Colourful Georgetown streets came alive as parties submit candidate lists

first_imgNomination DayIt is said that there is strength in numbers, and on Friday when the political parties took to the streets for Nomination Day, that strength was in full display as the streets leading to Umana Yana were transformed into a sea of red and green.An overhead shot of the PPP/C’s sea of redNomination Day is considered as one of the most significant days leading up to the General and Regional Elections which is to be hosted on March 2, 2020.Not wanting to be left behind, supporters of the various political parties took to the streets as they joined their leaders heading to the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown to submit the lists of candidates.The atmosphere was charged as the procession of supporters, led by their leaders, chanted the slogans of their respective parties.Nomination Day is significant in the sense that it guarantees the political parties a spot on the ballot paper once they have met the criteria outlined by the Guyana Elections Commission and catered for under the laws governing the elections body.APNU/AFC supportersThe parties have now submitted their list of candidates who they anticipate would take up seats in Parliament as well as on the Regional Democratic Councils. The lists submitted were the General Elections List, or the National Top-up List as it is called, along with the Geographical Constituency List.They will now await verification and approval from GECOM, which is expected to be completed by January 19.Under the list system, political parties have to submit three lists of candidates. The National Top-up List, the Geographical Constituency List and the Regional Candidates List. Candidates would be extracted from these lists to serve in the National Assembly as well as on Regional Democratic Councils since 25 of the 65 seats in the House are allocated to the 10 Administrative Regions (Geographical Constituency List) and the other 40 from the National Top-up List.Some 13 parties have submitted their lists of candidates to contest the General and Regional Elections or in some cases, just regional elections. This election is dubbed as the ‘mother of all elections’ since it was birthed from the passage of a No-Confidence Motion, which was successfully passed in the National Assembly over a year ago.PPP/C Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, Prime Ministerial Candidate Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips, and General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo leading the chargeWhile the process has birthed a number of new political parties, it was evident that the incumbent Government – A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition – and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) remain the frontrunners.The energy in the two camps was unmatched as both parties mobilised their supporters from all over the country – what can only be described as a “clash of crowds”.PPP/C assembled on Robb Street in front of their headquarters – Freedom House – while APNU/AFC assembled at Parade Ground.There were several music trucks blasting the campaign songs for the major players while their supporters sang loudly.President David Granger and his running mate, Khemraj Ramjattan, leading the processionThis election saw a shift in things since GECOM took a decision to move the Nomination Day proceedings from the badly-dilapidating City Hall to Umana Yana. This gave the political parties a bigger space for their supporters which ultimately resulted in the lack of a clash among rival supporters.The APNU/AFC coalition, led by President David Granger and Prime Ministerial Candidate Khemraj Ramjattan, were the first to arrive at the venue. They presented their list to loud cheers and horns blasting from their large group of supporters.The smaller parties only came with essential personnel and lack of fanfare, noting that it is what happens at the ballot rather than mobilising crowds to march with them as they file Nomination Day papers.The PPP/C was the fourth party to present their list to Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield. Their mammoth-sized procession was led by Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, Prime Ministerial Candidate Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips and General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo.last_img read more

Sell him to CHELSEA! Nicholas urges Arsenal to ditch Sanchez, slams club values

first_imgCharlie Nicholas says Alexis Sanchez does not deserve to have his contract demands met by Arsenal and should be sold this summer.The Chilean forward is approaching the final 12 months of his current deal and has yet to agree extended terms, with reports suggesting he wants £200,000-a-week to sign on.Sanchez is Arsenal’s top goalscorer this season and widely regarded as one of the very best players in the Premier League.But Nicholas says the 28-year-old – who is being eyed by leaders Chelsea – has no right to hold the club to ransom.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, the former Arsenal striker said: “When I played you probably got told a month before you were getting a new contract. You had to work and earn that right and if you got a new contract without winning things you thought, ‘well, this is a result’.“These people [at Arsenal now] don’t even get close to winning the title. You are talking about jumping from £120,000-a-week to £200,000-a-week for Sanchez. Sell him.“He has not been interested in the game for the last eight weeks. He is camouflaging it.“I would sell him. Get him out. If he wants to go to Chelsea and Chelsea want to pay £60million, I would sell him to Chelsea.”And Nicholas has launched a blistering attack on Gunners chiefs for their handling of Sanchez’s contract situation.The Scot, who scored 54 goals in 184 matches in his five years at Arsenal, added: “Arsenal had great credit in the footballing market because they would not go over the threshold of £100,000-a-week.“They sold Robin van Persie to Manchester United because he wanted £200,000-a-week. Arsenal had values at that time. Arsenal don’t have any values and any soul that says to these players,’ you can go’.“Henry, Vieira, they were the greatest players Arsenal ever had and now you have got players who are not going to be anywhere close to the greatest and we are keeping them and they are holding us to ransom.“They should have said to Sanchez two months ago, ‘are you signing?’ If he said ‘no, I’m not going to sign’, then he should be sold in the summer. They should isolate the players.“They don’t have values now. They have lost their credibility.”last_img read more

