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M&CC addresses City Constabulary misconduct cases

first_img…seeks to engage officers in trainingThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has announced a more holistic approach to dealing with reports of assault and misconduct levied against officials of the City Constabulary.Town Clerk Royston KingTown Clerk Royston King told Guyana Times that discussions have been facilitated with Chief Constable Andrew Foo to address the issue.Additionally, the M&CC’s Human Resources Management Committee now has the responsibility of recording these cases.“We have since had discussions with the Chief Constable. The second thing we’ve done is: we have removed reporting responsibilities, particularly in the area of human resources, from under the Legal Affairs Committee to the Human Resources Management Committee,” King told this publiation.King also announced that additional consultations would be held with the City Council to emphasise the focus being placed on the way the public is treat by Constabulary officials.“It has to come up to Council for a discussion; we want to have a more focused approach, (especially in regard to) how we manage the Constab human resources, particularly in terms of discipline and sanctions against misconduct,” King posited.It was also related that the Council is seeking to implement training for all officers attached to the City Constabulary.“I have engaged a training officer of the City Council to provide a schedule of training activities for officers and ranks of the Constabulary. I have written the Chief Constable to ask him (about) reports on some allegations [that] I have been receiving with respect to misconduct of some of the ranks,” King detailed.There have been, in the past, numerous reports of City Constabulary officers being involved in acts of misconduct with citizens.In one instance, a taxi driver who allegedly was unlawfully arrested by the City Constabulary has accused the officers of assaulting him. The man had allegedly parked his vehicle outside the National Hardware building on Water Street when he was approached by three officers of the Constabulary and accused of obstructing the flow of traffic. An eyewitness at the scene, who subsequently spoke to this publication, revealed that Mohabir was not guilty of the accusations levelled against him, since his vehicle, HB 3474, was parked within the demarcated lines.It was also noted that there was, in the area, no traffic buildup which could have caused a disturbance in traffic.Mohabir was subsequently released on $5,000 bail.last_img read more

John Deere adds new models to Triple-Mounted Mo-Co lineup

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Larger mower-conditioners offer wider cutting widths and faster transport speedsAfter the successful introduction of the company’s first Triple-Mounted Mower-Conditioner in 2012, John Deere announces the addition of five new models that increase productivity of mowing and conditioning operations.“Our newest updates to these combination front- and rear-mounted machines offer wider front cutting widths at 3.1 or 3.5 meters and three combined cutting widths up to 9.9 meters,” says Glenn Padgett, senior marketing representative with John Deere Ottumwa Works. “These wider machines mean that dairy and beef cattle customers and large commercial hay producers can cut more acres per hour, increasing their productivity, especially during weather-sensitive field conditions.”With the addition of these models, the John Deere front and rear Mo-Co lineup now includes five models with different configurations, depending on customer needs:Two front machines, F310R and F350R, have respective cutting widths of 3.1 and 3.5 meters.Either of the two fronts combined with two different configurations of rear machines (two 3.1 meters or two 3.5 meters) delivers three different configurations, R870R, R950R and R990R, with respective cutting widths of 8.7, 9.5 and 9.9 meters.Productivity can be optimized further with AutoTrac™, the guidance system available on John Deere Tractors, which enables the new mower conditioners to cut and condition the crop at speeds up to 20 mph. Depending on tractor horsepower, transport speeds range up to 30 mph and transport widths can be configured to 3.5 meters or less. This helps operators reduce transport times and optimizes cutting and conditioning when working in each field.“These units are designed to maximize performance with superior cutting and conditioning in all types of hay,” adds Padgett. “In addition, producers can make precise ground pressure adjustments in seconds, thanks to a new ground pressure cylinder, which increases uptime in the field.”Maintenance time is reduced even further with a new front design that improves operator visibility when working.For more information on the new Triple-Mounted Mower-Conditioners and other hay and forage products from John Deere, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.last_img read more

