A guideline for Minister Gaskin

first_imgDear Editor,The recent article “No guidelines in place to avoid abuse – Gaskin” illustrates a lot of the problems that the Coalition Government has gotten itself and Guyana into with the fantasies it promulgated to the public about billions of dollars of corruption in the way Guyana had been grown and developed and jobs created during the twenty-three years of PPP/C in office. Minister Gaskin recognizes an important role for “Public-Private-Partnerships” but laments that there are no guidelines to avoid abuse.Were it not for he and his Government’s propaganda abuse of the PPP/C Administration, he might have recognized guidelines, concerns and achievements in three P-P-P projects: the fully completed Berbice River Bridge, the not fully complete Marriott Hotel, and the ready-to-go Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project which they vetoed. If the Minister and his colleagues were to give themselves to earnest study, rather than having their imaginations run amok in fantasies of corruption, they could learn a lot, including the important essential role of the much aligned Mr W. Brassington and PU/NICIL in the growth and development which we managed to achieve.PU/NICIL continually sought to find ways to put together old, unused, no longer profitable Government-owned properties and other resources (including people -released past employees) with other non-government resources − money, new technologies and capabilities, expert and experienced persons, markets — to create a new enterprise that has a great likelihood to pay its way.Yes, not everything turns out right/successful. Indeed, I read that it would be a good score when 10 out of every 100 projects, initially earnestly pursued, studied, reappraised, and reconsidered in stages in greater and greater depth to eventual implementation, were to be successful.Yes, knowledge of what we should know is never complete. We try to minimize personal judgments. In any case, no one knows how things would be in the future.Minister Gaskin and his colleagues have tied their own hands in their fantasy charges of billions of dollars of annual corruption against us, PPP/C. There is an old Guyanese proverb that says, “Little pig ask mama pig how come she mouth so long, and mama pig replied, ‘You will find out’.” Minster Gaskin and his colleagues are finding out that they could get little done without opening themselves to the same fantasy charges with which they have been smearing us. They have paralyzed themselves, the private sector – local, diaspora and foreign, and our economy. It is for them to free themselves and our economy, and in doing so, ensure that there are no actions that present real charges of corruption. They have not been doing so well.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormerPrime Ministerand Former Presidentlast_img read more

Calmer conditions give firefighters a break battling Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews with the BC Wildfire Service say that cooler temperatures and calmer winds have slowed the growth rate of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after several days of intense growth spurred by high winds, the calmer air and cooler temperatures Tuesday have both resulted in a drop in fire activity. She said that the fire now sits at 22,659 hectares, and is 10 percent contained. According to MacAuley, there are now 190 firefighters, 9 helicopters, and 18 pieces of heavy equipment working to battle the flames, and crews are currently working to protect oil and gas infrastructure, as well as a small farming community near the fire’s eastern flank. On the fires northern flank, crews are continuing to build fireline east of Tommy Lakes road and along North Nig road. Other crews are continuing to build a fireline working southwest and northeast of Beatton Road. – Advertisement -In the south, crews are building a guard west of the Tommy Lakes Road, and employing direct attack on the southeast flank. On the southwest flank, they are also installing sprinklers on the South Nig Road guard in preparation for possible controlled ignitions. MacAuley said that while the fire did cross the CN Rail tracks along its southeast edge, crews have found that the rail line itself was undamaged in the fire. She said that firefighters are also working to protect any backup rail ties that may be sitting along the tracks.The weather forecast is currently calling for cooler temperatures for the rest of the week, with a chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms on Wednesday. MacAuley explained that crews are welcoming the cooler temperatures and precipitation, but that thunderstorms could cause increased fire activity due to the presence of strong wind gusts near convective clouds.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pushing subway as the ‘forward-thinking’ route

first_imgAnd as Metro builds $1.5billion of rail lines – extending the Gold Line to East L.A. and the Expo Line from downtown to Culver city – the future of projects like this one hangs in the balance. So the grass-roots organization wants to build an army of residents who can fire off letters to Washington, D.C., and Sacramento at a moment’s notice and fight for money. And they definitely want a subway, which today can cost up to $350million a mile to dig. “Wilshire is the heaviest traveled corridor in the region, and surface- based transit, such as buses, adds to congestion, rather than alleviating it,” said Kymberleigh Richards, public and legislative affairs director of the L.A.-based nonprofit. It didn’t take any convincing to the crowd that day. These soldiers were game: When will this be built? Can we put this on a ballot for voters? The questions came fast and furious as the group pushed along for solutions, when suddenly one thought brought the room to a standstill: “Don’t people around the world see L.A. as a forward-thinking place?” asked Jon Kaslow of Hollywood who rides Metro’s Rapid buses to get around. “Then what’s going on? Why don’t we have subways?” The list of reasons is long and varied. A federal ban against building subways in the Fairfax area remains in place since a 1985 methane gas explosion injured 22 people. At the same time, the powerful Labor/Community Strategy Center on Wilshire Boulevard opposes rail construction and wants to double the number of buses in L.A. to 4,600. What are your thoughts about a subway for the Westside? Would would work to help traffic? Tell our blog at insidesocal.com/theride. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If something happens on the Westside, such as a bank robbery or if a truck overturns on the freeway, the Westside goes crazy,” said Harold Katz, 74. “All the cars start using neighborhood streets.” Katz fears traffic will get worse. He’s not alone. About 40 people met May22 at the first of six meetings to mobilize community support for a Westside subway, held through Southern California Transit Associates, a nonprofit transit group, playing host through a $4,000 grant. Although Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has loudly campaigned for a subway to the sea down Wilshire Boulevard, Metro officials are quick to point out they call this something else – the Westside Corridor Extension – because they don’t yet know exactly where it will go. Next month, Metro staff will ask the board to hire consultants to study a transit system that will best serve the Westside, whether it’s a subway, train or bus. If approved, Metro wants the study by summer 2008. Meanwhile, there’s no money identified for the project, Metro officials say. They gathered in a Westside church to share their stories of hardship, angst and despair. One man confided he felt his life was being wasted. One woman said there has to be a better way to live, and another said she fears the future. No, this outpouring of grief didn’t come at a 12-step support group meeting. These people are down and out about Westside gridlock. And they want a subway to serve this dense part of town, to get the area moving and to get their lives back. Right now, Westside resident Harold Katz lives about a mile from his job on Wilshire Boulevard, and it sometimes takes him 30 minutes to drive home. His wife, Jan, works about two miles away, and her commute at night can reach 40 minutes. last_img read more

Manchester United close gap at the top while Tottenham suffer more away day pain

first_img1 talkSPORT rounds up Tuesday night’s Premier League action Watford 2-4 Manchester UnitedManchester United moved within five points of league leaders Manchester City after coming through a late scare at Vicarage Road.Two goals from former Hornets winger Ashley Young and a strike from Anthony Martial handed the Red Devils a healthy half time advantage that looked set to seal a comprehensive win.But the hosts threatened a comeback when Troy Deeney scored from the penalty spot before Abdoulaye Doucoure added a second.A draw looked to be on the cards before Jesse Lingard settled the visitors’ nerves with a fine counter-attack to seal maximum points.Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham HotspurTottenham saw their top four hopes take a hit after suffering a third consecutive away defeat against Leicester.Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez left Mauricio Pochettino’s men with a deficit they were unable to recover from despite Harry Kane halving the scores late on.The result moves Leicester into the top half of the table while Spurs could be four points behind rivals Arsenal by the end of Wednesday night.West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Newcastle United  West Brom caretaker boss Gary Megson was denied his first win since taking over from Tony Pulis after seeing his side throw away a two goal lead.Goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field gave the Baggies a commanding lead which looked set to extend the Magpies’ losing streak to five league games.But Rafael Benitez’s side rescued a point thanks to their second half efforts as Ciaran Clark found the back of the net before Jonny Evans scored an own-goal with only minutes remaining.Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table after failing to find a breakthrough at the AMEX Stadium.The result leaves Roy Hodgson’s Eagles side three points from safety and face a trip to fellow relegation candidates West Brom at the weekend.Brighton, meanwhile, now hold a seven point cushion above the drop zone and sit in the top half of the table.last_img read more

