Dear Editor,It is clearer now than ever before that the coalition bridge is breaking down. Evidence of this fragmentation seems to be spiralling from all angles as a bitter divorce looms.The unravelling of the incestuous relationship comes as no surprise to many. This is since there were really no core foundation principles that would have hopefully merged into something stronger, in support of national and local development. The implication points to the ultimate and further weakening of national and local governance structures which must be remedied with some measure of objectivity.One cannot help but observe the shallowness of decisions, levels of unpreparedness and lack of the coordination of this underperforming coalition. Recently, several A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) members refused to sit in the Parliament when the vote was about to be taken in relation to objections advanced by the Opposition regarding the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) staff’s duty-free vehicle concessions.The situation was indeed overwhelming and quite shameful when Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin abstained from voting with their colleagues on the Government benches. It was also most embarrassing to see the Leader of the AFC, Raphael Trotman and the Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo voting for the motion and the other members voting with the Opposition against the motion.Is this the way that the Members of Parliament representing the Government wish to convey their representation of the people in the country’s highest decision-making body? It is quite obvious and troubling that such levels of unpreparedness regarding critical national matters do not augur well for the coordination required in moving Guyana forward. Simply put, this coalition Government is signalling their resolve and focus on bribing and fooling people to win their support.This motion itself was one which should not have been brought to the honourable House in the first place.This motion was before the House for several weeks for debate. And the APNU/AFC were made fully aware that it was wicked and nasty to use their parliamentary single-seat majority to pass such a motion when these matters could be dealt with by existing policies and rules to govern exemption of taxes and entitlements. It was indeed a total waste of time and abuse of the entire parliamentary mechanism, staff and money to facilitate such skulduggery.The Public Service Register for travelling positions is clear regarding the categories for Ministries, agencies and departments which should be beneficiaries and the level of benefits which should be accorded. Most ridiculous was the fact that many on the Government benches were lying through their teeth because it is public knowledge that Surrender Lall-Boodhoo is not working at the FIU office.It is important to point out that the granting of the concessions by the National Assembly would have been creating a serious precedent in the entire public/civil service, along with all the related agencies. Critically, it highlights the priorities of selected members on the Governments’ side, as well as their lack of concern for critical areas which should be truly prioritised and supported.Reference herein is made to the Commissioners of the Local Government Commission, whose critical role in the functions of municipalities, village and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) demand that they are granted concessions for vehicles as a critical support.Further, there are literally hundreds of similar cases, in the Ministries, State agencies, semi-autonomous bodies, and constitutional agencies that will not only be demanding the same concessions, but are truly deserving of the support. The Opposition has saved this nation from a PNC-planned recipe for riot in the demand for duty-free concessions, and towards measures for a more objective approach to be pursued.The Minister of Finance must assert himself and he should have brought a ‘Bill’ to change the law and give the GRA Commissioner General the powers to take the appropriate action where necessary if the current system needs any adjustments.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A newly introduced federal bill would promise parents more choices for their children’s education by offering them up to $4,000 to send their kids to better schools. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon introduced legislation Tuesday that builds on No Child Left Behind by giving parents of children in failing schools – those that have failed to meet state and federal standards for more than five years – up to $4,000 to transfer to better-performing public schools or charter schools and to receive private after-school tutoring. McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said the intention is to strengthen the legislation by giving parents more tools, and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said it should close the achievement gap by providing funds to students most in need of help. The legislation mimics a proposal President George W. Bush made earlier this year.
But it’s not all that miserly. On a recent weekend trip of 383.9 miles, the Aura hybrid power plant averaged 27.4 miles per gallon. On a full tank of gas it promises not to peter out until 455 miles. But the hybrid engine probably is at its fuel-efficient best in city driving. According to the Automotive Addicts blog, the Aura delivers an EPA-estimated 28 mpg around the city and 35 mpg on the highway, about the same as the Honda Accord Hybrid but less than the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s 40/38 mpg. We didn’t match that, but climbing some major hills and grades likely eroded the mileage a bit. The cabin is roomy enough for four adults, and the front seats are comfortable. All controls are within easy reach of the driver and the center console contains a two-tiered storage area. A driver information center, operated by a button on the left side of the steering wheel, will display miles per gallon and how many miles are left in the tank and batteries. The suspension provides a good ride and sporty handling. GM calls this a “mild hybrid” system. The electric component supplements the gasoline engine and the car never runs on the battery alone, like the Prius does. The hybrid system skimps on fuel by: Shutting down the engine when the vehicle stops to reduce idling time. Restarting the engine when the brake pedal is released. Shutting off fuel during deceleration. Capturing the vehicle’s kinetic energy during deceleration through regenerative braking. This charges the advanced nickel metal hydride battery. Charging the battery at the most efficient time. As for the battery, a needle gauge opposite the fuel gauge indicates when charging is taking place (the needle swings downward) and when the battery is providing power assistance (the needle swings upward.) A little green Eco symbol illuminates on the dash when the Aura is operating in a fuel-efficient mode. Other than the light, needle and a slight shudder sensation when stopping, this car feels like a regular old sedan. That’s because the hybrid system keeps all the accessories running when the car is stopped, including the air conditioning. The latter system features two modes: hybrid A/C provides more fuel efficiency, and the normal mode pumps out maximum cooling and enhances defogging when needed. “If you’re looking for a hybrid on the cheap and want a sedan, the Aura Green Line, which starts at $22,695, is a sensible choice that doesn’t ask the owner to make any significant compromises,” said the Web site KickingTires.com. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3743 Saturn Aura Green Line TOP SPEED: 140 mph ENGINE: 2.4 liter Ecotec Inline 4 TRANSMISSION: 4-speed automatic with overdrive BRAKES: Antilock FUEL ECONOMY: 28 city/35 highway PRICE: $22,695 base TRIVIA: Introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show. THE WIFE SAYS: “What’s that?” as the auto stop feature shut off the engine with a small shudder. (I explained the energy-saving feature.) “That’s cool. It runs just like a regular car.” THE MANUEL SAYS: One of the biggest problems with city streets is the amount of traffic on them. SOURCE: Daily News research COMING NEXT WEEK: A day at the track160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Save for a little green “H” in hybrid badging, the Aura Green Line doesn’t look any different than its midsize cousin, which was named North American Car of the Year by a jury of 49 auto writers in the U.S. and Canada. The Aura is a stylish sedan on the outside and promises to be a skinflint, energy-wise, on the inside. The hybrid’s Ecotec 2.4 liter inline four-cylinder powertrain kicks out 164 horsepower when whipped to 5,000 rpm. It’s no slouch getting up to freeway speeds or maintaining them. And it handled the climb up the Conejo Grade from Camarillo with ease, overtaking several larger, more powerful SUVs. GM says the Aura Green Line will produce about 25 percent better fuel economy that the non-hybrid XE model. The hybrid costs $2,500 more, though. As a hedge against rising gasoline prices and a long workday commute, a former colleague and golfing buddy traded his SUV for a Toyota Prius. Then he sprung for a vanity license plate – GEEK SHK. OK, he’s poking fun at himself, not the car. Saturn’s entry into the increasingly popular hybrid market, the Aura Green Line, tends to the chic side of the styling equation, though. The Prius profile practically screams “Hey, I’m eco-friendly.” (“Eco” in this case stands for both ecological and economical.)
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– From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA woman who could hardly be heard, presumably Santos, called 9-1-1 and said someone was trying to kill her, said Sgt. Thomas Wagner of the Norwalk Station. Deputies sent to the house found Santos and her two sons in a smoke-filled room at the rear of the house, Wagner said. Deputy Chris Hardwick kicked in the front door when he arrived. Fellow Deputy Armand Villagomez went in and took the two boys out of the bedroom. It took firefighters about 20minutes to put out the blaze. The children were taken to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier to be treated for smoke inhalation. They later were released to the custody of their father, sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Patterson said. NORWALK – Detectives on Monday said they expect to file charges of child endangerment against a woman suspected of setting her home on fire with herself and her two young sons inside. Joanne Santos, 35, remained in critical condition Monday with smoke inhalation and burns, officials said. “Our investigation – based on statements and investigation of the fire scene – indicates that the fire was intentionally set and that the mother was the object,” said John Cater of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s arson and explosives unit. Santos is believed to have set the fire about 2p.m. Friday in a rear bedroom of her home at 12819 Priscilla St., according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Send your match reports from any sport to email@example.comAn Tearmann 1-12Dungloe 0-12 Termon held on to win a close fought encounter against Dungloe at The Burn Road on Friday evening. In perfect football conditions, both teams served up an exciting encounter with plenty of talking points. Fielding without several of their regulars Termon will be happy to have got the result which moves them into joint second in the table along with Glenfin. Dungloe will be disappointed with the result, but in reality they can have little complaint with the final score. Some patient build up in the forwards allowed Ollie Doherty to fire over the bar for Termons first score, before Corey Gallagher equalized from a free. Good work from Paddy McDaid gave Daire McDaid the chance to add another point for Termon. A 45 that dropped into the small square gave Kevin McDaid the opportunity to punish the loose handling, which he duly did by firing to the net to open up a 4 point lead after 15 minutes. A 30 yard score from play from Adrian Hanlon followed before 2 more points from Daire McDaid, including a great score from a 45, pushed the Termon lead out to 5 points. Pointed frees from the in-form Corey Gallagher, either side of an Adrian Hanlon point, left the score reading 1-4 to 0-5 in favour of the Termon men when Don Langan blew for the interval. Termon sprang from the traps in the second half with scores from Paddy McDaid and an Ollie Doherty free giving them an ideal start. An off the ball incident in which Daire McDaid sustained facial injuries meant a pause in proceedings while Don Langan regained control and flashed a yellow card at Adrian Hanlon. Points from Mark Clerkin, Adrian Sweeney and Noel McBride brought it back to a 1 point game halfway through the second half. The game was in the melting pot at this stage with all to play for, when the men in Maroon dug deepest with Jamie Gallagher making a storming run through the middle to set up Paddy McDaid for a fisted point. Another great run through the middle, this time from Anthony McGrenra, spread panic through the Dungloe defence causing them to concede a free, which was duly converted by the Daire McDaid. A free at the other end from Adrian Sweeney kept the scoreboard ticking over for Dungloe. Termon began to get to grips in the middle of the field and started winning some primary possession. This allowed patient build up play before Daire McDaid kicked over from an acute angle. A long range free from Ollie Doherty extended the lead and when Daire McDaid added another point, it left Termon leading 1-11 to 9 points. Dungloe began pushing hard for a goal, but the Termon defence held strong and refused to buckle under the pressure. Adrian Sweeney and Ollie Doherty traded frees before a David McCarron point and another Adrian Sweeney free concluded the scoring. Best for Termon were Daire McDaid, Paddy McDaid and the defensive unit as a whole. Dungloe were best served by Raymond Sweeney,Adrian Sweeney and Corey Gallagher. Termon: Mark Gallagher; Joe O’Donnell, Kevin McGettigan, Jimmy McElwaine; Jamie Gallagher, Anthony McGrenra, Barry Nelis; Ollie Doherty, Bernard Alcorn; Kevin McDaid, Pauric Hilferty, Daniel Connaghan; Steve McElwaine, Paddy McDaid, Daire McDaid. Subs: Trevor Alcorn for Daniel Connaghan, Daireann Gibson for Barry Nelis, Joe English for Pauric Hilferty. Dungloe: Ciaran Sharkey; Doalty Boyle, Conor Carr, Mark Sweeney; Gerald Walsh, Sean Sharkey, Basil Malone; Raymond Sweeney, Noel McBride; Mark Clerkin, Corey Gallagher, David McCarron; Adrian Sweeney, Conor Greene, Adrian Hanlon. GAA: TERMON 1-12, DUNGLOE 0-12 was last modified: May 26th, 2013 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:DUNGLOE 0-12GAA: TERMON 1-12
Tags: CAF Confederations Cup 2018/19KCCA FCMtibwa Sugartop KCCA FC team that started in the 3-0 win over Paidah on Tuesday (KCCA FC Media)CAF Confederations Cup-First Round 2nd LegMtibwa Sugar vs KCCA FCChamazi Stadium, MbagalaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @4pmENTEBBE – Ahead of their CAF Confederations Cup return leg, KCCA FC have departed the country for Tanzania.Mike Mutebi’s side who defeated Mtibwa Sugar 3-0 in the first leg on Saturday will be hoping they can get the job done this weekend.However, there have been key omissions from the team that will feature in the return leg with first choice striker, Patrick Kaddu, left home. Kaddu has been in brilliant form lately, scoring four goals in his last two games including a hat trick against Paidah Black Angels in KCCA’s most recent league game.Also still missing is the injured duo of Saddam Juma and Julius Poloto who were also not in action against Paidah. Saddam is believed to be a long term absentee after sustaining a knee injury in the 3-2 loss away to Express over a week ago.The delegation that traveled to Tanzania comprised of 31 personnel of which 18 are players. The is also two media personnel, Seven of the technical team and the rest are officialsThe contingent in Tanzania:Agnes Mugena (Leader of Delegation), Edgar Bwambale (Board Member), Anisha Muhoozi Shahir (Ag. CEO), Kaddu Moses (Ag. Manager Operations and admin), Magero Moses Mwanje (PRO), Patrick Fred Ochieng (Media officer)Coaches; Mike Hillary Mutebi, Morley Byekwaso, Kaddu Badru, Kiwanuka Daniel, Jackson MageraDoctors; Ivan Ssewanyana, Emma Tusuubira.Players; Goal Keepers; Charles Lukwago, Jamil Malyamungu.Defenders; Fillbert Obenchan, Timothy Dennis Awany (C), Hassan Musana, Eric Ssenjobe, Kizza Mustafa.Midfielders; Achai Herbert, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Lawrence Bukenya, Isaac Kirabira, Muwadda Mawejje, Nunda Jackson, Sserwadda Steven, Gift Ali Abubakar.Strikers; Mike Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde.The team flew aboard Kenya Airways on Thursday morning at 3:50 am and will stop over at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 5:05 and then later connect to Daresalaam.Comments
With 20 seconds remaining and a one-point lead, the Jacks refused to yield a basket, holding on for a narrow 54-53 win over visiting Cal State East Bay in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament at Lumberjack Arena Tuesday night. “It was a defensive game. It was a get a stop, lock the opponent down, and just get a win type of game,” Humboldt head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson said. With the win, the No. 3 seed Humboldt State women secured a playoff …
As you know I recently returned from speaking to over 400 sales professionals at two different companies. The first company is a multi-state regional retailer of building products. The second company is a national green products manufacturer/installer. Both groups sold directly to builders/remodelers and both groups wanted to learn more about green building for themselves and also what resources they could share with their builders who wanted to become greener.Isn’t that interesting? They wanted to learn about resources that would benefit their builders who also wanted to learn green. That desire to help their customers is what brought me to them after all. It was a chance to help them in their business, which I knew would ultimately help me in mine. To that at end I gave them all a “To-Do” List of items to accomplish in the year ahead to help them reach their goals. Items I believe will increase their sales and make their customers stronger! In no particular order I recommended the following 11 ideas:1. Know your product & your competition. As a green builder I regularly know more about a salesperson’s product than they do. If you are a vendor selling green, learn your stuff as well as you know the old sticks and bricks. Learn how it stacks up to the competition before you come calling on me. Practice at home, not in my office.2. Learn about basic building science. That means know how what you are selling fits into they larger system of which it is a part. Maybe that’s a wall or floor system. Perhaps the thermal envelope or drainage plane. Just know it.3. Keep it simple. No two hour presentation please. Just the basics. Think green lists. Where does it fit? Show me fast, then follow my lead if more detail is warranted.4. Never, ever email a proposal. No matter how much I kick and scream, insist on bringing it to me and walking me through it. Don’t expect or ask for a signed contract but don’t let me off the hook either — make sure I understand what you quoted.5. Address my fears. Lots of new stuff on the market that I am afraid could get me in trouble. Leverage that. Explain how you will keep my butt out of court and my client happy.6. Sell to the ego. We all have one so don’t ignore it. Peer pressure can be a wonderful motivator and since nobody wants to be left behind, assure me that by using what you are selling not only will I not be left behind my competition, I will remain out in front of them.7. Throw out your stereotypes of green building and green builders. It doesn’t matter if I am (or you think I am) a tree hugging, Sierra Club loving vegetarian, if you want my Green (or my clients) you best learn that those stereotypes are fast becoming obsolete. Red or blue, we are all buying green!8. Remain generous in partnering on legit green homes. Just because your builder wants a sweet deal doesn’t mean you should give it. Save your sponsorships and underwriting for unique, professionally designed and built, nationally certified green homes. Do not settle for anything less!9. Get your CGP designation. Where else will you get to spend three straight days sitting in a room with potential clients from 9 to 5? I mean a room full of builders and remodelers for three straight days, this should be a no-brainer!10. Learn LEED for Homes & National Green Building Standard (ANSI 700). If you need an explanation here, begin in GBA’s Green building Encyclopedia Green Rating Systems section11. Believe it!a. Green ain’t going awayb. Obsolete building practices are historyc. 3rd party inspection are the wave of the futured. Green does not have to cost moreI hope you can write your own list and take the time to sit down with your key business partners and do some sharing, some strategic planning together. Whether these partners are suppliers, trade contractors or manufacturer reps is up to you. But I believe if you share your insights and wisdom on how they can make their business greener, it will ultimately makes your greener as well!
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