David Granger is seen as untrustworthy, demonstrating poor leadership

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me to respond to the letter of Mr Roger James of NICIL, who has publicly called on me to point out the mistakes caused by the proliferation of caretaker President David Granger’s style of unilateral decision making.Mr James spent an inordinate amount of time to state four points:1. Acquisition of GuySuCo’s assets did not need approval of the Board or Minister of Agriculture.2. The NICIL Special Projects Unit (SPU) was set up by Winston Jordan, and does not need the approval of Cabinet for its transactions.3. Borrowing at a high interest rate while investing capital at a much lower rate are unique transactions and are not related4. The $30 billion bond is not a costly mistake. Nothing is offered to back NICIL’s claims that these are good actions, save and except that “the establishment of the SPU has further enhanced the management and operation of NICIL”.Editor, my reply to vesting of GuySuCo’s assets is constrained by sub-judice rules. Suffice to say I have been advised by my lawyers that it is trite company law that shareholders cannot deal with the assets of an incorporated company being managed by a Board. This is one of the questions that would be answered soon enough by the courts in the matter of GBL Inc vs NICIL, of which I am the plaintiff.GuySuCo itself issued a statement (6.12.2019) saying “NICIL had even speciously appointed its own Board of Directors in March of 2018, with Mr Colvin Heath-London as its Chairman, this decision was quashed by the Government, however, NICIL has never abandoned the misconception that, GuySuCo, an independent corporate agency, by Law, according to the (Companies) Act, is neither a department, unit or owned by NICIL”I maintain that the removal of Cabinet approval from the use of state assets is contrary to good sense, never mind best practice. Borrowing at high interest while lending at low rates is a recipe for bankruptcy. The drastic reduction in Government reserves since 2015 is proof that the Jordan ‘mathematical formulas’ are not working in the best interest of the public.Granger’s administration inherited the following in 2015: Gross international reserve at BoG US$666.6 million. Non-Reimbursable and High Concessional Financing: EU budget grants totalling €25.9 million, of which €20.2 million relate to the sugar support programme, with all conditions associated with disbursement already being met. Climate payments totalling US$250 million under the Guyana/Norway Partnership, of which US$190 million was already earned, and only US$40 million disbursed. Concessional resources secured for developmental projects:·US$130 million from China’s Eximbank to construct a new international airport.·US$66.2 million from IADB to fund road network upgrade and expansion project.·US$64.6 million from IADB to fund power utility upgrade programme.·US$50 million from India Eximbank to fund East Coast to East Bank bypass road.·US$34.4 million from CDB to fund West Coast Demerara Highway Upgrade project.·US$31.7 million from the IADB and EU to fund a water and sanitation infrastructure improvement project.·US$15 million from IADB for new Citizen Security Project·US$12 million from World Bank for a flood risk management project·US$10 million from World Bank for secondary education improvement project.·US$10 million from World Bank for UG science and technology support project.·US$7.5 million from CDB to fund a sugar industry mechanisation project.With all of the above projects and financing in place upon assumption of Office, the Granger Administration still pursued the population for money: raising existing taxes, introducing new taxes, closing ‘loopholes’, all of which increased revenue collection by over $80billion per year.Churchill’s contention that: “For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle” is lost on this administration.Amidst all this available finance left in place by the PPP for projects, NICIL approached the commercial banks for a loan of $30 billion to finance the conversion of the Skeldon estate compound to a resort, while the LBI estate lounge has been made into a ‘sports bar’ luxury hangout for the APNU elite.The retooling and restructuring of GuySuCo as outlined in the Government of Guyana (GoG) State Paper on the Future of the Sugar Industry has not been attempted, much less executed. GuySuCo has complained “that NICIL/SPU are mere custodians of the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Enmore and Wales assets of GuySuCo for the specific purpose of facilitating divestments as envisaged in the State Paper on the Future of the Sugar Industry, the proceeds of which must be remitted to GuySuCo in order to fund its Strategic Plan. NICIL/SPU ought not to be the beneficiaries of the proceeds, as currently obtains”.NICIL is selling GuySuCo’s assets and pocketing the proceeds, which should rightly be re-invested.The $30 billion bond is backed by a sovereign guarantee; which means that the taxpayers will pay this ‘loan’ back in full, complete with $8.4 billion in interest, after NICIL is done spending on frivolous projects.This is the legacy of David Granger, as he is being exposed as untrustworthy, lacking in management skills, demonstrating poor leadership, engaging in trivial pursuits, and single-handedly moving Guyana from a constitutional democracy to a dictatorship. Granger is now using his wife as the face of the pseudo-campaign. Entry into politics comes with intense scrutiny, given that Mrs Granger already compromised the Government and her Office of the First Lady with acceptance of an all-expenses-paid trip to Singapore, this may be an ill-advised stratagem in an arena where no sacred cows exist.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Who Needs an Office Building in the Sharing Economy?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchell Tags:#e-commerce#web Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Office workers spend about a third of their time at their desks. The rest of the time, that work space is idle. That’s wasteful. It wastes the rent paid on those square feet of space. It wastes the energy spent heating, cooling, lighting and powering it. Does that employee even need to commute to the office to do her job? If not, that’s even more wasted time, space and energy.Idle office spaces are perishable goods. They spoil on the shelf and we throw them away. Such inefficiency is not long for this century. The solution is “collaborative consumption.” To start us off, a mobile app called LiquidSpace is teaming up with forward-thinking local governments to find a better way for our increasingly digitized businesses and institutions to share more and waste less.Space as a ServiceLiquidSpace is a free iOS and Android app that lets building owners list available spaces for remote workers to use. They can charge for the time if they wish. Remote workers can find and book workspace using the app.“For us, the postcard from the future is more happy, productive people working in fewer buildings,” says LiquidSpace CEO Mark Gilbreath. He refers to idle office space as “perishable,” a great buzz word for the wastefulness of our economy’s current arrangement. LiquidSpace started with privately owned spaces, but the next big push is to get government buildings on board. It’s launching pilot projects in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, California, and there are huge potential wins for all sides if this idea takes off.Zero Waste by 2020LiquidSpace syncs nicely with the San Francisco Department of the Environment’s campaign to achieve zero waste in the city by 2020. Director Melanie Nutter explains that this effort began with reducing obvious forms of wasteful consumption, pollution and carbon emissions. But more recently, the department realized it could reach its target by “focusing not just on buying less but on sharing more.”The pilot program in San Francisco will allow Department of the Environment employees to opt into using LiquidSpace. The department has outgrown its current building, so employees are often scrambling for space to meet. LiquidSpace will hopefully relieve this pressure and make shared space more efficient internally. When the department moves into a new building soon, it will make space in its EcoCenter building publicly available for remote workers.“The idea is that Department of the Environment can be a test department for the city at large,” Nutter says. “We’ll give our findings to the mayor’s office, as well as to this new Sharing Economy Working Group that was just formed last week, so the city at large can consider this kind of system for all departments.”Ending the Torturous CommutePalo Alto partnered with LiquidSpace in January to list its study rooms on LiquidSpace. The city’s goal is to save its high-tech workforce the time, effort and energy of commuting and keep people closer to home while working.Likewise, in Santa Cruz, around 30% of the workforce makes what Gilbreath calls “a rather torturous commute into the valley on a daily basis.” By deploying LiquidSpace in 10 Santa Cruz public library buildings, the city and its workers will be more efficient. Santa Cruz has also decided to monetize the arrangement and charge to rent the space, providing a new revenue stream for the city’s libraries.To date, LiquidSpace lists 16 government buildings offering 27 workspaces to both government employees and citizens; 14 of the buildings are California public libraries. The gained efficiency can be measured in time, space and money. This leads to both economic growth and reduced environmental impact. Nobody loses from the arrangement, and LiquidSpace hopes to prove so with these public partnerships.After all, the U.S. government owns 772 million square feet of office space (as of 2010). Think of the potential economic and environmental gains from sharing those buildings.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstocklast_img read more

Apple May Have Just Killed An Open-Source Project

first_imglauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#Apple#FoundationDB#GitHub#Open Source On Tuesday, Apple acquired FoundationDB, an enterprise software company with a major open-source component. On Wednesday, that open-source component was no more.See also: Apple Buys FoundationDB In A Decisive Break With The Jobs PlaybookFoundationDB’s GitHub page, which was a bustling open source repository mere hours ago, has now been locked up. “This organization has no public repositories,” a message now reads, indicating that FoundationDB’s new owners have made the project closed-source.Many developers were using FoundationDB’s open source software for database projects when the software was pulled. Unless those developers had made clones of the GitHub repository, the takedown could put their projects at risk. A group of Hacker News commenters dedicated a thread to discovering recent forks of the repository for anyone using it. “Pulling an open-source project upon which people may depend is total jerk behavior,” one commenter wrote. According to commenters on a TechCrunch article about the acquisition, neither FoundationDB nor Apple warned anyone using deployed versions of the software that they were about to close the open-source repository. With such warning, developers could have at least cloned the software on their own accounts and continued their work without major interruption.Developers had no warning that there was anything unstable about FoundationDB’s open source status. Before the Apple acquisition, the company’s FAQ stated, “We have released several FoundationDB language bindings and layers as open source software and anticipate continuing to do so.” The FAQ has been pulled, but you can still read it here.With this move, Apple is indicating that everything FoundationDB has created is for its use alone, regardless of how recently it was intended for everyone’s use. It’s certainly Apple’s right to do so, but there’s nothing nice about it. Photo by hans van den bergcenter_img Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts last_img read more

