“I’m excited about this,” she said. “This will help me.” Comp-U-Dopt and Save the Children, assisted by Motiva volunteers, combined efforts Friday at DeQueen and Tyrrell Elementary schools, distributing desktop computers for home use to about 250 families at each school.DeQueen principal Jerry Gloston said Port Arthur Independent School District’s administration called her about a week ago to put her in touch with Comp-U-Dopt, whose primary work is distributing computers to needy districts. Comp-U-Dopt’s goal this year is to distribute 1,000 computers to Harvey victims.She said the computers are loaded with math and reading programs that will prove helpful to the children’s education. Students were trained to use the computers this week. Two years of free tech support accompanies the computers. By Ken [email protected] Texas non-profits have refashioned some 500 Motiva computers, redistributing them to students from two Port Arthur elementary schools hit hard by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. “There was an overwhelming level of interest from parents and from students,” Gloston said. “Every day the students have been asking, ‘When am I going to get my computer?’“We are thankful and grateful to Comp-U-Dopt, Save the Children and Motiva for making this possible for Port Arthur students,” she said. In many cases, she said, students lost their home computers during the flood.Students awaited the distribution in two lines between 4-6 p.m.DeQueen student Ny’Arie Ned said she was eager to try some educational programs at home.
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Dear Editor,The nation has woken up to a letter dated February 25, 2019 sent by Mr. Granger to Mr. Jagdeo in their respective capacities to discuss:“(1) The National Assembly’s constitutional role in the present situation; and (2) GECOM’s readiness and requirement for funding to enable it to conduct General and Regional Elections (GRE)…”The Government of Gu-yana’s financial architecture as prescribed by the law provides GECOM with certain tools that it can use to do its work. As a statutory agency, GECOM and in compliance with Article 222A of the Guyana Constitution has the power to “manage its subvention in such a manner as it deems fit for the efficient discharge of its functions”.In the 2019 Budget, G$5.371 billion was approved for GECOM to spend in 2019. Aren’t those enough funds to commence preparatory works for the 2019 Elections? Are we printing gold lined ballot papers? Who does GECOM and Team Granger think they are fooling?But just supposing that GECOM needs a billion or two more, the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (Act No. 20 of 2003) has given GECOM the power to ask the Minister of Finance to release funds for a national contingent liability that has occurred because of a constitutional act that was given life by Article 106 of the Guyana Constitution on December 23, 2018. This spending of public money is not a discretionary ask, but a mandatory one which the Minister of Finance must execute.The Minister of Finance must approve the funding of this future commitment by way of the Contingency Funds, because the entire financial commitment was unforeseen, unavoidable and urgent, and is a matter of national importance that transcends party politics. So there is no role for Mr. Jagdeo and Mr. Granger in this arrangement. GECOM does not need Mr. Granger’s or Mr. Jagdeo’s permission to draw on the Contingency Funds to hold Elections.As to Issue No. 1 and the constitutional role of the National Assembly, Mr. Granger must be advised that such a role becomes relevant only once an elections date is publicly declared by him and only him. This process does not need Mr. Jagdeo until a date is announced. Again, who does Mr. Granger think he is fooling?Between now and March 20, 2019, there is no need for the National Assembly to meet, unless for the primary act of extending the life of the Government using a 2/3 majority of all the elected members (44 whole members).But in the absence of an elections date, what is Mr. Granger trying to do, force an after-life for his Government using these zombie tactics? I trust Mr. Jagdeo and his Team would engage in parliamentary semantics by extending the life of a Government that has not yet committed to an elections date. Enough time has passed since December 23, 2019 for all the power brokers in Team Granger to fully comprehend the gravity of the matter at hand. We must at least credit them with some common sense.I therefore call on Mr. Jagdeo to write to Mr. Granger and politely decline the offer to meet, for the simple reason that there is nothing to meet about this time until a date for the elections is publicly declared by Mr. Granger. This is serious business, and Mr. Granger and Mr. Jagdeo are supposed to be serious people with serious responsibilities. There should be no time for games of deceit to outmanoeuvre each other. Attending this meeting without an elections date would serve only one purpose: to kick the bucket down the road. Is this in Mr. Jagdeo and his team’s best interest?Further, this meeting helps no one; not the private sector, who are seeing their business implode; the citizenry, who live in a society of great uncertainty; and the political opposition, who will only be aiding and abetting an idle Government whose life expires on March 20, 2019.This letter from Mr. Granger seeks to serve the interest of one group – David Arthur Granger and his apparatchiks, who continue to live the high life on the backs of the Guyanese people, and expect to continue to do so with zero accountability. Is Mr. Jagdeo so desperate for a fist bump with Mr. Granger that he would attend this meeting without a declared elections date?We shall see!Regards,Sasenarine Singh
Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Star Wars: The Last JediAvengers: Infinity WarSolo: A Star Wars Story Incredibles 2 CocoThor: RagnarokRalph Breaks the InternetMary Poppins ReturnsCaptain MarvelDumbo Disneynature: PenguinsAvengers: EndgameFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationA Disney Cruise vacation is undoubtedly a top-notch vacation on its own. But if you are looking for the top of the top (no judgement), you can combine your Disney Cruise with various offerings from Adventures by Disney (ABD) to really create a vacation of a lifetime!There are two types of ABD add-ons – by land, and by sea. Land add-ons are also knows as “short escapes”. These trips are run just like the typical regular-length ABD itineraries, just in a shorter period of time, and all in one location. The short escapes are typically 3-4 days long. You’ll spend your time with two amazing Adventure Guides, exploring the sights with VIP access to many experiences. Your adventure will include your daily activities, entrance fees/admission to the locations, luxury accommodations, and transportation. Since these short escapes are intended to precede your cruise, you will also be transported to the port on the last day of your adventure (which becomes the first day of your cruise so yay!!). The short escapes are available in Copenhagen, Disneyland/Southern California, Barcelona, Rome, and London. The second option, known as a “cruise supplement”, takes your cruise port days to a whole new level of being immersed and spoiled. Think of the cruise package add-on as your port day all-inclusive. While this package includes some onboard activities like an embarkation welcome reception, farewell on the final evening, and perhaps some exclusive behind the scenes fun, your days at sea are largely on your own to relax and enjoy the gorgeous ship. But your port days will be full of fun, all part of your package. Your group will join the two Adventure Guides on a preplanned day of highlights of the each port, of course with VIP access, transportation, and lunch included. Not a single thing you need to do or plan for your days in port, just add on the package and ABD does the rest. Loads of luxury, zero hassle. These add-ons are available on select dates for Alaska, Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Northern Europe, and Mediterranean cruises. You can check out Erin Foster’s review from her Mediterranean add on here!And of course there are more than 35 amazing standard Adventures on six continents. Yesterday ABD announced 2020 itineraries, including the exciting announcement of a “return” to Egypt in 2020! Starting on May 14, Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members can book new adventure dates two days before the general public.Would you consider an ABD add-on to your cruise? Discuss in the comments!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings. Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Call Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsStill riding the high of Avengers: Endgame? Counting down to your Marvel Day at Sea cruise? Disney has released some new character photos you can download and use as wallpaper on your mobile device. Who will you be repping?Ashley Long, the current cruise director on the Disney Wonder, recently gave an interview to Reader’s Digest talking about what life is really like as a DCL employee. Goals after reading about Ashley’s experience: find a job you love as much as she does!Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel. There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book. These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week:
Cricket MarketingClick here to EnlargeTrust Sourav Ganguly to sit still, remain silent, and yet cause a stir. On the Pakistan tour, Ganguly was seen at the Bage-e-Jinnah ground in Lahore swathed in layers against the cold with his head covered by a voluminous cap bearing three unmistakable white stripes.Ganguly, who,Cricket MarketingClick here to EnlargeTrust Sourav Ganguly to sit still, remain silent, and yet cause a stir. On the Pakistan tour, Ganguly was seen at the Bage-e-Jinnah ground in Lahore swathed in layers against the cold with his head covered by a voluminous cap bearing three unmistakable white stripes.Ganguly, who has no personal sports apparel sponsor, was wearing an Adidas cap despite the fact that the team’s official kit sponsor is Nike.In the brash new world of a marketing-savvy BCCI, this definitely qualified as a don’t-do-it moment. For those on the outside, it was worth an irreverent giggle. On the inside, no one was smiling. In the Sharad Pawar-run BCCI, the pairing of the Nike jacket and Adidas cap falls somewhere between sacrilege, purgatory and perdition.The arrival of Pawar and his allies to the high office in the BCCI came with a blaring of trumpets-about transparency, accountability and change-though it would be fair to say that the sound that threatens to drown all others at the moment is the ringing of the cash registers.In a marketing blitz first revealed a week before Christmas and which will take final shape at the onset of summer, the BCCI hopes to make Indian cricket a commercial entity with an average income of Rs 850 crore per year over the next four years.The Board’s marketing committee has drawn up an ambitious plan that gets its inspiration from the United States’ sporting franchises like Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.If the BCCI’s new marketing plan can be summarised in a single sentence, it is: to split the product-Indian cricket- down to its smallest marketable unit (SMU). The SMUs promise, and some say threaten, to change the vocabulary of cricket marketing in India. Broadcast rights no longer mean TV rights, the game’s single obsessive corporate issue for over 18 months.advertisementBroadcast now includes cable and terrestrial television, Internet (audio/video) and mobile telephony. To the BCCI, the latest wave in cellular technology, the 3G (Third Generation) mobile phone is not just a new revenue stream, it has the makings of a torrent. In SMU-speak, the humble phrase “radio rights” is split into AM, FM and Web.POSTER BOYS: The Indian team steps out in its new training gear in LahoreThe failure to maximise the financial potential of Indian cricket is being projected as one of the biggest lapses of the Board under Jagmohan Dalmiya. BCCI Vice-President and marketing committee member Shashank Manohar says, “That is for everyone to see and decide.”The new brooms are determined to redress this imbalance with speed, force and no little noise. One insider laughs, “You can show the incompetence of the previous regime over a period of time-these guys are trying to do it in one month.”A few weeks after the elections, Air Sahara retained the team’s sponsorship while Nike became the official kit sponsor and was given the merchandising rights. Marketing committee member and former Board chief I.S. Bindra reveals that Cricket Australia has 61 items of official merchandise. The replica shirt is the tip of the iceberg and player dolls are a cinch.The BCCI media contracts process is into its final stretch this weekend with the rights expected to be awarded by the time England begin their tour of India at the end of February. The title sponsorship of matches at home for the next four years will be up for sale after April.The last bundle of the BCCI’s wares, its official partnerships with airlines, hotels, insurance, beverage, energy drink and cellular companies, will take the longest to finalise.The award of television rights though will be watched most closely. Manohar says pointedly, “We don’t favour anybody and we do not disqualify anybody as the previous group did.” The tenders will allow all kinds of bidders: channels and other media companies.Kunal Dasgupta, CEO, Sony Entertainment Television, says, “It is a bit of a convoluted situation, which could bring in people who don’t have platforms like TV channels do. It could lead to implementation problems. A speculative situation like this one can go both ways. It is not clear what they might want to do.”The BCCI knows which way it is heading: to eventually run its own TV channel and control the picture going out to the world. The BCCI’s decision to produce its own feed (and hire its own commentators) is a return to its practice in the mid-1990s when Dalmiya and Bindra were best buddies and the Board sold cricket rights to Doordarshan for the first time to change the face of Indian cricket.advertisementTen Sports Vice-President Peter Hutton says taking over production “allows the Board to say that domestic cricket will definitely be televised while no broadcaster wants to spend on domestic cricket with little hope of return.”With so many SMUs up for the taking, there exists the possibility of overcrowding of logos on the landscape and a blurring or dilution of the brand that has paid for exclusivity. The BCCI’s long-time sponsors are not worried.According to Hero Honda’s official spokesperson, there is no worry about the dilution of brands. He says,”There are strict guidelines on these, laid down by the International Cricket Council. For a corporate, the more important thing is that the BCCI is run well and professionally, rather than who runs it.”Lokesh Sharma of Twentyfirst Century Media, an old player in the Indian cricket marketing, says, “It is a good idea to market specific categories but the BCCI needs to be careful that the rights don’t overlap.” The most obvious example is rights for cable TV and Internet video feed in a territory like the US where a single cable brings in the TV and the Net.Sourav Ganguly goes against the norm with his choice of headgearTicklish issues like where the official kit begins and ends are yet to be resolved.The players are already coughing a little politely. When they landed in Pakistan, the team was told by the BCCI that they had to wear trousers with the Nike logo as part of their official kit. Usually, players sport their own sponsors’ logo on their trousers.Similarly, it is believed there is a plan to impose a term pertaining to the kit sponsorship which states that the players’ bat stickers (individually sponsored) cannot sport a logo belonging to a Nike competitor. Jeet Banerjee of cricket marketing firm Gameplan says, “The BCCI’s initiatives will earn revenues and benefit players, but in cases where the players’ rights are involved, the BCCI needs to clarify the details of its deals.”More than earning, Indian cricket should watch its spending. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, says his state has the ideal cricket development model to be replicated in the country and that the Board was now ideally placed to plough the money back into the grassroots.Indian cricket, rich and not afraid to flaunt it, has already flexed its muscle in the West. An internal debate must now begin where it seeks to balance its SMUs with its LCDs (lowest common denominators).The urge to wring out the greatest financial benefit should not end up squeezing out Indian cricket’s most loyal stakeholders, the people in the cheap seats.
Lazio coach Inzaghi: Gasperini the best in the countryby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio coach Simone Inzaghi believes Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini is the best in the country.The two teams meet on Monday.Inzaghi said, “We know what we’ll be facing in Bergamo: an excellent team with a top-notch Coach, who has my unqualified respect. Alongside (Juventus boss Max) Allegri, he is the best in Italy.”Ever since I’ve trained in Serie A, I’ve been locking horns with Atalanta. That’s thanks to Gasperini’s work, which has consistently kept the team high up in the standings.”For our own part, we’ve been short of something in our process of development. It’s a problem that every other team has to deal with too, with the exception of Juventus.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Larry Johnson, the defensive line and assistant head coach at Ohio State University, refuses to accept mediocrity from his players. He expects nothing but the effort to be extraordinary.In an inspiring pump up speech to the Buckeyes, Larry Johnson motivated the team to push past the edge – past slacking performance – and become elite.He explains that elite “is not going to the edge and saying, ‘I’m average, I’m good for the day.’” With the team’s full focus in his grasp, the coach proclaims, “We got a chance to step on the edge…To be elite, you’ve got to take the fall. You can’t be afraid to jump…There’s no more average in this program!”Head coach Urban Meyer shared the inspirational speech on Twitter. You can watch the message below.Very lucky to have a coach like Larry Johnson on this staff to push our team past THE EDGE to become ELITE pic.twitter.com/9eD0FiEd0i— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 17, 2016If you don’t have chills, you can’t possibly be a true Buckeyes fan.Ohio State kicks off its 2016 season at home against the Bowling Green Falcons.
Jaipur: BJP MLA and former minister Vasudev Devnani has urged the Union government to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Rajasthan to get rid of Bangladeshi immigrants “illegally” staying in the state. The former education minister recently wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and claimed that the NRC was needed in the state as several Bangladeshi nationals have illegally settled in Ajmer, Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur, Jodhpur and other districts. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Devnani, who represents the Ajmer north assembly constituency, pointed out that several Bangladeshi nationals come to his constituency posing as pilgrims to visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Instead of returning, they stay back and work as labourers without revealing their real identities, the legislator alleged. He mentioned that many such illegal Bangladeshis have illegally encroached upon land and constructed houses in Ajmer. Some have even managed to obtain government IDs by furnishing fake documents and were involved in criminal activities like theft and loot which is disturbing communal harmony. “In view of the above, the NRC should be implemented in Rajasthan too,” the MLA said.
New Delhi: The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday reduced the prices of select models by Rs 5,000 (on ex-showroom prices). These models include all variants of Alto 800, Alto K10, Swift Diesel, Celerio, Baleno Diesel, Ignis, Dzire Diesel, Tour S Diesel, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross, MSI said in a statement. These models are priced in the range of Rs 2.93 lakh and Rs 11.49 lakh. The new prices will be applicable from September 25, 2019, across the country. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra This reduction of price will be over and above the current promotional offers for the company’s vehicle range, it added. The company said it is optimistic that the price reduction will bring down the cost of acquisition, especially for the entry-level customers. “This announcement around the festive season will help boost customer sentiment and revive the market to create demand,” MSI said. The company’s price reduction comes days after the government cut corporate tax last week with an aim to help industry overcome slowdown.
Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to open retail outlets for selling onions at controlled rates. Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R.K. Tiwari has asked all District Magistrates to open such outlets at the earliest. These outlets will also be opened at Mandi Parishad offices. The state government is also launching a crackdown on hoarding of onions. The Chief Secretary said a campaign should be launched to prevent hoarding of onions and reports on raids against hoarders should be sent to him by 5 p.m. every day. According to Principal Secretary, Horticulture, Sudhir Garg, “Storage limit is 50 tonne for wholesale traders and 10 tonne for retailers. It should be strictly complied with.” “Four centres each have been opened in Lucknow, Allahabad and Moradabad, two in Saharanpur and one each in Rampur, Agra, Aligarh, Meerut, Bareilly, Barabanki, Shahjahanpur, Badaun, Bahraich and Siddhartha Nagar,” he said.