WORLD CUP: Guide to the 12 stadiums across Russia

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Capacity: 45,145Cost: 19.4 billion rubles ($330 million)Sweltering summer temperatures could be a problem for teams coming to the southern Russian steppe to play group or last-16 games in Rostov-on-Don.The stadium sits on the bank of the Don river and is planned to become the center of a vast new housing and leisure development after the World Cup.When the tournament is over, the stadium will be the new home of FC Rostov, which beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage in 2016 but has since slipped back into the middle of the Russian standings.VOLGOGRAD ARENACity: VolgogradCapacity: 45,568Cost: 17.3 billion rubles ($300 million)In the city once known as Stalingrad, every spot has wartime history, and the stadium is no different. View comments Capacity: 44,779Cost: 14.4 billion rubles ($250 million)Opened in 2013 as the first of Russia’s new generation of football stadiums and was used as the prototype for the other new arenas.It’s a versatile venue which has hosted Confederations Cup football, ceremonies, and even the 2015 world swimming championships, where a temporary pool was installed.SAMARA ARENACity: SamaraCapacity: 44,807Cost: 18.2 billion rubles ($310 million)This stadium in the Volga River city of Samara is ambitious but proved tricky to finish on time.Its ambitious design — a glass dome evoking Samara’s history as a center of the Russian space program — needed extra time to build but finally opened in April. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It is the only World Cup stadium built without government money. Transport is relatively easy from central Moscow, though chronic traffic jams mean most fans prefer the subway.ST. PETERSBURG STADIUMCity: St. PetersburgCapacity: 68,134Cost: 43 billion rubles ($735 million)Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong with the St. Petersburg stadium.Severe delays and soaring costs were just the start for a project which became notorious for employing North Korean laborers, one of whom was among at least eight people to die on the stadium and 17 across all World Cup construction sites, according to the trade union Building and Wood Workers’ International.A deputy governor of St. Petersburg has admitted his role in a 50-million-ruble ($850,000) scheme to siphon off the stadium’s budget, though officials say the true picture of corruption was much larger.The spaceship-like arena — which will host a semifinal — remains plagued by a leaking roof and a pitch which had to be replaced repeatedly.Confederations Cup games, however, passed largely without incident and Russia says it’s working to iron out any more problems. Workers during construction had to deal with finding unexploded munitions and soldiers’ corpses from the Battle of Stalingrad. The stadium sits at the foot of Russia’s best-known World War II memorial.The location meant the stadium had to be designed with a low roof-line so as not to obscure views of “The Motherland Calls” sculpture. German youth players were invited to a test game at the stadium in a gesture of international reconciliation.EKATERINBURG ARENACity: YekaterinburgCapacity: 35,696Cost: 12.7 billion rubles ($220 million) for rebuildEven before it opens, the stadium in the Ural mountain city of Yekaterinburg is famous for its unusual design.In an attempt to keep costs down, the stadium has 12,000 temporary seats. So far, so normal for a World Cup.However, those seats are on vast towers of scaffolding stretching over the walls of the main stadium, which could make being in the top row a vertigo-inducing experience.Reducing the capacity to 23,000 after the tournament should make life easier for local club Ural Yekaterinburg, which averaged crowds of just over 8,000 in the Russian Premier League this season.Human Rights Watch alleged that some workers were required to work in temperatures of minus-25 degrees Celsius, and weren’t given enough breaks to stay warm.MORDOVIA ARENACity: SaranskCapacity: 44,442Cost: 17.1 billion rubles ($295 million)With a population of just 300,000, Saransk was a surprise choice as a host city.Located 10 hours by road south-east of Moscow, it’s by far the smallest of the 11 cities but hopes to make up for that with a warm welcome for foreigners at the biggest international event in the city’s history.Many fans arriving for the World Cup won’t be staying in hotels — Saransk simply doesn’t have enough — but on campsites or in newly finished apartment blocks which will be sold after the tournament.Large parts of the stadium are temporary, meaning it can be reduced to a 25,000-capacity venue after the tournament.KALININGRAD STADIUMCity: KaliningradCapacity: 35,212Cost: 17.4 billion rubles ($300 million)Kaliningrad is the capital of a sliver of Russian land cut off from the rest of the country and sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania.Until World War II, the city was part of Germany and called Koenigsberg. Officials are hoping its location and history make Kaliningrad an attractive destination for fans from other European countries.The stadium is a compact, modest design which has been built quickly.There have been repeated allegations of corruption involving the stadium, including several arrests.