first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Leicester 24 14 8 2 44 26 18 502. Man City 24 14 5 5 46 23 23 473. Tottenham 24 12 9 3 44 19 25 454. Arsenal 24 13 6 5 37 22 15 455. Man Utd 24 11 7 6 31 21 10 406. West Ham 24 10 9 5 38 28 10 397. S’hampton 24 9 7 8 32 24 8 348. Liverpool 24 9 7 8 30 34 -4 349. Watford 24 9 6 9 27 26 1 3310. Stoke City 24 9 6 9 24 28 -4 33 P W D L GF GA GD Pts11. Everton 24 7 11 6 43 34 9 3212. Crystal P 24 9 4 11 25 29 -4 3113. Chelsea 24 7 8 9 32 34 -2 2914. W’ Brom 24 7 8 9 23 31 -8 2915. B’mouth 24 7 7 10 29 39 -10 2816. Swansea 24 6 8 10 23 32 -9 2617. Norwich 24 6 5 13 28 46 -18 2318. N’castle 24 5 6 13 25 44 -19 2119. S’land 24 5 4 15 28 47 -19 1920. Aston V 24 2 7 15 18 40 -22 13last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,It breaks my heart to know that paedophilia, trafficking and other child sex offences have become a scourge and industry in Guyana and around the world. In Guyana, we have seen many instances where mothers are prostituting their own underage children, where fathers are sexually molesting their own daughters, and in some cases, even their own sons. I recall a case, in the Vreed-en-Hoop area, where a Corporal from the Guyana Defence Force, molested his two-year-old stepson. Some stepfathers are also known to take advantage of their stepchildren. Girls are being threatened that if they “tell anyone, they will be killed along with their mother”. There are even many uncles who are involved in paedophile activities with their nieces and nephews. Children are being sold every day on the dark web around the world to some of the most prominent people in society.Victims of this kind of abuse usually undergo a series of psychological damage and destruction as they age. Poor self-esteem, eating disorders, intense fear, horror, helplessness and depression are just some of the many issues our youths are bombarded with. Higher incidences of suicidal attempts, dysfunctional relationships, violence and self-destructive behaviours are becoming even more apparent in these victims.It is evident that we are in a drastic situation when it comes to paedophilia and child sex abuse, and, therefore, we need drastic action. I am, therefore, supporting chemical castration for good – that is not reversible. If we don’t have the facilities for chemical castration, then we do surgical castration, where there will be no pain or chopping of the organ.Chemical castration is a method used to suppress sexual urges. It is already available to some sex offenders, both in prisons and communities worldwide, except Guyana as far as I know. Countries such as Poland, Australia, India, Indonesia and a host of other countries have already implemented this system. A May 2016 issue of The New York Times, reported that a number of US States already use chemical castration, as part of a range of measures to reduce reoffending. In June 2019, Will Stewart of The Mirror reported that officials in Ukraine approved the law for the use of chemical castration on convicted paedophiles and rapists.Unlike Indonesia, where chemical castration is a non-optional punishment, Guyana should impose it as an alternative to life imprisonment or the death penalty. The opportunity of going through counselling and guidance may be given to paedophiles and rapists, with the understanding that they will be castrated.It has been found by many countries that have already implemented this system that imprisonment and behavioural therapy are not particularly effective, as offenders usually repeat their crimes when released into society. Chemical castration is championed as an effective tool for achieving this. Therefore, I plead with our Government to implement this system so that we can save our youths. Help us save our children.Sincerely,Roshan Khanlast_img read more

first_imgThe European Union (EU) has disclosed that it will support among other things the 2017 Presidential and general elections in Liberia.EU Delegation Ambassador to Liberia, Amb. Attilio Pacifici made the disclosure on May 9, at his residence in Congo during the commemoration of Europe Day.In addition to areas of support for Liberia, the EU Ambassador said his entity will also support the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and will finance a new energy project.“We will also expand the use of budget support to sustain government’s efforts in the security and justice sector in view of the reconfiguration and draw down of UNMIL,” Ambassador Pacifici added.Recalling areas where EU is currently rendering support for Liberia, Ambassador Pacific noted that in 2013 the Forestry Voluntary Partnership Agreement came into force after ratification by the Liberian Legislature.Expressing assurance for proper management of the forest sector, the EU Ambassador pointed out that Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director Harrison Karnwea is now a guarantee for the implementation of the agreement.He further expressed the hope that the chairmanship of the FDA, headed by Sister Mary Lauren Browne, as well as the vigilant monitoring of civil society will provide the oversight that the sector has been craving for long.According to him, EU-Liberia first official joint implementation committee meeting is expected at the end of this May, and they will go through all details of the implementation of the VPA.In spite of effort made to reach the VPA Agreement, Ambassador Pacifici said more still need to be done including addressing under the Liberian criminal and penal law, wrongdoings that have seriously hurt the interests of the country.