Agricola man charged for assaulting wife

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Romel Bollers, of Lot 120, Luthers Street, Agricola, was on Friday granted bail by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for assaulting his wife.Bollers pleaded not guilty to the charges which stated that on October 3, 2018, he unlawfully assaulted Reminda Allison while using threatening language towards her.According to the facts presented in court, on the day in question, the defendant entered the Virtual Complainant’s home without permission.The defendant then threatened to kill the VC if she ended their relationship after which he slammed her head into a wall and dealt her several punches to her head.The matter was reported, and the defendant was arrested and charged.Bollers was only recently released on bail on a simple larceny charge, but in less than 24 hours, he was back in Police custody for the present charges.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones made no objections to bail, and Magistrate Latchman granted Bollers $60,000 bail and ordered him to stay away from the VC. The matter was adjourned until November 2, 2018.last_img read more

Shooter’s sister works for U.S. as contractor

first_img“I found that the best way to get to know the city was taking the skytrain to random locations and walking around for a couple of hours,” Cho told the university’s weekly bulletin in a Nov.24,2003, article about the program. “I think it is always easy for Americans to maintain an American way of life abroad. The best thing is to avoid these traps and go out there and immerse yourself in a new culture.” She saw deplorable working conditions for Burmese migrant workers, and “she said the experience was so profound that after returning to campus, she changed the focus of her senior thesis to a more labor-related topic,” the article said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The sister of the gunman responsible for the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history works as a contractor for a State Department office that oversees billions of dollars in American aid for Iraq. Sun-Kyung Cho is employed by the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, according to U.S. officials and a State Department staff directory that says she works from an annex near the department’s headquarters in Washington. Messages left on her office voice mail, in which she identifies herself as “Sun Cho,” were not immediately returned Wednesday. The Virginia Tech gunman was her brother, Cho Seung-Hui. Thirty-three people died in the rampage Monday, including the 23-year-old student, who committed suicide. Spokesman Sean McCormack declined to discuss Sun Cho’s status but told reporters “this person is not a direct-hire employee of the State Department.” He declined to comment further, citing privacy concerns. Other U.S. officials confirmed she works for a contractor. President George W. Bush set up the office to coordinate the reconstruction program in Iraq. It offers jobs to “highly skilled and motivated United States citizens” to work at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, according to State Department documents. The office also has several Washington-based positions. “Our mission is to support the sovereign, democratic rights of the Iraqi people to govern themselves, defend their country, and rebuild their economy,” the office says in its recruiting brochure. “This ongoing mission is one that is unprecedented in size and scope.” Sun Cho’s job is her third stint with the State Department, according to Princeton University, where she graduated as an economics major in 2004. She previously worked as a summer intern at the department’s International Labor Office and held a three-month economics internship in the summer before her senior year at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, sponsored by Princeton’s International Internship Program. last_img read more

Provincial investigation into South Peace raven paralysis inconclusive

first_imgThe examination was prompted by public speculation that industry was somehow involved, but Schwantje also hasn’t found any evidence to support that claim. Previous tests showed that they weren’t suffering from any viruses, but also that they all had broken bones. Schwantje maintains that the bones of growing birds aren’t fully mineralized and can be very fragile. That leads to one theory that the birds are suffering a trauma to cause the fractures, but the potential cause is still unknown. There’s also the more likely possibility that the young birds were blown out of their nests by heavy wind before they would have normally left. – Advertisement -Although inconclusive, the province’s investigation has finished.To read the full CBC article, click here.Advertisementlast_img read more

BC Hydro plans small spill at WAC Bennett Dam

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro plans to do a short-duration spill at WAC Bennett Dam next week.The province’s power utility plans to clear ice out of the spillway chute in order to prepare for Phase 2 of a related upgrade project.“In order to clear the accumulation of ice, water will be released by opening the spillway gates for a few hours during the day,” spokesperson Bob Gammer wrote in an email. “This is the same type of operation we performed in April 2014.”- Advertisement -He stressed in the same message that there will be no spilling at Peace Canyon Dam, and residents downstream of Peace Canyon will not see any change to Peace River flows related to the spill at WAC Bennett Dam.Gammer explained that there are three spillway gates at the facility, each gate will be opened either 20 centimetres, or 30 centimetres for about eight hours.“This rate of spill is much less than the 50,000 cfs and 35,000 cfs that was spilled at WAC Bennett Dam during the summer of 2012,” he added.Advertisement Since there are some units currently out of service for capital project and maintenance work in the G.M. Shrum Generating Station, its noted that the total discharge rate at WAC Bennett Dam will be less than normal full discharge when all units are running in the powerhouse.Boaters should be prepared to encounter ice on Dinosaur Reservoir anytime during the month of April.Gammer stated that there is no specific date just yet, but he expects there to be one established by Friday.last_img read more

