Moving on…

first_img…in US politics?The US “midterm” elections are over, and some are hopeful that this will result in a less “Trump-dominated” politics in what’s still the most powerful country in the world. And which, not so incidentally, has the largest Guyanese population outside of Guyana. Frankly, your Eyewitness doesn’t think anything will change a whit! But then, like cricket, you never know!After all the Sturm und Drang, the bottom line is the Republicans snapped up two more seats in the Senate to now have an outright majority of 51 Senators out of the total of 100. In the Congress, the Democrats as of when this was written, picked up 26 seats by defeating Republicans to now command an outright majority of 219 in the House that has 435 members. So some might say, it’s a tie, with Republicans controlling the Senate and the Democrats controlling the House?Not really…since that analysis doesn’t take into consideration the elephant in US politics – the President, Donald Trump! No wonder he said he won big time!! While it’s said with a great deal of truth that the US system of government is based on “checks and balances” between its various components, a President as forceful and obstreperous as Trump can still maintain dominance with the new configuration. The President, after all, sets the agenda for government – and more than any other President in the history of the US, including Franklin D Roosevelt – Trump hasn’t been bashful in setting that agenda DAILY on Twitter!!Take the matter of appointments to the highest offices of the land – including Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Supreme Court. These have to be ratified by the Senate – which Trump can now count on even more since it’s largely due to his campaigning that Republicans prevailed. In an effort to counteract “mob rule”, the framers of the US Constitution gave each state – no matter how small, two Senators. So California with 39 million persons has the same two Senators as Wyoming with 579 thousand!!Ironically, what this does in the modern US is to give the rural-dominated states with small populations – which would’ve been identified as “the mob” in the 18th century – an inordinate amount of power over the urbanised states like California and New York. And it’s in these rural areas that the bulk of Trump supporters live. Derided as “hicks” and “rednecks” and “yahoos” for the longest while, they’re now giving the “city slickers” their comeuppance – with a vengeance!The Republican party now owes Trump big time on the wave he’s been able to create via xenophobia, nativism and American exceptionalism.So it’ll be even more of Trump’s brinksmanship politics!!…or moving backwards in cricket?OK…your Eyewitness could deal with India defeating us in Test Cricket. With their 1 billion+ population, they have more folks who’re used to the tedium of a game that spans five days – most of it while watching the grass grow. Especially when most of them are given to contemplating their navels for hours on end!!We West Indians, after all, like our fun to be quickfire – slam, bam, thank-you-maam – affairs, don’t we? Conditioned as slaves and indentured servants for hundreds of years, there was never too much time for leisurely pursuits. So when the ONE DAY INTERNATIONALS series came around, better was expected – after all, it’s only 50 overs per innings, which only took ONE DAY as the name suggests. Surely, your Eyewitness expected, our boys could keep their eyes on the ball for ONE DAY? But it was not to be – and they merely flattered to deceive.And then came the T20’s!! This was our mettle…our forte…our bake and saltfish!! We practically invented this 4-hour format!And yet we lost!Is all lost?…to the Berbice BridgeYour Eyewitness is confused. Now that it has chosen nationalisation, will the PNC-Government now subsidise the BCCI to ensure all debts are serviced?With them being used to “deficit financing” and all that!last_img read more

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Witness Protection Bill 2017 to feature stiff penalties

