…Christmas is this?Yes…yes…yes…your Eyewitness knows when it comes to Christmas, we Guyanese have that “stiff upper lip” habit of our old colonial tutors: no matter how black things are, we’ll somehow use our ingenuity to celebrate Christmas. But it doesn’t have to be so, does it? It was really insulting to ordinary folks to have Granger declaring “Oil is here!! Oil is here!!” to take our minds off the dire straits into which Granger and the PNC have plunged us.Do they really think we’re so daft that we won’t notice them living high off the hog on their massive salaries and perks, while, at best, public sector workers are bought off with piddling “bonuses”?? So what about the 7000 in the sugar belt they fired and the rest who haven’t gotten a bonus – or a raise – in the five years they’ve been in office??Think of what could’ve been. Over in Suriname waters, their Government got a US$100 MILLION bonus for a field contiguous to our Canje Block – where no oil’s been found up to now!! While here, where there are 6 BILLION barrels and counting – we got just a lousy US$18 million. Now you’ll hear the Government bleating that the contract had already been signed by Janet Jagan back in 1999 when no one could REALLY be sure there was oil under the ocean. But that was a licence for prospecting – which had expired by the time oil was struck in 2015 and Trotman gave away the store. That had to be renewed – plus a production licence had to be procured.Imagine if we had gotten the US$500 million or so, that would’ve been a fair bargain!! Not only would the Government have been in a position to match the 50% pay raise they gave themselves for all other workers – they could’ve followed their CoI’s recommendation, stabilised the sugar industry with some judicious injection of funds and bring it to a point of sale by now!! A win-win situation all over!But instead, here we are, trying to make do on Christmas day. Your Eyewitness urges all you dear readers to think of what Christmas day signals when it comes to real leadership. Sacrifice, that’s what Jesus was all about. Have the leaders who were catapulted into office in 2015 shown any inclination to make sacrifices for the good of the people – meaning you and me??Have they even minimally cut back their sybaritic lifestyles funded by our taxes? All you have to do is drive past their houses – or mansions and palaces – this evening. Maybe they’ll throw you a scrap!It’s the best of times (for the PNC) and the worst of times (for us).…promiseThe old poem by Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, gave us the famous line: “water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink” and of course, the phrase “an albatross around your neck”. With the latest and 15th oil strike in the Stabroek Block, it would seem that for us, it’s “Oil, oil everywhere but not a drop to use”!! And the oil might then very well prove to be an albatross around our neck.In addition to the new strike, of course, oil is now being pumped into that great, big FPSO and it’s from there that the oil operators will be shipping out their 85.5% and hand off the measly remainder of 14.5% to us. The Government has already lined up in secret the companies they will sell our first share – the very same oil operators who’ll be shipping their big share out.There are no plans to bring even a drop of oil to our shore to refine and add value. Kinda like our sugar which was shipped for hundreds of years abroad to be refined!!…eyesGreenidge enthused: “All eyes on Guyana”!! But the question is, does Guyana have its eyes on them?Not only carpetbaggers but hustlers and crooks of every stripe will be following their eyes to our shores!!
In an effort to ease congestion in the city, plans are afoot by Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to have several minibuses relocated to permanent parking lots. This is according to Public Relations Officer (PRO) of M&CC, Debra Lewis, who elaborated on the plans to provide minibuses of routes 41, 45 and 46 with permanent parking lots.Lewis indicated on Monday that a plan to facilitate the minibuses on a long-term basis is currently being formed with the intention of making it ‘’convenient and accessible’’.The PRO disclosed that it is more than likely parking facilities will be provided for these minibuses at three locations: “We have identified three areas in which the buses can be relocated that is convenient and accessible. The three locations would be Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, one will be in North Cummingsburg and one in Kingston.’’ Lewis highlighted however, that only a few of the minibuses from each route will be provided for as the intention for this relocation is to ‘’free up the congestion in the city.’’She explained that the minibuses that do not get transferred to the future parking facilities will continue to operate at their current station within the city. “It’s not everybody we’re going to relocate, in terms of the buses, just a few of them. It’s just to free up the congestion in the city. The ones that don’t get relocated will stay at their current parking area.’’ Commenting on when this change will take effect, Lewis said a decision will be made on Thursday where the entire administration will come to a resolution.
