Tough sledding…

first_img…for sugar workersIt’s going on two years since 5700 sugar workers were fired directly when the PNC Government had GuySuCo shutter four sugar estates. Another 2000 were also placed on the roti-lines when private farmers who supplied cane to the closed sugar estates had to go out of business. How are these people going to find employment to take care of the more than 30,000 persons who depend on then to survive??Well, back in 2015, not long after they slid into office, the PNC had launched the “Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) Initiative” to deal with poverty in communities across the land. Handled through the Ministry of Communities, a Social Protection Department would identify opportunities in communities for unemployed persons to open up all sorts of small businesses by getting training and loans. In Aug 2015, Finance Minister Jordan announced a budget of $117 MILLION for the next four months. So far so good.Now with those 7700 sugar workers facing starvation from 2016-2017 – especially in Berbice – you’d think SLED was tailor-made to help them out, wouldn’t you? Well, if you thought so, you’d be wrong!!In 2016, 2017 and 2018, similar budgets of around $100 million annually were given to SLED, and hundreds were transitioned into poultry farming, condiment manufacturing, etc. $155 million was given to LEN in Linden, but not a single cent to the devastated sugar communities drowning in despair.This was revealed last week when PPP MP Vindhya Persaud quizzed the Government benches and the sordid tale slipped out. The excuse offered by PNC Whip Amna Ally is that while SLED was supposed to help any and all communities, the folks in the communities had to APPLY…and then they’ll be funded!! Really?? Going by the optics, your Eyewitness could see in every instance when the recipients of funding from SLED were publicised, they were overwhelmingly from the PNC’s constituency!! And he’ll bet dollars to donuts those folks didn’t apply for any SLED help – without FIRST being organised by PNC activists.That lady who was pardoned by President Granger and then received a $200,000 grant, was she organised? All those delinquent youths who passed through the US Embassy’s programme SKYE, did they organise themselves? Pleeeease!! We all know what’s going on here, don’t we? It’s pork-barrel time for PNC supporters…and let the good times roll!!And from a PNC perspective, the different treatment makes sense, doesn’t it? Since their closure of the sugar factories was designed to drive a stake into the heart of the PPP support base, why keep that base alive by SLED interventions? To these army types, their motto is drawn from their training in warfare: Show no mercy to the enemy!!…in Cricket AdministrationYour Eyewitness had a good chuckle – even a few guffaws! – over a letter and article written by David Hinds, in which he claimed the PPP Government facilitated the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) in policies for board and team selections he deemed to be “racial”!! Which country was he living in over the past decade, when the PPP Government and the GCB were locked in mortal combat? Well, he was living in the US…but the fella does keep up with matters “back home”, so there’s got to be some other factor operating here.Didn’t he hear about that High Court judgement against the GCB, for an IMC to be established and new elections to be held? Didn’t he hear about a Linden local board being facilitated to open up the voting process? Didn’t Rupert Roopnaraine, on behalf of the APNU, support the new Cricket Bill in the House? Wasn’t it Basil Williams who removed the lawyer appointed by Nandlall, the PPP AG, from fighting the GCB’s appeal??Give the PPP its (maroon) jacket!!…for Bangladesh CricketYour Eyewitness didn’t realise how much Bangladesh is despised by its fellow South Asian cricket teams for their showboating, until he saw the latter’s reaction to their drubbing at the hands of the WI!!The Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans take schadenfreude to a new low!!last_img read more

Keith Thurman has appetite for destruction of ‘legend’ Manny Pacquiao

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Benefits of township living MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Thurman, 30, has relentlessly fanned the flames for the contest by stating he plans to send Pacquiao into retirement.On Tuesday, Thurman took a more respectful tone against Pacquaio, the eight-division world champion who remains one of boxing’s biggest draws as he prepares for the 71st fight of a two-decade professional career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThurman said he plans to take an aggressive approach into the fight as he chases an emphatic victory.“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to destroy a legend and create my own legacy,” Thurman said on a conference call. With 19 aces, gutsy comeback, Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semis View comments Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Manny Pacquiao faces off with Keith Thurman during a press conference before their WBA Welterweight Championship fight at The Beverly Hills Hotel on May 22, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPKeith Thurman warned Tuesday he is targeting the destruction of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao when the two welterweights face off in Las Vegas later this month.The undefeated Thurman puts his World Boxing Association welterweight crown on the line against the 40-year-old Pacquiao on July 20 at the MGM Grand.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer “How can I not Babe Ruth it and step up to the plate, point and start swinging. How can I not go for it? I’ve got an ‘0’ and I’m not afraid to let it go.“If Manny Pacquiao is the man that beats me, he’s the man that beats me. I’m going to shake his hand after the fight and congratulate him.“It is what it is. But when Keith Thurman steps into the ring, you’re dealing with Keith Thurman. And he’s a bad man.”Thurman sees the fight as his chance to claim victory over one of the greats of boxing in Pacquiao (61-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts).“Manny Pacquiao towards the end of his career, all those fights, and his record — it’s as if I’m fighting Sugar Ray Robinson himself. It’s as if I’m fighting Roberto Duran,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “This is Manny Pacquiao. It’s a tremendous feeling and it’s going to feel even greater when my hand is raised at the end of the night.”Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), who last fought in January when he was made to work hard for a majority decision win over Josesito Lopez, said Pacquiao’s victory over Adrien Broner, also in January, had inspired him.“He wants to prove his greatness. He’s still reaching for greatness at the age of 40 and it’s admirable,” Thurman said.“I was impressed by his performance against Adrien Broner. It was inspiring. After watching him, I got out into the streets and ran at one in the morning. Because I just watched a 40-year-old man beat a much younger man. Manny has done so much, but he wants to do more,” Thurman said.“I want to do more too, and on the 20th I want to show you more.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Police closely pursuing suspects

first_imgBrazen WBD armed robberiesIn light of the two brazen robberies carried out by gunmen on two West Bank Demerara (WBD) businesses in a 24-hour span on Wednesday last, Police ranks are following their leads to close in on the prime suspects.While it is unclear if both attacks were directly linked; on Saturday, Guyana Times was informed that one of the suspects being pursued by the Police was the main perpetrator behind the crime.Reports had indicated that the first robbery was committed at Murphy’s Shop in Murphy Street, Good Intent Village, when Massy delivery workers were reportedly held at gunpoint and robbed by a lone gunman.The Murphy Street business where the delivery truck was reportedly robbed on WednesdayThis attack was said to have occurred around 14:00h when the proprietor’s daughter and niece were about to receive goods from the delivery truck.The proprietor of the shop had related that her business was well secured which prevented the gunman from making off with anything from the shop. However, this publication was told that the gunman carted off not only the personal belongings of the delivery truck workers but money and property of Massy.Meanwhile, reports further indicated that the second robbery had occurred around 21:10h that Wednesday when two gunmen stormed a Sisters Village roadside shop and bar, and reportedly forced several persons to lie face down while they were relieved of their belongings.A male victim of the attack told this newspaper that he was purchasing phone cards when the bandits arrived; they whipped out a hand gun, forced him to the ground and made off with his mobile phone and money.Guyana Times had also been informed that as one of the gunmen held up persons in the shop; the other had ransacked the home of the shop’s owner.last_img read more

Trinidadian fraudster charged again

first_imgA Trinidadian who is currently on remand on charges of fraud that occurred at two city hotels a few months ago, on Friday made another appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for another charge of fraud at another city hotel.Anthony Nestor, 28, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge which stated that between September 2 and 17 at Eldorado Inn at Thomas and Quamina Streets, Georgetown, he incurred a debt of $135,000 by means of staying at the hotel and refusing to pay.Police prosecutor Kevin London told the court that the virtual complainant was reading a local newspaper when he spotted an article about the defendant defrauding hotels. As such, he made a report to the Police Station and investigations were launched. Nestor was subsequently charged with the present offence.London informed the court that the defendant sought accommodation at the Eldorado Inn by stating that he had lost his baggage on a Caribbean Airlines flight. He was granted permission to stay without paying until he retrieved his luggage. However, that was not the case.The unrepresented man told the court that he lost his baggage and was unable to pay, however he is now able to pay immediately through his spouse.He handed over the money to a representative of the hotel in court but was $5000 short. He promised to pay the balance by Monday.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan made it known to the defendant that failure to pay the remaining monies will incur a four-month sentence.In addition he was placed on a 12 months bond to keep the peace.Meanwhile, Nestor remains on remand for the previous charges which stated that between April 1 and 15, 2016, at Brandsville, he incurred a debt of $206,804 and at Opus Hotel, between April 15 and 18, by falsely pretending he had a valid credit card, obtained $66,000 in credit.According to Trinidadian newspapers Nester has been charged several times for fraud-related charges.last_img read more

