That assassination plot

first_imgThis month, official and unofficial information surfaced about an alleged plot to have Guyana’s President, David Granger, assassinated whilst he was scheduled to engage the public during several outreaches over the past month.As expected, certain sections of the compliant media were first to inform the public, before officialdom, as they stormed the airways and other forms of the media with half-baked stories and conspiracy theories surrounding the plot. Also, the citizenry was told that high-ranking officials of the Guyana Police Force were involved in the sinister plot to harm the Head of State, and there were attempts within its hierarchy to cover up the plot. Soon after, the players fell into place, as a man appeared on a television newscast to give more credence to the alleged plot, claiming that he was asked to carry out the hit, but later refused.In steps officialdom after the compliant and sensationalist media had done its job and laid the foundation for disquiet, instability and political uneasiness. State Minister Joseph Harmon and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan both confirmed the allegations as they underscored the importance of the security of the President, while assuring the public that a full probe is being done.Guyana’s Top Cop, Seelall Persaud, also made one of his rare public appearances, which ended up being used to defend the integrity and image of the Force and became a call upon the media to act responsibly and professionally in the dispatch of its duties. Threats of prosecution were also made to the media should the sensationalist information about police involvement continue to be reported.The nation now holds its breath as it awaits the outcome of the probe in the midst of more uncertainty. What is certain, however, is the fact that these allegations follow a certain pattern and form. They resemble, in some parts, how the official state public relations machinery usually leaks information to certain sections of the compliant media and press.It first begins with the use of a certain journalist and a certain TV station, to lay the foundations for public disquiet over a sensational development. It then mushrooms into a national controversy, with the Government and security force weighing in; followed by an exclusive interview with the would-be criminal, confessed criminal, or knight in shining armour telling all of the juicy details. Arrests and detentions are made, after which questions are asked. Charges follow.And, somehow, the ultimate catch is to end up implicating the PPP, its membership or its senior leaders. Wait for this development, because this exact pattern was followed in cases similar to this assassination plot. Take, for example, the Crum-Ewing execution, Colwyn Harding saga, Sean Hinds debacle, and the audit probes et al.It must be stressed that this position by no means seeks to undermine or dismiss the fact that this plot, which was recently unearthed, could have been a legitimate one, which posed a threat to national security and President Granger’s person. Any individual who would plan to assassinate a duly elected public official should feel the full extent of the law, after evidence is brought and a trial held.That aside, one cannot help but recognise that this plot emerged in the midst of high levels of disapproval ratings of the current APNU/AFC Government. It came at a time when public confidence in the President himself and his Finance Minister to turn the fortunes of the economy around are at rock bottom. It also comes on the heels of the eminent collapse of the sugar industry as a result of Government’s confusionist policies, which would leave thousands jobless.The plot also emerges at time when the PPP is in full control of the political cards, and is effective in rallying thousands to support its viewer points on a myriad of issues, regardless of the suspicions and reservations of some key political analysts. Also, the PNC and AFC, which are key components of the coalition Government, have been dogged by scandals, infighting and corruption allegations within their camps. It was only recently that a key individual who sealed the Cummingsburg Accord indicated the need for it to be amended and updated.One is forced to ask who would profit from the death of a ‘popular’ Head of State, as his assassination would only send his ratings higher and guarantee his Government’s continued electoral success. Also, if one refused to carry out a plot to shoot the President, what is to be gained from coming forward in the public domain to further implicate one’s self and others in the diabolical plot? And how is it that the chief mouthpiece of the Government and its long time print ally appears to be ducking this story of enormous importance by publishing poorly written pieces which are buried somewhere in Dem Boys Say.I suppose the public will have to await the exceptional outcome of the thorough probes that the GPF is so infamous for. Guyanese must, and will, continue to pray for the safety and happiness of the President and all public officials who severe this glorious land.last_img read more

Clergyman Wants Support for Less Fortunate, Others

first_imgThe founder and senior pastor of the Liberty Christian Outreach has called on Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for consolidated support to less fortunate and street children in the country.According to Apostle Abraham S. Senneh, local and international NGOs need to work with government to help remove children from the streets. If that were not done, their future would remain uncertain, he said.The Liberia Christian Outreach minister made these assertions at the end of a four-day conference of the Liberia Christian Women of Life International (LCWLI), held in partnership with the Franconia Church Celford, USA.The conference was held at the Bethel Sanctuary of Faith Church in Mount Barclay, Montserrado County.Apostle Senneh, who is also the supervisor of the LCWLI, said the children are the future leaders of the country and as such, they should be given all necessary protections and benefits that are due them.He noted that helping the children in this country will be a blessing because they would desist from all forms of negative behavior.“As we all know, the children are in the streets doing all kinds of bad things; so we need an organization that will help government to smoothly do this work,” he averred.The Liberian clergyman said the aim of the conference was to encourage and help less fortunate people, especially children who are orphans due to the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool fans tell Jurgen Klopp to ‘get Sturridge into a soft, padded room. NOW’ after Danny Ings’ season-ending injury

first_img1 Less than 24 hours after Liverpool announced that Joe Gomez would be out for the remainder of the season having suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, it has been confirmed that Danny Ings has joined the 18-year-old in the recovery room.Ings, who made his first senior appearance for England against Lithuania on Monday night, has too ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will spend the next six to eight months on the sidelines.As can be imagined, Liverpool supporters are almost overcome with worry. While the club have been on high following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp, their injury-filled week has left a few anxious with their attacking options. What is particularly worrying Reds fans is the knowledge that Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are now the only strikers available for selection. Such is the extent of their concern that Liverpool have been urged to go to extreme measures to take care of Sturridge. Take a look at the best reactions, on Twitter, below. Daniel Sturridge will have to step up after Danny Ings suffered a serious knee injury in training last_img read more

Santa Clarita calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventNonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY TODAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Registration and first rehearsal for ESCAPE Children’s Theatre’s musical, “Grease,” 6-7:30 p.m. for grades 5-7 and 7:30-9 p.m. for grades 8-12 at Mitchell School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Call Elizabeth burson at (661) 299-5264 or visit Free health lecture will discuss “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m. at Gold Feather Realty, 22621 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Cost: $10. Call (661) 702-6977. Relay For Life team captain meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Adult Health Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Call Laura Scott at (661) 296-0081. Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club will meet, 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Visit Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 .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

Pedro Caixinha sacked as Rangers manager after just seven months in charge

first_img Pedro Caixinha 1 Pedro Caixinha has been sacked as manager of Rangers.An emergency board meeting was held on Thursday in the wake of the club’s disappointing start to the season and the decision was taken to dispense with Caixinha’s services.Rangers were beaten by Motherwell in the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup on Sunday and followed that up with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock on Wednesday night in the Scottish Premiership.Caixinha, who was appointed as Mark Warburton’s successor in March, won just 14 of his 26 games in charge.He leaves with the Gers sitting fourth in the Scottish Premiership, eight points adrift of leaders Celtic, after ten games of the campaign. The draw with Kilmarnock, which Caixinha was forced to watch from the stands after being hit with a suspension, proved to be the final straw for the Rangers board.Rangers had led through Jamie Holt’s 44th-minute opener but blew the chance to take all three points in a dramatic ending at Ibrox.Daniel Candeias saw a poor spot-kick saved by Jamie MacDonald in injury-time and Kilmarnock raced down the other end to snatch an equaliser through Chris Burke.The club released a statement confirming Caixinha’s departure just after 3pm on Thursday.It said: “Rangers Football Club announce today that Pedro Caixinha has left the Club.“The decision to part company with Pedro was taken after careful consideration and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.“Pedro was appointed in March this year but results have been disappointing and not commensurate with the level of investment that was made available.“Graeme Murty, head development squad coach, will take charge of the first-team in the interim, just as he did earlier this year.“The priority is to appoint a new manager as quickly as possible, but the Board will take as much time as is necessary to secure the right person capable of representing Rangers and providing the brand of football supporters rightly expect.“We, the Board, appreciate this is a difficult time for all Rangers supporters and we thank you for your patience and know Graeme and the players will receive your full backing in the days ahead.“We thank Pedro and his backroom staff for their efforts and commitment and wish them well for the future.”last_img read more

Chill: It’s Like Pinterest For Video

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… alicia eler The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Social Web#Video Services#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Pinterest has been blowing up all over the Internet. Pinterest is focused on images, although you can pin videos too. Chill however is a video-only pinboard site, which is its differentiation. Based in Los Angeles, the site launched in its current iteration one month ago. It has received more than 500,000 unique visitors in the first month. Every day, users share 4,000 videos on the site. But should Chill really be called “the Pinterest of video”?“It’s not an unfair comparison given we both utilize the masonry user interface and emphasize the sharing of interesting content,” says Founder Brian Norgard. It’s true: A picture (on Pinterest) may be worth 1,000 words. But in a video, you’ll be able to hear and understand all 1,000 words. “As we see it, video has many tributaries: short form, television, motion pictures, UGC, etc.,” says Norgard. “In order to build world class experiences for customers, video needs a dedicated platform.”Using Chill is quite simple. Login with Facebook, find a video that you enjoy and repost it to your account. Then choose a type of smiley face emoticon that expresses how you feel about the video. You can also leave a comment, and see who else viewed the video. Lastly, share the video out to Facebook or Twitter. Doesn’t video already have a home on the Web? Yes, it does. In fact, it has two: YouTube and Vimeo. Both of those sites are great for hosting videos. But when it comes to fast user-to-user sharing, those are not the places to be. And what about Facebook? As of December 2011, Facebook was one of the top destinations for online video watching after Google Sites, VEVO, Yahoo! Sites and Viacom Digital. This particular report took into account the total unique viewers and number of videos, but it did not look at the number of videos shared. Last week, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie debuted on Facebook a full two weeks before hitting theaters. Fans paid $10 to watch it on the social network, which is cheaper than in some cinemas. All that said, Norgard is not concerned about competing with Facebook. In fact, he sees Chill as complimenting it. After users sign into Chill with Facebook Connect, Chill has access to the open graph, which helps the site deliver relevant videos to the user. “Video needs a dedicated platform,” says Norgard. “From video search to collections, there’s so many aspects of the video experience that Facebook isn’t focusing on today because of its massive scale.” Chill is only one month in, but things are looking good. It has curated a few popular video collections, including The Ultimate Steve Jobs Collection and The Shit People Say Definitive Collection.So sorry, Ryan Gosling: It looks like you’ll have to hang out on Pinterest. Shit X Says to Y meme, we’ll see you on Chill. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