Mertesacker was his assured self at the back for the Gunners as they went on to record a surprise 2-1 win over the Premier League champions at Wembley and claim a record 13th title.But the 32-year-old centre-back concedes he can no longer cope with the demands of top-flight football and feels he will be better served by hanging up his boots, although manager Arsene Wenger wants him to stay at the Emirates Stadium.“I was extremely lucky with my career and I want to finish on a high,” the German told Sport1. “I am motivated, but I cannot play every three days any more. I don’t want to stretch my luck.“I recently told him [Arsene Wenger] that I am tired, mentally wasted. The first time in my career I thought it makes no sense anymore, that I’ll retire. No matter how hard I practiced I didn’t get a chance.“At Arsenal you are replaceable so quickly as a player, I don’t want to stand in someone’s way. Winning the FA Cup was an extreme close which I could not expect.“Arsenal want to keep hold of me and there are already talks. It will be in the business operations. I will stand on the other side.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker in a previous matchLONDON, United Kingdom, June 3 – Per Mertesacker looks set to bow out of the game on a high after revealing he is negotiating a non-playing role to stay at Arsenal.The World Cup winner endured a frustrating season on the sidelines with a troublesome knee injury, which saw him make just one start – the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The festivities have officially kicked off in Fort St. John to celebrate Canada 150.To view a full schedule of events, click here.Below is a gallery of the parade and some of the festivities in Centennial Park. Enjoy!- Advertisement – Canada Day in Fort St. John in years past.
Concerned that Angelenos selling their condos have been hit with a $150 fee under an old, unused affordable-housing ordinance, the City Council voted Wednesday to study whether to update or repeal the law. Under the 33-year-old ordinance, the city has the right of first refusal to buy condos built after 1974. But with little extra money, the city has almost always waived its right to purchase units. Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Housing Authority enacted a $150 fee to process the waivers. But Realtors and some builders have questioned why the city would choose to keep – and charge a fee – under a useless law. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she wants the fee stopped and the law repealed. “We get a lot of complaints about fees and taxes on residents. This, in my opinion, is just one more of those unjustified fees we place on people. It causes more of that anger toward City Hall,” she said. Housing Department General Manager Mercedes Marquez said she will study whether the law can be changed to help middle-class families afford to buy a condo with city-sponsored, low-interest loans. “Given the way the market is dropping now, there may be a way to take advantage of it,” Marquez said. “Is it possible to modify the law? If not, we would come back and probably recommend that it be repealed. If you’re not going to use it, it makes no sense for it to exist.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc., ever looking for ways to expand its already huge empire, is asking the government for permission to move into an entirely different industry: running its own in-house bank. The world’s largest retailer will ask the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Monday for permission to open a bank that can process millions of checks and credit card payments each month. The company says it’s not interested in running a consumer bank as well, but some of its opponents still fear that such a step could hurt local banks much like the mom-and-pop stores were during Wal-Mart’s rapid expansion. This is Wal-Mart’s fourth bid at running a bank – and its request unleashed an unprecedented flood of comments to the FDIC. In response, the FDIC scheduled its first public hearings ever on a bank application. “It’s a landmark battle in both U.S. business and financial services history,” said Jerry Comizio, a financial services lawyer for Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP in Washington D.C. and a former senior attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWal-Mart says consumers and retail banks have nothing to fear. It pledges to stay out of branch banking and says it will not provide consumer lending. For opponents, those assurances ring hollow. “There is reason to believe that these (Wal-Mart) plans could be expansive. Wal-Mart has attempted on several occasions to enter the full-service banking business,” said Art Johnson, head of government relations for the American Bankers Association.
3. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Spurs coughed up just £5m to sign Alli from MK Dons and its safe to say hes worth a heck of a lot more than that now. He was excellent in his first season in north London but, as expected, hes become even better. Hes Tottenhams second-highest top scorer with 16 goals, and rivals are now reportedly beginning to show interest in his form. If Mauricio Pochettino and his team are to continue moving forward, keeping key players such as Alli is vital. 5. Tiemoue Bakayoko (AS Monaco) – The defensive midfielder Chelsea and Manchester United are apparently battling to sign in the summer. Bakayokos ability to break up play with barely a bead of sweat forming on his brow has earned him many an admirer this season. Hes certainly a name that will feature heavily in the gossip columns at the end of the campaign. 10. Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) – click the arrow above, right, to check out nine more players whose value has rapidly risen this season – So a look at Sunderlands stats might not bode well for the teams goalkeeper, but this season has been an exciting breakthrough for Pickford. Were it not for a number of his superb stops, the Black Cats relegation might already be confirmed. His form didnt go unnoticed in England, with his name having been among the six nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year. 10 10 10 2. Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) – Yet another of Frances young sensations (and Dembeles) that the footballing world cant get enough of. The teen was in high demand last summer and Dortmund were the club to release him from Rennes grasp. His creativity has shone under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel; hes assisted a combined 17 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League, and already boasts a winning strike against rivals Bayern Munich. 9. Andrea Belotti (Torino) – After settling into the Torino team last season, Belotti has firmly found his feet, scoring 25 goals to top score in Serie A. He has a release clause of 100m written into his contract, a smart move given his current form. Belotti is still in the early stages of his career and is on the right path to suggesting hes worth such a hefty fee. 10 10 8. Franck Kessie (Atalanta) – Atalanta have been surprised people with their strong performances in Serie A this season, improving from a mediocre mid-table team to a top six side. Much of their success can be attributed to the breakthrough of midfielder Kessie. Thrown into first team action, hes certainly responded to the faith shown in him by manager Gian Piero Gasperini correct. Hes scored six, assisted three and delivered a number of dominant displays in the league. A big-money move seems to be on the cards. 10 6. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Lukaku isnt without his critics but now closing in on the Premier Leagues Golden Boot, hell be having the last laugh. Hes scored 24 domestic goals this season and, if reports are to be believed, could have earned a return to Chelsea. What is certain is that Everton will demand the highest of fees for their leading striker. 10 4. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) – Scottish football isnt for everyone, but if theres one player boosting its audience its Dembele. Arriving from Fulham, the striker was on the radar of a whole host of top European clubs before Brendan Rodgers sealed a deal at Celtic Park. Unsurprisingly hes found life on the pitch a breeze, scoring 17 to help fire the Hoops to the earliest Scottish title triumph in 88 years at the beginning of April. Hell surely be on the move soon. 1. Kylian Mbappe (AS Monaco) – £100m is the figure currently associated with Mbappe. The 18-year-old has become a household name to football supporters this season, with his ability drawing comparisons to Thierry Henry. Hes burst onto the scene in France and Europe, scoring 23 and assisting five in all competitions. Monaco will find it difficult to keep hold of him in the summer, as the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid chase his signature. Some players more than deserve the hefty price tag associated with their name.Across Europe this season we’ve seen a number of talented young players make the breakthrough at their club and their value massively rise.Kylian Mbappe, for example, is one such player we can’t get enough of.So, with this in mind, talkSPORT looks at 10 players whose value has rapidly risen this season – scroll through the gallery above to check out who features. 7. Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco) – Monaco arent short of exciting, young talent and Silva has been making plenty of noise with the French side this season. The playmaker agonisingly missed out on Euro 2016 success with Portugal last summer through injury, but has returned to fitness in inspired form. Jose Mourinho is reportedly eager to see him move to Manchester. 10 10 10
Silverware season is well and truly underway and as Rangers were awarded the Championship trophy at the weekend, clubs started to hand out their own prizes.It’s always a sure fire sign the season is coming to a close when players are wheeled out in their black ties and made to sit through their club’s Player of the Year award ceremony. Wait, you mean they actually enjoy it? Try telling the Celtic players that.Maybe their 1-1 draw with Ross County earlier in the afternoon was bad timing, but they looked less than happy to be there last night. Rangers, Hearts and Hibs were also among the clubs dishing out the silverware while England had their official ceremony marking Riyad Mahrez’ season at Leicester City. Meanwhile, there are more leaks on possible kits for next season. Rangers fans, do you like the new strip? And Celtic fans, are you happy with what looks like an exact replica of Scotland’s away top?I’m so excited…and I just can’t hide it…Which one is the player? Last week we had Celtic, now it’s Rangers. Is this their new kit? And there are hints Celtic’s third kit is basically Scotland’s second kit…At least they didn’t spell Peter Lawwell’s name wrong.Is the Leicester City groundsman on acid?Crazy scenes in Turkey. John Walton / EMPICS Sport ©SNS Group1947: Johan Cruyff, the three-time European Footballer of the Year who starred for Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona and Holland, was born. He died in 2016 after a battle with cancer. SNSDavid Moyes. The former Manchester United and Everton manager, most recently at Real Sociedad, was born in 1963. He has most recently been linked with the Celtic job.
