Announcement of an election date can calm the present political turmoil

first_imgDear Editor,I have full confidence that a date for the upcoming elections will be released soon and a return to calm will ensue. There is no need for anyone to be portrayed as uncivilised or uncouth and less need for aggression and revenge. We must avoid the potential for violence and the insulting of each other.We the people of Guyana are all looking for a transparent and trustworthy election process free of violence, disorder and corruption. Once a date is provided, which will be soon, the key issue left outstanding is to ensure we as a nation have a very successful election process supported by our confidence in the list of voters. GECOM should have been working in parallel to the judicial process, but that is now water under the bridge.A partial House-to-House Registration process is concerning and the rationalisation of the lists should not be a complicated process. Data processing in this day and age is not in need of supercomputers for such a small data set. The lack of ongoing registration throughout the years is the possible root cause of today’s problems and has allowed for the current list to be seen as obsolete. I do not disagree that GECOM is an independent body, but the current Administration of President Granger should be supplying additional resources to ensure the acceleration of the election process to meet the required constitutional timeline. Given the level of anxiety within the populace, we must ensure that a thorough job is done to provide a result free of the perspective of corruption.Increase the size of the House-to-House Registration team and utilise the Local Government resources to speed up the process. It is now also in the Opposition’s best interest to participate to ensure a transparent and trustworthy list is finalised. The aim of this should be a completion date of one month max and should be reflected in the election project plan. The question the Executive should ask is what will it take to make this possible? Then it is the Executive’s responsibility to provide the team with what they need to be successful.The consolidation and finalisation objective should reflect a similar timeline. While training and preparation of polling stations are completed simultaneously. The final month should be used to fine-tune the list, printing of ballots, and the correction of any minor errors while absorbing potential delays. GECOM at a minimum should be providing weekly updates on progress to ensure that if additional resources are needed, they can be provided by the Executive branch in a matter of days. As the date for elections draws near the end of the 3-month timeline, a progress report should be provided at least twice a week and in the final weeks, this should be daily so as to mobilise resources quickly, and jointly resolve any issues that may arise.Instead of continually worrying and extending the time to get things done, we need to shift to getting busy at resolving the issues. There should be no need to request an extension from the National Assembly at this late juncture, this will only add to the controversy, and for this election season, such a request should only be made in the case of a national disaster or an act of God (force majeure). It is time for all hands on deck to get the job done correctly, quickly and peacefully.Best regards,Mr Jamil Changleelast_img read more

Thieves smash into business during overnight burglary

first_imgGardaí are hunting thieves who smashed their way into a business in Demesne, Raphoe during the night.The alarm was raised at 4.10am on Tuesday morning when the suspects removed a glass panel and two doors to gain entry to a local business. They then forced their way into the office and attempted to break open the safe.The suspects did not manage to open the safe and fled the scene empty handed. Significant damage was caused to numerous windows and doors of the business and gardaí are appealing to the public for information which may help find the suspects.Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111Thieves smash into business during overnight burglary was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

