultural Dialogue center (RIDC) responded immediately.“I want to help and will do all I can along with Liberian Turkish Light International school who have asked me to be here with them to assess the situation,” he stated days after the story was published.Mr. Ali and a staff from Liberian Turkish School International visited the family to see their condition and gave them rice.  They promised the sad children that they would be back after they had decided how they could help.For weeks the children have been unconcerned about school reopening. No one had reached out to them since Mr. Ali’s visit.Meanwhile, the Liberian Turkish School International along with Mr. Ali on Monday made a surprise visit to the Passawe children that the children say “has changed our lives forever”.Akem, a staff of the school who just returned from Turkey, was among those who visited the family.“I have opened my doors to you as a family and want you to share everything with me including my household. You are as of today welcome to be a part of my family and I, meaning we will spend time together, eat together, spend holidays together and everything else,” he warmly offered.The grandmother of the Passawe children shouted for joy  to know that her grandchildren now have a home again.Furthermore, on behalf of the Liberian Turkish School International, Mr. Ali stated that each child’s school fees would be sponsored.“Mohammed, who just sat the entrance to enter the University of Liberia, will receive a full scholarship. His college tuition will be paid until he graduates and his dorm fees will also be paid, enabling him to live on campus,” Mr. Ali said, adding,  “being that Bendu and Ahmed are still under age, their school fees will be paid while they live at home with their grandma.”While the grandmother thanked and blessed the visitors, the children watched on in amazement.“Their parents have just rested. Their worry for their children is no more, they can rest now because the kids are going to be okay” the grandma declared with relief and happiness.Mr. Ali gave them more rice and a container of oil and asked that they give him a full list of whatever it is that they will need to sustain themselves so that those items can be made available to them.“You are family now and Mr. Akem will take care of you and so will the school, whether you need clothes or whatever, once we can afford it, we will get it for you” they added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


PPP/C promises rejuvenation of affected communities – Ali

first_imgClosed sugar estatesPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali has promised a complete rejuvenation of communities across Guyana, which were affected in some way by the closure of the sugar estates. Thousands of persons lost their livelihoods as a result of the lay-offs.During a meeting with residents of Belle Vue on the West Bank of Demerara, Ali said the Party is working on a plan which will ensure that these villages “rise again and be successful”. Residents of these communities, he said, should be rest assured that the Party is also committed towards social justice for these affected persons.PPP/C Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali“We are working on a plan that will bridge, rejuvenate, resuscitate, reenergise and bring back life to these communities… These communities will rise again and be successful. Know that you have in the PPP, a leadership that is committed to social justice, economic justice and justice for you and your families and all those who were so severely affected when these estates were closed,” the PPP Presidential Candidate expressed.He also posited that this period is a time for reflection on the circumstances which led to the present situation.“As we reflect on the years, that we understand the journey of life that we understand where we were five years ago, where we are today and the circumstances that led to where we are today. This is an opportunity for us to remind each other that all must have a place to play and a part to play in removing injustices. In the struggles that we are going through, there is hope,” said Ali.Ali reminded of some initiatives and social services which were made possible under the previous Administration that improved the lives of everyone.“Over the years in all these communities, you would have seen many initiatives that were geared at improving the welfare of families, whether it was the uniform allowance, the transportation grant or all the other social services that would have been created when we were in Government.”A section of the large gathering at Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara on TuesdayOperations at the Wales Sugar Estate ended on December 31, 2016 and some 375 workers who refused to take up employment at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, have remained without severance payments for almost two years, putting hundreds of families on the breadline and causing economic crisis to surrounding communities.The Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara (Enmore) estates were subsequently closed in December 2017.Over 7000 sugar workers were dismissed altogether from Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and East Demerara Sugar Estates.The Opposition has signalled that these estates will be reopened should they return to power at the next General Elections which is constitutionally due by March 21 after the successful passage of the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018.last_img read more


Man jailed for killing drinking buddy

first_imgThree years after 27-year-old Ravindra Paremdass was sentenced to 57 years’ imprisonment by Justice Navindra Singh for the killing of a drinking buddy, that sentence was reduced following a retrial that was ordered by the Appeal Court.In 2016, a 12-member jury unanimous returned a guilty verdict, hence the sentence was given by the learned judge. However, in January 2019, the retrial commenced at the High Court before Justice James Bovell-Drakes where the accused chose to enter a guilty plea after confessing to the 2012 murder.Before his sentencing on Monday, Paremdass was remorseful and apologised to the court and the family of the deceased. He also begged for leniency in the handing down of the sentence.Paremdass was accused of killing Roopram Jagdeo, called “Lil Baby” and “Rabbit” between December 20 and 21, 2012, at Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Back in 2016, Paremdass’s lawyer, Sanjeev Datadin had appealed the court’s decision on the grounds that Justice Singh failed to adequately put his client’s defence of self-defence to the jury for consideration.On these grounds, the Court of Appeal set aside the conviction and jail sentence and ordered that the accused face another trial.The facts of the matter outlined that the two men were involved in a heated argument over a bicycle and as tension unfolded, Paremdass allegedly dealt Jagdeo several blows to the head with a piece of wood.In the second trial, the State was represented by Tamieka Clarke.last_img read more


Bodybuilder on bail for ecstasy pills possession

first_imgA bodybuilder was on Wednesday taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to the charge of possession of narcotics.Keshan Simon denied that on April 15, 2019, at Lot 247 Oronoque and Forshaw Streets, Georgetown, he had in his possession eight ecstasy pills.The prosecution is contending that on Monday, Police ranks acting on information received went to Simon’s house and conducted a search.During the search, the ecstasy pills were discovered in the toilet area of the home. The prosecution is contending that the man also flushed some of the pills down the toilet. According to the prosecution, the 29-year-old admitted to the ranks that the pills belonged to him.The police prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds of the nature of the offence. He was, however, released on $50,000 bail. The case will continue on May 8, 2019.last_img read more


Fix the flaw

first_imgLOS Angeles County Special Counsel Merrick Bobb this week pointed out a flaw in the Sheriff’s Department’s disciplinary process. This flaw, he says, allows deputies to avoid repercussions for misconduct and improper use of force – more than 80 percent of the time, according to a report released Wednesday. That’s a serious charge against people who are entrusted with the public’s safety, and it’s disappointing that Sheriff Lee Baca’s response was one of denial. The history of the department suggests that the special report might be on to something. In an investigation last year, the Daily News found that in the Sheriff’s Department, disciplinary measures were reversed or reduced in 33 percent to 50 percent of the cases. Bobb’s responsibility for providing independent oversight over the department ought to carry much weight with county leaders. Baca and the Board of Supervisors ought to fully explore, and not dismiss, his conclusions. There’s something amiss with the discipline system and, for the benefit of all, it must be fixed. 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


Wasteful Gor held by Esperance at home

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s Fouseny Coulibaly during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Mar 7- Gor Mahia will be left ruing their missed chances especially in the first half after being held to a 0-0 draw by Tunisian giants Esperance in a first round CAF Champions League first leg tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.The record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions, beaten 3-2 at home by the same opponents four years ago had an opportunity to finish the first leg with a handsome score-line, but their scoring let them down on an afternoon they should have had more than three goals. Positive for them though is that they didn’t concede an away goal and will be heading to Tunis for the return tie in 10 days time with the hope that they can match the reigning Tunisian champions and come up with a result that can sail them into the group stages of continental football.Esperance goalkeeper Noel Ben Sherifia had twice produced brilliant saves to ensure his side remained in the game, while also playing his fair share of time wasting antics, slowing down the pace of the game.Without a natural right-back as both Wellington Ochieng and Karim Nizigiyimana are out injured, Gor head coach Dylan Kerr took the gamble of pulling wide a central defender, putting Joachim Oluoch in the position.Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango reacts after missing a header against Esperance during their CAF Champions League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe lanky defender played his part brilliantly to ensure the speedy Esperance wingers do not find space to move.It was the visitors who were the first to produce a goal scoring chance, Youssef Blaili finding some shooting space from 30 yards out but the ball rolled wide.As the game built up, Gor grew in confidence and started passing the ball around with ease. They had the first effort at goal in the ninth minute when Meddie Kagere rose up to meet an Oluoch cross from the right, but he couldn’t get a powerful impact, the ball going over.The home side came ever so close in the 16th minute when Jacques Tuyisenge was sent through by a brilliant Francis Kahata pass but his powerful shot from the right thundered under the upright.Seven minutes later, Sherifia pulled a brilliant save when he reacted fast to punch away a shot from Kagere from the edge of the six yard box after the forward was set up by George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.Gor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s players during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluA minute later, Sherifia once again produced a one of a kind save, diving swiftly to his right to make a one-handed save off a beautiful glancing header from Tuyisenge who met a Philemon Otieno cross.Gaining confidence that they could actually open up the Tunisians, Gor played more attacking football and in the 27th minute had another chance when Kagere was sent through on the left by Odhiambo, powered into the box but his eventual shot went wide.The Tunisians fell behind in defense as they attempted to soak in the pressure and Gor had another superb opportunity in the 37th minute when Joash Onyango’s powerful header from the right across went inches wide from a Kahata corner.-Second Half- Gor Mahia’s George ‘Blackberry’ in action against Esperance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance came a more attacking side in the second half and made changes to that effect, Blaili coming off for Anis Ben Hijra while Yasinne Khenissi was hauled off injured for striker Bilel Nestri.The visitors were more industrious going forward and they were almost gifted on the hour mark when lack of communication between Boniface Oluoch and Shakava saw Haythen Jovini find some space to throw in a boot, but lucky for them the ball rolled out.Jovini was then brought off for Maher Ben Shaieri as he seemed to have tired off, the Esperance coach going for the kill with a fully attacking squad.Gor Mahia’s talisman Meddie Kagere in action against Tunisian giants Esperance during their first leg First round encounter at Machakos Stadium on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAs Esperance piled bodies forward, Gor found a chance on the break and Godfrey Walusimbi tried his luck with a shot from distance but it sailed wide.Kerr made changes bringing off Kahata for Kevin Omondi, Philemon Otieno off for Bernard Ondiek while Samuel Onyango came on for Odhiambo.However, they still couldn’t get a goal to quench their thirst, Kagere once again seeing his point blank effort cleared off the line by the Esperance defense.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


ACCIDENT CAUSING MAJOR TAILBACKS IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgA two car collision is causing major tailbacks in Letterkenny.The crash took place at the Old Dunnes Stores roundabout just before 11am.It is not understood that anybody is seriously injured. However traffic in the area is beginning to build up. ACCIDENT CAUSING MAJOR TAILBACKS IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 14th, 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:accidentletterkennylast_img read more


Heralds seeking respect

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In recent seasons, Whittier Christian played reasonably well in nonleague games while preparing for league play. When league competition began, the season would unravel. This year, the Heralds are 5-0 overall and 1-0 in league. Whittier Christian would like to keep it going tonight against host Animo Leadership in a nonleague contest at Inglewood High’s Coleman Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. “It’s a good feeling,” Caffrey said of the Heralds’ record and most recent victory. “Our kids are learning how to win. The first league victory in over five years, and coming against the No. 1 ranked team is what makes it all the more satisfying.” The Heralds’ offense was taking a beating against Campbell Hall, totaling just 27 yards in the first 24 minutes. “But as has been the case all year, the defense was keeping us close and allowed us to adjust at halftime, and we got it turned around in the second half,” Caffrey said. And when the visiting Vikings scored to take the lead with 1:50 to play, the Heralds’ offense responded. “We made a comeback, throwing the ball the whole way, and scored to get the lead with about 40 seconds to play,” Caffrey said. It was quarterback Joe Villa connecting with Taylor Redmond on a 17-yard pass for the winning score. Esteban Camarillo led the ground game again, carrying 28 times for 137 yards and two scores. Camarillo is the area’s No. 2 rusher, totaling 947 yards and 11 touchdowns on 118 carries. Complementing Camarillo is Derek Gersch, who is averaging 10.1 yards per carry. Villa has completed 31 of 60 passes for 607 yards and six touchdowns. Redmond, with 12 receptions for 291 yards and three scores, and tight end Anthony Santos (11-182-2) top the receivers. Animo Leadership’s record is 1-5, with the 26-14 victory coming over Calipatria in Week 4. The Aztecs are led by Jamal Howard, who has carried 64 times for 647 yards and is averaging 10.1 yards per carry and 107.8 yards a game. Quarterback Michael Lyles Jr. is a big play guy, with 90 yards on just three carries. He has completed 34 of 48 passes for 629 yards and three touchdowns, including scoring pass plays of 80 and 75 yards. Robert Ford, who has rushed for 321 yards, also has 20 receptions for 420 yards, or 21 yards per catch. Lyles also keys the defense with 11 sacks. “Animo has some talented kids,” Caffrey said. “They don’t have a JV program, but they’ve got five, six kids who can really play. They haven’t been scoring a lot (13.2 ppg), and they’ve been giving up a lot of points (37.2 ppg). That could be good for us.” — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After playing what coach Jon Caffrey called its poorest first half of the season, Whittier Christian High School righted its ship and earned a 20-19 win over Campbell Hall on Friday night at Whittier College. Two things are significant about this victory. center_img First, Campbell Hall was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in this week’s Division XIII poll. Second, and perhaps most important, it was the Heralds’ first league victory in more than five years. last_img read more


‘PONTUS PILOTS’ HOPING TO MAKE IT A ‘GOOD FRIDAY’ AT VOODOO VENUE

first_imgThis weekend Voodoo Venue brings you another action packed 3 nights of quality entertainment. Friday sees the return of the very popular PONTUS PILOTS live in voodoo lounge while Paddy Friel spins the tunes in Voodoo Club.Admission to the club only €5 with a free cocktail till 12. Saturday it’s RECOIL live in the lounge with DJ FLIP in Voodoo Club and DJ KWA in vintage.Admission is free through voodoo lounge from 9pm to 11pm and €10 after. Mark Black & the Trips play in the Greenroom.Sunday it’s the very popular LOUGES playing in voodoo lounge followed . Upcoming events at Voodoo Venue are Tuesday May 27th it’s international DJ WILL SPARKS as special guest at our end of Exams Special.Sunday June 1st it’s Swedish Techno DJ & Producer Christian Smith straight from the opening parties in Ibiza along with the Japenese Popstars .See Facebook for more details and to win complimentary tickets to all of the above events.  ‘PONTUS PILOTS’ HOPING TO MAKE IT A ‘GOOD FRIDAY’ AT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: May 23rd, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsVoodoo VenueWEEKEND LINE-UPlast_img read more


South Africa’s labour market

first_img Legislation is supported by codes of good practice, issued by the Department of Labour. Occupational health and workplace safety is also closely regulated. Formal sector (non agricultural): 9,6-millionInformal sector (non agricultural): 2,2-millionAgriculture: 685 000Private households: 1,1-million South Africa’s labour market transformed since 1994, with an emphasis on strategies that eliminate labour inequalities of the past and improve general working conditions for all South Africans.Legislation and policy The most notable pieces of legislation which aim to strengthen the labour market include: the Labour Relations Act (LRA); the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA); the Employment Equity Act (EEA); and the Skills Development Act (SDA). Business organisations South Africa also has a number of employers’ organisations. Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) represents the collective interests of business in South Africa in the context of the Nedlac forum.Disputes Labour disputes are dealt with on several levels: either through bargaining councils, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), the Labour Court or by private arbitration. Read more: Employment equity FAQ Read more: Trade unions in South Africa According to StatsSA’s figures for the last quarter 2012, about 4,5-million people were looking for work, of which 3,1-million (or 68%) have been looking for work for a year or longer. Just over 61% of the job seekers did not have matric. Trade unions Trade unions play an important role in South Africa’s labour relations. There are three major union federations in SA, whose affiliates represent a broad spectrum of industry: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the Federation of Trade Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu). These three federations form the labour constituency at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), together with members representing the state and business interests. SAinfo reporter Reviewed: 3 May 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was established in 1996, to resolve labour disputes. CCMA arbitration awards that are contested or disputes that cannot be resolved by conciliation may be taken to the Labour Court in certain cases. Since its inception in 1996, the CCMA has dealt with thousands of cases. The majority of disputes referred to the CCMA relate to individual dismissal and are settled at the conciliation stage.Employment equity The Employment Equity Act requires designated employers to compile and implement an Employment Equity Plan aimed at promoting equal opportunities and affirmative action, while eliminating unfair discrimination. Designated employers include those who employ more than 50 people, or have an annual turnover of a certain amount. The Act is intended to redress the employment disadvantages of black people, women and those with disabilities (“designated groups”). A designated employer is required to implement affirmative action measures for designated groups in order to achieve employment equity. Website: www.labour.gov.za The workforce With an unemployment rate of around 25%, South Africa’s biggest challenge is the creation of jobs. The global recession of 2008 hit the local labour market hard, and more than a million jobs were lost by 2010. However, the market is gradually recovering and this is expected to help employment figures. According to Statistics SA, South Africa has a workforce of more than 18-million people (this includes those either working or available to work and actively seeking work). Of these, around 13,5-million are employed:last_img read more