Presidential guard found unconscious dies

first_img…Granger calls for inquiryA 32-year old Police constable, who was attached to the Presidential Guard Service, on Wednesday morning died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).President David Granger interacting with relatives of the dead man at their home [Photo by: MoTP]Winston Cooper was picked up in an unconscious state on July 1 at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, but succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.Acting Crime Chief Michael Kingston confirmed the death of the guard during an interview with this publication. Kingston explained that a Post-Mortem Examination will be conducted on Friday.Cooper’s relatives were visited at their Lot 761 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, home by President David Granger, accompanied by Police Commissioner (ag) Nigel Hoppie on Wednesday. The Ministry of the Presidency in a statement said that the President spoke with Cooper’s mother, Loraine Peters, and other family members.Granger has since called for a “thorough” investigation to be conducted.“As you know, he’s a member of the Presidential Guard…what I will ask the Commissioner to do is to conduct an inquiry to find out how [this incident] could have happened,” the Head of State said.Dead: ConstableWinston CooperThe Constable was taken to GPHC at about 05:30h on July 1. This publication was told that the man had been nursing head and other injuries about his body.Cooper is suspected to be a victim of attempted robbery, since it is more than likely that he was approached by bandits who demanded his valuables and may have been beaten for failing to comply with the request, a source has said.Cooper’s backpack, which was found near his body, had his Police uniform inside, and sources say his assailants may have fled the scene after realising that he is a cop.Other reports conversely suggest that the Presidential Guard may have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident.last_img read more

CANU unearths 170 lbs marijuana in WBD house

first_imgThe ex-wife of self-confessed drug lord Barry Dataram was among four persons arrested Friday morning following the discovery of 170 pounds of marijuana in a house at Versailles, West Bank Demerara.The operation carried out by the Customs-Anti Narcotics Unit was part of an ongoing investigation. Head of the Unit James Singh confirmed the discovery of the drug and arrest of the four persons.He noted that a quantity of the marijuana was compressed while the other portion was apparently being prepared for shipment when the ranks swooped down on the house located at Roraima Estate, Versailles, WBD.The drug enforcement boss added that the illegal substance was confiscated, and the four persons taken into custody are assisting with investigations. Singh also confirmed that the ex-wife of Dataram is one of the persons arrested.Investigators believe the self-confessed drug lord is involved in this recent bust. Dataram is presently before the courts for the possession of 129.230 kilograms of cocaine which was discovered at his Lot 661 Fourth Avenue, Block X, Diamond, EBD home.His common-law wife, Anjanie Boodnarine along with Trevor Gouveia and Komal Charan were also charged.However, months after the charge was read, Dataram during an interview with HGPTV Nightly News (Channel 67), alleged that senior officials of CANU were involved in drug trafficking and even alleged that one of the ranks bagged some $10 million in exchange for allowing cocaine to leave the country.These daring allegations have forced the establishment of a commission of inquiry which is being conducted by Retired Guyana Defence Force Brigadier Bruce Lovell. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

16 Berbice families benefit from FFTP houses

first_imgSixteen persons recently received the keys to their new homes which were constructed and semi-furnished by Food For The Poor (FFTP) Guyana.FFTP last year handed over 103 houses to 103 Berbice families.During the year, the St Francis Community Developers worked in collaboration with FFTP to make the house distribution a success.St Francis has been tasked with the responsibility of identifying the families and working with them to ensure that they are recipients of the two-bedroom houses.President of St Francis, Alex Foster explained that when the project initially started, families only received a house for which they were thankful, but the entity has decided to partially furnish the homes.“We have been able to have about 40 per cent of the houses semi-furnished with two beds each, tables, four chairs and some of them have pillows and pillow cases. We have also given them table cloths and other household items,” Foster explained.The new home owners, who have been experiencing problems connecting to the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) grid, mainly because of the location of the house, were also being assisted with solar panels.“The solar panels will allow them to have three lighted bulbs in the home and the ability to charge their cellphones on a daily basis because we have an adaptor which is capable of charging most cellphones.”Meanwhile, Food For The Poor has scaled up its activity as it relates to supporting farmers. Over the past two months, 16 farmers’ groups were formed in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and have been receiving farming tools.More than 3000 pieces of equipment have been distributed to the farmers. These include cutlasses, rakes, pick axes, garden forks among other items.last_img read more

Info often hidden about 401(k) fees

first_imgWASHINGTON – A key House lawmaker said Tuesday that Congress needs to consider making companies that manage 401(k) plans give clearer and more complete information on fees, which can drain thousands of dollars from a worker’s retirement savings. “We have to ask whether all these fees are necessary and we have to examine whether they are undermining workers’ retirement security,” Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said at a hearing by the panel. Millions of Americans save diligently for their retirement, only to discover later that “there’s a lot of people who are putting their hands into that money,” Miller said. Current law does not explicitly require disclosure to investors of comprehensive information on fees connected with 401(k) plans, the employer-sponsored schemes under which workers make tax-deferred contributions from their salaries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of Santa Clarita, the committee’s senior Republican, warned at the hearing against congressional action that could have unintended consequences, heaping new requirements for 401(k) plan managers atop current ones and overwhelming investors with data. Changes to current rules shouldn’t “overload workers with information,” McKeon said. Similarly, the chairman of the American Benefits Council, which represents employers and 401(k) plan providers, said the group supports disclosure of fees, provided that the information is useful to investors, easy to understand and relevant to investment decisions. “Congress should be careful not to address the fee issue in such a way that would impose undue costs on employers and thereby undermine the voluntary employer-sponsored system or inadvertently increase fees,” Robert G. Chambers testified. Nearly 50 million U.S. workers have invested some $2.5 trillion in 401(k) plans, the premier vehicle for retirement savings in this country. The plans have taken on added importance because traditional employer-paid pensions, with a guaranteed monthly benefit, have declined among companies. last_img read more

Video: Man United and Man City target Paul Pogba’s best bits

first_imgFrance star Paul Pogba is now one of the most wanted men in Europe after another sensational season with Juventus.The ex-Man United star was a key member of the Serie A side as they romped to another title and reached the final of the Champions League.And here you can see the midfielder’s best bits from an incredible season.last_img

Chelsea still expected to go further than Manchester United in Champions League – Coral Daily Download

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman turns his attention to a defining period in the Champions League, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all in action over the next 48 hours.Chelsea, City and United are all odds-on to qualify for the knockout stage, but Arsenal, currently bottom of Group F, are 11/8 outsiders to qualify ahead of their trip to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.He says City are the English side expected to go furthest in the competition, while Chelsea are favoured to do better than Arsenal and United despite their domestic struggles.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Klopp backs struggling £32.5m man ahead of Liverpool v Watford

first_imgKlopp is confident that he can get the best out of striker Christian Benteke.The Belgium international swapped Aston Villa for Anfield in the summer after Liverpool met his £32.5million release clause, but he has recently come in for criticism for his performances.Klopp insisted it was natural that Benteke, who has netted five goals for Liverpool, would require time to feel totally comfortable in the side. The German manager said: “As a striker you always want to have five or six games in a row. At Aston Villa, I think when he was fit he played. Everything is different.“I have time to work. He played very good games for us, he made brilliant goals for us, so that’s not a problem.“I’m not sure anybody at Aston Villa saw the best Christian Benteke, so we have to work on it. He’s young enough to develop and that’s what we do.”THE £32.5M QUESTION THAT KLOPP NEEDS TO FIND AN ANSWER TO Liverpool striker Christian Benteke 1last_img read more

UC’s lower standards are unfair to students

first_imgUC’s Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) wants to change the admission rules to the 10 UC schools, including lowering the minimum high school grade-point average to 2.8 and removing the requirement of two SAT Subject Tests. Current policy makes the top 12.5 percent of each senior class – based on a minimum 3.0 GPA, their scores on either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with Writing, and their scores on two SAT Subject Tests – eligible for admission to a UC school. But a large percentage of poor, black and Hispanic students, according to BOARS, never take the SAT Subject Tests, shutting them out from eligibility. Lowering the GPA and dropping the requirement for two SAT Subject Tests increases the number of students eligible for admission, giving the universities a larger, more minority-laden pool from which to choose. Yet this proposed policy adversely affects students, many of them Asian-American students (formerly known as minorities). And doing away with the SAT Subject Tests – where students pick their two best subjects from a variety of tests in English, history, mathematics, science and language – inflicts the most damage. Contrary to the expectations of critics, in the years following California’s Proposition 209 – which outlawed the use of race as a factor in university admissions – the numbers of blacks and Hispanics in the UC system remained the same. Fewer blacks and Hispanics attended the most competitive campuses like UCLA and UC Berkeley, but more attended UC Riverside or UC Irvine. One more point: Does attendance at an elite school determine one’s success? Economist Robert J. Samuelson writes, “Going to Harvard or Duke won’t automatically produce a better job and higher pay. Graduates of these schools generally do well. But they do well because they’re talented. Had they chosen colleges with lesser nameplates, they would (on average) have done just as well.” Researchers at Princeton and at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation examined the earnings of students admitted into elite schools like Yale. They compared the salary histories of those students admitted and attended, against those admitted but who chose to attend a less prestigious school. Samuelson explains: “Suppose that Princeton and Podunk accept you and me; but you go to Princeton and I go to Podunk. On average, we will still make the same.” The result held for blacks and whites. The elite grads initially received more lucrative jobs, but over time, ability won out. Ability means not just scholastic aptitude, but real-world qualities that contribute to success: perseverance, responsibility, humor, leadership skills and optimism. Broadening the admissions eligibility pool allows UC to use subjective criteria such as overcoming “hardship” or “disadvantage.” What about a middle class student from a divorced family? Is that student more “disadvantaged” than a kid coming from a lower class, but with a nuclear, intact family? Answering these questions requires almost divine judgment, something few mortals possess. Ultimately, it comes down to whether taxpayers deserve admissions standards that allow students to apply on as equal footing as possible. Lowering standards makes the process more, not less, unfair. Larry Elder is an attorney, syndicated columnist and national radio talk-show host. He can be heard from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on KABC-AM 790 (e-mail: 160Want 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 champUsed since 1926, with revisions over the decades, Scholastic Aptitude Tests try to make sense out of different grades, given by different teachers, in different classes, in different schools. How do we know the A given by Mr. Anderson in Texas equals the A given in another class by Mrs. Tyler in New Hampshire? Answer: The SAT. As for the SAT Subject Tests (called Achievement Tests until 1994, and SAT IIs until 2005), each subject has a one-hour test, and a student can take up to three Subject Tests in one day. Critics of the SAT argue that grades remain the best predictor of success in college. Agreed, provided we take into consideration grade inflation or watered-down standards – precisely why most colleges, despite no government mandate, still require that applicants take the SAT. Admitting students with lowered standards hurts the very kids that race coordinators claim to protect. In a groundbreaking study, UCLA Professor Richard Sander – a longtime affirmative action advocate – found that law school minority students admitted with lower criteria suffered from this “academic mismatch.” After the first year of law school, 51 percent of black students were likely to be in the bottom tenth of their class, compared with 5 percent of whites. These mismatched students were twice as likely to drop out or fail the bar on their first try. Sander concluded that if schools and students were better matched, we’d have many more black lawyers. A student entering school without preferences stands a far greater chance of competing and succeeding. Why? Preferences place a student on a much faster track. A less-competitive track provides the less-prepared student time to grasp the material, making on-time graduation more likely. last_img read more


first_imgSOCCER: There are fears over the future of Intermediate football in Donegal after Drumkeen United pulled out of the USL just weeks before the new season kicks-off. There has been growing discontent over the direction of the league in recent with clubs split over playing the league during the summer.Teams were struggling to field teams towards the end of the USL season as many players opted to sign for Donegal League clubs in August. The decision was then made to revert back to the traditional format of winter football.An interim season was played from February to May with Cockhill Celtic winning another title.Only FIVE teams competed in the league, but it was hoped a healthier stronger league would be in place for the new season which will kick-off next month.Fanad United and Drumkeen who opted out of the interim season along with Finn Harps returned. Finn Harps decided not to enter a team and that left this year’s USL as a seven team league with teams playing each other three times.However, Drumkeen’s decision to withdraw from the league has now raised question marks over the sustainability of the league.Drumkeen said they were unable to attract the calibre of players to compete in the USL.They released the following statement, “Drumkeen United wishes to announce that we will not be in a Position to take part in the forthcoming season of the Ulster Senior League.It is with deep regret that we take this decision but we quite simply do not have enough players of the calibre necessary to compete at that level. We wish to apologise to the Ulster Senior League for any inconvenience caused and we wish them all the best for the Season ahead.FEARS FOR INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL AS DRUMKEEN UNITED PULL OUT OF ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportUSLlast_img read more

Harry Redknapp set to endure I’m A Celeb nightmare as rival fans plot his downfall

first_img ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News MONEY no dice huge blow It’s official. Harry Redknapp is in this year’s #ImACeleb. Fellow #saintsfc fans. We are now duty bound to repeatedly vote for him for every Bushtucker Trial. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Who’s up for it?! @SouthamptonFC— Aaron James (@aaronjamesf1) November 13, 2018 Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that every football fan is going to unite to make sure ‘Arry Redknapp gets to do every Bushtucker Trial there is! #triffic #imacelebrity2018— Patch (@garypatchett) November 13, 2018 getty You’ll all remember the famous 2010 series, when poor Gillian McKeith was cruelly forced to do almost every single trial.Well, we could see a repeat as rival fans begin to plot Redknapp’s misery.Here are the best tweets: Meanwhile, Tottenham hero Rafael van der Vaart has poked fun at Redknapp ahead of his surprise venture into the jungle.The Dutchman, who stole the hearts of Spurs fans during a two year stint at White Hart Lane, has jokingly hinted at a reunion with his former manager.He tweeted an image suggesting he had missed calls from ITV Productions and ‘Arry Redknapp, accompanied by the caption: “Oh I should’ve never announced my retirement…” Oh I should’ve never announced my retirement…— Rafael van der Vaart (@rafvdvaart) November 13, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Harry Redknapp will appear on Im A Celeb Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF Harry Redknapp is set to face hell in the jungle as football fans on Twitter combine to ensure he does all the Bushtucker trials.The former Tottenham and West Ham boss will head to Australia alongside the likes of Anne Hegerty and John Barrowman to appear on the 2018 season of ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’. REVEALED 1 RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Now fans of Southampton, Portsmouth and QPR listen up. If Redknapp isn’t up for all of the Bushtucker trials from the word go we will all be very disappointed with each other. This is a chance for us to come together as one movement. Don’t let each other down.— Mark Davis (@Judethecat) November 13, 2018 If Harry Redknapp isn’t forced to do every bushtucker challenge, I’ll be fuming— Cameron H (@Cam3ronLFC) November 12, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury I’m a Celeb looks lit this year, if Harry Redknapp isn’t doing every bushtucker trial, we as a society are a disgrace— Gabe (@GabesM16) November 13, 2018last_img read more