…in VenezuelaVenezuela is well on its way to becoming a “Sh*t Hole” in the world state system. It was formed very remarkably like “Black Holes” in our cosmos. First was the spectacular explosion (supernova) by the revolutionary Hugo Chávez, who announced his messianic vision for a workers’ utopia. Not much different from Forbes Burnham here in 1974 with his “Declaration of Sophia”. Grandiloquent megalomania!!That, of course, like all supernovas, collapsed under the gravitational pull of its own contradictions – and will continue to do so until not even a beam of light can leave. It then becomes a “Black/Sh*t Hole”. Burnham took just one decade to reach this state, while Chávez and Maduro took two. And just like with us, Venezuelans are pouring out of their miserable, collapsed country like cosmic rays and seeking refuge in every country that will accept them.Or not. There was news of a Magistrate fining one poor refugee $50,000 for entering Guyana illegally. Another news item spoke of Region One’s health system being “overwhelmed” by Venezuelan refugees. It’s clear our authorities have forgotten how Guyanese were allowed to remain in Venezuela after they fled Burnham’s Black/S*it Hole – and given all rights to their social services.We know we have our own challenges with those 7000 unemployed sugar workers…but this does not justify us fining and expelling folks simply trying to survive. How can we be so heartless? Have we become like Trump? Is Felix going to send his immigration troops to hunt down and expel Venezuelans? But another question is raised, which this PNC-led Government has obdurately refused to answer.To wit: What are they doing about the 50,000+ Guyanese who’re now threatened by Venezuela collapse? Shouldn’t we try to facilitate their return before it’s too late, when nothing and no one can get out?? These are our own flesh and blood…we cannot abandon them another time. The Government should send teams to contact the Guyanese communities in San Felix and Puerto Ortaz, etc, and work out a structured extraction programme.Preparations must be made to reintegrate them back into Guyanese life. Their children will need birth certificates, etc, to enter school. Some Guyanese have already returned on their own – and are telling some heart-rending stories of “sufferation”. Are we not our brothers’ (and sisters) keepers? Some of these individuals may have developed skills that can be useful for our development.If we refuse to rise to the occasion then we deserve Trump’s appellation of being a “Sh*t Hole” country. There are some in this Government who’ve become arrogant at the 4-billion bbl oil find off our shores.They should remember Venezuela’s reserves are over 300 billion bbl!!…in Barbados memoryRemember that expression, “You could’ve knocked me down with a feather”? Well, your Eyewitness is picking himself up (slowly!) after the Barbados Prime Minister complained about Caricom demanding visas for Haitians to enter their countries!! Can you believe this? Here it is Guyanese, who were merely passing through Barbados’ Grantley Adams Airport on their way to America or elsewhere, were harassed mercilessly by Bajan immigration, and he’s now concerned about Haitians getting visas?!!What a hypocrite!! Has the fellow forgotten how they treated that Jamaican young woman Myrie – and violated her “cavities” – that she had to take them all the way to the CCJ? And won! The stories of Bajan arrogance to West Indians – other than possibly Trinis – are legion. But it’s possible that the Bajan PM is seeing the writing on the wall – helped by the stream of IMF experts who’ve pronounced on his nation’s meltdown.He probably knows Bajans will soon be like every other Sh*t Hole Third world country.They’ll soon be knocking on our gates!!…and the AtlanticIt did seem the Atlantic wants to reclaim the coastland we painfully stole from her over the past four hundred years!!Your Eyewitness is still awed by the force of those waves. He wonders how those “rip rap” structures are holding up.
