Addressing participants at the opening of Police Force’s Annual Officers’ Conference under the theme, “Security Sector Reform Implementation – Enhancing Capacity Through Training, Infrastructure and Human Resource Management,” President David Granger emphasised his commitment to security sector reform. “Security sector reform is aimed at improving public trust and confidence, developing stronger organisations, boosting the Force’s intelligence, responsive and investigative capabilities and producing a more versatile Police Officer. Security sector reforms, therefore, must be accelerated to strengthen this vital institution in 2019.”Police Commissioner Leslie James in brief remarks reminded the audience that the reforms are based on the report compiled by British expert, Colonel Russell Combe in the resuscitated British funded US$4.7 million Security Sector Reform Programme. Even though the expert, whose contract expires in March, had publicly exhorted the Government not to have his report gather dust on some shelf, it has not been released in over a year when it was delivered, or even laid in Parliament. As such, one has to be concerned about whether a most import reform has been included in the plan, which, the Police Commissioner asserted: “We have engaged with our counterparts in the United Kingdom (UK) and to this end, three main pillars have already begun implementation; that is, training, human resources management and infrastructure.”In invoking the human resource element of the theme when the President said, “The Force’s membership of about 4600 is inadequate and needs to be augmented,” it would appear, he forgot to mention – or deliberately chose not to mention that vital component from a previous plan which he himself had a hand in crafting, and which was constitutionally mandated.This was back in 2003-04 when the Disciplined Forces Commission (DFC), on which he sat, held extensive hearings with a wide cross-section of the Guyanese populace. In discussing “Police reform”, he has referred many times to the DFC Report, which had been laid in Parliament in 2004 but only finally approved in 2010, since of the 164 recommendations, 71 concerned the GPF. But he has studiously avoided, as he did once again, the one that addressed the vexed issue of “ethnic imbalance” which had been brought up even before Guyana received independence from Britain. In 1965, the year he entered the Armed Forces as a 2nd Lieutenant, an ICJ Commission, (invited by the British as a condition for awarding Guyana Independence) suggested a programme of accelerated recruitment of Indians into the Police and Armed Force until their numbers were roughly in proportion to than in the population. Nothing came of that recommendation.During the hearings on constitutional changes in 1999 – precipitated by People’s National Congress (PNC) riots in the streets after 1997 – one of the unanimously adopted constitutional recommendations adopted in 2000 was for the President to establish a Commission to investigate and recommend resolving the ethnic imbalance in the Disciplined Forces. During the aforementioned “troubles” – as since labelled by Grange – intriguingly, it was the Opposition PNC under Robert Corbin that called upon the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government to establish the Disciplined Forces Commission.On the matter of ethnic representativeness, the DFC had declared: “The Commission…is of the view that the allaying of ethnic security fears which stem from the predominance of Afro-Guyanese presence in the GPF must be addressed… but to ensure, in so doing, that no similar insecurity fears are caused in the Afro-Guyanese community.” More specifically, it recommended: “It should be an aim (of the GPF) to achieve a Force representative of the ethnic diversity of the nation without employing a quota system.” To achieve this, ethnically-diverse recruitment teams should be employed as openly and extensively as possible. The report also suggested that a study be conducted on how to address the ethnic make-up imperative.While in Opposition, both the PNC – including the one led by David Granger – and the AFC trenchantly criticised the PPP for burying the DFC Report for seven years in Committee. Why is it they have now buried it and not “allaying ethnic fears”?