Our favourite/Shopping Streets

first_imgThe charm of shopping on a street is a far cry from the mall-trawling experience. We bring you our ten favourite shopping streets across the globe.Champs-Æ?lysÅes, ParisIt really doesn’t get much prettier than the gorgeous Champs-Æ?lysÅes in Paris. Starting at the Arc de Triomphe, it runs a stretch of about two kilometres up to the Place de la Concorde and is flanked by trees on both sides.The Champs has come a long way since its days as mere fields, to its current status as the ‘it’ street for all things luxe. The must-see flagship store of Louis Vuitton that opened after remodelling in 2005 is one of many French brands on the avenue. Not too far away from the main avenue is the very chic Le Printemps, a grand magasins for men, women, beauty and home products.Shopping aside, the boutiques are a world away from the mall-trawling experience and are artistic and aesthetic feats embodying the Parisian penchant for luxury.Al fresco dining on a glorious sunny day, sipping a glass of wine, after hours spent shopping in Hermes, House of Guerlain, and car-spotting in the Mercedes, Renault or Peugeot showrooms, is the perfect end to a satisfying shopping spree.Ginza, TokyoSony’s fortunes may not be as high as during the giddy days of the 80s, prompting gadget geeks to give its famous building a miss. Anyway, its location is still prime. Plonked in the glitzy and hip Ginza district of the Japanese capital, the free Playstation games are still a way to keep the children busy, while adults browse the store or chill out in one of the building’s Hi-Vision theatres.Ginza is Tokyo’s high-end shopping district. Long before the US$ 100,000 per square metre days, it was the site of the Japanese silver coin mint. Its modern-day avatar as a popular shopping destination began after the city was hit by a rather powerful earthquake.All the famous Japanese department stores-Matsuzakaya, Mitsukoshi and others-comfortably compete for attention. Ginza has developed into a thriving hub combining the shopping with a kabuki theatre, art galleries, entertainment, restaurants and cafes. From the US$ 10 cup of coffee to every known luxury brand on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.Grafton Street, DublinIt’s quite unlikely that Dublin attracts tourists for its shopping. However, since the Irish capital has shrugged off its stereotypical images ranging from shamrocks to U2 to emerge as a throbbing multi-cultural European city, it has attracted large volumes of tourists. Drinks, picture-postcard-perfect scenery and that warm Irish spirit are alive and well.Grafton Street is the smart pedestrian shopping area. Located between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green, a walk along Grafton is much fun with a break at the Bewley’s Cafe, where James Joyce was a regular and standing by to hear the street musicians-no U2s in the making-as they churn out covers of Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. The stretch is not particularly long, with an average walk-time of about 10 minutes. But it’s never that short as the street is home to stores such as Marks and Spencer’s, Brown Thomas (a department store with designer labels), HMV for an impressive music collection, book stores Hughes & Hughes and The Dublin Bookshop and even Dublin’s most exclusive jewellers, Weirs.Janpath, New DelhiNot far away from the magnificent colonial reminder, the Imperial Hotel, is the capital’s shopping heaven for tourists. Bargaining skills are always a plus in India and more so in Janpath, which stocks the must-take-back Indian memorabilia in plenty.Bronzes, brass, blingy textiles with loads of mirrorwork, Oms, Buddhas, slippers, bags, trinkets, T-shirts brazenly grace the surface. It’s easy to be worn out by the friendly salesmen trying to outdo your bargain pitches. Don’t be deterred, though as Janpath is amply kitted out with a number of cafes and Indian fast food restaurants.It is far from the world of malls and designer labels, but is an authentic bazaar with kiosks selling millions of handicrafts and artefacts. True gems can be found among the many objects, but a lot of patience and haggling is in order. Nevertheless, it’s a shopping experience unlike any other in the world.Las Ramblas, BarcelonaIn feisty Barcelona, where Gaudi stirs up passions, Las Ramblas is the first shopping stop for tourists. Pedestrians step over Joan Miro–well one of the artist’s creations anyway-as they soak in Catalan sounds and soul complete with human statue art, artist’s corners, and beautifully designed buildings sporting colourful facades.The shopping along Las