Breaking: Fire at GPL’s Kingston plant

first_imgThe Guyana Fire Service is probing a fire of unknown origin at Guyana Power and Light’s Kingston plant. Reports are a truck burst into flames inside the company’s compound.More details in Tuesday, March 20th edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

No arrests in Wismar Post Office torching/ attempted robbery

first_imgPolice continue investigating the torching and attempted robbery of the Wismar Post Office at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), but, so far, no arrests have been made. The Post Office was torched in the wee hours of August 2 following a foiled robbery. This publication understands that after bandits had forced their way into the building sometime before 04:00h, they encountered difficulty in accessing monies from a safe which was believed to contain Old Age Pension payments.The safe withstood attempts at breakage, and it is believed that the bandits then set the building alight.Pensioners who turned up to receive their Old Age Pension payments on Thursday last were unable to access payments, and the Post Office has since been closed.Nevertheless, pensioners have been able to access the service at the Mackenzie Post Office situated across the river.‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden told this publication on Monday that Police are working on several theories, but there have been no positive leads.The incident has led to calls by residents and officials for security to be installed at the Wismar Post Office, which has been hit by robbers in the past.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Renis Morian and officials of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) who visited the scene later on Thursday morning indicated that emergency works would be undertaken on the building. The Regional Chairman also noted that Councillors within the Welfare Committee have committed to ensure that pensioners get access to their pensions, and will assist with transportation where needed.last_img read more

Shortages triggered food cost spike in 2016 – report

first_imgThe increase in food prices experienced last year is expected to persist in 2017.Last year, the domestic basket of food cost increased by 4.2 per cent, reflecting mainly an increase in the prices of vegetables, condiments and spices, and fruit products.Table showing the Consumer Price Index for food prices across three consecutive yearsThe increases were registered as 19.5 per cent, 18.3 per cent and 12.1 per cent respectively, according to Bank of Guyana’s Annual Report 2016.According to the document, the spike in food cost was triggered by agricultural shortages from adverse weather conditions. The rise in food prices contributed to the increase in the inflation rate, which was recorded at 1.4 per cent at the end of 2016.Additionally, there was a marginal increase in the price index of housing by 0.02 per cent due to the rise in fuel and power by 0.2 per cent.On the other hand, the price indexes of clothing, footwear, repairs, furniture, transport and communications as well as the services of education and miscellaneous goods fell by 3.1 per cent, 2.4 per cent, 0.6 per cent, 0.4 per cent, 0.5 per cent and 0.003 per cent respectively.The report noted that the transportation category experienced a smaller decline in personal transport of 4.7 per cent relative to a decline of 10.3 per cent at end of the same period in the previous year.Nonetheless, the report said the economy is projected to grow by 3.8 per cent in 2017.“This forecast is on account of growth in the mining and quarrying sector by 2.7 per cent as a result of a projected expansion in gold declarations by 1.7 per cent. The agriculture sector (including sugar processing and rice milling) is expected to rebound with 2.5 per cent growth as a result of estimated increases in output of rice and other crops by 10.4 per cent and 4.4 per cent respectively. The services sector is expected to grow by 3.0 per cent due to greater activities in financial and insurance, transportation and storage and wholesale and retail trade by 5.8 per cent, 3.9 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively. The construction industry is expected to grow by 13.5 per cent,” the document stated.Consequently, the inflation rate is forecasted at 2.5 per cent from moderate increases in food and fuel prices.According to the Monthly Economic Bulletin report prepared by the Economic Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU) of the Finance Ministry’s Office of the Budget, inflation in Guyana has tracked inflation in the United States, so rising US inflation may put upward pressure on prices in Guyana, partly as a result of rising prices for US imports.last_img read more

