Parfaite Harmonie residents decry deplorable roads

first_imgResidents of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) continue to cry out for urgent intervention in fixing several roads in their community which have become a nightmare for commuters and pedestrians.One of the badly damaged roadsThe roads which were promised to be rehabilitated in 2018 by the Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) continue to be inundated with potholes which undoubtedly cause severe damage to vehicles.With the continuation of the rainy season, the holes continue to deteriorate.These roads are made of loam and are yet to be properly rehabilitated with asphalt. As a result of this, the roads are easily eroded and are in need of frequent rehabilitative works.As such, the residents are calling for an intervention and for the roads to be properly done in order for their distress to end.“You think is fair? Not all of us have vehicles so we usually have to walk out the streets to get to the main road before we can catch a car and it hard, because sometimes you walking into work with muddy shoes and in a state of embarrassment because of the roads, you head does hurt when you think of walking out there and oh lawd, when the rain fall, its worst” Natasha Abraham complained.Shayann Benjamin told the Guyana Times that as a result of the poor roads, taxis are refusing to make pickups at certain locations.“Sometimes you need a taxi to go somewhere and when you tell them which street, they outright tell you that they can’t make that, that their vehicles get mess or damage,” she explained.Another resident, a taxi driver detailed the horrors of ploughing in to the potholes.“I was struck for several hours because I take the risk to drive through one of the streets, but the hole was deep bad but rain was falling the day so I couldn’t see how deep the hole was. So I decide now to drive through and I end up stick in deh. You know how long, I try but nothing worked. One of my partner had to come with he bus and he pull me out”.In 2018 Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Adams-Yearwood had promised to have the roads in Parfaite Harmonie upgraded but nothing has been done since.last_img read more

2010: England fans ‘raring to go’

first_img23 October 2009Thousands of English fans have already begun gearing up for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, with the international coordinator of the country’s Football Supporters’ Federation, Kevin Miles, spending time in South Africa this week to get the lay of the land.Miles is confident that the English crowds will come in full force, despite speculation that the global economic situation will affect the numbers of visiting fans. And if England can repeat their performance from 1966, South Africa might just see a tidal wave of English fans arrive at the country’s shores.“An educated guess is that 25 000 fans will travel [from England],” Miles said this week. “If England get to the final, we can double that.“Fans will come without tickets and even with no hope of getting a ticket, just so that they can say that they were in Johannesburg when England played in the World Cup final,” Miles said.“We can definitely expect the group stage to be oversubscribed,” he added.South Africa’s World Cup stadiums certainly caught the eye of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s international coordinator.“I think the stadiums look really good, and there is no question they are worthy of hosting a World Cup,” said Miles, who was especially impressed with Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium, which will host the opening and final match of the tournament.“It is so big, and an impressive stadium. We certainly hope to be there for the final.”With close to 50 000 tickets applied for to date through from the United Kingdom – currently ranked third in terms of ticket sales – South Africa may expect even more English visitors than what Miles predicts.In the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany, a total of 150 000 English fans travelled to watch matches, although a look at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea/Japan – a similar travelling distance from the UK to South Africa – shows that only 20 000 English fans travelled to the tournament.As a seasoned World Cup veteran, Miles also had some advice for South Africans looking to cash in on the tourism boom during the World Cup.“Germany was not a traditional holiday destination for English fans, but after the 2006 Fifa World Cup it was seen in a different light. Tourism increased exponentially in 2007, the year after the tournament.“Accommodation establishments and restaurants should look to offer people value for money and not inflated prices, so that they return with their families after the tournament is over.”For Miles, who has attended four World Cups, it is important that South Africans are aware of what is about to hit them when the world descends on the country for the month-long tournament.“A World Cup has a huge effect on a country – with such a big mix of visitors, there is such huge energy in the country when everyone arrives. At the end of the tournament, South Africans will think, ‘Wow, it’s finished already!”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

