Go Green!

first_imgSatiricus was concerned. He was concerned about the health of our planet since all those developed countries kept pouring putrid pollution into its atmosphere which is its lungs. He was therefore pleased as punch when Pressie donated another million or so acres of our forest towards cleaning Mother Earth’s lungs.But he was more pleased with the Georgetown Municipal Elections. Not at the cleanup that preceded it – but with the results that maintained the tradition of a “Green Mayor” at the top. As a man in the newspaper business, Satiricus was keenly aware of the importance of symbolism and was perturbed no one paid any heed to this crucial detail.“Cappo, my friend,” intoned Satiricus to his friend with whom he was quaffing some beers at the Back Street Bar, “it is God’s work that we have another “Green” as Mayor.”“Wha’ mek yuh she suh?” asked Cappo idly. He was used to Satiricus’ utterances issued out of the blue.“To make sure our Garden City returns to its green glory,” said Satiricus sanctimoniously. “And our Green Mayor and Green Georgetown can both be symbols of our Green economy,”“Yes, maan. Me see how de Green Mayah ah bring in Green Parkin’ Meetah fuh put all ova de towng,” said Cappo with a smirk. “De towng guh look prappa nice an’ green!”“I never thought of it like that,” confessed Satiricus. “I was just looking at the Parking Meters to bring in money to keep the city green.”“Dat too!” laughed Cappo. “De ‘Merican money de Mayah collect green, yuh know! Me cousin in New Yark she dem a call dem money “green backs”!”Satiricus looked closely at Cappo. He suspected sometimes Cappo was pulling his leg. “It’s the City that will collect 20% of the greenbacks,” he finally said.“OK…OK…Me ‘gree dat de Green Mayah serious ‘bout dis Green Economy bizness,” said Cappo as he took a long swig of beer. “Really?” asked Satiricus with a pleased smile.“Yes, Sato,” confessed Cappo with a twinkle in his eye. “Yuh na see how she mek de Deputy DumbCan ride wan bicycle? He nah pollute de air now!!”“But he adds to global warming when he carries on all the time criticising the Green Mayor!” agreed Satiricus as he clinked his beer bottle with Cappo’s.“Leh abee drink to dat!” Cappo said with a laugh.last_img read more

