…AFC disagreesThe People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has accused the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) of orchestrating the protest against President David Granger during his feature address on Thursday.PNCR Executive Gary BestThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) staged a massive protest in front of the Pegasus Hotel during the GMSA business luncheon at which President David Granger was scheduled to address the gathering.As he was about to deliver his speech, several members of the PPP/C held placards and reiterated calls for elections to be held soon.During a press conference on Friday, Executive Member Gary Best accused the private sector body of playing an integral role in a ploy to ‘embarrass’ the President.Persons protesting against the caretaker President“The party’s position is that the President was invited to the GMSA’s event and the outcomes suggest to us in the clearest of terms that this was something orchestrated by the GMSA to embarrass the President. The proof is in the evidence of what occurred. If the GMSA is holding an event where the President will be attending, one would think that the GMSA would also contact the security services and security forces…In our opinion, the GMSA foisted this event upon the President so that he can be embarrassed,” Best claimed.On the other hand, the Alliance for Change (AFC) differed in their reasoning of the GMSA’s involvement. During its press conference, Executive Member and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said he was present at the event.As such, he asserted, “I don’t think the GMSA was involved…It wasn’t unexpected but it is a democracy. I indicated to the GMSA early that these guys are going to do that”.ProtestDuring the protest–led by Presidential candidate Irfaan Ali – citizens flocked outside the Kingston hotel.The protest came after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, (retired) Justice Claudette Singh, advised the Head of State that the Commission will be ready for elections by the end of February 2020 – more than a year after the Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion.Although the protest was peaceful, scores of Police officers and members of the Tactical Service Unit (TSU) were deployed to the scene with protective shields, placing barricades at strategic points to block off and guard the entrance of the hotel, where several high-profile officials and Government ministers were in attendance.This, however, did not deter the protesters, who used microphones to highlight the fact that the Government is illegal and in breach of the Constitution of Guyana.Nevertheless, the protesters were adamant that they will continue these protest actions to highlight the transgressions of the coalition administration.Also braving the weather to stand strong with his party, General Secretary of the PPP/C Bharrat Jagdeo informed that his party and supporters intend to protest President Granger at every public forum he attends until he complies with the Constitution as is mandated.Inside the event, invitees greeted the President with protest actions and the situation was later brought under control when senior ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) escorted the group of persons from the room.Moments after the incident, GMSA Executive Ramesh Dookhoo told media operatives that they were unaware that such an incident would occur.
NEW YORK – A proposed settlement of lawsuits against Sony BMG Music Entertainment would let consumers receive free music downloads to compensate them for Sony including flawed software on millions of CDs, lawyers said Thursday. Lawyers said the deal requires the world’s second-largest music label to stop manufacturing compact discs with MediaMax software or with extended copy protection or XCP software that could leave computers vulnerable to hackers. The proposed settlement was submitted to U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday. A judge was expected to decide in January whether to tentatively approve it. According to terms of the settlement, Sony BMG will let consumers who bought the CDs receive replacement discs without the anti-piracy technology and will let them choose one of two incentive packages. Sony BMG began including MediaMax on some of its discs in August 2003 and introduced XCP last January. Both software programs limited the number of copies of a disc that a user can make. Beginning in November, more than 20 lawsuits were filed after a computer security research specialist a month earlier traced a hidden software program on his computer to an XCP disc he had purchased and installed, the settlement papers said. According to the court papers, the software program made the user’s computer more susceptible to unwanted intrusion from third parties and effectively disabled any firewall and anti-spyware protection programs previously installed on a computer. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott also had sued Sony. The company has said it has provided consumers with a one-click “uninstall” application that lets them remove MediaMax from their computers. MediaMax was loaded on 27 Sony BMG titles, including Alicia Keys’ “Unplugged” and Cassidy’s “I’m a Hustla.” Pritzker said as many as 20 million CDs containing MediaMax were sold. The label recalled the discs with XCP in November and released a way to remove the files from users’ computers. Some 4.7 million CDs on 52 Sony BMG titles had been made with the technology and 2.1 million had been sold. Sony BMG, a joint venture of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG, has said it did not use the software programs to collect or retain personal data about the consumers without their consent. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The first package allows consumers who bought XCP CDs to obtain a cash payment of $7.50 and a promotion code allowing them to download one additional album from a list of more than 200 titles. The second package permits them to download three additional albums from the list. The court papers said Sony BMG would try to offer Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes as one of the download services available to the consumers. Those who purchased MediaMax CDs would receive additional compensation to allow them to download non-content protected versions of music on their MediaMax CDs and to download one additional album. Elizabeth C. Pritzker, a lawyer for the consumers, said the settlement provides for the compensation to be paid out beginning as early as mid-January, even before final approval of the deal is granted by the court. In a statement, Sony BMG said it was pleased to have reached the agreement with the plaintiffs and added that it looked forward to the court approval process.
Image 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.
zoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has been acquired by the investment company Tennor Holding.Following the acquisition of all remaining shares in FSG from Siem Europe, Tennor Holding has become the sole owner of the Flensburg-based shipyard.In February of this year, Tennor — formerly Sapinda Holding — became the principal shareholder in the business. Tennor then agreed to purchase 76% of the shares in FSG. As explained, the investment has been part of FSG’s reorganization aimed at ensuring the continuation of the shipyard’s business operations.Siem Europe first became a shareholder in FSG in September 2014 and over the past five years has been the main purchaser of vessels produced at the yard, which has included the construction of eight large roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels.On August 30, 2019, FSG handed over the seventh RoRo newbuilding to Siem. Named Leevsten, the 32,887 GT ferry features a length of 209.8 meters and a width of 26 meters.The eighth ship currently being built for Siem is scheduled to be launched at the end of October this year, according to FSG.
Just as Buffalo Bills rookie EJ Manuel established himself as the potential starting quarterback, he injured his knee and will be sidelined for the remainder of preseason, the team announced Saturday.Manuel will undergo a “minor knee procedure,” the Bills said.“He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time,” coach Doug Marrone said in a statement.Veteran Kevin Kolb, who Emanuel is competing with for the quarterback position, will get the start for the team’s third preseason game next Saturday against the Washington Redskins.Manuel came in the second half of Friday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. The young player completed 10 of 12 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Emanuel was injured in the game, but the team did not announce the injury until Saturday.Throughout two games this preseason, Manuel completed 26 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and ran four times for 29 yards.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 11, 2017 – Nassau – Perry Christie issued a statement to say that he wishes the FNM only success and promised his full support for a smooth transition of the new government. Mr Christie, who now likely ends his political career with the loss of his Centreville seat said it has been an honour and privilege to serve as the Prime Minister of this great nation. The outgoing PM thanked also those who served with him for their dedication. Perry Christie has twice served as Prime Minister of The Bahamas, both times it was a one term stint.Prime Minister Perry Christie has conceded the election and released a statement: “I called Dr. Minnis earlier this evening to congratulate him on his party’s victory. I understand as perhaps few others the challenges that await Dr. Minnis, and I wish him only success on behalf of our nation. He has my full support for a smooth transition. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Prime Minister of this great nation. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the Bahamian people for that opportunity. To those who served alongside me, I thank them for their dedication to our share ideals.“May God Bless Us All, and May God Bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: