LOS ANGELES, California (CMC):Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts will line up alongside England superstar Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy after being snapped up in the 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.The 38-year-old journeyman, who started his professional career in England, will join the star-studded west coast outfit after just a year at Orlando City where he was selected during the 2015 MLS Expansion Draft.Ricketts will be returning to Galaxy for his second spell, after representing them between 2009 and 2011, before going on to feature for several other MLS clubs.”Donovan is one of the most experienced and successful goalkeepers in MLS,” said head coach and general manager, Bruce Arena.”He is familiar with our team and has proven to be a player capable of winning championships. We are happy that he is once again a member of the LA Galaxy and look forward to his contributions to our club.”Ricketts spent much of his early pro career at Bradford City in England, before heading to the United States where he signed for Galaxy in 2009.He was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010 and earned the title again in 2013 when he played for Portland Timbers between 2012 and 2014. Ricketts also featured for Montreal Impact in 2012.He spent 13 years at international level, before retiring in 2013 after gaining exactly 100 caps.
JFK NDS on fireBy C.Y. Kwanue and Joaquin SendoloHealth authorities are yet to disclose the cause of last Tuesday night’s fire disaster that gutted the John F. Kennedy Medical Center’s only drug testing laboratory and its Cholera Unit.During the incident, doctors, nurses and patients were evacuated to another area by security guards. There were no human casualties reported.As of late yesterday evening, the Ministry of Health’s Communications Department could not ascertain the cause of the fire, but said they were continuing the investigation into the incident.Public Affairs Director Sorbor George confirmed to this newspaper that the cholera and NDS departments, along with the country’s only drugs testing laboratory, were lost to the fire.Mr. George said the laboratory was used by the hospital to test the qualities and usefulness of all medicines entering the country before they were dispatched to health centers across the country.“The public should be assured of government’s preparedness to supply drugs to all health facilities from other sources, either from outside or from within,” he said.The fire started at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night and took firefighters more than three hours to put out, a source at the hospital said.Eyewitnesses said heavy volumes of smoke and fire sent residents on the 20th and 24th Streets looking for help, and many joined neighbors to put out the fire.Firefighters, including officers of the Liberia National Police and UN firefighting officers, also joined the effort to put out the fire.Up to yesterday morning, firefighting trucks from the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) were still moving to the scene to ensure that everything was under control.There were also reports that the hospital’s electrical panel boxes and several important documents including patients’ medical records as well as some recently donated medical supplies from partners were also destroyed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, a car in which four friends were travelling crashed into a parked lorry at La Grange, West Bank Demerara, killing three of those friends and leaving the fourth in a critical state.Dead: Reshi PashaThe dead men have been identified as 33- year-old Leroy Levans Jr of Nismes, WBD — a father of one, who had been preparing to go on vacation in the United States later this month; 25-year-old Devindra Hardyal, also called “Slice”, and 20-year-old Reshi Pasha, both of La Grange, WBD.The fourth occupant of the car, 22-year-old David Bourne of Goed Fortuin, WBD, has been admitted a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), after initially being treated at the West Demerara Regional Hospital for the injuries he sustained.Levans, driver of the ill-fated vehicle, and Hardyal were reportedly pronounced dead on the spot, while Pasha took his last breath a few hours later.Dead: Devindra HardyalPreliminary investigations revealed that the four men had been partying at Stanleytown, WBD prior to the accident. They then left the party to take Bourne home at Good Fortuin. Allegedly speeding at the time of the horrific accident, the vehicle became uncontrollable and collided with the parked lorry.This publication understands that Sunday’s accident was not the first such incident involving a parked vehicle in the village of La Grange.At the West Demerara Regional Hospital, Levans’s father, Pastor Leroy Levans, told Guyana Times that this loss of his son will have a great impact on him, since he is into cash crop farming. He explained that, sometime ago, his son had ventured off and established his own construction and maintenance business to support himself and 9-year-old daughter.Dead: Leroy Levans JuniorPastor Levans told