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Objectivity required on commenting on parties

first_imgDear Editor,Mark DaCosta in a recent letter described the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) “as ethnic oriented” but not the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the People’s National Congress (PNC). All the parties are ethnic. So his analysis cannot be a fair, balanced and accurate description of politics and parties in Guyana.  It behoves DaCosta and other commentators to be objective in their analysis of politics and to articulate a vision in which executive power will be shared by all the representative parties and there will be a fair and equitable distribution of resources among the competing ethnic groups.DaCosta defines the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and AFC coalition as articulating a non-ethnic agenda and describes the PPP as being driven by ethnicity. I don’t know whether Dacosta is living in Guyana or is a regular reader of the newspapers.  If he were, he would have known that Indians have been marginalised. And Indians and Amerindians have been crying racial victimisation since the change in Administration in 2015. Thousands of them have been fired from their jobs. Many have been replaced by supporters of the PNC. Is that an example that DaCosta feels exemplifies the coalition Government’s non-ethnic position.Contrary to what DaCosta states, all three parties have ethnicity as their foundation.The Africans have not shifted their support from 1957. The Indians shifted in 2011 and 2015 voting for AFC but quite likely they will return to the PPP come 2020 because the AFC to which they gave their support has betrayed them.  The AFC has had an opportunity to bring racial healing and to reduce if not altogether end ethnic conflict. It has chosen to abandon its mission in favour of self-interest of its leadership. For whatever reasons, APNU or PNC is not interested in sharing power.Clearly, the coalition is not governing without bias. There has not been national unity since the change in Administration. Race relations have gotten worse. There is more ethnic disharmony today than at any time in the Burnham dictatorship.Ethnic conflict is not going away from Guyana. APNU and AFC are not reducing ethnic animosity. We are not contributing to a solution of the ethnic conflict by accusing one party of creating ethnic division and not the others. Denial of the obvious will not help our politics. We cannot pretend conflict does not exist. We can’t wish it away. Racial labelling of the PPP and excusing PNC and AFC will not bring healing. We must confront racism and race politics head on. We must advocate for racial power sharing so that all groups are represented by their leaders in government and they must all feel equal.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more


Police defend shooting

first_imgIt was unknown if the calls involved Coleman, he said. Curry called 911 at 12:50 a.m. Sunday when her daughter became hysterical, screaming about stolen money and making violent threats. Curry said she and neighbors were unable to control her. “I was trying to get help to save my daughter,” Curry said. According to a statement issued by the Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the shooting, two Hawthorne officers responded. When they arrived, they were told that Coleman had locked herself in an upstairs bedroom and yelled that she was going to commit suicide. “The officers were able to gain entry into the bedroom and discovered that Elaine Coleman was holding her 4-year-old daughter hostage with a box-cutter knife,” sheriff’s deputy Oscar Butao said. The officers ordered Coleman to drop the knife and release her daughter, but she refused. Police shot her with a Taser, which functioned properly, but the electrically charged darts had no effect on her, Ishii said. The officers then tried to physically restrain Coleman to rescue the girl, but Coleman stabbed her daughter, Latiera, and both officers several times. One officer fired two shots, killing her. Ishii said deadly force was the officer’s only option. “Based on the circumstance that presented itself, the main concern was the welfare of the child,” Ishii said. “Knowing there was a child with someone with a knife or box-cutter, that precipitated immediate action.” Ishii said officers would have considered other options had Coleman been alone. On Monday, Latiera ran around her grandmother’s apartment as if nothing had happened the day before. Her left biceps, however, were covered with a white bandage for a 21/2-inch cut that required 30 stitches. Family members said the girl had no understanding of what had taken place the day before. “We’re going outside and play,” she told a visitor. Latiera added that it was wet in her mother’s room. She had no idea the floor was damp because family members had tried to scrub away the blood. A 6-year-old cousin had tried to tell her what happened, but it didn’t register with the little girl. “She thinks her mother is in jail,” said Coleman’s sister, Mertis Coleman. Curry said her daughter did not use drugs. The former Locke High School student, unemployed and without a home of her own, lived part time with a boyfriend in Los Angeles and with her mother in Hawthorne. Curry said she had normal disputes with her daughter, but Coleman never displayed the behavior she exhibited early Sunday that prompted the call for help. “I wish now I never called them,” Curry said. Police said the confrontation and shooting occurred within minutes. Curry said she shouted “Please don’t kill my baby! Please don’t kill my baby!” She heard the buzzing of the Taser and the pops of two gunshots moments later. “I believe that was unjust,” she said. Curry’s family contacted community activist Najee Ali, the Project Islamic HOPE director known for denouncing officer-involved shootings and allegations of use of excessive force. Ali said investigators should try to determine why the Taser did not incapacitate Coleman. He also said he wants to meet with Hawthorne Police Chief Michael Heffner to review the department’s procedures for handling such a call. In an interview with the Daily Breeze, Ali said he did not plan to second-guess the officers, and agreed to assist the family with the media and to organize a Monday evening prayer vigil. At the evening news conference, Ali said he invited federal authorities to conduct an investigation into the shooting in addition to the sheriff’s probe. He questioned why two male officers could not subdue Coleman. “We have some serious questions that need answers,” Ali said. “Don’t trust the Hawthorne Police Department to do a thorough investigation.” Curry cried during an interview and later at the news conference as she pleaded for financial help to bury her daughter and raise her granddaughter. Curry said she will take over as parent to Latiera. “I need all the help I can get,” she said. “I’m on a fixed income. I can’t do it by myself.” Curry, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, said she is under a great deal of stress and very confused by what occurred. “I’m so used to seeing my daughter. That was my youngest daughter,” she said. “I really loved her.” Quoting Bible passages, Curry said her faith would give her strength. “I know somebody is going to come through to help me,” she said. “I just need help, help, help, all the help I can get.” Police did not identify either officer involved in the shooting. Each was recovering at home Monday from stab wounds. The officer who fired his gun received 30 stitches to repair a wound to his leg. Ishii called his injury “quite serious.” The other officer received 11 stitches to repair cuts on his arm and leg. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER The Hawthorne Police Department on Monday defended an officer’s decision to shoot a woman, saying he had no other option when the mother slashed her 4-year-old daughter with a box-cutter. “They had to take immediate action,” Hawthorne police Lt. Michael Ishii said of the shooting early Sunday that took the life of 21-year-old Elaine Coleman. “Once the child was being injured and threatened, the officers risked their own lives to do everything they could to resolve the situation to try to rescue the child – even putting themselves into harm and getting injured themselves,” Ishii said. “At that point, they were left with no other choice than to use deadly force to stop the situation from getting worse.” Coleman’s mother, Mertis Curry, however, said Monday that she never would have called police to her two-story apartment in the 14400 block of Lemoli Avenue if she knew what would occur. “I didn’t call for them to kill my own baby,” Curry said. “They had other options they could have used without killing her.” Police records showed officers had responded to Curry’s address on disturbance calls five times in the past four months, Ishii said. last_img read more


Shooting called murder-suicide

first_imgDUARTE – A firefighter shot his wife to death before turning the gun on himself at the City of Hope National Medical Center, a police investigation concluded Wednesday. Although their Rancho Cucamonga neighbors saw a busy couple devoted to their children, police believe marital problems factored into the Tuesday deaths of Monrovia Fire Capt. Fernando Rodriguez, 41, and his wife, Katherine Rodriguez, 33. “Detectives have learned that \ was shot by her husband, and he then took his own life,” said a statement from the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “They were apparently experiencing marital problems.” The Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting on the 114-acre City of Hope campus. Katherine Rodriguez was already dead, and Fernando Rodriguez died after being taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Officials with City of Hope said it was the first shooting in the facility’s 93-year history, but said patient services were uninterrupted. Neighbors described the Rodriguezes as a busy couple devoted to their daughter and two sons. They never noticed any problems between the pair. So they found it odd when several police cars arrived Tuesday afternoon in the family’s quiet, upscale north Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood. Officers didn’t explain what was happening. Neighbors eventually learned the people found dead in Duarte were the Rodriguezes. “I cannot tell you the shock and despair people were feeling \ night and \ morning,” said neighbor Diane Brigham. Fernando Rodriguez made up for his long shifts at the Fire Department by spending entire days with his children. Katherine had a bubbly personality and kept the children busy with youth sports, neighbors said. “He was always playing with the kids and she was always going back and forth with baseball games,” said Belinda Reyes, a neighbor. Staff Writer Melissa Pinion-Whitt contributed to this story. Fernando Rodriguez todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2After learning of the deaths Wednesday morning, Fire Chief Chris Donovan recalled all department personnel from duty while fire teams from Arcadia and Los Angeles County watched over Monrovia. “We’re just feeling horrible right now,” Donovan said. “He was well- regarded and well-liked.” The department, he said, was considering what it could do for the couple’s three children, ages 5, 7 and 15. Fernando Rodriguez began his career at the Monrovia Fire Department in 1990 and was promoted to captain in 1995, according to city spokesman Dick Singer. was found lying near his wife amid rows of cars in the employee parking lot at City of Hope by emergency crews responding Tuesday afternoon to reports of gunfire. last_img read more


