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Misinterpretation of GFC audit

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to Anand Goolsarran’s forensic audit of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC). It is apparent that the Kaieteur News and David Hinds seem to have corrupt and hidden agendas when it comes to the GFC forensic report as no mention of corruption was made by Mr Anand Goolsarran. But their continued rambling on corruption identified in the GFC’s forensic report is proof that they have hidden agendas. A perusal of Mr Goolsarran’s report shows it has not mentioned any corruption at the GFC, rather he praised the work of the Commission. Please refer to Section 5.2.18 where he stated that he is of the view that the Commission’s interpretation of its mandate is consistent with the Forest Act and that the Commission has been properly organised to discharge its responsibilities.I am quite sure that David Hinds of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and Wilburg were aware of the state of affairs of the country prior to 1992, where no national accounts report was tabled in the National Assembly for 10 years. Yes, Hinds and Wilburg should take that and figure out the kind of corruption, rather than trying to twist Mr Goolsarran’s professional report. But these two mocking birds are trying to get the attention of the public.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaudlast_img read more

Blueberry Hill residents stop ‘substandard’ road repairs

first_imgBy Utamu BelleResidents of Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden, have expressed dissatisfaction over repair work being carriedThe road under repair at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden thatresidents are dissatisfied without on one of the main thoroughfares in the area.On Friday, several disgruntled residents protested by means of blocking the roadway against what they described as an unsatisfactory job by the contractor.According to residents, upon enquiring a few days ago, they were informed that the project is being carried out through the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at a cost of $14 million.They noted that repairs are only being done to the mid-section of the roadway, leaving the corners in a deplorable state. The residents have also voiced concerns over the construction of drains along the said road and numerous others within the community.Speaking with this newspaper, residents in the area vented frustration over the issue, complaining that the area’s infrastructure has been neglected for years by the regional authorities; and it is time they demand better treatment. They noted that by protesting, they were exercising their rights, indicating that they were “fed up” with the situation.“They said to us they are patching our road…They are not doing the road shoulder to shoulder, and our contention is you have to do the parapets. Where the pedestrians gonna walk? They’re claiming as though the road is 17 feet in width, it seems as though two vehicles can’t pass at the same time. Then the vehicles gonna end up driving in the corner of the road. Which means it will break up the end of the road. They just do the road and left the edges,” an irate resident pointed out.“They are saying to us, allow them to do the road and if anything (materials) left back, they’re going to spread it out to the edges. Then after we started making more noise they come to an agreement saying that they’re going to do like three feet, off of the part of the road with the asphalt and the two ends, that is where they gonna put the stones and they would throw some stuff on it. But we would not get it shoulder to shoulder,” Lisa James, a resident stated.The road, which the residents are protesting against, is situated adjacent the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH). They have also highlighted several other deplorable roads in the community.Residents who spoke to this newspaper said the REO of Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Gavin Clarke paid a visit to the site during the protest action and enquired what they would like to see happen regarding the situation.“He’s saying to us this $14 million is for the road. We’re saying that we want the shoulders, so he’s saying that he got to negotiate with the contractor now…so the road got to cut short. They can’t do the length of the road and give us shoulders. If the shoulders gonna come in now, is more money. So the road wouldn’t complete and we’re not satisfied with that”, a Blueberry Hill resident pointed out.Another resident stated that should the road remain in that state, the corners would eventually “wash away” when it rains. He pointed out that the area is also subjected to massive erosion during the inclement weather.The residents said they decided to stop the work upon realising that it was being done in a substandard way. They also complained of not being consulted on what works are being executed in the community.“They’re not coming and tell us anything. Just coming in the area and doing a set of stupidness and we must accept whatever they do. We can’t accept this,” another resident declared.They also claimed that it is difficult reaching with Regional officials to voice their concerns, pointing out that Regional Chairman Renis Morian lives in the area but did not meet with them over the issue because he was ‘unavailable’.last_img read more

Invest in security cameras – Region 3 Chamber warns businesses

first_imgThe Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging businesses to take their safety into their own hands and invest in security equipment, such as cameras that can record images of criminal elements in the dead of night.According to the Chamber’s President, Radesh Rameshwar, the body has been meeting with Divisional Commander Leslie James in order to play its part in theThe Region Three Chamber President urges the business community to complement the Police Force’s effortscrime fight.“We’re asking businesses to put in security cameras. And we have been having regular meetings with the Commander and to assist them with things like motor bikes to help them be more active in their response to these crimes.”He added, “For the business people, we want to urge them to be extremely careful. We want to advise them to invest in these cameras so it would help. Especially cameras with the night vision, so they can help in capturing these criminals.”Rameshwar acknowledged that many of the normal cameras were excellent at capturing footage during daylight hours. But he noted that the resolution was poor during the night, hence his call for businesses to invest in night-vision cameras.The Guyana Police Force had recently announced that it has recorded an 11 per cent decrease in serious crime up to the end of July, when compared to the same period last year.In June, the Force also reported a seven per cent decrease in serious crime.Based on statistics provided by the Guyana Police Force, there has been a 16 per cent reduction in the incidents of murder for the month of June; a four per cent decrease in incidents of robbery wherein no instrument was used; a five per cent decrease in incidents of robbery under arms; a four per cent decrease in incidents of robbery under arms wherein instruments other than firearms were used, but there has been a 64 per cent increase in incidents of robbery with violence and a 53 per cent increase in incidents of larceny from the person.In addition, the Police have recorded a six per cent decrease in incidents of rape, as well as a one per cent decrease in incidents of burglary and a 19 per cent decrease in incidents of break and enter and larceny.Meanwhile, for July, there has been an 18 per cent decrease in incidents of murder; a 17 per cent decrease in incidents of robbery under arms; and a 10 per cent decrease in incidents of rape. Other crimes – such as robberies with violence, robbery with aggravation, and larceny from the person – are on the increase.Seventy murders were committed for the year thus far, with those stemming from disorderly behaviour topping the list with 32.Thirteen murders were committed as a result of domestic disputes; 11 stemmed from robberies; the motive behind eight was unknown, four were executions and two persons were killed for reasons other than those mentioned above.last_img read more

Barca boss: Neymar subbed for own safety

first_imgThe Catalans went through 4-2 on aggregate after coming from behind twice to win 3-2 on the night as Atletico were reduced to nine men and were lucky not to be more harshly punished when Arda Turan was only booked for throwing his boot at an assistant referee.“The moment arrived when the game had got ugly and we took off Neymar so it didn’t get any more heated,” said Enrique.“Players ought to be intelligent and know that they are fellow professionals.”Neymar had already put Atletico’s hopes of reaching the last four to the sword well before he was replaced by Pedro Rodriguez 13 minutes from time.The Brazilian levelled with his 20th goal of the season after Fernando Torres had brought Atletico level in the tie with a first minute opener.Raul Garcia then briefly put Atletico back in front from the spot, but Miranda’s own goal made it 2-2 before Neymar pounced again on the counter-attack three minutes before the break.Atletico captain Gabi was then sent-off at half-time and Mario Suarez was also dismissed as the Spanish champions completely lost their heads after the break.“Neymar showed the attitude he always does. He is a player with a lot of confidence and helps us all in all phases of the game. Today he was outstanding,” added Enrique.However, Atletico boss Diego Simeone defended his players despite referee Jesus Gil Manzano showing six yellow cards and two reds to his side during a tempestuous 90 minutes.“I feel proud of my players. In the first-half they were extraordinary and showed an incredible fight.“It was very difficult to attack because the ball was bobbling all the time. Barcelona played on the counter-attack, which is rare for them and they did it very well.”Simeone also accepted the responsibility for his side’s showing after the break as he shut up shop in hope of avoiding a more demoralising scoreline.“In the second-half due to my decision the team played as you saw, without taking any risks so that they didn’t score.“I tried to do the best for my club and my players. We played the most convenient way for us. I am the coach and it is what I thought was the right thing to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, January 29 – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique said he had to substitute two-goal star Neymar to prevent the Brazilian from being injured as his side’s Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg with Atletico Madrid turned nasty.last_img read more

DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS GET READY FOR A BIG NIGHT

first_imgDonegal Chamber OrchestraThe Donegal Chamber Orchestra with special guests the Donegal Youth Choir and Junior Choirs with over 50 local singers from the Donegal choirs aged from 7 – 24 yrs are to perform a very special concert.The concert takes place on February 17th, at 3pm in the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey. They shall be performing works by renowned Irish composer Elaine Agnew, the programme includes two of her choral pieces alongside a selection of her instrumental works. Music by Mozart and Vivaldi will also be included.Elaine Agnew is a renowned Irish composer whose many works have been commercially released, performed and commissioned worldwide. Her works regularly feature in the repertoires of such artists as the Vogler Quartet, cellists Robert Cohen and Evžen Rattay, Irish Chamber and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, violinists Isabelle Faust and Catherine Leonard and pianists Angela Hewitt and Romain Descharmes. Elaine was also appointed the first RTÉ lyric fm Composer-in-Residence in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent premiere last year’s BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, London where her commission Dark Hedges was described as “…..compelling from beginning to end.”Donegal Chamber Orchestra is made up of classical string players from across county Donegal. Led by violinist Orsi Szabo-Yelamo under the artistic direction of Victor Yelamo, it is dedicated to helping students and amateur musicians achieve the highest level of excellence in performance. Their focus in 2013 is on the music of Elaine Agnew.Bookings can be taken from www.balorartscentre.com or call 0749131840.   DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS GET READY FOR A BIG NIGHT was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Music Education Partnershiplast_img read more

