Dear Editor,We have seen, in our small country, far too many cases of severe and deadly abuse against our mothers, sisters, aunts and friends. We have grown to accept a system that encourages against women abusive behaviours that are unacceptable, and which pave the way for deadly levels of violence to take place.Women in Guyana have, for far too long, not been given enough attention and protect from our legal and enforcement systems. We have come to accept men speaking to women with disrespect; as if, when married, these women became their property, instead of their having entered a partnership of complementing abilities and mutual respect.Indeed, women also contribute to this dynamic by not setting, at an early stage, the boundaries that would allow the relationship to take the right path.I have, on many occasions, seen where men took out their frustrations on women, and expressed their dominance just because they were emboldened to so do.According to the UN body on women’s rights, even though Guyana has a strong legal framework for the protection of women’s rights, its implementation and enforcement arms are weak and susceptible to neglect and bribery, thus Guyana is unable to make cases of abuse disappear. The responsibility is therefore vested in our legal system to drive accountability, and at the feet of our leaders to create a higher sense of awareness regarding gender-based violence, so that we can change the course of our longstanding poor behaviours towards women.Another of our responsibilities is to empower women to take action at the slightest gesture of abuse; which should include arming them with the knowledge to detect early signs of abuse, and providing them with clear avenues to seek and obtain help. However, this is where it sometimes falls through, since many women would change their minds and turn a blind eye to the early warning signs. In many cases, women’s actions are driven by commitment to their children and other social pressures, such as what society would think and say about them.But the sad reality is that once a space is created for abuse to take place, it is almost certain that it would escalate to a severe type of violence against females. That is why parents should do more to teach their daughters self-defence techniques such as karate, and imbue them with a higher sense of independence when married or in a relationship.Parents also should do more to elevate the level of expectations their sons should satisfy when it comes to treating with women.There seems to be a disparity in the way men regard women who are unrelated to them from the way they regard their mothers, sisters and other female relatives. But, in reality, there should be no difference in the way men regard all women.In terms of leadership, we are seeing that women are doing a much better job of being leaders than men. For example, in politics, a woman leader of Germany has been showing stronger results and delivering more peace and stability than her male counterparts. We have also seen the power of Michele Obama, who has inspired women across the globe with her strength and fearless approach to challenging the status quo in regard to how women are viewed by some men.As Guyanese, we must not accept mediocrity, but should instead strive to raise the bar in all aspects of life.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkins
Elevate women’s rights in Guyana
Rangers misfit handed additional three-game ban taking total suspension to SEVEN matches
Bilel Mohsni Former Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni has received an additional three-game ban following his Motherwell meltdown – taking his total suspension to seven matches.The Tunisia international was given a four-game punishment after he was red carded for punching and kicking Well striker Lee Erwin in the seconds after Gers’ humiliating 6-1 aggregate play-off final defeat.But now Scottish Football Association disciplinary bosses have increased his ban after finding him guilty of two further offences during a Hampden hearing. 1
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Presidents open park border post
12 October 2007President Thabo Mbeki, Botswana President Festus Mogae and Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba jointly opened the Mata Mata Tourist Access Facility, a port of entry between South Africa and Namibia within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Africa’s first Peace Park.The Kgalagadi, a San word meaning “place of thirst”, is Africa’s first proclaimed transfrontier park and authorities are hoping to increase ease of travel for tourists by creating shorter routes between the three countries, especially since it is popular for its 4×4 wilderness trails.The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park incorporates the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. Comprising of an area of almost 3.8-million hectares, nearly twice the size of the Kruger National Park, it is one of very few conservation areas of its size left in the world.There are six different camps, three traditional rest camps and three wilderness camps. The three oldest rest camps are Twee Riviere, (Two Rivers) close to the entrance; Nossob, next to the Nossob River; and Mata Mata next to the Namibian border. Twee Rivieren is the largest camp and also the administrative headquarters.For tourists, electricity and cell phone reception in these areas are available 24 hours, while luxury accommodation is available at Twee Rivieren.The new port of entry is expected to benefit the region by showcasing its unique eco-tourism packages during the hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when thousands of visitors are expected to visit the country.In 2006 the South African government announced a R395-million infrastructure investment in the park, in the lead up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.In preparation thereof, the South African government announced a R395-million infrastructure investment in the park in 2006, which would include the building and upgrading of accommodation as well as the construction of roads within the park.Senior South African officials are also to open the Sendelingsdrift Tourist Access Facility this month, launching the pontoon, a floating platform that tourists will use to cross the Orange RiverThis will form the international border between South Africa and Namibia within the Ai/Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.The opening of the Mata Mata and Sendelingsdrift Tourist Access Facilities are key to the strategy for desert tourism which explores the natural linkage between Kgalagadi and the Ai/Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier parks, South Africa’s Augrabies Falls National Park and the soon to be declared Sperregebiet National Park in Namibia.Source: BuaNews
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Executives Invest. Purchasing Controls Pricing.
There are a lot of questions about the trends analysis and implications framework in my third book, Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “What trends and implications do I share with people in a purchasing role to engage them in a more strategic conversation.”Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchThere are no rules in sales, and you have to know them all, which is to say context matters. Generally, executive leaders invest in strategic outcomes, and people in purchasing roles tend to control the prices the company accepts, outcomes that are often at odds and the main reason, so many companies incur higher costs as the result of underinvesting.ExceptionsThere are exceptions to every rule (including this one). There are people in purchasing roles who see their role as “reducing costs” and ensuring the effectiveness of their companies “supply chain.” These enlightened purchasing types often reject the lowest priced offerings because their experience suggests that the “vendor” will cause them to incur higher prices.The idea of a strategic partner is a concept that intimates a different relationship and greater accountability than a vendor or supplier, titles that suggest a low price and the equally low value one should expect. There are purchasing agents and supply chain managers who will accept a higher price when you can justify it for them.These are, however, exceptions. Most of the time, the greater investment conversation needs to be held at a different level, with the stakeholders who are accountable for the overall success of the organization.Executives InvestExecutive leaders invest in the products, services, and solutions that help them achieve their strategic goals, including their financial goals. Sometimes those goals include reducing the money they spend in certain categories. But more often than not, the decision-makers are willing and able to invest in the capabilities and outcomes they are responsible for delivering, even when it means investing more than they are now.Most executives know that their purchasing team is going to ask for a discount or concession around pricing, and many will defend the investment if the salesperson they’re working with can help them justify the delta between what they are investing now or competitive alternatives.If you want to have a productive conversation about trends, implications, and investment, you are more likely to find a receptive and engaged audience made up of decision-makers and management than purchasing agents, even though you will occasionally bump into a supply chain manager who is trying to spend more to ensure the outcomes their company needs to succeed.If you are going to err one way or the other, assume leadership wants to invest and purchasing wants you to lower your price, and act accordingly. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
53% voting in U.P. by-poll
An average turnout of 53% was recorded in the Sikandra by-poll on Thursday, a seven percentage drop from the 2017 election. Except for seven EVMs which had to be replaced after “minor technical complaints,” Ramesh Chandra Rai, joint election officer, said polling went off smoothly. The seat in Kanpur Dehat fell vacant following the death of the BJP MLA Mathura Prasad Pal in July. The BJP won the seat comfortably by over 38,000 votes.The party deployed all its strength to retain the seat with both Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and State president Mahendra Nath Pandey campaigning. The result will be well-watched in the backdrop of the recent civic body polls in which though the BJP had won the Kanpur Mayor election, it lost the Sikandra nagar panchayat chairman post. It was locked in a three-way contest with the Samajwadi Party and the Congress. Counting takes place on Sunday.The SP again fielded Seema Sachan while Prabhakar Pandey was the Congress nominee. The BJP fielded the deceased MLA’s son, Ajit Pal.The SP received a boost after the Nishad Party and the Peace Party, two regional outfits with influence among specific communities, extended their support to it to end the “atrocities faced by oppressed sections especially the OBCs, the Dalits and the Muslims under the BJP government in the State and the Centre”.The BSP does not contest by-polls.
Honda launches CB300R in India, price starts at Rs 2.41 lakh
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India today launched Neo Sports Cafe inspired CB300R in the country at an introductory price of Rs 2.41 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India). Coming from the company’s ‘sport naked’ family, the bike will be available for sale through the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route for the domestic market.Inspired from CB 1000R, CB300R will be available in two colour options — Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red. The middle-weight segment motorcycle is Honda’s third ‘Make in India’ model under the CKD line-up and the company is claiming that in just 25 days since the start of bookings, the new bike is booked for over three months based on the two-wheeler manufacturer’s current production plan. CB300R comes in a super compact trapezoid form. The hardware has been coloured in black. It gets an aluminum radiator shroud and a steel tabular frame. The dual chamber exhaust on the rear sports contrasting black with chrome underslung. Honda claims that CB300R is the lightest motorcycle in its category with a kerb weight of 147 kgs. It gets a 286cc, DOHC, four-valve, liquid cooled single-cylinder powertrain with PGM-FI technology that produces 31 bhp of power and 27.4 Nm of torque. The engine’s interior has a two-room structure for increasing acceleration efficiency. The company is also claiming the bike to have the best-in-class torque-to-weight ratio. The motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox, with a multiplate wet clutch. The motorcycle features disc brakes both up front (37.6 CM2) and at the back (30.0 CM2) and will feature dual-channel ABS that works on first-in-class IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). The IMU action gives a uniform front to rear distribution of ABS operation and maintains stability of the vehicle even during sudden brake application.advertisement The new frame on CB300R mixes pressed and tabular steel and is anchored by pressed steel swingarm pivot plates. These are complimented by 41mm USD front forts. It also gets fat bar-style handlebars. All the lights, including indicators, on CB300R are LED. The round metal rim headlight, with its built-in horseshoe, comes with the signature two-bar light feature while the taillight is the thinnest ever to be mounted on a Honda motorcycle. The thin, lightweight and fully digitalized LCD meter display provides information pertaining to speed, engine rpm, fuel level and gear position, with warning lights arrayed across the top.Introduction of Honda CB300R will debut the company’s new silver wing-mark in India. The bookings for the motorcycle had commenced last month at select Honda dealerships across the country for an amount of Rs 5,000. It is expected to challenge the likes of KTM 390 Duke and BMW G310 R.ALSO READ | Ford expected to introduce Endeavour facelift in India on February 22, bookings open for the premium SUVALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 vs Hyundai Creta: Here are details about engines, safety features of the two compact SUVsALSO READ | Lamborghini launches Huracan EVO in India, supercar priced at Rs 3.73 crore
WATCH: PL stars hit FIFA 18 red carpet
Videos WATCH: For the ballers – Premier League stars walk FIFA 18 red carpet Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:26 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Videos Gaming Premier League The most-anticipated game of the year dropped last week and some of English football’s glitterati were among those out to celebrate its arrival Last week the long wait was finally over. The most anticipated game of 2017 dropped Friday as EA Sports released FIFA 18 with a host of Premier League stars joining Goal at the launch event.And the lads were quick to focus on the one they’d all been talking about: their stats. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I’m happy with the 80, I will accept that. But, my pace – 85? I’m definitely more than that,” chuckled West Ham’s Michail Antonio. “My strength, 82?! How am I 82?”Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile, was focused solely on backing up his reputation as one of the league’s finest FIFA players.“I’m known to be the best,” he said. “So I’m here to prove it.”
Larry Nassar survivor: mother billed for sessions at which I was abused
The sentence hearing for the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has heard one survivor’s mother is still being billed for sessions at which she was sexually abused.Nassar spent nearly 30 years with the USA Gymnastics program as well as treating athletes at Michigan State University. He faces up to 125 years in jail after admitting sexually abusing women and girls in his care. Many statements from victims and their attorneys at the hearing, which has stretched into a second week, have centered on the fact that USA Gymnastics and Michigan State allegedly enabled Nassar’s abuse for as long as two decades. On Monday, 15-year-old Emma Ann Miller said she was treated by Nassar as recently as August 2016, meaning she is “possibly the last child he will ever assault”. She added that Michigan State had continued to send bills to her mother. “My mom is still getting billed for appointments where I was sexually assaulted,” she said in her statement. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics told me to be quiet about Larry Nassar abuse Gymnastics “Adult after adult protected you,” Raisman, who won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, said when she appeared in court last week. “How do you sleep at night? You are the person they had ‘take the lead on athlete care’. I cringe to think your influence remains in the policies they [USA Gymnastics] claim will make athletes safe.“I will not rest until every last trace of the influence you had on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is.”Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee, have all been named as co-defendants in civil suits that appear headed to trial, with allegations that officials knew about Nassar’s abuse. On Monday, USA Gymnastics said three board members have decided to resign over the scandal. USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry said: “USA Gymnastics thanks Paul Parilla, Jay Binder and Bitsy Kelley for their many years of service to this organisation. We support their decisions to resign at this time. We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organisation.” Michigan State may well face action from Miller. She said she intended to pursue the university through court. “Are you listening, MSU? I’m 15 years old and I’m not afraid of you, nor will I ever be,” Miller said. “At 15, I shouldn’t know the inside of a courtroom, but I’m going to become real comfortable in one. So should you. I didn’t choose this circumstance. Nassar made that choice for us: your 20-year child-molesting employee. This is a burden at 15 I shouldn’t have to bear. But believe me MSU, bear I will.”Nassar was the target of derision last week when he told the judge that it was too difficult for him to listen to the victim impact statements. “You may find it harsh that you are here listening, but nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands,” said Aquilina. Nassar had already been sentenced to 60 years in prison in a separate case, regarding child abuse images. A Michigan State spokesperson told Associated Press that Miller’s complaint was being looked into but insisted: “I can tell you that patients of former MSU physician Larry Nassar will not be billed.”More than 100 women have come forward to say Nassar abused them. The survivors include one woman who was six when she says Nassar molested her, as well as Olympic champions Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. Law & Crime Network (@LawCrimeNetwork)#LarryNassar – Emma Ann Miller to MSU: “I’m 15 and I’m not afraid of you. ” pic.twitter.com/eCbPNAfC27January 22, 2018 Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more US sports Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Michigan news Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share via Email Reuse this content