Ministry accepts full responsibility

first_img– dead children were taken after being neglected, mistreated by familyBy Ramona LuthiSocial Protection Minister Volda Lawrence and Director of Childcare Protection Agency (CPA) Ann Greene atMinister of Social Protection Volda Lawrencea press conference on Friday accepted full responsibility for the tragic fire which claimed the lives of two young children on Thursday evening at the Hadfield Street Drop-in Centre.At the conference were the two Social Service assistants Sandra Jones and Rupert Hinds, who were in charge of the 31 children at the Drop-in Centre on that fateful evening. They were given a chance to describe the events leading up to the demise of Antonio George, 6, and Joshua George, 2.According to Jones, who was in charge of the girls’ department at the upper flat of the centre, she noticed sparks emanating from a nearby electrical wire which quickly erupted into a flame and spread into an uncontrollable blaze. It was highlighted that she immediately began awakening the girls, who then rushed out of the burning building to safety, while she tried to battle the flames with the fire extinguishers.“I was in the dorm upstairs and the girls already drop to sleep and whilst sitting down, I noticed the electrical wire on the wall start giving this whizzing sound, and next thing I know, there’s a big bunch of fire all over the place. I wake the girls up and try to save as much of them as I can. I saved all my girls. I got out all of the girls,” she related.Hinds, the boys’ social service assistant voiced his recollection of the night, highlighting that Jones alerted him of the fire and so he tried to get the boys to safety, and then moved to assist Jones in taming the fire. “The elder child didn’t reach outside. He was still in the building. Maybe he might have gone back to get his brother” Hinds related.Investigations are currently ongoing to determine exactly what caused the fire and the deaths of the two boys.According to the director of the Child Agency, the two children along with their three other siblings were taken into care on Wednesday by the CPA, in anticipation of an investigation into the alleged neglect and abuse of the children. She relayed that as per routine, the CPA took the children for medical attention the following day and it was confirmed that the children were victims of neglect and maltreatment.Speaking on behalf of the Ministry, Greene relayed that the Ministry of Social Protection would take full responsibility for the tragic incident and bear the full cost of the funeral for the young children.Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence who recognised this incident as very heartbreaking, noted that while many fire prevention measures were implemented, including fire extinguishers, sand buckets and more importantly the training of staff, prior to the fire, there was more than could have been done.She also highlighted that this tragic incident has been an eye opener and there is an intention to provide “safe spaces” for children within the various centres soon.“This morning, when I got there, I realised, that we did not have a safe space for those children in the case of evacuation, not only from fire, but flood, earthquake, anything and perhaps in going forward this is one of the things we can look at,” the Minister pointed out.last_img read more


1 charged for beating Mabura man

first_imgRomel Vieira also called “Rasta man”, was charged for the severe beating of a Mabura resident, Cliff Williams, which occurred on Friday last.Romel Vieira also called “Rasta man”The accused, who allegedly confessed to Police, made his appearance before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Monday to answer to a charge of felonious wounding.He was remanded to prison until February 25, 2019.It was reported that 50-year-old Williams was attacked by a group of men at Mabura, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), which caused him to sustain several bodily injuries including fractured fingers.According to Police, the victim of 47 Miles, Mabura, and the alleged perpetrators are known to each other, and would usually have misunderstandings.It was reported that the men were at Vieira’s shop at Mabura consuming alcohol when the victim started to argue with him and another suspect.A fight then ensued, and it is alleged that the four men dealt several cuffs and kicks to the victim, causing his right foot and left hand to break and his fingers to be fractured.The suspects then fled the scene, while the victim was escorted to the Linden Hospital Complex. The suspect was later arrested and charged.last_img read more


