Dear Editor,I pen this letter to highlight the controversial nature of how contracts are being handled at the Ministry of Education, particularly by the Head of Buildings, Mr. Ron Eastman.Indeed, I find it ironic that after his troubled career as Deputy City Engineer, including suspension by the Council (Guyana Chronicle, September 26, 2017), Mr. Eastman somehow found himself in charge of the engineering division of a much larger Government agency.It appears that Mr. Eastman remains the same person when it comes to competence, but with no oversight to sanction him. There have been several instances, for example, wherein I and other contractors who have completed works at the Ministry scheduled meetings with Mr. Eastman, only to turn up and have him walk past us, making a loud statement that he is not meeting anybody. This is with him being fully aware that contractors are indebted to others, while he continues to withhold payments months after the jobs have been completed (in my case, payments for petty jobs done over five months ago).What I have found even more questionable is that these jobs are now given primarily to contractors who previously worked with the Mayor and City Council, and more than 60 per cent of the contractors who worked with the Ministry of Education are now shut out of contracts from that agency.It’s not to say that I don’t expect other contractors to be given jobs, but to shut out 60 per cent of us when we have all the necessary documentation, and accept new people because of seeming familiarity, is a grave injustice being handed down to us.I solemnly believe that many of these issues are facilitated through poor management by the superiors of this Ministry. There is much talk about integrating Information Communication Technology (ICT) into teaching and learning processes of the Education system, but wouldn’t a good place to start be with the staff of the Ministry?Currently, in trying to do business with them, you walk from office to office before completing one transaction.Then there are the bills that this Ministry issues. I would suggest that the Minister takes some time to set up a team to assess the type of bills leaving this Ministry, because it is quite obvious that Mr. Hinds and his procurement department are not doing a proper job. What I have found with several bills is that the bills are so flawed that, upon purchase on numerous occasions, staff of the procurement department would have to call you to collect a new bill in exchange for the faulty document they had given you initially.Now, mind you, these bills leave Mr. Eastman’s office and pass through Mr. Hinds’ office through rigorous processing; yet, still, we read weeding and cleaning bills asking for VAT certificates and electrical compliance; or petty works bills asking for 15 years’ experience.I am not one to bash ministers or the Government, but I would close by recommending that Minister N. Henry pay a little more attention to her ministry, because quite a lot is spiralling out of control; which would not have been the case if competent people were doing the work that we, the taxpayers, pay for.I now close by stating that I hope other Guyanese like me would spend some time shedding light on the injustices that we receive at the hands of our fellow Guyanese; for it begs the question: With oil on the way, will it get any better for us?Regards,Concerned Citizen.
Stefan de Vrij in action for Lazio Arsenal are keeping an eye on Stefan de Vrij’s contract situation at Lazio amid further links with Chelsea.According to reports in Italy, the Dutch defender is now on the Gunners’ radar with his contract situation still not resolved.De Vrij’s current deal runs out in 2018 and Lazio are hoping to tie him down to fresh terms which will also include a hefty release clause.However both Arsenal and Chelsea have been given hope in their pursuit with the 24-year-old still seemingly no closer to putting pen to paper on a new deal.It has also been suggested that Chelsea had a formal offer knocked back by Lazio during the last window and now the Italian club want to get him tied down to an extension in order to strengthen their position.The Holland international has made 40 Serie A appearances since arriving from Feyenoord in 2014. 1
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played since Liverpool’s win at Burnley on New Years Day 1 Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he is considering his future at the club, having fallen behind Loris Karius.Since the 2-1 win against Burnley on New Years Day, the goalkeeper has had to settle for a place on the bench with manager Jurgen Klopp opting for Karius in the wins against Everton and Manchester City.And with a World Cup on the horizon, the Belgium international is keen to ensure he is match fit in time for the tournament in Russia.“I have to stay calm,” he said in quotes carried by The Times. “At the same time I have to think about my future. I am 30 years old and the World Cup is coming.”Following the 4-3 victory against City where Karius was at fault for Leroy Sane’s equaliser, Klopp was defiant and appeared to hint at a possible run in the first team.“People always find the hair in the soup,” he explained. “Karius had a fantastic game. Yes the goal, he knows that, but it’s not about that.”Back in September, however, it appeared Mignolet’s place as no.1 was assured, with Karius set to play in Liverpool’s European games.“Simon Mignolet is No 1,” Klopp said following the game against Sevilla at Anfield. “At the end of the season he will have played 85% to 87% of games.”