How successful is your Enterprise 2.0 strategy?

first_imgHaving setup the Social Computing platform for the enterprise, how does IT determine the success of the platform? Should IT be satisfied that one more tool-set is available for the employees to engage with? How does IT calculate the return on investment made in enabling social computing within the enterprise? Should IT continue to invest on this platform? What are the indicators that show that the platform is used for the benefits of the company?There are numerous questions that come to our mind when we think of enterprise 2.0 platform. It is a challenge to calculate the productivity gain resulting from the enterprise social computing platform. I don’t think there a direct formula for “Return on Influence”, an indicator which says “A knowing B through the platform” has helped A solve a complex technical challenge” and reduce the cycle time for the issue resolution. However, we do know that the platform acts as an enabler for collaboration and knowledge management. We may not be able to identify the tangible gains, but intangible gain of connected workforce, reuse of information, preventing re-invention of wheels are significant gains from the platform.At Intel, we do have our internal Social Computing platform. Some of the metrics we track are related to adoption – such as active users (creators, synthesizers, consumers) and “unique visitors”. However, these indicators may not accurately represent the success indicators of the platform. Quality of discussions, impact of these discussions on the users, problem resolutions, agility in solving issues, ability to find subject matters experts quickly could be different parameters which can really show how successful the platform is.As we will start looking into social analytics more, I would like to hear from on how you measure your enterprise 2.0 platform. Do you feel employees are more productive and collaborative through the use of the platform? Or is there a cultural barrier in using the platform to its full potential?last_img read more

Sony Sports Weekly Listings | 18th March – 24th March 2019

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Sala plane rescue operation suspended as survival hopes fade

first_imgThe search for ​a plane carrying Cardiff City record signing Emiliano Sala has been suspended until Wednesday morning, local police have confirmed, with chances for survival “slim” for the Argentine.Sala and a pilot were on a small aircraft flying from Nantes to Wales on Monday evening when it disappeared off radar off the coast of Guernsey, in the English Channel between the UK and FranceA search was carried out on Tuesday but, at 5pm local time, the search and rescue team confirmed that no trace of either person aboard the plane had been found. With daylight fading, police suspended the search for Tuesday. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “During the course of the 15-hour search, which used multiple air and sea assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, a number of floating objects have been seen in the water,” Guernsey Police said on Twitter.”We have been unable to confirm whether any of these are from the missing aircraft.”In a further update, the police sounded a pessimistic note on Sala and the pilot’s chances of survival due to the cold temperature and weather conditions.”We have found no signs of those on board. If they did land on the water, the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim.”Cardiff released a statement earlier on Tuesday from club CEO Ken Choo, who said the club were “praying for positive news”.”We were very shocked upon hearing the news that the plane had gone missing. We expected Emiliano to arrive last night into Cardiff and today was due to be his first day with the team,” the statement read.Emiliano Sala flowers Cardiff City“Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and chairman, Mehmet Dalman, are all very distressed about the situation.”We made the decision first thing this morning to call off training with the thoughts of the squad, management staff and the entire club with Emiliano and the pilot.”All of us at Cardiff City FC would like to thank our fans, and the entire footballing family for their support at this difficult time. We continue to pray for positive news.”Sala completed a £15 million ($19m) move to Cardiff from Ligue 1 side Nantes on Saturday, and had travelled back to France to bid farewell to his former team-mates. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

9 reasons to join Hives

first_imgHave you joined Hives yet? It’s our brand new, super exciting social platform just for freelancers.Want to know what you’ll find? Here are 9 reasons why you should join Hives!1. Like working in cafes surrounded by fellow freelancers? Coffee shops close for the night, but Hives is awake whenever you are.2. You can access Hives from anywhere, and immediately get in touch with freelancers nationwide.3. Sometimes you just want to vent, celebrate, or just chat about your day with fellow freelancers who get the struggle. You’ll find plenty of likeminded folks on Hives.4. On Hives, you can find people in your field of expertise.5. You can find folks in a field you’re interested in exploring.6. And you can also find people in your area!7. It’s better than frantically Googling “will I ever get paid??”—just ask for advice from folks who have been there before!8. You can plan events, share your work with people in your industry for feedback or discussion, and swap gigs, all in one place.9. When you grow your Hive, you grow your network. And when you grow your network, you grow your business, too.Hives is a great place for discussion and learning. We hope you’ll join and help build a freelance community online.Join Hives now!last_img read more