first_img– including 10 years in jail for disclosing info about programme, witnessesBy Jarryl BryanThe upcoming Witness Protection Bill 2017 will contain a slew of new measures designed to deter the leaking of information that could compromise those the bill is intended to protect. New measures include stiff penalties, such as 10 years in jail for disclosures and bribery.The proposed Witness Protection Bill 2017Part VI of the long awaited bill binds anyone, including participants or former participants, from disclosing information in relation to the programme upon the pain of a million-dollar fine and 10 years in prison.According to Section 20 (1), this law applies to anyone who, without lawful authority, reveals information about the identity or location of someone who participated in the witness protection programme, which disclosure can compromise those persons’ safety.The bill proposes hefty sentences for compromising participants of the programmeAnyone who discloses information which compromises the integrity of the programme also commits an offence. In the case of participants, one does not even have to be part of the programme for the proviso to apply.Section 20 (2) stipulates that someone who underwent assessment to be considered for inclusion into the programme is barred from revealing their participation. They also cannot provide information as to the modus operandi of the programme.These participants are also barred from revealing information about any operatives working in the Administrative Centre that will coordinate many of these witness protection activities. Those subject to the stipulations cannot make unauthorized disclosures about the memorandum of understanding they have to sign to be admitted to the programme.Lastly, Section 20 (3) of the proposed bill prohibits persons from bribing or offering any inducements to persons employed with the programme in exchange for information which could put a participant in danger or compromise the programme’s integrity. Any employee who accepts such a bribe or inducement in exchange for information is also committing an offence.According to Section 20 (4) of the Act, “A person who commits an offence (listed) under subsection (1), (2) or (3) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one million dollars and to imprisonment for ten years.”The Witness Protection Bill makes provision for an administrative centre which would handle identity changes. The bill also allows for the centre to withdraw this protection and restore the identity of the former participant, in which case he or she is allowed 28 days to apply to the President of Guyana for a review of the centre’s decision.The bill states that if protection is withdrawn, the former participant must return all documents which were provided for their new identity within seven days of being requested to do so. Failure to do so is also an offence.According to Section 20 (5) of the Act, “A person who, without reasonable doubt, fails to return the documents in accordance with (Section 17, 5), commits an offence, and is liable upon summary conviction to a fine of five hundred thousand dollars and imprisonment for five years.”Lack of witnessesFor years, Police have complained about difficulties with certain crimes, owing to the lack of witnesses. Some have posited that crimes are recorded as unsolved, or remain a mystery possibly because witnesses are not brave enough to testify, or they are afraid to be held accountable for someone’s sentencing.At a recent seminar, Principal Parliamentary Counsel Joann Bond pointed out that the Witness Protection Programme is designed to protect persons involved in both civil and criminal matters.“Persons may request protection in cases of murder, manslaughter, money laundering, sexual offences, anti-terrorism, and domestic violence. Once the bill becomes a law, the programme will be administered, and an administrative centre, an investigative agency, and a protective agency (will be established),” Bond explained.The administrative centre, she continued, would then collaborate with the Head of State, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and the Commissioner of Police.Furthermore, in an effort to promote transparency, that criteria would be placed as a gatekeeping function for application, so as to prevent abuse of the programme.“Persons may want to use the programme as an escape, as a way out, to finding a new life with a new identity. As such, the administrative centre will carefully review the importance of evidence and statements. If your evidence is not enough to lead to a conviction, there may be no need for you applying for the programme,” the Principal Parliamentary Counsel posited.The seminar provided a comprehensive overview on the Witness Protection Bill. Attending the seminar was Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt; Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson, and Deputy Regional Chairperson Nandranie Coonjah, along with RDC councillors.The bill currently sits on the Order Paper of the National Assembly. It is expected to be laid in the House along with the Protected Disclosures Bill after proceedings resume.last_img read more

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Senegal to prepare for CAN in Morocco

first_imgThey will train in Dakar after the New Year holiday until January 6 before moving on to Morocco.National coach Alain Giresse is expected to announce his final 23-man squad for the tournament on January 6.His team will play a friendly against Guinea in Morocco on January 13 and the Lions of Teranga will head to Equatorial Guinea on January 16.Senegal will face Ghana, Algeria and South Africa in Group C at the finals, with their opening game against Ghana in Mongomo on the 19th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Senegal will prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations with a training camp in the Moroccan resort of El Jadida, around 100 kilometres from Casablanca, from January 7.last_img read more

