Villa’s Smith expects stern test against solid Everton

first_imgAston Villa’s forwards need to be more clinical in front of goal, but manager Dean Smith does not expect their task to get easier against Everton in the Premier League on Friday.Villa are still seeking their first points having returned to the English top flight, after a 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in their opener and a 2-1 defeat by Bournemouth last weekend.Smith said Everton could prove another tough test, having held Crystal Palace to a goalless draw and beaten Watford 1-0 last time out.The Merseyside club have kept 10 clean sheets in the last 13 games in the competition going back to last season — including four against the league’s ‘Big Six’.“Their defensive organisation has been very good. I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen so far in their two games against Crystal Palace and Watford,” Smith told reporters on Thursday.“They’ve not been free-scorers either, just the one goal in the two games, but they’ve not conceded so it’s going to be tough for us to open them up,” Smith said.“I felt we created a number of chances last week that we didn’t take, but it’s our turn to create them again and take them this time.”Villa spent over 100 million pounds on 13 players in the close season, but some have yet to play.“I’ve always been of the belief that you have to earn the right to play and you’ve got prove that you’re better than the players who have already got the shirts,” Smith said.“Some of them have got in earlier than others and some of them are waiting their turn, but they’re working very hard in training to get into the team.”last_img read more

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Daft enough…

first_img…to believe the mouthed inanities?Your Eyewitness verily believes he’s now heard it all! At his first press conference in two years, President Granger opined he didn’t “believe” placing the US$18 million “signing bonus” from Exxon into a specifically-created Bank of Guyana account – rather than the stipulated Consolidated Fund – was “illegal”. And why isn’t violating the controlling Art 216 of the Constitution not “illegal”?  “I would not do something that was unlawful,” Granger said with a straight face!!Like the young George Washington, he evidently expects us to believe he can’t tell a lie and he is a living, walking exemplar of probity and rectitude!! But in the next breath, to affirm his faith in the “legal competence” of Basil Williams to fulfil his role as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, absolutely rubbishes that claim! Williams, after all, has lost 90 per cent of his cases for the Government!So, when the President goes on to say if his “legal team” says his act was “unlawful”, he’ll “correct it”, you know Guyana’s on a roundabout from which it can’t escape!! The problem is, in addition to being challenged legally, Basil Williams is obviously willing to tell the President whatever the latter wants to hear. Finally, he claims if the court rules the deposit in BoG is illegal, he’ll also comply.But what your (curious) Eyewitness wants to know is now that the lid’s been blown on the “secret account”, wouldn’t those dastardly Venezuelans now KNOW (gasp!!) we had a “legal war chest” to pay the lawyers at the ICJ? Of course, going by the logic of Foreign Affairs Minister Greenidge, who said he advised the BoG secret stash, even though since the PPP Administration, Guyana’s been pushing the ICJ option the Venezuelans would’ve never suspected we’d put aside money to pay lawyers!!Never mind Greenidge’s testimony on February 15, 2016 in Parliament asserted his government had already put aside $200 million for such fees (under the Budgetary category “other”). Wouldn’t that titbit been known by the Venezuelans via their resident Ambassador? Naaah! But not so incidentally, whatever happened to that $200 million? Wherever it was placed, shouldn’t it have been joined by the Exxon US$18 million, rather than invoking some non-existent “escrow account”??If the $200 million hadn’t raised “national security implications”, why should the US$18 million?? Since he reiterated he’s ultimately in charge of “national security”, could President Granger possibly enlighten the Guyanese people as to what quantum of money for international lawyers on the border controversy triggers “national security” concerns?The President may want Guyanese to believe his naivety led to the secrecy on Exxon’s US$18 million.But they’re not daft enough to fall for that line!!…on rigging?Asked directly whether he plans to rig the 2020 elections, President Granger says he had “no intentions” to do so. While cynics may say, what else you’d expect the man to say, your Eyewitness’ doubts rise out of the President’s own words. Last month in Atlanta, speaking confidentially to the 5th Biennial Conference of the PNCR’s North American region, he said: “You have to ask yourself how did the PNC gain office in 1964. Ask yourself how did the PNC remain in office and what did it do during that period Ask yourself how the PNC regained office in 2015 and ask yourself how would the PNC retain office after 2020.”The answers are: in 1964 the PNC gained office by coalescing with the UF and maintained power by rigging elections, while frinding down the Opposition. In 2015 it gained office by coalescing with the AFC, which is now “dead meat”.Guyanese would be daft not to suspect the PNC will once again rig elections to remain in office post 2020!…on Police cars?The Police complain their salaries are abysmal. Yet tints on SIXTY-FIVE police cars were removed? Now where did these Police get the money to buy the cars, which can only be the tip of the iceberg?Daft enough to believe THEY SAVED?last_img read more

