Bandits who posed as Police beat security guard, rob sand pit

first_imgSeveral bandits who reportedly posed as Police Officers executed a brazen robbery on a sand pit operated by Baskaran and Sons at Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway after they assaulted the security guard on duty in the wee hours of Saturday.Based on reports received, the incident took place between 22:30h and 02:00h during which the bandits held the security guard at gunpoint and dealt him several blows to his body before escaping with over $6.1 million in items.According to reports received, the guard was in his hut when he was awakened by a loud banging on his door. After he enquired, he was told that it was the Police and that they were making routine checks. Thinking something was amiss, the security officer did not open the door, but soon after he heard the sound of an excavator starting up.Within a few minutes, the bucket of the excavator crashed into the hut thus forcing the security guard to try to run to safety. He was, however, captured by the bandits who started to hit him about his body. He reportedly fell to the ground and it was at this time, the men used duct tape to tie his hands and feet, and also gagged him.As he remained on the ground, a car entered the compound and two 12-volt excavator batters and a hydraulic pump were loaded into its trunk. The car then made its way out of the compound along with the armed men.The security guard managed to free himself and contacted his employers, who in turn contacted the Police. Statements were taken from the security guard. An investigation has been launched into the incident. No arrests have been made.last_img read more

‘Hunter wins Derby prep

first_imgThe Aptitude colt won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. on Oct. 7. “On paper, you’d have to say he’s the best we’ve got,” O’Neill said. O’Neill and owner Paul Reddam said they probably will send Great Hunter to Keeneland for his final Derby prep in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 14. Liquidity is scheduled to run in next Saturday’s Louisiana Derby and perhaps return here for the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, and Notional is penciled in for the Florida Derby on March 31. Cobalt Blue, owned by Merv Griffin, will run next in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 17. Kip Deville, who gave jockey Richard Migliore and trainer Richard Dutrow their first Santa Anita stakes victories on opening day, helped the duo win its first Grade I race at the Arcadia track when the 4-year-old son of Kipling captured the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile by a neck over Bayeux. It was a nose back to third-place finisher Silent Name. Trainer Todd Pletcher, who seems to collect Derby candidates each year like horses attract flies, had a big afternoon at Gulfstream Park in Florida when he saddled the winners in a pair of Grade II 3-year-old races – the Fountain of Youth and Hutcheson stakes. Scat Daddy, with John Velazquez aboard, got up in the final jump to beat Stormello by a nose in the $350,000 Fountain of Youth in a time of 1:49.11 for the 11/8-mile distance. art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Corey said anytime he wanted, he knew he had it,” O’Neill said. “Of course, they always say that.” O’Neill puts Great Hunter at the top of his Derby quartet, which also includes Notional, Liquidity and Colbalt Blue, because he’s the only one of the four who’s won a Grade I race. center_img ARCADIA – Great Hunter, one of trainer Doug O’Neill’s four Kentucky Derby hopefuls, justified his 4-5 odds in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita with a powerful closing kick that resulted in a 11/4-length victory. Great Hunter, eighth in the nine-horse field after the first half-mile, rallied around the turn for home under Corey Nakatani and held off a game Sam P. while running the 11/16 miles in 1:42.89 in his 2007 debut. last_img read more

