J.J. Watt on ‘Saturday Night Live’: Here are all the athletes who hosted SNL and their best sketches

first_imgTom Brady: Touchdown at the CarnivalOK, this one isn’t that funny, but it’s entertaining to watch Tom Brady miss throw after throw, even if it’s by design. Eddie Murphy. Steve Carrell. J.J. Watt?The Texans star is next to enter the pretty exclusive club of pro athletes to host “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday, Feb. 1. Some have been memorable, others … less so. J.J. Watt is hosting SNL on Saturday — and he has a lot of studying to do. pic.twitter.com/reVvZaKDQO— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 30, 2020For every Peyton Manning, there’s been countless Michael Phelps. There’s been no clear formula for who succeeds on the show and who doesn’t, but not for lack of NBC’s trying. In all, there have been 32 different professional athletes to host “SNL” in 882 episodes to air on NBC in the 45-year run of the show.Given Watt’s personality, it seems like he could definitely be one of the better sports stars to host the show in some time, and he’s the first since pro athlete to host the show since Charles Barkley in 2018, and the 12th football player to get behind the mic.J.J. Watt joins list of athletes to host ‘SNL’AthleteEpisodeAir dateSportFran TarkentonSeason 2, Episode 13Jan. 29, 1977FootballO.J. SimpsonSeason 3, Episode 12Feb. 25, 1978FootballBill RussellSeason 5, Episode 3Nov. 3, 1979BasketballJohn MaddenSeason 7, Episode 10Jan. 30, 1982FootballBob UeckerSeason 10, Episode 2Oct. 13, 1984BaseballAlex KarrasSeason 10, Episode 12Feb. 2, 1985FootballHulk HoganSeason 10, Episode 15March 30, 1985Pro wrestlingMarvin HaglerSeason 11, Episode 17May 17, 1986BoxerBilly MartinSeason 11, Episode 18May 24, 1986BaseballJoe MontanaSeason 12, Episode 9Jan. 24, 1987FootballWalter PaytonSeason 12, Episode 9Jan 24. 1987FootballCarl WeathersSeason 13, Episode 10Jan. 13, 1988FootballWayne GretzkySeason 14, Episode 19May 13, 1989HockeyChris EvertSeason 15, Episode 5Nov. 11, 1989TennisMichael JordanSeason 17, Episode 1Sept. 28, 1991BasketballCharles Barkley*Season 19, Episode 1Sept. 25, 1993BasketballNancy KerriganSeason 19, Episode 15March 12, 1994Figure skatingGeorge ForemanSeason 20, Episode 9Dec. 17, 1994BoxingDeion SandersSeason 20, Episode 13Feb. 18, 1995Football/baseballThe Rock**Season 25, Episode 15March 18, 2000Pro wrestlingDerek JeterSeason 27, Episode 11Dec. 1, 2001BaseballJonny MoseleySeason 27, Episode 13March 3, 2002Olympic skiingJeff GordonSeason 28, Episode 9Jan. 11, 2003NASCAR driverAndy RoddickSeason 29, Episode 5Nov. 8, 2003TennisTom BradySeason 30, Episode 17April 16, 2005FootballLance ArmstrongSeason 31, Episode 4Oct. 29, 2005CyclingPeyton ManningSeason 32, Episode 16March 24, 2007FootballLeBron JamesSeason 33, Episode 1Sept. 29, 2007BasketballMichael PhelpsSeason 34, Episode 1Sept. 13. 2008SwimmingEli ManningSeason 37, Episode 11May 5, 2012FootballJohn CenaSeason 42, Episode 9Dec. 10, 2016Pro wrestlingJ.J. WattSeason 45, Episode 12Feb. 1, 2020Football*Barkley would host three more episodes of “SNL.”**The Rock would host four more episodes of “SNL.”Best ‘SNL’ athlete sketchesPeyton Manning: United WayNo surprise here. Manning has made a second career out of commercials and endorsements, and his true range as an actor was on display in this 2007 SNL digital short. If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “Get your head out of your ass! You suck!” I could retire comfortably in Lake Como, Italy.Joe Montana and Walter Payton: Church TalkThe best part about this sketch starring the great Dana Carvey, is that Montana and Payton were barely able to keep it together. Reminder: Sunday is the Satan Bowl. I mean Super Bowl. Well, isn’t that special?Derek Jeter: Point, counter-pointSeth Myers with the perfect impersonation of baseball Twitter in this sketch.Derek Jeter: Yankee wivesNo. 2 for No. 2: The iconic image of him in a wig and lipstick is everlasting. The Rock: Mr. Peepers and Papa PeepersI wonder if this Dwayne Johnson guy has a career in Hollywood.Eli Manning: Embarrassing textManning and his “aw, shucks” demeanor couldn’t really touch what brother Peyton had done on the show five years earlier, and that’s what makes this sketch pretty good: Manning was probably playing himself.Michael Jordan: Daily AffirmationSome years before “Space Jam” entered pop culture’s consciousness for eternity, Jordan hosted an episode of “SNL.” “His Airness” wasn’t all that bad on the show, and how he held it together in this sketch is stuff of legend.last_img read more

