first_imgThe fire rages in Annagry this morning. Pic courtesy of Paddy Barry.Several fire crews are this morning fighting what’s has been described as “a massive” gorse fire in the Culacrick area of Annagry.The fire has been burning for several hours and is nearing several houses.There have been further fires overnight including a fire in Killygordan.  Glenties and Dungloe fire crews tackle a blaze at 4am in DoocharyNEW GORSE FIRE RAGES IN ANNAGRY THIS MORNING was last modified: April 10th, 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:Annagrygorse firelast_img read more

Somalia Annuls DP Worlds Contract with Somaliland

first_imgzoom The federal government of Somalia has reportedly revoked the contract signed between the UAE-based port operator DP World and Somaliland, according to Reuters.The move is being announced on the heels of the final agreement signed on March 4, 2018 by DP World and the Republic of Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia, to develop a greenfield economic free zone in Somaliland to complement the Port of Berbera’s growth.DP World said that it expects to break ground on the 12 square kilometre free zone project, located next to the port, this year. Furthermore, the parliament of Somalia is said to have passed a resolution banning DP World from working in the country due to the port operator’s breach of Somalia’s constitution and rules on foreign investment.DP World is yet to provide World Maritime News with a statement on the matter.The dispute arises in less than a month from neighboring Djibouti’s contract termination with DP World for the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT).The decision has prompted DP World to launch new arbitration proceedings in London against the Government of Djibouti as it dubbed the move illegal.The Government of Djibouti, on the other hand, attributed the decision to the poor performance of the container terminal.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Damage estimate in Sherwood Park explosions pegged at 14 million

first_imgDamage from a pair of explosions in Sherwood Park, Alta has been estimated at $14 million.Council said that money will come from unbudgeted expenditures and that the incident was uninsurable.Strathcona County policy is to seek council approval for any expenditures over $2 million.The 14 million is only an estimate at this point, as environmental assessments are still being performed and the final cost won’t be known until restoration work is complete.“We thank everyone for their patience. This is a large incident with many moving pieces, and we are grateful for the high level of professionalism demonstrated by recovery experts and staff,” Mayor Rod Frank said in a news release. “We continue to move forward as swiftly, and safely, as possible to return to normal business.”County Hall is open but the community centre, which includes the library and is situated over the parkade, is still closed and is expected to stay that way for the next 90 days.Council offices are now temporarily located in County Hall in the space where Economic Development and Tourism operates.As for the incident itself, the RCMP continues to look into the motive behind the explosions.READ MORE: Man dead after two explosions in Sherwood ParkEmergency crews were called to reports of a fire on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at a complex that houses the Strathcona County office and council chambers in Sherwood Park.The first call came in at 6:15 p.m. and when emergency crews arrived, they found a man inside a vehicle where the explosion was reported. He was transported to hospital, but died a short time later.At around 8:15 p.m. that same day, while members from the Emergency Response Team (ERT) along with the Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) were on scene investigating, a second explosion occurred while they were in close proximity.Mounties say an autopsy was performed on 21-year-old Kane Kosolowsky and that he died of a gunshot wound after a pair of explosions in Sherwood Park.READ MORE: 21-year-old suspect in Sherwood Park double explosions identifiedInvestigators earlier released that the man had been injured and sent to hospital and that it was not related to an interaction with police.Kosolowsky was the only person found at the scene of two blasts at a complex that also houses a library and a restaurant.last_img read more

