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first_imgDear Editor,As we watch the events and the behaviour of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition since the no-confidence vote of December 21, 2018, the true colours of PNC power is unmistakable. Seems those with their hold on power are bent on taking Guyana back to the dreadful pre-1992 days; are determined to prevent the people from choosing their Government.The PNC-led Government’s obstinate refusal to abide by the Constitution after the no-confidence vote shows clearly that Guyana has bullies in power – people least concerned with service to the country and people; more concerned with hogging power to enrich themselves.Despite the obvious nature of the PNC, it still escapes notice that it is the real obstacle to Guyana’s development. Everyone seem to cling to the illusion that race, racial divide, and racial voting are holding our country back; that when we solve the illusive race problem, all will be well. But the behaviour of those in Government makes it clear that bullyism and not race is Guyana’s real problem.Bullyism was on obscene display against Charrandas Persaud in Guyana’s Parliament when he voted his conscience in service of the people of Guyana. Fortunately, he stood his ground against the dishonourable behaviour by “honourable members” in the supposedly “hallowed” chamber. He showed strength of character on behalf of right-thinking Guyanese who want the best for Guyana. He stood his ground for those of us who want to see Guyana avoid another spell of the destructive dictatorship we were bullied to endure through the pre-1992 years.Since then, the bullying has continued. The flip-flop of the President and Prime Minister from their originally stated positions shows the low level of high office holders. Is it that in the current leaders in Government, the intelligence and morality to interpret and obey constitutional provisions are absent? Or is it that they are intent on bullying to cling to power?The threat of taking the matter to court if the Speaker of the National Assembly did not reverse his ruling in their favour was also bullyism. Now it seems the President and his Government want to bully the Judiciary into reinterpreting accepted meanings, norms and conventions. Should they fail in bullying the Judiciary, is the next move to continue bullying power from the people?The events since December 21, 2018, and pronouncements by the fallen Government, should make Guyanese reflect on the nature of those who comprise the coalition. Do we want people devoid of conscience, grabbing the good life for themselves, and energised only by greed, and hatred for another party, ruling our country?Bullies are bullies because they lack a conscience and live as if laws and the rules do not apply to them. According to Government, the vote was supposed to be devoid of conscience. A nation with rulers without conscience and governed without it is doomed. And it is clear where Guyana has been heading under the now failed Government-led by the PNC.Dismissing thousands of workers without a thought for their welfare and the social impact is heartless. Hiding US$18 million of the people’s money is devoid of conscience. It is because we have political players who are bullies without conscience that Guyana is stuck in underdevelopment. The sooner we realise bullyism is the blight of our nation and not race, racial divide, or racial voting, only then our development obstacles can be overcome.A look at the behaviour of the bullies shows racism is a major tool. They beat and kill their own race who break rank from them. This explains why Kwame McCoy was so brutally beaten on Election Day 2015. They reward handsomely for other races to join them as tokens to hide their racism and loyalty to their unholy alliance. The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change 2015 accord and the prompt, huge increases granted to themselves bears this out.It might be worth noting the party in Government was born out of bullyism and continues to exist, and gain power by it. Bullyism caused the split from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in the fifties. It ignited the race riots of the sixties. It subjected us to rigged elections for 28 years and sets Guyana’s development back for decades. It forced us to endure the horrors and the difficulties of those dark days. It killed Walter Rodney, Father Darke among others. The bullying continued in violence perpetuated between 1992 and 2015. Bullyism by the PNC showed itself in after-election violence through the years. It gave us the “troubled years” 2001 to 2008, as the President likes to call them. It continued in Parliament between 2011 and 2015 with voting against development projects for the progress of Guyana. It is displayed in blatant disregard for public opinion, the Constitution, as with the no-confidence vote, and laws of the land.Bullyism ensures dysfunction of constitutional commissions and offices. The President’ disregard for established and accepted practice in the appointment of GECOM’s Chairman is a blatant display of bullying. It is also a clear example of how bullies ensure dysfunction so they can have things their way. The claim by Government and its agents within the Guyana Elections Commission that they cannot have elections within the stipulated time is trying to exploit the dysfunction created.We Guyanese are continuously being intellectually bullied to see the PPP/Civic as racist and destroying