first_imgBy Kizzy ColemanAn early morning fire has devastated a Main Street, Georgetown building located next door to the Prime Minister’s residence and left dead a 77-year-old businessman who reportedly was trapped in the burning building.Yusuf Sankar of Lot 51 Main Street, Georgetown, owner of Rizan’s Instant Photography and Gift Centre and Jarrod’s Graphic Document and Copy Centre, perished in that fire, which broke out on the three-storey wooden and concrete building at about 05:45h.The building that was distroyed by the fireReports are that the now dead man was alerted about the fire by his caretaker of 35 years, when members of the PM’s security team came pounding on his door screaming, “Fire! Fire!” However, when the caretaker, whose only name was given as ‘Claire’, ran downstairs to inform the security personnel that Sankar was still in his bedroom, it was too late, as the smoke had already thickened inside the property.The now dead man, said to be recuperating from a recent surgery, was unable to assist himself.The Guyana Times understands that the fire, suspected to be electrical in origin, started at the back of the building, on the top floor, where the bedroom of the deceased was located.The dead man’s sons, Riyhad and Shane Sankar, were reportedly on their way to drop off another brother, Jarrod Sankar, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) when they received a telephone call informing them that the home they shared with their father and two others was on fire.The distraught sons immediately made an about turn and went back home, but by the time they reached there, the back section of the house, which their father occupied, was in flames.Riyhad Sankar rushed to get his father out of the burning building, but it proved futile, since the heat was too intense. Attempts to remove vehicles from the yard also proved futile.“When I get here, at around 05: 30hrs, no one was here as yet, but I couldn’t go in to do anything, because there was too much smoke. Then I found out that my dad was left inside, that he was trapped in his room trying to get out,” Riyhad explained.The fire fighters were summoned to the scene, and with assistance from the rain, managed to battle the blaze, but only to an extent.Attempts made to speak with the caretaker Claire proved futile, as the woman was too shocked and distraught.Grief stricken family members were also too distraught to speak to the media as undertakers removed the charred remains of Sankar from what was left of the building.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, however, spoke to media operatives and revealed that his security team informed him that steel grills on the property had prevented them from rescuing Sankar.He explained that the fire also spread very quickly, as the building is very old. “The first thing that I thought of doing was to get out all of the fire hydrants, buckets and bowls, and told the ranks in the yard to throw (water) on my house because it is also old as well,” Nagamootoo explained.He applauded the Guyana Fire Service’s quick response to the call, noting that their efforts caused the bottom flat of the property to be saved.Fire and Police officials have launched an investigation to determine what caused this historic building to go up in flames.last_img read more

first_imgA man who spat at hospital staff and Gardai has been ordered to keep the peace after appearing in court.Constance O’Donnell appeared at Letterkenny District Court on public order charges which took place at Letterkenny University Hospital on November 30th last. Garda Seamus Lyons told the court that while in the hospital Gardai were alerted to a drunk man who was spitting at staff.When they went to chat to the man he began spitting at them and was refusing treatment.O’Donnell’s solicitor said her client had suffered from mental health issues which he was trying to address.She said her client acknowledged his behaviour was unacceptable and that he had apologised to hospital staff.“He is a troubled gentleman,” said the solicitor.Judge Paul Kelly bound the man to the peace for 12 months, fined him €100 for not appearing at a previous court sitting and took other charges into consideration.Man who spat at hospital staff and Gardai is bound to the peace was last modified: March 4th, 2019 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:courtGardaihospitalspatlast_img read more

first_imgSEVEN people lost money in an investment called ‘Pear Shaped Resources’ run by a man from Ballybofey, a court heard today.The claim was made at the start of a trial at Donegal Circuit Court. You can read more here: IN COURT ON 26 CHARGES RELATED TO ‘PEAR SHAPED RESOURCES’ was last modified: December 14th, 2011 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:donegal circuit courtpear shaped resourceslast_img read more

