Mother grieves Forth’s passing

first_img Oshane Campbell, who was a teammate and close friend of Forth, said more could have been done to save him. “Okeem got an elbow from the Molynes player and was substituted. I was on the field and saw him on the ground, I called to the referee then ran over to where he was and checked his pulse. Felt none, he was cold,” Campbell recounted. “I signalled to the bench for assistance. The medical team was poor as there was an ambulance but no oxygen. He needed better medical care and he would be here with us,” he said during a visit to his late friend’s home yesterday. Another friend, Kimani Morgan, said that the medical team should have been better equipped. “The medical team should have been alert. I am a person who knows about CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and he needed oxygen. There was none,” Morgan said. The funeral for Forth is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 28. MORE COULD HAVE BEEN DONE Sandra Seymour, the mother of Okeem Forth, is still finding his passing after a recent football game as a shock. Forth was elbowed in the neck by an opposing player during the Magnum/KSAFA Major League quarter-final game on April 28 between Olympic Gardens and Molynes United, and died after leaving the Constant Spring Complex in an ambulance. “I have to put the best on the outside. It is painful to lose a son that was so loving to his mother,” Seymour told The Gleaner. “He is so special to me. I have three sons, and Okeem is the second one. He is always saying that football will make him able to make a better life for me,” she said while attempting to fight back tears. Seymour recounted that she got news about her 18-year-old son’s death from a neighbour who had received a phone call at about 10 p.m. on the night of the match. “When I was told the news by my friend, who live across the road, I could not believe it,” she recalled. “He had manners, did not drink, smoke or party a lot. He loved football and started playing from very young,” she said of her son who was a star player on Tivoli High’s Manning Cup team last year. “I did not know how much he was loved by others until the nine night that was last Saturday night. Everybody love him,” she said.last_img read more

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Ministry awaiting residents’ vote to make final decision

first_imgSt Cuthbert’s Mission renamingAmid concerns from a vast section of the residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission about the proposal that was made for their village to be renamed, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister has announced that the people will decide on the changing of the village’s name to Pakuri.Speaking during an interview earlier this week, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock stated that the matter was a “sensitive” one and there have been consultations with persons from the community.“This is a very sensitive issue. We have been going to and fro from the community, but it is amazing to see the division on this name change. However, we would take guidance from the majority of the people,” he said.Allicock informed that the Ministry was currently awaiting feedback from the villagers, who will indicate their decision on the renaming process.“We have already given them the opportunity to make a decision, so they’re supposed to send back their results, so we’ll take it from them when we get their decision at a meeting that they’re supposed to have already completed,” he said.When asked if the decision of the people of the community would be the final one, the Minister responded, “That is the thinking.”In September of last year, the Government had expressed its plans to rename the village during the annual Heritage Village Day. At that time, it was related by then Toshao Lennox Shuman that the original name of the village was Pakuri and hence he agreed with the renaming process.The settlement is located on the left bank of the Mahaica River and was first set up by Joseph Ferguson in the late 1800s. Ferguson went on to become the first chief of the settlement, which was named Pakuri after a species of Platonia tree which was abundant throughout the area. However, when the first Anglican missionaries arrived and founded a mission on St Cuthbert’s Day in 1889, the village was renamed.last_img read more

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Visitors will be screened for infectious diseases – Ferguson

first_imgAs plans are currently afoot to beef up connectivity between Guyana and other States, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson has made it clear that visitors who would be flying in on the new airlines would be required to be screened for infectious diseases.Ferguson made the announcement during an exclusive interview on the sidelines of an event hosted earlier this week.She said, “Once the new airlines come into Guyana, I know we have our Health Ports at the various (checkpoints with) Health Officers who will do exactly what is required of them, so in the event of anybody coming in with an infectious disease, they (health officials) know exactly what will be required.”When asked if the Ministry and the Government have any other concerns with regard to the increased number of airlines which will be and have begun flying intoMinister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Fergusonthe country, the Minister responded in the negative.According to her, “I don’t think there is any concern, because, remember if you are talking about connectivity (and) getting people from one jurisdiction to another, this is heavily dependent on air transport, so with new airlines coming it will be a boost.”Ferguson noted that the boost would be not only for Guyana’s economy but for the transportation industry.Many persons have raised concerns about the increased number of airlines flying to Guyana, especially from the African continent.Just recently, at the Air Transport Meeting held here at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, between November 21 and 23, Guyana signed an open skies agreement with Ghana, which will allow for direct flights to the country.In a recent interview with Guyana Times, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field disclosed that the organisation was gearing up to sign another open skies agreement, this time with the African country Tanzania.He noted that already, the agency has signed open skies agreement with other South American countries which will allow for more airlines to fly here as well.“We’ll improve connectivity in the Region, especially with the South American Region, by reaching out to sign more air services agreements with the various States, because having air services agreements – that is the foundation or the platform which the airlines will be able to ride on,” the Director said.So far, agreements have been signed with Brazil and Ghana. In addition to Tanzania, the GCAA is also seeking to ink an agreement with Nigeria.The GCAA Director was keen to note that these agreements being inked were in keeping with this year’s theme of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) with regard to connectivity.When it comes to a time span for those agreements, Field said the required framework was already in place and was presently waiting to be finalised.last_img read more