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Report: Battling Bournemouth beat Swansea in five-goal thriller

first_imgSwansea were made to pay for a series of costly errors as Bournemouth hit a late goal to claim three points in a thrilling 3-2 win at the Vitality Stadium.The Welsh outfit twice came back from a goal down to level the scores, but the Cherries refused to give up hope of the victory, as Steve Cook’s 77th minute header sealed another three points towards their bid to stay in the Premier League.Bournemouth climb to 13th in the table, rising above Watford and a whole 13 points clear of the drop zone, while 16th-placed Swansea remain in danger.An action-packed game produced its first chance inside the opening three minutes, as Bournemouth forward Joshua King looped a header just over bar, with Andrew Surman then striking the post with a free-kick.They were warning shots which Swansea didn’t heed, as Bournemouth soon went ahead though fit-again star Max Gradel on 36 minutes.Lukasz Fabianski came off his line to punch away a dangerous Adam Smith cross, but the former Arsenal glovesman only managed to palm it into Gradel’s path, with the forward controlling and sweeping a scuffed shot into the bottom corner.But the Swans mustered an instant response through Modou Barrow, who netted his first Premier League goal in fine style. Cutting in from the right, the 23-year-old dribbled to the edge of the box before slotting into the bottom left corner with an arching strike.Swansea had more of the ball after their equaliser, but Bournemouth were soon back in front after the break thank to another Jacks mistake.King pounced on a loose ball after a heavy touch from a Swansea defender, and went on to fire a  sweet strike which beat Fabianski at his near post and went in off the woodwork.But again the Welsh side were only behind for a matter of minutes, as Barrow turned from scorer to provider to set up Gylfi Sigurdsson in the centre of the box, with the Icelandic playmaker slamming a fine finish into the top corner.Swansea again began to dominate posession but the Cherries refused to go away, and the hosts eventually had the final word.A classic smash and grab goal saw goalkeeper Artur Boruc first pull off a superb save to deny Swansea’s Alberto Paloschi, with Bournemouth attacking back straight away to force a corner kick.Matt Ritchie’s set piece was perfect for Cook, whose power header into the corner of the net was just enough to seal a dramatic win for the home fans. Steve Cook celebrates his winner for Bournemouth 1last_img read more

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Local hotels 90 percent full in March

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA The valley held a 90 percent hotel occupancy rate in March, the highest in Los Angeles County, despite a slight drop from the same period a year ago, an industry survey said. Santa Clarita officials attributed the 90.32 percent occupancy, which exceeded the countywide average of 80.81 percent, to city’s annual AT&T Classic a PGA Champions Tour event and spring break visitors flocking to such attractions as Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain. “March was a great month,” Tim Aylsworth, director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Valencia, said in a statement. “Our occupancy was driven by our group business and was highlighted by being the host hotel for the AT&T Classic.” Still, that rate was down about 2.5 percent from 2005, according to PKF Consulting’s monthly hotel business survey. Countywide occupancy gained 2.3 percent in March compared to a year ago. Average room rates for the month stood at $122.15, about 12.5 percent higher than $108.55 a year ago. Tristine Lim, who compiles the monthly report, believes it’s supply and demand at work. “There are some hotels coming into the area, but until then, supply’s limited,” said Lim, who compiles the monthly report for the San Francisco-based consulting firm. Two new hotels the 112-room La Quinta Inn & Suites and a 140-room Marriott Courtyard along the Old Road and Lyons Avenue, are slated to open within the next two years. For the first three months of 2006, Santa Clarita Valley hotels were 80.27 percent filled, down 2.3 percent from the same quarter in 2005. The average daily room rate was $118.31, an 11.4 percent increase. Countywide first-quarter occupancy was 78.3 percent, with average room rates of $144.68. Lim said the region’s hotel business in the second quarter the summer travel season should be comparable to last year, though high fuel prices may discourage long-distance travelers. “We got some reports saying that airfares are considerably higher as well,” he said. “So people may choose to stay in the area.” In Los Angeles County, West Hollywood held the second-highest occupancy in March at 88.9 percent; the lowest was Marina Del Rey at 76.02 percent. Beverly Hills had the highest average daily room rate for the month at $363; downtown Los Angeles cost the least at $83.47. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253last_img read more

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Meth, guns seized after four arrested in Lancaster

first_imgLANCASTER – Two pounds of methamphetamine worth $30,000 on the street was seized, six guns were confiscated and four people were arrested Tuesday after sheriff’s deputies received a tip that drugs were being sold from a west Lancaster home. Deputies searched the rented house in the 2200 block of West Avenue K-12 after three men and a woman were arrested when they left the house and were found with guns or drugs or both, authorities said. “A lot of times, they have weapons to protect their narcotics stash,” sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Sylvies said. “What people do is arm themselves to protect that. At the same time, they take in guns as trade for dope.” Sylvies said the home was in a fairly nice residential neighborhood, a mix of older and new homes. Deputies searched the house about 4:30 p.m. and found the two pounds of methamphetamine and four additional handguns, deputies said. Reyes was arrested on suspicion of possessing an illegal assault weapon, Flores on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sales and possessing a loaded firearm while possessing illegal narcotics, Izar on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sales and for being a convicted felon possessing a loaded firearm, and Wagar of possessing methamphetamine. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThose arrested were Victor Reyes, 37, Rafael Flores, 24, Jose Izar, 26, and Emilie Wagar, 19, all of Lancaster. Flores and Izar were renting the house, Sylvies said. Reyes was the first to be arrested about 11 a.m. after he drove away from the house and deputies stopped his vehicle. Inside, deputies said, they found a loaded 7.62-caliber SKS assault rifle. While deputies were waiting for a search warrant for the home to be prepared and approved by a judge, they saw Flores, Izar and Wagar leave the house, either on foot or by car, and each was arrested, Sylvies said. Deputies said Flores had a loaded 9mm handgun and about 2 ounces of methamphetamine, and both Izar and Wagar were in possession of methamphetamine. “We had to write the warrant (request) and get it signed. While we are waiting for this to take place, there were additional people leaving the house,” Sylvies said. last_img read more

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England boss Gareth Southgate urges clubs to give English youth a chance

first_img1 Gareth Southgate England manager Gareth Southgate is hoping the recent success of the country’s young players will see more of them trusted by their clubs this season.The Football Association has enjoyed an unprecedented series of tournament triumph this summer, with England winning the Under-20 World Cup, the Under-19 European Championship and the Toulon Tournament.England also finished runners-up in the Under-17 Euros and were beaten semi-finalists in the Under-21 edition.Now the focus moves to when, where and if those players will get the chance to showcase their skills in competitive action when the season gets under way.For Southgate, it is imperative for fresh blood to emerge on the pathway, and he told BBC Sport: “People in any industry need opportunity.“You can have the best education system going but if people don’t have the opportunity to display what you can do then it’s difficult for them to develop.“Hopefully the clubs have seen this summer that our young players are as good as any from across Europe and some of the rest of the world.“From a personal perspective, the more English players we have playing in the Premier League and the highest possible level gives us better depth to pick from.”Southgate also looks enviously at the resources available to other national bosses and hopes to see more England-qualified talent on show in the years to come.“At the moment we only have around 33 per cent in the (Premier League) that are English,” he said.“Other countries have far higher percentages in their own league and probably export more players than we do. That’s one of the challenges we face.”last_img read more

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Design your own pet

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The latest work by million-selling novelist Michael Crichton is a futuristic thriller set in the present. “Next,” to be released Nov. 28 by HarperCollins, has an announced first printing of 2 million and a storyline the publisher bills as “fast, furious and out of control.” “Do you want to design your own pet? Change the stripes on the fish in your aquarium? Or sell your eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars? Did you know one fifth of all your genes are owned by someone else?” reads a press release issued Tuesday by HarperCollins. “This is not just the world of the future it’s the world right now! Most of the events in this book have already happened. And the rest are just around the corner. Get used to it.” Crichton’s best sellers include “Prey,” “The Andromeda Strain” and “Timeline.” His fans include President Bush, whose admiration of “State of Fear,” a novel that doubts the impact of global warming, led to a White House meeting with the author in 2005. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possiblelast_img read more

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Guardiola happy title is in City’s hands as Liverpool ‘won’t drop too many points’

first_img LIVE ON talkSPORT Neither of the title-chasing teams has a particularly tough run-in, and Guardiola doubts the Reds are going to drop many points over the final weeks of the season.“Liverpool I don’t think are going to drop too many points, but it’s in our hands,” Guardiola said after Wednesday’s match,“Three games, we won the last 11. It’s incredible what these players have done so far, but still we have a job to do.“If that victory happened in November, December or January we would celebrate it more, enjoy it more. Maybe tonight we can enjoy it, but tomorrow it’s over, it’s gone, so you have to be focused, so focused.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Sheffield United vs Ipswich (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Newcastle (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs Blackburn (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds United vs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry vs Shrewsbury (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2 no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Guardiola has won each of his three visits to Old Trafford as Manchester City manager Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT There is no let-up for City, who travel to Burnley on Sunday with every game a must-win.“I know the people are going to talk about how beautiful we are, how handsome we are, like this, like that, but now we have to go to Burnley,” Guardiola added.“In my two previous seasons going to Burnley was incredibly tough, so we have to be focused, because Burnley is always a tough, tough game to play.“But we’re fortunate that it’s in our hands so we depend on our own performances – if we win our last three games, we are champions and that is what we’re going to try to do.” REPLY Pep Guardiola admitted his delight as Manchester City guaranteed title success is in their own hands with Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat of local rivals Manchester United.City moved back top of the Premier League table with their victory, one point ahead of Liverpool with three games left to play. ADVICE tense center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining gameday cracker 1 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City BEST OF Guardiola said he was particularly pleased with how his side had responded to their dramatic exit from the Champions League against Tottenham, following it up with a league victory over Spurs and now the derby.“That was the most difficult and incredible thing from these players,” he said.Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane secured City the victory at Old Trafford, who have now won 11 Premier League games in a row, since suffering a shock defeat at Newcastle on January 29.last_img read more

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Puscas scores stunner on home debut as Reading beat Cardiff

first_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman latest Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ stalemate The home side missed a great chance to make it four, when Yakou Meite’s late penalty was saved.Reading went into the game bottom of the table, and the only Championship side without a point after two rounds of matches.The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Thames Valley police officer Andrew Harper, who was killed in an incident while on duty on Thursday evening. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January New job Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update FAREWELL Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers LATEST What a way to open your account at the Madejski 😱A certain Goal of the Season contender from George Pușcaș here 🤯#REAvCAR pic.twitter.com/jg5BQg74LZ— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) August 18, 2019Cardiff looked rattled and were breached again five minutes before the break.Swift crossed from the right and Puscas, racing in at the near post, poked the ball past Smithies.Cardiff manager Neil Warnock gambled at the break, bringing on substitutes Callum Paterson and Isaac Vassell.Warnock had already used a replacement, Curtis Nelson, in the first half.But it did little to improve Cardiff’s attacking ideas, with Reading continuing to look the more composed side going forward.Omar Richards appeared to have set up Puscas for his hat-trick on the edge of the area, but the Romanian was crowded out at the last moment. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas OFF Getty Images – Getty rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta A lung-busting run, and a cool finish at the end of it 👏@JohnSwift8 capped off a fantastic team performance with this strike earlier 😁#REAvCAR pic.twitter.com/7oloNV7F7J— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) August 18, 2019Reading threatened first when Puscas shot across the face of goal from a promising position. Joe Ralls then tested Royals goalkeeper Rafael, making his home debut, with a powerful 20-yard shot.Puscas continued to look dangerous and was rewarded with a superb goal – his second for the club – in the 25th minute.He set off on a mazy run from near the halfway line, skipped past Will Vaulks and cut in before curling a left-foot shot past goalkeeper Alex Smithies. Lucas Joao missed a series of chances on the counter-attack but Rafael had to save acrobatically from Robert Glatzel’s fierce drive.Cardiff’s fate was sealed in the 83rd minute when Swift broke away on the right to beat Smithies with an angled shot.And they were indebted to Smithies in stoppage time, when he saved a Meite penalty after Sean Morrison had brought down Andy Yiadom. on target LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS George Puscas scored twice, including a goal of the season contender, on his home debut as Reading beat Cardiff 3-0.The Royals’ £7.2million record signing from Inter, did the main damage with two first-half goals. John Swift added Reading’s third seven minutes from the end after a quick counter-attack. 1 George Puscas ran the show against Cardiff last_img read more

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