City Councillor collapses, dies at business place

first_imgA People’s National Congress (PNC) Councillor on the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), 64-year-old Junior Garrett, collapsed and died on Friday afternoon in the compound of his Urquhart Street, Georgetown business place.Garrett of Campbellville Housing Scheme, Georgetown, who represented Constituency Three, had just returned from a meeting with fellow Councillors atDead: Junior GarrettCity Hall to discuss the city’s budget for 2018.He returned to his business place to meet someone with whom he had an appointment but collapsed as he entered the premises.At Woodlands Hospital, the man’s daughter, Levina Garrett, told <<>> that she was contacted by her younger brother, who informed her that their father had a heart attack and was rushed to the medical facility.The young lady also noted that doctors at the medical facility attempted to resuscitate her father, but this proved futile. When this publication arrived at the Hospital, several Councillors along with Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green; Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran and Town Clerk Royston King were seen offering their support and condolences to the man’s family.The Deputy Mayor expressed shock at Garrett’s sudden passing, indicating that “he [Garrett] left at midday. He was his normal vociferous self. We sat next to each other up to midday.”Garrett was appointed to the position of City Councillor of the city of Georgetown on March 25, 2002.He was described by colleagues as a passionate community advocate who was especially active in the Campbellville community. He served on several committees, including finance and international relations.On April 10, 2017, full Council appointed him as its representative on the Central Housing and Planning Authority Board.In addition, he was considered an expert in his field and a true professional, with skills and qualifications that strongly complemented a Councillor’s role. He leaves to mourn seven children.last_img read more

Migrant benefits debate renews

first_imgLawmakers are expected to again take up the fierce debate over illegal immigration this year with a host of bills looking to deny or expand benefits to the undocumented. Already in this new legislative session, Republicans have proposed bills to deny public benefits to illegal immigrants, crack down on employers who hire them and give law enforcement new tools to arrest them. And reflecting sharp party-line splits, Democrats are looking to expand opportunities available to undocumented immigrants, including granting them the right to drive and providing subsidized health coverage. But, as in previous efforts, little significant action is expected to emerge on the controversial topic as lawmakers remain wary of the complexity of the issue and California voters’ views. “California voters are bipolar,” said David McCuan, a political science professor at Cal State Sonoma. “They want to think of themselves as progressive and liberal, and that California is the epitome of the American dream. “But by the same token, they don’t want to pay for or provide access to those who came in to the country illegally.” Republican lawmakers say they are motivated by saving money for taxpayers and by stepping in where the federal government has failed to enforce immigration laws. “They’ve got free medical, free education, they qualify for welfare benefits,” said Sen. Tom Harman, R-Costa Mesa. “This is all about money. We’re in tough fiscal times.” Harman has proposed a bill that would authorize local and state law enforcement agencies to charge illegal immigrants with trespassing simply because they are in California without authorization. Currently, enforcement of illegal immigration is primarily a federal responsibility and many local police departments do not get involved in investigating the immigration status of those they arrest or question. Harman’s bill would not necessarily lead to the deportation of the undocumented but would authorize police to ticket them and possibly jail them for short periods. Harman has also authored a bill to require public and private employers in California to do more stringent background checks for citizenship status of job applicants. Other Republican proposals include bills from Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa, that would essentially seek to deny most state benefits to illegals; and bills from Cook and Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, that target in-state resident tuition rates. Democrats, who control both houses of the Legislature, are expected to oppose most of the Republican proposals and analysts say most of them won’t have a chance to get out of committee. “They will have no success,” said Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, who has led efforts to protect immigrants. “None whatsoever. They’re wasting their time.” Californians have historically demonstrated mixed views on immigration. In the 1990s, voters approved Proposition 187, which sought to deny most public benefits to illegal immigrants. But the divisive politics behind the measure also caused a backlash that has been credited with a surge in Latino voter registration that helped the Democratic Party. The measure was later overturned by the courts. A new, similar ballot measure authored by conservative Republicans is currently being circulated for signatures in California. It would prohibit illegal immigrants from obtaining driver licenses, college tuition benefits and any other benefits not required by federal law. But the Republican proposals, McCuan said, aren’t likely to make it to a floor vote, though they could have potential as ballot measures. Another Republican proposal may have better chance for success because it is less ideologically charged. Assemblyman John Benoit, R-Riverside, has proposed a bill that would ask the federal government to reimburse California for the full costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants who have committed a criminal offense, or take those prisoners into federal custody. According to the state Department of Corrections, about 20,000 of the state’s 174,000 prisoners have been flagged by immigration authorities for possible violations. The state expects to spend about $865 million this year incarcerating them. Meanwhile, Democrats, led by Cedillo, are looking to expand services available to the undocumented. Cedillo is trying yet again to get the state to grant driver licenses to undocumented immigrants, something that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed the previous two legislative sessions. Cedillo hopes this year will be different because his bill seeks to help California implement the new federal Real ID Act, which under federal law must be in place by next year. He has also proposed legislation to allow illegal immigrants to compete for scholarships and financial aid at public colleges and universities. “We know there are millions of immigrants in California speaking over 100 languages, from all over the world,” Cedillo said. “They play critical roles in California. “We, the state of California, should figure out mechanisms to facilitate their assimilation into society.” [email protected] (916) 446-6723 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

