Pepper sauce, syringes among items found

first_imgLusignan prison raidA routine search conducted at the Lusignan Prison on Friday has unearthed yet another set of contraband items, including pepper sauce and syringes.The search was carried out by ranks of the Joint Services between 05:30h and 08:10h.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the following are among the illegal items found at the East Coast Demerara penitentiary: six earpieces; a quantity of razor blades; 17 chargers; 24 lighters; five cells phones; a quantity of wire; 10 improvised weapons; eight metal spoons; two pairs of scissors; one plastic knife; two nail clips; six syringes with needles; a quantity of Ziplock bags; six bottles of pepper sauce; one pack of cards; three bottles of medicine; four bottles of oil withThe illegal items unearthed during Friday’s search at Lusignan Prisonsuspected cannabis seeds; one memory card; three mirrors and one wrist watch.These finds come on the heels of authorities trying to curb the smuggling of contraband items into prisons, which remains a perennial problem within the penal system. In fact, only last month, a similar search conducted at the Lusignan Prison saw authorities clearing the facility of a number of sharp weapons, such as knife, scissors and blades.During that three-hour search, the ranks found: three cell phones; two cell phone batteries; 27 cell phone chargers; four phone casings; four ear pieces; one memory card; three sim cards; one pocket knife; four pairs of scissors; two packs of needles; a quantity of razor blades; two hacksaw blades; 13 improvised weapons; two mirrors; four metal spoons; 24 lighters; a quantity of cigarettes; four Ziplock bags with marijuana, and a quantity of wires.The authorities have been working to curb the practice of illegal items finding their way into prisons, which is said to be a “big business”, and their efforts have resulted in several prison officers having been caught facilitating the illegal trade.In fact, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, disclosed during a press conference last month that five prison officers have been relieved of their duties after they had been fingered in an incident whereby a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.He said, “It is quite disturbing, it is quite embarrassing, to have to face these situations on a daily basis; but this is not a situation whereby the prison administration is failing to act. The reality of it is, despite we would do vetting and so forth, these prison officers are drawn from communities…and for some strange reason, despite they’re given their dos and don’ts, they allow themselves to be sucked into the financial gains that these activities can bring (them).”Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, expressing anger at the increasing attempts to smuggle contraband items into the prisons, has blamed possible collusion between prison officers and inmates. He noted that requests have been made for the procurement of scanners to be installed at the entry and exist points of the various prison facilities.last_img read more

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Inconnu takes part in Canadian Western Championships

first_imgWe have a couple of smaller but important meets coming up for our club. The national competitions will continue in June and July so we’ll be taking what we learned from here and getting ready for that. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Speedo Western Canadian Championships brings together a great mix of Canada’s senior, youth and junior swimmers from across Western Canada. Alexandria Hedges, Eric Louie, and Griffin Ternier-Smith swam in the four-day event at the Kinsmen Centre in Edmonton, A.B. These meets are good to show us where we’re at in personal times. Sometimes we hit it perfectly and sometimes we need to go back to the drawing board and tweak. We have a lot of season left. The competition was fierce with many of Canada’s top swimmers coming from Canadian Trials last weekend. Alexandria Hedges swam 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 50 butterfly. Eric Louie had 4 events; 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, and 100 butterfly. Griffin Ternier-Smith competed in 4 freestyle events: 50, 100, 200, and 400 freestyle.  – Advertisement – A great end to the weekend was Alexandria’s 50 freestyle on Sunday night where she touched the wall third out of 10 women and snagged a bronze medal! ‘The race is so fast it’s hard to see what’s going on until the water settles and you look up at the clock,’ Coach Norah Vogan explained. ‘The entire race is usually decided within hundredths of a second (0.01) so every move counts’. But, Alexandria works well under pressure and she proved that earlier in the weekend when she tied for 10th place in her 50 butterfly. In the case of a 10th place tie, there has to be a swim-off to decide who gets to be in the final and get a shot at a medal. Alex was incredibly calm, went in aggressively, and won the tiebreaker decisively! She wanted it and got it. Eric Louie had a difficult meet with his 4 races being in two days and placed back-to-back on both days. ‘Both times Eric raced he jumped out, circled back, and raced again. It was not an ideal schedule for anyone,’ said Vogan. Despite the tough situation, Eric bested his 100 breaststroke time and moved his position from 9th to 6th place. It’s frustrating and challenging but Eric did well with it. He made finals in three of the four events and swam gutsy.Griffin Ternier-Smith did a great job with continuing to drop time in his freestyle events. Griffin is a fun swimmer to watch race. He’s relaxed, knows what he needs, and keeps chipping away at those times.last_img read more