Two years later: The PNC-led coalition is in dire straits

first_imgMy position in writing a weekly column is not to defend this regime; that is the role of the tabloids and the state-run media.I believe, however, in the engagement of constructive criticism with the intention of moving Guyana forward. In this regard, I criticize this regime for not listening attentively to what the average person is saying about its unscuttled and dismal performance since it slipped into power two years ago with a razor-thin majority.I advise that there should be no slow march to the aforesaid concern, but there should be swift and immediate action.I am not alone in this observation. Large sections of Guyana’s population, including the extremists and propagandists who have helped to put the regime in power, are unhappy with the current sad state of affairs, and are concerned about their future. They hear continuous unfulfilled promises and schmoozing. They recognize concealed schisms within the coalition. They see and feel a steady decline in agriculture, in trade and in commerce. They see markets for rice and logs have dried up, while taxes have increased. They are waiting to vote the regime out of power in 2020. But they are nervously concerned about rigging of the election, another beast of burden creeping furtively on the Guyanese psyche. They have become emotionally bankrupted.Last year, in this same space, I analyzed the regime’s first year in office and said this: “I believe the 100 days manifesto from the current regime is the wickedest propaganda pamphlet dished out to Guyanese in the history of Guyana. No other government in Guyana and the English-speaking Caribbean has ever lied so blatantly and flippantly to the people in the first year in power than the current coalition regime. If the coalition can meet 15 per cent of what is written in the manifesto in 1000, not 100 days, I would be floored”. My position has not changed. Actually, and like so many others, I am still waiting for the promised “good life” to happen; with the hope that politicians rinse themselves from, and rise above, this national embarrassment and mental embezzlement; come clean, and deliver.There is a growing consensus among households — and even to distant observers — that the current regime is incompetent, self-centred, intellectually lazy, visionless, corrupt, and party paramountcy-influenced. This is not the time to laugh and giggle, but to think seriously about what image this regime skirts to the public. Have you ever listened to the President’s weekly “Press” meeting, The Public Interest? Apart from the President appearing and operating on calm, cool and collective ethos, you would think — after listening to the press meeting — that Guyana is the greatest country in the region. The reporters are mainly from the coalition supporters, and they have scripted questions.The peddled thought that this regime is doing well is a misrepresentation, because its actions, on close scrutiny, reveal that it continues to under-perform. There has not been any meaningful investment other than the reliance on oil finds; and according to public information, details on what, when and who would benefit from oil revenues are still shrouded in secrecy. Apart from occasional splashy public announcements, the regime has not offered any concrete plan and program to instill confidence in the Guyanese people on how oil revenues would make Guyana a better country.Sound political interventions, coupled with will and capacity that are so needed to transform society, are seriously missing. What is noticeable instead is corruption, which has become a daily staple in the news.One does not have to be politically or psychologically savvy to understand why this regime and country is trapped in a cesspool of problems. I do not have the time to single out the sociopaths within this regime, but declare that a majority of the current leaders in Government were moulded under one of the most notorious dictatorships in the Caribbean. Their so-called larger-than-life political personality, according to some, was nourished and nurtured during the period when Guyana sure felt like Hell on Earth. Even those in the then opposition — now undisputed heroes within the coalition regime — have displayed sociopathic logical behaviours, having once so much hate for the PNC (my generation was caught in this) to now displaying unswerving love for the PNC. Obviously, any normal individual would prefer love over loathe, but when these politically-led individuals show that vital missing seventh sense – conscience — then we are naturally and nationally concerned what their next move would be. We have already seen a lack of conscience towards agriculture, taxes, and so on. How to transform guiltless, non-violent political behaviour is beyond the scope of this column, but the high incidences of sociopathy from the regime are simply unbearable. I would say more than 50 percent of the Guyanese public is clinically traumatized by the regime’s tyrannical policies.Arguably, the current crop of politicians is guided not by the duties of leadership, but by the rights of leadership, in which political office is used for personal gain. Examples of such rights to leadership are ubiquitous: massive increase of salary; awarding of Government scholarships, and so forth.What is most troubling is that, after two years in office, the regime is in dire straits, struggling to meet promises and goals in regard to growth and development for the next three years. I expect in the next year more political episodes that will march us towards more decadence, more despair and more disappointment. The regime’s game plan now is to embarrass, malign, discredit and silence the opposition through witch-hunting and punitive machinations, while distracting the Guyanese public from its internal squabbling, hypochondriac reactions and ineptitude to deliver. Moreover, I do not dismiss the regime’s secret plan on how to rig the 2020 election. I do hope I am wrong.(lomarsh.roopnarine@jsums.edu).last_img read more

Manslaughter trial in connection with death of Fort St. John man to begin today

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The trial of a Fort St. John man accused of manslaughter in connection with the death of another man from Fort St. John is set to begin today.28 year-old Cody Kenneth McDonnell faces at least one count of manslaughter after allegedly assaulting 29 year-old Fort St. John resident Travis Waite. McDonell is alleged to have dealt a fatal blow to Waite following what police say was a “heated discussion” outside of a Fort St. John residence on May 18, 2015.The RCMP say that emergency responders were called to the home that evening, where they found Waite and rushed him to the Fort St. John hospital with severe head injuries.Officials at the hospital contacted police due to the extent of the injuries, who had arrested McDonell for his alleged role in the assault shortly thereafter.- Advertisement -Waite was flown to a Hospital in Vancouver for treatment, but never awoke from a coma and passed away on May 30th.Manslaughter charges were approved against McDonnell on June 15th, who pleaded not guilty to the charges in a pretrial hearing on November 18th, 2015.McDonnell’s trial is set to begin in Fort St. John Provincial Court at 9:30 this morning.Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery offers no guarantees to Mesut Ozil amid Real Madrid rumours

