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January 12, 2020

Timehri Prison visiting committee appointed

first_imgWith two consecutive years of prison catastrophes under its belt, the Government has moved to approve the appointment of members of the Timehri Prison visiting committee – one of several committees the Administration was criticised for not having in place.The appointments, which are retroactive, take effect from April of last year until March 31, 2018. The order was ratified by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Cabinet Secretary Edward Persico, and gazetted.The Chairman of the committee will be local businessman Ayube Mohamed; Reverend Raphael Massiah, the head of the First Assembly of God Church;The remains of the Camp Street PrisonOdetta Fogeny, a youth activist; Attorney-at-Law Jaya Singh-Backreddy; security specialist Leslie Glasgow and the committee’s secretary, Linda Paul.In March of 2016, a fire had raged through the Camp Street Prison and claimed the lives of 17 prisoners. Afterwards, a Commission of Inquiry, which cost the treasury some $13 million, was ordered by President David Granger.According to the report compiled by the Commissioners, the combination of overcrowded, uncomfortable and unhygienic confinement were all ideal conditions for epidemics, for gangs to prosper and to propagate discontent.Moreover, the CoI found that reducing numbers in prisons to manageable levels was the single most important priority for establishing safe, humane and purposeful prisons. It was further noted that repeat offenders have increased by over 100 per cent, “indicating not only a waste of taxpayer dollars but also the need for a more comprehensive and structured partnership within the wider justice system”. But despite these recommendations, the Director of Prisons himself confirmed that at the time of the fire that gutted Camp Street Prison last year, over 1000 prisoners were being housed at the prison. Camp Street Prison was originally built to house nearly half that number.last_img read more

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Injured woman in Fly Jamaica crash-landing dies

first_imgThe 85-year-old woman who was injured in the crash-landing of a Fly Jamaica flight at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) succumbed to her injuries on Friday afternoon.Guyana Times understands that Rookhia Kalloo died while receiving treatment at a private medical facility.Kalloo was among the 118 adults, two infants and eight crew members on flight OJ256, destined for Toronto, Canada. The aircraft took off from CJIA at about 02:10h on November 9, 2018, but after some time, encountered hydraulic problems, and as such returned to Timehri where it crash-landed.Meanwhile, following last week’s incident, investigators will finally be able to fully assess what exactly went wrong as the Fly Data Recorder (Black Box) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (Pink Box) have been sent to the United States to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).NTSB is an independent US Government agency that overlooks investigations into air transportation accidents. The flight, OJ256, left Guyana for Toronto, Canada, at about 02:10h on Friday last, but after reportedly encountering hydraulic issues, the pilot acted quickly and returned to the CJIA where it crash-landed at about 02:53h.On Saturday last, the NTSB investigator arrived in Guyana and worked with GCAA and other stakeholders at the crash site on Monday and Tuesday as the investigation was carried out.Although the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was the first responder to the crash site, several fire fighters caused embarrassment to themselves and the GFS for their alleged acts of theft. At least 14 of the fire fighters who were implicated in removing several devices belonging to the crew and passengers were believed to have taken the items as they had exclusive access to the crashed plane.One of the firemen had reportedly returned some of the stolen items while some were found at the Timehri Fire Service. The airline had opened their call centres around the clock and was contacting passengers with flight reservations through November 14, 2018. Arrangements were made with Caribbean Airlines to have the passengers transported to their destinations.last_img read more

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January 6, 2020

Qatar to test new 2022 stadium during Club World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Construction work underway at Doha’s Education City Stadium on May 18, 2019 © AFP / Karim ABOU MERHIDOHA, Qatar, Sep 30 – Qatar will inaugurate the third of its eight World Cup stadiums when the Education City ground hosts the Club World Cup semi-final tie on December 18, FIFA said on Monday.The 40,000-seat venue seven kilometres (four miles) outside central Doha will also host the third-place play-off and the final of the tournament which gets underway on December 11. The inaugural game will see Liverpool, as European champions, face either CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey, Al Sadd of Qatar or minnows Hienghene Sport of New Caledonia who are Oceania champions.The 2022 hosts have so far inaugurated the newly-built al-Janoub stadium in May, as well as the Khalifa International stadium which opened in 1976 and was relaunched in 2017 after a full refurbishment.“With all three venues located a maximum of 12 kilometres from central Doha, the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 will provide a glimpse of Qatar’s compact nature ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022,” FIFA said in a statement.“Taking place around the same time of the year and with matches kicking off from 17:00 local time (1400 GMT), this year’s tournament will also give teams and fans alike the chance to experience Qatar’s mild winter.”Average temperatures are expected to range between 15 and 24 celsius (59 to 75 Fahrenheit), it added.Hassan al-Thawadi, the secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said following Al-Janoub’s opening in May that two further new stadiums would be ready “by the end of this year (or) first quarter” 2020.The exact date would depend on the timing of events to launch the two venues, he added.“By 2021 all our stadiums will be ready,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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December 30, 2019