RCMP looking for a Dawson Creek man

first_img– Advertisement -North District RCMP continues their efforts to locate and safely arrest Stacy Laglace, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP. We want the general public to be aware that he is known to carry firearms. If spotted, you are urged not to approach Laglace, instead we ask the public to call 9-1-1 or their local police immediately. North District RCMP continue their efforts to safely arrest 32-year-old Stacy Ray Laglace of Dawson Creek B.C. Leglace is currently wanted on multiple un-endorsed warrants for his arrest. He has been formally charged by the courts with a total of 21 counts, many of which include extremely violent offences such as aggravated assault, discharge a firearm with intent, kidnapping and robbery, among others. A photo provided by the RCMP of Stacy Leglace. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The North District RCMP is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted Dawson Creek man, who police say should be considered armed and dangerous.center_img Stacy Laglace is described as a First Nations male, with black hair and brown eyes, who stands 5 foot 6 inches tall, and weighs approximately 185 pounds. If you have information about Laglace’s whereabouts please call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more


first_imgPictured during the recent visit to Aras an Uachtarain are Michael Coll, Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins and Declan Coll.A young student’s invitation to President Michael D Higgins to visit him in Donegal has backfired in a wonderful way!Declan Coll, a 16 year old PCC student from Ballina, Falcarragh, thought it would be a nice idea to invite the President to our county.The idea came to Declan after he a story about an American student who had written a request to President Obama asking him to visit his school. Declan figured it was time the President came to our neck of the woods, so he wrote to him asking if he would like to visit his school Pobalscoil Chloch Ceann Fhaola in Falcarragh.But due to his busy schedule, the President had to decline the invitation.However the President did the next best thing and invited Declan and a guest to attend his Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin on the 12th July.Declan and his father Michael traveled to Áras an Uachtaráin where he shook hands with and spoke with President Higgins. When asked what the conversation was about, Declan just smiles and says, “I told him to keep the seat warm for me as I intend to take over his position in the future.”Declan and Michael ended their day at the tea party, followed by a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin.“That was an experience I’ll never forget,” said Declan, “I wonder who I can write to next……?” DONEGAL STUDENT’S INVITATION TO PRESIDENT BACKFIRES IN WONDERFUL FASHION! was last modified: July 24th, 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:Declan ColldonegalFalcarraghPresident Michael D Higginslast_img read more


first_imgJason Quigley takes the victory as Olympian O’Neill looks onLondon 2012 Olympian and defending middleweight champion Darren O’Neill is out of the IABA Elite Championships after dropping a countback decision to Finn Valley’s Jason Quigley on Saturday night.Both boxers were tied at 13-13 at the end of a cracking 75kg quarter-final, but Quigley’s hand was raised in victory on accepted scores (49-38).The current European U/23 champion took the first two rounds to lead 9-7 going in the third, but O’Neill, who beat Quigley in the 2010 and 2011 Elite finals, claimed the final frame 6-4 before losing out on a countback. O’Neill’s fellow London 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan convincingly beat Petru Ursu in tonight’s curtain raiser.Ursu, to his credit, shared the last round 6-6 with the Bray BC southpaw, but Nolan held a 14-4 advantage going into that stanza.Brian Brosnan and Illies Willie McLaughlin also won, McLaughlin taking the early route to victory versus Elite Championships debutant Phil Moloney.Beijing 2008 Olympian John Joe Joyce turned on the style in the final three minutes to secure victory over Steven Donnelly, while Conrad Cummings beat Christy Joyce by a seven-point margin.  BOXING: DONEGAL’S JASON QUIGLEY STUNS OLYMPIAN O’NEILL IN IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 10th, 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:BOXING: DONEGAL’S JASON QUIGLEY STUNS OLYMPIAN O’NEILL IN IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPSfinn valley boxing clubillieslast_img read more


first_imgThere are still many misconceptions about public libraries, two of these is that that you need to whisper when you are in a library and the other is that the library staff spend all day reading!This is certainly not the case in Donegal Libraries, just walk through any door of these busy public community spaces and you will realise that. The staff have been busy over the last few weeks preparing for the summer reading programmes taking place in libraries across the county.Themed programmes in each library have been developed by staff to encourage children to continue their reading during the school holidays. All they have to do is to become a member of the library, which incidentally is free, and choose from the variety of books on offer.Once the child reads the chosen book their name is displayed on one of the themed displays. Themes range from travelling through Europe on Reading Passport to the London Olympics with Dungloe Library, fill up your driver license card with the Licence to Read initiative in Libraries in Inishowen or why not watch the beautiful sunflower blossom at Milford Library as part of their Read and Grow reading programme. Other themed programmes include Coiscéim ar Léamh at Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair, the Reading Trees at Central Library Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Raphoe Libraries and the Reading Rainbow at Lifford Library. The libraries in Bundoran and Donegal Town will be surfing and exploring castles. All those who take part in the Summer reading programme will be presented with a certificate at the end of the summer holidays.While these programmes are very popular with children and parents alike, these programmes are not just developed for the fun factor. Research by the School of Library and Information Science at the Domican University (2009) in the US found that students who participated in summer reading programmes scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next year than those students who did not participate.Senior Executive Librarian Donna Quinn explains ‘The Public Library Service is based on a fundamental philosophy of supporting learning throughout life. Libraries don’t in general teach the actual skill of reading however we have an essential role in providing access to books and designing activities that help people both enjoy reading and practice to build up their reading skills. This isn’t just something nice that we do, this is critical work.”She goes on to say that ‘Libraries are superb at the deadly serious business of developing literacy skills by making reading fun and social. The skills needed to decode words are linked to the motivation that comes from enjoying reading. To become a reader, reading instruction and reading for pleasure must be fused.”The summer reading programme is only one example of how libraries are working to improve the literacy skills of children, other programmes include rhyme time sessions, Battle of the Books, maths trails, Creating Life Long Readers and our children’s book festival, Wainfest, in October.For our adult members we have the Relax and Read campaign, Learning for Living collections, Quick Read initiatives, books clubs and a range of assistive technologies to assist those with reading difficulties. Libraries are natural allies of the literacy movement and support for adult literacy initiatives draw on the traditional resources provided by libraries. The need for public libraries to promote and advance a culture of literacy has never been greater.As well as the Donegal County Council Library Service’s priority of literacy and the promotion of reading, the Library Service has also been working consistently on assisting in the economic recovery. In this time of societal and economic crisis public libraries have never been more important and have the potential to do a lot in meeting the needs of people directly affected by the recession. Demands for specific job related resources and services are on the increase in the library service. The library service has been a proactive agent for community development, for life long learning and for social inclusion in the County. They have a range of resources available for job seekers and for those who have been laid off work and wish to improve their skills base.One example of this is the FÁS E Learning at the library where unemployed people can access FÁS Courses, such as Introduction to Computing, Internet, Email, Word Processing and Spreadsheets as well as ECDL, Health & Safety, Basic Photography and Finance Fundamentals, available online, free, providing you meet the criteria as laid down by FÁS.In a recent article in the Irish Times, author, Dermot Bolger reasserted the educational role of the public library service when he wrote ‘Men are coming back on their own, with computers, libraries are becoming virtual offices for tentative small enterprises, with unemployed men and women taking steps towards economic recovery by using the one thing that no one can take from them- their initiative- in a space where no Gauleiter to tell them to move on. In libraries we become citizens, not consumers.’In this time of austerity there are no sacred cows and the Library Service has also had to work within the resources that are now available to them and somewhat adapt those services to suit those resources. However Donegal Libraries still have a lot to offer and contrary to popular opinion they want to shout about it!So if you are not one of 21,179 current members of the Library Service in Donegal why not call into you local library and join a true community centre where everybody is welcome and a world of knowledge and development and of course fun awaits you.For more information on events and programmes check the library website www.donegallibrary.ieDONEGAL LIBRARIES ‘BOOKING’ IN THOUSANDS OF NEW MEMBERS THIS SUMMER! was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL SUMMER READING PROGRAMMELIBRARIESlast_img read more


first_imgThe two dogs left in squalid conditions at the house in Raphoe.BREAKING NEWS: A Raphoe woman has been banned from keeping dogs for two years after two dogs were found in horrific conditions in her back garden.Louise Gallagher appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with two cases of cruelty to dogs.The dogs, named Mitch and Samson, were found in their own excrement, were covered in sores and were drastically underweight. Feeding bowls found in the yard were empty.Ms Gallagher claimed the two boxer dogs had belonged to her former partner Dean Kelly.MItch and Samson were close to death according to ISPCA staff.However Kelly moved out in September, 2013 and the dogs were found by ISPCA officers in horrific conditions four months later.ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley said had the dogs been left in the yard at 2 Meadow Hill, Raphoe, and longer, they may well have died. “The dogs were in horrific condition and had they had been left at this address any longer, they could have died from neglect,” he said.Ms Gallagher pleaded guilty to two charges of cruelty to dogs through her solicitor Frank Dorrian.Mr Dorrian said Ms Gallagher did not have the financial means to keep the dogs and had no plans to get any dogs in the future.A vet who inspected the dog revealed that in her 27 years of practice, she had rarely seen young dogs in such an emaciated state.Mitch was vastly underweight and covered in sores when found.The ISPCA applied to the court for the €652 vet and rehabilitation costs for the two dogs. Judge Kelly adjourned the case until June 18th to allow for the costs to be paid and banned Ms Gallagher from keeping dogs for two years.ISPCA Inspector McGinley appealed to people to contact animal welfare agencies if they cannot cope with the upkeep of dogs or any other animals.“We appreciate that with the current financial downturn some people are finding it difficult to look after animals.“We would appeal to those people to contact the relevant agencies at an early stage so we can assist them,” he said. Mitch and Samson have made a full recovery since their ordeal and have now been re-homed in Co. Meath.Samson was also underweight and neglected.DONEGAL WOMAN BANNED FROM KEEPING DOGS AFTER PETS FOUND IN HORRIFIC CONDITIONS was last modified: February 7th, 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:Dean KellydogsInspector Kevin McGInleyISPCALaouise GallagherRaphoelast_img read more

