David Hinds calls for action against transgressors

first_img– says Govt should use audits to set an exampleBy Alexis RodneyPolitical commentator Dr David Hinds has said while he agreed with President David Granger that it might be difficult to persecute every person found culpable in the reports of the recently concluded State Audits,President David GrangerDr David HindsGovernment should go after some instances of corruption to send a very stern message.Speaking with Guyana Times in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Hinds, an executive of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), one of the partners in the coalition Government, said there have to be some cases of “blatant corruption”, carried out by some former Government officials, and the new Administration should use some of these instances to hint that it was totally against corruption.“Having gotten the results of the audits, I agree with the President that you should not jump at everything, because not every malpractice is corruption, but I think that from the best of my knowledge, there are some instances of blatant corruption. I think the President has to go after the instances of blatant corruption,” Hinds told Guyana Times.He said it would be a good move; however, before Government “jumps before the courts”, the audits should be carefully studied. “You have to get a set of fresh eyes and legal people to look at it. But I refuse to believe [based on] what I have read in the newspapers that there are not two or three or four instances of blatant corruption that should be brought before the courts.”According to Hinds, should Government fail in this regard, it will send a message to those from the previous Administration who remain, to continue down this path, thus, driving a continuous process of undetectable corruption.“We live in the type of society, if you do not do it, there are still others who are in office from the old regime, because the top officers may have gone, but the people at the second, and third level of Government are still there and so, if they can see that these things can be uncovered and people can get away, then that give them the incentive to continue.”Hinds said for him, it is not about punishing the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and their officials, it is simply putting a brake on blatant corruption and setting an example for future Governments.President Granger late last week said that while Government has received the reports of the so far completed State Audits, it may find it challenging to persecute persons who have been found culpable.He insisted that the main objective behind audits and the reports was to ensure that no improper or corrupt practices recur. He said too that he was not willing to use the audits and the reports as tools for “witch hunting”.The President had previously said the audits were being used as “guides for corrective action to ensure that there is no reoccurrence”.Hinds expressed the view that the State Audits were an absolute necessity, since there had been an “abuse of State resources throughout our post-independence”.“It did not start with the previous PPP, it started before. But I think it escalated under the PPP and we have to put a stop to that, because, if it escalated under the PPP, the logic is that if nothing is done, it will continue with this audit. So I think the audit was very important.”Meanwhile, Hinds, speaking on Government’s decision to use independent auditors, as against officials of the State Audit Department, said he totally supported the use of independent officials.“I think if you were to use State Auditors to audit the State, whether it was the past or present Government, it is the same Government. I don’t think that the State should be asking State Auditors to audit it. So I do agree with the move to have an independent audit,” he explained.Hinds said it was understandable that persons have had some qualms about the independent auditors; however, he was quite sure that an excellent job was done.“I know some people have questioned whether the auditors themselves were independent as many of the auditors, some of them were associated with the Opposition. That is the difficulty with politics in Guyana. But professionals need to be given a chance to do their professional work…To the best of my knowledge, I think they have done a professional job.”He continued there were always going to be subjectivity and one has to make allowances for that. “I still do think that the independent auditors would give more nuances and a more dispassionate review of the audits as against the State Auditors.”Hinds said in all of this, it would be a good thing if Government could be a little clearer about what was being done about official corruption. He said while the audits were fine, Government still needed to be clear about where the lines should be drawn.“There is not really a clear line drawn. There are still vestiges of the old order still in place that should not be there,” Hinds told Guyana Times.last_img read more

Second-half latest: Preston 0 QPR 1 – Rangers within sight of victory at Deepdale

first_imgSebastian Polter’s early goal has left QPR within sight of the club’s first win at Deepdale since 1980. The German striker, left unmarked at the far post, headed home Alejandro Faurlin’s fifth-minute corner.Rangers have since defended well, although Jordan Hugill had a chance to equalise when he headed over from Greg Cunningham’s cross.And Polter almost forced a second goal when he beat shaky keeper Anders Lindegaard in the air to get his head to Karl Henry’s hanging cross, but the loose ball fell kindly for Preston.Preston made a determined start to the second half but Rangers have looked a threat on the counter attack, with the in-form Junior Hoilett involved in much of their best work.Hoilett crossed for Polter, whose effort flashed across the face of goal, and Alejandro Faurlin’s shot was blocked as the midfielder attempted to force the ball home.Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made a change with 12 minutes remaining, sending Massimo Luongo on in place of the hardworking Jamie Mackie.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hill, Perch, Faurlin, Henry, Mackie (Luongo 78), Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Hall, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What we learned Thursday at 49ers HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Sitting inside Kwon Alexander’s locker is a football with the Cincinnati Bengals logo on it. It came Sunday via his first interception as the 49ers’ new play-making linebacker, and that ball has barely left his grasp since then.“I’ve got to have a ball in my hand every second of the day,” Alexander said Thursday.SANTA CLARA, CA – JUNE 11: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander participates in a practice on June 11, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News …last_img read more

