On the hustings…

first_img…or the hustlings?Just before he flew up to Cuba for his medical check-up, caretaker President David Granger tooled over to New Amsterdam in his military-type convoy replete with outriders, ostensibly to declare their “Town Week” open in his role as “Head of State”. But decked out in his PNC-green shirt, shimmying on the stage to Chronixx’s “Here Comes Trouble”, and belting out a speech chock-full of tall promises to a bussed-in, green-clad audience, Granger was anything but “presidential”.He was more like a used-car salesman trying to convince a customer – on whom he’d unloaded a lemon four and a half years ago – that he was now bringing sugar to make lemonade!! It was nothing but the campaign spiel of a politician pulling out all the stops to ensure that the gravy train he’d been enjoying wouldn’t stop. It’s a heady brew, this presidential gig thing, that’s for sure. As his PNC-predecessor President Hoyte remarked, once you’ve heard that eighteen-gun salute, you’re not much different from that druggie sweating and shaking for a “fix”!But your Eyewitness has some severe problems with the whole charade of the PNC in Government exploiting their lame-duck statuses to campaign. This is just rubbing salt and pepper into the wounds they carved into our Constitution when they refused to obey its crystal-clear language on resigning after a successful no-confidence vote. Even in normal circumstances, incumbents take care not to make their abuse of State resources too obvious. Not Granger!The man had the gall to insist that New Amsterdam be locked down as if a new strain of a virus capable of wiping out the rest of Guyana needed to be quarantined! It was clear that the barricades thrown up at the West Coast school to keep away protestors is now going to be a feature at his rallies. The barricades at New Amsterdam extended the military-type cordon for several blocks that virtually paralysed the entire business district. The effect was heightened by the presence of GDF troops patrolling in open-back pickups, all decked out in full battle gear.Just thinking about the cost of deploying all this manpower just for a campaign speech has convinced your Eyewitness that there is a method behind the seeming madness. As a military man, Granger understands the potency of “massing of the troops” before the enemy. It’s evocative of Burnham’s penchant for having GDF forces marching through “PPP areas” during past elections. Even though he knew he was going rig the elections in the end, he enjoyed rubbing the PPP’s nose in it!It’s all about intimidation! This is war, baby. A war for control of all that oil money coming down the pike!!…against the crime backgroundYour Eyewitness is also convinced the present upsurge in crime is not unrelated to the upcoming elections. He challenges you, dear reader, to cast your mind back to every past election (including the 1992 one). Google them if your memory’s hazy!! And what you’ll find is the identical surge in criminality. As Ian Fleming once pointed out, if something untoward happens once, that’s “happenstance”; twice, it’s “coincidence”. But thrice and more?? That’s “enemy action”, baby!!It all started just before the 1961 elections, as the PNC pulled out all the stops to prevent a repetition of the previous election of 1957, when they were ignominiously routed. “Choke and rob” moved from being a descriptive verb into a noun as “PPP supporters” were pounced upon when entering Georgetown and relieved of their gold jewellery. Before the 1964 elections arson and ethnic cleansing entered the picture.By the seventies, “kick-down-the-door” bandits morphed from being an election feature into an all-year-round of terror in “PPP communities”.Let’s not even talk about the “freedom fighters” of the new millennium elections!…against Janet JaganJanet Jagan would’ve been 99 this year. And let’s not forget how this American-born woman, who gave her life to this country, was hounded out of office after the 1997 elections.“Wuk pon she” entered the national lingo!!last_img read more

Bakersfield is too powerful for Harbor

first_imgJC FOOTBALL: The nation’s No. 1 team quickly puts away the Seahawks. From staff reports Harbor’s 49-10 Western State Conference Mountain Division loss at national No. 1 Bakersfield proved to be every bit as challenging as Coach Andrew Alvillar thought it would be. Harbor (3-2) accomplished two of its goals in its final game before the team’s bye week. It limited its penalties and turnovers, but was again susceptible to the big play. Bakersfield quarterback Jacob Bower completed four passes of 25 yards or more in the first quarter alone. “We tried to do some things to help out our secondary, but they still got a couple of big plays over the top,” Alvillar said. Bakersfield scored touchdowns on each of its first three drives, forcing Harbor to play catchup even before its offense had a chance to get its feet wet. Harbor was already in a 28-point hole by the time quarterback Andrew Trudnowski threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Hodrick early in the second quarter. “They definitely jumped out on us pretty quick,” Alvillar said Harbor had the ball in the Bakersfield red zone twice, but both times came away empty, turning the ball over on downs. 160Want 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

