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“We welcome everyone. Who you voted for in the past does not matter” –…

first_imgLeader of the Opposition and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday evening shared his enthusiasm of the Party securing victory at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12 and General Elections in 2020, reiterating to Lindeners that theOpposition Leaderand General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat JagdeoParty will “sweep the polls.”Speaking at Mackenzie, Linden where hundreds turned for the LGE meeting, Jagdeo reiterated the PPP’s goals, stating that the Party has regained supporters, who had previously been sidetracked. He said those persons have realised Government’s failed campaign promises and are now back in full support of the PPP.“Every single promise that they made to our people, they broke…now, people’seyes are opened. They’re back with us and many who supported them are with us too. And that is why in 2020, we’re going to sweep the polls. You’re about a year and a half away from deliverance in this country, because we’ve worked together right across Guyana to take back this county…”, he told the large crowd, who gathered inside the compound of the Party’s Linden office.Jagdeo added that the only way the election victory can be achieved is throughLindeners turned out in large numbers for the PPP meetingsupport, as he also urged full support for candidates contesting in the upcoming LGE.“The only way that we can achieve this is by all of you playing a role,” Jagdeo stressed. He noted that while no candidate is perfect, all of the Party’s candidates stand for a cause. The Party’s General Secretary extended an open invitation, noting that all are welcomed to the Party, as he reiterated the basis of its establishment by founder-Leader Dr Cheddi Jagan. “We welcome everyone… Who you voted for in the past doesn’t matter. We work for Guyana, we work for all of our people…Every single person, regardless of your race, your religion, your gender, your class, you’re welcomed to the People’s Progressive Party, now as it was then. Because we were established for a cause. And theA section of the large gathering at Mackenzie, Linden on Tuesday evening during the PPP’s LGE meetingcause was one of justice and dignity for all of our people,” he said.Jagdeo restated that voting at the LGE will be the first vote towards the Party taking back Guyana in 2020, as he shared his vision for progress. He told supporters that under the current Government there has not been a single major investment, noting that every sector is currently on a decline. Also addressing the gathering was Party member and Opposition Member of Parliament, Juan Edghill who stressed that the upcoming LGE should not be taken lightly. Once elected, he said constituency representatives will not be allowed to “do their own thing”. “We are on a march for victory come November 12”, Edghill reiterated.last_img read more

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Bets off on track, tires in Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Jeff Burton nudged a spinning Kyle Busch across the finish line Saturday to win a chaotic, caution-marred NASCAR Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Complaints about the reconfigured track and the hard tires Goodyear has provided then dominated the postrace conversation, as drivers warned that today’s Nextel Cup race could be a disaster. Greg Biffle said it felt like he was driving on black ice, and Kasey Kahne said every lap is a fight to keep the car from wrecking. The race winner said the drivers were correct, but also defended Goodyear. “They are all right. I am not disagreeing with any of them,” Burton said. “The question is, ‘What would you do different?’ We don’t live in a perfect world. I am not saying the tires are perfect. They are not. It is treacherous. Restarts are a mess. Driving underneath someone is very difficult. “But what are you going to do? Put your head in the sand and pretend there’s not a problem. They had to come here with a tire that could run a whole race without having a problem. You can’t come to a racetrack knowing you are going to have tire problems and not do something about it.” The Busch race was marred by a record 12 cautions for 58 laps, and the postrace debate overshadowed a spectacular finish that denied Busch a victory on his home track. Contact between Burton and Busch as the two cars approached the checkered flag sent Busch into a spin, and he crossed the finish line backward before shooting up the track and into the wall. He still finished second. “Couldn’t hold the bottom. Couldn’t hold the top. Couldn’t hold him off,” a frustrated Busch said as he walked away from his damaged race car. He beat me fair and square. …” Champ CarThree-time and defending Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais set a track record with a time of 1:05.880 in Friday’s final test sessions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Bourdais effort broke the mark set in 2006 by Ricardo Zonta. Staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “The race will suck,” said Kevin Harvick, who finished seventh. “The paving is awful. It’s rough. They had some guys that pave parking lots out there doing it. It’s pretty awful.” Las Vegas officials repaved the track during the offseason and increased the banking from 12 degrees to 20 as track owner Bruton Smith sought to improve the competition. But it made speeds extremely high, forcing Goodyear to bring a hard left tire that Matt Kenseth called “treacherous” to the track. last_img read more

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Griffins get moving, pull away

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But it wasn’t until midway through the second quarter that the Griffin offense began moving the ball. Los Al began its first scoring drive at its own 46 and quickly moved into La Habra territory on two Chris Soto runs. Senior quarterback Ross Hill found Nick Brucculeri for a 13-yard pass and four more Soto runs set up fourth-and-goal at the 2. After a timeout to talk things over, Hill faked a handoff and found Soto open in the right flat for a touchdown with 3:02 left in the half. After the defense stopped La Habra on three plays, the Griffins went 37 yards in just four plays, capped by a 2-yard run by Hill for a 14-0 lead at halftime. “Offensively, we’re still finding ourselves,” Barnes said. “After about a quarter and a half, we got it going a little bit.” The Griffins put the game away in the third, scoring touchdowns on their first two drives. Hill ended an 80-yard, 11-play drive with a 3-yard TD run and found senior Ryan Pettys for a 63-yard scoring pass with 5:42 left in the third. Hill (9-16-1, 151 yards) pump faked to the left on the play, then found Pettys working against single coverage down the right sideline. Pettys, who stands 6-foot-4, made a leaping catch over his defender and cruised into the end zone for the score. “He did an incredible job going up to get that ball,” said Hill. Los Al limited the Highlanders (2-2) to 143 yards of total offense, including just 35 on the ground. Three first-half turnovers by the Griffins (4-0) gave La Habra good field position including once at Los Alamitos’ 26-yard line but the Highlanders were turned away each time. “We played real good defense,” said Los Al coach John Barnes. “We’ve done that every week.” Los Alamitos High’s defense certainly did its job Thursday night. And once the Griffin offense stopped giving the ball away, it too got things rolling in a 28-0 nonleague victory over La Habra at Veterans Stadium. center_img Soto finished with 78 yards on 18 carries and Pettys caught three passes for 91 yards. “Toward the end of the game, play-for-play we were pretty much perfect,” Hill said. The Griffins play their final nonleague game of the season Oct. 7 at Carson. 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

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Sterling may quit Liverpool and return to London – report

first_imgRoman Abramovich is ready to offer Pep Guardiola a four-year deal worth £40m – after tax – to become Chelsea manager, The Sun say.Abramovich is believed to be keen to appoint Guardiola.The Blues owner is reportedly refusing to give up in his quest to lure the Barcelona boss to Stamford Bridge.The Daily Mail report that Barca are preparing to table a £35m bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz.Meanwhile, former QPR starlet Raheem Sterling could quit Liverpool this summer and return to London, according to the Daily Mirror.Sterling, who is rated as one of the country’s best young players, grew up in Harlesden and spent seven years with Rangers before being snapped up by Liverpool in 2010.It is claimed that his mother is concerned about his lack of progress and wants the family to return to the capital.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Reversing?

first_imgThe New York Times and World Net Daily have stories about Earth’s magnetic field.  The strength of the field has declined 10-15% over the past 150 years.  If undergoing a reversal, which some physicists say is overdue, it could have profound effects on migratory animals like birds and turtles, and allow more dangerous radiation to hit the Earth’s surface.  New satellites are trying to get better measurements of the collapse of the field.  During a reversal, the field strength drops to zero, then rebounds in the other direction, such that compass needles would point south. The important thing in these stories is not the long-age claims, which are not subject to calibration without long-age assumptions, but the fact that an objectively measured physical parameter shows a steep and steady decline over 150 years.  This challenges the belief that it has been around for billions of years (see 03/04/2003 headline).     Scientists do not understand how planets generate magnetic fields.  Why is Earth the only rocky planet with a strong field?  Why are those of Uranus and Neptune so erratic?  Saturn explodes the most popular dynamo models by possessing a strong field without an angle between the rotation axis and the magnetic field axis (the divergence is only 0.2%).  The new measurements of Saturn’s magnetosphere by the Cassini spacecraft should prove interesting.     Another important thing to know is that life depends on the protective bubble provided by Earth’s magnetic field (see 05/10/2002 headline).  Better hope the collapse doesn’t occur during your beach vacation.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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National Development Plan: Utopian dream, practical blueprint

first_imgCyril Ramaphosa, a former activist, businessman and now South Africa’s deputy president, has been given “overall oversight of the implementation and enforcement of the NDP across government”. (Image: GCIS) • Simon Barber US country manager Brand South Africa +1 202-276-5084 simon@sgbarber.com • A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development Plan • Infographic: Vision 2030 and the National Development Plan • South Africa in ‘sweet spot’ for growth • The dividend of democracy: 20 years of economic growth • Ramaphosa explains the National Development PlanSimon BarberPresident Jacob Zuma and the governing African National Congress (ANC) have made three things clear. Restored economic growth is their first priority. To achieve it, they have committed to a practical, market-friendly, long-term strategy, the National Development Plan (NDP). The people they deploy to implement the plan must deliver, or else.The NDP, as one of South Africa’s sharpest financial journalists, Stuart Theobald, wrote last year, is “the first major initiative in South African policy making driven by evidence. It was developed through research: a first ‘diagnostic’ stage, identifying what is wrong in South Africa today and why; then a comprehensive plan to fix those things based on our best theories of what will work.”Both the diagnosis and the plan were products of a commission of 26 experts, most from outside the government, named by Zuma near the start of his first term in 2010. The businessman Cyril Ramaphosa co-chaired the body with Trevor Manuel, previously a globally respected finance minister.In a searingly honest piece of national self-appraisal, the commission identified nine “primary challenges”. These were that too few South Africans work, public education is in a shambles, public services were often poor, and infrastructure is inadequate, misplaced and crumbling. Further, the residues of apartheid-era urban planning are an obstacle to employment growth, the economy is too resource intensive, the public health system is dysfunctional, corruption levels are high and South Africa remains a divided society.Having identified what needed fixing, the commissioners set about drafting a wide-ranging set of to-do’s to eliminate poverty, reduce unemployment from today’s 25% to 6% by 2030 and accelerate annual growth to a level – 5.4% on average – calculated to meet their ambitious goals. After broad consultation, the plan and its 119 action items were launched in August 2012 and embraced as a policy blueprint by the ANC.Ramaphosa is now Zuma’s deputy. Zuma and the ANC have now, as party spokesman Zizi Kodwa and the Treasury put it in separate but identically worded statements recently, given Ramaphosa “overall oversight of the implementation and enforcement of the NDP across government”. The statements were in response to the Standard & Poor’s decision to join a competitor, Fitch, in notching down their ratings of South Africa’s still investment-grade sovereign debt.The government’s message to markets was plain: South Africa’s economy is in safe, effective hands, not only at the macroeconomic level, where Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus and Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene can be trusted to keep things on an even monetary and fiscal keel, but, with Ramaphosa at the controls, in the microeconomic engine room as well.A social compactTo work, the NDP still needs broad buy-in from across society. Only in Utopia could a plan of this scope achieve instant, unqualified assent from all quarters. Unsurprisingly, proponents of an alternative, hard-left road map, the so-called national democratic revolution, look upon the NDP with deep suspicion. The plan lists as “critical action” number one not wholesale nationalisation and expropriation but “a social compact to reduce poverty and inequality, and raise employment and investment”. The trick will be to ensure that no one exercises a derailing veto.If anyone in South African politics has the proven chops to pull that off, it is Ramaphosa – forge a compact is what he is being sent to do. Zuma, in his recent state of the nation address, said his deputy would “convene the social partners dialogue within the ambit of Nedlac (National Economic Development and Labour Council)”.Ramaphosa’s arrival is likely to breathe new life into a body whose effectiveness was starting to be questioned. His mandate is to fix what Zuma called “the untenable labour relations environment”, which, the government and ratings agencies agree, has been holding the economy well back from its potential. In parallel, Zuma will take charge of seeing that the October 2012 framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry is implemented.That accord was brokered by Ramaphosa’s predecessor, Kgalema Motlanthe, following the death at police hands of 34 strikers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine two months earlier. It addresses the systemic conditions underlying both the tragedy and the subsequent strikes that have sent South Africa’s economy to the edge of recession.Business likes the NDP and is key to its success. “We are determined to work with the private sector to remove obstacles to investment,” Zuma said in his address. Boosting private investment is another “critical action” called for in the plan, particularly in labour-intensive industries and in sectors vital to South Africa’s competitiveness.Enforcing performanceThe ANC and Treasury responses to Standard & Poor’s had Ramaphosa not simply overseeing the NDP’s implementation but “enforcing” it. This is tough language, reflecting the impatience of the ruling party’s national executive with the status quo. The ratings agencies thought the NDP was wonderful, Ramaphosa told a recent business breakfast, but they questioned whether words would translate into action.So ministers were being required to sign performance agreements with Zuma setting out how they proposed to implement their aspects of the plan. “This time around, the president is deadly serious to see to it that there is clear performance from the men and women he has appointed as his Cabinet. Watch this space.”Also worth watching will be how the government cracks down on fraud, waste, abuse and cronyism at both the national and local levels. In line with the NDP, Zuma said a single Treasury office would now be responsible for signing off on government procurement and public officials would be barred from doing business with the state.Earlier, top ANC officials, including Zuma and Ramaphosa, were reported to have met provincial leaders and told them to clean up their act.The appointment of politically connected but unqualified ANC cadres to important municipal posts has been identified as a source of nondelivery and rising discontent in many communities.Closing a high-level ANC policy conclave after May’s elections, Ramaphosa said: “It was again agreed that appointments to key positions in the municipalities must be based on competence, and the tendency to interfere in the appointment processes by political structures in some areas should be eliminated.” So begins what the ANC is calling the “fifth administration”.It begins with a sense of urgency.Closely examined, the May 7 general election results, as decisive as they look, are telling the party it needs to do better. Likewise, the economy’s anaemic growth, the labour woes contributing to it and the possibility of further debt downgrades.So too the recalibrating of Nigeria’s gross domestic product, a warning that South Africa cannot always count on being the continent’s vanguard economy.These are challenges to which the ANC and South Africa can rise. In the words of the US poet Wendell Berry, the impeded stream is the one that sings.Simon Barber is Brand South Africa’s US country manager in Washington, DC.last_img read more

