The party and the people

first_imgDear Editor,I have captioned my discourse with you today “The Party and The People” for a specific reason. We are going to take a close examination of these two important entities in the Guyana context. Firstly, in the British Commonwealth it is verified, unassailable, documented proof that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is a party that has never lost an election. This is a phenomenon that the ABC Countries cannot fathom nor would the People’s National Congress come to accept.For this very same reason, election rigging was allowed to flourish; that is to keep that party, the ‘people’s party’ out of power. Come to think of it, that theory did work because in the last elections we were told that the PPP/Civic lost that election by a mere one seat. Well, I am asking the powers that be to prove it? Just prove that anomaly to us! Truth is making that so called proclamation proof, they do that and we would most graciously accept. But, lest I be bogged down into a sidebar to explain all the shameful details of that sordid, rigging arrangement, let me move on with the discussion at hand.The party … the people, what has made for the success of the two over the years? The answer is the process of choosing a leader to lead the party. That process is solid and certain, used for decades whenever that party goes into choosing mode. From its Founder Leader, Dr Cheddi Jagan, every leader thereafter has had to go through that highly respected road. You must fulfil those criteria with high marks before you can be selected.The second, and I would brand it the most crucial part of it all, is that the person who will be chosen must be a people person, because ultimately they are the ones who would be called upon to vote you into office and into the seat of power. The final decision lies with the people you would be asked to lead so that great step into the future is of paramount importance. The people must feel safe, secure and confident in their leadership and herein lies the strength of the PPP’s ‘Leadership, People Power!’Education, charm and charisma, while they are great assets for anyone these are never the lone pillars on which the party stands. You must unveil your love and ability to lead people in the good times and in the bad, in their happiness and in their sorrows, even when they become cold and indifferent to you. Leadership has euphoric highs while at the same time you must face up to its lonely, crushingly hard and demeaning lows. As a leader you must be prepared for these realities.So, the latest hype within, and in a pronounced way, without the party as to who should become leader is firing up as we come to that crucial point.The enthusiasm is great because every single one of them in the PPP has been blessed with those noble characteristics of leadership; every last one of them.However, they cannot all be the head only one person will get that approval nod. We, in due time, would see that leader and he or she would lead us successfully into the next phase.The people of this country longs for fit and proper leadership. The people of this country eagerly awaits the completion of the process in the PPP’s camp of that individual who would lead us back into the beaten path of peace development and progress.As that process takes shape we can take heart that a better day will come soon.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

60-year-old busted with 27kg ganja in freezer

first_imgA 60-year-old man was on Monday morning arrested after more than 27 kilograms of cannabis were found hidden in a freezer at his East Coast Demerara home. Reports are that an intelligence-led operation saw members of the Police Narcotics Branch visiting the man’s home at Haslington, ECD, where a search was conducted and five well taped parcels of the compressed marijuana were unearthed.The sexagenarian is expected to make his court appearance at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court today. The Police are, however, continuing their investigations into the discovery.last_img

An agricultural disaster has been declared by the County of Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – The County Council has declared an agricultural disaster in the County of Grande Prairie.Council shares that this is the fourth straight year the local agricultural producers have endured difficult conditions such as wet conditions delaying seeding, excessive rainfall, and cool weather, which have let to slowed agricultural production and poor quality crops.“County Council is very aware of the hardships that our agricultural community is facingas a result of the weather conditions,” said Deputy Reeve Peter Harris. “By declaring anagricultural disaster, Council wants to bring attention to the devastating conditionsimpacting crop and livestock producers and request more support for them.”- Advertisement -According to Harris, between 40 and 60 percent of crops currently remain in County fields, with the recent snowfall ends the chance of increasing the figures this season. Regionally, crop harvest is trailing 25 percent behind average: about half of the major crops have been combined, 19 percent have been swathed, and 31 percent are still standing.Hay is in short supply in some areas of the County due to excessive and untimely rainfall that has produced poor quality hay. This means higher costs for livestock producers who will need to source and supplement their feed stores by hauling hay from outside the region.It is important to Harris that this message is shared at a local level, as well as at theprovincial and federal levels.Advertisement “The farming sector is vital to the County of Grande Prairie,” he said. “The effects of thisagricultural disaster are felt across our communities,” said Harris.Residents and visitors to the County are being reminded that many crops remaining in the fields to be mindful when hunting or participating in winter recreation activities as these crops can be severely damaged by vehicle and snowmobile traffic. Always obtain permission before travelling on what may appear to be open fields, shared County Council.last_img read more