Hull heading down despite fine start? Title between Manchester clubs? CORAL

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Premier League new boys Hull, relegation favourites at the start of the season, have won their first two games but are still 10/11 to go down.Fellow new boys Burnley are 4/5 to be relegated, while Sunderland are 7/4 having lost their opening two matches under new manager David Moyes.At the top of the table, Manchester City and Manchester United both have 100 per cent records and they are expected to battle it out for the title.City currently head the betting, priced at 13/8 to top the table, while United are 11/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Meetings 10/30

first_imgGranada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today at Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-4346 or see www.ghnnc.org. Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council will hold a public testimony meeting on a proposal to close two pedestrian tunnels under the Ventura Freeway (101) in Woodland Hills, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Woodland Hills Academy (formerly Parkman Middle School), 20800 Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 713-8600 or see www.woodlandhillscouncil.org. West Hills Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 911 Communication Center, 23001 Roscoe Blvd., West Hills. Call (818) 719-8656 or see www.westhillsnc.org. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see www.chatsworthcouncil.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7412 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9883 or see www.wvnlbnc.org. Greater Valley Glen Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the faculty cafeteria at Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. Call (818) 772-4842 or see www.GVGC.us. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411 or see www.stnc.org. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Room 1B at the Marvin Braude Community Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 787-2737. Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Nov. 9, Granada Hills Public Library, 10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills. Call (818) 321-6259 or see www.OldGranadaHills.org. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 9, in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Pacoima Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the community room at the Pacoima Youth and Family Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima. Call (818) 590-4792. Panorama City Neighborhood Council (forming), 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the second-floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 374-9895. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way (enter rear entrance), Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 896-5860. Notices of neighborhood council meetings are published every Monday. Send information two weeks in advance, including time, date, location and a phone number. Fax to (818) 713-0058 or e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.160Want 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

Souness slams Sarriball and claims Chelsea won’t win trophies in immediate future

first_img REVEALED no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “If you insist on playing Jorginho, who is neat and tidy but not a goal threat, you have to have goal threats on either side of him. You can’t rely on Hazard to do it week in, week out, it’s too much for him. You have to share the goals around.”Finally, Souness hit out at manager Sarri’s preferred style of play, which was labelled Sarriball during the Italian’s time in charge of Napoli.The possession-heavy approach worked brilliantly in Serie A, but it has proven to be something of a busted flush since Sarri moved to English football.“Chelsea dismay me,” Souness continued. “They must be wonderful in five-a-side. Ping, ting, ting, great. Two-thirds possession, twice as many passes, touches, lose 2-0. If you have that much of the ball where are you having it?“They’re playing like a five-a-side team, the stats show it. Chelsea have had more passes in their own half than anyone else.” There are eight live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and where to hear them, below… Maurizio Sarri’s side failed to take advantage of their game in hand to close the gap on the teams above them, drawing 1-1 with Wolves earlier this month before suffering a further setback at Everton on Sunday. huge blow Germany vs Serbia (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2Kazakhstan vs Scotland (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORTWalsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Chelsea suffered a blow to their top four chances with defeat at Everton Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LIVE on talkSPORT “I think there’s a big sea change in how they see things going forward. I don’t think they will be winning trophies in the immediate future.”The former Liverpool captain also questioned the balance of Chelsea’s midfield and feels they rely too heavily on Eden Hazard to be their difference maker.He added: “You take Eden Hazard out of the equation and where’s the threat coming from?“They have a midfield that is made up of (N’Golo) Kante, who is a fabulous player but doesn’t really get goals, and Jorginho, who has two goals this season, and (Ross) Barkley. They don’t get goals. The mix is totally wrong. Chelsea’s days of winning trophies have come to an end, according to Liverpool legend Graeme Souness.The Blues are now sixth in the Premier League, a point behind Manchester United and three behind fourth place Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 gameday cracker Souness feels Chelsea rely too much on Eden Hazard tense deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Chelsea have won 15 major honours since 2003 – the year Roman Abramovich bought the west London club – and they only narrowly lost this season’s EFL Cup final to Manchester City, and the Blues are favourites to win the Europa League.However, Souness believes trophies are not on the horizon for the Blues.“It’s difficult times ahead for Chelsea,” Souness said on Sky Sports.last_img read more

Salem Named as Tree City USA

first_imgTrees provide multiple benefits to a community hey when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. Salem was named a Tree City USA for its work in 2016 by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Salem achieved Tree City USA recognition by continuing to meet the program’s four requirements – a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. “Tree City USA communities see the impact of an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, in recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”last_img read more

Fr Paddy gets behind Kilmacrennan Youth Group’s pilgrimage plan

first_imgFive young people from the Parish of Kilmacrennan will travel to Medjugorje and to Lourdes this Easter and May. The community each year along with Parish Priest Fr. Paddy Dunne encourages and supports the young people of the parish to take part in these pilgrimages.This year after mass on St. Patrick’s Day, as part of a fundraising effort, the youth are organising a St. Patricks Day Social at Kilmacrennan’s Primary School Gym and everyone is welcome. This year all money raised will go towards their pilgrimage trip and they will donate funds from the St. Patrick’s Day Social to two worthy causes. The Bumbulance and The Friends of Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund will both receive donations from their efforts.Nicole Doherty, Darragh Russell, Ann Marie Doherty, Caolan Gallagher & Hannah Downey will be selling Shamrock Pots after Mass this weekend & next weekend on the run up to the St. Patrick’s Day Social. The St. Patrick’s Day Social will be a community event & tea, coffee & refreshments will be served after mass,They will have traditional Irish Music & Irish Dancing and a raffle on the day and the event will be compered by Oisin Kelly. Admission is free and all donations welcome.“The Friends of Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund and The BUMBLEance Children’s Ambulance Service are both very worthy causes and I am delighted that the youth in our parish are coming together to support these charities. It also makes our community very proud that so many young people from our parish want to travel to Medjugorje and to Lourdes every year and we would like to wish them all safe and spiritual travels”, says Fr. Dunne. Fr Paddy gets behind Kilmacrennan Youth Group’s pilgrimage plan was last modified: March 3rd, 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:donegalFr Paddy Dunnekilmacrennanlast_img read more

Collaboration: Overlooked and Underestimated

first_imgManaging the Changing IT Landscape: Collaboration as Competitive AdvantageCollaboration just might be the next big thing. But is it getting the attention it deserves?According to a recent article from informationweek.com, people are changing the way they work—and it’s having a profound impact on IT strategies and budgets in 2013. Research conducted by business advisory firm CEB (formerly Corporate Executive Board) explored the IT implications of collaboration on productivity—and the results might surprise you.The first big reveal? According to Andrew Horne, U.K.-based managing director at CEB, “People know that work is becoming more collaborative, but the surprise is that 50 percent of successful performance now depends on this—where 10 years ago 80 percent of the outcome of any task would have been down to the individual. It is the magnitude of the shift that we didn’t expect.”In other words, productivity depends on itWhat’s more, process-automation efforts of the past are no longer enough. To improve productivity, companies must think more about customization. Instead of creating highly customized (yet rigid) ERP and CRM solutions, there is a need for standards-based, cross-enterprise tools that can be customized in areas where you gain the most value—focusing on the way that employees actually perform tasks, where they perform them, how they service customers, etc. Think of what a physician can do with a portable, touch-enabled solution. And while sales managers will always need a CRM solution, they need access to it on the right mobile device.I saw this in action last week while discussing the benefits and use cases of tablets, laptops, and new two-in-one Ultrabook™ devices with professional educators and healthcare administrators. These environments have an abundance of applications for enhancing productivity, quality care, and student learning. The goal is to connect educators with students, students with students, and healthcare workers to their peers and their patients. The concept of enhancing interpersonal engagement through and with technology proved to be the theme of the week.Although this might seem intuitive, companies on average are spending only one-third of their IT budgets on the right mobile solutions—and according to Horne, anything less is too little. “Those pushing hardest for improvements are allocating two-thirds of all IT spending to the tools that are really capable of transforming the way users work,” he says. Any solution that gives knowledge workers what they need to share ideas and easily locate people and information has become critical.How Intel is transforming collaborationAnother wake-up call is that the CEB research revealed a disconnect between IT decision makers and how end users actually get work done. Intel has worked actively to solve this challenge. To gain more from social computing and boost collaboration, Intel IT conducted research on the employee base by partnering with several groups across the business, including Human Resources, IT employee communications, and Human Factors Engineering. The goal was to understand how different business groups collaborate and communicate—and figure out exactly where the problems lie.One component to this was a crowdsourcing exercise designed to collect feedback from new employees. Questions were centered around known collaboration issues—speed of innovation, barriers to working together, etc. And the results were quite interesting: 44 percent of the feedback related to organizational barriers and 45 percent to technology. Just 7 percent identified people, and only 4 percent cited environment or physical workspace. For more, check out the white paper by Intel IT, “Evolving Social Computing and Collaboration in the Enterprise”.Again, it becomes clear that there needs to be a balance of three perspectives: technology, business needs, and the requirements of individual employees. Do the research findings surprise you? Have you noticed the growing role of collaboration in your organization? Chris @chris_p_intel#Consumerization #Collaboration #Productivitylast_img read more

India’s Leading Film School in Ferment

first_imgThe alumni includes most of the leading film makers and technicians of Indian cinema: Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani, arthouse auteurs like Shyam Benegal and Mani Kaul and Oscar-winning sound designer Rasool Pookutty. Related Itemslast_img

SPSB, Bihar, Chandigarh, AP win in womens National hockey

first_imgRanchi, Jan 29 (PTI) Steel Plant Sports Board (SPSB), Bihar, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh and Bengaluru registered wins in their respective pool matches on day 4 of the eighth Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2018 (B Division), here today.In a Pool A matches, SPSB registered their second victory of the competition as they triumphed 2-1 over Hockey Madhya Bharat in a close encounter, while Hockey Bihar defeated Telangana Hockey by an impressive 8-1 margin.In Pool B, Hockey Chandigarh registered their second victory of the tournament as they beat Hockey Uttarakhand 4-0, Kerala Hockey maintained their 100 per cent winning run by beating Hockey Andhra Pradesh 3-0.In Pool C, Bengaluru Hockey Association won their second match of the competition, defeating Bengal Hockey Association 4-1. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more