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Soup drinkers, party ideals and corruption

first_imgThereseems to be hardly any space for ideals in political circles. This explains why business and politics almost always go hand in hand, and why at the end of the day Government and opposing polities still seal deals behind closed doors, unbeknownst to the public.It also explains why business magnates such as Brian Tiwarie jumped from being ardent supporters of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in 2011, to coalition partisans in 2015. If Tiwarie was not a businessman, perhaps we might have been a bit more surprised at his decision to switch sides. Similarly, prominent businessmen on the Essequibo Coast who built their fortunes for years on the open market policies of the PPP/C, went ahead and cut deals with the coalition, based on promises bred notably by the Alliance For Change in 2015. False hopes of securing up to $9000 per bag of paddy as promised by men such as Ramayya, Naithram, Doerga, Abel Seetaram and the now Prime Minister Nagamootoo, proved vain. Unfortunately, while for some, switching sides paid off, for others it might just have been an irreversible mistake.But unlike these popular and established businessmen who came out to publicly voice their support for the coalition with nothing business interests at heart, there are others such as politicians who abnegate from their responsibility to uphold party ideals and values as they proverbially “hang their mouths where the soup flows”.One of the things that all polities in this country have fought against incessantly is nepotism, despite that they are all equally guilty of indulging in the said. A current case which captured my attention is concealed within the Indigenous Affairs Ministry, under the LCDS-funded Amerindian Development Fund (ADF project).It was discovered that following the review of the LCDS/GRIF projects which was completed late last year, the consultant who was hired by the Allicock administration to conduct capacity building sessions for the ADF project, is no other than Minister Allicock’s son-in-law. Interestingly, the individual in question is also a longstanding member of the PPP who was actively engaged in public campaigns.While there is potentially nothing wrong with working for the development of Guyana regardless of the party in power,(and depending on how strongly one feels about her/his ideals), what is questionable is the ease with which certain politicians succumb to ills which oppose party values, and which feed the corrupt practices of the current Government.Surprisingly, the partnering United Nations Development Project (UNDP) has either failed to conduct a background check on the individual, or has turned a blind eye to suit the whims and fancies of the powers that be at the Ministry. In either case, this represents a slackening in the recruitment standards of the UNDP which is tasked with ensuring internationally upheld principles of transparency and public accountability.This also calls for examination of the level of adherence to the party values and stance by members of all polities herewith, and whether the violation of any of these is met with sanctions aimed at preserving the integrity and ideals of each polity. It would be difficult for the supporters of all sides combined, to have faith in parties which are failing to promote the standards which they defend without relent during their electoral campaigns.Au finale, the cost of corruption is borne by taxpayers who comprise mainly of the working class and working poor. For this reason more than any, the Government of Guyana, notwithstanding Minister Allicock, must be held accountable and must answer to the multiple charges of nepotism which continue to pervade this administration is barely one year of office, falling against the very APNU/AFC 2015 slogan for a corruption-free Guyana.Likewise, the Opposition PPP must hold its members and leaders to the highest standards if it is to present itself as a credible alternative for the advancement of all Guyanese, including Amerindians. One cannot be part of the problem s/he pretends to solve.Send questions & comments to sundayarrow@gmail.comlast_img read more

Another military style boot stomp on our Constitution!

first_imgDear Editor,Interpretative convenience is not a recognised method of constitutional interpretation. Since May 2015, we have seen the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) and more particularly President Granger twist, bend and pervert the clear language of our Constitution to suit and to secure the President’s wishes. The people of Guyana have seen President Granger’s interpretation of the Constitution in his unilateral and unconstitutional appointment of the Chairman of GECOM. The people of Guyana took note of President Granger’s refusal to act on the recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission with respect to the appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court for several months.The people of Guyana have taken note of the President’s unlawful revocation of the leases of some rice farmers in Berbice which the Chief Justice condemned.The people of Guyana witnessed President Granger’s wrongful and unlawful interference with the work of his constitutionally autonomous Police Service Commission.And there are several other instances of constitutional violations which can be laid at the door of President Granger and his APNU/ AFC Government.With these known constitutional violations as the President’s established record, how can any reliance be placed on Minister Harmon s assertion that the President will fully comply with the constitutional provisions in relation to the appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice.President Granger as he was constitutionally required to do, sought the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition to two persons he identified for appointment to both offices. It is now known that the Leader of the Opposition did not agree with the President’s proposal.From 2005 to 2015, President Granger, the People’s National Congress (PNC) and latterly APNU/AFC opposed the confirmation of Judges who were acting in the offices of Chancellor and Chief Justice. The refusal of successive PNC leaders including President Granger, marked the end of the constitutionally prescribed appointment procedure for a Chancellor and Chief Justice.Not so, on this occasion. President Granger told the local press that he was awaiting the advice of his Attorney General. This is going to be a forthcoming disaster. The Attorney General by his successive record of failures in the courts of Guyana and even at the Caribbean Court of Justice cannot be relied on to give a constructive and meaningful opinion on the constitutional implications resulting from the failure of the President to secure the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition.The Attorney General apart, it is President Granger himself who has given a not so subtle indication to the people of Guyana, what his intentions are. After years of being responsible for there being Judges acting in the offices of Chancellor and Chief Justice, President Granger is reported as saying: It is not desirable to continue the current practice of acting which existed for several years and I would like to have a substantive appointment. It’s a question of necessity.Those were thunderous, ominous words. The confirmed appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice should never be a matter of what the President likes. Confirmed appointments serve the judicial system well and instil confidence by the people of Guyana in the country’s judicial system. What the President likes introduces corrosive, troubling political considerations into the senior judicial appointment process.More troubling however, is the President’s conclusion that the substantive appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice was a matter of necessity. The use of the word necessity by the President bears very significant implications. I have grave reservations that given his military background, that was a loose choice of word by the President. My gut feeling is that it was not.The law recognises a concept of necessity. In the present circumstances, it would mean that if President Granger were to rely on the concept of necessity, then notwithstanding the fact that the Leader of the Opposition has not agreed to the appointment of the persons proposed, the President may go ahead and appoint the persons identified by him contending that without these appointments, the courts would be paralysed. Well, there were two people who acted in those offices for over a decade and the courts were not paralysed. The people of Guyana should take note, that the public comments by Minister Harmon and President Granger are intended to set the stage and lay the ill-advised and misconceived foundation for unilateral action by the President in clear violation of the Constitution.The truth is that there is no room for the application of the concept of necessity. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall went to great lengths to point out that the Constitution itself provides what should happen if the Leader of the Opposition does not agree with the President’s nominees.The President’s current stance on these appointments must not be examined in isolation. It must be seen in the light of comments made recently by Sir Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice in November of 2017.Addressing the Bar Association’s annual dinner, Sir Dennis Byron recalled that for 12 years, no substantive Chancellor was ever appointed. For a significant part of those 12 years, Sir Dennis was head of the CCJ. He never once uttered a public word of condemnation. He however, noted that the failure to agree (as must have been within the contemplation of our constitutional reformers who prescribed a formula for acting appointments) was not an acceptable option and that in the absence of any framework to establish agreement, the issue became justiciable.Sir Dennis has opened a can of worms. Having been silent on this matter for the past several years, now with the accession to office of President Granger and his APNU/AFC Government, Sir Dennis finds it appropriate to make constitutionally unsound public comments.Those comments appear to have emboldened President Granger. He appears by his recent public utterances to feel strengthened in his new stance on top judicial appointments by the guidance provided by Sir Dennis Byron on the way forward. And Sir Dennis is known on his visits to Guyana for his social engagements with known PNC activists/supporters and former PNC Ministers.In the meantime, Guyana awaits another military style boot stomp on our Constitution.Sincerely,Selwyn Persaudlast_img read more

Teen to be charged for manslaughter

first_imgOrphanage accidentFollowing the crushing to death of an eight-year-old girl at the Alpha Children’s Home located at 34 Gay Park, Greater New Amsterdam on Christmas Eve, a 17-year-old boy is to be charged with manslaughter.On Christmas Eve, Neena Blaire formally of Edingburg Village, East Bank Berbice, was an occupant of the Alpha Children’s Home and was crushed to death at the orphanage where she was supposed to be kept safely until her mother serves herDead: Neena Blairesentence.According to reports, Blaire was playing in the front yard on Christmas Eve Day when a male teenager who resides at the home since birth, decided to get behind the wheel of one of the two cars parked in the facility’s compound and take it for a drive in the yard.The teen drove the car around in the yard and when he put the vehicle in reverse, he pressed the escalator instead of the brake. Reports indicate the vehicle hit Blaire. Nevertheless, she got up with little injuries but as the car continued to reverse, crashing into the banisters of the stairs. As a result of the impact, one of the spindles became dislodged and struck the eight-year-old, causing her to fall to the ground. The banister then collapsed on top of her. By the time she was picked up and taken to hospital, it was too late.On Wednesday, the Director of Public Prosecutions recommended that the teen driver be charged with manslaughter.An autopsy conducted on the child gave her cause of death as brainThe dead child’s mother, Venus Lalloohaemorrhaging.The dead girl’s mother, Venus Lalloo, also called “Anita” was charged and fined $350,000 for child neglect. She was imprisoned for three weeks until the fine was paid.Four of the children were taken away including a baby when she was taken to prison.The mother of 13 is questioning the safety of the Alpha Home and is seeking the intervention of the authorities so she can be reunited with her two daughters who remain at the orphanage and the baby that is currently at a private home. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Carter summoned over use of corticosteroids

first_imgBut the trio, as well as Racing’s medical staff, were all cleared of any wrongdoing in October.The AFLD, however, has summoned the trio to appear at hearings — the dates of which are yet to be unveiled.AFLD president Bruno Genevois told AFP that the dossier would be reviewed for a “possible revision of the decision” made by the FFR’s medical commission.Newly-installed FFR president Bernard Laporte, the former Toulon and France coach, played down the significance of the summons, saying it was “not a disavowal”.“It’s not because they think there’s a fault. On the contrary, the more transparency there is, the better.”“They’re doing their job, they have the right to check. You can’t be scared of that. At Toulon, we were tested six times in one year.“We have nothing to hide. They’ll get to the bottom of things.“They want to delve deeper, end of story. If they do it, it’s because they have their reason.”French television channel Canal+ claimed Carter’s corticosteroid readings after the June 2016 final showed 81 nanogrammes per millilitre, with 49 for Rokocoko and 31 for Imhoff, while the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has set a limit of 30.Corticosteroids can be used to combat pain, inflammation or allergies.They can be taken legally or illegally, depending on the method of ingestion.It is illegal to take corticosteroids orally or have them injected in either the blood or muscle, but they can be injected into joints or inhaled.Even if taken in a banned manner, athletes can gain permission to do so by applying for the controversial Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).After being cleared by the FFR, Carter and his two clubmates were said to be taking their case to the public prosecutor after confidential medical records were made public by media.Racing said the trio had received “totally justified medical treatment dispensed conforming to the rules”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Racing Metro 92 New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter and two club teammates tested positive for corticosteroids following last season’s French Top 14 final © AFP/File / Miguel MedinaPARIS, France, Jan 10 – New Zealand great Dan Carter and two other players from French side Racing 92 have been summoned to appear before the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) over the use of corticosteroids.Carter, fellow former All Black Joe Rokocoko and Argentinian winger Juan Imhoff were the target of an investigation by the medical commission of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) after testing positive for corticosteroids following last season’s domestic Top 14 final.last_img read more

Canadian Spirit Resources resumes production at Farrell Creek/Altares location

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canadian Spirit Resources announced this morning that on October 4th it had restarted production from the Montney formation at its Farrell Creek/Altares operation.  The company had previously suspended production at the end of March due to extremely low natural gas prices. With prices at Station 2 exceeding $2.75/Mcf in recent weeks, CSRI and its joint venture partner Canbriam Energy made the decision to bring production back on line. The facility is currently averaging a production of 4.4 Mmcf/d.At one of the company’s wells that was drilled in the first quarter of this year, recently retrieved pressure recorder information shows that the Montney formation is over pressured but not to the extreme values encountered while drilling. The overlying Doig formation appears to be the cause of the extreme high pressures and could be a candidate for investigation in the future.The Federal Government’s recent environmental approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, as well as the positive improvement in natural gas prices and the further delineation of CSRI’s Montney formation resources all factored into the company’s decision to restart production.- Advertisement –last_img read more

TEAM NEWS: Wayne Rooney and Eden Hazard return for Manchester United and Chelsea respectively

first_img Wayne Rooney and Eden Hazard Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been reinstated to the Red Devils’ first team after being benched for the defeat to Stoke City on Boxing Day.Rooney replaced Memphis Depay at half time in that 2-0 loss at the Britannia Stadium, and it is the Dutch winger again who makes way for Rooney’s return.The England captain has scored just two league goals all season with United languishing in sixth in the table after four successive defeats in all competitions for the first time since 1961.Rooney looks set to start in attack with Anthony Martial pushing out wide to accommodate his captain.As for Chelsea, Guus Hiddink looks to have set up without a recognised striker in Diego Costa’s absence, with Eden Hazard returning to operate as an unorthodox forward.Man United team: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Young, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Herrera, Martial, Rooney.Chelsea team: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard. 1last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund beat Liverpool to Dembele deal – Reports

first_img1 18-year-old striker Ousmane Dembele has impressed with 12 Ligue 1 goals this season Borussia Dortmund have beaten Liverpool to the signing of Rennes forward Ousmane Dembele, according to reports in Germany.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp became a keen admirer of the French teenager last season when he was in charge at the Westfalenstadion but his former club have now stolen a march on him by agreeing a £4million deal with Rennes.According to Bild, Dortmund have been in regular contact with Rennes over the 18-year-old’s availability this season and that has allowed them to move ahead of Liverpool and Bayern Munich in the race to land Dembele.The highly-rated forward has made a big impression in his debut season for Rennes’ first team, scoring 12 goals in 22 Ligue 1 appearances.His form had alerted clubs from across Europe but it now appears he will move to Dortmund in the summer to provide back-up for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.last_img read more

Conference to focus on Latino issues

first_imgLa Puente Mayor Louie Lujan believes whatever agenda is formulated should be universal. “I think it’s important that the Latino community understands our agenda should go beyond the Latino community,” Lujan said. “It should be all-encompassing and reach all races.” Garvey School Board Member Felipe Agredano said he is eager to exchange information and ideas. “It’s important to look at some of the accomplishments that have been made for Latinos over the years at local and national levels,” Agredano said. “I am looking forward to working to bring about change.” Rep Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, who will be speaking at the conference about the effects of global warming, said she hopes the Congress acts as a problem-solving workshop. “By participating in the National Latino Congreso, I look forward to finding a new direction to improve the quality of life in our communities,” Solis said. “And also to find long-term strategies and solutions to preserve our natural resources and protect public health.” Officials said the National Latino Congreso will be the first comprehensive gathering of Latino leaders, elected officials and organizations since 1977. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Baldwin Park Councilman Ricardo Pacheco said he is looking forward to talking about immigration and education. “There are so many undocumented people in our community that are being mistreated, and that needs to be addressed so we can move forward. Because if not, it creates an underclass of people who are not participating in American society,” Pacheco said. “We also need to make sure Latinos are being educated and getting degrees because there is a gap right now, we need to determine the causes and effects … hopefully the conference will help us come up with ways to deal with these problems.” Pacheco said another major issue for Latinos is income levels. “The average Latino makes about $35,000, and with the cost of living going up it’s not enough for us to live anymore,” Pacheco said. Area Latino leaders are gearing up for a five-day national conference expected to form a political agenda for the Latino community. The National Latino Congreso will be held Sept. 6-10 in Los Angeles. Areas of focus include the environment, health, education reform, labor issues, immigration and economic development strategies, officials said. Claudia Ornelas, a youth organizer with the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, said the conference is expected to draw thousands of delegates from various organizations nationwide. “What we are trying to do is get Latino leaders together to talk about the most pressing issues in our community,” Ornelas said. “We want people to voice their concerns and opinions and propose different ideas, and at the end the goal is to develop a new agenda and plan of action for Latino issues.” last_img read more

Council to widen pay law

first_imgIn one of the broadest applications of a “living-wage” ordinance in the nation, the Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to extend the law to hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. Hundreds of hotel workers, chanting “s , se puede” as they jammed council chambers to urge passage of the measure, cheered the 11-3 vote. While the city’s original living-wage rule applies only to firms doing business under contracts with city government, the new plan would cover about a dozen Century Boulevard hotels that the council says are beneficiaries of a city-owned asset: the airport. The approval puts Los Angeles at the heart of a heated national debate over how much power municipalities have in setting wages for private enterprise. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’And it drew immediate threats of a challenge – in court or by a voter initiative – from hotel operators and others in the business community, concerned that the ordinance will be broadened to even more industries and areas of the city. “We have never seen anything like this – when the government tells private business how to operate,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is an unprecedented use of (city government’s) powers.” “My understanding, when the original living wage was approved 10 years ago, was the business community was assured that it would not apply to firms that didn’t have a direct contract with the city. Yet, look where we are today.” The measure is up next Wednesday for a final council vote, where it will need eight votes for approval. It would then go to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is expected to sign off on the plan. Mayor urged delay Villaraigosa had asked the council to delay a decision and hold more hearings to try to reach a compromise with hotel operators. He also had urged the council to apply the ordinance only to hotels on Century Boulevard. But aides to Villaraigosa said he strongly supports a living wage and job protections for the workers near LAX and will sign the deal when it reaches his desk. Under the plan, hotel operators will be required to pay workers a minimum of $9.08 an hour with health benefits, or $10.33 an hour without the benefits. Two other measures, approved 13-1, will require the hotels to give workers their full pay, including tips collected from service charges, and protect workers from being fired. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, the driving force behind the living-wage measure, said she believes it is a matter of justice for the 3,000 or so workers at the hotels, including many with incomes below the federal poverty level and no health benefits. “Let us resolve that this City Council believes in you, that this City Council supports you,” Hahn said. “We support business. We support business improvement, but we also support the workers who make this happen.” Hahn cited studies showing that Century Corridor hotel workers are paid 20 percent less than their downtown counterparts and that corridor hotels are among the city’s busiest. But Cindy Bolton, general manager of the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport, said an independent survey found that just five of her workers earned less than the living wage. “We just don’t think government should be telling us how to operate our business,” said Bolton, calling herself surprised by how quickly council members passed the measure, proposed less than four months ago. “We don’t think they looked at all the information,” she said. Critics also said the measure was designed to promote union organizing at the hotels, which have resisted efforts in the past by the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union. The union and the county Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, have been strong supporters of the living-wage movement. Under the proposal, the living wage will not apply where labor agreements are in effect. Council members opposing the proposal – Bernard Parks, Greig Smith and Dennis Zine – said more studies should be conducted. Councilwoman Jan Perry was absent. “We are doing this based solely on hearsay and no real evidence,” Smith said. “You are asking the City Council to venture into the private sector where no city has gone before. “We have not looked at the economic impact of this. There is no economic analysis to justify this.” Questions remain Zine said he was disappointed that the hotel operators and the workers’ Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy were unable to negotiate a settlement. And Parks said the City Council moved too quickly. “There is litigation in other cities where this has been tried, and I think we’re being premature in approving this,” he said. But Council President Eric Garcetti said he believes it was the proper action. “This is a way to take a full-time worker up to the federal poverty level,” he said. “In leadership, we talk a lot out here. But we also listen, and our decision is not based just on emotion. It is based on the workers and the lives they live.” Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents the airport area, said he supported the proposal. “This is an opportunity to give a living wage to the people who make these hotels as great as they are,” he said. “We are not looking at big bucks here for the hotels.” But Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said the ordinance’s long-term effects remain to be seen. “What it does is set out to provide an above-the-going wage in an area, and that benefits the people in those jobs for a while,” Blake said. “But what it doesn’t account for is that these people might be faced with a loss of job because there will be more competition for the work. “Also, the hotel operators will look at what it is costing them to operate, and they might decide to outsource a lot of the work,” Blake said. “So instead of having a cleaning crew on staff, they will hire a janitorial service to reduce their overall costs.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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November Crowd Calendar Update For Disneyland Resort and Universal Orlando Resort

