New GPF leadership

first_imgPresident David Granger, last week, announced that Leslie James has been confirmed as Guyana’s next Police Commissioner after consultations with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as adumbrated in the Constitution of Guyana.He, like Jagdeo, admonished the new Commissioner to ensure that he does his best to improve the country’s security situation by piloting reforms within the Guyana Police Force (GPF) that would result in positive changes and a paradigm shift in the behavioural pattern of both senior and junior lawmen.The new Commissioner, who replaces Assistant Police Commissioner David Ramnarine – who had been acting in the post following the retirement of Seelall Persaud – has already begun receiving goodwill from several high-ranking civil society organisations and stakeholders as he undertakes his new role.And as expected, James has wasted no time in meeting with those security officials responsible for manning the hierarchy of the Force in order to share his vision and philosophy of how the law enforcement agency will function under his stewardship.Efforts have already been taken to restructure and reorganise the manner in which the Force provides policing services to the public and its overall organisational structure, following the appointment too of four substantive Deputy Police commissioners.While James has no doubt started his tenure on the right, he must remember that his appointment came at a critical point in Guyana’s history and there is a lot of work ahead of him as far as transforming the image and functionality of the Force. He must also never forget that the President chose him because in Granger’s words – he was unbribable.More importantly, the new Commissioner must work hard to reverse the fast rate at which public confidence in the Force is still deteriorating. After all, it was the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) Survey which revealed that the GPF is the least trusted law enforcement body in this country.That survey also indicated that Guyanese also lack confidence in the Police and its ability to fight crime.But what was then and is still now even more disturbing is the fact that the US Embassy-initiated survey also indicated that citizens do not believe that the Police Force here conducts itself professionally or appropriately. The truth is, the findings of the survey are not remarkable or surprising in any way, as it is a known fact that the level of confidence reposed by citizens in the law enforcement entities here is relatively low if not non-existent.This is particularly true when one considers the level of crime and criminality prevailing in our society as each day citizens are murdered, victims of other heinous crimes, burglaries, rapes and domestic violence. The Police’s response is most times slothful, uncaring, unprofessional and unhelpful. Recently, patrons at an East Coast hangout spot witnessed ranks operating in an unprofessional manner when they swooped down on the location.When they left, emotions ran high as patrons voiced their concerns over the manner in which the Police executed their ‘duties’.It is simple incidents like these that impact public opinion and perception of the entire Police Force as they are not isolated or specific to one policing division. It is therefore laudable that Government, through the Public Security Ministry, has exhibited no tolerance for ranks who are engaged in unprofessional conduct in any area of their work as they are responsible for the ‘bad name’ the other ranks receive because of their deeds.But the Government has to do much more to create a paradigm shift and culture transformation within the Force. The new Police Commissioner must ensure that his commanders read the riot act and understand fully that it is their responsibility to ensure that these ranks are disciplined whenever there are reports of such unprofessionalism and thuggery.Surely, the ranks must understand too that they are not a law unto themselves and therefore whenever there are breaches of the law on their part that they will be offered no protection – not from their colleagues nor superiors. While it can be argued that the ranks are within their right to enforce the curfew laws, it can also be argued that they could spend their time patrolling the streets in pursuit of criminal elements who are usually wreaking havoc on innocent citizens.They could spend their time solving the many unsolved murders that are staining the pages of the press while at the same time working very hard to rebuild public trust and confidence. It is necessary for the Force’s administration to conduct periodic sessions with junior and middle management ranks on professionalism, ethics, effective communication and integrity. This will go a far way in addressing the basic shortcomings that result in the Force suffering immensely whenever an evaluation is done of its performance and the level of public trust. In addition, urgent efforts at reforming the Force must be undertaken.The new Commissioner faces an uphill task and the public wishes him well. He will be the sole decider of the legacy left behind when he retires.last_img read more

Indian Dhamra port project wants to see LNG supplied from Canada

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – According to an article in the Calgary Herald, an Indian port project would like to see LNG supplied from the Canadian market.The article states that at a recent groundbreaking project, a minister from India said that Canada would be one of the sources of LNG for the facility.Indian Oil Corp., along with two partners, are planning on building the facility at India’s Dhamra port. From there, they plan on bringing in LNG from oversees to meet the local demand.- Advertisement -Dharmendra Pradhan who is India’s minister of state for petroleum and natural gas says they would import LNG from Canada, Qatar, United Staes and Iran.According to the article, Indian Oil also owns a 10% stake in Pacific NorthWest LNG. The article also stated that Pacific NorthWest LNG could not be reached for comment on whether they would provide LNG to India.Original story by the Calgary Herald: read more

