Prison Service refuses assistance on training

first_imgDear Editor,The Central Advisory Services of Guyana and Barbados wishes to express its regret in relation to the offer made to the Guyana Prison Service, based on a needs assessment done by the agency, to have a former FBI Agent and a Former Director of the Bureau of Prisons to travel to Guyana free of cost to conduct a one week specialized training programme for senior ranks of the Prison Service. Even though the offer was made since November 2016, and despite the CVs of the two (2) proposed presenters being sent to Prison Admin, Admin did not have the common courtesy to even send to CAS an acknowledgement letter.In our letter to the Prison Director, dated November 2016 and copied to the subject Minister, it was requested that a response should be forthcoming within 30 days, in order for CAS and its international associates to confirm arrangements with the presenters, who in turn must seek approval from the US State Department. Regrettably, three (3) months later, not even an acknowledgement letter has been received.Despite this development, CAS and its international associates will continue to do whatever it can to help the Criminal Justice System in Guyana know it’s riddled with defects. It is also public knowledge, by virtue of my instrumentality, that the Guyana Prison Service, Guyana Defence Force, ranks of the Police Force, GRA, Presidential Security, Guyana Energy Agency, GPL, and others too numerous to mention benefitted from specialized training on Security, Investigations and Intelligence. This was also made possible through my colleague, well known Criminologist Mr. Errol Vanooten MSC, BSC, ASC, who later served as task force head of the Ministry of Home Affairs under Mr. Rohee.I again reiterate my commitment and that of those serving under my command, who are all former members of the disciplined service, to assist in the fight against crime, and our full support to the Government of the day.Yours respectfully,Allan Robert Gateslast_img read more

Curry’s heroics not enough to save Warriors in Game 3

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks on the floor during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Stephen Curry did all he could to lead the injury-depleted Golden State Warriors.It wasn’t enough.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors hit big shots, beat Warriors for 2-1 NBA Finals lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge The Warriors need them.Or else their reign might end, no matter how great Curry is the rest of the way.“The moment is now,” Curry said. “You’ve got to try to have a next-man-up mentality, like we always say, and just go out and fight. We did that tonight. We can play better, obviously better on the defensive end. But I liked the competitiveness that we had, understanding that we’re missing 50 points pretty much between KD and Klay.”It was evident from the outset that if the Warriors were going to somehow win without both Thompson and Durant in the lineup, it would be Curry carrying the load.He darn near made it happen.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ LATEST STORIES Curry scored 47 points—a playoff career-high for the three-time champion—but the Warriors still find themselves in some postseason trouble. Missing Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney with injuries, the Warriors fell 123-109 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night and now trail these NBA Finals 2-1.“Steph was incredible,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “The stuff he does is, he does things that honestly I don’t think anybody has ever done before. The way he plays the game, the way he shoots it and the combination of his ball handling and shooting skills, it’s incredible to watch. He was amazing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThough it’s no consolation to Curry, his 47 points were the second-most ever by a player in a finals game loss. The only time someone scored more and wasn’t on the winning team that night was LeBron James, who scored 51 points on this same Oracle Arena floor in Game 1 of last year’s title series. Golden State wound up sweeping Cleveland.Thompson didn’t play because of his strained left hamstring, Looney’s season is over because of an upper-body injury sustained in Game 2 and Durant sat out for the eighth consecutive game with a calf injury. Game 4 of this series is Friday, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see both Durant and Thompson back in the lineup for the two-time defending NBA champions. Thompson was lobbying to play Wednesday, and Durant has been ramping up toward a return. View comments NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yucenter_img “Not that he’s not amazing pretty often,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said, “but tonight was a special performance by him.”Curry scored Golden State’s first five field goals. He had 25 points and eight rebounds by halftime, the first time in his 803-game career that he put up those numbers in the first 24 minutes of a game. Midway through the third quarter, he was outscoring all of his teammates combined. He had his entire arsenal working — 3-pointers, layups, free throws. He was diving for loose balls. He even won a jump ball.He conceded nothing.Curry just didn’t have enough help. Or, maybe more accurately, the Raptors had too many answers.“We tried to up our presence on him a little bit with some double teams, but it doesn’t really matter,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “All that matters is … my dad used to tell me the stats don’t matter, just the final score. So we’ll just take the win and be thankful for that.”All five Toronto starters scored somewhere between 17 and 30 points. The Raptors made 17 3-pointers, Fred VanVleet’s desperation 3 with just under 2 minutes left put Toronto up by 13, and that’s when Kerr decided to empty the bench.Curry’s night ended there, with the eighth-highest single-game scoring performance in NBA Finals history. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists, ending with a stat line that only James has done in a finals game.“We fought, but we lost,” Curry said. “So we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and just recalibrate for Game 4.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughinglast_img read more

