Jagdeo says creation of new jobs “incestuous, corrupt”

first_imgJobs for duel citizens ex-MinistersAs Guyana faces economic instability, taxpayers’ monies continue to be wasted by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition Administration with the creation of new jobs that warrant the payout of exorbitant salaries.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday told media operatives that the Government is only interested in providing for itself and supporters while noting this their actions are supported by the creation of highly paid jobs for former Government Ministers who have dual citizenship.He stated that Guyana is already carrying a “top heavy corrupt Government” and now citizens will have to bear the unnecessary burdens of carrying yet another layer with the former Ministers being paid exorbitant sums even after they refused to relinquish citizenships in other countries.“So we had new Members of Parliament appointed to replace those who were dual citizens. We have a new set of Ministers, and what happened to the four Ministers? Now they have cushy high-paying jobs in the Government again, if this is not an incestuous, corrupt cabal nothing is, no one is.”According to Jagdeo, he initially supported the retention of former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, in that Ministry for the purpose of ensuring continuity on the border matter that involves Guyana and Venezuela. However, his role exceeds what was expected.“(The border issue) is a matter that we do not treat in a political fashion, that it is not partisan, we have a national position on but he has become the Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign with responsibility for the Department of Frontiers and Territorial Integrity and the Department of Trade and Economic Cooperation. So what is the portfolio of the Minister? And even the choice of the word Foreign Secretary, in the United Kingdom, the Foreign Secretary is the Ministry, that is the choice of the word,” he explained.The Opposition Leader pointed out that in the case of former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, his appointment to Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within that Ministry is not warranted as his skills are lacking for such a position.“As far as I know, he has absolutely no technical qualification there, this should be a technical position. So, a politician for convenience has replaced, without any competitive process, a technical staff and he has no competence in the area. It is a sinecure position to support this.”The Opposition Leader added that even the retention of services of former Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine as Director of Public Service Training is not a wise move either.“We have the same issue there, Rupert (Roopnaraine) has not functioned a single day in Government and now they just give him another sinecure position. This is precisely what we are saying, this cabal looks out for itself, corrupt Ministers, terms of contracts, everything that goes for themselves and they defend each other. So now, if there was any hope in Guyana that would see the last of these Ministers, that is not so.”Only recently, President David Granger announced the new positions for Gaskin and Roopnaraine – one that did not sit well with the business community and other stakeholders.The Head of State has also indicated that he has the intention of restricting the various Ministries and Permanent Secretaries.last_img read more

PAC, GTA sign MoU to promote conservation of protected areas

first_imgThe Protected Areas Commission of Guyana (PAC) and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure that tourism continues to meaningfully contribute to promoting conservation values of Guyana’s protected areas, supporting biodiversity conservation and improving the well-being of local people.The agencies have pledged to secure the necessary financing to realise the purpose of the MoU.PAC Commissioner Denise Fraser and GTA Director Brian Mullis signing the MoU in the presence of PAC Board Chair, Dr Raquel Thomas-Caesar; PAC Administrative Director Denise Bentinck, THAG President Mitra Ramkumar and Senior Protected Areas Officer Sara HenryThis includes developing and implementing tourism business plans that support the core conservation goals for Kaieteur National Park and the other Protected Areas to maximise the revenue opportunities related to conservation tourism development within the National Protected Areas System.Conservation tourism is an evolution of the concept of ecotourism and is defined as a form of tourism that makes net positive contributions to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.The PAC and GTA will also work with communities within and adjacent to protected areas to support community-led tourism enterprise development and improve livelihoods.In addition, the GTA will provide licensing and training services to tour guides and tourism businesses operating within and adjacent to protected areas to help to raise quality and sustainability standards.Director of the GTA, Brian Mullis stated “The PAC and GTA’s aims are closely aligned. Both agencies support conservation tourism and are focused on biodiversity conservation and maximising the related benefits to local communities. We can achieve more through collaboration”.PAC Commissioner Denise Fraser pointed out that there is a tourism component in the management plan of each of the protected areas.This, she noted, is because the PAC is of the view that well-managed tourism can contribute to the management of our national protected areas. Collaboration between the PAC and tourism managers is important to ensure the objectives of conservation and sustainable development are met.last_img read more