first_imgUnai Emery says Mesut Ozil could still have a future at Arsenal, but refuses to offer any guarantees the playmaker will return to the starting line-up.Ozil has struggled for game time since Emery was appointed manager in the summer, and has appeared for just 20 minutes in total since the middle of November. 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “I am not thinking about this situation,” he said when asked if the former Germany international could leave when the transfer window opens.“He has scored three goals, he give us assists. Some matches we need different things tactically and individually. It’s not only for him.“For me the player’s salary is not important for me, I don’t know the player’s salary because for me they are the same.“Every player, I want to give them the same conversation or the same decision for play or not play.“The most important thing for me is the commitment and they are every player with the commitment. And then when I decide they are not to play because of a tactical decision, it’s with him and another.“If you are asking this is different because one is with more salary and the other is less salary, for me it’s the same.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED BEST OF He was snubbed earlier this week for their Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham, failing to even earn a place among the substitutes, with Emery confirming it was a ‘tactical decision’.Reports suggest that he could leave the club on a temporary basis when the transfer window opens next month, with reports of a potential swap deal involving Real Madrid’s Isco.Emery insists he is not planning to lose Ozil, however he warned the World Cup winner that his status as Arsenal’s highest-paid player does guarantee he will return to the team. ADVICE Arsenal manager Unai Emery 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY Ozil was recently made captain by Emery but performed so badly he was subbed off no dice REVEALED huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Emery managed big-name players on lucrative contracts during his time at Paris St Germain, where the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.While dropping Ozil has led to a lot of interest in the relationship between player and manager, Emery insists he is only concerned with what is best for his Arsenal side and not what others think as the Spaniard revealed Ozil is back in the squad for Saturday’s visit of Burnley.“I don’t think how they are going to think outside (the club),” he added.“I can explain here clearly my decision why. For example, for tomorrow every player is okay in the squad, for trusting in them to work the match tomorrow.“My focus, my plan with them is to do the best match. If Mesut is in the first XI, the same. Trust in him help us with his quality.“Mesut is OK (to face Burnley) I trust in him, I trust in our team, our players. We are going to play. Our game plan tactically, individually the best performance individual and to continue pushing with the players, giving them confidence, to take responsibility, rhythm.”last_img read more