Solskjaer has Molde owners’ support to land full-time Utd job

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has enjoyed a successful start to this stint as interim manager © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Molde’s owners hope he does not come back to Norway, because they want him to be successful in becoming Manchester United’s permanent manager.Solskjaer is on loan to United for the remainder of the Premier League season, having been appointed caretaker on December 19, as replacement for the sacked Jose Mourinho. United are going through the process of seeking a permanent replacement for Mourinho, although an announcement is not expected until after the English domestic season ends in May.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a contender, while former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane, most recently Real Madrid’s manager, and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone are also among those who are being considered.Solskjaer, who played for United between 1996 and 2007, has made no secret of his desire to manage the club beyond the end of this season.He says he has the full support in that ambition of Norwegian businessmen Kjell Inge Rokke and Bjorn Rune Gjelsten, Molde’s joint owners.Solskjaer said: “When I rang the owner and said that United had called and that he always knew that this had been my dream, he said ‘Go over, enjoy yourself and please don’t come back’.“Both owners wished me all the best because they knew this is something I dreamed about. To get the backing from them was fantastic. If I go back to Molde, I will do my best for them but it depends when I go back.“It’s been fantastic so far. Hopefully I will get to see my family soon, because that has been the only downside to the job.”Solskjaer’s family have remained in Norway while he has been staying in Manchester and concentrating on reviving United’s fortunes.– Winning run –He won his first eight games in charge, something no previous United manager had achieved, before that run was ended with a 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Burnley on Tuesday.Despite his short-term appointment, Solskjaer said the club are consulting him about players they are planning to sign at the end of the season.United made no signings during the January transfer window, deciding to wait to reinforce the squad.“I have got to know the players, what potential they have, how far away they are from reaching that potential, and who we can build a team on, so of course I put my views into the club,” said the interim boss.Solskjaer said he would be happy to continue advising United on potential signings even if the club appointed another manager for next season, believing his in-depth knowledge of the club’s culture puts him in a good position to judge which players would fit in at Old Trafford.“It comes down to playing style, how we want to look in one or two years’ time, what kind of players we want and what kind of personalities we look for,” he said.“It’s about finding players with the right Manchester United identity and DNA.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GREEN LIGHT! Tottenham granted planning permission to build new 61,000-seat stadium

first_img1 Tottenham have been granted planning permission by Haringey Council for the club’s revised proposal for a new stadium.At a meeting that ran through to 12.29am, Tottenham were given the green light to press ahead.Tottenham’s three applications were passed by majority verdicts after councillors debated the £400million development.The club intend to move into the new 61,000-seat stadium for the 2018-19 season, and the stadium will also stage NFL American football matches.In a short statement on Twitter, Tottenham said: “Stadium Update: We can announce that Haringey Council’s Planning Sub Committee has approved the Club’s new stadium proposals.”The plans must be formally approved by the London Mayor’s office. Boris Johnson has previously expressed his enthusiasm for the project.The planning proposal featured facilities tied in to a deal, announced in July, that will see at least two NFL matches played at the stadium each season over a 10-year period.Known as the Northumberland Development Project, the stadium project also includes a hotel, sports centre, health centre, homes and a Tottenham Experience, housing a museum and club superstore.The council’s go-ahead after a meeting that began at 7pm means next season should be Tottenham’s last at White Hart Lane, the club’s home since 1899. The new stadium will be adjacent to White Hart Lane.Tottenham have said they intend to play home matches at a different stadium, still to be announced, in the 2017-18 season, before moving to their new home for the 2018-19 campaign.last_img read more

Vodacom’s R5.6bn African expansion

first_img29 August 2008South African cellular company Vodacom is spending US$700-million (about R5.6-billion) to acquire Gateway Telecommunications, which is Africa’s largest independent provider of interconnection via satellite and terrestrial infrastructure.The transaction amount includes an enterprise value of approximately $675-million, as well as a make-whole payment of approximately $25-million in relation to Gateway’s high-yield bond.“The acquisition of Gateway reflects Vodacom’s strategy to reposition itself as a leading pan-African provider of communications services and to diversify from its current status as primarily a mobile-centric network operator,” Vodacom Group CEO Pieter Uys said in a statement this week.“We believe that Gateway’s significant presence across Africa will allow Vodacom to tap into the huge potential for growth in business services and connectivity and will enhance our position with multinational corporations.”Gateway, which also provides an extensive range of high quality, end-to-end connectivity solutions to multinational corporations operating across Africa, employs approximately 350 employees in 17 countries throughout Africa and Europe, and recorded sales of $257-million (about R1.9-billion) for the financial year ended in December 2007.The Gateway Broadcast Services Group, which is the broadcasting business held by Gateway Telecommunications, does not form part of the transaction and will be retained by the current owners.According to the statement, the acquisition provided Vodacom with benefits such as accelerated international expansion, as well as broadening the cellular operator’s international presence in key markets throughout Africa, especially Nigeria, and creates a platform for further future expansion and growth potential.The move also positions Vodacom as a partner of choice for multinational customers and international telecommunications providers seeking African connectivity, and complements Vodacom’s business services strategy in South Africa, allowing the roll-out of existing and new products and services across the continent.In addition, the deal offered cost savings through revenue synergies as well as on satellite operations, vertical integration and procurement, as well as access to Gateway Telecommunication’s blue chip customer base.“This is an exciting milestone in Gateway’s development as a unique pan-African service provider,” said Gateway Telecommunications CEO Peter Gbedemah. “We will increase resources, efficiency, and product range and continue our relentless focus on meeting the requirements of all Africa’s mobile networks and multinational corporations.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa at the Olympics, Part 2