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Council and staff spending policy revised by City

first_imgBy Christine Rumleskie Fort St. John City Councilors and City Staff have a few more rules to follow when spending taxpayer dollars.- Advertisement -At Monday’s City Council meeting, Councilors voted unanimously to approve revisions to the City Council and Employee Allowable Expenses Policy.Staff submitted a list of spending revisions to Council, which includes adding alcohol as well as hotel movie rentals to the list of non-allowable expenses.  Essentially, these are costs that cannot be reimbursed to a councilor or staff member if he/she is out of town representing the city.  Also included is a revision to prohibit members from charging personal expenses to City credit cards.Also included in the revised policy were changes to the daily Per Diem, which covers costs like incidentals and meals. [asset|aid=2741|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c4faaf54045b7c97ada6648076e92eef-grace fika council spending 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Councilor Lori Ackerman recommended that Council approve the recommendations from staff, and that the Per Diems remain the same. Council instructed staff at a closed meeting on March 12th to review the City’s purchasing, credit card and travel policies and provide recommendations to Council.  There’s no word yet on what was the catalyst that sparked Council to instruct staff to conduct the spending review.  Acting City Manager Grace Fika says the revisions were brainstormed at a senior management policy review meeting.Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca put forward a freedom of information request to what transpired at the March 12th special council meeting.  That request has yet to be honoured.last_img read more

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FKF cancels Rwanda friendly, to play Zambia

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars winger Jesse Were in action against Zambia’s Adrian Chama in an AFCON qualification match in 2016. PHOTO/CourtesyNairobi, Kenya, Oct 30- The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced the cancellation of the national team’s friendly match against Rwanda’s Amavubi initially set for November 11 and will instead play Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Nairobi on November 14.Rwanda will be facing Ethiopia in a 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) two-legged qualification match and have asked to pull out of the tie as head coach Antoine Hey focuses on getting the Amavubi into next year’s CHAN in Morocco. After Kenya was stripped of the rights to host the biennial championship and thus losing its place to play the tourney, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) approached Egypt as a replacement, but the Pharaohs declined the invitation.The continental body swung back the favor to East Africa and picked Rwanda, hosts of the last CHAN in 2016 to face Ethiopia who also took part in the last tournament, in a qualification tie to replace Egypt.Previously, FKF boss Nick Mwendwa had insinuated they would call on CAF to hand them the slot as the stripping of hosting rights was not purely their error, but seems CAF never much listened to the plea.The tie will be vital for under pressure First Coach Stanley Okumbi whose side has lost three of their last four matches, one competitive and two friendly.Kenya’s last pair of friendly matches in Asia ended in defeat, losing 2-1 to Iraq in Basra before going down to lowly ranked Thailand in Bangkok with a 1-0 scoreline.The results consequently saw Kenya dip 14 places in FIFA rankings to sit 102, but over the next FIFA friendly window, the Stars will look to shine once again when they face the Chipolopolo, a side they drew 1-1 with in their last meeting 2016 in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier.With Nyayo National Stadium closed for renovation, the match will either be played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos which has been the defacto home ground for Stars over the last three home friendly matches or the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Big transfer news! ‘Liverpool and Man United ready to fight for £25m Fabregas’

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester United are ready to do battle over the signing of Cesc Fabregas, according to reports.Fabregas has been restricted to a bit-part role at Chelsea under Antonio Conte this season and is expected to move on in the summer.The World Cup-winning midfielder has made just ten Premier League starts for the leaders, with Conte preferring to use him as an impact substitute.AC Milan have been heavily linked with a move for the former Arsenal captain.But now, according to The Sun, both Liverpool and United are preparing to offer the 29-year-old a fresh start in England.Their report claims the two clubs are both preparing rival £25million bids for the Spain international and ex-Barcelona star.United manager Jose Mourinho signed Fabregas for Chelsea and the player has spoken of an ‘exceptionally good relationship’ with his old boss.But Jurgen Klopp is ready to take on Mourinho for Fabregas as he looks to boost Liverpool’s midfield options – setting up an intriguing transfer fight between the two rivals. 1 Cesc Fabregas in action for Chelsea last_img read more

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GOSSIP: Arsenal plot bid for Monaco starlet, Bayern want Lukaku, Hart to United?

