Several injured after minibus plunges into trench

first_imgOne day after two people lost their lives in a tragic minibus accident on the East Coast of Demerara, several others, including a pregnant woman, have been injured in a similar accident – this time in Georgetown, after a minibus that was reportedly speeding veered out of control and ended up in a trench.The minibus being pulled out of the trench at Vlissengen and Shell Roads after the injured persons were taken to the hospitalGuyana Times understands that the driver of the Route 44 minibus, which bears registration number BLL 1949, was heading to the Georgetown minibus park about 11:00h but while in the vicinity of Vlissengen and Shell Roads, the driver lost control.This publication was told that the minibus driver, Ashton Faithful, 33, of Ogle, East Coast Demerara ECD, attempted to overtake a car, but ended up hitting the car on its right side and spun out control, landing in the trench.Four passengers, including a pregnant woman, were injured in the process and were taken to private medical institutions, while Faithful was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he is nursing injuries to his neck.Police have since launched an investigation.On Sunday, two vendors died tragically after the bus in which they were travelling crashed and toppled several times before coming to a halt at the Success Public Road, ECD.Fifty-eight-year-old Denise Cully, of Lot 89 Vigilance, ECD, died on the spot while Patricia Ellis, 59, of Lot 30 Haslington, ECD, died while receiving medical treatment.Based on information received, the accident occurred about 07:30h and involved a minibus bearing registration number BTT 4910, driven by a 47-year-old resident of Golden Grove, ECD.A Police report disclosed that the minibus was proceeding west along the southern drive lane of the southern carriageway of the said road, reportedly at a fast rate of speed.It is alleged by the driver that a blue motor car overtook him from the left side and hit his left rear wheel causing him to lose control and hit the median.This resulted in Cully being tossed out of the bus and ending up on the northern carriageway.The minibus then turned onto its left side, crushing the now dead woman. It then skidded some distance before coming to a halt.The vehicle was eventually turned back onto its wheels and the decapitated body of Cully was removed.last_img read more

Hang out at old haunts

first_img Games and food will be available. Admission is free. LANCASTER – Lancaster Elks Lodge will host is annual Halloween party for local youngsters from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the lodge hall, 240 E. Ave. K. The party is free to all Lancaster-area children ages 12 and younger with parental supervision. A haunted house with games and prizes will be held inside the lodge building. Hamburgers, hot dogs and punch will be provided free to the children. Goody bags will be given at the door. The event will be sponsored by Elk volunteers and Emblem Club 76 members. About 250 children attended last year’s party. For more information, contact the Lancaster Elks Lodge at (661) 942-1625. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Halloween parties, haunted houses and trick-or-treating are coming up tonight in the Antelope Valley. Here are some local events: PALMDALE – Antelope Valley Mall invites children to trick-or-treat between stores from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. The Spooktacular Halloween Bash lets children dress up in costumes and get their fill of goodies in a safe, climate-controlled environment, mall officials said. “This is the perfect opportunity for Antelope Valley Mall businesses to give back to the community, especially the children,” said Diana Fiore, mall marketing director. “We are happy to provide a fun environment for all our little A.V. witches and goblins.” PALMDALE – Teenagers from Highland High School will put on a haunted house with movie monsters and other frights from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight at 1621 Berkshire Drive, Palmdale. Cost is $5, a portion of which will go to Lancaster-based Catalyst Foundation. The house is recommended for visitors age 13 and older. ACTON – A haunted house will be sponsored by the Acton Leo club from 5:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Acton Community Center, on Smith Avenue west of Crown Valley Road. The club has been hosting the haunted house for 12 years. Admission is $5. ACTON – The Acton Leo Club will host its 12th annual Fall Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Acton Community Center, on Smith Avenue west of Crown Valley Road. A costume contest open from toddlers to adults starts at 6 p.m. A pumpkin carving contest starts at 6:30 p.m. last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Eureka boats slamming tuna

first_imgCalm seas and 60-degree water within 20 miles — the ideal scenario that will make any fanatical tuna angler go nuts — or not show up to work. North Coast fishermen have been devoid of an ocean salmon season this year, but the current tuna frenzy has helped ease that pain. Screaming drags will do that. Since Saturday, boats have set their sights on the warm, blue water, which has been moving steadily closer to shore. The water was 30 miles out over the weekend, but was only 20 miles offshore as …last_img

