Instigating…

first_img…mayhemBasil Williams — the AG and PNC stalwart who was conferred with silk by David Granger! — has once again confirmed that the PNC doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks of its thuggish reputation. Speaking to an audience that included top western diplomats, in a panel discussion at the Marriott, organised by AMCHAM to discuss the implications of the CCJ’s consequential orders for business in Guyana, Williams warned, “They (the PPP) are willing to go to the election with an “anyhow” list. They are ready for their properties and all these things to be subjected to those same post-election type of violence that we had in the past. I don’t want to say, ‘Well, y’all go, go to the election’, because the consequences would be dire”.Now, this isn’t even a “thinly-veiled” threat!! What Williams is doing is announcing that if the PNC don’t get their way with H2H registration, all hell will break loose in Georgetown – “those same post-election type of violence that we had in the past.”Now, who was it that unleashed post-election violence in the past? Between 1968 and 1992, with the PNC flagrantly rigging elections, the violence was inflicted by using the army to quell protests. Remember those two killed on the Corentyne in 1973?In 1992, the PNC invaded the elections HQ, and that action was called off by Hoyte only when the President of the US was called!!After the 1997 elections, the PNC protested in the streets of Georgetown, and hundreds of Indian Guyanese were beaten by their roving bands of thugs, while businesses were torched and robbed.The 2001 elections led to even greater levels of PNC violence, as Desmond Hoyte unfurled his strategy of “slow fyaah and mo’ fyaah”, which culminated in endemic violence by the Buxton-based “Mash 5 escapees”.While the 2006 elections might not have been accompanied with violence, that was more than made up for by the Buxton-based gang looting and shooting with abandon.Williams’s language in his outburst at the Marriott is revealing on the reason why Indian Guyanese were beaten and businesses torched. In the first sentence, “they” refers to the PPP, who demand elections, but in sentence that follows, the “they” becomes those whose properties will be burnt and who will suffer violence.Indian Guyanese are equated with the PPP, and must be dealt with condignly whenever the PNC don’t get their way.The PNC in effect tied with the PPP in 2011, and then won in 2015, so there was no violence, was there? And that’s because the PPP just doesn’t have the strategic control of Georgetown through easily accumulated mobs.And for the upcoming planned rigging? The PNC’s shock troops are waiting. All they need is the excuse!…Guyana’s “bloody history”The Chronic is really foaming at the mouth under the ministrations of Moses Nagamootoo as he fights desperately to remain in the PM sweepstakes. The paper wrote that Basil Williams “ties Guyana’s bloody history to PPP…with three massacres and their alleged operation of several state-sponsored death squads”!!  This is very rich, isn’t it? The PNC couldn’t get back into office after 1997, so they launched a frontal attack on the state with their proxies holed up in Buxton, and they now blame the PPP for the massacres the Buxton gangs committed?!But according to declassified files of the US Embassy, there’s “A taped conversation between GPF Commissioner Winston Felix and opposition party PNC/R executive committee member Basil Williams (which) was anonymously and widely distributed.” In that tape, the clearly compromised Felix and Williams reveal their insider knowledge about one of the massacres – the one at Agricola.Why doesn’t Williams advise the PNC and Granger to accept Jagdeo’s challenge to have a CoI into the massacres and the entire “troubles”??…disappearancesWinston Felix continues to deny there’s some hanky-panky going on with all those Haitians coming into Guyana but no record of them leaving. He seems to think that confirming over 8000 arrived but that 1100 rather than 13 left gets him off the hook!!ONLY 6900 missing, is that okay??last_img read more

New nitrogen facility to be built in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe second phase is scheduled to be operational the following summer. “We are positioning ourselves to better serve existing customers and to capture new business opportunities in both British Columbia and Alberta, especially with regards to extraction of natural gas,” says Luc Doyon, President and CEO, Air Liquide Canada. “The economic potential throughout this region is significant, and we are prepared to meet the growing demand for nitrogen to develop these important domestic energy resources.” Nitrogen is used in oil and gas drilling operations to help decrease water consumption.- Advertisement –last_img

Manchester City hand manager Manuel Pellegrini new two-year contract

first_img Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City have handed Manuel Pellegrini a new two-year contract.The Chilean was heading into the last year of his original three-year agreement, with speculation rife that City were planning to replace him with Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola next summer.But in a show of support for the man who brought the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium in 2014, City have extended his contract for a further 12 months while also giving new terms to his backroom staff.Chief executive Ferran Soriano said: “We are delighted to reach this agreement with Manuel Pellegrini who has already contributed so much to the development of Manchester City in his first two years with us and we look forward to further progress in the seasons ahead.“This agreement allows Manuel to focus on the challenge of guiding a team capable of both fighting  for domestic titles and competing for European honours.”Pellegrini added: “I am proud to manage Manchester City FC and am therefore very pleased to have agreed this contract.“I have a very good quality group of players and a great team of people to work with on and off the field and at all levels of the Club.“I am focussed on the coming season and confident that my team and I will respond to the constant support shown to us by everyone including of course our fantastic fans.” 1last_img read more

