One year to Local Government Elections

first_imgGuyana is now one year out on the Local Government Elections. It is hard to imagine things looking much better for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in reality. Based on the feedback I have received from many on the ground and at least the conclusion from one sample poll that I saw, voters are showing cause that today they prefer the PPP over the People’s National Congress (PNC) dominated coalition by an average of 10 points. The PNC dominated coalition is sampling at an average of 36 per cent today compared to 50 per cent in May 2017.  If you are following the statements being made by the PNC appointees in the Government, like the REO of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), who has just declared in the newspapers that “I am in charge of this region, you tell anybody I say so…” then logic dictates that there is only one natural political path – further electoral degradation for the PNC.In a year’s time, all the local government bodies are up for re-election and the only guarantee for success the PNC dominated coalition seems to have is the urban centres. But even in these urban centres, they are expected to lose significant political ground. But when it comes to the villages, it appears that there will be licks like peas for the PNC dominated coalition.Notwithstanding this astonishing political recovery of the PPP compared to May 2015, that party still has major political challenges. If a context is given to the biggest problem I see today facing the PPP, it must be deliberated upon from a societal perspective. Today, the nation has some geriatrics that cannot accept the reality that many of them are past their “public office shelf life date”. These septuagenarians continue to cling onto power by marginalising young people. No nation, or for that matter, no organisation can grow unless room is deliberately created for the younger people.As a retired politician, who still loves observing the local politics, I occasionally read both the PPP’s Weekend Mirror and PNC’s New Nation. I was extremely mortified by an article written by former President Donald Ramotar in the Weekend Mirror of November 11-12, 2017 captioned “The Great October Socialist Revolution reverberates today”.  This writer went on to say that “the idea of freedom that sparks the October Revolution is still alive.” Am I being told that the rule of Joseph Stalin was freedom? Are you serious?With such language from a former President still in the PPP Central Committee, coupled with a PNC dominated Government that worships gerontocracy, the youths of Guyana will be hard-pressed to come in from the cold.  The PPP leadership has to take total control of that newspaper and purge it of such unbalanced and unhinged messages. Here we have a nation struggling for its very political survival because of some fixated septuagenarians and octogenarians in Team Granger and the readers of the Mirror have to settle for a second dose of colourful propaganda from the likes of Ramotar.  How can a country advance when a former President is given front seat to discharge delusions of grandeur with headlines that preach the Russian October Revolution was associated with freedom when in reality it was not? In a period that requires a closer alliance with the ABC countries, how would such toxic political discourse fly in Washington, DC and London?Why is more room not being made for the youths to drive the national political conversation in a more purposeful and rational manner? It is imperative that the General Secretary of that party act to ensure that there is more room in that party for the voice of the youths.  Why are the youths of Guyana not hearing the views of the under 55-year-old MPs in Parliament from the PPP in the Mirror? And likewise in the New Nation. Why is the nation not being given more of a chance to hear what Dr Vindya Persaud is thinking?  And likewise, Collin Croal, Alister Charlie, Adrian Anamayah, Africo Selman, Nigel Dharamlall and Jermaine Figueira?Noticed, I picked the younger MP’s and the PPP dominates that scene by 5:1. This one fact clarifies that the political environment is statistically advantageous to the PPP in the 2020 elections, at least historically, but until they deal seriously with their own geriatric problem, they will face some serious tailwind from the under 40 population.Do not get me wrong, I am a strong believer in my elders but when they are mucking up progress like Ramotar and Mr Granger are doing, the younger generation must act swiftly, decisively and methodologically to move them along towards full retirement.  The situation is even worse in the PNC, where both their General Secretary and their party leader are both persons steeped in oligarchical gerontocracy.  It was these officials who told the youths of the PNC that they have to wait their turn. I am however expecting Jagdeo who is a much younger and more able leader to act and make the Mirror newspaper more reflective of the demographic makeup of the nation.  Anything else will be disadvantageous to the PPP.last_img read more

Cartoon: December 7, 2015

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Man arrested with shotguns, ammo

first_imgPolice in Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) have arrested a man who was found in possession of three shotguns and over 100 cartridges.According to Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan, the discovery was made sometime around 03:00h on Saturday.He noted that the Police, acting on information, went to Karasabai, located sixty miles from Lethem, and apprehended a male who was in possession of a bag. A search conducted on the man’s belongings unearthed the three shotguns along with 178 cartridges.The man was taken into custody and is assisting with  investigations.last_img read more