Eldorado Park drug crackdown

first_img22 May 2013 The police have arrested at least 116 people this week in an operation involving a special intervention team aimed at ridding the community of Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, of drugs and drug-related crime. This follows last week’s visit by President Jacob Zuma, who promised swift action in the fight against drug abuse in the area. Of the 116 arrested, 43 were for drug-related crimes, 20 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 10 for assault, while the rest were for various crimes such as burglary, theft and possession of unlicensed firearms. A total of 20 drug dens, also known as “lolly lounges”, have also been closed down. Four addicted children, including an 8-year-old, found at various “lolly lounges”, have been taken to a place of safety. Police also confiscated drugs including cat, mandrax, cocaine, rock and nyaope.Special team on the ground An integrated special intervention team, which includes a police tactical response team, members of the flying squad and provincial officers, has been dispatched to the area to increase visibility and hunt down drug dealers. Their operations include vehicle checkpoints, stop-and-searches, and visits to identified houses of alleged dealers and “lolly lounges”, and are continuing on a 24-hour basis in the area. The operation comes just days after Zuma visited the area in an answer to a plea from desperate parents, who informed the President about how drugs have run rampant in the area while some local police looked on. Briefing the media on the government’s intervention on Wednesday, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the seriousness of the problem in Eldorado Park was one which required swift action and expertise. Mokonyane, who was flanked by members of the steering committee appointed by President Zuma, said various government departments would be working in partnership with the police to tackle the widespread substance abuse in the area. “The plan is based on two key strategies, which are the Drug Master Plan, that is aimed at reducing demand, harm and supply, and the Gauteng Provincial Anti-Substance Abuse Strategy, which focuses more on prevention, early intervention, treatment and after-care and reintegration.” Outlining the strategy, Mokonyane said the plan was not only about “banging down doors to get to drug dealers”, but would also take a deeper look into the social problems besetting the area.Making schools safe for children The preliminary intervention, which aims to reduce the demand for drugs, has also seen the police carrying out raids at various schools in the area, where random drug and body searches have been conducted, and raids at the homes of suspected minor drug dealers. The druglords tend to use minors to peddle drugs, especially at schools. Mokonyane told the media they were working towards ensuring that schools were safe havens. “This will be done by regular inspection of vendors outside and inside school premises, impromptu drug searches, deploying patrollers in schools and at every strategic point.” They would also fix broken school fences, clear open spaces next to schools of shrubbery, and implement the Safer Schools strategy and the Adopt-a-Cop programme for all schools in the area, she said. Part of the schools plan will be to raise awareness by conducting door-to-door campaigns, increasing the number of learners that visit prisons, and running substance abuse prevention and social crime prevention workshops. A Youth Against Drugs forum will also be formed through the Department of Social Development to educate learners about the effects of drugs. The number of social workers available to both learners in schools and youngster in the broader community will also be increased.Increasing rehab options Part of the government’s plan, according to Mokonyane, will be looking at how children who are already addicted can be helped. The premier announced that they have teamed up with Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which will set up a short-term (seven-day) intensive detoxification programme. Plans are also in place to increase funding of existing out-patient treatment centres, not only in the area but the province as well. “In support of the initiative, we shall enhance mobilisation through community dialogues, youth safety imbizos, Men as Safety Promoters programmes and others. We shall also establish committees of concerned parents through local anti-drug committees.” Plans are also in place to register unregistered treatment centres to ensure that they are operating within the prescribed norms and minimum standards.‘We are moving in the right direction’ In order to ensure swift justice in the area, the steering committee is also looking at opening dedicated drug courts. According to Police Minister Nathi Methethwa, these special courts would “ensure the rapid processing of drug-related cases”. Mthethwa, who applauded the community of Eldorado Park for standing up and partnering with the government to find solutions to their challenges, said the high police visibility and random searches and raids would remain in place until the criminals had been brought to book. Residents who spoke to SAnews said they were seeing the difference and were starting to feel safer. “We are impressed by the police visibility. Drugs and criminals had taken over our streets, and now we are taking them back. Enough is enough,” said resident Anton Lynch. Michelle