Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Chairman, Retired Justice William Ramlall and a team of investigators on Tuesday met with the Mayor and Councillors of the Anna Regina Town Council, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) where they were briefed on the many corrupt practices within the Guyana Police Force in that Division.PCA Chairman, Retired Justice William RamlallJustice Ramlall told the officials that most of the reports received from residents in the Region were against the Traffic Department, the Police patrol and the middle management of the Force. On this note, he related that Region Two was topping the list for corrupt practices in the Guyana Police Force.As such, he promised to investigate all matters that were reported to the Authority. He encouraged all stakeholders to get on board, including the Regional Administration, the Town Council and the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) to speak out against Police corruption.Some of the main concerns raised were that traffic officers are harassing drivers by demanding bribes, and ranks were involved in drug trafficking, money laundering, and other illegal activities.Another concern that was raised related to the issuance of fitness certificates for vehicles. Drivers have complained that the issuance officer was deliberately failing vehicles in the inspection so that drivers are forced to bribe him to get the document.“The officer checking the engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator water, battery, jack, etc, just to fail you, then you have to pay up just to get three months even if you have a brand new vehicle, you have to go through the same harassment,” one driver told the PCA.Residents welcomed the PCA presence in the Region and were hopeful that it would be able to stamp out the lawlessness within the Police Division, ultimately bringing back trustworthiness to the Police Force.
Seventeen permits were issued last month worth 7.3 million dollars, as compared to eleven permits in the same month last year for 3.2 million. It left the total value of construction for the first quarter of this year at 16.2 million dollars, as compared to only 7.9 million for the same period in 2013.It’s the same story when comparing the year-over-year city revenue from the permits.- Advertisement -Last year’s three-month total of 38 thousand, eight hundred dollars, about 47 percent of the 2014 total, of 81 one thousand.
0Shares0000Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane in charge of Real Madrid after the World Cup © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jun 12 – Real Madrid on Tuesday announced the appointment of Spain’s Julen Lopetegui as their coach from next season, stunning the national team ahead of the start of the World Cup.“Real Madrid announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons,” the Champions League winners said in a statement, adding that the 51-year-old “will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup”. Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as coach at the Santiago Bernabeu, after the Frenchman quit on May 31 in the wake of their Champions League final win over Liverpool in Kiev.The news comes as a jolt for Spain, just three days before their opening game at the Russian World Cup against Iberian neighbours Portugal in Sochi.Lopetegui and the Spain squad are currently at their training base in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar.The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed that Madrid will pay compensation to get Lopetegui out of the two years he has remaining on his contract with the national team.He only signed an extension to his deal until 2020 last month.“The RFEF will receive payment of the release clause so that the current national coach can join Real Madrid,” read a statement, adding that Lopetegui would appear alongside federation president Luis Rubiales at a press conference at Spain’s Russian training base on Wednesday at 11:30am (0830 GMT).Spain are among the favourites to win the World Cup after an almost flawless qualifying campaign, and he will be hoping that the announcement does not overly unsettle his squad just before the competition gets under way.Lopetegui’s national squad includes six Real players in Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernandez, Marco Asensio, Isco and Lucas Vazquez.“The RFEF requests the maximum respect in order to maintain normality in the national team camp ahead of our debut in the tournament against Portugal,” added the federation’s statement.– Unbeaten record –Lopetegui was appointed as Spain coach in the wake of their poor showing at Euro 2016 in France when they were eliminated in the last 16, losing 2-0 to Italy.Zidane quit Real after a remarkable two and a half years in charge during which he led the club to three consecutive Champions League titles, as well as one La Liga crown.However, Real finished third in La Liga in the season just finished, 17 points behind champions Barcelona, and Zidane had admitted that he was unsure of his ability to oversee more success in the future.His decision to quit as Madrid coach suddenly left the Spanish giants in limbo. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino had initially emerged as the leading candidate to replace the Frenchman but will now stay in the Premier League.As a player, Basque-born Lopetegui was a goalkeeper on Real’s books early in his career, and he returned for a spell in charge of their second team a decade ago.He also briefly played for Barcelona and later led Spain’s under-21 side to the European Championship title in 2013.He went on to coach Porto before succeeding Vicente del Bosque, who had overseen Spain’s triumphs at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 but had also been in charge for the disappointing group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.La Roja cruised through qualifying for this year’s World Cup, with nine wins and a draw in 10 games, scoring 36 goals and conceding three.Indeed, Spain are still unbeaten under the Basque after 20 matches including friendlies.