Eastern stole home-court advantage with a 90-88 win in Game 1 in Cebu last Friday.And despite a swashbuckling start that saw them lead 18-6 in the first period, the Filipinos couldn’t sustain their performance as Hong Kong hit 16 treys, nine more than Alab.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWhat started as a spectacular season for Alab ended in a devastating loss as a spate of injuries late in their campaign hurt the team’s chances.And just like the previous seasons, no team has yet to win back-to-back titles in the ABL. Alab lost six straight matches to end the season. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas vowed to come up with a stronger stand next season after its Asean Basketball League title-retention bid went up in smoke on Wednesday night in Hong Kong.Alab fell on the wrong end of a quarterfinal sweep to Hong Kong Eastern, which hammered out an emphatic 102-84 victory in Game 2 of their semifinal series at Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ll regroup and we will be back,” Alab owner Charlie Dy told the Inquirer. “We will try to form a stronger team for next season.” View comments MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ceres trims Persija in Bacolod Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Read Next
Dear Editors,Mosa Telford’s article, “A culture of begging” on December 14, 2019, caught my eye.The author, endowed with compassion and self-awareness, while judging Guyanese to be possessed of a culture of begging which fuels a condition of living above our means, tried to reconcile those attitudes with the desperate need to survive. So, which is it? Are Guyanese beggars? Wanton materialists and spendthrifts? Or could we just be poor people who cannot afford the cost of living, hence the need for a supplement since remuneration is inadequate?I agree with the author that the old woman begging on the street is not much different from the rest of us who must seek assistance from friends and relatives. Guyanese are coping with poverty in various ways. Some will justify stealing, some will justify prostitution, some will justify corruption and bribery, some will beg on the streets while some will find the help from the dual citizens overseas to be a great ease.The combination of poverty, inadequate education and poor mental health is a lethal one. Poor mental health and inadequate education usually go hand-in-hand, rendering the weakest the most vulnerable. It has been my experience in Guyana that the Government of Guyana, under any administration, fails to offer any real support to the most vulnerable. We have a tradition of successive Governments misusing the resources of State to enrich themselves and further the interests of their political parties. With the focus of national leadership being self-interest, there is no systematic effort directed at improving the living conditions of the poor and vulnerable. Where is the Government official who had a solution for the homeless man who found himself sleeping on the street with his netting? That Government official does not exist and, herein, lies the giant-sized policy gap that dual-citizens and extended family are filling with their remittances and other forms of support respectively. Some, like Octogenarian Fitzherbert Grimes, pay dearly for our acts of generosity.Where is the politician who would pass an old woman begging and go back and inquire of her circumstances? We are a small country of less than a million. Only a small fraction of our small population is destitute. Support from the Government that can make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable is only a matter of political will. Politicians will not change their approach to governance. Guyanese must, therefore, demand that our politicians put their focus on the wellbeing of our citizens. We deserve to thrive in our homeland, not just barely survive. We need to hear concrete strategies that are to be implemented fairly and transparently for helping the poor and vulnerable because this is the heart of most of our interconnected social problems. The Government of Guyana is still operating as a colonial administration – it is very good at persecuting offenders but we need significant improvements when it comes to preventing offences, supporting families and the needy and breaking the cycle of poverty.Of a certainty, though, is that the culture of ‘remittances and barrels’ reflect the love that Guyanese have for each other and the strength of the Guyanese family units. A barrel usually consists of 100% love. All the Guyanese dual citizens, year after year, who are supporting Guyanese at home, are closer to a true reflection of who we are as people. All of us locally, those of us who stop and lend a hand, offer a dollar to family and friends and beggars, pay our zakat, and offer food and a little shelter to the homeless – we are the true heroes of this land. It will be a great day in this land when the politicians can come into alignment with the true generous Spirit of our nation.When we look upon the shopping that’s going on at this Christmas time, perhaps we can also see the extra bit of love that family overseas send via MoneyGram and Western Union, the Christmas gift, to put a smile on the faces of their loved ones. What else matters in life? Sincerely,Sandra Khan
