Famous last words…

first_img…on MarriottThe Marriott Hotel, built by the PPP government, was a red flag to APNU/AFC while in Opposition. They dubbed it a “wasteful and extravagant” whim of then President Bharat Jagdeo, and vowed to dump it if they were ever to get into power. Well, they’ve been in power for over two and a half years, and it seems the Marriott’s now their crown jewel! Pick a day – any day – amble over to the Marriott and you’re sure to see Government Ministers or other functionaries enjoying the “good life”!Just this week, the State Chronic ran an extensive interview with Hewley Nelson, Chairman of the Board of AHI, which runs the Hotel. It’ll be best to let the fellow speak for himself from the Chronic’s report – lest you readers think your Eyewitness is partial. “Whether you like it or not, Guyana needs a Marriott,” Nelson noted, adding that if the evolving oil industry is taken into account, the Marriott receives the bulk of its business from large companies, such as Exxon Mobil.Eduardo Reple, general manager of the hotel, said that “the expectations of those companies are to stay at an internationally-branded hotel with such standards and qualities of accommodation.“Today, Marriott is the biggest hotel chain in the world,” Reple said, adding that whoever made the decision to bring Marriott to Guyana did so with a purpose of finding reliable partners to support the venture. “As the country develops, it will need additional hotels”, Reple added, noting that the oil sector will bring a lot of business to the country’s hotel industry.Now isn’t this exactly what President Ramotar said when the Marriott was completed during his term – truncated by the vindictiveness of the APNU/AFC? But the APNU/AFC’s earlier bitterly negative stance is indicative of their fundamental disconnect with the world of business. They insist Guyana needs foreign business investments, but those are just words they mouth from some briefing paper some flunkey handed to them.Business investments are made by business executives, and these are people used to a certain level of comfort in the new, globalised world. When they’re asked to fly into a fly-speck country like Guyana – which they probably never heard about before the Exxon oil find – they’d like to know they wouldn’t have to be sleeping in some thatched hut, drinking water from some nearby river.When they hear about a Marriott…they not only know what amenities to expect there, but assume that the country itself is developed enough to deal with them with a modicum of sophistication.But they’ll never admit to the strategic vision of Jagdeo…it just sticks in their throat!…on cancer sticksBy now you loyal readers know your Eyewitness is down on cigarettes…really down. He has absolutely no sympathy for tobacco addicts. It is a well-known fact that even fundamental rights – such as free speech — aren’t absolute. They extend only to where they can affect the rights of others. The famous example is your right to swing your arms ends at the nose of the fellow next to you!!Well, there are no barriers to cigarette ENTERING, much less stopping at your nose, even though Pressie has just signed into law the Act prohibiting smoking in public spaces. So this should be just the beginning…la luta continua – on banning cigarettes: period. Think about it…why is cocaine banned? Because it is addictive and eviscerates its users, making them into burdens on society.Well…SO ARE CIGARETTES!!! Governments allow cigarette smoking because of the power of the multinational cigarette manufacturers and distributors.The latter have just replaced the British Govt, introduced international drug pushing to China. Stop them!…on objecting to smokingYour Eyewitness just read about a ganja smoker shooting a bystander who objected to the smoke wafting into his lungs.The reaction of the cigarette smoking lobby to the public ban suggests similar reactions. Bun dem!last_img read more