Cosmic Conundrums

first_imgModern cosmology is in a battle against the observations, and the observations might just win.Giant ring of galaxies should not exist.  A ring of galaxies 5 billion light-years across has cosmologists perplexed, Space.com says (see also Science Daily). According to theory, the large structure, measured via gamma ray bursts, shouldn’t exist. We’ve seen big structures before, but this one is up there; as seen from Earth, it would be 70 times the width of the full moon.  That’s almost 5 times the theoretical limit. And it’s not alone, the article says; another one twice as wide was reported in 2013. According to the Cosmological Principle, the universe should appear uniform at large scales.“If we are right, this structure contradicts the current models of the universe. It was a huge surprise to find something this big — and we still don’t quite understand how it came to exist at all,” added Balazs.So is the Cosmological Principal [sic] flawed? It’s certainly looking that way.Universe is missing light.  Another observation is at odds with modern cosmology: “Something is amiss in the Universe,” an article on Laboratory Equipment begins. “There appears to be an enormous deficit of ultraviolet light in the cosmic budget.” The universe is apparently unaware it is in crisis:“Either our accounting of the light from galaxies and quasars is very far off, or there’s some other major source of ionizing photons that we’ve never recognized,” Kollmeier says. “We are calling this missing light the photon underproduction crisis. But it’s the astronomers who are in crisis — somehow or other, the universe is getting along just fine.”Some astronomers are waving their hands to conjure up “decaying dark matter,” as if invoking another unknown helps.“You know it’s a crisis when you start seriously talking about decaying dark matter,” Katz remarks.“The great thing about a 400 percent discrepancy is that you know something is really wrong,” comments co-author David Weinberg of The Ohio State Univ. “We still don’t know for sure what it is, but at least one thing we thought we knew about the present day universe isn’t true.”They want more time to figure out the discrepancy. Maybe, instead, they should be fired for incompetence.Tiny black holes could trigger collapse of universe—except that they don’t.  Science Magazine is puzzled why black holes stop. Remember the fears that a man-made black hole would suck up the Earth and everything around it? Remember also the worries about looking for the Higgs boson? We were told not to worry. “Now, however, three theorists calculate that in a chain reaction, a mini black hole could trigger such collapse after all,” the article says. The only comfort is that it should have already happened, but we’re still here. This implies that theory is mistaken:The real point, Moss says, is that theorists can no longer shrug off the problem by assuming that the collapse of the vacuum would take a hugely long time. By showing that—according to the standard model—the collapse should happen quickly, the paper suggests that some new physics must kick in to stabilize the vacuum.Here be dragons: the supermassive black hole that’s growing impossibly fast: At The Conversation, Kevin Pimbblet is struggling to explain a black hole that appears to be growing so fast, it seems impossible—and it hints there might be even bigger and faster ones to be found.Mature galaxies from the start: An article on Science Daily seems curiously upbeat about a drastic change of opinion: “Milky Way-like galaxies may have existed in the early universe: Large-scale simulation provides theoretical evidence of early disk galaxies.” Haven’t we been taught since the days of Edwin Hubble that galaxies evolve from simple to complex? “It’s awe inspiring to think that galaxies much like our own existed when the universe was so young,” a cosmologist from Carnegie Mellon says. His colleague points out the drastic change from previous beliefs:“Theoretically we thought that when the universe was only 5 percent of its present age, it would be a place full of chaos and disorder,” Croft said. “Our simulation showed that the early universe might be far from being just this. It might contain beautiful symmetrical galaxies, like the Milky Way.“Successes?There are some claimed successes in cosmology.  Here are some previous mysteries said to be resolved:Balancing the lithium budget: Science Daily offers a rescue to theory about the big bang that has been hard to reconcile with observation. This is a long-standing problem, PhysOrg says; “desperately tried to provide an explanation” but ideas were “never convincing.” From Science Daily,Lithium, the lightest metal, used in batteries and mood-stabilising drugs, is rarer than it should be. Models of the period after the Big Bang explain how it, hydrogen and helium were synthesised in nuclear reactions, before the universe cooled enough for the stars and planets that we see today to come into being. Astronomers though think that about three times as much lithium was produced in that earliest epoch than remains today in the oldest stars in the galaxy, and the difference has proved hard to explain.A workaround was announced from Italy: in ancient stars, the lithium “was destroyed and re-accumulated by these stars shortly after they were born.” Whether this “completely new approach to the lithium problem” holds up remains to be seen; it’s a pretty convoluted model requiring stages of gain and loss during stellar evolution. “The model not only may explain the loss of lithium in stars, but could also help explain why the Sun has fifty times less lithium than similar stars and why stars with planets have less lithium than stars on their own.” But is it plausible? PhysOrg quotes the lead researcher: “To test our model definitively, we have to wait for technical advances that are not yet available.” That will take another ten years, long enough for him to retire probably. See also Daniel Clery’s summary of the problem and proposed solution in Science Magazine; he recounts previous theories that came and went.Revealing what must come: If the cosmos is “all that is, and ever was, and ever will be” as Carl Sagan says, it will be dark in the distant future. Daniel Clery writes in Science Magazine that “The universe is in a long, slow decline to darkness.” Live Science says, “It’s official: The universe is dying slowly.” The author never states who was officiating.The most comprehensive assessment of the energy output in the nearby universe reveals that today’s produced energy is only about half of what it was 2 billion years ago. A team of international scientists used several of the world’s most powerful telescopes to study the energy of the universe and concluded that the universe is slowly dying.So is this true? Here’s a theory that could only be falsified long, long after cosmologists are retired and dead. Neither article refers to dark matter or dark energy, which cosmologists believe add up to 96% of reality. It wasn’t long ago that they were saying that dark energy would lead to a “big rip” in  spacetime, not a heat death. One of the new theorists tried to be funny: “The universe has basically sat down on the sofa, pulled up a blanket, and is about to nod off for an eternal doze.” He sounds like he knows of which he speaks. A philosophical gadfly might ask why the universe is still awake at all.Here’s a cosmic mystery you can solve with a little reflection: “I am the end of time and the beginning of eternity. I am the beginning of every end, and the end of space, time, and the universe. Who am I?”  Answer below……..Answer: The letter “e”.(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cape Town sets stage for Chan 2014

first_img7 January 2014The stage is set for the opening ceremony of the African Nations Championship 2014 (Chan), which will be held at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.The opening ceremony will take place ahead of the kick-off of the first game between hosts South Africa and its neighbour Mozambique. The tournament will run until 1 February.Mvuso Mbele, chief executive of the local organising committee (LOC), said no compromises had been made in the planning of the tournament: “The opening ceremony of any event sets the tone for what is to follow and that is why we have pulled out all the stops to ensure that Africa and the rest of the world experience one of the most memorable ceremonies in history. We urge everyone to get their tickets now and join us at the Cape Town stadium as we celebrate Africa.”Award-winning musician Micasa as well as celebrated choreographer Somizi Mhlongo will be part of the line-up that will entertain fans during the opening ceremony.VolunteersMeanwhile, more than 600 volunteers from all over the city are being trained by the LOC to give them the skills and knowledge they will require to ensure the tournament runs seamlessly, the City of Cape Town said on its website.The volunteers will be involved in marketing, media accreditation, transport, logistics and protocol services. “The aim of the volunteer programme is to bring people from all walks of life together to lend a helping hand in staging this significant event – the first major soccer tournament in Cape Town since the 2010 Fifa™ World Cup,” the city says.South Africa was named as the host after Libya gave up the right to host the event because of the continuing upheaval in the country. Libya will instead organise the 2017 tournament, which had been due to take place in South Africa.Cape Town will serve as tournament headquarters and Bafana Bafana’s home base, in addition to hosting 16 of the championship’s 32 matches and staging the opening and closing ceremonies. The tournament’s remaining matches will take place in Polokwane and Mangaung.Teams from 16 African countries will be compete in the tournament, kicking off with the opening match between South Africa and Mozambique at the Cape Town Stadium on 11 January. TicketsTickets are on sale at Shoprite/Checkers stores and Computicket outlets. Prices range from R40 to R200.Match tickets are to be sold in three phases:Phase 1 – general group stage tickets. Sales are open.Phase 2 – for quarter-finals, semi-final and final match tickets without knowing which teams are placed. From 6 to 18 January.Phase 3 – for the semi-final and final match tickets, after knowing which teams have made it to the top eight for the semi-final and final matches, including the third and fourth play-off matches the final phase. From 19 to 22 January.TeamsThe 16 teams in the tournament are divided into four groups:Group A: South Africa, Mali, Nigeria and Mozambique. Will compete at the Cape Town Stadium.Group B: Zimbabwe, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Morocco. Will play their matches at the upgraded Athlone Stadium.Group C: Ghana, Libya, Ethiopia and Congo. Will play matches at the Free State Stadium in Manguang and at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.Group D: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Burundi, Mauritania. Will play matches at the Free State Stadium in Manguang and at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.MatchesThe Bafana Bafana matches will be played at the Cape Town Stadium:Bafana Bafana versus Mozambique on 11 January at 6pmBafana Bafana versus Mali on 15 January at 5pmBafana Bafana versus Nigeria on 19 January at 7pmTraining venues include Green Point FC, Green Point Athletics Stadium, NY 49, Site C in Khayelitsha. Erica Park, Belhar is a back-up venue.More about the Chan tournamentThe CHAN tournament, established in 2007 and first contested in 2009, is administered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and is played between the 16 best national teams in Africa.National teams have to qualify for the event and may only feature players active in their local leagues. Players who play abroad – regardless of where, even in Africa – do not qualify to take part in the competition.SAinfo reporter, SAnews.gov and City of Cape Townlast_img read more