England Women suffer last-gasp defeat in front of record-breaking crowd

first_img Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son England Women had their party spoiled by rivals Germany with a 2-1 defeat in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley.An attendance of 77,768 was recorded, smashing the previous best for a home fixture involving the Lionesses. White played Mead through and she just managed to beat Merle Frohms to the ball, which left referee Stephanie Frappart with no option but to point to the spot.The yellow card shown to the Germany number one was roundly booed and then expected cheers turned to gasps when Parris had her penalty saved.It was a poor spot-kick, right down the middle, but brilliantly stopped by the legs of Frohms and ensured the Lyon forward’s problems from 12 yards continued.England were beginning to hit their straps and a minute before half-time levelled.Keira Walsh produced a wonderful cross into the area and White made a classic run to beat the offside flag and poke home before Wembley witnessed the goggles celebration for the first time. It was a great occasion for women’s football in England but the Lionesses couldn’t get the win they craved Opposition head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg would have been happy, with Germany dominating the opening 20 in the capital.England’s newest supporters were limited to cheering brief attacks, but the decibel levels inside the ground went through the roof every time the hosts entered the opposition half.While Germany’s head coach was all smiles, Neville was furious – especially in the 19th minute when Jill Scott had to make a crucial block from a corner.Slowly but surely the Lionesses eased their way into the occasion, with Beth Mead a constant nuisance for the visitors, who were wearing red and black.An injury to the Arsenal attacker, after a horror challenge by Sara Doorsoun, just before the half-hour mark almost halted England’s momentum, but she was fine to continue and in the 35th minute won a spot-kick. 5 5 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship The defeat may only be a friendly, but England’s form is a concern Getty Images – Getty 5 The Germans silenced the Wembley crowd early on statement Getty Images – Getty The goggles celebration has become something of a trademark for White rookie error Getty Images – Getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff update Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti center_img stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS It was a timely boost for Neville and gave the Lionesses something to build on in the second period, but the offside flag saved them in 61st minute as Lina Magull tapped in after Mary Earps had denied Buhl.A raft of substitutions were made by both teams not long after, with White leaving to a rousing reception and 19-year-old Lauren Hemp coming on for only her second cap.The two sides were both pushing for a winner and unfortunately for England it was Germany who grabbed the decisive second a minute from time.Captain Steph Houghton had made two key interventions moments earlier, but was unable to get across to block Buhl’s low shot which nestled into the bottom corner.It was tough to take for the Lionesses and a disappointing end to a fantastic occasion, but that is now five defeats in seven games for Neville’s side. 5 Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 5 appointed latest Getty Images – Getty targets Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future on target However, the total fell marginally short of the best ever crowd for a women’s match at Wembley, with 80,023 spectators gathering at Wembley for the Olympic final in 2012 between the USA and Japan.When Alexandra Popp put the Germans ahead after three minutes, it looked like it could be a long night for Phil Neville’s team, but they bounced back.Nikita Parris’ missed penalty was initially costly before Ellen White produced a trademark finish, although Klara Buhl’s late goal handed the visitors a 21st win over their rivals from 26 meetings.A sea of England flags and a huge amount of noise greeted both teams onto the pitch at a wet and cold Wembley. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta The game could have been different had Parris stuck away this penalty It did little to dampen the spirits of those in attendance, with many making the trip to the national stadium for the first time and creating a special and vibrant atmosphere.The previous meeting between the teams under the arch in 2014 saw a frantic start with Jordan Nobbs hitting the crossbar after eight seconds and it was a case of deja vu this time.Germany were on the front foot from the off and in the third minute silenced an excitable crowd when captain Popp opened the scoring.A fine move down the right saw Kathrin Hendrich pick out the forward and she headed home to make it a nightmare start for Neville.last_img read more

COLTS KICK OFF “LIGHT THE TOWN BLUE” CAMPAIGN FOR PLAYOFFS

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts have reclaimed the AFC South division and will host a home playoff game (tickets available beginning Monday, December 30, at 10 a.m. onwww.colts.com/playoffs). As the national spotlight once again shifts to Indianapolis, the team is launching a statewide “Light the Town Blue” campaign to give fans and local businesses the *opportunity to show their support for the team during their playoff run.The campaign, supported in part by 1070/107.5 The Fan, includes a variety of events and promotions beginning on December 30, including a limited edition playoff poster, blue light bulb give-a-way at Meijer, daily social media contests, Community Day at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a light display at Lucas Oil Stadium, Blue Friday at Circle Centre Mall, and a virtual pep rally with 1070/107.5 The Fan and Bud Light.Below is a list of all activities the team has planned this week for “Light the Town Blue.” Visitwww.colts.com/playoffs for more information and to purchase playoff tickets.last_img read more

Finding Gatherers (human tag feeds?)

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#RSS & Feeds#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Alf Eaton has come up with a neat little de.icio.us hack. Itlists out the “speediest gatherers” for your del.icio.us page (last 100 items), based on the posting date ofitems. I think this means it lists out the people who linked to the same thing as you,but got there before you did. So the idea is that this list may help you findpeople who are interested in the same things as you, but who are faster than you atlinking to them. Potentially then, this could save you the hassle of searching the Webyourself for those nuggets of information. Just wait for the fast-movers in yourniche to link to them on delicious – kind of like a human version of the topic/tag/remix feeds I’vebeen talking about. Here is my list,supplied by Alf:My Gatherers (ricmac)Quick AnalysisI think one bias to this system is that the more popular a link is, then the morepeople will link to it, and thus it’ll likely generate a higher score on your list.There’ll also be more people on your list, the more you link to popular items. On theother hand, a high score could flag a person who shares the same niche interestsas you – which is what Alf’s script hopes to eek out. You’ll need to click through toeach person to find out. The fact that only four people scored above 2 on my list (and one of them is me!)indicates that I don’t generally link to popular items. Either that, or I’m very fast onthe uptake – which I know is not true! Take a look at this list for adelicious user called acidzebra, to see the difference.acidzebra’s Gatherers[…plus a heap of others with score of 2 or less]Postscript, 4/2/05: I lost the last two paragraphs of this post, because MTcouldn’t handle the length of it. But what I had written was that if you check out acidzebra’s delicious page, you’llsee that it includes a lot of items with 100+ links (the deeper the red of the highlights, themore popular an item is). So this I think accounts for the relative high scores on his Gatherers list, as well as its length.center_img Related Posts richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Immigration Fraud

