first_imgAn early Friday morning fire at Sparta Middle Dam, also called Bamboo Dam, on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two, completely destroyed a two-storey wooden and concrete structure owned by Bissessar Mohan, a former teacher who now resides with his family in the United States.Reports received indicate that the fire, believed to have had its genesis in the bottom flat of the building, was first spotted at about 01:30h; and as neighbours rushed to the premises in an attempt to put out the blaze, they found that they could not gain access to the building because the gates to the premises were wellThe house that was razed by fire on Friday morningsecured with padlocks.The Guyana Fire Service was summoned, but by the time they arrived on scene, the entire building was already engulfed. Although reportedly employing their best efforts, the firemen were unsuccessful in saving the fully furnished home from total destruction.Ramanie Narine, a neighbour, told Guyana Times that a strange noise had awakened her; and as she opened her eyes, she saw a bright glow being reflected through her bedroom window. As she got up to investigate, she saw the Mohans’ house on fire, and immediately raised an alarm. She noted that the owners of the house migrated to the United States three months ago.Residents believe the fire might have been electrical in origin. “Them family does come and check the place and put on the light and so… Nobody stay at the house”, the woman added.Residents are skeptical about unusual fires occurring in the community. On May 31, the home of Harry Permanand was completely razed by fire; and two houses in close proximity to the Mohans’ home were recently destroyed by fire.The owner of this latest house to have been gutted was informed of the fire and that an investigation has been launched by the Guyana Fire Service.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Sterling Middleton of Fort St. John will be joining his team, Team Tardi, at the B.C. Junior Men’s Championships.Middleton’s team, Team Tardi consisting of Tyler Tardi, Sterling Middleton, Matthew Hall, and Alex Horvath joins a list of five teams qualified for the upcoming Junior Men’s Championships.On the Remembrance Day long weekend, Team Tardi came in first at the B.C. Junior Men’s Tour with 260.00 points.- Advertisement -The team also won both the Anita Cochrane Memorial and the Rick Cotter Memorial.Team Tardi will be competing at the B.C. Junior Men’s Championships from December 27, 2018, to January 1, 2019, in Vernon, B.C.last_img

first_imgDespite recording a high temperature yesterday of 27.4 degrees, Fort St. John fell five degrees shy of a Canada Day record. On July first, 1942 we recorded a high of 32.4 degrees but today’s record of 30.7, set just two years ago, may be reachable. Right now the Environment Canada forecast high for today is 29 degrees but, the Weather Network is still calling for 30. According to Environment Canada there’s also a 30 percent chance of showers or thundershowers today and, a 60 percent chance tomorrow. That’s good news for the farming community, because we have just finished a very dry month of June. Total precipitation was only 26.7 millimeters, less than 40 percent of the monthly norm of 71.4. July is traditionally the top moisture month in this region recording an average of 83.2 millimeters.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgWith many of their title rivals having extensively remodelled their playing squads, Spurs are playing catch-up, but Pochettino says several moves are in the pipeline.“Maybe three more,” he said when asked how many players he expects to bring in by August 31.“I am confident. We are working hard to change the squad and bring more players in. From our chairman Daniel (Levy) and Steve (Hitchen), our chief scout, trying to find the right profile.“We are working hard to strengthen our squad. I think it is so exciting now ahead of the Champions League and Premier League.“We need to sign a few more players and a few players need to leave the club. They need to feel they can play more and they want to play more. That is a normal period in every club.”Spurs are reported to have paid Ajax a club-record fee of £42 million ($53.9 million, 45.6 million euros) to sign 21-year-old defender Sanchez.He could make his debut in Sunday’s home game with Burnley, depending on how quickly Spurs can secure a work permit.“In the last week he was not involved in training for Ajax. Always difficult for him,” Pochettino said.“He trained with us yesterday and will train with us again. We are waiting for the work permit so we have to wait.“For me, the important thing is that he is so young — 21 years old. He is one of the most important and talented young players in Europe. He is so fast. We are so pleased to sign him and have him with us.”Spurs lost 2-1 to Chelsea last weekend in their first Premier League home game at Wembley, which is their home for the season while White Hart Lane is rebuilt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino has been at the helm at White Hart Lane since 2014 © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 25 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to add three more signings to his squad before the transfer window closes next week, he said on Friday.Spurs had not signed any new players when the Premier League season started, but this week they have completed moves for Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez and Argentinian goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.last_img read more

first_imgBut Portugal, who trail the Swiss by three points, can pip their opponents to first place with a victory as they have a vastly superior goal difference.“It was our first game and we didn’t have our best player, our talisman Cristiano Ronaldo,” Pepe, now at Besiktas but formerly of Real Madrid, told a press conference.“I know Ronaldo, and I know how much he wants to go to the World Cup,” said Pepe. “Tomorrow will be completely different.”While one side will seal a World Cup berth, the other is at least guaranteed the consolation of a place in next month’s play-offs.Portugal coach Fernando Santos is also counting on his captain to lead the way to Russia.“Any team in the world would be a better team with Cristiano Ronaldo in it, he’ll make our job much easier,” Santos said.In their last game Portugal struggled for long periods in Andorra, needing the rested Ronaldo to come on as a half-time substitute and help them stumble to a 2-0 win and set up Tuesday’s winner-takes-all showdown.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“I know Ronaldo, and I know how much he wants to go to the World Cup,” said Portugal’s defender Pepe © AFP / FRANCISCO LEONGLISBON, Portugal, Oct 9 – Portugal defender Pepe warned Switzerland that Tuesday’s decisive World Cup qualifying clash in Lisbon would be “completely different” with Cristiano Ronaldo available for the European champions.Switzerland have won all nine Group B qualifiers so far, including a 2-0 victory over Portugal in their opening match when Ronaldo was out injured, and need just a draw to secure a place in next year’s finals.last_img read more

first_img“Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the national side,” Ranieri, who guided Leicester to their first ever Premier League title in 2016, told Sky Sport Italia.“I have a contract with Nantes for two years and I have not received any messages, so I can’t say anything.“But if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes president and ask to be released,” said the widely-travelled Ranieri, whose former clubs include Juventus, Napoli and Roma in Italy, Premier League giants Chelsea and Valencia and Atletico Madrid in Spain.He also had a brief stint in charge of the Greek national side.Ranieri joined Nantes this season and the club are in fifth position in Ligue 1, 10 points behind Lyon, who are in the fourth and final European qualifying spot.Italy’s 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden last year meant the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Former Italy head coach Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini are also among those linked to the coaching job.Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been appointed interim coach to oversee friendlies against Argentina and England next month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri has said he would quit French Ligue 1 side Nantes if he is approached to become Italy coach © AFP/File / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUMILAN, Italy, Feb 21 – Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an unlikely English Premier League title, has revealed he is ready to quit French Ligue 1 club Nantes if he is asked to become Italy coach.The 66-year-old has been one of the names touted as a possible replacements for Gian Piero Ventura who was forced to resign after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

first_img1 Schalke have confirmed centre-back Joel Matip will join Liverpool in the summer after signing a pre-contract agreement with the Reds.The 24-year-old will move on a free transfer when his current contract with the Bundesliga side expires at the end of the season.The Cameroon international will reportedly pen a four-year deal at Anfield.Liverpool’s interest in Matip came to light in January, although Schalke resisted a sale and remained hopeful they could convince the defender to sign a new deal with the club.But the player decided to move on instead, with Liverpool reportedly beating two clubs from the French Ligue 1 to sign the highly-rated youngster.In a statement on their official website on Monday afternoon, Schalke confirmed their efforts to convince Matip to stay had been in vain.Chief executive Horst Heldt said: “His decision is nothing against Schalke. He wants to try something new.”“We have since May last year had many intensive discussions, both with Joel and his advisor. It was soon clear that factors would be decisive for Joel’s decision that we ultimately could not influence.”Meanwhile, Matip expressed his excitement to join Liverpool and begin life in the Premier League.“I have always said that there is only one reason I would leave Schalke – to experience something completely new,” said the defender.“For that reason, I never considered a move to another Bundesliga club. Even though the decision wasn’t easy, I am certain that this is the right moment for me to take the next step in my career.“Schalke 04 will always be like my family. I have always been very proud to play for this fantastic club.  “I will give my all in the coming months to ensure that we get the most we can out of this season. I owe that to both the fans and my team.” Schalke centre-back Joel Matip last_img read more

first_img160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“There are still a lot of people to rescue, and we don’t know what conditions they’re in,” police officer Jose Delgado said by telephone from the mine. “Initially they said there were around 50 people trapped.” Officials had recovered 21 bodies and rescued 18 people who were hurt in the morning collapse, Delgado said. Local residents began excavating in the mine after it was reported that gold had been found deep underground, Delgado said. He added that many of them appeared to have little experience in tunneling or mining, and that rescue efforts were hampered by the lack of any registry or count of how many people entered the mine system. Rich in resources, but with limited government presence across much of the country, Colombia is home to many such makeshift mines, particularly in zones where gold or emeralds have been found. With little to no oversight, mining accidents are a frequent occurrence in this Andean country. By Sergio De Leon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOGOTA, Colombia – A makeshift mine in southern Colombia collapsed Saturday after local residents began tunneling for rumored deposits of gold, killing at least 21 people and injuring another 18, authorities said. Efforts were under way to find about 10 people missing and presumed trapped underground in the mine, located near the town of Suarez, 220 miles southwest of the capital, Bogota. last_img read more

first_imgMILWAUKEE – A high school dropout who became a billionaire roofing-company executive and one of the nation’s richest people died Friday after falling through his garage roof. Ken Hendricks, who was 66, was the 91st richest man in the U.S. with a net worth of $3.5 billion in September, according to Forbes magazine. Hendricks grew up working side by side with his father, a Janesville roofer. After dropping out of high school, he started his own roofing business at age 21, according to a biography supplied by his company. Tired of dealing with multiple suppliers scattered around the country, he and his wife, Diane, started a national supply distribution chain in 1982. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonABC Supply Co. – based in Beloit, Wis., about 60 miles southwest of Milwaukee – celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, with 6,000 employees in 390 locations nationwide. It does about $3billion in business a year. Hendricks was unfazed by his wealth. “It doesn’t make any difference to me: I can’t spend it,” he said in an interview with Inc. magazine in September 2006. “I’d have to sell the company, and I’ll sell the company over my dead body.” Hendricks was checking on construction on his garage roof in the town of Rock about late Thursday when he fell through, Rock County Sheriff’s Department commander Troy Knudson said. He suffered massive head injuries and died in surgery Friday at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Winnebago County, Ill., according to his company and county authorities. Hendricks was lauded for his entrepreneurial skills and community service. Inc. magazine named him its 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year. Editor Jane Berentson described him as “a scrappy, Midwestern dirt-under-the-fingernails type of guy who raised himself and created a company that employed all these people.” Hendricks was unpretentious, a believer in hard work and doing things his way, she said. Hendricks and his wife also owned a property development group with more than 25 million square feet of industrial and commercial real estate. They worked to renovate buildings made vacant by other companies.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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Rev. Inman Moore Jr., the church’s third minister, came in 1963. “I was a renegade, red-necked preacher from Mississippi and I got lost on my way here,” Moore said. “I put a call in and told the office: ‘I’m up here at Cajun Pass.’ I didn’t know it was pronounced ‘Kahone.’ It looked pretty dismal to me, but the bishop assured me ‘You’re going to love it.”‘ Another former pastor, the Rev. Leo Hsu, was celebrating his 75th birthday. California-Pacific Coast Conference Presiding Bishop Mary Ann Swenson told the gathering that while 50 years is an important milestone, “Lots of things can go forward after 50.” “Let’s make this an opportunity to reinvent ourselves. This is a chance to get stronger and do new things,” she said. “There can be new life and an awakening even in the winter season of our existence.” Senior Pastor James Powell presented a slide show on the history of the church, whose first worship service was Dec. 15, 1955, in the offices of Hunt Construction Co., just north of the present church on 10th Street West. Formal organization took place Jan. 6, 1956, with 87 charter members. Ground was broken for the present church at 39055 10th St. W., on Aug. 12, 1956, on property donated by Mr. and Mrs. S. Joseph Hunt. It was first occupied Oct. 20, 1957, and consecrated Jan. 19-26, 1958. Members are now planning for a larger church 2 miles away at Rancho Vista Boulevard and 25th Street West, next to Marie Kerr Park. “We are here to celebrate what God has done, not what we have done,” Powell said. “We live in a shifting demographic.” Palmdale Mayor James Ledford, a member of the church, said that attending the celebration was a special opportunity for him. “This is my spiritual home and I am proud that it is a vital and growing part of our community,” said the mayor. “I look forward to seeing our community and the church continue to lead for the next 50 years and the next 50 after that.” Presentations were made to the church by Larry Grooms representing both state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, and Norm Hinkling, on behalf of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Turkey sub sandwich, potato salad, marinated beets, orange juice, gelatin with fruit. Tuesday: Braised beef and noodles, zucchini squash, vegetable soup, tossed salad, citrus cup. Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, three-bean salad, tomato juice, lemon pudding. Thursday: Orange chicken, rice pilaf, soup, Normandy vegetables, cottage cheese with peaches, oatmeal cookies. Friday: Pork chop, sweet potatoes, stewed tomatoes, corn chowder, coleslaw, banana. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages can be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5741. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Hundreds of parishioners and guests gathered to celebrate the Palmdale United Methodist Church’s 50th anniversary. The theme of the affair was “50th Jubilee: Honoring our Past, Planning our Future.” “We had a mission to perform back in 1956 and we did it,” charter Pastor Gerard E. Kaye told the gathering. “But the credit belongs to you. You carry the church on. … Invite me to your 100th anniversary.” Kaye was only 27 when he arrived with his wife Mildred in Palmdale for what was his second church appointment. They purchased a 6-foot-long table to serve as the first altar in a construction company office and draped a band saw to place the communion set on. last_img read more