Taxi driver arrested for Church’s Chicken robbery

first_imgA taxi driver is now in Police custody after he reported that two men hijacked his car, committed a robbery, and then brought the car back to him.According to reports, the driver of a taxi service situated at Rosignol, West Bank Berbice, was asked to pick up two passengers at Rosignol.He claimed that after the pickup, the men then tied him up and dumped him out of the car at Number Two Village, WCB.Reports are the bandits then stopped a car being driven by an employee of Church’s Chicken, Rosignol and demanded that she handed over a bag she had in the car. The bag reportedly had the company’s day’s sales.Guyana Times was told that the employee out of fear for her life handed over the bag containing $226,000.Meanwhile, the driver claimed that the two bandits returned to Number Two Village where they left him, abandoned the car, and then made good their escape. He subsequently reported the matter to the Police and after telling them his story, he was taken into custody.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Qatar World Cup games could start at 1pm EAT

first_img“There’s a proposition to hold four matches a day, one at 1300, 1600, 1900, and 2200 Doha time. This will be finalised with FIFA,” he said.“We are currently planning for three matches per day, but also considering four a day as the weather and temperature will be good, and also all stadiums enjoying air conditioning.”Qatar’s World Cup has an extra time pressure as it will be squeezed into 28 days, rather the usual 32 days, following its switch to November and December 2022 from the traditional months of June and July.That pressure could increase further, as FIFA is looking into increasing the number of teams in 2022 from 32 to 48.Khater added that building work at four of the proposed eight stadiums would be completed by the end of next year.In addition to the already refurbished Khalifa Stadium, Al-Wakrah, Al-Bayt, and Al-Rayyan will all be finished in 2019, he said.Reporters were allowed to view Al-Bayt on Tuesday, which is 56 kilometres (35 miles) from the capital Doha and will be the most northerly stadium at Qatar’s tournament.The stadium’s design is based on the traditional Bedouin tent in Qatar, Bayt Al Sha’ar.“This is a unique design among all the stadiums in the world,” Nasser al-Hajeri, the venue’s project director told AFP.“It shows people who will attend the World Cup, the type of tent which people used to live in.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Matches at the Khalifa Stadium could start as early as 1000 GMT © AFP/FileDOHA, Qatar, Dec 4 – World Cup matches in Qatar could kick-off as early as 1pm (1000 GMT) if it holds four games a day during the 2022 tournament group stage, organisers confirmed Tuesday.The other three games would start at 1300, 1600 and 1900 GMT, Nasser al-Khater, assistant secretary general for the World Cup organising body the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, told local broadcaster, Qatar Television.last_img read more

Shane Long to Liverpool for £8m? ‘Really?! No, no, no,’ says Danny Murphy

first_imgFormer Liverpool star Danny Murphy has laughed off rumours linking Southampton striker Shane Long with a £8million move to Anfield in the January window.Manager Jurgen Klopp is seeking reinforcements for his ailing strike force in what remains of this month’s market, and reports on Monday suggested the Reds have had an approach for Republic of Ireland international Long rejected by the Saints.The 28-year-old, who joined Southampton from Hull for £14m in 2014, has scored eight goals this season, but his future at the south coast club is uncertain following the arrival of Charlie Austin from QPR.Liverpool’s attacking struggles were once again highlighted as the Reds slumped to a 1-0 defeat in a scrappy encounter with fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday.But Murphy insists signing Long is not the answer, with the ex-midfeidler urging Klopp to begin playing to his squad’s strengths.Asked about the rumours on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Murphy said: “Shane Long? Really?! No, no, no, no, no.“There’s no point bringing in players who aren’t better than what you’ve already got.“Would you suggest Long is a better player than Benteke? I don’t think so.”He added: “Liverpool have to play Benteke and use him better. I was surprised how long it took for Klopp to bring Benteke on [he remianed on the bench until the 81st minute against United].“The way Liverpool are playing at the moment isn’t really suited to what Benteke is good at…yet he’s still their top goalscorer. You have to play to his strengths.”last_img read more

