2 arrested for livestock farmer’s execution

first_imgDead: Ramnarine EtwaruAs Police intensify their investigation into the execution of Ramnarine Etwaru, whose body was found on a dam in East Canje, Berbice, with a single gunshot wound, two men have been arrested.The two men – a 38-year-old and a 46-year-old – were arrested late Tuesday evening by detectives. The men are from the same village as the deceased.Guyana Times understands that one of the two suspects and the now dead man had been at loggerheads over the ownership of a plot of land in the village.The body of Etwaru, 38, also called “Bill”, of Lot 84 Gangaram Settlement, East Canje, Berbice, was found on a dam about 400 metres into the cane field at Speculation.It is believed that the livestock farmer went to the area to tend to his animals. The body was discovered by a fisherman who reported to residents at Gangaram that the man had an accident and was lying on the dam next to his motorcycle.It was later discovered that he was shot several times, including once to his head.Detectives have since recovered four .38mm spent shells and one live round of ammunition at the scene.The dead man’s sister-in-law told Guyana Times that Etwaru recently developed a portion of land which was gifted to him.According to the woman, other livestock owners in the village were banned from going onto the land since Etwaru developed it. Meanwhile, the fact that Etwaru’s motorcycle was found in an upright position next to where the body lay leaves some to believe that he might have been lured off of the bike before being shot.Etwaru leaves to mourn his wife and an 11-year-old son. Police are continuing their investigations and are hoping to get a confession from the suspects as soon as possible.last_img read more

Ebola situation in Liberia: non-conventional interventions needed

first_imgReport from the World Health OrganizationDuring the past weeks, a WHO team of emergency experts worked together with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and members of her government to assess the Ebola situation in Liberia.Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially.The investigative team worked alongside staff from the Ministry of Health, local health officials, and other key partners working in the country.All agreed that the demands of the Ebola outbreak have completely outstripped the government’s and partners’ capacity to respond. Fourteen of Liberia’s 15 counties have now reported confirmed cases.Some 152 health care workers have been infected and 79 have died. When the outbreak began, Liberia had only one doctor to treat nearly 100,000 people in a total population of 4.4 million people. Every infection or death of a doctor or nurse depletes response capacity significantly.Liberia, together with the other hard-hit countries, namely Guinea and Sierra Leone, is experiencing a phenomenon never before seen in any previous Ebola outbreak. As soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients, pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload.Of all Ebola-affected countries, Liberia has the highest cumulative number of reported cases and deaths, amounting, on 8 September, to nearly two thousand cases and more than one thousand deaths. The case-fatality rate, at 58%, is also among the highest.Situation in Montserrado countyThe WHO investigation concentrated on Montserrado county, which includes Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. The county is home to more than one million people. The teeming West Point slum, which has no sanitation, little running water, and virtually no electrical supplies, is also located in Monrovia, and is adjacent to the city’s major market district.In Montserrado county, the team estimated that 1000 beds are urgently needed for the treatment of currently infected Ebola patients. At present only 240 beds are available, with an additional 260 beds either planned or in the process of being put in place. These estimates mean that only half of the urgent and immediate capacity needs could be met within the next few weeks and months.The number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in Ebola-specific treatment centres.For example, an Ebola treatment facility, hastily improvised by WHO for the Ministry of Health, was recently set up to manage 30 patients but had more than 70 patients as soon as it opened.WHO estimates that 200 to 250 medical staff are needed to safely manage an Ebola treatment facility with 70 beds.The investigation team viewed conditions in general-purpose health facilities as well as Ebola-specific transit and treatment facilities.The John F Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, which was largely destroyed during Liberia’s civil war, remains the country’s only academic referral hospital. The hospital is plagued by electrical fires and floods, and several medical staff were infected there and died, depleting the hospital’s limited workforce further.The fact that early symptoms of Ebola virus disease mimic those of many other common infectious diseases increases the likelihood that Ebola patients will be treated in the same ward as patients suffering from other infections, putting cases and medical staff alike at very high risk of exposure.In Monrovia, taxis filled with entire families, of whom some members are thought to be infected with the Ebola virus, crisscross the city, searching for a treatment bed. There are none. As WHO staff in Liberia confirm, no free beds for Ebola treatment exist anywhere in the country.According to a WHO staff member who has been in Liberia for the past several weeks, motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are a hot source of potential Ebola virus transmission, as these vehicles are not disinfected at all, much less before new passengers are taken on board.When patients are turned away at Ebola treatment centres, they have no choice but to return to their communities and homes, where they inevitably infect others, perpetuating constantly higher flare-ups in the number of cases.Other urgent needs include finding shelters for orphans and helping recovered patients who have been rejected by their families or neighbours.Last week, WHO sent one of its most experienced emergency managers to head the WHO office in Monrovia. Coordination among key partners is rapidly improving, aiming for a better match between resources and rapidly escalating needs.Implications of the investigationThe investigation in Liberia yields three important conclusions that need to shape the Ebola response in high-transmission countries.First, conventional Ebola control interventions are not having an adequate impact in Liberia, though they appear to be working elsewhere in areas of limited transmission, most notably in Nigeria, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Second, far greater community engagement is the cornerstone of a more effective response. Where communities take charge, especially in rural areas, and put in place their own solutions and protective measures, Ebola transmission has slowed considerably.Third, key development partners who are supporting the response in Liberia and elsewhere need to prepare to scale up their current efforts by three- to four-fold.As WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan told agencies and officials last week in New York City and Washington, DC, development partners need to prepare for an “exponential increase” in Ebola cases in countries currently experiencing intense virus transmission.Many thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming three weeks.WHO and its Director-General will continue to advocate for more Ebola treatment beds in Liberia and elsewhere, and will hold the world accountable for responding to this dire emergency with its unprecedented dimensions of human suffering.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal 1-10 Dublin 0-13 Donegal will be playing their football in Division Two next season after being relegated from Division One after only managing a draw against Dublin at MacCumhaill Park today.Referee Michael Duffy certainly won’t be the most popular man amongst Donegal supporters after he awarded Dublin a controversial last minute free to allow Dublin to level the scores.Donegal went in three points ahead at the interval but Dublin matched Jim McGuinness’ team stride for stride in the second half to snatch a late draw. With Kerry beating Tyrone at Healy Park, Donegal had to beat Dublin to stay in Division One.With just two wins from seven league outings however, Donegal can have few complaints.Donegal looked sharp early on and raced into a five point lead at one stage only for Dublin to chip back the lead to just two points at the break.The game had to be delayed for up to 15 minutes as a crowd of over 8,000 fans filed into MacCumhaill Park for the game. Mark McHugh got Donegal off to the perfect start when he put the ball over for a point for Donegal after just 23 seconds.Donegal missed a couple of chances to go further ahead before Paul Mannion leveled from all of 35 yards for Dublin.Colm McFadden gave Donegal a great opportunity to put some early daylight between the sides when he latched onto Paddy McBrearty’s through ball to find the back of the net to make it 1-1 to 0-1.Paul Mannion tipped another long range effort over the Donegal crossbar to keep Dublin in touch and when Paddy Andrews added another for Dublin, there was just one point between them.Donegal then enjoyed a good passage of play as the forwards worked hard to find angles. Dublin tried to respond but used some cynical fouling to try to keep the Donegal forwards under control.Paddy McBrearty made up for an earlier miss to fist over for a point while Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden also added another couple of frees to make it 1-5 to 0-3 to Donegal after 25 minutes.Dublin are struggling up front and they look lost without target-man Bernard Brogan as Donegal looked the stronger team moving towards the interval.Dublin grabbed another point back through O’Sullivan who burst through from midfield and a minute later from Andrews again to leave three points between the sides. Andrews added another less than a minute later to leave just two points between the sides.Ryan Bradley added another point to give Donegal a three point lead just as the half-time whistle blew.Donegal stretched their lead when McBrearty slotted the ball over after a free was awarded to McHugh to make it 1-8 to 0-7.Paddy Andrews and Paul Mannion continued to be the thorn in the side of Donegal as they chipped away with points in the second half.With seven wides in the first half, Donegal were kicking themselves out of the game when they should have been further in front.It was end-to-end stuff and a cracking game for the large crowd.Paddy McBrearty had a solid game and kept two points between the sides to make it 1-9 to -10.But you always sensed that Dublin would battle right to the bitter end.Michael Murphy made it 1-10 to 0-11 when Rory Kavanagh, yellow-carded earlier on, won a free.And you sensed Lady Luck could be looking towards Donegal when Paul Durcan pulled off a terrific save from Jason Whelan.Jason McCaffrey left it a one point game a minute into injury time but with only seconds left, barring a disaster Donegal were staying in Division one.That disaster struck just seconds later when substitute referee Michael Duffy adjudged Donegal had thrown a pass and gave Dublin a lifeline.Paul Mannion, so clam all afternoon in front of the posts, put the ball over with ease and doomed Donegal to Division Two.CONTROVERSIAL LAST-GASP DUBLIN FREE RELEGATES DONEGAL was last modified: April 7th, 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:Ballybofeydonegaldublinrelegatedlast_img read more