ACC Releases Its Complete 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule

first_imgACC basketball logo.[email protected] football is just a day away, which is a monumental moment for most fan bases, but there are some that are more focused on the return of basketball in a few months. The ACC, perhaps the top college basketball conference with powerhouses like Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, and Syracuse in the ranks, dropped its full men’s hoops schedule this afternoon. Here are the various schedules by team.The 2015-16 schedule is out! Most times/TV designati ns still TBD, but mark your calendars! #BCEagles— BC Men’s Basketball (@BCHoopNews) September 2, 2015JUST ANNOUNCED —> #Clemson learns its 2015-16 #ACC schedule. Excited by our home slate!— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) September 2, 2015Our full 2015-16 schedule is live! Check it out here and make sure to download the ECAL:— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) September 2, 2015HERE IT IS- Your 1st look at the #Noles 2015-16 Schedule- introduced by the team. #FanUp— FSU Men’s Basketball (@FSU_MBasketball) September 2, [email protected] schedule is set! #TogetherWeSwarm Full details:— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) September 2, 2015MBB: Take a look at the 2015-16 #UofL men’s basketball schedule NOW! A full release to come shortly.— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) September 2, 2015OFFICIAL: #Canes @accmbb announced! Full release here: #TogetherWeWill #GoCanes— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 Tar Heel men’s basketball schedule out now: #UNCBBall— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) September 2, 2015#WPN our @ACCMBB schedule is ready! Some big-time home games this season at @PNCArena ! READ:— NC State Men’s Bball (@PackMensBball) September 2, 2015HOT OFF THE PRESS! When will you see the next generation of Irish student-athletes? Check out our 2015-16 schedule.— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) September 2, 2015Full 2015-16 Pitt men’s basketball schedule is now available.— Pitt Basketball (@HailToPittHoops) September 2, 2015Here it is, our 2015-16 @accmbb schedule! #CuseMode— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) September 2, 2015ACC Releases Virginia’s 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule #GoHoos— Virginia Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 #Hokies men’s basketball schedule released.— VT Men’s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) September 2, 2015The 2015-16 schedule has been released. Seven NCAA teams to visit the LJVM. #GoDeacs STORY:— Wake Basketball (@TieDyeNation) September 2, 2015Which games are you most looking forward to, ACC hoops fans?last_img read more

Audio-Recording and Video-Link Equipment for Courts

first_img Digital audio-recording and video-link equipment valued at J$232 million (€1.7 million) were handed over to the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Monday (November 13). The technology will facilitate witnesses giving evidence from remote locations, assist in protecting the identity of witnesses and reduce the time taken for judges to note important information, which will result in speedier resolution of cases. The provision will also result in cost savings by reducing the movement of detainees for court hearings. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in his remarks at the official handover ceremony, expressed gratitude to the EU for the provision of equipment, which, he said, is expected to go a long way in reducing the backlog of certain cases. Story Highlights Digital audio-recording and video-link equipment valued at J$232 million (€1.7 million) were handed over to the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Monday (November 13).The equipment, provided under the European Union (EU)-funded Justice, Security, Accountability and Transparency (JSAT) project, will be installed in 71 courtrooms and seven hearing rooms across the island. Installation is almost completed at the Supreme Court.The technology will facilitate witnesses giving evidence from remote locations, assist in protecting the identity of witnesses and reduce the time taken for judges to note important information, which will result in speedier resolution of cases. The provision will also result in cost savings by reducing the movement of detainees for court hearings.Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in his remarks at the official handover ceremony, expressed gratitude to the EU for the provision of equipment, which, he said, is expected to go a long way in reducing the backlog of certain cases.He said the items provided represent a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to modernise the justice sector.“The Ministry of Justice is committed to providing the necessary resources to further improve the justice system,” he noted.He informed that significant budgetary support is being provided for the repair, rehabilitation and establishment of additional courtrooms and offices for judges.“I am hoping that early next year, three brand-new courts will be available in the Court of Appeal. Within a matter of weeks, there will be additional courtrooms in the Supreme Court for criminal trials,” he noted.Mr. Chuck indicated further that two new traffic courts are to be handed over this week at Sabina Park in Kingston.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Carol Palmer, informed that judges have completed sensitisation in the use of the audio-recording and video-link equipment and are “most welcoming of the initiative”.She noted that there is still work to be completed in developing the protocol, and standards that will apply in the use of the technology.Mrs. Palmer expressed gratitude to the Ministry’s own management information systems team for advancing the retrofitting of the Supreme Court with the technologies.Head of Delegation of the EU to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said that Jamaicans can look forward to further initiatives under JSAT in 2018.These include refurbishing of the National Police College at Twickenham Park in St. Catherine; design and installation of case management systems for the Ministries of Justice and National Security; and equipping and training of staff at the forensic laboratory.Ambassador Wasilewska said the EU’s support is fully aligned with the development priorities of Jamaica and seeks to help in the realisation of Jamaica’s long-term development plan, Vision 2030 Goal 2, which aims to ensure that the Jamaican society is secure, cohesive and just.The EU Head said her organisation is committed to strengthening the fruitful relationship shared with Jamaica, which has been built over decades of common values and mutual respect.last_img read more

Music festivals react to push for improved safety measures for women

first_imgTORONTO – Natasha Penner was in the midst of celebrating her 30th birthday at a West Coast music festival when she accepted a drink from a newfound friend.She felt after spending most of the day with him they had established some trust. But after she took a few sips, everything became a blur.“I woke up 10 hours later naked in his tent,” she recalls of the 2014 incident. “I was definitely drugged.”Still disoriented and confused, Penner was told by the man to leave his tent. Upon examining herself, she says she found signs she was raped.Stories like Penner’s are putting pressure on organizers of music events — like this weekend’s Wayhome Music and Arts Festival north of Toronto, headlined by Frank Ocean, Imagine Dragons and Flume — to do a better job making their venues safer, particularly for women.A study by the Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program at the Ottawa Hospital found that 26 per cent of sexual assault cases involving patients who attended the institute in 2013 occurred at mass gatherings. About 40 per cent of patients believed they were drugged and only 33 per cent said they knew the assailant.Other assaults are more fleeting — it’s not unusual for female crowd surfers, for example, to encounter random hands emerging from the audience to tear at their clothes.Stacey Forrester is a co-organizer of the Vancouver wing of volunteer organization Good Night Out, which works with venues to prevent and combat the sexual harassment women typically face at events like concerts.She remains skeptical that promoters are fully committed to preventing harassment on their premises. She says if they were, organizations like hers wouldn’t have to dedicate their time to patrolling venues.“For a long time, having someone grind on you or grab you in passing was just expected to be a normal part of going out or being in a mass crowd of people,” Forrester says.“People who are in security positions still hang on to those beliefs. We see it … when we’re doing training. Even people who are entrusted with the safety of the crowd often buy into these rape myths.”Montreal’s Osheaga music festival recently announced new measures in a bid to curb some of these incidents.Co-founder Nick Farkas says female “Hirondelles” — translated into English as “swallows,” the birds representing love and compassion — will patrol festival grounds looking for trouble and offering assistance.A similar initiative was launched at the Montreal International Jazz Festival last month to complement the mostly male security staff hired to ensure crowds don’t get out of hand.“Historically security guards are often giant guys dressed in black and they’re not super approachable,” Farkas says.“What we’re trying to accomplish with this is that people feel comfortable approaching the special team if something happens.”Osheaga brought in the security measure following a firestorm of criticism last year. Concertgoer Melanie Doucet said she was drugged during the festival’s Red Hot Chili Peppers set. Doucet felt a date-rape drug kicking in and immediately reported it to security, but later said she felt staff could’ve handled the situation better.Toronto’s electronic-dance Veld Music Festival unveiled new measures on Friday to provide designated security spaces staffed with women and outreach booths with volunteer counsellors and crisis intervention managers.Wayhome declined interview requests to discuss safety measures for women, saying they were tied up with preparations for the event.“We are constantly trying to improve on lines of communication with our audiences to ensure they are aware of all channels available to provide aid in any scenario,” said Todd Jenereaux, an organizer at promotion company Republic Live, in an emailed statement.Jodie Ortega, a Vancouver-based advocate for survivors of sexual violence, says the growing conversation around the safety of women at music festivals should be a cue to other events, concert halls and clubs that ticket buyers expect to see improvement.“If public safety is one of their main priorities … then they have to take a step back and think of the bigger picture,” she says.Ortega suggests venues take a cue from public transit operators that post signs saying that violence against bus drivers won’t be tolerated.“There’s no signage like that on the front of a nightclub or the back of a concert ticket,” she says.“Maybe it’s time to be completely blunt.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Walmart boosts starting pay closing dozens of Sams Clubs

