Clothes vendor killed during suspected robbery

first_imgDead: Leon HescottThe excitement of an overseas-based son visiting home was short-lived for the relatives of 36-year-old Leon Hescott, after he was fatally shot and killed during a suspected robbery at Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown, on Friday evening.Hescott called “Dudu” was shot at about 19:00h in an abandoned yard near his La Penitence, Georgetown house. The clothes vendor had recently returned from French Guiana and according to relatives, he was here to renovate his father’s house at Lot 155 Middle Road, La Penitence.When Guyana Times visited the home of Wilfred Thomas, the dead man’s father, he explained that he had just returned home from a day’s work when a grandson informed him of the shooting. He further related that upon arrival at the scene, which is not too far away from where he lives, he saw his son’s bloody body lying lifeless.“When I come home, my grandson come and tell me they shot up Dudu just now out there. By time I left and go there I see my son lying down now bleeding from his head, because they shot him in his head…anyhow he had a friend there and he tek he money and keep it, he de come back fuh build this house so somebody had to [do] duh fuh get the money,” Thomas said.The grieving father explained that it is hard to lose a child, adding that his son is married and has three children. The father also claimed that his son does not have a criminal record, but Police records showed that Hescott was charged in 2007 for robbing a Belgium dealer of $90 million worth of diamonds. Reports from 2007 had stated that on March 2, 2007, Hescott along with another, while armed with a gun, had robbed Karim De Toledo of $90 million in diamonds and $350,000. It was alleged that the diamond dealer was about to enter a restaurant in Kitty, Georgetown, when the incident occurred.Meanwhile, Hescott’s sister told Police that at about 15:00h, her brother left the house with a sum of foreign currency. She said she later received information that he was shot and robbed.A suspect has since been taken into custody as Police continue their investigations.last_img read more

Don’t call it a comeback: No telling what Leno, O’Brien, Stewart and others will do

first_img Comic ad-libbing, musical performances and lengthier appearances by interview subjects willing to cross picket lines are the most likely recourse. “I don’t know what they’re going to do,” said Mike Sweeney, head writer for O’Brien’s NBC show. “My obvious speculation would be more guests, and maybe talk to them more slowly.” Stewart and Stephen Colbert would appear to have the toughest time reconfiguring their programs, which have a large amount of scripted material. By a strict interpretation of the guild’s rules, a member would be prohibited from performing as a character if union writers normally write material for the character. Colbert performs his entire show in the character of a blowhard political commentator. “We don’t know how he’s going to do it,” said Sherry Goldman, spokeswoman for the Writers Guild of America East, “and I’m not so sure that he’s figured it out yet.” Comedy Central would not let its executives talk about planning for the shows’ returns. Only two late-night shows were affected when writers went on strike in 1988: Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” show and Letterman’s program, both on NBC. Carson was not a writer’s guild member, so he wrote his monologue himself for the few weeks that he worked without writers. His monologue, part of the fabric of American life, was welcomed back but Carson’s writer-less debut in May 1988 didn’t draw raves: “The whole show seemed lame,” wrote the Washington Post’s Tom Shales at the time, “unfunny comic Joe Piscopo, Ed McMahon showing photos of his little girl, a hackneyed arrangement of Irving Berlin tunes by the band and film of mating condors.” Letterman’s “Late Night” substituted comedy with freewheeling filler. One gag had the show’s associate director playing “Lady of Spain” on the accordion, night after night. “Fifty-five minutes, ladies and gentlemen, 55 minutes to go!” he said early in one show. “That’s all we’re really trying to accomplish, is to eat up valuable network time.” Letterman weighed in frequently on the strike, calling network management “money-grubbing scum.” While the strike raises the possibility of train-wreck television, some performers may thrive in without-a-net circumstances. A critic in The New York Times wrote that Letterman’s strike programs were often “downright exciting,” a throwback to the early years of late-night television when there was more improvisation. It’s uncertain whether Letterman will get the chance to repeat the experience. His representatives were still talking with the union on Thursday. Donald Trump and Shooter Jennings are booked as a guest for Letterman’s Jan. 2 show – if there is one. There’s a difference of opinion among union members about whether cutting a separate deal with Letterman is wise, Albers said. Some believe it would put pressure on NBC to settle the strike because Leno would be at a competitive disadvantage; others think it would be wrong to effectively reward CBS with a show using the services of writers, he said. Sweeney has his own secret wish for O’Brien if he returns without writers. “I hope he tries to hold a telethon to raise money for us,” he said.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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The hosts – with the exception of NBC’s Carson Daly – are also members of the striking Writer’s Guild of America, making them subject to union rules that would severely limit what they can do. The union’s strike rules say members cannot write or perform any material that would normally be written for them. Under this interpretation, for example, Jay Leno couldn’t perform a monologue, because his staff of writers normally crafts his jokes. The comic skits that are a part of several late-night shows would also be off-limits without writers. “I think that people will see some interesting television,” said Chris Albers, former president of Writer’s Guild of America East and a comedy writer for O’Brien. “Obviously, these are some of the funniest people in the country so they’re probably going to do a very good job. It’s just a different animal than what they’re used to and what we’re used to.” In a conference call with reporters last week, producers of NBC’s “Tonight” and “Late Night” said they were still trying to figure out what their shows would look like. They weren’t willing to talk further this week, a spokesman said. Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Stewart all plan returns to late-night television the next two weeks, but aside from their familiar faces, viewers may not recognize much. After two months away because of the still-unresolved writers strike, NBC’s Leno and O’Brien, and ABC’s Kimmel, resume their programs next Tuesday, Jan. 2. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert come back to Comedy Central the following Monday, Jan. 7. Barring a New Year’s miracle, none of their writers will be joining them. David Letterman is also pushing to return Jan. 2, but his Worldwide Pants production company is still trying to reach its own deal to bring his show’s writers back onboard.last_img read more