Teenager killed in Essequibo accident

first_imgA teenager has become the latest road fatality after he lost control of the motorcar he was driving and slammed into a utility pole at Three Friends Public Road, Essequibo Coast, on Thursday evening.Dead: Chandi “Vickash” DyalDead is 19-year-old Chandi Dyal, also called “Vickash”, of Lot H Lima, Essequibo Coast.Based on reports received, the young man was driving a motorcar bearing registration plates PTT 5016 at a fast rate and lost control while negotiating a turn. The car, according to reports, toppled several times before crashing into a utility pole in the area. The vehicle is reportedly owned by Eon Goocharran.The teen was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was placed in the Intensive Care Unit but succumbed soon afterwards. Reports are the young man sustained internal injuries. The teen was an active member of the youth arm (the Leo Club) of the Essequibo Lion’s Club and was the only son for his mother. At the time of his demise, the teen was managing the family’s business. His father died several years ago in a similar manner. Police have launched an investigation into the accident.last_img read more

Jolie adopting orphan from Vietnam

first_imgActress Angelina Jolie picked up a 3-year-old boy from a Vietnamese orphanage today and headed to a ceremony where she was expected to adopt the child, officials said. The star, who arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday night, carried the boy from the Tam Binh orphanage to a waiting Toyota van. They were expected at the Department of Justice in Ho Chi Minh City where an official ceremony will be carried out to complete the adoption. Vietnamese adoption officials confirmed to The Associated Press that she planned to adopt the boy. If all goes as planned, Jolie could take the child home by the weekend, officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, Jolie’s partner, did not accompany her to Vietnam. – Associated Presslast_img read more

CalArts grads scramble for jobs

first_imgVALENCIA – Graduation is show time in the CalArts animation program, with students vying for studios ready to hire them. So the online success of Alex Hirsch’s six-minute video “Off the Wall” couldn’t have come at a better moment for the fledgling animator. Who knew that drawing a few squiggly lines would grab so much attention? Hirsch’s creation is an animated doodle on a wall who tries to impress live-action humans. Wallby is the kind of stick-and-circle character a grade-schooler might draw when the teacher’s not looking, and Hirsch knows it. But instead of jaw-dropping art, humor and story drive Wallby’s animated adventures. Hirsch’s classmates co-star. The formula earned almost 600,000 hits on YouTube.com. “I just wanted to cram all my friends into something as a parting Hallmark card to my school,” said Hirsch, who graduated Friday from Valencia’s California Institute of the Arts. The video has been more than that for Hirsch, 21. Major studio executives saw it and were impressed, and it won Hirsch a lunch meeting with one executive who encouraged him to pitch ideas to the studio. “My portfolio probably isn’t good enough to make its way to him,” Hirsch said. “But the short’s funny, so that’s worth its weight in gold.” Hirsch is on the job interview circuit, as are fellow students. At a CalArts job fair a couple of weeks before graduation, students tried to catch the eye of representatives from The Walt Disney Co., Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Nickelodeon and other companies. And they did it with their portfolios alone, since they are barred from being in the same room with potential employers rifling through their work. After a few hours, students come back and look for their names on a list. If a company listed a student’s name, it means he or she won a short job interview in a “speed-dating” kind of format at the school. Over the years, students finding their names absent from the lists have been reduced to tears. For Adrian Molina, 21, last year’s job fair got him a job at Pixar. He cut through the competition with his short film “Unicorn vs. Narwhal,” a mostly hand-drawn animation depicting an epic battle in the clouds. Molina was working at the CalArts library while studio representatives were poring over his portfolio. Then, his good friend Hirsch called to tell him his name was on the list, and Molina took off from the library to interview for his dream job as an animator. The months of working every day on his short film – with 18-hour days toward the end – paid off at the job fair. “It’s an exciting day and an awful day, depending on who calls you back,” Molina said. CalArts students such as Molina not only invest their time in the hopes of landing a great job, but their money, too. Tuition at the school is $31,290 a year. More than a quarter of students pay it all, while the rest rely on various forms of financial aid, ranging from work-study to full scholarship, said Margaret Crane, a spokeswoman for the school. To its credit, CalArts has a long list of alumni who have graduated from its animation programs and done more than just find paying jobs in the industry. Tim Burton is virtually a cult figure; Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise co-directed “Beauty and the Beast”; Craig McCracken created “The Powerpuff Girls”; John Lasseter became an executive at Pixar after having directed both “Toy Story” movies and “A Bug’s Life.” When he was a student at CalArts before going on to direct episodes of “The Simpsons,” Jim Reardon made a 1986 Peanuts parody called “Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown.” Reardon works at Pixar. In Reardon’s gory CalArts classic, Charlie Brown shoots his way through the revenge fantasy audience members have probably always had for him. The short film shares space on YouTube.com with the more recent creations of Hirsch and other current and former students. Cynthia Overman, associate director of the character animation program at CalArts, has fond memories of seeing Reardon’s short when she was a student a year behind him. Since then, things have changed because animation is computer-based instead of film-based and the job market is different, she said. “I think it opens up a lot of opportunities for new stories to be told that aren’t necessarily being told in Hollywood, as it is now,” she said. An animator with a laptop can make animation for sale to all sorts of clients, from Web sites to cell-phone companies, she said. “When I (studied) here, you worked in television or you worked in feature (animation), and that was it if you ever wanted to have a job,” she said. Some graduates never find jobs in animation. But Molina, the recent graduate, said such failings can usually be blamed on not putting in the work. During the all-nighters they pull working on their projects and chugging energy drinks, students build strong bonds with each other. The year culminates with a boisterous marathon showing of all the students’ animation shorts. Students down alcohol and cheer each other on at the “open show.” Then comes the “producer’s show,” when only the best shorts are showcased and students dress up to hobnob with studio execs – another stepping stone to a potential job. “It’s like the open show is the bachelor’s party and the producer’s show is the wedding,” said student Dimitri Frazao, 25, who helped Hirsch with his video. As he stood near the CalArts entrance with a couple of collaborators on his “Off the Wall” short, Hirsch, a rapid-fire talker with a triangular face and a wispy beard, paused to wave at girls who played minor roles in his live-action animation. Friends Hirsch, Frazao and Nick Butera, who all worked on “Off the Wall” together, didn’t want to talk about their job prospects in front of each other. But they said they hoped to stay in contact, something Hirsch later said was a foregone conclusion. “Animation’s a small industry, and no matter where you go you’re going to meet your friends from CalArts,” he said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kids fly toward future on planes from the past

