Boat gone ah falls

first_imgBy Ryhaan ShahNo one is optimistic about Guyana’s future. The country has careened through 51 post-independence years, bouncing along and threading its way through a divide, with two large groups of citizens on opposite sides of the path that should have led us to peace and prosperity.But poor political leadership is not the only reason for our despair and continued lack of progress. The will always belongs to the people, and we are the ones who continue to fail ourselves and our children’s future. We have not yet risen above party politics, nor have we graduated from drinking the partisan Kool- Aid that continues to kill us.Many felt the PPP/C Administration was corrupt and arrogant, and should be let gone. Whatever machinations occurred in the 2015 elections to ensure this, the Coalition came in with great promises of positive change. We have watched it all come to naught as PNC authoritarianism moved in; and that without any effective protest or deterrence from any quarter.The PNC has always had command of its thug element, along with its kith-and-kin support in the police and army, which are all part of its political arsenal. With these it had rammed its way into power in the 1960s with the full backing of the US and its allies. PNC attempts to do the same during the 23 years of PPP rule were destructive, but never achieved the desired goal.The U.S. had invested too heavily in restoring Guyana to democratic rule; and, in a post-Cold War era, there was no good reason for political meddling. Then came oil, and everything changed. Securing an oil future is to everyone’s advantage — especially for the U.S. and its allies, with their manufacturing and industrial sectors to feed.The PPP/C Administration’s insistence on respect for Guyana’s sovereignty and its infamous feral blast did not help its relationship with the diplomatic community. With Guyana still dependent on aid, we are not in a position to call the shots, and many continue to believe that the party’s uncouth conduct scuppered its chances of winning the 2015 elections.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is astute enough to understand the need to mend fences with our international partners, but this might be too little too late.By all appearances, boat done gone ah falls, even if the PPP senses a 2020 victory because of the many corruptions and faux pas being committed by the Granger Administration. The economy is in free fall; the stink of Government’s corruption is high; democratic parliamentary processes are sidelined, as is the rule of law; and with Justice Franklyn Holder’s recusal from the Carvil Duncan case, the Judiciary appears compromised, whether through intimidation or because of party/racial solidarity.These add up to the abuse of Executive powers that accompany authoritarianism, and President David Granger is still to name a successor to the GECOM chair — an absolutely crucial position if the PNC’s plan to stay in government come 2020 is to succeed. The pesky AFC 11% appendage will have to go; PNC rule will not be dependent on Indian Guyanese votes.The moves to erode democratic processes should have set off alarms within the diplomatic circle, given their strident criticisms in regard to the PPP/C Administration’s alleged corruption. Instead, there are notably affable relations with what is an openly corrupt Government.Granger was able to go and take a photograph with the Queen of England; and he appears quite delighted with the shiny objects being presented to him, including little Hess toy trucks and a presidential arch complete with the cacique crown, gifted by favoured Trinidadian business partner ANSA McAL, who is $605 million richer for the corrupt pharmaceutical supply deal it was handed.If everything goes according to plan – the Nassau Plan? – the 2020 elections will be the last electoral manipulation the PNC might need. The openly racist policies that target Indian Guyanese economically and culturally will succeed in their goal. As Indians continue to flee, the demographics will shift and Africans will become the majority Guyanese people.Guyana’s First Nations need to be vigilant about the fatuous claim being made about African indigeneity. If this claim gains any legitimacy, the First Nations could well find themselves disempowered and dispossessed.Not everyone wants to see Guyana go down the road of PNC authoritarianism again; but, unfortunately, we have no best selves that will act for the common good and in our country’s interests. We prefer to watch the boat plunge headlong over the falls onto the rocks below.Oil will not save us; neither will another PNC dictatorship. But is there any will and unity to turn the boat around?last_img read more