LAPD ranks reach 8-year high

first_imgFor newly minted LAPD Officer Alberto Ortiz, Friday’s graduation from the Police Academy marked a milestone, with his class of 44 pushing the force over 9,500 – the most since 1999. “I would do anything for any of them,” said Ortiz, 21. “I’m very proud I made it through LAPD.” With the department struggling with gang violence and a staff shortage, these young, eager academy graduates are a bright spot for department leaders. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton are continuing a push to build a force of 10,000 officers in five years. But more progress is needed, with some 255 veteran officers anticipated to retire beginning in April amid stiff competition between law enforcement agencies for new recruits, Los Angeles Police Department and city leaders said. “It’s a significant milestone in terms of numbers,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, a member of the council’s Public Safety Committee. “But the overall picture – it is short of what we’re trying to achieve with the impending retirements. “You got your senior officers, senior detectives that are retiring. How do you fill 50 years of experience?” Through aggressive recruitment campaigns, including billboards and online ads and enticements such as signing bonuses of up to $10,000 for new officers, the LAPD has reached 9,503 officers, the highest deployment since the department had 9,504 sworn officers in November 1999. The department had fewer than 9,000 officers when Bratton became chief in 2002. “You’re coming into the department at a time when Chief Bratton and the command staff gets it,” Police Commissioner Anthony Pacheco told the graduates during a ceremony at the Police Academy in Elysian Park. “They understand and are working with the city leaders in ways unheard of … all in an effort to enhance public safety.” Yet Zine believes more can be done to address the underlying hurdles to recruitment, like the city’s high cost of living. He cited past attempts by police agencies in Arizona that have attracted recruits by touting lower housing costs. Rookie LAPD officers make just under $50,000 a year. Zine proposed developing affordable housing for officers on city-owned land as another draw for potential recruits. “If they’re paying $2,000 for an apartment, that doesn’t leave a lot for them for a car payment,” he said. Bratton did not attend the ceremony but said the department remains on track to meet the goal of 10,500 officers, with the academy training 70 officers a month. Despite the manpower shortage, he said the department has been effective. “I think you are seeing clearly we have a very aggressive department,” he said. “They have, over the last four now going on five years, gotten overall crime down 30 percent.” Pacheco acknowledged the job of the graduates won’t be easy – the 9,500 LAPD officers are taking on an estimated 39,000 known gang members in the city. They can only even the odds with community cooperation and more officers, he said. “When I see these new officers join the ranks,” he said, “I know the future is bright.” (818) 546-3304160Want 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

Liverpool demanded Sh24.5bn for Coutinho

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool turned down Barcelona’s offer of £118 million for Brazilian playmaker Philip Coutinho © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDABARCELONA, Spain, Sep 2 – A leading Barcelona board member claimed Liverpool set an asking price of Sh24.5bn ($238mn) for midfielder Philippe Coutinho as the Catalan giants criticised the rampant inflation in the football transfer market on Saturday.Albert Soler, Barca’s director of institutional relations, said the club’s under-fire board would not put the future of the institution at risk by bending to excessive demands. “Liverpool put a price of 200 million euros on a player that we wanted,” Soler told reporters at a press conference held to explain Barca’s haphazard signing policy this summer.Liverpool, though, responded angrily to his claim and were quoted on the BBC’s website as saying it was “absolutely false”.Barca ended the window making a slight profit on transfers after receiving a world record 222 million euros from Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.Despite splashing over 190 million on five signings, most notably 105 million euros on 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele, Soler claimed Barca wouldn’t be drawn into an arms race with the cash-rich Premier League and Qatar-backed PSG.“We didn’t want to put at risk the heritage of the club. This is a club of 150,000 members and has to be managed with coherence and responsiblity,” added Soler.“We won’t get involved in the game of a market that has lost its way.“This board won’t put the club at risk. UEFA and the European Clubs Association (ECA) have to reflect and make a decision.”UEFA announced on Friday that PSG will be investigated for a potential breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules after adding Kylian Mbappe to the capture of Neymar from Monaco in a deal that could rise to 180 million euros.Soler dismissed claims that Barca’s status as one of the world’s leading clubs is being threatened by their inability or unwillingness to match the lavish spending of other clubs.“We haven’t lost any international status for having common sense and not putting the financial viability of the club at risk.”Barca also insist that five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi will soon sign a new contract, tying him to the club until 2021.The club announced the agreement of the deal with Messi, 30, on July 5, but the Argentine has yet to formally put pen to paper.“I want to send a message of calm to the members. There is no problem,” added Soler over the delay.“When the club announced an agreement it is validated by both parties.“All that is lacking is the protocol.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham told Germany Euro 2016 star will cost £25million

