MV Sabanto crashes into Supenaam Stelling

first_imgThe MV Sabanto on Tuesday evening collided with the Supenaam Stelling, causing extensive damages to the ferry.According to reports, there were no injuries;, however, due to the damage caused, the vessel will be out of service until further notice.According to a statement issued late Tuesday evening by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, the MV Sabantoand the MV Sabanto will instead provide service for the Parika to Supenaam route, and vice versa. This service will occur as per normal, commencing at 05:00h.The release stated that a team from the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) has been deployed to assess the extent of the damages.Details on the incident will be provided as they become available.last_img

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Chinese health delegation meets with Minister Lawrence

first_imgMayor of the Jiangsu Province of the People’s Republic of China, Yuanzheng Huang paid a courtesy visit on Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Monday.Minister Lawrence and Mayor Yuanzheng exchanged views on their respective public health sectors and discussed ways of advancing health care locally. The Minister also took the opportunity to seek ways of developing the use of traditional medicine in Guyana.Mayor of the Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China, Yuanzheng Huang hands over a token to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence“We are looking forward to building cooperation with the People’s Republic of China to have a research lab here, where we can share in the research of various plants and animals within the Amazon Basin here in Guyana, so, we can better serve not only the People’s Republic of China and Guyana but the world at large,” the Minister is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).Minister Lawrence noted there was considerable interest in traditional medicine and alluded to its significant contribution to the delivery of health services in China. “We here in Guyana, we have a lot of traditional medicine around and we have not been able to capture that in the medical services within the Government structure, and perhaps that is one of the areas of cooperation going forward.”Noting that China has been the trailblazer in advancing medicine and health care internationally, the Minister said this opportunity to strengthen ties between the two countries would foster “new methods, new methodologies and new medicines in how we treat with diseases” in Guyana.Meanwhile, Mayor Yuanzheng said that he was made aware of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) that Guyana would embark on and stated that China would be playing a role in this regard.He further stated that as mayor for the Jiangsu province, he oversees the improvement of people’s livelihoods and social security. This shows the level of commitment of the Chinese Government to its people. This has since filtered down to countries such as Guyana which have benefited tremendously from contributions.Mayor Yuanzheng was accompanied by a delegation of Chinese medical officials, including the Presidents of the First and Second Hospital of the Jiangsu Province and representatives of the Chinese medical brigade in Guyana.last_img read more

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Sailor stabbed to death at Parika Stelling

first_imgA 48-year-old man lost his life Thursday night after he was stabbed with a scissors at the Parika Stelling.Shurlon Errol Cutting, a sailor attached to the Transport and Harbours Department, succumbed to his injuries whilst being treated at the Leonora Cottage Hospital.Cutting, of North Ruimveldt, reportedly told the suspect to remove from the Stelling and as a result, an argument ensued. The now dead man then reportedly armed himself with a piece of wood and lashed the suspect about his body.In return, the suspect reportedly took a pair of scissors and stabbed the sailor under his left armpit.The suspect, a 28-year-old labourer of Ithaca Village, West Bank Berbice, was arrested.According to police, he was seen with injuries about his left abdomen and left knee and was escorted to Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was treated and discharged.last_img read more

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Hackers stole data from 45.7 million cards

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Information from 45.7 million cards was stolen from transactions beginning in January 2003 and ending Nov. 23 of that year, TJX said in the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission after business hours Wednesday. TJX said about three-quarters of the 45.7 million cards had either expired at the time of the theft, or the stolen information didn’t include security code data from the cards’ magnetic stripes. BOSTON – A hacker or hackers stole data from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards of shoppers at off-price retailers, including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, in a case believed to be the largest such breach of consumer information. For the first time since disclosing the theft more than two months ago, the parent company of nearly 2,500 discount stores put a number on how much card data was compromised – and it’s a number TJX Cos. acknowledges could go still higher. Experts say TJX’s disclosures in a regulatory filing late Wednesday revealed security holes that persist at many firms entrusted with consumer data: failure to promptly delete data on customer transactions, and to guard secrets about how such data is protected through encryption. The only arrests believed tied to the case involve a gift card scam in which 10 people are suspected of buying data from the TJX hackers to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards in northern Florida. The 10 – who aren’t believed to have committed the TJX hack – then used the cards to buy $1 million worth of electronics and jewelry at Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club stores, according to Gainesville, Fla., police. last_img read more

