Sandals Latin American Travel Agents Golf Tourney tees off

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first_imgOCHO RIOS:More than 100 golfers will participate in the annual Latin American Travel Agents Golf Tournament which tees off this morning at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios.Travel agents from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Panama are being hosted at Beaches Ocho Rios, as the resort chain reaches out to the Latin American market for holiday, and hopefully, professional golfers.The two-day event will comprise teams playing in a four-man scramble format, putting their skills to the test competing in various competitions throughout the tournament.Categories to be contested include: Overall Champions and Runners-Up; Closest to Pin Female; Closest to Pin Male; Longest Drive Female; Longest Drive Male.Miguel Arthurs, general manager of the Sandals Golf and Country Club, said the event promises to be an interesting affair and the course was in great condition for excellent scores.”We anticipate a good tournament and all systems are go for two days of splendid golf, ” Arthurs noted.Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director of travel industry programmes, was upbeat about the event, noting that this year promises to be the most exciting yet.”All is in place for what promises to be a great event,” Laird said. “The Travel Agents Golf Tournament is of great benefit to both Jamaica as a golfing destination and Sandals Resorts, as the Latin American market is a growing one and gives the travel partners a chance to experience the products first-hand, hence being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients.”last_img read more

Men nabbed with sub-machine gun released

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first_imgThe seven men who were arrested during an intelligence operation on September 24, 2019 during which a sub-machine gun and a quantity of ammunition were discovered at a Church Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown premises have been released from Police custody.The Police stated that the discovery was made around 14:30h on September 24, 2019 during an intelligence-led operation, where a number of items were discovered.Some of the items found in a storeroom of the premises, where a well-known businessman’s son was staying at the time included a sub-machine gun, with its serial number filed off; three magazines; a silencer; 120 live rounds of .45 ammunition and an AK-47 magazine.However, the Police stated that one of the suspects arrested was a licensed firearm holder.When Guyana Times contacted acting Crime Chief Michael Kingston, he related that the men were released from custody after legal advice was sought in the matter.According to the Crime Chief, a number of persons reside at the premises where the operation was carried out. He further stated that no charges would be brought against the men.last_img read more

Disaster averted: fire at Giftland Mall contained

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first_img…Royal Castle scorchedA major catastrophe was averted on Saturday morning after fire of unknown origin erupted at the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, but fire fighters were able to contain the blaze to one location, with the assistance of the staff of the mall.According to reports received, the fire started at around 06:10h in the Royal Castle outlet located on the upper flat of the multi-million-dollar mall.Guyana Times understands that the security team was summoned after smoke was seen emanating from the vents of the Royal Castle outlet, which is in close proximity to the generator room.Clean-up work in progress after the fireAs such, management was alerted, and upon breaking into the building, it was noticed that the fire was in the supervisor’s office of the fast food outlet.The fire service was called to the scene, and the fire was quickly contained. Only a section of the fast food outlet was scorched as a result of the fire. When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, the mall was closed and only those who operated stores in the facility were allowed access, but at their own risk, due to the smoke.In the area where the fire started, several workers were busy cleaning with the hope of opening for regular business.At the scene, Divisional Officer of Operations of the Fire Service, Gregory Wickham, explained that the GFS would have received the report, and as such, fire tenders and fire fighters were immediately dispatched to the location.He noted that, upon arrival, the fire-fighting mode was activated and the blaze was contained to one location.With respect to the damage done, he noted that only a small section was scorched. At the time when Guyana Times spoke with the official, he could not say if foul play was involved, but he disclosed that an investigation has been launched.“Once the investigations are completed, we will release the findings,” Wickham promised.Also speaking to Guyana Times on behalf of the managing director of the mall, Health and Safety Officer of Giftland, Dale Denisford, confirmed that the fire did start in the Royal Castle Fast Food outlet, but due to diligent work by the staff and the firemen, the fire was contained.He added that as soon as the smoke was seen, the mall’s security emergency plan was activated. No one was allowed to enter the building due to the health hazard, he noted. He also noted that the fast food outlet sustained minor damage.This fire occurred less than 48 hours before another food giant is opened at the mall — Food Max. Nevertheless, Denisford related that that mishap will not in any way affect the opening of this new outlet.last_img read more

