Mr Editor,When I read about bandits invading the Ramada Princess Hotel, I knew immediately that we have crossed the line in the sand in the fight against the criminals.It is now an established fact that since my fellow Berbician was made Minister of Home Affairs or even dressed it up as Public Security that he confirmed that he ain’t able with the job. Since he became the Security Minister, we have sent the ants to catch the tigers. In every society the freedom of the criminals is a test of its civilisation and clearly Guyana has now returned officials to banana republic status similar to the days of the Roger Khan/Fine Man reign.With all these military officers in power wasting tens of millions on salary and travel on themselves, we continue to fail the people on the crime-fighting front. These military people have no time with the welfare of the people as they empty the Treasury on themselves.As a Berbician, it pains me to see the Ramjattan administration struggle this much to the point that it starts to seriously resemble the Rohee administration. I do not want to see him fail but it is clear that Ramjattan is the new Rohee.I have always been trained to recognise that irrespective of how competent you think you are, honest people know their core competence and never dabble in areas they are not competent.Khemraj Ramjattan might have made an excellent Attorney General or Minister of Legal Affairs, or even Agriculture or Education but a successful Home Affairs Minister he shall never be.Today he continues to bring great shame to Berbicians as he looks even more incompetent than Rohee. But he is not a man to his word. Two years ago he said that Rohee must go and Rohee was a failure and he was right. But now given the chance to prove himself, he has now ended up worse than Rohee. Thus the call is only fitting – Ramjattan must go!Ramjattan has limited training in the art of criminology; zero experience is the trade of crime fighting and thus is poorly qualified to do this job. This was nothing but a political set up by the PNC to destroy, and destroy him they did.Today Berbice wants nothing to do with Ramjattan as our people continue to be slaughtered like animals, while he sitting like a fat cat living off the state, driving our prados and living off of our money and he cannot even serve us competently.When I saw how he begged Minister Harmon to join him at the jail to engage the criminals, I was convinced that Ramjattan is afraid of the criminals.He might be a good lawyer, a good book boy, a good legal researcher, but what he is not is a street boy and unless you got street sense, you cannot win this war against crime.Keeping Ramjattan one more day in the Ministry of Public Security will only cause greater harm to this nation and most importantly to himself. Bottom line is Ramjattan ain’t able with this portfolio so why is he fooling himself?Sincerely,Jai (Harry) Lall,Corentyne
Wenger, though, is hoping to not allow anything to distract from the job at hand, and says the north London giants’ campaign can be dissected when the final whistle blows on Saturday.“Look, it is an opportunity for us to crown well our season and the overall achievement – if you look back at the season – will look better when we win it,” said the Frenchman.“But it’s all to do, so we just want to focus on Saturday’s game and not look too much how it will look or how it will not look.”Wenger has come under plenty of criticism since the club’s last trophy success, the FA Cup, in 2005, although the former Monaco boss believes their 17 successive seasons of Champions League football speaks volumes about the consistency found at the Emirates Stadium.He added: “It’s not down to me to judge what is fair, I’m not a judge, I’m a manager who relies on what he’s doing, what he’s achieving on the pitch and lets other people judge and criticise.“We can accept that and live with that completely. What is down to the quality of our club is the consistency and I believe on that front we are better than most of the teams.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 15- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to keep the club’s long trophy drought out of the equation as they prepare for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Hull City.The Gunners have gone nine agonising seasons without lifting a piece of silverware, but have the chance to break that unwanted record when they take on the Tigers at Wembley this weekend.