TOP 25 ROUNDUP Ohio State hands Purdue its 1st defeat

first_imgNo. 13 West Virginia 55, Syracuse 14: Fullback Owen Schmitt scored his first two touchdowns of the season, defensive tackle Keilen Dykes returned an interception 19 yards for another score, and West Virginia bounced back from a 21-13 loss to South Florida with an easy win at Syracuse. It was the 100th victory for West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-1 Big East), who committed six turnovers in a loss that probably cost them any chance at the national championship, converted two deflected passes into touchdowns in the first half to build a commanding 31-7 lead over the lowly Orange (1-5, 1-1). West Virginia quarterback Pat White, who sustained a thigh bruise against South Florida and sat out the second half, suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury midway through the third quarter against Syracuse and never returned. No. 15 Virginia Tech 41, No. 22 Clemson 23: Who needs an offense with a return game like Virginia Tech’s? The 15th-ranked Hokies had a record-tying 100-yard kickoff return TD by Victor Harris and an 82-yard punt return score from Eddie Royal to win at Clemson. In 21 seasons under Coach Frank Beamer, the Hokies (5-1, 2-0 ACC) had never before had both a kickoff and punt returned for scores in the same game. D.J. Parker had a 32-yard interception return TD on Clemson’s first series and the Hokies held Clemson (4-2, 2-2) without a first down for nearly 21 minutes. No. 17 Missouri 41, No. 25 Nebraska 6: Chase Daniel passed for a career-best 401 yards and ran for two scores and Missouri (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) got a big game from its suspect defense in a rout of visiting Nebraska. The Cornhuskers entered the game averaging 36 points, but were held without a touchdown for the first time since a 31-3 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 13, 2004. Missouri’s four nonconference opponents averaged 25 points, leading to pregame anticipation of a high-scoring affair that never materialized.The Cornhuskers were outgained, 606-297. No. 20 Cincinnati 28, No. 21 Rutgers 23: Ben Mauk’s passing and opportunistic defense. It’s been an unbeatable combination for Cincinnati. Mauk threw two of his three touchdowns in a 19-second span late in the third quarter and Cincinnati forced four turnovers, including a game-saving interception by linebacker Ryan Manalac with 1:19 to play at Rutgers. Cincinnati (6-0, 1-0 Big East) handed Rutgers (3-2, 0-1) its second straight loss. Kansas 30, No. 24 Kansas St. 24: Kansas showed its unbeaten record and colossal stats against four cupcake foes did mean something. The Jayhawks went to the Wildcats’ home and beat them a week after the Wildcats had whipped then-No. 7 Texas. Todd Reesing threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns and the Jayhawks started a season 5-0 for just the third time in 39 years. Josh Freeman, Kansas State’s 6-6 sophomore, outgained the 5-9 Reesing, hitting 31 of 48 passes for 305 yards and a TD.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter, who had averaged more than 300 passing yards in his first five games, finished with 268 but much of that was gained in the fourth quarter. Purdue tight end Dustin Keller caught seven passes for 101 yards and Greg Orton caught 10 passes for 91 yards for the Boilermakers (5-1, 1-1). Ohio State won its 24th consecutive regular-season game and showed why it was ranked second nationally in total defense. It was the Buckeyes’ first win against a ranked team. No. 6 South Florida 35, Florida Atlantic 23: South Florida’s highest ranking in school history was nearly short-lived. Benjamin Williams ran for 186 yards and four touchdowns, Matt Grothe added 120 yards rushing and a score and the Bulls held off fellow upstart Florida Atlantic to win in Fort Lauderdale. South Florida (5-0) committed four turnovers for the second straight game. But Williams and Grothe did enough to overcome the mistakes. Williams had a 10-yard scoring run to break a 7-7 tie in the third quarter. Grothe made it 21-14 with a spinning, juking, tackle-breaking 32-yard run two possessions later. Williams’ second one was even better. He spun out of one tackle, broke two more and scampered 54 yards to make it 28-17 with about 10 minutes remaining. But Florida Atlantic (3-3) didn’t quit in its first game against a top-10 opponent. Rusty Smith hooked up with DiIvory Edgecomb for a 47-yard strike, cutting the lead to 28-23 with 6:42 to play. The Owls missed the 2-point conversion. No. 7 Boston College 55, Bowling Green 24; Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes and Boston College pulled away with four interceptions late in the first half to overwhelm visiting Bowling Green and get off to its best start in 65 years. Boston College (6-0) scored 38 straight points after Tyler Sheehan’s 6-yard pass to Freddie Barnes with 8:55 left in the half cut BC’s lead to 14-10. Less than seven minutes later, it was 38-10 as the Falcons’ pass-happy offense backfired when BC picked off four passes in the last six minutes of the half. Two were returned for touchdowns – 65 yards by Jamie Silva and 7 yards by Nick Larkin – and another led to a career-long 45-yard field goal by Steve Aponavicius. From news services Todd Boeckman passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns as No. 4 Ohio State earned a 23-7 victory Saturday night at No. 23 Purdue. Chris Wells ran for 85 yards on 18 carries and Ryan Pretorius made all three of his field goal attempts for Ohio State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten). Purdue had averaged 45 points and 496 yards per game, but Ohio State held the Boilermakers to 272 total yards. Purdue ran for just 4 yards on 17 attempts, and Jared Armstrong tied a school record with 12 punts. last_img read more