MLB, MLBPA eyeing video cutback to combat sign-stealing, report says

first_imgFAGAN: Players must speak out to stop cheating in real timePlayers watch video in the clubhouse during games to analyze swings and pitches. The ’17 and ’18 Astros used video technology to intercept opposing catchers’ signs, decode them in real time and then deliver them to hitters through various methods, in violation of MLB rules.Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that players have been discussing ways to possibly curtail video use.”We need to come up with rules now that limit how many cameras we can have on the field, how much replay we can actually have,” Scherzer told Ken Rosenthal. “We’re trying to decide how much access players should have to that during the game.” Scherzer is the Nationals’ player representative and a member of the players association’s executive subcomittee.Houston’s sign-stealing scheme also relied on an Excel program named “Codebreaker,” which employed an algorithm to discover patterns of signs in real time. Algorithms are another area of discussion between baseball and the players, according to Scherzer.MORE: Former Astros manager Hinch answers five key questions”We’re trying to come up with ways — (whether) punishments need to be in place for that or whatnot, what kind of rules need to be in place to get the algorithms out of the game as well, and try to just get it back to baseball,” Scherzer told Rosenthal in an interview that aired on MLB Network.MLB players are angry with the Astros for their cheating, and many of them believe the team has never stopped flouting the rules even though MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said last month that Houston ended its relaying of signs during the 2018 season. There are allegations Astros hitters last year received signs via buzzers that were taped to their bodies and worn under their jerseys. MLB and the MLB Players Association are working to devise rules that will limit the availability of in-game video to players and thus reduce the risk of electronic sign-stealing, The Athletic reported Friday night (subscription required).The sides want those rules in place before Opening Day as part of their reaction to the Astros using video illegally to steal signs in 2017 and 2018, the report said. MORE: MLB players rip Astros for sign-stealing schemeHouston shortstop Carlos Correa denied that happened, and MLB has said it found no evidence buzzers were used.Members of the Astros’ 2017 World Series championship team have used the first few days of spring training to apologize for their actions, but opposing players consider most of those apologies inadequate. Astros team owner Jim Crane said at a press conference Thursday that the team’s sign-stealing “didn’t impact the game.” Opposing players reject that position outright.last_img read more

BCCI announces replacement for injured Deepak Chahar for third West Indies ODI

first_imgAdvertisement lxeNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg5wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyqld( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 432slWould you ever consider trying this?😱c9gCan your students do this? 🌚23nd46Roller skating! Powered by Firework Deepak Chahar has been ruled out for the third and final ODI against the Windies after suffering from a back injury. The BCCI have named Navdeep Saini as the replacement for the fixture.Advertisement The pacer complained of pain in the lower back after the ODI in Vishakapatnam after which the medical team examined the 27-year-old. After the examination, a statement was provided.Advertisement “Deepak felt mild pain in his lower back following the second ODI played in [Visakhapatnam] on Wednesday. The BCCI medical team examined him and has suggested that the fast bowler needs some rest in order to fully recover, He has thus been ruled out of the final ODI.”Navdeep Saini is currently playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy where he already made his mark with a five-wicket haul against Andhra Pradesh.Advertisement The 27-year-old lanky pacer made his debut for India earlier this year in the Caribbean where he made his mark immediately with a three-wicket haul in his debut fixture before following it up with a tidy performance in the final fixture in the 3-0 series win.Injury crisis for India continues with Deepak Chahar joining the treatment table along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan.India head into Cuttack with the series leveled at 1-1. Virat Kohli asserted the need for sharp fielding in order to win the series. He stated:“Catching has been disappointing. It is not the representation of the kind of standards that we set. It’s very important to maintain standards and live up to it. We are one of the best fielding sides in the world. Fielding is all about wanting the ball. As long as we are enjoying that, we will be right up there.”Here’s the updated squad for the final ODI scheduled to be held in Cuttack on Sunday:Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep SainiRead Also:Cricket’s Thor: Richard Madley gives a glimpse into the world of IPL Auction.Ind vs WI 2nd ODI Review: Openers make merry and Kuldeep creates history with series leveling win  Advertisementlast_img read more

Comebacking Hit the Road Takes $53,000 Santa Anita Allowance Feature

first_imgCOMEBACKING HIT THE ROAD TAKES $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH AS RISPOLI & BLACKER TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:34.19ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2020)–Idle since Dec. 1, trainer Dan Blacker’s comebacking 3-year-old colt Hit the Road moved into contention three furlongs from home and took command a sixteenth of a mile out to take Friday’s $53,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length.  Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, he got one mile on turf in 1:34.19.With the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, Hit the Road, a Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready, was full of run while a joint fourth about three lengths off the lead heading into the far turn, but Rispoli bided his time, got shuffled back a bit while saving ground and was two from the fence at the top of the stretch.“He was ready to go moving into the turn, but I wanted to save ground and wait a bit,” said Rispoli, who was aboard for the first time today.  “This course is firm, so I didn’t want to be too far back, but we got lucky and had a perfect trip.  The way he finished, I think he’s going to improve off of this race.”A respectable fourth in the Grade III, one mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes Dec. 1 at Del Mar, Hit the Road, who is out of the U S Ranger mare Highway Mary, was off at 6-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up and paid $14.20, $8.00 and $4.20.In his first start versus older competition, Hit the Road, an ungraded one mile turf stakes winner here three starts back on Oct. 6, notched his third win from six starts.  Owned by D K Racing, LLC, Radley Equine, Inc., Taste of Victory Stables, Rick Gold and Dave Odmark, Hit the Road picked up $31,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $134,751.Ridden by Assael Espinoza, 6-year-old gelding Maestro Dearte rallied to be second by three quarters of a length over 7-5 favorite Odysseus.  The longest shot in the field at 35-1, Maestro Dearte paid $28.20 and $8.40.Odysseus, who broke sharply from the rail and showed the way to mid-stretch, held third by a head over King of Speed.  Ridden by Jorge Velez, Odysseus paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.01, 1:10.58 and 1:22.67.First post time for a nine-race card, with no public admittance on Saturday, is at 12:30 p.m.  Fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or Xpressbet.com.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Valdez leads Creamline past Tacloban in Batangas

first_imgView comments Playing in her hometown, Alyssa Valdez, who put up 22 points to lead the Cool Smashers while Kaewpin Kuttika added 16.“This is a very important win because this is my hometown and this is where I started,” said Valdez in Filipino. “It’s always good to be back here and play for them and shoe them the kind of Batangueñas they can produce.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Cool Smashers had a bittersweet time in front of the net as they scored 44 spikes but at the same time allowed the Fighting Warays to score on 10 blocks.Creamline, though, had an easier time in scoring from the service line putting up 13 service aces to Tacloban’s three. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline blasted Tacloban in straight sets, 25-14, 27-25, 26-24, for its third straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Batangas City Sports Coliseum.The Cool Smashers stayed atop the league with a 4-1 record while the Fighting Warays dropped to 2-3.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Hyapha Amporn led the Fighting Warays with 15 points while Jovielyn Prado and Sasiwimol Sangpan combined for 21 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Espejo takes talents to Japan, joins club team White Eagles Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Revoke Ministry of Education security tenders, re-start bids

first_imgDear Editor,I was most appalled to read a letter written by Mr. Julius Williams and published in the Guyana Chronicle on Saturday, April 14, 2018 under the headline ‘Education Ministry should re-tender those bids’.Williams’s letter exposed the flagrant and vulgar violation of proper procurement procedures by the Ministry of Education in the handling of tenders for security services. It is clear to me that the tender process was deliberately manipulated to favour an obscure security firm with no track record in the business, while upstanding security firms were, and continue to be, sidelined.In my opinion, this “smells to the high heavens” of illegal kickbacks and payoffs under the table.  It is heartbreaking to know that the same atrocity happens over and over again when tenders are handled by other ministries and state agencies.  That is why I fully support Williams’s call for all reputable bidders to reject this highly flawed and questionable process by the Ministry of Education. I call on the ministry to throw out this corrupt tender process, then restart a new one that is open, fair and transparent.How does the ministry explain that other bidders were omitted from the process? How come only Neville Spence and Inter Service Enterprise Security attend the bid opening, much to the surprise of other security company representatives, who only discovered that there was another open, competitive bidding when they went to witness the opening of sealed bids for the provision of security services for the Dependents Pension Fund?RK’s Security Services was one of the security firms that discovered this irregularity at that same time. What justification can the ministry come up with to explain what happened? Like Williams, I am convinced that it was a deliberate act to rob bidders of the opportunity to get the contract. It looks like someone benefited from inside information about this tender.RK’s Security has had its share of experience with the Ministry of Education. In 2017, we successfully bid for a contract with that ministry, and after being told we were successful, spent huge sums of money preparing to fulfill our responsibilities. We engaged and recruited security officers, bought uniforms, provided quality training, and obtained a performance bond. But after all our expenditure, we were told that the contract had been terminated for ‘convenience’, with just a few hours’ notice given before we were to commence. Utter and gross disrespect! This matter is now before the Supreme Court. I am inviting all the other security companies affected to contact me, so that we can organise a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and the Government of Guyana. I have a feeling that if we band together and present a united front, we can win this case. Think of how interesting it would be to get the Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Vibert Welch, in the witness box.Further, I would like to encourage all the aggrieved parties and members of the Guyana Association of Private Security Organizations (GAPSO) to join together and conduct picketing exercises at the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Presidency. I am prepared to even lead the team for this cause, and assist with its mobilization.I am not afraid to state openly that this incident and others like it indicate that there are certain people involved in the national tendering process who are corrupt, particularly at the Ministry of Education, which has the power to award contracts at schools all over Guyana. I also believe that there is some amount of political favouritism at play. Justice must not only be done, it must also be seen to be done. This is not the case with security tenders at the Ministry of Education. This questionable tender should be revoked at once; and a new, clean bidding process must start immediately. There must also be an official inquiry into how this absurd situation occurred in the first place.  I will work with Mr. Williams and all other affected parties to make sure that justice is done, and the culprits are held accountable. Enough is enough.Yours sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr.Founder & CEORK’s Guyana SecurityServiceslast_img read more

Politics must have morality to serve our nation as well

first_imgDear Editor,Without a doubt, one of the most important professions in the world is politics. More than any other sphere of activity, it influences people’s lives in a profound way. It is the profession that pulls together all others for the purpose of development of a community or country.It is, therefore, a very noble endeavour.Yet, few other professions have been more ridiculed than politics. Any bad action by a person is often described as that person acting like a politician. It is not unusual to hear people saying that ‘politics is a dirty game’, or being called very unflattering names, for example, scamp, corrupt, etc.This has come about because far too many politicians make promises that they had no intention of keeping, or some behave in such a way that one can get the impression that the masses of people are there to serve those in power and not vice versa. Far too many become corrupt with only one purpose, that is personal aggrandisement.They also abuse power and authority and take advantage of the poor.Yet, politics remain very important in people’s lives. Like all other professions, you have decent, principled and upright politicians and you have the power-hungry, corrupt and unprincipled elements as well. The sad reality is that there are far too little of the former and much too much of the latter.One would have let things ride at that had it not been for the devastating effect that immoral politics have on the lives of people in any society.We in Guyana have both of these groups in our body politic. When the most corrupt grab power, they do tremendous harm to every aspect of life. We have had experiences with immoral politics and we know the consequences. Unfortunately, the immorality of the past continues to guide those in power today.In the last elections campaign, the APNU/AFC made many promises that they had absolutely no intention of keeping.A few examples of this. The two parties promised sugar workers a twenty per cent increase in wages and salaries. Public servants were also given rosy promises of sizeable increases. Rice farmers were told that they would get nine thousand dollars a bag for their paddy. Amerindians were promised jobs and lands.We were told that the VAT would have been reduced to a single-digit number.None of their ‘promises’ was made with the intention of keeping them. It was done to deliberately fool the people to dishonestly obtain their votes.The APNU/AFC regime is now doing everything, including trampling on our laws and Constitution to perpetuate themselves in power.In doing so, they are destroying the independence of our institutions and making a mockery of the law.Our courts are in grave danger of being taken over by the PNC-led APNU/AFC regime.The latest outrage was the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the validity of the No-Confidence Motion. The disdain with which the CCJ overturned that decision by the Guyana Court of Appeal says quite a lot. It implies that the decision was not based on law, logic nor arithmetic.While that is the latest, there are many other cases that are not being called, heard or not making decisions, the elections petition case challenging the result of the 2015 elections is a good example – it is yet to be heard.In every democratic society, those types of cases are given priority. In the same year, 2015, Kenya and Trinidad had elections that were challenged in the courts. Those elections were held after ours, yet the cases in the two countries have been heard and ruled on.In the case of Kenya, the court upheld the case brought by the Opposition and ordered fresh elections. That was also concluded.Yet, to date, Guyana’s case is still not even called. In the meantime, it is being overtaken by other political developments.This is a serious body blow to our democracy and an indication of where we are going.There are other constitutional cases already heard, but years after, no decision is handed down by the judges.This, by the way, is breaking the law by Judges, since the Ninth National Assembly had passed laws putting time limits to Judges for the purpose of giving written decisions when cases are concluded. Many of our Judges are ignoring this law. What an example!It is also sad to observe what is happening at the Guyana Elections Commission.The PNC-led regime is destroying that body. It took the CCJ decision to force James Patterson to resign.However, the new Chairperson, who is also a Judge, seems not to want to enforce the laws of the country and ensure that we have free and fair elections. The question is why??The actions of GECOM continue to lead to deliberate, delay and prolong the life of a corrupt regime. It has failed to fulfil its constitutional responsibility.The regime is now taking the time given to it to engage in massive social bribery. Every day, planeloads of goods are now being dispatched to the inferior with ‘goodies’ in a desperate attempt at mass bribery.Moreover, the ruling of the CCJ as to the caretaker nature of the regime is totally ignored!The immorality of these actions is clear. It is setting the lowest standards for our people. This example will fuel corruption in every aspect of our social and economic life. We will not only be confronted by the corruption of the bureaucratic elite but it will seep into every area and the culture of corruption will once more become universal in Guyana.This APNU/AFC regime has learnt nothing from the previous PNC regime that led the country into bankruptcy and infrastructural ruins. Or maybe it did, but personal power for them is more important than the country.Despite exertions of good intentions, we would fail. The simple fact is that you cannot achieve lofty goals with dirty hands!Those in public offices, particularly in independent constitutional offices that are tamely allowing abuse of our people to take place are as guilty as the PNC elite.Politics must have morality to serve our nation as well.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Teachers protest in front of President’s office

first_imgStrike for better wages…Union unlikely to meet for conciliation talks todayBy Rupadai Seenaraine, Andrew Carmichael and Utamu BelleThe Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) has announced that it is highly unlikely the Union will be able to engage the Education Ministry today for pending discussions requested by the Department of Labour on the requested salary increases for some 7000 teachers.Teachers picket in front of the Ministry of the Presidency (Dexter Ceres photo)This was the position shared by GTU President Mark Lyte who told media operatives on Monday that due to the Union’s General Councils meeting, they will have to reschedule to a later date.He shared these remarks amid a protest by teachers at the entrance of the Ministry of the Presidency on Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, to voice their disappointment with the Education Ministry and the Government at large, calling for their 40 per cent increase in wages. Lyte further indicated that the soonest day in which they will be available for a meeting is Friday.“We received an invitation for the conciliation meeting but the GTU has a long planned General Councils meeting. We will be responding as it relates to our availability. We will have to ask for a reschedule of the meeting, probably by Friday.”A group of teachers outside the Linden Department of EducationHe noted that the Ministry had been scheduling such meetings on days when activities are already planned by the Union. Additionally, the notices are sent out hours before the event. In this case, the General Councils meeting was planned during the last academic term and teachers will be travelling from all regions to attend.Last Friday, a meeting was planned by the Department of Labour so as to engage the Union on discussions for the increase. However, representatives from the GTU did not attend. Lyte justified the Union’s absence, noting that short notice was given which coincides with other activities which were planned.When asked if the Union is trying to boycott engagements that are set by the Labour Department, the GTU President responded, “if invitation is given and it clashes with a planned activity that we have, obviously we will not be able to attend. Our General Councils would meet once per term so it’s not something that we can push back,” said Lyte.Teachers outside the Berbice High School on MondayAt that time, over 60 teachers and GTU officials were carrying placards as they recited slogans for the 40 per cent increase. This, they said, was a promise made by the Government after the task force would have suggested a 40 per cent increase for the teachers.“The recommendation that was made by the task force is what we’re asking for. The recommendation was the 40 per cent. It is not teachers coming out here and coming up with the idea that we want 40 per cent. The Government wants something from the teachers; better performance, we also want a package from the Government,” said Stacy Benjamin.While some teachers bargained for their rights and reasons for the increase, others threatened that a mass protest could emerge from these pickets if the Ministry does not meet their demands.Issues that were raised included poor utility services at their respective schools, along with the absence of a stipend to be spent to upkeep the classrooms. According to them, monies are being taken out of their pockets to purchase items and educational aids for students.GTU’s Chairman Kerwin Mars explained that the Union is under the impression the Education Ministry does not want to resolve the issue. “I know that the Union is prepared to talk and to come up with reasonable solutions to end this thing. I see the Government not wanting to do that,” Mars said.So far, the GTU has rejected the Government’s request for a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018 to 2019. They have also rejected the $700 million that was placed for the increases for 2018 only.While the Government wants the yearly clothing allowance to remain at $8000, many teachers revealed that they have not received any such allowances since 2015. The GTU is maintaining however, that they want an increase of 40 per cent.BerbiceMeanwhile, teachers in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) say they will not back down from their strike action until Government gives them what they deserve. On Monday, the teachers picketed outside the Berbice High School where Education Minister Nicolette Henry was meeting with parents.Chanting, “No money, no wuk” and “Teachers are important”, the teachers gathered and demonstrated.At Fort Wellington, teachers protested in front of the Department of Education with a similar demonstration. Region Six GTU General Council representative, Paul Burnett, said teachers are the foundation of Guyana and they will ensure that their voices are heard.“We are teachers and we are very import and we are the foundation of Guyana and without education, our country would not be what it is today (Monday), and teachers must be applauded for that,” Burnett said.Burnett added that teachers in Berbice are frustrated and tired of waiting for more than three years on the Education Ministry to come up with a tangible package for teachers.Burnett noted that on Monday, some teachers turned up at the Department of Education in New Amsterdam and officials there refused to accept the keys for the respective schools.However, some head teachers had reported that on Friday, they took keys belonging to their school to the Department of Education and the keys were accepted.At the meeting at the Berbice High School, the Education Minister informed parents of what is the Government’s position as it relates to teachers’ salary increases and as she met with them inside, the teachers protested outside.According to Burnette, the protesting teachers were hoping that the Minister would have met with them but she did not.LindenIn Linden, the situation was no different as teachers from across Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) joined the strike action; a protest in support of calls by the GTU for an increase in salaries and other benefits was held in front of the Department of Education in the region.Holding placards, the teachers marched from Central Mackenzie, thence to the vicinity of the Regional Department of Education and unto the Mackenzie bandstand as they sang “solidarity forever”. Regional GTU General Council representative, Ferdinand McLeod, who was part of the protest action continued calls in support of the salary increase and debunching monies on behalf of teachers.McLeod said the protesting teachers were merely voicing their opinions and are willing to continue until desired results are obtained. “It’s not that we don’t want to work. We work all the time. We mould everybody. Why is it they don’t have respect for us?” he continued.last_img read more

