An open letter to Caricom leaders

first_imgDear Editor,On the evening of December 21, 2018, the National Assembly of Guyana successfully passed a No-Confidence Motion against the David Granger Government. The Government moved to seek judicial review right up to the Caribbean Court of Justice, Guyana’s apex court. The CCJ on June 18 ruled that the motion was validly passed and the Government stood resigned. It subsequently issued consequential orders, which include that General and Regional Elections must be held no later than September 18, 2019.The CCJ’s ruling has been ignored by the APNU/AFC coalition and Guyana has now slipped into unconstitutional rule since September 18, 2019.The CCJ is a creature of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and one would expect its decisions, if not adhered to, will be condemned by all right-thinking leaders in the Caribbean, whether individually or collectively. However, it is a crying shame that Caricom, either through its Secretary General or the Conference of Heads of Government has been disappointingly silent on this constitutional crisis which can have significant implications on Guyana’s future and political stability in the region.Caricom didn’t even see the need to publicly welcome the proposed March 2, 2020, date for elections and state if it will send an observation mission or if it will provide the necessary support to GECOM to ensure the elections are free and fair or free from fear.It is an embarrassment that Caricom, of which Guyana is a founding member state and where the Caricom Secretariat has been in a coma on the Guyana situation, even as the United States of America, the European Union, Britain, the Commonwealth Secretary General and the Organisation of American States (OAS), as well as the local business, legal and religious fraternities all saw the need to issue public calls for immediate elections in Guyana so that the country can return to constitutional rule.Editor, with what I outlined, it is now mind-boggling that Caricom has been silent on the litany of constitutional violations by the David Granger-led APNU/AFC since December 21, 2018.Why the silence, despite a promise from the Secretary General of Caricom, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, that the community was awaiting the judicial outcome before making public statements?I want to ask the SG as well as the Chairman of Caricom and the individual Heads of Government the following questions;1. Why has Caricom not discussed the political situation in Guyana at its past Heads of Government meeting?2. Why has Caricom not yet convened an emergency meeting of Heads to discuss the political crisis in Guyana?3. Why has Caricom not sought to make known its position on the unconstitutional rule in Guyana?4. What exactly is Caricom’s position on the current situation in Guyana?Editor, I believe that this regional body has now proven to the people of Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean that it is a useless talk shop.I, therefore, call publicly on the SG of Caricom, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, the Chairman of Caricom, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and all regional Heads to immediately make known their position on the unconstitutional rule in Guyana. Your silence can be construed as support for an emerging dictatorship in Guyana.Yours respectfully,Edward Laynelast_img read more


first_imgHAIRDRESSING: Summer hair trends are all about embracing your natural beauty, so if you are blessed with natural curls own them this season! Curly hair has the reputation for being one of the hardest types of hair to manage because it is naturally drier, more affected by humidity, more prone to split ends and breakage. In fact, simply trying to brush it can lead to some serious frizz it can also be difficult to find the perfect styling products for curly hair -but one thing for sure is that when you find one that suits your curls you will stock up on it!!Patrick asked our Designer Rachel for some great tips on how to manage curly hair so that it looks it’s best every day.Don’t Force the Hair: Curly hair is delicate so it is best to let the hair be free. A taming cream can keep the curls nourished and adding a light mousse such as Wella Eimi Boost Bounce will provide hold and definition to the curl. Rachel is a big fan of the New System Professional EnergyCode Smoothen Curl Definer Cream and says that so many of her curly haired clients really love it!Conditioner: Conditioning curly hair is so important because it stops the lower half of the hair from appearing dry and frizzy. The curlier the hair, the longer it takes for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends so adding moisture in the shower by using a good quality conditioner is a good idea. Apply to mid-lengths and ends for best results.Style Your Hair When It Is Sopping Wet: Don’t be tempted to towel dry curly hair when you get out of the shower! Prevent frizz and lackluster curls by applying your styling products immediately on wet hair…even before you get out of the shower! Tip your head upside down and use your fingers to rake products through from roots to ends, then scrunch and squeeze upward toward the scalp and dry with a diffuser.Never Blow- Dry Without A Diffuser:A regular nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one section at a time, while a diffuser dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look. After applying a heat-protecting product, flip your head upside down and diffuse right at the roots and mid-length. Make sure that the hair is completely dry to lock in volume. Get A Dry Cut: Curly dry hair and curly wet hair are very different things. Curls retract significantly when dry; some pieces may coil tightly, while others hang a bit looser.A dry cut won’t spring any surprises—you’ll know exactly how every strand will fall, where your hair will fall and what length it will be when it is dry!For more tips on beautiful curly hair and for a full information on our EnergyCode products see or follow us on HAIRDRESSING: EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL CURLS WITH PATRICK GILDEA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:centre of excellencecolumncurlsFeatureshairdressingnewsPatrick Gildealast_img read more

Spartans battle early but fall in first round

first_imgRedding >> The Red Bluff Spartans ended their 2016 campaign with a 56-14 loss on the road to the Shasta Wolves, but it was a playoff loss and that in and of itself was a victory, being the team’s first post season action since 2012.The Spartans finish the year with wins over Yreka, Central Valley and Anderson and made significant progress after opening the season with five straight losses thanks to some key injuries and being on the wrong end of close match-ups. Instead of giving up, the team …last_img read more

The App Plumber: Parse’s Ilya Sukhar

first_imgIS: In the early days, the primary challenge was getting people to trust us. We clearly had an interesting product and something that was building quickly and culminating on an interesting platform, but if you’re the Food Network, it’s a big leap of faith to build your entire second screen experience on a startup that, at the time, only had seven people, and we were in a dusty conference room office on Market Street. Getting folks to commit and build something serious on Parse was a big hurdle for us.Why Apps Are So Hard To BuildRW: Is building applications harder or easier than it was in 2011?IS: It’s easier in some ways. There are more companies like ours that are focused on mobile developers, and platforms used to provide great services on the Web that have realized they need to offer great services on mobile. [Platforms like ours] are helpful tools that are starting to move to mobile, but on the other hand there are more platforms like the Windows phone that’s now on the rise. And there is a greater demand for performance. People really expect you to have a great mobile app.Parse co-founder Ilya SukharIt’s more competitive, like getting ranked on the top charts on the App Store is harder, and the silos of Apple, Google and Microsoft are getting stronger. That’s one thing Parse is focused on—providing a service that transcends silos and lets people build an app on iOS and Android that can share data between them, bringing identity from both places. Companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft want you to use all their stuff from the top down, and really tie yourself to just one platform and one way of doing things. I think Parse is really bucking that trend, and there are other companies doing that as well, and I think that’s a great thing for the world of programming. RW: What can we anticipate coming out of the partnership between Parse and Facebook?IS: Parse fits into Facebook’s current vision, which is that Facebook Platform should be the best way to build, grow and monetize cross-platform apps. We’re part of that build category. As you watch Parse going forward, Parse will become the underlying layer that people build on and pull in various Facebook services when they need them. That’s how the product will evolve with the union of the two. RW: Is there anything that you wanted to build for Parse when you first created it that hasn’t come to fruition yet?   IS: Yes, there are some things, but I can’t share them because then I wouldn’t have anything to announce in six months or a year. [laughs]And Why It’s Not Getting Any EasierRW: What do you envision for the future of app development? Where is it going to be in the next five years? ReadWrite: What made you start Parse?Ilya Sukhar: I was building these apps, and it was painful. It wasn’t fun. I wasn’t doing what I expected to be doing, I wasn’t spending time on the stuff I was expecting to be spending time on and it dawned on me that something was wrong in the world.And that’s always a good source for startup ideas, right? When you find something in your life that extends out to others and is particularly painful and needs to be fixed. I was building this series of apps and simultaneously realized that I wasn’t going to be the next Zuckerberg creating social experiences, and realized my strengths lie in platforms and hardware systems. People really needed this.RW: Did you anticipate or plan on getting acquired by a company like Facebook?IS: No, I don’t think anyone anticipated getting acquired. I mean, when you’re in the trenches you’re just focused on shipping that product and turning that zero into a one.I advise a lot of startups these days, and I find that startups focused on getting acquired are the least likely to get acquired. If you’re focused on your product and killing it, grinding it out day after day, people start to approach you. But if you’re building your company and strategizing how to get rich two years from now, you’ll probably never get off the ground. RW: How has Parse grown since you were acquired?IS: It’s grown a lot in terms of usage, a bunch in terms of headcount. We obviously have a lot more resources at our disposal. We also have a lot more users and servers to manage….We don’t have any new numbers to share, but it’s certainly growing quickly. At certain times we’ve seen ten times the number of signups we had before, so I think that trend is pretty good.RW: What are some challenges you’ve faced along the way?  selena larson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.Coming up with an idea for a new app is often the easy part. Actually coding and debugging it is more of a challenge—and then tying it into “backend” cloud services that offer storage, notifications and integration with social networks can just plain be a real slog.Which is where services like Parse come in. The “backend as a service” startup, which Facebook acquired in April, aims to make it easy for developers to build great apps that run across multiple platforms such as iOS and Android.In a sense, Parse and its rivals serve as “app plumbers”—they offer simple connections to the cloud’s “pipes” that handle complex tasks many app developers would just as soon not have to figure out themselves. By doing so, they greatly simplify the task of making apps work on different platforms. That’s no small task: Between the launch of smartwatches and the prospect of self-driving cars in the not-too-distant future, developers and companies are likely to face a proliferation of new platforms to build on. I caught up with Ilya Sukhar, cofounder and CEO of Parse, at the company’s developer day earlier this month. Sukhar, who’s immersed in the fluid world of application development, predicts the next few years will be an exciting time for developers.How Parse Grew Tags:#Builders#Facebook#mobile#parse IS: I think it will be really interesting. Even from the time that we’ve started, Android has really risen up. When we were first getting started, most people were iOS-first and now more people are starting with Android, or both.I think there’s an interesting thing going on where Google is trying to assert more control over Android and it will be interesting to see how that plays out, because they are trying to reign in some of the fragmentation in the marketplace. That could be really great for developers or it could be really hard. A lot of the manufacturers could form their own versions. Who knows? It’s hard to predict.The world of mobile development will be forever complicated. There are many more devices coming on the market every day. Watches just came on the market, and like James [Yu] was talking about [during the conference], we might have toasters.That’s why we have the Parse Pledge. The idea is that Parse is this cross-platform tool that lets you depend on us to be there when the next great toaster platform rises up in popularity. Or whatever it might be. We’re there for you and we should be able to give you all the base tools so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.RW: If you had to guess, what do you think the next programmable device will be, after the smartwatch?IS: I think the watch is the main thing that’s coming and will be interesting in terms of app development. But other than that, there’s a clear answer. Cars. You’re going to see the center console of cars become more standardized so people can do useful things like plug in applications and devices in more standardized ways in the center console in cars. That will be really cool.RW: So kitchen appliances are further on the horizon?IS: I don’t know, I think self-driving cars and everything you can do in a Tesla is much cooler than a fridge. But I’m not that into cooking. Plumbing images via All other images by Selena Larson for ReadWrite A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

