12 Jan

Prisoner recaptured in Mahdia

first_img1 month later…internal investigations find numerous SOP breachesMore than one month after prisoner Derrick Oudkerk escaped from the home of Prison Officer Alsan Scott while on labour duties, the convict was recaptured on Monday at a mining camp in Water Dog Backdam, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).According to information received, the arrest was made at about 16:00h after ranks of the Mahdia Police Station visited a camp belonging to a 51-year-old dredge owner of West Bank Demerara, at Water Dog Backdam.Recaptured: Derrick OudkerkOudkerk of Upper West Watakoo, Essequibo River, was in January of 2018 sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on a larceny offence and was being housed at the Lusignan Penitentiary.Reports indicate that on April 8, 2018, the convict was on labour duty at the Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara home of Senior Superintendent of Prisons, Alsan Scott when he was reported missing at about 16:30h.Internal investigationAn internal investigation was launched and according to the initial information, it indicated that on the day in question, Oudkerk was among two other prisoners who were all signed for and uplifted by Scott, to labour at his residence. During that period, it is alleged that the former escapee was assigned to load sand from the road into Scott’s yard.According to Scott, he was also assisting the prisoner with his task. However, he recalled that he left Oudkerk on the road and proceeded to move away into the yard with a load of sand and upon returning, the 23-year-old was nowhere to be found. A search was immediately conducted in the vicinity, however, this proved futile.The investigation found that several Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) were breached that resulted in the prisoner escaping.According to the report, an examination of the Prison’s Gate Journal revealed that Scott was the one who signed out the prisoners, but they were transported to his home by another officer and were handed over to Scott’s relatives instead of the officers. It was also found that the inmates would have worked at the property resulting in them having fair knowledge of the grounds.“It was revealed that Standard Operating Procedures governing the selection of prisoners for labour at an outdoor party were not followed… the investigation revealed that Senior Superintendent of Prisons, A Scott, signed as uplifting the prisoners to labour at his residence. However, in a statement submitted by Service Driver Shepherd, he contradicts the notion of Mr Scott transporting the prisoners to his residence. However, in an interview with Mr Scott he remained adamant that he was supervising the prisoners up to the point of Oudkerk’s suspected escape,” the report stated.“The only mention of any definitive timeline of prisoner Oudkerk being missing from his place of work was given by Senior Superintendent of Prisons Scott, who indicated that the prisoner left his presence to complete a task at 4:30pm (16:30h) and was last seen at that time… all official reports indicated that the discovery was made by Mr Scott. However, the investigative team was privy to some amount of unofficial reports that Mr Scott was at the Holding Bay at the time of the escape and examination of the video surveillance footage for the 8th April 2018 would serve to substantiate these reports,” the report added.Efforts by this publication to contact the Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, for a comment on the report proved futile.last_img read more

10 Jan

Koscielny doubtful for World Cup after Achilles injury

first_img0Shares0000Laurent Koscielny looks set to miss the World Cup after being stretchered off in Arsenal’s Europa League defeat by Atletico Madrid © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, May 4 – Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny looks set to miss the World Cup after the France international suffered an Achilles injury during Thursday’s Europa League semi-final defeat by Atletico Madrid.The 32-year-old centre-back was stretchered off in tears after just 12 minutes of his side’s 1-0 second-leg loss at the Wanda Metropolitano, with manager Arsene Wenger confirming he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. “It doesn’t look very good, it’s his Achilles,” said Wenger.“You can always hope for a miracle in the scan but the first signs don’t look very good.“It looks that it could be ruptured but I am a bit cautious because nobody can say that just by looking at him. If he has a ruptured Achilles, his chances (for the World Cup) are non-existent. We will know more after the scan.”The injury is a big blow to France coach Didier Deschamps, with his side to begin their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Australia in Kazan.Koscielny has made 51 international appearances for France since making his debut in 2011 and has been a regular starter under Deschamps.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

27 Dec

Clergy build bridges between law, citizens

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It’s a relief to know you’re OK,” he said. For six years, Tamez has provided behind-the-scenes support for deputies at the Pico Rivera Station. This year, a small army of volunteer ministers and pastors joined Tamez to form the station’s Clergy Council, a spiritual force that is little known to the public but is essential to the men and women they comfort, counsel and console. The twelve ministers and pastors who make up the station’s Clergy Council minister to those arrested by deputies and victims of crimes, as well as the deputies and their families. The Clergy Council program has spread since Sheriff Lee Baca two years ago urged sheriff’s stations to enlist community faith leaders as liaisons between the police and the community. PICO RIVERA – When sheriff’s Deputy Eric Rude was injured in a traffic collision late last week, Chaplain Larry Tamez was soon at his bedside. “Thank you for coming,” said Rude. “I’m here for you,” said Tamez, who serves as chaplain at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station where Rude also works. Holding Rude’s hand, Tamez said a prayer, thanking God that Rude was not badly injured. “In some cities, there is a long history of mistrust of law enforcement. The clergy already has an established bond of trust with the community,” said Sgt. Paul Clay, who organizes training and community events involving the county’s Clergy Councils. “As sheriff’s stations develop a bond of trust with faith leaders, the clergy act as liaisons with the community,” he added. Clay said the councils are a part of Baca’s vision for more community-based policing. The chaplains often ride along with deputies on assignments. They receive training in basic police work before they go out in the field, Clay said. Alexander Mata, a visiting minister at Community Grace Brethren Church in Pico Rivera, joined the sheriff’s station this year as a volunteer chaplain. He drives a sheriff’s Patrol cruiser and wears a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Clergy badge. After a deputy arrested a woman for driving with a suspended license last week, Mata talked to her about how the choices she made had landed her in jail. “I was able to help her process what happened at a time of crisis in her life,” he said. The next day, as she was leaving jail, she ran up to Mata and thanked him. “Our job is to minister to the hearts and souls of people,” he said. “My calling is to help the community. “This is an opportunity to help people who normally would not step foot in a church. It’s the hands-on of touching people’s lives in crisis times.” Chaplains also counsel deputies and their families. Outside of Rude’s hospital room Friday, Tamez hugged the injured deputy’s mother and two daughters. “Happy Mother’s Day,” he told Rude’s mother. “Even though this happened it’s still a good day, because he’s OK.” Then, Tamez drove back to the station to tell Rude’s fellow deputies that he was fine. “They’re worried,” said Tamez. “You can see the concern in their faces. He’s their brother,” said Tamez. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

26 Dec

Manchester United star can ‘set the world alight’ at the World Cup

first_img2 2 Ashley Young feels his Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford has the potential to ‘set the world alight’ and is sure the forward will be a ‘major player’ for England at this summer’s World Cup.Young has also expressed his confidence in the entire squad in terms of the Three Lions ‘going there to try to win’ the tournament in Russia.While Rashford, 20, has been in and out of the United starting line-up under Jose Mourinho, he scored 13 goals for the club last season to take him to a total of 32 in all competitions since being handed his Red Devils first-team debut by Louis van Gaal in February 2016.He registered a brace on that debut, in the Europa League, and has also netted on his Premier League, EFL Cup, Champions League, England Under-21 and England senior bows.Asked how he felt Rashford would cope with his first World Cup, Young said: “I think he’s going to cope really well.“I’ve said it from the time I saw him in the youth team – he’s got a massive future ahead of him. He’s a fantastic player and if he keeps going the way he is, he can set the world alight.“It’s the World Cup coming up and that could be his stage to show everybody just how far he’s come from when he made his debut.”Young added of Rashford, who has netted twice in 17 England appearances: “I think if you look at the goals he has scored on how many different debuts, it just shows in itself he steps up in the big games and he can produce.“He’s definitely been fantastic for us at United and he’s definitely going to be a major player for us at the World Cup.”center_img The pair are part of what is set to be the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup, with Young the oldest member of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man party.The 32-year-old feels it is a “fantastic group” with “some exciting players who can change a game in a moment”, and said: “For me, the squad can achieve as much as it wants to.“I think there’s definitely going to be a good tournament from this England squad.“We are focused on going to the World Cup, and not just being out there – it’s going there to try to win a World Cup, and I have every confidence in everyone’s ability in the squad that we can go and do that.”Heading to a first World Cup himself marks the continuation of Young’s impressive rejuvenation, which last November saw him make his first England appearance in more than four years.After years as a winger, the former Aston Villa player – who has been capped 33 times and scored seven goals for England – has been catching the eye as a full-back for United.And Young stressed with regard to that: “I still see myself as an attacker, especially with the way that we play, with the full-backs or wing-backs high up. I would rather be in the attacking half than defending.”He added: “I think if you’re aware on the pitch, have a good footballing brain and read the game well you can play in any position. I think I’m one of those players who has a good footballing brain.“Wherever the manager calls upon me to play I go and give 100% for the England shirt and to do as well as I can.”last_img read more

26 Dec

Harry Kane praises England’s resolve after win on penalties over Colombia

first_img Harry Kane has scored six goals at the World Cup 3 3 This is England’s first win in a penalty shootout at a World Cup – ending their hoodoo that has haunted them since the Italia 90, where they lost to West Germany.Earlier, Kane gave England the lead in the second-half with a penalty after Carlos Sanchez hauled the striker to the ground.But Yerri Mina’s towering header in the third minute of stoppage time forced another nail-biting further 30 minutes.It was a fiery World Cup tie, with Colombia’s aggressive tactics attracting a great deal of criticism on Twitter.And despite initially falling behind in the shootout, Gareth Southgate’s men showed great resolve to put England in the last eight. The England players pile on Pickford after the win Victory sees England book a quarter-final tie against Sweden at the Samara Arena on Saturday afternoon and Kane claimed that his side are now in a great position.He added: “There’s still a long way to go in this tournament but this will give us huge belief and will make us even tighter as a group.“You have to believe in anything you do to try and reach the top. There’s a long way to go but our belief is growing. We’ll have another tough game at the weekend but this puts us in a great position.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.center_img Harry Kane said England’s belief is growing after the Three Lions made it to the World Cup quarter-finals with an incredible penalty shootout victory over Colombia.Eric Dier slotted home the winning spot-kick after Jordan Pickford made a stunning save to deny Carlos Bacca. Southgate’s men march on Speaking to talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley after the game, Kane was beaming with pride at his team’s character.He said: “I’m so proud. It’s an emotional night for us. We stepped up when it mattered.“Over the years England have taken some stick so it’s nice to not be on the end of it.“We’ve worked so hard. We all get on so well and we deserve this. We were unlucky to concede in the last minute but we stepped up in the shootout and we got our chests out when it mattered.“It’s another stepping stone. We’re ticking things off. The group stage was great, we’ve won a knockout game, the penalty shootout makes things better.” 3last_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgThe first Creeslough Walking Weekend will take place this weekend on July 7th and July 8th 2012.The walks are intense and are designed for different capabilities, and all money raised will be donated to Crumlin Children’s Hospital.The idea of the weekend is to get people out and about into the fresh air and raise some money in the process. The cost is €15 per walk or €25 for both days.Walkers are asked to register before July 1st, and choose the walk most suited to their level of fitness and expertise.Full details of contact details including email addresses and phone numbers can be found at the bottom of this article.The following is a glossary of all walks including prices, meeting points and routes. Saturday 7th JulyAssemble at the Sports field behind St Michael’s Chapel Creeslough.For strenuous walk registration is from 8.15am to 8.45am, leaving at 9.00am by coach. Car parking is available at the Sports field.Moderate walkStarting from the base of Muckish Mountain from the grotto. The moderate walk will follow a route through a forestry track and onto Lough Altan. This walk will take approximately four to four and a half hours. Cost: 15 €Strenuous walkStarting from the base of Muckish mountain from the grotto, walkers will follow the route which will take them across the Aghla group, Ard na Loch na mBreac Beadaí (Ardloughnabrackbaddy) which ascends to approximately 600 metres and on to Lough Altan.The route will take in some of Donegal’s spectacular scenery. Local wildlife includes red Deer and also the recently reintroduced Golden eagle. This walk will take approximately 6 hours.Cost: 15 €Sunday 8th JulyAssemble at Muckish Sand and Gravel, Carrownamaddy.Registration times same as Saturday.Moderate walkBeginning at Carrownamaddy, this route will take you over the historical Lough Swilly railway line, and pass an 18th century building of architectural interest. The walk will also take in Lough Agher, Lough na Boll and then onto Crockatee and Lough Akeo, which is a breeding ground for several pairs of the Diver (stellate) It will then proceed onto the cottage where Noreen Bawn (of the famous Irish song of emigration) was born.Cost: 15 €Sunday 8th JulyStrenuous walkBeginning at Carrownamaddy, the route will take you over the historical Lough Swilly railway line and past an 18th century building of architectural interest. It will also take in Lough Agher, lough na Boll, and then on to a site where there is evidence of millstone quarrying. You will then take the miner’s path which is the route the miners took to ascend Muckish Mountain to the famous sand deposits. Finally down to the bridge of tears in Cloughaneely where transport will be provided for the return journey to the car park.The duration of the walk will take approximately 6 hours and take the group to approximately 666 metres above sea level.Cost: 15 €For more info contact.Declan Breslin 087634 9101Seamus Cannon 087 636 3214Or email creesloughview@gmail.comOr find us on Facebook on Creeslough Walking Weekend.CREESLOUGH WALKING WEEKEND GETS READY FOR LARGE CROWDS was last modified: July 3rd, 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:Creeslough Walking Weekendlast_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgDDTV: Tormore Island at 148 m is Ireland’s highest sea stack and sits on the very remote Slievetooey coastline of South West Donegal.This short film shows the 2nd ascent of the stack by Iain Miller and the first free ascent as he did not use an outboard engine to access the base of the stack. If you don’t have a head for heights, look away now!If you do, click play to watch DDTV: THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF IRELAND’S HIGHEST SEA STACK IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalHighestIrelandSea StackTormore Islandvideolast_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgA Letterkenny man has claimed he was paid €5,000 to dump illegal waste on the lands of waste disposal boss Jim Ferry.Man claims he was paid €5,000 by a competitor of Ferry’s Refuse to dump waste.Marty McDermott, 30, claims he took Ferry Refuse trucks on three different occasions to dump at Derryreel, Falcarragh in the summer of 2010. McDermott told Letterkenny District Court that he took the money to pay off debts of up to €500,000 which he built up partially through gambling.McDermott was giving evidence in the trial of Jim Ferry who is charged with eight different offences of dumping illegal household waste.This is the third day of the trial.At the end of the first day before Judge Paul Kelly, a mystery man walked into court and handed in a letter saying he was responsible for the dumping.That man has turned out to be McDermott who was working as a rubbish lifter at the time for Mr Ferry.McDermott gave evidence today to say that he was the man behind the dumping.He claimed he was approached by a man saying he would receive €5,000 if he dumped a load of rubbish at Derryreel.He said he had been ordered to meet another man at a crossroads in Creeslough but that two men turned up.Between the three of them they dumped two loads of waste on the land at Derryreel.Richard Lyons, barrister for Donegal County Council, asked why he had waited until now to come forward.McDermott said he had been wracked with guilt and went to a priest who told him to go and see a solicitor.He did this but claimed the solicitor told him to steer clear of giving any evidence in the case.McDermott said he has never seen his accomplices since.“I have never seen those men since. I didn’t ask them their names. It’s not what you do. You don’t ask a man’s life story when you were doing what I was doing,” he said.Barrister Lyons asked McDermott why did he think he was offered such money to do this by the unidentified man.“He said he wanted leverage in Gaoth Dobhair to keep Jim out of his area. He said he wanted photos to get him out of that country,” said McDermott.The letter which McDermott left into court was red out by barrister Lyons.It explained how he had been supported by Ferry since he was a young man and couldn’t believe what he did.He explained how he went to see the priest and that solicitor Kieran O’Gorman told him to stay well away from the courts.“I never thought in my wildest dreams it would come to this. The solicitor told me I would have to pack my bags and leave town and the county because I am sol well known.“If you think this letter helps and saves my friends jobs,” the letter read.He denied claims put to him by Mr Lyons that Mr Ferry paid him the money.“He didn’t pay me,” said McDermott.Mr Lyons asked if it did not concern him that he was dumping a load of waste directly across the road form Mr Ferry’s mother’s home in broad daylight with plenty of noise going on.“No. I was just thinking of the money,” answered McDermott.Judge Kelly is now considering legal submissions and the case is then expected to resume.Judge Kelly then dismissed the claim of McDermott labeling it “vague and unconvincing.”He said he also found it ‘extraordinary’ that Mr Ferry did not carry out an inquiry into why his trucks went missing from his depot for such long periods of time.The judge also said he not believe, after viewing video evidence, that McDermott was panicked while carrying out the operation on Mr Ferry’s lad in full view of his mother and sister’s homes.MAN CLAIMS HE WAS PAID €5,000 TO DUMP WASTE ON REFUSE BOSS’S LAND was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 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)last_img read more

22 Dec


first_imgStunning Tory Island steeped in sun.Get the sun cream and the umbrellas out for next week.That’s the message from Met Eireann who say they expect a mini-heatwave to hit the country.Temperatures are set to hit a balmy 26 degrees next Wednesday with the sunny weather expected to last a few days.But the early July sun-rays also carry a warning.Met Eireann say that thundery downpours are also likely in between the warm spells.Temperatures will increase from Monday onwards hitting that high of 26 degrees on Wednesday.However, overall the national forecaster says there is reason to be optimistic.It might be even time to get the barbecue cleaned down!TEMPERATURES SET TO SHOOT UP NEXT WEEK, SAYS MET EIREANN was last modified: June 27th, 2015 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:donegalMet Eireannsuntemperatureslast_img read more

22 Dec

Spectacular dinner with Brian Kennedy show returns to Donegal

first_imgThe Shandon Hotel & Spa are hosting an unforgettable experience for fans of the singer Brian Kennedy this January 2018.The Donegal hotel are hosting a glamorous dinner date with Brian Kennedy on Thursday January 25th 2018, where guests enjoy Shandon G&T drinks reception and a sumptuous 4 course gourmet meal before Brian Kennedy takes to the stage to perform.With just weeks remaining until the show, the Shandon have only three rooms available on the night and limited tickets left. Brian last performed in the Shandon on the 21st September 2017 to a sell out show and he ‘wowed’ the audience with his humour and amazing performance, he even joined guests on the dance floor to conclude a spectacular show!The Belfast man is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter. As he bluntly puts it himself, “Music is my lifeblood.” His constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an ever-growing international fan base the old fashioned way, over a phenomenal twenty-five year career on the rollercoaster ride that is the unpredictable music industry.His work with Belfast legend Van Morrison has been well documented. Courtesy of Van’s continuing mentoring and generosity, Brian ended up sharing vocal duties on stages across the globe over a six-year period with Morrison and a breathtaking cast of some of the greatest artists in history: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker to name but a few. Brian has released a stream of chart-making albums. ‘A Better Man’ (1996) and ‘Now That I Know What I Want’ (1999), both went platinum at No.1 and earned him the awards of Irish Best Male Artist and Irish Best Male Album, as did the highly acclaimed ‘Homebird’ (2006) and cover album ‘Interpretations’ (2008).But it was Brian’s heart wrenching LIVE performance of ‘You Raise Me Up’ at the funeral of football Legend George Best that earned him a spot in the top 5 of the UK charts.Last year saw Brian begin a challenging journey with cancer and he cites singing and performing as the motivation for staying positive. In Brian’s words: “The gigs make everything worthwhile, the fans’ support means the world to me, if anything the diagnosis and treatment has given me greater focus and determination to get through it all. Music is the ultimate healer and my voice has never let me down.” Seeing him perform live is all the proof that’s needed.Well over two decades later and Brian genuinely feels like he is only really getting into his stride. So, what else is left for a multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, highly regarded radio and television presenter, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from The University of Ulster, a published author of two successful novels – not surprisingly, for a lyricist of his calibre.This show will be a unique chance for fans to listen to and interact with Brian in the luxury surroundings of the Shandon Hotel.For more information or to book, please contact the Shandon hotel 00353 (0) 749136137 or email info@shandonhotelspa.com. Tickets must be purchased in full. Ticket price is non-refundable.Sponsored PostSpectacular dinner with Brian Kennedy show returns to Donegal was last modified: January 3rd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Brian KennedyconcerteventsThe Shandon Hotel and Spalast_img read more