Some legal reminders for boat enthusiasts

first_imgYou can be charged if a police officer believes your ability to operate a vessel has been impaired by alcohol or drugs. There goal was checking to ensure that the required safety materials were on board, which are the following.One life jacket for every person on the boatA paddleWater tight flashlightA bailing device such as a bucketMinimum 15 feet of buoyant ropeA sound device such as a whistle or bellThose found in violation were educated and advised that tickets can be issued for each missing item. In addition, the RCMP was enforcing the Liquor Control Licencing Act by ticketing those with open liquor on board of their boats. – Advertisement – Open liquor is not permitted on motorised vessels and operating a boat while impaired is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.One man was found operating a boat while impaired and was removed from Charlie Lake.“Some boaters are not aware of this fact while others, unfortunately, simply choose to ignore it,” the press release reads. “Being in control of a boat is like being in control of a car, you have to be responsible.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Community unites to rid Panorama City of junk

first_imgPANORAMA CITY – With large, orange brooms and green rakes in hand, community members took to the streets Saturday morning to pick up 27,000 pounds worth of fast-food wrappers, beer bottles, mattresses, couches and even a pair or two of abandoned, dirty socks. As one of 70 coastal and inland communities across Los Angeles County participating in Coastal Clean Up Day, 400 concerned residents of Panorama City joined hands with Heal the Bay, the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce and local officials and organizations in an effort to clean up the county’s gutters, rivers and coastlines. Despite Panorama’s distance from the city’s beaches – about 25 miles – event organizers said the 44-square-block area’s trash poses serious hazards to the rivers and oceans on the coast. “What you do in your front lawns affects everything around you,” said City Councilman Richard Alarcón. “Today we are planting the seeds – when you see trash clean it up.” Panorama City’s trash made up about one-third of the total 74,000 pounds of trash collected throughout the day. More than 2,000 partially used spray cans turned up in Wilmington, an expired passport surfaced in Hermosa Beach and divers found a bridal gown near the Santa Monica pier. Police got involved in the clean up when what looked like .357 Magnum appeared in the sand at Dockweiler State Beach. Heal the Bay President Mark Gold said inland communities were added to the list of participating areas 10 years ago, after organizers realized how much of the ocean’s trash wasn’t coming from coastal areas. Last year more than 80 percent of the 70,000 pounds of trash collected during the Los Angeles county clean up came from inland communities. “All of L.A. County is in a watershed and all the trash on the ground goes into the rivers that then flow into San Pedro and Long Beach,” Gold said. “By focusing on the beach communities, we were missing the point.” Luella Eischen, an accountant for Heal the Bay and active member of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, helped spearhead the clean-up effort. For Eischen picking up trash in and around the neigborhood is about more than just clearing the streets of debris. “This puts Panorama City on the map,” she said. “We are not a drug haven or a ghetto.” Several young teens from the area’s local high schools and middle schools also seemed intent on cleaning up the neighborhood’s image. “This area is dirty and we want to see it clean so everyone can enjoy it,” said 12-year-old Eileen Castillo, one of almost a dozen students who volunteered from Bert Corona Charter Middle school. Ninth grader Mayra Mazariego was a little more blunt with her reasoning for giving up Saturday morning cartoons. “Hey it’s better than being home doing nothing,” Mazariego said with a smile. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want 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