Man, 27, Electrocuted

first_imgResidents of Johnson Street near UN Drive in Monrovia woke up yesterday morning to the shocking scene of the lifeless body of a man who had reportedly been electrocuted.The late Andreu Saah, Jr., 27, whose body was dangling on a nearby electric pole was said to be in the habit of stealing and selling current to businesses and homes in the vicinities of Johnson and Warren Streets and as far down as the Rally Time Market Community near the Soniwein Creek.The death of Saah justified the maxim: ‘99 days for rogue and one day for the master.’ The deceased was a resident of Clay Street and a father of two (a boy and girl) whose mother was identified as Edna Varney.The electric pole that killed the victim has high tension wires and transformers said an LEC source.Up to press time last night, the LEC management had made no official comment on the incident, but they have on several previous occasions warned against “power theft” that has claimed several lives and caused thousands of dollars in losses to the Corporation.Eyewitnesses lamented that the late Saah had been in the habit of “stealing current from the LEC and renting them to all the money people” in the nearby communities at the rate of US$35 monthly.”“If you used the late Saah’s current in the day, you will pay US$35, but if you rented it for 24 hours, meaning both day and night, you would pay more,” some aggrieved residents told the Daily Observer as they glimpsed at Saah’s remains.Almost all those that gathered to view Saah’s corpse had at least encountered him in his “current business” at different times.An eyewitness, who claimed to be a “customer” who rented current from the late Saah, explained that Saah got electrocuted around 1a.m. yesterday when he and three of his alleged accomplices had gone to reconnect a customer they had previously disconnected for “being delinquent.”According to one source, Saah’s accomplices were each assigned with a specific task while he (Saah) carried out the illegal connection.For example, one of the three accomplices would watch out for any intruder(s) to their “hustle” and another would hold the ladder the victim reportedly used to climb the pole while the last man allegedly held the flashlight to provide a clear view as the “operation to connect or disconnect the wires proceeded.”   “Unfortunately he was ‘jerked’ by the current and subsequently electrocuted to the disbelief of his three accomplices who suddenly disappeared under the cover of darkness when they noticed that their man had died instantly,” our source said.Among the onlookers at yesterday’s dreadful scene were said to be customers of the deceased, owing to the way some of them were wailing bitterly, particularly the women who beat their breasts in distress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP says Govt failing Guyanese

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday said Government continued to fail the people of Guyana, as cries continued to be heard about the prevailing economic conditions under the coalition Administration.PPP General Secretary Clement RoheeThe Party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee said he has been visiting various parts of the country and has been listening to the concerns of residents.He said many were speaking out, saying if this was the change they voted for, they did not want it.“Hundreds of thousands are anxious to see the PPP/C back in Government knowing that with such an eventuality the economy will recover and there will be a resurgence of economic and financial activities in the country from which all Guyanese will benefit,” Rohee said.He said those who voted for change have lost the little hope they had that that change would have brought them the much touted ‘good life’, rather he said what they were seeing was Government Ministers enjoying the ‘good life,’ which the common people should be enjoying.Rohee said in this situation, the youths are the hardest hit, with unemployment spiralling upwards, reaching about 40 per cent according to the Caribbean Development Bank.He said the coalition’s promises have all gone up in smoke and have left young people not only at risk but as ready and available prey for the criminal underworld.“We are having some bad economic times and generally in times like these, there would be increased unemployment especially at the youth level.”He said the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Manifesto had promised that the National Youth Policy would focus on reducing risk factors such as crime, drug abuse, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, suicide, violence and illiteracy.The current Administration, Rohee said, had also promised that its programmes would generate support and allocated resources to make recreation, the arts and sports hallmarks of excellence, while restoring the bond between young people and the communities.“Study issues which lead to alienation of boys and young men from our education system, including: dropping out from schools, engaging in crime and violence, marginalisation, accessing the labour market, and poverty alleviation have become meaningless to many young people who see no future for themselves under the Granger coalition Administration.”He said the PPP for its part in its 2015 manifesto expressed its commitment to: implementing national apprenticeship and special youth employment programmes; providing incentives and opportunities for employers to employ youths, and develop entrepreneurship and apprenticeship programmes.last_img read more

2 remain in custody for Rio fatal shooting

first_imgThe ex-bodyguard of a popular convicted drug lord and a female remain in custody as Police continue investigations into the fatal shooting of Ryan Sergeant, 19, at the Rio Nightclub on Monday last.Dead: Ryan SergeantA source close to the investigations revealed that the woman in custody was seen leaving the nightclub with two men – one turned himself in while the other remains on the run. It is believed that on the night of the fatal shooting, the argument started over the young lady.However, both persons in custody remain tight-lipped and have not been cooperating with Police. The Police are nevertheless hunting for the third suspect.The former ‘phantom’ group member turned himself in on Friday in company of his lawyer, while the woman was arrested at a house on Hadfield Street, Georgetown, during a Police operation, that led to the discovery of two illegal firearms and several rounds of ammunition.The others who were arrested were released.Ryan “Harry” Sergeant of Lot 2530 Layon Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was shot and killed, while another teenager remains in a critical state at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he too was shot. The injured teen is Jeffrey Ferrel also of North Ruimveldt Housing Scheme.Sergeant was shot once to the jaw during an exchange of gunfire that started in the night club and ended on the outside.After the shooting, the now dead man was picked up by his ‘gang members’ and dropped off at the Woodlands Hospital. It was reported that Ferrel, who is now hospitalised, was involved in an altercation with one of the suspects who in turn left the club with another friend and a female.Further reports stated that after the trio left, they were followed by Ferrel and the now dead man and the argument resumed.During the argument, the suspect whipped out a gun and discharge several rounds, hitting Ferrel to the neck and shoulder. Attempting to rescue his shot friend, Sergeant was shot to the jaw. The suspects then fled the scene.It was during the review of the surveillance footage that the three suspects were positively identified.last_img read more

Increased financial resources may pose challenges – Environment Director

first_imgOil industryBy Yanalla DalrympleDirector of Environment, Nidibi Schwiers, believes as Guyana joins other oil producing territories, many challenges will arise for the country with respect to management of lump sum financial resources.Schwiers made the comments during brief remarks at the recently held sensitisation of citizens on the Green State Development Strategy. According to the Director of Environment, many oil-rich countries – more largely endowed than Guyana – have fallen into recession due to mismanagement and improperly channelled resources.However, she said Guyana will steer its development along two limps; (1) by exploiting the oil resources and (2) ensuring this is done along a sustainable path.Schwiers pointed out that Guyana is in a fortunate position where it can learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the hazards and pitfalls that comes with oil money.“We have the benefit of hindsight and so we can ensure that we avoid these traps,” she said.The Director noted that the green strategy will incorporate the economic as well as the social aspect of the sustainable goals so that these and other goals can be accomplished along a green trajectory.“I hope that we all can fully engage in this process so that we can spark green conversations wherever we go,” Schwiers noted.The seminar was held in collaboration with the Green State Development Coordination Desk (GSDS), and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to develop a thorough understanding of the framework document.Coordination Desk (GSDS), Dr Asha Singh, said the intention of the seminar was to provide a better understanding of what the GSDS is all about.She said officials from the relevant Government departments must be able to articulate the Green State Development Strategy to all and sundry.Moreover, Singh expressed her optimism about networking with likeminded agencies to ensure proper collaboration and consultation on what exactly the strategy should contain.United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative, Mikiko Tanaka in her address stated that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of zero hunger and zero poverty hinges on the protection of the environment since climate change has impacted harshly on the availability of scare resources.This, she said, presents more complexities for countries that are affected by extreme weather events and are vulnerable because of population size, lack of emergency response and other mitigating factors.Owing to this reality, the strategy requires the broadest possible consultations with every citizen having their say, the UNDP representative said.She stressed that in order to achieve these deliverables, there must be by-ins from Government, inter-sectorial cooperation and extensive societal acceptance.She pointed out that inequalities must be seen in the context of gender gaps, marginalised and minority grouping such as the disabled, women and children, Indigenous, GLBT community as well as the disparity between hinterland and coastal services.According to Tanaka, issues relating to inequality and exclusion must also be addressed if countries are to achieve the SDGs within the specified timeframe. She noted that “all must be included and none must be left behind”. Tanaka urged stakeholders to be charters of their future and influencers of change rather than mere beneficiaries and passive recipients of Government policies and programmes.Participants spoke to the absence of pollution, quality air, replanting, proper garbage disposal, good water quality, renewable energy and safe mining as some of the deliverables they would expected in a green economy.It is anticipated that the consultations would run cross-country to engage stakeholders and groups in discussions with focus on various sub-sectors including transportation, mining, forestry and energy.Using a multi-prong approach among them green infrastructural transformation, sustainable extraction and agricultural productivity as the main thematic areas; the consultations are also expected to explore and document the economic niches that are available.Government recently secured US$1.5 million from the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Investment Fund to finance the development of the Strategy.This financing was approved by the Steering Committee of the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund following the submission of a detailed proposal and work plan.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY U 13 GIRLS FALL AT FINAL HURDLE

