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Irresponsible allegation made by Councillor

first_imgDear Editor,The Office of the Region Five Chairman wishes to publicly refute claims made by APNU/AFC Councillor Mr Abel Seetaram which were published on August 4.Councillor Seetaram deliberately misled readers, and by extension the general public, by suggesting that the PPP Councillors of the Regional Democratic Council of Region #5 failed to submit projects to be included in the Region’s 2018 Budget proposals.Mr Seetaram’s utterances are not only untrue and misleading, but are also demeaning, emanating from an elected representative and a sitting member of the Regional Democratic Council of Region #5, since a total of 144 projects from across Region #5 were collectively compiled by the PPP Councillors and submitted to the Office of the Regional Executive Officer on June 26, 2017. These submissions were signed for, and received, by the Secretary to the Regional Executive Officer.We therefore demand an apology from Councillor Abel Seetaram, and call upon the REO, Mr Ovid Morrison, to issue a similar statement denouncing this irresponsible allegation made by the APNU/AFC Councillor.VICKCHANDRAMPHALRegional Chairman,Region 5RION PETERSRegional Vice-Chairman, Region 5Chairman – WorksCommitteelast_img read more

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Vinayak on song in Nakuru

first_img“It was a fantastic race. I won all three races- so it feels good for the regional championship in Kampala over Easter at Garuga racetrack. This was truly a fantastic track, friendly people and great fun with the karts! The track was quite tight and dusty. A good start was needed, which I got,” the winner stated.Other than a picturesque view of the Menengai Crater and motorbikes action, spectators also feasted their eyes on karting races on the adjacent asphalt track courtesy of Chirag Soni and Davide Bernardi.The new track was a scintillating change of scenario away from Jamhuri where they have ridden on time and time again.“It was tight and technical; a bit challenging for the big bikes,” observed the oldest rider Moses Mugo (50) who came fifth overall in MX1. His son Charles Mugo romped home second in the category in what was a bonus to spectators.MX50 class also saw series leader Jesse Waithaka return victorious on 57points followed by Ethan Nyachae on 54 whilst Dekker Kihara sealed the podium dash on 41. Nikita Sehmi was the only girl rider in the event riding a KTM 65 bike.Tutu Maina won the MX2 class to remain on top of the standings and so was Apollo Mbuki who rode aggressively in the MX125 class.Jesse Waithaka savoured his third win of the season in 50cc and promised better displays in the season.“It was a challenging ride. I’m happy to be the first winner in this new track,” he added.RVM&SC Chairman Rob Collinge was happy with the new track adding that they intend to make motocross a permanent feature.Riders now proceed to Garuga in Kampala next weekend for the first round of the FIM Africa regional Championship.Among the riders headed for Kampala are Apollo Mbuki, Tutu Maina and Vinayak.The next round of the motocross series will be hosted by East Africa Motor Sports Club on the weekend of May 5 and 6.Nikita Sehmi won the meritorious award.RESULTS MOTOCROSS 3MX50: 1. Jesse Waithaka 57; 2. Ethan Nyachae 54; 3. Dekker Kihara 41; 4. Dylan Mutahi 41.MX65: 1. Rolf Kihara (KTM) 57; 2. Jeremy Waithaka 43; 3. M. Anwar 41; 3. Owain Ashley 41; 4. Ryan Bailey 36.MX85: 1. Samir Anwar 55; 2. Walter Kuria 51; 3. Ngugi Waweru 50.MX125: 1. Apollo Mbuki 60; 2. Rohan Gandhi 49; 3. Masalule Kituyi 42.MX2: 1. Tutu Maina 57; 2. Ivan Guya 54; 3. Samir Sherman DNS.MX1: 1. Shivam Vinayak 60; 2. Charles Mugo 45; 3. Isaac Kuria 45; 4. Louis Dirnboeck 45; 5. Moses Mugo 35. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 1- Titleholder Shivam Vinayak (MX1), Jesse Waithaka (MX50) and Rolf Kihara (MX65) emerged victorious as the third round of the Kenya National Motocross Championship came to a dramatic end at the newly built Rift Valley Motor and Sports Club racetrack in Solai, Nakuru.Shivam, who had lost to Cruze Muigai in the last round at Nairobi’s Jamhuri Park, was all smiles after dominating all the three heats at stake. Muigai was however, the notable absentee in the RVM&SC round of the national series.last_img read more

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Stacey Cletheroe arrested

first_imgCletheroe was wanted on an outstanding warrant for his arrest for possession with the purpose of trafficking. He is also facing three additional counts of failing to comply with his recognizance. He was originally arrested in July, 2011 and RCMP had asked for the public’s help in locating him earlier in September. Cletheroe will remain in custody until his first appearance in Fort St John on October 5, 2011.- Advertisement –last_img