We signed names instead of positions, Ssimbwa laments

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa reacts during their KPL match against Mathare United. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27- With just three games into the new season, Sofapaka tactician Sam Ssimbwa has already made a damning assessment on his side, saying they are not good enough to compete for the Kenyan Premier League title.Sofapaka has won only one match, a nervy 1-0 victory away to Kakamega Homeboyz and lost against Bandari (3-0) and Mathare United (3-1). After the three matches, Ssimbwa is not convinced that his team can compete for the ultimate prize. “Gauging from these two losses, I think we are not good enough to compete for the trophy. We can play like participants but not good enough to challenge for the trophy,” Ssimbwa said after his side’s 3-1 loss at the hands of Mathare United on Sunday.Sofapaka goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya with team-mate Humprey Okoti during their KPL match against Mathare United. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe Ugandan tactician was disappointed with the performance of his charges especially in the manner they conceded the first and second goals, saying they were gifts to their opponents.And now, the tactician who rejoined Batoto ba Mungu at the beginning of last season does not believe that with the current trend which sees them drop seven points behind the leaders they can challenge for their second league diadem.“If you are competing, you take each game like a final. But if you look at the two games we have lost, are we playing like a final? If we go on like that we shall be participants and not be relegated but can’t fight for anything. Three games with three points and you think you will compete?” posed the tactician.He added; “We are competing with the likes of Gor Mahia, but if you look at them, they already have nine points from three games.”-Rift in the team-Sofapaka FC new signings Kepha Aswani and Ibrahim Kitawi during a training session at te Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUMeanwhile, the tactician has hinted a possible rift with the team’s management in terms of signing and releasing of players, insinuating that he might not have been consulted when new players were brought into the squad.He was particularly critical of the release of defender Jonathan ‘Dante’ Mugabi and midfielder Feni Ali, saying they were two of the club’s best players last season and didn’t understand why they were released.Batoto ba Mungu were busy in the transfer window and brought in high profile names including strikers Stephen Waruru and Kepha Aswani as well as Burundian defender Mousa Omar.They had been touted to bring in Zanzibar midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame but the deal fell flat on its belly on the final day of the transfer window.Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa strolls around during a past training session at the club’s Eastleigh High School training ground. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“You don’t sign names, you sign position. Did we want strikers only? Feni, our best midfielder who scored six goals and had nine assists in the second leg alone went.  Our best defender Dante went. Who were the replacements?” the coach posed, refusing to comment on whether or not he had been involved in the club’s transfer activity.Ssimbwa however remains hopeful that his relatively new squad will grease up as the season progresses, though he remains pessimistic they will stand a chance of fighting for the league crown.“Maybe we shall improve with time but by then the title contenders will have left us. We shall play, the trophy might be difficult for us,” he said.The 2009 league champions will have little time to rest as they will immediately switch their attention to a catch-up fixture against AFC Leopards on Wednesday at the Narok Stadium, same venue they suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss at the hands of Bandari.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Juventus remain on the trail of Man City striker

first_img1 Stevan Jovetic in action for Manchester City against Newcastle Juventus have not given up hope of signing Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, according to sources in Italy.The Serie A champions are keen to add to their squad, with speculation growing that star midfielder Arturo Vidal could be set for a move to Manchester United.And Tuttosport report Juve have set their sights on Jovetic – either on loan or as a permanent deal.City are reportedly opposed to both options, due to the fact that fellow striker Alvaro Negredo has been ruled out for at least three months with a broken metatarsal.However, Juventus are hoping a bid of around £20m could tempt City into selling the Montenegro international.last_img read more


