first_img…versus substance with PNCYour Eyewitness is really getting tired of this political carousel we Guyanese have been on for the past sixty years or so. He’s reminded of that classic 1990s movie with Bill Murray, “Groundhog Day”. You know, the one where he’s a schmuck stuck in a time loop, forced to relive the same experiences every day for god knows how long. In our time loop, Guyana has always been full of “potential” at the beginning of each era, but end up right where we started – down and out, panhandling for our daily bread. You’d think that, like Bill Murray, they’d use the loop to straighten out their act for the greater good, wouldn’t you? But not in our mudland!!Granger and crew are dangling the prospect of oil starting to flow next year under the noses of John Public, and promising the days of wine and roses are nigh upon us. But think about this: Weren’t we once the largest supplier of bauxite in the world – especially of the refractory grade, which made the kilns that fired the factories of the world?? What did the Guyanese people get from that, except big holes in the ground??Billions of dollars – American greenbacks, not our Monopoly money – were earned from our gold. What have we got, excepting big lakes of cyanide and polluted rivers?And let’s not get started with our sugar, when we don’t even have a refinery after 400 years!!So your Eyewitness is quite jaded about the “black gold” from the bottom of the Atlantic “solving” our dystopian time loop, okay?Granger has perfected the schtick he expects will make him and his PNC stick around for the foreseeable future. He commits the most blatant excesses in every area of national life to destroy any opposition to his party, but explains them away with his doe-eyed, hang dog look, which his followers – and quite a lot of the folks under his jackboot – just lap up!!Examples: He and the PNC had severely criticised the PPP for “politicising” the Public Service when appointing “contract workers”, but there are MORE contract workers than under the PPP ever, but no one utters a squeak!!Army officers are appointed like commissars to every Government agency, but no one’s troubled about what this authoritarian mindset signifies for democratic governance and regime change.He shut down 4 sugar estates and threw 7000 mostly PPP supporters on the streets, and not a dog barked. He violated the Constitution and unilaterally appointed the GECOM Chair to “fix” the elections.And in the face of the CCJ’s rulings, continues to stick his middle finger at the Constitution and the Guyanese people, while smirking beatifically!!…and PNC dictatorshipThe TUC’s another entity getting away with murder, by uttering platitudes while ultimately coming down on the side of the unfolding PNC dictatorship. This weekend, it asserted: “We are yet to see, 34 years after Burnham’s passing, any vision, any development that matches his era. We are yet to see, 22 years after Jagan’s passing, the willingness to sit and negotiate with his opponent across the table.”Now, what the hell does this mean?? What did Burnham “develop” when he plunged us precariously just above Haiti as the worst basket case in the hemisphere? Isn’t development ultimately about people to this “worker” organisation?? The couple of roads built by the Americans as a sop to the PNC supporting them with ethnic riots is supposed to make the TUC forget Pollydore’s wail that not “an iota” of their proposals was included in Burnham’s Constitution – which legalised his dictatorship??And Jagdeo’s supposed to roll over and play dead, like Jagan did for 28 years??…with no PNC substanceOne ex-PPP supporter – now slavishly supporting Granger – described what he claimed were PPP rigging techniques during their term of office.Well, the PNC’s now in office. Don’t folks need to know how they rigged elections in 1968, 1973, 1978, 1980, and 1985??last_img read more

Victorious Real get hero’s welcome in Spanish capital

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid football players arrive to celebrate the team’s win on Plaza Cibeles in Madrid on May 29, 2016 (AFP Photo/Javier Soriano)MADRID, Spain, May 30 – Thousands of Real Madrid fans piled into the streets of the Spanish capital and filled the club’s 80,000 capacity Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday to welcome home their heroes after an historic 11th European Cup win.An open top bus emblazoned with the word “Campeones” (Champions) carried the team, who showed off the trophy to fans, just after sunrise on their return from beating local rivals Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout in Milan. “How can I not love you!,” shouted the ecstatic crowd at the Plaza de Cibeles — a traditional meeting point for Real’s trophy celebrations.The Real players, who arrived home from Milan around 6:00 am (0400 GMT), headed directly for Cibeles where the fans had been celebrating since midnight.The squad snapped photos of the raucous crowd from a platform specially erected at Cibeles before captain Sergio Ramos waved the large silver trophy for the cheering supporters.Later after being greeted by Madrid mayor Manuel Carmena and heads of local government, the team returned to a full Bernabeu for a spectacular light and fireworks show.Three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick after the two sides couldn’t be separated with the score at 1-1 after 120 minutes of play.It is the second time in three years that Real have defeated Atletico in the final.“To win two Champions Leagues in three years shows that our efforts have had their reward,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos.“We are the best club in the world.”– ‘Unforgettable and gruelling’-The football-mad Spanish capital of 3.2 million people had been dominated by the two clubs crests and colours in a frenzied build-up to the final, which attracted a worldwide audience of 180 million people in more than 200 countries.Praise poured in for Real Madrid, including from Spain’s acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.“Epic final in the League of Champions,” he tweeted. “Congratulations to all… for the 11th.”However, there were mixed emotions for fans in the city as Atletico — who have never won the Champions League — lost in the final for a third time.“I am delighted. Two Champions League titles in three years, it is incredible,” said Monica Gonzalez, a 25-year-old Real fan.“They (Atletico) deserved it. They almost played better. I am happy my team won, but it could have been any of the two teams.”However, Gonzalez’s boyfriend Jaime de Francisco, an Atletico fan, couldn’t hide his disappointment as once again the red and white half of Madrid was forced to life in Real’s shadow.Just 500 metres (yards) away from wild scenes of celebration at Cibeles, the Neptuno fountain — where Atletico fans go to celebrate their triumphs — was empty.Spanish daily sports newspaper Marca captured the mood, describing Real as “the king of Europe”, adding that manager Zinedine Zidane had been “touched by a magic wand”.“He was born to play for Real Madrid… and to lead them,” wrote the paper.”A supreme derby, exhausting, stifling,” wrote the AS sports newspaper.Spain’s bestselling El Pais newspaper described the final as “unforgettable and gruelling”, with an editorial arguing that Atletico have nothing to regret, saying that they were “far superior at the start, (and) must be gritting their teeth”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Moreno to Liverpool update: Player to say goodbye to fans?

first_img Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno battling Gareth Bale for the ball The ending to one of football’s longest running soap opera cliffhangers – Alberto Moreno’s move to Liverpool – is almost upon us.Or is it? Here, talkSPORT brings you the latest news on the young Sevilla left-back’s protracted transfer…A final farewell to the fansSpanish publication Estadio Deportivo say the reason a deal has not been officially completed yet is because of Sevilla’s Super Cup clash against Real Madrid. Moreno has the chance to lift a second trophy following the Europa League win with his boyhood club and the clash in Cardiff will be his final farewell where he can say goodbye to the fans in style.Reds to throw Suso in, too?The Mirror also claim he will play one final game for Sevilla and the Reds will pay £14m for the left-back and send Spanish youngster Suso in the opposite direction.Pay up, LiverpoolSevilla chairman Jose Castro, has cast doubt on the transfer, as talkSPORT reported. “If Liverpool decide to pay the price we want then Alberto Moreno will go, otherwise he will remain with us,” he said.“We made a deal eight to 10 days ago, but nowadays we do not have an agreement.” Apparently Sevilla want £16m.Get me Rojo insteadWith Sevilla exhausting the Liverpool hierarchy over their demands for Moreno, the Reds may target Argentina and Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo instead claim the Express. However, if they do want him, they will apparently face competition from Man United. 1last_img read more

Newcastle defender completes permanent Roma switch

first_img1 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has turned his loan into a full-time move Newcastle United have confirmed the permanent exit of defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who has joined Serie A side Roma following a successful stint on loan.The France international arrived at St James’ Park from French side Montpellier in January 2013 in a £8.5million deal, with the Magpies reportedly beating Arsenal to the 25-year-old’s signature.But he struggled to find his form on Tyneside and moved to the Italian capital on loan a year and a half later, having played just 46 games for the Premier League side.And it appeared Yanga-Mbiwa had no interest in returning to Newcastle, saying it was a “mistake” to sign for the Magpies and that he was glad to have found a team that plays “real football” in Roma.The conditions of the deal meant Roma had the option to sign the centre-back permanently at the end of the season for a fee in the region of £5million, but the clubs have agreed to bring that move forward, with the defender leaving for a reported £5.5m fee.last_img read more

Egypt sets up summit to deal with Hamas

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt – Egypt moved forcefully Thursday to isolate Hamas, calling a regional summit next week including the Israelis and Palestinians – and shunning contacts with the militant group after its takeover of Gaza. More than seeking peace with Israel, Egypt and other U.S. Arab allies are seeking to prevent the new power of Islamic radicals in Gaza from strengthening fundamentalists on their own soil. They also fear that Gaza will become a stronghold for Iranian influence on their doorsteps. Egypt in particular has much to lose. A strong Hamas ruling Gaza, on Egypt’s border, could encourage the Muslim Brotherhood, the most powerful and popular political challenger to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government. It could also foment Islamic militants that Egypt has battled for decades to put down. Monday’s summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik aims to boost moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by showing he can move ahead with the peace process with Israel despite the Hamas hold on Gaza. The summit will gather Abbas, Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. The following day, Mubarak will meet in Sharm el-Sheik with Saudi King Abdullah, seeking to unify an Arab front behind Abbas and against Hamas. Abbas will call for a resumption of peace talks with Israel, arguing that only progress toward Palestinian statehood can serve as a true buffer against Hamas, said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. “The most important thing to realize is that time is of the essence,” Erekat said. “We need to deliver the end of occupation, a Palestinian state. If we don’t have hope, Hamas will export despair to the people.” 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

Entertainer Weiss, 27, dies of blood clot

first_imgWeiss attended Valencia High School, where she was active in the Associated Student Body and the drama program. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied theater arts and was awarded the Wayne Campbell Award for outstanding performance in theater. Her resume included playing Mrs. Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and work on Universal’s Halloween show. “She’s a beautiful young woman and a tremendous talent. She may be one of the most talented kids who ever went to Valencia High School,” said Santa Clarita City Councilman Frank Ferry, who taught Weiss at Valencia. A funeral for Weiss is planned this week in Florida. Aside from her parents, she is survived by her younger brother Justin. Tatiana Weiss, who made a name for herself on the local high school stage, died this week in Florida of a pulmonary embolism, her family said Wednesday. Weiss, 27, the daughter of Saugus residents Stephanie and Jim Weiss, worked for Universal Studios Orlando as an entertainer, manager and costumer. “We lost Tatiana on Monday,” said her mother, a longtime community volunteer. “She passed away.” Weiss injured her leg about a month ago and was due for surgery but collapsed at home on Monday morning. A blood clot had made its way to her lung and she died a short time later at a hospital, friends said. 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

Rose Bowl fans celebrate game day tailgate tradition

first_imgPASADENA – Wednesday night’s battle between USC and Texas might have been the biggest spectacle in the 104-year history of the Rose Bowl. The month of nationwide anticipation and buildup ended with a feverish day of events at the stadium. It was an event comparable to the 1993 Super Bowl and the 1994 World Cup final, said Darryl Dunn, general manager of the Rose Bowl. The contest was the climactic culmination of multiple story lines: In a Bowl Championship Series system where rankings usually cause ceaseless controversy, it was a battle between the two top teams for an uncontested national championship. USC was playing for an unprecedented third straight Associated Press national title. All three finalists for the 2005 Heisman trophy, awarded to college football’s greatest player, were on the field: Reggie Bush – the award’s recipient – and Matt Leinart for USC and Vince Young for Texas. Plus, the teams boasted college football’s longest current winning streaks: USC entered the game at 34 wins in a row, Texas at 19. The game was so hot, sellers were offering single seats for $3,500 at the 50-yard line and $11,000 in the suites, Tournament of Roses officials said. Thus, fans seeking tickets Wednesday drew smirks from passers-by. Outside the Rose Bowl late Wednesday morning, Dean Schmidt of Dallas, Texas, got incredulous looks. The Longhorn fan held a sign that said: “Need 9 tickets.” But Schmidt – loaded with $15,000 cash – said he would “absolutely” get his tickets. An hour before kickoff, he had his seats – seven of them together and a pair in another section. Game-day price: $1,500 per ticket. USC fans had the game in their back yard, but the Texas faithful said they considered it a home game since they won last year’s Rose Bowl. About a third of the 93,986 fans filling the Rose Bowl were wearing the burnt orange of the Texas Longhorns. Best Texas T-shirt: “You can’t spell SUCK without USC.” Fans arrived in the pre-dawn hours for tailgate parties. USC supporters formed a village of RVs, tents and grills west of the stadium. At one encampment, three tailgaters – Laura Schenasi of Palos Verdes; her godmother, Marlene Carter of Long Beach; and her mother-in-law, Pat Schenesi of Redondo Beach – sat in front of a small shrine to Tommy Trojan, the warrior icon of USC. Mounted on a stand below glittery USC letters were a small plastic Trojan helmet, sword and breastplate. The memorial, created before the 2003 Rose Bowl game when USC started its national championship run, almost looked religious. “If you consider USC football a religion, then it is,” said Laura Schenasi, laughing. Carter has attended every USC bowl game for more than 50 years, and said Wednesday’s game was the most significant yet. “It’s the biggest, the most excitement, the most hype I’ve ever seen,” she said. The events included the first ever ESPN Tailgate party, featuring interactive games and country music party duo Big & Rich. Only fans with tickets were allowed to pay an additional $20 to enter the ESPN event. Rose Bowl officials called it a success, saying it helped traffic by bringing fans early and added more than $100,000 to stadium revenue. The partying resulted in 38 emergency medical calls outside the stadium, most of them alcohol-related, said Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department. Fire officials were also called to Old Pasadena because bars were overcrowded with fans, she said. In 2004 the game brought about $370 million to the Southern California economy, said Mitch Dorger, Tournament of Roses CEO. About $150 million came to Pasadena, primarily through hotels, restaurants and shopping, he said. The totals were slightly higher in 2002, the last time the Rose Bowl hosted the BCS championship, he said. The Tournament of Roses will bring in about $40 million from the game, Dorger said, but $30 million will go to the Big 12 and Pac-10 conferences. The Tournament will keep $4 million to pay for the parade and other expenses, and $1.75 million will be divided by other BCS conferences. About $3 million will go to the Rose Bowl Operating Company to pay for capital improvements, including a $16 million locker room upgrade. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more

Falls awash with beauty

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“You have to get out of your car and walk to the edge of the road to see them.” Here are a few of the best. Solstice Canyon: This 2.1-mile round-trip hike is an easy uphill walk through a shady canyon. It follows a creek to the old Robert family home, a 1950s tropical-theme compound that hugs the tiered waterfall. The house burned down in 1982 but you can still stand on the foundation and watch the year-round falls. Scramble up boulders to a brick patio adjacent to the upper falls. Or cross the creek and contemplate Mrs. Robert’s replica of the Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in the French Pyrenees. “The history is almost as a good as the waterfall,” said Park Ranger Sheila Braden. Slip on the hiking boots and grab the camera. Late-season rain has turned ordinary trickles into robust waterfalls in the Angeles National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains. Although the region is about two inches below the normal 14 inches of rainfall for this time of year, the water table is pretty full from last year’s storms so it’s still a bountiful season for waterfalls. Just cruise up Big Tujunga Canyon Road for some views. “There’s waterfalls everywhere,” said Gerald Reponen, assistant recreation officer for Los Angeles River ranger district. Solstice Canyon Park is right up Corral Canyon Road off Pacific Coast Highway, north of Malibu Canyon Road. Parking is limited at the park so consider taking the ParkLink Shuttle. Information is available at or call (888) 734-2323. Escondido Canyon Falls: This 4.2-mile round-trip hike leads to tiered falls. Almost like melting candle wax, water at this site slides down a flat mossy rock wall into a pool. There’s a trail off to the side that leads to the top of the falls. From Pacific Coast Highway, south of Kanan Road, turn onto Winding Way, where there’s a small parking lot on the left side of the road. From there, follow the road about a mile past homes until you come to Escondido Canyon trailhead on the left side of the road. Pasadena Glen Falls: It’s only a quarter-mile walk to this waterfall north of Pasadena, recommended by Jane Strong, a volunteer naturalist with Angeles National Forest. There’s a 35-foot drop that flows all year long. From the Foothill Freeway, exit at Sierra Madre Boulevard and head north. Turn right on New York Drive and then take a quick left on Sierra Madre Villa Avenue. Turn right on Vosburg Street and follow into Little Pasadena Glen Canyon, where the trailhead is located. Millard Canyon Falls: This is an easy mile-long round-trip hike to a 50-foot waterfall. There are lots of boulders for hopping and you can hike farther upstream. From the Foothill Freeway, exit at Lake Avenue, go north to Loma Alta Drive and turn left. Continue on Loma Alta to Chaney Trail and turn right and follow the road into Millard Canyon. You need an Adventure Pass, available at most sports stores, to park at the trailhead. These are just a few of what experts say are myriad falls now flourishing in the region, including plenty of small, little-known falls to be found along hiking trails. “It’s been raining and they’re so beautiful, they’re surrounded by ferns and the trees are leafing out,” said Strong, who helped compile a list of waterfalls in the Angeles National Forest. “Every year they come. You just kind of come around the corner and they’re there.” (213) 978-0390160Want 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

A safer city

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe statistics are made all the more impressive given that the understaffed department continues to lose more cops than it hires, and that it remains hamstrung by an expensive and onerous federal consent decree. Although there was much to criticize about the leadership of former Mayor James Hahn – including the ham-handed way he fired Parks – hiring Bratton was the saving grace of his administration. It’s also been a boon for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has been able to focus his administration on other concerns, knowing that the LAPD is in good hands. Villaraigosa, not surprisingly, has already endorsed Bratton’s second term. And seeing that the Police Commission is made up of Villaraigosa appointees, Bratton’s extension would seem to be a done deal – except for the quibblers on the City Council who like to take credit for other people’s good works. Bratton has been good for L.A. The city’s crime problems – especially gang violence – are far from solved, but with the right chief at the helm, there’s good reason to believe that L.A. will only keep getting safer. WITH William Bratton’s first five-year contract nearing expiration, the Los Angeles Police Commission must soon decide whether it wants to keep him on as police chief. That decision ought to be a no-brainer. According to the FBI, Los Angeles is now the second-safest big city in America – behind only New York, which has four times as many cops. That’s an awesome accomplishment, and the credit belongs to Bratton and the men and women who make up the Los Angeles Police Department. Consider where the LAPD was before Bratton came to town: Officers bristled under the leadership of Bernard Parks. The Rampart scandal still casts a cloud of disgrace over the department. And L.A. had been named the homicide capital of America, with 656 slayings in 2002. Now look where we are today: Not only is L.A. the second-safest city in America, but crime is down overall. There were just 355 homicides in L.A. last year. 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

Robertson offered to fly solo to make Euro 2020 qualifier in Kazakhstan

first_imgScotland captain Andy Robertson was so desperate to play for his country’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier that he offered to fly solo to Kazakhstan.Robertson, who plays for Premier League giants Liverpool, underwent emergency surgery on a painful dental abscess. He took a black cab to Heathrow airport following the Reds’ 2-1 victory at Fulham on Sunday, having failed to find a doctor able to operate immediately in London.The left-back hoped that by flying to his homeland immediately he could go under the knife in Glasgow on Sunday night but Robertson had to wait until Monday morning for an appointment at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.And according to the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old will make himself available for the clash with Group I minnows San Marino in Serravalle.He even asked Scottish Football Association officials if they could arrange commercial flights – going against medical advice – to enable him to catch up with the squad in time for Thursday’s group opener at Kazakhstan. REVEALED 2 LIVE on talkSPORT Robertson played for Liverpool on Sunday but is a doubt for Scotland’s upcoming qualifiers huge blow However, that was ruled out on a combination of medical and bureaucratic grounds.It is understood he even told friends he had hopes of making it to the Kazakh capital Astana, insisting he would see what kind of pain he was in before resuming his insistence on finding a way of making it.But after Robertson was told it would not be possible, he then voiced his intention to join the squad in San Marino in time for the match on Sunday.On Robertson’s absence from the team hotel in Astana, Scotland’s assistant coach Peter Grant said: “It’s a big blow. We were prepared for it obviously, before the game on Sunday we knew he was struggling a little bit but he wanted to play. ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Germany vs Serbia (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2Kazakhstan vs Scotland (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORTWalsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “And the way he is, he is still desperate to play and still trying to get himself back out here as well. That’s the way Andy Robertson is, that’s why the manager selected him to be his captain, because he is determined to play for his country.“He had no choice because he couldn’t fly with it,” the former Celtic midfielder said. “The swelling and the pressure in the air was going to be a problem for him. He went straight from the plane to the hospital and he was hoping he was still going to fly, that’s why we held the plane up a bit. Obviously they wanted him to get an operation done.“I would hope he would join up for here.Scotland have a natural replacement at left-back in Kieran Tierney, who missed the Nations League group finale in November through injury. There are eight live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and where to hear them, below… BEST OF no dice RANKED Grant said: “The beauty is we have two fantastic players. You are never always going to have everyone fit. But look at the quality you have to come in if he (Tierney) is fully fit.”Striker Oli McBurnie has recovered from the illness that forced him out of Swansea’s recent games while Callum McGregor reported no ill effects after making his comeback from a calf injury during Celtic’s late victory over Dundee on Sunday.And Scott McKenna is confident he will face Kazakhstan after Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes raised doubts over the centre-back’s fitness after he played through a thigh problem on Saturday. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Robertson is desperate to play for his country Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more