Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On Monday, March 18 starting at 10 p.m., Microsoft at Walt Whitman Shops, will host a midnight launch party for Gears of War: Judgment where fans can compete for fun and bragging rights.Customers will enjoy food, drinks and prizes. Currently, customers can pre-order the game anytime and at any Microsoft retail store.They can pick up their own copy of Gears of War: Judgment at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19 to continue the battle at home. The first 50 people in line will receive a special giveaway. Check out the Microsoft retail store Facebook for more information.
TIGER Bay Youth Group were over the weekend crowned Champions of the ‘A’ Division Commander third Annual 5-A-Side Football competition, which was held at the National Gymnasium.The competition was played among 13 male teams and five female teams, all from the Police Youth Groups.The male teams comprised Yarrowkabra, Circuitville, Tiger Bay, Mocha, Albouystown, North Ruimveldt, Golden Grove, Central, Timehri North, Grove, Agricola, East Ruimveldt and Ruimveldt. The five female teams were from Tiger Bay, North Ruimveldt, Agricola, Albouystown and East Ruimveldt.At the end of the first round Tiger Bay, Albouystown, North Ruimveldt, Central, Grove and East Ruimveldt emerged winners from their matches to go through to the second round along with Ruimveldt who drew a bye for the males.After a number of exciting matches, the Tiger Bay Police Youth Group emerged the winners of the competition ahead of North Ruimveldt in second place and Albouystown were adjudged third.Orin Moore from the Tiger Bay Youth Group copped the trophy for Most Goals after netting 10 throughout the competition for his team and Darron Niles from Albouystown Youth Group was given the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy.Meanwhile, in the female showdown East Ruimveldt Youth Group came in third place behind Tiger Bay who got second and Albouystown who copped first place.Tineshia Thorne walked away with the Most Goals Trophy after scoring five goals in the competition and the MVP award went to Royesitia Cossou, both from Albouystown Youth Group.The presentation of trophies and medals was done by Superintendent Phillip Azore, W/Assistant Superintendent Sonia Herbert and representatives from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).
– prisoners complain of being attacked, robbed behind barsOf recent, pictures and videos of prisoners drinking high-priced liquor have dominated social media. But other prisoners have reported that the local prison environment is actually a dangerous one. Their complaints have been documented in a recent report.According to the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) prison survey, completed and handed over recently, prison was overwhelmingly perceived as an unsafe environment by the inmates, who complained of being subjected to theft and violence behind prison walls.“Prison was perceived as an unsafe place by the inmates,” the report states. “Nine out of ten inmates reported feeling less safe in prison than at their home or the place where they had lived before. Six out of ten inmates said that someone has stolen their personal belongings in the prison. A quarter of the prisoners said that, in the previous six months, they had been attacked or beaten.”Similarly, the survey found that eight out of ten inmates reported witnessing another inmate being beaten. Additionally, results showed that inmates’ participation in different kinds of activities in prison was very low.“Only 21.9 per cent of the inmates participated in entertainment activities, and 28.2 per cent participated in educational activities. To a greater degree, 48.7 per cent participated in sports activities, half of the inmates, 52.3 per cent, participated in the cleaning or maintenance of the prison, and just 47.9 per cent performed some kind of work inside the prison”, the report detailed.Positive indicatorsBut while prison was reported to be physically violent, the report did find some positives within the prison system regarding sexual violence. For instance, the inmates themselves affirmed that there are no major violations to their sexual rights behind bars… a prevalent perception surrounding prisons.Nine out of ten inmates said that, since being arrested, they had not witnessed another inmate being forced to have sexual intercourse with another person,” the report stated. “Almost all prisoners said they had not been forced to have sexual intercourse against their will since they were arrested.”Besides their right not to be raped, the report also found that the majority of prisoners are afforded the chance to maintain their personal hygiene, and have access to hygienic facilities such as toilets.According to the report, 75.1 per cent of prisoners said they had the opportunity to have a shower between eight and fourteen times per week. In a similar vein, the majority of inmates, 71.4 per cent, believed that the toilets they used were “clean” or “very clean”.“Along these lines, seven out of ten inmates, 71.3 per cent, said they had enough water to drink, although half of the respondents, 50.8 per cent, rated the water they received as “poor” or “very poor”.A renewed focus on Guyana’s prison system was brought to bear after pictures and a video of partying prisoners had recently come to light. The video had showed some of the same prisoners featured in photos shared on social media not only drinking alcoholic beverages, but smoking marijuana and counting a significant amount of cash.In one clip, which has since gone viral on social media, a prisoner was filmed counting at least 12 single $5000 bills as he placed them on a plate that was filled with what appeared to be cannabis and other prohibited substances.Another clip showed the prisoners boasting about the “sweet life” they are enjoying, despite many of these very men awaiting trial for grave breaches of the law, including rape, murder, robbery under arms, simply larceny and gun-related offences.While this in itself is disturbing, there are those who see the lack of control in the prisons in the context of the 2016 fire that resulted in the deaths of over a dozen prisoners… as well as last year’s jail break and fire that gutted most of the Camp Street prison… and they have called for heads to roll.Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, has since committed to ensuring technology such as scanners are introduced in the prisons. Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, had noted that while collusion is likely, the prisons are presently rooting out corrupt officers.
