The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called out the Alliance For Change (AFC) over what it says are hypocritical and comical, among other things, statements made by executives at a recent press conference.“In a desperate and hasty attempt to appear relevant to the large number of Guyanese in the diaspora, who are in the country for cricket, the Alliance For Change (AFC) held a press conference last Thursday, putting on display several of its leaders. The pronouncements which emanated from this high-level AFC team were, at best, hypocritical and contradictory; and at worst comical,” the Parliamentary Opposition said on Saturday.According to PPP, the AFC, which is the minor party in the Coalition Government, is a spent force with very little relevance in electoral politics, a reality which the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is well aware of.“This is the precise reason why the AFC did not contest the 2016 LGE (Local Government Elections). The Guyanese people have quickly seen through their false promises to the sugar industry and rice farmers; their contradictory position on the parking meter and VAT on private education, both of which they supported at the level of Cabinet but subsequently and hypocritically conveyed the impression that they are pressuring the Government to change its positions on these two issues,” the PPP noted.The party has said that with the AFC having already begun to campaign for the 2019 LGE, Guyanese should take note that the party is only going to its community to campaign for the elections.It was also pointed out that the AFC was spinelessly silent on President Granger’s continuous attempts to railroad the constitutional process of appointing a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).“The public has also seen their duplicitous vacillations on the need for disclosure on important contracts entered into by the Government of Guyana.While in Opposition, they were loudest in the calls for public disclosures of such documents. Now in Government, they are the chief protagonists in defence of keeping such contract away from the population’s scrutiny,” the PPP asserted.On this note, the Parliamentary Opposition referred to a statement made during the media briefing that AFC Executives “are not bribable”. The PPP said the Guyanese population knows a different reality, and about the wanton and widespread corruption that has engulfed the entire Government, including the AFC.The former ruling party pointed to allegations of corruption regarding gun licences; the scandalous Guyana Power and Light (GPL) meter contract; the million-dollar tax write-off for an AFC financier; the secret wind farm project being undertaken by an AFC financier, among other projects.
Campbellville double murderA Kitty, Georgetown businessman, who was arrested on Thursday evening for questioning in relation to the murder of Pandit Deonarine Liliah and his 29-year-old son, Gopaul Liliah was released on Saturday.Dead: Pandit Deonarine Liliah and Gopaul LiliahNevertheless, the man who was arrested at the scene after the gruesome discovery remains in custody after he was identified as the man who had sold the pandit’s mobile phone to another man. The buyer remains in custody as well.A Police source confirmed that although the CCTV footage that was collected was not too clear, the main suspect who investigators believed might have killed the two men is the same person that sold the phone to someone else.Up to late Sunday evening, the Police were still working to get a confession statement. With this new development, the detectives are working on the theory that the men were killed during a robbery.The source told Guyana Times that on the night of the murder, the pandit attended a function on the East Coast of Demerara and would have left after 21:00h and as such, the footsteps that were heard by the tenant could be those of the perpetrator and the younger Liliah.It is presumed that after the pandit arrived home, he saw his son lying on the ground and before he could have raised an alarm, he was attacked and stabbed to death.After committing the acts, the perpetrator collected several valuable items from the house and left the same way he entered. As the Police wrap up their investigation, they are hoping to secure a confession from the man who was arrested at the scene.On the day the discovery was made, the younger Liliah’s body was reportedly found lying face down on the floor in a pool of blood, with a red jersey wrapped around his head. There were three stab wounds to his back, one each to the left and right side of his abdomen, and two to his chest.The elder Liliah was found lying on his back in the living room. He was clad in a pair of white long pants and a multi-coloured top, and his face was covered with a multi-coloured jersey.He had sustained four stab wounds to his abdomen, four to his left side, one to the lower back, and one to the right hip.There were no signs of forced entry into the home. However, CCTV footage collected from nearby buildings revealed that an unidentified man was seen scaling the fence, and he entered the premises through a front door. After some time, he was seen leaving the house with two bulky bags and a bucket. The house had been ransacked.The two men were last seen by the tenant about 06:00h on Saturday last, and it has been confirmed that they and the tenant had a conversation.The tenant who resided on the bottom flat of the house told investigators that she was using her landlord’s Wi-Fi when it suddenly went off, and it was around the same time she had heard footsteps coming from the upper flat of the house.After three days had elapsed and there had been no sign of the men, the woman became suspicious and went to the Kitty Police Station, where she made a report. She was accompanied back to the premises by three Police ranks. It was then that the gruesome discovery was made.
