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Govt distances self from pulling of Hinds, Lewis columns from State paper

first_imgIn the face of widespread criticism of the state-owned Guyana National Newspapers Limited’s (GNNL’s) decision to discontinue publication of articles from columnists Dr. David Hinds and Trade Unionist Lincoln Lewis, Government Spokesperson, State Minister Joseph Harmon, on Thursday denied that any directive had been issued from the Executive level of Government to discontinue the columns of the two commentators, who have been outspokenly critical of the Coalition Administration.He has directed questions regarding the source of the decision to the Board of theDr David HindsGuyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL).That board held a meeting on Saturday, and in a statement issued thereafter, said a decision was taken to refer the issue to a fully constituted board, which was scheduled to meet last Tuesday, during which a policy decision on the general direction of the content of the paper would be determined.However, asked whether there was, in regard to these columnists’ writings, any political discomfort on part of Government or sections of the administration, Minister Harmon said, “I won’t be able to say. You know we’ve always encouraged freedom of the press, free expressions and so on. So, certainly, from my part, I‘ve never had a discomfort. In fact, I welcome those types of criticisms, because (they make) you better and stronger; and I’ve, on so many occasions, responded to them.”Further probed as to whether there was any discomfort from his colleagues in theTrade unionist Lincoln LewisExecutive, the State Minister added, “I can’t say about that, because it was never a matter of policy discussed. There may have been some persons who might have been uncomfortable, but I cannot say specifically whether there’re persons who were actually at discomfort about it.”Questioned as to whether the Executive would, without interfering with the autonomy of the newspaper, suggest that the publication of articles from the columnists be restored, the Government’s spokesman outlined that that decision is a matter for the Board and Management of the Chronicle newspapers.The Guyana Press Association (GPA) had, last week, also expressed concerns over the Chronicle’s decision to end its relationship with the two columnists.“The GPA finds it puzzling that after two and a half years of featuring columns and editorials by the two experts in their own right…, the newspaper decided to discontinue publishing their columns,” a statement from the body said.That statement went on to outline that the right to freedom of expression is enshrined in the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Article 146:1, which states: “Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of expression; that is to say, freedom to hold opinions without interference, freedom to receive ideas and information without interference, and freedom from interference with his correspondence.”The GPA has accordingly called on the Chronicle’s Editor-in-Chief, the Board of Directors, and by extension the Government, to revisit the decision with the aim of reinstating the views of these columnists, in keeping with the Guyana Chronicle’s motto – “the Nation’s Newspaper”.last_img read more

GNBS to implement new hollow block standard

first_imgIn its attempt to provide quality products to the consuming public, the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) would be undertaking a countrywide campaign aimed at assisting manufacturers of hollow blocks to provide consumers with products of a standardised high quality.This was revealed by the GNBS on Monday when it announced that it had successfully passed the Concrete Hollow Block Standard. It has been indicated that manufacturers would be responsible for having their hollow blocks tested to ensure they possess the required PSI (pound per square inch) before being placed on the local and international markets. Kenrick Singh, a laboratory technician of the GNBS, related that the GNBS is working towards having standard requirements which all manufacturers can follow.“We’ve had the Hollow Blocks Standards passed, and we’re going to get all the manufacturers to register with us, so that they could manufacture to one specific PSI,” he said.He noted that manufacturers are responsible for having their standards fully compliant with those of the GNBS, lest they be restricted from marketing their blocks to consumers. This will ensure that only superior materials are produced in Guyana.In this case, the new standard that will be used in PSI readings is GYS 215:2002 for load-bearing blocks, and GYS 216:2002 for non-load-bearing blocks.Singh noted that while the hollow block is first and foremost on the GNBS agenda, standards are currently being drafted for PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes produced in Guyana. The standards being tested for will be GYS 99:2010, ASTM D 1785-06, also in PSI readings.“For the PVC pipes, it’s the burst pressure, and this is a newly introduced testing which we’ve introduced for the testing of PVC pipes,” he explained.“We will be testing the pipes and hollow blocks of all the manufacturers in the country, to see if they reach the standards that they say that they are,” Singh disclosed.Consultations conducted in various regions of Guyana last year encouraged manufacturers to participate in discussions in relation to the drafts that would be made, in order to simplify the passing of the Concrete Hollow Block Standard. This decision flowed from the fact that many contractors and homeowners were raising concerns about the poor quality of concrete hollow blocks being sold by manufacturers.In a few days’ time, tests will be conducted to ensure that the blocks are of the PSI touted by the manufacturers, and also to determine whether they surpass the new standards set by the GNBS. This goes with the bureau’s mission to improve the services and goods produced in Guyana through standardisation.last_img read more