Ex-con charged in North Hollywood strangulation

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.La Brunda confessed to strangling Johnson in his car after she disrespected him, police said. He then placed her body on a row of abandoned tires in an alley less than four blocks from his home, officers said. A neighbor discovered the body around 11 a.m. Wednesday. La Brunda was charged Thursday with two counts of capital murder for the deaths of Johnson and her unborn child. It was unclear if he was the child’s father. He is being held without bail in Los Angeles County Jail. “It’s tragic,” Los Angeles police Detective Rich Wheeler said. “She didn’t deserve this. She’s 21.” In March, Johnson and La Brunda reconnected at a junior college, where her father said she was studying to become a social worker. La Brunda had just gotten out of jail after being convicted in January of battering another woman he was dating, according to court records. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Soft-hearted and the apple of her father’s eye, Alisha Johnson’s family nicknamed her “big” because, as he said, “She was bigger than life.” On Thursday, police said the 21-year-old woman who was four months pregnant was dumped shoeless next to a pile of tires in a North Hollywood alley by a man convicted four times of beating up women. “She was just full of life, love and understanding,” her father, Clay, said as mourners poured into his Orange County home Thursday. Friends told police Johnson had known Michael La Brunda, a 33-year-old father with a criminal record dating back seven years, for more than two years. He was sentenced to nine months in jail, but because of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s early release program, was set free before he completed the time. He had previously been convicted three times on spousal battery and been ordered to take a one-year domestic violence program. None of the charges ever carried more than a one-year conviction. “When you are sentenced to 270 days, you are out in two or three months,” said Richard A. Schmidt, supervising city attorney for the Van Nuys criminal branch. “This illustrates a very grave and long-standing concern that our offices and I know the judges have have had with the early release from the county jail system.” As recently as last year, another woman filed a restraining order against La Brunda. And a neighbor filed one back in 2003. Earlier rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741 For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want 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

No matter what the style, parents will never be satisfied by kids’ clothes

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first_imgDo you suppose that it began during the Renaissance with some dad screaming, “Hey sonny boy, you are not leaving this house without a proper codpiece!”? More than likely, the problems that we have with our children’s mode of dress probably started when we finally had enough. Enough heat, enough food, enough free time to even notice what the kids were walking around in. Take my parents, people who came up during the Great Depression and never let me forget it. They had to deal with finding something to wear, anything to wear. I know a man who, as a boy, was asked to leave the family farm in Oklahoma because his family couldn’t afford to feed him. For two years he rode the rails without a change of clothes until he joined the Merchant Marine in San Pedro at the outbreak of World War II. Not in a hundred years had men worn their hair so long, and it caused fights. It caused an older woman that I once held a door for to scream (it’s impossible to believe now), “Get a haircut!” Kids were getting thrown out by irate dads because of hair and bell-bottoms which, in retrospect, should have gotten them hung by the fashion police. Then it all passed, sort of. We have since become a nation of copy cats, a race of people who choose an era. Today I’m a beatnik, tomorrow a hippie, next week I may be punk. It’s hard to believe that the spiked Mohawks standing stiffly atop the heads of goth kids have been around for over 20 years. Still, it