first_imgMelbourne 1956 How much do you know about South Africa’s history at the Olympics? When was the country’s best performance? Who are SA’s top Olympians? Catch up on the records and the trivia in the second of three articles covering the 18 Olympic Games the country has competed in. Thirty years later, Harrison was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the second South African to receive the honour after Karen Muir, who was inducted in 1980. Berlin was the venue for the 1936 Olympic Games. With Adolf Hitler looking on, and exploiting the event for propaganda purposes, Germany topped the medal standings, capturing 33 golds and 89 medals in total. The USA, with 24 golds and 56 medals, finished second, with Hungary in third place. Further bronze medals in boxing came from featherweight Leonard Leisching and heavyweight Andries Nieman. The 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games were very successful for the country as it won 10 medals, made up of two gold, four silver and four bronze medals. Boxer Daan Bekker followed up on his bronze medal of four years earlier in Melbourne with a silver medal this time around. In a break from established tradition, two women won the nation’s only gold medals. Esther Brand, in the high jump, and Joan Harrison, in the 100 metres backstroke, became the first South African women to be crowned Olympic champions. Harrison was also the first South African swimmer to win a gold medal. Dennis Shepherd won silver in the featherwight division, losing to Italy’s Ernesto Formenti in the final, and John Arthur claimed bronze in the heavyweight class. The two gold medals, one silver and one bronze made South Africa the most successful boxing nation at the 1948 Olympics. It was also the sum total of the Olympic team’s efforts. South Africa finished a lowly 33rd on the medal table. At the top, the Soviet Union claimed first place ahead of the United States and Australia. The Soviets produced 37 champions and won 98 medals in all, while the Americans had 32 champions and won 74 medals in total. It didn’t succeed and he was captured and sentenced to death in 1943. This was later commuted to a life sentence, and in 1948 Liebbrandt was released from prison in an amnesty of war offenders. South Africa won only a single medal, with boxer Charles Catterall taking silver in the featherweight class after losing to Oscar Casanovas of Argentina in the final. South Africa’s boxers delivered the goods once more, landing two gold medals. Leibbrandt, meanwhile, was clearly impressed by what he saw in Berlin and was thus courted the by Nazis. He was among a group of athletes chosen to meet Adolf Hitler and came away very impressed. Gerald Dreyer annexed the lightweight title, defeating Belgian Joseph Vissers in the final. Later that year, Dreyer began a successful professional career, competing mostly in New York City. He won 41 times, lost eight fights, and drew twice, with 23 knockouts. George Hunter lifted the light-heavyweight title. He also received the Val Barker Trophy for the Outstanding Boxer of the Games. Among the men to follow in his footsteps are Cuban legend Teofilo Stevenson and American star Roy Jones junior. 19 July 2012 Helsinki 1952 Last week, in his farewell address to the country’s Olympic and Paralympic teams ahead of their departure for London, South African President Jacob Zuma said the Olympic movement “stood with us at every turn of the struggle for freedom and liberation, stating boldly and unapologetically, that there could be no normal sport in an abnormal society. “The international isolation of racist South African teams and the boycott of touring South African teams contributed immensely to mobilising the world against apartheid South Africa,” Zuma said. On 10 July 1991, with South Africa heading inexorably towards democracy – Nelson Mandela had been released from prison after 27 years on 11 February 1990 – the International Olympic Committee announced South Africa’s re-admission to the Olympics. At Barcelona in 1992, South Africa took its place once more at the biggest multi-code sporting event of them all. The Olympic Games moved to the southern hemisphere for the first time in their history in 1956, with Melbourne, Australia, the host city. Raymond Robinson, who had finished second in the tandem, added a bronze medal in the 1 000 metres individual time trial. Overall, the team ended 12th on the medal table. The Soviet Union pushed the USA hard for first place, but the Americans claimed the honours again, with 40 golds and 76 medals to the Soviet team’s 22 golds and 71 medals. In 1938 he returned to Berlin to study at the Reich Academy for Gymnastics and when World War Two broke out, he joined the German Army and was trained as a paratrooper. In 1964, on 18 August, less than two months before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in Lausanne that South Africa had failed to meet an ultimatum to comply with its demand to condemn apartheid by 16 August. Daphne Hasenjager placed second in the women’s 100 metres, while boxer Theunis van Schalkwyk was a silver medallist in the light-middleweight division. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa had announced in June that there would be seven black athletes in its Olympic team of 62, but that did not go far enough in the eyes of the IOC. Malcolm Spence won a bronze medal in the 400 metres and William Meyers claimed a bronze in the featherweight boxing division. Spence’s medal would be the last South African Olympic medal won for 32 years, while the Rome Olympics are the last Games in which South Africa won a boxing medal. Cycling star Alfred Swift, competing in the second of the three Olympics Games that he would attend, finished third in the 1 000 metres time trial, while the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team of Moira Abernathy, Jeanette Myburgh, Nathalie Myburgh and Susan Roberts claimed bronze. Berlin 1936 Another boxer, Robey Leibbrandt, competed in the light-heavyweight class and won through to the semi-finals after defeating the Czechoslavakian Frantisek Havelka in the quarterfinals, but he had broken his right hand in the second round of the contest. Daan Bekker and Henry Loubscher continued South Africa’s fine Olympic boxing record, with bronze medals in the heavyweight and light-welterweight divisions respectively. South Africa placed eighth on the boxing medal table, although the country’s total of four medals was the fourth highest. Boxer Willie Toweel, a member of the famous Toweel family, won bronze in the flyweight division. As a professional, he went on to a record of 46 wins, six losses and two draws with 23 knockouts. Rome 1960Rome, in Italy, hosted the 1960 Olympics, which were to prove South Africa’s last for another 32 years. Cyclists George Estman, Robert Fowler, Thomas Shardelow and Alfred Swift teamed up to lift silver in the men’s 4 000 metres pursuit, while Raymond Robinson and Shardelow also won silver in the 2 000 metres tandem. South Africa finished in 18th place on the medal table. The USA, with 38 golds and 84 medals in total, claimed top spot ahead of Sweden and France. South Africa finished in 28th place on the medal table. The Soviet Union repeated as the top team, winning 43 gold medals and 103 medals in total. The USA, in second, won 34 gold medals and 71 medals overall. He later returned to South Africa, dropped off the coast by a submarine, to lead Operation Weissdorn, a plan to overthrow the government of General Jan Smuts. Despite the handicap and the pain he was in, Leibbrandt refused to give up and took on Frenchman Roger Michelot in the semi-finals, with the use of only his left hand. As a result, it withdrew South Africa’s invitation to the Tokyo Games and said the decision could be overturned only when South Africa renounced racial discrimination in sport and opposed the ban in the country on competition between black and white athletes. South Africa banned from the Olympics After a hugely gutsy performance, it appeared to the crowd and the media that Leibbrandt had won through to the final, but in a controversial decision, in a competition dogged by them, Michelot was declared the winner on points. The Frenchman went on to easily win the gold medal, defeating Germany’s Richard Vogt on points. Doctors, meanwhile, barred Leibbrandt from contesting the bout for the bronze medal. London 1948Because of the Second World War, there was a 12-year break before the Olympics were next held in 1948 in London.last_img read more

