Dear Editor,It is timely and extremely heartening to read that the Canadian Government, through its eminent High Commissioner, is advocating for free and fair elections locally. Notably, Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee recently said that: “Canada has always been supportive of free elections in Guyana and would advocate for this to continue.”The recent Nominations Day fiasco provides evidence of the less-than-acceptable behaviour that is being tolerated by many of GECOM’s Returning Officers from representatives of the PNCR. These happenings reflect the staff imbalances and no doubt, compromise preparation and contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections. It is imperative to have a careful look and pursue comprehensive scrutiny towards justifying remedial actions.The nature of our democracy demands trust, confidence, accountability and transparency in all that is happening at GECOM. The Chairman of GECOM must respect United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and request a meeting towards following up on the findings of scope mission conducted by this most recognised and influential international organisation. This is in view of the pressing need for aiding and improving the accountability and verification mechanisms.It is no coincidence that the Information Technology (IT) expert whose services are desperately needed is being deliberately avoided. This is particularly relevant given that the laws of Guyana call for the IT tabulation and the manual tabulation to be completed before the election result is announced. The Chairman must, therefore, update the nation on his reasons for avoiding the findings of the United Nations Mission addressing this key support.The issue of ‘Missing in action’ and ‘hiding’ of GECOM’s key elections officials at critical junctures must be dealt with now. It would be recalled that in 2015, Mr Keith Lowenfield announced to the GECOM Commissioners that he cannot announced the Regional and General Elections results, because there were many ‘false’ Statements of Polls. On Thursday, May 14, 2015, when he was supposed to elucidate on the ‘false’ Statements of Polls, he went missing. Again when Lowenfield was supposed to be available to give leadership and guidance to his Returning Officers, he went into ‘hiding’. Additionally, Melanie Marshall, the Region Four Returning Officer in 2015, could not be found at critical times when she was required. This letter writer demands that all cats and mice games must stop now!The blatant disrespect for some Guyanese and vindictive attitude of the so-called employment ‘bureau’ at GECOM must be abandoned and an effective, criteria-driven system applied. The ‘Lords’ of GECOM who wish to continue embarrassing many Guyanese because of their ethnic background, are the true evils of the system. Every rope has an end and they should be wary that biased illegal disenfranchisement of citizens may lead to serious consequences.As we approach the date for Local Government Elections, the nation is looking keenly at what is happening. There are serious and too many things that are happening to strengthen mistrust and there are serious questions in respect to accountability, transparency, and corruption.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
One hundred and seventy-eight (178) of the country’s young men and women graduated with honours from the Guyana Industrial Training Centre (GITC), after successfully completing various skill programmes.The GITC’s graduating class of 2019The graduates were recipients of both the National Vocational Qualification certificate and Caribbean Vocational Qualification certificate for expertise in areas such as data operations, masonry, metalwork engineering, plumbing, motor vehicle repairs, furniture making, electrical installation and welding.Chairman of GITC and Government Technical Institute’s (GTI) Board, Vincent Alexander urged the graduates to understand the standards to which they were exposed.He charged them to pursue higher qualifications and keep abreast with developments in their particular field so they remain relevant.Professor Michael Scott delivering the feature addressDelivering the feature address at the 53rd ceremony, was Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Michael Scott. He told the graduates that the graduation exercise marks the provision of employable people in the new dispensation within Guyana.As such, he encouraged them to set themselves another target. “It’s better to aim at something and miss than to aim at nothing and always hit it.”The graduation was held under the theme “Embracing change, and strengthening capacity”.The theme, according to the GITC’s administrator, Dexter Cornette, delivers a message that it is essential to remain relevant in order to create an impact in society.With this, he disclosed that for 2019 only, the centre graduated its largest batch in history, with its enrolment for the 2019-2020 year being 401. Meanwhile, office administration and refrigeration along with AC repair will be added to the list of programmes.
