“Dougla” killed during fist fight at Iguana Creek

first_imgA man, who has so far been identified as “Dougla” was on December 23, 2016, killed during a fist fight with another man at Iguana Creek, Cuyuni River. Reports are the now dead man and the suspect were imbibing at a “bottom house” when an argument ensued. This eventually led to a fight, during which “Dougla” reportedly fell to the ground.Dead: “Dougla”He was subsequently picked up and transported to the Bartica Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect has since been arrested and is assisting with investigations. Guyana Times understands the now dead man started working in the interior a few weeks ago and was only referred to as “Dougla”.The Police believe that he is from the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and have been in contact with their counterparts at the Charity Police Station to assist with the identification of the deceased. Nevertheless, the Police are asking anyone with information that will lead to the positive identification of the man to contact them on telephone numbers 455-2238, 455-2241, 225-6411, 227-1152, 227-2272, 227-1270, 911, or the nearest Police Station.His body was then transported to the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Crematorium.last_img read more

Zeta-Jones keeps it all about family

first_imgCatherine Zeta-Jones’ main priority isn’t her acting career, it’s her husband, Michael Douglas, and their two young children. “Years ago if someone said they were doing a movie in Romania, I was, like, `What time is my flight?’ I couldn’t see beyond the script,” the 37-year-old actress tells InStyle magazine in its July issue, on newsstands Friday. “Now I’m like, `Script? I’ll figure that out after dealing with the people I love more than anything in the world.”‘ Zeta-Jones, who won a 2003 supporting-actress Oscar for her role in “Chicago,” married Douglas in 2000. They have two children – son Dylan, 6, and daughter Carys, 4 – and live much of the year on the island of Bermuda. The couple also have homes in Manhattan and Majorca, Spain, and a farm in Quebec, Canada. “Some people collect art,” she says. “We collect houses.” The movie is due out May 22, 2008. Broadbent, 57, won a supporting-actor Oscar for 2001’s “Iris.” He joins previously announced co-stars Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, John Hurt and Ray Winstone. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Associated Press Broadbent heads for `Indiana’ Jim Broadbent is joining Indiana Jones on his latest adventure. The Academy Award-winning actor has joined the cast of the fourth installment in the “Indiana Jones” series, according to an announcement posted Wednesday on Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Indiana Jones Web site. Production began Monday on the not-yet-titled film, which reunites director Steven Spielberg, executive producer George Lucas and Harrison Ford as the archaeologist-adventurer who made his first appearance in 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” last_img

Suspect feels heat over fires

first_img“Mr. Butcher was seen in the area during the (Day) Fire and had sustained minor burns,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Good said Tuesday. “He was interviewed a few times after that.” The Day Fire – so named because it started on Labor Day, a short time after a separate blaze dubbed the Labor Fire – burned more than 162,000 acres in September and October. It started near Piru and burned mostly in the Ventura County section of the Los Padres National Forest, though it also charred the western edge of the Angeles National Forest, burning up to the shore of Pyramid Lake and along Interstate 5 north of Castaic. The stubborn fire burned across inaccessible wilderness and cost more than $78 million to battle, Good said. Butcher was among 10 individuals and companies charged in connection with wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres of national forest land across Southern California, U.S. Attorney George S. Cardona said. Among the other defendants are Mendez Concrete Inc. of Santa Paula and Michael Roberts, 57, of Ojai, who were working in 2003 on a project for the United Water Conservation District at the Lake Piru boat launch, Good said. They are accused of allowing an employee to use a gas-powered circular saw, which threw off sparks and started the 63,720-acre Piru Fire that burned up to the edges of both Fillmore and Piru, prompting evacuations. LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – A transient has been arrested and charged in connection with last year’s immense Day Fire that burned for a month in two national forests and sent plumes of smoke over the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys. Steven Emory Butcher, 48, also was accused of causing the 2002 Ellis Fire that burned about 70 acres in Piru Canyon, where the Day Fire also started. Investigators say Butcher started campfires that emitted embers and caused the wildfires. He also was charged with smoking cigarettes in the forest during a time of high fire danger. A federal magistrate on Monday ordered Butcher held without bail. He faces up to five years in prison for each of the eight counts listed in an indictment handed up last week. Mendez and Roberts did not have the required fire extinguisher on hand, and now face two misdemeanor charges. The Piru Fire cost more than $7.5 million to suppress. Other indictments involved suspects blamed in fires from San Bernardino County to Santa Barbara County. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want 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