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Unlike in Brazil four years ago, venues are finished on time, but there’s sure to be a few last-minute tweaks.Legacy is an issue as only five stadiums hosted top-level clubs this season, and the government will need to cover the upkeep with subsidies after the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHere is a look at the stadiums:LUZHNIKI STADIUM Perlas Pilipinas goes winless in Fiba 3×3 World Cup City: MoscowCapacity: 81,006Cost: 24 billion rubles ($410 million) for rebuildA vast bowl built in the 1950s to showcase the sporting might of the Soviet Union, Luzhniki has been transformed to host the World Cup final.The old stands were ripped out and the athletics track from the 1980 Olympics torn up as the stadium was converted into a football-specific venue.ADVERTISEMENT FISHT STADIUMCity: SochiCapacity: 47,700Cost: 23.5 billion rubles ($400 million) for initial construction, 4 billion rubles ($68 million) to convert for footballWhile memories of the Sochi Olympics became dominated by Russia’s doping scandals, one part of the legacy is still gleaming.Nestled by the Black Sea, Fisht Stadium hosted the lavish opening and closing ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and then Confederations Cup games.How that Olympic legacy continues after the World Cup isn’t clear; Sochi doesn’t have a football club to use the stadium.Fans are advised to book hotels near the Olympic Park because the main city of Sochi is an hour away.KAZAN ARENACity: Kazan Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations That increases capacity and comfort, while bringing fans closer to the action.Luzhniki reopened on Nov. 11 when Argentina beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly. Russian fans praised the rebuild, but many were angered by lengthy delays in accessing nearby public transport. That improved for subsequent friendlies, but allow plenty of time for travel to Luzhniki and back.A fan zone will show games on big screens near Moscow State University, on the other side of the river.SPARTAK STADIUMCity: MoscowCapacity: 43,298Cost: 14.5 billion rubles ($250 million)Home of the 2017 Russian Premier League champion Spartak Moscow, this stadium opened in 2014 and is already well tested as a venue for Champions League and Confederations Cup games.It is usually known as the Otkritie Arena, but FIFA rules on sponsorship mean a temporary name change for the tournament.The towering statue of a gladiator outside is a nod to Spartak being named after the Roman slave rebel Spartacus. The stadium is on the outskirts of the city, so fans should allow plenty of time for travel to games including a World Cup quarterfinal.NIZHNY NOVGOROD STADIUMCity: Nizhny NovgorodCapacity: 45,331Cost: 17.9 billion rubles ($307 million) – Russian media estimatesWith a roof which seems to float atop white columns, the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium has one of Russia’s more impressive designs and will host a quarterfinal.It also offers fans views of the Oka and Volga rivers which meet in Nizhny Novgorod, a historic city located around four hours east of Moscow.Legacy could be a problem as local club Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod plays in the second tier and struggles to attract crowds.ROSTOV ARENACity: Rostov-on-Don LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 an inside view of of the refurbished Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)MOSCOW — Russia’s World Cup is spread across 12 stadiums in 11 host cities. They range from St. Petersburg, which is so far north that the sun doesn’t set on some summer days, to Sochi and its subtropical climate on the Black Sea coast.Cost rises, worker deaths, and corruption have marred the building of Russia’s World Cup stadiums.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Wood Camp Garbage Raises Grave Health, Sanitation Hazards in Paynesville

first_imgStinking garbage dumped at the Wood Camp Junction in Paynesville continues to raise grave health and sanitation hazards to the detriment of pharmacy operators, residents and business entities in Paynesville.Very sadly, the mountain of garbage continues to send out offensive odors into homes and business entities near the Wood Camp Junction in Paynesville.The rotten garbage has been dumped at the Paynesville City Corporation’s (PCC) designated site for the past three weeks and no attempt is in sight to collect and dispose it, to the grave discomfort of residents, businesspeople and concerned health groups.Health and related groups concerned about the unsanitary conditions of Wood Camp Junction include pharmacies and drug store proprietors.The garbage has posed an insurmountable challenge to the sanitation workers of the PCC and the sanitation company responsible to clear the rotten dirt from the area.Hence, mini restaurants, entertainment centers and