Foreign Affairs Minister Karen Cummings on Wednesday emphasised that in light of the economic transformation underway in Guyana, opportunities were opening for new and expanded partnerships with countries in the Latin American region.Dr Cummings was at the time addressing the 54th meeting of the Common Market Council and Summit of Heads of State of MERCOSUR [Southern Common Market] and Associated States held in Santa Fé, Colombia.She pledged her country’s commitment to broaden and deepen relations with MERCOSUR and other countries in the region.“Guyana is currently engaged in reviewing relevant instruments with a view to possible accession to strengthen capacities and norms in respective areas,” Dr Cummings stated, further emphasising that the State was “committed to regional integration and to fostering cooperation between the continent and the Caribbean Community [Caricom]”.Furthermore, Minister Cummings underscored the importance of preserving South America as a “zone of peace” and called for a peaceful solution to the crisis in neighbouring Venezuela. Expressing deep concern for the plight of the Venezuelan people, she stressed her country’s willingness to help shoulder the responsibility for the humanitarian response.The summit marked the conclusion of Argentina’s pro-tempore presidency of MERCOSUR, a major highlight of which was the Framework Agreement concluded between the regional body and the European Union on 28 June this year after some 20 years of negotiations. Brazil has now assumed the position for the second semester of 2019.The Foreign Minister led Guyana’s delegation to the summit, which included Ambassador to Brazil, concurrent to Argentina, His Excellency George Talbot, and Senior Foreign Service Officer Vernon Robinson.MERCOSUR was established in 1991 by the Treaty of Asunción signed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Guyana became an associate member in July 2013.Heads of State of MERCOSUR at the summit
1 Emmanuel Adebayor and Younes Kaboul Mauricio Pochettino has told Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue that there is still life in their Tottenham careers.The trio have not been involved since January, but the Spurs boss says that does not mean their Tottenham careers are over.Kaboul, Adebayor and fellow misfit Capoue all looked set to exit before the transfer window closed and have not featured since moves away failed to materialise. Adebayor to West Ham the notable transfer collapse.It is now eight matches in all competitions since any of them were even an unused substitute, yet Pochettino indicated they were still in his plans.“Always for every game it’s my decision, my choice,” the Spurs head coach said when asked about the trio at his Friday press conference.“I think that you understand. In the end, all of our squad is fully fit and you need to pick players.“I am happy with all, but if we have 26 or 27 players in the squad then more than 18 is impossible.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal judge who declared a mistrial in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. against the city of Los Angeles said Tuesday she believed an attorney for the family had “absolutely deceived” the court. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper’s remarks came after an attorney for the city alleged the plaintiffs’ lawyers lied to the judge when they claimed the city withheld documents that could have bolstered their contention that rogue Los Angeles police officers were involved in the entertainer’s killing. The rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was shot and killed March 9, 1997, after a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The murder has not been solved. Cooper declared a mistrial last summer in the family’s civil lawsuit after finding that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a jailhouse informant linking the killing to two former officers, David Mack and Rafael Perez. The judge also ordered the city to pay $1.1 million in legal fees and other expenses to the rapper’s family. The trial began in June, with plaintiffs trying to show that Mack, a convicted bank robber, orchestrated Wallace’s killing with the help of a college friend on behalf of Death Row Records chief Marion “Suge” Knight. All three have denied involvement. The trial stopped abruptly when the plaintiffs’ attorneys said they had received an anonymous tip from a former officer who said a police informant had tied Perez and Mack to the killing. The tip led to an investigation of the Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division that uncovered statements by a former Perez cellmate, who had told the department that the disgraced officer had confessed to participating with Mack in Wallace’s killing. In a status conference held Tuesday in preparation for a retrial, defense attorney Vincent Marella showed the judge a report prepared by a private investigator for the plaintiffs indicating knowledge of the informant’s remarks as early as 2002. After looking at the report, Cooper said she was “outraged” and admonished Perry Sanders, the attorney for Wallace’s family, over the telephone. “I believe you have absolutely deceived this court into believing that you knew nothing about this,” Cooper said. Sanders replied that after telling the court last year that he knew nothing about the informant, he realized that his defense team had been “previously contacted” by the informant. Sanders said he then “made it clear” to the court about the matter. In an interview, Sanders told The Associated Press he believed the city’s attorneys took a document that his defense team provided to them and “used it against us.” “It’s inappropriate and we plan to thoroughly address these allegations in the course of the next seven days,” he said. A spokesman for the city attorney’s office declined to comment on the case because he did not attend the status conference. Cooper halted the sharing of information between both parties and said she was not inclined to allow Wallace’s family to file a revised version of their lawsuit, as they have sought. The judge also noted that both parties have been unsuccessfully trying to settle the case. One month after the mistrial was declared, the Los Angeles City Council rejected the family’s offer to settle the case for $18 million. “This might be the time to settle this case,” Cooper said.
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… I recently purchased a copy of an issue of the defunct popular science magazine OMNI from 1978 – three years before I was born. In addition to a lengthy interview with Alvin Toffler, a cover by H.R. Giger and an article on human-dolphin communication by John C. Lily it contains an article by hypertext pioneer Ted Nelson titled “Computer Lib.”I’ve read Nelson’s book of the same title, but I can’t remember if this is an excerpt from the book or if it’s unique to OMNI. In a section on lock-in, Nelson describes what may be the first wave of consumerization of IT.But lock-in is not limited to the manufacturer of computers. It also is practiced by the so-called “computer center,” the department within the company, university, or government where the big computers live. Initially designed to provide centralized, efficient computer service, the computer center has evolved into an internal tyranny, set up to operate at its own convenience and dedicated (like any organizational entity) to its own self-preservation. The computer center, of course, always wants a better (read bigger) computer over which it has exclusive control.Today, thanks to small computers that are cheap enough to bypass the “computer selection committee,” the internal monopoly of the computer center is coming apart at the seams. According to Portia Isaacson, part owner of Houston’s Micro Store, little computers have already penetrated large companies without the knowledge of the computer centers. The Trojan horse is already inside the gates. “I’ll sell you a computer any name you like,” says Isaccson. “You’d be surprised at all the different things we call them on the sales slips.”For more on OMNI, check out Boing Boing’s fond memories of the magazine.We know how this played out. The computer centers, which contained one big computer that employees used via terminal, became IT or IS departments. Desktop PCs replaced terminals. But the department retained control, through firewalls and access controls. The role of the department has changed over the years as the technology changes.Today we’re seeing two similar simultaneous pushes: one for virtual desktop infrastructure, which would take us back to the computer center era. The other for IT consumerization in the form of smartphones, tablets and SaaS. This time, the two drives aren’t mutually exclusive (see here and here). But the results of these two trends will probably be another change for how the technology departments of organizations work.It will be interesting to see how things play out this time around. Will IT departments eventually retain control, allowing only pre-approved devices and maintaining SaaS applications through enterprise platforms? Or will enterprises technology become more laissez faire, with the IT department becoming “supporters and helpers” instead of controllers as Forrester has suggested? Tags:#Analysis#enterprise
By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTNational Center for Telehealth & Technology, Virtual Hope Box“Hope literally opens us up. It removes the blinders of fear and despair and allows us to see the big picture. We become creative, unleashing our dreams for the future. This is because deep within the core of hope is the belief that things can change. No matter how awful or uncertain they are at the moment, things can turn out for the better. Possibilities exist. Belief in this better future sustains us. It keeps us from collapsing in despair. It infuses our bodies with the healing rhythms of positivity. It motivates us to tap into our signature capabilities and inventiveness to turn things around. It inspires us to build a better future.” –Barbara Fredrickson The above quote from Dr. Fredrickson, a social psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, describes just how significant a role ‘hope’ can play in our lives. Taking to heart the importance of this emotion, the National Center for Telehealth and Technology has thoughtfully and cleverly created an app called Virtual Hope Box.This app has done a wonderful job at providing a tool that both clients and their mental health providers can use together in order to create and foster healthy coping and emotional regulation skills. The creators of this app encourage the mental health providers to offer some initial guidance for the app to the client and assist in its personalization. The client can then be encouraged to add content and use this app as they find helpful.The app has several innovative options including ‘Distract Me’, ‘Inspire Me’, ‘Relax Me’, and ‘Coping Tools’:Distract Me: This option offers four different games the user can select to play, including a photo puzzle section where the user can use a favorite photo from their device to create the puzzle. The other game options are Sudoku, Word Search, and Mahjong Solitaire.Inspire Me: This option offers an assortment of inspirational quotes from people like Mohandas Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, and others.Relax Me: This option offers interactive activities aimed at relaxation including controlled breathing, muscle relaxation, and guided meditation (at the beach, in the forest, or on a country road).Coping Tools: This option offers both coping cards and an activity planner. The coping cards option allows you to tailor and completely personalize your problem areas, your personal emotional and physical symptoms associated with these areas, and helpful coping skills. The activity planner allows you to create a visual schedule to assist you with your planning.As the National Center for Telehealth & Technology states, this app was designed ‘to help patients decrease their experience of distress by encouraging and facilitating healthy coping and emotional regulation skills.’ This app was so appropriately named Virtual Hope Box by its creators to elicit exactly what Dr. Fredrickson described in the quote at the beginning of this blog.We encourage you to check this app out and share it with others. It is offered both to Apple and Android users.ReferencesFredrickson, B.L. (2009, March 23). Why Choose Hope? The choice of hope over fear is vital [Blog Post]. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/positivity/200903/why-choose-hopeThis post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Bandaru Dattatreya, who on Sunday was appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, is known as a people’s leader in his native Telangana.It has been quite a wait for the 72-year-old Mr. Dattatreya, who was dropped from the Union Cabinet during the first tenure of the Narendra Modi government, and was later denied a Lok Sabha ticket in the last general election from Secunderabad, a seat he has won many times.The former Union Minister was first elected in 1991 to the 10th Lok Sabha. He was elected a second time in 1998 and worked as the Union Minister of State, Urban Development under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.He was re-elected in 1999 and served as both the Union Minister of State for Urban Development and the Railways.He is credited with bringing the Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) to Hyderabad.Mr. Dattatreya was given the post of Minister with Independent Charge for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation in 2004. He was elected a fourth time to Parliament in 2014 and served in the Narendra Modi-led government as the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour and Employment.Many thought his political career ended when he was denied the Lok Sabha ticket from Secunderabad this year. The present Union Minister of State for Home, G. Kishan Reddy, was given the seat.Born on June 12, 1947 in Hyderabad, Mr. Dattatreya is a B.Sc. graduate from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He started as a RSS pracharak in 1968 and held positions in various related organisations. He was arrested under the controversial Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during the Emergency.He joined the BJP in 1980 and worked as the secretary for its Andhra Pradesh unit. He was then appointed general secretary from 1981 to 1989 and was the president of the Andhra Pradesh unit between 1996 and 1998. He served as the party president for a second time between 2006 and 2009. During the Telangana movement, he started the Alai Bhalai programme, where leaders from all political parties rubbed shoulders. The programme is a regular affair during Dasara.
Signed last January as the club revitalized its push for glory in the continental competition, Rodriguez calmly beat JDT goalkeeper Farizal Marlias in the third minute of injury time as the Busmen completed a stunning upset over the 2015 AFC Cup champions.“I was confident,” said Rodriguez. “I thought about my family and it helped calm myself down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRodriguez’s goal made it 4-4 on aggregate, counting the 2-3 scoreline in the first leg, but the Busmen advanced to face Home United of Singapore in the zonal finals due to the away goals rule.Considering that JDT was also a semifinalist in the AFC Cup in 2016, the victory is the biggest yet for the young club, which didn’t even qualify for the tournament in 2015. LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ There was plenty of controversy surrounding the foul of defender Aidil Zafuan on Rodriguez.JDT’s Mexican coach Benjamin Mora refused to be drawn into the debate on Chinese referee Fu Ming’s call. “It is a penalty because the referee saw it as a penalty,” said Mora.Japanese defender Kota Kawase stabbed home a Kevin Ingreso free kick in the 26th minute to put Ceres on top, but Argentine striker Gabriel Guerra levelled for the visitors in the 65th minute, rifling home a shot from a tight angle just inside the box.But just when it looked like the Busmen were headed for a heartbreaking exit, Ceres was awarded a penalty after Zafuan pulled back Rodriguez while attacking on a corner. The visitors’ frustrations boiled over with Farizal losing his cool after he was sent off. The JDT player even shoved match officials as he left the pitch.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Creamline, Pocari complete F4 cast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PENALTY? Johor Darul Ta’zim defender AIdil Zafuan pulls Ceres-Negros Fernando Rodriguez’s jersey while defending a corner kick, leading to the penalty that won the AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal tie for Ceres. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Mymy AlagabanBACOLOD CITY—Spanish striker Fernando Rodriguez grew up in the province of Pilas in Seville, Spain, and until early this year, hardly even heard about Bacolod City, the city he now represents as a player for Ceres-Negros.But as fate would have it, the 30-year-old Rodriguez cemented himself as a legend in this football-loving city after converting a stoppage time penalty that propelled the Busmen past Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), 2-1, last Wednesday night in the AFC Cup Asean zone semifinals at Panaad Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast
A joke doing the rounds is that actor Anushka Sharma calls the Indian dressing room looking for Virat Kohli. She’s told that Virat has just stepped out to bat. “Not a problem,” she replies, “I’ll hold.”This faux anecdote is not new to Indian cricket. Almost 30 years ago, it was used for another actor-cricketer couple. Back then, it went like this:Ravi ShastriAmrita Singh: Hello. Can I speak to Ravi?Sunil Gavaskar: Can you hold for a bit? He’s just gone out to bat.In those days, the only chant Indian viewers were guaranteed to hear on TV no matter which team India was playing against, apart from the then-mandatory “Pakistan hai hai”, was “Shastri hai hai”.It’s incredible how Ravi Shastri has gone from that laughable, forlorn, boring utility cricketer to being recognized as the new saviour of Indian cricket.The Indian Board chief N. Srinivasan has selected him to be the Director of Team India (whatever that means) at a time when the side urgently needs some succour. And his first statement on being picked is that he’ll go (though he doesn’t say where) on a “fact-finding mission”. Also read: My role doesn’t undermine Fletcher: Ravi ShastriInstead of delving into the futility of this new appointment, whether or not Shastri is the right man for the job, and whether or not he’s got it simply for being one of the BCCI’s most loyal centrally contracted employees; let’s just focus on how Shastri is seen by fans these days as one of the greats of Indian cricket.advertisementConsider the facts. He played 80 Test matches between 1981 and 1992 in which he scored 3,830 runs at an average of 35. To put this perspective, the 56-Test-old, much-maligned Gautam Gambhir has already scored 4,046 runs at 42 runs an innings. As a spin bowler, which is how he first broke into the Indian team, his 151 wickets cost India 41 runs apiece. To put that in perspective, the spin trio of Bishan Singh Bedi, B.S. Chandrasekhar and Erapalli Prasanna all got more wickets in fewer matches at lower averages despite competing with each other for scalps through most of their international careers.Sure, Shastri once hit six sixes in an over in a Ranji Trophy game; and he introduced us to the Audi in the 1985 World Series tournament in Australia. To be fair, he was often very useful, and had a keen understanding of the game to boot. Curiously though, Shastri is the beneficiary of a strange new phenomenon: “Legend by association.”He has spent so many years in the commentary box with a genuine great of the game, Sunil Gavaskar, that we’ve started to think of them in the same way. He did that painstakingly laboured show Shaz & Waz with another cricketing legend, Wasim Akram, and India somehow started believing Shastri was a member of that elite pantheon.Ravi Shastri was a smart cricketer, always good enough for the Indian team, even though fans, perhaps unfairly, loved to make fun of him. As a commentator, he is confident and bombastic, and he can hit six cliches an over no matter how formidable the attack. But can he save Indian cricket? Nobody really cares, particularly not the BCCI.So, instead of getting into serious issues, let me just leave you with another popular joke from an era long gone: the recipe for two-minute noodles. Put them in a pan of boiling water the moment Ravi Shastri goes out to bat. Add the taste-maker. Stir. They’ll be ready to eat by the time he’s back in the pavillion.
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Virat Kohli never looked like he was out of action for almost a month as he slammed yet another hundred in Test cricket on Friday.Kohli’s 24th hundred in the format saw India consolidate its position on Day 2 of the ongoing first Test against West Indies in Rajkot.The 29-year-old surpassed legendary opener Virender Sehwag on the list of hundreds with his latest knock at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium.He is now fourth in the list for most Test centuries by Indians. Sachin Tendulkar leads the charts with 51 hundreds, Rahul Dravid is second with 36 centuries while Sunil Gavaskar is third with 34 hundreds.India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli overtakes Virender Sehwag with 24th Test hundredKohli has 24 hundreds from 72 Tests while Virender Sehwag is fifth on the list with 23 hundreds from 103 Tests. The landmark also saw him become the second fastest to 24 Test hundreds, having reached the figure in 123 innings. Only Don Bradman took lesser number of innings (66) to achieve the feat.Former India captain was one of the first to wish Kohli on his latest achievement on social media.”Another outing, another century! A great habit to have. Keep it up,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.Another outing, another century! A great habit to have. Keep it up… pic.twitter.com/ohQ50sZ3dUSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 5, 2018Kohli was rested for the Asia Cup 2018 which India won for the seventh time. He returned to action this month and was among the runs immediately. He took 184 balls to reach triple figures and also completed 3000 Test runs in India during the course of his innings. Kohli is averaging over 65 in the longest format on home soil.advertisementIndia vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | ScorecardThe 29-year-old was eventually dismissed for 139 by debutant Sherman Lewis just after the lunch break as India reached India 534 for 6 in the 124th over.He achieved another milestone after crossing 120 as he completed 1000 runs in Test cricket in 2018. This is the third successive year that Kohli has achieved this feat which is more than any other Indian batsman in history.Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden holds the record for scoring over 1000 runs in a calendar year 5 times in succession between 2001-2005. Steve Smith (Aus) has done it four times between 2014-2017.Kohli (2016-2018), Brian Lara (2003-2005), Marcus Trescothick (2003-2005) and Kevin Pietersen (2006-2008) have achieved the feat three times each. Former India captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar have done it twice each.All Hail the King @imVkohli24th Test ton17th as captain4th century this year2nd fastest to 24 Test ton(More coming, we aren’t done yet) #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/IgCw1K5JEkBCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2018
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