Jilted man sets Sophia apartments ablaze

first_img– 10 homeless, suspect on the runA late night fire in Sophia, Greater Georgetown has left ten persons homeless and more than $10 million in losses after it completely destroyed an apartment building.What remained of the apartment buildingAccording to reports, the fire, which is suspected to be the work of a known arsonist, started around 23:10h.Guyana Times understands that the apartments were owned by Yonnette Roberts, her daughters Deon and Kenesha Roberts, and her son-in-law Sherwin Charles.This publication was told that three families were at home at the time of the incident and two of the four occupants also owned businesses which were destroyed in the flames.The fire was reportedly started by an enraged man with whom Yonette Roberts allegedly refused to pursue a relationship.She told this publication that she was at the National Park, Georgetown when she received a call from a friend who informed her that her home was on fire.The woman said that when she arrived at the scene, the building was already burnt flat and nothing was saved.Yonette RobertsRoberts divulged that the arson suspect, who was nowhere to be found after the fire, had made several threats to the families residing in the apartment building. “He does always make a lot of threats to me, but we never took him seriously, but he was the only one that was in my apartment, so he set the fire and then escaped because he cannot be found since the incident occurred,” she explained.Charles, who was at home at the time of the fire, said that he heard noises coming from the adjoining apartment and called out to the alleged arsonist, who is known to them.He relayed that the man told him that the noise was coming from some puppies that were owned by the families.He further explained that he continued about his business and was about to go to bed when he received a call from his sister-in-law, in another apartment, informing him that the building was on fire.“So after she called me, I ran out to see if I could try to prevent the fire from spreading, but it was already very big, so I just ran back inside to attempt to save some stuff from inside of my apartment,” Charles said.He added that he was unable to save much, as the fire spread quickly, consuming the building.An angry neighbour told this publication that some of the children from the apartments could have died if not for persons who assisted in getting them out of the burning building.“I saw when the building started to burn, and these people were inside and unaware of what was happening and I started to make noise to alert them. All of them children were inside the house and all of them could’ve died in that fire.”According to the families, the apartments were fully furnished with every necessity. One of the business owners told this publication that she had only recently restocked her business and could not believe that now she was left “with only this clothes that I have on”.The Fire Service was called to the scene, but was unable to lend much assistance.The matter was reported to the Police and a manhunt has since been launched for the suspect.last_img read more

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Turks and Caicos post Cabinet Meeting statement

first_img·         Received an up-date on the outcome of the public consultation on the proposed change of use of the Green Door on Grand Turk for temporary prison accommodation; Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.Press Release: TCIG ·         Received an up-date by the Hon. Premier on funds held by the TCI statutory bodies which are to be remitted to central public funds; Related Items: ·         Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Health on the reconciliation exercise on the Interhealth Canada contract. A full report on the reconciliation exercise would be submitted to the next meeting of Cabinet; ·         Received an up-date by the Hon. Premier on progress on and plans for implementation of the capital projects programme; ·         Received an information paper on the state of preparedness in TCI for the 2017 hurricane season. Cabinet agreed the need for Ministers to raise significantly the level of hurricane readiness across all TCI government departments, agencies and National Disaster Sub-Committees as a matter of urgency; ·         Received an up-date on the terms of reference for the accountancy audit of the NHIP; At this meeting Cabinet: ·         Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Environment on the public consultation on a proposed shark sanctuary in TCI and on his attendance at the recent Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) “Caribbean Week” meeting in New York. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ·         At the request of His Excellency the Governor, received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Environment on the salvage of the Mega-One Triton vessel on Governor’s Beach on Grand Turk including on measures to address His Excellency the Governor’s concerns about the immediate threat posed to public safety by the vessel in its present state; ·         Noted the financial performance of the TCI Government for the first month of the financial year as submitted in the Financial Report for the month of April 2017 by the Accountant General. Cabinet further noted the government’s strategy and proposals to mitigate against the risk of not meeting revenue targets including regular monitoring of departmental and statutory body spending and budget plans; ·         Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (Taxation) (Designated Restaurant) Order 2017 and to approve commencement of the Order and of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (Taxation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 with effect from 1 August 2017; ·         Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Environment on the disposal of the seized catch of marine product from the Capitan Blaze fishing vessel; ·         Received an up-date by the Hon. Premier on the government’s proposed investment and refurbishment policies; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 22, 2017 – Grand Turk – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 16th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, at the Hon.  Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales. All Ministers were present except the Hon. Deputy Premier and the Hon. Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication.last_img read more

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PHOTOS Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hosts Opera Concert At Wilmington Library

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Friday, October 26, 2018, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted Marshall Ames Richards, better known as the Boston Opera Guy, for an after-hours concert.Richards sang an array of art songs, sacred music, and opera arias in Italian, French, German, Latin, and English, to a sold-out crowd.The concert marked the conclusion of an entire month of Italian-themed programming at the library. The lineup was sponsored by the Wilmington Sons of Italy in recognition of Italian Heritage Month.Below are photos from the concert, courtesy of Sons of Italy member Lennie Malvone: Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hosts Author Stephen Puleo To Full House At Wilmington LibraryIn “Photo of the Day”PHOTOS: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hosts Chef Liz Barbour For Italian Cooking Presentation At Wilmington LibraryIn “Photo of the Day”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Adult Events BrochureIn “Community”last_img read more