first_imgLiverpool and Tottenham have been told they will have to pay at least £25m for Koln defender Jonas Hector. The Germany full-back’s stock has risen following an impressive Euro 2016, with Premier League clubs taking notice of his ability. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows Hector from his time managing in the Bundesliga, while Tottenham are on the lookout for a defender ahead of their return to the Champions League. But, according to Bild, Koln have increased their asking price for the 26-year-old following his exploits in France in a bid to fend off interest from Liverpool and Spurs. The German side are keen to keep hold of Hector and believe an asking price of £25m will make Spurs and Liverpool think twice about pursuing the left-back. 1 Jonas Hector in action for Germany at Euro 2016 last_img read more

Goldberg to head LAUSD?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant An often controversial public figure, Goldberg acknowledged she has been talking about education issues with business, education and political leaders in town, which may have fueled the rumors. Others in the running include a variety of current and former Los Angeles Unified administrators, although Romer won’t step down until the fall. But it’s the liberal Goldberg who’s generating the most reaction. Because of her long and close links to United Teachers Los Angeles, many local leaders believe the job is hers if she wants it because of support of the teachers union. Her nephew David Goldberg was recently elected into the UTLA leadership. It is her close ties to the union that is the biggest concern of her critics should she become superintendent. Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a longtime champion of reforming the LAUSD and a supporter of a mayoral takeover of the school district, avoided criticism of Goldberg but stressed the need for the next superintendent to be a strong administrator – experience that the assemblywoman lacks. With Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Roy Romer nearing retirement, the game has begun to find his replacement, and the name bandied about town the loudest and most consistently: Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg. The former school board and City Council member remains coy on the topic, but sources say she has been campaigning hard for months – even before Romer announced his intended early departure – to head up the second-largest school district in the nation. “It’s not something I really want to do. However, depending on who they’re looking at and whether or not somebody thinks that I could be useful, I won’t say I won’t work on the inside,” said Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, who will be term-limited out of the Assembly in December. “I’m not interested in the job. I’m not ready to throw my hat in the barrel at this time. I’m not subtle. If I wanted the job, I’d be out there saying I want the job.” “I get along with Jackie very well, although we often disagree with each other,” Riordan said. “I think the district needs a superintendent that can put accountability up and down the line from the parents to teachers to principals.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who for months has bashed the district as “failing” and is working to take control of it, said Monday that he wants to be involved in selecting Romer’s successor. “Jackie Goldberg is a former teacher and school board member and she has a great deal of experience for the job,” said Villaraigosa, who held the Hollywood Assembly seat now occupied by Goldberg until 2002. “I’d like to see an agent for change, someone who will look to ensure lowering the dropout rate, improving scores, empowering parents and teachers and cutting bureaucracy.” UTLA clout? A.J. Duffy, president of UTLA, said the union is not pushing a candidate behind the scenes for the position. He added that the idea that the union has any clout in choosing the next superintendent and the perception that it has three board members in its pocket – Julie Korenstein, Jon Lauritzen and Marguerite LaMotte – is completely inaccurate. “These folks do not belong to us and there are times where they do not represent our views; but when we endorse and support and give money, we believe we’re endorsing people who believe in public education and are the keys to reform,” Duffy said. In fact, Duffy said Goldberg getting the job was “highly unlikely,” and he believes the next superintendent will be Latino. “I think that the board and the public may lean that way since it makes sense when a huge preponderance of our kids are Latino,” he said. “It makes sense, but again, I would hope that the district would go for the most qualified person.” Board member David Tokofsky believes that with her educational and political background, Goldberg could easily be a finalist. “Jackie’s resume, experience and political network would immediately make her in the final 10, unless of course Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are submitting their resumes if their wives will let them,” he said. “She’s a Sacramento ‘Survivor,’ she’s an L.A. ‘Idol’ and maybe she’ll be ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ This superintendent’s show is going to be the best reality television show.” Ed Burke, chief of staff for Lauritzen, who’s in the hospital recovering from surgery, said Goldberg had the qualities of a good superintendent. “She’s not a bad choice at all. Certainly she has the background. She was on the school board, she’s been in education all her life, she was on the City Council so she can certainly work with those people; she was in the Legislature and she has a passion for education,” Burke said. “I don’t have a vote, but I certainly would put her high on the list. A lot of the people here have positive feelings about her.” Romer, who has 16 months remaining on his contract, announced last week that he would like to leave by fall but would stay until a replacement was found. The former governor of Colorado and head of the Democratic National Committee came on board in June 2000, taking on a job few wanted to get near. Romer legacy But he established a significant legacy by driving the passage of four school construction bond measures and a $19 billion construction program to build 160 schools. He has also been credited with turning around decades of failure and beginning to improve student test scores. The board is scheduled today to appoint Hamilton, Rabinovitz & Alschuler Inc. to conduct a nationwide search for the next superintendent. But, already a “usual suspects” list of names is emerging: LAUSD Chief Instructional Officer of Secondary Instruction Bob Collins, who was recently up for the superintendent position for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. LAUSD Chief Operating Officer Dan Isaacs. Former LAUSD local district superintendent and current West Covina Unified Superintendent Liliam Castillo. Former LAUSD Deputy Superintendent Maria Ott. Former LAUSD Deputy Superintendent Maria Casillas, who now heads the nonprofit Families in Schools. Former mayor of San Antonio, and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros. Other names being thrown about include LAUSD local district Superintendent Richard Alonzo; former local district Superintendent Judy Burton; former U.S. secretary of education and Houston school district Superintendent Rod Paige; and Carlos Garcia, who departed in July 2005 as superintendent of the Clark County School District. “This is an important part of the process. Early on you want to think out of the box and raise the names of all the people that might be good for the job,” said Caprice Young, who heads the state charter school association and who had served on the school board when it selected Romer as superintendent. The board needs to determine its vision and find the best person to carry out that vision, said Young. “There always are names that get floated throughout the process, but the most important thing is for the board to seriously think about what they need in a superintendent to make their visions for the district actually happen,” she said. “The biggest frustrations board members have is to pass a policy only to have it implemented badly or not implemented at all.” Goldberg said she hopes whoever succeeds Romer will have a less top-down management style. “Romer was great in that he got certain things moving again – he got schools built, he focused at least on the elementary level on academics, which was sorely needed,” Goldberg said. “I don’t agree with all of his methods, I think he was way too top-down, but I think he deserves a lot of credit for the things he’s done.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Look out for tonight’s biggest supermoon in 70 years!

first_imgTonight’s supermoon will look 15% bigger and 30% brighter than usual. Our moon hasn’t been this big and bright since 1948!The moon won’t appear this size, and this bright again until November 25th 2034.Tonight’s moon will also have a “low-hanging moon” effect, adding to the spectacle. Moreover, the “moon illusion” will make the moonlook much bigger if it is near the horizon. When the moon is at its closest point during its orbit around earth (called perigee), it is around 30,000 miles closer to us than when it is at its furthest point (called apogee).The moon will be visible in Irish skies from approximately 5pm.If you miss this supermoon, December’s supermoon will be visible on December 13, however it won’t be as big and bright as tonight’s one.This supermoon will give the tides a boost too – as tides are dependent on the gravitational pull of the moon. If you take any snaps of tonight’s moon and would like to share them with us email them to or find us on Facebook!Look out for tonight’s biggest supermoon in 70 years! was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:low hanging moonmoonmoon illusionsupermoonlast_img read more