Web advertising not so global

first_imgSAN JOSE – More and more Web 2.0 start-ups are running into a surprising problem: too many customers. Make that too many customers in the wrong countries. Although the Internet is a global medium, U.S. firms, which drive the vast majority of online advertising spending, shun users in many foreign countries. “Outside of multinational advertising companies like Coca-Cola and Microsoft that have a worldwide presence, the value of an international audience is significantly less attractive for most U.S. advertisers, whose products and services are targeted to American audiences,” said Jeff Lanctot, vice president of media at digital advertising agency Avenue A. Whatever the reason, most of these companies, particularly those centered around user-generated content, don’t like to talk about the issue. After all, who wants to suggest that some users are less valuable than others – even though it’s true? Google didn’t respond to questions about its social-networking site, Orkut, but it’s conceivable that the site would no longer exist if not for its deep-pocketed parent. Launched in 2004 from Google’s Mountain View, headquarters, Orkut now receives 71 percent of its users from Brazil, according to Alexa, and “there are still no mechanisms for making money (online) in Brazil,” said Rafer. Meanwhile, Fotolog, which operates an online community for downloading and sharing photographs from its home in New York, is in the same bind. It has virtually no U.S. users. Instead, 60 percent of its visitors live in either Chile or Argentina. Fotolog also did not respond to a press request, but one venture capitalist who has met with the company suggests its traffic stopped his firm from helping provide the five-year-old company a sixth round of venture funding. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If you need to make money off your traffic, then some of the overseas stuff can be terrible,” added Scott Rafer, a serial entrepreneur who was chief executive of the blog-tracking start-up MyBlogLog until it was sold to Yahoo in January for $10 million. San Francisco social-networking service Friendster highlights what’s happening. While Friendster’s user numbers are rising – 15 percent alone in the last three months – 22 percent of its users are from the Philippines, another 22 percent live in Malaysia, 20 percent are in Singapore and 12 percent live in Indonesia, according to Alexa, which provides information on Web traffic. Those markets, while growing, remain undeveloped and are less attractive to advertisers, a snag that could cause problems for Friendster, which famously spurned a $30 million acquisition offer from Google in 2003 and has had a succession of CEOs since then. Why the seemingly capricious traffic patterns? Sometimes it’s in response to a specific need, such as people living in conservative cultures who use Web tools from another country to put together dating sites. Rafer also says word of mouth plays a role, crediting MyBlogLog’s one-time popularity in France to a renowned French blogger whom he calls a “friend of a friend.” Mostly, however, there’s a “healthy amount of serendipity” involved, as Oakland, digital media analyst Greg Sterling put it. last_img read more

Press Pass – Sunday, August 10

first_imgPress Pass host Matt Scott is joined in the studio by Patrick Barclay and Michael Calvin to discuss all the latest sporting action.The lads are later joined by Portsmouth manager Andy Awford, who thanks loyal Pompey fans for ‘smashing’ the club’s £250,000 fundraising goal for the club’s new city-based training ground.last_img

Leonardo Jardim signs new three-year deal with Ligue 1 champions Monaco

first_img1 Leonardo Jardim has signed a new contract to continue as Monaco coach after guiding the Principality club to the Ligue 1 title.The Portuguese, who has been in charge since 2014, has signed a new three-year deal to stay with the club until 2020. The announcement comes after a season in which Monaco won the Ligue 1 crown by eight points from Paris St Germain and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.“The confidence the club has shown in me has always been essential to me,” Jardim said on the club’s website. “I feel part of AS Monaco and the Principality. I am therefore very happy to continue my work at AS Monaco.“The last three seasons were exceptional, culminating in becoming champions of France. We will work with ambition to continue this project and continue to grow this club with the same passion that has inspired us from the beginning.”Jardim could have his work cut out, however, with Monaco at risk of losing several players that helped them to the title.Playmaker Bernardo Silva has already departed for Manchester City, who continue to be linked with full-back Benjamin Mendy.Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe is one of the hottest properties in football, with talk of a potential world-record transfer this summer. The club’s top-scorer from last season, Radamel Falcao, is sticking around however, having signed a new contract last week.Jardim will be looking to the club to help plug those gaps in the transfer market this summer, and Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said the two men shared the same desires when it came to shaping Monaco’s future.“The project continues with Leonardo and I am very happy,” he said. “He is one of the best coaches in European football and despite other offers he has chosen to continue the adventure at AS Monaco, which demonstrates our ambition. “The work he has done since his arrival is considerable, and the Ligue 1 title is the perfect illustration. But we had a common desire to continue to develop the club’s project, and it is therefore with great pride that we announce today the extension of his contract.” The Portuguese boss has extended his stay until 2020 last_img read more

GAA NEWS: SEAN MAC CUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES

first_imgSEAN MAC CUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES 06/08/12DONEGAL.Congratulations to Jim and the boys on their brilliant victory over Kerry.Bring on the Rebels!!!!!!!! Anyone wishing to order tickets for the Semi Finals should contact Peter or Eugene ASAP.FIXTURES.Under 21 Football. Away to St Eunans Tue.Senior/Reserve. Away to St Michaels. 1st Round Championship. 6.00/7.30pm.U14 Camogie. League final against Burt in Mac Cumhaill Park. 6.00pm. Please support the girls.U12 Hurlers. Home to CarndonnaghU16 Hurlers. Away to Carndonagh.Please keep an eye on our Facebook page as we will update any information as soon as we receive MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 6,15,20 and 29.There was 1 match 3 winner. Eileen Mc Elhinney receives €150.€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsThe jackpot will be €1500 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams is as follows,Under 10’s Boys.  Wed 6.00pm on Training pitch.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys.Tuesdays 6.00-7.15. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Under 12/14 Girls. Sunday 12.00pm Contact Olivia Finn 0879673264.Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.00.All ages  Fri  6.00-7.00pm.Training for girls football 14-18 is on Thurs 5.45pm and Sundays 11.45am.New players welcome. Contact Michael Gordon 0877941058 FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in The Villa Rose this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member. Advertisement The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at  085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MAC CUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: SEAN MAC CUMHAILLS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Croatia star could miss World Cup final with thigh knock

first_img Perisic celebrates his equalising goal against England 1 Ivan Perisic could miss the World cup final after picking up a thigh injury during Croatia’s semi-final win over England.The Inter Milan winger – who scored the equaliser against the Three Lions – has been one of the standout performers for the Croats in Russia.center_img He was taken to hospital for scans on a thigh knock that could rule him out of Sunday’s showpiece final against France on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 4pm.Perisic has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho – who tried to sign him last summer – was quick to praise him.Mourinho said: “Perisic is the kind of winger that is different to the others.“Normally you look at wingers and they are just fast and creative.“But he is also physical, very physical, fantastic in the air.”last_img read more

Ipswich Town sack manager Paul Hurst

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ipswich are currently bottom of the Championship The 2-0 defeat at Leeds on Wednesday was the final straw, leaving them bottom with nine points.His assistant Chris Doig has also lost his job, with Bryan Klug taking caretaker charge ahead of the weekend trip to Millwall.Chairman Marcus Evans is looking to make a quick appointment and former Norwich boss Paul Lambert has been linked with the role.He told the club’s official website: “I have decided that it is in the best interests of the football club that we appoint a new manager to take us forward. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Bryan Klug will be in charge of the Tractor Boys’ game against Millwall at the weekend “I would like to thank Paul and Chris for their efforts and we wish them well for the future but after 14 matches we find ourselves bottom of the Championship and with only one win this season“Paul’s arrival here in the summer was welcomed by us all and we worked tirelessly to support him fully with his plans for player recruitment, training methodology and backroom staff.“But unfortunately those plans haven’t turned into positive results, which is why I have had to take this decision.“The core of our club remains strong and it is that which has helped us create a highly competitive team in the Championship over the last five or six years.“This group of experienced players along with the additions we made to the squad this summer of younger developing talent, plus the ongoing progression of players from our academy, means the new manager will have a solid group to work with and build for the future. MONEY BEST OF huge blow REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “I am determined that we develop a team to play attractive and exciting football.“I am actively looking to appoint a new manager, as soon as possible, with experience, who will embrace the long-term vision we all have for the club and who can deliver the success that every Ipswich supporter craves.”Hurst took over from Mick McCarthy in early June, just days after his Shrewsbury side lost to Rotherham in the League One play-off final.His directive was to recruit young players from the lower leagues and develop them, but he has paid the price for poor results. 2 no dice RANKED Paul Hurst has been sacked as Ipswich Town manager after the Championship club’s disappointing start to the season.The ex-Grimsby and Shrewsbury boss was only given the Ipswich job in June but could only manage one win in his opening 14 league games in charge. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE last_img read more