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Shortage of skilled digital talent could threaten up to 2 lakh IT

first_imgEmployees work at their desks inside IT company Tech Mahindra office building in Noida in the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013. [Representational Image]Reuters fileLack of skilled digital talent could threaten up to 2 lakh jobs per year in the IT sector, aqccording to the latest Economic Survey. The report also suggested the government to address issues related to infrastructure in smaller cities and towns.”The job cuts in IT sector will be between 1.75 lakh and 2 lakh annually for next three years due to under-preparedness in adapting to newer technologies,” the survey quoted executive search firm Head Hunters India as saying, Deccan Herald reported.It added that the growth in digital technologies like cloud-based services is taking place at a faster rate due to which companies would have to learn those new technologies and undergo reskilling training.Automation puts 69 per cent jobs in India, 77 per cent jobs in China and 85 per cent jobs in Ethiopia at risk, according to a report released by the World Bank.However, the survey is not as cynical as an earlier McKinsey report, which had stated that almost half the workforce in IT firms would become “irrelevant” in the next 3-4 years. The report had added that the big challenge ahead for the IT industry would be to reskill 50-60 percent of the workforce as there would be considerable shift in technologies.The Economic Survey, which has been authored by Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, said that some of the obstacles in developing digital skill talent in tier II and III cities included under-developed infrastructure. The survey also called for the easing of restrictions on startups to enable better kill development.Several firms in India have set up programs to reskill not just their existing employees but also freshers. Nasscom said that IT companies have added about 1.7 lakh jobs in the 2016-17 period. They are expected to hire about 1.5 lakh employees this year.The top five IT companies hired around 50,000 people in the same period, the survey quoted Nasscom as saying. It had also stated earlier that the world was moving towards automation and digital services and employees will have to “re-skill or perish.”Where and how does an IT professional reskill? Re-skilling seems to be the only way. [Representational Image]ReutersReskilling IT professionals through online courses seems to be the solution. IT giant Infosys, which is believed to be hiring freshers through campus placements, is helping its employees get acquainted with the industry and its current trends through online courses.The freshers are asked to pick a paid online course on Udacity, an online education provider, as part of their re-skilling programme. After the completion of the course, they are sent for training to Infosys’ Mysore facility.The top five Indian IT firms — TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra — are known to take up re-skilling exercises on a regular basis.”The need to retrain the workforce is further amplified with the automation of the old work procesess. Hence, companies need new skills. In addition to different technical skills digital also requires employees to acquire new soft skills. All this is being addressed by investing in training in design thinking and agile development methodologies,” Peter Bendor-Samuel, founder and chief executive officer of Everest Group, a global outsourcing advisory, told Business Standard.”If you are not skilling yourself, you are obsolete. You are running a race that is not there,” said Y Shekar, co-promoter, Skillablers Technologies Private Limited.Online education providers are also specifically designing courses to re-skill IT professionals. For instance, online training company Simplilearn is offering scholarships called “Bounce Back,” which lets the IT employees take up online courses and programmes to keep up with the current trends and the latest technology.last_img read more

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Several injured as vehicle rams worshippers leaving London mosque

first_imgPolice guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London where a vehichle hit pedestrians on June 19, 2017. AFPSeveral people were injured in north London early on Monday when a van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque, witnesses said, in what British police described as a “major incident”.The Muslim Council of Britain said the vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of Britain’s largest. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.Two worshippers were feared killed, according to the Sun newspaper, but there was no immediate confirmation of this.Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in “this terrible incident”. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was “totally shocked”.Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city. They said there were a number of casualties and one person had been arrested.”From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’,” one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.”There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van.”A man leapt out of the van and stabbed at least one person, the Evening Standard newspaper reported, citing witnesses. Reuters could not immediately confirm that report.The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight. .It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into divorce talks with the European Union weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election.She has faced heavy criticism for her response to a fire in a London tower block on Wednesday which killed at least 58 people, and for her record on security after a series of attacks blamed on Islamist militants in recent months.One witness told CNN it was clear that the attacker at Finsbury Park had deliberately targeted Muslims.”He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it’s a terrorist attack. He targeted Muslims this time,” the witness, identified only as Rayan, said.Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people.Counter-terrorism police have joined regular police officers looking into the incident, the Guardian newspaper reported.’Deliberately swerved’Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground.”A number of passers-by, or friends, or people who had come by from the mosque, were gathering around him to help take him to his family, take him to his house,” Versi told Reuters.”At that moment in time, basically a van swerved into them deliberately,” he said, citing a witness at the scene.He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived.A Reuters witness saw at least one person being loaded into an ambulance. Armed police, ambulances and the fire service were in attendance.Britain has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3.On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.The attacks were a factor in campaigning ahead of the June 8 election, with Prime Minister May criticised for overseeing a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.She was also criticised for keeping her distance from angry residents during her visit to the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, and said on Saturday the response to the fire disaster had been “not good enough”.The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.A new board of trustees and management took over in February 2005, a year after Abu Hamza was arrested by British police, since when attendance has greatly increased among worshippers from various communities, according to the mosque’s website.last_img read more

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