Arrest made in GTT cable theft

first_img– as offered 0,000 reward bears fruit The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) on Thursday commended public spirited citizens and members of the law enforcement agencies for apprehending a person reported for their cable theft.The arrest followed closely on the heels of an offered reward of $500,000 for information leading to the apprehension of the perpetrator.Only last week, (on September 12 and 13) 300 metres of cable were stolen at New Hope and Friendship on the East Bank of Demerara respectively. After the cable was cut and removed, more than 400 customers lost both voice and data services.According to GTT in a release, within a day of that theft, information was received in response to the reward offer and led law enforcement officers to Pasha’s Scrap Yard in Albouystown where a purchaser of the stolen GTT cable was apprehended.GTT CEO Justin Nedd was on Thursday in high praise of the swift response of the Guyana Police Force.Nedd said, “While we remain disheartened by the continued acts of vandalism against our fibre infrastructure and theft of copper cable, we are heartened by the swift response of the Police once we had received the information.”GTT and law enforcement officers, buoyed by this arrest, continue to hunt for the saboteurs of the fibre network, he said.At a joint media conference with GTT at the Public Telecommunications Ministry in July, Minister Cathy Hughes had pledged Government’s support in apprehending persons who damage GTT infrastructure, pointing out that there were stiff provisions in the law, referencing Section 131 of the Criminal Law Offenses Act Chapter 8:01.Nedd also said, “we are also very happy with the support we got from the Government, especially from the Ministers of Public Security, Business, and Public Telecommunications during this episode. The Government’s actions were in keeping with their commitments made in public.”GTT announced the system of cash rewards at the July media conference in a push to ensure that “perpetrators of vandalism and theft are no longer able to undermine business and put citizens and public services at risk by bringing down the network for their own nefarious gain.”last_img read more

Mourinho warns Chelsea stars: Make sure we don’t end up like Liverpool

first_img Jose Mourinho 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned his champions: Make sure we’re not Liverpool next season.The Blues wrapped up this season’s Premier League title with three games to spare, but the Portuguese won’t be resting on his laurels as he sets his sights on the challenges ahead.And the first of those is to ensure his side doesn’t suffer the same fate as Liverpool and miss out on Champions League qualification.Speaking exclusively to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Next season it will be the same five [at the top]. I don’t know what Tottenham will do this summer, but for sure, among these five teams anyone can be champions, and anyone can finish fifth.“When the season starts I have to make sure we finish top four. That’s the first step, because one of us is going to be out [of the Champions League].“Last year it was Manchester United, this season’s it’s Liverpool. Next season we have to make sure it’s not Chelsea.”To listen to the full interview with Jose Mourinho, tune in to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast from 8am on Tuesday morninglast_img read more

Water board weighs trip

first_imgNEWHALL – Newhall County Water District’s shrinking environmental minority is challenging a proposal to send a newly elected director – who won’t take office till December – to an upcoming water conference, calling it a gift of public funds. At issue is whether B.J. Atkins should attend on the district’s dime the Association of California Water Agencies’ Nov. 29-Dec. 2 conference in San Diego. The water district board is holding an emergency meeting tonight to resolve the matter. “(The conference) just gets us up to date on what’s going on in water agencies – from financial, to water quality to operational,” Steve Cole, NCWD’s general manager, said Tuesday. But even a trip to a policy conference is political fodder a week after an election. Atkins, who ran on a business-backed slate with incumbents Barbara Dore and Maria Gutzeit, ousted Joan Dunn, one of two reliable environmental votes on the five-member board. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At last week’s regular meeting, Dunn and ally Lynne Plambeck blocked an attempt by board members to allow Atkins on the trip – they needed a 4-1 vote to amend the agenda. In response, board President Gutzeit called a special meeting. “I’m not happy that we’re forced to do it this way, but that’s what they forced us to do,” she said. “They’re playing games with something that would’ve easily been settled.” The four-day trip will cost $1,200 to $1,500, excluding per diem pay for doing board business, Cole said. Holding a special meeting will cost more than $500 in director compensation and legal fees. Plambeck, president of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment, called Atkins’ attendance a gift of public funds. “For someone who ran a campaign faulting the district for having high rates and exaggerating our conservation rates, he’s asking the district to spend money on him before he’s a board member,” she said. “Nobody would be concerned if he’s going and he’s paying his own way. If any of the minority had tried this, we would be laughed out of the room.” Asked if he would pay his own way to the conference, Atkins said: “I’ve already pitched in, and I’ll do more if it’s part of the price of what I’m doing.” The NCWD does not have a formal reimbursement policy for travel and conferences for newly-elected board members who have not taken office. Atkins won’t be sworn in until Dec. 15. “In years past, we have offered it to the new candidate if they’re elected,” Cole said. “It was an option to get them up to speed quickly. … As part of this, we may have to develop a policy just to make it clear – a very simple policy expressing how the district wants to handle these things.” The issue never has come up for the Santa Clarita City Council – new council members usually take office two weeks after the election, city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. But the city’s travel and training policy does not cover newly elected council members until after they are sworn into office. A similar policy governs the Castaic Lake Water Agency. The region’s wholesaler of state water also has a publicly-elected board of directors. No recent director-elect prior to taking the oath has asked the agency to pay for conference travel, spokeswoman Mary Lou Cotton said. Gutzeit said it’s to the public’s benefit that Atkins attend instead of Dunn. “It’s absolutely no benefit to the district and our customers to spend $1,800 and change for a director that’s only going to be on the job for less than two weeks when we get back,” she said. “If the problem lies with one of the unseated board members, that’s small thinking,” Atkins said. “They have to think what’s in the best interest of the district.” Dunn believes Atkins is getting special treatment. “When we won, we had to wait until the middle of the year to go to a conference,” she said. “They’re trying to bypass that for a friend before he goes into office. “If they had done it in the past for any new people like that, I would say OK. I’m trying to save the district money.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 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

29 extra Special Needs Assistants for Donegal

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has announced an extra 29 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) will be working in schools across the county when the new school year starts.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, said: “More and more children with special educational needs are learning and taking an active part in our schools in Donegal.“Ensuring the funding is there to provide for additional Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) helps these children to participate more fully in school life. “This increase in the number of SNAs in Donegal is an investment in our children.“It shows the priority that this Fine Gael Government places on helping children to fulfil their potential. And I want to pay tribute to the outstanding work that SNAs do and the lasting difference that they make to children’s lives.”Mr McHugh added the role that SNAs play in schools is of huge benefit to mothers and fathers up and down the country and they help give youngsters that extra support that will hopefully improve their lives in the long run.He said “Making this announcement in May is fulfilling a commitment that was made by the Fine Gael Government last year. It gives SNAs, school principals and mothers and fathers the assurance they need before the school year ends. “I want to thank my cabinet colleague Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton for making it such a priority.“Extra roles like these will help to ensure that a child who needs additional support and engagement in school in Donegal gets it.”With this new allocation a total of 731 SNAs will be working in Donegal schools – 466 in primary schools, 208 in post-primary and 57 in special schools.More than 15,000 SNAs will be working nationwide in schools come September – a 42% increase on the figures in 2011 when the number stood at 10,575.The Government now invests €524m in SNAs annually, as part of a total €1.75 billion investment in special educational needs overall. The NCSE will now proceed to notify schools of their Special Needs Assistants allocations for the coming 2018/19 school year and will publish details of these allocations on their website on Friday May 18.BackgroundThis decision is being made now to ensure that each child that is assessed as needing SNA support receives access to such support for the commencement of the new school year. This will ensure that children with special educational needs may be enrolled and take up their places in September.Supports for Children with Special Educational Needs Some 800 additional Special Needs Assistants will be allocated to schools for the beginning of the next school year. Another 140 are expected to be allocated between September and December 2018.In 2018 the Department of Education and Skills will invest €1.75 billion in special education, almost one fifth of the entire education budget. This is an over 39% increase since 2011. The number of Special Needs Assistants will increase by 42%, from 10,575 to 15,000 since 2011.The number of Special Classes has increased by 138% with 756 new special classes opened since 2011, bringing the total number of such classes to over 1,300. The NCSE expected to open an additional 155 special classes for the 2018/19 school year.The new model for allocating Resource Teachers to schools has been successfully introduced, with 900 additional teacher allocated from September 2017 to support the model and to ensure that children with special needs can access additional teaching supports.29 extra Special Needs Assistants for Donegal was last modified: May 21st, 2018 by StephenShare 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:donegalJoe McHughSPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANTSlast_img read more

Supersize My Trackable – The Biggest of BIG (and weird) Trackables

first_imgWhat’s the biggest, weirdest trackable you’ve ever moved? Share with your Friends:More There’s something very special about a person who attaches Shrek ears and children’s shoes to a cinder block and tasks others with carrying that object from place to place. We like to think that special drive is what makes a geocacher a geocacher.The willingness to be a little unusual, a little conspicuous, and sometimes downright weird seems to be common to geocachers. It’s an element that surfaces particularly with trackables. If you’re new to the game, a trackable is a game piece with a unique number. It commonly looks like a dog tag. These trackables are attached to hitchhikers (objects of various sorts), like the giant ones you’re about to see.At some point, everyone—from the trackable obsessed to the fair-weather trackable logger—has gazed at a trackable and thought the following:How am I going to move this [loose ball of yarn]? Where is the rest of [the vehicle to which this door was once attached]? There is no chance we’re going to be taking this [instrument of extreme noise]. What’s made of cement, has six legs, and Shrek’s face? You know you’re a geocacher if you answered, “Probably a trackable.” And you’d be right.center_img SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postThe Teenage Travel Bug® MoverSeptember 19, 2012In “Community”The Center of the Trackable UniverseSeptember 15, 2011In “Community” I’m taking a picture with a giant [teddy bear]. Where can I get one of these [humongous metal Travel Bug tags]? Why do trackables tend to be so weird? Because the world of trackables is so wide and has few limits to what can be made trackable, they are geocaching’s most widespread form of self-expression. Trackables tell stories about who we are and where we’re from. They travel the world when we can’t. They bring joy to people we’ll never meet.But where to put the oversized, hilarious trackables you find? Check out these BIG caches and see if there’s one near you.last_img read more

5th ODI: India beat Sri Lanka by 20 runs, jump to 2nd spot in rankings

first_imgIrfan Pathan claimed five wickets and contributed valuable 29 runs as India managed a 20-run win over Sri Lanka in the dead fifth rubber to complete a 4-1 series drubbing, here on Saturday. Score | PhotosIndia posted a challenging 294 for seven after electing to bat and completed the win by bowling out the hosts for 274 in 45.4 overs at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.India had lost the second ODI in Hambantota by nine wickets but were dominant in all the other matches.Opener Gautam Gambhir (88), Manoj Tiwary (65) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (58) scored half-centuries while Rohit Sharma (4) failed yet again on Saturday.Dhoni along with Pathan (29 off 28) plundered 77 runs in just 9.5 overs before falling to Lasith Malinga in the penultimate over of India innings.Later, the pace trio of Pathan (5/60), Ashok Dinda (2/55) and Zaheer Khan (1/53) ripped apart the Sri Lankan top-order, tilting the scale in favour of India.Courtesy this win, India have now claimed the second spot in the ODI rankings behind Australia after starting the series in the fourth position. Both India and Australia now have 119 rating points, followed by South Africa (118).Lahiru Thirimanne, who came to bat at number three after the fall of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (0), was the top scorer for the hosts with his fighting 81-run knock.Run-rate was never a problem with Sri Lanka but they struggled to keep wickets in hand as half of the batting line- up was resting in pavilion within 16 overs.Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis (72) did stage a fightback for their side with a gritty 102-run partnership for the sixth wicket in 20.4 overs.advertisementlast_img read more

Derby’s Johnson bites Allen during mass scuffle at Stoke

first_imgDerby’s Bradley Johnson attempted to bite Stoke City rival Joe Allen during a large-scale melee during the Championship showdown.The pair scuffled after Peter Etebo’s reckless studs-up challenge on Richard Keogh earned the Stoke player a red card on a heated night at the Bet365 Stadium, with the home team coming out 2-1 winners.In the aftermath of Etebo’s foul, Bradley and Allen tangled with the former lunging at the latter with his teeth, though TV replays suggested he may have only got a mouthful of his opponent’s shirt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! EMBED ONLY Bradley Johnson Joe Allen Derby County Stoke City screenshotHe escaped with a yellow card and Derby manager Frank Lampard replaced him with Tom Huddlestone at half-time.Stoke boss Gary Rowett, in charge of Derby last season, attempted to play down the incident with his former player – though Johnson could still face action if the FA deemed it worthy of further investigation. Rowett said: “We are not going to make any complaints. I spoke to Joe and he said it wasn’t anything massively problematic. “It was part of the melee, a moment in the game that probably looked worse than it was.”Rowett quit Derby to join Stoke six months ago and the travelling support taunted him with chants and inflatable snakes.”It took a lot of discipline and great determination to win with 10 men,” said Rowett. “That was the biggest performance of our season. We didn’t crumble. I’m taking one of those snakes home with me!”Goals from Sam Clucas and Tom Ince gave Stoke the win. Harry Wilson scored for Derby.Elsewhere in the Championship, Tammy Abraham scored four times for Aston Villa in a 10-goal thriller with Nottingham Forest at Villa Park.His first-half hat-trick made it 3-3 at the break after the visitors had led 2-0 and 3-2 through Lewis Grabban, Joao Carvalho and Matthew Cash.Joe Lolley restored their lead before Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, added another to draw level again.Villa then took their first lead at 5-4 when Anwar El Ghazi scored but Grabban struck again to earn the draw.last_img read more

‘Messi needs to block out the negativity from everyone’

first_imgLionel Messi needs ‘to block out the negativity from everyone’ heading into the Copa America, according to former Brazil and Manchester United midfielder Kleberson.Argentina superstar Messi has endured multiple final defeats at international level and took a break from the national team after last summer’s World Cup last-16 defeat by France.The Barcelona forward returned to the fold earlier this year and has been named in Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni’s squad for the upcoming Copa America, with Kleberson offering some advice to Messi ahead of the tournament in Brazil. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Messi needs to block out the negativity from everyone,” Kleberson told “People expect him to play the same way playing for Argentina as he does when he plays for Barcelona.“He needs to be play with freedom, his fellow team-mates need to work hard to win the ball back and find Messi so he can have the ball at his feet.” Himself a former team-mate of ex-Barcelona man Ronaldinho, Kleberson can understand how to bring out the best from a talented compatriot for the overall good of the side.“I remember when I played with Ronaldinho,” he continued. “I said to him ‘do not worry about defending, that is my job. I will get you the ball and you do the rest’; I knew he had the ability and the creativity to win us the game.” Brazil are the favourites to win the Copa America on home soil, but Kleberson does not believe Tite’s current squad compares with the quality of the 2002 World Cup-winning team he was part of.“They have some amazing players in this team now,” admitted Kleberson. “But, if you saw some of the players in 2002, you would have thought ‘wow’. “When I was playing in 2002 and looked at the substitutes’ bench, I saw some brilliant young players.“They have good players now but if you are comparing the squad then and now, the team in 2002 was outstanding. I do not think any players could get into that team.” One area where Brazil are not short of quality is in the goalkeeping department, with Kleberson having a preference for Liverpool’s Alisson over Manchester City’s Ederson after the pair both enjoyed stellar seasons at club level.“It’s a tough one to choose between Alisson and Ederson,” he confessed. “Both are coming off from a strong season and have had good moments. “Ederson is a solid keeper but Alisson has risen to the big occasions this season. For me, Alisson is just the better goalkeeper but there is not much between them.”last_img read more

Levi’s Made & Crafted Collection is Spicier Compared to Your Regular 501s

first_img 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Levi’s Made & Crafted collection has taken all the heritage, quality, and commitment to traditional denim and elevated it through the use of premium fabric, new construction methods, and design elements like folk-inspired embroidery, quilted stitching, raw edges, and hand-finished fabrics, making each piece feel artisinal and unique.Now’s the perfect time to get your hands on a chore coat and the newly-trending wide-cropped trousers, along with a few fantastic sale pieces that are sure to sell out if you don’t act fast. Here are a few of our favorites from the current lineup, including some collaboration pieces with Josh Peskowitz.Peskowitz Long Chore Coat – $498This chore coat is made from Japanese indigo cotton and woven in a herringbone pattern with striped indigo dobby fabric for the front patch pockets. With this coat, you’ll disappear into any urban crowd.See ItPeskowitz Wide Cropped Trouser – $328We never thought we’d see the day when wide-cropped trousers a la the 1940s would return, but here we are. Dive in to these lightweight Japanese cotton and tecel blended fabric pants that offer a relaxed, roomy fit. Hell, you could even go bootlegging in these — literally.See ItPeskowitz Woven Tee – $198Constructed from lightweight Japanese cotton with an open neckline, rounded hem, and a relaxed, oversized fit, this is a classic, terribly expensive T-shirt that all men could at least own one of. See ItStandard Shirt – $90 (down from $178)Clean-cut enough to pair with either your suit or your jeans, the standard shirt from Levi’s is tailored for a crisp, sharp look. See ItCrew Sweatshirt – $65 (down from $128)Midweight fabric and a soft brushed interior provide the familiar comfort of fleece in Levi’s Made & Crafted classic crew sweatshirt. The neutral color allows this to match with anything during any season. See ItQuilted Zip Bomber – $149 (down from $298)If you don’t have a bomber jacket in your life, this quilted option from Levi’s Made & Crafted should be your next purchase. Built to last with unique quilted panels that add texture and depth to an already iconic cut, the Quilted Zip Bomber is a classic you’ll keep for life.See ItTrouser Shorts – $60 (down from $138)Fancy shorts for a not-so-fancy price. Be the guy with the loose-fit, front pleated shorts and you’ll finally know  the pleasure of being invited to golf with your retiree neighbor.See ItAnd if you like this collab, check out Levi’s other latest partnership with Jordan’s for Denim sneakers and a matching jacket. The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now last_img read more