Arsenal 2-1 Everton: Arsene Wenger’s men show title credentials with table-topping wiin over the Toffees

first_img Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the first half 1 A French double helped Arsenal rise to top spot in the Premier League after beating ten-man Everton 2-1 at the Emirates on a wet Saturday evening. The Gunners’ lead at the top of table could last less than 24 hours, however, with Manchesters United and City meeting in the derby on Sunday, but it sends out a warning to the club’s title rivals.Everton’s poor form at Arsenal continued – they have not won at Highbury or the Emirates since 1996 – and they were two down in a matter of first-half minutes in a rain-soaked north London.Shortly after the half-hour, Wenger’s side netted a headed double less than 90 seconds apart, first Olivier Giroud and then Laurent Koscielny.But the Toffees were back in the game before the break, with thanks to Ross Barkley’s solo run.Everton had their moments in the second half, while Giroud and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku rattled the crossbar at each end, but Gareth Barry was dismissed in added time to hand Arsenal the simple task of closing out an impressive home win which outlined their title credentials. Arsene Wenger made three changes from the side which beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek. Aaron Ramsey, who is set to be sidelined until the next international break with a hamstring problem, Per Mertesacker and Theo Walcott were replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gabriel and Giroud respectively.Everton made one alteration from the home loss to Manchester United – Gerard Deulofeu coming into the side in place of Steven Naismith. Arsenal had early possession but their first clear-cut chance did not come until the 14th minute, when Giroud beat two markers to flick the ball down for Mesut Ozil on the edge of the box. The German attacker was essentially through on goal with the whole target to aim at, but he pulled a low, right-footed shot to the near post and goalkeeper Tim Howard got a foot to the ball.  Everton came close shortly before the half-hour, Aaron Lennon’s cross troubling Petr Cech, who palmed the ball into John Stones in the box, though the 21-year-old  could only slice his volley wide.Koscielny was inches from heading home Ozil’s diagonal free-kick, before a similar ball assisted Giroud for the opening goal. Ozil, this time in open play, floated a pinpoint ball into the box and the 6ft 4in striker added to his goal against Munich with a strike against the Toffees, flicking home from six yards. Wenger’s men doubled their lead within 90 seconds, as Santi Cazorla whipped in a well-crafted free-kick from the left-hand side and Koscielny made no mistake, beating Howard to the ball and nodding into the net from close-range.The visitors surprisingly dragged themselves back into the game when Barkley’s strike was helped home by a fortunate deflection. The England international went on a mazy run, stepping over the ball before unleashing from 20 yards, with his shot diverting off Gunners defender Gabriel to off-set Cech and beat the stopper.Howard made good saves early in the second half to first deny Alexis Sanchez and then Olivier Giroud, who had volleyed on target before Seamus Coleman’s excellent tracking saw the Irishman’s last-ditch header prevent Arsenal from making it three.Giroud nearly added to his tally with just over 20 minutes remaining as he controlled the ball 18 yards out, before curling a shot against the crossbar. Teenage left-back Brendan Galloway had the perfect chance to level when James McCarthy sent a superb in-swinging cross to the back-post, but the youngster lacked the composure and technique, instead heading wide. Everton grew in confidence and belief late on, as Lukaku rose above Koscielny to head Gareth Barry’s cross against the upright, which forced Wenger into a change, introducing Mathieu Flamini.Roberto Martinez’s Blues made a late counter and summer signing Cech made a match-winning save to deny Deulofeu, sealing the three points in an efficient Arsenal showing, before Barry was shown a second yellow card in added time.last_img read more

Caixinha: Everybody says Rangers are going to Hell

first_imgRangers manager Pedro Caixinha says he has been warned his side they will face a tough reception at Pittodrie.The Light Blues boss says he knows Aberdeen, who are twelve points ahead in the Premiership table, will test his side on Sunday.Caixinha said the game is a must-win match if Rangers are to have a chance of finishing as runners-up behind Celtic. The Portuguese has already been filled in on what to expect from what is traditionally a fiery encounter. “Everybody says that we are going to Hell,” he said. “I like those hostile scenarios. Football is about challenges. We need to be clever, we need to have the right attitude and the right approach to grow with that hostile environment.“It’s a game that we must win if we want to finish second. Definitely.”Caixinha is still settling into life at Rangers as he tries to improve the side, a job made more difficult with injuries to key defenders. Nevertheless, he has set the players the target of a strong finish to the league season.“It’s also going to be the game that is the first of the last seven for us,” he said. “We put a challenge to ourselves, starting with this one. I think the players need to see every game until the end like challenges. That’s how I approach life. “If I didn’t see the chance to be here as Rangers manager as a challenge then maybe I would be in Qatar enjoying my wages.”He added: “I want the players to have that feeling as well because representing Rangers is about being challenged all day long, day by day. “This is the first challenge for us to face and the challenge is to see where we can reach in these last seven games, just thinking about ourselves.”Caixinha said he was preparing to face a side that had reaped the benefits of a consistent approach in recent years but his players would be fully prepared to take on the challenges Derek McInnes’ players posed.“We are going to play against one strong side,” he said. “It’s a side that’s had if not four then at least three years working together on the same basis with the same manager. “Of course, it’s also important to realise that in this period Rangers was not playing in the Scottish Premier League. So for me, that’s one advantage.”He concluded: “But football is the moment, Rangers is Rangers and we know that we are going to face a strong squad in that hostile environment. “You need to be prepared for it in order to know what sort of problems this opponent is going to place you in, if you let it, and what can you explore in the opponent.”last_img read more