Rene Bourque also scored for Chicago, which won its second consecutive game after a 1-6-2 stretch. Brent Seabrook and Jeff Hamilton each had two assists in the matchup of the Western Conference’s two worst teams. Sean Burke made 18 saves for the Kings, last in the West with 54 points. Bourque had the only goal of the first period, scoring just 22 seconds in on the game’s first shot. Khabibulin made a couple of close-in stops in the first, including a toe save on Ken Cammalleri at 4:37. • Photo Gallery: Kings vs. Blackhawks CHICAGO – Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 26 shots to earn his first shutout with the Blackhawks and Patrick Sharp scored two goals in Chicago’s 3-0 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night. Khabibulin, who signed a four-year, $27 million contract with the Blackhawks in August 2005, had his first regular-season shutout since March 1, 2004, while with Tampa Bay. He played his 99th game with Chicago and had his 36th NHL shutout. In the 2004 playoffs, Khabibulin had five shutouts to help lead the Lightning to the Stanley Cup title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The past week’s hot and dry weather has meant an increase in human-caused wildfires in the Peace Region. The ban covers all parks and B.C. Crown land, but does not apply within municipalities, which have their own forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. The prohibition will tentatively be in place until June 15.Good news for spring campers: the ban does not prohibit campfires smaller than half a metre wide by half a metre high, or cooking stoves that use propane, gas or briquettes. The ban specifically prohibits the burning of any waste or other material, including stubble or grass, and the use of fireworks or any size of burning barrels.- Advertisement -Anyone found in violation of the fire ban can be fined up to $345, or if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and face a year in jail.People operating equipment outdoors and all-terrain vehicle riders are urged to be cautious, as any spark could cause a wildfire.Advertisement
For every LNG facility built in Canada, global emissions are reduced by 100 MtCO2e per year. Five Canadian LNG facilities would meet or exceed our commitment under the Paris Agreement, based on incremental new power generation demand displacing coal. Canadian GHG emissions intensity from LNG facilities is expected to be even lower as a result of strong regulations, and an opportunity to electrify the upstream.Eliminating upstream combustion emissions via electrification is made possible by connecting to a lower-emissions electricity system, which could reduce the upstream carbon intensity by approximately half.In closing, global economies are growing and the world will need more natural gas. Canada is best positioned to ensure this demand is met with responsibly produced Canadian energy, shared CAPP. CALGARY, AB – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has issued a statement in regards to a report by Global Energy Monitor.According to CAPP, on July 1, 2019, Global Energy Monitor published a misleading report titled, The New Gas Boom: Tracking Global LNG Infrastructure.CAPP shares, that the conclusions of the Global Energy Monitor’s report are factually incorrect and another deliberate attempt by a foreign-funded activist organization to discredit the Canadian oil and natural gas industry.- Advertisement -According to the International Energy Agency, natural gas demand is expected to increase by 43 percent and supply 25 percent of the total energy consumed in 2040. It will be the second-most important source of energy, shared CAPP.CAPP continues to say in their statement, Canada has the strongest environmental performance among producing nations and a track record of continuous improvement and technology development. Natural gas from Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) has more than 50 percent lower life-cycle emissions than coal according to Pace Global 2015.Further in the statement shared, using the Pace Global 2015, of life-cycle GHG intensities of both coal and LNG, CAPP estimates that by 2040 about 1,500 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) emissions could be eliminated every year if new power plants in China, India and Southeast Asia are fuelled by natural gas instead of coal.Advertisement
The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is urging people to protect themselves against Lyme disease, an uncommon infection spread by infected biting tick.The warning comes as we enter the summer months with people more likely to engage in outdoor pursuits.Dr. Paul McKeown, HPSC Specialist in Public Health Medicine, issued the warning.He said “Ramblers, campers, mountain bikers, and others who work and walk in forested or grassy areas must be vigilant against tick bites”, says Dr. Paul McKeown, HPSC Specialist in Public Health Medicine. Lyme disease can, in a small number of cases, cause severe debilitating heart and nervous system disease. “Ticks are tiny spider like creatures that feed on the blood of mammals and birds and will also feed on the blood of humans and occasionally dogs. Ticks are more numerous and more active in the summer months and protecting against tick bites protects against Lyme disease.The most effective way to prevent Lyme disease is by preventing tick bites” continued Dr. McKeown.Tick bites can be prevented by:· Wearing long trousers, long sleeved shirt and shoes· Using an insect repellent, such as DEET (but use a low-strength DEET if you are pregnant – your local pharmacist can advise you)· Checking skin, hair and warm skin folds (especially the neck and scalp of children) for ticks, after a day out· Removing any ticks and consulting with a GP if symptoms develop· If you have been walking your dog, check him/her too If you find a tick, remove it – consult your GP if symptoms develop. Information on how to remove ticks is available on the HPSC website. Only a minority of ticks carry infection.Ticks generally have to be attached to a person for a number of hours before passing on the infection, so rapid removal of ticks is important. If a tick is removed within a few hours, the risk of infection is low. The entire tick, including any mouthparts which might break off, should be removed with a tweezers by gripping it close to the skin. The skin where the tick was found should then be washed with soap and water and the area checked over the next few weeks for swelling or redness.When infected many people have no symptoms at all. In Europe, between 5% and 25% of the population (depending on which country you are in) have antibodies in their blood to Lyme disease, meaning they have been bitten by an infected tick at some stage in their lives.When a tick bites a person to have a blood feed, about ¾ of people develop a skin rash, known as erythema migrans. This rash generally develops between 3 days and a month after a tick bite. The rash can be visible for up to a month and may grow to be several inches in diameter. People, who have been infected, can also develop flu-like symptoms such as headache, sore throat, neck stiffness, fever, muscle aches and general fatigue; full recovery is generally the rule.Occasionally however, there may be much more serious complications involving the nervous system, joints, the heart or other organs. Anyone who develops a rash or other symptoms should visit their GP and explain that they have been bitten by a tick. Lyme disease is generally diagnosed by medical history and physical examination. Diagnosis can be difficult if there has been no rash. The infection can be confirmed by special blood tests. “Lyme disease has been notifiable in Ireland since 2012 and since then, there have been between eight and 18 cases notified in Ireland each year. However, as many people will not be aware that they are/have been infected or may not seek medical help when unwell, the true incidence of Lyme disease is not accurately known. It is likely that there are at least 50 -100 cases in Ireland every year,” added Dr. McKeown.Further important information to protect against Lyme disease is available on the HPSC website: http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/LymeDisease/HSE ISSUES LYME DISEASE ALERT TO THOSE OUT AND ABOUT IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 4th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHSEtickWarning
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team opens up the 2016-17 season on Friday evening when it hosts South Dakota at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 8:35 p.m. for the first meeting between the two teams in seven years. The contest will be broadcast via The Valley on ESPN3 and on 1350 ESPN Des Moines.Friday’s game will also be Military Appreciation Night for the Bulldogs with all veterans and members of military eligible to receive up to four free tickets through the Drake Athletic Ticket Office.Both teams are coming off exhibition wins as Drake defeated Concordia-St. Paul, 81-75, while South Dakota prevailed over Loras, 106-76.With the exhibitions in the rearview mirror and a solid week of practice complete, the Bulldogs are looking forward to starting the season in earnest.”It’s about finally playing a real game,” junior guard Graham Woodward said. “South Dakota is a good opponent and we’re looking forward to it.”The Coyotes went 14-18 last season, but feature a roster that includes 10 newcomers including a trio of transfers that sat out last season.The Bulldogs’ roster contains eight players that saw time in the starting lineup including preseason all-MVC selection Reed Timmer. The junior guard is the Valley’s top returning scorer after posting 16.8 points per game a season ago. The Bulldogs have won five of their last season openers and are again aiming to being the season on the right foot.”It’s what we’ve been waiting for since the season ended in March,” said sophomore forward Nick McGlynn. “We’ve practiced for three months and got better every day over the summer. For me personally, I love when the lights are on in the Knapp Center and all that matters are the 15 guys on the bench and on the court.”Following Friday’s opener, the team travels to Kansas City, Mo., to face UMKC on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:35 p.m. Live Stats Live Audio Live Video USD Game Notes Buy Tickets Story Links Drake Game Notes Print Friendly Version
IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… In a move to bulk up its future self-driving car software platform, Apple has set up a Canadian unit to develop an automotive operating system.Bloomberg says Apple has poached dozens of software engineers from QNX, a subsidiary of cell phone maker Blackberry.Apple’s new unit will be based in a suburb of the Canadian capital of Ottawa – and five-minutes distance from the offices of QNX.This remote office is seen as an unusual step for Apple who prefers to keep research and development teams in close proximity to its Cupertino, California, headquarters.This news follows earlier reports that Apple was pivoting from developing hardware to a focus on software and services.According to a former QNX executive, Apple swooped up those particular engineers for their experience in developing operating systems’ fundamental components.The hiring spree over the past year will boost Apple’s efforts towards developing a core car operating system. This software system will be as intrinsic to Apple’s future robotic cars as the IOS which powers iPhone functionality.Another team is reportedly busy developing separate software that will run on the car operating system and help autonomous vehicles navigate independently.Apple also envisages the operating system enabling heads-up display (HUD) systems. These HUD systems will display apps and maps that voice-driven AI Siri could help manage.Apple-poached Blackberry CEOs?Of the two dozen QNX hires, Apple’s most notable pickup was QNX chief executive Dan Dodge.Since Dodge joined Project Titan, the name for Apple’s car project, he has become increasingly responsible for overseeing the automobile operating system.But the pressure is on for Project Titan to deliver workable self-driving technology by autumn 2017. At that point, project czar Bob Mansfield is expected to assess how far along the technology is and decide on the next steps of the initiative.Apple’s poaching of QNX talent will create difficulties for Blackberry, as it frequently cited the subsidiary as a driver of future growth. Ontario-based Blackberry was busy expanding QNX’s operating system to allow it to run autonomous vehicle software.Blackberry has also inked deals with such autonomous vehicle startups as AdasWorks to integrate QNX into their technology. Donal Power Tags:#Apple#BlackBerry#Internet of Things#IoT#QNX#self-driving cars 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
For as long as anyone can remember, salespeople have suggested that the very best way to acquire a new client was through a warm referral from an existing client. The salespeople who would tell you they prefer referrals would also tell you that they would prefer not to make cold calls (a call to someone who is not expecting your call). If you pay attention, you will notice that many of the people who resist making cold calls also don’t ask for referrals either. If you look closely, you might see what cold calls and referrals have in common. But there are other reasons you might not ask that we can easily resolve. Here is how you can ask for and obtain referrals from your existing clients.You Waited too LongOne of the reasons salespeople don’t ask for referrals is because they wait too long. They develop a relationship, win the client’s business, deliver the result they promised, and then they disappear for some time. Because they waited such a long time to call their client to ask for the referral, it feels weird. Asking them to make an introduction feels like an imposition. There are a couple of factors at play here.The request for a referral is no longer connected to the value you created for your existing client because you have allowed too much time to pass. Instead of asking when your client was still experiencing the good feelings from the work you did, the value you created isn’t top of mind. Value degrades over time (What have you done for me lately?)Because you are outside the time frame that asking for a referral would have seemed appropriate, and are claiming new value without creating any for the client. You are also asking them to turn over their friends, family, and peers to a salesperson whose sole intention to sell them something.Your Fear of Hearing the Word NoSome people are afraid of hearing the word no when they make an ask. There is no reason to fear the word no when every client you will ever acquire and take care of is a solid no before they are a solid yes. No means a couple of things. First, it means I didn’t hear enough value in what you offered for me to say yes. Second, it means not now. Over time, you will have a prospect tell you they will never buy from you who will, at some point, become your client.The truth about asking for referrals is that no one is likely to tell you no. Mostly they politely agree to provide you with a referral and then do nothing. You will hear a yes followed by some form of a hedge, like: “Sure. Let me think about who it might make sense to introduce you to, and I’ll get back to you.” The client knows you are more likely to give up and go away than bother them about the very soft commitment they gave you.There is nothing to fear when asking for a meeting, requesting a referral, or asking for your client’s business. If they have concerns that cause them to reject your request, you can ask to resolve their concerns and try again. If the answer is an unqualified no, you move on and try again later (but not too much later).How to Ask for a ReferralIf you want referrals, there is a way to go about getting them that increases your effectiveness. Here is the setup.Start When You Sign a Contract: The best time to set up your future ask for a referral is when you are signing the contract with your new client. You want to ask for an introduction to someone in your client’s world early, contingent on them being happy with the outcomes you deliver.Explain Your Need for Referrals: While you are setting up the ability to ask for referrals in the future, you explain that your business is one that grows by referrals. You also tell them that it would be helpful if they could introduce you to someone who might value the outcomes you are about to create for your new client.Thank you. “Thank you for trusting me with your business. My business depends on my clients introducing me to other people who might value the outcomes I am going to create for you. If everything is perfect and I do good work, may I ask you to make an introduction to someone you believe might need my help in the future?”Here is how you ask:After Execution, Ask: When you are following up after you have generated the promised results, you now need to ask for a referral. If you don’t want the awkward feeling of asking after months (or years) have passed, ask when the value you created is still fresh in your client’s mind. The fact that you are following up will help you in getting the introduction.Forestall Their Concerns: Because someone is making an introduction, you need to assure them that you aren’t going to make them look bad by being a pushy, smarmy, self-oriented salesperson. You need to let them know that you will do nothing to damage their relationship and that it is okay if they don’t buy anything from you now or in the future.How you ask. “I am thrilled that you are pleased with the results. If you are completely satisfied, can I ask you to introduce me to one person who might benefit from these same results? I promise I will not pitch them, and even if they don’t need me now, they may need me later. Could you connect us with an email and ask them to take my call? “If you want to feel better about asking for referrals and increasing the likelihood of having your clients agree to make introductions, you might want to follow this formula or something like it.Earn ItIf you want to make acquiring referrals part of building your pipeline, the best thing you can do is to earn them by executing and producing results and asking early for the right to ask for them when you do. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now