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Expert Eye – Alexandre Lacazette to Liverpool assessed

first_imgEuropean football expert Andy Brassell joined Hawksbee and Jacobs to discuss Alexandre Lacazette’s possible move to Liverpool.The Lyon striker has been linked with a switch to Anfield in the summer, although the Ligue 1 club’s president claims the Reds could NOT afford the 24-year-old.Brassell claims Euro 2016, which will take place in France next summer, could be a deciding factor for the forward, who is desperate to break into the French side.He claims the hitman may want to stay at Lyon in case a move to Liverpool didn’t work out and he was not included in the national side’s squad.Listen to Andy Brassell’s interview with Hawksbee and Jacobs above and leave your thoughts below…last_img

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Bale included in Wales squad for pivotal Euro 2016 qualifiers

first_img Gareth Bale Gareth Bale has been included in Wales’ squad for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel after suffering a fitness scare.Reports in Spain had claimed the Real Madrid forward needed a scan on a painful toe following Sunday’s goalless La Liga draw at Sporting Gijon.But an X-ray revealed only bruising and Wales’ talisman Bale, who has scored five goals in the qualifying campaign, takes his place in Chris Coleman’s 23-man squad.Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, suspended for the trip to Cyprus on September 3, will also miss the Israel game in Cardiff three days later with a hamstring injury.Defenders Ben Davies and James Collins are both recalled after missing the 1-0 victory over Belgium in June through injury.Uncapped Liverpool youngster Jordan Williams, currently on loan at Swindon, is included for the first time.Unbeaten Wales top Group B with 14 points from six games and victories over Cyprus and Israel would see them qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 58 years.Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Inverness), Ward (Liverpool); A Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (West Brom), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), Henley (Blackburn), Richards (Fulham); Ledley (Crystal Palace), Ramsey (Arsenal), J Williams (Liverpool), King (Leicester), Edwards (Wolves), MacDonald (Bournemouth), Cotterill (Birmingham); Robson-Kanu (Reading), Lawrence (Leicester), Bale (Real Madrid), Church (MK Dons), Vokes (Burnley). 1last_img read more

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FÁS SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE

first_imgTHE TRAINING and employment agency FÁS has signed a new contract with the North West Regional College to deliver expert training, it was announced today. The course which the College is delivering follows a successful relationship between the two organisations, which has seen almost 80 people gain employment in computing and IT, most notably in the areas of software development and testing.The training which is being delivered in the FÁS Training Centre, Letterkenny is providing specialist training in Client Server Applications, specifically Java and Cobol Programming. Lecturer Kevin McLaughlin has a proven track record in this particular field, and has helped 70% of previous participants gain employment.FÁS offer this 30 week course to those who have found themselves unemployed, and are looking for a practical course that may lead to a new career.Applicants have to pass a rigorous vetting process to gain access to the course which tests their aptitude and motivation to do the course, however they are not required to have a background in IT before beginning the programme.Delivered Full-Time in Letterkenny, the programme also includes a 4 week work placement at the Pramerica Software Development and Contact Centre in Letterkenny. The content of the course has been developed to match the company’s client needs, and so this practical experience often proves invaluable for the participants, who are also given the opportunity of attending an interview with Pramerica at the conclusion of their course. While there is no guarantee that there will be vacancies at the end of the programme, students will hold the required qualifications, skills and personal experience of the industry environment, to be considered for future roles that may arise in Pramerica, or similar companies in the region.Lecturer Kevin acknowledges that the work placement is a vital element of the course.  “Participants most often find that during the four week work experience in Pramerica, all the theory and practice falls into place.  They also get that much-needed foot in the door, and since our first course in 2005 many have proven themselves during the placement and secured employment as a result.”As well as gaining the technical programming and software testing skills, the College ensures that participants also gain soft-skills that will benefit the learners as they seek employment.  From CV preparation to interview skills, there is a focus on assisting the participants to build their confidence and develop their employability skills.On successful completion of the training course Learners receive a ‘City & Guilds Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Software Development’ which involves completing a range of practical assessments in Cobol and Java programming, SQL, while also being assessed in creating, designing and testing software components and requirements analysis and systems design.North West Regional College Principal and Chief Executive Seamus Murphy praised the skills and commitment of the staff involved in securing the contract.  “We are delighted to once again be working with FÁS, especially in delivering this industry-tailored computing programme.  We consider this as further recognition of the expertise and skill of the lecturing staff within the College, especially in the priority skill area of ICT and I commend them for their hard work .“ endsFÁS SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE was last modified: January 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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Facility offers entry point

