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.


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.

J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Limited’s Managing Director, Jean-Philippe Beyer (left), shares a joyous moment with Ackaisha Green, after making a presentation of $1.2 million for honesty at JWN’s corporate offices in New Kingston. (Photo: Leo Hudson)

Her honesty in the face of personally trying circumstances is proving to be a winning formula for Ackaisha Green, who recently handed over millions of dollars that she stumbled upon at an automated teller machine (ATM) in downtown Kingston. Following on other corporate and personal donations to her, J Wray & Nephew (JWN) Limited on Tuesdayrewarded Green's honesty with a donation of $1.2 million. Of the amount, $1 millionis earmarked for the education of Green and her two sons, eight-year-old Jevanie and two-year-old Joshua, while $100,000 was provided in vouchers to purchase food. The remaining $100,000 has been set aside for an entrepreneurial venture and a refrigerator, which Green said is badly needed in her household. Additionally, JWN made representation on behalf of Green to fellow corporate Nestle, who will partner the initiative by providing one year'ssupply of milk products to Green's two sons. Green became famous for returning a large bag with $5,000 and $1,000 noteswhich she found at the ATM.This she did despite her dire personal circumstances, as she is without a job or any source of income, has two children and is burdened with many expenses, particularly relating to her children’s schooling. Green was greeted with the good news and a presentation at the corporate offices of JWN on Tuesday by Managing Director, Jean-Philippe Beyer and Tanikie McClarthy Allen, Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability. “We are making this presentation to you because of your show of honesty,” said Beyer. “As a company, J. Wray & Nephew places a great deal of value on integrity, and what you did is a very good example for this country.” Watch the video for highlights of the presentation. The managing director engaged Green in a discussion on her good deed and the feedback it has generated while playing with her son, Joshua, who had accompanied her to the office, which she was visiting for the second time. McClarthy Allen reminded of the previous visit only days earlier, when the company had reached out to reward Green for her honesty and to assist with her plight. “We spoke with you, we listened to your concerns and now we’ve acted,” said McClarthy Allen. “We will not be leaving you on your own, we will be following up to see how you and the boys are progressing, and with your education as well.” Managing Director Jean-Philippe Beyer engages Green's two-year-old son, Joshua. (Photo: Leo Hudson) Green expressed great surprise and thanked JWN for its kindness, noting that she is ready to make the best on this second chance at education for herself, as well asfor her juvenile duo. “Honestly, I just want to tell J. Wray & Nephew Limited thanks overall. Words cannot express how I really feel. I just want to let each and everyone who has reached out to me so far, to tell each and everyone thanks. Words cannot really express… it’s like I’m speechless,” Green reacted. Since finding the money, Greenreceived assistance from several other entities, including Digicel and the Heart Trust/NTA,and for this she also expressed gratitude. “I wasn’t expecting anything because the money wasn’t mine, so to get all of this, many thanks, not only you guys, but to everybody who has reached out; J. Wray & Nephew, Digicel, Heart Trust and the rest of people and the pastor at cathedral;I just want to say thanks. This will benefit a far way, going back to school and seeing that I have several debts with the kids going to school. J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Limited’s Managing Director, Jean-Philippe Beyer (second left) and Tanikie McClarthy Allen (left), Director, Public Affairs and Sustainability, make a presentation of $1.2mfor honesty to Ackaisha Green (second right), while she holds her son Joshua. (Photo: Leo Hudson). “I would just like to say honesty pays off,” said Green. With specific reference to her education, she remarked: “It’s more important than before because when you’re young you’re not really thinking … I wasn’t thinking about education too tough, but now I’ve got another chance to do it, I won’t waste it. “This is a pathway for me for uplifting myself now. Growing up I didn’t have it easy, I had to fend for my own. Jamaican people might understand that, so fending for your own at a young age wasn’t like love, love. Then I got pregnant young, so my time that I should (have) put in school I had to put it in a baby. So eventually now I get time to do it all over again, I willbecause I do need education and honestly, from I am educated they (the children) have to be educated,” reinforced Green. “It’s for you to ensure that when they have challenges you’re there to uplift them, because my big son doesn’t have challenges, but I’m always there to uplift him,” she added.


New West Indies recruit Jamaican John Campbell.

New West Indies recruit Jamaican John Campbell is among 10 reserve playerscalled up for the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. Campbell's call up came 13 days after the 25-year-old and Shai Hope broke the world record for the highest partnership for the first wicket in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) when they put on 365 against Ireland at Dublin. Campbell scored 179 (137 balls, 15 fours, and six sixes) while Hope scored 170 (152 balls, 22 fours, and two sixes). The pair were finally separated in the 48th over when Campbell was dismissed by Barry McCarthy. West Indies posted 381 for 3. Campbell made his ODIdebutfor theWest Indiesagainst England on February 20, 2019 Also listed among the reserves are the Trinidadian pair of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard. Pollard last played an ODI back in 2016 against Pakistan in the UAE and featured for the Windies last in November 2018 against Indiain the T20I series. Pollard was part of the title-winning Mumbai Indians (MI) side recently and played a couple of game-changing knocks including that of in the final. The 35-year-old Bravo is among the reserves despite retiring from international cricket last Octoberbut is playing in T20 leagues around the world. Bravo, one of the premier short-format all-rounders in the game when at his peak, quit the game after playing 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 Twenty20 Internationals. Addressing the reserve players, the Interim Chairman of Selectors, Robert Haynes commented: “The choice of players in the reserve list is to really cover our bases and ensure we have a good balance in the pool of players that can be selected if replacements are required. We think the skill set in this pool is strong with a good blend of experience and upcoming young players who can be ready to contribute when required.” Meanwhile, West Indies will continue their preparations for the Cricket World Cup with a training camp in Southampton, England from May 19 to 23. The four-day camp, involving the entire 15-man squad for the marquee tournament, will include an additional warm-up fixture against Australia, which will be played on May 22 at the Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club. The original West Indies schedule was based in Bristol from May 23, with two official ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up matches on May 26 against South Africa and on May 28 versus New Zealand. The West Indies opening ICC Cricket World Cup match is against Pakistan May 31 at Trent Bridge. Batsman Sunil Ambris and all-rounder Raymon Reifer have been called up as cover for the camp in Southampton. They were part of the just-concluded Tri-Nation ODI Series in Ireland. Ambris is available as cover for Evin Lewis, who has recently recovered from a viral infection and Reifer will cover for the bowling group as part of workload management. According to the CEO Johnny Grave, the idea behind the training camp and playing an extra warm-up game is to give the World Cup squad more preparation time in English conditions and game time together, especially as seven members of the squad missed the Tri-Series in Ireland due to the IPL. Grave said: “We are very grateful to Hampshire CCC for agreeing to host us at the Ageas Bowl and to Cricket Australia for agreeing on the additional warm-up game. "Due to the commitments and promises made, to both our players and the BCCI, this is the first time that our entire World Cup squad can get together since the IPL finished. We are confident that these additional five days of training and the extra warm-up game will mean that our players will be ready to perform at their best in our opening match against Pakistan on the 31st May.” The 10 reserve players for the ICC Cricket World Cup are as follows: Sunil Ambris, Dwayne Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Raymon Reifer, Kieron Pollard West Indies 15-man World Cup squad:Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer SCHEDULE FOR TRAINING CAMP Sunday, May 19:training at Ageas Bowl – 1pm Monday, May 20:training at Ageas Bowl – 10am Tuesday, May 21:training at Ageas Bowl – 1pm Wednesday, May 22:warm-up vs Australia at Ageas Bowl – 10:30am SCHEDULE FOR ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP Match 1: 30 May: England vs South Africa @ Kennington Oval, London 3:00 PM IST Match 2: 31 May: Windies vs Pakistan @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST Match 3: 01 June: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00 PM IST Match 4: 01 June: Afghanistan vs Australia in Bristol @ County Ground, Bristol 6:00 PM IST Match 5: 02 June: South Africa vs Bangladesh @ Kennington Oval, London 3:00 PM IST Match 6: 03 June: England vs Pakistan @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST Match 7: 04 June: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00 PM IST Match 8: 05 June: South Africa vs India @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST Match 9: 05 June: Bangladesh vs New Zealand @ Kennington Oval, London 6:00 PM IST Match 10: 06 June: Australia vs Windies @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST Match 11: 07 June: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka @ County Ground, Bristol 3:00 PM IST Match 12: 08 June: England vs Bangladesh @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00 PM IST Match 13: 08 June: Afghanistan vs New Zealand @ The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 6:00 PM IST Match 14: 09 June: India vs Australia @ Kennington Oval, London 3:00 PM IST Match 14: 10 June: South Africa vs Windies @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST Match 15: 11 June: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka @ County Ground, Bristol 3:00 PM IST Match 16: 12 June: Australia vs Pakistan @ The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 3:00 PM IST Match 17: 13 June: India vs New Zealand @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST Match 18: 14 June: England vs Windies @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST Match 19: 15 June: Sri Lanka vs Australia @ Kennington Oval, London 3:00 PM IST Match 20: 15 June: South Africa vs Afghanistan @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 6:00 PM IST Match 21: 16 June: India vs Pakistan @ Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00 PM IST Match 22: 17 June: Windies vs Bangladesh @ The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 3:00 PM IST Match 23: 18 June: England vs Afghanistan @ Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00 PM IST Match 24: 19 June: New Zealand vs South Africa @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST Match 25: 20 June: Australia vs Bangladesh @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST Match 26: 21 June: England vs Sri Lanka @ Headingley, Leeds 3:00 PM IST Match 27: 22 June: India vs Afghanistan @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST Match 28: 22 June: Windies vs New Zealand @ Old Trafford, Manchester 6:00 PM IST Match 29: 23 June: Pakistan vs South Africa @ Lord's, London 3:00 PM IST Match 30: 24 June: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST Match 31: 25 June: England vs Australia @ Lord's, London 3:00 PM IST Match 32: 26 June: New Zealand vs Pakistan @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST Match 33: 27 June: Windies vs India @ Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00 PM IST Match 34: 28 June: Sri Lanka vs South Africa @ Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00 PM IST Match 35: 29 June: Pakistan vs Afghanistan @ Headingley, Leeds 3:00 PM IST Match 36: 29 June: New Zealand vs Australia @ Lord's, London 6:00 PM IST Match 37: 30 June: England vs India @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST Match 38: 01 July: Sri Lanka vs Windies @ Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00 PM IST Match 39: 02 July: Bangladesh vs India @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST Match 40: 03 July: England vs New Zealand @ Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00 PM IST Match 41: 04 July: Afghanistan vs Windies @ Headingley, Leeds 3:00 PM IST Match 42: 05 July: Pakistan vs Bangladesh @ Lord's, London 3:00 PM IST Match 43: 06 July: Sri Lanka vs India @ Headingley, Leeds 3:00 PM IST Match 44: 06 July: Australia vs South Africa @ Old Trafford, Manchester 6:00 PM IST Match 45: 09 July: 1st Semi-Final (1 v 4) @ Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00 PM IST Reserve Day - July 10 Match 46: 11 July: 2nd Semi-Final (2 v 3) @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST Reserve Day - July 12 Match 47: 14 July: FINAL @ Lord's, London 3:00 PM IST Reserve Day - July 15