Government failing Donegal with refusal to approve short stay ward – McConalogue TD

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has branded the government’s refusal to approve funding for Letterkenny University Hospital’s Short Stay Ward as an abject failure.Deputy McConalogue, along with Party Leader Micheál Martin, Pat the Cope Gallagher and a delegation of local Councillors, met with senior management in LUH last week to discuss the funding situation. The delegation saw that the ward is ready for use, and all that is needed is a ‘relatively modest’ funding package of €1.9m to staff it, according to Deputy McConalogue.Deputy McConalogue has said it is clear that the re-opening of the short stay ward would have a positive impact for patients and staff and ease the serious pressure on the emergency department and wards at Letterkenny University Hospital. Deputy McConalogue added: “It’s ridiculous to think that as we were being shown around the empty short stay ward, there were 26 people on trollies around the hospital.  As of the end of June 2018, 2,369 people had spent time on trolleys in LUH. This is well on course to exceed the total figure for 2017 – 4,889. Having 19 extra beds available on a daily basis would significantly ease the pressure on the hospital.“LUH is now regularly one of the most overcrowded in the country – last week saw 40 people on trollies – a huge number, especially given the fact that we are in the middle of summer which would traditionally see reduced demand on hospital services.“With figures like these becoming the norm, it is imperative that the funding package that was applied for in 2017 is finally approved in advance of winter 2018 because this is the time when the hospital will inevitably be at breaking point.“I will continue to work alongside my party colleagues and Party Leader to secure the vital approval of this funding.” Government failing Donegal with refusal to approve short stay ward – McConalogue TD was last modified: July 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Deputy McConalogueLetterkenny University Hospitalshort stay wardlast_img read more

Cape Town’s World Cup winter boost

first_imgCape Town Stadium with the harbour andpart of the V&A Waterfront at right, withTable Bay beyond. Tourist accommodationnear the city bowl was 90% full in the finalweek of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Skye Grove, communication managerCape Town Tourism+27 21 487 6800skye@capetown.travel• Tammy WhiteRabbit in a Hat Communications+27 21 447 3197 or +27 73 202 5041tammy@rabbitinahat.co.zaMary AlexanderCape Town, foreign tourists’ favourite South African city, is set to enjoy long-term benefits from successfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup by building its reputation as a special-events destination in the winter off-season.The city is immensely popular during summer, with its sunny and dry Mediterranean climate, but tourists tend to stay away during its cold, windy and wet winters.“Our focus has never been on the short term benefits of hosting this event, but rather on maximising the long term benefits and changing the opinion the world has of us, converting soccer fans into fans of Cape Town,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, head of Cape Town Tourism.“Our aim is to double the economic impact of tourism by 2020 and the successful hosting of the World Cup in Cape Town in winter will definitely make this target more attainable.”This week Cape Town Tourism is launching a campaign to promote the city as a winter destination, with advertising on radio and billboards in Gauteng province, and internationally on TripAdvisor, a major online travel portal. TripAdvisor named Cape Town one of the world’s top 25 destinations in its Travellers’ Choice 2010 Best Destinations Awards.During the World Cup Cape Town Tourism conducted weekly surveys to determine visitor behaviour, choices and trends, and assess the city’s tourism industry’s attitude towards to event.It found that while tourist numbers and bookings were a lot higher than the same period in 2009, they did not live up to the winter peak season anticipated during the World Cup.Nonetheless, 90% of survey respondents agreed that the tournament had had a positive impact on Cape Town as a destination, and 62% agreed that it had helped to counter seasonality.Felicity Purchase, the Cape Town city council‘s head of economic development and tourism, said hosting major events in the Cape Town winter would help boost the city’s economy.“The City of Cape Town has developed an events policy and is now working on a post-2010 World Cup events strategy,” she said. “Events can play an important role in addressing seasonality, which is one of the greatest stumbling blocks in the development of Cape Town as a year-round tourism destination.”While official visitor numbers have not yet been released, the survey, the results of which have been published online, found that the average occupancy level for the 30 days of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was an estimated 55%, some 15% up on the same period in 2009. Bookings rose by at least 30% over the tournament’s final fortnight, with an average of some 70% for the Cape Town metropolitan area.Tourist accommodation in the vicinity of the city bowl and the Cape Town Stadium obviously benefited the most, with 90% occupancy in the final week of the World Cup.International arrivals at Cape Town International Airport from 11 June to 16 July – the final match was on 11 July – were 24% higher than in the same period in 2009. These included an increase in chartered flights, in addition to scheduled international flights. Domestic arrivals were up by 8%.The V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain cableway and other major Cape Town attractions confirmed that visitor numbers higher than those of the 2009 season. More than that, World Cup tourists spent up to four times as much as regular winter visitors.Cape Town Tourism’s 18 visitor centres reported a 47% increase in visitors from kickoff to the final match of the World Cup compared to 11 June to 11 July 2009, with international visitors up by 77% and locals by 15%.Most international tourists came from the UK and US, but there were also significant numbers from South America and the Far East – new markets for Cape Town that tourism officials plan to expand with media and trade campaigns.“We have to follow up the raised profile that our city has garnered as a result of a highly successful World Cup with real, visible, accessible offers that speak to a world still battling their way through tough times,” said Du Toit-Helmbold of Cape Town Tourism.“We are in a unique and incredibly fortunate position to have seen so much positive coverage on television this year. Now it’s up to us to convert that into tangible tourism results through showing that we offer great value.”last_img read more

