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What more can Guyanese expect?

first_imgDear Editor,This PNC-led coalition administration is making clear its intention to do whatever suits its fancy as policy.  Consider some of its policy positions and outcomes:1.       Vat on basic items, which has increased hardships for pensioners and the majority of worker2.       No jobs for youths, university graduates and school leavers3.       Continued disregard for workers’ unions seeking to address their members’ welfare issues4.       Increasing incidents of crime and robbery, although our Police seem to think otherwise5.       Guyana being taken for a ride by oil companies, which has caused us to potentially lose billions of foreign currency receipts as our natural resources are farmed out to be plundered6.       Sugar workers being thrown out of work and given a run-around to collect their severance, very likely out of political spite, and apparently also to try to run them out of the country7.       More sugar workers likely to be retrenched by 2020, in an already difficult economic environment8.       Expected lower foreign currency earnings, and higher anticipated exchange rates9.       Slowing economic activities as many small businesses feel the pinch10.   Activities of the people at the M&CC being condoned by the coalition as they continue messing up management at the Council11.   Rice farmers being thrown off of their lands, apparently without an attempt to address their concerns12.   Little effort toward establishing a framework for dialogue with the private sector, to collaborate on employment creation initiatives13.   The coalition not listening to public opinion, and being intent on making life much harder14.   Guyana heading downhill at an increasing rate, as our Government ministers enjoy their 50% increase and lavish lifestyles while telling us about the good life…  Have we heard any signs of discontent from them?What more can Guyanese expect? We can look forward to a new Government.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

Father shot thrice, daughter once – autopsy

first_imgDead: Arianna LatchmanDead: Aaron LatchmanBetter Hope double murder– Police yet to make arrestMoney changer, Aaron Latchman was reportedly shot three times while his daughter, Arianna, received a single shot to her chest following a robbery at their Better Hope, East Coast Demerara home on Thursday.This was revealed by Dr Nehaul Singh, who performed the autopsies on the bodies on Friday morning. However, the police are yet to arrest the perpetrators who were seen leaving the yard with a bag containing money.On Friday the family members, especially the wife of the now dead businessman and her 14-year-old daughter, were still in a state of shock. At the home, other family members were preparing for a wake.The family’s domestic worker, Meena Hookchand, described Latchman as a dedicated father and husband. She noted that it is customary for Arianna to spend time at home when the University of Guyana closes for the holiday.“She used to go to UG but it close off so she would be at home, the people come in from the back…he does do everything for his children, he even does prepare they boots and clothes and bag. When I come in on Saturday, he done wash it and hang it up…ow! He had just dropped off his 14-year-old daughter to after-school classes” the woman cried.It is believed that upon returning home, he was confronted by the two armed men. It was reported that Latchman was held at gunpoint and escorted to the upper flat of his home with his 18-year-old daughter.Reports are that the teen was attacked and shot to her chest when the bandits entered the house through the back door and began demanding cash.They were then seen escorting Latchman into the yard where they shot him multiple times before escaping with a bag of cash.However, a source said that the elder Latchman fought with the bandits and managed to disarm one of them before he was shot.The bandits quickly made good their escape in a white Toyota Carina 212 motorcar, leaving a trail of money behind. The man and his daughter were picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were both pronounced dead on arrival.The now dead man’s wife – an employee of the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital – was not at home at the time of the incident. She, nevertheless, turned up at the house and was inconsolable as she received the news of the deaths of her husband and daughter.Meanwhile, one woman was arrested moments after the men left the scene. She reportedly picked up a number of notes that were left behind by the bandits without informing the police. She was taken to the Sparendaam Police Station. It is unclear if she was released.The police have confirmed that while they have not arrested anyone as yet for the murders, they are working with several leads and are optimistic that an arrest is forthcoming.last_img read more

