Businesses along Regent StreetGCCI President Nicholas BoyerThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is holding its stance on the state of business in Guyana as many entrepreneurs are still awaiting the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on the No-Confidence case.This is according to President of the Chamber, Nicholas Boyer during a recent interview with this publication.Back in February, the GCCI conducted a study following the passage of the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion and found that the looming political uncertainty has caused some 64 per cent of businesses to register some sort of decline.“From the results, 64 per cent of respondents [or about two in every three businesses] experienced some form of decline due to uncertainty over the state of political affairs in Guyana. For those businesses which registered a decline in activity, approximately 85 per cent experienced a 25 to 50 per cent drop in the level of commercial activity. The remaining 15 per cent experienced 75 to 100 per cent decline in business,” the GCCI said.Against this backdrop, Boyer noted that there has been no improvement as business owners remain in suspense.“Right now we don’t see a major improvement yet because everybody is aware that May 9 and May 10 will be a hearing at the CCJ so in other words we know that there is a third round to this game and until you get a final decision [we are] still getting that effect from the No-Confidence Motion,” he explained.Furthermore, the Chamber’s President pointed out that this is likely to be the case because most persons are simply waiting on the ruling from the CCJ before making further decisions.“I think that right now businesses are still on a wait and see mode because clearly everybody is aware that on May 9 and 10 the Caribbean Court of Justice will hear arguments for and against whether the No-Confidence Motion was properly passed and then subsequent to that, make a decision,” Boyer said.He made reference to the fact that if the CCJ rules in favour of the Government to say the motion of No-Confidence was not passed then it means business as usual, however, if the court rules that the motion was validly passed to overthrow the Government then the entire country will be in uncertainty, given that the stipulated timeline for Regional and General Elections would have elapsed.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, 106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.On March 22, a divided Appeal Court ruled that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the No-Confidence Motion brought against the A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government last year.Government had subsequently asked the House to reverse the passage of the motion, but its Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, had declined the request and had advised that the court be approached. As such, Government had gone to the High Court to challenge the validity of the motion, saying that a 34 majority is needed for it to be successfully passed.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George had, in January, upheld the December 21, 2018, passage of the No-Confidence Motion, ruling that in Guyana’s 65-member National Assembly, a majority is 33. This, however, was appealed by Attorney General Basil Williams.While Justice Rishi Persaud dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate judges allowed the State’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Earlier this week, Gary Patterson told reporters that he’s not real impressed with his TCU football team right now. This comes off as a little Glenn Spencer-ish (it’s probably not as bad as it sounds), but the point remains that TCU has not responded well to 100 degree temperatures down here in the DFW metroplex.“I can tell you we are not very good on offense. And we don’t know how to fight through heat,” Patterson told Scout. “The first team that I have had in ten years that doesn’t know how to do that. We have had some kids banged up. The bottom line is, we aren’t very good right now, either side of the ball.”So that’s interesting. And it’s interesting to me that coaches are big on how their teams peform in the thick of the summer. It matters, I suppose, because the first 4-6 games are generally played in weather that would keep Eddie Sutton away from the tanning salon for months. Gundy actually mentioned this (the heat, not Eddie) the other day.“We need to practice in the heat,” Gundy told Go Pokes. “We have three games in the afternoon, and I’m guessing the turf will be 130 degrees for each one of those games. Maybe not so hot for the 11 a.m. game, but it could be. We need to practice in the heat. It’s a big difference. We don’t practice as much in the heat during preseason, but we need this prep time to get players adjusted. It takes six or eight practices to adjust to opening up in the heat.”Two of OSU’s first three games will be in September at 2:30. Not exactly pullover weather. The idea that underpins all of this is that this is one measuring stick for how tough a team is. Or that’s how the coaches see it. Fight through this in the summer. Fight through that in fall camp. Overcome an adversity in the first two weeks, and all of a sudden you’re ready for conference play.“We had a good workout today,” Gundy added. “The defense was really aggressive, and I think they’ve improved considerably over the last couple of days. It’s good for us to get out and practice in the heat.”Gary Patterson is concerned about his squad. Mike Gundy is not (so far). That’s a good thing if you’re a Cowboy fan.
