Dear Editor,Convincing evidence of willful discrimination and futile cover-up attempts of shameless bullish tactics, permeates almost every aspect of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Local Governance approach. With these on the rise, the often-complete silence from the Government, or the contradicting attempts to convey acceptance, spurns and flies in the face of even the ordinary supporters.The muteness may have come from a rather alarming number of times APNU/AFC Ministers were exposed for making empty and shallow public pronouncements.It cannot be denied that this Government has utilised tremendous amounts of State resources in political witch-hunts, while turning a blind eye to glaring breaches of standing legislation by many among its ranks.Such approaches will never constitute any acceptable measure of democratic governance. Rather, it implies the handing down of internal political party directions to get unacceptable things done outside of the approved approach, and often in violation under the Constitution.The deaf ears tactic is equally revealing and tantamount to telling citizens, that their outcries are damned in the eyes of the Government.The demonstration of disrespect by this Government towards citizens, reaches a new threshold daily. How can a known People’s National Congress activist, who is appointed as Regional Executive Officer in a region, be allowed to divert budgeted appropriations for key production support projects, to plant palm trees on the road shoulders.The actions of REO Rupert Hopkinson in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) deserves strongest condemnations and firm sanctions. He has admitted to utilising monies allocated for up-keeping the ‘Roads and dams and clean trenches to plant palm trees on the road shoulders. Citizens could and must visit the Essequibo Coast and look at millions of dollars that are being spent to grow and maintain the Palm trees, while farmers are suffering and losing millions of dollars because of Government neglect.The time is most opportune for the Local Government Commission to open their mouth and start speaking out on all these serious ‘staff’ issues. It is the Local Government Commission that has direct responsibilities for all staffing matters in the Local Authority Areas.On another front of significant community importance, the increasing propensity of armed robberies has reached new heights almost unchecked. It is indeed distressing to know that a poor and dedicated market vendor was shot in the presence of three City Constables. According to reports, the unarmed Constables saw the bandits lurking around and suspicious of their intent, urged the vendors to hurry-up and pack their goods and leave the place.The reluctance of the City Constables to seek assistance from the Ruimveldt Police Station which is within walking distance from the spot where the vendor was shot is questionable and perhaps reflective of lack of training.There is a less than shallow approach in dealing with these emerging treats, and one must not forget that in 2015, the collation Government had done much to undermine the policing group relations with communities. There is no comprehensive strategy to protect the citizens and the Government has demonstrated their cluelessness in this regard, leaving citizens at the mercy of the bandits who often quietly walk away.The situation begs the question: what is City Hall doing with its failing Constabulary Officers who continues to prey on the vendors on a daily basis for their perks?Notably, City Hall has increased its 2018 budgetary allocations to the Constabulary for employment costs and training. It suggests that the staff complement of the Constabulary would be increased and training would be enhanced. One only hopes the funds allocated for training is not wasted.The municipality of Georgetown needs to have security professionals with psychologically based knowledge, to assess situations and provide the relevant and courteous services to the vendors and the people to avoid the transgressions at the municipal Council of Georgetown.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Rio Ferdinand has revealed he would have retired had QPR not come calling.The 34-year-old was released from Manchester United at the end of last season and admits only the lure of London, and the prospect of working with Harry Redknapp again, stopped him from hanging up his boots.Ferdinand, who grew up in Peckham and played under Redknapp at West Ham, has signed a one-year deal with the newly-promoted Hoops.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s Tony Incenzo, the former England captain explained: “If I didn’t sign here, I probably would have retired, if I’m honest.“Coming to London was a big factor. I’m a London boy and it’s nice to get my family back here and integrate them [my children] into schools. They are good ages to do that now.“And obviously there’s the relationship Harry and I have had over the years. He gave me my first kick of the ball in professional football. Those factors were things I couldn’t really look beyond.”Ferdinand made just 14 Premier League appearances for United last season, but insists he is fit, firing and ready to prove he is not over the hill.“I wouldn’t put myself in this position if I thought I would let people down. I still think I have got something to offer on the pitch and in the changing rooms as well,” he said.“Hopefully, this season can be successful. It is different to what a successful season means at Man United, staying up will be a success here, but it’s a new challenge for me and something I am looking forward to meeting head on.“I’m excited about challenges in life and this is something different. The fire is still burning inside and I want to keep it going.”Giggs wanted me to stay at Man United, claims Ferdinand Rio Ferdinand in pre-season action for QPR 1
We like to think we do a good job here at talkSPORT, but when you broadcast sport 24/7, 365 days of the year, the odd blooper is bound to sneak in.Take a listen to some of our funniest punditry and commentary bloopers in the audio above… and if you think you can do better as a sports pundit, we have got a brilliant opportunity for you with thepeoplespundit.co.uk.talkSPORT has teamed up with The Carlsberg Fan Squad on a mission to find Probably The Best Pundit in the World… with probably the best prize too!The winner will become part of the on air talkSPORT team, live from a Premier League ground on the final day of the season!Do you think you’ve got more common sense than Collymore? Or do you pack more of a punditry punch than Parlour? Well, now you can prove it!Get recording your entries now and also keep an eye out for the People’s Pundit van, which is now on tour to catch all of your punditry skills outside UK football grounds!It’s a fantastic opportunity! So head to www.thepeoplespundit.co.uk to find out more now!Over 18s only. Terms and conditions apply. 1
rearranging her products are part of a celebrity-studded advertising campaign that Macy’s Inc. hopes will help build its image as a national brand. The Cincinnati-based retailer, which this month reported a 77percent drop in its second-quarter earnings, continues to struggle to create a strong national brand and integrate the stores gained in its $11 billion acquisition of former competitor May Department Stores Co. in 2005. The TV campaign beginning next month will feature celebrities who sell their own branded products at Macy’s. They are seen in the ads primping their departments as if preparing for customers. In addition to Trump and Stewart, other celebrities include singer and actress Jessica Simpson, designers Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Cole and music producer and rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs. “This advertising campaign is really about showcasing all of these great celebrity name brands that fit under this one big roof,” Martine Reardon, executive vice president of corporate marketing for Macy’s, said Thursday. Reardon said the commercials have a humorous, whimsical slant, focusing on each celebrity’s personality and public image. FALL: Commercials of celebrities touting their merchandise lines will launch during Emmys. By Lisa Cornwell The ASSOCIATED PRESS Scenes featuring tycoon Donald Trump blow-drying his hair and domestic entrepreneur Martha Stewart constantly Martha Stewart’s image as a perfectionist is captured in a scene where she can be seen folding and refolding her products, and Trump is seen in front of a mirror blow-drying his hair into his signature style. A 90-second spot featuring the celebrities is scheduled to air during the Emmy Awards show on Sept. 16 and will be edited down to a 30-second spot and a 60-second spot to continue airing through the third quarter, Reardon said. Two 30-second spots featuring Stewart are set to start Sept. 10 with the launch of the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s. Macy’s won’t comment on the cost of campaign. TNS Media Intelligence said Macy’s total ad spending in 2006 was $1.09 billion, with $187.1 million for TV. In the past, Macy’s has focused more on promotions that included ads for sales and coupons. Reardon said the company is not abandoning its traditional advertising. Customers of the former May stores haven’t embraced the Macy’s brand as quickly as the retailer had hoped. Chief Executive Terry Lundgren has attributed disappointing sales partly to strategic changes made too quickly at the former May stores – including moving away from coupons. While Macy’s has been working to build a more upscale image, it still can’t forget the core customers who have been strapped by tightening of available credit, said Patricia Edwards, a retail analyst with Wentworth, Hauser and Violich. “Brand is everything right now, and Americans have wanted brands and have paid up for them, so