0Shares0000Wall game: Lionel Messi tries for goal from a free-kick © AFPTANGIERS, Morocco, Aug 13 – Barcelona battled back to defeat Sevilla 2-1 and win the Spanish Supercup on Sunday with French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele hitting a sensational winner to help give Lionel Messi a winning start as captain.It was Barcelona’s 13th Supercup and sixth in the last nine seasons. However, Sevilla squandered a golden chance to send the match into extra-time when Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty.Pablo Sarabia gave Sevilla the lead after just nine minutes on a counter-attack.Gerard Pique, who announced his international retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.That set the stage for French star Dembele to take the headlines with a 78th minute screamer from 25 yards and again Messi played a crucial role with the key pass.There was still time for late drama when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Aleix Vidal in the area as the Sevilla youngster closed in on an equaliser.But Ben Yedder hit a weak penalty which was easily saved by Ter Stegen.The match had endured a controversial build-up when Sevilla threatened to file a complaint against Barcelona if the La Liga champions fielded more than three non-EU players.The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Saturday that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the EU for the Supercup, despite only three being allowed in squads for league matches.Sevilla said they could file a complaint if Barca name an “improper lineup” in Tangier.New signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur were expected to be Barca’s three non-EU players on Sunday, although Brazilian centre-back Marlon also travelled with the squad.In the end, 21-year-old winger Malcom, signed from Bordeaux in the summer, was left out of the match day line-up.Philippe Coutinho has reportedly acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife in the last week, while his fellow South Americans Messi and Luis Suarez are already EU citizens.Sevilla qualified for Sunday’s match as last season’s Copa del Rey runners-up, after Barcelona won the league and cup double.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Neil Warnock has told talkSPORT he is not looking to return to management amid reports linking him with the Huddersfield Town job.The former Leeds and QPR boss is among the favourites to replace Mark Robins, who parted company with the Championship club following the opening day defeat to Bournemouth.Warnock, 65, has been working in the media since leaving Elland Road in April 2013, and, though he has stopped short of ruling himself out of contention to take the Terriers post, it appears unlikely he will be tempted to return to the dugout.“I know you never say never but at the minute I am enjoying what I am doing,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I can criticise referees and not get fined!“I don’t think it is a job now where young managers can come through and sort of build a club. It’s a case of ‘can I last a season’.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPetr Sykora scored twice and had an assist in his Pittsburgh home debut and the Penguins twice scored goals only seconds apart in a 5-4 victory over road-weary Stanley Cup champion Ducks on Saturday night. In an unusual twist created by the Ducks’ long trip to London to split two games with the Kings last weekend, the Penguins’ first home game was the Ducks’ fifth – and third in four nights – all of them home openers for the opposing team. The Ducks lost in a shootout Wednesday at Detroit before looking visibly fatigued in a 4-0 loss Friday at Columbus. Asked what the Ducks would do on the long flight home, defenseman Chris Pronger said, “Sleep. We’re too tired to get angry.” The Ducks played much better against Pittsburgh but, with a 1-3-1 record, are off to a bad start a year after they began 12-0-4 and 20-2-6 before eventually winning the Stanley Cup. They finally play their home opener Wednesday against Boston. They’re playing short-handed, too, without injured goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere and defenseman Mathieu Schneider and without two stars from the Cup team, defenseman Scott Niedermayer and forward Teemu Selanne. Each is weighing retirement. Jonas Hiller, who started, is the Ducks’ No. 3 goalie, behind Giguere and Ilja Bryzgalov. “We’ll be better when we get our group together,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. Sykora, a longtime Penguins antagonist while with New Jersey, put Pittsburgh up, 4-3, by putting in a rebound of Georges Laraque’s shot in front at 13:32 of the third. After the ensuing faceoff, Sidney Crosby – getting his first point in two games – beat defenseman Chris Pronger to the puck and found Ryan Malone in the slot for Pittsburgh’s second goal in 19 seconds. “I couldn’t ask for a better start at home,” said Sykora, who signed with the youthful Penguins to give them an experienced, Cup-winning scoring threat. “Georges made a great play, he crashed the net and really opened it up for me.” The Penguins, the NHL’s third highest-scoring team last season, scored only 20 seconds apart in the second period as Colby Armstrong and Evgeni Malkin each beat Hiller to make it 3-2. Malkin had a goal and an assist and Gary Roberts had two assists. “Everyone was motivated to play these guys,” Crosby said as the Penguins followed up a season-opening, 4-1 loss at Carolina on Friday. “They’re the champions, and we were all up for this game, playing Anaheim and it’s the home opener.” The Ducks, obviously not wanting to go home after such a long trip with so little to show for it, controlled much of the play early and took a 2-1 lead about 1 minutes into the second period on Ryan Getzlaf’s shot from the slot.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NHL: Sykora scores twice to lead Pittsburgh to win. By Alan Robinson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH – With so many scorers, the Pittsburgh Penguins are capable of putting up a lot of goals in a short time. The dead-tired Ducks found that out – twice – as they ended a two-continent, two-week road trip.
BALLYSHANNON has marked what would have been Rory Gallagher’s 66th birthday by unveiling an incredible line-up for the festival in his honour in May.Wilko Johnson (Dr. Feelgood) with Norman Roy-watt (The Blockheads), “Band of Friends” featuring Rory Gallagher Band members – Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna, the legendary “Mungo Jerry” featuring Ray Dorset, the original guitarist with “Thin Lizzy” – Eric Bell & His Band are among over 20 acts that have been unveiled for this year’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014.The award winning festival that honours the Late Rory Gallagher who would have been celebrating his 66th birthday today (2nd March) if it wasn’t for his untimely death 19 years ago. Details of this year’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival have been unveiled today to celebrate Gallagher’s birthday having been born on this day, 2nd March 1948 at the appropriately named Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon.Organisers of the 4 day Rory Gallagher Festival have assembled a very attractive line-up for Rory and Classic Rock music fans with Wilko Johnson set to make a rare Irish appearance as the former Dr. Feelgood frontman continues to battle cancer.On Tuesday night last, Wilko Johnson along with Roger Daltrey (The Who) played to a sold-out show at Sheeperd’s Bush Empire in London, while on Friday Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey’s New Album “Going Back Home” went to No.1 in the Amazon UK Album Charts. Wilko said “I am delighted to have the opportunity to come to his birthplace and honour the great G-man, its going to be a superb gig and I am really looking forward to playing at Rory Gallagher Festival 2014 in Ireland, going to be great”.Making a welcomed return to Ballyshannon will be former “Whitesnake” guitarist – Bernie Marsden and His Band. The legendary Rock Blues Guitarist has huge respect for Rory Gallagher having released the album “Bernie plays Rory” and having played the Rory Gallagher Theatre in Ballyshannon in 2010, Bernie released a further album entitled “Ballyshannon Blues for Rory”. Festival Chairperson Barry O’Neill while launching the 2014 Festival said “this is without doubt the best line-up ever – Rory Gallagher would be honoured and chuffed, we are expecting our biggest attendances ever, this will be one of the most significant tributes to Rory and without doubt the biggest Classic Rock and Rock Blues Music Festival on the island of Ireland in 2014”.The list of bands is endless, with the Festival welcoming back “Band of Friends” to Ballyshannon, that includes Rory’s former band members Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna with renowned Dutch Guitarist – Marcel Scherpenzeel. From “Thin Lizzy” the band’s original guitarist Eric Bell and his band, the man that arranged and performed the iconic classic “Whiskey in the Jar”. Also appearing will be the legendary Pat McManus Band (ex. Mama’s Boy’s), Johnny Gallagher & the Boxtie Band, Monica Heldal (Norway), Sinnerboy (UK), Bad Penny (Germany), Laundromat (Holland), Dave McHugh Band, local rockers – Moonchild, Laurence Jones Band (UK), Tony Dowler’s Hellhound’s, Seamie O’Dowd Band, Hot Smoke, The Mississippi Sheiks, Jed Tomas, Zero Resistance, Peter Price and the Jamie Clague Band. Weekend Early Bird Tickets for the nightly Big Top Concerts are on sale at just €40 for all 3 nights with over 25 hours of Free Outdoor Street Concerts, Exhibitions and Talks also.Donal Gallagher – brother and Manager to the Late Rory Gallagher said “I am delighted with the line-up for Ballyshannon, its a great tribute to my brother and to see so many musicians wanting to perform, it’s incredible and we are so looking forward it.”Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2014 takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014 with all details available on the Official Festival Website www.rorygallagherfestival.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org BALLYSHANNON MARKS RORY GALLAGHER’S 66TH BIRTHDAY WITH SUPERB FESTIVAL LINE-UP was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014 line-upBallyshannonfestivalRory Gallagher