Tottenham’s manager Jose Mourinho calls for referee’s attention during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)FIFA’s protocol for dealing with discrimination at soccer games was implemented for the first time in the Premier League on Sunday with three stadium announcements during a London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea after racist abuse was reported by Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.The announcements came in the second half, after Rudiger was kicked in the chest by Son Heung-min in an incident that led to the 62nd-minute sending-off of Tottenham’s South Korea forward.ADVERTISEMENT When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Chelsea is four points clear of fifth-place Sheffield United, while the gap is six points to Tottenham in seventh place and seven points to United in eighth with nearly half the season gone.RASH TOTTENHAMChelsea’s win saw Lampard get one over Mourinho, his one-time coach and mentor at Stamford Bridge, in their first managerial head-to-head in the Premier League.Mourinho will point to a pair of rash moments by his players, first goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and then Son.Tottenham was already trailing 1-0 to a goal from Willian following a quickly taken corner, when Gazzaniga came flying out of his goal and pole-axed Marcos Alonso with a studs-first, chest-high lunge to concede a penalty in first-half injury time. Referee Taylor originally awarded a free kick against Alonso, somewhat bizarrely, only to reverse the decision after an invention by the video assistant referee.Willian converted the penalty for his second goal of the game.Son’s red card came after he was tackled by Rudiger near the touchline. Son was unhappy at the challenge and, while on his back, flicked his right foot into the chest of Rudiger, who fell backward to the ground.“Does Rudiger have broken ribs going to the hospital?” Mourinho said. “Other people call it intelligent by Rudiger.”DE GEA HOWLERDavid De Gea’s mistake was very different to Gazzaniga’s but just as bad in its outcome. The Spain goalkeeper allowed a tame volley by Ismaila Sarr slip through his grasp and trickle over the goalline off the post in the 50th minute. Embarrassed by his mistake, De Gea slid his arms down the post and dropped face-first to the ground before banging his fists on the turf.It was another moment to forget for De Gea, who failed to punch clear a corner to allow Everton to grab an equalizer in a 1-1 draw at United last weekend. On that occasion, De Gea argued he was being fouled as he went for the ball but he had no excuses against Watford.Troy Deeney converted a penalty down the middle four minutes later after Aaron Wan-Bissaka tripped Sarr, putting the seal on only Watford’s second league win all season, and first under new manager Nigel Pearson.Watford stayed in last place but moved level on 12 points with Norwich after 18 games. They are six points adrift of safety.One positive for United was the return of Paul Pogba, the club’s record signing who has missed nearly three months because of injury and, more recently, illness. The France midfielder came on as a 64th-minute substitute.“He added urgency, quality, some great passes,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of Pogba. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor 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 ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES In-game anti-racism warnings as Rudiger faces abuse Kick It Out suggested the second and third stadium announcements repeated the first stage of the protocol rather than moving onto steps two and three, which would have led initially to the suspension of the match and the players returning to the locker room for a specific period. If the discrimination continued, the third step should have been the abandonment of the match.It was not immediately clear if there had been repeated incidents of racism.“I saw the referee follow the protocol,” Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said. “He came to Andre Marriner (the fourth official), he came to me and (Chelsea manager) Frank Lampard and told us what was happening.”The racist abuse overshadowed an accomplished performance by Chelsea in a 2-0 win that cemented its fourth place in the Premier League.Earlier, Manchester United lost 2-0 at last-place Watford, with a goalkeeper howler by David De Gea – for the second weekend running – leading to the first goal at Vicarage Road.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Rudiger, who is black, was seen putting his hands under his armpits – seemingly mimicking a monkey gesture – in the 63rd minute.Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said Rudiger had told him he heard “monkey noises” toward him in the crowd, and therefore reported it to referee Anthony Taylor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We are very concerned and aware of this behavior,” Azpilicueta said. “All together, we need to make it stop. I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible. It‘s an issue not just in football but in life.”Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out said it was aware of “alleged racist incidents” at the game and praised the referee for following step one of FIFA’s protocol, which calls on the stadium announcer to request that spectators stop the discriminatory behavior. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday
A woman was on Wednesday jailed when she appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, charged for robbery.Melinda Beaton, 31, of 45 A Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to her.It is alleged that on September 5, 2016 at Independence Boulevard, she stole 0,000 in cash from Curt Steele.The woman told the court that she offered to sell the Virtual Complainant a phone for 00, but instead he indicated that he preferred to have a sexual favour , a request with which she complied. After the intimate act occurred, the man fell asleep, and she stole the money and left.The mother of five told the Magistrate that she needed the money to buy school supplies. She was jailed for 18 months.
Assassination claim CoI…as Ramjattan disagrees with some of Slowe’s findingsBy Lakhram BhagiratPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday said he has fundamental differences of opinion in relation to the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger. The Minister said although the report was tabled in the National Assembly, it is yet to be examinedPresident David Grangerby members of Cabinet.On March 29, 2017, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour, Nizam Khan, offered him $7 million to assassinate the President. Gillard said the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property. Following the allegation, President Granger ordered the CoI to investigate the Police investigation into the allegation and to also make recommendations for flaws.Retired Assistant Police Commissioner, Paul Slowe, conducted the CoI and handed the report to President Granger at the end of August.“I have some fundamental differences of opinion on it (the recommendations andPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanfindings). That’s the Commissioner’s perspective; I have some differences… it did bring out a number of things as happening in our Police Force…,” Ramjattan said in an invited comment.“That (the recommendations and findings) was only recommendatory. It is up to the President to go on and do what has to be done but I am certain that the President is going to ask people, like myself, what I think and I will tell him what I think,” he added.Meanwhile, at the post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon told reporters Government has taken the recommendations made by the Commission seriously, and President Granger is in the contemplation stage.“Certainly we have to take into consideration the recommendations that have been made… But as I said to you earlier, the CoI makes recommendations, but thesePolice Commissioner Seelall Persaudare issues and we have to look at ways in which the entire Force is going to be affected by these recommendations. And so you have the recommendations of the CoI and then you also have recommendations from the person who is looking at the Security Sector Reform Programme. So (we) will fit all of these things into place and the recommendations will fit into those, and the actions which will be taken will be based on the recommendations of the CoI and also of the Security Sector Reform Programme,” Harmon said.Make Seelall resignThe Paul Slowe-led Commission found that a proper investigation was not conducted into the allegation made by Gillard, due to the interference of substantive Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud. Slowe reported that the response by the Police was conditioned by the fact that Imran Khan – brother of Nizam Khan – has a close relationship with Persaud and other senior ranks of the Guyana Police Force. In addition, the Commission found that Imran Khan had considerable influence in the decisions Police Commissioner Persaud made in relation to promotions and transfers which ultimately resulted in the investigative ranks being apprehensive.The report stated that Persaud acted improperly when he contacted Imran Khan,Nizam Khan is accused of offering his neighbour $7 million to assassinate the Head of Stateafter he was arrested at the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) Headquarters on the night of March 29, 2017.It was noted that his actions caused the ranks to become fearful since Imran called Persaud while in custody at the CID HQ. In addition, Persaud called Detective Inspector Prem Narine instructing that Imran Khan be placed on self-bail for disorderly behaviour. The Commission also found that it was “reckless to grant bail at that time” since little progress was made at that point, in the investigation.“The Commission recommends that Commissioner Seelall Persaud be made to resign his position as the Commissioner of Police for the Guyana Police Force, under such terms and conditions that His Excellency considers appropriate. Failing which, proceedings should be initiated in accordance with Article 225 on the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to have him removed from theRetired Assistant Police Commissioner, Paul Sloweoffice for misbehaviour,” the report recommended.PerjuryIt was also recommended that Persaud be investigated for perjury since he told the CoI that he first knew about the allegation after 16:00h on March 29, 2017, despite Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifton Hicken testifying that he informed Persaud of the allegation at around 10:00h that morning.Additionally, Slowe recommended that Hicken be investigated for perjury since he testified that he had reported the plot allegation to Commissioner Persaud at around 10:00h on March 29, when the allegation was first made. The Commission also recommended that Hicken be disciplined for not reporting the allegation to Ramnarine, who was acting as Police Commissioner, and also for his failure to interview Gillard and record it in the relevant station records.The Police investigation into the allegation is still ongoing.
Moose FM will be broadcasting live from Home Hardware throughout the Toy Drive. Residents are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys or cash donations.The Salvation Army says it has already seen an increase for toys this year. Toys for children aged 10 year old and up are needed the most, but all donations are welcome. Teenagers can be hard to shop for, but some suggestions are gift cards for iTunes, local clothing stores, and passes to the movies, skating or bowling. All donations will stay in Fort St. John to help local families.- Advertisement –
She added that she’s heard that she won’t be permitted back into her suite until a structural assessment of the building is completed by an engineer, which could take up to a week.Fire Chief Fred Burrows said that fire investigators are continuing to work today to determine what caused the fire, but he said that at this time, the fire has not been deemed suspicious. Burrows was not able to confirm this morning whether there had been false alarms at the building in the recent past, but stressed that residents should treat every alarm as the real thing.“People sometimes call a false alarm if somebody burns something on their stove, and if they don’t see the firefighters bringing a hose through the front door, they don’t think it’s a fire,” said Burrows. “You shouldn’t see smoke coming down the hallway to evacuate. We teach the kids in school that anytime the alarm goes, always treat it as real.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — One of the residents forced from their home in the Ridgeview Village Apartment building says several false alarms in recent weeks led to some initial uncertainty about the situation when a massive fire broke out on Saturday night.Melissa Aalhus, who was living on the building’s second floor, said that the building’s fire alarm went off at around 10:50 p.m. Saturday. She said that she was initially uncertain about whether the alarm was indicative of a real fire, after there had been a number of false alarms in the building in recent weeks. “I grabbed my phone and my purse, and I was just leaving and a guy said ‘there’s a fire on the third floor, get out now’,” said Aalhus. “By the time I was out, you could already see smoke coming from the back and all those flames coming from the top. It just happened really quick.”Aalhus said that members of the RCMP had already arrived at the scene when she exited the building. She said that officers then entered the building to knock on doors and ensure that all residents who were home were able to make it out.- Advertisement -City of Fort St. John Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that in total, 47 residents of Rigdeview Village have registered at the emergency support services reception centre, which is currently located at the North Peace Arena. According to Aalhus, all of the building’s residents are required to have rental insurance including content insurance. However, she said that despite this, the situation could be challenging for residents.“I know there’s some people that live there, they don’t have family here.”Advertisement
Danny Murphy insists Liverpool should look to Newcastle and Southampton to replace Steven Gerrard.The Reds skipper is moving to LA Galaxy in the summer, when his contract expires, and will leave a gaping hole in midfield.And Murphy believes Moussa Sissoko and Morgan Schneiderlin would be the perfect pair to replace him, claiming Gerrard’s boots are so big Liverpool will need two players to fill the void left by the 34-year-old.Sissoko, who has been linked with Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, has impressed for the Magpies since his 2013 switch from French side Toulouse.Southampton star Schneiderlin, meanwhile, is wanted by host of the Premier League’s top clubs and is almost certainly set to leave the Saints in the summer or, if the money is right, in the January transfer window.“Moussa Sissoko and Morgan Schneiderlin are the two players Liverpool should go for,” he told talkSPORT.“Sissoko is a box-to-box midfielder, who has looked absolutely terrific since going centrally. He’s only 25 and a France international. His wages aren’t going to be an issue.“He’s going to be a brilliant signing for somebody. Sissoko’s been linked with a number of clubs in this window, so it looks like he might be on the move.”And when asked about Schneiderlin, Murphy added: “Morgan can play with Sissokho, and along with Henderson, because it looks like Lucas is on his last legs.“He’s also only 25 years old. Yes, he’s signed a new contract but you could get him out of Southampton because he’s an ambitious boy. He’s got Premier League experience and wouldn’t need time to adjust. He’s a really good player.“Those two players will set you back around £40-50million. Liverpool would be better signing two players, rather than one. They’re already missing numbers in midfield. With Emre Can and Henderson, that gives you four there in midfield.”
In a city whose government is consumed with expansion – densification! taller buildings! – Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine seems to be alone in asking an obvious question: Do we have the water? This isn’t an academic inquiry. Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that, in the interest of protecting the endangered delta smelt, the state would need to start endangering Southern Californians by slashing water imports by as much as 30 percent. The ruling came after a historically dry winter, the likes of which meteorologists are predicting again for 2007-08. Meanwhile, the city of Long Beach has issued mandatory rules on water use, and there’s reason to think L.A. might eventually need to do the same. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has warned that mandatory rationing could become necessary for the first time in 16 years. “We have a serious problem statewide, and before we get to mandatory rationing here, we need to know where we stand,” says Zine, stating what should be, but isn’t, the obvious in City Hall. “We need to look at all new developments, conversions and additions to make sure we have enough water.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He’s right. You can’t have a city without adequate water, and L.A.’s residents shouldn’t have to endure draconian limits on their water usage just so developers can maximize their earnings by packing as many people into a project as possible. But that reality seems to be lost on city leaders, who continue with L.A.’s backward, planless approach to growth, in which any developer can get a rubber stamp on any project, provided he or she has bought the support of the local council member. Zine proposes that the Department of Water and Power, along with city planning and building agencies, review all new developments and additions to determine the effects on the water supply. That’s a decent start, but he should go further. What L.A. really needs is a moratorium on future projects until it comes up with a sound plan for preparing for them.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea called Wednesday for direct talks with the United States over a potential missile test, but the Bush administration rejected the overture, saying threats aren’t the way to seek dialogue. “You don’t normally engage in conversations by threatening to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles,” U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said. “It’s not a way to produce a conversation because if you acquiesce in aberrant behavior you simply encourage the repetition of it, which we’re obviously not going to do.” President George W. Bush, meeting with European leaders in Austria, said North Korea faced further isolation if it went ahead with any launch. “It should make people nervous when nontransparent regimes who have announced they have nuclear warheads fire missiles,” Bush said. “This is not the way you conduct business in the world.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Earlier Wednesday, Han Song Ryol, deputy chief of North Korea’s mission to the United Nations, said Pyongyang was seeking to resolve the missile-test concerns through direct talks with the United States. The U.S. insists it will speak to the North only at six-nation nuclear talks.