first_imgA doting dad whose family’s pet dog was taken from their St Johnston home has said he is convinced a dognapping gang are operating in the area.Daniel Lynch’s pet Alsatian dog was taken from his garden on Monday night last.The dog was later bought by a man in Letterkenny for €150. But the new owner said he suspected there was something wrong with the dog and contacted Donegal Pet Rescue.It was then discovered that the four years old dog had been stolen.Danny revealed “I met him and he explained he bought the dog from a guy and had his phone number.“He said he met him in Carrigans and he was driving a blue van. “I tried the number he gave me but it wasn’t working.“I have been told that a blue van was spotted lifting other dogs and a description of a guy driving it.“I’m convinced they’re lifting the dogs to sell them on. It’s just disgusting,” he said.Danny said he was delighted to get the dog, which is called Ben, back safely.“My little boy is just so happy. He was devastated. The dog is an old pet and wouldn’t hurt anyone. “He wouldn’t bark and someone could have easily lifted him in a second and that’s obviously what happened.‘It’s still very nervous because it was missing for five days,” said Danny.The latest dog robbery comes following the theft of kickboxer Tommy McCafferty’s dog from nearby Burt.Thieves took Tommy’s American Akita dog last week but returned it the following day when the realised who the owner was! Donegal Pet Rescue say there has been a huge increase in the numbers of dogs going missing in Donegal since November.DAD SAYS DOGNAPPERS OPERATING IN ‘BLUE VAN’ ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: January 20th, 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:Daniel Lynchdog BendognappersDonegal Pet RescueSt Johnstonlast_img read more

