In its history thus far, Guyana has not been short of instances when it was either the center of jokes and/or brought embarrassment upon itself here and overseas. Many years ago, when basic food items were banned and with possible jailtime for possession, Guyanese traders defied the odds to bring such items and others to satisfy those who could have afforded while eked a living in the process.It wasn’t easy or a pretty sight in the eyes of residents at some regional airports. Hardworking Guyanese were mocked and others at home scorned and laughed at simply because of being unable to freely access basic food items and for its dictatorial regime.That disrespect wasn’t confined to the traders, but meted out to other Guyanese who traveled for other purposes. Guyana unfortunately became the joke of the Caribbean. There were other instances over time; the Jonestown and the 1997 post-election fiascos are just two.As the country progressed and became the leading and shining light in the Caribbean, one would have expected that such unflattering incidents would stay buried in history. Sadly, history has a way of repeating itself.The no-confidence motion (NCM) of December 21, 2018, reopened the door; more specifically, the subsequent actions of the current government. Having failed to abide with the constitutional requirements, it sought recourse in the court.In the first instance, many saw it as a joke that the court was asked to rule or interpret something that seemed unambiguous. Others felt that is was necessary is keeping legal recourse. In the end, the CCJ ruled and many still feel it was unnecessary as taxpayers’ money and time were expended to be told the obvious as stated in the constitution.The CCJ’s hearings and ruling were broadcast live and available to all across the region. The presentations of the legal luminaries in such a high-profile case made viewing compelling. Much was said about some of the presentations, especially from the government side. Some of what was offered in defence, within the context of the matter before the CCJ, was deemed as uninspiring. In the process, humour could not have been suppressed.The presentations in question may not have been an automatic booking by those seeking reprieve from daily stresses since the expectation would have been for legal representation par excellence. Ironically, therein probably lies the reason the exercise was seen as a joke; the government seemingly positioned the country to be given a public lesson on interpretation for something that appeared simple. In doing so, fodder for satire abounds.But that’s not the end of what seems an ongoing encore. Two days ago, media reports stated that the government, in its submission for consideration for the consequential orders, asked that the CCJ leave elections up to the Parliament, GECOM, the President and the Leader of the Opposition. Even a cursory glance at that request may be enough to evoke humour.The most obvious question; how could that be the request now, seven months after the NCM given what is enshrined in the constitution? The constitution clearly states that a successful NCM leads to elections within ninety days; the President and the Cabinet shall resign. There is provision for the government to stay on to facilitate the elections. It means that GECOM has to be at the ready to facilitate elections within that constitutionally mandated timeframe.The government refused to abide by the constitution and GECOM claims elections cannot be held before late November; almost a year after the passage of the NCM which the Speaker of the National Assembly upheld.The President is steadfast that GECOM has to inform him when the elections are possible and only then can he announce a date. At the most recent CCJ hearing, the GECOM’s lawyer stated that a new list can only be ready by December 25, 2019; now more than a year after the NCM.The Opposition Leader has been consistent that the elections be held within the ninety days mandated and allude to constitutional provisions for updating the voters’ list. Both the government and GECOM’s pronouncements have created a protracted timeframe way beyond what the constitution dictates. One can draw inferences.Given what has played out so far, asking that the CCJ leave elections up to the Parliament, GECOM and the President primarily, would potentially lead to further delays. In reality, the CCJ is being asked to order something that should have been completed as of March 21, 2019; when the constitutionally ninety days expired.The request seems a reservoir for more humour, however, and ironically, the government may have failed to see the joke, deliberately perhaps.Two days ago, it submitted the names of eight persons for the GECOM’s Chairman; names that include one whose appointment was ruled unconstitutional by the CCJ and some with reportedly known political ties to the government and its main Party; the PNC.There seems no respite as humour abounds. That aside, there is the other matter of unnecessary embarrassment inflicted on the country and its people; and that’s no joke!
It happened eight years ago when Winston Garyzon Hannibal Jackson, known on stage as ‘Skoolboy Wizzy’, saw a blister on his left foot. Then, he didn’t know it was Gouwa, an ‘African sign’ that swells the leg and causes a burning sensation from the inside. He landed in a sick bush for a year. Sadly, this caused him to miss out on travelling to the United States for the first time.A few days after noticing the blister, his leg had swollen so bad that he listened to advice and sought the help of a ‘country doctor’ to work on his leg.Still in the 12th grade at that time (2008-2009), Wizzy had no other option but to drop out of school for about six months seeking treatment in the sick bush.“This was unbearable for me,” Skoolboy Wizzy said. “I could not believe it at first that my close friend could do this to me; and up until now I still wonder why he had to hate me so much.”As God would have it, after Cavalry Chapel Mission School in Rehab community, where he attended, learned of his condition, Skoolboy Wizzy was able to graduate with his classmates at the end of the 2009 school year.“When my school accepted me, I was relieved and was able to sit the national exam and make a successful pass. Even though the situation was bad, God never let me down,” Wizzy noted.When they learned of his condition, his parents sent for him to join them in the United States for better treatment. Excited about his impending trip, Skoolboy shared his joys with some close friends. Unfortunately, the blister reappeared and he landed in the ‘sick bush’ again in early February 2010.Advised by the ‘country doctor’ not to tell anyone about his upcoming trip, Wizzy finally left for the US on March 8, 2010.In the US the leg healed without any western medicine. After registering for school, Wizzy played with Junior Leone Star FC in Delaware for a few years before matriculating to Deltech College in Wilmington, Delaware.Beset with recurring leg injuries, he decided to try his hand at music, which gave him relief during difficult times.“Because of difficult moments and continued injuries, I was forced to drop out of school and started working. In 2013, I decided to use my music talents, which I discovered when I was back home in Liberia to express my feelings. But I found it difficult knowing not where to begin. It was when I met Hip-Co Artists RawPekin and Tru Storry, they encouraged me to keep working hard,” Wizzy recalled.After a long while working with RawPekin and Tru Storry, he was able to release his first single “My Life” on September 18, 2014. The song is about the things he had to go through from childhood to adulthood.From “My Life” to his popular hit single, “EMOJI,” which put him on par with other Liberian stars based in the US, Skoolboy Wizzy on hoping to continue making waves in the Liberian music scene worldwide. “When the song was released and went viral, I said to myself that ‘the time has come for you become a true star.’ From that moment until now, I have always been in the circle of top Liberian stars in the states,” said Skoolboy Wizzy with a smile.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Obfuscation surrounds the statement from the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC), Mr Trevor Benn, who at a press conference on Friday assured the nation that he was not personally involved in any corrupt land transactions. But is that the point? Former President Bharrat Jagdeo highlighted some serious issues with regards to the mad haste to transfer State lands using the machinery of the GL&SC after the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018. His statements are principally against the political influence on the leadership of the GL&SC and how it is being used to allow people who are using their official positions to influence personal gains for themselves. Transparency International defines such a practice plainly and simply – corruption. The person Mr Jagdeo seems to be holding singularly accountable for the state of affairs on these shady land transfers is Mr Granger. So I see no reason for Mr Benn to get hot under the collar.At best, Mr Benn should have come with his maps, his dates and his facts to help Mr Granger prove Mr Jagdeo incorrect and this he did not do. Rather, he totally skirts around the crux of the matter in a clandestine effort to play down and distort what Mr Jagdeo is saying. And for dessert, he took the opportunity to inject politics into the matter which unfortunately placed Mr Benn in a political position. Is Mr Benn, who was a former senior leader in the YSM, the youth arm of the PNC, reverting to his old role and has he decided to throw professionalism to the wind?It is extremely important to this nation that Mr Benn refute all of these claims by Mr Jagdeo factually, item by item in a surgical fashion. Nothing else but countering evidence-based facts will remove the perception now that the decision-making process at the GL&SC is corrupt. So this smokescreen of calling in the police is not helping Mr Benn, rather it illustrates a feature in many Governments of Guyana when caught in a corruption probe, they put on their battle fatigues and in the most gruesome fashion, commences a cover-up operation by blaming all and sundry but themselves for the financial and administrative skulduggery unearthed. So if Mr Benn wants to help Mr Granger, he better get down to work or shut up.In the final analysis, Mr Benn’s press conference was nothing else but a decoy that causes the facts to be lost in a scramble to get his points over without competently addressing the issues raised by Mr Jagdeo. It is unfortunately that Mr Jagdeo’s information had to be met with disinformation by Mr Benn since Guyana is now forced to choose sides based on the information in the public domain and from the way it is being assessed, Mr Jagdeo’s information with his maps and dates is more authentic than Mr Benn, who came to the press conference totally unprepared.I expected better from Mr Benn.Sincerely,Lisa Ally
