ITF Junior tournament serves off tomorrow

first_imgOver 150 junior tennis players from the USA, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, including Jamaica, will start competing for valuable international points tomorrow at two venues, the Liguanea Club and the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, in the 2018 ITF/COTECC Junior International Tennis tournament.The Boys’ and Girls’ Under-18 tournament will be played at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, while the Under-14 competition will take place at the Liguanea Club. Jamaica’s leading junior players will be participating, and one of the favourites to take the Boys’ Under-18 title is promising Blaise Bicknell, who is one of the top-seeded players in the region. Bicknell, who will be playing under the USA flag for this tournament, has been doing well on the international circuit and has just returned from a European tour in which he met great success.Other Jamaican players who are expected to make an impact in the tournament are, among the boys, Nicholas Gore, John Chin, and Damani Cain, while Michaela Stephens and Jenna Harrison will be the main challengers in the girls’ Under-18.SponsorshipTennis Jamaica President Aswad Morgan said yesterday that he was pleased that 876 Water and Hi-Lyte have agreed to sponsor the tournament, which is the top junior tournament in Jamaica each year, and that some of the best junior players in the world will be participating. The top-seeded Under-18 girl is American Hina Inque, who is ranked at 257 in the world.The qualifying section of the tournament will be on Saturday and Sunday, and the main draw will start on Tuesday, July 10, and end on Saturday, July 14.last_img read more

Burnham’s Legacy

first_imgPresident David Granger has vowed to continue the legacy of Forbes Burnham, the “Founder leader of the PNC.” It therefore behooves us to become familiar with that legacy. After 1968, the PNC jettisoned its junior coalition partner, the UF, and began to rig elections to remain in office.To retain power in a minority regime, Burnham introduced a form of governance (post-1968) that sought to establish and maintain absolute control over the state and society. In 1988, I applied a model of a “totalitarian state” introduced by Carl Friedrich, to analyse the nature of the PNC regime utilising seven characteristics of the acknowledged totalitarian Soviet State of the early fifties.First: A single mass party, led by a dictator. While Burnham allowed other parties to exist during the electoral-rigging era, those parties never threatened the PNC’s rule, and Guyana in actuality became a one-party state. That is: while other parties might have been permitted to exist, they were never allowed to compete effectively with the PNC. If they ever posed a real threat to the regime, as the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) did briefly by 1979, the totalitarian “sharper steel”, in the words of Burnham, was bared. In the same year (not coincidentally) a new Constitution confirmed Burnham’s absolute control over Guyana.Second: A system of terroristic control.The House of Israel — loyal to the PNC “Kick down the door” – bandits, arbitrary search and seizures by the police, police informers in every locality, assassinations, ostentatious marches by the army through opposition strongholds, etc. kept the opposition under control, and the opposition population in terror. Indians responded to the pressure by mass migration: joining the earlier wave of migrants – primarily Portuguese – who had fled the P.P.P. “initiatives” during their 1957-1964 terms at the helm. Soon half the country was abroad. For those who remained, corruption was institutionalised, as it became the avenue of relating to, and dealing with, the system. Corruption was power, and absolute corruption became absolute power.Third: A near monopoly control over mass communication and education.The Government’s nationalization of, and PNC control over, the media (radio and newspapers; television was not permitted), and establishment of the GPSA in tandem with a program of harassment of the opposition newspapers through libel suits and bans on newsprint, consummated this imperative. Schools were all nationalized, and mass games introduced.Fourth: A near monopoly control over the “coercive” apparatus of the state.The Guyana Disciplined Forces — Army, Police Force, Fire Service, National Service, People’s Militia and National Guard Service — were expanded exponentially, staffed with a ninety per cent African membership. All officers swore personal loyalty to the leader of the PNC, to provide — along with the similarly constituted Police Force — the coercive basis for the P.N.C.’s rule. David Granger was in charge of their ideological training.Fifth: The central control and direction of the economy.By the PNC’s boast, they nationalized eighty per cent of the economy by 1976. Party membership and support for the Party’s position became prerequisites for maintaining a job. In Burnham’s words, those who were fired stayed fired.The co-operative, which was to be the cornerstone of the economy, was to be the vehicle for rewarding the lower class African Guyanese supporter, but by the late 1970s, most had collapsed. African Guyanese now joined the exodus to the “outside”.Sixth: A near monopoly over all civil organizations.Trade Unions, religious organizations, schools, cultural organizations, and social bodies were all either subverted or controlled by the PNC intimidation: by buying off compliant leadership, or by the creation of paper organizations which were given governmental recognition and a place at the Government’s trough. Indian Guyanese leaders were placed in highly visible but essentially powerless positions to create a façade of a “non-racial” Government.Seventh: an official ideology.The PNC announced in 1974 it was a Marxist-Leninist party, and was reorganized as the “vanguard of the masses”. While there have been interminable discussions as to the “sincerity” of the PNC in its avowal; at a minimum, Marxism-Leninism gave the PNC an appropriate vocabulary and methodical postulate for its innovations and excesses.Forewarned is forearmed?last_img read more

Repairing Liberia’s Broken Healthcare Delivery System

first_imgThis article presents a practical approach to fixing Liberia’s broken healthcare delivery system. It offers realistic approaches to deal with the meltdown of the system during the Ebola crisis by offering alternatives to rebuild the system. Since the advent of Ebola, the attention of Liberians and the world has dramatically increase regarding the harrowing and appalling state of Liberia’s healthcare delivery system. So, let’s cut right to the chase: The ensuing debate over how weak our healthcare delivery system is isn’t going to go away anytime soon. It may sound daunting, but the reality is that these challenges are surmountable – if, that is, our leaders totally commit themselves to tackling these challenges sincerely and with the right people leading the charge to properly manage the change. Liberia already has the needed people, know-how, experience, and financing to make its healthcare delivery system one of the best on the continent. However, with strong political will from the President, sustained encouragement from the legislature, pressure from an informed public, and a ‘can do’ attitude from policymakers to make real change happen, Liberia’s healthcare delivery system can be fixed.  We too can make our voices heard by offering alternatives in a constructive manner and presenting structural reform measures, which can realistically fix our healthcare delivery system.  It has already been well established that Liberia’s healthcare delivery system is totally broken and desperately in need of urgent repair. Every Liberian knows that our healthcare delivery system is awfully dysfunctional, and doesn’t deliver effective and adequate care to the vast majority of our people. And, because of its horrific condition, it impacts families miserably and impoverishes the vast majority of our people unnecessarily. Our healthcare delivery system is unevenly weighted toward the privileged and urban centers and contributes to poverty and inequity. Despite considerable increase in spending over the past decade, our healthcare system continues to undermine socioeconomic development by not ensuring equity or adequately addressing the substantial increase in our disease burden. This author believes that this is the primary reason why Liberians who are in poor health less often move up and more frequently move down the social ladder than those who are privileged, connected and in good health.Because equitable and sustainable access to healthcare delivery has not been attained in Liberia, the biggest causes of morbidity remain malaria, respiratory infections, diarrhea, typhoid, intestinal worms, anemia and malnutrition. In addition, life expectancy is lower, infant deaths are higher, and there are fewer doctors and hospital beds available on average to Liberians. In addition, it is near impossible for a woman to give birth in Liberia without complications due in part to treatment, medication, location of facilities and transportation to facilities. As a result, there is high child and maternal mortality, recurrent epidemics and health crisis, which chronically aggravates the system, according to WHO, the World Health Organization.  As such, over 37% of children who are less than five years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition with 7% of them suffering from acute malnutrition, causing stunting in nearly one-third, and leaving 2 in 5 underweight, this is according to UNICEF, the UN Children agency. Furthermore, many Liberians, particularly those in peri-urban and rural areas, often have to travel long distances to receive basic healthcare. And, once they reach a hospital or a clinic, they can only receive care when they pay the exorbitant cost for treatment and medication. Inevitably, many ends up foregoing treatment, while those who can afford to pay, find cost ruinous and quality of service limited. Worst of all, medicines are loosely and cavalierly sold on the street by peddlers hawking counterfeit drugs because the country’s healthcare system does not have regulatory enforcement powers and systems for dispensing drugs safely across the board.Liberia is not a healthy country by any stretch of one’s imagination, and it has not been healthy for the past decade when numerous opportunities and massive goodwill existed to make a real difference in the lives of the vast majority of our people after years of terrible wars and socioeconomic dislocation. During this period, our healthcare delivery system was neglected and underserved, consistently relying on bilateral organizations and international institutions to upgrade and provide the most basic of resources, treatment, medication, supplies, equipment and technical assistance. Today, the state of our healthcare delivery system is one of poor population, subjected to abject poverty and burden by diseases that have been eradicated or brought under control in most of the world. The challenge for our country is to implement basic sanitation, water, hygiene and medical techniques to address our very heavy diseases burden.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Liberia lags far behind the rest of the world, in almost all indicators of health, and forth from the bottom behind most other countries on the continent. Since the beginning of multiparty democratic rule in the country in 2006, our government has continuously focused on the purchase healthcare through direct payment by individuals, instead of facilitating some sort of health insurance scheme to cover all Liberians regardless of social status, income or region. In addition, widespread corruption in the sector has cut a large slice out of our healthcare budget, thus accounting for miserable provision of care. Furthermore, the lack of adequate accessible health infrastructure has made it difficult to provide services to the vast majority of our people especially those in remote areas or in leeward counties. Imagine being seriously ill in Lofa, Bong, Bomi or Maryland county and have to travel on bad roads in dilapidated public transportation or motorbike taxi to a clinic or hospital 10 miles away. In many of these cases, patients expire before reaching their destination.Now, let’s face the facts about Ebola, which terrorize our country for seven months. The spread of the virus put a terrible spotlight on our country’s extremely weak healthcare delivery system. The crisis caused our healthcare delivery system to collapse at its core. Many Liberians who suffered from other curable diseases during this period die and still continue to die simply because they could not and cannot access proper and adequate healthcare. Ebola proved that fighting disease from a prevention perspective will always be difficult because the necessary tools, such as sanitation, clean water and nutrition are still not in place in homes, clinics, hospitals and community settings throughout the country to deal with the most basic necessities of sustaining life, let alone illness at a distressed period of infirmity. Ebola placed Liberian healthcare at a critically defining moment despite the huge level of international attention, which has had no tangible impact on primary and secondary healthcare of our people. The lack of trust in government was a major handicap in tackling the spread of Ebola; notwithstanding, the virus has presented our country with a golden opportunity to rebuild our healthcare system.Rebuilding Liberia’s healthcare delivery system needs to begin by embracing longer-term structural changes. By so doing, the strategy should begin with an honest examination of the relationship between the people and the government. This means the government should launch community-based healthcare initiatives and facilities, which should critically engage and empower local communities in the rebuilding of our healthcare delivery system. The next two years will determine whether or not our country’s healthcare delivery system is structurally reformed or just tinkled with around the edges. The kind of structural reforms, which needs to be undertaking, is crucial to improving general health outcomes, reducing disease burdens and cutting the mortality rates of Liberians by more than eighty percent.  Structural reforms than, needs to first deal with political leadership, which is required from the highest levels of government to fix the system.Fixing the system means, bringing together policymakers, regulators, health care practitioners, donors, businesses, NGOs, and civil society groups to discuss key issues in a critical but constructive format, which in the end, must yield tangible realistic results and outcomes. Of course, these innovations are not a panacea and would need to be adjusted on a county-by-county basis, taking into account, needs, lifestyle, and geographic constraints of Liberians. But, by improving our healthcare delivery system in this manner, it will eventually lead to increased productivity, educational performance, life expectancy, savings and investments. Indeed, it will decrease debts and expenditure on our national budget and realign already weak healthcare system by building a foundation for success. Ultimately, this will lead to greater equity, economic return, improved manpower development and social and political stability in the country, not to mention, efficiency in the system.Reforming Liberia’s healthcare delivery system will require:Providing alternative ways of delivering care efficiently throughout Liberia;Decentralizing healthcare decision making to regional and county authorities;Establishing and providing universal health insurance coverage to all Liberians;Building, staffing and equipping regional healthcare colleges and training centers;Reconstituting, restructuring, strengthening and professionalizing county hospitals;Providing successful, innovative, scalable and cost-effective solutions to fixing county hospitals;Improving access to healthcare via mobile technologies to deliver healthcare advice and treatment;Building full service district health centers to directly impact the lives of the vast majority  of Liberians;Shifting the focus of Liberia’s healthcare delivery from curing to preventive care to keep people healthy;Laying the foundation for building a system that offers efficient solutions to fit the needs of all Liberians;Delegating budgetary responsibilities to regional and county administrative and institutional oversight boards;Removing limitations that make survival difficult for the sick or those who live at the bottom of the social ladder; Providing a strategy to enhance and clarify the roles of the private and informal sectors in our healthcare system;Recognizing that the lack of nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene cause persistent problems for wellness;Training of 100 doctors, 100 pharmacists, 100 nutritionists, 100 hygienists, and 100 facility administrators annually;Training 300 nurses, 1,000 community-base healthcare practitioners nationwide to provide adequate care annually;Avoiding constraints, which hamstring delivery of efficient care, such as, shortage of doctors, lack of appropriate infrastructure, equipment, supplies, resources, staff housing, transportation, and adequate pay; Francis W. Nyepon: Author, Policy Analyst, Environmentalist & Entrepreneur <> fnyepon@aol.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Time to set things straight in LAUSD

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe other unified school districts in California averaged $7,151 in spending per student in 2003; the LAUSD spent $8,302. That’s 16 percent more money per student for the worst education in the state. I don’t know how to run a school district. That’s not my area of expertise, but I know this isn’t the way. The children of Los Angeles deserve better. Our communities deserve better. There are plenty of examples of good schools, and it is both simplistic and insulting to say it all comes down to dollars. It does not. It begins with a commitment at the top to place educational excellence first, to set an example for the thousands of dedicated teachers struggling daily against an incompetent, inefficient and broken system. I applaud Mayor Villaraigosa’s call for an independent audit and reforms to clean this broken system. But there is a bigger problem here. The LAUSD’s inadequacies have been apparent for a long time. Parents in Los Angeles shouldn’t have to wait for a legislative solution that can be time-consuming to achieve. We need action now. The state controller should launch an immediate audit of the LAUSD. It’s not the only example of waste in the state, but it may well be the most visible. The controller is the state’s chief financial officer. He has a duty to provide oversight, particularly on one of the largest public agencies in California, the second-largest school district in the country. The LAUSD has a budget of over $13 billion dollars, two-thirds of which comes from the state. Every parent in Los Angeles has a right to ask, “What’s going on with our schools?” The Los Angeles Unified School District has a 22 percent dropout rate – some studies show it is as high as 50 percent. Students who do stay in school score in the bottom third on national standardized tests, and too many of those will never pass the High School Exit Exam. What do you expect? ask its defenders. It’s a big district with big problems. In fact, its very size may be part of the problem. The LAUSD is big. Huge. Mammoth. If Superintendent Roy Romer wanted to meet with all of the LAUSD’s employees, Dodger Stadium would be too small. There are more than 77,000 employees, making it the second-largest employer in Los Angeles County. The district phone book is 39 pages long, and that doesn’t include any schools! The senior staff organization chart includes 46 bureaucrats, all multiple levels removed from the classroom, including somebody for “Youth Relations” and another for “Student Integrated Services.” A thorough audit would account for the billions of dollars that have been spent over the past few years, identify programs that suffer from the most egregious waste, and create a blueprint for effective governance in the future. An audit would be instrumental in building a system that is responsive and successful. I have a newborn baby girl. In five years, she’ll be ready for public school. It’s easier to focus on a problem that affects us personally, but the inescapable fact is that we will all bear the social cost of failed schools. Taxpayers will support schools that work, but it is naive to expect support for a system that refuses to hold itself accountable. It’s time to audit LAUSD. Tony Strickland is a former member of the California Assembly. He is currently a Republican candidate for state controller.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

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Parenting workshop titled “Raising Kids of Courage: Parenting Pointers for Handling Bullying & Teasing,” 6:30-8 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Negro Baseball League panel of speakers, 7 p.m. at the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 255-4918. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Daybreak Toastmasters will meet, 7-8 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Dan Jordan at (661) 296-9891 or e-mail Dan@InfoMagic.Biz. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Fortman Insurance Agents & Brokers, 25852 McBean Parkway, No. 841, Valencia. Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for a meeting at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit www.DAA.org. Investment workshop titled “Can You Afford to Retire,” 7-9:30 p.m. today and Nov. 2 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3304. SCV Scholarship Foundation will meet, 7 p.m. at the Valencia Hills Homeowners Association Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. Call Susan Armstrong at (661) 255-9896 or visit www.scvsf.org. All Valley Le Tip Network will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 297-3333 or visit www.AllValleyLeTip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY Informational meeting for students interested in traveling to Spain this summer for Spanish immersion, 2-3 p.m. in the library at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3530. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Transitions to Parenthood seminar, 10 a.m.-noon in the Greeley Building at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8607 to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. MONDAY Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Woodplay of SCV, 17459 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Dream and Discover Entrepreneur Conference, 8 a.m.-noon at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $55. Call (661) 259-3874. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer a beginners class, 7-9 p.m. at Mitchell Community School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Call Cathy at (661) 257-4801 or Tammy at (661) 297-4463. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEDNESDAY Business Watch Program will teach how to protect your business, 7:30 a.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Breakfast will be served. Call Deputy Gerri McCorkle at (661) 255-1121 to R.S.V.P. Kids Book Club will listen to stories and make a craft, 3:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. I Can Cope cancer support group will meet, 6-8 p.m. in Foundation Building Room 1 at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 298-0886, Option 3. last_img read more

‘I would take administration and a 12 point penalty, rather than Bassini’

first_img BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS talkSPORT host Jim White spoke exclusively with Laurence Bassini 3 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 Simon Jordan has responded to talkSPORT’s exclusive interview with Laurence Bassini, and still believes his prospective takeover is not good news for Bolton.In a rare chat with Jim White, Bassini laid out his plans for the Trotters if his purchase of the in-trouble club goes through and assured fans their beloved Bolton would be in good hands.Listen back to the exclusive interview IN FULL hereThe businessman also called out former Crystal Palace owner Jordan, who said on talkSPORT earlier this week that Bassini is even worse than current owner Ken Anderson.On Wednesday, Jordan told talkSPORT he knew Bassini from 2012, when they were in discussions over a potential deal to take over at Portsmouth. huge blow “I listen to him now and I still think he’s a bag of nonsense. His opinions are his own. The proof of the pudding with Laurence will be what he does when he goes into Bolton.“It’s none of my business, but I’m being asked for a view on it.“It’s a carnival of horrors as far as I’m concerned for Bolton fans, with Ken Anderson passing onto Laurence Bassini.As I said on Wednesday, I’m not surprised Bassini has been kept in the background. He’s been wheeled out because it’s desperate stakes now with the courts looking at wind up orders and them delaying and delaying to get a deal across the line. ADVICE REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “If I was in Bolton’s shoes, I would take administration and a 12 point deduction rather than Bassini, with respect.“But if he’s going to do a job at Bolton, you will see that over the fullness of time, and then guys like me can say: ‘You know what, I was wrong. The first time around I thought he was a buffoon, but the second time he’s not, he’s the real deal…’”We’ll let you decide if he’s joking or not.Listen back to Simon Jordan on talkSPORT in full above “He’ll either do what he says he will do, or he won’t.“But listen, you’ve got to go some, mate, to get booted out of the football club and be disqualified from being a part of a football club for three years – these are not things that come along randomly.“By the way, there’s nothing wrong with being bankrupt. That should not be held against him and if he’s come back and rebuilt himself then fair play to him. There’s nothing wrong with that at all.“If he’s going to put his money where his mouth is and he’s going to have the best interests of the club in mind, that’s one thing.“But my view is he’s not going there for the benefit of Bolton, he’s going there for the benefit of Laurence Bassini – as he did at Watford. Bolton are in serious financial trouble shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Bolton chairman Ken Anderson is eager to sell the club During Friday’s interview, Bassini said Jordan ‘kept phoning me day after day, driving me mad’ about an offer to join him in business to purchase Pompey, and then ‘turned and got all funny on me’ after Bassini said no.But, in response to the interview on Friday’s Jim White show, Jordan said that was ‘a bag of nonsense’.He also reiterated his view that Anderson selling to Bassini would be ‘a carnival of horrors’ for Bolton.“Listen, we spoke on Wednesday about him and I had some views and I don’t expect him not to have some views back on me,” said Jordan.“My experiences with Laurence were – I got a phone call out of the blue back in 2012 because he had read my book, he announced himself as Laurence Bassini and I said, ‘…I have no idea who you are’.“He talked about wanting to get me back in football, which I had no interest in whatsoever. Then he talked to me about Portsmouth, and I has certainly had no interest in getting involved with Laurence on any level, given what I spoke to him about, how he came across. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice REVEALED 3 Getty last_img read more