Several Bridges to be Completed This Year

first_imgWorks are to be completed on several bridges across the island under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP),this financial year.This was disclosed by State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 5.“Bridges are a vital element of the nation’s main road network, and the Government is determined to ensure that bridges across the island are modern, safe and reliable,” he said.The National Works Agency (NWA) will be completing work on the following structures: Westmoreland Bridge, St. Mary; Craigmill Modular Bridge, Portland; Kintyre Modular Bridge, St. Andrew; John’s Hall Bridge, St. James; Southwood Bridge, Clarendon; Stony Bridge, Westmoreland; and Robin’s Bay Box Culvert, St. Mary.The State Minister further informed that the “much heralded Cassia Park and Queensborough Bridges, will be officially opened to the public in the near future.”Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Manitoba Premier says tax cut will come even if opposition delays bill

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his long-promised cut to the provincial sales tax will take effect July 1, even if the opposition delays the legislation that enacts it.Opposition parties in the Manitoba legislature are allowed to choose up to five bills each spring and hold them back until the fall. Pallister said Friday his government will make the cut effective as of Canada Day, even if the bill is still before the legislature.“Just as the NDP did,” Pallister told The Canadian Press, pointing to 2013 when the then-NDP government raised the sales tax to eight per cent from seven on July 1, even though the Progressive Conservatives opposition delayed passage of the relevant bill until December.“We stayed here through the long hot days of the summer on principle, opposing their attempt to break their word to Manitobans. But they still imposed the (tax) hike.”Pallister promised to reverse the tax increase during the 2016 election campaign. On Thursday, the government introduced a budget that, among other things, would bring the sales tax back down to seven per cent.Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Friday his party has not yet decided whether to delay the budget bill, which would also change some income tax measures and eliminate a subsidy to political parties.“We want to see what else this government’s legislative agenda looks like,” Kinew said.Kinew acknowledged the government has the ability to enact the tax cut as scheduled, regardless of his efforts.It’s common for governments to raise taxes on items such as tobacco and fuel immediately on budget day, even though the budget bills are not passed into law for weeks or months.But last year, the NDP delayed a bill that would have enacted a provincial carbon tax beyond the initial Sept. 1 start date. The government reacted by pushing back the start date to December and later, in a dispute with the federal government, abandoned the tax altogether.Kinew and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont have already indicated they will vote against the sales tax cut, although they cannot block it due to the Progressive Conservative majority in the legislature.Kinew said the tax cut is coming at the expense of proper funding for health care, education and other programs.Pallister said the cut will put a little extra money in people’s pockets.“The money is staying with the senior couple that’s trying to make ends meet … the money is staying with the single mom trying to support her kids, the money is staying with a family-owned business that’s trying to create jobs.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nassau Farmers say it will take 60 Million to rebound from storm