New fuel pipeline for Moz and SA

first_imgThe new 450km pipeline will alleviate pressure on inland fuel supply in South Africa. (Image: South African Qualification & Certification Committee) The proposed route of the new pipeline. (Image: Petroline Holdings)Janine ErasmusConstruction on a R5.8-billion ($620-million) fuel pipeline between the Mozambican port of Matola in Maputo province and Kendal in South Africa is due to start later in 2009. The 450km-long pipeline will transport up to 3.5-million litres per year and is expected to prevent potential fuel shortages in South Africa.The multi-product pipeline will take just six months to build, as project operator Petroline intends to have it up and running as early as possible in 2010. Petroline is a locally-registered company that also owns the sections of the line that run through South African soil.When complete the pipeline will facilitate the importation of petrol and diesel from Mozambique, which has extensive natural gas and coal reserves but no oil reserves. Of the pipeline’s total capacity of 3.5-million litres of fuel and diesel, a maximum of 1.5-million litres will be diverted to Nelspruit while the remainder will be transported to Kendal.“Our aim is to have this project operational before 2010,” said Mateus Kathupa, CEO of shareholder Petróleos De Moçambique (Petrómoc), “in order to have an additional capacity in terms of oil supplies to South Africa.”Matola is closer to Johannesburg, South Africa’s busiest city, than the port of Durban which is the traditional entry point for fuel imports.The pipeline will travel 64km from the existing coastal storage facility at Matola in Mozambique to the South African border at Komatipoort. It will then run for a distance of 135km between Komatipoort and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province, followed by the 249km stretch to Kendal. At its final destination there is the possibility of the pipeline joining with the current Transnet Pipelines network for inland distribution of fuel.The refurbishment and upgrade of Matola port is part of the project, as are new tank storage facilities at the Nelspruit depot.Annual revenue from the new pipeline is expected to exceed R7.5-billion ($800-million).Mozambique-South Africa co-operationThe Mozambican-South African consortium Petroline Holdings received its licence to build the pipeline from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa at the end of March 2007.Petroline has four major shareholders – these are the Woesa Consortium which holds 25%, Gigajoule International with 20%, Petrómoc with 40% and Companhia De Desenvolvimento De Petróleo Moçambique which holds 15%.Construction of the pipeline was originally scheduled for September 2008 but was delayed because the environmental impact studies have not yet received final approval. According to Katupha, issues such as compensation to people who live on land across which the pipeline will pass have yet to be resolved.Five studies have been undertaken, three in South Africa and two in Mozambique. In South Africa the national Department of Environmental Affairs is working on the project and in Mozambique it is the Ministry of Coordination of Environmental Affairs that must give the go-ahead. Approval is expected no later than May 2009, following which construction will begin apace.Fast-growing economyIn December 2005 South Africa suffered severe fuel shortages which impacted on many sectors of the economy. Airlines lost revenue because their planes were grounded, while many farmers suffered losses because they could not harvest at the optimal time. Motorists had to drive to several locations before they found a functioning service station.The Moerane Report of 2006, under the leadership of Advocate Marumo Moerane, investigated the crisis and found that one of the major causes of the shortage was the lack of adequate pipeline capacity in South Africa. This caused disruptions in the chain of supply.Additionally the Moerane commission predicted that the current economic growth rate in South Africa meant that there was a strong possibility of fuel demand outstripping supply capacity by mid-2009, as inland supply routes were not up to the task.The new pipeline is expected to alleviate much of the shortage in capacity and go a long way towards ensuring that such a crisis will not happen again.Since it operates in both South Africa and Mozambique, the pipeline presents another prime opportunity for integration and development between countries in the Southern African Development Community.Because the direction of flow can be reversed, the line could also be used to ferry fuel products to out of South Africa for distribution to neighbouring countries such as Botswana.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at linksHighest global quality fuel in SA Infrastructure development in SAThe Southern African Development CommunityUseful linksPetroline HoldingsPetrómocNational Energy Regulator of SANational Petroleum Institute, MozambiqueMinistry of Coordination of Environmental Affairslast_img read more

Lashkar-e-Taiba’s fresh recruit Majid Khan surrenders in Kashmir

first_imgA fresh Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) recruit, Majid Khan, on Friday “returned home and gave up the gun” in the wake of repeated appeals made by the family and friends on social media. The 20-year-old was a local football star.‘Not to press charges’“The brave boy decided himself to give up violence and get back into the mainstream. We ensured he safely returned after we came to know about an opportunity (of his return) on Thursday. No charges will be pressed against him so that he pursues his career and sporting passion,” said General Officer Commanding (GOC), Victor Force, Maj. Gen. B.S Raju.GOC Raju also offered a surrender option to those militants involved in crimes but intend to return. “They may have to face the law of the land. But we will ensure their return to the mainstream,” he said.Mr. Khan — who was mentally disturbed after the killing of his close friend Yawar Nisar in an encounter in August this year — joined the LeT two weeks ago and announced it on the social media by posting gun-wielding pictures, invoking a barrage of appeals from friends and family.Mr. Khan’s mother Ashiya Begum, 50, made an emotional appeal to her lone son online.He was also fast turning into a poster boy of militancy, motivating many to join online.The police want other local militants, whose number is around 150, to join the mainstream. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan said Mr. Khan had neither “surrendered nor was he apprehended.” “His mother, father and friends were instrumental in bringing him back,” the IGP said.In an appeal to local militants, the IGP said, “We are ready to welcome those who have gone astray. Violence will take us nowhere. Let all local youth return home, resume work and establish peace. They have a right to live a dignified life.”Mr. Khan’s decision has brought joy to the family. “He was the only support to the ageing parents. I have two daughters. I have come out to offer prayers. I am happy and thank all who prayed for his return,” said father Irshad Khan, who was hospitalised recently due to mental stress. Mr. Khan, a resident of Anantnag, earned goodwill locally due to his social work during the 2014 floods. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said it was “a mother’s love that prevailed.” “Her impassioned appeal helped in getting Khan back home. ,” she tweeted.last_img read more

Pradeep Negi, an Indian teacher, is in running for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize

first_imgA physically challenged Indian teacher from a little-known institution in Uttarakhand beat tough competition from around the world to be named today among the top 50 contenders for a $1 million global award.Pradeep Negi, an economics, social science and computer science teacher at Government Inter College BHEL Ranipur in Haridwar, has been shortlisted for the annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018 from over 30,000 nominations and applications from 173 countries around the world.“It is unbelievable. I am proud that I have been chosen as one of the top 50 teachers. It has motivated teachers in our community,” said Mr. Negi.“I am handicapped but it hasn’t stopped me from succeeding and I am glad that I can inspire other disabled people in India. I have developed a lot of innovative work in ICT for my poor children and I am glad it has been recognised,” said Mr. Negi, who was physically disabled at the age of two due to polio.Mr. Negi was chosen for his fighting spirit, having suffered from bullying at school because of his disability and overcoming his adversities to use new technology tools to make economics and social subjects compelling to students.“Congratulations to Pradeep Negi for reaching the final 50. I hope his story inspires those looking to enter the teaching profession and shines a spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day,” said Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize.“We intend to keep this momentum going as our journey continues to return teachers to their rightful position as one of the most respected professions in society,” he said.Mr. Negi has helped train more than 1,200 teachers in his State.The Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognise one exceptional teacher every year who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.The top 50 shortlisted teachers are narrowed down to 10 finalists by a committee and the results are announced in February, 2018.The winner will then be chosen from the final 10 finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy.All 10 finalists will be invited to Dubai for the Award ceremony at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) on March 18, 2018, where the winner will be announced live on stage.last_img read more

Leander Paes in no mood to slow down even at 45: Feel fit, strong and healthy

first_imgIn his 28th season on tour and even after winning 18 Grand Slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, the 45-year-old Leander Paes still feels the need to reinvent himself to keep up with the changing times in professional tennis.Born to parents from sporting backgrounds, the Indian turned professional in 1991 as a singles player rising to world number 73 with his serve-and-volley game.He went on to win the Olympic bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games in men’s singles, quite a feat in a cricket-mad country starved of individual success in Olympic sports.He has not tasted grand slam success since he and Martina Hingis won the mixed doubles title at the 2016 French Open but Paes is not ready to put his racket down yet.”Passion, I love the game,” Paes told Reuters when asked what keeps him going. “I love fitness and the hard work that goes behind it. I really, really enjoy being on the court and the competition and the fierceness.”Just to go out there and learn new shots, learn new movements, learn new things with the diet, with the scientific training the young kids are teaching me.”At the ongoing Australian Open, Paes made a first round exit in men’s doubles with partner Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela and suffered a second round defeat with local Samantha Stosur in mixed doubles.Paes has partnered 121 players in men’s doubles at the last count but was not sure if the number was 22 or 23 in mixed doubles.Paes remains popular in tennis circles and a sizeable number of fans turned up to watch him play at the Australian Open.advertisement”It’s pretty special. I am very blessed to have an unbelievable following and that’s one of the huge reasons that keeps me going,” he said.”I love to entertain people, I love to bring them some happiness in their lives. I like to give them a sense that they can achieve their dreams as well, especially the young kids.”Paes holds a career Grand Slam in both forms of doubles and says he is still highly sought after as a doubles partner.”This time in the locker room I have got 23 guys who have asked me to play. It’s been quite fun,” he said.The former doubles number one has slipped out of top 50 but is determined to work his way up the rankings ladder.Known for his athleticism on the court that has endeared him to fans, Paes promised to be even fitter in 2019 having also added a “bit” of martial arts to his training schedule.”I do a little bit, there are a bunch of different things I do. I look at the modern training, I look at my body type, my speed, my health and I have done quite a few different things.”Paes said he was not thinking about an eighth Olympic appearance in Tokyo next year but was not contemplating retirement either.”One day it will come to an end for sure, I know that. Everything that starts comes to an end, that’s just the circle of life,” he added.”But as far as I am concerned I have never ever quit in my life. I am going to be 46 in a few months but I feel fit, I feel strong, I feel healthy and happy. I am living my dream.”Also Watch:last_img read more

