Disregard for taxpayers for the APNU Government

first_imgDear Editor,I am pursuing a doctoral degree with a distinguished university and I struggle financially to pay the tuition and other fees. It is also a challenge to meet the high academic standards set by the university which includes exhaustive and comprehensive research.According to one of Guyana’s online news sites, Junior Ministers of Education and Public Infrastructure, Nicolette Henry and Annette Ferguson, are currently pursuing studies in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively and have racked up $3.3 million so far. Other beneficiaries include former Education Ministry Chief Education Officer, Olato Sam, currently pursuing education policy studies in Jamaica to the tune of $946,000; and the daughter of the former Education Minister, Alicia Roopnaraine, was listed as a first year psychology student in the UK, with a Guyana Government scholarship valued at $2.5 million.Ms Henry has had the audacity to place a “Dr” in front of her name though she has not completed the academic requirements.Her justification for placing those letters before her name was because, as she claimed, “I am a doctor of scholar…at a Laureate University in the US”. I called the contact number given at that school website (1-866-452-8732) and I was directed to a “Walden University.” I inquired how I could become a “doctor of scholar” and the person at the end of the phone informed me that there is no such entity.I queried about doing a PhD in public health. I asked if they would consider an undergraduate degree from another country accompanied with an incomplete Master’s degree from a small, unrecognised college. I could not get a straight answer and was eventually directed to a website that required my details. It became obvious quickly that this appeared to be a sham school after spending hours trying to get straight forward information.I did a bit of research into this ‘university’ and discovered it is a virtual diploma mill. In other words, if you pay the hefty tuition and other fees, you are virtually slated to get a piece of paper that says “Dr” besides your name. See reviews of the institution at https://www.gradreports.com/colleges/walden-university?stars=1#review-list-header.Students who attended that institution commented: “The school is unprofessional; they do not reply to emails”; “they are interested only in getting your money, not educating you”; “they keep you enrolled for many years to take your money” and “the institution is a diploma mill to get a doctorate without doing any work.”It is a blatant disregard for the taxpayers by the APNU Government – especially in a poor country such as Guyana, to dole out millions of dollars on scholarships to favoured persons connected with the Government. The situation becomes more asinine considering the dubious nature of the “Laureate University” (Walden) which appears to be a factory to embellish one’s name with “Dr” – and that which comes at a premium price.Taxpayers need a detailed report of what each scholarship recipient has accomplished academically so far, what projects have been completed, curriculum details, requirements of the institution to gain a doctorate, research undertaken, and the title of the dissertation.Where are those who assumed the roles as the conscience of Guyana? Why are they silent on this matter?Sincerely,Devanand Bhagwanlast_img read more

Meetings 3/19

first_imgNorth Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. Panorama Neighborhood Council (forming), 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the second-floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 374-9895. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 26, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-4346 or see www.ghnnc.org. Tarzana Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m., March 27, Tarzana Elementary School, 5726 Topeka Drive, Tarzana. Call (818) 345-1966 Encino Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 28, Encino Community Center, 4035 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, board elections, 4-8 p.m. today at the North Valley Neighborhood City Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga. Call (818) 951-7411 or see www.stnc.org. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 892-2457. Studio City Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Edit Building, Suite 6, CBS Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 655-5400 or see www.scnc.info. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 28, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 4, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see www.chatsworthcouncil.org. West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, 7:30 p.m. April 4, 7412 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9883 or see www.wvnlbnc.org. North Hills East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 9 in the library at Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. April 10 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Sylmar Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. April 12, Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard St., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-8737. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 12 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 12, Tulsa Street Elementary School, 10900 Hayvenhurst Ave., Granada Hills. Call (818) 321-6259 or see www.ghsnc.org. 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_imgWilliam: On a winning streak….DONEGAL dad William McElchar is €33,000 richer tonight after scooping the cash on TV’s Winning Streak.The Castlefin livestock haulage driver didn’t get to spin the wheel.But the father of four’s wife Jacqueline – a published author – did get to promote her new book. Show host Marty Whelan was keen to give her a plug.“And your wife is a published author,” he said, as Jacqueline held up a copy of her book ‘My Heart’s Blood’.My Heart’s Blood is her debut novel and has been causing waves of queries and is setting the imaginations of people in her hometown of Convoy alight.Her tale of missing Nazi diaries and hidden identities set in the fictional village of Milltown, Donegal has got the villagers tongues wagging about where she has got her gripping plot from. Now her book has got national television coverage, it could see more copies flying off the shelf.William also told host Marty about getting a 1960s vintage tractor as a present; he just has to fix up it up first.The Donegal man won €10,000 in the first round of the TV gameshow, failing to go higher in the ‘Trap Door’ game, his luck running out at the first time of asking.And he had no luck either in the next game as he was the only one of the five contestants not to get it right on the High/Low/Share game.However the other four won €110,00 – and split five ways, gave William another €22,000! He added another €1,000 in the next round, but missed out on Spinning the Wheel for a million euro.But the whole family are on the way their home tonight – very happy!Jacqueline and their three daughters on the showDONEGAL MAN WINS €33,000 ON WINNING STREAK – AND A FREE PLUG FOR HIS WIFE’S BOOK! was last modified: January 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:castlefindonegalHaulageLiffordMy Heart’s BloodRTEWinning Streaklast_img read more