AOL not for sale, CEO says

first_imgTime Warner Inc. is in discussions about finding a partner to boost advertising revenue at its America Online unit – but AOL is not for sale, Chief Executive Dick Parsons said Tuesday. “We are not interested in selling AOL,” Parsons said at a press briefing before a speech in Los Angeles. Time Warner is negotiating with different parties about a deal that could help AOL’s transition from a business that relies on paid subscriptions to one that makes money based on advertising revenue, Parsons said. He declined to give further details. A Time Warner executive involved in the negotiations, who asked not to be identified because discussions are ongoing, said the company is still talking to both Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. about potential deals involving AOL. Yahoo Inc. last month removed itself as a potential partner. The discussions with Microsoft and Google have included the potential for one of the firms to take a stake in AOL, but the person said the discussions are now focusing on simpler arrangements that would involve collaborating on online advertising. Google already has a partnership with AOL to provide search results. That arrangement accounted for 10 percent of Google’s revenue in the first nine months of 2005 though that figure has declined from previous years as Google’s overall business has expanded. Google has warned investors that an end to the AOL partnership would be a rare bit of bad news. The Google-AOL contract runs through part of 2006, but the companies have not given specifics about the time frame. “AOL is a valued partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them,” Google spokeswoman Lynn Fox said. A Microsoft spokesman declined comment. AOL was long considered a drag on Time Warner due to the rapid exodus of its core dial-up Internet users. But AOL has been revamping its business model, opening up its content to all Internet users to tap into the booming market for Internet advertising. “I think its potential is way large,” Parsons said. 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

Derby announce Hitchen’s new role

first_imgDerby have announced that Steve Hitchen, who was QPR’s European scout, has been installed as one of two directors of recruitment at the East Midlands club.Hitchen informed Rangers several weeks ago that he would be ending his involvement with the club after being offered a role by Derby.Based in France, he worked for Tottenham for five years and then Liverpool for two before being hired by QPR in August 2012.His appointment came during a host of changes made by the then technical director Mike Rigg during Mark Hughes’ time as Rangers manager.Hitchen will soon be joined at Derby by Rob Mackenzie, who currently works for Tottenham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Veteran DC-8’s new lease on life!