Coroner: Anna Nicole died of accidental drug overdose

first_img An inquest into Daniel”s death is scheduled to start Tuesday in the Bahamas, where he died. Smith grew up in Texas and went from topless dancer to Playboy Playmate of the Year, Guess jeans model and bride of 89-year-old oilman J. Howard Marshall II. She took her fight for Marshall”s estimated $500 million fortune as far as the Supreme Court, and the ongoing battle could make her infant daughter, Dannielynn, very wealthy. Stern and two other men have claimed to be the baby”s father.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DANIA BEACH, Fla. — Former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental overdose of a sleeping medication and other drugs after she was found unresponsive at a hotel, authorities said today. Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper said Smith died of “combined drug intoxication” with the sleeping medication chloral hydrate as the major factor. Smith was taking a lengthy list of other medications, including methadone for pain, he said. Chloral hydrate is a sedative used to treat insomnia and alcohol withdrawal, relieve anxiety and ease post-surgery pain. Perper said Smith had been on several antidepressant and antianxiety drugs prior to her death. “We found nothing to indicate any foul play,” said Chief Charlie Tiger of the Seminole police department. Perper said the detailed autopsy also showed no evidence of disease. Smith, 39, was found unresponsive Feb. 8 in her room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. The weeks after her death were filled with public courtroom drama and private whispers about what might have killed her. Officials delayed releasing the autopsy results because of additional evidence, not publicly released. Perper”s initial examination had revealed no serious injuries to her body. Perper said then that prescription drugs, but no illegal drugs, were found in Smith”s hotel room, though he wouldn”t identify them. Smith had arrived at the Hard Rock on Feb. 5 and planned to leave four days later aboard a new yacht that her companion Howard K. Stern was arranging to buy. She was seldom seen outside her room during her stay: She was said to be suffering from a stomach flu before she died. Because her death was so sudden, and because her 20-year-old son Daniel died under suspicious circumstances five months earlier, there has been speculation about possible criminal activity surrounding the deaths. The Seminole Police Department investigated the case because the casino is on tribal land.last_img read more

Liverpool eye more misery for Man Utd as City, Spurs seek fresh start

first_imgThe European champions have shot into an eight-point lead even over their closest challengers in City, thanks to a run of 17 straight Premier League wins stretching back to last season.By contrast, United have won just two of their last 13 league games.Injury problems that have contributed to the Red Devils’ early season struggles have struck again with influential duo Paul Pogba and David de Gea absent.However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on his players to rise to the occasion of a clash between the two most successful sides in English football history.“I always look at the next game as a chance. The Liverpool game is a great chance for us to go the other way,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.“It’s in my nature to think of the best-case scenario. I know the fans and the players will be up for it.“We need to step up to the plate, and these are the big games that you sign up for at Man United – you have to show your quality.”Jurgen Klopp celebrated his fourth anniversary at Anfield earlier this week, but for all the German’s achievements in transforming Liverpool’s fortunes, he his yet to taste victory at Old Trafford.Liverpool have not won on their past six visits to United and left-back Andy Robertson warned that form will not count for much given the historical rivalry between the sides.“I don’t think it matters what your form is like in these games. It doesn’t matter that we’ve won eight on the bounce and they’re struggling. It’s Man Utd v Liverpool,” said the Scotland captain.“It’s genuinely a different atmosphere when you play against them.”In contrast to United’s misfortune, Liverpool have been handed an injury boost with the news Joel Matip is fit to return at centre-back, but Mohamed Salah remains a doubt after suffering an ankle injury in a 2-1 win over Leicester before the international break.De Bruyne boost for CityCity must bounce back to winning ways after a shock 2-0 home defeat to Wolves two weeks ago to at least apply some pressure on Liverpool when they visit Crystal Palace on Saturday.The champions badly missed Kevin de Bruyne a fortnight ago and should have the Belgian international back from a groin strain as they look to become the first visiting side to win at Selhurst Park this season.City have scored 25 goals in the six Premier League games De Bruyne has started this season, but been beaten in two matches he has not.Palace have confounded pre-season predictions to sit level with fourth-placed Leicester and Chelsea on 14 points.Tottenham happy to welcome WatfordHarry Kane (left) will captain Tottenham in the absence of Hugo Lloris against Watford © AFP / Glyn KIRKThe international break may have come at the right time for Tottenham after a 3-0 thrashing at Brighton followed a humiliating 7-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Spurs have won just three of their opening 11 games in all competitions, but the visit of Watford this weekend could offer some blessed relief for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.The Hornets are the only side yet to win in the league this season and sit rock bottom of the table having conceded 20 goals in their opening eight games.“We need to start believing in ourselves again. We have the quality in the squad and can fight for everything,” said Pochettino.“We are still there, we have one point more than last season in the Champions League and we are three points from the top four.”Fixtures (all times GMT)SaturdayEverton v West Ham (1130), Leicester v Burnley, Tottenham v Watford, Wolves v Southampton, Aston Villa v Brighton, Bournemouth v Norwich, Chelsea v Newcastle (all 1400), Crystal Palace v Manchester City (1630)SundayManchester United v Liverpool (1530)MondaySheffield United v Arsenal (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is aiming to win for the first time at Old Trafford © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 18 – Liverpool can rub more salt into Manchester United wounds with a first victory at Old Trafford in five years on Sunday, while Manchester City will try to haul themselves back onto the leader’s coattails with victory at Crystal Palace.Just eight games into the season, 15 points separates Liverpool at the top of the table from United down in 12th.last_img read more

