Three persons were late Wednesday evening killed, while three others are critical following a two-vehicle collision in the vicinity of Loo Creek, Linden/Soesdyke Highway.Dead: Dextroy GriffithDead are David Primus, 52, of Lot 6 Self Help, Amelia’s Ward, and Dextroy Griffith, 25, a mechanic at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, also of Amelia’s Ward, Linden. The identity of the third victim was not available up to press time.Griffith’s wife, 23-year-old Whitney Plowell-Griffith and Leron Mendonca, 22, of St Vincent and the Grenadines, along with Arletta Kellman, 47, of Speightland, Lower Kara Kara, were all admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex in a serious state. They sustained trauma and broken bones, among other injuriesReports are that Primus was driving motorcar HC 5326 and was heading to Linden, while the other vehicle, PRR 7151, was travelling in the opposition direction when they collided head-on. Griffith, his wife and Kellman were all occupants of the car driven by Primus.Injured: Whitney Ann GriffithWhile information remains sketchy, Guyana Times understands that the car that was heading to Georgetown might have lost control and ended up in the path of Primus. At the time of the collision, it was reportedly raining and visibility was poor.The son-in-law of Kellman recalled driving behind the two vehicles on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, but they quickly disappeared in the darkness.As he got closer, he realised that two vehicles had collided and as he looked, he saw his injured mother-in-law. With only one vacant seat in his vehicle, he reportedly collected the injured Kellman and rushed her to the hospital. The others were picked up shortly afterwards and rushed to the hospital.However, Primus and Griffith, along with the driver of the other vehicle were pinned down and had to be pulled from the wreckage by firemen who were summoned to the scene. One eyewitness told Guyana Times that the bodies were severely damaged and it took the firemen quite some time to pull them from the wreckage. The Police are investigating the accident. (Bhisham Mohamed and Utamu Belle)
The Rangers Are The San Antonio Spurs Of The NHL
It was Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh’s turn to play hero for the New York Rangers on Friday. Kreider’s goal to tie the game against the Washington Capitals with 1:41 left in regulation and McDonagh’s overtime winner saved the Rangers from elimination and sent the Eastern Conference semifinal back to Washington for Game 6 on Sunday.The Rangers aren’t a bunch of scrappy underdogs, exactly. They reached the Stanley Cup Final last season. They won the Presidents’ Trophy this year by being the NHL’s best regular-season team. And they play in New York.But they’re unusually well-balanced, running three or four lines deep with quality forwards and defensemen. They don’t have a superstar with the wattage of the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, however. What about their goalie, Henrik Lundqvist? He’s almost certainly the most popular Ranger, and he’s among the best goalies in the NHL. But Lundqvist started only 43 of the Rangers’ 82 regular-season games; he missed several weeks of action after being hit in the throat with a puck Jan. 31. Fortunately for the Blueshirts, Lundqvist’s backup, Cam Talbot, was just as effective.Here’s one way to measure whether an NHL team is star-dominated, like the Capitals, or balanced, like the Rangers. Take what’s essentially each team’s first line — their top three forwards, top two defensemen and best goaltender — according to Hockey-Reference.com’s point shares (an all-in-one statistic that’s equivalent to wins above replacement) and divide the first line’s point shares by the total for all players on the team.For the Capitals, the top forwards by point shares are Ovechkin (12.6), Nicklas Backstrom (8.1) and Marcus Johansson (5.4), the top defensemen are John Carlson (10.0) and Mike Green (8.6), and the top goalie is Braden Holtby (14.4), who’s been spectacular in both the regular season and the playoffs. Together, they accounted for 56 percent of the 104.7 point shares the Caps accumulated during the regular season. That’s a reasonably high figure.For the Rangers, the top forwards are Rick Nash (11.4), Derek Stepan (7.0) and Derick Brassard (6.9), the top defensemen are McDonagh (7.3) and Kevin Klein (6.5), and the top goalie is Lundqvist (9.2). As good as they were, they were responsible for just 42 percent of the Rangers’ team point share total.That’s a low figure. In fact, it’s the lowest for any Presidents’ Trophy winner1The Presidents’ Trophy wasn’t officially created until the 1985-86 regular season. For seasons before that, I assigned it to the team with the most points in the regular season, giving it to the team with the most wins in the event of a tie. in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68):So, by this measure, the Rangers are one of the most balanced great teams ever — the hockey equivalent of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs or the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons. The second-most-balanced team was the 2003-04 Detroit Red Wings, although they were something of an unusual case, with a combination of rising stars (Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg) and waning ones (Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan).The list of the most star-dominated teams will come as no surprise. It includes Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers, Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins, and the early 1970s Boston Bruins, led by Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito. (The 1973-74 Bruins have the top slot; 64 percent of their point shares come from their top line.) The 1993-94 Rangers, who won both the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup, also had a top-heavy roster, with Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov.Unfortunately for the Rangers, neither the star-dominated nor the well-balanced Presidents’ Trophy winners have had all that high a success rate at turning regular-season success into a Stanley Cup. So they’ll have to find a few more heroes to survive against Washington and bring the Stanley Cup back to New York.
PMs Remarks at Bahamas Stripings Venture Capital Fund Launch
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 14, 2017 – Nassau –Cabinet ColleaguesMr. Atario Mitchell, President and Founder, Bahamas Striping Group of Companies; Allen Albury, Managing Director;Dominic Stirrup, Director of Business Development;Invited Guests;Ladies and GentlemenMany of you in this audience would recall that it was only a few months back, June, 10th, to be exact, that I had the opportunity of being with Atario and the principals of his company and the employees of Bahamas Striping as the company celebrated its 7th Anniversary. It was a wonderful occasion which, together with some of my Parliamentary colleagues, we thoroughly enjoyed.At that time, you had built your celebrations around the theme of the mustard seed, a theme taken from the Bible which we all know. The mustard seed, though the smallest of seeds has the potential to grow into the mightiest of trees, far exceeding its small beginnings.I am happy to note that this is indeed the model of growth of Bahamas Striping and to be quite frank, it has far exceeded what it thought would have been its potential.There are many lessons to be learnt from the exponential growth and development of this company, and I never allow an opportunity to pass without publicly lauding Atario Mitchell for what he has been able to accomplish. This enterprise is a shining example of that dictum that give an individual an inch and he will achieve a mile. It speaks to the fact if given the opportunity, ordinary – – and I stress the word ordinary – Bahamians have the will and determination to succeed at anything.I have read Atario’s own testimony and it is worth quoting in full because through his own words, he says it so well:“As a young person, I did not come from a rich family, I had no political connection, I didn’t graduate at the top of my class but today in a progressive Bahamas, I have through hard work success is possible.”Let me remind this audience and to those who will perhaps read and listen to what I have to say that this reality that we have today in Bahamas Striping was created under another Free National Government. It was in 2010 that this enterprise was started through a grant from the Self-Starter Program launched by a previous FNM Government. I am pleased that the Free National Movement has had a longstanding commitment to youth and business development.I go on record by stating that youth entrepreneurial empowerment will be a major focus of my administration as we see this as a means of tackling some of our long entrenched problems in our urban areas such as unemployment, crime and social anomie.Today, I have come to endorse the efforts of Bahamas Striping in going far beyond its remit in launching what is really a private venture capital fund. It is my understanding that the company has taken $1m of its funds and will use it to establish funding opportunities to young adults who can come forward with bankable proposals that would allow them the opportunity to get a leg up in the world of business. This is genuine and this is new and it should be applauded.I need not tell you that there are countless examples of young individuals who have ideas to start a business enterprise but who have nowhere to turn to find the first red penny to advance their proposals. They are unable to obtain funding through the established commercial banks and quite naturally they would not have the connections or the knowledge to obtain private financing. And so what happens, the dream is deferred, and the dream dies. Needless to say, this leads to personal frustration and social explosion. And so I applaud this new initiative by Bahamas Striping as it has the potential to open the doors for many.One of today’s realities is that the private sector must expand. It must be that sector of our economy that must be bold and imaginative. We know that the public sector is already overburdened when it comes to creating new employment and so any opportunity that the private sector has to expand and create new employment should be welcomed.Another point that is really very important, that I wish to highlight, is this — and the story of the development of Bahamas Striping bears this out. Our economy needs small and medium enterprises to grow and become successful. More often than not, these are the companies that employ those who are marginalized and who may not fit into the conventional mainstream of employable skills. But the market place must find room for such young men and women, and often the best way to do this is allowing such persons to do their own thing.Finally, if I were to make an observation for the benefit of those who will be approving and monitoring these small grants and loans, and it is this. Be on the lookout for those who bring creativity and enthusiasm to their proposals.Today, it is so commonplace to see everyone doing the same thing. While healthy competition is good, one must be careful not to dismiss out of hand, that proposal that might go against the grain. Our economy needs all types to grow and to flourish and we must be on the lookout for these types of individuals.That having been said, we know of the ever growing demand for those who would wish to do landscaping and gardening services, courier/delivery services, trucking and haulage, grooming and beauty business, food and drinks vending services and so on. Not everyone has to become a mechanic or a contractor or the likes. Find that for which there is a demand and then create a service.I would repeat that which I said earlier. My Government is committed to helping the small man. We believe that he has a stake in the economic growth of The Bahamas and we will put our resources to work for you.On my last visit with you, I mentioned the culture of training with which Bahamas stripping is imbued. The training and empowerment of young men is a cornerstone of your corporate culture. You are not only a center of excellence. You are also a center of hope. You are an example for other young entrepreneurs.But the Government is also doing its part when it comes to training. Just across the street from the headquarters of Bahamas Striping is the BTVI. Then there is the National Training Agency which only recently enrolled its 8th cohort of students and which is preparing young people for the world of work and enterprise. And of course, at the highest level, there is the University of The Bahamas. My point is that an array of training is available in many forms and I encourage our young people to take advantage of such training.I congratulate Bahamas Striping for that which it is launching today. This will have a profound impact on the lives of many young people by giving them that much needed jump-start to their lives.I thank Bahamas Striping for what they will do. I wish to assure you of my fullest support on a personal level, and of course, you know that you can depend on the co-operation of my Government.Congratulations and thank you! Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
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Negotiators Close to a Deal on FY16 Spending Package
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Republican and Democratic negotiators still had not completed a deal on a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill Monday evening, but party leaders expressed confidence that an agreement would be reached sometime Tuesday.The current schedule essentially guarantees that Congress will need to pass a third continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown after midnight Wednesday.Some senior lawmakers indicated that party leaders would be able to take a deal on a $1.1 trillion funding measure to their conferences on Tuesday during previously scheduled lunches, while others said a deal more likely would not be reached until later in the day, reported CQ Roll Call.A combination of disagreements over policy riders and funding levels has slowed negotiations over recent weeks. Party leaders reportedly are hashing out a handful of contentious issues as some of the most controversial ones appear to be resolved.A House bill to slow the acceptance of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the United States was not expected to be included in the final omnibus, according to the story. More likely to make the cut is a provision reforming the visa waiver program, which has broad bipartisan support.Democratic lawmakers said the package of permanent tax extenders would be voted on separately from the omnibus in the House, but would be merged into a single package for the Senate to consider. “The theory is the House will consider two votes and then they will merge them to send them to us for one vote,” said Richard Durbin (Ill.), the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat.The latest timeline probably will require lawmakers to remain in Washington for much of the week.