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Blast leaves space tourism up in air

first_img“Accidents happen when you’re working with chemicals,” said Thomas Matula, assistant professor at University of Houston-Victoria. “They’re in the test phase, and that’s when you want to find the problems.” Both Rutan and Branson have publicly stressed that safety is their priority and that they will not fly passengers until the vehicle is thoroughly tested. Even with the public proclamations, the men diverge. Branson has said commercial flights will begin in 2009, while Rutan has not released a timetable. The accident puts the famously secretive Rutan in an awkward position. The designer of the Voyager aircraft and other experimental vehicles has been known to shy from the limelight as he works in private at a Mojave Desert airfield that has morphed from an aircraft junkyard into a thriving alternative space industry. The scant details of the explosion he provided to reporters is the most Rutan has ever said about a project that is still supposed to be under wraps.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – A deadly explosion at the test site of a pioneering company building commercial spaceships has cast light on inherent dangers in rocketry that have been overshadowed by public enthusiasm for the adventure of space tourism. The blast, which killed three people, came nearly two years after Scaled Composites LLC first began designing its top-secret suborbital spaceship for British tycoon Richard Branson, who hopes to fly tourists by 2009. Scaled, headed by aviation legend Burt Rutan, is best known for its 2004 launch of SpaceShipOne, the first privately developed manned rocket to reach space. The tragedy stunned space tourism supporters, many of whom were betting that Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceline would be the first in the fledgling business to send well-heeled tourists out of the atmosphere. “I suspect that this is a major setback for Virgin Galactic because they may have to go back to the drawing board for propulsion, for P.R. reasons if nothing else,” former aerospace engineer and space tourism consultant Randy Simberg wrote on his blog Transterrestrial Musings. The cause of Thursday’s blast, which spewed nitrous oxide into the air, is still under investigation. Rutan said it occurred during a routine test of the propellent flow system for SpaceShipTwo, the commercial version of SpaceShipOne. The test was done at room temperature and under pressure, but it did not require any rocket firing. Employees had performed the test numerous times before without any problem, Rutan said. Killed were Eric Blackwell, 38, Charles May, 45, and Todd Ivens, 33, all employees of Scaled. May, who left the company after SpaceShipOne’s history-making flights, had been back on the job for only four days when he was killed, said his brother, Gary May of suburban Dallas. SpaceShipTwo will be powered by a hybrid rocket motor that uses nitrous oxide as an oxidizer, which provides the oxygen that rocket fuel needs to burn. last_img read more

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Buckweed fire 27 percent contained

first_imgA series of road closures remained in effect, primarily along Bouquet Canyon Road, Sierra Highway and Whites Canyon. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – The Buckweed Fire, which has scorched an estimated 37,800 acres in Agua Dulce, Canyon Country and Saugus since it started Sunday, was 27 percent contained today, authorities said. The fire, which began in Mint Canyon west of Agua Dulce about 1 p.m. Sunday, had been 20 percent contained when firefighting aircraft were grounded at sundown yesterday. About 930 firefighters were battling the blaze today. Though no cause has been determined, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said fire investigators were trying to determine if the fire was intentionally set. Fire officials said yesterday the blaze may have been the result of downed power lines. According to the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, five people have been injured in the blaze, including two firefighters. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. Most schools in the area were closed today, including those in the the Castaic Union, Newhall, Saugus Union, Sulphur Springs and William S. Hart school districts. Also closed was the College of the Canyons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Evacuation shelters remained open at Saugus and Golden Valley high schools. A total of 32 structures — including 15 homes and 17 outbuildings — were reported destroyed by county officials, although fire Inspector Sam Padilla told CBS2 that all 32 structures were single-family homes. Forty 40 vehicles were also destroyed. Also destroyed were bridges at Vasquez Canyon at Bouquet Canyon Road and Vasquez Canyon at Sierra Highway, said Deputy Dana Camarillo of the county’s Office of Emergency Management. A total of about 15,000 residents were evacuated at some point, but some were allowed to return home yesterday, as long as they showed proof of residency and remained inside their homes, according to Santa Clarita city officials. Among the structures destroyed Sunday was the Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office in the Angeles National Forest at 30800 Bouquet Canyon Road, said Kathy Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service. last_img read more

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Wall Street sinks again, fearing Fed hike

first_imgAnd whether stocks will continue their slide depends largely on the Fed’s opinion of upcoming inflation data, said Joseph Battipaglia, chief investment officer at Ryan, Beck & Co. The Fed has indicated its determination to fight inflation by extending its rate tightening, even at the sake of economic growth. “What everyone has to focus on is where profits will come from in the future,” Battipaglia said. “Natural expansion of the economy will allow profit to expand modestly. On the other hand, if rate hikes continue and a recession is looming, then earnings will fall off and stocks will become expensive.” Declining issues outpaced advancers by more than a 4-to-1 margin on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume of 2.34 billion shares trailed the 3.32 billion shares that changed hands Friday. Bonds were flat, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note unchanged at 4.98 percent from late Friday. Meanwhile, the two-year Treasury yield rose to 5.02 percent; the inversion of yields signaled the bond market’s increased expectations of an economic slowdown. The U.S. dollar advanced on the Japanese yen and was mixed against European currencies, while gold prices lingered at about $610 an ounce.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Wall Street extended its monthlong retreat Monday as inflation fears kept investors on edge following hefty losses last week, the worst so far in 2006. A late-day sell-off dragged the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 100 points and put the Nasdaq composite index at a seven-month low. Investors have been reluctant to buy stocks ever since the Federal Reserve said in early May that record oil prices could require higher interest rates to keep prices from climbing elsewhere. Downbeat inflation comments from Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Sandra Pianalto on Monday was another reminder for an already uneasy market. But recent signs of slowing economic growth now have Wall Street worried that too many rate hikes could send the economy sliding. Trading was expected to be skittish this week ahead of wholesale and consumer price data, which might bring clues about whether the Fed will boost rates again at its June 28-29 meeting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“There are certainly some positives in the economy to point to, but until we get some more clarity on the battle between inflation and economic growth, the markets are likely to remain volatile,” said Michael Sheldon, chief market strategist at Spencer Clarke LLC. The Dow tumbled 99.34, or 0.91 percent, to 10,792.58, its lowest close since hitting 10,749.76 on Feb. 7. The blue-chip index shed 355 points last week and is 7.3 percent below its six-year high of 11,642.98, reached May 10. Broader stock indicators also retreated. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slid 15.89, or 1.27 percent, to 1,236.41, closing in negative territory for the first time this year; the Nasdaq lost 43.74, or 2.05 percent, to 2,091.32. The Nasdaq has declined just over 10 percent from its recent high on May 8, reflecting speculation that the tech industry will suffer in the wake of an economic downturn. A drop of 10 percent or more is considered a full-fledged correction, which is an interruption of the general bull-market trend. However, while the market could rebound from a correction, it also means that a bear market – in which stocks decline 20 percent or more – also is a possibility. Neither the Dow nor the S&P 500 is near the 10 percent losses needed for a correction. last_img read more

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Andrew Driver: Csaba Laszlo a good fit for Dundee United

first_img“For Dundee United, a bit of consistency would be good and I think he’d be a good man for the job. “In the media, he said some funny things but in the changing room, he was pretty serious. He’d be a good guy to go in, he’s been around the block.” Driver added: “If anything I’d say his style is very German. I know he’s Hungarian but a lot of his football years were in Germany and you can tell by his training.  “It was all tactical-based, which was kind of strange for us Scottish guys who weren’t used to something like that.”   STV Sport understands United could make an appointment within the next 24 hours. Former Hearts winger Andrew Driver says Dundee United would be making a “good choice” if they appoint his ex-Jam Tarts boss Csaba Laszlo as their new manager. Laszlo, who spent 18 months in charge at Tynecastle, has emerged as one of the front-runners for the vacant Tannadice post. Driver, who plies his trade in the Dutch second tier with De Graafschap, said the Hungarian’s attention to detail on the training ground could help transform struggling United’s fortunes on the pitch. He said: “As a team, we did pretty well that year. We were very organised, hard to beat and got results. last_img read more

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Clinton R. Brewer, age 47, of Salem

first_imgSurvivors include his parents, James H. Brewer of Virginia & Carol J. Sanders of Salem; significant other, Kim Wheeler; son,Christopher Sanders of Indianapolis; Kasandra Brewer of Salem; brother, Roy Sanders; 1 granddaughter.Preceded in death by his grandparents, Farmer & Sophia Ledford, & WD & Charlene Brewer; 1 aunt, Evangeline Ledford; 2uncles, James F. Ledford & Hack Brewer; step father, Irvin Sanders.The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday at Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home in Salem. Viewing will be Tuesday from10:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. Toney Voyles will officiate.Online expressions: www.hughestaylor.net Clinton R. Brewer, age 47, of Salem, Indiana, passed away on September 7, 2017 at Baptist Health Floyd Hospital in NewAlbany. He was born on June 9, 1970 in New Albany, Indiana.Clinton was a member of Old Blue River Christian Church.last_img read more