Connie Oakes case Crowns star witness told prisoners advocate Oakes wasnt at

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAfter she testified as the Crown’s star witness in Connie Oakes’ murder trial, Wendy Scott phoned a prisoners advocate to say the Cree woman was not at the scene of the crime, according to documents filed with the Court of Appeal of Alberta.With no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprint evidence, the murder case against Oakes rested solely on Scott’s testimony.Scott’s testimony during the trial was riddled with contradictions and some of her claims did not match the physical evidence gathered as part of the murder investigation of Oakes, a Cree woman from Nekaneet Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Scott, however, maintained throughout the trial that she was there with Oakes when Medicine Hat, Alta., resident Casey Armstrong was murdered in the bathroom of his trailer during the May 2011 Victoria Day long-weekend.It has now emerged that after she testified at the trial, Scott contacted Kim Pate, who is head of the Elizabeth Fry Society, seeking help because she didn’t believe Oakes was in Armstrong’s trailer at the time of the murder, according documents filed by the Alberta Crown fighting Oakes appeal of the murder conviction.“She called Kim Pate after she testified in Oakes’ trial because she did not believe Oakes was at Armstrong’s trailer,” said the Crown document.Oakes is currently serving a 14-year sentence after a Medicine Hat jury found her guilty of second degree murder. Armstrong was killed by a vicious knife wound to his neck that nearly decapitated him.Oakes says she is innocent of the crime.APTN National News has been investigating the case for over a year and interviewed Oakes in prison. Click here for full coverage.Scott, who pleaded guilty to her involvement in the crime, is also before the Court of Appeal of Alberta trying to have her guilty plea quashed.Scott has been assessed by a psychiatrist as having an IQ of 50.The Crown filed the documents on Sept. 23 in response to Oakes’ appeal filing. Oakes is fighting her murder conviction based fresh evidence contained in an affidavit from Scott that is currently sealed. The appeal hearing is set for November.The Crown’s filing, however, summarizes the main points in Scott’s affidavit.Scott’s affidavit states she cooperated with the police and later the Crown to support their theory Oakes killed Armstrong because she was “very scared” and wanted “to be safe,” according to the Crown’s summary.Scott’s affidavit claims investigators suggested details about the case to her and at one point identified the photograph of the vehicle police believed was used in the murder, according to the Crown summary.Scott also states she was questioned weekly by police about the Armstrong murder between June 2011 and January 2012, but those interrogations were never mentioned in the disclosure to Oakes’ defence, according to the summary.The Crown is arguing that the affidavit should not be used as fresh evidence in Oakes’ appeal case because it doesn’t meet the standard set out in case law. The Crown argues that Scott does not explain why she claimed during trial that she saw Oakes kill Armstrong.“Oakes has characterized what Scott has done in this affidavit as a recantation, but it is not. It is the publication of vague assertions of belief without supporting information,” said the Crown’s submission. “While it would have been very simple for Scott to set out that she lied when she testified to seeing Oakes attacking Armstrong she has not done this.”The Crown also states the three officers named by Scott as being involved in previously undisclosed interrogations have each filed affidavits contradicting the claim she was interrogated throughout the summer and fall of 2011.Medicine Hat officers Sgt. Mike Fisher, Sgt. Jeff Klick and Sgt. Jason Graham all claim in an affidavit they only came into contact with Scott between December 2011 and January 2012. The officers state in the sworn affidavits that they only learned of Scott’s possible involvement in the murder in December 2011.Medicine Hat police switched lead investigators on the Armstrong murder case after they failed to turn up any solid leads following seven months of investigation.The officers’ affidavits also reveal that Scott repeatedly changed her story during interrogations, even claiming at one point that everything she said about Oakes was a lie, that the real killer was named “Ginger” and that she was covering for her.At another point, Scott claimed that the killer was a man who had shown up one day around the time Armstrong was killed with bloodstains and asked that she sell some pills he obtained.Scott later told police she had lied about the man’s involvement.It emerged during Oakes’ trial that the man’s claim he was away working in Saskatchewan the weekend Armstrong was killed was corroborated by a cousin.APTN has also learned that the red Grand-Am police believe was used in the murder was sold to a drug dealer named Ginger before the murder. Ginger, whose real name is known to APTN, has red hair.An eye-witness who testified during trial said she saw two women, one with red hair and the other with long dark hair, in Armstrong’s drive-way putting a black duffle bag or garbage bag in the back of an old, red car.The affidavits also show investigators at one point concluded Scott had nothing to do with the murder. This occurred after they asked her to take the police to Armstrong’s trailer, but she got lost before finally finding Armstrong’s trailer.“On Dec. 7, 2011, it was decided to release her as it did not appear as though she participated in the homicide in any way and also did not help destroy evidence or have prior knowledge of what was planned,” stated Fischer, in his affidavit.The police’s interest in Scott resumed a little less than a month later after she went to the station to deal with a warrant on a separate matter, according to Fischer’s affidavit. During the Jan. 5, 2012, police interview with Scott, she stated she had cancer and claimed a man was involved in the murder.She then texted Fischer the next day saying she needed to speak with him and then over the phone stated she had to get “something off her chest.”Scott then went through another police interview the next day and accused the man along with Oakes of the murder, stated Fischer’s affidavit.It appears that a Jan. 10, 2012, interview with Scott formed the foundation of the case against Oakes. Scott was brought in after Staff-Sgt. Brent Secondiak, who was tasked with reanimating the murder investigation, ordered her arrest on a count of obstruction.After her arrest, she went with the officers to Armstrong’s trailer once more and then to the home she had shared with Oakes around the time of the murder. (Oakes claims Scott moved in with her after the murder occurred).Then police continued to interrogate Scott who repeatedly changed her story, claiming she wasn’t at the scene, that she was camping that weekend, that it was Ginger who was involved and that she was covering for her.According to Graham’s affidavit, the officers continued to interrogate Scott until finally she admitted she was involved and provided details on Oakes’ involvement in the murder.The next day she performed a re-enactment of the murder.In her own appeal application, Scott alleges Medicine Hat police told her during the interrogations that Oakes issued a statement implicating her and that she faced 25 years in prison if she didn’t confessed.No such statement from Oakes existed.Graham states in his affidavit that he did mention an Oakes statement during the Jan. 10 interrogation, but in a round-about way.“I also said that if I had spoken to Oakes, why would she say that Scott went into the house with her?” stated Graham, in the affidavit. “Scott vehemently denied that she had ever been in Armstrong’s house. I also said that if Oakes was trying to paint a picture of Scott that was wrong she needed to say so and Scott said that Oakes was doing that.”[email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

TCI Premier warns residents to prepare for Hurricane Maria

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 19th, 2017 – Providenciales – It’s only been 12 days since the Turks and Caicos Islands were shocked by Hurricane Irma, and now Premier Robinson is warning residents to prepare for Hurricane Maria.In an official statement released, Premier Robinson said, “the recently formed Hurricane Maria may also pose a threat to the TCI later this week.” As a result, Premier Robinson is urging resident to ensure that they have adequate water and food for both during and after the possible passage of Hurricane Maria.Like Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria is also a category 5 Storm and has already caused extensive damage to islands throughout the Caribbean. The Premier also revealed that Hurricane Maria “is forecast currently to be possible on Thursday and Friday of this week.”The Premier added that her government would be preparing shelters as was done for Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Maria is currently moving with sustained winds of 160mph. As at 11am, the national hurricane center reported that there might be some fluctuations in the hurricane’s intensity over the next two days. However, it still remains an extremely dangerous hurricane whether it dips to a category 4 or remain at a category 5. Hurricane Maria will hit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico next. However, other islands are also bracing for the effects of Hurricane Maria. St. Kitts and Nevis for example remain under Hurricane Warning.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Former PNP Election candidate and businessman calls for swifter reconstruction for Capital, Grand Turk Recommended for you Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #magneticmedianews FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizinglast_img read more

Laporte believes Deschamps has personal reasons for France snub

first_imgLaporte has not been included in France’s lineup since appearing on the bench in their 2-0 loss to Spain back in March of 2017.Aymeric Laporte says Didier Deschamps has “personal reasons” for not letting him debut for the French squad, yet. Despite Laporte becoming a regular starter in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season, Deschamps hasn’t given the youngster an opportunity.Laporte is sure that Deschamps’ decision is not based on his current form on the pitch.“There is a coach and he doesn’t call me, so I need to wait, to keep working and that’s it,” Laporte told EiTB, according to FourFourTwo.“Of course I don’t think it’s because of a sporting issue, you’d have to ask him personally, I don’t have anything personal against him, but if someone has a problem it’s him and not me.“I could be a world champion… but these are the decisions of the coach, who is not calling me for, I think, personal reasons, and I have to respect him.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I’m not going to call him. Why? To slam him?“I’m still working in the club, playing at the highest level for this kind of thing [an international call-up]. The only person who can solve this is the coach.”Laporte started his career at Athletic Bilbao before moving to Premier League champions Manchester City in January of 2018. He could also be eligible to play for Spain, but the 24-year-old wants to play for his birth country, instead.“Play with Spain? I think that’s already closed, but even so I opt for France because I’m French,” Laporte said.“I don’t have dual citizenship and I’m not going to ask for it. I don’t know if playing with Spain is possible.”last_img read more

San Diego Red Cross Honors Real Heroes in the Community

KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Red Cross Honors ‘Real Heroes’ in the Community Updated: 8:32 PM Posted: October 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 12, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties will celebrate local heroes for their extraordinary acts of courage, selflessness and leadership at the 16th annual Real Heroes Breakfast.The Real Heroes event brings together community members and business leaders to recognize local individuals and organizations that embody the mission and spirit of the Red Cross by saving lives and creating safer, stronger and more resilient communities. Nine stories of exceptional courage and compassionate action will be shared throughout the morning.Honorees this year consist of several instances of lifesaving actions including a military interpreter who saved his neighbor’s infant from a home fire while also losing all of his own family’s belongings, a couple that has cared for dozens of children in crisis, and a man that has taken his passion for music to create opportunities for homeless and at-risk teens. Please click here for information on this year’s winners.KUSI’s Jason Austell was live aboard the USS Midway with the details. read more