Stanford to forgive loans if grads teach

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STANFORD – Stanford University announced Wednesday a $20 million program to encourage graduates to become teachers by paying off their student loans. The loan-forgiveness program applies to graduates of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, a yearlong master’s program for K-12 teachers at the university’s School of Education. Under the program, STEP graduates will have half of their student loans forgiven after they teach for two years; the remainder will be forgiven after they complete four years of teaching. To fund the program, the university matched a $10 million gift from Judy Avery, a Stanford alumna who chairs the Durfee Foundation of Santa Monica. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The program was inspired by research showing that teachers who teach for at least three years are more likely to stay in the profession, university officials said. “This new program will permit Stanford to support visionary and committed young people who want to undertake one of the most important roles we have in our society,” Stanford President John Hennessy said in a statement.last_img read more

Former QPR manager Ian Holloway gives brutal assessment of the club

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 10 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 10 huge blow 10 Holloway is still cut up over his departure from Loftus Road SORRY getty 10 So what does Holloway, who is still being paid by the Championship side, make of McClaren’s sacking?He looks in a stern manner, and replies: “That’s football at the end of the day.“You get a contract, but it normally ends in tears. Look at what happened to me at Leicester? The grass wasn’t greener and I was taught a harsh lesson.“I had to try and make financial changes there and unfortunately we got relegated.“But at QPR, I did my job. I knew what I was being asked to do and I didn’t care about the restrictions.“I was trying to build a platform to bring the youth through at the club with Chris Ramsey – it was working well.“We succeeded, and Steve and his people didn’t at the end of the day.”So is there any feeling of resentment from Holloway towards McClaren.“Let’s get this cleared up now,” he slams his hand down. Middlesbrough vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm)Coventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT Rangers looked to have turned a corner under McClaren after a dreadful start, but after just one league win in 2019 he was axed “I don’t know what Steve was told and what his remit was. At the end of the day when you do a decent job, you expect to still be in a job.”He continues: “What I wanted him [McClaren] to do was pick it up and run with it. Go and build on the progress I had made.“When I’m sat at home rocking in my chair and I’m seeing Ryan Manning loaned out to Rotherham and we lose the first four games of the season, and then little Smythy goes to Accrington, I’m thinking what on earth is going on here? Are you serious?“I wanted Steve with his coaching skills to develop these players. Wasn’t that his remit? Is that not what he’s actually good at?“Maybe what Tony [Fernandes] was telling Steve was not the script that Les and the chief executive had. REPLY LIVE ON TALKSPORT Ian Holloway was sacked by QPR last May “I knew what I was doing, Les Ferdinand knew what he was doing and Lee Hoos knew what he was doing.“There were occasions where we were prevented from doing what we needed to do to take the club to where it needed to go.“And unless that changes, that will continue to be QPR’s downfall.”Holloway stresses that his remit was to consolidate the club’s position in the Championship and help develop the younger players in the squad – something McClaren failed to address.“Right. Why have all these young lads all been loaned out this season? It’s madness,” he explains.“Some of these boys are a lot better than some of those in the first team. I’d have never dreamed of loaning them out. Never in a million years.“Ilias Chair is going to be a fantastic player and I really liked Ryan Manning.“Then there was Ebere [Eze] and Bright Oyasi-Samuel – who my chief scout [Gary Penrice] and myself were desperate to get in.“And Smythy [Paul Smyth] is a great lad and was an absolute steal for £60,000. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Holloway ends the 55-minute interview by asking to relay a message to the QPR faithful.“I remember when we lost once to Peterborough 4-1 and they sang ‘you’re not famous anymore’. I’ll never forget that day,” he explains.“I’ve had wonderful support through terrible times at that football club.“The support I had from the terraces [in his second stint] helped me nurture some young lads and get a team that really cared about QPR.“I want to put on record my thanks for what Jamie Mackie, James Perch and Nedum Onuoha did for me at the end of last season. I owe them a debt of gratitude.“They knew they weren’t getting new contracts, but they were the ultimate professionals.“They should be thanked by every single QPR fan, because they helped those young lads come into the team, learn on the job and develop.”Holloway concludes: “QPR fans must be patient. When they aren’t, that’s what upsets me the most. Steve McClaren lost his job as QPR boss on Monday after less than 11 months in charge “You don’t need anyone else’s opinion from above. They should be saying this is what we want to do, this is how we’re going to it and then support us in that way.“My problem has never been with Les. The people from above are trying to put a modern slant on things, but let the people who are employed to make a difference have an impact.“Les needs to be allowed to do his job. I don’t think he has enough say there.“I had to tell him ‘I think I’m getting the job Les’ [back in November 2016], so read into that what you will.“It’s not just at QPR, a lot of clubs are doing this, when someone else is appointed to a role and they’re making the decisions and the other person has no part in it.“You have to do things in the right way. If you put people in positions you have to let people do their job.”So would he consider a return to QPR? Holloway’s mood changes somewhat. 10 Holloway claims Fernandes spoke to former England boss McClaren behind his back Holloway defended Les Ferdinand’s role at the club, but underlined his dismay at Tony Fernandes talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… getty “Am I some sort of sucker? I get treated like that after everything I’ve done for the football club. It hurt me a lot,” he shakes his head.“But I love that club with all my heart and I’m very proud of what I achieved during my three spells there [twice manager, once player].”So what is the main problem at QPR?“It’s far too knee-jerky,” Holloway insists. “It’s been like that for too long.