This is the dark time…

first_img…for GuyanaJust when your Eyewitness thought it couldn’t get any worse, up comes news that some smart cock at GECOM evidently decided to slurp off the gravy train that’s been rolling through Guyana since May 2015. $100M worth of slurping!! Now, Dear Readers, you may say, with Ministers renting drug warehouses just in case a meteor MIGHT hit the Government’s brand new warehouse – and not so incidentally setting back the Government $450M – and billion-dollar write-offs and settlements flowing fast and furious, what’s the big deal about $100M?Well, it’s not just the $100M…it’s the fact that this has happened at GECOM. And in case some have forgotten what GECOM stands for in Guyana – let your Eyewitness give you a quick refresher. GECOM represents the return to law and order to a land that was raped for 28 years – political, social, economic and physical rape – plus, of course, “kick down the door bandits” to add the finishing touch to the degradation of the lawlessness.All of the above was due to the Government of Forbes Burnham keeping himself in power through the rigging of elections. Why? Well, if those Big Ones who were controlling all the resources of the State – and its ultimate power to snuff out the lives of citizens – got and kept that power illegally, what was the rest of the country to do? It ranged from those working in factories who literally stripped the buildings of even light bulbs and fixtures to sell on the black market to the Ministers who sold licences to the highest bidder.It was every thief for himself and the devil take Guyana. So when we had free and fair elections in 1992 through the good offices of Jimmy Carter who helped to create an INDEPENDENT GECOM – which DID lead to a change of government, not unnaturally lots of folks – including this Eyewitness had a soft spot for the elections body. He’d heard of the Indian Elections Commission, which was able to do so much for democracy in that fractious country by standing above the fray – and the graft – and insisting on harking to the rule of law.So when we now hear about even this organisation getting tainted with the brush of corruption, it brings the feeling invoked by Martin Carter when he spoke to his most intimate partner – to who one obviously expresses one’s innermost thoughts – that “it’s a dark time, my love”.In this case, the “love” is Guyana and it would appear that yes, we all should cry for our beloved land.…for the USACan you imagine the President of Philippines – a fella by the name of Duterte – had the temerity to call President Obama of the US a “son of a bitch”?? What has the world come to, when a former colony that’s still out in the global boondocks can describe the most powerful man on planet earth in such terms?? Don’t people know their place anymore? Was he taking a cue from all those US rednecks who called Obama all sorts of names..and not just “Hussein”!!Only presidents of the US can call other leaders of countries “sons of bitches”. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – obviously not the Roosevelt who “talked softly but carried a big stick” – said of the leader of Nicaragua, “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” And everyone took this as a compliment! But then who gets to define others has the power, nuh?Look at how fast Duterte stuck his tail between his legs and said he REALLY didn’t mean to insult Obama!!…for fowlcocksEver seen fowlcocks in front of a henhouse? Jumping up and down, crowing at the top of their airbags as if the sky were falling? But the hens? They couldn’t care less!!And that’s the story of Patrick Yarde and the Government with the GPSU wage negotiations!!last_img read more

