Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on GGMC officials − Brigadier Phillips

first_imgThree mining officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) came under fire from the National Bolivarian Armed Forces while travelling in a boat in the Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips confirmed.Speaking to Guyana Times Monday evening, Brigadier Phillips said while his troops stationed at Eteringbang were still conducting investigations, the incident occurred.He said that much information is not yet available, however the incident was reported to the police at Eteringbang. Based on the police report troops were dispatched to conduct investigations.Police sources in Eteringbang told Guyana Times that shots were fired, however none of the mining officers, nor the captain of the boat were injured in the shooting incident.The source said the officers were carrying out inspections and monitoring of gold mining camps in the Cuyuni when the Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on them.The officers, the source said, were forced to seek cover by lying flat in the boat as the captain sought to get the attention of the Venezuelan troops with whom he is said to be familiar with.After recognising the captain, the Venezuelan troops ceased fire and asked the GGCM official to identify themselves before they were allowed to proceed.Brigadier Mark PhillipsAfter the frightful incident occurred the GGMC officers then proceeded to file a police report at the Eteringbang outpost.Top government officials including President David Granger have been briefed and reportedly were up to last Monday evening in contact with Venezuelan authorities.This is not the first time there has been tension at the Guyana/Venezuela border.In September last year, the Venezuelan military dispatched heavily armed troops as well as a gunboat and other heavy artillery to the Cuyuni area.Then in December, a Venezuelan helicopter landed at the Kaikan Airstrip, in the said Region Seven.Brigadier Phillips had told Guyana Times several Venezuelan military men dressed in uniform, who were armed, disembarked the aircraft.Reports indicated that the soldiers began to engage in conversations with two villagers and shortly after, they boarded the chopper and took off.Brigadier Phillips told this newspaper that the Venezuelan soldiers were inquiring from the villagers if they had landed in San Juan, Brazil. However, the villagers informed them that they landed in Kaikan, Guyana. Upon receiving this information, the soldiers boarded the helicopter and left.Relations between Guyana and Venezuela have been tense over the past few months after the Bolivarian Republic continues to lay claim over 2/3 of Guyana’s territory, even though an 1899 Arbitration panel awarded the disputed Essequibo region to Guyana.In February 1966, just before Guyana was granted Independence, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Governments of British Guiana, the United Kingdom and Venezuela signed an agreement to resolve its contentions, but Venezuela has sporadically raised the controversy it created.The controversy was reignited by Venezuela when the Government of Guyana granted access to the US-based oil exploration company ExxonMobil, allowing it to drill for oil in the Stabroek block offshore Essequibo.The Venezuelan Government was peeved at this move and made direct contact with the oil company, urging it to discontinue its attempt to carry out drilling activities in the area. Saying it had no part in the territorial issue, the oil company went ahead with its drilling activity.President Maduro later issued a decree on May 26, 2015, which purported to ratify maritime sovereignty over waters within 200 miles including the entire Atlantic Ocean off the Essequibo Coast as well as part of Suriname’s maritime territory and an area which is under dispute with Colombia.Guyana has been seeking the UN help in resolving the issue and has SOUGHT A juridical settlement if the UN process fails.last_img read more