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing 10 per cent of its Sam’s Club warehouse stores — a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs — on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses.The world’s largest private employer said it was closing 63 of its 660 Sam’s Clubs over the next few weeks, with some shut already. Up to 12 are being converted into distribution centres to handle online orders, the company said late Thursday.It did not disclose how many people would lose their jobs, but said some workers may be placed at other Walmart locations. Making Change at Walmart, a campaign backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, estimates that 150 to 160 people work at each Sam’s Club store, meaning the closures could affect about 10,000 people.Lauren Fitz, 22, said she was at her other job as a church secretary when a colleague texted to say that the Sam’s Club where they both worked in Loveland, Ohio, had closed. Fitz had been pleased earlier to read the news that Walmart was boosting starting salaries and offering bonuses.“I thought, ‘This is really cool.’ And then to find out that my store is closing,” said Fitz, who said she had worked as a sales associate in the jewelry department for two months. At home, she got a call from her manager and had a letter in the mail saying the store had closed and she could seek employment at another Sam’s Club or Walmart store.“It was very sudden and very shocking,” Fitz said. “I don’t think our managers had any inkling yesterday. It was a normal shift.”On Twitter, Sam’s Club responded to people’s queries by saying, “After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy.”Local news reports said Sam’s Clubs stores were closing in Texas, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana and Alaska, among other states.Earlier in the day, Walmart had cited the sweeping Republican tax overhaul that will save it money in announcing the higher hourly wages, one-time bonuses and expanded parental benefits that will affect more than a million hourly workers in the U.S.President Donald Trump cheered the announcement with a tweet, saying, “Great news, as a result of our TAX CUTS & JOBS ACT!” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said she would not comment on the Sam’s Club closings but that the wage increases were a sign that the tax measures “are having the impact that we had hoped.”Walmart representatives did not respond to a question about the timing of the dual developments.“This is nothing but another public relations stunt from Walmart to distract from the reality that they are laying off thousands of workers,” said Randy Parraz, a director of Making Change at Walmart.Rising wages reflect a generally tight labour market. The conversion of stores to e-commerce sites also illustrates how companies are trying to leverage their store locations to better compete against Amazon as shopping moves online.Walmart announced years ago that it would actively manage its store portfolio as it strives to put a dent in Amazon’s dominance online. With Thursday’s closing, that strategy is now extending to Sam’s Club.Online retailers typically pay warehouse employees who pack and ship orders more than store jobs pay. Job postings at an Amazon warehouse in Ohio, for example, offer a starting pay of $14.50 an hour.“This is about the evolution of retail,” said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute. “The rise of e-commerce is leading to higher wages.”Large employers also have been under pressure to boost benefits for workers because unemployment rates are at historic lows, allowing job seekers to be pickier.But the low unemployment has meant that retailers have had trouble attracting and keeping talented workers, experts said. Walmart employees previously started at $9 an hour, with a rise to $10 after completing a training program. Target had raised its minimum hourly wage to $11 in October, and said it would raise wages to $15 by the end of 2020.“They raised the minimum wage because they have to,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said about Walmart. “The labour market is tight and getting tighter.”While many department store chains such as Macy’s and Sears are struggling, retailers as a whole are still trying to hire. The retail industry is seeking to fill 711,000 open jobs, the highest on records dating back to 2001, according to government data. The longer those jobs go unfilled, the greater pressure on employers to offer higher wages.Walmart, which reported annual revenue of nearly $486 billion in the most recent fiscal year, said the wage increases will cost it an additional $300 million in the next fiscal year. The bonuses will cost it about $400 million in this fiscal year, which ends on Jan. 31.It joins dozens of companies including American Airlines and Bank of America that have announced worker bonuses following the passage of the Republican tax plan that slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent. “Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S.,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Thursday.The company said the wage increase benefits all hourly U.S. workers at its stores, including Sam’s Club, as well as hourly employees at its websites, distribution centres and its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters. A one-time bonus will be given to those Walmart employees who won’t receive a pay raise. The amount, between $200 and $1,000, depends on how long they worked at the company. Walmart said those being laid off at Sam’s Club will still receive a bonus.In all, Walmart employs 2.3 million people around the world, 1.5 million of which are in the U.S.Walmart also announced that full-time hourly U.S. employees can get 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. Before, full-time hourly workers received 50 per cent of their pay for leave. Salaried employees, who already had 10 weeks paid maternity leave, will receive more paid parental leave.For the first time, Walmart also promised to help with adoptions, offering full-time hourly and salaried workers $5,000 per child that can be used for expenses such as adoption agency fees, translation fees and legal or court costs.___AP Business writers Michelle Chapman in Newark, New Jersey; Chris Rugaber in Washington, D.C.; and Joyce M. Rosenberg in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

