So much has happened during this year and what better way to close off the year than with Uncensored. On December 29 and 30, the show will be pushing comedy beyond the boundaries. It is the only one of its kind in Guyana.It’s comedy in its purest form; there is no holding back. All the pertinent issues, all the hot topics, the comedians get an opportunity to express themselves while at the same time feeling comfortable doing so. Of course it’s an adult only show.Uncensored has been an eagerly anticipated event triggering overwhelming responses from the public. This annual show has earned a high place as the foremost event in stand-up comedy with overwhelming box office pull.The show is an attempt at removing certain limitations and allowing comedians the liberty of expressing themselves, and making the kind of jokes they would not otherwise be allowed to make anywhere else.The show will be staged at the National Cultural Centre and will see comedians competing for over $1 million in cash and prizes.The line-up of comedians includes defending champion Chris Gopaul, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, Michael Ignatius, Kirwyn Mars, Mark Luke Edwards, Mark Kazim, Kirk “Chow Pow” Jardine, Kirt “Chubby” Williams, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson, Jermaine Grimmond, Malcolm “Wickedee” Ferreira and many more.Newcomers are Marlon Jacobs and Paul Burnette. The show is billed to start precisely at 20:00h. Tickets are $1000, $1500 and $2500 and are available at the National Cultural Centre.
Dear Editor,The City Council of Georgetown should consider a smarter alternative to collect more revenue, than by what is considered by many, as an ill-conceived, burdensome and expensive parking meter venture for a small return, even if all the meters are fully used. The negotiating brains in the City Council should have explored the best possible options for revenue generation, and after careful study, canvassed views of the consuming public, residents and businesses in the city. This should have been the decision of a duly constituted full Council meeting, although not the best options.Here is an option: the City Council should negotiate with Central Government for a subvention to cover the estimated net income from the parking meters. Government can institute a small increase in the price for each gallon of fuel, collected up front from the few distributors for this venture. This small increase in the price for fuel can be extended to the entire country as vehicles use and park in other cities and along public roadways. This can contribute to the subventions for other municipalities and Regional Councils. This is a more equitable solution. The parking meters should therefore be abandoned along with Smart City Solutions. The same negotiators of the Council should negotiate the scrapping of this venture.Abolish motor vehicle licencesIt is also proposed that the annual motor vehicle licences be abolished and that the accurate estimate of net revenue from motor vehicle licences be applied by a small increase on each gallon of fuel. This can be collected at source from the few distributors. The control and regulation concerning motor vehicles will reside in the registration and annual road fitness.The revenue generation under these proposals will be garnered easily without additional cost of personnel time, materials and administration, and considerable savings in productive time of all drivers and those purchasing these licences.Let good common sense prevail; bite the bullet, and take the right course of action in the interest of all.Sincerely,Samuel J Goolsarran
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs boost Knights’ strength of schedule. By John Klima STAFF WRITER The last time that Mira Costa came to Bishop Montgomery to play a girls volleyball match? “We don’t see these kinds of teams in league or in tournaments,” Bishop Montgomery coach Carrie Rey said. “We have to go out and invite them to our place. Keep coming to our house and we’ll keep playing the big guys.” Entertaining thoughts of an upset with a loud home crowd, Bishop Montgomery played Mira Costa to a 10-10 tie in the first game before the Mustangs eased in front. Falyn Fonoimoana served four consecutive points and Mira Costa began to pull away. It was similar to its season-opening victory against Marymount, in which Mira Costa started slow in the first game before overpoweing Marymount in the final two games. Fonoimoana had nine kills and four aces. Lane Carico had six kills and 15 digs. Stevi Robinson had 11 kills and five digs, and Kendall Bateman had 31 assists. For Bishop Montgomery, Kristina Cruz had 22 assists, Jen Edmond had eight kills and Sarah Prather had five kills and seven digs. “We get to play a higher level of a team so we can build on what we’ve learned,” Bishop Montgomery’s Teresa Puente said. “We practice to play fast. It was a rough game, but we played the best we could and it will help us in the future.” That was by design, Rey said. “We played a very good team that is going to be able to exploit any weakness that we have,” she said. “It was good for us to see where we have some weaknesses that we need to improve. This can help us learn that we can play with these teams, but we have to experience these teams.” If it’s experience you want, you can’t get much better than Mira Costa. “It’s good for everyone,” Mira Costa coach Lisa Zimmerman said. “(Bishop Montgomery) is always a good, scrappy defensive team. It’s so nice to stay in town and have a strong community with a lot of good volleyball.” Bateman said Mira Costa, the defending state and national champions, appreciated the raucous crowd and the Bishop Montgomery fight. “It’s competitive and we enjoy it, especially because of their loud crowd,” Bateman said. “It’s nice to get a loud crowd early in the year and get used to playing with it. We learn how to coexist and just play our game. firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 1994 to be exact. So 13 years later, they met again Thursday night. The outcome wasn’t shocking. Mira Costa battled through the best Bishop Montgomery had to give it in the first game, before distancing itself with a 25-17, 25-12, 25-9 victory. For Mira Costa (4-0) it was a chance to continue to prepare for a strong tournament schedule that will take it to Las Vegas, San Diego and Santa Barbara next month. For Bishop Montgomery (7-4) it was a chance to see a combination of size, speed and skill that a normal opponent would not afford them.
‘Kissing a man without a beard is like eating your chips without salt and vinegar’.Mike Graham and Mike Parry take charge of The Warm Up and add their madness and mayhem to events. Here, Bobby Gould joins the Two Mikes, there is a moan about Tower Bridge and Everton’s start to the season is obviously discussed.
PALMDALE – Sheriff’s deputies shot and wounded a middle-aged woman armed with two pistols in a pre-dawn confrontation Friday outside City Hall . When a half-dozen deputies summoned by maintenance workers’ 911 call ordered the woman to drop her weapons, she ran into a parking lot, then pointed the guns at the deputies, a sheriff’s official said. “They were shouting at her continuously as she was running through the place. Once she pointed the weapons at the deputies they were compelled to fire at that point,” sheriff’s Lt. Joe Hartshorne said. The woman, who was not immediately identified but who was described as white and about 40, was flown by helicopter to a hospital, where deputies said she was listed in serious condition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The shooting occurred before 5:30 a.m., or more than 2 1/2 hours before city officers were due to open. Gunfire broke the window in Mayor Jim Ledford’s office. “Good thing I wasn’t there,” the mayor said. “We live in a society where frightening things do happen.” Detectives do not know the woman’s motivation, Hartshorne said. “None of the deputies indicated they’d seen her before,” he said. City spokeswoman Barbara LaFata said she did not know who the woman was and knew of no threats against the city government. The workers who reported the armed woman were not harmed, she said. “Everybody’s OK,” LaFata said. District attorney’s and Office of Independent Review officials will be reviewing the shooting. Deputies strung yellow crime-scene tape around much of civic center’s Poncitlan Square, and around parking lots that border it, because the woman had been moving around the area and authorities didn’t know where evidence might have been left. The City Hall administration building was closed to the public until 1 p.m. because of the crime scene in front of it. The adjoining city development services building and a Social Security Administration courtroom were open, but visitors had to park outside the city hall parking lot and sign in with a deputy manning a table at the parking lot driveway. The woman was shot in the parking lot immediately in front of the administration building. Five markers indicating empty shell casings were visible behind a parked patrol car nearby. Hartshorne said detectives didn’t know yet how many deputies had fired, or if the woman had fired at them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ronald Koeman’s side are struggling for form Ronald Koeman feels he has retained the Everton board’s backing having met with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Friday, though the Dutchman accepts his position is dependent on results.Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and others in the club’s hierarchy visited Finch Farm last week to assess recent building work at the Toffees’ training ground and while on site spoke with boss Koeman.The renovation of Everton’s own playing squad looked impressive during their summer spending spree but reality has so far not matched expectation, with two Premier League wins from eight leaving them near the relegation zone.Moshiri told talkSPORT earlier this month that Koeman had his “total support” and while he believes that is the case, the manager is mindful that those in his occupation have precarious lives.“We spoke about football,” Koeman said. “There was not really a message but the feeling is that they (Everton’s board) are behind the team, they are behind the manager.“Everybody knows in football that’s a nice thing but in football always, finally, it’s all about results. Until now it’s full, total support from the board, yes.”A manager’s short shelf life was highlighted by Craig Shakespeare at the weekend when the then-Leicester boss suggested those in his profession are only ever four games away from scrutiny.Everton face Lyon, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester, who have since axed Shakespeare, in their next quartet of games.Asked whether he was a quartet of results away from a crisis, a smiling Koeman responded: “Maybe I’m in the crisis?“But everybody knows in football the manager’s job is a really difficult job because things change really fast. Most of the time the manager doesn’t get time to improve the team. “It’s football, it’s hard to take for the managers but it’s part of the job.”The Toffees have had equally poor results in the Europa League and sit bottom of their group after two games, having picked up just a point in fixtures with Atalanta and Apollon Limassol.Lyon, who themselves have just two points, are the visitors to Goodison Park on Thursday and former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay will make his first return to England since being sold by Jose Mourinho in January.The 23-year-old’s destination then would have been Merseyside had Koeman got his wish.“Finally the club Everton didn’t get an agreement with Man United,” he said.“Depay chose to make the move to Lyon. He’s still a young player, one of the Dutch talents for the future for the national team.“He’s always dangerous because when he’s not really on his level, he has some individual qualities in free-kicks, shots from outside the box, he’s always a dangerous player that we need to control. “He didn’t play a lot for United. He’s still a young player, I like the player. We tried it but we didn’t reach an agreement for him.”James McCarthy (knee) could return on Sunday against Arsenal with Thursday’s match coming too soon, while full-back Jonjoe Kenny is a doubt to face Lyon. 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Defense attorneys and death penalty opponents were outraged Thursday over an execution in which the condemned man took more than half an hour to die, needed a rare second dose of lethal chemicals, and appeared to grimace in his final moments. “I am definitely appalled at what happened. I have no doubt he suffered unduly,” Angel Nieves Diaz’s attorney, Suzanne Myers Keffer, said after Diaz died by injection. Executions in Florida normally take about 15 minutes, with the inmate rendered unconscious and motionless within the first three to five minutes. But Diaz took 34 minutes to die and appeared to be moving for most of that time. Prison officials promised to investigate but insisted Diaz felt no pain and that it was not unexpected a second dose would be required, because liver disease had affected his ability to metabolize the drugs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A former Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, has been named an honorary professor in the School of Economics and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).“I am delighted to be associated in such a meaningful way with Wits, its students and faculty,” Mboweni said in a university statement yesterday.“As one of the leading institutions located in the heart of the financial markets in South Africa and on the continent, Wits has an important contribution to make through its academic endeavours in these relevant areas.”Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib said the university was privileged to welcome Mboweni to the institution.“His knowledge, expertise and political and economic savvy will add value to our teaching and research programmes and will be hugely beneficial to our staff, students and members of the Wits community. We look forward to many debates and robust interactions going forward,” he said.“Given our current economic circumstances and Africa’s role in the global economy, we require many more intellectuals of the calibre of Mr Mboweni to influence young minds and to develop our future leaders.”About MboweniMboweni was appointed to the board of the New Development Bank, the newly established Brics bank, as a non-executive director.He served as the minister of labour from 1994 to 1998, and as the governor of the Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2009. He was the eighth governor of the central bank and the first black South African to hold the post.According to Wits, Mboweni holds a Batchelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Lesotho and a Master of Arts degree in development economics from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.He also served as the chancellor of North-West University from 2002 to 2005 and has been awarded several honorary doctorates locally and abroad.At present, he serves as an adviser to Goldman Sachs International, and is the non-executive chairman of the boards of Nampak Limited, SacOil Holdings, Accelerate Property Fund and the African Centre for Economic Transformation.Source: News24Wire
frederic lardinois Related Posts Bookmarking on the iPhone and iPod touch works well enough in Safari, but it can clearly be improved upon. The latest app that tries to provide a better bookmarking experience on the iPhone is Read It Later (iTunes link), which also syncs with the company’s desktop browser plugins and bookmarklets. Read It Later is similar to Instapaper. It lets you save pages through a bookmarklet in Safari and then read them in the app’s built-in browser, both as a cached copy of the web page, or in a text-only mode. FeaturesBecause the iPhone doesn’t allow users to easily copy and paste a code snippet into a bookmark (yet), installing the bookmarklet is a bit complicated, but the company provides a good set of instructions, and installing the bookmarklet shouldn’t take more than a minute. Once you have installed the bookmarklet, you just have to open up your bookmarks folder, click the Read It Later bookmark, and the page will be saved for you. Because your data is saved on the company’s server, you can easily sync bookmarks from multiple devices.In the app itself, you can then read your bookmarked stories in the built-in browser at your leisure. You can also sort your reading list by date, title, or site. Read It Later’s most important feature, however, is that it caches the content of your saved Web pages and lets you read it offline. Thanks to this, you can catch up on some of your reading while on a plane, for example.Pro VersionThe paid version, which costs $2.99 (iTunes link), adds a number of great features to the app, including a ‘Tap To Save’ bookmarklet that allows you to save any link on a given page (see this video for how it works), a full-screen reader that hides the Read It Later bookmarks, the ability to share links on various social bookmarking services, and an unread count on the apps icon on the iPhone’s home screen.Verdict Read It Later’s closest competitor is probably Instapaper, which also offers a free and pro version (at $9.99). Both apps are very similar, and Instapaper has a dedicated following that swears by the product. We like both apps, and would recommend that you try the free version of both Read it Later and Instapaper to see which one works best for you. For us, Read It Later’s ‘Tap to Save’ bookmarklet is a killer feature in the pro version, but not everybody will really need this. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web
Jean-Jacques Dordain, director of the European Space Agency (ESA) has called for the backers of the international space station (ISS) to keep it flying beyond 2015, when current funding runs out, until at least 2020. ISS will finally be completed this year and once the last shuttle has flown (also this year) only Russia will be able to carry astronauts into orbit. NASA has made no commitment to support the station after 2015, but that decision is awaiting the results of a human spaceflight review ordered by President Barack Obama. “I am convinced that stopping the station in 2015 would be a mistake because we cannot attract the best scientists if we are telling them today, ‘You are welcome on the space station but you’d better be quick because in 2015 we close the shop,’ ” Dourdain told a press conference yesterday.