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Dear Editor,We recently saw that a beautiful young woman of Guyanese descent, Ms Ariana Austin, got married to an Ethiopian Prince, the great grandson of His Imperial Majesty Hailie Selassie-I, the last Emperor of Ethiopia.This is the world’s oldest and most significant royal lineage; it dates back to the biblical King David, Solomon and Queen of Sheba. And if you look further, some may propose that this lineage goes all the way back to Moses, Noah and Enoch, as in the Book of Enoch and the fallen angels.A beautiful daughter of Guyana has now done something so important for our country’s history that we may not know its impact for generations to come. Guyana is now part of a history that created the foundation of the entire world civilizations, including that of Egypt.A dynasty that ruled the world long before our history books became white-washed. From India to South and Central America, this Ethiopian dynasty built great cities and civilizations beyond our imagination, and enlightened the world.This Royal lineage provided refuge and support for Islam in its infancy, where King Negus or Najashi protected the family of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when they were being persecuted in Mecca. The crowns of Europe drew inspiration and support from this lineage, as they were merely barbarians with no clue of civility in those days. Thanks to Ethiopian Royalty, the Europeans learned to be kings and queens.This Royal family is responsible for the rebirth of black consciousness in the form of Rastafari, and reverence is given to Emperor Haile Selassie-I for this great movement across the globe. His inspiration and vision led black people of the West to have something to hold on to in a time of white oppression from slavery to now.Selassie-I predicted World War Two when Europe was still in denial, and established the African Union. He is known as the great peace maker of nations, since he had the ability to stop wars on the 11th hour through his negotiating skills.Even though the Royal Family is no longer ruling Ethiopia today, history will show that this will only be a moment of exile, and this great family will return to their rightful place as rulers again.Princess Mekennon, as she would now be called, has just linked Guyana to the only Royal Family that can claim their ancestry to being chosen by God, and that is something to be extremely inspired by.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkins
Twenty-five-year-old Eon Ward of Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden, who was recently sentenced in absentia to five years’ imprisonment for armed robbery and the unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition, was on Monday arrested by Police ranks at his home.Convicted robber Eon WardCommonly known as “Killa”, Ward will now face an additional charge since the Police unearthed an unlicensed 9mm Ruger Semi-Automatic Pistol with seven matching rounds of ammunition. Once the charge is read to him, he will be taken to prison to commence his five-year sentence.“Killa” was charged on October 19, 2011 for three counts of armed robbery. Police in 2011 stated that he relieved Carlos Brown of two cell phones on October 14, 2011 at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie while being armed with a firearm.On the said day, he, along with an accomplice, robbed Richard Alves and Michael Pooran of $1,056,950 in cash. The money belonged to Edward B Beharry Company Ltd.In addition, Police accused Ward of robbing Veronica Fonttanelle of close to $500,000 in cash and a quantity of cheques, property of Utility Services Co-op Society Limited. This occurred in June of 2011.Ward was apprehended by Police after a high-speed chase through the streets of Mackenzie. After making several court appearances, he was released on bail during the trial, and was a no-show for the ruling. He was sentenced in his absence and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He had been in hiding until his arrest on Monday.
The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is deeply dissatisfied with the deplorable conditions of several dams leading to rice cultivation areas. The condition of the dams has added additional challenges to rice farmers as they are currently struggling to transport their harvest from the fields to the mills.Rice farmers have reported that they were faced with additional burdens of having to use deteriorated dams during the last rainy season. Many farmers have also incurred additional expenses having to do massive maintenance works on the dams. This, they complained, is creating unnecessary expenditures even at a time when the price for paddy is low.Region Two Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt during an interview with Guyana Times said at several RDC statutory meetings recommendations were repeatedly made for a maintenance schedules to be prepared so that upgrading works on roads and dams can be done on a timely and organised manner.Noteably, Ramdatt said these decisions have not been implemented, and as such, farmers are feeling the negative impacts.Ramdatt said the RDC noted with concern that 15 of its machineries and equipment to aid in the maintenance of dams and roads are currently inoperable due to the lack of simple items, such as oil filters and seals, among others. Workers from the RDC requested in July of this year that these spares be purchased so that the machineries could be put back in operation for the harvesting season.The RDC is therefore calling for an investigation to be launched by the relevant authorities to address the region’s consistent procurement delays and malpractices, since the REO as the region’s Accounting Officer is not proactive in managing the region’s budget. Based on a review of the RDC 2017 budget, he noted that adequate funds are available, adding that he is disappointed that the negligence of certain regional officers is creating challenges for the people of Region Two. (Indrawattie Natram)
A Canadian teen was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after she admitted to trafficking in narcotics.It is alleged that on October 5, 2017, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Yuonika Bovell was allegedly in possession of 1.662 kilograms of heroin for the purpose of trafficking.Bovell appeared in the company of legal counsel, who sought to secure bail for the accused pending the outcome of trial.According to the lawyer, the 19-year-old is a Canadian citizen, who has been residing in Guyana for the past nine months with her reputed husband and parents in East La Penitence, Georgetown.The court heard that despite being a Canadian citizen, the teen spent most of the last three years in Guyana working as a cashier in her mother’s grocery store after graduating high school.Bovell voiced through her lawyer that she is oblivious of the charge and willing to lodge her passport or report to CANU on a weekly basis if necessary, during trial.Special reasons advanced on the basis that the accused suffers from chronic asthma and trauma following the recent the loss of a baby was rejected by the Magistrate McLennan and she was committed to prison.CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford led the prosecution’s case.Bovell will return to court on October 24.