Booysens, who said drugs had been a big component of crime in the area, said she was “seeing the light … Once again, I have hope for this community. Yes, it’s still early days, but I have hope that we are moving in the right direction. Things are changing, and united we will soldier on. “ Mokonyane said there was still more to be done to ensure that the community normalised. “It’s not going to be easy, but it is going to be in the best interests of our community.” She added that they would bring on board a number of other departments, such as Economic Development and Trade and Industry, to address the critical lack of employment opportunities and economic activities in the area. “Economic development will receive particular attention so that we are able to ensure that we develop alternative sustainable livelihoods for families in the area. This includes approaching businesses who could potentially invest in the area.” The Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation will also be roped in to initiate a number of projects geared towards youth development and social cohesion. “We will solicit support of influential individuals from disciplines such as arts, sports, music and culture to have dialogues on issues of identity, culture, diversity and a sense of belonging,” said Mokonyane. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Insects to watch for this summer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With continued dry weather, spider mites are one of the main pests to remain vigilant about in field crops. They will often show up in field borders first as they move in from other habitats, for example if nearby ditches have been mowed. Spider mites are difficult to see. Look for injury signs — yellow spotting or stippling on the upper side of leaves. In soybean this damage usually begins in the lower canopy and progresses upward as the mite population increases. Heavily infested leaves may also have light webbing similar to spider webs.There are no number-based thresholds available for mites, in part because counting them is not practical in a scouting context. During drought populations can increase rapidly so scouting every four to five days in recommended during drought conditions. Walk a broad pattern in the field and examine at least two plants in each of 20 locations. Use the following scale developed by the University of Minnesota to evaluate spider mite damage in soybean, with treatment recommended at level 3. There are relatively few products available for the treatment of two-spotted spider mites and some pyrethroid insecticides may actually “flare” spider mite populations, making them worse.0. No spider mites of injury observed1. Minor stippling on lower leaves, no premature yellowing observed.2. Stippling common on lower leaves, small areas on scattered plants with yellowing.3. Heavy stippling on lower leaves with some stippling progressing into middle canopy. Mites are present in middle canopy with scattered colonies in upper canopy. Lower leaf yellowing is common and there is some lower leaf loss (spray threshold).4. Lower leaf yellowing readily apparent. Leaf drop common. Stippling, webbing and mites are common in middle canopy with mites and minor stippling present in the upper canopy (economic loss).5. Lower leaf loss common, yellowing or browning moving up plant into middle canopy, stippling and distortion of upper leaves common with mites present in high levels in middle and lower canopy.Common choices for spider mite control in soybeans are products containing chlorpyrifos, dimethoate, bifenthrin though other miticides exist. A product newly available for twospotted spider mite control is Agri-Mek (Syngenta), whose label was recently expanded to include soybean and sweet corn. We have not evaluated the efficacy of this product. Grasshoppers, Japanese beetles and other soybean defoliatorsDry weather encourages grasshoppers. As with spider mites, infestations often begin along field borders. Grasshoppers are much easier to kill when they are small, so timely treatment is helpful. A general defoliation threshold can be used for all leaf-feeding insects in soybean regardless of species. These insects include Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, green cloverworms, and various other caterpillars. If soybeans are in pre-bloom they can tolerate up to 40% defoliation before treatment is advised, and 15% defoliation from bloom to pod-fill. These percentages refer to whole-plant defoliation, not just a few leaves.A word to the wise about treating for defoliators: a good reason to avoid pulling the trigger on a spray too soon, apart from simple economics, is that many pyrethroid products will actually make spider mite problems worse. We often see the most intense spider mite flare-ups in fields that have been treated with a broad-spectrum pyrethroid, particularly when environmental conditions favor them anyway. Western bean cutwormWe have had a fair number of trap catches in early July, which suggests that we are entering a period of intense flight. With the heat, peak flight occurred by in mid-July. Over the next few weeks, corn should be inspected every four to five days for the presence of egg masses. Check 10 corn plants in 10 different locations — if greater than 8% of those have egg masses, treatment may be necessary. Controlling western bean cutworm is more difficult after the larvae enter the ear, so good egg scouting is critical to prevent ear damage.last_img read more

