Deserving pensioners

first_imgSatiricus was very upset. And when he was upset, he was mumbling something fierce under his breath. His buddies at the Back Street Bar were used to his idiosyncrasies. As he polished off his second beer, Hari looked over to him and asked, ” What’s bugging you this time, Sato?”“I’m really teed off, Hari,” Satiricus burst out with a grimace. “I’ve always believed a country should be judged by how well they treat old people.”“An’ which old people a get bad treatment now?” asked Bungi, in puzzlement. “De ole beggar man, Joey? Da man gat mo’ money dan Gaad! Na worry wha’ ‘e a tell people.”“I’m not talking about Joey,” said Satiricus in an annoyed tone. “Didn’t you fellas read about how everybody and their uncle are dumping on old Green Ham just because the Government want to give him a pension?”“You’re worried about Green Ham?!” Hari was almost apoplectic. “You forget that was the man who beat your father to a pulp when he was striking in front of Guyana Stores?”“An’ ‘e mek Rad Knee na get wuk a’ UG?!” demanded Bungi. “If da na bin happen, de man neva woulda get murdah!”“My friends,” quoted Satiricus sententiously, “the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”“So tell abee wha’ good Green Ham do,” challenged Bungi. Hari was still struggling to find his voice.“The man was a very religious person,” said Satiricus. “Didn’t you hear him preaching that we needed a moral revival in Guyana?”“Yeah, I heard his preaching that, all right,” Hari finally blurted out. “But I always felt he was just an old hypocrite.”“Me still rememba how me Daady use to fri’ken abee w’en abee lil,” said Bungi. “Green guh get yuh, if yuh na do yuh wuk!”“But that’s the problem with you fellas,” said Satiricus. “You don’t realise a man who’s done the most horrible things, is the most qualified to tell you what’s bad for you.”“Well then, Green Ham is VERY qualified,” said Hari. “I wonder what pension Hitler would get if he came back.”“Na mo’ dan Green Ham,” concluded Bungi.last_img read more

Man Detained for Chewing Parts of His Wife

first_imgThe Buchanan City Court in Grand Bassa County has charged a 26-year old man identified as James Kollie, a resident of Pearchuzohn C community, in Lower Harlandville Township with the crime of Aggravated Assault and Criminal Attempt to Commit MurderAccording to records of the court, defendant Kollie, with criminal motives, on New Year’s Day severely flogged his wife, Ruth Nah-Kollie in their community, and allegedly chewed up her left ear, left hand finger and left breast.The records indicate that the victim is hospitalized at the Liberia Government Hospital in Buchanan CityThe court, presided over by Senior Associate Magistrate Richard Browne, has considered the act allegedly committed by the defendant as criminal and contravenes Section 14.20 of the New Panel Law of the Republic of Liberia.Meanwhile, the court has detained defendant Kollie at the Upper Buchanan Central Prison, pending the recovery of the victim and subsequent trial proceedings.According to the Police Charge Sheet, the defendant was arrested on Friday, January 2 and acquainted with his constitutional and Miranda rights.During the preliminary interrogation conducted by the police, the defendant said he could not remember what transpired between him and his wife that fateful night because according to him, he was intoxicated with a “mixed up liquid”.The police record indicates that witness’ statement coupled with physical evidence observed showed that defendant Kollie cut or chewed the left ear, left hand finger and left breast of the victim.The police therefore charged the defendant with the crime of Aggrevated Assault.The fuss between the couple started when the defendant reportedly asked his wife to prepare his bath water, which she did but he did not take his bath. Instead he went back in the street to enjoy himself, the report alleges.The victim told the police that upon her husband’s return, he knocked on their window and began to abuse her and her mother.  ‘’When I finally opened the front door, he attacked me and began to flog me severely with anger, thus committing the act against me.’’ She added.The police has forwarded the defendant, the victim and charge sheet to the court for pre-trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Falcao dismisses age cheating talk

first_img“I vehemently deny (the story) and want to put an end to it once and for all,” said Falcao after TV station Noticias Uno showed the player’s former headmaster as saying the star was born in 1984 and not 1986.Asked to comment by AFP, Falcao’s father Radamel Garcia and the Colombian Football Federation both declined to comment.Meanwhile, Gerardo Martino on Tuesday credited Lionel Messi with having had input in Barcelona’s decision to appoint him as coach in place of Tito Vilanova. After Vilanova resigned last Friday due to ongoing health problems, the 50-year-old Martino comes in from Argentine outfit Newell’s Old Boys – where Barca superstar Messi started out before moving to the Catalan club in his early teens. Martino indicated Messi and his father had had an influence. “It took me by surprise (but) I have no doubt that Jorge (Messi) and Lionel were involved. (Barca) will surely have asked their opinion – though I don’t know to what extent” any input would have swayed the Barca board, Martino told a news conference in Rosario, Messi’s home town. Martino indicated that contracts had still to be signed but said he was privileged to have been selected for the post with a club of Barca’s prestige. Vowing to rise to the challenge he added he felt fortunate that taking over the hotseat at the Nou Camp he would be able “to coach the best player in the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BOGOTA, Colombia, July 24 – Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on Tuesday took to Twitter to slam rumours about his age amid claims he is 29, not 27.“I am surprised by these media reports about my age – they are ridiculous,” said Monaco’s recent 60 million euro signing from Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

Park eyed for homes

first_imgALHAMBRA – The city is exploring an idea that would let seniors live in the park – but they won’t be sleeping on the benches. In exchange for a 20,000-square-foot recreational facility, a proposal would let developers build apartment housing at the city-owned Story Park, where the Joslyn Center currently sits. “It’s something that’s way out of the box here,” said City Manager Julio Fuentes. “We have land as an asset there. Can we use that land to leverage a free building in exchange for senior housing that we desperately need anyway? It might be a win-win situation.” Fuentes said an upgrade of the 8,000-square-foot Joslyn Center, built in the 1970s, has been on the city’s to-do list for a while. The center sits on the south side of Story Park, which is divided by East Woodward Avenue. Under the proposal, the existing building and parking lot would be demolished, and a senior center, 175 affordable for-rent units and 334 parking spaces would be built on the 3.2-acre lot. The proposal was jointly presented at Monday evening’s City Council meeting by representatives from Simpson Housing Solutions, Telacu Development Corporation and KTGY Group Inc. Council members were interested, but the issue raised some concerns about green space. “We struggle for our park space,” said City Councilman Steve Placido at the meeting. “I don’t think a park should have housing on it.” In a phone interview, Placido said he would prefer to see the housing be built in another location that the city already owns or could help to acquire. However, others questioned whether there would be a significant loss of green space, as portions of the south side of the park have already been paved over. “I don’t see that we’re really taking a park per se because nothing at the bottom is really green,” said Councilwoman Barbara Messina. The city would lease the park land to the Simpson-Telacu development team for 55 years. At that point, the city could then decide what it wanted to do with the property, be it renewing the lease, demolishing the complex, or something else. The idea for the proposed project is modeled on a development in Norwalk by Simpson, Fuentes said. The recreation facility could include multi-purpose rooms, exercise rooms, a large hall for dances and a tech center, said Manuel Gonzalez, who was also the architect for the Norwalk project. patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want 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

Video: Klopp and Van Gaal press conference argument!*

first_imgLiverpool v Man United is live on talkSPORT on Sunday 17 January with kick-off at 2.05pm.It’s fair to say there is a bit of needle between these sides.In fact, only Everton v Liverpool (20) has seen more red cards (16) than in this fixture between the Reds and United in Premier League history.And it appears the bitter rivalry extends to managers Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal, who talkSPORT has discovered ‘arguing’ over who is better in the bedroom…*DISCLAIMER: Like Louis van Gaal winning a popularity contest at Anfield, this video should not be taken seriouslylast_img read more

Arsenal transfer report: Gunners scouting 19-year-old Stuttgart starlet

first_imgArsenal have stepped up their efforts to sign 19-year-old Stuttgart midfielder Berkay Ozcan after sending scouts to watch the Under-19 Turkey international.According to Turkish-Football, the Gunners have made contact with the player’s representatives in an effort to lure the youngster to the Emirates in the summer.While Arsenal are considered favourites to land the highly-rated youngster, he is not short of interest, particularly in his home country.Besiktas are also keeping a close eye on his development and could rival Arsene Wenger’s attempts to sign the midfielder.Ozcan has been causing quite a stir in Bundesliga 2 this season, netting three times in 18 appearances for Stuttgart, as they aim for an immediate return to the German top flight. Turkish starlet Berkay Ozcan has caught the eye of Arsenal scouts 1last_img read more

UNC president, system officials visit WCU, tour Catamount School

first_imgUniversity of North Carolina system President Margaret Spellings joined recently appointed members of the UNC Board of Governors for a visit to Western Carolina University and its newly opened Catamount School on Thursday, Sept. 21, as part of a tour to help new board members get to know all of the system’s institutions.The group, which included members of Spellings’ staff, met with Chancellor David O. Belcher and other university officials for an overview of challenges and opportunities facing WCU during a time of rapid enrollment growth and with the coming of the NC Promise tuition plan next fall. Total enrollment eclipsed the 11,000-student mark this fall, and NC Promise will lower in-state tuition to $500 per semester beginning next fall at WCU and two other UNC institutions.The afternoon visit culminated in a trip to the Catamount School, a collaborative effort of WCU and Jackson County Public Schools and located on the campus of Smoky Mountain High School. A laboratory school for up to 75 students in grades six through eight, the school is the result of a mandate included in last year’s state budget legislation calling for the establishment of lab schools at eight institutions of the UNC system.Although the legislation directed the system to open four lab schools this fall (and four in fall 2018), only two institutions were able to get schools up and running in time for the opening of the 2017 academic year – WCU and East Carolina University.After touring the facility and chatting with students and teachers, Spellings called the Catamount School a symbol of the spirit of WCU. “You all are people that say yes, you take risks and you serve. And you do scholarship and do research. This is a laboratory school for the students, yes, but also for the practice (of teaching) generally and for all that we’re going to learn about learning,” she said.The innovative laboratory school is designed to help students successfully transition into high school through implementation of a “whole school, whole community, whole child” approach. The school’s principal, Bob Dinsdale, and its teachers are employees of WCU, while the public school system provides transportation and lunch for students. The school has four content teachers who provide instruction in English language arts, math, science and social studies, as well as an exceptional children coordinator/intervention specialist, one exceptional children administrator and a school data manager.Kim Winter, dean of WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions, and Kim Elliott, interim superintendent of Jackson County Public Schools, shared information about the school and its mission with Spellings and the Board of Governors members. System officials spoke with several Catamount School students and learned from its teachers and administrators about the effort it took to get the school off the ground in less than a year.“The best testimonial is, of course, the students themselves,” Spellings said after enjoying refreshments with the children, who showed her how to sit on a specially designed “wobble chair” that allows students to release excess energy without distracting others while they study. “I mean, wow, they are loving it and they are engaged. They are 20 days in and could not possibly want to be anywhere more than they want to be here. I can’t say how good that feels to everybody.”Spellings said the Catamount School is breaking new ground and paving the way for the other lab schools to be developed in the year ahead. “We’re going to learn from you. We’re going to learn so many things,” she said. “This is really just such an amazing place. I can’t wait to see the things you are going to do. You’re going to change our state. You’re changing the lives of these students that you are working with, who sought a different option for their own reasons.”In addition to the Catamount School, stops along the tour included a visit to WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building to learn more about the university’s health care clinics and its partnerships with regional care providers; a walk-by look at the campus’ center core (including the new Noble and Brown halls); a peek at site work for the university’s new science building; and a journey through WCU’s aging steam plant.The afternoon began with a lunch in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and a mini-performance by students in WCU’s Musical Theatre Program.last_img read more

5th Element Global Announces Acquisition of Location Based Services Provider Spectrum Management

first_img5th Element Global announces its third acquisition in the past eighteen months with its recent purchase of the debt and equity position held by Equus Total Return in Spectrum Management of Dallas, Texas. Equus is an NYSE traded business development company based in Houston, Texas that held an investment in Spectrum since 1999.Spectrum Management owns two subsidiaries, Spectrum Tracking Systems Inc. and Electronic Tracking Systems Inc., now rebranded BlueTracs, LLC. Spectrum Tracking holds 28 patents in the location based services sector including some of the earliest tracking patents. Spectrum utilizes combined location technology to provide location and tracking solutions. The company holds an exclusive patent developed solely by Spectrum for use in tracking bank currency taken during robbery from bank teller drawers.BlueTracs LLC provides robbery tracking solutions and protection of other key assets services to over 3000 bank branch locations. Recently, Bluetracs leveraged its robust patent portfolio and moved into the pharmaceutical and retail industry by securing major contracts with national retailers for its pharmacy and organized retail crime products. – Sponsor – 5th Element, in late 2013, acquired two additional companies in the managed services sector, LP Innovations and The Pharma Compliance Group.  LP Innovations is the largest outsourced retail security services provider in the country and services over 70 national retailers in the discount retail industry.The Pharma Compliance Group provides compliance, audit, and investigative services to the entire Pharmaceutical industry including manufacturers, distribution and retailers. Former US Justice Department Drug Enforcement Administration personnel staff the company and bring deep expertise to clients in the handling and the management of controlled substance processes and concerns. 5th Element is led by industry veteran Mike May, the former Founder and CEO of Iverify, an early leader in the remotely managed video security services sector. “The acquisition of Spectrum positions 5th Element to deliver a wide range of managed security solutions, including tracking of critical assets, which complements our solutions for our core companies, LPI and PCG. Our ability to deliver robust tracking solutions to combat Organized Retail Crime and for Controlled Substance tracking during robbery or burglary events is a powerful new tool for the retail, pharmaceutical and banking industry,” said May. “As we add to our managed solutions we will be coupling our audit and compliance services with both tracking and video monitoring solutions as we work to position 5th Element as the go to Managed Security provider in the industry.”5th Element is based in Boston with offices in Harrisburg, PA and Carrollton, TX. The company provides services nationally to its clients in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

4 stats on what wins on Amazon vs. Walmart

first_img HomeDigital Marketing4 stats on what wins on Amazon vs. Walmart 4 stats on what wins on Amazon vs. WalmartYou are here: Previously, I’ve outlined some findings from Amazon benchmark reports in this column, but applying those findings across other retailers required some degree of guesswork. Which metrics or trends are transferrable in light of different site experiences, consumer bases, etc.? With the latest report from Salsify (my employer) including data directly comparing the product content landscape across the same category on both Amazon and Walmart.com, you can better answer those questions.Specifically, the study analyzed the product content across more than 71,000 toys and games pages on Amazon, and more than 9,000 pages in the toys category on Walmart. Products on each retailer are also measured based on sales rank, with top- and poor-selling products being those in the top or bottom 10% of sales rank at a given price point, respectively.While this analysis just covers a single vertical, it highlights the many similarities but also the important differences between what constitutes winning product content on both major retail sites.So what’s different?Pervasiveness of enhanced contentAcross every price range in the analysis, top-selling products on both Amazon and Walmart were significantly more likely to have enhanced content as compared to poor-selling products. However, the overall percentage of studied Walmart products using enhanced content was significantly higher than on Amazon – even amongst poor-selling products.Average review counts for top sellersLike the presence of enhanced content, review counts amongst top-selling products were notably higher than those of poor-selling products, but the degrees to which this was the case varied significantly between Amazon and Walmart. As with most categories on Amazon, top-selling toy products on the site have an average of several hundred reviews, regardless of price point. On Walmart, top-seller average review counts ranged from just 18.4 to 178.4.Both of the above stats highlight important differences for what constitute “table stakes” for top-performing products on each retailer. Not utilizing enhanced content on Walmart to engage buyers with that richer level of multimedia content, you’re likely putting your product in a particularly disadvantageous position. Consumers on the site are more frequently buying products with that type of content, and many of your competitors are likely providing it. Similarly, if your product only has a dozen or so reviews on Amazon, it won’t compare favorably to competitors, and consumers have proven to be more likely to choose to buy products with that extra degree of validation.So what’s similar?Image countsThe average U.S. consumer expects six images on a product page, and whether on Amazon or Walmart, this latest analysis shows how these preferences particularly impact conversion performance as you move up in price. But across every price point studied, the average image count across top-selling products was significantly higher than that of poor-selling products.Star ratings not being a big factorWhile higher review counts have a pretty clear correlation with better selling products across both retailers, and other verticals, the difference between the overall star ratings of top-selling and poor-selling products much more negligible. On Amazon and Walmart across all price points studied, top-selling products had average star ratings ranging between 4.2 and 4.4. For poor-selling products, the range was 3.8 to 4.2, and at no point did the difference between average top and poor performers exceed 0.4 stars.ConclusionFrom a merchandising standpoint, it may be easy for brands to lump Amazon and Walmart together. What this data makes clear is that while both of these retailers share a number of high-level trends, there are opportunities to gain a meaningful advantage over competitors by taking a retailer-specific approach on particular product page elements. Marketers should keep this in mind as additional online retailers continue to invest and iterate on the site experience and back end techniques that have made Amazon and Walmart so successful.The post 4 stats on what wins on Amazon vs. Walmart appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: 4 stats on what wins on Amazon vs. Walmart Posted on 16th April 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Communication: The Biggest Barrier to Digital Transformation

first_imgDo your business partners look at you like you’re speaking a different language when talking about IT? An organization’s dependency on technology for success means that the IT team needs to always be thinking like the business. It’s up to today’s IT leaders to communicate the business value of innovation and map technology solutions to specific business challenges, opportunities, and requirements from their business partners. Without this translation, we might as well be speaking a different language … and unfortunately there is not an app for that, as much as we’d like to have one.Non-technical skills represent some of the most critical development areas for today’s IT professionals, managers, and leaders regardless of industry. The risk? Extinction or worse — irrelevance.So when John Palinkas from the IT Transformation Institute reached out to me last year to discuss a partnership between his company and the Intel IT Center, it quickly became clear to me what was needed. We developed a Web show aimed at giving IT and business leaders some tools, tips, and techniques to better communicate with each other. The Transform IT Web show offers a series of live interviews with CxOs and industry thought leaders from a range of companies and industries. The show aims to provide real-world, practical advice that will pave the way for business transformation through digital disruption.Source: Harvey Nash 2015 CIO SurveyBelow are a few highlights from three Transform IT episodes that touch on digital disruption through cloud technology.Embracing Cloud Through Cultural TransformationLance Weaver, CTO of GE Cloud Architecture, shares GE’s journey to cloud migration and how he dealt with the resistance to change that came from this transformation. Realizing the biggest barriers included company culture, Lance shares techniques that helped his organization to shift their mindset, embrace change, and improve business communications to successfully tackle a massive project like a corporate cloud migration.Watch the full episode: Leading Your Enterprise into a Fast FutureReinvent Your IT Career by Trying Something NewDiversification reduces risk, but also improves reward. Aziz Safa, Intel VP and General Manager of Enterprise Applications and Application Strategy, spent much of his career outside of IT. His experience as both a business and an IT leader has provided him with a unique view on how to initiate change as a technologist. These alternative experiences helped Aziz approach challenges differently: “The thinking process that needs to happen is not to get stuck with the difficulties of the past, but what’s possible to do moving forward.”Watch the full episode: How Technologist Can Thrive Using Architecture, Integration & FlexibilityWhy Honesty May be the Great Career DifferentiatorRich Roseman, former CIO of 21st Century Fox, was a self-professed cloud naysayer. During the U.S. Open, he discovered that embracing this technology was imperative. Rich executed two simultaneous cloud projects — a full-scale enterprise conversion and a green field startup implementation. In both instances, he found that honesty was a critical success factor. Rich shares that having the courage and integrity to stand up and highlight what is not working is the only way to improve transparency, opening clear lines of communication within IT departments and the businesses we support.Watch the full episode: Why Honesty may be the Great Career DifferentiatorI have derived a lot of value from these shows and our guests, and I’m equally inspired by the growing movement of IT transformation advocates discussing these topics on our monthly Transform IT Google Hangouts.Today’s business and IT landscape is shifting fast, and the tools and technologies of the past may not be sufficient for the future. The Transform IT series gives IT and business professionals access to thought leaders who share personal insights on how to bridge the communication divide between IT and business.Source: Harvey Nash 2015 CIO SurveyI invite you to become a fan and explore the full series, stay up-to-date on upcoming shows, lend your personal insights, and join the social conversation using #TransformIT.last_img read more