Man sought in Fort St John after holdup at Winks Convenience Store

first_imgThe suspect was last seen wearing a black jacket with orange chest zippers, a black hooded sweater, yellow work gloves, blue jeans, tan coloured hiking boots/shoes, and a black balaclava.Anyone with information about to the incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mounties in Fort St. John are searching for a man that allegedly robbed the Wink’s Convenience Store on 100th Avenue last night.According to S/Sgt. Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP, the robbery occurred at around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday at the store, located in the 10,600 block of 100th Avenue. The male suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. A photo from surveillance video taken during Wednesday night's robbery at Wink's Convenience Store. Photo supplied by RCMP A photo from surveillance video taken during Wednesday night’s robbery at Wink’s Convenience Store. Photo supplied by RCMP A photo from surveillance video taken during Wednesday night's robbery at Wink's Convenience Store. Photo supplied by RCMP A photo from surveillance video taken during Wednesday night’s robbery at Wink’s Convenience Store. Photo supplied by RCMP last_img read more

Art 370 to be withdrawn from JK if voted to power Amit

first_imgMedininagar: BJP president Amit on Saturday said that Article 370 will be withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir, if the saffron party is voted to power again. “We will remove Article 370 if you make Narendra Modi the prime minister again,” Shah said at a public rally here in Palamau district in Jharkhand. Shah said during the Congress-led UPA government, terror groups from Pakistan used to target India continuously. Jawans were beheaded by terrorists also, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “We cannot compromise with the security of the nation. Pakistan wants to separate Kashmir from India. We will not allow it. “Pakistan se goli aayegi to yahan se gola jayaga (if a bullet comes here, a shell lands there),” the BJP president said. Launching a scathing attack on National conference leader Omar Abdullah for his remarks on having a separate prime minster for Kashmir, the BJP president said Kashmir is an inseparable part of India. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “Should there be two prime ministers for one country?” Shah asked the people. The BJP has given the nation Modi as prime minister and the security of the country has been strengthened ever since, he said. “When the nation rejoiced with sweets following the February 26 Balakot air strike, a pall of gloom descended on the Congress and Pakistan,” Shah said. He ridiculed Congress leader Sam Pitroda for saying that “some boys” had committed mistake and dropped bombs, and there should be talks.last_img read more

Carter Reaffirms Administrations Commitment to AsiaPacific

first_imgThe United States is entering a new stage in its pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region, with the Obama administration devoting increased attention to that sphere, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday during a speech at Arizona State University.One component of the shift is military, with DOD’s newest and most capable weapons systems going first to the region.When movements are completed, 60 percent of the U.S. fleet will be in the Pacific-Indian Ocean area, Carter said. U.S. Marines already have a rotational presence in Australia and U.S. and Filipino authorities are working on ways to strengthen military-to-military cooperation, reported DOD News.In addition to investing in weapons such as a new long-range stealth bomber, the Obama administration is revitalizing its alliance with Japan and expanding trade partnerships.“I am personally committed to overseeing the next phase of the rebalance, which will deepen and diversify our engagement in the region,” Carter said on the first stop on a trip taking him to Japan, South Korea and Hawaii.The nation’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is not only focused on military cooperation. The United States needs to have access to the region’s growing markets, Carter said. He noted that more than half of the Earth’s population will live in the region by 2050. Over the next 15 years, there will be rapid middle-class growth across the Asia-Pacific, to the point that it will make up “60 percent of global middle-class consumption.”America is a Pacific power and will remain one, Carter said, noting that the United States will continue to engage with nations in the Asia-Pacific region. Carter said his stops in Japan and South Korea highlight the importance of America’s decades-old alliances with both countries, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more