Cove and John Ashram assists Mahaicony fire victims

first_imgThe Cove and John Ashram, located on the East Coast of Demerara, on Saturday donated several household items, groceries, tables, chairs and a quantity of cash to the Mahaicony family who were recently affected by a fire.The couple, Jairanie and Nalinie Singh, whose house was completely gutted onJairam and Nalinie SinghMarch 15, 2017 while they were attending a wake, explained that they with still coming to grips with the entire situation, which has left them homeless. Accordingto reports, the fire originated from an electrical wire.The Singhs were unable to save anything from their home; however, they remain optimistic that their situation would improve, as according to Mr Singh, their dream for Christmas was to be living in their own house with their family. They explained too that it was devastating to witness 20 years of hard work engulfed in flames.The Ashram, upon learning of the tragedy, decided to extend its humanitarian hand. According to Swami Shivashankaranadaji Maharaj, the couple’s eldest son,Swami Shivashankaranadaji Maharaj making the donationwho was a student at the Hindu College, informed the Ashram about the fire, and as such, members decided to render assistance.The Swami, during his visit, encouraged the family to have faith and reminded them that where there was a way, there was a will. He pledged the Ashram’s support towards helping the family until they could get back on their feet.The Singh family expressed gratitude for the timely donation; however, they also appealed to members of the public to assist them in whatever way they could to help them to rebuild their home. The couple has three children and the family is presently staying at a relative’s home.last_img read more

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Local rivalry reaches the status of a true Clasico

first_imgIf that’s what the Galaxy remember about the last meeting with their rivals down the hall three weeks ago, then Chivas remembers a blow that it considered below the belt. When Chivas players walked out of the tunnel before the game, they were greeted by taunts from the Riot Squad, the several hundred member-strong Galaxy fan club, which mocked the club’s Mexican heritage by donning sombreros. Then and afterward, several Chivas players were irate. For three years, executives with both teams have worked to stoke a rivalry. Now, it appears, no prodding is necessary. When Chivas and the Galaxy kick off tonight at 8 before an expected capacity crowd at Home Depot Center, it will mark a rivalry fitting the billing of SuperClasico. That’s due, in large part, to this season’s reversal of roles. Until recently, Chivas had played the patsy, winning just once in 11 games until its 3-0 thumping of the Galaxy on Aug. 24. SOCCER: Near-brawl in last meeting may come to be known as benchmark later. By Billy Witz STAFF WRITER When Chivas USA’s Jesse Marsch delivered a swift kick to the gut of David Beckham, it precipitated a dustup that left two players ejected – one for a head butt – and nearly touched off a full-scale brawl. Now, Chivas is among the hottest teams in MLS, having gone 6-1-2 in the last two months with a young, dynamic lineup. With a win, the Goats (12-6-4, 40 points) would capture the club’s first-ever trophy for taking the SuperClasico series and also jump over Houston into first place in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Galaxy, beset by an overloaded schedule, a host of injuries, the David Beckham dramas and poor play, find themselves with the worst record in the league (4-11-5, 17 points). “To have rivalries, you have to have both teams winning – like the Dodgers-Giants, Red Sox-Yankees, U.S.-Mexico in soccer,” Galaxy forward Landon Donovan said. “You’ve had teams winning at different points. We’re envious of them. There’s a little animosity.” The flashpoint for it was last month’s Chivas victory, in which, just before halftime, Marsch kicked Beckham in the midsection as he was beginning a counter attack. Beckham, after being knocked to the turf, jumped up and got right in the face of Marsch, who didn’t take a single step backward. An instant later, players from both teams rushed in. Galaxy midfielder Kevin Harmse threw a punch at Marsch that missed, prompting Chivas defender Alex Zotinca to head butt Harmse in the chin, sending him to the turf. Harmse and Zotinca were ejected and neither will play tonight. Harmse injured his knee training with the Canadian national team this week and Zotinca is serving the last of his three-game suspension for the incident. The ejections proved pivotal. With both teams down to 10 players, the field opened up – favoring the speedier Chivas. And with the Galaxy’s best defensive midfielder out in Harmse, Chivas punched holes in the Galaxy defense and won in a rout. Still, several Galaxy players said they aren’t using Marsch’s kick as fodder for inspiration or retaliation. That, they said, comes from trying to keep their season alive. The Galaxy trail Chicago by 11 points for the final playoff spot with 10 games left. “We’re in a desperate situation,” Donovan said Wednesday, coming off the practice field. “Naturally, I don’t have to go yell at Jesse Marsch in the parking lot. I know tomorrow, when we get on the field, he’s going to bring it and I’m going to bring it.” Asked if he was sure he wouldn’t yell at Marsch in the parking lot, Donovan smiled. “If I see him,” he said, “I might kick his (behind).” The last few weeks have allowed some of the Chivas players to cool off also. When Chivas striker Maykel Galindo broke a scoreless tie early in the second half of that game, he trotted over to the corner flag in front of the Riot Squad and threw his arms wide open. This prompted a shower of streamers and several cups of beer. “It sort of ridicules us Mexicans,” said Chivas captain Claudio Suarez, one of two Mexicans on the team. “They’re making an insult of Mexicans.” Then the 37-year-old veteran and former Mexican national team captain smiled, acknowledging that he’s seen much worse. “I’m sort of accustomed to those sorts of things,” he said. “It shows the passion is growing. The fans defend their team. It creates a good atmosphere. As long as it doesn’t turn into violence as it happens in other countries, it’s good.” Then a gleam appeared in his eye. “That actually helped us on the field,” he said. “Instead of making our spirit go down, it actually increased it. Hopefully, (tonight) they can come out with something else and they can give us the same anger.” billy.witz@dailynews.com160Want 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