‘Chelsea are back! Diego Costa is back! Thanks Guus Hiddink!’ Blues fans optimistic

first_img1 Chelsea have looked shadows of the side which eased to the Premier League title last season, but they may finally be back. The Londoners have not lost in their last four Premier League matches now, after starting 2016 with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. The visitors grew in confidence at Selhurst Park, in a much-improved team performance as Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa were on the scoresheet.Since parting company with legendary manager Jose Mourinho before Christmas, Chelsea have not lost, with victories over Palace and Sunderland and draws with Watford and Man United. Sunday’s performance against Alan Pardew’s injury-hit Eagles proved to be the turning point though, as they capped fine individual performances with a team performance – something they have not showed much this season. It was their first away win in the Premier League since August and optimistic fans took to social media to express their delight. See below: Chelsea celebrate in the 3-0 win at Selhurst Park last_img read more

New laws for 2008: car smoking ban, minimum wage hike and more

first_imgTheir hourly pay will increase by 50 cents to $8 on Jan. 1, making them the second highest paid minimum wage workers in the country along with workers in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts minimum wage also will reach $8 an hour on Jan. 1, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Washington state, which automatically adjusts its minimum wage each year to keep pace with inflation, will have the highest at $8.07 an hour. The California increase is part of a two-step adjustment approved by lawmakers in 2006. The wage jumped from $6.75 to $7.50 last Jan. 1. Here are some of the other laws that take effect with the start of the new year: LIGHTS, WATER – Legislation by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, gives the California Energy Commission until the end of 2008 to develop tougher efficiency standards for general purpose lights. Other Huffman bills authorize a $250 million subsidy program to encourage installation of solar water heaters and require the Energy Commission to establish water-efficiency standards for the design of new buildings. HOMELESS SHELTERS – A new law written by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, is intended to remove roadblocks for homeless shelters by requiring cities and counties to designate areas where shelters can be located without obtaining a conditional use permit. IDENTIFICATION DEVICES – Legislation by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, prohibits an employer or anyone else from requiring a person to have a radio frequency identification device inserted under the skin. The devices, about the size of a rice grain, can be used to track and transmit personal information about the user. FLOOD CONTROL – Cities and counties could be forced to cover a share of the damage caused by flooding if they approve new development without considering flood risks, under legislation by Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento. A related bill by Sen. Mike Machado, D-Linden, will require cities and counties in the flood-prone Central Valley to follow new flood protection requirements in making land-use decisions. GANG PARENTING – Courts could require the parents or guardians of gang members to attend parenting classes under legislation by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, that attempts to prevent first-time juvenile offenders from committing additional crimes. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS – Legislation by Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, prevents cities and counties from requiring landlords to serve as surrogate border patrol agents by obtaining and reporting the immigration status of their tenants. The measure also prohibits ordinances preventing landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. HIV TESTING – A law written by Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka, makes it more likely that people will be routinely tested for HIV and AIDS. The measure drops a requirement that patients fill out a form to have the tests. They only would have to give a doctor verbal consent to add HIV to other conditions for which they are being tested. SPERM CLEANSING – Legislation by Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, allows sperm from a man with HIV to be used to artificially inseminate a wife or partner who does not have the disease if the woman consents and the sperm is processed to minimize the possibility of infection. IRAN INVESTMENTS – The state’s two giant public pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, will be prohibited from investing in companies that have defense- or nuclear energy-related business with Iran. The bill is by Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-La Mesa. PHONY MUSIC – Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, is the author of a law that attempts to ensure that music fans who buy tickets to oldies concerts are not victims of deceptive advertising. The legislation requires performing groups to meet at least one of several standards to be able to legally use the name from the groups’ recording days. An example: The group must include at least one member who has the legal right to use the name. Bands also can avoid lawsuits by acknowledging they are a salute or tribute to the original recording group and had a name that did not confuse ticket buyers. GIFT CERTIFICATES – A law written by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, allows shoppers to cash in gift certificates that have less than $10 left in value. Consumer advocates say that will prevent stores from benefiting from an “undeserved bonanza” generated by unexhausted gift certificates that stores have refused to trade for cash. — On the Net: www.assembly.ca.gov and www.senate.ca.gov160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Lighting up behind the wheel will become an expensive habit in California if there are kids in the car. Starting Tuesday, motorists could be hit with fines of up to $100 for smoking in a vehicle containing a child. The ban is among hundreds of changes in state law that take effect with the new year. Others include the second increase in the minimum wage in 12 months and measures to require more efficient lights, promote solar water heaters and ease the way for more homeless shelters. The smoking ban is the latest attempt by the state to shield people from the health risks created by breathing secondhand smoke. California already prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces, including taverns and restaurants, and within 25 feet of a playground. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonTwo other states – Arkansas and Louisiana – have laws that bar smoking in vehicles containing children. The Arkansas statute applies to children under age 6 or 60 pounds. The Louisiana law covers children under age 13. California’s ban would prohibit smoking in a vehicle containing anyone under 18, but the traffic stop would have to be made for another offense, such as speeding, before a vehicle’s occupant could be cited for smoking. The measure’s author, state Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, agreed to that concession to assure its approval by the state Assembly, said her spokesman, Ray Sotero. Another change in law that will limit motorists’ activities – a ban on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving – takes effect July 1. For drivers under the age of 18, the prohibition extends even to handsfree use of cell phones. The new year will bring a pay raise for the 1.4 million California workers who make minimum wage. last_img read more

ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY ATHLETES RECOGNISED AT SPORTS AWARDS

first_imgTwo of Finn Valley’s outstanding young athletes were acknowledged at the annual Athletics Ireland awards night.Sarah Collins who set a new junior 5k track record in Koblenz in May 16.41.29 and Dempsey Mc Guigan who set a hammer junior record at 70.02 at Eton during the season.Those who set national marks were the recipients of certificates by Sports Minister Michael Ring at a gala dinner. Also in attendance Ulster Council chairman Neil Martin and his wife Mary. Sarah was obviously unable to be present due to Ncaa committment on the day in U S . Congrats to both from all in the club.Sarah Collins once again underlined her enormous talent as she finished 10th in the Ncaa Collegiate cross country finals @ Tom Sawyer field ,Louisville .Kentucky Saturday . For good measure her Rhode Island Providence College team placed 2nd . This is a serious indicator for the young 18 yr old a freshman athlete incidentally 2nd freshman in the race 5 secs behind Hollander 9th .Sarahs time 19.50 to winner Saina ,Iowa State 19.28 for the 6k journey in which a field of 227 qualifiers from across the U S competed .  This marks the end of her 2012 collegiate racing programme and now can focus on European junior x country in Budapest Dec 7 th .Unrelated but nevertheless most important was solid runs by James Speight and Ann Marie Speight in Seeley Cup 10k in Belfast .Dermot Brennan had a run out for DCU in IUAA road relays at Maynooth . This weekend its national inter co senior /junior and even ages in Ratoath 11.30 start bus leaves 7pm sharp from club Centre.  ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY ATHLETES RECOGNISED AT SPORTS AWARDS was last modified: November 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)last_img read more

DUNGLOE/NA ROSSA MEET NAOMH CONAILL IN MOUTH-WATERING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISIONAL FINAL

first_imgDungloe will be hoping for a repeat of this score line on Saturday night.Dungloe/Na Rossa face local rivals Naomh Conaill in a mouth-watering Minor Championship Southern Divisional Final this weekend.The amalgamation between Dungloe and Na Rossa has been a resounding success.Despite initial objections to the amalgamation from some members of both clubs, it’s clear to see its been a successful project. Dungloe/Na Rossa overcame Kilcar in a thrilling semi-final, the sides couldn’t be separated after full time and the game was forced into extra-time.Dungloe/Na Rossa eventually prevailed to advance to the Minor Championship Divisional FinalDungloe/Na Rossa have now set-up a tantalizing clash with Naomh Conaill this Saturday under the floodlights at The Banks.Dungloe/Na Rossa will enter the game as favourites to come away as the Divisional champions on Saturday night. Naomh Conaill beat local rivals Ardara in the semi final by a comfortable margin and won’t travel to Naomh Muuire expecting to be beat.Many of the Dungloe/Na Rossa side will be hungry for some silverware after they were beat in the reserve county final by St.Eunans.Dungloe/Na Rossa will expect big performances from key players Ryan Greene and Matthew Ward.Naomh Conaill wile lean heavily on they’re key players Ethan O’Donnell, Kevin McGettigan and Charles McGuiness.Naomh Conaill have had the harder previous fixtures having faced Aodh Ruadh and Ardara on the way to the final. Dungloe/Na Rossa have faced Naomh Columba and Kilcar.The two sides will meet in the Banks this Saturday in what should be a thriller.DUNGLOE/NA ROSSA MEET NAOMH CONAILL IN MOUTH-WATERING MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISIONAL FINAL was last modified: November 19th, 2014 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:dungloeGAANaomh ConaillNoticesSportlast_img read more

WEATHER WARNING AS FORECASTERS SAY SNOW ON THE WAY TO DONEGAL

first_imgDONEGAL will be hit by significant snow falls, forecasters have warned.Temperatures will rise over the weekend, but will soon plummet to freezing by Monday.And Met Eireann and the Road Safety Authority have already issued warnings that snow will hit Donegal by Wednesday or Thursday. “The early part of next week will be cold but mainly dry and bright, though with extensive night frosts occurring in most places,” said a Met Eireann spokesman.“Freezing fog will be a problem at night also and, because of the lack of wind, fog and frost may not clear some areas during daylight hours.“During the middle and later part of next week, northeast to north breezes will freshen. This means northern and counties will come under threat of snow showers which may lead to accumulations, even at lower levels.”The Road Safety Authority of Ireland is asking motorists to heed the warnings and make efforts to ensure their vehicles are ready for snow and ice. Donegal County Council has contingency plans to clear main routes across the county as black ice early next week is replaced by snow.WEATHER WARNING AS FORECASTERS SAY SNOW ON THE WAY TO DONEGAL was last modified: December 8th, 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:WEATHER WARNING AS FORECASTERS SAY SNOW ON THE WAY TO DONEGALlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Humboldt Bay continues to kick out CA halibut

first_imgIf you thought the California halibut season was over, you might want to rethink that. While the swells are too big to get offshore, and the rivers are too low to fish, Humboldt Bay just keeps producing. According to Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing, who fished the bay a couple times last week, there’s plenty of fish around to make for a great day. “The fish aren’t in every spot like they were earlier in the year, so you may have to hunt around a little to find them,” said Klassen. …last_img read more