The Judiciary threatened – APNU/AFC want a sycophant Judiciary

first_imgThe Deputy Solicitor General has written to the Public Service Commission citing harassment from the Attorney General. The outgoing Solicitor General has written a letter in the media informing us that the Attorney General refused her advice on the matter that caused him to publicly rebuke the Deputy Solicitor General. This is the latest assault on the Judiciary, assaults that have been persistent and increasingly threatening, as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) seeks to transform the Judiciary from an independent arm of Government to a mindless and authoritarian sycophant.These are ominous times for Guyana – freedom and democracy are at stake. Far from an exercise of hyperbole, I am fearful that authoritarianism is rapidly descending over our beautiful Guyana, AGAIN. APNU/AFC has not yet completed two years in office, but they have moved rapidly away from democratic norms of governance to dictatorship. As part of the rapid decline of Guyana’s democracy and APNU/AFC’s iron-fisted clamp down on democratic norms, APNU/AFC has targeted the Judiciary, actively transforming the Judiciary from an independent arm of Government to being sycophantic and a “creature” of the executive.When APNU/AFC’s youth czar, the elderly Aubrey Norton, dared to cross Desmond Hoyte, who was the Leader of the Opposition at the time (about 1999), Hoyte dismissed him as Chairman of the People’s National Congress (PNC), pronouncing Norton was nothing but a “creature” appointed by the Leader. The present version of the PNC, APNU/AFC, appears still enamoured of Hoyte’s guidance – all individuals and all statutory agencies and bodies are nothing but “CREATURES” of the executive. APNU/AFC expects a loyalty vow from the Judiciary and that means always rule in favour of the Government when the Government is a party to any legal matter. In other instances, always rule as instructed, even in criminal matters.The law according to APNU/AFC is what Basil Williams, as Granger’s man, says. APNU/AFC has governed with an expectation that the Judiciary must act and behave, not as the law dictates, but in accordance with the whims and fancies of APNU/AFC. When the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) insists on independence and filing charges based on the evidence and not instructions from the Government, she was bypassed by appointments of special prosecutors who are linked to Joe Harmon and Bail Williams, family and friends.When former Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled that the presidential term limit in the Constitution is illegal, he had to face the wrath of APNU/AFC. Similarly, when Carl Singh as the Chancellor and Chair of the Appeals Court (three judges) read the Appeals Court ruling in a matter which the Attorney General appealed he was castigated for not knowing his place in the new dispensation. These instances are only the more prominent ones, but similar threats to make judges and the judicial system more malleable are everyday occurrences in Guyana.I am not aware of Ms Kissoon’s political leanings, but she clearly is a professional who refuses to cower to brutal political recrimination. I doubt that the former Chief Justice is afraid of the likes of Basil Williams or APNU/AFC. He was a professional that ruled against the Government when Bharrat Jagdeo was President, when Donald Ramotar was President and now when Granger is President. He ruled against the Government when the Attorney Generals were strong men, such as Charles Ramson, Doodnauth Singh and Anil Nandlall. Carl Singh has similarly ruled against Government when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was in charge and now when APNU/AFC is in charge. APNU/AFC has not only used the Attorney General, but used its Goebel, Raphael Trotman and the Chronicle to tell Carl Singh he better mind his manners. In the meantime, we are reliably informed they have already identified his successor, even though a successor can only be appointed with the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition.While there are others in the Judiciary and in the statutory bodies that are part of the judicial system who will not be intimidated, APNU/AFC is determined to transform the Judiciary into one that is a sycophant, one that will be loyal to the wishes of the Government and not the law. In the coming months we will see an exodus as people are forced out and new ones enter. The new ones will have to pass a loyalty test. It is time for Guyanese to speak up. An independent Judiciary is the bedrock of any democracy. When judges and judicial officers like the DPP and Solicitor Generals are asked to rock with the wind, tyranny is in charge.(Send comments to doc_ram@hotmail.com)last_img read more