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, right, challenges for the ball with Watford's Kiko Femenia during the English FA Cup Final soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at the Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Raheem Sterling scored a hat trick as Manchester City completed the first sweep of English men's football trophies by routing Watford 6-0 in a record-equaling FA Cup final victory margin on Saturday. The fourth piece of silverware was sealed with four different scorers at Wembley Stadium, with David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus also netting in the humiliation of Watford. Victory for Pep Guardiola's side came a week after the Premier League trophy was retained to join the League Cup and Community Shield already in City's possession. But the unprecedented achievement by football's costliest squad comes against the backdrop of investigations into City's compliance into football's spending rules that could lead to the Abu Dhabi-owned team being banned from the Champions League.


Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the lung of a passenger in a van. The driver of the van, Tim Page, tells KCRA-TV that he was on Interstate 5 Thursday morning when the yellow-and-red tripod smashed through the glass. He says it went through his passenger's lung and popped out. The man survived but with broken ribs and a partially punctured lung. Authorities say a 32-year-old man they suspect threw the tripod was arrested on a warrant but may face a charge of attempted murder. Page volunteers with El Dorado Veteran Resources and had picked up his passenger, another veteran, from the airport.

In this undated photo provided by lawyer Siddhartha Rathod, Zayd Atkinson poses for a photo. (Siddhartha Rathod via AP)

A white Colorado police officer who pulled out his gun during a confrontation with a black man picking up trash around his dormitory resigned this week under an agreement that lets him collect $69,000 in salary despite violating department policies. Policebody camera footagereleased Thursday provided a full video account of the tense encounter, which had gained national attention based on video shot by someone inside a student dormitory at Naropa University, a liberal arts school associated with Buddhism in the city of Boulder. City officials said the investigation could not prove that the officer, John Smyly, acted because of Zayd Atkinson's race. Investigators found Smyly violated two department policies: police authority and public trust and conduct, the city attorney said. "Boulder is essentially saying we're going to pay this officer and let him resign for threatening Zayd's life, for racially profiling Zayd," said Atkinson's attorney, Siddhartha Rathod. "If you or I were to do this, we would be criminally charged. We would immediately lose our jobs." A phone number for Smyly could not be located Thursday. He did not mention the incident in his resignation letter. Smyly approached Atkinson on March 1 in front of the condo-style building, where he was using a metal tool with a claw at its base to put trash into a bucket, according to the new footage. Smyly said he noticed Atkinson on the rear patio and wanted to see if he lived or worked there. Atkinson said he did, and Smyly asked for identification with the address on it. Atkinson provided his school ID, which did not have an address and then offered to let himself into the building as proof. Smyly asked for Atkinson's date of birth. Atkinson refused, then picked up the bucket and tool and walked away. "Put that down," Smyly said on the tape. "Stop!" He then told Atkinson that he was obstructing a police officer, "a jailable offense." Smyly later told Atkinson that he was being detained for trespassing. Smyly drew his stun gun and followed Atkinson to the back of the building, repeatedly telling him to sit down on the ground and put the "weapon" down, referring to the trash tool. Atkinson repeatedly said he had not done anything wrong. "Your hand is on your weapon and you're gonna shoot me," Atkinson shouted. "That's what you're gonna do, officer? You're gonna shoot a resident on his property for picking up trash?" Smyly drew his gun when the two men reached the back of the building, an investigative summary said. On the video, Atkinson responds by shouting: "That's a gun! I'm picking up trash! I'm picking up trash, and you're holding a gun!" After about eight minutes, more officers arrive and form a loose half-circle around Atkinson. One officer can be seen holding a rifle; the investigative summary says the weapon fires bean bags. One officer drew his handgun when he arrived but reholstered it in less than a minute, while Smyly had his gun out until Atkinson put the trash-grabbing tool down, according to the summary. The report released with the video said Smyly had no authority to detain Atkinson or probable cause to charge him with any crime and should have left once Atkinson provided his name, address and his reason for being there. Atkinson, 26, said he believes Smyly should have been fired immediately. He said he has had trouble sleeping and spends time outdoors or with friends to calm him. "My life right now is kind of restless, unsettled," he said. City Attorney Tom Carr said firing Smyly would have led to a drawn-out appeal and potentially allowed him to keep his job. Under the agreement, Smyly resigned his police role on May 9 but will remain an employee through February without performing any work. He will receive "commensurate pay and benefits" during that period and "a single, lump sum" payment for any accrued and unused vacation time when his employment officially ends Feb. 9. Carr said the resignation agreement "allowed the city to provide the community information more quickly, and it transitioned Officer Smyly out of a law enforcement career." The city's bargaining agreement with police officers requires an appeal for any disciplinary action and could have allowed Smyly to return to duty, he added.