Mason City police: nobody shot during incident this week on city’s north side

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City police say the investigation continues into shots being fired during an incident on the city’s north side on Tuesday night.Police were called to the area of 17th and North Delaware shortly before 11:45 PM, where on arrival they found two shell casings and blood in the street. Officers interviewed several witnesses at the scene, and say that after additional interviews that they do not believe that anyone was shot as a result of the disturbance.Lt. Rich Jensen says the incident is still an active investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Mason City Police Department.last_img read more

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Excitement galore in boys’ 4x800m

first_imgCourtesy of a fast and determined anchor leg by Javauney James, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) won the most exciting race in a rainy 40th staging of the Gibson McCook Relays.James rallied to pull STETHS ahead of St Jago High School in the boys’ 4×800 metres, to stop the clock in 7:35.08 seconds. His brilliance help his school to record the fourth fastest time in the 40-year history of the relays.St Jago slipped away when Paul Tate, STETHS’ reigning Boys’ Championships Class One 800m champion, struggled on the third leg. Tate laboured through his leg in one minute 56 seconds, a far cry from his seasonal best 1.54.94 seconds and his lifetime best of 1.52.94.To make thing worse for James, St Jago’s Class Two star Keenan Lawrence smoothly ran a 1.53.5 leg to stretch the lead over STETHS to 3.4 seconds. Then 2015 World Youth 800-metre finalist Leon Clarke looked to have an unassailable lead.LAST-MINUTE WINRemarkably, James caught him and outraced him in the last 100 metres.James finished the STETHS triumph with a storming 1.50.6 anchor. That was much faster than his personal best in the individual event of 1.53.27. The performance marked him as the favourite to add gold in Class One to the Boys’ Championship wins to those he secured in Class Two and Class Three in 2014 and 2013.He lost his Class Two crown last year to Clarke. The tall St Jago boy has seasonal and lifetime bests of 1.52.45 and 1.50.49. His Gibson McCook anchor was timed in 1.54.5.Only Kingston College, holders of the meet record at seven minutes 33.87 seconds, and STETHS have ever ran the 4x800m faster at the Gibson-McCook Relays.When KC set the record last year, STETHS were second in 7.34.78, with both teams under the old standard, set at 7.34.96 by STETHS in 1994.last_img read more

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Guyana excels in Brazil patrol training competition

first_imgIn the Amazon Military Command International Patrol competition Brazil finished ahead of many leading countries.With a total of 2583 points, the Guyana Defence Force finished ahead of Bolivia, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, and Colombia.Centro De Instrucao De Guerra Na Selva (CIGS) better known as the International Patrol Training of Brazil was established in 1964 and is known for its high quality jungle training.The Guyana team at the competition30Since its establishment, some 6000 Brazilian troops and troops from throughout the world have graduated in the Centre’s specialised jungle training courses.This year, the five-day competition saw teams competing in more than 20 events that included shooting from a moving platform, team shooting as well as seven events relating to anti-smuggling, anti-illegal logging and annihilation operations, in the jungles of Manaus.Tested three times daily and also at nights, teams were challenged to execute military jungle tactics and apply the relevant knowledge in the jungle environment.Teams from Brazil’s Amazon Military Command, the North Military Command, the Brazilian Navy and Air Force, as well as teams from Canada, China, East Timor, Germany and Mexico, also participated in the competition, with China winning the competition.Each team that competed consisted of 10 members.Team Guyana comprised of Lieutenant (Lt) Lionel Medford (Observer), Lt Simon Gordon, Warrant Officer Class Two Cleveland O’Brien, Sergeants Michael Holder and Cornelius Messiah, Lance Corporals Deon Gilead and Stevie Petrie, and Privates Rod Jeffery, Sean Williams, Timothy Adams and Euclid Wright.Thus far, Guyana has sent and now has more than 40 officers and ranks trained at the institution. Guyana ranks fourth among foreign nations to have sent the most troops for training there.last_img read more

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Case still being investigated – Police

first_imgAlthough five months have elapsed since the body of 18-year-old Rainella Benfield was discovered in the Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) cemetery, with her face completely disfigured, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) have not given up hope on solving the case.Dead: Rainella BenfieldCrime Chief Paul Williams on Friday told Guyana Times that the investigation into the matter is still open as investigators attempt to solve the case.Benfield, who was a receptionist attached to Qualfon, of Lot 99 Canterbury Walk, Beterverwagting, ECD, was discovered dead by residents at about 07:00h on December 11, 2017.Her hands were resting on her chest while the pair of jeans she was wearing was pulled to her knees.Guyana Times was told that the teen left home on Saturday morning for work and after she did not return home that evening, her relatives were under the impression that she was working overtime. However, much to their dismay, they received a call informing them that her body was found in the cemetery.Investigators are working on the theory that the teen might have been sexually assaulted before her face was bashed in with a heavy object, believed to be a stone. The teen’s relatives were questioned by investigators about her social life and acquaintances. Police have visited the homes of several young men in the area, who are believed to be members of a gang.Investigations into the brutal murder are ongoing as Police continues in their attempt to gather more information.last_img read more

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Back Country Avalanche Concern

first_imgAlong with taking an avalanche awareness course, Mr. Johnson is recommending they carry a shovel, transponder and a probe. If and when warmer weather returns, the avalanche danger in the Rockies is expected to go up significantly and that could be a problem for Yule Tide season vacationers, who flock to the mountains.The Calgary Sun is quoting Greg Johnson a forecaster with the Canadian Avalanche Centre in Revelstoke, as saying “The very cold air mass has weakened the snow pack”.In addition he says, when the temperatures rises we likely see snow and wind storms and significant rise in the avalanche danger.- Advertisement -Officials are hoping this season is safer than last year, when 26 people were killed in snow slides across Canada, making it one of the deadliest on record.Most of the fatal accidents happened in southeast B.C, including one slide that killed eight men from Sparwood, leaving the small town devastated.Thus, the Centre is putting added emphasis, on the need for back country enthusiasts to take simple precautions, that could save their lives.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Top designer faces sex charges

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Alexander’s defense attorney denied the allegations. A celebrity fashion designer has been charged with sexual assault and rape involving two women and a 15-year-old girl, authorities said Tuesday. Anand Jon Alexander, 33, was charged with six felonies for the series of sexual assaults between October 2004 and March 5, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The Indian-born designer, who goes by the name Anand Jon, was arrested at his Beverly Hills apartment on March 6 after a woman alleged that he raped her. The charges include forcible rape and lewd acts on a child, among other counts. Prosecutors have also charged a special circumstance allegation of multiple victims. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in prison. last_img read more

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Foreclosures are up in Santa Clarita

first_imgSANTA CLARITA — Foreclosures are up nationwide, and statistics for the Santa Clarita Valley show the area is not immune to the trend. From December through February, 401 notices of default were issued to Santa Clarita Valley homeowners, compared with 193 for the same three-month period last year, according to statistics compiled by DataQuick. The more than twofold increase in notices of default, the first step in the foreclosure process, comes as home prices are faltering. “Yes, it’s up, and it’ll probably even increase some more, but as far as the total number of homeowners, it’s still an extremely small percentage,” said Larry Gasinski, president of the Santa Clarita division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. The foreclosure statistics for the Santa Clarita Valley were compiled by DataQuick — a real estate information company — at the request of the Daily News, and broken down by ZIP code. The area with the biggest increase in notices of default was the 91355 ZIP code — southern Valencia — which went from nine in December through February last year to 47 in the same period this year. The increase in foreclosures is most noticeable because they were so low in recent years, DataQuick analyst Andrew LePage said. Homeowners fail to make payments when unemployment, divorce or sickness strikes, LePage said. But those are constants in any economy, and what appears to be driving the increase in foreclosures is that home values are not rising, he said. “Take away home-price appreciation, or ratchet it down or even make prices negative, and all of those forms of (economic) distress start to result in increased foreclosure activity,” LePage said. Pam Ingram, an agent with Remax of Santa Clarita, said she recently talked to a woman who could not keep up with house payments because her husband was sick. Now, the family has three incomes, but it cannot dig out of the $12,000 debt and is in danger of losing its home, she said. “They’re trying, but when you get that far behind it’s hard to catch up, and those are the people that are going to be affected — good people in a bad situation,” Ingram said. — Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MASSIVE CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND DESIGNER HOMES EXHIBITION THIS WEEKEND

first_imgOrganisers of the 4th annual Designer Homes Exhibition are very excited about this year’s event which takes place this weekend at the Halfway House, Burnfoot.They envisage this years show will be the biggest and best exhibition to date with many new exhibitors to add to their fantastic list who have amazing products to display at very reasonable prices.Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to personal meet skilled expertise, discover the most up-to-date products for your proposed or existing home and take advantage of the great advice that is on offer over the TWO day event. We have all types of exhibitors whither you are building a new home, redecorating, interested in home interiors, need advice on renewable energy products or fancy a great day out with all the family.Doors open at 11am – 6pm both Saturday & Sunday 7th & 8th March 2015 at the Halfway House, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal.Admission is €3 and kids go free. We have great door prizes for both days & Highland Radio’s live broadcast with Pio McCann & Special Guest will take place from 12-2pm on Saturday 7th.Don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/designerhomes.exhibition/timeline to keep up to date with the latest news and a full list of Exhibitors.  MASSIVE CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND DESIGNER HOMES EXHIBITION THIS WEEKEND was last modified: March 6th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Conte again brushes off Inter Milan links and says focus firmly on sealing title

first_img1 Antonio Conte Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is focused on clinching the title at West Brom on Friday rather than persistent rumours linking him with the vacancy at Inter Milan.Conte’s side head to the Hawthorns on Friday night seeking the win which would secure them the Premier League crown.The Blues lead second-placed Tottenham by seven points and need three points from their three remaining games to be sure of silverware.Rumours of a return to Italy with Inter have refused to go away in recent months and the sacking of Stefano Pioli has created an opening at the San Siro.But Conte said: “I have two years (remaining under) contract with Chelsea.“It’s logical when you start the work in a new club the will is to continue to work, to try to improve your work in many years. For sure, this is my will.“In this moment for me or for my players, the most important thing is to be focused on the moment.“Now the most important thing is to reach our target. The most important thing is to write the history of the club.“It’s important now, don’t lose the concentration, be focused.“My players are totally focused on the moment. We mustn’t forget that we must take three points to reach this target.”Conte’s appointment on a three-year contract was announced in April 2016 and he assumed his post last July after leading Italy at Euro 2016.The 47-year-old won three successive Serie A titles with Juventus prior to taking up his Italy role and has now rejuvenated Chelsea, who were champions under Jose Mourinho in 2015-16 before imploding and finishing 10th last term.And he is seeking a fourth consecutive championship in domestic football, while a double could follow as Chelsea play Arsenal in the May 27 FA Cup final.“This could be another big, big step for me,” Conte added.“In my career I enjoy to have this type of big challenge. I need to have this type of situation where you arrive and you have to work a lot and also to transform the situation in the right way.“At the start of the season it wasn’t easy. We faced a lot of problems and we had to solve a lot of problems.“When you finish 10th in the league it means that the problem is not only one, but there are a lot of problems. The problem is not only one person.“I have to say thanks to my players because it’s not easy to adapt to a new method, new philosophy and also to work very hard, to change totally your work, if you compare the work this season to the past.“I think we’re doing a really good job, but I want this job to become great and then fantastic.“We have two big opportunities this season to finish this season in the right way.”Conte could be offered a contract extension at the end of the season, something which is commonplace for title-winning managers.Conte’s wife Elisabetta and daughter Vittoria have stayed in Italy this season due to schooling, but have long been scheduled to move to London this summer.The Blues boss has admitted the challenge of living apart from his family, who regularly join him in London, including last Friday.Conte enjoyed a family meal instead of watching Tottenham’s loss at West Ham which eased any title anxiety at Chelsea.Conte added: “After the dinner the surprise was great – honestly.”Chelsea beat Middlesbrough on Monday night to move seven points clear. Midfielder N’Golo Kante was absent with a thigh injury but is available again.Should the Baggies stall Chelsea’s celebrations, it is likely only to delay the inevitable.Chelsea play mid-table Watford on Monday night and complete the season against relegated Sunderland on May 21.Both games are at Stamford Bridge, but Conte prefers to secure the trophy at the earliest opportunity.“It’s not important where you win, it’s important to win,” he added.“Then you will have the time to celebrate the win where you want.“Tomorrow’s game is the most important game for us. It’s a final.“We must know that to play against West Brom is not easy. This is a really strong team, a physical team, a good coach. For sure, the atmosphere can be very hot.“But it’s important also in this moment to enjoy. I like to repeat: this is a good season. We want to become a great season.“There is only one way, to take three points and to win the title.”last_img read more

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‘HUNGER STRIKE WILL LEAD TO UNITED IRELAND’ – DONEGAL CONFERENCE TOLD

first_imgTHE 1981 Hunger Strike was ‘our 1916’ and will ultimately lead to a united Ireland, the former director of publicity for Sinn Fein told a meeting in Letterkenny tonight (Wednesday).Danny Morrison was one of four senior republicans who addressed an audience of nearly 200 people at the Radisson Hotel.Also speaking at the event were Seanna Walsh, the former OC of the IRA in Long Kesh, Mary Doyle, a former Armagh women’s prisoner who took part in the 1980 hunger strike and Derry woman Mary Nelis, whose two sons were on the blanket. The National Hunger Strike Exhibition was also on display, featuring many pictures and items from both the 1980 and 1981 Hunger Strikes.Addressing the audience, writer Morrison said the history of the Irish conflict and Irish republicanism had shown that the British government had repeatedly tried to humiliate prisoners in order to defeat republicans outside prison.But he said that ‘I personally believe the Hunger Strikes were a victory for Irish republicans’ and that they would ‘ultimately lead to a united Ireland.’Morrison, who liaised with the hunger strikers at the time, said he believed the protests which led to the deaths of 10 republican prisoners was ‘our 1916’ and was rebellion that would lead ultimately to the goal of a 32-county republic. He also said he wanted to dispel the myth that putting Bobby Sands up as a candidate for the Fermanagh/South Tyrone by-election in 1981 (he was subsequently elected) was part of a pre-meditated strategy.Seanna Walsh told the audience how Father Denis Faul had warned the prisoners that the decision to stand in elections north and south (Kieran Doherty was elected a TD in the south) was a mistake.“He told us that people would support us, they would keep guns for us and shelter people on the run, but that the people of Ireland would never vote for us,” said Walsh.He also revealed that the IRA had fought against the hunger strike and it was the prisoners who were in control.Asked by a member of the audience what he would say to anyone who wanted to join dissidents now, Walsh said the ‘armed struggle’ had emerged out of a desire for equality and was a response to a repressive state in 1970. He said the conditions for an armed struggle no longer existed.“We were once activists with guns. We are now activists without guns; it’s still the same struggle and the struggle goes on for a 32-county Irish republic, free from British interference,” said the former IRA man.‘HUNGER STRIKE WILL LEAD TO UNITED IRELAND’ – DONEGAL CONFERENCE TOLD was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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:1980/81 hunger strikesdanny morrisonletterkennyMary DoyleMary NelisSeanna Walshlast_img read more

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