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Third Drowning at CICO’s Rock Curshing Quarry in Township of Louisiana1 of 5 A partial view of CICO’s unprotected quarry pit in the Township of Louisiana Residents of Louisiana look on the far side of the unprotected pit A partial view of CICO’s unprotected pit in the Township of Louisiana Residents of Louisiana gathered near the pit in a state of bewilderment at yet another drowning Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Jacob A. Brown resident of Louisiana expresses disappointment in CICO company A partial view of CICO’s unprotected quarry pit in the Township of LouisianaResidents say CICO refuses to protect area; CICO says victim was “negligent”A 21-year-old man, Jonathan Doe, has reportedly drowned in an unprotected rock-crushing pit created by Chinese construction company “CICO” situated in the Township of Louisiana.According to reports gathered from the area, Jonathan Doe was the third person to have drowned in the unprotected pit created by CICO management. Doe, a 9th grade student at the Upper Caldwell Community School (UCCS) along with eight other friends, came from the market in the Township on Saturday, September 29 and they all decided to swim. While swimming he got tired.Emmanuel Morris, who was among the group with Doe, told the Daily Observer that they regularly went to swim in the water. “We were 9 in numbers that came here. Two of my friends, while swimming, took up a challenge to cross the water, the first two guys managed to cross successfully but Jonathan, being the third person, tried to swim across but could not make it, “I told him not to take the risk, because the place was very deep, I knew that he could not easily get back even if he reached across and so I told him to come back but he didn’t,” Morris said.According to residents of the area, the unprotected pit has been in the area for more than five years now without any measures by CICO to protect it.“It has come to our attention as citizens of this township that CICO does not want to protect this area, thus causing series of deaths,” said Jeff W. Neewray, a resident of the township. “This death trap was formed by the Chinese company (CICO) for mining purposes. This is where the company is mining rocks an other mineral resources; they take all of the rocks to be used on roads construction,” he said.Neewray explained that the incident was not the first of its kind, saying “this is the third time, something must be done by government. CICO dug the pit and left the area without protection. Neewray further described the incident as an irony and said CICO, as an international company in the township does not seek the well being of the citizens.In a related development, the management of CICO, has taken the full responsibility for the death of Johnathan Doe, and given the victim’s family a sum of US$2,000.When contacted earlier for their response to the drowning, the human resource officer of CICO, Philip Gongar, told the Daily Observer, “Currently, we cannot talk to any journalist and besides, this was negligent,” he said, describing Jonathan Doe’s decision to go swimming. However, in a follow-up phone call, Gongar said that “CICO has taken appropriate measures” to avoid further occurrence in the area. He said the company is placing sign boards near the pit, warning people of the risk of swimming in the water.Residents told the Daily Observer that CICO also provided similar amount of money to the family of a 26 year-old man who drowned there in October, 2016. In 2013, however, a 20 year-old girl also drowned there, but it could not be confirmed whether her family received any assistance from the company for burial.For Jacob A. Brown, it is not about the money. Brown, who was present when Doe drowned, said the death of his friend will not be compromised and that they are going to take serious issue with CICO and the Liberian government.“CICO management has given the family US$2,000, but we think this is not enough to bring this fellow back to life,” he said. “We are going to make sure CICO leaves our township if they cannot adhere to their corporate social responsibility as a company; we will also engage the EPA and other relevant authorities very soon,” he stated.Furthermore, since the latest drowning, the Liberia National Police from Zone 7 depot visited the scene and an investigation has since begun.