first_imgThe next monthly meeting will take place on Monday 24th November in the Clubhouse at 9pm. The Lotto numbers this week are 7,11,12,24 and match 3 winner is Brid Mc Ginty from Ballybofey. The jackpot now stands at €5540. This weeks seller is Gerard Walsh.The Bingo continues in the Hall every Wednesday at 9pm. There is great prizes on offer so come along for a good nights craic. The under13 girls reached the county final last Saturday but unfortunately lost out to a strong Mac Cumhaills side but nonetheless well done to Elaine and her team for a great year.The Seniors were out in the league last Saturday at home to Kilcar with the game ending in a draw at 1-12 a piece. The final league game is this Sunday 21st at home to Malin with a throw in of 2pm.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY U 13 GIRLS FALL AT FINAL HURDLE was last modified: November 18th, 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:donegalGlenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

France vs Argentina: Preview, confirmed teams and live radio commentary

first_imgKnockout football arrives at this year’s World Cup for the first time as two former winners, France and Argentina, face off.Les Bleus cruised through Group C, finishing top with two wins and a draw, while Argentina needed a late Marcos Rojo winner against Nigeria to scrape through Group D in second place. Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute winner against Nigeria rescued their World Cup campaign While France may appear favourites on current form, Lionel Messi‘s resurgence in the final group game will have given Didier Deschamps‘ side nightmares leading up to the match.Messi’s spectacular opener, controlling a long ball with two exquisite touches before firing into the Nigerian net, was the highlight of an inspirational performance.When is France vs Argentina?The last 16 tie will take place on Saturday, June 30 and is set to kick off at 3pm UK time.The Kazan Arena will host the tie, with a capacity 43,000 crowd expected. The last game played at the Kazan Arena was South Korea’s stunning 2-0 win over holders Germany 2 How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of all the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?This could be exactly the stage Paul Pogba needs to silence his doubters once and for all. Still yet to set the tournament alight, the Manchester United star will look to exploit Argentina’s wobbly midfield and expose their defence, which remains low on confidence.After a crucial penalty miss in the opener against Iceland and a dejected look of resignation in the Croatia defeat, Lionel Messi dragged his team kicking and screaming to the knockouts with a virtuoso display against Nigeria. There are even rumours Messi is taking charge of tactics and substitutions, which while far-fetched would not be beyond his deified status in Argentina.What are the confirmed teams?France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Kanté, Pogba, Mbappé, Griezmann, Matuidi, GiroudArgentina : Armani, Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Mascherano, Enzo Perez, Banega, Pavon, Messi, Di MariatalkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 2last_img read more

Morrison eyes return to London

first_imgOn-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Clinton Morrison says he would welcome a return to London on a permanent basis.Morrison, 32, made a temporary switch from Hillsborough to Brentford last week and has not ruled out signing for the Bees in the summer.The Republic of Ireland international accepts he will move on at the end of the season after being unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Wednesday.And regardless of where he ends up, the Tooting-born Morrison, who made his name while at Crystal Palace, would like to stay in the capital.“I like London and I’d like to come back and play here,” he told West London Sport.“Whether I’ll end up signing [for Brentford] or not it’s too early to say. I just want to play as much as possible and see what happens.“What I can say though is that the manager has been good to me and so have the other lads, and I’m enjoying it.”See also: Owls may regret loan deal – MorrisonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sweet success of Xhosa honey drink