cookshops operating in the vicinity of the stinking garbage have expressed grave concern over the situation and sounded repeated appeals to the PCC authorities.But these complaints have not generated any serious attention from the leadership of the PCC and other stakeholders in the sanitation sector of Paynesville commercial district.Residents and businesspeople in the area have begun holding consultations on how to engage the PCC authorities in order to take practical steps.Asked what kind of engagements they intend to undertake, some of the residents and businesspeople pointed out that sit-in actions and peaceful demonstration in Paynesville are among the options being considered.Many residents and businesspeople have underscored the need for the change of planning, strategies and execution in the garbage collection and disposal processes in some parts of Paynesville and its environs.They stressed the need for the consideration for residents and businesspeople to take part in the planning, designing of strategies and execution of plans in the garbage collection and disposal processes in Paynesville.“I want the PCC workers and the sanitation company responsible to collect and dispose of the dirt from the Wood Camp Junction everyday and not every week,” Pharmacy operator Cyrus B. Sackie pleaded.Mini cookshop operator Ma-Fatu Kermue stressed that the dirt should be cleared during the night hours in order to avoid the offensive odors overtaking the prepared food.Wood Camp drugstore proprietor Francis B. Yarkpawolo underscored the need for the collection and disposal of the stink and rotten should dirt be sustained and maintained every day.Despite the frantic efforts mounted recently by the Sanitation Company and PCC authorities to clear the dirt, the situation continues to degenerate as the dirt continues to climb.However, low ranking officials told the Daily Observer at the weekend that in spite of the many challenges and constraints, efforts would continue to be exerted and clear the dirt from the Wood Camp junction in Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bringing disgrace to the Police Force

first_imgDear Editor,Please oblige me a space in your newspaper to bring to the attention of the administration of the Guyana Police Force an incident that took place on May 3, 2018 at the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH’s) Head Office (Lot 1 Brickdam).Editor, on the mentioned day, I had a very unfortunate opportunity to witness what I deem not only cruel, but inhumane treatment administered to a citizen — a taxpayer, and moreso an elderly woman — by the sergeant who runs that location. This elderly woman, I believe, is old enough to be that sergeant’s mother.Now, the MoPH is having two gates from the Brickdam entrance. One of them is to be used by pedestrians, and the other one is for the movement of the ministry’s vehicles. The pedestrians’ entrance is not seen by people many times, and that may be because of the way it is situated.This elderly woman travelled from wherever in a westerly direction to the Ministry, and may have only spotted the gate used by the vehicles, and had decided to make her entry there. She was already in the compound, and just as she was about to pass the security hut, she was greeted by a very loud voice.“Hello! Get back through that gate and use the other gate!” The loudness and force with which those words stormed through that woman’s ears that morning gave me no reason to doubt that she would have thought twice to disobey this order. She immediately carried out that demand!You think it finished there? No. She then turned her attention to the rank who was controlling the gate (it’s an automatic gate). “What I told y’all about not paying attention to the gate, eh? Y’all don’t piss me off this morning…”Editor, it is not really a big issue if persons use that gate, but it is on the safer side if they use the gate built for them. What I have witnessed a few times by the previous sergeant is that she used to kindly ask them to use the other gate next time, if they happened to have already made their way into the compound. That approach is one which much be commended.Editor, we at the MoPH have never had a cause to make any informal, or even formal, complaint about any rank who had worked or currently works at the ministry, until they (the Police) replaced the previous sergeant with what we are having now. Her behaviour is a disgrace to the Police Force.Yours truly,Concerned employeelast_img read more

Liberia Launches new Biometric ECOWAS Passport

first_imgPresident Sirleaf officially launched the new Liberian Biometric e-Passports at the Bureau of Passports and Visas, Ministry of Foreign AffairsLiberia has become the latest upgraded member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Agreement with the official launch of the of Liberian Bio-metric e-Passport, the official Liberian travel document printed and issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who later became the very first recipient of the upgraded travel document, performed the official launch along with the opening of an Expedited Application Service Center at the Bureau of Passports and Visas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, August 4, an Executive Mansion release said. The Bureau of Passports and Visas, according to the release, will officially begin the issuance of the new e-Passport booklets to applicants beginning Monday, today. Before the official launch, President Sirleaf told the elated audience that upon receiving the international standardized e-Passport, she had come a long way in her official journey.  “I remember the days when I was denied a passport by my country; but because I was working in the United States and had a resident permit at that time, I was issued a refugee travel document, which I used for international travels,” she reminisced. President Sirleaf indicated that what it meant in those days was, whenever she arrived at a foreign airport, she would have to be taken from the main line and ushered to a ‘secondary line.’ “This meant that you were taken to a back room to be questioned about background before you are cleared to move on,” she added. She thanked Liberians for working along with her to achieve such a milestone – enhancing the documents that they use to travel. As the Liberian leader thanked the personnel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, particularly those in the Bureau of Passports and Visas, she disclosed some reports she has been hearing, adding, “Let me say that we are still getting reports about passports that have not been officially issued, false passports. I don’t know where they are issued, how they are issued and who issues them.”   She cautioned those involved to “stop, not because of the loss of revenue, as important as that is, but because it gets into the hands of wrong people – criminals – thereby undermining the credibility and reputation of the country,” adding, “So, whatever measures need to be taken should be done now.” A sample of the new biometric Liberian ECOWAS passport President Sirleaf did not mince her words when she singled out the Bureau of Passports and Visas that she constantly gets bad reports about their performance; noting, “I am saying this so all of you can hear it since I am not going to have the opportunity like this to tell you all from here today.” The President praised former passport director Mary T. Broh, who had come in a few years back to help straighten things out at the bureau when things were really bad, including the report of bribe taking before one could obtain a passport. “I hear it is slipping back again. Let me put you on warning; you are here to serve the people with honesty, integrity and efficiency,” she cautioned. However, President Sirleaf also added that she would ask Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara to sit with the bureau’s staff and hear from them too about their challenges. “Maybe we need to do more for you, too. We need to hear some of your issues so we can address those issues in all fairness to you,” she said to a round of applause from the bureau’s personnel. The President further stated to the bureau’s head, Ms. Marian F. Sandi, that she looks up to her as “somebody, who is a strong, patriotic and somebody who is proud of her service so that when people go out there they can say we went to the Passport Bureau and they give us our passport in record time, properly done and we didn’t have to pay a penny.” President Sirleaf admonished them that by doing this they would be making everyone proud and that their country would be proud of them, too. Earlier, Minister Kamara informed President Sirleaf that the launch of the  e-Passport was another piece of the ministry’s deliverables. Friday’s launch, she said, was one of the three main priorities for the ministry, which also includes improving service delivery to their clients. “This has taken us a long way as it involves the establishment of passport centers in various places,” she said.The Foreign Minister further stated that there is now a mobile center in the United States, and disclosed that plans are underway that by the end of this year to also have passport centers in South Africa and Ethiopia. She added that a passport center is to shortly open in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. “We are moving forward and we want to thank you for the opportunity of serving in your administration,” she informed the President, expressing the hope to contribute to revenue generation, “because we want to go out to our compatriots. We now have a mobile pack that Buck Press has made available so we won’t just be processing from the Washington, D.C. office in the United States, we will also go out into major concentration areas of Liberians and provide the service to them.” Kamara noted that a very important aspect of this interaction is that this is going to bring the government through the Foreign Ministry much closer to its Diaspora citizens. “Once you have this kind of service to offer them, it opens the doors to talk about other things with them,” the Minister emphasized. As of the new e-Passport and the opening of the Expedited Service Center, the Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs, Cllr. Deweh E. Gray, informed President Sirleaf that the whole negotiating exercise with Buck Press Limited had been inter-agency collaboration including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice,  Finance and Development Planning, National Security Agency, and the Liberia Revenue Authority.  