How to Choose a Startup Investment

first_imgTo expand your wealth and achieve specific financial goals, you’re going to have to make some investments. However, those investments come with the significant risk of potential loss. Fortunately, the investment world has grown to offer more investment options and ways to assess those options. This includes more opportunities for individuals and companies to get involved in entrepreneurship by investing in new business ventures.Even though there are tremendous opportunities to uncover that next “unicorn” startup, the reality is that it’s more than just luck or your gut that determines whether you pick a winning investment. Here are some guidelines on choosing the right investment for your financial and strategic objectives.Start With What You KnowFirst, look at potential investments in an industry or business segment where you already have some degree of expertise. Investing in what you already understand raises the probability that you will select the right investment vehicle. For example, it might be a complementary application or service to your own business. In that scenario, you are likely to better understand whether the investment will be worth it, and you can assist the entrepreneur by providing advice or direction.On both accounts, you increase the chances that the investment will pay off, according to Joe Gardner, entrepreneur and CEO of venture development firm VentureDevs. “Focus on your strengths. Start out in an industry you’re familiar with, especially if you’re new to investing,” he advises. “If you spent your career in commercial real estate, for example, you would be in the perfect position to judge startups hoping to find a niche in that space. You may also be able to add more than just capital to a startup in an industry you understand. You could pass along valuable advice or leverage your network to help its founders succeed, which should help make you feel more comfortable when you’re just getting started.”Immerse Yourself in the Startup EnvironmentTraditionally, there has been a large gap between you, the investor, and what you invested in. Choices like stocks or mutual funds distanced you from the company. Even with real estate, you may not have always been able to view your investment firsthand or interact with those connected to the investment. Due diligence could only be achieved by looking at financial statements, business plans, and other documentation.Now, there are so many ways to interact with startups that you may want to invest in, which is a good way to feel out whether an investment is the right one for you or your company. For example, there are pitch events, hackathons, and startup industry conferences that put the founders in front of you. You can ask questions, see demonstrations, and listen to their strategies for building out the business to determine whether it aligns with your goals, beliefs, and understanding of the opportunity. Having this level of engagement will help you determine whether you have selected the best investment.Study the Management TeamIt’s easy to focus on the numbers when evaluating a potential investment. While the financials are an important consideration for any investment, the potential for business success or failure can also be identified through the caliber and character of the management team.Look for platforms where founders have shared their thought leadership. This includes blogs, industry sites, and social media channels. What they say is integral to understanding how they think and approach growing a business. This in turn will tell you about the type of return you might expect. Then, it’s important to see whether their words align with the results they’ve garnered to date. There’s no underestimating the importance of “walking the talk” when it comes to building credibility and trust with stakeholders.Identify Differentiating FactorsMany markets are becoming increasingly saturated with similar products and services. If a company doesn’t offer anything new for its target audience, the likelihood of its achieving a sizable return may decrease over time. Look for a startup that can illustrate how it can effectively solve a critical issue for the target audience with something new. Those unique attributes can spark excitement with potential customers who believe they can’t do without them. As a result, your investment could pay a larger return over a longer period of time.Know What to AvoidFinally, weed out investments that aren’t likely to produce a return. Start with the rule that if any opportunity seems too good to be true in terms of what it promises, it probably is. Although you may seek a business idea that is truly unique, beware of those that don’t have a proven product or service. Also, stay away from business ventures that involve questionable industries. These include online gambling and cryptocurrency casinos, which have a high fraud risk, a tarnished reputation, and a complex regulatory environment. By following these guidelines, you will increase your chances of selecting a startup investment that will deliver your desired yield. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#Investment#startup How to Get Started in China and Have Successcenter_img Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Peter Daisymelast_img read more

Compensation and Benefits Mobile App for Wounded Warriors

first_imgAre you struggling to understand the benefits that you as a wounded service member may be entitled to? Or are you a military family caregiver and need on-the-go financial information concerning your wounded loved one? If so, there’s an app for that!In November 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released the Wounded, Ill and Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook–a smartphone application designed to provide service members and their families  with access to comprehensive information upon separation or retirement as a result of a serious (SI) or very serious (VSI) injury.The comprehensive information included in the mobile application covers topics of recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. The electronic version also includes information relating to medical care, DoD pay and allowances, disability compensation and benefits.The smartphone application also lists toll-free numbers for TRICARE regional contractors, behavioral healthcare providers and other TRICARE programs.Both the handbook and smartphone application were developed by the DoD, Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Social Security Administration.This free application is available for download on the App Store and the Google Play Store.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Deal With Constraints

