Hard Rock Cafe, Guyana as seen on the company's website.

Hard Rock Café has opened in Guyana. The international-themed restaurant founded in London in 1971, opened its doors at the new Movie Towne, Guyana. The 4,600-square-foot, state-of-the-art cafe fresh brings to Guyana high-quality items from Hard Rock’s menu, including a selection of fan-favourite Legendary Burgers and Hard Rock’s Smokehouse offerings of ribs, chicken, and pork to juicy, tender perfection. In addition to its food, Hard Rock Cafe’s extensive, award-winning drinks menu includes Hurricanes, Margaritas, signature favourites, and Alternative Rock (alcohol-free) beverages, all available in Hard Rock’s souvenir, collectible glassware. Tom Perez, Vice-President of the Americas for the company, told Loop Guyana’s economic outlook made the country an attractive choice for the restaurant. The restaurant is the first of its kind in the South American country which is set to become one of the world’s leading oil producers. Perez said they want to be the ones who open the market because if you do a good job you will own the market. Speaking about the relationship with Movie Towne, Perez said they are very familiar with the entertainment cineplex because they are preparing to open a Hard Rock Cafe in South Trinidad. "We know Derek Chin, the owner of MovieTowne and we knew that he was putting a world-class mall here which was going to be a game changer for Guyana so we thought it would be appropriate to have such a huge investment and have such an icon here,” he said. Perez said being the first casual dining chainin Georgetown, there have been some challenges, namely finding workers who are familiar with working in their industry. “The challenges are thatthe service culture is demanding and finding a talented pool of people who have done that work is challenging. There areno major international casual dining chains so it is hard to get people who understand the level of service we need and expect. That was the biggest challenge,” he said. He said, however, that the positive is that while they didn’t find a big pool of skilled labour, they found a lot of young people who are enthusiastic with the right mindset and willing to learn. He said a training team spent some time working with the 75 Guyanese employees. One of the main features of Hard Rock Café is the live performances that it facilitates. Perez said Hard Rock Café, Guyana will definitely be a place for Guyanese talent to be showcased. “We already had two bands that played there, we opened on Saturday and we had two local bands. This is one of the few stages that there are in Georgetown, we want to become the stage for local Guyanese bands and we have a lot of competitions around Hard Rock likethe international battle of the bands that they will be able to compete in,” he said. The Guyana cafe’s Rock Shop will offer music-inspired items, as well as collectible Hard Rock Cafe merchandise. Fans can acquire exclusive Guyana-specific merchandise and much-coveted signature pins at this retail location. Perez said the merchandise will help to put Guyana out to the world. “One of the most known recognised T’ shirts is a Hard Rock T’shirt and people wear it as a badge of honour so now you will see people walking around with Guyana tees. So Hard Rock comes to your country but your country gets to leave as well,” he said.

In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, packages ride on a conveyor system at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we'll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages. The offer, announced Monday, comes as Amazon seeks to speed up its shipping time from two days to one for its Prime members. The company sees the new incentive as a way to get more packages delivered to shoppers' doorsteps faster. Amazon says it will cover up to $10,000 in startup costs for employees who are accepted into the program and leave their jobs. The company says it will also pay them three months' worth of their salary. The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders. Whole Foods employees are not eligible to receive the new incentives. Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. declined to say how many employees it expects to take them up on the offer. The new employee incentive is part of a program Amazon started a year ago that lets anyone apply to launch an independent Amazon delivery business. It is part of the company's plan to control more of its deliveries on its own, rather than rely on UPS, the post office and other carriers. Startup costs start at $10,000 and contractors that participate are able to lease blue vans with the Amazon smile logo stamped on the side. Overall, more than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since it launched the program last June, said John Felton, Amazon's vice president of global delivery services. One of them is run Milton Collier, a freight broker who started his business in Atlanta about eight months ago. Since then, it has grown to 120 employees with a fleet of 50 vans that can handle up to 200 delivery stops in a day. It has already been preparing for the one-day shipping switch by hiring more people. "We're ready," says Collier.


A technically adjusted screen grab from CCTV footage of a murder at a restaurant in downtown Kingston on Friday.

The Central Kingston police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man at a restaurant on Princess Street in downtown Kingston, Jamaicaon Friday. The incident was captured by CCTV. The deceased man has been identified as 25-year-old Leslie Givans, otherwise called ‘Teely’, of George’s Street in the Kingston 13 area. Police reports are that about 9:55 a.m., Givans was in a restaurant, when he was pounced upon by a lone gunman, who opened gunfire, hitting him several times in his upper body. The assailant then fled the scene. The police were summoned and Givans was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at about 11:50 a.m. the same day, a release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force stated. The 51-second video, which has been slighted adjusted technically,showsthe gunman, sporting a hat, walking inside the restaurant and greeting Givans in a friendly manner. A brief conversation is seen between the two men, but then things changed quickly when the man collared Givans and engaged him in what appeared to be an argument. The hoodlum, whose face was not masked, then reached for a gun and opened fire, hitting Givans twice, with him falling to the ground. Persons inside the restaurant then fled the scene along with the gunman. The police are appealing to anyone with information that can assist with their investigations to contact the Central police at 876-922-8860, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

Hundreds of people across the region have signed a petition calling for the 2019 CSEC Mathematics exam to be redone, in light of a breach in security in Trinidad and Tobago. The petition comes after Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) issued a statement on Thursday advising that it had launched an investigation into the cheating incident. Three invigilators have since been firedfollowing the circulation of a video on social media showing students at a certain secondary school on their phones during the CSEC math exam. [related node_id='5e919aad-bef7-4754-8eea-96ba3e70d5b6'] The petition has been making the rounds on Facebook and has obtained over 2000 signatures. It noted that it would be unfair if only certain students were allowed to resit the exam. “It would be unfair if these students are allowed a free pass, and equally unfair if only selected schools/students are allowed to resit a supplementary exam. The extent to which exams could have been scanned and shared, not only nationally, but regionally is unfathomable. Students could have been privy to the exam questions earlier than the start time and they could have sent these images on social media to their counterparts in other schools across the country and region. The invigilator also could have further compromised the situation by sharing the exam with other invigilators,” the petition stated. A request is, therefore, being made that all students in the entire region be given an opportunity to resist a supplementary exam, in light of the fiasco. “Given the conditions and circumstances, it is only fair and just that ALL students in the entire region resit a supplementary Math exam which should be done before the end of the exam period, June 6, 2019,” the petition stated. On Thursday, the Ministry of Education in a statement noted that a thorough investigation on the incident is being conducted and a full report will be submitted to CXC, who will determine the consequences for the actions of students. It noted that a candidate guilty of any misconduct, or unfair practice may have his/her examination cancelled, be disqualified and be barred from entry to future examinations offered by the Council.


Vincent Kompany in action for Manchester City.

Vincent Kompany will feature for Manchester City one last time in a testimonial match to be played in September. Kompany confirmed on Sunday that he will leave the club after 11 years in order to take up a player-manager role at former side Anderlecht. The Belgian's last official game for City came in Saturday's 6-0 FA Cup final demolition of Watford, which completed an unprecedented domestic treble. He said farewell to supporters during City's parade for FA Cup, Premier League and EFL Cup trophies on Monday, while coach Pep Guardiola insisted he would return to the club again one day. Kompany will be back perhaps sooner than expected, as the club confirmed he will lead a 'City Legends' side against a Premier League 'All-Stars' team on September 11 at the Etihad Stadium. The fixture will raise money for homeless charity Tackle4MCR, a foundation the defender helped set up along with Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. "City favourites from the recent past and present will play alongside the captain again, with some familiar Premier League stars of the past decade in direct opposition," the club said.

England all-rounder Jofra Archer.

Jofra Archer and Liam Dawson have been included in the England squad for the Cricket World Cup. Dawson was not in England's preliminary 15-man group but makes the final line-up announced on Tuesday. Archer was also omitted from the initial squad but the Barbados-born paceman has been named after making a positive impression duringEngland's 4-0 one-day international series defeat of Pakistan. Joe Denly and David Willey drop out while James Vince replacesopener Alex Hales, who has not been selecteddue to an "off-field incident". Dawson's inclusion comes after Denly failed to stake his claim against Pakistan, with the Hampshire off-spinner back in the international fold for the first time since he suffered a side strain during last year's tour of Sri Lanka The 29-year-old has starred in Hampshire's run to the Royal London One-Day Cup final this year and his county colleague Vince, capped 10 times at one-day international level, adds depth to the batting ranks. Archer's rapid rise sees the all-rounder included despite only making his international debut this month, with Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran and Ben Stokes the other pace options in the squad. England are among the pre-tournament favourites due to a batting line-up packed with power, with Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow tipped to be among the stars of the World Cup. Adil Rashid is included despite selector Ed Smith confirming the Yorkshire leg-spinner is carrying a minor shoulder injury. England's World Cup squad in full: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.


The incredible "blue tears" phenomenon turned the ocean waters a luminescent blue at Pingtan Beach in southern China. The spectacular video, filmed in Fuzhou City in Fujian Province on May 13, shows the waters lighting up when splashed by tourists walking and playing in the sea. According to reports, the "blue tears" phenomenon was caused by a type of algae, known as noctiluca scintillans.

A businessman used 66 bags of coins to pay for a car in northern China. The clip, filmed in Cangzhou City in Hebei Province on May 18, shows a number of workers squatting on the floor in a car shop to count the enormous pile of coins. They spent two and a half days finishing the counting work which estimated the coins' worth to be around GBP15,000. The car itself cost reported around GBP22,000, meaning the rest of the price was covered by card payments. The man got the coins from his customers and wanted to spend all of them, reports said.