this publication that Leroy Levans Jr leaves to mourn his daughter, mother, father and a sibling. “These things come as a test to your faith,” he declared.This newspaper also met briefly with relatives of the late Reshi Pasha, who related that they were still trying to come to grips with the loss of this young man. Guyana Times was told that he had been brought up by his aunt and uncle, who would advise him to spend more time at home. The aunt, Jaiwantie Pasha, said the late Reshi had two other siblings, and she related that her son and her now dead nephew had grown up like brothers.Meanwhile, relatives of the late Devindra Hardyal have said he had fathered a young daughter who is dependent on him.They were especially in a state of distress since Farook Bacchus, who perished by drowning while trying to save his daughter and grandson, had been a relative of theirs (see story on page ).Hardyal’s grandmother, Saviram Bacchus, related that she had taken care of him since he was three years old. She noted that her grandson had been planning to marry the mother of his daughter in December.Hardyal’s sister, “Marsha”, explained that she would often tell her brother to remain at home, but on that fateful night, his friend had collected him to go on a “lime”.She added that the four males who were involved in the accident would often hang out on the road together. “Me ain’t got no more body; it’s just me and he alone. My mother go away and leave us, and my father (committed suicide),” the grieving sister pointed out.It has been alleged that the four men had been drinking heavily at the party before leaving for the Goed Fortuin.One relative suggested that the men may have been heading to a popular night spot in Pouderoyen, WBD to continue the drinking spree. When this newspaper visited Bourne’s Goed Fortuin, WBD home, his relatives were not available to comment on the tragic incident. (Shemuel Fanfair)
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018…T20 World Boss Chris Gayle will lead his St Kitts & Nevis Patriots into battle against his old franchise Jamaica Tallawahs with a red-hot Andre Russell in-form as Match 8 of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) bowls off tonight at Sabina Park in Jamaica’s capital city.Chris GayleThe Tallawahs won the title twice under Gayle and with the left-hander now giving his services to another franchise, it will be important to see how the Tallawahs approach the in-form Gayle at the top of the order. Jamaica will have a number of options in their bowling department with left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, Windies pacer Kemar Roach, Aussie spinner Adam Zampa, Pakistan spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim and others.Before last night’s game at Sabina Park against the St Lucia Stars, the Tallawahs showed their depth in bowling and batting with superman Andre “Dre Russ” Russell clobbering 13 sixes in his whirlwind ton down the order to which he added to his hat-trick against defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders last Friday night in Port of Spain.Kenar Lewis also cashed in with a fifty in the opening game in support to his captain while big guns like Glen Phillips, Johnson Charles, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell and Andre McCarthy will also look to contribute with the bat in this colossal match up. The former champs will also want to capitalize on their wining start in order to keep the momentum going.Andre RussellGayle’s men will also look to continue the celebration after bouncing back from defeat to the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Match two to blow away TKR in match five by a whopping 42 runs. Gayle, who made 86 versus the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first match, is in good hitting form while his teammates who missed out in Guyana but made amends against TKR will look to continue in the same manner.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smoked 41 off 15 with four and five big sixes at the back end of the innings to get his form with the bat going. Middle-order batsman Devon Thomas warmed up with a half-century while overseas power-hitting all-rounder Ben Cutting continued to show glimpses of savagery after a brief start in Guyana.The Patriots will bank on their pair of Windes pacers in Alzarri Joseph and Sheldon Cottrell while overseas player Mahmudullah Riyad of Bangladesh offers much with his spin and should bowl well in tandem with Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane who is also in good form with the ball. Brathwaite, Tom Cooper, Anton Devcich and Cutting are all good second options for Gayle against the talented Jamaican side at home.Last the time these two sides met in Hero CPL 2017, it ended in a 1-1 result with Jamaica losing the first encounter before beating the Patriots in their final match of last season’s tournament. Playing at home in Kingston should favour Gayle while the original home team should also be quite knowledgeable of the environment as to properly prepare for the visiting Patriots. The first ball is set to bowl off at 18:00h (19:00h Guyana time).