TODAY Sunday evening hike, 5 at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Women’s Anger Management class, 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. TUESDAY Family planning clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet at 7 a.m. at Paul’s Italian Villa, 2585 Cochran Street. Call (805) 583-2857. Chair Exercise, 8:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. CPR Update: Health Care Provider class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive. Call (805) 955-6890. Tot Time story time, 11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music, 2910 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For ages 2-5. Call (805) 526-2800. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Emotional Intelligence Training for Parents, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Action Parent and Teen Support Program, 6:30 p.m. at Apollo High School, 3150 School St., Simi Valley. Hotline: (800) 367-8336. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Wood Room, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 526-6231. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Woman’s Club, monthly meeting, 11 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005 Los Angeles Ave. Call (805) 583-8272. Men’s Anger Management class, 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. THURSDAY Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will meet, 7 a.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Call (805) 520-4894. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Scrabble Group will meet, 9:30 a.m. at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Reproductive health care clinic, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. Call (805) 578-3677. Tap for Fitness, 2:30-4 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Circuit Training, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Thursday Evening Hike, 6 p.m. at the Chumash Trailhead. Call the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District at (805) 584-4400. Open Gym Volleyball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2 or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. at Clarion Commons, 5300 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 522-9591. Co-custody parenting class, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. FRIDAY Basic Training, 6-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. SATURDAY Jazzercise Aerobics, 8-9 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Post Polio Support Group, 1: 30 p.m., United Methodist Church Fireside Room, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Call (818) 879-8788. Calendar events are compiled each week. Items must reach the Daily News one week before the Sunday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be attached for contact purposes. Mail to Simi Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (805) 583-0880. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456.
Red poppies are blooming along highways in North Carolina in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I and in memory of servicemen and servicewomen killed during the war.The state departments of Transportation and Natural and Cultural Resources collaborated on the project as part of North Carolina’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the country’s official entry into World War I in April 1917.“We are so grateful to Secretary Trogdon and the staff at NCDOT for partnering with us on this beautiful and visual remembrance of the North Carolinians who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country 100 years ago,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “These flowers are a wonderful way to honor the memory of our World War I veterans, and I hope that people who see them will be inspired to reflect on those who died in service to our country.”“We are honored to pay tribute to the men and women who served our nation in World War I through our department’s most popular program,” Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said. “Thank you to the many veterans who sacrificed on our behalf a century ago and to Secretary Hamilton and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for helping us make this beautiful memorial a reality.”NCDOT’s Wildflower Program, which began in 1985, is an integral part of highway beautification. Wildflower beds are installed and maintained across the state by Roadside Environmental personnel in each of the 14 highway divisions.The red poppy is the official emblem of remembrance of the American Legion, and has been used as a symbol to commemorate war dead since World War I. It was inspired by the opening lines of Canadian Army officer John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Field,” which was written during World War I after McCrae noticed the poppies blooming around the mass graves of soldiers on the battlefields.North Carolinians served in all the major battles of the Western Front in 1918. They fought in the battles of 2nd Marne, St. Mihiel, and in the Meuse-Argonne, the last major campaign of the war. As part of the British army, Tar Heels in the 30th Division fought in Belgium and France in intense combat. In only five months of action in 1918, the United States suffered more than 275,000 casualties with more than 50,000 deaths. Nearly 2,400 North Carolinians died during World War I from battle and disease.The red poppies are currently blooming along highways in several counties across North Carolina.