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 781-1111. The Winnetka Chamber of Commerce meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Canoga Park Bowl, Canoga Park. Call (818) 348-6908. The Toluca Lake Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at Paty’s Restaurant, 10001 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake. TUESDAY The YMCA’s Coed Service Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at various restaurants. For more information, call (818) 841-0387. CONTINUING EVENTS TODAY The Stargazer Oriental Restaurant & Bar will host a business networking mixer at 5 p.m. at 6501 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. Call (818) 704-6633. Temple City Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Live Oak Park, 10144 Bogue St., Temple City. Call (626) 444-1482. California Entrepreneur Women meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-4226. The Mayor’s Office of International Trade offers free international-trade assistance the second Tuesday of each month at the Valley Economic Alliance, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Business Works Networking Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Carol’s Restaurant, Northridge. Call (805) 497-0092. To Network meets at 7 a.m. each Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 377-0853. The Greater San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Women meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call (818) 789-5414. The Kiwanis Club of Tarzana will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Paul’s Cafe, 18588 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-1020. Business Network International, Lunch Bunch Chapter, will meet at noon at Carousel Restaurant, 150 E. Angeleno St., Burbank. Call (818) 519-1717, Ext. 220. The Professional Business Network of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:05 a.m. at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 585-0632 or log on to www.leads4business.com. The Network Advantage of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 702-9687. The Harbor chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura. For more information, call (805) 647-3600. The Optimist Club in Action meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Big Jim’s Restaurant, 8950 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley. Call (818) 785-2877. The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Satellite Chapter, meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Chaminade College Preparatory, 10210 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 704-0763. BizNet Online magazine will host a networking breakfast from 8 to 9:30 at Denny’s Restaurant, 9001 Tampa Ave., Northridge. Call (818) 892-7883, Ext. 6, or visit the Web site at www.biznetonline.com. Burbank Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at the Carousel Restaurant Holiday Inn, 105 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. The Business Referral Group of Tarzana will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 881-4900. The Computer Users Group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call Mariam Radcliffe at (818) 249-1629 or visit the Web site at www.tugnet.org. Empowerment Systems workshop: “Helping Achievers Succeed.” Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Crescenta Valley Chapter of Ali Lassen’s Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Decadence Espresso Bar, 3820 Ocean View Blvd., Montrose. Call (800) 767-7337. LeTip of Calabasas will meet at 7 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call Glenn Neely at (800) 617-5626, Ext. 210. LeTip of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Dr. John at (661) 222-9021. Motivated Toastmasters will meet from 6:50 to 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 5525 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (310) 979-5777. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Senior Services Business Council will meet at noon at Tango D’amore Restaurant on Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call (818) 349-5676. Pre-Paid Legal Services meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, 100 Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 781-1111. Power Partners of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 298-5330. Premier Business Xchange will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 832-1463. Rising Star Toastmasters meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Frank’s Restaurant, 6005 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. (818) 982-9999. The Thousand Oaks Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 371-0188. The Warner Center Rotary Club will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn, 2101 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-1440 or (818) 737-1347. The Zonta Club of Conejo Valley meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. Call Sandra Cherry at (800) 266-2077. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts an economic and business development meeting, 8 a.m. the second Tuesday of even-number months at the Economic Alliance Conference Room, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a livable and sustainable communities meeting, 8 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Economic Alliance BFG Boardroom, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a business and education partnership meeting, 8:30 a.m. at L.A. Valley College, Fireside Room, 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 379-7000. Quality Business Network meets 7 a.m. each Tuesday at Marie Callender’s, corner of Madera Road and Cochran Street in Simi Valley. Call (805) 583-3073. WEDNESDAY Business Network International of Northridge will meet at 7 a.m. at Porter Valley Country Club, Rinaldi at Tampa. Call Marty Laff at (818) 886-4670. The Greater Los Angeles Professionals chapter of Experience Unlimited meets at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the WorkSource Center, 21010 Vanowen St., Canoga Park. Call (818) 596-4432. The Calabasas Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Weiler’s Delicatessen, 22323 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call Patti at (818) 346-1099. The Valley International Trade Association hosts a business networking breakfast seminar the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. LeTip of Encino will meet at 7 a.m. at the Encino Glen Restaurant, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-0011. The San Fernando Valley Council of Beta Sigma Phi, International Woman’s Cultural, Social and Philanthropic Organizations meets at 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at 16916 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 508-4705. Kiwanis International, the Burbank Noon Club, will meet at noon at the YMCA in Burbank. Call (818) 954-9294. The Rotary Club of Mid San Fernando Valley meets each Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at Coco’s Family Restaurant, 16835 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (661) 294-7030. The Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 371-0122. The Conejo Valley Optimist Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 375-6975. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 781-1111. The Rotary Club of Van Nuys will meet at noon at the 94th Aero Squadron, 16320 Raymer St., Van Nuys. Call (818) 988-0180. Executive Toastmasters Club 412 meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Acapulco, 385 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. The Pacemasters Toastmasters club will meet at 11:45 a.m. at St. Jude Medical, 15900 Valley View Court, Sylmar. Call (818) 493-3203 or log on to www.pacesetter.com/toastmasters.htm. The Mid-Valley Chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Bakers Square, 17921 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 667-8967. The Northridge Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. Call (800) 767-7337. Business Network International, the Power Professionals Chapter, will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Paradise Cafe, 4224 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. Burbank Toastmasters meets at 6:45 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at First Christian Church, 221 S. Sixth St., Burbank. Call Michael Devine at (818) 242-4458. The Business Exchange Group will meet from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. Call (818) 377-5851. The Conejo Valley Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call Julie Paris at (818) 707-3770. Crescenta Valley Business Network International will meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. at the La Ca ada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Ca ada Flintridge. Call (818) 954-9294. The Executives Association of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Warner Center Marriott. Call (818) 703-6161. Jewel City Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. in the Red Cross Building, 1501 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call Linda Cota-Kumagai at (818) 771-7180. The Joseph P. Rinnert Toastmasters Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at India’s Tandoori Restaurant, 11819 Wilshire Blvd., No. 206, West Los Angeles. Call (213) 384-9727. The Mid-Valley Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast meeting is held at 7:15 a.m. the last Wednesday of each month except December at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 989-0300. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Special Events Networking Cluster will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the chamber office, 9401 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. Pacific Coast Business Networking of Simi Valley meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday at Denny’s, 2460 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 306-6410. The National Association of Women Business Owners meets the second Wednesday of each month at Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 16608 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 901-7900. The San Fernando Valley (UCLA) Bruins Business Networking Group meets at 7:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Open to all UCLA alumni. Call Larry Davis at (818) 366-2470. The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills meets at noon each Wednesday at Woodland Hills County Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Visitors welcome. Call (818) 702-0083. The Toluca Lake Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mo’s Restaurant, 4301 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Call Jon Molin at (818) 763-5162, Ext. 134. The Women’s Enrichment Circle meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1275 Bluesail Circle, Westlake Village. Call (818) 222-0160. The Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Calabasas Library, 23975 Park Sorrento, Calabasas. Call (818) 707-2137. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a work force and education investment meeting, 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each quarter at L.A. Valley College, Cafeteria Conference Room, 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a regional branding and marketing meeting, 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Economic Alliance BFG Board Room, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. THURSDAY The Agoura, Oak Park, Conejo Valley Chambers of Commerce Networking Group will meet at noon at Padri Ristorante, 29008 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 889-3150. The Santa Clarita Valley’s Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Coco’s at The Old Road and Pico Canyon. Call (661) 291-1824. The Tarzana Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call Michael at (818) 784-0922. The Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute will offer employment preparation seminars at 2:30 p.m. at 15130 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (800) 998-2678. The Business Breakfast Network will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Greenhouse Cafe. For more information, call (805) 370-0035. Ike Krieger’s Success Roundtable, a sales- and marketing-related networking and coaching meeting, will meet at 4 p.m. at 7949 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 997-7575. The Business Networking Group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call (818) 333-1811. Adventurers Toastmasters meets from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at Jerry’s