Satiricus was back in his element at the old hangout with Hari and Bungi. They’d been commiserating with Bungi over his uncertainty as to whether there’d be a job waiting for him in the canefields when the new crop began. And having drowned their sorrows, were now ready to solve the world’s problems.“A wha’ me hear ‘bout dis Poopah fella?” queried Bungi. “Me na gat computa fuh see wha’ me a hear about!”“Bungi, why you want to talk about that?” asked Satiricus.“Well, fuss me wan’ fuh know how de maan t’un Poopah?” said Bungi with a puzzled look. “Da na wan big maan in de Chu’ch?”“Very, big, Bungi,” intoned Hari. “Big officials in many countries come together and anoint him with honey and myrrh.”“Wha’ myrrh?” asked Bungi as he signalled for another round. He could afford to be generous since Hari was buying!“That’s not important,” said Satiricus, who really had no idea. “The point is, this is a conspiracy to pull down Guyana because we have our own Grand Poopah.”“Conspiracy?!” Hari almost shrieked. “I saw with my own two eyes the Poopah doing the dirty with two women!”“Really?” interjected Bungi with interest. “An’ yuh can see everyt’ing?”“Don’t be vulgar, fellas,” said Satiricus sanctimoniously. “De Poopah was just healing the women, by touching them.”“But wha’ da gat fuh do wid de Church?” Bungi wanted to know. “Dem na gat rule and regulation?”“Well, that’s the problem,” said Satiricus. “We got our religion from the British, who were very upright. The Poopah is bringing back that good old-time religion.”“Sato, you really believe that nonsense?” demanded Hari. “The man just having a good time with those young women he fooled.”“Hari!!” said Satiricus sternly. “Didn’t you hear those women shouting, “Oh God!! Oh God! ” all the time the Grand Poopah was healing them?”“Really?!” asked Bungi, as he raised his beer “Me na see de tape…but da sound like Church wuk.”
In North WestPolice are still combing the Barima River in the North West District of Region One in hope of finding fisherman Edward O’Neil alive or dead, after the boat in which he and 19-year-old Venezuelan national Kamal Hosea were travelling crashed into a piece of wood and ran aground on Sunday at about 02:00hrs.The two were reportedly heading home after a night out drinking at the Kumaka Landing when the incident occurred.Informing that the Police are investigating the circumstances leading to the incident, Commander Ravindradat Budhram has said a search party is out combing the area in search of O’Neil. He said initial investigations have revealed that the duo were proceeding close to the bank of the river when the boat hit a wood before running into some bushes.Kamal told the Police that following the mishap he began combing the area for his friend, but did not locate him. An alarm was raised and residents in the area formed a search party, but their search yielded no results. Kamal was later taken to the Mabaruma Hospital where he is receiving treatment.In July, a father and son lost their lives after the boat in which they were travelling was hit by another boat belonging to the Mabaruma Hospital. George Piper and his son Ravin, 18, along with another man known only as ‘Wood,’ were tossed out of their vessel at the mouth of the Moruca River; and while the other man survived the accident, George and his son lost their lives.
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, January 23 – Manchester United manager David Moyes accepted that his side deserved nothing more after they were sensationally bundled out of the League Cup in the semi-finals by Premier League stragglers Sunderland.Moyes was hoping to reach his first final as United manager, but after United beat Sunderland 2-1 at Old Trafford in Wednesday’s second-leg match to leave the aggregate score 3-3, the visitors prevailed 2-1 in s penalty shoot-out. United were 1-0 up on the night and within touching distance of the final when goalkeeper David de Gea allowed a shot from Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley to squirm past him and into the net in the penultimate minute of extra time.Javier Hernandez scrambled an equaliser almost immediately in a stunning conclusion to the extra period, but United were eliminated when Vito Mannone parried Rafael da Silva’s penalty in the ensuing shoot-out.Jonny Evans’s first-half header had levelled the tie, but United were unable to seize the momentum thereafter, with Sunderland, the Premier League’s second-bottom club, enjoying the majority of possession and matching United almost chance for chance.“We didn’t play well enough. If we were (to go through), we were going to stumble over the line,” Moyes said.“With a minute or so to go we were almost there. We had opportunities to score a second goal and put ourselves in a better position, but there is always going to be a loser in the semi-final and it was us.”United have already lost five times at home this season and have now been eliminated from cup competitions at Old Trafford twice in less than three weeks, having fallen to Swansea City in the FA Cup on January 5.Once again there was a palpable nervousness inside the ground, and when Moyes was asked whether the result was the heaviest blow of his nascent United tenure, he said: “Yeah. I think it is part and parcel of the game.”The penalty shoot-out made for particularly painful viewing, with Darren Fletcher the only United player to score as Sunderland won thanks to successful attempts from Marcos Alonso and Ki Sung-yueng.Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones and Rafael all failed to convert from 12 yards, and Moyes admitted that his cast of penalty-takers would have been different had Hernandez and Michael Carrick not succumbed to injury.“Ideally, it wouldn’t have been the group we had chosen,” said Moyes.“Javier would have taken a penalty but was injured and people like Michael Carrick would have been involved.”Sunderland manager Gus Poyet revealed that Mannone had been serenaded on his return to the changing room after parrying two of United’s attempts at goal in the shoot-out.“When Vito got into the dressing room, the whole squad and staff started singing his name and there is no better feeling for a football player,” said the Uruguayan.“He was half happy, half embarrassed. It was a special night for him.”Sunderland, who last played in a major final in 1992, will face the might of Manchester City in the decider on March 2, but they can take heart from their 1-0 victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s side in November.“What a task it is going to be there at Wembley. We will try,” Poyet said.“We will need to play well, have a good day, be brave, be fit and they will have to not have a good day, because they have very good players.“But if you want to win something, you need to be the best — you are not expecting to get to the final and play a bad game. So we will see.”British media reports suggest United will complete a club-record move for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata on Thursday, but Moyes was unable to offer the club’s fans any guarantees about the transfer.Reporters at Old Trafford were told that Moyes would only answer questions about the game during his post-match press conference and when he was asked about Mata, he replied: “We are not saying anything.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed his side should have been given a late penalty in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield.The time slipping away to net an equaliser, Steven Gerrard’s goalward effort was deflected wide by a diving Gary Cahill and replays seemed to suggest the shot had struck the England man’s arm.Referee Anthony Taylor waved away the Merseysiders’ claims for a spot-kick but the call left Rodgers fuming as his side tasted defeat for the fifth time this season in the Premier League.“I think it’s bitterly disappointing for us,” said Rodgers. “It’s a big decision in a big game that we didn’t get and it wasn’t even in doubt. It’s a clear handball and you need to get that.“My players gave everything today and deserved something from it [the game]. If we weren’t going to get it from open play then we certainly should have had it from the penalty spot.“We’re extremely disappointed as we think we deserved something from the game.”
1 Danny Graham ended his Sunderland goal drought as the Black Cats climbed out of the bottom three with a 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.Graham, a £5million signing in January 2013, had not found the net in his previous 27 appearances for the Wearside club.But he was finally on the scoresheet on Saturday lunchtime, his strike shortly after the break setting them on the way to a vital three points before Jermain Defoe added a late second.The victory sees Sunderland move up to 14th in the Premier League, although they could drop back down the table later on Saturday, with all their relegation rivals in action this afternoon.Everton, who remain 11th after their second defeat in succession, had enjoyed the majority of possession against Dick Advocaat’s defensive-minded side.Costel Pantilimon was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half, twice racing out to deny Romelu Lukaku before blocking Leon Osman’s shot.But the home side were unable to make their dominance count and Sunderland, having barely threatened before the break, snatched an unlikely opener seven minutes into the second period.It was a fluke goal, too, as Jordi Gomez’s shot deflected off Graham’s shin before bouncing over Tim Howard.It was one Graham knew little about but, having gone TWO years without a goal for Sunderland, it mattered little to the 29-year-old, whose relief was clear in his joyous celebration.Everton almost drew level when James McCarthy’s powerful long-range strike came crashing back off Pantilimon’s right hand post.But it was one of those days for Roberto Martinez’s side and their comeback hopes were ended five minutes from time when Adam Johnson crossed for Defoe to divert the ball home with his thigh. Danny Graham celebrates scoring for Sunderland
Manchester City are considering a bid for Besiktas centre-back Pedro Franco, according to reports in Turkey.The Colombian international is apparently unsettled in Istanbul having fallen out with former Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic last season.Turkish newspaper HaberTurk are claiming that City sent scouts to Turkey to watch the defender in the final months of the 2014/15 campaign.City will have another chance to see Franco in action in the Copa America later this month and are expected to begin negotiations with the 24-year-old when the tournament finishes. 1 Pedro Franco in action for Besiktas
Dearborn-based Ford lost $1.4 billion during the first half of the year, and the company has been under pressure from Wall Street to make more cuts. Ford has been discussing with the United Auto Workers union the possibility of offering buyouts and early retirement packages to all its hourly workers. So far, Ford has offered packages mainly to workers at plants that it plans to close. The company expects about 12,000 hourly workers to leave this year through the packages and normal attrition. Pieces of the new plan have leaked out in the past few days, with The Wall Street Journal reporting Wednesday that among the items under review is a plan to cut white-collar staffing, benefits and other costs by 30 percent. Ford rose 13 cents, or 1.4 percent, Wednesday to close at $9.19 on the New York Stock Exchange. Steinmetz said Ford’s revenue picture remains murky due to greater competition in the sport utility vehicle and pickup truck segments, which long have been profit centers for the company. He predicted that several key decisions would remain unresolved, including partial sale of Ford’s credit arm, a decision on the future of the Lincoln-Mercury brand and reducing losses at Visteon Corp., Ford’s former parts-producing operation that was spun off as a separate company in 2000. Last year, Ford agreed to form a holding company to manage and possibly sell 24 Visteon plants. Ford also has placed its Aston-Martin luxury sports car brand up for sale, and it is considering sale of its other Premier Automotive Group brands: Jaguar, Volvo and Land Rover. Ford has declined to comment on the board meeting other than to say that the plans will be made public later.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Ford Motor Co.’s board of directors began a two-day meeting Wednesday to contemplate a plan that could have the ailing automaker slash jobs and reduce factories further and faster in its quest to revive profits. Details from the meeting, which was expected to continue today, were not available Wednesday. Many industry analysts say the new round of restructuring is crucial to the company’s future and will involve cuts to bring Ford’s production capacity in line with its declining sales and market share. White-collar jobs and benefits also reportedly are in line for reductions. Catherine Madden, an auto industry analyst at the consulting company Global Insight Inc., said it is imperative for Ford to make further manufacturing cuts. Her company forecasts that two more plants will be shut down. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“There’s no doubt they don’t need these facilities, and the cost of running them is killing Ford. They have to reduce capacity or they will not survive in the future,” she said. In July, Ford pledged to accelerate its “Way Forward” plan, which when introduced in January called for cutting up to 30,000 jobs and closing 14 facilities by 2012. Ford has been suffering from ferocious competition from Japanese rivals and a failure to ignite consumer interest in its vehicles. While its last two restructuring plans fell short of what was needed, Morgan Stanley analyst Jonathan Steinmetz said in a note to investors Wednesday that he did not expect the latest round to be off target. “We expect Ford’s revised Way Forward plan to include meaningful cost-cutting of approximately $5.5 billion to $6 billion primarily centering on reduced hourly labor costs,” Steinmetz wrote.
Young Donegal actor Art Parkinson’s pride in Kubo and the Two Strings won’t be dulled after the movie missed out on taking a Golden Globe award last night – there are many more chances for him to pick up prizes.Art, (15) who is from Moville, voices the lead character in the acclaimed action-adventure which counts Hollywood stars Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey among its cast.Kubo and the Two Strings was nominated for the Best Animated Motion Picture award alongside My Life as a Zucchini, Moana and Sing. Zootopia took the overall prize at the sparkling Golden Globes award ceremony in Beverly Hills last night. Art is most proud of the films’ achievement and success, telling the Irish Film and Television Network last week: “I’m very proud and honoured to be a part of a project that has been so successful and touched so many people. I’m now really looking forward to award season and hopefully it will do well as the whole team at Laika has worked so hard through the art that is stop-motion animation over the five year period it took to make this project.Art is most notable around the world for his role as Rickon Stark in the hugely successful Game of Thrones series on Sky Atlantic. To many locals, he’s a firm supporter of the Irish language and his school, Gaelcholaiste Chineal Eoghain in Buncrana.There is a lot of Oscar buzz around Kubo and the Two Strings, which is being noted for its quality animation, powerful performances and universal appeal. Oscar nominations are announced at the end of the month. The epic tale directed by Travis Knight sees a one-eyed boy in Japan with the gift of telling fantastical stories embarking on a mystical quest to discover his family’s magical legacy.Art has been individually nominated for an Annie Award, which is part of the International Animated Film Association in the US. His role as Kubo sees him up for an award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. The ceremony takes place in February. Kubo was the winner of more Best Animated Film awards than any other film in 2016.Well done Art, and good luck throughout the awards season.Actor Art Parkinson has an exciting season ahead after Golden Globes miss was last modified: January 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Art ParkinsonawardFilmsgolden globes
The Gautrain on the test track atBombardier’s manufacturing facilityin Derby, UK. (Image: Gautrain) A Gautrain coach on the assembly line.(Image: Gautrain)Janine ErasmusThe first Gautrain cars have been presented at the Bombardier Transportation production facility in Derby, UK. Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa was at the launch in July 2008 to accept the first set of four cars. Each set will have the carrying capacity of 321 seated and 138 standing passengers, and with 24 trains of four cars each on order, the Gautrain will be able to transport more than 100 000 passengers per day in each direction.