The severely damaged carA taxi driver attached to Green Ice Taxi Service narrowly escaped death after the car he was driving crashed into a parked sand truck along the East Bank Demerara roadway.The incident occurred on Saturday at around midday at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, in the vicinity of National Hardware.The driver reportedly suffered a fractured skull and was rushed to a city hospital for emergency medical attention.The vehicle’s shattered windshield was heavily stained with blood which trailed into a huge puddle on the road.Based on information received, the taxi bearing registration number HC 2656, which was without passengers, was heading to Georgetown when it crashed into the truck.Eyewitnesses believe that the driver of the car fell asleep at the wheel and skidded off the roadway into the parked motor lorry, bearing registration plates GRR 2445.The truck driver was extremely annoyed, claiming that it will take millions of dollars to repair his vehicle. The chassis was severely damaged, the tyres burst and the lights broken.The Police have launched an investigation into the accident. Both vehicles were towed to the Ruimveldt Police Station as investigations continue.
After four years of intense training, 11 graduated from the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL’s) Apprenticeship programme, equipped in the disciplines of basic engineering, electrical, mechanical technologies and the transmission and distribution of electrical power.The graduates are all currently employed with GPL as technician trainees and will be monitored.At the 21st graduation ceremony held today at Cara Lodge, Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott charged the graduates to adopt and embrace, safety as a core value.Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott (left seated); CEO (Ag), BIT, Richard Maughn (front right); and acting CEO, GPL, Renford Homer (second left standing) with graduating apprentices and other officials from GPL at the graduation ceremonyFurther, he ncouraged them to embrace punctuality, honesty, integrity, interdependence and networking and reminded them that one of their sacred responsibility to their employer is loyalty, the Department of Public Information said.He told the gathering that all apprenticeship programmes are relevant to individuals, industry and the nation’s development. He reassured that the government will continue to work to ensure that all apprenticeship programme is of quality standard and that all are properly certified and come under the watchful eye and superintendence of the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) which obtains its mandate from the Industrial Training Act, Chapter 39:04.“Take the knowledge imparted onto you and use it wisely and share some of it with others to help improve their understanding of what this company (GPL) does,” GPL’s, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Renford Homer encouraged the graduates.Homer explained that it is the aim of the company to provide citizens with adequate electricity supply despite facing several challenges. To this end, Homer acknowledged “we recognise that we must have a stream of well-trained individuals to take up the leadership of the company and improve the services of the company, hence you are here today.”Meanwhile, providing a brief history of the programme, Training Manager, Dennis Swan explained that the four-year programme began in 1979, with four skilled areas. Today the programme boasts seven disciples- transmission and distribution, power stations operation, electrical installation, engineering science, network design, modern meter installation, and technical report writing.According to Swan over the years the programme has produced a reliable supply of skilled workers for the company some of whom are now in key positions.This graduation represents the second batch of apprentices who have graduated this year.
SANTA CLARITA – Everyone knows that raging wildfires can blacken miles of hillsides, incinerate whole communities and destroy the habitat for hundreds of species. But few are aware of fire’s bounty – in the form of rare wildflowers and othercolorful plants that sprout up, often just briefly, years after a blaze tears through an area. “What people can see now, 2 1/2 years after the Foothill Fire in July 2004, is all these fire-following species coming up,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and supervisor of the 350-acre natural park. “The species will only be here for a few more years and will disappear … It may be decades before you will be able to see them again.” Local woodlands are incubating carpets of spindly fire poppies; Phacelia, a knee-high annual with fern-like leaves and blue flowers; and California lilac, a shrub. Unusual plants that stun even naturalists are born in the furnace-like flames as their seed pods split from contact with chemicals released by smoke. The canyons that border Santa Clarita – Placerita, Towsley and Whitney – have been whipped by wildfires in the past several years. They form part of the same wildlife corridor, a section of undeveloped land between the Santa Susana and San Gabriel mountains. Months or years after firestorms, moonscape-bare hills erupt with dense regrowth and profusions of blooms. Flames cracked open the brittle, spindly fire poppy seeds in Placerita after the Foothill Fire. “(Seeds) can sit in the ground for decades until the fire blows through,” said Wendy Langhans, a naturalist with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. Langhans will lecture on fire ecology and lead a nature walk in Placerita Canyon in April, pointing out burned areas in the process of recovery. The diminutive plant expert still marvels at the 6-foot-tall fire heart plant that towered over her near Towsley Creek two years after the Simi Fire touched down there. “I have never seen it before,” she said. A year after a burn, the plant sends up foliage; the next year, whitish- pink flowers crown the tall stalk. “It’s a monster.” Unlike East Coast climes where periodic rains turn dead leaves and plants into humus, leaves in nearby woods can collect dust. Fires transform the debris into rich black ash. “That would be like taking Miracle-Gro and spreading it on the ground,” Langhans said. “You have perfect conditions for the birth of regrowth.” Fires also consume scrub, allowing winter rains and sun to percolate the heat-absorbing ash. In October 2003, the Simi Fire scorched more than 108,000 acres, including Towsley woodlands. In July 2004, the Foothill Fire – sparked by a red-tailed hawk electrocuted by a power line – burned nearly 6,000 acres, including land in Placerita and Whitney canyons. Later that month, the Crown Fire in Acton blackened nearly 12,000 acres. And last year, several small fires etched through Santa Clarita, said Sam Padilla, a spokesman for the L.A. County Fire Department, and Dee Dechert, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. Some animals flee advancing walls of flame; others escape down chutes to underground burrows. Dry soil provides insulation, and even an inch of topsoil can be the difference between sauna-like heat and an inferno. For details on the nature walk, contact Dianne Erskine- Hellrigel at (661) 259-2743 or Juliebear@aol.com. email@example.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK — He does the “Monster Mash” no more. Bobby “Boris” Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem “Monster Mash” to the top of the charts in 1962, making him one of pop music’s most enduring one-hit wonders, has died of leukemia. He was 69. Pickett, dubbed “The Guy Lombardo of Halloween,” died Wednesday night at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, said his longtime manager, Stuart Hersh. His daughter, Nancy, and his sister, Lynda, were at Pickett’s bedside. “Monster Mash” hit the Billboard chart three times: when it debuted in 1962, reaching No. 1 the week before Halloween; again in August 1970, and for a third time in May 1973. The resurrections were appropriate for a song where Pickett gravely intoned the forever-stuck-in-your-head chorus: “He did the monster mash. … It was a graveyard smash.” The novelty hit’s fans included Bob Dylan, who played the single on his XM Satellite Radio program last October. “Our next artist is considered a one-hit wonder, but his one hit comes back year after year,” Dylan noted. The hit single ensured Pickett’s place in the pantheon of pop music obscurities, said syndicated radio host Dr. Demento, whose long-running program celebrates offbeat tunes. “It’s certainly the biggest Halloween song of all time,” said Demento. The DJ, who interviewed Pickett last year, said he maintained a sense of humor about his singular success: “As he loved to say at oldies shows, ‘And now I’m going to do a medley of my hit.’” Pickett’s impression of Karloff (who despite his name was an Englishman, born William Henry Pratt) was forged in Somerville, Mass., where the boy watched horror films in a theater managed by his father. Pickett used the impersonation in a nightclub act and when performing with his band the Cordials. A bandmate Pickett to do a song to showcase the Karloff voice, and “Monster Mash” was born — “written in about a half-hour,” said Dr. Demento. The recording, done in a couple of hours, featured a then-unknown piano player named Leon Russell and a backing band christened The Crypt-Kickers. It was rejected by four major labels before Gary Paxton, lead singer on the Hollywood Argyles’ novelty hit “Alley Oop,” released “Monster Mash” on his own label. The instant smash became a sort-of Christmas carol for the pumpkin and ghoul set. In a 1996 interview with People magazine, Pickett said he never grew tired of it: “When I hear it, I hear a cash register ringing.” While Pickett never re-created its success, his “Monster’s Holiday,” a Christmas follow-up, reached No. 30 in December 1962. And “Graduation Day” hit No. 80 in June 1963. He continued performing through his final gig in November. He remained in demand for Halloween performances, including a memorable 1973 show where his bus broke down outside Frankenstein, Mo. Beside his daughter and sister, Pickett is survived by two grandchildren.
Fair officials said the organization is currently negotiating a multiple-year contract with the county. “We are already looking forward to another run next year,” Elkins said. Some old favorites made their return to the fair this year including the Washing Well Wenches, William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Visitors also got a chance to hear folk singers and see belly dancers, jugglers and more than 1,200 costumed performers. First-time fair-goer Jason Lopez said he liked getting dressed up like a knight. IRWINDALE – Thousands of people crowded the Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Artisans Market on Sunday to bid farewell to the Elizabethan village. The Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale was transformed into the 16th-century English country fair seven weeks ago. Fair officials said this year seemed to attract more than the usual 10,000 visitors per day. “We won’t know the final numbers until after today but we did see a lot more people this year,” said Andrew Elkins, the fair’s general manager. “We love this location. It’s been extra-promising.” This year marked the Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s 45th year in operation. Prior to making its way to Irwindale, the fair was held in Devore. “It was cool to put on the armor and have a sword,” said Lopez, 13, of Valinda. “You feel like you’re back in time here.” The fair’s Artisans Market provided a variety of foods for people to enjoy including Shepherd’s Pye, turkey legs and fish and chips, and had different craft demonstrations, including glass blowing and jousting. Annie Miller of Whittier said she has been to the fair for the past five years and wanted to bring her grandchildren on the last day. “They’ve never been before and I knew there would be a lot of people,” Miller said. “They thought it was just a regular fair but, boy, were they surprised to see all this.” The Renaissance Pleasure Faire started in 1963 in Agoura and was created to give real-life history lessons to students and their families. Elkin said the fair attracts about 20,000 visitors each weekend and since it began has had more than 5 million visitors from around the world. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
After the game, Zidane was also asked about a possible move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar but he refused to address the issue.It was Madrid’s seventh and final warm-up fixture ahead of the start of La Liga next weekend but Bale has only played three of those, and each time as a substitute.James Rodriguez, who has also been expected to leave Madrid this summer, was not even named on the bench against Roma.“Bale and James are players of Real Madrid,” Zidane said afterwards. “Anything can happen until August 31 but we are counting on all the players.”On a potential move for Neymar, who is reportedly keen to leave PSG and could rejoin Barcelona, Zidane said: “We are here with the squad that we have and we are only thinking about that.”Zidane had made it clear Bale was not part of his plans for a reinvigorated Real Madrid this term and the Welshman was left out completely for their previous three friendlies against RB Salzburg, Fenerbahce and Tottenham.But after a move to China last month fell through and the closure of the Premier League transfer window, Bale was back in the squad against Roma and came on for the last half an hour.With the score level, he could have won it for Madrid, firing into the side-netting and then just wide in the 92nd minute after two impressive breaks forward.It remains to be seen if Bale is now included in Zidane’s squad to face Celta Vigo in Madrid’s season opener on Saturday.Their display against Roma was one of their better showings of a patchy pre-season, which has seen them register two wins, two draws and three defeats after normal time.All four goals were scored in the first half as twice Roma came from behind, Diego Perotti and Edin Dzeko cancelling out efforts from Marcelo and Casemiro.Bale scored his penalty but Marcelo missed, his shot hitting the crossbar to confirm Roma’s win. The Italian side begin their own Serie A season at home to Genoa on August 25.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gareth Bale has only played in three of Real Madrid’s seven pre-season friendlies. © AFP/File / Johannes EISELEMADRID, Spain, Aug 12 – Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale played for the first time in four pre-season matches on Sunday to suggest he could yet regain his place under coach Zinedine Zidane.Bale came off the bench as Madrid drew 2-2 against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico, before losing the friendly on penalties.