Burbank Bus has five routes in the city. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! BURBANK – The Burbank transit system received more than $3 million in grants to add up to eight buses to its fleet, including one hybrid fuel cell vehicle, city officials said today. The Hybrid-Electric Fuel Cell Bus can run on Compressed Natural Gas, propane and bio-diesel fuel systems, according to city transportation officials. The vehicle will also feature multimedia technology – including WiFi/Bluetooth – and will be accessible to handicapped riders. The money came from the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the California Air Resources Board.
Will Ferrell’s “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” barely managed to keep its nose out front in the weekend’s box office race after strong challenges from the teen dance flick “Step Up” and the 9-11 drama “World Trade Center,” studio estimates Sunday show. The top three films finished within $4 million of each other, with “Talladega” taking the pole position with ticket sales of $23 million, a 51 percent drop from last weekend. The NASCAR comedy, released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, is driving fast toward the $100 million mark in domestic grosses with a total that now stands at $91.2 million. “It’s nice to have a movie that is making people laugh throughout the country,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of distribution. “It seems to be a recipe for success.” Meanwhile, “Step Up,” a low-budget Disney release, had an unexpectedly strong debut with estimated ticket sales of $21.1 million. Starring newcomers Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum, “Step” capitalized on a popular soundtrack and online marketing campaigns to reach its mostly teen audience and give Disney its third summer hit following “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Cars.” There was much speculation leading into the weekend about whether news of the foiled terrorist attacks out of London would help or hurt ticket sales for the movie, which focuses on the real-life rescue of two Port Authority officers trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center. “Ultimately, the movie played out pretty much the way we expected,” Moore said. “It feels like the movie was on its path.” Paramount also took fourth place with its CG-animated film “Barnyard,” which had an estimated three-day gross of $10 million, dropping only 26 percent from its debut weekend. The film has grossed $34 million in its first 10 days. Rounding out the top five was “Pulse,” a new thriller from Weinstein Co./Dimension Films with estimated tickets sales of $8.45 million. The Tim Allen superhero comedy “Zoom” had a lackluster opening for Sony, which had so far delivered a steady stream of hits this summer. The film debuted tied for seventh place with holdover horror flick “The Descent” with estimated ticket sales of just $4.6 million. “You go into these things wanting to do well and, unfortunately, it didn’t work,” Bruer said. “Certainly we would have liked to have done more.” Still in limited release, the comedy “Little Miss Sunshine” had the highest per-screen average of any film in the top 12 with a whopping $16,993. The film played in 153 theaters, 95 up from last weekend, and earned $2.9 million for a cumulative total of $5.6 million. The Fox Searchlight release expands to 600 theaters on Friday, then 1,500 locations the following weekend. Overall, business was up over last year for the fourth weekend in a row and 19 out of the last 21, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co. email@example.com (818) 713-3758160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“It’s great when a movie like this so over-performs in the marketplace,” said Chuck Viane, president of Disney’s Buena Vista Distribution. “The filmmakers knew who their audience was and made a film that was extremely pleasing. “We had so many sold-out auditoriums, it was like the old days and watching the public embrace a movie.” Debuting in third place was the Oliver Stone-directed “World Trade Center” released by Paramount Pictures. The film met pre-release expectations with an estimated three-day total of $19 million and has grossed $26.8 million since its release on Wednesday. It was the biggest debut of Stone’s controversial career. “It’s not very often that you deal with a movie this unique,” said Rob Moore, Paramount’s president of marketing, distribution and worldwide operations. “Everybody has a strong reaction to what happened. We knew this going in that Oliver had made a very moving motion picture and at the same time, some people might have a resistance to it. But once people started seeing it on Wednesday, they could tell their friends that this is a movie you should see.”
1 The fullback's deflected effort ensured Ronald Koeman's side beat the Slovakian minnows Wayne Rooney’s Everton return threatened to turn into embarrassment before captain Leighton Baines struck to give his side a slender first leg lead in their Europa League third qualifying round clash with Ruzomberok.The Slovakian minnows hit the bar prior to Baines’ 65th minute intervention and almost grabbed an equaliser to take into next week’s second leg when substitute Milos Lacny missed a glorious chance late on.Rooney had a handful of chances to mark his second competitive debut for his boyhood club with a goal, but there was no mistaking the frustration of a side who started with £100million of new signings in their starting line-up.Third in last season’s Fortuna Liga, Ruzemberok had been expected to roll over but instead their quest to puncture Everton’s mood of pre-season optimism is alive and well for next week’s trip to the Futbalovy Stadion.There were no suggestions of the struggle to follow when Rooney and his fellow new boys were given a tumultuous welcome before kick-off, nor in the opening minutes in which the home side looked in cruise control.Ruzomberok captain Dominik Kruzliak almost screwed an attempted clearance over the head of his keeper Matus Macik in a comical third minute opening, and for the most part of the first quarter-hour the visitors were pinned back.Rooney’s tireless work off the ball almost paid off in the 20th minute when he drifted unchallenged across the box to pick up a neat through-ball by Baines, before turning to fire a rising left-foot shot over the bar.Rooney and the impressive Davy Klaassen would also have chances but Ruzomberok served a warning when Dalibor Takac fired just wide on a rare counter-attack.The hosts’ frustration began to mount, with Cuco Martina completely mis-kicking from a central position and Idrissa Gueye’s long-range effort easily held by Macik.Two blunders by Ashley Williams almost gifted the Slovakians the lead, first a mis-placed pass which handed Erik Daniel a clear shot which was well saved by Maarten Stekelenburg, then a second mistake which served up a chance for Peter Maslo.And Ruzomberok were not finished after the break, causing another major scare in the 56th minute when Stekelenburg had to tip a Maslo header against the bar from a Takac free-kick.The introduction of Sandro on the hour helped swing things in Everton’s direction and Baines finally lifted the frustration five minutes later when he drilled home a heavily deflected shot from the edge of the box after the visitors only half-cleared a corner.Kevin Mirallas was only denied a second for Everton 10 minutes later by a brilliant fingertip save from Macik and Ruzemberok will still fancy their chances in the return leg next week.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’That idea comes from the late economist Milton Friedman, who died Nov. 16 at age 94. Coming at the problem of poverty from a conservative point of view, Friedman was a lifelong champion of a negative income tax. In his 1962 book “Capitalism and Freedom,” he wrote, “We should replace the ragbag of specific welfare programs with a single comprehensive program of income supplements in cash – a negative income tax. It would provide an assured minimum to all persons in need, regardless of the reasons for their need.” But Friedman’s bold idea – unanimously supported by a 1969 presidential commission, which included former California Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown – never became law and has become politically unpopular. Despite the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, 37 million Americans – 12.6 percent of our population – still live in poverty. Does anybody care? Maybe we care, but we don’t know what to do about it. So we shrug, say the poor will always be with us, and forget about it. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista, cares. He has introduced HR 5257, the “Tax Cut for the Rest of Us Act,” in Congress. The bill would transform the standard income-tax deduction into a standard tax credit of $2,000 per adult and $1,000 per child. For the first time, it would give a “refundable” tax credit to every citizen who filed an income-tax return, even if the person had no income. It would not only simplify the tax code, it would put more money into pockets of poor Americans. Transforming the standard deduction into a refundable tax credit would not eliminate homelessness and poverty, but it would be an enormous benefit to the poor who were completely overlooked by the Bush tax cuts. Even Charles Murray, whose 1984 book, “Losing Ground,” claimed that welfare did more harm than good, now agrees with Friedman’s approach. “America’s population is wealthier than any in history,” Murray writes in his new book, “In Our Hands.” “Yet we still have millions of people without comfortable retirements, without adequate health care, and living in poverty. Only a government can spend so much money so ineffectually. The solution is to give the money to the people.” Murray calls for giving an annual cash grant of $10,000 – with no work requirements – to every adult over age 21. Poverty and homelessness are wrong. A basic income guarantee would establish economic security as a universal right, and provide Friedman with a lasting legacy. HR 5257 would be a good first step in that direction. Allan Sheahen is the author of the book “Guaranteed Income: The Right to Economic Security.” He lives in Sherman Oaks. Write to him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! ON any given night in Los Angeles County, 90,000 people – including 21,000 women and 15,000 children – are homeless. Now Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors propose spending some $329 million on shelters. That’s $3,655 per person. On Nov. 7, L.A. County voters narrowly defeated Measure H. The initiative would have provided $1 billion for services for the poor and homeless. That’s $11,111 per person. Why not just give every homeless person $3,655 in cash – or $11,111 if we’re feeling that generous – and let the homeless find their own housing?
“It’s a massive game to start off with,” he said.“Obviously my first game in charge officially and a lot of boys just coming into the club. We have stressed the importance of the derby.“Ideally in my own head it would come a little bit later, we have only had two matches so we have players who haven’t played 90 minutes getting shipped into their first derby.“I’m told the club has not won there in 24 years in major competitions so to win there would be a fantastic start.” Lee McCulloch says ending Kilmarnock’s long wait for an away Ayrshire derby win would be “a fantastic start” to life as the permanent Rugby Park boss.Killie make the short journey to Ayr United’s Somerset Park to start their League Cup group campaign, with the club’s last victory at the venue coming 24 years ago.The venue has been an unhappy hunting ground in the five encounters since Kilmarnock’s 1-0 triumph in 1993.While the clash has come earlier than he would have hoped, McCulloch understands the significance of a positive result. Dominic Thomas became Kilmarnock’s sixth summer signing earlier this week with another “three or four” additions planned this summer.“I’m very conscious of bringing in the right ones,” he added. “We have got our targets, they are just getting held up at the moment.”