Lake Mills man faces several charges from New Year’s Day crash that injured 10

first_imgFOREST CITY — Charges have been filed against a Lake Mills man in connection with a head-on crash that severely injured 10 people on New Year’s Day. 20-year-old Michael Olsen has been charged with six counts of serious injury by vehicle, OWI, and second offense possession of marijuana. The Iowa State Patrol responded to a crash about five miles northwest of Forest City on 120th Avenue south of County Road A-42 at about 2:21 on New Year’s Day morning when a pickup and vehicle collided. Court documents state that further investigation shows that Olsen, as the driver of one of the vehicles, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Olsen was arrested on Wednesday and has posted bond. Online court records do not indicate when he’s next due to appear in court.last_img read more

Race to get land for stadium in Honiara for Pacific Games

first_imgMinistry of Lands officials said two sites have been identified in the capital Honiara but have yet to get the final endorsement by cabinet.The officials said there are also issues of illegal settlers on one identified site.RNZI correspondent says the Ministry of Lands has been beset by allegations of corruption for a number of years, putting into question land titles given for sites that were reserved for national projects.last_img

NATA concerned about congestion at Ogle Airport

first_img– calling for establishment of National Airport AuthorityThe National Air Transport Association (NATA) of Guyana would like to register its concerns over the effects of serious congestion at the EF Correia International Airport as a result of inequitable development at the Airport and the mixing of international and domestic flights.The Association, in a press release, noted that there were over 100 domestic flights operating daily which contributed significantly to hinterland and national development, and which were seriously affected by confinement on the runway, apron and taxiways.Presently, nine aircraft operators have no recourse other than sharing one older winding taxiway to access the runway which leads to much congestion and costly delays, NATA stated.“This situation has worsened over the years as newer operators came into being and older operators expanded their operations without the enabling infrastructure, such as a new taxiway to the runway which is essential for efficient and safe operations. This unhealthy situation is further compounded by congested airspace. NATA is extremely concerned about the issues of operational safety under the present environment,” the release added.According to NATA, the body has made representation to Ogle Airport Inc (OAI) on behalf of its members to no avail and, as such, it is urging the Government to accelerate the review process undertaken by focal Minister, David Patterson, for remedies to the “present anti-competitive and inequitable development” of the Airport.“We are also calling for the urgent establishment of the long overdue National Airport Authority which would ensure a fair, equitable and safe environment for both domestic and international operators,” the statement added.last_img read more

VC denies political interference at UG

first_img…says institution governed in transparent mannerContrary to perceptions surrounding the University of Guyana (UG), Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith is maintaining that he and his executives are accountable to various bodies and as such, he is not a ‘runaway Chancellor.’Professor Griffith made these comments during a media engagement atUG Vice Chancellor, Ivelaw GriffithHerdmanston Lodge on Tuesday where he updated the public on UG’s operations. Griffith also denied that there is any political interference at the university while at the same time noting that the institution has been principally run by Government funding.The Vice Chancellor noted that a revamp of the University’s governance structure was undertaken with a view to not only overhaul the current operations but the look into the University of Guyana Act which in many regards is out dated with references to Britain and having academic links to the United States and Canada. The Act’s approval would need bi-partisan parliamentary approval. It was explained that the current UG Council has approved former Vice Chancellor Professor Lawrence Carrington to head a Governance Reform Committee.Professor Griffith explained that Committee met on several occasions, having hosted several meetings over a year and a half and submitted a report in March 2018 at the University Council. There were consultations at Turkeyen and Tain with students and the union. To this end, operatives met with Attorney General Basil Williams and Education Minister Nicolette Henry which was a move to provide stakeholders with updates.The media was told that an extraordinary meeting of the Council will be held on July 26 whereby the changes to the University Act would be finalised which would then be sent to Parliament for approval. Griffith went on to explain that the consultative process will seek to address the “daily intrusion” of politics into the University’s operations.“The Governance Task Force recommending that there should be no partisan, political representation or special interest representation on the University Council. There should be no ruling party coalition or Opposition party,” the Vice Chancellor observed.The objective, according to what the media was told, is that a smaller governance structure is being prized with the focus on “competence” as opposed to special interest representation. University Registrar, Dr Nigel Gravesande added that another implemented measure sought to attain more autonomy of the Vice Chancellor’s office.“The Vice Chancellor would have to report on the activities of the University with statement of accounts…to the Council,” Dr Gravesande noted.Professor Griffith meanwhile noted that much of the staff at the 55-year-old institution is being regularised, having moved over 40 persons from month to month contracts which had seen job insecurity. He praised the improvements to UG’s facilities, highlighting that new campus registry building and air conditioning units to two main lecture theatres as some of the major achievements. He however cautioned that some challenges abound especially in the area of fulltime lecturers in the school of medicine. Nevertheless, he hopes that the university could garner more collaboration with the business sector and from alumni especially in the area of funding. This would be aimed at reducing the dependence on State subventions.In his 2016 report, Auditor General Deodat Sharma found that $209 million were unaccounted for from the University Science and Technology Support Project. In that year, the sum of $906 million was allocated this project for curriculum reform; infrastructural design and research; infrastructure rehabilitation; equipping of science laboratories; drainage; Internet network; multimedia equipment; and institutional capacity building at the University of Guyana. A supplementary provision totalling $411 million was approved, bringing the total allocation to one thousand, three hundred and seventeen million dollars ($1.317 billion). (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Still a lot at stake for top Del Rio teams

first_imgFernandez did say that while his team’s quest for a league title is gone, the Chiefs still have something to play for today. “We actually have a lot to gain (by winning today),” Fernandez said. “We’re ranked No. 10 in (Division IV), so if we can beat the No. 1 team (La Serna), we could move up to possibly No. 7 or 8 and possibly get a home (playoff game in the first round).” La Habra, which closes the regular season against visiting Troy today, is also looking to the postseason after clinching second place in the Freeway League with a 5-0 win over rival Sonora on Tuesday. “The last couple of games we’ve been really good,” said first-year Highlanders coach Joel Carlisle, whose team is 15-5-3 and 6-3. “It’s given them a lot of confidence that they can really beat people. “They are definitely excited. The biggest thing now is that we’re working towards the playoffs. We want to be successful in the playoffs. For them, that’s their biggest goal.” But motivation for victory is still expected to be high for players on both teams. The incentive may be extra for Santa Fe, which saw La Serna rally for three goals in the final 20 minutes to score a 4-3 win in the teams’ first meeting in January. “They are a great team and we rise up to play good teams,” Santa Fe coach Fernie Fernandez said. “We’re excited about playing them. The last game where they came back was a classic. We’re expecting a nice, clean game.” La Habra’s strength has been its variety. The Highlanders feature several players who can take over a game, including senior captain Casey Kiehl and midfielder/forward Carrisa Hernandez. “Our team just works so well together,” said senior captain Casey Kiehl, who scored three goals in Tuesday’s win over Sonora. La Mirada will face Mayfair for the top spot in the Suburban League today. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw in the first meeting at La Mirada on Jan. 12. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be a lot at stake when Del Rio League girls soccer rivals La Serna and Santa Fe high schools finish the regular season against each other today. The visiting Lancers, ranked No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division IV, are 20-1-2 overall. They have already clinched first place with a 9-0 league mark. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have solidified their second-place standing with 16-4-3 and 6-1-2 records. last_img read more

Applications open for business scholarship

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Applications are now available for the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Foundation’s Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship for young women who are interested in pursuing a career in business. The local winner receives $1,000 and the chance to advance to competition at the district and international levels. The winner at the local club level will receive $1,000 at the Zonta Club of SCV May business meeting. Her application will then be forwarded to District 9 Gov. Barbara White for judging at the district level. The winner at the district level will receive an award of $250, and her application will then be forwarded to Zonta International to compete for one of six $5,000 awards. Applications have been distributed to Southern California universities, colleges and community colleges. The application deadline is Monday, April 9. Further information or applications can be obtained by calling M.J. West at (661) 252-9351. To post your own stories and photos, log on to read more

Cal blitzes Oregon St.

first_img Washington 59, Arizona State 51 Jon Brockman had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Spencer Hawes and Justin Dentmon had 13 points each and the seventh-seeded Huskies (19-12) rallied for the victory in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament. They will meet second-seeded Washington State (24-6) today at Staples Center. No. 18 Marquette 76, at St. John’s 67 Dan Fitzgerald scored eight of his 20 points during a 15-3 run midway through the second half to lead the Golden Eagles in the opening round of the Big East tournament. Marquette won despite playing without sophomore guard Jerel McNeal, who injured a thumb in practice last Friday. At Central Connecticut 74, Sacred Heart 70 Javier Mojica scored 25 points, including a late 3-pointer that helped the Blue Devils to the Northeast Conference tournament championship and earn an NCAA bid. At Weber State 88, Northern Arizona 80 Conference MVP David Patten scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats to the Big Sky Conference tournament title and an NCAA tournament berth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Bears easily won, 70-51, and will play top seed and defending Pac-10 tournament champion UCLA today at Staples Center. The Bruins swept the Bears (62-46 at Cal, 85-75 at Pauley) this season. “We’ve played UCLA tough,” Cal coach Ben Braun said. “We had them at their place and gave up the lead. “We’re going to have to play good basketball to beat UCLA. Our team is capable. (UCLA) is solid and they rebound well.” LOS ANGELES – Basketball is a game of runs, but Cal had such a dominating stretch in the first half that no Oregon State run mattered. Cal went on a ridiculous 34-2 run in the opening game of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament Wednesday, and it should be no surprise the Beavers couldn’t rally from such an embarrassing stretch. center_img Cal forward Ryan Anderson had 27 points and 15 rebounds. He had 16 points in Cal’s instrumental run and made 5 of 7 3-pointers and had 20 points (on 7 of 10 shooting) in the first half. He made 6 of 10 from 3-point range. “It was phenomenal shooting from space and depth that we hadn’t seen before,” Oregon State coach Jay John said of the Bears’ run. “Kudos to Cal.” Cal (13-20), the No. 8 seed, has struggled with injuries, but had 20 points from the bench. The Bears don’t even have a full 24 hours to prepare for today’s 2:50 p.m. game against a rested UCLA team. Cal guard Ayinde Ubaka didn’t seem to mind. “We shot the ball well today,” Ubaka said. “We played great defense. I want to get back on the court as soon as possible. I hope it carries over to (today).” last_img read more

Arsenal to lose out on long-term target Draxler as Juventus table big-money bid

first_img Schalke star Julian Draxler 1 Juventus are preparing one final offer for long-term Arsenal target Julian Draxler, believed to be in the region of £19million.In one of the summer’s longest running transfer sagas, it is now up to Schalke 04 to consider Juve’s non-negotiable offer and whether they can keep hold of the World Cup-winning schemer.Draxler, 21, is admired by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger but it is unlikely the north London side will return again with a last-ditch bid for his services.It now looks certain, according to the La Gazzetta dello Sport, that Juve is the only club Draxler could move to – with the Italian giants prepared to offer the player a five-year contract worth around 2.5m-per-season.The Old Lady are now waiting on Schalke’s decision over the winger, who first moved to the Veltins-Arena as a youth player in 2001.last_img read more

‘Class on and off the pitch!’ Rock star reveals why he fell in love with Chelsea

first_img 2 Each week, a leading musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week, it’s Chelsea fan Taka Hirose (above, left), of Feeder fame…1. You’re on a desert island and can have one album with you and one item of football memorabilia – what do you take?Anything by Bob Marley and I’d want to wear a Chelsea shirt, of course.2. Number one song or your club top of the league? Tough! But Chelsea have been champions a few times, so now it’s our time with a number one song. 3. Which football manager do you think would make the best music artist?Claudio Ranieri could be good with Opera.4. Would you rather record a Bond theme or the World Cup’s official song?It’s a tough choice, but it might be a Bond theme. You don’t hear the World Cup song often these days, do you? There isn’t much excitement with England team at the moment, either.5. Which footballer would you record a song with?Eric Cantona. Let’s just say that it would be interesting.6. What was the first single you bought?‘In The Navy’ by Village People. Ha ha!7. And what was the first football match you went to?Chelsea v Newcastle. I saw Zola, Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer – so many greats were playing.   8. Who is your music idol?Bob Marley, James Brown, David Bowie…9. And who’s your all-time favourite footballer?Gianfranco Zola. He was part of the reason I started to support Chelsea. Class on and off pitch. 2 10. What’s the greatest moment you’ve experienced as a football fan?I was watching AC Milan v Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League final on TV on my own and AC Milan won. When Paolo Maldini lifted the trophy, they played Feeder’s ‘Feeling A Moment’ at the stadium! I could not believe it. I was so excited, but no one was at home. So, I couldn’t share my excitement with anyone. Doh!11. If your club could sign any player in the world TODAY, who would you want that to be? (Please be realistic!!)Messi!? It can be realistic with Chelsea! Or maybe not… But you must love to have Messi in your team, innit?!Feeder release their brand new album, ‘All Bright Electric’, on 30 September 2016. See feederweb.comlast_img read more

Powerful play on suicide to feature at Balor Theatre

first_imgA powerful drama which explores the effect of suicide on the family will be staged at the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey this week as part of an all-Ireland tour with a Co Donegal actor in the lead role.Sole Purpose Productions is taking ‘Blinkered’ written by Patricia Byrne and directed by Shauna Kelpie, to a total of eight venues including the Balor on Wednesday and Thursday, February 15th & 16th and An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny on March 8th & 9th thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Ireland’s North South Touring Fund and the ESB Energy for Generations Fund.‘Blinkered’, which made a huge impact on audiences when it toured to schools in the North West last year, will be staged in Derry, Donegal, Belfast, Strabane, Dublin, Sligo and Drogheda until March 30th. Sole Purpose, which also celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, opened the tour last Thursday at The Playhouse in Derry and received standing ovations at both matinee and evening performances.The play stars Patrick McBrearty from St Johnston (Three Sisters: The Lyric), Cathy Brennan Bradley (The Lantern Man), Gemma Walker (The Makey Uppers) and Pat Lynch (Over the Wire: The Derry Playhouse).Artistic Director Patricia Byrne, who consulted widely with mental health and suicide prevention professionals, explained: “’Blinkered’ is a play which explores the issue of mental health, suicide, and its impact on the family. Sole Purpose wanted to raise awareness of this challenging subject and we worked closely with key people including Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Services at Ulster University School of Psychology; Conor McCafferty, Manager at Zest NI; Bridie Sheridan, Manager at Youthlife; and AWARE NI.”The play follows the story of Ryan who has his music, friends, and a family that care about him but there is a “darkness and a heaviness” that will not go away. Recalling the impact on audiences when the drama was first staged in Derry last year, Patricia said: “It was a highly emotive and hard hitting production but one which dealt with a subject which we in this city are only too familiar with.”Conor Malone, Manager at the Balor where ‘Blinkered’ will be staged next Wednesday and Thursday, February 15th & 16th at 11am and 8pm, said: “Sole Purpose Productions has an excellent track record of producing some quality drama. We are very much looking forward to hosting them in Ballybofey. In today’s society the themes of the play are very relevant and very important, especially to young audiences.”Each tour performance is followed by an interactive workshop offering the audience an opportunity to explore issues raised in the play.Encouraging people to go and see ‘Blinkered’ which is suitable for age 16+, Lizzie Devlin, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The production mirrors the Arts Council’s Youth Arts Strategy which advocates using arts-based projects and creative interventions to promote positive mental health and well-being among young people. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland are delighted to support ‘Blinkered’ through our North/South Touring Scheme alongside our partners An Chomhairle Ealaion and congratulate everyone involved in bringing this important production to new audiences across the region.”‘Blinkered’ tours to the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey (February 15 & 16); The Lyric Theatre, Belfast (February 21-24); the Alley Theatre, Strabane (March 1 & 2); An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny (March 8 & 9); Axis Theatre, Ballymun (March 20 & 21); Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo (March 23); and Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda (March 29 & 30). Samaritans will be in attendance at each performance with information about their services. The numbers to call if needed are 116 123 (UK) 116 123 (ROI) or email jo@samaritans.orgFor more information about ‘Blinkered’ including a YouTube video extract and web links to book tickets for any of the theatre venues, visit or www.balorartscentre.comPowerful play on suicide to feature at Balor Theatre was last modified: February 13th, 2017 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:BALOR THEATRESUICIDElast_img read more