William Sweeney leaves the court. Pic copyright Donegal DailyA gang of 40 people went on an orgy of destruction and attacked one of Ireland’s most historic monuments.The drunken revellers pulled stones from An Grianan Fort in Burt, defecated in a holy well and then abused visiting tourists. Gardai found women’s underwear, human excrement and beer cans when they raided the site.Maymond McCormick leaves the court today. Pics copyright Donegal DailyThe incident happened over the weekend when a group of people landed at the site for a party.Two of the men who took part in the incident appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.William Sweeney, 19 and Raymond McCormick, 21, appeared in court charged with causing criminal damage to the fort on July 6th.Garda Eddie Doherty described a scene of carnage which met him when he went to investigate complaints of the party.He also revealed how tourists from America and China who were visiting the site were left stunned by the scene.“It was just a scene of carnage. The tourists who were visiting the area were traumatised by what they saw,” said Garda Doherty.Judge Paul Kelly said he was shocked by the “ignorant, loutish and thuggish’ behaviour.“This monument is one of the best preserved of its kind and I visited it myself some months ago.“I was particularly impressed by how well it has ben maintained and how it has stood the test of time.“It has stood the test of time by many invading armies over the years and then this group of thugs come along and invade it and start to dismantle it from the inside,” he said.Solicitor for McCormick of 8 Ballbane Pass, Creggan, Derry and Sweeney, 4 Oaklands Park, Creggan, Derry, said both men were very embarrassed by what had happened.Patsy Gallagher said they were only charged with criminal damage and were not involved in any defecating incident.They had pleaded guilty to throwing historic stones and empty cans of beer.He said both men had been in custody since and their experience within four walls at a Garda station had been a sobering experience on them.The court was told the Office of Public Works are currently examining the extent of the damage to the siteJudge Kelly remanded both men in custody until this Thursday at Buncrana Court and said he wanted to hear from the OPW how much monetary damage had been done to the area.TWO MEN APPEAR IN COURT AFTER DISGUSTING ATTACK AT AN GRIANAN FORT was last modified: July 8th, 2013 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:An Grianan FortattackLetterkenny District CourtRaymond McCormickWilliam Sweeney
Harry Redknapp called Gary Rowett and said just one thing to him about taking the Birmingham job: ‘Help!’.Rowett was given the boot by the Blues early in the season and replaced him with Gianfranco Zola – a shocking decision which almost cost the club their place in the Championship. Redknapp steered the club to safety, winning two of the three games he was in charge of and has now signed a one-year deal to become their boss on a permanent basis. But Rowett has revealed Redknapp called him for advice and itr was clear he was worried about his chances of saving the Blues from the drop. Rowett told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It’s not going to be easy next season, it’s a fantastic league. “Harry actually rang me whe he went to Birmingham, I said if you need opinion on any players just let me know, because I obviously still want them to do well. “He rang me up and just said: ‘Help!’“It was brilliant, he’s a top guy and I think he did an amazing job.“There’s so many top managers in that division that it’s going to be another tough, brutal Championship.“Durability and resilience are two key factors to the team you build because there’s no division like it.”
