PM will step aside for Granger-Jagdeo meeting – Trotman

first_img…but says AFC still expects seat at tableAfter stipulations laid down by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo that he will meet with President David Granger and not Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the Alliance For Change (AFC) has indicated that the AFC executive will have no issue in stepping aside.AFC Leader and Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman and Prime Minister Moses NagamootooThis is according to AFC Leader and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. According to the Minister, these long overdue talks represent a positive outcome of national interest and as such, Nagamootoo will comply with the stipulation.“From the AFC perspective, we are quite elated that long overdue talks seem to be becoming a reality. This is good news to us. We don’t believe that PM Moses Nagamootoo has in any way been slighted, he has always been for national dialogue and will have no issue stepping aside for the national interest.”“We urge the PPP to engage. We believe there is much to be determined in the areas of oil and gas, national security, border issues, national development. So, we’re quite happy,” Trotman related.Trotman also expressed the hope that without Nagamootoo, the AFC would still be represented at the meetings. He noted that the AFC was present at the first meeting between Granger and Jagdeo as Opposition Leader. As such, it expects the same treatment.DialogueJagdeo, on Thursday, reaffirmed the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s commitment to being part of any formal talks with the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change Coalition Government, once there was a clear agenda and personnel on the part of the coalition who have the power, portfolio weight, and authority to make binding commitments during the discussions.The Opposition Leader also made it clear that as a responsible stakeholder, the PPP/C was not interested in entering “cosmetic talks and arrangements” that were aimed at achieving political mileage and deceiving the public that progress was being made between the Government and Opposition on key areas, especially those related to constitutional reform, governance, and the fight against all forms of political and public corruption.Jagdeo had made public his Party’s recommitment to being part of discussions sponsored by the Government, once they are transparent, serious in nature, and aimed at tackling some key issues which are eating away at the moral, social, economic and political fabric of society.He explained that he felt the need to publicly share his Party’s position on any proposed talks, in order to clarify any misconception or belief that the PPP was not interested in dialogue with the Government, and was, therefore, avoiding the same because of its perceived resentment of the Prime Minister, who initially had been identified as the person who would spearhead discussions.Jagdeo added he was compelled to ensure that the international community and Guyanese within the Diaspora did not get the wrong impression of the PPP/C’s posture.“I received a call from President Carter, Jimmy Carter [former US President James Earl Carter Jr], and after talking a bit about Guyana, he said to me he had spoken to President Granger, and somehow, (what) he got from that conversation is that the Government wanted to engage with us and we are unwilling to engage, because we don’t like Nagamootoo. So, I said to him that that’s absolutely not true,” the Opposition Leader said.Jagdeo maintained that the only issue his Party has with Nagamootoo was related to his portfolio. He remarked that the PPP and its leaders did not believe that the Prime Minister had a portfolio within Government, or that Nagamootoo had the ability to make the kind of serious and binding commitments the PPP needed after being locked in discussions.“It is not the individual; it is his inability to make commitments that we cannot accept; because — and I pointed this out to President Carter; I said, ‘The AFC can’t even secure a meeting with APNU. They have written APNU since February of this year, and now it’s July, and I do not think they can secure a meeting with APNU to discuss the Cummingsburg Accord.“Secondly, Nagamootoo has absolutely no substantive portfolio. GINA and Chronicle … is not a serious portfolio; and, therefore, that is the reason why,” he explained.last_img read more

Brand South Africa congratulates team South Africa in Wimbledon

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 13 July 2018 – Brand South Africa congratulates Kevin Anderson after knocking Roger Federer out of Wimbledon and becoming the first South African to reach the semi-finals since 1983. Anderson successfully defeated defending champion Roger Federer in a five-set thriller that lasted slightly more than four hours.The 32-year-old is currently ranked world number 8 in men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), having turned Pro in 2007.  In 2016 -2017, he struggled with a series of injuries and having undergone ankle surgery, Anderson overcame all odds and fought back to seal a victory against Federer.Team South Africa continues to make the country proud as Raven Klaasen reaches the men’s doubles semi-finals as well.“We are proud of team South Africa and thank them for putting South Africa’s prowess in sport, in this case tennis, on a global stage”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-SangaretAnderson will play American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final.“I would like to acknowledge Kgothatso Montjane for breaking stereotypes and making history as the first South African Black woman to play at Wimbledon. We are so proud of you all”, concludes Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.last_img read more

10 months agoSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelsea

first_imgSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Cesc Fabregas’ departure from the club. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Monaco, managed by his former teammate Thierry Henry.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: “I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.”At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.”I don’t know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don’t know.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_img Facebook “I sat on a small hill overlooking the set, skipping school for three days only going home at the end of the school day to check in then running back down to the set until dinner time. It was only when the school Principal called to find out if I was sick that my absence was discovered by my parents who were not pleased. But it was worth it because then and there I knew for sure what I wanted to do with my life”.How long have you been directing?I started Directing right out of the gate, when I began making movies as a kid. Back then I had to do it all, out of necessity- Writing, Directing, Cinematography & Editing. But when I started telling stories with a camera professionally working for CBC it was one job at a time and I concentrated on the Cinematography and Post Production. But when I left CBC and headed to South America as a Freelancer in the 1990’s I again found myself doing all three jobs, although rarely on the same project. It wasn’t until I was hired by CNN to open their South America News Bureau in Rio de Janeiro that I was once again Directing as well as Shooting and Editing- what turned out to be over 100 documentaries during my 10 year career with the network. But, my first love has always been fiction movies and I have spent the last twelve years Directing many projects, from feature films to shorts, music videos and advertising videos.Who inspired you to pursue your goals?My older brother Mike, upon seeing my nascent interest in making movies as a kid bought me a new state-of-the-art (for the time) Super 8mm camera. I no longer had to borrow the neighbour’s camera to make movies with the neighbourhood kids. Needless to say, I was hooked.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? The challenge for every Indie movie maker, especially in Canada, where there is little to no government support for up and coming filmmakers, is raising money. I have attempted to raise money many different ways over the years from crowd funding to private investment to taking out personal bank loans. After 29 movies it is still very difficult to fund movie projects, not just for me but for every Indie movie Producer and Director I know. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Danny McIvor is a Director, Cinematographer and Writer. He is one busy man in the industry!We chatted with Danny recently … Check out our Q and A below:As a child, did you always want to make movies and work in film and TV?Born into a family of Writers and Artists Danny, age 12, one day came across a movie company on location in the small village of Caulfeild on Canada’s west coast, where he grew up. He watched in fascination as the magic of making a motion picture was unveiled before him. Written By:  Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter What has been your most rewarding experience?My most rewarding experience was the production of my feature film THE TIME BETWEEN. A project I wrote, Directed and, to save money, also acted as Cinematographer and Editor. The old saying “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” was never more pertinent than when I made this movie.What is your favourite type of film to direct?I have worked in many genres but it seems I have a special flair for light comedy, especially physical comedy. As a Screenwriter black comedy and satire are my favorite genres.What market do you currently work in? I work in Toronto one of the world’s most saturated motion picture markets as far as production and technical people go. It was saturated even when I arrived from Vancouver in the early 80’s which is why after 10 years working in television for the CBC my real goal, to make fiction movies, still seemed nothing but a dream as I found getting in and getting the experience I needed was all but impossible. This is why, when I quit CBC to go freelance with my own equipment. I packed up and moved to Rio de Janiero Brazil, a huge movie market but still in need of new blood. It was there I began to work professionally on movies, documentaries. television shows and advertising getting the experience I needed to build a career more easily when I returned to Toronto after 10 years.Are there other areas you would like to work?I am primarily a Director and Cinematographer and I often edit the movies I shoot. So I get work in all these jobs which I find extremely rewarding. One skill informs the other making me better at all three.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the filming industry?No matter what you want to do in movies, from Producing to Directing to Cinematography, knowing how to edit movies is a fundamental skill that informs all those other jobs and makes location shooting much easier and more streamlined. Editing is truly the heart and soul of making movies.What fuels your passion?I need to be creative. And seeing a story go from script to screen is, for me, the best thing in life.What is something about you that most people would never guess?I’ll never tell. Besides, if I did no one would believe it.If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? No. On the day I left high school I should have hopped on a bus to Los Angeles and done anything, any job to get my foot in the door of the motion picture business there. That’s the world capital of movie making and that’s where you want to be if you are in your late teens or early 20’s and serious about making this your career.Successes that make you proud?I grew up poor and being able to make a good living doing what I love is my proudest achievement.Tell me about your current projects.I have four scripts “on the launch pad” and as usual I am searching for funding. In the meantime I am shooting 4 short films in the Spring of 2018 as well doing a music video and a number of scenes for Actors through my new side business SCENE IT. My Production Company Miramac Productions also produces advertising videos. I also host a monthly networking event in Toronto for Indie movie makers and Actors which is connected to my Facebook group “THE TORONTO INDIE MOVIE SUPPORT GROUP.”Check out what Danny is up to:Website: pages are:–– read more