first_imgWatch for our mid-month report on how crowds are looking at Walt Disney World. It’s coming soon! Share This!Since September 1, 2019, crowds at Disneyland Resort and Universal Orlando Resort have been down compared to the same time in the past. In the last 30 days we predicted an average crowd level of 5.7 at Disneyland Park. Based on the wait times we collected during that time the average crowd level was a 3.8. That is nearly two points lower than predicted. Similarly, the crowds were lower than predicted at the other three parks. The average at Disney California Adventure was 3.1, we predicted 4.6. Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure averaged 3.9 in the last 30 days, and the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted 5.1 and 4.2, respectively.This is a good sign for guests planning trips to these resorts during the remainder of 2019; however, there is no guarantee that these low crowds will continue. Let’s take a closer look at each park and what you can expect from this November update.Disneyland ParkGalaxy’s Edge continues to draw moderate crowds with wait times at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run averaging 45 minutes since its grand opening. During that same period the average wait time at Space Mountain was 46 minutes, one minute higher. A new headliner attraction averaging lower wait times than Space Mountain is surprising, to say the least. We have adjusted our forecasts for Smugglers Run to reflect the latest wait times. We believe this attraction has already stabilized and that we will continue to see moderate waits, even when Rise of the Resistance opens in January.On this update you may see the crowd level lowered on some days. This is in response to the latest trends we have seen at Disneyland Park. Wait times are down, in general; however, there are some days where we have seen small spikes in wait time. If you are planning a trip to Disneyland Park in the near future, you should expect crowds to be at or below the predicted crowd level on most days.Disney California AdventureSince we were comparing average wait times at Disneyland, let’s look at California Adventure’s most popular attraction. Radiator Springs Racers averaged 66 minutes since the opening on Galaxy’s Edge – cue the Route 66 music!Not a lot has changed at Disney California Adventure as a result of this update. You will see a few days change by one point (up or down) over the next few months. You can expect crowds at DCA to be manageable between now and Thanksgiving and then settle back down after the holiday. In December we expect crowds to be low until we reach the week of Christmas.The next big date on the Disneyland Crowd Calendar is January 17, 2020. That is when Rise of the Resistance is scheduled to open at Galaxy’s Edge. We expect this attraction to draw large crowds, but we don’t think those crowds will drastically increase wait times at other attractions. Smugglers Run will have been open for 8 months, and it doesn’t seem to have a lot of appeal for repeat riding. Rise will see long lines for many months, but the rest of the resort should be manageable outside of holidays and special events.Islands of AdventureUniversal’s newest headliner attraction continues to have difficulty with operations. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is plagued with ride outages and long lines. Guests seem to be willing to wait for hours, even on days with light crowds. Since opening in June, Hagrid’s has an average wait time of 147 minutes. That’s 2 hours and 27 minutes – on average! Admittedly, that average includes a lot of 600 minute waits shortly after it opened, but we still see wait times in the 120-180 range on a daily basis. If you are visiting Islands of Adventure and want to try out the new ride, don’t plan anything else for that day. Get it line and grind it out.The November crowd calendar update doesn’t bring many changes to Islands of Adventure. We expect similar crowd levels to what we previously predicted, with some minor tweaks here and there. Incidentally, in 2019 our predictions were more accurate for Islands of Adventure than for any other park.Universal Studios FloridaCrowds at Universal Studios Florida are looking good these days. We haven’t seen that park hit a crowd level above a ‘6’ since the October 18, 2019. We expect these moderate crowds to continue.We do not have any major changes to report as a result of this update for Universal Studios. If you do notice a change in crowd level, it is likely only a change of one point up or one point down.last_img read more