first_imgSNOWMAN RACE AT GLEN ON SUNDAYIT’S called the Snowman race – mountain-bikers flying through the bogs above Glen in an annual race.There wasn’t any snow on Sunday afternoon, but competitors fought though rain, hail and thunder in a bid to win a challenge in Ireland’s fastest growing sport.And it brought loads of visitors to Co Donegal in the race organised by the Donegal Mountain-Biking Club. Sunday’s race was also the final round of the Castle Cycles Donegal MTB Series, ‘the Snowman’.Paul McCarter of Omagh took first place with blistering pace, with Shaun Stewart and Clive Caldwell following closely behind. See table titled ‘Snowman Senior Mens Results’This meant that Paul McCarter took the overall series win, with Clive Caldwell and Rick McKee second and third respectively.Scott Wallace took the win in this category despite being the youngest entrant and also being on a 160mm travel bike so is certainly one to watch for the future. John Prunty took second with Paul Nash taking third. This result meant Paul Nash took the Bitta Craic Series win with Scott Wallace in second and Ciaran Coyle in third.Said Findhan Strain from the Donegal MTB Club: “We would like to pay thanks to Castle Cycles for their support of the series, the competitors but thanks in particular to the marshalls and support staff for standing out in the extreme Donegal weather for hours on end. The Senior Mens winners. L-R: third place, Clive Caldwell, 1st place is Paul McCarter and 2nd place is Shaun Stewart.The Bitta Craic category winner Scott Wallace   DESPITE RAIN, HAIL AND THUNDER – HUGE TURNOUT FOR ANNUAL SNOWMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE was last modified: December 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DESPITE RAINdonegalglenHAIL AND THUNDER – HUGE TURNOUT FOR ANNUAL SNOWMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE RACEmountain bike racelast_img read more

Man City vs Man United: Premier League preview and confirmed line-ups

first_img MONEY Chris Smalling scored the winner in this fixture last season as United completed a stunning comeback How we line-up in the 177th Manchester Derby! 🔵City XI | Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva (C), Mahrez, Bernardo, Sterling, AgueroSubs | Muric, Kompany, Gündogan, Delph, Sané, Jesus, FodenPresented by @HAYSWorldwide ⚽️ #MCIMUN #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 11, 2018 ADVICE Latest Football News What the managers are sayingPep Guardiola (Man City): “Last season we lost, but every game is a new history and a new chapter. We realise how strong United are.“When they dominate and create chances they win easily, but you can have the feeling you are in control and they can still punish you.“It’s Manchester United – with Liverpool, they are one of the strongest teams in England’s history.” BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 3 no dice 3 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Manchester City welcome fierce rivals Man United to the Etihad Stadium seeking revenge for the painful defeat they suffered in this fixture last season.Pep Guardiola’s men had the opportunity to seal the title against their neighbours, but surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 and gift the city’s short-term bragging rights to United. 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 🔴 In the red corner… #MUFC #MCIMUN Live updates in our official app:— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 11, 2018 Manchester City have bagged six in each of their last two games RANKED Jose Mourinho (Man United): “I cannot say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two difficult matches away against two very good teams – Chelsea and Juventus – and we managed to get good results.“Even if the good results were not in our pockets, the performances were there, the positive attitude was there, so we are going to try, but City are a very powerful team.”Confirmed line-ups The champions, however, continue to assert their dominance in Manchester. They are unbeaten in their opening eleven league games and sit top of the Premier League pile heading into the weekend, with United down in seventh.And City’s recent form is frightening. They’ve scored 12 (yes, 12) goals in their last two games: battering Southampton 6-1 last Sunday before thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 three days later.But Jose Mourinho’s men have already pulled off one extraordinary victory this week, beating Juventus 2-1 in their own back yard to inflict the Italians’ first defeat of the season.The Red Devils will be out to spoil the party once more. Jose Mourinho celebrates Man United’s dramatic win over Juventus in midweek REVEALED last_img read more