PM candidate nomination process to begin on Monday ꟷ Jagdeo

first_imgWith Nomination Day just under two weeks away, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is beginning the process to choose a Prime Ministerial (PM) candidate and running mate for Presidential Candidate Dr Irfaan Ali, by Monday.PPP General Secretary Bharrat JagdeoAt his weekly press conference on Friday, PPP General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was asked for an update on the party’s selection of its PM candidate. At the time, Jagdeo had said that the process has not yet started.“We’ve not engaged anyone. I’ve outlined the process. We plan to trigger the process in a matter of hours. And the process involves nominations from the different groups of MPs or members of the central committee.”“Once the nominations are in, there will be an intense period of discussions with the MP’s and then at the party level, we will select a candidate. We have not received any nominations as yet, because we have not triggered the process yet. But that will be done shortly,” Jagdeo had also said.When contacted on Saturday, Jagdeo noted that the process is likely to start by next week Monday.According to the former President, nominations have not yet started. The PM candidate is, by tradition, drawn from the civic component of the party.Meanwhile, this publication understands from well-placed sources that while there has not been a formal nomination as yet, there have been a number of professionals and civic members emerging as possible candidates. Among the names are retired Brigadier Mark Phillips, Juan Edghill, Priya Manikchand and Carolyn Rodrigues. The one on whom most assumption has rested is former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), retired Brigadier Mark Phillips.However, sources have also identified former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Juan Edghill, as a possible candidate. In addition, the names of former Social Services and Education Minister Priya Manickchand and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues, have also been touted.Phillips served as Chief of Staff of the GDF from 2013 to 2016. He previously attended the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and was Guyana’s nonresident Military attaché to Venezuela. Phillips is also the holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Management.Meanwhile, Edghill served in his former ministerial post from 2011 to 2015. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) and Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC). The prelate is currently a PPP MP, focused on public procurement issues.Manickchand, an attorney-at-law, was first elected to Parliament in 2006 as Human Services Minister. She became the Education Minister in 2011 and served in that position until 2015. She is presently a PPP frontbencher in Parliament, with a focus on education and social issues.Carolyn Rodrigues was first appointed in the then Bharrat Jagdeo Administration as Amerindian Affairs Minister in 2001, serving in that position until 2008, when she was appointed as Foreign Affairs Minister. After 2015, she moved abroad and subsequently worked with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) arm of the United Nations (UN).Nominations DayThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) had previously announced in notices published in the media that Nominations Day for the upcoming General and Regional Elections is January 10, 2020.In the notice, GECOM had called for all political parties contesting the 2020 General and Regional Elections to submit their symbol for approval. In the notice, GECOM had said that the approval of the symbols has to be done before Nominations Day. As such, the deadline for the submission is December 13, 2019.After weeks of criticisms and questions as to why he was not dissolving Parliament in accordance with the timeframe set out in the Constitution, President David Granger issued the proclamation for the December 30 dissolution of Parliament, on Friday last.The announcement came after Guyana Elections Commission Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh and Commissioners informed him that the elections body is on track for the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections. A proclamation was also issued for the dissolution of the 10 Regional Democratic Councils (RDC) on December 30, 2019.last_img read more

Exclusive – ‘Breath of fresh air’ Barkley can be the best, insists Everton hero

first_imgRoss Barkley has the skills at his disposal to become one of the best players in the Premier League, according to Everton hero Alan Stubbs.The Toffees starlet, 21, helped Roberto Martinez’s men to a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park, netting the opening goal of the game in a brilliant midfield display.And Stubbs hopes Barkley, who is finding his form again after a long injury lay-off earlier in the year, is able to show his outstanding ability uninterrupted from now on.“He’s got everything to get to the top,” the former defender told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I think that’s the most important thing.“He is a breath of fresh air. He’s a fantastic talent and one that I hope stays injury free so we see a real talent emerge on the stage.“His goal last night was just incredible. His balance, his awareness and then his power to drive into space.“The shot was with his weaker foot. I know it took a deflection but you can’t really talk about that when there were so many quality things he did to score the goal.”last_img read more

Former Newcastle forward becomes latest Chinese Super League signing

first_img1 Former Newcastle forward Obafemi Martins has completed a move from Seattle Sounders to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.Martins, 31, has been with the Sounders since 2013 and scored 15 goals in 21 games for the MLS side last year.But now the Nigerian has become the latest player to take the plunge and move to the lucrative Super League in China after he signed a contract on Thursday for an undisclosed fee.“We wish Oba good fortune in China,” said Sounders president Garth Langerwey.“Ultimately this transaction gives us roster and salary cap flexibility heading into our 2016 MLS season.”Martins left St. James’ Park in 2009 after three successful years on the Toon, having scored 35 goals in 90 appearances. Obafemi Martins in action for Seattle Sounders last_img

Web firms to pay in gambling settlement

first_imgST. LOUIS – The three largest Internet companies have agreed to pay a combined $31.5 million to settle federal civil allegations that they took ads for illegal gambling, federal officials said Wednesday. Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. also agreed to stop accepting ads for sports wagering and other online gambling, said Catherine Hanaway, the U.S. Attorney for eastern Missouri. “This is a very profitable business that had a lot of money to spend on marketing,” Hanaway said of the online gambling firms advertising on the Web. All three companies said they stopped taking the ads years ago. The U.S. Attorney’s Office here has led in the effort to halt illegal Web-based gambling, which is roughly a $6-billion-a-year industry, in the U.S. that violates the Federal Wire Wager Act among other federal laws. Earlier this year, the London-based Internet gambling firm BetOnSports PLC pleaded guilty in St. Louis to federal racketeering charges.160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMicrosoft’s $21 million portion of the settlement includes a $4.5 million forfeiture, $7.5 million to be paid to the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children and $9 million in public service ads over a three-year period starting next year. The public service campaign will be aimed at informing users, especially those of college age and younger, that online gambling is illegal. Yahoo’s $7.5 million share of the settlement includes a $3 million forfeiture and $4.5 million in public service ads over three years. Google is to pay $3 million, less than half its average daily profit of $11 million. “While we did not admit any wrongdoing, the Department of Justice has advised that online gambling is illegal in the United States and ads to promote it are improper,” Google spokesman Jon Murchinson said in a statement. last_img read more

A mouthwatering Emirates clash, plus can Spurs handle three games in a week?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Tom Rennie and David Walker are joined by the former Leicester striker Iwan Roberts and former Southampton midfielder Jason Euell as they look ahead to each and every game of the Premier League weekend.The team look at a mouthwatering clash at the Emirates as Arsenal take on Liverpool, whether Spurs can handle their third game in six days as they head to Molinuex in the 7:45pm kick-off on Saturday evening, and, as the teams at the bottom start to grow further adrift, we wonder who might be the first manager to go.last_img

Three Bulldogs Earn All-MVC Honors

first_imgThe Bulldogs face off against Missouri State on Friday in the MVC Tournament semifinals. Kickoff in Chicago is scheduled for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version Hailing from Marion, Iowa, Enzugusi leads Drake and is tied for fourth in the conference with eight goals this season. He was also named to the All-MVC First Team last season after posting eight goals. Enzugusi ripped the back of the net with a game-winner in Drake’s 2-1, double-overtime victory over Valparaiso in the first round of the conference tournament. Enzugusi collected first-team All-MVC honors, Poppen claimed All-MVC honorable mention accolades, and Stotler earned a spot on the conference’s all-freshman team. Stotler, a freshman from Farmington, Mo., made meaningful contributions during his first season in the blue and white. He notched the first assist of his career against UNLV to help the Bulldogs defeat the Rebels, 4-3, in Drake’s highest-scoring game of the year.center_img Poppen, a native of Ankeny, Iowa, earned a spot on the All-MVC Honorable Mention list for the second-straight season. He has paced Drake in assists in each of the last two campaigns despite missing five games due to injury this year. Poppen led the Valley with eight assists last season and ranks near the top of the conference with three assists this year. CHICAGO, Ill. – Three Drake men’s soccer players – Leroy Enzugusi, Cole Poppen, and Tristan Stotler – have earned All-Missouri Valley Conference recognition, the league announced at a banquet Thursday.last_img read more

Clarifying working capital and cash burn rate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Working capital is a financial indicator that is meant to measure an operation’s annual assets and liabilities. While the long-term liability for any debt should not be counted against working capital, the current portion of term debt – or what’s due in the current year – should be calculated and included as a line item.“Some farmers may see working capital as money that’s simply sitting on the balance sheet and not being put to use, however, having a strong working capital position allows you to do what’s needed on your operation,” said Evan Hahn, Vice President Credit, Farm Credit Mid-America. “Working capital is there as a cushion for hard times and as a reservoir, allowing you to take advantage of in-the-moment opportunities you may have had to pass on otherwise.”Going through the exercise of calculating working capital on an annual basis is key, but certain times of the year are more beneficial than others.“A common mistake some farmers make is calculating working capital based on their projections for going to market after harvest and depending on what actually happens at market, this can overstate the operation’s assets,” Hahn said. “A better time to calculate your working capital position is at the beginning of the year.”Cash burn rate is calculated after the working capital position has been determined. Take the dollar amount of the working capital your operation has on hand and divide it by projected loss for the year.“Cash burn rate is a key financial measure because it indicates whether your operation is in a position of strength or a position of challenge and during a struggling ag economy, knowing your cash burn rate aids in making key financial decisions, including whether or not to refinance loans or if any fixed costs need to be better controlled,” Hahn said. “Ideally, your operation should have enough capital on hand to withstand multiple years of losses. At a bare minimum, your operation should have enough working capital to cover one year of loss.”Listen in to the latest “Financially Speaking with Farm Credit Mid-America”Farm Credit Mid America Full Interview Evan Hahn 7.25.16last_img read more

Future of Music Coalition’s Brian Zisk: The Do’s of Streaming Music

first_imgIn 2008 the idea of another subscription-only music service was enough to get your knickers in a torrent. Sure Rhapsody was doing well, but they’d been around for forever and in 2008, freemium was the music model du jour. With a year to reflect, co-founder of the Future of Music Coalition and longtime San Fran Music Tech Summit organizer Brian Zisk tells us what it takes to survive in today’s music environment. In August 2008 ReadWriteWeb asked What Would the Perfect Streaming Music Service Look Like? While Pandora, Imeem and Muxtape were mentioned, services like MOG’s All Access, Spotify and Rdio hadn’t even been hatched. Given what appears to be a major shift in the industry, we asked Zisk to weigh in on some of these upcoming features: RWW: A number of companies are offering cheap all-you-can-eat music services where users pay a set price for unlimited playback and streams. How important is price in this instance?While price and large catalogues are important, having full songs goes without saying as the most important feature. People will pay for convenience and I personally am not interested in a service that only lets me play the entirety of a few songs and then forces me to listen to 30 second clips.RWW:The killer mobile music application appears to offer offline caching of streams. Is this a make or break feature for streaming music services?It’s important to have a killer mobile app or device integration, but as connectivity improves, I’m not sure just how important offline caching will be.RWW: While some services offer a community curation feature, it’s a select few (Hype Machine being one of them) that manage to maintain a sense of cool. How important is curated discovery?I don’t think this will be the most important feature of a service, but I could be wrong. I mean, how many folks would listen to the Village Voice Annual Picks or the Amoeba Records picks even if they were available online? RWW: If not through editors, then how do you like to discover new music?One of the features that I love is the ability to drill down into the music any way you want. For example, with Spotify you can search on a band and find their albums, and then start listening to their body of work chronologically. From there, you can choose whatever song you like, listen to it again and again, and then pivot on that song to hear versions from the other folks who have played that same song. RWW:And what about social features?Zisk:Lala’s feature where you see what your friends are listening to is cool, but I think the social aspect or the curated aspect is more important to others than it is to me. While I think it matters on a favorites level as in “You have to hear this band”, I don’t know how deep it actually reaches. I wonder if folks don’t already feel like they hear what they want from a radio station or recommendation-based radio like Pandora. Zisk is hosting a SF Music Tech mixer tonight as a precursor to his Dec 7 San Fran Music Tech Summit. To register for the event visit sfmtsmixer.eventbrite.com.Photo Credit: Rossina Bossio Bossa Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hill shrine to be made polythene-free

first_imgThe Tara Tarini hill shrine would be made completely polythene-free during the annual Chaitra festival celebrated on Tuesdays of the Hindu month of Chaitra.This year the festival would be celebrated at the famous hill shrine on five Tuesdays that fall on March 14, 21, 28 as well as April 4 and 11.Thousands of devotees are expected to throng the hill shrine on these days. Cleaning up of the hill shrine ahead of the Chaitra festival was formally started on Wednesday.Cleaning up startedSenior officials of administration, including the district collector and authorities of the Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB), took part in the cleaning process.Cleaning of the hill shrine was started from the foothill and in the coming days the whole hill is expected to be cleaned up.TTDB secretary Pramod Panda said it has been decided to make the hill shrine completely polythene-free during the festival.All shops at the foothill and the hilltop have been informed about the perils of polythene use. All visitors to the hill shrine would also be requested to refrain from throwing polythene bags and other non-biodegradable materials in the hill shrine region. The local tehsildar has been tasked to ensure minimal use of polythene at the hill shrine.To avoid traffic jamDuring Tuesdays of the Chaitra festival, ten buses would be provided by TTDB for transportation of devotees to the hilltop through the ghat road. Ticket for the to-and-fro journey would be ₹ 50 per passenger. Except for these buses and a few vehicles used for official purposes, no other vehicle would be allowed to travel to the hilltop.This is being done to avoid traffic congestion on the ghat road during the festival days. A ropeway and traditional steps also lead to the top of the hill shrine.It has also been decided that the irrigation department would release some water from the barrages in the Surada area so that the Rushikulya river at the foothill contains adequate water for the bathing of the devotees on Tuesdays of the Chaitra festival.On these days, three temporary medical centres would be opened at Tara Tarini.last_img read more

Higgs boson looks even Higgs-ier

first_imgNew data suggest that the particle discovered 2 years ago with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland is indeed the Higgs boson—the key to physicists’ explanation of how all fundamental particles get their mass. Such particles come in two classes: bosons, which convey forces, and fermions, which make up matter. Previous measurements had shown that the new particle interacts with bosons: Physicists discovered it by spotting it decaying into two photons, the bosons that convey the electromagnetic force, or into two Z bosons, the massive particles that convey the weak nuclear force. Now, researchers working with the mammoth CMS particle detector at the LHC have seen the Higgs decaying into fermions—either two tau leptons (above), heavier cousins of the electron, or two bottom quarks, beefy cousins of the up quarks and down quarks that make up protons and neutrons. Reported online yesterday in Nature Physics, the result strongly suggests that, as it lurks “virtually” in the vacuum, the new particle is the universal mass giver that the Higgs is supposed to be.last_img read more