As nominations closed Friday afternoon, no one stepped forward to run against Anderson and she will now be Mayor of Hudson’s Hope for another three years.As for councillor positions, incumbent Gwen Johansson, Darryl Johnson, Travous Quibell and Doug Summer will all seek re-election. New candidates this year include Nicole Gilliss, David Heiberg and Kelly Miller.Six councillors will be elected in Hudson’s Hope.- Advertisement –
Nina Zhang, 14, won first place in the senior youth category of the “Nature’s Energy Art Contest” with this digital illustration. Zhang also won an honourable mention in that category for another digital illustration she submitted. The cooperative held an awards ceremony at Northern Lights College’s Energy House for its “Nature’s Energy Art Contest.” The 63 submissions received ranged from photographs to paintings to digital illustrations and more.With the wind towers on Bear Mountain visible from almost anywhere in Dawson Creek, it’s perhaps not surprising that wind energy was a common theme among the submissions. Eight-year-old Malana Loxam, for example, was the winner in the junior youth category for her watercolour painting called “Rainbow Mill,” which depicted a wind tower on a multi-coloured background. Her efforts earned her a small-scale wind turbine set. Her younger brother, Austin, 6, was the honourable mention in that category for his watercolour painting called “Point of Power,” which earned him a copy of local photographer Don Pettit’s book, “Power Shift,” that documents the construction of the Bear Mountain Wind Park.Nina Zhang, 14, was also inspired by the wind energy, but she used Sumo Paint, an online image editor and drawing application, to create the silhouette of a wind tower on a background featuring waves of colour and “Cascading Bubbles,” an effect that inspired the name of the piece.- Advertisement -“I thought about waves, energy, and wind turbines and I thought it would be a great idea,” said Zhang. “At first, I thought about doing solar energy, but after I did the clouds and such, I noticed it looked really like water, and if I added some things it would look really beautiful, so I just changed it.”The digital illustration won her top prize in the senior youth category, earning her a fuel cell kit.Zhang also won the honourable mention in that category for “Go With the Flow,” another digital illustration depicting the Bear Mountain Wind Park with a background of trees with leaves in autumn colours. She said she took a photograph of the Bear Mountain Wind Park in October and was inspired by the autumn colours and the connection between the wind towers and the season. She earned a copy of Power Shift for that piece.Advertisement This watercolour painting entitled “Rainbow Mill” earned Malana Loxam, 8, first prize in the junior youth category of the “Nature’s Energy Art Contest.” Her brother, Austin, 6, was the honourable mention in that category for his watercolour painting, “Point of Power.” The siblings were presented with their prizes by Valerie Gilson, interim executive director for the Peace Energy Cooperative. The wind park inspired two winners in the adult category. Lorraine Beggs won first place and $500 for her photograph entitled, “Windmills in the Midst 2,” depicting a windmill barely visible amidst a deep fog on the mountain. The membership of Peace Energy also selected Begg’s photo as their “member’s choice,” which earned her a framed, giclée (high quality ink-jet print) copy of her photo.The honourable mention in the adult category was a photograph called “Gold at the End of the Rainbow” by Michelle Greenwood, which shows the wind park highlighted by a rainbow streaking through the background. The photo earned Greenwood a copy of Power Shift.The second-place winner in that category, Alice Langlois, took home $250 for her piece entitled, “In Our Grasp,” which used digital software to create the likeness of a canvass oil painting.Finally, the only video entry submitted in the contest earned Sarah Ashwell, 17, an overall honourable mention. Ashwell has been a dancer of tap, jazz and lyrical styles for about 14 years, and she used her talent to come up with an interpretive dance to the timeless Beatles tune, “Here Comes the Sun.”Advertisement “It’s hard to find music about energy, but it really worked well!” she said of the song selection.Ashwell said she used some common dance techniques, combined with her own interpretation of how windmills move, to come up with the dance. She said she practiced for about two weeks and had help from instructor Emily Parsons.“It was so much fun, and it really felt like a unique thing to do, because that’s how I interpret art – I’m not really much of a drawer or anything!” she said.She won a copy of Power Shift for her efforts.Valerie Gilson, interim executive director for the Peace Energy Cooperative, said the membership of the cooperative was very pleased with the entries, and they hope to make the art contest an annual event.Advertisement