The Argentina camp has also seen claims that manager Jorge Sampaoli has lost control of his players, which has been denied. “The relationship with Sampaoli is totally normal, but if we feel uncomfortable, we will raise it, otherwise we would be hypocrites. The opposite would be to harm the team, we must seek the collective benefit, we are 23, also those of the squad.“We are not playing well and we take charge of the results. We will not be responding to things that others do.”Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, though is confident of getting the job done. “I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn. I think this team will be ready in 2022 and this World Cup is coming early, but we have a good chance to win against Argentina.”When is Nigeria vs Argentina?This match will take place on Tuesday, 26 June.It will kick-off at 7pm UK time from the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.How can I listen live?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT. talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this years 2018 FIFA World Cup with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. This would be your reaction if you had to play in this Argentina team 3 3 Nigeria vs Argentina is live on talkSPORT at 7pm (UK time) here.It hasn’t been a good World Cup for Argentina so far and the 3-0 defeat to Croatia was their heaviest loss in the opening group stage of a World Cup since 1958, but despite being bottom of Group D, they can still squeeze through, but they have to beat Nigeria first. What is the team news?Nigeria are unchanged from the side that beat Iceland 2-0.Argentina have made FIVE changed to their team, however. Sergio Aguero and Willy Caballero are dropped as Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo all start.CONFIRMED NIGERIA XI: Uzoho; Omeruo, Balogun, Ekong; Moses, Etebo, Ndidi, Mikel, Idowu; Musa, Iheanacho.CONFIRMED ARGENTINA XI: Armani; Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Perez, Mascherano, Banega, Di Maria; Messi, Higuaín.Who can qualify for the last 16?Croatia are there and will top the group with a point against Iceland.Nigeria will qualify by beating Argentina and a point would be enough if Iceland do not beat Croatia.If Argentina and Nigeria draw, Iceland will make the last 16 if they beat Croatia by a two-goal margin and also score at least one more than Nigeria.Argentina will qualify with victory against Nigeria coupled with Iceland failing to defeat Croatia. If Iceland do beat Croatia, then the South Americans can still qualify if they beat Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland win their game. If Argentina and Iceland win and finish with identical records their fate will be decided by their disciplinary records and then the drawing of lots. Argentina have picked up three yellow cards and Iceland have none. 3 This is what Lionel Messi means to Argentina fans
Donegal is unable to meet the demand for ICT and Fintech skills in the coming years and the industry needs the help of the county’s post-primary schools – this was the message delivered to the Principals and Deputy Principals from across Donegal’s 27 post-primary schools at a recent information event in Pramerica.The meeting was organised by the newly formed Donegal ICT and FinTech Working Group under the facilitation of the North West Regional Skills Forum (NWRSF), a Department of Education and Skills initiative to encourage collaboration between industry and local education and training providers.The Principals and Deputy Principals heard that following the publication of the report The Skills Needs of the ICT and FinTech Sectors in the North West 2018 in March by the NWRSF, the Donegal ICT and FinTech Working Group has come together as a collaboration between industry and education and training providers in the county to promote the studying and working in ICT and FinTech in the county. They aim to work closely with post-primary school to promote a thriving sector and encourage more females into the sector under the banner of ‘One County – One Team, Team Donegal.’Kevin Cooley, Principal, Crana College, Buncrana; Fiona Ní Chnáimhsí, Principal, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir; Fiona Temple, Principal, Mulroy College, Milford; Dr Oran Doherty, Manager, North West Regional Skills Forum. Photo Clive WassonThe group, facilitated by the NWRSF, is comprised of representatives from local ICT and FinTech employers including Sita, Pramerica, Optum, Randox and Switch Systems, along with education representatives from Donegal ETB, LYIT and the European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT).Principals heard from group Chair Vinnie Kennedy, Senior Development Manager, Sita how the ICT and FinTech sectors are among the fastest expanding industries in Ireland which is headquarters for many large technology companies, with 81% of the ICT / FinTech workforce in the North West region is based in Donegal.ICT jobs make up 5.4% of total private sector employment in Donegal, the sixth highest for ICT / FinTech jobs in the North West region as a percentage of the total workforce. Vinnie Kennedy, Senior Development Manager, Sita Photo Clive WassonPrincipals heard that the benefits the ICT and FinTech Working Group can bring to schools are exposure to global industries for students, guest speakers from industry visiting schools, Transition Year placements in the ICT / FinTech sector, company visits for schools