Lightening strike hits Letterkenny businesses in the pocket

first_imgBusinesses around Letterkenny are being hit in the pocket due to a lightning strike,Donegal was hit by heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning thus afternoon.A lightening strike has now left several businesses in Letterkenny unable to accept credit card payments. The problem is affecting businesses all over the town.Lightening strike hits Letterkenny businesses in the pocket was last modified: June 5th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Tributes pour in for Scottish football icon John Lambie

first_imgHis colourful language, memorable quotes, love of cigars and fondness for pigeon racing saw Lambie become a cult hero within the Scottish game. Tributes have poured in from across the Scottish game after Partick Thistle legend John Lambie passed away, aged 77.The Jags and Hamilton have led the way with tributes to their former boss, with both clubs stating their “deep sadness” at the news of Lambie’s death.Lambie managed Thistle on three separate occasions, guiding the Firhill side to the Scottish top-flight and through a period of financial turmoil.During his playing days he turned out more than 200 times for Falkirk before moving to St Johnstone, where he helped the Saints reach the League Cup final.last_img

Cathal Mac Suibhne: Donegal derive deserved draw from Dublin dogfight

first_imgIn pure numeric terms, yesterday’s contest delivered a league point but in years to come the bounty may be priceless. Rory’s Rookies stood up to the All-Ireland champions and showed that they belong at this level and that they can be relied upon when the going gets tough.BY CATHAL MAC SUIBHNEThe rain that had pummelled the Mac Cumhaill Park sod in the lead up to throw-in ensured that the contest would be scrappy and a dogfight; that the young guns survived in such an environment is all the more pleasing. The soundbites emanating from the manager’s media briefings during the week intimidated that Donegal would be transformed into an all out, kamikaze attacking unit – fat chance of that against the mighty Dublin. The absence of Paddy McBrearty through injury meant an extremely inexperienced forward line so the plan had to be to sit deep and try to hit Dublin on the counter attack at lightning speed.Eoin McHugh and Jamie Brennan were assigned the tough task of winning the little ball that came their way. Without McBrearty we had no-one to get their hands on dirty ball, hold onto it and wait for the cavalry to arrive.The visitors had a similar plan themselves and the most anxious moments for the home support were when the ball was lost in opposition territory. Dublin broke forward, stretched the pitch as wide as they could and more often than not found a blue jersey in space.The rate at which Donegal turned the ball over was somewhat alarming; time after time the ball was lost following a sloppy hand pass either played too far ahead or just behind the receiver. Composure was lacking once Donegal crossed the halfway line and there was certainly a fewscores left behind through wastefulness.Dublin’s goal, a wonderful flowing move from deep finished by the excellent Niall Scully, came about following a slack handpass played to a static Michael Murphy.There is never a lack of composure when Ryan McHugh is around though and his goal (yet another against Dublin) smacked of it; a delightful finish pebble-stoned into the corner of the net. Seconds earlier he had displayed his dogged determined streak when keeping the ball in play, showing incredible skill with foot and hand in the process.The anxiousness with the ball will of course be eradicated as the year goes on; hands will become softer, the ground firmer and accuracy will increase. The determination to move the ball quickly is a specific and necessary tactic. This Donegal team has all of a sudden become quite small so attacking into space before opponents have a chance to get their defensive screen set is the best way to create scoring chances.Over the last decade and a half we have had a plethora of big forwards – Colm McFadden, Adrian Sweeney, Ryan Bradley, Christy Toye et al. Now the physical make-up is different.We have an abundance of small, nippy, highly-skilled footballers – similar to the glory days under Brian McEniff – and a dearth of big rugged lumps of men. When you are faced with a wall of defenders, you need big, powerful men to drive through tackles.Martin McElhinney’s return will help matters in this regard but generally there aren’t too many like him around in green and gold and we lost one of the greatest during the week with the retirement of Neil Gallagher. His clubmate Murphy’s simple tribute spoke volumes, “some man for one man.” Gallagher was some man for Donegal football and his like may never be seen again. There are however some striking similarities between him and the most likely heir to his throne, Ciaran Thompson.Both have this unerring ability to play the game at their own pace. They never seem to be in a hurry yet you rarely see them getting caught by a challenge or dispossessed. Thompson has been flagged as a top class inter county player for a couple of years, particularly since his tour de force against Cavan in the U21 Championship, but even still the speed with how he has taken to a leading role this year is remarkable.He rarely wastes possession, kicked a couple of frees yesterday in McBrearty’s absence, is wonderful in the air and got the better of his duel with Brian Fenton.Jason McGee also put in a huge shift around the middle third, capping a memorable display with a return of 1-1. His opening skyscraper of a point set the tone for the day and sent a message that despite facing the best team in the land, Donegal’s future, and indeed it’s present, is in good hands.Jason is a fine soccer player and when the ball eventually landed back to him following somepinball around Stephen Cluxton’s goalmouth, between himself, Martin O’Reilly and Jamie Brennan, he slotted the ball home.The two goal blitz from McGee and McHugh turned the game on its head, providing the hosts with a scarcely deserved lead.A three point surplus at the short whistle brought a familiar challenge. The last time Donegal had such a lead in a big game was last year’s Ulster Final.As on that day, the first score plundered after the restart pushed the lead out to four.As on that day, the lead did not bring victory.Have the team and management learnt their lessons? Is the team capable of defending a lead and turning it into a win?In fairness, the team kept looking for scores yesterday and it was more their handling and decision making that let them down. So the signs were encouraging. Against Tyrone on that sweltering day in Clones, the team didn’t seem to know whether to attack or defend, to stick or twist and in the end they blinked first.Caolán Ward was one of those who kept surging forward, kept bringing the game to Dublin. He has been impressive in all the games thus far and his clubmate, Eamonn Doherty, did likewise during his cameo late on. Both men are strong on the ball and against the wind in the second half, this was no easy task.Most of the crowd would have taken a draw as 2pm approached and they were certainly glad of it as the clock ticked past 3.30pm.Murphy’s brilliant free, which looked routine from the stand but was far from it considering the breeze he faced, secured a draw and kept a seven-year unbeaten run in Ballybofey intact.Whatever about registering a third league point of 2017, the most important aspect of the day was that the team refused to wilt. Behind with a few minutes to go, it would have been easy to accept a narrow defeat and think ‘well we did grand, didn’t disgrace ourselves’; the players though collectively, young and not so young, refused to be beaten.Next week will be a different type of test. In many ways it’s easy to get revved up for a match in front of a big home crowd against the All-Ireland Champions. Now the players need to show that they can apply the same focus and attention to a Saturday night in Cavan – a bigger game in relation to Division One survival.Two points next week and Donegal will be looking up rather than down.Cathal Mac Suibhne: Donegal derive deserved draw from Dublin dogfight was last modified: February 27th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Cathal Mac SuibhnedonegalMichael MurphyNeil Gallagherlast_img read more

Bafana and Mozambique to kick off Chan 2014

first_imgThe mascot for the CAF African Nations Championship or Chan 2014 is this hippo dressed as a soccer player. (Image: CAF)MEDIA CONTACTS• Eric MwanzaCAF Media Officer Cape Town+ 27 612593821Ray MaotaWith its sophisticated infrastructure and experience in successfully hosting major international tournaments, South Africa has become the go-to country in Africa for continental and world sporting events. This year, it’s the turn of the CAF African Nations Championship, or Chan 2014, which kicks off in Cape Town on 11 January.A 16-team competition of African nations, with players drawn exclusively from the different countries’ domestic leagues, the tournament runs from 11 January to 1 February 2014, with matches held in three South African cities. Bafana Bafana will face Mozambique in the opening game at Cape Town Stadium at 18h00 on Saturday.See all the Chan 2014 fixturesMiller Matola, chief executive of Brand South Africa, welcomed the 15 other African teams to South Africa. “With games being played in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Polokwane, visitors to our country will have an opportunity to experience our diversity and the unique quality of the different provinces,” he said. “However, the welcome of our people remains the same throughout the country and all South Africans look forward to hosting our visitors.”Matola said South Africans had demonstrated their warm hospitality and love of the beautiful game during the 2009 Confederations Cup, 2010 Fifa World Cup, and 2012 African Cup of Nations.“We are all ambassadors for this country so let us play our part and be good hosts during the Chan tournament.” The tournamentDuring the group stages of Chan 2014, two matches will be played every day from 11 to 22 January.The four groups making up the tournament will play in three different South African cities. Group A is made up of South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, as well as Mali, Nigeria and Mozambique, and will play in Cape Town. Group B – Morocco, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Burkina Faso – will also play in Cape Town.Group C, made up of Ghana, Congo, Libya and Ethiopia, will play in Bloemfontein in the Free State, and Group D – DRC, Mauritania, Gabon and Burundi – in Polokwane, Limpopo.The Chan tournament was not originally on Fifa’s calendar as it restricted which players could represent each country. But Fifa has since announced that matches will have full Fifa status, meaning they will count towards country world rankings. South African preparationsBafana Bafana’s preparations started with a hiccup as some clubs were reluctant to release their players. This was quickly resolved, and national coach Gordon Igesund has declared himself happy with the preparations.“The challenge is to get Bafana going to a point that we get into the top eight in Africa, so that we can be seeded when the draw for big tournaments is made,” Igesund said.“After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning and [the African Nations Championship] is a type of tournament where it is important for the team to do well.”Igesund stressed that crowd support will be important to Bafana’s success.“Nothing is more inspiring to a footballer than having a packed stadium behind him. We face tough opposition, but I am looking forward to winning the tournament.”Fikile Mbalula, minister of sport and recreation, visited the squad at their base camp in Cape Town on 9 January to wish them well.“If you go with the mentality that teams have not sent strong players here you are going to be surprised by Mozambique,” he warned. “They will want to come here and embarrass you.“And you don’t want to appear as people who did not give their all and did not want to represent their country. I thought I needed to emphasise that point that we have pride in you, and we are confident that all of you will make this country of ours proud. Rewards come at the end, not at the beginning.”last_img read more

Jack of All Trades-Master of None

first_imgYour company is looking to offer benefits, they ask you to research it.  You’ve never done benefits, so you roll up your sleeves and start looking.  Your company decides they want to revamp the performance review process, they ask you to research and come up with a new one.  Then your CEO comes to you and asks you to look into a company retreat for management and provide some information and a budget for this endeavor at the next staff meeting.  You fire up Google and go…Ever feel like you are a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None?  You get out there and do what’s necessary to get the job done, but often feel like you never truly mastered it.So where can you go to get help?  Oh, and on a budget.There are some great resources out there for little to no cost, that help you be better, faster, and stronger.  If you find yourself in need of a second opinion, advice on a touchy subject, a community of other HR professionals to chat with, or simply the latest news in your industry, then be sure to check out these HR resources:SHRM – The Voice of All Things Work:  Affordable, accessible, and accurate.  As a new HR Professional, then as an HR Department of One, SHRM is my best friend.  Membership is affordable, and the resources boundless.  I use the website for forms, templates, trainings, how to’s, toolkits and general questions.  I use forums like HR Department of One to ask questions, get insight, or just to double check myself.  I watch webinars, read legal updates, and find products and services from trusted vendors. Local SHRM Chapters – When I started my HR career one of the first decisions I made was to join my local SHRM Chapter.  There I met colleagues, who later became friends, and helped me build the strongest network of Subject Matter Experts, who I still rely on to this day.  I volunteered, I served on the board, I became certified PHR and SHRM-CP.  Best decision ever.  You can find your local chapter HERE.HR Magazine – Not quite ready to join SHRM or one of its local chapters? You can still get great information from the most widely read and respected HR publication by subscribing to the monthly publication of HR Magazine.LinkedIn Groups – LinkedIn has several groups dedicated to Human Resources. The benefit of joining LinkedIn groups other than the discussion is that you will be able to directly connect with other human resources professionals, thus expanding your network.HR Blogs – So many great bloggers out there, providing insight, guidance, and sometimes a laugh.  Here are two of my favorites.Evil HR Lady – Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in human resources for a Fortune 500 corporation. Her goal is to demystify human resources, one question at a time. She also has a huge list of HR blogs and resources on her website.HR Bartender – Sharlyn Lauby focuses on topics that relate to the workplace, not just human resources. Some of the most popular subjects deal with how to be a better supervisor and leader, employee engagement and career advice.Remember, you can transform “I don’t know” into the opportunity for new knowledge.  Instead say “I’ll find out.”  It’s ok to not have all the answers.  But if you build a strong network, and the right resources, you will FIND OUT!last_img read more

