George Floyd’s funeral to be held June 9 in Texas

first_imgGeorge Floyd died on May 27 after a policeman knelt on the 46-year-old man’s neck for almost nine minutes. Floyd became unresponsive after almost three minutes.His death, captured on mobile phone footage, reignited long-felt anger over police killings of African Americans, and echoed high-profile cases that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement such as the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the July 2014 choking of Eric Garner in New York.Nationwide uproar sparked over police brutality, and protests and rioting — many that turned violent — erupted in more than 140 cities over the weekend.Crump announced the results of an autopsy arranged by Floyd’s family that shows he was suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer rather than dying from pre-existing heart problems as claimed by the official ruling. Topics : A funeral for George Floyd, the black man who died in US police custody after a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck, will be held June 9 in Houston, the family’s lawyer said Monday.”In Minneapolis, there will be a memorial here Thursday, at 1:00 to 3:00,” said attorney Ben Crump, speaking at a press conference in Minneapolis to report the findings of an independent autopsy.”On Saturday, there will be a memorial service in North Carolina, where he was born, at 1:00 to 3:00. And then on Tuesday, June the ninth, the funeral will take place in Houston, Texas at 11:00 am,” said Crump, who is representing the Floyd family.last_img read more

Bistro opens new Champagne and Wine Bar at MovieTowne

first_imgGuyanese looking to enjoy champagne and wine in an exclusive atmosphere can now do so at the Bistro Wine and Champagne Bar, located in the MovieTowne Mall at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.Businessman Harrinand Persaud along with family members cutting the ribbon to declare Bistro’s new location openDozens of excited and exuberant patrons attended the resplendent opening of the Bistro Wine and Champagne Bar at the MovieTowne Mall on Friday night.According to the owner, Harrinand Ralph Persaud, the newly-opened Bistro Wine and Champagne Bar was conceived about two years ago, around the time when the first Bistro Café and Bar opened at Middle Street, Georgetown.The owner explained that it was while establishing plans for the King’s Jewellery World stores at MovieTowne, he felt the desire to bring Bistro to the same location.Persaud emphasised that they intended to allow persons to have a great view of the outdoors while sipping on their beverage.Meanwhile, Persaud said all the wines are directly from vineyards in Chile, Argentina, France, and Italy, local beers and rum are also available with a wide selection of cocktails and champagne.Businessman Harrinand PersaudPatrons going to the bar can pair their drinks with authentic dishes. The bar’s Indian Chef, Loshal Thuptan, said that the spot will be offering its main cuisine sushi, along with Japanese fish, tuna, salmon, prawns and vegetable sushi every day of the week.President of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), Mitra Ramkumar, who was also present at the opening, applauded Persaud for the initiative.According to Ramkumar, this bar’s opening will add to Guyana’s Tourism sector in a significant way.“They have been serving the industry with a high degree of excellence, they offer a premium product and it only adds to the value of the industry,” Ramkumar said.He added that as Guyana moves towards the year of first oil, other businesses should be consistent.“You need to be consistent in quality service delivery, you need to train and retrain, all of this has to be a continuous work in progress, it cannot be a one-off situation,” he vocalised.In doing so, he advises that businesses train and retrain their staff to foster growth so that they will be able to deal with challenges when faced.“Every single member of the organisation gets involved in that process, not only the frontline staff, the person who washes the dishes, the person who welcomes you at the door, everyone needs to be a part,” Ramkumar said.Currently, through the Guyana Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, there is a programme that is offered to restaurants, hotels, and immigration and customs officers for delivering quality service.last_img read more