Matteo: Leeds too nice and lack leaders, while Lampard outwitted Bielsa

first_img shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 “Sometimes when I made a mistake and you’re playing with Mark Wright or when I played at Liverpool, they’d tell you, ‘come on you need to pull your finger out and do better’.“Now it’s just a little bit too nice and I think Leeds really struggle with that. I think they’re all nice guys, there are no leaders out there.“Pontus Jansson should have played last night. I know Berardi started the first-leg, but Jansson has been one of the best centre-halves in the division all season.“Just little decisions like that cost Leeds.“I just think we generally lacked the experience, game management and leaders to get us over the line at the crucial time, and we didn’t turn up in the big games towards the end of the season.”Listen back to Dominic Matteo on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED no dice huge blow center_img Speaking on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Leeds and Liverpool man said: “Last night Derby got it right and credit to Frank Lampard, he’s very new to management but he’s doing an amazing job and he maybe outwitted Bielsa last night.“The game management from Leeds sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. What killed Leeds last night was the goal just before half-time and the goal just after.“There’s no experience in the team. At 2-0 in the tie there’s no one talking on the pitch, no one organising, no leaders, no one putting their foot on the ball and slowing things down. They only play one way.“If there are a couple of mistakes players don’t get on each other, they don’t have a go at each other, it’s too nice out there at times. gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Matteo says Derby manager Frank Lampard ‘outwitted’ experienced Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa Leeds are the first team in over a decade to top the second tier table at Christmas and not be promoted in the same season, while this is also the FIFTH time they have not succeeded in the play-offs – three times in the Championship, twice in League One.Matteo believes one big reason behind the team’s failure is the team lacks leaders and the players are ‘too nice’ to each other on the pitch.This is Leeds we’re talking about, right? Former Leeds United defender Dominic Matteo has blamed the team’s lack of experience, poor game management and players being ‘too nice’ for the club’s play-off failure.Marcelo Bielsa’s men threw away a two-goal advantage at Elland Road as they were beaten 4-3 by Derby County to miss out on a place in the Wembley final.It means the Yorkshire club will spend another season in the Championship, after a campaign that showed so much promise and produced so much expectation from their supporters. ADVICE REPLY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Luke Ayling is devastated following Leeds’ play-off semi-final defeat to Derby Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more

Get Drumstruck!

first_imgBilled as the world’s first interactive drum theatre production, Drumstruck not only gives theatre audiences a taste of African drumming, but makes them part of the show too.After its hugely successful debut at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in February this year, it is back for a two-week run at the 1300-seat Spoornet State Theatre Opera House in Pretoria, to coincide with the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development.In a true celebration of African culture, organiser say Drumstruck offers audiencesthe “unique opportunity to become part of a show that is unlike any other: a show of criss-crossing southern and west African rhythms, a show of colliding, intersecting cultures, a show of stomping, clanging percussion, a show of heartstopping dance and movement, a show of hands”.This vibrant show is directed by Kathy-Jo Ross and features the exuberant Warren Lieberman, who launched the Drum Cafe drumming phenomenon, together with musical director Richard Carter, master drummer Munkie Ncapayi and a talented cast of traditional and urban African drummers, dancers and choristers.The Drum Cafe evolved from months of small, informal drumming circles in the lounge of Lieberman’s Joburg house every Tuesday evening. Lieberman opened his first Drum Cafe next to one of his hardware stores in Greenside, Johannesburg, and several branches followed. Before long, it had spread to Cape Town, London, Sydney and Kenya, and had a loyal following of drummers.As unlikely as the success of the Drum Cafe was, so is Lieberman an unlikely protagonist. He studied physics, applied maths and electrical engineering, dabbled briefly in the formal business sector, before realising that the world of hardware retail would never satisfy him.His Drum Cafes developed organically into one of South Africa’s most successful corporate entertainment companies, he adds, with big name clients. Its corporate division has expanded to cover a wide spectrum of events, from team building and conflict resolution to roadshows, conferences, product launches and promotions. The Drum Cafe boasts a client base profiling numerous top South African companies, including Investec Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, M-Net, BMW and SAB.Drumstruck was born last year when Warren approached his childhood friend, Kathy-Jo Ross, a Wits Drama School graduate who had enjoyed a successful career as a performer in theatre, musicals and on radio. Says Ross: “It was the most exciting creative endeavour I had heard about in all my years of being in the theatre and I jumped at the chance of being involved.”Warren Lieberman and the Drumstruck cast (Photo: Drumstruck)The Drumstruck cast, led by the exuberant Warren Lieberman Lieberman says: “It happened through one of South Africa’s oldest and most intuitive group traditions: drumming. Today the Drum Cafe is synonymous with interactive modern day drumming, and has performed to well over 100 000 people around the world. In the last two and a half years it has grown from eight people to 24 in an unconventional set-up of talented performers and entrepreneurs with shared vision.”The progression from passive to interactive theatre is a natural one, he adds. “Some people go to the theatre purely to be entertained, some to escape from the stresses and strains of the world around them. Others go to the theatre to be confronted with their own worst fears and prejudices.“Rarely, if ever, do people go to the theatre for the most primal and compelling reason of them all – the natural, instinctive desire to be part of the show. Drumstruck addresses this need by bringing audiences into the show itself, allowing them to share the energy and excitement of an hour or two in the spotlight.”Other recent exciting projects include opening a music shop which offers the largest selection of African drums and world percussion instruments in South Africa; the launch of a CD, Mama, directed and choreographed by Wendy Oldfield; and the Drum Cafe’s African Music Agent (AMA) division, which aims to market, book, direct, choreograph and co-ordinate authentic African performers.Using the same informal methods that evolved in Lieberman’s lounge drum circle, everyone in the audience is given a small African drum and are encouraged to participate throughout the show. The infectious Lieberman teaches the audience a few simple drumming techniques, adds them into a series of musical riffs and before long even the most cynical person is happily drumming.But the show is also about investing in South African arts and culture through the empowerment of new South African performers, say the organisers. They have trained 12 talented former street buskers as performers and hope it plays a role in building the local music industry.Now, with established branches in London, Sydney and Kenya and a recent tour to Lithuania under their belt, the Drum Cafe’s international success has been a triumph for African culture.Source: Johannesburg World Summit 2002last_img read more