Former Kerry star Darragh Ó Sé has revealed his admiration for brothers Neil and Eamon McGee in his weekly column with The Irish Times. Ó Sé was reflecting on Donegal’s defeat to Mayo and focused on the battle between Aidan O’Shea and the McGee brothers.Ó Sé felt the McGee’s got a bit of a chasing on Saturday night but said any full-back line in Ireland would have and praised the maturity of the Mayo star. While he felt the McGee’s lost their battle with O’Shea he said that doesn’t make them a busted flush and has praised them as pure, honest defenders.Ó Sé wrote, “The McGees got a chasing from Aidan O’Shea on Saturday but that doesn’t mean they’re a busted flush.“Let’s be honest: not many defences would have handled him. I’ve always admired them because they are pure defenders.“I’d have had a soft spot for them anyway because they’re Gaeltacht men but beyond that, they’re honest players who play a brave, manly game and don’t go crying about it when they’re beaten nor gloating about it when they win. “It’s very easy to dismiss players in one fell swoop. Sport can get away from you very quickly.“You can land in Croke Park knowing you’re no different to the player you were the previous year but all of a sudden you come up against a Mayo team that is revved up and mad for road and you come up against this bull of a young lad in O’Shea who is on a roll.“Your midfield is getting beaten, so the ball coming in is decent and you’re hung out to dry. But you can’t be killing lads for a bad day at the office.“The reality is O’Shea is a beast at the minute and he’s looking to clear everything in his path. With the level of dominance Mayo had around the centre of the pitch, the Donegal defence could have taken a far worse hosing than it did.“Neil McGee actually was on top early on and got out to the first couple of balls that came in. But it’s like that old saying: O’Shea only had to be lucky once, Donegal had to be lucky all the time. DARRAGH Ó SÉ – ‘I’VE ALWAYS ADMIRED THE MCGEE’S, THEY ARE PURE DEFENDERS AND THEY’RE FROM THE GAELTACHT’ was last modified: August 13th, 2015 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:newsSport
Oxford vs Man City live: talkSPORT commentary for cup quarter-final clash 4 Guardiola congratulates the excellent Foden after the game Liverpool name their youngest ever team vs Aston Villa in Carabao Cup clash Mustafi shows Xhaka how to address Arsenal fans following a bad performance predicted PLAY THE KIDS The problems pile up at United The England Under-19 international was involved in the opening two goals, scored by Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez, before sealing a 3-0 win with his first senior goal.It did not take long for the game to settle into a familiar routine as the visitors took control of possession and pinned Oxford back.Guardiola’s side thought they had taken the lead but Jesus was flagged for offside as he turned home Silva’s low cross, with Oxford goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell called into action soon after to keep out Oleksandr Zinchenko before Silva shot wide.The opener came 10 minutes before the break and was started by a raking Foden pass, picking out Brahim Diaz, whose deflected effort was headed in from close-range by Jesus. CONFIRMED The same pattern ensued after the break, Danilo coming close with a drive from the edge of the box as Foden continued to be a pivotal player in the middle of the park.He led a counter-attack that should have resulted in City’s second goal but Diaz and Jesus managed to get in one another’s way in an attempt to convert Silva’s cross following yet another smart ball from Foden.A rare mistake from Foden saw him miss a fine chance to tap home at the back-post, instead hitting the side-netting when it was easier to score.Another fine long ball over the top from Foden was well-controlled by Mahrez, who raced through on goal to finish well. 4 4 unexpected cup clash Silva was also recalled to the starting XI Why you can’t miss Chelsea vs Man United and Liverpool vs Arsenal on talkSPORT Blackpool 2-0 QPRBournemouth 3-2 BlackburnBurton Albion 2-1 BurnleyMillwall 1-3 FulhamPreston North End 2-2 (3-4 pens) MiddlesbroughWolves 0-0 (1-3 pens) Leicester CityWycombe Wanderers 3-4 Norwich CityWest Brom 0-3 Crystal Palace Aston Villa see off youngest ever Liverpool side in Carabao Cup quarter-final How Liverpool and Arsenal could line up for Carabao Cup clash with huge changes Latest Carabao Cup News How Liverpool could line-up at Aston Villa with 119-year record in the offing Foden continued to be the star of the show, drawing a good late save from Mitchell with an effort from inside the box before a controlled, first-time finish followed to wrap up the win for City.City’s rivals Manchester United will not join them in the next round, however, after succumbing to a penalty shootout defeat to Derby County at Old Trafford.There were eight other games on Tuesday night. Here are all the other results: Phil Foden was the star of the show as Manchester City began their Carabao Cup title defence with a routine 3-0 victory over Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.City boss Pep Guardiola made ten changes from their drubbing of Cardiff but despite the likes of Vincent Kompany, John Stones and David Silva in the starting XI, it was Foden who caught the eye. City had too much quality for their League One opponents CLASSICS Debuts Report 4 Liverpool to play two squads at the same time as Carabao Cup tie date is revealed