classes, encouraging the greater take up of STEM subjects team building and workshops.In discussing the FinTech sector, Pramerica Ireland’s Director of Financial Services, David Roche, noted that ‘Four years ago if you were to Google ICT and FinTech you would not have got Donegal. Today if you were to Google Donegal and FinTech, you get Donegal straight away. So what we want to try and do is to ensure that you are aware of what this sector means for this region.Pramerica Ireland’s Director of Financial Services, David Roche, Photo Clive Wasson‘We are now in a global world so it doesn’t matter whether we are in Letterkenny or Honolulu, we can act in the ICT and FinTech sector … The people that we need on board in order to evolve this journey to the next level are the schools, are the education sector. We need to be able to communicate with our students at a level whereby that they know that Donegal, that the North West Region, that Letterkenny, etc. has something very tangible going forward.‘So it’s important that you’re with us on this journey … The biggest and most significant change in our [FinTech] sector are the new technologies that are coming on board. They are known as the new disruptive technologies. So unless we bring them in, these new technologies, we’ll be bypassed by the rest of Europe and the US,’ Mr Roche said.Donegal ETB’s Vinny McGroary, Area Training Manager, Further Education and Training (FET) Services Photo Clive WassonThey heard about the various education and training opportunities available in the county from Donegal ETB’s Vinny McGroary, Area Training Manager, Further Education and Training (FET) Services and John Andy Bonar, Head of Development at LYIT. Donegal ETB’s courses in this area are employment including a number of new traineeships in automated software testing and cloud platform and infrastructure. Pauric O Donnell, IT Teacher, St Eunan’s College Photo Clive WassonPauric O Donnell, IT Teacher, St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny spoke about the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science course starting in forty schools in Ireland in September including St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny and the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town which has been developed in collaboration with industry.Donegal ETB’s Vinny McGroary pointed out that, ‘we can create a pathway from post-primary to [further and higher] education and training to high end, high level ICT / FinTech cutting edge jobs without having to leave the county. Not everyone wants to do that but emigration has been a huge scourge on our county – this will actually impact on emigration in a better way in that our kids will not have to leave here to achieve everything that we want them to achieve.’Panel Discussants David Roche, Director, Financial Services, Pramerica Systems Ireland; Dr Oran Doherty, Manager, North West Regional Skills Forum; Vinny McGroary, Area Training Manager, Further Education and Training (FET) Services, Donegal ETB; Pauric O Donnell, IT Teacher, St EunanÕs College, Letterkenny; John Andy Bonar, Head of Development, LYIT. Photo Clive WassonJohn Andy Bonar, Head of Development at LYIT Photo Clive WassonLYIT’s John Andy Bonar added ‘This is an excellent illustration of the Regional Skills Forum facilitating collaboration between industry and the local education and training providers to promote the sector and region’.The group will roll out two further events in October in Donegal Town and Letterkenny aimed at further explaining the learning and earning opportunities in the ICT and Fintech sectors in Co Donegal to parents, post-primary students and guidance counsellors. See more photos from the event, by Clive Wasson, below:Michel î Giobin Principal, Colaiste Ailigh; Vinny McGroary, Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB and ICT / FinTech Working Group member and Dr Martin Gormley, Director of Schools, Donegal ETB. Photo Clive WassonKevin Cooley, Principal, Crana College, Buncrana; Fiona Ní Chnáimhsí, Principal, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir; Fiona Temple, Principal, Mulroy College, Milford; Dr Oran Doherty, Manager, North West Regional Skills Forum. Photo Clive Wassonohn Andy Bonar, Head of Development, LYIT; Paul Fiorentini, Principal, Carndonagh Community College; Anthony Doogan, Principal, Moville Community College. Photo Clive WassonMichelle Curran, St Columba’s Stranorlar representative; Mary Doherty, Principal, Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Árainn Mhór and Anne Marie Luby, Principal, St Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs. Photo Clive WassonDr Clare Ryan, Switch Systems, Buncrana and Ellis McFadden, ERNACT, Donegal ICT and Fin Tech Working Group members. Photo Clive WassonPádraig Ó Léime, Principal, Coláiste