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Baring it all?…Baring it all?…

first_img…not on oil!A funny thing happened to the APNU/AFC coalition on the way to power: they’ve contracted selective amnesia. When they were in the Opposition they went at the PPP hammer and tongs about not releasing contract details on Amaila Falls Hydro, Marriott and a host of other projects. “These are funded by the people of Guyana!!!” they thundered. “And the people deserve to know what their money’s being spent on! Y’all thiefin’ and siphoning off hundreds of billions into your pockets!!”But today, with Exxon sitting on three billion barrels of oil (and counting) – worth conservatively US0,000,000,000 or GY,000,000,000,000 (that’s GY trillion, thank you!) Trotman, the Natural Resource Minister, insists the people of Guyana can’t be given the details of the contract with Exxon!! Why? Well, he’s “hired experts” and they’ve advised his lips must remain zipped. Never mind that the most visible expert, advising the President on oil, one Dr Jan Mangal, says the contract should be released!!Pointing to the miserable and shameful experience of West Africa with oil, Dr Mangal insists “transparency” must be the mantra when natural resources – property of the populace – are involved. But even as Dr Mangal spoke, Trotman raised a plethora of incredible (and incredulous!) further reasons that he claimed his “experts” (other than Dr Mangal?) have offered for holding out on the people:“…there are a number of extenuating and external issues which are being attended to, some of them have foreign affairs implications, some of them have sovereignty implications, some have national security implications.” Now any of you, dear readers who’ve got children would know, when they come off with so many glib but non-specifics reasons why they did something wrong – they’re covering up their real reason and lying through their teeth! And so is Trotman!Let’s pick sense from nonsense. Trotman says the contract he “renegotiated” with Exxon to raise our royalty from one per cent to two per cent (sic!!) remained essentially” the one signed by the PPP in 1999. Well, if that is so, and that contract was made public, what’s the harm doing so now? Trotman says anyone could also “connect the dots” and figure out the details of the contract.Well whoever or whatever is going to harm our “foreign affairs, sovereignty and national security interests” can also connect the dots, can’t they? So, who’s kidding whom?? If we go by what Dr Mangal alluded to – the experience of West Africa – the refusal to come clean on the details of contracts with the International Oil Operators was for one reason: depositing the revenues into Government officials’ bank accounts, and not into the national Treasury.So Trotman should stop blowing smoke up our a55es!…on “Capture land!Some in Guyana have been arguing about who’s land we’re living on. Here’s an answer from Chronnic – the young Reggae Singer soon to visit our dear Mudland, in his song, “Capture Land”.“Yuh tink me nuh memba King FerdinandAnd teifing Columbus have a Golden planDem make a wrong turn and end up in the CaribbeanOne rass genocide kill nuff IndianLord Fi turn paradise in a plantation…We nah stay pon di land weh dem captureA me say Africa fi all true rasta…Carry we go home…Los Angeles dat a capture landAnd New York City dat a capture landEast some a di place weh you wah go live sweetA teifing land there’s no title fi itAnd some a these place weh you wah go live niceA tief dem tief it in the name of ChristSpanish Town dat a capture landThe whole a Kingston dat a capture landRemember Portland dat a capture landAnd all down a Trinidad dat a capture landBarbados dat a capture landTell dem Bermuda dat a capture landAnd tell Colombia dat a capture landAll round a Cuba dat a capture land(And Guyana na capture land?)last_img read more

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New Ebola Case Continuation of WA OutbreakNew Ebola Case Continuation of WA Outbreak

first_imgThe Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Francis Kateh, has attributed the recent Ebola outbreak in Margibi County to the continuation of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, and not a separate introduction from a ‘reservoir’ population.Dr. Kateh’s statement allays fears that the resurgence of the virus was a result of the victims eating “dead dog.”The information released by Dr. Kateh at a press conference in Monrovia Friday follows an investigation conducted into the new Ebola outbreak by the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR), United States Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) respectively.Dr. Kateh disclosed that the institutions completed nearly 99% coverage of genomes (an organism set of DNA) that were obtained from both the body swab and blood taken from the patient posthumously (after death).The CMO noted that following a series of laboratory tests, both sequences proved to be identical and are consistent with the area where the recent outbreak occurred, representing a continuation of the ongoing Ebola Virus in West Africa.According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Dr. Kateh indicated that the sequence matches with previous isolates from Liberia and is distinct from the viruses currently circulating in Sierra Leone and Guinea.He added that the level of sequence difference between this case and previous isolates is significantly lower than is expected, based on the date of isolation and outbreak-wide estimates of the virus’ rate of development.It may be recalled that on June 28, three months after the last reported Ebola victim in Liberia was buried, a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Meimeiga, died of the virus in Nendowein, a small village near Smell No Taste otherwise known as Unification Town, Margibi County.Since then, four others associated with the case have tested positive and are undergoing treatment at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Paynesville.Meanwhile, sequencing of the other cases associated with this flare-up of the virus is ongoing as the MOH has placed 14 people in the area at higher risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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400 Elsmere Canyon acres dedicated for open space400 Elsmere Canyon acres dedicated for open space

first_imgRoughly 700 of the 800 acres are in the county, the remainder in the city of Los Angeles. McLean is concerned about the future of a wildlife corridor known as the Los Pinetos undercrossing, which is not in the 400 acres. Coyotes, deer, rabbits and mountain lions have been seen roaming in and around the corridor, and should homes be built there the animals’ travels could be curtailed. The mayor hopes to work with the county to preserve the additional acres, she said. The city of Santa Clarita battled the landfill plan in the 1980s and succeeded after its first mayor, U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, pushed through federal legislation that prohibited swapping land with the U.S. Forest Service to accommodate the dump. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Parts of Elsmere, in the San Gabriel Mountains southeast of Interstate 5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway junction, furnish a wildlife corridor among neighboring Whitney Canyon, the Angeles National Forest and the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. The 400 acres were donated to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority by Allied Waste Industries, at the request of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Allied wants to sell the other 800 acres. A company spokesman declined to discuss Allied’s plans or provide a timeline. “There has been no final determination on the 800 acres,” said Greg Loughnane, district manager for Allied. The company is talking to many interested parties, contemplating its use, he said. Paul Novak, Antonovich’s planning deputy, said the supervisor wants to ensure that any development there conserves as much wilderness as possible and conforms to county guidelines that now allow up to 200 homes. NEWHALL – Some 400 acres of pristine woods in Elsmere Canyon – once eyed for the world’s biggest trash dump – were formally dedicated Thursday as open space, ending a decades-long effort by preservationists. An activist who helped stave off the giant landfill applauded the move but questioned the fate of a larger, neighboring parcel in Elsmere. “Now we need to look for the other 800 acres, which is very valuable to this 400 acres,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, who helped save the picturesque hills flanking Santa Clarita from providing a solution to an increasing landfill shortage. A developer is in talks with Allied to purchase the 800 acres, a county official said, but refused further details. last_img read more

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Daughter, 13, expands role from caregiver to advocateDaughter, 13, expands role from caregiver to advocate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She has raised awareness about the disease by lobbying Sacramento lawmakers about the importance of funding Alzheimer’s research, appearing in an Alzheimer’s Association video and sharing her story with others. The family also was featured this year in an article in Newsweek magazine. In recognition of her efforts, Lindsey was named Caregiver of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Southland chapter. “It’s unbelievable to be getting this,” she said. “At the same time, if my father wasn’t ill I wouldn’t be getting this award, so it’s kind of bittersweet.” Lindsey will be honored in March at the 16th annual Night at Sardi’s at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, an event that traditionally raises more than $1million to fight Alzheimer’s. “She has been a hands-on caregiver for most of her young life,” chapter spokeswoman Barbara Goen said. “She exemplifies the fact that this disease touches young people. It’s not simply what many people see as an old person’s problem.” Charles Jordan’s symptoms began with confusion, misplacing things and being unable to find his way to work as a radiology technician at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. His condition worsened, and looking after him became a round-the-clock job – not only caring for his personal needs, but “losing and finding him” as well, Darlene said. Once, the family found Charles more than three miles from their home, walking down Sierra Highway in his slippers and holding car battery cables. “My son asked, `What are you doing?’ and he said, `I’m going to find me a car,”‘ she said. The family placed Charles into the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles in May after he hit a fellow patient at a Lancaster adult day-care center. Last month, they made the difficult decision to move him to a nursing home in Chatsworth. Darlene Jordan, a marketing representative for HomeTown Buffet restaurant, and her husband have been together 23 years and married for 17. “Lindsey is so strong. Me, I’m an absolute emotional wreck,” Darlene said. “In May, I couldn’t go out of the house. I couldn’t talk to people. Every time someone asked me about Charles, I would start crying.” The teenager now plans to start a support group for other teens whose parents have Alzheimer’s. “Caregiving gives you the opportunity to educate others,” she said. “That’s one of the good things that comes out of this.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 476-4586 If you go A silent auction and concert to benefit Charles Jordan’s family will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10. Call (661) 723-5950.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Thirteen-year-old Lindsey Jordan sings and acts, but for most of her life, she’s had a real-life role foreign to most children – caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s. Her father, Charles, began showing signs of dementia in his late 40s and in 2002, at age 51, was diagnosed with the disease, becoming one of a growing number of people with early-onset Alzheimer’s. “Lindsey doesn’t remember her dad ever working,” said her mother, Darlene, 50. “All she remembers is him being ill.” Rather than be defeated by the mind-ravaging ailment that has robbed her of her father, Lindsey has expanded her role of caregiver to include that of an advocate. last_img

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LOCAL MAN’S STUNNING PHOTO MAKES FINAL OF WORLDWIDE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO CONTESTLOCAL MAN’S STUNNING PHOTO MAKES FINAL OF WORLDWIDE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO CONTEST

first_imgA photograph by a local amateur photographer has beat off thousands of others worldwide to make the ‘editors’ favorites’ in this year’s prestigious National Geographic Photo Contest.The picture by Cronan Scanlon captures John Daniel McGinley with his dog ‘Madge’ in his home in An Coimín in the Glenfin Gaeltacht.Cronan is a journalist with the Donegal News in Letterkenny and is a member of the local photographic club, LF Foto. Almost 21,000 photos were entered into this year’s competition.Each week, the National Geographic photo editors pick a selection of their favourite images in each of the three categories: People, Places and Nature.Cronan’s picture made the cut in week ten in the ‘People’ category.Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first place winner will be selected in each category by a panel of experts. From the three category winners, the grand prize winner will be selected. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012.This year’s winners will be announced on Thursday, December 15. LOCAL MAN’S STUNNING PHOTO MAKES FINAL OF WORLDWIDE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO CONTEST was last modified: December 13th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Cronan ScanlonNational Geographiclast_img read more

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Manchester United scouting Anderlecht ace as Jose Mourinho eyes dealManchester United scouting Anderlecht ace as Jose Mourinho eyes deal

first_img1 Manchester United are continuing to monitor Anderlecht star Leander Dendoncker.The 22-year-old was linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, but talks broke down.Atletico Madrid, Everton and Paris Saint-Germain were also after the midfielder then and he is expected to leave at the end of this season.It had been thought Manchester United may move on to other targets after missing out on Dendoncker in the summer.But, according to Belgian newspaper Het Belang Van Limburg, the Old Trafford club are still on the midfielder’s case.United boss Jose Mourinho is said to be a big fan of Dendoncker and he is refusing to end his pursuit of him. Anderlecht star Leander Dendoncker last_img

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Watch boy narrowly escape shark attack in frightening videoWatch boy narrowly escape shark attack in frightening video

first_imgA little boy narrowly escaped an advancing school of four sharks while on holiday in the Bahamas. The boy was fooling around by the shore as the predators immediately reacted to this, seemingly to go in for the kill. Fortunately, Artem Tkachenko, who was taking the drone footage at the time, managed to shout over to the boy in time to make his escape. The sharks lost interest after the boy got out of the sea, but surely he will be having nightmares for a while. We’re sorry if this has put you off going in the sea!last_img

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Is It Lights out for America’s Oldest Department Store?Is It Lights out for America’s Oldest Department Store?

first_imgAmerica’s oldest department store, for years a destination for stylish middle class women, could be about to vanish. A year after rumors surfaced that HBC was looking into selling Lord & Taylor, the company made it official, saying last week that a sale is among the strategic options it’s now pursuing for its small, struggling department store banner.It’s easy to find the rationale: Comps at DSG, (the HBC business that comprises Lord & Taylor​ plus the Canadian Hudson’s Bay department store chain and now-shuttered Home Outfitters) fell 5.2%, in the company’s most recent quarter. Specifically, Lord & Taylor sales continued to decline year-over-year, the company also said last month. The $850 million that HBC garnered through its sale of Lord & Taylor’s Italianate Fifth Avenue flagship to co-working company WeWork demonstrates how the business’s real estate may be its most compelling asset. The banner has a fleet of 45 stores, mostly in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US… RetailDIVE Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Expanded Tweets: A Media Cornucopia in 140 CharactersExpanded Tweets: A Media Cornucopia in 140 Characters

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit jon mitchell Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts center_img Twitter’s new expanded tweets initiative does the highly improbable: It integrates photos, videos and music without disrupting the fast-paced Twitter experience. Expanded tweets make as much sense on mobile as they do on the desktop, and that’s a huge advantage for Twitter over other places for sharing pictures, videos and the rest. Expanded tweets are available only to some Twitter users, but you’ll probably start seeing them soon. Basically, the new initiative expands on Twitter cards, which offer a preview of the stuff on the other side of a link. You might have noticed YouTube videos, Instagram photos or App Store previews when looking at a tweet in “Details” view. Expanded tweets add features to this view.To showcase the program, Twitter has recruited an A-list of media partners including The Wall Street Journal, Breaking News, Time, TMZ and BET. It has also signed on tech startups like SoundCloud and Dailymotion, displaying their media players. These outfits can use expanded tweets to show off embedded media on Twitter’s desktop and mobile sites, enabling them to draw in a mainstream audience without disrupting Twitter’s traditionally terse presentation.The Mobile-First AdvantageThat combination – rich content in a compact format – is crucial to Twitter’s future in a multiplatform world. Twitter was the first true mobile-native social network, and the constraints of the small screen have forced it to keep its service limited to essentials. There have been missteps – remember the QuickBar? – but all of Twitter’s experiments have been efforts to do something valuable for users and advertisers, in the limited space of a phone screen, that can then expand to larger displays.Twitter was initially designed around the imperative of allowing SMS-only users to participate. That’s where the 140-character limit came from. But Twitter has outgrown some of its limits as it has become an indispensable real-time service for distributing the news of the moment.Mike Brown, Twitter’s director of corporate development, has admitted as much. He has described Twitter’s text-only messages as “command line” style. Translation: The service’s grassroots code of hashtags and @ mentions is mystifying to mainstream users.“We have an opportunity to up-level the chatter on Twitter in a photo, video and narrative that helps people understand the story,” Brown says. Sure, it’s a promotional opportunity for media companies, but more importantly, it’s more fun and interesting for Twitter users.Twitter and Facebook on Parallel Tracks Expanded tweets look a lot like Facebook’s new mobile News Feed posts. But it’s no coincidence that both Twitter and Facebook devised a similar approach at the same time. It works. As Josh Constine reported yesterday, Facebook’s new Sponsored Stories get 13 times more clicks, earning 11 times more revenue than its desktop ads.There is an important distinction, though. Facebook routinely makes all posts into rich previews (which can’t be helping the crushing slowness of its mobile app). Twitter’s expanded tweets are special events. This is a delight to Twitter users, and it’s good for its media partners as well. It’s an incentive to participate, because sites with expanded tweets will stand out. And, in the fast-paced environment that Twitter has created, users are more likely to act quickly on an interesting link, and that means clicking through to the partner’s site.Overall, sponsored tweets look like a win-win-win situation: Partners get to display embedded media, headlines, author Twitter feeds and so on. Users get a more interesting and entertaining experience. And Twitter adds another potentially profitable element to its rapidly evolving business model. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#twitter#web last_img read more

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