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Adventure farmer died of multiple injuries

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first_imgA post-mortem conducted on the body of 41-year-old Phillip Viveirous, a farmer of Adventure Village, on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, revealed that he died of multiple injuries.The farmer’s dismembered body was discovered on Monday morning along the highway in the vicinity of Adventure, and Police in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) were said to be investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.E Division Commander Calvin Brutus, confirmed the results of the post-mortem report on Friday. While information surrounding the death has been sketchy, Police investigators suspect that he may have been run-over by several vehicles.The gruesome discovery was made at approximately 05:20h by passersby; an unidentified caller alerted the Police of the discovery. The body of the deceased was later identified by his mother, and was transported to the Wismar Hospital Mortuary at Linden. The mother of the deceased reportedly told investigators that her son left his home at approximately 02:00h on Monday for his farm at Adventure and had been consuming alcohol before he left.Investigators suspect that he might have become tired and fell asleep along the roadway and was then run over. According to Police information, there was no evidence at the scene to suggest that it was a case of hit-and-run, however; the victim’s body parts were reportedly scattered along the road. Several persons travelling along the highway that morning recalled seeing the body on the roadway prior to the fateful discovery; a few indicated that at the time, the victim appeared to be alive.last_img read more

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Bankers, SMEs in 2-Day Basic Impact Investing Seminar

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first_imgA group of bankers including senior and middle-level bank managers and owners of several Liberian-own small and medium enterprises (SMEs) Thursday, May 1, began a two-day “Basic Impact Investing” opportunity seminar in Monrovia to boost their entrepreneurial skills.Banks participating in the seminar included the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Guaranty Trust Bank, Ecobank Liberia Limited and International Bank Limited, amongst others. They were joined by the World Council of Credit Union (WOCCU) an, international credit union providing access to finance to SMEs in several developing economies in the world and a host of Liberian-owned SMEs, amongst others.The two-day seminar is organized by the US Agency for International Development-USAID-funded Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) Program, implemented by the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), which supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in accessing commercial bank financing in the country.The workshop is aimed at teaching participants how to better understand the impact of investment and how it differs from traditional investment and what tools they would need to find investment capital for businesses.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the seminar, which is being held at a local hotel in Monrovia, the independent consultant, founder and principal strategist for Impact Investors in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Bob Bragar, said the impact of investing is about bringing money to Liberia to expand job and SMEs in ensuring that most business entrepreneurial can invest more capital to SME businesses that are in need of capital.Mr. Bragar, however, noted that it is good to know who your investors are, because, according to him, “they have committed themselves to upholding ethical principles in finance.”He hinted participants that the reason the seminar was organized by IBEX is because he, Bragar, wants Liberians to understand what impact investing is, adding that there is an international capital available for impact investors.According to him, donor funding is different from impact investment, which he said is all about business set-up.Mr. Bragar further disclosed that there is strong desire of USAID-IBEX to ensure that Liberian business entrepreneurs gain the required knowledge that would better their businesses.He observed that lot of people are lacking information that they need to know in order to boost the Liberian economy.Mr. Bragar insisted that investors needed to be motivated in order to increase their expectations.“You need to understand the different motivations and kinds of investors, because they would set-up tunes that you will have to dance to,” Mr. Bragar told participants.In the investing world, it also means creating good structures to ensure that the business is properly “governed,” and as such there should be an independent, qualified and engaged board of directors that would manage the businesses.At the same time, the international consultant urged participants to be prepared at any time to show solid financial history and projections of their businesses.For her part, Madam Watchen Harris Bruce, Chief of Party for USAID Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) reiterated that her institution is ready to address some of the constraints SMEs are facing in getting access to finance.Madam Bruce further said that people needed to know what the banks require and what they needed to present to investors before getting access to loan.Meanwhile, one of the participants thanked the facilitator and organizer of the workshop and assured that they will put into practice whatever new knowledge they are going to learn from the seminar.The seminar is expected to end today, Friday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden hotelier nabbed for Trafficking in Persons

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first_img…2 foreign women rescued…claims they were sold for $25000 eachA Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) hotelier is in Police custody after Police swooped down on his premises and allegedly found two foreign women being held against their will.Reports are the ranks raided the hotel and bar located at Wismar, Linden at about 21:30h on Thursday after a report was made about alleged Trafficking in Persons being committed by the businessman.During the raid, two foreign female nationals were removed from the business premises and handed over to officials from the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Unit at the Social Protection Ministry as investigations continue.Information from the Police indicates that ranks, acting on information received, went to the hotel and bar located at Burnham Drive Wismar, Linden, which is owned by a 54-year-old businessman. A search was conducted of the premises and two female Venezuelan ages 20 and 30 were allegedly found in one of the rooms. The females were questioned using an interpreter app where they allegedly stated that they were being held at the hotel against their will and they were sold to the hotel owner by a man for $25,000 each. Investigations are in progress.last_img read more

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Public Health Ministry assists Berbice fire victims

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first_imgThe Public Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Regional Health Services, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Wednesday distributed aid supplies to the three Limlair Village, Corentyne families who lost their homes to a fire of unknown origin on December 26, 2018.The families received complete bed sets, cooking utensils, stoves, couch, and groceries.Director of Regional Health Services, Jevaughn Andrew Stephen made the donations and shared words of encouragement with the families who were left homeless throughout most of the festive season. He reassured them that much more help was in store for them.The fire destroyed two homes and left 12 persons homeless.The two-storey building was occupied by a nurse, Claudia Ross, in the upper flat and a farmer in the lower flat.Flames were initially seen about 04:30h. Several persons were living next door in a wooden building, which was badly damaged.Dale Kyte, who lived in the building along with six others, including her 76-year-old mother and a two-year-old baby, noted that the Fire Service arrived minutes after the alarm was raised, but was unable to save anything.Ross, who is attached to the Port Mourant Hospital, expressed her gratitude to both Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and Regional Health Services Director Jevaughn Stephen for the assistance.last_img read more

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ST.JOHNSTON FATHER-OF-FOUR DIED AFTER SWALLOWING HANDFUL OF ECSTASY TABLETS

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first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A father of four died after taking up to a dozen ecstasy tablets at a New Year’s Day party.David Orr, 30, took the tablets at a party in Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, on January 1st, 2008.Orr of Trentamucklagh, St Johnston, was also drinking vodka on the night of the party. Witness Peter McGinley, a brother-in-law of the dead man, said he saw Orr taking 10 or 11 ecstasy tablets on the night.After about an hour Orr began to have fits and was rolling around the floor.“I didn’t pay much attention to that because that’s the way he always went when he took ecstasy.“We left him on the sofa then and he seemed to be okay,” said McGinley.However a few hours later other party-goers noticed Orr was not moving and his lips had turned blue.They rushed him to the local NowDoc service where he was pronounced dead at 8.08am.Mr Orr’s wife Susan (pictured), who was not at the party, had been partying the previous day but denied her husband was addicted to drugs.Another witness James Mitchell told Letterkenny Coroner’s Court he saw Mr Orr taking up to six tablets at one time and a half an hour later be began to talk to himself and then roll around the floor.Pathologist Dr. Catriona Dillon said the autopsy report showed that Mr Orr had up to five times the level of MNDN (Ecstasy) in his body than the toxic level.She added that death was due to this and cardiac complications which arose as a result.The jury agreed with the direction of John Cannon that Mr Orr died as a result of ‘due to ecstasy toxicity”.Coroner John Cannon expressed his sympathy but said there were lessons to be learned from the tragedy.He said it showed the present day easy access to such drugs, the unknown chemicals contained which were “made in back street laboratories and are readily available on the High Street’ and the fact that such substances can cause death.“We can only have sympathy for him. We have heard he went on what was described as a bad trip after taking that horrible drug ecstasy.“We have heard the tragic circumstances and that he was rolling around full of energy.“I would like to express my deep sympathy to his wife Susan and their four children. It is simply a very tragic case,” he said.Picture by John McLaughlinEndsST.JOHNSTON FATHER-OF-FOUR DIED AFTER SWALLOWING HANDFUL OF ECSTASY TABLETS was last modified: June 22nd, 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