Patents: GraphOn Sues Google for Connecting Databases to the Internet

first_imgTags:#Features#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img GraphOn, which considers itself a “leading worldwide developer of server-based application publishing and Web-enabling software solutions,” today announced that it is suing Google for infringing on four of GraphOn’s patents. According to the complaint (embedded below), Google Base, AdWords, Blogger, Sites, and YouTube allegedly infringe on GraphOn’s patent for a “unique method of maintaining an automated and network-accessible database” – a patent that is so broad, it basically covers the complete Internet as we know it today.Trivial PatentsThese four patents were filed between July 1998 and May 2004. The earliest, 6,324,538, covers self-publishing on a database driven website and almost reads like a description of a modern blog, though it is more concerned with publishing directories. The later three patents (6,850,940, 7,028,034, and 7,269,591) build upon this and mostly include methods for paying for these services. We are no patent lawyers here, but looking over these patents, a lot of it seems to be material that has been covered in database textbooks since the early days of the net.Stock Is UpGraphOn’s stock is currently up 16% for the day and is now trading at a near record high for 2008 of $0.29. At the height of the first Internet bubble, Graph on was trading for more than $22.Not the First TimeThis lawsuit against Google is part of GraphOn’s typical modus operandi. Within the last few years, the company has filed lawsuits against AutoTrader.com (also for the 6,324,538 patent), Match.com, Yahoo, eHarmony, and CareerBuilder. We have been trying to get more information about these other lawsuits, but it doesn’t seem like any of these suits were either settled or have gone to court yet, except for the AutoTrader.com suit, which was settled through a licensing agreement in January of 2008.The fact that the company proudly reports this in the press-release helps to put this suit against Google into perspective: this is exactly what GraphOn does. It is interesting that GraphOn waited for five days before issuing this press release. It would almost seem like the company was hoping to drive some publicity by just filing the suit on the 13th, but when that didn’t happen, they were more or less forced to announce the suit themselves.We have embedded the actual complaint below, courtesy of Justia.com: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hyperlinking the Real World (Redux)

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Incremental Map Updates: MOBVIS supports incremental updating of maps which would allow for the automated authoring of the urban infrastructure. No longer would Google need to send their vans around taking pictures of streets – the data could be uploaded from users’ phones as they took their photos. sarah perez Motion Estimation: Also comparable to GPS, MOBVIS could enable continuous position updates to determine the location of objects in motion as well as their speed. Visual Localization: For phones without GPS technology, triangulation could be combined with the computer vision technology to locate a user’s position and orientation in a manner that would be comparable to GPS and just as accurate. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#Real World#web European researchers working on the MOBVIS project have developed a new system that will allow camera phone users to hyperlink the real world. After taking a picture of a streetscape in an urban area, the MOBVIS technology identifies objects like buildings, infrastructure, monuments, cars, and even logos and banners. It then renders relevant information on the screen using icons that deliver text-based details about the object when clicked. This project goes beyond today’s mapping applications like Google’s Street View, for example, which first identifies your location either via GPS or triangulation and then shows you pictures of that area. Instead, MOBVIS actually lets you “see” the world through your mobile phone. This is computer vision, or rather, mobile vision. Editor’s note: During 2009 there have been some posts on ReadWriteWeb that didn’t get the attention they perhaps deserved – because of timing, competing news stories, etc. So we’re starting up our Redux series again, to re-publish some of those hidden gems. This is one of them, we hope you enjoy (re)reading it!There are obviously numerous potential applications for such a technology. On the MOBVIS homepage, they offer up some scenarios for how their application could be used, including the following:Tourism/Augmented City Maps: The MOBVIS technology could be used to inform visitors about the objects in an area be they buildings or landmarks. The images could also be annotated with additional information like history, event information, or information about nearby shops. Picture-Driven Search Engine: Because the mobile phone could now “see” the surrounding landscape, the world – reality – becomes the backdrop for a sort of picture-driven search engine in which the objects in the world are all hyperlinked and annotated like a real-life semantic web. How It WorksThe MOBVIS system begins with a pre-populated database of geo-referenced panoramas (such as Google’s Street View, perhaps). The objects in the images are then manually annotated with information. Once that’s complete, the system is ready for search queries from mobile users. After a user takes a picture, MOBVIS compares the photo to the photos in its database and returns the relevant links. The challenge here is getting a mobile phone picture to match up with the more pristine photos found in the database. The database photos would likely be clear, crisp, and detailed, but a user’s photo could be grainy, taken on a dark and cloudy day, or taken from an odd angle. The MOBVIS system’s main strength comes from its feature-matching algorithm developed by the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, one of the partners of the project. This algorithm can very accurately detect minute differences between similar objects. In real-world tests, it’s reported that this system was highly accurate, detecting the right building 80 percent of the time. Aleš Leonardis, head of the Ljubljana team, believes that number can be improved. He also notes that that the system, though not always right, was never wrong. “It was remarkable that there were no false positives,” he says. “Sometimes the system couldn’t identify a building, but it never put the incorrect link on a building.”You can read more about the research here on the MOBVIS project’s homepage. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more