Messi spurns chance to join the greats

first_img0Shares0000RIO DE JANEIRO, July 13- Argentina’s 1-0 defeat by Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final prevented Lionel Messi, who was named Player of the Tournament, from cementing his place in the pantheon of the truly great.While the 27-year-old has won everything there is to win — and broken every record there is to break — with Barcelona, the final offered him the opportunity to definitively seal his legacy in the sport. Pele, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo all scored decisive goals in finals, while Diego Maradona created the goal that settled the 1986 tournament, but Messi found himself upstaged by Mario Goetze’s sensational extra-time winner for Germany.He would be haunted in particular by a glaring opportunity early in the second half, when he found himself with only Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to beat, but whipped his shot wide.It was to be his only clear sight of goal and his failure to seize the chance continued a narrative that had taken root earlier in the knockout phase.Whereas Maradona had seemed to grow with each match as Argentina surged to the title in 1986, scoring braces against England and Belgium in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, Messi appeared to shrink.After dazzling in the group phase with four goals, he made the winning goal for Angel di Maria against Switzerland in the last 16, but in his own encounter with Belgium he flickered only sporadically, and in the semi-final against the Netherlands he was anonymous.He has now gone four games without scoring for the first time under the stewardship of coach Alejandro Sabella, losing his capacity to make a difference at precisely the wrong time.His inability to reverse Argentina’s fate at the Maracana suggested that the fatigue of which his father has spoken weighed more heavily upon him that he has yet admitted.With 354 goals in 425 games for Barcelona, many of them works of art, his genius cannot be denied, but as he himself has admitted, there is no substitute for a World Cup winner’s medal.– Overcooked his shot –“I would give all my personal records to be world champion,” he had told German tabloid Bild ahead of the final.“I’d prefer to win the World Cup than the Ballon d’Or. As a player, winning the World Cup is the biggest thing there is. It’s something you dream of as a youngster and that dream never fades away.”Whereas Holland had successfully man-marked Messi during the semi-final, Germany opted to crowd him out whenever he picked up the ball.Bastian Schweinsteiger had shackled him masterfully during Germany’s 4-0 quarter-final win in 2010 and the Bayern Munich midfielder recorded early victories by nicking the ball away from Messi on a couple of occasions.Germany’s high defensive line left wide open space behind their back four, however, and Messi twice launched dangerous raids down the right flank that exposed Mats Hummels’s lack of pace.On the first occasion his cut-back was cut out by Schweinsteiger, while shortly before half-time he got in behind Hummels and toed the ball past Neuer, only for Jerome Boateng to hack clear.The moment that the thousands of Argentines inside the Maracana had been waiting for arrived a minute into the second half when Messi was freed by Lucas Biglia, but he overcooked his shot and rattled it wide of the right-hand past.An injury-time free-kick from 30 yards offered one last improbable chance at redemption, but he hooked it over the bar.Where Maradona had broken down in tears after Argentina lost to West Germany in the 1990 final, Messi looked merely numb.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Legislature has a very busy day

first_img(916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On their first day back in session after summer break, state lawmakers swept Monday through hundreds of bills dealing with everything from the so-called Armenian genocide to colored contact lenses, trying to clear their desks before bills expire Aug. 31. Lawmakers said despite the gubernatorial election looming in November, they believe they can set aside partisan differences and collaborate on important legislation, as they did earlier this year on the state budget and the infrastructure bond package. “For sure, Democrats want to get that top \ job back,” said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles. “We all want that top job back, but at the same time we realize how important it is to get things done for Californians.” One of the bills approved Monday was AB 1524, by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, which allows heirs of victims of the Armenian massacre who live in California to file legal claims against banks in an effort to recover assets looted by the Turkish government in the early 1900s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Over 900,000 Armenian- Americans reside in California,” said Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles. “Many of their families were killed in the Armenian genocide from 1915 to 1923 and their assets were abruptly seized by the Turks and placed in German banks. No effort has been made by these banks to return their assets to their rightful owners.” The bill, which has already passed the Senate, went through the Assembly on a 65-2 vote. A similar bill was approved Monday for victims of the Mexican repatriation in California during the 1930s, in which legal U.S. citizens of Mexican descent were forcibly and illegally deported to Mexico. Some experts estimate that more than 400,000 legal citizens were deported from California during a wave of anti-immigrant hysteria during the Great Depression. The bill, SB 1765, allows victims to file claims for loss of property or injury due to the forced repatriations. last_img read more

Strong winds interrupt Southland power

first_imgPowerful winds swept Southern California on Wednesday on the heels of a cold storm system, knocking out power to 128,000 utility customers as dangerous surf pounded the coast. Southern California Edison said about 115,000 customers had outages ranging from momentary to several hours, and about 5,000 remained without electricity at 3 p.m. Communities were hit hard, from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties southeast to Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, SCE said. Utility employees were placed on standby and staging areas were prepared with replacement components including poles and transformers. About 10,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were without power Wednesday evening, said spokeswoman Carol Tucker. Most of the outages were in the harbor area and were largely caused by strong winds, she said. “We have instances where wires went down because a tree or branches knocked down the power lines,” Tucker said. Crews restored power to an additional 3,000 customers during the day, she said. The winds were preceded by a storm that moved rapidly through the region with rain in many areas and snow in the mountains. However, flash-flood warnings in areas burned by this year’s wildfires expired without any reported mudslides or debris flows. “We escaped on that one just because the system moved through so fast,” said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Rainfall was heavy during the storm, but “it didn’t stick around long enough.” In a rapid turnabout from the wet weather, the Weather Service posted fire-weather watches for today and Friday due to strong north winds and low humidity in the mountains and valleys. Storm-generated northwest swells of 18 to 22 feet continued in the coastal waters and forecasters warned of wave heights reaching 10 feet to 15 feet in San Luis Obispo County and north Santa Barbara County, and breakers as high as 10 feet in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The surf began to churn Tuesday as the storm approached.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

Mulroy Woods enjoying major success this awards season

first_imgExcitement is at an all time high at Mulroy Woods Hotel as they sweep the board in Irish Hotel Award nominations. Not only that, but the Milford hotel has picked up three of the most coveted titles in the travel industry in recent weeks. The Upcoming 2019 Irish Hotel Awards have revealed that Mulroy Woods is in the running for four accolades: Wedding Hotel of the YearRomantic Hotel of the Year3 Star Hotel of the YearHotel Bar of the YearOwner Patricia Kelly told Donegal Daily: “I am blown away that the hotel has been shortlisted in four different categories for these prestigious awards. The Irish Hotel Awards is a stalwart within the hospitality industry and to be shortlisted in so many categories, is in itself a great honour.” Patricia continued: “It is a true reflection on the whole team here at Mulroy Woods. These shortlists come on the back of having been mystery shopped by the Irish Hotel Awards, the inspectors stayed and sampled the food here in the hotel and experienced first-hand the level of customer care and service we deliver.”In the past two weeks, Mulroy Woods have also received their very first TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award,’s Guest Review Award and Failte Ireland Service Excellence Certification.The Mulroy Woods Team celebrate awards seasonPatricia said: “As we head into our busiest season yet, the momentum Mulroy Woods has at the moment is electric. Over the past four years the property has been upgraded throughout, with the renovations currently underway on the main banqueting suite, which can host up to 500 people for weddings, parties and dances. “The hotel is going from strength to strength. The team is excited and eager to begin the summer season. It is wonderful for all the staff to get the appreciation and acknowledgement for all their hard work. Our staff are the most important part of our business and these awards are down to their hard work and dedication.”For events and special offers visit www.mulroywoodshotel.comMulroy Woods enjoying major success this awards season was last modified: February 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:hotelirish hotel awardsMilfordmulroy woodslast_img read more

Auburndale girls basketball loses at Marathon in WIAA Division 4 regional final

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARATHON – The Auburndale girls basketball team came up a win short of a return to the sectionals after losing 42-35 to Marathon in a WIAA Division 4 regional final Saturday night at Marathon High School.The Apaches, who reached the sectional final a year ago before losing to Algoma, end their season with a 19-5 record. Auburndale had handed Marathon its only loss this season back on Jan. 6.Marathon (23-1) moves on to a Division 3 sectional semifinal Thursday against Crandon (19-6) at Wausau West. Shiocton (14-10) and Algoma (19-4) play in the other semifinal at Seymour, with the winners matching up in a sectional final March 7 at Antigo.Game statistics were not provided.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Federal IT: Top Priorities are Reduced Costs and Improved Security

first_imgCisco’s recently released their 2013 annual report on the state of “connected government”.Cisco’s vision of Connected Government is one where “authorized information flows freely across agency, partner, and public boundaries, services reach constituents when and where they are needed, and operating expenditures stay at a minimum. Overall, connected governments can proactively serve their constituents, while improving information confidentiality, agency integrity, and budget control.”Budget control is certainly top-of-mind for many agencies. In the on-going climate of government shutdown and budget sequestration, federal IT departments are under pressure to keep their spending down. This mentality of fiscal responsibility had a strong influence on their priorities for the coming year. The Cisco report found that reducing costs is the top federal IT goal.The top five federal IT goals for FY2014 are: 28 percent. Reduce IT costs22 percent. Improve security19 percent. Boost efficiency19 percent. Improve service delivery9 percent. Enhance mobility And the top areas where federal IT is seeing spending increases in FY2014 are:CybersecurityCloudNetworkingVideo ConferencingRanking lower in the list of spending areas are Big Data and Collaboration, two areas that are seeing significant spending by IT departments outside of government.last_img read more

When is the wedding: Yuvraj singh crashes Ben Cutting’s interview with fiancee

first_imgAl-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who had announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this month, is currently in action in the second edition of Global T20 Canada. Not only is Yuvraj Singh leading the Toronto Nationals in the tournament, but the former India batsman is also treating his fans with entertainment with his fireworks with the bat.On Saturday, Yuvraj Singh guided Toronto Nationals to a thrilling win in their second match of Global T20 Canada against Edmonton Royals in Brampton. Before delighting his fans on the field, Yuvraj also had some fun in the spare time as the start of the match between the two sides was delayed slightly due to rain.Ahead of the match, Australian cricketer Ben Cutting, who is playing for the Royals in the Global T20 Canada, was interviewed by presenter Erin Holland and that is when Yuvraj Singh crashed in the interview.Cutting and Holland have been dating each other for over four year now before announcing getting engaged in May this year.While Holland was interviewing her fiancee Cutting prior to the match, Yuvraj Singh interrupted the interview and asked the most important question to the couple.”When is the wedding guys. Time is running, get ready for the wedding,” Yuvraj said and ran away as both Cutting and his girlfriend Holland burst into a laughter.When @YUVSTRONG12 crashed an interview and asked the most important question to @Cuttsy31 and @erinvholland!HOWZZAT?#GT2019 #ERvsTN #YuvrajSingh #Canada #Brampton Canada (@GT20Canada) July 27, 2019In Saturday’s match, Yuvraj Singh smashed 3 sixes and as many boundaries in his 21-ball 35 that helped the Nationals successfully complete a 192-run chase in the T20 game at the CAA Center.advertisementYuvraj Singh showed signs of his vintage self as he took the attack to Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan, much to the delight of the Toronto Nationals fans who had filled the stands.Yuvraj Singh’s approach in the season opener on Thursday was questioned as the former India all-rounder struggled to put bat to ball. However, the left-handed batsman showed much-improved effort against the Royals in their second match.Speaking after Toronto Nationals win on Saturday, Yuvraj Singh said: “Yeah, it was a great performance. I thought we lost the game… but Manpreet Gony’s hitting in the end and smart batting from Monfort and Salman Nazar… these guys pulled it off in the end.The celebrated all-rounder added: “I am loving it. They gave me some flak for my slow batting last game. I am sure Toronto will be happy when they sleep tonight that I hit a few sixes and we won the game.”Also Read | Global T20 Canada: Yuvraj Singh, Manpreet Gony’s fireworks delight Toronto Nationals fans Also Read | Virat Kohli picks MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant in kabaddi team of India cricketersAlso Seelast_img read more

A Belt That Will Hold Up

first_img Editors’ Recommendations We now live in a world where our midsections have become prime realty for free advertisements. So forget the monograms and logos and go back to the basics. Good quality leather is all you need to keep your pants on. The belt is an accessory that tends to get neglected, but it can really pull your whole look together whether you are going casual or dressing up.Wiley Brothers belts are a great investment. The company was created in 1999 by Marcus Wiley and since then, he has made it his mission to create handcrafted, high quality belts. The company started off with two belt options and has expanded to over 15 styles with endless colors, buckle styles and leather details.The company uses the finest vegetable-tanned English bridle leather available and their brass buckles are cast locally. This is a belt that will continue to improve with age. What makes the Wiley Brothers a fascinating story is how strongly they emphasize quality over quantity. The belts are also made in the United States.So what are some of the styles available?While the traditional style is clean and sleek, The Wiley Brothers don’t shy away from their wild side with snake belt buckles made from white bronze and a baby sea turtle buckle made from a shiny brass. The Millington is an interesting take on the classic belt buckle and the classic Hoof Pick buckle is unlike anything you’ve seen before.All belts are customizable and can be monogramed as well.Check out the Wiley Brothers website and find yourself a belt that with hold up it’s quality and your pants. Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain The 9 Best Men’s Gym Shorts to Wear When You Work Out Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Uslast_img read more