first_img Related Items:#FarmersUnitedAssociation, #HurricaneMatthewdevastatesfarmers, #MagenticMediaNews Favorite Things – Police Cadet Corps Relaunched in The Bahamas Favorite Things – CCTV Launched in Jamaica, dubbed the “Jamaica Eye” Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 30, 2017 – Nassau – Farmers in The Bahamas have pull and are important because they reduce the importation of food by an astounding $1 billion dollars per year; that is why the Farmer United Association of Nassau believes its presentation to the Minister of Agriculture following the double devastation of Hurricane Matthew and contaminated feed which wiped out livestock will get them some assistance.The FUA has put the injection required at $60 million, telling media that to rebound it will take $30,000 per acre.  There is said to be 2000 acres of farm land in Nassau and 60-100 members of the FUA.  The farmers have organized themselves and president of the newly formed group, Caron Shepherd explained that the farmers are still trying to overcome issues with salt in the soil and the Ministry has yet to disclose if the tests on the feed to pigs and hogs was contaminated.Shepherd agreed that the $60 Million request was unprecedented and said the voucher offered to the farmers by Agriculture Minister, V Alfred Gray would likely be insufficient to replenish the farms.#MagenticMediaNews#FarmersUnitedAssociation#HurricaneMatthewdevastatesfarmers TCI: New Training Center opened by Hotel & Tourism Associationlast_img read more

Missing 3yearold boy in Linda Vista found after intensive fivehour search

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:59 PM Posted: October 9, 2018 Missing 3-year-old boy in Linda Vista found after intensive five-hour search October 9, 2018 , KUSI Newsroom , KUSI Newsroom, **UPDATE** Thank you to everyone for their help. Kevin Serrano has been safely located. pic.twitter.com/pklfvKI0bL— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) October 9, 2018After initial police investigations, officials have determined Maria Flores provided police with false information on her son’s welfare. According to the latest press release, Flores was arrested for 148.3(a) PC (filing a false police report), and was booked in to jail on the charge. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A toddler who went missing under “highly unusual” circumstances in Linda Vista Tuesday was found unharmed following an intensive five-hour search of the neighborhood just north of Mission Valley, a police lieutenant said.The exhaustive efforts to find 3-year-old Kevin Serrano began in the late morning and continued into the mid-afternoon, when the boy was “safely located,” according to San Diego police. It was not immediately clear where the errant tyke turned up.Officers scoured streets, yards and canyons around the Serrano family’s home in the 2500 block of Ulric Street on foot, aboard patrol motorcycles and from above in a police helicopter. Search teams with scenting dogs also took part.The child’s mother reported him missing about 10:15 a.m., telling officers she had left him alone in a room in their apartment for about five minutes and returned to find him gone.The woman “frantically” searched the grounds of the complex for about 10 minutes before making a 911 call, Lt. Christian Sharp told reporters.“(We) have the helicopter and about 30-plus officers and more officers arriving in to continue the search,” Sharp said at midday.The brown-haired, roughly 35-pound boy, who was wearing blue “Cookie Monster” pajamas at the time of his disappearance, had no history of wandering away from home, the lieutenant told news crews.The child’s mother told police the front door to their apartment was closed but unlocked when she left the room her son was in and remained so when she returned to find him gone.“So this is highly unusual, and that’s why we’re taking this extremely seriously,” Sharp said.Shortly after 3 p.m., police announced that Kevin had been found. The agency did not immediately provide details about how and where he had been located.last_img read more