Faith in country’s politicians takes a hit

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A court must still rule whether Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s landslide win in Saturday’s presidential election is valid, but one loser was clear before the voting even began: public faith in Pakistani politics. Opposition boycotts, legal wrangling and the efforts of former leaders Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to mount a comeback are the stuff of media debate in Pakistan. But many ordinary Pakistanis feel that power is the preserve of a corrupt elite, too busy securing their own interests to tackle issues such as rising Islamic militancy and the poverty and inflation that feed it. “All politicians are the same,” said Ali Ahmad, a 28-year-old teacher in the eastern city of Quetta. “They are the enemy of poor people. They gave us nothing but suicide attacks, terrorism and violence.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMusharraf’s standing has crumbled since he tried to oust the head of the Supreme Court in March. Many saw it as a clumsy attempt to ensure the court would not enforce a constitutional bar on government employees – such as army officers – running for office. Zafar Abbas, a 30-year-old carpenter sitting under a tree opposite the Parliament building where lawmakers were voting, said the court should disqualify him. “This is not happening under the constitution and law. This is disappointing,” Abbas said. Musharraf’s decision to drop corruption cases against Bhutto, with whom he has engaged in power-sharing talks, has also demolished his stance as an anti-graft crusader. Shaukat Abdullah, a 35-year-old factory worker from Gujranwala, said the lawmakers voting for Musharraf should be ashamed. “The people sitting in Parliament are selling their conscience,” Abdullah said. “Musharraf said they (Bhutto and Sharif) had no role in politics but now he is talking of a deal with them.” But others admire Musharraf’s political craft. Zafar Iqbal, a 28-year-old shopkeeper in the eastern city of Multan, said Saturday’s vote was “just a drama, not an election.” He added, however, that the general “played his cards wisely” by dividing Pakistan’s squabbling opposition parties and sending Sharif back into exile when he tried to return to Pakistan last month. “What is happening now was well-planned, and the political parties are playing into the hands of Musharraf,” Iqbal said. To the government’s relief, general discontent has not translated into street protests. “Everyone is respecting the election process of President Musharraf by doing their business, by not coming on roads, by not responding to the aggressive calls of some of the opposition leaders,” Information Minister Mohammed Ali Durrani said. But Ijaz Shah, a grocer relaxing on the lawn in front of the Parliament building, said there is no tension because ordinary people realize that Pakistan’s military remains firmly in control. “We have a saying that `He who owns the stick, owns the buffalo,”‘ Shah said. “If the government really had support, there would have been thousands of people here to cheer it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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December 27, 2019

Will Atlantis come ‘home’?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAtlantis was the last of the shuttles to be hauled by tractor through Lancaster – up 10th Street East, later renamed Challenger Way – to be loaded on a NASA 747 at Edwards Air Force Base for its first trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. By the time Endeavour was built in 1991, population growth had added enough light poles, traffic signals and trees to make impractical towing a 75-ton spacecraft as tall as a five-story building through the city, so it was flown straight out of Plant 42. Atlantis flew its first mission in October 1985, a secret one for the Defense Department. The orbiter has since flown 20 more missions, including launching the Magellan probe to Venus and the Galileo probe to Jupiter. “Having been born and raised in the Antelope Valley, I have seen our aerospace industry grow and flourish here over the years,” said Runner. “While it was some time ago, I can remember when Palmdale first delivered Atlantis for service to NASA back in 1985.” NASA plans to retire Atlantis after a mission tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2008. NASA plans to replace the space shuttle fleet with a new spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle. The agency plans later this year to select a contractor to develop the new spacecraft. The only space shuttle in a museum is the first one, Enterprise, which never went into space but was used for flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base in the late 1970s. Enterprise is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum annex at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Runner’s bill will first be heard by the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. No date has been set yet for that hearing. between 1980 and 1985 james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Space shuttle Atlantis, rolled out of Rockwell International’s Palmdale plant in 1985 as the fourth and final of the original shuttle fleet, could return to its birthplace if a local lawmaker gets her wish. Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, has authored Assembly Joint Resolution 52, asking the California Legislature to send a request to the president and congressional leaders to send Atlantis to Palmdale after NASA retires the orbiter in 2008. “It just makes sense for Atlantis to return home to Palmdale,” Runner said. “This resolution is an important step in the process. It will demonstrate that California is united behind Palmdale as the proper location.” Palmdale’s Air Force Plant 42 was the site of the construction of the entire space shuttle fleet. Atlantis was built at what was then a Rockwell facility. While seven shuttles were originally contemplated, Atlantis was the last in the budget until the 1986 destruction of Challenger led to the creation of Endeavour from spare parts. last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Team SA optimistic ahead of WEF Davos

first_imgTeam South Africa is heading to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos in an upbeat mood. Believing that the political and economic climate is taking a turn for the better, delegates are heading to the Swiss town with the message that South Africa is an ideal partner for growth.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading a hopeful Team SA to Davos for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. He believes South Africa is renewing itself and is set for a year of growth. (Images: GCIS)Shamin ChibbaMembers of Team South Africa heading to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week are feeling optimistic about the country’s fortunes for the coming year.At a pre-WEF breakfast held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on 18 January, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is leading the delegation to Davos, assured everyone that South Africa had a better story to tell at the global event. “South Africa is renewing itself and is underpinned by unity in everything we do. We are looking forward to a great year. A year of unity and growth.”He added: “It is going to be a mammoth task getting us out of this trench as a country, but if we work together it is possible.”Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba was equally confident about Team South Africa’s trip to the Alpine town, saying the team would highlight the investment potential of both South Africa and the continent.“The Davos platform is critical for South Africa, not only to profile South Africa but to also showcase our continent as a whole. We provide a platform for many international investors to access the African market. There should not be any doubt that South Africa is open for business.”Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, at the Pre-WEF Davos Breakfast. The latter believes it is critical to use WEF Davos as a platform to showcase Africa’s economic potential.Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen noted that the political uncertainty experienced last year had resulted in a directionless economic policy. She said there was greater certainty for the near future, which would make a difference to the investment climate.“If one looks at some of the issues we have been challenged with, [for instance] our whole energy framework, it has not been settled. In fact, last year it was bouncing back and forward. We now have the opportunity to move that forward in a coherent direction,” Cohen said.“With the new leadership in place, there is an opportunity for us to really create an environment in which businesses feel safe to invest and unlock the potential of the country.”Business Leadership SA CEO Bonang Mohale said South Africa had an “amazingly good story to tell”.“There is no other country that presents a return on investment like South Africa. We [might be] below investment grade but we are hopeful. That is the message we will be taking to Davos.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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December 9, 2019