“I am committed to make the process and its proceedings as thorough and as transparent as possible to ensure that a sector, stained in the past by murky deals, will contribute to bring about the changes that the President of Liberia strongly and eloquently called for in her speech on the fight against corruption, delivered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cecil Dennis Auditorium on May 6, 2014,” Ambassador Pacific said.In addition to the VPA that seeks to control the flow of logs from Liberia so that the country can benefit its fair share, the EU Ambassador emphasized EU’s contribution to the energy sector as one focused area for government and investors.The EU Ambassador further disclosed the EIB which is another institution of EU is blending a concessional loan of 27 million USD with funds from the Saudi Fund for Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa to finance the reconstruction of the runway of the Roberts International Airport.The EU day where the Ambassador spoke was partially attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  Ambassadors and other host of government officials including Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweh, Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh, Lands, Mines & Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo heads of private institutions and civil society groups, amongst others attended the program.Minister Ngafuan who spoke on behalf of the Liberia Government noted with emphasis that joining the EU to celebrate the day was a pride to Liberia because EU has demonstrated concern in the recovery process of the country.Minister Ngafuan said debt waivers and contributions to the energy sector are among many good things EU has done for Liberia.Responding to information about the departure of some EU diplomats, including Ambassador Pacifici later this year, Minister Ngafuan, realizing the roles of those concerned, acknowledged that considering all of what these officials have done and continue to do, the Liberian government cannot prohibit their departure because it does not lie in Liberia’s domain.The Minister did ask, however, “Why so soon?”  Among those EU staff to be departing this year are Paul Maebe and his spouse Mia, head of Contract and Finance, Dr. Joan Casanova, Carlos Battaglini of the Forest sector, and Claudia Zulaika.Ambassador Pacific confirmed that he will also be leaving this year but did not give a specific date.European Day is an anniversary celebrated every year by the European Union in commemoration of Robert Schuman’s Declaration on May 9, 1950 for unification of Europe to make war on that continent impossible and spread peace and prosperity globally.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img… Chairman says not his remitBY Utamu BelleThe location of $5 million garnered by residents of Ituni from the sale of scrap iron approximately five years ago remains a mystery, with the situation receiving new attention by councillors of Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC).The money, which was reportedly placed in a social account of the RDC in 2011, has disappeared.It is reported that at the time, former regional officials were signatories to the account, which had initially contained $6 million, deposited by the Linmine Secretariat.Pressing for answers, councillors of the present Council brought the situation to light once more at the statutory meeting held on Thursday. Councillor Vladimir Glasgow asked that an investigation be launched into the issue and attempted to move a motion for same, but the move was shut down by Regional Chairman Renis Morian, since he noted that the issue had been brought up under “any other business” of the Council. Nevertheless, Glasgow urged that National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) be involved in the investigations.“From the point that I’m looking at it, the fact that a previous REO and a previous Chairman are the persons who were responsible for receiving this fund, I strongly believe that we as the RDC which is responsible for making representation on the behalf of the people in this Region, we should look into this matter…so that we could have this matter resolved and bring those people to justice who would have probably mishandled or misused this money…We have a duty as Councillors elected by the people of this Region,” he noted.Morian said however that the matter is not within his remit but that of NICIL: “This RDC ain’t give nobody 5 million so I ain’t investigating $5 million. If NICIL got a case that they gave somebody 5 million, then NICIL got to pursue the case…we don’t have no legal responsibility to pursue anybody for $5 million.”Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph said based on information he had received, the money had been handed over to the then REO.Councillor Gordon Callender, who said he supports a probe and audit, noted that the Council needs to get to the bottom of the situation of what happened to the funds.It was also pointed out that $100,000 of sales from scrap iron by members of the community was handed over to an official of the community for the construction of a bus shed, which was never constructed.Councillor Charles Sampson noted that the issue is an “old one” and that instead of investigating the RDC should come up with alternative ways to have the money allocated for the construction of the bus shed.Councillor Franklyn Karew said the issue was constantly raised during the 10th Parliament: “We were told of x person who had signed for the money and collected the check. I think it’s time for us to get this thing off our minds because it doesn’t make sense to go back into that issue.”Under previous Regional Chairman Sharma Solomon, a committee was set up in 2013 to probe the missing money after the residents of Ituni had requested it in an effort to carry out developmental activities. However, the committee had failed to locate the cash.While the Committee was not able to solve the case completely, it discovered that a sum of $1.2 million was the final withdrawal made from the account at the end of the year (December 31) in 2011 by an employee of the RDC.No official explanation could be given as to how the sum was spent.last_img read more

first_img… Govt, CDC teams to visit area today…GDF to assist evacuation of residentsBy Lakhram BhagiratSeveral parts of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) are under water following heavy rainfall over the weekend, which resulted in at least two families being evacuated. However, when contacted Sunday, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Kerwin Ward said he was unaware of any flooding in the Region.Up to press time on Sunday, the floodwaters were rising rapidly. Residents are taking precautions to ensure their homes and property are not destroyed by the water. Guyana Times understands that the community of Tabatinga, Lethem in Central Rupununi is completely under water along with several other parts of South Rupununi and the Pakaraimas.This family shows the level of the waterWhen this publication contacted Ward on Sunday, he said he was currently out of the Region, but indicated that his officers have not reported any flooding to him. In addition, several efforts to contact Regional Chairman Brian Allicock were unsuccessful.Opposition parliamentarian for the Hinterland Regions, Alister Charlie told this publication that the flooding was due to ‘heavy and persistent’ rainfall over the weekend. He said the Rupununi and Takutu Rivers have overtopped their banks, forcing water into the residential areas and, as a result, Deep South Rupununi and South Pakaraimas have been shut off.The residents say the water have been rising since Saturday and have risen to almost 14 inches in some parts. They added that owing to the heavy rainfall, the water is still rapidly rising. Some residents chastised the Regional Administration for their lack of response and information as it relates to relief efforts.Meanwhile, the controversial $60 million Tabatinga bridge was also under water making it impassable and, according to Charlie, the residents are of the view that there was not a dire need for the bridge, but there is an immediate need for the maintenance of roads within the Tabatinga Housing Scheme. The roads in Tabatinga are in a deplorable state and most times are a major hazard to road users.The controversial $60M bridge that links Tabatinga and Lethem surrounded by waterThe Mayor of the municipality of Lethem, Carlton Beckles, had said in his justification for constructing the bridge that this would ease traffic congestion at the main Tabatinga Bridge. However, residents argue that there is not any traffic congestion in the area. No consultations with the residents of Lethem were said to have been done prior to the construction of the bridge.The areas threatened are Tabatinga, Culvert City and St Ignatius. A CDC Team will depart Ogle this morning (Monday) and will be on a reconnaissance mission. The team will also take in sanitation relief supplies. A temporary shelter is being set up at the Amerindian Hostel.Following an emergency meeting last evening with Region 9 RDC officials, Lethem town council officials and others, the Mayor of Lethem, Mr. Beckles, provided the following report through the CDC:* Emergency shelters are activated at the following locations – Arapiama Primary School, the Amerindian Hostel and Culvert City Nursery School.* Drivers and vehicles are on standby to evacuate affected persons to the shelters.* Seven telephone numbers were made public via Radio Lethem for persons to call in for assistance.* The GDF is assisting with evacuation.* The Regional Chairman has reported that almost all the toshoas and village captains in the region reported that their farmlands are under water.* Parishara, Nappi and Hiowa are cut off from Lethem because the road is almost completely under water.Police Officers from the Lethem Police Station evacuating a family from the Tabatinga VillageSince the beginning of the May-June rainy season, citizens were warned to expect higher than normal rainfall and to take the necessary precautions. However, since it began, several villages have experienced major flooding and some are still trying to rebuild after the floods. The hard-hit communities were mostly limited to Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and 8 (Potaro-Siparuni) as the water washed away houses, but fortunately, there were no casualties.One such village is Chenapau in Region Eight. Water levels in the Amerindian village rose to approximately 20 feet in some areas and the Potaro River remains flooded owing to the heavy rains the Region is currently experiencing.The residents there are fearful of rebuilding since the threat of another flood is looming on the horizon. Roadways and access to the other zones in the village remain flooded. Villagers are also accusing the Government of neglecting them since the water receded from their lands.They complained that following the initial relief supplies, the Government has yet to offer any additional supplies to the community as they are still battling to recuperate. Farms in the village were washed away and residents were finding it difficult to restart.More houses under water in TabatingaApproximately two weeks ago, access to Aishalton, Region Nine was cut off when the Kabanawau Creek overtopped its banks and flooded the area. The bridge leading into Aishalton was flooded, cutting off access to the village for several hours.Just last weekend, several communities along the East Coast of Demerara and in Georgetown reported water levels over two feet in some areas. This was a result of heavy rainfall and poor drainage management/infrastructure in some areas.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Members of The National Assembly Committee on Sports accompanied by Sports Principle Secretary Ambassador Karimi Kaberia inspecting the Nyayo National Stadium on June 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 28- Lexis International Chief Contractor Chandresh Babariya has promised the Nyayo National Stadium constructor and builder’s works will be completed in six weeks; but, only if the Sports Ministry meets the end of their bargain by availing the cash needed.The Stadium which has been closed for renovation from last year had initially been set to be opened by the end of April, but two months down the line, work at the stadium is nowhere near complete. This, it has been established has been occasioned by the slow disbursement of funds.The National Assembly Committee on Sports visited both Nyayo and Kasarani Stadia on Thursday afternoon but was not very pleased with the progress of work made at Nyayo, Kenya’s second biggest stadium.The contractors had calculated the progress at a high 85pc, but Committee Chair Victor Munyaka was not sold, saying at most the progress was at 35pc.“We have seen better progress in Kasarani. We as a committee really feel unhappy because the government did not honor the funding to be able to complete this stadium in time”Lexis International Chief Contractor Chandresh Babariya (far left) with the chair of The National Assembly Committee on Sports accompanied by Sports Principle Secretary Ambassador Karimi Kaberia during the inspection of the Nyayo National Stadium on June 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are requesting that whatever money is available for this stadium should be released immediately,” Munyaka said after completing the tour of the two facilities.He added; “We have received information from the contractor that there are many pending bills. If the contractor is working under pressure he can’t be able to do a decent work.”Babariya told Capital Sport that they have received close to 43pc of the entire budgetary allocation with Sh300mn having been set for the builder’s work while a further Sh26mn had been set aside for the constructor’s work.Construction work going on at the Nyayo National Stadium as at June 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWhile Kasarani’s work mostly revolves around the playing surface, Nyayo has been undergoing an almost entire overhaul.The VIP dias and changing rooms are being constructed afresh with a new office block while the pitch is also being completely overhauled.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia said they are in negotiations with treasury to speed up the availability of the Sh120mn deficit. The ministry received Sh525mn in the budget of which Sh150mn was dedicated to the ongoing works at Nyayo.Chair of The National Assembly Committee on Sports accompanied by Sports Principle Secretary Ambassador Karimi Kaberia during the inspection of the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on June 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“As a committee the reason we are here is because we have been concerned with the slow progress. We will come up with a report which will also help the government increase the budgetary allocation for the work,” Munyaka noted.He added; “This financial year the ministry has been given Sh525mn against a pending bill of Sh1.119bn which means this committee may require to intervene during the supplementary budget. This committee is very unhappy because of the level of funding to the sports department.”“The minimum allocation required is around Sh2.8bn for all the stadia and they got a paltry Sh525mn. This is a new committee and part of our duty now is to ensure that the ministry is no longer underfunded,”Kaberia added that the ministry takes responsibility for the delay in completion of works but has promised they will push to ensure the funds are released for the completion of works.-What is being done at Nyayo?Construction work going on at the Nyayo National Stadium as at June 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe VIP dias is being remodeled to mirror the one at the Kasarani Stadium. Behind it, a new office block with VIP hospitality rooms being constructed as well.The contractors say they will put up a shed around the entire stadium as opposed to before when it was only the VIP area covered.The changing rooms have also been shifted from below the VIP dias and moved to the left side of the stadium.The pitch has been entirely redone. Gregori International who laid the pitch at Kasarani is doing the same job at Nyayo. Currently, they have done the entire drainage system and laid the first layer of sand before the grass is laid.The Swimming pool area is also being re-worked. For the lovers of beer and a bit of nyama choma pre and post match, your favorite restaurants KucheKuche and Poolside have been demolished and they will not be existent when the refurbished stadium is opened up.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny woman and Donegal representative Amy Callaghan will be facing her all-important interview tonight in the famous dome at the 2017 Rose of Tralee Festival.The first part of the 58th Rose of Tralee selection event will be broadcast today (Monday) from Co. Kerry and Amy, along with 17 other roses, will be taking to the stage and talking to host Dáithí O Sé.Friends, family and supporters of Amy’s will be able to see her representing the county and sharing her story and talents with the audience. The show begins on RTE One from 8pm. Amy Callaghan – Donegal Rose 2017Talented dancer Amy, aged 22, is a graduate of Ulster University and dreams of travelling the world with the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil.She has been a strong advocate for local mental health charities Jigsaw and Pieta House during her campaign before the festival and has been using her profile to fundraise and promote the charities.Supporters from abroad can also tune in to the selection night as the 2017 Rose of Tralee will be available to watch for free, live and on-demand, from anywhere in the world with RTÉ Player via In no particular order, the Roses who will appear on Monday night are Donegal, Yorkshire, Armagh, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Offaly, Cork, San Francisco, South Carolina, London, Fermanagh, Kentucky, Chicago, Limerick, Toronto, Louth, Darwin and Westmeath.The 2017 Rose Escort of the Year will be announced tonight.Dáithí Ó Sé will interview a further 14 Roses on Tuesday 22nd August before announcing who has been chosen as the 2017 Rose of Tralee later that night.Tuesday night’s show will feature Roses representing New Zealand, Florida, Kerry, Dublin, Southern California, Texas, Waterford, Galway, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Kildare, Down, Western Canada and Germany.Chicago Rose, Maggie McEldowney, will be passing on the crown in the live finale tomorrow.Best of luck to Amy! Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan to star in live selection show tonight was last modified: August 21st, 2017 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)last_img read more

first_imgFrom Left to Right: Tena Quigley, Stephen Shevlin, Julie McNamee, John McGroary, Cllr Ian McGarvey, Donegal County Mayor, Cllr Paschal Blake, Letterkenny Town Mayor, Kevin Molloy, representing the sponsor Electric Ireland, Patricia Wilson, Anastacia Roche Joan Freeman CEO and founder of Pieta House and Donna Maskery (nee Scott)A Donegal woman has spoken of her heartache at losing her brotehr to suicide.Donna Maskery spoke at the Darkness into Light Donegal which was officially launched at The Clanree Hotel on Friday last.There was a great turn out and Donna (nee Scott), chair of the Donegal Darkness into Light committee who lost her brother Aaron Scott just fifteen months ago. Donna told those gathered “My brother Aaron lost the silent battle we didn’t know he was fighting, I want to know if someone is struggling there is somewhere in our county they can go to get the help they need when they need it”.Taking place on Saturday, 10th of May, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking.The early dawn represents hope and is symbolic of the work of Pieta House; bringing people from darkness back into the light. Donegal Darkness into Light will start at 4:15am at the Community Centre in Letterkenny.Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, Co. Dublin in 2006 by psychologist Joan Freeman. With nine centres throughout Ireland, Pieta House provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge.To date, Pieta House has supported more than 12,000 people, with almost 4,000 of those seeking help in 2013. Pieta House’s vision is to have a centre within 100 kilometres of everyone in Ireland.Speaking at the launch of Donegal Darkness into Light, Joan Freeman, CEO and founder of Pieta House, said: “Darkness into Light is an incredible experience and one that people remember for a long, long time. There’s already huge anticipation and with so many new locations involved for 2014 it’s going from strength to strength.“We’re tying this year’s event in with our Mind Our Men campaign that aims to reduce male suicide in Ireland, so I want to ask everyone to bring a male friend or family member with them. We’re making a big push this year to get all the men out – it means an early rise but they won’t regret it.”Darkness into Light 2013 attracted 40,000 participants in 20 locations around Ireland. With this year’s event taking place in 39 locations, Pieta House is hoping for a near doubling of last year’s turnout. Darkness into Light is the most vital component of Pieta House’s fundraising calendar. As demand for the service continues to grow and with more than 80% of Pieta House’s income depending on public donations, funds raised during Darkness into Light are essential for Pieta House to continue to provide a free service for the increasing numbers seeking help.Register online by visiting or alternatively attend one of the pre-registration events taking place throughout the county on Saturday, 26th April from 2pm – 4pm. These will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, Mac Cumhail Park, Ballybofey, The Cope, Dungloe, and Letterkenny Shopping Centre. You can also register on the morning of 10th May but pre-registration is advised.If you would like to volunteer, marshal or sponsor the event, please contact Donegal Darkness into Light at WOMAN SPEAKS OF HER SUICIDE HEARTACHE AT LAUNCH OF ‘DARKNESS INTO LIGHT’ CAMPAIGN was last modified: April 15th, 2014 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:Darkness into LightdonegalSUICIDElast_img read more

first_imgAt roughly 35 minutes, the 14-mile Orange Line route between Woodland Hills and North Hollywood offers enough time to get through a copy of Time magazine, listen to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” discover on a portable DVD player that “The Godfather’s” Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes, or go through a shuffle-play selection of thumping hip-hop hits on the iPod. But Betsy Bloombaum, 51, of Winnetka had loftier goals this week as she rode the gray caterpillar as part of a three-stage commute to her job as a social worker at USC University Hospital downtown: She was studying for her real estate licensing exam. “This is a very different view of Los Angeles,” Bloombaum said, eyeing an undeveloped – and previously unnoticed expanse of green in Woodland Hills. Nearby, Dave Sebastian Williams was reading a copy of Event DV, a digital video trade magazine, and keeping track of the time. “This gives me a chance to catch up on my reading,” he said. “Compared to being on the freeway and dealing with all the congestion, this is great.” The bus, humming along at a fair clip, was comfortably air-conditioned on a morning when temperatures already were hovering in the low 80s. Video screens silently delivered print news, and a friendly atmosphere prevailed during the 13-stop midmorning run. “I’ve been waiting a couple years for this,” said Fred Ariel, 43, of Woodland Hills, paging through the new issue of Time magazine as he traveled to North Hollywood to catch the Red Line downtown. “I’m very pleased,” he said. In the back seat, biology student Daniel Garza, 17, of Sherman Oaks, was plugged into his personal digital assistant, soaking up a homemade set of songs from Christian pop-rockers Mercy Me and the electronica dance beats of DJ Paul Oakenfold. Garza said he planned to use his PDA’s full menu during his regular Orange Line commute – including games, camera and voice memos. “Comfortable,” was how headphone-wearing Marquis Hilliard, 21, of Reseda summed up his first Orange Line experience. His music choices for the commute were equally broad, ranging from the `70s soul of Cameo to rapper Tony Yayo and sultry songstress Keyshia Cole. As the bus pulled into North Hollywood, Terri Williams was already parked at the curb in her car, waiting for her husband. She’d been there for eight minutes. Dave Williams’ verdict: “For rainy days or traffic problems only.” Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week His wife, Terri, had dropped him off at the Winnetka Station, then began driving along Victory Boulevard to see who would get to North Hollywood first. The Woodland Hills couple work together in Toluca Lake. “Where are you now?” Williams, 56, asked his wife after calling her cell phone as his bus approached Sepulveda Boulevard. It turned out she was already at Woodman Boulevard, ahead of the Orange Line by about six blocks. Passenger Leland Green, though, wasn’t worried about minutes and miles. The 30-year-old Santa Barbara resident listened to a mix of music from Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z to Jimi Hendrix while studying “Networking Strategies for the New Music Business” for a class he was taking at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He said he planned to take the Orange Line to the North Hollywood Station, where he’d catch the Red Line subway to commute to school three days a week. last_img

first_imgThese kids from Milford enjoyed their day off school by sculpting this huge snowman. Picture by Marie McGrory. Sean Martin from Ballybofey with his super COOL snowman.Emily Cannon CHILLS out her igloo. 🙂Hannah, Eddie and Harry McBride enjoying the snow in Castledoe in Creeslough.Máirtín Mac Crábhagáin sent us in this brilliant picture from Lifford. 🙂Laura Ní Ghallachóir sent us in this snap of her little nephew and niece Caolan and Abbie with their snowman.Little Adam and Annie enjoy the snow in Lifford. 🙂Teresa McGinley sent us in this snap of Rory with his snowman in Lifford.Picture Special: Schoolchildren in Donegal woke up this morning and rejoiced when they looked out their bedrooms windows and seen nothing but snow. The word quickly filtered through that the majority of schools in the county were closing amid fears of the dangers of travelling on the treacherous roads.That meant it was time to build snowmen and start snow fights before the thaw predicted for this afternoon set in.Although snow is dreaded by most because of the traffic disruption it causes, it universally loved by kids.In the images above you can see the joy in their faces and they sculpt their own snowmen.Storm Rachel has arrived and the heavy snow has been replaced by heavy rain, although some forecasters are predicting more snow on Friday.  PICTURE SPECIAL: SCHOOLCHILDREN REVEL IN DONEGAL’S WINTER WONDERLAND was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesimagesKidsnewspicture specialsnowWINTER WONDERLANDlast_img read more