GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has once again lamented the lack of an all-round team effort, following his side’s 2-1 series loss to Pakistan here yesterday.Chasing their first series win over the Pakistanis in nearly three decades, West Indies succumbed to a six-wicket defeat at the Guyana National Stadium, with only a few players coming to the fore.Shai Hope (71) and Jason Mohammed (59) got half-centuries, but just one other batsman passed 20 as the Windies were restricted to 233 for nine off their 50 overs.”We’ve got a few positives to shout about. Obviously, credit must go to [Jason Mohammed], I thought he played a really good series,”said Holder.”Shai Hope came in today and played a really good innings, but it is just about getting a collective effort going now.”I think we’ve come to a stage where we’ve got individual performances but not being able to get over the line, so I think that’s one of the things we have to work on going forward.”The trio of off-spinner Ashley Nurse, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul managed just one wicket in the 24 overs they sent down, and Holder noted that this lack of incisiveness had hurt the Windies at a key stage of the game.”We started well with the ball, got early wickets, put them under pressure but we didn’t get the wickets in the middle from the spinners,” Holder pointed out.”Credit must go to how Mohammad Hafeez played and also Shoaib Malik. They really set the platform for Pakistan, and they batted deep.”And though the pitch was a difficult one to score freely on, Holder said he could not blame the track for his side’s performance.”I can’t fault the pitch. I must say this is one of the better pitches I have seen here in Guyana for a very long time,” the Barbadian all-rounder said.”Credit must go to the ground staff here and I hope we can get pitches like this, going forward in the future, here in Guyana.”
Dear Editor,The APNU/AFC Government will go down in history for all the wrong reasons: unprecedented corruption, cronyism and blatant conflict of interest imbroglio, mismanagement, and a plethora of failed promises; but probably the most notable will be its penchant for violating the Supreme Law of the land, our Constitution.We have seen on two occasions that the Coalition failed:- in literally interpreting the Constitution in relation to the appointment of the GECOM Chairman, and in determining the ‘majority’ as stipulated by Article 106(6); and they claimed that the ‘spirit and intent’ are different from the literal interpretation.Unfortunately, we are now witnessing an act which, on the surface, seems to obey the letter of the law, but which completely violates the spirit and intent of the law. This is the resignation of the four ministers, which resulted from the ruling of the High Court and which was upheld by the Court of Appeal. These Courts have held that it is unconstitutional for persons swearing allegiance to a foreign state or power to be eligible for election to Parliament. The ministers affected are Joseph Harmon, the Minister of State; Carl Greenidge, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dominic Gaskin, Minister of Business; and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, Minister of Public Service.The resignations and subsequent filling of the ministerial vacancies so created would seem to adhere to the letter of the courts’ ruling, but we have seen that these ministers will continue to function in positions created to give ‘lip effect’ to this ruling. The resignations were described by the Cabinet as ‘politically correct’ and a ‘demonstration for the rule of law’, while the President claimed that ‘adherence to the Constitution is an essential element of democratic governance and maintenance of public trust…I have a duty to ensure that the Government acts in accordance with the Constitution at all times.’My question is: What would happen to ‘public trust’ when taxpayers come to realisation of the political correctness ensuring that these four ministers will still continue to receive their salaries and perks while their ‘double’ will now be receiving those fat salaries and perks as well?Instead of four ministers fleecing the Treasury, we now have eight. For instance, we now have Dawn Hastings-Williams as Minister of State and Joseph Harmon is the newly created Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency. Of course the latter continues to ‘chair’ Cabinet, and is also the ‘duplicate’ for President Granger! Why this additional burden on taxpayers? I am sure we will be equally shocked when posts are announced for the remaining three.We have seen, since this coalition’s assumption of office, that they have no regard for taxpayers’ dollars, other than taxing them to the hilt and then creating duplicitous positions to ensure the ‘good life’ for the ‘boys’ .The PPP/C Government had 15 ministers, with some, such as Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, carrying at least three ministries on their shoulders. But lo and behold! The coalition has nearly doubled the number of ministries. This Government has 27 Ministries, a gigantic increase of 80 per cent! But this is not all, their salaries and benefits increased by between 50 and 100 per cent.Can you imagine a minister with a greatly decreased workload being paid twice the amount? This is a brutal rape of the Treasury! This shows the ingenuity of the coalition when it comes to reckless spending and cronyism.In conclusion, President Granger correctly concluded that ‘the ministers are not gone altogether, they are only resigning from the National Assembly’. They will remain to violate the spirit of the law and be an additional burden on our tax dollars!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf
A Kitty, Georgetown man who admitted that he had a quantity of marijuana in his possession was on Friday jailed for three years and fined $30,000.Michael Gouveia of Owen Street, Kitty, Georgetown, admitted to Magistrate Leron Daly that on March 20, he had in his possession 8.69 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The court heard that Police were on patrol duties in the area when the 22-year-old man was seen acting in a suspicious manner.This resulted in him being subjected to a search. It was during the search that a quantity of seeds, leaves and stems were found in his possession.