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Man United target will be ‘highly sought after’, claims former star

first_imgClive Allen admits Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be highly sought after this summer – amid rumours of a Manchester United move.The French goalkeeper was superb for the north London club last season, attracting a host of top European clubs to his services.The Red Devils, who are expected to lose David De Gea to Real Madrid, are leading the race and fuel has been added to the fire by the 28-year-old who has opened the door to an Old Trafford switch.And former White Hart Lane favourite Allen claims Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board could be in for a busy summer.“I think there’s a chance,” Allen said, when asked whether Hugo Lloris would leave Spurs. “It’s all going to hang on David De Gea and what happens with his situation.“There is going to be a goalkeeping merry-go-round in the summer. Lloris had another fantastic season and he’ll be highly sought after.”last_img read more

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Paul Clement sacked as Derby County manager

first_imgDerby County have parted company with manager Paul Clement after only eight months in charge, the club has announced.The former Real Madrid and Chelsea coach took over at Pride Park in June last year but was relieved of his duties after going seven league games without a league win – a run that stretches back to Boxing Day 2015 – and sit fifth in the Championship.Chairman Mel Morris said: “We are grateful for the contribution Paul has made to the football club but the time is right to make a change.“When Paul joined us last year we worked with him to develop a plan for the club which we asked him to embrace.“It was clear in this plan, which was briefed to supporters, players, sponsors and all our stakeholders last summer that promotion this season was not the primary target. The priorities were building on the Derby way and style of football enjoyed in the past two seasons; adding depth and strength to our playing squad; and, developing and improving player and team performance.“Sadly, on these measurements, we have not made enough progress and that is why we have decided to part company with Paul.“I firmly believe that we have one of the very best first team squads in this league. Our players are highly talented professionals who are more than capable of winning games at this level and beyond.”Former Derby defender Darren Wassall will take over the side until the end of the season. 1 Paul Clement last_img read more

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Hodgson odds-on for Leicester job, Newcastle now 4/7 to win Championship – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Roy Hodgson is the odds-on favourite [10/11] for the Leicester City job after reports emerged on Monday evening claiming he has already held talks over replacing Claudio Ranieri.Meanwhile, Newcastle are now into 4/7 to win the Championship after they beat title rivals Brighton on Tuesday night to move top, while the Seagulls are 13/8.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Guess the Premier League stadium – how many can you recognise?