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Haywood County Horse, equine referendum vote is March 8

first_imgHorse and other equine animal owners/lessors will vote across the state on March 8 to determine whether to continue to voluntarily assess themselves $4 per ton of commercial horse feed in order to provide funds to promote the interests of the horse industry.The vote in Haywood County will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county Extension, 589 Raccoon Road, WaynesvilleAny North Carolina resident who has reached his/her ninth birthday as of Jan. 1, 2017, and who has complete or partial ownership or lease of an equine is eligible to vote. Individuals must sign a statement certifying eligibility at time of voting.A provision has been made for absentee voting. From now through March 8, horse owners may visit or call the Extension Center and request a ballot and absentee registration form. These must be turned in to the Extension office by March 8.If the vote is favorable, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will continue to receive the assessment funds from manufacturers and/or distributors of horse feed, and will remit the money to the N.C. Horse Council.The Horse Council has indicated that the funds will be used for 4-H and other youth and educational programs; trails advocacy; equine research; representation of horse interests in government; marketing programs; enforcement of horse laws; and improved public awareness of diseases and other threats to horses’ well-being.For more information, call the Extension Center at 456-3575last_img read more

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Good times in SA: Financial Times

first_img12 June 2006Describing South Africa as “a country enjoying the benefits of high commodity prices, solid growth and low interest rates”, a special report by London’s influential Financial Times has expressed qualified praise for SA’s economic successes.Published on Tuesday, the 10-page report pays particular attention to the government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), discussing it on almost every page. It describes the policy as “a wordily named plan to pursue promising economic opportunities to remove the bottlenecks in their way”.The lead article, “Good times put system under strain”, uses the example of traffic congestion on the highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria to make its point: that the country’s unprecedented prosperity and economic growth is challenging its infrastructure.“Although unpleasant to negotiate,” journalist John Reed writes, “the traffic is a sure sign of good times in South Africa. High commodity prices and a long period of solid economic growth and low interest rates are contributing to a 10% annual growth in vehicle ownership.”The article discusses the Gautrain project, the “European-style rapid rail network” between Joburg and Pretoria now under construction, describing it as “probably the best known of several government plans to prime the economic growth pump with billions of rand in new infrastructure spending”.Spending spreeIn “Black middle class helps fuel a spending spree”, the Financial Mail get to grips with South Africa’s rapid economic expansion, making the point that the share of income going to the black majority has risen from 35% in 1990 to 50% today.“People talk about the emerging black market,” it quotes a retail developer as saying. “It’s emerged.”The Times says the “spending spree”, which it ascribes to low interest rates, cheap imports and new consumer demand, has “pushed growth up to a rate not seen since the end of apartheid in 1994 or during the decade before that. The official 2005 growth estimate of 4.9% is expected to be revised upwards.”The report profiles the province of Gauteng, which with 9% of Africa’s GDP is the economic powerhouse of the country, and examines “ambitious plans” to expand the tourism industry of KwaZulu-Natal.Tourism and outsourcingTourism is one of two key sectors, with business process outsourcing, identified under Asgi-SA as having particular potential for growth, and the Times looks at both in depth.“Having tripled the number of overseas visitors since 1994,” David White writes of the tourism industry, “it is regarded as being ready for ‘a second phase of growth’ that could take its share of gross domestic product from 8% to 12% by 2014 and add a further 400 000 jobs.”While he emphasises the impact poverty and crime on have international tourists’ experience of the country, White also looks at government efforts to broaden the South African population’s participation in the white-dominated sector .“Scouting for more happy customers” examines South Africa’s efforts to compete with Asian countries – India in particular – for a share of the global call centre and business outsourcing market.“While not competing with India on its own terms, South Africa aims to capture clients looking to diversify their growing offshore operations away from India.“Industry promoters are touting South Africa’s advantages of time zone, a relatively neutral accent and closer cultural affinity with customers in the rich north than Asian countries.”The succession debate around President Thabo Mbeki, his axed former deputy Jacob Zuma and new Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka gets close attention in articles titled “Succession skirmishes at the top” and “Short honeymoon for president’s new protege”.“In today’s economically buoyant environment,” Reed writes, “investors are betting – correctly or not – that the presidential succession will unfold with minimal upset to their profits.”Elsewhere in the report, the Financial Times profiles Soweto businessman Richard Maponya, a highly successful entrepreneur who built up his business empire during the apartheid era. This was when black people were actively discouraged from selling anything but their labour – and a long time before black economic empowerment.It also looks at author Damon Galgut, “better known abroad than at home”, who published his first novel at the age of 17 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for his last book, The Good Doctor, in 2003.Logged-on subscribers can read the full report at www.ft.com/southafrica2006.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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