first_imgTamara O’ReillyMead may not make the list of popular alcoholic drinks among locals, but Americans seem to have acquired a liking for the South African variety of this age-old bittersweet drink.The Makana Meadery, housed in the picturesque town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, has been exporting the drink called iQhilika, which is made by the alcoholic fermentation of honey, to the United States, which takes three containers-full annually.While this may not seem a terribly impressive figure, consider that bees produce honey at a slow rate and the quality and quantity they produce determines how much mead can be made and subsequently exported.As honey is crucial in the making of mead, in addition to keeping their own bees, the sweet golden liquid is sourced from around 300 beekeepers in the Eastern and Southern Cape to meet the demand. It is then mixed with water and fermented – using equipment invented by one of the founders, Garth Cambray, as part of a project during his studies in biotechnology – then filtered, flavoured and bottled.ConsumersThe drink arrives in Connecticut before it finds it way to tables in 37 states in the US.Who’s buying it? Cambray said among consumers are 30-somethings, the children of winemakers and connoisseurs.“America is our biggest market and although we have a limited local market because of factors like distribution and shelf life, there are a few stores locally that stock our mead,” said Cambray.“But we ensure that we continue to make African-style meads with a global approach, using advanced recipes and filtering, and packaging that is both attractive and pleasant to consumers.”The idea for the meadery began in 1997 when Cambray as a student was assisting Dr Winston Leukes in his bee laboratory to earn money to replace a stolen bicycle.He soon developed a passion for bees equivalent to that of his mentor. They began investigating the iQhilika brewing process with a view towards developing a commercial production system. Today the company not only handles the process from start to finish, but has adopted environmentally friendly ways in which to do so.“We believe in the triple bottom line approach, which is people, the environment and profit. These are intertwining factors and we take it very seriously. Beekeeping is one of the only activities that pumps money into communities without destroying the environment,” says Cambray.The company has its own sawmill, which processes invasive wood that is cut into planks. The wood is used to make beehives, which he supplies to the beekeepers that supply him with honey. Biodiesel, also manufactured on the premises using ostrich fat and old cooking oil, is used to operate some vehicles and machinery.According to the Makhana Meadery website, there are many other types of mead unique to every nation in Africa. Most African mead is sold for immediate consumption and sophisticated marketing and packaging channels are not well developed. European mead is produced in small quantities and is marketed as a curiosity because of the scarcity of honey and even if a bottle of mead is present, it is more often talked about than consumed.Useful linksMakana Meadery Beeslast_img read more

Selecting and environmental alarm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If an equipment malfunction or power outage occurs in an agricultural facility when nobody is there to notice, the environment can quickly become deadly to animals or plants. For example, failure of a greenhouse heater on a cold winter night could freeze plants. Ventilation failure on a hot summer day can kill animals. To help prevent such losses, a monitoring system can be installed and programmed to send an alert if critical environmental parameters reach dangerous levels. With the right sensors, alerts can also be sent out in the event of ruptured water lines, power outages, and/or other equipment failures. A monitoring system will hopefully never be used, but if it is, could easily pay for itself the first use. Functionality, reliability, safety, false alarms, and costs should be considered in selecting an alarm. Alarm functionalityAn alarm can be a stand-alone device or an integrated part of a plant or animal facility’s environmental controller. A stand-alone alarm will have its own sensors and base unit to send alert signals. These are commercially available from La Crosse Technology, Sensaphone, Monnit, and others. Manufactures of computerized control systems offering integrated alarms include Wadsworth, Argus, Link4, Micro Grow, Priva, and others. If you already have a computerized control system and are thinking about an alarm, it is worthwhile to investigate if there is an alarm feature that can be activated.The number of parameters to be monitored is an important consideration when choosing an alarm system. Each parameter monitored; temperature, humidity, CO2, etc. requires its own sensor and input. Basic alarm systems are limited to sending out alerts. More advanced features include data logging and real-time monitoring of current environmental conditions. Alarm systems with the most functionality offer remote monitoring and control of environmental set-points. Alarm systems send alerts by phone call, text message, and/or email. Find out from employees who will receive potential alerts which method of communication will be most effective. ReliabilityAlarm systems consist of sensors and a base unit that communicates with the outside world. In some alarm systems the sensors and base unit are wireless while others are hard-wired. Without question, a wired system will be more reliable because there will be no connectivity issues. The advantage of wireless systems is there is no need to hide and secure wires. To install a hard-wired system it may be necessary to dig trenches to bury the wires.The base unit can communicate through a phone landline, cellular communications, or Internet connection. A landline is the most reliable connection as it will continue to function even when the power goes out. Unfortunately, many agricultural facilities do not have a landline. The next best thing is sending messages through cellular communications assuming a strong signal. In the event of a power outage, a cellular system will require a battery backup. An alarm communicating with the Internet will be the most vulnerable to power outages. An additional battery backup is required for the modem. SafetyAny pathway for communication with the outside world opens up an entry point for cyber-attacks. Basic alarm systems limited to sending information carry the lowest risk. When two-way communication takes place, for example to control environmental conditions remotely, the risk of attack increases. Phone lines and cellular connections are less likely to be attacked than an Internet connection, but there is no completely safe connection. Hard-wired alarm systems are safer form a security standpoint because anybody with the right equipment can pick up a wireless signal. Use multiple layers of security such as long passwords, firewalls, and an independent network for the alarm through dual network interface cards in the computer. Hackers target vulnerable systems, not necessarily large operations. A devious individual may hack a system and simply adjust the temperature set point from 65 degrees to 120 degrees. False alarmsLimit false or delayed alarm messages by ensuring reliable sensor readings. Multiple false alarms will cause individuals to begin ignoring alarm messages. For example, direct sunlight on a temperature sensor may generate a false alarm for high temperature. Do not allow direct sunlight, heating vents, or cooling pads to interfere with temperature reading. Place the sensor in an aspirated radiation shield to ensure a representative measurement. The base unit and any other electronics should be protected from the elements as well. Be careful not to use the battery backup in such a way that it fools the system into thinking the power is on during an outage. CostsWired base units cost more than wireless, but they usually have more functionality, such as built in data logging. Systems that log data usually require a computer, adding to the cost. Most companies offer free software but some do not.Operational costs include electricity, telecommunications service, and annual fees if you are data logging in the cloud. To properly maintain an alarm system it is most important to replace the batteries (average every two years) in the sensors. Batteries that are not replaced in the recommended time frame can leak and damage the sensor.Infrastructure costs, such as the purchase and installation of cables, exist for hard-wired systems. In some cases, especially where structures are already constructed, it can be less expensive to purchase a complete wireless system than paying to bury wires. Dr. Peter Ling is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the area of controlled environment plant production. He can be reached at 330-263-3857 or ling.23@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Luke Power is a Research Associate in the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.last_img read more

World Wide Webfeeds

first_imgA webfeed is a low-bandwidth XML stream available on the network that can be easily consumed by custom or special webfeed reader applications.  In a previous blog I discussed how webfeeds often form the raw data to support mashup applications and have the potential to support business communication within process workflows.Examples of publicly available webfeeds can be found at Amazon’s A9.com search and Yahoo! Feeds.  Webfeeds have many of the advantages of Web Services, but compared to Web Services, webfeeds are far easier to create and consume.  Actually, if your definition of a Web Service is simply a URL-based data source, webfeeds could be considered as a special type of Web Service. There are multiple formats for Webfeeds, but RSS 2.0 (Really Simple Syndication) has emerged as the most popular and best-supported format.  Tools are becoming available that make data syndication via RSS even simpler.  One example is freely downloadable product called RSSBus.RSSBus is a framework of tools and services for easily creating and consuming RSS feed data.  It is middleware that is billed as the “The Service Bus for the REST of us”.  It includes an XML-based scripting language called RSBScript.With RSSBus you can easily publish relational database queries, tables and view information, or information contained in spreadsheets and email.  It’s a very effective way to publish raw data.  One caveat is that RSSBus is only available in a Windows .NET 2.0 framework.  Also note that Microsoft plans RSS integration capabilities as part of the upcoming Vista release.Document publishing via RSS is an interesting application.  Within a document management context, being able to publish a webfeed channel of a specific type of release document, or to receive notifications about document changes or deletions are useful applications of webfeeds.But how secure are webfeeds?  If you’re behind a firewall and the data is hosted inside, there may not be much to worry about.  But for feeds exposed on the open Internet, more thought is needed.  Very simple access control is achieved by restricting the webfeed URL to only those people who need access, a technique used by Flickr.  But that kind of security policy is bound to keep you up nights if you are exposing any even remotely sensitive data. HTTP Authentication can also be used to secure the webfeed publishing.  But one problem is that while there are some webfeed readers that support HTTP Authentication, like NewsGator, there are a lot more, like the Google Reader, that don’t yet support it.  Although if the consuming application is under your control, that may not be an issue.  Another security option is to encrypt the data stream using SSL encryption.Webfeeds, especially those using RSS 2.0 technology, are important tools for giving consumer and corporate users a way to better be able to control the consumption and presentation of data, but security is one area that needs to be thought through carefully before deploying this technology.last_img read more