Weekend Preview: LFA 1st Division Round 13

first_imgFlashback: photos of coaches including Fassel’s Sam Chebi, BYC’s Cooper Sannah, LISCR’s Tapha Manneh and IE’s Samuel Sumo speaking to journalists after matches – Advertisement – Keitrace vs Jubilee, LISCR vs Watanga FC, IE vs BYC and FC Fassel vs Nimba United The final Round 13 matches in the ongoing Liberia Football Association’s 1st division league will kick off this weekend with several exciting fixtures that will see champions Barrack Young Controllers returning to domestic league action, while league leaders FC Fassel will be hoping to extend their lead on the league table.In the first encounter at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Keitrace FC will be going against the Church Boys of Jubilee FC as both teams battle for top positions on the league.Jubilee’s Coach William Lartey has already expressed confidence in his side securing the three points, but the final whistle will decide who takes the day.In the day’s second encounter, supporters will watch to see if Coach Tapha Manneh’s LISCR FC will draw another match when they go against Watanga FC, who were thrashed by FC Fassel 3-0 in their previous league match.After drawing eight league matches, one against Watanga FC in the first round, Coach Manneh said Watanga is a difficult side to play, but assured his supporters that his side will secure the three points in tomorrow’s clash.It will be a setback for Watanga, who are in the seventh position, to concede another defeat that will dim their chances to move up on the table.On Saturday, Sun Shine Yellow Boys (IE) will go through another difficult encounter when they meet champions BYC.IE are still least on the league table with five points, and lost 6-0 to the Go Blue Boys in the first round in Coach Samuel Sumo’s first match after signing a five-month contract with the IE Majestic Sports Association.After being eliminated from the CAF competition, BYC will be looking forward to close the gap with a good performance.In the weekend’s final match, league leaders FC Fassel will defend their 2-1 win against the Mountaineers of Nimba United, who are currently seated in 8th position.Nimba United did not end phase one on a good note after they were defeated by BYC 1-0. A goal from skipper Van-Dave Harmon in the 71st minute was enough to collect the three points after a goalless first half.In yesterday’s Round 13 match, Mighty Barrolle recovered from their 1-0 defeat against Keitrace FC after they managed to secure a point against ELWA United in a 2-2 draw at the ATS.Despite the result, both Barrolle and ELWA maintained their 9th and 10th positions respectively on the league table.The league will go for a break after the weekend matches as they prepare for their respective matches in the FA Cup that kicks off on Monday April 24.One hundred and forty-three goals (143) have so far been scored in the ongoing league season, as LFA is yet to release the listing of the top goal scorers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Can LEC Solve The Growing Demand of Electricity in Liberia?

