Local Middle School Mathletes Advance to State Competition

first_imgSCJ Alliance engineers, planners and scientists use math every day and are proud to have one of their own out in the community encouraging kids to do the same.SCJ Senior Vice President Jean Carr said, “Community involvement is a long-standing value at SCJ, and we embrace characteristics like collaboration, accountability, creativity and fun. A hometown MATHCOUNTS competition fits right in.”Local participants in the Thurston County competition on Feb. 27 came from Aspire, Jefferson, Washington and Reeves middle schools as well as NOVA school. The two top teams and four top individuals advance to the state competition. Jefferson and Aspire Middle Schools won first and second place in the team competition. Jacob Balikov from NOVA, Mira Smith from Aspire, Caleb Palmer-Steller from Washington, and Dan Sunchu from Jefferson are the individuals advancing.On behalf of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Jason Bruhn has volunteered as the Thurston County MATHCOUNTS chapter coordinator for the past 16 years.Winners at the state competition move on to the national competition later in 2016, which is aired on ESPN 3. Those winners will have the chance to meet the newly-elected U.S. president at the 2017 White House Science Fair.Jason Bruhn is already proud of the young local competitors. “It’s incredible to see how quickly they answer the questions, sometimes in less than 15 seconds! I’ll definitely be sharing this at our monthly staff meeting.”Fellow SCJ coworkers Tyrell Bradley, Charlie Severs, Linda Hurtado, Maddie Riggs and Mallory Dobbs, joined Bruhn at the competition Saturday, and Carr was not surprised. “We have a culture a helping each other and helping our community,” she said. “Our staff can often be found out in local STEM classes and career fairs, giving students real-life examples of their learning in the professional world and setting a solid foundation for our industry and our clients.”SCJ Alliance is a nationally-recognized, award-winning company founded in 2006 as Shea Carr Jewell. Celebrating their 10 year anniversary in May, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of nearly 70 employees in five locations. “The best part about it is seeing the amount of kids that are excited about math,” Bruhn said. “I like to show them how what I do relates to what they’re learning now.” Facebook141Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceQuick! How many integers between 1 and 500 are divisible by 3?In just seconds, local middle school mathletes from Jefferson and Aspire Middle Schools answered that and a variety of other challenging questions at Thurston County’s MATHCOUNTS competition. The teams are now advancing to the state level on March 13 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond.The first place team in the local MATHCOUNTS competition includes (from left): Coach Venkata Nallamalli, Kailey Lam, Supraja Kadagandla, Pranav Gundralla and Sathwik Nallamali.MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program. It promotes math achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests on the chapter, state and national levels.“We get to meet new friends and answer out-of-the-ordinary questions,” first place winners from Jefferson Middle School said. “It’s thrilling when you find the answers!”Jason Bruhn, an engineer at SCJ Alliance in Lacey, led the competition held at Saint Martin’s University and has volunteered as the Thurston County chapter coordinator for the past 16 years on behalf of the National Society of Professional Engineers. This year, he recruited four additional colleagues from SCJ to help out.last_img read more

Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

first_imgFacebook41Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dr. Diana YuDo you know that falls are preventable and the number one cause of disability and death among older adults? Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults and people with balance disorders.  The program aims to improve strength, balance, mobility and daily functioning, and prevent falls in older adults and individuals with balance disorders.New series of classes will be starting on April 5, 2016 at both the Lacey and Olympia Senior Centers.The series lasts six months.  Participants can join in anytime but those who are able to attend at least 75% of classes will benefit the most.Participants need to become members of the South Sound Senior Network.  Scholarships are available.No class fees.  Program is funded by a grant.Classes meet for an hour two times a week on Tuesdays and ThursdaysOlympia Senior Center 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. taught by Diana Yu and Sharon Maurmann.Lacey Senior Center 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. taught by Diana Yu.Demonstration classes will be offered at the Olympia Senior Center on Tuesday March 22 and 29 and Thursday March 24 and 31 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Come join the classes and check it out.We are seeking participants who are older adults living in the community and people with a history of falls, balance disorders, leg muscle weakness, abnormal gait or walking difficulty. The program is able to accommodate people with a mild level of mobility difficulty (e.g., people who are occasional cane users).This modified 8-form Tai Ji routine and series of exercises transforms martial arts movements into a therapeutic regimen aimed at improving postural stability, awareness and mindful control of body positioning in space, functional walking, movement symmetry and coordination, range of motion around the ankle and hip joints, and lower extremity muscle strength.For more information about TJQMBB, go to www.TJQMBB.orgFor more information about this class series, contact: zumbayu@gmail.comlast_img read more

Shelly’s Six-a-Side support

first_imgIt was some Public Holiday night in 2008 – National Heroes Day appropriately springs to mind – that this columnist paid a visit to the Waterhouse community of St Andrew. It was a period of personal vehicular immobility, a favourite taxi driver providing the transport. There was no arrangement for the return trip home, that was left to chance. Prime focus was to absorb the prelude to a function, at which the recently crowned Olympic 100m champion and daughter of the area, Shelly-Ann Fraser (no Pryce yet) would be feted. Given the tradition, a speech was expected. To be there in the first instance some would call it ‘’temporary insanity”. Before the arrival of the queen of the evening, there was interaction with the crowd. The air was full of ‘’me an she went to basic school together”, “Is mi little niece and she neva run fast like mi,” and numerous other little quips, all aimed at showing some affiliation to the toast of the moment. There were vendors galore, both at the venue, Ashoka Road and drawn from places beyond. Business was robust, street party-styled. When time came for the night’s proceedings to begin, all being asked was “When she going to talk?” When that special moment arrived, the cheers were deafening. Queen Shelly was on centre stage. Her upbringing flashed across the mind. So too, did live television clips of ‘Mommy Maxine’ after that fantastic Beijing triumph taking to the church to rock and sing praises with her equally enthralled brethren and sistren. Shelly spoke of support for the community from which she launched her moment of global glory, still to be further embellished in the ensuing years. As guns barked close by, the casualties to be catalogued in the next morning’s news, she had a message to the idle perpetrators: “I will get to you, in time.” For Foster’s Fairplay’s candidate for Jamaica’s finest female sporting ambassador of all times, the time is now. As reported, Shelly has launched the third staging of what is to be an annual Six-a-Side football competition in her home environment. She issued a passion-filled call to neighbouring businesses to give their support, emphasising that the competition has dismantled a lot of the tensions that existed among warring factions. Plans of this Shelly-Ann initiative include infrastructural upgrade at a facility sited at 451 Spanish Town Road, transforming it into a sporting complex. She has welcomed on board the sponsors, who have already signalled their support. “I am really excited to have them … for them to see the impact this football competition has had on the community.” She wanted, as well, to have medical personnel present at all games, which she deemed to be mandatory. The two-time Olympic 100m gold medallist – a feat accomplished by only two athletes previously – recounted a sad incident. It made the reason for her community upliftment plans even more relevant. “I remember years ago when I lived in the community, men were in argument over football and one person ended up dying. It’s a good thing when you can have young men from different parts of the community come together and play some football and when they are done they can lyme and talk and go about their business.” What is happening with this on-going competition is to be commended. It shows a young woman’s resolve to enforce a thought that could have perished like so many others from the less committed. Shelly has put as a priority the welfare of her disadvantaged people, raising their hopes and belief that they have not been forgotten and left to languish in the dark corridors of empty promises. This is a stark demonstration that there is something out there for them. Let the nation wake up and appreciate that in their midst that there is a rare gem in Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Jamaica needs noble and selfless acts like these for our future stars to emulate. Foster’s Fairplay, always seeking to extend plaudits to the deserving, is in ecstacy with her displays of benevolence. Shelly is one of a kind. For feedback: E-Mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The hole that we put ourselves in was a big issue,” Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. “We just have a way of getting off to slow starts. For some reason, we don’t have that urgency.”Atlanta regrouped in the second quarter and pulled to 49-45, but Boston pushed the lead back up to 11 at halftime and continued pulling away in the second half with an opening 13-2 run.“We’ve got to do a better job of not putting ourselves in a hole at the start of the third,” Collins said. “We give a team like that opportunities, they’re going to take them.”Tatum’s three-point play with 2:04 left in the third pushed the Celtics over 100 points at 101-79. A technical on Bazemore after the call led to another free throw, followed by another Ton Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce 5 seconds later. Boston led 108-82 after three and let its reserves take over in the fourth quarter.WELCOME BACK CARTERADVERTISEMENT Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, right, steals the ball from Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, left, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Kyrie Irving credits Boston’s defense for an offensive resurgence that has the Celtics riding the longest winning streak in the NBA.Irving scored 24 points in just three quarters, then rested in the fourth as the Celtics finished off a 129-108 rout of Atlanta on Friday night for their eighth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “We’re just pushing the pace,” said Irving, who also had five assists, five rebounds and four steals. “I think our identity is on the defensive end. We just try to pressure them and use that to our advantage and create opportunities on the offensive end.”Jayson Tatum had 22 points for Boston, Marcus Morris added 20, Gordon Hayward had 19 points and five assists, Daniel Theis scored 18 points and rookie Robert Williams III blocked five shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’ve been playing well over the past couple of games, just coming out with some pace and some attitude and just setting the tempo,” said Morris, who made six of Boston’s 19 3-pointers.Kevin Huerter led Atlanta with 19 points, and John Collins had 11 points and 14 rebounds. The Hawks, losers of six of seven, had nine of their 24 turnovers in the first quarter.center_img Canelo Alvarez cannot afford slip in Garden bout against Rocky Fielding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Atlanta’s Vince Carter, who is playing in his 21st season, got a warm reception in a place that’s known for being tough on opponents.“I’m grateful because I know on the other side there is a lot of boos playing here,” Carter said. “I don’t expect it, obviously, but until you hear it, it’s a pretty cool moment. Very appreciative.”OUCHHayward, who sat out Wednesday’s game with an illness, went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter after biting his tongue hard enough to draw blood late in the period.TIP-INSHawks: Outscored Boston 37-25 in the second quarter to pull to 67-56 at halftime. … Huerter tied his career high for points, which he set Wednesday night in a loss at Dallas.Celtics: The Celtics capitalized on nine turnovers by Atlanta in the first quarter and led 42-19 after one period. Boston outrebounded Atlanta 13-6 in the first and made 16 of 22 shots, going 6 for 8 from 3-point range. … Boston’s 42 points in the quarter was a little short of the season-high 45, also against Atlanta on Nov. 23. … Hayward and Jaylen Brown returned after missing Wednesday’s game with illnesses. … Al Horford missed his fourth straight game with an injured left knee.UP NEXT:Hawks: At Brooklyn on Sunday.Celtics: At Detroit on Saturday night. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Corruption galore at GECOM

first_imgDear Editor,Mr Granger and his PNC/APNU Commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) look blindly to the other side while pretending that the Secretariat is functioning objectively, and void their party’s infiltration. It is absolutely the opposite and the situation has become so nasty that agents in the GECOM Secretariat are surreptitiously redesigning even the normally expected release of transparent information with intent to kerfuffle and confuse the public.Opposition Commissioners and the objective media certainly have their work cut out to expose every sneaky trick; the Government Commissioners are now advancing, aided by the GECOM Secretariat.There have been far too many occasions where individual public protest by Opposition Commissioners had to be used to correct the publication of seemingly independent Secretariat decisions, which runs in direct conflict with the decisions of the Commission. The situation is indeed vexatious and the Chairwoman has to put her foot down and make an example of the responsible person(s).Now emerged in the backdoor attempts is the new Vincent Alexander-led buffoon of the highly suspicious removal of approximately 20 thousand persons from the Preliminary List of Electors who have not uplifted their voter Identification Cards. The Secretariat is quiet, knowing that the wicked move seeks to target and disenfranchise thousands of citizens from voting.This runs directly in conflict with the Chief Justice’s ruling and is inconsiderate of the numerous other reasons why the cards have been yet uplifted. This column rejects the proposition of highlighting persons whom the Lowenfield’s House-to-House Registration enumerators/activists did not reach, and much more will be said on this farcical recommendation in a follow-up article.After all the constitutional abuse and mockery in the courts, Mr Granger has finally proclaimed March 2, 2020, as the date for General and Regional Elections following the advice of GECOM Chairwoman, Justice (retired), Madam Claudette Singh. Disappointingly, the date is way beyond the constitutionally instructed timeline. Given the current focus of new surprising matters PNC/APNU Commissioners are now raising at the meetings of the Commission, it begs the pertinent question of when will GECOM release to the public their work schedule with the relevant and appropriate costs?It is of note that many persons who worked during the controversial House-to-House Registration are awaiting payments. There are questions regarding whether the PNC was providing more than one scrutineer to the respective team who are now demanding payment. This column was reliably informed that senior staff at GECOM did inform the PNC representative that those scrutineers will not be paid and this seems to have created a massive conflict since there have been demands from Sophia for the extra milking cows to be fed.Given that contractors, service providers, and other hustlers are still to be paid, it is necessary that GECOM let the public know how much money was budgeted for the un-finished controversial House-to-House Registration. GECOM is yet to answer serious audit queries for 2015, 2016 and 2018 elections for which the Secretariat expended millions of dollars to purchase equipment, stationaries, and unnecessary accessories for the running of elections. When will GECOM do a proper stocktaking? Persons are emptying the bonds, people are seeing, and they are talking. The Auditor General owes this nation an explanation and GECOM must be accountable.There is much confusion, distrust, anxiety, fear, and corruption at GECOM. Chairman Justice Claudette Singh comes highly recommended and is a competent person. Given that these matters have a direct impact on the image and credibility of the institution, the time is most opportune for her to look at the Auditor General’s report and take decisive actions to remedy the continuing abuse. Let the chips fall where they may and pull the respective culpable persons from the Secretariat and deal with all the challenges and corrupt spending.The media houses have made public, the numerous breaches at GECOM and the damning Auditor General reports. However, there seems to be no end to the corruption and unaccountability that are being encouraged and acted out at the establishment under the Secretariat’s leadership of Lowenfield. Despite Lowenfield’s denial of procurement breaches at GECOM, the Auditor General’s reports over the last few years are saying otherwise. It is, therefore, necessary that Justice Singh, persons and groups participating in the upcoming election, take a closer look at the inefficacies of Mr Lowenfield.Further, the special audit conducted by the AG Office in 2017 remains largely incomplete due to non-cooperation by officers of the entity. The previous Chairman, James Patterson, was also very defensive of GECOM’s unaccountability.The situation created by the cabal permeates the Secretariat’s output with lawlessness and discrepancies at GECOM, which are widespread and overlapping.Suddenly everyone wants to be employed with GECOM because of the perks and other benefits, not to speak of the lavish expenditures on transportation, meals and other miscellaneous expenses. Accountability is a strange world under the Lowenfield Secretariat, which he has converted to a ‘fattening cow’ depending on whether one is affiliated to PNC/APNU or the other side of the divide.The general public demands swift action by Justice (retired), Claudette Singh, who must accept all international help she can get, in ensuring that GECOM’s image and performance are improved, heading to March 2, 2020.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