WordPress outage floods premium blogs with images of succulents

first_img We know you’re wondering, so no, it’s not a wild new succulent-based design direction, we’re just experiencing some site issues. Hold tight.— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) June 11, 2019 Comment Internet Rolling Stone, 9to5Google and VentureBeat were also hit by the outage. “Big day for succulents. #WordPress,” one person tweeted. TechCrunch tweeted about the situation, saying: “We know you’re wondering, so no, it’s not a wild new succulent-based design direction, we’re just experiencing some site issues. Hold tight.” WordPress styles being down is a reminder that old school blogs ruled— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) June 11, 2019 Ok… something’s wrong with WP[.]com… like really wrongSites were down for 30 minutes, now some of them have default themes.Check out TechCrunch’s “new” look— Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) June 11, 2019 Big day for succulents. #WordPress— Kyle Frost (@kylefrost) June 11, 2019center_img All VIP Go sites were back up and running after about three hours.  A WordPress outage left some sites with an artsy shot of succulents. Artem Russakovskii ‏via TwitterSucculents were front and center Tuesday after a WordPress outage led some sites to revert to default themes. The outage, which occurred on WordPress’ VIP Go platform, caused premium blogs to show 503 errors or go back to WordPress’ default themes. In many cases, sites featured artsy shots of succulents before a fix was issued.Outlets such as TechCrunch, 9to5Mac and BBC America were affected.  Read more: The best website builders for 2019″Ok… something’s wrong with WP[.]com… like really wrong,” tweeted Catalin Cimpanu, a reporter at CNET’s sister site ZDNet. “Sites were down for 30 minutes, now some of them have default themes. Check out TechCrunch’s ‘new’ look.” The default themes may invoke some distant blogging memories. “WordPress styles being down is a reminder that old school blogs ruled,” tweeted Mike Murphy, tech editor at Quartz. The publication also appeared to suffer from the outage. Tags 1 Share your voicelast_img read more

SpiderMan fans want to storm Sony and bring our boy home to

first_img Marvel Sony TV and Movies 77 Photos Share your voice Comments 14 Tania González/CNET First the internet wanted to raid Area 51, now Sony is the target, with over 5,500 Spider-Man fans planning to storm its California offices and bring Spider-Man back to Marvel.A Facebook event, hosted by three fans, was set up on Tuesday. The event, according to its description, involves dressing up in Spider-Man costumes and bringing “our boy home!” (to the Marvel Cinematic Universe).The raid is planned for Oct. 31, aka Halloween. The perfect guise.This fan rage spawned from a report Deadline published Tuesday of a high-level dispute between Sony and Marvel. That dispute means Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige won’t produce any more Spider-Man films and Marvel will no longer be involved in the Spider-Man movie universe.Fan ire has been primarily targeted at Sony, but the company pointed to Marvel’s role in Feige stepping away. “Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise,” a spokesperson told CNET. “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.”Stay hopeful, though. The Sony representative also stated they hoped things might “change in the future.”Sony and Marvel made a deal in 2015 to make Spider-Man movies together. The latest, Spider-Man: Far From Home, earned more than $1 billion at the box office, becoming Sony’s highest ever grossing film.Columbia Pictures, Sony’s primary film production holding, acquired the rights to movie Spider-Man in 2000. It made five Spider-Man movies before the deal with Marvel brought Spider-Man: Homecoming, then Far From Home. 2019 movies to geek out over Tagslast_img read more

Sony Pictures Hack May Cost Studio around 100 Million More Data Leaked

first_imgThe massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures could cost the company about $100 million, security experts said.Experts who have studied previous hacks told Reuters that though the cost would be less than the $171 million Sony estimated when its Playsation Network was hacked in 2011; it would still be a huge tab for the company.Sony would have to pay for tighter security, further investigation and protection of employee profiles and company passwords this time. The attack, which has been deemed the most damaging cyber hack in the US, has also hurt Sony’s reputation for its failure to ensure protection of company files.The attack crippled employee activity and production for almost a week, which would also cost the company another million dollars.People familiar with the matter told the agency that Sony has insurance cover for such kind of hacks but the insurance only compensates for a portion of the cost.Sony is still grappling with data breaches. Just after the hacker group that calls itself “Guardians of Peace” released employee passwords, salaries and some unpublished pilot scripts, the group has now released a cache of documents that reveals secret aliases of Hollywood actors who use the alternative identities to check in to hotels and use other services anonymously.According to the latest data reveal, Tom Hanks uses “Harry Lauder” as an alias while Sarah Michelle Gellar goes by “Neely O’ Hara.” Natalie Portman and Toby Maguire use “Laura Brown” and “Neil Deep”, respectively.Sony suspects the hacker group belongs to North Korea, which has vehemently denied any involvement. However, the country has called the group “righteous.”Adding to the suspicion is a recent open letter that the hacker group issued to the studio asking it to stop the release of “The Interview.” The movie stars James Franco and Seth Rogan, portraying two journalists who land a rare interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.The group anonymously posted the letter on GitHub, a programming tool, and threatened to expose more data if their demands were not met.”We are sending you our warning again. Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us. And, Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War! You, SONY & FBI, cannot find us. We are perfect as much. The destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY,” the group’s message read.The message could not be independently verified, according to The Verge.last_img read more