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Where’s the money?

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Lock ’em up in Lakeside

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM UNLOCKED cars were again the target of thieves in Pakenham last week, despite warnings from police for…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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GPL still to ascertain cause of constant power outages

first_imgWhile it is still investigating the main reason for the frequent, lengthy power outages which occurred last week, over the weekend and continued on Sunday, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) said it is working to ensure that the discomforts are not experienced during the holidays and the New Year.Speaking at an emergency press conference called on Monday, GPL’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Renford Homer and acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Technical) Elwyn Marshall, sought to appease the concerns of the public, while offering technical explanations for the outages, admitting that there had been some disturbances beginning last Tuesday and particularly over the weekend.In terms of the outages on Sunday morning, Marshall said the power company was still analysing what might have been the cause and the reason for it taking such a long time to be restored.Kingston PlantAccording to Marshall, on Tuesday night last, the conductor of one of the feeders coming out of the Kingston, Georgetown plant failed. As a result the line linking the Kingston and Sophia substations tripped, which led to the total outage of power. According to him it took the company over three hours to restore power and return the system to normalcy. The DCEO said on December 16 there was a failed insulator on the feeder that feeds the Albertown, Queenstown and neighbouring areas. He said the crossarm of the insulator caught fire which caused the power outages on that day.“What we managed to do was provide alternative feed to provide the hospital and a large section of Queenstown while repairs were being done.”Explaining the scenario on Saturday, December 17, Marshall said there were three feeders coming out of the Kingston Wartsila Plant which also feeds the commercial districts of Albertown, Queenstown, Prashad Nagar, etc. He related that the conductors for two of those feeders were entangled, while one encountered a burnt jumper and switch. He explained that there seemed to have been a fault of that circuit and because of the heavy current, it sagged and came into contact with another conductor. Because of the entanglement of the conductor in the Kingston area, the Kinston plant began tripping.“The fact that they are all located on one side of poles, we could not do work on the F8 without taking out the F3 for safety reasons, so the commercial areas would have been without power for just about one hour.”Addressing the outage on Sunday which began at 02:30h, Marshall said that was caused by the power transformer at Kingston, which is used to convert the power from the generator tripped and caused the total outage. By 16:00h the power company began the process of restoring the system. He said there was enough damage to cause the company to take the generator out of service.According to the CEO, there is no single reason for all the problems as all the incidences are unrelated. He said everything happened at a time when all want to be assured of a trouble-free Christmas as it relates to electricity.“Those are the things we are cognisant of and those are the things that we are making efforts to ensure that we understand cleary beyond what we have just told you and to take the corrective actions, not just for Christmas, but ensuring the reliability of the network is concerned.”Meanwhile, the Deputy CEO informed that GPL currently has a firm capacity of some 104 megawatts which do not include the eight megawatts generation available at Skeldon. “As of today (Monday) we have 112 megawatts of generation capacity. Our peak load in December we expect it to be 108 to 109. Traditionally our largest demands are in October and in October we had just about 110 megawatts. As it stands there is sufficient demand to meet the peak, however there is not much reserve of 112 to meet the capacity of 108.”Garden of Eden PlantHe informed that GPL has found itself in this situation partly because of the Wartsila plant at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara, which was taken down for maintenance that was expected to last for some two weeks. Marshall said it was realised that after the maintenance some items needed to be replaced. According to him, the parts were ordered and were to be shipped to Guyana last week. However, because of the Christmas rush the airfreight company was unable to get it to Guyana earlier. It was however promised to be here last evening and should be available today to be installed. When that is completed there should be another 5.5 megawatts of power available before Christmas. That, he said, will give a reserve of 10 megawatts.last_img read more

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Hamilton on US GP pole, doubts title will be wrapped up

first_imgBut, he said, it is not likely to be enough for him to join Vettel as a four-time champion unless the German, who starts alongside him at the front of the grid, “makes a silly mistake”.“I think it’s highly unlikely it’s going to be the case here,” said Hamilton. “Sebastian did a great job today to bring the Ferrari back up. I think, ultimately, all I can do is do the best I can with my abilities and try to get maximum points.“Sebastian is right there so, unless he makes a silly mistake, which is unlikely, it will go to the next races…”Hamilton, who clocked a circuit record time with his lap in one minute and 33.108 seconds, added that he expected a tough contest in Sunday’s race with Vettel fighting to keep alive his title challenge.“It’s going to be a great race out there tomorrow,” he said. “It’s going be a tough one because looking after the tyres in these conditions is still tough, I’m but looking forward to it.US Formula One Grand Prix pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton could claim the championship if he wins for Mercedes and title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari fails to finish in the top five © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark Thompson“The track was very difficult today, with the wind picking up you’ve got a head-wind into turn one, a tailwind out of turn one, the whole of sector one is tail-wind and then a head-wind into turn 9, so it’s shifting the whole way through the lap.“You’re kind of gauging how hard you can push, how much you must lay off, but that’s why I love it her. It’s such a fantastic track to drive and especially when you’ve got a car you can rely on.”As Hamilton purred with pleasure after securing a record 117th front row start, passing seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher’s record of 116, Vettel said he and Ferrari are working day to day in pursuit.“I was happy in the end with the car, but we lacked some rhythm. We came good, when it mattered, and I believe our race pace is good. Well done to Lewis today … We are taking each day as it comes now.”Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas qualified third despite struggling with his braking.“There have been things I have been struggling with – brake modulation and locking, transferring weight,” said the Finn. “I have struggled to get it together and many times at 13 and 15 I lost a bit of time – those are the longest corners.”– Back of the grid –Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified fourth for Red Bull ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull, but the Dutchman will start from the back of the grid after being given a 15-place penalty for taking new power unit parts.“It’s easy to say now that I should have been up there, but if you make two reasonably big mistakes, it’s not what you want,” said Verstappen, disappointed with his performance 24 hours after the team had confirmed he had signed a new contract.“I’m not happy with myself — and it’s one of the worst qualifyings of the year for me.”Frenchman Esteban Ocon qualified seventh for Force India ahead of an impressive Carlos Sainz, the Spaniard making his debut with Renault after moving from Toro Rosso.Fellow-Spaniard two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren Honda was ninth and Mexican Sergio Perez 10th in the second Force India.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain claims his 11th pole of the season in qualifying for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / CLIVE MASONAUSTIN, United States, Oct 22 – World championship leader Lewis Hamilton roared to the 72nd pole position of his record-breaking career on Saturday and then forecast that he is unlikely to clinch his fourth world title in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.The 32-year-old Briton, who can take the championship if he wins for Mercedes and title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari fails to finish in the top five, claimed his 11th pole of the season with a crushing display of pure speed.last_img read more

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Spector judge threatens attorney with contempt action

first_imgThe judge in Phil Spector’s murder trial told a former attorney for the record producer Thursday that she will be held in contempt if she refuses to testify about seeing a defense forensic expert handling possible evidence from the death scene that was never given to the prosecution. In a hearing without the jury present, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he wanted to avoid the extreme action of holding attorney Sara Caplan in contempt but saw no recourse in the law. The threat triggered immediate private talks between the defense and prosecution, and then a meeting in the judge’s chambers. When Fidler emerged, he said the parties were trying to reach a stipulation – usually an agreement in which a statement is read to the jury – but it was not certain that would happen. “If it is arrived at it will prevent Ms. Caplan from being held in contempt,” the judge said before deferring the issue until Monday. The prosecution believes the object could be a missing fingernail from actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot at Spector’s suburban mansion on Feb. 3, 2003. The defense claims Clarkson shot herself. Caplan, a member of Spector’s original defense team, testified in the earlier hearing without the jury present that she saw Lee pick up a small white object when the team inspected the death scene after sheriff’s investigators were through with it. The defense argued that Caplan should not be ordered to testify on grounds of attorney-client privilege and of broader ethical responsibility to a client.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The prosecution called a firearms expert in an effort to tie Spector to the unregistered death weapon. The witness said, after four years of testing the weapon, he couldn’t say who fired it. The deferral postponed Fidler’s plan to place Caplan under oath without the jury present to hear her formal refusal before ruling her in contempt and ordering her jailed to coerce her testimony. Fidler, however, had already said he would immediately stay the order so that it could proceed directly to an appellate court. Fidler said it will never be known what the item was that Caplan described in an earlier hearing, but that the jury was entitled to know that something was allegedly placed in a vial by famed forensic expert Henry Lee and was never provided to the prosecution. “I do not have the right to usurp the jury’s findings on credibility,” the judge said, noting that he cannot simply tell the jurors that Lee’s credibility is in question. Lee has denied to the court that he ever had such an item but the judge has made a formal finding that Lee did remove something from the scene. If Lee testifies for the defense, the prosecution would want to call Caplan to impeach his credibility. last_img read more

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Numero Uno grocer pleads not guilty to racketeering

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors describe George Torres as a discount don who killed his rivals, intimidated his employees and bribed public officials to expand his supermarket chain. Torres, owner of 11 Numero Uno markets in poor Los Angeles neighborhoods, pleaded not guilty Monday to racketeering, tax evasion and fraud charges and was ordered by a federal judge to remain behind bars without bail. His alleged confederates, including brother Manuel Torres-Ramos, 53; son Steven Torres, 26; George Luk, 58, a member of the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority Commission; and Steven Carmona, 39, a former member of the Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission, also pleaded not guilty. Manuel Torres-Ramos also remained locked up. The 59-count indictment accuses Torres, 50, of ordering hits on rivals, bribing public officials who could help him get liquor licenses, staffing stores with illegal immigrants fearful of asking for raises, and moving and storing stolen foodmeat, produce and Tang breakfast drink. George Torres’ lawyer Brian Sun denied the charges. “This is much ado about nothing,” he said before the arraignment. Judge Paul Abrades set an Aug. 7 trial date that will likely be postponed. Until his June 13 arrest, Torres had been praised for providing fresh and affordable produce and meat to low-income communities all but abandoned by other supermarket chains. Authorities, however, say the grocer’s success, had less to do with reaching an untapped market and more to do with bribes and muscle. The grocer hired drug dealers as heavies to chill competitors and, at times, kill those who crossed him, according to authorities. After a Numero Uno security guard was killed by a member of the Primera Flats street gang in 1993, authorities said Torres ordered his employee, Ignacio Meza, to retaliate. Meza allegedly killed a member of the gang in a drive-by shooting using a .45-caliber gun that Torres had provided. In 1994, Torres ordered a hit on a member of the Mexican Mafia who attempted to extort protection money from one of his markets, the indictment said. Soon after, Meza shot the suspected gangster on the sidewalk across the street from a Numero Uno market. When Torres believed Meza had stolen $500,000 from the market, he had him whacked as well, according to authorities. Even lowly shoplifters paid for affronting the supermarket owner, according to the indictment. Torres allegedly had his towering security guard Mario Solano and sidekick Carlos Monterosso shake down cash from those suspected of sticky fingers in exchange for not reporting them to police. Solano and Monterosso also pleaded not guilty to related charges Monday. When Torres wanted to ensure a liquor license for a South Los Angeles market, he allegedly greased Carmona with Lakers tickets, $6,200 in tires and rims for a Cadillac and a new GMC pickup truck. Carmona, who allegedly lived in a condo owned by Torres that satisfied a residency requirement to serve on the commission, at one point left a message for the grocer asking for more: “Is there any bling-bling?” Carmona asked, according to court papers. Luk, while also a member of the Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission, allegedly also lobbied colleagues to approve Torres’ liquor license. In an April 2005 telephone conversation, Luk and Carmona decided to ask Torres to give an unidentified member of the Los Angeles City Council $10,000 to support a liquor license for another market, according to the indictment. Luk declined to answer questions outside the courtroom. Carmona’s lawyer, Mark Werksman, said outside his client was innocent. “The charges are exaggerated and allegations overblown,” he said. Allegations of Torres’ sway with public officials recently extended to the office of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that a deputy city prosecutor said Delgadillo pressured her to drop criminal charges against Torres in 2001. Torres had been accused of illegally demolishing low-income apartments, but Delgadillo told Deputy City Attorney Asha Greenberg that a conviction would hurt the grocer’s chance at getting future alcohol permits, the Times reported, citing an internal memo Greenberg filed at the time. Delgadillo, through a spokesman, denied ever pressuring Greenberg. The case eventually proceeded and Torres pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count in an agreement with prosecutors and served 12 months probation. 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

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Bill to ban chemicals in toys heads to governor

first_imgAides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he will not make a decision until he has studied the legislation, which follows the recent recall of lead-contaminated toys. Phthalates are a group of chemical compounds, mainly used to add flexibility to plastics, that are being linked to diseases and disabilities. Though there was little debate on the bill Tuesday, the measure squeaked through 21-18 in the state Senate, mostly along party lines, reflecting the heat of the debate between industry representatives and consumer and public-health advocates in earlier committee hearings. Organizations such as the California Chamber of Commerce have joined in suing San Francisco, which enacted an earlier ban on the chemical. The industry maintains that not only does federal law trump state and local regulations in this case, but also that the chemicals have been used safely for four decades. By Steve Geissinger MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU SACRAMENTO – State lawmakers sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger controversial, landmark legislation Tuesday that would make California the first state in the nation to ban what scientists are calling dangerous chemicals used in baby toys. AB1108, by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, would prohibit the manufacture, sale and distribution of toys and child-care products that contain certain phthalates. The ban would apply to products for use by children under the age of 3. But proponents, including the California Nurses Association, cite studies they say reveal greater connections between exposure to the chemical and human disabilities and developmental diseases. Some studies say that phthalates interfere with the hormone system and have been linked to reproductive defects, premature birth, and the early onset of puberty, which is a cause of breast cancer. Supporters also note that other countries, such as Canada and Mexico, have already banned the chemical and other nations are moving in that direction. A resolution urging the federal government to create a postal stamp in honor of the late L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley alos received the Senate’s final approval Tuesday. The resolution, AJR 20, by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, previously received Assembly approval and does not have to go to the governor for approval. Bradley was the city’s longest-serving mayor and one of the first African-American mayors of a large U.S. City.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

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Manchester United defender signs new deal until 2019

first_img Manchester United defender Phil Jones 1 Phil Jones has signed a new contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club have announced.The 23-year-old England defender has made 128 appearances and won one Premier League title since joining the Red Devils from Blackburn in 2011, and will now stay at Old Trafford until at least June 2019, with an option to stay for a further year.He joins fellow centre-back Chris Smalling in agreeing new terms with the club, with his Three Lions team-mate penning a new deal in April.On the announcement of Jones’ new deal, manager Louis van Gaal said: “We are delighted that Phil has signed a new contract. He is a talented footballer with great versatility and can play in a number of positions. “Phil is a relatively young defender who is developing all the time. He missed some of last season due to injury but I was impressed by his professionalism and attitude during those periods.”The defender added: “I am delighted to have signed a new deal. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far and am looking forward to continuing my development as a player.  “This a great club to be part of and I cannot wait to start the new campaign. I would like to thank the manager, coaching staff and fans for their continued support.”last_img read more

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Revealed: Which Premier League team has scored the most hat-tricks?

first_img 8. Everton – 14 Premier League hat-tricks 11 11 11 11 3. Manchester United – 32 Premier League hat-tricks 2. Liverpool – 36 Premier League hat-tricks 11 5. Tottenham – 18 Premier League hat-tricks 6. Blackburn – 17 Premier League hat-tricks 11 11 11 11 Romelu Lukaku put himself into the history books last weekend as he scored the Premier League’s 300th hat-trick.The Belgian forward got the treble against Bournemouth in a 6-3 win at Goodison Park, his third, so far, in his English top-flight career.He’s got some way to go to match Alan Shearer’s 11 three-goal hauls. But which team have scored the most hat-tricks in Premier League history?Click the right arrow above to find out which are treble tops…Statistics correct up to 10 February 2017 11 10= Leeds United – 10 Premier League hat-tricks 11 10= Aston Villa – 10 Premier League hat-tricks 4. Chelsea – 22 Premier League hat-tricks 7. Manchester City – 16 Premier League hat-tricks 9. Newcastle United – 13 Premier League hat-tricks 1. Arsenal – 38 Premier League hat-trickslast_img read more

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Locals reject rehab center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Wake up Whittier, wake up California!” she shouted to boisterous applause from the crowd of 100 or so audience members. Beginning Sunday, dozens of residents staged protests outside Perez’s home, distributed fliers and collected over 340 signatures from residents opposed to Perez’s plans. Perez, however, told the council he wanted to be open-minded and was now considering opening a home for women with different problems – a “multiple need” home. “I’m trying to reassure the community that I’m not planning on letting in criminals and I won’t allow drinking or drugs,” Perez said. “I’ve been trying to formulate something that can benefit the community. I love family. I would do anything to defend the family.” City Attorney Dick Jones said that state law prevented cities from regulating homes with six or less residents as long as they do not offer treatment or education of any kind. WHITTIER – The owner of a proposed halfway house Tuesday said he would sit down with the city attorney and work out an agreement for the facility that would be acceptable to the city and neighbors. More than 30 residents addressed the council and demanded answers about what could be done to head off what they believed were plans to open a sober-living recovery home in the 10000 block of Orange Drive, next door to a state-licensed residential day-care. One by one, neighbors of Jerry Perez – the owner of the proposed facility – voiced fears over potential crime, dropping home prices and prowling child molesters. “We must keep the pressure on until we find out the truth \,” said Judie Leos, who lives across the street from Perez. “Most people don’t know that someone can open up a halfway house of men in your neighborhood and there’s no way to stop it. And they can put it right next door to a licensed day care. “The challenge is that the state, in their infinite wisdom, chose to preempt local control,” Jones said. “It all depends on what what type of facility \ opens, but the result is that it’s an uphill battle.” Jones said there are currently about five separate bills in the State Assembly that address this issue, but he did not know their status. Jones and council members grilled Perez directly when he got up to speak during the public oral communications. Perez said he had checked with the city’s planning department to find out what he was allowed to do and was told he could open a home of six people with no license or permit requirements. After numerous questions, Perez agreed to make some voluntary concessions by working on an agreement with Jones about how he intended to use the property. “I really want to clarify and communicate with the city and my neighbors,” Perez said. “I’ve been constantly misunderstood. I saw a mindless mob Sunday, and I don’t want to inflame things. I’m available to clarify.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

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