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It has been said that geeks are cool. I disagree. Cool is for chumps. Geeks, not to mention weirdies, grotesques, exiles and stone cold superfreaks, are better than cool and have their own pantheon that transcends cool. Depending on your age and predilection, the Stooges stand atop the altar of that pantheon or occupy a niche at the side, but they’re there, somewhere. Little did we know, however, that one of our own, a geek, was responsible for the most vicious guitar playing and savage songwriting in rock history. Raw Power-era guitarist James Williamson became a computer chip programming geek and Vice President for Technology Standards at Sony. And vice versa. Williamson, guitarist and co-writer of the songs on the seminal, and still threatening, Raw Power, and later producer for lead singer Iggy Pop’s squally shambling pop records, including New Values, has high geek cred. After a short, savage life of strangling guitars, Williamson turned his back on music for 30 years. He joined Sony, where he helped to shape the very instrument you are reading this on. Eventually, Williamson became a Vice President at Sony. He also served as a member of the Standards Association Board of Governors and the Corporate Advisory Group at IEEE. He worked at Sony for 30 years, living in Silicon Valley the whole time. Then, last year, as he told the Guardian, he took early retirement. Now he’s back playing with Iggy. Let’s recap. Williamson was the loudest, most frenetic, genre-crushing guitarist in rock history. Then he geeked out. Designed computer chips. Then he became Vice President at one of the most important electronics companies in the world. Then he “retired.” Now, at 61, he’s back out on the road with Iggy, dedicating himself to ripping the shit out of your ears. Neither you nor I have any excuse. None. curt hopkins Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
The new data centers are far larger and more efficient than what is offered by enterprise hosting operations.That’s something we hear a lot more about. It comes down in many respects to scalability and elasticity of a cloud-based data centers that operate on commodity infrastructures.The difference in cost is just one comparison that comes with the latest infographic from Wikibon.Via: WikibonLike most infographics, the data presented will undoubtedly raise questions about the choice of information that is being presented. This one compares costs between multi-tenant and traditional data centers. It shows market projections for cloud computing and projects the revenues for Amazon Web Services.The Wikibon infographic is decent enough but reminds me of the graphics that newspapers make for a Sunday story. They’re fine enough but all we can really expect is a snapshot of the market.What do you think? Tags:#cloud#Data Centers How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud alex williams Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
RadioShack is pushing Fitbit bands.ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series in which ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.My local RadioShack—yes, those are still around—just got a makeover as part of a nationwide revamp. Part of the new look is a big, prominent display of fitness wearables.The Shack is far from alone in stocking up on wearables. Best Buy has a big selection now, as does Target. Fitbit has been dominating retail so far, according to Canalys, with almost half the market in the first quarter of the year. But I also noticed Jawbone Up bands, LifeTrak fitness watches from Salutron, and a number of smaller brands at RadioShack.They Can Get It For You RetailDoes retail distribution matter for wearables? After all, we live in an age of e-commerce. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told me earlier this year that the company’s online store is its best channel for selling smartwatches. The company’s pastel-colored Pebbles, for example, are only available online. But Pebble has also performed well at retail, according to Canalys. And shelves in retail stores are a place where people who haven’t heard of Pebble may discover the device for the first time.Poor retail distribution may have been one of the problems that doomed the Nike FuelBand, which was only available at Nike and Apple stores and “select authorized retailers,” according to the Nike website. Fitbit’s line of bands was simply easier for people to get their hands on.Selling through retailers comes with its own host of problems, from stocking inventory to dealing with returns to waiting for payment. It’s easy to understand why some smaller upstarts in the wearables business follow Pebble’s lead in seeking preorders through crowdfunding websites before they try to battle for shelf space.More In StoreBut I also wonder if wearable makers are thinking broadly enough about their retail opportunities. Salutron, for example, sells its LifeTrak bands at Walgreens drugstores, where it hits a demographic that’s more worried about health than fitness. More fashionable wearables, like Ringly or the Tory Burch Fitbit line, might fit into department stores. Macy’s, which sells a variety of gadgets today, as well as a lot of watches and fitness apparel, barely stocks any wearable devices. That’s a green field for retail sales.Perhaps it’s a blind spot for the people developing wearables, who are far more likely to shop at Amazon than Target. E-commerce might do well to reach people who know they already want a device. But to reach the millions of people who can’t picture themselves wearing one more gadget, stores may be the way to market.Lead photo by Jason Tester Guerrilla Futures; photo of RadioShack by Christen Rochon for DivasandDorks.com Tags:#Best Buy#Body#digital fitness#Eric Migicovsky#fitness apps#fitness bands#RadioShack#wearables The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology owen thomas What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts