12 Jan

Route 44 minibuses demanding double fare – passengers

first_img…hotline to be established for exploited commuters – minibus associationAlthough the minibus fare is expected to be increased by $20 come September 1, several route 44 (Georgetown-Mahaica) minibus operators have established their very own fare structures and have been demanding an additional fare from commuters.Guyana Times understands that some operators have been demanding as much as $100 extra at nights, and are even overloading the minibuses, since according to them, gasoline prices are high.Speaking with this newspaper, a disgruntled passenger said he finds it extremely upsetting that a decision was taken to raise minibus fares when those very minibus drivers and conductors, particularly those who operate on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) bus park, continue to exploit passengers.“Passengers like me are left to wait for long periods for minibuses especially in the evening and because the park is always filled with passengers especially aroundPassengers rushing to enter a minibus on one of the crowded bus parks during peak hours18-19:00h. They tend to raise their fares sometimes doubling it and overloading the buses. I have come across cases where some passengers complain but because they have waited for half an hour, one hour and sometime more, they tend not to say anything because most times they have spent hours at work and are tired and just want to get home,” the commuter said.Another pointed out that minibuses that operate the Victoria, Anns Grove, Golden Grove route charge $200 per passenger in the evenings.“The passage for a person at Mon Repos is $120 and Montrose $100. Even for those who refuse to pay the price they call for, they’re sometimes verbally abused and embarrassed by the same minibus drivers and conductors. The situation at the 44 minibus park is becoming more and more ridiculous and must be looked into urgently with the aim of finding a solution to the problem.”When this publication visited the park on Wednesday afternoon, several passengers agreed that the minibus operators are indeed exploiting them.A 14-year-old school child of Golden Grove complained that when he travels with the minibuses in the route 44 zone to and from schoo, they would usually take his money and not give him any change. Whenever he requested it, the conductors would insult him.Deon (only name given), from Buxton, ECD, who also uses the route 44 minibuses said although the fare is $120, “They request like $200 sometimes, but I don’t pay it. I always have my change so I would pay just the fare that I know.” She said whenever she fails to pay what the drivers request, some would verbally abuse her.According to her, the increase is usually demanded in the evening. She added, “It is very dangerous and I would like to call on the relevant authorities to look into it”.Robena Seamore from Haslington, ECD complained, “The Victoria buses they take $160 while the Enmore buses take $200… they have favourites at certain times of the day so passengers are here waiting almost stranded… but during the day if you come they are running coming to get you.”Meanwhile, when contacted, President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews made it clear that the reign and dictatorship that minibus operators have over passengers on the various bus parks are winding down as the Business Ministry, through its Consumer Affairs Department, continues to engage the Union on ways to implement a much needed code of conduct for the ‘unruly’ drivers.Andrews explained that the Union and the Business Ministry are in talks to establish a hotline number where passengers will be able to make complaints against the sometimes rude and exploitative drivers.According to him, the Business Ministry will be working along with the Public Security Ministry and possibly the Public Infrastructure Ministry to ensure that the necessary control over these drivers is achieved in the near future.The President of the UMU noted, “Because of this so called free market system, people get the power to do a lot of things which doesn’t mean the travelling public has to go along with it”.He said he is aware of the fact that minibuses in various zones have been exploiting passengers tremendously.Although the head of the UMU was unable to say how soon the hotline number will be launched for the general public, he reiterated the importance of such a measure being implemented.last_img read more

21 Dec

Round-up: Groves returns, Bamford move, QPR agree fee, Dembele move close

first_imgChelsea and QPR continue to be active in the transfer market and George Groves is on course for another world title shot after returning to action with a convincing victory.Chelsea have confirmed the signing of American defender Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls, while Blues striker Patrick Bamford has joined Norwich on loan for the rest of the season.The Blues’ Under-18 side lost to Reading on Saturday afternoon – their first defeat in 16 matches.QPR have agreed a fee with Burton for Nasser El Khayati. Burton confirmed the news on Saturday afternoon after West London Sport revealed that an offer for the Dutch forward had been accepted.But Rangers now look unlikely to sign Marco Motta after discussing a short-term deal for the Italian right-back following his recent trial.Meanwhile, QPR have formally confirmed the departure of Steve Gallen, who has been axed after 19 years on the club’s coaching staff, and have extended midfielder Michael Doughty’s loan spell at Swindon for the rest of the season.Club stalwart Steve Gallen has lost his job at QPRMoussa Dembele is close to completing a move to Tottenham from Fulham for around £5m.But Brentford’s Alan Judge does not expect to be on the move before Monday’s transfer deadline – the Irishman has said he will be staying at Griffin Park.In boxing, Groves stopped Andrea Di Luisa in the fifth round of their super-middleweight clash at the Copper Box Arena.On the undercard, another west Londoner, Deion Jumah, won on his British professional debut, beating Colin Farricker on points in a six-round light-heavyweight bout.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

