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Bishop Pokolo Claims ‘Impediment of the Devil’

first_imgThe embattled Bishop David K. Pokolo of the Prince of Peace Temple United Church of God Incorporated of Gaye Town, Sinkor has blamed the devil for what caused him to lose US$43,000 that he has not been able to repay.American Malachi B. Jones in August 2013, after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), wired US$43,000 that he had taken from his American Christian friends in Florida, USA, into a bank account for Bishop Pokolo.The funds were intended for a ‘Fish Project’ initiated by Bishop Pokolo to raise funds for the church, but Bishop Pokolo has not been able to live up to the MOU.Jones’ persistent emails (copies of which are in the possession of this newspaper) to Bishop Pokolo for repayment has forced Bishop Pokolo to find a reason why he has been unable to start repaying the borrowed money.Bishop Pokolo wrote: “The major point in the matter is that you need the funds (U$43,000) back. I have no intention to take the funds as you may be thinking. It is a curse to take anything that doesn’t belong to you.“What I would suggest is that you cease making threatening statements because they mean nothing to me as far as this deal is concerned. The time we are taking to exchange letters of insult, we could [better use] to pray for forward movement so that you can be at peace likewise myself.“Therefore be calm and stop causing noise which is not the solution to this issue. I am earnestly praying for success and to move forward…there is an impediment from the devil that is delaying this vision of mine in the project.”Having shifted the blame on the devil for delaying the repayment, Bishop Pokolo outlined how the money would be repaid: “The money (U$43,000) is to be paid in FIVE SHIPMENTS and it must be paid within this time. This is the legal point in this MOU. “Let’s get back on track and notice that it is the devil that is playing on you to foolishly approach the matter with . . . negative thinking. Investors need their money NOW, NOW, [so you] cannot intimidate me once I am guided by the MOU. I would love to see you face to face just as you promised; then we shall understand it by and by…”Church officials in Monrovia are disturbed about how far the situation about the Church’s ‘Fish Project’ has dragged on, creating problems both for the American who thought he was providing assistance to elevate a church and the receiver whose inability to live up to the repayment agreement is bringing bad publicity to the church.Many church members told the Daily Observer, they “don’t see any means by which Bishop Pokolo could raise such a huge sum of money to repay Malachi Jones.”Meanwhile, the Daily Observer learned that Bishop Pokolo purchased a bus that is being used as transportation for the church.Bishop Pokolo confirmed the purchase of the bus to our reporter as well as his intention to restitute the money but he could not be certain when.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspect released, couple slowly recovering

first_imgSisters Village brutal stabbing & robbery– residents call for more Police patrolsFollowing the brutal chopping and stabbing of a couple at Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD) who were robbed by four masked bandits last week, a suspect has been released from Police custody pending the outcome of investigations.The house where the couple reside in Sisters Village, West Bank DemeraraHis release comes after revelations that the hat of one of the bandits was found at the scene of the crime. Meanwhile, Goeberdhan and Sangeeta Mahabir, who were attacked at their residence at Nowran Dam, Sisters Village, are said to be in stable condition and are recovering at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Guyana Times reported that Goeberdhan was in the process of closing his variety store, located in front of his two-storey home, when the bandits jumped the fence and pounced on him. Two of the bandits, who were reportedly armed with knives – entered the house and attacked Sangeeta while the remaining two, who were also armed, remained with the businessman.The men assaulted Goeberdhan, while their accomplices ransacked the variety store, where an undisclosed sum of cash was found.Just before leaving the scene, the bandits stabbed the couple several times about their bodies, before fleeing west. Goberdhan received a stab to his belly, one to his head and a cut on his forehead, while his wife was cut about five times on the right arm, on her leg and on her back, a relative explained.The couple’s nephew, who resides a short distance away, told this publication that he heard screams coming from his uncle’s home and upon checking, he observed him on the ground in front of his shop, bleeding profusely.Meanwhile, residents of the surrounding communities of the Wales area contended that there should be beefed-up security to tackle rising crime. This newspaper was at the time questioning if robberies were on the increase in the area.“Since this Estate close down, we getting more crime and robbery, because nobody ain’t working or getting money and no business ain’t going on. To me, Wales dead,” former cane harvester “Alexander” told Guyana Times over the weekend.His sentiments were shared by sluice attendant Nandkishore Singh and retrenched sugar worker Krishna Ramlall, who both said an increased Police presence would reduce crime in the area. Ramlall reminded that many of his colleagues were still finding difficulties in gaining consistent work and noted that many young men in the area were without jobs.When the Wales Estate closure was announced in early 2016, workers and their family members had long expressed fear that Wales would become a “ghost town” and that criminal activity would increase. The current spate of crime was compounded with the rise of criminal gangs who had been prowling the area before the Estate was closed. In the past few years, Sisters Village, Good Intent, Patentia and Wales have all seen increased reports of robberies.last_img read more

