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first_imgDear Editor,As the organisation that is responsible for conducting national elections in Guyana, the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) undertakes these procedures transparently, and in accordance with the law. While this has been explained and attested before now, it is important for us to reiterate this fact, in light of the recent protests, held by members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C). While we respect the rights of citizens to protest, since it is a common feature of a democracy, we abhor misinformation, libellous, slanderous and boisterous assertions about Gecom during your (PPP/C) demonstrations.As an independent body, the activities of Gecom, specific to elections and National Registration, are approved by the Commission.This Commission comprises six Commissioners (three nominated by APNU/AFC and three by the PPP/C), along with the Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally. The Commission deliberates, pronounces and votes on decisions and work plans to be executed by the Secretariat. It therefore means that Dr Surujbally does not exclusively make decisions concerning Gecom, instead, these decisions are made by a body of Commissioners.In addition, all activities at the Polling Stations and Registration Offices are conducted in the presence of Party Agents, who are there to witness and ensure that all activities are conducted in a lawful and transparent manner. On Elections Day, these Party Agents are also required to sign the Statements of Poll and collect a copy for their respective parties. The Statements of Poll are posted outside the Polling Stations after the counting and tallying processes are completed, as the law stipulates. Gecom will not break the law to satisfy political expediency.Given the measures implemented, how could 2015 General Elections been “rigged”? Why would Gecom set out to “rig” any elections? The votes were counted – in the presence of the Party Agents. The Commission provided the nation with the results, within the time frame stipulated by law. It is now left for us to prove that wise man wrong when he said that “the hardest thing an Elections Body can do is convince the losers that they have lost”.Meanwhile, Gecom will proceed on the activities scheduled for this autonomous body. The 8th Cycle of Continuous Registration begins on June 6, as outlined in the notices published. We will be providing further guidance via the media, as required.A brand new and due House-to-House Registration will follow, probably as early as next year, as it has been a part of our mode of operations – not because we were pushed by any political party.Sincerely,Guyana ElectionsCommissionPublic Relationslast_img read more

first_imgTHE TALL order proved too much for Glenswilly who bow out of the race for Dr Maguire despite a home win over Milford.Glenswilly 1-13 Milford 2-7By Chris McNulty at Pairc Naomh Columba 13-man Glenswilly defeated the already-qualified Milford by three points, but the landslide margin they required to advance to the quarter-finals never really seemed likely.They made a fist of it, but the 11-point loss to Four Masters last Sunday night loomed large a week on as it proved the stone upon which the Glenmen’s hopes fell.Milford were assured of the top spot in the group as they arrived in Foxhall with wins in each of their opening two games and Danny O’Donnell put out a strong XV.Kyle Black’s goal after nine minutes rocked Glenswilly, who responded four minutes later when Donnacha Gallagher slid home from close range. Glenswilly were five to the good at the break, but just couldn’t muster enough in the second half and, as the night began to unravel, Oisin Crawford and Darren McGinley were sent off for the hosts.Black fired past Gerard McGrenra after a good move from the visitors involving Kane Barrett and James Doyle.Early scores by Crawford – who scored four fine points from play – Michael Murphy (2) and Caolan Kelly had Glenswilly with the early edge, but Black’s goal shook them.Their response was almost instant as Gallagher fired in from close range after Murphy knocked Crawford’s dropping ball into his path.Crawford, Kelly and Farrelly arched over three points in a five-minute spell. Caolan McGettigan, the Milford goalkeeper, saved well from Crawford, after Farrelly slipped the ball into his grasp.Crawford sent Glenswilly five up at the break with a superb score, sweeping over from wide on the left after initially doing well to keep the ball in play.It took Glenswilly ten minutes of part two to add to their tally as Murphy landed a free from 40 metres.Less than a minute later, loud Glenswilly appeals for a penalty were waved away. Murphy surged from deep inside his own half and worked a one-two with Kelly. As Murphy went down, the big home crowd expected a spot kick and Jimmy White’s firm shake of the head drew their considerable ire. McGettigan saved again, this time from Farrelly’s close-range swing when a Murphy shot dropped off an upright.Murphy went close twice to another Glenswilly goal in the closing moments, but they were in vainGlenswilly: Gerard McGrenra; Paddy Diver, Eamonn Ward, Aidan