Deli, 16650 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call Dick Hogue at (818) 366-9686. The West Valley Chapter of Financial Planning Association meets at 7:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at Encino Glen, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 344-0288. The Businesswomen Learning Golf & Networking meets at 9 a.m. each Thursday at Studio City Golf Course. Call (310) 990-0179. The Glendale Civic Center Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at “The Way to Happiness” Building, 201 E. Broadway, Glendale. Call (310) 466-2232. The Newbury Park Rotary Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 498-2357. The National Association of Women Business Owners meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Call (805) 445-7121. LA Business Link will meet at 8:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Northridge. Call (818) 701-7789. The Valley Influence Professionals (VIP) meets for business networking at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday at Coco’s Restaurant, 22200 Ventura Blvd., Canoga Park. Call (800) 774-8088. The Business Network International, Encino Chapter, will meet at 7 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 954-9294. The Gold Coast Chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard. For more information, call (805) 485-5331. Burnt Toastmasters meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana. Call (323) 653-0500, Ext. 102. The Valley Computer Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at 521 E. Olive St., Burbank. Call (818) 846-4012. Referrals Unlimited Networking Group will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 492-9923. Business Referral Network Inc., Northridge Chapter, will meet from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 19710 Nordhoff Place, Chatsworth. Call Larry Davis at (818) 366-2470. Conejo Business Boomers will meet for breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call Steve Freeman at (805) 495-4211. Cosmopolitan Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. at the International House of Pancakes Restaurant, 6429 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call Brett Yollis at (818) 705-6913. Distinguished Singles Toastmasters meets at 7:15 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Empowerment Systems Network. Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Inside Track will meet for breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 at Coco’s, 21844 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call Sue Silver at (818) 591-3131. The Kiwanis Club of Northridge will meet at noon at the CSUN University Club, Dearborn Street and Zelzah Avenue, Northridge. Call (818) 377-4566. The Kiwanis Club of Van Nuys will meet at noon at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Call Robert Sentenac at (818) 988-2671. LeTip of Northridge will meet at 7 a.m. at the Porter Valley Ranch Country Club. Call Manny Solana at (877) 444-4503. The Lunch Bunch of the Westlake Village Chamber of Commerce holds business networking luncheons the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Marie Callender’s, 3635 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. Call (818) 991-3101. Studio City Business Network International meets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, Paradise Cafe, 4224 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Call Dr. Pohl at (323) 436-0303. Toastmasters International Salesmastery Club No. 6178 will meet from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room, Sherman Oaks Galleria. For information, call (818) 908-9915. Westlake Agoura Thousand Oaks LeTip business networking group meets at 7:01 a.m. each Thursday at The Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, I, Westlake Village. Call Mark A. Lester at (805) 341-7668 for reservation. Warner Center Toastmasters meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills. Call Carolyn at (818) 996-7483. Dynamic Networking Alliance meets 7 a.m. each Thursday at Coco’s Restaurant, The Old Road and Pico Canyon in Santa Clarita. Call (661) 291-1824. The Sherman Oaks LeTip Networking group meets at 7 a.m. each Thursday at Marie Callender’s, 14743 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 908-0057. FRIDAY The Sunrise Rotary Club of Westlake Village meets at 7:30 a.m. each Friday at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 494-9033. The Kiwanis Club of Glendale will meet at noon at the Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 248-7796. The Valley Success Builders Networking Group will meet at 7 a.m. at Food Sensations, 19535 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 407-9200. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Home Improvement Breakfast Networking Cluster will meet at 7 at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. North Valley Business International meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Abe’s Deli, 19626 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call Mark Smith at (818) 709-2019. WINGS, a business networking group, meets at 7:15 a.m. each other Friday at Weiler’s Deli, 22325 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call Paula Jurgenson at (818) 341-5401. SATURDAY Glendale Loquations Toastmasters meets at 9:30 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca ada Flintridge. Call (323) 550-1997. – Compiled by Kim Armendariz Note: Some events may require reservations or fees. The Daily News welcomes items for Business Agenda. All items should be received at least two weeks before event. Send to Business Agenda, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CULTURE: On the IssuesThis election cycle has been… taxing… to say the least. Regardless of what side you take, laughter tends to be the best medicine. This week, Playboy has gotten a lot of attention for compiling a chart summarizing the major parties’ views. (Don’t worry, this is not NSFW spam). If you can take a joke OR if you want to say that ‘you read Playboy for the articles’, check it out here. Some of these solutions are BIG. Others might provoke a just-a-little-too-lout-for-the-office laugh. Either way, here are a few useful links and tid-bits. What have you been reading lately? CAREER: 10 Tips to Improve Your Public SpeakingThere are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.– Mark TwainPublic speaking isn’t a matter of ‘if’. It’s a matter of ‘when’. Everyone has to give opening remarks, answer a question, or engage in some type of presentation. When that time comes, don’t you want to do your best? Some improvements take hours of practice. But others can be as simple as changing your perspective. AFF Member Seneca Gates offers some easy ways to overcome common fears here. IDEAS: 7 great quotes from Friedrich HayekThis past Sunday was F.A. Hayek’s birthday! Outside of the movement, some may know him for his rhymes and disses. However, free market advocates know there’s much more to him than that. The Pretence of Knowledge, The Fatal Conceit, and The Road to Serfdom have all had a major impact on fiscal conservatives. Do you prefer the Sparknotes version? American Enterprise Institute has listed some of the best quotes here. OPPORTUNITY: Get a 40K Job at a Startup, No Degree Required “If you want to get involved in startups, move to Silicon Valley! If you want a high paying job, you have to at least get an bachelors degree!”Right?!Well, not really.Austin, Atlanta, Charleston, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, and of course California all have burgeoning startup scenes. You also don’t need to end up in debt earning a degree you don’t really need. If you want something different, Praxis offers an innovative and immersive educational program. You can work directly with entrepreneurs and put the ideas you’re passionate about into practice. Want to learn more? Check out Praxis’ business partners and other info here.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Traditional databases, even when they’re called “relational databases,” tend not handle relationships very well, and the traditional way of processing data – particularly large-scale datasets – can actually mean that some of the relationships between objects are lost or obscured. Several years ago, Google began encountering these sorts of problems with relational data, particularly as this graph data didn’t really fit into its Map Reduce system for big data processing. So Google developed a product called Pregel, which solved the relational data problem and allowed it to be processed on a massive scale.While Pregel remains an in-house technology for Google, the data startup Ravel is releasing its Pregel-like, large-scale graph processing technology today. GoldenOrb, which Ravel is also open sourcing (GitHub link), will solve some of the same types of problems as Pregel, but can be applied to many other areas beyond network analysis and social graph analysis, such as epidemiology and mathematics.But most importantly, says Zach Richardson, the lead architect of the GoldenOrb project and the CTO of Ravel, it makes the programming that developers have to do far simpler. Rather than worrying about how they can get it to run about thousands of machines, “they can just focus on the algorithm for solving their particular problem.” According to Richardson, this means that large scale data problems are now solvable even by startups.Richardson says that Ravel opted to open source the technology so that others could work on writing algorithms and solve various problems that, in turn, Ravel hopes to be able to learn from as well. The company has no immediate plans to offer commercial support around GoldenOrb. Tags:#Data Services#web audrey watters
The 2019 tax filing season has begun. The IRS issued IR-2019-7 giving taxpayers information on the filing season. In addition, the IRS has started accepting and processing 2018 federal individual income tax returns.The deadline to submit 2018 tax returns and pay any taxes due is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers.However, taxpayers living in Maine and Massachusetts will have until April 17 to file. This is because of the Patriots’ Day holiday on April 15, and the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16.Tax Filing Season for 2019Despite the changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Service was able to open this year’s tax-filing season one day earlier than the 2018 tax-filing season. The IRS expects 90% of the returns to be filed electronically. Efiling and direct deposit remain the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and receive a refund.Taxpayers should check “Where’s My Refund?” after filing a return for updates on their refund’s status. Moreover, before calling the IRS for help, taxpayers should consult two online resources:Publication 5307, Tax Reform: Basics for Individuals and Families, andPublication 5318; Tax Reform What’s New for Your Business.Qualified taxpayers who still need assistance may visit one of the 12,000 community-based tax help sites that participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.Delayed RefundsLike last year, the Service expects refunds to be available by direct deposit as of February 27, 2019 , if the refunds are associated with:the Earned Income Tax Credit, orthe Additional Child Tax Credit.Expired TINsMany Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) expired on December 31, 2018. The expired ITINs include any ITIN:not used on a tax return at least once in the past three years, andITIN with middle digits of 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 and 82An example of an expired ITIN is 9NN-73-NNNN.ITINs with middle digits 70, 71, 72 or 80 expired on December 31, 2017, but taxpayers can still renew them.Affected taxpayers should act soon to avoid refund delays and possible loss of eligibility for some key tax benefits.Signing Electronic Tax ReturnsFinally, taxpayers can learn more about how to verify their identity and electronically sign tax returns at Validating Your Electronically Filed Tax Return.IR-2019-7Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
