This photo provided by Urban Culture Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla., shows a hand-written letter by the late mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, an envelope and a holiday greeting card emblazoned with his 1959 Alcatraz mugshot, that Bulger mailed from federal prison in Coleman, Fla., in 2015. The items are among those being offered by the auction house for auction on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Bulger was found dead in a wheelchair on Oct. 30, 2018, killed by inmates within hours of his transfer to a prison in Hazelton, W.V. He was 89. (Darin Rone/Urban Culture Auctions via AP)BOSTON | Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger couldn’t stand how much the world around him had changed.Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its “great view” and clear-cut rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic stronghold of South Boston he once terrorized was now filled with “rich college kids living in expensive condos.”“World has changed … everything different, even the neighborhood,” Bulger wrote to a friend he met in the lockup in newly public letters.The letters, which are being auctioned Sunday, provide a glimpse into the once powerful and feared gangster’s mundane life behind bars before he was beaten to death by fellow inmates last year. Bulger wrote about the little excitements of prison life — “tonight we had an ice cream cone!” — and his treatment by other inmates.“Almost every time I’m going anywhere, guys ask “hey old timer, want a push” … or just grab handles and start pushing,” Bulger wrote in a letter postmarked in February 2015. “One advantage is we can go in the front of chow line if in wheelchair.”Authorities have said two Massachusetts mobsters are under investigation for 89-year-old Bulger’s killing, but no one has been charged. His death hours after he was transferred to a troubled West Virginia prison has raised questions about why the known “snitch” was placed in the general population instead of more protective housing.Bulger ratted on the New England mob to the FBI, authorities said, though he insisted throughout his trial that he wasn’t an informant but was actually paying the FBI for the scoop on his enemies.The auction house got the letters from a man who says he became friends with Bulger when the geriatric gangster was briefly held at a federal lockup in Brooklyn after being convicted in 2013 of participating in 11 murders, among other crimes.That man, Timothy Glass, said he took Bulger under his wing, and they bonded over their criminal pasts. Glass recalled how Bulger would sign autographs for inmates who asked but had a tendency to give a “death stare” to guys he didn’t like.“I was like, ‘this guy is a stone-cold killer at like 80 years old.’ It was wild,” Glass, 55, told The Associated Press.Glass was locked up on robbery and other charges when he met Bulger after spending more than a decade in New York state prison for separate crimes, he said. Inmates weren’t allowed to write to one another, so after Bulger was transferred to a different prison, Bulger would send the letters to a friend on the outside, who would get them to Glass, he said.In the letters, Bulger complained about the cost of books (“$32 for the book!”), the cold weather (“All the liberals like VP Gore made a fortune with his scaring people with talk of ‘planet warming”’) and the media, which he called “part of and parcel of the corruption instead of society ‘watchdogs.’”He grumbled about his trial, slammed prosecutors for deals they made with his former friends and promised his appeal would “create quite a stir.” He also bemoaned what he saw as the unfair treatment of his longtime girlfriend Catherine Grieg, who was sentenced to eight years for helping Bulger avoid capture.“I played a rough game and accepted the rough treatment. But feel Catherine was treated too harshly,” Bulger wrote.He talked longingly about his time at “The Rock” — Alcatraz — where the rules were “plain and understood” and inmates were allowed at Christmastime to buy chocolate, which they would share with prisoners who weren’t supposed to have candy.“Here, ‘they,’ the ‘inmates,’ would sell you chocolate! Back then no one ever looked to make a profit on another convict,” he wrote. “I look back at those years and place with nostalgia. It’s all gone.”Tucked into some of the letters were pictures of Bulger as a young man or Alcatraz. On the back of one of the photo — a mugshot taken in 1965, the year Bulger was released from prison and returned to South Boston — he scribbled: “the good old days.”With another letter, Bulger included a holiday card that he apparently made in 2015 with the message in gold script: “Wishing you peace & cheer in the New Year.” Next to the cheery greeting is Bulger’s Alcatraz mugshot, his eyes piercing blue eyes narrowed and brows furrowed.Follow Alanna Durkin Richer at https://www.twitter.com/aedurkinricher
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An embarrassing own goal by Stoke City keeper Jack Butland gifted Leicester City an equaliser in a 1-1 Premier League draw at the King Power Stadium on Saturday and denied Paul Lambert’s side a rare win on the road.After Stoke took the lead through Xherdan Shaqiri’s third goal in successive league games just before the interval, Butland parried the ball into his net when under no obvious pressure from Marc Albrighton’s 70th-minute cross.Although the keeper partly redeemed himself with a subsequent save from Riyad Mahrez, his glaring error meant Stoke remain in 19th place.It could have been even worse with the visitors grimly hanging on in the final quarter when Mahrez, who was starting his first league game since failing to secure a move to Manchester City, spurned another chance and Harry Maguire and Matty James both hit the post.Butland’s mistake was made all the more embarrassing by the presence of former England, Leicester and Stoke hero Peter Shilton in the stands although manager Paul Lambert refused to blame his keeper for the dropped point.“He is the best goalkeeper in Britain,” said Lambert. “Since I have been at the club he has been huge. The mistake will be the making of him because it is all about how you deal with these things.”Lambert was also pleased with the performance of Shaqiri, who is on his hottest scoring streak since joining in 2015.“Overall, we were outstanding,” said the Scot, who gave a debut off the bench to Tyrese Campbell, 18-year-old son of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell.
The Windies had the worst possible start they could have imagined as Brathwaite was bowled on the last ball of the first over for nought by Shakib. Four runs later, Mehidy got one to keep straight and go through bat and pad to bowl Kieran Powell for four. Soon after, Sunil Ambris became the third victim, also bowled by Shakib. Roston Chase made a first ball duck, bowled by Mehidy, and Shai Hope became Mehidy’s third wicket, when he too was bowled for 10. The Windies were left reeling on 29/5 after 12 overs. Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich planted themselves at the crease, despite several appeals and shouts, and played their natural but cautious game. Hetmyer, for his 32, accounted for three fours, while Dowrich’s 17 included one four. The Windies recovered somewhat to close their first innings reply on Day two on 75/5, still some 433 runs adrift of Bangladesh’s first innings total. Mehidy Hasan was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, taking 3/36, while Shakib Al Hasan had 2/15. DHAKA, Bangladesh: The Windies bowlers and batsmen were put through the wringer by Bangladesh on the second day of the second Test match in Dhaka, with Bangladesh taking firm control of the first innings. Resuming on their overnight total of 259/5, Bangladesh wasted no time in going after the Windies bowlers. By the end of the first session, they added well over 100 runs to their total while losing no wickets. Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah punished the Windies bowlers, who had no answers on a pitch that offered no assistance. The pair posted a mammoth 111-run partnership before Kemar Roach broke it, removing Shakib for 80. The Bangladesh tail-enders frustrated the Windies as they continued building partnerships. Mahmudullah then got a trusted partner in Liton Das and the pair added 92 runs to the total before Das was bowled by Kraigg Brathwaite trying to reverse sweep. Mehidy Hasan did not stick around too long, on 18, Jomel Warrican had him caught behind. Taijul Islam joined Mahmudullah, the pair added 56 runs together, when Brathwaite got his second wicket, that of Taijul for 26. Mahmudullah eventually fell for 136, bowled by Warrican. Bangladesh ended the innings on 508 all out. Kraigg Brathwaite returned the best bowling figures for the Windies, taking 2/57, while Kemar Roach has 2/61, Jomel Warrican 2/91, Devendra Bishoo 2/109 and Shermon Lewis 1/69. WORST START
In the backyard of an unassuming house in East Ruimveldt, the seeds of a revolution – long in the making – are being re-sown.For Alanzo Phillips, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ABTK Interlocking Bricks, the company he started one year ago is no mere business endeavour. The simple clay brickmaking factory at his childhood home is the first step in his larger plans for giving back to “his Guyanese people” and its location on the premises where he once played and dreamt dreams that eventually saw him migrating to the USA is no mere convenience. This is where he learnt the joys of giving from an early age from a mother, who – although the family was not wealthy – was always helping people. His is a story of returning to your roots, armed with the necessary technology and skills, to bring its long-acknowledged potential to full fruition, of rubbing the dust of contemptuous familiarity away to reveal the treasure beneath.“We in Guyana don’t know what riches we have in this country,” he declared passionately, as he demonstrated with the assistance of two workers how the bricks, made of laterite (loam) and three per cent cement, were carefully and efficiently produced. Within the space of a few minutes, more than 10 freshly-made bricks laid on a table.Just as Phillips intends to transform his childhood home into a modern showpiece of clay brick architecture, he plans on transforming the local construction industry using his more durable bricks, which come in various designs and configurations and enable builders to use less steel and construct buildings faster, because of the interlocking design.Gesturing to an example of concrete construction common locally, he pointed out how inferior cement blocks and shoddy workmanship plagued the sector, putting the populace – many of whom were already struggling and sacrificing to afford their own homes under further strain.“I want to help people…that’s my whole thing: helping people in this country,” Phillips stressed, adding “people helped me when I reached America”.And while he has remained true to his mother’s example and, along with his wife and children, has helped the community via regular shipments of “barrels”, he has always wanted to do more.“I really, really want to help this country, especially when I see somebody’s house burning, it really grieves me to see someone’s house burning.”In the future, he plans to donate his services to rebuild fire victims’ homes free of cost.How it startedPhillips, who worked in the World Trade Centre building in New York and always had plans to turn his vacations home permanent, remigrated after 9/11 after more than 30 years aboard. With remembered horror, he related that he had only flown home the day before and had lost a friend when the towers crashed to the ground.“I told myself when I go back home…., I am going to open a brick factory, the same thing Mr (Linden) Burnham talked about, because I knew we have the material in this country and nobody seemed to do nothing with it… Miners are washing it away and on the streets, the Government seems to hardly use it. We don’t know the value of it until somebody like me comes along and I am telling you and I am telling you and telling Guyana with what I am doing, we can build mansions stronger than concrete that we have right now and also fireproof, and I am telling you and telling everybody what we have in our country, no one can take away from us and we can build mansions and build this empire; and also for the low-income people, we could build back their house in seven days…”The response has been encouraging to the blocks, he said, with several remigrants signalling their intention to build their houses using his products, in addition to his local clients. The registered business is well-poised to take off, as Phillips has already registered with the Guyana Revenue Authority as a contractor and has his team in place.Asked what would be his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, Phillips, who noted that his primary challenge was the cost of the laterite, said: “Most of us are scared, many of us have the dream and have the thought, but we are scared. We are scared to invest, we have the talent and the dream, but we don’t stay focused on what we want to do unless somebody come around and say, ‘you know what: I think you should get into this business’, but that is not your idea and at the end of it, when you do it and that person leaves, you don’t know what to do, because remember, of course, it is not your idea. I always tell myself whatever is your dream, you stick to it, keep focusing and just continue to keep driving and driving and you will be successful, I know it (he smiles).”“Our kids need to be encouraged to be entrepreneurs and own their own business.”He related that over the years he has observed that “for you to be successful, you have to stay on the focus of what you want to do. Let no-one, no-one tell you can’t do it. Stay focused. In business, you have to be creative, come up with unique ideas.”“I always tell myself business don’t happen in five days, it happens in five years. You have to prepare yourself to let the business see five years…”The father of four then noted that the most important quality of an entrepreneur was being yourself. “You have to be yourself – you just got to keep pushing. Push. Keeping pushing, stay on focus, because at the end of the day, it comes down to you.”Contact: 220-9191, 693-3593/649-7865; Lot 14 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown; firstname.lastname@example.org
…and NagamootooSome people really have no shame…and Moses Nagamootoo’s been a card-carrying member of that benighted lot for a long time. And maybe because of this, as the designated PNC’s attack dog against the PPP in general and Jagdeo in particular, he just couldn’t help himself when he wrote the article in the Chronic “PILFERING, PRISON AND PRESIDENTS”.Imagine Moses Nagamootoo throwing shade at Bharat Jagdeo about “pilfering”!!! If the world wasn’t so uptight about the “colour question”, your Eyewitness would’ve said it was the perfect case of the stygian kahari calling the shiny kettle black!! Nagamootoo took time to “guardedly” define the term “to include unlawful taking of objects, or petty thefts.”We note Nagamootoo’s careful use of the phrase “unlawful taking of objects or petty thefts”. What this does, he hopes, is shield him from the wholesale pilfering of the public purse he’s been engaged in from the moment he slid into office. What but “pilfering is the spending of $21million to asphalt the approach to his home in Liliendall”, when all the other long-suffering residents had to continue circumspectly navigate the moon-like craters that continued to dot their streets??Then, of course, there’s the refurbishing of the PM’s residence on Main Street at the cost of another $20 million – when his predecessor Sam Hinds resided there quite comfortably, thank you, for decades!! Nagamootoo claimed he found a dead rat in one of the ovens in the kitchen!! Apart from defaming the cooking staff – not to mention the always meticulous and immaculate Mrs Hinds – did he have to install air conditioning for the entire house because of the allegedly deceased rodent?? The whole episode was nothing more than petty pilfering. Petty – not in the sense of a small sum of money – but petty in a “never-see-come fuh-see”, small time hustler, way!!What about the specially outfitted (as his flack would say – “bespoke”!!) $23 million SUV he ordered because he claimed that he had to visit his “constituents” all the way in Berbice? Wasn’t this “pilfering” since he must’ve been to Berbice since 2015 less times that the fingers on his hands?!! And your Eyewitness won’t even talk about the increase in salary he demanded – even as he went along with the firing of 4000+ of his “constituents” in Berbice, who’re now starving!!Nagamootoo shamelessly bemoaned those who revel in pilfered wealth and said, “for some, it is everything, the causa viventium.” He should know since the Latin phrase simply mean “the reason for living”.Can anyone review Nagamootoo’s lifestyle since 2015, and even suggest that pilfering from the public purse isn’t his reason for living?And for the AFC, the causa viventium is clearly “catching”!!…from Teachers’ livelihoodThe Teachers of Guyana are discovering the meaning of “between a rock and a hard place”!! They thought they wouldn’t embarrass the government – which most of their members voted into office – too much, so returned to work after a one-week strike. They thought the government saw ‘reason” when they agreed to “binding arbitration”. They thought wrong!!As this PNC government has shown in every activity they’ve engaged in, they believe in practicing the principle of “outcome determinativeness”!! That is, they insist on fixing the initial circumstances so that whatever outcome they want, inevitably follows. Want to ensure the elections – any elections, local or national! – go their way? Just unilaterally pick the GECOM Chair, who has the casting vote!!Want to ensure that last bastion of “separation of powers” – the judiciary – become the handmaiden of the Executive?? Just hand-pick the Chancellor! And finally, if you want the workers to get crumbs unlike the 50% increase their ministers awarded themselves, just pick your own Arbitration Chair!!Even rejecting respectable PNC “old-heads”!!…from our new bridgeYour Eyewitness was intrigued by the rendition of the proposed new Demerara Harbour Bridge, from the design that was sole-sourced by the MPI. The Minister will be questioned by SOCU on possible misfeasance.Will the “Ming Swing” have to go?