Everything You Know About Sales Is Wrong

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now “Buyers have changed,” they say. So much so, in fact, that what you know about sales is all wrong. In fact, if you’re not already looking for another line of work, you will be in, say, the next 15 minutes. Millions of salespeople will soon be roaming the streets, tin cup in one hand, cardboard sign in the other.This is what you are being told by Henny Penny, the kind of sales expert who quit their job in sales because it was too hard to make a living, telling you how you can succeed with the very challenges that drove them out of sales.This when you just had a record year in sales. This when you had double-digit top-line growth and when your profitability grew by a similar number.This, while you continue to create new opportunities using traditional prospecting methods that the “expert” insists are “outdated.” All of this when you are being told you are irrelevant at best, obsolete at worst. In spite of all that you are being told, you continue to win new clients.You keep winning deals despite the fact that you are being told that your buyers have so much power that the only way to win is to become subservient, avoiding conflict, lest you lose the deal to one who can prostrate themselves more effectively than you.You are creating opportunities even when the so-called experts tell you that the buyer’s journey is almost complete before they ever engage with someone like you. This while you are helping your clients understand why they need to change and how, something salespeople have done for centuries. Your clients (and dream clients) still turn to you to help them produce better results, even though they allegedly spend all of their time researching potential solutions on the Internet and now know as much or more than you do.Miracle of miracles, as backward and antiquated as you are, you are somehow still selling more than you sold last year. You are still succeeding in spite of what you are being told are the most radical changes to human behavior ever witnessed on Earth (or any other planet).Many years ago, I told you that the Charlatans were wrong about cold calling and social media. I am telling you now that the new variety of self-loathing sales experts are Charlatans, preying on your fears to gain attention.Has buying evolved? For sure. But if salespeople have everything wrong, how do we keep producing better results from year to year? Not everything you know is wrong and not every opinion, especially those citing research and facts, is worth your attention.If there is a group of people who will evolve their approach to succeed, it is surely salespeople.last_img read more

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November 30, 2019

Injured LeBron out for pre-season, in doubt for Cavs opener

first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Archers survive Tams’ final rally The Cavaliers had hoped to have James play alongside newcomers Derrick Wade, Dwyane Wade and Jae Crowder with Kevin Love shifted from forward to center in what figures to be a formidable lineup should they be able to work cohesively.“It’s a challenge when you’ve got a new team and you want to incorporate stuff,” Lue said.“Do we wish we had a little more time with him in the pre-season? Yes. But we have to make do with what we have.” /cbb Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The 32-year-old playmaker, who led the Cavs to their first NBA crown in 2016, missed most pre-season workouts and three pre-season contests with a left ankle sprain suffered on September 27.Lue said: “(James is) pretty mad, pretty pissed off. But I mean, it is what it is.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames has not missed a season-opener in 14 NBA campaigns, but Lue hesitated when asked about his availability against Boston next week.“(James) got treatment all day today, so I’m not sure if we should be concerned or not,” Lue said. “But it’s pretty sore today so we’ll just see what happens.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after suffering an injury against the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on February 27, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. LeBron may miss the Cavs’ opener with the Celtics due to a sprained left ankle, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. AFP Washington, United States — Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James will not play in Cleveland’s last pre-season game and is questionable for Tuesday’s season opener against Boston, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said on Wednesday.James awoke with a sore left ankle after scoring 17 points in his first pre-season appearance, a 108-94 loss to Chicago, and Lue declared he would not practice on Thursday or play on Friday in the exhibition against Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa J.R. Smith will start for James on Friday with Jose Calderon moving into the lineup, Lue said.James said after the pre-season loss to Chicago that the game was a test to see how his ankle was recovering from the injury.“I’m pushing through it right now,” James said. “I just wanted to try and test my foot, test my ankle to see how I would come out.“I definitely wanted to test it knowing that at least if I tested it tonight I have a week until the regular season started if I don’t play in the game on Friday.”James averaged 26.4 points and career highs of 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists last season as the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals, losing to Golden State. It was the seventh consecutive trip to the finals and eighth overall for James.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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November 28, 2019

Cabinet divided over Ajay Maken’s Sports Bill

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October 28, 2019

3 days agoGuardiola hails ‘incredible’ Man City with five-goal rout of Atalanta

first_imgGuardiola hails ‘incredible’ Man City with five-goal rout of Atalantaby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola labelled Manchester City’s 5-1 win over Atalanta as “incredible”.The game was tightly balanced with City holding onto a 2-1 at half-time, thanks to a double from Sergio Aguero.But the Italians couldn’t hold off an avalanche in the second-half, with Raheem Sterling scoring an incredible hat-trick.The only negatives for City on what was a magical night at the Etihad was an injury to Rodri and red-card for Phil Foden.Speaking after the game, Guardiola told BT Sport: “It was a really good result. The way Atalanta played created that. It was man to man all over the stadium, it was not comfortable, we’re not used to playing against these teams.”It was no surprise Atalanta finished third last season in Italy and even this season, they’re playing well so it’s an incredible result. It’s three more points. One more win and we’ll be in the next stage.”Raheem Sterling was brilliant. He could have scored one more. Not just with the ball, without the ball, he helps us a lot.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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