shocks in a trivial way, in a way that makes us wonder, “Why bother making any statement at all if the statement isn’t original?” So I’ve seen a lot and have learned that fashion, like glory, is fleeting. Still, I am offended by my 14-year-old son’s baseball cap. Offended because it is gold with little gold “H’s” all over it and a big embroidered “H” at the front that made the thing look like something purchased in the lobby of a Hilton Hotel and worn at an off-putting angle on his head. Only he’s not a walking advert for Hilton. No, he’s an unpaid billboard for Hurley skateboard products. I try to be understanding because all week long he has to wear the dreaded blue cords and polo shirt of a Catholic school boy. Of course, this uniform business – while making things easy for parents – sometimes causes an outlandish after-school backlash. My daughters and their friends did the same thing only worse because they attended an all-girls Catholic school, a place of uncombed hair, ratty shirts and tattered blouses that gave way on weekends to outfits so risque they might make Hugh Hefner blush. In reality, the boy dresses like all boys his age with the pants moderately low – a wonderful style begun by beltless prison inmates – and thick skateboard shoes like something from “Young Frankenstein” only in plaid. Buying him a new pair of these things over the weekend at Sport Chalet, I asked, “Are they comfortable?” His reply, “No, but they look really cool.” Cool, with the laces worn loose and no knot in sight. Do you know how long it took to teach him how to tie those knots he now neglects? Meanwhile, all his shirts are printed with huge skateboard company logos on colors ranging from mud brown to just mud. Put together as an ensemble, the askew hat, shoes, shirts add up to one thing and one thing only – he is a 14-year-old boy. A boy lost in an uncertain in-between time. No longer a child but not yet a man, he scrapes by in a fashion hinterland inspired by the dumbest “sport” ever devised by boys boys like me, long-ago riders on suicide metal wheels. I look at him thinking how, at his age, I was making the transition from pegged black trousers to button-down collars and penny loafers in a time of iron-bound conformity, in a place where you were either a winner or a loser and I so desperately wanted not to be a loser. Which makes me no different from him with his small rebellions and a desire to look exactly like his peers. So what do I do? I let him wear the stupid hat but not sideways. And I let him have the baggy trousers and the mud-colored shirts. I let him do what he has to do, what he must do on his fast-track away from childhood and home. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at john.bogert@dailybreeze.com, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFunny how those rough years followed the wild short-skirt flapper era exemplified by the chronically excessive Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. After that it was uniforms, followed by the post-war move toward motorcycle boots, cuffed blue jeans and white T-shirts. I know a local guy who knew James Dean back in the 1950s. He told me that this look, institutionalized in “Rebel Without A Cause,” had been the uniform of South Bay hot rod kids long before the movie appeared. At the same time there were beatniks in beards and berets, but they were scarce. The late Bob Denver, before occupying “Gilligan’s Island,” played a beatnik named Maynard G. Krebs on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” TV show. He once told me that he had to travel to San Francisco just to see what these exotic poetry-reading creatures looked like. Meanwhile, hemlines go up and down, mostly following the economy. They are shortish at the moment, but nothing when compared to the 1960s, when panty hose were invented to cover up what wasn’t being covered at all. This was back when boys – and older men who shouldn’t have – migrated en masse from the Elvis look to a Beatles look, to something well beyond that. And our poor parents had fits. last_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Sevilla and Valencia latest clubs to join race for Carlos Bacca

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first_img In-demand AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca 1 Spanish clubs Sevilla and Valencia are the latest clubs to join the chase for Arsenal, West Ham and Everton target Carlos Bacca.The AC Milan striker could be heading for the exit door at the San Siro after the club completed a deal to bring Andre Silva to Serie A from Porto.And with TalkSPORT revealing Marseille’s interest on Wednesday, it seems as if the race for Bacca’s signature is hotting up, with Sevilla and Valencia both in the running.There are now three Premier League clubs currently keeping tabs on the Columbia international but they now face strong competition from Spain, according to Sport Mediaset.Bacca joined AC Milan from Sevilla in the summer of 2015 and the La Liga giants are considering bringing him back to Spain ahead of next season.Valencia are also on the lookout for a striker and Bacca is reportedly top of their list of potential transfer targets.The striker netted 13 times for Milan last season and will certainly not be short of offers should he decide to call time on his career at the San Siro.last_img read more

McGUINNESS BLASTS DONEGAL GAA OVER ALL IRELAND HOLIDAY FUND

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first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has launched an astonishing attack on the county board revealing that himself and several key players have still not received a team holiday they were promised.Jim McGuinnessThe All-Ireland winning manager blasts the county executive saying Croke Park gave them €80,000 for a team holiday but some have not received a cent from it.The players and management include McGuinness himself, mentor Damien Diver, player Paddy McGrath and team doctor Charlie McManus didn’t travel to Dubai. The Glenties man says the county board now need to reimburse these people with vouchers for the loyalty they have shown to their county.McGuinness speaks out in his column in today’s Irish Times saying he would prefer not to wash dirty linen in public but says he feels he now has now choice.The following are his words from today’s Irish Times.“But now that we have reached the end of the year, my mind is turning to a grievance that I have been carrying with me in the months since I stepped down as Donegal manager. It is a local rather than a national issue but I feel it is relevant to the respect with which players and backroom staff should be treated and it revolves around a subject which has been a source of contention in many counties: the team holiday. “In Donegal, seven of last year’s squad who were, for various reasons, unable to travel on the official holiday to Dubai, have yet to receive any sort of holiday voucher from the Donegal county board. As it happens, I am one of the seven. But I wouldn’t be addressing this if this concerned just me.“These people have put their lives on hold for their county and their beliefs. Paddy McGrath has played in an All-Ireland final and yet he can’t go on holiday because he took all his time off so he could attend training weekends? I feel that is just wrong.“John Duffy was a selector on the team. We played Antrim in the championship and I noticed he wasn’t in the dressing room afterwards. I asked where he was and I was told he had to race home because his son Oisin was making his first communion. He never said a thing about it: he just turned up for the match. I think that is what people mean when they talk about ‘sacrifice’. John is a former county player and he gave his time all year. As it turned out, he wasn’t able to go on the holiday because of other work commitments. Damien Diver, another brilliant Donegal player and selector, couldn’t travel. I couldn’t travel. Charlie McManus, the team doctor, couldn’t travel.“The official word from the Donegal county board was that if people couldn’t travel on the team holiday, then that was it. But the information I obtained from Croke Park is that if you couldn’t attend a team holiday, then you are entitled to a voucher for whatever the holiday was worth.“The county board suggested that there was an implication with revenue; that would be true if you got the benefit-in-kind but if you received an actual holiday voucher, then it is just that – an opportunity for people to take the holiday they were entitled to. “I have had several conversations with people in Croke Park about this and there is no implication with the Revenue or anything else. A total of €80,000 was handed over by Croke Park for the holiday fund, and if the non-travelling parties receive a voucher then there is no implication. Those I spoke to within the GAA were sympathetic to what was said.“They said that the people unable to travel were entitled to a holiday. I have stayed silent about this because I didn’t want it to impact on Donegal’s preparations for the championship or on the new management team. But now the year is over I feel it is my duty to come out and speak about it. I feel that all of these people put their lives on hold to improve Donegal football and they weren’t in a position to enjoy what is a fairly modest gesture of thanks at the end of it. This is an amateur organisation but these boys lost out because they had to make up on their work as they took so much time off to devote to Donegal football.“Something is not adding up. I feel very bad personally because I feel these people gave a lot when I was in charge. And this is something that they were entitled to get. There should be no questions asked. They certainly shouldn’t have to plead for it. John has written an article about the issue and there have been various reports about it but it is all sort of brushed under the carpet. It is as if the county board wanted it to go away. Nothing has come out of it. So I feel it is my duty to the boys to make sure that they are given fair treatment.“There is this old thing about Donegal washing dirty linen in public. I am doing that now because there is no other option. We have been months trying to sort this out and have established that those who run our games are in favour of the boys receiving a holiday voucher but it still hasn’t been sorted out some 10 months later. “It isn’t about the holiday as much as respect. This is such a small thing but it shouldn’t be an issue. People should be tripping over themselves to make sure the boys get some little bit of thanks for all of the untold hours they put in.“We created whatever we created around the idea that we are all in this together. And so this feels like a postponed duty of my former role as Donegal manager: to do the best that I can for the group that I was in charge of. And I had to wait almost a year to do it because I couldn’t intrude on the preparation of the boys this year. That would have been unfair. But now we are reaching the stage of the year where the two All-Ireland teams will be planning for holidays and All-Star tours will be coming around and it seems wrong to me that my own county hasn’t responded to a plea for fairness from people who have given so much. It feels as if they were punished. Or sacrificed.”McGUINNESS BLASTS DONEGAL GAA OVER ALL IRELAND HOLIDAY FUND was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalholidayJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

