Deadly prison riot…

first_imgMedex breaks down in tears as she recounted horrorCoI hears prison officer “chocked and robbed” in Camp St jailBy Shemuel FanfairThe level of violence and aggression inmates have shown towards prison wardens continues to increase. Chief Prison Officer Roddey Denhart on Thursday disclosed that one prison officer was recently “chocked and robbed” in the compound of the Georgetown penitentiary. He also testified that another inmate placed an improvised weapon, a spear, on the chest of another warden.This comes on the backdrop of the account of other witnesses that “intimidation” and a strong gang culture presence has become prevalent at the Camp Street facilities.Denhart, who has served as Chief Prison Officer for four years, recalled that on the evening of 2 March he saw inmates lighting fires on the catwalk but observed that firemen were able to put out the fires in five minutes.Chief Prison Officer – Medex Patricia AndersonCommissioners also heard that while the prison has a specified time when inmates are expected to retire to bed, inmates would always be up and they sleep in a shift system.“They would always be up; some would be sleeping now, some would be sleeping later on,” the Chief Prison Officer explained. He recalled some of the threats inmates hurled at him.“You Denhart, we gan kill you!” he remembered clearly.“They would call you anti-man, tell you bout your family,” he further recalled. The officer also confirmed that inmates were throwing liquids on officers but none reached him.In recounting the events of 3 March, the day of the deadly blaze, the Chief Prison Officer related that before the fire, Officer in Charge (OC) Kevin Pilgrim instructed that the door to Capital A be locked because of improvised weapons inmates were aiming at officers, coupled with their threats.Denhart explained further that the OC advised that officers wait until the “necessary support” was garnered from other ranks.Denhart also testified that inmate Collis Collinson had always been “difficult” and has been in and out of prison. Commissioners heard that Collinson was one who would not adhere to instructions.He also related that Deputy Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels was called “killa” and “murder man” by inmates. Denhart also said Samuels is disliked because of his disciplinary nature and opined that his absence is responsible for some of the disorder that persists in the penitentiary.In his recollection of witnessing the inmates who were burnt, Denhart recalled that he became weak upon witnessing the ghastly scenes. He stated that at that point he sat on the tarmac to regain his composure.Chief Prison Officer – Medex Patricia Anderson in what was at times an emotional testimony, recounted to Commissioners the triage system that was used to treat inmates hurt by the fire. She noted that of the 16 inmates who were injured, 1 had died.When attorney representing the prison service Eusi Anderson asked the prison officer to describe what she saw upon entering the Capital A division, the witness broke down several times. The Medex related that she was “looking for survivors”. She saw six or seven persons with their burnt skin piled at the door and the lifeless body of another inmate lying on a bed. Because of her emotional state, she could not recall whether this or any other body was headless.Commissioners asked the witness if she received counselling for the trauma she witness and she responded in the negative. The CoI also heard that the prison doctor whose name was given as “Chandrika” was not at the penitentiary at the time. However, Anderson posited that her staff present at the time were able to manage the situation as most of those whom they treated survived.The CoI continues today.last_img read more

‘Don’t Dignify Terrifying Ebola Predictions’

first_imgA Liberian educator has urged Ebola-weary Liberians to not dignify the terrifying predictions by some international organizations about an oncoming massive resurgence of the deadly virus.Mr. Thomas Bing Cooper, 66, admonished Liberians and foreign residents to instead observe and intensify the safety measures publicized by health authorities in the country to fight and eradicate the virus.Mr. Cooper, a former instructor of the defunct Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Professional Writing from the former Transworld Tutorial College in London, gave his reaction to the grave Ebola predictions in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in Monrovia. He urged Liberians and foreign residents to vigorously promote sensitization and awareness campaigns throughout the country.In the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Ebola deaths could exceed 20,000; while the Atlanta-based United States government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that between 500,000 and 1.4 million people maybecome infected by January 2015.  Also, the British medical journal, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, said that by mid-December, the virus will infect 171,000 and kill90,000 people in Liberia alone.Interestingly, many communities which initially denied the existence of the virus, and performed cultural burial practices, have now wholeheartedly joined the fight against Ebola.  They have departed from their cultural and traditional habits and adopted the strict health measures instructed by health authorities to stop the spread of the virus.As a result of the terrifying predictions, many Liberians are worried, including those who were earlier in denial of the virus.  Now they have seen that adhering strictly to the anti-Ebola measures and taking advantage of the awareness campaigns have resulted in diminishing infections and deaths in their neighborhoods.Many Liberians   throughout the country who have seen the positive results of proper attitudes, behaviors and practices, have vehemently rejected the predictions by WHO and others.Today, Liberians strongly believe that with fortitude, determination and resilience, the deadly Ebola virus spread is being minimized, contained and controlled throughout the country.Liberians and foreign residents alike, especially in the business communities, have begun to have their hopes restored despite the terrifying and troubling predictions by WHO and others. Mr. Cooper warned Liberians not be complacent with recent gains and successes at the ETUs in the country.He also advised Liberians to desist from joining foreign countries in stigmatizing health workers and medical personnel in the front lines of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 10 Chairman files complaint against ranks at Timehri Police Station

first_imgOn the heels of concerns raised by residents of Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) over difficulties they are facing in having bail money returned to them from the Timehri Police Station, the Region’s Chairman, Renis Morian said he has engaged the attention of the acting Police Commissioner on the matter.Region 10 Chairman Renis MorianThe Chairman said affected residents have been complaining to him for a long time over the issue, as he called on Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan to get involved.“Residents in Region 10 have been complaining for a long time, that whenever they’re stopped by the Police at Timehri (and) they have to pay bail, there’s a difficulty getting (back) the bail money.”He added that based on complaints, he was forced to visit the station himself and he was told that the officer-in-charge was not available. According to the Regional Chairman, this is the exact situation residents of Region 10 have been complaining about. He noted that residents are claiming that every time they go to have the money returned to them, they are told that the officer-in-charge is not available.He added that in one case, he made inquiry for a resident but three weeks later, the resident was still unsuccessful in receiving the bail money.The Regional Chairman said he subsequently made contact with the acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine, regarding the issue.“Now I’ve sent an email to the acting [Police] Commissioner, he asked me to send him an email and outline the issue. I did send an email to him outlining the issue…the RDC in Region 10 wants this matter to be addressed. Too many residents aren’t getting back their bail money from the Timehri Police Station,” the Regional Chairman further stated. He claims that residents are being “pushed around” by the Police, whom he alleges give them lengthy dates to return.“Then you’re hearing now, they got to go to Eve Leary. When they go to Eve Leary, Eve Leary telling them they got to wait…”, he said. Morian also threatened to picket the Police Commissioner’s Office if the matter is not addressed.“Residents here need back their money. Or the next step we going to tek, we gonna picket the Commissioner of Police for the residents. That is what the people say,” he stated. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Uncle remanded for killing toddler niece

first_imgSherwin Roberts was on Tuesday afternoon remanded to prison for the gruesome murder of his 18-month-old niece, when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and had the indictable offence read to him.The confessed ‘baby killer’ appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not allowed to plea at his arraignment.The indictable charge against him alleged that on September 1, 2017 at Sophia,The dead toddler, Ronasha PilgrimGeorgetown, he murdered Ronasha Pilgrim, his toddler niece.The accused teenager of Lot 8 B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, who is currently unemployed, was remanded to prison until September 25, when he will make his next court appearance. He was ordered to be supervised by a probation officer.On the day of the toddler’s murder, it was reported that Roberts broke into his brother’s Lot 98 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown home, and tore a pair of earrings from the baby’s ears.The child started to cry and in order to silence her, the teenager threw the toddler through the window into the swamped yard.He then ran outside, dug a hole and then placed her inside the hole. He then covered the hole by placing planks of wood on top.The incident occurred sometime around 03:30h, when the toddler and her two brothers, aged 10 and 12, were alone at home.Father of the toddler, Ron Pilgrim, a security guard who was on duty at the time, related to Guyana Times that he received a call from a female friend informing him of what had transpired and as such, he rushed home.Upon his arrival at the scene, he recalled seeing the Police in the yard searching for his baby daughter’s body. The distraught father related “When the Police came,Remanded: Sherwin Robertsthey say, ‘let we do an entire yard search,’ which we did.The Police ask me to see if I (could locate) any wood. I saw two big pieces of plank, I moved them, I pushed my hands down as the mud was swamped, when I push my hands down I feel my daughter and then I saw her,” Pilgrim revealed in disbelief.When questioned of his brother’s sanity, Pilgrim denied that he was mentally challenged but revealed that he was recently released from prison where he was convicted on a simple larceny charge. He added, however, that the teenager is a marijuana user.The man told this publication “To be honest, he don’t come by me, so I am surprised as to why he come here. What he came here for? What was his intention? So I have no idea what to say but he wasn’t mad, up to the other day I saw him and he hailed me up”.Roberts was captured later that day by Police at his Sophia home and has since confessed to the crime. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

River expert predicts Site-C impact on lower Peace

first_imgA world-renowned river expert says the proposed Site-C dam will not have a large impact on the lower Peace River. Dr. Mike Church was in Fort St. John last week to discuss dam implications on the river’s downstream landscape. He talked about the topic on Issues and Answers on Wednesday morning. – Advertisement -Church has been studying the WAC Bennett Dam’s impact since it was first constructed in the early 1960’s. He says at that time, many thought that the Peace River would degrade downstream. But, he says the opposite effect has happened, and that sediment is actually accumulating down the river.[asset|aid=2384|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca8f073c5537e5d8274e8f85acdd7ca8-Church 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement If the Site-C Dam project is approved, it would be placed downstream from the WAC Bennett Dam. The project would be a ‘Run-of-River’ facility, which means the dam would recycle water already processed by the WAC Bennett Dam. Church says while there would be a massive change to the river upstream from the third dam, the downstream section would suffer little impact. [asset|aid=2386|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca8f073c5537e5d8274e8f85acdd7ca8-Church 3_1_Pub.mp3] Church says the Peace River downstream will continue to change, but that won’t be from Site-C. He also says the river still has centuries to adapt to the impacts of the WAC Bennett Dam. Dr. Church is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia.Advertisement Dr. Church is a globally-acknowledged expert on rivers, their channels and surrounding catchment areas, and how they respond to human pressure and natural change. He has been studying the Peace River for decades now, and has the most detailed follow-up study to the damming of a major northern river to date. Dr. Church has made predictions about the effects of existing and additional dams, and about the ultimate adjustment of the river. Church says while there has been little change to downstream topography on the Peace River, there has been an impact on the streams and small rivers that run into it. [asset|aid=2385|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca8f073c5537e5d8274e8f85acdd7ca8-Church 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementcenter_img To listen to Wednesday’s Issues and Answers, click here.last_img read more

Under new management

first_imgThe city will earn $381,900 more in revenue over the three years than it did from Ventura, according to city documents. In addition to the $750,000 LEBA will pay the city, the company will also pay $20,000 to the county’s Department of Public Works for graffiti abatement. But Salcido said the City Council should expect much more from such a valuable piece of property. “The contract with LEBA is essentially a mirror image of the old one,” Salcido said. “Yes, the financial benefits are significantly more, however it’s not enough for 60 acres fronting the 605 \ Freeway.” Salcido said he favored tearing down the arena and starting from scratch. “It’s been a money pit for it’s entire existence,” he said “And it’s never fully benefitted the vast majority of residents. “I don’t personally know anyone who’s gone to an event at that place,” he added. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Councilman Greg Salcido was the lone dissenter and Councilman David Armenta was absent. LEBA, Inc. had been subcontracted by Ventura for the past five years to book entertainment and currently has some events already scheduled up to a year from now, said spokesman Bob Spencer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns the property but the city owns the Sports Arena, he said. Recent concern by the Army Corps over the condition of the site led to the termination of a lease with the Fiesta Swap Meet on the Arena grounds. “We tried to come up with a timeframe,” Beilke said. “We will commission a study of the possibilities that we can do with the property. We all agree we have a vision. We just need to decide, do we start from scratch or refurbish it. “That’s why we went with the 3-year lease,” he added. PICO RIVERA – A new 3-year contract for concessionaire services at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena will reportedly double the city’s annual revenue from what the previous vendor could earn, said officials. In a 3-1 vote at this week’s regular meeting, the Council approved a contract that will earn the city $750,000 over three years for LEBA, Inc. to run the 60-acre sports complex. The city’s 15-year contract with Ventura Productions – the previous vendor – will expire May 17. Mayor Ron Beilke and Council members Gracie Gallegos-Smith and Bob Archuleta voted for the new contract, saying the city can earn money while staff researched and initiated plans for the site during the three years. last_img read more


first_imgA food stall in Donegal Town was one of 17 businesses closed by the Food Safety Authority in August.The Akatshi Grill at Pier Car Park in Donegal Town was one of five closure orders issued under the FSAI Act 1998A further 10 businesses were shut down under European food regulations. Prof Alan Reilly, chief executive of the authority, expressed his disappointment at the lack of vigilance by some owners in ensuring their food businesses were fit for purpose and fully compliant with food safety legislation.“The legal onus is on food businesses to ensure that the food they serve is safe to eat in accordance with the legislation.“There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices,” said Prof Reilly.  DONEGAL FOOD STALL ORDERED TO CLOSE was last modified: September 6th, 2013 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:closure orderDonegal Townfood stallFSAlast_img read more

Taft triumphant!

first_img 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 After the loss to Woodland Hills rival El Camino Real last year, Taft High School’s victory in the California 2006 Academic Decathlon must have been doubly sweet. Now Taft’s scholars and their coaches can look forward to six more weeks of cracking the books before they represent the state at the national championship in San Antonio. Although Taft has a storied Acadeca past that includes two national titles, this marks the team’s first statewide victory in 13 years. That’s no mean feat given the competition – El Camino Real has won four titles, including the past two, and Moorpark has won two. Led by Los Angeles Unified schools, California teams have won 12 of 24 national Acadeca championships. And with Taft leading the charge, that ought to be 13 soon enough!last_img read more


first_imgThe St Andrews Cup on Sunday 19th of September was won by Hugo Duggan 19 with 38 pts.Runner up was Shaun Boyce 11 with 36 pts.Well done to our Donegal League team who beat Portsalon 4-1 (10 holes up) on the Sandy Hills Links last Sunday in the first leg of this years final. The return leg will be played in Portsalon on Sunday the 2nd of October. All members of the panel are asked to travelon the day to support the Rosapenna team.With just one competition left in the golfer of the year competition the table is as follows-Shane Doherty 224Vlad Bautris 224 Jody McHugh 223John Boyce 222Micheal Gallagher Jnr 216The Starters Cup which will be played for this Sunday the 25th is the last competition in the 2011 Golfer of the Year competition.All members must book a tee time on a Saturday & Sunday to avoid disappointment and to allow the first tee to operate efficiently. Cutting in at the 10th tee on the Old Links is strictly not permitted at any time at weekends.Tee times can be booked via the Pavilion Golf Shop between 8am & 4pm everyday.The Sandy Hills Links is strictly green fee only and all players must check in with the Pavilion Golf Shop before play.The Pavilion Restaurant is open every Saturday & Sunday night. A new Sunday night set menu will be available from this Sunday from 4.30pm – 8.00pm with two courses for 20e, three courses for 25 euro. Contact 074-915-5000 for reservations.The RNLI golf competition takes place on the Sandy Hills Links this Saturday, 24th September and the time sheet is available at (087) 2477-595 at weekends or on (074) 91-55965 during the week.This will be a singles stable ford event for both ladies & gents and the entry fee of €30 also includes a buffet supper in the Rosapenna Golf Pavilion at 9pm after which there will be the presentation of prizes.The annual golf classic in Aid of Niall Mellon Township Trust will take place on the Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna on Saturday October 1st at €100 per Team.The format is 4-Ball Scramble (any combination). Time sheet in operation.Please contact Garvin Toye on 087-2256-592The Captains Weekend to Ballyliffin G.C will take place on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October.The weekend includes one round of golf on each links on Sat & Sun with dinner, bed & breakfast in the Ballyliffin Hotel. The total cost to include prizes for both days is 120e per player.Names are being taken by Frank Jnr in the Pavilion Golf Shop secured with a deposit of 50e per player. The 70e balance must be paid on Saturday the 8th before the golf.Tee times – Saturday 8th Glashedy Links from 12.50, Sunday 9th Old Links from 13.00.PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Ground every Thursday and selected other days by appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044 7789 157654.ENDS.ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 20th, 2011 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:Rosapenna Golf club noteslast_img read more


first_imgGraveyard MassThe graveyard mass will take place on Sun 16th June at 3pm. School Fun DayThere will be a short family fun walk departing from St Patrick’s School, Drumkeen on Sunday 9th June at 2pm, followed by fun activities and a cake sale. Tea and coffee provided. Bring your family and friends along and join in on the fun. Fancy dress optional, sponsor cards available from the school or make a donation on the day. Proceeds to St Patrick’s N.S. Drumkeen.Drumkeen Community 4th Annual Car Wash We are having our car wash on Sun 16th June from 10.00 am-3.00 pm. The committee have decided to give all proceeds towards Drumkeen St. Vincent De Paul. We are inviting everyone in the community to come along and lend a hand on the day and make it another huge success. Thanks to Patricia for erecting the new flower arrangements at the Marian Shrine. We will also be erecting flower baskets at the entrance to the graveyard in preparation of the graveyard mass which also takes place on Sun 16th June at 3 pm.Drumkeen Youth ClubWe had a great DVD night last week. Thanks to the girls for supplying the film!!!!!! Great choice Aine, Siobhan and Sandra. Thanks to everyone who attended throughout the year, we are now taking a break until September. Good luck to everyone doing their exams and enjoy the holidays.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandPractice every Tuesday in the hall @ 7.00pm. All new members welcome. We’ll teach you to play the flute or drum and have some fun!!Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 29th May 03, 13, 18, 22. No jackpot 1 winner €100 Ann Marie Lee, Buncrana. Next weeks jackpot €1,125. Go raibh maith agat. Charity SkydivePauric Duffy will be doing a charity skydive on the August bank holiday weekend in aid of four charity’s. SNAP- Special Needs Accessible Park. MS Donegal. Little Angels School, Letterkenny & Temple Street Children’s Hospital. All donations greatly appreciated. Pauric can be contacted on 0877702622St. Mary’s GAABingo Continues in Hall on Tues at 8.30 Lotto’s available from any committee member all proceeds from lotto’s go to the daily running of the club e.g. Buses ,washing of Jerseys ,pitch up keep etc. Anyone wishing to help selling Lotto’s Contact Mairead on 0872140060 Adult Cardio Céili ClassAdult Cardio Céili Class every Wed in Kee’s Hotel Stranorlar at 7pm. Contact Louise on 085 7229575 for details.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) Please note the new deadline.DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN NOTES was last modified: June 3rd, 2013 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more