Bourda Market stallholders disappointed with Town Clerk’s proposal

first_imgComing out of a meeting on Thursday, Bourda Market stallholders who protested City Hall on Wednesday calling for wholesale vendors plying their trade outside the Market to be removed are now voicing their dissatisfaction with the proposal put forward to them by Town Clerk Royston King.According to the vendors, following their protest action, a meeting was held with the Town Clerk and the Market Clerk, who proposed that the vendors outside the Market be given three hours each daily to ply their trade.The proposal by the vendors for wholesale vendors to sell from 17:00h to 07:00h each day was shut down.Vendor Omawattie Ramsawack revealed to Guyana Times that after the meeting was called, the vendors who attended explained the situation before them and made their proposal.However, after listening to the suggestions, Town Clerk King reportedly announced his decision and the meeting was adjourned.“He only listen to we and then he tell we what he decided to do and then he end the meeting. But nothing ain’t change, is same struggle because since then is the same thing happening, we ain’t getting any sales,” Ramsawack explained.As such, the wholesale vendors continued to ply their trade as per normal and the stallholders inside the market were still complaining of their livelihood being taken from them.This publication reported on Thursday that the stallholders marched, protesting outside City Hall calling for an intervention by the Town Clerk and the Mayor.According to them, some are forced to throw away their goods on a daily basis as a result of the lack of sales.This situation the stallholders blame on the vendors who ply their trade outside the Market, offering their goods at a cheaper cost. As such, the vendors who occupy stalls within Bourda Market are not getting many sales.The street vendors are reportedly only allowed to ply their trade within a fixed period, which stallholders contend they are not adhering to.As a result, the vendors are complaining of paying for stalls inside which are not benefiting them.One vendor, Rampaul Singh revealed that he has been paying the City Hall a large sum of money each month, alleging that stallholders are threatened if they fail to pay.“I have been paying the Council x amount of money per month. If you do not pay within a certain time, they are threatening you to close you down. How can you make money when they have that large amount of people selling all day on Robb Street? People cannot even traverse that road with their cars to come and buy from us because they can’t reach. I have a truck that I have to use to bring goods to my stall and I cannot even pass in. Why are they having all these people here and even before the time that they should be here,” Singh decried.The stallholders are renewing their calls and are now pleading with the Town Clerk and Mayor to revise the decision.last_img read more

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2020-01-12

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Holidaymakers warned as extreme heatwave hits Europe

first_imgHolidaymakers are warned to take care as Europe is to see a dangerous heatwave on the horizon with temperatures hitting as high as 45 degrees. England, Germany, France and many other European countries are in for a scorcher and anyone going on holidays soon is being warned to prepare for the heatwave that’s in store. Germany is in the high 30s reaching 38 degrees and maybe even 40 degrees. In France, the weather is also up in the high 30s and the temperatures in Spain are reaching as high as 41 degrees this week. Hospitals and retirement homes are on high alert in France as the heatwave is “potentially dangerous” as temperatures are hitting so high. People are being warned to stay indoors if the weather is too hot and to stay hydrated. This unexpected heatwave has been caused by “a storm stalling over the Atlantic Ocean and high pressure over central and Eastern Europe”, according to an international weather site AccuWeather. Ireland is also in for a heatwave of its own, as temperatures may hit 24 degrees today in parts of the country. On Thursday temperatures will rise from 22 to 27 degrees with high humidity and some slight breezes.  Met Eireann has issued a hot weather warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick for Thursday afternoon.Holidaymakers warned as extreme heatwave hits Europe was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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:heatwaveholidaysweatherlast_img read more

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2019-12-21

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Hey! It’s the 27th April. So What?

first_imgPeople who will vote in the next General Election in 2009 were 3 years old when all South Africans could vote in a democratic General Election on 27th April 1994 irrespective of race or creed. Eighteen year olds who voted for the first time then, will be 33 years old at the next General Election. It would be an interesting survey to find out what either age cohort thinks about the significance of a non-racial vote and of democratic participation in the politics of our country.The 27th April should be the most symbolically significant and strategically relevant public holiday on our annual calendar of public holidays. It was on that day in 1994 that legalized racial discrimination and oppression was voted out of our public life and policy. It should not only be a day of remembrance and rejoicing but of reflection and debate on the significance of adult suffrage and its role in democratic policy making. One feels a sense of dread that the survey mentioned might reveal a great deal of ignorance, even indifference about the significance of non-racial adult suffrage in the lives of the two age cohorts mentioned. Why?In the first place the vote exercised every five years has become a ritual of affirmation of predetermined candidates appointed by Party Bosses. It is gesture of complete voter disempowerment. The average voter knows only which party he or she voted for but not the actual public representatives which they can call to account.Secondly, the issue of accountability means that the voter can identify an individual or individuals coming from the area in which the voter lives and who, through being elected, is committed to interact with those voters and addressing their concerns. Attempts are now being made by the ANC for example, to allocate constituencies to MP’s and urging them to look after them. However, the constituencies have no statutory relevance and are not electorally contestable. Consequently the party can do with them as they see fit without fear of voter recriminationThirdly, participatory democracy means exactly that voters be actively encouraged to participate in the governance of their constituency, provinces and parliament. In the very real sense it should mean that “the people shall govern”. Instead you have elected representatives who create self serving bureaucracies in which they dish out positions and privileges to one another. There is nothing wrong with such officials, from the President down holding regular imbizos to hear first hand from constituencies what their grievances are. But such imbizos do not guarantee delivery or subsequent accountability.All of the above concerns mean that the current electoral system for national and provincial politics is hopelessly inadequate to promote serious democratic participation and accountability.  The system is one of closed list Proportional Representation where the list is effectively drawn up by the party leaderships and presented to the voters as a fait accompli. This system was provisionally adopted by all parties to get us over the problems of a first non-racial democratic election. And it worked. It was uncomplicated and very easy to administer. But it was also agreed that the system was provisional and would be looked at a later stage. This was done by the appointment of an Electoral Commission which investigated various electoral alternatives and had interviews with all the parties in parliament as well as the input of international and local experts. The recurring complaint with the exception of the governing party and official opposition, was lack of accountability and participation on the part of the voter.The majority recommended that a system of multi – member constituency participation should be implemented, initially under a closed list proportional system but moving eventually to an open list. This system should apply to 300 candidates of the 400 in Parliament whereas the remaining 100 should cater for special interest lobbies such as women, the aged and disabled etc.The multiple member constituency system is often confused with a first past the post constituency system such as Great Britain has and the old racist Parliament in South Africa had.   Nothing can be more different.  The multiple member constituency system, for example, means South Africa is divided into approx 70 constituencies.   From each, no less than three and not more than seven candidates can be elected, from the Constituency (NB).   Initially the list can be closed i.e. candidates being appointed by the party but eventually it should be open in the sense that a voter can vote for candidate 1 from party A and candidate 3 from party C etc.  Such a system will be immediately more accountable to get greater involvement from the voter.We do not have any indication that there is a serious move in this direction from Government. But perhaps if the 27th April, is a public holiday during which ordinary voters are invited to participate in discussions and seminars on the significance of non-racial democratic participation, given the history of our country, then more and more of us can shout together:  “Hey? 27th April: Hurrah!”   More likely however parties will give each other tight lipped smiles and say:  “Happy, happy floor crossing comrades”.   This further dis-empowering the voter.DR F V Z SLABBERT18thApril, 2007last_img read more

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2019-12-19

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Every Sales Call, Every Opportunity, Every Time

