The Private Sector Commission (PSC) has strongly condemned the motion laid in the National Assembly by the A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration honouring convicted terrorist, Abdool Kadir.Late convicted terrorist and former MP, Abdul KadirThe Private Sector body blasted the Government mere days after two out of the three ABC countries and the European Union (EU) joined in condemning the Guyana Administration’s actions.The United States and the United Kingdom made it clear that the motion was inappropriate, with the US Embassy in Georgetown issuing a strongly-worded statement in which it questioned the coalition Government’s commitment to the rule of law.On Friday, the PSC in a release to the media said it is “appalled and deeply disappointed” in the move made by the Administration to honour Kadir.“The Commission considers this statement to be highly damaging to the good name and reputation of our country and wholly offensive. The Commission holds the view that the statement is completely unrepresentative of the well-established and declared position of our Government and of our Parliamentary Opposition in condemning any and all forms of national and international terrorism”, the PSC stated in a missive to the press.According to the PSC, it finds the motion “abhorrent” to the entire business community and the citizens of Guyana at large.In this regard, the Private Sector Commission urged the Government to revisit the position it has taken as well as make arrangements to correct this flawed message sent to the international community which is dubbed “terrible and unfortunate”.The motion – Sympathy on the Death of Mr Abdul Kadir, former Member of Parliament – was tabled by newly-transferred Junior Agriculture Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood in Parliament on Friday last.The motion states: “Be it resolved that this National Assembly records its deep regret on the death of Mr Abdul Kadir on 28th June, 2018, and pays tribute to his dedicated service to the Parliament of Guyana as a Member of Parliament, where he served in the Eighth Parliament, from 17th April 2001, to 2nd May 2006, and to the people of Guyana. “The people of Linden and Guyana have lost a great man, a stalwart; a bold and courageous man. So I ask this National Assembly that we direct an expression of sympathy (to) be conveyed to his sorrowing widow, children, grandchildren and relatives,” Minister Adams-Yearwood said as she tabled the motion, which was eventually carried in the absence of the PPP/C Opposition.Kadir, a former PNC MP and Mayor of Linden, died back in June 2018 in a penitentiary in the United States of America, where he had been serving a life sentence for plotting a 2007 terrorist attack at the John F Kennedy International Airport, New York.Since the announcement, Government has come under scrutiny from several local and international stakeholders. The US was quick to lash out against the motion and in a statement noted its position of dissatisfaction.The US declared that members of Government chose to honour a man who “conspired to kill innocent people from across the United States and around the world. This resolution is an insensitive and thoughtless act, which demonstrates the National Assembly’s disregard for the gravity of Kadir’s actions”.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn threw his support behind the US Embassy’s statement, noting in a tweet on Monday that the Government’s actions were inappropriate.“The UK shares the concerns of our US friends about the honouring of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir,” Quinn wrote in his statement. “Terrorism affects us all and we believe this action was inappropriate.”The EU also came out against the Government’s actions. “The EU Delegation notes with surprise the honouring of former MP Abdul Kadir in the National Assembly of Guyana and believes that eulogising a person convicted of terrorist acts is inappropriate,” the Delegation stated.After the rising indignation against the motion to honour Kadir, Government released a statement on Monday saying that honouring Kadir is in keeping with “time-honoured convention”.“It is well known that there is a time-honoured convention of the National Assembly to observe, in a standard and solemn form, the work of former Members who are deceased. The observance of this tradition has never been selective, and has included, over the decades, persons of all political parties and persuasions who served in the National Assembly”.“The Government of Guyana regrets the interpretation given to the motion passed in the National Assembly on April 26 on the death of Abdul Kadir, a former Member of Parliament. The Government of Guyana asserts that it had no intention of conveying the impression that the motion was designed to honour a former MP convicted of terrorism in another jurisdiction”, the Government stated.According to the Government in its statement, the motion was intended to recognise Kadir’s service as a parliamentarian since he would have served in the National Assembly as a member of the People’s National Congress (PNC) from 2001 to 2006.Meanwhile, the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – has since denounced the act by the Government saying that such a motion is another act of betrayal of democracy and the rule of law.
Now truckers and other drivers crossing between the I-5 and the I-15 often avoid state Route 138, because it does not have enough lanes, said Michael Cano, a deputy to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Instead, they cross over onto the Foothill or the San Bernardino freeways, both in the Los Angeles Basin. “What you basically have is a missing link in the national infrastructure for goods moving by truck,” Cano said. On the I-5 at the Foothill Freeway, a point many Santa Clarita residents cross on the way to work, about 260,000 vehicles pass a day, including 21,300 trucks, according to Caltrans. It is unclear how many of those trucks would be diverted by the High Desert Corridor. North of that crossing is a choke point that has long aggravated Santa Clarita residents heading south in the morning. There are no truck lanes on the southbound I-5 in the southern part of the valley until the top of the Newhall Pass. “(Residents) oftentimes find themselves heading up the Newhall Pass, and at least two lanes are blocked by semis, if not three lanes,” Haueter said. Keeping trucks to a right-side lane would help, but so would the High Desert Corridor if it could reduce the number of trucks passing through the Newhall Pass. [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – An expressway planned for the Antelope Valley could take some pressure off Santa Clarita Valley freeways, easing the commute for residents. The High Desert Corridor would go between the Antelope Valley Freeway and Interstate 15, although officials do not expect a public hearing on the project to happen until 2011. One of the goals of the corridor is to allow trucks that need to cross over to the I-15 to bypass the traffic-choked Los Angeles Basin. That would free up lanes for the 50 percent of Santa Clarita residents who commute outside the valley, mainly southbound, for work. Many truckers heading south through northern Los Angeles County need to cross over to the I-15 to get to Arizona or the San Diego area, said Bob Haueter, district director for U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. “They would prefer not to drive through Los Angeles freeway traffic, as well as the rest of us, if they could avoid it,” Haueter said. Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties have formed a joint powers authority to work on planning the project. A project study report from the California Department of Transportation estimates that the corridor project would cost $2.5 billion, plus $75 million for environmental studies and the approval process. Eventually, the corridor could be extended all the way to Interstate 5 around Gorman, Haueter said. The I-5 is a major north-south corridor for goods movement, going all the way north along the western fringe of the United States to the Canadian border and south to Mexico. The I-15 also touches the northern and southern borders, passing through Las Vegas and Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana.
The Embassy of Hungary and the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre in association with the Sree Arts commemorated the Day of Hungarian Culture with a bouquet of events on January 30. It touched the fields of art, music and dance and literature. In the presence of dignitaries and eminent artists, ‘Dreams of the mind’ presented by two contemporary Hungarian artists Csilla Babinszky and Zsuzsa Moizer commenced. The chief guests for the evening included Mr Gyula Petho, Ambassador of Hungary, Dr Alka Pande, Curator and Art Consultant, Visual Arts Gallery and Dr Alka Raghuvanshi, eminent artist, curator and critic with Mr Sandeep Marwah, Mr Vijendra Sharma and Mr Jitendra Padam Jain as the Guests of Honour and Mr Qazi Raghib as the special guest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe two Hungarian contemporary artists Csilla Babinszky and Zsuzsa Moizer applied traditional themes and forms through a unique personal discourse by using a contemporary approach and spirit. Babinszky’s large-scale, mixed technique paper series “Strange Angels” explores the female being in the universal context, inspired by and at the same time questioning the beauty and its major appearance. These collage-like drawings use several instruments like gold gouache and silver graphite, aquarelle, colored pencils, acrylic. She says, “Art for me is connection. Staying connected with the genuine question’s conceptual and visual outcome.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoizer’s intimate human figures and zoomorphic creatures are exploring the human existence, fragility and evanescence within the natural environment and social context. The new series of water colour paintings are realistic forms of nature towards lyrical compositions, which refers to a subjective landscape instead of a real world. The best approach to her characteristically tender images is probably through the topics of women’s search for identity, and gender roles.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 14, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Register Now » Beer: an unlikely antidote to sluggish Wi-Fi. (We bet you didn’t see that coming.)If you’re tempted to tip one back when you’re on the bum end of an infuriatingly slow signal, you may be onto something. When you’re finished, you might be able to turn that empty beer can into a Wi-Fi extending DIY parabolic (alcoholic?) antenna. Now that’s desperation.Can you relate? If you’re sick of cruddy Wi-Fi — or, worse, dreaded dead zones — luckily there are plenty of other hacks and tools you can try.Here are five easy ways to boost your Wi-Fi router’s range and speed at home or at the office: 1. Put your Wi-Fi router in its (proper) place. The right place, not under the kitchen sink. For the strongest possible wireless connection, position your Wi-Fi router on a flat surface off the floor, closest to the center of your home, if possible. Somewhere up high and out in the open is best, away from thick, dense brick, stone, metal or concrete walls that could hamper the signal. Even some wallpapers hinder Wi-Fi radio waves (and some are even designed to).Be sure to station your router so that signals will go straight through walls, as opposed to at an angle. Wi-Fi signals significantly weaken when they hit walls at angles, according to Verizon. If you’re in a multi-floor home or office, place your router on the top floor for maximum coverage.Related: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic)You’ll also want to situate your router at least 10 feet away from certain devices and objects that could interfere with your Wi-Fi signal, like refrigerators, baby monitors, microwaves, cordless phones, garage door openers, speakers, halogen lamps and mirrors.2. Switch the channel. TVs aren’t the only gadgets that have channels you can change. To reduce interference from neighboring Wi-Fi networks, switch the channel on yours (according to the instructions on your specific router model) to channel 1, 6 or 11. These are the best and most common channels for wireless networking, according to Best Buy. If you switch and your signal is still no bueno, try another channel (2 through 10) until you find one that maintains a strong connection. Related: Protect Yourself: Turn On This Security Feature in Your Mobile Banking App3. Buy a high-gain Wi-Fi antenna. Most Wi-Fi routers come with an antenna or two, but sometimes they’re not strong enough to send signals to hard-to-reach areas and distant corners. Adding a high-gain or “booster” antenna to your router can fix the problem, instantly extending and strengthening your router’s range. Plus, they give you coverage over large areas, often throughout entire homes, offices, warehouses and outdoor spaces.A decent variety of high-gain antennas are available at most electronics stores, online and off. Consider buying a reliable, widely-used one, like the Cisco-Linksys High Gain Antenna Kit or Hawking Technology Hi-Gain 6dB Omni-Directional Wireless Antenna. Both retail for around $15.Related: John McAfee: You Should Care That Your Privacy Is DisappearingDon’t worry, you don’t have to be a techie-type to install a high gain antenna. Simply unscrew your router’s existing antenna and screw on the new one. No cables. No drivers. No fuss.Remember that beer-can hack? When done right, I hear it can work nearly as effectively as a high-gain antenna and it’s a lot cheaper. I’m just saying. If you’re up for trying it, check out this step-by-step DIY instructional video. Soda and coffee cans reportedly work just as well. Good luck! (If you do try the beer trick, drop a comment below and let me know how you fared. I plan on rigging one up this weekend.)4. Buy a plug-in extender. High-gain antennas broadcast your Wi-Fi signal and Wi-Fi extenders, also called repeaters, rebroadcast them with improved range and speed. Buh-bye, Wi-Fi dead zones. They can be used at the same time as high-gain antennas. PC World contributing editor Lincoln Spector finds extenders more effective than their high-gain cousins, but notes that they’re generally more expensive than them. He’s right. A decent electrical outlet plug-in Wi-Fi extender, like the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, will put you back $70. On Networks offers an equally effective extender for just $40.Full disclosure: This article was