Jagdeo says he was not granted enough time to consult on COP selection

first_img– Says President had “specific reasons” for not choosing RamnarineNow that a substantive Commissioner of Police (COP) has been appointed in the person of Leslie James, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said he has neither an adverse nor positive opinion of the selection, since he was not granted enough time by the President to consult.“This impeded on my constitutional authority,” he said, noting that he brought that to the President’s attention on Thursday when he met with him at State House.According to Jagdeo, he was assured that measures would be put in place to safeguard against a recurrence of correspondences being delayed.Jagdeo recalled receiving a call from the President inviting him to a meeting, which he agreed to attend. On Tuesday, he received a correspondence from the President, in which Article 2:111 of the Constitution of Guyana was cited.“Having received the correspondence on Tuesday, looking at it, I realised thatPresident David Granger, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, and Attorney General Basil Williams met on Thursday at State Housepursuant to the Constitution and the constitutional definition of meaningful consultation, the President had not met that definition; and I caused a letter to be sent to his office, pointing this out to him — that he needed to indicate who is going to fill what posts is required by the constitution,” Jagdeo recounted.Further, the Opposition Leader said, on Thursday morning he received a letter from the President, in which he indicated that James would be the new Commissioner of Police.“He wanted him to be the Commissioner of Police, since, having received that — although I was hoping to get it in advance, so I could have solicited a more informed view about the candidate, or his nominee — nevertheless, I attended the meeting, because I wanted to ensure I fulfilled my constitutional role, and this matter had been pending for a very long time, and I think it’s important that we get people to full substantive posts,” Jagdeo explained.During the meeting, the President indicated his preference, according to Jagdeo. At that time, the Opposition Leader said, he used the opportunity to ask several questions, and raise concerns about the lateness of the correspondence and how it impeded his ability to have some form of consultation with others about the potential of the nominees.He said, “The President undertook that in future there would be a long enough lead time to avoid the occurrence or the recurrence of such a situation, because I said it does impede or this — impeded on my constitutional authority to considerPresident David Granger and Attorney General Basil Williams during the consultation with Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo and Member of Parliaments, Irfaan Ali and Gail Teixeira on Thursdaythe matter carefully and talk to others.”Jagdeo told media operatives that he has heard from various people at various points in time about the individuals (nominees). “And I do know many of them, because they have been in the Force for quite a long time, and I did not intend to raise rumours or conversations that people shared with me that can’t be substantiated by evidence at consultation, because I would do injustice to the individuals concerned,” he added.Selection processThe Opposition Leader further argued that the President did not have an adverse position to any of the nominees, because he did not have a chance to go through the process; so he went a bit further to find out from him the process that led to his decision.“So he said to me that the test was a basic test, that it was designed for Grade 6. He asked the Ministry of Education to design a test for Grade 6, and that he will share with me some of the basic things, that it was more just of an assessment of general knowledge,” Jagdeo explained.The process was conducted by the President, Attorney General Basil Williams, and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.Jagdeo further noted that Granger explained that the assessment was not “pitched at a level to disqualify” nominees, but to gather information on their “general knowledge.”Meanwhile, President David Granger has said he has “specific reasons” for not choosing former Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine for the Top Cop position.He nevertheless assured Jagdeo that the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into his (President’s) alleged assassination plot last year had not tainted the nominees.Jagdeo said he questioned the Head of State as to what role the former Assistant Commissioner of Police, and recently appointed Head of the Police Service Commission, Paul Slowe, played in the selection process.Slowe had been the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the alleged plot to assassination the President last year.“I asked about the role of Paul Slowe, and whether the COI would have tainted some of the nominees…He assured me that Paul Slowe recused himself at the Police Service Commission when some of the nominees were discussed,” Jagdeo told media operatives.The CoI report completed by Slowe had, among other things, recommended that then substantive Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud be forced to resign, or be removed if he refused.Ramnarine was acting as Police Commissioner when the allegation was levelled, and he told the CoI he felt a proper investigation was not conducted.As such, the report also recommended that sanctions be imposed against him for his failure to ensure that a proper investigation was conducted.Jagdeo, at that time, had indicated his belief that Slowe had “had an axe to grind,” and was acting on the basis of vendetta.He also drew attention to the fact that the now PSC Head had in fact served on the Coalition’s campaign team in the last General Elections held in May 2015.“He was put there to do a hatchet job on the leadership of the Police Force, destroying professionalism,” Jagdeo had said.last_img read more