– Proprietress kicked in face during robberyTwo armed men executed a broad daylight robbery on MS Hack and Sons Supermarket at Nandy Park, East Bank Demerara, on Sunday. The robbery reportedly occurred at about 12:50h.The supermarket that was robbed on SundayBased on reports received, prior to the robbery, the two men entered the business establishment and enquired about Absolut Vodka but they were told that there was none and the proprietress, Florence Braithwaite, directed them to a shop over the East Bank Highway.The men reportedly left but returned a short while later and held Braithwaite at gunpoint as they demanded cash. At the time of the robbery, two workers were in the supermarket. The two men proceeded to assault the woman after which they went into a drawer and collected over 300,000 before making good their escape on foot.Speaking with Guyana Times, owner of the business, Mohamed S Hack explained that he was heading to the West Coast of Demerara to hand out hampers at a Mosque in observance of Ramadan. Whilst on his journey, he stated that he received a telephone call from his wife who was left managing the business informing him that she was robbed.“She call and tell me that they beat she up for money and that I must come back”, the man stated. As he arrived home, he was told the men also held up his two workers and took away their mobile phone and jewellery.The businessman highlighted that after committing the robbery, the armed men, who were not masked, walked over the road and went through an alley. The police were summoned to the scene and immediately launched a manhunt for the two men.Nevertheless, Hack told Guyana Times that this is not the first time his establishment was robbed while noting that he had recently put up his business for sale. “The only thing left to do is to sell out and migrate… is several times now I get robbed and nothing came out of the police story… It comes a time, I get fed up and can’t take it anymore”, the frustrated man stated.This robbery came hours after A & A Home Furnishing, located at Lot 333 Cummings Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, was robbed by two armed men – one of whom was an ex-employee.The armed men held the employees at gunpoint and ordered them to lie on the ground. However, during the ordeal, the proprietor walked in the store and he was gun-butted.During the robbery, the suspects broke a television system and disconnected the DVR from the CCTV surveillance system. The men carted off with an undisclosed sum of cash from the register.Just a few days ago, the US State Department had warned its citizens about the crime situation in Guyana. In a statement on its website, the Department stated there is a frequency of violent crimes, commonly armed robbery and murder. It specifically highlighted that the police network is hindered to effectively alleviate these incidents due to the lack of resources.“Violent crimes such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents,” the notice stated.It further advised all travellers from the United States to be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs and to avoid walking or driving in the night. Persons were also advised not to resist any robbery attempts they might encounter and desist from displaying signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewellery.Meanwhile, one day after that advisory, the Government said that it is incorrect, adding that the country is a “safe place”.This is according to Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), Joseph Harmon, who touted Guyana as a safe place to not only visit but invest.“From the level of the Cabinet, I wish to assure all of our citizens, including those citizens who are abroad and are making decisions to travel to Guyana, that Guyana is a safe place. Guyana is a safe place to live, it’s a safe place to work, it’s a safe place to invest and that’s the word I wish to give to all persons who might be thinking twice as a result of this advisory”, he added.
Kaiser expects about 500,000 of its members to return the surveys over the next four months in the latest attempt to unravel the complex causes of common diseases such as asthma, cancer and depression. Kaiser’s Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health dwarfs all similar projects except one of similar size in the United Kingdom. The National Institutes of Health last year launched a genes and environment project that could study as many as 1,000 people and the biotechnology company deCODE Genetics has also compiled a database containing the genetic makeup and medical history of more than 100,000 citizens of Iceland. Kaiser’s goal of enrolling up to 500,000 of its members is rivaled in ambition only by the government-backed UK Biobank, which was launched last year and also intends to survey and collect genetic material from a like number of United Kingdom residents. UCSF genetics scientist Neil Risch said the Kaiser project will produce results quicker and includes a broader array of volunteers than the British study, which intends to follow the health of people ages 40 to 69 for up to 30 years in Great Britain. Risch, who is the co-leader of the Kaiser project, said the HMO’s members represent all socioeconomic and ethnic groups. He also said UK Biobank researchers are essentially starting from scratch while Kaiser already has decades worth of medical data gathered from its members. While a few well-known illnesses such as sickle cell anemia are caused by a single, mutated gene, most diseases are caused by environmental influences and subtle differences in multiple genes. “This program is not just about genes,” Risch said. “We also have a clear understanding that nothing in this life is entirely genetic and that environment plays a role in disease.” The Oakland-based company’s research arm is running the project and Kaiser officials sought Wednesday to allay privacy concerns and fears that the volunteers’ medical information might be shared with health plan administrators. “The information does not go into members’ medical records,” said Kaiser scientist Cathy Schaefer, the other co-leader of the project. Still, some wondered whether enough Kaiser members trust the HMO to participate in the survey. “That’s an open question,” said Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. The initial phase of the project – mailing and collecting the surveys – will cost about $7 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Health care provider Kaiser Permanente has launched a massive study into the complex interplay of genetics, environment and lifestyles that cause many common diseases. Kaiser researchers are sending detailed surveys to its 2 million adult members asking about their habits, family medical histories and many other factors that influence health. In a second phase it hopes to start next year, Kaiser will ask members to donate genetic material through cheek swabs or blood draws. The plan is to combine that information with the company’s massive medical history records in a database that researchers can use to gain a deeper understanding of disease causes and develop treatments. “This is a vital and important effort to improve the health of people everywhere,” said Dr. David Kessler, head of the University of California, San Francisco, medical school who attended Wednesday’s news conference announcing the endeavor.
In a release Corporal Jodi Shelkie says, “This is the third skid steer stolen in the Fort St. John area in just over three weeks. At this time police don’t have any indication that the thefts were by the same person(s) but obviously this type of equipment is being targeted. Hopefully someone has witnessed the thefts or has since seen one of the skid steers and know of their location.”The machinery is said to have gone missing at approximately 2:20 a.m. on August 26 from the 6700 block of 100 Avenue. Surveillance shows the skid steer being loaded onto a trailer being pulled by a white flat deck truck. The make of the truck is unknown and the license plate was not seen.RCMP ask if anyone sees any type of equipment being moved in the evening to notify police so officers can confirm ownership.- Advertisement -Anyone with information in any of the cases is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Police note that the included photo is not the exact skid steer, but a similar model.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – In the wake of hotter, drier conditions, the BC Wildfire Service says that once again this summer, they will be banning Category 2 fires.The prohibition on Category 2 fires, which are defined as smaller than two metres high and three metres wide, goes into effect at noon on Thursday, Aug. 18th across the entire Prince George Fire Centre. The ban will remain in effect until Sept. 30th, or until otherwise notified.In addition to banning fires larger than 50 centimetres wide by 50 centimetres high, the ban also covers:- Advertisement -The burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 2,000 square metres.The use of burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description.The use of sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks.Advertisement The use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved.Cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes are still allowed, as are large Category 3 fires provided they comply with open burning regulations. Anyone wishing to conduct a Category 3 burn must obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 (888) 797-1717. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call toll-free at: 1 (800) 663-5555, or dial *5555 from a mobile phone.Advertisement
1 Ajax starlet Richario Zivkovic has taken a swipe at Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo by claiming – ‘I’m better than you!’Sanogo joined the Dutch club on loan in August and has endured a tough start to life in Holland.He has played just 47 minutes of league football and was widely derided when a video of him missing chance after chance in a friendly against Almere went viral.And now Zivkovic, who is on loan at Willem II for the season, has stuck the boot in.The highly rated 19-year-old, who has scored twice in 12 games so far, says he should have been given the chance to prove himself at Ajax – instead of Sanogo.Zivkovic told ELF Voetbal: “Am I better than Sanogo? Yes!“I was already gone when Sanogo came in. But then Kolbeinn Soghtorsson left.“I wanted to compete with Arek Milik for the first striker position.“I did not want to be a second striker with no prospect of being a first striker.” Yaya Sanogo
HISTORIC: Architect buying Van Nuys landmark vowing to preserve a bit of the past. When the historic library in Van Nuys was put on the auction block recently, most community members were pessimistic about the future of the 81-year-old building. Many feared that the building – which housed the first library in the area and later the fire department before it was boarded up and abandoned – would turn into another office building in an area already jammed with commercial space. But Tony Nasr, who paid $1.52 million for the building, says his plans for the 1926 building don’t include either demolition or remodeling. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The key is to keep the building as is or refresh it a little,” Nasr said. The architect is expecting to close escrow on the property by mid-December. And he said he can’t wait to delve into the old building and start uncovering what he considers to be its hidden treasures. “The first thing I am going to do is rip the carpet out,” he said. “I am sure there has to be hardwood floors under there. “I am also looking for the original light fixtures. Those fluorescent lights will also be gone soon.” Outside of renovating the bathrooms, Nasr said he has no intention of messing with what he considers to be aged perfection. The almost 15-foot-high ceilings will be kept intact, as well as the intricate Mexican stamping and ornate corner details that line the roof. The wooden beams will be polished and a special treatment will be given to the forest carving above the indoor fireplace that Nasr plans to use as a focal point for his open-air floor plan. Nasr, who attributes his affinity for history to his Lebanese upbringing, said he is even open to the idea of housing the burgeoning Museum of the San Fernando Valley in the 2,000 square feet he plans to restore as rental space. Gerald Fecht, president of the museum, said the board of directors had been eyeing the library property ever since it vacated its former Valley College location with intentions of finding its own location. The library would be a perfect locale for the museum because of its location in the heart of the Van Nuys Civic Center and its proximity to public transportation, Fecht said. “The library, for literally thousands of people, represents so much. It was a place where kids did their research and some very important writers used it, too,” he added. “We would like to see that library be a cultural beacon, but if it’s not available, we will continue our struggle somewhere.” Whatever the final results, Nasr said it is a priority for him to find the perfect tenants. “They have to share my vision of the building,” he said. “It will probably take me a little bit of time, but I hope I have enough money to do this exactly like it should be done.” firstname.lastname@example.org 818-713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsArleta Neighborhood Council will meet, 6:30 p.m., Beachy Avenue Elementary School auditorium, 9757 Beachy Ave. Call (818) 896-5860. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail email@example.com. TODAY Pierce College job fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 719-6454. Author Tony Kienitz will discuss his book “The Year I Ate My Yard,” 11 a.m., Southern California Garden Club, Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 781-4537. Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley luncheon, 12:30 p.m., 1125 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Cost: $16.50. For reservations, call (805) 675-8785.