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first_img…for the PNCYou could just hear the air being sucked out of the PNC camp when they realised that four of their Ministers would have to resign not only their office, but also their seats in the National Assembly! It was a case of “all smart flies does end up in cow’s backside”!! They were so desperate to reverse AFC’s Charrandas’ vote on the NCM that they ignored that the “dual citizen” limb would boomerang and bite them on their bamzies!! But bite it did…hence that whooshing sound from their collective gasp of consternation!!Gaskin, who refused to cut his ties with Blighty, and Roopnaraine, who just did, are of no consequence – apart from not being PNC. Gaskin was always a beneficiary of nepotism, and was such a lightweight that he never threatened anyone. Roopnaraine had reduced himself to such a doormat in the last couple of years that even his friends were happy he’s been offered a way out of his humiliation. Imagine, there was a time when this fella marched in step with Rodney!! But quality will always be tested in battle, and Roopnaraine was clearly found wanting.What’s significant is the sucking out of air has created a vacuum in the PNC’s succession process for control of the PNC after 2020. This has been thrown for a loop. Greenidge had been a credible challenger to Granger for the PNC leadership up to 2015, and if the latter were to falter for any reason, there’s no question he would’ve liked to throw his hat in the presidential ring. He doesn’t just have years of explicit service in office for the PNC’s cause, but as a former Finance Minister and present Foreign Minister, he can claim just the precise skill set from their quarter for an economy just about to have an oil infusion!! He could’ve made a good case that the party would’ve gotten a “two-fer” – as top dog and as the finance maven.Now that’s all gone for channa!! Even if he were to renounce his British citizenship, he can now be branded as tainted goods by his opponents, who’ll question his loyalty to the cause. Burnham, after all, set the bar for nationalism quite high – and with all that oil money in sight, all gloves will come off.And that’s the same reason why Harmon’s line to the Presidency has been smudged. He already had the PNC traditional leadership corps riled since they’d been shunted aside by the Army types.But the main standard bearers from that quarter, Lawrence (“only PNCites and friends need apply”) and Williams (terminal incompetence) have already shot themselves in the foot.Expect some bloody infighting in the PNC camp!!…on constitutional reformYour Eyewitness is quite amused with all the talk about “constitutional reform” being spouted from all quarters – even by the diplomats. It’s just a lot of hot air that might just take our planet over the tipping point on this global warming threat!! It reminds him of those medieval scholastics debating about how many angels could dance on the tip of a needle!! It all amounted to naught!!What these – probably well intentioned – folks don’t mention is exactly how they would get these reforms passed. After the NCM, we’re all quite informed about what it takes to alter the Constitution. Generally, two-thirds of all the sitting MPs, or a vote of a majority followed by a referendum. And that, dear readers, means any changes will have to get the support of BOTH the PNC and the PPP. So have these worthies figured how they’d satisfy this threshold condition? Some third party “holding the balance of power” in the Assembly??That still doesn’t muster up two-thirds with either of the two behemoths!! Hot air!!…with Parliament conveningThe hitch here, of course, is to figure out who’ll fill the four seats that have to be vacated. It’s not that there aren’t names – they’re on the list.But who to extract? We’ll see eventually. AFTER the bloodletting!!last_img read more

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Sugar: The rise and fall of a Government

first_imgDear Editor,There is much debate, analysis and conclusions on what caused Mr Charrandas Persaud to vote against his Government on December 21, 2018 in the National Assembly. Mr Persaud in his media interactions and on social media cited many reasons for his action. One of the reasons identified, is the manner in which his Government handled the sugar industry.In his exact words, he stated that “…. you destroy(ed) the lives of sugar workers in a village, district that I live in, I cannot live with that”.Editor, this statement from Mr Persaud is instructive and requires further examination. From all indications, Mr Persaud was instrumental in luring many sugar workers and their families from his village/district to support the APNU/AFC coalition in the May 2015 elections.The promise of 20 per cent increase in wages for sugar workers and a better life attracted attention and eventual support. This new electoral support from the sugar belt was enough to thrust the APNU/AFC coalition in Government. Upon assumption to office, the coalition shamelessly abandoned its campaign promises for the sugar sector and adopted the Errol Hanoman/Clive Thomas destructive and devious plan of systematic estate closure and sell-out. By December 2017, that promise of 20 per cent increase in wages and a good life for the people in Mr Persaud’s village/district changed to a life of zero wage and misery with the closure of Rose Hall Sugar Estate.This draconian action by the Government on the very people that contributed to its rise to power must have rattled the soul of Mr Persaud and etched at his conscience. He witnessed first-hand; the daily struggles of the thousands of newly unemployed and had no answers for their questions on the promises which he led them to believe.The destroyed livelihoods of ordinary citizens (voters) and the Cadillac livelihood of decision makers (politicians) was convincing enough for Mr Persaud to have no confidence in his own Government. This was expressed in his supporting vote in the National Assembly for which he must be commended.If the APNU/AFC coalition decides to step out of its arrogant and denial modes, it will recognise, the importance of sugar in Guyana’s society. Sugar was instrumental in APNU/AFC’s rise to and fall from power in 3 ½ short years.The subject of sugar will continue to be a major part of the Guyanese conversation. While the APNU/AFC coalition Government was deliberate in diminishing the sector, all other entities and organisations must be commended for the focus and prominence they gave sugar.The electronic and print mediums, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and especially the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) deserve special commendation for its individual focus on the subject of sugar. GAWU has been focused, responsible and relentless in its efforts in highlighting the developments in the industry.Despite its challenges, sugar remains a formidable force, capable of making or breaking a Government. Let’s light a candle for the 7000 sugar workers that were terminated by APNU/ AFC Government.Sincerely,Sookram Persaudlast_img read more