Candidates’ moves threaten to stall Iraq-spending deal

first_imgSen. Joseph R. Biden of Delaware said that he had proposed in January the idea of repealing the authority for the war resolution. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut praised the idea, but said that it would not change the president’s Iraq policy. And Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois said October was too late to begin bringing troops home. The flurry of exchanges among presidential candidates, according to interviews with lawmakers in both parties, is obscuring efforts to reach a substantive legislative compromise on Capitol Hill. “The presidential debate is a complicating factor,” said Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who is working with Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, to build a consensus to change Iraq strategy. “The whole thing is so polarized. There is a canyon separating the bases of both parties.” Of the burst of Iraq pronouncements by presidential candidates, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, chairman of the Republican conference, said: “It is poison in the middle of a war, when the issue is funding the troops.” In Congress, days after the president vetoed the Iraq spending bill, the Senate and the House were heading down different paths in producing new legislation to pay for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. WASHINGTON – The aggressive attempts by Democratic presidential hopefuls to shape the war debate are threatening to complicate congressional efforts to reach a deal on the Iraq spending bill, as the candidates’ calls for accelerating an end to the conflict compete with efforts by legislative leaders to extend funding for the war. The proposal by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to repeal President George W. Bush’s war authorization in October touched off a furious tussle on Friday among Democrats hoping to gain an upper hand with voters who oppose the war. It prompted other candidates to seek an even swifter end to the conflict, which is what some congressional leaders had been trying to avoid as war-spending negotiations with the White House intensify. John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, said the plan was “a good statement to make,” but said Congress should use the power of the purse to end the war. He compared the proposal to the 1971 congressional action that repealed the resolution authorizing the Vietnam War, but noted: “The war went on for another three years.” Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, said he proposed a similar measure three months ago. In an interview Friday, Richardson said the plan by Clinton of New York and Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., “only goes halfway,” because it would leave too many residual American forces in Iraq. As soon as next week, Democratic officials said, the House could consider a measure that would essentially provide $30 billion – or three months of funding for combat operations – and call for the president to report in midsummer on progress being made by the Iraqi government. Congress would then vote again on providing the remainder of the money sought by the administration. In the Senate, Democrats have opened negotiations with the administration in an effort to craft a measure that Bush would accept. The fact that the House and Senate are taking different approaches means another round of congressional negotiations must occur before a bill could be sent to the White House.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

Palmdale to host numerous plays, concerts and dances

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday, the Palmdale City Players youth division will present student-produced one-act versions of Shakespeare’s comedies as part of the fourth annual “Spotlight Theatre.” At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the Palmdale City Players adult division will feature original comedy material written and performed by members of the acting troupe. Tickets for youth or adult “Spotlight Theatre” shows are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, military, student and youth. The Palmdale Writers’ Roundtable will host its original Poetry Contest presentation at 7:30 p.m. May 17. The event is free to the public. At 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 2 p.m. May 19, the Palmdale Youth and Community Dance Company presents repertory pieces from classical ballet to contemporary jazz. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, military, students and youth. The Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will celebrate summer with a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 19. Music from Mozart, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Handel and Rimsky-Korsakov will be featured. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, military, student and youth. The Palmdale Youth and Community Choirs finish up Summer Celebration on at 2 p.m. May 20. The concert will feature choral ballads, selections from Robert Ray and Daniel Pinkham and a wide variety of musical styles. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Palmdale Playhouse box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.ThePalmdalePlayhouse .com. Armin Gomez works in the public information office at the city of Palmdale. She posted this story May 1 on the Antelope Valley hub of valleynews.com.last_img read more

Bayern Munich NOT chasing Schweinsteiger. ‘He’s not in our plans’ – Ancelotti

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has dismissed claims that he wants to bring Manchester United flop Bastian Schweinsteiger back to Bayern Munich.The German has been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and he is on the hunt for a new club.Having previously come through the ranks at Bayern before moving to Manchester United last summer, it was rumoured that the German champions may re-sign Schweinsteiger.These reports gained momentum on Thursday after club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge blasted United over their treatment of the World Cup winner, and admitted, ‘that would never happen at Bayern’.But Ancelotti has now poured cold water on that speculation and rubbished talk of a move for the 32-year-old.“In football there is no if. [Signing] Schweinsteiger is not in our ideas,” said Ancelotti.“He was a fantastic player for Bayern, he was a fantastic player for football, but I think that it is not time for him to come back to Munich.” 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger made just 13 starts for the Red Devils last season last_img read more

