Dear Editor,Reference is made to certain sections of the media in response to my letter – penned in the Stabroek News captioned, ‘Questions for Minister Patterson’ – by one Leroy Nelson.Two interesting facts, Kaieteur News chose to publish a response to my letter – that was published in the Stabroek News – but failed to publish my letter in the Kaieteur News in the first place.Is this normal editorial practice? I thought the principle demands that all sides deserve a fair hearing? Or is Kaieteur News only interested in pushing one side of this story by pushing some letters and stalling others? What are the real objectives of the editorial team at Kaieteur News on this matter? Is there a design to muddle the issue and to cover for the Minister?But secondly, I found it interesting that Nelson believes my intentions have unique designs and I want to reassure him that he is correct. I, like many other Guyanese, would like to know if Derrick Patterson had facilitated Guyanese State supported access to the port of exits by way of a VIP Pass or any other preferential treatment because of his relationship with a serving Minister of the Government.I am told every day that the security controls at the ports of exit in Guyana are of a very high quality and thus the opportunities to beat the system should be very low. Such a situation raises the two issues – either Derrick Patterson was one lucky person or he had help and if so, where did this help come from. That is my design, Mr Nelson, getting to the truth.If we have a Minister and Cabinet official demonstrating fidelity to accountability and the rule of law, then clearly he can provide answers to the questions to reinforce these principles of transparency and accountability and set the record straight.Yours truly,Sasenarine SinghMaryland
Red Bluff >> Opening night of the Red Bluff High girls basketball team’s title defense in the 28th annual Holiday Classic seemed to be over at the closing stretch of the first quarter when the Spartans had a 22-4 lead on Anderson. Red Bluff extended it to 27-4 after one, then 49-10 at halftime en route to a commanding 84-35 victory over the Cubs in the second of two games Wednesday night at Red Bluff. Red Bluff (7-2) will play division VI Loyalton (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in its second game of …
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Vimeo/Tennessee FootballAt first, we bet some Tennessee football players weren’t into the idea of a late night lift session, but the Volunteers found a way to make the workout a bit more palatable: they turned the weight room into a night club. Tennessee put out a video of “Night Lift” on Vimeo, and while the workout looks pretty intense, there is also a light show, a fire machine, and a full DJ booth set up. We must say, this is pretty cool.During the season, we’ll have to see if Tennessee takes some inspiration from Rutgers and sets up its own version of Club Tub. This definitely looks like a party that Butch Jones and his staff can approve of, and we’re sure it won’t hurt the recruiting efforts either.
Miniature horses, monkeys and pigs can legally fly as emotional support animals on at least one Canadian airline but an advocate for travellers says the vast majority of jet-setting comfort animals are far less exotic and are a truly necessary accommodation for people with disabilities.Unusual animal encounters at the airport have been making headlines in recent weeks.United Airlines turned away a passenger who tried to board a flight with an emotional support peacock last month, and a Florida woman claimed last week that an airline employee told her to flush her dwarf hamster down a toilet after refusing to let the pet on the plane.Passenger rights activist Gabor Lukacs, who has waged numerous legal battles against Canadian airlines, said the attention paid to these sensational cases undermines the rights of people with disabilities who need emotional support animals to fly comfortably.“We need to move away the focus from the animal to the fellow passenger,” said Lukacs.“The animal is not there as a kind of luxury, they are simply there to make sure that a person with a disability is able to enjoy the same way to travel as people who don’t have disabilities.”Air Canada and WestJet both have policies on their websites regarding emotional support animals and require that a passenger provide documentation from a licensed mental health professional certifying the need for the animal.Air Canada only allows emotional support dogs on their flights.WestJet accepts a much broader range of emotional support animals including cats, miniature horses, pigs and monkeys, and said decisions about other “unusual animals” are made on a case-by-case basis, except for those that pose health risks such as rodents and reptiles.Neither airline agreed to be interviewed about their policies.Lukacs said Canadian airlines are obliged to accommodate emotional support animals for people with disabilities and failure to do so would amount to a form of discrimination.He said the only exception would be if the animal poses a substantial risk of harming other passengers, but insisted that overwhelmingly, pets on planes cause little disruption.Douglas Tompson said on a recent flight from Saskatoon to Toronto he was seated near a passenger who took her cat out of its carrier and started playing with it, to the coos of flight attendants.His throat started to tingle.Tompson, who is highly allergic to cats, said the flight attendants had to give him a Benadryl from a first-aid kit to reduce the redness and swelling, but he was still itching and wheezing as he boarded his next two flights on his more than 24-hour journey.He said he was told to give the airline a doctor’s note about his allergy so they could create a “buffer zone” if he were to again share a plane with a feline.“The flight crew make a big deal about peanut allergies … I wish that they’d make the same announcement for cats,” Tompson said.Lukacs sees the allergy issue in terms of two passengers having different disabilities, and both deserving to be accommodated.While some have expressed suspicions about pet owners seeking fake documentation for emotional support animals, Lukacs said trying to fly with an animal under false pretenses would amount to “fraud.”“As a matter of equity … we don’t consider that people should be paying extra just because they have a disability,” he said.“They have the right to the flight and enjoy travel the same way as anybody else.”
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Drivers in B.C. should brace for record high gasoline prices this summer and the financial pain has the potential to spread across the country, says a petroleum industry analyst.Dan McTeague of the online tech company GasBuddy predicts that beginning in April and continuing to September, gasoline prices across much of B.C.’s south coast will hover around $1.60 a litre.He blames the hike on high demand and chronically short supply, made even worse by Friday’s announcement that the Olympic pipeline that distributes gasoline throughout Washington and Oregon will be taken off-line for four or five days of maintenance. Prices across Vancouver hit about $1.55 over the weekend, while Victoria remained around $1.40, but McTeague warns southern Vancouver Island could see an eight-cent-a-litre leap as the ripple from short supplies and climbing local taxes spreads.The high for a litre of gasoline in Metro Vancouver was set on June 22, 2014, when the price was just under $1.56.McTeague said some analysts fear higher prices will spread east.“People are shaking their heads,” he said. “It’s become quite the story, with some national overtones.”McTeague said other parts of the country are not looking at the same prices for gas, particularly because of B.C.’s taxes on gas.“It’s not quite the same thing, you are not dealing with 50-cent-a-litre taxes and you are not dealing with a shortage in the same way Vancouver is experiencing,” he said. “But it does suggest, I think, the likelihood of breaking the all-time record in Vancouver will likely happen this week.” In other parts of the country on Monday, the average price for gas was just under $1.14 a litre in Edmonton, about $1.25 in Toronto and around $1.12 in Halifax.Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline supplies about 50 per cent of the gasoline for B.C.’s south coast, but McTeague says it is already congested and can’t meet the region’s demand.The expected lengthy maintenance shutdown of the Parkland refinery, which McTeague said carries 25 per cent of the Vancouver-area’s gasoline, has further crimped supply, while the low dollar adds to the expense of topping up from Washington state refineries.“By any stretch or by any measure, the price you are paying in Vancouver is, for most people, prohibitive,” said McTeague. Los Angeles is the other city in North America where gas prices are unusually high, selling at $3.50 a gallon. But McTeague said even when the exchange rate and other factors are calculated, B.C. drivers would pay about $5.00 for a gallon.
CHETWYND, B.C. – Two men have been taken to Vancouver after an explosion near Chetwynd.At 10:00 am on October 14, 2018, two men were seriously injured from an explosion when they entered a pump house at 6549 Wildmare Subdivision about 8 km from the District of Chetwynd.The two men have been flown to the Vancouver Burn Unit and the scene is under investigation by Work Safe BC. The blast did not result in an extensive fire. This is not a criminal investigation and the entry of gas into the pump house from a nearby well is being considered.Police assisted in securing the scene and BC Ambulance paramedics promptly transported the two victims to the hospital. Work Safe investigators attended promptly.(PEACE FM)
Mumbai: Banks have taken a huge 57 percent haircut in the 94 large accounts worth Rs 1.75 lakh crore which were resolved in FY19, recovering just Rs 75,000 crore or only 43 percent of the admitted claims, finds a report. The numbers assume importance as the bankruptcy law enters the third year this month.As of March, there were 1,143 cases pending at various bankruptcy tribunals, and 32 percent of them are pending for over 270 days. The average resolution timeline for these 94 cases resolved was 324 days as against the stipulated timeline of 270 days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Only 94 stressed with a total claim of Rs 1,75,000 crore by financial creditors were resolved in FY19 with a recovery of Rs 75,000 crore or 43 percent of the admitted claims under the insolvency process approved by the various national company law tribunals (NCLTs),” say a joint study by Crisil and industry lobby Assocham released Friday. The report said had these 94 companies been liquidated, the recovery would have been just 22 percent which is significantly lower than the recovery rate through normal resolution process. The report further said there are a few big-ticket accounts for which resolution has not been finalised for over 400 days as IBC framework is still a work in progress. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAccording to the study, some of the key issues that need to be addressed for successful implementation of IBC are adherence to timelines, adequate judicial infrastructure, creditor classification and prioritising, among others. To maximise value and stakeholders’ interest, the IBC framework for liquidation under a going concern basis needs to be explored further and should be followed in true spirit, the report said. The report, however, termed the recovery rate of 43 per cent “respectable”. “With a respectable recovery rate of 43 per cent, resolution for 94 stressed assets has been reached for Rs 75,000 crore as on March 31, 2019 out of Rs 1,75,000 crore total claim of financial creditors admitted under the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT),” said that report titled, ‘Strengthening the code’.
