Disney Makes Major Announcement On Park Closure

first_imgIt hasn’t been the type of wild ride Disney fans are used to or enjoy.Disney World and Disneyland have both been closed for an unprecedented 11 days due to the CoronaVirus pandemic. And now it is being announced that both parks will not be opening on April 1st as originally planned.According to a report released by a Walt Disney Company spokesperson, it has now been decided that both parks and all associated resorts will remain closed indefinitely until they can come up with a solid timeline to reopen.The statement also went onto say that they will continue to pay all of their employees through April 18th.last_img

161 stakeholders benefit from Pakistan Cricket Boards’ welfare scheme

first_imgLAHORE: As many as 161 key stakeholders of Pakistan cricket benefitted from the Pakistan Cricket Boards one-off welfare initiative, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed after the payment process was completed on Monday.The initiative was launched last month to provide financial relief to first-class cricketers, match referees, scorers and grounds staff facing hardships due to an abrupt halt on cricket activities following the Covid-19 outbreak. This had resulted in the loss of additional income opportunities for these stakeholders during Ramadan after the government announced suspension of all sport activities and events during to the pandemic. The beneficiaries from the PCB’s scheme hail from 51 cities, including far-flung areas such as Chaghi, Dadu, Dera Murad Jamali, Hub, Layyah, Mardan, Thatta and Turbat. The PCB has provided support to 93 grounds staff, 31 scorers, 21 match officials and 16 first-class cricketers through the scheme under the following criteria: IANS Also Read: Shopping malls reopen. Aarogya Setu must have to enter mallslast_img read more

Sri Lanka on top despite late drama in Dubai

first_imgSRI LANKA 1st innings 482 (D. Karunaratne 196, D. Chandimal 62, D. Perera 58, N. Dickwella 52; Y. Shah 6-184)Pakistan 1st innings (Overnight: 51-0)Shan Masood b Gamage 16Sami Aslam lbw b D. Perera 39Azhar Ali lbw b Herath 59Asad Shafiq c K. Mendis b Lakmal 12Babar Azam c Samarawickreme b Herath 8Haris Sohail lbw b D. Perera 56Sarfraz Ahmed c K. Mendis b D. Perera 14Mohammad Amir lbw b Herath 7Yasir Shah b Lakmal 24Wahab Riaz c Samarawickreme b Gamage 16Mohammad Abbas not out 1Extras (b-4 lb-2 nb-4) 10Total (all out, 90.3 overs) 262Fall of wickets: 1-61 S. Masood,2-65 S. Aslam,3-92 A. Shafiq,4-109 B. Azam,5-180 Az. Ali,6-199 S. Ahmed,7-214 M. Amir,8-220 H. Sohail,9-250 W. Riaz,10-262 Y. ShahBowling: Suranga Lakmal 17.3 – 5 – 41 – 2, Nuwan Pradeep 9 – 2 – 21 – 0,Lahiru Gamage 15 – 2 – 38 – 2(nb-4),Dilruwan Perera 26 – 3 – 72 – 3,Rangana Herath 23 – 3 – 84 – 3.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsDimuth Karunaratne b Riaz 7Kaushal Silva c S. Ahmed b Abbas 3Sadheera Samarawickreme c S. Ahmed b Riaz 13Kusal Mendis not out 8Suranga Lakmal lbw b Shah 1Dinesh Chandimal lbw b Riaz 0Extras (lb-1 nb-1) 2Total (for 5 wickets, 14.3 overs) 34Fall of wickets: 1-3 K. Silva,2-22 D. Karunaratne,3-26 S. Samarawickreme,4-33 S. Lakmal,5-34 D. ChandimalTo bat: N. Dickwella, D. Perera, R. Herath, L. Gamage, N. PradeepBowling: Mohammad Abbas 4 – 2 – 6 – 1,Yasir Shah 7 – 2 – 17 – 1,Wahab Riaz 3.3 – 0 – 10 – 3(nb-1). PAKISTAN hit back with five late wickets on a dramatic third day of the second Test after capitulating with the bat but Sri Lanka hold a healthy lead as they scent a series victory in Dubai.Sri Lanka claimed a first-innings lead of 220 after Pakistan collapsed from 180-4 to 262 all out, spinners Rangana Herath (3-84) and Dilruwan Perera (3-72) taking three wickets apiece.Azhar Ali (59) and Haris Sohail (56) made half-centuries, but Pakistan’s innings fell to pieces before Wahab Riaz (3-10) did the bulk of the damage as Sri Lanka slumped to 34-5 at stumps on a day in which 15 wickets fell.Despite such a woeful start to their second innings, the tourists will fancy the chances of sealing a 2-0 whitewash when they resume on day four with a lead of 254 after seeing Pakistan struggle so badly with the bat on Sunday.Debutant Lahiru Gamage (2-38) struck in the sixth over of the day to end an opening stand of 61, getting one to nip back in and bowl Shan Masood for his first Test wicket.Sami Aslam (39) was on his way when he was trapped leg before by Dilruwan in the next over and Pakistan were in trouble on 115-4 at tea after Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam fell cheaply.Sohail smashed his second ball from Herath for six over long-on and hit the spinner over the ropes for a second time, while Azhar played a composed knock at the other end and both players passed 50 in a much needed stand of 71.It was no surprise that it was the ever-reliable Herath who got the breakthrough, Azhar sent on his way after Sri Lanka reviewed when he was hit plumb in front and that sparked a collapse.Yasir Shah (24) produced a couple of lusty blows before he was cleaned up by Suranga Lakmal (2-41) and Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 82 runs before giving themselves hope in a stunning final session.Dimuth Karunaratne played on to a Wahab delivery, just as he did on 196 in the first innings, after Mohammad Abbas set the tone by snaring Kaushal Silva caught behind.Sadeera Samarawickrama and nightwatchman Lakmal also departed before Wahab got skipper Dinesh Chandimal lbw with what proved to be the last ball of an eventful day.(Omnisport)last_img read more