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IAC calls for assistance for victims of high winds on Corentyne

first_imgDear Editor,The Indian Action Committee (IAC) has learned that uncommonly high winds associated with a thunderstorm adversely affected the village communities of No 19 and Warren, Lower Corentyne, Region Six, Berbice, during the early hours of Sunday morning, October 23, 2016.The IAC understands that many of the damaged buildings have already been repaired but that the home of Allimudeen Gobin, 54, who is currently staying with relatives, was completely destroyed, and the organisation will be meeting with him shortly to make a monetary donation.The IAC has a history of assisting persons whose dwelling has been damaged by high winds.The IAC takes this opportunity to call on the private sector, and members of the public, including government agencies, to assist Gobin, a cane harvester employed at Rose Hall Estate. to rebuild his home.Sincerely,Indian ActionCommitteelast_img read more

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Greening your New Year’s resolutions

first_imgAs we begin a new year, the management and staff of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wish all of our readers a prosperous 2019. Traditionally, the beginning of a new year is dubbed the ideal time to start a new chapter in our lives, hence we set our resolutions for the year ahead. We hope you have set goals to enhance your personal and professional development and wish you well in achieving your desired goals.The EPA hopes the last 12 months of learning and reinforcing how fascinating nature is, were rewarding; moreover we hope you better understand your role in protecting and managing our environment. It is our desire that some of your new year’s resolutions involve becoming good stewards of the environment. Let’s call them our “Green resolutions” for 2019 onwards!Greening your resolutions will not only go a far way for the environment but will also help to make your surroundings a safe space for yourself and family. It will also save you some needed cash. Here are some small changes you can make to see big results: * Resolution 1. Choose reusable over disposableDuring the past year we talked a lot about the importance of choosing reusable items over disposal ones, here is another chance to put it into practice. Choosing reusable products like bottles, cups, batteries, shopping bags, hand towels, cloth napkins etc, can significantly reduce the amount of waste you generate on a daily basis and save you needed cash.* Resolution 2. Use less, save more (energy and water)A great way to start conserving on your electricity and cashing back big on your electricity is by simply designing your space to be energy efficient. Use more natural light during the day, plan well and ensure you turn off and unplug all appliances. Be smarter when you shop: looking for those appliances with the energy saving star is another great idea on how you and your household can become more energy efficient for 2019.It’s a new year, so it’s time to fix those old leaking faucets and broken pipes around the home. Ever heard the saying, “a small leak can sink a big ship?” Not only is having leaks around the house a wasteful and careless practice, it can cause a significant spike in your water bill. It’s also time for you to stop doing the dishes, laundry and brushing your teeth while leaving the tap running. Did you know that brushing your teeth and leaving the tap running causes you to waste at least five gallons of water? Water is life so save it!* Resolution 3. Embark on a community enhancement projectAre you wondering about a meaningful activity for your community? Embarking on a community enhancement project such as planting trees, clean-ups, parks and green space restoration are great ideas for making your resolution a bit greener and helping to restore the neighbourhood to its former glory. This will also give you a chance to connect and even reconnect with members of your community. A cleaner community means cleaner air and water for biodiversity to flourish, and people to be productive.* Resolution 4. Join or start an environment clubThis is the perfect “do good, feel good” opportunity to make a fresh start for 2018. Joining or starting an environmental club will help you learn and teach others about the amazing services our environment provides to us free of cost, and what we can do to help take care of it. What better way to learn about your environment through a fun and interactive way by using the environment as your classroom. You will also help to build your communication and other social skills. If you’re wondering how to locate or start an environment club in your community give us a call at the EPA or visit our Facebook or Instagram page and leave us a message for more information.* Finally: Stop littering and encourage others to do the sameBy now you all should know that litter is bad for our health, the economy and the environment. It costs the Government unnecessary spending to clean up when that same money can be used to build roads, schools and health centres, etc, in communities across Guyana.Apply these simple but practical resolutions and you’re sure to have a refreshing year ahead!You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

