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first_imgThe Alliance For Change (AFC) may be no Police of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), but itPPP General Secretary Clement Roheecertainly is its prisoner. This is according to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Clement Rohee, who is refusing to succumb to the idea that all is well within the coalition camp. Rohee indicated that the AFC is setting itself up for a major downfall where there will be no escape, other than political death.Political observers and other commentators have deduced that the AFC–arm has been shafted by the People’s National Congress (PNC)–led APNU following the coalition’s assumption to Executive Office and that a major conflict has been brewing between the two parties over a number of stark disagreements on several issues. But Business and Tourism Minister, Dominic Gaskin, during a recent news conference sought to assure the party’s supporters that the relationship between the AFC and APNU is not fractured as is being assumed by sections of society. At the time he was speaking in the capacity of the AFC Treasurer at the Party’s bi-weekly press conference held at its Kitty Headquarters. “I think we have a good working relationship with our coalition partners,” he stated in response to questions about the speculations of a rift between the two parties. However, during a news conference on Monday, Rohee ridiculed his response as he outlined several instances which prove that the AFC is powerless. “Everyone is seeing the reality where the AFC, they went to the PNC Congress and they made a lot of statements there which shows they are now being consumed into the warm embrace or the kiss of death of the PNC which is the major part of the APNU,” he expressed. He pointed out also that the AFC’s attempts to “clip the wings” of Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, was an abysmal failure which eventually backfired. “Instead of them clipping the wings on Mr Joe Harmon or Joeshanlin, their wings were clipped instead,” Rohee stated.Earlier this year, AFC Vice-chairperson and the country’s Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, publicly expressed his desire to have the powers entitled to Harmon be reduced. Rohee also highlighted that the Cummingsburg Accord has many breaches which disadvantages the AFC. Previously, the PPP had observed that Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, the AFC Leader, had a significant portion of his ministerial powers transferred to PNC’s Winston Felix, now the Citizenship Minister. It was also observed that the AFC’s nominees to the Procurement Commission, Dr Anand Goolsarran and Christopher Ram, have been rejected by APNU in the Public Accounts Committee.Battered economyRohee went on to criticise the Business Minister’s claims that the economy is performing excellently when he called on all Guyanese to gear up for increased economic growth.“Where is the growth to come from when the productive sector is being stifled; the manufacturing sector is in a slump; the public service is demoralised; the global economic environment remains hostile and non-responsive; private sector investments remain frozen; foreign direct investment is now a thing of the past; the private sector/business community is battered, ostracised, neglected, pressured and heavily taxed compounded by untenable industrial relations; and social and political democracy are consistently trampled upon,” the PPP General Secretary announced. In this regard, he noted that with government coming under pressure from the majority of stakeholders, it is a clear demonstration of the administration’s ineptitude.last_img read more


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first_img Meanwhile, legal experts are gearing up to help fight those citations, saying that many of the students attended public meetings, and can’t be suspended for walking out under the California education code. “We believe there are some defenses to these truancy tickets, including attending a public meeting,” said Cynthia Anderson-Barker, a Los Angeles attorney and member of the National Legal Guild. She believes O’Connell’s reluctance to honor district waivers during the walkouts will change. “I don’t believe it’s a done deal,” she said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want 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 event Waivers can be filed only for emergencies – such as fires, floods or earthquakes – or a labor strike involving transportation services, according to state education codes, O’Connell said. Los Angeles Superintendent Roy Romer issued a statement expressing disappointment but did not say if the LAUSD would pursue other options. “It’s unfortunate there is little likelihood for appeal for the loss of state revenue resulting from the drop in student attendance during the walkouts,” Romer said. “We need every dollar we can get to support our schools.” The state pays school districts $28.60 per day per student. Local school officials estimate 26,955 students walked out of classes on Monday, 7,685 on Tuesday and 211 on Wednesday, including 30 students from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys. About 90 students were cited for truancy or loitering on Wednesday. No walkouts or citations were reported on Thursday, according to the LAUSD. Three days of student walkouts could cost Los Angeles Unified almost $1 million in attendance-based funding, which state officials said Thursday they would not reimburse. California schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said he has received numerous inquiries from districts statewide about waivers that would offset the cost of students skipping class to demonstrate for illegal immigrants’ rights. But O’Connell said the criteria that would allow reimbursements does not include students who miss school for protests. “While I am pleased that students are engaging in civic debate and exercising their right to free speech and assembly, we must encourage them to enjoy these hard-fought liberties in ways that will not hinder their or their classmates’ education,” O’Connell said. “I know you have already shared with your students the fact that missing school not only impacts their education, it also affects school funding.” last_img read more