written in the cloud thanks to a Wi-Fi legup from the above mentioned On Networks extender plugged into my kitchen wall. I plug it in near wherever I work around the house and, when they’re lucky and when I’m off-the-clock, wherever my kids zone out on their tablets and smartphones.The process of finding my extender’s sweet spot is a little hit-or-miss. I often have to move it a bit to find the best location and I occasionally have to tilt the antennas on it. Also, I only use one extender, but you could use more than one, if needed.Related: 5 Gadgets to Make Your Home a ‘Smarter’ Place5. Be a bad sharer. Stop sharing your Wi-Fi network’s name with your neighbors. How? By turning off its Service Set Identifier (SSID) broadcasting option. Doing so blocks people (strangers!) in your vicinity from seeing your network — and mooching off it and slowing it down. More importantly, it reduces your risk of getting hacked. Speaking of security, if you haven’t already, take a moment to password protect your Wi-Fi network.Tell us: What are some tips and tricks for speeding up your Wi-Fi that have worked for you? 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Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Mainstream adoption of 3-D printing may be closer than expected.Recent research from Gartner claims that 3-D printing is still at least five years away from mainstream consumer adoption, which “will be outpaced by business and medical applications that have more compelling use cases in the short term.”Related: Why This Entrepreneur Launched in Record Time, But Kept Her Company a Secret Until BlastoffThe truth is that we are already starting to see businesses, both large and small, take advantage of 3-D printers to create customized designs or follow blueprints. The real appeal lies in speedy prototyping and increased accessibility.Speedy prototyping3-D printing allows businesses to really bring their ideas to life in a convenient and immediate fashion — makers can go directly from design to manufacturing. Additional benefits of 3-D printers in business are lower prototype and production costs and more creative and customized packaging options.With the technology rapidly improving to include more features while also becoming more affordable, 3-D printers are becoming increasingly accessible for mainstream adoption. For entrepreneurs and small-business owners, it is also starting to define modern manufacturing and how businesses will run in the future.According to a recent study conducted by my company, Robox, consumers would be three times more likely to invent and prototype new products or technologies if they had a 3-D printer at home. The reality is that entrepreneurs and small startups can now create a legitimate business from their homes with a 3-D printer.Take it from 27-year-old Curtis Ingleton, who founded and currently runs a 3-D printing production and service house out of his house.Related: This Sector Will Drive the 3-D Printing Boom”We have four people in our company and we can do what some well-established Chinese manufacturers can do,” he said.That’s impressive, and paves the way for other young startups and small businesses to accomplish the same.AccessibilityWith major retailers such as Staples, Home Depot and UPS rolling out 3-D printing services in select stores, the technology is becoming much more accessible for both small-business owners as well as the average consumer.Bloomberg states that “Though the devices aren’t likely to create a major new source of revenue [for Home Depot], the chain is betting that they’ll appeal to forward-thinking contractors and do-it-yourselfers.”Entrepreneurs and DIY enthusiasts are all obvious fits for a 3-D printer given its ability to customize or invent any item on the spot. Even Martha Stewart made a public appearance at this year’s International CES back in January to peruse the 30 booths for 3-D printers in search of one to use for her business and everyday DIY activities.Overall, with more people exposed to 3-D printing and the idea of it being easily accessible in the office or home, there’s a huge amount of potential to see more entrepreneurs and small-business owners designing and developing truly unique and effective new items that better the lives of everyday consumers.3-D printing has the potential to significantly shift traditional business models, as entrepreneurs can now also become manufacturers, eliminating the need for warehousing and multiple distributions of products and parts.The key to blending business and 3-D printing technology together in harmony relies on how accessible, adaptable and customizable the devices are. From there, mainstream adoption will come in no time.Related: UPS Makes 3-D Printers Available in Nearly 100 Stores Nationwide Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global October 22, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.