anything they can do to show they have these brands is good,” Edwards said. “But they also need to come across as being sensitive to customers’ price needs and offering value for the money.” Wendy Liebmann, president of WSL Strategic Retail, is eager to see the campaign. “It’s a bold move, and I think telling people what’s in the stores is very important,” said Liebmann. “It will be interesting to see whether they can take that celebrity message and break through the clutter to say clearly what Macy’s is all about and why consumers should walk through the door.” Retail consultant James Dion, president of Dionco Inc., said Macy’s has to do something. “I’m not sure celebrities are the answer, but they definitely need to beef up their advertising,” Dion said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
We all pray she will be better for it: The very talented Nicole Richie paid for probation noncompliance by serving 82 minutes in Los Angeles County jail. “Not only 82 minutes,” said Richie. “No one wants to admit that my sentence also meant almost 5,000 seconds. 5,000 seconds of pure hell, never knowing what good I could have accomplished during those seconds.” Those who cannot remember history are condemned to … darn, I forget the rest: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned last week to spend more time with his family, whom he could neither recall nor remember. Leading contenders to replace Gonzales include Jon Lovitz and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Just say no to buddies: Doctors believe that Owen Wilson’s depression was caused not so much from illicit drugs as much as by an overdose of pedestrian buddy movies. “There are just so many of those that you can make before you begin to feel you’re only half a person,” said psychologist Jackiechan Christucker. “In addition, your self-worth lessens in proportion to the amount of co-stars you have to split billing with.” For the time being, Wilson’s doctors are recommending that he only stars in films where he has top billing, no buddy and keeps at least 500 yards away from Ben Stiller. “Otherwise he may never be himself,” added Dr. Martinlewis Abbottcostello. A reason not to have the grandkids over: A new study is reporting that senior citizens are having more and better sex than ever. Coronary-clogging news: McDonald’s Big Mac sandwich hit the big 4-0 this past week, claiming that it owed its long life to not eating itself. No-punchline-needed news: The recently not-so-dearly departed billionaire, Queen of Mean Leona Helmsley, left her dog $12 million in her will. As an added memento of her legendary good will, two of Helmsley’s grandchildren did not receive a cent. But we trust they will get to walk the dog. May she rest in cancellation: “Anchorwoman,” the reality series that followed a bikini model with no journalistic background into her new job as an anchor at a local TV newsroom, was canceled after one show. Channel 13 news was not affected. One word for Miss Teenage South Carolina: Mapquest. Is my fist hard enough for you? 911 operators report a heated rise in the number of calls complaining of assaults by Department of Water and Power customers who had been asked, “Hot enough for you?” Back-to-school driving alert: With kids back in class this week, be extra mindful on the road to watch out for celebrating parents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Big ol’ tub of blue: The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed the nearly 83-year-old David Wells. Wells, whose last win before coming to L.A. was over the New York Hilltoppers when he out-dueled flame-thrower Walter Johnson, the year before throwing flames was banned because of the countless fires in the old wood-based stadiums. At 475 pounds – with a bullet – Wells surpasses the original Big Fat Tub of Goo, former Dodger Terry Forster, who went on to record, “Fat is in” with his backup group, The Love Handles. Little-known historical fact: Steve Young, purported to be a Daily News columnist, wrote and produced Forster’s first and last album, and was the lead singer for The Love Handles. Look it up. The real reason Vick copped a plea: Just-released list of potential jurors hearing canine-abuse charges against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick included Snoop Dogg, Snoopy, Dog Chapman the bounty hunter, Rin Tin Tin, Scooby-Doo, Lassie, Lady and the Tramp, Beethoven, Pluto and Goofy. And it’s more than just dogfighting: Officials in India have uncovered an illegal bovine-fighting ring in New Delhi run by cricket superstar Indira Vick. “What started as innocent cow-tipping escalated into full-scale battles between the poor cows,” said one investigator. “The animals are spurred to viciousness by forcing them to go a full week without milking. And when they discovered they were unable to keep the boxing gloves on their hooves, the tussles became what could only be described as grisly … milkshakes.”
Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has ended his self-imposed exile by returning to the club’s training ground on Friday morning. The playmaker has also said to have made himself available for Saturday’s clash against Manchester City – the club he was denied joining in the January transfer window – despite manager Claude Puel already ruling him out.Mahrez has not trained with the club since he was denied a dream move to Man City on deadline day – missing ten days of training and two games.Puel has said ahead of the Foxes’ clash against the Premier League leaders that Mahrez would not be considered for selection, and that he hopes the Algerian will return to training soon.READ MORE: PFA chief Gordon Taylor and Simon Jordan in talkSPORT bust-up over Leicester’s AWOL star Riyad MahrezHaving missed ten days of training and two games, he will no tbe considered for Saturday’s game, but a return to the squad for the FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Sheffield United on February 16 is possible.But the rumours over his long-term future at Leicester continue, with reports claiming Mahrez has only agreed to return if the club guarantee he will be allowed to leave this summer.It is claimed Mahrez’s advisers have accused the Foxes of breaking their word to their star man, having agreed in January to let him leave if a big club offered £50million.Manchester City met their demands in the final stages of the window, and yet Leicester rejected City’s offer, which reportedly left Mahrez ‘disillusioned and depressed’.Mahrez last played for Leicester in the 2-0 victory over Watford on January 20, where he scored the Foxes’ second goal in injury-time, and has since missed a 2-1 defeat at Everton and a 1-1 draw with Swansea.talkSPORT bring you LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE radio commentary of Manchester City v Leicester City on Saturday – DETAILS HERE! 1 Riyad Mahrez is keen to leave Leicester this summer
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The setting was California, but Georgia was on the minds of virtually all at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, as Dixie Carter, Jean Smart, Annie Potts and Delta Burke – the original stars of the sitcom “Designing Women” – gathered for a tribute to the show. “Well, every few years we talk about getting together for lunch or something, and it never seems to work out, so this is nice,” said Smart. “It’s thrilling,” added Carter. “It’s so exciting, being asked to come out.” Airing on CBS from 1986 to 1993, “Designing Women” followed the full lives of four Atlanta interior designers. Creator Linda Bloodworth was honored as one of 50 women in the museum’s “She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The cast got together for a 2003 reunion special for Lifetime, but this marked the first time together in public since Smart and Burke left the cast.
Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest Mauricio Pochettino and Christian Eriksen could both be on their way to Real Madrid What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas AFP Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is said to be ‘waiting in the wings’ for the Spurs job should Pochettino walk away. (The Sun)Barcelona legend Xavi sees Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling as the perfect signing if he one day takes charge at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)Kevin de Bruyne has been told he should leave Manchester City and join Paris Saint-Germain if he ever wants to win the Champions League, by his former manager at Genk. (Het Nieuwsblad)Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to put a £250m valuation on Harry Kane in a bid to keep the England striker at the end of what could be another season without a trophy for Spurs. (Daily Telegraph)Pochettino has hinted he is planning to make signings in the January transfer window in the wake of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of League Two Colchester United. (Daily Express) Getty Images Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…Real Madrid want Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to sign a pre-contract agreement with them in January, and will then move for manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham fear Eriksen will reject attempts to sell him in January, meaning he will likely leave on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Mail) Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement 2 on target BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with owners the Glazer family about making “cultural” changes at the club. (Daily Express)Red Bull Salzburg’s 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland has opened the door to a move to Manchester United – FULL STORYManchester United can be challengers “for everything” if they just add four world-class players to their team, according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. (Bein Sports)Juventus’ 33-year-old Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic turned down a £7m-a-year offer to play in Qatar so he has the chance to join Manchester Unitedin January. (Daily Mail)Argentina giants Boca Juniors are to make a firm offer to sign Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy, although those links have been rubbished by his agent Mino Raiola. (AS) Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman rookie error LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES appointed 2 stalemate Man City star Raheem Sterling has been described as the ‘perfect signing’ for Barcelona, but Barca legend Xavi targets Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff
The biggest match of the weekend looks to be Aberdeen’s visit to Celtic Park. For Brendan Rodgers it will be a quick return to action following Celtic’s Champions League draw. The two sides offer an intriguing prospect, with the reigning Champions looking irresistible going forward but suspect at the back, while Aberdeen have the opposite issue. Several of Derek McInnes’ squad have been at great pains to point out that they aim to challenge for the title this season, and Saturday will be their opportunity to show just that.If there is a Scottish Premiership fixture which is almost guaranteed goals, it is this one. Only one fixture has produced more goals in the Premiership than Aberdeen’s visits to Celtic Park, and in quite as one-sided a manner as in the SPL era. Thom Watt Both sides have scored in five of the six meetings in the East End of Glasgow, with Celtic finding the net 20 times to Aberdeen’s seven. Both sides have danger men who obviously enjoy their opponent’s. No players have scored more Premiership goals against Celtic than Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney (both three), and no players have scored more against Aberdeen than Kris Commons (six) and Leigh Griffiths (five). Paul Hartley may have had to cope with losing two of his best attacking talents this summer, but he appears to have done very good business in securing two players with good experience of the Scottish Premiership. Danny Williams’ arrival from Inverness has given Hartley’s side a real threat from dead balls, with two of the 28-year-old’s corners having been converted already. Mark O’Hara has enjoyed a good start to life at Dundee. SNS Group This will be particularly important, given Hartley’s side scored just three goals from set-pieces in the whole of last term. Chief beneficiary has been Mark O’Hara, who arrived from Kilmarnock in the summer. At just 20-years-old, the Scotland under-21 has already played almost 100 Premiership games, but hadn’t offered a goal threat, failing to register for Killie in 78 league matches, and managing a single assist.In 270 minutes of football for Dundee he already has two league goals – both from Williams’ crosses – and an assist. Don Cowie dominated against Inverness CT. SNS GroupThis one comes at the request of Jack Kennedy on Twitter, who had a keen eye on Hearts’ demolition of Inverness Caledonian Thistle last weekend. Don Cowie turned in a virtuoso performance, scoring two and providing a further two assists for Connor Sammon and Sam Nicholson. Jack wanted to know if there had been a performance as dominant as that in the Premiership era. The answer? Yes and no.Have there been other players who have had a hand in four goals in a single Premiership match? Thom WattYes. Kris Doolan scored four himself against Hamilton in January 2015 – the only man to do so in the Premiership thus far – while Celtic’s Georgios Samaras was the first man to have a hand in four goals in a single match back in September 2013, scoring three and providing one assist. In November 2013 Ryan Gauld provided the assists for all four goals during Dundee United’s 4-1 defeat of Partick Thistle. Steven Maclean of St Johnstone has also been involved in a quartet of goals in a single match, scoring three and providing one for Liam Craig in a 4-1 win over Hamilton in September 2015, albeit one was from the penalty spot. Kris Doolan scored four against Hamilton in January 2015. SNS GroupAnthony Stokes is the only other to have accomplished the feat, getting a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Inverness CT and providing an assist for Leigh Griffiths. So far, nobody’s managed five… If you’ve got anything like this you’d like us to peer into the stat abyss for, then by all means get in touch with Thom Watt on Twitter and we’ll try our best to find an answer.
“Obviously making my debut and staying in the team for the last eight games, it has been brilliant and hopefully I can keep building on it. “And that’s me moved into the first team dressing room.” McCrorie revealed there was not too much adjustment on the training ground but having an established place in the dressing room made him feel like he had arrived as a first team player. “I am up among the first team boys and I am loving every minute of it,” he said. “It hasn’t been too much difference because I know them all and train with them every day but I have my locker, that’s the difference. “When you were with the under-20s you always felt like a youth player but now I feel as if I am a proper first team player and feel part of it and hopefully I can get a few more games and see what happens.”McCrorie is now looking forward to taking a step forward on the international stage. Having replaced the injured John Souttar for Scotland under-21s against Latvia last week, he is now eyeing a starting spot for the qualifier against Ukraine on Tuesday.He said: “I have made a few appearances for the 21s off the bench but hopefully I can get my first start and we can build on that.” Rangers defender Ross McCrorie now feels like a “proper” first team player after settling into the side at Ibrox.The teenage centre-back was handed his debut by former manager Pedro Caixinha and has since become a regular in the side, keeping out veteran Portugal Bruno Alves last time around.He said stepping up had been a huge change but now he has had a taste of the first team he is determined to make the most of it.“Life has changed dramatically to be honest,” he said.