OSU junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Area. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerA dominant effort from junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe propelled the No. 14 Ohio State women’s volleyball team (21-6, 10-5) to a comeback win against No. 16 Illinois (17-9, 8-7) on Wednesday.Sandbothe recorded her first career double-double on 19 kills and a career-high 11 blocks (one solo), registering a game-high 25 points as the Buckeyes came away with a win in four sets (16-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-23) in St. John Arena to complete a season sweep of the Fighting Illini.“You can’t take points off,” Sandbothe said. “I don’t get the opportunity to be that player and I don’t want to be that player.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell also left her mark on the game with 16 kills and 13 digs, her 10th double-double of the season.“It’s a product of the whole team,” Campbell said. “Being able to get a really good dig or setting up a good block makes it easier for us to be able to distribute the ball all over the place.”After missing two games as she continues to deal with a left elbow injury, freshman setter Taylor Hughes returned to the starting lineup and led all players with 47 assists, along with four blocks and three kills.With 14 total blocks, OSU was able to hold Illinois to a .163 hitting percentage for the match. Junior libero Valeria León played a pivotal role in the strong defensive effort, picking up a game-high 19 digs.The Buckeyes also struggled on the offensive end through the first two sets as the Fighting Illini had 10 of their 11 blocks for the game. But OSU came alive in the third and fourth frames with a combined .373 attack percentage and only six errors.Campbell said a win over an Illinois team that came into the contest on a four-match winning streak will help her team’s confidence moving forward after losing four of its last six games.“It feels really good to get a really good win against a really good team, just helping us finish these last few games out strong,” she said.After a three straight games on the road, being back at home also helped the Buckeyes.“We wanted to get back in our house this week,” Sandbothe said. “We’ve got a big week ahead of us to show what we’re about, what we’ve been working hard on all practice last week (and) just bringing that to light.”OSU got into a deep hole early on in contest, finding itself down 9-1 quickly in the first set. Sandbothe tried to get her team back in it with three kills and four blocks, but the Buckeyes could never close the gap to less than five as they dropped the opening frame.That would be the only set dropped by the Scarlet and Gray on the night, however, as they battled back to take the next three. Getting back to the gameplan was crucial in the comeback effort for the Buckeyes.“Our coaches had talked to us about having a fast tempo on our sets and really limiting our errors,” Campbell said. “I think that we gave them a lot of points in that first set.”Sandbothe continued her dominance in the second set, but the result was different for her team as it evened the match at one.She picked up seven kills and her four blocks helped hold Illinois to a .000 hitting percentage for the set. Things were closely contested until the junior went on a tear, as she had a hand in six of eight Buckeye points to fuel an 8-1 run and give her team a 20-10 advantage to put things out of reach.The momentum stayed on the home side in the third set. Led by seven kills from Campbell and five more from Sandbothe, the Buckeyes attacked at a .415 clip and never trailed, taking a 2-1 lead.The Buckeyes found themselves down for much of the deciding frame, trailing by as many as five points, but worked their way back to tie the Fighting Illini at 18.From there, the two teams went back and forth, looking poised to go to extra points with the game knotted up at 23, but a Sandbothe kill and a block by Hughes and senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson ended the match.OSU will be back in action on Saturday when they are scheduled to take on Michigan in St. John Arena. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson scores a breakaway goal against Carolina on Nov. 28 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (17-9-1, 35 points) vaulted to first place in the Metropolitan division, one point ahead of the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, with two victories against Carolina in a shootout and Anaheim, 4-2, last week.The two losses came against against Montreal (29 points, third in Atlantic) and Washington (33 points, fifth Metropolitan), two teams currently in the playoff picture.Here are a few storylines from the ninth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Rookie at No. 1 centerThe Blue Jackets top need in the offseason was a top-line center. Alexander Wennberg was a promising front-line center, but the team wanted a solidified goal-scorer in that role and added depth at center. Little did it know a 19-year-old rookie would be in the middle on the first line in early December.The top line of Artemi Panarin, Dubois and Josh Anderson tallied five goals and 11 assists in four games last week and might be the catalyst the Blue Jackets’ offense has been searching for.Dubois began the season at left wing in a move by head coach John Tortorella to help the former third-overall pick assimilate to the speed and physicality of the NHL in his first season. Now, he leads Columbus’ best line for the past two weeks.Defensive depth being challengedRyan Murray and Markus Nutivaara had been trending upward as a reliable defensive pair, moving to the second pairing while Jack Johnson and David Savard were moved to the third pair. Now Murray and Nutivaara are injured, leaving Tortorella no choice but to rely on Johnson and Savard.The two were on the ice for 21 minutes against Washington. Both were on the ice for two goals allowed, with one being on the penalty kill for Johnson. Scott Harrington and Gabriel Carlsson will likely draw into the third pair again Tuesday against New Jersey.Matt Calvert and Alexander Wennberg returnThe Blue Jackets gained some depth at center and much needed physical presence with the return of Alexander Wennberg and Matt Calvert last week. In his first game back since Nov. 4, Calvert made an impact on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal.The Blue Jackets penalty kill has been solid all season. Calvert’s presence will only add to its effectiveness.Wennberg drew into the second line with Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson, the trio that worked so well last year. The 23-year-old Swede had just one assist in three games after returning from an upper-body injury. He has recorded just 1-9-10 so far, after posting 13-46-59 a season ago.Injury reportDefenseman Markus Nutivaara didn’t play at Washington with an upper-body injury.Defenseman Ryan Murray was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 27 with an upper-body injury.Looking aheadThe Blue Jackets have two of its biggest games of the season to this point up next on their schedule. They lead the Metro by just one point with a huge opportunity to widen that margin with two games against second-place New Jersey, which has led the division for much of the early season.Forwards Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, lead the Devils with 27 and 19 points. New Jersey has played the weakest schedule in the NHL through 26 games, according to ESPN’s NHL relative power index. After allowing two power-play goals last week, the Blue Jackets face a young, talented Devils power play which ranks 10th-best in the league.Top performers (skaters)Pierre-Luc Dubois – one goals (4), five assists (7), six points (11), +2Artemi Panarin – two goals (7), three assists (14), five points (21), +4Josh Anderson – two goals (10), three assists (7), five points (17), +3Zach Werenski – two goals (8), one assist (7), three assists (15), +1Goaltending:Joonas Korpisalo – 2-0-0 (3-3-0), 1.91 goals allowed average (2.81), 54 saves, .931 (.907)Sergei Bobrovsky – 0-2-0 (14-6-1), 3.07 goals allowed average (2.02), 44 saves, .880 save percentage (.931)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 36-30, 54.5, 28-22, 0-2, 8-6 Pierre-Luc Dubois – 22-36, 37.9, 20-33, 2-3, 0-0Alexander Wennberg – 14-19, 42.4, 13-16, 1-3, 0-0Nick Foligno – 11-17, 39.3, 9-11, 1-3, 1-3Lukas Sedlak – 11-14, 44.0, 10-12, 0-1, 1-1Overall: 46.1 percent, ranked 30thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-5 at Montreal; 0-for-1 vs. Carolina; 1-for-7 vs. Anaheim; 0-for-0 at WashingtonOverall: 7-for-75 (9.3 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 2-for-3 at Montreal; 1-for-1 vs. Carolina; 4-for-4 vs. Anaheim; 1-for-2 at WashingtonOverall: 57-for-68 (83.8 percent), ranked sixthUp next:12/5 – vs. New Jersey (15-7-4)12/8 – at New Jersey (15-7-4)12/9 – vs. Arizona (7-18-5)