Rangers lose to Dons at home for first time since 1991

first_imgDerek McInnes’ Aberdeen rubbed salt into Rangers’ wounds as a 2-1 win saw them triumph at Ibrox for the first time in quarter of a century. A day after the Dons boss told Gers they should be “embarrassed” at only finishing third, his side gave another stark illustration of the improvements the Light Blues have yet to make. The Pittodrie side were sharper all over the pitch and claimed their first victory in Govan since September 1991 with goals from Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie. Martyn Waghorn pulled a goal back for Gers but there was no sign of the Reds decline predicted by Ibrox manager Pedro Caixinha earlier this week, even when they had substitute Jayden Stockley sent-off late on. The striker picked up two quick bookings after barging into with David Bates and Myles Beerman but Aberdeen held on for their long-awaited win.last_img read more

Bunbury Music Festival 2019 Lineup Announced, May 31 – June 2

first_imgJoining the 2019 headliners is a jam-packed, eclectic lineup of national, regional and local acts including: NF, Machine Gun Kelly, AWOLNATION, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime with Rome, Dashboard Confessional, Clutch, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, lovelytheband, Blue October, Bayside, Streetlight Manifesto, The Aces, Poppy, Joywave, Jeremy Zucker, Jukebox the Ghost, Flora Cash, Reignwolf, Witt Lowry, Lauren Sanderson, The Clarks, SHAED, HALFNOISE, Great Good Fine Ok, The Blue Stones, The Candescents, Common Kings, bülow, Tropidelic, You vs Yesterday, Taylor Janzen, RADATTACK, The Orphan The Poet, TRIIIBE, and more.“We are so excited to bring another weekend of great music to Cincinnati,” says PromoWest Productions’ Scott Stienecker. “This lineup offers something for everyone which is so important. We always strive to host a variety of artists and we think we have done that again in 2019.”BEE There:Friday, May 31Saturday, June 1Sunday, June 2General Admission and VIP weekend passes are on sale now at For ticket information and pricing visit vendor, volunteer and sponsor information, visit Bunbury Music Festival: Bunbury Music Festival will feature three days of performances on three stages throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove May 31-June 2, 2019. Bunbury returns to Cincinnati for its eighth year following critical acclaim from Billboard, USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music, and was named among the Top 16 Music Festivals by CNN Travel in 2017.Join the conversation on social media! #Bunbury2019 Fall Out Boy, Greta Van Fleet, The 1975, Girl Talk and Run The Jewels will headline the 2019 Bunbury Music Festival, announced today by PromoWest Productions.One of the country’s premier music festivals now celebrating its eighth year, Bunbury will return to downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, transforming the banks of the Ohio River into a vibrant three-day festival experience May 31-June 2, 2019.Bunbury has received critical acclaim from Billboard, USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music, and was named among the Top 16 Music Festivals by CNN Travel in 2017.last_img read more

Ask It Results: Favorite Nighttime Show at WDW

first_imgShare This!The results are in! Last week we asked you:What is your favorite current nighttime show at Walt Disney World?With some of the polling done on Twitter, we’re limited to four choices, but there are more than four nighttime shows at Walt Disney World, so there was an enthusiastic write-in campaign for one fan favorite! Here’s the results, from least votes to greatest, with more than 1,800 votes cast.Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular(photo by Brian Carey)Although its ranking was hampered by being a write-in only, the Force is strong with Star Wars fans. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular has a lot of visual appeal. The laser effects are particularly awesome to see, and who doesn’t love John Williams music with fireworks? If you’re a Star Wars fan, this is the must-see nighttime show at Walt Disney World. If you’re not a Star Wars fan, just enjoy the special effects.Rivers of Light©DisneyFor a nighttime show with such a brief run so far, Rivers of Light over at Animal Kingdom already has an enthusiastic fan base. Although detractors suggest that it doesn’t have the heart of Illuminations or the overall appeal of a show like Wishes, the visual appeal of the show is hard to deny. When Pandora opens and people stay later at Animal Kingdom, this show may continue to attract full-capacity crowds.Fantasmic©DisneyIt’s good versus evil and more characters than you can shake a streamer wand at. Although Fantasmic does feel a bit dated in parts, the show quality still brings out the kid in everyone, and arriving early to ensure a seat is still more necessary than not.Illuminations: Reflections of Earth(photo by Brandon Glover)Illuminations has a little bit of everything: Fireworks, inferno barge, fountains, lasers, beautiful soundtrack…and of course, screens. In all seriousness, Illuminations combines a Disney storytelling aspect with special effects that rightly can be described as soul-stirring. In addition, for the holiday season, the holiday tag at the end of “normal” Illuminations is jaw dropping in its scope (and not just because the shock wave of all that pyro has knocked your jaw out of alignment).Wishes(photo by Brian Carey)There is something truly magical about fireworks over a Disney castle. For many people, Wishes has been that final magical moment for a night at Disney. I never get tired of hearing all the kids (and quite a few adults) gasp as Tinkerbell heads out on her flight or the cheers after the grand finale. From a sentimental reason, it will be different to see Wishes head into the vault this year, and only time will tell if Happily Ever After draws as much love. But for this week, Wishes is your winner with a commanding lead.Next week’s poll is active on Twitter and here.In the meantime, what are your thoughts about the best nighttime show at Walt Disney World? Did Wishes rightfully win, or was it just the thought of Wishes going away that put it on top? Should some other nighttime show at Walt Disney World have received write-in votes?last_img read more

Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Paul LaLonde

first_imgWhy did you choose a career in HR?I chose HR because of the unique opportunity to influence all areas of an agency. When done right, an HR professional can add so much value to an organization from front line staff to the c-suite. Whether is coaching, leadership development, benefits administration, diversity and inclusion initiatives, the profession is so diverse. There’s something new to learn and apply all the time!What has been the most rewarding part of your HR career?One of my favorite things about being an HR professional is having opportunities to coach and develop staff — to identify key skills and traits and place people in positions to win based on that. I have a passion for education and learning. I’ve had many opportunities to work with staff to bring out the best in them and challenge them to grow in ways they didn’t think were possible. Seeing people grow and develop is so rewarding!Why would you recommend a career in HR to students or those looking to transfer into the HR profession from another field?HR is going through an exciting change and is positioned to grow in influence. If you follow the history of the profession, it’s transforming from mostly transactional to strategic. There will always be a need for transactional HR, but those in leadership positions are realizing the strategic value of HR and investing or reinvesting in their HR departments. The future of the profession looks so bright and dynamic! I am jazzed about being part of it.What advice can you share with others who are planning a career in HR?First, be yourself. It sounds pretty cliche and easy, but it can be tough at times, especially when outside forces put pressure on you. Piggybacking off that, secondly, grow your network! Your network is one of the most important things you can invest in. Your connections will pick you up, be your sounding board, and provide you with amazing advice and support. Networking is NOT about finding a new job – although it can lead to that over time. Investing in your network is about building a mutually beneficial support system, and in some cases, many of these individuals become your extended family! Finally, be open-minded and persistent. There’s going to be setbacks, but don’t let them stop you, and always keep your mind a beginner’s mind. Don’t fall trap to “expertise-ism.” Your way can work, but it doesn’t mean it’s the only way! Take risks and just move forward. Eventually, good things WILL happen! September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.last_img read more Embeddable Forums In Seconds

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It used to be that every company out there, in trying to get visitors to stay on its website and make repeated visits, would have a forum. The traditional wisdom was that you needed to find a way to draw your users into a community to really interact with them. And so many websites, from magazines to consumer blogs to corporate sites, had separate “forum” pages that were virtual ghost towns.Nowadays, the conventional wisdom is that your site needs to be integrated with the latest in social media, third-party logins and the such. Well, forum-provider Lefora has brought together the best of both worlds with Talki, its embeddable forum.Talki is a seriously simple addition to any website: cut and paste a single line of code and suddenly the site has a fully functional forum embedded right in the page. That same line of code across multiple pages means the forum appears whereever the embed code appears, so users don’t have to navigate to a completely separate part of the website.Not only that, but the forum can be completely independent of the page, meaning you can use one forum across multiple pages and even multiple websites. But that isn’t to say it has to be that way, as you can also have multiple forums. As with most things these days, Talki makes it simple for users to use, by allowing them to log in using Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, Google and Yahoo, meaning there’s none of that hassle of registering and then waiting for a randomly generated password to show up in your email. We created the forum below in a matter of minutes. isn’t kidding when it says it’s as simple as cutting and pasting a single line of code. And for those of you still familiar with forums, it has the standard features you would expect – thread subscription, sticky posts, closed posts and multiple categories.To try out the embeddable forum, take a look below and give it a shot.get your own embeddable forum with Talki Related Posts mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more