first_imgLEC CEO John Ashley informs journalists about the LEC’s 2019 plan to abort theft. -Top Business Owners hopefulDespite numerous supports from the World Bank, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) connections or distribution statistics has shown a slow or downward trend of power distribution, especially for businesses.According to LEC, the corporation has approximately 53,500 registered customers, of which 52,900 are prepaid and 600 are post-paid customers, a result that many people, including community dwellers have described as “discouraging and low” for Montserrado County due to its population.“We have about 1.5 million people in Montserrado County and having less than 100,000 households connected shows or indicates that authorities at LEC need to increase connections or distribution,” Francis Kortu of Battery Factory Community said. Kortu, a businessman residing in the Battery Factory community along the Somalia Drive, says he has tried numerous times to get an LEC connection at his house, but to no avail. For the 7-member household, including his mother, they use cheap battery-operated table-top lights sold on the street. The Battery Factory community is yet to be connected to the LEC grid. Apart from the table-top lights, Kortu uses a 1.5 KVA generator only sparingly, over the weekends and holidays, due to the rising costs of generator fuel and the costs of maintaining the generator in the first place.In January of 2018, a new management, headed by John Ashley took over the corporation with a clear promise of increasing power to homes, businesses and building the capacity of its staff.At full capacity, LEC is expected to produce up to 88 megawatts of power, though it is not clear how much the corporation is currently producing. However, only 30 megawatts of capacity are being consumed or distributed currently. Additionally, LEC charges 35 U.S. cents per kilowatt (tariff).However, John Ashley indicated that the government owed US$4.23 million while the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) US$1.3 million were hampering the LEC’s operations.“When ESBI took management control of LEC on 8th January 2018, the Government owed LEC $3.2M and the Liberian Water and Sewaer Corporation owed LEC $1.3M. LEC management have engaged continuously with the Government on the amount of money owed to LEC for electricity bills and have received some payments from the Govt. in the last 7 months,” Ashley told the Daily Observer in an interview.Established in 1975, ESB International is wholly owned by the Electricity Supply Board, Ireland. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, ESBI is a leading engineering consultancy firm to the power industry.Ashley said the debt owed to LEC by the Government at the end of June 2018 remains at $4.23M, stating: “We are currently in discussions with the Government with a view to receive payments.”According to Ashley, most businesses who are indebted to LEC are post-paid customers as opposed to domestic customers, who are in the vast majority prepaid customers.At the beginning of January 2018, Ashley said post-paid customers’ debt to LEC was US$5 Million, which led to LEC commencing a major campaign in March to disconnect post-paid debtors from the network.“At the end of June, over 270 disconnections had taken place and the post-paid debt had been reduced by approximately US$2 Million. The disconnection campaign is ongoing and the effort will be significantly ramped up in August 2018 in order to completely eradicate this debt,” Ashley said.Commenting on the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Ashley said at the beginning of January 2018, LWSC owed LEC US$1.3 million, adding “at the end of July 2018, this debt had risen to approximately US$2.2 million.He said despite a number of discussions with LWSC management to pay the money, LEC is yet to get any assurance of payment.Ashley said due to a shortage of meters in stock, the management has approximately 4000 new connections made from January to June 2018.He said with deliveries of new meters due in this month, a further 8000 new connections will be made this year plus the replacement 3000 faulty meters.According to Ashley, approximately 2000 domestic customers and 65 commercial customers have applied for connections in recent time and will be connected after the arrival of new meters.“The large inherited legacy electricity debt, the very high levels of inherited liabilities and the ongoing non-payment for electricity consumption by Govt. institutions, are major concerns for LEC. In addition the very high levels of commercial losses (49%) arising from illegal connections, bypassing of meters and non-payment of bills, are huge problems for the financial stability of the corporation,” Ashley said.LEC’s activity in this area is restrained because of the very difficult financial situation the corporation is facing, indicating that “as our financial stability improves, LEC will be in a position to be a significant contributor.”Sam Mitchell, proprietor, Corina Hotel, said the LEC power outages have reduced over the year, and he hopes that his business would be connected soon.Sam Mitchell, CEO, Corina HotelCorina is one of the prominent hotels in Sinkor and well known for their hosting of conferences.“Currently, I spent around US$10,000 monthly on fuel and servicing of the machines. I will spend less or half of that if connected to LEC,” Mitchell told the Daily Observer.According to him, the connections of big businesses will enable the LEC to generate more money and enable them to expand connections to homes and smaller businesses through revenue generation.“I asked LEC since last year to connect the hotel, but to no avail. I spend more money just on fuel and will keep engaging the LEC to ensure that my business is connected. I’m using LEC at home, which is very stable,” he said.Amin Modad, Chief Executive Officer of Bella Casa Hotel and Suites, calls on LEC’s management to design strategies that will enable the utility provider to generate more revenue from top businesses.“I spent between US$12,000 to US$13,000 monthly just on fuel and servicing of machines. LEC needs to design new ideas that will give them more money, especially during business with some of the top hotels,” Mr. Modad said.“LEC can generate US$100,000 plus [monthly], just by doing business with hotels. Additionally, LEC needs to give flat rate to top businesses or large consumers of power, which will help LEC raise more money and also help businesses. I was using LEC, but then, my bills increased to around US$20,000 and had to stop,” Mr. Modad explained. According to him, the bill went higher because, due to the instability of LEC power at the time, he was constrained to toggle between his generators and the grid.According to him, LEC has the capacity or power to serve many or all businesses in the country and will allow the corporation to generate more revenue.“There is surplus of power during the dry season since the coming into force of the hydro, but not being distributed. The redesigning of distribution strategies by the corporation will greatly impact connections and distribution,” Modad noted.Bella Casa is also one of the prominent hotels in Monrovia with suited environment for conferences.Amin Modad.jpgAmin Modad, Chief Executive Officer of Bella Casa Hotel, located in Sinkor, Monrovia“On arrival in January 2018, ESBI were faced with a network that was suffering from a huge number of lengthy power outages. For example in the period February to June 2017, there were a total of 185 hours of power outage,” Ashley said.According to him, in order to improve the reliability of power in the electrical network, ESBI brought in one of their systems protection specialists from Dublin in February of 2018 to examine the system. By implementing the recommendations made by this expert, LEC was able to reduce the total outage time, in the period February to June 2018, to just over 66 hours, an improvement of 54% in network performance. This improved reliability has encouraged commercial and large industrial customers to request LEC connection to the network.He said when ESBI arrived in January 2018, no provision had been made for the purchase of heavy fuel oil for the Bushrod thermal plants.But ESBI successfully negotiated with fuel suppliers and the Government to ensure a sufficient supply of oil for the dry season, thereby removing the need to have rolling power outages and providing full power to Liberia over the dry season.Ashley said reorganization and restructuring of LEC is to transition the corporation into a modern, operational power utility, capable of serving the needs of its customers and becoming an engine of economic growth for Liberia.“We engaged with the Donors, MCAL (Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia) and successfully negotiated a support package to LEC in the amount of US$1.5 million to procure much needed materials, tools and equipment to facilitate repair and maintenance of the network.”Ashley further said LEC’s management engaged with the Donors, KfW (a German-owned Development Bank) and successfully negotiated a support package for the procurement of 5000 meters for installation and connection of customers.“We are setting up new local LEC offices in both Grand Geddeh and Maryland to commence connecting customers and serve the needs of customers in those areas and have prepared a Turnaround Action Plan and a Business Plan for the corporation that will drive the recovery and development of the corporation over the next three years,” he said.He said the management set up a high level Safety Committee in LEC to ensure that all managers and employees place safety at the very top of their priorities while at work.At the end of the year, Ashley said the management will ensure the connection of 8000 new domestic customers, replace 3000 faulty meters; connect commercial and large industrial customers; ramp up the disconnection of illegal connections; work with the Ministry of Justice and the Liberian Police Force to effectively address the high levels of electricity crimes taking place.”We will vigorously pursue power theft through the courts of law, reduce commercial losses; Manage the entire donor funded projects; Refurbishment of nine 1MW diesel power units in Bushrod Island to ensure sufficient generation for the 2018/2019 dry season,” he said.He said LEC will procure and set up a modern communication system to facilitate the improvement of communication between customers and LEC.The management also intends to closely monitor the construction program for the CLSG (Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia Sierra Leone and Guinea) transmission line and to intervene where required to ensure commissioning of the line in December 2019, in order to ensure sufficient availability of power during the 2019/2020 dry season.According to Ashley, LEC also has on its agenda the human capacity development component, including: “Commence the selection of candidates for the pool of local transition managers that will replace ESBI towards the end of the Management Services Contract; Commence the management capacity building and training programs for the selected transition management team; Commence an extended training program for large numbers of LEC staff; Take part in the preparations for the VIA Dam hydroelectric power project,” he said.He said the management will further implement the computerised Integrated Management System in LEC; Set up a new Gender and Social Inclusion Unit in LEC; and Improve LEC’s environmental performance across all activities.LEC will also develop further customer connection projects in areas both within Monrovia and outside of Monrovia in order to increase the rate of customer connections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Central bank foreign reserves plummet

first_imgBoG report– slide from US$825M in 2012 to US$498.5M in 2018A recent report from the central bank indicates that Guyana’s net foreign reserves, held by the bank in foreign currency notes, has fallen to its lowest point since 2008. It is a road that took the reserves from a high point of US$825 million in 2012 to US$498.5 million as of March 2018.A graph showing the slide in foreign reservesA perusal of the Bank of Guyana’s statistical abstract shows that from the lows of US$298.8 million ten years ago; Guyana’s foreign reserves were built up to 2012’s sum and then it started dropping, going to US$751.2 million in 2013 and US$652.2 million in 2014.The slide continued with the foreign reserves being recorded at US$594.7 million at the end of 2015, before picking up in January of 2016 and being recorded at US$621.1 million. While the year 2016 saw the reserves fluctuate, it never strayed below the US$500 million mark until the end of the year.In 2017, the reserves plunged well into the US$500 million range. By November of last year, the reserves were recorded at US$562 million and as of March 2018, for the first time since 2008, the net foreign reserves fell to below the US$500 million benchmark.EconomyAt a press conference last month, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had admitted that from the 2017 end of year economic report, the economy grew by a lacklustre 2.1 per cent. Sugar, bauxite and gold all underperformed, and experts are positing that this may be playing a part on the drop in foreign reserves.The foreign reserves is not the only thing that has declined. According to the bank’s statement of assets and liabilities, its total assets as of March 28, 2018, were $206.4 billion. This includes $1.9 billion in gold reserves, $82.1 billion in capital market securities and $5.6 billion in money market securities.This is a reduction from the gold reserves the bank recorded in June 2017. According to the bank’s Half Year Report last year, it had $4.8 billion worth of gold in its foreign holdings as assets.The gold reserves have steadily been declining with each passing year. At the end of 2016, the bank had $7.4 billion in gold, while at the end of 2015 the gold reserves stood at $14.2 billion. At the end of 2014 the bank of Guyana had $25 billion in gold as assets.In the case of total assets, that has also seen a marked decrease.At the end of 2014, total assets were $207.9 billion. It reduced in 2015, being recorded at $188.7 billion in December of that year, before recovering by 2016 year end and being recorded at $220 billion. At June 2017, total assets were $221.8 billion, before the drop recorded in this year’s figures.last_img read more

Workers demand severance, decry joblessness

first_imgA bleak 2017 at Wales– say senior staff to be paid off in coming daysBy Shemuel FanfairIt is approaching one year since the Wales Sugar Estate on the West Bank of Demerara ceased operating on December 31, 2016, and the distance between several former workers and the payment of severance packages is seemingly miles apart.After some 9 months, the High Court is yet to call the matter for hearing. In the meanwhile, former workers residing at Wales and contiguous communities continue to decry the magnitude of challenges that have befallen them because of a prolonged lack of consistent employment. These issues were highlighted on the sidelines of a Christmas cheer and donation event held at the Wales Community Centre Ground on Sunday.Cane worker Azad Ally, a father of three, was sitting on a bench speaking with former colleagues when this newspaper approached him. With his two fingers supporting the lower part of his face, Ally repeatedly highlighted that he has been unable to find steady employment. He said that while he was able to get some work for the holidays, he is afraid that once the holidays are over, this source of income would be completely depleted.The Wales Sugar Estate was closed in December 2016“Some cane cutters going (to) Uitvlugt, but we didn’t choose to go there, and we really need our money. Since the estate close down, me nah get a permanent job… Some people employing you holiday time, but when the holiday season done, they laying you off….I work 17 years (with GuySuCo); since I was 16. I get take on at Wales in rodent control (department), then I take transfer and go and chop cane,” the former worker observed.Having underscored that Government should pay more attention to the plight of workers, Ally pointed to the shifting dynamics within the family structure.“This ain’t fair, because we hear some of them managers getting pay-off, but what happen to we? Is like this Government doesn’t have a heart for cane cutters, especially at Wales Estate. Right now only me wife working,” he disclosed.Another worker who also is awaiting severance told Guyana Times that his wife is currently the principal breadwinner in his home. He said that at times of argument, he is subjected to statements which remind him of his employment status.“All like how I am not working, sometime you hearing wrong talk and all kind ah thing,” the former sugar worker, who declined to be identified, noted.Former tug captain at the estate, Gordon Thomas, commenting on the overall finances of workers, said Government operatives are more concerned with their own needs, as opposed to those of workers.“Last year was bad, and this year made it worse, because people are not earning. People expecting to get their severance because they lay-off people. The President said that people come first, but it doesn’t look like people come first; it shows like the Cabinet comes first and the ministers, because the workers continue suffering. 2015, no increase; 2016, no increase; 2017 no increase. How do you expect the people to survive?” pondered Thomas, a vocal critic of the decisions that have affected sugar workers.The former worker observed that the remaining workers, “cannot survive” on 2014 wages and salaries, and he called on Government to urgently address their plight.Guyana Times also interviewed two pensioners who have lived in the area for multiple decades. They remarked that, from what they have seen, the workforce was allowed to decline without alternative arrangements being put in place to provide employment for Wales’ workers. Sixty-year-old Bopaul Sugdeo also pointed to the “stress” that some workers might have encountered if they had opted to take up work several miles away at Uitvlugt Estate, West Coast Demerara. Workers had contended that they cannot be compelled to travel beyond 10 miles from their previous working place, and demanded severance on those grounds.“Before they closed Wales, they should have opened some other industry that the people could work. It is stressful for workers to go to Uitvlugt…” Sugdeo stressed.Albert Vieira, 61, said he received his pension the same year that the Estate ended operations. He noted that the closure, as predicted, has seen wide-reaching negative effects in the surrounding communities.“The people not getting work! Nuff of them went fisheries, they worked two morning because they had market…now de market suspend, they coming home. They not getting jobs! Work not circulating, money not circulating, we don’t have any factory that the people could go and work.”Vieira recalled that he was able to build his life from the earnings he had obtained from the entity, having started working there over 40 years ago.“I worked with the Estate since I was 16 years old, from 1972; and I get everything from there. I married, feed my children, and my son and grandchildren worked at the Estate. Up to now my son did not get payoff…,” he noted.Sugar worker Vishnu Jailall, on behalf of his fellow unpaid employees, had sent a signed petition to President David Granger in July 2017, urging him to ensure that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) meets its legal obligations to provide the aggrieved workers with their severance benefits.President Granger, in a responding letter to the petition in early August, acknowledged the concerns of the workers and had further observed that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder would have tendered a response to the former employees. It was reported that the minister has not responded as yet to the President’s commitment.The Wales Estate closure was seen as a cost-saving measure due to billions of dollars that were allocated to the declining sugar industry, especially to that former entity. There has since been the scaling down of other estates across the country. Over 3000 sugar workers across the Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall estates have been given letters of redundancy, informing that their services have been terminated.Guyana Times has been told that a few hundred workers could be drafted in to maintain sluices and canals; but at present, some of the drainage and irrigation networks, especially at Wales, are become overgrown with weeds.last_img read more

Chelsea v Scunthorpe in the FA Cup: official live stream on talkSPORT

first_imgChelsea v Scunthorpe United is live on talkSPORT from Stamford Bridge on January 10 2016.Former Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins, who won the cup alongside Guus Hiddink with the Blues in 2009, joins Sam Matterface for our live coverage from West London.Can Chelsea make it 18 seasons in a row that they have progressed past the third round of the FA Cup?Or can Scunthorpe spring a Bradford-style surprise?Tune in on talkSPORT, here: Chelsea v Scunthorpe live stream on talkSPORT 1 Diego Costa starts for Chelsea in the FA Cup v Scunthorpe last_img read more

Local school earns honor

first_imgWHITTIER – La Serna High is among 11 high schools in the state that have been chosen this year to participate in a new High Performing High Schools initiative, which gives local educators a chance to share their best academic practices with schools across the country. Citing its leadership and a rigorous and relevant curriculum that challenges all students, La Serna was the only Los Angeles County high school to be selected by the California Department of Education for the initiative, officials said. As such, the state will now provide $4,800 for La Serna Principal Martin Plourde and former Principal Leo Camalich – who is now assistant superintendent at the Whittier Union High School District – to make their way to Florida next month to attend the 2006 Model Schools Conference. There, officials say, Plourde and Camalich will discuss and learn about the most successful schools in the country and international model programs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Attending the conference will be a great learning experience for our team,” Plourde said. “We have the opportunity to share our strategies with our peers from around the country,” he added. “We also get to see what others are doing, talk with them about their successes and learn how we can build on an already strong academic program at La Serna.” State officials said the High Performing High Schools Initiative seeks to boost student performance in high schools through five critical components. They are: Implementing high expectations for all students; Fostering the development of “world-class” teachers and administrators; Developing “world-class” instructional materials; Creating and supporting successful transitions to postsecondary education; Nurturing and developing a community of support for high-achieving students. Whittier Union Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson said it was an “honor” for La Serna to be chosen for the initiative. “It’s a real credit to the faculty, staff and students in the school,” Thorstenson said. “I’m confident that participation in the initiative will provide even more tools to build on the already successful programs at our schools.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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

GAA: ULSTER COUNCIL CONFIRMS U-16 BAN ON MAIN TERRACES AT CLONES

first_imgTHE ULSTER Council of the GAA has confirmed a ban on Under-16s to the terracing on the big hill, facing the main stand, and behind the open seating area at Clones for the Ulster final this Sunday.“That section of open terracing is not suitable for under-16s,” said Ulster press officer Oliver Galligan.However he confirmed some other terraced sections would now be opened to U-16s – at the back of the goals and in a terraced area to the right of the main stand. GAA: ULSTER COUNCIL CONFIRMS U-16 BAN ON MAIN TERRACES AT CLONES was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

FLU CONFIRMED BUT FULL INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO NURSING HOME DEATHS – MCHUGH

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has says there should be a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of six patients at Nazareth House Nursing Home in Fahan.The Fine Gael politician spoke as it was revealed that the patients all died from the AH3 flu.Deputy McHugh held a private meeting with Minister For Health James Reilly to discuss the fears of relatives with loved ones still left in the Fahan nursing home. The Donegal politician said thankfully the origin of the deaths could now be traced.However, he said still many questions which needed answered.Among these was the timeframe in reporting the deaths to the HSE.“Thankfully the findings have indicated that this was a strain of influenza. This will come a s a major relief to the relatives of those with loved ones still in Nazareth House. “However I think they are owed an explanation as to why their loved ones died and I would welcome a report into these deaths.“I think it is the least that can be done. There are plenty of questions still and they need to be answered,” he said.One person still remains in a serious condition in hospital as a result of the outbreak of the AH3 influenza.Quarantine restrictions are now gradually being relaxed and some viisters are now being allowed back into certain parts of the nursing home.All but one of the funerals of those who died at Nazareth House have now taken place. Sister Eugene Fullerton, who worked at Nazareth House, was waked at the nursing home yesterday and will be buried tomorrow in Cockhill.The funeral took place today of another victim, Margaret McGuire, who was buried in her native Culdaff.Other victims include Michael McVeigh from Buncrana.On the streets of Buncrana, the nearest town to Fahan, people were speechless about the events of the past 24 hours. Up until now Nazareth House at enjoyed perhaps the best reputation of all nursing homes on the Inishowen Peninsula and perhaps in all of Co Donegal.Locals revealed how the home even had a waiting list for people who wished to be transferred there from other nursing homes because of its reputation.Local county councillor John Ryan confirmed his father Michael is currently a patient at Nazareth House and said he had no concerns about his father’s welfare.Another man, whose mother had been a patient at Fahan for four years but died last year, said he would not hear a bad word said about Nazareth House.“I could never utter one bad word about the staff of Nazareth House. They went out of their way to look after my mother in her finals weeks and days.“I am shocked by what has happened but I would be very surprised if this was in any way anything to do with oversights on behalf of staff or management,” he said.FLU CONFIRMED BUT FULL INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO NURSING HOME DEATHS – MCHUGH was last modified: April 4th, 2012 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)last_img read more

SIMPLY RED STAR HUCKNALL TAKES DONEGAL ESTATE BATTLE TO COURT

first_imgSIMPLY RED musicians Mick Hucknall and Christopher De Margary ongoing dispute with a neighbour over fishing and shooting rights on adjoining estates in County Donegal will be heard in court today.Lead singer Hucknall and sax player De Margary are due in Letterkenny Circuit Court in the dispute with their neighbour John Wilde.They claim he has interfered with their rights and those of their guests on the Glenmore Estate at Welchtown, Ballybofey. Mr Wilde retains links to a neighbouring estate across the river Finn at Cloghan Lodge, where he still lives, although he sold it some years ago.Hucknall and De Margary, who are keen anglers, are claiming that since they purchased the fishing, shooting and “hereditaments” rights for €1.3 million at Glenmore on August 5th, 2005, Mr Wilde had interfered with their “quiet enjoyment” of those rights.They said Mr Wilde had also laid claim to the ownership of the rights on Glenmore.Mr Wilde however claims the previous owner of Glenmore, John Mackie, transferred the fishing and shooting rights to his father.The musicians were refused an injunction preventing alleged continued encroachment at the same court four years ago.All eyes will be on Letterkenny court house today as two legal heavyweights begin setting out the case for their clients.Damian Crawford will represent Mr Wilde, while Peter Nolan will represent the world famous musicians.The chart-topping stars acquired some rights to the River Finn outside Ballybofey in 2006 after they bought the Glenmore Rivers estate.Both are keen anglers and saxophonist De Margey even set up home on the estate.Hucknall, 56, often stays on the 24,000 acre Co Donegal estate where he is popular with locals.SIMPLY RED STAR HUCKNALL TAKES DONEGAL ESTATE BATTLE TO COURT was last modified: March 24th, 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:Christopher De MargarydonegalJohn WildeJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit CourtMick HucknallSimply Redlast_img read more

U.S. failed to aid son, mom says

first_imgA Calabasas woman whose 35-year-old son was killed in China this year has launched a campaign against the U.S. State Department, saying the American consulate failed to help her son when he was in danger and then covered up the circumstances of his death. Maxine Russell said she also hopes to prove that the death of her son Darren in April – which Chinese police attributed to a truck accident – was really the result of an attack that the consulate could have prevented. Maxine Russell, a former Los Angeles schoolteacher, has organized an online petition to raise awareness of the case and try to get answers from the consulate and the State Department. She also has enlisted the help of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Henry Waxman, who both have received promises from the State Department of investigations into Russell’s death. “He thought if he could teach kids English there, they would really be able to have a better place in their life,” Maxine Russell said. He signed a contract with a private school in Guangzhou that promised small classes, upper-level grades, travel time and his own apartment. He arrived to find he would be teaching more than 1,200 students on a schedule of 80 hours per week. According to his family, when Russell was sick with bronchitis, school officials refused to let him cut his schedule to six days a week. When he threatened to quit, they ordered him to leave. Officials at the school did not reply to telephone and e-mail requests for comment. But organizations familiar with English-language schools in China say the tale is familiar. “The Chinese market is just massive. Technology, trade and globalization (are) fueling it, and the Chinese businesses are demanding (English) from their employees, so English classes are starting at a younger age,” said Marc Cappelletti, a program director with TEFL Services International, which helps place English teachers overseas. But, he and others cautioned, because China does not yet have an organized structure for foreign teachers, fraud is rampant and Americans dealing directly with schools on their own are taking a chance. After the school let Russell go, he was evicted from his apartment and driven to a military hotel an hour away from the school in a crime-saturated neighborhood, his mother said. He was robbed his first night there. Ill and without identification, he was unable to withdraw money that his father had wired to his bank account. Then, his family said, Russell left a message on his parents’ phone telling them, “I have never been this scared in my life.” His parents said they began calling and e-mailing the U.S. consulate, asking someone to drive their son to an airport until they could make arrangements to get him home. Instead, they contend, a consulate official called the hotel and asked someone to comfort Russell. Hours later he was dead. By Maxine Russell’s count, the official version of her son’s death has changed more than 20 times. Police said he died in a traffic accident first at 4:35 a.m., then at noon. One official said he was taken by ambulance and died in surgery. Another said he was dead on arrival. The parents were given a hospital report in Chinese. When they had it translated, they found it was not about their son but about a female patient suffering depression. The U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou maintains Russell died in a truck accident. Maxine Russell, who later had her son’s body examined in the United States, believes his injuries were more consistent with his having been hit on the head with a blunt object. But trying to prove that has been her most daunting task. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “She’s facing a horrible situation, and she wants to know the facts,” said Waxman, D-Los Angeles. “I’m going to keep the case open until Mrs. Russell gets answers.” State Department officials said they could not discuss Russell’s case because of privacy concerns, but they said the safety of Americans overseas is a top priority. Angela Aggeler, a spokeswoman at the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, said that because Americans overseas can find themselves in so many difficult situations, there are no clear guidelines on what a consulate should do. “We do everything possible within the context of a foreign-country environment to help our citizens overseas,” she said. Born and raised in Sherman Oaks, Darren Russell took a teaching job in China, his mother said, because he felt he could help in a country where the average family income is less than $300. last_img read more