ENTERTAINMENT: A crew of Donegal musicians will be the last to play at an iconic London venue – synonymous with Irish Country and Western music acts.Conway’s 3 is a hugely popular Irish venue in London – and has been regularly frequented by fans of Irish Country and Western Music for the best part of a decade. However, it is unfortunately closing its doors for the last time on Sunday, February 21st.The bar is owned by famous Irish Country Music star Seamus Moore – known better as the JCB man.Since the Galtymore Ballroom in Cricklewood closed its doors in 2008 – Conway’s 3 has been the venue for Irish people with a deep love and passion for Country and Western Music.All Irish acts, both based in the UK and those who tour around the UK from Ireland have all played at the famous venue. However, a group of men from Donegal will have the honour of being the last musicians to play in the iconic venue – when they perform on the 19th, 20th and 21st of February at the Donegal and London Country Music weekend.Well-known DJ and Country Music promoter Thomas Costello – also known locally as DJ Tubbsy have said that it is a real honour to be part of the last weekend.Thomas told Donegal Daily, “My company TC promotions ran a very successful country weekend there last year.“We had seven well-known Donegal acts, and we attracted crowds of up to 300 people in attendance.“So when Seamus Moore rang me up to confirm he was closing, I had no hesitation to move the date of the festival for such a special occasion.“This year’s line up include Letterkenny band – Off the Kuff, who are made up by (John Dolan) – Buncrana star Martin Cuff, Ramelton native Paul McCahill and Inch Island man David Craig. “I’m from Arranmore Island so Donegal will be well represented at what will be a very, very special weekend for all the Irish diaspora in London.“I can also confirm we will have a special guest on the Friday night – which will be country superstar Declan Nerney.”Thomas also confirmed that there will be large crowds coming from Donegal for the weekend, as well as the Donegal diaspora based in Glasgow who will also be attending the event.Thomas added, “Conway’s 3 is a home away from home for all Irish emigrants living away from home in London. “It’s the end of an era, but hopefully another venue similar to this will start up in London to continue the tradition.”DONEGAL MUSICIANS TO CLOSE ICONIC LONDON VENUE NEXT MONTH was last modified: January 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ActsClosingCountrydonegalLondonMUSICOff the KuffSeamus MooreThomas CostelloVenue
Entries are flooding in for the Riverine 10K, the cross border event which will be held in Lifford-Strabane on Sunday 10th August. With the race launched a few short weeks ago and sponsored by Dolans Bureau de Change at the Travellers Rest, there has been a huge pre entry to date, with still over a week to go until the event. A 5K Walk has also been included, providing something for the whole family.The first holding of this event last year proved to be an outstanding success, with athletes from right across the North West in attendance. The fact that the annual Strabane 10K traditionally held in July each year is now being replaced with the Riverine 10K has added a new dimension to this years race with a bumper crowd now expected.The cross border, cross community nature of the event was the catalyst for the hugely successful inaugural Strabane Lifford Half Marathon in May which brought nearly 600 athletes to the area.From the elite runner through to the recreational jogger and walker, the event is open to all levels of athlete.An added bonus this year is a €200 bonus to the first man under 31 minutes and first woman under 35 minutes. Last years winners, Foyle Valley’s Keith Shields and Lifford AC’s Irish international Ann Marie McGlynn from Strabane have set the bar high for this years event and yet another quality event is expected. The flat course produced an abundance of fast times last year, with personal bests expected to be the order of the day.Athletes pre-registering for the 10K before Sunday 3rd August will receive a free quality technical tee shirt. For pre-registration after that date, t-shirts will be subject to availability.ENTRIES FLOODING IN FOR RIVERINE 10K IN LIFFORD/STRABANE was last modified: August 2nd, 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:LiffordRIVERINE 10Kstrabane
GARDAÍ have deployed unmarked cars and are using new technology across County Donegal today as part of a road safety drive.Several Garda teams are on duty today as part of a bid to end the dangerous practice of some motorists driving whilst using mobile phones.But officers – who have detected 60 drivers breaking that law since yesterday – are also checking for other offences. One van driver stopped for using his phone whilst driving was found to have no tax and no insurance either.Gardaí are using the latest technology to check vehicles without tax and insurance. The system can tell officers straight away if a car being driven on the road has proper insurance cover.The unmarked vehicles are being used as back up to marked patrol cars with officers also part of the road safety drive.Motorists phoning and driving face €60 fines and 2 penalty points. Traffic Corps Inspector Michael Harrison said: “All gardaí on patrol today are checking for breaches of the law.“The use of a mobile phone whilst driving is extremely dangerous. Research and surveys have shown this.”Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, Garda National Traffic Bureau said: “We all know how distracting mobile phones can be in any situation, , except in the car it can have fatal consequences.