first_img 20 20 No.1: Can you guess which stadium this is? – Click right to find out! It’s West Ham’s London Stadium – Click right to see stadium number four No.5: Which floodlight pylon does this ground belong to? – Click right to find out 20 No.4: Do you recognise the outside of this stadium? – Click right to reveal which ground it is It’s Liverpool’s Anfield – How many did you guess correctly? Comment below. 20 20 No.3: What stadium is this? – Click right to find out! 20 20 20 It’s Everton’s Goodison Park – Click right for ground number seven It’s Man United’s Old Trafford – Click right to see stadium number 10 20 20 No.9: Does this stadium look familiar? – Click right to reveal which one it is 20 It’s Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park – Click right to see stadium number six 20 20 20 No.2: Which football ground is this? – Click right to find out! 20 It’s Newcastle United’s St James’ Park – Click right to see stadium number two It’s Leicester City’s King Power Stadium – Click right for stadium number nine It’s Man City’s Etihad Stadium – Click right to see stadium number five 20 No.8: Which stadium is this? – Click right to find out No.10: Last one, can you guess correctly which stadium it is? – Click right for the answer 20 The Premier League is hugely popular not just in England, but around the world, making its stadiums among the most recognisable around.But can you guess correctly the mystery football grounds in the slideshow above?Test your Premier League stadium knowledge! No.6: Recognise this famous old ground? – Click right to reveal all No.7: Have you got any idea which stadium this is? – Click right to find out It’s Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge – Click right to see stadium number three 20 It’s Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium – Click right for stadium number eight 20 20last_img read more

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Another Tottenham player reveals delight in snubbing Arsenal

first_img1 Despite a lack of silverware, Jan Vertonghen says he made the right decision to join Tottenham instead of Arsenal in 2012.Both teams wanted the defender, who was playing for Ajax at the time, but was convinced to move to White Hart Lane.“It was as close as it can get. My agent went to Arsenal, I wasn’t there myself but it was very respectful and in the end I had to make a choice and I chose Spurs,” he told The Mirror.“I chose Spurs and I think it’s turned out well. I felt I was joining a great team, with great plans and the personal chats I had with people at Spurs were great and I followed my instinct, my gut feeling and that’s it.”In that time Arsenal have won three FA Cups, while Vertonghen has played in one League Cup final, but believes Tottenham are close to winning a first trophy since 2008.They are still in the FA Cup and Champions League where they have beaten Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund this season.“Sometimes you need that trophy or a big win against at Real Madrid or top six side to realise how good you are. I am convinced that if you win one trophy, then the rest will follow,” he said.“We are going to challenge for both (the FA Cup and Champions League) and then we are trying to finish in the top four, so we have three targets. This is what we are playing for and very confident we can keep it going.”Earlier in the week, Spurs striker Harry Kane revealed that being released by Arsenal when he was a boy was a blessing.“It might sound ridiculous,” he explained. “I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong’.“Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal] was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.” Jan Vertonghen could have joined Arsenal in 2012 last_img read more

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Airport security may be fast scan

first_imgIn 2003, TSA cut most of its $75 million research budget to try to address a deficit. Its research office was later consolidated into DHS’s research arm, which has failed to spend $200 million from past years, leading lawmakers to rescind the money this summer. “The TSA is groping around, moving money,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, a senior Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee. “They don’t have enough money to have enough employees, and they can’t buy new equipment.” Even as the recent British terror plot was unfolding, Homeland Security quietly tried to take away $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new technology for detecting explosives. There will never be enough money or improvements in technology, said Richard Lanza, senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “We’re always faced with this unpleasant and nasty fact: People are going to come up with new explosives which won’t be detected by this,” Lanza said. “You’re just trying to make it harder for the bad guys.” Among the newer technologies, the puffer is a tall, clear cylinder that looks like a Star Trek transporter. Passengers chosen largely at random are hit with quick blasts of air – not quite enough to ruffle the hair – to dislodge trace particles of explosives or narcotics from a passenger’s skin and clothing. An instant microscopic analysis determines whether the passenger has been exposed to illicit substances. In the future, luggage will be “sniffed” for minute traces of explosives or bombarded with neutrons, subjecting it to CT scans, which differs from traditional X-rays in that they take hundreds of pictures of an object from a variety of angles. Passengers at San Francisco’s international terminal can glimpse a “Checkpoint of the Future” as envisioned by GE Security. The company has set up camp next to the checkpoint of today, a working security zone where plastic bins clatter and passengers shuffle through metal detectors. The GE “lab” is a nonworking checkpoint where the company is researching and tweaking its gear in hopes of winning government approvals and ironing out technical glitches. Much of that gear is mock-up equipment where company officials can demonstrate the dream: a half-minute process, starting with a device that scans a passenger’s finger for explosives and drug particles. A conveyor belt would use CT to peer at carry-on items. A body scan would look through clothing for knives, guns and bombs. A shoe scanner would end the need to kick off footwear. GE Security said it has spent more than $100 million over the past five years in developing next-generation aviation screening technologies and products. The government is particularly interested in developing the ability to quickly analyze what’s inside liquid containers after the recent discovery of a London-based plot to bring down airliners using explosives disguised as common household items, said Jennifer Peppin, a spokeswoman for the TSA’s Western region. Rapiscan Systems Neutronics and Advanced Technologies of Santa Clara is trying to perfect a device that can peer into bottles, books and shoes and identify explosives inside. The scanner, slightly larger than a tipped-over phone booth, hits the object with neutrons and analyzes the gamma rays that bounce back, telling the machine which elements are present. One recent afternoon, Pat Shea, Rapiscan’s chief operating officer, placed a bottle of wine in the machine’s drawer and started the analysis. A whirring sound followed for about 40 seconds, followed by an analysis: The bottle indeed contained wine. Despite all the years and dollars his company has poured into research and development, Shea cautions against an over-reliance on technology. “No one device is a silver bullet,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – At the airport check-in of tomorrow, “getting through security” should take 30 seconds. Passengers breeze through a series of scanners that probe for explosives, weapons, even drugs. Shoes stay on feet, laptops in cases. A machine confirms that a bottle of wine is wine, and not a disguised cocktail of bomb ingredients. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted a clampdown at the nation’s airports and a new era of aggravation at security checkpoints. They also accelerated a race to develop better screening technology, research that has advanced with each thwarted terrorism plot. Some of these devices are already snooping through your luggage as part of a 2002 congressional mandate that all checked baggage be scrutinized for explosives, but technical glitches and funding problems stand in the way of other technologies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleKey questions remain: Are these ready to handle thousands of passengers per hour, and their belongings? “Some things are imminently deployable. Some things are further off,” said Steve Hill, spokesman for GE Security, the unit of General Electric Co. that makes transportation security equipment. “We are not light years off.” Although one futuristic device known as the “puffer” already is in use at San Francisco International and 36 other airports, the government halted its continued rollout recently because of concerns about reliability. The Transportation Security Administration declined to elaborate. Critics also question whether the Bush administration is investing enough, even as it spent nearly $1 billion in fiscal 2006 on explosive-detection equipment for checked luggage and checkpoint screening. TSA and the Department of Homeland Security have repeatedly failed to spend tens of millions of dollars that Congress earmarked for new airport security equipment. last_img read more

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Listen: ‘Sticky’ buzzing after inspiring Donegal Masters to All-Ireland crown

first_imgMAN OF the Match Michael Ward deflected the praise after he led Donegal to the All-Ireland Masters crown yesterday.Ward scored five points as Donegal defeated Dublin 0-9 to 0-7 in the final.“It was very much a team effort from tackling to running,” the Ballyshannon man told Ocean FM’s Paddy McGill. “It’s relief that it’s all over What a second half from each and every one of the lads who came on.“Dublin thought the wind would win it in the second half, but it wins you very little. We got over the line, thanks be to God.”It’s 21 years now since Ward was Man of the Match when Aodh Ruadh overcame Naomh Columba in the 1998 Donegal SFC final.He said: “I still get a buzz out of it. You can see the lads who all worked hard celebrating out there.” Listen to the full interview below …Listen: ‘Sticky’ buzzing after inspiring Donegal Masters to All-Ireland crown was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Aodh RuadhBallyshannonDonegal MastersMICHAEL WARDVal Murraylast_img read more

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Council to widen pay law

first_imgIn one of the broadest applications of a “living-wage” ordinance in the nation, the Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to extend the law to hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. Hundreds of hotel workers, chanting “s , se puede” as they jammed council chambers to urge passage of the measure, cheered the 11-3 vote. While the city’s original living-wage rule applies only to firms doing business under contracts with city government, the new plan would cover about a dozen Century Boulevard hotels that the council says are beneficiaries of a city-owned asset: the airport. The approval puts Los Angeles at the heart of a heated national debate over how much power municipalities have in setting wages for private enterprise. But aides to Villaraigosa said he strongly supports a living wage and job protections for the workers near LAX and will sign the deal when it reaches his desk. Under the plan, hotel operators will be required to pay workers a minimum of $9.08 an hour with health benefits, or $10.33 an hour without the benefits. Two other measures, approved 13-1, will require the hotels to give workers their full pay, including tips collected from service charges, and protect workers from being fired. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, the driving force behind the living-wage measure, said she believes it is a matter of justice for the 3,000 or so workers at the hotels, including many with incomes below the federal poverty level and no health benefits. “Let us resolve that this City Council believes in you, that this City Council supports you,” Hahn said. “We support business. We support business improvement, but we also support the workers who make this happen.” Hahn cited studies showing that Century Corridor hotel workers are paid 20 percent less than their downtown counterparts and that corridor hotels are among the city’s busiest. But Cindy Bolton, general manager of the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport, said an independent survey found that just five of her workers earned less than the living wage. “We just don’t think government should be telling us how to operate our business,” said Bolton, calling herself surprised by how quickly council members passed the measure, proposed less than four months ago. “We don’t think they looked at all the information,” she said. Critics also said the measure was designed to promote union organizing at the hotels, which have resisted efforts in the past by the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union. The union and the county Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, have been strong supporters of the living-wage movement. Under the proposal, the living wage will not apply where labor agreements are in effect. Council members opposing the proposal – Bernard Parks, Greig Smith and Dennis Zine – said more studies should be conducted. Councilwoman Jan Perry was absent. “We are doing this based solely on hearsay and no real evidence,” Smith said. “You are asking the City Council to venture into the private sector where no city has gone before. “We have not looked at the economic impact of this. There is no economic analysis to justify this.” Zine said he was disappointed that the hotel operators and the workers’ Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy were unable to negotiate a settlement. And Parks said the City Council moved too quickly. “There is litigation in other cities where this has been tried, and I think we’re being premature in approving this,” he said. But Council President Eric Garcetti said he believes it was the proper action. “This is a way to take a full-time worker up to the federal poverty level,” he said. “In leadership, we talk a lot out here. But we also listen, and our decision is not based just on emotion. It is based on the workers and the lives they live.” Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents the airport area, said he supported the proposal. “This is an opportunity to give a living wage to the people who make these hotels as great as they are,” he said. “We are not looking at big bucks here for the hotels.” But Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said the ordinance’s long-term effects remain to be seen. “What it does is set out to provide an above-the-going wage in an area, and that benefits the people in those jobs for a while,” Blake said. “But what it doesn’t account for is that these people might be faced with a loss of job because there will be more competition for the work. “Also, the hotel operators will look at what it is costing them to operate, and they might decide to outsource a lot of the work,” Blake said. “So instead of having a cleaning crew on staff, they will hire a janitorial service to reduce their overall costs.” Mayor urged delay Questions remain rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’And it drew immediate threats of a challenge – in court or by a voter initiative – from hotel operators and others in the business community, concerned that the ordinance will be broadened to even more industries and areas of the city. “We have never seen anything like this – when the government tells private business how to operate,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is an unprecedented use of (city government’s) powers.” “My understanding, when the original living wage was approved 10 years ago, was the business community was assured that it would not apply to firms that didn’t have a direct contract with the city. Yet, look where we are today.” The measure is up next Wednesday for a final council vote, where it will need eight votes for approval. It would then go to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is expected to sign off on the plan. Villaraigosa had asked the council to delay a decision and hold more hearings to try to reach a compromise with hotel operators. He also had urged the council to apply the ordinance only to hotels on Century Boulevard. last_img read more

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