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Promising safety upgrades for LAX

first_imgA more practical idea – and one that would not lead to more flight delays – is the effort by the airport and the FAA to put in place runway-status lights designed to quickly alert pilots when it’s safe to cross a runway on LAX’s north airfield. Such a system could be in place by January 2009 Although certainly not foolproof, warning lights could help prevent miscommunications between pilots and air-traffic controllers. The Airport Commission’s decision to fund a another safety study of the north airfield should also shed light on whether the distance between the two northern runways should be increased. Although that would mean relocating a runway closer to airport neighbors in Westchester, such a project may be needed to accommodate larger, quieter aircraft like the Airbus A380. Larger aircraft capable of carrying more than 500 people should make the airport more efficient. Indeed, one flight by such a mega-aircraft could do the job that two conventional airliners now perform. We’re also encouraged by experimental satellite-based navigation systems that have been demonstrated by the FAA. These new systems would allow pilots to keep better track of nearby aircraft when skies are more crowded – and thus avoid potential flight hazards around busy airports. All these future technical upgrades should boost public confidence in LAX’s ability to keep safety risks to a minimum. And we’re hopeful such advancements will occur in a way that doesn’t exacerbate fears of airport expansion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For those who live near Los Angeles International Airport, the line between airport modernization and airport expansion is a fine one. But while LAX must not deviate from a legal agreement capping annual passenger volume to 78.9 million, modernizing the airport to improve safety should move forward as quickly as possible. Eight so-called runway incursions, or near-collisions, have occurred at the airport since Oct. 1, prompting a re-evaluation of safety concerns. We’re hopeful that discussions about solutions will result in fewer such close calls in the future. There is no shortage of ideas. Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, has called on the Federal Aviation Administration to restrict the number of aircraft landing and taking off – while at the same time spreading out the number of flights to other airports in the region. Although we welcome regional solutions to take some of the pressure off LAX, it doesn’t seem likely that fewer flights would reduce the chances of collisions. The recent close calls at LAX were linked more to pilot error and airport configuration issues rather than the volume of flights at any one time. last_img read more

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Bill to ban Mexican trucks passes

first_imgThe U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban Mexican trucks from hauling cargo on American highways. The 74-24 vote was the latest in a series of roadblocks Congress has erected to thwart a federal pilot program giving Mexican trucking companies full access to U.S. roadways. “I don’t think there’s any evidence that we have equivalent standards of safety,” said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who wrote the bill. The Mexican truck program has drawn fierce opposition from Both she and Sen. Barbara Boxer, also D-Calif., voted for the amendment barring the use of federal money in the pilot program. The House recently passed a similar measure. Opening the border to trucks was a condition of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which required that all roads in the U.S., Mexico and Canada be opened to carriers from all three countries. Canadian trucking companies already have full access to U.S. roads, but Mexican trucks can travel only 25 miles inside the country at certain border crossings. Supporters on Tuesday – primarily Republicans – said Mexican trucks will be held to the same standards as their American counterparts. They also noted that under the pilot program, only 600 foreign trucks would be traveling across the border. “That’s a pretty minuscule number,” Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said, noting that about 5.1 million commercial trailers were registered for business purposes in the U.S. last year. “Those people who fear that Mexican trucks will not be held to the same standard as U.S. trucks in America are incorrect,” Kyl said. “It seems to me it is worth giving this program a chance.” Sen. John Cornyn – who offered a failed amendment that would have allowed the program but enforced even tougher safety requirements – accused opponents of discriminating against Mexico. “How does it look if we’re going to hold trucks coming from Mexico to a different standard than trucks from Canada?” he said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! consumer-safety groups and others who contend that Mexican trucks are unregulated, dirty and unsafe. The debate has been particularly heated in California, where San Diego’s Otay Mesa is the second- busiest cargo crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, after Laredo, Texas. Coming on the heels of a major explosion on a northern Mexico highway – when a dynamite- laden truck collided with another vehicle and killed 34 people – several lawmakers called the vote an important move to protect drivers on American roads. “While this program would not allow Mexican trucks to transport hazardous materials inside the United States, this tragedy reconfirms my commitment to preventing accidents on American highways,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. last_img read more