On the Expedited Application Service Center now established, she disclosed that applicants who are urgently in need of a passport can now come in and process their applications and pay an expedited service charge of US$50 in addition to the passport fee and be guaranteed same day delivery. Applicants for the new e-Passport can also apply online at usually takes at least three to five working days for applicants to get their passports using the regular service.The new e-Passport booklet comes with advanced technology, which will no longer have a 2D bar-code, but rather a RFID microprocessor chip implanted into the book without the ability of detecting it physically with the eyes or touch of the hand. The e-Passport will hold all ten fingerprints in addition to the facial image of the holder on the RFID microprocessor chip. Unlike the previous Liberian Bio-metric Passport, the RFID microprocessor chip implanted into the book makes it difficult to be altered or duplicated as the chip cannot be decrypted. In the event where an attempt is made to duplicate or alter it, the e-Passport renders it void, as the passport will read two different information – the one stored on the passport page will read differently from the one stored on the chip.In addition to all the modern electronic security, the physical security features of the new Liberian e-Passport have been upgraded. The improved security and aesthetic design has indigenous Liberian heritage symbols, from Liberian wildlife (pigmy hippopotamus, zebra antelopes) to Kissi coins and symbolic buildings, representations of both terrestrial landmarks and modern Liberia.Since the introduction of the bio-metric passport, Liberian and foreign security operatives have easily detected all forgery attempts in the Liberian passport. The Government of Liberia is determined to maintain its status at the forefront of passport security and insisted on the substantial passport upgrade with Buck Press Ltd. This upgrade to e-Passports heralds Liberia on par with the U.S.A. and all European countries. In fact, the PKI infrastructure of e-Passports means that Liberia is an upgraded member of the ICAO PKI Agreement which updates all member countries, and certifies that genuine e-Passports are issued to their citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UMU Pursues Academic Excellence under New President

first_imgDr. Albert B. Coleman, the newly appointed President of the United Methodist UniversityAs dominate enrollment at 61%Dr. Albert B. Coleman, the newly appointed President of the United Methodist University (UMU) says it is interesting to have 61 percent of enrollment at the institution account for women while men account for 39 precent.According to him, there are many more women in Universities today, because of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s tireless efforts in attracting more girls in school.“When I go out of country, people congratulate us for having more girls in our institution,” he recalls.In an interview with Daily Observer shortly after his appointment as President of the university, Dr. Coleman disclosed that his main focus is to ensure that the institution achieves academic excellence and improves academic programs, making the institution recognized both locally and internationally.Dr. Coleman said to make the institution recognized, he will ensure that the learning environment is conducive, by employing qualified faculty with attractive salaries and reduce the numbers of part-time instructors.He said when he took over as acting president of UMU, 95 percent of the instructors were part-time, while 5 percent were on a full time basis.“My hope is that over the next couple of years we will be able to reduce that [percentage] as low as possible. The reason for that is this whole idea of moonlighting — running from one university to the other. Instructors are not spending more time with the student to give the necessary instruction,” Dr. Coleman said. “We are doing an assessment on the credentials of all our instructors so we are asking everyone to bring in theirs.”He said “we are looking for PHD and Master Degree holders. BSc holders could be teacher assistants. When we got there a number of the teachers were BSc holders and, the institution being a university, a BSc cannot teach BSc.”Dr. Coleman said to have those kinds of instructors the institution wants; UMU needs to set up a staff development program to have teachers study abroad through scholarships from other universities and the Methodist office in New York.