Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to return to football soon but says he is at a crossroads and is not sure if he should take up another role as manager.Wenger left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season after 22 years in charge of the London club where he won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups.The 69-year-old has kept himself busy as a television pundit and conference speaker since leaving the Gunners and said in October that he had received offers to return to football from all over the world.“You will see me again in football. As a manager… I don’t know,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday. “I thought I would come back into management very quickly but I enjoyed taking a little distance. Now I’m at a crossroads.“Football is still my passion. I’ll come back soon, but I cannot tell you exactly in what capacity.”The Frenchman also described the nearly 6,000-mile round trip fans would have to make from London to Baku for next week’s Europa League final as a “nightmare”.Arsenal face London rivals Chelsea in the Azerbaijan capital on Wednesday with victory guaranteeing Wenger’s former club a spot in the Champions League, but European soccer governing body UEFA has been roundly criticised for its choice of venue.“It’s a little bit of a nightmare (for supporters),” Wenger said. “The teams have no problem. They live in ideal conditions, they have their private jets.”Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel with the team after the Armenian national decided to skip the final amid concerns over his safety due to political tensions between Azerbaijan and his native country.“(Mkhitaryan’s situation) is something that should not happen in football,” Wenger added. “I feel it’s not normal that in 2019 — inside Europe with very sophisticated democracies — that you cannot play for political reasons.”
Over time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many were brutally killed in some instances. Unfortunately, it continues despite awareness efforts and the much-touted training of law enforcements officers who are expected to be the first step of recourse with regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem is much larger than what appears in the news, including the social media outlets, as many cases go unreported. This, therefore, gives much credence to the appearance of an underestimated reality.Many reasons have been made known for what can deter an abuse victim from seeking the intervention of the law. Among them, in no specific order of impact, are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some, and the lack of confidence in law enforcement itself precipitated from the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask the question if the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging. While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.As that is contemplated, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults on their mothers and to a lesser extent, their fathers. These ghastly images, especially for some who watched as life was snuffed out, are not only lasting, but profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that it is erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated thereby aiding in better shaping of lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling then becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses to such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative for the benefit of all to know the extent of what is available and offered. Realistically, expectations cannot be for obtains in the developed nations; however, there must be something tangible in keeping with available resources with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not in any way suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some depending upon the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities and support systems becomes more pertinent.Not too long ago, the country had the unenviable tag of the highest rate of suicide per capita. Prior to that categorising, some aspects had made news internationally prompting a local organisation to call for suicide to be made a national priority given its impact on society and the trauma it imposes on surviving relatives.It was stated that the declaration would not only bring additional focus, but would have positioned the issue to be afforded the necessary resources for its mitigation.It wasn’t going to be a panacea to stop suicide, but effectively structured, it would increase the potential across the country, with the assistance of stakeholders, to maximise effectiveness of information gathering for targeted intervention. It would also increase confidence in the support system, to help break social inhibitors where necessary and to better edify.It is no different for domestic violence. While there is a disadvantage in being unable to accurately quote figures, based on extensive research if available on the number of people lost, injure, disfigured and those scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, it must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly, the highest number would be those who are left traumatised.This, therefore, must be seen as a serious cause for concern and a compelling reason for consideration to be declared a national priority. This is an apolitical issue and is not confined to any one group, thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout and away from just the families.Children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media are in many ways impacted too, especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot and must not be underestimated. The impact of road accidents must also be taken into account for too much is at stake for people and the nation.
Dear Editor,In law enforcement, your only real power comes from the strength of the system. The Guyana Police Force will only be strong if the system is allowed to function. President David Granger’s instruction to the Police Service Commission did nothing else but weaken the system and he must be held accountable for the destruction of any green shoot of hope for that institution. There are clear procedures in the rule of law if an officer of the law is found to be corrupt, undisciplined or out of order. The law sets out that a tribunal can be established to investigate the allegations and disciplinary actions can be taken. But Article 212 of the Guyana Constitution clearly articulated that “…. the power to make appointments to any office in the Police Force above the rank of Inspector….” resides with the Police Service Commission; not the President. So any rookie lawyer can advise that the President’s actions violated the rule of law, were high-handed and did great harm to the Guyana Police Force. When good cops like Mr Wendell Blanhum cannot believe anymore that the system has their back so that they can do their work, when that ceases and when you come under political pressure from the Presidency, then they have two choices – become corrupt or leave the system. Both options bring great harm to the institutions of the State and this is what President Granger did to the Crime Chief when he singled him out with his irrational comments upon receiving the reports from the Chairman of the CoI into a bogus allegation of some kangaroo assassination. But more importantly, Mr Omesh Satyanand buckled to political bullyism, which is now the raison d’être of the Granger Administration. There go the crime-fighting capabilities of the Guyana Police Force thanks to President Granger himself.Regards,Ryan Basdeo
Parking restrictions will be in effect today for the Hollywood Hills and other fire-prone areas with narrow winding roads because of dry and windy conditions that prompted the National Weather Service to issue a fire-weather watch. Just like on Christmas Eve, an inland high pressure system is moving into the region, bringing weather conditions conducive to wildfires on New Year’s Eve and the first day of 2008, according to the Weather Service. A “very strong area of high pressure is expected to build over Nevada and Utah beginning late (tonight), pushing dry air into Southern California Monday and Tuesday,” the Weather Service said in a statement. Wind gusts up to 60 mph are forecast for the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Clarita and other wind-prone areas early New Year’s Day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonInland valleys such as the San Fernando and Santa Clara River valleys can expect winds topping 50 mph. Low humidity will increase the fire danger, according to the Weather Service. The winds are expected to be strongest in the mountains near Malibu and north and northeast of Los Angeles. San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties are not under a fire weather watch, but could have winds of 35 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph on New Year’s Day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
However, shortly afterwards Cuthbert had to make a crucial save from Henderson’s curling shot for a corner which Rovers survived.As the second half unfolded further, Hibs’ slender lead meant the nerves began to return.Rovers, hungrier and quicker to the ball, were dominating and in the 73rd minute defender Lewis Toshney headed a Rory McKeown cross past the far post when it looked like he ought to have hit the target.Hibs skipper David Gray headed a McGinn free-kick against the post with six minutes remaining.However, the Leith side were on the back foot mostly but despite some anxiety in four added minutes they did enough to keep their goal intact and move on to the next stage of the play-offs for what they hope is a return to the top flight, while Rovers will rue their poor start. Rovers boss Ray McKinnon, linked heavily with the vacant managerial post at Dundee United, had to rethink totally four minutes later when McGregor rose in a packed penalty area to head in Liam Henderson’s corner, given away needlessly by James Craigen.The Kirkcaldy men had no option but to emerge from their shell.And 10 minutes before the break, amid some disarray inside the Hibs penalty area caused by Rovers striker Ryan Hardie, a tackle by McGregor prevented Louis Longridge getting his shot away after rounding Conrad Logan, the ball bouncing into the arms of the grateful keeper.Hibs bossed the start of the second half and in the 52nd minute Harry Panayiotou, who had scored Raith’s goal after coming on as a substitute at Stark’s Park, replaced Craigen as McKinnon looked for another way back. Hibernian booked their Premiership play-off semi-final place against Falkirk with a nervy 2-0 win over Raith Rovers which took them through 2-1 on aggregate.The Kirkcaldy men led 1-0 from Wednesday’s first leg at Stark’s Park but goals from midfielder John McGinn and defender Darren McGregor after only 12 minutes turned the tie in favour of Hibs.Rovers shrugged off their lacklustre start and pushed forward for the goal that would take the game into extra-time but could not find a breakthrough leaving Hibs to host the Bairns, who finished second to champions Rangers, on Tuesday night before the return game on Friday.The tension amongst the Hibs fans was palpable as their side exerted early pressure but that gave way to optimism in the eighth minute when McGinn’s shot from the edge of the box, while he was block-tackled by Iain Davidson, looped over goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert and went in off the crossbar.