Finn Harps ‘keeper Ciaran Gallagher suffers another injury blow

first_imgFINN HARPS goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher has suffered his latest injury set-back.Gallagher had only just returned to the Harps squad following almost six months out.However, Gallagher’s season is over before it had really had a chance to resume after the Raphoe native sustained an injury in training on Monday night. Gallagher missed the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury picked up during a 3-0 loss to Dundalk at Oriel Park in April.Harps – who take on Derry City on Friday in their final regulation Premier Division game of the season – are sweating on the fitness of Mark Timlin, who was forced off during Friday’s 1-0 win over Waterford in Ballybofey.Ollie Horgan’s team will play the first leg of the promotion-relegation play-off on Monday with these second leg on Friday-week.Harps are also awaiting results of a scan underwent by defender Keith Cowan this week. Cowan sustained an injury during the 0-0 draw with UCD and has been unable to return since.  Finn Harps ‘keeper Ciaran Gallagher suffers another injury blow was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 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:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionCiaran Gallagherderry cityfinn harpsOllie Horganlast_img read more

Salah avoids serious injury after strong challenge in win over Leicester

first_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Salah leaves the field for treatment on Sunday targets LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Salah has been excused from international duty against Botswana next Monday to ease his workload and will continue to receive treatment this week.However, Liverpool insist it is too early to say whether he will be fit for the trip to Old Trafford, but remain hopeful.He was forced off in stoppage time during the 2-1 win over the Foxes after being caught on the left ankle by a lunge from Choudhury, which resulted in the Leicester substitute being booked. Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has sustained no major injuries following a challenge from Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury, a scan has revealed.The Egyptian twisted his ankle in Saturday’s late victory over Leicester but could be in contention to face Manchester United after the international break. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekBolton vs Blackpool (Monday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Grimsby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Germany vs Argentina (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Russia vs Scotland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Czech Republic vs England (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Tranmere (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 LIVE on talkSPORT on target appointed Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp branded the challenge ‘dangerous as hell’, which has drawn criticism from Simon Jordan and Salah, who has been rested by Egypt boss Mohamed Barakat with an eye on next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros, left Anfield on Saturday limping significantly.After the match Choudhury was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse on social media, which Leicester subsequently reported to police.“We are appalled by these comments, which the club has reported to the police and to the social media platform on which they were made,” said a Foxes spokesman.“Discriminatory behaviour has no place in football or in society and we will seek the strongest possible course of action to be taken against those responsible.” statement 1 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ stalemate Getty Images – Getty rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman latest last_img read more

Dempster: Now is not the time to leave Hibs for SFA role

first_img“I would not be telling you the truth if I said I didn’t give it thought but that’s really all it was. “I really enjoy life here at Hibernian, the club, the experience and the people I work with.“I think it’s important you feel that way about your job and I think it would take something really special to bend me out of shape and into something else. “You can never look into the future and you can’t say what you’ll be interested in in the future, we have to deal with what’s on the table at the minute. Leeann Dempster has ruled herself out of the running for the Scottish FA chief executive role, saying it’s not the right time to leave Hibernian. She had been linked with filling the vacant position after Stewart Regan left his post at the start of February.Dempster, who occupies the same role at Easter Road, admits she considered the move, but essentially it would have to be something even more special to tempt her away.“It means your colleagues and people you work with are doing a good job and are therefore recommending you which is a nice thing,” she told STV. “It would have to be something pretty special to entice me elsewhere.” Dempster believes whoever does take on the role will have a huge task on their hands to first and foremost unite the governing bodies in the Scottish game.“It’s arguably one of the biggest jobs in Scotland and whoever has that job ahead of them at the minute, there’s a lot of collaborative work to be had,” she continued.“I think the clubs and stakeholders in general will need to be available to assist whoever comes in to give as much support as we can.“There’s too much of a generalisation at the minute, which happens when the SFA and SPFL go through good or bad periods people say one or the other are doing a good job. “I don’t think that’s fair, they do different jobs. Whoever comes in has to try and properly unite the game in Scotland. That’s the league and the association. “If you look at really successful leagues around the world they have a strong association and a strong league. “They are very defined in the roles that they play and that needs to be re-balanced. That’s the first challenge and it will be a big one but it should be one everyone gets behind.”last_img read more