“As we speak, we just sent one of our instructors to Kenya, so we are planning that every year we can take three to four instructors for study,” he said.Dr. Coleman thanked the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UMU of Liberia, Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Quire, Jr., for his preferment after serving as interim President of the UMU, following th election of Prof. Johnson N. Gwaikolo, Dr. Coleman’s predecessor, was elected to the House of Representatives in October 2017.Prior to his appointment, Dr. Coleman served UMU as Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2015, responsible to provide leadership for all academic programs in support of the university’s mission to enhance academic excellence.Before joining the United Methodist University, (UMU) he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Education through a World Bank contract. In this position he supported and coordinated the improvements in the Education Sector and assisted in coordinating and enhancing donors’ confidence for resources mobilization.Dr. Coleman served as Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy with Communities In Schools (CIS) of Georgia, U.S.A. There, he was responsible for providing strategies and understanding to local CIS affiliates in building relationships with federal and state elected officials and offices in order to increase their awareness and create funding opportunities that will support and enhance efforts to reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate in Georgia.Prior to this position, he served as Director for Community Development, responsible for the expansion of the CIS concept in Georgia and ensuring training and technical assistance were provided to local CIS programs in the area of Community Development.Dr. Coleman was also responsible for Federal Grants, which were passed through to local CISGA affiliates. In 1975, Dr. Coleman completed his B.Sc. in Education at Cuttington University College (now Cuttington University), Suakoko, Bong County and later matriculated to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, U.S.A., where he completed his M.Sc. in Teacher Education and PhD in Educational Administration. He brings his passion for quality education to the UMU to help improve academic excellence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTT claims phone records already handed over to Police

first_imgMurdered female taxi driverOne day after Guyana Times published an article with D-Division Commander Edmond Cooper saying that Police are yet receive the call log for murdered taxi driver, Indira Bipat, the phone company, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT), is claiming that they provided the information to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) within hours of request.In a release to the media, the company revealed that it has been in full compliance with the GPF in efforts to solve the investigation of murdered taxi driver, Indira Bipat.In addition, the release stated that the request from the GPF was received on May 24 and the necessary information was provided to the relevant authorities on the same day.On the other hand, the release posited that GTT was appalled at the information coming out of the D-Division.“The Force did not request additional information and I am quite distraught that it has brought GTT into such spotlight, stating that they are still awaiting information from the company”, a release from the Company Representative, Travis Piggott, said.However, when contacted for an update on the matter, Commander Cooper noted that the detectives were yet to locate the missing car of the dead taxi driver and would have reviewed CCTV footage with the hope of doing so, but to no avail.The next step, he told Guyana Times on Thursday, was to get the phone records from GTT since Bipat reportedly left her home after receiving a call on her mobile phone.“Her phone was never recovered, and we already contacted GTT to trace the calls that she made and would have received. As it is, we are still waiting on that information from GTT to be provided to us so we can follow that route. We will ensure that we check and double check all avenues possible to get to the bottom of this as soon as we can,” he added.On May 19, the body of 47-year-old Indira Bipat, formerly of Lot 18 Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, was found in a ditch at La Parfaite Harmonie, but her silver/grey Toyota Axio bearing registration number PXX 4114 that she had been driving was missing.Bipat reportedly left her home at about 17:30h on May 18. After she failed to return home that evening and the following morning, her son filed a missing person’s report at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.While there, the son received a report from a female friend informing him that the body of a female had been found at La Parfaite Harmonie. As such, the family rushed to the scene and their worst fears were confirmed.The Post-Mortem Examination that was conducted on Bipat’s body revealed the cause of death as strangulation, compounded by blunt trauma to the head.D-Division Commander Edmond CooperDead taxi driver, Indira Bipatlast_img read more

Report: TSA flubbed 75% of tests