Andy Murray becomes first Brit to win Grand Slam men’s singles title in 76 years

first_imgAndy Murray became the first British man to win a Grand Slam men’s singles title in 76 years after defeating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in five gruelling sets in the US Open final.After losing four Grand Slam finals, the Scotsman at last won a major title by battling it out in blustery conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, here at Flushing Meadows on Monday.It looked as if Murray had the measure of the windy conditions as he took the first two sets before Djokovic came back roaring to take the next two.The Briton quickly regained his equanimity in the deciding set and jumped into a 3-0 lead pulling on his reserve stamina by breaking the Serb’s serve twice. Then and there the Serb’s fight was over and the Briton raced to take the set and the match.Djokovic thus failed to become the first to defend the title at the US Open since the five straight wins by Federer (2004-2008), reports Xinhua.The last British male champion to win a Grand Slam title was Fred Perry, who claimed the US Open in 1936.Murray, 25, had an extra day’s rest than his opponent as Djokovic’s semifinal against David Ferrer was postponed to Sunday.The Serb had to play two matches in two days and that gave Murray the edge over the defending champion, especially in the fifth set.The defeat cost Djokovic heavy. Had he won he would have collected $2.9 million payout instead of the $1.45 million runner-up cheque as he would have pocketed $1 million bonus for leading the US Open series.Murray earned $1.9 million, bringing his career prize money to more than $23 million.Djokovic, 25, was the 2-5 favourite at the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book, translating to a 71 percent probability of a sixth major title. A successful $100 dollars bet on underdog Murray yielded a 210-dollar profit.The win also broke a stranglehold on major titles by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, who combined to win 29 of the previous 30. Juan Martin Del Potro’s 2009 US Open victory was the lone exception.Murray’s breakthrough came in his 28th Grand Slam event and after losing four finals. He lost the 2011 Australian Open final to Djokovic and was beaten by Federer in three others — at the 2008 U.S. Open, in Australia in 2010 and this year at Wimbledon.There were four service breaks in the first eight games of the opening set as the players tried to adjust to the swirling 26 kph wind.Playing tentatively instead of going for winners, the two men exchanged 54 strokes on one point in the sixth game of the 87-minute set. The tie-breaker lasted 24 minutes.After Murray won the first-set tie-breaker on his sixth set point, he took a 4-0 lead in the second set by breaking Djokovic’s serve twice.Djokovic stormed back to win five of the next six games, only to have Murray break his serve again in the 12th game to win the set.Djokovic rallied to clinch the next two sets to stay alive and revive hopes of defending the title. But Murray repeated what he did in the second set by breaking the Serb’s first two service games, establishing a 3-0 lead.Though Djokovic broke one back in the fourth game, but could not hold off the sliding and was broken for the ninth time in the match in the seventh game to lose.With the win, Murray, who took the gold medal at the London Games in July, also became the first man to win both a gold medal and the US Open title since tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988.Murray called the three-set Olympic gold medal-winning victory against Federer “the biggest win of my life.”Now Murray has a Grand Slam as well, moving past Nadal to become the ATP World Tour’s third-ranked player.advertisementlast_img read more

Katti Batti: Kangana flashes her tattoos and I hide them, says Imran

first_imgKatti Batti actors Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut bonded over tattoos while filming the Nikhil Advani directorial. When Kangana and Imran were to meet for the first time, the perfect ice-breaker moment ensued. They started talking to each other about tattoos.WATCH: Imran, Kangana and heartbreaks in Katti Batti trailerKangana flaunts her Bijli tattoo in the poster of Katti Batti Kangana is also seen flashing a ‘Bijli’ tattoo in the trailers and her love for tattoos gave birth to the thought of Payal (character played by Kangana in the film) sporting a tattoo throughout the film. Also, while the make-up artist would take an hour to draw Kangana’s tattoo, the same time was used up by Imran’s make-up expert to hide his permanent inking.RELATED: Do you know how Salman convinced Kangana for Katti Batti? “It was ironical that we both used to spend around one hour everyday before the shoot. She trying to get her tattoos done and me trying to hide my tattoos,” Imran said in an interview to IANS.The film will see Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut pairing up for the first time on the silver screen.  The film’s trailer promises to be an unusual contemporary love story. Katti Batti, produced by UTV Motion Pictures, is set to release on September 18.last_img read more