Ramblas is all about ambience and atmosphere. Shops and restaurants line the entire length of Las Ramblas, but the increasing popularity, especially with tourists has resulted in a steep rise in prices. It is the city’s most vibrant and lively site offering an excellent introduction to Barcelona action and the city’s vibe.The Mercat de la Boquria is a lovely market particularly during the summer months, when fresh fruit and vegetables set the pace for colourful market activity.New Bond Street, LondonEarlier this year, New Bond Street in London’s Mayfair shot past the British capital’s Oxford Street as the most expensive retail street in the UK. The who’s who in luxury retail such as Armani, Chanel, Bvlgari, Asprey, Burberry, Pringle of Scotland, Gucci, Chopard, Cartier, Jimmy Choo, Jil Sander and Mulberry-just to name drop a bit-are all out here. The street is also supposed to have the most number of Royal Warrant holders-suppliers to the British royal family-in London.The historic association of Bond Street with leading auction houses and art dealers continues, albeit in a slightly tempered form. Bond Streets–both old and new-are a good site to throw in celebrity spotting while indulging in gratifying retail therapy among the world’s most exclusive brands. Smart and elegantly turned out boutiques and the high-end department store, Fenwick, make for a most productive day of raising the international style quotients in that most cosmopolitan of all cities.Orchard Road, SingaporeOrchard Road is very popular with the local residents and tourists alike-making it ever-busy-but in that organised and clean manner it has become synonymous with Singapore.With pedestrian malls, cafes, nightclubs, hotels and upmarket restaurants, it is also where the Istana or the official residence of the President of Singapore is located.In terms of size, Ngee Ann City is the largest mall on the road. Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Books Kinokuniya, the second-largest bookstore in Southeast Asia are all within the mall.Other popular malls and shopping centres include: Heeren, which is aimed at younger hipper customers has a multi-level HMV store and local designer outlets; Centrepoint, which is one of the locals’ favourites, is home to the Robinsons department store, and not to forget, Paragon, Singapore’s centre for all things upmarket, nice and expensive. Read Givenchy, Versace, Jean-Paul Gaultier and YSL.Pitt Street Mall, SydneyNo relation whatsoever to the Hollywood hunk, the Pitt Street Mall is the pedestrian-friendly zone of Pitt Street and is Sydney’s best known shopping destination.It is basically one block, but hosts flagship chain stores and has concentrated more than 500 specialty shops within two of Sydney’s blocks. A major area of the street is taken up by the likes of Westfield Centrepoint, Glasshouse, Imperial Arcade, Skygarden, Mid City Centre and the Strande Arcade.The atmosphere is always vibrant with the presence of street performers and musicians providing live entertainment. Like other international shopping developments, the Pitt Street Mall also hosts a large variety of restaurants and cafes offering an impressive choice for taking a pit-stop during shopping sprees.Rodeo Drive, LAIt’s oh-so-easy to spend literally, hours, at Los Angeles’ Rodeo Drive. And not have a single bag to one’s credit. Star gazing, people watching are perfectly accepted and time-honoured traditions for tourists.For sea-soned jet-setting shoppers though, the stores and shopping present an entirely different story altogether. The best time to do Rodeo Drive, really is December, when the Christmas festivities are in full swing. However, the actual breadth of shopping is limited to a mere three blocks. Barring the movie-set-styled Via Rodeo, the street is minimalist in decor with the who’s who of retail operating out of single-storey shop fronts.Hollywood staples such as Armani, Chanel, Gucci, Harry Winston, Tiffany and Cartier have a presence as do a number of couturiers, where a prior appointment is mandatory. Around Rodeo Drive are the American department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nieman Marcus as are streets filled with upmarket fashion outlets extending the shopping expeditions to much more than the original intended time.Via Monte Napoleone, MilanThe rivalry between Milan and Paris for title of Europe’s top fashion capital is legendary. Driven by finance, football and fashion, it’s easy to get lost in Milan with La Dolce Vita and of course, Dolce and Gabbana, among many other iconic and chic designer labels.When in Milan, it’s hard to miss the Via Monte Napoleone or Montenapo, as the Milanese say. It can safely be said the Montenapo and its surrounding streets have the highest concentration of luxury fashion-Italian and foreign-furniture stores, and antique dealers.Armani, Brioni, FerrÅ, Missoni, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino and Versace, occupy prominent positions of glory and pride. Dotting the street are also boutiques stocking upcoming labels, concept stores, and every bargain-hunter’s dream–discount stores selling samples, seconds and the previous season’s cast-offs.