Promise of landPlans to lease lands belonging to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to its thousands of retrenched workers who are now on the breadline have been put on hold pending the completion of ongoing valuation of the corporation’s assets.Since Government’s announcement that several estates will be closed, there have been widespread calls for the sugar lands to be distributed among the displaced workers in order for them to sustain themselves and their families.However, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, told reporters at Friday’s post-Cabinet press briefing that a decision will be made on the distribution of sugar lands after the completion of valuation by United Kingdom-based PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).“We have retained PwC to do an assessment of GuySuCo’s assets, and so PricewaterhouseCoopers has started working on a full survey of all of GuySuCo’s assets, including the lands; and once that is done, then we will be in a better position to determine who will get what, and how much of it they will get. We have to have a clear valuation of these things as well, so we can’t just say, ‘You take this and you take that’. It has to be done in a structured way,” the Government spokesperson explained.Harmon said he was part of a Government delegation that had met with workers attached to the Wales Estate, and they had requested lands to do farming activities so as to sustain their livelihood and that of their families.Harmon had last year stated that Government is looking to utilise the acres of land owned by GuySuCo — that are no longer being used by the downsized industry — for a massive housing project that the State is embarking on.“One of the option that is available is for us to look at lands that had been used by GuySuCo that are no longer being planted with cane – for us to utilise those lands as well for housing and other forms of development,” he told reporters.The sugar corporation had, in 2016, advertised for sale several acres of land, including vacant properties at Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), where its headquarters are situated. In its tender, GuySuCo had said it was looking to sell portions of its transported freehold lands situated at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown and at Liliendaal and Ogle, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).GuySuCo had, in 2015, sold to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) some 3000 acres of cane lands situated between Sophia and Ogle, ECD.Government had previously communicated its intention to use acres of land owned by GuySuCo for housing projects and other forms of development.According to reports in sections of the media, GuySuCo had used part of the money it received to pay its debt to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).Meanwhile, as it relates to the future of the sugar industry – with the three estates – Minister Harmon has posited that the GuySuCo management and Board as currently configured will have to be restructured.“Already we know that there’s been some changes at the level of the management, as the CEO, Mr (Errol) Hanoman, has left, and so there’re actually changes that are taking place. At the level of Cabinet, we are awaiting information that will allow for a decision to be made as to how the board will be structured, how the management of the three estates of GuySuCo will be structured… These are matters that are engaging the attention of Cabinet,” he noted.
The Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) recently concluded an assessment in Georgetown and Greater Georgetown areas – done over a six-month period – and discovered that 11 water processing factories were operating without the necessary licence from the department.This GA-FDD recently made this disclosure, stating that samples were analysed for microbiological and chemical parameters to verify compliance with safety requirements. Of the 29 facilities from which samples were taken, 11 were found to be operating without the necessary licence from the department. Of the 87 samples submitted for analysis, 15, or 17 per cent, were found to be unsatisfactory.The GA-FDD is now urging consumers to be cautious, to request to see a valid licence from water processing factories which retail five-gallon proportions, and to ensure the bottles are properly labelled and sealed before purchasing same.Consumers are advised to report any company that fails to comply with the GA-FDD’s requirements relative to the sale of treated water.In an effort to ensure proper health among the citizens, the GA-FDD has vowed to repeat such exercises in the coming months, and is expected to soon draft a list of approved water processing facilities, which it noted will be published.The GA-FDD is also appealing to water distribution companies to comply with its requirements, or face the penalty of being closed down.It said manufacturers and distributors must have a valid licence issued by the GA-FDD, which is an indicator of their compliance with good manufacturing practices (GMPs). Also, bottles used must be properly cleaned, sanitised, labelled and sealed. No funnel should be used to transfer water to bottles prior to sale and/or distribution.
– becomes 1 of 128 UN Member States to support resolution rejecting policyBy Jarryl BryanIn a decisive response to the United States’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Guyana has voted in favour of a resolution proposed at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly meeting to oppose this move, despite the US Government’s threat to cut aid to countries against it.Guyana was among six Caribbean Community (Caricom) nations who voted for the UN resolution during an emergency special session. The other five were Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Dominica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.There were other Caribbean countries that abstained from the vote. These wereA picture from inside the UN meeting, showing the vote tally (Picture credit: United Nations News Centre)Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. St Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia were absent.A total of 128 UN Member States voted in favour of the resolution, while just nine voted against and 35 abstained.In a statement prior to the vote, US President Donald Trump had warned that countries benefiting from US aid who vote in favour of the resolution could be cut off. It is a tone that was echoed by his representative to the UN, Nikki Haley.“All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” Trump had said. “Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”Israel seized the largely-Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming both sides of the city as its “eternal and undivided capital”.But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there. Several UN resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from territory seized in 1967 and the draft resolution contains the same language as past motions adopted by the Assembly.Early in December of this year, Trump had declared that the US would recognise Jerusalem and that an embassy would be built there.The resolution declares that “all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not recognise any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions”.In the resolution, the General Assembly further affirmed that “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council”.In that regard, it also called upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the “Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to Security Council resolution 478 adopted in 1980”.Reiterating its call for the reversal of the negative trends that endanger the two-State solution, the Assembly urged greater international and regional efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.Washington is a longtime ally of Guyana, with US Ambassador Perry Holloway and his predecessor, Charge d’Affaires Bryan Hunt, prominent commenters on national issues. Up to press time, it was unclear exactly who made up Guyana’s team at the General Assembly meeting.
Spectra Energy announced Thursday its support of eight elite Canadian and U.S. amateur athletes competing for their national teams in winter sports, including Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison.Denny will receive $30,000 from Spectra Energy and will join 6 other athletes who will be also get the funding.Denny’s brother Jay will also receiving funding, but from a different grant program. The Spectra Energy Sons & Daughters grant program was specifically targeted at elite winter athletes connected to the Spectra Energy family. Jay Morrison, a multiple Canadian championship medalist and five-year veteran of Canada’s long-track speedskating team, received a Sons & Daughters grant and rounds out “TEAM Spectra” as its eighth member.- Advertisement –
Roy said she had been so nervous about taking him on as an individual student that she worked out a code with her assistant: If she mentioned the name of a dead professor, her assistant would know it was time to call security. In another writing class, Cho submitted two profoundly violent and profane plays. Ian MacFarlane, a classmate who now works for America Online, posted the plays on the company’s Web site Tuesday, saying they had horrified the rest of the students. “When we read Cho’s plays, it was like something out of a nightmare,” MacFarlane wrote. “The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn’t have even thought of.” As a result of them, MacFarlane added, “we students were talking to each other with serious worry about whether he could be a school shooter.” In one play, called “Richard McBeef,” Cho wrote of a teenage boy who accuses his stepfather of murdering the boy’s father and of trying to molest the boy himself. “I hate him,” the boy says of the stepfather in a copy of the play on the Web site. “Must kill Dick. Must kill Dick. Dick must die.” Though the level of anger was clear to those who knew Cho, there remains no indication of the precise motive for Monday’s events. “What was this kid thinking about? There are no indications,” said a federal law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. There were just the snippets of a lonely young life: prescription medicines, ominous words and two newly bought handguns, the first of which was purchased March 13. Cho was a 23-year-old senior, skinny and boyish-looking, his hair cut in a short, military-style fashion. He was a native of South Korea who grew up in Centreville, Va., a suburb of Washington, where his family owns a dry-cleaning business. He moved with his family to the United States at age 8, in 1992, according to federal immigration authorities, and was a legal permanent resident, not a citizen. Known as loner In the suite in Harper Hall where he lived with five other students, he was known as a loner, almost a stranger, amid a student body of 26,000. He ate his meals alone in a dining hall. Karan Grewal, 21, another student in the suite of rooms where he lived, recalled that when a candidate for student council visited the suite this year to pass out candy and ask for votes, Cho refused even to make eye contact. On Tuesday afternoon, investigators were examining a note Cho had left behind in his dorm room, a rambling and bitter list of the moral laxity he found among what he considered the more privileged students on campus. And new information emerged that might help explain a fateful two-hour delay by university officials in warning the campus of a gunman at large. According to search warrants and statements from the police, campus investigators had been busy pursuing what appears to have been a fruitless lead in the first of two shooting episodes Monday. After two people, Emily Jane Hilscher, a freshman, and Ryan Clark, the resident adviser who lived next door in a dormitory, were shot dead, the campus police filed a search warrant for the home of Karl D. Thornhill, who was described in Internet memorials as Hilscher’s boyfriend. According to the warrant, Hilscher’s roommate had told the police that Thornhill, a student at nearby Radford University, had guns at his town house. The roommate told the police that she had recently been at a shooting range with Thornhill, the affidavit said, leading the police to believe he might have been the gunman. But as they were questioning Thornhill, reports came in of widespread shooting at Norris Hall on the campus, making it clear that Thornhill was not the killer they were seeking. He was not arrested, although he continues to be an important witness in the case, the police said. Col. W. Steven Flaherty, the superintendent of the state police. State officials continued to defend the actions of the campus authorities. John Marshall, the Virginia secretary of public safety, said that Charles W. Steger, the president of Virginia Tech, and Chief Wendell Flinchum of the campus police “made the right decisions based on the best information that they had available at the time.” At an afternoon news briefing, Gov. Tim Kaine said Steger had asked him to appoint a committee to conduct a review that would examine the university’s response as well as issues such as how gun laws and policies affected the gunman’s actions. “There was certainly no evidence or no reason to think that there was anyone else (to suspect) at that particular point in time,” said Cho’s room searched After the shootings, the state police executed another search warrant, this time for Cho’s dormitory room. The warrant said a bomb threat against the engineering-school buildings was found near Cho’s body. The warrant mentioned two other bomb-threat notes against the campus received over the past three weeks. Cho had used two handguns, a 9 mm and a .22-caliber, to shoot dozens of rounds, leaving even those who survived with multiple bullet wounds, officials said. The guns were bought legally in March and April. Among the central questions is what prompted the gunman to move to Norris Hall, which contains engineering and other classrooms, where all but the first two killings took place. Authorities said Cho’s preparations, including chaining the doors, suggested premeditation, rather than a spontaneous event. Bodies were found in four classrooms and the stairwell of the building, Flaherty said. “You all have reported that this is the most horrific incident that’s occurred on a college campus in our country, and the scene certainly bore that out,” he said. “Personal effects were strewn about the entire second floor at Norris Hall. So it made it much more difficult for us to identify students and faculty members that were victims.” Officers also found several knives on Cho’s body. They first identified him by a driver’s license found in a backpack near the scene of the shootings, although it was not clear at first whether the backpack belonged to the gunman. But the name was checked against a visa application, and when a fingerprint on one of the weapons matched a print on the visa application, the authorities made a positive identification. The print matched another print left in the first shooting location. Investigators interviewed members of Cho’s family, but are said to have learned less than they hoped about his emotional state and recent activities. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BLACKSBURG, Va. – Cho Seung-Hui rarely spoke to his own dormitory roommate. His teachers were so disturbed by some of his writing that they referred him to counseling. And when Cho finally and horrifyingly came to the world’s attention Monday, he did so after writing a note that bitterly lashed out at his fellow students for what he deemed their moral decline. “You caused me to do this,” an official quoted the note as saying. Cho’s eruption of violence, in which 32 victims and himself were killed on the Virginia Tech campus here in a rampage of gunfire, was never directly signaled by his actions or words, several of his acquaintances said Tuesday. But those acquaintances were frequently disturbed by his isolation from the world and his barely concealed anger. Joe Aust, who shared Room 2121 at Harper Hall with him, said he had spoken to Cho often, but had received only one-word replies. Later, Aust said, Cho stopped talking to him entirely. Aust would sometimes enter the room and find Cho sitting at his desk, staring into nothingness. “He was always really, really quiet and kind of weird, keeping to himself all the time,” said Aust, a 19-year-old sophomore, who, though finding Cho strange, had not thought him menacing. Yet there were signs that Cho’s behavior was more than just bizarre. Lucinda Roy, who taught Cho in a poetry workshop in the fall of 2005, said that in October of that year he submitted a piece of writing that was so disturbing that she contacted the campus police, counseling services, student affairs and officials in her department. She described the writing as a “veiled threat rather than something explicit.” University officials said he could be excused from the class unless she wanted to tutor him individually, which she agreed to do three times from October to December 2005. During those sessions, she said in an interview, he always wore sunglasses and a baseball cap pulled low. “He seemed to be crying behind his sunglasses,” she said.
0Shares0000He was swiftly joined by his Sweden team-mates after his goal separated the two sides with just over 20 minutes to playSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, July 3 – Sweden reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years after Emil Forsberg’s deflected shot earned a scrappy 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday.This was far from a classic at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and if Colombia or England’s players were watching on from Moscow, they could be forgiven for feeling bullish about their prospects in the last eight. Switzerland’s Michael Lang was sent off in injury-time for a last-ditch push on Martin Olsson and referee Damir Skomina downgraded his penalty to a free-kick on the edge of the area. But the game was already up.Forsberg’s second-half strike, which deflected off the unfortunate Manuel Akanji, means Sweden are through to the World Cup last eight for the first time since 1994 in the United States.Their route to the quarters has not been easy and, what they have lost in the individual brilliance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they appear to have gained in grit, determination and collective spirit.Their next opponents would be foolish to take them lightly.The one blemish on the victory was a yellow card for defender Mikael Lustig, who will now be suspended for the quarter-final in Samara on Saturday.Both sides had been hampered by suspensions here too, with Switzerland more badly affected. They were without both Fabian Schaer and captain Stephan Lichtsteiner at the back, prompting Johan Djourou and Lang to come in.For Sweden, Gustav Svensson replaced Sebastian Larsson in midfield.After back-to-back penalty shoot-outs, Brazil versus Mexico and Belgium’s pulsating comeback against Japan, there was always a danger this last-16 tie would struggle to deliver, even on low expectations.It was a contest that lacked quality, particularly in the final third, where both teams were often painfully imprecise.Victor Lindelof slipped on the ball in the first 10 seconds and that set the tone for the first half, which was largely a collection of mishit passes, heavy touches and skewed shots.There were chances and Sweden had most of them. Marcus Berg blasted over when set free early on and then saw his finish blocked following a poor clearance by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.After a slow start, and Lustig’s foul on Josip Drmic, Switzerland grew in confidence and should have scored when Blerim Dzemaili snatched at Steven Zuber’s pull-back.At the other end, Albin Ekdal was even closer, and completely free, when he sidefooted Lustig’s cross over.Rather than let loose, both teams tightened after the interval, and Forsberg’s goal came out of the blue. With space on the edge of the box, his dummy did for Granit Xhaka before the shot was helped in by the outstretched foot of Akanji.Switzerland twice went close to grabbing an equaliser, as Djourou’s header dribbled agonisingly across the goal-line and substitute Haris Seferovic drew a late save from close range.Olsson was pushed in the back by Lang with only Sommer to beat in injury-time, with Skomina initially awarding a penalty but changing his decision to a free-kick after he consulted the replay. Lang’s red card stood and Sweden held on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Juventus have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Edinson Cavani, paving the way for Manchester United to land the striker.Having completed the signing of Paulo Dybala earlier this month, the Old Lady have apparently ended their interest in the Paris Saint-Germain forward.According to Sportmediaset, Juve have also managed to convince Carlos Tevez to stay at the club for at least another year, leaving them well-stocked in the striking department.Cavani has been heavily linked with a move away from PSG and United are now red-hot favourites to sign the Uruguayan although they still could face competition from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. Edinson Cavani in action for PSG 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMost physical therapy liens are negotiable. It is not unusual, at least in my experience, that the reduction in the physical therapy bills will equal the percentage of payment to the lawyer (e.g., one-third of the gross recovery pays the lawyer fees, and, in turn, the physical therapist reduces his or her bill by one-third).It is important that you deal with all of the outstanding health-care bills before your case is resolved. Most contingency fee agreements make clear that any such unpaid bills are your responsibility. The lawyer will negotiate those he or she knows about, and often is able to reduce them. But if the lawyer is not aware of an outstanding bill, and it is presented for payment after the settlement is done, you likely will be the one stuck dealing with it.Q: We’re in a heated civil case over ownership of a real property. Somewhere along the way the other side insists that portions of our tax returns must be turned over, but we consider those returns highly private and confidential. Will they actually get our returns?– R.C.,GlendaleA: It is quite doubtful they will get your returns or even portions of them, unless you have put tax issues squarely in issue (for example, you sue your accountant for malpractice). If it is a case where you are likely to be assessed punitive damages, then maybe tax returns, or some portion of them, might be available. Question: I was badly injured in an automobile accident, and the largest part of my treatment has been physical therapy. The charges are high, but the physical therapist is working on a lien – just how does this play out?– B.L.,TorranceAnswer: A number of health-care providers work on liens associated with personal injury cases. This may include physical therapists, and chiropractors and some physicians.You and your attorney no doubt signed a lien agreement with the physical therapist which indicates you remain personally liable for the bills, but that payment is to be made from your recovery in the case. The physical therapist asserts a lien on those settlement funds. For all intents and purposes, so, too, does your attorney whose contingent fee is paid as a percentage of the recovery. Tax returns, legally, are most often considered confidential, private and privileged. There is quite a bit of case law in California to support objections to turning over any portions of tax returns in the usual civil action.Basic court forms for freeThe California Judicial Council publishes multiple, basic court forms online that you can print for free. Go to www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms/ – it is easy to click on to a form group and choose from the clear list of categories available.Ron Sokol is a Manhattan Beach-based attorney with 29 years of experience who has arbitrated and mediated many cases. E-mail questions and comments to him at RonSEsq@aol.com. This column summarizes the law, and does not substitute for legal consultation on any particular case.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!