An Agricola, Greater Georgetown man was shot dead by Police on Thursday in a bid to escape after robbing a taxi driver and a cattle farmer.Dead bandit: Melroy SolomonDead is 27-year-old Melroy Solomon, called “Souce Mouth”, of Titus Street, Agricola.According to Police reports, about 10:50h on Thursday, a taxi driver was robbed of his 212 motor car and personal items at Seventh Street, Foulis, East Coast Demerara (ECD) by two males, who hired him to purportedly go to an ECD destination.The matter was reported, and the stolen vehicle was intercepted by Police ranks in an unmarked vehicle at Mahaicony. However, the suspects reportedly discharged several rounds which struck the vehicle, and sped into Esau & Jacobs Village, Mahaicony, but they were later forced to abandon the vehicle after it got stuck in a ditch and they escaped into the backlands.The firearm found at the scene of the shootingThe suspects then abducted and robbed a cattle farmer of his phone and clothes before ordering him to take them out on a horse to a location at Branch Road, Mahaicony, that led to the public road. The farmer complied.The perpetrators then boarded a taxi, but were again intercepted by the Police, who ordered the men out of the vehicle. One of the suspects quickly exited the vehicle with firearm drawn and began shooting at the Police, who took up tactical positions and returned fire during which the gunman was shot. The car then sped away with the other suspect inside.The injured bandit was rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Investigators have recovered an unlicensed .32 semi-automatic pistol with four live rounds and two spent shells at the scene.According to the Police, Solomon was previously charged with armed robbery.Investigations are ongoing.
The lead quickly reached double figures in the second half as Brown asserted herself down low by scoring 16 points in the final two quarters. With Lippert stifled by Michelle Franco in the second half, the Dons lost contact. “Our team out-matched their player,” said Brown, who will attend UCLA next season. “Lippert, she was really good. Coach Wiard says everyone is really good. But then she got out there and I was looking at her moves, and she was really good. We’re ready to look at her for UCLA.” Amanda Alvarez, who scored 10 points, joined Adams and Brown in double figures. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Cathedral Catholic (26-6) hung with the Lancers throughout the first half before Amat’s defense got busy in a second-half rout. Brown, Ashleigh Adams and Kristen McCarthy did the rest with an impressive showing inside. Adams scored 13 points and McCarthy had eight. “Candice I thought had her way and I thought Ashleigh did a terrific job getting on the offensive boards and making a lot of big plays for us,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “That’s what you always hope for. They (Cathedral Catholic) shot the ball well in the first half and I was hoping they would cool off.” Indeed, the Dons did cool off. Sophomore standout Victoria Lippert scored 16 points in the first half, but was limited to just three in the second half. Lippert alone kept the Dons in the game until Amat put together a run just before halftime. Morgann Ellis came off the bench to score seven points in the second quarter and Amat led, 36-28, at intermission. With the win, Amat moved a step closer to a third consecutive state championship. The Lancers improved to 25-5 and will host Oakhurst Yosemite in Saturday night’s second round. After playing Southern California powers Lynwood and Long Beach Poly in its past two games, one could make the argument that Amat was stepping way down in class on Thursday night. • Photo Gallery: Bishop Amat vs. Cathedral LA PUENTE – Candice Brown scored 20 points and the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team advanced to the second round of the CIF Division III State playoffs with a 64-47 win over visiting Cathedral Catholic on Thursday night.
