Getting the right picture, or getting the picture right?

first_imgDear Editor,Getting the right picture, or getting the picture right? In response to WPA’s criticisms of the high-handed manner in which WPA Executive Member David Hinds was booted out of the pages of the State-owned Guyana Chronicle as a fifth columnist, a picture of President David Granger and WPA’s co-leader Rupert Roopnaraine embracing each other graced the pages of the Chronicle, along with a plea by Roopnaraine for the WPA to remain within the APNU. It was obvious that the Chronicle’s picture was worth a thousand words.The article featured Roopnaraine’s appeal to the WPA not to break away from the APNU and the governing coalition of the APNU/AFC. The WPA is an integral part of the APNU. It is interesting to note that presidential candidate Granger, in the 2015 elections, campaigned with a picture of Moses Nagamootoo and himself as a symbol of racial unity. What exactly was the picture of the President and Roopnaraine projecting in the current situation?After running with David Granger in the 2011 elections, Roopnaraine and the WPA cleared the way for Moses Nagamootoo to become the Prime Minister in 2015. At the press conference announcing the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord, when asked by a reporter if the WPA was not concerned that it had lost its place and was now a junior partner, Tacuma Ogunseye responded that, for the WPA, the national interest was more important than the party’s interest, and that was a price that the WPA was willing to pay to advance the country.As was pointed out in Ogunseye’s account of events in relation to the 2011 elections, the PNCR wanted an Indian prime ministerial candidate to run with presidential candidate Granger. This was to symbolize racial outreach within the APNU platform.The abrupt termination of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (WRCOI) posed a serious challenge to the WPA very early in the life of the new Government. Roopnaraine’s silence on this matter exposed the WPA to ridicule both at home and abroad. At the same time, it proved to President Granger that he could rely on Roopnaraine to subvert the will of the WPA.The manner in which Roopnaraine was assigned the Ministry of Education without any consultations whatsoever with the WPA revealed a single-mindedness of President Granger in party politics. Roopnaraine’s assignment as Education Minister was arbitrarily decided. His subsequent removal from the ministry and reassignment to another ministry in the most bizarre of manner displayed a contempt for both Roopnaraine and the WPA that would have made the Mona Lisa weep.The debate surrounding the posturing of Roopnaraine is now a source of great concern for the WPA. There is an obvious and glaring problem when Tacuma Ogunseye put the possibility of the WPA withdrawing from the APNU coalition if it is not treated with some respect, only to be contradicted by Roopnaraine. There was no explanation whatsoever on the part of Dr Roopnaraine on why the WPA must be treated in such a disgraceful manner and remain within APNU.The Chronicle picture portrays a message of racial unity, disregarding three years of non-consultation with the WPA on serious matters of Government policies, placing it in a delicate position were it to attempt to discipline Roopnaraine.Any attempt by the WPA to deal with Roopnaraine’s misguided role as it affects the well-being of the WPA may be open to exploitation by opponents of the WPA. These opponents will seek to portray it as an attempt by the African members of the party to rid itself of one of its Indian leaders, a possibility that has forced the WPA to tread carefully on this matter. But failure to resolve this issue will only continue to do more damage to the WPA. The party will have to trust the public’s opinion as to whether it has acted correctly on this matter, and will have to deal with it in a transparent manner, so that the right image can be projected.Sincerely,Rohit KanhaiMember of Working People’s Alliance Overseas Associates (WPAOA)last_img read more

GOLF: LETTERKENNY LADIES NOTES

first_imgLetterkenny Ladies had their first taste of the Maire O’Donnell competition against Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club on Sunday 15th July, taking one and a half matches. Looking forward to the home leg, Team Captain Celine Bradley, declared she was very satisfied with the result against a formidable opposition.On Friday 13th July the Mixed Open Foursomes produced a marriage made in heaven with the Spences, Tracy and Keith returning 65.6 to win. The pairing of Sandra McMonagle and Paul Bryan came runners up with 66.2 and in third were Celine Bradley and Gerard Duffy with 66.6. Mr Captain, Niall O’Donnell was very pleased with the huge entry, proclaiming particular delight at the post golf atmosphere in the club house. As a result, it is intended to have another Mixed Foursomes on Fri 24th August.Many thanks to Magees Chemist who generously sponsored the Open on Tuesday 8th July. Always a great supporter of the club, the prizes were warmly received by the winner, Cynthia Fuery 37points, Runner Up Mary Murray 36 points, Gross Marian O’Sullivan 21 gross points, 3rd Celine Bradley 36 points B.O.T. Front 9 Jackie Ireland 20 points. Back 9 Peggy Forde 19 points. Visitor Mairead Harkin 29 points, Gweedore Golf Club. It was nice to see Mary Ellen McNulty take her first tentative steps on to the winners podium, with her win in the 9 hole competition on the 12th July with 16 points B.O.T.. May it be the first of many this year. Runner up Mary Murray 16 points.The 18 hole qualifier for the ladies club, Club Classic Team to be played on the 28th July was won by Marian O’Sullivan 36 points, Bridget McClafferty 34 points, Pauline Curley 30 points, Karen McGlinchey 30 points.Many thanks to the AIB who sponsor the Open on Tuesday 24th July, leading to a busy week of golf. A club 18 hole competition, in aid of breast cancer, is on Thursday 26th July. There is also another breast cancer fundraiser with the very popular NW Breast Care Unit Classic, sponsored by the Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa on Fri 27th July. Saturday 28th July is the Sigma Wireless Club Classic. Teams of four, any combination, are €100 and timesheets are in operation for all competitions. Please book online or contact the PRO shop 074 91 21150.On Monday 6th August there will be a ‘Save St. Lukes’ Ladies and Gents Singles Stableford Open with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and visitors in both ladies and gents sections. €10 members and €20 visitors. Timesheet in operation. Best wishes to Mr Captain Niall O’Donnell on his Captains Day on Saturday 21st July from Lady Captain Angela Kilgallen and all the ladies club. May it be warm, dry and stress free!Golf Knowledge and Rules:Permitted number of clubs (14) is the maximum allowable number of clubs a player may carry at the start of a round. The player may only play with the clubs selected prior to the beginning of the round.GOLF: LETTERKENNY LADIES NOTES was last modified: July 16th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Letterkenny Golf Club Ladies noteslast_img read more

Two sentenced to death for kidnapping child

first_imgkidnapingA Dhaka tribunal on Thursday sentenced two people to death and eight others to life term imprisonment in a case filed for kidnapping a minor child.The convicts are Md Moshiur Rahman Montu, 40, of Kathalia upazila of Jhalakati district and Mizanur Rahman, 35, of Amtoli upazila in Bogura. Both are residents of Pallabi area of the city.The lifers were – Md Rezaul Karim, 36, Nazrul Islam, 32, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, 38, Md Iqbal Hossain Shuvo, 28, Sajib Ahmed Kamal, 47, Md Alim Hossain Chandan, 27, Kawsar Mridha, 25, and Reza Mridha, 30.Among the convicts, Mizanur, Kawsar and Reza are on the run.The court also fined each of the lifers Tk 20,000 each, in default, to suffer two months RI.According to the case statement, in 2015, the convicts kidnapped Abir from Banani area and demanded Tk 100 million ransom from the victim’s family.Abir’s family also paid them Tk 20 million and later informed the matter to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).RAB rescued the boy arrested the convicts and also recovered Tk 1,80,00,000.Abir’a uncle filed a case with Cantonment police station in this regard.Dhaka Women and Children Tribunal- 7 Judge Md Khadem Ul Kayes handed down the verdict acquitting two other accused.last_img read more