I’m not so shocked to have lost, says Roger Federer after losing to Haas

first_imgRoger Federer, who suffered a first round exit at the Stuttgart grass court tournament, has admitted he was ‘not shocked’ by his defeat to Tommy Haas.39-year-old Haas defeated Federer, who was playing his first match after three months, 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday.Haas survived 23 aces to deny Federer his 1,100th match win by claiming the 569th victory of his career.It was his sixth win of the season and the first time he had won consecutive matches since 2014, when he reached the Rome quarter-finals.”I’m not so shocked to have lost. I knew I could lose against Tommy,” Sport24 quoted Federer as saying after the match.”He was so good at the end and if I am happy for anybody, then it’s for Tommy,” he added.Federer, who claimed the Australian Open for his 18th major in January, suffered his second defeat of 2017 on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Haas, a former world number two but now down at 302, said he was shocked after the win.”It’s always special to play a close friend like Roger on grass, always lots of emotion,” the German said.”I saved a match point in the second set so was able to play more freely after that. I even shocked myself,” he added.Haas became the lowest-ranked player to beat the 18-time Grand Slam champion since number 407 Bjorn Phau at Washington in 1999.Haas will next face compatriot Mischa Zverev, who defeated qualifier and fellow German Yannick Hanfmann 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 in 83 minutes.advertisementlast_img read more

Olympiakos Wins 44th Greek League Title, 19th in 21 Years

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympiakos clinched a record 44th Greek league title with a round to spare, and its 19th in the last 21 seasons, after thrashing Giannena 5-0 Sunday.Marko Marin, Manuel da Costa and Alberto de la Bella scored for the hosts within eight minutes of each other midway through the first half to give the defending champion a comfortable lead. De la Bella added his second goal in the 71st minute before Alejandro Dominguez converted a penalty 10 minutes later.Second-placed PAOK stayed within six points of Olympiakos by beating host Platanias 3-1 and Panathinaikos, in third, edged Atromitos 1-0.AEK beat Levadiakos 2-0, and Panionios lost 1-0 at Kerkyra.PAOK, Panathinaikos, AEK and Panionios face playoffs for a second spot in Champions League qualifiers.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Realme 4 retail box leaks in video and hints at imminent launch

first_imgRealme launched the Realme 3 not so long. The Realme 3 debuted just three months ago and it looks like the smartphone already has its successor ready aka the Realme 4. A YouTube channel that goes by the name “Angry Agrawalji” has posted a video of Realme 4’s retail box over the weekend. Like all other Realme retail box this one too shows the “Realme 4” printed on top of the box and by the looks of it the retail box appears to be very authentic. However, considering it’s a leak take all information with a pinch of salt. Additionally, a Twitter user who goes by the user name “@gaurav75677859” leaked a render of the alleged Realme 4.First the YouTube video. Sadly, the retail box doesn’t reveal a lot about the Realme 4 — for instance its specifications and features. As noted earlier the retail box revealed just the name of the smartphone. The box has the “Realme 4” printed on top of it. The leak of the retail box hints at the imminent launch of the Realme 4. It is worth noting that for now there is no information on the Realme 4 from the company’s side.In another leak the render of the alleged Realme 4 leaked. The render showed the Realme 4 from the back side and revealed the design details of the phone. The render revealed that the Realme 4 will sport the company’s popular diamond-cut design with dual cameras engraved on it. Right below the camera setup sits a LED flash. The render also reveals that the Realme 4 will have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In the render, the alleged Realme 4 appears in blue colour.advertisementRealme numeric series have always targeted the budget segment and the upcoming Realme 4 will be no exception. Considering Realme 4 details have started surfacing online we expect the smartphone to go official very soon, possibly in a few months from now. Meanwhile, Realme is also gearing up to launch the Realme X in India. The company has confirmed that the Realme X will go official in India in the second half of this year. In India, we believe the Realme X will compete with Redmi K20. Both the phones are expected to come with Snapdragon 730 processor in the country.ALSO READ | iPhone XR 2 case renders leak, reveal new camera and design detailsALSO READ | Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale begins today: Here are top smartphone discount offers you can’t missALSO READ | World Cup TV Dhamaka sale: Xiaomi Mi LED smart TV 32-inch, 43-inch, and 55-inch sell with discountlast_img read more