Sarah Ibrahim of the Lingerie Shop

first_img– spreading the joy that is gorgeous lingerieIt is clear that lingerie is more than sensuous undergarments for Sarah Ibrahim of the Lingerie Shop – although she confesses that she loves fashion and “all things beautiful”— it’s about building women’s confidence and empowerment.“I’m the eldest of four girls, and it was a constant headache to find quality undergarments,” she said, reminiscing on what prompted her to open the store.“No matter what you wear, I think all women can agree that what’s underneath matters…makes you feel comfortable, confident, and sexy,” the entrepreneur declared when questioned about the seemingly incongruity of her faith and owning a lingerie store. Noting that she has faced this question many times in all the years she has had her business, she later added wryly, “Because I dress modestly, a lot of people think I have no idea about sex or what is sexy.”“I am a woman and I know what women want. I’m also married with children and know our husbands love us looking and feeling beautiful and confident. More women need to realise lingerie is for home and we should always look amazing for our spouses. And for ourselves.”Her one-of-a-kind store is filled with wonderful diaphanous and cotton pieces and offers make-up and other body products as well, because she believes in “taking care of yourself”. “We have wonderful customers who have realised that our service and quality and prices are unmatchable. We have regulars as well as new people discovering the store every day,” Ibrahim says of the response the store has received over the years.For the stylish businesswoman, determination is key to running the business that has been providing exquisite underthings for women for 17 years. The East Bank Demerara resident says it is the most important quality an entrepreneur can possess.“…without determination, you’re just an idea. You have to go out there and make your dreams a reality.”Through all the ups and downs, including a fire last year that destroyed the building that housed the Lingerie Shop, betrayal by trusted staff members that damaged the store’s reputation and almost cost her the business, Ibrahim, with the support of her husband, has persevered – “at the end of it all, there’s a silver lining to every rainy cloud” – rebuilding the brand and moving to a new location.Asked what keeps her going through all these setbacks, she said simply: “We are Muslim and our faith has a lot to do with how we handle unimaginable situations. We have looked at each setback as a stepping stone. Determination to succeed, to not let anyone or anything affect our success.”Her advice to young entrepreneurs is “believe in yourself and prepare your mind that the road to success rarely is an easy one. Remember to save, be humble and be kind. You never know what the other person out there is facing maybe your smile is the one that brightens someone’s day”.“And always, never think you are too big to take advice or correction.”Contact: 146 Regent Street, Georgetown, Guyana – two buildings from Alexander Street in the top flat of the Techsource; 225-0578; www.facebook.com/saytlsgy/last_img read more

‘Security of Liberia Could Be At Risk, Unless…’

first_img“Considering what I have gathered from informal discussions and observations with those who should know, unless some serious efforts are made to beef-up our national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of this country could be at a risk.”Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, in a communication dated February 12, 2015, and addressed to the Senate Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah, is requesting an urgent hearing on Executive.The Grand Bassa lawmaker said such a meeting would require the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Director and the Chief of Immigration.  As UNMIL was  “not likely to consent to participate in a public hearing, the Liberian Senate should request a closed door meeting with a representative of UNMIL to assist us in getting a better understanding of the status of the security situation in the country and the post-drawdown security challenges that we may expect.”   Though she is aware that the Senate works through committees and the Defense Committee has the representation of all counties, “[yet] due to the urgency and seriousness of this matter, an executive hearing will get the full participation of the entire Senate, which I think is needed at this point,” the Senator advised.Senator Lawrence’s communication comes as UNMIL drawdown approaches its concluding stages in June, 2016 and questions are already being raised as to the readiness of the country’s security apparatus to fill the vacuum that may be created.Some of the issues that need to be addressed, according to Senator Lawrence are: whether the army is at optimal strength or does it require additional soldiers in order for it to become a viable army; are the Army, Police, and Immigration sufficiently equipped to be able to assume their respective mandates, capable of defending the country…?Senator Lawrence also expressed concern about the morale of the officers and members of the Army, Police and Immigration, and whether they are enjoying minimum benefits, such as accommodations for them and their families.The document was sent to the Committees on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary, with the option to do further consultations and report to plenary within two weeks.   InterpretationDaily Observer reporters around the country have frequently reported on the lack of logistical preparedness on the part of the Joint Security, which includes particularly the Police and Immigration.A case in point is a story carried last week and again in today’s edition about two   gruesome murder cases in Nimba County.   The first murder occurred in Beeplay, Buu-Yao Administrative District and the culprit fled to Buutuo on the Ivory Coast boarder where he reported himself to the police station, manned by only two officers.  When friends of the victim from Beeplay descended on the Buutuo station with cutlasses and other weapons to revenge the killing of their friend, the two police officers fled the scene, leaving the prisoner at the mercy of the attackers.  They chopped him up with their cutlasses and disemboweled him.  These murderous avengers had a totally free hand because their numbers were too strong for the two police officers.There has also been grave concern about the lack of communication equipment, transportation and weapons, leaving the security apparatus at the country’s many border points practically defenseless.  That is how Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia were able to begin their invasion of the country on December 24, 1989, igniting the civil war that lasted 14 years.Senator Kanga Lawrence’s concerns are, therefore, indeed very legitimate and need to be carefully and urgently investigated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Japanese companies driving car sales up