Two key Senate Democrats back Mukasey

first_imgWASHINGTON – Michael Mukasey drew closer to becoming attorney general Friday after two key Senate Democrats said they would vote for him despite his refusal to say whether waterboarding is torture. The decision by Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein to back President Bush’s nominee came shortly after the chairman of the committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced that he would vote against Mukasey, a former federal judge. “This is an extremely difficult decision,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement, adding that Mukasey “is not my ideal choice.” In announcing her support for Mukasey, Feinstein, D-Calif., said “first and foremost, Michael Mukasey is not Alberto Gonzales,” referring to the former attorney general who resigned in September after months of questions about his honesty. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Including Leahy, five of the Judiciary Committee’s 10 Democrats had said they would vote against Mukasey’s confirmation after the nominee earlier this week refused to say that waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning, is torture and therefore illegal. But with nine Republicans on the panel, Schumer and Feinstein’s support for Mukasey virtually guarantees that a majority of the committee will recommend his confirmation when it votes on it Tuesday. Leaders in both parties have said they expect Mukasey to get at least 70 votes when the full 100-member Senate votes on his confirmation. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had said he would not bring it up for a vote without Judiciary Committee action first. Schumer’s announcement followed a private meeting Friday with Mukasey to discuss waterboarding. “I deeply oppose it,” Schumer said of waterboarding. “Unfortunately, this nominee, indeed any proposed by President Bush, will not agree with this. I am, however, confident that this nominee would enforce a law that bans waterboarding.” Schumer, who was Mukasey’s chief Democratic sponsor, said the retired judge told him that if Congress passes a law banning waterboarding “the president would have absolutely no legal authority to ignore such a law.” Schumer said Mukasey said he would enforce any congressional ban on the controversial interrogation method. Human Rights Watch called Schumer’s and Feinstein’s support for Mukasey “extremely disappointing.” Jennifer Daskal, the group’s senior counterterrorism counsel, criticized the two senators for “supporting a nominee for the position of America’s chief law enforcement officer who refuses to call waterboarding, which has been prosecuted as torture for over a hundred years, illegal.” “Mukasey appears more interested in protecting administration officials from possible prosecution than in providing a straight answer on the law – hardly the kind of independent legal adviser that America needs,” Daskal said. Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union urged its supporters to call their senators and demand a vote against Mukasey. Torture is considered a war crime by the international community and waterboarding has been banned by the U.S. military, but CIA interrogators are believed to have used the technique on terror detainees as recently as a few years ago. Mukasey has called waterboarding personally “repugnant,” and in a letter to senators this week said he did not know enough about how it has been used to define it as torture. He also said he thought it would be irresponsible to discuss it since doing so could make interrogators and other government officials vulnerable to lawsuits.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

Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “The World of Beauty and the Beast” will be presented, 1 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Advanced screening of “Superman Returns,” 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Edwards Valencia 12, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$35. Call Brave New World Comics at (661) 259-4745. Jim Gibson will perform as part of the Jazz & Blues Concert Series, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday outside the Hyatt Valencia on the corner of Town Center Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 290-2911. “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 288-0000 for tickets. Live Bird of Prey presentation, 11 a.m. Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want 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

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino apologises for recent comments

first_img1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Rochdale after he claimed their pitch was “not in a condition to play football” and posed a “massive risk” to his players.Spurs, who turned in a tremendous fightback to draw 2-2 with Italian champions Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash earlier this week, will head to the more humble surroundings of Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.Pochettino had expressed his concerns over the turf at the League One club but they have since spent £500,000 re-laying their pitch to ensure the surface is ready for the visit of his high-flying Premier League side.“I want to apologise to the people in Rochdale, the chairman, and the people who took my comment the wrong way,” Pochettino said.“My comment was about the care, first of all for the Rochdale players, our players, and the competition that all of England watches on TV.“After the replay against Newport, I was with my coaching staff and they showed me a picture from Rochdale’s pitch after their tie against Millwall and it was not in a great condition.“I was conscious about the FA Cup, the football, and the image that we are going to sell, but the care for the players, too.“Now, when I see the pictures and videos of the pitch on the Rochdale website, I need to congratulate them because the effort was massive to get it in the best condition to play without risk.“The conditions are fantastic so I congratulate them. The effort has been massive, and again, I apologise if someone took my words in the wrong way.”Pochettino is set to ring the changes for the trip to Spotland, with Harry Kane, who has scored an incredible 33 goals this season, an injury doubt.Following victories against Manchester United and Arsenal, and their Champions League draw in Turin, Spurs will be expected to comfortably seal their progression through to the quarter-finals.But Pochettino is expecting Rochdale to provide a sterner test of his in-form side’s credentials than their north London rivals or indeed Juventus.“What is important is to forget what happened in Turin or against Arsenal,” Pochettino added. “We don’t have time to enjoy that we won the derby, or our draw in Turin and how we played in the Champions League on Tuesday night.“This is a different game, a different competition and it will be tough.“For me it will be a tougher game than Juventus or Arsenal because it is a challenge to be motivated in a competition that we want to go far in, but you have to perform at your best if you want to win.” Pochettino insists his initially critical comments came from a good place last_img read more

Players with the highest combined transfer fees in football history

first_img2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) Romelu Lukaku is reportedly close to securing another lucrative move away 27 Total accumulated fee – £95.85m 17. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) Total accumulated fee – £104.13m Total accumulated fee – £145.62 Getty LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Getty getty Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United career has never really got going.The striker has struggled to hit the heights of his stupendous form at Everton which earned him a big money to Old Trafford.His goal-scoring form has not been terrible (28 league goals in 66 appearances) but the Belgium striker is not the prolific marksman he once was. 21. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) Total accumulated fee – £95.81m 3. Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain) Getty Getty JIBE Total accumulated fee – £95.99m 27 Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder 5. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) Total accumulated fee – £121.5m TROPHY Total accumulated fee – £143.1m Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January New job Getty A move away from Old Trafford would mark a fifth transfer for the Belgian and would add to a number of lucrative deals which has seen him accumulate a total of £124.7million in transfer fees.The move hangs in the balance at the moment and the Red Devils are seemingly in control of the negotiations – but should Lukaku make the move this summer, he would become the fourth highest player in terms of accumulated transfer fees in world football history.Below you will find a list of the top 25 footballers, ranked in terms of the accumulated transfer fees of all their career transfers.*All figures from Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 9.01%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Paul Pogba (Manchester United) Getty Total accumulated fee – £96.30m Total accumulated fee – £279.18m 13. Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande) 27 27 Total accumulated fee – £104.87m Getty 22. Alexis Sánchez (Manchester United) 19. David Luiz (Chelsea) 10. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) 18. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 27 27 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST 27 27 27 Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Getty Total accumulated fee – £98.73m Getty Getty 27 Getty Total accumulated fee – £114.62m Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Getty targets Getty 9. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) 8. Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) 27center_img 6. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) 27 27 27 15. Hernán Crespo (retired) Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Total accumulated fee – £152.19m 27 16. Juan Sebastián Verón (retired) New Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is a big fan of Lukaku 27 27 getty 27 Total accumulated fee – £121.5m Getty 27 20. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) punished Total accumulated fee – £110.65m Total accumulated fee – £94.5m getty latest 1. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) 27 boost 27 27 7. James Rodríguez (Bayern Munich) Getty Total accumulated fee – £110.7m The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Total accumulated fee – £152.19m Getty Total accumulated fee – £114.17m Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Total accumulated fee – £107.64m Getty Total accumulated fee – £126.57 Total accumulated fee – £99m REVEALED 27 24. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) Getty 27 Getty 27 4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy) deals His questionable performances have led him to be linked elsewhere, with Inter Milan seemingly the most likely destination.Reports from Italy suggest Lukaku is keen on a move and Manchester United are willing to offload the striker for the right price.The Telegraph claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is demanding £75million for the former Chelsea and Everton hitman, and is not satisfied with Inter’s first offer. Antonio Conte reportedly wanted to take Lukaku on a two-year loan deal for a fee of £9million, with an obligation to buy him for £53.7million in 2021.Despite this initial bid being rejected, the Italian giants are desperate to secure the services of the 26-year-old. They see him as a replacement for Mauro Icardi and are determined to land Lukaku this summer. Conte feels that he can get the best out of the striker who has not been fulfilling his potential of late. 14. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) 12. Nicolas Anelka (retired) Total accumulated fee – £126m Getty Total accumulated fee – £124.7 23. Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) 27 27 Total accumulated fee – £207m Getty getty 11. Kylian Mbappé  (Paris Saint-Germain) Getty last_img read more