BACK during the early 1990s, when the puppet regimes of the Soviet bloc collapsed in rapid succession, there was a bewildering silence from the liberal Western punditry. The once-vitriolic critics of Ronald Reagan – who warned he would lead us into nuclear war, who said communism was here to stay and must be accommodated – refused to acknowledge their error. Now as we approach the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq – which I loudly, even obnoxiously, supported – I can sympathize with the anti-Cold Warriors’ reluctance to admit being wrong about the pre-eminent issue of the day. There’s no longer any denying the war was a mistake. Although the Bush administration long insisted that things were going quite well in Iraq, even the administration now concedes there are serious problems. Thus, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation and the need for a “surge” to stave off total disaster. To be sure, the world is in some important ways better off without Saddam Hussein. And I still hold hope, based on recent, midsurge reports, that the situation in Iraq may stabilize. Moreover, I fail to see how the U.S. could possibly withdraw anytime soon without handing a massive victory to our enemies or abandoning our allies to slaughter. No, the real reason for my poor judgment – and, I suspect, that of many others – has less to do with defects in our leaders’ thinking or character than with defects in our own. As a Catholic, I believe as a matter of reason and faith that the church’s “just war” criteria are the best standards by which to decide if military action is morally legitimate. Those criteria are that “the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave and certain; all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective; there must be serious prospects of success; (and) the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.” Although I once thought the war met those standards, with the benefit of hindsight, it becomes all too clear that I was rationalizing my ideological, pro-military inclinations, as well as an urgent need to do something – anything – about the Islamist threat that so wickedly announced itself on Sept. 11, 2001. The danger Saddam ostensibly posed may have been “lasting” and “grave,” but it was far from “certain.” Even if he did have WMDs, there was no solid reason to conclude – as I and others did – that he was likely to pass them on to terrorists. After all, in a decade he had seemingly never done so before. And while it’s fair to say that peaceful means for dealing with Hussein had proved ineffective – witness the long litany of ignored U.N. resolutions – I overestimated our “prospects of success” while underestimating the “evils and disorders” that would follow Saddam’s ouster. The seminal military event of my youth was not Vietnam, but the first Gulf War – which, coupled with the likes of Grenada, Panama and the initial, apparently easy victory in Afghanistan – led me to a foolish belief in the invincibility of American forces. I also placed far too much stock in the universal appeal of American ideals – never mind the obvious, off-putting excesses of American culture. Some of these errors were predictable, others less so. Because of my own political prejudices, I failed to take seriously the war’s critics, let alone to truly question leaders whom I perceived to be on “my side” of the ideological divide. (Little did I know these leaders would go on to embrace a horrific wink-and-nod policy on torture.) The reason I catalog these errors now is not just because it’s important to own up to one’s mistakes, but also because they weren’t mine alone. The invasion, lest anyone forget, had broad public support and received overwhelming bipartisan congressional approval. There’s a valuable lesson to be learned here about the perils of ideology and letting passion override prudence. But there’s no joy in admitting one’s intellectual mistakes or moral shortcomings. That’s all the more true in the case of Iraq, where heroes and innocents have paid the price in blood for others’ shamefully bad judgment, mine included. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yet neither the slim reed of hope that still exists in Iraq, nor our obligation to stay there for the time being, can justify the decision to invade in the first place. It’s tempting, as some erstwhile invasion backers have done, to blame my one-time support on others. For liberals, the most popular dodge is to claim that President Bush lied about Hussein’s nonexistent WMD stockpile. For conservatives, the typical excuse is that, even though the war was a great idea, Bush and Co. botched its execution. Either way, fault lies entirely with the administration and not at all with those of us who cheered its policies. I don’t buy it. For one, there’s no credible evidence that Bush lied about the weapons of mass destruction. All the world’s intelligence agencies and the United Nations believed Saddam still possessed more of the WMDs he had used a decade earlier. That suspicion was only bolstered by the long-standing cat-and-mouse game he played with U.N. weapons inspectors. In retrospect, that suspicion was wrong, but it was entirely reasonable, given what we knew at the time. As for the incompetence argument, to paraphrase Rumsfeld: You go to war with the administration you have, not the administration you wish you had. Implicit in anyone’s support of the war was the belief that those in charge were up to the job of executing it. If they weren’t, we supporters share responsibility for a misplaced confidence.
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho finally made his Premier League debut on Saturday evening, playing just over 20 minutes of the Reds’ defeat of Huddersfield.The Brazil international, who was signed for an initial £40million earlier this year, has found his early life on Merseyside something of a disaster. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 2 Fabinho came on and was composed today, he’ll definitely strengthen our midfield #LFC— Vinni (@Alvino_9) October 20, 2018 The belief is that Fabinho has not played much for Liverpool so far as he is not used to Klopp’s style of play, and his early performances have been heavily criticised by Liverpool supporters; his showing against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup was blasted, with Fabinho labelled a ‘flop’ and a ‘fraud’ by supporters.However, things appeared to have started to turn around for the former Monaco ace, with fans impressed by Fabinho as he helped Liverpool secure all three points against Huddersfield on Saturday evening. predicted Liked the little of what we saw from Fabinho today. Understand the reason why he’s been eased in, but see him taking over the 6 soon. #LFC— C. Coy (@coachcoy23) October 20, 2018 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 I’d start Fabinho-Lallana-Gini next game, those three look solid yesterday #LFC— . (@shiddiq_r) October 21, 2018 Fabinho’s full debut for Liverpool came in the Carabao Cup – and it was not good gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury whoops tense changes I thought Fabinho looked really good when he came on yesterday. Got a feeling he’s gonna be a top player for us. Nice eye for a pass and really good running the ball in midfield. Reminds me a bit of ya ya toure! #lfc #fabinho— WelshRed🏴🔴 (@WelshRed3) October 21, 2018 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Why isn’t Fabinho starting is Baffling. He legit did more than Henderson did but apparently he’s still adaptingI’ll take that over Henderson ngl #LFC #FabforStartingXI— Aniketh (@upthereds7) October 20, 2018 Liked what I saw from Fabinho from his appearance today. Big things to come from that man! #LFC— LFCEXPRESS (@LFCExpress15) October 20, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City TOP WORK Thought Fabinho was excellent when he came on. Solidified the midfield and played forward with purpose and intent. Needs to play more now #LFC— George (@reid1892) October 20, 2018 Good to see Fabinho getting some minutes we need him up to speed,seems like he is now getting the urgency and intensity into his game #LFC— Andy46LFC (@didgy40) October 20, 2018 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? SORRY 2 latest Top teams win when they play poorly. We are creating the right situations but rushing the final pass or shot. Frustrating but it will come. Fabinho bright when he came on. Shaqiri excellent. #LFC #HUDLIV— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) October 20, 2018 He has not been trusted by Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, to represent his new team on many occasions, with his only start to date coming in the Carabao Cup.Fabinho hadn’t even made a Premier League appearance up until matchday nine, with his first appearance in England’s top flight coming as a second half substitute. I thought Fabinho was really good when he came on. He was really sharp and also quick on the ball. He deserves a start now #LFC— Michael (@MichaelLFC1892) October 20, 2018 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Thought Fabinho was class was he came on. Passing was to a high standard, read the game well and read moments before they became dangers. Hope to see him more from now on. #LFC— Shivam Rughani (@ShivamRughani) October 20, 2018 Fabinho looked decent when he came on. Like a taller, Brazilian version of Wijnaldum. #LFC— Chris Berry (@chrisberry86) October 20, 2018 huge blow Fabinho played well today imo, he should start more often. Team vs Red Star should be Alisson – TAA, Gomez, VVD, Robbo – Fabinho, Gini, Milner – Shaq, Firmino, Salah #lfc— Jacob (@lfcjacob_) October 20, 2018 Most read in Premier League Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed Fabinho slightly improved from recent outings and beginning to look more comfortable and confident. 👍 #LFC— David Comerford ⚽️🏁 (@Dave_Comerford) October 20, 2018 Supporters took to social media to comment of Fabinho’s performance against the Terriers, and you can see the best reaction below… Things were much better for Fabinho when he was introduced against Huddersfield Job done in the end can see salah getting his touch back and Fabinho looked solid when he come on if klopp has told them to hold back on attacking and then we go full throttle after Xmas then could be perfect plan #LFC— Darren Mountain (@DJDAZZA84) October 20, 2018