50% RATES CUT FOR DONEGAL ISLANDS PROPOSED

first_imgThe Dáil will today debate an urgent motion tabled by Fianna Fáil calling for a review of rates charged to businesses by local authorities.  Fianna Fáil is proposing a more reasonable system which would ease pressure on businesses, particularly smaller firms and businesses operating on offshore islands.The Dáil motion to be debated calls for a calling for a substantial cut in commercial valuations at every local authority across the country, and a 50% cut in the rates charged on businesses based on offshore islands in view of the extra costs they face.Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said: “The Fianna Fáil’s proposals to be published today will go a long way to easing the burden on businesses, particularly small employers which are crucial for the economy and local employment. “Businesses are struggling with rising costs and are now in fear of being hit with more stealth charges from the Government in the budget.  There are thousands of employers across Donegal and the North West just keeping their heads above water.  We need to do more at a national level to support them and for many businesses, one of the main costs affecting them are the rates charged by their local authority.“The valuation lists used for most commercial properties are outdated as a result of the major changes experienced in property values in recent years.  As a result many businesses are paying rates that are inflated.  Fianna Fáil is proposing a major overhaul to this system as a matter of urgency.“Other avenues of valuation could include self-assessment and a clause that would recognise a business’ ability to pay.“At national level Fine Gael and Labour have been in Government since March but the reality is that both parties have controlled the majority of local authorities around the country since long before that.  The rates charged at this level are no longer sustainable and reform must be brought about quickly to ensure businesses are in a stronger position next year. Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded: “There are genuine fears among businesses that they’re not being treated fairly and proposals to shift costs from central Government directly to employers as well as a 2% VAT increase coming in the budget will put many of them out of business altogether.  The Government must refocus its attention toward job creation instead of hurting the very people in a position to grow the local and national economy.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com50% RATES CUT FOR DONEGAL ISLANDS PROPOSED was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

DDTV: LANDING A SPRING SALMON ON A DONEGAL RIVER – AND PUTTING IT BACK

first_imgDDTV: Not every salmon landed by anglers ends up on a plate with a wedge of salmon and some spuds. This lovely video from the River Lennon shows the landing of two spring salmon…and shows them being returned.A case of the two that got away…with a helping hand from those who caught them.Donegal Catch it’s not.Click to play  DDTV: LANDING A SPRING SALMON ON A DONEGAL RIVER – AND PUTTING IT BACK was last modified: May 19th, 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:DDTV: LANDING A SPRING SALMON ON A DONEGAL RIVER – AND PUTTING IT BACKlast_img read more

POLICE IN DERRY HUNT DONEGAL CAR THIEVES

first_imgPolice in Derry are trying to identify the occupants of a jeep stolen from a house in County Donegal around 1.30am on November 17th.The silver Mitsubishi Shogun Jeep, registration 05-DL-8192, was seen in the grass area behind Knockella and Ederowen Park and in the Glendale/Ferndale area at approximately 9.30am and again at 2pm.Said a PSNI spokesman: “It was then involved in a collision with a parked van at Glendale Road and abandoned a short distance away. “A number of male youths were seen making off from the jeep towards Galliagh Park.” POLICE IN DERRY HUNT DONEGAL CAR THIEVES was last modified: November 19th, 2013 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:POLICE IN DERRY HUNT DONEGAL CAR THIEVESlast_img read more

DDTV: WATCH VIDEO PREVIEW OF BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE 2015

first_imgDDTV: The Ballyliffin Coastal challenge is one of the most popular events on the calendar for athletes across Donegal and beyond. The stunning scenery enjoyed by those who participate in the race is mind blowing and another huge number of athletes are expected to attend again this year. To watch the video preview of the event just click on the link above and enjoy.DDTV: WATCH VIDEO PREVIEW OF BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE 2015 was last modified: March 20th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

Doncaster Rovers 2-1 QPR: Action from Rangers’ surprise defeat

first_imgQPR were beaten 2-1 at Doncaster despite taking a first-half lead through Charlie Austin. Rangers boss Harry Redknapp admitted after the game that his side’s defending had been poor.See also:QPR beaten by late goal at DoncasterBond admits Rangers’ defending was poorChairman Fernandes laments ‘bad day’ after QPR suffer surprise defeatDoncaster v QPR player ratings 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more