first_img…or severed?Oh well! Your Eyewitness predicted it would happen, didn’t he? The Government announced that the oil sector, now the largest chunk of our “Natural Resources – and growing uncontrollably, like Topsy! – won’t be under “Nassau” Trotman’s portfolio. But when this newspaper announced the AFC/PNC insider was “stripped” of authority over oil, the MoP got their drawers all into a knot and demanded a retraction!!Now your humble Eyewitness is always ready to learn from anyone, no matter how idiotic they may sound initially. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings and all that! So he immediately rushed to his trusty dictionary (well nowadays, he just hits the search key on Google!!) and there was the accepted meaning of “Strip”: deprive someone of (rank, power, or property) – “the lieutenant was stripped of his rank”;  synonyms: “take away from someone, dispossess someone of, deprive someone of, confiscate, divest someone of, relieve someone of.”So wasn’t Nassau “deprived” of the power to deal with matters concerning oil? Just like that time he was “deprived” from the leadership of the AFC and immediately announced he was retiring from politics because he’d suddenly developed an (undefined) life-threatening illness?  Of course he underwent a miraculous cure when PNC-leader David Granger offered him the Speakership over AFC’s nominee Moses Nagamootoo. But that is neither here nor there! Except one would want to know if the miracle occurred before or after “Nassau”!!So is it a semantic objection to the verb “strip”?? Would “deprive”, “denude”, “dispossess”, “divest”, “decorticate”, “hive off” etc, be more acceptable? But we know what’s going on here, don’t we? The word “strip” suggests the powers over oil were taken away against Nassau’s will – as in “wrest”. But the line the PNC want’s to push is Trotman himself came up with the idea to “slough off” (?) what’s now the most critical power in Guyana!! So he’s not quite the ogre the big, bad media’s making him out to be!! Look how he’s sacrificing for the greater good! Ooooo!But that’s the rub, isn’t it? Why would Nassau want to jettison (?) his oil authority if he were doing such a fantastic job?? After all he did DOUBLE the royalties and locked down that MASSIVE bonus, didn’t he?? But dear reader, your Eyewitness did say it was simply a feint to remove Nassau from the firing line and it’s all a “cock”, didn’t he? And he advised we look at what’ll unfold.Well, it’s even worse than your (jaded) Eyewitness feared. One fella in the know says the PNC leader will have his nephew run the oil agency!!A new Baby Jesus and it ain’t even Christmas!!…to the buffHow’d you know the measure of a man? Not by what he declaims from a stage…but by what he does in unguarded moments. Or when he loses his cool. Take the erstwhile Public Security Minister and Vice President of our fair Republic – Khemraj Ramjattan. At the function to honour the departing COP whom he’d just sandbagged by revealing the man has asked himself for a gun-dealer’s licence – he was asked about the details. Ramjattan finally ejaculated, “Haul yuh ass!!” That evidently shocked the assembled media corps who’ve now demanded an apology.There is a God!! When this same Minister routinely answered reporters from this newspaper by the same, low-life, low-down expression, no one gave a hoot. Well now they’re getting a taste of the fetid medicine – and some more! Seems some stronger “words of excrement” were hurled earlier at a senior reporter, and he’s all miffed!Your Eyewitness looks at these things contextually. Firstly, Ramjattan was under strain after his rejection by his “fellow” Berbicians.Then, he’s just a bottom feeder!!…of I and ISome unkind and ignorant folks are snickering at (now) former CoP Seelall writing to himself for that gun and gun dealer’s licence.Don’t they realise I-man always refer to himself as “I and I”??last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: PH’s Eumir Marcial boxing middleweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:27SEA Games 2019: PH’s Eumir Marcial boxing middleweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Yu “It was a hard shot but I went to the corner and they asked me and I said it was no big deal,” Alvarez said. “I continued with the fight. What do you want?”Alvarez, the red-headed Mexican sensation, earned $35 million for risking his titles against Jacobs, a Brooklyn fighter who held a piece of the middleweight crown himself. He got another $1 million from the purse of Jacobs after Jacobs weighed in too heavy the day of the fight.Jacobs had weighed in at the class limit of 160 pounds at the official weigh-in on Friday. But the two boxers had agreed in their contract not to weigh more than 170 pounds Saturday morning and Jacobs weighed 173.6.Alvarez was aggressive from the opening bell, throwing punches with intent while Jacobs was content to try and fight from the outside while backing up most of the time. Neither fighter landed any sustained flurries, but Alvarez had more snap to his punches and landed them with more consistency.By the middle rounds, Jacobs was switching from conventional to southpaw and back again, trying to find a rhythm. But Alvarez kept moving his head and making Jacobs miss, and often found him with a counter.The two traded punches on several occasions, and Jacobs landed his biggest punch with a left hook in the ninth round that got the attention of Alvarez.Alvarez (52-1-2) had lost only once in his career, dropping a decision five years ago to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he acknowledged later he was not ready for.He entered the ring a 5-1 favorite over Jacobs (35-3-1), who narrowly lost his own fight with Triple G in 2017. Jacobs, who beat the odds by beating cancer in 2011, had vowed he would beat them again by beating Alvarez but it was not to be.“I got the short end of the stick,” said Jacobs, who insisted the week of the fight that he was not worried the judges would be influenced by the pro-Alvarez crowd of 20,203 at the T-Mobile Arena on Cinco de Mayo weekend.Alvarez was already guaranteed $35 million as part of his reported $365 million deal with DAZN, the streaming platform that has contracts with several top fighters. He got the flat fee instead of the usual share of pay-per-view proceeds because the fight was offered on DAZN for the cost of a subscription. James Harden, Rockets outlast Warriors in OT “He’s a pot shotter,” Jacobs said. “I felt I did enough to get the victory.”The judges didn’t, though, largely because Alvarez was more active early and was the more aggressive of the two fighters. Alvarez built a lead early, winning the first five rounds on one scorecard and four of the five on the other two.But Jacobs seemed to find himself midway through the fight and roared back to make it competitive on the scorecards. He won the 12th round on two of the three scorecards.Alvarez, a 5-1 favorite at fight time, was tested but did enough to win in a fight that had no knockdowns and no serious fouls. Neither fighter ever appeared badly hurt, though Jacobs landed some of the bigger punches in the late rounds.That included the left hook in the ninth that seemed to shake Alvarez, if only for a moment.ADVERTISEMENT Two ringside judges scored it 115-113, while the third had it 116-112. The Associated Press scored it 115-113 in favor of Alvarez.“It was just what we thought,” Alvarez said. “We knew it would be a difficult fight. We just did our job.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJacobs, who lost $1 million out of his purse by not making the contracted weight the morning of the fight, was clearly bigger than Alvarez and landed perhaps the biggest punch of the fight in the ninth round when he connected with a left hook.But Alvarez was fast and quick and kept Jacobs off balance with his movement as he won a narrow decision in the same arena where he fought to a draw and a close win over Gennady Golovkin. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Golovkin sat ringside for the fight, which set up a possible third bout with Alvarez, perhaps in September.“I’m here in Vegas because I want that fight,” Golovkin said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan votingcenter_img The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Canelo Alvarez, left, of Mexico, fights Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title boxing match Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Daniel Jacobs was bigger. Canelo Alvarez was better — but not by much.Alvarez added another title belt to his collection Saturday night by winning rounds early and outboxing Jacobs in their middleweight showdown to take a close but unanimous 12-round decision.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,It was with considerable relief and anticipation that I learnt of the intention of the Auditor General to launch a forensic audit of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, regarding the millions of dollars in funds provided by Central Government since 2015, most of which cannot be accounted for.I sincerely hope that he proceeds with a forensic audit, even in the absence of the requested financial documents, which of course would never be given voluntarily to him; and I hope he uses his powers under the forensic audit regulations, if necessary, to submit his findings to the Police and subsequently to the Director of Public Prosecutions for criminal investigations.This is not the first time that the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has been trying unsuccessfully to scrutinize expenditure allocated by Parliament for the Ministry of Communities, which was then doled out to the Georgetown Municipality.One year ago, during another Public Accounts Committee meeting, members were told by officials of the Council that there was an eight-year gap (2006-2013) in the financial records of Council due to the records being damaged as a consequence of flooding at City Hall. How convenient.I think it would be irresponsible for the Central Government to give City Hall another cent, being fully aware of its inability to account for the money; and worse, to allow Council officials to squander it on themselves.But even if the Auditor General were to be provided with all of the requisite documents and verifications of the expenditures, the problems of lack of accountability, mismanagement and vice at the Georgetown Municipality run way deeper than that. It also needs to be investigated what is done with the equipment, supplies, services and other resources that were purportedly procured using the financial resources provided by Central Government.A simple check would reveal that the double cab pick-up that was purchased for the City Police using $6.2 million is being misused, and rather than being used to arrest the out-of-control crime situation in Georgetown, it can instead be seen transporting children to and from school on a daily basis, and countless times outside the precincts of Georgetown.The $52.1 million provided for debushing the Le Repentir Cemetery was handed out largely to a relative of a senior municipal official, rather than being publicly tendered — clearly in violation of tender procedures. The $60 million given could easily have renovated the Kitty Market, but we all know of that debacle which has caused vendors to be dislocated for more than two years and the Government having to come up with an additional $25 million.Then the $23.9 million given to refurbish the City Constabulary Training School, what a joke. Just look at the Training School, one would be hard pressed to see $9 million spent on it, let alone $23.9 million. The claim is preposterous, and the list goes on and on.I have every confidence in the Audit Office of Guyana, and thus am awaiting the results with bated breath.Sincerely,Jermain Johnsonlast_img read more

first_imgPeace Holdings Inc. has not yet filed a response to the civil claim. The full Notice of Civil Claim can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace River North School Board is intending to sue the developer that sold the property on which the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School is being built for allegedly not disclosing nearly $200,000 in future capital project costs due to the City of Fort St. John.According to the Notice of Civil Claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court on March 15th, School District 60’s Board of Education is seeking judgement against the defendant, Peace Holdings Inc., for $196,919.50 in undisclosed charges. The notice alleges that the School District was not made aware when it bought a piece of land on the City’s west side from Peace Holdings that it would have to pay $11,583.50 every year until 2033 for a sewer project in the area. The suit is also seeking damages for breach of contract, misrepresentation, interest, and legal fees.The notice states that the School District bought the property on March 31, 2015, for $2,820,000. In the purchase agreement dated six days prior, it was stated that the “Seller has no present or future obligation to construct or provide, or to pay any amount of any person in connection with, off-site roads, services, utilities or similar services in connection with the Property, and there are no local improvement charges or special levies against the Property nor has the Seller received any notice of any such proposed local improvement charges or special levies.”- Advertisement -The School Board says that contrary to the Representations and Agreements in the sale contract, the property was subject to a local area service charge that would be levied against the property, subject to an agreement between Peace Holdings and the City. The School Board alleges in its notice that it only found out about the charges in May of 2016, when it received a tax notice from the City for a sewer project near the property.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that a local area service project is a capital project that can be initiated by residents or by Council. “This type of capital project is primarily used to improve roads including any of the following: paving, street lights, gutter, catch basins, sidewalks, and boulevard restoration,” said Harvey. “It may also be used in sewer projects. Local area service projects split the cost between the City and residents directly benefitting from the improvement, with a 20 year payback term.”Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleOr Beyonc? Knowles, who in her latest video crawls around on all fours while hollering about her cheating man before really deciding to get even and dress like Sharon Stone a la “Fatal Attraction.”It is also not unusual to see up-and-coming actresses on magazine covers wearing little more than a Boy Scout badge, if even that much in some cases.The irony is that most men in the entertainment business would never behave this way. Most up-and-coming actors wouldn’t jog along the beach in a swimsuit with a come-hither smile plastered onto their faces. Most men wouldn’t prance around in their boxers while playing the role of a cuckoo psycho. And most men, even rap stars, wouldn’t warble about their hips not lying while singing, “Oh, baby when you talk like that, you make a man go mad.”What the founders of that movement didn’t know was that total sexual freedom means no freedom at all; it just means the chance to turn oneself into an object where the parts overshadow the whole.They didn’t know that by encouraging a woman to act like a lothario, she would come out looking like Lolita instead. THERE are certain questions that define our times and the days of our lives. For example, is margarine healthier than butter? Are hybrid cars really going to help the environment? And most important, what happened to women’s lib?Because if some of the goings-on of today are the result of all those women in the ’60s rallying in sensible shoes, then we’re all in trouble. Take Shakira, the singer who lately sounds like she has been inhaling helium. In her most recent song, “Hips Don’t Lie,” all the poor guy in the duet has to do is warble her name a few times to get her to launch into, “Oh, baby when you talk like that, you make a woman go mad.”Maybe it’s the coffee she’s been drinking, or maybe it’s some vitamin she’s privy to, because it would take more than that to launch most women into an emotional frenzy. And they didn’t know that the teachings of Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan would morph into Carmen Electra and Paris Hilton.If they did, they may have stayed home and baked brownies.And while sex does sell, there is a difference between being sexy and sultry and just being plain overexposed. Peggy Lee was sexy in a flowing gown as she sang “Fever.” She sang it in a way that made every man think she was singing to him, and every woman believe that she was the one singing about love.Marilyn Monroe, one of the most famous sex symbols of all time, is still an icon 42 years after her death. It’s not solely because of her astonishing beauty but because underneath people saw a sensitive, vulnerable soul who had been hurt, and they somehow understood.The same can’t be said for a woman who will bare everything for a little fame or attention; everything, except for her mind and heart and soul. And this is something that our sisters in that movement should have seen coming.Gail Tzipporah Saunders is a San Fernando Valley writer.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

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first_imgBongani Nkosi Ernest Maduna was all smiles after buying his tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup matches. Youssef Moola spent a night at a queue at Maponya Mall for the tickets. Charmaine Brown (left) and fellow Bafana Bafana supporters were also in the queue for tickets. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fifa Delia Fischer Media Officer +27 11 567 2010 +27 11 567 2524 +27 83 201 0470 • Local Organising Committee Jermaine Craig Media Manager +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 201 0121 RELATED ARTICLES • World Cup ticket sales simplified • Soccer Cinema to inspire SA • SA starts the 2010 countdown • World Cup ticket sales soar • World Cup fever spreads abroad • Interpol: a safe World Cup • Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World Cup Ernest Maduna, in his early 20s, spent the night outside Maponya Mall in Soweto, just to be part of history – to be in the stadium at 2010 Fifa World Cup matches in his home country.From Carltonville, about 75km west of Johannesburg’s city centre, Maduna knew scores of football fans from Johannesburg and beyond would descend on the mall, home to one of the Fifa Ticketing centres, when over-the counter sales opened at 9am on 15 April. So he decided to get there the day before, to beat the queues.“I came here yesterday,” he said, three tickets clutched in his hand. “I slept out in the cold.”The 11 Fifa Ticketing centres, in the nine host cities, make it easier for fans to get their hands on tickets, as they can be bought directly over the counter instead of via complicated application forms. The 600 First National Bank (FNB) branches used for applications are also open.The Fifa centres, as well as Shoprite and Checkers retail stores, are also collection points for tickets purchased from FNB, the Fifa call centre and on the Fifa website.Maduna had wanted tickets for a Bafana Bafana match, but settled for three for the Ghana versus Germany game, a Group D match to be played at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 23 June.“I wanted tickets for Bafana Bafana. But they got sold out,” he said. But that didn’t dampen his spirits. Approached by an international journalist, he flourished his tickets and said: “I am happy. This is what I came here for.”Maduna got his tickets just after noon, an indication of the scores of people who also spent the night in the queue, ahead of him.“When I arrived here at 6am there were already about 400 people waiting for us to open,” said Richard Lalla, a Maponya Mall ticketing centre manager.Enjoying the tournament with friendsYoussef Moola, a medical student at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), also spent the night in the queue, arriving at 5pm the previous day. His friends, Saad Khan and Abdullah Ismail, joined him later.Between them they bought more than 50 tickets between the three of them. Mohammed Manga, another friend and also a medical student at Wits, said the tickets would be distributed among the group of friends and family members.They were able to get 10 tickets for the final match, to be played in Soccer City on 11 July. “It was a long wait, but it’s worth it,” said Moola.Manga didn’t spare praise for Moola’s overnight vigil. “He made history,” he said. “He’s the main man, the mastermind behind the plan to get tickets.”For Manga, and the thousands of other South Africans snapping up tickets, it’s all about supporting a spectacle to be played in Africa for the first time since its inception in 1930. “It’s coming to my country,” Manga said. “I have to support it; I have to be there.”‘It’s closer to home’Charlotte Brown, from Soweto’s Eldorado Park township, brought a camping chair to the snaking queue. With a large South African flag draped over her shoulders, she moved her chair bit by bit as the queue slowly proceeded.She knew tickets would be sold out for the matches she really wanted, for the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on 11 June, or any Bafana group match. So Brown went for tickets to Brazil versus Côte d’Ivoire, a Group G match on 6 June in Soccer City. The match, she said, was “my son’s favourite”.Brown, who was hoping to get about 20 tickets, said she was only buying tickets for matches to be played in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park and Soccer City stadiums. “The stadiums are convenient, they are closer to us.”‘The turnout was brilliant’All the ticket centres and FNB branches across the country had massive turnout. The country was abuzz with news of scores of people queuing up for tickets as from the evening of 14 April.About 53 000 tickets were sold countrywide within eight hours of the first day. A total of 23 matches, including the opening game, the final and the two semi-finals are sold out, said Fifa.“[The turnout] was absolutely brilliant,” said Lalla, the ticketing centre manager.The huge volume of ticket sales eventually crashed FNB’s computer system, but service was restored by about 2.50pm. The bank, which operates between 9am and 4pm, extended its working hours to 5pm.“Ninety per cent of the ticket requests were done at the 600 FNB branches and we appreciate their work and cooperation even when under enormous pressure,” Horst R Schmidt, chair of the Fifa Ticketing Sub-Committee, said in a statement.Ticketing centres and all the other sales channels will be open throughout the tournament.last_img read more

first_img20 July 2015A female pilot had been awarded the first drone licence on the continent, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said yesterday.“The licence was issued on 10 July to Nicole Swart,” said spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu. “It makes her the first person to receive such a licence in South Africa, the continent, and most parts of the world.”Swart, 23, holds the highest pilot’s licence, namely the airline transport pilot’s licence. When not flying remotely piloted aircraft or a traditional manned aircraft, she works as a testing standards officer in aviation personnel standards, at the SACAA.Forward thinking“It was important for me to get a remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence, as I believe technology is advancing rapidly and in the near future this mode of transport will be as common and necessary as cellular phones are in this era,” Swart said.“I therefore wanted to ensure that when that time comes, I am already a step ahead.”In progressMany countries are still formulating regulations for the administration of drones, or RPAS in aviation jargon. They are controlled either from the ground or by another aircraft.SACAA is processing about 10 drone pilot licences and 15 operator ones, following regulations for drones that came into effect at the beginning of the month.Swart can use her licence to fly a drone for corporate, commercial, or leisure purposes.Drones can be used to fight crime by providing aerial surveillance, assist conservation efforts, and can be used in scientific research.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more