Guyana when in fact, the PPP/C rebuilt it from the destruction it inherited in 1992. Bullyism wants us to see post 1992 as the worst period in the country instead of pre-1992. Bullyism prevented the holding of Local Government Elections since 1994, then once in power claim it as achievement.Bullies also label the bullied with their crimes. The corrupt and lawless label others with corruption and lawlessness and try to prove it as so. Spent millions on 50 forensic audits to prove the PPP/C did what they are doing. Now the bullies having bullied their way to power seem determined to bully the nation and cling to power beyond what the supreme law of the land allows. The behaviour of the PNC-led coalition shows Guyana’s obstacle to development is not illusive racism, racial divide, or racial voting. It is the blight of bullyism. When Guyanese refuse to allow themselves to be bullied or bought by bullies, when we elect leaders of conscience, focused on serving the nation instead of stealing the good life for themselves. Then the institutions of our State will function as they should and our nation will prosper for the good of everyone.Sincerely,Art Fosterlast_img read more

first_imgHer two day total of 153 comes as a result of an opening day score of 78 shot on Thursday, followed by Friday’s 75, for a total of 11 over par.Holding the 142 position on the leader board, Dreher unfortunately missed the weekend cut, set at the top 70 plus ties.Driving the ball accurately seemed to be an issue for the Fort St. John golfer, as throughout two days of competition she hit 16 out of 38, driving the ball an average of 233 yards.- Advertisement -Approach shots also proved to be a challenge, as she hit just 14 out of 36 greens in regulation.Dreher was consistent with her putter, hitting 29 putts on both Thursday and Friday.However, despite a less than ideal conclusion, playing in her second straight LPGA tournament alongside the world’s top female golfers will provide Dreher with some valuable knowledge and experience moving forward on the tour.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies are sending out an invitation to all Graduating Midget Hockey players interested in trying out for the 2008/2009 Husky season. The season opener is also the home opener and it goes on September 26th against rivals Dawson Creek. The Huskies are looking for some young blood to help take the team to the championships this season.Tryouts Start next Friday and this is what the tryout schedule looks like:Friday September 5th at 8:15pm – 11:15pm- Advertisement -Saturday September 6th at 6:15pm – 10:15pmAdvertisement Sunday September 7th at 2:45pm – 5:30pmRegistrations will take place one hour prior to ice times. There is a registration fee of just 50 dollars payable at registration times. If you have any questions or for more information you can call:Huskies Head Coach – Bob Kalb 263-3477Huskies GM – Vince Pederson 785-0589or Huskies Manager – Bill Snow 785-1285last_img read more

first_imgBaldwin stresses that it’s not about anyone being less equal – it’s about acknowledging and enjoying the differences while moving to hot music. “There’s things that are just as true for the dance as they are in life,” Baldwin says. “The time we live in now, it’s about me, me, me. Where this is like, no – it’s not about you. It’s about your partner.” Talk like that makes me think salsa training should be required of every citizen, much like mandatory military service is in other countries. Chivalry could use a little CPR, and if done right, it’s bound to get ya some good mouth-to-mouth. In his Friday beginners class at Mama Juana’s Latin Lounge in Studio City, Baldwin lines up the men and women, one of them being me, on opposite sides of the floor. After a brief salsa tutorial, he tells the men to grab a partner. There is an awkward moment of motionlessness, as if time zapped a Taser gun. “I don’t want to see this,” Baldwin says as he waves over an invisible woman with a cool-dude gesture. “No! Go ask her! Take the lead.” The music begins, and Baldwin doles out some tips for the women. “First, ladies, give up control. Give us four minutes of the song to lead. Guys, you do those four minutes well, and she’ll give you four more minutes,” he says with a twinkle. Salsa king Baldwin then approached me, having noticed my untrained shoulders’ rogue movement during a basic turn. I was perfectly eager to give him more than four minutes to lead my limbs, but I’d take the few quick spins I got before he was off to tame other feral newbies. The goal of the dance is for two people to move as one. Spicy! Baldwin says once they master it, like with any good couple, it’s no longer about who’s leading and who’s following. It’s about little signals they send to each other in order to keep the dance going. “Don’t just do a step. Bring her along with you,” he says. Without getting some structure to support the sensuality, count on being salsa roadkill. But it’s OK to stumble when you’re learning the right moves. What’s sexier than wanting to improve, on or off the dance floor? It’s tougher for the guys, who have to lead. “Certain things are expected of the man, and if you don’t do it, the dance will collapse. The same with relationships,” Baldwin says. Later that night, the salsa king asked me to dance, putting his feet at risk of being trampled. Once I had the basics down, he gently took my wrist and raised it above my head, then guided my hand to brush over my face and down my neck. “Feel it,” he