Valdes is still on the mend, having suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in March, although reports in the British media suggesting the Reds had invited the Spaniard to prove his fitness during a four-day trial.However, the keeper’s representative, Gines Carvajal, insists the rumours that Valdes turned down the Merseysiders is well wide of the mark.Carvajal told Sport: “Liverpool didn’t ask us to train for four days. We haven’t rejected it because it [the story] is false.“Neither Brendan Rodgers nor Liverpool have ever made us this proposal, at any time.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LIVERPOOL, October 13-Victor Valdes’ agent has rubbished reports claiming the former Barcelona goalkeeper rejected an offer to go on trial at Liverpool.The 32-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield since leaving the Camp Nou in the off-season after his contract had expired.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsOr Beyonc? Knowles, who in her latest video crawls around on all fours while hollering about her cheating man before really deciding to get even and dress like Sharon Stone a la “Fatal Attraction.”It is also not unusual to see up-and-coming actresses on magazine covers wearing little more than a Boy Scout badge, if even that much in some cases.The irony is that most men in the entertainment business would never behave this way. Most up-and-coming actors wouldn’t jog along the beach in a swimsuit with a come-hither smile plastered onto their faces. Most men wouldn’t prance around in their boxers while playing the role of a cuckoo psycho. And most men, even rap stars, wouldn’t warble about their hips not lying while singing, “Oh, baby when you talk like that, you make a man go mad.”What the founders of that movement didn’t know was that total sexual freedom means no freedom at all; it just means the chance to turn oneself into an object where the parts overshadow the whole.They didn’t know that by encouraging a woman to act like a lothario, she would come out looking like Lolita instead. THERE are certain questions that define our times and the days of our lives. For example, is margarine healthier than butter? Are hybrid cars really going to help the environment? And most important, what happened to women’s lib?Because if some of the goings-on of today are the result of all those women in the ’60s rallying in sensible shoes, then we’re all in trouble. Take Shakira, the singer who lately sounds like she has been inhaling helium. In her most recent song, “Hips Don’t Lie,” all the poor guy in the duet has to do is warble her name a few times to get her to launch into, “Oh, baby when you talk like that, you make a woman go mad.”Maybe it’s the coffee she’s been drinking, or maybe it’s some vitamin she’s privy to, because it would take more than that to launch most women into an emotional frenzy. And they didn’t know that the teachings of Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan would morph into Carmen Electra and Paris Hilton.If they did, they may have stayed home and baked brownies.And while sex does sell, there is a difference between being sexy and sultry and just being plain overexposed. Peggy Lee was sexy in a flowing gown as she sang “Fever.” She sang it in a way that made every man think she was singing to him, and every woman believe that she was the one singing about love.Marilyn Monroe, one of the most famous sex symbols of all time, is still an icon 42 years after her death. It’s not solely because of her astonishing beauty but because underneath people saw a sensitive, vulnerable soul who had been hurt, and they somehow understood.The same can’t be said for a woman who will bare everything for a little fame or attention; everything, except for her mind and heart and soul. And this is something that our sisters in that movement should have seen coming.Gail Tzipporah Saunders is a San Fernando Valley writer.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterATHENS – The Auburndale volleyball team couldn’t hold on to a lead and dropped a nonconference match to Athens 3-2 on Thursday at Athens High School.Athens won 20-25, 25-11, 20-25, 25-13, 15-10.Shannon Yahnke had 12 kills, Jenna Peplinski added 10 kills and 16 digs, Hannah Castellano and Cheyenne Karl each had 22 digs and Sydney Schmutzer had 37 assists for the Apaches.Auburndale plays at Stratford in its Marawood Conference South Division finale next Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Docs just got an amazing new feature called insert drawing. With it you can now create and insert drawings directly into your Google documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The drawing creation tool is easy to use, and supports snapping to grid points and full free-form or constrained rotation and sizing of individual lines, shapes, or groups of composite items. The best part is that the entire insert drawing module is rendered in-browser. It only takes a few minutes of playing with the new module to discover that it has a number of great things going for it: First, it has a huge number of pre-defined shapes for you to use. This is especially handy if you want to draw decision or flow charts, where you want to use the same shape over and over again, or if your drawing skills aren’t all that great, like ours (hint, a better example can be found here). Second, the tool supports snap-to-grid which makes lining up objects easy. And when you hold down shift while re-sizing or rotating a shape, you get a constrained action, which is good if you want to maintain a certain aspect ratio or orient something perfectly vertically or horizontally. Finally, you can group-select objects and resize or move them en-masse.These are all fairly basic features of any vector drawing program, such as the open source application Inkscape or Dia. The difference here is that this tool is rendered completely in-browser using SVG, or if that isn’t available, VML. So no longer do you have to go to a separate application, create your drawing, and insert it as a graphic. Now you can simply create it all online, and invite people to review and revise your drawing once it’s inserted. Related Posts phil glockner Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#Google#search#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jon mitchell Google’s Choice: Help Google+ Users Or Help OthersWhen a large-scale Web service puts an opt-out switch on a new feature, it’s because its designers believe users will like the feature. If the Google+ comments on our stories are any indication, Google+ users like this personalized search just fine.But Google and its fans have two other use cases to consider. People who would rather have their personal website, Twitter or Facebook profile appear above Google+ are not well-served by Google anymore, nor are people whose social graphs exist on networks other than Google+.Google has no obligation to these users. It can arrange its services however it wants. They’re free, after all, as the underpinnings of Google’s ad business. But Google itself has enough information to determine when a Facebook profile would be more relevant than a Google+ profile in its “People and Pages” box. It can tell when a Facebook profile has more subscribers and activity than a Google+ page.The “People and Pages” box has hard-coded instructions to display Google+ instead. That might make Google less useful to people who don’t use Google+, but it’s more useful for those who do.The effects of the Focus on the User plug-inFocus On The User, Not The ServiceThe people who built Focus on the User used Google’s own search signals to route around the Google+ integration when other results are more relevant. Larry Page returns a Google+ result, but Mark Zuckerberg returns a Facebook result. Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land extensively tested the Focus on the User plug-in, and it worked like a charm; the profiles with the most activity and information came up first, whether they’re from Google+ or not.John Battelle has had some interesting chats with Facebook’s Director of Product, Blake Ross, one of the developers of Focus on the User. The tool has gone through several phases, the first of which was just to remove all references to Google+. The tool released today is more thoughtful than that, as Battelle points out. It produces the most relevant result as measured by links, references from many other networks, and overall activity. You can read the code right on the website to see how it works.Google+ Users Want Google+ Results According to the Focus on the User developers, Google search should provide the most relevant result without assuming anything about the user’s preferred social network. That way, the result that best represents the person or topic being searched for will be at the top. By this definition, “Search, plus Your World” should represent the world most accurately.But does that focus on the Google+ user? For those who want Google+ to be their social network, the best result for their “world” might be the Google+ page, even if the owner barely uses it or just re-posts things from Facebook or Twitter. The Google+ user wants Google+ results. Shouldn’t Google focus on the user of its own service?The best solution to social search would be one that lets the search user decide what network(s) to prefer. To the extent that a social search engine doesn’t prefer the user’s own networks, it’s not social search; it’s just search. Maybe those results are more relevant, and maybe social search creates a filter bubble. But for those who want Google+ to be their “world,” Google’s social search works.If Google+ social search is not for you, try Focus on the User and let us know how it goes.Do you want personalized search results? How would social search work best for you? Sound off in the comments. When Google shipped its Search, plus Your World update earlier this month, it turned out better than expected. Google left users the ability to click back and forth between personal and global modes or opt out altogether. Google’s personal search draws in the user’s Google+ relationships to tailor the results. When it launched, Google took the position that other social networks were welcome to participate, they just had to make a deal.Google does make some effort to identify content from other networks. But some SPYW features only highlight Google+ material, even when other services are more relevant. If Google favors its own product over a better result, users get the short end of the stick. Some engineers from Facebook, Twitter and Myspace have built a browser extension called Focus on the User to prove the point. But what about Google+ users? For them, Google+ results are the better result. Arguably, Google should cater to them, as users of its service. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Foxtail Fest(Courtesy of Foxtail Fest) This month, music festival producers, What Scene?, will again present Foxtail Fest here in Philadelphia. Along with Top Dawg Entertainment’s SZA as the headliner, the Foxtail lineup includes performances by a diverse list of hip-hop/alternative/electronic artists and DJ’s, including A$AP Ant, A$AP Nast, DJ Diamond Kuts, Noah Breakfast, ASAAD, Theodore Grams, DJ SYLO and others. The day-long mystical forest-themed, music festival, hosted by Cory Townes, will also feature an outdoor fire show, aerial stunts, LED lighting hoops, and acrobatic/contortionist visuals by Mystical Circus Acts, as well as 3D projections of graphic art to go along with the listening experience. Want to be one of the 1,000+ festival-goers expected to attend Foxtail next week? Yeah, we thought so. Well, here’s your chance enter to win! Tweet To Win Just follow @Philly360 and @FoxtailFest, then tweet the below phrase. Just make sure you add in the special somebody who you’d bring along with you. ”If I win free tix to #FoxtailFest from @Philly360, I want to take @[fill in the blank]!” The Prize One lucky winner will win a pair of VIP tickets. VIP amenities include: Access to VIP viewing area with open bar Limited edition Foxtail Fest VIP wristband Foxtail Food Truck Pass Entry to Exclusive After Party Limited Edition Foxtail Fest Poster by DISTORTED + More! So, get to tweeting and we’ll see you at Foxtail 2014! Let’s go. Click here for the official rules. Foxtail Fest When: Saturday, September 20, Where: District N9NE, 460 N 9th Street Cost: $25-150 More info: Click here.