Blog Platforms Head to Head: Six Apart & Automattic Compared

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Publishing Services#web guest author 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Free and open source modelsMention of the GPL brings us back to the point of free/open source software. Althoughthe fact that WordPress has always been open source is significant, the firms are closertogether in terms of open source software than they have ever been. Six Apart has madetwo large steps toward the open source model. The first was the acquisition ofLiveJournal, which is open source software (see LiveJournal.org). The second step was part of the recent announcement ofMovable Type 4. There will be a completelyopen source version.Turning now to Automattic, there is a view that services such as WordPress.comrepresent a step away from free software. Although WordPress.com is based onWordPress Multi-User, which is in turn based on WordPress, the source for WordPress.comis not available. The GPL does not oblige Automattic to make the WordPress.com sourceavailable. This is because WordPress.com is accessed using a web browser, rather than bybeing downloaded to, and run on, the blogger’s computer system. Since the WordPress.comsoftware is not distributed, there is no obligation under the GPL to make the sourceavailable.This is regarded by some free software advocates as a loophole in the GPL (and onethat persists in version 3 of the GPL). However, it would not be appropriate to singleout Automattic for “exploiting the loophole”. If it is exploitation, then other firms –such as Google – are far larger exploiters than Automattic. Further, most of theWordPress.com code is the code for WordPress itself, much of this code was written byAutomattic employees, and all of the WordPress code is available under the GPL.ConclusionOne of the other similarities between Six Apart and Automattic is that each isprivately held. Hence one of the difficulties of comparing them is that financial data isnot available. On a financial note, there is a curious absence of acquisition rumorsabout these firms. Given the centrality of blogging to Web 2.0, I am sure that acquiringone of these blogging indies has been considered at the bigcos. However, neither seemseager to be acquired.The title of this essay is Six Apart and Automattic, rather than Six Apartversus Automattic. The purpose is to contrast, rather than to predict a winner.But the firms are certainly competitors. For example, individuals looking for free hostedblogging may well consider both Vox and WordPress.com, as well as Blogger. However, Ibelieve that the various segments of the blogging software market provide manyopportunities for the “major indies” like Six Apart and Automattic, as well as for bigcossuch as Google. What do you think?Andrew Watson blogs at changingway.org usingWordPress. He is on his second career, having left the software industry to become abusiness school professor. Misc Three further Automattic products merit mention. WordPress Multi-User enables the building of hostedservices based on WordPress, and so is used by blog system administrators. Akismet is a spam detection service, not limited toWordPress or even to blogs in terms of the software that can use it; it is free forpersonal use and a paid service for commercial use.BBpress is forum software, originally written to power thevarious WordPress-related online forums, and then made available for download under theGPL. Written by Guest blogger, AndrewWatson In this article we’ll compare Six Apart and Automattic, two independent firms focused on bloggingsoftware. Most other blog platforms are owned by big companies (e.g. Google ownsBlogger), so the competition between Six Apart and Automattic is intriguing. Six Apart isthe firm behind Movable Type, TypePad, LiveJournal, and Vox, while Automattic isassociated with WordPress.Overview ComparisonSimilaritiesApart from both being independent companies (i.e. not owned by bigcos), the overviewtable shows further similarities. In each case, the founders made software available fordownload prior to founding the firm. Ben and Mena Trott founded Six Apart nine monthsafter making Movable Type available. Matt Mullenweg founded Automattic just under twoyears after first making WordPress available. Each firm subsequently introduced hostedsoftware.Contrasts One of the most significantdifferences between the firms, in terms of product history, is that WordPress was free/open source at release. For thosealready familiar with free/open source software: WordPress was a fork of b2, which wasunder the GPL, so WordPress was in effect GPL’d before it existed. To explain some of theterms associated with such software: the blogging tool b2 was released under the GNUGeneral Public License. This license allows you (or me, or Matt Mullenweg) to changethe software, provided that if you distribute your derivative work, you do so under theGPL. Hence it would be possible for you or anyone else to build a fork from WordPress,just as WordPress itself was originally a fork from b2. While WordPress was built on anexisting and free foundation, Movable Type waswritten from scratch. Movable Type was in a sense free at first release. Ben and Mena didnot demand payment, and neither (when it was initially founded) did Six Apart.Then, on May 13 2004, Mena Trott blogged that It’s AboutTime Six Apart got its licensing and pricing “right”. Mena’s post, and the changes itannounced, was unpopular with many people who blogged using Movable Type. For example,Carthik Sharma remarked that with Six Apart’s new policies in place, “it’s abouttime Movable Type users moved to WordPress” and then provided guidelines for bloggerswishing to make the move.Hosted ServicesEach firm offers hosted blogging, as well as a downloadable product. Six Apart hasthree hosted services, as the table above shows. Automattic has one, at WordPress.com (WordPress.org is the home of the downloadable product). WordPress.com uses the freemium pricing model. There is nocharge to create a basic blog, but premium services are available at a price. One exampleof such a service is domain mapping; it is due to my purchase of domain mapping that theURI changingway.org pointsto my blog (the original and basic URI for which was changingway.wordpress.com).Automattic reserves the right to run Adsense on WordPress.com blogs, although it does notseem to exercise this right frequently.Revenue from premium services and from Adsense are not the only benefits ofWordPress.com to Automattic. The site also illustrates the scalability of the WordPresssoftware; there are now over a million blogs at WordPress.com. Six Apart’s hosted services use a variety of pricingmodels. Its original hosted service, TypePad, uses atiered pricing scheme. Hence in pricing, as in look and feel, it is the most similar toMovable Type. There is no free price point at TypePad.com. However free TypePad blogs areavailable at Friendster.com; Friendster runs ads on these blogs. LiveJournal, when acquired by SixApart in January 2005, used the freemium model. There are currently three main LiveJournal account types: aswell as the original Basic and Paid, there is Plus, under which LiveJournal providesextra features in return for being allowed to run ads on the blog.Vox, which was launched by SixApart in October 2006, is free of charge and ad-supported. Of all the hosted servicesdescribed in this post, it is the one that most emphasizes and encourages socialnetworking and multimedia. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

