Poreporena batted first and posted a target of 218 for victory at Amini Park in front of a decent crowd of close to 1000.This was thanks to a superb knock of 39 runs from opening batsman John Ovia.The pick of the bowlers for Hoods was Hitolo Areni who finished with 3/25 off his four overs. He was also assisted by Rodney Maha with 2/9.In their run chase, Hoods did it easy chasing down the target after 16.4 overs of play with opener Ratu Maha top scoring with 68 runs.In the women’s division grand final, Poreporena beat United by 12 runs.
D + B Hayes + T Dabernig A Wohler Barrier 7 11 16 O Couretil W Mullins W Mullins S Baster 6 22 J O’Brien F Dettori 18 Humidor 3 H Palmer C Waller 21 19 J Cummings D + B Hayes + T Dabernig Tiberian D Weir R Hickmott 1 Jockey M Walker C Brown B Mertens Almandin Hartnell K McEvoy 20 D Weir 22 5 13 R Hickmott 23 K O’Hara 1 14 6 2 16 Trainer D Weir J Spencer 24 10 17 H Bowman 3 Who Shot Thebarman (SCRATCHED) N Olive J Moreira T Berry 23 12 C Waller 9 8 18 Big Duke 13 Gallante 11 4 Wall of Fire B Melham 8 20 D Yendall Boom Time G Schofield A O’Brien 4 G Boss The five-year-old bay horse, trained by Hughie Morrison in Berkshire in England, has come in for increased attention since flashing home to be sixth behind Boom Time in the Caulfield Cup.Marmelo had the fastest sectionals — times for the last 200 metres — in the race, covering the final furlong in 11.79 seconds.The British horse had already caught the eye with a solid win in one of the key Cup lead-up races in Europe, the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in France in August.Last year’s winner, Almandin, has drifted out in the market to $9, and another local, the Darren Weir-trained Humidor, has gone out to $10 from $9.Aside from Marmelo, the other main mover 24 hours out from the Cup is Rekindling, the Joseph O’Brien-trained stayer, who, like Almandin, is owned by Lloyd Williams.Rekindling was $16 after drawing barrier four on Saturday, but is now in to fifth favourite at $12.Max Dynamite, the Willie Mullins-trained horse who came second in the 2015 Cup and has been receiving top reviews for his work at Werribee, remains steady at $15.The streets of Melbourne will come to a standstill today for the traditional Cup parade, followed by the Call of the Card, where people will get a better idea of who the money is coming for in this year’s race.Melbourne Cup drawHorse Cismontane C Parish 9 15 Libran Red Cardinal I Jardine 10 7 Johannes Vermeer Wicklow Brave 19 C Williams H Morrison Single Gaze Max Dynamite 12 M Dee W Mullins Nakeeta Thomas Hobson O Peslier B Shinn 5 N/A 2 J O’Brien D Lane Ventura Storm 14 D Dunn US Army Ranger Z Purton 17 15 Number R Hickmott Marmelo Rekindling Amelie’s Star B Avdulla 21 Bondi Beach G Waterhouse + A Bott read more
Dear Editor,I wish to respond to a letter by Mr Ronald Bulkan, Communities Minister, in which he accused me of making baseless statements in relation to the Government’s payment to BK International of more than $1 billion on a mere letter threatening litigation.Let me say that my statement was based on an article published in the media on August 23, 2016. The front page headline read “Government pays BK US$5.7M on a simple threat”.The article quotes Mr Bulkan as the source for the headline. It was an interview done with Mr Bulkan by the reporter. The article also carried Mr Bulkan’s photograph.Mr Bulkan never denied the story, nor ever asked for it to be retracted. Naturally, one must presume that the article was accurate. After Mr Bulkan’s letter, I raised the matter with the editor of Kaieteur News and he assured me that the newspaper will hold steadfast to their story.It is, therefore, clear that it is the Minister who is uttering untruths in foolishly denying what he said, when the same can be so easily confirmed or proven. I hope that the new Code of Conduct, which was promised for Ministers, will address the issue of Ministers, publically, peddling half-truths and even downright lies.Mr Bulkan went on to point out what was the basis for the huge payment to BK International.That is not the issue at hand Mr Bulkan is attempting to obfuscate. While in Government, I was aware of those figures. The issue is that BK International breached the agreement several times. The PPP/C terminated the contract and requested BK International to vacate the site. The PPP/C Government felt that it was BK International that was liable and should pay the Government instead. We were ready to sue BK for compensation.It was this APNU regime that quickly rolled over and gave BK International a huge payment. This settlement and many others which this Government has concluded are believed by many to be tainted with rampant corruption. Mr Bulkan took the opportunity to castigate me about GuySuCo’s difficulties. Here again, he is displaying a huge gap in his knowledge of what is happening at GuySuCo, or if he knows, he has chosen to be dishonest on the issue.I mentioned before that GuySuCo’s problems began when the price of sugar received from the EU fell by 36 per cent in 2010. The PPP/C government was investing in the industry to deal with the new reality. Our plan was working as could be seen in the 2015 production.Had the PPP/C not been cheated out of Office, Wales would not have been closed and Rose Hall would not be threatened with closure.The industry has huge potentials in value added products. This regime refuses to go in that direction and is closing the industry instead. This is a decision that will haunt this country for generations to come.Mr Bulkan should be one of the last persons to speak or refer to anyone’s ability to manage. After all, he ran his own business into bankruptcy.His pique with the PPP/C administration was because the government did not accede to their request for a bail out of some $300 million. The PPP/C government felt it could not use taxpayers’ money in that fashionHe is with the APNU now maybe because they don’t care how taxpayers’ dollars are squandered and used to give the elite huge salaries and allowances. As a gentleman, I expect Mr Bulkan to own up to his words and not seek to hide from them.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President read more
Dear Editor,Here we go again! City Hall in the news. Do you think it is for something positive like fixing the roads, or improving street lighting, or commissioning a new state of the art Abattoir and meat processing facility? Of course not. It is about them facilitating, condoning and attempted a cover up of a dreadful crime against a juvenile.The Town Clerk would like the citizens to believe that one day, whilst conducting an unrelated meeting in his office, someone sent the juvenile victim in the ‘Sex and the City’ case without prior notification to see him, who was allowed in without any let or hindrance, and all he – the Town Clerk did, was ask the youngster his name and age and then sent the boy on his way. Oh boy, Oh boy!Has any member of the public ever tried to meet with the Town Clerk? And was that person successfully able to meet with him just like that? Or did they have to try and try and try again? Is having the victim visit him in his office and interrogating him even if it were just two questions, not a meeting and an interview?But the question is why did it take approximately three weeks to bring the matter before the Legal Affairs Committee and two months before bringing the matter to the attention of the police. And he has the audacity to say that he finally contacted the police in order to “preserve the good name and image” of the City Council. Yes you read correctly, to “preserve the good name and image” of the Georgetown City Council. Now this is no time for the Town Clerk to be making sick jokes like that. The Georgetown Municipality must have the worst reputation in the world.This is the same man, the Town Clerk who objected to a City Councillor approaching and asking one of his children a question about him, but he is free to question other people’s children who are victims of a sex crime. How funny?The depravity of the Council came out in the suggestion by the Mayor that the whole of the downstairs needs reorganising. One has to assume that she is referring to the lower level of staff occupying the ground floor. But what about the upstairs? Does the Town Clerk not need to go on his accrued leave? Those preventing an effective audit being carried out at the Council don’t need to be gotten rid of? Do the Human Resource Department officials who failed to interdict the offending Lance Corporal but who kept him on the job, not need to have disciplinary measures taken against them?Heaven helps the Citizens of Georgetown!Sincerely,Jermain Johnson read more
… shares collective responsibility in negligence, malpractice – Bishop EdghillHead of State David Granger should immediately fire his entire Cabinet Council of Ministers since they would have failed in their collective responsibility as dictated by the Constitution of Guyana, to competently advise him with regard the preparation of the 2017 Budget, due to negligence and malpractice.PPP/C MP Juan EdghillThis is the disposition of former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Bishop Juan Edghill who called Budget 2017, as presented by substantive Minister Winston Jordan, an assault on the Private Sector and young professionals all over the country – professionals who have all had all their allowances slashed as a result of the measures being introduced by the Administration.“Every sector of the population has cried out against the budget and is this the budget that they have sat and decided to present to the nation,” he queried.Edgehill in his presentation to the Debates over the 2017 allocations sought to dissect the figures by pointing out that Government has in fact already slashed its own budget down from $250 billion to the actual allocations of $228 billion.The former Minister qualified his position by pointing to the decision by the Administration to have all budgetary allocations for Budget agencies and statutory bodies subject to paying Value Added Tax (VAT).He told the House that the move came about through an act of desperation on the part of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.According to Edghill, $19 billion from the 2017 Budget has to be immediately deducted since this represents payments for foreign debts and will not actually be considered under the Appropriation Act.The remaining money will then have to be deducted by 14 per cent which heads straight back to the consolidated fund as VAT revenues in order for Government to fund its programmmes.Calling the move a desperate act of getting resources, Edghill told the House that Government is seeking to take away $21 billion from the budgetary expenditure to go back into the Treasury as VAT, “robbing the people of goods and service.”Bishop Edghill said too he empathises with Finance Minister Jordan since none of the Government speakers to the debate has dared to defend the 57 taxation measures to be implemented.“What they have all sought to do is explain how they will spend the money they will get… they are not standing with him as it relates to the measures on how he will collect the money to give to them,” according to Edghill.He did offer an acknowledgement to the Finance Minister, saying Minister Jordan did in fact diagnose the economy correctly.Edghill referred to Jordan’s presentation of the budget on November 28 last when he conceded that almost every sector with the exception of gold mining had declined significantly during the past year.Notwithstanding this disclosure on the part of the Finance Minister, Edghill said the budget measures outlined will not act as an incentive for any of the declining sectors.According to Edghill, “it will make it worse and the one sector that is doing well they have now put a strangulation on it.”He was adamant Cabinet is guilty of malpractice and negligence and it is on those grounds they ought to be fired.According to the former Minster, “if the President don’t fire them, the people of Guyana will fire them.”Edghill said the declining sectors of the economy can only mean the loss of jobs.Budgets, according to the former Junior Finance Minister must focus on priorities, and as such, the 2017 Budget has aptly demonstrated where the priorities of the APNU/AFC Administration lie, “their priorities is taxation.”Meanwhile, on the matter of the declining economy, Edghill used the occasion to point out that it was not a case where the Private Sector had performed badly but rather a large chunk of the blame lies in the fact that the Government’s Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) had not achieved its objectives and had lagged significantly behind.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson in his presentation to the House earlier in the day, lamented the pace of the implementation of the PSIP.According to Patterson, the pace of implementation in 2016 was not as in anticipated “but we have improved capacity,”He told the House that the Public Infrastructure Ministry has since been able to put district engineers and clerk of works in each administrative region.Patterson was adamant that there has been significant development in the short space of time and the APNU/AFC Administration has been in office and with an early budget there will be time to complete the projects as set out in 2017 Budget.He had commenced his presentation to the House by saying Government is “working to transform this land into a heaven on earth.”According to Patterson, the measures in Budget 2017 will see Government achieving its stated goal. read more
ANALYSIS: It remains to be seen if Anbar’s success story will spread across Iraq. By Robert Burns THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq – By assembling his war advisers and Iraq’s political leaders far from Baghdad on Monday, President Bush symbolically underscored U.S. impatience with the central government’s political paralysis. Anbar, a desert province that starts at the western gates of Baghdad, “was once written off as lost. It is now one of the safest places in Iraq,” the president said to loud cheers. That assertion is part of Bush’s push to sell Anbar as a success story and to hold it up to his congressional critics as a reason why the troop buildup should not be cut short. In truth, the progress in Anbar was initiated by the Iraqis themselves, a point Gates himself made, saying the Sunni tribes decided to fight and retake control from al-Qaida many months before Bush decided to send an extra 4,000 Marines to Anbar as part of his troop buildup. “We have seen the fruit of that effort become more apparent in the last few months,” Gates said. In their meeting with Bush here, the local Sunni sheiks were explicit, however, he added, “that it was the presence of the additional U.S. forces – the Marines that came in – that helped cement the gains they felt they had made but were at risk.” Amid growing war fatigue in the United States, time is running short for Bush to show that his revised strategy for stabilizing Iraq, announced in January, is making progress that can be translated into sustainable security and some tangible steps toward reconciling the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Goals unreached Iraqi leaders in Baghdad have fallen far short of the security and political progress that many in Congress are demanding as justification to continue a U.S. combat effort that now involves 160,000 troops and already had taken more than 3,730 U.S. lives. In an Iraq assessment released last month, the major U.S. intelligence agencies said “bottom-up” security initiatives, like those occurring in Anbar, represent the best prospect for security improvements over the next six to 12 months. But the intelligence assessment also said these moves will translate into widespread political accommodation and enduring stability only if Baghdad’s central government accepts and supports them. A key worry The worry for al-Maliki and his Shiite supporters is that localized movements in which former Sunni insurgent groups are teaming up with U.S. forces against Sunni extremists could later target Shiite dominance. Gates, normally taciturn, said this visit to Anbar left him with great hope because he felt there was a “sense of shared purpose” displayed at Bush’s meeting with the local sheiks from Anbar and Iraqi national leaders. “I am more optimistic than I have been at any time since I took this job,” said Gates, a former CIA chief who in December replaced Donald H. Rumsfeld, who resigned under fire. Still, Gates said, it will take the administration several months to assess whether security improvements across the country are sufficient to enable Bush to start withdrawing troops. It’s far from clear, however, that Anbar will prove to be a model for other parts of Iraq – mostly because Sunnis dominate and tribes are strong and there’s less of a sectarian factor. Administration officials are fond of recalling that one year ago the Marine Corps intelligence chief in Anbar concluded that, in essence, the region was a lost cause in the absence of real support by the central government. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And he highlighted his hope that progress at the local level – most notably here in Anbar province where the insurgency once held sway – can provide the spark for political reconciliation at the national level. Bush flew to this remote desert air base and met with top politicians from Baghdad as well as leading Sunni Arab sheiks who have led a local movement opposing al-Qaida in Iraq. He was joined by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other key advisers, including the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, and Gen. David Petraeus, the top American commander in the country. The setting was the message: Bringing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, to the heart of the overwhelmingly Sunni Anbar province was intended to show the administration’s war critics that the beleaguered Iraqi leader is capable of reaching out to Sunnis, who ran the country for three decades under Saddam Hussein. “In Anbar you’re seeing firsthand the dramatic differences that can come when the Iraqis are more secure,” Bush told U.S. troops, a friendly sea of soldiers and Marines dressed in camouflage uniforms. “You see Sunnis who once fought side by side with al-Qaida against coalition troops now fighting side by side with coalition troops against al-Qaida.” Safety is pushed read more
Hiram Boateng 1 Crystal Palace teenager Hiram Boateng has joined Plymouth Argyle on loan until January.The 19-year-old midfielder has made two FA Cup appearances for the Eagles but is yet to taste Premier League action.He played once for Crawley in League One during a loan spell in 2014 and will hope to add further game time during his time at Home Park.The Londoner is highly rated at Palace and is under contract until 2017.
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I thought I’d post this before PhilPearson gets to it 😉 A New Zealander, Chris Liddell, has just been appointed to thejob of Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft, making him the third most powerfulperson there (behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer). Mr Liddell commented:“Obviously it’s a great privilege for me personally but I’d rather stressthat this is a great thing for a New Zealander,” he said.“We’re doing great things on the world stage at the moment and I’m justreally happy to feel like I fit into that pattern.”This is big news in New Zealand and rightly so. While not quite up there with PeterJackson’s achievements with Lord of the Rings, it does show that us kiwis can excel on aglobal platform. Andy Lark, who I hadthe pleasure of talking to a couple of weeks ago, is another kiwi who made it to the toprung of an Internet company (Sun Microsystems).Is this Web 2.0? In the sense that I’m a kiwi and using the Web as a platform formaking my own little play on the world stage – yes 😉 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Blogging#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market read more
Checkpoint Systems recently announced StrapLok™, a high-theft alarming solution designed to attach directly to existing nylon straps on boxed merchandise, and Bug Tag 2 for the protection of six-sided packaged goods, tablets and display merchandise.StrapLokMany high-theft products received by retailers arrive with nylon straps around the box to protect inside contents. StrapLok quickly attaches onto the existing nylon straps. Because of dynamic tension adjustment, it is compatible with low-quality, loose straps found on boxes already pre-strapped from manufacturing. StrapLok actively monitors the strap’s tension and will only alarm if the strap is being cut. This is one of the key advantages of the StrapLok, as it will not generate false alarms.Key features include:- Sponsor – AM or RF technology2- or 3-Alarm®95 dBA alarm and flashing LED lightIsolated sound chamberQuick and easy to apply and remove; tough, secure and reusableBug Tag 2/SnareThe Bug Tag 2 is specifically designed to protect a variety of six-sided boxed merchandise and electronics, such as tablets, sell-through packaged merchandise as well as displayed merchandise. Its multifunctional design allows the Bug Tag 2 to be converted to a “line-alarm” system, combining it with the specially designed “Snare” accessory. Applications include protecting display tools, sporting goods, kitchen appliances and handbags. Any attempts to cut the coiled cable or the CableLok lanyard results in the alarming of the Bug Tag 2 module.Key features include:AM or RF technology2- or 3-Alarm95 dBA alarm and flashing LED lightCompact designQuick and easy to apply and remove; reusable module; disposable adhesive sledSnare accessory for securing display merchandise“We are excited to bring to market these new and innovative solutions,” said Stuart Rosenthal, VP of sales and marketing for Checkpoint/Alpha High-Theft Solutions. “These offerings are a direct result of listening to our customers’ needs and combining with our deep understanding of the competition and retail market to bring the very best solutions to market.”AvailabilityStrapLok and Bug Tag 2 are available immediately. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now read more