first_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats PRAISE 940 AM San Diego retook the lead near the end of the second-quarter by a 11-yard touchdown pass by Lawrence and then made a 24-yard field goal to take a 17-7 lead in to the half. On Drake’s ensuing drive, Kraemer completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Steven Doran to cut the Bulldogs’ deficit two a two possession a game after converting the two-point conversion, 31-15. Next Game: Box Score (PDF) “Steve is a battler and he has been in a little slump personally. I know he has been frustrated, but he came back and played big in a big game. He is a great receiver for us and he is going to get better and better,” said Fox. Full Schedule Roster San Diego’s offense went on to finish the game scoring on its next two drives for a final score of 45-15. The Toreros (7-2, 6-0 PFL) played a near flawless game as they didn’t turn the ball over, only committed three penalties and converted 11-of-15 on third-down, while recording 122 rushing yards. Defensively, San Diego limited the Bulldogs (5-4, 4-2 PFL) 240 yards of total offense (16 rushing and 224 passing). “San Diego played a whale of a game. They converted a lot of third downs and held on to the football. We were trying to get the football out and they did a great job of holding on to it. They also played great run defense and those were the keys to the game,” said Drake football head coach Rick Fox. “We said coming in that the team that runs the ball the best is going to be victorious and San Diego was able to do that and took care of the football.” SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego used a 28-point second-half to top the Bulldogs, 45-15, Saturday afternoon at Torero Stadium. The Toreros opened the game with a nine-play 72-yard scoring drive, capped off by a seven-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Ross Dwelley. Box Score (HTML) The Bulldogs came right back and answered with a scoring drive of their own to make it a 7-7 game through the first-quarter. Senior quarterback Grant Kraemer orchestrated an 11-play 68-yard drive, topped off by a five-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Updegraff. Lawrence paced the Torero offense by completing 27-of-36 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns, while 17 of his 27 completions went for a first-down. Defensively, Kieran Severa tallied a game-high 12 tackles (three solo), while Sean Lynch totaled 11 stops (six solo), including one for a loss. The Toreros went on to score on their first three drives of the second-half to extend its lead to 31-7. “We got a really really good defense, there’s no doubt about that. San Diego just got us today. We are going to bounce back,” said Fox. “He is a guy that makes great plays under pressure. I’m not sure if he is better in or out of the pocket, but he just finds receivers and those guys make plays,” said Fox about San Diego’s quarterback Anthony Lawrence. Listen Live Watch Live Story Links at Campbell 11/11/2017 – 12 p.m. Doran finished the game with a career-high 141 yards receiving on a team-best seven receptions. The Bulldogs travel to Buies Creek, N.C. on Saturday, Nov. 11 for their final road game of the season against Campbell. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CST.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgAshley Cole could be content to let his Chelsea contract run down without signing a new deal before his current one expires next year, the Daily Mirror say.Cole has still not been offered a contract extension and it is said that sources close to the England left-back have indicated he is prepared to keep his options open.The Daily Mail say Victor Moses wants talks with manager Roberto Martinez as Wigan continue to block a transfer to Chelsea.Moses is said to have set his heart on a move to Stamford Bridge but the Blues have had a number of bids for him rejected, the latest apparently being for £6.5m.Meanwhile, the Football Association are set to block any attempt by Joey Barton to see out his 12-match ban by going out on loan, according to The Sun.Barton is currently training at Fleetwood Town, with QPR supposedly keen to loan him out so that his suspension is served quickly because of the large number of games lower-division teams face early in the season.Championship clubs Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday are also reported to be interested in the controversial midfielder.It is suggested that a short-term loan would require an application to the FA and the chance of getting a move pushed through is seen as unlikely.And Portuguese newspaper A Bola report that Benfica are closing in on the signing of QPR’s Armand Traore.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • +27 11 656 6349 +27 71 236 2118 RELATED ARTICLES • Crime lit in SA – a new phenomenon • Praise for new isiZulu paper • New website for rural community • Using theatre to educate • Godot a hit with SA audiencesMary Alexander“Chris Rock, the American comedian, jokes that if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book. Let’s prove him wrong and let’s get reading, sistas!” That call to action comes from Sis’ Nolly, the face of Nollybooks, a new South African romance imprint aiming to make readers out of young black women.Nollybooks takes the British Mills & Boon model of chick-lit romance written to a formula and adapts it for the urban South African context, with recognisable – if aspirational – characters, settings, language and culture. But it further adapts the model for a less literate society with the “bookazines” format, with a letter from the editor – Sis’ Nolly – in the front and word games, quizzes, a glossary, book club talking points and celebrity news included at the back.The series, launched in October 2010, is an imprint of MME Media and the brainchild of Nigeria-born Moky Makura, a writer, TV presenter and producer, PR pioneer and, now, publisher.Makura, who has an Honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK, is on a mission to get “aliterate” young South Africans – particularly girls and young women aged 16 to 24 – back to books.“For many young people in this country, the last books they read were probably at school,” she told City Press a few months before the Nollybooks launch last year. “It is likely the books were not books they would have chosen to read, so it may also have been a negative experience – so they stop when they leave school.”Makura points to the fact that more than 3-million South Africans are illiterate, 8-million functionally illiterate, and many millions more aliterate – they can read books, but don’t. It’s this last, vast market that Nollybooks targets.“We’ve identified a big gap in the market and the time it takes before young people can afford to buy at Exclusive Books,” Makura said. “It’s pricey and intimidating.”Creating an entirely new market of readers out of ordinary, aliterate South Africans has been done before – to huge success. The country’s first tabloid newspaper Daily Sun revolutionised the local publishing industry by tapping into the market of working-class readers, people who had never bothered with newspapers before. Launched in 2002, Daily Sun is by far South Africa’s largest paper, with daily sales of some 500 000 – three times that of its nearest rivals – and a readership of over 3-million people.Like Daily Sun, Nollybooks seeks to attract readers with a low price – R50 a book, between half and a third of the cost of a conventional novel – and content that speaks to their lives.“I named this company Nollybooks because we must write our own stories and make them accessible,” Makura told City Press. “The best way to get people to enjoy books is to give them content they enjoy.”The name of the imprint reflects her inspiration from the success of local storytelling in the film industry of Nigeria, her home country. “I believe we Africans want to see ourselves reflected in the content that we consume,” she said. “Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, was created by Nigerians telling their own stories to themselves. It’s an incredibly successful, self-sustaining industry. It shows that despite questionable production values, people want to see themselves.”The bookazine format is also an attempt to fit with the readers’ lives, being smaller than most books and so easier to fit in a handbag and read on a bus or taxi to and from work. The glossary of more difficult words included with each book will be useful to members of an aspirational generation, young second-language English speakers keen to improve their language. And dictionaries are rarely found in homes, let alone on public transport.Nollybooks have so far published 11 titles, including The Perfect Holiday Romance, The Spy Who Loved Him, A Man Worth Knowing and More than Friends. Most were written by first-time authors. The Nollybooks team see nurturing new writing talent as part of their goal to spread literacy in South Africa, so they encourage new writers, offer writing tips on the website and recently held a writing workshop at the National Book Week in Johannesburg.The plots of the books are fun, upbeat and very local. In The Spy Who Loved Him, journalist Thuli Mabena takes on a job as domestic worker for wealthy businessman Luasi Nkosi, all the while spying on him and reporting back to her readers on how the rich and famous treat their employees.In Looking for Mr Right, Cassandra is fed up with making wedding gowns for other women while she stays single. Online dating seems a good idea – “until she realises that what glitters in cyberspace isn’t gold in the flesh”. Neo in More Than Just Friends is excitedly awaiting her childhood friend Nceba’s return to South Africa, expecting the awkward-looking boy she grew up with. She is “stunned to see a devastatingly handsome man, and the two immediately rekindle their friendship …”Like the hugely successful international franchise Mills & Boon, all Nollybooks are put together according to a formula that dictates plots, character and writing style.“Formulaic writing works,” Makura told The Times. “It captures readers. It gives them a guarantee. They know what to expect. It’s like watching a soap opera. There is a little bit of the same in each book, and this is like what Enid Blyton does for young readers, too – helping to creating reading habits.”But unlike Mills & Boon, and despite many lines given to the protagonist’s attractions – “How did he keep his body so trim and rugged with all the time he spent in court; settlement after settlement?” – there is no sex.“We are sensitive to the reality of South Africa, to Aids and to young girls,” Makura said.“The sex happens after the story finishes.”last_img read more