first_imgA former U.S. immigration official has been sentenced to three years imprisonment for taking a $100,000 bribe to bring two Indians into the country illegally.Hasmukh Patel, 53, of McDonough, Ga., was convicted of receiving the bribe from a U.S. resident to bring his brother and sister-in-law to the United States. Patel, then a adjudicator with the immigration service, sponsored the couple as household help. Consular officials became suspicious when he submitted a similar request for another couple.  Related Itemslast_img

Who blinked in China-India military standoff?

first_imgFor weeks, China’s Foreign Ministry had been vehement in its denunciations of India and insistence that New Delhi unconditionally withdraw troops that had trespassed into Chinese territory. Don’t underestimate us, China repeatedly insisted, we are prepared for military conflict if need be.Yet on Monday, it appeared as though Beijing, not New Delhi, had blinked.Both sides withdrew troops to end the stand-off. Crucially, military sources told Indian newspapers that China has also withdrawn the bulldozers that were constructing a road on the plateau. That road, built on land contested between Bhutan and China, had been the reason Indian troops had entered the disputed area in the first place, in defense of its ally Bhutan.The eventual deal allowed both sides to save face – India’s Ministry of External Affairs suggested in its statement that it had stuck to its “principled position” in the discussions, which was that road-building violated ongoing terms of a current boundary dispute between Bhutan and China.Yet some experts said it was premature to start declaring victory and China continued to be cagey in its official remarks.China insisted its troops would continue to patrol and garrison the disputed area, as well as continue to exercise its sovereign rights there. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the country would make plans for road construction ‘in accordance with the situation on the ground.”Then, on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, appeared to chide India, saying, “We of course hope that India could learn some lessons from this, and [hope] events similar to this one would not happen again.”There is precedence for China not sticking to agreements. In 2012, China and the Philippines agreed to withdraw naval vessels around Scarborough Shoal in a deal brokered by the United States. The Chinese ships never left, and have controlled it since.Two factors may have helped talk China down and away from conflict – according to Indian media, Bhutan had been quietly resolute in talks with Beijing that it considered the Chinese road to be an infringement of a 2012 deal between the two countries that neither would develop infrastructure in disputed areas.The second was a summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations due to be hosted by China this weekend. Beijing sets great store in set-piece summits of this nature, and the embarrassing possibility that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi might not attend may have focused minds in Beijing. India said Tuesday that Modi would, in fact, be attending the summit in Fujian province Sept. 3-5.In India, news outlets painted Monday’s stand-down as a win for Indian diplomacy and their behind-the-scenes efforts to defuse tension before bullets flew. In China, the state media has also tried to paint the resolution as a victory for Asia and diplomacy – while staying vague about whether that road would still be built.On social media, though, some Netizens asked uncomfortable questions.“India withdrawing troops is a fact, did we give up some legitimate rights such as building road, this is what citizens care about, our focus is whether India’s withdrawal is unconditional, hope there is a clear explanation,” one user on China’s social media platform Weibo posted after news of the standoff.The Washington Post’s Yang Liu contributed to this report in Beijing.(c) 2017, The Washington Post Related ItemsBhutanChinalast_img read more