first_imgBy Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER Security screeners at Los Angeles International Airport missed about 75 percent of simulated explosives during 70 tests conducted two years ago by undercover federal agents passing through checkpoints, Transportation Security Administration officials confirmed Thursday. The findings, cited in a classified report leaked to USA Today, also found that TSA screeners failed to spot about 60 percent of 75 fake bombs hidden inside carry-on bags at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.TSA spokesman Nico Melendez declined to directly respond to the report, noting that such audits are not usually released to the public. However, Melendez said some of the tests involved contraband as small as a pen cap, adding that the high failure rate might actually assist federal authorities in plugging up security holes at the nation’s airports. “The tests we’re running are designed to identify our shortcomings,” Melendez said. “The numbers aren’t necessarily a bad thing. It shows we have a commitment to testing our people and getting the best out of them.” Some 40,000 security tests are conducted every two weeks at airports across the country, each one increasing in difficulty over time, Melendez said. Screeners who fail the tests receive additional training. “When we reach a certain pass rate, we raise the ante to see what happens,” Melendez said. “If we got 100 percent on every test, there wouldn’t be anyplace for us to go.” Officials at LAX declined to comment on the findings, stating only that the airport has more than 2,000 TSA screeners who each undergo four hours of security training every week. Jack Keady, an aviation consultant based in Playa del Rey, suggested that conducting random secondary searches on airline passengers may be inconvenient, but would be the best way to keep a tragedy from occurring. “Every terrorist knows the contents of their bags will be seen on a television screen, so they are being more clever about concealing devices in smaller places,” Keady said. “The average screener won’t notice something like that, so you either randomize secondary searches, or you increase training for the screeners.” Keady said that although terrorists may consider using a homemade explosive, it is unlikely that they would bring bomb parts to assemble on an airplane. “Terrorists know that passengers will report anyone or anything that remotely looks suspicious, so they won’t attract attention by assembling a bomb in the cabin,” he said. “That idea is just ridiculous.” Federal Express pilot Capt. Bill McReynolds, who sits on the national security committee for the Airline Pilots Association, said he believed heightened, more intense training may be the best option for security screeners. “In Israel, each screener on every shift is tested so they can identify vulnerabilities more quickly,” McReynolds said. “I think there’s always room for improvement, but you get more bang for your buck in seriously training individuals who really know what to look for on machines.” Melendez agreed that frequent testing keeps screeners alert and pointed to success at San Francisco International Airport, where screeners missed about 20 percent of fake explosives during 145 tests conducted two years ago, according to the classified report. “San Francisco did better because we increased the amount of tests, sometimes every day during every shift,” Melendez said. “Since then, we have implemented that method nationwide, and we believe that it has significantly increased a screener’s ability to detect suspicious objects at checkpoints.” However, the classified report’s findings may be skewed in San Francisco, where screeners work for a private security company, not the TSA. TSA officials and Covenant Aviation Security compromised nearly a year’s worth of tests by using surveillance cameras to track undercover agents at SFO, according to a separate report released last year by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Security officials notified SFO screeners when the agents approached checkpoints, oftentimes detailing the agents’ method to conceal contraband and fake explosives, according to the report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wenger confident players will be professional despite doubts over Arsenal future

first_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1 Arsene Wenger believes his players will remain professional even if a decision over his future as Arsenal boss is not made until the end of next season.The Gunners boss has just one year remaining on his current contract and on Friday he denied reports he was set to sign a two-year extension.Instead he said, has he always has, that he will at least honour his current deal before making up his mind over whether he will extend what will be a stay of over two decades.This season, Wenger has seen growing unrest among supporters, with a number of fans’ groups calling for an end to his reign as the 12-year wait for a Barclays Premier League title continues.But he could yet decide to remain in the Emirates Stadium hot-seat, although nothing is likely to happen until late next season.