Facts…

first_img…vs interpretationsThings were proceeding so blithely after the “scientific revolution”, the chattering class of Europe declared their era the “Age of Enlightenment”! In capitals! But there came a fella Nietzsche, who upended it all with his mordant perspective on the received wisdom. (“Nee-chee”, like the sewing machine!) One of his pithy pronouncements was “there are no facts, only interpretations”.This view’s even more radical than the new Trump Epistemological Doctrine on “alternative facts”. With the latter, both the speaker and the audience accept there are, in fact, something ontologically grounded, called “facts”. What Nietzsche asserted and all his post-modern followers assert is there are no such “facts” out there to be “discovered”, independently of our interpretations!Now, if you think your Eyewitness must’ve inhaled some good old “Jamaican Gold” to be carrying on like this, he didn’t. He’s just trying to offer a possible explanation for the “explanations” being offered for the firings of some high-placed officials in the State apparatus. It all started when Justice Kennard was given 36 hours’ notice to clear his desk as Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA). The Minister to whom he reported – Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan – said, even though his performance was exemplary, he was let go by Prezzie on account of his “age”.Now Prezzie’s finally confirmed this assertion. And this is where the matter of “facts and interpretations” arise. It is, after all, a fact that Justice Kennard is nearing 80 – but who gets to “interpret” this fact to make him too “old” and incapable of performing his job that he should, therefore, be sent out to pasture? As your Eyewitness said before, Prezzie has the power to appoint the Chair to the PCA – but nowhere in the act does it extend that power to fire the man. There is – we’re told – the niceties of the “rule of law” to be complied with, no?On what grounds has Prezzie, therefore, determined that Kennard is in his dotage? Prezzie echoed the subject Minister Ramjattan that Kennard was performing ably in his job, so it can’t be a matter of “competency”. Prezzie intimated he’s about to issue a directive on this issue of age limits on the job. But isn’t this putting the cart before the horse? And is this a role for him, or the legislature? And then, in our newfound Republican awareness, maybe it ought to be the subject for a referendum?And why wouldn’t Prezzie say whether the new rule would apply to 80-year-old Hamilton Green “O.R.”.Is it, to paraphrase Humpty Dumpty, a word is whatever Prezzie wants to interpret it as??!!…on GECOMLike Bobby Brown, Prezzie’s also asserted some “prerogatives”. Here, to interpret the Constitution on who chairs GECOM. Prezzie seems to feel the person ought to not only be “sober as a judge” but to’ve actually been a judge.But your Eyewitness thinks events have highlighted the need for some new skills. Ironically on the same day the departing Chair penned a rather sweet letter to his staff echoing Juliet’s “parting is such sweet sorrow” line, came a reminder that some in the same staff might’ve connived to swindle hundreds of millions from the Elections’ watchdog.No one can even hint the outgoing Chair was involved with those shenanigans. Not only is it clear the judge-like fella wasn’t one to suffer fools (gladly or otherwise!), it’s a cert someone who felt the sting of his acerbic tongue in this small, ego-riven country would’ve long spilled the beans on him, if he’d dipped his hand into any till. So maybe the GECOM chair should be an accountant who’s fit to be a judge.Chris Ram, anyone?…on Education ReformThe Minister has named a Task Force, and tasked it with convening a Working Group, to work to form a Focus Committee, which will focus on launching an Action Quorum to report back to him.By 2020??last_img read more

Shooting down…

first_img…oil gambitFrom the moment Raphael Trotman floated the notion of an oil refinery for Guyana — and then hired an “expert,” back in January, to determine its ‘feasibility” — your Eyewitness said he was wasting our money. The fella was going to be paid $10M to do a “desk study” — meaning he’d just look at the literature of the subject and make a pronouncement — which is precisely what your Eyewitness did back then, and concluded:“Trotman’s just hired a $10 million consultant to advise him as to whether we should build a refinery here!! Has he worked out why Trinidad loses its shirt every year on its refinery? Or why Hess closed the largest refinery in the Caribbean? Or that Uganda’s minuscule 30,000bbl/d refinery will cost US$4.3 billion?”So now that the “expert” has also pronounced that a refinery is just not feasible for us, does your Eyewitness get even $1M for giving Trotty an early warning of what to expect??But it all goes back to the cluelessness of Trotman for the portfolio he holds — Natural Resources. We all know he’s just stringing along the APNU/AFC supporters about jobs being “in the pipeline”, but was he so dumb to think his hired “expert” would support his pie-in-the-sky nonsense??  Hey! The “expert” was part of Hess when they closed the aforementioned Refinery in the Virgin Islands!! If Hess couldn’t keep a refinery going, can Guyana?Trotman said they needed the study ‘cause his Government was being inundated with requests to set up a refinery here!! So why did GUYANA have to do a feasibility study? Shouldn’t those “investors” — if they exist — foot that bill? After all, it’d be their money — a minimum of US$5 billion!! – on the line. Right?? Or maybe not. Was it a “political investment” demanding dividends??And that brings us to that other airy-fairy dream: the US$500M “oil facility” of Trotman’s trumpeting. Your Eyewitness had also punctured this “there’s jobs ahead” ploy. And just like with the refineries, the pin used was “Who’s gonna cough up the US$500M?” ExxonMobil, the biggest whale in the oil ocean, already said very clearly they ain’t interested!! And if the company that’ll be employing the 300 employees on their FPSO doesn’t need this facility, who does?? Another “political investor”?? Trotman had better spend some time figuring out if Guyana will EVER get any money from our undersea oil. Exxon might’ve sunken, let’s say, a cool billion (US) dollars on exploration and the FPSO front end engineering costs on Stabroek.But they’ve just spent US$6B on shale oil…which is cheaper and safer than ours!! Let’s not count our barrels before they’re pumped!!…the “right thing”On the “ANSA Pharma Arch” fiasco, the PM’s Shill, otherwise known as “DPI” (dots per inch??) claimed it was all due to “a desire by this Government to please and to do the right thing.” His Govt, he opined, needs to be “shrewd”. He should take his own advice: be “shrewd,” and not “shrewish,” as he is wont to do!!So let’s look at the advice from MLK, famously offered by Spike Lee at the end of his film ‘Do the Right Thing’: “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys a community and makes brotherhood impossible.”Isn’t this what the present actions of the Shill’s government amount to to its “non-supporters”??…Duty-freeYou’d think we’ve heard it all about the rules on importing “duty-free” vehicles, right??  Wrong!! Yesterday we learnt something new. When anyone breaks the rules, they’re hauled before the courts; but when the GRA breaks the rules for one of its own, it’s “flexibility”!!last_img read more

Roadside Hang-outs in Rural Guyana: a fading tradition

first_imgLomarsh RoopnarineIf you are unfamiliar with rural Guyana, particularly in the Corentyne, and happen to be traveling in this region you will find one unique characteristic that is probably absent elsewhere in Guyana and the Caribbean. You will find groups of young men around eighteen to thirty years old hanging out in a semi-circle on one or both sides of the public road. It is customary for young men, and sometimes older men, to form groups on the parapets of the main public road on the Corentyne in the early mornings and evenings to discuss all sorts of events that happen in the village, in Guyana and in the international community. If a cricket match is being played between the West Indies and England, if someone is having an affair, or if a young lady is sexually available, the discussion can go on late into the night with selective whispering occasioned by a sudden burst of laughter.The gathering of these young men is more than just about hanging out, more than idle talk and speculation. It is an opportunity for them to discuss what is not said in their homes, what has not been allowed in their schools, temples, churches. It is also an opportunity for them to unlearn what they have learned, to learn about what they were not allowed to learn such as sex, dirty jokes, foul language, and the challenges of a budding masculinity. The roadside hangout is a sanctuary, a rite of passage in the absence of formal private dwellings for unemployed, perverse, progressive, inexperienced young men. One white American visitor to the Corentyne described this daily gathering of young men as “conversational corners of village life.” He was apparently confused as to why so many young men would rather hang out on the side of the road than attend his evening pastoral preaching.No one is entirely sure where this tradition of young men hanging out on the roadside mornings and evenings comes from since it is uncommon in urban Guyana and in other Caribbean islands. In these latter places, the gathering tends to occur in the homes, shops, churches, bars, parks, abandoned buildings and at the marketplace. It appears that the custom of young men hanging out on the roadside started during the indentured period, supposedly a tradition transferred from rural India to British Guiana in the nineteenth century.Interestingly, too, is that the structure of the road and tropical climate dictate why and when the grouping occurs. Unlike most roads in the Caribbean, the road in the Corentyne does not have significant feeder roads, so the main public road is wide enough to facilitate all sorts of activity from general traffic that includes motored vehicles, bicycles, donkey carts, pedestrians, peddlers, and, yes, conversational corners. The tropical heat allows for grouping to occur in the cooler mornings and evenings, although, grouping can occur at any time when quarrels and fights happen in the village.What makes this tradition even more intriguing is that it has survived police surveillance, but with the introduction of television in the early 1990s the tradition has been fading slowly as the younger generation has become victims of excessive TV watching. Real conversations are being replaced by fictional TV characters. I am not sure if roadside hang-outs will continue in rural Guyana. We cannot, however, nonchalantly downplay the significance and importance of roadside hang-outs to village life replete with limited social services. Roadside hang-outs have empowered, especially impoverished village denizens, to deal with the exigency of village life. The closing down of the sugar estates along the Corentyne might very well provide fodder for the longevity of roadside hang-outs insofar as to cohere and co-exist in an environment where rural stability and happiness have become elusive goals. (lomarsh.roopnarine@jsums.edu)last_img read more