na Carraige and Nigel Ferry, Deputy Principal, Pobalscoil, Ghaoth Dobhair.Photo Clive WassonPanel Discussants David Roche, Director, Financial Services, Pramerica Systems Ireland; Dr Oran Doherty, Manager, North West Regional Skills Forum; Vinnie Kennedy, Senior Manager, SITA; Vinny McGroary, Area Training Manager, Further Education and Training (FET) Services, Donegal ETB; Pauric O Donnell, IT Teacher, St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny; John Andy Bonar, Head of Development, LYIT. Photo Clive WassonFrances Boner, Principal, St Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties and Geraldine Diver, Principal Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town.Photo Clive WassonCharlie Cannon, Principal, Errigal College, Letterkenny; Joe Boyle, Principal, Deele College, Raphoe and Chris Darby, Principal, St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonCaroline McHugh, Deputy Principal, Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny and Damian McGrory, Deputy Principal, St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny.Photo Clive WassonDonegal principals are called on to promote ICT and FinTech learning was last modified: June 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fintechICTschools
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#StartUp 101#startups Related Posts One of the fantastic things about being an entrepreneur is that you can define your own working conditions. From Craigslist’s modest Sunset District apartment headquarters to Twitter’s stylish new digs, startups are getting creative with their work spaces. Below are a few options to consider in choosing your space. Virtual: As covered in an earlier post, ReadWriteWeb runs a totally virtual office. Using a combination of Basecamp, Google Docs and Skype, the team manages to coordinate articles and interviews from more than five locations across the globe. Traveling Space: We recently came across iStopOver – a service that allows you to rent space for your team while on the go. If you’re together at a conference, or you’d just like a change of pace, this service allows you to rent furnished office space on a daily basis. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro Co-working: Rather than having your staff work in isolation, you can rent them desk space at one or a number of distributed co-working facilities. Sites like San Francisco’s Citizen Space and The Hat Factory allow nomadic tech workers to share ideas and solutions in a friendly environment. Many co-working spaces offer a daily drop in rate as well as the option for monthly membership. To find a space in your community, check out the co-working map on the Co-working community blog. Lease and Rent: Sites like LoopNet and Rofo specialize in finding commercial space. A number of sites will allow you to take on space for a short-term lease with the idea that you may need to scale up your team in a short period of time. If you’ve got a unique work environment, let us know in the comments below.
Two federal agencies are investigating The Home Depot after receiving reports that its contractors did not comply with lead paint regulations.WSB-TV, a television station in Atlanta where Home Depot is headquartered, said that it spent months investigating claims of “questionable business practices” and uncovered a number of customer complaints about contract work involving the removal of lead paint.In one instance, Home Depot was hired to replace windows in an older home in Augusta, Maine, and charged extra for the work after tests showed the presence of lead paint. But workers allegedly took no special precautions and used no special equipment. In that case, the company settled with the homeowner, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined both Home Depot and the contractor who did the work, the station said.Lead paint was common until 1978, when the federal government banned its use in homes. Later, the EPA issued the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which includes a number of requirements for contractors aimed at protecting people, especially children, from lead. RELATED ARTICLES Lead-Based Paint and Green RemodelingManaging Lead Paint HazardsEPA Steps Up Enforcement of Lead Paint Rule Home Depot said in a filing in March that it was aware the EPA was looking into its compliance with lead-paint rules, MarketWatch reported. A Home Depot representative told the Atlanta TV station that lead-paint work makes up only a very small fraction of its total business and that it was cooperating with the investigation.The retailer isn’t the first home improvement business to run afoul of the federal lead-paint rule. In a similar case, Sears settled with the EPA and the Department of Justice in 2016 by agreeing to pay $400,000 for violating the rules.