A 30-year-old Thamesville-area man is facing several firearm-related offences after a public safety warrant was carried out at his residence Wednesday night by members of the Chatham-Kent community patrol with assistance from the Critical Incident Response Team.Police said a systematic search of the residence resulted in the following weapons and ammunition being found and seized:Browning 12 gauge ‘light twelve’ shotgun with the barrel sawed off; Cooey shotgun with the barrel sawed off and a taped handle; Six 12 gauge shotgun shells and one 22-250 calibre rifle round. Stolen licence plates were also found, police said.Police said with the barrels sawed off the shotguns it makes them prohibited weapons. Officers found both the guns hidden in the residence with neither being properly stored, police said.The accused faces several firearm-related charges along with being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000 and failing to comply with his probation order, police said.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Assault charges laidA 35-year-old Wallaceburg man was taken into custody in connection to a domestic incident on Wednesday morning.Chatham-Kent police said a verbal argument turned violent between the accused and a woman at her residence in Wallaceburg.The accused was arrested and charged with two counts of assault, and taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Man leads police on foot chaseChatham-Kent police have caught up with a man who is a suspect in a break and enter at four storage units within a secure compound in Wallaceburg that occurred earlier this month.The suspect, who was identified through investigation, was spotted in a field by an officer on general patrol on Lowe Avenue in Wallaceburg on Wednesday night, police said.As the officer approached, the man fled on foot. After a foot chance through bush area and into an open field, the man was taken into custody near Gillard Street, police said.The accused was charged with four counts of break and enter and was taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Shoplifting complaintA 22-year-old Chatham man was arrested after Chatham-Kent police responded to a shoplifting complaint at the Canadian Tire store in Chatham Wednesday afternoon.Police said it was also discovered the accused was breaching his address condition.The man has been charged with theft and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000, along with failing to comply with his release conditions.He was released with a future court date on Nov. 6.
1 December 2010As countries across the world commemorate World Aids Day, the South African Medical Association has called on the public to get tested for HIV, and to encourage others to do the same.“We call on the public to continue to be tested and influence others to test for HIV as a routine way of ensuring healthy lifestyle choices, irrespective of status, as HIV and Aids does not discriminate,” SA Medical Association (SAMA) chairman Norman Mabasa said in a statement on Wednesday.In April, President Jacob Zuma launched an HIV, Counselling and Testing campaign, which aims to get 15-million South Africans tested by June 2011.To date, 4.9-million people have reported for counselling and testing in the country’s health facilities.SAMA has also urged all doctors to reaffirm their important role in addressing the epidemic through encouraging all patients to test and be treated if necessary, and to provide ongoing education about the importance of safe sexual practices.“Collective responsibility will reduce the spread of HIV,” Mabasa said.Under the theme “We Are Responsible”, South Africa’s 2010 World Aids Day campaign encourages people to show collective responsibility to encourage and support partners, family and community members to test voluntarily for HIV and to set an example for others by leading healthier lifestyles.Build-up activities for World Aids Day started in November with a series of dialogues between the government and its social partners. These social dialogues will culminate in various Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, premiers and MECs being deployed to various communities across the country today to discuss ways of reducing new HIV infections.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is also chairman of the South African National Aids Council, will lead the way, visiting families and addressing community members and health care workers in Driefontein in Mpumalanga province.Source: BuaNews