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement 10 more…Streets that are hotspots for bargains from chic to cheap.Club Street, Singapore: Formerly the hub of Chinese community clubs, the hip street is now popular for its extensive choice of wining and dining outlets and vibrant nightlife. From shops selling pop art prints to frivolous baubles, this is the place for funky buys. As they say, Club Street is where you can truly satisfy your style cravings.Oxford Street, Sydney: No relation to London’s Oxford Street, but as popular. Come here for a selection of stunning local and international design boutiques, special lifestyle products, homeware and exclusive accessories. Take a stroll down Oxford Street, one of Sydney’s most elegant. It is packed with cafes, nightclubs and has some of the best restaurants in the city.Kalverstraat, Amsterdam: Loads of shopping–mainstream and high end brands to charming Amsterdam gift stores–all lead to the Flower Market at the end of the street. The highlight of this street is the profusion of bookstores; Waterstone’s and De Slegte are the biggest names in that league. It is near famous sites such as Madame Tussaud’s and the Royal Palace.Knightsbridge, London: Harrods, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Harvey Nichols. There’s little else that needs to be said about this shopping mecca, which draws everyone–from serious spenders to camera-toting tourists. The true blue English tearooms around the street deserve special mention as do their unbeatable scones and clotted cream.Linking Road, Mumbai: Fun mix of street stalls selling fashion–bizarre to bohemian–and regular department stores. That’s Bandra’s Linking Road in a nutshell. There’s hardly anyone who has returned without pairs of smart, strappy sandals from the long row of shoe stalls on Linking Road. Cloth jholas and leather chain bags are the other some of the things you must buy at Linking Road.Nanjing Road, Shanghai: Claims to be world’s longest shopping streets-6 km–and certainly the world’s busiest. It boasts an open market for digital media and electronics and some of Shanghai’s oldest department stores.Newbury Street, Boston: High-end labels on one end, free-spirited independent stores (Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Armani, Donna Karan, Burberry, Cartier, Loro Piana, Kate Spade, Bang & Olufsen, Valentino and Marc Jacobs) on the other as well as loads of gorgeous renovated brownstone buildings throughout. That is Boston’s most popular shopping street for you.Oxford Street, London: The famous Christmas Lights made everyone want to go to Oxford Street. Running from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road, it is one and a half miles of retail paradise. Must-stops include luxury department store Selfridges and the four-storey Top Shop. A short distance from Carnaby Street and Soho, the street even has its own website: www.oxfordstreet.co.ukPetaling Street, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s original Chinatown has been refurbished and spruced up. Complete with noise and crowds, it’s best enjoyed at night time. Be prepared to sift through jostling crowds to take a peek at the fake watches, wallets and clothing available at rock bottom prices. Don’t leave without tasting some noodle soup from the stalls in the area.Sendlingerstrae, Munich: The Little Italy of Munich, this fashionable street, for reasons unknown, sells everything Italian-clothing, shoes and jewellery–in the vibrant German city. The restaurants around the street guarantee many foodie breaks. The Christmas Market here is one of the most colourful in all of Europe.Plus saysJanpath is a great place for people-watching. Most of the time you can spot backpackers and hip youngsters and haggling with shopkeepers. After the shopping spree, eat at any of the restaurants in Connaught Place.Plus saysPitt Street Mall in Sydney is all set for a posh revamp. The shopping strip will get a new paved path, seating and lovely blue lights are going to be installed near the water fountains in the area.last_img read more

City willing to comply to new loan rules says Guardiola

first_imgManchester City Pep Guardiola says the club will definitely comply if directed to reduce the number of loaned out players.According to reports, FIFA are considering to set the number of outgoing player loans allowed for each club to a maximum of between 6 and 8, from the start of the 2020-21 season, and Guardiola believes the club will have no problem adapting to the rule.Manchester City currently have 28 players on loan spells in different clubs all over Europe.Big clubs have been accused of stockpiling players that they could later sell for profit and thereby abusing the loan system which was meant to be used for player development.“We are going to adapt to the rules,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.“The new rules are coming. We’re going to see the situation about loan players and see what we can do.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“If we cannot loan them they are going to come back here. If we don’t believe they are going to play, if we cannot loan them, we are going to sell them. It’s simple.“We’re going to see before they take the players where they are going to play and if it is not possible to loan them we are not going to buy them.”Guardiola thinks the Under-23 competition in England is not enough preparation for players hoping to make it in the Premier League, as he supports the loan system.“It’s not good for me,” Guardiola added.“Loan players are in good leagues. To then come here to play in front of 10 people is not good for their development.”last_img read more

Apples iPhone sales tanked Now all eyes are on whats ahead

first_img $999 The company had raised a red flag in November, when it said it would stop disclosing how many units it sells each quarter.On Tuesday, investors will get a more-detailed picture of what missed and why. More important, said analysts, will be what Apple says during its conference call about the state of the second quarter, which ends in March.”The big question is how much iPhone channel inventory Apple built in Q1,” Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Bernstein, wrote in a note to investors last week. Sacconaghi encouraged investors to listen for commentary on replacement cycles for the iPhone, reasons for the downturn in China and demand in other regions for the iPhone. “Our contention [is] that China only appears to account for half of the iPhone’s shortfall in Q1,” he wrote.UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri raised similar concerns in his investors note, writing that he’ll be paying attention to what Apple says about iPhone inventory levels, how long the company expects to be affected by demand in China, potential price reductions and iPhone upgrade cycles. Updated at 4:22 p.m. PT: To reflect the price of the MacBook Air for nonstudents.  Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it releases new iPhones and more.Does the Mac still matter? Apple execs explain why the MacBook Pro was over four years in the making, and why we should care. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 48 Now playing: Watch this: Tags $999 Apple See It See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Phones Stock Market Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sprint Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Boost Mobile See It Apple’s iPhone XS didn’t sell as well as analysts had expected during the holiday season.  Angela Lang/CNET Early this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave us the bad news in broad strokes. On Tuesday, we’ll find out just how bad it was.In a letter shared with investors on Jan. 2, Cook revealed that revenue in the company’s fiscal first quarter, ended on Dec. 29, would miss Apple’s own forecasts by about 15 percent. He laid most of the blame on an economic slowdown in China. “In fact, most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance, and over 100 percent of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline, occurred in Greater China across iPhone, Mac and iPad,” he wrote. Cook also blamed a decrease in carrier phone subsidies and higher prices overseas caused by a strong US dollar. Customers additionally took advantage of Apple’s $29 battery replacement offer, which lets them squeeze more life out of their older iPhones. The company now sees sales of $84 billion, well below the range of $89 billion to $94 billion it had forecast in November. The earnings warning was Apple’s first in more than 15 years. The weaker holiday season — a period when most of Apple’s iPhones are sold — fanned a growing belief that the industry as a whole, and Apple in particular, is grappling with consumer smartphone fatigue. Many people also pointed to the high price tags on Apple’s newest phones. The iPhone XS ranges from $999 to $1,349, depending on storage capacity, and the XS Max with 512 GB of storage costs as much as $1,499. By comparison, the MacBook Air starts at $999. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple Apple iPhone XS Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It $999 See it $999 Best Buy • Comments Share your voice Apple’s streaming service could take on Netflix 6:05 reading • Apple’s iPhone sales tanked. Now all eyes are on what’s aheadlast_img read more