instructed, with a firmness that I trusted was there only to make me better. He did it again, and smiled when I “felt it” properly. And mmmm … it felt good – I’d like to feel it all day. Salsa ain’t no tap dance. It’s about passionately committing to the moves with your partner, even if you’re nervous about where that might take you. Seems like a good way to dance through life as well. Amy Tenowich is a freelance writer, finishing her master’s degree in journalism at USC. Write to her by e-mail at amytenow@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTSHIP is a boat that has long since sunk. Romance has morphed into “hooking up,” and the playing field is like a crowded dance floor in a dank nightclub. There’s no shortage of dancers who will grind haphazardly on one another, moving from one gyrating body to the next. Without so little investment as eye contact, it’s convenient to dance away mid-song and into the gravitational field of another swiveling pelvis. The dancers don’t even have to be skilled to secure partners, and DWI – dancing while intoxicated – is seen as completely acceptable. Sober up, boys and girls, and get a taste of the salsa dance. Something long lost in male-female relations is revived in only a few steps and twirls. You’ll be saying “caramba” before your hips are even fully unleashed. “The dance addresses our most primitive natural instincts,” says Ken Baldwin, who’s been dancing and teaching salsa for 10 years. “The way this dance works is the man has to think and the woman has to feel. Can you imagine leaving it up to the man to do the feeling? There would be no dance!” last_img read more

first_imgAndriy Yarmolenko has been brutally mocked by his West Ham team-mates following his dreadful miss against Chelsea.The Ukraine international missed a header from point-blank range with ten minutes to go as the Hammers held the Blues to a goalless draw at the London Stadium on Sunday. impact REVEALED Following the game, Yarmolenko’s team-mates stuck a host of square-head posters in the dressing room accompanied by the caption: ‘Yarma?’The former Borussia Dortmund winger shared the a video of the hilarious pictures on Instagram, captioned: “About last game”. MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Noble insisted it wasn’t him ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2center_img In the clip, Yarmolenko blames club captain Mark Noble for the stunt, all the while laughing at the practical joke at his expense.The Hammers forward confronts a smirking Noble and asks, “Why you do this?”, to which the skipper replies: “It wasn’t me.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED BEST OF Yarmolenko shared the posters on Instagram Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies wonlast_img read more

first_imgThe Inspectorate panel deliver their reportA DAMNING Garda Inspectorate report has complained that Donegal does not have a single Garda available to work as a community police officer.Donegal was one of the areas inspected by Chief Inspector Robert K Olson and his team.But the 500-page report, while critical of gardaí here in the county and some of their practices, appears to miss the fact that so many officers have been cut from the force in Donegal. On community policing, the Inspectorate said An Garda Síochána’s mission statement is “working with communities to protect and serve” and places community policing as the bedrock of community interaction.“With the closure of garda stations, the dormitory nature of many rural communities and the change of lifestyle across the nation, it is important to review and adapt how the police work with communities to deliver an effective operational response,” the report says.“Across the seven divisions visited, the Inspectorate found large variations in both the numbers of gardaí assigned to community policing and their role in the investigation of crime.“With the introduction of the new roster in April 2012, many divisions moved members from community policing units to create the required extra regular unit. Donegal, Kildare and Mayo effectively have no full-time community gardaí.” The inspection also found that one fifth of incidents were not recorded by Gardaí within 24 hours of them taking place.Of 1,532 incidents in 2012 – 80.9% were recorded within 24 hours, 5.4% in the period 24 hours to 36 hours, 0.6% from 36 hours to 48 hours and 4.1% from 48 hours to a week.However it took more than a week for 9.1% of these incidents – 139 in total – to be recorded as having taken place.“A crime incident should be recorded immediately and at least before the end of a member’s duty,” says the report.“Some of the crimes shown that were created within 24 hours are still outside of the Garda Directive as the reports were not completed within a tour of duty. “The Inspectorate accepts that the failure to create a PULSE incident does not necessarily mean in all cases that a crime was not investigated. However, the non-recording of crimes affects the accuracy of the data and the ability of a supervisor to check that all actions were correctly completed.”The Inspectorate also visited Milford Garda Station for the report, saying one of the three cells there was out of use.They found the custody area at the station “unsatisfactory”.The report also found that despite the vast are of County Donegal the number of patrol cars per Garda officers was the same as the national average – one car for every ten gardaí. However rank and file Donegal gardaí are already dismissing large parts of the report.“There’s nothing in there several million euro couldn’t fix. It’s the Department of Justice which needs to be spoken to, not gardaí,” said one officer.REVEALED: CUTBACKS MEAN THERE ISN’T A SINGLE COMMUNITY GARDA LEFT IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:500 pagesdonegalGarda Inspectoratereportlast_img read more

first_imgInishowen Senator Padraig MacLochlainn has spoken out against Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision to wear a shamrock poppy, calling it “intentionally disrespectful.”Over 200,000 Irish troops served in the British Army during World War One, although the true amount of people who served remains a mystery as official figures do not take into account Irish people who signed up as British. At least 35,000 Irish citizens perished during The Great War, which lasted between 1914 and 1918.On the week of November 11th each year, the Poppy Appeal aims to commemorate British armed forces. To commemorate the Irish who died during World War One, a shamrock poppy is worn. The symbol of the poppy however, is divisive, according to Senator MacLochlainn, as it serves to contribute to a binary ‘us’ and ‘them’ narrative.Instead of wearing a shamrock poppy, he says there should be a unique symbol specifically for the commemoration of the Irish who died in WW1- which does not include a poppy.In his previous role as Mayor of Buncrana, Senator MacLochlainn attended commemoration ceremonies in France and Belgium for the dead Irish alongside Unionist Mayors from across the border, with peace and reconciliation being at the heart of these trips.Remembering both Unionists and Republicans who died during WW1 serves to unite both communities, but by wearing the poppy, Senator MacLochlainn says, Varadkar creates a schism. “The poppy is a divisive symbol on the island of Ireland. It’s a mistake to conflate the memory of the thousands of soldiers with the poppy,” the Senator told Donegal Daily.“The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is very clear in its message that it is to support the British armed forces who served and continue to serve. However, large amounts of nationalists can’t wear the poppy because of the British army, the same army who were responsible for executing the 1916 leaders, the horrors of the black and tans.“There is unity on this issue of remembrance for both Unionists and Nationalists but to wear a poppy is to divide.“These soldiers went to war in good faith but the poppy is the wrong way to commemorate them. Straight away you’ve alienated a large section of Irish society by wearing a poppy. It’s an offensive symbol.“The remembrance of the Irish who died, both Unionist and Nationalist, is something that can unite us. But Varadkar has undermined this.” “It’s not something the Taoiseach should wear”As the Taoiseach, MacLochlainn says he should be mindful that he represents all people in Ireland – Republican and Unionist.“I don’t have any objections to people who want to wear the poppy – but the Office of the Taoiseach is to represent everyone in society, much like the President, they need to think about what they do. It’s not something the Taoiseach should wear, it was very selfish and it was wrong.”Senator MacLochlainn explains that it is different when individual TDs wear emblems such as Easter Lillies and Repeal jumpers as they do not represent Irish society; whereas the Office of the Taoiseach does.“As the Taoiseach of Ireland he is the co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement – how can he say he is adhering to those conditions when he is wearing a poppy on his chest? “I wear lilies, and Unionists wear poppies, some TDs wear Repeal jumpers, but the Taoiseach of the day is bigger than the person, so they must be careful. The same goes for the President.“I have never seen Varadkar wearing an Easter Lily – and I’d assume he hasn’t worn one so as not to offend.”Towards a common symbolHe reiterates that it is a Unionist’s choice to wear the poppy, much like it is a Republican’s choice to wear a lily.“No Irish Republican will ever wear a poppy, and I wouldn’t expect a Unionist to wear a lily.“I wouldn’t wear one because the poppy is associated with crimes and horror; from the present day right back to hundreds of years ago and the havoc wreaked across the world.“I sought to build peace around this issue. Varadkar’s choice was a mistake. It was intentionally disrespectful. It was disrespectful to those throughout Ireland who see it as representing the same armed forces who killed their loved ones, who oppressed their loved ones.”Senator MacLochlainn says that Derry native James McClean’s refusal to wear the emblem is “admirable” given the history of his home city, despite him playing for a British football team.“I salute James McClean as every year he takes a stand on this and that is deserving of huge admiration. Every year he refuses to wear one, and that takes a lot of courage. He comes from a city where people were killed in the streets by that army.”Instead, Senator MacLochlainn says an alternative solution would be to come up with a new symbol to remember the Irish who died in World War One, a symbol which does not contain a poppy and its connotations.“We could come up with something new to remember the tens of thousands who died during the War – we should come up with a symbol that isn’t divisive.“If he feels he needs to wear a symbol, we should come up with a new one, a different symbol. But that symbol is not the poppy and it never can be.