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GPL should be breaking even, not racking up losses

first_imgDear Editor,Electricity cost in the UK is about 14.5p per kWh (about $36.5 per kWh). While in Guyana it is about $52.5 per kWh. When we take into account the loss due to electricity theft, defective meters and line losses (which account for about 30 per cent), we see that the electricity cost is roughly the same as the commercial losses and is being passed onto consumers in Guyana (70 per cent of $52.5 is about $36.75).What this means is that GPL should be breaking even and not racking up losses. Clearly, something is wrong in the operation of GPL when it is racking up losses as well as when there are numerous blackouts.Customers not paying their bills is indicative of them not having huge disposable income which is symptomatic of the Guyana economy not performing well.Another indication of the Guyana economy not performing well is the rise in the non-performing loans rate.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

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NIS employee slapped with causing death charge

first_imgA 47-year-old father of four appeared before the court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Monday where he denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.Dead: Ronaldo JaundooIt is alleged that Dwayne Gonsalves, on November 3, 2017, at Barr and James Streets, Albouystown, Georgetown, drove motor pickup GVV 8249 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Ronaldo Jaundoo.The court was told in a bail application that Gonsalves, who is an employee of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), suffers from hypertension and high blood pressure.Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on the day in question, Gonsalves was proceeding north along Barr Street approaching James Street when he failed to adhere to a stop light and subsequently collided with a motorcycle, which was at the time proceeding east on the northern side of James Street. The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries to the head and various parts of his person and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.A breathalyser test on the defendant proved negative.The Prosecutor objected to bail on the basis that a life was lost as a result of the defendant’s recklessness; however, the Magistrate was inclined to grant bail in the sum of $600,000.Gonsalves will return to court on November 27.last_img read more

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L.A. clergy sex-abuse victims speak out

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Rock-bottom Aston Villa keen on former Chelsea and Liverpool man

first_imgAston Villa have made contact with former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles, according to reports in Turkey.Meireles has six months left on his current deal with Fenerbahce and reports claim he has stalled in renewal negotiations with the club.According to Fanatik, Villa have made initial contact with Meireles’ representatives but a deal may hinge on whether the Midlands club can miraculously escape relegation from the Premier League.Villa are keen on landing Meireles on a free transfer but the player would be reluctant to move to Villa Park should they drop down to the Championship.The 33-year-old joined Fenerbahce from Chelsea in 2012 and has made 83 appearances for the Yellow Canaries.However, he has struggled to make an impact for the Istanbul outfit this season, featuring just 12 times, and is now ready to move on. 1 Raul Meireles [right] in action for Fenerbahce last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Bournemouth sign Jordon Ibe from Liverpool

first_img Jordon Ibe 1 Bournemouth have completed the signing of England Under-21 international Jordon Ibe from Barclays Premier League rivals Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, reported to be a club-record £15 million.The 20-year-old travelled to Chicago to link-up with his new team-mates during their pre-season tour, having agreed personal terms and passed a medical. With the signing, Bournemouth have smashed their previous transfer record of £9million for former Wolves striker Benik Afobe.Ibe, who has four England Under-21 appearances to his name, had signed a new five-year deal with the Reds last May but with the recent arrival of Sadio Mane and the failure to secure a regular starting place under Jurgen Klopp, the winger looks to further his career at the Vitality Stadium.Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: “We’re delighted to bring Jordon to the football club.“He played plenty of football with Liverpool last season and we’re looking forward to seeing him to continue to grow now with us, he’s a huge prospect.“We’ve now signed five players this summer, all of whom have an abundance of potential.“It shows that we’re serious about nurturing talent at this football club and we have the long term in mind when we say we want to stay in the Premier League.”The Bermondsey-born wide man came through the youth system at Wycombe Wanderers, with whom he made his full league debut at the age of 15, before joining Liverpool in 2011.Ibe made 58 appearances for Liverpool after making his first-team debut at the end of the 2012-13 season. He also enjoyed loan spells at Birmingham and Derby County.He becomes Eddie Howe’s fifth summer signing having already snapped up Nathan Ake, Lewis Cook, Emerson Hyndman and Lys Mousset.A Liverpool statement read: “The winger has signed a deal with the Dean Court side to bring an end to his four-and-a-half-year spell with the Reds.“Everybody at Liverpool FC wishes Jordon all the best in his future career.”last_img read more

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Stars over kindergarten

first_imgMichele Baron knew her baby daughter Kaegan was adorable. But it wasn’t until lots of other people told her so that she decided to send some pictures to a talent agency. An hour later, she got a call from an agent, who said she wanted to represent the 6-month-old baby. A star was born. Now 2 1/2, Kaegan has posed for Gap ads and Old Navy, graced the cover of Parents magazine, and starred in a Midol commercial. That commercial made her eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild, a notion her mother finds hilarious. “All these people come to L.A. to make it, and she gets an application to join the Screen Actors Guild,” said Baron. “She’s 2 1/2. She doesn’t need a SAG card.” Kaegan may be a toddler, but she’s already earned $5,000 to put toward college expenses. She is one of a growing number of youngsters whose parents are breaking them into the business to help pay for the ever-rising costs of a quality education. “It’s an excellent way to make money for college, but the parents have to be the patient type. It can be discouraging,” said Phyllis Henson, founder of The Kids Hollywood Connection, an Orange County-based service that acts as a middleman between parents all over Southern California and talent agents and casting directors, who are, of course, concentrated in Los Angeles proper. “If the parents give it a 100 percent commitment, in most cases it will work out.” Standard payment for child modeling is $100-$150 an hour or $500 a day. A lead role in a commercial spot can command $50,000, while fees for theatrical roles are all across the board, she said. Mary Beth Arellano, an Oxnard mother of 6-year-old triplets and another son one year older, said her kids have made about $80,000 in the five-plus years they have been performing in print and TV. Her triplets played the young son of a Mexican couple for six seasons of “Six Feet Under.” A portion of the money is being saved in a Coogan account a trust account required for any minor working in entertainment. It takes its name from child star Jackie Coogan, who earned an estimated $4 million during his career, most of which was taken by his mother and stepfather. Coogan’s experience acts as a cautionary tale for child actors, but even more for their eager wannabe stage moms. When it comes to kids breaking into Hollywood, it’s easy to be taken for a ride. That’s because the entertainment industry is saturated with bogus talent agencies and Internet scams, and parents of prospective kid stars are especially vulnerable. “To me, the biggest rip-off in this town is all the kid stuff,” said Carolyne Barry, a casting director and creator of “Lights! Camera! Kids!,” a DVD that teaches kids and parents how to get started in commercials. “Some of the biggest rip-offs are the talent competitions where they hold a cattle call and for an afternoon, kids will meet casting directors. You get there and they try to sell you all this stuff. They say, He needs a thousand dollars worth of pictures or classes.’ Kids do need pictures and classes, but there are so many classes out there.” So, how is a parent with an irresistible kid supposed to navigate the biz and earn some college money without getting burned? Just like adults, the hardest and most important thing for stage kids is finding an agent. “Getting a reputable agent is harder than getting the work,” said Carl Carranza, ceo of Flashcast Companies, Inc., an advertising service for babies. There are lots of Web sites that post pictures of potential talent for a monthly fee, but they are usually expensive, and casting directors don’t look at most of them, Carranza said. He added that aside from his company, Breakdown Services, Ltd. and LACasting.com are the only reputable Web sites that casting directors use to find talent, so posting pictures there might be an option. Aside from that, it’s all about who you know. “There’s two ways to do it. You have to know someone who can introduce the child and submit pictures to agencies. Or you can send out pictures to agencies,” said Henson. In either case, there’s no reason to pay for professional headshots until your kid is at least 5, she said. “The No. 1 thing parents go out and do … and you might as well put stupid’ on your forehead … is go out and get professional pictures of babies,” said Carranza. For babies and toddlers, it’s best to use cute snapshots and wait to do headshots until they aren’t changing so radically every few months. Even when the time comes for your little actor to get real headshots, digital technology has made $800 headshot packages obsolete, said Trisha Simmons, owner of KidsAct, an acting school for kids. “You can shoot for $50 and have a great picture.” Aside from those pictures, though, and some gas money getting to auditions, the start-up costs for child stardom are minimal. Reputable agents and managers do take a 10 percent commission, but it’s taken off any work they book, so there’s no upfront payment. Of course, that’s theoretical. The reality is that many parents of starstruck children end up spending a lot more than their kids ever earn. Jay Patel, father of 9-year-old Jaysha, has spent about $50,000, mostly on acting training, such as Trisha Simmons’ TV Camp for his enthusiastic daughter. When she acts, said Jaysha, “It’s like I’m a celebrity… I want to wear a Valentino dress. I want to meet Keira Knightley.” Jaysha has banked about $1,800 from performing in commercials for American Express, Intel and South African Breweries (SAB), and she landed a lead role in a film called “Quest of Alchemy.” Her father is so committed to helping Jaysha pursue her dreams that he moved the family to Los Angeles a year ago from Florida. Brenda Aeschliman, grandmother to Paige Aeschliman, also made the move to L.A. to try to get her 6-year-old granddaughter into the business. In the year since the grandmother-granddaughter team relocated to California from St. Louis, Brenda said she has stopped counting how much she has spent, but she estimates her outlay at about $50,000. Paige made $300 from a stand-in part in a McDonald’s commercial. “My husband says we’re finished,” said Brenda Aeschliman. “I was told to come home.” But tales of Schwab’s Drugstore-discovery stories come true once in a while. Morgan Decker, 13, and her brother, Jonathan, 11, were spotted by a talent scout in an Oklahoma City hotel lobby nearly a year ago. That chance event brought the kids, who had always been involved in theater in Oklahoma, to Los Angeles this past January. They flew to Hollywood with their mother, Jonna, and checked into a Holiday Inn on Highland Avenue. The next day, they signed with Abrams Artists Agency. With a Disney commercial, a music video, appearances on “Drake & Josh” and “Monk” to their credit, the Deckers appear to be on their way. Their parents have already set up an investment account, where 10 percent of their earnings will go to use for college. The kids haven’t earned back the $25,000 their parents have spent up to now, but mom Jonna said they will, once all the payments come in. And she’s certain that her kids have found their niche. “We went home for two weeks for Memorial Day,” said Jonna. “My son cried. He said he didn’t want to leave.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Women’s Weekend at Patoka Lake April 26-28

first_imgPre-registration is required by April 10. There is a registration fee of $65/participant. For moreinformation or to register, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447.This event is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council. Join in a women’s only event to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed environment on Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28.This event will start at the Patoka Lake Nature Center and include overnight camping for the duration of the weekend. Women ages 16 and older can participate in activities including in-depth archery lessons, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, survival, wild edibles and medicine, wilderness first aid, basic fishing, firearms safety, trap shooting, rifle, boat operations, self-defense, wildlife tracking, beginner birding and more.Meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Camping will take place in the modern electric campgrounds.last_img read more

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New Deputy City Manager Announced

first_imgA new Deputy City Manager has been announced for the city of Columbia.City Manager John Glascock made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.De’Carlon Seewood will take the role on Monday.Seewood has more than 13 years of experience in various executive leadership roles in local government. Most recently, he served as the city manager for the city of Ferguson since 2015.(This story was last updated at 5:54 a.m. Wednesday.)last_img

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Intel® 3rd Generation Core Processors and Windows 8: Better Together

first_imgIntel produced the latest “tick” (or die shrink) on our “tick-tock” release schedule with the Intel® 3rd Generation Core Processors. Code named “Ivy Bridge,” this next generation brought us to a 22nm manufacturing process. Newer processors perform as well or better than previous models, with lower power requirements and better cooling. In addition to the thermal and performance improvements, our Intel 3rd Generation Core Processors brings an updated version of integrated Intel HD Graphics that is compatible with DirectX 11, improving intensive 3D experience and allowing the user to view 1080p HD video smoothly.      To complement these technical specifications, Microsoft has redesigned the user interface in Windows 8. Known as Metro, this interface is specifically designed to bring an excellent experience for touchscreen devices, with beautiful tiles and a motion engine.     Tablets and smartphones are also utilized in the workplace and as personal devices. For knowledge workers, tablets are an excellent device to consume information with their sleek displays and user-friendly motion engine. On the other hand, Ultrabooks have a convertible design and a mature operating system such as Microsoft Windows. They allow the possibility of having a single device that provides an ergonomic solution, supports easy attachment to use multiple/bigger displays, and remains a thin, light and tablet-like form factor. Ultrabooks provide the most flexibility in the user’s life and are, in my opinion, the best solution – removing concerns with data synchronization, application compatibility and other issues that come with managing a second device.     A convertible Windows 8 PC with a 3rd Generation Core processor (such as Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga presented at CES 2012) provides an experience that you cannot get with Windows 7 alone, and will be the best solution for my work environment. Best Regards!center_img      As for Ultrabooks, there are actually more than 110 Ultrabooks based on dual-core version of 3rd Intel Core Generation processor. Most of these designs are intended for the more traditional laptop form-factor; however with Windows 8 expected to launch this year, we should see more innovative designs as well. There will be more than 30 models with touchscreen functionalities, including 10 convertible designs that can be used as laptop or tablet.To be classified as an Ultrabook (which is an Intel trademark), there are some requirements which can only be achieved through capable operating system integrations, such as Windows 8:Thin Design: must be 18mm or less in thickness for systems with display less than 14inches and 21mm for larger screenResponsive: A interesting capability that comes with this generation is device wake in flash – going from sleep state to full use in less than 7 secondsBattery Life: The Ultrabook must offer at least 5hs of battery life with 8hs as recommendedSecurity Enabled: Anti-theft technology (i.e. AT) and Identity Protection Technology (i.e. IPT) are those security features embedded into Ultrabook platformFaster I/O: must have USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt technologyProcessor: Powered by 3rd Intel Core Generation processorlast_img read more

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Texas Cancer Agency Loses Another Top Official

first_imgTexas’s innovative and controversial $3 billion effort to become a leader in cancer science may be luring top researchers to the state, but it’s having trouble holding on to its own staff members. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced yesterday that Jerald S. Cobbs, its chief commercialization officer, plans to resign at the end of the month to return to the private sector. The move comes as CPRIT continues to come under fire for allegedly ignoring outside scientific advice when picking who receives grants to commercialize potential cancer therapies. Over the weekend, The Dallas Morning News published an investigation (free video summary, but article requires subscription) detailing political donations to Texas Governor Rick Perry and other state officials by various people associated with several firms that had received CPRIT commercialization grants totaling more than $22 million. Some of those grants came despite seemingly less than favorable reviews of the firm’s proposals by CPRIT’s scientific review council, the paper reported. All the members of that panel recently resigned, as have other out-of-state researchers who reviewed CPRIT grant proposals, with some of them expressing concern about the integrity of the agency’s process for awarding grants. Those resignations followed the departure of CPRIT’s chief scientific officer, Nobel laureate Alfred Gilman, who resigned earlier this year in a dispute over a $20 million “incubator” grant given to scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University, both in Houston. Cobbs oversaw the awarding of that grant, despite reservations expressed by Gilman and others. The Dallas Morning News notes that Texas State Representative Garnet Coleman (D), plans to introduce legislation to overhaul CPRIT. Coleman said he had “serious concerns” about CPRIT when it was created in 2007. “[M]y initial unease with the agency was justified,” he told the newspaper. 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