New diplomats urged to make Guyana priority

first_imgNewly-appointed Guyanese diplomats on Monday received a directive from President David Granger to make Guyana’s interests and those of its people their first priority, as they take up their new posts.President David Granger surrounded by the newly-appointed diplomats with Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on the leftAmong the national interests is the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy. The President cautioned that no deal, no matter how lucrative, must take precedence over Guyana’s territorial integrity.President Granger charged the envoys to work to ensure that the Administration’s thrust of security and territorial integrity, economic diplomacy, social cohesion and national unity are advanced. The diplomats recently underwent a week of training and orientation at the Foreign Services Institute at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.The Head of State said that while he expected that relationships would be built and deals would be brokered between Guyana and the other countries in the hemispheres, Guyanese Ambassadors should not allow these deals, no matter how lucrative, to overshadow the country’s territorial integrity and best interests.“The border issues are not something that can be bargained away or traded. Sometimes, our friends think that we are always complaining. Sometimes, people have not given us the support we need. Some have stepped up and batted for us, yes, but we have to continue to pursue the goal of completely freeing our territory from Venezuela’s and Suriname’s claims. These two claims are hampering our development. The Foreign Ministry and those diplomats who go abroad must understand that inside out,” President Granger said.The Head of State continued, “Make sure you have a thorough grounding because sometimes I feel that we have diplomats who don’t understand and who don’t care that they don’t understand the seriousness of the territorial problem. Sometimes, they feel that a bit of rice and a bit of oil and we don’t have to talk about it. Some people just try to dismiss the territorial problem. [They] focus on the rice, focus on the oil, focus on getting another gymnasium, and don’t talk about the issue. No. No. No. We have to put that at the forefront of our diplomacy that our territory is not going to be bargained away. We are not going to sell out ‘one curass’ and you have to believe that.”Also on the security front, the President noted that we live in an era where several countries across the globe have come under terrorist attack and have been waging wars against drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking and other crimes. The Head of State noted that these were also important areas of concern, since security was a major issue for Guyana.The Head of State emphasised the responsibility that came with these appointments and said they were not personal nor were they positions for personal gain. Therefore, they should be upheld with the utmost level of commitment and professionalism. “The appointment of an Ambassador or a High Commissioner…is an appointment for hard work. It is not an appointment for party supporters and I would like to feel that our appointments have been based on merit. The Foreign Service is not a place for party patronage. It is a place for hard work and for professionalism,” the President said.last_img read more

Commonly-posted gas price in Fort St. John remains under a dollar

first_imgAs reported this morning, the price at a pair of stations in Tumbler Ridge was even higher than that; at a 100. But Fort Nelson — which often has the highest prices in northeastern B.C. — the common price was still level with its counterpart in Fort St. John at 96.9 centsIt should also be noted, the far and away best price in this region, of 66 point nine cents, was still found across the border, at the Grande Prairie Costco.Today’s U.S. National average, was a 178 cents a gallon, and that works out to 47 cents a litre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — As of midday Wednesday, the most common posted price for gasoline in Fort St. John was still 96 cents a litre, and it had dropped nearly four and half cents below the provincial average.The GasBuddy.com online monitor still had it rising, and up to a 101.2 — the highest provincial average in the country and still the only one over a dollar a litre.In addition, the national average also jumped another half a cent this morning to 88.1 — seven of the provincial averages were still rising, with none of them any longer below 80 cents a litre.- Advertisement -Alberta lost that status this morning, and also its’ position as the lowest average in the country, when it rose to 80.7 cents a litre — seven cents higher than it was a week ago, and a half a ceant higher than Saskatchewan’s average.Meantime, according to a GasBuddy survey, the low end price in this province was still found in Prince George, at 74.9 cents a litre, and it was now slightly more than 26 cents a litre below the provincial average, as well as, a ridiculous 75 cents less than the high end price on Pinder Island, which was still posted at a 149.9.As for this region, the overnight South Peace signals of a near-at-hand increase in the local area prices remained in place on the midday GasBuddy monitor, with a fifteen cent differential in a five-price, ten-station survey in Dawson Creek, where the high end price was 99.9 cents a litre.Advertisementlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR HOST GAOTH DOBHAIR AS ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE ACTION RESUMES