Body dragged to truck, witness says

first_imgA witness testifying at a pretrial hearing Monday in last fall’s slaying of a 21-year-old gang member said he helped drag the body into a stolen truck that was later driven to a tony Studio City neigborhood and set on fire. The 17-year-old witness said Sevastian “Stomper” Uribe, who is accused of murdering Jose “Clever” Morales, asked him to drag the bullet-ridden body into the 1992 black Nissan pickup. Last September, firefighters found Morales’ charred body inside the truck, which was engulfed in flames when they arrived at the leafy, 4100 block of Farmdale Avenue in Studio City. The Daily News is not identifying the witness because of his age. Uribe, 26, is charged with murder and faces a life sentence. Prosecutors say the shooting took place at Uribe’s North Hollywood home. They say Uribe – with the help of his live-in girlfriend, Analissa Mendoza, 38, and her friend Rebecca Harding, 26 – drove the body about a mile into Studio City and doused the body and the truck with gasoline before setting them on fire. Mendoza and Harding face about 41/2 years if convicted of arson and mutilation of human remains. Harding is also accused of stealing the pickup truck. The 17-year-old witness answered a battery of questions during a preliminary hearing in Van Nuys Superior Court. He said there had been about 10 people smoking marijuana and drinking beer from a keg that night. Scattered around the house, shared by Uribe and Mendoza, were glass pipes that police photographed and said were used to smoke methamphetamines. The boy said he had been smoking pot with Uribe and others in the living room when Morales and Uribe began to argue about Mendoza. “Stomper told me to leave (the room),” he said. With the rest of the party out of sight from the living room, a shot rang out from the living room and then a flurry of shots went off, he said. When the boy returned to the living room, he saw Morales’ body on the floor covered in blood. He said Uribe ordered him back to the kitchen to wash dishes. Uribe began sopping up the blood with towels, police said, and then wrapped up Morales in sheets and towels. The boy said he helped Uribe carry the body to the garage where the stolen pickup was parked. Defense attorneys, however, say the killing was a matter of self defense and depicted Morales as a gun-toting gangster and former boyfriend of Mendoza who threatened to kill Uribe. Prosecutors say Morales was unarmed. Lead Detective Martin Pinner of the Los Angeles Police Department, who interviewed Harding days after the killing, said she told him she hid in the basement after hearing the shots. She said she later joined Mendoza and the two met up with Uribe about a mile from his home. There, Uribe poured gasoline on the body and the pickup, Pinner said Harding told him. “Uribe instructed her to light the truck on fire,” Pinner said. “It burst into flames. She started running. … She jumped back into the car (with Mendoza and Uribe).” The hearing will continue today. (818) 713-3741 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

Man fights off follow-home robber

first_img Anyone with information is asked to call the Mission Division watch commander at (818) 838-9800. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. PANORAMA CITY – A follow-home robbery was thwarted Tuesday night when the victim fought off his assailant, police said. Ricardo Sainc, 22, cashed a money order at a local store, then returned to his home in the 9000 block of Tobias Avenue where a man knocked at his door and forced his way inside, officials said. Sainc fought off his assailant, who fled. The assailant was described only as a 19- to 20-year-old Latino, 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds. Sainc was likely followed home after having seen him come out of the store counting his cash, officials said. 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

‘It could be a few weeks’ – Wenger admits fears over crocked Arsenal star

first_img1 Arsene Wenger fears Laurent Koscielny’s Achilles’ tendon injury could be serious.The French defender was withdrawn at half-time of the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.Now Wenger is waiting on the results of a scan on the injured tendon to determine how long the 31-year-old will be sidelined for.Ahead of the clash with West Ham on Wednesday night, Wenger said: “Of course we lose Laurent Koscielny. For how much time I don’t know.“It is certainly serious, yes, because it’s an Achilles problem.“If he has ruptured a few fibres in the tendon it could be a few weeks. If it’s just an inflammation then he could be maybe available for Crystal Palace.”Meanwhile, midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain face late fitness tests ahead of the visit of the Hammers. Laurent Koscielny last_img read more