Life in abundance, plus a bonus

first_imgGogo Mazibuko is helped by members of her community wherever she goes. Johanna Mazibuko’s son, Tseko, is always at her side. (Images: Bafana Mahlangu/The Sowetan) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tanana Monama   Chief Director: communications, Department of Women, Children & Persons with Disabilities  +27 12 359 0224. RELATED ARTICLES • Playing a part to help the elderly • The great granny revolution • Commemorating 1913 heroines • Inspirational women taking SA forward Lucille DavieJohanna Mazibuko has lived through the whole of the 20th century – through the South African War, the Russian Revolution, two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, the Korean War, and apartheid. She has lived through the invention of the aeroplane, the neon light, the escalator, cornflakes, instant coffee, plastic and the teabag. She has lived to see the invention of the spaceship, the computer, the internet, and the mobile phone.Mazibuko was born 119 years ago on Mellodora farm in Ottosdal in the North West province, on 11 May 1894, according to her identity book, which was issued in 1986, and has outlived several of her seven children. She was the oldest of 10 siblings, and lives in Jobetina outside Klerksdorp, with her 77-year-old son, Tseko. She still makes her bed every morning, dresses herself, likes to cook, and does her own laundry. Then she spends the day watching television, according to an interview with The Sowetan newspaper.“I’m doing alright,” she said. “God gave my life in abundance, plus a bonus. I am very old now.” Her son said his mother was still mobile but could not stand for long periods because of arthritis in her knees.Although not the oldest person to have lived, Mazibuko appears to be the oldest person alive at present, and the oldest South African. Gogo (granny) Johanna’s birth date is being scrutinised by the Home Affairs Ministry, and it will soon confirm its findings.The North West provincial Department of Social Development, Women, Children and People with Disabilities has said its MEC (member of the executive committee), Collen Maine, has established Operation Dignity. The objective is to raise awareness of the rights of elderly people in the province. Gogo Johanna was named specifically – the report says that Operation Dignity will get the community as well as trained youth involved to help improve her living conditions.Outliving them allGogo Johanna’s nearest rival, Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, died of natural causes in June this year – he was 116 and so far is the oldest man to have lived. Another woman, Japan’s Misao Okawa, is 115 years old. Guinness World Records reports that Okawa is in good health, surrounded by her three children, including her 90-year-old son Hiroshi, her four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.But none of these supercentenarians – you have to be older than 110 to qualify – have reached the age of the oldest person to have lived: Frenchwomen Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years and 164 days old. She was born on 21 February 1875 and died in 1997. She met artist Vincent van Gogh in 1888, when he came into her uncle’s shop to buy coloured pencils.Calment lived on her own until shortly before her 110th birthday, when she moved into a nursing home. She ascribed her longevity and youthful appearance to olive oil, which she poured on all her food and rubbed on to her skin, drinking port wine, and eating a kilogram of chocolate every week. She smoked from the age of 21 to 114, although reportedly not more than two cigarettes a day.Living longer and healthierThe average lifespan of South Africans is 59.6 years, according to the mid-year population estimate of Statistics South Africa. This is an improvement on the World Health Organisation‘s 2011 life expectancy data, which put it at 58, and also on the figures for the 2011 census, which gave a similar figure.On average, South African women live to 61.4 and men to 57.7, according to StatsSA’s latest figures. The country’s population stands at 51.8 million, with women making up 51.3%, and men 48.7%.Advances in longevity are attributed to improvements in the national health system, as well as greater awareness among citizens of lifestyle and healthy choices. This comes after a decreasing trend in life expectancy from 62 in 1990 down to 50 in 2007, according to a 2009 report from the South African Institute of Race Relations. The institute forecast a further decrease in life expectancy between 2006 and 2011, but the latest data would seem to quash that prediction.last_img read more