first_imgOpportunities are too rare to take for granted. Engagement is a gift, and one that deserves your respect. A dream client with a compelling reason to change is a starting point for a competitive displacement. Every opportunity deserves your best effort, your very best shot.Every interaction with the people who are going to decide whether to work with you is an opportunity to create a preference. It can move them towards working with you. And it can just as easily be an interaction that moves your contacts to consider a competitor—or to move towards them.Believing that sales is business as usual, that it’s simply punching a clock and going through the motion, is taking opportunities too lightly. Not preparing for meetings, not determining the outcomes you need to achieve, and not planning to create compelling value for the contacts sitting across from you in a sales call is to take half measures.Without a real pursuit plan, a strategy to win, you leave yourself susceptible to a loss. Without spending the time to decide how you are going to win—and how you might lose—you risk losing where a win is possible. It takes effort to think, to strategize, to consider possibilities.The opportunity you are pursuing may not be available to you again in the future. It may be years—or decades—before your dream client decides to reevaluate their partner. A poor showing may make it more difficult to get another shot in the future. You need to be impeccable in every interaction, in every opportunity, every time. It is important to win, but if you are going to lose, you must lose having made it an impossibly difficult decision for your dream client.last_img read more

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2019-12-09

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Japanese coal ship grounding off BC coast a harbinger of things to

first_imgAPTN National NewsLast week off the north coast of British Columbia a Japanese ship full of coal ran aground on the very route proposed by Enbridge for tankers shipping tarsands bitumen to Asian markets.There was no environmental damage this time, but local First Nations say it’s yet even more proof the waterways around their traditional territory are too treacherous for super tankers carrying oil.APTN’s Rob Smith has this story.last_img

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2019-10-14

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Tinypass Gets Bigger With Swishu Acquisition

first_imgTinypass, a Web monetization solution provider, is expanding into the fulfillment space by acquiring startup Swishu. Tinypass was founded in 2011, and its clients include Hearst Magazine brands, Esquire and Cosmopolitan, as well as independent sites like Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish. The company offers a slew of commerce and digital content solutions; but CEO, Trevor Kaufman, says there was a clear demand for paid content and digital fulfillment services.”It’s something our clients have been asking for,” he says. “Most publishers we talk to are frustrated with their ability to solve their print subscriber base, that’s not the problem we’re looking to solve. We’re much more focused on the fact that banner ads alone are not going to sustain premium publishing. But if we’re just focusing on the website we are potentially leaving them [publishers] with a headache for managing their legacy subscriber base.”Managing that subscriber base is where Swishu comes in. The startup offers paywall solutions for publishers, radio stations and bloggers, plus extras like subscriber database integrations and real-time analytics. In addition to the technology, Kaufman says human capital was an important factor in the acquisition. While he would not disclose specifics, he indicates the transaction included cash and equity, plus Tinypass is bringing in the entire Swishu team of five, including its founder, Nathan Goulding, who will now serve as vice president of product engineering.Tinypass and Swishu will be maintained as two separate products for now, but Kaufman contends that the plan is to bring them together as quickly as possible. “We are maintaining the code bases separately so we don’t disrupt our clients,” he says. “The Swishu staff will be focused on how to bring the code base together so we have one product.” Kaufman also suggests that the company is working on several other innovations that go beyond the current suite of monetization tools publishers have at their disposal.”Right now there is a tremendous amount of activity in display and not much after that,” he quips. “What we’re focused on is being a one-stop shop for publishers. We are trying to develop a way to reward readers. There’s a rich functionality in that vision, and we think that’s going to put a lot of money in publishers’ pockets.”Kaufman is referring to an exchange system where readers can be rewarded for social shares, registrations, ad views and other standard practices in content consumption. It’s currently in development. “This a frontier that not a lot of publishers have been able to experiment with, there’s so much opportunity we’re seeing on the publisher side,” Kaufman says.last_img read more

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2019-09-14

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For 99 this batterypowered security camera fits over your front door

first_imgRemo+ In this day and age, a front-door security camera probably makes sense. However, unless you’re willing to wire it to your home network — a pretty big installation hassle — Wi-Fi connectivity can be problematic.Here’s a product I didn’t know existed until today, and that solves the Wi-Fi issues in a clever way. For a limited time, and while supplies last, eBay has the Remo+ DoorCam over-the-door security camera for $99 shipped. Original price: $199.See it at eBayThis is clever. The camera part sits on the outside of the door, while the batteries and other electronics are on the inside. That means you should have no problem getting a solid Wi-Fi signal.I have limited experience with security cameras (and no experience with this product), but I will say this: I tried a Blink XT outdoor camera just outside my front door and placed its sync module just inside the door. The connectivity was terrible, to the point where the XT’s batteries typically died in about a month and I constantly received no-signal errors from the app.CNET hasn’t reviewed the Remo+, but this preview from late 2017 provides a lot of details. Meanwhile, around 37 buyers on eBay collectively rated it 4.6 stars.The key thing to know is that, as with most products like these, cloud storage for video recordings isn’t free: It’ll cost you $3 per month or $30 annually. Also, the inside module is pretty large (in part because it has to accommodate three D batteries, which should last you about a year), so it looks like a brick on the back of your door.If you’ve tried one of these yourself, by all means hit the comments and share what you do or don’t like. I like the concept on paper, and $99 seems like a reasonable price.Your thoughts?Bonus deal: If you’d been hoping to snag an iPhone SE before Apple clears them out for good, here’s good news: For a limited time, the iPhone SE is back on stock, starting at $249.See it at AppleThat’s for the unlocked 32GB. You can also get it with 128GB for just $299. Although these are all to be found in Apple’s online clearance store, they’re new, not refurbished.Might there be a new entry-level iPhone coming later this year? It’s definitely on Scott Stein’s wish list. If that happens, SE prices could dip a little further still — though I kind of doubt it. I think if you want a small but capable iPhone, this might be the time to jump.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! • $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Apple iPhone XS Sprint See It reading • For $99, this battery-powered security camera fits over your front door See it $999 $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Security Cameras Phones CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 28 Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple Best Buy Apple See It Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See All The Cheapskate Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Scientists suggest staring down seagulls to protect your snacks

first_img 20 Photos Tags Share your voice This seagull tried to snatch my shrimp in Illinois. Amanda Kooser/CNET A pleasant meal beside a scenic body of water can quickly turn into an Alfred Hitchcock movie if you’re not careful. Seagulls are notorious for strolling right up to people and stealing their lunches. But the good news is you might be able to battle this avian crime wave with a simple tool: your eyes.Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK wanted to know if staring at seagulls might dissuade them from abducting your dinner, so they headed to coastal towns in Cornwall.The team put a bag of chips (that’s fries for us US folks) on the ground and monitored how long it took the gulls to approach the food. “On average, gulls took 21 seconds longer to approach the food with a human staring at them,” the university said in a release on Tuesday.The researchers initially tried to test 74 herring gulls, but most of them weren’t interested in sticking around or stealing food, so only 19 gulls were usable for the study. 1 Comment Watch a leviathan of a shark nibble on a sub’s speargun Oh snap! Weird ocean worms make a racket when they rumble Cool critters “Gulls are often seen as aggressive and willing to take food from humans, so it was interesting to find that most wouldn’t even come near during our tests,” said Madeleine Goumas, lead author of the study Herring gulls respond to human gaze direction, published in the journal Biology Letters.The researchers found that individual gulls behaved very differently from each other. Goumas suggested “a couple of very bold gulls might ruin the reputation of the rest.”The study had a small sample size, so your gull-staring mileage may vary. It’s worth a shot, though. If you want to protect your food and still enjoy your time at the seaside, then it may just be a matter of playing stare down with the local birds. A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Sci-Techlast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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5 Things You Do Everyday That Make You Vulnerable Online

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 7 min read September 14, 2015 You probably don’t realize it, but some of the simple things you do on the web everyday could be putting you and your computer at risk. In the case of online security, what you don’t know can hurt you.Here are a few common online activities that could potentially make you vulnerable.1. Using public Wi-Fi networksWe all do it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t get us into trouble. Using public Wi-Fi, especially in crowded places like coffee shops and airports, can open you and your computer up to a number of attacks.“Public Wi-Fi is fraught with security problems. Commonly named networks, like AT&T or Starbucks Wi-Fi, are very easily spoofed to capture your logins,” says Seth Rosenblatt, managing editor of the security and privacy news site The Parallax. “Security on public Wi-Fi is generally low,so even if it is a legitimate network, it’s often easier to hack into than private Wi-Fi.”In other words, when you think you’re connecting to “Free WiFi” at your hotel, you could actually be connecting to a fake network designed to capture your passwords and other information when you try to login. In cases where you need to use a public network consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which will encrypt your data and give you the security of your own wireless network over a public connection, to keep your information safe.Related: The Danger of the Bring-Your-Own-Device-to-Work Trend“Even if it’s a Wi-Fi network with a password in a coffee shop, you’re very vulnerable to being hacked on that network,” says Danvers Baillieu, chief operating officer of the VPN service Hide My Ass. “If you’re out and about and you’re not sure whether a Wi-Fi network is real or not, then it’s a good idea to connect to a VPN.”2. Filling out online formsWhile you certainly need to be careful with how you connect to the web so your information isn’t stolen, you need to be equally careful about what information you pass out to third parties.“Obviously if you give information to a website, no technical solution is going to help you,” says Baillieu. “It’s really just a question of being alert when you’re online and not handing over your information to websites you don’t trust or [information] that isn’t necessary for the tasks that you’re trying to carry out.”Many websites collect information about online activity and turn around and sell it without your permission. Before passing out things like your email address, physical address, or phone number make sure you know exactly what a site plans on doing with it. The same goes for logging into third-party sites using your Facebook account. Sure, that single login makes it easier to use a new service, but it can come back to bite you. For example, it’s easy to inadvertently  grant a site permission to share content on your Facebook wall or with your friends.Likewise, you might want to give out your phone number to a company you’re considering renting office space from. First, however, you should make sure the company won’t turn around and sell it to other brokers if the space you’re interested in gets rented out from under you.Be sure you know what you’re agreeing to before you pass along personal information.3. Using the same passwordPasswords can be tough to remember, but it pays to have a different password for every service you use. Particularly when it comes to things like banking information and email, you want to make sure you’ve selected a secure, unique password that would be hard for others to figure out.Why? Security breaches happen. Passwords can get stolen. Think about it like this: If your house key was stolen, you wouldn’t hand over the keys to your car and office as well, right? Having unique passwords ensures that even if someone is able to access one of your accounts, they won’t be able to get into anything else with the same credentials.Consider using a service such as 1Password that will create and remember unique passwords for you. You should also enable two-step authentication on any services that support it. With two-step or two-factor authentication, when you login your phone will receive a text message with a unique code that you need to enter to access your account. Even if a hacker has your password, without that code he or she won’t be able to access your account.4. Sharing ­photos on social mediaFrom snapshots of puppies posted on Facebook, to pictures of epic turkey sandwich lunches blasted out on Twitter, most of us share photos online. What you may not realize, however, is that your phone might be geotagging these pictures, giving others the ability to pinpoint exactly where you were when you took them.Related: Be Sure to Look Around the Office When Searching for Gaps in Your Data SecurityWhile that might not be a huge deal when you’re posting a picture of a sandwich taken at a local cafe, things get a little trickier when you’re sharing a picture of a sandwich taken in your home, inadvertently passing out your home address in the process.An easy solution to this problem is to turn off geotagging on your smartphone. If you’d like to keep the feature, when sharing a photo online be aware of where the photo was taken,and strip the location data off of an image that might have been taken at a sensitive spot.5. Blindly accepting privacy policiesAccepting privacy policies on websites is a necessary evil if you want to use a number of services on the web. Yes, they’re long. Before you sign, however, make sure you actually read through the privacy policy and understand what, exactly, you’re agreeing to.“There are several important areas to check up on,” says Rosenblatt, most importantly “how the company treats your data.” He recommends looking for features that allow you to opt out of sharing your data, as well as features that enable you to delete your data when you delete your account. It’s also important “to look for how the company treats your data, such as the company’s policy for notifying you of changes to the privacy policy, and how they secure your data from threats,” he says. “If you have children who might use the site or service, such as Facebook, it’s important to look up how the company treats data created by your child. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the company’s abuse policy, in case trolling or worse becomes an issue.”Bottom line: Be smart, pay attention and be careful what you share when you’re online. You’ll be glad you did.Related: Do You Really Need to Change Your Passwords Every Three Months? Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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2019-08-30

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