PPP to advance measures for more accountability at City Hall

first_img…Party calls of yearly audited statementsAt the recently concluded Local Government Elections (LGE) of 2018, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) secured seven seats in the capital city of Georgetown, which is an increase of five seats when compared with the last LGE in 2016.The PPP plans to make City Hall more accountableWith the addition of its new voices at City Hall, PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo at a recent press conference outlined that the Party will be employing measures to ensure that the Georgetown City Council is fully accountable to its constituents.With a 2018 LGE voter turnout of just 28.3 per cent in Georgetown, many observers contended that a large part of the electorate in the city withheld votes from the ruling coalition Administration, following many of the startling revelations that came out from the recently ordered probe into City Hall’s management. Now that the PPP has garnered more seats, Jagdeo committed that the Party’s Councilors will not only hold the new Council accountable but will also put forward proposals to improve services offered by City Hall.“First of all, accountability in the City Council, we want audited statements every single year; we want every civil work be tendered using the National Procurement Act because you have seen that they have not had audited statements for the last three years [but] they have given out hundreds of millions in contracts without any form of tendering to friends and family. We want to correct that,” Jagdeo told the press.He added too that PPP Councilors will strive to make the City Council more user-friendly in terms of tax paying. The Party posited that residents and business owners and operators should not have to face the hassle of physically travelling to City Hall to pay their taxes or to find out how much they are in arrears. The PPP has agreed that taxpayers should be able to fully access these services online by entering their name and address in the city in electronic devices to check on their tax liabilities“I should be able to pay it online as how you pay your bills; then you improve services to residents in the city. We will be talking to our seven councilors to push for these things,” Jagdeo disclosed.More than that, the former President said the PPP wants the city to accelerate the process of permitting businesses to construct buildings which would lead to more job creation in Georgetown. In addition, he wants the city’s administration to review all of its expenditure now with the aim of assessing the impact on people.“You can’t have the current City Council funding the security for the former Mayor or the current Mayor having more security than the President,” he noted.On September 24, 2018, public hearings into the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into City Hall’s operations commenced before former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Cecil Kennard. It had been revealed that a plot of riverfront land, reportedly not the property of City Hall was leased to a shipping company by King since April 5, 2016, at the cost of $625,000 per year.It was also heard that the Town Clerk, Royston King, allegedly collected monies from nine specific drivers of the Route 44 (Industry) route and that those drivers paid a rental of $3000 to occupy a stretch of the roadway that spans from the Avenue of the Republic to Hincks Street.Though much of the blame seemed to be placed on the Town Clerk, outspoken economist and former Presidential Advisor, Ramon Gaskin, had expressed that King should not have been the only subject to be put in the spotlight. He had argued that there was a culture of mismanagement and unaccountability at City Hall for more than 20 years and that it never stopped. He said it began under the leadership of former Mayor Hamilton Green and continued with Patricia Chase Green.“These two people should not be forgotten. Royston King is a product of Hamilton Green and Chase Green too,” he had told this newspaper. King has been sent on leave pending the outcome of this CoI.Aside from the seven seats the PPP/C gained, the smaller coalition partner, the Alliance For Change (AFC), won two while the majority, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) garnered the most with 21. Back in 2016, the combined APNU/AFC controlled 25 seats. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

A’s injury updates: Trivino, Olson shake rust pregame at Fenway Park

first_imgBOSTON – Lou Trivino took what looks to be the final step to returning to gameday action following a successful live BP session at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon.The right-handed reliever, who has been sidelined with a thumb injury since April 17, completed his session with the approval of his manager, who expects to have him available for the series finale on Wednesday afternoon.“I didn’t see many guys taking swings off him today,” said Bob Melvin. “I thought it went well. It’s a prudent …last_img

Toni & Guy Jumbo Tong Hair Styler – Fully recommenended

first_imgThis is my third pair sad to say the swivel head usually looks to pop off not absolutely sure if its due to put on & tear due to the fact of the frequency i use it, but the mear point that i like these tings is why i generally swap them, my hair usually seems amazing & healthful soon after i employed these tongs.Toni&guy jumbo tong styler/straightener. Colour lock tourmaline coated styler. Weighty,cumbersome and a bit messy but will however do the task. Requires a handful of seconds to warmth up so very rapidly. Ok for long hair but also broad for short hair. The stand connected to the tongs will get sizzling and gets in the way. Individually i feel it seems to be a bit on the affordable facet. Fairly dissatisfied in it thought it would be greater excellent.I was expecting a little something a little bit greater from toni & guy. On the optimistic facet it has a attractive long twine (three metres), it heats up pretty quickly (about sixty seconds), it has a useful minimal stand, a 2-yr ensure and there is basic safety minimize-off. On the minus side it seems terrible, i did not like the plasticky glance of the take care of or the color, it is also a little bit on the large side. In addition to this, i wasn’t as well impressed at the quality of the curling. Possibly my hair is also thick but i was expecting better hold.Fully recommenendedNot too impressed.Does the trick for mei couldn’t get the desired result.Toni&Guy Jumbo Tong Styler/StraightenerGood, but minimal instructions and no style suggestions Superior, but small recommendations and no type suggestions. These tongs are extended which would match, maybe, a lot more hair variations. A single point, perhaps, that is against their length is that, as a end result, they’re also heavier. The cable is lengthy which is exceptionally beneficial. They’re fairly quick at heating up (about a minute) and not much too bad on cooling down (there is certainly a hinged stand to assist you in this). There are color-coded lights to convey to you if it really is on or not. There is certainly no have scenario, which is a disgrace. Instructions, like virtually something these times, are minimum so if you are new to what tongs can be used for in styling, you’ll have to lookup the net. I detest this angle by modern makers – we are clients rememberthey get the job done moderately nicely and, at the price on amazon, they’re quite affordable. They failed to, even so, blow my socks off’ even though, so four not 5 stars.A person for women with extended hair – and significant fingers, mainly because this is a beast of a tong. Definitely t&g’s designers could have arrive up with a little something that failed to need the hulk to use. In addition, whilst it could possibly be okay for someone else to use on you, hoping to curl hair on the back of your individual head necessitates immense dexterity. The top quality of this product is great – not amazing (and not really up to the toni & guy model of excellence). Curls stayed for a whilst, but provided the total of work needed with this about-sized item, it would have been awesome for them to previous for a longer time.Features of Toni & Guy Jumbo Tong Hair Styler38 mm jumbo barrel to achieve loose natural curlsDigital controlsReady to use in 60 secondsRubberised soft touch handle3 m cord lengthI couldn’t get the preferred result. . As other reviewers have stated,these tongs warmth up immediately and experience nice in the hand but no subject how i attempted,i couldn’t get them to give me the desired result i was soon after. I held blaming myself,leaving them for a couple of days and then attempting them again but was usually upset. Not tongs i could suggest,there are far superior other individuals on the current market. The cost position may well be good but if they don’t function for you,it’s not worth.Mrs d writes: good for deep tumbling curls, or for subtler waves, and some imagined has long gone into it, with a stand so that it can heat up and amazing down safely, a incredibly extended lead, and packaging that can survive hermes throwing it about my facet gate. The two year guarantee is a surely in addition stage, as most of my hair care electricals die in their thirteenth month. I can obtain virtually the exact outcome with my trim straighteners, but at just £16. 99 i feel it is properly truly worth owning the expert tool.Acquired as a current, it was pretty well obtained.Just the position – my daughter loves them.There are a number of things that manufactured me suspicious about this styler. The quite reduced selling price, is 1st. The obvious movie star endorsement on the low cost box is worthless, as it arrives from tony and men individual stylist. ‘professionally tested’ – one more meaningless assert, when you imagine about it. Is expense slicing automatically a negative factor however?. You do get a 2 12 months guaranttee, and there is is a saftey cut out, which some high priced stylers deficiency, so it isn’t really all negative. The styler is gradual to warm up, but we uncover it does its career welll adding volume and curiosity to lengthy hair. The controls are simple to work and the minimize out appears to be to work. The cable is a decent duration.Bought it for my daughter for christmas and she loves it, heats up quite brief and is straightforward to use, ?.Warmth up rapidly and fab for tousled search.These tongs did what was explained, they are larger than other tongs and suit for a longer time hair for that reason. They do give bounce as other folks have commented. My only reservation is that they do get pretty warm even at a low temperature (time will aid me get far better at this, no question) but i would surely agree that protecting goods will need to be utilized on your hair.Wonderful benefit and does the job. . This is a really efficient curling wand – it has a incredibly good sized barrel and a pretty very long cable. I have medium thick, coarse hair lower into a long bob and this supplies me with physique, good and easy to do curled underneath finishes, or if i use it to make curls – large waves. Our 12 yr old has a great deal thicker hair which is underneath her shoulders, and this styler produced massive loose curls, but that was with me styling her hair – this may well be harder to use on your own if you have lengthy, thick hair as it is really a significant little bit of package and as a result weighs very a lot – worn out arm alertotherwise – excellent value, minimal cost and does the job. This is a utilitarian software rather than a deluxe styler if you know what i necessarily mean – but there is absolutely nothing mistaken with that.I selected this item since i like my hair being curly as they are the natural way straight. It was the finest of the selections i experienced. Every thing in the product’s description was legitimate, specially that it heats up really speedily. The item achieved my anticipations to the fullest. It retains my hair in design and style and its straightforward to use. I reccoment this merchandise to all people, as it is a product that could make your life less difficult as well as make your hair appear fabulous.I haven’t employed curling tongs since the sixties when i applied them to make superb ringlets in my lifeless straight waist length hair. I imagined working with them would be like using a bike. . Never ever overlooked, so i was amazed that i discovered manipulating these on my now limited hair so tough. I did manage to get curls on the prime of my head and at the sides but could do very little with the back again. I also practically burnt my ears off. I feel my difficulty with these is that they are just as well significant for people with limited hair. If you are like me i suggest you get a smaller product.Plug in, transform on, depart for a moment. Then set a smaller quantity of your hair amongst the curved plate and the cylinder, reduced the plate, and then rotate the machine. Leave for about thirty seconds, then release the plate and your hair – cue curls. There is a temperature management as perfectly. You are proposed to start at five, and consider, ahead of doing the job up. Good hair really should get lower temperatures. I do like the final result from this, the curls do seem glamorous, whilst, becoming rather new to this, i did locate it a bit odd hoping to do the again of my hair, and at one particular place, accidentally turned the system off in the method. But this is a terrific way of receiving in on the model for significant curls, and i would really suggest these.last_img read more

Nuggets From the 2015 Westford Symposium

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Building science experts, architects, engineers, and builders from across the U.S., Canada, and Europe gathered in early August in Westford, Massachusetts, for the 19th annual Westford Building Science Symposium, a conference sometimes known as “Summer Camp.”Over three lively days filled with education, networking, and drinking, experts gave ten presentations on a variety of building science topics. You read it here first GBA readers who attended the conference had a sense of déjà vu at three of the presentations, since the talks covered topics that GBA has reported on in depth: Ventilating high-rise apartment buildings Lorne Ricketts, a building science engineer at RDH Building Engineering in Vancouver, British Columbia, gave a presentation on research into ventilation systems in a high-rise multifamily building. (Ricketts and his co-author, John Straube, also reported their findings in a paper titled “Corridor Pressurization System Performance in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings.”)For multifamily buildings, mechanical engineers often specify a type of supply ventilation system called a “corridor pressurization” (or “pressurized corridor”) system.Ricketts explained, “A pressurized corridor ventilation system is designed to provide ventilation to the entire building.” This type of ventilation system includes several components:An illustration of a corridor pressurization system is shown in Image #4, below.The engineers who design these supply ventilation systems make several assumptions. The two most important of these assumptions are (a) that the air introduced by the roof-mounted fan is delivered to the common corridors, and (b) that the pressurized corridors deliver fresh air to each apartment. Both assumptions are probably wrong.It turns out that this is a faith-based ventilation system. The designers’ faith is misplaced. Let’s make some measurements While corridor pressurization systems are fairly common, few researchers have measured the airflows… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring again

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “I would rather he did not,” White said, as relayed by MMA Fighting. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands.”McGregor’s transition from the octagon to the boxing might open some doors for other MMA fighters to do so as well, but White made it clear that this was a special case.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t even want to talk about my other guys in a boxing match,” he said. “This one was these two big superstars, this thing built from the bottom up from the fans to the media and then up to us when we even started remotely considering something like this. It was a special event and a rare event. I’m not looking to do this again.”McGregor looked comfortable in the early minutes of the fight, but was visibly slowing down in rounds 4 and 5. Conor McGregor watches replays after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Although his fighter took a painful loss, UFC President Dana White is extremely proud of his Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor after going toe-to-toe with iconic boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 10 rounds.With the Irish sensation showing promise in the ring despite the defeat, the UFC head honcho was asked if he’d be ok if McGregor returns to the boxing ring again.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Beda clobbers Arellano to end 1st round on seven-game streakcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “It’s not the fight I thought it would be, it was a completely different fight than I expected,” White told the news outlet. “When you get into professional boxing, you guys know, you start four rounds, you go six rounds. He went 10 rounds tonight with arguably the greatest to ever do it.”Regardless of the result, White still has full support of his fighter and is not rushing him for a comeback to the octagon anytime soon.“We’re not talking about fighting tonight,” White said. “He put on a great performance. We’re not talking about fighting. You know how he is. When he’s ready, he’ll let me know.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—reportADVERTISEMENT UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

CWG chief expresses concerns over Games village preparation

first_imgCGF president Michael Fennell wants immediate steps to fix the condition of Games Village.Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell has expressed concerns over the Games Village preparation, saying that the condition of the residential zone there has “shocked” many contingents.”The condition of the residential zone has shocked the majority,” Fennell wrote in a letter to Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekar.With just 12 days to go for the sporting extravaganza, the Federation chief has expressed doubts over the state of the Games village which he said has been “seriously compromised”.”The Village is the cornerstone of any Games and the athletes deserve the best possible environment to prepare for their competition.”Fennel’s comments came after New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland have objected strongly to the condition of the accommodation given to them in the Village.The contingent had said that the living conditions “unliveable” and had asked the Games organising committee to put their officials and athletes in hotels if they could not set apartments right.last_img read more

Renault India to launch Lodgy MPV early next year

first_imgRenault Lodgy headed to IndiaRenault India is preparing to bring its latest product for India, the Lodgy Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV). This vehicle is expected to be launched in the country early next year. Spotted undergoing tests in several parts of the country, it appears as a capacious offering in its segment.It is likely that Renault India will roll out the Lodgy MPV in both petrol and diesel guises. The Lodgy is expected to appeal to anyone looking for loads of space inside a vehicle. Already being sold in international markets, the MPV comes with sports chrome garnish around the front grille. However , it is being expected that the Indian variant will get a chrome glutted front.Inside the cabin, dual tone colour scheme of beige and brown should be present. Unlike the overseas variant, the India bound model could be devoid of the infotainment system.Power in the Renault Lodgy is expected to be from the same 1.6 litre petrol engine available in the popular Duster. This 1.6 litre engine is capable of developing 101 bhp of top power output and a peak torque of 145 Nm. The diesel variant would, in all likelihood, be fitted with the e 1.5 litre K9K diesel engine, developing  maximum power of 83 bhp. A 5-speed manual transmission will be fitted with both petrol and diesel engines.In the hotly contested MPV segment, Renault Lodgy will lock horns with others such as Toyota Innova, Maruti Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool’s two goal Shaqiri: I always try to make an impact

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool’s two goal Shaqiri: I always try to make an impactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s two goal Xherdan Shaqiri was delighted with his role after their 3-1 win over Manchester United.Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle, the Switzerland international explained how he used his natural disappointment with being a substitute as motivation to influence the outcome when he got a chance.“Every player is not happy when he is on the bench, that’s pretty normal. But only 11 players can play – the coach decides,” said Shaqiri to liverpoolfc.com.“I always try to make an impact when I come on or play from the beginning. Today was a very good impact with the two goals, I’m delighted.”He added: “It was an amazing win and important, too. We played very well. In the second half, we did more than Manchester United – we tried and tried. In the end, we fully deserved to win this game.“When you see the statistics, we did everything in this game to win. It was very intense and we kept the high intensity in this game. It was an important win and a nice win against Manchester United.” last_img read more

13 days agoHyypia says Liverpool can be proud outshining Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hyypia says Liverpool can be proud outshining Man Cityby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool Champions League title winner Sami Hyypia says the club can be proud outshining Manchester City.With Pep Guardiola’s City stars certain to fight until the end this season, Hyypia believes, if ­Liverpool do win the Premier League title, it will make victory even more remarkable.“If someone creates a great team like City, you can’t stop that,” he said. “We lost one game and City won the title, so you have to hold up your hands as we did all we could to win it.“They even gave us credit for pushing them to the very end. That’s why, if we win, it’ll be even better as City are just so good .“To win in an era where your rival is so good merely heightens the achievement.” last_img read more

Business group pleased with backtowork legislation for postal workers

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — A group representing Canadian businesses is praising the federal government for legislating postal employees back to work, saying it will help clear hefty backlogs of mail ahead of the busy holiday season.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said in a statement that it was pleased Ottawa listened to business owners, who described the postal strike as “an emergency for many small firms and for Canadian consumers.”Mail service was scheduled to resume today at noon Eastern after the Senate passed legislation ordering an end to five weeks of rotating strikes by postal workers.Royal assent was granted Monday after senators approved Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25, with four abstentions.The government deemed passage of the bill to be urgent due to the economic impact of continued mail disruptions during the busy Christmas holiday season.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued a statement declaring it’s “exploring all options to fight the back-to-work legislation.”Negotiations had been underway for nearly a year, but the dispute escalated more recently when CUPW members launched rotating strikes Oct. 22.Those walkouts have led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown corporation’s main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.Dan Kelly, president of the business federation, said 71 per cent of members it surveyed supported back-to-work legislation after two-thirds of small businesses reported they had been negatively affected by the strike.“Back to work legislation is never an easy choice, but it will help salvage the holiday season for small firms and consumers,” he said in the statement. “We’re relieved to see Canada Post back to work and hope the corporation and the union can reach a long-lasting agreement to ensure Canada Post can become a low-cost and reliable option for small business.”last_img read more