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related stories and football headlines in Tuesday’s newspapers…Arsenal are among a number of top clubs circling Monaco’s teenage star striker Kylian Mbappe this summer. (Daily Mirror)Gunners manager  Arsene Wenger has been spotted in Nice with chief executive Ivan Gazidis, amid reports the north London club are preparing a club record move for the 18-year-old. (Various)However, it is also claimed Real Madrid have offered £118million for the France international. (The Sun)Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, and are expected to battle it out with Chelsea and Manchester United to sign the Belgian this summer. (Manchester Evening News)The Toffees will make a move to sign Leicester City star Jamie Vardy if Lukaku leaves Goodison Park. (Daily Express)Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has said it would be difficult to turn down a move to Barcelona. (Various)Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart could emerge as a target for crosstown rivals Manchester United if they lose David De Gea. (Daily Mail)Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is the subject of interest from Barcelona, who are ready to offer £45million. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have not given up hope of signing the Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci this summer. (The Sun)Arsenal and Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette has admitted a Premier League move would be “an interesting option”. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle are close to signing Sporting Lisbon duo and top summer targets Ruben Semedo and Marvin Zeegelaar. (Daily Star)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines and transfer stories: Zinedine Zidane has been ‘nearly perfect’ former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon tells talkSPORT‘It’s a lack of ambition’ – Ray Wilkins hits out at Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico MadridArsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United must pay Inter Milan world record £96million to buy target Mauro IcardiManchester United transfer BLOW! Paris Saint-Germain make contact over summer deal for Monaco star FabinhoDONE DEAL? Schalke defender Dennis Aogo to join Watford on free transfer – ReportsTottenham transfer BOOST? Spurs target Max Meyer rejects new Schalke contractChelsea FC transfer news: Inter Milan rival Chelsea and Juventus for Fiorentina star Federico BernardeschiMile Svilar: Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels could be key to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United signing ‘new Thibaut Courtois’Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko insists he is happy at Roma amid rumours of China moveWest Ham United FC transfer news: Hammers flop Havard Nordtveit linked with return to GermanyAntoine Griezmann claims Atletico Madrid will try to sign Manchester United target Alexandre Lacazette once transfer ban is liftedlast_img read more

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JUDGE ASKS PUBLIC TO REMEMBER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AFTER HORRIFIC DONEGAL ROAD SMASH

first_imgA Judge has asked the public to remember the suffering of the emergency service personnel who attended the scene of Ireland’s worst ever road smash in Co Donegal.Judge John O’HaganJudge John O’Hagan this week jailed Shaun Kelly for two years after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight people in Inishowen in 2010.But Circuit Court Judge O’Hagan took time out of his sentence to pay tribute to those who attended the scene at Glasmullen outside Carndonagh on July 10th, 2011. Judge O’Hagan said the carnage met by Gardai, fire service and medical personnel must have ben horrific.“The thought of the emergency services arriving and having to clean it up. Some probably needed counseling after it. It was a horrific event.“There were 10 or 12 firemen at the scene. There were five Gardai, ambulance personnel, a priest, a doctor and a Gardai Inspector – the number of people affected by an accident like this. This was indeed a shocking situation,” he said.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how those personnel tried in vain to save the lives of those hurt in the crash. Medics tried to perform CPR on 66 year old pensioner Hugh Friel at the scene.However, Mr Friel, who was returning for playing bingo, died a short time later.The seven passengers in the car being driven by Kelly, now 26, were killed instantly.The fire service cut Kelly from the vehicle and he was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital suffering form multiple injuries including brain damage.Judge O’Hagan said he had consider all options when sentencing Kelly including community service and also a suspended sentence. But he said “It is with regret that I am not taking up any of them.”He added “It is not for me to take revenge on Mr Kelly for what he did but I will punish him.”He sentenced Kelly to a total of four years but suspended the last two years and disqualified him from driving for ten years.JUDGE ASKS PUBLIC TO REMEMBER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AFTER HORRIFIC DONEGAL ROAD SMASH was last modified: December 21st, 2014 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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Asthma sufferers warned about Halloween triggers

first_imgWith Halloween having arrived, Asthma suffers have been warned over six triggers that are very common at this time of the year.Asthma Society said the 12,408 people with asthma and 17,511 with COPD in Donegal need to be aware of their asthma triggers to avoid a potentially fatal asthma attack.Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society, said: “Halloween is a time to be spooked – in a fun way – and we’re encouraging people to take their asthma triggers seriously so they can stay well through the winter. “We’ve rounded up the most terrifying asthma triggers and found the top tips to help you banish them from your life.“The symptoms of asthma can be extremely frightening for people with asthma. An asthma attack can be fatal – so let’s keep all people with asthma safe and sound this Halloween.”Bonfires and FireworksBoth children and adults who have asthma need to avoid the fumes produced by bonfires and fireworks at Halloween. These fumes can cause difficulty breathing and can be fatal for some people with asthma. The Asthma Society advises anyone with asthma not to attend events with fireworks or bonfires. If you have asthma and you find yourself at an event with bonfires and fireworks, you should:Keep as much distance between you and the bonfire and fireworks fumes as possibleCarry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you everywhere you go and use it if necessary over the Halloween periodUse your preventive inhaler as prescribed as this will help strengthen your respiratory systemThis weekend, the weather will be very cold, which is a major asthma trigger – dress in warm clothing and wear a scarf over your mouth to help filter the airEnsure someone with you knows about your asthma and knows how to help you if asthma symptoms occurCarry your asthma attack card with you in case of an emergency.“Dreadful” Dust mites:House dust mites are tiny, spider-like creatures that live in fabrics, carpets and soft furnishing. They’re found in every home, school or office, no matter how clean. House dust mites live in places like your bed, your sofa and your curtains, but because they’re invisible to the naked eye, you won’t be able to see them. What do dust mites eat? You!Dust mites feed off the dead human skin cells which make up about 70% of dust in the home. Some people with asthma may find their symptoms get worse when dusting or vacuuming, this is often because these activities bring settled dust into the air where it can be inhaled. Most people who have asthma symptoms that are triggered by house dust mites are actually reacting to their faeces!While it is impossible to completely get rid of house dust mites, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce them and limit their impact on your asthma.Damp-dust your house at least once a weekRemove any unwanted clutter in your home to avoid gathering dustWash your sheets, pillow cases, blankets and cuddly toys at 60 degrees or hotter every weekUse allergy-proof covers for mattress, pillows and blanketsVacuum your pillows and mattressWear a dust mask when dustingSome people find air purifiers are helpful in reducing symptoms.“Manky” Moulds:Moulds come in many shapes, colours and sizes. They can be powdery, slimy or even fluffy. Moulds grow best in damp places like bathrooms, kitchens, woody areas and even piles of autumn leaves. Sometimes, moulds may grow in corners or behind furniture, so you might not notice until your home has already been invaded! Keeping your home dry and well-ventilated is the best way to defend against these sneaky trespassers. If moulds are a trigger for your asthma, you may be allergic to the tiny, air-borne spores that moulds use to spread and grow. There are plenty of things you can do to tackle mould in your home.Avoid drying clothes indoors. As they dry more moisture is released into the air in your home, which may allow mould to growWhen showering or cooking, use your extractor fan or open a window to let out the steamMoulds will only grow in moist conditions: Check for any leaks around your pipes or water appliances Use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content, if necessaryWear a scarf over your mouth when the weather is wet and windy to avoid breathing in the spores which are carried in the air during thunderstormsDuring autumn, keep away from clusters of fallen leaves which are a perfect breeding ground for mould.“Putrid” Pets:61% of households own a family pet. However, many people are allergic to proteins that are present in the hair, feathers, saliva and the dead skin cells shed by their animals. Although pets are a part of the family, they can present a huge problem for some people with asthma. Animals such as cats, dogs and horses are among the worst culprits, but even animals like snakes and birds can trigger asthma symptoms for some people.If your pet is a trigger for your asthma, it should be re-homed if possible. If this is not possible it can be difficult to limit the impact on your asthma, but there are steps you can take. Keep pets away from living areas and the bedroom, especially from fabric-covered furniture, rugs and carpetsKeep your pet outside as much as possibleEnsure your pet is properly washed by someone elseVacuum regularly using a vacuum suitable for pet hairIf your pet is in a cage, make sure the cage is properly cleaned as often as possible“Sickening” Smoke:Everyone knows that smoke is extremely bad for us, but between bonfires, fireworks and open fires, it can be hard to escape at this time of year. There over 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke alone and cigarettes release more than a billion harmful “free radicals” per puff. This isn’t good for anyone, but particularly for people with asthma. When someone with asthma inhales tobacco smoke either from smoking or from second hand fumes, irritating substances settle in the moist lining of the airways within the lungs. This causes inflammation in the lungs, which can bring on asthma symptoms and even cause an asthma attack.If you have asthma:It’s important to avoid smoking completelyDo not allow others to smoke in your homeKeep your distance from others smoking in publicKeep your reliever inhaler with you at all times, especially if you’re going to a bonfire or fires works display and ensure the people around you are aware of your condition.For more information or advice on potential triggers within your home, you can call the Asthma Society’s free Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64.Asthma sufferers warned about Halloween triggers was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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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Giants learning why NL West will challenge team’s offense

first_imgSAN DIEGO–The National League East features reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, Nationals ace Max Scherzer and tough Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola.The NL Central is loaded with quality hitters like Christian Yelich, Kris Bryant and Paul Goldschmidt who rank among baseball’s best bets to change the game with one swing.The NL West may lack the perceived depth of the league’s other divisions, but winning won’t be any easier for the Giants than it might be elsewhere. Through the first three …last_img read more

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