“We can remember and commemorate without offending,” he concluded.Other TDs however, have supported Varadkar’s decision to wear the shamrock poppy.Health Minister Simon Harris told the Irish Times that he supports Varadkar’s decision, saying “I say fair play to Leo for doing it.”Senator slams Taoiseach’s “intentionally disrespectful” poppy was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daildonegalIrelandLEO VARADKARPadraig Mac Lochlainnpoppyshamrock poppylast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest America’s hog, cattle and poultry farmers have been granted a two-year waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation hours-of-service rule for certain drivers.The rule, issued in mid-2013 by DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every eight hours of service. It would have prohibited drivers hauling livestock and poultry from caring for animals during the rest period.The National Pork Producers Council, on behalf of other livestock, poultry and food organizations, in 2013 petitioned the FMCSA for a waiver and exemption from complying with the regulation. The groups this spring asked the FMCSA to renew the waiver and to extend it for the two-year maximum allowable under federal law.In petitioning the agency, the livestock organizations noted that the rule would cause livestock producers and their drivers irreparable harm, place the health and welfare of the livestock in their care at risk and provide no apparent increased benefit to public safety — and likely decrease public safety — while forcing the livestock industry and its drivers to choose between the humane handling of animals or complying with the rule.The groups also pointed out that the livestock and poultry industries have programs — developed and offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture — that educate drivers on transportation safety and animal welfare. The pork industry, for example, has the Transport Quality Assurance program.“This decision will help ensure the continued humane treatment and welfare of livestock while traveling on the nation’s highways,” said Ron Prestage, NPPC president, veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C. “The waiver will ensure that during hot summer months livestock won’t be sitting in the sun for extended periods, with drivers unable to care for them because they’re required to take a 30-minute break.”Official notice of the decision is set to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, and the waiver became effective June 12.“America’s livestock and poultry farmers are pleased that the FMCSA recognized that its rule would not be practicable for drivers who transport hogs, cattle and poultry,” Prestage said. “We’re grateful for FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro’s recognition of the ongoing commitment of America’s pork, livestock and poultry producers to animal welfare and highway safety.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Both houses of Japan’s Parliament have now approved a trade deal with the United States, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.“Now that the final hurdle to a deal with Japan has been cleared, American farmers and ranchers can count on increased market access for their products — from beef and poultry to fruits, vegetables and nuts,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “This is a big win for farmers, and we hope it’s the first of many trade deals to be approved that will open markets and level playing fields for American agricultural exports. We thank the administration for its commitment to negotiating new trade deals and look forward to more progress soon.”last_img read more

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Apple has requested an injuction against the sale of eight Samsung devices. The move follows its patent-infringement victory over Samsung.According to The Verge, Apple is requesting injunctions against sales of eight Samsung devicess (see the court document here). Apple is going after some of Samsung’s most popular 2011 products. Apple’s list includes iterations of the Galaxy S II, which was widely considered to be the best Android smartphone of 2011. The S II came in a variety of flavors as Samsung tweaked the device for U.S. mobile carriers. According to The Verge, the list includes:Galaxy S 4GGalaxy S2 (AT&T)Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket)Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)Galaxy S2 Epic 4GGalaxy S ShowcaseDroid ChargeGalaxy PrevailIn the just-adjourned patent-infringement suit, 25 Samsung devices were found to infringe on one or more of Apple’s patents. Many of those devices are older or generate marginal sales (such as the original Galaxy S, Fascinate and Captivate). But, the S II is a popular phone globally. In June, Samsung said it had sold 28 million S II’s worldwide. (Note: Samsung says sales but it is actually units shipped.) Overall, 50 million Galaxy S and S II units had been sold as of June. See: A Brief History of the Samsung GalaxyApple’s patent suit did not challenge Samsung products launched after the case was filed, models including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and others. Apple’s main target with the injunction is the profitable long tail of Samsung’s mobile-product line. Every Galaxy S II sold is one fewer iPhone sold.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#Android#Apple#mobile The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more