The festive season is here! It’s the time of the year many people look forward to for many reasons: extra money, gifts, vacation, parties, shopping, family gatherings etc; however, it is, unfortunately, the most wasteful time of the year. This the time when persons get rid of items they no longer want in pursuit of new stuff. As you would imagine, the festive season has huge environmental impacts, not only in terms of solid waste but water and energy wastage as well. With all the cleaning, washing and lighting up, many persons are bound to incur high water and electricity bills. However, it doesn’t have to be that wasteful. Prudent planning and wise use of resources can go a far way in not only saving you some much-needed cash for the new year but also reducing the negative environmental impacts.Smart tips for a clean and healthy holiday seasonSome ways we can make small changes but have a big impact:Have a budget Carefully assess your needs and make a budget. Weigh your needs versus your wants and prioritise based on the amount of money you have to spend. Remember, you don’t need to buy everything in this one month. Make your shopping list and stick to it; avoid impulse shopping at all cost.Get creative! This is a good time to get creative and make some of your own Christmas décor and gifts. The EPA would have provided tips on upcycling techniques in the past but there is also YouTube where you can learn to make attractive decorations. CD’s, cardboards, mason jars, glass and plastic bottles and many other items around the home can be creatively transformed.Look for energy-efficient lights and if you can, use automatic timers to turn on and offThis will help you to conserve energy and most of all, save you some needed cash for after the holidays. Also, remember only to plug in your lights when you are home, never leave them unattended. It also reduces the risk of fires.Choose reusable over disposal Planning parties, family gatherings or holiday dinners? Choose elegant reusable items; there is nothing classier than great tableware. You will not only reduce waste but have durable items to last all year through.Choose live plants over artificial ones Live plants look exquisite and they not only beautify your yard and space but also help to purify the air. Once you invest in plants and take care of them, you don’t have to purchase more next year.Keep it simple One thoughtful gift is better than six wrapped packages of unwanted gifts. Plan ahead.Give the gift of experience Music lessons, gift voucher, lessons for a new hobby, a massage, a trip to a resort or one of Guyana’s Protected Areas. This is perfect for friends who want to try something new and the best part is you don’t have to wrap the gift.Give a monetary donation to a local charity and environmental club in your community so they can execute projects that would enhance the community.Make gift-giving a bit fun this year, don’t wrap gifts Hide them and give the recipient clues. Make the search a treasure hunt.Donate Give used items in good condition such as books, clothing and equipment to persons in need or charitable organisations instead of throwing them out. This will go a far way in reducing waste.Dispose of your waste properly! After you would have cleaned or acquired new items for your home, office or store, ensure you don’t throw huge piles of garbage, boxes etc on the parapet or in front of your office or business. Please dispose of your waste properly.
Development strategiesAs we enter the final week of the commemoration of our Jubilee Independence observation, many citizens have striven to answer the question of what has “independence” actually delivered to the people of Guyana. It is a rather bleak question since it presupposes that not much has actually been achieved.At the time of independence in 1966, the goals and expectations were quite clear: to catch up with the developed countries, represented then as Britain and the US in living standards. These countries had been the first to industrialise, followed by European countries such as Germany. They did so under what was to be described by the “capitalist” mode of production in which the motive to increase profits to private owners of “capital” was the dominant driving force.After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the resulting USSR provided a new, “socialist” strategy of development in which the State rather than private individuals owned and organised production that was supposed to be shared equitably among the populace. Both the capitalist and socialist paths of development assumed that increased economic production was the paramount criterion and was a component of an underlying “drive towards modernisation”.In 1960 Harvard based WW Rostow, in the heat of the Cold War between the US and the USSR for world dominance, used the analogy of an aircraft (a “modern” artifact) going into flight to describe the “stages of economic growth” that all countries would have to undergo to move from their “traditional backwardness” to “modern prosperity”. This was situated in the “capitalist” system, now positively renamed as the “free enterprise system” and intended to counter the Soviet model.There were five stages: the “traditional society” with subsistence farming and limited savings; the “preconditions for take off” when agriculture is mechanised, savings increased; the “take off” in which political and social institutions intensify the economic development spurred by industrialisation; the “drive to maturity” when economic development spreads and integration into international markets develops and finally the “drive to maturity” where mass consumption for the masses is widespread.In 1962, under “internal self government” the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) invited the English socialist economist Nicolas Kaldor to prepare his budget that was supposed to balance increased agricultural output with industrialisation. He proposed a tax to prevent the multinationals from siphoning off their profits which left the country in a permanent deficit. It was never implemented since it became the trigger for CIA sponsored riots to remove the PPP from office.West Indies Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Sir Arthur Lewis, had proposed an “industrialisation