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Prisoners spat on Fire Chief – CoI hears

first_imgUpon arrival at the scene of the fatal Camp Street Prison fire, which left 17 inmates dead, Chief Fire OfficerChief Fire Officer Marlon GentleMarlon Gentle revealed that he was verbally abused and spat on by prisoners.In his testimony at the afternoon session of Wednesday’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into events surrounding the deadly prison fire, Gentle explained that the situation was very tense, noting that there was potential for “anything to happen”.Due to the nature of the prison environment, he opined that inmates could have attempted a jail break. Attorney representing the Prison Service and Guyana Police Force, Eusi Anderson asked Gentle to detail the abuses which were hurled at him.In his testimony, the Chief Fire Officer remembered vividly prisoners saying “Why the f**king Fire Chief coming now” and “we want to f**k up the prisons”.“I was spit on by the same people [prisoners]; persons were rocking the fence,” Gentle further explained.The Chief Fire Officer was questioned as to why he arrived at 11:59h after the Fire Service received the report at 11:18h. Gentle explained that he ensured that ambulances gathered as his deputy Compton Sparman related to him to expect casualties. He noted that when he arrived, he along with Police Commander Clifton Hicken and Deputy Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels tried to diffuse the situation.Proceed with cautionThe Commission was told that subordinate firemen were told to proceed with caution.“The cautionary words were basically to alert them that this was not a normal situation, it was a riotous situation and they must be cognisant of their own safety,” Gentle recounted. In his explanation over what he heard over his radio set, the Chief Fire Officer explained that Fire Officer in Charge of Operations Compton Sparman was shouting “Enter with caution! Proceed with caution!” several times.In trying to ascertain the available resources to the fire service, the Commission was told that there are 191 ranks in Georgetown (A Division) and that there is a more than 95 per cent compliment of ranks in the overall service. Gentle however admitted that the fire service does not have all that it currently needs. He revealed that the fire service is undertaking measures with stakeholders to fix many of the broken fire hydrants in the city.Sophia Boucher, leading firewoman in the control room, was also called to testify as she was the officer on duty receiving reports at Central Fire Station, Stabroek between 11:00h and 14:00h. Upon inspection, Attorney associated with the Bar Association Glen Hanoman raised concerns that the logbook started on March 2, 2016, and as such, could not establish a flow of entries, thereby hindering its credibility. He then petitioned Commission Chairman James Patterson that its predecessor be tendered as evidence.Her evidence corroborated the time when the report was received, when Marlon Gentle arrived, the time when the fire tenders were dispatched as well as the time when the ambulances were deployed.Fake logbook?In cross-examination, Attorney Hanoman postulated that Boucher assisted in “drafting up the logbook” for the purpose of bringing it to the Commission and that another logbook exists for March 2 and March 3.“I am suggesting to you that you assisted in preparing a brand new logbook,” Hanoman said but the leading firewoman simply replied: “No, Sir.”Eariler, another Fire Officer, Garfield Benjamin told Commissioners that the scene in the prison was “gruesome” and noted that he had never seen such scenes in his experience as a fire fighter. He stated that some of the bodies were packed on top each other – 12 were at the doorway and three were near the toilet area.The witness related that he did not see any canister of tear gas at the scene on March 3.In this morning’s session, Marlon Gentle will resume his testimony.last_img read more

Opinion: The time is up for Gerrard at Liverpool

first_imgThis column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the fee iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukMuch talk this week of Steven Gerrard and the will-he won’t-he saga of his possible contract extension at Anfield. Will he accept a reduced playing role at the club? Does a future on the coaching staff appeal? Should he follow the likes of Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard and take one money-spinning move to the States (and then end up on loan at Manchester City for the season – I reckon he and Lampard could have something special in the middle) before his career really is all over?The answer to all of the above questions, in my mind, should be no. Gerrard has been a truly phenomenal player for Liverpool – his one and only club – for a very long time. Unlike the club’s other modern greats – Keegan, Dalglish, Hansen, Rush, Piechnik – he has operated during a period of sustained failure punctuated by moments of emotional, bewildering and now legendary achievement.Time and again, Gerrard has, like a footballing Atlas, lifted a collection of largely disappointing individuals around him and dragged them through halves, games, seasons. He has had a good number of worthy lieutenants over the years – Sami Hyypia, Pepe Reina and Xabi Alonso stick out, all marshalled by the screaming general Jamie Carragher – but none of them, not even Carragher, cared as deeply or wore the responsibility as heavily as Gerrard.Under his ever-encroaching hairline (how Wayne Rooney must look on in envy), his is the most relentlessly furrowed brow in football. That is why he would do right to retire.Unless David James is his accountant, he doesn’t need the cash of a lucrative move to the States, Qatar or anywhere else. Nor, I believe, after a career spent caring more than many could imagine, would he have any great interest in an effectively meaningless project elsewhere. He lacks the insouciant artistry of Henry, the easy demeanour of Lampard. And, on the evidence of this season, his famed fight would appear to be on the wane.The whole Liverpool team, not to mention Brendan Rodgers, have played as if in a semi-permanent state of shellshock this term, unable to genuinely expunge the dismay of losing last season’s league title. Gerrard has been the epitome of that: his legs creaking, his radar awry, his ability to inspire those around him with superhuman efforts dwindling.The club, for so long reliant upon him to drive it forward, needs to regroup and rebuild without him. And he, with the dream of a Premier League winner’s medal finally dead, needs a rest. For Gerrard, and for Liverpool, the cord needs to be cut. 1 Steven Gerrard last_img read more

Mutamba brace downs Zoo in Kericho

first_imgWazito were fortunate to hold on to the win having been reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute when defender Emmanuel Tienan was sent off for a second bookable offense, his second yellow being totally avoidable having simulated an injury.Zoo would feel undone by the result especially at the end of the first half, having commandeered the game’s flow very well until they capitulated in the final 10 minutes of the half.Mutamba scored the first of his two with a well timed header, jumping higher than two Zoo Kericho defenders and an onrushing Martin Elung’at from between the sticks from a Harun Nyakha freekick, the ball landing sweetly into an empty net.Just four minutes later, the lanky forward completed his brace with his fourth goal of the season, sending Elung’at the wrong way from the penalty spot after he had been tripped inside the box by defender Geoffrey Gichana inside the box.Prior to that, the hosts had threatened on several occasions, but failed to use their chances well. In the second minute, Isaac Kipyegon’s shot from the left veered off target while his delivery minutes later failed to land a target inside the box.Mutamba showed what should be expected of him with a low strike from range on the right after a sweeping counter attacking move, but the ball slid inches wide off the mark.Wazito FC tactician Frank Ouna gestures instructions from the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaZoo should have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when danger-man Nicholas Kipkurui broke into the box from the left, but Wazito keeper Philip Odhiambo spread his body nicely on the ground to block the effort for a corner.On the other end, Elung’at was forced into a great reflex save when he adjusted his body nicely to tip the ball over after his defender Johnston Ligare deflected a Wazito cross from the right.But seven minutes before half-time, Zoo’s cookie crumbled with Mutamba’s double.In the second half, the hosts picked up their pieces and came more resolute to search for the two goals and a probable winner. They came close five minutes into the half when Kipyegon’s well curled low freekick from the edge of the box went inches wide.Three minutes later, Kipyegon floated an inviting cross from the left but substitute Derrick Anami’s glancing header unmarked inside the box went wide.In the 70th minute, Kipkurui should have done better when the ball fell kindly on his path inside the box but his shot went straight to Wazito keeper Odhiambo’s waiting arms.Zoo dumped more balls upfront with the hope of using their numerical advantage after Tienan’s sending off, but Wazito never yielded. They had reinforced their defensive shield with Marvin Onyango coming on for George Owiti while Mark Odhiambo came on for Luis Tumba.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wazito FC’s Joe Waithira vies for the ball with Zoo Kericho’s Dominic Ouma during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kericho Stadium on April 2, 2018KERICHO, Kenya, Apr 2- Piston Mutamba’s first half brace was all 10-man Wazito FC needed for their third Kenyan Premier League victory of the season as they saw off Zoo Kericho 2-0 at the Kericho County Stadium on Monday afternoon.Frank Ouna’s men picked up their second win in a row as they moved to 10th on the log with 11 points after eight games while Zoo remained held at the bottom of the standings with a meager four points.last_img read more

LMU hands Tulane its 1st loss in women’s volleyball

first_imgBrad Stisser’s goal in the ninth minute as all visiting Loyola Marymount needed to upset No. 24 New Mexico, 1-0. Patrick Lane had five saves for the Lions (1-1-0). Chris Wright had two shots on goal for the Lobos (1-2-0). Cal State Dominguez Hills 1, Cal Poly Pomona 0: Mario Guerrero scored in the 58th minute off an assist by Jordan Rover to lead the visiting Toros (3-1-0, 1-0-0 CCAA) to victory in their conference opener. Women’s soccer Danesha Adams had a hat trick as No. 7 UCLA overpowered visiting Illinois, 4-2. After the Illini (1-2-0) rallied to tie the game at 2 in the 61st minute, Adams added her second goal in the 64th to give the Bruins (1-1-0) the lead for good. No. 19 USC 2, Maryland 1: Alyssa Davila scored early in overtime to give the Trojans the win in Bloomington, Ind. The Terrapins (1-1-1) had taken an early lead when Nataly Arias scored in the 30th minute. USC (3-0-0) responded on Lauren Brown’s goal in the 80th minute. No. 20 Clemson 2, Long Beach State 1: The host Tigers (3-0) scored two early goals and held on to defeat the 49ers. Nikki Myers scored her third goal of the season in the 34th minute to give Long Beach (2-2) its only score. Loyola Marymount 0, Indiana 0: Joslyn Slovek had four saves as the Lions and host Hoosiers (1-1-1) battled to a scoreless draw. Lily Sorentino had both shots on goal for LMU (0-2-1). Cal Poly Pomona 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 2: Andrea Salerno scored the game-winner in the seventh minute of overtime to give the host Broncos the victory. Melissa Livergood and Krista Rojas both scored for the Toros (3-1-1, 0-1-0 CCAA). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jenn Miller (San Pedro High) had a match-high 27 digs for the Green Wave (7-1). No. 4 USC 3, Utah 1: Diane Copenhagen racked up 19 kills and 14 digs to lead the visiting Trojans to a 30-14, 30-28, 22-30, 30-19 victory. Taylor Carico (Mira Costa High) piled up 45 assists for USC (8-0). No. 5 UCLA 3, UC Irvine 1: Rachell Johnson had 18 kills to lead the visiting Bruins to a 27-30, 30-20, 30-20, 30-17 victory. Ali Daley added 14 kills and 13 digs for UCLA (5-1). Kristin Kelley led Irvine (6-2) with 13 kills. UC San Diego 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0: Casey Wilson had 10 kills as the visiting Tritons (7-2, 1-0 CCAA) cruised to a 30-13, 30-18, 30-25 victory. Lauren Wells had eight kills to lead the Toros (1-9, 0-2). Men’s soccer From news services Heather Hughes had 20 kills and 15 digs to lead the Loyola Marymount women’s volleyball team over previously unbeaten Tulane, 30-17, 29-31, 30-21, 31-29, at the LMU Invitational at Gersten Pavilion on Friday night. Emily Day (West Torrance High) chipped in 16 kills and 19 digs, while Christianna Reneau added 15 kills and 20 digs for the Lions (5-3). The victory was LMU’s second straight over an unbeaten opponent. The Lions handed UC Irvine its first loss on Tuesday. last_img read more

