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first_imgAlmost 9 months later…despite implementation setbacksAlmost nine months after the National Assembly passed the Protect Disclosures (Whistle-blower) Bill, the 32 clauses in the seven-part statute are not fully operational. Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams at a recent engagement told reporters that a lack of money and requisite resources are responsible for the delay.“A lot of those legislation requires millions of dollars to implement; a lot of structure have to be erected and a lot of people have to be put in place; it goes hand in glove like witness protection because you have to move people around and a lot of people would have to be moved out of Guyana to different places. These matters require the attention of the Minister of Finance and availability of finances,” Williams suggested.Nevertheless, he encourages persons with key information on corrupt practices to come forward and make disclosures regarding what they know, claiming that there are already guaranteed protections.“They could blow the whistle, they have normal protection under the law; anyone who wants to come forward, feel free and blow the whistle”.Williams was however, probed further whether or not the Whistle-blower law would just be another legal document without much weight. In response, the AG who also functions as Legal Affairs Minister, sought to shift blame to his predecessor, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall for the current shortcomings in finances.“$30 billion to payments in one sector; heavy judgements in court by Nandlall and the [People’s Progressive Party] PPP; $7.7 billion already paid Rudisa is like mini budget in itself; all the talk he’s talking, he has the Guyanese people very tight… We inherited severe debt and the fiscal window is very narrow,” the current AG declared.He is hopeful that the money could become available to operationalise the law very shortly, premised on the earnings of the incoming oil and gas sector, with the various finds oil giant ExxonMobil has announced. Williams said also that the law will aid in Guyana fighting corrupt practices.“It must be activated; it’s very important in anti-corruption; money is not in a backyard to take it off trees,” he noted.Despite the assurances that Williams has given, many may still be hesitant to come forward with their information for fear of being targeted or victimised without the law being fully enforced.In the last week of April 2017, Sherlyn Marks, a nurse, was transferred with immediate effect after she made complaints against Carol Joseph, a former A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Councillor in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).The nurse was initially attached to the Fort Wellington Hospital but was sent to the Bath/Experiment Health Centre. The nurse claimed that the former Councillor had been going to the hospital for an excessive daily dose of the painkiller pethidine. Nurse Marks, who said she filed complaints twice last year, claimed she refused to administer the 100-millilitre dose to the official, who would turn up on a daily basis.She said she received a letter of transfer from the regional office after being scolded for going to the media with her complaints. Councillor Joseph later resigned from her post and the party. The Public Disclosures Law allows for complaints to be made up to 12 years prior to the enactment of the legislation.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Mar 2015 – A team of spiritual leaders and residents set up outdoors at Paradise Baptist Church for a prayer service for Five Cays Member of Parliament Hon Sean Astwood; Astwood is in hospital in Nassau.“We came tonight to stand proxy for him (Sean Astwood)… God said tomake your desires known to Him…”Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Roibinson said she had just returned from visiting Doctors Hospital and reported soberly that her party’s deputy leader is “progressing.” It is believed Astwood, who is in his 40s, suffered a stroke; he was taken from Provo by air ambulance on Saturday past in extreme pain. Related Items:nassau, paradise baptist church, sean astwood, sharlene robinson, stroke Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Recommended for you Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Another Murder in Nassaulast_img read more


first_img Comments 2020 Lincoln Corsair brings smart luxury design to New York 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth Tags New York Auto Show 2019 61 Photos reading • 2020 Lincoln Corsair SUV lands in New York with sharper styling, tech Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup See All Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V • May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Originally published April 17 at 12:01 a.m. ET.Update, 12:31 p.m. ET: Adds new photos from the show floor. 2020 Lincoln Aviator first drive: Stylish SUV takes flight with smart tech New York Auto Show 2019 Lincoln Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Share your voice More From Roadshow Against the backdrop of New York’s eternal hustle, bustle and sirens, Lincoln president Joy Falotico, said at a preview event that the 2020 Lincoln Corsair is intended to offer “a moment of quiet in the chaos of everyday life.” The Corsair, which replaces the MKC as the marque’s entry-level crossover SUV, makes its public debut at Wednesday’s 2019 New York Auto Show.Corsair chief engineer John Jraiche said the new Corsair is intended to compete with models like the Cadillac XT4 and Lexus NX. At 180.6 inches in length, it’s somewhere between the BMW X1 and X3 dimensionally, and about an inch longer than the outgoing MKC.Enlarge ImageThe Corsair will be Lincoln’s entry-level crossover. Steven Pham/Roadshow The Corsair’s design follows cues set out by other recent Lincoln crossovers such as the Nautilus and Aviator, with Lincoln’s usual grille shape on the nose, swept-back headlights on the fenders, and what designer David Woodhouse calls “S-curve” surfacing on the body sides, hood and liftgate. There are painted black pillars to simulate the cliched floating-roof effect. A large spoiler tops the angled D-pillar, and as on other Lincolns, a full-width LED taillight strip stretches across the liftgate. The car’s look is meant to embody a “Quiet Flight” mantra, Woodhouse said. It’s a stylish car, if not quite as immediately attractive as the Aviator.”We wanted to create a dramatic, youthful Lincoln, but with terrific harmony,” Woodhouse said of the design, describing the Corsair as “the most dramatic expression of Quiet Flight.”Lincoln’s design team did a great job with the car’s cabin, even if I’m not sold on the ’70s-are-back blue-green leather option, called Beyond Blue, shown in one of the two Corsairs at the company’s preview event. However, with abundant soft leather and wood trim, the cabin feels suitably luxurious.2020 Lincoln CorsairEnlarge ImageThe Corsair has one of the better-trimmed cabins among its competitive set. Steven Pham/Roadshow An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits atop the dashboard, below which are found Lincoln’s “Piano Key” transmission shift buttons. The center stack is cantilevered outward at an angle, bringing important buttons, including the climate controls, closer to the driver and passenger while allowing for access beneath to a large storage cubby. The “push-to-talk” voice-recognition button is located at about 7 o’clock on the wheel, so it’s easily reached by the driver’s thumb. And the remainder of the steering wheel controls have little icons that change depending on their current function.The second-row seats recline and can slide fore and aft by 6 inches so owners can prioritize cargo and passenger room, depending on need. In their full-back position, Corsair brand manager Gretchen Sauer said there’s more rear-seat legroom than in a Lexus RX. A kick-to-open power liftgate is available. Cargo volume measures a respectable 27.6 cubic feet with the back seats up and 57.6 with them folded down.Efforts to keep the cabin quiet include active noise cancellation and lots of sound deadening, including extra rubber seals around the doors. There’s also a special composite shield in the engine bay that creates an air gap between the four-cylinder powertrains and the car’s firewall, which apparently reduces the transmission of engine sound to the cabin.2020 Lincoln CorsairEnlarge ImageThe rear seat slides by 6 inches so you can prioritize passenger space or cargo room. Steven Pham/Roadshow Technologies available in the Corsair include a head-up display, an optional 12.3-inch color instrument cluster, massaging seats, 24-way front power seats, and Revel sound systems. Standard active-safety tech, bundled under the Co-Pilot 360 brand name, includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, auto high beams and lane-keeping. The optional Co-Pilot 360 Plus adds adaptive cruise with lane-centering steering, reverse automatic braking and an automatic parallel-parking feature that requires the driver only to hold a button — not even operate the brake or throttle — to get both in and out of parking spaces. Connectivity tech includes a standard Wi-Fi hotspot and optional wireless charging, as well as both USB Type A and Type C ports.Another piece of technology on the Lincoln Corsair is called Phone as Key, which does exactly what you’d expect. Owners can “download” a virtual key onto their phone through the Lincoln Way app. With it configured, you can leave your traditional key fob at home and lock, unlock and drive the Corsair with only your phone. The system uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology. If, as they are wont to do, your phone crashes or its battery dies, Lincoln says you’ll be able to unlock the car using the door-mounted keypad — yes, Lincoln still has that feature because loyal customers value it.2020 Lincoln CorsairEnlarge ImageAs on other Lincoln crossovers, a skinny LED strip spans the entire liftgate. Steven Pham/Roadshow Base models come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated for 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, with either front- or all-wheel drive, while an optional 2.3-liter turbo mill delivers 280 hp and 310 lb-ft, and comes standard with AWD. Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Like many luxury vehicles, the Lincoln Corsair has many drive modes. Unlike other cars are the whimsical, descriptive names for those modes: Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery and Deep Conditions.A plug-in hybrid powertrain is coming, with details to be announced this summer, Jraiche said.The 2020 Lincoln Corsair will be built in Kentucky and goes on sale this fall. Its starting price has yet to be announced, but based on the outgoing MKC model, it’s fair to assume a starting MSRP of around $35,000. The Corsair will also be built in China for that market, which is the first time that Lincoln will build an SUV in China. 3 SUVs Luxury cars Crossovers 2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid first drive: This changes everything Lincolnlast_img read more


first_imgIt’s time to celebrate! The Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival is back and it’s more spectacular than ever! Produced by Teamworks Productions the 15th Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival marks the 30th anniversary of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust. Since 2001, the trust has supported and nurtured the festival, which, from humble beginnings, has grown into the country’s leading established platform for Indian and International puppetry. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhether you’re age nine or ninety – get ready to be entertained with a variety of sensational, inspirational and magical shows. From the traditional to modern forms of puppetry, ranging from rod to string puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more – the festival has a dazzling line up of pioneering puppetry entertainment and storytelling for all ages. Alongside the best talent India has to offer, puppeteers, artists and performers from across the world will come together to celebrate the art of puppetry. Over 150 international puppetry companies have already performed at the festival since its inception. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCountries that have participated include the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Iran, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Afghanistan, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland & USA.India is a world-renowned centre for puppeteers, artists and performers, and is an ideal choice for such a gathering of talent on the planet. The country boasts a historic association with puppetry and the arts which stretches back to the 2nd century B.C. This year the festival will take place from February 3 to 10 at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi, Artemis Hospital Auditorium, Gurgaon and the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: At least 50 persons were injured after two buses collided head-on near Ramnagar in East Midnapore early on Friday morning. It was alleged that one of the bus drivers was driving in adrunken condition. According to the injured persons, a bus with tourists was headed towards Digha from Jhargram. Another bus of Digha-Howrah route was coming from Digha. At Fatehpur in Ramnagar, the Digha-bound bus went on to the wrong flank of the road and collided head-on with the other bus. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeClose to the accident spot, there is a fire station located. The on-duty fire fighters from there heard a huge thud and went to find the reason. When they reached the accident spot, they saw passengers were injured and crying for rescue. With the help from locals, fire fighters started rescuing passengers from the buses. Later, police joined the rescue operation. All the injured persons were rushed to Kanthi Sub-Divisional Hospital. Around nine persons have been shifted to a Kolkata hospital as their condition are critical. The passengers of the Digha-bound bus alleged that the driver was drunk and rash driving. Despite warning him, the driver did not bother. He was also wearing a headphone and listening to songs while driving.last_img read more


first_imgScientific errors in movies – from impossibly large tsunamis to caverns in the Earth’s mantle – can be used to teach science students, making them more interested in classes and fostering a healthy sense of scepticism, experts say. By training students to spot the errors and seek out true explanations, scientifically inaccurate disaster movies can be incorporated in classroom lessons on tectonics, Earth’s interior, and geo-physical data analysis. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Scientists have a choice. We can complain about all the horrible mistakes that are in a lot of movies, or we can say, ‘this is a really great opportunity to get the class interested’,” said Seth Stein, professor at Northwestern University in the US.There is no shortage of scientific unlikelihood to choose from, researchers said.In the 2003 Hollywood movie The Core, for example, a team of “terranauts” venture into Earth’s core inside a vessel made of “unobtanium,” where they encounter gaping voids in our planet’s interior and crash through fields of sparkling, jagged minerals. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe 2004 television miniseries ‘10.5’ portrays destruction brought on by an earthquake of an absurdly large magnitude.Caverns and the minerals shown in the movie could not exist at those depths and pressures, nor would an M10.5 earthquake strike our planet, researchers said.By identifying these errors and learning why they are inaccurate, students get an entertaining way to connect with their inner skeptic – a vital trait for young scientists in training, Stein said. “Scientists are supposed to be skeptical. We are supposed to question and challenge everything,” he said.Stein said he has spotted inaccuracies in widely-used educational software, science museum animations, popular geology textbooks, and even drafting errors in his own books.Among the most pervasive movie errors, Stein said, is the ubiquitous “lack of geological constraints on the world,” and that “you can just have volcanoes popping up everywhere.” It looks as if Stein will receive more teaching opportunities just before GSA 2017, as the new movie Geostorm, in which a weather-controlling satellite system turns nefarious, instantly freezing an entire Afghani village and unleashing packs of tornadoes on unsuspecting civilians, came out recently.Stein and his coauthors, geologists Reece Elling, Amir Salaree, and geophysicist Michael Wysession of Washington University, plan to share their approach at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting recently, in Seattle, Washington. Stein’s presentation comes at a time when movie and television crews often hire scientists as consultants, who do everything from writing equations on background classroom boards to reviewing scripts for gross scientific inaccuracies.Stein referred to The Martian, whose production was thoroughly informed by NASA specialists, as one of the more accurate films of late.”There was only one thing they had to fudge, which was the initial scene where the mission was destroyed by the wind storm,” Stein said. “It’s true that the wind speeds on Mars are very high, but because the density of the atmosphere is so low it wouldn’t actually matter,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgSeptember 4, 2002 RogerTomalty conductshis Nature Walk class in the field for the courious eyes from Osaka,Japan. The architectural students from Osaka College of Technology are attending a-week-longArcosanti Customized Seminar as a part of their 3-weekarchitectural study tour in the United States. [Photo & text: T] manager, explains how the ceramicbells are made to the students. [Photo & text: T] The students practicemaking impressions on fresh clay surfaces to simulate a ceramicproduction procedure for windbells, pots and tiles, normally carved byArcosanti artisans. [Photo & text: T]last_img


first_imgFebruary 7, 2014This continues our report about a winter project for our construction and groundskeeping crew and volunteers, the renovation of the East Foundry Apartment access and surrounding landscape [see posts from 12/16, 12/18, 12/20, 12/23, 12/27, 12/30/2013 and from 1/3 to 1/20/2014, and 2/5/2014]. As the fence is installed by Ron and Isaac, the construction team continues on the path the the east entrance, here with a form for a new stair case[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]The path leading to the staircase has to be widened.The form and reinforcement steel are in place.In our next report we will see photos of the concrete pour.last_img