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Bands from Japan and the United States will invade San Pedro tonight, filling downtown restaurant La Conga with the sounds of Japanese punk rock. Rawl of the San Pedro-based band Killer Dreamer said members of the five groups performing tonight have met or played together before. “It’s basically just a bunch of our friends coming together from the world and the States,” he said. “The more the merrier.” Killer Dreamer members hung out with the Japanese band No People while in Japan in February. In addition to playing music together for almost five years, Rawl and his band mates – Kid Kevin, Tony Cook and Jacob Gaxiola – live and work together in San Pedro. “I guess we don’t get too sick of each other,” Rawl observed. “We’re pretty much like the same body with four different brains.” The members are all in their late 20s and want to keep playing music, Rawl said. “This is what we do now,” he said. “We’re not looking too far in the future or the past. We enjoy it and I’d imagine we’ll be playing music for the rest of our lives.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Those guys took really good care of us,” Rawl recalled, and said they want to return the favor. Other bands playing tonight are Drinkers Purgatory, from Anaheim; Belly Button, from Japan; and Autistic Youth, from Portland. Killer Dreamer’s two CDs, with such songs as “Coast to Coast” and “Livin’ in a Shoe Box,” are best described as “action rock,” Rawl said, with a distinct San Pedro sound. “All the bands that are from San Pedro, we all have a similar sound, but I don’t know if we sound like anybody else,” he said. Rawl said he believes the event will be a fun way for San Pedrans to support local entertainment. “It’s good for the \ to support the town,” he said. “Come check it out; get some culture.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals He said he would not be influenced by the fact the Engineers and Architects Association was in the first group of employee unions that broke away and endorsed him in this year’s election. “That has nothing to do with this. I am willing to sit down and negotiate with them. I won’t demonize them, but I also won’t jeopardize the health of the city.” Hundreds of members of the EAA packed City Council chambers Tuesday and chanted, “Equal pay for equal work,” while their union leader announced plans to picket at LAX. “We just want the same deal that was given DWP workers, where many of my people are doing the same work,” said Robert Aquino, head of the 8,000-member EAA union whose members work in city building services and for city facilities including airports and harbors. Aquino said the last offer to his union was for no raise the first year, 2.5 percent the second and 2.5 percent the third. In the DWP deal negotiated when James Hahn was still mayor but approved under Villaraigosa, the 8,000 members of the DWP’s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, got a five-year deal with guaranteed raises of at least 16.8 percent – and potentially as much as 28 percent. “My people would be losing money just based on the amount the consumer price index has gone up,” said Aquino, who said the EAA wants the same terms the DWP workers got, including 3.5 percent annual raises plus escalators that could boost those figures. The controversial DWP deal has raised heated questions about union-wage parity – as well as fears that it could set the stage for further labor showdowns. “Anyone could see this coming,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, who chairs the City Council’s Personnel Committee and opposed the DWP contract. “When we approved the DWP contract, we raised the bar for all the other unions.” Villaraigosa said a key difference between the DWP and EAA situations is that the utility workers had already accepted an offer and ratified a tentative agreement before he was mayor. “I agreed with the council action on that because I believed then, and I believe now, to not do so would have been an unfair labor practice. This is different. I’m involved now in the offer and the negotiations, and I have a responsibility to make sure we pay our workers a fair wage, but also that we are responsible to the taxpayers.” City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka, however, said each union’s contract has to stand on its own. “We have made a fair offer to EAA, the same that we gave every other … unit in the city,” except police and firefighters, Fujioka said. “They should not look at the DWP contract as a precedent. It was a separate contract, just as this is.” Julie Butcher, general manager of Service Employees International Union, Local 347, already has demanded a review of citywide pay policies in the wake of the DWP deal. The SEIU earlier this year approved a contract giving a total of 6.25 percent in wage increases over three years – but no increase during the first year because city officials said they could not afford more. The union for 10,000 of the city’s lowest-paid employees also served notice that it expects to see compensation in the future for its willingness to accept the contract terms that the EAA now is rejecting. Butcher said Tuesday that she is planning to take a tougher stance in the next round of negotiations as a result of the DWP contract. “The DWP contract has forever changed union negotiations in the city. Employees are upset that one group is treated differently from other city workers. Either we are one city or we aren’t.” Police and firefighter unions also have upcoming contract negotiations with the city, though neither union has developed a formal proposal yet, officials said. “We are taking it all into consideration, but as of right now, we haven’t developed our proposal to submit to the city,” said Ted Nonini of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City. Bob Baker, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said no proposals have been drawn up yet, “but the DWP contract certainly raises expectations for our members.” Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Economic Development Corp., said the DWP contract should have served as a major warning, along with the power shown by unions in the special election this month. “The unions feel emboldened and, if you talk to people around the state, officials at all levels are concerned about the impact of salary talks this year,” Kyser said. Still, Councilman Jack Weiss, chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, questioned the tactics being proposed by the EAA. “If their goal is to win friends and influence people, I’m not sure bothering people when they return home from Thanksgiving is the way to do it.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city officials vowed Tuesday to stand their ground against demands from city unions for deals on par with the lucrative contract awarded two months ago to Department of Water and Power employees. In the first public sign that other city workers’ expectations have soared because of the DWP workers’ deal – raises up to 6 percent a year, depending on inflation – the Engineers and Architects Association announced plans for a massive demonstration at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, when disruptions could create havoc for tens of thousands of passengers. Leaders of other unions said the DWP deal is weighing heavily on their own plans for contract proposals and has prompted their members to expect pay increases matching those for utility workers, who already are the highest paid municipal employees. “It would be irresponsible of me, as chief executive of this city, to provide a raise anywhere near what they’re asking for at a time when the city is facing a $248 million shortfall,” Villaraigosa said.
LETTERKENNY and Derry are coming together this Saturday to mark Heritage Week in a unique cross-border event.The Heritage Streets Alive 2015 project is set to host a special day of culture from 11.00 – 4.30 pm in Letterkenny’s Church Lane and Derry’s Fountain Street and Chamberlain Street.The day of culture and events is open to all communities and is the perfect opportunity to experience three special and historic streets in Donegal and Derry. The Heritage Streets Alive day of culture will be broken into three parts starting at Letterkenny’s Church Lane from 11.00am – 12.30pm, Fountain Street, Derry from 2.30 – 3.15pm and Chamberlain Street, Derry 3.30 – 4.30pm.The day will include a world premiere of Blue Ribbon Performing Art’s walking play written by Evelyn Cullen – specially created for the day. Millennium goalkeeper Seamus Hoare will unveil a new mural by artist Bernie Wilson.There will also be performances from Breakout Youth Group and singer/songwriter Maria McCormack, poetry readings and recitals, comedy sketches, traditional music, storytelling, home industries and crafts, dancers, visits along the streets and sampling of difference produces and art collections.The Heritage Streets Alive 2015 project was launched in June and is lead by Built Environment Educator and Creative Visionary, Mary Kerrigan. The idea behind the project was to invite local people from the three historic streets in Donegal and Derry to inquire into the strengths of their streets and later co-creating a better future for them. Since meeting workshop participants in Letterkenny and Derry have shared great stories of the things that make them special and unique – past and present. Commenting on the day of culture and events throughout Donegal and Derry, Mary Kerrigan said, “The workshops were a great success and when we met the people who lived, worked or owned properties in Letterkenny’s Church Lane and Derry~Londonderry’s Fountain Street and Chamberlain Street, we discovered common key underlying contributory factors.“These included things like great people, close networks of family, friends and neighbours and strong mutually supportive community ties. Other special things included still largely intact terraces of solid Victorian and Edwardian houses – some brick, some stone – and other buildings full of character and architectural richness.“With all that specialness in their back pockets the mixed groups have leapt into a better future in 2020. Part of Heritage Week, the sequence of events presents each street’s 2020 vision in fun and creative ways – the very best of what these historic streets have to offer. We’re looking forward to a great day and we hope as many people as possible come along to experience it.”Adding to this Cathedral Quarter secretary, Donnan Harvey, said, “The interest from the public has been brilliant with lots of organisations and individuals getting involved and giving their time in a voluntary capacity. None of the visions would be possible without them.“Everyone involved appreciates the contributions from the public and the day of culture on 29th August will see an overall vision for each of the three streets. We hope to see a great turnout and we’d like to invite as many people as possible to come along and be part of the transformation.” The Heritage Streets Alive event on Saturday, 29th August will involve some walking and may include uphill and short flights of steps. Anyone coming to the event will also have to arrange their own travel arrangements between the three streets. For further information on the event visit www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on or contact Cathedral Quarter secretary Donnan Harvey on 086 345 2457 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the Cathedral Quarter committee and their campaign on Facebook or on Twitter @SaveChLane.This project is funded and supported by: The Heritage Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, Cathedral Quarter community group, Letterkenny, Peace Walls Project, International Fund for Ireland and Holywell Trust.LETTERKENNY SET TO TWIN WITH DERRY FOR HERITAGE STREETS ALIVE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 25th, 2015 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:DerryHeritage Weekletterkennystreets alive