Under the plan, Janssen will oversee all 39 departments except the sheriff, district attorney, assessor, fire department, county counsel, auditor and executive office. But a “nonintrusion” clause in the ordinance drew controversy for preventing any supervisor or his or her staff from directly ordering department heads to take certain actions. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Janssen’s office did not take action last year after it received a letter revealing that overcrowding at the Coroner’s Office had gotten so bad, bodies had to be stacked. “It wasn’t until I summoned the coroner before us that we finally got the issue resolved,” Antonovich said. “If the CAO didn’t take a leadership role in that situation, why would we expect a different reaction under this proposal?” But Janssen said such incidents have been isolated. Overriding concerns about bogging down Los Angeles County in bureaucracy, the Board of Supervisors gave final approval Tuesday to an interim ordinance that gives the CAO more power. After the 3-1 vote, Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen will now oversee most county departments and will be given expanded authority to hire and fire department heads. The plan allows Janssen to interview and select proposed department heads, or recommend ones for termination. The board will vote whether to accept or reject those recommendations. If voters approve a proposed charter amendment, which could go on the ballot in June 2008, the ordinance will become permanent and the CAO will have the power to hire and fire department heads without board approval. “Every person that lives in a city in California lives with divided responsibilities between the executive and administrative branches,” Janssen said. “Either you have an elected mayor or a strong city manager. It appears to work very well. No one is cut out of the process.” But La Crescenta resident Robert Thomas expressed concerned about the change. “I don’t want you to create a buffer zone … ,” he said. “I think it’s very significant that I can come to you regarding issues concerning unincorporated areas. And this buffer zone will cost millions of dollars, money the unincorporated area needs.” In May, Janssen is expected to outline how much it will cost to add deputy CAOs and other staffers to his 512-employee office. The deputy CAOs will oversee clusters of departments. Grace Andrus, president of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, said adding another level of bureaucracy will not improve services in unincorporated areas. “You are elected to represent the people,” Andrus said. “Don’t just pass the buck.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Clark was in his fifth year in the Marching Virginians, which traveled to this small eastern Georgia town for the service at Lakeside High School, where Clark and his twin brother, Bryan, graduated in 2002. In Virginia, more than 1,800 people packed St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Chantilly for a service for Reema Samaha, who was killed while sitting in French class. A large photograph of Samaha, smiling and dressed in white, sat on an easel in front of the church’s altar. White flowers, including lilies, were placed nearby. Friends and family remembered the 18-year-old from Centreville, Va., as a dancer who loved movement and grace. EVANS, Ga. – About 100 members of the Virginia Tech marching band played in a memorial service Saturday for bandmate Ryan Clark, remembered as a gregarious young man who went to lengths to make fellow students feel included. Clark, a 22-year-old from Martinez, Ga., was one of the first victims of Seung-Hui Cho, the brooding loner who gunned down 32 people on campus and killed himself Monday. Hundreds of mourners packed the gymnasium at Clark’s former high school to hear rousing songs from his former bandmates and praise for the young man with a contagious laughter who engaged everyone. “That’s how Ryan was. He was the type of person that gave his all,” band director David McKee said. Lisa Samaha, a cousin from Lebanon, said, “Dance was her world, and she was our star.” A memorial service was also held Saturday in Virginia for Emily Hilscher, who was killed in the same dorm as Clark, a resident adviser. About 1,500 people filled the football field of Hilscher’s alma mater, Rappahannock County High School in Washington. The memorial was held outside on a warm spring day because Hilscher, 19, of Woodville, loved the outdoors and horseback riding. Several people came in riding outfits, and a hunting horn was played at the end of the service. Hilscher’s family described a woman with a strong will, a keen sense of fun and a maturity that made her a role model for the rest of her family. She taught her sister, Erica, to drive stick shift on her prized truck, staying with it even when her older sibling stalled in the middle of the road. “I admired her strength, her ability to be the rock,” Erica Hilscher said. And in Lincoln, R.I., about 100 people memorialized Daniel Patrick O’Neil, 22, a first-year graduate student in environmental engineering. “He lived life to its fullest, and we know that his spirit and his influence on his friends will stay with them throughout their lives,” his family said in a news release before the service. The Georgia gym was packed with people wearing maroon and orange ribbons, Virginia Tech’s colors, or green ones, Clark’s favorite color. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
If you look at the returns in Tuesday’s primary elections, a clear pattern emerges: In races that pitted party hard-liners against consensus-building moderates, the party hard-liners usually won. Intra-party races tend to attract the party faithful, and this year, only the party faithful bothered to show up. Some two out of every three registered voters stayed home. No one was aided more by this trend than the new Democratic nominee for governor, state Treasurer Phil Angelides. Ever since the recall of Gray Davis made the ballot in 2003, Angelides has positioned himself as his party’s staunchest ideologue and fiercest obstructionist. He has opposed any and all reform in Sacramento, and refused to cooperate with Republicans, even as fellow Democrats sometimes tried to put petty politics aside and work constructively to tackle the state’s problems. For his part, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – after catastrophically overreaching in last year’s special election – has worked hard to regain the mainstream. Making the job easier is that he faced no meaningful primary opposition, and that Angelides and Westly spent the past few months ignoring him and attacking each other. Between Schwarzenegger’s political victories over the past few months – such as successfully putting together a bipartisan infrastructure bond package – and Angelides’ own overreaching, Schwarzenegger appears to have the advantage in winning over the middle between now and November. But there’s still plenty of time left, and both candidates must find a way to persuade the vast majority of California voters that they’re more interested in solving problems than in picking fights.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So far, the strategy has paid off. In a vicious primary campaign, Angelides derided Westly for his occasional lapses in partisanship and his failure to uphold the far-left ideological orthodoxy. Among the portion of the state’s Democratic Party that makes up its base, this strategy was enough to propel Angelides to victory. But it could prove to be a disaster in the general election, when more than just the party faithful turn out to the polls. An ominous sign for Angelides’ prospects is the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 82, the ballot measure that would have raised taxes on the rich to pay for state-run, universal preschool. The fact that the measure failed so spectacularly suggests that – even in a primary dominated by liberal Democratic voters – voters are highly skeptical of giving any more money or power to their dysfunctional leaders in Sacramento. Yet giving more money and power to Sacramento is the whole of Angelides’ platform. Despite booming state revenues, he says Californians must sharply raise taxes – an agenda that seems to have little mainstream support if the fate of Proposition 82 is any indication. It’s an old rule of campaigns that politicians must pander to their base in the primary, then shift to the middle for the general election. Though Angelides has traveled far to the left, he now has the chance to talk to the center.