A Community-Based Framework to Evaluate Cloud Service Providers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When we wrote last week about “4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance,” we asked for suggestions about other resources that can help companies monitor and evaluate cloud services. And we asked for suggestions as to what factors, in addition to cost and performance, might be important to weigh when making business decisions.Jeffrey Abbott, Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Cloud Customer Solutions Unit at CA Technologies wrote a blog post in response: “Comparing the Relative Quality of Cloud Services – Is a single metric enough?” In it, he argues that not only are one or two variables insufficient, but that different parameters matter to different people. As such, a more robust index to evaluate cloud services needs to be developed.CA Technologies started work on such a project, which has now been handed over to Carnegie Mellon University so that it can be an independent tool built not by one vendor but by a broader online community.Cloud Commons and the Service Measurement Index The Service Measurement Index (SMI) is a method designed to measure the end-to-end customer experience for any number of cloud services. The SMI will allow organizations to evaluate any number of IT services available to them, regardless of whether those services are provide internally or sourced to outside companies. The index measures services on six metrics, including quality, agility, risk, cost, capability, and security. And it allows users to weight the importance of these different factors, depending on their definitions of what constitutes “good service.” After all, for some companies, cost is no option. For others, cost may be the key. The SMI, hopes Abbott, will allow businesses to compare “apples to apples” when making IT decisions.Launched in May of this year, the SMI and the Cloud Commons that supports it are fairly new projects. The index tracks over 100 services so far, including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS providers. While some of the initial information comprising the SMI was compiled based on research with select businesses, Abbott says an API is in the works so that the index can be integrated into products and so that services can be monitored on a real-time basis. When appropriate, the information captured will be used to populate the database with more details about cloud companies’ performance. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

NBA: New York Knicks ace Porzingis eases injury fears

first_imgPorzingis, who left Thursday’s win over the Nets in the third quarter, is listed as questionable to face the Thunder on Saturday.Porzingis told reporters on Thursday he had left the game after his knee began to feel unstable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I felt my knee buckle a little bit, and I felt a little pain there, so it’s more about being cautious,” Porzingis said.“I had a little shock pain there, and that’s it.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — New York Knicks ace Kristaps Porzingis escaped a serious knee injury when he limped off against the Brooklyn Nets but remains doubtful for this weekend’s clash against Oklahoma City, the team said Friday.An MRI scan revealed no structural damage, with the towering forward diagnosed with a twisted left knee.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View commentscenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout Porzingis has averaged 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots this season.Michael Beasley is expected to start if the 7ft 4in (2.23m) Latvian is ruled out.Porzingis meanwhile said he believes fans will give former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony a generous reception when he returns to Madison Square Garden with the Thunder on Saturday for the first time since leaving earlier this year.“I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in New York, so I don’t see why they would not receive him with love,” Porzingis said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Petron, F2 duel one last time After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more