October 3 2007 Interior construction proceeds

first_imgOctober 3, 2007 Interior construction proceeds in the lightscoop apartment on the first floor of Unit 10 in the East Crescent, with drywall installation. [see previous reports from 9/5, 9/10 and 9/26/07] Alex Barragan attended the seminar week of Nov.5 2006 and returned with two friends to donate their week-end with hanging drywall in this new apartment. [Photo & text: sa] Alex has visited Arcosanti many times. He organized several Indian concerts [see 4/27 and 4/29/05 postings], at Arcosanti and Cosanti both. He has also organized some of the book signing events for Paolo in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Installing the drywall ceiling panel, the guys have to work in a tight spot in the small bathroom of this unit. [Photo & text: sa] The installation is almost complete. In the main room the drywall has been taped and mudded and is now ready to be sanded and painted. Alex and his crew accomplished a lot and we extend a hearty “Thank You” for their kind generosity. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

We dont need or want these type of incidents in

first_img“We don’t need or want these type of incidents in the city.”SINN FEIN CONDEMNS THOSE BEHIND HOAX ALERT IN DERRY was last modified: February 10th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ARMY TECHICAL OFFICERSDerryfarmhillFoyle SpringsPSNISinn FeinSINN FEIN CONDEMNS THOSE BEHIND HOAX ALERT IN DERRY Former Mayor Elisha McCallionSINN Féin councillor Elisha McCallion has condemned those responsible for the disruption caused by the discovery of a suspicious object in the Foyle Springs area of Derry.Army Technical Officer were called to the scene this morning after the object was discovered.It was later declared an “elaborate hoax”.The former Derry Mayor said: “A number of residents had to be evacuated from their homes following the discovery of a suspicious object in the Farmhill area of Foyle Springs.“This is the last thing the local community needs, particularly on such a cold day.“Those behind this security alert have nothing to offer the local community.center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

Highintensity interval training may improve heart function in adults with type 2

first_imgOur research has found that exercise at sufficiently high intensity may provide an inexpensive, practical way to reverse, or reduce the loss in heart function caused by type 2 diabetes.”Ms Genevieve Wilson Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 24 2019University of Otago researchers have discovered that high-intensity exercise can reduce or reverse the loss in heart function caused by type 2 diabetes.The study found that three months of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) improved heart function in adults with type 2 diabetes, without any change in medications or diet.Former PhD student Genevieve Wilson carried out the study under the supervision of Senior Research Fellow at the Dunedin School of Medicine, Dr Chris Baldi, with cardiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Gerry Wilkins, as her co-advisor. It has just been published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.Ms Wilson explains the study is significant because while research to date has shown that improved glycemic control and lifestyle changes can improve some outcomes for people with diabetes, reductions in cardiovascular disease have not been realized and cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in these patients. High-intensity interval training involves short intervals of near maximal effort (>90 per cent maxium) exercise like sprinting or stair climbing, separated by intervals of moderate intensity exercise, like jogging, or fast walking.The goal was for people to spend 10 minutes doing very high intensity (vigorous) activity during a 25 minute exercise period.Related StoriesDiabetes patients experiencing empathy from PCPs have beneficial long-term clinical outcomesLiver fat biomarker levels linked with metabolic health benefits of exercise, study findsStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsDr Baldi says the incidence of type 2 diabetes continues to increase and the prolonged management of the disease is crippling healthcare systems worldwide. Increasing aerobic capacity through exercise is arguably the best prevention for heart disease and exercise is a cornerstone of diabetic treatment. However, impaired function of the diabetic heart often makes it harder for people with diabetes to exercise effectively and it was not known whether they would train this hard.But the study showed that the high-intensity exercise program for middle-aged adults with type 2 diabetes was safe and acceptable and also well-attended, with a greater than 80 per cent adherence rate over the three months.”There are two important clinical implications of this work,” Dr Baldi explains. “The first, that adults with type 2 diabetes will adhere to high-intensity interval training and are capable of comparable increases in aerobic capacity and left ventricular exercise response as those reported in non-diabetic adults.”Secondly, high intensity exercise is capable of reversing some of the changes in heart function that seem to precede diabetic heart disease.”Source:University of OtagoJournal reference:Wilson, G. et al. (2019) HIIT Improves Left Ventricular Exercise Response in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. read more

Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying

first_imgThis March 27, 2019, file photo shows a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane on the assembly line during a brief media tour of Boeing’s 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. Recent crashes have caused an uptick in airline fatalities in 2018 and 2019 after a long trend of safer flying. Boeing 737 Max accidents have raised concern over the ability of all pilots to handle automation. Still, aviation deaths are down sharply from the 1990s, and experts credit advances in aircraft and airport design, better air traffic control, and more pilot training. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Citation: Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying (2019, May 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from With plane crashes making headlines over the weekend, one in Florida with no fatalities and another in Russia that killed dozens, travelers might question whether flying has become less safe. Lightning strikes are not uncommon. In the U.S. alone, there are about 25 million every year, according to the National Weather Service. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said airline planes get hit about once a year on average.Planes are built so that the fuselage acts as an electricity-conducting shield, keeping the voltage away from passengers and critical systems. The jolt is often dissipated off wings or the tail. Critical electronics have surge protection. Nitrogen is used to reduce the risk that electrical arcing could spark a fire in a fuel tank.Newer planes like the Boeing 787, which uses carbon composite material instead of aluminum, includes fine wiring in the wings to direct current off the plane, said John Hansman, an aeronautics professor at MIT.”They should be designed to take a lightning strike,” Hansman said, “but if you don’t have a perfectly grounded airplane, if you don’t have the right surge suppressors, it’s possible you can take out some of the avionics or electronics.”Sunday’s fiery crash in Moscow raised questions about making an emergency landing shortly after takeoff, while the plane is still fully loaded with fuel and likely over the maximum landing weight.Only very large airliners have the ability to dump fuel. Most jetliners including the popular Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 do not. That leaves only one option for lightening the fuel load on a plane like the Russian-made Sukhoi SSJ100—circling long enough to burn fuel.John Cox, a former airline pilot and now a safety consultant, said he would only circle if he were concerned that something was wrong with the plane’s landing gear, or the runway was too short.Video of the landing showed the Aeroflot plane seem to touch down on its main landing gear, then bounce up before coming down hard a second time. At that point, flames can be seen coming from the jet.Video also captured passengers toting their carry-on luggage as they fled the burning jet. Passengers on U.S. airlines are told to leave personal belongs in an emergency because it can slow the evacuation when seconds are precious.”We will never know if more lives could have been saved if the bags were left behind,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Aviation experts regard the recent incidents as a statistical blip, however, pointing out that such accidents and fatalities are a fraction of what they were as recently as the 1990s.Advances in aircraft and airport design, better air traffic control, and improved pilot training are often cited as factors in reducing accidents.”I don’t think we’ll ever get to zero accidents, but aviation is still the safest it’s ever been,” said Seth Young, director of the aviation program at Ohio State University.In the U.S., no airline passengers were killed in accidents from 2009 until April 2018, when a woman on a Southwest Airlines jet died after an engine broke apart in flight.Worldwide, there were more than 50 fatal airline accidents a year through the early and mid-1990s, claiming well over 1,000 lives annually, according to figures compiled by the Flight Safety Foundation. Fatalities dropped from 1,844 in 1996 to just 59 in 2017, then rose to 561 last year and 209 already this year.Nearly half of the airline deaths in 2018 and 2019 occurred during the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max jets in Indonesia and Ethiopia. In each case, investigators are examining the role of flight software that pushed the nose of the plane down based on faulty sensor readings.That raises concern about safety around automated flight controls, said William Waldock, an expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.”Pilots are not being trained as much as pilots as they are system operators and system managers,” he said. “So when something happens and the automation fails, they get flummoxed.”Beyond the two Max crashes, safety experts see little immediate connection between other incidents such as the deadly weekend crash of a Russian plane that caught fire after an emergency landing in Moscow and the case of the charter airliner that ran off a Florida runway into a river; no one died in that one.Investigators probe crashes in search of clues to prevent more accidents from the same cause. In the case of the Aeroflot jet that caught fire, killing more than 40 people on board, attention is likely to turn to Russian media reports that lightning disabled the plane’s communications system and whether pilots should have burned off fuel before the emergency landing. Boeing plane skids into Florida river in crash-landing, no fatalities © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Karnataka crisis Parties shift MLAs to resorts as CM readies to move

