In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgHenriques tops first shooting match in Mandeville Orville Henriques began 2017 on a winning note, smashing a 10-man field to take the first monthly match at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club last weekend. Henriques, who was the top shooter in local matches during the 2016 season, won ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who posted 73 per cent. The surprise finisher was Lyle Swaby, who took third spot. Swaby only started serious competition on the shooting circuit last year. Owen Campbell (62 per cent) copped fourth, edging Thomas Jones by one percentage point, with Evan Grant and Desmond Prince rounding out the shooters who got above 50 per cent. The next major match, dubbed Pre-Florida Open matchup, will be on February 12. St Bess FC of St Elizabeth lead on goal difference in a three-way tie on points at the top of the standings after five rounds of the 2017 South Central Confed Super League. Following a 4-0 demolition of Clarendon’s New Bowens last weekend, St Bess lead with 13 points ahead of Sporting Central and Tru-Juice of St Catherine. All three have won four of their five games and drawn one. Sporting Central earned their fourth win after outscoring Hillstars of Manchester 3-2 while Tru-Juice got the better of Kemps Hill 4-3. Dunbeholden FC also won 3-0 against Downs FC while Rivoli United FC disposed of Blackstars 4-1. The weekend was remarkable for Ricam Academy of Manchester, who scored their first victory beating visiting Holland PYC of St Elizabeth 3-1 at Greenvale Community Centre. The Noranda/New Day North Central Athletics meet takes place today at the Port Rhodes Sports Club, Discovery Bay. According to meet organiser Duen Daley, the meet has attracted more than 20 schools and a number of track clubs, including Athletico, Comets, and the Moneague Track Club. The meet has also been opened to prep and primary schools. The day starts off at 9 a.m. with the running of the 3,000 and 5,000 metres events. The grounds, track and facilities have been made available by the Port Rhodes Sports Club and Noranda/New Day bauxite operations. Greater Portmore Primary will have their annual 3K road race on their school grounds on Friday, February 3. Primary and high schools students in Portmore have been specially invited. Also invited are health-conscious individuals, parents and members of various clubs. Proceeds are in aid of the school’s sport programme. Entry fee: $300 children, $500 adults. Warm-up 6.30 a.m., race time 7 a.m. Medals will be given to the top three winners of each age group. Three-way tie in South Central Confed Noranda/New Day regional track meet on today Greater Portmore Primary 3K road race February 3 Porus FC have put last season’s disappointing run behind them and are leaders after two matches in the new season of the Manchester Football Association Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League. In fact, of the five teams which have played two matches, Porus are the only one to have a perfect run. The seven-team league saw three matches being played – two at Kirkvine Sports Club and one at the Porus Community Centre. In the first game at Kirkvine, Porus were gifted all three points when Mile Gully handed them an own goal in the final minute of play. The second game produced a five-goal thriller as Technical Strikers outscored Comfort 3-2. The man of the match was Technical Striker’s Christopher Williams, who scored twice. In the lone encounter at the Porus Community Centre, Star Zone and Villa played to a 1-1 draw.center_img Defending champions Fort International made a winning start to their 2017 campaign as the Jamaica Domino Federation/City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union domino league kicked off last Sunday. Fort defeated Mechanical Strikers 300-275. In other games, Right Stuff whipped Chedwin Strikers 300-246; Eradication stopped Masterpiece 300-277; Links United thrashed Ken’s Wildflower 300-224; Waterhouse United beat Naggo Head 300-281; Spring Village defeated Frasziers Whip 300-272; Correctional Services beat Garveymeade 300-190; Soursop Tree defeated Memory Lane 300-241; Feluchi Strikers outlasted Passagefort United 300-290; Exceptional International surprised Braeton All Stars 300-285. Tomorrow’s matches (Home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Right Stuff; Frazsiers Whip vs Fort International; Links United vs Masterpiece; Memory Lane vs Waterhouse United; Passagefort United vs Correctional Services; Eradication vs Ken’s Wildflower; Braeton All Stars vs Naggo Head; Chedwin Strikers vs Feluchi Strikers; Mechanical Strikers vs Soursop Tree. Fort make winning start Manchester and St James will contest the finals of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) netball competition on February 3. The venue is yet to be decided but St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) is being explored. The two parishes won their respective semi-finals last Friday at STETHS. St James defeated Westmoreland while Manchester had an easy victory over St Ann. Five games on in Portmore Division Two Five games are scheduled in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League tomorrow. Newly crowned mid-season champions Racing United have a tricky away assignment to Braeton United at Ferdie Neita Park in the first match of a double-header at 1 p.m. In the second game at 3 p.m., Westchester tackle Waterford. At Southborough field, Edgewater will square off against Three West at 1 p.m. and Caymanas Gardens tackle Southborough at 3 p.m. in the venue’s second game. In a lone game at the Cumberland High School field, Cumberland host Daytona. Meanwhile, Racing United took the mid-season trophy last Sunday without kicking a ball, as their opponents in the final, Edgewater FC, failed to show. Porus lead Manchester Major League Manchester, St James teachers in JTA netball finalslast_img read more

Kahne’s style suited for Fontana track

first_imgAlthough he’s sitting out the Stater Bros. 300 this time around, Kahne returns to Fontana as a favorite to win Sunday’s Auto Club 500. California Speedway ranks as one of Kahne’s best tracks, where an average finish of 11.0 in six Nextel Cup races is second only to Jimmie Johnson’s 8.0 average finish. The former USAC sprint car champion claims that the 2-mile oval – with its 3,100-foot frontstretch and 2,600-foot backstretch – fits his driving style perfectly. “My strengths are the same since I came into the Busch Series,” said Kahne, who finished fourth in last season’s Auto Club 500. “I’ve always done better on the mile-and-a-half and 2-mile race tracks. “Those are the tracks I run my best at. I need to work on the short tracks. I’ve come a long way in the last two years and I even ran second at Martinsville. “The road courses are my weakest link. For some reason, I’ve never been able to get through the full race. Last year, we qualified fifth (editor’s note: actually sixth at Sonoma) and second (at Watkins Glen), so it’s not about making a lap. It’s just about putting the full race together and to go fast the entire race. That’s something we haven’t learned yet.” What he has learned is how to win races on a frequent basis. Last season, Kahne led the Cup series with six wins, all on the high-horsepower tracks he prefers. Winning will pay greater dividends this season as NASCAR unveiled a new points structure in January, which gives five extra points for winning a race. If the new system had been implemented a year ago, Kahne would have entered the Chase for the Championship as the points leader. It comes as no surprise the Enumclaw, Wash., native fully supports these changes. “I think it’s good,” said Kahne, driver of the No.9 Dodge. “I knew there would be some changes and I was hoping for changes with wins. “It’s tough to win six times and it will be tough for us to do it again. That’s definitely what we are shooting for, to try to win races. Consistency is still a big deal in the Chase, especially in the first 26 races, but the wins are going to add up. That’s a huge start to the way the Chase will start out.” Consistency has been Kahne’s Achilles heel over his first three Nextel Cup seasons. While he’s won seven races and 12 poles in 108 starts, he’s finished in the top 10 less than 38 percent of the time. Most disturbing is an average of seven DNFs per season. A full 14 of those failures, including one in the 2005 Auto Club 500, can be attributed to driver crashes. His 2007 season has gotten off to a rough start. Team director Kenny Francis won’t make the trip to Fontana, suspended for four races after a rules infraction in Daytona 500 qualifying. We all just have to communicate between ourselves and use our heads,” Kahne said of his Evernham Motorsports teammates Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler. “We should have cars to run up front pretty much at everywhere we go this year.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img California Speedway is one of Kasey Kahne’s favorite tracks. That’s bad news for the rest of the Nextel Cup Series field. Kahne was easily the dominant driver the last time NASCAR visited Fontana in September. One day after winning the Busch Series Ameriquest 300, Kahne led 130 of 250 laps to capture a victory in the Nextel Cup Sony HD 500. last_img read more

Schools lined up for repairs

first_imgParker said his custodial staff has kept the school up to par, but some things can’t be fixed. “They’ve really helped us age gracefully.” At Newhall’s Placerita Junior High, adjacent to Hart High, Principal Mike Kuhlman said talks with architects have got his staff excited about change. But he boasts, too, that the 55-year-old campus doesn’t necessarily reveal its age. “We are very well-maintained,” Kuhlman said. Placerita underwent some renovation after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, but most of the work was to repair quake damage. In 2001, four buildings were remodeled. If the school board approves a recommendation for modernization, the six remaining buildings on campus will be renovated in three phases. Despite parent complaints about the eyesore gym at Placerita or the outdated science facilities, conditions don’t seem to incite the same feelings of frustration that arose at Hart High earlier this year when hundreds jammed school board meetings to demand repairs. Kuhlman said the key was to keep families updated through the Parent Advisory Committee and other avenues. Rob Gapper, a former Placerita principal, is now the district’s chief operations officer. Remodeling of the junior highs, he said, was able to be delayed because of good maintenance. “In both cases you have an outstanding head custodian and you have a commitment on the part of administration to make sure the campus is maintained.” (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But problems mounted because modernization funding ran short. Now 24 broken doors at Sierra Vista Junior High will be repaired as part of a modernization there, Principal Randy Parker said. “We’ve had three or four break-ins in the last year,” Parker said. It’s the first big renovation for the Canyon Country campus, built in 1963. Crews also will remodel 13 restrooms to bring them in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and with updated building and safety codes. Eventually, new floors will be laid in classrooms and the furniture replaced. SANTA CLARITA – The deteriorating facilities of Hart High School have received plenty of attention in recent months. But two junior highs in the same Hart Union High School District, one older and one nearly as old as flagship Hart High, also have been waiting for renovation dollars. Principals at both junior highs say diligent maintenance has kept their campuses decent over the years but these major renovations are still sorely needed. At Hart High, however, a major modernization was planned so routine maintenance lapsed, school officials said. Numerous work orders weren’t turned over to the district office because administrators expected smaller needs to be covered by the larger project. last_img read more

Homeless man dies in fire in empty Van Nuys building

first_img The building sustained more than $100,000 in damage, but officials are considering the damage minor because the building was slated for demolition anyway, Markota said. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – A disabled homeless man spending the night in a vacant building in Van Nuys died early Thursday in a fire that probably began when a candle fell over, officials said. The unidentified man, who had braces on his legs, crawled to a window of the building in the 7000 block of Hayvenhurst Avenue, attempting to get away from the flames, but security bars blocked his escape, Battalion Chief Dick Markota said. “We could not get in there to do a rapid search” when firefighters arrived on the scene, Markota said. “We had to fight our way into the building. When we finally knocked the fire down, we realized we had a body there. He was already expired. It’s terrible.” The building has been vacant for months, said Mike Brown, the building’s owner. Brown planned to raze the structure for a new commercial project at the site. “The ironic thing is that we’re expecting to get our final permits (Thursday),” Brown said. The county coroner’s office could not identify the body Thursday. Officials there will try to determine the man’s identity using fingerprints, dental X-rays, body X-rays or DNA, but the process could take weeks, County Coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. Firefighters believe transients have been using the vacant building for shelter during cold nights. At least two others were likely in the building when the fire started just after 7 a.m., Markota said, but they scattered before firefighters arrived. More than 90 firefighters fought the blaze, extinguishing the flames in about 30 minutes, Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers said. A preliminary investigation shows that the fire likely started with a candle, which could have been knocked over by a person or the wind, Markota said. “This time of year, we have a lot of candle fires,” Markota said. last_img read more

Man with epilepsy who knocked down Donegal teen is jailed

first_imgA Dublin man has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for knocking down a Donegal teenager and causing serious injury. The Irish Times reports that John Maguire (38) of  Kerlogue Road, Ringsend, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing serious harm to Josh Sweeney at Memorial Road, Dublin on March 18th, 2017. The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that doctors had warned John Maguire not to drive for a year after his last epileptic seizure.Maguire was driving his van two months after the doctor’s warning when he had a fit and knocked down Mr Sweeney, who is now 20 years old, when he was crossing at a green pedestrian traffic light. Maguire later told gardaí­ he had no recollection of the collision.As a result of the incident, Mr Sweeney suffered skull fractures, brain injury and broken limbs and was left incapacitated. He has ongoing physical and cognitive disability and is completely dependent on his family.Maguire, who has no previous convictions, also pleaded guilty to driving while suffering from a disease or mental disability which would render him a danger to the public.Judge Martin Nolan told Maguire that despite the clear mitigating circumstances in the case, he had a “serious moral culpability” by ignoring an obvious risk.Maguire was jailed for three and a half years out of a maximum 10 year prison term and disqualified him from driving for six years.Read more at: with epilepsy who knocked down Donegal teen is jailed was last modified: July 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man stole €100,000 from The Cope and gave it to ‘romantic scammers’

first_imgA man stole more than €100,000 from his employer and gave it to men he met online in chatrooms.Billy Mooney took thousands of euro at a time from The Cope stores in Co Donegal over a period of almost two years. Mooney appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded to 18 charges of fraud.The 52-year-old did not receive a cent from the €102,180 he stole in a complex fraud at the retail chain’s office in the village of Annagry in West Donegal.Instead, he sent the money to men he had met online in chatrooms.The men had claimed they desperately needed the cash for a variety of reasons including having sick relatives and also losing their jobs.Mooney, of St Peter’s Terrace, Dungloe, took the money from the company but managed to cover his tracks before wiring the money by Western Union Transfer to various people he had met online.However, management at the company, known officially as the Templecrone Cooperative Agricultural Society Ltd (The Cope), were alerted to the fraud when Mooney sent texts to another employee.The Cope Builders ProvidersMooney told the other employee that he was in trouble having become caught up in a scam and was in debt to the tune of up to €80,000 and was having to bother the money to cover himself.Detective Garda John Gallagher, from Milford Garda Station, investigated the fraud at the store which has around 110 employees.He said CEO of the company, Mark Sharkey, had contacted Gardai believing there had been a major fraud at the outlet.Garda Gallagher explained how Mooney took the money which was due to be deposited into an ATM machine at the Annagry branch of The Cope where he was located.However, through a series of cover-ups, Mooney was able to extract various sums of money but made it appear as if they were still on the company books.The court heard how Mooney stole various lump sums of money on separate occasions between July 1st, 2014 and January 1st, 2016 of between €2,000 and €19,800.In a victim impact statement, company boss Mark Sharkey said the theft had put the company under severe pressure and how they had struggled to survive.Mark Sharkey, CEO of The Cope. Pic by Northwest Newspix.He said a number of key employees had left the company because of the stress and the shock of the ongoing situation at the company and that they also had to spend €16,000 to have a forensic accountant examine their accounts.He said that during and since the theft, Mooney had never apologised to the company or his fellow workers and that he was out sick for a number of months after the theft came to light.Barrister for the accused, Mr John McLaughlin said that he got involved in these chatrooms with other men and that in his mind he was in a romantic relationship.“He was so caught up in this scam that it overrode everything else in his mind.“When interviewed he used phrases like he was ‘borrowing money’. Not to excuse what he did but it was his twisted belief he was borrowing and not stealing.“There are no suggestions that he retained these monies himself,” he said.Detective Garda John Gallagher replied, “I don’t believe that he has gained financially.”However, the court was told that none of the missing money has since been paid back to the company.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until Wednesday for sentence.Man stole €100,000 from The Cope and gave it to ‘romantic scammers’ was last modified: December 11th, 2018 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:Billy MooneycourtdonegaldungloefraudGardaiMark SharkeyTHE COPElast_img read more


first_imgDungloe Library is to re-open after uncertainty over its future.A statement from Donegal County Council said the facility opened again today and will open from Monday to Friday from 10.30am until 1pm and from 2pm until 5.30pm.These hours will apply until further notice. The library had been closed on and off because of a shortage of staff.    DUNGLOE LIBRARY SAVED AS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES REGULAR OPENING HOURS was last modified: August 14th, 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:Donegal County CouncilDungloe libraryopenedlast_img read more

Draymond Green sets the tone in Warriors’ Game 1 win over Rockets

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Draymond Green has been the Warriors’ heartbeat since they embarked on this dynastic run. Sunday against the Rockets was no different.Apathy amongst these Warriors, especially after they needed six games to oust the Clippers in the first round?Nope, and especially not in Green, who stepped up as Steph Curry struggled in the Warriors’ 104-100 Game 1 win against the Rockets in the Western Conference …last_img read more

More with houses, running water

first_img12 March 2008The proportion of South African households living in informal dwellings decreased from 16.4% in 2001 to 14.4% in 2007, while 74.4% of households now have access to piped water compared to 72.1% in 2001.South Africa’s population increased from approximately 44-million to approximately 48-million people over the same period.This is according to the latest data, released on Tuesday, from Statistics South Africa’s 2007 Community Survey, the biggest survey conducted by Stats SA since the 2001 census, involving research among 250 000 households across the country.The latest release provides data at municipality level on type of housing, type of energy use, and water source among South African households. It also gives estimates of South Africa’s population growth.While the proportion of South African households living in informal dwellings had decreased, and the proportion with access to piped water (within 200 metres of the household) had increased, some municipalities still had a lot of work to do, according to Statistics SA.Three provinces – North West (23.3%), Gauteng (22.7%) and Free State (18.4%) – were above the national average of 14.4% for proportion of households living in informal dwellings, the survey found.The provinces with the lowest percentages of households with access to piped water were Limpopo (56.3%), the Eastern Cape (54.1%) and KwaZulu-Natal (63%).The survey found an increase in the percentage of households using electricity for lighting (from 69.7% to 80%), for cooking (from 51.4% to 66.5%) and for heating (from 49% to 58.8%) between 2001 and 2007.The survey also indicated that South Africa’s population is growing by about 1.5% annually, increasing from approximately 44-million people in 2001 to approximately 48-million in February 2007.South Africa’s smallest province, Gauteng, is still the most populous with about 10-million people, while the Northern Cape still the least populous of the country’s nine provinces, with just over 1-million people.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A Bright Start for smart kids

first_imgBright Start facilitates the placing and continued education of the children in a number of schools with high educational standardsA Cape Town based non-profit organisation is offering children from poor communities, such as Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg, in Hout Bay, a brighter future by placing them in quality schools with excellent educational standards.Schools in townships across South Africa lack resources and competent staff, and offer low-quality education.The Bright Start Education Support Programme identifies children most in need of stronger educational support, and has placed 34 children, ranging from ages three to 12, in private schools in and around Hout Bay.Carolynne Stelling, executive director at Bright Start says, “Our intention is that through this programme, by ensuring quality, holistic education to these children, they will develop into active, concerned and able citizens who will go back into their communities and impact positively on those around them.”The programme’s success hinges on a three-way partnership between the schools, parents and Bright Start, holding all parties responsible for the children’s performance and using sponsorship funds appropriately.She says the organisation wants to “break the poverty cycle; one child at a time, one family at a time”.COMMUNITY OUTREACHBright Start also holds an outreach programme for residents in the communities in which it works.The workshops focus on nutrition, basic child healthcare, substance abuse amongst the youth, and basic budgeting, among others. The workshops also encourage parents to become more involved in their children’s education, like helping with homework.PLAY YOUR PART: BECOME A SPONSORWith the help of the public the organisation’s holistic approach to early child development and education, Bright Start can make a difference in the education of more and more children When the organisation was started in 2008, it had seven children on its programme; with sponsorship for promising students, the number has grown and while helping students improve on their academics, also exposes them to extra-mural activities not available at township schools.Now Stelling says, “We have eight new children on the programme, three of whom are entirely unfunded. The programme cost is R35 000 per year and we ask sponsors to commit to a minimum of two years but preferably more.“Funding shortages are always a challenge, and will continue to be so, even as funding grows. The children are the heart of what we do and knowing that they now have the opportunity of a bright future gives us the greatest pleasure.”To volunteer or offer a sponsorship, contact Bright Start via email, call it on +27 (0)21 790 0458, or visit the organisation’s website to learn more about getting involved.last_img read more