How Election-Season Searches Can Become A Security Threat

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first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#cybercrime#cybersecurity#Government#politics#security tomer teller Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Guest author Tomer Teller is a security evangelist at Check Point Software Technologies.On November 6, the United States will complete the most digital Presidential election in our history. In the run up to the big day, millions Americans are flocking to the Web to inform their voting and follow campaign trails. With all the excitement, though, comes a sinister reality: Voter, candidate and campaign-related search terms can turn Web citizens into identity-theft targets and their computers into malicious bots.New SEO TricksToday’s cyber-criminals are no longer just reliant on spam. Instead, they use a technique as common among legitimate companies as it is in the world of cyber-crime – search engine optimization, or SEO. For years, attackers have taken advantage of popular news events to entice victims to visit malicious sites. But today’s black hat SEO schemes have added some new moves to their bag of tricks.One new trick surfaced in scams taking advantage of interest in the summer Olympics and is now being employed in the lead-up to the November elections.Attackers looking to beat efforts by search engines and others to determine the reputation of a website by its age have taken to purchasing existing domains that are about to expire. Typically, the scammers change the content of the page only days before the start of the event they are planning to hijack. Scammers may also purchase dropped domains to bolster their own network by using them to link to their own sites, once again improving their search engine rankings.The attackers do not need their websites to persist for long; in fact, they do not expect them to. Having their site rank high in search engine results for a day or so can be more than long enough for them to compromise enough machines to make money. If the goal is to get users to click on a search result, common sense would indicate that the most popular news item of the day would be the juiciest piece of low-hanging fruit. Right now, that’s the Presidential election.The Bad Guys Now Leverage NichesBut today’s scammers are also increasingly moving toward leveraging niche news items and people. The idea is that less-popular subjects will have fewer legitimate search results to compete with, increasing the chances Web users will click on a malicious link. Regional ballot issues, local campaign news or write-in candidates are becoming prime targets.Part of the key to successful search engine optimization is utilizing backlinks. Backlinks are used by search engines to help determine the popularity of a particular site. The more links to a webpage, the higher that page’s page rank.Scammers exploit this system in several ways. One is to build a profile on a high-traffic site like LiveJournal or SoundCloud – and then add a link to the profile signature. Another is to sponsor a WordPress theme. This allows an attacker to add a link to his site to the theme’s template – thereby automatically linking any site where the theme is installed back to the malicious website.Then there’s keyword stuffing, filling webpage content or meta tags with keywords. Google warns that loading pages with irrelevant keywords can hurt a site’s ranking, but attackers often try to circumvent this through “cloaking,” where the Web server presents different content to search engine crawlers than it does to users.Tried And True Bad BehaviorOf course, when it comes to SEO, anything that works never goes out of style. Traditional methods such as simply inserting links on user forums and in the comment section of various websites are still commonplace. Scammers also continue to make use of doorway pages, or “throwaway pages,” which are designed to draw search engine users to another website.Search engines like Google are doing their part to discourage abuses – threatening to remove sites that use throwaway pages from the search listings, for example. But responsibility for computer security ultimately lies with the user.Be wary of search engine results with URLs with names that seem strange or out of place. Various security companies offer safety ratings of URLs. And you always need at least a two-way firewall and antivirus software on your computer.As always, the key to avoiding threats – even election-related ones – is to stay informed and stay alert. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Cong. accuses BJP of violence in Gujarat

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first_imgThe Congress today accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in violence against its candidates in Gujarat and urged the Election Commission (EC) to initiate action.The party alleged that its candidate Indranil Rajyaguru, who is standing against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in the Rajkot West seat, the party’s Rajkot East nominee Mitul Donga, and Congress MP Rajeet Satav, were arrested and abused by the Rajkot Police.“Our leaders Indranil Rajyaguru, Mitul Donga and MP Rajeev Satav, who are fighting the ‘Shah-kaal’ of fear and corruption in Gujarat, were attacked by the Gujarat Police yesterday,” Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweeted.“Violence is a result of fear. Rupaniji fears losing the election and he is taking the support of lathis (clubs). But Gujarat is not frightened,” he said.Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev alleged that Mr. Rupani was “bewildered” as he was “losing” and was thus indulging in violence against the Congress leaders. She said she has already heard the CM’s audio claiming that the BJP “is in a bad shape”.last_img read more

One Maoist killed in Chhattisgarh

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first_imgSecurity forces gunned down one alleged member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and arrested three others in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, on Thursday.“An encounter took place between the police and the Maoists near Hiroli village of Dantewada district last night. One Maoist was killed in this encounter and one weapon was also recovered from the spot of the encounter. The encounter took place when a joint team of Chhattisgarh Special Task Force and the DRG [District Reserve Guard] were carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in the forest near Hiroli,” a police officer from Dantewada said. The Maoist was identified as Hunga, who was working as a militia commander in the border areas of Dantewada and Bijapur districts.In a separate incident, the police arrested three Maoists in Bijapur. Raju Tati and Hadmo Podiyami were working for the militia, and Budhram Padiyam was working for the Dandakaranya Kisan Majdoor Sangh. All three were wanted for the murder of a police constable.In a third incident, a group of Maoists was spotted near a depot of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) plant in Bacheli, Dantewada, on Thursday. An exchange of fire took place between the Maoists and a CISF team. “The CISF neutralised the Maoists [who] ran towards Bijapur district … normal operations at the mining area have resumed,” a police officer said.last_img read more