The good life at City Hall

first_imgDear Editor,In spite of all of the repetitive declarations of being broke and bankrupt made by the Georgetown Municipality and claims of shortages of financial and other resources, it is clear that the Council is the place to be if you want to be financially rewarded, or as the boys in Guyana would say a “good place to make an extra dollar.”It is quite mind-boggling that whilst the lower ranked workers have to wait each month for their wages and salaries way past the official pay date, whilst pensioners have to wait for long periods to receive their monthly pension, and whilst recently retired persons are waiting for years for their gratuity, some Councillors and some senior officers constantly get extra perks.Examples of this would be the fact that Councillors get special and considerable emoluments when they sit on special committees such as the parking meters, in spite of being paid travelling and other allowances each month to attend all meetings. Councillors and some senior officers also get special payments for being around at events such as Mashramani Day.And then they have the per diems which are paid for both local (rural) and overseas travel which amounts to millions upon millions each year, with even the drivers that take them to places such as Suriname receiving spending money in US dollars. Special meals and overtime is the order of the day at City Hall, which sometimes amount to some persons getting almost twice their pay, with bodyguards and drivers having to wait outside gyms, restaurants, shopping malls, etc late into the night at the whims and fancies of the ‘Big Ones and their families’.I guess it is ‘the good life at City Hall’.Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

Image Awards reprise Oscars

first_img“Doing this role gave me so many blessings,” said Whitaker, who plays a Ugandan dictator in the film. “One was being able to go back to Africa and touch my roots.” Washington, who has been sharply criticized for uttering a gay slur on the set of his hit show, scored Best Actor for a Drama Series. “I’m humbled and honored to be recognized by the NAACP,” said Washington. “The Pursuit of Happyness,” starring Will Smith and his son, won Best-Picture honors. Keke Palmer nabbed Best Actress for “Akeelah and the Bee,” and Djimon Hounsou took Best Supporting Actor for “Blood Diamond.” “This film means a lot to me for the simple reason that I’m from Africa,” Hounsou said to loud applause. Rapper LL Cool J hosted the awards. “I won’t ask you why the chicken crossed the road,” Cool J joked, telling the crowd it was his first time as a host. “I just ask that you bear with me. I’m going to try to carry this thing with dignity.” Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama won a Literary Nonfiction Image Award for his book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.” Vanessa Williams got the nod for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for “Ugly Betty,” which also won for Best Television Comedy Series. Prince, who was awarded Best Male Music Artist, read a poem about protecting the environment. “Fifty years from now what will they say about us?” Prince said. Chandra Wilson won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “Grey’s Anatomy.” She said she wished her deceased father could be there, as Friday would have been his birthday. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien was given the honorary President’s Award for her work as a journalist. Honorary recognition also included Bill Cosby’s induction into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, and the Chairman’s Award presented to Bono.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson kept their championship streaks alive Friday, while “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington claimed a Best-Actor prize, at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards. “Ugly Betty” took top television honors. Hudson, a former “American Idol” finalist, garnered a Best-Supporting-Actress award for her role in the musical “Dreamgirls,” the same category for which she took home an Oscar on Sunday. “There is nothing like being recognized and honored by your own,” Hudson said. Whitaker, who won a Best-Actor Oscar for “The Last King of Scotland,” earned the same prize at Friday’s ceremony, which honored projects and individuals who promote diversity in the arts. last_img read more

Northern Lights College students graduate in Fort St. John

first_imgOn behalf of all graduates, Valedictorian Alicia Remenda-Alton thanked the staff at NLC, their families and friends, and tight-knit group of students for helping each other make it to this momentous day. “Life is pretty messy and we’ve had our ups and downs, but in the end there’s nothing more special than knowing the whole group of peers has your back,” she said. “I know my fellow graduates have formed a special bond; you can feel it. We’ll all very diverse in our beliefs and ideas, but when you put us together, something extraordinary happens.” The Applied Business Technology graduate also had this challenge for the class:- Advertisement -“I challenge each and every one of you to go forth and write the next most remarkable chapter of your life. May it be filled with the fulfillment of your dreams and discovery of your passion. Let’s take all we’ve learned here and put it to good use to enrich our lives, our families’ lives, and the lives of those in the community who stood behind us in turn.” Social Services Worker Diploma recipient Lindsay Pratt was also honoured as the 2013 Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medal which is awarded to the graduating student with the highest Grade Point Average. Pratt achieved an overall GPA of 4.165, while also earning a University Arts and Sciences Certificate in Social Sciences. Advertisement Convocation ceremonies were held last week in Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.last_img read more

Actress Marcia Mae Jones dies

first_imgJones played teenage roles in such films as “Let’s Go Collegiate” and “Secrets of a Co-Ed.” As a grown-up, she acted in television sitcoms and in Westerns such as “Wild Bill Hickok.” Her last major film appearance was in 1973’s “The Way We Were.” Beside Tim Chic, she is survived by another son, Robert Chic, two grandchildren and a brother, Joseph Jones of San Antonio Texas. The family is planning a memorial survived to be held at the Motion Picture and Television Country House. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – Marcia Mae Jones, who starred as a child in such films as “The Champ” and “Heidi” and maintained an adult career in television Westerns and sitcoms, died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital Sunday. She was 83. Her son, Tim Chic, said his mother died of pneumonia, which developed into a serious infection Friday. She had long suffered from bouts of pneumonia, he said. Although she never achieved the stardom of Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney, Jones played important roles in such films as “The Garden of Allah,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “These Three.” She started acting in films at age 2. Her son said she was proud of the fact that she was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild at age 6. last_img read more

Five pairs of teammates that did not get along despite on-field success

first_img 4. Emlyn Hughes and Tommy Smith – Both men would appear on a list of Liverpool’s greatest ever captains but Hughes and Smith despised each other. Smith has been quoted in interviews as saying “I hated scoring for Liverpool because Hughes would come up and congratulate me. I hated him.” It all began when Bill Shankly replaced Smith with Hughes as captain, leading to disharmony in the dressing room. Smith was the more popular of the two among senior players, saying “the only mates he (Smith) had at Liverpool were straight out of a vending machine.” 5. Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer – click the arrow, right, to see some more high-profile falling-outs – The pair came to blows during Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa in 2005 when Dyer refused to pass to Bowyer on two occasions before telling his teammate it was “because you’re **** basically!” After both receiving their marching orders, they attempted to continue the fight in the dressing room until manager Graeme Souness offered them both out and Alan Shearer called them a “disgrace”. They have since patched things up. 3. John Arne Riise and Craig Bellamy – Riise and Bellamy’s fall out infamously also involved a golf club. At their five-day training camp to prepare for their match with Barcelona in 2007, the Liverpool players were singing karaoke but Riise refused and acted angrily to Bellamy’s continued insistence that he perform. After a few more drinks the Welshman got angry about the incident and grabbed an eight iron from his golf bag and hit Riise with it a few times while he was sleeping in bed. The pair put their differences aside and scored a goal each as the Reds beat Barca 2-0 at the Nou Camp. 5 5 5 5 1. Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton – Despite forming one of the greatest strikeforces in Premier League history – scoring 49 of Blackburn’s 80 as they won the title in 1995 – Shearer and Sutton (or ‘SAS’) did not see eye to eye. Sutton, the junior of the pair by three years said: “Off the pitch it’s difficult to put into words how I felt. There was an underlying feeling that there wasn’t any warmth towards me from Alan. I moved for a British record transfer fee and maybe stole the limelight away from Alan for a short period.” Cristiano Ronaldo stormed out of a Champions League press conference on Tuesday after growing tired of questions about his lack of away goals and relationships with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.The Portugal captain was quizzed whether he felt the close bond of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez was helping the trio outscore Real Madrid’s own front three this season.However, Ronaldo responded by saying “When I was at Manchester winning the Champions League, with some players like [Ryan] Giggs, [Rio] Ferdinand and [Paul] Scholes our discussions were limited to ‘Good morning’ and ‘Good night’.“But when we were on the pitch together there was total understanding. I don’t need to go out for dinner with Benzema or Bale. What counts is what happens on the pitch.”The former Old Trafford favourite implied he was not close to his Manchester United teammates, but which other footballers didn’t get on off the pitch?talkSPORT looks at five big falling outs between footballers that occurred while playing at the same club.Click the arrow above, right, to see some of footballs most infamous ‘frienemies’. 2. Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham – Cole and Sheringham we integral to Manchester United’s famous treble-winning 1999 squad but off the pitch, the two couldn’t stand each other. It began when Cole was snubbed by Sheringham while replacing him to make his England debut in 1995. Cole said the move made him feel “small”. 5last_img read more

VIDEO: Neymar and Dani Alves show off their skills in beach volleyball game

first_img1 Dani Alves and Neymar decided to show off their football skills while on holiday during the off-season.The former Barcelona teammates, who also play together for Brazil, got together to play a game of two v two.However, they weren’t showing off their skills during a game of football.Despite using their feet and heads to control the ball, Neymar and Alves were actually playing beach volleyball.But that didn’t bother the pair, as the video Alves posted on Instagram shows them winning the point!You can watch the video below… Watch the video below… last_img

Afke Barr celebrates €37,000 win following business heartbreak

first_imgBuncrana woman Afke Barr had plenty of local supporters cheering her on as she won a cool €37,000 on Winning Streak last Saturday, just months after a fire almost destroyed her family business.The Dutch native celebrated her luck on the popular TV gameshow as she won an electric car (Renault Zoe) worth €25,000 on the very first game. She went on to scoop a further €12,000 in cash from the show.Afke’s Winning Streak appearance is a result of an unfortunate tragedy following a fire at her family’s business in Buncrana. Akfe, who is originally from the Netherlands. is married to John Barr of the ‘John Barr’ Drapery store which burnt down last February.  Thanks to help from the Buncrana community, the business shortly reopened at another premises and a good luck card containing a lucky Winning Streak ticket was the one which was pulled out by Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy two weeks ago.There was an outpouring of emotion from all in Buncrana who were delighted to see Afke being called to appear on the show and she has had incredible support from the entire community who were cheering for her in living rooms across the town last Saturday.Afke was surrounded by her close friends and neighbours in the RTÉ studios on Saturday evening and was delighted with her family’s change of luck following the fire.Winning Streak will take a week’s break due to RTÉ Eurovision coverage and will return to RTÉ One on Saturday 25th May where five more players from all over Ireland will get the chance to play for huge cash sums, holidays and cars. Afke Barr celebrates €37,000 win following business heartbreak was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Cape Town property pulls foreigners

first_img12 June 2013Foreign buying activity in Cape Town’s most sought-after suburbs has picked up markedly since the start of the year, predominantly on the back of the weak rand, according to property agency Seeff.Since January, about 75 properties to the value of almost R566-million have been snapped up by foreign buyers, the equivalent of more than 80 percent of the 89 units to the value of around R570-million that sold during the whole of 2012, Seeff’s managing director for the areas, Ian Slot, said this seek.This includes nine sales above the R20-million mark – four of which were bought by African buyers. The shift in activity to African buyers and emerging Eastern markets such as China and India is also becoming more prevalent, Slot said.African buyer activity has already more than doubled, with 12 property sales to the value of just over R142-million compared to about six property sales for the whole of 2012.Nigerian buyers top the list, with four properties that includes an apartment at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront for R25-million and a luxury home in Bantry Bay for R30-million.  An Angolan buyer also paid R30-million for a home in Camps Bay.Buyer activity from the emerging Eastern markets such as China and India has also more than doubled for this year so far, said Slot. A total of 10 properties to the value of just over R61-million have sold to Eastern buyers compared to only four sales during 2012.Chinese buyers top the list, with six property sales compared to only two during the whole of last year, he added. Five of these sales were below the R5-million price band, while the sale of a Camps Bay mansion topped this at a selling price of R7.296-million. Two Middle Eastern buyers also invested in Camps Bay holiday homes, including a modern villa sold for R9.75-million.European buyers account for 28 property sales to the value of just under R155-million; about 40 percent of all buying activity.About 18 properties to the value of R63-million were sold to British buyers.Buying activity from the USA remains low at only three property sales compared to two sales during 2012.The majority of sales, 52 properties (69 percent) worth more than R470-million, took place in the suburbs of the Atlantic Seaboard. This includes 11 sales to African buyers.The highest activity was in Camps Bay with 16 sales, followed by Sea Point with 11 sales. Sales in Cape Town’s central business district and City Bowl suburbs account for 23 units (31 percent), mostly to British and European buyers, Slot added.While foreign buying activity had improved over the last few months, Slot said that overall volumes were still down since 2009, when 435 properties with a combined value of over R1.5-billion sold to foreign buyers.This positive foreign buyer sentiment in the lead-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup had since been stifled by the continued uncertainty in the UK and European economies. The upside of this was that many UK and European buyers had looked to shift their funds into South African property, and the weak rand had served as a significant incentive. This made property here even more attractive as a safe haven, he added.While foreign buyer activity for this year accounted for about 13 percent of the total sales volumes (81 out of a total of 608 units sold), Slot said that this percentage was always moderated by sales of foreign owned properties. For the 2012 year, for example, about 89 out of the total of 1193 properties sold were to foreign buyers, representing eight percent of all unit sales on the Atlantic Seaboard and in the City Bowl. In contrast, 117 foreign-owned properties were sold during the same year.Sapalast_img read more

My TSA iPhone App Offers Crowdsourced Wait Times

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#crowdsourcing#Government#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If you’ve ever flown, then you know this scenario: Your flight leaves at the crack of dawn. If you leave home with several hours to spare, you’ll blow through an empty security line – but then what? Will the flight be delayed, leaving you with a two hour wait? In that case you’d rather not leave home so early.With the Transportation Security Administration’s new app, My TSA, you no longer have to worry. The app provides crowdsourced information on wait times at individual checkpoints throughout a given airport and general delay and flight conditions for airports all over the U.S.. It has an exhaustive list of airports throughout the country, from New York’s LaGuardia to New Haven’s Tweed airport, although crowdsourcing means the information can be a bit old at times, or unavailable, at times. In addition to wait-time information, the app provides a comprehensive list of what you can and cannot bring with you on the plane, as well as a general travel guide to answer questions about acceptable identification or other guidelines.While the app seems like its main shiny feature is wait-times, we wonder if crowdsourcing the content is the best way to go. Of course, it is the cheapest, but is there no other way to get this information?The app is one of 18 government-created apps that are being featured as of last week in the new government app store on USA.gov. The wait times are also available for other platforms as a mobile website at www.tsa.gov/mobile.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts mike melansonlast_img read more

Digital Magazine Subscriptions: iTunes & Kindle Still A Mess

first_imgToday I reviewed my magazine subscriptions, partly to see which of Apple’s iTunes, Amazon’s Kindle and digital magazine indie Zinio has the best offering currently. My check reaffirmed many positive things about digital magazines, but one thing still frustrates me: the user experience for subscriptions in both iTunes and Kindle. Apple and Amazon could learn a thing or two from the specialist in digital magazines, Zinio.My current tally of magazine subscriptions is 12. Of those, only one is not a digital magazine that I read on my iPad – and that’s because it’s a niche health magazine that isn’t available digitally. I also discovered in my review that only two of my twelve annual subscriptions cost more than US$50 per year. So not only are most magazines that I’m interested in available digitally, they’re all relatively inexpensive.Here’s a table showing ten of my digital magazine subscriptions: what I pay annually for each of them, and which platform I use. For various reasons, the prices I pay aren’t necessarily the cheapest available. Sometimes my location (New Zealand) increases the cost, or sometimes I opt for a higher priced better reading experience on a certain platform. But in general, I do tend to go with the least expensive option – because the reading experience usually isn’t that much different across platforms. The exception is when a publisher creates an interactive experience for tablet devices, which is Wired’s approach. But a simple PDF is the most common format these days for digital magazines.As you can see, the pricing is probably the most attractive feature of digital magazines. I pay from 39 cents to $2.50 per issue (if I discount Scientific American, as my subscription for that is for both digital and print). Of course, American customers are long used to paying ridiculously low prices for magazine subscriptions. That’s because advertising is typically the main revenue source for commercial magazines – and that advertising mostly targets US customers. So publishers take the hit on printing and delivery costs, in order to reach the US audience. But what my American friends may not realize is that for the rest of the world, prices for popular magazines like Rolling Stone and Wired have traditionally been high. So digital magazines make the low priced magazine subscription model available to the rest of the world.Which brings me to the second major advantage of digital magazines: they’re available immediately, no matter where you are located. For me, out here in Middle-earth, that is most appreciated.The Bad News: Apple & Amazon Don’t Make It EasyThe only bad thing about the state of digital magazines is how poor the user experience for subscriptions is on both iTunes and Kindle.Apple has a Newsstand concept, but it’s confusing. You first have to download the publisher’s app, then subscribe either from within the app or on the publisher’s website. Once downloaded, each of these apps is housed in the Newsstand – a kind of meta-app. But the user experience leaves a lot to be desired. For example: you need to manually move around the magazine apps, to separate out your subscriptions from magazine apps you downloaded but didn’t subscribe to. Then sometimes you find yourself in the iTunes Store, when you thought you were in Newsstand (or are they the same thing? Yes, kind of… but then no, Newsstand is a separate icon on your iPad). The user experience of Newsstand is very unlike Apple: it’s unintuitive and a bit disorienting.Managing your subscriptions in iTunes (what you’re subscribed to, when it’s up for renewal, etc.) is even more confusing. Every time I want to check my iTunes magazine subscriptions, it takes me 5 minutes or so to work out where to go. For the record, you need to go to your iTunes account page and it’s an almost hidden option on there. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus We can only hope that Apple and Amazon get their acts together and follow the example set by Zinio. Because right now, managing digital magazine subscriptions is a frustrating process. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#iPad#web As for Amazon’s Kindle, if anything it’s even harder than iTunes to manage your subscriptions. There is no option to manage your subscriptions from within the Kindle iPad app, as far as I could see. I eventually found it on the Amazon website under Your Account > Manage Your Kindle > Magazines.One last confusing aspect for digital magazine consumers is that often publishers have subscription offers on their own websites, which can be different from what’s available in iTunes, Kindle or Zinio. That’s entirely up to the publisher of course, but it does add another level of head scratching for the consumer.The shining light in the digital magazine space right now is Zinio. It offers a wonderful selection of digital magazines and its pricing is almost always better than either iTunes or Amazon Kindle. After my review today, I ended up moving a couple of my subscriptions from Kindle over to Zinio because the pricing and overall experience is better. While Zinio’s user interface for managing subscriptions is not perfect, it’s markedly better than iTunes or Kindle. Plus it’s about to improve even more, with a redesign (currently in beta, screenshot below). A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more