“Soca Therapy” for Ann’s Grove on March 25

first_imgOn Saturday, March 25, partyholics in Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara, can expect one of the wildest soca parties to be held in that village, as the Mash vibes continue. Called “Soca Therapy”, the party will see performances by the Super Ray One Man Band; a performer who is known for his versatility and controversial tunes.MarzvilleHe will without a doubt create the right mood for the rest of the night as the main performer hails from Barbados and with his latest singles; he will “mash up” the place. Known for his tunes, “Whinning Positions”, “Wine and Dip” and his recent tune that has been tearing up the airwaves, “Bang Bim”, Marzville will be in the house and will be the featured performer.The party will be held at Punter’s Place and is presented by Deejay Akelo and Father Moey. Also adding some vibes to the show will be the deejays from Stereo Sonic and Determine Sounds, alongside Akelo and others.Patrons can also expect drink specials all night long and several giveaways. Some lucky dancers who will be present can also prepare themselves for some surprises. Admission to the event is easy.last_img read more

The so-called resource curse has already permeated Guyana – The political economy …

first_imgIt is intriguing how countries with oil or other natural resource wealth have failed to grow more rapidly than others without. This is the essence of a widely known academic paradox referred to as “the natural resource curse”. Though there is a very rich volume of academic literature on this theory, the author of this column is of a strongly held view that what is referred to as the natural resource curse in academia is, from a pragmatic perspective, all nonsense, to put it mildly.What is the basis for such a strongly held premise by this columnist? To put this differently, it means that oil, gold, bauxite, and all the rich natural resources that Guyana is blessed with is a curse. But, radically speaking, how could any of these be a curse? The outright truth is that there is no such thing as a natural resource curse, despite the empirical evidence that validates such a notion. The real and true curse is the political economy; that is to say, the politicians who control and administer policies, and manage the resources of a country, and not the resources of a country that are cursed.This is a fundamental reality that one ought to understand.In fact, the position put forward herein on the resource curse is also supported by some academics. Authors like Wright and Czelusta (2004), in their paper titled ‘the myth of the resource curse’, contend that the resource curse hypothesis seems anomalous, since on the surface it has no clear policy implication, but stands as a wistful prophecy. The authors argued that countries afflicted with the “original sin” of resource endowments have poor growth prospects. The danger of such supposedly neutral ruminations is, however, that in practice they may influence sectoral policies. Minerals themselves are not to blame for problems of rent-seeking and corruption. Rather, it is largely the manner in which policymakers and businesses view minerals that determines the outcome.Further, Wright and Czelusta (2004) put it nicely in concluding that “minerals are not (curses) at all in the sense of inevitability; the curse, where it exists, is self-fulfilling.”To contextualise these arguments, last Friday, June 12, 2019, the Caribbean Court of Justice, Guyana’s final court of appeal, made its final pronouncements on the no-confidence case. The CCJ has ruled in unambiguous terms that, while it cannot order the President what to do, the involved parties have a responsibility to respect the Constitution of Guyana. The CCJ simply interpreted the Constitution and made it clear that elections have to be held in three months.Common sense dictates that though the CCJ cannot order the President to set a date; obviously, if the President has a responsibility to respect the Constitution and abide by its dictates, this effectively means that the date would have to be in three months from when the court ruled. The Court even went on to state that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also has a responsibility to abide by the provisions in the Constitution, and that is: to hold elections in three months’ time; since the Opposition Leader made it clear that his party would not be extending the life of the Government in the National Assembly. That time has long gone.It would appear, however, that the Government, now being officially pronounced by the CCJ as a caretaker Government, has selectively and conveniently cited parts of the CCJ judgment which emphasise that the Court cannot order the President to set a date. These are skilful legal tactics of misrepresentation of the facts – the nature of law in any case.The danger of this kind of behaviour for the economy is far-reaching. These are indicators that many are of the perception that elections will not be held within the three months, as stipulated – implying disregard for the CCJ’s ruling.Without getting into all the details, and in short, the political reality that is now before us is that this is precisely how a country suffers from not the resource curse, as contended in this article, but by the curse of the political economy.It can be deduced with almost absolute certainty and clarity that the ruling politicians of the day will not give up power easily; the fight is on for control of the country’s resource, particularly the impending oil wealth.In the meanwhile, Venezuela — whether coincidentally or strategically — has again broken its silence, at a time when Guyana is in a fragile state, to demand that Guyana withdraw the border dispute case from the International Court of Justice, and has reiterated that it does not, and will not, recognise any of that court’s ruling.Will there be a regional war over the oil resource while Guyana is seemingly plunging into a state of fragility internally? Will the international community intervene to put Guyana back on the path of stability? That might be the country’s only hope, and it has to be timely, before a war instigated by Venezuela starts in the region. The moment Guyana becomes weaker and weaker, the enemy might attack!last_img read more