Rangers confirm permanent transfer of Jamie Murphy

first_img“He had an impressive start to his Rangers career in the second half of last season and we hope to see him continue to grow at the club next season and beyond.”Rangers have also confirmed the pre-contract signings of Scott Arfield and Allan McGregor in the past week. “Whilst I’m naturally disappointed we didn’t complete the objectives that we set for ourselves last season, I am more determined than ever to help this club to be a success.”Murphy played 19 matches in the second half of the season, scoring five goals as Rangers finished third in the Premiership.The Scotland international will now be a part of incoming manager Steven Gerrard’s squad as he looks to improve the club’s fortunes. “It’s more good news for the club that Jamie has committed his future to us ahead of the new campaign,” Gerrard said. Rangers have announced winger Jamie Murphy has joined the club on a permanent transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion.Murphy had moved to Ibrox on loan from the English Premier League side in January, with the clubs agreeing a fee for a permanent move at the time.A deal has now been concluded and the player has signed a three-year contract with Rangers.“I’m delighted to make my move to Rangers permanent,” Murphy told the club’s website. “This club means a lot to me and it already feels like home.last_img read more

Cobert Lee Campbell, 82

first_imgHe was a member of the Canton Christian Church, served in the Armed Forces as a Corporal in the U.S. Marines, had been a life resident of Washington County and was a 1952 graduate of Pekin High School. Cobert married October 25, 1959 to Ruthie (Smith) Campbell, who survives.Also surviving are: Daughter: Lana (Duane) Hamilton, Salem; Brother: Glenn Campbell, Oregon; Granddaughter: Paige Hamilton and Grandson: Bailey Hamilton, Salem. He was preceded in death by 1 Brother, Caudell Campbell and 1 Sister, Jannetta Vasconselous.Funeral Service: 11:00 am Tuesday at Dawalt Funeral Home with Pastor Toney Voyles officiating.Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Monday and after 9 am Tuesday. Interment at Blue River Christian Cemetery.Memorial Contributions: The Bailey Hamilton Scholarship Fund C/O Washington County Community Foundation 1707 North Shelby Street Salem, Indiana 47167 Cobert Lee Campbell, age 82 of Salem, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7:59 am, in the Floyd County Memorial Hospital.Born June 23, 1933 in Pekin, Indiana, he was the son of the late Joe and Stella (Stewart) Campbell.He was the owner of Cobert Campbell Woodcrafts and was a former employee of the old Morris Payne Implements and the Curtis Breeding Service. He was a self-employed carpenter and had worked on many projects in Washington County.last_img read more

3 Enterprise iPad Apps for People in the Field

first_imgGoogle Docs for MobileFull co-editing capabilities are now available for mobile devices. The app has all the features of the new co-editing capabilities in Google Docs. Is the iPad better for field representatives than a smartphone or a laptop? Particular tasks are well suited to a smartphone. For example, we have seen its effectiveness for providing alerts. IT managers are using smartphones to constantly monitor server performance. The full tablet environment may have a sweet spot with workers in the field market as it is more like a clipboard for marking off tasks. The tablet has the interface to monitor calendars, track items and collaborate with other people. That makes it simpler to use than a smartphone with its smaller screen size. alex williams Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#mobile Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… WatchDoxWatchDox by Confidela is a document control and tracking technology with what it calls bank-grade online storage. Downloading, editing, forwarding and printing can all be controlled through an administration platform. The administrator may revoke access any time. People receive different permissions based upon their role. Tracking provides a detailed audit trail that allows every interaction with a document to be logged, along with its time, user and location.The WatchDox “Virtual Data Room,”allows an admin who can create and manage an unlimited number of “rooms” and folders. Each room is accessible and visible to its members only. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Two new enterprise apps are debuting today that work on the iPad. Last week, Google Docs became available on the iPad.All three apps follow a theme. They provide new ways for a mobile workforce to get work done. With an iPad, workers in the field do not have to carry a laptop or dedicated device that has limited capabilities besides what it is hard coded to do.ServiceMax launched an iPad app today that gives service people a tool for managing their schedules, routes and the work they do for clients in the field. WatchDox is for securely sharing documents in a mobile environment. For its part, Google made good on its promise to port Google Docs to the iOS and Android platforms. ServiceMaxServiceMax is designed for people in the field. It gives them the ability to look at work orders and tasks. Sales people can look at schedules and plan a route based upon the priority of the call.The ServiceMax app provides driving directions and job details; a knowledge base provides data about the client. Salesforce Chatter is integrated into the service for collaboration.Further, the app allows the field representative to track parts and labor, as well as expenses. It includes electronic signature capabilities for signing contracts and agreements. It also generates a PDF that can be emailed for record purposes.last_img read more