18 Dec

SODIAL(R) Cute Peacock Feather Hair Clip, Good value for money

first_imgWhat a great piece for the cost seemed fabulous on.Seems particularly as it does in the image.Made use of on a bridesmaids dress to go with the peacock themed marriage ceremony.Key specs for SODIAL(R) Cute Peacock Feather Hair Clip:Beautiful and stylish feather facinator hair clip that makes a fashion statementThe width (measure from the longest points) is around 7″ length is 7. Back With attached alligator clip and pin brooch for secure placementBoth good for wedding wearing and party purposePackage including: 1 x Peacock Feather Hair ClipComments from buyers“As scrumpled feathers are irreparable this item is useless to me, Good enough quality for the price, Good value for money” So cute great for costume up/extravagant gown.Unquestionably lovely for the rate.Appears to be superior on-line than in the flesh but was economical.This is spectacular and a very good dimension – excellent.A tiny tightly packed and 1 of the feathers was a little crushed.Have study a few destructive critiques about the condition the products arrived in but mine arrived in superior condition and was packaged adequately more than enough.Very good ample high-quality for the selling price. It was smaller sized than i imagined if a hair slide is enough for your purposes it is fantastic but not as a substitute for a fascinator. Some of the feather strands were crinkled thanks to the restricted packaging but couple of seconds over a steaming kettle before long set that correct. I wore it as a hair slide to a wedding day and it retained in place nicely.This would have been pretty if it hadn’t arrived all scrumpled up. As scrumpled feathers are irreparable this product is ineffective to me.Merchandise is superior worth for income and arrived on time.Pretty but not made as well as expected. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-01-01 01:11:31Reviewed Item SODIAL(R) Cute Peacock Feather Hair ClipRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  22  reviewscenter_img Posted on January 1, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Clips & BarrettesTags SODIAL(R)last_img read more