Discovering new geocaches before anyone else. Image by @gc_steph Why would I want to be FTF?Being FTF on a geocache is an exciting experience. You get to discover the newly published geocache prior to everyone else in the community and you get to brag about it 😉 . On many occasions, geocache owners will leave a small gift for the first geocacher to discover their cache. Prizes? Heck yes! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTools for the First To Find Hound: Getting Ready for the FTF RaceNovember 24, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 8, 2012February 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Time to Phone-a-Friend: Sometimes hiding a geocache takes twoJune 24, 2014In “Community” How do I set up instant notifications to let me know when a new geocache is published (only applicable to Premium Members)?You can custom build notifications under Premium Member features.Go to the Add Instant Notification pageName the notificationChoose a cache type to monitor (e.g. Traditionals, Events, etc.)Choose the types of logs you want to see (if you are just looking for newly published caches, choose “Publish Listing”)Set the location (central point) and distance (around that point) you want to watch.Check the email listed in the “Send to” drop-down menu. (If you would like to send Instant Notifications to an alternate email,you will need to manage your email addresses first.)Check “Enable Notifications”.Select “Create Notification” and you are set!For addition information on Instant and Text Notifications please go here.FTF! Image by @driftsolo How will you celebrate your first FTF? Pancakes?FTF Pancakes posted using #geocaching @Guwisti Now go and search, young grasshopper. Young grasshopper How can I add FTF to my statistics?Geocaching.com does not have a feature that showcases FTFs, as Geocaching HQ does not regulate or manage FTFs. However, many geocachers use outside statistics-generating sites such as GSAK.net or MyGeocachingProfile.com to display their FTFs on their profile pages. Ping! That’s the sound of your phone or email notifying you when a new geocache is published nearby. Grab your geo-bag, gps device, and get moving… you want to be the FTF (First To Find). Photo by @officialtinysupermanCash prize! Image by Instagrammer @ruznuz
The much-anticipated third expansion of the Maharashtra Cabinet took place on Sunday, with eight Cabinet and five Ministers of State (MoS) sworn in. The Assembly polls are set to be held within the next four months.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have elected a new team, considering certain criteria such as regional balance and performance. We have given opportunity to new faces, and no minister from the previous team has been removed over allegations of corruption or non-performance.” Of the 13, eight are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two from the Shiv Sena and one from the Republican Party of India (Athawale).As the new ministers were sworn in, six others submitted their resignations to Mr. Fadnavis, including three Cabinet ministers: Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole and Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Savra. The three Ministers of State who resigned are Dilip Kamble, MoS for Social Justice and Special Assistance, Relief and Rehabilitation, Minority Welfare; Pravin Pote, MoS for Industries, Mining, Environment and Public Works Department; and Raje Ambreeshrao Atram, MoS for Tribal Welfare.Mr. Fadnavis is the first Maharashtra Chief Minister to have inducted two Leaders of Opposition (LoP) in his Cabinet. Former Congressman and LoP in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil was the first to be sworn in to the Cabinet on Sunday. In the second expansion, Shiv Sena leader and former LoP Eknath Shinde had been inducted into the Cabinet after the Sena decided to support the government.After taking oath as minister, Mr. Vikhe-Patil said he performed his duties as LoP with due diligence and honesty, and will do the same with the duties bestowed upon him by Mr. Fadnavis. “Constructive work for society can be done only after joining the government,” he said. When asked about the allegations of corruption he had levelled against Mr. Fadnavis, he said inquiries were ordered after his allegations, and will continue. While Mr. Vikhe-Patil, who was sworn in from the BJP’s quota, former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jaydutta Kshirsagar was inducted as a cabinet minister from the Sena. Mr. Kshirsagar, who quit the NCP during the Lok Sabha election campaign, was the minister of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in the Congress-NCP government from 2009-14. The Sena’s second pick, first-time MLC Tanaji Savant, was a surprise entrant in the Cabinet.BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar was also inducted as Cabinet minister. Mr. Shelar is a former president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, and was rewarded for his contribution to the party’s growth in Mumbai. The BJP increased its tally in the Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation from 33 to 83 in the 2017 civic polls. The other Cabinet ministers sworn in include Suresh Khade from Sangli district, where the party is aiming to consolidate its base during the Assembly polls. Sanjay Kute, Dr. Anil Bonde and Ashok Uike from Vidarbha’s Buldhana, Amaravati and Yavatmal districts respectively have been given a Cabinet portfolio for the first time. Those inducted as Ministers of State include RPI leader Avinash Mahatekar; BJP MLA from Charkop Yogesh Sagar; BJP MLA from Maval Sanjay alias Bala Bhegade; BJP MLA from Aurangabad Atul Save; and Parinay Fuke, BJP MLC and a close confidant of Mr. Fadnavis.
The Winner of PKL 2019 First Eliminator will meet Dabang Delhi on October 16, Wednesday in the semi-finals clash.Passion, drama, thrill, excitement, intensity… we’re running out of adjectives to use for the #VIVOProKabaddiPlayoffs!Watch the #WorldsToughestWeek kick off tonight:⚔: #UPvBLR⏲: 7:00 PM onwards📺: Star Sports and Hotstar#IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/FkZa2416My— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 14, 2019After starting the season with just three wins in their opening 10 matches, UP Yoddha found themselves in a spot of bother in the league stages. However, they rallied back to win 10 of their remaining 12 matches and picked up 52 points out of a possible 60 to finish third in the vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7 standings and qualify for the playoffs for the third season running.The defending champions started the season brightly with four wins in five matches but followed that up with two wins in the next seven. They managed four wins and a tie in their subsequent seven matches to qualify for the playoffs but finished the campaign with two straight losses to Jaipur Pink Panthers and UP Yoddha.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode on an unbeaten 60-ball knock of 90 from captain Gautam Gambhir after an impressive bowling performance to grab an eight-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday. (Full IPL coverage)Gambhir received great support from Robin Uthappa who contributed a 34-ball 38.Chasing Hyderabad’s 142/7, the Knights got off to a slow but steady start on a strip which was slowing down with time. However, openers Uthappa and Gambhir did not have much problems coping with the inconsistent bounce. The duo added 26 runs in the first six overs. (Also read: This is how Gambhir stole the show in KKR’s emphatic win over SRH)They went from strength to strength and the ninth, 10th and 11th together produced 36 runs, with Gambhir hitting Karn Sharma for three boundaries in an over. The 92-run partnership finally broke when Uthappa was out leg-before-wicket in the 13th over. (In Photos: KKR thump SRH)The ploy of sending in hard-hitting Jamaican Andre Russell (2) at No.3 backfired for KKR as he was soon dismissed by left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman.It looked like the Sunrisers were in with a chance, but then Manish Pandey joined hands with his captain in the middle. The pair ensured that KKR had their first away-win without any more setbacks.Earlier in the day, the visitors once again put up a disciplined bowling show as they restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 142/7.Eoin Morgan top-scored for Sunrisers with a 43-ball 51 and was well supported by Naman Ojha who smashed 37 off 28 balls. Pacer Umesh Yadav bagged figures of 3/28 for the visitors.advertisementThe hosts were jolted upfront as KKR picked up two early wickets. First to head back was the out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan (6) who managed to slash one through to wicket-keeper Robin Uthappa in the third over.Next, Umesh foxed captain David Warner (13) with a cutter and the powerful left-hander only managed to scoop it till short-cover.In the last over of the powerplay, Umesh struck again as he trapped Moses Henriques (6) in front of the stumps with the score reading 36/3.Sunrisers finally got some momentum in the 13th over as Morgan hit spinner Sunil Narine for two consecutive boundaries, much to the delight of the crowd. The next over from leg-spinner Piyush Chawla also helped the hosts as it yielded 13 runs with Ojha joining the act.It took a brilliant catch to break the 67-run partnership as Ojha was holed out. Andre Russell held onto the ball first, but seeing that he would cross the boundary line he threw it back to Chawla who grabbed it on the second attempt.Thereafter Morgan also fell trying to heave one to the leg side and with it went Sunrisers’ hope of getting to the par 160 mark.Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 142/7 (Eoin Morgan 51, Naman Ojha 37; Umesh Yadav 3/28, Morne Morkel 2/35) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 146/2 (Gautam Gambhir 90 not out, Robin Uthappa 38)