Janssen said skaters have recently damaged equipment at Mae Boyer Park in the Oak Park area. “They are rolling on railings and low seating areas. It’s called grinding,” she said. “They are trying to do tricks and extreme skateboarding. They are damaging the park, and taxpayers are having to pay for it.” The park district issued a written warning in July saying that while most skaters are just looking for a little fun, some cause damage and injuries. Some will be fined, some will have their boards confiscated and some might be expelled from parks and ordered to appear before a judge, officials warned. “Park rangers are always reminded to educate and warn as a first response,” District General Manager Larry Peterson said. “However, the disrespectful and belligerent behavior that we have witnessed is unacceptably degrading the experience of other park patrons.” SIMI VALLEY – Skaters beware – keep grinding and shredding at local parks and you could find yourself broke and boardless. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District is warning skateboarders they could be fined or arrested and have their boards confiscated if they continue to skate inside district parks. “There is a real problem out there and it is increasing,” said Colleen Janssen, a spokeswoman for the park district. “We want to bring more attention to it.” Park district officials say skaters and others have been injured in skateboarding accidents and if a skater loses control of a fast-moving board it can hit small children and other park patrons. Todd Huber, co-owner and manager of Skatelab, a commercial indoor skate park in Simi Valley, said “grinding” by skateboarders does damage park facilities, but he said all skateboarders should not be penalized because of the behavior of a few. “You are going to find jerks in all sports, but it doesn’t make sense to single out one genre of activity,” he said. “If my mom was at the park Rollerblading, would they confiscate her Rollerblades? What about scooters?” “I was bummed,” he said when he heard about the park district’s crackdown. “I felt like it was singling out one particular type of athlete. … It seems you should be fair to everyone. I think skateboarders get a bad rap.” Huber said his main concern is seeing that skaters are treated fairly, and he stressed he has nothing against the park district. In fact, he works with district officials who offer classes at his indoor skateboarding business. “I like the park district,” he said. “They are good people.” But he said if there is a problem with vandalism and damage in certain areas, there should be a simpler response than cracking down on all skateboarders. Huber said his Skatelab charges $10 for three hours or lower prices with membership and offers clients an alternative to skating on the streets or in parks. But he said not all boarders want to skate in designated arenas, and one of the attractions of having a skateboard is the freedom to take it wherever. “That is what is so great about skateboarding, because all you need is a sidewalk to do it,” he said. Donovan Strain, a 21-year-old skateboarder who works with Huber, said the park district has been issuing citations to skateboarders and confiscating their skateboards for some time already. “Everyone I know, we’ve all had tickets,” he said. Strain said that based on what he has seen, the tickets can run from $40 to $200, depending on the age of the skater and how many times they have been cited. He said district rangers sometimes confiscate boards for 30 days. Janssen said in April, May and June of 2006, her district issued 225 warnings to skateboarders and five citations. In April, May and June of this year, the district issued no citations, but 385 warnings, which indicates how illegal skateboarding in parks is increasing, she said. “Where it pushes over to a citation, it is a repeat offender or someone who is uncooperative and belligerent,” she said. “Skateboarding is prohibited in every single park.” “… The ones with the bad behavior ruin it for everybody, like everything else in the world.” email@example.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
This weekend once again sees the staging of the Peadar O’Donnell Weekend in Dungloe.The event, which is now in its thirteenth year, has a been a great success through those years and the 2013 event which will run from Friday 18th October to Sunday 20th October in Ionad Teampaill Chroine Library, Dungloe, is expected to be as popular as ever.This years theme will be ‘Ireland 2013 – Two Failed States?’ with a series of discussions, debates on the subject and will also see tours as well entertainment featuring music and readings befitting the memory of the man who the weekend commemorates. Peadar O’Donnell was a native of the Rosses, born in 1893 and following his training in Dublin as a teacher, he took a teaching post on Arranmore Island.An accomplished writer and poet, O’Donnell was also a political radical and committed socialist and joined the Irish Republican Army and went on to become a member of its executive army council in 1924. He was also a founding member of the Republican Congress. He passed away in 1986 having spent a lifetime involved in political activism and having many of his books and writings published.One of the organisers of the 2013 Peadar O’Donnell Weekend, Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig explained the title theme and said that more than ever people would be taking part in the weekends discussions considering the state of the county’s economy.“This year the theme will be looking at the issue of the failure of the states both north and south” Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said. “Currently we have massive unemployment and emigration in Ireland due to the failed economy and the influence the IMF and ECB have on our country and we still have a portion of the north of Ireland under the control of a imperialist British government. Both situations have led to what can only be described as failed states and the reasons for it happening would have been something Peadar O’Donnell would have been actively opposed to.“So we will be discussing the failed stated issue along with other interesting subjects such as the kind of Ireland we would like to see and the life of Peadar O’Donnell, with speakers such as John Douglas, General Sec. of Mandate, journalist Jim Campbell, activist and author Tommy McKearney with other leading academics, authors and politicians such as Mary Cullen, Pam Brighton, Angela Nelson, Bill O’Brien and Jennifer McCann discussing other topics.“Another interesting talk will be given by Cllr Angela Nelson and Mandy Duffy on internment and human rights abuses, one close to the memory of Peadar O’Donnell as he himself was once a political prisoner. Bill O’Brien and Rev.David Frazer will also discuss ‘The Alternative Ulster Covenant – pages from our hidden history’.There will also be a book fair, a book launch, a historical walking tour of the area and musical and recital evenings with artists such as Jinx Lennon, Kevin Glackin and Aussie Bryson. So there will be something for all tastes over the weekend and given its the 120th anniversary of Peadar O’Donnell’s birth it would be great to see as many local people out along with those who travel to the area to enjoy the events. The weekend brings a great boost to the local area and we look forward to seeing many new faces joining us and taking part.”The weekend will begin at 8pm in Ionad Teampaill Chroine, Dungloe, this Friday and more information on the weekends events can be read at www.peadarodonnell.com. PEADAR O’DONNELL WEEKEND TO BE A HOTBED OF DEBATE AND DISCUSSION was last modified: October 17th, 2013 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:dungloePeadar O’Donnell Weekendrosses
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A Cathay A350-900. Photo: Steve Creedy The Airbus A350-1000, currently doing a promotional tour of Asia and the Gulf, looks set to become a permanent fixture in Sydney later this year as part of Cathay Pacific’s plans to boost Australian capacity.A final decision has yet to be made but Cathay Pacific general manager South-West Pacific Rakesh Raicar said replacing an A330 serving Sydney route with the biggest member of the Airbus A350 family was part of the airline’s planning.Cathay is expanding its reach this year with year-round services to Irish capital Dublin in March and to European political centre Brussels in June.A seasonal service to Copenhagen in Denmark begins in May and frequencies on popular routes such as Barcelona, Spain, and Tel Aviv, Israel, will be increased in 2018.The airline will also use the Airbus A350-1000 to connect its Hong Kong base to Washington, DC. The flight to Dulles International Airport will be the longest in the Cathay network at 7,085 nautical miles (13,122kms).Raicar said the airline would use its fleet of Boeing 777s, A350-900s and A350-1000s to boost capacity to Australia.The airline currently has three daily flights to Sydney using Boeing 777-300ERs and one using an Airbus A330.“I don’t need to make any guesses what the planning would be for upgrading,’’ he said. “I would say that’s an ideal candidate for an A350-1000.’’Melbourne, which has two daily B777 flights and an A330 service, could see the A330 upgraded to a B777.The Hong Kong carrier has deployed its A350s extensively to Australia and continues to the country as an important market.Raicar believes the combination of frequency and network connectivity will continue to make the airline attractive to its target customer base of frequent business travellers.“So we’re doing two things together,’’ he said. “ One is we’re offering new destinations that you can fly to… and we are also thickening the high demand routes.“For example, if we see that the demand for a route is very high we add more frequencies, therefore adding more flexibility to those destinations.”The airline has in recent time experienced uncharacteristic losses as it battles stiff competition from mainline Chinese and other airlines.It reported a $US262m loss in the first half in the first six months of 2017and introduced a three-year restructuring program aimed at cutting costs and boosting returns.Raicar said the airline was seeing “light at the end of the tunnel”.He said cargo, which is particularly important to Cathay, had been a bright spot and the airline was also benefiting from growth in world economy“We’re a good cargo supplier in the market and cargo has seen growth in both revenue and yield,’’ he said.The Cathay executive acknowledged that there was now more competition on Australian routes from Chinese carriers and that Cathay had lost market share to some destinations.He conceded people would want to fly direct at the kind of prices Chinese carriers were offering.“You see a shift in demand there’s no doubt,’’ he said. “But our dependence on the secondary cities in China has never been that that big.“So you’re seeing some degree of market shift to a direct airline but that market shift is off a small market base.“We continue to offer a great network, a great product out of Hong Kong.“And business travellers, particularly, still look at us as the right choice to travel over Hong Kong to whichever destination they want to travel.”In terms of overall competition, Raicar said the fall in yields on Cathay’s Australian routes had started to reduce as capacity into the country rationalised.He said yields had declined by about 5 per cent in 2017 but that had been comprised of a fall of 8.2 per cent in the first half and 1.8 percent in the second half.“So there’s an uptick, “ he said. “It’s still declining – it’s not positive – but the rate of the decline has gone down.”
An investigation has been opened into the death of shoplifting suspect who died after being electrocuted at a train depot. Officers from British Transport Police were called to Preston railway station in Lancashire, England at 9.30pm on Tuesday night and spoke to a 33-year-old suspected of shoplifting. Police said the man “left the officers” and sometime thereafter is believed to have come into contact with overhead lines above a freight train in a nearby depot. He was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries believed to be caused by electrocution. The British Transport Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating the circumstances of the death. In a statement, BTP said the man’s death is currently being treated as unexplained and officers are working to inform his next of kin.The station was evacuated and all lines were closed after the incident. A spokesman for BTP said: “Officers from BTP were called to the station shortly before 9.30pm to reports of a person shoplifting. They attended the station and spoke with a man. “That man left the officers and, in the following period, is believed to have come into contact with the overhead lines above a freight train in the nearby depot. The station was evacuated and eyewitnesses reported an ‘explosion’. The incident led to widespread disruption on the rail network with no trains stopping at the station and passengers reporting lengthy delays. Virgin Trains, which runs the West Coast mainline tweeted: “Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident at Preston all lines are closed.” The line was reopened shortly after midnight and Virgin said all lines were open on Wednesday morning. [Source: SkyNews] – Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
4. Use more “pull” than “push” Russ Linden is passionate about collaboration. In his September 18 session, Collaboration Across Boundaries, part of the Military Families Learning Network 2019 Virtual Conference, Relationships for Readiness, Mr. Linden outlines the components of a collaborative mindset and how to lead in a collaborative environment. In it, he reminds us of a very important truth. When you start a collaborative initiative it takes a significant amount of time for that collaboration to start producing increases in impacts.We often join in collaborations because we need to increase our capacity to make impacts. The patience it takes to wait for a collaborative to start to produce the intended results requires commitment. How do you foster commitment to a collaboration that is not yet producing the desired results? To do this successfully you must be an effective collaborative leader.Let’s take a look at the collaborative leadership characteristics that Mr. Linden discusses in the webinar and identify a few evaluative questions that can help us monitor our own leadership style:Have great determination and resolve, but keep ego in checkResearch has identified a few characteristics that are present when your ego is in check: Russ Linden shared important content to help us grow as collaborative leaders. In combination with informed evaluative thinking it can support a path toward continuous improvement. Because collaboration is based on human relationships it is a very dynamic and ever changing process. As such it is important not to see collaboration as a destination but as a journey. I hope these questions can serve as effective mile markers in your journey toward collaboration.Betsy is an Extension Educator, Youth Development, with the University of Minnesota Extension. She works with regional planning and evaluation, as well as design and delivery of youth programs. She is a member of the central region evaluation, diversity and inclusion teams. She leads regional 4-H camp support and collaborates with program coordinators to facilitate the Growing Opportunities Together Volunteers in Vision and Action program planning process. Her current work focuses on using data for program planning, building evaluation capacity, creating high-quality residential camp experiences and collaborating effectively. Humility1. How have I demonstrated I am open to alternative ideas? How can I ensure we look at multiple ideas before making a decision?2. What are my limitations? How have I acknowledged them? How can the collaborative help to support the places where I am not an expertInterdependence1. What are my collaborative partner(s) concerns right now? How are we working to address them? Do I check in with them regularly to fully understand their concerns? 2. Which of our long-term goals matter most to each of our stakeholders? When do we check in with them on those goals? What mile markers have we put in place monitor our progress? How are we planning to meet those expectations? 3. How can I ensure I ask appropriate follow-up questions to ensure I understand?4. How are we gathering perspectives from all the players in this collaboration?5. In what ways are we soliciting feedback? What are the appropriate lines of communication for feedback to get to me? Are these well communicated? How can I be sure that everyone feels comfortable with them? 2. Listen carefully to understand other’s perspectives3. Look for win-win (not win-lose) possibilities What motivates your stakeholders? How does that fit with the long-term goals of this collaboration?Can all stakeholders see what is in it for them? In what ways are we keeping those motivations alive in our collaborative work? Gratitude1. What things are working well right now? How have I demonstrated gratitude to those that are working on those elements?2. How do we embed gratitude into our collaborative’s conversations or meetings? How am I focusing on organizational interests and possibilities rather than personalities and personal positions?What mechanisms are in place to ensure we focus this work on mutual interests? 5. Think systematically and connect to a higher purpose What impacts is this collaboration working toward? How can I use that outcome to motivate the work now?In what ways does this collaboration fit in with the overall mission of our agency/organization? How will we regularly check in on this part of our work? How can we be sure these continue to be aligned? by Betsy Olson Minnaert