Dear Editor,The other day the media kindly published a letter from me in which I underscored the need for a review of the criteria and system used to identify national honourees.In the letter, in addition to suggesting that the total annual numbers should be reduced, I also identified some factors that might be considered and some that need not be, because there are other means available to take care of them. There was no iota of racial or political consideration, overtly nor implicitly, in any of my critique or suggestions.I was, therefore, flabbergasted to see that practically all the “commentators” imported and assigned their own racial/political biases into my letter; they used their standard cowardly pseudonyms to hide their own disgusting and dangerous fixation. Of course, they were liberal in their ‘personal attacks’ on me, which do not bother me in the least, but which unfortunately serve as additional fuel for the dangerous societal fires that are already engulfing this sadly depressing territory called Guyana.When, oh when, my dear compatriots, will we break out of our obsession with race and politics so that we can start realising the true potential of our ‘dear land of Guyana’ for the benefit of all Guyanese?Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud
High speed connectivity has enabled companies to move data form their on-premise computing environments to the cloud and to then access and manage it remotely. But connectivity isn’t only affecting business data, it is also affecting how employees work.A study commissioned by Cisco found that as many as 60 percent of people working globally thought that they no longer need to stay within the walls of their company to contribute and be productive workers. Businesses though continue to be wary of this trend. Their top concerns are productivity and security issues that arise when people work in remote locations.Interestingly, and somewhat surprisingly, the response was exceptionally high from workers in Asia and Latin America. The numbers were as high as 80 percent in China, 93 percent in India, and 76 percent in Brazil.About two-third of all respondents expect that their company should allow them to use any type of device for accessing the corporate network. Workers also expect that as new types of devices evolve that those too should be able to tap into the corporate network, for example, car navigation screens or smart television devices.While many workers felt that the ability to work from their home or other remote locations provided greater flexibility and better balance between their work and home lives, many workers that do work at home now say that they often find themselves working more hours per day on the job when at home.The problem in enabling more remote workers raised in the report surfaced at the IT level where 45 percent of IT workers said that they were unprepared to support the security and other infrastructure that would be required to have large numbers of mobile workers. Perhaps, here again, cloud computing has an advantage over on-premise networks with not differentiating between remote or on-premise workers in being able to provide a service.The three factors revealed as being the biggest stumbling blocks to enabling more remote workers are security, budget and staff experience.
The following is the list of unsold players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction-5 in Bangalore on Saturday: PLAYERS UNSOLD James Anderson base price $300,000 Tamim Iqbal base price $50,000 Adrian Barath base price $50,000 Ramnaresh Sarwan base price $100,000 Ian Bell base price $200,000 Owais Shah base price $200,000 Upul Tharanga base price $50,000 VVS Laxman base price $400,000 Matt Prior base price $200,000 Brendan Taylor base price $100,000 Mark Boucher base price $100,000 Justin Kemp base price $100,000 Marlon Samuels base price $100,000 Steven Smith base price $200,000 Ravi Bopara base price $100,000 Luke Wright base price $200,000 Kevin O’Brien base price $50,000 Dwayne Smith base price $100,000 Lonwabo Tsotsobe base price $50,000 VRV Singh base price $100,000 Vernon Philander base price $200,000 Fidel Edwards base price $100,000 Ravi Rampaul base price $100,000 Peter Siddle base price $200,000 Tim Southee base price $100,000 Graeme Swann base price $400,000 Rangana Herath base price $50,000 Ajantha Mendis base price $50,000 Steve O’Keefe base price $100,000 Xavier Doherty base price $100,000 Michael Klinger base price $50,000 Richard Levi base base price $50,000 Alviro Petersen base price $100,000 Lendl Simmons base price $50,000 Farveez Maharoof base price $50,000 Jacob Oram base price $100,000 Moises Henriques base price $50,000 Ben Laughlin base price $50,000 Ryan McLaren base price $100,000 Nicky Boje base price $200,000 Jacques Rudolph base price $20,000 Andy McKay base price $50,000 Alister McDermott base price $20,000 Michael Neser base price $50,000
Several Members of both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday (November 13) paid tribute to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson for his role in shaping Jamaica’s post-Independence Parliamentary landscape. Mr. Patterson served as the nation’s sixth Prime Minister from March 30, 1992 to March 30, 2006. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, described the former leader as a brilliant, intuitive politician, who was a master of legislative and administrative detail. She described him as an “all-purpose parliamentarian”, who managed more ministerial portfolios than any post-independence politician and was the embodiment of excellence in public service, serving longer than any of the country’s leaders. “You impress by the consistency of your political conviction and social conscience. Equally, your consensus-building and pragmatic style remains a model of how we should do business in party, in government, and in society. For these and other reasons, we celebrate you today as an extraordinary parliamentarian with an enduring international vision,” Mrs. Simpson Miller stated. She also cited Mr. Patterson’s love for music and dancing, while stating that few would contest his expert knowledge of jazz. The Prime Minister noted that Mr. Patterson has been the recipient of local and international honours and awards, and the South African Government recently announced that he is to be conferred with the high national award of the Order of the Companion of O.R. Tambo in Gold. Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, described Mr. Patterson as one of the most dedicated public servants in Jamaica. He said that in Mr. Patterson’s 14 years as Prime Minister, Jamaica went through social and economic changes and under his leadership there were several initiatives to transform and modernise the public sector. “I want to single out the education transformation initiative, which had significant partisan support,” Mr. Holness said. He also added that Mr. Patterson was a man of great resilience and was very thoughtful before speaking. Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, for his part, highlighted Mr. Patterson’s contribution to Jamaica’s economic progress, including the reform of the tax system and the introduction of General Consumption Tax (GCT). “Not only was it (GCT) complex and far reaching in its impact, relieving the burden of taxation on the productive sector, but it was perhaps among the smoothest implementation process, without any social or political disruption whatever,” Dr. Phillips said. Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, said Mr. Patterson was someone he always admired for his devotion, perseverance and modesty. In his response, Mr. Patterson expressed his appreciation, while noting that he was “humbled by this exhilarating ceremony.” “For me it’s more than personal. It signifies Parliamentary recognition that those who have been prime servants in the political vineyard are worthy of its time and attention in the course of celebrating a significant land mark in our nation’s short history,” he stated.
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has appointed former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion as a special adviser.McCallion served as mayor of the city west of Toronto from 1978 to 2014. In a release, the provincial government says McCallion will advise Ford and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on a range of municipal issues and will receive up to $150,000 per year.Her appointment comes days after the province announced it was reviewing 82 municipalities, raising the possibility of amalgamations.McCallion endorsed Ford for premier in the 2018 election that vaulted his Progressive Conservatives to power.The former mayor, known as “Hurricane Hazel,” is less than a month away from her 98th birthday.The former Liberal government made Feb. 14 Hazel McCallion Day in honour of her birthday.The Canadian Press