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Sugar CRM is Now Hype, Technology, Trend and Coolness Compliant

first_imgTags:#cloud#news alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s Sugar CRM’s first ever analyst day and Estaban Kolsky has the best tweet so far for what we are seeing.In his words: “To summarize, SugarCRM v6 is now hype, technology, trend, and coolness compliant – you can do pretty much anything you want w/it.”It seems like a good time for Sugar CRM. Larry Augustin is telling a story any CEO would like to tell: a huge spike in growth, channel partners showing 100 and 200% growth. That’s on top of IBM’s deep presence here with high level executives from the software group, including Sean Poulley, vice president for IBM’s social business cloud efforts.Here is some of the news shared in today’s analyst meeting:Seven quarters of record revenue.9 million software downloads.800,000 users who use the service.Added eight more languages, bringing total to 22 with better tools for administering the service. Three new mobile platforms: Sugar Mobile for Android, Blackberry and iPad along with offline synchronization and HTML 5 charts. All Flash has been removed.A social business focus with product enhancement that include integration with IBM partnerships, customer collaboration with Google Docs, Cisco WebExMeet and other services. Plus the addition of activity streams to replace its feed terminology.The theme here is about the future of business being open. It’s a good message. And one that can’t be told by competitors, most notably Salesforce.com. This is a different event than the Sugarcon I attended last year. In conversations I had with executives at last year’s Sugarcon, it seemed like there was a bit of frustration. When Salesforce Chatter came up in conversation, Sugar CRM executives maintained that they have had feeds for a while. But that pointed to the issue. Feeds were the term being used for activity streams. That was confusing for people. And to be honest, a feed is more associated with RSS readers than the current activity stream technology. This year, the language seems more modern and therefore more effective. The other part of this event is IBM, talking about its social business and the integration with Sugar CRM to the extent that the term “hand and glove,” is being used to describe the relationship. It’s a good time for Sugar CRM. IBM’s deep involvement in this event may be most significant for the business. As Paul Greenberg tweeted: “#IBM needs #SugarCRM for CRM street cred. Sugar needs IBM to get to enterprise credibly. Great combo.”I could not have said it better myself.Sugar CRM is ahead of the curve as an open company. It is hitting the right chords. Interestingly, the company is not focusing at all on social analytics while Salesforce.com just acquired Radian6 to get a foothold in the market.Sugar CRM CTO Clint Oram said customers are not asking about social analytics. “We are not focused right now on social analytics.”That may be the right approach. We’re a bit ahead of the curve in what we write about sometimes about data and analytics. But the demand for social analytics will come. We’ll just see how that demand will emerge and how Sugar CRM will fit into the story.Sugar CRM covered the airfare and hotel for the author to attend the Sugarcon event. last_img read more

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Are Tankless Water Heaters a Waste of Money?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Although tankless water heaters are, on average, more efficient than traditional tank-style water heaters, they’re also more expensive — so expensive, in fact, that many potential customers wonder whether their high cost can ever be justified by likely energy savings.Before you can decide whether to buy a tankless water heater, you’ll need to know how much energy you’ll save. Can you trust the information provided by tankless water heater manufacturers — for example, the estimate from Rinnai’s online calculator that you’ll save $178 per year?Before I get around to answering that question in detail, suffice it to say: probably not.To figure out the payback period for the incremental cost of a tankless water heater, it would be useful to know:To find the answers to all of these questions, a group of researchers in Minnesota undertook a monitoring study to measure the performance of tank-type and tankless water heaters in actual homes. The researchers concluded that most tankless water heaters will fall apart from old age before they save enough energy to justify their high cost.The researchers — Dave Bohac, Ben Schoenbauer, and Martha Hewett of the Center for Energy and Environment in Minneapolis, along with Tom Butcher of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Mary Sue Lobenstein of Lobenstein Consulting — monitored water heaters in ten homes for over a year. Their data have been published in a report, “Actual Savings and Performance of Natural Gas Tankless Water Heaters”.The ten families enrolled in the study were chosen based on household size. The number of people in these families matched the household size distribution shown in the census data for the Minnesota in 2000: two homes had 1 resident each, three homes had 2 residents, two homes had 3 residents, two homes had 4 residents, and one home had 5 residents.A total… last_img read more

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Indian GP: A date with the speed demons

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Alberto Salazar Used Athletes as ‘Guinea Pigs’: USADA Chief

first_imgBerlin: Top track coach Alberto Salazar, banned for four years following a doping probe, used athletes as “guinea pigs”, the US Anti-Doping Agency’s chief Travis Tygart told German broadcaster ZDF on Wednesday.The World Athletics Championships, currently taking place in Doha, has been rocked by the scandal and Salazar has been stripped of his accreditation for the event. Salazar has denied ever doping his athletes and says he will appeal.Tygart told ZDF that athletes in Salazar’s Nike-backed Oregon Project (NOP) training group were kept in the dark about the substances they were given, including whether they were illegal.Tygart said the methods used by Salazar and doctors working with NOP were “simply unacceptable”.”The athletes really had no idea what they were being given, the dosages, whether the methods were prohibited or not. They were simply sent to a doctor and told, ‘you’ve got to listen to the doctor’.”Tygart said he hoped Nike, which has long sponsored Salazar, would review their cooperation with the coach.”I hope Nike sees this as a wake-up call,” Tygart said,Nike has backed Salazar in his decision to appeal the ban, adding: “Nike does not condone the use of banned substances in any manner.”Two members of the Oregon Project have won gold medals at the world championships in Doha, including American Donavan Brazier, who powered to victory in Tuesday’s 800 metres final in a championship record time.However, none of the athletes taking part at the world championships linked to Salazar’s group have been found guilty of doping offences, and none were implicated in USADA’s 134-page summary of the case.Alongside Salazar, Jeffrey Brown, a Texas endocrinologist who treated athletes at the Oregon training hub in Portland, was also suspended for four years. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Alberto SalazarDopingIAAF World Athletics Championships First Published: October 2, 2019, 11:56 PM ISTlast_img read more

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