Over break, property crime rate up

first_imgAs the number of people on campus decreases during breaks, the number of crimes typically increases, and this Thanksgiving break was no exception.During the recent break, four car burglaries, one bike theft and one residential burglary were reported to the Department of Public Safety. According to DPS Capt. David Carlisle, these numbers are unusual compared to typical weeks.Safe parking? · Over the break, a car was broken into at Parking Structure D. DPS offers free parking in the Parking Center to prevent thefts. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan“I would say four auto burglaries in one week is not a typical week,” Carlisle said. “One burglary and one bike theft wouldn’t be unusual, but four burglaries in that short span of four days is more than we’d like to see, and it’s more than we typically see.”During the holidays, crime trends shift from crimes against persons to property crimes, Carlisle said.“The opportunity for students to be robbed is reduced because they’re leaving,” he said. “We look at where we are vulnerable: student housing, unlocked bikes, cars left parked in structures or off campus on the street.”In an effort to reduce car burglaries, DPS initiated Operation GIFT — Group Initiative For Theft prevention — offering free guarded parking spots for USC students, faculty and staff in the Parking Center.“If students want to park on campus they have to pay and the alternative to that is parking on the street where they are more vulnerable, so in order to reduce the number of automobile burglaries we offer free parking in the parking structure,” Carlisle said.This year, 274 people parked their cars in the Parking Center over the holiday break, and none of the cars were burglarized, Carlisle said.“We did have one car broken into in Parking Structure D during the holidays, so we’re disappointed about that,” Carlisle said. “The other three burglaries occurred off campus, but had they been parked in the parking structure, I think we could have avoided those four crimes.”Looking forward to winter break, Carlisle said DPS will be launching a crime prevention publicity campaign, as well as offer the GIFT program again.DPS suggests students should make sure their apartments are locked and their property is secured. Carlisle said students might want to stop mail delivery and invest in automatic porch lights when they are away for long periods of time.“Burglars do know people are gone for Christmas break,” Carlisle said. “Students should do things to make it look like they’re not gone for three weeks so they don’t become targets for burglars.”Although crime statistics do fluctuate during the holiday seasons, Carlisle said crime around USC has continued to decline overall.“We’d like all of the students to help us keep crime down by not putting themselves in a position to be victims of crime themselves,” Carlisle said.last_img read more

Viktor Wanli – Kinguin – Betting on esports

first_imgViktor Wanli is the CEO and Founder of Kinguin. The company was founded as a trading platform in 2013, and is heavily invested in esports with its own team (Team Kinguin) and with plenty more plans afoot. Wanli is speaking on the Brand Ambassadors panel at Betting on Esports Conference next month (September 13-15, Kensington Olympia, London). He’ll be discussing the use, and potential use of, ambassadors in the esports space alongside ESP.bet CEO Scott Burton, Strive Sponsorship Managing Director Malph Minns and Win Technologies Betway Group Head of Esports Adam Savinson. Swipe Right PR Founder Kirsty Endfield is moderating.Esports Insider: Tell us about your vision going forward for KinguinViktor: We believe that everyone should have an access to a great gaming experience. We work to achieve this goal by building a worldwide ecosystem. This includes platforms, service and locations that supports the free economy and personal rights of players.We first released Kinguin.net in 2013, this was an international marketplace for video games and related virtual accessories. Up till now it’s connected about 6,000 sellers with over 6,000,000 buyers. That’s why we’ve no doubt what a great gaming experience means to the whole world.“As of right now we’re witnesses to an immense revolution in entertainment and a cultural shift”By following gamers and audience communities we analyse market needs and we try to respond to them. It’s the reason for Kinguin’s engagement with esports activities which draws the attention of an ever increasing number of enthusiasts. As of right now we’re witnesses to an immense revolution in entertainment and a cultural shift. It’s happening now. Esports is one of the fastest growing markets globally and we’d be foolish not to get involved.“In the months to come, we will open the Team Kinguin Performance Center in Warsaw”Our goal is to create Kinguin as a brand umbrella for sub-brands. It was for this reason we brought to life Team Kinguin; our professional esports team. In the months to come, we will open the Team Kinguin Performance Center in Warsaw. This will be a training and performance centre for teams around the world with dedicated spaces for rest, education and general day to day living. Keeping in mind the ever-growing number of esports enthusiasts we developed the Kinguin Franchising System – gaming entertainment centers which will be a place for fans to come together and watch teams playing live. In these network of venues you will find everything required to deliver a great gaming experience: a bootcamp space for teams, a main hall for spectators, a Virtual Reality showroom, shops, bars, restaurants and even a professional studio for video content and streaming for fans online.ESI: What is your opinion of betting operators coming in as team sponsors in esports?Viktor: The increasing attention of gamers and the growing audience within esports is a sociological phenomenon which mirrors traditional sports.“Betting on sports is as old as sports itself”People want to play, they want to be in an audience, and investors obviously consider this trend as an opportunity to create new objectives in business terms. Betting on sports is as old as sports itself. Because the awareness of esports is becoming ever more widespread, as a ‘new discipline’ I am not at all surprised that it draws the attention of traditional sport betting operators. Some of them now offer betting on esports in the same fashion and to the same degree as they do sports and, as such, it equalizes them as part of the same business. As long as esports betting is being done in a properly regulated fashion then it’s something we support, and it’s something that those that want to see the esports industry grow should get behind. ESI: Why did you decide to speak at Betting on Esports 2017?Viktor: I intend to make Kinguin brands present in all aspects of esport business and that is why I am still on the look-out for, and researching, new trends. Betting on Esports 2017 is a great opportunity to meet powerful people responsible for the development of this side of the business.“I intend to make Kinguin brands present in all aspects of esport business”Esports remain a relatively new family of competitive disciplines. That is why I am willing to share my gaming experience with them and learn more about activities associated with betting area.ESI: Why did you decide to sign a PUBG team – you evidently see a strong future for the title?Viktor: Honestly, it’s hard to see the future without this title. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has sold 4 million units in the three months since its launch. This effectively makes PUBG one of the best-selling games of 2017 so far. It is already the second most-watched game on Twitch.“The big idea behind how esport tournaments will look in PUBG is really interesting and it might even lead it to a top spot in esports within 3 years”From what I know, the big idea behind how esport tournaments will look in PUBG is really interesting and it might even lead it to a top spot in esports within 3 years. Who knows, but we really like to invest into innovative concepts and see where it can lead us. It’s just like anything else; what you want to be is the trailblazer.ESI: How involved are you in the day to day of Team Kinguin? Which titles are most appealing to you right now in terms of signing a roster and commercial viability? Are you considering Overwatch for instance? Viktor: Creating verticals in business requires investment and, perhaps equally important, a lot of commitment. I have been involved in Team Kinguin from the beginning till quite recently. Now the structure and core organisation goals are properly set up, I want to  focus my work on a long-term strategic plan for the company as a whole. I want to take my time and identify the what, why, and how of merging all of the pieces together into one well-oiled machine.I think the most interesting thing for us that is happening now is Valve’s announcement about the big changes coming to Dota 2’s tournament structure. We are already looking into that. Now we won’t have a limited number of Major tournaments that were organised by Valve each year, but the game’s publisher will choose more third-party tournaments that will directly sponsor and organise a two-tiered system varied by prize pools. We’re keen to see how it evolves as it looks very promising. For now we’re not considering Overwatch esports as one of the games that we would like to be part of, but we will be tracking the leagues and changes for sure.ESI: What can attendees expect to hear about your involvement in the ‘Brand Ambassadors’ panel?Viktor: It makes sense for me to take a part in a key event concerning betting on sports and esports and I’m aware that operators are always on the look-out for partners. We don’t want to miss any opportunity in the esports business space. We consider it all as a part of an economic universe. Kinguin brands are a part of it too. Universe is going to exist and develop with our ecosystem in the center of it. Kinguin as a platform is building multiple backend technology platforms  which may serve the current betting in esports ecosystem. To name a few: blockchain transactions, ICO cryptocurrencies, steam, CS:GO, PUBG skins backend B2C and C2C distribution platform and more.Betting on Esports 2017 is taking place at the Olympia in London over September 13-15. It’ll have six esports panels with over 25 speakers and a dedicated esports exhibition zone. It’s a part of #boscon2017 which’ll have over 1,000 delegates in attendance.Find out more about it herelast_img read more


