Hapless…

first_img…and hopelessIf the escapees from Prison Break II at Lusignan weren’t so dangerous, it would make a very good comedy routine. How do you separate 90 prisoners from the 1000 who had to be evacuated from Camp St Prison Break I and brought them to Lusignan because they were the “most dangerous”, and then NOT keep them under strict surveillance? And this isn’t a matter of hindsight being 20/20.We know reading has declined among the general population, much less underpaid prison wardens. But don’t they and the rest of the prison hierarchy look at movies?? Especially ones on prisons? What’s the most common leitmotif of prison movies?? Jeez! Escape, of course!! Whether it’s the “Great Escape” from that German POW Camp in WWII or the “Escape from Alcatraz” (in so many versions) you learn that breaking out of the prison walls is foremost on the minds of the convicts who’re serving extended sentences.So, no!! This Eyewitness isn’t buying the story that these 13 hardened convicts somehow just HAPPENED to slip under the fence from a tunnel they just happened to excavate during heavy rainfall. First of all, even in dry weather you dig a five-foot hole on the Coast and you hit water! And if it’s raining the way it was, that hole would be full of water. Then what did they do with the dirt excavated? Five feet down, five feet across, and five feet up on the other side of the fence is 15 feet.Multiply by a minimum of 2-sq feet to allow crawling out, we’re talking about 30 cubic feet of first. That’s a hell of a lot of dirt to escape notice by the guards!! That tunnel was dug by fellas in broad daylight – and during the rain were allowed to cover their entrance with zinc sheets. Collusion of the guards had to’ve been rampant. The seizure of 40 cell-phones the morning after just confirms this systematic collusion. How’d these prisoners charge their phones??While your Eyewitness expects the obligatory COIs (plural since we had two jailbreaks…and counting!), the Government will be assisted (he knows) by the “trenchant” analyses by the Diaspora Academics who’d descended on Guyana for the coronation…oops!…investiture – -of UG’s Vice Chancellor, and ran into the jailbreak. Your Eyewitness was reliably informed the academics huddled in their rooms at the Ramada Princess for the duration! But empirical evidence has never daunted academics from pontificating, has it??But no matter how they slice it, dice it or even puree it – no one can get away from the fact that for a government that was elected on a “security” platform – they are just lost at sea!!…and unaccountableOne feature of this Government has been the disjuncture between authority and responsibility. There’s at least one governmental scandal a week — and yet, no one’s been fired to date!! It’s incredible. Prezzie has headed a very large organisation before – -the GDF – and he knows the buck always has to stop SOMEWHERE.And that “somewhere” comes with responsibility – for the good AND the bad. If appointees are allowed to get away with murder, then he shouldn’t be surprised to have the murder rate skyrocket. But what most folks forget is the present Government is not only different from the army – it’s different from the usual Government. It’s a “COALITION government!Here Prezzie is constrained by agreements – such as the Cummingsburg Accord. Even though he can – and has – futzed around with the small print (such as not allowing the PM to chair Cabinet!), he just can’t go around firing with impunity.His Government’s now like a University. Ministers have tenure!!…on timeIt’s not every day a Minister of Government has to publicly ‘buse out’ functionaries. But Minister of Finance Winston Jordan was obviously pushed beyond his breaking point when lower level staff straggled in long after he was supposed to make his presentation.Just can’t get no respect!!last_img read more

Rice farmer slapped with causing death charge

first_imgA rice farmer of Corentyne, Berbice was on Tuesday slapped with a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and taken before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.Crumwell McDonaldCrumwell McDonald, 67, denied the charge which stated that on October 28, 2017 at the Good Hope Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he drove motor car PHH 5116 causing the death of Narine Persaud. The court was told that the father of nine has been complaining of severe pain in his arm since the accident and was yet to be medically examined.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, however, requested that conditions of bail must include the defendant’s licence being suspended.He argued that age might have been a factor which contributed to the accident as the defendant might not have been able to react quickly enough to prevent the accident.Bail was granted in the sum of $400,000. The case will continue on November 16.last_img read more