“That’s the last thing you ever want to have at a football club. You have to go through bad times to get to the good times.“At the end of the day the fans perception and the owners perception are two different things.“You can’t throw money at something and be a success, especially in the Championship, it doesn’t work that way.“Even when we got back up to the Premier League, we were the sixth-highest spending club in the country the first time around.“Under these owners the club have recorded losses of around £270 million. That makes me feel sick in itself. 10 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “I was more than on board with that script and those lads would have known that under my wings they could go onto bigger and better things.”So what next and who next for QPR? The wage bill will again need to be trimmed this summer, with several first-team players out of contract.“The situation at QPR is heart-wrenching. We were one of the first clubs to go into administration [in 2001], and this time when I came back it was a sort of a hidden administration,” he says.“Who else is ready to take over that football club the way it is at this moment in time? I’m really not sure.“I think Gareth (Ainsworth) has proved he can work with lesser players, but is he ready to take over a club like QPR at the minute? I’m not so sure. Who else is ready?“Maybe they should look at Marc [Bircham] and give him a chance. No-one loves QPR more than him – I’ll tell you that.“Or why doesn’t Les get his tracksuit on and have a go himself? He’s got his coaching badges and he knows his stuff. QPR could do a lot worse.” 10 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 10 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The former Blackpool boss says QPR fans must be patient moving forward MOST READ IN FOOTBALL “I’ll tell you one thing; I left that club in a far better state to when I arrived. Fact.“They’ve got more players who are valuable assets which they’ll be able to sell on and make money from. It was a mess when I first came in.“I was asked to do a job and I did exactly what the club asked of me.  At the end of the day when you do a decent job you expect to still be in one. It’s tough to take still now.”Holloway sighs and takes a deep breath.  Eleven months on and this decision is still one which plays on his mind.But what about his successor? Former England boss McClaren oversaw the club’s worst-ever start to a league season, but after delving into the loan market to bolster the squad he took them to within just two points of the play-offs before the turn of the year.However, with the Rs recording just one league win under McClaren in 2019, including a run of seven straight defeats, Saturday’s 2-1 loss to relegation threatened Bolton was enough for the Rangers hierarchy to declare enough was enough. revealed Ian Holloway is one of a kind – there is no doubting that.You will never see another of his type in football again. 10 He is still hurting from his sacking at QPR last May, a job he believes ‘was taken from him’ by Steve McClaren – who was relieved of his duties at Loftus Road on Monday after a run of just one win in 15 league games.Holloway insists he is not bitter over the sacking; he is enjoying life alongside his wife, Kim, and spends plenty of time with his five grandchildren.He is missing management, though. Being back on the training ground is where he ultimately wants to be. He wants that tingle that he gets on a matchday when he is in the dugout to return.Broadcasting and media work can only whet his appetite so much.On the day of McClaren’s axing, Holloway agreed to speak with talkSPORT.com about that decision, his own sacking, and much more. As ever, he didn’t hold back.“I wish I was still there.  I’ve never been so gutted in my life. It was horrible,” he said.“That was without a shadow of a doubt the worst moment of my managerial career [getting sacked by QPR last season].“From the bottom of my heart I can tell you I could not have done any more to help that football club. It still hurts thinking about it now. Holloway gave a frank and brutal assessment about the state of QPR Holloway rates Paul Smyth highly and wouldn’t have sent him out on loan this season latest whoops “This is all about the owners at the end of the day. If they want someone else who they’ve always had an eye on, then what can you do?“Certain things should work a certain way, but I can’t control who the owner talks to, can I?“If I was his girlfriend [Tony Fernandes] and he’s talking to someone else [Steve McClaren] that isn’t my fault, is it? Does it hurt? Course it bloody does, especially if he fancies her more, but that’s life.”Les Ferdinand, the club’s director of football, has faced staunch criticism from many supporters who have questioned his impact at Loftus Road since taking on the job four years ago.When the topic of Ferdinand arises, Holloway raises an eyebrow.“First and foremost, for the record, I have always had a fantastic relationship with Les Ferdinand and I always will do,” he insists.“I’ve never had a problem with him. He’s a smashing fella.”Holloway raises his voice. “Les didn’t want me to go last summer,” he claims. 10 “If he was being perfectly honest with you, would he have wanted that change last summer? Why don’t you ask him that… go on? Or maybe he can’t answer that.”After a brief pause, Holloway continues: “I’ve been told by people since that Les wasn’t very happy after the first meeting with McClaren, nor with the start made to this season.“I know for a fact he was disappointed that I wasn’t allowed to carry on with my job, and the fact somebody had been talking to someone else and were told they had the job in December.“I think Les might be a bit frustrated with it all, too. He seems to get all the blame at QPR when it goes to sh**.“At QPR you need to let the chief executive [Lee Hoos] and the director of football get on with the day-to-day running of the football club. tense Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker Opta Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “You can’t go and buy success now, like [Flavio] Briatore did. You need to build an identity at a football club.“If we don’t end up thinking we can fill a 40,000 stadium in the future, then we’re not thinking straight!“We want to get to the point where we were under Gerry [Francis] back in the early 90s – the top London club in the Premier League.“I was there when we nearly had to move to Wimbledon and it was tough times then for the football club.“I’m jealous I’m still not there now, but that’s life. Good luck to whoever gets the job next, it’s a wonderful football club.”Following the completion of the interview Holloway grabs his flat cap and walks off into the distance.He turns back and shouts ‘keep the faith’ – referring to his former side’s continued struggles.QPR fans certainly need to ensure they try and do that, with uncertain times ahead in W12.last_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 10-23-16