Anti-austerity campaigners in Donegal are targeting post-offices to stop people signing up to pay the €100 household charge.More than 50 pensioners were persuaded not to sign up to the charge at Ramelton Post Office.The pensioners were approached by members of the local ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ group who specifically targeted the outlets where people can pay before the march 31st deadline. Local organiser John Duffy said the group is winning lots of small victories against the Government’s planned tax.“We are winning small victories all over this county. We spent all of last Friday at the local post office here in Ramelton.“A total of 52 pensioners signed our petition and have said they will refuse to pay. Only a couple of people said they would pay,” he revealed.The group yesterday upped their campaign and placed placards in both Irish and English across the county. In Ramelton, protesters unveiled a float ridiculing the Government’s policy.It featured Taoiseach Enda Kenny dressed as a German gunner with the slogan ‘From Septic Tank to German Tank and we have Kenny to Thank’.Another part features a man going to the loo behind a tree, with the words ‘Stay Bill Free, Go Behind A Tree.”Mr Duffy added the various new charges would drive tourists out of a county which badly needs them.“Because it was a Bank Holiday weekend we obviously spoke to many people from the North who have already been whacked with a second house charge and now face more household and septic tank charges. “This will drive tourists away and will certainly reduce the spending power of those who have holiday homes in Co Donegal and other counties.“The Government are trying all sorts of bully-boy tactics to get people to register but once the registration goes through we will all be paying a lot more next year.”He added: “I’ll go to jail before I pay any of these charges and there’s a lot more like me.”CAMPAIGNERS TARGETING PENSIONERS AT POST OFFICES IN HOUSEHOLD CHARGE BATTLE was last modified: March 20th, 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:Can’t Pay Won’t Paydonegalpensionerspost offices
How will USC respond? Last year in similar games, the Trojans (4-0, 2-0) struggled with Stanford in a 31-28 victory but routed Arizona State 45-7. “It’s all about buying in to your philosophy,” Carroll said. “It’s never about who you play. I want to put together a heck of a football game and get off to a good start. It is a game we need in order to get back on track and balance our attack on the offensive side of the ball.” The schedule might give USC a break today but Trojans coach Pete Carroll never does. After two rough road games, it seems hosting Arizona is a bit of a breather, but Carroll believes playing the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1 Pac-10) is a true test of the No. 1-ranked Trojans’ mental toughness. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Even last year, Arizona surprised the Trojans for a half. The Wildcats led 3-0 and trailed 14-3 at the half before the Trojans pulled away for a 49-9 victory. “They gave us problems last year,” Carroll said. “We struggled with them. The focus of their team is their defense and aggressiveness.” Moala starts: Fili Moala starts at defensive tackle for the second straight game although LaJuan Ramsey (sprained ankle) should be available. Parking changes: There is going to be more parking available for the rest of USC’s home games. Unlike last month’s home opener against Arkansas, Staples Center will offer parking again. Fans can park in Lot 2 (on 11th and Georgia streets) and take a shuttle that drops them off at Exposition Blvd. and Figueroa St. The lot opens four hours before kickoff and shuttles run until an hour after the game’s conclusion. Parking also is available at the Los Angeles County Autopark at 318 W. Adams Blvd. (the corner of Adams Blvd. and Grand Ave.). Shuttles run to the Coliseum two hours before kickoff and return an hour after the game. Both facilities charge $10 for parking. Ticket time: By Friday afternoon, there were less than 2,000 tickets available for today’s game and USC expects a sellout. USC celebrates its 125th birthday this week and there will be festivities on campus before the game. Looking ahead: While USC plays Arizona, Notre Dame is off before hosting the Trojans next week in South Bend, Ind. Irish coach Charlie Weis said he has already prepared for USC, but isn’t sure if he can stop the Trojans. “There are pros and cons,” Weis said. “As far as game-planning, I like it because by this time I have already watched a bunch of Southern Cal tape. Before we get through the middle of the week, I will have watched everything I have needed to watch. Now the question is whether or not you can come up with enough good stuff to stop them. “Finding out what they do isn’t as big a problem as what you’re going to do against them.” Notre Dame (4-1) is 25-3 in its past 28 games following a bye. Notre Dame won 15 straight after a week off before USC defeated the Irish 41-10 last year at the Coliseum. USC also came off a bye that week. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city and the country’s commercial capital. Since 2008, some 359 000 skilled South Africans have returned home. (Image: Brand South Africa. Click for a larger view.) • Kotie Basson Media liaison Investec Asset Management +27 21 416 1812 +27 82 375 1317 Kotie.Basson@investecmail.com • Global perceptions key to competitiveness and foreign investment • Homecoming Revolution expands to African diaspora • South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that matters • South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world • Foreign journalists get the inside storyJeremy Gardiner, Investec Asset ManagementMy brother has just returned to South Africa after living in Geneva for 14 years. He is going to reside in Johannesburg and work for Discovery Health and he is deliriously happy.What is exhausting, though, is the question (accompanied by a look of near disbelief) asked by almost every South African, from the travel agent to his friends to the real estate agent and the car salesman: “Why are you coming back? Especially now?”What is it about us South Africans that make us truly believe that we are die vark in die verhaal (the pig in the tale) in every story? Whether it is the economy, politics, the currency, corruption, you name it – we really do seem to believe that this South Africa is the only country in the world with problems and that anything that goes wrong is directly self-inflicted.A few points are worth noting.First, most of the pain we are feeling economically is currently being felt more or less similarly across all emerging markets. Very simply, it is our turn. For the first three years after the global financial collapse, former US Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke plumped up the global economy with billions of US dollars and emerging markets were a happy beneficiary of this liquidity. South Africans looked on in amazement as the developed world came close to collapse, companies slashed their workforces and these developed economies ground to a halt. Meanwhile, life in South Africa was good – we were still growing, retrenchments were there (but not widespread) and the sun was shining.But then, inevitably and eventually, the developed world started healing. Today the US economy is recovering, economic numbers are improving and they’re fast becoming energy neutral. Producing all their own oil and gas will make them more competitive, improve their deficit and reduce their debt.On the other hand, the European recovery – whilst nowhere near the US recovery – seems intact, and while they are hardly growing, they are at least no longer shrinking. Their risk now is deflation, although recent data has been encouraging and any signs of deflation will be doused quickly enough through monetary methods. Britain is almost booming with growth forecasts for 2014 being raised from 1.5% a year ago, to the current predictions from the Bank of England of over 3%.So with all the good news coming out of the developed world, the quantitative easing drip is slowly being removed. Global investors, seeing the recovery, also decided they could generate decent returns closer to home.Suddenly the rug was pulled out from underneath the feet of the emerging markets currencies and stock markets. What was described in general economic parlance as the Brics (a grouping to which we as South Africans felt unworthy, but delighted to be part of) quickly became referred to by many pundits as a Bloody Ridiculous Investment Concept.Emerging markets remain resilientFrom Argentina to Indonesia, via Turkey, economies are slowing, unemployment is growing and currencies have been smashed. But the time for the emerging markets is not over. Many are in far better shape than 1998, and in many cases, they are in better shape than the developed world. They have lower debt-to-GDP ratios, more reserves, better demographics, higher growth prospects, and are generally more resilient.As members of this “club” known as emerging markets, we benefit when times are good, but similarly we suffer when sentiment towards emerging markets sours. As South Africans, we sometimes delude ourselves that we are “first world”, yet whether we like it or not, we are just another emerging market. Interestingly, there was a time we experienced contagion as a result of our proximity to Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa. Today, South Africa will lift from our current growth impasse due to our preferred emerging market status. Preferred, ironically, due to our proximity to the rampant growth economies of Africa.Key to psychological survival in South Africa is being able to see us the way foreign investors do, and comparing us to the countries against whom we compete for investment flows. Nobody asks whether they should invest in London or South Africa, or New York or South Africa. What they do say however, is should they invest in South Africa or should they rather invest in South America, the rest of Africa or Asia? And against those countries or continents we generally stack up (reasonably) well.‘We’re not that fascinating’So, the South African economy isn’t alone in facing tough times. The Brazilian and Indian economies have also slowed significantly, as has foreign investment into these markets. Their currencies are at record lows and their deficits and unemployment levels are high. In fact, most emerging market economies have slowed considerably. The rand isn’t being punished because of our politics or strikes, for that matter. Despite ourselves, the rand has been punished along with most emerging market currencies, simply because massive inflows suddenly become massive outflows as sentiment towards emerging markets deteriorated.We have enormous youth unemployment, but the levels are not dissimilar to that of many other emerging markets. For that matter, many European countries have similar youth unemployment levels. We grumble about our politics, but politicians across the world behave badly. “Gravy” is not unique to South Africa; after all, was it not expedient politicians feeding tax breaks to voters in exchange for votes that led to the European collapse (and in many cases debt levels that will take generations to repay)? The French president’s approval rating is below 20%, less than half the level of our president.From a corruption perspective we have much work to do, but we are by no means worse than other emerging markets. In fact, we are better than (or equal to) the majority of South America, the rest of Africa and most of Asia, according to Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index. On the list of 177 countries, we rank 72nd.We have to continue to jealously guard our press freedom, for which the country has fought so hard. We also have to appreciate that we currently have one of the freest press in the world. According to the World Press Freedom Index for 2014, we are in line with the UK and the US and once again freer than the majority of South America, the rest of Africa and Asia.In short, we are not nearly as fascinating to the rest of the world as we think we are. Very simply, we are part of a grouping known as emerging markets, and when they are in vogue, so are we, and the reverse applies when they are not. As I have argued earlier, what we are going through at the moment will pass. Almost like winter eventually becomes spring and then summer, so too will the sun return to the emerging markets and indeed to South Africa. Then this phase will be forgotten, and my brother – along with the 359 000 other skilled South Africans who (according to Adcorp) have returned home since 2008 – will stop getting asked why they came home.Jeremy Gardiner is a director at Investec Asset Management.
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Share with your Friends:More Intrepid geocachers in an attempt to disguise themselves as monkeys. The cache itself. The puzzle box that contains the cache. The making of the cache. Geocache Name:Left: http://bit.ly/1NU6qwr | Right: http://bit.ly/1jMLHwnKuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — by haoralLocation:Üsküdar, TurkeyN 41° 02.075 E 029° 01.926Difficulty/Terrain Rating:D3.5/T3.5Why this is Geocache of the Week:This week, we’re recognizing a creative geocache in a country that just got its first souvenir: Turkey!Birdhouses, or Kuş Evleri in Turkish, are literally built into much of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul and other cities in Turkey. This geocache was placed in tribute to those birdhouses.“Kuş Evi / Bird House” is a tree-climbing cache, the first of its kind in Turkey, in fact. Finding it qualifies you to add a special banner to your profile. Starting this week, you’ll also earn the brand-new Turkey souvenir for finding this, or any other geocache, in Turkey.What geocachers have to say about it:“This cache was my main target this afternoon: I like tree-climbing and I like banners . This one combined both. At least after I had found it! There were quite a few people around, thus I had to look carefully. After a looooong while I found a short trail and the tree. Getting to the cache was no problem but then there was the locking system that needed to be overcome. It wasn’t too difficult but something new to me! I really liked it! This whole cache is definitely worth a favourite point! Greetings to the owner! TFTC!” –kinderarzt“I wanted this one to be my 300. cache, so i saved itaccordingly during our Kuzguncuk tour. I have bern listening to the praises of this cache for months. I found some bird house caches in Europe before but i encounter one with a puzzle for the first time. Initially, my wife went up the tree. But when she had some difficulties with opening the lock, we switched places. I also could not open it immediately. The numbers must be aligned precisely to open it. I didn’t have a magnet with me but a swiss army knife. The rest eas not so difficult. And for sure, it deserves a fav point.” –blastrulaWhat the Cache Owner has to say about it:Tell us a little bit about why you decided to hide this cache?“There were not many handcrafted caches in Turkey or Istanbul. I saw a lot of nice, maker caches in the web and want to make one myself. It should be not to difficult but should have some field puzzle elements in it. And it should be a example of handcrafted caches for the growing community in Istanbul.”There don’t seem to be many tree caches in Turkey. Do you know if yours was the first?“I am very sure it is. It is a tree cache where searchers have not to use technical equipment, but have to climb nearly 3 meters high. Today there are more caches in Turkey like this.”Do you think this cache requires more maintenance that your other geocaches?“No the place is more secure than the other caches in the city. Also it is chained to the tree, so Muggles are less a problem.”Do you have anything in particular you’d like to say to the geocaching community?“I produced this and some other caches in Istanbul to show the community that nice crafted caches are more fun than simple ones.”Photos: View from the cache.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. The littlest geocachers may need some help finding this one. SharePrint RelatedThe Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 15, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Reach new geocaching heights!March 15, 2016In “Community”