We are losing our youths

first_imgDear Editor,My heart aches for the family and country as we lose another youth, another son, Rivaldo Williams, as a result of reckless crime caused by the menaces of society. It saddens me to learn of his tragic death, and the recent deaths of others just like him. I can only imagine what the respective families are feeling. What a horrible time for our youths, their families and the country as a whole. I honestly wish I could take away the pain.I pray that the family finds peace and comfort in the knowledge that he is now in the hands of God, and that he has received his eternal reward in Heaven.As an ardent and concerned member of society, a matter like this is a tremendous concern, and as such, I wish to draw the attention of the people of this country towards the increasing rate of rising youth crimes. From schools to their respective workplace, the crimes involving youths are increasing at a steady rate.This is not at all healthy for the development of our society and country, especially when the role of youths is to renew and refresh the current status of society. We need to understand that our youths are our greatest asset and as such, we as a people need to do everything possible to save them.The decline in moral character of youths is a cause of great concern. It is utterly disappointing to know that the crimes being committed by these youths are so horrifically cruel, barbaric and inhumane. It is really a sad state of affairs for our country.With a plethora of job opportunities available, I refuse to accept that there is a lack of job availability causing these youths to react in such barbaric behaviour. It is sad that they prefer such inhumane routes of gaining their income, rather than working for what they want. The most common misconception is that people assume someone becomes successful overnight. There is no fast track to success. This is not what people would want to hear but it is the truth.I believe that families, religious institutions, and the community have a direct impact on curbing the immature minds of our youths. They need to be taught to become more responsible in their actions, the people and environment they surround themselves in, as well as respecting the safety and protection of their fellow humankind.To the families and society that have lost their loved ones, all that I can say at this time is that I am terribly sorry that our political leaders do not seem to grasp the reality of crimes on youths and others, and the fact that we are losing our youths. No system has been created to give first-time offenders an opportunity to re-calibrate their lives.I have been talking about a creation of a boot camp for first-time offenders that will teach them trades, discipline – for example the drills without firearms, to create systems by which we find their skill set or personal strength so we can, as a nation, develop them and make them positive citizens of society.A mind is a terrible thing to waste. It’s time for our political leaders to wake up and smell the coffee of reality because if these crimes are allowed unchecked, it will destroy the fabric of social mores.Sincerely,Roshan KhanChairman/FounderRK’s Guyana Security Serviceslast_img read more

3 Killed, including 2 VV Jets, in Friday accident

first_imgThe deceased will be missed by their friends, family, and the entire North Peace hockey community. At least one member of the Valleyview senior hockey team has been killed in a weekend crash that left three people dead and two more injured.The Edmonton Sun reports Brendon Birnie-Browne, one of two brothers to play for the NPHL’s Valleyview Jets, was killed on Friday night, when the vehicle he was travelling in collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 43, about 13 kilometers west of Valleyview.Five people were in the pickup at the time of the crash, which resulted in all five getting ejected from their truck. – Advertisement -Initial police reports suggest the pickup crossed the centre line into the eastbound lane, causing a head-on collosion with the semi. Police say speed and alcohol were possible factors in the crash.21 year-old Brendon Birnie-Browne, and two others were killed. The Edmonton Sun reports one of them was Annah Reimer, while the Peace River Stampeders fan forum suggests the other was Anthony Sarrison, another member of the Jets. The two other passengers, including Brendon’s brother Richard Birnie-Browne, also a Jet, suffered what police have called limited injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer unit was unhurt. The tragedy has shaken the small community, with tributes already pouring in to the Stampeders fan forum and social networking site facebook. Advertisementlast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP on scene of multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP advise that Highway 2 has now re-opened to traffic in all directions.RCMP and other emergency services are no longer on scene. RCMP continue to investigate this collision. An update will be provided when additional information becomes available.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are reporting that they, along with EMS and Fire, are currently on scene of a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2, north of Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -According to RCMP, approximately 20 vehicles have been involved in a collision in the southbound lanes of Highway 2, north of Emerson Trail.Police say both the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 2 are currently blocked and that detours have been established.Motorists are asked to avoid the area or reroute via Emerson Trail.Advertisement No further information is available at this time. An update will be provided when available.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Smyths Daleside Feeds require temporary Office Administrator

first_imgSmyths Daleside Feeds based in Ballindrait, Lifford Co Donegal is looking for a temporary Office Administrator.Roles and responsibilities include:• Sales order processing• Cash Sales• Telephone queries• Month End Reports• General Office Duties smiths daleside feedsCandidate Profile:• Experience in a similar role.• Good IT skills• Keen attention to detail.• Highly organised with the ability to plan and work to deadlines.• Strong communication and people skills.• Good problem-solving skills and the ability to learn quickly.To Apply:Anyone who meets the above criteria and is interested in applying for this position should submit a copy of their CV by e-mail not later than Friday 20th July to: emarley@donegaligroup.com Job Vacancy: Smyths Daleside Feeds require temporary Office Administrator was last modified: July 11th, 2018 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:jobSmyths Daleside Feedslast_img read more

New sheriff’s station open for business

first_img 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The new station is nearly four times the size of the office it replaces. It contains jail cells and a 911 call center, so that Palmdale deputies will not have to rely on the Lancaster sheriff’s station for those facilities. Since 1992, Palmdale deputies have operated out of a remodeled shopping center building. Palmdale city government provided the 111/2-acre site for the new station and agreed to pay about $1 million to widen streets, install right-turn pockets, relocate streetlights and modify the traffic signal system on adjoining Sierra Highway. PALMDALE – A $24 million sheriff’s station will open for business today. The new Palmdale sheriff’s station at 750 E. Ave. Q will handle all services previously handled at the old station, which was a leased office in a shopping center at 1020 E. Palmdale Blvd. The new station’s main public phone number is (661) 272-2400. The old number of (661) 267-4300 will remain operational for one year as a public transition period, officials said. The station’s grand-opening ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 15, followed by an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. last_img read more

Man United legend Paul Scholes in new scathing attack on Mourinho and Sanchez

first_img Mourinho is feeling the pressure at Manchester United Scholes had made his feelings clear about the under-fire coach after United’s poor start to the season.The 11-time Premier League winner recently said Mourinho has ‘embarrassed’ the club with his antics and was lucky to keep his job after a dreadful run of results.The Portuguese has looked rattled this season and has often cut a frustrated and gloomy figure in the Red Devils hotseat.Scholes hopes the manager can turn it around at Old Trafford, but has claimed ‘the old Mourinho has gone’ and United have been left with a coach who complains too often and can’t seen to get the best out of his players. 7 Sanchez has scored just four goals since joining United in January 7 His criticism of Alexis Sanchez:“I know he has qualities and has been a good player but I never saw him as a United player.“I saw him as a bit selfish, someone who played for himself sometimes. I didn’t think he was a player that we needed, especially for that type of money.“How would we be able to get rid of him now when he earns those wages? The signing felt like it happened just to stop Man City signing him.”On the ‘old Mourinho’:“I loved watching his interviews, his cockiness. I thought he was brilliant, but that Jose has gone.“Now it’s just a moaning Jose, which frustrates you. He’s moaning at his players and what he hasn’t got. But look what he does have. He tells people he’s the best coach, so he should now prove that.“It’s not like he’s been given nothing. He’s been given fortunes to spend and he’s bought a lot of these players. He’s bought the two centre-halves who don’t look good enough. If he doesn’t think they’re good enough, then coach them and make them better.” “We have Jesse Lingard who, on his day, can be that type of player, but you never really know what his best position is.“Juan Mata has those type of qualities but the manager plays him wide on the right-hand side and he’s never going to have the legs to play that position. I’ve been there, being put out wide, and you hate it. You want to get into the middle of the pitch where things are happening and pace isn’t as vital.“The rest of the United team is OK. Martial and Rashford, two really talented players, they need to develop their confidence. It scares me that these really talented players will be sold and be brilliant for another club. I could see that happening with Martial.“It’s difficult for him and Rashford to find some confidence because they come in for a game, they might not have the best game and then they’re out for three or four matches.“If the team don’t play well then they’re brought back in for an hour, then left out. You never get consistency or a run of performances. That’s frustrating. They look like wingers and they’re getting slagged off by the manager.” 7 7 7 Paul Scholes says Liverpool and Man City will be laughing at Man United for their current woes Scholes also took aim at ‘cocky’ Paul Pogba and striker Romelu Lukaku, saying United would struggle to win the league with the Belgian leading the line…On record signing Pogba:“He does some of the best things in games – a great pass or dribble, a great touch or dribble.“Then, five minutes later, he’ll do one of the worst things like his brain has switched off, like it’s all about him because he’s just shown everyone how good he is. That becomes easy to play against because you know that cockiness will come.”On Lukaku:“I’m just not sure you are ever going to win the league with a goal scorer like him. I don’t think his play outside of the box is good enough.“Lukaku is one of many United players who look like they’re short of confidence. I don’t think he realises how good he can be, but he needs help because who else can play centre-forward at United now?” Asked if the United team are not playing for the boss:“It’s hard for me to say because I was never in a team, be it Man United or England, where I went out with the intention of getting a manager sacked. I never went out and thought ‘I’ll not try’.“I’m not saying that any Man United player has ever done that but you hear so much stuff now that you think it could be possible.“I’d hate that if it’s true, if any player set out to play badly on purpose. I’ve had loads of bad games, but never on purpose.“The big thing with United is the effort and the attitude. When you looked at the West Ham game last week, it looked like the biggest sign of players not wanting to play for Jose, but I would not sack him.“I hope the situation is retrievable. I’d like Jose to show people why he’s such a great coach because this is his biggest test in football. It’d be amazing [if he could turn it around]. Is it possible? I don’t know.“He still is [a good manager]. Well, I think he still is, but you wonder why his side keep getting outplayed.” Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has launched a fresh attack on Jose Mourinho, saying his players could be playing badly on purpose to get their manager sacked.In a hard-hitting interview with ESPN, the Red Devils hero also blasted ‘selfish’ winger Alexis Sanchez and said things are so bad at Old Trafford that even Lionel Messi would struggle in the current team. Jose Mourinho has bitten back at the press more than once this season On Liverpool and Manchester City ‘laughing’ at Man United and their current woes:“United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we’re making all the same mistakes as they did.“We were watching Liverpool and City from afar and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right. It feels like we have turned into a Liverpool or a Man City.“I feel like people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them many years ago, but if you look across the road, they’re doing everything right.“They’ve brought the best manager in the world in. They’ve brought staff in to be responsible for signing players. They have a set way of playing every week.” Read what Scholes had to say on Jose Mourinho, Alexis Sanchez and how Manchester United’s current form has Liverpool and Manchester City ‘laughing’ at them below…Scholes’ damning verdict of Mourinho’s United team:“Whether Jose has a clear way in the future, I don’t know, because the form is that bad. United are all over the place.“It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.“I hate going back and saying, ‘when we played, we did this and we did that’, but I look at the current squad of players and I don’t think there’s a lack of quality there.“I do think they miss a couple of real class players that other top teams seem to have – a link player and also a controlling midfield player. I’m thinking more of a Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard or David Silva. 7 Scholes fears Man United’s biggest rivals are laughing at their misfortune 7 Scholes says Man United are crying out for a player like Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne last_img read more

Starbucks, Stones start it up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “With every studio session, there are always songs that never appear on the final album and at the time you think, What a shame that song did not make it,” Mick Jagger said. Virgin is part of London-based EMI Group PLC, one of the world’s largest record companies. NEW YORK – Coffee giant Starbucks Corp. and Virgin Records are co-releasing a CD of rare Rolling Stones remixes, B-sides and hard-to-find live recordings, the band announced on its Web site Wednesday. “Rarities: 1971-2003” will be released in Starbucks stores and in other retail outlets in the United States and Canada on Nov. 22. The coffee company’s music arm, Starbucks Hear Music, worked with the record label and the veteran British rockers to comb through the band’s extensive archives. Among the 16 tracks: a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Let it Rock,” originally released as a B-side to the 1971 single “Brown Sugar,” and alternate takes of several of the band’s biggest hits, including live versions of “Tumbling Dice,” “Wild Horses” and “Beast of Burden,” and a dance remix of “Miss You.” 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

Eighth mayoral term likely for Ledford

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Palmdale City Council incumbents Richard Loa and Jim Root didn’t seek re-election. In the Antelope Valley Union High School District race for three seats, incumbents Al Beattie and Jim Lott and retired teacher Ira Simonds were ahead. Other challengers were Diana Beard-Williams, D. Elena Kolbengston, Bernie Longjohn, Roger Price and James Shanbrom. Incumbent Calvin Robinson did not seek re-election. In the Antelope Valley College board race for three seats, incumbent Steve Buffalo, Mike Adams and Betty Weinke were ahead of challengers Steve Fox, Timothy Hayes and Angel Rice. In Westside School District’s race for three seats, incumbent Christine LeBeau, corrections officer John Curiel and teacher Linda Jones were ahead. Other challengers were Paul Cramer, Steven DeMarzio, and Joan Sodergren. PALMDALE – Mayor Jim Ledford appeared headed for an eighth term Tuesday as Palmdale’s mayor, according to early returns. Los Angeles police officer Steve Knight, son of the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight, and Palmdale School District trustee Tom Lackey were leading in the race for two City Council seats. Ledford’s only opponent was Desmond Kester, a Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office supervisor who also ran for mayor in 2001. Other council candidates were Planning Commission Chairman John Mayfield; homeowner activist Marta Williamson-Cox Kester; Jeannette Buteyn; Palmdale Library trustee Patricia Shaw; Kathleen Morgan; Mark Walters; and Craig Tappa. Trustee Marty Meeden did not seek re-election, and Charles Brink moved out of the district, vacating his seat. In the Palmdale School District’s race for three seats, incumbents Sandy Corrales and Sheldon Epstein and Knight High School Vice Principal Jeff Ferrin were ahead. Incumbent Shawny Barcelona and challenger Alicia Dale were trailing. In the Lancaster School District race for three seats, incumbents Keith Giles and Greg Tepe and United Way executive Diane Grooms were ahead. Also running was Rebecca Fox. After serving 20 years on the board, trustee Richard White did not seek re-election. In the Eastside Union School District’s race for three seats, incumbents Charles Cooke and Martha Johnson and appointed incumbent David Eubanks were ahead of challengers Joanna Gaudi and John Altin Ginn. In the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District race for three seats, police Capt. Mark Distaso, attorney Larry Layton and business owner Leona Ruth Sexton were ahead of appointed incumbent Maximino Duran and incumbent Fred Heslep. Also running were retired software engineer Ron Bird, newspaper publisher Charles Brink, educator Geraldine Rose Davis, health care manager Michael Richard Hughes and parent and educator Deborah Jauregui-Rocha. In the Southern Kern Unified School District, incumbents Mario Gutierrez and Ralph Nelson and retiree Mike Escalante were ahead of incumbent Robert Vincelette Jr. and businesswoman Jean Brazeal. In three Palmdale Water District races, water system manager Gordon Dexter was ahead of appointed incumbent Jeff Storm, retired firefighter Richard Wells was ahead of incumbent Ronald Cunningham, and incumbent Nolan Negaard was ahead of industrial electrician Dave Gomez. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want 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

Projects opening high school kids’ eyes to art around them

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals With a class full of teenagers who enjoy hands-on work, Gaskin often discusses how they can make money from different opportunities in the work force that will best utilize the skills they have. Many from the 500-student high school pursue a trade after graduation. Some learn about different jobs through classes such as Gaskin’s. The holiday project sparked something inside of Harmon, who said she’s interested in painting windows professionally. However, her dream job is in fashion design. It was a graphic arts class taken in ninth grade that changed everything for Wade McCracken. While painting a propaganda poster from World War I – a collaborative project with history, art and government classes – McCracken said he wants to one day be a silk screener. He said the job would lend itself to designing T-shirts, CD covers and other creations. The inspiration comes from that graphics art class. Sometimes the projects turn students on to something new, even if a future can’t be carved from it, such as with needlepoint. Gaskin said students still learn skills from projects like this that can be transferred into other work. At first, Scott Ragsdale, 17, completely rejected the idea of sewing with yarn. But then he gave it a try and said he found it entertaining. He said it makes him notice detail. After graduation, Ragsdale wants to attend trade school and work with wood, whether it’s in construction or some type of design. “I don’t want to sit behind a desk all my life,” Ragsdale said. “I want to work with my hands.” Needlepoint also was new to Paul Tamborrino before he took the art class. He worked on an embroidered frame that he’ll put his picture in and give to his mother. The skill, he said, is a good way to pass time. “If you are old, this would be fun,” the 17-year-old said. “And if you’re bored, this gives you something to do.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Shannon Harmon never noticed store window designs until she painted her own school’s windows for an art project. Now the 16-year-old sees them everywhere, she said, rubbing white paint Friday into a window in the courtyard at Bowman High School where students from Mary Gaskin’s art class were putting the finishing touches on snowmen, trees and other winter scenes they painted on windows. “I never cared before, but now that I’m doing this, I check them all the time,” said the high school junior, noting that some fast-food restaurants were first to have holiday decorations painted on them. Gaskin said painting windows for businesses can be a profitable trade, an idea that she emphasizes with students considering careers in art. last_img read more

Softball’s Saturday Doubleheader against Valparaiso Cancelled

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader between the Drake University softball team and Valparaiso at Buel Field has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Bulldogs and Crusaders will now play a doubleheader Sunday starting at 2 p.m. in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.Following Sunday’s game, Drake will travel back to Cedar Falls Tuesday, April 17 to play in-state rival UNI in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img