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There is a reason most organizations don’t produce the results they are capable of producing. This same reason is why companies get stuck, stall, and sometimes even die. And it is the leader’s job to deal with this natural cause in order to move her organization forward, to fuel its growth, and to ensure its survival.The enemy is constraints.Most people want to do good work. They want to succeed. But they run up against natural constraints.TimeThere are some results that can only be achieved when they are given more time. It is the leader’s job to protect the time of the people they serve to ensure that they can devote that time to what really needs done. It’s also the leader’s job to move projects and initiatives around to provide more time.You see this in sales management all of the time. The sales manager serves the sales organization first, attending too many meetings, providing too much reporting, and doing too much forecasting. This is time that is better spent with their sales force, where the real results are produced.MoneyYou can likely have any result you want. If you want to double your business in a year, it’s very possible–provided you have the money.Some initiatives fail not because the idea isn’t good or the people can’t pull it off. They fail because they are under-resourced. For most companies, there isn’t ever enough money for all of the initiatives they could pursue. Money is a very real constraint.It’s the leader’s job to ensure that the financial resources find their way to the most important initiatives. Most of the time this means the financial constraint gets shifted to something or someone else.ObstaclesTime and money are really easy constraints to deal with. They are easily discovered and, mostly, they are easy to overcome. But there are other constraints that are more difficult for a leader to deal with.Sometimes your clients or customers want something that you can’t provide them without radically changing how you do something. The constraint is that your people are acting with the boundaries you’ve set up for them and acting on the client’s needs conflict. They are constrained by your processes and systems. If your people aren’t empowered to change the processes and systems, then it is your job as the leader to work with them to develop new processes and systems to remove their constraints.Sometimes initiatives get stuck because there isn’t consensus within their own team because someone is dragging their feet. Sometimes this is personality driven, but often it’s that the person slowing progress doesn’t know how to do something or doing it disrupts their ability to deliver some other result. A leader has to bridge these gaps and help drive consensus around the vision, removing the constraints, especially when there are issues between people.Most of the time, only leaders have the ability to deal with constraints. The bigger and more challenging the constraint, the more important it is for the leader to deal with it herself. She is the one with responsibility for leading, and the decisions to make changes belong to her.last_img read more

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gold’ to have IMAX release

first_imgMumbai, Jul 31 (PTI) Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film “Gold” will be released in IMAX theatres in India and select international markets beginning August 15.The film, produced by Excel Entertainment, will be digitally re-mastered in the IMAX format.”It’s very exciting that ‘Gold’ will be releasing in the IMAX format. It offers such a majestic experience. The film has been shot at such great scale and in IMAX, the experience will only be further enhanced,” director Reema Kagti said in a statement.Excel Entertainment’s Ritesh Sidhwani said watching the film in the IMAX format will be a great experience for the audience.”A major factor for the wide appeal of a film like ‘Gold’ is the scale and grandeur. So it is very exciting that Gold will be releasing in the IMAX format, which best showcases this and gives the viewer a greater experience,” Sidhwani said.”Gold” is a sports drama inspired by real events during the 1948 Summer Olympics when India, as a free nation, won its first Olympic Gold Medal in field hockey.Akshay plays the lead in the film, which also stars Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Sunny Kaushal in pivotal roles.Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp said he is excited to collaborate with the makers.”With ‘Gold’, we are excited to team up with Reema Kagti and our partners Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani at Excel Entertainment and Zee Studios to bring this incredible story to life,” he said. PTIadvertisement SHDSHDlast_img read more

Sharenting may put childs safety at risk

first_imgSharenting – a parent’s habitual use of social media to share news and images about their children – puts the child’s online privacy and, potentially, safety at risk, warn researchers. The researchers found evidence that women’s feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media. Those posts sometimes include their children’s personally identifiable information, such as names, birthdates, and photographs, showed the findings published online in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. The women who participated in the research articulated a variety of risk factors for vulnerability – a changing body, a changing view of self, new responsibilities associated with motherhood, demands of nursing, exhaustion, and issues such as postpartum depression or anxiety. The researchers suggest the need for enhanced governmental guidance to protect children’s online privacy from commercial entities.last_img read more

TCIG not Asking Haiti for Repatriation Fee

first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Recommended for you Related Items:governor peter beckingham, haiti, illegal migrants, immigration, repatriation, turks & caicos islands TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2014 – The Turks and Caicos is not asking the Haitian government to pay for repatriations of its migrants trying to arrive illegally in the country … the Governor confirmed this in our one on one Monday. HE Peter Beckingham said that Memorandum of Understanding which still waits to be formalized between the two countries is more focused on discouraging the voyages in the first place. It’s the first insight we have had into what the document actually contains as Governor Beckingham gave media private interviews as he marks one year in office. HE said the plan is to get Haiti to discourage the journey. We asked about the Premier’s idea for drones. We asked for an update on the potential for greater sharing of human and sea craft resources between the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. last_img read more