first_imgSeveral armed bandits robbed four employees attached to the Chinese logging company, Bai Shan Lin at Moblissa, Linden-Soesdyke Highway early Saturday morning, stripping them of a quantity of cash and valuables and shooting one to the hand.Chinese logging company, Bai Shan Lin’s operations in LindenReports are the gunmen pounced on the employees at about 02:00h at the company’s Moblissa location, which consists of several wooden camps.A 25-year-old labourer with the company told police that he was guarding the compound when he saw two men dressed in black, one sporting a hoodie and another armed with a knife. He reported that another man approached and he was brandishing a gun.According to the labourer’s report, one of the bandits then placed a knife to his neck, causing him to sustain injuries and robbed him of his cell phone valued $25,000 and $30,000.The bandits allegedly then inquired about the whereabouts of the “Chinese men” while three others joined in, holding the employee at gunpoint. He said that he was forced to take the bandits to one of the Chinese nationals who was at one of the camps sleeping.The bandits then hit another employee – a 50-year-old Chinese man – to his forehead, causing him to sustain injuries and robbed him of $50,000.The third victim, another 50-year-old Chinese man was also gun butted to his head which caused him to sustain injuries. Reports are the fourth victim, a 42-year-old serviceman of Silvertown, Wismar, Linden, was shot to his left hand after he saw the men with the gun and started to run.The employees were taken to the Linden Hospital Complex where they were treated for their injuries.Police in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) have since launched an investigation into the incident. Plast_img read more


first_imgOur Government has been an active participant in WTO negotiations to eliminate export subsidies; reduce trade-distorting domestic support; and increase market access.We defended the interests of the cattle, hog and meat sectors by launching a WTO consultation regarding American Country of Origin Legislation (COOL) and defended the safety of Canadian pork while dealing with H1N1. We also launched WTO consultations with Korea to defend Canadian livestock producers.To help the livestock sector, we:– Provided $1.5-billion in cash payments for livestock producers through new and existing programs, including cash for British Columbia ranchers affected by severe drought.– Delivered tax deferrals for farmers affected by drought and flooding.– Increased the Advance Payments Program to $3.3-billion in loans available to producers.– Increased emergency advances from $25,000 to $400,000 with $100,000 interest-free.Together, the federal and provincial governments are delivering $1.3-billion in cost-shared funding to producers over five years.  Plus, our Conservative Government is investing an additional $1.05-billion in federal-only programming.Our new Business Risk Management Programs include:– AgriInvest – provides a matching government payment to a producer account– AgriInvest Kickstart – $600-million to help producers start their accounts.– AgriStability – provides payments when farmers experience large margin declines.– AgriInsurance – pays when a farmer experiences production losses.– AgriRecovery – rapid assistance for producers hit by regional disasters.Advertisement We’ve also undertaken federal policy initiatives and investments to help secure new potential for Canadian producers, such as legislated renewable fuel content in gasoline, diesel and heating oil.  Plus, we’ve continued our efforts to safeguard Canada’s reputation as a safe, reliable source of agricultural products with the largest budgets ever for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and CFIA staffing level increases of 14 per cent.As your MP and a former producer, agriculture has always been a top priority for me, and our Conservative Government will continue to deliver necessary support and new opportunities for our farmers.For more information: www.agr.gc.ca. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.”Conservative Government’s Agriculture Agenda Securing Opportunities and Hope for Farmers”It continues to be one of the largest ongoing federal initiatives since our Conservative Government took office over three years ago.  Yet our aggressive, transformative agriculture agenda remains largely unreported by national media outlets, most of which are based in urban centres.Our investments and reforms to producer programs are very big news here in Prince George-Peace River and I would like to list some of the most significant accomplishments:- Advertisement -Most recently, as part of Budget 2009 Canada’s Economic Action Plan, we:– Passed the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act to guarantee an additional $1-billion in loans over the next five years to Canadian farm families and cooperatives.– Invested $500-million in the Agri-Flexibility Fund to drive innovation, tap market opportunities, and bring new products to market.– Created the $50-million Slaughter Improvement Program to improve competitiveness through new technologies and processes.To enhance trade and secure additional market access for Canadian farmers, we conducted missions to Washington, Mexico, Cuba, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Peru, Colombia, and the European Union.We opened beef markets in Colombia, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and expanded key export opportunities for Canadian beef in Hong Kong. We also signed an agreement to expand Canadian pulse crop exports to India.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img0Shares0000Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in more goals under Jurgen Klopp than any other Liverpool playerMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 26 – Liverpool consolidated their place in the Premier League’s top four with a dominant home victory over managerless bottom side Swansea after hammering them 5-0 on Boxing Day.Philippe Coutinho’s sublime long-range finish – curled into the top corner after Mohamed Salah’s pass – opened the scoring in the sixth minute. The away side responded well and dominated possession for spells in the first half but Roberto Firmino should have doubled the lead when he dragged wide just before the break.Instead, the Brazil international put his side two goals up six minutes after half-time, firing home from Coutinho’s lofted free-kick.Nineteen-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold added a third with his first Premier League goal for the club, chasing down a loose clearance and smashing in off the bar from inside the box.Just two minutes later, Swansea self-destructed further as Salah pounced on a misplaced pass before cutting back to Firmino to tap home – then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the rout by planting the ball in the net after another poor clearance.The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side reclaim fourth spot from Tottenham and restore their one-point advantage over the north London side, who briefly moved above them with a 5-2 win over Southampton in Boxing Day’s 12:30 GMT kick-off.Swansea stay bottom of the table, five points from the safety of West Ham’s 17th place.After Friday’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Arsenal, in which the Reds conceded three times in five minutes, Klopp rejected claims his side do not focus enough on defence.The Liverpool backline was not given its greatest test at Anfield on Tuesday – Swansea’s best football was played in the transition from defence to attack without actually threatening – but nor were there many instances of sloppiness or lapses in concentration.Indeed, Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet pulled off a great fingertip save to deny Tammy Abraham with the last touch of the game.Down the other end, there was much, much more of the rich and flowing offensive play that has typified the other side to the story of Liverpool’s season so far.Salah, Firmino and Coutinho interchanged at will and Swansea found their close control and trickery in the box impossible to deal with. The only problem for Liverpool was it perhaps took slightly longer than it should have done for them to reach their ruthless best.Salah, who went into this game having scored 15 goals in his previous 15 matches, was guilty of wasting several good chances before Alexander-Arnold really did open the floodgates with a third goal that left the visitors backtracking and beaten for the rest of the match.Firmino was withdrawn in the 68th minute – denied the chance of a likely hat-trick – and his replacement Dominic Solanke might have had a treble of his own, flashing his most impressive effort just wide of the post on the volley.However, the fact the England Under-20 World Cup winner failed to score his first Liverpool goal was the biggest of small problems for Klopp, who embraced the young forward with an ironic grin as they made their way off the pitch.The nightmare after ChristmasIt was always going to be a daunting task for Swansea.This was a trip to the one of the league’s top-scoring sides and their second of four matches in 10 days. The Welsh club with just three wins all season had the odds firmly stacked up in opposition.But until Alexander-Arnold’s goal – crafted from sheer desire to beat his man to the ball and profit – the Swans were actually still in it.Roque Mesa, Tom Carroll and Leroy Fer had impressed with some attractive interplay, Wayne Routledge was a threat on the wing and in the first half they were averaging about 14% more possession than Anfield’s other visitors this season.However, when Fer played the ball back to his defence without looking and found Salah instead, the game really was up. Firmino added the easy fourth, before slack defending from forward Jordan Ayew allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain a second chance to make it five.Even if his influence and potential candidacy will not be judged on this result alone, temporary player-manager Leon Britton will surely be very disappointed his side folded like they did.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_img Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea David de Gea has arguably been Manchester United’s player of the season.The Spanish keeper has been the stalwart of the side who have defended excellently this term, and without him in goal, United would likely be much further down the Premier League table.He put in another brilliant performance for Louis van Gaal’s side on Wednesday evening, ensuring United won their FA Cup quarter-final replay against West Ham by a 2-1 scoreline.The 25-year-old pulled off a series of top class saves, including a run near the end of the game when it appeared as if the Hammers were set to equalise.Following the performance, United fans took to Twitter to react to De Gea’s outstanding display, and we collect some of the best responses below… 1last_img read more


first_img Lancaster officials said sections of three roads were closed due to flooding but were reopened by noon Tuesday. They were Avenue H-2 between 23rd and 25th Streets West, south of the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds; Avenue K between 50th and 57th Streets West; and Avenue J between 62nd and 70th Streets West. “Most of it was pretty minor,” Lancaster Public Works Director Randy Williams said. “We had a couple of downed trees. One stop sign went down.” Fire officials said the storm contributed to a number of minor car collisions. “It was the normal car wrecks,” Palmdale Battalion Chief Don DeYoung said. DeYoung said firefighters did respond to a leaky roof in an apartment. “We did a little bit of water removal,” he said. The storm from Sunday and Monday dumped .82 inches of rain on Lancaster, .59 inches in Palmdale, and 1.38 inches in Acton, according to the National Weather Service. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – Sunshine and blue skies returned to the Antelope Valley on Tuesday after the region was thrashed by heavy rains and high winds over the holiday weekend. Weather might have been a factor in a three-vehicle crash on state Route 58 in Mojave on Monday that killed a 75-year-old Minnesota man and injured five others. George Rosenau, 75, of Circle Pines, Minn., was fatally injured when a transit bus crashed into his car and another car that were stopped in traffic because of an earlier accident, the California Highway Patrol said. In Lake Los Angeles, Frontier Circus Street was closed between Avenue P-8 and Stagecoach Avenue because of flooding, Los Angeles County public works officials said. The street should open today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson County road officials also said there was limited access on Avenue Q between 137th and 145th Streets East in Lake Los Angeles because of flooding. Access to some roads in the Wrightwood area was restricted due to snow and rock slides, said Ken Pellman, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. “We had to clear up mud and rocks on canyon roads. There was for instance minor slides along Lake Hughes Road along areas hit by storms a year ago,” Pellman said. “It was minor stuff. We fared pretty well.” Palmdale officials said there were a few downed trees, and crews spent Tuesday looking for and repairing potholes. “All our issues were fairly minor. We dodged the bullet,” said Tim Hughes, Palmdale’s public works deputy director. “We did have silted up intersections and a few lane closures.” last_img read more


first_imgDoctors in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday were considering surgery options for a 2-month-old boy born with an unusually well-formed third arm. Neither of the boy’s two left arms is fully functional and tests have so far been unable to determine which was more developed, said Dr. Chen Bochang, head of the orthopedics department at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. “His case is quite peculiar. We have no record of any child with such a complete third arm,” Chen said in a telephone interview. The boy, identified only as Jie-jie, also was born with just one kidney and may have problems that could lead to curvature of the spine, local media reports said. Jie-jie cried when either of his left arms was touched, but responded normally to other stimuli, the reports said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Chen said doctors hoped to work out a plan for surgery, but the boy’s small size made it impossible to perform certain tests. – Associated Press 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_imgCycling Ireland has named An Post-Sean Kelly rider Ronan McLaughlin as the third member of the Irish team for the men’s elite World Road Race Championships in Valkenburg, Holland, next Sunday.The Donegal man will take his place on the start line next weekend alongside Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin to complete a strong Irish team for the title race.Roche and Martin had been confirmed on the Irish team for the race last month, but Cycling Ireland at the time opted to hold off on naming the third rider for the team. It decided to shortlist three riders for that final berth namely, national champion Matt Brammeier (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Philip Deignan (Unitedhealthcare) and McLaughlin.Currently riding with his trade team in the Tour of Britain, McLaughlin rode very strongly in the early miles of the opening stages in a bid to make the breakaways. When that failed he turned his attention to helping Sam Bennett get up for the first of his three top 10 placings, with Bennett heaping praise on McLaughlin in an interview in recent days.McLaughlin finally made the breakaway on stage 4, and after going on the attack as that escape was caught, he was awarded the combativity prize for his efforts. He was on the attack again today on the 7th and penultimate stage of the race. His demonstration of form this week tilted the Worlds selection process in his favour and he is now confirmed for the Irish team.From Muff, McLaughlin has been with the Sean Kelly Team from the outset, and rode with them before An Post became involved as a sponsor. While he has ridden the U23 World and European Championships for Ireland he has never ridden an elite Worlds. Another Muff cyclist, Matthew Doyle, has also been selected for the Junior World Championship at the same event. DONEGAL CYCLIST MCLAUGHLIN NAMED IN IRISH TEAM FOR ELITE WORLD RACE was last modified: September 15th, 2012 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:muffRONAN MCLAUGHLINWorld Road Race Championshiplast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue TD has called on the government to protect education services in Budget 2014. Charlie McConalogue TDThe party launched its budget proposals this week, which protects funding for education services, mental health services and supports for people with disabilities.Fianna Fáil’s plan prioritises special needs education, provides additional resource hours for children with Down Syndrome and reverses the cuts to small rural schools, said the Inishowen Deputy. “We have put education at the heart of our Budget 2014 proposals. We are sending the message to government loud and clear that it is possible meet budgetary targets next year without cutting supports for children with special needs, without attacking small schools and without introducing yet another hike in the student registration fee,” said Deputy McConalogue.“The Education Minister Ruairí Quinn needs to learn from the mistakes he has made in the past. The last two budgets were highly regressive in the area of education. The most vulnerable children in the school system were hit with cuts to support – children with special needs, children in disadvantaged areas and teenagers in need of one-to-one attention at second level.“Students were hit with two further increases in the college registration fee by a Minister who promised to reverse fee hikes. Post-graduate grants were abolished and the SUSI fiasco caused severe hardship to tens of thousands of students nationwide.”He claims that Minister Quinn has been forced into a series of u-turns on some of these regressive cuts. “However, there are still DEIS schools that suffered cuts to resources; children with special needs have seen a further reduction in SNA supports again this year; the abolition of the career guidance allocation at second level remains in place and has resulted in a dramatic reduction to one-to-one supports for vulnerable teenagers in the school system; small schools in rural communities across the country are now under threat; and students will be hit by another €250 increase in the third level registration fee next year.“These highly damaging cuts are not necessary and they must stop. There is no reason why education services cannot be protected in Budget 2014. The government can choose to put a high value on education, and place it at the heart of their budget plan for next year,” said Deputy McConalogue. EDUCATION MUST BE PROTECTED IN BUDGET – McCONALOGUE was last modified: October 13th, 2013 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:budgetCharlie McConaloguelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Youth Service in association with the Donegal Sexual Health Forum would like to announce the Fourth Annual Sexual Health Awareness Week ‘Let’s Talk About Sex Week’ commencing April 7th – 12th.The aim of the week is to promote healthy and supportive conversations with young people about sex, sexual health and sexuality.The group is encouraging adults to get involved especially parents, family members, teachers, and youth workers. One of the many events on the Let’s Talk About Sex Week calendar is ‘The S Word- Conference’ which will be held in the Clanree, Hotel April 10th and is host to important topics such as; Young People and Online Safety, STI’s and Contraception, Social Media & Sexual Behaviour, Early signs of abuse in relationships and The impact of sexual violence in the media.Lorraine Thompson, Regional Director, Donegal Youth Service said this is a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of talking to young people about their sexual health.“We want to ensure that young people are supported in terms of having someone to talk to and making sense of all the mixed messages they get and to know where to go to find factual, understandable information.”We are encouraging all groups who work with young people and parents – schools, youth groups, and community groups to come on board and provide events in your own areas. If you would like to add any of these events or information to our Facebook/Twitter pages please forward to lorraine.thomspon@donegalyouthservice.ie   TALKING ABOUT SEX IN A HEALTHY WAY IS OK, SAYS DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE was last modified: March 19th, 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 Youth Servicelast_img read more


first_imgPat and Karen have been given a new lease of life after their unique transplants. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A devoted husband has given his wife back the ‘X-Factor’ after giving a complete stranger one of his kidneys.Pat Bradley was left completely frustrated after being told his own healthy kidney was not a match for his wife Karen.Mum-of-two Karen had suffered for many years with small kidneys and was told she would eventually need a kidney replacement. She refused to allow her grown-up children Lee-Ann, 34, and Patrick, 27, donate theirs and hubby Pat wasn’t a match.But the couple, from Carndonagh, then heard about ‘paired donation’ which is not carried out in Ireland.The operation means that Pat had to donate one of his healthy kidneys to a complete stranger so Karen could receive a kidney donation.In June last year all four people came together at the Coventry and Warickshire University Hospital in England for the four-way operation. And now Pat, 55, told Donegal Daily that his wife really has the X Factor back in her life!“Before the operation we could do very little because we had to keep coming back to the house because Karen was on dialysis.“Even cooking, which she loves, took a lot out of her because she had very little energy.“She always wanted to go to concerts and now she has even gone to the X Factor concerts with out grandson Sean who is nine.“Now, as much as I love them both very much, you wouldn’t catch me going to the X-Factor,” laughed Pat. Pat said the ‘paired transplant’ may not be everyone but he would do the exact same operation in the morning.And he said he had nothing but admiration for the dialysis unit in Letterkenny Hospital and also Beaumont Hospital.“I spent a total of four days in hospital and I feel exactly the same now as I did before I went in.“Karen has been given a complete new lease of life. “It’s just nice to think that we could have 25 years or so of good quality life left together because of the operation.“I would just like people who are on a waiting list to know that there in another alternative and I’m sure there are plenty of husbands and wives out there will to do this,” he said.COUPLE GET THE ‘X-FACTOR’ AFTER LIFE-CHANGING OPERATIONS was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 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)last_img read more