Three fined for stealing lotuses

first_imgA kangaroo court in western Assam’s Barpeta district made three people cough up ₹15,000 for stealing lotuses from a wetland.One of Assam’s prime wetlands, with 39 species of indigenous fish, the 91-hectare Kapla Beel has been a major source of income for the villages around it. The wetland is also known for its lotuses that the villagers protect.But the lotuses – as buds or in bloom – kept vanishing for a week before Durga Puja. The villagers formed a vigilante group and on October 4 caught three people from a neighbouring village under Sarthebari police station. The men were let go but on the condition they face a kangaroo court comprising elders of the two biggest villages adjoining the wetland. A couple of days ago, the court decided to penalise the three with a fine of ₹5,000 each for stealing the aquatic flowers. “We did not intervene as the trial did not involve any physical assault or violation of law. The three were flower traders and had been harvesting the lotuses without permission from the stakeholders,” a local police officer said.last_img read more

Jazz Rout The Knicks, 106-85

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward wondered how his Utah Jazz would respond to a frustrating loss in Sacramento with a quick turnaround for the second night of a back-to-back against the New York Knicks.Hayward set the tone himself and scored 24 points as the Jazz bullied the Knicks from start to finish in a 106-85 victory the night of Dec. 9.“It’s one of the toughest parts of the NBA, having games like that back-to-back,” Hayward said. “It’s a mental thing more than anything and making sure you’re focused and moving on to the next game. We talked about it as a team before tonight, coming out with energy and playing with force.“We did that and were able to respond really well.”Hayward was aggressive from the opening tip and shot 9-for-14 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to go along with four rebounds and five assists.The Jazz (10-10) led 70-37 early in the third quarter for their largest lead in any game this season.Hayward and Derrick Favors combined to score 15 of Utah’s first 18 points as the Jazz sprinted out to an 18-4 lead. The game was never competitive afterward.Favors finished with 20 and eight rebounds.Carmelo Anthony never found a groove, scoring 12 points on 3-for-11 shooting. He didn’t make his first field goal until 6:33 remained in the second quarter. Jose Calderon added nine.The 21-point loss is the worst of the season for New York.The Knicks (10-13) made a small run in the third quarter and cut the lead below 20 points, but consecutive alley-oops to Jeff Withey and Trevor Booker early in the fourth pushed the lead back to 28.The Jazz improved to 3-1 on the second night of back-to-back games.“We know it’s a long season … and you’re going to have some games you’re not performing the way we know we can perform,” Trey Burke said. “Last we felt like we played (poorly), but we were still in the game at the end. Tonight we wanted to come out with energy from the start.”(KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

60-Day Extension of Mount Salem and Denham Town ZOSOs

first_img The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days. Prime Minister Holness told the House that the Denham Town ZOSO has transitioned into the third and perhaps the most challenging segment, which is the build phase. Mr. Holness said the extended periods are necessary to enable transformation of the communities through intensified delivery of social services as well as giving the State the ability to continue to take back full control of the areas. The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.The House of Representatives on Wednesday (April 11), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Mr. Holness said the extended periods are necessary to enable transformation of the communities through intensified delivery of social services as well as giving the State the ability to continue to take back full control of the areas.This will be the fourth extension for the Mount Salem Zone, the first to become operational on September 1, 2017, while it will be the third for Denham Town.Prime Minister Holness told the House that the Denham Town ZOSO has transitioned into the third and perhaps the most challenging segment, which is the build phase.As such, he said, “we need to assure the residents that during this period and moving forward, the… joint forces will continue to provide an effective presence to prevent the return of criminals and their influence”.He informed that the joint force will coordinate with the social-intervention committee as it carries out the various projects during the build phase.With respect to Mount Salem, the area has already undergone three extensions to facilitate development through the ‘clear, hold and build’ strategy and is currently undergoing increased social-intervention activities under the build phase.Prime Minister Holness said the Zone will continue in the build phase during the extended period, with activities to intensify.“The Mount Salem Zone continues to be secured by members of the joint force. The operational objective is to continue to provide a secure environment for the roll-out of the social-intervention activities. There have been no reports of major crimes in Mount Salem, no report of abuse by the security forces, and the residents continue to cooperate with the security forces,” he pointed out.Prime Minister Holness noted that before the establishment of the ZOSOs, Mount Salem and Denham Town were experiencing rampant criminality.He said there was a breakdown in the rule of law and lack of control by the State, but, most importantly, the residents were perpetually fearful for their lives.“Today, I can unequivocally report that this has changed. Crime has been significantly reduced and the residents have been enjoying some level of peace in their community,” Mr Holness told the House.“Though we recognise that there is still much to be done if enduring success and peace is going to prevail, building trust between all parties is a process and will only be realised over time. The residents can now envision lasting peace and hope for their communities,” he added.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister. Story Highlightslast_img read more