Toyota Robot Can’t Slam Dunk but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — It can’t dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota’s basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer.The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch)-tall machine made five of eight 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual.Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.Efforts in developing human-shaped robots underline a global shift in robotics use from pre-programmed mechanical arms in limited situations like factories to functioning in the real world with people.The 2017 version of the robot was designed to make free throws.Yudai Baba, a basketball player likely representing host Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, took part in the demonstration and also missed a couple of shots. If the robot could learn a few more tricks, he was ready to accept the robot on the team, he said.“We human players are still better for now,” he said.Toyota’s basketball robot Cue 3 demonstrates Monday, April 1, 2019 at a gymnasium in Fuchu, Tokyo. The 207-centimeter (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual. Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.(AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)Right after missing, the robot slumped over. It wasn’t disappointment, but a temporary power failure.Cue 3’s name is supposed to reflect the idea the technology can serve as a cue, or signal of great things to come, according to Toyota.The company plays down how the technology might prove useful. It’s more about boosting morale among engineers, making them open to ideas and challenges.In making the robot’s outer covering something like that of an armadillo, the engineers said they were just trying to avoid the white metallic look often seen on robots.The maker of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models has shown off various robots, including one that played a violin. Another, resembling R2-D2 of Star Wars, slides around and picks up things. At Monday’s demonstration, it handed the basketball to Cue 3.Experts say robots that can mimic human movements, even doing them better, could prove useful in various ways, including picking crops, making deliveries, and working in factories and warehouses.Stanford University Professor Oussama Khatib, who directs the university’s robotics lab, said Cue 3 demonstrates complex activities such as using sensors and nimble computation in real-time in what he called “visual feedback.”To shoot hoops, the robot must have a good vision system, be able to compute the ball’s path then execute the shot, he said in a telephone interview.“What Toyota is doing here is really bringing the top capabilities in perception with the top capabilities in control to have robots perform something that is really challenging,” Khatib said.Japan has been aggressive in developing humanoids, including those that do little more than offer cute companionship.Toyota’s rival Honda Motor Co. has its Asimo, a culmination of research into creating a walking robot that started in the 1980s. It not only can run, but also recognize faces, avoid obstacles, shake hands, pour a drink and carry a tray.When will such robots be able to slam dunk, a feat that will require running, dribbling and jumping?“In 20 years, with technological advances,” said Tomohiro Nomi, a Toyota engineer who worked on Cue 3.By: Yuri Kageyama, AP Business WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Running Backs Had A Good Thing Going — Until The Analytics Era

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This week marks the start of NFL training camps, but a few big names might not take the field. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott may hold out in the hopes of negotiating a more favorable contract.Elliott would join a list of running backs who have recently held out from practice — or, in Le’Veon Bell’s case, a whole season — in search of more lucrative deals. What do the numbers say about his chances at a raise? On today’s show, we discuss how analytics might play a role in the depreciation of positions and whether these evolutions are for the better.Our Rabbit Hole this week discusses our recent research into the danger of foul balls and what might constitute a baseball VIP experience in Japan.What we’re looking at:Our colleague Josh Hermsmeyer weighs in on the Elliott debate.The Atlantic investigates the disappearance of centers from the NBA.The Washington Post examines the reaction time fans have should they find themselves in foul ball territory. read more

BIG REWARD FOR ARMED ROBBERY THUGS Friends enraged

first_img Editorial: Listen to your Mama Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SeeSomethingSaySomething, #TCIlovesGilley, #tcipolice Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 6, 2017 – Friends of Galmo Williams are offering a $20,000 reward of their own money for any information turned over to Police which leads to the arrest and conviction of the men who robbed and shot Gilley.  The family is personal friends of the Williams Family and are outraged at the crime against our Former Premier, Businessman and Philanthropist.Mr. Williams was robbed and shot in the leg last night (Feb 5) in the area of Opus on his way to Ricky’s Flamingo Café.  Three masked and armed men had already robbed him but still shot Gilley.  Today, Galmo Williams was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida.  There is reportedly damage to his knee.Help the Police solve this crime and be paid a reward of $20,000.#MagneticMediaNews#SeeSomethingSaySomething#TCIPolice#TCIlovesGilley New Gun Crimes unit under construction, says TCI Police Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recordedlast_img read more

Haitian Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 16, 2017 – Nassau – Haitian Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus, left, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, August 14, 2017.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img

Immigration round ups in Bahamas condemned by activist group calls for desist

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – Immigration Department officials continue to deny that they know anything about a report where a Haitian mother and child fell off the back of a truck in Andros during an immigration raid.    Rights Bahamas claims the incident is real and is calling on The Bahamas Government to cease the crackdown citing that it has migrants running scared, even to the point of hurting themselves.The woman was said to have been trying to evade arrest when she fell off the back of the truck, a photo of a bruised child had been circulated on social media but no one is authenticating the image as true – at least no one other than the activist group.In a media release, Rights Bahamas said:   “This behaviour on the part of the immigration officers was totally illegal.   Frightened by the aggressive and illegal action of the officers, the driver sought to escape, resulting in a mother and her young child falling from the truck and sustaining injuries, the severity of which remain unknown. They were taken to a local clinic where, according to witnesses, they were detained by the Immigration officers.”Reaction to the call for a cease and desist by Rights Bahamas is outright rejected as Bahamians reacting to the report say it is the mother who put the child at risk and that anyone helping people to break the law should also be prosecuted.#MagneticMediaNews#activistcondemnimmigrationraidsphoto credit: Save the Bays Related Items:#activistcondemnimmigrationraids, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Increased police presence at Point Loma charter school after threatening graffiti message

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, February 20, 2018 Increased police presence at Point Loma charter school after threatening graffiti message SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The discovery of a threatening graffiti scrawl at High Tech High Media Arts led Tuesday to a heightened police presence at the Point Loma charter school.The San Diego Police Department sent patrol personnel to the Farragut Road school this morning as a precautionary security measure, according to SDPD public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez.Hernandez said he was unaware of the nature of the threat, and the school did not immediately respond to a request for information.According to television news reports, the menacing massage was found in a girls’ restroom at the campus. The nature of the threat it contained was not made public. Posted: February 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The 7th Annual Project CARE Summit

first_img Posted: September 19, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 19, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, Ginger Jeffries 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Join more than 200 medical professionals from around the globe at our 7th Annual Project Comprehensive Advanced Restorative Effort (Project C.A.R.E.) summit scheduled for Sept. 19-21, at Naval Medical Center San Diego.“Service members no longer have to live with the untreated scars of combat. Through surgical and wound care treatments, we can improve the appearance of our injured Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, helping to restore their self-esteem and erase the emotional scars of disfigurement,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Craig Salt, head plastic surgeon for NMCSD and founder of Project C.A.R.E.The Project C.A.R.E. summit is one of several venues that help NMCSD foster collaborative partnerships that lead to medical breakthroughs throughout the globe.It takes a team to care for a wounded warrior. The symposium is open to medical professionals from numerous disciplines. This year’s summit will have a special focus on craniofacial, abdominal wall and urogenital surgical interventions. The 7th Annual Project C.A.R.E. Summitlast_img read more

Wilmingtons iPods For Wounded Veterans Travel To Arizona Partner With Teamsters To

first_imgTUCSON, AZ — A vacation to Arizona turned into an event honoring U.S. veterans at a facility in Tucson on Saturday where attendees received headphones and other gifts as a thank you for their service to this country.Paul Cardello, chairman and CEO for iPods for Wounded Veterans, was out in Arizona visiting family when he realized the Veterans Administration (VA) had a hospital nearby. Enlisting the help of Local 104 and the VA as well as assistance of sponsors Bose, Best Buy, Big Lots and Hudson RPM, he organized an event for upwards of 150 vets that featured speakers, giveaways, food, drink and music.A retired member of Local 170 in Worchester, Mass., Cardello and his organization have repeatedly joined with Teamsters on the local and national level in order to give back to this nation’s wounded heroes. Officials from the Teamsters Military Assistance Program were on hand to advise former military members about career opportunities with the union.“This was a massive event,” Cardello said. “Everyone was involved in it.”Vets received earbuds from Bose and magazines from Hudson. Best Buy and Big Lots provided iPods for Wounded Veterans with discounted merchandise that was raffled off at the event. The VA supplied refreshments and staffing support. Local 104 also provided volunteers for the event.The organization holds similar event around the country. The next one is scheduled for April 13 in Manchester, N.H., and Local 633 is assisting. More information about iPods for Wounded Veterans can be found HERE.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Teamsters.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTO OF THE DAY: Rep. Miceli & iPods for Wounded Vets Founder Meet At State HouseIn “Photo of the Day”PHOTO OF THE DAY: iPods for Wounded Veterans Named ‘Volunteer Service Organization of the Year’In “Photo of the Day”Benton Posthumously Honored For Making Local Letter Writing Campaign To Injured Soldiers Go NationalIn “Education”last_img read more