first_imgThis behind-the-scenes video shows how they successfully created an incredible rainstorm on-set for Aronofsky’s Noah.Image from FXGuideNoah is sweeping up the box office, an epic-sized blockbuster filled to the brim with special effects and cutting edge filmmaking techniques. The film blends CG with organic effects…one of the main ones being a torrential downpour of rain.A recent post by FXGuide give a ton of insight into how this amazing effect was achieved. Special effects supervior Burt Dalton says “We had an acre and a half to two acres that had to be fully engulfed in rain..It had to have continuous massive rain running through it, non-stop for long shots.” The 15 day rain shoot used over one million gallons of water, the largest practical rain effects setups every created.Three iPad controlled rainbars were constructed (100 X 40 feet) to douse this area and give it a realistic monsoon look. This behind-the-scenes video from FXGuide and Wired shows you how they pulled it off:Head over to FXGuide for a TON of details on this elaborate special effects setup. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?last_img read more

first_imgKamal Nath waives farm loans up to ₹2 lakh after assuming office as M.P. Chief Minister Congress leader Kamal Nath (72) was sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in Bhopal on Monday.Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office to him.On Friday, the Governor invited Mr. Nath to form a government.The Congress on Thursday named Mr. Nath, the nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara, to head the State Congress Legislature Party, after hours of hectic parleys held by party president Rahul Gandhi with senior party leaders.Mr. Nath, who has held several portfolios in the Union Cabinet, was appointed the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president on April 26 and was at the forefront in steering the party to a win in the November 28 Assembly polls.Also Read  The results were declared on December 11.The Congress, which won 114 seats, has the support of one Samajwadi Party legislator, two Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs and four independents, to cross the majority mark of 116 seats in the 230-member Assembly.The BJP, which ruled the State for 15 years, got 109 seats in this elections. Its Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the State’s longest serving Chief Minister since taking charge in 2005.Those present at the swearing-in ceremony included Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s M.K. Stalin, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav and Mr. Chouhan were also present.last_img read more

first_imgDoha: India’s Avinash Sable qualified for the finals of the men’s 3000m steeplechase under dramatic circumstances after he initially failed to make the cut despite bettering his own national record in an eventful race in the World Championships here on Tuesday.Avinash clocked 8 minute 25.23 seconds, bettering his earlier national record of 8:28.94, to finish seventh in first round heat number 3 and 20th overall out of 44 athletes who completed the race. But he was involved in two incidents during the race that blocked his path and thereby slowing him down for no fault of his. The Athletics Federation of India later filed an appeal, saying that Sable was blocked twice during the race, and he got a favourable decision.”We filed an appeal and we have got a favourable decision. So, Avinash will be in the final, he has been included among the finalists,” AFI Planning Commission Chairman Lalit Bhanot told PTI.The world governing body IAAF confirmed Avinash’s qualification for the final by including him among the finalists in the official results.There was no change in sable’s position but he has been added as the 16th competitor for the final race to be run on Friday.The top three in each of the three heats and the next six fastest qualify for the final race.Both the incidents were triggered by reigning junior world champion Takele Nigate of Ethiopia. In the first, Sable had to jump over another competitor as four-five athletes at the rear fell over each other.Midway during the race, Nigate bumped into an obstacle just in front of Sable. The Indian had to virtually climb up the obstacle as he was blocked by the Ethiopian, thereby losing crucial time.Despite slowing down due to the two incidents, the 24-year-old Sable ran more than three seconds better than his earlier national record of 8:28.94 which he had clocked in March this year during the Federation Cup.Sable had won a silver on the same tracks in April in the Asian Championships with a time of 8:30.19. afiAthletics Federation of IndiaAvinash SableFinal First Published: October 2, 2019, 7:33 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more