NBA: Celtics to play 76ers in London

first_imgNew York, United States — The Boston Celtics will meet the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London in January for a regular NBA game, league officials announced Thursday.The game, to be played January 11, will be the Celtics’ second trip to London, having played Minnesota there in a 2007 pre-season contest, and the first for the 76ers, whose prior British experience was a 2013 pre-season game at Manchester against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Valdez, Reyes say PH team can do better after win WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The NBA announced its five Christmas Day match ups Thursday with an NBA finals rematch between the Cavaliers and host Warriors representing the marquee contest. The two teams have met in each of the past three finals.The remainder of the NBA schedule will be announced next week. The October 17 opening is the earliest start since the 1980-81 campaign began on October 10, 1980. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Celtics feature two-time NBA All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who led Boston with a career-high 28.9 points a game last season, plus newly acquired All-Star Gordon Hayward from Utah and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford, the team’s top rebounder, from the Dominican Republic.“It’s very exciting for our team and the whole Celtics organization to compete in front of our loyal fans in London,” Thomas said. “I can’t wait to connect with them at the NBA London Game 2018 and hopefully make new fans in the process.”Counting pre-season contests, it will be the NBA’s 16th game in London.“Our events have become an annual opportunity for basketball fans across Europe to come together and share their passion for the NBA,” league commissioner Adam Silver said.The Houston-Golden State contest will not only feature nine-time all star Paul in a new uniform but the Warriors will receive their NBA championship rings for the second time in the past three seasons.Gordon Hayward’s Celtics will also take on LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night in a NBA playoff semi-final rematch.ADVERTISEMENT The league announced the London game, its opening night contests and Christmas Day games as part of a partial release of its 2017-18 schedule on Thursday.Chris Paul will make his debut with Houston on October 17 when the Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors on opening night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 76ers boast some of the NBA’s top young talent, including 2016 NBA Draft top pick Ben Simmons of Australia, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, and 2017 top draft selection Markelle Fultz as well as 2016-17 campaign All-Rookie selections Joel Embiid of Cameroon and Dario Saric of Croatia.“I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer,” Embiid said. “We are a young, hungry team and will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January.” MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