Residents can dump unwanted e-waste

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In with the new, out with the old.After getting new gadgets for Christmas, residents might be looking for a place to dump the old ones.Enter the Los Angeles County of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County’s Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup Program.Next month, residents can dispose of old VCRs, stereos, fax machines, computer keyboards and monitors, cell phone and other electronic equipment, along with paint, paint remover, used motor oil and other hazardous products, officials announced.The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Rio Hondo College Fire Training Academy, 11400 Greenstone Ave., Santa Fe Springs.“Electronic waste is a growing problem,” county Supervisor Gloria Molina said in a statement. “The roundup offers county residents a convenient way to discard common household products that are hazardous to people and pets.”Although a roundup is held every Saturday somewhere in the county, the one coming up in February will be the first of the year for residents in Santa Springs and surrounding neighborhoods, said Julie Watt of BBPR Inc., a public relations firm hired to get the word out about the program.Since the first roundup in 1988, more than 700,000 households have participated in the program. Residents have dropped off more than 3.6 million gallons of old paint, 870,000 gallons of used motor oil, 147 tons of old batteries, 60 tons of used oil filters and thousands of pounds of miscellaneous household waste.“The improper disposal of household hazardous waste and e-waste poses a public health threat,” Santa Fe Springs Mayor Louie Gonzales said.last_img read more

Barcelona 4-2 Leicester City: Ahmed Musa nets twice but Foxes soundly beaten

first_img Ahmed Musa impressed for the Foxes 1 Leicester new boy Ahmed Musa scored twice but could not stop the Premier League champions slipping to a 4-2 International Champions Cup defeat to Barcelona in Stockholm.Leicester – who were beaten 4-0 by Paris St Germain in the same competition in Los Angeles last weekend – appeared to be heading for an embarrassing defeat after Munir El Haddadi bagged a brace and Luis Suarez scored before the break.But Nigerian striker Musa, Leicester’s record signing at a reported £16million from CSKA Moscow last month, scored twice as a second-half substitute before teenager Rafael Mujica secured Barcelona’s victory late on.Fed by fellow substitute Shinji Okazaki, Musa announced his arrival within two minutes of his introduction when he outstripped three Barcelona defenders from the halfway line and kept his composure to finish.Musa struck again after 66 minutes when Jeffrey Schlupp won possession high up the pitch and the 23-year-old drilled his shot high into the Barcelona net.Leicester had strong claims for a penalty when Musa tumbled under Javier Mascherano’s challenge but their hopes of a morale-boosting draw were ended when Mujica struck six minutes from time.Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri named both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in his starting line-up just four days ahead of the FA Community Shield meeting with Manchester United at Wembley.But the Leicester defence were almost cut open at will with Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Suarez too hot to handle.Demarai Gray should have given Leicester a fourth-minute lead from Danny Drinkwater’s brilliant pass, but Barcelona’s slick approach play was eventually rewarded after 26 minutes.Messi caught out Danny Simpson with a clever ball inside the full-back and Munir’s excellent left-foot finish did the rest.Suarez doubled the lead eight minutes later after he evaded Robert Huth and Ben Chilwell in a tight area and poked home past Ron-Robert Zieler.Huth and Andy King had chances to reduce the deficit and Leicester were punished on the stroke of half-time when Munir sprinted on to Suarez’s inch-perfect pass and finished nonchalantly.last_img read more

24-YEAR-OLD MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY

first_imgA 24-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with burglary.The man, with an address in the Kilmacrennan area, has been charged in relation to an incident just outside the village in the early hours of Friday morning.In the incident a 69-year-old pensioner’s home was broken into and a handbag stolen. The victim later chased her attacker with an axe and Gardai in Milford went to her aid.The man was charged tonight at Letterkenny Garda Station.He will appear at Letterkenny District Court on Monday.Meanwhile Donegal Daily has learned that gardai have carried out dozens of stop and search operations right across the county following more than 20 burglaries in recent weeks.It’s understood gardai are also liaising closely with the PSNI on several of the investigations with files on several suspects sent to gardai in Letterkenny and Ballyshannon in recent days.24-YEAR-OLD MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY was last modified: January 19th, 2013 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:24-YEAR-OLD MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARYlast_img read more

Agent reveals why Jorginho signed for Chelsea and not Manchester City

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 1 ADVICE silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack But he could so easily have been wearing a lighter shade of blue and joined the reigning champions.Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos said: “It was all done with Jorginho.“There was an agreement, but there was no agreement between the clubs. All parties have to agree, and one did not.“Then Chelsea asked what the situation was after Sarri arrived and Jorginho went to London.“He’s really enjoying it at Chelsea, the team is on a roll and has won four matches out of four. It’s a great start.“Going to Chelsea was a unique opportunity, the career of a player is very short and now we hope for the best.” Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal MONEY impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade possible standings BEST OF England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Jorginho in action for Chelsea Chelsea star Jorginho would have been a Manchester City player season had Pep Guardiola’s team go their act together, the player’s agent has revealed.The Italy international has starred so far for the Blues this campaign with Maurizio Sarri’s pass master helping them to four wins out of four since signing from Napoli. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions highlights Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter movelast_img read more

Woman is sought in bank robbery

first_img 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week – Daily News PALMDALE – The FBI is investigating a robbery committed by a woman at a Palmdale Boulevard bank branch. The woman walked up to a teller at the Antelope Valley Bank branch in the 1600 block of East Palmdale Boulevard about 3:40 p.m. Thursday and handed over a note demanding money, sheriff’s deputies said. The robber was given an undisclosed amount of cash and walked out of the bank into its parking lot, deputies said. The woman was described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, with dark shoulder-length hair, wearing a long dark coat, deputies said. She was described as being possibly of Latino or Middle Eastern descent. last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Finishes Non-Conference Schedule At Iowa On Tuesday

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team finishes its non-conference schedule Tuesday night with an in-state contest at No. 24 Iowa. Tipoff at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is set for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on the radio on Praise 940 and available online via BTN2Go (subscription required). Drake (7-3) dropped its last game at Northern Illinois on Saturday as the Huskies rallied for their first-ever win in the head-to-head series. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored a game-high 25 points along with pulling down four rebounds and dishing out four assists. Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) added 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season. Iowa (9-2) is coming off a 60-53 home win over Bradley Saturday. Junior Ally Disterhoft, the Hawkeyes top scorer at 17.0 points a game, finished with 16 points and five rebounds. The Hawkeyes are led by former Drake head coach Lisa Bluder, who coached Drake from 1990-2000, leading the Bulldogs to three NCAA tournaments and 188 victories. Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk was one of Bluder’s first recruits at Iowa and was a three-time captain at Iowa from 2000-04 and helped lead the Hawkeyes to three NCAA tournaments. Baranczyk (Lillis) was an honorable mention All-American in 2003 and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree. Iowa assistant coaches Jan Jensen and Jenni Fitzgerald were standout players for Drake and each spent eight years on Bluder’s coaching staff at Drake. Both have been awarded Drake’s prestigious Double D award, which is its highest accolade awarded to former student-athletes. Shelley Till, mother of Hawkeye senior forward Claire Till, and Missy Disterhoft, mother of Ally Disterhoft, played basketball at Drake and were teammates with Fitzgerald and Jensen. Iowa and Drake had a back-and-forth game last season with the Hawkeyes edging the Bulldogs, 100-98, in the Knapp Center. Wendell poured in a career-high 43 points in the loss as her classmate Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) had a potential game-winning three-point attempt from near halfcourt fall just short at the buzzer. Drake holds a slight edge in the all-time series, 24-23 that started back in 1974. Following Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs have an extended break before starting MVC play at the Knapp Center on Jan. 1 as they welcome SIU for a 2 p.m. contest. The New Years Day matinee with the Salukis will be available via ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more