first_imgCharges:IC 35-48-4-6.1(A)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINEIC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA View Profile >>> HACKER, KRISTEN Charges:IC 16-42-19-18 ~ POSS OF HYPODERMIC NEEDLE View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 2:44 pm Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9 ~ FAILURE TO APPEAROUT OF COUNTY WARRANT ~ OUT OF COUNTY WARRANT Release Date:10-22-2016 – 7:17 am View Profile >>> BURTON, JOSHUA Booking Date:10-22-2016 – 9:35 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001103 Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001102 View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001104 View Profile >>> Release Date:10-22-2016 – 5:32 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000553 Booking Date:10-22-2016 – 8:04 pm nmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Charges:IC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIAIC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIAIC 35-42-2-1.3(b)(2)FL6 ~ DOMESTIC BATTERY – COMMITTED IN PRESENCE OF CHILD LESS THAN 16 YEARSIC 35-45-2-1(A)MA ~ INTIMIDATION Booking Date:10-22-2016 – 8:13 pm WHITE, JEFFERY Booking Date:05-26-2016 – 8:06 pm MORGAN, MIKE Charges:IC 35-48-4-6.1(A)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINEIC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000994 GESNAKER, DAVIDlast_img read more

Horgan agrees new two-year term at Finn Harps

first_imgLorna McHugh Financial Officer, Sean Quinn Chairperson with Ollie Horgan and Club Secretary John CampbellOllie Horgan has been re-appointed as Finn Harps’ senior team manager this evening. Horgan has agreed a new two-year contract until the end of the 2019 season with the option of a third year also part of the deal. Finn Harps Chairperson Sean Quinn said the Board of Directors were very happy, that following detailed discussions on a number of fronts, Horgan now has the opportunity to put a plan in place over the next two years to develop the club. “It’s important that Ollie has got the two-year contract and the Board of Directors is now looking forward to working with him to build a team that will be competitive in the League of Ireland First Division in 2018” Quinn said.Horgan said he was pleased with the way the discussions on a new contract had gone, adding that the obvious priority now is to get started on assembling a squad for pre-season next month ahead of the new 2018 campaign. “I’m pleased to have been in a position to sign a new contract with Finn Harps. The hard work starts right away for me in trying to put a squad together for the new season. That will take a bit of time but it starts from tonight” Horgan concluded.Meanwhile, Harps will host an end of season presentation night on Friday 8th December at the Clanree Hotel Letterkenny from 7-9PM.  Awards for 2017 performances will be presented to players from Academy and national league teams followed by finger food buffet.  MC for the evening Charlie Collins will be joined by Paddy McCourt, 2017 club captain Ciaran Coll, underage managers and club personnel for what should be a very enjoyable occasion for supporters, volunteers, players and coaching staff.All welcome and entry for Adults is just €5.last_img read more

Marshfield Chaparrals baseball wins 2017 opener at Interwald