“I will wait very late, yes,” he replied when asked if he would wait until the end of the campaign.“It’s not about me, it’s about the club. My role is just to serve the club as well as I can and after see where I stand and where the club is.“I have to forget about myself even if people who want to create unrest don’t. I will continue to give my absolute best to do well next season and then after that, we’ll see.”Wenger confirmed he does not anticipate talks with the board during next season and said there would be no impact on his players, or his own work, over the course of the year.“My appetite is stronger than ever,” he said.“I believe I am a professional man who respects his contract and stays until the end, whether it is one year or two years or three years – that doesn’t change.“Even if I decide in January that I will not extend my contract, that will not affect my attitude.“You know you have not, before the season starts already, to look for excuses. We want to be committed.“It can (affect the players) yes. But the players are like me – they are professional.“When you are a professional, you sign a contract, you never know. To be professional is to give your best as long as you have the contract. It is for one penny or £200million, it is exactly the same.“When I sign a contract and I agree the money that I work for, I will give my best until the last minute of the season.“And I never re-negotiated any contract that I signed because that is the way I have behaved my whole life.”Wenger’s last contract was signed just a month before its expiry in 2014 after he ended a nine-year wait for a trophy by delivering the FA Cup.Prior to that, Wenger has penned an extension a year before the expiration date but that does not seem to be the case this time.Despite campaigns and protests against both Wenger and those on the board at Arsenal, the manager’s name was chanted during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City which sealed a 19th consecutive season in the Champions League.And if Wenger gets a similar reaction during the lap of honour after their final game at home to Aston Villa on Sunday, he will go into the summer still uncertain of his own decision, with the 66-year-old saying he would take the fans’ input into consideration: “What you want is for your supporters to be happy. That is why you work very hard.”last_img read more


first_imgThe HSE has confirmed it has cut receptionist services at the Carndonagh NowDoc services and there are fears other will follow.The receptionist cover is now being provided by the driver in the centre, who now performs a dual role, by assisting the GP and carrying out receptionist duties as required.It is understood that other NowDoc services including Derrybeg and Mountcharles will implement the same system in the coming weeks and all these centres will be by appointment only. Inishowen councillor Ciaran McLaughlin said the move is simply not acceptable.The Sinn Fein councillor said “Appointments only will not work as people will, in panic, call to NowDoc and if no one is there, it will be very worrying.“Ideally the doctor or NowDoc should be referring the patient but we could see more patients go directly to accident and emergency in Letterkenny,” he said.He concluded by saying that this is yet another cutback by the HSE. “In all honesty,this is a cut back, as we have seen with the gardai, hospitals, schools and in all public services and it is not acceptable.“I will be working with my sinn fein colleagues in Inishowen and will be asking Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn to make representation to the HSE and the Health Minister.“Years ago people didn’t want now doc and now they are getting used to it. What would happen if a woman with a very sick child called now doc at 2 a.m and the doctor was on call ?“Has the HSE got plans in place for this scenario? We will be keeping a close eye on this,” he added.UPROAR AS HSE SLASHES RECEPTIONIST SERVICES AT NOWDOC was last modified: June 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Ciaran MacLochlainnHSENowDoclast_img read more


first_imgThe HSE has confirmed our earlier story that Letterkenny General Hospital has ben extremely busy overnight and today.This morning we revealed how a number of patients had to be treated at different locations in the hospital including the Day Services Unit.This is the statement issued on behalf of the hospital at 5.30pm this evening. “The Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital is extremely busy tonight (January 26, 2015) with a very high number of attendances. Members of the public are reminded to keep the Emergency Department for emergencies and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.“Patients with minor ailments or who are not emergencies can expect to experience long delays as priority will need to be given to other patients who need emergency care.”See our earlier story here CONFIRMS IT IS EXTREMELY BUSY WITH LARGE NUMBER OF PATIENTS was last modified: January 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhospitalHSEovercrowdinglast_img read more