– in BerbicePolice are investigating allegations that a Berbice teenager, who is a school dropout, has sexually molested two boys who are both nine years old.The incident is alleged to have been committed in the Upper Corentyne area.Guyana Times understands that the boys were forced to perform oral sex on the school dropout, whose age was given as 13.It is alleged that the suspect is a school dropout who would wander the streets and lure students smaller than him to a secluded area and force them to perform sexual acts on him.Reports are that the two nine-year-olds were questioned about the issue and provided some information to an adult who contacted the parents.Both of the boys were taken to be medically examined and this publication was informed that the medical examiner found that there was no sexual penetration. However, based on the detailed description that both of the boys gave as to what transpired, the Police were called in and have begun to investigate.Reports are that the 13-year-old works as a labourer in the vicinity of a market on the Corentyne. (Andrew Carmichael)
Steven Gerrard during Liverpools 3-1 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace Brendan Rodgers accepts Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was, but insists it is wrong to write him the midfielder off entirely.The 34-year-old has come under fire for his performances this season, with the player perhaps still feeling the aftershocks of the team’s Premier League title slip and England’s woeful World Cup campaign.Rodgers has faced accusations he has continued to select the ex-Three Lions skipper on reputation alone, but the Anfield boss has defended his decision.“I judge Steven on merit. I think the spotlight he has been under is incredible. Everything for us is based around being a team,” said Rodgers.“If people are expecting Steven Gerrard to be the type of player he was 10 years ago that is sadly not the case.”Former team-mate Jamie Carragher has suggested it was time for Gerrard to be released from the defensive role which he believes he is unsuitable for, but Rodgers said he has no intention of doing so.“He has slowly been adapting to a position I felt he could benefit the team but a player who was scoring 15 goals a season and making 13 or 14 assists…..he is not that type of player [any more],” the Northern Irishman added.“It is hugely unfair he is judged at that level. He is a wonderful player and I can quite safely say he is the best player I have worked with in terms of footballing mentality and the loyalty he has shown to this club is without question.“I don’t deal so much in [being] sentimental. There is nothing sentimental in me picking Steven Gerrard.“He is coming towards the latter part of his career but he still has a valuable contribution to make.“He can play three games in a week but he won’t be able to play it to the level he would like or I would like and it is my job to manage that.”That last comment suggests Rodgers is prepared to rest his captain in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Ludogorets, which would be a second successive European League benching for the midfielder having come on for the final 20 minutes against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu last time out.In Bulgaria the Liverpool boss is trying to arrest a four-match losing streak which has put his own position under scrutiny, with his side well off the pace domestically and in danger of not making the knockout stages in their first time back in the Champions League for five years.For the time being the Northern Irishman has the backing of owners Fenway Sports Group, but if things go awry in Bulgaria and Basle happen to get a result at home to already-qualified Real Madrid, Liverpool could be out with a match still to play and then the pressure will really increase.“I haven’t spoken to anyone [at FSG] as of yet. I’ve had a few messages but they have always been supportive of me,” Rodgers added.“My focus is on getting Liverpool to win games and I know that is what will make them most happy.“I always believe losing can be the making of you as a player and a manager in terms of how you learn from it and move on from it.“When you don’t have so much coaching time on the field it is mostly psychological what you want to achieve.“You never dwell too much on the past – anyone can make mistakes – but for us it is about being in the present and focusing on the next game.“If we dwell too much on the weekend [a dimal 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace] there is no way we could go out and play.“It is about getting confidence into players, talking with players, ensuring the environment at the training ground is still a happy place to be.“My job as the leader of the team and the club is vital. We will always experience disappointment but no matter how you feel you are one of the pillars of the football club.“The players are looking to you for that response and ability to motivate and that is very important in my role.” 1
Dele Alli has been warned by a former Tottenham star he risks wasting his huge potential if he doesn’t focus fully on football.The playmaker has made rapid progress since moving from MK Dons to Spurs in 2015 and, at 21, has become one of the stars of the Premier League and the England team.But fears have reportedly been expressed by senior figures at the North London club that Alli is being distracted by off-field matters, after he ditched his long-time agent.And the concerns over Alli are shared by Gus Poyet, with the former Spurs midfielder and assistant boss urging the starlet to get his priorities right.He told talkSPORT: “I love him as a player but there are too many things publicly about him, too many issues.“I would say to him concentrate on football because if he does, he can be one of the best. Forget about the media, forget about Instagram, things like these, just focus on football please because you are outstanding.“I’m not saying don’t have a life but there are ways to do it and moments to do it and he cannot waste his qualities because of external things. If he does concentrate on football, he is going to be amazing to watch.”
Tamuri said most residents and businesses are complying with the law. Since it went into effect, the city has sent three letters to local businesses asking them to be more vigilant. In the meantime, the city continues to distribute brochures, mints and cards with the message. And residents continue to report violations. Overall, the residents appear to be in favor of it. “I’m for anything that maintains our quality of life here,” said Tom Harper. “We’re proud to live in this smoke-free city.” The City Council will receive an update in October, when it will take a closer look at expanding the ordinance to include apartments. For more information, go to www.cityofcalabasas.com/home.html. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“Smokers are recognizing the right of a nonsmoker to have clean air,” said Maureen Tamuri, the city’s community development director. “They don’t just light up in front of a neighbor or citizen. They look for a spot. They’re doing it because they understand it’s the right thing to do.” Currently there are 20 designated smoking areas throughout this upscale community of 23,000, mainly in shopping malls, where customers and employees can smoke in outdoor areas away from nonsmokers. “We didn’t ban smoking,” said City Councilman Barry Groveman, an environmental lawyer. “We reduced the risk of public exposure by not allowing smokers to smoke when nonsmokers are present.” Stephanie Warren, Calabasas Chamber of Commerce chairwoman, said local businesses support the law. “People are glad they can sit outside The Commons and not have smoke blown in their face,” said Warren. “People say they’re going to come to Calabasas to eat or to enjoy our parks because people aren’t smoking. We didn’t tell people they can’t smoke. We just limit where they could.” CALABASAS – Four months after enacting one of the toughest public smoking bans in the nation, Calabasas officials say it’s been a success and they are considering extending the ordinance to apartment complexes. Officials said there have been no citations, arrests or lawsuits challenging the ban, which prohibits smoking in all public spaces including parks, apartment common areas, restaurants and bars. Under the law, residents can report smokers who refuse to butt out, and the city attorney will determine whether to impose fines up to $500. Already, Archstone Calabasas, one of the largest apartment complexes in the city with 1,700 units, has voluntarily banned smoking on balconies at its complex. And Santa Monica officials are considering a similar public-smoking ban.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Wednesday’s strategic planning meeting was attended by the nine-member board and two executive directors. City Manager Ken Pulskamp and Tina Haddad, assistant to the city manager, volunteered their expertise. Samantha Thomas, a co-executive director of the group, said the number of women walking through the door continues to grow. About 116 new clients joined support groups in 2005-06; the office served about 300 people altogether. The prior year, 103 new clients came in. During that same period, 40 people – 15 women and 25 children – took refuge in the shelter, which can house 10 people at a time. Calls to the hotline grew to 550, up from 438 the prior year. The location of the shelter, which generally offers a 30-day maximum stay, is confidential, and its security has never been breached. Clients are often referred to six-month to two-year transitional programs that provide housing and offer high school equivalency education and job training and teaches independent living skills. Many who seek the center’s services have already reported physical abuse to law enforcement. Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra, the board’s newest member, said the group is an “absolutely necessary part of our community.” Sheriff’s Department records show that reports of serious domestic violence injuries – broken bones, internal injuries and injuries requiring stitches or hospitalization – are increasing from prior years. In 2004, 22 victims made reports; in 2005, 10 reports were filed; and so far this year, 25 reports have been made. In cases of lesser injuries or no injury, in 2004, 434 reports were made; in 2005, the number climbed to 524; and so far in 2006, 318 cases have been reported. Domestic violence spreads its tentacles through the community, and the group plans to educate neighbors, relatives, friends, co-workers and schoolmates of victims, with the intent of demystifying the problem and attracting more support, financial and otherwise. “We talk about how domestic violence happening in the home or not still has the likelihood of touching peoples’ lives,” Thomas said. “My son may have a friend whose mom is a victim; employers have employees where (it) is a factor in their lives.” The violent encounters cross racial, religious and economic divides, and sometimes adult-on-adult attacks veer into physical abuse of children. Cambra said domestic violence runs in families, as opposed to across the board in areas, so patterns may be seen. Harris said it also crosses into the same-sex community. And the behavior can escalate. “It’s certainly not a problem that’s been solved.” The group also offers crisis intervention counseling and children’s therapy, teaches victims to develop safe exit plans, how to obtain temporary restraining orders and legal service referrals. In 2004, 35 domestic violence victims reported restraining order violations; in 2005, 25 made reports; and so far in 2006, 19 reports have been made. Gail Ortiz, the city’s spokeswoman, and Kevin Tonoian, Santa Clarita’s technology services manager, serve on the board. email@example.