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Nottingham Forest vs West Brom: Live commentary, kick-off time and team news

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first_imgWhat is the team news?Nottingham Forest XI: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Tobias Figueiredo, Fox,Osborn, Guedioura, Colback, Gil Dias, Joao Carvalho, Lolley, GrabbanSubs: Arabi Soudani, Watson, Murphy, Robinson, Goncalves, Dawson, SmithWest Brom XI: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Bartley, Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips, Livermore, Brunt, Barnes, Morrison, RodriguezSubs: Robson-Kanu, Myhill, Townsend, Gayle, Burke, Barry, HarperListen to live commentary of the Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and West Brom from 6pm on talkSPORT 2 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA 1 Karanka is tasked with bringing Premier League football back to the City Ground FOOTBALL LATEST What time is kick-off?The game is all set for Tuesday, August 7.Kick-off at the City Ground is at 7.45pm.Aitor Karanka’s Forest have spent more than £22million over the summer and are targeting a return to the top-flight after a 20-year absence.West Brom are many people’s favourites to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt, but received a real wake-up call by Bolton at the weekend.Where can I listen to live commentary?Coverage of this game will be live and uninterrupted on talkSPORT2.Tune in for build-up from 7pm using either our online player or your DAB digital radio for exclusive commentary of the match. smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more highlights possible xi gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? West Brom make the trip over the Midlands to the City Ground to face big-spending Nottingham Forest.Neither side got off to a winning start as the Championship season got underway at the weekend, with Forest drawing at Bristol City and the Baggies falling to shock 2-1 defeat at home to Bolton. Getty How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? last_img read more

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Women’s Soccer Hosts Indiana State on Friday Night

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first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team continues its homestand on Friday night as Indiana State visits the Cownie Soccer Complex for Missouri Valley Conference action. First kick with the Sycamores is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Freshman Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) earned her second career MVC Newcomer of the Wek award the same day as Rodgers was awarded player of the week. Bormann, a forward, assisted on two of Rodgers’ goals in the victory over the Crusaders. In her first season, she leads the team in assists with four and has scored one goal. Bormann was previously named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Sept. 18. Drake is 8-3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MVC after its 4-2 win over Valparaiso in its Valley opener. The Bulldogs have won five-straight matches and are 7-1-1 in their past nine games with the lone loss during that span to then No. 16 Wisconsin. Following Friday’s game, Drake hosts UNI on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The Panthers are off to hot start at 10-1-1 and 2-0 in MVC play, going into their Saturday match at Missouri State. Drake and UNI have battled to three consecutive draws in the head-to-head series. Print Friendly Version Drake’s defense is another piece to its success in 2017. The backline of seniors Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa), Brooke Salisbury, Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) and junior Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) and senior goalkeeper Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) have recorded four shutouts and held teams to one goal in three other wins. Smith (1st), Salisbury (2nd), Hurt (3rd), Gorom (4th) and Fiorito (5th) comprise the top-five on the team in minutes played. Midfielder Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) is one of the key pieces fueling Drake this year. Rodgers has claimed back-to-back MVC Player of the Week award winners, the latest coming after she recorded her second career hat trick in the Valpo victory. She has found the back of the net eight times in the past six games, and has nine goals on the season to rank second in the league. Rodgers, who continues to add to her program-leading career goals total, currently ranks 18th in the NCAA in goals/game at .75. Indiana State (5-6-1, 0-2 MVC) dropped its last two matches to Missouri State and UMKC. The Sycamores beat the Bulldogs twice in 2016, including winning in penalty kicks in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals in Terre Haute, Ind. Drake leads the all-time series with a 12-4-2 advantage.last_img read more

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Warriors have decided it’s time to ‘flip the switch’ — for real

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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceI feel sorry for the Denver Nuggets. They don’t deserve what’s likely coming their way Friday night.With 18 games remaining in a regular season that has been characterized by overt indifference and amid a stretch where they have lost five of their last eight contests, the Golden State Warriors have decided to — if I may steal a bit of 2018 parlance — “flip the switch”.“It’s time,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said …last_img

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Scientists, Reporters Still Nuts Over Darwin

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first_imgNo other historical scientist gets as much praise and worship as Charlie D. Why is that?Darwin’s name appears frequently in science news and journal papers, much more than Newton, Maxwell, or Einstein. And yet other than doing some legit observation of barnacles and pigeons, Charlie’s main contribution was to anoint the Stuff Happens Law with an aura of science. He wrote hundreds of pages elaborating how stuff happens without reason or guidance, by means of some mysterious Selector out there who cares nothing about the results. Why would that make him famous? The only explanation is that Darwin made it possible to become an intellectually fool-filled atheist.In these recent news articles, ask if the actual observations and evidence justify drawing Charlie’s name into it.HMS Beagle: Dock where Darwin’s ship ‘was dismantled’ revealed (BBC News). The Beagle’s famous passenger is treated like a saint. “Charles Darwin was aboard HMS Beagle when he made discoveries that led to his theory of natural selection,” the article says. “Darwin was aboard the ship on its second great voyage between 1831 and 1836 to survey the South American coast and the Galapagos Islands.” Such a holy relic cannot be forgotten. Pieces of wood from the True Beguile [pun intended] must make their way into university biology departments.What Is Convergent Evolution? (Live Science). To demonstrate Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law, reporter Charlie Wood gives examples of how things evolve [happen] to look the same except when they evolve [happen] to look different. “Convergent evolution is when different organisms independently evolve similar traits,” Wood states worshipfully, applying Darwin Flubber to the congregants’ foreheads.Each of Earth’s habitats presents its own challenges. Sometimes, different species develop the same solution to the same problem. Biologists call this process — when two organisms share characteristics that they didn’t jointly inherit from a common ancestor — convergent evolution.What is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution?Convergent vs. divergent evolutionThe classical examples of evolution, such as Darwin’s finches, demonstrate the opposite process:  divergent evolution.‘But Mr. Wood, is it really a ‘process’? Do species really ‘develop’ solutions, or do opposite things just happen to them?’ No questions allowed. This is a worship service. Everyone chant, “Stuff Happenzzzzzz….”Darwin Fish on a scientist’s office door at JPL.Earthworms Coordinate Soil Biota to Improve Multiple Ecosystem Functions (Current Biology). “Earthworms have been perceived as benevolent soil engineers since the time of Charles Darwin,” this paper begins, but surely Darwin was not the first. What’s Darwin got to do with it? Engineering is a mental activity. One could (or should) argue that earthworms were designed by a benevolent, purposeful Creator to be “benevolent soil engineers.” But no; in today’s biology and media, all observations must be force-fit into the Darwin Hymnal. Everyone sing:Now the fit will be survivors and survivors will be fit,And survivors will survive to prove the fitness of the fit.Oh, this natural selection, it’s so simple, isn’t it?‘Tis ruthless marching on.Male mating displays can evolve from exploitative origins to cooperative endings (PNAS). “What could explain such elaborate mating behavior?” Richard Gomulkiewicz of Washington State U begins in this treatise on sexual selection, the Stuff Happens Law applied to sex. “Evolutionary biologists have been puzzling over this question since Darwin,” he says with a genuflect to Saint Charles.Following in Darwin’s footsteps: understanding the plant evolution of florist’s gloxinia (Science Daily). Many people make pilgrimages to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Jesus or Moses. Why would anyone wish to follow in Darwin’s footsteps? The reason may be that lazy biologists don’t like doing science the old way. It was too rigorous and constraining. Thanks to Charlie, it is so much easier now to just say “Stuff Happens.”More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin’s fascination with genetics and domestication catapulted the scientific world into new territory as scientists started to ask: How did a species evolve to be this way?….Florist’s gloxinia, a species originally documented by Darwin himself [pause to genuflect], was introduced to England in the 18th century. Since then, plant breeders have cultivated hundreds of strains by intentionally selecting for desired traits. Within 200 years — a mere blink of an evolutionary eye — florist’s gloxinia reached the same levels of phenotypic variation as snapdragons, Antirrhinum spp. Snapdragons, however, have been cultivated for 2,000 years.The disciples have learned from their master well. Stuff happens rapidly, except when it happens slowly. And through artificial selection [breeding, a form of intelligent design], converts can perceive fleeting glimpses of the mystical Selector—that blind watchmaker—that makes stuff happen.Intellectually fool-filled atheists in their worship center. More later. We don’t want readers’ stomachs to get upset with too much junk science at one time. (Visited 314 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South African producer premieres new film at Venice festival