Stunned Serbia buckled under Fiba World Cup expectations, says coach

first_imgLOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Michael Jordan donates $1 million to Hurricane Dorian relief in Bahamas No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “We became favourites just like that, everybody was writing — not only in our papers but everywhere around the world — that we are the team, we are the ones, we will win,” he added.“Sometimes that does not help.”‘We deserve to be here’For the Serbs, shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings led all scorers with 21 points, while Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic added 16.But it was Scola, 39 years old and the last remaining member of Argentina’s “Golden Generation” that won the Olympics in 2004, who remains on course for another milestone.The World Cup is the only major international trophy that he has yet to win. He finished with a team-high 20 points and Argentina were the more fluid throughout the contest.ADVERTISEMENT Serbia’s coach Sasha Djordjevic gestures during the Basketball World Cup quarter-final game between Argentina and Serbia in Dongguan on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP)Serbia’s coach said that his strongly fancied team collapsed under the weight of expectation as they were stunned by Argentina in the Basketball World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.The South Americans’ grand old man Luis Scola knocked down a series of key buckets in a fourth-quarter surge to help crush Serbia 97-87 in the Chinese city of Dongguan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Juan Hernangomez of the Denver Nuggets surged to 14 points before the break as Spain, ranked second in the world behind the United States, threatened to run riot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Argentina are now undefeated in six games and headed for a Friday semi-final against reigning two-time champions the United States or France.In Tuesday’s other quarter-final, Spain’s Ricky Rubio became the all-time leader for World Cup assists in a 90-78 win over surprise package Poland in Shanghai.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4With Gregg Popovich’s US squad unbeaten but still failing to convince, Serbia had emerged as favorites — but their coach Sasha Djordjevic said his players had buckled.“It was euphoria in our country — everybody followed us, everybody gave us a hand, everybody was eager to see us play in this tournament,” he said. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Trailing most of the game, Serbia threatened to take control when they grabbed a 70-68 fourth-quarter lead on a three-pointer by the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marko Guduric.That’s when Scola stepped up, scoring eight rapid-fire points in a 21-6 Argentina run that dropped the curtain on Serbia’s World Cup.“It just bothers me that people keep talking about a miracle, keep talking about a surprise, keep talking about nobody believes it,” said the veteran.“This is far from a miracle — we are a good basketball team, we played great basketball all the way along, we deserve to be here.”History-maker RubioSpain’s coach Sergio Scariolo hailed Rubio after what he called a “tough war” with Poland.Phoenix Suns’ Rubio made an electric start for Olympic bronze medallists Spain, who will play Australia or the Czech Republic in Friday’s semis.He had nine points in the first half and grabbed a record 107th career World Cup assist, surpassing Pablo Prigioni of Argentina.Rubio finished the game with 19 points, nine assists and five rebounds against a Poland side who were back in the World Cup after a 52-year absence.“Tonight is a really great night to congratulate Ricky as the best passer in the history of the World Cup,” said Scariolo.“It’s huge and I really feel proud of him. This is his night.” View commentslast_img read more

Bosai commences construction of arch in Linden

first_img– as part of bauxite centennial observancesWorkers at the site of the archPrivately-owned Linden-based bauxite company   Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) has commenced the construction of an overhead arch in the community, as part of the bauxite centennial observances this year. The arch is being constructed at a cost of over $20 million.Staying true to a commitment made a few months ago at the launch of the bauxite centennial observances, the company recently commenced the construction at Casaurina Drive, Mackenzie, at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) junction.BMGGI General Manager (ag) Eric Yu, in his remarks during the launch in August, had outlined plans to commemorate the community’s significant milestone with the setting up of the arch, as 2016 marks the one hundredth year of bauxite mining in the Linden community.Bauxite Century Board Chairman Horace James on Tuesday explained that the Committee made a decision to have the arch situated at the closest point where Mackenzie, Wismar and Watooka meet, since those areas have close ties with the history of bauxite in Linden.He noted too that it would not only be a structure for vehicles to drive under but would serve as a symbol, depicting the history of Linden.The arch is expected to be unveiled on November 21 at a special opening ceremony.As to the design, James said it would consist of an emblem of all the bauxite companies in Guyana. Presently, the foundation work for the arch is being executed by Linden-based construction company McRae’s Construction, while the arch was assembled by VSH United.The lighting will be sponsored by the Linden Electricity Company Incorporated (LECI). The Bosai Company said since the arch would be located at a strategic point on one of the main thoroughfares, some traffic diversions will be done occasionally to facilitate the construction process until completion. Bosai further disclosed that traffic would be detoured through the Watooka and Fair’s Rust route from today, beginning from 09:00h to 18:00h daily.In keeping with the approved relevant traffic safety requirements, the company said signs would be posted to effectively guide the flow of traffic.last_img read more