North Peace Economic Development Commission to cease operations

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Economic Development Commission has announced that they will be ceasing operations on December 31, 2017.Back in November of 2016, the partners of the North Peace Economic Development (NPEDC) Commission (Peace River Regional District Area B & C, District of Hudson’s Hope, and District of Taylor) served notice that they would be withdrawing from the NPEDC effective as of December 31, 2017.In a release, the commission says the Peace River Regional District is looking at what economic development will look like in the rural areas of the region beyond 2017.- Advertisement -Individual governments will be responsible for their economic development.“The NPEDC believes that this region is ripe with opportunity and filled with energetic, innovated people, and envision a great future for the North Peace.”last_img read more

AT LAST! EUROPE SET TO FINALLY BAN RIP-OFF ROAMING CHARGES

first_imgIT’S great news for Donegal – especially if you live near the Border and find your mobile phone has switched to a UK network…and pushed up your bill.Europe will vote in a few weeks time to finally BAN the charges after years of phone companies being forced to reduce them.The Sinn Féin MEP candidate for the Midlands Northwest constituency, Matt Carthy, has welcomed a vote in an EU committee which would see the scrapping of all mobile roaming charges within the European Union. The legislation will be voted on by all MEPs on 3rd April.Speaking from Monaghan today, Cllr Carthy said: “I welcome the vote taken by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). It has particularly significant implications here in Ireland and most importantly along the border region where the issue of roaming charges has been a problem for many years.“Roaming charges between the six and the 26 counties have a negative impact on business, especially along the border. It is an area that has often been neglected when it comes to investment and roaming charges have been yet another reason to prevent business from growing in the region.“Sinn Féin has continuously called for an end to roaming charges and Sinn Féin representatives in the Dáil and Assembly have worked tirelessly to further this project. “I hope the legislation will be passed when it comes to the plenary session on the 3rd April.” AT LAST! EUROPE SET TO FINALLY BAN RIP-OFF ROAMING CHARGES was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:EUroaming chargeslast_img read more

LISTEN: Rafa Benitez pays tribute to ‘complete’ Steven Gerrard after retirement

first_imgRafael Benitez has paid tribute to Steven Gerrard after he announced his retirement from professional football.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s Graham Courtney, the former Liverpool boss said the midfielder was one of the most complete players he had coached in his lengthy career and said he felt fortunate to have worked with him at Anfield.Gerrard was Benitez’s captain during his six-year spell in charge of the Merseyside club and was the driving force behind the club’s sensational Champions League triumph in Istanbul in 2005 and their dramatic FA Cup final victory a year later.The Spaniard, who has also bossed Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Valencia and is now in charge of Championship leaders Newcastle, said: “I was lucky because I got the best from Steve – the best time, the best age.“He scored 104 goals for us, I could play him in different positions and he was always doing well, he was a leader on the pitch, he was always very positive, he trained really well. He was an example for the rest of the team on and off the pitch.“As captain, when we needed him he was always there. We can talk about Istanbul 2005, the best Champions League final ever, and he was the inspiration of the team. He was so important for us. All I would say to him is well done Stevie.”Asked if Gerrard was among the best players he has managed, Benitez responded: “For sure.“He was very complete. He could pass, score goals, tackle, he worked hard for the team and he could play in different positions. One of the best [I coached] for sure.”last_img read more

David Wagner ‘sorry’ for ugly scenes as Huddersfield edge out rivals Leeds

first_imgHuddersfield manager David Wagner apologised for the angry scenes which marred his side’s dramatic 2-1 derby victory over Leeds, admitting emotions got the better of him.Defender Michael Hefele scored a 90th-minute winner for Town against their Championship play-off rivals, sparking trouble on the sidelines before the final whistle.Wagner ran down the touchline to celebrate with his players but became involved in a confrontation with Leeds head coach Garry Monk as he returned to his technical area.That clash then sparked a melee between players from both sides near the tunnel.When referee Simon Hooper had restored order both Wagner and Monk were sent to the stands while Liam Bridcutt, Pontus Jansson and Elias Kachunga were booked.“It is all part of the emotion of the game but maybe this should happen with the players on the grass,” said Wagner.“For me, celebrating with my players is not disrespectful but perhaps it is in British football culture. This culture is different in Germany.“This game is very emotional for me and my staff. I am sorry and I apologise for what happened afterwards.”Wagner added: “I celebrated with my players and jogged back to my technical area and Garry tried to nudge me.“Then I went to speak to him. But this was not possible at this time. I had to go to the stands.”Asked if he could “still be friends” with Monk, he said: “I don’t know him well enough to know that.”Substitute Izzy Brown gave Town the lead in the 27th minute with his first touch after coming on, getting in just ahead of goalkeeper Rob Green to finish off Tommy Smith’s cross.Leeds then levelled eight minutes later through Chris Wood’s 21st goal of the season. Kyle Bartley headed on Pablo Hernandez’s cross and Wood reacted first to score from close range.However, Huddersfield won it late on when Aaron Mooy’s cross was deflected to Hefele to tap home.On the game, Wagner said: “It was a fantastic performance and everybody has a big smile on his face.“In the second half we were outstanding and we created more big opportunities.”Monk also regretted what happened at the end of the game, saying: “I hold myself in a certain way and I have humility and respect.”Of the result, he added: “I am not going to make excuses but we are still on the right path.“I am very disappointed to lose a derby game against a close competitor but the game is about fine margins.“The winning goal was a deflection and they can either go with you or not. On this occasion it went against us.“Nothing changes for us and we stay focused. It was a very committed performance and I am very proud of the players.” 1 The Terriers boss became involved in a confrontation with Garry Monk last_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: Top 15 Blues signings since 2012 ranked