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first_img7 September 2015Anant Singh, the South African film producer, has teamed up with Canadian producer Robert Lantos, famous for his collaborations with auteur David Cronenberg, to produce a new film by acclaimed art house director Atom Egoyan.Remember is a contemporary drama about revenge and road trips, featuring an impressive cast of Hollywood legends and popular character actors. The film will be officially entered for competition at the Venice International Film Festival this month, as well as the Toronto Film Festival. Following the festivals, it will released on the North American art house circuit and later internationally, including an early 2016 release in South Africa.The film features a remarkable lead performance by Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music and the Oscar winning Beginners) with an incredible supporting cast that includes fellow Oscar winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall) and Dean Norris from TV’s Breaking Bad.It tells the story of Zev (Plummer) as he discovers the Nazi guard who murdered his family during World War 2, living in the US under an assumed identity. Determined to find the man and deliver due justice, Zev must embark on a momentous cross-continent road-trip filled with interesting characters and surprising consequences.Singh says the performances by Plummer and Landau are what make the film so extraordinary, “coupled with the thrillingly dramatic storyline, (Remember) is a gripping film. (and we, the producers of the film) are confident that this will make the film a serious awards contender”.Director Egoyan, whose oeuvre explores themes of alienation and isolation in idiosyncratic but convincing tones, gained praise and recognition for his film The Sweet Hereafter in 1997. He went on to helm an impressive collection of modern cult and art house classics.Lantos has produced some of Canada’s biggest films, including Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and eXistenZ, as well as 2010’s festival favourite Barney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman.Singh is best known in South Africa for his ground-breaking work for the local film industry over the last 25 years. He was behind such box-office hits as Leon Schuster’s Mr Bones movies – South Africa’s highest grossing South African film series of all time – as well as critically acclaimed and award-winning showcases of South African stories, including Yesterday, Sarafina, Cry the Beloved Country and Long Walk To Freedom, starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela.His production company, Videovision Entertainment, is one of the leading media and entertainment bodies in Africa. With Videovision, Singh was instrumental in setting up Cape Town Film Studios in 2010. Offering state-of-the art equipment and technology, as well as over 60 hectares of film studios and associated facilities, Cape Town Film Studios has helped South Africa become a leading shooting location for local and international productions, including this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road.This is the first time Lantos and Singh have worked together on a production, despite being long-time contemporaries. Remember offers the opportunity for the two seasoned film business magnates to use their skills and knowledge to not only finance and market the film, but also to help find its direction. “It is wonderful to have a South African-Canadian collaboration on a project as illustrious as this. It is highly exciting for us (in light of the film being selected for) two of the world’s most prestigious film festivals,” Singh says.And for South African film, this is not the only project getting lots of international festival buzz in 2015. Also screening for competition in Venice is Endless River, by award-winning director Oliver Hermanus (Skoonheid and Shirley Adams).A 20-strong delegation of emerging filmmakers accompanied by Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzandile Masina will visit the Toronto Film Festival this year. The group intends to give the South African film industry more exposure on a world stage and network with some of the biggest names in film.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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