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Some Ministers seem to disregard the President’s instructions

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first_imgDear Editor,I had written His Excellency David Granger after writing the Permanent Secretaries and Ministers in the Ministries and receiving no response. In my experience, when writing the President, his responses always come very quickly. In his letter sent to me on (2016.09.06), he carbon copied it to the Communities Minister for necessary action. However, the Minister never responded despite several calls, letters and emails from my secretariat.On another matter, the President copied his reply to the Finance Minister and stated that this Minister would respond and handle the important matter. To date, the Finance Minister has not written our company. This is causing terrible financial strain on us as Government has a way of owing monies but not wanting to paytersinterest on the amount.As a contractor, I am committed by law to pay my workers irrespective of whether the company was paid or not. How is our business expected to survive? At certain times, the regions and other Ministries would have caused delays in our payments, forcing us into an overdraft which had to be repaid at an expensive interest rate. Added to that, whenever a year passes and we are not paid by the end of that year, it is referred to as “previous years” and this becomes a matter for the court and parties must wait until the end of the next year to resolve payment.At this juncture, we are owed millions of dollars. Our company, being obligated by law, has had to continue paying PAYE, NIS deductions for our workers and we have paid VAT where applicable. Our quarterly taxes, licensing fees, etc, have all been honoured.RK’s Guyana Security Services, through me as their representative, would have obtained two judgements on November 4, 2016 and March 31, 2016 respectively: Action No. 587-C/D of 2015 and Action No. 1305-C/D of 2015. Recent letters were written by our Attorney-at-Law, K A Juman-Yasin on the January 3, 2017, and May 2, 2017 to the Attorney General advising him of the judgments and that payments should have been forthcoming. Unfortunately, no response was ever received; this encompasses an acknowledgement of our correspondences. Our Attorney would have sent copies of these letters to the President and the Finance Minister.In my opinion, it appears that the Government seems only willing to pay judgements and outstanding debts to the local and foreign multibillion-dollar corporations. This is referenced to cases involving DDL, BK Group of Companies, Rudisa Beverage and others. All of which the Government settled and issued compensation.The biggest travesty is that non-payment of these monies would have forced us to give up our regional contracts, causing approximately 400 workers to be sent home earlier this year in March. ? It is unfortunate that the entire process has been stymied due to what I view as negligence and unwillingness by certain senior officers in Government, over the years.One can only hope that this Government will recognise their part in this and move to rectify the situation.Yours sincerely,Roshan Khan SrCEO/Chairman/FounderRK’s Guyana SecurityServiceslast_img

Beckham set to ‘retire’ from football

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first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 16- David Beckham is set to retire from football, bringing an end to a glittering career on the field the Daily Mail is reporting.Since his debut for Manchester United two decades ago, the 38-year-old has emerged as arguably the most iconic sportsman of his generation, captaining his country, collecting 115 caps, and celebrated as a champion in four different countries – the only British footballer in history to do so. Despite the offer of an extended one-year deal at Paris Saint-German, sources in Paris have told Sportsmail that the 38-year-old has played his last game, bowing out on a high after helping Carlo Ancelotti’s side win the French title for the first time in 19 years.When approached for comment by the Daily Mail, Beckham’s representative was today unavailable.The trailblazing midfielder – who played for some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy – is now set to continue his ambassadorial duties with a variety of organisations, which include Sky Sports, adidas, Unicef and promoting football in China.Having relocated from LA in January, Beckham is expected to set up a permanent base in London with his wife Victoria and children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.His vast fortune of an estimated £165million comfortably makes him the richest athlete ever in British sport, with a host of lucrative sponsorship deals and salary payments over the last decade amassing his wealth.Born in Leytonstone, Beckham started out with Ridgeway Rovers before being singled out by Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton at a Soccer School in Barcelona.At 14, he signed schoolboy terms at Old Trafford and joined the likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt in United’s famous youth class of 1992, going on to make his first-team debut against Brighton in the League Cup that same year.– DailyMail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

Clippers regroup, beat Bulls

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first_imgIf it’s as simple as that, then they showed it down the stretch with a resounding, game-winning run on Wednesday. After leading by 16 points, the Clippers gave away their lead but bounced back brilliantly to beat the Chicago Bulls 110-98 at Staples Center. The Clippers led the entire second half until Kirk Hinrich made a jump shot with 3:51 left to tie it at 94. After that, the Clippers went on an 12-0 run to lead 106-94 with 50 seconds remaining to seal the victory. What made the run different than the typical Clippers run down the stretch is Sam Cassell did not save them. Instead, Cassell sat and Shaun Livingston scored four points during the spurt. Cassell had two ugly turnovers right before Chicago tied it and coach Mike Dunleavy went to his bench. Cassell could have been fatigued from guarding Hinrich, who finished with 25 points and 10 assists. There also was the production of Tim Thomas, who arguably had his best game as a Clipper. He had 18 points and 10 rebounds against his former team. Six Clippers scored in double figures. Absent from that list was Chris Kaman, who had just two points and two rebounds in 22 minutes. Elton Brand, who will hear today whether he will be an All-Star for a second consecutive season, had a typical night with 26 points and nine rebounds. The Clippers (23-22) moved above .500 for the first time since Dec. 9 and, with Minnesota losing Wednesday, moved back into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers signed 14-year veteran Doug Christie to a 10-day contract. joe.stevens@presstelegram.com. (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!center_img • Photo Gallery: 01/31: Clippers vs. Bulls LOS ANGELES – The Clippers might like to think the trends they have developed can be changed and they easily can be the quality team they want to be. last_img

‘No plans’ for Juventus to sell France star amid PSG and Chelsea interest

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first_img Juventus star Paul Pogba 1 Juventus have no plans to sell former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba – despite growing interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.The 22-year-old is currently one of the hottest properties in European football and has attracted interest from a host of top clubs.Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with world record bids, while Chelsea and PSG have stepped up their interests in the Frenchman.However, Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has now ended talk of Pogba leaving but insisting the Italian champions have no plans to sell the France international.“Right now all of the club wants to enjoy the Scudetto and we’re not thinking about the future,” Marotta told Radio Rai.“Pogba is a superb champion, the best young player around and he has the attention of the top clubs. But we’re not used to selling.“Right now there are no grounds to put Pogba on sale. We have an economic balance and our power is not comparable to that of other clubs, but Pogba has shown no intention of departing.”last_img

Refinery pieces crawling across town

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first_img“He likes to watch and see all that stuff,” she said. “I have to wake him up.” On Tuesday, the drum was on a flatbed truck that was pulled by one truck and pushed by two others as it went up the hill on Colima. In addition to CHP officers, the procession also includes trucks from Southern California Edison, Verizon and Contractors Cargo – the company hired to move the drum. At each intersection, traffic signals and lights are moved to make way for the large drum, said Sgt. Jeff Loftin of the CHP commercial unit that escorts these large loads. “As soon as the load goes by, these trucks have to stay there and put everything back the way it is,” Loftin said. Loftin said they try to ensure they obstruct as little traffic as possible. “If we stop it at a major intersection, we’ll escort cars through,” he said. It takes a long time because they only go at a speed of about 6 mph and there’s many times they’re stopped while waiting for the utility lines to be moved, he said. On Tuesday, they traveled 14miles, but the night before they made about half that amount, Loftin said. “We’re very pleased,” Latham said. “A significant part of the refinery is already out of town. Once all of this equipment is removed, the remediation of the site can begin.” Already half of the property – about 50 acres – has been developed with two 25-acre business parks, Latham said. The refinery was established during the late 1930s, operating – with the exception of a couple years during the 1980s – until the summer of 1995 when it was closed. Its local history as Powerine included numerous environmental violations. Televangelist Pat Robertson bought the refinery in August 1998, changing the name to CENCO and vowing to reopen it as a safe and clean state-of-art refinery. But after opposition from community groups, lawsuits and other problems, it never opened. In early 2002, CENCO officials announced they wouldn’t reopen the refinery, but rather would proceed with development of the site. CENCO changed its name to Lakeland Development, already selling part of the property to Sares-Regis of Irvine and is expected to sell the rest to the same company, Latham said. “We’re very pleased that we have been a partner and a party to the turnaround in the vision of the site from a refinery to useful and productive business parks,” Latham said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.On Tuesday night, a 23-foot by 26-foot by 23- foot 313,000-pound drum was escorted by CHP officers 14 miles from La Mirada Boulevard just south of Colima Road to the city of Pomona at the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Temple Street. “It’s amazing,” said Michael Villasenor, who watched it Tuesday while standing along Colima Road. His wife, Lupe, said the two have heard other trucks going by as early as 3 a.m. But they’re not bothered by the noise, she said. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Mostly by night, the same kind of trucks that have moved the U.S. space shuttle from California to Florida are now hauling the former Powerine Oil Co. refinery piece by piece over land from here to Sinclair, Wyo., and Houston, Texas. Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham said a tower that was moved a couple weeks ago looked like an Atlas rocket. Eighty percent of the refinery has been sold to a company that will send it from Houston to Eastern Europe and the rest will go to Sinclair Oil, Latham said. The moving takes place at night, some of it going through Whittier-area streets, escorted by California Highway Patrol officers. last_img

Alan Keane signs for Crusaders

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first_imgCrusaders Football Club have signed former Sligo Rovers defender Alan Keane until the end of the current season.The Galway native will join up with the Belfast side on Tuesday evening, having come out of retirement to spend the second half of last season with Dundalk, where he won a Premier Division medal, reached the FAI Cup final and played in the group stages of the Europa League.Keane could make his Crusaders debut in an away Irish League Premier League game against Glentoran on Saturday week.Former Rovers captain Keane had a long and distinguished career with the Bit O’ Red, winning the league, FAI Cup, Setanta Sports Cup and EA Sports Cup, before briefly retiring from the sport after the 2015 season.last_img

Governor moving ahead with government restructure

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first_img(Missourinet) Missouri’s governor says a proposed state government reorganization plan is scheduled to take effect on August 28th. Governor Mike Parson (R) updated the Capitol Press Corps on the restructuring plan during a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Jefferson City.Missouri Governor Mike Parson (at podium) briefs Capitol reporters about his state government reorganization plan on March 19, 2019 in Jefferson City (photo courtesy of the governor’s office)The restructuring involves four state agencies, primarily the state Department of Economic Development (DED). Monday was the end of the 60-day period in which Missouri lawmakers could vote to oppose the proposal, and that didn’t happen.Governor Parson is praising the Legislature.“And I want to thank the Legislature for their support of our efforts to improve state government and make Missouri the best in the Midwest,” Parson tells Capitol reporters.The proposal involves moving DED’s Division of Workforce Development to the Department of Higher Education and several other moves, which Parson says will allow DED to focus entirely on economic development.The restructuring plan also involves returning the Division of Energy from DED to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and making the Missouri Arts Council part of the Lieutenant Governor’s office. It would also move the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Office of Public Counsel to the newly-named Department of Commerce and Insurance.Governor Parson says Missouri is not competitive with neighboring states, adding that Missouri’s DED houses more functions than any of its Midwest peers.Parson says the Show-Me State ranks 14th among its Midwest peer states in gross domestic product (GDP) and eighth for wage growth. He says it ranks ninth for job growth.The governor says the plan will focus DED.“We must do a better job clearly identifying expectations and priorities, and ensure our agencies are structured in the best way to meet those goals,” says Parson.Parson says DED has 865 full-time employees, more than any of its Midwest peers.Missouri DED Director Rob Dixon joined Governor Parson at Tuesday’s press conference. Dixon says other Midwest states are outperforming his agency in nearly every measure, including workforce development.Dixon backs the governor’s state government restructuring plan, saying that when everything is a priority, “nothing is a priority.”“In economic development, Missouri is not competitive in economic development with other states and we had to take action or we’re going to continue that negative trend line,” Dixon tells reporters.Governor Parson says DED has had seven directors in the past decade.State Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, and State Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, also spoke at the press conference. Riddle and Fitzwater both praise the reorganization plan.last_img

Drones reveal earthquake hazards hidden in the abyss

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first_img Drones reveal earthquake hazards hidden in the abyss By Paul VoosenNov. 14, 2019 , 2:05 PM LIQUID ROBOTICS There is no force on Earth quite like a subduction zone. Slips along these faults, found where plates of dense ocean crust dive beneath continents, cause the world's most destructive earthquakes and tsunamis: 1964 in Alaska; 2004 in Indonesia; 2011 in Japan. But much remains unknown about how those faults slip and stick between catastrophes.The radio signals of GPS, so powerful for tracking crustal movements on land, can't penetrate the abyss. To gauge motions underwater, scientists rely on a daisy chain in which a ship tracks acoustic beacons on the sea floor—and the ship, in turn, fixes its position with GPS. Now, a team led by David Chadwell, a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, has found a way to cut costs by replacing the expensive ships with ocean-going drones."It's going to make a huge difference," says Laura Wallace, a geodetic scientist at GNS Science in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Last month, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) endorsed the approach by announcing a $5.5 million grant to Chadwell's team to buy beacons for 16 seafloor sites and three drones to monitor them—more than doubling the ability of U.S. scientists to track movements of the ocean floor.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People's Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People's Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Earth scientists use GPS to measure the strain that builds up quietly between quakes. At the Cascadia subduction zone off the Pacific Northwest, for example, GPS stations on land suggest that enough strain has accumulated to drive a magnitude-9 earthquake when the fault finally ruptures. But the land-based measurements also hint that strain along the fault's midsection, off the coast of Oregon, is being relieved by a type of harmless slip called creep. That suggests the fault could rupture in pieces, in a series of independent, smaller quakes. But without offshore measurements, scientists only see half the picture, says Harold Tobin, a geophysicist at the University of Washington in Seattle.Acoustic GPS—tracking seafloor beacons by ship—is a pricey way to get these data. Japan has spent more than $3 billion on acoustic GPS over the past 10 years to monitor its dangerous offshore faults. By 2020, Japan's acoustic GPS network will include 27 stations, each consisting of multiple beacons.The few sites that were operating at the time of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake found that the fault slipped more than 30 meters in its shallow sections, driving the devastating tsunami. Frequent monitoring since, with ship visits now every 2 months, has shown how strain accumulates irregularly across the fault. "They can tell exactly where the patches are that would rupture in the next earthquake," says Noel Bartlow, a geophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, who is part of the new NSF grant.Even more tantalizing is evidence, seen prior to the 2011 earthquake in Tohoku and elsewhere, of fault ruptures that occurred over the course of weeks rather than minutes. Perhaps such "slow slip" regularly precedes earthquakes along subduction zones and could be used as a warning, says Paul Segall, a geophysicist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. That, he says, "would have enormous societal implications."But tracking the acoustic beacons requires research ships with GPS-guided thrusters that cost up to $50,000 a day to operate. And the measurements are by nature intermittent, depending on ships' visits.In 2012, Chadwell began to explore whether the Wave Glider, a drone developed by Liquid Robotics in Sunnyvale, California, could replace ships. The drone is a 3-meter-long surface craft tethered to a tube, 8 meters down, lined with oscillating fins, which harvest energy from ocean waves. Costing just $500 a day to run, the drone could carry a GPS unit and linger for weeks in a tight circle above the seafloor beacons. In a 2016 test at Cascadia, a glider lasted 40 days and traveled nearly 500 kilometers; its near silence interfered far less with the acoustic signal than a ship's engine. Since then, Chadwell's team has used the drones each summer at six acoustic GPS sites at Cascadia, along with others in Alaska and New Zealand.NSF hasn't decided where to deploy the new instruments it is funding, but the equipment is enough to cover one subduction zone in detail—and perhaps several. Modeling studies indicate each new seafloor site will add as much knowledge as up to 30 GPS stations on land. And their use isn't limited to subduction zones, Chadwell says. They could be placed at the seams where tectonic plates spread apart, which are almost all found underwater. Or they could be installed on the flanks of undersea volcanoes, which inflate before eruption.Many hope the NSF grant will be a down payment for a much larger project, formerly known as the Subduction Zone Observatory and now called SZ4D, that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and would intensively monitor subduction zones—perhaps even catching a magnitude-9 earthquake in action. Tobin, who leads planning for SZ4D, says, "Virtually everyone sees this as the first building block for that infrastructure." A submerged “glider” captures wave energy to tow a craft that can collect data from seafloor beacons.last_img

Madhuri pays tribute to Bollywood’s various dance eras

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first_imgActor Madhuri Dixit is back to sizzle TV screens again with the fifth season of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Ja. To make sure that all eyes are on her, she is donning three looks of the actors of three decades, including her once competitor Sridevi.The timeless diva has been paying a tribute to Bollywood's different dance eras sporting sultry looks from the 1960s, 70s and the 80s in the promo for the reality show as Madhuri promises the musical extravaganza to get bigger and better.Inspired by Meena Kumari's courtesan look from the sixties in Pakeezah, Madhuri gracefully pays homage to the yesteryear's superstar.Donning a bright orange salwar kameez with a bouffant, Madhuri revisits the seventies as she does Cha Cha Cha to thank Mumtaaz, her inspiration for a retro avatar.Madhuri also pays a tribute to her Bollywood contemporary in the eighties, Sridevi. Clad in a sheer yellow nine-yard wonder, Madhuri draws inspiration from Sridevi's uber sexy number in Mr India.If the promos' glimpses are anything to go by, the fifth season of Jhalak Dikhla Ja would certainly be TV's big offering.last_img