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita is hammering out a three-year strategic plan to neatly map out its growth. The nonprofit group wants to relocate its 10-bed emergency shelter and expand its services to offer more prevention programs instead of solely reacting to crises. “Things have changed so drastically, we thought we would have something in place that we could look at as we reach each of our goals,” said Jorja Harris, president of the organization’s board. The 22-year-old center in Newhall offers counseling and support groups in English and Spanish, a year-round court-mandated batterer’s intervention program, a 24-hour emergency hotline and an emergency food supply program.
Yesterday evening, at approximately 5:30 pm, a Salem man was arrested for dealing Meth during a traffic stop in Clark County.The driver of the vehicle, identified as Shane T. Ooley, 46, of Nubian Road in Salem, IN, was arrested for Dealing in Methamphetamine 10 Grams or More, Dealing in Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Possession of Methamphetamine 10 Grams or More, Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.He was incarcerated at the Clark County Jail awaiting his first court date. Trooper Zach Smith from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg stopped a vehicle on Louis Smith Road near Chapel Hill Road in Borden. The stop was for a traffic violation.During the course of the traffic stop, Trooper Smith deployed Indiana State Police Certified K-9 “Riggs” for a free air sniff around the car.K-9 “Riggs” provided a positive alert on the vehicle for a controlled substance.A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately fifteen, (15), grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, 1.5 grams of Heroin, and drug paraphernalia.
Statewide Iowa — High School Cross Country State qualifying meet assignments were released by the state on Wednesday.For Class 2A Sheldon, Cherokee, E-LC, GLR/CL, Okoboji, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux Center, Spirit Lake, Unity, West Lyon, Western, and several other schools will be running at Landsmeer Golf Course in Orange City.Class 1A area teams will be running at Ridge View. The area teams competing are Gehlen, H-LP, HMS, Hinton, MMCRU, South O’Brien and West Sioux.Area 3A teams will be running at Humboldt. Teams competing will be BHRV, Heelan, Le Mars, MOC-Floyd Vallye, SB-L, Spencer, and Storm Lake.CLASS 4ACLASS 3ACLASS 2ACLASS 1A
Johannesburg, Wednesday 2 April 2014 – Brand South Africa today co-hosted with the WITS Business School a special seminar at which the results of the 2013 Thrive International Investor Perceptions Survey was released.Participants were also briefed on the outcomes of the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum hosted by Brand South Africa at the end of 2013.Speakers included Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency CEO, Mr Siphiwe Ngwenya; Group Executive Business Intelligence, Dr Shima Nokaneng; Brand South Africa’s Head of Research Dr Petrus de Kock and Mr Tsholo Mogotsi ofthe City of Johannesburg.In presenting the outcomes of the 2013 Thrive study, Brand South Africa’s Head of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, articulated why the study matters. “In an increasingly globalised world, with shrinking borders driving the 24/7 culture enabled by, amongst others, the internet and 24 hour-news programmes, it is crucial for South Africa to understand the way in which we are perceived in both our traditional markets and trading partners, as well as in the markets that are bound to continue driving global growth in coming decades.”According to the results of the 2013 survey, South Africa competes equitably with other emerging markets in the study – including the continent and BRICS countries.Some high-level findings from this year’s investor perceptions research indicate that:87% of respondents have heard of South Africa recently from any source;61% overall familiarity with South Africa among the sample; and32% of the respondents are currently investing, or doing business with South Africa.While the overall findings show a relatively high level of awareness of South Africa as a whole, the research also aims to identify the specific economic sectors associated with South Africa.The research also asks of respondents to indicate which three countries are the best to do business in or with. South Africa comes 4th in this category with the top three being China, India, and Brazil.According to respondents, the economic areas for which South Africa is most well-known are:Mining & Quarrying – 64% Agriculture – 46%Hospitality, hotels, restaurants & tourism – 44%Manufacturing – 36%Construction – 29%Wholesale & retail – 28%Transport – 23%Electricity, gas & water supply – 20%Finance, insurance & real estate – 17%Post & telecommunications – 14%At the same time, respondents indicate the most attractive features for doing business in South Africa include:Infrastructure;A growing economy; andLow cost of doing business.Meanwhile, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola briefed participants that Brand South Africa is currently implementing the recommendations of the 2013 inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum including the establishment of a task team to ensure all stakeholders work together for South Africa’s continued competitiveness, economic and social growth as mandated by the country’s National Development Plan. “It is crucial that we begin to close the executive deficit that presently prevails in our country. We must implement decisions that will see all stakeholders contribute our desired social and economic growth and development,” said Mr Matola.Presentations from the representatives of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency and the City of Jo’burg included a brief on the integrated strategy by the province and city to ensure international investors are supported to enable them to maximise their investment while contributing to job creation and economic growth in our country.This will go a long way towards building perceptions of South Africa as a competitive and reputable investment destination.At the same presenters expressed the need for greater integration by agencies and stakeholders who are responsible for driving a shared agenda for growth and development in South Africa. Twenty years after democracy this must be taken to new heights to ensure that the gains in our country are sustained.The results of the 2013 International Investment Perceptions Survey and the discussions at the seminar indicate that while South Africa has made significant gains in the past 20 years, much more can be done.You can participate in the conversation on South Africa’s competitiveness and reputation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA. Note to EditorsFor more information on the outcomes of the 2013 Thrive International Perceptions Survey please visit www.brandsouthafrica.com or www.southafrica.info.Information on the outcomes of the 2013 inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum can also be accessed at www.brandsouthafrica.com or www.southafrica.info About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to not so young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.
Sri Lankan batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are eyeing the perfect finish to their illustrious 50-over careers by winning the World Cup next month after two near misses.While right-handed Jayawardene will quit all forms of the game after the February 14-March 29 event, the left-handed Sangakkara may yet continue to play Test cricket.Their retirement, though, could be seen as a good omen.When the duo, the leading active run-scorers in 50-over cricket, announced their intention to quit the shortest format of the game prior to the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup, Sri Lanka went on to win the tournament in Bangladesh.The island nation, who won the 1996 50-over World Cup and finished runners-up at the last two editions, will hope lightning strikes twice.”We may not have won those two tournaments, but reaching two successive finals showed we played consistently well,” Jayawardene, who has amassed over 12,500 runs in ODIs, said.”Hopefully we can cross the line this time.”Sangakkara is the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka in the format with 13,693 runs and will hope to continue his prolific form at the showpiece event. While the duo, along with captain and allrounder Angelo Mathews, will lead a strong batting attack, Sri Lanka’s bowling has looked weak in recent matches.The fitness of pace spearhead Lasith Malinga has been a huge headache and the availability of the mercurial fast bowler is crucial to Sri Lanka’s prospects in Australia and New Zealand, where they have been drawn in Pool A alongside the two co-hosts, England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland.advertisementSri Lanka lost a seven-match series 4-2 in New Zealand last month after their bowlers allowed the hosts to recover from precarious positions on more than one occasion.Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya expressed his displeasure with the performance of the bowling attack while praying for the return to full fitness of the 31-year-old Malinga.”The bowling department is an area of concern. They need to plan for things they should do when it comes to a crunch situation,” the former opening batsman said.”We lack experience in our bowling at the moment in the absence of Lasith Malinga which is huge. (Nuwan) Kulasekera and (Suranga) Lakmal have come back from injuries and are bowling alright.”Lasith has shown no signs of discomfort and he will be increasing his workload gradually. I think he will be alright for the World Cup.”
Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL) on Thursday launched its flagship luxury saloon, the New Model Year 2016 Jaguar XJ in India with prices starting from Rs 98.03 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Moreover, all prices are ex-showroom, pre-octroi in Mumbai.Rohit Suri, President, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd (JLRIL), said, “The New Jaguar XJ is designed to deliver greater levels of luxury and performance. With its even more assertive and bolder look, the New XJ has a commanding presence on the road, making it a definitive head turner. Its luxurious interiors, powerful engine and latest technology will enhance the in-car experience of our discerning customers by making it even more productive, entertaining and relaxing.”Engine:ALSO READ:Jaguar F-Type SVR to debut at Geneva Motor ShowThe 2016 Jaguar XJ will come in three variants- 2.0L petrol engine, a 3.0L diesel premium engine and a 3.0L diesel engine.The New Jaguar XJ offers a choice of 237bhp turbocharged petrol engine and 296bhp turbocharged diesel engine.The new updated Jaguar 3.0L, 296bhp turbocharged diesel engine offers improved performance, capable of 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds with 700 Nm of torque, while the 2.0L, 237bhp turbocharged petrol engine achieves 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds due to its 340 Nm of torque.Design:The chrome outlined side windows emphasize XJ’s pure, elongated form. Its low, wide stance and long taut waistline create a commanding presence, while inside the cabin still feels airy and spacious due to its panoramic roof and smart design.The XJ’s newly remodelled front includes a more upright front grille design with mesh detail. The grille is framed by new energy efficient full-LED headlights, sporting Jaguar’s unique ‘Double J’ Daytime Running Light design.advertisementIts low, wide stance and long taut waistline create a commanding presence, while inside the cabin still feels airy and spacious due to its panoramic roof and smart design. At the rear, updates continue with elliptical tailpipes, a revised bumper design and new tail lights incorporating LED technology. The LED light pipes are brighter and more efficient and use less energy.Infotainment:The 12 inch TFT screen displays the speed, fuel and temperature gauges and it can be set to display the most relevant information, depending on the situation and set up. The Instrument Panel Display is fully integrated with the 8 inch Touch-screen to put all information behind the wheel or on the centre console.Features:Adaptive Dynamics: The New Jaguar XJ delivers the comfort and refinement of a luxury car with the responsiveness and driver involvement of a sports car. Working in conjunction with the air suspension, it constantly varies the damping to suit the conditions.All Surface Progress Control: The New Jaguar XJ’s All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) technology is a low speed cruise control that helps the car to cope with low traction situations.ALSO READ:JLR to launch all-new Jaguar XE in India next monthState-of-the-art InControl Touch Pro: It enhances the New Jaguar XJ’s entertainment to the very highest level. The 20.32 cm Touch-screen at the heart of the centre console is large and highly-responsive with a customizable home screen and lightning fast response time.Customers have a wide variety of 8 colour options to choose from on the New Jaguar XJ. MeridianTM Surround Sound System: The New Jaguar XJ Portfolio derivatives come equipped with the MeridianTM 825W Digital Surround Sound System which uses 20 speakers including 2 subwoofers. Colors:Customers have a wide variety of 8 colour options to choose from on the New Jaguar XJ such as Polaris White, Rhodium Silver, Ammonite Grey, Dark Sapphire, Odyssey Red, Aurora Red, British Racing Green and Ultimate Black.