first_img Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/9c/5e/neymar-atalanta-psg-2020_9joqc72tkpti19b98hzdjzs7d.jpg?t=-467573805&w=500&quality=80Mbappe was introduced from the bench with an hour gone, but the more PSG pressed, the more confident Atalanta seemed to become in defending their lead.Bergamo has been praised for its resilience as a city during what became a living nightmare for its residents during the coronavirus pandemic, and for 89 minutes Gian Piero Gasperini’s usually free-scoring side looked like matching that on the pitch.But just as the PSG was being written off by all those watching at home, two unlikely heroes stepped up in the club’s, manager’s and star player’s hour of need.First, Marquinhos, who spent much of the night shielding the central defenders behind him, found himself in the right place on the edge of the 6-yard box to force Neymar’s cross home after the Brazilian had been picked out at the back post by substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.It was then left to Choupo-Mouting — for many a figure of ridicule given his status among one of the most expensively assembled squads of all time — to send the Parisiens into raptures three minutes into stoppage time as he poked home following a fine link-up between Neymar and Mbappe down the left-hand side. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/73/e8/choupo-moting-psg-2020_9x9vfgoaoc4i16hho9lovj1o6.jpg?t=-461104805&w=500&quality=80PSG is through, with Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig awaiting it in the semifinals, and Mbappe potentially fit to start. The club will be many observers’ favorites to reach the final. Paris Saint-Germain and stoppage-time goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League: a relationship that has hurt the French champions more than enough times in recent years.Whether it was La Remontada in Barcelona or Manchester United’s smash-and-grab at Parc des Princes, PSG’s players were becoming reluctant masters of the shell-shocked slump to the turf at the final whistle. One of the reasons why some fancied the club to go all the way in 2020, in this most unique of tournaments, was that there would be no second legs in which Thomas Tuchel’s side could capitulate.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Schedule, table, bracket and more to knowIt also finds itself in the favorable side of the draw and, unlike in his previous two seasons at the club, Neymar is fit and firing.And yet, as the clock entered its final minute at Estadio da Luz on Wednesday night, PSG was again staring down the barrel of an embarrassing Champions League exit.Lowly Atalanta, leading thanks to Mario Pasalic’s superb curling strike midway through the first half, was on the cusp of continuing one of the competition’s great fairytale runs, and would have deserved to, too.But this is a Champions League like no other. And perhaps, just maybe, this is a different PSG, too.Tuchel’s team was far from at its best in Lisbon. Shorn of Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti because of injury and having played just two competitive fixtures since March, it could been forgiven for being a little rusty in a less high-stakes environment or against a more high-profile opponent.But the stars had aligned for it this year. All it had to do to reach the final was beat the third-best team in Italy and then the third-best team from either Germany or Spain. Fail and Tuchel, who himself is nursing a broken foot and spent the evening perched on a cooler inside his technical area, would be a literal sitting duck.For much of the night, all signs pointed to this being another of those evenings for PSG. Neymar wasted a golden opportunity to open the scoring inside three minutes, which, in turn, left Mbappe stunned in the stands, before the world’s most expensive player shanked three more efforts off-target when well-placed.It was difficult to lay all the blame at his door given both Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia offered next to nothing alongside him up front, but if the Brazil international was feeling any excess pressure without his usual partner in crime, Mbappe, it showed. Getty If it is to do so, however, then a huge improvement is required from almost every one of Tuchel’s players bar Neymar, though the ex-Barcelona man will likely be in for extra shooting practice in the coming days.But in these most unprecedented of times, here was an almost unprecedented finish to a game of Champions League football involving Paris Saint-Germain.Maybe the wounds are finally healing. Maybe, just maybe, this is its year.last_img read more

Abilene Christian’s Sheehy, Central Arkansas’ Xin Garner Final Weekly Tennis Awards

first_imgCentral Arkansas (16-7, 8-2 SLC) concludes regular season play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon on Friday in Tyler, Texas. A win would clinch a share of the regular-season conference title for the Bears. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Xin continued her impressive freshman campaign with victories in singles and doubles play as the Bears handed conference-leading Abilene Christian its first loss in league play. She posted another straight-set singles win earlier in the week in a 6-1 triumph over Incarnate Word. Honorable Mention: Francois Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Jonathan Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Junior – Arlington, TexasAfter losing the first set of his match with UIW’s Gabriel Evans, Sheehy took sets two and three by a score of 6-3 to clinch the regular-season title and the program’s first-ever 5-0 finish in Southland Conference play. The following day, Sheehy recorded a straight-set victory over UTSA’s Joao Ceolin to help ACU win its 20th match of the season. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Jonathan Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Playing with Nikolas Moceanu, Sheehy came out on top in doubles play for the eighth time in the past nine matches with a 6-4 win against UIW’s Dennis Boisseau and Oliver Valentinsson. This marks Sheehy’s third player of the week award of the 2019 season.center_img Sheehy secured the match-clinching point at No. 2 singles against Incarnate Word’s Gabriel Evans on Friday, wrapping up the 2019 Southland Conference regular-season title for the Wildcats. He turned around the following day and picked up a straight-set singles win in a 4-3 team victory over UTSA to extend his solo winning streak to three matches. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Chunxi Xin, Central Arkansas – Freshman – Baoding, ChinaOpposite the net of ACU’s top-line singles player Nini Memishishi, Xin looked like a veteran, taking the match in straight sets and blanking Memishishi 6-0 in the second frame to hand her just her third solo loss of the season. Improving to 7-2 in league doubles action, Xin and teammate Marli Van Heerden topped their Wildcat counterparts 6-4 as ACU lost its first doubles match point since March 1. This marks Xin’s second weekly honor of the 2019 season. Honorable Mention: Charoline Erlandsson, McNeese; Putri Insani, Southeastern Louisiana; Maria Maldonado, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Ank Vullings, New Orleans. Abilene Christian (20-4, 5-0 SLC) concludes regular-season play against Midwestern State at 5 p.m. CT next Tuesday and awaits the announcement of its first-round opponent in the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament, which begins Thursday, April 25, in Corpus Christi, Texas.last_img read more

Death Mars Bassa’s Trophy Celebration

first_imgA 16-year-old, Darlingboy Philips, dubbed ‘Dad’ was crushed to death when he accidentally fell from a low-belt truck this past Saturday, amid rejoicing over Grand Bassa County’s triumph in the National County Meet after 24 years of title-drought.The truck, with the inscription ‘Grand Bassa County Development Fund,’ rolled over the lad and crushed his chest and smashed his skull near the entrance of the Doris Williams Sports Stadium.He had slipped while he and friends were hanging on the vehicle’s tail-end after the program when the car was leaving the Doris Williams Sports Stadium.That celebration in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, marked the official celebration of the county’s two trophies won in the 2013/2014 National County Meet.The teenager’s accidental death was linked to connection of ‘neejee’ activities.In Liberia ‘neejee,’ is usually interpreted as witchery and is always generally associated with the people of Grand Bassa County.The Traffic Coordinator of the Grand Bassa Police Detachment, Inspector Stephen B. Kpoeh, told the Daily Observer Sunday morning that Darlingboy died instantly after he was run over by the truck on Saturday. He had been pronounced dead after he was rushed to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan.Inspector Kpoen said the truck driver, Samuel Barlingar, 48, has been investigated and is being detained by Police to avoid ‘unnecessary’ mob violence.He disclosed that from the preliminary investigations, Driver Barlingar is not guilty, in accordance with Section 10.107 of the Police’s Traffic Law of Liberia; the late Darlingboy was hitching a ride without the driver’s knowledge.Section 10.107 of the Police Traffic Law, under the subtitle Soliciting Rides, reads: “No person shall stand on any roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride and from the driver of any vehicle.”The Chief of Traffic of Grand Bassa Police Detachment, Inspector Allen Suah, told the Daily Observer, that after a conference with Grand Bassa’s Superintendent Etweda Cooper, they instructed the family to bury the body yesterday (Sunday), because the county is not responsible for the boy’s death and burial. They promised to send a representative to meet with the family afterwards.The late Darlingboy was laid to rest the day after his death (Sunday) due to his severe injuries.The deceased was a 3rd grade student of Lower Hardlandsville Public School and was helping to support his family through the sale of used clothes.Darlingboy was the oldest of four sons from his parents, who are both alive.  He was living with his uncle, Alphonso Philips, in Jeko’s Town, Buchanan. His parents are Timothy and Sundaymae Philips, and they are living in the interior with the deceased’s brothers.Mr. Robert Guah, a relative of the late Darlingboy expressed disappointment and frustration over the absence of county authorities and members of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, up to the time of burial.Meanwhile, friends from Jeko’s Town have expressed their condolences to the bereaved family; they urged the family to investigate the death of Darlingboy, which they described as mysterious.“How come out of ten people hanging from the truck, he alone fell and was killed instantly? There must be something behind it,” a man only identified as Nyensuah stated.According to Nyensuah, about three weeks ago, one Ben Roberts met a similarly mysterious death. “We think that it is not normal; there must be witch or neeje activities behind them; we know it is all happening because elections are around the corner,” Nyensuah lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brazilian military training Guyanese counterparts drilling methodology

first_imgA team of 48 military personnel from neighbouring Brazil was received and officially welcomed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Monday in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). The team will be drilling eight wells in eight South Rupununi communities, in a joint project with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and other local stakeholders, to provide water security to the villages during the dry season.The military team will also host three days of training for members of the Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and hydro-meteorological services, to familiarise them to the methodology of drilling in preparation for them to work side by side with the Brazilian military team.“The whole aim of this operation is to have knowledge transfer. So, they will doDirector General (ag) of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig in discussion with members from the Brazilian Armytheory followed by supervised practical; then they will be required to drill two wells by themselves. Until all the participants would have completed 384 hours of training then they will be given a certificate. So, it’s a very rigorous training and a serious operation,” Director General (ag) of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig told the Department of Public Information (DPI).The Brazilian Army Engineering and Construction Battalion (BEC) arrived in Guyana on Monday. The team is putting the final arrangements in place to commence drilling on October 4.The project is a collaboration among 15 agencies and aims to bring relief to the named hinterland communities while the Brazilian engineers transfer knowledge to their Guyanese counterparts.Among the beneficiaries are personnel from the Guyana Police Force, Customs and Immigration, and the Ministries of Public Health and Public Infrastructure.The wells will be drilled at Aishalton, Chukrikednau, Karaudarnau, Achiwuib, Awaruwaunau, Maruranau, Shea and Baisahidrum and will have a depth of 250 metres (800 feet).They will be handed over to the Government of Guyana on November 28.last_img read more

Mother of 9 remanded on break and enter charge

first_imgA 40-year-old woman was on Thursday remanded to prison by Senior Magistrate Alex Moore when she appeared in a New Amsterdam court to answer to a break and enter charge.Shonette Gonsalves Sabola, of Lot 82 Savannah Park Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam, is accused of breaking into the dwelling of Daphney Pitt-Joseph and stealing a quantity of jewellery, a bag containing several documents, one five-pound tin of milk, one box of biscuits, a pair of slippers and $65,000.The incident is alleged to have been committed on December 10, at Pitt-Joseph’s Lot 43 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam home.The mother of nine told the court that she was a domestic worker and worked part time as a cook. “I did not do it,” she informed the Court.Police Prosecutor, Inspector Bernard Brown asked for bail to be refused on theShonette Gonsalves Sabola being escorted by Policebasis that there were other charges before the court involving the defendant.He said most of the articles were discovered hidden in a suitcase at the defendant’s home. In addition, the court was told that at the time of her arrest, Sabola was wearing the pair of slippers that was removed from the house.It is on the day in question, an unknown number of persons entered the home and removed the above listed items along with two passports and the house keys.Pitt-Joseph explained that she came into the country to bury her son and that the crime was committed while she was asleep.“I does work around the clock; I have a son … I don’t do dem thing dah,” Sabola told the court. She begged the Magistrate not to remand her, claiming that she has to collect her son who was in the Berbice River.“If I send a message to him that I sick, he will come and I will call the Police to come and catch him,” she said apparently in reference to her son who was suspected of being involved in the crime.However, Brown rebutted Sabola’s claim, telling the court that the defendant has not been cooperating with the Police.“She hides her son and allows him to go out and do bad things at nights. She told the Police that she did not know where he is and that she has not seen him for the past two weeks,” he related.“I have three young children to look after,” the woman cried. She was, nevertheless, remanded until January 14, 2019 when the Police are expected to give a report on the investigation.last_img read more