first_imgKILCAR GAA NEWS:Our seniors and reserves are home to Gaoth Dobhair this Sunday in division one with throw in times of 1:30 and 3pm then the following Sunday at 7pm our seniors travel the short distance to Fintra to play the hosts in game two of the championship with the reserve match at 5:30pm. Our Under 21s host Naomh Columba in the championship this Tuesday at 7pm. Our ladies side defeated Robert Emmetts in the first leg of the Junior B championship semi-final on Sunday in Towney the final score was Cill Chartha 1-13 Robert Emmetts 1-09. Club AppWe are up to 182 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Lotto There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €4,200 this week’s numbers were:  4, 9, 20 and 29 winners were: €50 Bill Vaughan €30 Margaret Brady and €20 Roseann Ellis.  Lotto Plus numbers 22, 25, 26 and 29 there was no winner.BingoClub Bingo winners were €150 Patricia Cunningham, €100 Anne Maguire €85 M. Trigwell, €80 Sadie McShane, Margaret McShane, €70 Fidelma Boyle, Máire Boyle, Kathleen Cunningham, Michael Doherty and Maíread Gallagher (Killybegs) next Sundays Jackpot in €5,150. For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR HOST GAOTH DOBHAIR AS ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE ACTION RESUMES was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

GARDAÍ HUNT KNIFE MAN AFTER TOWN CENTRE STABBING

first_imgGARDAI are studying CCTV tonight in a bid to find a man who carried out a stabbing in the centre of Letterkenny.A teenager received slight slash wounds in the incident which happened at 6pm in Market Square.His injuries are described as “not serious”. Gardai are appealing for information. GARDAÍ HUNT KNIFE MAN AFTER TOWN CENTRE STABBING was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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

DDTV: WATCH POWERFUL TRAILER WHICH DOCUMENTS ISLAND FISHERMEN’S STRUGGLES OVER EIGHT-YEAR PERIOD

first_imgDDTV: A powerful new film which intimately documents the struggle faced by Island fishermen in Donegal over an eight-year period has been released.The film directed by Loíc Jourdain shows how the draconian measures imposed by EU legislators brought thel fishing industry amongst Island fishermen to its knees. Lead by one fisherman’s voice, John O’Brien, the film follows John’s very personal journey with his family and friends from Árainn Mhór Island and Tory Island over eight years.Since 2006, islanders from the communities of Árainn Mhór Island, Inis Bo Finne and Tory Island, in Donegal, Ireland, together with experts from around the world, have been working on common documents and actions that will help them to survive Government-led policies.It has allowed them to participate in the writing of new reform of the fishing policy which was put in place in 2014 for all European countries.The film will be shown in its entirety today at 3pm on Arranmore Island at the local community centre Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh. The film was critically acclaimed upon its release in France in December and is expected to receive the same acclaim upon its release here in Ireland.To watch the superb trailer simply click play on the video above.DDTV: WATCH POWERFUL TRAILER WHICH DOCUMENTS ISLAND FISHERMEN’S STRUGGLES OVER EIGHT-YEAR PERIOD was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVEUFeaturesfilmfishermenISLANDERSnewsPowerfulquotaslast_img read more

Villa eyes all three points when they host Bul

first_img Tags: Bul FCSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop Villa have not lost in any of their last 7 games (Photo by UPL Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier League SC Villa vs Bul FCMandela National Stadiium, NambooleSaturday, 05-01-2019 @4pmNAMBOOLE – SC Villa will be hoping to continue their fine run of form when they host Bul FC at the Mandela National Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The Jogoos have been improving of late after a disastrous start to the campaign and currently enjoy a 7 game unbeaten run in all competitions.However, they have not been winning as much as they should in the League and need all three points on Saturday as they sit only 5 away from the drop zone.“We have prepared well because our target is to win the remaining two games of the first round, said Villa assistant coach Simon Mugerwa.“It is a crucial game to us because it sets the tone for our last game against Police.“We are at home so will try to attack and get the goals.SC Villa will still be without goalkeeper Samuel Kivumbi. The defensive duo of Edgar Luzige and Joseph Nsubuga will also not be part of the team as they are still nursing injuries. Joseph Ssemujju and Savio Kabugo departed for greener pastures.Ssemujju travelled to Botswana to complete a move to Black Forest Football Club as Kabugo is now a player at AS Vita in the Democratic Republic of Congo.For Bul, they are expected to be without goalkeeper, Hannington Ssebwalunyo, his brother Joshua Lubwama as well as Hamis Tibita.The Jinja based side who are coming off a 2-1 home loss at home to log leaders-KCCA have endured a frustrating season so far as they luck much needed consistence.They are currently on 19 points but have not won any of their last three league games (D1 L2).Match Facts:This will be the 15 meeting between the two sides in the top flight.In the first 14, Villa have won 7, Bul 2 and the other 5 all ended in stalemates.Last season, each of the two won one of the two games with Bul winning the reverse fixture 1-0.Going into Saturday’s encounter, Villa have won only two of their last 17 league matches (D9 L6).However, they have lost only one of their last 4 home games (W1 D2).For Bul, they head into the game with only one victory in their last 7 games (D3 L3).Away from home, they have won only two of their first six fixtures this season (D3 L1).The other League fixtures on Saturday (4pm):-Kirinya JSS vs URA FC-Bright Stars vs Vipers SCComments last_img read more

Startup Scam: Paying to Pitch Puts Power Players on the Warpath

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Over the weekend, the blogosphere has seen a small but profound eruption of wrath over angel investor groups that charge startups to pitch them.Jason Calacanis’ blog post on the topic, wherein he went as far as calling out these groups by name and posting each group’s pricetag, inspired “me too” posts from Fred Wilson and Robert Scoble. All parties seem to be in agreement that the practice is despicable and should be stopped. But like every hustle that preys on the gullible or less talented, pay-to-play pitching models will be perpetuated until made illegal, and no amount of blog posts will shame these investors into changing their behavior. So, should these scams be made illegal?The short answer is “maybe.” Even in the gray areas of this murky-at-best practice, there’s a distinction between a group charging entrepreneurs $25,000 to pitch and charging $500 for a questionable “boot camp” pre-pitch session.For example, Maverick Angels charges $495 for a mandatory “day-long training focused on how to present to angel investors” before participating in a “Deal Line-Up.” They also charge a $1,000 fee to present at chapter meetings, allegedly to cover administrative costs.But as slimy as this practice seems and as flimsy as the group’s justifications are, the amounts charged by Maverick Angels pale in comparison to what attendees are charged for the Private Equity Forums. Investors and other professionals are charged between $975 and $3,500 to attend these pitch sessions, and presenting entrepreneurs, according to Calacanis’ research, pay between $14,500 and $25,000, plus a percentage of any funds they end up raising. How are these outrageous fees justified? Organizer Mike Segal writes on the website, “Our forum could be best described as a co-op for the 12 to 15 companies that present. We underwrite the events and the presenting companies share in the cost. They do so because our model ensures them an audience of nearly 100% qualified investors, for an expenditure which generally pencils-out to less than $100 for each capital source in attendance.” However, if Calacanis’ figures are correct, Segal’s math is creative at best and deceptive at worst, since investor guests seem to run between 60 and 110 in number for each event.And while Segal claims that the fees are also charged because the events are unsponsored, Bootstrapper.com founder Richie Hecker said his website sponsored one of Segal’s events just this past March. Do we smell a rat?Other groups called out in Calacanis’ post include Keiretsu Forum, Tech Supper Club, and Angels Den UK, all of which he claims charge startups fees ranging between $595 and $8,000 to pitch to angel investors.Most of the excuses we’ve read for these fees are laughable. It’s a filtration device, or it gives entrepreneurs a better shot at getting funded, these groups explain on their websites. This strikes us as pure rubbish, but apparently, some startups are still being taken advantage of by these systems.“Why would any self-respecting entrepreneur pay thousands of dollars to rich people just for the opportunity to pitch?” Calacanis asks in his post. “Well, the truth is that the more mature – or flat-out better – startups would never pay to present. The best ideas by the best entrepreneurs get socialized instantly.”He goes on to speculate that bad ideas and unconnected entrepreneurs put a startup at risk for these types of scams.Paying an upfront fee for a few minutes of presentation time with potential investors seems like a last-ditch option for startups that can’t get funding otherwise. And the language and methods used by those collecting the fees seem designed to deceive. In short, even if these scams are not illegal, they are certainly predatory, and startups should be made aware that these fees exist the first time they visit the groups’ websites.We would love to hear from any readers who’ve had dealings with these groups or from representatives of the groups, themselves, either in the comments section or via email.And to all our other readers, what do you make of these schemes? Should they be illegal? Should there be strict policies requiring more disclosure or capping fees at a more reasonable amount? Or should we adopt a laissez-faire attitude and accept that, in fact, a fool and his money are soon parted, whether anyone likes that fact or not? Let us know what you think in the comments. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

U.P. Police arrest Assamese man on charges of being Hizbul operative

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday claimed to have arrested from Kanpur an Assamese youth on charges of being am alleged operative of the Kashmir-based militant organisation Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. The police said the suspect, who was reported missing earlier this year, was planning to carry out a terror attack in UP during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.Identified as Kamar-uz-Zama, the suspect was nabbed from the Chakeri area of Kanpur by a team of the UP Anti-Terror Squad with inputs from the NIA, said the UP ATS.The Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P Singh, who briefed media on the arrest, said the suspect had first surfaced in April this year after a photo of him flaunting an AK47 rifle with his code name was posted on social media and widely shared.Police said that in April 2017, during his stay in Kashmir, Kamar came in touch with a person named Osama and joined the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen through him and went on to get training in the forests and hills near Kishtwar. He then adopted the name Dr. Hurera as part of the HM, said the police.Mr. Singh said the suspect admitted during questioning that he was sent to UP to carry out an attack during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and was even carrying out a recce. The ATS said they found in his phone a video in which he is conducting recce of a temple in Kanpur.“We are still to get the details and are questioning him,” said Mr. Singh.The ATS said it was finding out the duration of Kamar’s stay in UP, details of his aides, source of funding and specific targets in the state.Kamar is a resident of Jamunamukh in Hojai district of Assam.As per the police, he has a diploma in typing and computers and had failed to clear his B.A. third-year exams.Kamar has also lived abroad, in the Republic of Palau, from 2008 to 2012.last_img read more

The Talent Crunch That Just Brought Home IT’s Perils In Trump’s America

first_imgIndian IT companies and their customers are facing a dearth of mid-level talent in the US, caused by stricter interpretations of rules governing the H-1B work visa programme.The US market has always had a problem with entry-level talent but the middle layer was generally filled with Indians on H-1B visas. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Maharashtra government formation: NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena common minimum programme to strive for policy direction

first_img Need for consensusAmong the key issues to be discussed is the distribution of Cabinet and State portfolios and posts in various corporations. “The issue of who will become the Chief Minister is sorted. That post will be with the Sena. But there will be talks about appointments to corporations, the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council. We have to reach a broader consensus before going forward,” a senior Congress leader said.The CMP will focus on a broader strategy for the next government. “Distribution of portfolios is certainly an issue being discussed, but we have to decide on policy matters such as farm loan waiver, infrastructure projects, industrial growth and the financial condition of the State. There has to be a road map, and we will chalk out the broader picture,” the Congress leader said.The NCP MLAs held a meeting on Wednesday morning where Mr. Ajit Pawar clarified that his party and the Congress would clear certain points following which talks will be held with the Sena on the CMP.“We are not in a hurry. The Governor has given us six months time,” he said. Sena’s demands unacceptable, BJP not in favour of mid-term polls in Maharashtra: Shah A common minimum programme (CMP) being drafted by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine and the Shiv Sena will discuss matters starting from distribution of Ministries to broader policy-based issues, sources say.The programme is, however, likely to skip controversial issues. “The CMP will be about policy direction and will not include every issue in the State today,” said a senior Congress leader working on the draft. The issues such as the Sena’s demand for Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar will not be in the CMP as it is the demand of a particular party.The NCP on Wednesday appointed a five-member committee including legislature party leader Ajit Pawar, State president Jayant Patil and Leader of the Opposition in Council Dhananjay Munde to hold discussions with the Congress and the Sena. Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and State president Balasaheb Thorat, met at the office of the former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to identify similarities in the manifestos of the three parties and come to common points to move forward.Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is directly monitoring the discussions along with senior party leaders.Also Readlast_img read more