Publishers bringing books to the iPhone

first_imgOther titles being excerpted on the iPhone include Faye Kellerman’s “The Burnt House” and Ray Bradbury’s “Now and Forever.” Browsers can view up to 10 pages of a given book’s first two chapters and can quickly shrink or enlarge the print size. The Harper Web site was adapted for the iPhone by LibreDigital, a division of NewsStand Inc. that has been working with the publisher on digitizing its books and making them available worldwide. “The `Browse Inside’ feature for the iPhone is part of the ongoing effort to advance technology and allows mobile consumers to tap into the power and convenience of online book discovery,” said Craig A. Miller, general manager of LibreDigital. NEW YORK – The publishing world is hooking up to the iPhone. HarperCollins announced Wednesday that it had set up a special link – http://mobile.harpercollins.com – that will allow browsers to view excerpts from more than a dozen new releases, including Michael C. White’s “Soul Catcher” and Michael Korda’s “Ike,” a biography of President Eisenhower. “Reaching consumers on mobile devices and the Internet is increasingly important for publishers,” Brian Murray, president of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, said in a statement that noted the publisher has about 10,000 titles digitized. “Our digital warehouse gives us the unique opportunity to quickly offer access to our titles on the newest technology, and we encourage people to provide feedback about their experiences.” Several publishers have been offering content for cell-phone use, and the iPhone, which already allows consumers to watch videos, take pictures, listen to music and surf the Web, is an obvious outlet for an industry eager to boost sales and keep up with the latest technology. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Term-limit ads spark outrage

first_imgThe mailers in question say, in part: “The recent conviction of top executives from PR giant, Fleishman-Hillard, for what City Controller Laura Chick described as 4 million dollars of questionable billing to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, demonstrates the need for serious L.A. city government reform. “Prop R will help prevent firms with close ties to city officials from swindling city government and associated agencies out of millions of taxpayer dollars.” Stephen J. Kaufman, counsel and treasurer for the campaign, which has been heavily bankrolled by special interests, defended the language on term limits. The connection to Fleishman-Hillard, he said, was used as an example of a company that likely would have been forced to register as a lobbyist subject to tighter regulations if the measure’s requirements had been in place. “What Proposition R does is create a wall of separation between special interests, lobbyists and elected officials,” Kaufman said. “Whether it would have avoided a specific case is not the issue.” Ethics Commission Vice President Bill Boyarsky criticized the mailers as misleading. “The Fleishman-Hillard case had nothing to do with that (lobbyist restrictions). That was a pretty simple case of overbilling for work they didn’t do.” He said statements that Proposition R will limit council members to three terms in office “so that no one can serve for life” make no mention they already are limited to two terms, or eight years. Liza White, president of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, who with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce initiated the ballot measure, said the mailers aren’t deceptive. Could mislead “It says what it says. It will be a third-term limit,” White said. Raphael Sonenshein, a political-science professor at California State University, Fullerton, who signed in support of the proposition, said the mailer language could mislead voters, and that the wording is not “ideal.” “I know it seems to create the impression they can serve for life now,” Sonenshein said. “It’s factually true, (but) it leaves out the information that they’re currently limited to two terms.” He said the references to Fleishman-Hillard didn’t seem like a stretch, as it’s common in campaign literature to illustrate a wrong and offer something that’s “generally” on the right track to fix it. “It says the Fleishman-Hillard (case) demonstrates the need for serious reform in Los Angeles.” Compared with what’s happening elsewhere, the mailers didn’t seem “way out of line.” “You see ads around the country that are not even technically true,” he said. Former Mayor Richard Riordan, who lent his name to the proposition, said he wouldn’t second-guess or denounce the mailers, adding that Proposition R is necessary to combat a flawed system in which politicians try to quickly make a name for themselves by introducing “a lot of destructive and useless legislation.” Shallman defended the mailers as forthright, adding that polls indicate 90 percent of voters know council members currently are limited to eight years. “The suggestion this misleads voters does a disservice to the intelligence of voters; we’re treating them like grown-ups,” Shallman said. Aside from the legal issues, Proposition R opponents said they’re disappointed the council would quietly stand by while a campaign to extend their term limits attempts to mislead voters. “The City Council needs to be held to a higher standard. They should not be allowed to get involved with deceptive election practices,” said Michael Davies, president of the Board of Governors for the Engineers and Architects Association, a city union representing 7,400 employees. Jason Lyon, co-chairman of the Not PropR campaign, said during a City Hall new conference announcing filing of the Ethics Commission complaint, “All of the documentation they’re passing out misleads voters into thinking that Prop. R will create term limits. This measure will extend term limits and weaken ethics laws. It’s a blatant misrepresentation.” The campaign also was preparing a complaint to file with the District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Division. David Tristan with the Ethics Commission said he couldn’t discuss complaints filed with the office. However, the city law doesn’t regulate what people print in campaign mailers. The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission also doesn’t regulate the content of mailers. Lyon also sent a letter on behalf of Not PropR to the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles. “We are dismayed that the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles would lead a campaign that seeks to win by lying to voters,” he said. The league’s White said the group’s action committee backs the measure, while its education fund has continued to sponsor nonpartisan panels and other events presenting both sides of the issue. beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Chick disputed that the proposition would have prevented Fleishman-Hillard executives’ fraudulent overbilling of the Department of Water and Power – a claim made in the mailers. The ballot measure imposes restrictions on lobbyists’ political activities, but the DWP controversy involved a public-relations firm overcharging for its services and had nothing to do with lobbying activity or the City Hall pay-to-play scandal. No effect “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Chick said. “Proposition R would have had no preventive effect on that matter. I remind you that the City Council actually voted to turn down my request for them to stop the LADWP from paying millions of dollars more to outside public-relations firms.” Shallman, the campaign’s consultant, said Chick’s request would be honored but denied that her name or office was used to make an “express or implied endorsement” of the measure, and were “merely cited to reflect her own public statements” regarding the fraudulent overbillings. He called Chick “plain wrong” in her assessment that Proposition R wouldn’t have prevented the public-relations firm scandal. “Proposition R clearly could have helped prevent the Fleishman-Hillard and other recent City Hall scandals,” he said. “While no legislation can ever ensure completely honest behavior, had Proposition R been in effect, it would have made it much more difficult for companies like Fleishman-Hillard to be dishonest.” Backers of Proposition R – the controversial L.A. ballot measure – have sparked outrage by sending mailers that critics say mislead voters about giving City Council members a third term and ending “pay-to-play” corruption at City Hall. A complaint was filed Monday with the city Ethics Commission, and Controller Laura Chick abandoned her neutrality on the measure, calling for its defeat and demanding that backers stop making misleading statements about her investigation of city contracting practices. “In fact, I adamantly oppose Proposition R, (and) using my name in mailers to voters in support of this measure is duplicitous and intentionally deceiving,” Chick wrote in a letter to John Shallman, whose Sherman Oaks firm, Shallman Communications, produced the mailers sent to more than 100,000 likely voters. “Please cease and desist immediately from using my name, or the Office of the City Controller, in conjunction with the Proposition R campaign.” last_img read more

LACC district chancellor set to retire

first_imgAfter serving a little over a year as Los Angeles Community College District chancellor, Darroch “Rocky” Young has announced he is leaving his $230,000 position to return to teaching part-time. Young, 58, announced his retirement at a board of trustees meeting, then later through an e-mail sent districtwide late last week. He said he would retire in August to return to teaching business courses, preferably at Pierce College, where he was president for four years. He began his career teaching introductory business courses at Santa Monica Community College. “It has been difficult for me, after 36 years in community colleges, to not be on a college campus,” he wrote in the e-mail. “I miss the infusion of energy from daily interaction with faculty and students.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Young was named chancellor of the nine-college Los Angeles Community College District in May 2005 after serving a year as senior vice chancellor for the district and four years as Pierce College president. Young said his decision was based on personal reasons, including long commutes and a need to spend more time with his wife and 94-year-old mother. But Monday he said he plans to continue working on various goals he had outlined when he became chancellor, including boosting enrollment – figures already are up districtwide this fall – improving retention and reaching out to the estimated 90,000 people between the ages of 16-24 without high school diplomas. He also said he hopes to see a resolution at Los Angeles Mission College, where expansion plans have been on hold. An environmental impact report on its expansion project has just been released, and the community will have a chance to view the plans Wednesday at the college. “I don’t intend to coast at all in the next 10 months,” he said. “Now I feel a certain urgency. I really do believe I can get to everything by August.” In a memo sent districtwide, board of trustees President Michael Waxman praised Young’s leadership, saying he left a legacy. The board is expected in the next few weeks to discuss a nationwide recruitment effort to seek a replacement. Young’s announcement, however, left colleagues surprised. “Everyone was absolutely stunned when he made the announcement,” said Robert Garber, president of Pierce College. “He’s really one of a kind in terms of community college leadership. Looking around the district and the state, it’s hard to imagine anyone filling those shoes the way Rocky filled them.” Others said Young worked well with the faculty guild, and was willing to seek solutions. “I think that Rocky was pretty universally respected and admired by faculty and the district,” said Carl Friedlander, president of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild. “I don’t think I can think of anybody who has any serious criticism of him. We’re certainly sad to see him leave.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want 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

PFA warns Premier League stars not to copy brave Sead Kolasinac

first_img getty images – getty Ozil is said to have abandoned his car in the heat of the moment and understandably ran off to escape, while video footage remarkably shows Kolasinac jumping out of the car and chasing off the thugs in a selfless act that has been widely praised, with die-hard Arsenal fan Piers Morgan calling for him to be made captain of the Gunners.A video of the incident posted on Twitter has been retweeted 23,500 times and has nearly 14million views.However, while the PFA have backed the Bosnia international, they do not want others to attempt this in the future should an incident like it occur again. 1 Premier League players have been warned not to copy the actions of Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac who bravely fought off two knife-wielding carjackers.The terrifying incident took place in north London on Thursday afternoon when Mesut Ozil was driving with his team-mate in his Mercedes G-Class SUV and they were approached by two men on mopeds.center_img Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil were the victims of an attempted robbery Mesut Ozil’s car got jumped, Kolasinac jumped out and backed the beef. #YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/CxsJeiCvxw— James (@smhjaames) July 25, 2019Deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes said: “No possessions are worth risking your life for. These things can be replaced. Better to put your safety first.”Arsenal said in a statement: “We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.”Three years earlier, former West Ham striker Andy Carroll was pursued by two men on motorbikes as he made his way home from the Hammers’ training ground.The ex-England international fled at high speed after one of the men attempted to steal his £22,000 watch while he waited in traffic.last_img read more

Donegal drivers’ shameful speeding fines double

first_imgThe amount of speeding fines handed out to Donegal drivers have more than doubled compared to this time last year.Garda statistics show that the number of fines received by local drivers is up 118% for breaking the speed limits.As well as speeding, many drivers in Donegal are not listening to warnings not to drink and drive. So far this year a total of 85 drivers have been found guilty of drink-driving.Head of the Garda Traffic Corps for Donegal, Inspector Michael Harrison appealed to people to slow down, wear their seat belts and not to drive while under the influence.“The message we want to put out is that if people think they can speed or drink and drive is that they will eventually be caught.“We would appeal to the public not to speed, to wear their seatbelts and never to drive under the influence or they will eventually face the consequences and will be banned from the roads,” he said. Donegal drivers’ shameful speeding fines double was last modified: April 30th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal increasedrink drivingGardaispeedinglast_img read more

Slot machines ‘target the poor’

first_img15 August 2003South Africa does not need the rollout of additional slot machines, as they are likely to target poor people, according to Rob Davis, chairman of the parliamentary portfolio committee on trade and industry.Davis was speaking at the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Project’s public debate on poverty and gambling on Wednesday.The issue has been under constant debate since three months ago, when the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board announced its intention to roll out 3 000 gambling machines in the province by the end of 2005.“The limited payout machines (LPMs) are not intended to be placed in casinos, which targeted by tourists; they will be in licensed taverns, in corner shops and will be largely targeted at the poor,” Davis said.He explained that large numbers of people were ignorant about the odds and the extent of the prize money involved in this form of gambling.“They expect to win large amounts of money to pay household debts and support their families. The fact is that if you hit the jackpot on one of these machines, you will not win more than R500.”He said a lot of people were hooked on gambling as they believed if they won once, they would keep on winning, making them spend much more money than they could afford.Waldie Terblanche, of the Western Cape social development and poverty alleviation department, said the constant availability of the LPMs would have a largely negative impact on poor communities.“We pay out about R280-million per month on social grants in the province. We are worried by certain indicators that people use their grants for gambling instead of household necessities,” he said.According to Terblanche, gambling is a non-productive activity serving as a source of entertainment for rich people who could afford to lose money, but acting only as a temptation to poor people desperately trying to break away from poverty.“We believe that legal gambling should not be rolled out in our poorer communities and that LPMs should not be rolled out at this stage,” he said.A recent study on the socio-economic impact of gambling revealed that 72.5% of the 2 050 participants in the study gambled in the 12 months preceding the study. Of those interviewed, 71.3% indicated that they would have spent their money on household necessities if they had not gambled.The study also found that 22.1% of casino gamblers were unemployed, and that 21.2% earned less than R500 a month.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Internationals prepare to tackle the Dusi