first_imgBy Steve PilzRIB LAKE — The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team opened its 2017 season with a Dairyland League victory over the Interwald Woodticks 14-12 in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon.The Mothers’ Day affair saw a little bit of everything as the Chaps struggled to get out of the gate, trailing 3-2 into the fifth inning before grabbing an 11-3 lead at one point.Nate MacDonald got the Chaparrals’ season off to a positive start with a base on balls and scored on a Lucius Messerschmidt sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.Starting pitcher Ryan Metz was the victim of an infield error and a soggy right field as the Woodticks got their first two base runners on. A couple of RBI singles plated two earned runs, and the Chaps trailed 3-1.That score lasted until the fourth when Sam Schwanebeck deposited a home run over the left-center field fence to cut the Ticks’ lead to one.The Chaps erupted for six runs in the top of the fifth.MacDonald drilled a one-out double to right-center field before an RBI single by Justin Rayburn. Riley Erickson followed that with a single before Schwanebeck cleared the bags with another home run, this one down the left field line. After another out, Alex Steines walked in front of Cale Cuddie, who hit the Chaps’ third homer of the game.Metz left the mound after four innings work and was replaced by Bobby Pilz, who struck out the side in the fifth.Metz led the sixth off with a single and ended up on third after another MacDonald double. Rayburn knocked in Metz with a sacrifice fly. Schwanebeck walked later in the inning and scored on a Messerschmidt single. The Chaps left the bases loaded but still led 11-3.Pilz struck out two of the first three batters in the sixth before walking a pair and hitting a batter. A bases-loaded error did not help and the Woodticks scratched their way back with five runs in the inning.Two more errors in the seventh led to Interwald cutting the lead to 12-10.Pilz pitched a scoreless eighth, finishing with nine strikeouts before yielding to Schwanebeck to close the door in the ninth.After a walk, a single, and two more walks, Schwanebeck had a full-blown jam on his hands. A timely strikeout, a sacrifice fly, and an unassisted force play at third limited the damage, but the score was knotted at 12-12.The Chaps went quietly in the 10th, setting the stage for the Woodticks to win it in the home half.Schwanebeck promptly hit the lead-off man, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter walked, and the one after was hit with a pitch that loaded the bases with one out. Schwanebeck was able to wiggle out of the it as Rayburn, the Chaps’ center fielder, caught a fly ball and threw out the runner from third trying to score, ending the inning with a double play.Pilz led off the 11th with a single to center field. He went to second on a wild pitch but had to stay there when Metz flied out to right. A grounder by MacDonald got Pilz to third before Rayburn walked. Erickson plated Pilz with what turned out to be the winning run before Schwanebeck put the cap on a four-hit, five RBI day by driving in Rayburn with a single.Schwanebeck got three groundouts in the bottom of the 11th to finish off the 14-12 win for Marshfield.Marshfield hammered out 22 hits, overcoming four errors and 12 runners left on base. Interwald stranded 13 runners.Schwanebeck had four hits; MacDonald, Erickson, and Steines each had three; and Rayburn, Messerschmidt, Pilz, and Metz each had two. The Chaparrals’ next game is at Marshfield’s Jack Hackman Field next May 21 against Abbotsford.Chaparrals 14, Woodticks 12 (11 inn.)Marshfield 100 163 100 02 – 14 22 4Interwald 300 005 202 00 – 12 10 0Interwald statistics not provided.WP: Sam Schwanebeck.SO: Ryan Metz (4 inn.) 4, Bobby Pilz (4 inn.) 9, Schwanebeck (3 inn.) 1. BB: Metz 1, Pilz 3, Schwanebeck 4.Top hitters: M, Schwanebeck 2 HRs, 5 RBIs; Cale Cuddie HR; Nate McDonald 2 2Bs; Alex Steines 2B.Records: Marshfield 1-0 overall and Dairyland League.last_img read more