first_imgDespite a recent retreat in gas prices, Toprak said fuel efficiency – a strong point for Toyota and Honda – remains key. “Consumers have no confidence in gas prices,” Toprak said. “They suspect they will be going back up anyway. It looks like in order to see a dramatic change in buying patterns, you need to see gas prices under $2 a gallon for no less than six months.” Last year, high fuel prices drove consumers away from General Motor Corp.’s sport utility vehicles and light trucks, forcing the automaker to cut production. Ford Motor Co. has said it expects to further cut production in the first six months of 2007 as it works to bring manufacturing in line with lower demand for its products. “If you make less cars, you are going to sell less cars,” Toprak said. “Some products haven’t quite hit the showrooms full force. GM has new trucks, but it will take about six months to introduce all cab sizes and engine sizes in the U.S. market.” Toyota has continued to gobble up market share and in 2006 passed DaimlerChrysler AG as the No. 3 auto seller in the U.S. for the first time during a full calendar year. This year, Toyota is expected to take Ford’s No. 2 spot in U.S. sales after its sales surpassed Ford’s in two months last year. Toyota likely will beat Ford again in January, analysts say. For the year, Chrysler has said its sales are expected to be slightly higher than in 2006, when they dropped 5.5 percent, as the company introduces eight models, including the midsize Avenger sedan and Chrysler Sebring convertible. It hasn’t made January estimates, but Edmunds.com expects Chrysler’s January sales to be down about 2.6 percent. Last week, GM said it expected sales for the month to be down from January 2006 as it continues to cut sales to rental-car companies. Sales to fleet customers also are expected to be down at Ford, which no longer is selling the Taurus – once the nation’s top-selling car.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Gas prices might be lower than they were most of last year, but consumers still want to buy fuel-efficient vehicles, giving Asian automakers’ sales a boost over Ford and GM in January. Industrywide, sales for the month could be up nearly 1 percent, to nearly 1.2 million, compared with January 2006, when strong fleet sales propped up results, according to estimates from Edmunds.com, a research Web site for car buyers. Companies report January sales Thursday. Jesse Toprak, chief economist for Edmunds.com, said Toyota Motor Corp. likely will post double-digit gains and Honda Motor Co.’s sales could rise nearly 10 percent. The Honda Civic, which was redesigned this past year, did particularly well, while all Toyota products sold well, Toprak said. Neither carmaker had anything new to hit the market in January. last_img read more

Manchester City and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure slams African award snub

first_imgYaya Toure has expressed his anger and frustration after missing out of the African Footballer of the Year award.The Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder was beaten by Borussia Dortmund’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the annual vote of national coaches from Confederation of African Football countries.Toure, who was vying to win the award for a fifth successive year, was complimentary towards Aubameyang but appeared to think his achievement as the African Nations Cup-winning captain was not sufficiently recognised.The 32-year-old told radio station RFI: “I am very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react like this, not giving any importance to African (competitions).“I think it brings shame on Africa. It is indecent. What can we do?“We, Africans, we do not show that Africa is important in our eyes. We prioritise external achievements over our own continent. It is lamentable.”Toure made his comments after the awards ceremony in Nigeria. He finished runner-up with 136 voting points to Aubameyang’s 143.Aubameyang scored 41 goals and made 11 assists for club and country during 2015, including 18 strikes in 17 Bundesliga games this season.Toure earlier said: “I’m quite disappointed, but I don’t want to complain too much.“I just want to give credit to Aubameyang – you’ve been doing brilliantly well this year.”Aubameyang, 26, wrote on Instagram: ”Thanks to my Father and Mother thanks to my son and his Mom thanks to my family to my friends to my teammates @bvb09 and from Gabon national team thanks to my fans and thanks God and everybody.”Swansea and Ghana forward Andre Ayew finished third in the poll with 112 points. 1 ‘It brings shame on Africa’ – Manchester City and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure slams African Footballer of the Year snub last_img read more

Judge won’t dismiss Karr case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Investigators have acknowledged they lost Karr’s computer, which allegedly contained the five images of child pornography, but said they found a “mirror image” of Karr’s hard drive on a sheriff’s department computer. Defense lawyers have since filed a motion to exclude that evidence, but a judge hasn’t heard arguments or ruled on that request. SANTA ROSA – A Sonoma County judge refused Wednesday to grant a second defense motion to dismiss the child pornography case against the one-time suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case. John Mark Karr’s lawyers had argued that prosecutors deliberately withheld information they learned from Karr’s ex-wife. Lara Knutson had said she wasn’t sure the computer on which the illegal images were allegedly found was operational at the time investigators seized it. A prosecutor said she hasn’t deliberately withheld anything and Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau agreed, saying Karr “should have had knowledge of the state of the computers,” making their reliance on Knutson unnecessary. Last week, a different judge refused to toss out the misdemeanor case after the defense filed a dismissal motion based on the loss of evidence. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

INDOT Explanation of SR60 Closing Signs

first_imgMany WSLM listeners have contacted the radio station regarding a sign posted on State Road 60 recently that says ” Highway Closed on January 16.”Jason Tiller, INDOT Vincennes District Communication Director, explained that the sign was posted due to a CSX Railroad Crossing Repair. “I don’t have a whole lot of information on the exact location since it’s a railroad project,” said Tiller. “Based on a quick google maps search, The only rail road crossing that I see is between Mitchell and Saltillo – In Lawrence County. It’s scheduled for 4 days depending upon weather conditions.”Tiller said the reason for the signage near Salem, is because of the official detour.“INDOT isn’t allowed to route traffic from state roads onto county or city roads without prior approval from the municipality,” said Tiller. “The official detour uses state maintained roads only – in this case, it looks like  SR 37, SR 337, SR 56 and SR 60 – and that’s a big detour, 48 miles.”Tiller said, now, with that said, the road is open to local traffic.“It won’t be shut down completely,” said Tiller. “People who live along this stretch or operate businesses will probably have no issues other than looking at signs. And the signs are there more as a courtesy for those traveling from Salem to Mitchell.”Tiller said it is INDOT’s responsibility to provide the official detour. If the general public chooses to use another route, they certainly have that choice.If you have any questions about the type of work or anything like that, I personally can’t answer those because INDOT doesn’t actually maintain the crossings.The railroad owns and maintains crossings and that work is scheduled based on their priority.That would be a question for CSX – although most railroad crossing repairs are pretty standard – the goal is to smooth out the crossing. CSX’s Customer service line is 1 (877) 744-7279.last_img read more