PUL Prez. Elect Sets Up Transition Team

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) president-elect Charles B. Coffey, has named a 7-member Transition Team with the mandate to work out basic plans and set the pace for his administration, a release said yesterday.The Transition Team is chaired by broadcast journalist Raymond Zarbay of UNMIL Radio.Other members on the team are Winnie Saywah-Jimmy of Inquirer Newspaper; Siatta Scott-Johnson of the Female Journalists’ Association – FEJAL; Phillip G. Moore of the Bong Times Newspaper; Maxwell Johnson of the Liberia Broadcasting System; Rose Kiawu of the Renaissance CommunicationsIncorporated; and photojournalist Ansu Konneh.Mr. Coffey has also directed that all elected officers will serve as ex-officio members of the Transition Team.Mr. Coffey also announced that his team will work with the outgoing leadership to ensure a smooth transition.Charles B. Coffey and three other officials were elected last Saturday at the PUL Congress in Ganta, Nimba County, after defeating incumbent K. Abdullai Kamara.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP appeals “fraudulent names” on GECOM list case

first_img…says Justice Singh erred, misdirected himself in lawThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will be taking its case of “fraudulent” names found on the Guyana Elections Commission list to Guyana’s Court of Appeal.This move comes days after Berbice High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh ruled that there was no evidence of fraud, trickery or threat and noted that there was no basis to ask the Chief Elections Officer to strike out the names of the nominators from the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) Lists of Candidates at Whim/Bloomfield Local Authority Area, Berbice.In the Notice of Appeal, the Party contended that Justice Singh erred and misdirected himself in law.“The learned hearing Judge erred and misdirected himself in law by predicating his decision on a Police report which consisted of inadmissible evidence, incredible assertions and unsolicited conclusions rather than be guided by the relevant legalCourt of Appealprinciples and the sworn Affidavit evidence of over fifty persons which were before the court,” Attorney Anil Nandlall stated in his Notice of Appeal. The lawyer in his appeal is contending that the document stated that persons whose signatures appeared as nominators of candidates for the AFC in the Whim/Bloomfield Local Authority Area did not understand the nature and purport of the documents which they signed.It added too that “those who procured these signatures did so by misrepresenting themselves as representatives of the Guyana Elections Commission or persons associate with the People’s Progressive Party Civic” while “those who procured these signatures did so by misrepresenting the nature and purport of the documents for which they were soliciting the signatures.”Following the decision by Justice Singh on Monday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday stated that the Police report, which was submitted to the court, contained several pieces of inaccurate information and misrepresentation of testimony from residents of Whim/Bloomfield.According to Jagdeo, the case could have been dismissed due to the Police’s report in the matter being “heavily doctored”.“We are fighting for the rights of all Guyanese; this is a test case to us. Whether it is concluded before the elections or not, it is not important for us but we have to get a ruling on this matter all the way maybe to the [Caribbean Court of Justice] CCJ,” Jagdeo stated.He also questioned why the Police did not interview the alleged perpetrators though they were seen on television denying the alleged forgery. Jagdeo, reading from the Police report on Thursday, said one of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s family members tricked Hemraj Mohadeo, Anita Mohadeo and Parvattie Thomas into backing the AFC.Questioning the dismissal of the case, the Opposition Leader queried whether there is a new parameter for forgery: “So now trickery, forgery, misleading people and deception is not really deception unless you hold the person’s hand and force him to sign the paper… Nagamootoo through trickery said that the document had nothing to do with elections and got Ryan Mohadeo to sign the document… that’s a new parameter for forgery, if you do not hold the persons hand and force him to sign the document then you cannot be committed or charged for forgery any longer,” Jagdeo said.Shafraz Beekham, of Letter Kenny Village, Corentyne, and 49 other persons from the Bloomfield/Whim, Corentyne area, filed affidavits saying they were misled into believing that they were supporting a party of their choice when in reality, they actually were “misled” into signing AFC’s nominator lists. The PPP’s legal suit was filed on behalf of Beekham.last_img read more