FireEye reports North Korean state sponsored hacking group APT38 is targeting financial

first_imgYesterday, FireEye revealed a new group of hackers named APT38, a financially motivated North Korean regime-backed group responsible for conducting destructive attacks against financial institutions, as well as for some of the world’s largest cyber heists. FireEye Inc. is a cybersecurity firm that provides products and services to protect against advanced persistent threats and spear phishing. Earlier this year, FireEye helped Facebook find suspicious accounts linked to Russia and Iran on its platform and also alerted Google of election influence operations linked to Iranian groups. Now FireEye cybersecurity researchers released a special report titled APT38: Un-usual Suspects, to expose the methods used by the APT38 group. In the report, they said,“Based on observed activity, we judge that APT38’s primary mission is targeting financial institutions and manipulating inter-bank financial systems to raise large sums of money for the North Korean regime.” The researchers also state that the group has attempted to steal more than $1.1 billion and were also responsible for some of the more high-profile attacks on financial institutions in the last few years.  Some of the publicly reported attempted heists attributable to APT38 include: Vietnam TP Bank in December 2015 Bangladesh Bank in February 2016 Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan in October 2017 Bancomext in January 2018 Banco de Chile in May 2018 Sandra Joyce, FireEye’s vice president of global intelligence says, “The hallmark of this group is that it deploys destructive malware after stealing money from an organization, not only to cover its tracks, but [also]  in order to distract defenders, complicate the incident response process, and gain time to get out the door.” Some details of the APT38 targeting Since at least 2014, APT38 has conducted operations in more than 16 organizations in at least 11 countries. The total number of organizations targeted by APT38 may be even higher when considering the probable low incident reporting rate from affected organizations. The group is careful, calculated, and has demonstrated a desire to maintain access to a victim environment for as long as necessary to understand the network layout, required permissions, and system technologies to achieve its goals. On average, they have observed that APT38 remain within a victim network for approximately 155 days, with the longest time within a compromised environment believed to be almost two years. In just the publicly reported heists alone, APT38 has attempted to steal over $1.1 billion dollars from financial institutions. APT38 Attack Lifecycle FireEye researchers believe that APT38’s financial motivation, unique toolset, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) observed during their carefully executed operations are distinct enough to be tracked separately from other North Korean cyber activity. The APT38 group overlaps characteristics with other operations, known as ‘Lazarus’ and the actor they call as TEMP.Hermit. On Tuesday, the U.S. government released details on malware it alleges Pyongyang’s computer operatives have used to fraudulently withdraw money from ATMs in various countries. The unmasking of APT38 comes weeks after the Justice Department announced charges against Park Jin Hyok, a North Korean computer programmer, in connection with the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. According to Jacqueline O’Leary, a senior threat intelligence analyst at FireEye, Park has likely contributed to both APT38 and TEMP.Hermit operations. However, the North Korean government has denied allegations that it sponsors such hacking. Read Next Reddit posts an update to the FireEye’s report on suspected Iranian influence operation Facebook COO, Sandberg’s Senate testimony Google’s Protect your Election programlast_img read more

Budget cuts not a problem says Visit Florida Canada still a top

first_img Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Share Tags: Crystal River, Florida, Pensacola, SeaWorld Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Budget cuts not a problem, says Visit Florida, Canada still a top priority TORONTO — Any concerns about Visit Florida losing steam in the Canadian market following hefty budget cuts were eased yesterday at a media luncheon in Toronto, where much of the talk centered on Canadian initiatives and the importance of travel agents.News broke earlier this year that the state-funded tourism agency’s budget would be cut by US$26 million (from $76m to $50m) next fiscal year, and that the agency itself would expire on Oct. 1. That date, however, has been extended until June 30, 2020 following last-minute budget talks, giving Visit Florida another year to stay afloat and market the destination, particularly in Canada.Speaking exclusively to Travelweek, Meagan Dougherty, Public Relations Director, says that Canada will still be a “huge” target for the agency and that the new budget will not alter its focus at all.“We just have to make our marketing dollars work harder for us and stretch further. When you have a larger budget you can do this, this and this. But with a smaller budget, you really have to pare that down and see what’s going to make the biggest impact,” she says.Canada, she adds, is Florida’s number one international market, with 3.5 million visitors last year, up 2% over the year before. Even more impressive is the fact that Canadians spend an average 21 days in the Sunshine State, making them a highly coveted market.“We’re really seeing an uptick among Canadians, both the drive and fly markets,” she says. “A couple years ago, we took Canada for granted and didn’t put as much emphasis here, which is why we started to see the numbers going down. But as soon as we started reminding Canadians of what we have to offer, the numbers started to go up again.”This renewed focus on Canada will take a slightly different approach; while previous directives showcased Florida’s beaches and theme parks, new efforts are being made to highlight lesser-known destinations within the state.Sana Keller and Meagan Dougherty“We really want to highlight more ‘unknown-to-Canadian’ destinations, which is why we’re here today in Toronto,” says Dougherty. “Florida fatigue is real, but that’s only because people are staying in their comfort zones and going to the same places every year. We want to tell them to come on down and try something new.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTHow this message is delivered to Canadians depends heavily on travel agents, she adds. Referring to them as “our first point of contact on the front lines”, Dougherty stresses the importance of education and why agents need first-hand experience to better sell the destination.“We want to make sure our travel agents are educated to be able to sell the other side of Florida. We have to get them here to experience it for themselves,” she says.To do this, Visit Florida has tied in some of its fams into its new Florida Travel Pro program, an e-learning platform that was launched in both English and French last year. The agency also recently welcomed new Chief Marketing Officer Gerardo Llanes in May, who Dougherty says is very trade-focused.“He’s already hit the ground running and making sure that we have all of the tools in place for our travel agents to learn the destination and sell it as we would – as Floridians,” she says. “He comes to us with a lot of experience in the tourism sector and we’re really looking forward to the changes and improvements he’s going to help us make, especially in the Canadian market.”Here are the destination partners that participated at the luncheon:Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley, SeaWorld Parks & EntertainmentSEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT• According to Suzanne Beasley, Senior Manager of Communications, SeaWorld’s mission focuses solely on education and conservation: “We want guests to be entertained but also be educated and inspired.”• Many of SeaWorld’s attractions are tied to conservation groups and initiatives. For example, SeaWorld San Diego’s new Tidal Twister coaster, which opened in May 2019, is partnered with The Rising Tide Conservation, which develops techniques for raising marine ornamental fish for both public displays and private aquariums. Its messaging can be seen throughout the ride.• All three SeaWorld parks in Orlando – SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove – are now designated as certified autism centres. According to Beasley, the designation will be rolled out to all parks in the coming year.Nicole Stacey, Visit PensacolaPENSACOLA• This family-friendly, laidback beach destination is the most northwestern city in Florida. It’s also America’s oldest settlement, established in 1559.• Pensacola is the only city from Jacksonville to New Orleans where visitors can enjoy the ‘Big 5’: Symphony, Museums, Orchestra, Ballet and Art.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises• Don’t miss the Naval Aviation Museum, a popular attraction for history buffs and multi-generational groups• Palafox Street, named after General Jose de Palafox y Melzi, has been named one of the best streets in America.CRYSTAL RIVER• This coastal gem in western Florida is located just over an hour north from Tampa, and less than two hours west of Orlando• Though small in size (the population is only 3,500), Crystal River is known for being the Manatee Capital of the World, as it’s the only place in North America where you can swim with these gentle creatures in the wild. Surrounding springs flow at a constant 23 degrees Celsius, making the waters attractive to both the manatees and swimmers throughout the year.• Other popular activities include boating, diving, fishing and eco-tours.OCALA MARION COUNTY• Located dead centre in the state, the county is big on horses, known for ample horseback riding and horse carriage rides. It’s officially been named the ‘Horse Capital of the World’.• Other popular activities include bird watching, zipline, river tubing and hiking.• Ocala/Marion County is home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the world. Its Santos Mountain Bike Trails have received the prestigious designation of a bronze-level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, one of only six designated Ride Centers in the United States.• Coming in January 2021 is the World Equestrian Centre, which upon completion will offer horse barns, sporting arenas, a concert venue and an all-suite luxury hotel that will feature a 2,200 square-foot Presidential Suite.FLORIDA’S SPORTS COAST• Following a rebrand in 2018, Pasco County is now known as Florida’s Sports Coast, capitalizing on the destination’s long list of outdoor activities, sports facilities and water sports.• Don’t miss the James E. Grey Preserve, 80 acres of protected swamps and uplands where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk.• Birdwatchers will have a field day at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, where they can spot Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills and even the elusive Black Rail. Other wildlife that call the Salt Spring home include Gray fox, gopher tortoises and dolphins. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more