Marshfield Junior Legion splits twinbill at Stevens Point

first_imgWilhelm hits home run in Game 2 win for Blue DevilsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTEVENS POINT — The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion Junior Blue Devils split a doubleheader with Stevens Point on Monday night, losing 4-1 and winning 13-5 in the twinbill at Bukolt Park.Marshfield (10-5, 7-4 Wisconsin Valley Legion League) was held to four hits in the opener and scored its only run in the fifth inning.In the second game, the Blue Devils hit their stride offensively with 13 hits. Marshfield trailed 4-0 after three innings before scoring six times in the fourth to take the lead for good. The Blue Devils added a pair of runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to win going away.Logan Schreiner went the distance for Marshfield, striking out four and walking two, to earn the victory.Mason Coffren went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs; Mitch Wilhelm hit a home run and drove in three; and Riley Boushack had a double, a triple, and also drove in three runs for Marshfield.The Blue Devils host Merrill at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Hackman Field.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Game 1Sixers 4, Blue Devils 1Marshfield 000 010 0 – 1 4 3Stevens Point 202 000 x – 4 7 0Stevens Point roster not provided.LP: Mason Coffren.SO: Coffren (2 inn.) 5, Ryan Zickert (4 inn.) 5. BB: Coffren 0, Zickert 1.Top hitters: M, Zickert 2B, run.—Game 2Blue Devils 13, Sixers 5Marshfield 000 625 0 – 13 13 1Stevens Point 013 010 0 – 5 7 2Stevens Point roster not provided.WP: Logan Schreiner.SO: Schreiner 4. BB: Schreiner 2.Top hitters: M, Riley Boushack 2×5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs; Hunter Weik 2×5, run; Coffren 3×3, 2 2Bs, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Caden Schillinger 2×4, 2 runs; Zickert 2×5, 2 RBIs; Mitch Wilhelm 2×3, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs.Records: Marshfield 10-5, 7-4 Wisconsin Valley Legion League; Stevens Point not provided.last_img read more

MixTape.me is a Brilliant Musical Mashup

first_imgRelated Posts That experience, we can assure you, is quite addictive. Even if you aren’t looking for certain tracks or artists, there are plenty of playlists on the homepage to listen to. And playlists are what this site does perfectly. Easy to create, easy to populate, easy to manage, and easy to share. Drag-and-drop is all that is needed for most playlist actions. Each playlist gets its own URL, so your friends can listen to it without even having to create an account. And each one comes with an embed link as well, so you can show off all your hard work on your own web page. Also, each playlist shows who created it; you can use that link to follow that user to see new playlists they might generate in the future.When you finally start to settle down after running around like a kid in a candy store, you will find each track has a purchase link that takes you to an Amazon music search page. And that link? You got it – it has an Amazon affiliate ID on it. As far as we can tell, that’s the only method MixTape.me is using to generate a little scratch. But you know what? We don’t mind that so much, because we have found some really great music that we haven’t found any other way. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout phil glockner Tags:#music#Product Reviews#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App A few days ago, over at Gina Trapani’s new Smarterware blog, I read about another new web-based music player and playlist creator, MixTape.me. I’ve reviewed severaltakes on the same basic concept recently, so I didn’t immediately write this one up. But I went ahead and gave it a spin, listening to a few of the popular playlists and searching for my favorite artists on the service. And, as it turns out, this application hits all the right notes in terms of interface design, plus its mere existence is a testament to the power of mashups.On the surface, you wouldn’t be able to tell that this web application is in fact a mashup. But after using the site for a while, you will start to notice that it grabs data from a lot of different places. Artist bios from last.fm. Lyrics from LyricWiki.org. Music videos from YouTube.  And the music… where does the music come from? Good question. The answer is, a lot of places: cloud storage, web sites, SeeqPod. In fact, the site is careful to keep that information behind the scenes. What you are left with is a clean, very desktop music player-like experience. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

California Campaign Seeks to Fix Prop 47 by Making Serial Theft a Felony

first_imgSuggestive of their ability to fight back against a wave of shoplifting decriminalization efforts, the broader retail and loss prevention communities will likely be keeping an eye on a new state ballot initiative campaign in California.The effort aims to modify Proposition 47, which passed in 2014 and raised the felony-shoplifting threshold in the state to $950. If successful, the new measure would make repeat offenders eligible for felony prosecution after a third theft valued at $250 or more.Aaron Moreno“Since 2014, we’ve seen a significant increase in both incidents and in the value of cases as it became known that no matter how many time you’re caught—so long as you stay under $950—you’ll just get a citation to show up in court,” said Aaron Moreno, senior director for government relations at the California Grocers Association, a member of the California Public Safety Partnership, which is sponsoring the ballot measure.- Sponsor – Presently, the partnership is raising money for advertising to generate awareness of the ballot initiative. To get on the November 2018 ballot, the campaign will need to collect nearly 360,000 valid signatures by the end of April.Among other provisions, Prop 47 reduced certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors and was passed, in part, to alleviate stress on California’s overcrowded jails. Moreno says that the current effort seeks to address problematic elements of Prop 47 rather than to undo it or subvert the will of voters.“This effort is not to overturn Prop 47, because that was passed by voters and there have been parts of it that have been good for the state,” he said. “But as is often the case when you use the initiative process, there are some unintended consequences that result—issues that don’t get fleshed the way they do when issues go through the traditional legislative process.”Prop 47 FrustrationsPrior to Prop 47, a person who entered a store with the intent to steal something could be found guilty of commercial burglary and could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony at the prosecutor’s discretion. After Prop 47, those who enter a store during regular business hours with the intent to steal merchandise or property where the value does not exceed $950 are only guilty of “shoplifting,” a misdemeanor offense. At a press conference announcing the initiative Oct. 30, state assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) said some criminals are committing serial thefts and keeping each one to $949 or less to avoid punishment.In a 2016 survey by the National Retail Federation, several loss prevention practitioners expressed related frustrations. “We are a victim of Proposition 47. We now use trespass as the only means of dealing with repeat criminals at our stores,” wrote one. “Shoplifters are more confrontational with our LP officers. Even if we do catch them, it’s just a slap on the wrist,” wrote another California LP executive.A Potential FixAfter an effort to amend the law this summer hit a roadblock, a coalition including police officers and prosecutors formed to put forth a new state initiative. If the new initiative passes, an individual’s first two thefts would be treated the way they are under current law—as a misdemeanor if the value of the theft is under $950. However, if an individual is caught a third time for theft—at a value of over $250—he or she could be charged with a felony.The fix was aimed to be a compromise between adhering to the initial goals of Prop 47 to reduce the number of non-violent prisoners, while providing recourse to hold serial offenders more accountable, according to Moreno. “If all you’re ever going to get is a misdemeanor citation and you’re an enterprising criminal, you’re going to see shoplifting as low risk and high reward.” The new initiative aims to recalibrate that perception, Moreno suggested.In addition to changes to make serial theft a felony, the proposed initiative would add 15 crimes to the list of violent crimes for which early release is not an option. These include child abuse, rape of an unconscious person, trafficking a child for sex, domestic violence, and assault with a deadly weapon.In addition, DNA collection for certain crimes would be permissible, including from drug offenses that were reduced to misdemeanors under Prop 47. The measure also mandates a parole revocation hearing for anyone violating the terms of parole three times.The prospects of the new proposition initiative are unclear. Police and prosecutors have been vocal in criticizing Prop 47, including placing blame on it for recent increases in crime across California. Prop 47 passed with 59 percent of the vote, however, and a more recent survey by the Los Angeles Times suggests that it remains popular with the public. Some state lawmakers also routinely tout the millions the state has saved by reducing the state’s jail population.Success of the new initiative will likely hinge on the campaign’s ability to raise awareness among the public that the new ballot initiative will correct Prop 47’s problems and fill its holes and not subvert its more popular provisions. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more