first_imgPASADENA – Wearing her white lab coat, Cristina DeMelo carefully handled test tubes filled with protein solutions one recent morning at the Oak Crest Institute of Science. “This is a big, big, big chance for me,” she said. DeMelo moved to the United States eight years ago from Brazil, where she was a pharmacist. Since her license is not recognized here, she decided to retrain as a biochemical researcher and is currently enrolled at Pasadena City College.Like many other students working in the cinder block warehouse laboratory that is home to the Oak Crest Institute, DeMelo would not have the opportunity to work in such a research-intensive environment with easy access to faculty advisers were it not for Marc Baum and his brainchild.Baum is the founder and president of Oak Crest. He describes the institute’s work as “academic entrepreneurship” – a kind of mix between academia and small startup company. His nonprofit research institute allows faculty members the freedom to pursue projects while also offering students the opportunity to learn laboratory techniques and to see what physical science research driven by curiosity is all about.Since 1998, high school students through postdoctoral associates have come through Oak Crest’s door to engage in hands-on research projects, mostly dealing with environmental chemistry. Several have presented their results at national meetings of the American Chemical Society and have had work published in scientific journals.“Everything we do here is rooted in the chemical sciences,” Baum said. “We do stray to other areas also, but it’s still as chemists.”Today, nine students are working at the institute, including six community college students, eight women and one man.Many have been students of Wendie Johnston, director of the Los Angeles/Orange County Biotechnology Center at PCC. She said students often come to her looking for entry-level research positions, and she directs them to Baum’s program. “They need some time in a real job with real problems to solve,” she said. “Oak Crest is a fantastic place for people to work. It’s a happy place and very rigorous in terms of its science.”The students are mentored there by four faculty members in addition to Baum. Faculty members spend about 80 percent of their time working on their own research projects, with the remainder devoted to helping students trouble shoot and learn chemical techniques. kimm.groshong@sgvn.com(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 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!last_img read more

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Officials wary of distant dump

first_imgThe San Joaquin Valley hamlet of Avenal has promised Los Angeles it would accept the city’s trash for just $8 million more than hauling Angelenos’ garbage to Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills – but city sanitation officials raised red flags on the offer Monday. Avenal’s proposal comes as the Los Angeles City Council considers whether to renew a contract for Sunshine Canyon or sign on with a landfill outside city limits. The council is expected to consider the disposal contract on Feb. 10. While Los Angeles communities have fought – and politicians have promised – to close almost all local urban landfills, Avenal officials say they’d welcome the roughly $4 million in fees their city would garner each year from truckloads of household garbage hauled from Los Angeles. “Economically, it would be a big help for the city. We’re a farming community. This could bring the jobs in,” said Sid Craighead, mayor of the town of 16,000, who drove about 200 miles on Monday to promote the city’s plan to the Board of Public Works. Former Mayor James Hahn and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have said they oppose the city’s use of urban landfills – which put trash and diesel garbage trucks too close to homes and schools. Villaraigosa and some council members, however, have been reluctant to end the city’s contract with Sunshine Canyon and fear it will cost $15 million to $30 million more per year to take garbage outside city limits. Avenal Landfill is one of three disposal options being considered. The council also will consider using Waste Management Inc.’s El Sobrante Landfill in Riverside County or continuing to use Sunshine Canyon. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card He said Avenal, together with a partner, MDSI of LA, could accept all 3,600 tons of trash collected each day by the Bureau of Sanitation for $37 million – or $8 million more than the city now pays to Browning Ferris Industries, which owns Sunshine Canyon. “We could cover you from the prospect of risk. We could reduce the cost differential to $8 million, and we could move 100 percent of the waste out of the city of Los Angeles,” attorney Jerold Neuman of Avenal told the Board of Public Works. But Bureau of Sanitation officials have figured that Avenal Landfill would cost city government much more in transportation and logistical costs. Sanitation officials also say the Avenal dump is being expanded and might not be ready for Los Angeles trash in July, when the current contract with Sunshine Canyon ends. The sanitation officials also say Los Angeles would have to buy new trucks and hire more drivers to handle trash pickup in the city, and drivers heading to Avenal would have to face the steep Grapevine and icy, windy and foggy driving conditions that could affect disposal in the winter. “We are not going to absorb that kind of risk in our recommendation to you,” Sanitation Assistant Director Enrique Zaldivar told the board. last_img read more