Deportee charged with murder of Corentyne fisherman

first_imgA Canadian deportee of Number 67 Village, Corentyne, Berbice was on Thursday charged with the 2016 murder of a fisherman, whose decomposing body was discovered in a sandpit a short distance away from his home.Days after his arrest, Monilall Sarjou, 47, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to the charge.Sarjou was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between August 22 and August 24, 2016, at Number 68 Village in Corentyne, he unlawfully murdered fisherman Levan Chanderpaul.The Police Prosecutor requested two weeks to prepare the case, and as such, the Attorney-at-Law for the accused, Leslie Sobers told the court that the prosecution had no evidence and was going to utilise the two weeks to primarily salvage and attempt to pull things together.Sarjou was remanded and the case was transferred to the Springlands Magistrate’s Court in Berbice where he is expected to reappear on April 19, 2017.On August 24, 2016, the battered and bound body of an alleged pirate gang member was found in the backlands of Number 68 Village. Reports indicated that it was the body of 28-year-old Levan Chanderpaul. The discovery was made about 19:30h by a teenager who was returning to the village from the back dam. Chanderpaul’s body at the time bore several marks of violence.The now dead man was in December 2011 charged and placed before the court after he was suspected to have been a part of a notorious pirate gang.He was slated to appear at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court on the day before his body was found, on a simple larceny and threatening language charge, but was absent.Post-mortem results on Chanderpaul’s body revealed that the victim suffered a fractured skull and succumbed from shock and haemorrhage.Sources revealed that the accused, Sarjou, was deported from Canada in 2009 for allegedly slashing a woman’s throat.last_img read more

Exxon Mobil withdraws application to approve $25 billion B.C. LNG project

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The B.C. government says Exxon Mobil Corp. has withdrawn its environmental assessment application for a $25-billion LNG export facility it proposed in 2015.The apparent shelving of the project is a blow to the West Coast liquefied natural gas export industry which at one time featured about 20 proposals but has resulted in only one firm commitment to build.The withdrawal came in a one-sentence update on the website of the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office. Exxon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.- Advertisement -The project had been proposed by Exxon and its Canadian partner, Imperial Oil Ltd., for Tuck Inlet in the Prince Rupert area on B.C.’s north coast.Earlier this year, Calgary-based Imperial took a writedown of $289 million on its northern B.C. Horn River shale gas development, a 50-50 venture with Exxon that was once expected to become a major supply source for B.C.’s LNG industry.In October, Royal Dutch Shell and its partners announced final investment approval for the $40-billion LNG Canada project, including a gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast and a 670-kilometre gas supply pipeline.Advertisementlast_img read more

Straighten up, Kobe

first_imgThe Lakers and Bryant ought to be able to come together and return honor and glory to the team – and to the city of Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bryant may work for the Lakers, but it’s the people of L.A. who have paid his salary, attended his games and worn his jersey all these years. Bryant would do well to remember that this is the city that supported him not only through three championships, but also put up with his bratty behavior and even stood with him through a sordid rape investigation. It must be tough for Bryant to suffer the team’s mediocrity ever since former teammate Shaquille O’Neal left for Miami after leading the Lakers to three championships. But surely the $88.6 million left in Bryant’s $136 million, seven-year contract ought to help him get over the pain. And while Bryant might not like what the Lakers are doing management-wise, he is, after all, still under contract. He is paid fabulously well to play with whomever Lakers brass puts on the floor – and not to pout. The Lakers are one of basketball’s most storied franchises – and arguably Los Angeles’ most beloved team. Bryant is quite possibly the best player of the day and one of the greatest ever. He is a key part of the history and tradition of the team and the city. It would be a shame to see him go. This is a pivotal time for the Lakers and for Bryant, and cooler heads must prevail. The team’s management ought to pay heed to Bryant’s legitimate concerns, and Bryant ought to remember his commitment to his team and his city. That coach Phil Jackson has apparently talked the superstar into sticking it out with the team is a hopeful sign. LAKERS superstar Kobe Bryant makes a good point in his on-again, off-again demand to get traded out of Los Angeles. The basketball phenom figures he has just a few years of his prime playing time left, and he doesn’t want to waste them on a team that doesn’t seem to care about him or about winning championships. Bryant further claims that the Lakers front office lied to him when he re-signed with the team, saying it would pursue top talent right away. So far, the team has shown little sense of urgency about surrounding Bryant with a credible cast – much to the dismay of its fans as well as its star. And it certainly seems that the Lakers are failing their future Hall of Fame player with a poorly conceived whisper-smear campaign. That may all be true, but Bryant’s spoiled-brat performance isn’t winning him any popularity points. And his contention on ESPN radio Wednesday that “There’s no other alternative” to a trade suggested both a lack of imagination and a lack of loyalty to the city that has loved him. last_img read more

Murder charges dropped, refiled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsTrial was scheduled to begin Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles Superior Court, and the defendants were not willing to waive their constitutional rights to have a speedy trial. After the judge granted a defense motion to dismiss the case, charges were refiled and the defendants were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. The Jan. 28 shooting occurred after Wheston, Harris and McCombs, all three believed to be gang members, argued at Wheston’s home, sheriff’s deputies said. At some point, the three walked into the kitchen where investigators believe McCombs and Harris began shooting at Wheston. The two assailants fled through a rear kitchen door and sped off in a silver SUV that was later found in San Bernardino County. Six days after Wheston’s death, McCombs was arrested in Pasadena on suspicion of burglary and possession of a handgun in an unrelated case, officials said. The murder charge was later filed against him. Harris was arrested in October 2005 in Philadelphia by the FBI after homicide detectives obtained information that he was hiding there. McCombs had been convicted at age 18 of vehicle theft and later of assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from state prison six months before Wheston’s death. Harris was on parole from prison when Wheston was killed and had stopped reporting to his parole officer, detectives said. Investigators said he has a conviction record for violent crimes. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – On the day a trial was to begin for two ex-convicts accused of killing a man in his Lancaster home, the charges against them were dismissed because prosecutors couldn’t find witnesses and still needed more investigation to start trial. But ex-convicts Dwayne Harris and Kyle McCombs were not released from jail because the charges were immediately refiled – though the court process must begin over. “We weren’t ready due to an inability to locate witnesses. We are also waiting for additional investigation to be completed,” Deputy District Attorney Robert Sherwood said. Harris, 25, and McCombs, 28, are accused in the January 2005 slaying of 22-year-old Eddie Ray Wheston, who was shot to death in the kitchen of the home he shared with his mother in the 800 block of West Avenue H-14. last_img read more

Water district lawsuit expands

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “If there were any disagreements they could have asked about them. Everything was a board decision. I have done nothing wrong.” District officials said Holguin was paid a $140 stipend for various meetings she either didn’t attend or only attended for a short amount of time and racked up about $1,000 in meals in addition to the $125 she was given for meal expenses while out of town for business. “She submitted invoices for all sorts of lavish meals,” said Keith Lemieux, the district’s legal counsel. “And at meetings we have had witnesses say she would sign the attendance slip and then take off.” The district filed a lawsuit against Holguin on Oct. 12, alleging she pocketed about $4,750 in district payments that were to be used for medical insurance. They also accuse her of having the district reimburse her $2,900 in attorney fees spent on suing a former district board member and for failing to return a computer that belonged to the district. Holguin said she is making payment arrangements for the insurance money and returned the computer on Friday. BALDWIN PARK – The Valley County Water District has added more charges to a lawsuit they filed against Director Dolores Holguin. In a complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the district accused Holguin of taking advantage of its meal policy, receiving a stipend for meetings she did not attend and for having the district pay for a cell phone used by her niece. Holguin, running against incumbent Al Contreras for a seat on the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District on Nov. 7, said the charges against her are politically motivated. “Everything I have been reimbursed for were approved by the board,” Holguin, 57, said. Lemieux said the district will be waiting for a response from Holguin’s attorney. “Hopefully, she’ll pay the money back, at this point the ball is in their court,” he said. Holguin is also being investigated by the district for workplace harassment claims and has filed a lawsuit against Guy Mato, the district’s interim general manager, accusing him of not releasing financial documents she requested. District officials said they have complied with some of the record requests but have withheld personnel information she is not allowed. Holguin has been on the board for 11 years and is the first Latina and the first woman elected to the water board. Valley County Water District serves 60,000 customers in Baldwin Park, Irwindale and parts of West Covina. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 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

Why tunnel vision is the last thing clubs like Man City and Spurs need

first_img You can get closer to the action than ever before with Manchester City’s ‘Tunnel Club’ Does football’s greed know no boundaries?Not content with the billions of pounds of domestic and overseas TV revenue flooding into the game – numbers that appear set to be dwarfed in the not too distant future when the likes of Amazon and Facebook are expected to challenge the current duopoly enjoyed by Sky and BT – Premier League clubs continue to seek new ways to chisel cash out of fans already, in many cases, paying huge sums of money for tickets.Already Manchester City have introduced  ‘Tunnel Club’, where for between £7,500-£15,000 per season well-heeled supporters can be wined and dined at the same time as gazing through a one-way mirror as the players enter and leave the pitch.Tottenham are advertising a similar scheme when their new stadium opens next season, priced at £9,500 per season, plus a one-off membership fee of £15,000, and Crystal Palace are said to be planning an initiative along the same lines as part of their re-development of Selhurst Park.Clearly developing new revenues streams is important for any business, and if punters are happy to fork out eye-watering sums like those above to give themselves a goldfish bowl eye view of players admiring their tattoos and adjusting their Alice bands, then who am I to say they’re wrong?But I can’t help think it won’t be long before at least two clubs wish such previously out of bounds access had remained so.No one can have missed the banner headlines that greeted the post-match shenanigans at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, where milk and plastic bottles were said to have been thrown as Manchester United and Manchester City players and staff exchanged projectiles and angry insults.Those scenes unfolded in the confines of the dressing room areas, of course, and as such would have been far removed from the prying eyes of those taking advantage of the post-match prawn sandwiches if United had a ‘Tunnel Club’ of their own.But rewind 13 years or so, to October 2004 and the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ at Old Trafford, when Sir Alex Ferguson took a pizza to the mush in the tunnel, a pizza that may or may not have been thrown by Cesc Fabregas.Now imagine the aftermath of an incident like that kicking off in said tunnel, in full view of the paying, Prosecco-swilling crowd scrambling as quickly as possible for their smartphones to capture the action for posterity via social media. The fall-out and outrage would be off the scale.And all that for an extra few hundreds of thousands pounds a year, or the cost of your star striker’s weekly wage.It all sounds like an unnecessary accident waiting to happen. Hardly seems worth it, does it?What do you think of ‘Tunnel Clubs’? Would you – or do you – spend thousands of pounds for the privilege? Leave your comments below… 1last_img read more

Kenny Miller on what ‘first act’ of an Old Firm derby can tell you

first_imgThe two clubs have faced one another in each of the last two seasons but those games have been played at Hampden Park in the semi-finals of both the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup.“Whether it’s Ibrox or Parkhead, the atmosphere is a different atmosphere to when you’re playing in a semi final or final at Hampden,” Miller said. “Whether it be at home when you’ve got the backing of 50,000 fans or away from home where there’s 50,000 fans against you, there’s a real notch up in the noise level for these games. “It’s one to look forward to and I can’t wait for it.” Kenny Miller believes a lot can be drawn from the “first act” of an Old Firm derby, admitting that he expects a different atmosphere at Celtic Park to the ones of previous clashes at Hampden.Rangers travel to the east of Glasgow to face Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the Scottish Premiership season on Saturday and Miller underlined just how important these fixtures are.“It’s a game you’re brought up on,” he said. “It’s the first fixture you look for on the calander, you want to be playing in the biggest and best games against the best opponents and there’s no doubt that within the Scottish game this is two giants going head to head. “It’s a fixture that I’ve been fortunate enough to pop up in with a few goals.” Miller spoke about the “first act” of an Old Firm derby and what it can mean, recalling a clash between Barry Robson and Christian Dailly a number of years ago.“As a player it’s different but even as a fan watching it I think you get a little bit of an insight into what it can be like,” he said.“The first act of an Old Firm game… I remember Barry Robson and Christian Dailly after about three seconds when there was a head to in a game.“So I think just to look at it and watch it as a fan you get a feeling what it means to both sets of players, both sets of fans and both clubs.”last_img read more