by invitation” model, for “lift off” in which foreign corporations are invited to bring in technology and capital through the inducements of tax holidays and concessions. Jagan had rejected this model explicitly but Lewis was brought in by Burnham, and made architect of the “1966-1972 Development Plan” as a gesture to the US which had ensconced him into office.There was also the notion of “aid” by the developed countries and the World Bank to fill the “investment gap” between the domestic savings and capital needed to deliver a sufficient growth rate for take off. While the People’s National Congress (PNC) used the US aid to develop highways and other infrastructure, not enough foreign companies responding to the “invitation” to make a difference. In 1974, in its “Declaration of Sophia” the PNC announced Guyana was “in transition from capitalism to socialism” and would complete the task under the “cooperative socialist model”, which was borrowed from the Ujaama Socialist model of Tanzania. The PNC nationalised “the commanding heights of the economy” and ended up with 80 per cent of the economy under its control. By the end of the decade however, Guyana could not service its debt and under IMF sanctions, the economy imploded.After 1989 with the acceptance of the IMF “conditionalities” to re-negotiate our US$2.1 billion debt, we were inducted into the latest version of “industrialisation by invitation”. (To be continued)
Dear Editor,Each time the Mayor of Georgetown opens her mouth, she ends up putting her foot inside of it. Her most recent interview, before winging out to Chile, was to announce that the Deputy Mayor is not entitled to transportation and other benefits by law.That may be so, but then again there are a lot of persons at City Hall that are enjoying a lot of benefits to which they are not entitled to by law, but that does not prevent them from doing so, including her good self.If we take a look at the Town Clerk he can always be seen accompanied by a retinue of bodyguards, to which he is not entitled by law. He may want to point to his predecessor having a bodyguard, but that was not at the Council expense, as in his case.By convention, Town Clerks enjoyed a static security at their residences which he also does. He is not entitled by law to have several cars being provided for his convenience, including one that is being rented for an astronomical sum per month, along with several drivers. Neither is he entitled by law to dine at fancy restaurants with friends and bill the Council, instead he should be using the entertainment allowance to which he is paid each month.The City Engineer has been provided with a large four-wheel drive vehicle manufactured by Nissan for his exclusive use, to which he is not entitled by law. The Town Clerk and senior officers are not entitled by law to be provided with state-of-the-art cellular telephones with voice and data services being paid for by the Council, including roaming charges and overseas calls.The Mayor, Town Clerk and City Engineer are not entitled by law to use the vehicles that are assigned to them for transport all around Guyana, but rather should just be using them in and around Georgetown to carry out their duties.In fact it was most unfortunate and improper that one of Council’s drivers died recently on West Coast Demerara whilst transporting home the children of a senior officer, way outside of the confines of Georgetown.But surely the government could make a vehicle available to the Deputy Mayor just as they made one available to the Town Clerk, or is it that the Deputy Mayor wants to be the only city official pursuing the dream of making Georgetown a green city, whilst the others are chugging around in their gas guzzling SUVs and luxury cars that are helping to pollute the environment?Do the Laws and Entitlements apply to all, or only to some?Sincerely,Shanta Singh
She started at Begg School and continued teaching when the district consolidated its two middle schools in the 1980s, renaming Begg as Manhattan Beach Intermediate School. Schreiner moved to Manhattan Beach Middle when it opened in 1998. Over the years, her four friends have left to raise families or retire. She’s taught a range of subjects such as history, mathematics, cooking, sewing, science and drafting. This year, she’ll teach five medieval history classes and a leadership class in the afternoon. At 66, the still-idealistic Schreiner approaches her job with a freshness of a person several decades younger. Her secret is simple: She loves her job. “I have spent my life being happy,” she said. “I wake up every morning and I’m happy.” Her enthusiasm and broad approach to learning impresses colleagues. “She does more than just teach to curriculum,” Principal John Jackson said. “She teaches the kids to be well-rounded.” On Wednesday, Schreiner ended a morning class by showing her students an editorial cartoon clipped from the morning newspaper. The cartoon’s satirical reference to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” drew a few chuckles. “Laughter is good for us,” she said. “I’ll try to make you laugh every day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After telling Schreiner she preferred to be called Lexi, former Mayor Joyce Fahey’s daughter gave her teacher a scoop. “She just wanted a break, but she might run in two years,” Lexi said. As classes resumed at Manhattan Beach Middle School on Wednesday, Schreiner stood as the longest-tenured teacher (and employee) in the district. At a Tuesday ceremony, Superintendent Bev Rohrer presented Schreiner with a black 45-year pin and orchid lei. Schreiner took a job with the district in 1962, as an idealistic 21-year-old. Four friends also took teaching jobs. The five women lived in an apartment near the beach. Ro Schreiner’s seventh-grade roll call went beyond a simple reciting of names. On the first day of her 46th year as a Manhattan Beach public school teacher, Schreiner bantered with her students Wednesday as she called out their names, fine-tuning pronunciations along the way. After one student didn’t answer, Schreiner deadpanned “no estas en casa.” Recognizing a familiar last name, she called out Alexis Fahey: “Can I embarrass you? Your mom was mayor. Why didn’t she run for the school board?”
Harry Kane has scored three goals since his return from injury Hugo Lloris believes Harry Kane’s return can prove the turning point in Tottenham’s faltering Champions League campaign.Spurs play Monaco in France on Tuesday night and realistically must win if they are to avoid an early exit from Group E.Mauricio Pochettino’s men trail Monaco by four points and second-placed Bayer Leverkusen by two, following successive home defeats at Wembley.Kane, however, could provide the spark Tottenham need. The striker’s late double fired his side to their first victory in eight matches against West Ham on Saturday and Lloris believes his return from injury could be pivotal.“One thing is very important – the return of Kane,” Lloris said.“He is bringing a lot of positive energy as we saw against Arsenal and West Ham. He is a very important player for us. Tomorrow he is going to be decisive hopefully.“It’s simple. He is one of the leaders and tomorrow is an important moment for Tottenham this season so we need all our top players at the top level.“It’s our responsibility tomorrow to play at that level.”Kane has only recently come back from a seven-week lay-off with an ankle injury and Pochettino was doubtful last week when asked if the striker could manage three full matches in a week.Tottenham’s pulsating 3-2 win over West Ham kicked off a busy seven days, which continues against Monaco and ends with a crunch trip to Chelsea this weekend.Pochettino will also make late decisions on Dele Alli, who is still recovering from a knee injury, and Mousa Dembele, who has a niggling foot problem.“It’s clear that tomorrow is the most important game,” Pochettino said.“Our selection for tomorrow will be if the players that are fit or not, that can play 90 minutes or not.“We need to assess Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli, if they can play 90 minutes and don’t take any risks that can affect for the next games.“We have one day less than Monaco to recover because they play Friday, we play Saturday. Today is a very important day to assess and see if the players are fully recovered to play tomorrow.” 1
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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“It was a very violent crash,” he said, adding that an investigation was ongoing. “We are still trying to investigate why the \ went into oncoming traffic.” No charges have been filed at this time, Proctor added. The identities of the dead are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. SOUTH SAN GABRIEL – Three people were killed and three others injured in a four-vehicle collision Saturday night. The crash on Rosemead Boulevard near San Gabriel Boulevard occurred about 9:10 p.m. when a 1990 Cadillac headed north on Rosemead Boulevard collided with three southbound vehicles, said Sgt. Arturo Proctor of the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles Station. The collision killed the male driver of the Cadillac, a female passenger, and a 60-year-old Downey woman who was a passenger in a 1999 Nissan Maxima, one of the southbound vehicles. The driver of the Nissan, a 59-year-old Downey man, and the driver of a 1998 Honda Accord, a 27-year-old Pico Rivera man, suffered major injuries and were transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Proctor said. The crash left debris scattered across the roadway and closed Rosemead Boulevard in both directions near San Gabriel Boulevard for five hours, Proctor said.
GARBHAN Grant scored one of goals last night as the Republic of Ireland junior international team overcame Northern Ireland.Grant netted a penalty as the Republic of Ireland defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 in Lecarrow, County Roscommon.The Bonagee United forward drew the Republic of Ireland selection level after they had fallen behind. Michael Henneghan bagged the winner as Ireland won the game played to mark the official opening of the John Sherlock Stand in Lecarrow.Grant was joined in the starting XI by Cockhill Celtic’s Peter Doherty – who captained the Republic of Ireland selection – while Jimmy Bradley, Oisin McColgan (both Cockhill Celtic), Matthew Byrne, John Gerard McLaughlin (both Glengad United) and James Henry (Greencastle) all started for the Gerry Davis-managed team.Greencastle goalkeeper Dylan Doherty and Laurence Toland of Cockhill were among the replacements. Watch: Donegal player scores in win for Republic of Ireland junior team was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BONAGEE UNITEDGarbhan GrantUlster Senior League
Networking events, proposal writing for Ignite UX Michigan 2016, and happy hours fill this months events from our local meetup groups. If you’re in the metro Detroit or southeast Michigan area, you’ll have great opportunities in December to chat with fellow meetup members while enjoying food and drink. And in one case, potentially win a raffle prize! Each month I compile a calendar of user experience and web professionals events in southeastern Michigan where you’ll find meetups, learning opportunities, networking events, conferences—all kinds of events to learn from and meet colleagues and professionals. While I don’t attend all the events listed on the calendar, I usually make it to one or two events each week. I’d love to meet you. If you see me, stop by and say hi!End of the Year Happy HourDate: December 3, 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pmLocation: Batch Brewing Company in Detroit, Michigan (map to Batch Brewing Company)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredStop in at the Ladies That UX Detroit (LTUX) Happy Hour to meet up with fellow user experience professionals and others interested in the user experience field. Share what you’d like to see happening with LTUX in 2016.End of the Year Happy HourDate: December 8, 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pmLocation: Bar Louie in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map to Bar Louie)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredStop in at the Ladies That UX Detroit (LTUX) Happy Hour in Arbor to meet up with fellow user experience professionals and brainstorm/write proposals for the next Ignite UX Michigan in March 2016.End of the Year NetworkingDate: December 14, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:00pmLocation: Cass Cafe in Detroit, Michigan (map to Cass Cafe)Cost: $5.00, pre-registration requiredJoin the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group for our last event of the year. Enjoy great conversation and appetizers with fellow Meetup members. No agenda, come when you can, leave when you want.Year-End Wrap-up and 2016 Industry ForecastDate: December 14, 2015, 6:00pmLocation: Oakland University SmartZone Business Incubator in Rochester, Michigan (map to SmartZone Business Incubator)Cost: Free, pre-registration requestedWhat happened in mobile/wireless technology in 2015? What can we expect for the future? In their annual Mobile/Wireless Year in Review, Mobile Monday Detroit organizers Glenn Everitt, Randy Nunez, Alana Asbury, and Linda Daichendt will review the past year’s events. In addition, they’ll highlight key industry issues and innovations of 2015 while looking at what we can expect in 2016. Grand Circus Community Holiday PartyDate: December 18, 2015, 3:00pm to 6:00pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, Michigan (map to Grand Circus)Cost: Free, pre-registration requested Kick off the holiday season with Grand Circus at their holiday party for the Grand Circus and Detroit coworking communities. Enjoy drinks and snacks, meet old friends and make new friends, take in a photo booth, raffle, and more!Share EventsIt’s impossible to include every event happening in our area. Do you know of any metro Detroit events not on the list? Share them in the comments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedJune 2015 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsA meeting to discuss the Midwest UX 2016 in Detroit submission, quarterly Detroit Digital Rendezvous, Internet User Experience conference, getting organized with cards sorts, tree tests, and click tests are a few of the events you’ll discover in this month’s events calendar. Each month, I compile a calendar of user…In “Calendar”July 2015 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsA casual meetup about UX methods, WordPress networking event, and learning about the analytics and feedback tool Hotjar are a few of the events you’ll discover in this month’s events calendar. Each month, I compile a calendar of user experience and web professionals events in southeastern Michigan. You’ll find meetups,…In “Calendar”May 2016 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat user experience (UX) and web professional events are happening this month in southeast Michigan and northwestern Ohio? If you work on the web, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find…In “Calendar”
First a little background… What is MS System Center Operations Manager? SCOM is the third generation of Microsoft’s monitoring solution. Operations Manager provides an easy-to-use monitoring environment that monitors thousands of servers, applications, and clients to provide a comprehensive view of the health of an organization’s IT environment. What is MS System Center Essentials? Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 is a new management solution in the System Center family of IT systems management products. Essentials is specifically designed for IT professionals working in midsize businesses who often face IT challenges similar to those of larger enterprises – troubleshooting end user problems, automating management tasks, managing multiple systems, and diagnosing and resolving IT problems. Matt Royer For more information and download of the Intel Client Manageability Pack for SCOM and SCE, please visit: So where does the Intel Client Management Pack for SCOM and SCE fit in? The Intel Client Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and System Center Essentials enables the users of these applications to take advantage of the advanced, hardware-based system management capabilities of vPro. These capabilities will help reduce the cost of discovering, managing and securing desktop and mobile PCs in the enterprise and thereby improving compliance with corporate policies. Information Technology support staff can now rapidly and remotely communicate with, power up, reboot, control, inventory assets, and remediate vPro capable clients even if the PC is powered off or the operating system is not functioning. Much of the recent news around Microsoft System Center has been focus on the upcoming release of Microsoft System Configuration Manager SP1. However, did you know that MS System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and System Center Essentials (SCE) also have support for vPro Client management through the use of the Intel Client Manageability Pack for SCOM & SCE?