first_img6 February 2014 As the final field for South Africa’s Dusi Canoe Marathon takes shape, 41 paddlers from around the globe have confirmed their places for the starting line at Natal Canoe Club in Pietermaritzburg next Thursday. A three-day, 120 kilometre marathon, the Dusi places not only a premium on paddling, but also on portaging, which is why international paddlers have traditionally been reluctant to take on its imposing challenge. In recent years, however, their numbers have been climbing.Czech stars Czech Republic marathon star Jakub Adam and his sister Ana Adamova are both returning to the race, with Adam partnering former canoe marathon world champ Cam Schoeman, and Adamova teaming up with the in-form Abby Adie for a shot at the women’s title. They will be far from the only paddlers with foreign accents in the pre-dawn air at Camps Drift. The Hungarian under-23 marathon aces Gabor Mathe and Adrian Boros will be making their Dusi debut, and are eagerly looking forward to their first ever river marathon race that includes challenging rapids.‘Very different’ “There are no rapids at all on the Danube where we train, so this will be very different for us,” said Mathe. Abbey Ulansky (nee Miedema), an eight-time winner of the race who earned the title of “The Dusi Queen”, has jetted back for another attempt to win the women’s trophy and the defence of the title she won with Robyn Kime two years ago. Now happily settled in the Canadian town of Kelowna, she brings a third continent to the Dusi field this year.Australians Australian accents have been a regular feature of the river races this summer as a zealous group from Down Under has enjoyed the unique South African river marathon scene since the Hansa Fish in September. James Morfitt will be teaming up with seasoned Durban paddler Darryl Bartho for the three-day epic from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon in Durban, and will be joined by several other Aussies who will jet in for the big race.Expats Some of the international field is made up of expat South Africans living in far flung corners of the globe, who have been drawn back by the irresistible attraction to “Do the Dusi”. Exploration geologist John Ward will fly in from China for the race, while Gavin Richardson, flying in from the USA, might be sharing the same flight as Stand Up Paddleboarder Corran Addison, who will technically join Ulansky on the starting list as a Canadian.Canoe polo world champion The captain of the world champion German Women’s canoe polo team Alexandra Bonk is another European on the entry list. She will be guided down the uMsundusi and uMngeni rivers by local canoe polo stalwart Kevin Meier. Darren Raw will be flying the flag for Swaziland, with the seasoned kayaker apparently trying to conjure up rains to provide big water for the three-day race, while another Southern African neighbour, Namibia, will be represented by Braam van Wyk. The Dusi Canoe Marathon 2014 starts in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, 13 February, and ends in Durban on Saturday, 15 February. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New York Times Puts Reader Comments on Main Page – Good Idea?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Silicon Alley Insider spotted the New York Times web site displaying reader comments prominently under the top story on their front page today. The comments in-and-of themselves are not newsworthy — they came from a post on the site’s news blog and the Times has linked to comment threads on the main page before. But this is, to anyone’s recollection, the first time the site has actually displayed the actual comments themselves on the site.Henry Blodget at Silicon Alley Insider thought the move was a good one, writing, “Hats off to the company’s web team for this smart move!” Other bloggers weren’t so upbeat. While it seems that the NYT times took pains to make sure that comments from both ends of the political spectrum were represented for their main page selections — often to one extreme or the other — and comments were edited to fit the space, I do question the wisdom of giving reader commentary such prominence on the site’s index page.Image from Silicon Alley Insider.We’ve praised news sites for adding reader commenting as a feature to their web sites in the past, and we recently had kind words about the New York Times Facebook app. However, giving reader comments such a prominent position is dangerous. Readers of news sites (and blogs) go to those specific destinations to read news in the voice they expect — not to see a public argument from commenters.I would applaud an expansion of New York Times comments beyond blogs to general news stories — I think commenting is great; it gives readers an outlet for instant response and keeps writers honest. But publishing comments on the main page, especially so prominently under the main story, seems like a bad idea. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below (we won’t publish them on the main page, though!). josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more