Disney Store Merchandise Report – July 2019

first_imgShare This!Welcome to our monthly feature, the Disney Store merchandise report, where we look at merchandise that’s available in the physical store locations in the United States. There is some overlap on Disney-branded items with what’s offered in the stores in the Disney theme parks and resorts, and there is lots of overlap with what’s offered online at, but not everything that’s online is in the stores, not everything that’s in the stores is online, not everything that’s in the stores is in the parks, and so on.Photos of the in-store merchandise come from my “home” Disney Store location, the flagship store in Times Square, New York City.Good news! They’re running a sale until July 21, earn $25 for every $50 you spend in the store.Toy StoryThe store still has plenty of the Toy Story Merchandise we featured last month. You will still find Forky on mugs, tees, and more. Here are few of the highlights. School Supplies and BackpacksIt that time of year again. Back to school! There are lots of fun school supplies, but I find the backpacks particularly interesting. Many are as cute as the Loungefly fashion backpacks sold in the parks, and these are about half the price. PlushAs always, the wall of plush is brimming. Here too the selection is heavy on the dogs of Disney. Donald DuckThe store had a decent selection of Donald Duck-themed merch, presumably related to his recent 85th birthday. My favorite item is the adorable Donald-head cookie jar. Disney DogsA new display this month features images of dogs in the Disney animated films. Lion KingAs the Toy Story merchandise stock depletes, Lion King merch is taking its place. The new “live action” film opens on July 19. Chic PrincessesThe store has a large supply of standard Disney princess dresses, but they’re also starting to carry a line of chic Disney-bounding princess-inspired clothing for kids. DescendantsThe third installments of the Disney Channel original movie series is due out on August 2, but if you have a young daughter you already know that. Are any of these items on your must-buy list? Let us know in the comments. SalesSome sections of merchandise are on sale. July 4th merch and other summer items are understandably marked down, as is the remainder of the Mickey True Original line that debuted several months ago. Kids’ PajamasI don’t often wish my kids were preschoolers again, but when I do, it’s almost always when I see adorable tiny clothing. I mean, how awesome are these Captain Marvel PJs? Pro tip: this sleepwear could absolutely double as a Halloween costume – more comfortable and actually useful.last_img read more

What HR Can Learn from Bill Gates

first_imgSHRM CEO, Hank JacksonBill Gates once said, “Microsoft is always two years away from failure.” This statement is a reminder of the competitive reality that businesses face and a powerful motivator to innovate. Judging from the company’s perch at the top of industry lists—second most valuable brand in the world, according to Forbes, and No. 34 on the Fortune 500—it’s safe to say the tech company has done its share of innovating since it was founded 40 years ago.Today, as HR professionals, we are called on to create and embrace this culture of imagination, while fostering smart risk-taking and developing a staff that stays one step ahead of the next disruption. To do this, we must continually re-examine some of the old ways of doing business. We must improve what is working and take a critical look at what is not. In an environment where we must innovate or fail, adapt or die, we must rethink even some of the most basic people management practices.This month, you will see this theme of looking at old things in new ways throughout HR Magazine. Click here to read more.last_img read more

MoveSmart: Mashups for Housing Integration

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Chicago based is a project aiming to make housing integration a reality, years after legal changes have left de facto segregation intact, by using mashups. The project will combine collections of data concerning public amenities and services, demographic data and economic numbers together with housing search. Think of it as Trulia plus, with a social justice angle, or Zillow for people interested in more than just the price of a house.The idea is that people without a whole lot of money have less access today to in-depth research about the areas in a city they might want to move to. By giving anyone the ability to research the public services, cultural opportunities and racial diversity of a neighborhood, traditionally less empowered people can make more informed decisions about moving.I think this is a great idea and hope the project will succeed. Launching first in Chicago in Q3 of this year, it would be great to see MoveSmart go nation wide. MoveSmart is one of the first entrants in the NetSquared Mashup Challenge, an event that will bring nonprofit mashups together with developers, feedback and funding. $100,000 will be distributed by NetSquared to selected finalists at the event in May. Check out the work over there and consider lending a hand.center_img Tags:#Non-Profits#Product Reviews#web marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

MySpace Relaunch Will Put its Focus Back on Music

first_imgTags:#MySpace#news#NYT#web Related Posts john paul titlow When the site relaunches later this year, former social networking heavyweight MySpace will aim to reclaim the position it once held as a preeminent hub for music. MySpace went through several attempts to reinvent itself before being sold by News Corp in June. Its new marketing head Al Dejewski told Ad Age the company will shift its focus more intently on music and try to compete against the likes of Spotify and iTunes, .Even as the site has shed users, revenue and credibility in the social networking space over the last few years, MySpace never really stopped being a legitimate place for musicians to share their music and for fans to hear it, even in the face of upstarts like BandCamp and SoundCloud. Indeed, sharing music was a central factor in the site’s early growth before it was first eclipsed by Facebook in 2008. Its new owners want to capitalize on the fact that even as regular users flee, bands and music fans still turn to MySpace. A launch campaign planned for later this year will feature an array of celebrities and major brands acting as promotional partners. Pop star and actor Justin Timberlake, who now owns a stake in the company, is acting as the site’s creative director. Can this next rebranding campaign save the fallen social giant? Having lost the consumer social networking game to Facebook, its renewed focus on music will put it up against a growing array of hot new players, from on-demand music services like Spotify and Rdio to group listening apps like MySpace was sold to Specific Media in June for $35 million, six years after News Corp bought it for $580 million. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more