Multiple Independent Animal Types Use Structural Color

first_img(Visited 386 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The phenomenon is found in butterflies, fish, birds, and snakes, and scientists are rushing to imitate their secrets.At The Conversation, Colin Hall and Eric Charrault describe the gold rush for structural color. These are colors made not with pigments, but with nanometer-scale structures that play tricks with light, intensifying some wavelengths and diminishing others. Coming up with a way to make Vantablack, a structural color that absorbs 99.6% of the light hitting it, was a feat of engineering:To put this in perspective, if you think of a forest of trees about a metre in diameter, then these trees would scale to be around one kilometre high. Light falling on this very tall forest of tubes bounces around and is almost perfectly absorbed.The article on cutting-edge attempts to create new colors with structure includes photographs and descriptions of very diverse animals that use this technique:Butterflies, that create iridescent colors on their scales. (see 6/15/10)A snake that has some of the blackest scales found in nature.Sardines with silvery sides.Live Science shares another secret: “Butterfly Wing Optics Help to Cheaply Create Bright, Realistic Holograms.” The blurry holograms seen at concerts, in movies and on credit cards could much more colorful and clear, David Roos reports, by mimicking the nanostructures on butterfly wing scales.We know from previous reports on structural colors or “photonic crystals” that birds, spiders, beetles and mammals also use them (6/05/08). These diverse animals could not have gotten their secrets by descent from a common ancestor because many intermediate animals in the evolutionary scheme do not have them. The only other way for evolution to handle this would be for the common ancestor to have the secret, but most animals down the line lost it. That would also create a challenge: how did the common ancestor come up with a trick like that? There’s only one cause that we know of that can share technology across multiple, independent platforms. That cause is – you guessed it – intelligent design.last_img read more

5 Tips on Effective Networking: Digitally or In-Person

first_imgIf you’re trying to get ahead in your career, it often boils down to who you know, not just what you know. Follow these five tips on how to network more effectively, both digitally and in person.Images via Shutterstock.Everyone’s been to networking events and come away feeling awkward, rejected and tired. Networking has a bad reputation because it’s more about growing your network than building real relationships. However, when done effectively, it’s arguably the single best way to get ahead in your career.Immanuel Kant (yes, I did just drop a reference to an 18th-century philosopher in a blog about networking!) suggested that the most important thing in life was to never treat other people as a means to your ends, but to treat them as ends in themselves. If you can do networking in this way, you’ll have more fun and more success.The following networking tips are geared toward creative professionals — photographers, video editors, producers, etc. — but are highly applicable for all types of business and industries.1. Promote Others — Not YourselfNo one likes the person who won’t shut up about themselves. However, everyone likes the person who is excited, enthusiastic, and vocal about their great friends, colleagues, or acquaintances.To promote others and not yourself is a humble way of putting other people first and making sure your advice is of value to the person standing in front of you. Offer to make introductions with other talented people. Soon they’ll likely start asking questions about you and your projects.Note: if you promise to send them someone’s details, make a note of it and be sure you follow it up in a day or two. This is also a great way to get their contact details without seeming “grabby.” And always make sure you have some nice-looking business cards to hand out.2. Ask QuestionsEveryone likes talking about themselves. It makes them feel important, valued, and interesting. So ask questions — lots of questions.Direct the conversation toward what they are involved in, what they are excited about, what projects they would love to work on. This will lead to a genuine and human conversation, not just a networking speed date in which you quickly judge whether this person can help you or not before discarding them. To be interesting is to be interested.3. Get to Know People Who Do Your JobOther people who do the same job as you may feel like the competition, but really they are your community. I’ve gotten so much work through other editors I know, who recommend me when they can’t do a job — and I recommend them to my clients as well. They will know far more people, far more clients, and far more directors/producers than you can ever hope to know by yourself, and they can share that network with you.If you try to protect your network from others, you are doing your clients and yourself a disservice. You’re limiting your networks growth (when it could be constantly expanding). The more you share your network, the larger it will grow.4. Know People Who Do the Job You WantSo how do you get into the job that you want? How do you move from the assistant to the master? Well, I think part of the answer is to learn from people who already do what you want to do. Buy them lunch and pepper them with questions — be interested. Ask them if you can help them for free on a project or help them in some small way.Asking them to help you — “Can you watch my showreel? Can you look at my CV?” — is going to start off your relationship on the wrong foot, with you being a drain on their time and energy rather than a benefit to them. This may seem like the hardest part of moving up — finding people to learn from, being as friendly and outgoing as you can, and asking boldly.5. Be PoliteThis is the simplest and shortest tip, but it’s often the one that fails to happen most. If someone connects you with a valuable contact, if someone takes the time to connect you with someone they know (even if it’s just an email introduction), if someone spends any of their valuable time helping you with anything — make sure you thank them.Write them a quick email, send them a note, give them a gift, shout out on Twitter — just make the effort. It doesn’t really matter how small it is, but it is critical to demonstrating that you are grateful and that you are a person with basic manners. As they say, it’s the little things that matter.This is only the beginning! Checkout the PremiumBeat blog for additional networking tips and for advice in building your freelance network.What are the secrets to your success? How did you get ahead in the early days of your video career? Share your experiences in the comments below!last_img read more

SMC-Alab 5 notches 8th win in row

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Apart from imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman, Alab also got significant contributions from their local crew led by Ray Parks.Brownlee fired 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and issued five assists on top of two steals, and four blocks while Balkman tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting San Miguel Corporation-Alab Pilipinas sizzled for its highest scoring output in the Asean Basketball League as it dumped Taiwanese squad Formosa Dreamers, 117-93, Sunday night for its eighth straight victory at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.The Filipinos came out with all guns blazing in the opening period and refused to let up in the second half as they secured an 11th win in 15 games to close in on one of two outright semifinal slots.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MPBL: Munti faces unbeaten QC at home AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more