Sumner Newscow report â€” A Wellington Fire/EMS investigation has determined that a structure fire at 518 North Blaine in Wellington this morning was probably a case of arson.“There are some clues that lead us to believe by the way the fire burned and some items left at the scene, that this fire was intentionally set,” said Tim Hay, Wellington Fire Chief. “We are currently interviewing people for this investigation.”Wellington firefighters responded to a call at 3:39 a.m. Thursday of a small 600-square-foot house burning on Blaine Street, just north of U.S. 160 between 10th and 11th Street.Â Hay said the front attic portion was on fire when firefighters arrived on the scene. There were flames coming through the roof of the small one story home.Firefighters entered the home to search for occupants and as they were canvassing the structure, the roof began to collapse. They left the burning structure and went into a defensive position until a large portion of the fire could be extinguished from the outside.No one was hurt at the scene.The occupant of the small house, Tommie Barnett, was not there at the time of the fire. It is owned by Richard Forrest, according to the press release.There were 15 personnel at the time including Wellington Police, Sumner County Emergency Management, Wellington Electric and Kansas Gas. Mutual aid was received from Fire District 9 in Mayfield. There was one ambulance, three fire engines, one aerial and two administrative pickups at the scene. The fire was contained to the structure.Hay estimated the house at a total loss and valued at $7,000. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -7 Vote up Vote down Just Me · 335 weeks ago Is It just me or due you realy need three fire engies and one aerial for a 600 sq foot houe fire. It looks like the fire departments needs to car pool 15 personal and 7 trucks thats a lot of wasted fuel a 4.00 dallors a gallon. Report Reply 2 replies · active 335 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down longtimeresident · 335 weeks ago Obviously, Just Me, even though you have a right to your opinion, you don’t have all the information or knowledge needed to make a comment like that. If it was your property wouldn’t you want all of the resourses possible? Report Reply -2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 335 weeks ago “Is it just me or……” Yup, I think it’s JustMe. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down nonya · 335 weeks ago In my opinion I would rather they spend the fuel and have it there if needed instead of standing there waiting on another truck or piece of equipment to get there….beside what would have happened if it had spread to surrounding houses Report Reply 1 reply · active 335 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Joyce · 335 weeks ago My thoughts were the same. There were houses on either side of the one that was burning weren’t there? “Just me”, of you lived in one of them, would you have been demanding that the FD protect your home, even if it meant bringing in more equipment? Just my thoughts…. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 335 weeks ago dollars** Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
TRAINER QUOTES OWNER QUOTES PETER EURTON, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: “Gary said the blinkers did make a difference. They probably need a little more. He tends to focus on the handlers (at the gate) a little bit and if he can see them, he tends to forget about the front part of the gate when it opens, so we’re probably going to add a little more cup to them.“We’ll take that same area code (that he broke from). That’s the way he’s going to run. They still ran pretty fast, eight and change. That’s tough to catch. He can hold his own with anybody except maybe a Runhappy.“I know him, so we’re used to him being so far back early . . . six furlongs is just a little short. I felt he had a chance still (when he was far back). I never felt he was completely out of it, knowing him. He was invited to Dubai (for the Golden Shaheen on March 28), but that’s up to Lee and Susan. Right now we’re going to enjoy this because it doesn’t happen very often and we’ll go from there.” LEE SEARING, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: “Well, having owned that horse a long time and knowing exactly what he’s gone through with his breaking, and all the ‘could have been this,, could have been that’…He’s a really good horse but he has that style and he does some stupid things but he didn’t do anything stupid today, he just ran.