Duo are back-up options for Spurs ahead of £50m spree – report

first_imgThe Sunday Mirror say Tottenham will make a bid for Fulham star Moussa Dembele if Porto refuse to drop their £25m asking price for Joao Moutinho.Spurs are said to have previously made an offer for Dembele and remain interested in taking him to White Hart Lane.Dembele has been linked with Spurs several times.It is claimed the north London club are planning a £50m spending spree before the transfer window closes and that Chelsea’s Raul Meireles is also among their back-up options if they are unable to land their first-choice targets.Liverpool are planning a ‘final push’ to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, according to The People.The American has been linked with a move to Anfield for several months but no official bid has been made.However, it is claimed manager Brendan Rodgers has told Liverpool’s owners he is determined to capture Dempsey.The Sun on Sunday say Fulham have stepped up their apparent interest in Evian’s Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo, who it is claimed is rated at £3m.The Sunday Mirror suggest Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is ­weighing up a move for Tottenham’s Michael Dawson.The defender has stalled over a transfer to QPR, who have had a bid for him accepted, and is believed to be keen to join the Black Cats.Meanwhile, out-of-favour QPR striker Jay Bothroyd has again been linked with Sheffield Wednesday.The People claim Owls boss Dave Jones, who managed Bothroyd at Cardiff, is keen to complete a deal to sign him on loan.Rangers manager Mark Hughes recently stated that no approach had been made for the player.The Sunday Mirror run a story suggesting that Bothroyd, Luke Young, DJ Campbell, Rob Hulse and Tommy Smith are unhappy with the way they have been treated at Loftus Road.Smith has moved to Cardiff and the others have been told that they too can leave the club.A source said to be close to the players is quoted as saying: “They find the way they have been treated disrespectful.“They have not been a moment’s trouble to the club. They cannot understand what is going on and why this has happened.”See also:Tottenham ready to focus on Dembele as Modric’s replacement – reportFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Leicester 1 Chelsea 0

first_imgMarc Albrighton’s strike in first-half injury time put Leicester ahead against an out-of-sorts Chelsea.The Blues, who need two wins to be sure of the Premier League title, barely threatened, with Didier Drogba squandering their best opening.And the Foxes took the lead when Albrighton sidefooted home from close range after great work by Jamie Vardy on the left flank.Both sides looked lively in the final third but it was Leicester who settled first and were sharper in the midfield battle.Vardy’s pace caused problems to Chelsea’s back four from the start and Vardy’s fellow striker Leo Ulloa then miscontrolled when he would have been through on goal.But Chelsea then began to threaten, mainly through the pace of Willian and Eden Hazard.The pair combined to tee up Drogba who shot well wide, while Cesc Fabregas opted to cross rather than shoot after more fine work by Hazard.But it was Leicester who went ahead when Albrighton calmly shot home.The Foxes, who have won four in a row to climb out of the relegation zone, suffered a double first-half injury blow, with midfielder Andy King and former Chelsea defender Robert Huth both having to come off.Drogba started up front, with Diego Costa once again left out of the squad, while Petr Cech is in goal with Thibaut Courtois left on the bench. Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan (c), Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Konchesky, Vardy, Ulloa. Subs: Schwarzer, De Laet, Hammond, James, Mahrez, Wood, Kramarić. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Courtois, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Oscar, Cuadrado. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Stephen Curry takes viewers behind the scenes in new show

first_imgThere’s a really cool scene in the opening episode of “Stephen vs. the Game,” a new Facebook Watch series that strives to get to the heart of what Steph Curry is all about.It’s 1:15 a.m. — several hours after Curry’s Warriors opened the 2018-19 NBA season at Oracle Arena by beating Oklahoma City and hoisting their third banner in four years. The Golden State point guard has retreated, with family members, to the quiet comforts of home. The kids are in bed. Red wine has been poured. All three …last_img read more

Taptu Brings Real-Time Search to Android

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The “buzz” section contains real-time results pulled from sites like Twitter and Digg as well as from other social sharing websites, blogs, and data pulled from select panel of internet users who have downloaded the OneRiot toolbar and are anonymously sharing their web-browsing data with the company. This aggregate information is actually the most prominent source of real-time data for OneRiot’s search service. As of September of this year, OneRiot claimed to have 3 million active toolbar users out of the 20 million or so who have downloaded the toolbar to date. Meanwhile, they’re indexing around 20,000 links from Digg and 5 million from Twitter.It’s this data which powers Taptu’s “buzz” section where you can find breaking news and other currently “hot topics” being discussed on the web. And unlike Twitter’s trending topics, for instance, OneRiot doesn’t link to raw tweets but to the actual news stories and blog posts that are sharing the information. The main Taptu homepage also links to these trending items by way of a tag cloud whose colorful blue bubbles take you directly to the buzz section when tapped. If you’re interested in trying the new Android application, you can download a free copy from the Android Market on your mobile phone. If you don’t own an Android device (or iPhone), you can still use Taptu via its mobile website available at www.taptu.com. Having just launched a new real-time mobile search engine in conjunction with OneRiot only weeks ago, mobile search company Taptu is now expanding their revamped service to the Android platform. Today, they’re launching a new application designed specifically for Android phones running version 1.5 and above. Like their brand-new mobile website, Taptu for Android includes real-time search results thanks to OneRiot integration. It also offers a touchscreen interface for viewing the results without having to pinch, resize, or refocus the screen.The new application is the first Taptu app for Android which is why it doesn’t include the social sharing features (share to Twitter and Facebook) that the iPhone app currently offers. Those will be added in a future release, notes the company. However, nearly everything else about the new Android application is the same as its mobile counterpart, including its search verticals of “web,” “images,” and “buzz” which sit above Taptu’s search box on the app’s main screen. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#NYT#Real-Time Web#search#web sarah perezlast_img read more

Jermain Defoe disappointed to miss out on England’s Euro squad

first_imgSunderland striker Jermain Defoe has expressed disappointment at being overlooked for England’s provisional squad for Euro 2016 , despite ending the domestic season as the third-highest English goalscorer in the Premier League.Defoe, who finished 10 goals behind Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and nine behind Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy in the race for the golden boot, enjoyed a productive season, scoring 15 league goals and helping to steer Sunderland to safety.England manager Roy Hodgson, however, chose youth over experience in his 26-man squad for the European Championship on Monday, including 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford at the expense of the 33-year-old Defoe. (England capable of matching anyone at Euro: Rooney )”Obviously I’ve not been involved with England for quite a while and I’ve always thought that getting into an England squad before a tournament is based on merit,” Defoe told British media. “I just feel like I’ve done everything that I could do.”As a forward if you score goals then you’ve got a chance of going. So obviously, when you’re not in the squad, it’s a disappointment.”England face Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Group B of the 24-team tournament in France, which starts on June 10.last_img read more

ISL to unveil two new teams tomorrow

first_imgMumbai, Jun 11 (PTI) The Indian Super League (ISL) organisers will unveil two new teams tomorrow, and they will be part of the 2017-18 season and beyond. Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), organisers of the Indian Super League, will announce the winning bids for the new teams. The winning bidders will be enrolled and awarded the right to participate in the ISL starting from the upcoming season. An independent panel conducted the tender process, which commenced from May 12, 2017 through Invitation To Bid (ITB) and evaluated the bids to maintain an open and transparent process. Consulting firm E & Y is expected to complete by Sunday the evaluation for all the bids received during the ITB procedure and present its results on Monday. The bids were invited from prospective team owners in 10- Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram. As per the timelines declared in ITB and to maintain the transparency in the process, the organisers closed the window for bid submission on May 25. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Scottish Premiership is tight at the top … but is there really a title race?

first_img Read more Scottish football, a Jurassic world where ancient species thrive Share via Email Competition, of course, doesn’t relate directly to quality but Scottish fans have borne the brunt of jokes relating to a one- or two-horse races for long enough that they may enjoy these times. With only a couple of near misses therein, no Scottish team outside Celtic and Rangers have won the title since 1985.Just don’t dare suggest to certain Scottish managers that Celtic’s stranglehold on the championship will end at seven in a row. The theme was started by Neil Lennon after Hibernian, then far more prominent than now, lost a thrilling fixture, 4-2 to Celtic, in October. “Celtic have a budget of £60m,” Lennon said. “They have a £9m striker [Odsonne Édouard]. I’ve got free transfers and rejects from other clubs.”Indeed, from revenue of £101.6m for the financial year of 2018 Celtic had labour costs of £59.3m. Hibs’ comparative figures were £9.6m and £5.3m.“I don’t think there is a title race,” said the Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes. “I’m not sure anyone can say that, even if we would all want that. After 21 games it shows there is a real credibility at the moment but it falls short of a real title race.“If we get to March and April and there’s still congestion at the top then you could say with certainty that there is a title race on then. It’s easy to have a good couple of months in this league.” In truth, the modern day problem has been that such runs haven’t been easy at all.Aberdeen have 39 points versus Celtic’s 42. McInnes may cite realism as the cause for his comments but they appear needlessly fatalistic; if this club’s staff don’t believe in smashing the status quo, why should supporters?Steve Clarke, Kilmarnock’s manager, entered similar territory as Rangers prepare to visit Rugby Park on Wednesday. Clarke revealed that the reported £35,000 per week Rangers are contributing towards the Bournemouth wage of Jermain Defoe equals his squad budget for the same period. Kilmarnock amassed more Premiership points than any other club in 2018 but Clarke, following heavy defeat by Celtic last month, accused people of “talking out of their backsides” when predicting a title tilt. The Ayrshire team are a point from the top. In Clarke’s defence, his budget is a fraction of that enjoyed even by McInnes and Kilmarnock were regulars at the wrong end of the table before his arrival.An exhilarating start by Heart of Midlothian had seen them race clear at the top before the kind of injury woe that a saboteur couldn’t have more appropriately masterminded. That the Edinburgh team are a mere six points behind Celtic following a slump owes plenty to subsequent Hearts recovery and a division where leading teams have, to a greater degree than recently, nicked points from each other. When Hearts were at the peak of their powers the manager, Craig Levein, broke with convention by stating it was not his place “to tell supporters they cannot dream”.That Rangers and Hearts are better than last season is beyond dispute. Kilmarnock’s finest performer of the 2017-18 season, Youssouf Mulumbu, now warms the bench at Celtic. Aberdeen’s key man over the same period, Kenny McLean, moved to Norwich. Hibs have lost star midfielders to Sunderland and Aston Villa. Rangers were so dysfunctional last season that it was almost a given they would improve under Steven Gerrard. Kevin McKenna Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter If the Scottish season plays out on the basis of resource alone, Celtic will streak clear and Rangers will establish themselves as a second force. Victory – fully deserved – for Gerrard’s side in the Old Firm game of 29 December has fuelled already fever-pitch excitement around Ibrox that Celtic can be halted. Gerrard’s transfer activity illustrates that belief extends to the boardroom. Rangers will play four league games away in the next month, during which they will seek to eliminate the travel sickness which blighted the early months of Gerrard’s tenure.That Rangers and Celtic wobbled between August and new year can be explained in part by participation in the group phase of the Europa League. Nonetheless, Celtic’s January return to the loan market for short-term fixes highlights their inability to place anything like the daylight between themselves and the rest as was possible when Rangers and other leading clubs weren’t competitive. Speculation linking Brendan Rodgers with Leicester City refuses to go away, amid the understanding that the former Liverpool manager inevitably has ambitions beyond Scotland.Should Rodgers decide this summer represents an opportune time to exit, divorce would arrive at a time when Celtic have become more accustomed to domestic frights. Whether they exist because of a general improvement in standards, or regression from the top, is a fascinating point for debate. For now, Scots should cherish the unknown. Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook The strange thing about optimism attached to an unusually tight Scottish top-flight season is that this sense has generally emanated from those not involved in it. As the Premiership resumes on Wednesday, three points separate the top four teams. St Johnstone, who are sixth, are only eight from the summit.Those north of the border seeking bragging rights finally have ammunition. Chelsea, the fourth-placed team in the Premier League, are 13 points behind leaders Liverpool. In the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig lie fourth but 14 points worse off than Borussia Dortmund. A Juventus stroll towards the Serie A title is such that they lead by nine. Paris St-Germain have already dismantled Ligue 1; their advantage is 13 points over Lille with two matches in hand. 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