1 Kevin De Bruyne wants to win multiple trophies with Manchester City this season after signing a new five-year deal with the Premier League leaders.City have announced their 26-year-old Belgian midfielder has put pen to paper on a contract extension to remain at the club until 2023.De Bruyne moved to the Etihad Stadium from German club Wolfsburg in 2015 and no player across Europe’s top five leagues has contributed more assists than he has since his City debut.In a collective sense, De Bruyne has won just one League Cup as a City player but hopes to add to his medal collection this year with Pep Guardiola’s side 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League and still in three other competitions.“We are on a good way this season,” De Bruyne said on CityTV.“But obviously the biggest part is still coming and hopefully in the end of the season we can celebrate with a few titles.”Having experienced an unsuccessful spell in England previously with Chelsea, De Bruyne has become an integral figure in Guardiola’s side, contributing 10 assists and six goals in the division this season.On current form he will be a leading contender for the various player of the year awards to be announced later in the campaign.“I feel very good here,” De Bruyne added.“I’m very happy. I think the way everything went for me when I came here was exceptional. I’ve had two and a half very good years and I wanted to stay here when the club talked to me about renewing my contract.“We were open for it directly and for me it was the best decision to stay here. It was pretty easy. Obviously you hear a lot of people talk about other clubs but I think we are in the moment one of the best clubs in the world.”News of De Bruyne’s contract extension was announced at almost exactly the same time City’s rivals Manchester United confirmed they had signed Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who had been a target for Guardiola’s club.De Bruyne has followed City colleagues David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho in recently renewing their deals with the club.City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “Kevin’s new deal is great news for our club.“He has shown this season how important he is to the team and has been integral in everything we’ve done so far. We are thrilled he has committed his long-term future to Manchester City.” The Belgian is now under contract until 2023
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Sky Sports Mourinho is said to be ready to return to the dugout after a spell in the pundit’s chair Jose Mourinho and Arsenal have been described as ‘the perfect fit’ amid speculation linking ‘the Special One’ with a return to management at the Emirates Stadium.Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December 2018, but revealed last month he was ready for a return to management.The Portuguese – who has worked regularly as a pundit in recent months – has apparently rejected plenty of offers, including from Ligue 1 club Lyon, while he is said to be ‘in regular contact’ with Borussia Dortmund. 1 Adrian Durham says Arsenal should ditch Unai Emery… and hire Jose Mourinho“Can he manage a team like Tottenham or Arsenal and get the best out of those players?“I think Arsenal would be a perfect fit. They have loads of good players, but there’s not really any leadership.“When I look at the manager [Unai Emery] I don’t see him being a person who puts his football down, who the players will listen to.“Whereas Jose, he’ll tell you something and you’ll instantly listen because of what he’s won and what he’s done in the game.“He will be back in football.”Watch a clip of Clinton Morrison on talkSPORT above Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:51Loaded: 8.91%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. But reports this week have linked the former Chelsea and United boss with a return to the Premier League, with The Sun claiming Mourinho is keen to set a management record by winning major trophies with THREE different English clubs.And, with pressure piling on Unai Emery, Mourinho is now one of the favourites to be the next Arsenal boss.Odds on him replacing Emery at the Emirates have even been slashed from 16/1 down to 4/1 by online bookmakers SportNation.And former Premier League striker Clinton Morrison believes bringing in Mourinho would be a masterstroke by Arsenal, saying the ‘tactical genius’ can bring the good times back to north London.“Mourinho is a brilliant manager,” the talkSPORT pundit told Jim White.“Maybe not with his handling of players and man-management, but if you wanted to set up a team to win a game and win trophies, he’s tactical genius.“He’s done it so many times where he’s been the underdog and his teams have gone and won loads of stuff. He’s a superb manager.
“It’s no surprise, I think he [Mustafi] was at fault, possibly, for both goals,” Scholes added.“He doesn’t tackle, he should be having a nibble at the ball but he drops off so far because he’s so frightened of getting done.“He’s just thinking about getting back to his goal, not going out and engaging with the player.“He almost tries to get out of the way, instead of being a defender who’s desperate to stop the ball going in. He just lets people walk through him.“David Luiz is not interested in defending, they [Norwich] cut through them almost at will.“I think Norwich will be disappointed [with a draw] not Arsenal.”Meanwhile, Ljungberg refused to comment on whether he wants the Arsenal job on a full-time basis. 2 Before kick-off, the Swede, who once modelled for Calvin Klein, was seen wearing a knitted grey jumper which he eventually covered with a club jacket.But according to Manchester United legend Scholes, Ljungberg’s choice of fashion was far from ideal.“You would think he’d be out in a suit to show a bit of proudness that he took the job,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.“To me that’s a great start – shirt and tie to show some discipline.“I don’t think he’ll be the right man.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice for Arsenal, with Norwich scoring through Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell and the result extended the visitors winless run to eight games.And Scholes gave a damming assessment on the performance of Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz. 2 Getty AFP or licensors Paul Scholes has bizarrely criticised Freddie Ljungberg’s decision not to wear a suit in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Norwich.The match at Carrow Road marked Ljungberg’s first game in charge of the Gunners following Friday’s dismissal of Unai Emery. Paul Scholes slammed Ljungberg’s choice of attire Ljungberg watched his side draw 2-2 with Norwich on Sunday
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