“We tried the blinkers years ago when John had him and he didn’t particularly like them. We didn’t think it was going to make a big difference. He did come out of the gate really good today so that may have made a difference but he’s also never been this good so finally this may be his year. We’ll find out but it’s a good start.“We’ll talk about what’s next. We always thought he was a really good seven furlong horse and thought he could go a mile and we tried it last year against the best in the world. He didn’t get it done that day but I still think we’ll continue to look for a one turn mile, some seven furlong races. It seems like he likes his races spaced a little apart, he’s off to a good start. He doesn’t have any physical problems and Gary wants even more blinkers on him, so this could be really interesting.”“Dubai could be a conversation but…if you take him over there you also take the chance at six months off. I’m thinking we’re going to look at everything but it was a really good day. I knew he was coming today because he’s got that unbelievable kick.” NOTES: The winning owners Lee and Susan Searing of Rancho Cucamonga who race as C R K Stable. -30-
His good work, beyond the historical classification for the Champions League quarterfinals, has caught the attention of several clubs (United, included) and Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Milan, is willing to pay any price to take it as a ‘manager’ to the English, that is, coach plus sports director. So much so that it has caused a tremendous discrepancy with the Milan sports management, occupied by Boban and Maldini, by making this decision and forcing them to dispense with Pioli without being consulted. Zvonimir has already left San Siro and Paolo, according to the Italian press, will assess his situation at the end of the season.The Croatian did not hesitate to stoke Gazidis after what happened. “Rangnick? They closed an agreement with him in December without telling us anything,” he said. for Il Giornale after purchasing the club’s communication policy with the “North Korea” regime.A civil war between two legends and a ‘newcomer’ by a Ralf Rangnick, who also hides his taste for a change of scenery and who will be given full powers in San Siro for reconstruction. “Can I be someone who has influence in the development areas of the whole club? Otherwise you would only be getting half of what I can be able to give,” he said months ago when talking about a possible interest by Manchester United in your hiring in these same terms. In Milan, you will have to carry the heavy slab of history, just the one you had to build in Leizpig. In 2016, the mission for which he was hired was completed within the time frame set by the owners.. The logo of the red bulls was in the Bundesliga, something for which he was even forced to go from the offices to the bench, where he later also opted for emerging talents such as that of Nagelsmann, whom he has put at the helm of the ship at its peak after its success at Hoffenheim. Ralf Rangnick lived this Tuesday, surely, one of the happiest nights since in 2012 Red Bull changed his life. In 2009, the Austrian energy drink company wanted to enter German soccer and settled in Leizpig, where it bought its place to play the Oberliga creating RB Leizpig. Three years later, after winning the Cup with Raúl y Jurado’s Schalke 04 in 2011, the one from Backnang entered the Red Bull factory, where he has performed successfully.Under the orders of former Liverpool player Gérard Houiller, football director for the Red Bull group, Rangnick became the sports director for both projects of the energy brand in Europe: Salzburg and Leizpig. Upon arrival, he redefined the transfer policy in Germany, betting on young talent for its development and subsequent sale.The list of players who reached the elite after passing there is long and outstanding, being Haaland together with Timo Werner the last two jewels in the crown that also feature the European champions with Liverpool, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita. Elite that he never approached as a player, staying in semi-professional categories of German soccer.
2015 ain’t gone nowhere yet and some things are already falling apart. Actually, it’s really not so bad. It’s just another one of those teething moments of the Liberian entertainment industry. Recently, rumor circulated on Takun J’s 1.4.6 Block that one of LIB’s hottest rising artist and his manager split, and LIB Life had to get the juice.According to reports, Lil Beshop, the Hip-Co hit maker behind the famous track ‘Human Being’, and his manager Marie Collins, have split.“I no longer mange Lil Beshop, he didn’t fully understand my role as his manager and refused that I partake in the creative process of his song, ‘Let’s Party’, which I sponsored and provided the beat for,” Chic Collins posted on facebook.After seeing her post, we immediately contacted Lil Beshop to hear what he had to say on the matter.“The contract Marie and I signed didn’t include her being involved in such activities,” Beshop stated. “In Liberia, there is a certain type of music my fans are used to hearing, but Marie wanted me to do the ‘let’s party’ song in a way I knew my fans wouldn’t agree on. Though Marie has helped me tremendously in the recent part of my career, she has stopped contacting me and other things, which indicates she is no longer my manager,” he adds.Collins says she came up with the beat to ‘Let’s Party’ in hopes of promoting it in the UK where she lives. “The beat is a replica of a hit song here in the UK. I wanted Beshop to nail [it] so that I can promote it here,” she stated. “I messaged him a chorus I felt will make the track a hit, he agreed via text but wasn’t giving me updates on the song. I had enough and told him that I couldn’t manage him anymore.”According to Collins, she began managing the popular star after he approached her to manage him on the social site facebook“I have sent Beshop money on several occasions to record. I paid an online press kit monthly and boosted post on his facebook page. I also promoted his songs as well as doing my managerial duties,” she added.Meanwhile, Collins says Beshop hasn’t disputed her decision to split from his team and feels they both agree on the decision. But on the other hand, according to Lil Beshop, a contract was signed between the two parties that expire in five years.“Marie has been managing me for less than year. As for me, I never said I didn’t want her to be my manager but will agree on whatever she wants to do. Signed a contract sheet for three years, she wrote on my page and her page that she’s no longer managing me. She breached the contract.”These are some of the teething experiences of the Liberian entertainment industry, where the terms of reference for some artists and their managers appear not so clearly defined. And even with crystal clear terms, the conflict over the creative process, however, is always a sticky issue no matter who the artist is. The real conflict may be between the artist’s creative autonomy and his manager’s interpretation of what the audience expects, on the one hand; and the fact that artist and manager are not targeting the same audiences, on the other hand. Is this a conflict that a remix cannot fix?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As New Year commencesBy Shemuel FanfairOne month after a transfer that saw him answerable to the Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), the tenure of replaced Substantive Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum remains uncertain as it was indicated that there was no change in his position.Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine had first tied Blanhum’s transfer to the “arrangements” that were in place for the Christmas season, observing that his “reposting” was not without precedent. Now that 2018 has commenced,Deputy Commander of A Division Wendell BlanhumGuyana Times sought to ascertain whether or not the former Crime Chief’s post was a permanent fixture.In a brief interview with this newspaper on Tuesday, the acting Commissioner was questioned on the status of Blanhum’s position. Ramnarine however opted against offering a direct response on the matter but instead indicated that this position will be maintained for the foreseeable future. “That discussion is not for public domain, not for this time at least,” he told this publication.It was in early December that the acting Top Cop pointed out that Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum was removed from his post, and would act as the Deputy Commander of A Division, under Marlon Chapman.When Blanhum was on his vacation leave, Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Williams who had been recently elevated to Commander of B Division (Berbice) acted as the interim Crime Chief. Ramnarine had announced that Williams would continue to function in the capacity, at the time noting that the change was done to facilitate the Force’s annual Christmas security programme.However, media reports had suggested that Blanhum’s demotion was in keeping with the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger. On these claims, Ramnarine had refused to comment.Commissioner of Police (ag), David RamnarineOn March 29, 2017, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour, Nizam Khan, had offered him $7 million to assassinate the President. He said the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he had approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property. Following the allegation, President Granger ordered the CoI to investigate the Police investigation of the allegation, and to also make recommendations to address flaws. Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe conducted the CoI and handed the report to President Granger at the end of August.However, when Blanhum had taken the stand at the CoI, he clashed with Commissioner Slowe. It was revealed that Blanhum was the first person to receive information of the alleged plot, and was instructed by Ramnarine to personally oversee the investigation. The Commission found that Blanhum had failed to properly supervise the investigation, and allegedly lied while under oath when he said it was his decision to send Nizam Khan on bail. It was recommended that Blanhum be disciplined for all those infractions.“He was insubordinate when he took a rude, argumentative and aggressive posture at the Commission of Inquiry. He should be disciplined for this. His lack of supervision of this important investigation; his utterances, disrespect and arrogance displayed before the Commission showed that he is incapable of functioning as the Crime Chief, the lead investigator and manager of the major investigating unit of the Guyana Police Force. Blanhum should be replaced as Crime Chief, and reassigned in order to gain command experience,” Slowe had recommended.Blanhum had taken up the reigns as Crime Chief in May 2015 and he had reopened several high-profile cases, such as the execution of fashion designer Trevor Rose; the 1993 murder case of Monica Reece; and the robbery/murder of Sheema Mangar.