Which SCS Service setting to go for – script or from DB? Everything you ever wanted to know…

first_imgIf you are using Intel SCS 5.x, after you’ve installed it you will need to decide whether you want to configure the scs service to either get configuration parameters from a script or from the DB. This seemingly innocuous decision has some technical implications, so here’s the background..Choice A – get configuration parameters from the DBLet us first define what are the configuration parameters – they are the fields of a vPro system – such as: FQDN, AD OU, Profile – the important ones that are required for completing provisioning – and the remaining informative attributes, such as AMT firmware version etc. Therefore the configuration parameters that are necessary to have are FQDN (or hostname) AD OU path (if you are integrating with Active Directory) and the SCS provisioning profile being assigned to the vPro system. Where will the information for these 3 fields come from?The wording of this option might be slightly misleading as you might (wrongfully) assume that the configuration parameters to get your vPro systems provisioned smoothly are sitting and waiting in the DB for you and will provide you an extra smooth provisioning experience over above the other method (using a script). This is however not the case; the configuration parameters are empty to begin with and only after going through a (successful or unsuccessful) provisioning process for each vPro machine, it will in turn have these configuration parameters populated in the DB, so that subsequent provisioning attempts will in fact be able to rely on these now populated configuration parameters in the DB.Let us consider the flow of events…A vPro system needs to initiate the provisioning process and let the SCS know about its existence – this is commonly known as the ‘hello packet’. The hello packet contains a UUID (unique identifier), certificate hash or PID, MAC Address and ip address. Purely technically speaking, this will manifest itself by a new entry appearing in the AMTS table in the SCS DB. At that point you are missing the FQDN, AD OU path and profile ID. Once a new entry makes it into the AMTS table, it will also appear in the SCS Console as an unconfigured system with the UUID field populated, but the rest being blank.You now have an option to manually double click on the row in the SCS Console and enter these 3 fields. Once you’ve done that, the information will now be sitting also in the UUID_MAPS table which is also know as the configuration parameters. This is typically not a scalable method and therefore the current BKM is to rely on a client side utility to send more than just the UUID, pre-provisioning information (cert hash or PID) and IP address, but also the FQDN, AD OU path and a profile ID.The utility that has been designed to do this is the Activator utility which comes bundled when you download the SCS application (this blog posting won’t go into the details of how to use the Activator Utility and what options you have and will assume you have an understanding of how to do this). Therefore instead of manually (and quite error prone) populating the fields, you can now have a utility that effectively pushes all the information required for provisioning into the UUID_MAPS table as well.Another last option is to create a list mapping UUIDs and pre-assigning them FQDNs and uploading it into the UUID_MAPS table. This is more difficult as it relies on the OEM providing you with an accurate list of all the UUIDs prior to receiving the systems. This is technically feasible but logistically more difficult and as such is a rarer implementation.Choice B – get configuration parameters from the scriptThis method might be less popular, as it is a bit more complex and should be used only when the circumstances necessesitate it. The script would typically be a VBscript for which a sample script is provided when you install the SCS service. What the server script does in essence is set the AD OU path and profile ID. The FQDN still needs to be provided by the vPro machine itself and for that it will rely on either the activator utility (as mentioned above) or client side vbscript – either of which will typically rely on a WMI query.Purely technically speaking, the script takes the different parameters available to it and constructs an XML file (map.xml) that is formulated in a manner that is recognised and can be consumed by the SCS application. If there aren’t enough permissions for the script to run locally, any necessary parameters are missing, or if the XML is not formulated properly then the SCS will complain about a missing XML file.Using the server side script provides you the flexibitliy of making changes to the AD OU path and profile ID further down the line as opposed to the client side only method, which would have required you to pre-package the parameters to invoke the client utility and any changes would involve deploying a new package to all machines.The server side script also allows you to overcome any permissions related issues and security concerns, as the client side only method typically requires administrator priveleges and involves letting each client right into the main DB (which for some security experts is an opportunity for malicious behaviour). Therefore a 2-tiered approach is possible where the client side (script or activator) send information into an interim DB and the server script reads the information from the interim DB. The trigger for the server script to run, is for a new entry to appear in the AMTS table but not have an entry in the UUID_MAPS table – i.e. a hello packet has arrived and there are no present configuration parameters.Finally, the server script is essential if any further manipulations are required in order to accommodate a particular environment. Such is the case when the FQDN queried on the vPro client has a domain suffix of an Active Directory domain, but there is a separate non-AD integrated network domain and any queries to DNS will return the network domain FQDN. This requires provisioning the vPro system with the network domain, which could either be hard coded as a constant (like the AD OU path and profile ID) if there is only one, or it will need to be dynamic and poll DNS (though something like nslookup on IP address) to replace the AD FQDN with a network FQDN. Provisioning will succeed regardless, but the problem will be later on when trying to manage the vPro machine if you will be using AD integration and therefore will need to conform to the Kerberos protocol.A situation can arise where you have configured SCS to use the script, however the the configuration parameters have already been populated due to a previous provisioning attempt – be it fully successful or not, since the parameters are in the DB already, the trigger for the server script to run will be missing and therefore it won’t execute again. This scenario is typically come across in testing when the same machine is re-used. There are some ‘real-world’ scenarios such as machine has broken, is re-imaged and fixed by IT department, the client side provisioniong components (activator) kick-in on startup (typically) but the configuration parameters are already in the SCS DB and therefore the script will not run and provisioning won’t succeed. Unfortunately SCS does not automatically remove the configuration parameters for machines that are partially or even fully unprovisioned. It can only be done manually when a system is deleted from the SCS Console and the ‘delete configuration parameters’ must explicitly be selected.This turned out to be a longer posting than originally intended… but if you’ve made this far, hopefully you’ve picked up a few useful nuggets of information…Tallast_img read more

Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair to probe Thunder Bay police

first_imgThe man who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that condemned Canada’s history with residential schools will now oversee a probe into a northwestern Ontario city’s police services board as the community grapples with tensions between its police force and Indigenous residents.The Ontario Civilian Police Commission says Sen. Murray Sinclair will lead an investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board, which is responsible for a force that has come under fire from local Indigenous leaders in recent months.Several northwestern Ontario chiefs have criticized police handling of the deaths of local youths in the city, going so far as to ask the RCMP to take over the investigations.In May, the OCPC agreed to a request from one local leader to open an investigation into the police services board.Monday’s announcement naming Sinclair as the lead investigator also spelled out the OCPC’s specific concerns with Thunder Bay police.It says it has “serious concerns” with the quality of police probes into the youth deaths, statements made by members of the police board denying that racism is an issue, and the fact that the local police chief is now facing criminal charges.Police chief J.P. Levesque was charged with one count each of breach of trust and obstruction of justice in May.The OCPC said Sinclair’s investigation will examine many aspects of the Thunder Bay police board, including its policies, procedures and overall performance.“The OCPC investigation is not punitive and not directed to any specific conduct issues,” the Commission said in a statement on Monday. “Ultimately, there is a public interest in ensuring that the board is meeting its obligations.”The Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political organization representing 49 First Nation communities in northern Ontario, applauded the appointment of Sinclair.“We are dismayed by the dysfunctionality of the Police Services Board, and are pleased that the provincial authority over police boards … has taken swift and meaningful action to address this crisis of confidence in policing,” NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said in a statement.Sinclair, the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, is expected to produce an interim report on the investigation by Oct. 31, and a final report by March 31 of next year.Tensions between Thunder Bay police and Indigenous communities have come to the fore in recent months due largely to the recent deaths of First Nations youth.Tammy Keeash, 17, was in care at a Thunder Bay group home, far from her community of North Caribou Lake First Nation, when she disappeared on May 8. Her body was pulled from the Neebing McIntyre floodway seven hours after she was reported missing.Days later, the body of 14-year-old Josiah Begg from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation was found in the McIntyre River after a lengthy search.The Thunder Bay force is still actively investigating both deaths, as well as another that occurred nearly two years ago.Stacy DeBungee, 41, was pulled from the same river in October 2015. According to a statement posted on his family’s lawyer’s website, Thunder Bay police publicly declared DeBungee’s death non-suspicious within three hours of when his body was found and non-criminal the next day.DeBungee’s family filed a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, which has since been expanded to include the deaths of Keeash and Begg. That investigation, which is separate from the probe led by Sinclair, is ongoing.Local chiefs travelled to the provincial legislature last month to plead with the RCMP to take over the investigations, citing mistrust of the force in Thunder Bay.In June, Ontario’s chief coroner asked York Regional Police to get involved in the investigation of Begg and Keeash. Thunder Bay police welcomed the coroner’s decision to bring outside help, saying more investigative resources will serve the interests of the public and the families.last_img read more