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Help Calendar

first_imgHere are some opportunities to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays in the Santa Clarita Valley. Castaic Lions Club: The Lion’s Club Santa’s Float will make an appearance between 5 and 9 p.m. at various sites in Castaic through Monday to collect canned food donations for the needy. The float’s next appearance will be today at Hillcrest Park North. For a complete schedule of sites and dates, visit www.castaiclionsclub.org or call Century 21 Americas at (661) 257-0344. Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station: The sheriff’s station is conducting its annual Toy Drive to collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children living in the Santa Clarita Valley area. Toys can be dropped off at the sheriff’s station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, or at participating businesses through Dec. 18. A store front in the former Chamber of Commerce building will be open for weekend dropoffs. For information, call Deputy Gerri McCorkle at (661) 799-5164. Hunger Defense Fund: This food pantry facility is in need of canned food items to provide for the more than 650 families that depend on it during the holidays and throughout the year. The organization is also in need of new, unwrapped toys. They hope to provide a toy for every child whose parents pick up food at the facility. Food, toys and monetary donations can be dropped off from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24 at Hunger Defense Fund, 26450 Ruether Ave., Suite 208, Canyon Country. For information, call Wendi Lancy at (661) 299-9273. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Northeast Valley Health Corp.: Nonprofit health centers in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys are collecting toys to distribute to young patients. Toys for children through 3 years and 8-10 years are especially needed. Toys will be accepted locally until 5 p.m. today at Valencia Health Center, 23763 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. For information, call Abel Sedillo at (818) 898-1388, Ext. 41602. City of Santa Clarita Community Center: The Community Center is accepting new toys to be distributed at its annual holiday party on Dec. 20. Unwrapped toys for children through 17 years can be dropped off through Friday at the Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall, or State Farm Insurance, 28048 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite 1, Saugus. For information, call Yolanda Calderon at (661) 284-1476. Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer: This organization is in need of gift cards to put in holiday baskets – or to be distributed throughout the year – to families who have children with cancer. Gift cards of all denominations and vendors (including gas and groceries) are welcome. Gift cards can be mailed or delivered to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer, 28405 Sand Canyon Road, Suite A, Canyon Country, CA, 91387. For information, call (661) 250-4100 or visit www.mhf.org. SCV Senior Center: The Senior Center has begun its annual “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign, which asks all Santa Clarita residents to contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321 through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees: Members of the local Jaycees have placed boxes in businesses encouraging people to donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages through Friday. The gifts will be presented to selected children from Single Mothers Outreach and the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club as part of the club’s annual Santa’s Helpers project. For information, call Dawn Abasta at (661) 607-6886. For a complete list of dropoff sites, or to make a cash donation, visit www.scvjaycees.com. Southern California firefighters: The Holiday Toy Express will pull into the Newhall Metrolink Station at 8:15 p.m. Monday at the Via Princessa station to collect unwrapped toys on behalf of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Toys collected will be distributed to local children. The train, decorated with 50,000 sparkling lights and carrying Santa and his helpers, will host entertainment for families who turn out to participate in the drive. For information, call (800) 371-5465. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. The goal is to collect enough gift cards to provide $10 per family member. Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA, 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. S.C.V.-Newhall Optimist Club: This is the 19th year for the Optimist Club’s Toy and Food Drive. Covered boxes bearing the club name have been placed at local retail outlets as receptacles for nonperishable foods and unwrapped toys. Donations of turkeys and gift certificates are also needed. To donate a perishable item, make a cash donation or learn receptacle locations, call Dee Gadbury at (661) 252-7313. Domino’s Pizza: Domino’s is participating in the Thanks and Giving Campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Customers are asked to add a dollar to their order payment throughout the holidays to benefit the kids at St. Jude. For information, visit www.stjude.org. Automobile Club of Southern California: The Santa Clarita Auto Club office, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, is accepting donations through the end of the year to benefit the Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband printed with the words “Helping Others” while supplies last. For information, call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500. Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in holiday packages to be sent for Christmas and care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of dropoff sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Ave. Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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