San Antonio needs to think strategically about the advantages it offers the aerospace industry to ensure it doesn’t lose a chunk of the sector to other places, a senior executive with Port San Antonio said at a chamber of commerce event last month.Officials should consider further investment in facilities and the workforce, expanding the components of the aerospace industry the region excels in and competing on qualities other than price, according to Jim Perschbach, executive vice president for business development at Port San Antonio, the reuse project at the former Kelly Air Force Base.The city specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul, with a core competency in servicing aging types of airframes and engines, reported San Antonio Express-News. But it could strengthen its aerospace cluster by branching out to commercial paint application, satellite communications, landing gear and navigation, Perschbach said. The port is home to nearly 12,000 workers in the aerospace, manufacturing, logistics and DOD sectors.“We have a skill set that I would put up against anywhere in the world for working on those platforms,” he said. “But when you look at newer aircraft coming online, newer engines coming on line, it’s an entirely new technology. And it’s going to require that we maintain that edge.”Perschbach also highlighted the need for San Antonio to review the incentives it offers major employers, a tool that continues to play an oversized role in attracting aerospace companies.“What are others doing? It’s big cash incentives, big infrastructure incentives, all targeted to employers who do three things: pay well, attract other employers and are in it for the long haul,” he said. Through continued investment in its aerospace facilities and workforce development programs, the city could be in a position to guarantee the industry cluster never leaves the region. “There is such a thing in industry as being too big to fail; and we need to make sure that whatever industry it is, whether it’s aerospace or cyber, whatever, it just can’t afford to pick up and leave,” Perschbach said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of June 3, 2018:Full-Time Long-Term Substitute Grade 1 Teacher at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Materials And Distribution Associate at Hewlett Packard EnterpriseFull-Time Weld Leader at Janis Research CompanyFull-Time Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Maintenance Worker at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstituteFull-Time Sales Center Leader at Bimbo Bakeries USAPart-Time Afternoon Loader/Warehouse Associate at Optima ShippingFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at Response Team 1Full-Time Project Superintendent at Trinity Building & Construction ManagementFull-Time Kindergarten Teacher at Wildwood Elementary SchoolFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Parterre Flooring SystemsPart-Time Officer Coordinator at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Pest Control Technician at RollinsFull-Time Sales Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Resin Operator at Lubrizol CorporationFull-Time Manager at Dunkin Donuts (next to Rocco’s)Full-Time Manager In Training at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Payroll Analyst I at Charles River LaboratoriesFull-Time/Part-Time Host/Dining Room Coordinator at Red Heat TavernLong-Term Substitute Kindergarten Teacher at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Telecommunication Customer Service Representative at PRIMUS ManagementFull-Time Area Manager at FedEx WarehousePart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Settlement Operations Manager at Ametros Financial CorporationPart-Time Dietary Aide at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time Administrative Assistant at Garrick-Santo LandscapeFull-Time/Part-Time Shifts at Dunkin Donuts (321 Main Street)Full-Time/Part-Time Front & Back of the House Positions at Rocco’s RestaurantFull-Time Sales Manager at Mattress FirmFull-Time Youth Director at Wilmington Community TelevisionPart-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Summer Job Carpet Cleaning at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Carpet & Floor Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Mover & Driver Supervisor at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Digital Media Lead at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Partner Marketing Manager at OSRAM SylvaniaFull-Time Route Sales Representative at AramarkFull-Time & Part-Time Positions at SaversFull-Time Warehouse Worker at Northeast Air SolutionsFull-Time Manager in Training in Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Personal Insurance Account Manager in HUB InternationalPart-Time Residential Life Coach at Nu-Path, Inc.Full-Time Sanitation (Food Manufacturing) at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Shipping and Receiving Clerk at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayFull-Time Employee Relations Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Call Center Dispatcher at Security SourceFull-Time/Part-Time Driver at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time Driver & Mover at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time School Nurse at Woburn Street SchoolFull-Time/Part-Time Logistics Team Member at TargetFull-Time Customer Service Representative at AramarkPart-Time Dog Groomer at Doggie Styles Mobile GroomingPart-Time Administrative Assistant at Winchester Hospital Family Medical CenterFull-Time Entry Level Site Surveyor at Vivint SolarFull-Time Supplier Development Engineer at Ametek, Inc.Full-Time Senior Technical Support Engineer at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Principal Electronics Engineer at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Machine Shop Inspector at Burlington Machine Shop(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at email@example.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”
If you’ve never played the original or weren’t around at the time of its 1997 release, you may be asking…What’s the deal with Final Fantasy 7? Final Fantasy is the most famous RPG franchise ever, and Final Fantasy 7 is the most famous Final Fantasy game ever. It’s sold 11 million units, according to creator Square Enix, making it the highest-selling game in the franchise. For reference, 2016’s Final Fantasy 15, which was a huge success, stands at around 8.4 million shipped.Final Fantasy was also a smash hit among critics, holding a 9.2 rating on Metacritic. GameSpot, our sister site, gave it a 9.5 upon release.It may seem crazy looking at it now, but Final Fantasy 7 was a technological masterclass in 1997. Cinematic cutscenes were modelled in full-motion video, and the blocky 3D models moved around in pre-rendered environments that blew minds at the time.You see this? These graphics were mind blowing. Square Enix Then there’s the story. In the beginning, the bad guy is Shinra Corporation, an electricity company that mines Mako, the Lifestream of the planet, slowly corroding the world in the process. They have their own military force, SOLDIER, of which Cloud Strife is a former member. Cloud begins