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Bar issues guide for lawyers’ manners

first_imgState Bar President Sheldon Sloan said he saw the need for the guidelines because of increasing nastiness in the profession. “I’ve been practicing a long time and over the years I’ve noticed a decline in the civility accorded between lawyers in a profession where traditionally the lawyers on opposite sides have gotten along pretty well,” Sloan said. “I really noticed it, frankly, in the large urban areas more than the smaller areas. The truth of the matter is you can win a case without having to be uncivil to your opponent.” Among the guidelines? Attorneys should avoid hostile, demeaning or humiliating words. Attorneys also should be punctual for court appearances, should not disparage the intelligence or ethics of others when not relevant to the case and should not produce disorganized or unintelligible documents during the discovery process. Sloan said some attorneys play games – such as intentionally scheduling a deposition on an inconvenient day for opposing counsel, such as the Friday after Thanksgiving, or a child’s school graduation day. When asked to reschedule as a courtesy, they refuse. The other attorney then has to complain to the judge, wasting valuable court time to resolve a petty matter. While the guidelines are nonbinding, Sloan hopes encouraging attorneys to sign a pledge to follow the rules can help rein in bad behavior. And, he added, judges may decide to use the rules as guidance to impose sanctions when faced with nasty or petty bickering among lawyers in court. Still, naturally when this many lawyers are involved in an issue of rules, there is plenty of debate. Some attorneys feel the guidelines are unnecessary, simply because the legal profession already has plenty of rules governing conduct. And with the new guidelines being nonbinding, some think they aren’t likely to make rude lawyers suddenly start playing nice. Within the Los Angeles County Bar Association, two subgroups – the litigation section and the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee – opposed the new rules. “To the extent that there’s a civility issue that needs to be addressed – and there always will be and has been since the beginning of the practice of law – we didn’t think we needed another set of rules,” said Los Angeles attorney Richard J. Burdge Jr. Instead Burdge, who is chairman of the county bar association’s litigation section, suggested the state bar should press for more courses on the issues of civility in law schools. Some experts believe there has always been a lack of courtesy among some elements in the legal profession. UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, who specializes in legal ethics, said the lack of professional courtesy has been a problem for decades, but the growing size of the profession may be pushing attorneys to be more competitive and aggressive. The larger number of attorneys also makes it less likely for repeat interactions, making it less likely for attorneys to feel obligated to be polite to one another. Winkler also said the perception of rudeness can sometimes be fed by the proliferation of television shows featuring attorneys – though often real-life is worse. “The public perception of lawyers has been bad for a long time. Television shows don’t do anything to make lawyers’ reputations better,” Winkler said. “Maybe that enhances the public perception of lawyers lacking civility. But I think people watching those shows might get a better impression than if they saw actual lawyers in practice. “Any lawyer who’s worked in litigation has seen his share of unprofessional and uncivil conduct.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Did you hear the joke about the two opposing lawyers who were really nice to each other? No? Don’t worry, neither has anyone else. Concerned that the practice of law has simply gotten too darn mean, the California State Bar this summer authored new “California Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism.” The rules are a sort of Miss Manners guide to legal etiquette, instructing lawyers to use appropriate language, not exaggerate about their cases to the media, and try to show some common courtesy when scheduling depositions or serving papers. last_img read more

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GALLAGHER FORCED TO TURN DOWN RTE AFTER AGREEING TO COOK FOR TV3

first_imgCONRAD GALLAGHER has been forced to turn down the chance to present RTE’s major new cookery series – because he already agreed to do a cookery show for rivals TV3.The controversial Letterkenny-born chef has already agreed to do a programme called Headchef for the Ballymount station.The Hawthorn Heights man will meet people from all walks of life and try and turn them into the hottest things in the kitchen. But Gallagher, 40, may have turned on his oven a little too quickly after RTE came calling for him to do a similar show.Shinawil, the production company behind Dragons Den and The Apprentice wanted Gallagher to be the face of a new RTE version of Masterchef.But Conrad had to tell the boys that he was do busy in the kitchen with TV3 to mix a few ingredients for them.Now Shinawil have been forced to look to other Irish chefs including Nevin Maguire, Richard Corrigan and Rachel Allen. Conrad, whose intimate Dublin and Sligo restaurants are now booming since he returned from South Africa, also revealed he had to turn down the chance of becoming the next Gordon Ramsey.TV3 bosses were looking for Conrad to be a little bit outspoken and wanted Headchef to be an Irish version of Hell’s Kitchen.But Conrad admitted “I told them I wasn’t the best guy suited for that show.I don’t see the shouting or screaming or roaring for me. I’m more interested in taking ordinary chefs and turning them into great chefs.”Ends GALLAGHER FORCED TO TURN DOWN RTE AFTER AGREEING TO COOK FOR TV3 was last modified: February 20th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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Tourists watch as buffalo burst tyre to chase lions away

first_imgIt is not unusual for different animal species like lions and buffalo to be seen fighting. Tourists in the Kruger National Park area recently got a fright when a buffalo surprised them by turning towards their cars to get lions off his back. A group of tourists visiting Kruger National Park was recently heard on a video saying they are trapped while these lions and buffalo were fighting with each other. (Image: Screengrab via Latest Sightings)• When on an African safari, lock your doors • So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage • Watch: The Life Project – South Africa in 11 minutes • Rare elephant twins born at Pongola Game Reserve Melissa JavanA video by Latest Sightings showing two male lions fighting with a buffalo already has 45,500 views on YouTube since it was posted on Monday, 20 April 2015.The video that was taken by tourists in the Kruger National Park, films the lions eating the back of the buffalo’s body. The buffalo then bursts a car’s tyre to chase the lions away.Latest Sightings announced early in April that they have a program where contributors can earn money for their videos. For more information, go to Latest Sightings’ blog.Watch the video of the buffalo bursting a car’s tyre to get lions off his back:last_img read more

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MH370: Search resumes, hopes high.

first_imgThe search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumed Sunday in an area identified by University of WA researchers as the possible final resting place.After a quick resupply in Fremantle, the search team crew aboard vessel Seabed Constructor deployed eight autonomous underwater vehicles to search for signs of the aircraft.The Ocean Infinity team says they are “absolutely determined” to find the Boeing 777, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboardREAD: MH370 What happened on board.So far 80,000sqkm of the ocean floor has been searched.The latest search is expected to be the last before the winter weather puts a pause on operations.The Malaysian Government gave Ocean Infinity 90 days to find the plane in a “no cure, no fee” search that would net the company $US70 million if successful.The sweeps have lasted about six weeks and it is expected that this will be the last before winter weather halts activities about mid-June.Ocean Infinity chief executive Oliver Plunkett said that its “technology has performed exceptionally well throughout the search and that we have collected significant amounts of high-quality data in which we have full confidence”.“The results from the highly challenging Broken Ridge (due west of Perth) feature are particularly impressive,” he said.“Everyone at Ocean Infinity remains absolutely determined for the remainder of the search.”WATCH: Reach for the sick bagThe 100,000sqkm area that is the focus of the current search is based on assessments of a refinement of the original satellite data, drift modeling from debris that washed up around the western Indian Ocean.The original Australian Transport Safety Bureau international investigation favored a more southerly location.UWA professor Charitha Pattiaratchi indicated the priority region that needed targeting went as far north as 28°S along what is called the seventh arc.This is a line based on satellite returns off the Boeing 777 that runs down the WA coast about 1800km west of Perth and then sweeps away into the Southern Indian Ocean.This does not include the time spent traveling to and from port to refuel and take on new crew and supplies.last_img read more

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Is eBay Artificially Inflating Listing Numbers?

first_imgTags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market josh catone 1 Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This is important for two reasons. First, because it means that Buy.com is being given preferential treatment over individual sellers — who would not be allowed to create empty listings to flood category search results with their brand. Sellers in the areas were Buy.com sells are feeling increasing competitive pressure — and this indicates that the playing field is not level. As the auction-watching blog AuctionBytes indicates, that goes against what former eBay CEO Meg Whitman promised sellers.The second reason this matters is that the number of new listings on the site is a key metric that eBay reports to shareholders in their financial reports. If those numbers are being artificially inflated with empty listings it could indicate that information being fed to investors is not accurate.center_img The listings appear in searches labeled as just “NEW.” Clicking through displays listings pages that inform users they are bidding on “a brand new item,” with no indication of what that item actually is. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We’ve been taking a look recently into the troubles at online auction and ecommerce giant eBay. Ten days ago we took a look at reasons why many sellers are leaving eBay, and yesterday we covered an Australian ruling that barred the company from forcing sellers to use PayPal as their only online transaction method. Despite the problems the company is facing, their total listing numbers appear to be on the rise. But could they be artificially inflating that number?Year over year, the number of auction listings at eBay are up according to independent tracking firm MedVed.net. But there is evidence that the listings numbers over the past month or two are being artificially boosted by eBay’s recent partnership with Buy.com.Buy.com, a traditional fixed-price online retailer in the vein of Amazon, signed a listing deal with eBay in May. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Buy.com is generally listing around 500,000 items on the site at once — or are they? Sellers on eBay’s forums discovered that a number of the company’s listings appear to be empty.last_img read more

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