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA total of 2,500 parents and children were expected to attend. Showing children the exciting career possibilities that await them in aviation can help them approach their classes “with more of a sense of purpose,” Cardenas said. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman and Los Angeles City Council members Cindy Montanez and Alex Padilla also attended. Villaraigosa complimented the parents for taking the time to bring their children to the event. “We want them to participate in career days, we want to push them into good jobs like the ones here in aviation, push them into college, so they can grow up to be aviators, engineers, maybe even mayor,” Villaraigosa said. Sherman noted that the Van Nuys Airport is the world’s largest general aviation airport with 500,000 take-offs and landings a year, and 10,000 jobs, making it an important economic engine for the valley. Besides the plane rides, children also could inspect displays by Syncro, the Van Nuys Flight Center, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Naval Academy and several local community colleges. The event also included honors for World War II fighter pilot Bob Hoover and Kitty Hawk Air Explorer Squadron III instructor Ralph Truglio, who has donated thousands of hours of free flight lessons to young people over the past 51 years. People also could pay $425 for a flight in a 1945 B-17G Flying Fortress, the “Aluminum Overcast,” operated by the EAA Aviation Foundation. Less than a dozen of these planes are still flying. Even those children who don’t plan on a career in aviation said they enjoyed the event. For a handful of Brownies from Troop 400, the highlight of the day was getting to meet the mayor, but they liked the planes, too. “Their eyes were all glowing and sparkling,” said Jill Lopez, 13, of San Fernando, a cadet with Troop 400, of her younger, star-struck troopmates. She added that until Saturday’s career day, she hadn’t realized there were so many different jobs in aviation besides being a pilot. lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – For 7-year-old Joshua Flaig, the flight in the single-engine Cessna Skyhawk plane Saturday at the Van Nuys Airport was a dream come true – and a taste of the future. The Simi Valley boy is a World War II aviation buff who has already decided that he’s going to be a pilot when he grows up. “It was fun!” he said, his eyes shining as he ran toward his mother, Heather Flaig, 36. “I liked looking down and thinking what it was like for World War II pilots.” Joshua and his older brothers, Zachary, 10, and Matthew, 9, were three of about 400 children who took free plane rides Saturday, courtesy of the Experimental Aircraft Association, as part of the inaugural Aviation Career Day, sponsored by Syncro Aviation and Los Angeles City Council member Tony Cardenas. last_img read more

Man City star Aguero earns Phillip Schofield comparisons after drastic new look

first_imgAguero, with his silver hair like Philip Schofield, misses the ball when Silva cut it back for him from 16 yards out. Phil would probably have done better there tbh #ManchesterDerby pic.twitter.com/8uFDBH3RIN— Manchester Football Social (@MCRfootysocial) November 11, 2018 The theme of drastic haircuts taking centre stage ahead of the Manchester derby continued this weekend when Sergio Aguero decided to debut a striking blond look at the Etihad.Last season, Paul Pogba caused a storm by helping the Red Devils to an historic comeback win to stop the Citizens from winning the Premier League title. Aguero was the main attraction at the Etihad on Sunday Aguero with platinum hair I STAN— jheezus (@JheeFrancis_) November 11, 2018 Why does aguero look like Phillip schofield ?? pic.twitter.com/ZkoT3LDJoH— Lewis Lloyd-Evans (@LewisTheWelsh1) November 11, 2018 i’m in love with aguero’s hair— dilsané (@Dilshannn7) November 11, 2018 Is Aguero going for the silver fox Philip Schofield look? 😂 #MCIMUN— Gaz 72 (@GaryWal88132048) November 11, 2018 Omg I want Aguero’s hair— A⚓ (@fitzad) November 11, 2018 Aguero’s new hair 😍😍— Laura Bass 👑 (@Pinkcess_LauraB) November 11, 2018 Love Aguero’s hair colour— Rohan (@TheFookFace) November 11, 2018 This hair color does things on Aguero 😭😭😍😍💙 #mancity #Manchesterderby— Thorny Bush 🌹🥀✨ (@lebomathekga1) November 11, 2018 Aguero the sliver fox— mark brennan (@markbrennan1122) November 11, 2018 1 However, his goalscoring display was overshadowed somewhat by his sky blue hairstyle, which left plenty of die-hard United fans taking umbrage to seeing their record signing debuting a hairstyle the same colour as their fierce rival’s kit.With Pogba not available for the game at the Etihad this time around, Sergio Aguero decided to steal the limelight with a bold haircut of his own.The Argentina international debuted a platinum blond look for the Sunday fixture, leaving fans amazed and with several comparing him to TV presenter Phillip Schofield!Check out the best Tweets below. Aguero’s hair doe 😍— Waguthi 👅 #22 Savage (@_misplacedhuman) November 11, 2018last_img read more

Rivals Lyon, St. Etienne intensify battle for Ligue One final Champions League spot

first_imgTwo of the three Champions League spots are almost sorted in Ligue One. Champions PSG have already sealed their participation in Europe’s ultimate club showpiece while Lille look ever increasingly likely to join them.That leaves the third and final spot up for grabs. The two team vying for it are eternal rivals Lyon and Saint Etienne who sit third and fourth respectively.Lyon have their fate in their own hands as they currently hold a three point advantage over Etienne. On the weekend, Bruno Genesio’s side have a chance to brighten their chances of finishing third and also close in on second, when they host Lille.The problem for Lyon has been the fact that they keep on blowing hot and cold. Last week, they scrapped to a 3-2 come-back victory over Bordeaux, their second victory in as many games.However, it would be no surprise if they failed to beat Lille on Sunday, like they have done all season, exhibiting high levels of inconsistency.Against Lille, Genesio’s side comes up against an adventurous and fearless team who have won admirers all season. Last week, they crashed Nimes 5-0 with their forward trio of Loic Remy, Jonathan Bamba and Nicholas Pepe all on the score-sheet.This promises to be a thrilling encounter, one that Saint Etienne will be following closely.Etienne too will have their hands almost full on the same day as they travel away to Monaco at the Stade de Luis II.Etienne know that they cannot afford any slip ups if they are to stand any chances of progressing to the Champions League next season. Currently, Jean-Luis Gasset’s side are the most in-form team in Ligue One having won four of their last five fixtures, including all of the last three.Last week, they ran out 2-0 convincing winners at home to Toulouse with Robert Beric scoring a brace.Against Monaco, they face a side that still has relegation concerns to take care of. Leandro Jerdim’s side have somehow failed to escape the relegation dog-fight as they keep on dropping vital points.Currently seated in 16th, Monaco are coming off a 2-2 draw away to Rennes in a game that they trailed 2-0 at some point.A win over Etienne may be the catalyst to ensuring Monaco doesn’t drop into the second tier at the close of the season but with Champions League top of the priority list for the visitors, a classic may as well be on the cards.French Ligue One action gets underway on Friday with Rudi Garcia’s Olympique de Marseille away to deteriorating Strasbourg.After a run of poor results that have seen them win only two of their last six, Marseille look likely to miss out on Champions League football as they currently sit 6th, 8 points off third spot.This past weekend, they lost 2-1 at home to Nantes, a result that left the Marseille faithful calling for Garcia to be sacked. It looks likely that the Frenchman will eventually lose his job at the end of the season but taking care of a Strasbourg side that has not won in four, will be the main focus for now.Elsewhere, PSG who have also won only once in four games, host Nice. In-form Montpellier are at home to Amiens while rock-bottom Guingamp takes on Caen in a relegation six pointer.The French Ligue One fixtures this weekendFriday, 03-05-2019-Strasbourg vs Marseille @9:45pmSaturday, 04-05-2019-PSG vs Nice @6pm-Bordeaux vs Angers SC @9pm-Reims vs Nimes @9pm-Guingamp vs Caen @9pmSunday, 05-05-2019-Montpellier vs Amiens @4pm-Nantes vs Dijon @4pm-Toulouse vs Rennes @4pm-Monaco vs Saint Etienne @6pm-Lyon vs Lille @10pmComments Tags: French Ligue Onelast_img read more

You Need to Know How to Close and Control the Process

first_imgQ: Why did you write The Lost Art of Closing?A: There is a massive gap in the area of closing. The ideas that are available to salespeople no longer match the reality of selling today. The idea that the one final commitment is what is necessary to win business is no longer true. There are at least ten commitments in a complex sale, and many of them are much tougher to gain. The truth of the matter is that gaining the earlier commitments makes the final ask simple and straightforward.Q: That’s a good reason.A: Yes, but that isn’t all. I write books for salespeople. One of the things that I have always struggled with was reading books that didn’t provide me with the answers. They were more theory than action, and while no one loves theory more than I do, I want to be able to put what I read to immediate use. So both The Only Sales Guide (TOSG) and The Lost Art of Closing (TLAC) are prescriptive. They’re the books that I would have wanted when I started selling.Q: What’s wrong with the old closing techniques?A: The closing techniques from decades ago are transactional. Most of them were developed to work in a B2C sale, and they’re based on tactics, tricks, and tie downs. Listen, there is a reason that salespeople have a negative stereotype, even if it no longer matches reality. A lot of that negative stereotype is the direct result of how we sold, how self-oriented we were, and the hard sell tactics we used. Those techniques are relics of the past, and they have no place in the present.Q: You also believe the idea of “overcoming objections” is no longer accurate.A: I do. That language suggests that you are doing something to someone. It hints at a contest, and that is how it was taught and trained. It’s no longer useful. The right way to think about what we do now is that we are resolving our client’s concerns. They aren’t objecting; they’re expressing their fears, what they perceive as risks. We have to help them resolve these concerns so they can move forward and make the changes they need to make to produce better results.Q: That sounds soft.A: I assure you it isn’t. I want to be very clear in what I say here. You are going to have very difficult conversations with your clients, and it can be a real challenge to help people do what is right, even when they believe they need to change. The Lost Art of Closing deals with those conversations because that is what is necessary to win deals and make change. If you think that anything here sounds “soft,” wait until you start dealing with gaining the commitments. There is nothing soft about helping people change. What this book is about is the skillful means for doing so.Q: Why do you work so hard on a book launch?A: You write a book so that you can help people with some idea, some way of thinking or doing something different. You write with a group of people in mind, the people you want to help. You want to get the book in their hands. That doesn’t happen by accident or chance. I market the books because I want people to do better work, to produce better results now. Plus, I am a salesperson. Why on earth would anyone buy a book on sales from someone who won’t try to sell their own book? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Getting Back on the Horse

first_imgIn The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I wrote about Me Management, or what some would call self-discipline or habits. The acquisition editor from the first publishing company read the book and asked me why I would start a sales book with discipline, noting that everyone hates self-discipline. I argued that my observation of successful salespeople—and successful people more generally—were disciplined about the most critical factors that lead to success.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedWilling oneself to do the work necessary to succeed is one of the primary differences of the successful, an unwillingness being a large part of lack of success.Disciplines are not easy to keep, as anyone who has ever tried to keep a disciplined nutrition or exercise program will attest. You can just easily struggle with disciplines like avoiding your email first thing in the morning, reviewing your prior week and planning the next week on Sunday, or spending time on your most important projects or initiatives every day. Whatever the discipline you need to keep, it’s easy to fall off the horse—or to be thrown off by some unanticipated or unexpected event.Falling Off is Not Failing: Maybe the most important belief about disciplines is that falling off is not failure, and framing it that way may increase your desire to give up the discipline—which might be giving up on the future self you are building. Falling off the horse is an event and a very human one at that. Disciplines worth keeping aren’t always easy to build.Don’t Postpone Starting Over: There is no reason to postpone starting over. You don’t need to wait for the calendar to change. Tomorrow is not better than today and later isn’t better than right now. Keeping your discipline five days out of seven is better than keeping it three days out of seven. Just start again.If disciplines were easy to keep, everyone would keep them, and everyone would enjoy the rewards of having done so. Once you lose the discipline, it’s easy to give up altogether. If some result is important enough for you to keep a discipline, the best thing you can do is to get back on the horse. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more