Scientists just discovered a new dinosaur with leathery bat wings

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice 15 Photos Tags This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurscenter_img 0 null To the Batcave! Cheung Chung Tat Holy leathery membranes, Batman! An exquisite, fascinating fossil find in northern China has provided new evidence that some Jurassic dinosaurs developed membranous wings like those seen in modern day bats. A complete analysis of the find is published in the journal Nature on May 8, detailing the new fossil, which researchers have named Ambopteryx longibranchium. The nearly-complete fossil was spotted in 2017, lying in a rock formation dating back 163 million years. Remnants of the creature’s plumage and tissues were well-preserved, allowing researchers to slowly piece together the history and form of the unusual dinosaur.The researchers found soft tissue around the dinosaur’s flanks and across its arms, showing it had folds of leathery skin that would have resembled wings. The fossil also contains a “styliform” — a long bone that extends from the wrist — providing further evidence the membrane likely ran from Ambopteryx’s flank to its fingertips.Measuring approximately 13 inches in length, Ambopteryx would have lived in the trees of the Jurassic period and used its wings to glide through the air, rather than for powered flight. It belongs to a group of dinosaurs known as the scansoriopterygids, which all contain lanky arms, but it’s only the second fossil found in the group to contain the styliform bone.That is significant, because it strengthens the case the first “bat-winged” fossil, located in 2015 from a location only 50 miles away, was indeed a flyer. Dubbed “Yi qi”, the fossil was bizarre enough that it divided paleontologist opinion on whether or not the creature had wings. We know dinosaurs eventually evolved feathery wings and became today’s birds, but besides Yi qi, there wasn’t any prior evidence in the fossil record to suggest this type of non-avian flight.That makes Ambopteryx a powerful find, lending weight to the idea Yi qi did indeed develop a separate method of flight, similar to that of the pterosaurs but different to the line of dinosaurs that would eventually become birds. The membrane may even be present in previously discovered members of the scansoriopterygids, though at present it is believed the other members had more bird-like wings.last_img read more

Amazon plans to buy 26 stake in Mukesh Ambaniled Reliance Retail

first_imgReliance Industries LimitedAmazon is in talks with Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries to acquire about 26 percent in Reliance Retail. Reliance had been in talks with Alibaba Group for a similar acquisition which was scrapped due to a valuation rift.Amazon is aiming to step into India’s large brick-and-mortar chain. The acquisition will help the e-commerce major to gain a long-term hold in the industries where shopping is concentrated on public outlets.According to The Economic Times, the proceedings for the acquisition are going forward slowly. It also states that Amazon is planning the deal cautiously by taking the foreign direct investment (FDI) norms into consideration.The e-commerce giant wants to play safe by acquiring less than 26 percent to avoid getting barred due to FDI norms. Amazon LogoAPAs per the ET report, the Seattle-based firm aims to be an investor in Reliance because of its market-leading position in consumer electronics and mobile phones. Amazon also has been trying to get into the grocery vertical and Reliance’s grocery stores might help the e-commerce gain momentum in the long run.The report additionally states that the Mukesh Ambani-led company is looking forward to the deal to ease Reliance Retail’s outstanding debt of about Rs 2.88 lakh crore. The successful completion of the deal will help Reliance become a seller on Amazon India platform.The recent changes in FDI norms by the Narendra Modi government allows 51 percent in multi-brand retail. The new norms allow 100 percent overseas investment in cash-and-carry or wholesale stores and online marketplace to help third-party sellers with a platform to sell their goods. grocery (Representational Image)Reuters fileReliance Retail has been operating about 10,644 retail stores in about 6,700 cities. The major part of the revenue of Rs 73,508 crore last year was generated from electronics, grocery, and fashion. Total e-commerce retail business in the country accounts to three percent, which is expected to double by 2021, according to a study by Deloitte and Retailers Association of India. Amazon and Flipkart have seen a steady increase in their revenue even after drastic changes in the FDI policy.last_img read more