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Minister discusses labour shortages projected in B.C. for this decade

first_imgThe Northeast is projected to have the highest annual growth in the demand for workers at 1.7 per cent, followed by the Mainland/Southwest at 1.6 per cent and the North Coast and Nechako regions at 1.3 per cent. Just over one million job openings are expected in British Columbia by 2020, with close to two-thirds of these openings due to retirements, and the other one-third due to economic growth.”Within the next five years, we expect to have more jobs than we have people to fill those jobs,” said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation.The strongest annual growth in the demand for workers is expected in healthcare at 2.4 per cent, followed by natural and applied sciences and related occupations at 1.6 per cent, and occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport at 1.6 per cent. In terms of the occupations with the highest number of job openings – new jobs and replacing retiring workers – sales and service occupations are expected to lead with 224,600 jobs, followed by business, finance and administrative occupations with 182,000 jobs, and trades, transport and equipment operators with 153,300 jobs.- Advertisement -In the Northeast, it is expected a boom in construction – specifically with large projects like the proposed Site C Dam – and the continued growth of the natural gas sector will result in a high demand for skilled tradespeople.Bell said those projections assume a flat U.S. economy in the short-term, and that the controversial HST will remain implemented after this year. He added the report places a strong emphasis on post-secondary education, as about 78 per cent of job openings over the next decade will require some post-secondary education and training or a university degree.To address the increasing need for skilled workers in British Columbia, the provincial government is investing over $470 million in jobs training and skills development programs this year.Advertisement “We’ve put in place a labour market development strategy called Skills for Growth that is helping to boost the level of skills in people who are already working and helping to provide new skills to those who are not,” said Bell, adding that includes that includes 15 different programs offered in the Northeast.He said, for example, the Industry Training Authority (ITA) will fund about $75 million this year towards trades training in communities across the province. He said another $2.4 million in federal-provincial funding will be provided to ITA this year for trades training programs for Aboriginal people across the province, and to undertake research to identify barriers that limit the success of Aboriginal people entering and completing skilled trades certification. A $1.6-million Workforce Exploration Skills Training program will help participants gain the skills to fill jobs in the mining sector, he added.Bell said the BC Provincial Nominee Program will help attract skilled workers from other jurisdictions and encourage entrepreneurs from abroad to start businesses in British Columbia.He added he has also engaged the Small Businesses Roundtable to focus on key economic sectors and regions and come up with recommendations on how to support those sectors. He said his colleague, MLA Kevin Krueger, who co-chairs the advisory group, will be doing extensive consultations with small businesses across the province in the coming months.Advertisement For the Northeast, the minister said other initiatives such as the increase in the tax rebate for homeowners in rural British Columbia, and continued incremental investment in infrastructure such as recreation and arts and culture facilities through the Northern Development Initiative Trust, will help persuade an often transient workforce to settle permanently in the region.last_img read more

