Commissioners approve replacement recording system for dispatch center

first_imgFARMINGTON – Commissioners unanimously approved the installation of a recording system and a rate of pay for the interim director of the Franklin County Regional Communications Center at Tuesday’s meeting.The recording system at the dispatch center is used to preserve 9-1-1 calls for future use; calls relating to a crime could become evidence in a criminal trial, for example. The system at the dispatch center is old and has developed issues, according to the county’s technical services administrator, Jim Desjardins. The age of the system was brought to the attention of county officials in 2018. As a result, $18,000 was included in the 2019-20 budget for a replacement.Desjardins sought three quotes to replace the system. He recommended that commissioners go forward with the low bidder: Acorn Recording Solutions at $16,533. That company has worked with the county before, Desjardins said, and also was working in dispatch centers across the state. The two higher bids were $28,000 and $38,000.Commissioners unanimously approved moving forward with Acorn.In related business, commissioners unanimously agreed to set a rate of pay for the interim director of the dispatch center. Amanda Simoneau, the deputy director of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, was appointed interim director of the communications center on Oct. 3. Simoneau is filling in for CL Folsom, the county’s communications director, who is currently on paid administrative leave.The rate of pay was set at $750 per week, above and beyond Simoneau’s usual salary.Simoneau told commissioners that the vehicle – a former detective’s vehicle used by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office – assigned to the center had a blown transmission and recommended that it be scrapped. Instead, she suggested going back to reimbursing dispatchers for mileage accrued while attending training events. Commissioners agreed, allowing for reimbursements for mileage.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank makes profit on cost cuts, trading income

first_imgFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank has turned in a profit of 624 million euros for the pandemic year 2020. Germany’s largest bank said that cost cutting over the past several years was paying off. The cost cuts are part of a long-term transformation aimed at reducing riskier or less profitable lines of business and refocusing on its European and German client base. On top of that, the turbulent year saw more revenues from trading bonds and currencies. CEO Christian Sewing said Thursday that the bank has moved through a transitional period of restructuring and was now looking ahead to sustainable profits.last_img

David Langham & Chris Cowley Join West End Les Mis

first_img The West End company of Les Miserables is about to welcome a new innkeeper and revolutionary. Joining the cast next month are David Langham as Thenardier and Chris Cowley as Enjolras. The two will take over for Phil Daniels and Bradley Jaden, respectively, beginning June 13 at London’s Queen’s Theatre.The two will join a cast that currently includes Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Crag Mather as Marius, Rachelle Ann Go as Fantine, Eva Noblezada as Eponine, Katy Secombe as Madame Thenardier and Zoë Doano as Cosette.Langham’s credits include Wendy & Peter Pan, The Light Princess, Oliver! and Spamalot on stage and Doctor Who and The Phantom of the Opera on screen. Cowley returns to the West End after appearing in Wicked; his additional credits include Saturday Night Fever and The Last Five Years. View Comments David Langham(Photo: Darren Bell)last_img read more

Over 9,300 personnel deployed to secure Jakarta as omnibus law protests enter 2nd week

first_imgWidespread protests erupted across the country after the House of Representatives passed the bill on Oct. 5.Some protests, however, have been marred by violent clashes between protesters and security forces.Meanwhile, civil society organizations have slammed the police for using “excessive force” in managing the demonstrations as pictures of police assaulting protesters and journalists circulated on social media.The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said it had received at least 1,500 reports on alleged police violence from Oct. 6 to 8 during the planned national strike against the new law, organized primarily by labor unions. (trn) The police also deployed 200 Brimob officers to West Java.Awi added that a joint force of 9,332 policemen, soldiers and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers had been deployed in the capital on Tuesday to enforce security.Read also: ‘We are not yet defeated’: Students condemn govt’s dismissal of jobs law protestsWhile Tuesday’s protest in Jakarta involved several religious groups, the country’s second largest Islamic organization, Muhammadiyah, reasserted that it would not take part in any demonstrations. Instead, it would “focus on handling the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on education, the economy and public health”, Muhammadiyah secretary Abdul Mu’ti said on Monday, as quoted by The National Police on Monday deployed around 7,500 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers to ensure public safety and security in Jakarta amid continuing protests against the newly passed Job Creation Law, or omnibus law.Several groups, including the hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), went ahead with their planned demonstrations on Tuesday in Jakarta to demand that the government revoke the omnibus law.“The first deployment of [Brimob officers] arrived in Jakarta on Oct. 5, while the second arrived on Oct. 12. At least 7,500 officers are deployed here,” National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono said on Monday as quoted by Topics :last_img read more

House panel approves debate for impeachment vote

first_imgThe House Rules committee has approved six hours of debate ahead of Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.The measure was approved late Tuesday night by a party-line vote of nine to four who approved the legislation.President Trump is accused of abusing his powers as president and obstruction of Congress after withholding funds from Ukraine in order to get information regarding relations of political rival, Joe Biden’s son.The move will clear the way for the panel to debate and then vote on whether President Trump committed a crime and whether or not he should be impeached.If the House decides to impeach President Trump, they then will decide if he should also be removed from office.last_img

Kaieteur/ISL retain Budh-Dave Anandjit memorial title

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Two -time champions, Kaieteur Sports Club, teamed up with International Sports Club (ISL) to retain honours in the third annual Budh-Dave Anandjit memorial cricket match, played recently at the Ashtonbee ground, Scarborough.With victory very much in their sights in fading light, the Kaieteur/International side were declared winners after reaching 157 for one in 20 overs, replying to Southerners 164 for eight in the allotted 25 overs. Satyanand Sarju, the only player to be dismissed, led the way with an attacking 48, which included two sixes and four fours, while other worthwhile contributions came from Joyd Anandjit who slammed two sixes and five fours in 43, before retiring while Chinta Anandjit’s 39 (retired) was laced with two sixes and a four.The lone wicket for Southerners was claimed by skipper, Hardat Ramcharran, for 13 Runs. Southerners had earlier won the toss and opted to take first strike, reaching a challenging 164 for eight in 25 overs. Siew Deonarine hit a top-score of 54 (one six and four fours) retired and received admirable support from Neil Roopal with 28 (two fours) and Terry Mathura, who retired on 23 with three fours. Bowling for Kaieteur/ International, Ompaul Singh, Omesh Dass and Nate Anandjit claimed two wickets each.Prior to the commencement of the game, both teams and spectators observed a minute’s silence in memory of the late Bud-Have Anandjit. The game was once again organised by Kaieteur’s Vish Jadunauth, Bay Khemraj and Omesh Dass and among those in attendance were Liz Anandjit, the late Anandjit’s wife and his elder brother, popularly known as “KP”.Budh-Dave Tewari Anandjit, the former long-standing stalwart executive and member of the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) passed away on July 22, 2014 at the age of 53.Anandjit, who was the brother of Davteerth Anandjit, the former president of the Guyana Cricket Umpires Council (GCUC), served the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) with distinction for over two decades, having joined the body in 1990.Prior to that, he was a member of the Raiders and Ramblers Cricket Clubs and a founding-member of International Sports Club (ISL) in 1988.During his sojourn in the SCA, Anandjit served in various capacities, but will be fondly remembered for his association with the development of several talented youth cricketers. As a Level Two coach, Budh-Dave concentrated heavily on teaching the youths the game of cricket in the SCA and Toronto & Districts (T&D).Anandjit was also a Level Two umpire and officiated in several games in the SCA and the Ontario Softballl Cricket League (OSCL) over the years. He also played for Golden Touch in the OSCL tournaments.The late Guyanese was also credited with being the first player to hit six sixes in an over in Scarborough while his club ISL achieved the unique distinction of winning three consecutive Premiere League titles. He was also part of the winning combination when Kaieteur captured the title.Born at Wash Clothes, Mahaicony Creek, East Coast Demerara, Guyana, Anandjit later moved to Courbane Park, Annandale and attended Queen’s College in Georgetown before he migrated to Canada in 1983.The union between himself and Liz Anandjit produced three children in Pretima, Jodh and Jaya Anandjit and apart from Davteerth, his other siblings are Bram, Silla, Subhas, Gyan, Monsranie, Tara, Kulwant, Chinta, Nate and ‘Chano’.last_img read more

England’s Becca beats the pros – again

first_img27 Aug 2015 England’s Becca beats the pros – again England squad player Becca Earl has just beaten the pros for the second time in the space of one week. The 15-year-old from Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, scored her second win on the WPGA One Day Series in this week’s event at Three Rivers in Essex. Despite bad weather she shot level par 74, in a round which included three birdies, and she beat Sian Evans by a shot. “I couldn’t really believe it,” said Earl, whose latest success completes a winning treble in the space of a week. Earl, a member of the England Golf Thames Valley U16 squad, started her winning run in last week’s WPGA event at South Herts Golf Club. She scored four-under and won by three shots from Sian Evans and Danielle Anderson. The following day she won the Prince of Wales amateur challenge trophies at Woburn, scoring two over 76 and level par to take the U21 girls’ event by a stroke. Then it was back to the WPGA series, this time at Three Rivers in Essex, where she scored level par 74. Earl, who played through rain on the back nine, had a simple game plan: “I wanted to keep it steady and hit as many greens as I could,” she said. “I didn’t feel I’d played that well, but this has given me a lot of confidence. I know if I go out there and play steadily I can shoot a good round, even if I feel I’m not doing that well.” This is the second season that girls from the England Golf U16 and U18 regional squads have had the opportunity to enter the WPGA’s popular One Day Series and gain tournament experience. Click here for the WPGA scoreslast_img read more