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first_imgEmergency personnel at the scene of last Wednesday’s crash in Letterkenny.BREAKING NEWS: A suspect in a 60km Garda chase across County Donegal is on the run tonight.Martin Stokes, who is 20 and from Cornshell Fields in Derry City, was arrested by a Garda traffic corps officer in Letterkenny last Wednesday following a day of drama across the county. Gardaí from Glenties had pursued a Nissan Primera car from Ardara along a 60km route – via both main and side roads – before the chase came to an end in Letterkenny when the car crashed into another vehicle just outside the town’s fire station.Stokes was granted bail in Sligo District Court last Thursday, but was sent to prison for a week in relation to a previous case.However he was released on Saturday – and has skipped bail.This evening in Letterkenny Judge Paul Kelly issued a warrant for his immediate arrest after Stokes failed to appear at a sitting of the District Court.Stokes solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he had been told his client had been released from prison on Saturday, two days into a seven day sentence.Last Thursday’s court heard Stokes faced a total of 25 dangerous driving charges.The court heard from Garda Elaine Kavanagh, from Glenties Garda Station, that Stokes was also facing 11 other charges in connection with the alleged incident including failing to stop for members of An Garda Siochana and hit-and-run allegations relating to the De Valera Road crash.Traffic Corps Garda Paul McGee gave evidence of arresting Stokes in Letterkenny not long afterwards. Stokes was wearing just one shoe at the time.Judge Kevin Kilrane had set bail at €1,000 with an independent surety of €1,000 which had been met last Saturday and Stokes was released from prison.ALERT: DONEGAL GARDA CHASE SUSPECT GOES ON THE RUN was last modified: March 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ArdaraDerryGarda chaseletterkennyMartin Stokeson the runlast_img read more


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first_img Left wing back: Alex Sandro – Chelsea are on the verge of signing Sandro and making him the world’s most expensive defender. Reports claim a £61m deal is almost agreed with Juventus for the Brazil wing-back, and the 26-year-old has already made it clear he wants to join Conte’s side. He is a massive upgrade on Marcos Alonso, who is likely to remain at Stamford Bridge as a rotation option. 11 Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – click the right arrow to see the predicted Chelsea line up – Belgium keeper Courtois is undoubted number one at Stamford Bridge, and Conte has no plans to replace him any time soon. Contract talks with Courtois have recently been put on hold as he wishes to double his £90,000-a-week wage. Right wing back: Victor Moses – Having made an incredible improvement under Conte, Moses established himself as a vital player in the 3-4-3 system. It does not appear as if Conte is looking to upgrade this position, with no reported transfer targets who can play right wing back. 11 Centre back: Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool remain in the hunt for Southampton defender Van Dijk, but Chelsea want to beat the Anfield club to his signature by making a £60m offer. The 25-year-old will be an immediate upgrade on Gary Cahill. Despite a number of their rivals already strengthening their squads, Chelsea have not yet completed one signing this summer.The Blues won the Premier League with a record 30 victories and also reached the FA Cup final, but Antonio Conte is known to want to improve his squad with ambitions of challenging in Europe in the coming years.In fact, reports indicate Conte is planning a £250m spending spree over the next few weeks!Deals for Juventus’ Alex Sandro and Tiemoue Bakayoko of Monaco are close to being finalised and will kickstart Chelsea’s summer transfer business.So, how could the Blues line up next season if they secure all the signings they will reportedly make? Click the right arrow, above, to see the predicted Chelsea XI featuring FOUR new players… Centre midfield: N’Golo Kante – The PFA Player of the Year will remain a vital player next season following his wonderful debut campaign with Chelsea. He is the reason Conte’s 3-4-3 works so well, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the France international get even better next year. Centre back: David Luiz – Excelled under Conte as the central defender in Chelsea’s 3-4-3, Luiz proved everyone wrong last season after re-joining the Blues from PSG. Will remain a key player next term. 11 11 Centre back: Cesar Azpilicueta – Arguably the most consistent player in Chelsea’s squad, Azpilicueta is guaranteed to remain a consistent starter next season. He proved he has all the required qualities to star on the right side of a three-man defence. 11 Right forward: Pedro – Spain star Pedro enjoyed a great season under Conte after his poor debut campaign at the Bridge, and looks set to remain the preferred right-wing option ahead of Willian. The two will rotate frequently, however. Left forward: Eden Hazard – Hazard will start every game when he is fit as he is arguably the only world class player in the Chelsea squad (Kante, could fight for that claim too), and it does not appear as if he wishes to depart west London this summer. 11 11 Centre forward: Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea are hopeful of completing a £70m deal for Everton striker Lukaku in the coming weeks. The Merseyside club reportedly want at least £10m more than the Blues are offering, but Lukaku himself is said to be keen on returning to Stamford Bridge and finally getting the chance to show his talents on the elite stage. It seems he will replace Diego Costa, who looks likely to leave Chelsea this summer. 11 11 11 11 Centre midfield: Tiemoue Bakayoko – A £35.1m deal for Monaco midfielder Bakayoko is reportedly set to be completed in the next 48 hours. The 22-year-old enjoyed a superb season as ASM won the Ligue 1 title and excelled in Europe, and his arrival at Stamford Bridge should allow Nemanja Matic to depart for Manchester United. last_img read more


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first_imgThere’s a small planetary object where it shouldn’t be.  New Scientist reported the discovery of a Kuiper Belt object (KBO) with a high inclination of 47° and a nearly circular orbit.  Astronomers can’t figure out how it got there.  It’s too far out to have been flung by Neptune into such a strange orbit.  They have nicknamed it Buffy, the “theory slayer.”Theories are fun, till data get in the way.  One planetary science professor years ago was heard to say that astronomers usually get stuck at some point in their models of solar system formation, and have to invoke some kind of miracle to continue on and wind up with the real worlds.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img


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first_imgBEE is a government policy promoting black ownership and control of enterprises to rebalance apartheid’s severely skewed effect on the economy. (Image: MTN)Mary AlexanderMTN, South Africa’s mobile phone giant and the largest mobile phone operator in Africa, has announced a new black economic empowerment (BEE) deal transferring ownership up to 30% of its local operations to black South Africans.The deal, announced on Monday and set to be concluded in the first half of 2009, comes after South Africa’s second major mobile phone provider Vodacom implemented a R7.5-billion BEE deal in July 2008.BEE is a government policy promoting black ownership and control of enterprises to rebalance apartheid’s severely skewed effect on the economy. Companies’ BEE status is determined by the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice, which allocates a certain number of points according to ownership, control, social investment and other criteria.MTN will launch a public offer open to all African, coloured, Indian and Chinese South Africans – classified as “black people” according to BEE legislation. These will include employees and black South African non-executive directors of the company.Until now most of MTN’s BEE equity ownership points come from the Alpine Trust, which holds 13.1% of MTN though a company known as Newshelf 664. Alpine’s beneficiaries are eligible MTN employees, and the trust holds ordinary MTN shares on behalf of Newshelf 664.This structure is scheduled to unwind on 22 December, with the dividend of MTN shares will be declared to Alpine beneficiaries.  MTN will acquire Newshelf for a nominal value.MTN will then settle or acquire all outstanding funding obligations in Newshelf for R400-million in cash and by issuing some 213.9-million shares representing roughly 11.5% of its issued share capital. MTN will effectively acquire 13,1% of its shares held through Newshelf in exchange for the issue of 11,5% of its capital. The company will use most of this effective discount to facilitate its new BEE transaction.“The MTN Group as a South African-based multinational telecommunications company listed on the JSE has been and remains committed to the principles of BEE,” said company chair Cyril Ramaphosa.“We believe these proposals are important for the long-term progress of MTN and will facilitate sustained and meaningful BEE participation in the company.”MTN expects the transaction will make up 5% to 6% of its issued share capital. South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation has undertaken to make up to 6% of MTN’s ordinary share capital in its equity portfolio available for the deal. Based on the codes of good practice, this translates to about 25% to 30% of MTN’s South African operations. The ultimate size of the BEE deal may will depend on market conditions and the extent of reinvestment by Alpine beneficiaries.Beneficiaries will have to make an equity investment to take part in the deal, with MTN helping to raise finance, amounting to less than 0.75% of its market capitalisation. The transaction will be designed to provide long-term, sustainable benefits to participants and will have a duration of six years, MTN said.The company will also establish an employee share ownership plan to benefit eligible employees who are not part of its current incentive schemes.MTN plans to finalise the BEE Transaction in the first half of 2009, subject to market conditions. Full details of the BEE transaction will be communicated to shareholders thereafter for approval.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesBlack economic empowerment Low-cost phones for Africa BEE benefit for SA Chinese Sasol’s BEE deal the biggest yet 2010 opportunities for SA film Useful linksMTNVodacomDepartment of Trade and Industrylast_img read more


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first_imgA recipe is a process. It tells you, step-by-step, what you need to do to get a certain outcome. If you are baking a cake, a recipe takes you from start to finish, covering all the steps in between.A sales process takes you from target to close, covering all of the steps along the way. It tells you how to target the right prospects. It gives you directions on how best to qualify your prospects. It provides you with the steps you need to take to uncover your client’s needs and requirements. It gives you guidance on how to present your solution and give evidence. It gives you the steps to acquire the account, to negotiate, and to close the business. A sales process is end to end.A sales methodology is different. It’s a recipe, too, but it’s a different kind of recipe. It’s more like a recipe for icing, not a cake. A recipe for icing can bolt right onto your recipe for cake, just like a sales methodology bolts onto a sales process.A sales methodology gives you the steps for some part of a sales process. The best way to demonstrate this is with an example. Let’s use Neil Rackham’s SPIN Selling. Rackham’s methodology is a system for asking questions. It’s still pound-for-pound the best methodology for asking questions in sales. But it isn’t a sales process. It can be used within any sales process.My friend Jill Konrath wrote a tremendous book called SNAP Selling. It doesn’t really matter what sales process you use, Jill’s methodology is about getting in, being relevant, being invaluable, and aligning what you do with your client’s priorities. You can read her book and get help with these sales challenges regardless of your company’s sales process.Too Much Icing, Too Little CakeIt’s possible to eat only icing. But it’s really not supposed to be eaten alone. It’s not a substitute for the cake. It’s supposed to help make the cake better.It’s important not to confuse sales processes and methodologies. You need a sales process. You can enhance them by adding some methodologies. But you can’t substitute a methodology for a sales process; it leaves too much out.QuestionsDo you have a sale process, or do you really use only a methodology?What are the benefits of having an end-to-end process to guide you from target to close?If you subscribe to some methodology, what parts of the common sales process does it cover? What parts is your methodology missing?If you have a sales process, what methodologies have you bolted on to give you a philosophy or a system for some parts of that process? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


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first_imgMaharashtra Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil will meet the Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara in Bengaluru on Friday and seek his cooperation in raising the demand to ban right wing Sanatan Sanstha, whose name has surfaced in the murder cases of rationalists and journalist in Maharashtra and Karnataka. “I will be meeting the Home Minister with a request to exchange more information regarding Sanatan Sanstha and other right wing outfits. Karnataka investigative agencies have done a remarkable job in tracking down the killers of Gauri Lankesh and have helped Maharashtra police as well. We will explore possibilities of pushing the demand of ban on this organisation,” said Mr Vikhe-Patil. Based on information received from the arrested accused in journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested one Vaibhav Raut of Hindu Goraksha Samiti from Nallasopara and two others. These arrests led to Sachin Andure, the alleged shooter in the 2013 murder of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. In wake of these arrests, Maharashtra’s Minister for State (Home) said a proposal to ban Sanatan Sanstha has been sent to the union government. Mr. Vikhe-Patil has already demanded inquiry into Sanatan Sanstha founder Jayant Athawale as the organisation’s name has been mentioned by investigative agencies.last_img read more


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first_imgThe disparaging remarks by senior State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and Ministers in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s cabinet over Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s political debut led to controversy on Friday with leaders across party lines condemning them. Reacting to Ms. Gandhi Vadra being appointed Congress general secretary Senior State BJP leader and Minister of the Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) Vinod Narayan Jha had told a private news channel: “Except for being beautiful, I see no other quality that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may be credited with. Nature has showered its bounty on her but the Congress should remember that beauty does not garner votes. She may be of 37-38 or even 44 years old but she is a political novice.”Earlier, on Thursday, senior State BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, too, had made similar disparaging remarks on Ms. Gandhi Vadra’s official entry into politics. He tweeted: “If the Congress wants to exult over the induction of a woman with a tainted life partner, congratulations to them…Priyanka’s businessman husband’s irregular land transactions are spread over two states and he is facing probes.”Referring to Ms. Gandhi-Vadra’s face resembling that of her grandmother, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Mr. Sushil Modi further tweeted, “If a person could become as capable as someone else merely by resembling him or her, by now we would have many more Amitabh Bachchans and Virat Kohlis. Duplicates do not work in politics. Priyanka might resemble Indira but there is a big difference.”Leaders across party lines demanded the removal of Vinod Narayan Jha from the Nitish Kumar’s Cabinet and his expulsion from the BJP. “Mr Jha has displayed a perverse attitude towards women and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should immediately remove him from the Cabinet. We also expect the BJP would expel him from the party,” said State Congress leaders Prem Chandra Mishra and Kaukab Quadri. Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Tejashwi Yadav criticised the CM: “Nitish Kumar is running an institute where he trains to abuse and makes excuses…his Cabinet Ministers and spokespersons are trained there.”However, ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and former State Congress president Ashok Choudhury said, “We cannot approve of such remarks…Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has her own aura which may or may not bring desired results in the elections…but the way she has been spoken about does not appear proper.” Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, too, said that CM Nitish Kumar, “should immediately sack this Minister [Jha].”last_img read more


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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano continued its ascent in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, escaping with a 67-63 victory over St. Benilde for its second win Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Chiefs squandered a 10-point lead, 65-55, in the final 2:21 of the game as the Blazers fought back and got to as close as four, 67-63, after a Yankie Haruna layup with 27.5 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Quarters: 13-10, 36-31, 51-49, 67-63.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES St. Benilde forced another turnover, Arellano’s fourth in the last two minutes, but the clock just wasn’t on its side as JJ Domingo missed two freebies with the time winding down.Despite the eyesore of a victory, coach Jerry Codiñera would rather focus on the positives as he continues his buildup for the upcoming NCAA season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Anything that will give us a positive step is always a welcome note for us and we’re embracing that,” he said. “Our turnovers were horrible, but I’ll find a way for us to improve going to the NCAA season.”Lervin Flores showed the way for the Chiefs with 16 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks, while Kraniel Villoria added five of his 14 markers in the fourth quarter, while also dishing five assists. Zach Nicholls also went 3-of-6 from beyond the arc to wound up with nine points for Arellano.The trio’s efforts made up for the silent outing of Kent Salado, who played through a mild knee injury and went scoreless in 23 minutes on the floor.Clement Leutcheu topped the Blazers (1-6) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Emmanuel San Juan had 10 in the defeat.The Scores:ARELLANO 67 – Flores 16, Villoria 14, Nicholls 9, Enriquez 6, Meca 6, Canete 6, Taywan 5, Rivera 3, Ongolo Ongolo 1, Abanes 1, Salado 0, Concepcion 0, Aguilar 0, De Guzman 0, Padilla 0, Chavez 0, Filart 0.ST. BENILDE 63 – Leutcheu 17, San Juan 10, Pili 6, Belgica 6, Naboa 5, Haruna 4, Mercado 4, JJ Domingo 3, Dixon 3, Sta. Maria 2, Johnson 2, Velasco 1, Castor 0, Young 0, Bunyi 0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pacquiao’s Friday training called off View commentslast_img read more