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Shortage of black coaches lamented

first_imgWASHINGTON – The lack of black head coaches in college football was lamented in powerful language Wednesday by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, NCAA president Myles Brand and congressmen from both parties. “When African-American coaches do well, we’re delighted,” Jackson told a House subcommittee. “Only the ignorant are surprised.” Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race. The criticism of the colleges comes after a Super Bowl in which both teams were led by black coaches: Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts and Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears. The NFL has made significant strides in hiring black coaches in recent years following the implementation of the “Rooney Rule,” which forces any team seeking a coach to interview at least one minority. But at the college level, there are staggeringly few blacks in charge. Of the 119 Division I-A schools, only six have black head football coaches. There are even fewer in the lower divisions: five in Division I-AA, two in Division II and one in Division III. The figures exclude historically black colleges. In addition, there are only 12 black athletic directors in Division I-A, and not a single major conference commissioner is black. “Sadly, if the pace of progress remains the same, it will be approximately 80 years before we reach a percentage \ that even approximates the number of African-Americans in the general population,” Brand told a House subcommittee. “This is not only unacceptable, this is unconscionably wrong.” The NCAA lacks the power to tell its schools whom to hire – or even whom to interview – so Brand has sought to influence them in other ways. The Black Coaches Association’s annual report card on minority hiring has added some transparency to the process, and the NCAA has set up academies for potential coaches. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Amid the strong words, however, the solution might come in a subtle threat uttered near the end of the hearing. Perhaps, the point was made, it’s time to make Title VII do for black coaches what Title IX did for women’s sports. “I think it’s pretty clear that embarrassment hasn’t been enough,” said Richard Lapchick, director of the Florida-based Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. “One of the things we’re thinking about is Title VII lawsuits.” last_img read more

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Youth Changing Tomorrow Conference seeks Sponsors and Speakers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Youth Changing Tomorrow Conference is seeking Sponsors and Speakers for its event taking place in Fort St. John. The Youth Advisory Council (Y.A.C) is collaborating with BC Student Voice, North Peace Secondary School Student Council and Girls Can Talk Society. The Youth Changing Tomorrow Conference is a free event for students planned for Thursday, February 27th, 2020. With the help of the Northern Lights College, Fort St. John Campus offering space for the event. – Advertisement -Urban Systems Foundation will be bringing its ‘Growing Our Own’ Program to the conference. After the presentation, Mayor Lori Ackerman expressed this is a remarkable opportunity and that she appreciates it a lot. Advertisement Students from YAC presented to Council on Monday, December 9th, 2019 as they are in need of Sponsors and Speakers for the event. If you would like to offer your time or sponsorship to the event, email; communitydevelopement@fortstjohn.calast_img read more

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CHELSEA TRANSFER LATEST: Bologna star targeted by Blues in £18m deal

first_img1 Amadou Diawara [left] Chelsea are still pursuing Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports in Italy. talkSPORT told you earlier this summer that Antonio Conte is a big admirer of the Guinean having watched him closely in Serie A last term. According to Tuttosport, Chelsea are prepared to pay £18m for the teenager, a fee which is likely to tempt Bologna into selling despite only signing him last year. Roma are also keen on Diawara but have yet to match the fee Chelsea have reportedly put on the table, while it is understood the 18-year-old would prefer a move to the Premier League, where he will earn a higher salary.last_img read more

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GARDAI INVESTIGATING WEIGHING SYSTEMS AT DONEGAL FISH FACTORY

first_imgGardaí and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) are investigating weighing systems at a Donegal fish factory which has had its permit suspended on the eve of the herring season.KillybegsThe authority confirmed to The Irish Times that it had suspended the factory’s weigh permit, pending “the outcome of inquiries” involving its officials, the Garda and the National Standards Authority of Ireland.The authority said it was the first time that a permit for this particular premises had been temporarily withdrawn. The company, Sean Ward (Fish Exports) Ltd in Killybegs, has been one of the port’s largest processors and exporters of pelagic (herring/mackerel) fish and employs up to 80 staff at its peak.A spokesman said the company was “ co-operating fully with the SFPA” and it was also conducting an internal investigation and was “ hopeful of a speedy resolution of the matter”.The factor was founded in 1998 and lists a Marine Stewardship Council certification for sustainability.EU fishery regulations require all fishery products to be weighed immediately on landing.The State authority said that a derogation allows the weighing to take place after transport , typically at processing establishments, provided it is “satisfied with the accuracy and correct use of those weighing systems”. “As the matter is ongoing, no further comment can be made at this time,”the SFPA said.The Killybegs factory is the third Irish processor to be the subject of inquiries in the past two years.GARDAI INVESTIGATING WEIGHING SYSTEMS AT DONEGAL FISH FACTORY was last modified: September 24th, 2015 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:donegalGardaiKillybegsweighing systemslast_img read more

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JUDGE APPOINTED TO LEAD INQUIRY INTO DEATH OF DONEGAL GARDA

first_imgThe Minister for Justice has revealed that Mr Justice Frank Clarke, will conduct the independent inquiry into the death of tragic Donegal Garda Michael Galvin.Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced that Mr Justice Clarke, Judge of the Supreme Court, will conduct the inquiry under section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.The inquiry will examine the conduct of designated officers of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in relation to its investigation into the contact of members of An Garda Síochána with Ms Sheena Stewart on 1 January 2015 shortly prior to her death in a road traffic incident. The inquiry arises following the tragic death of Sergeant Galvin in Ballyshannon Garda Station on May 28th last.Sergeant Galvin had been the subject of a GSOC investigation as a result of Garda contact with Ms Sheena Stewart shortly before her death in a fatal road traffic incident on January 1st, 2015.On 4 June the Minister announced that she had decided, following consultation with the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, and having met with the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, to initiate an inquiry by an independent judicial figure, in accordance with Section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, into the conduct of the original GSOC investigation.In accordance with section 109, the Minister wrote to the Chief Justice requesting her to invite a judge of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal or the High Court to conduct the inquiry. The Chief Justice invited Mr Justice Frank Clarke of the Supreme Court to conduct the inquiry and he has accepted the invitation. The Minister is grateful to Mr Justice Clarke for agreeing to conduct the inquiry which will be given the necessary resources to carry out its work efficiently and effectively.The tragic events giving rise to this inquiry, involving the deaths of two people in greatly different circumstances, have been widely reported.The Minister has asked that the inquiry be given the time and space to look into all relevant matters and to come to its conclusions.JUDGE APPOINTED TO LEAD INQUIRY INTO DEATH OF DONEGAL GARDA was last modified: June 12th, 2015 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

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Buncrana beauty chosen for modelling role in Paris

first_imgThe bright lights of Paris will welcome Miss Donegal Lauren McDonagh as she models in the French capital this weekend.The 18-year-old Buncrana girl has been selected to fly to Paris to model for top makeup brand Vanity X.Lauren was one of three out of the 33 Miss Ireland 2017 finalists to be chosen for this opportunity. Vanity X is the main make-up partner of the competition, which is celebrating its 70 year anniversary this year. Lauren modelling dress by Pure Boutique. Photo: John Arthur PhotographyLauren is the daughter of Tom and Ann Mc Donagh and the sister of Jason, Ciaran and the late Darren. She studies health and social care at the Northwest Regional College.She was chosen as Miss Donegal three months ago and has already taken part in glamourous photoshoots and events during the summer, including the launch of the competition in Dublin.After her time in Paris, Lauren will be preparing for the Miss Ireland final on September 22nd in Dublin’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Buncrana beauty chosen for modelling role in Paris was last modified: September 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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Calls for Donegal to go poster-free this election season

first_imgA campaign with the aim of going poster-free during the forthcoming elections across the country has been launched by a Donegal councillor. Independent councillor Seamus Maguire co-started the campaign alongside with David Weitbrecht of Zerowaste.ie to reduce the use of plastic in the county.In 2014, 2038 candidates ran for 750 seats erecting an estimated 600,000+ posters, covering the equivalent area of 23 Croke Parks. Since the campaign launched, 101 towns have gone poster free including Donegal Town and Glenties.Cllr Maguire said: “Less than 20 days ago, a national campaign PosterFree.ie was launched, encouraging all candidates to go poster free, successfully securing 101 poster free areas.“This number equates to over 11% of 2018 Tidy Town entrants. PosterFree.ie is now calling for a national voluntary ban to ensure a poster free election. It is clear that both the environment and the electorate want a poster free election.” Calls for Donegal to go poster-free this election season was last modified: March 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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