Police in F Division (Bartica) are currently probing a report of assault involving the son of a Government Minister.Guyana Times understands the male and his girlfriend got into an altercation on Saturday. “One pelt one and the other assaulted the other hand,” a Police source related.This newspaper was told that the matter was reported and an investigation has been launched against both parties. So far, statements have been obtained as the probe continued.Meanwhile, F Division Commander Kevin Adonis has refuted reports that he was ordered by the Minister to release her son after he was arrested. A local online news entity reported on Monday that the Minister had threatened the Commander to have him fired if he did not keep the matter quiet.However, Adonis dismissed the report.“Nothing of the sort [happened], it is contrary to what happened,” the Commander told this publication when contacted on Tuesday.
28 August 2012Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has created 800 jobs in response to strong demand for increased production of its Ford Ranger pickup truck, which begins on 3 September.Training of employees to fill the extra positions at the company’s Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria and its Struandale engine plant outside Port Elizabeth began in June.This follows last year’s R3.4-billion transformation and upgrade of Ford’s South African manufacturing and assembly plants to produce and export its new Rangers to 148 countries, mainly in Africa and Europe.The Struandale plant expanded its annual production capacity to 75 000 engines and 220 000 engine component kits, and is the only Ford facility to share both component machining and engine assembly for the Duratorq TDCi diesel engine programme which supports the Ford Ranger.“In order to meet continued strong demand in South Africa and abroad, we are adding shifts to our operations, creating jobs and confirming our commitment to South Africa,” FMCSA chief executive officer Jeff Nemeth said in a statement.“We invested significantly to transform our operations, and it is our strong belief that these jobs have the power to transform people’s lives as well.”Nemeth said it enabled the empowerment of local communities which Ford operated in.“The main objective of training the potential new employees is to give trainees a better understanding of our industry and equip them with the necessary skills to take up positions in the plant and start building world-class Rangers,” he said.“Our enthusiasm for technical innovation is always tempered by our responsibility to the vehicle, to our customers and their safety.“We’re investing in the continuous training and education of our employees. Each one of the 800 potential new employees underwent comprehensive pre-employment assessment prior to the commencement of training.”Successful candidates were then given both classroom and on-the-job training to equip them to build the Ford Rangers.“As part of the One Ford plan, and to maintain a viable and strategic presence in southern Africa, we require a globally integrated supply chain and a highly trained workforce,” Nemeth said.“We are pleased with the investments in South Africa and we are committed to having world-class facilities and standards.”SAinfo reporter
NEW YORK — An hour-and-a-half into his stay at the U.S. Open, Andy Murray had to wonder whether it would end quickly.A week later, the same guy who hobbled through head-to-toe cramps in his first-round match looked strong on a day that was even more hot and humid — and now he’s in the quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Murray beat No. 9-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours, 35 minutes on Sept. 1.“I don’t feel like I’m that far away from playing my best tennis,” Murray said.He hasn’t reached a tournament final since back surgery late last year. Coming into the U.S. Open, Murray felt he was playing well but lamented that he was struggling to close out matches.In a tight one against a tough opponent, Murray won enough crucial points to pull out the victory in straight sets.Tsonga had three break points to go up 3-0 in the third, but Murray fought them off to swing the momentum. He promptly broke in the next game to get the set back on serve, and then closed out the match with another break.Murray, who still isn’t sure why the cramps struck so early in his opening match on Aug. 24, drank too many fluids this time and gave himself a stomachache.It was a tough draw for both players — and gets even tougher for Murray, who next faces No. 1 Novak Djokovic. That matchup feels much more like a Grand Slam title match than a quarterfinal, and for good reason. Murray and Djokovic have met five times in major tournaments, with four coming in the finals; the other was a semi.Tsonga rolled into the U.S. Open full of confidence after beating Djokovic, Murray and Roger Federer in Toronto to win the title. In Tsonga’s 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Murray in early August, he was the one winning the key points in a close match.“Tennis, it’s never a straight line. It’s always like this,” Tsonga said, tracing peaks and valleys with his hand. “So today it was like this maybe at the wrong moment.”Murray hasn’t been back to a final since becoming the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon in July 2013. He beat Djokovic to clinch that title and also defeated him at the 2012 U.S. Open for the first Grand Slam championship by a British man in 76 years.“Great memories from that match,” Murray said in an on-court interview. “Hope we can play another top-level match.”After beating 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 earlier, Djokovic called the prospect of facing Murray or Tsonga a “very tough, tough draw.”Murray, he said, “knows how to play center court U.S. Open where he played some great tennis and we had some great matches.”They went to five sets twice in 2012, in Djokovic’s win in the Australian Open semis and Murray’s breakthrough victory in the U.S. Open. “Long games, long rallies, long points, because we do a lot of the same things well,” Murray said.When Murray’s ranking slipped after the surgery, it left him vulnerable to this sort of draw: He could potentially play Tsonga, Djokovic, Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka and 17-time major winner Federer in the last four rounds. Wawrinka beat 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.Murray may finally be playing well enough to make that run sound plausible. “It’s still obviously a long way from trying to win the tournament,” he said, “but it’s only nine sets now, three matches. … Maybe five, six days away from potentially winning another Grand Slam.”(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares