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A sixth form student attached to Mae’s Secondary School died while receiving medical attention at a private city hospital on Thursday after she started to vomit profusely in her classroom.The teen, 15-year-old Vanica Schultz of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, allegedly ingested several carbon tablets.Guyana Times understands that the teenager was seen vomiting during the lunch recess and as such, teachers in the school were alerted. Eventually, the teen was placed in a vehicle and rushed to the hospital.The Police were summoned to the educational facility and an investigation was launched.Reports are the now dead teen was part of an investigation following the alleged discovery of ecstasy pills on the school premises some time ago. The students were instructed to inform their parents to visit the school so that the matter could be dealt with. This newspaper understands that following the decision to inform the parents, the now dead teen reportedly threatened to take her life, since she did not want her parents to know about her involvement in the ecstasy investigation. However, the school has since denied the incident. During a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, the school’s administration refuted claims that the teenager ingested ecstasy.Director of the school’s secondary division, Paul Burnette also refuted claims that the drug, which was popularised at raves as a sensation-enhancing drug, was found on the school’s premises at any time. Schultz did not commit suicide owing to an investigation into the pills, he asserted.In addition, Burnette denied reports, which suggested that the teachers delayed taking the child to the hospital. In fact, he added: “I immediately rushed with her, shouting to the teacher to get her car so that we can take her to the hospital…It didn’t take her 10 minutes to get to the hospital. I stood there…in awe as I saw them work on her, flushing her stomach and all of that,” he added.The director also told the press that the now dead teen confessed to ingesting carbon tablets. The motive for taking her own life remains a mystery, but, according to Burnette, Schultz arrived at school as normal and distributed letters to her friends.The letters, according to the school’s administration, revealed that the teen had apologised to her peers for the wrong things she had done in the past and encouraged them to continue performing well in school. The school reported that the student came through the primary section and was never a problem child.Late last year, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) revealed a worrying trend of ecstasy being sold to students in at least five schools across Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica). The anti-drug enforcement agency is working with education officials to address the illegal practice.Ecstasy is making its way into the nation’s schools after being already popular among many affluent members of society, CANU Deputy Head Lesley Ramlall had stated.While it was not revealed if, or how many of these affluent individuals were charged, Ramlall said CANU was working to track down the drug mules and was not inclined to carry out full-fledged investigations in schools.
SBF Petroleum CGI Jaguars 50-over franchise…By Brandon CorletteWith players seeking to make the cut for the Regional Super 50 tournament scheduled for November 6, the third round of the SBF Petroleum Cricket Guyana Inc (CGI) Jaguars 50 Overs franchise will continue today, Thursday, October 17 with four matches set to play across various venues in the country.Team Georgetown are searching for their first win in third round (Brandon Corlette photos)It will be a contrasting clash when undefeated Lower Corentyne face a winless Georgetown at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Bourda. The Veerasammy Permaul-led Lower Corentyne team defeated East Bank and returned with a victory over East Coast.Lower Corentyne’s Seon Hetmyer looked rock solid in round 2The Leon Johnson-led Georgetown team suffered defeats to Essequibo and West Demerara. With some big names in the city side, it will only be a matter of time for them to put off their first win in this tournament. After Lower Corentyne’s win against East Coast at Enmore, Coach Julian Moore caught up with this daily publication and he reflected on the team’s performance in the first two rounds.“I think we did well in the two games, we got the result that we wanted but we still have a huge way to go in terms of the batting to get some improvement, the bowling has been the strength for us thus far and I am happy we manage to pull off the wins,” Moore explained.The youngest player in the franchise – West Indies Under-15 batsman Rampertab Ramnauth will turn out for Upper CorentyneLower Corentyne bowling lies in the strength of Albion left-arm spinners Permaul, Trevon Stanislaus and Kelvin Umroa, who took 5-25 in the second-round clash against East Coast. Reflecting on his spell at Enmore, the former Guyana Under-19 player stated that it was one of his better spells.“The pitch was suitable with a bit of moisture so it assisted me to turn the ball,” Umroa disclosed. With fellow left-arm spinner Permaul in the team, Umroa stated that Permaul has been his role model and he will continue to learn as much as possible from the veteran spinner.Ronsford Beaton is the only seamer with a fifer thus farLower Corentyne batting will be led by Jonathan Foo, Kevlon Anderson and Seon Hetmyer who have been among the runs in either of the two matches they played thus far. Right-arm quick Nial Smith, Leon Swamy and Anderson are the pacers in the team.It has been surprising that Georgetown have not found their first win with such a strong team on paper. The batting line-up for the city side includes Captain Johnson, Robin Bacchus, Raymond Perez, Christopher Barnwell, Winston Forrestor, Joshua Persaud and Steven Jacobs.Skipper Amir Khan will be the key for East CoastIn Georgetown’s two outings, they have had scores of 99 all out and 118 all out. The batting has not been up to task thus far, but with a wealth of experience in the dressing room, the big names will be aiming to shine. With the ball, Paul Wintz had good returns while spinners Jacobs and Ashmead Nedd have been economical with wickets under their belts.Meanwhile, the other mouthwatering clash will feature undefeated Essequibo and West Berbice at Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice. Essequibo look a formidable unit with a strong bowling attack, which includes the three Adams siblings and a fearsome Ronsford Beaton.West Berbice will be led by Shimron Hetmyer and his comrade Kevin Sinclair, who had been brilliant with successive player-of-the-match performances along with Javid Karim, Seon Glasgow and the impressive Gudakesh Motie. It will also be a fast-bowling challenge when Keon Joseph turns out in his West Coast Berbice colours.East Bank will meet West Demerara at Tuschen while East Coast and Upper Corentyne will battle it out at Enmore. All four of these matches that will bowl off today, Thursday, October 17 from 09:30h local time.
Analysts viewed the minor changes in the Fed’s announcement as a signal that the central bank is not likely to change rates any time soon. “This statement signals no change for awhile,” said David Jones, head of DMJ Advisors, a private forecasting firm. Jones said he still believes the Fed’s next move will be a rate cut, but perhaps only a one quarter-point reduction late in the year after inflation has eased further in response to a weaker job market. The Fed’s last rate change occurred nearly a year ago – on June 29, 2006 – when the funds rate was increased for a 17th straight time. That capped a two-year period in which the central bank pushed the funds rate up from a 46-year low of 1 percent in an effort to slow the economy enough to restrain rising inflation pressures without pushing the country into a recession. The latest decision, which was announced after the Fed’s regular closed-door discussions, meant that the prime rate, the benchmark for millions of consumer and business loans, will remain unchanged at 8.25 percent. So far, the Fed’s plan seems to be working to slow economic growth and lower inflation pressures. But the steep slide in the once-booming housing sector has raised concerns among some economists that the slowdown could worsen into a more severe downturn. The Fed made only small changes in its brief statement commenting on current economic conditions. It stated that “economic growth slowed in the first part of this year” rather than saying that economic conditions were mixed, the way it had described the economy at its March meeting. But it continued to signal that its major concern was inflation, restating previous wording that the Fed’s “predominant policy concern remains the risk that inflation will fail to moderate as expected.” Economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed in the January-March quarter to an annual rate of 1.3 percent, the weakest performance in four years, while the jobless rate inched up to 4.5 percent in April as businesses created just 88,000 new jobs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve left a key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday as the economy signaled that it was on track for a soft landing in which growth slows enough to restrain inflation. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues voted to keep the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge each other, at 5.25 percent. It marked the seventh straight meeting at which the Fed has kept rates steady. The decision had been widely expected, but some Wall Street investors were still disappointed that the Fed did not modify its worries about inflation given recent data showing price pressures have eased a bit. The Dow Jones industrial average, which had spiked right before the announcement, at first dropped on the announcement but then made up the lost ground. It closed up 53.80 at a record 13,362.87. It is the index’s 21st record close this year.
Dafabet have since returned bets to those who thought West Brom would cause an upset in the game.“Given Lukaku scored Dafabet felt it was nice to reward those players back who thought WBA would have had a chance of at least snatching a draw.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku displays huge relief as he celebrates with his Manchester United team-mates following Ashley Young’s strike. Photo/DAILY MAILNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – A week after Dafabet returned bets to Manchester United fans following their 2-1 loss to Manchester City arguing Romelu Lukaku’s dip in form led to Red Devils’ slump, the big Belgian has forced the betting giants to eat humble pie.Lukaku struck against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend as Manchester United ran out 2-1 victors at the Hawthorns.
Lewis Baker will spend the 2015/16 season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie, Chelsea have announced.The England Under-20 captain is contracted to Chelsea for a further four years and ended last season by helping MK Dons win automatic promotion to the Championship.The Blues have an established link with Vitesse and will hope the Dutch side aid his development.“We have agreed terms with Vitesse Arnhem for Lewis Baker to spend the 2015/16 season on loan at the Dutch club,” Chelsea said on their official website. 1 Lewis Baker
1 Jonathan De Guzman’s agent has confirmed his client will leave Napoli this month, sparking speculation he could return to the Premier League.Napoli are planning on making a number of changes to their squad in the January market and the former Swansea midfielder is one of the players they want to offload.De Guzman has fallen out of favour under new manager Maurizio Sarri and has yet to make an appearance this season.The Dutchman is now being touted for a return to England, with Aston Villa, Bournemouth and his old club Swansea all thought to be interested.“We’re looking for a solution, he will leave in this market,” his agent Fabio Parisi told Radio Crc.“It’s clear to everyone that his adventure with Napoli is over and we’re making some evaluations that we will resolve soon.” Jonathan de Guzman
The Swilly Group is now recruiting for the next Transport Managers’ CPC course begins on Monday 9th October 2017. The Transport Managers CPC is a qualification required by persons nominated as a Transport Manager of a a passenger or freight transport company.Donegal’s leading transport training company continues to lead the way nationally with their learners achieving national awards on the Transport Managers CPC course. Since 2011, learners on the Swilly Group Transport Manages Course have collected the national award for highest marks in the CPC exams on no fewer than three occasions. Learners completing the Swilly Group course has achieved an extremely high pass rate consistently over the last 10 years.“We have been delighted with the results our learners have been achieving”, said Brian Sweeney, Managing Director of the Swilly Group.“The quality of training that we provide has been second to none and the results our students have achieved has shown this.“This is primarily due to the diligent work and the endless hours of tuition our CPC tutors provide. “With other training providers the learners receive the minimum amount of classroom tuition and left to study themselves.“On the Swilly Group course we provide the learners with whatever amount of classroom tuition they need to pass the exams”.Any licensed Haulier or Bus Operator must hold, or employ someone who holds, the Transport Manager CPC qualification.With the RSA now responsible for policing of commercial haulage and bus operations and many prosecutions now going through the courts, it has become vital that companies, not alone remain compliant, but also that they have staff who are up to date on the most current legislation.The next Transport Manager CPC course is scheduled to start in Letterkenny on Monday 9th September 2017 with the CILT exams scheduled for Friday 24th November 2017. For more details check out the Swilly Group website www.swillygroup.com or call (074)9151212.Swilly Drive announce new Transport Managers’ CPC course was last modified: September 19th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Swilly Drive
Los Angeles officials called Wednesday for a review of city hiring practices in the wake of a federal raid at the DWP in which five workers suspected of being in the country illegally were arrested. Officials were quick to downplay any threat to the security of the city’s water or power supplies and said the arrests capped a yearlong review of more than 7,000 worker records by the Department of Water and Power and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But Los Angeles officials said the issue highlights the difficulties employers face checking workers’ backgrounds and said city hiring processes should be reviewed. “Obviously it’s very disturbing,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, who heads the council’s Public Safety Committee and has made homeland security a priority. “We need to know more of the facts and details of how these folks were hired. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I have no doubt we need to take a closer look at who the city is hiring. It’s a problem all major organizations are facing.” City Personnel Director Margaret Whelan said the city continually updates its hiring criteria, based on guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security. “We fingerprint everyone and do a criminal background check, but it is up to each department to certify that someone is eligible to work,” Whelan said, noting that includes requiring a birth certificate, photo identification or documents showing they are in the country legally and eligible to hold a job. “We should have a system where people don’t fall through the cracks,” Whelan said. “Do mistakes occur? Yes. And if somebody wants to provide falsified information and they do a good job, we still have to do due diligence.” ICE and the DWP have agreed to work on developing new hiring guidelines, including use of ICE computers to screen job applicants. “This is a problem every large employer faces,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. “We are aware that they are often hampered by fraudulent documents and a dizzying array of regulations. That’s why we are trying to work with them to help screen workers, and one of the goals of President Bush’s in pushing for a tamper-proof work card.” Alec Levenson, a research scientist at University of Southern California’s Center for Effective Organizations, said part of the problem for employers is the mixing of immigration politics with the threat of terrorism. “They are really separate issues to me,” Levenson said. “Having a more or less rigorous policy on immigration and how much we enforce it is different from our efforts to keep out Al-Qaida. “What you have in large corporations is different levels of compliance. Some do a rigorous job and others make it look as if they are complying to avoid possible sanctions. There is a bigger issue among those who turn a blind eye to the hiring of illegal immigrants.” Dan Mitchell, a UCLA professor of management and public policy, said there is no foolproof method available to ensure workers are legally in the country, and the prospect of a national identity card raises issues of civil liberties – and cost. “You are talking about a card that would probably cost about $5 to make,” he said, “and you would have to give them out to millions of people who are in the work force and then constantly update it. You are talking about a program in the billions of dollars.” Current law depends on employers to try to determine if a worker is legitimate, Mitchell said. “I’m sure that government is more diligent about this than private industry, but what is an employer to do? Have you seen a birth certificate? They weren’t really designed for this kind of use and they can be easily copied. It’s a difficult issue.” The U.S. Senate is considering an immigration reform plan that would require employers to check Social Security numbers and the immigration status of all new employees. Hiring an undocumented worker could result in fines of $200 to $6,000 per violation. While it is unclear if the Senate would approve financial sanctions against employers, the plan calls for steep fines and jail time for employers that hire illegal immigrants after installation of a new electronic system to verify work eligibility. The ICE investigation of city workers was part of its effort to review any threats to the nation’s infrastructure. The DWP is the nation’s largest municipally owned utility and has power and water lines that span the state. “It was one of our work force enforcement programs that primarily involves those issues with a nexis to domestic security or the nation’s infrastructure,” Kice said. “We’ve looked at power plants, oil refineries and related industries around the country.” A review of workers at Los Angeles International Airport was done after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, she said. All of those arrested at the DWP had been employed there for more than three years and held jobs ranging from a management analyst to a water sampling technician. They were from five countries – Ethiopia, Nigeria, El Salvador, Mexico and the Philippines – and all had been admitted to the country legally. Some were lawful immigrant residents in the country on green cards, but had criminal convictions leaving them open for deportation. Others had arrived on visas that had expired. “I think we need to know what exactly we are doing in hiring and making sure that the people we hire are in this country legally,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, who chairs the council’s Personnel Committee. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supported the investigation and efforts to review the city hiring processes. “We are 100 percent committed to protecting our infrastructure and that is why we cooperated in the investigation,” Villaraigosa said in a statement. “The heart of the matter is protecting our nation from terrorism.” Daily News staff writer Lisa Friedman contributed to this article. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I have a lot of problems with the tier system,” Feinstein said, noting it also greatly expands the visa program. “I think that’s going to be very problematic.” Some members of the Southern California group that traveled to the Hill also met with aides to Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora. Dreier has said he opposes amnesty, supports some type of guest worker program, and wants to see Congress address border security before immigration reform. “It seemed like the position was extremely convoluted. He didn’t want to make a lot of commitments to anything,” John Whitney, an organizer with First Presbyterian Church in Pomona, said of the meeting with Dreier. Dreier also offered to meet with the group personally in his Glendora office when they return to the West Coast, Whitney said. Dreier was a lead sponsor of the House bill that includes approval for 700 miles of fencing throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Sessions’ version does not specify where the fencing would be, instead allowing the secretary of homeland security to designate high-risk areas. firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe group met with aides to Sen. Barbara Boxer and had breakfast with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who said she has serious concerns about the “three-tiered” system being debated. But both she and Boxer voted in favor of the fence. “Senator Boxer believes that we need to be doing more to strengthen the border, and she felt this provision made sense as part of a comprehensive plan,” her spokeswoman said. Under the plan, illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. since January 2004 would have to leave the country and reapply for legal residency under a new temporary worker program. Those who have been here more than two years would be required to leave the country at a land-border port of entry to be fingerprinted and background checked. They could then return under the temporary worker program. Those who have been here longer than five years could be eligible to stay and apply for a green card. WASHINGTON – A coalition of about 30 Southern California religious leaders lobbied Wednesday in favor of citizenship for illegal immigrants and said the Senate’s approval of plans to build 370 miles of fencing between the U.S. and Mexico sends the wrong message. “Then do it in Canada, as well. The national security issue is in the northern border, not the southern border,” said the Rev. Ramon Cisneros of Sylmar, lay leader of the Presbytery of Santa Barbara in Goleta. Carolina Guevara, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said the group delivered about 50,000 postcards to both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid urging the passage of a bill that would create a path to citizenship. “We hope to harness the momentum from the marches into civic action,” Guevara said. “It’s symbolically a way to physically bring the voice of Angelenos to our capital.”