Andy Murray was happy that he ended his Centre Court exile with Serena Williams at his side as Wimbledon’s new power couple got their mixed doubles pairing off to a flying start. Murray was back on his favourite court 724 days after he hobbled off in 2017 and he and the 23-time grand-slam winner beat Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi 6-4 6-1 on their debut outing. The pair, who have won nine singles titles between them, proved that no matter how new the partnership, old habits die hard. “For me it was a great experience being back on Centre Court with Serena after the last year or so being tough. It was nice. I enjoyed it,” the Scot said. “‘Oh, my God, I have to do well because this match is so hyped that I want to see it’. “I didn’t even want to be in it, I kind of just wanted to watch it. Maybe I’ll try to get a video of it or watch it somewhere. “Overall I think I was able to handle my nerves pretty good, do better than I thought I was going to do. “It’s definitely awesome to share a court with Andy, especially this particular stage. Like I said, whenever you’re a grand-slam winner, you always learn something. “But, yeah, we are still young in our relationship on the court. We still have a lot to learn.” Victory will have provided some comfort for Murray after his defeat in the men’s doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert earlier in the day. Despite winning the first set, they went down 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-2 6-3 to sixth seeds Nikola Metkic and Franko Skugor. Murray would have been hoping to go deep in the tournament, but was not too disappointed. “It’s not a blow really in the grand scheme of things,” he said. “I know you guys (the media) were talking about winning the doubles, winning mixed doubles, playing 12 matches in 11 days, things like that. “I was aware that that wasn’t going to be the case most likely. We played against a really good team today that are ranked five or six in the world. “The first two sets I felt like we were the better team. “I think if we got the second, I think we would have run away with it. We lost a tough game at the end of the second. Those guys played really well the last couple of sets.” “I think like towards the end of the match when you’re kind of in control on the scoreboard, it’s easier to sort of relax and enjoy it, whereas the first set, we were obviously taking it seriously to win.” Never has a mixed-doubles partnership received so much attention, but it did not disappoint as Williams’ baseline power and Murray’s guile at the net means they will be a real force in this discipline.Williams admitted that she was feeling nervous beforehand, perhaps which accounts for her playing the first two points of the match with her accreditation lanyard around her neck, but the American performed better than she expected. “At some point I started feeling a lot of pressure,” she said.
Larry Allen Roney, age 68 passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boca Raton, Florida.He was born July 8, 1949 in Salem, Indiana, the son of the late Louie and Hazel M. (Wells) Roney. Larry graduated from Salem High School in 1967, was a member of the United States Air Force and retired from NSWC Crane in 2009 after 27 years of federal service.He was a resident of Florida for the past 2 years, formerly of Bloomfield, Indiana. He is survived by his wife: Anna M. (Spaulding) Roney, whom he married Dec. 14, 1974; 3 sons and 1 daughter, Chris Granger of Gibsonton, FL; Chad (Laura) Roney of Linton, IN; Darin (Lisa) Roney of Boca Raton, FL; and Larisa (Jonathan) Soules of Redmond, CA; 1 Brother, Robert (Joyce) Roney of Columbus, IN; He is also survived by: 5 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers: Melvin, Garry, and Donald and an infant daughter Heather Roney.Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Thursday and 9 to 11 am Friday at Dawalt Funeral Home.Funeral Service: 11:00 am Friday at Dawalt Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Martin officiating.Committal and interment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery following the funeral.
“Beyoncé said, ‘Girls run the world,’ and that was an important thing to say because I think subconsciously we are beaten down to believe that it isn’t true our whole lives. She tells “Harper’s Bazaar“, quote, “People were so shocked by some of the things that I did. It should be more shocking that when I was 11 or 12, I was put in full hair and makeup, a wig, and told what to wear by a group of mostly older men . . . A lot of people were shocked by MILEY CYRUS’ weird, psychedelic twerking phase. But Miley thinks we should be MORE shocked about her “Hannah Montana” days . . . and she’s got a point. “It’s no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be.”
World of Color1111111 Fireworks1111111 Fantasmic!2222222 Share This!It’s Easter at Disneyland! Not just that, but there’s still time to take in the 2018 Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesSunday is Easter, and you can expect there to be plenty of special Easter-themed treats and whatnot floating around the resort this weekend, including the Easter Bunny himself. If you’re looking for a place for your Easter meal, there will be a buffet at the PCH Grill; get reservations here. Disney’s Egg-stravaganza also continues; pick up a map and stickers for $5.99, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the parks and Downtown Disney, and then drop it off when you’re done for what Disney calls “a special surprise.” Check out this article for more information.Not only that, the Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure continues this week! As always, the festival will give you an opportunity to sample a wide variety of food and drinks, in addition to special entertainment and seminars. Also, there are special dinners and other culinary events that require reservations; check out Disney’s site for more details and to make reservations. The festival goes through April 12, so make sure you visit soon if you want to check it out!Annual Passholder? Make sure you swing by the Hollywood Backlot outside Stage 17 for special photo opportunities, merch, and free stuff. Also check out Guy’s run-down of the top 6 must-try items from this year’s festival!Finally, the Cove Bar, though not long for this world, is currently open again through the end of May if you’d like to give it another go before it goes away for good!CrowdsSpring Break continues for some schools this week, so crowds are fairly high. With that said, most students are back, and that means that we’re predicting slightly lower crowds than we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. Remember that this is one of the odd times of the year when the weekends are predicted to be less busy than the week. Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherGreat looking week from a weather standpoint. Highs in the mid-70s, lows in the mid to upper 50s, and only a slight chance of rain the latter part of the week. Should be a nice one!As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsThe fireworks are back, and Disneyland has a full slate of evening shows for the week. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like the Disneyland Band, can be found here. California Adventure8-109-108-108-108-108-108-10 Admission and HoursMore substantial blockouts this week. Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out all week long, whereas Deluxe Passholders are blocked out Friday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak ($135/$127) price all week long.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Disneyland8-128-128-128-128-128-128-12 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsWith the exception of the significant overhaul taking place at Disney’s California Adventure, the refurbishment schedule is not horrible at the moment. At Disneyland Park, Splash Mountain is closed until April 14, and Dumbo is closed through April 27. Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier, but the remainder of the park is all up and running. Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.Looking ahead, the Matterhorn will be going down for a brief refurbishment from April 16-20, and Pirates will be closed starting April 23 to transition to the new auction scene. Also, Disney recently announced that a bug’s land would be closing to make way for more Marvel attractions at California Adventure. It will be going away for good towards the end of the summer, so make sure you plan ahead if you’d like to see it before it disappears.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri
As Nick Wingfield, technology correspondent for the New York Times describes in his vivid, firsthand account of shopping at the Amazon Go store “Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future,” it’s hard not to get excited about the future of retailing.And while the retail industry can use all the good press it can get, I’m not sure this is it.It was a strange juxtaposition to see giddy customers line up for hours for the privilege to ‘grab and dash’ with a box of granola bars and a vanilla soda only to avoid a check-out line in the store – an ironic twist that was amusingly lampooned on a recent episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.- Sponsor – As much as check-out lines are the bane of retailing—a legitimate friction point that causes some shoppers to switch from bricks to clicks and buy online—cashier-less checkout is not a panacea for the challenges brick-and-mortar retailers are facing.Cashiers Aren’t the Problem—A Lack of Cashiers IsWhile some retailers are quick to blame diminishing mall traffic, or those confounding millennials and their erratic buying behavior, for their same-store sales woes, they need look no further than their own stores. It’s obnoxious to make customers wait an inordinate amount of time to hand over their hard-earned money, but that’s exactly what happens in retail stores every hour of every day.The ‘check-out problem’ so many retailers seem to have is largely self-inflicted. Retailers, it seems, are genetically conditioned to cut expenses. As every retailer knows, store labor (including cashiers) is the largest expense. It is utterly blasphemous for a well-intentioned store manager to ask for additional labor hours, even when she witnesses disgruntled shoppers storming out of the store in disgust, leaving abandoned shopping carts in their wake.Part of the problem is that many retail executives today believe that they can “algorithm” their way to success. If AI and machine learning can help cure cancer, then surely those tools can solve the comparatively trivial issue of improving the shopper experience in retail stores, right? But it’s as close to reality as humans living on Mars—with all due respect to Elon Musk—it’s theoretically possible, but mind-bogglingly impractical.Sensors versus PeopleThe 1,800-square foot Amazon Go store is chock-full of hundreds of sensors, cameras and scanners, according to Devin Coldewey, a writer for TechCrunch (“Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered, no check-out convenience store”). While the details of exactly how all this technology works and what it cost was not disclosed, it’s hard to image that it was nothing short of a small fortune. And the ongoing expense of maintaining this super-computer disguised as a convenience store would likely consume a substantial portion of a sizable retail chain’s entire annual IT budget.While the technology overhead alone would exclude virtually every brick-and-mortar retailer from an Amazon Go-esque deployment at scale, there’s another issue that would be troubling to most retailers: theft. According to Coldewey, “a certain amount of ‘lossage’ is anticipated [by Amazon]…and if you manage to get out without paying for something, the company doesn’t officially care.” Well, most retailers do care about theft and the impact it has on their bottom line. Bill Turner raises some interesting questions in “Now Amazon Doesn’t Care If You ‘Accidentally’ Shoplift.”There’s no doubt that the cool factor and publicity Amazon receives makes the return on investment more than acceptable. However, when you consider that a typical 1,800-sq-ft convenience store might have two cashiers being paid twelve dollars per hour (if they’re lucky), it would be impossible for even the largest, most successful retailers to make a rational financial case for this—at least not using the current technology available.Frankly, I doubt that Amazon will expand their Go concept any time soon or very far. I’d bet my 401K that there’s close to a zero percent chance that they will roll-out the ‘Go-platform’ to their 474 Whole Foods stores, which average 39,000 sq ft in size. Simple math says these stores would require five or six thousand sensors each. Even the mighty Amazon, awash in cash from their wildly successful web services business, would have a hard time making the numbers make sense.Retailers High Jump and Amazon Pole VaultsAmazon’s relentless pursuit of innovation is impressive and even inspiring, but they are playing an different game than almost every other retailer. Brick-and-mortar retailers that try to chase Amazon are destined to fail. They can’t possibly sustain the retail moon-shots Amazon seems to make every other quarter.And yet, the retail industry is undergoing cataclysmic change. Business results are challenged, and stores are being shuttered. Traditional approaches and strategies that have worked reliably in the past do not today. As one retail executive confided, “Nothing seems to be working…We’re questioning everything.”The allure of technology as the panacea for all that ails brick-and-mortar retailing, like the type epitomized by Amazon Go, is compelling. But technology is hardly a panacea. For some retailers, too many misplaced technology bets could exacerbate an already precarious financial situation and waste precious time as the next earnings call approaches.My advice to retailers is to simply install a single sensor at the entrance of their stores so they can know exactly how many shoppers are visiting and when. Then, they should hire enough store staff to serve the shoppers in a way that delights them and causes them to happily make a purchase and return again and again. Retailers don’t need Amazon Go to be successful. It’s a no-go for most of them anyway—maybe even Amazon too—and they’re jumping with a pole. 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