SA backs UN resolution on Cote d’Ivoire

first_img1 April 2011 South Africa has given its support to a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an immediate end to the violence against civilians in Cote d’Ivoire and imposing targeted sanctions on Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to step down as president since losing elections in November. “South Africa voted in favour of Resolution 1975 (2011), as the resolution is fully in line with the roadmap outlined by the African Union (AU), as it calls for an end to hostilities, the protection of civilians and for the parties to implement the political solution endorsed by the African Union,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Thursday. The resolution also strengthens the United Nations operation in Cote d’Ivoire by allowing it to protect civilians under the imminent threat of physical violence while impartially implementing its mandate. Gbagbo’s refusal to hand over power after Alassane Ouattara was pronounced the winner of the November 2010 polls has plunged Cote d’Ivoire into crisis. South Africa has expressed concerns over the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Cote d’Ivoire, adding that the violence and human suffering would have serious regional consequences. “The continued senseless killing of civilians, threats and acts of intimidation as well as the rising numbers of refugees is a serious violation of human rights,” the department said. “We call on all parties to put an end to this and avoid further escalation of hostilities.” South Africa called on the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), the AU and UN to persist in their efforts to find a peaceful political solution, warning that Cote d’Ivoire was rapidly sliding back into a civil war. A political solution, aimed at restoring national reconciliation and unity, democracy and good governance was the only sustainable approach to ensuring long-term stability in Cote d’Ivoire, it added. The UN Security Council resolution was passed on the same day that fighters supporting Cote d’Ivoire’s internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, seized Yamoussoukro, the nation’s administrative capital. “The Security Council demands an immediate end to the violence against civilians, including women, children and internally displaced persons, and urges all the Ivorian parties and stakeholders to respect the will of people and the election of Alassane Dramane Ouattara as president of Cote d’Ivoire,” the resolution read. The resolution adopted sanctions targeted at Gbagbo, his wife Simone Gbagbo, his close adviser Alcide Djedje, and two other close associates. The sanctions include a travel ban and assets freeze. The Security Council condemned Gbagbo’s decision not to accept the overall political solution proposed by the high-level panel put in place by the African Union, and urged him to “immediately step aside”. Tensions are running high in the country, with rebels backing Ouattara reportedly involved in fighting near the headquarters of the state-run television corporation. Forces backing Ouattara have swept across Cote d’Ivoire this week, seizing cities and towns and facing only minor resistance from Gbagbo’s security. The United Nations said on Thursday that at least 494 people have been killed since the political crisis began in early December. It says up to one million people have been displaced, with thousands fleeing west to Liberia or east to Ghana. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Kruger loses three rhinos on 1 January

first_img9 January 2013 South Africa’s fight against rhino poaching was dealt an early blow in 2013, with three rhinos killed in the Kruger National Park on the first day of the new year. All three rhinos were shot dead and dehorned on 1 January, according to Kruger National Park managing executive Abe Sibiya. “In the first incident, two white rhino were shot and killed on the Houtboschrand section of the Kruger National Park,” Sibiya said on Wednesday. “Indications are that the two animals were shot on January 1 by a poaching group from Mozambique. Their horns were removed and the group escaped.” He said a hunting rifle and two sets of horns were recovered. In the second incident, rangers deployed in the Lower Sabie area of the park made contact with a group of three poachers. “Shots were exchanged and the three managed to escape, but left behind a high calibre hunting rifle and a bag containing a set of rhino horns. In a follow-up operation, the carcass of a white rhino with horns missing was discovered,” Sibiya said. “This is not an ideal way to start the year, but the initiatives that we have put in place, especially the aerial surveillance one, are teaching us a lot and we are making a lot of progress.” No arrests have been made and police investigations are continuing. According to the South African National Parks statistics, a total of 633 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa in 2012. The Kruger National Park lost 395 rhinos to poaching in the same period. The North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces collectively accounted for the loss of 197 rhinos in 2012. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more