Ian Cathro pleads for patience after Hearts fans’ boos

first_img“But players, fans, staff – our reaction is the same because we feel the same thing. We just have to stay together – and we will.“Was I surprised by the booing at the end? No, because it’s a natural human reaction – ‘We didn’t get what we wanted, we’re not happy’.“But I’m not happy. The players didn’t get what they wanted and they’re not happy. So [the booing] is just the voicing of that and that’s normal.“If we reach the point down the line where we draw at home and everyone is fine with it, I’d be more upset with that. But we’re not fine with this.” Hearts manager Ian Cathro pleaded for patience after his team were booed off the pitch following their 1-1 home draw with Partick Thistle.The 30-year-old was hoping to claim a win on his Tynecastle bow as manager and looked to be set to do so after Bjorn Johnsen’s opener.However, Cathro’s decision to substitute Johnsen with 18 minutes to go was jeered, with Sean Welsh heading home an equaliser for the Jags to increase the disgruntlement among the home supporters.The former Valencia and Newcastle coach said: “We all feel the same reaction. I can’t boo because I’ve got to try and help find the solution.last_img read more


DD Fitness: Don’t put yourself last

first_imgThis week our fitness columnist Emmet Rushe discusses how you can find the time to exercise without having to neglect other duties. Time is the most valuable commodity we have.Around this time of year, the feeling that we have none to ourselves can be huge, but more often than not, it isn’t that we do not have enough time, it is that we are not using it wisely enough. When it comes to your health and fitness goals, time management is essential.This is the time of year where everyone’s schedules are being planned out and everything for the upcoming year is being scheduled in.You will plan around everything around:KidsWorkShoppingAfter schoolAfter school activitiesSports practicesMusic lessonsPartners activitiesWeekend activitiesThen when you stop and look at it, you have left no time for YOU! It is very easy, as a parent to put everyone else before yourself. To plan out everyone, to make sure they get to everything on time and have everything that they need, while at the same time neglecting yourself and forgetting about what you might need.You are as important as everyone else.  Your needs are as important.  Your health is as important as everyone else’s, if not more important. After all, if you get sick or run down, who is going to do the endless list of things that you have set out for yourself to do?We are great at doing this to ourselves. Packing our schedules so full that our heads are spinning.But, keeping active and getting your exercise in doesn’t have to be a mammoth task.You just need to assess your schedule and see where you can fit it in. When you write out your daily routine hour by hour, you will usually find large gaps where you can fit in time for YOU!I’ll give you an example in the image below.This is an example of one of my days hour by hour.Everything is planned out to make the most of my time, but to also get important work done so I don’t end up procrastinating. We are all very good at telling ourselves that we are too busy to get any exercise done.But if you asked someone what was happening in the new season of Game of Thrones, or Power, or Love Island when it was on, they could rhyme off every episode.This is not a criticism.  Everyone needs downtime. I have mine scheduled in with my wife and kids above and this also allows for some television, but not much.But, I have also my training time scheduled in and it is unbreakable. Three/four times per week, I get my training session in.What I am trying to show you is that, if you planned it into your day, NOW, you will keep it as part of your day.Where you could be spending hours on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, PlayStation or watching Netflix or television.It is in those hours is where you can fit exercise into your schedule.If getting up at 5:30 am, so you can get your exercise done at 6am before the family wakes up, does not sound appealing to you and you can’t get it done straight after work, then you may need to sacrifice an hour of leisure time in the evenings.We are not talking about two hours of training per day, 7 days per week here. I have had hundreds of members get results training 2-3 times per week for 1 hour each time.If you can’t make it to a gym, go walking, or running or jogging. Got a bike? Go for a cycle. Stuck in the house?Do bodyweight exercises.You have endless options that can help you to stay active and to keep your health and fitness goals alive. It is about planning ahead and setting them in stone now, today.One of the biggest regrets people have when they start to get in shape is wishing they had started it earlier.So, do it now before you get left behind and end up wishing you had more time for yourself.#leanin2018Our next set of Lean in 2018 classes starts on September 17th.Now the kids are back to school, you can get back into a routine and have time for yourself. Let us help you to achieve your goals.Click the link below to see our extensive range of times and membership options.https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2018-gym-plan/Spaces are filling up fast so don’t delay, get booking NOW!DD Fitness: Don’t put yourself last was last modified: September 8th, 2018 by Emmet RusheShare 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:Columnistemmet rushefitnesshealthrushe fitnesslast_img read more


When Parents Get Too Involved…at Work!

first_imgOnce, a parent called me to demand that I place her daughter in a specific school. That wasn’t an option. I was young myself, eager and trying to be thorough and helpful, so I explained that there was a process that didn’t really work that way.  She called her husband to the phone to threaten me. I reminded them of the laws against making threats. Many recent graduates never had a time without their parents’ involvement.  The helicopter parent was always around to influence their kids’ coaches, counselors, teachers, professors, advisors, and even mentors!  So, the recent graduate’s first job was likely to be chaperoned too. I once hired school teachers.  Most of our new teachers were hired fresh out of college. They were eager, and talented, if a bit overindulged.   While this is an extreme example, this phenomenon is not unheard of. Many employers, like me back then, could use a few suggestions on how to deal with the overzealous-helicopter-tiger-mom type.center_img Naturally, no school principal wanted the young teacher.  They weren’t going to intentionally invite the drama that likely comes with an overindulged child of a helicopter parent.  They had plenty to deal with already.   1. A-Accept it!  The teacher tested well, interviewed well and got great recommendations.  So what if her mom was a pain.  Sometimes, working with the super-zealous parent can benefit everyone involved.2. B-Be consistently polite!  Being consistently polite may have saved me from dad following through on his weak threats.3. C-Communicate clearly! Explain in company paraphernalia that applicants’ agents will be dealt with only in certain extenuating circumstances and even then, only at the discretion of the employer.4. D-Don’t give in! I would’ve been violating policy and contract terms by allowing preferential placement. So stay the course.last_img read more


Web News: Mozilla Manifesto, Offline Firefox, Yahoo IM/Mail, President 2.0, SNS APIs, Web Safety

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web – The Mozilla Manifesto; rather generic new manifesto. It reminds us of an old JeffBezos quote… when someone asked him ‘What do u think about Google’s moto – don’t beevil?’ Bezos is said to have replied: ‘I assumed this was obvious’. We couldn’t trackdown the exact quote, so please leave a comment if you have a link!– OfflineZimbra with Firefox; kiwi Chris Double has been testing offline support for Zimbra inFirefox, as a proof of concept of new Firefox offline capabilities (which we notedearlier this week).– Yahoo Messenger integrateswith Y! Mail; originally previewed in November, the IM/mail integration is beingrolled out to all Yahoo! Mail beta users over the next few months. The feature allowsusers to see their friends’ status and avatars, as well as exchange instantmessages in within their browser inbox. Nicely done and is better integrated than GoogleTalk is with Gmail.– 2008: The Year ofPresident 2.0?; “At this early stage the techniques deployed by wannabe presidentsamount to a start-up bakeoff. What politico can use the Web best to get eyeballs, moneyand momentum?” Hmmm, sounds like blogging these days!– SocialNetworking Sites Opening Their APIs; most telling comment: “MySpace declined tocomment.” But Facebook, orkut, Friendster, and my old employer Marc Canter’sPeopleAggregator, are all working to open up their social networking platforms.– New Web safety institute unveiled; the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) aims topromote kids safety on the Web. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more


Twitter Rolls Out Easy SMS Following, No Account Needed

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Everyone’s favorite micro-blogging service Twitter just announced a fascinating new way for mobile users (even those without a Twitter account) to quickly and easily start following the short message bursts of the Twitterverse. With the new “Fast Follow” feature (say that three times fast), anyone can text “Follow @rww” (or any other username) to Twitter at 40404 and they will instantly start receiving SMS alerts for that user’s tweets. What is more impressive, however, it that those without an account of their own can still receive alerts and can even sign up right from their phone via SMS. While this is a simple feature add for Twitter, it is a brilliant move that will get more people trying the service. The use of short code text messaging is very popular these days. Millions of people vote for the next American Idol star via text message, and just as many have donated money to the Red Cross during times of need right from their phones. Part of the reason for this popularity is the ease by which it is done, as well as the ubiquitous nature of text messaging. Even the most basic mobile devices can send text messages, and texting is huge among younger generations who use it as a 24/7 lifeline to their friends. Cell phone use is especially high among less affluent demographics of society who may not be able to afford a broadband internet connection, but can certainly swing a cheap basic cell phone.Now with Fast Follow, anyone can start following tweets as easy as they vote on American Idol or donate to the Red Cross. Now business, organizations and even people can say, “Follow me on Twitter by texting ‘Follow @chcameron’ to 40404,” and people will know what that means and how to do it. There is much more familiarity with SMS short codes than there is with signing up for Twitter and following people that way.What’s more – letting non-users receive alerts is a great way to let people dip their toes in before jumping head first into the vast ocean that is Twitter. It is curious, however, to consider how being able to follow a user without an account will affect a user’s follow count. Will a new category emerge that will tell us how many non-users are following? Either way, it would not be surprising to see this decision pay off very well for Twitter in terms of adding users to the service – perhaps even from new demographics. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img chris cameron Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#twitter#web last_img read more


Big Question (Answered): “Is There a Drought of Big Ideas on the Internet/Tech Blogosphere?”

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts robyn tippins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This week’s Motorola news seemed to create a great deal of stories, but very few were significantly deep. Richard wondered why Tech Media was so obsessed with Deals & Rumors. The discussion in the comments was really great so we decided to ask you directly, “Is There a Drought of Big Ideas on the Internet/Tech Blogosphere?”You answered and we culled your responses from Google Plus, Twitter, the original post and Facebook, and used Storify to present it all back to you. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments.center_img Tags:#community#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more


Flex becoming rigid on wearables bullishness

first_imgTags:#Flex#health wearables#Internet of Things#IoT#Nike#wearables Ryan Matthew Pierson Follow the Puck Electronics giant Flex sees wearables becoming a vital part of the company’s success in the future, says CEO Mike McNamara.A major player in the electronics world and currently one of the largest electronics manufacturers on the planet — with 200,000 employees working across 30 countries in the realm of design, manufacturing, distribution, and aftermarket services – McNamara says says he’s sees wearables moving beyond the small slice of company production where it currently sits.Wearables, a range of personal electronic devices including smart watches, pedometers, heart rate monitors, smart clothing, and more – only makes up about 1% of Flex’s current business.That’s a relatively small piece of a $25 billion-per-year pie, but one that McNamara believes is set to become a much bigger part of the long-term electronics industry.In a recent interview with the South China Morning Post, McNamara said: “There is just so many different use cases for wearables that I think it will continue to grow.”In case you’re wondering why you haven’t heard much about the Flex brand, it’s because Flex produces components and products for companies that then sell them to consumers.For example, FitBit is a popular wearable item around the world. Flex would be the company that produces the electronics that go into FitBit’s devices.“We work very, very hard for wearable technology,” he said. “We try to work on the underlying core process technologies that enables wearables to happen.”Flex sees wearables booming right nowThe wearables business is booming. Over 110 million devices are expected to ship in 2016 which is a projected 38% increase from the previous year. That’s about one new device for every three people living in the United States.In 2020, market experts expect that number to increase to $237 million.One of the primary reasons for McNamara’s optimism is the potential for new and interesting applications for wearable technology. We are already seeing professional sports organizations talking to wearable manufacturers about adding wearable technology to their player’s uniform in order to better track and evaluate performance during the game.Hospitals and other health care facilities are also looking to wearables as a step forward in patient care.With all this in mind, we can be certain that McNamara isn’t the only CEO placing a bet on the wearables market. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more