Where Are All The Obvious NCAA Upsets

In filling out the men’s NCAA Tournament bracket this year, you might have noticed that fewer obvious upsets are popping up than in previous seasons. According to the FiveThirtyEight March Madness model, only one game in the first round — No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Ole Miss in the South region — features the worse-seeded team as an outright favorite (at 53 percent), compared with three such upset picks last season, two in 2017 and a whopping six in 2016. At the same time, truly promising Cinderellas are more difficult to identify in this year’s bracket as well, with the most probable double-digit seeds to make the Final Four being major-conference members Florida (No. 10 in the West region) and Ohio State (No. 11 in the Midwest). Did the committee get things weirdly right this year? And for bracket-pickers, is that even a good thing?Certainly the seeds this year more closely follow what the statistics would recommend. The Spearman rank correlation coefficient between a team’s overall seed (according to the selection committee’s list) and its place in our Elo rankings is 0.941 this season, higher than in the 2018 (0.926), 2017 (0.912) and 2016 (0.893) tournaments. One reason for the lack of instant upset picks is that the committee appears to have done a better job seeding this year — even if Tom Izzo and Michigan State fans might feel differently.Moreover, this year’s top seeds are generally stronger than in recent seasons — at least outside the No. 1s. According to Elo, each seed number from No. 2 through No. 7 contains a significantly stronger team this year than it did in the previous tournaments this decade: Relative to the field, this year’s No. 1 seeds are basically the same level of strength as usual. But a much stronger crop of teams on the next six seed lines naturally makes it harder to find good upset picks, particularly in the early rounds.One very interesting component of that, however, is that it hasn’t been caused by seeding more power-conference schools in the top half of each region’s seeds. If anything, the opposite is true: Headlined by tiny Wofford as the No. 7 seed in the Midwest and Buffalo as the No. 6 in the West, small-conference schools were acknowledged by the committee as much as ever. Since 2010, there hasn’t been a season where more teams outside of major conferences1Defined as we’ve done before — teams from conferences with fewer than 100 all-time NCAA tournament appearances. got top-seven seeds in the tournament than in 2019. (Plus, the Ohio Valley managed to get two teams into the tournament — Belmont and Murray State.) At the same time, major-conference schools are getting an abnormal number of bad seeds: Using the same definition as above, 11 different major-conference teams have double-digit seeds this season, tying 2012 for the most in any tournament since 2010.All of this paints a picture of college basketball’s changing landscape, with better mid-major schools getting more credit for their accomplishments, leading to a better bracket overall. The only hitch in this development might just be for fans of interesting tournament-pool picks. Nonchalky brackets are inherently more fun than ones in which the better-seeded teams are constantly picked to win, and choosing against chalk requires finding inefficiencies in the committee’s original seeds. Better seed choices cut down on those possibilities, making “fun” brackets more risky and chalky ones more likely to win pools. So in some ways, we as bracket-pickers should want a return to the era of worse seedings, to make upsets easier to spot (or at least more tempting to pick).Maybe the selection committee’s better seeds were a one-off this year. Its new “NET” rankings have come under heavy fire, even as the NCAA has tried to modernize and replace the old ratings percentage index (RPI) as its chief statistical guideline for ranking teams. But maybe the improved seedings are a sign of an improved selection process, whatever the reason behind it. (For instance, the committee also appeared to reward regular-season performance over conference tournaments in several cases, which would tend to favor teams that have proved themselves better over a larger sample of games.) Either way, this year’s bracket has made it tougher to pick upsets — and whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on your perspective as a fan.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

Nassau population swells New Constituency proposed

first_img Recommended for you American tourist claims #MeToo after alleged sexual assault in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 10, 2017 – The proposal is for The Bahamas to now have 39 constituencies, no loner 38 and that is partly due to the fact that the population in Nassau has swelled by a huge 6.9% in just five years.Of the 39 seats, Nassau will now have 24, Freeport remains with five and the Family Islands with 10.  The new constituency is called St Barnabas and takes 11 polling stations from surrounding areas including Ft. Charlotte, Centerville and Englerston.  It includes Wulff Road, East Street, Thompson Boulevard, Lightbourne Avenue, Maxwell Avenue and Haven Avenue.The  Revision of Boundaries and Re-Distribution of Seats Order 2017 which was tabled in the House on Thursday, also offers that the constituency we know as Montagu in Nassau should be changed to Freetown.#MagnetiMediaNews Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Sint Maarten to close Kim Sha Marketplace to make way for future construction Related Items:#magnetimedianewslast_img read more