first_imgIn her prime in the late 1960s and 1970s she plied the North Atlantic for Alitalia hauling the rich and famous along with holiday makers.Today – 45 years later – she is still working as an atmosphere testing vehicle for her new owner and carer the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Where once there were luxurious seats with passengers being served champagne and caviar today she is crammed with scientific equipment.NASA’s Douglas DC-8, the most rugged commercial aircraft ever built, can be found wherever there are extremes of weather in the Arctic, Antarctic, Iceland and Australia during the cyclone season or just around the US flying through thunderstorms and hurricanes.Read: I am having an affair.During the month of August, NASA’s DC-8 completed flights in Florida aimed at collecting data on high-altitude crystals for the High Ice Water Content (HIWC) mission.High ice water content can be found within large convective storms and can result in aircraft engines losing power or not functioning properly. Researchers will use the data to develop technology that can be used on-board commercial aircraft to avoid high ice water content conditions and provide a safer flight for passengers.The video gives an inside look at the HIWC mission, including research done in and around Hurricane Danny, as well as a look at the instruments being used on-board the research aircraft.Researchers and pilots on-board worked with satellite information from the ground to find regions of high ice water content within the convective systems.The month before in July the DC-8 was based in Kansas City to chase thunderstorms and Alan Bavley and photographer Allison Long from the Kansas City Star went along for a ride.Alan Bavley reported thus; “The radar screens in the jetliner show massive storm systems around Wichita and Dodge City growing and beginning to merge.Any commercial aircraft in the area have already diverted. But this DC-8 heads right between the storms. Then it flies circles around them.“Everybody is trying to get away. We’re going towards it,” flight navigator Walter Klein says. “They’re thinking, ‘What’s wrong with these guys?’”No thrill-seekers here. These storm chasers are on a scientific mission. They’re trying to figure out how to better predict a little-examined peculiarity of summer weather on the Great Plains: its enormous, and often ferocious, night-time thunderstorms.The voluminous data they’re gathering — information that may take years to analyse — will be used to improve computer models to better foretell where night-time storms will occur and how much rain will fall. More precise predictions would better warn the public about flooding and could help farmers decide when to plant or harvest.“There’s a lot of uncertainty about when these storms are going to form, if these storms will form and where they will form,” said Richard Ferrare, NASA’s chief scientist on the mission.Right now, the bull’s-eye for a storm prediction may be the entire state of Kansas.“We want to shrink that,” he said. Read Alan’s full story here.last_img read more

Rain, rain, go away

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nearly every USDA NASS rainfall checkpoint in the state of Ohio is in the plus category for rainfall totals since April 1, and the rains keep coming. Van Wert is leading the state in rainfall totals with a staggering 28.24 inches of rain since April 1 which puts the location more than 15 inches of rain above normal. Those totals were compiled before another series of heavy rains early this week.Darke County flooding after 5.1 inches of rain by Scott LabigThe most recent round of rains put down in excess of five inches in some areas following an ominous orange-looking sky and severe thunderstorms. A Fairfield County farmer reported three inches of rain falling in less than a half hour from the downpour. Some areas experienced strong winds and hail as well from the strong front that turned daylight into night as it moved through on Monday.The big rains once again swamped soggy crop fields, flooded roadways and thwarted any attempts to make hay. Temperatures have also been cool and sunlight has been scarce around Ohio.Jim Noel, with the NOAA, expects these weather trends to change in the second half of July.“Overall, weather, climate and hydrology conditions will improve in Ohio after the start of this week into the end of July,” he said in this week’s CORN Newsletter. “After a wet start to this week we expect a drier Wednesday and Thursday. However more showers and storms will return Friday into the weekend. But the pattern looks to be heading toward amore summer-like pattern where the rainfall pattern becomes more scattered and typical after this week.“At the same time, temperatures will become warmer than normal. With all the moisture in the ground, we continue to see daytime temperatures kept down some and nighttime temperatures elevated and this will continue with the overall tendency toward slightly warmer than normal temperatures.”Moving forward Noel’s forecast is for slightly above normal temperatures (mostly from overnight lows) with highs mostly in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Rainfall is predicted to be more normal and scattered with two to four inches over the next three weeks. August temperatures are predicted to beWind damaged corn east of Greenville. Photo by Thomas Shawnormal and slightly above normal rainfall.Beyond that, Noel is warning farmers of the potential for a strong El Nino.“El Nino is in full swing in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and is likely to strengthen in a significant El Nino for fall and winter. El Nino will likely persist into spring growing season next year and will play havoc with our weather, climate and hydrology patterns in Ohio,” he said. “Our research shows during El Nino events crops are stressed in Ohio from significant changes in our weather patterns. Impacts are greatest to wheat and corn and to a lesser extent soybeans.”Photo of ominous skies by North Star Hardware & Implement Co. in Darke Countylast_img read more

Ohioans leading soybean industry at the national level

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmer leaders of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) are leading the way for all U.S. soybean farmers as they take on executive committee positions with the American Soybean Association, National Biodiesel Board, Soy Aquaculture Alliance and United Soybean Board.Bill Bayliss, OSC board member from Logan County, was recently elected chairman of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA). SAA works to promote research and marketing efforts that will help grow the aquaculture industry in the U.S. Bill previously served as vice chairman of SAA.Amy Sigg Davis, OSC and OSA board member from Warren County, was elected to her first term on the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) governing board. She will serve with seven other board members to help lead NBB’s efforts to grow the biodiesel industry through education, communication and policy efforts.