29 Sep

The Thunder Werent Built For The Modern NBA

LeBron JamesSFCleveland136.3+1.4 Manu GinobiliSGSan Antonio5739.2+1.1 PJ TuckerSFPhoenix/Toronto3535.7+1.4 2016-17203726 Khris MiddletonSGMilwaukee3943.3+1.1 Jimmy ButlerSFChicago3036.7+2.2 Danny GreenSGSan Antonio4637.9+2.0 2013-14153039 James Ennis IIISFMemphis5037.2+1.4 Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder washed out of the playoffs Tuesday night in a 105-99 Game 5 loss, the last sigh of a frustrating 4-1 series loss to the Houston Rockets. The game followed a familiar script, with the Thunder rushing out to an early lead as Westbrook put a good and thorough thumping on the Rockets defense. But as the game wore on, Westbrook began to tire, the Houston defense began to tighten, and the OKC bench hemorrhaged an enormous number of points. As the Rockets pulled away, the Thunder had no means to make up that ground, because the Thunder cannot shoot.Oklahoma City’s glaring lack of shooting is nothing new. The team shot just 31.1 percent from 3 in the series, and that’s humiliating, sure, but it’s also not too far off of the Thunder’s regular season average of 32.7. Westbrook himself threw up brick after brick, going 13 for 49 from 3 (26.5 percent), many in the desperate fourth-quarter scrums that always seem to wrap up Oklahoma City’s games. But this paucity of reliable shooters isn’t simply because Kevin Durant left town over the summer and the team traded Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo; it’s the result of a yearslong failure of the Thunder to find perimeter players who fit the modern NBA landscape.For as long as there’s been an NBA analytics movement, the 3-and-D wing player has been one of the atomic units of the mathematically sound game. The role of perimeter defender and long-range specialist isn’t necessarily new. In the generation before Shane Battier was beatified by Michael Lewis in The New York Times Magazine, Bruce Bowen, Rick Fox and Doug Christie were manning the position, and before them, guys such as the Showtime Lakers’ Michael Cooper or the Bad Boy Pistons’ Joe Dumars filled the role. But now the 3-and-D guy is more in focus than ever. Which is why it might be a surprise that there are still relatively few players who fit the description.Over the last four seasons, the number of players who qualify1These cutoffs are somewhat arbitrary — they’re only meant to broadly capture the essence of the role — but if anything they stand to underestimate the number of players with the skills to perform roles other than 3-and-D. That’s because there’s a theoretically limitless number of players who fit the 3-and-D description, while rebound rate and assist rate are limited by the number of opportunities for a team, so the thresholds wouldn’t pick up a good rebounder like Steven Adams who yields rebounds to Westbrook, or a point guard such as the Spurs’ Patty Mills, who shares time with distributors like Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili. as a 3-and-D (hitting a breakeven 33 percent of their 3s and a defensive Real Plus/Minus of at least 12While playing at least 15 minutes per game in 20 or more games.) has lagged far behind the number of players who fit other traditional roles, such as the rebounding, defensive big man3Defensive RPM of at least 1 and a defensive rebounding percentage of at least 20 or the playmaking point guard.4Offensive RPM of at least 0 and an assist percentage of at least 20. Andre IguodalaSFGolden State936.2+1.8 The Thunder have had a lot more success finding big men — rebounding defenders like Steven Adams, or players to clean the offensive boards, like Enes Kanter — but such players are far more common than a prototypical 3-and-D guy, and even if they weren’t, a surplus of rebounding isn’t as viable as a surplus of shooting.Yet while there isn’t an abundance of shooter-defenders, they also aren’t impossible to find for a team that knows where to look. Yes, some like Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are simply good at everything. And some, like Portland’s Al-Farouq Aminu, are lottery picks who end up as just role players. But the vast majority of the players who turn out to be 3-and-D studs come from the late-first or second round of the draft, meaning every team has a chance at drafting and developing them. Here are the 20 players who fit the bill this season: Luke BabbittSFMiami1641.4+1.2 Number of NBA players in key roles, by season Solomon HillSFNew Orleans2334.8+1.5 Rudy GaySFSacramento837.2+2.0 2015-16114728 DeMarre CarrollSFToronto2734.1+1.0 Al-Farouq AminuSFPortland833.0+3.2 The NBA’s 3-and-D wings, 2016-17 Jae CrowderSFBoston3439.8+1.4 Since the Thunder allowed Thabo Sefolosha to leave via sign-and-trade in 2014, the Thunder have struggled to find perimeter role players who can both shoot from distance and hold their own on defense. This season, Oladipo has taken on Ibaka and Durant’s spacing responsibilities (and beginning next year, much of their salary cap space) while being a worse shooter than either. In past seasons, the Thunder’s meek supporting cast could be somewhat attributed to the luxury of having Durant and Ibaka — both excellent spot-up shooters — which let the Thunder fill out the roster with more specialized (or, to put it less generously, more limited) players thanks to Durant and Westbrook’s versatility. But even that strategy eventually reached its limits late in games, when the Thunder offense would grind down to Durant holding the ball, surrounded by questionable-at-best shooters. And this season the issues have only intensified: The Thunder placed their man on the table above, sure, but only after replacing one of the best players in the league with a baseline role player.That’s because the few shooters the team has come up with in recent years have all been uniformly bad defenders. Teams can get away with having mediocre defenders who can shoot — think Kevin Love and Channing Frye on the Cavs — but not apocalyptically bad ones. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, the Thunder filled that role with Anthony Morrow, who was the functional counterweight to Andre Roberson, a superb defender who might as well be shooting with his eyes closed. Morrow shot 38.7 from 3 in 2015-16 for the Thunder but was one of the worst defenders in the league, with a defensive RPM of -3.05. This season’s Morrow is Alex Abrines, a 23-year-old out of Spain who shot 38.1 percent from 3 and made the opposing offense 4.3 points better when he was on the court. The maxim might be that a player only needs one elite skill to be useful to an NBA team, but the corollary is that he can’t be among the worst in the league at everything else to be useful to a playoff contender.These specific deficiencies showed themselves during those late-game panics against the Rockets. The Oklahoma City bench units have been lambasted for their startlingly bad numbers without Westbrook, and the shooters’ inability to play defense is a big reason why. The defense gave up 117.1 points per 100 possessions (-12.1 net) when Abrines shared the floor with Westbrook, and a shocking 147.1 points per 100 (-42.1) when he was paired with Jerami Grant, one of the Thunder’s other sort-of shooters off the bench.It’s clear that the Thunder roster cannot persist in its current state, and in the first season after losing a player like Durant, certain allowances ought to be made for holes in the team’s roster. But the persistent lack of shooting in Oklahoma City, and the persistent rostering of one-dimensional players in a league run by multidimensional lineups, is reason enough to question whether the problems facing the Thunder are ones the team is capable of overcoming. Data includes regular season games only. 3-and-D players hit 33 percent of their 3s and a defensive Real Plus/Minus of at least 1. Rebounding bigs had a defensive RPM of at least 1 and a defensive rebounding percentage of at least 20. Playmaker point guards had an offensive RPM of at least 0 and an assist percentage of at least 20.Sources: NBA.com, basketball-reference.com Kevin DurantSFGolden State237.5+1.4 NAMEPOSITIONTEAMDRAFT #3 POINT %DEFENSIVE REAL +/- Robert CovingtonSFPhiladelphia—33.3%+4.3 Trevor ArizaSFHouston4334.4+1.3 Victor OladipoSGOklahoma City236.1+1.6 SEASON3-AND-DREBOUNDING BIGPLAYMAKER PG Thabo SefoloshaSFAtlanta1334.2+2.4 2014-15184235 Patrick BeverleySGHouston4238.2+1.6 Data includes regular-season games only.Sources: basketball-reference.com, nba.com read more

17 Sep

Remembering 911 Remembering Conrad Howell

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 9, 2016 – This weekend, we also remember the tragedy of 9-11, 15 years later and our own September 11th tragedy in the mysterious death of pastor, preacher, broadcast show host, husband, father, brother and so much more, but notably the author of the country’s National Song – This land of Ours – Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.  It was one year ago on September 11 that Howell went missing; a cadaver dog aided in the search where scores of residents turned out to find missing Howell.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:remembering 9/11, remembering Rev. Conrad Howellcenter_img Rev was found on Saturday September 12, his body was in bushes not too far away from his home in the Blue Mountain area.  While Police ruled the death not a homicide, residents rejected the notion of a suicide.last_img read more