Sepp Blatter plans to sue FIFA, Gianni Infantino for damaging his reputation

first_imgMOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives to the hotel St Regis in Moscow, on June 19, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter plans to sue world football’s governing body and his successor for allegedly spreading “false information” and damaging his reputation, according to a news report published Wednesday.“I will take legal actions against Gianni Infantino and FIFA,” Blatter told Swiss news magazine Weltwoche.ADVERTISEMENT And he questioned the channels through which the payment had come to prosecutors’ attention four years later, saying he suspected Infantino.“The way my successor has treated me is incomprehensible, given that he took over a very profitable organisation,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books He alleged that FIFA had spread “fake information and a deceitful representation” of the facts.Among other things, he challenged allegations that following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil he had received a bonus of 12 million Swiss francs ($12 million, 10.5 million euros).“Information that I received this bonus is false,” he said.He also charged that false allegations had been made about his pension, and lamented that FIFA had failed to hand back his belongings confiscated after his suspension, including a valuable watch collection and personal documents.Blatter, whose is serving a six-year ban from world football, also insisted that a $2-million payment he authorized in 2011 to Michel Platini, former head of UEFA and his one-time heir apparent, had been handled correctly.ADVERTISEMENT NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu “I’ve had it. Enough is enough,” he said.The 83-year-old former president was suspended from FIFA in 2015 amid a gigantic corruption scandal that rocked world football to its core.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut he claimed in Wednesday’s interview that statements issued by FIFA regarding alleged payments he had received contained false information.“The information and the different statements issued by FIFA regarding my income are untrue and have therefore been detrimental to my reputation,” he said. PBA D-League: Petron-Letran routs Batangas-EAC, awaits fate of playoff bid Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card View commentslast_img read more

Nelle, Kwekuteye spark Lions victory

first_imgEvan Nelle hit a key triple that capped a strong finish sparked by James Kwekuteye as San Beda held off La Salle, 83-78, in Friday’s Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup action at Filoil Flying V Centre.Nelle’s triple with 16.2 seconds remaining cemented the Red Lions’ fourth win in as many matches but Kwekuteye also proved instrumental as he bunched five straight points to give San Beda a 78-73 cushion going into the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga In other matches, University of the Philippines demolished University of Santo Tomas, 89-72, while Far Eastern U booted out St. Benilde, 70-57.The Maroons controlled the Tigers from the get-go, before Bright Akhuetie and Kobe Paras conspired late in the fourth to put the outcome beyond reach, 83-69, 2:11 to play.“We talked about it before the game, at practice last night actually,” said UP assistant coach Ricky Dandan, who subbed for coach Bo Perasol, who was on his way back from a trip to Japan.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle dropped to 4-2.Kwekuteye led San Beda with 20 points, 13 coming in the final quarter—including three triples. Nelle added 12 while Arnaud Noah chipped in 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDown four at the start of the final period, San Beda’s Clint Doliguez opened with a triple that kicked the Lions offense into high gear.Andrei Caracut had a triple that had the Archers within two, 80-78, before Nelle drained the pivotal triple that cemented the win. Caracut led La Salle with 14 points while Justine Baltazar added 13. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge MOST READ Huge field vies in PPS Olivarez tennis LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickslast_img read more

Running A Start-up With A full-time Job? Hard Work, But Not Impossible

first_imgMany believe they have to give up formal employment and a stable salary to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. But Kenyan entrepreneur Alex Mwaura Muriu (27) has proven it is possible to do both. Muriu is the founder of Farm Capital Africa, a new crowdfunding model that enables investing in small-scale African agri-preneurs. This week, Muriu’s initiative won second place in the 2015 Innovation Prize for Africa.He is currently also working full-time as digital brand manager at the Kenya Commercial Bank, and believes he would have struggled to get Farm Capital Africa to where it is today if he wasn’t employed as well. As a young father, husband and entrepreneur, Muriu requires a stable salary to get his start-up off the ground, while being able to put food on the table.But how has he managed to do both jobs at once? Muriu says it hasn’t been easy, and warns that divided attention can put entrepreneurs at risk of losing both positions. However, some tactics have helped him do both.Get the right managers in place“One of the smartest things I did was getting on board my co-founder, Jason Musyoka, who is the chief operations officer at Farm Capital Africa.”Muriu explains that managing finance and operations are one of the most time-consuming tasks of running a company, and he needed someone able to focus on the financial details full-time, which he admits is not his strength.“So when I took Jason in I knew that about 60% of my time would be saved by having him there… it really saved me numerous headaches.”Muriu then found someone who could efficiently undertake project management. “Now with these two [managers] in place, my role in the company really came down to fundraising. And that’s not something I need to do from 8am to 8pm.”Working 14-16 hours a dayMuriu says he holds most meeting between 6:30 and 8:30am before work. He also utilises his lunch hour to meet investors, and then between 6pm and 9pm after work. This can translate into 14-16 hour working days.“And then there are weekends, especially Saturday mornings, and my wife knows I won’t be home,” he says.“I relax a bit on Sunday, and then Monday we get back on the climb again… But then again I am a young person. I can do it because my body is still in that place where I can work many long hours and still survive.”Be honest with potential employersHe also advises others looking to be employed while running a start-up to be honest with their employer and ensure there is no conflict of interest.Time management is also essential, as both jobs need to be given enough attention so that neither fall by the wayside.“If you are going to run a business while being employed, you will have to get used to the idea of long working hours, because you still have to give your employer the best,” he continues.However, he notes entrepreneurs juggling both employment and entrepreneurship might also have to accept that their start-up’s growth will be slower than they want it to be. “But that’s okay, because striking that balance in the interim until your business gets to a point where it can pay you a salary is important for success of the start-up. So be patient and plan your time really well.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fil-Indonesian Aziz Calim eyes ONE Manila debut despite Bangkok loss

first_imgLacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon For its 100th show, ONE to feature 2 full fight cards in ‘Century’ event in Japan “The game plan was to keep the fight on the feet and make it a striking battle where I know I had an advantage, but unfortunately the match went to the ground,” Calim said.“I was caught in a rear-naked choke. He was in mount and I was planning to escape, but my defense had holes. That’s why he was able to take my neck and execute the choke.”Calim is raring to rebound and he knows it would be best if he gets to redeem himself in front of his fellow Filipinos and get in touch with his roots.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? “There’s still one event in Manila this November and I hope to be part of that card,” said Calim, who speaks fluent Filipino.“I have Filipino blood, but I’ve never been to the Philippines, so that will be the best welcome party for me if my wish will be granted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 21-year-old Calim is coming off a submission loss in the first round to Ryuto Sawada.Calim, who was born in Saudi Arabia, lasted for only 69 seconds after getting caught with a rear-naked choke. Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Opencenter_img Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison PLAY LIST 01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison03:07Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Filipino-Indonesian Aziz Calim has never been to the Philippines but he hopes to finally make his first visit and fight in front of his hometown crowd before the year ends.ONE Championship is set to stage another show in Manila in November for ONE: Masters of Fate, an event Calim wishes to be included in.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Prestige May Take US$10.7M GOL Debt to Int’l Court

first_imgThe long awaited ruling in a US$10.7 million vehicle procurement debt case against the government, may likely end up in an international court of justice, if the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice fails to render a definite decision, the management of Prestige and Alliance Motor has threatened.The company said its intention to seek redress from an international court is due to the delay on the part of the Commercial Court to rule whether or not it has jurisdiction to handle the matter, which state lawyers have argued the Court cannot hear because it took place prior to its establishment by an Act of the Legislature in 2010.They did not name the international court to which they have resolved to file their case. Legal experts have observed that the matter could go to the ECOWAS Court.The ruling has been with the court that is being presided over by a three judge panel since February 2015, according to the company.“We filed the complaint against the government in 2012, and the court first heard the matter in February 2015, after which they reserved ruling,” the company’s legal team said.“After that, the court again asked the parties to appear before it in October 2015, but mandated us to file a proposed ruling, which we did, and up to this time (we are) without a ruling,” he said.“Our partner is putting extra pressure on the company to take the matter to an international court of justice for redress, since the court cannot tell us whether or not it has jurisdiction over the matter.” The company, through the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, in 2012, filed a lawsuit against the Liberian government contending that from 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad, a Lebanese businessman, sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to US$10.7 million to several government institutions, adding that the Liberian government is yet to pay the debt, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent appeals.Government lawyers said the establishment of the court in 2010 means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.They further argue that if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more