T Magazine Trusted Media Brands Staff Up People on the Move —

first_imgT: The New York Times Style Magazine announced a series of hires and promotions:•  Thessaly La Force has been named features director. She most recently worked as editor in chief of Garage Magazine.•  Kurt Soller has been appointed articles editor. He joins the publication from Bon Appétit, where he was most recently features editor.•  Senior online editor Isabel Wilkinson has been promoted to digital director.•  Malina Joseph Gilchrist, most recently the magazine’s market director, has been promoted to women’s style director.•  Former features editor Alexa Brazilian has been promoted to fashion features director.“T‘s Fall Women’s Fashion issue represents the best of what our audience has come to expect from the magazine: a vibrant mix of design, culture, travel and high fashion. We’re thrilled to welcome several new brands to our pages at a time when T readers are engaging more and more with our journalism,” said Elizabeth Webbe Lunny, vice president of luxury and publisher of T, in a statement. “With the introduction of new voices and fresh perspective to its pages, T will continue to elevate the magazine experience for brands, in print and digitally.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Jonathan Tepperman has been appointed editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, a global magazine centered on news, politics and economics, starting his new role next month. Tepperman most recently worked as managing editor at Foreign Affairs.Refinery29 has named Laia Garcia (pictured) senior fashion editor, where she will contribute to the expansion of the brand’s influencer network, fashion content and special projects. She was formerly deputy editor at Lenny.Ogden Publications has hired Nancy Heeney as an online editorial assistant, where she will work across the company’s brands, building articles and assisting with video initiatives and digital editions.Mia Libby has been named chief revenue officer of The Daily Beast, starting in October. Libby formerly worked as SVP, agency sales at Fusion/Gizmodo Media Group and formerly at Gawker Media.Wired has hired Erin Griffith as senior writer. She joins the publication from Fortune, where she worked as senior writer, covering technology, startups, and venture capital.Trusted Media Brands Inc. announced a series of additions to its digital team:Alexandra Rosario Kelly has been named digital editor of ReadersDigest.com. She formerly worked as the executive digital editor at Today Media and as a senior editor at The Huffington Post.Chantal Waldholz has been appointed as the organization’s first social media director. Waldholz previously served as the VP of social media at Wetpaint.Danny Debold was hired as senior product manager, advertising technology. He formerly worked as commercial product manager for Vice Media.Sally Jones is now editorial director for ReadersDigest.com. She formerly served as a data-driven content consultant at Brit + Co.Cara Cassens joins the organization as its new email newsletter product manager, formerly serving as the email marketing coordinator at Kohl’s.FamilyHandyman.com has named Well Leighton video producer.Alex Levin has been hired as SEO director. He formerly worked as SEO manager at Horizon Media.Luxe Interiors + Design magazine has named Katie Brockman group publisher and chief revenue officer. She most recently served as associate publisher of Verdana.Starting in early September, Eugene Scott joins Washington Post’s The Fix, as a reporter on the identity politics beat. He joins the publication from CNN Politics Digital, where he worked as a political reporter.HuffPost has added two new hires. Tommy Craggs joins the publication as senior enterprise editor, while Luke O’Brien joins as a reporter, also working as contributing editor for Highline, a magazine section at the publication.Karine Jean-Pierre has been named contributing editor for Bustle. Jean-Pierre is a political strategist, who works for MoveOn.org as its senior advisor and national spokesperson.Tronc has named Ross Levinsohn as the new publisher and CEO of the LA Times. Levinsohn previously worked at Fox and most recently served as interim chief of Yahoo.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday May 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 28, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. The meeting will be streamed live on WCTV HERE.#2) Shawsheen Tech School Committee MeetingThe Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 6:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office HoursState Rep. Dave Robertson is holding his monthly office hours in Wilmington from 9:30am to 11am at the Wilmington Senior Center and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.#4) Red Cross Blood DriveThe Wilmington Masonic Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street) is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive from 2pm to 7pm. Learn more HERE.#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

LocationBased VR Startup The Void to Open San Francisco Outpost

first_imgThe Void is coming to San Francisco: The location-based VR startup is getting ready to open a new outpost in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall on the city’s busy Market street this summer, Variety has learned. There’s no word on the exact launch date; The Void didn’t immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.The Void hasn’t officially announced the planned San Francisco location yet, but its future outpost near the Westfield food court already features posters teasing a summer launch.The Void is one of a number of startups operating ticketed VR experiences in malls and movie theaters around the world. The company currently operates 11 such locations, with VR centers in Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Calif. and Toronto. It has announced plans to launch additional locations in Hollywood, New York, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The company has partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab on a number of location-based VR experiences, including “Ralph Breaks VR” and “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.” In addition, it has also produced some original content in-house, like its horror-themed “Nicodemus” experience. All three were featured in posters at its future SF location.last_img read more