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Labourer killed after walking into path of minibus at Sarah Johanna

first_imgA labourer was on Wednesday afternoon killed after he reportedly walked into the path of a moving minibus at Sarah Johanna, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Persaud Hari, 64, of Lot 59 Sarah Johanna, EBD, succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.Based on reports gathered, the minibus driven by a 50-year-old man of Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, was proceeding to Georgetown when the father of three attempted to cross the roadway and came into the path of the minibus.He was picked up in a conscious state and rushed to the medical institution but died while receiving medical attention. The driver underwent a breathalyser test but no trace of alcohol was found on his breath. Nevertheless, he was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations.Jairaj Hari, the dead man’s youngest son, told Guyana Times that he was at work when he received news of the accident. As such, he went straight to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was told that one of his father’s legs was broken.“When I see him, he had on bandage on one of his foot but he had other bruises on his face and blood was on his clothes,” the man stated. He noted that after he spoke with his father, he left the hospital at about 19:00h and went home.The aggrieved son noted that when he returned to the Diamond Hospital on Thursday morning, he was told that his father had passed away.“When I wake up this morning (Thursday), I see a missed call from the Police Officer who was investigating the matter… I nah had credit to call he back so I went straight to the hospital… after I get the news that my father died, I guess that officer de trying to call me”.He explained that his father does odd jobs in the community and on the day in question, he was heading home after working on a farm. The son noted that his father was not under the influence of alcohol when he met in the accident although he would normally “take his lil thing”.Nevertheless, he noted that the family is awaiting the post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death. The man leaves to mourn his three children.last_img read more

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Local RCMP warning residents about impaired driving

first_imgCpl. Jodi Shelki of the Fort St. John RCMP explains the “life-long sentence” attributed to injuring or killing someone as a result of drinking and driving.“People will say, ‘well I’ll take my own risks with my own life,’ but it’s not just you,” Cpl Shelkie goes on to say. “You have to think of the other people out there on the road as well,”Cpl Shelike adds, “It’s not just a risk of a ticket, and it’s not just the risk of danger to yourself, it’s the risk of hurting somebody else.”- Advertisement -Every December, an average of 410 people are injured in 1,800 crashes in the North Central region of B.C., according to statistics gathered 2009 – 2013 from ICBC.“People believe that they’re not impaired when they really are, so the risk is much higher than actually a lot of people believe,” Cpl. Shelike said.The best way of combating the risk of driving drunk or getting into the car with a drunk driver, according Cpl. Shelkie, is having a ‘Plan A’, ‘Plan B’, and even a ‘Plan C.’Advertisement “’Plan A’ is to have a designated driver, ‘Plan B’ may be to call for a taxi, ‘Plan C’ is to stay overnight,” Cpl. Shelkie emphasizes. “Whatever you can work out, but make sure you have those in place before you go [out].”The consequences of being convicted of drinking and driving include, but are not limited to the immediate impounding of your car for up to 30 days, incurring cost that can add up to $4,000, an increase on your insurance, and a prohibition from driving for at least one year.This is in addition to charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm or causing death, which according to Criminal Code of Canada , can land you behind bars anywhere between 10 – 25 years.Fort St. John’s population is often credited as being that of a younger generation, and while Cpl. Shelki says this doesn’t necessary mean they’re more prone to making poor choices, local RCMP do pull-over their fair share of impaired drivers.Advertisement “I think we’re very average here, and some years it’s higher than others – hopefully this year isn’t,” Cpl. Shelki said. “That’s why we’ll be out there in force, and not only is every member looking for that impaired driver when they’re out-and-about, but also, we’ll be setting up road blocks.”If you do witness an impaired and/or dangerous driver on the road, Cpl. Shelkie advices you to pull-over, record the licence place and direction of travel, then immediately dial 911.“Remember, we’re out there watching so don’t drink and drive,” Cpl. Shelkie concludes.last_img read more

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Getty to return contested art

first_imgState lawyers will withdraw the civil lawsuit when the 2-year-old trial of Marion True resumes today. But officials said dropping of civil charges will not stop criminal proceedings against True, who is accused of knowingly acquiring ancient treasures that Italy maintains were stolen or unearthed illegally and smuggled out of the country. True denies wrongdoing, and top government lawyer Maurizio Fiorilli said the deal signed Tuesday could help her. “True’s position is certainly less serious. … In this case, returning the artifacts can be considered an extenuating circumstance,” Fiorilli said after the deal was signed at the Culture Ministry in Rome. Fiorilli said the civil lawsuit against True’s co-defendant, American art dealer Robert Hecht, remains because the charges against Hecht include the alleged sale of other objects on the international market. Hecht denies wrongdoing, too. Getty Director Michael Brand said he hopes the agreement, reached last month after a year of negotiations, will put an end to the trial which is part of a wider campaign by Italy to crack down on the illegal antiquities market. Already, Italy has struck deals with two U.S. museums for the return of ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan artifacts. MUSEUM: In turn, Italy will drop civil suit against curator, who does face criminal charges. By Ariel David THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ROME – Italian officials said they will drop a civil lawsuit in the trial of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s former curator after the Los Angeles institution formally signed a deal Tuesday to return 40 contested artifacts. All but one of the ancient treasures covered by the deal will be transferred to Italy by year’s end. The last and most prized work, a 5th century B.C. statue of the goddess Aphrodite, will remain at the Getty until 2010. “Long and complex negotiations end, but above all a new season of clearness begins in the purchase trade of archaeological goods,” Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli said. “The agreement allows us to close a long discussion with the Getty but also to set an example at an international level” for other museums and the art market. True was alleged to have knowingly acquired looted artifacts, including bronze Etruscan pieces, frescoes and painted Greek vessels from Hecht and other international antiquities dealers between the 1980s and the 1990s. Her trial grew out of an investigation into Italian art dealer Giacomo Medici, who has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term on art trafficking charges. Italian prosecutors said the Aphrodite, which the Getty bought for $18 million in 1988, was looted from the ruins of the ancient Greek settlement of Morgantina in Sicily. Italian law makes all antiquities found in the country state property. Under the Getty deal, Italy will loan the Los Angeles museum other artifacts for up to four years each. Getty attorney Luis Li said that the deal includes no admission of guilt; the museum has always denied knowingly buying illegally obtained objects.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

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‘Rooney and Carrick did voice their concerns to me’, Man United manager admits

first_img1 Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick Louis van Gaal admits Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick approached him earlier this season because they were worried the atmosphere in the Manchester United dressing room was “flat”.Reports this week suggested some United players were unhappy with Van Gaal’s methods but the United manager denied his relationship with his players was poor.However, he did concede United’s captain and vice-captain aired their worries with him.Van Gaal said: “Rooney and Michael Carrick came to me and said: ‘The dressing room is flat.’”Van Gaal welcomed the feedback from his players and insisted he has a good relationship with them.“I think I have a superb relationship with my players. Maybe you have to consider how many players are coming to the manager to say something.“In my career as a manager, I didn’t have so many who come to say something about the atmosphere in the dressing room or the way we train, or something like that.“But it is very positive that they are coming to you and that they trust you.”Van Gaal seemed irked that the dialogue between him and his players had been viewed as a mutiny.To emphasise his point, he raised his voice in the press conference, mimicking the song the fans sing about him.He added: “The fans are shouting every week ‘Louis van Gaal’s army! Louis van Gaal’s army!’ They are very satisfied with Louis van Gaal and the players are also satisfied with me.”With the number of incomings and outgoings at the club this summer, Van Gaal always felt there would be a couple of bumps in the road when it came to his players adapting to his management style.“I can say only that I have a very good relationship with my players, but it is logical now that only nine are left from the initial group,” the former Barcelona manager said.“The others I have bought will not say I am a lousy manager.”last_img read more

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NEW BED CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL

first_imgA BUSY weekend at Letterkenny General Hospital has led to an overcrowding crisis again this morning.ENT clinics have been cancelled and the Hospital has asked anyone planning to travel to the hospital today to check to see if outpatient clinics are going ahead.The Emergency Department is packed and people are asked not to visit unless absolutely necessary. The INMO says there are 16 patients on trolleys this morning due to the lack of beds. NEW BED CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:NEW BED CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY GENERALlast_img read more

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