United Minibus Union (UMU) President Eon Andrews is calling on minibus and taxi drivers not to hike their fares today – Christmas Eve.Buses on the Route 44 minibus parkAndrews related that fares should remain standard during the Christmas season, and no passenger should have to pay extra or exorbitant fares to get home.“It is against the law. It is bullying people to pay… if the fare is one thing, that is it. Hire cars are also doing this nonsense, persons should make complaints to the Ministry of Business Consumer Affairs Department …. at any time of the day or night, the fare is standard and they choose the night to rob people,” Andrews said in an interview with Guyana Times.Commuters are already complaining about the hike in fare by both minibuses and taxis.When this publication visited the minibus parks around the city, persons expressed their concerns about the hiked fare.A resident of Golden Grove on the ECD said: “The fare is $180, but the conductors are demanding $200. Twenty dollars is not bad, but today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), the fares will go sky-high.”Another commuter related that he lived in Strathspey, ECD, where his fare is $140, but on Christmas Eve, he was usually forced to pay $500.Meanwhile, Abigale Samuels of Victoria, ECD, said: “It is crazy on Christmas Eve; we always have to pay a lot of money to go home. The funny thing is, not only we will have to pay $500 and a $1000 to go home, but we will have to sit four and five in a seat. If we only talk about the double up, we will have to sleep in town,” she explained.At the Route 42 Minibus Park, a resident of Soesdyke said that persons living on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway were also facing the same challenge.“They calling for $300 today (Monday), but tomorrow we have to pay $1000 which is ridiculous. If we don’t pay it, how will we get home? What I am scared of is that they got us sitting four in a seat to go home.”
…despite US$18M signing bonus exclusion……PPP to file legal challengeThe National Assembly late Friday afternoon approved the $267.1billion budget despite concerns from the Opposition Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) about the exclusion of the US$18 million signing bonus from the estimates.The Opposition Leader has since indicated that the Opposition would be moving to the Courts to have the Estimates amended to reflect the signing bonus.Budget 2018 was presented to the National Assembly on November 27 with theMembers of Parliment during the budget debates in the National Assemblytheme “The Journey to the Good Life Continues.” Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his budget presentation, said the $267.1 billion budget seeks to introduce several measures to support Government’s green agenda and improve various key economic sectors.As Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Friday sought to suspend the Standing Orders of the National Assembly to deal with Appropriations Bill No 15 of 2017, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira registered her party’s concerns with the exclusion of the US$18 million signing bonus paid by ExxonMobil in 2016.“We believe that there is time for us to amend and correct the Estimates,” she said.However, Finance Minister Winston Jordan moved a motion to have the Bill read, and it was done, followed by the passage of the 2018 Estimates.Legal challengeEarlier in the day, the PPP/C submitted a motion to have the final consideration by the Committee of Supply suspended to deal with the motion calling for the Finance Minister to amend the Estimates to reflect the signing bonus, but House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland disallowed the motion.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at an earlier press conference, said the next move would be to engage the Courts to have the Government comply with the financial rules and regulations.Signing bonusThe ExxonMobil US$18 million signing bonus was paid to the Government, but Government officials had not publicized its receipt until Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram raised the matter a few months ago.Last Friday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was forced to reveal that the bonus had indeed been received. He noted that the money was paid to cover the legal fees in the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy. It took a leaked letter published in the Guyana Times to force Government to admit receipt of the signing bonus. A missive dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana has this subject: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”. It shows that Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank in order to receive a deposit in the form of a “signing bonus” to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”Since that revelation, several transparency watchdogs have called on Government to transfer the money to the Consolidated Fund, noting that the Constitution and several financial regulations had been breached.2018 BudgetThe 2018 Budget would see the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education, which will take effect from January 1, 2018.It would also see tributors’ tax on gold miners being slashed from 20 per cent to 10 per cent, but miners would still be required to file annual tax returns. Jordan said this decision was made following representation by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), whose representatives had also met with the Opposition to raise their concerns.Additionally, the Government announced plans to conduct a countrywide valuation exercise to bring all property values up to date. This could mean that rates and taxes may be increased.Budget 2018 contained very few benefits, one being the increase of old age pension from $19,000 to $19,500, representing an almost 49 per cent rise in old age pension in just two and a half years.Pensioners are also relieved from the payment of departure tax, driver’s licence and passport. Public assistance will be increased to $8,000, which represents an approximately 36 per cent growth over the period of two and a half years.Teachers who work in interior locations will also benefit from the new measures to be implemented from Budget 2018, and this includes an 80 percent increase in remote area incentives. The remote area incentive would be increased from $5,000 to $7,000 and from $9,000 to $12,000.Meanwhile, companies and individuals would be granted an amnesty to file outstanding tax returns in 2018.In the 2018 Budget, the Ministry of the Presidency would receive $9.4 billion; Finance Ministry would receive $28.2 billion; Foreign Affairs Ministry $5.5 billion; Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry $2.2 billion; Agriculture Ministry $16.8 billion; Business Ministry $2.1 billion; Natural Resources Ministry $1.1 billion; Public Telecommunications Ministry $4.6 billion; Public Infrastructure Ministry $32.06 billion; Education Ministry $19.9 billion; Communities Ministry $6.5 billion; Public Health $23.4 billion; Social Protection $16.9 billion; Public Security $18.7 billion; and Legal Affairs $1.06 billion.
Triple jump hero and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Troy Doris has credited his less-than-stellar performance over the weekend to his injury recovery journey.At the Aliann Pompey Invitational on Saturday, Doris had a best leap of 16.09m, which fell short of a podium spot. The event was won by Donald Scott with a jump of 17.22m. In a comment invited from Doris after the competition, the triple jumper disclosed that he wasn’t too elated about his first home showing.“Not happy with the result. It’s not really the range where I perform. I’m just happy to leave healthy after having that major injury at the Commonwealth Games. It’s tough trying to get back preparing for CACs and the AP Invite,” Doris stated.Explaining how the injury might have affected his performance, Doris said, “If you spend nine months preparing for one meet like the Commonwealth Games, I’m back at month seven because of an injury.”Looking to the future, the USA-based athlete noted that he is focused on continued training, so as to better prepare for his upcoming engagements. “I think I just need to keep training. I don’t think anything is physically wrong with me, I just think it’s mental.”Meanwhile, the triple jumper is happy about his first performance on home soil. Despite his injury, Doris is taking away the massive crowd support as one of the positive aspects of his performance.“But now that I have the confidence of competing in front of the home crowd, it’s a little bit better,” he said.
VICTORIA, B.C. – With the month of October now upon us, the Province of British Columbia is reminding drivers of the mandatory requirement for winter tires.Starting October 1, and ending on March 31, drivers travelling on most provincial highways are required to equip their vehicles with appropriate winter tires.In B.C., the Ministry of Transportation states that an appropriate winter tire is defined as one with either the M+S or mountain/snowflake symbol and in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres.- Advertisement -The Ministry says tires marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall offer the best traction on snow and ice and in cold weather.Drivers without the proper winter tires in good condition driving on designated B.C. highways can receive a fine of $109.00.More information on preparing for winter driving can be found at shiftintowinter.ca.Advertisement