Yusuf Releases New Song For Charity

first_imgYusuf Islam has released a new song for charity.Video: He Was Alone – Yusuf/Cat Stevens #YouAreNotAlone“I’ve just returned from a visit to southern Turkey and a camp on the Turkish/Syrian border in Gaziantep,” said the singer. “People here have lost their homes and are waiting for peace to return, but the children still remain bright and hopeful. The visit was much appreciated and they sang for me. A beautiful human experience.“I have written a song dedicated to a child of the road which will be released together with a video for charity next month: ‘He Was Alone’. My hope is to open people’s hearts to the sadness experienced by thousands of young souls whose voices are not heard in the clamour created by the politicians and the media in the midst of the refugee crisis, generated by the wars and conflicts blazing through their homelands.”Yusuf will also be performing a special concert for his charity, Small Kindness, in London on June 14. More info and tickets are available here.last_img read more

Another sports name bites the dust but there is more work to

first_imgAccording to Principal Tom Havey, it’s a name that’s been used since the 1940’s. The intent was to promote the sports teams colour.Starting in September, the name will change to the Arnprior Rapids, something Havey’s been wanting to see for quite some time.“With my own reading and my conversations with my own staff, both about the name itself and about the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions report,” said Harvey. “Our feeling was that it was time for us to make a change.”That’s something that McGill University in Montréal may soon be looking at as well.The university sent a statement to APTN and a change may be coming soon.“The precise origin of the Redmen name at McGill is uncertain, there is a clear connection to the red and white worn by our athletes for generations, but we are also sensitive to the fact that the term “redmen” has less benign and potentially concerning connotations.”On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, McGill’s Taskforce on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education will release its final report and according to the statement “it is likely that the Report will include a recommendation to consider the name of our men’s’ Varsity sports teams the Redmen.”That’s something Lynne Courchene Allard, who is a member of Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba applauds.She said as a mother of three young children, First Nations people are clearly targetted like no other.“It upsets me because there’s no other group of people that would have this happening to them,” said Courchene Allard. “And no one would say anything, there would be a big massive outcry.”When Courchene Allard and her husband John Paul Allard saw a children’s hockey team, wearing a logo resembling what the Chicago Blackhawks wear, along with the team name, Copper Cliff Redmen, they were shocked.“We thought what sort of message is this sending to young impressionable minds to the value of First Nations people and their place in modern society,” she said. “So we made the decision to contact the team to reach out to them and see if they’d be open into maybe sort of changing the name to a less offensive, we felt and they weren’t responsive to that.”Last December, they filed an Ontario human rights complaint against the Ministry of Education to have the ministry of education show leadership on this issue and ask school boards to implement a ban of images, which have been shown to, through research to increase stereotypes for first nations people.That case is headed to mediation in September.According to Allard, the complaint is gaining support. The Six Nations elected council has signed a resolution and seven other chiefs have written support.Renowned architect Douglas Cardinal said they can add his name to the list.“I think that we all have to stand up against this kind of discrimination and this type of belittling that can only affect our children because we have to protect our children from this kind, these kinds of attitudes,” said Cardinal.Cleveland Indians mascot Chief WahooCardinal has filed complaints with both the federal and provincial human rights commissions.His issue is that the use of the Cleveland Indian’s baseball club’s name and the Chief Wahoo logo be banned from use in Ontario. Cardinal wants a ban on the use of the branding of the team by Major League Baseball and Rogers Communications, which owns the Rogers Centre and the Toronto Blue Jays, and broadcasts Blue Jays games.“I felt that in a sense First Nations have to deal with racism every day and its always in your face and so, why should it be in the face of everybody and myself when I’m trying to watch a game like that,” he said.The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario said it will hear the complaint, but in its decision, released last week, the tribunal said it would consider deferring any hearing while it waits to see what will happen with a similar complaint at the federal level with the Canadian Human Rights [email protected] Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsSeventeen-year-old Nick Edge has always been a big supporter of the school spirit at Arnprior High School. That’s why when the call came out for volunteers to form a re-branding committee to change the sports team name “Arnprior Redmen,” he jumped at it.It’s a legacy he wanted to be a part of.“It was offensive to the Aboriginal people of Canada and it wasn’t just that,” Edge told APTN. “It didn’t relate to all the students in the school because it ends with men, and there are women in the school as well.”last_img read more