Jockeying…

first_img…for pole positionYour Eyewitness hates saying, “I told you so”!! Well…actually, not really, when it comes to the AFC! From the moment Khemraj Ramjattan joined up with the PNC — after insisting that if he did, the AFC would become “dead meat” — we knew Ramjattan and company –especially his new “company, Moses Nagamootoo — had thrown all principles overboard for what they thought was “pelf and power”.Your Eyewitness had predicted that all they would ever get from the PNC was “larwah”, and boy, have they gotten this in the end!!The AFC just announced that the “talks” to renegotiate a new Accord with the PNC – but mainly to settle the PM candidacy for any new coalition – had foundered on the same rocks your Eyewitness had pointed out the moment the AFC picked Ramjattan for the role. Imagine, the old agreement had EXPIRED, and the AFC was insisting its original terms should hold for the new one!! So why the heck were negotiations for a new agreement needed anyway? Especially when the LGE had exposed the AFC for being not only the predicted “dead meat”, but STINK and ROTTING dead meat at that!But the AFC didn’t only say that the talks had collapsed, according to one report, they issued an ultimatum to the PNC: If their demand wasn’t met, they were going to walk out of the coalition!! Your Eyewitness is willing to bet dollars to donuts that the PNC brass are still ROLTF+LTAO – rolling on the floor laughing their asses off at that “threat”!!Right off the bat, the question is: “Who from the AFC is even THREATENING to walk??” Trotman, at the head table, for sure ain’t going nowhere. Negotiator Patterson wasn’t even AT the table!!Note how carefully Trotman parsed his comment: “I don’t see a better alternative to the Coalition, compromise has to be found on both sides. We have to do what is best in the national interest.” Nothing about sticking with his bete noir Ramjattan!! The question you may have, dear reader, is how come your Eyewitness knew what was going to happen so early in the day?? And the answer is: he knows the PNC!! They may call themselves PNCR or APNU or the Vatican, but one thing they can’t change is their nature; and that nature is “PNC don’t share no power”!!Burnham never did with the UF, nor with Cheddi Jagan even after the latter gave him “critical support”. He exemplified in the PNC what’s been dubbed “the iron law of oligarchy”: In any organisation, power will inevitably accrete in a single person or small group.And in the PNC, that ain’t never gonna be no outsider!!Ramjattan, gwan da side!! You’ve been poled!!…for rigging positionAs your Eyewitness has been saying, the moment the new GECOM Chair made that decision to not scrap the H2H completely, or allow it to be completed, he smelled a rat. First of all, since the PPP hadn’t participated in the exercise, they’d always have a reason to object in the courts if the data were used. But this would mean a delay in the election’s date – which is what the PNC wants, especially since it would be precipitated by the PPP!! Like having your election and rigging it too!!Then there was the decision to encode and print out the 370,000 names gathered from the aborted H2H exercise. To what end? The PNC’s Vincent Alexander said to use it as a “comparator” – that is, as a “standard” for comparing the names on the PLE!!! And how would this “comparator” process work? Electronically? Hanging it outside GECOM offices for the citizens to scrutinise like the C&O exercise used on the PLE??We still don’t know! But what we know is “Something’s rotten in the state of GECOM!!…for obesity and a heart attackWe spent $10.9 BILLION annually on imported snacks. Imagine that!! Just look at the waist sizes of the folks when you visit the mall, and you’ll see where it ends up!!last_img read more

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Police Sergeant to stand trial in High Court

first_imgMFK murderPolice Sergeant Leon Lindo was committed to stand trial in the High Court for conspiring to commit murder after he was last year accused of conspiring to kill MFK Trading owner, Mohamed F Khan.He appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman who told him that a prima faciePolice Sergeant Leon Lindocase was made out against him.She added that the court was satisfied, given the evidence provided, that the accused conspired to commit murder, and as such, he would be tried in the High Court.However, before the ruling was handed down, Lindo told the court that he was innocent of the allegation, calling prosecution witness and murder accused in the matter, Lennox Wayne a “liar” for accusing him of such actions.An investigation was launched by the Police after Wayne, called “Two Colours”, provided them with a statement in which he claimed that he and Lindo conspiredDead: Mohamed F Khanto murder Khan.The 54-year-old Khan had earlier escaped another execution when a gunman, who turned out to be Wayne, shot him in his abdomen after he had just returned to Guyana following a brief holiday.Wayne had claimed that he was contracted by Lindo to kill Khan for a fee of half a million dollars.However, there was a falling-out between the two after Lindo failed to honour his end of the bargain when the execution failed.Following the execution attempt, the businessman went missing; however, a month later his dismembered body was found wrapped in a bag with his skull some distance away.Lindo, who has been a serving member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for 23 years and a father of three, has always maintained his innocence during the PI at the Magistrates’ Court.last_img read more

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL VOWS THAT ALL CHILDREN WILL GET A TOY IN DONEGAL THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgThe Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Donegal has said it will go out of its way to ensure that every child gets a toy this Christmas morning.St Vincent de Paul say they will do their best this ChristmasPresident of the Donegal branch of the charity, Mary Sheridan, says the economic situation has forced many parents to reconsider what makes Christmas so special for them and their children.“It is an extremely stressful time of the year for parents who cannot afford to provide even the minimum of gifts for their children on Christmas day. “Between now and the end of this year SVP volunteers will be visiting homes throughout Donegal.“They will give support in a variety of ways. Our main aim will be to ensure that all children will have a toy from Santa and that families will have sufficient food, heat and light to get over the ‘festive’ season,” she said.SVP members are urging anyone in financial difficulty this Christmas to approach SVP and actively seek help from them rather than turn to money lenders who will charge extortionate interest rates on loans and will invariably make problems experienced by people even larger.SVP members are adamant that confidentiality is the key to convincing people in need to come forward. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the work done by SVP members, therefore people can take comfort in the knowledge that all contact or assistance is in total confidence.People are often unaware that St. Vincent de Paul is not only willing but able to help them.“Therefore, we are earnestly appealing to people who have never approached us before and who are now struggling because of the present climate in our country to seriously consider approaching the St. Vincent de Paul Society for assistance.“However, our help is not only restricted to financial help. On a weekly basis our volunteers are helping people by providing a listening ear and a chat to those who experience loneliness,” said Ms Sheridan.Every December VdeP members work long hours to ensure that every request for help is dealt with in as an efficient and sensitive manner as possible. St Vincent de Paul has launched its National Annual Appeal on the 14th Nov 2012 by Ryan Tubridy. This appeal makes a call to people to help by donating whatever they can to their local collections. People can also help to raise funds and awareness in the following ways:•Buy a Voucher/Toy for our RTÉ 2fm Toy Appeal by leaving unwrapped toys in to their local Collection point or SuperValu or by purchasing a voucher from Toymaster or Eason’s Store …. We will look after the rest•Get your Company or Organisation involved by doing a Toy/Voucher Appeal collection point in your place of work•Or maybe you’d like to send an eCard to your clients this year and donate the money saved to the Annual Appeal •You could organise a Fundraising EventCalls for help to the Society has almost doubled over recent years and the SVP needs donations urgently to adequately provide the help needed by so many people in severe financial difficulties.Calls to the Donegal Region have increased by 30%The simple fact of the matter is that, without the financial help from the general public, the Society would not be able to carry out its work and for this we are eternally grateful.Geoff Meagher, SVP National President, said that the importance of this appeal can be judged by the fact that the SVP spends almost €40m a year on direct assistance. The bulk of this amount goes to helping families with food, energy and education costs.The appeal campaign will continue throughout December with the Svp week from the 2nd-9th December. SVP Conferences will hold church gate collections week-end of Sat 8th /Sun 9th December.A promotional campaign to draw widespread attention to the SVP annual appeal has been organized across traditional and social media. A new television commercial which is currently been broadcast in the run-up to Christmas has help and solidarity as its theme.SVP members throughout Donegal appreciate that those who may have been in a position to give to their Christmas appeal in recent years may not be so free to do so this year.However, coping with the increase in demand for financial help this Christmas will undoubtedly put a huge strain on SVP resources but members are banking on the loyal and generous response from those who can afford to give anything at all to help.Last year the charity made a special appeal for people to be aware of those around them who will feel the financial pressure more than ever and the response they had was the most generous we have ever received.“We are confident that this year will be no different. And while people may not have as much to give, hopefully they will think twice about passing SVP collection boxes at churches this week,” said Ms Sheridan.“Once again our sincere thanks to all our donors for their generosity and support and for that reason it does allow us to make a difference,” she added.If you feel that St. Vincent de Paul could help you or your family this Christmas, or at any time during the year, please do not hesitate to contact any of its members locally or you can call the North West Regional S.V.P. Office on 074-9173933 and your request will be directed to the conference in your area. Alternatively, you can visit the National Svp website at www.svp.ie or email svpnorthwest@gmail.comST. VINCENT DE PAUL VOWS THAT ALL CHILDREN WILL GET A TOY IN DONEGAL THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:CHristmasfamiliesST VINCENT DE PAULtoyslast_img read more

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Fulham eyeing summer deal for former West Ham striker

first_img1 Emmanuel Emenike [left] in action for Fenerbahce Fulham are considering a move for ex-West Ham striker Emmanuel Emenike, according to reports in Turkey.The 29-year-old has been at Fenerbahce since 2013 but spent time on loan with the Hammers last year – although it was not a memorable stint in east London.The forward failed to notch in any of his 13 Premier League appearances, with his only goals coming in a 5-1 win at Blackburn in the FA Cup.He is currently out of favour at Fenerbahce, for whom he has started just seven league games all season.Emenike’s contract is up in June of next year and, with no extension planned, he is expected to be sold in the summer.And according to Turkish media reports, Fulham are considering bringing Emenike back to London.It has even been suggested that the Nigeria international is already in the capital as he steps up his pursuit of a new club.last_img read more

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Manchester United v Stoke confirmed teams: Mkhitaryan left out by Mourinho

first_imgManchester United will be hoping to secure only their second win in five league games when they welcome Stoke to Old Trafford on Monday night.The Red Devils can reduce the gap between themselves and leaders Manchester City to 12 points, following their dramatic defeat to Liverpool on Sunday evening.Stoke will be without newly named manager Paul Lambert in the dugout as he officially replaces the departed Mark Hughes tomorrow.So how do both sides line up? Scroll down to see the Manchester United and Stoke teams. Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, LukakuSubstitutes: Lindelof, Rojo, Rashford, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, McTominay, Joel PereiraStoke City XI:  Butland, Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi, Tymon, Fletcher, Shaqiri, Allen, Ireland, Choupo-Moting, CrouchSubstitutes: Wimmer, Afellay, Adam, Diouf, Sobhi, Grant, Edwards The Red Devils can move within 12 points of leaders Manchester City 1last_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal could strike forward deal – reports

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund have reignited their interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to reports in his native France.The Bundesliga giants reportedly attempted to sign the 31-year-old during the summer but were unable to prise him away from Arsenal.Now, according to RMC, Dortmund have enquired about his availability once again with Arsenal currently in talks to sign fellow striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the German club before the window closes.However, it has been stressed that any deal for Giroud would not be included in the Aubameyang transaction and would occur as a separate sale.The Frenchman has been at Arsenal since arriving from Marseille in 2012.He has scored 73 Premier League goals in 179 appearances for the club and remains under contract until next year. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud last_img read more

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Big game isn’t the biggest test at Oaks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’That’s the paradox at Oaks Christian, established just seven years ago on a campus that puts many universities to shame. Built around athletics from the start, it has won four straight section championships. Yet this week, as it prepares for its biggest game ever, students are buzzing about Spanish tests and thermodynamics. Defensive end Duke Lemmens, 18, who is off to the University of Florida next year, juggles the same stress. He’s on a team led by golden-armed quarterback Jimmy Clausen that hasn’t lost since 2003, a still-much-debated heartbreaker to Oak Park – but he’s hitting the books. “It’s not one of those schools you get let off the hook just because you’re an athlete,” he said. “You have to excel both on the field and off.” During their lunch break Thursday, students stole a few minutes of relaxation after polishing off taco salads and chili fries. A group of boys kicked an empty soda cup back and forth, not far from a crowd doing the same thing with a soccer ball. The projectiles ricocheted around, propelled by Ugg boots and checkerboard Vans. Today, they’ll hold a tailgate party at lunch time, and a player will address the student body. On game day, a caravan will form at 6:45a.m. at the school to head down to Carson to see the Lions take the field at the Home Depot Center. Malcolm Jones will be on the bus leading that procession. A freshman, he plays linebacker and running back, something he’s dreamed of for years. “I’ve been watching games since fifth grade and wanting to go here since the school started,” said the 14-year-old from Agoura Hills. “We’re really big in this neighborhood, so whenever you’re out, wearing your Oaks Christian shirt, people will be like, `Man, you’ve got a great team.”‘ These are huge, much-respected boys, some destined for greatness. Clausen has thrown for more than 10,000 yards and 145touchdowns in his four years with the team, making his name recognizable nationwide. “It’s just a cool feeling because we have math class with those kids,” said Kelly Crommelin, a 17-year-old senior. “We hang out after the game. Everyone’s so starstruck, but they’re just regular guys.” Regular guys who haven’t lost in 45 straight games. Regular guys who’ve been champions four years in a row. Regular guys who inspire nearly unshakable confidence in the student body. “We haven’t lost in so long, I’m not even worried about it,” said Ali Nelson, a 17-year-old senior. “This’ll be a piece of cake.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTLAKE VILLAGE – James Crawford is feeling the heat as he prepares for two daunting opponents: Cardinal Newman and his dreaded physics final. Crawford and other students at the upscale Oaks Christian School have had a lesson in Anxiety 101 – all week long. On Saturday, their undefeated football team will take the field against Santa Rosa-based Newman. Next week, they will take final exams. The mood, to put it mildly, is rather heightened. “It’s gonna be hard on Saturday,” said Crawford, a 16-year-old junior who plays offensive and defensive line and handles long snaps. “There’ll be a few parties after the game, probably, but it’s not going to be a late night, that’s for sure.” last_img
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Liverpool’s title hopes kept alive as Origi nets late winner against Newcastle

first_imgThe Reds are now two points clear of Manchester City, who play Leicester on Monday evening, and ensure that the race for the title will go to the final day of the season.Enthusiasm over the victory was tempered however by injury to Salah, who was hurt in a collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the second half.The Reds’ top scorer was stretchered off to leave his participation in Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final second-leg clash with Barcelona in doubt. The Slovakian prevented Sadio Mane from increasing his side’s advantage after he had played a neat one-two with Salah as the frenetic pace was maintained throughout a pulsating first-half.Rondon forced Alisson into a regulation save from distance as the half-time whistle approached, but it was the visitors who led as the teams headed for the dressing rooms. 4 A late Divock Origi goal gave Liverpool a crucial win over Newcastle in a five-goal thriller at St James’ Park.The Magpies levelled twice as Christian Atsu and Salomon Rondon cancelled out goals from Virgil Van Dijk and Mo Salah, but Origi came to the rescue with just four minutes remaining. 4 Mohamed Salah reacts as he is placed on a stretcher during Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle Atsu celebrates his equaliser Liverpool took the lead on 13 minutes when Jamaal Lascelles slipped to leave Van Dijk unmarked, and he headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross firmly home.The Magpies hit back within seven minutes after former Liverpool full-back Javier Manquillo had crossed from the right and Matt Ritchie saw his initial shot blocked.Rondon smashed the loose ball towards goal, where Alexander-Arnold appeared to block it with his hand, but was spared a red card when Atsu followed up to level.Keeper Alisson needed the help of his crossbar to keep out Ayoze Perez’s dipping volley as Newcastle sensed an opportunity, but they were made to pay for a second lapse at the back inside the opening 28 minutes when Salah found himself in acres of space to steer Alexander-Arnold’s speculative cross past the helpless Dubravka.center_img Van Dijk gave the Reds the perfect start 4 Origi headed home in the closing stages of the game to give Liverpool a crucial victory at Newcastle 4 Salah skewed a snapshot wide and Daniel Sturridge blazed wastefully over either side of Alisson’s stop from Rondon inside the opening five minutes of the second half, but the Venezuela international was not to be denied.Former Magpie Georginio Wijnaldum cleared Ki Sung-yueng’s corner to the edge of the box, but when the ball was fed back in, Rondon pounced to smash home his 11th goal of the season.Jurgen Klopp’s men set about the task of restoring their lead in determined fashion, but with Newcastle prospering on the break, the game was in the melting pot.Salah departed prematurely after colliding with Dubravka as the pair converged on Dejan Lovren’s long ball, but his side’s fortunes improved with four minutes remaining when his replacement Origi glanced fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross past Dubravka to win it. getty images – getty last_img read more

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 8, 2018

first_imgShare This!Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations kick off at Disneyland! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.Special Events and NotesIt might be just past Labor Day on the calendar, but that means it’s Halloween time at Disneyland!  In addition to lots and lots of Halloween decor, you can expect characters to be in special costumes (including the Cars cast, which is fantastic), plenty of unique seasonal treats, and several rides with holiday-themed overlays. This year sees the return of perennial favorites Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and last year’s new Halloween makeovers at California Adventure — Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween, Mater’s Graveyard Jamboree and Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark — will be back as well (note that the latter transforms in the evening only). For more information, make sure you check out our preview here.This will be the last week before Disneyland Park sees early closures for Mickey’s Halloween Party, so make sure you take advantage of that this week. These parties do sell out, so get tickets as soon as possible if you’d like to go in the weeks ahead.Finally, the Dia de los Muertos celebration is underway at Zocalo Park in Frontierland in Disneyland Park. Stop by there, and nearby Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante for photo opportunities, face painting, and treats like Pumpkin Flan.CrowdsLow post-summer crowds continue this week, with only Saturday seeing even average level crowds — every other day is predicted to be level 3 or below. Rosh Hashanah should not alter this — Monday is predicted to have level 3 crowds.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherThe weekend is going to be HOT, with highs approaching 100 on Saturday, which is also the day we’re predicting to have the highest crowds. The work week will be slightly more moderate, with highs in the mid to upper 80s. As is normal this time of year, there’s no chance of rain to speak of.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsThere’s a light entertainment schedule during the week — for example, neither the fireworks nor Fantasmic! will be shown at all Monday through Thursday — with regular schedules on the weekends (including Friday). Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Straw Hatters can be found here. Pixar Play Parade2211112 California Adventure9-108-109-99-99-99-59-10 Fireworks1100001 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Paint the Night1111111 Fantasmic!2200002 ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsThe Enchanted Tiki Room continues its refurbishment through October 3 (note, this is a revised date), the Main Street Cinema is offline through September 27, and the Matterhorn is down indefinitely; we’ll let you know when Disney announces its anticipated return.  The Sailing Ship Columbia will also not be running during the week, just on the weekends.Over at California Adventure, Golden Zephyr will be undergoing a brief refurbishment from September 10-17.  World of Color remains offline until further notice — we’ll let you know when we have a better idea of when it will return as well, but we are not anticipating it back until the latter part of the year. All other attractions are currently operational, but as always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. Admission and HoursPassholder blockouts taper off a bit this week; Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, and Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday only. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular Price ($117/$110) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value Price ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Disneyland9-128-129-109-99-99-99-12last_img read more

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SA lecturer awarded for innovative style

first_imgDr Damian Ruth received the Richard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award at Massey University’s College of Business. Here he is congratulated by Jennifer, Buchanan’s wife. Photo: Massey University 4 November 2013Dr Damian Ruth, a South African who is a management lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand, has won the College of Business’ Richard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award.The judging committee recognised Dr Ruth’s enthusiasm, energy and commitment to finding innovative ways of teaching students.Dr Ruth, who has worked at the university for seven years, described his job as a vocation and says when he teaches he wants to “ignite, provoke, enthuse and excite”.Describing his teaching as direct and forthright, he says most students want to be constructively challenged. One student told him his frame of reference had been exploded. “If I have done that then I am doing a good job,” says Dr Ruth.Dr Ruth has worked in education for more than 20 years and now teaches undergraduates and postgraduates in the School of Management on the Wellington campus as well as teaching in the MBA programme. “I don’t have a specific teaching qualification. I’m just one of a number of highly committed good teachers at Massey and I don’t see myself as particularly special,” he says.He grew up in South Africa, where he graduated with a degree in arts and humanities from the University of Cape Town. He left South Africa after the 1976 riots but returned as a teacher. “I decided to become an educator, that would be my contribution to the struggle. If you get a handle on the education system you get a handle not just on the current generation but the next one as well.”He did a Master’s in social science, followed years later by a PhD in research, education and management at the University of Sheffield. Next year, he will teach the new 300-level paper Strategy and Change, which he has co-designed.Originally published by Global South Africans: A network of extraordinary peoplelast_img read more

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