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Hold public, private sector to higher standards – fmr GCCI President

first_img…urges citizens to be more proactive in demanding betterWith more companies coming to Guyana’s shores than ever before, a former Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry president is urging Guyanese to demand better from local companies and the public sector.This call was made by Vishnu Doerga, as he delivered the keynote address at the launch of construction company Emporium Investments Bureau on Friday.Doerga reminded the gathering that the citizens pay the salaries of public sectorTests being carried out on the company’s heat-resistant concrete blocksemployees through taxes, and he stressed that the best service possible should be demanded from the public sector.The business executive also noted that Guyanese have an obligation to hold local private sector companies accountable. According to Doerga, this will play a key role in the private sector raising its overall standards and getting its proverbial share of the pie from oil.“I looked at your core values, and I thought (that) if I was to choose core values for a company I have to operate with and deal with, these might have been some. So I noticed that you had listed integrity. It means when you say something you must mean it. So everything you have said today we expect you to also do. And I would like this message to resonate across Guyana,” he said.“When we say something to our customers, when we market, we have to be able to deliver on it, because that is the measure by which your customers will hold you by. Every time you barely satisfy your customer, nobody talks about that. They talkFormer GCCI President, Vishnu Doergaabout when they didn’t get what they need. It goes in the newspapers, it goes on Facebook; that becomes your permanent record,” Doerga said.And according to Doerga, customers should, by right, talk about the poor service they receive through the mediums available to them. He pointed to the possibility that while some companies are under the impression their service is competitive, the reality might be different, and they do not even know.Emporium Investments Bureau, incorporated locally in 2016, is located on Sendall Place in Brickdam. Among its services are building construction, civil engineering, and logistics. Director of Operations, Sean Thompson, who is of Jamaican descent, spoke of Emporium’s track record of speedily completing projects.According to Thompson, customers can be assured that their building constructions will easily outlive the customers themselves. In particular, he espoused the fire-resistant qualities of the company’s building blocks.“Clients should also know this is a green product. A non-toxic, mineral-based agent is used in the mixture, which produces the fire resistance in the concrete blocks….some of the benefits our home owners will enjoy with us.“It’s non-toxic, it’s environmentally friendly, and it’s fire-resistant. It’s thermal and acoustic-insulated, mould and mildew-resistant, and these are some of the benefits you would get when you build with Emporium, using our new products,” Thompson detailed.Keene Mitchell, in charge of the company’s electrical installations, noted that there are very few, if any, companies that would provide a 20-year warranty on their construction projects.He also stressed that Emporium, through its solar-powered systems, offers viable alternatives to traditional power generation.last_img read more

RCMP search for suspect in armed robbery

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP is on the search for a male after an armed robbery at Veronica’s Closet.On Monday afternoon at 2:45pm, the RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery at Veronica’s Closet near 93rd Avenue and 100th Street. A male suspect entered the store, took an adult product from the shelf and proceeded to the front counter.The clerk bagged the item and passed it to the suspect who then proceeded behind the counter. The suspect produced a knife with a blade that was approximately ten inches in length and demanded she open the till.- Advertisement -The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money left the store in an unknown direction with the money and the adult product.The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 20 to 30 years of age, was wearing a black touque, dark aviator style sunglasses, a black heavy windbreaker type jacket, dark coloured pants and brown coloured shoes.Members of the Fort St. John Detachment have conducted extensive patrols and at this point do not have any suspects. The RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person responsible for this incident.Advertisement If you have any information, please contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.calast_img read more

Mogaka’s late kick wins 22nd marathon

first_img• Photo Gallery: L.A. Marathon | 2 LOS ANGELES – On Tuesday, Fred Mogaka was back in Ngong, Kenya, where he shares a two-room apartment with his wife and three-month-old son and tends to a plot of maize in between training runs. Ramilia Burangolova, a 46-year-old Russian, won the women’s race in 2:37:54, the slowest winning time by a woman in 14 years. That two undistinguished marathoners – Burangolova’s personal best came more than a decade ago and Mogaka has run the race only three times – were victorious with such pedestrian times was a setback for race organizers who are seeking to elevate the Los Angeles race among the pantheon of marathons _ Chicago, New York and Boston. Amid much fanfare, they redesigned the course this year by starting it near Universal Studios and ending it downtown near the central library. It is the first time the race did not finish where it began. This idea was to lay out a fast course that would lure the world’s best runners. While the downhill portion, from miles 2 through 7, added speed – wheelchair racers exceeded 40 mph careening down Cahuenga Boulevard – but all it did for the runners was burn out the field. Abebe Tola, who led the women’s race by more than three minutes near the midway point, faded badly and finished third. The pack of four Kenyans who led the men – Mogaka, Kororia, Christopher Kipyejo and Christopher Kipcoech Rutto – were almost nine minutes slower over the second half of the course. “I felt like I was struggling,” said Kipyego, who finished third. “I told my friends, `We’re running too fast.’ ” The warm temperatures – it was sunny and in the low 70s by the time Mogaka hit the tape – and the traditionally late starting time – close to 8:30 a.m. – didn’t help. “I was feeling hot,” Mogaka said. “I tried to store energy at the end. I wanted to have finishing power.” The slow times, absence of marquee names and the way organizers scrambled to get Mogaka may have been a case of you get what you pay for. First-place prizes were cut from $35,000 last year to $20,000, and it wasn’t until last week that the challenge bonus was raised from $50,000 to $100,000, where it stood a year ago. Among those absent were last year’s winners Benson Cherono and Lidiya Grigoryeva, who had set course records. Marathon president Dr. William Burke said purse cuts shouldn’t be taken as a sign that the race is struggling financially. He said the organization spent about $400,000, close to half of what it spent a year ago, to lure its top class of 19 men and six women. The top marathons around the world often spend between $700,000 and $1 million luring the best runners. Some of that money goes for appearances fees and some for rich payouts, like the New York Marathon, which paid $130,000 to the men’s and women’s winners last October. Burke said the plan this year was to work out any kinks with the new design and compared it to having a new fish tank and putting in inexpensive fish to test it out. “These were the testers,” Burke said. “Next year, we’ll bring in the big guns.” A man who participated in a marathon-affiliated bike tour died during the ride, fire officials said. The man’s identity and cause of death were not immediately available. Two runners collapsed and died during last year’s marathon. Police Detective Raul Reyna, 53, collapsed and died two miles from the finish line and retired sheriff’s deputy Jim Leone, 60, died after falling near the beginning of the race. Associated Press contributed to this report. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After some long-distance pleading, Mogaka relented. The next day, he began a 26-hour journey from Nairobi to Los Angeles via London, and then spent another 4 hours in customs at LAX because he couldn’t provide officials the name or address of the hotel where he had been booked. On Sunday, the trouble was worth it. Mogaka, showing a finishing kick he wasn’t expected to have, surged past three runners in the final two miles and edged fellow countryman Moses Kororia to win the race in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 14 seconds, the slowest winning time in the event’s 22-year history. By being the first one to cross the finish line – the top women runners were given a nearly 20-minute head start – Mogaka earned a $100,000 bonus along with the $20,000 prize and new Honda Accord that is awarded to the winner of the men’s and women’s division. center_img His agent and sponsor, Scott Robinson, was on the phone from Santa Fe, N.M., telling him the Los Angeles Marathon contacted him looking for elite runners to fill out the field, and would Mogaka come if they covered his airfare and hotel. “No, I can’t,” Mogaka said, having been in training for half-marathons. “I’m not prepared.” last_img

Blow for QPR! Inter Milan bad-boy back in Inter Milan training

first_img Dani Osvaldo in action for Italy Southampton bad boy Dani Osvaldo has returned to training with loan club Inter Milan, according to manager Roberto Mancini.The striker is on a season-long at the San Siro after a disastrous spell at St Mary’s – after being signed by former manager Mauricio Pochettino – during which he clashed with team-mates.The same has now happened at Inter who were reportedly interested in ripping up his temporary deal and sending him back to England after the player had apparently disappeared from training and gone on strike.QPR, whose manager Harry Redknapp is restricted to loan signings this January, have immediately been linked with a new loan offer.But Mancini has played down the speculation, claiming the erratic frontman was back at work on Wednesday.“Osvaldo was at the training ground today,” Mancini said. “I saw him.” 1last_img read more

Sales boost rental chains

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It’s a tremendous value for customers,” Hargrove said. “For around $10, you can get a DVD that plays just like a brand-new movie.” It’s not just the major chains adopting a sales strategy. “Independents and midlevel chains have adopted the practice,” Hackley said. “Four years ago, it was just a rental model. Now the video-rental store has a hybrid model. They are also selling new and they are selling used.” Hackley called the success of previously viewed sales as “mind-blowing.” “They have to compete with Best Buy and Wal-Mart now in order to stay economically viable,” he said. Those used DVD sales at the Blockbuster and Hollywood chains are more than just a way of clearing inventory: they contributed to the rental market’s bottom line in 2005 by nearly $1 billion, according to an industry tracker. With purchases of brand-new DVD titles at retail more popular than ever, the rental market has taken a hit in recent years. But by increasing DVD sales of their own, the rental market was able to report overall revenue of $8.8 million last year, down 4 just percent from 2004, Rentrak Home Video Essentials reported. “The market actually did better than we expected when we took into consideration consumer spending of previously viewed product,” Rentrak Vice President Brad Hackley said Tuesday. “It has definitely helped stabilize the market and taken the edge off the traditional rental model.” Blockbuster spokesman Randy Hargrove said customers have become accustomed to waiting a few weeks until a new title has cooled off as a top rental and is put up for sale, usually at a price of three titles for $25. But $7.8 billion of the revenue still came from people renting movies either at a traditional video store or through an online service such as Netflix. The most popular movies in the rental market in 2005 were not the biggest box office hits, as evidenced by fourth-place “Ladder 49,” fifth-place “The Notebook,” sixth-place “Without A Paddle,” eighth-place “Guess Who?” and 10th-place “Monster-in-Law,” none of which reached the $100 million mark at the domestic box office. But the No. 1 rental, “National Treasure,” was a major hit as were “Meet the Fockers” in second place and third-place “Hitch.” Completing the top 10 were “The Longest Yard” (No. 7) and “The Pacifier” (No. 9). Said Hackley: “Comedies and romance movies have always been what is most popular.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFINN HARPS have lost again in the League – going down 3-2 to Longford Town on Saturday afternoon.And for the small Harps following it was a huge disappointment as the Donegal side gave a good account of themselves and certainly deserved a draw.Harps in fact led at half-time thanks to a Keith Cowen goal in the third minute. Mark Salmon would go on to write all the headlines in the second half, the Longford Town man scoring twice and then being sent off.He levelled the game from the penalty spot in the 57th minute before team-mate Don Cowan put the home side ahead in the 72nd minute.Harps came storming back into the game and grabbed a superb equaliser through Kevin McHugh just three minutes later.But that man Salmon popped up another three minutes later in the 78th minute to seal the points for the home side. His role in the game was not over however – he was sent off for a cynical challenge deep into injury time as Harps pressed for an equaliser.HARPS CRASH TO DEFEAT AT LONGFORD was last modified: July 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:finn harpslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal-born Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Marie Fleming has passed away overnight.Marie Fleming and husband TomThe Lifford woman died “in peace” after a lengthy legal battle for the right to end her own life failed.Marie (59) was physically unable to take her own life because of her illness. The announcement about Ms Fleming’s death was made this morning at approximately 8.30am.The dedicated partner of the right-to-die campaigner said Marie “is at peace now” after her death following a long battle with MS was announced this morning.Visibly upset and emotional, Tom Curran said she had died peacefully during the night.Speaking at the home he shared with Marie in the rural townland of Killahurler near Arklow, Co Wicklow, Tom was softly spoken as he came to terms with the death. “She died the way she wanted to,” he told the Evening Herald.In December 2012 Ms Fleming brought her fight to challenge the ban on assisted suicide to the High Court.She had wanted her partner Tom Curran to be able to assist her death without fear of prosecution.When the High Court ruled against her she bravely appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but in April 2013 her legal battle came to an end when it upheld the original ruling.Marie, is survived by partner Tom, daughter Corrina and son Simon, was diagnosed with MS in 1986 when she noted a change in her gait and her foot started to drag. Marie argued the ban on assisted suicide breached her constitutional rights and discriminated against her as a disabled person.Even though she knew the odds were stacked against her succeeding in her case, Marie said she was determined to take it on as she wanted her country to recognise that she was entitled to the same choice as everybody else.She had not had the use of her hands since 2010, and in the final stages of her condition as she battled in the High Court and Supreme Court she had no use of her arms or her legs, no bladder control, difficulty swallowing liquids and suffered regular choking episodes which left her exhausted, frightened and distressed.Her sight also deteriorated and she maintained contact with the world with her hearing, listening to the radio to keep up with news. DONEGAL RIGHT-TO-DIE CAMPAIGNER PASSES AWAY was last modified: December 20th, 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:deadMARIE FLEMINGlast_img read more

South African artist to serve residency in France

first_imgShamin ChibbaSome of Nelson Makamo’s paintings sell for hundreds of thousands of rands. Singer Annie Lennox and designer Giorgio Armani own his work. But he remains humble about his achievements. Now, the 34-year-old artist has been invited to complete a three-month residency in France with the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art.Makamo leaves this week for the southern town of Saint-Émilion, where he will join a number of other artists from southern Africa.He will also travel through the country to find inspiration for his art.Makamo and the other African artists will be following in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest artists who have produced series of works inspired by the French countryside. The residency focus Makamo on producing a series of drawings, a more intimate medium from his usual large-scale paintings and monographs.Quick visit to @nelsonmakamo‘s studio.— Gareth Pon (@garethpon) July 12, 2016Speaking from his sunlit studio in August House, in downtown Johannesburg, Makamo says he has a few good ideas for what he wishes to create. “For me those are going to be three months of just doing sketches only. I have two concepts in mind: either I’m going to produce blocks of small oil paintings or a series of sketches.”The work Makamo and his peers produce will be exhibited in a prospective museum for South African contemporary art in France. “They invite artists from South Africa and we all come with different concepts. We put together a body of work and they curate and show it.”Makamo says he will use the countryside concept back in South Africa where he will look to create new works based on local rural communities. One of these ideas is a school mural project he wants to take to small towns across the country.Nelson Makamo takes his art to rural communities— Artcoza (@Artcoza) August 5, 2016After the Saint-Émilion residency, Makamo will host an exhibition in Paris with artwork produced during those three months under the title An African in the south of France.He will also be using the residency to prepare for a solo exhibition of his larger works in Munich, Germany in 2017.An artist evolvingMakamo believes the residency and the focus on sketches will bring about a transformation in his work. “There’s something about drawings that will always be mind-blowing. I always say to collectors, ‘You can’t say your collection is complete if you don’t have drawings from an artist.”Makamo says an artist’s sketchbook is where ideas are born. He has about 150 sketchbooks. “That’s the work that is hardly exhibited. I sketch almost every night when I get a chance. I’ve never done a show with only drawings and that is one of the things I’m planning to do in South Africa; just to have an exhibition of small drawings, from some as small as A5. It’s going to be stories of life, like what I’m feeling at that moment.”Makamo’s inspiration comes from the everyday life, observing and speaking to people around him. “[Inspiration] comes from people I always have a conversation with. It can be a joke or something else we have shared, and you always visualise those things. And what do you do? You summarise them and turn them into pieces of art.“I miss those days when I used the taxi because you realise that people read a lot and you underestimate that. You get that from a conversation that someone would share, something that you were not aware of. As long as you are alive you’re a scholar of life. So you can’t say you’ve (finished studying) because every day is a new thing.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using materiallast_img read more

Zakir Musa buried, curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir Valley

first_imgZakir Musa was working to merge Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad into mega group  The police said the body of Musa, who was trapped inside a three-storey house in Tral’s Dadsara area on Thursday afternoon, was found near the encounter site on Friday morning. The firing had stopped on Thursday night and the combing operation was suspended in the first light of the dawn, an official said.Describing it “a major success”, the police said one AK-47 and one grenade launcher were recovered from the encounter site.The house where Musa was holed up was completely destroyed in the fire-fight. Police sources said Musa refused to surrender and lobbed grenades when encircled by security forces on Thursday.Curfew defiedHundreds of local youth defied curfew and reached Tral’s Noorpora, Musa’s home town.Hailing from a well-off middle class family, Musa’s father is a senior government official, his brother is a doctor, and his sister is a banker. The news of his killing fuelled nocturnal protests in many parts of the Valley, with youth burning tyres and raising pro-Musa slogans.The authorities on Friday set up barricades on all major roads in Pulwama, capital Srinagar and Anantnag to contain protests. No vehicles were allowed on many stretches. Concertina wires were set up to seal all volatile pockets in the Valley. Educational institutions were closed for the day and all examinations in the Kashmir valley were postponed. Mobile internet was also slowed down as a precautionary measure.Differences with HurriyatMusa replaced slain militant ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in 2016 but quit the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) on May 13 in 2017 after developing differences over the modus operandi adopted by the latter. He later threatened to punish Hurriyat leaders for “being soft” and “un-Islamic in their approach”, driving a wedge between his Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK)-based United Jehad Council, headed by Syed Salahuddin.In 2017, Musa’s name first appeared in an Arabic publication close to the Al-Qaeda. Later, the Al-Qaeda formally announced establishment of a new Kashmir-based terror group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, headed by Musa. In between, Musa was also seen as being close to the Islamic State by the security agencies, and the brain behind unfurling of black IS flags in Srinagar. The Global Islamic Media Front, the online propaganda distribution arm of Al-Qaeda, has also mentioned Musa’s name. The body of Al-Qaeda-affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa, 25, was buried in Pulwama’s Tral on Friday. The authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in vast parts of the Valley, especially south Kashmir and capital Srinagar.Also Readlast_img read more

National calamity! German riot sends Brazil into mourning

first_imgBrazilian fans react after their team’s 7-1 loss against Germany in the semifinal The tears started flowing before half time, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos The national team wasn’t just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of the entire world, humiliated at its own party. Young and old, Brazilians shared in the anguish of what many were already calling a national calamity, the worst loss in its team’s storied World Cup history.A rain of seven goals by the powerful Germany team devastated the Brazilian soccer faithful who packed onto the golden sands of Copacabana beach to watch the match.With Brazil’s star striker Neymar out injured and captain Thiago Silva suspended for the match, it quickly became clear the Brazilians couldn’t handle the Germans. Brazilian fans in tears after their team’s humiliating loss to Germany”The problem is psychological,” said Brazil fan Fabio Fontes. “It would be normal for the team to lose against Germany, but not in this fashion.”To make matters worse, at the Fan Fest viewing area on Copacabana beach, hundreds of people stampeded out as a gang of young men carried out a mass robbery, running through crowd, inciting panic and snatching necklaces and bags along the way.That, coupled with the crushing game, sent many fans heading home.With Brazil tossed out of its own World Cup in such rough fashion, “you are going to have the most depressed country ever,” Pablo Ramoz said.advertisementBrazilian fans react in utter disbelief after their team’s loss in the semifinalBrazil spent billions of dollars preparing for the tournament, with expectations that home advantage could deliver Brazil a sixth title, but the high cost also ignited intense anger and protests against the World Cup, with demonstrators lamenting the costs when the nation is saddled with woeful public services.Few thought Germany’s stomping of Brazil would spark renewed mass protests – but it is certain to put a severely sour taste back into the mouths of the nation’s fans.In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, thousands gathered in the Bohemian neighborhood of Vila Madalena, the streets carpeted with yellow, green and blue – the colors of the Brazilian flag.David Luiz in tears after Brazil’s 7-1 loss against GermanyFan Samir Kelvin clung to a street pole and loudly cried: “I have nothing left! I am Brazilian and humiliated I want to kill myself!”Nearby, a woman cried out “What shame, what shame!” as a man nearby was banging his head against a bar table.After Germany scored an early goal samba groups simply stopped drumming in apparent shock. More goals followed and silence overtook bars as fans stared sadly at TV screens.A large group of fans gathered at a 600-unit apartment complex in Rio couldn’t believe what they had witnessed.Jorge Cardoso, an engineer, blamed the loss on the injury that sidelined Neymar and the benching of Silva for accumulating two yellow cards during the tournament.He said simply: “It’s like someone you love has died.”last_img read more