McDevitt; Ruairi Crawford, Mark McAteer, Caolan Kelly (0-2); Leon Kelly (0-2), Caoimhinn Marley; Ciaran Bonner, Brian Farrelly (0-1), Oisin Crawford (0-4); Donnacha Gallagher (1-0), Michael Murphy (0-4, 3f), Neil Gallagher. Subs: Shane McDaid for R.Crawford (39), Darren McGinley for D.Gallagher (44), Ryan Diver for Bonner (56).Milford: Caolan McGettigan; Sean Black, James Doyle, TJ Evesson (0-2); Peter Curran, Gary Merritt, Ryan McMahon; Joey Cullen, Luke Barrett (0-1f); Paddy Peoples, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Cathal McGettigan (0-1f); Kyle Black (1-1), Kane Barrett, Rory O’Donnell. Subs: Daragh Black for O’Donnell (35), Conor McHugh for Peoples (35), Marty Doyle (1-0) for Merritt (43), Ronan Docherty for K.Black (51), Pauric Curley for L.Barrett (51).Referee: Jimmy White (Killybegs).Glenswilly bow out as margins prove too much was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCBrian FarrellyCathal McGettiganglenswillyKyle BlackLuke BarrettMichael MurphyMilfordNeil Gallagherlast_img read more

first_imgVALENCIA – Forget about Black Friday, the day-after-Thanksgiving blitz that in recent decades heralded the start of holiday shopping – the day when retailers got out of red ink and into the black. A competitive retail environment is pushing the start of the holiday shopping season still further back. At the Westfield Valencia Town Center, Santa Claus will be coming to town on Veterans Day. The bearded man in red will make his appearance at the end of a family concert at the mall on Saturday, almost two weeks before Thanksgiving Day. “Beat the crowds and get some early shopping done,” said Jalina Warner, a spokeswoman for the Town Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The mall kicked off its holiday shopping season in mid-November last year, too. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 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

first_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS appointed update The proposals will see the new stand sit inside a gleaming new Fulham Pier, which will be open to the general public all year round. fulhampier.com stalemate “Never has this stretch of the Thames been brought to life, and its full potential realised, until Fulham Pier,” he said.“I am confident [it] will be everything that everyone had asked or hoped for, and much more.“This will be open to all on non-matchdays, providing a picturesque and uninterrupted stroll along the river for the first time ever. LATEST Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future The proposals will see the new stand sit inside a new project titled ‘Fulham Pier’, which will be open to the general public all year round.There will be cafes, bars and a wooden boardwalk, which will make it possible to walk the length of the Thames from Hammersmith to Bishop’s Park and Putney.The project is due for completion by the summer of 2021.Shahid Khan, the billionaire businessman and owner of the club, has said the idea of Fulham Pier had been his dream from the moment he became chairman in July 2013.Khan acquired a river works licence from the Port of London Authority in 2013 – one of the potential obstacles to realising the project. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ statement Fulham have unveiled plans for a new stand at Craven Cottage which will back onto the River Thames.The Championship club are currently rebuilding the Riverside Stand, which has been totally demolished with piling of the riverbed already begun. rookie error Plans to expand Craven Cottage have been unveiled Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Fulhampier.com targets PEP TALK 2 “It will be here that you will find places to eat, drink, meet, exercise, learn new activities, take in special events or simply enjoy the waterfront.“I envision a vibe that will blend nostalgia with contemporary, always alive, and always respectful of the club, neighbourhood and city.”He added the new construction would be ‘nothing less than a signature destination befitting our world-class city’.Details of the total cost of the project and projected revenues are confidential, the club says.last_img read more

first_imgFive minutes later a sparkling handling attack seemed to have been rounded off by Warriors centre Mark Bennett, but the television replay showed he had dropped the ball while touching down.That error set the tone for the rest of the half, but Glasgow did go into the break leading by 20 points thanks to another Weir penalty and Swinson’s score right on the stroke of half-time.Good build-up play, marked by a drive from young prop Zander Fagerson, allowed lock Swinson to grab the try with Weir converting.Glasgow could make nothing of territorial pressure from the restart and Cardiff steadily worked their way up the field for Rhys Patchell to kick a simple penalty on 55 minutes. As the game progressed Glasgow became anxious as they searched for the bonus-point try, with Cardiff establishing their dominance at the set scrum.The hosts still looked in control heading into the last 10 minutes, but Cardiff caused a few nervous moments as they ran in three tries.The first came in the 75th minute when Cardiff winger Fish got to a