Govt seeks assistance of “expert” to lead Charrandas ‘probe’

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) is presently engaging an expert in the investigation of Former Member of Parliament, Charrandas Persaud to advise on the evidence gathered over the past weeks.The probe surfaced after Persaud voted in favour of the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion which toppled the Government on December 21, 2018.While the Police have been tightlipped on the investigations, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan disclosed, “The police has asked an expert on matters dealing with this issue to give some advice on all the statements so far taken, whether these can be tantamount to any violations of any sort”.Hours after his “yes” vote, Persaud boarded a plane at the Eugene F Correia Airport, where he left the country for Canada. According to reports, a Canadian diplomat, along with Peter Ramsaroop had obtained protocol passes to see Charrandas off.Ramsaroop’s support of Charrandas has resulted in a suspension of the protocol pass over an alleged security breach. This order came from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) although the airport insisted there was no breach of protocols.Ramjattan stated that the investigation extends to Ramsaroop and any violations which could have occurred. He maintained that the probe is not politically motivated and it is one of the reasons the expert was called in.“It does not only include the Charrandas investigation but also includes an investigation as to how people like Peter Ramsaroop can find themselves on airside of the airport and if there are violations there…and what are the violations of conventions or laws and that is what we’re investigating,” Ramjattan noted.He further stated, “There is nothing political about that. We do not want to see people who do not have the authority to be on airside, being on airside because it could be an unruly horse if strangers are allowed to be there. That is all part and parcel of getting some expert advice on matters dealing with airports and all of that”.This contradicts events which unfolded just a few days ago, in which Ramsaroop was detained for more than eight hours by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in relation to the Charrandas probe.Based on the type of questions he was being asked by investigators, Ramsaroop concluded that the activity was all “political”.After the interrogation, he told Guyana Times that it was clear that investigators were attempting to “bully” and “intimidate” him, insisting that he can only be released after he gives a statement.The PPP affiliate said he visited Police headquarters at about 08:30h in the presence of his Attorneys Mark Conway, Sanjeev Datadin and Sase Gunraj. He was asked about 10 “odd” questions, all of which he refused to answer.“They started out with questions such as which political party I am affiliated with, what is my role in the political parties of Guyana. And then they went on to other questions in relation to the Canadians,” he outlined.“From the beginning of the first question, which was ‘which political party I am affiliated with’, I realised that this is political harassment…to get me in there to intimidate me,” Ramsaroop added.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has since dismissed allegations which surfaced after Ramsaroop was seen in the company of Persaud, saying that the businessman is free to befriend whomever he wants to, even if it means someone from the opposite side of the house.“Peter is free to be friends with Charrandas, and also a member of the PPP. Charrandas has lots of friends on our side and we have lots of friends on APNU’s side so there are lots of people who have friendships across the political spectrum… I’m not going to distance the party from people because they have friends among other races and among other parties. That’s what we’re trying to encourage, better relationships across politics,” the Opposition Leader stated.Furthermore, Jagdeo asserted that categorically there were no inducements from the Opposition to sway the former Government MP’s vote. He also rubbished allegations by Attorney General Basil Williams that the PPP has conspired with five other parliamentarians on the coalition’s side.last_img read more

Aguero recovering from minor knee surgery

first_imgOn Friday, City boss Pep Guardiola admitted he was unsure when the 29-year-old, who has scored 30 goals this season and 199 in total for the club, would be fit again.Aguero has now had keyhole surgery in a bid to resolve the issue.“Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee,” he tweeted. “Fully motivated to get back soon to the field.”No timescale for his recovery has been given but, with City already crowned Premier League champions, the World Cup in Russia, which starts in June, will be his main target.Aguero has not started a game since City’s victory over Chelsea on March 4, although he was an unused substitute against Basel on March 7.Following a month-long lay-off he returned to action as a late substitute in the derby defeat to Manchester United on April 7, when he was hurt in a controversial challenge from Ashley Young that went unpunished.After that he was unable to train fully in the build-up to the second leg of City’s Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on April 10. Again, he was only able to appear as a second-half substitute.With the issue still bothering him, he was ruled out of last Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham, with Guardiola casting doubt over whether the forward would play again this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is targeting full fitness ahead of the World Cup © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is recovering from minor surgery on his knee but said on Tuesday that he is “motivated” to get back on the pitch soon.The Argentine — City’s record goalscorer — has been troubled by a problem in his left knee for the past five weeks.last_img read more


first_imgA coroner has questioned the materials being used to make hundreds of mobile homes being used across Donegal after a man burned to death in a horrific fire.Coroner John Canon made his comments after the tragic death of a young Goath Dobhair man in a mobile home blaze.Columba Doherty, 29, could only be identified from his dental records and his watch after a fire swept through his mobile home at Brinalack on January 31st, 2008. Relatives and friends of the dead man were shocked when they arrived at the scene of the fire to discover a burned out shell at what had been a well-kept mobile home.Coroner Canon said he could hardly believe that any building had stood in the place was the smouldering remains of the victim’s home was discovered.He said “My main concern is what materials these homes are made of. It seems on this occasion that there is little indication that there was a caravan there at all apart from the concrete foundation.“It seems that the materials used are very flammable and this mobile home went up like a tinderbox. The intensity of the heat must have been huge.“It seems like these homes offer very little protection in the case of a sudden fire,” he said.Mr Doherty had been at a 21st birthday party and had gone on to the Seaview Nightclub before returning home at around 5am.However, only the shell of the mobile home belonging to the handyman was found the next morning at 7.30am after it had burned to the ground.An inquest into Mr Doherty’s death at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard how it was likely that the blazed was caused by a cigarette which had fallen onto bedclothes.Pathologist Dr.Gerry O’Rourke said death was caused by carbon monoxide poisoning brought on by smoke inhalation as a result of a fire.“If he had been sleeping it meant that he would have simply gone into a deeper sleep-like state when the fire broke out,” said Dr.O’Rourke.Garda Forensic Crime Scene Investigator John Harkin said there was only a shell left of the mobile home.He said the majority of the mobile home would have been made from aluminium and timber as well as some form of insulation.“Because there was no concrete on the internal walls, the fire would have spread very quickly,” he admitted.Coroner John Canon said he did not mind if the ten person jury added ‘a ryder’ to their verdict making suggestions on the materials used to make mobile homes.The jury returned a unanimous verdict of accidental death in accordance with the findings of pathologist Dr Gerry O’Rourke.EndsCORONER QUESTIONS SAFETY OF MOBILE HOMES AFTER DEATH OF MAN IN HORROR BLAZE was last modified: March 31st, 2011 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