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IMC takes back GPSU credit union

IMC takes back GPSU credit union

first_imgAs the tussle over present and past management at the Guyana Public Service Co-operative Credit Union Limited (GPSCCUL) continues, the High Court in an order has re-instated the Government-installed Interim Management Committee (IMC) at the body.This new move comes after High Court Judge Gino Persaud discharged a previous interim order – which was granted to the old management – to have a stay in the decisions of the IMC until the matter was resolved.The new order therefore means the Government-installed Chief Co-operative Development Officer and Commissioner, Perlina Gifth, is back in charge of the co-op. Guyana Times understands the Police were present to accompany the new management as they took control on Wednesday at the body’s Hadfield Street, Georgetown headquarters.The issues stem from allegations on financial improprieties where officials were accused of excessive spending for bonuses and travel, tuned the sum of $32 million. Some even alleged that a senior official at the Guyana Public Service Union (GSPS) paid out some $700,000 in bonuses to himself.The shareholders during their picket earlier this week said the evidence has been passed on to the relevant authorities, as the multimillion-dollar probe gets underway. They called for greater transparency at the body as one member even claimed that he received no dividends for the five for which he contributed to the credit union.In late May, then Chairman of the GPSCCUL, Patricia Went vented her frustrations when it was revealed that Government installed the interim committee. She explained that the matter was rooted in the demand by the Department of Cooperatives for an undue payment to the Audit and Supervision Fund for years 2002-2013 of an alleged balance of over $49 million.However, according to another member, Jermain Hermanstyne, documents were allegedly removed from the office before the interim committee first took office.He had vowed to continue to advocate for transparency at the Union. Guyana Times was provided with a list of eight names of persons, which the picketers say are part of the alleged financial improprieties. At one point, the doors on the credit union’s building were locked as several documents were retained for assessment.last_img read more

They can’t be but they are! Eight players much younger than you think

They can’t be but they are! Eight players much younger than you think

first_img 8 8 1. Helder Postiga is still only 32 years old! To see seven more players who are younger than you’d think, click the arrow above! – If Cristiano Ronaldo could prompt hope that Portugal might win a major tournament, the presence of Helder Postiga as the first choice striker would immediately rain on that parade. Postiga never really lived up to the reputation he engineered in his early years at Porto, and a disastrous spell with Tottenham in 2003 – one goal all season – tainted his career severely. His move to Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata this summer made it 10 clubs in 14 years, including three loan stints as he struggled for both form and fitness. 71 caps for Portugal might look like a reasonable international career, but that is testament to the national side’s paucity of top class strikers to complement Ronaldo. 2. Giovani dos Santos is still only 26 years old! To see more players who are younger than you’d think, click the arrow above! – Another protégée that failed to live up to the hype, he was – like Bojan – unfortunate to come through Barcelona’s academy ranks at the same time as a certain Lionel Messi. When Tottenham snapped him up in 2008 for just €6m it was seen as a real coup for the north Londoners. However, after three ineffective loan spells – including one with Ipswich Town – Spurs decided to cut their losses in 2012 and he was sold to Mallorca. Another player whose success has been confined predominantly to the international game, Dos Santos became the latest star name to join the MLS last week when he moved to LA Galaxy. 8 5. Charlie Adam is just 29! To see more players who are younger than you’d think, click the arrow above! – Adam is still arguably at the peak of his powers, but to think he is still the right side of 30 is remarkable. After spending six years in relative obscurity playing for Rangers, Ross County and St Mirren in Scotland, he rose to prominence with Blackpool. After helping them into the Premier League and starring as an expansive goalscoring midfielder in the Seasiders’ solitary top-flight campaign, Liverpool came calling. It didn’t work out as hoped at Anfield, but he seems to have found his feet again at Stoke if his 60-yard strike against Chelsea last season is anything to go by. Should still have another five years in him a reasonable level. 7. Ayegbeni Yakubu is apparently just 32! To see one more player who are younger than you’d think, click the arrow above! – Another player who can constitute the ‘journeyman’ tag, Yakubu came back into the English spotlight last season when he joined Reading on a short-term basis and helped them reach the FA Cup semi-finals. He enjoyed prolific Premier League spells with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn before departing for China in 2012. The fact he made his debut in 1998 highlights the longevity of his career, and amazingly he’s the same age as Franck Ribery. 6. He’s won it all, but Thomas Muller is only 25! To see more players who are younger than you’d think, click the arrow above! – The fact Muller is still 25, considering what he has achieved in the game, is quite astonishing. He is already considered a leader at both club and international level and the 10 World Cup goals to his name means compatriot Miroslav Klose’s record of 16 is under serious threat. His style – an enduring ability to be in the right place at the right time and insatiable appetite to be in the penalty area – could allow him to thrive at this level for another decade, too. 8. Alexandre Pato is only 25! – Eh? 25? A real head scratcher, Pato is remarkably only halfway through his 20s, despite seemingly entering the twilight years of his career when he returned home to Brazil in 2013. He was snapped up by AC Milan when he was just 17, becoming an instant hit in Italy when he scored on his debut against Napoli. After fading away, a return to form with Sao Paulo last season has triggered rumours of a move back to Europe. Either way – to put it in context – he’s the same age as Jordan Henderson. 4. John Obi Mikel is still only 28! To see more players who are younger than you’d think, click the arrow above! – The man who once sparked an acrimonious legal battle between Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature has somewhat flattered to deceive. Still, Jose Mourinho clearly trusts him and he is now the Blues second longest serving player after captain John Terry. It would appear that the Nigerian has spurned the prime years of his career warming the Chelsea bench, but at just 28 there is still time left to pursue new challenges. 3. Phil Jones is just 23 years old! To see more players who are younger than you’d think, click the arrow above! – Granted he looks a bit older, Jones is another player whose experience vastly exceeds his age. While his development has arguably been shackled by his own versatility, Jones has been to a European Championships and a World Cup during his relatively fledgling England career. He’s also, alarmingly, one of the more senior members of the Manchester United defensive unit. Do you ever look at a player and think: how long has he been around?Tottenham misfit Helder Postiga probably fits that bill, and the Portuguese striker added another club to his expanding curriculum vitae on Wednesday by joining Indian Super League side Altetico de Kolkata.Postiga, like many other players, blew us away with how tender he was in age considering his seemingly endless career.To pay homage to the players that apparently fail to grow old, talkSPORT has composed a shortlist of eight names whose relative age is dumbfounding.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which players make our shortlist. 8 8 8 8 8last_img read more

Mobile Carriers Throw Down With Contract-Free Plans

Mobile Carriers Throw Down With Contract-Free Plans

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Is it any surprise that Americans hate getting locked into two-year contracts with mobile carriers? Only to the carriers themselves and even they’re answering the clue phone. In reaction to nearly a third of Americans switching to prepaid phones and perhaps even smartphone market fatigue, major carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are offering more flexible options: JUMP, Next and Edge.As recently as a year ago, consumers were content to lock into two-year contracts with mobile carriers in exchange for the best coverage, fastest wireless and newest smartphone models. The other option is a prepaid phone plan, which sells you a phone at the start and provides contract-free coverage on a month-to-month basis. No contract is nice, but at the beginning prepaid carriers didn’t offer competitive coverage. Now prepaid phone carriers are upping their games, with cheaper rates beating indentured servitude contracts with the major carriers. In the first quarter of 2013, nearly one third of smart phones were prepaid. Last week T-Mobile’s JUMP, short for Just Upgrade My Phone, was announced: the first no-contract phone plan to come from one of the Big Four. JUMP allows customers to upgrade their phones twice a year rather than getting locked into a 24-month contract. Through JUMP, you can choose to be charged an extra $10 per month to lease the phone in exchange for this freedom. Today, AT&T announced Next, a clear echo of Jump. Next will allow consumers to pay for their phones in a monthly installment plan before upgrading once a year. With monthly installments in lieu of a down payment, customers can buy their digital freedom. Rumor has it Big Red may not be far behind. A leaked Verizon training slide hints about Edge, an offering that will compete with JUMP and Next. Instead of making a down payment and staying locked in for 24-months, Edge could let customers make monthly payments, and upgrade as soon as the device is paid 50% off. Too Little, Too Late?All of this news from the carriers leave many questions unanswered. It doesn’t look like improved coverage is part of the deal, for one. But in the end, these programs aren’t about offering better coverage, or even better value. The goal is to ostensibly offer the consumer more freedom. “We are going to redefine a stupid, broken and arrogant industry,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere told the audience at the JUMP announcement event in New York City last week. Arrogant is right. People no longer want to put up with mobile carriers who put limits on how they can or can’t use their phones. That may be enough of a draw to pull people in.Without lowered prices, though, there’s no temptation yet for people already on prepaid plans to switch over to a major mobile carrier (though I can guess it’s only a matter of time before they sweeten the deal). The rest of us drones under contract might want to keep an eye out to see if these will really deliver some phone freedom and perhaps some savings, too.Updated at 11 p.m. EDT: Corrected inaccuracies in the story that made the major carrier plans directly comparable to existing pre-paid plans. While all three plans have a common feature of prepaid plans—the ability to toss and acquire new phones as often as possible—they differ from prepaid plans in one major way: customers don’t have to buy the phone up front.Photo by Clean Wal-Mart on Flickr.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#AT&T#T-Mobile#verizon center_img Related Posts lauren orsini What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

High octane

High octane

first_imgAjeet Bajaj, Managing Director, Snow Leopard AdventuresIt was the summer of 1986 and a moment of truth for me. I had just completed my graduation from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and was at the most significant crossroads of my life. The perplexing question before me was whether I should follow the prime passion of my life and opt for a career in adventure sports or go the more conservative way and get a ‘real’ job.In the 80s, adventure sports in India were still at a nascent stage. Most people here considered adventure sports as nothing more than ‘daredevilry’. There was no well-defined government policy or guidelines for adventure tourism and, in the pre-liberalisation era, adventure sports equipment was extremely hard to come by. Many regions of the Himalayas were not only unsafe for adventure activities but also almost impossible to get to. There was also a lot of red-tape involved for overseas mountaineering expeditions to India, even by the ’80s standards. Even getting contour maps was tough.The scenario has changed drastically since then and Indian adventure tourism is on an upswing. According to industry estimates, domestic adventure tourism is seeing an annual growth of about 30 per cent while inbound adventure tourism to India is increasing by up to eight to 10 per cent annually. Unofficial figures say that we have over one million adventure tourists in India every year.Though adventure tourism has come a long way in the last decade or so, a lot of ground still needs to be covered. Matters like the use of satellite phones by adventure tour operators in the course of their work need to be resolved. Tourism being a state subject, there is need for a national adventure tourism policy that is endorsed by all the states. Some operators in the far-flung regions of the country still have to adhere to national and international benchmarks in safety and adopt the good field practices that are advocated by the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.India’s topography holds out great prospects for adventure tourismThe Indian adventure travel fraternity, which is a 200-member community, represented by the Adventure Tour Operators’ Association of India, strongly feels that India has the potential of becoming a global hotspot for adventure and ecotourism. The industry is working in close cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism to harness this potential in a sensitive manner and to take Indian adventure tourism quite literally to the summit.At present, there are no tailormade courses for adventure tourism in India. The best course of action for those keen on a career in adventure tourism, in my opinion, would be to finish their graduation and follow it up with an MBA in Tourism Administration from the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, apart from which there are numerous universities-like the Himachal University, the Kurukshetra University-that offer a Master’s programme in Tourism Administration. While in college it would be equally important to immerse fully into adventure sports. There are a number of clubs, institutions (like the Youth Hostels’ Association of India) and commercial outfitters offering trekking, wildlife activities and river rafting trips and it would be ideal to gain as much experience as possible as well as test your resolve and commitment about getting into adventure tourism. It is also worth looking at the adventure and mountaineering courses offered by Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi; Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling; and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali. These courses are subsidised for Indian nationals and the level of instruction and the overall experience is rated high. The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering in Gulmarg also comes highly recommended for skiing and adventure training. I would like to emphasise the importance of physical fitness here. If you are not physically fit, you could still consider an office job in adventure tourism but definitely not field work. Some North American and New Zealand universities offer allied courses such as Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation and Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management.The ideal way to get going would be with a professional, Government of India, Ministry of Tourism-recognised adventure tour operator. There is need for a rather lengthy apprenticeship in adventure tourism due to concerns of safety and professional guest handling. In terms of emolument, the industry is more passion-driven than moneydriven; although in the present scenario, it is possible to make a decent living in the field.I was extremely fortunate in that I got tremendous support from my parents and family and took a decision to follow my heart. I am passionate about my profession and completely believe in the saying-‘if your hobby and profession are the same, you do not work for a single day. There is no better office than ‘the great outdoors’. I am fortunate to have taken the right decision.Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt Ltd, is India’s first certified adventure travel outfit that organises adventure tours in the Indian Subcontinent. (www.snowleopardadventures. com)advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

GALLERY OF SPORTING IMAGES SHOTS

GALLERY OF SPORTING IMAGES SHOTS

first_imgSporting Images are the premier Touch Football photographer and the ever-present lens to capture all the action at the 2006 National Touch League.Michael and Glen have been wandering the fields capturing as many athletes as possible. They have generously provided all of the action shots you see on the TFA website.To view and purchase the images they have taken, simply visit www.sportingimages.com.au after the NTL. To see some of the pictures now, use the link ‘Gallery’ on the TFA website and then click on ‘2006 NTL’. This will take you to a selection of images from the 2006 NTL.Thanks guys, your work is fantastic!last_img

Video: Florida State RB Commit Runs For One Of The Most Ridiculous Touchdowns You’ll Ever See

Video: Florida State RB Commit Runs For One Of The Most Ridiculous Touchdowns You’ll Ever See

first_imgFlorida State RB committee carries ball and evades the defense.Florida State RB Ridiculous RunZaquandre White is a four-star running back recruit from Cape Coral who is currently committed to the Florida State for the class of 2017. That should excite Seminoles fans, because apparently, he’s very hard to tackle. Earnest Graham, former Florida star, posted a video of White breaking a ridiculous number of tackles during a spring game for his high school team. It’s one of the craziest runs you will ever see. Via Tomahawk Nation: Here is a look that does the run way more justice. #applypressurePosted by Earnest Graham on Saturday, May 23, 2015Good luck to future opposing ACC defenses.last_img

Court of Appeal upholds Edmonton mans extradition to US to face terrorism

Court of Appeal upholds Edmonton mans extradition to US to face terrorism

first_imgEDMONTON — The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld an extradition order for a man facing terrorism charges in the United States.Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi, who is 34, has been charged in the U.S. with conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists engaged in violent activities in Syria.He was ordered extradited by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Little in May 2018.Three Appeal Court judges heard Abdullahi’s challenge of the extradition order last Wednesday.They say in a decision released Tuesday that there is enough evidence for him to go to trial on the charges.Officials in the U.S. allege Abdullahi conspired with Douglas McCain, the first known American who died fighting for the Islamic State, and others in the U.S. and Canada.Abdullahi, also known as Phish or Fish, was indicted in California in March 2017 and arrested by Canadian authorities in September 2017.The U.S. indictment alleges that Abdullahi conspired with McCain and others to provide personnel and money to people in Syria engaged in terrorist activities, including killing, kidnapping and maiming people.It also alleges Abdullahi robbed an Edmonton jewelry store to finance the travel of McCain and others, then wired the money.Abdullahi also faces an armed robbery charge in Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

First Nation school reopens after mould removed educational consultant fired

First Nation school reopens after mould removed educational consultant fired

first_imgSakastew School in Mathias Colomb First Nation has reopened after mould treatment.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA northern Manitoba First Nation has reopened a school that was closed after fears about toxic, black mould.The chief and council of Mathias Colomb also terminated the contract of the educational consultant who closed the school, and disbanded the education authority that hired him, APTN News has learned.“They forced me out,” said Guy Dumas, who shared the notice of Feb. 19 termination he received via email with APTN.“It’s just because I spoke up, but I have no regrets.”READ the email terminating Guy Dumas.Dumas, who is a band member but lives off reserve, was a director of education consultant for the Mathias Colomb Education Authority when he shuttered Sakastew School on Dec. 4 after learning about black and green mould in two rooms and maybe more.He linked the discovery with what he said were high numbers of children missing classes due to health issues.“They disbanded the Pukatawagan board of education, too,” Dumas said of band leadership.“Board members are elected by the people (but) they are putting in their own people.”Guy Dumas shared this photo from when he worked inside Sakastew School.A band councillor confirmed over the phone the kindergarten to Grade 12 school was reopened Feb. 25.But she declined to do an interview with APTN, saying she had a meeting.Dumas questioned whether the school should have re-opened.He said he has since learned about physical and mental dangers associated with mould and hoped the school’s closure spurred parents to educate themselves about the impact on their children.“They intend to keep the brown building I was closing down open,” he said of council.“Mould is mould, they say.”No one from the band’s administration has spoken publicly since APTN first reported the school was closed.Dumas hired a company from Winnipeg, about 800 kilometres southeast of the Cree community, to remove mould from the school.READ the motion disbanding the education board.A spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada confirmed Monday those mould “remediation efforts at the school are now complete.‎“The First Nation has informed us that the school reopened on February 25, 2019 and students are back in class,” the department added in an email.Dumas also wondered whether the band council had the power to disband the education board, which it did with a motion ending the board’s mandate effective Feb. 21.Indigenous Services was checking into that [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

Heres A Timetable For When Knicks Fans Should Run Out Of Patience

Heres A Timetable For When Knicks Fans Should Run Out Of Patience

By any standard, the New York Knicks’ 2014-15 season — team President Phil Jackson’s first at the helm — has been an unmitigated disaster.It’s a fact that Jackson himself couldn’t avoid acknowledging in a message he issued to fans (particularly season-ticket holders) this week. “While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level,” Jackson said.In the message, Jackson requested that fans be patient as the team works on its long-term plans. (“I ask that you remain optimistic and hope you will join us on our continued journey as we build a team that once again reflects the spirit of being a New York Knick.”) But what should Jackson’s rebuilding timetable look like? The legendary former coach signed a five-year deal last March. Given the particulars of the 2013-14 Knicks team he inherited (their average age, Simple Rating System scores relative to the league and the Eastern Conference, and the wins above replacement of their top player), how quickly should Knicks fans have expected Jackson to turn things around?To answer that question, I ran a series of logistic regressions using every non-playoff NBA team since the league expanded to 27 teams in 1989-90, estimating the likelihood of a team like the Knicks eventually returning to the postseason and reaching various SRS milestones within the five years of Jackson’s contract. These probabilities should serve as a rough guideline for how quickly the Knicks should have expected to return to respectability when Jackson came on, and when patience with Jackson should start to wear thin if the Knicks continue to languish.In some ways, Jackson is already far behind schedule. Based on historical trends, we’d expect 68 percent of Knicks-like teams to return to the playoffs within one season. (Instead, New York is currently 19.5 games out of the last playoff spot in a weak Eastern Conference.) But Jackson has also described his “ultimate goal” as bringing an NBA title back to New York after a 42-season drought, and to do that, a team typically has to be better than just a fringe playoff qualifier. The 25th percentile NBA championship team since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger had an SRS around 5 — a qualification that only five teams in 2014-15 met (after rounding up).That’s a level of performance our model says the Knicks are unlikely to attain, even within five years. But there was a 50 percent chance that the Knicks would reach the tier right below that, with an SRS of 3, by the end of Jackson’s contract. And progress toward that goal might be best judged three seasons in; while we’d expect a Knicks-like team to post an SRS of 3 within two seasons less than a third of the time, the probability of checking off that milestone within three seasons was 44 percent.In other words, while the Knicks have been absolutely awful this season, it’s still too early to ignore Jackson’s pleas for patience if building a contending team is the goal. We probably won’t really know what kind of progress he’s made in that direction for another couple of seasons. read more

Barcelona vs Juventus Is The Strongest Champions League Final Ever

Barcelona vs Juventus Is The Strongest Champions League Final Ever

1999Man. U.England Barcelona will take on Italian side Juventus in the Champions League final Saturday, and it may well be the strongest Champions League final ever. The sum of Barcelona and Juventus’s Elo ratings, according to the Football Club Elo Ratings, is higher than any final in history. (We love Elo around here — we’ve used it to explore the NBA, the NFL, chess and even Scrabble. Teams gain points for wins and lose them for losses. The higher your rating, the better.) You can see all this data from Champions League — known as the European Cup before 1992 — finals in the table at the top of this post.1One may suspect that some ratings inflation is responsible for the strength of this and a few other recent finals. However, a simple regression reveals only a very weak inflationary trend. One reason for the strength of many recent finals may be increasing inequality — the gulf between the great teams and the average ones is likely widening. Also note that the 1974 final was replayed, hence its appearing twice. And if a few totals look off, that’s because of rounding.Juventus won Serie A by a full 17 points over second-place Roma, and its average league game was a 1.3-goal victory. And it’s fourth in the world according to Elo — only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are rated higher. This would be Juventus’s third title.But Barcelona is beyond strong — so much so that it’s nearly unprecedented. It’s currently top-ranked in Europe and, by Elo, the strongest team to ever appear in a Champions League final. This would be Barça’s fifth title. 1988PSV EindhovenNetherlands 1972AjaxNetherlands 2009BarcelonaSpain YEARTEAMCOUNTRY 1967CelticScotland 2010Inter MilanItaly 2013Bayern MunichGermany And both teams are at near-historic peaks. Unsurprisingly, given the trophies it’s won already this year, Barcelona has shot up since the beginning of 2015 and is just about one win away from achieving the highest Elo rating in club history. Ditto Juventus, which is in its finest form in more than 15 years. It helps that both teams have won two major trophies already this year — whoever wins the Champ League final will complete a rare “treble.” (This has happened only seven times in European soccer, including once for Barça, shown in the table.)Oh, right, and there’s this Lionel Messi fellow, who plays for Barcelona. The game could serve as a popular referendum on his status as the greatest footballer of all time. If he scores in the match, he’ll be the first to do so in three Champions League finals, and he will lead outright this year’s competition in scoring, edging out Cristiano Ronaldo. And after seeing this Messi goal in the Copa del Rey final last Saturday, I’m tempted to just throw all these spreadsheets out the window.The market odds for the game have, as I write, settled around 4-to-11 for favorite Barcelona and 9-to-4 for underdog Juventus — implying a roughly 70 percent chance of a Barça victory. That’s right in line with what the Elo ratings imply — about a 71 percent chance of a win for Barcelona. Just because it’s the strongest Champions League final ever doesn’t mean it’ll be the most competitive. read more