first_img Next Karnataka crisis: Parties shift MLAs to resorts as CM Kumaraswamy readies to move trust motion in AssemblyThe ruling coalition in Karnataka has been fighting to save its 13-month old government after 16 of its MLAs resigned from the assembly, putting question marks on its survival.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:40 IST Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy (ANI)Its resort politics time again in Karnataka as all three key players — ruling Congress and JDS and opposition BJP — have herded their MLAs in luxury stays to keep their flock intact amid the continuing imbroglio triggered by the legislators’ resignation saga.The JDS has chosen the serene surroundings of Nandi Hill on the city outskirts while its partner Congress opted for a star hotel here, sources in the parties said.The MLAs of the BJP are staying in the cozy comforts of a resort near Yelahanka here and an ultra luxury hotel.The ruling combine has been fighting to save its 13-month old government after 16 of its MLAs resigned from the assembly, putting question marks on its survival.While several rebel MLAs have been staying in a Mumbai hotel since their resignations last Saturday, the Congress and JDS are apparently keen to avoid any further erosion in their strength.Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s announcement in assembly Friday he would seek a trust vote and expressing confidence of winning it has only further strengthened the resolve of the parties to keep their numbers intact.In January this year, the Congress and BJP MLAs were shifted to resorts to avoid poaching following a brief spell of instablity then triggered by two independent MLAs withdrawing their support to the government.Now, the lush green resort spread over 275 acres on the foothills of Nandi Hill overlooking a lake is bustling with activity as over 30 MLAs of the JDS have been accommodated there for the past three days.”We have booked 34 rooms there. Except for chief minister and a few others, about 30 MLAs are staying there,” a senior JD(S) functionary told PTI.BJP sources said their MLAs have been shifted to a resort and a hotel.The party is apparently concerned that the ruling side could make an attempt to poach on its MLAs, though former chief minister and senior leader Siddaramaiah Friday ruled out any such move.They (Congress and JDS) are trying to buy time to make some arrangements to keep the government afloat, despite knowing the fact that its end has come. They are working on some equations, which I doubt will work, BJP spokesperson S Prakash told PTI.The woes of the ruling coalition, which has been rocked by dissidence within since last year, mounted after its dismal show in Lok Sabha elections.ALSO READ | Karnataka crisis: Will face all issues on floor of House, says CM KumaraswamyALSO WATCH | Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow KarnatakaFollow Kumaraswamylast_img read more