Ebbsfleet goalkeeper jumps into crowd to confront abusive fans, Boreham Wood respond

first_imgThere was chaos at the end of Boreham Wood’s 0-0 draw with Ebbsfleet at Meadow Park in the National League.When the full-time whistle sounded, Ebbsfleet goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore jumped in with the home supporters in an attempt to confront abusive fans. Not the worst 0-0 I’ve been to, but things certainly livened up after the match when the Ebbsfleet keeper decided to jump into the home end and take on the Wood Army!— Steve Pye (@1980sSportsBlog) November 17, 2018Fans were shocked at what they witnessed and one even tweeted: “Never witnessed a scene like that, Ebbsfleet keeper has done an absolute Cantona, jumping the hoardings into the fans,” in reference to Manchester United forward Eric Cantona’s scuffle with Crystal Palace fans in 1995.Boreham Wood report say the situation was contained when “two sensible home fans and our quick response stewards restrained the irate ‘keeper and averted any actual trouble from occurring.”A few days earlier, Eastleigh fan Martin Lombardi was fined £650 and ordered to pay £600 compensation to Ashmore for shouting foul language towards the Ebbsfleet goalkeeper during a match in April. He was also told to pay £300 costs and £65 victim surcharge.However, the club have said there was no element of racial abuse from their fans on Saturday. Never witnessed a scene like that, Ebbsfleet keeper has done an absolute Cantona, jumping the hoardings into the fans. If a fan had jumped on the pitch, they’d have been arrested. He can’t be all there, head gone!— Tom Laskowski (@tom_laskowski) November 17, 2018 Ugly schemes at the end of the game as Ebbsfleet keeper Nathan Ashmore jumped into the Boreham Wood fans on the whistle.Plenty of other players from both sides followed, not clear how things started or who was & wasn’t playing peacemaker.FT: @BOREHAM_WOODFC 0 @EUFCofficial 0 pic.twitter.com/VzNKUUdffW— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) November 17, 2018 REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 REVEALED REVEALED ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 But there’s a fracas in the crowd now. Referee trying to restore order with players standing by close in.— Ebbsfleet United FC (@EUFCofficial) November 17, 2018 “We have ascertained from our enquiries, that some supporters behind the goal were calling him a ‘nonce,’ and commenting on his weight, as he went about his normal goalkeeping duties, and especially when he took his goal kicks.“We genuinely wish to apologise to Nathan and want to reassure people, that though this incident was hurtful to him as an individual, and is not acceptable – it was in no way racial, as some fans have speculated.“In truth, the make up of our club, our squad, our staff and the fact that we reside in cosmopolitan North London and South Herts, would make that accusation quite ridiculous. As a club, we have prided ourselves and ensured over many, many years, that our employment policies regarding our day to day staff, our playing staff and the make up of our coaching staff and academy scholars, that we are a totally inclusive organisation. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Popular Football News RANKED “We are totally colour blind, gender blind and do not tolerate any form of religious bigotry. We simply look for the right people, with the correct attitude, discipline and desire, whenever we employ staff. We would also operate a zero tolerance of any supporter found guilty of any racial overtones. In light of the incident today, we can only give you any further facts, as and when they are verified.“We will neither blow the situation up nor will we play it down. We already recognise, that It is not acceptable for any goalkeeper to be called names – as such, our football safety officer began a thorough investigation and that investigation started directly after today’s game.“We do however feel that it was a shame that Nathan felt compelled to jump the safety barrier, as it inflamed the situation. It was a situation that could have been much better controlled, if he had simply pointed out the name callers to a steward – as his actions put himself and others in harms way. That said, we do understand that logical thinking when emotions are running high, is not always possible. shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Nathan Ashmore jumped into where the Boreham Wood fans were standing to confront the abusive supporters MONEY BEST OF The goalkeeper was restrained, preventing the incident from escalating even further “Luckily, we can report, after the chief steward’s debrief, was that two sensible home fans and our quick response stewards restrained the irate ‘keeper and averted any actual trouble from occurring. The fact other players from both sides felt the need to get a closer look is also regrettable – but for all those who watch football, that was nothing more than we see every week, when the handbag brigade start to push and shove each other at a corner and nothing more…“We are though asking for anyone who saw this incident, or anyone who has footage or information to come forward in confidence and give a statement to our football safety officer. We will ensure that any supporter found to be behaving in a manner not conducive to an inclusive family club – will be banned immediately.”last_img read more

Raiders’ Richard assumes key role as ‘satellite’ back

first_imgIt happened … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Jalen Richard is enjoying life as a satellite, although the third-year running back laments the one that got away.Richard caught a career high nine passes for 55 yards for the Raiders in the Week 1 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, although it’s likely the play that gives the Denver Broncos the most concern fell incomplete.last_img

Dinosaurs Survived Cold Arctic

first_imgDinosaurs, ferns and trees grew in Canada’s far north provinces, according to EurekAlert report from McGill University.  “You wouldn’t expect it, yet dinosaurs and a great variety of plants lived in the High Arctic 240 to 65 million years ago,” said Hans Larsson, leader of research over two years. Who wouldn’t expect it?  Evolutionists.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Apple Develops Peer-to-Peer App Sharing System

first_imgRelated Posts With hundreds of thousands of mobile applications available in iTunes, how do you find the good ones? You can read reviews online, seek out new releases via third-party app recommendation sites, check iTunes’ Genius picks or its “top sellers” lists, but at the end of the day, one of the most popular ways to find new apps is still the most traditional: personal recommendations.Now, it looks like Apple is working on technology that will capitalize on that trend. A patent application reveals that Apple has developed a system for sharing applications through peer-to-peer connections with other phones.Uncovered by the blog Patently Apple, the published patent application details a system that would allow you to transfer apps from your phone to a friend’s phone via a peer-to-peer connection, such as through a cable, infrared connection or a network cloud, like the Internet, cellular network or a wireless mesh network. The transferred app could either be a full copy of the application, a limited (trial or demo) copy or the application seed, this last term meaning just enough information for the iPhone to download the application from a server at a later point. A seed would be useful in cases where the connection was dropped, causing the app transfer to remain incomplete. It could also serve as a way to share an app more quickly, we would guess, in areas where bandwidth is limited. Even though transferring an app seed wouldn’t allow you to use the app itself (the patent says you could send a “visual representation of the application” with the seed), at least you would still be able to grab the app from iTunes later on. Tags:#mobile Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perezcenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In addition to providing a mechanism for sharing, the patent also briefly covers plans for an affiliate program. When someone bought an app you shared with them, you could be rewarded with money, store credit, coupons, promotional items, or even an “improved status” of sorts. (Please, no badges!) I hope that Apple stays out of the affiliate business, personally. Once there’s money to be earned, things get a little murky – is my tech-savvy friend sharing this app because it’s really that good? Or because they want to earn credits on iTunes? Hmm.This system, if it ever comes to pass, would serve as a great way to actually facilitate personal app recommendations and would additionally allow for “try before you buy” programs, too. Transferred apps could be either “lite”/demo versions or fully functional apps which expire after a set amount of time. That latter could be useful for getting more users to try an app, especially considering that the iTunes App Store doesn’t have an official app refund policy in place. (Refunds have been handled on a case-by-case basis in the past, but there is no actual refund window like there is on Android).Patently Apple offers more details about this technology on its site, if you want to read about things like its use of “share flags,” details on security functions, the system’s interface functionality or even the use of Wi-Fi access points in coffee shops, for example.Image credits: Patently Applelast_img read more

Army breaks up Pak. victory party

first_imgResidents of Shopian’s Vehil village alleged that they were beaten up and their homes and vehicles damaged by security forces on Monday night after some youth celebrated the Pakistan cricket team’s victory against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy. The Army has refuted the allegations.The trouble, according to the villagers, started around midnight when crackers were burst after the cricket match. Army personnel from the nearby Chowdary Gund camp allegedly swarmed into the village and “opened aerial firing first”.“The Army men rammed through everyone and everything that came in their way. It was a nightmare. Even parked vehicles were damaged. Windowpanes of houses were broken,” a resident told The Hindu over the phone.The Army personnel allegedly barged into homes and “beat up inmates”. A shopkeeper accused the security forces of “ransacking shops”. The incident sparked fresh protests in the area on Tuesday. In a separate incident, security forces marched into Turkwangam village around 11.30 p.m. and beat up locals on Monday night. The village had witnessed sustained attacks on security forces by stone throwing protesters earlier in the day. “It [the assault on villagers] continued for over two hours,” residents alleged. Superintendent of Police, Shopian, A.S. Dinakar said the “police were ascertaining the facts on the ground”.Srinagar-based Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia, however, dismissed both allegations, saying, “Our troopers were not involved in whatsoever has happened in Vehil and Turkawangam villages.”Hurriyat condemns Accusing the security forces of “declaring a war on civilians”, the spokesman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, headed by Syed Ali Geelani, said, “The forces feel free and unaccountable since the Major Leetul Gogoi episode (the Major had used a civilian as a human shield against stone throwers).”Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said “celebrating Pakistan’s win over Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy is not legally an offence.”last_img read more

Benzema-inspired Real Madrid stun Bayern Munich in UCL semis

first_imgReal Madrid’s Benzema reacts after scoring his goal against Bayern Munich on Wednesday Karim Benzema’s goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 first-leg victory over title holder Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but the nine-time champions may live to regret the missed chances in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.Madrid endured plenty of pressure in the first leg match, but scored from a 19th-minute counter-attack. Cristiano Ronaldo found Fabio Coentrao speeding down the left flank and Benzema steered his low cross past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Ronaldo returned from a left leg injury but missed a number of scoring opportunities before eventually giving way to Gareth Bale, who had started on the bench after battling with flu.Bayern pressed for an equalizer in the closing stages, forcing Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas to deny Mario Goetze in the 84th minute while fellow substitute Thomas Mueller had no better luck with his late effort from inside the area.But Madrid should have extended its lead ahead of Tuesday’s return leg in Germany, as the team bids to end a three-season semifinal losing streak and reach the final for the first time since winning in 2002.”If you want to do damage, you have to go for the victory – because 1-0 is not definitive,” Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said as he looked ahead to a tough second leg match. “But it’s a good result to take to Munich.”Atletico Madrid or Chelsea await in the May 24 final in Lisbon, with the pair playing to a scoreless draw in their first-leg match on Tuesday.advertisementPep Guardiola endured his first loss at the Bernabeu as coach after seven previous visits with Barcelona, and at times the encounter took on the appearance of a “clasico” with Madrid looking to capitalize on the break while the visitors controlled play.”Madrid thrives off the counter attack, Madrid is the best team in the world on the counter,” Guardiola said. “They get back as fast as they go forward, they’re athletes.”Madrid’s defense did well to contain Bayern in its area and then break quickly, but the Spanish club squandered its other chances after Benzema broke the deadlock.Ronaldo, who looked uncomfortable at times despite passing a late fitness test, followed up a sharp header at Neuer with a first-time shot from Luka Modric’s perfect pass in the 26th minute – only for his effort to fly high over the top with just the Germany ‘keeper to beat.Madrid dug in and did well to clear many of Bayern’s best opportunities as it controlled three-quarters of possession in the first half. The German champions found space between the lines and combined some swift passing movements, with Franck Ribery picking out Arjen Robben inside the area in the 39th.But Madrid weathered each buildup before surging forward, with Angel Di Maria gathering a loose ball at the right post only to wildly shoot over Neuer before halftime.After the break, Neuer had to dive low to keep out Ronaldo’s angled shot after a Bayern defensive mix-up.Ronaldo forced Neuer into another low save before giving way to Bale, who energized Madrid’s attack with his pace. The Welshman was playing for the first time since his stunning winner in Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.”It’s been 20 days Cristiano hasn’t been 100 percent, so it was a sacrifice for him. It couldn’t have been easy for Cristiano tonight,” said Ancelotti, who remained unbeaten against Bayern with his fifth win in seven meetings. “But Cristiano and Bale will be 100 percent” for the return, the Italian coach added.Guardiola brought on Mueller and Goetze for the final quarter and Mueller nearly equalized with a rising shot in the 81st. A chance then fell to Goetze in the Madrid area but Casillas reacted well to stop the German’s powerful volley.”They had chances to score more goals, definitely,” said Guardiola. “We probably should have created a few more scoring chances. (But) they have a very good defense.”Bayern had gone 29 matches without scoring coming into the 20th meeting between the storied European rivals, and will still rate its chances of reaching a third straight final with the return leg at home.last_img read more