`Wings on my dreams’

first_imgValeska hasn’t seen her father, who abused her mother, since she was a child. “I was not brought up to dream. I was always thinking of the negative, but these families are always happy and thinking of the positive,” she said from her host family’s Rolling Hills Estates living room. “A child should be raised to hope and dream and have all of this. This experience has taught me to open up, to love, sing and act.” Fifteen-year-old Leslie Gauna said it’s the freedom – just to walk outside and feel safe or go shop at an outdoor mall – that she most enjoys while staying with her host family. “This is my refuge. They don’t deny me anything. I’m spoiled here,” said the scholarship performer from Northridge. “I like being here because it is perfect.” But what began as affluent families reaching out to the underprivileged has become a rewarding exchange for both. “I started out thinking, `Oh, I’m going to change a life,”‘ said Ann Pfohl of Rolling Hills Estates, who has hosted three scholarship performers over the years. “But really it’s been a blessing to us as much as for them.” Pfohl said she never realized how much she took for granted, such as dining at Trump National Golf Club restaurant or buying art in Laguna Beach, until she brought along her young house guest. “Just eating a Ceasar salad at an outdoor bistro, I mean I’ve done that a million times, but to see it through her eyes, and how excited she is saying `Oh, this is so delicious,’ you realize the things you take for granted are privileges,” she said. The two teens have had other “firsts” with their Peninsula families: going to a college basketball game, rowing a boat, learning to knit and crochet, living in a home where the doors and windows are not always locked. “They come from backgrounds as dysfunctional as they can possibly be,” Pfohl said. “They come into our community and open the eyes of our own children. ? Our kids see that there is a world beyond our world.” Sitting on the couch in her spacious living room, 14-year-old Annie Pfohl is bombarded by Leslie and Valeska. They cuddle and tussle, fix each other’s hair and let out little squeals. “It’s like having a best friend at your house 24/7. It’s more like a sisterly relationship,” said Annie, a freshman at Palos Verdes High School. “I’ve learned to accept everyone, no matter where they come from – some of the best people you are going to meet won’t be from The Hill.” Saturday’s “Rising Stars” performance will be a special one-night fundraiser with a Moulin Rouge theme. Last year’s gala raised $120,000, which was split between the theater scholarship program and a program that provides financial support to foster children headed to college. The money raised will go toward the scholarship student’s $650 performance fee and any additional equipment or lessons – such as voice or ballet. “Program fees, dance shoes, leotards, we make sure these kids have the tools they need to succeed and not feel different from any one else,” said Debbie Martinez, director of education at the Negri Learning Center. Though the scholarship performers gush about how great it is to live – even temporarily – on The Hill, they say it’s not difficult to go back home, just different. “Here I’m like a princess with a crystal ball and where I live with my mom is like a thorn on the rosebush,” Valeska said. “When I get off the freeway at the end of the weekend and see all the trash and potholes, I’m like, `This is my life.’ But it’s good, because now I know what I don’t want for my life.” Valeska said she hopes to attend New York University and study theater “and start a new life.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Valeska is one of about a half-dozen scholarship students participating in musical performances produced by the Negri Learning Center at the Norris Center for Performing Arts in Rolling Hills Estates. The scholarship program began four years ago to give children from low-economic areas an opportunity to participate in musical theater. “I had never even worn tights before,” Valeska said. “And now I’m taking ballet lessons and vocal lessons.” A key component to the program is the home stays. During rehearsal weekends and a two-week summer “boot camp,” students live with host families on The Hill. Valeska, who will perform at the “Rising Stars” annual fundraiser show Saturday at the Norris Theatre, said the families who have opened their doors to her have “put wings on my dreams.” “Where I come from, it is very dark and coming here is the closest thing I have to heaven. You can’t get hurt here,” she said with tears of gratitude making their way down her cheeks. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER Arriving at her host family’s big, airy house on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for another weekend of theater rehearsals, Valeska Munoz breathes in the tranquility, privilege and opportunity lacking where she comes from. “Where I live, no one has any money, and there’s so many gangs and drugs,” the 15-year-old said about her home near downtown Los Angeles. “But up here it’s like cotton candy and ice cream cones all over the place.” last_img

DONEGAL RESTAURANT IS NOMINATED AMONGST TOP SIX NEWCOMERS IN COUNTRY

first_imgOne of Donegal’s newest and most-talked about restaurants has received a major thumbs-up from some of the country’s biggest food critics. Sargasso in Letterkenny were proud to be nominated in the top 6 of the country’s Best Newcomers at the Irish Restaurant Awards, which was held at a gala ceremony in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on Monday night.The Irish Restaurant Awards recognise achievement and excellence in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry throughout the Island of Ireland in 23 categories. The awards celebrate all aspects of the Industry from Chefs and Restaurants to Food Producers, Local Food Heroes and Cookery Schools.Nominations for the awards are made by readers of the Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland.Chef and restaurant owner Brian McMonagle said he was delighted to receive the nomination but was too busy cooking to celebrate!! DONEGAL RESTAURANT IS NOMINATED AMONGST TOP SIX NEWCOMERS IN COUNTRY was last modified: May 17th, 2012 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:awardsrestaurantSargassolast_img read more

Full retention of Donegal Town Garda Station demanded at meeting

first_imgThomas Pringle has today called for the full retention of Garda station opening hours in Donegal Town.The Donegal TD was speaking ahead of a meeting in Donegal Town last night which was held to demand a retention of a full-time Garda service in the area.Deputy Pringle said “The public meeting sends a very important message that further reduction of our Garda force is unacceptable. There are proposals to reduce opening hours down to 10-2pm and 8pm-10pm only (Mon-Sat) and 10-2pm on Sundays. “Couple this with a continuing reduction in overall Garda numbers in Donegal Town from 34 in 2008 to just 22 by 2016 residents are worried the trend will not end here”.Deputy Pringle said the threatened downgrading of the Garda Station in Donegal Town is another example of the complete disregard that Fine Gael have for the people of rural Ireland.“They have put in place policies that neither reflect nor protect the public interest at heart and Fianna Fáil are to blame for continuing to support them in Government”.“As a result, residents in rural towns are forced to campaign to keep their basic community services open. We’ve seen this with closures of post offices, GPs and even private bank facilities in towns across Donegal. “The 24-hour presence of Gardaí is important particularly as the nature of crime is changing and local community policing becomes a vital part of combating crime. I’ve already had concerned residents and businesses in touch with my office over visible increases in crime since Garda numbers have been reduced across the County.”He added that the people of Donegal and Donegal Town should be angry over this latest development because it reflects a long tradition of anti-rural policies and anti-local sentiment within the political parties who care only care about the monetary value that services bring to populations.“It’s time we demanded a different approach and called into question the policies put forward by Fine Gael to date and how they have been pushed through with Fianna Fáil support to the detriment of towns and residents across Donegal and rural Ireland,” he concluded.Full retention of Donegal Town Garda Station demanded at meeting was last modified: March 30th, 2018 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:Deputy Thomas PringleDonegal TownGardameetinglast_img read more

Musician Rory Gallagher cheats death after van crash

first_imgDonegal musician Rory Gallagher cheated death after his van was involved in a horrific crash yesterday.The former Revs singer, famous for his “Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ anthem, crashed into a camper van.The singer managed to crawl out of the van before it caught fire in the crash in Dunkineely. Rory, from Kilcar, admitted that he is lucky to be alive.He revealed his van hit a massive puddle and then spun across the road straight into a campervan.“There was a huge smash. I was knocked out and thank God they tore down the partition in the van and got me out before it went on fire.“The poor couple in the camper received leg injuries and I damaged my hand, hips and have severe whiplash. “Everyone says I am lucky to be alive but I just feel so down, running through all the what ifs,” he said.Rory has been forced to cancel a number of gigs in London this weekend.But he vowed the crash will not stop him from playing on.“Once I can move my hand and neck we will take it from there,” he said.Musician Rory Gallagher cheats death after van crash was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sun shines on Letterkenny as crowd turn out in high numbers for Parkrun – Pic Special

first_imgA large number of runners took part in this week’s Letterkenny Parkrun. 89 people took part in the morning run on Saturday.First home on Saturday Phillip O’Hare with Cian Friel second and Aaron Nepgen in third. The organisers would like to place on record their thanks to their volunteers and have encouraged more people to come forward.This week’s volunteers were: Aaron Nepgen, Anne Carr, Cathal Roarty, Conor McGlinchey, Helen Salmon, Jackie Ireland, Joanne Kearney, Liam Wiseman, Linda Cronin, Margaret O’Donnell, Pat McCarthy, Robert O’Brien, Seamus Murphy, Stephanie Tait, Theresa Wiseman(Photos: Letterkenny Parkrun Facebook)  Sun shines on Letterkenny as crowd turn out in high numbers for Parkrun – Pic Special was last modified: July 28th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How to Create an ‘Interstellar’ Black Hole

first_imgLearn how to create an Interstellar-like black hole in this awesome demonstration video by Shank FX.On the eve of what could be the most visual stunning Christopher Nolan release in history, it’s hard not to get excited about the VFX in ‘Interstellar‘. While the entire film is one awesome VFX shot after another, it’s impossible not to get captivated by the black hole scene from the movie.Interstellar is the first film to realistically portray black holes in a Hollywood film. To accomplish this great feat the VFX artists used equations created by physicist/executive producer Kip Thorne to create what can only be described as the most complicated expression we’ve ever seen. The result is absolutely stunning.While it may seem impossible to create, it is actually very much possible if you use a bit ingenuity and the following video demonstration created by Shanks FX. In the video Joey Shanks shows us how he created a really good copy of Christopher Nolan’s black hole using some household objects and After Effects. With a trip to the hardware store you can get similar results in your home too.The effect is created by compositing multiple elements that were created using a variety of techniques. Thankfully, Shank FX has created a few video tutorials showing how to create each element.In this first tutorial we can see how to get the outer ring look by simply igniting steel wool and spinning it around a chain. In doing so you will give the steel wool more oxygen to burn which results in a flurry of sparky goodness.The next effect that you can create is the color rings inside the outer rings. This effect is pulled off by putting battery powered LED’s on a fan and setting a long exposure. This results in a really accurate light trail that can be easily colored and composited on other elements in your scene.Creating the etherial space dust will require a little more preparation. In short, placing salt water mixed with regular water in a fish tank you can create a good environment to use ink and paint to shoot fake space dust scenesAs these video proves, when done well, practical effects can definitely hold up to computer graphics.“However sophisticated your CGI is, if it’s been created from no physical elements and you haven’t shot anything with the camera, it’s going to stick out. – Christopher NolanIf you haven’t seen the behind-the-scenes video of Interstellar created by Warner Brothers we highly recommend checking it out. In the video Kip Thorne explains how he worked with the VFX team to create a hyper-realistic black hole for the film.Have any other tips for creating this effect? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Everyone Wants to Go To Heaven

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now First, we have to be willing and able to help the people we serve to identify their constraint. This is usually easy because your contacts are more committed to their constraints than they are to their desired outcome, or goals. If it were otherwise, they’d be producing the results already.Second, we have to be willing to help identify the fear behind the constraint. This is what consultative salespeople do. They “go there.” If your client had to deal with this constraint, what would have to happen, and what is preventing that from happening?Finally, we have to generate options that allow us to address the fear (which, by the way, is very real) and deal with the constraint. We have to help our prospects fear the right danger and deal with their assumptions that no action can be taken that doesn’t hurt them. Most often, they get hurt when they don’t make the changes they need to make. There is a country song with these lyrics, “Everyone wants to go to Heaven, no one wants to die.”We want things, but we don’t do what is necessary to have those things. This truth is easier to recognize in others than ourselves. If you have clients, you know they want better results without having to change.Goals and OutcomesYour dream client explains to you that they need a new outcome. What they’re doing isn’t working. Not being able to achieve this new or better outcome is starting to have serious consequences to their results, and they’re certain that things will only get worse in the future.Your prospect has a problem worth solving. This is how new opportunities are created, and it is also how you remove your competitor and displace them. If only it were this easy.Constraints, Real and ImaginedThe reason your dream client isn’t getting the results they need now is because they have constraints that they have been unwilling to address. You have likely experienced this with a prospective client who sees the value in what you sell and believes that you are the right person to help their company improve their results. You have their full support. Until you discuss the investment necessary to produce the results they need.Lack of money is a constraint. The lack of time and resources is a constraint. An unwillingness to allow leadership and other stakeholders who would be required to agree to any change into the conversation is a constraint.Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die. We want better results, but we don’t want to do what is necessary to produce those results. This isn’t only true for your clients; it is equally true for you. If you think about something that you want for yourself but haven’t achieved, it’s certain that you know what you would need to do to have it and that you have some constraint, real or imagined, that prevents you from getting what you want.But this isn’t where this problem ends. The biggest challenge we have in business is helping people change. That is a psychology problem.The presenting problem, the constraints or behaviors that prevent someone from getting what they want, is not the root cause of why those constraints or behaviors persist.Behind the ConstraintConstraints are not permanent. Most people don’t lack resources; they lack resourcefulness. If you are going to help someone breakthrough and transform their results, you have to get to the real constraint, which is always fear.Why doesn’t your dream client have the money they need to make the investment necessary for the results they need? Here are some ideas:Maybe your contact has asked for money in the past and failed, and he is afraid of failing again and risking his position in the company. Maybe your dream client’s company is spending for money in another area and won’t be able to free up the budget for 6 months. Maybe your contact has a rocky relationship with her leader and doesn’t believe she can pull off a request for a budget increase. Or maybe, the real fear is the fear of failure, and it has nothing to do with money.Until you help your client deal with what’s really behind the constraint, they are not going to get the results they need, even though you could easily produce them. What is behind the constraint is almost always some deep human need.What does this mean we need to do as change agents?last_img read more