Dear Editor,There is a very disturbing trend of robberies in central Georgetown, particularly in the evenings by what appears to be a well-organised gang of young men.On the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2018, persons were robbed in the vicinity of the Route 44 bus park, as well as the Stabroek area close to Demico. The known incidents took place just after 20:00h. This follows the observation of similar incidents by some persons who resorted to sharing their horrifying experiences on social media.The method employed, involves a snatcher, who snatches the victim’s possessions, then runs away, followed by a group of 5-10 young men. The snatcher’s followers would pretend to be public spirited citizens running to catch him, shouting “catch him”. The gang would subsequently regroup after the snatcher would have covered a safe distance. This gang, which is said to be known, continues to operate with unfettered boldness. They seem to prefer the most populated bus parks, such as routes 40, 44, 45 and 48; their targets being mainly unsuspecting passengers with earpieces/ headsets on, persons with bags, and the feeble. Even when there is police presence around Stabroek Square, the gang’s numbers alone seem to be a discouragement for the one or two unarmed police traffic ranks to intervene.The gang operates at all hours, but prevails at night because of inadequate lighting around the areas close to bus parks, making it particularly challenging for victims or even some witnesses to provide reports with clarity of their identity to police.Stabroek Market is iconic, and an insignia of Guyana’s capital city – Georgetown. It has been advertised internationally in tourist documentaries, magazines and other media. The area surrounding it is a hub, where workers, merchants, students, visitors and others transit by their hundreds on a daily basis.How then does this area continue to be the most unsafe place for persons to traverse? Even more ironic, is its proximity to the Ministry of Public Security and the main precinct, Brickdam Police Station.I wish to make it categorically clear that this issue is not being highlighted with any political motive whatsoever. Rather, it seeks to obtain relief and safety for the well-being of all citizens, as well as prevent further distortion to the image of this country.The relevant authorities are therefore urged to properly illuminate and purge the areas mentioned of all unwelcome and criminal elements. They are further encouraged to maintain active police patrols and presence on a 24-hour basis. Such moves will not only deter criminal elements, but increase safety and rebuild public trust towards our security sector.Sincerely,Orette Cutting
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×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Conan O’Brien on Podcast Schilling: Pay Me in Squatty Potties! Related Overall interest in podcasting has surged, particularly as consumers have adopted stand-alone mobile devices – think Amazon’s Alexa or even the average smartphone – that can stream audio content with great ease. More than half of people in the U.S. aged 12 or and older have listened to a podcast, according to a March 2019 report released by Edison Research and Triton Digital.Some of the most successful podcasts have centered on true crime stories, most notably, “Serial,” a spinoff of the popular radio program, “This American Life.” But news outlets ranging from The New York Times to ABC News have joined the parade of content providers rushing to take part in podcast production that veers from daily-news explorations to deep dives into politics, faith and law.“Dateline” launches its new audio effort amid a broader push by NBC News into podcasting. The NBCUniversal unit already produces “showcasts” of MSNBC’s primetime offerings, but intends to launch several new podcasts throughout 2019, including one that will eventually become a daily effort focused on the 2020 election.There’s hope Slepian’s podcast will spark “something bigger,” says Elizabeth Cole, executive producer of “Dateline” and president of NBC News’ Peacock Productions documentary unit. “It’s an experiment for us,” she adds. “We are really looking for more opportunities for stories we might not do on ‘Dateline,’ and maybe for interesting stories that aren’t inherently visual, that lend themselves more to this sort of genre.”Among various ideas being considered, according to Cole and Corvo, are podcasts that rely on some of the on-air correspondents from “Dateline”; some that tackle legal and social issues behind crime stories; or even “Dateline” podcasts that extend some of the stories originally presented on the flagship TV program. There may also be opportunities to make “Dateline” TV broadcasts available in audio form. “I think we will get better and better at it as we do it,” Corvo says. Lawrence O’Donnell Draws Unwanted Spotlight to MSNBC The push into podcasts takes place as “Dateline” is sparring anew with its Friday-night rival, ABC’s “20/20.” The ABC show has found new ratings success in two-hour programs that take away some of the traditional newsmagazine trappings and emphasize the immersive documentary style favored by newer entrants to the medium. The NBC newsmagazine, which has long produced two-hour stories, has notched more viewers than “20/20” in the past two weeks. “Dateline” was watched by more people – and by more viewers favored by advertisers – in the past two TV seasons.For Slepian, the producer, “13 Alibis” offers a chance to present a story and research about which he is truly passionate. He has spent years investigating stories of potential wrongful conviction, and his efforts have helped lead to the release of five different people. Documentaries he has produced have been nominated for Emmys eight times. “I get contacted all the time by people who claim they are innocent,” he says. “Some of the people are lying, but all too many of the people are telling the truth.”Podcasts, ultimately, will help “Dateline” expand its repertoire, says Cole. “I don’t think it has to be a true crime angle,” she says. “Anything that’s a great story that can unfold over many episodes, we’d be game to do.” Popular on Variety The long-running newsmagazine “Dateline” is about to explore a mystery that can’t be neatly wrapped in the one or two hours NBC typically devotes to the program: Can a TV-news staple flourish in the world of podcasts?Producers hope so. NBC News today launched “13 Alibis,” a twisty audio-based tale of a man, Richard Rosario, who served 20 years in prison even though 13 different people were ready to vouch that he could not have committed the crime of which he was accused. “It’s told in the first person, through my eyes. It is my journey in the search for the truth,” says Dan Slepian, a “Dateline” producer who specializes in cases of wrongful conviction. “The audience might be as stunned as I was.”NBC News will release 7 episodes of the podcast, each 15 to 20 minutes in length, and devote a page to it online. There are hopes it will be the first in a broader swath of audio releases from the show. “If you really believe you have a strong brand – which we do in the genre of murder mystery/true crime – you want to extend it and you want to assert it, really, in as many places as is appropriate,” says David Corvo, the NBC News senior executive producer who has oversight of the show.
Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Ever get so exasperated with a malfunctioning computer that you literally want to hurl it across the room? Thirty-seven-year-old Colorado Springs, Colo., resident Lucas Hinch did one better.When his Dell XPS 410 desktop, which had been plaguing him for months, lapsed into a blue screen of death last Monday evening, Hinch took the machine out to an alley near his home and shot it eight times with a handgun.Readers, do not try this at home. Or in the office. Thanks.”It was glorious,” Hinch told The Los Angeles Times. “Angels sung on high.”Related: Playing With Fire? Oklahoma City Shooting Range Granted Liquor LicenseThat is, until police arrived, responding to the sound of gunshots. As it is illegal to fire within city limits, Hinch’s 9-mm pistol was confiscated, and he now faces a possible fine, police said.Nevertheless Hinch, who runs a homeopathic herb store, told police he has no regrets. “That computer had a bad day,” he said.Hinch’s meltdown reminded us of another epic office-tech meltdown:Related: Angry at Work? Have a Snack. April 23, 2015
YouTube has recorded a large increase in the number of viewers to the RBS 6 Nations rugby tournament channel since the start of the 2014 championship.According to RBS 6 Nations, views of videos on the channel to date number 3.79 million, with over 60,000 subscribers.The numbers represent a solid increase on 2013. From February 3-9 this year, the channel recorded 558,228 views, compared to about 405,000 views for the comparable period last year.The channel airs video highlights of all matches in the competition.“We are delighted with the popularity of the channel to date this season and very pleased we have seen an increased viewership in comparison to 2013,” said RBS 6 Nations Chief Executive John Feehan.“The partnership with YouTube is a great addition to our digital plans and we will continue to bolster the channel with excellent footage, both on and off the pitch, for the remainder of the Championship.”
Catalin ItuLiberty Global’s central European satellite TV arm, UPC DTH, has named Catalin Itu as its new managing director.Itu takes over from Michael Lee, who is leaving the company. Lee has served as chief executive of UPC DTH since 2013.Itu, who is currently vice-president of sales and operations at UPC DTH, will take up his new post on October 1. He previously held positions in Orange Romania, Bosch Communications Romania and Astral Telecom.“I am very happy we are able to appoint Catalin to this role, he has extensive experience in DTH business and am looking forward to have him lead the next phase of growth of our DTH business across the CEE region. I would like to thank Michael for his long-term leadership and contribution to the Group and to wish him all the best for the future,” said Severina Pascu, CEO of UPC Central & Eastern Europe.
Liberty Global-owned Polish cable operator UPC Polska has introduced download to view on its Horizon Go mobile TV product.The new feature allows Horizon Go users to download video-on-demand content to their mobile device for offline viewing. The new functionality is available for users of iOS and Android devices.The download feature can be used on up to five devices that have already been used to view streamed content from Horizon Go. Selected content will be available on the device to which it has been downloaded for 14 days.Horizon Go in Poland currently offers 131 channels available for in-home viewing and 111 for out-of-home viewing. Since the end of geo-blocking, content can be viewed across the EU on any devices.Separately, UPC Polska has expanded the line-up of channels it takes from Kino Polska Group – also known as SPI International/Filmbox.The operator now offers Gametoon HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD from the group as part of its Max package. The channels are also available as part of the Horizon Go offering and eSports channel Gametoon HD will additionally be available as part of the lower-tier Select package until March 3.