Origi now a darling to Liverpool fans on Twitter

first_imgOrigi scored early in the first half, and then scored late, with Georginio Wijnaldum netting twice in between.Origi was only starting due to an injury to Mohamed Salah at the weekend.He scored the winner against Newcastle at the weekend to keep Liverpool’s Premier League title quest alive.Now he has become an even bigger hero, scoring two goals he will never ever forget.Origi came into the season as an afterthought, after a disappointing loan at Wolfsburg last season.Through sheer determination he has forced his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans, and the manager has shown faith in the Belgian.Origi is finally becoming a fan favourite, as the reaction to his performance shows…Sir Divock Origi? When’s that happening? #LFC— Raahil Chopra (@raahilc) May 7, 2019Origi (2 shots, 2 goals) clinical #LFC— Hayden (@HBJofficial) May 7, 2019In 3 days divock origi has played a humongous part in us potentially Winning the premier league and champions league. You just couldn’t write it. #LFC— Scott Drew (@scottdrew14) May 7, 2019Rise Ser Origi of Anfield #YNWA #LFC pic.twitter.com/BP161ulq4n— Donald⚡ (@macdonald4433) May 7, 2019Give Origi a new contract and a statue #LFC— parellin naidoo (@parellin) May 7, 2019Huge respect to Origi, guy was pretty much out the door in the Summer, but he got his head down, worked hard, and got on with it like a professional, he’s popped up in huge moments this season, and tonight he was incredible #LFC #YNWA #LIVBAR— Luke Fletcher (@Fletch1296) May 7, 2019Eden Hazard the best belgium player to grace football? Ever heard of DIVOCK ORIGI!?#LFC— 🔴🔥AllThingsLFC🔥🔴 (@AllthingLFC) May 7, 2019Someone start a petition to Knight Divock Origi. #lfc— Liam Moore (@LiamMoore1996) May 7, 2019Origi really is all things good about Lukaku and Benteke. I hope he’s at Liverpool for a long time. #LFC— Hitesh Chugani (@hitsubishi) May 7, 2019Origi is better than Messi… Don’t tell me anything #LFC #YNWA #LIVBAR— 26th March🙌🙌🙌 (@Daverints_LFC) May 7, 2019-By HITC-0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Divock Origi’s performanceLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 8 – Divock Origi netted two goals including the clincher as Liverpool defeated Barcelona 4-0.An improbable and memorable night at Anfield saw Liverpool overturn a 3-0 first leg defeat.last_img read more


Do satellite photos show more military abuses?

first_imgThe association said it compiled the satellite images from organizations operating in the country. Bromley, director of the association’s Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights project, said they were obtained from commercial firms, using low-orbit satellites that pass over Myanmar every day or so. “Physical evidence of reported attacks on civilians sometimes can be subtle compared to the slash-and-burn types of destruction that we saw in Darfur or Zimbabwe. It’s also a lush ecosystem where plants can quickly grow to cover burn marks and clouds and terrain often block satellite observation,” he said. Nonetheless, he said he was able to map the locations of many reported human rights violations. “Eighteen of the locations showed evidence consistent with destroyed or damaged villages,” he said. “We found evidence of expanded military camps in four other locations as well as multiple possibly relocated villages, and we documented growth in one refugee camp on the Thai border.” By Randolph E. Schmid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – While the government’s bloody crackdown on street demonstrations in Myanmar has drawn the world’s attention, newly released satellite photos provide evidence that the military there has destroyed villages and forcibly relocated people in the countryside. Images collected over the last year focused on sites in eastern Myanmar, helping document reports of villages being burned or eliminated, new villages where people had been relocated and rapidly expanding military camps, Lars Bromley of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said Friday. “These things are happening over quite a range. It’s not just an isolated incident,” Bromley said. “We’re not necessarily drawing conclusions about what happened to these villages; that comes form organizations we work with,” he explained. But, for example, there were reports of attacks on villages in April, and satellite images later showed the blackened remains of burned villages. In addition, the photos showed several new villages near military camps, indicating forced relocations. Bromley said that since the demonstrations began in recent days, satellites have been turned toward the major cities, but he noted that this is the cloudy season. Still, signs of an expanded military presence were in evidence. 160Want 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


FOR THE RECORD Federer clinches 4th straight No. 1

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s always emotional at the end,” Federer said. “I remember being here as a ball boy myself. I know 50 percent of the people working at the tournament. “It’s nice to win again and go into the next year as No. 1 again.” Federer won three Grand Slam titles this year and has 12 overall, two fewer than the record 14 won by Sampras. Nieminen, playing his first final of the year, fell to 0-8 against Federer. ETC.: Second-seeded Andy Murray won his third career title, beating sixth-seeded Fernando Verdasco, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. Earlier this season, Murray defended his title in San Jose. The 20-year-old Briton is 41-13 this season. … Sebastien Grosjean won the Lyon Grand Prix in France for his first title in five years, serving 17 aces and beating Marc Gicquel, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in an all-French final. This was Grosjean’s fourth career title. … Second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova defeated Patty Schnyder, 6-4, 6-2, to win the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria, her second WTA Tour title of the season and third overall. The 24-year-old Slovak also won in Indian Wells earlier this year. Garrett Gomez rode three races at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting, including the $111,300 Carleton F. Burke Handicap aboard Spring House. A day after winning the Bill Shoemaker Award as the outstanding jockey at the Breeders’ Cup in New Jersey, Gomez returned to Southern California. “It’s good to be back home. It really is,” he said. Gomez rode Indian Blessing to victory in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies and also won on Midnight Lute in the $2 million Sprint on Saturday at Monmouth Park. Both horses are trained by Bob Baffert. Horse racing Figure skating The matchup of world champions came down to who made fewer mistakes. The winner was American Kimmie Meissner. Meissner, the U.S. champion and 2006 world gold medalist, edged current world champ Miki Ando of Japan at Skate America in Reading, Pa., even though Ando won Sunday’s free skate. It was strikingly similar to Saturday’s results in the men’s event, when Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi won even though U.S. champion Evan Lysacek took the free skate. Ando looked relieved to get off the ice after her uninspiring long program that included some weak spins and even a wobble on one of them. Still, her score of 105.31 was enough to put her on top of the leaderboard with the 18-year-old Meissner yet to skate. Newcomer Caroline Zhang, 14, the world junior champion from Brea, finished third in her first senior event. After a stunning performance in the short program the previous day, Zhang was marked down on five jumps. Earlier, four-time U.S. champs Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, ranked first in the world in ice dancing, put the finishing touches on their fourth Skate America crown with a flowing, romantic free skate to music by Chopin. Brooklyn lightweight Sadam Ali was eliminated from the World Boxing Championships, falling to Armenia’s Hrachik Javakhyan in Chicago. Javakhyan outscored Ali early, then protected his lead by moving around the ring and effectively countering Ali’s attacks. Ali successfully adjusted his style to keep the match close, but Javakhyan managed the fight well and won by a score of 20-16. “It just wasn’t my day,” said a disappointed Ali, who will have two more chances to qualify for the Olympics at upcoming tournaments in Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago. Ali’s loss was a low point on an otherwise successful day for the U.S. team. Light flyweight Luis Yanez and welterweight Demetrius Andrade both advanced in the tournament and are one victory away from qualifying for the Olympics. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is back in a familiar spot – expected to win the Big Ten title. Izzo’s Spartans were selected by the media as the preseason favorites to win the conference championship for the first time since 2000-01. The dean of Big Ten coaches has already notched four conference championships in his 13 years at Michigan State, but he isn’t taking success in the league for granted. Two-time defending champion Ohio State brought in another highly touted recruiting class, and Indiana was chosen a close second behind the Spartans. Michigan State guard Drew Neitzel was selected as the preseason player of the year. Two Illinois State football players were charged with stealing a classmate’s wallet and were dismissed from the team. Cameron Cyril Thompkins, 18, of Sanford, Fla., and Micha Gordon, 19, of Peoria, Ill., were removed from the squad Thursday because of “violations of team rules,” athletic department spokesman Todd Kober said. Conrad Stoltz of South Africa made a strong comeback from injuries to win the Xterra World Championship on Maui. He finished the nearly 27-mile triathlon in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 54 seconds, becoming the first male to win three times since the race started in 1996. The 33-year-old from Stellenbosch, South Africa, won in 2001 and 2004. He broke a wrist and a vertebrae in his back in a training accident and did not compete in last year’s Maui race. Julie Dibens, 32, of England won the women’s title in her first attempt, calling it “the perfect race for me.” She led throughout the race and finished in 3:01:24. Boxing College basketball Jurisprudence Triathlon Skiing Aksel Lund Svindal’s victory in the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, showed it’s going to be tough to take the overall and giant slalom titles away from the powerfully built Norwegian. In sixth place after the first leg, Svindal delivered the fastest final run and won with a combined time of 2:17.87. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Roger Federer beat Jarkko Nieminen, 6-3, 6-4, Sunday in Basel, Switzerland, to win his second straight Swiss Indoors and clinch the No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive year. Federer joins Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl as the only men’s players to end the season ranked No. 1 four or more times since the inception of the ATP rankings in 1973. Federer, who had failed to win his home tournament six straight times before winning last year, captured a tour-high seventh title of the season. last_img read more


Sentencing set in case of elderly couple’s murder

first_imgVAN NUYS – A man convicted last month in the stabbing deaths of a West Hills couple in their 70s is scheduled to be sentenced today. Gregory Douglas Miner, 32, is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole when he appears before Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Barry A. Taylor. Miner was convicted Nov. 29 of first-degree murder for the February 2001 slayings of 76-year-old World War II veteran William Lasky and his 74-year- old wife, Bertha. He also was found guilty of robbery and burglary, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder during the course of a robbery and burglary. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMiner was arrested in August 2001 on an unrelated offense and made statements implicating himself in the deaths, authorities said. He was charged with murdering the two in January 2004, about a week before he was due to be released from Avenal State Prison in central California. The Laskys, who had been married nearly 53 years, had just returned from a vacation cruise when they were killed. Investigators said Miner, and possibly two other people, entered the couple’s home in the 7200 block of Pomelo Drive after they saw Bertha Lasky leave to go shopping. William Lasky was confronted at knifepoint as the intruders ransacked the home, and his wife was attacked when she returned home some time later. Lasky was stabbed three times in the chest and his wife’s throat was slit, authorities said. Firefighters discovered the victims dead in their master bedroom when they responded to what they believed was a residential fire. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want 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


Everton transfer latest: Ronald Koeman ready to step up interest in Ajax star

first_imgEverton are ready to firm up their interest in Davy Klaassen with a summer bid.It has been reported that Everton boss Ronald Koeman is a big fan of his fellow Dutchman, who he knows well from his time working in Holland.Now, according to reports, Everton are ready to lodge an offer for the Ajax star, who has scored 13 goals in 32 Eredivisie outings this term.Everton will not face a clear run at the 24-year-old, however, with a number of other clubs across Europe also monitoring his situation.And Klaassen himself has done little to play down rumours about a potential departure.Speaking to De Telegraaf after Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Go Ahead Eagles, he said: “Was this my last home game for Ajax? I do not know.“You know the rumours are occasionally about, but I always find it difficult to answer. The season is still running and I have not made a choice yet.” 1 Davy Klaassen celebrates a goal for Ajax last_img read more


Wenger picks three decisions VAR could have changed for Arsenal

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed three key moments in Arsenal’s history which he feels could have been different had the use of Video Assistant Referees been in place.The use of VARs has caused much debate in recent days, after being trialled in England’s friendly defeat at France and then in the Confederations Cup in Russia.It has already seen big decisions overturned during matches, but those calls remain a talking point amongst fans and between pundits during post-match analysis.The system has already been used five times at the tournament – four of them relating to offside calls and one for a handball in the run up to a goal – and FIFA says it is ‘the future of football’.Wenger was discussing the topic with Arsenal Player and he does not know why it has taken so long for football to implement technology in the modern game.He was asked to pick three moments that could have changed the outcome of a match. Wenger says a trophy is still missing from the north Londoners’ trophy cabinet and it could have been much different with the use of VAR.See what he picked below…1. Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal, 2006 Champions League finalAW: “I would choose Barcelona’s equaliser in the 2006 Champions League final because it was offside, and we were 1-0 up with 30 minutes to go.“That’s the trophy I miss here, you know, so that is for me the most important one.” Arsene Wenger: The Arsenal boss reflects on past decisions 2. Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (4-3 agg), 2010/11 Champions League round of 16AW: “The second yellow card for Robin van Persie at Barcelona, because this was the moment we were qualified against a very strong team, and it was a very difficult decision to accept – it basically killed our chances.” 3. Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich (2-10 agg), 2016/17 Champions League round of 16“After that maybe I go to a more recent decision – against Bayern Munich when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a penalty when Lewandowski was offside.“That just comes to my mind now but maybe I forget many, many, many, many more.” 4center_img 4 4 4last_img read more