Left, Middletown South goalkeeper Stephen Monaghan keeps his eye on the goal during the second half of the game against Brick Memorial in Middletown last Friday. Brick defeated South 3-0. Above, South’s Derrick Riley unintentionally heads the ball into his own goal the in second half of the game against Brick Memorial. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff
If the first Manchester derby of the season was excessively dominated by the focus on a fascinating coaching rivalry, Thursday’s encounter (10pm) is strictly business.This time, few care about the Pep Guardiola-Jose Mourinho head-to-head records or their previous meetings in Spain’s La Liga.The stakes are high – City are fourth in the Premier League, just a point ahead of United after the same number of games.Both clubs are desperate to ensure a top-four finish and Champions League football next season and Thursday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium will be influential in determining how the pair end their campaigns.“This is about the clubs, the teams, this is about the positions at the end of the season. This is not about myself and Guardiola. I think now that is the correct approach,” Mourinho said this week, reflecting on the hype around the last derby.Still, given their stature in the game, it is impossible for the two coaches to be completely out of the picture.Guardiola’s first campaign at Manchester City risks ending in the worst Premier League finish for the club in seven seasons. City have not ended a campaign out of the top four since coming fifth in 2011 under Roberto Mancini.Sunday’s extra-time defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final saw the last chance of silverware disappear after City’s loss to Monaco in the Champions League last 16.Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola has never endured a trophy-less season as a coach and, while City’s hierarchy will write this year off as a transitional phase, there will still be some surprise that he has achieved less than his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini.United, who lost 2-1 in the first league meeting with City, have steadily progressed under Mourinho.They have already lifted the League Cup and are 23 league games unbeaten while having a chance of more silverware – and a Champions League place – through the Europa League where they face Celta Vigo in the semi-finals.While United have lost top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and key defender Marcos Rojo to long-term knee injuries, there is a real mood of optimism at Old Trafford.“It’s going to be the game of the season,” said United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera.“We are in a very good moment, on a very good run and we respect them, but we are doing a lot of good things and we have to show it on Thursday,” he said.The long season fighting on several fronts has taken its toll on both teams however.As well as Ibrahimovic and Rojo, Mourinho, who has been rotating his squad, must wait to see if Paul Pogba is fit after he was substituted late in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Burnley.Central defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling and midfielder Juan Mata are also on the injured list.For City, leading scorer Sergio Aguero is expected to play but playmaker David Silva are battling to be fit while Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus could return after a long-term injury.
There are over 44,000 Guyanese receiving monthly “old-age” pension, which most of them depend on. Yet the way the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) treats pensioners is painful, deplorable, insensitive and uncaring. APNU/AFC’s treatment of pensioners is a full-screen display of the cold-hearted, cruel, inhumane character of the Government. Recent proposals of implementing fixed-rate water bills for senior citizens and the treatment of GuySuCo pensioners are cruel examples of how uncaring APNU/AFC is. Rubbing salt into the injury, the Minister Agriculture on Tuesday admitted he has no idea of the status of the GuySuCo pension fund.This past week, the head of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr Richard Van West-Charles announced that GWI is considering charging a fixed-fee ($741 per month) for water, for senior citizens. He announced it gleefully as a favour to senior citizens. No one from the Government has repudiated this announcement and I do not expect that they will respond. Far from being a favour to senior citizens, as the GWI boss insists, GWI and the APNU/AFC are ignoring that before 2015 these senior citizens were exempted from water bills. The fixed-fee arrangement, therefore, no matter how much it is, is punitive.The Finance Minister and other senior Government officials have argued that, while they had eliminated the exemption of senior citizens from paying water bills, they made up for this by increasing the monthly “old-age” pension. But this is spinning the facts to misinform, misdirect and deceive people. The annual increase in “old-age” pension has been in place since 1992.For 23 years, pensioners received an annual increase in their monthly payment under successive People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Governments. APNU/AFC has maintained this increase and the annual increases since 2015 under APNU/AFC are not meaningfully different and better in comparison to the rate of increase from 2010 to 2015. These increases in the monthly payment to seniors cannot make up for the elimination of the water rate exemption. Between APNU/AFC and the GWI, the fixed rate proposal is, therefore, a sledge hammer on the heads of pensioners.APNU/AFC did not only eliminate payment of water bills for senior citizens, they also eliminated the subsidy that the PPP Government had provided for senior citizens to reduce their electricity bills. Both the water and electricity subsidies were additional entitlements senior citizens received up to 2015, in addition to the monthly “old-age” pension increases.The elimination of these subsidies essentially means that the increases in the monthly payments to senior citizens that APNU/AFC has boasted about are artificial. The sum total is that what the senior citizens were receiving in 2018 each month is not meaningfully different from what they were receiving in 2015. It is a zero-sum scam. When we add the fact that senior citizens are now paying 14 per cent VAT on their water and electricity bills and for a larger number of items they procure every month, senior citizens monthly “old-age” pension has depreciated since 2015.In 1992, the PPP widened “old-age” pension by eliminating the “MEANS” Test. Before 1992, “old-age” pension was only provided to one member of a household and only for households that met certain requirements, such as not being a home owner and not having any money in the bank. From then on, the only requirement was that a person reached the age of 65 and every member of a household aged 65 and over was eligible. Every year since then, the “old-age” pension has increased. Recognising these increases in monthly payments are not enough, the PPP Government provided further safety nets that meaningfully added to the monthly payments. These included the subsidies such as the exemption of water bills and subsidies for payment of electricity bills. By eliminating the additional safety nets, APNU/AFC essentially has pursued a policy of shrinking benefits that the State extended to senior citizens.Even as safety nets for senior citizens are under assault by this Government, GuySuCo pensioners face the possibility that they may not benefit from a pension they have earned. Their pension is a property they own and cannot be taken from them. GuySuCo and the Government would be guilty of a crime if they fail to pay the pensioners their monthly payments. With the closure of estates and the continued mismanagement of GuySuCo, sugar workers are facing the real possibility that their pension fund might go broke. The Government is ignoring this possibility and acting with an insensitivity and coldness that is a disgrace and the admission by the Agriculture Minister that he is unaware of the status of the fund is misconduct. One wonders why APNU/AFC’s attitude to GuySuCo pensioners is different from their attitude to bauxite pensioners.
Dear Editor,We, the undersigned organisations, write to express our deep concern and opposition to recently disclosed information pertaining to the proposed creation of a ‘Lands Commission’ or ‘Land and Life Commission’. From various public pronouncements, and as part of the stakeholder interest participating in meetings of the Amerindian Land Titling Project Board, we understand that this proposed commission may focus on Indigenous peoples’ land rights, and would likely “address issues of land extension in Indigenous communities and ancestral lands in coastal communities” . We also learned, via the Government Information Agency and through a 20th February 2017 news bulletin, that the terms of reference of this commission are almost completed, and that a draft was shared with various Government Ministries and State Agencies in November 2016. To be clear, we strenuously object to any suggestion that the commission address both “land extension” for Indigenous communities and “ancestral lands in coastal communities.” These issues are not connected, nor should they be; and we will not accept their linkage in any commission or otherwise. We see no basis for any link between these disparate issues, and consider that the announced course would only result in further delay on desperately needed action on Indigenous land rights.If the Government is of the view that the concept of “ancestral lands in coastal communities” warrants attention, this can and must be done separately from the actions it has promised and is obligated to undertake with respect to Indigenous lands.Moreover, we stress that there has been no attempt to secure the participation of Indigenous peoples and organisations in this proposed commission or in its terms of reference. Indigenous peoples have been calling for an Indigenous Lands Commission for some time now, and have said that such a commission must be established with the participation of its peoples from the very inception. Any such participation must be done at the earliest stages of the development of any plan or proposal that may affect Indigenous peoples’ rights. This has not occurred.The vague public statements made in the recent past about plans to establish a commission do not constitute even basic consultation, as they provide no information on which Indigenous peoples can assess the necessity, utility, or potential effectiveness of such a commission as a mechanism to fairly resolve outstanding land tenure rights.There also has thus far been no attempt to discuss what plans may exist to realize Indigenous peoples’ participation moving forward. This substantial deficiency, which violates a basic tenet of our constitutional democracy and human right, requires immediate correction.To its credit, Government had previously stated its intention to resolve Indigenous land tenure rights finally and fairly, and to do so in accordance with the State’s commitments under international human rights law. From our perspective, this must be the primary and overriding purpose of any lands commission that may be established. We fully endorse and support any effort that is designed and aimed at achieving this end. Conversely, we will oppose any efforts that are not so designed and directed.While there are defects in the Amerindian Act relative to Indigenous peoples’ internationally protected rights – defects that the Government has committed to correct – the Act nonetheless contains a procedure for receiving, assessing, and deciding on title or extension applications. The pending adoption and implementation of the Guideline developed through the Representative Platform under the ALT Project is an important step forward in this process, and we support this action. We have no doubt that the MIPA – and other State agencies – must build capacity to effectively comply with its statutory duties and the State’s obligations pertaining to Indigenous peoples’ rights.Likewise, capacity within and coordination among different ministries and agencies need to be improved. This especially includes developing collaborative arrangements to enhance effectiveness; to weigh and resolve competing rights or interests in land; and to ensure that the titling of Indigenous lands is facilitated, not hindered by contradictory policies or actions (e.g., precipitous grants of mining permits or concessions). We strongly urge that this should be the focus of our collective efforts, not misdirected claims about where authority may reside or inappropriate and opaque attempts to join distinct issues (i.e., in the proposed commission) that would only cause further delay and confusion.Yours respectfully,Earl Thomas,Secretary, Amerindian Peoples AssociationMary Valenzuela,Chief, Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous PeoplesPeter Persaud,The Amerindian Action MovementNicholas Fredericks, South Central Peoples Development AssociationAshton Simon,National Amerindian Development Foundation
Steve Hewitt from Backcountry believes the high price of fuel and the push for keeping money within the community are the reasons for the store’s success this year. “I’d like to think that people are thinking about where they’re spending their dollars, and I think a lot more people are spending those dollars closer to home.” That, combined with high gas prices deterring shoppers from travelling too far outside of the city, is keeping money in Fort St. John. Hewitt adds there is an additional benefit for those shopping at local, small businesses: better service.- Advertisement – “Fort St. John being the town that it is, there are a lot of small businesses, both in industry and retail, and I think a lot of people appreciate the service that they do get from smaller stores and stores that are owner operated.” Central Emporium is also feeling the love this holiday season – its first as a business – as Tina Almond believes residents are shopping at home first, before branching elsewhere.Advertisement “I think as more stores open up in Fort St. John, people are able to do more of their shopping here, and I think there’s a lot more people that are shopping locally before they head out of town.” For her, the key to keeping that trend going is bringing in “big city” products, that you can’t necessarily find here. For her business that means natural, organic items, but for others it could mean bringing products in that customers are normally willing to drive elsewhere for and would be happier to buy in town. Product availability plus the benefits of keeping spending in the community are what she thinks will continue to help local businesses. “People are realizing that the local businesses are the ones that support all the local sports and give when there’s a fundraiser, and that money spent here stays here. I think that message is getting through.”
A boy who said he was playing with matches has confessed to starting last week’s Buckweed Fire, which scorched some 38,300 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley and destroyed 15 homes, authorities said Tuesday. The boy, whose identity was withheld, was questioned by investigators and released to his parents a day after the fire started Oct. 21, sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao said. Sheriff’s officials waited a week to release the information about the boy, citing the need to conclude their investigation. The case has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for formal charges. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The fire began in Agua Dulce near Sierra Highway and Mint Canyon Road. The ensuing firestorm devoured 38,300 acres, destroyed 15 homes and injured three people before it was fully contained Wednesday. The blaze cost $7.4 million to suppress. —————————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Miles Storey, look away now…Check out the Aberdeen striker’s horror miss in Tuesday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Inverness.Thankfully for the 23-year-old, The Dons still won 1-0 to strengthen their position in second behind champions Celtic.Derek McInnes’ side now have a 13-point advantage over Rangers in third, having won their eighth match in nine.Ash Taylor’s first-half strike proved to be the difference, but Storey’s miss is arguably one of the most memorable events in the game.Second-half substitute Storey, who made 37 appearances last season while on loan at Inverness, met a low cross along the six-yard box and all he had to do was side-foot the ball home.Watch the chance, above!
1 Joey Barton has branded Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn a ‘buffoon’ and ‘naïve’ for his controversial comments about Gareth Southgate’s future as England manager.Glenn left many stunned by telling newspapers Southgate’s job will be safe even if the Three Lions lose all their group matches at next summer’s World Cup.The FA chief insisted Southgate is a key part of the long-term plan for the national team, and that he will be in charge ‘for the next few tournaments’ regardless of the team’s performance in Russia next summer – READ THE FULL STORY HEREFormer England boss Sam Allardyce joined talkSPORT to react to the news on Monday, and said Glenn made a mistake by commenting about Southgate’s job.And Barton was similarly shocked by the statement, telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “When I saw the story I thought, ‘how stupid do you have to be?’“He just set himself up to get panned. He’s a buffoon, that’s the only thing we can say with the way they’ve handled many scenarios…“It’s so naïve to say that because now, if England have a couple of negative results, all of a sudden they’ll be an expectation on Southgate to go.“Why is he even talking about football? He’s not a football man, he just works in football.“You’re the chief exec – keep your trap shut and do your paper work and admin in the background, don’t be coming on talking about strategy and tactics.” FA chief executive Martin Glenn “How stupid do you have to be?!”@Joey7Barton isn’t impressed by The FA’s Martin Glenn saying that Gareth Southgate will remain England boss even if his side lose all three group games at the World Cup… pic.twitter.com/BBNKuemkkX— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) December 4, 2017
Chief William Bratton said the transition of adding more women to the force was just beginning when MacArthur and others were hired. “She and her colleagues were trailblazers at that time,” he said. MacArthur, 50, rose through the ranks from patrols and vice to field training officer and captain. Currently she is commanding officer of the consent decree division. In 1992, the courts approved the agreement to improve women and minority officer promotions. Although the number of women working in law enforcement remains relatively low, they hold more than 10 percent of top administrative jobs within police and sheriff’s departments in the state, said Alice Jaramillo, president of the Women Peace Officers Association of California. Jaramillo noted that laws and other restrictions have changed some tactics used by officers on the street, meaning less brute force and brawn, and better communication skills to control and convince. “Really, it’s about your ability to communicate effectively and utilize the skills provided to you,” Jaramillo said. “It’s not necessarily the size that matters.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I wasn’t afraid,” she said. When her partner finally got through the door, MacArthur emerged bruised, bloody and with a few loose teeth, but also with a newfound respect in the department, where, when she started 26 years ago, some questioned whether women officers could hold their own on the streets. “I wouldn’t wish that (fight) on anybody, but it set the stage that women can do the job,” MacArthur said. Now, she’s risen all the way to commander, and next month will begin her newest assignment as the first woman in the department’s history to oversee training for all new recruits and the more than 9,000 sworn personnel. When she began her LAPD career in 1980, women comprised about 3 percent of the department’s sworn personnel. Today, they make up about 18 percent. It was 2 a.m., and Sandy Jo MacArthur and her partner were struggling with a man strung out on PCP. In the doorway scuffle, the Los Angeles police officer somehow ended up inside the man’s pitch-black house with his gangster son. Her partner got locked out. Suddenly, she was standing face-to-face with the angry men, and the fight began. The blows hit her jaw and stomach first, and then the men tried to choke her. Knocked to the ground, MacArthur used her police academy training to assess her situation – and concluded she was OK.