CASE STUDY: Cycle Gear Finds a New Gear with Traffic and Conversion Program

first_imgDespite tough headlines for many of the industry’s biggest retailers, one specialty retailer is bucking the trend in an industry plagued by indecision and distraction.Cycle Gear, a specialty retailer of motorcycle parts and apparel with 140 stores located in 38 states, is leading the way by demonstrating how to increase comp sales quarter after quarter—all while keeping wage budgets in line. They are hitting their goals, growing, and opening new stores.It didn’t take long to see results. Just five months after the official launch of their new conversion program offered by HeadCount Corporation, Cycle Gear was already seeing great comp results, and by the end of the year, the company had their best Black Friday ever.- Sponsor – “My wage budget has been well in line and yet I’m getting better results,” said Rodger O’Keefe, vice president of store operations for Cycle Gear. “When I speak to my board of directors and they ask ‘How’s traffic doing?’, I can now tell them we are doing the right thing. Our results show it.”O’Keefe says he has seen several critical advantages of their new approach to conversion:Data that drives problem solving, not just measurement: As an example, two stores had opened within weeks of each other with similar demographics. However, there was a 900-basis point difference in conversion between the two locations. With the new program, by the end of the day, O’Keefe and the store manager had solved the problem. “I told her, ‘That’s the answer, right there. That’s the golden ticket. That’s what you control’,” said O’Keefe.The importance of ‘controlling your four walls’: When a store is empowered to drill down to what they can control, overall it doesn’t matter if foot traffic is down or weather is bad, staffing factors and conversion rates can be adjusted to increase comp sales. Cycle Gear’s store and district managers proactively use their new data to control their four walls instead of worrying about traffic.Critical shift in staff scheduling approach. Cycle Gear went from automating staff scheduling against sales transactions to scheduling against foot traffic. This shift in approach, along with small tweaks in scheduling, resulted in a huge payoff across the board.Power in simplicity. How much can two minutes help? A lot. Cycle Gear has a new, simple, everyday habit that is helping them drive their business forward.Field managers are highly engaged. To ensure everyone understood the key concepts and were inspired by the new program, Cycle Gear launched the program at their store managers’ conference in Las Vegas. O’Keefe says the teams were blown away by the launch.Image caption: Headcount Founder and CEO Mark Ryski delivering a kick-off presentation at Cycle Gear’s Manager’s Conference in Las Vegas. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Indiana Enacts IRC Conformity Bill

first_imgIndiana has enacted corporate and personal income tax Internal Revenue Code (IRC) conformity legislation. The bill was not substantially changed from the version introduced and reported on yesterday. The legislation makes further changes not covered in the previous story.Corporate Income TaxpayersREIT. For a real estate investment trust (REIT), the IRC Sec. 965(c) deduction must be added back to the extent the taxpayer:included IRC Sec. 965 income in its federal income; oris required to add back dividends paid to shareholder of a captive REIT.IRC Sec. 965When a taxpayer adds back IRC Sec. 965 amounts, certain rules will apply when determining “adjusted gross income derived from sources within Indiana”after December 25, 2016. If a taxpayer:cannot claim an Indiana foreign source dividend deduction, the IRC Sec. 965 amounts will not be considered receipts in any tax year;can claim the deduction, the amounts will be considered receipts in the year the taxpayer reports them as gross income, to a limited extent.IRC Sec. 951AThe definition of Indiana “foreign source dividends” is expanded to include IRC Sec. 951A income and IRC Sec. 965 amounts the taxpayer has added back.If a taxpayer has federal income because of IRC Sec. 951A, certain rules will apply when determining “adjusted gross income derived from sources within Indiana.” If a taxpayer:cannot claim an Indiana foreign source dividend deduction, the IRC Sec. 951A income is not included; andcan claim the deduction, IRC Sec. 951A income, is included.Personal Income TaxpayersThe tax credit for contributions to a college 529 plan is amended. For amounts used to pay qualified K-12 expenses, the 2018 credit is the sum of 20% multiplied by total taxpayer contributions to the plan during the tax year, plus the lesser of:$500; or10% multiplied by the amount of the contributions that will be used to pay for qualified K-12 education expenses.In 2019 the credit for qualified K-12 expenses is:20% multiplied by total taxpayer contributions to the plan during the tax year; plus20% multiplied by the taxpayer contributions to the plan during the tax year, designated to pay for qualified K-12 education expenses.Income Tax CreditsA taxpayer, pass through entity, shareholder, partner, or member of a pass through entity can elect to carry forward some economic development credits earned for 2017. The credits can be carried forward to 2018. The credits that can be carried forward include:enterprise zone investment cost credit;industrial recovery tax credit;community revitalization enhancement district tax credit;venture capital investment tax credit;Hoosier business investment tax credit; andHoosier alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer tax credit.H.B. 1316a, Laws 2018, effective May 14, 2018 and as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Happy Project Management Week!

first_imgNovember 4 is the 7th annual International Project Management Day and in Arizona, Governor Brewer has proclaimed November 1- 7, 2010 as Arizona Project Management Week.  IPM was established as a way of recognizing the extraordinary efforts made by project management professionals – across a variety of industries and locations. In Arizona, Project Management Week is November 1-7 as proclaimed by the Governor. The proclamation acknowledges the efforts of the PMI Phoenix and Tucson chapters, and the contributions project managers have made across the state of Arizona in the world of government, business, and community service. The proclamation states that “project managers in Arizona have made a significant contribution to our quality of life, enhanced the quality of services within our communities, provided leadership during times of crisis, and helped support economic growth; and these dedicated professionals and their teams exemplify the importance of leadership, cooperation, innovation, initiation, and perseverance.” “Governor Brewer’s proclamation is a timely reminder that as the national economy starts to turn a corner, project managers are playing an important role in successfully leading new projects. …JGHlast_img read more