This is mud offered to mess with our minds

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to a letter titled, “Why did Buxton reject the 2017 prison escapee?” by Mr. Frederick Kissoon (July 24, 2017, KN). In it, Mr Kissoon made a number of questionable statements. First, he is attempting to create an impression that the 2002 escapees had big support from drug lords, when he says: “The 2002 escapees also had drug connections and were helped by those drug lords to embed themselves in Buxton.”I sincerely doubt this to be true. It may be true that some small-time dealers became ensnared in the 2002 escapees’ web of violence; or the escapees used drugs or had worked for drug lord before; and maybe drugs were used as part of their payment for crimes committed.But as far as popular opinion went, persons commonly referred to as drug lords in Guyana did not, arguably, offer support for the escapees. If anything, they fought them. The public should be careful about any attempt to replace the political support that the escapees received, with some story about support from drug lords. This is mud offered to mess with our minds.Secondly, the escapees were “embedded” in Buxton because they received strong political support from a certain section of our political community. Mr Kissoon is saying very little when he states: “Two Cabinet Ministers in the present government had contacts with the gunmen, one of them more than the other. This was the extent of the connection between politics and the Buxton conspirators.”That’s all, really? If two Cabinet ministers dealt with gunmen, why isn’t Mr Kissoon asking for their resignation? Why this great media silence about politicians who helped the escapees?Who are they? They are those persons who never won a free election on their own since they formed a political party in 1957. Their top political leader then said that Buxton had no criminals. They did nothing for about seven months as Guyanese, including their own supporters, were being pommeled by the escapees, and then said that if they are to help stop the violence, they must first get political concessions.Truth be told, the escapees’ political agenda almost succeeded. They compromised the army and left the police demoralised with some 2 dozen members dead. But the escapees and their politician friends were still beaten. They did not anticipate the rise of the phantom – they invented their own war and then lost it.This partially explains the silence in the media about the friends of the 2002 escapees (but we hear about laptop computers repeatedly). One primary political leader referred to this loss as the “Troubles” in one of his books. That’s it? The “Troubles”? How about a failed attempt to overthrow a legitimate government? Because the media refuses to talk about the 2002 escapees’ political friends, we have the new group of escapees.Finally, if people listen to Mr Kissoon and think the “July 2017 jail break marauders are long gone” and “may be heading for foreign territory,” and “do not have Georgetown-based political connections,” then good luck to them.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

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Hike in Tuition and Fees Coming to WCU

first_imgThe Western Carolina University Board of Trustees endorsed a schedule of tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year that includes a 3 percent increase in tuition for students from North Carolina previously approved by the board last December.The proposal, unanimously approved by the board at its regular quarterly meeting Friday, Dec. 4, would mean a $114 annual increase in tuition for in-state undergraduate students.During last December’s board meeting, the trustees approved a 3 percent increase in tuition for in-state students for 2015-16 and a subsequent increase of 3 percent for 2016-17, meeting instructions from the University of North Carolina Board Of Governors that all UNC campuses submit tuition and fee proposals covering those two academic years.The proposed schedule of tuition and fees must be approved by the Board of Governors and the General Assembly to become effective.Funds generated by the tuition increase would be used to add additional classes in the high-demand, high-growth areas of chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs; address salary issues as part of the university’s efforts to retain faculty and staff; ;and provide support for student services and programming.Even with the increase in costs for the coming year, WCU will remain among the least-expensive institutions of higher education in the state.In addition to changes in tuition, the board approved only one modification to mandatory student fees — a $10 increase in the book rental fee, from $280 per academic year to $290, to help meet the rising costs of textbooks and educational materials. All other mandatory student fees remain unchanged for 2016-17.Phil Drake, chair of the trustees’ finance and audit committee, presented the schedule of tuition and fees to the full board for approval following an afternoon of open discussion and committee meetings Thursday, Dec. 3.The board approved increases in residence hall room rates ranging from 2.5 percent to 14.50 percent to meet rising utility costs, prepare for adding housing capacity and continue renovations of existing facilities.In addition, the trustees set rates for rooms in a mixed-used facility currently under construction. A blend of residential, commercial and dining space, the new facility replaces structures damaged by fire in November 2013 and will be named Noble Hall in honor of the Noble Nine, the group of nine trustees from the late 1800s who were instrumental in the development of the school that evolved into WCU. The trustees approved naming of the hall during their November planning retreat.The board also approved increases of approximately 4 percent in the cost of student meal plans to help meet the rising costs of food and food service personnel, and approved postponement for one year of previously approved increases in campus parking fees.The action by the trustees comes after a series of meetings by a campus tuition and fee committee, including three open campus discussions, several information sessions sponsored by the Student Government Association, and an online survey that received 757 responses.With the proposed changes approved by the board, WCU’s average total cost of attendance in 2016-17, including standard residence hall accommodations and the most-popular meal plan, would be $15,391 per year (fall and spring semester) for a typical N.C. undergraduate student, a 5.7 percent increase over current year costs.last_img read more

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Sasol, Aus firm in Botswana energy JV

first_imgThe transaction is subject to final approval by the Botswana government. Coal bed methane is a clean natural gas by-product of ancient plant matter, trapped in underground coal seams. It is produced through a process of desorbing natural gas from coal using wells drilled for that purpose – similar to the mine safety processes used in degassing coal mines. 3 November 2011 Early stage of development The three prospecting licences cover an area of approximately 3 000km² and are located in the central province of Botswana. “The joint venture partners plan to conduct a number of exploration activities in the licence area during the next two years to determine the quantity of natural gas available and the feasibility for future commercial development,” Sasol said in a statement this week. Clean natural gas by-product SAinfo reporter Coal bed methane exploration is still in the early stages of development in southern Africa. However, coal bed methane accounts for approximately 10% of total natural gas produced in the United States, and makes up most of Australia’s natural gas supply.center_img Although coal bed methane is produced by unconventional means, it is sold and used in the same manner as conventional natural gas. South African petrochemical giant Sasol has entered into a joint venture with Australia’s Origin Energy, forming a new company called Kubu Energy Resources that has acquired three licences to explore for coal bed methane gas in Botswana. If the first exploration phase proves successful, the joint venture partners will consider committing to a more extensive exploration programme in Botswana. The water that is produced during the production process is pumped to the surface and treated so it can be disposed of or recycled for beneficial purposes such as agriculture. “A discovery of large volumes of coal bed methane in Botswana could be used to generate power and liquid fuels in southern Africa,” said Sasol. “The need to decrease greenhouse gas emissions also favours the increased use of natural gas as an alternative to coal.” “The first phase of the exploration will include an airborne magnetic survey, sampling of borehole cores and the drilling of test wells.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The Next Shift in Collective Leadership

first_imgIt’s important that we surround ourselves with others that can encourage and inspire us to see things from a different perspective. We’ve heard folks tell us that “It’s lonely at the top.” We’ve had discussions with many leaders who have shared their personal stories of feeling lonely, and that they were the ones who took on the bulk of what happens in our organizations because it seemed as if no one else cared as much as they cared. But isn’t leadership really more about inspiring others to become a part of the process? Isn’t it more about team-building and getting our organizations and people to work as one collective body? Heck, even pop groups understand that it takes more than one voice or one guitar player to create a whole? I was recently encouraged by the music group Mumford & Sons in a documentary when they shared:  “We try to always remember that our success lie in the collaboration of each member making the whole one really unique experience. We understand that each of us feeds off of each member and their unique piece of the puzzle and energy. This is what makes us who we are today.” The collaboration model is nothing new and according to “Next Shift: Beyond the Nonprofit Leadership Crisis,” by the Building Movement Project, younger leaders are not attracted to hierarchical structures and are trying to find new ways to organize and structure work, ranging from entrepreneurial models to shared leadership and broader participatory structures. And more millenials are entering the workforce today than any other era. Perhaps the time has come that we dissolve the lone hero mentality – the leader who comes just in the “nick of time” to “save the day,” but instead, takes the opportunity to think of themselves as facilitators of a process that engages everyone in our organizations. This can be quite challenging to leaders who are used to doing everything themselves or micromanaging out of fear that no one else can do it “quite like us,” or that they are going to screw everything up — and we’ll be left to clean up the mess. Instead, collective leadership empowers employees and teams, and can, in fact, ease our burden. Figuring out how to adopt this model is not an easy task, but can be a tremendous asset to our cultures and the greater good of our organizations. Distributing leadership and responsibility is a balancing act, knowing when and what each of us needs to communicate to the team without overloading each other. Collective leadership is the result of a process that brings together diverse communities of people to create change, begins with a shared dream that forms the heart of a group of skilled and passionate individuals, and emerges from our relationship building. It is amazing what a handful of people can do when everyone’s leadership is tapped and others are allowed to share their insight and ideas. Who doesn’t like to be heard and feel as if they have a voice, especially at work?last_img read more

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Efficient Fournier leads Magic rout of Spurs

first_imgLATEST STORIES Magic: At Charlotte on Sunday night. The Magic have lost seven straight to the Hornets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Orlando’s quick tempo resulted in open looks from all over the floor, especially in the first half, when all nine players scored.Aldridge scored 12 first-half points on 5-of-9 shooting. The rest of the team combined to go 7 for 35 (20 percent) from the field, and no other Spur had more than four points at halftime.“I wouldn’t say we took them lightly. They just beat us,” Aldridge said. “We didn’t play good defense and our offense wasn’t any good. When you don’t do those things, you end up getting beat by a lot of points.”Orlando had 22 assists in the game, 19 of them in the first three periods.“The respect level we have for them kept our guys engaged in the game the whole way,” Vogel said. “Our guys worked tonight. We forced a lot of turnovers and took them out of their rhythm. There are definitely a lot of positives happening for us.”TIP-INS:Spurs: Popovich still needs one win to tie Phil Jackson for sixth on the all-time victory list. Popovich is at 1,154. … San Antonio went 2-for-13 from 3-point range in the first half. … Aldridge has scored 20 or more points in each of the first five games. … Only Miami had scored 100 points against the Spurs this season.Magic: Orlando is shooting 49 percent from the field so far this season, compared to 44 percent last season. … Gordon has hit 21 of 29 shots in his last two games. … Orlando is 3-0 at home this season. … The Magic hadn’t beaten the Spurs in Orlando since 2010.UP NEXT:Spurs: At Indiana on Sunday. 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Patty Mills added 12 points and Pau Gasol scored 10 with eight rebounds.“They did a good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do, and they did it for 48 minutes,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “They outplayed us in every facet.”ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Orlando led by as many as 36 points in a near-perfect performance at both ends of the floor. One week ago, the Magic led the Cleveland Cavaliers by as many as 37 in a 114-93 victory.Jonathon Simmons scored 17 points, Aaron Gordon had 16 and Nikola Vucevic scored 15 for the Magic, who closed this one out early. They led by 27 at halftime and pushed the lead to 36 when Fournier conveted a four-point play with just over three minutes left in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’m impressed with how we’re playing offensively,” coach Frank Vogel said. “Nobody is forcing things at the rim, nobody’s forcing it on the perimeter, and as a result, we’re getting better and better looks on each possession. That’s why you’re seeing the offense clicking the way it’s clicking.”The Magic got 56 points in the paint and 58 on the perimeter, and they shot 11-for-23 from 3-point range. Fournier hit all four of his 3-point attempts, and Vucevic was 3-for-3 from behind the arc. 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(AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The season is a little more than a week old, but the Orlando Magic continue to shock the NBA.The Magic buried the San Antonio Spurs 114-87 behind 25 points from Evan Fournier to run their record to an Eastern Conference-best 4-1.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

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Northern region highlights 9 pm

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the northern region at 9 pm LUCKNOW DES4 UP-POLICE APOLOGY Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police has issued an apology after a photograph of the victim of Hapur lynching being dragged by a crowd in the presence of three policemen went viral on social media. BAREILLY DEL48 UP-MEAT SELLER Bareilly: A local meat seller who was allegedly beaten up by the police over allegations of cow slaughter has died in a Delhi hospital. SRINAGAR DEL39 JK-4THLD ENCOUNTER Srinagar: Police today killed four militants, including chief of the banned Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) Dawood Ahmed Sofi, in a remote mountain village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, six days before the annual Amarnath Yatra begins, officials said. Bulandshahr DES8 UP-RAPE Bulandshahr: A minor girl was allegedly raped by 10 people in Chacheri village which comes under the jurisdiction of Jahangirabad police station here, police said today. NAINITAL DEL55 HC-LD-UKD RAFTING Nainital/Dehradun: The Uttarakhand High Court has banned white water rafting and paragliding until the state government frames a policy on adventure sports, a move which those in the business say will hit them hard. CHANDIGARH DEL31 PB-AAP-PROTEST Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today burnt effigies and raised slogans against the Congress government in statewide protests after its legislator Amarjit Singh Sandoa was allegedly attacked by members of a sand mining mafia in Punjab’s Rupnagar district. LUCKNOW DEL40 UP-CONG-REVAMP Lucknow: Congress in Uttar Pradesh has dissolved its key teams, including those looking after media and organisational matters, and set up an interim panel with the 2019 Lok Sabha election in mind.advertisementBADAUN (UP) DES16 UP-SHIVPAL Badaun (UP): Senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav today said if party president Akhilesh Yadav had listened to his seniors, he would have stayed the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh today. NEWDELHI DES25 PAK-SIKH-PILGRIMS New Delhi: Over 300 Sikh pilgrims from India have been granted visas and are visiting Pakistan to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore, the Pakistan High Commission here said today. PTI ASHASHlast_img read more

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10 months agoHasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he doesn’t want to lose Mario Lemina.Lemina has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-German ahead of the January market.But Hasenhuttl insisted: “Lemina is a very important player for us and, though he’s not 100 per cent fit, I need him.”Meanwhile the Austrian is still worried about getting his message across. “Speaking in English in front of my players is getting better and better every day, but I want to improve this,” he admitted. last_img read more

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25 days agoMan Utd hero Keane pleads patience for ‘classy guy’ Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd hero Keane pleads patience for ‘classy guy’ Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be given more time to succeed at Old Trafford.Monday’s draw with Arsenal left United with their worst start in 30 years and pressure on Solskjaer is mounting.But Keane says his former teammate needs a couple of transfer windows to change his squad.”I think he has been brilliant, a good honest guy. It is hard work at the moment, but there are six or seven young players learning their way,” said Keane on Sky Sports.”We’re all very impatient, we want success yesterday, but you have to give the man time. He is frustrated, under pressure, but dealing with it. He’s a classy guy but no doubt he will be disappointed at not winning enough games.”They have given him the job, support him in a couple of transfer windows. Are there more tough days ahead? You bet your life, but you need to stick with it. There was a lack of quality from both teams tonight. Their lack of goals, the lack of opportunities they’re creating.”Give these boys time. But on tonight’s performance, none of them [neither Manchester United nor Arsenal] will be in the top four.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Vigils to be held for woman who disappeared after being seen at

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Several vigils are being held today for a young woman who disappeared more than a week ago after being spotted at a gas station in St. John’s, N.L.The ceremonies are for Cortney Lake, a 24-year-old woman from Mount Pearl, N.L., who was seen on surveillance footage at the station last Wednesday.Her disappearance has sparked a outpouring of concern and support from the community and efforts to get her home to her young son.Lake’s aunt appealed to anyone who may know something about her disappearance to come forward.Glenda Power says Lake’s family has been overwhelmed by people’s response to the case, which was given its own hashtag by police in a bid to drum up information and tips.The vigils are taking place at 8 p.m. in the Newfoundland communities of Mount Pearl, Marystown and St. Lawrence.last_img read more

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Ticket service data breach disrupts music venues

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – Concert ticketing service Ticketfly says it’s working to get its system back online after a data breach leaked users’ personal information and disrupted services at live music venues.The San Francisco firm’s parent company, Eventbrite, said Sunday it’s working with outside experts to investigate the hack.It hasn’t disclosed the details to customers, but a website that tracks data breaches says the leak affected more than 26 million user accounts.The “Have I Been Pwned?” (POHNED) website also said Sunday that stolen data included email addresses, names, phone numbers and physical addresses.The breach left nightclubs and other venues from Santa Cruz, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, scrambling for alternatives to sell tickets for weekend shows.Eventbrite bought rival Ticketfly for $200 million last year from music service Pandora.last_img read more

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