By Ashraf DabieChristmas shopping in downtown Georgetown has now gotten even more hectic, as Parliament sessions for the deliberation of Budget 2018 gets underway.An atmosphere of chaos clouded the city for the past two days as these sessions kicked off on Monday, resulting in the displacement of several bus parks housed around the Stabroek Market area.Displaced commuters in Lombard StreetThis is as several main roadways in the vicinity of the Parliament Building have been closed off to civilian traffic, so as to make accommodations for easy access and the safety of the parliamentarians attending these sessions.Adding to that, almost all of the bus parks usually housed around the Stabroek Market Square and its environs were moved further up Lombard Street, forcing passengers to walk a fair distance to get to their buses.When Guyana Times visited downtown Georgetown on Tuesday, bus operators and commuters were outraged, contending that these changes are of major inconvenience.Commuters walking great distances to get busesA route 42 bus operator, William Gomes, while speaking to this publication indicated that these changes, despite being temporary, have posed a challenge to his means of earning an income.“It’s hard to get people to come into your bus. It’s like soliciting passenger and you gotta be hollering your throat out to get a passenger,” expressed the bus operator, who continued by saying, “It’s very hard for me to be doing this. I think they should do something better to avoid this (the displacement).”Acknowledging the significance of the Budget debates, he argued that better arrangements should be put in place for the man on the street.“At least if they can bring out a little more Police and get this thing organised the right way or leave we in the park. At least allow four or five buses to go in the park and load than putting everybody out here and then the people gotta walk till from so with big big bags. If you got a old grandmother, she gotta fetch a heavy bag to come here. For two weeks? That’s real unfair, they should do something,” an animated Gomes recommended.Expressing similar concerns was Ivelaw Cummings, another bus driver who was moved from the usual park to the temporary Lombard Street location.In doing so he stated, “At this time when they have conference session like this, they should not allow the canters and other vehicles to park here to be able to accommodate minibuses.”He further pointed out that, “All the buses here, we got (routes) 31, 42, 43 everybody within this area. So if they would move the private vehicles for this session, it would make us confortable. “Meanwhile, a great number of commuters complained that they were unaware of the changes and as such continue to face difficulties in locating buses plying the various routes.Amidst the confusion, persons were saying they will not return to town until after Budget sessions are through.Parliament convened on Monday last for the presentation of the 2018 Budget. This was followed by the debates which kicked off on Monday and are expect to last until Friday.These sessions are to run for an addition week during which the estimates will be taken into consideration.The displacement of the bus parks persist throughout this period.
NORWALK – A convicted cop killer laughed Tuesday after hearing a jury’s ruling that he be put to death. Jose Luis Orozco showed almost no emotion throughout the three-week trial in which he was convicted for the 2005 murder of Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz of Diamond Bar. A rare exception for the 29-year-old Hawaiian Gardens gang member was an occasional smile for his mother when he turned in his chair to glance back at her from time to time. He will be sentenced May 3. They were accompanied by dozens of sheriff’s deputies and other family friends, including the family’s priest. “I think, for all of us, it was kind of reliving the nightmare all over,” Chela Ortiz said. Family members listed to testimony that included the defendant’s violent past and the many times he escaped prosecution by using his gang’s influence and power to intimidate victims. Orozco’s friends and fellow gang members also recalled his boasting about killing a police officer one day. “I just say thank God it is over,” Rosa Ortiz said. “It was too much some days. … To me it was too hard.” It took the jury of six men and six women a little more than four hours, spread over two days, to choose death over life in prison without the possibility of parole. It was almost the same amount of time used to come to the guilty verdict March 20. According to three jurors who spoke briefly outside the courtroom, the decision was a difficult one made slightly easier by the thorough job of the prosecutors and investigators. Equally as damning, jurors said, was the complete lack of remorse shown by the defendant. It looked to them as though he preferred the life of a criminal and reveled in the notoriety he earned in the deputy’s death. Ortiz was assigned to track Orozco down the day before his June 24, 2005, killing. That task stemmed from the June 20, 2005, shooting of an African- American man who – according to prosecutors – Orozco tried to kill simply because of his race. The 15-year police veteran, who learned the day before that he had made the rank of detective, was patrolling in Hawaiian Gardens when he spotted Orozco and tried to stop him. The gang member took off running with Ortiz behind him, according to court testimony. Ortiz followed Orozco to an apartment complex on East 223rd Street, to the home of one of Orozco’s friends whom the deputy knew from previous altercations. What Ortiz didn’t know was that Orozco was lurking behind the woman’s front door. As Ortiz spoke to her and reholstered his weapon, Orozco steadied his hand while two of the woman’s children – girls ages 6 and 8 – and several of her friends looked on. He fired one shot from his .38-caliber revolver, with the slug passing through a crack in the door and hitting the deputy in the side of the head. The 35-year-old father to two boys died almost immediately. Stan Perlo, one of two court-appointed defense attorneys, said the defendant’s lack of support by his family dealt a massive blow to their case. Originally, Orozco’s mother was to take the stand to tell her son’s story and talk about the many problems he faced growing up, Perlo said. But she became nervous, telling her son the night before she was to testify that she did not want to go through with it, Perlo said. Perlo and his co-counsel, Robin Yanes, had approached Orozco’s case from a somewhat unorthodox position. Rather than argue their client’s innocence, they repeatedly referred to their client as the gunman in the presence of the jury and focused on a number of other people they claimed were equally responsible in the crime. “We made a lot of decisions that some lawyers would disagree with,” Perlo said. “I would add, personally, a lot of lawyers with a lot less experience.” When Orozco returns to court May 3, Perlo and Yanes will argue for a mistrial and, if that is rejected, will ask Judge Philip Hickok to modify the jury’s verdict and consider life without parole. The chance either argument will be successful is slight, Perlo said. But that then sets into motion the automatic appeals process, something that will be handled by a different set of attorneys. At the very least, Perlo estimated the appeals process will last five years. It could run into 20 years because there are both state and federal requirements that must be met, he added. “The decision today made the family happy, but unfortunately it’s a false happiness,” Perlo said after court Tuesday. “The death penalty rarely offers … closure.” The Ortiz family, however, disagreed. “I’m kind of relieved that it’s over,” said 17-year-old Jeremy Ortiz, one of the deputy’s sons from a previous marriage. “I’m happy with the verdict, we just have to wait it out now.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 499-1261 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the jury convicted him last month of the deputy’s slaying, as well as the attempted murder of another man just a few days prior to the ambush killing of Ortiz, Orozco sat staring straight ahead, unflinching. As Court Clerk Dan Fallon read the jury’s sentence shortly before noon Tuesday, several members of the slain lawman’s family gasped, clutching one another’s hands. At the same time, a small smile spread across Orozco’s face and he chuckled. “We understand and we appreciate the gravity of the decision that the jury had to make … and that it took a lot for them to \,” Chela Ortiz, the deputy’s wife, said afterward. The widow – who was married three weeks before her husband was killed – sat with her mother-in-law, Rosa Ortiz, and the rest of the family every day of the trial.
Meantime, the price of gasoline is recovering much faster, especially here in B.C., where the work week opened with the provincial average $1.17 a litre.That was $0.04 higher than the common posted price in Fort St. John, and nearly a nickel more than any other provincial average, with Quebec and Newfoundland closest at just over $1.12.The best prices were still found in the three Prairie Provinces, with the Alberta average at just over $0.94 a litre, $0.02 less than Saskatchewan and about $0.04 less than Manitoba, and the only provinces under $1.00 a litre. Thus far, this has been a dismal sales year, with the bonus bids totals for the first three months at about $2.2 million, $635,000 and $1.7 million, respectively.That left the calendar year first quarter total at roughly $4.5 million, or less than ten per cent of the $52.6 million received by the government in the same quarter last year.Several attempts in the past month to get Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman to comment on the downward trend have all ended without a direct response and the same can be said of opposition leader John Horgan.- Advertisement -However, barring a dramatic turnaround in this week’s sale, the year-over-year gap is likely to widen, as last year’s April sale produced $10.4 million in bonus bids – more than double the total for first three months this year.It remains a subject of debate as to how much this has to do with the fall in crude oil prices, but we’re now nearing the first anniversary since it began last summer.It has recovered some in the past few weeks, but is still below $60.00 a barrel U.S. and barely more than half of what it was last June.Advertisement
Huddersfield’s goals, scored by Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre, were a direct result of disastrous mistakes by United’s Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof.“In the first half I was waiting for it,” said Mourinho, whose side replied through substitute Marcus Rashford.“It was Mata and Victor, but it could have been another because the attitude was really poor.“When I lose matches, I like to lose because the opponent was better, had more quality. When you lose because of attitude, that is really bad.“I heard Ander Herrera in an interview saying the attitude and desire was poor. Oh my God.“When a player says that and a player feels that, I think they should then all go to the press conference and explain why, because I cannot explain that.”Mourinho’s team had only conceded two league goals, in a 2-2 draw at Stoke City in early September, before Saturday’s visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.But the United manager was more concerned by the fact it was the first time in his 15 months in charge that he had detected such a poor attitude.“I don’t even remember a friendly match where our attitude was so poor,” he said.“Of course it concerns me, yes, because if it happened today, why can’t it happen tomorrow?“It was a surprise, but it is reality. It was a surprise, yes, but it happened. For me it is quite easy and simple to say the team that deserved to win won.“They played like I like. They played with everything they have, like I like and like it has to be. They played with everything: aggression, desire, motivation, sacrifice.“They played with everything and we didn’t. So the team that deserved to win won. Simple.”– ‘Little Huddersfield Town’ –Huddersfield Town’s Aaron Mooy (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of their match against Manchester United at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on October 21, 2017United visit Swansea City in the League Cup on Wednesday before hosting Tottenham Hotspur and visiting Chelsea in their next two Premier League games.Having seen their 12-game unbeaten run come to an end, Mourinho said he did not know how his team would react.“I don’t like to anticipate the reactions because I don’t know how to say in this moment,” he said.“We come here to play a Premier League match, to play for three points.“I feel really disappointed and if I was a Manchester United supporter — not a manager, but a traditional supporter — I would be really disappointed.“Because I think you can play and lose a football match because the opponent had more quality than you, but you cannot lose because the opponent had a better attitude than you.”Huddersfield manager David Wagner, who lifted the club back into the top flight for the first time in nearly half a century, ranked the victory among his “top three” days in charge.“I live in Huddersfield, so I know a little bit — maybe not 100 percent — how huge this result is,” said the bespectacled German.“For the town, for the Huddersfield Town supporters, for the chairman, for the board, for everybody who supports the football club.“I’m totally aware that this is a very special moment and a huge result.“Little Huddersfield Town, in the Premier League for the first time, in the top flight for the first time in 45 years, has now beaten Man United.“I’m aware of it, happy and proud about it, but like always, we will stay humble.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s coach Jose MourinhoHUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom, Oct 21 – Jose Mourinho launched a withering verbal attack on his Manchester United players following their surprise Premier League defeat at Huddersfield Town and confessed he was shocked by their lacklustre performance.United were beaten for the first time this season, while promoted Huddersfield’s 2-1 win marked their first top-flight victory over their illustrious visitors since 1952.
0Shares0000World Cup dream: Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his first day with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Friday © AFP / Mark RALSTONCARSON, United States, Mar 31 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic refused to rule out his chances of playing for Sweden in the World Cup on Friday as he launched his Major League Soccer career with the Los Angeles Galaxy.The veteran striker is at the centre of a national guessing-game in Sweden over whether he may or may not be brought out of international retirement for this year’s finals in Russia. On Friday as he was unveiled by the Galaxy in California, Ibrahimovic was coy about playing in Russia.“Let me first enjoy it here,” Ibrahimovic said. “What happens here will take it further.“But my focus is on Galaxy, prepare good for Galaxy, be available, help the coach, help the club, whatever they need.“The World Cup is another question. I’ve said it before. Nobody needs to call anybody. If they want, I’m there.”Sweden coach Janne Andersson has so far pointedly resisted the urge to make the first move, saying earlier in March that Zlatan could call him if he wanted to be considered for selection.“Zlatan is very welcome to call me,” Andersson said, hinting he would not take the initiative.Ibrahimovic however declined to clarify his hopes however when asked Friday if he wanted to play in the World Cup.“Let’s keep them on their toes,” the striker said. “Let’s see. Because they’re all talking about whether I should go or if I should not go. Because they have it good, they have it bad. But so far they didn’t win nothing.“And I know how to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The win puts Serbia in a strong early position in Group E ahead of games against Brazil and Switzerland as they look to reach the last 16 for the first time since becoming an independent country, while Costa Rica have it all to do to repeat their surprise run to the quarter-finals four years ago.Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic handed Branislav Ivanovic his 104th international appearance, making the former Chelsea centre-back the most-capped player in his nation’s history, moving clear of Dejan Stankovic in the all-time list.Costa Rica started brightly, with Vladimir Stojkovic diving to save at the feet of Marcos Urena, before Giancarlo Gonzalez headed straight at the Serbia goalkeeper.The Central Americans should have taken the lead in the 12th minute, but Bologna defender Gonzalez inexplicably headed over when unmarked at the back post with the goal at his mercy.Serbia grew into the game and started to dominate possession, with Costa Rica playing in the same style which brought them so much success in 2014, sitting deep and looking to pounce on the counter-attack.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose non-selection during qualifying led to Slavo Muslin’s sacking as Serbia coach, almost broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, but his overhead kick was well kept out by Real Madrid ‘keeper Keylor Navas in the Costa Rica goal.Serbia did take the lead in the 56th minute, though, and in fine style.The 32-year-old Kolarov fired a sublime left-footed free-kick over the wall, dipping into the top corner past a despairing dive from Navas.Coach Oscar Ramirez threw on Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, Costa Rica’s star player in Brazil in 2014, in search of an equaliser.Campbell’s speed almost got him in behind the Serbia defence just seconds after coming on, but it was Serbia who blew a gilt-edged chance to score a second.Dusan Tadic’s low cross picked out Filip Kostic, but the substitute miskicked in front of an open goal, perhaps due to a slight touch on the ball by Navas.There was a late scuffle as Nemanja Matic tried to take the ball off a member of the Costa Rican staff on the sidelines, before a VAR red-card review saw Aleksandar Prijovic booked for a separate incident, but Serbia held on with relative ease for a potentially priceless win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kolarov celebrates his goal against Costa RicaSAMARA, Russia, Jun 17- Aleksandar Kolarov’s brilliant second-half free-kick gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup group match in Samara on Sunday.The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough early in the second half with a magnificent effort, and although Serbia missed chances to further extend their lead, they were not overly troubled by the Costa Ricans.
1 Liverpool striker Fabio Borini Things appear to be on the up for West Ham with a move to the Olympic Stadium just a year away.Co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan are now splashing the cash as they look to ensure they start life in their new arena in the Premier League.Dimitri Payet has already joined the club from Marseille for around £10.7million, while Scottish youngster Stephen Hendrie will move for £1million.As well as this the Hammers are being linked with several more new signings, including Liverpool forward Fabio Borini.But on hearing West Ham could land the Italian star £8million, the club’s supporters didn’t seem too happy.You can see how they reacted below…
An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation “Slow Down”, supported by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) tomorrow (Fri) and Saturday.The operation will last for a 24 hour period between 7am on Friday 18th October to 7am on Saturday 19th October 2019. The aim of “Slow Down day” is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed. The overall objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.In terms of road safety, 2018 was the lowest on record with 142 road deaths, however it is still 142 road deaths too many. We can never be complacent about road safety.Excessive and inappropriate speed is a contributory factor in approximately one third of fatal road traffic collisions.The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety. Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau said: “This is the second Slow Down day of 2019 and it could not come at a more appropriate time.“Roads deaths are significantly higher than this period last year and with the darker, wetter weather approaching, vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists will be at higher risk over the coming months.“Lowering speed is crucial for reducing injuries in the event of a collision and keeps everyone in the community safer.“Please check your speed and support Slow Down day, not only on the day, but every day.”All speed enforcement zone locations are available on the Garda website. The penalty for speeding is 3 penalty points and an €80 euro fine if paid within 28 days. Gardaí launch second national ‘Slow Down Day’ to encourage road safety was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
It’s been a good week for Kokko Figueiredo, and it’s about to get even better.On Tuesday, the College of the Redwoods standout signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Cal State Monterey Bay next season, receiving a full scholarship to join the Division-II Otters.And on Friday, he’ll cap a memorable few days by making his debut for the Humboldt Crabs and fulfilling a childhood dream.“When I was younger, I obviously liked the Crabs and I went to their camps and got autographs from all …
Warriors free agent forward Kevin Durant plans to announce his free-agency destination at some point on Sunday night.According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant will announce his decisionon the account of his sports business show, The Boardroom. Among the suitors for Durant’s services are the Warriors, Knicks, Clippers and Nets.Source: Kevin Durant will announce his free agent decision tonight on his company … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.