“Driving requires 100% concentration – it’s as simple as that. In the first three months of the year nearly 10,000 drivers have been detected holding a mobile phone whilst driving. This is not acceptable or conducive to road safety. The choice is yours. To avoid penalty points, a fine or worse, be involved in a road traffic collision, always put the phone away when driving.”Effects of mobile phone use on driving performance: There is a four-fold increase in the risk of having a road collision when using a mobile phone. What makes a mobile phone so dangerous when used in a vehicle?Use of mobile phones while driving – Effects on Road SafetyMobile phones distract driver in several ways:1. Physically: instead of focusing on the physical tasks required by driving (e.g. steering, gear changing), drivers have to use one or both of their hands to manipulate the phone. 2. Visually: mobile phones could visually distract drivers in two ways:− Firstly, drivers have to move their eyes from the road and focus on the mobile phone in order to be able to use it.− Secondly, while talking on a mobile phone, even if drivers’ eyes are focused on the road, they ‘look but do not see’.3. Auditory: the focus of drivers’ attention moves from the road environment to the sounds of the mobile phone and the conversation. This particularly applies when the sound quality is poor.4. Cognitively: instead of focusing their attention and thoughts on driving, drivers divert their attention and focus on the topic of the phone conversation (Dragutinovic & Twisk, 2005)GARDAÍ DEPLOY UNMARKED CARS AND NEW TECHNOLOGY IN DONEGAL ROAD SAFETY BID was last modified: April 25th, 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:crackdowndonegalmobile phonesroad safety
Gardaí have issued several warnings today for consumers to be extremely cautious and alert to several new scams targeting people in the run up to Christmas.Online loan scams, false text messages, online sales and invoice re-direct fraud are just some of the scams which people are falling victim to at this time of year.Gardaí are concerned at the growing number of new scams that are arising as Christmas approaches, said Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB). Gardaí and FraudSMART have issued advice on several scams in circulation:Bank Fraud Alert:Consumers are warned to be on the alert to text message, email or telephone call scams in which victims receive a text/email or call appearing to be from their bank asking them for Personal Details or Security Information designed to get unlawful access to bank accounts.The text, email or telephone call will instruct the individual to go to a website or make a phone call to a specified number, after which personal information will be sought. To prompt urgent action by the victim the fraudster will create a fear that if the customer does not take immediate action their account will be compromised.What to do: If a member of the public receives UNSOLICITED text messages, emails or telephone calls from their bank looking for this information, they must contact their bank and check the validity of the request and the security of the funds in their account. Do not use links received in the text or email to contact the bank and do not use telephone numbers supplied. Look up the number of the bank independently and contact them if there are any concerns. Online Loans ScamThis related to websites unlawfully offering loans online to the public in an Advance Fee Fraud. As we enter the Christmas period many people will be under financial pressure. These unlawful websites will be looking to take advantage of financially vulnerable people.The websites offer loans online. Within minutes of making an online application for a loan, the applicant will be immediately contacted and will be informed that their loan application is successful. They will then be asked to pay a fee in advance of the loan being issued. This is a ‘Scam’, no loan will be issued and the customer loses the fee they have paid in advance.What to do: Check the register of authorised firms on the Central Bank of Ireland (Central Bank) website to determine if the website/company is registered as a Retail Credit Firm or Money Lender. The register of authorised firms can be accessed at http://registers.centralbank.ie/. If the website/company that is offering loans is not listed, DO NOT apply for a loan on that website or to that company. You can report the matter to the Central Bank: details contained at https://www.centralbank.ie/regulation/how-we-regulate/authorisation/unauthorised-firmsOnline FraudAdvance Fee Fraud / TheftGardaí wish to advise the public to be wary about online purchases or sales in the Christmas period, particularly when the product is considerably under market value or is being offered for sale via an unsolicited email, text or phone call.BUYING a product – The public must be wary of a product being offered for sale under the market value, by persons unknown who are seeking payment in advance. In many cases there will be photographs of the product which have been taken from other legitimate websites, the product will be offered for sale and payment will be sought in advance and the product will not be delivered. Selling a product – If selling a product, ensure the purchaser is genuine before transporting the product prior to payment. The fraudster will frequently send an email or text purporting to be from a bank or a payment service such as Paypal confirming that the payment has been made, such communications will often be fake. The fake communication is designed to prompt the seller to dispatch the product before the payment actually hits their account.If in doubt do not complete the purchase or the sale. Check with your bank or with the Payment Service to confirm the payment is correct.What to do: Use online retailers with good reputations such as high street shops or established online stores. Check out the information on the site to ensure it is genuine. Use the same credit card for all online purchases: easy to cancel if something goes wrong! If the deal sounds like it is too good to be true it probably is!!Invoice Re-Direct FraudInvoice Re-Direct Fraud is a method of targeting a company by creating a fake invoice or identifying a genuine invoice in the name of a supplier with whom the target company is doing business. The invoice is sent to the target company asking for the payment for the product or service to be paid into an account controlled by the fraudster. This is causing considerable losses to business throughout the country. What to do: If a supplier asks for payment to a new account, a red flag should be raised. Contact the supplier by telephone to check if the requested change of account is correct. Do reply to an email or use the contact information supplied in the email Check all emails carefully, to ensure it is coming from a genuine source. Make all relevant employees aware of this Fraud type.Fake email example: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comGardaí wish to advise that the focus of the criminals in this latest scam is to obtain personal information that will allow them to steal money from bank accounts. Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan, GNECB stated that “banks and other financial entities will never make unsolicited contact with individuals asking for personal details, account numbers, 4-digit pin number or passwords.” He warned ‘that people receiving unsolicited communications looking for these personal details should not reply to text messages, emails or other communications. They should contact their bank independently to check on the validity of the communications they have received before taking any action”.Niamh Davenport, who leads the BPFI FraudSMART programme, offers the following advice to consumers: “Always be wary of any unexpected calls or texts which appear to be your bank especially those asking for personal details or payments. Your bank will never ask for your personal information so never give your financial or personal information in order to release money, refund fees, or access to your computer. Fraudsters are very convincing but don’t be afraid to take the time to make the relevant checks. The scammer will try to rush you, but this is all designed to panic you into doing something you wouldn’t otherwise do.”Garda warnings over rise in new Christmas scams was last modified: November 18th, 2019 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)
Custom high-performance certified green homes? Been there, done that.If you already build a decent custom home that is anywhere near Energy Star certified, getting it green should be reasonably easy to do and cost you less than $1 per square foot. It’s not really breaking new ground in most communities anymore to build a nationally certified custom green home, unless it’s a freakishly designed emerald- or platinum-level zero-energy home. In short, the custom market in housing, like the custom segment in many industries, is leading the way when it comes to integrating green design details, products, materials, and construction methodologies that will ultimately become mainstream.Now, logically, these practices should be trickling down to semicustom and high-end production homes for the middle class, right? And as they become more widespread and costs drop, the final frontier will be starter homes, workforce housing and government-subsidized housing, correct? Well, my experience shows that the middle market is being left behind as low-income housing jumps to the front of the race to build nationally certified green homes.In the last year alone, we have priced out 200 LEED-certified Section 8 townhouses that came in at less than $70 per square foot, including a gross profit of approximately 12%. We are currently working on the pricing of 95 single-family homes considered LEED/NGBS-certified workforce housing, and they are coming in very close to the same cost and gross profit return. How is this possible?The home-size adjuster in each program is what makes it possible. In essence, there is a sliding scale that compensates for the effect of home size on resource consumption. All else being equal, a larger home consumes more materials and energy than a smaller home over its life cycle, so both programs adjust their awards threshold points in each category based on the size of the home. Thus, smaller-than-average homes require fewer points to reach a given award threshold than larger-than-average homes.The average home sizes for the LEED program are 1900 square feet with three bedrooms, 2600 square feet with four bedrooms, and 2850 square feet with five bedrooms. The NGBS also applies bonus points to the scoring for smaller-than-average homes. The bottom line is that the ratio of a small home to a large number of bedrooms has a much easier time reaching any given point threshold in either program than does the ratio of a large home to a small number of bedrooms.And that’s the key to how we are making green affordable in the workforce housing and/or low-income market. These houses are smaller and they have lots of bedrooms. That makes them a lot easier to certify. A 1700-sq.-ft. townhouse with four bedrooms gets a 10-point credit and only needs 35 points to be certified. At that point, it becomes a footrace to the least expensive way to get those points. But does that make it greener? That’s the topic of my next blog!