“With uncompromising levels of safety, security, comfort and punctuality, passengers can look forward to unprecedented standards of service,” said Shilowa.Bombardier Transportation, a subsidiary of Canada-based Bombardier Inc. which manufactures the Learjet range, has been contracted by the Gauteng provincial government to design the core electrical and mechanical systems for the much talked-about rapid rail system that will carry passengers between Johannesburg and Pretoria in 40 minutes. Bombardier’s responsibilities will include communications, automatic fare collection, and power supply and distribution systems.The company, a specialist in rail transport systems with over 100 000 vehicles in operation worldwide, will also build 96 Electrostar cars and provide training as well as 15 years of maintenance services. The last car is due for delivery in June 2010.Bombardier’s award-winning Electrostar design is known for its reliability, cutting-edge technology and energy efficiency. The shells are manufactured from aluminium, making them lightweight and cheaper to maintain. The cars on the airport route will undergo special customisation to allow for more luxurious seats and dedicated storage areas for luggage.Bombardier Transportation is part of the Bombela consortium, which is responsible for the financing, design and construction, and operation and maintenance of the 80km-long Gautrain route. Other members of the consortium are French civil contractor Bouygues, South African civil contractor Murray and Roberts and empowerment partner Strategic Partners Group.Empowering the provinceOnly 15 cars will be completed at the Derby Bombardier facility. Although Bombardier will still manufacture body shells for the remaining 81 cars, these will be shipped to Union Carriage and Wagon in Nigel, Gauteng, to be completed there. A number of teams from Union Carriage are currently in Derby to receive training in the final assembly of the cars.Bombardier has audited the Union Carriage factory and will invest, at its own cost, a substantial sum to upgrade the facility to meet the requirements for Gautrain rolling stock assembly.“Not only will skills be transferred to our local people, but more jobs will be created in our commitment to the socio-economic development of the Gauteng province,” said Jack van der Merwe, CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency.“The local recruitment and training of drivers will also take place in Derby as Electrostar driver compartments and control systems are more advanced than other trains presently running in South Africa.”Van der Merwe added that the Gautrain Management Agency was “seriously considering enlarging the order”.“We are proud to be part of the South African government’s commitment to build a modern and effective rail network,” said Bombardier president André Navarri, “and are confident that its new fleet will facilitate the easy movement of people and goods throughout the region.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at email@example.com.Useful linksGautrainGauteng provincial governmentBombardier TransportationUnion Carriage and Wagon
Brand South Africa calls on all South Africans to recognise the importance of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign which starts on the 25thNovember; and to realise the importance of this year’s theme which is “Don’t Look Away”.Though obvious to all of us, most people choose to look away when they are aware that abuse is taking place in their society.Besides the historical foundations of such an attitude, where we all choose to adopt a “that’s not my problem” approach to increasing social ills, we are only harming ourselves in the long run.The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign is not only about being vocal on abuse for 16 days but about creating awareness around this stain on our country. Increasingly we are inundated by reports of people who are trapped in abusive relationships, daily reports of children being molested, and because of this, we’ve developed a fatigued outlook on the matter.The first step to curbing abuse is to acknowledge and to encourage those being abused to come out with it and report the matter to the police and the greater public. A “name and shame” approach is necessary in tackling abuse and regardless of the circumstances, or who was angered, abuse must be dismissed as a resort for solutions. This is an attitude that needs to be fostered amongst ourselves and our children. And it is an attitude that needs to be continually encouraged every day – not just for the 16 days.The second step is to discourage violence as a method of solving differences. South Africa has seen more than enough bloodshed in dispute resolution and needs to become a society that uses smarter tactics to resolving problems.The third step is for us, as the people of this country, to lead the way in acting against abuse. We need to get our children involved and need to foster relationships of mutual respect between boys and girls. We need to change our methods of instilling discipline and we need to teach and encourage those who are vulnerable a more elevated sense of self-respect.Play your part by being a mentor to an Aids orphan and other vulnerable children by offering support and encouragement all the time. Encourage healthier relationships between boys and girls by teaching them that equality and choice are both a right and a privilege – that should never be abused. Look around your community and speak up about the gender imbalances and socio-economic challenges that are faced daily.Once we get everyone to be productive pillars of society, we can also get everyone to engage in ways that are non-violent. And finally, play your part by speaking up when you see abuse; do not look away. And refuse to back down until you see that justice has taken its course.What can you do, today, no matter how small, to make your country safer for all who live in it?Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part is a social movement to get all South Africans to actively think about and begin doing something positive; and to recognise and celebrate those who are already doing something; big or small. It is aimed at all South Africans, including civil society, government, corporate and non-governmental organisations, etc. It has been created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. All South Africans have access to resources that can contribute to a better future for all including time, money, skills or goods.For more info, visit www.playyourpart.co.za