New breast cancer drug found to boost survival rates by 30%

first_imgA new form of drug drastically improves survival rates of young women with the most common form of breast cancer, researchers said on Saturday, citing the results of an international clinical trial.The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, showed that the addition of a drug known as a cyclin inhibitor increased survival rates to 70 per cent.The mortality rate was 29 per cent less than when patients were given a placebo.Lead author Sara Hurvitz told AFP the study focused on hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, which accounts for two-thirds of all breast cancer cases among younger women and has in the past generally been treated by therapies that block oestrogen production.“You actually can get synergy or a better response, better cancer kill, by adding one of these cell cycle inhibitors” on top of the hormone suppression, Hurvitz said.The treatment is less toxic than traditional chemotherapy because it more selectively targets cancerous cells, blocking their ability to multiply.The trial, which looked at more than 670 cases, included only women under the age of 59 who had advanced cancer – stage four – for which they had not received prior hormone-blocking therapy.“These are patients who tend to be diagnosed later, at a later stage in their disease, because we don’t have great screening modalities for young women,” said Hurvitz.“That’s what makes us so excited, because it’s a therapy that’s affecting so many patients with advanced disease.”Oncologist Harold Burstein, who was not involved in the research, said it was “an important study,” having established that the use of cyclin inhibitors “translates into a significant survival benefit for women”.Burstein is with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The research received funding from the Novartis pharmaceutical company.“Hopefully, these data will enable access for this product for more women around the world, particularly in healthcare systems which assess value rigorously as part of their decisions for national access to drugs,” Burstein added. (Jamaica Observer)last_img read more

T&T-based supermarket officially opens branch in Guyana

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago’s largest supermarket chain, Coss Cutter, has officially launched its first branch in Guyana.The newly launched Coss Cutter SupermarketThe launching saw scores of Guyanese bustling in to tour and shop in the new multimillion-dollar outlet located at Farm, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Expressing great enthusiasm about the achievement, Coss Cutter’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Anil Ali, at Friday’s opening ceremony explained that the initiative was undertaken after the conclusion of market research which deemed Guyana most suitable for business expansion.“We did do our research, and we saw what was needed in the community and we moved forward, so basically we researched the whole project….so we looked at the economy and see the economy was developing so we chose Guyana as our first stop,” he stated.Customers shoppingThe CEO, in an interview with Guyana Times, revealed some main plans for the long-lasting future of his business brand within the country, given the fact that it is the first major venture within a fellow Caribbean nation.“This is our first major venture out of Trinidad and Tobago, we have opened other small companies but nothing this size…this company plans to open more supermarkets, we are planning to open two more stores within the next year, that’s what we have for the short-term plan. The long-term plan would go forward as we get more involved with local business people and the community” Ali posited.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Coss Cutter Supermarket, Anil AliMeanwhile, Business Minister, Haimraj Rajkumar in delivering the feature address at the event underscored that the Coss Cutter Supermarket brings a new experience and demonstrates confidence to the local economy.Present at the ceremony were Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Desmond Sears and executives of the company.Patrons present were allowed a firsthand experience of shopping in the new facility after the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark its official opening.last_img read more

Alcoa Inc. throws bid into the tin

first_imgTORONTO – Alcoa Inc., seeking to keep pace with growing Russian rival Rusal, launched a hostile $27 billion bid for Canadian aluminum rival Alcan Inc. on Monday, after failing in almost two years of private talks to reach a negotiated deal. Alcan’s U.S. shares rose 34.5 percent, well above the offered price, suggesting investors think the bidding could go higher. Alcoa shares gained 8.3 percent. Montreal-based Alcan said its board “will consider the proposal” and advised shareholders to await its recommendation. Alcoa said the proposed cash-and-stock deal would create a premier diversified global aluminum company, which could grow faster than the two companies could on their own. “I know from almost two years of private discussions with Alcan that they also see the strategic logic behind this combination,” said Alain Belda, Alcoa’s chairman and CEO. “I’m disappointed that we were not able to come to a negotiated transaction, and while I’m taking this offer to shareholders I hope that this combination can move forward with the support of Alcan management and board.” Alcoa said in announcing the offer that the companies’ talks had reached the board level last fall. The company plans to begin its offer today. The combined company, with 188,000 employees in 67 countries, would have had revenue last year of $54 billion and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $9.5 billion. The combined company’s alumina capacity would be about 21.5 million metric tons,, and its aluminum capacity would be approximately 7.8 million metric tons. Alumina is used to make aluminum. A metric ton is about 2,204.6 pounds. Until recently both companies were the world’s top two producers of aluminum, but they now lag behind Rusal of Moscow. Rusal, its rival Sual and Swiss-based commodities trader Glencore International AG completed the combination of their assets at the end of March, creating United Company Rusal and surpassing Alcoa as the world’s largest aluminum producer. The Alcan deal would vault Alcoa past Rusal in aluminum production. “The reality is that commodities businesses are consolidating globally,” Morningstar analyst Scott Burns said. “When foreign countries like Russia allow their two largest aluminum producers to merge and really dominate that market, and you’ve got a company called Chalco in China where the Chinese government has made no secret that they want this to be a national champion, I think it really gives a company like Alcoa a nice leg to stand on in terms of regulatory objection.” New York-based Alcoa, which plans to maintain dual headquarters in Montreal and New York, sees annual pretax cost savings of about $1 billion from its proposed combination with Alcan in the third year after the deal closes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Youth Worker required for Donegal-based charity

first_imgJob Vacancy: The Alcohol Forum is a national charity that works for an Ireland where every child, family and community is free from the harmful effects of alcohol.We are inviting applications from suitably qualified individuals for the post of:Youth Worker PABA Project(Full Time : 2 Year Contract) Salary Range €30,000 – €36,000.The Positive Attitudes Beliefs and Aspirations (PABA) Youth Project is an individually tailored personal development programme for young people aged between 14 and 16 who are impacted by a parent’s or guardian’s alcohol or other drug use.  The Youth Worker will be responsible for the co-ordination, development and delivery of the project and identifying young people who would benefit from the programme through our existing family programmes and with our partner agencies.Applications are invited from Youth Workers, Community Workers, Education, Social Work, or Psychology, with a minimum of three years’ youth work experience.Application Forms and Informal Enquires for the above vacancy should be requested from E: maureen@sfpnw.comT: 074 9125598Or download from our website: www.alcoholforum.orgClosing date for all applications is Friday 28th September 2018 at 1pm.Interviews will take place on Tuesday 8th October 2018Short listing will apply. The Alcohol Forum’s PABA project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland’s Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP).Job Vacancy: Youth Worker required for Donegal-based charity was last modified: September 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Alcohol ForumCommunity WorkerseducationPsychologySocial WorkYouth ProjectYouth WorkerYouth Workerslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL will become a single constituency and will lose a TD if the recommendations of the Constituency Commission are give the go-ahead.Part of the south of the county may also be merged into a new Sligo-Leitrim constituency.It means the next set of TDs to represent the county – five instead of six – will have a vast geographical area to cover. The cutting of a TD from Donegal is part of a recommendation that eight TDs be cut from current numbers to reflect population changes.The commission accepted submissions from interested parties, including TDs, in addition to census data, in arriving at its decisions.The five-person commission is chaired by High Court judge Mr Justice John Cooke. The other four members are: clerk of the Dáil Kieran Coughlan; clerk of the Seanad Deirdre Lane; Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly; and secretary general of the Department of the Environment Geraldine Tallon.  CONSTITUENCY COMMISSION RECOMMENDS AXING OF TD FROM DONEGAL was last modified: May 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CONSTITUENCY COMMISSION RECOMMENDS AXING OF TD FROM DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgWords: Paul O SullivanPhotos: Paul SinclairPopular Donegal Town barman and photographer Stephen Dowling raised over €1,500 for the local Cleary Centre by cutting his 11 year old ponytail in the Coach House Bar, Donegal Town. The new look (and has to be said much younger looking Stephen) told Donegal Daily: “I could have just gone to the barber and that would have been that but thought, hey, why not try raising a few bob for charity!”And that’s exactly what he done as he sat nervously into the chair for the “chop” .Professional hairdresser Ash Corrigan from the Salon (and Australia but now living in Donegal Town) was on hand to make sure everything went to plan!Infusing a bit of craic to proceedings was a raffle to see who would actually do the snip–so to speak! and Marie Breslin won the top prize! “I was nervous as a kitten” Marie said. “First time I ever cut a ponytail.”After the deed was done, hairdresser Ash Corrigan added a professional finish. Julie Voss who was there to support Stephen and said: “It’s taken 10 years off him and fair play to him.”Last word goes to Stephen…..“I’ll remember the start of 2014, that’s for sure but it was a great night and for a great cause. And I never realised the warmth of a woolly hat !”AFTER 11 YEARS WITH A PONYTAIL, STEPHEN GETS IT CHOPPED FOR CHARITY was last modified: January 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:charityCoach House BarDonegal TownStephen Dowlinglast_img read more

Pet rescuers return from Louisiana

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Jeannie Brousseau of Sun Valley, a registered veterinary technician, worked with Burbank veterinarian Susy Horowitz. Brousseau recalled how they rescued a emaciated, scared and suspicious pit bull cowering under a house. They had to coax the dog to come to them because they’d been warned not to crawl under water-weakened homes that might collapse. “I couldn’t wait to take a bath and go to bed,’ Brousseau said. “Then I remembered there were thousands of people there who didn’t have that luxury. Then we had to evacuate to Baton Rouge because of (Hurricane) Rita. A family put us up on their living room floor. It got pretty bad there with winds up to 73 mph. It downed a lot of trees and we lost power.’ Jennifer Warner, a Web master from North Hollywood, set up a database that tracked animals moving in and out of shelters and will help reunite pets and owners. She recalled a man looking for a dachshund. “His house flooded so fast it drowned his wife and their Great Dane,’ she said. “He took their 12-year-old dachshund, which had a tumor, cut a hole in the roof and climbed on top of the house. “Rescue workers came but told him he had to leave the dog. He didn’t locate it at our shelter, but I saw a report and believe he found it.’ PASADENA — People who had lost everything donating their time to help lost animals that’s what one Pasadena Humane Society worker remembers most about a Louisiana rescue mission. Julie Storey of Altadena, a Humane Society officer, was one of four women all Pasadena Humane Society volunteers who last month delivered an animal control vehicle and supplies to Louisiana Humane Society officials and spent 10 days rescuing animals. “I wish we could have done more,’ Storey said. “We were there just two or three days when we have to leave because of Hurricane Rita. After Hurricane Rita we were there for two or three more days and then we had to leave. There’s still a lot of work to be done there. We saw lots of houses and knew animals were inside.’ She said a problem is that many New Orleans homes have heavy bars on the doors and windows that served to keep rescuers out. She was part of a 15-truck convoy of animal rescuers that descended on the city’s hard-hit 9th Ward and Gentilly areas looking for abandoned animals. “We’d walk around and knock on doors and whistle and listen for barking. But some animals, like cats, don’t make noise. Another problem was the windows of most homes were so dirty from the flood waters we couldn’t see inside,’ she said. Before Rita arrived the four women evacuated 1,500 animals by placing them in crates and moving them to other locations, including prisons, Warner said. “The whole area is devastated,’ she said. “People have lost everything and were hoping to at least find a pet that had been part of their family. We stayed in a tent with 300 volunteers from all over the U.S. and Canada. These people were giving up their time, without pay, to help animals. It was wonderful to see that.’ Steven R. McNall, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA executive director, said they will send another team to Louisiana in two weeks. Ten dogs and seven cats from Louisiana were placed in foster care last month by the Pasadena Humane Society. If their owners don’t claim them by year’s end they will be put up for adoption. Emanuel Parker can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475, or by e-mail at 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

Busway changes our lives

first_imgSome San Fernando Valley residents who climbed aboard the Metro Orange Line last week and left their cars at home or in Park and Ride lots revealed an urban-savvy side that doesn’t fit the image of commuters in America’s most famous suburban enclave. Residents from perfectly middle-class, two-car-garage households started stepping onto buses, opening up their newspapers and heading out to jobs, theaters and friends’ neighborhoods as if it were no big deal for them to take public transit in Los Angeles. A Tarzana accountant and his wife attended a concert at the Disney Hall. A West Hills attorney rode to the courthouse. A Granada Hills woman took the bus to her job in the jewelry district. A grandma parked her minivan at home and took a group of friends to a show downtown. “I personally don’t love driving,” said Stacie Renee Halpern, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Tarzana, who rode the busway to the Van Nuys Courthouse during the Orange Line’s opening week. “When I’m in New York or any other large city that has a good transit system, I like taking the Metro. I wish L.A. had that, and I wish the Valley was part of it. The Orange Line’s a start. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “How many conversations did you see people having on the Orange Line instead of screaming at people in their cars?” Who knew that, amid the Valley’s sprawl of minimalls, ranch homes and freeway interchanges, lived so many middle-class commuters openly accepting urbanization? “That underscores, I think, some of the cultural changes taking place in the San Fernando Valley,” said Tom Hogen-Esch, who has studied the Valley as an assistant professor of political science at California State University, Northridge. “The Valley was developed in the 1930s, ’40s, through the ’70s, as a suburban escape from all things urban, and what you’ve had in really just the last 15 years or so is this process of urbanization going on, … this sometimes-painful transformation from quintessential suburbia.” He adds that for Angelenos in general, “public transit is kind of a new thing. … It’s part of that learning curve, … the middle-class overcoming the stigma of public transit that has long (existed) in L.A.” It’s no secret that buses in Los Angeles are used primarily by those who come from the ranks of the poor and working-class minorities; many of them can’t afford their own wheels. And the Orange Line carries plenty of house cleaners, restaurant workers and young people who don’t have cars or come from families in which two or more drivers share one vehicle. They are simply taking the busway instead of street buses. But also traveling east during morning rush hour is the downtown crowd – the middle-class professionals who transfer to the subway for the second leg of their journey. Some had already used the subway, but now they take the Orange Line instead of driving to the station. Other middle-class riders are total “newbies,” giving transit a try. But urban scholar Joel Kotkin says it shouldn’t come as a shock that Valley residents are acting like city dwellers since the Valley in essence is a city. Signs of urban life among the Valley’s nearly 1.8 million residents are easily found as pedestrians shop on Ventura Boulevard or pick over produce at the farmers markets, noted Kotkin, an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation. But the fact that a few middle-class residents brave the bus to go to work or, a couple nights a year, to the theater is no sure sign of newfound urban-life acceptance – or a wholesale repudiation of the car culture. The subway, Kotkin reminds, carries only a fraction of its projected ridership more than a decade after it opened. “They go through an early honeymoon period where everyone takes it,” Kotkin said about shiny-new commuter lines. “Try it in three months. When the Red Line started, there were all sorts of people in ties and jackets.” He thinks Orange Line supporters should see the busway for what it is – a cheap alternative to rail for transit-dependent people – and not fantasize that the Valley is a new center of world-class urbanity. “We’re not talking about sashaying on the Champs-Elysses,” he said. “If people want to get all enthused about it, that’s great. … Cafes and dancing seals at every stop? That’s not what you’re going to get.” Still, the evening ride to NoHo two Friday nights ago carried 63-year-old Walter Tuthill, a certified public accountant from Tarzana, and his wife, who climbed aboard at the Reseda Station and rode the Orange Line to the subway for a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. “The 101 is atrocious,” said Tuthill. In fact, he and his wife ended their 24-year subscription to the Ahmanson Theatre last year because they could no longer bear the commute down the Ventura Freeway. “We gave up what I thought were ideal seats because we were sick of the traffic,” he said. “It just wasn’t worth the headache to get down there.” Now they’re reconsidering season tickets. But whether middle-class riders stay on board remains to be seen. Truthfully, Tuthill and Halpern aren’t total transit newcomers. He used to ride Metrolink occasionally when he worked downtown, and she sometimes takes the subway to the downtown courts. But the addition of the Orange Line begins to build a network for them that both say would be enhanced if there were more bus-only lanes across the Valley. Kotkin doubts middle-class riders will trade their cars for buses in great numbers in the long run. But he still thinks the Orange Line should be extended to crisscross the Valley and go out to Thousand Oaks – since busways are so much cheaper than rail lines. The Orange Line’s original plans included similar north-south busways near Canoga Avenue and Van Nuys Boulevard. “We are a dispersed urban region and what we need are transit alternatives for that part of the population that needs it,” he said. “For the occasional person who, on the lark, takes it, that’s great. You don’t build the system for them. You build it for the person who depends on it.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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