Colts duo closes in on record

first_img Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison are poised to make history, and the San Francisco 49ers know there’s not much they can do to protect one of their franchise’s most hallowed records in their own stadium. The 49ers are just hoping Dwight Freeney doesn’t set some sort of sacks record of his own while chasing Alex Smith, San Francisco’s own star quarterback of the future. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With one touchdown pass against the Niners’ patchwork secondary today, Manning and Harrison will become the most prolific passing combination in NFL history. Their 85th touchdown hookup last week tied the league record set by San Francisco’s Steve Young and Jerry Rice from 1987-99. Manning and Harrison already hold the records for most completions (726) and yards (9,677) by a tandem, but the scoring mark is the most prized. Young and Rice led the 49ers to dozens of victories and a Super Bowl title from their home at wind-swept Candlestick Park. “I have an appreciation for what Young and Rice did as a tandem,’ Manning said. “They threw a lot of touchdowns, but those touchdowns were helping the team win football games. That’s what Marvin and I are about. He and I have definitely done some things together, but it’s all come along with helping our team win games.’ In fact, the Colts’ first trip to the Bay Area since Manning’s rookie season seems to be the NFL’s biggest mismatch of the week. Indianapolis (4-0) has looked unbeatable this season, while San Francisco (1-3) has lost three consecutive and fallen into turmoil under rookie coach Mike Nolan, who benched veteran Tim Rattay and promoted Smith on Tuesday, just in time to face one of the NFL’s top defenses. Manning made all the appropriate comments of concern and interest leading up to the game, but the Colts have much bigger games coming up in the next few weeks and months. This contest might only be memorable for a bit of history. “I think it would be fitting,’ Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy said. “If they don’t break it at home, that would be the place to break it. With so many milestones that were set there by the 49ers, it would be a fitting, ironic touch for them to do it there.’ Manning and Harrison have clicked since their first season together in 1998, when Manning started the first of 116 consecutive games. When he lines up today, Manning will break a tie with Ron Jaworski for the second-longest starting streak by a QB in NFL history. And he couldn’t have reached these superlatives without Harrison, whose cool consistency has been built through thousands of practices and constant communication. “Everything is not always 100 percent smooth,’ Manning said. “I guess the best thing about Marvin and I is that it’s nobody else’s business. We’ve had disagreements, but we’ve aired them out. We do it in the huddle amongst ourselves. We don’t call a press conference and tell the rest of the world about it. I think that’s the way you’re supposed to do things like that.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO last_img read more

Environmentalist Duncan Stewart to address Letterkenny seminar

first_imgThe Donegal Association of An Taisce is delighted to welcome Duncan Stewart to Letterkenny. He is presenting a talk and discussion in the Station House Hotel at 8 p.m. on Monday April 9th.The evening will look at the good and the bad of how we treat our immediate surroundings and the wider world. It will examine the challenges we face to ensure our world is protected for the mental, physical and spiritual health of ourselves and the generations to come. It will look at the opportunities we must take for the benefit of all. Duncan’s current television programme ‘Eco Eye’ on RTE, now in its fourteenth series, is driven by his interests in the protection of our environment, Ireland’s biodiversity, supporting local communities and the communication of climate issues.Feel free to join for an entertaining and thought provoking session. Everyone is welcome, it is free, no need to book.Environmentalist Duncan Stewart to address Letterkenny seminar was last modified: April 4th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Duncan Stewartletterkennylast_img read more