Future of Nelles site still unclear

first_imgCouncilman Joe Vinatieri said while the earlier versions of the bills, that were amended Aug. 24, prohibited the sale of Nelles, the new bills put the site in the same position it was to start with. The only difference is that it must be put up for sale again by the Department of General Services (DGS), which oversees state property, before the process of trying to develop the site can get back on track. “If it passes today, it’s just the first step,” Vinatieri said. “We won’t have any bills saying \ has to be a prison or that it can’t be sold, but we still have the challenge of convincing the governor to let DGS sell it.” Lawmakers told the governor Tuesday they would not approve some of the major aspects of his $6 billion prison reform plan, proposing to fund less than $1 billion of it, published accounts said. Schwarzenegger ordered a special session on prison overcrowding this month after it became apparent that bed space in the state’s penitentiaries is projected to run out in June. In an effort to head off the release of thousands of inmates, the governor was forced to halt the pending sale of any surplus correctional sites in order to review the possibility of reopening them. “The whole thing started when the state lost a lawsuit by a prisoners’ rights group making the state responsible for the health and safety needs of prisoners,” Warner said. “That’s when the governor said time- out, we have to address the overcrowding and look at all our sites.” State Public Works Board members had been scheduled July 14 to formally approve the sale of the 73-acre Nelles site to private developer Meruelo Maddux Properties of Los Angeles, which submitted a high bid of $107 million for the property. Instead, acting on a request from the DGS, the board pulled the approval from its agenda to allow officials more time to consider whether Nelles should be reopened as a prison, officials said. But the move came nearly two weeks after Schwarzenegger called on June 26 for the state to build more prisons. The governor said he worried that the federal government could seize control of overcrowded state prisons unless more lockups are built soon. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Local and state lawmakers managed to keep the Fred C. Nelles Correctional Facility out of all legislation related to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $6 billion prison package by the session deadline Thursday night. However, since the Assembly never voted on their prison-related bills, it’s still possible for lawmakers to add it to new legislation if the special session is reconvened before Nov. 30, said city officials. The Senate passed some similar bills Wednesday night. Whittier officials have been in Sacramento around the clock this past week in an effort to head off any last-minute amendments that would put Nelles in a position to be re-opened as a correctional facility. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesHowever, the Assembly’s failure to vote on the prison bills Thursday does not mean Nelles is out of danger yet, said Councilman Greg Nordbak. “The subject can still come back up again between now and Nov. 30,” Nordbak said. “The issue is not over until they agree to sell it for the benefit of the city.” Both the Senate and Assembly bills were re-written in the past week, removing any mention of Nelles as a potential target for re-opening. But Mayor Cathy Warner said that was just the first round. “The Senate bill stipulates that all state facilities must be evaluated and reviewed by April 1, 2007,” Warner said. “But who’s to say what can or can’t happen by April 1? If we make a concerted effort with the governor to work out something that can benefit the administration while facilitating the sale, then maybe we can have a development.” last_img read more

Vertonghen calls on Spurs’ fringe players to step up as injury crisis worsens

first_img revealed gameday cracker Jan Vertonghen, right, returned to the Tottenham side for Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Read In Football BEST OF 2 RANKED On the pair, Vertonghen added: “Yeah we have to assess the other cases as well but these two guys are just massive for us.“Especially over the last couple of months, they’ve been immense.“We’ve got other great players, who I didn’t name now, but they’re vital for us and we hope they’ll both be back soon.How Tottenham can line-up without Kane AND Son“It’s a shame but it’s one of those things.“That’s why we have the other guys and the other guys have to stand up now.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 Midfielder Sissoko was forced off in the first half with a groin injury, while leading scorer Kane limped off at the end after hurting his left ankle.Spurs have confirmed Kane damaged ligaments in his left ankle during Sunday’s clash.The England striker will continued to be monitored by the club’s medical staff and is expected to return to training in early March. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Number of games missed by injured Tottenham stars in 2018/19 Vertonghen has urged Spurs’ fringe players to step up to the plate latest SORRY Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos REVEALED Jan Vertonghen has issued a rallying call to Tottenham’s fringe players insisting they need to stand up and be counted after Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko joined the club’s “crazy” injury list.The pair were both injured during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Wembley. Vertonghen, who returned to action against United after a month out with a thigh problem, said on the club’s injury crisis: “It’s crazy, huh? But you always have to think with the players you’ve got.“I’m sure other teams have had injuries but we’ve had a couple more.“I think you’ve always seen that every time someone got injured, other people were there to perform.“I hope we’ll see that this time.” Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Victor Wanyama 13Mous Dembélé: 12Jan Vertonghen: 10Serge Aurier: 8Eric Dier: 6Davinson Sánchez: 6Juan Foyth: 5Hugo Lloris: 4Michel Vorm: 4Danny Rose: 4Dele Alli: 4Moussa Sissoko: 3Kieran Trippier: 2Christian Eriksen: 2Harry Winks: 1 Spurs are also without Eric Dier (appendicitis), Victor Wanyama and Lucas Moura (both knee).Forward Heung-Min Son is also unavailable due to his involvement in the Asian Cup.Should South Korea reach the final of the Asian Cup, Son will miss at least four Tottenham fixtures.Third-placed Spurs are now just one point clear of London rivals Chelsea as they battle to clinch a top-four spot.But Vertonghen insisted: “We are in four competitions and we have got the quality to compete in every single game and every single competition, hopefully we can do something special this season.”last_img read more

Rethinking Enterprise Storage in the Cloud Era

first_imgTo meet the rising expectations of end users, and to keep pace with an unprecedented influx of data, the IT organization now must find ways to deliver high-performance, scalable storage with the agility and economics of a public cloud. This new approach to the delivery of storage services requires a combination of innovative technologies that drive higher performance and automated management of the entire storage environment—so data is always stored at the right cost and the right level of performance.To enable this cloud-like approach to storage, enterprises need to identify the right combinations of optimized hardware and software components. These combinations enable storage to be provisioned from a private cloud in a matter of seconds—all via a self-service portal and guided by backend management software that applies policies set by IT administrators.At Intel, we understand these new requirements for enterprise storage in the cloud era. More specifically, we have a sharp focus on the technologies that will enable high-performance scalable storage for enterprise private clouds in an affordable manner—from next-generation Intel® Xeon® processors to new 3D XPoint technology for non-volatile memory and solid-state storage. Together with our OEM and open-source software partners, we are working actively to create a reference architecture that will bring the vision to life.In one such collaboration, we are working with HP, Red Hat, and other partners to enable new advanced technologies and open source Ceph storage management software. In this particular project, we are optimizing Ceph to take full advantage of the capabilities of Intel® Solid State Drives (SSDs) and associated Intel technologies, including Intel® Cache Acceleration Software (Intel® CAS). This reference architecture integrates hardware with soon-to-be-available-on-the-market software in a new way to achieve the scalability, affordability, and performance results private clouds seek.  A broader goal is to drive the adoption of Ceph and enable the efforts of the open source community.This collaboration, which will be in the spotlight at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco August 18-20, proves that with the right combination of SSDs, optimized storage software, and enterprise-class processors, you can create a system that delivers tremendous improvements in storage performance. We’re talking about gains measured in orders-of-magnitude over conventional systems built around hard disk drives (HDDs). Even better, we’re showing that you can achieve this top-tier performance while making sure that data is stored in a cost-effective manner.If you attended IDF, the week of August 18-20, you may have seen a demo of an Intel-based high-performance, scale-out cloud storage solution with HP Helion OpenStack® and  high-density HP Apollo servers‌ firsthand. For more information about this effort and what we showed at IDF, please click here for the presentation delivered by Nigel Cook, Deric Horn (HP), and Craig Belusar (HP) called High Performance Scale-out Storage for the Enterprise Private Cloud.Intel, the Intel logo Xeon, Intel Atom, and Intel Core are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. By Nigel Cook, Intel Fellow, Chief Cloud Architect, Data Center Group, Innovation Pathfinding & Architecture Group at IntelIn today’s world, a business department can spin up a storage environment in a public cloud in a matter of minutes. To offer business users the same level of agility, enterprise IT teams need private cloud deployment models that enable the rapid self-service delivery of high-performance storage services. In other words, enterprise IT organizations now need to think and perform like cloud service providers.This shift requires a rethinking of current processes and approaches to storage provisioning and management. In a conventional environment, storage is manually provisioned and matched to the specific needs of the application. When a business department wants to bring a new application online, it might take a month or two for the IT team to provision appropriate storage and carry out all the checks and balances to ensure end-to-end functionality. That doesn’t sound very cloud-like, does it? Lags of weeks or months are unacceptable in the cloud era.last_img read more