first_img 15. Andre Schurrle – £18.70m (2013) – In his only full season with the club, the German scored a number of times in important situations, including against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. And, despite only playing 14 Premier League matches in his second campaign before moving to Wolfsburg, Schurrle earned a winners medal in 2015. 15 2. Cesar Azpilicueta – £7.48m (2012) – Upon signing for Chelsea, then team-mate and compatriot Juan Mata claimed he was a ‘complete player.’ How right he was. The Spanish star, known affectionately as ‘Dave’ by Chelsea fans, has played in every defensive position and in different formations. He’s a versatile player and one of the most consistent performers the Premier League has seen in recent years. The international break is always a good time to sit back and reflect on the Premier League season, so far.Chelsea fans will have more reason than others to be happy as their impressive form puts them top of the table by 10 points, with 10 games to play.Arguably, the key to their success has been the signing of midfield superstar N’Golo Kante, who is rapidly writing himself into English football history following last year’s title win with Leicester City.The Frenchman will also, unless something goes incredibly wrong, be recognised as one of the Blues best ever signings.But where does he rank compared to the west London side’s best signings over the last five years?Click the right arrow above to see who we believe are Chelsea’s top 15 signings since the summer of 2012… 15 15 5. Willian – £30.18m (2013) – Immediately a cult hero as he snubbed Tottenham to become a Stamford Bridge star, the Brazil international has been a consistent performer for Chelsea since his move from Stamford Bridge. Last season, even though the Blues were well off form, he was named player of the year by the club’s fans and his own team-mates. He was previously well thought of due to his defensive contributions high up the pitch but has added goals to his game across the last two seasons. 15 15 15 15 10. Oscar – £27.2m (2012) – Brazil star Oscar spent five years with the club following a move from Internacional and had a number of memorable moments with the Blues, while winning one Premier League title, the Europa League and the League Cup. On his first start for the club he scored an incredible curled effort against Juventus, one of a brace past Gianluigi Buffon, and provided a number of special moments before being sold to Shanghai SIPG for an extraordinary fee, worth around £52m. 15 15 9. Didier Drogba – Free Transfer (2014) – The Ivorian striker returned to the club after spells in China and Turkey for one last season at Stamford Bridge, and it proved an inspired buy. A leader on and off the pitch, he helped the Blues to a Premier League and League Cup double before being carried off the pitch by his team-mates in his final game for the club, cementing his legendary status. 6. David Luiz – £29.75m (2016) – After a topsy-turvy first spell with the Blues, the Brazilian has returned and is quickly becoming a hero again with superb displays at the centre of Antonio Conte’s back-three. He’s matured well and appears to have become a leader, while retaining his ability to play the role of class clown off the pitch. 8. Nemanja Matic – £21.25m (2014) – Serbian midfield star Matic rejoined the club from Benfica in January 2014. Then in his first full campaign back in England, the solid defensive midfielder helped the Blues to their Premier League and League Cup double. Matic experienced a downturn in form last year, but has been key as Chelsea look set to win the title again this time out. 15 15 12. Marcos Alonso – £19.55m (2016) – Left wing-back Alonso has made a big impact since arriving from Fiorentina in the summer. He wasn’t the most glamorous of signings and isn’t the most graceful player either, but the Spaniard has proved pretty effective by grabbing four goals and two assists, while also freeing up Eden Hazard to wreak havoc further forward. 11. Kurt Zouma – £12.41m (2014) – Had it not been for a cruel injury last season, Zouma may have been a part of Antonio Conte’s back-three this campaign. He showed huge promise under Guus Hiddink but is currently first-choice back up at the Bridge. He still has the potential to be a big success with the Blues in the long-term, which is why he’s here in this list. 1. Eden Hazard – £29.75m (2012) – Yes, he did go missing in 2015/16 but in that campaign he stopped Tottenham Hotspur from winning the title, so (almost) all was forgiven as far as Blues fans were concerned. Around this, though, Hazard has been a superstar for Chelsea, bamboozling defences and putting opposing players on their backsides – we’re looking at you Francis Coquelin. He’s won the Premier League, Europa League, and League Cup as a Blues player and collected numerous individual honurs thanks to his dazzling displays in a Chelsea shirt. 15 15 15 4. Diego Costa – £32.30m (2014) – Bruising centre forward Costa has been a big hit at the Bridge, even if rival supporters despise him. Not only does he bully opposing defenders, he’s a lethal finisher, scoring 49 Premier League goals in just 80 games. He might leave in the summer but, if he does, it’s likely, at this moment in time, he will go with two Premier League titles to his name. 3. N’Golo Kante – £30.43m (2016) – If Chelsea do win the Premier League title this season, it’s almost certain the key player will be identified as Kante. Last year he was Leicester City’s hero, now he’s the Blues’ midfield superstar with his incredible work rate and defensive contribution allowing team-mates to flourish. He’s the ultimate facilitator and is fast leaving his mark on English football. 14. Demba Ba – £7.23m (2012) – He may not have been the best player in the world but Ba scored a couple of important goals during his time playing for the Blues, including his winner against Paris Saint-Germain. His goal against Liverpool in 2014, following Steven Gerrard’s slip, will never be forgotten by the Stamford Bridge faithful. 7. Cesc Fabregas – £28.05m (2014) – An inspired signing from Barcelona, ex-Arsenal star Fabregas won a Premier League title in first campaign with the club as he racked up an astonishing 18 assists. He performed decently last season too, and now provides a superb option in midfield alongside N’Golo Kante, or off the bench. 13. Victor Moses – £9.78m (2012) – It’s taken a while for the Nigerian to become a regular at Stamford Bridge and, rather surprisingly, he’s now been moulded into a right wing-back by Antonio Conte. He’s not spectacular but the job he has done has been impressive this season, especially after several spells on loan away from the club. 15last_img read more

Two dead in Antelope Valley shooting

first_imgPALMDALE – Two men were shot to death early today at 10th Street and Avenue O, authorities said. One of the unidentified men died at the scene. The other died after being transported to a nearby hospital. A third man was wounded. Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating what caused the shootings, which began about 1:50 a.m. but weren’t reported for 95 minutes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mental health facility files debt payoff plan