kick-through for an unconverted try.However, any hopes the Blues might have had of making further in-roads into Glasgow’s lead were sunk almost immediately when their centre Aled Summerhill was sin-binned at the restart for pulling down an opponent.Weir put the penalty to the corner and Glasgow drove the line-out over for a try from replacement flanker Favaro, which was converted by Weir.Cardiff had the last word with two tries in the last four minutes from Jenkins and Cook, but it was too little too late.The former was at the bottom of a pile following a successful maul and Cook got over in the corner after a series of breaks from the visitors. Reigning champions Glasgow consolidated their bid for a top-four finish in the PRO12 by beating Cardiff Blues 27-20 at Scotstoun.After a bright opening that brought Glasgow a try from prop Gordon Reid, the game fell away until the Warriors closed out the half with a try from lock Tim Swinson. Duncan Weir converted both scores as well as kicking two penalties to send his side into the break with an impressive 20-0 lead.The second half only came alive in the last 10 minutes. In that period Cardiff scored three tries through winger Dan Fish, flanker Ellis Jenkins and replacement Macauley Cook but Glasgow were able to protect their lead thanks to a try from flanker Simone Favaro as the hosts held on for the win.Glasgow were quickly into gear, scoring a penalty through Weir inside five minutes and then producing a try for Reid. The move began when hooker Fraser Brown slipped a tackle before Reid finished off.last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking after a Hampden training session, the 31-year-old said: “It’s a great stadium. In Russia, we have stadia that are a bit more expansive. Fans are closer to the pitch. Here’s it’s a bit further but it’s not new to us. We have the Luzhniki where they were further away. “It’s good weather for for us, it’s a good pitch – nothing else is interesting. “It’s always going to be a fantastic atmosphere. I know myself because I visited for a few games against Celtic. The fans will be fantastic. We are hoping for a great atmosphere.” Scotland defender Charlie Mulgrew faced Dzubya for Celtic and this week vowed to deal with the target man if called upon. Russia captain Artem Dzyuba believes physicality will be key against Scotland and vowed his team would do everything to outfight their hosts. The 6ft 4in forward has experience of playing in Glasgow for Spartak Moscow in two Champions League defeats by Celtic and is preparing himself for a battle in their Euro 2020 qualifier at Hampden on Friday night.The Zenit St Petersburg striker said: “We generally know how the Scottish national team play. We know that Robertson stands out among the players. It’s going be a tough game. They are a strong team that plays using the wings a lot. “Scotland play a British game, they are going to be a very tough opponent with constant tackles and fight. The team who wins the most tackles will win the match and we will try to be more aggressive.” Dzubya, who has 20 goals in 36 internationals, said: “I’m looking forward to checking who is more powerful in this physical competition. Of course we are preparing for whole Scottish team, not a particular player. It will be a serious match but thank him for remembering me.” Visiting coach Stanislav Cherchesov was in charge of Spartak during their 2007 qualifying defeat by Celtic and was in goal when Russia drew 1-1 on their only previous visit to Hampden in a European qualifier in 1994. And he knew the importance of his latest visit with his side three points ahead of Steve Clarke’s side after four matches. Cherchesov said: “We are looking at our opponents, we are looking at the table and we might say that this match is for six points rather than three. “Nonetheless there are still five games ahead of us and 18 points to play for. We are not going to talk about maths at this time. “We just understand that both teams have similar chances to win.”last_img read more

first_img1 December 2010Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP), a division of South Africa’s Denel Group, has won a R93-million order for ammunition components from Global Combat Systems Munitions, a unit of BAE Systems in the United Kingdom.Pretoria-based PMP began manufacturing brass cups and discs for BAE Systems in 2001, and has since supplied more than 2.4-billion components in more than 350 weekly shipments. Brass cups and discs are the basic components from which small and medium caliber ammunition is manufactured.“This latest follow-on order is for the deliveries in 2011. In addition to ensuring the retention of skills and jobs at PMP’s Brass plant, this export contract also increases PMP’s foreign exchange earnings”, said PMP chief executive Carel Wolhuter.Successful partnershipPMP’s successful partnership with BAE Systems is a fruit of the UK company’s activities in fulfilling its Industrial Participation offset obligation tied to South Africa’s purchase of Hawk and Gripen aircraft for the SA Air Force.The South African-manufactured brass components are shipped weekly to Global Combat Systems Munitions at Radway Green, England in 40- to 60-ton batches.Global Combat Systems munitions procurement director Mark McIntyre said: “PMP has proven to be a reliable and strategic supplier in a business where on-time deliveries and the highest quality of manufacturing standards are absolutely critical.Jobs-saving deal“BAE Systems is also excited that its offset partnership activities with the Denel Group and others have been a catalyst for positive change and development in South Africa’s defence industry”.Denel Group CEO Talib Sadik congratulated PMP and BAE Systems on finalising this follow-up contract.He said that it was a further milestone in ensuring stable financial performance by PMP, and ensured the retention of close to 200 jobs at PMP’s Brass Plant.Sapalast_img read more

first_imgNew retail technology has evolved exponentially over the past few decades, especially when it comes to analytics. Originally, descriptive analytics was the primary investigative tool used across our industry. These solutions provided only a snapshot of information about past events, often in the form of reports. When the reports were opened, they still required a level of interpretation to determine what—if anything—should be done. The reports did not help to determine the root cause or identify how to solve the finding.Diagnostic analytics came about to answer the “why” for analysts and investigators, using ideas like data mining and data discovery to find correlations in events. From diagnostic, both predictive and prescriptive analytics were born.Predictive analytics used information gathered through diagnostic techniques to make predictions about future outcomes, helping organizations accommodate for these potential events.- Sponsor – Finally, the most recent solution—prescriptive analytics—combines all these ideas to identify opportunities for improvement, and takes the next step, making suggestions designed to remedy these opportunities and capitalize on them. Ensuring corrective action is taken to address the identified problem is what makes prescriptive analytics more effective than a traditional data reporting solution. By automatically turning data into understandable insights and placing them directly into the hands of those who can impact your business, this solution will dramatically help you optimize results.New Retail Technology is Opening DoorsUntil recently, asset protection teams would put exception-based reporting into the hands of a limited number of people within their own department, making their investment one of the best-kept secrets in the company, thus missing out on the true potential to maximize the return on their investment. Furthermore, their data mining or exception-based reporting solution was used in a very limited capacity to identify dishonest behavior.The problem with this strategy is that it virtually eliminates the chance for loss prevention technology solutions to add value in other departments. To combat this, we need to think differently about how we use our loss prevention technology investments, searching for new ways to use old ideas.At a time when the face of retail is changing so rapidly and many companies are cutting expenses in order to either stay competitive or simply survive, it has become critical for every asset protection team to add value throughout the entire organization. I would also stress that senior-level executives do not perceive big organized retail crime (ORC) cases or internal theft investigations as value. Although they may see these results as commendable and even necessary, they don’t see them as adding value. And when the time comes for budget cuts, the number of cases you resolved will hardly be a consideration.In today’s environment, it is critical to offer services the company simply cannot live without. The best way to achieve this is to embed your culture, knowledge, services and technology throughout the entire enterprise. It’s no longer enough to protect profits; it’s time to start thinking about how you can expand them.Increasing ValueIn my previous role, I used a prescriptive analytics solution. We partnered with that particular vendor because they had a progressive view on how data could be used to expand a company’s profitability rather than just catch dishonest associates. In fact, they were also instrumental in helping us extend our technology throughout the entire enterprise. We trained upwards of 700 employees, across all departments, on how to use the solution to enhance the daily functions that fell within their current area of responsibility.Basically, everyone was using the same tool to meet their specific needs. Each user was looking at something completely different than the next. By sharing our loss prevention technology and our expertise, the solution’s value increased exponentially. In addition, the company looked at the department in a different way because we were able to assist them in creating a broad range of successes by targeting their individual requirements and unique challenges.Creative UseDon’t limit yourself by using only POS data. The more data you push through your analytics software, the more uses you will discover. POS data is limited, however, when you add billing, invoicing and inventory data, you have dramatically increased the variety of service you can provide to other departments. Once that has occurred, you can really start to add value that your partners cannot live without. From an investigative standpoint, you will add multiple layers of clarity to what used to be a directional starting point at best.For example, using this combination of data feeds; we offered our analytics to the entire front-end department. The traditional use would be to monitor cashier performance for training concerns as well as dishonesty. By sharing the expanded data, we were also able to help them monitor critical compliance issues and improve customer service. We then offered the loss prevention technology to our merchandising department in order to provide enhanced data designed to maximize shelf space allocation, monitor product specific performance, quickly identify quality issues and sell more merchandise at a profit. Triggers were also established to point out profit erosion and missed sales opportunities.All too often, these decisions are based on emotion rather than factual information. Imagine how the senior executives will perceive your department when you can say your team helped increase sales and that you have processes in place to monitor for any missed opportunities that occur in the future.Your pricing department can also benefit. Automated patterns can quickly identify pricing errors such as product selling below the intended retail or even items selling below cost. You can also help illustrate which promotional strategy was most profitable for a specific item. And why not give the technology to your operations counterparts so they can pinpoint execution deficiencies and then create a more impactful and targeted store visit strategy?Finally, place the software in the hands of your store-level managers. This will allow them to identify areas of opportunity and adjust as their market demands. These are just a few examples, as the possibilities for expansion are limitless.Build a Strong PlanBefore you begin, you will need to educate yourself on which new retail technology is right for you and your organization. What old technology do you currently have, and how can you use it in a different way? What new retail technology will your company benefit from?Selecting your solution provider is a critical step in this process. Failed technology and long implementations can kill your ideas and your reputation. It is important that you select your solution providers carefully. They can make or break a program implementation. I see a lot of buzzwords, such as “prescriptive analytics” and “artificial intelligence” being used across the industry. Although a solution provider might enjoy using the latest and greatest terminology, it is your responsibility to validate that they actually offer the specific services they advertise.Finally, embedding your technology into other departments is not as easy as it may sound. Be aware of the fact that you may be perceived as overstepping your bounds. With that said, take the time to share your information in a manner that promotes partnership and teamwork.As loss prevention technology becomes increasingly useful across all departments within an organization, the opportunity to elevate the importance of your department grows. By capitalizing on basic data that is readily available and using it for purposes outside of the traditional asset protection wheelhouse, you will drive improved results and increase efficiencies in other departments, thus earning respect and adding value across the entire enterprise.This post was originally published in 2016 and was updated August 8, 2017.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgDefender Winston Reid struck a goal in the final minute of injury time as the 78th ranked New Zealand drew 1-1 with the 34th ranked Slovakia, who are playing their first World Cup. Full coverage: World Cup 2010 Reid had earlier failed to stop Robert Vettek from scoring Slovakia’s first goal in a World Cup final in the 50th minute at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng near Rustenburg in South Africa.But Reid more than made up for it, striking the equaliser in the 93rd minute. [See photos of Reid’s goal]New Zealand who are appearing in a World Cup for the second time, qualified for South Africa after beating Bahrain 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off.Goalkeeper Mark Paston saved a penalty in that match to save New Zealand’s day. Benefiting from the fact that Australia is considered an Asian nation, New Zealand topped the Oceania Football Confederation Group.Netherlands beat DenmarkGermany beat AustraliaParaguay hold Italy to a 1-1 drawJapan beat CameroonSlovakia is a surprise package at this World Cup. They sent the fancied Czech Republic out of competition in Group 3 qualifiers. They have in then a star mid-fielder in Marek Hamsik and the World Cup is a perfect stage for him to show his class. World Cup in picsAnd with a penchant for causing upsets, it would not be surprising if they make it to second round like Cameroon in 1982 and Ivory Coast in 2002.The other two teams in Group F, Italy and Paraguay, played a lackluster 1-1 draw on Monday night.advertisementlast_img read more