Bret Davis, OSC and OSA board member from Delaware County, was elected to his second term on the American’s Soybean Association’s (ASA) at-large governing board. ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on policy and regulatory issues thanks to support from farmer members.John Motter, OSC board member from Hancock County, was recently elected as Vice Chair of the United Soybean Board (USB), which manages national soybean checkoff dollars. USB will soon implement a new long-range strategic plan that will emphasize soybean innovation among other priorities.last_img read more

10 Ways to Say ‘Thank You’ to a Family Caregiver

first_imgWhat are other ways to say “thank you” to a family caregiver? Let us know in the comments! This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 4, 2016. November is Family Caregiver Appreciation month. In appreciation of all family caregivers we would like to share with you 10 ways you can show your appreciation.center_img 1. Ask if there is something specific you can do for the caregiver. Often when we ask a caregiver, “What can I do to help you?,” there are so many things that come to mind. If you make a request to help with a specific task, the caregiver may be more likely to accept your help, without adding additional stress. Examples of specific tasks that you can ask caregivers to help them with might include: picking up dry cleaning, getting the car washed, clean house or fixing a meal.2. Raise awareness within your community.Unless you personally know a family caregiver; caregiving in general may not always cross your mind. You can raise awareness about family caregivers within your community by working with your city council or county commissioners to get them to issue a local proclamation to honor and recognizing caregivers in the community, similar to the national Presidential Proclamation.3. Shorten the caregiver ‘to-do’ list.Family caregivers can get bogged down trying to keep up with everything around the house while also caring for their loved one. Take something off of their ‘to-do’ list. Mow the lawn, shovel snow, or go to the grocery store. If you are not near enough to do this yourself, hire a service to help out on a regular basis.4. Offer compassion by spending quality one-on-one time with the caregiver.Many family caregivers can become isolated from friends and family while caring for their loved one. Be available to the caregiver and make sure they understand that you are there as a support system. Talk to them, let them vent their frustrations, worries and fears, while offering compassion and understanding.5. Send a little ‘Thank You.’Send the caregiver a little token of your appreciation. For example, you could show you care by sending a hand-written thank you note, flowers, a gift certificate to their favorite coffee shop or spa. The item of gratitude doesn’t have to be big to be meaningful.6. Bring the ‘get away’ to the caregiver.Sometimes caregivers need to get away for their own health, but may not feel comfortable leaving their loved ones. Bring the “get away” to them. Pick up a meal from the caregiver’s favorite restaurant. Rent a new movie they would like to watch and bring snacks for a movie night.7. Offer to take the caregiver’s children to different events.For many caregivers, they are not only responsible for their loved one, but other members of their family, such as children or aging parents. Offer to take their children to soccer practice, birthday parties or school events. If they are caring for aging family members, offer to take their loved one to doctor appointments.8. Prepare freezer meals for the caregiver. Make dinner an easier task for the family caregiver by preparing freezer meals with instructions on how to reheat. Be sure to talk to the family caregiver before putting these meals together to ensure that the meals are meeting dietary restrictions and are something that they will actually eat. Consider making the freezer meals small enough to fit in their freezer and appropriate serving sizes for their family.9. Offer to stay with the care-recipient.Although there are respite services available to family caregivers, often times caregivers are weary to have someone they are not familiar with care for their loved one. Offer to stay with the care-recipient so that the caregiver can have a night off or a weekend away.10. Stay in touch.The simplest way to say thank you to a family caregiver is to actually say “thank you” and to stay in touch with them. Check in regularly and see how things are going.last_img read more

Obama: “Not only do I think I’m a desi, but I’m a desi.”

first_imgAt a San Fransisco Fundraiser on Aug 17, Barack Obama endeared himself to his Indian and Pakistani American contributors by playfully identifying himself as a desi.The San Fransisco Chronicle quoted Obama as saying: “Not only do I think I’m a desi, but I’m a desi. I’m a homeboy.”At Occidental College, Obama recalled, he roomed with  Pakistani student, and at the dorm “Indians and Pakistanis came together under one roof … to cause havoc in the university.”Obama added that he had learned to cook dal and other Indian dishes, but “somebody else made the naan.”Somebody else always makes the naan!“Those are friendships which have lasted … for years, and continue until this day,” Obama said. “I have an enormous personal affection for the people of South Asia,” the Chronicle reported.  Related Itemslast_img read more