(AP) Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson has won the race to lead Britain’s governing Conservative Party, and will become the country’s next prime minister.He defeated his rival Jeremy Hunt overwhelmingly in a vote of Conservative Party members.He will be installed as prime minister in a formal handover from Theresa May on Wednesday.The victory is a triumph for the 55-year-old Johnson, an ambitious but erratic politician whose political career has veered between periods in high office and spells on the sidelines.Johnson has vowed that Britain will quit the European Union, “come what may,” on the scheduled Brexit departure date of Oct. 31 even if it means leaving without a divorce dealBut he faces a rocky ride from a Parliament determined to prevent him from taking the U.K. out of the bloc without a withdrawal agreement.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an oil problem. And it’s set to worsen with Saudi Arabia rooting for the commodity to push through the $80 barrier.Modi’s government made the most of cheap oil by substituting any fall in prices with taxes that kept retail fuel rates unchanged for consumers and boosted the federal revenue. Now, pressure is mounting to forego some of that windfall as pump prices of gasoline and diesel hit records, likely marring the ruling party’s prospects at the national ballot in 2019.“There is a strong case for the central government to take another excise duty cut, and ask state governments to reduce value added tax,” Anil Sharma and Ravi Adukia, analysts at Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities India Pvt. wrote in a note Tuesday.Fuel prices have started to pinch as Brent, the benchmark for more than half of the world’s oil, hit $80 a barrel last week. It’s still short of its all-time high of $147.50. But cutting local taxes, which account for more than half of the retail gasoline and diesel prices, would stretch government finances at a time when the subsidy burden on kerosene and cooking gas is climbing.Assuming an average oil price of $70, the fiscal 2019 subsidy would total about 355 billion rupees, or 105 billion rupees higher than budgeted, according to Kotak Institutional Equities. Meanwhile, Moody’s Investors Service estimates that fuel subsidies could total 340-530 billion rupees in fiscal 2019, the highest since fiscal 2015, if Brent crude oil prices average $60-$80 per barrel.While Saudi Arabia has avoided pinpointing an exact price target for oil, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with development that it is aiming for $80 to support the valuation of Saudi Aramco before an initial public offering.Still, the political implications of cushioning the blow for motorists may be more compelling. State refiners that control more than 90 percent of the retail market, didn’t raise gasoline and diesel prices for nearly three weeks ahead of the elections in the southern Karnataka state. Elections for at least four more state assemblies are scheduled later this year.For the Congress party, which trumped Modi’s BJP to form a coalition government in Karnataka, this is a political opportunity and the party is holding protests against rising fuel prices in the national capital and in Mumbai.The federal government is said to be mulling a windfall-gains tax on oil producers like Oil and Natural Gas Corp. as a permanent solution for moderating retail fuel prices, the Press Trust of India reported Thursday, citing people familiar. Revenues from the tax may be used to compensate fuel retailers so that they absorb some rise in prices.Holding prices even for days weighs on the finances of the state refiners Indian Oil Corp., Bharat Petroleum Corp. and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. They end up absorbing the losses since fuel prices have technically been deregulated and the government does not provide any subsidy. Not surprisingly, their shares have been among the worst performers on the NSE Nifty 50 Index this year.With assistance from Bloomberg’s Debjit Chakraborty and Tuhin Kar.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Items
You heard right – there’s no catch! Sugarless gulab jamuns, pista barfi and kalakand too! These impossibilities have been made into realities by an enterprising businessman. You probably don’t know a banker who’s also a mithaiwala, so let’s introduce you to one! Sandeep Khosla of New York is a successful mortgage banker who’s also raking in the bucks with his invention – sugarless mithai. He laughs, “Imagine that! An MBA from NYU making mithai!” The name of his company is Meethaeee and he says, “My mithai is special. It’s for those people who have not tasted mithai for years and are not allowed to have sweets. It’s for diabetics, even for kids who are diabetic.”Meethaee came into existence by fluke, when Khosla asked a halwai to make sugar-free mithai for a diabetic friend. It was a fiasco at first, tasting very bitter. Khosla persisted, experimenting with one percent milk, Splenda and Sweet and Low, using different consistencies and temperatures. Now he says if you keep two gulab jamuns together – one regular and the other sugar-free – you are not going to be able to tell the difference. He says, “There’s no aftertaste.” He has patented the procedure here and in the United Kingdom, and has been selling the sweets to restaurants, individuals, temples and gurudwaras. For a Durga Puja celebration, he provided 150 pounds of mithai for 800 people. The average retail is $12 per pound. At a recent dinner event, Khosla saw an elderly, diabetic man tucking into a plate full of the sugar free barfi and gulab jamun before dinner. The blissful gent said, “I don’t want to eat dinner – I eat dinner everyday! I’m just going to eat sweets!” Sounded sweet to Khosla. Related Items