a day ago​Rice demands West Ham response against Sheffield Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Rice demands West Ham response against Sheffield Utdby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United star Declan Rice wants to see his team put in a great performance against Sheffield United.The Hammers were disappointed to lose out against Everton on Saturday in the early kickoff.But they know that getting back to winning form is crucial if they want to challenge for a European position in the league.”We know we need to perform better than we did at the weekend,” Rice explained to the club website. “You have to be honest and it was shocking, we let the fans down, we let ourselves down.”We reviewed the game and watching it back was tough because we all know we’re not those players. We could have played so much better. That’s in the past now, we’ll look forward to Saturday because there’s no better way to get over that than another game at home when we’ll try to get the three points.”One win puts us back towards fifth, sixth position. We need to stay positive and we need everyone behind us on Saturday to be that twelfth man and push us on.”Sheffield United have performed well – they’ve beaten Arsenal, drawn with Chelsea, narrowly lost to Liverpool so we know it’s going to be tough for us. “But we’re the home team on Saturday and it’s massive that we go out there and put on a performance. Especially after the Everton game it’s going to be key that we get three points.” last_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers Disposes of Kamsarmax Duo

first_imgImage Courtesy: Scorpio BulkersNYSE-listed dry bulk owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers has entered into agreements to sell its two 2014-built Kamsarmax vessels SBI Cakewalk and SBI Charleston.Under the deal reached with unaffiliated third parties, the ships will be sold for some USD 45 million in total.Featuring 81,600 dwt, the ships, which were built by Chinese Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy Industries, were added to Scorpio Bulkers’ fleet in August and September 2014, respectively.According to data provided by VesselsValue, SBI Cakewalk has a market value of USD 22.1 million, while SBI Charleston’s market value stands at USD 22.3 million.Following the completion of the sales, Scorpio Bulkers will own a fleet of 46 vessels, consisting of 18 Kamsarmax and 28 Ultramax ships, with a total carrying capacity of 3.2 million deadweight tonnes.last_img read more

Bailee Madison Visits Mattel Childrens Hospital

first_imgActress Bailee Madison helped Starlight Children’s Foundation launch Play in May with a visit to patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.Bailee Madison at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLAPlay in May is a new campaign that highlights the healing power of play for hospitalized kids while raising funds to support Starlight programs. Starting May 1, individuals and teams can pledge to play games for 15 minutes a day for 15 days. Visit SupportStarlight.org to learn more.“I’ve been able to see firsthand how Starlight programs bring smiles to the faces of hospitalized kids.,” said Bailee. “The great thing about the campaign is whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you can Play in May to bring the healing power to kids and families, one game at a time. And who doesn’t like to play games?”last_img read more

Stars Launch Joint PSA To Support National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

first_imgFormer Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden of the Biden Cancer Initiative (BCI), two-time Super Bowl winning coach and Executive Vice President of Operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars Tom Coughlin of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation and Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons of the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) have joined forces to deliver a powerful public service announcement (PSA) in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.Approximately 15,000 people under the age of 20 are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – that’s 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day. Cancer does not discriminate and its impact has been felt in every community across the U.S. leaving a devastating emotional and financial toll on the families tackling the disease. The founders of each of these nonprofit organizations, BCI, the Jay Fund and TRF, have each been touched by cancer’s devastation having walked the journey with a child, a loved one, teammate, fan or friend.In coming together, the groups hope to generate greater awareness and support for families. In a joint statement, the group appeals to the public to join their cause: “In the spirit of Beau Biden, Jay McGillis, Tyler Robinson and all the courageous young people who have fought this disease, please help us make this month matter by supporting those who need it most. No one should fight childhood cancer alone.”Beginning September 1, the PSA will be played on television outlets and in sporting venues across the nation. In addition to making a donation to BCI, the Jay Fund or TRF, there are other practical ways for individuals to support families and get involved in the cause including volunteering with a local pediatric cancer nonprofit.BCI, the Jay Fund and TRF each fill separate, yet critically important, missions in supporting childhood cancer. BCI is accelerating progress in cancer research and care, making more therapies available to more patients, while working to detect and prevent the disease.The Jay Fund has touched more than 5,000 families through their cancer journeys providing more than $10 million in financial assistance to families in northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Since its inception just five years ago, TRF has raised in excess of $5.5 million to support more than 500 families across the U.S. battling childhood cancer by providing grants to offset the many unseen costs associated with treatment.For more information or to learn how to get involved, visit www.bidencancer.org, www.tcjayfund.org and www.trf.org.last_img read more