CLEVELAND (AP):The Golden State Warriors returned to the floor where they won the NBA championship last season and embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-98 on Monday night.Stephen Curry scored 35 points in three quarters for the Warriors, who built a huge early lead and cruised to their fifth straight victory over the Cavaliers, who appear at this stage to be the best team the Eastern Conference can put up against the several title contenders in the West.Golden State retained a 10-1/2 game lead in the Pacific Division ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, who hit a franchise-record 22 three-pointers in an overtime win against Houston.Chicago closed within 4-1/2 games of Cleveland for the Central Division lead by winning at Detroit, while Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas to an overtime victory against Boston.Golden State’s Curry made seven three-pointers – his last put the Warriors ahead by 40 points late in the third quarter – and the reigning league MVP seemed right at home in Quicken Loans Arena, where the Warriors clinched their first title since 1975 last June.Andre Iguodala added 20 as the Warriors bounced back from a surprise loss to Detroit over the weekend.LeBron James scored 16 for Cleveland, which needed a late flurry of points to avoid the heaviest home loss in franchise history.Los Angeles’ sharpshooting J.J. Redick scored a career-high 40 points as the Clippers beat Houston 140-132. Redick connected on his first five attempts behind the arc and finished nine for 12 on three-pointers, tying Caron Butler’s club record for threes.Chris Paul had 28 points and 12 assists for the Clippers. He, Redick and Jamal Crawford each made three-pointers while the Clippers opened overtime on a 9-2 run.Houston’s Dwight Howard had 36 points and tied a career high with 26 rebounds en route to his 10th straight double-double, the league’s longest active streak. He secured it before half-time with 13 points and 15 boards.Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points to lead the Mavericks past Boston 118-113 after overtime.Nowitzki scored 21 of those points across the fourth quarter and overtime, while Deron Williams had 10 of his 20 points in OT for the Mavericks, who led by 17 points in the second quarter, but trailed by six in the fourth before rallying.Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart led Boston with 20 points apiece.Chicago’s Pau Gasol had 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 111-101 victory at Detroit.- AP
Closure of sugar industry…economic, social meltdown will affect every citizenBy Samuel SukhnandanWith the loss of the sugar industry in Guyana, there will be serious socio-economic consequences that will impact citizens in every class and pull every sector down in its cascading downward avalanche.This is the expressed view of former Minister Anil Nandlall who said that any assessment that viewed the sugar industry through the lens of dollars and cents or profit and loss would be deeply flawed.“Sugar in Guyana is not merely an economic undertaking or venture. It is anOpposition PPP/C Member of Parliament Anil Nandlallinstitution. It does not merely provide employment, earn foreign exchange, or contribute to GDP [Gross Domestic Product],” he argued.Nandlall noted that this industry also sustained communities comprising tens of thousands of people and represented a way of life.“The Guyanese economy is neither large nor diversified enough to sustain the loss of sugar,” he added.Referring to President David Granger’s speech at an event in Kenya, where he informed that his Government was committed to people and not profits, he said the President’s statement was unsound.“The President fails to see the contradiction in closing down an industry, which directly and indirectly will affect every citizen of his country on the basis that it is not yielding the desired profits.”Nandlall reminded that an impact assessment was necessary, something that his party, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had pushed for, but Government was bent on going ahead with its own plans.“We are firmly committed to the view that the cost of closure far outweighs the cost of keeping the industry operational,” the former Minister maintains.He referred to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on the industry which did not recommend closure, arguing that Government was yet to offer an intelligent reason for the closure of the industry.“The consequence is that they have exposed themselves to the widespread view that the decision to close the industry is driven by political and ethnic considerations,” Nandlall opined.But an important point made by the former Minister was the fact that although thousands of families were immediately placed on the breadline without any hope, whatsoever, there would not be any alternative employment in the foreseeable future nor severance benefits.“If paid at all, it will not be paid in the near future. These families have loan payments to make to the commercial banks for their homes. They have debts to pay for furnishings and vehicles acquired by hire purchase. Food has to be placed on the table and in lunch kits for children to attend schools.”SuicidesAlthough Government, through the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), has made arrangements to provide counselling to those who were fired, especially in light of two former workers committing suicide, Nandlall said the indirect consequences would be equally devastating.“The impact of the closure of Wales Estate can currently be assessed. The lower West Bank of Demerara communities are currently gripped in a socio-economic paralysis,” he said, explaining that over 75 per cent of the economy of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), revolves around the sugar industry.“The remaining 25 per cent would find it impossible to survive in isolation. The Private Sector recognises this reality…The suicides have already commenced. It will only intensify. Crime will continue to skyrocket. Other social dilemmas will soon emerge and multiply,” Nandlall predicted.Meanwhile, in highlighting that the Skeldon co-generation plant supplies electricity to the national grid for 65,000 families and all of the revenue goes to the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL), the Opposition Member of Parliament highlighted that these monies were not going to the industry and would ‘die’ soon.“This is nothing short of a human rights tragedy – nay economic genocide. I do not think Guyana’s economy is sufficiently, either versatile or robust enough to sustain the social and economic onslaught that the closure of the sugar industry will soon unleash,” he asserted.Nandlall also expressed confidence that the Government would not survive it either. “Our society is simply too small and our economy too integrated to be insulated from the consequences. Like the financial crisis that hit the world in 2008, the economic and social meltdown will affect every citizen.”As for the PPP, the former Minister noted that his party would stand resolutely not only with the sugar workers but with all other workers who would reel from this disaster.“We will use the 100th birth anniversary of Dr Cheddi Jagan as the platform for the struggle and to inspire us to work relentlessly in order to ensure not only the survival of these workers and their families but also the eventual reversal of this evil, inconsiderate, and unwarranted decision.”
Over the last two years, the nation looked on as over 7000 sugar workers lost their jobs, ultimately making it one of the largest retrenchments in Guyana’s history. Despite this, their union – the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) – said it is has been unable to directly provide relief to the affected workers, but rather the union coordinated major relief efforts.“We have not directly provided relief to those workers from the shutter estates (Wales, Enmore, Skeldon, Albion); but we however managed through funds and organisations abroad, we have been able to provide some relief to workers and we have to bear in mind over the past years we were engaged on a lot of activities, marches, picketing exercises,” the Union’s President, Komal Chand noted.Chand made the comments at the Union’s end of year press conference on Friday. He told the media that GAWU did not let down its members, but rather, kept pushing so that the struggle remained alive and ultimately coming to an end when Government was ordered to pay the workers their severance packages along with interest. He noted that the financial position made the Union cognisant of the factGAWU President Komal Chandthat they needed to be aware of how they spent their limited finances.“One has to look that the Union did not end its relationship with the workers which from an individual point of view we are representing… we have to see the Union funds which is affected by the smaller membership and we have to consider how wisely we have spent it and we have to keep the struggle alive. We were able to provide food stuff, mainly food stuff (to the workers),” Chand stated.He said when the Government decided to close the Wales Estate on the West Bank of Demerara in 2016, and closely followed up by shutting down the Enmore Estate, on the East Coast of Demerara and Skeldon and Rose Hall estates in Berbice in 2017, the Union suffered. The shutting down of several sugar estates saw a significant decline in the dues collected by GAWU and according to Chand, it limited their abilities to assist those affected.Earlier this year, outspoken economist and former presidential advisor Ramon Gaskin said Chand should be fired since he did not adequately represent the interest of the retrenched sugar workers. Gaskin said he believes Chand made a huge blunder when Chand and his team met with President David Granger on January 19, and agreed to accept a decision to pay some of the sugar workers their full severance, while others have to wait.AssistanceOn Friday, Chand indicated that the Union has been doing everything possible to assist the retrenched sugar workers, while alluding to the three major court cases that resulted in Wales Estate cane cutters getting their severance along with interest and the Caribbean Court of Justice Appeal to the closure of the estates. He, however, did not disclose how much money was expended on the court proceedings noting that “the lawyers might not want that disclosed.”In a prepared statement, GAWU said the sugar workers continue to be burdened by high cost of living and not receiving a raise in their wages and salaries for over four years.“In the period since workers’ pay rates were adjusted, we must point out, according to the Bureau of Statistics, the cost of food, one of the most significant expenditure of workers, has risen by 12.4 per cent. The GAWU also wishes to point out that in intervening period, the cost of medical and personal care has risen by 8.5 per cent. We recognise from the Corporation’s financial statements between 2014 and 2017, average pay per worker in the sugar industry has declined on average by $284,000. Of course when considering the wages earned by workers represented by GAWU, taking into account the seasonality of their jobs, the loss of benefits and their earnings vis-à-vis other categories of workers in the Corporation, it’s hard not to conclude that the field and factory workers take home pay have recorded even further declines,” GAWU said.Chand explained that the lack of increases also affects the purse of the Union since it means no increase in their revenues.“We are severely affected at the less contribution we are getting from the sugar workers. Nevertheless, we also have to recognise their plight and we recognise their high cost of living for those who are paying now we cannot increase their dues unless they have some increases in their wages and salaries,” Chand explained.
The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), which has been probing the hiring practices of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for several months has completed its investigations.ERC Chairman, Reverend John SmithGECOM’s hiring practices were brought under the microscope after the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) GECOM Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn pointed out flaws regarding the ethnic composition of the workforce of the secretariat of the Commission. The commissioners had alleged that a majority of the staff of the Commission were persons of one ethnicity.On Monday, Chairman of the ERC, Reverend John Smith in an invited comment told Guyana Times that the next move for the ERC is to meet with the complainants.Smith told this publication that he could not share the findings from that probe until the Commission meets with the complainants. The Chairman would only say that the ERC is expected to hold its statutory meeting on Thursday, where a date for the meeting with the PPP Commissioners will be discussed.Meanwhile, PPP Commissioner Bibi Shadick told this publication that she was unaware that the probe was completed while complaining that she was not satisfied with the lengthy time it took the Commission to complete the investigation.“These people took their own time. I don’t know that anything should’ve taken so long but apparently that’s the pace,” Shadick said.Shadick, nevertheless, admitted that the commissioners were informed of some challenges the ERC encountered while trying to extract facts from GECOM.The PPP Commissioner further noted that she believes the ERC should have been able to verify the information they provided in a more timely manner.“The report, I think, should have been sent to us but it wasn’t. I don’t know who they sent it to but we are the ones who made the complaint and I would imagine it should have been sent to us,” she added.Retired Judge, Justice Stanley Moore, in collaboration with former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lloyd Smith and human resources consultant Jairam Petam were to complete the investigation in three weeks during October last year. However, the time was extended as the probe widened.The investigation was launched after People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) GECOM Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn wrote a letter of complaint to the ERC, contending that there was an ethnic imbalance at GECOM and hiring practices were being manipulated in favour of one group.After these allegations were made, the ERC had scheduled a meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, where the matters were raised. The ERC also met with President David Granger at that time.At a press conference prior to the probe, GECOM Chairman and retired Justice James Patterson had said that qualifications ultimately trumped race when filling vacancies. When asked whether deliberate efforts to achieve racial diversity were being made, Patterson had contended that deliberate efforts were being made to get the best people and that he had “no apologies” for that.The ERC is an established constitutional body. It works with persons and agencies to promote harmonious ethnic relations. The Commission also deals with complaints, promotes training in racial harmony, and fosters a sense of security, among all ethnic groups.The PPP/C Commissioners had registered complaints of Chairman Patterson using his post to muzzle them on the issue of hiring practices. Commissioner Benn had highlighted issues regarding the ethnic composition of the workforce of the secretariat of the Commission, having pointed out that the perception was that the vast majority of the staff of the Commission were persons of one ethnicity.However, the Chairman disputed the Commissioner’s claim.The PPP/C Commissioners had said that the Chairman prevented Benn from further defending his position and when challenged, adjourned the meeting for over half an hour.
Photo: Thick, black smoke could be seen from downtown Fort St. John – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThere’s a bunch of smoke in the sky, but it’s all under control.- Advertisement -Early Wednesday afternoon, the North Peace Airport conducted a controlled fire on its fields. The fire is still burning as of 3:25pm Wednesday. The fire is being supervised, and is under control.
It claims its expenses continue to increase, and that its requests for grants last year exceeded the money it received, and more will be requesting this year. Last year the Arts Council received $16,550 in grant requests, and with the addition of the North Peace Gymnastics Association, the Peace River Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Northern Winds Community Band, that’s expected to jump to $21,500. Determining exactly who benefits from the programs the Arts Council supports, and where they live, has always been difficult, and a sticking point when it comes to who should be paying. “It does vary from group to group,” argues Director Margaret May, explaining that dance programs are likely formed more of Fort St. John residents, while looser groups may be more spread out in Areas B and C of the PRRD. For the most part, however, they all meet in the city, and it’s been suggested they undertake a survey to find out where those who benefit from the grants live. The Arts Council also receives a $7,800 Permissive Tax Exemption for its home at the Arts Post. Advertisement The Fort St. John Library Association has asked for the $380,000 it received in 2013 to be renewed, along with an additional $20,000 one time project grant of $20,000 for technology and furniture upgrades. “We’re really looking at making the library more usable to those who come in and who also access our digital resources” explains Library Director Kerry France. “This would mean installing comfortable library seating specially made for that, so that people will have a place to read, study, to meet, to use their own portable devices, of which there’s a steady increase right now.” She adds that the library is also short on electrical outlets, and plans to install more, as well as updating computer technology and furniture. Several areas of the library would also be redesigned. – Advertisement -The library also receives $85,800 from the Peace River Regional District, which Councillor Trevor Bolin commented that he felt could be used better. The Fort St. John Community Arts Council is looking for a $3,000 increase to its funding from last year, to $20,000. In the past, $15,000 went towards its own grant process for its member groups, while the rest went to their administration. Advertisement Lastly, the North Peace SPCA has asked for a renewal of its $15,000 grant for its spay and neuter program. The organization uses the fund to spay and neuter animals that come into the shelter, as well as run an awareness campaign in local schools. Branch Manager Rosolynn Kalb says the program has been extremely successful, as evidenced by the low number of stray animals being brought in, even as the city grows. “We’re thrilled that even though our population is what it is now, we’re under 1,000 animals this past year – 965 to be exact,” she says. “We attribute that to the success of this spay and neuter program that the City of Fort St. John is helping us out with.” The NPSPCA has also piloted a new, low cost spay and neuter program to encourage lower income families, and so far nine have accessed funding assistance. It also receives a $20,000 from the Regional District, and a 10,000 Permissive Tax Exemption from the City, along with its pound keeping contracts with Fort St. John and Taylor. In total, seven local organizations have requested funding from the City for a total of $729,475, an increase of $23,000 over what was given last year. The Tourism FSJ Board, which is funded through the Operating Budget, has also requested an increase of $10,000 this year, which would bring its total to $46,000.
“This isn’t really a final investment decision. I would suggest anyone basing the growth of their company to be very cautious regarding any debt decisions,” Jarvis said.“We could be quite a ways away from another huge upswing or boom, we just have to wait and see what the summer brings, because it’s still very uncertain.” Government officials are praising the announcement last week of a conditional approval by Pacific NorthWest LNG on its $36-billion terminal project, but a local industry insider is warning businesses not to jump the gun in ramping up their operations.The company announced on Thursday it would move ahead with a final investment decision on two simple conditions — approvals by both the provincial government, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.“It’s news we’ve been waiting for for many years. For us up here it’s that decision we need for confidence in the community,” said Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer, reacting to the news that the required technical and commercial components of the Pacific Northwest LNG Project have been satisfied.- Advertisement -Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman says for all intents and purposes the Petronas-led group has made the final decision to move forward with the Prince Rupert area project, which would liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy here in the northeast.Mr. Coleman says a decision to reconvene the legislature for government project blessing will likely be made this week, and work on the Prince Rupert area plant at the head of Skeena River is likely to be begin this summer.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is expected to issue its review later this year.Advertisement “If those two last conditions are done, then we have a final investment decision because all the commercial pieces of the project… are in place and completed,” Coleman said.“They are in a position to go ahead with this project.”Still the $36-billion project faces significant opposition, and in this area, just two days before the announcement, Blueberry River First Nations leaders again raised consultation and treaty rights complaints, confirming they’ve instructed their lawyers to move forward with a challenge of Mr. Coleman’s decision to enter into a long-term royalty agreement with Progress Energy.So from the Executive Director of Energy Services BC comes a note of caution, and Art Jarvis suggests, we still haven’t crossed the LNG development finish line.Advertisement
“Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation,” he said in a statement.The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it had made an official request to Italian authorities, adding it is “taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence”.Former model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, made the accusations against the now 33-year-old Ronaldo in a complaint filed last year in the state of Nevada. She claims after meeting the footballer at a Las Vegas nightclub, he raped her at his hotel suite on June 13, 2009 — just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then-world record 94 million euros ($108 million).Mayorga’s lawyers have said previously she immediately reported the alleged rape to the Las Vegas police and underwent a medical examination.A private mediation was organised with representatives of Ronaldo, Mayorga and their lawyers, where she alleges she was paid $375,000 to keep quiet.Ronaldo’s lawyers have said that the non-disclosure agreement signed with the former model was “by no means a confession of guilt”.Mayorga’s attorney has said the model agreed to an out-of-court settlement to keep her name from going public, but was inspired to speak out by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, but in the past said the agreement should be made null and void because it was made when she was suffering from extreme psychological duress.Ronaldo is widely considered one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game, having won the Champions League title five times — once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid.He also led Portugal to the Euro 2016 title in France.Juventus signed him last year from Real for 100 million euros ($115 million), the most ever paid for a player aged over 30.Ronaldo has long been marketed as a global face of football and his image has become a market mover. When the rape allegations first came to light, shares in Juventus dipped on the stock exchange.Forbes magazine says he is one of just three athletes to be given a lifelong contract by US sportswear manufacturer Nike along with NBA superstar LeBron James and retired basketball legend Michael Jordan.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo is one of the most valuable players in the history of the game © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOLos Angeles, United States, Jan 11 – Las Vegas police have asked football star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into rape allegations made against him.The five-time world player of the year — who plays for Italian league champions Juventus — has vehemently denied the accusations, and his lawyer Peter Christiansen said the request was standard procedure.
EVERYONE loves Westport.The west Mayo town pulls in hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The man responsible for its development over the past two decades will be in Letterkenny next week to talk about how Westport ticks.The Architectural Technology and the Dept. of Civil Engineering & Construction will host an open lecture at LYIT on Monday 6th October in room 1452 from 1.30PM-2.30PM by Simon Walls, Town Architect of Westport.Walls will talk on how Westport was transformed over the last 2 decades to become the beautiful, thriving and destination town it is.All are welcome CAN TOWNS IN DONEGAL FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF WESTPORT AS A TOURIST DESTINATION? was last modified: October 3rd, 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:donegalLectureletterkennyLYITWestport
Although the city has requested a narrowing of the consent decree governing the LAPD, Chief William Bratton said Thursday he expects a federal judge to extend all provisions of the document for at least two years. U.S. District Judge Gary Feess has scheduled a hearing Monday, when he will rule whether the decree should be extended beyond its June 15 deadline. The Los Angeles Police Department has complied with 70 percent of the requirements of the decree, which was implemented in 2001 to force reform after the Rampart Division scandal involving rogue cops. “We would like it to allow us to no longer be measured in the areas that we’re in compliance,” Bratton said while attending a groundbreaking ceremony for the Northwest Area Police Station in Canoga Park. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“But the independent monitor suggests that the judge should continue the full consent decree, and I think the judge will do that.” Late last month, the city requested that Feess extend only the provisions that still need to be met, such as installing a computer system to track misconduct and setting requirements for officers who work with lucrative evidence to submit financial disclosure statements. But in paperwork submitted in response to the city’s request, Michael Cherkasky, the federal monitor appointed by the court to oversee compliance issues, suggested that the original wording of the decree would not allow a partial extension. The city entered into the decree in 2001 after the Department of Justice accused the LAPD of corruption. The accusations stemmed from the Rampart scandal, during which a corrupt officer accused dozens of fellow officers of abuse and misconduct. The decree proved a catalyst for reform, Bratton said. The department has implemented dozens of internal audits and conducts internal stings to root out bad officers. “This is a very different police department then it was when the consent decree went into effect,” Bratton said. “The spirit of the consent decree has been met. We have shown over the last five years a willingness to reform. I hope this is not seen as a setback. It’s a way station on a journey.” Police officials expect the computer system that tracks misconduct to be implemented by late this year. They say it will become the most sophisticated risk-management system nationwide. “It’s a very complex system,” said Gerald Chaleff, head of the LAPD’s Consent Decree Bureau. ” … The chief has stated since the day he was appointed that the consent decree is one of his top priorities. … This department has worked very hard and achieved a great deal.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!