first_imgPOMONA – Nearly three years after filing for bankruptcy under a mountain of debt, Tri-City Mental Health Center submitted a plan last week to repay anywhere from 20 percent to all of what it owes in coming years. Under the new debt adjustment plan, the government agency – which owes more than $15 million to the state, Los Angeles County and dozens of businesses, agencies and former employees – would begin sending checks to creditors later this year. But just how much the creditors ultimately end up with would depend on whether Tri-City continues operating on its current budget or is able to secure new funding contracts with the state and county mental health departments, officials said. “If we have a contract, Tri-City will be able to pay creditors a whole lot more than if we didn’t,” attorney Dean Rallis said. “With a contract it will be somewhere between 45 \ and 100 percent.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Tri-City, which provides mental health services to residents in Claremont, La Verne and Pomona, filed for for bankruptcy in February 2004, owing more than $20 million. Officials blamed a period of rapid expansion when the agency spent money it didn’t have on new services and facilities. The agency operates on a budget of about $4.9 million a year, which comes primarily from local sales taxes, vehicle taxes and other state funding. During negotiations in recent months, the state, county and Tri-City have agreed on some initial terms of new contracts that would restore some of the funding Tri-City used to receive prior to the bankruptcy, he said. If final contract agreements can’t be reached, Tri-City would only be able to repay about 20 percent of its debt across the board, he said. If, however, the contracts are agreed upon, the agency would be able to repay between 45 percent and 100 percent, he said. If all goes according to plan, repaying the debt could take 10 to 12 years, Rallis said. That would allow everyone else, including former employees who are still owed vacation and sick pay, to be paid off within a year, Rallis said. Otherwise, proportional payments to all parties would likely be stretched out over many years, he said. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge will decide Jan. 24 whether the debt adjustment plan is ready to be sent to creditors for a vote. jason.newell@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ryan Fraser: It was my decision to miss Kazakhstan match

first_img The pair were criticised by former Scotland captain Darren Fletcher but Fraser was unrepentant.“Obviously you want to play in every game but I couldn’t play in the game,” the 25-year-old said.“I’ve had four or five injuries on an artificial pitch and, look, from my club, to me, to Scotland, it’s just one of those where I couldn’t play on it. If I do a knee, if I do anything like that… It’s a decision I made.”Scotland failed to build on McLean’s header and it took them until the 74th minute to get a second, but Fraser claimed they dealt well with the challenge posed by the lowest-ranked team in international football. “We said before the game, it didn’t really matter if we won 5-0, I don’t think it was going to change much,” the former Aberdeen player said. “But at the same time we just needed to do the job and get the three points.“Yeah, we might not have won by an emphatic scoreline like everyone thought we would, but nobody is going to look back if we go through at the end and say we only won 2-0.“Three points is all you remember, so we take the confidence from the game. We got the three points and we go into the Cyprus game.“When teams throw eight behind the ball and defend like that and don’t really come at you, it’s always hard. We do training at it and it’s even harder. It was always going to be hard, even after the perfect start. With the conditions as well, it was just hard.“Maybe people won’t agree with me but I thought we dealt with it well. Obviously fans are wanting more goals but I thought we kept the ball and at the end it could have been four or five if we had taken our chances.”Many Scotland fans clearly disagreed as they booed during and after the match. Their frustration was mainly vented towards the Scottish Football Association but Fraser admitted he had to block out the negativity.“It’s not nice,” he said. “You never want to get booed as a player but you have got to have thick skin. If you’re going to play badly and moan about it then you shouldn’t be a footballer.“The fans have got their own opinion, you’ve got your own opinion as a footballer yourself.“To be honest I don’t really listen to it. I played my own game, we played our own game within ourselves, and we don’t listen to the noise behind us.” Ryan Fraser revealed it was his decision not to face Kazakhstan – but the Scotland wide player insisted he had little choice.The Bournemouth winger sat out Scotland’s 3-0 defeat in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier in the Astana Arena after manager Alex McLeish declared both Fraser and Callum Paterson would be left out under an agreement with their clubs that they will not feature on artificial pitches.Both returned for Sunday’s 2-0 victory in San Marino with Fraser playing 90 minutes and setting up Kenny McLean’s early opener. Paterson lasted little more than half an hour before going off injured after landing awkwardly on the grass pitch.Fraser suffered a knee ligament injury during training with Scotland Under-21s which kept him out for several months in 2015 while Paterson suffered cruciate damage in his final game for Hearts before moving to Cardiff.last_img read more