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Causing death charge dismissed against teen

first_img… as family accepts M compensationAn 18-year-old youngster exited the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts a free man on Friday, after Magistrate Fabayo Azore was compelled to dismiss the case against him; a charge of death by dangerous driving after relatives of the deceased agreed to bury the hatchet at the cost of $3 million offered inDwayne Griffithcompensation.Dwayne Griffith was in May last charged for causing the death of Nerisa Spenser on Lamaha Street, Georgetown, when he drove a motor car in a manner dangerous to the public.The 41-year-old woman was reportedly walking along Lamaha Street on the day of the incident, when she was struck by a speeding car. The vehicle also collided with two other cars before coming to a halt some distance away. Griffith was pulled from the wreckage in an unconscious state and taken to the hospital along with Spenser who was pronounced dead on arrival.Griffith, who was an unlicensed driver at the time of the accident, had reportedly driven the car without permission of the owner, who happened to be a family member.Relatives of the deceased on Friday disclosed to the court that they would no longer be pursuing the matter as they had made a pact to accept financial compensation after which the matter was dismissed by the presiding Magistrate.last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – A first-grader at Lincoln Elementary School was transported Tuesday to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, after the boy collapsed from apparent heat exhaustion, officials said. “It was a first-grade student in the after-school program,” Whittier City School District Superintendent Carmella Franco said. “School was out early today and we have no idea why he collapsed.” The boy was transported first by ambulance to Whittier Presbyterian Hospital, then air-lifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.” The boy’s condition was not immediately known. The work is expected to last about 45 days, ending in early to mid-August. For more information, call (562) 464-3380. Bone density screenings offered LA MIRADA – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will provide free bone-density screenings for seniors 55 and older from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The screening can detect bone infections or other problems. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. Holiday barbecue set for Saturday WHITTIER – The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a free Father’s Day barbecue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Amigo County Park, 5700 Juarez Ave. The festivities will also include a baseball game, a free picture to commemorate the day, and arts and crafts. Registration for baseball begins at 9:30 a.m. Participants are asked to bring baseball gloves and bats. For more information, call (562) 908-4702. Association to hold swap meet, sale MONTEBELLO – The Greenwood Community Association in Action will hold a swap meet and yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Elementary School, 900 S. Greenwood Ave. To reserve a vendor space, or for more information, call (323) 838-0490. Center to hold Father’s Day event LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., will celebrate Father’s Day for seniors at 10:45 a.m. Monday with refreshments and jazz guitarist John Scott Evans. Lunch will be served following the performance at 11:30 a.m. for a suggested $2.25 donation. For reservations or more information, call (562)947-8787. Children invited to music/Bible camp WHITTIER – Whittier First United Methodist Church, 13222 Bailey St., will hold a combined music camp and vacation Bible school for children completing kindergarten through the seventh grade, from June 25 to 29. Children will sing, act out stories, learn music fundamentals and age-appropriate instruments and crafts. The cost is $10. For more information, call (562) 698-0022. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re awaiting more information, and we hope he’s OK,” Franco said. Construction to slow local traffic WHITTIER – Painter Avenue, from Hadley Street to Whittier Boulevard, will be closed for construction work, beginning Monday, city officials announced Tuesday. The project will smooth the road and fix existing problems caused by weather, time and wear, officials said. During the project, traffic will be reduced to one lane on each side. Officials said motorists can expect some traffic delays and congestion. last_img read more

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Age 16 or 73, runners chase strength, fun

first_imgPALMDALE – Jeremy Acosta is a 16-year-old cross-country competitor in high school who joined the High Desert Runners Association to stay sharp in the summer months. Longtime member Roger Wood, 73, competes in the annual seven-week series mostly to stay fit. It is with both objectives in mind that HDRA continues holding its evening summer meets. More than 120 area runners competed in Week 2 of the 31st annual Antelope Valley Summer All-Comers Cross-Country Series at Pelona Vista Park in Palmdale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The weekly meets for both male and female runners are on Thursday evenings, with sign-ups beginning at 6 p.m. at the north end of the park at Tierra Subida Road and Rayburn Road. The one-mile preliminary fun run begins about 6:30 p.m. and the three-mile race about 6:45. Although no entry fee is charged, donations are accepted to help pay for expenses and for awards after the final meet scheduled for Aug. 10. The meets were developed as an adjunct program to go along with a running class at Antelope Valley College, meet director Alan Brown said. Brown said it is important to keep the program going because it is the only such event that allows runners of all ages and abilities to compete in an informal environment. “The original purpose – to provide strength and conditioning to cross-country runners – is still valid, but it’s not limited to that. About half are high school and middle school students; the rest are adults competing recreationally.” Acosta (Desert Christian High) won the three-mile race in 17 minutes and 11 seconds. Caitlin Fitzgerald (Highland) was the top female runner, placing 28th overall in 22:08. Joey Whiting (Highland) won the one-mile race in 6:17. Elizabeth McConaughey was the top-placing female, finishing eighth overall in the one-mile in 7:08. “I figured some of the runners from high school were here, and I wanted to compete against some of them and have fun,” Acosta said. Acosta won Thursday’s race despite running the course six seconds slower than he did in Week 1 of the series on June 29, when former Antelope Valley High standout Jose Melena, who now competes for UC Riverside, won in 16:30. Melena did not compete in Thursday’s race. Runners need to compete in at least three of the six preliminary runs to qualify for the Aug. 13 championship race. Wood, the event’s oldest runner, placed 78th overall in 30:37, ahead of a dozen or so other runners. Wood was coming off a first-place finish in the Fourth of July race in Newhall, ahead of six other runners in the over-70 category. He said he still runs in events such as the All-Comers Run “to stay healthy and to check myself against other runners my age. There aren’t too many of them.” The All-Comers Run was first held on a grueling course at Rattlesnake Hill in Quartz Hill in 1975. It was moved to another difficult course on a since-developed Rancho Vista site. It has been held for five years at Pelona Vista, where most of the course is on an undeveloped portion of the park near the 14 Freeway. The event is funded by participants’ donations. Brown said Palmdale city officials have been “super-cooperative,” and he hopes to keep the run going at its current site. “From the beginning, we did it as an all-comers meet so adults and little kids could mix it up, and that’s the way it’s continued ever since,” Brown said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want 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

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Hospital to help cut autopsy waits

first_img“The staff rotates through here (the medical examiner’s main facility on Mission Road) so they understand how we do things and what we expect for the final product,” Harvey said. “Obviously, it takes a little bit of the burden off us as well as a little bit of stress off the family. There is less movement of the remains; bodies examined there at the hospitals can be released directly to the mortuary.” Auxiliary programs have allowed the Coroner’s Office to bring its backlog down from this year’s high of 477, Harvey said. “The count has been as low as 215 recently,” he said. “We’re aggressively working on the issue; our goal is to get the number below 200. Sunday, the count was 263 and 112 are on the list.” The list includes the number of bodies being autopsied or examined by investigators; the balance are those awaiting pickup by families, veterans organizations or the county for disposal. Harvey said the average time for cases to receive autopsies in their facility is two to four days, as opposed to the 10-day wait experienced in July. “We’ve had a large percentage of cases in and out of here within 24 hours,” he said. “But it’s the ones that tend to linger over four days that cause us the most grief.” Delays are often caused by field cases, which require a larger amount of time investigators must travel to the far reaches of the county. Field cases comprise approximately 35 percent to 40 percent of the coroner’s overall caseload. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system In June, the Coroner’s Office was given $645,000 to hire more investigators and support staff as well as to fund three crematory contracts. In August, the board approved $32 million for a 4,000-square-foot crypt and reconfiguration of the offices of the medical examiner to accommodate the additional staff and procedures. A formal agreement with UCLA is expected to be voted on soon, Harvey said. “These hospitals are allowed to do only certain types of cases,” Harvey said. “They cannot do homicides, officer-involved deaths or in-custody deaths or plane crashes, but they can do natural deaths, traffic accidents, some trauma cases. Typically, emergency rooms are good candidates for providing these type of cases.” The satellite facilities each handle 24 to 30 cases a year, which takes some of the stress off the coroner’s year-to-date caseload of 8,400. Harvey said the numbers were “right where they should be” and that the department expects to handle at least 10,000 cases before the end of the year. Satellite autopsy facilities must be teaching hospitals, allowing medical students a rotation in the coroner’s office. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors formalized an agreement Tuesday with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to provide autopsy services for the Coroner’s Office. The county has long had informal agreements with Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Medical Center and Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center to do autopsies, but this is the first formal agreement, coroner spokesman Craig Harvey said. The agreement provides the county with autopsy services at no charge in exchange for the experience offered staff at the participating institutions. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote was one in a series of supportive moves taken by the board to assist the overwhelmed office eliminate a backlog that caused health concerns and sparked accusations of mismanagement in July. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich was absent from the vote. last_img read more

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Is YouTube Rolling Out Higher Quality Video Tomorrow?

first_imgTags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick YouTube is making a mystery announcement tomorrow, Erick Schonfeld writes at TechCrunch. Schonefeld’s guess is that it may be a partnership with Hulu, but the folks over at Mahalo have another interesting theory. They discovered a new link below a YouTube player today that flips playback over to a higher-quality copy of the video on this page. You can visit that page, for an Amy Sedaris interview with David Letterman, or see the screencapture from Mahalo, embedded below.Update:YouTube Expands API Set – Including Upload, Player APIs (this was the actual announcement tonight, but perhaps high quality video is still to come)last_img read more

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