the game as a mercenary, hired by Barrett, head of the Midgar-based AVALANCHE eco-terrorist group, for a mission to blow up a set of Mako reactors. Once we’re introduced to Sephiroth, though, everything changes. Sephiroth is a bad dude. He’s also a former SOLDIER member, the most elite fighter to ever join the force’s ranks, but was presumed dead until he resurfaces. Once he rocks up, the game becomes a hunt for Sephiroth, world’s baddest man and one of gaming’s most iconic villains. Combine an illustrious cast of heroes, like Vincent, Tifa and Aerith, with an expansive world and a deep battle system, and it becomes easy to understand why Final Fantasy 7 has had such an enduring legacy.One last plot note: If you haven’t played the original, do not read up on its story. You’ll have one of gaming’s most famous moments spoiled.Why do people want a remake?People have had a thirst for a Final Fantasy 7 Remake thanks to the efforts of Square Enix itself. The company teamed up with Sony in 2005 to give fans a huge tease. At E3, when Sony was unveiling its PlayStation 3 for the first time, this “technical demo” was shown: The action is from the first segment of the game, where Cloud and Barrett attempt to destroy a Mako reactor. The combat looks similar to how it did in the reveal trailer all those years ago, but menus have been updated and character designs tweaked. (Cloud has been hitting the gym, apparently.) Details on the next PlayStation, Twitter combats abuse The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 New era, new storyIn another significant structural change from the original, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is to be segmented in at least two instalments. In 2015, producer Yoshinori Kitase said the game would be broken into “multiple” instalments, each of which will be the size of Final Fantasy 13. It appears those parts might be even bigger than that: Part one, releasing March 2, 2020, will span two Blu-ray discs, Kitase said at E3.There’s no word on when the second part will launch, and Square Enix says they’re still considering how many instalments the story will be told over. There’s some speculation, based on comments from Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda, that subsequent parts could be released on both PlayStation 4 and 5. It sounds like the team is recreating the hell out of this game, as Director Tetsuya Nomura and Kitase, in the few interviews they’ve done, make reference to its immense scale. Another clear theme: The duo aren’t interested in a straight remake. The changes they’re making aren’t just to the combat, or to the vastness of the world, but to the story as well.”I don’t want the remake to end as something solely nostalgic. I want to get the fans of the original version excited,” Kitase said to Dengaki, translated by Gematsu. “We’ll be making adjustments to the story with this thought in mind.”Nomura added to this, enigmatically saying, “I hope that [fans of the original] can be surprised once again.” Someone took the “Cloud’s arms look weird and scrawny” criticism from the first trailer at heart! pic.twitter.com/ftRohMqo3k— Ismael Bergara (@Calavera145) May 9, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: 17 Photos What about Xbox One?In early July, Xbox Germany advertised a March 3, 2020 release date for an Xbox One version of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Prior to that, it was thought that the game was exclusive to PlayStation 4. Unfortunately for Xbox One owners, it looks like it still is. “As previously announced, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released for the PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020,” the Square Enix representative would say in a statement. “We have no plans for other platforms.” A member of Xbox Germany’s marketing team tweeted: “We did an internal mistake in the Social Team. We took the video off immediately. Sorry, no announcement on our side. Big apologies for this.”It’s certainly possible that there’s an Xbox version yet to be announced, but it’s also very possible that this was just a mistake. Cloud in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Square Enix When I think of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, I think of its announcement at E3 2015. I remember watching it at my desk, quickly spiralling into hysterics as it became evident the onscreen trailer was for a Final Fantasy 7 Remake. It was a big day. It wasn’t just me who was excited, many more were losing it. Now, we’re within a year of the enigmatic game hitting store shelves.After over a decade of anticipation and then years of secrecy, Square Enix showed the world a whole lot of Final Fantasy 7 Remake at E3 back in June. We know a lot, including the part one release date (March 3, 2020) and how the combat system will work, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. When the second part of the game will be released, or even how many instalments there will be, still eludes us.If you’re catching up from complete ignorance, here’s a quick summary:Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a multi-part game. The instalments will be released separately.Final Fantasy 7 Remake part one hits the PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.The first part will take place entirely in Midgar.The new combat system combines real-time and turn-based elements.The game will be significantly different from the original, including story points. Take a much closer look at Aerith, Cloud and Barret as they appear in #FinalFantasy VII Remake…More to come in June. #FF7R pic.twitter.com/zDQYV0XT7J— FINAL FANTASY (@FinalFantasy) May 11, 2019 1:25 Comments Share your voice Culture Gaming Sony Square Those bastards showed us what Final Fantasy’s intro would look like on the PlayStation 3 when they had no intention of pulling through. Imagine George Lucas shooting a trailer for a Star Wars: A New Hope remake, flush with 2019-level cinematics and cinematography, but saying that it was only a demo and that no actual release was planed. That’s how Final Fantasy buffs felt for 10 years. Teased and unloved — until E3 2015.What should I play before Remake?If you haven’t played the original Final Fantasy 7 yet, at this point, it’s best to just wait until Remake hits on March 3, 2020.Although, there are a bunch of other Final Fantasy 7 spin-offs out there. These include Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7, as well as a film, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children.You can skip almost all of these. Dirge of Cerberus was a poorly-received game set after the original, and it follows Vincent, one of the two secret characters in Final Fantasy 7. Advent Children is cool, as far as video game movies go, but it’s also set after the original game, so it won’t make much sense.That said, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 was a fantastic game. It’s a prequel, following Zack Fair, who was Cloud’s mentor in SOLDIER. Playing it won’t spoil much of Final Fantasy 7’s story, so it’s absolutely worth doing. The downside? It’s only available on PSP, so you’ll need one of those lying around.Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 was great, but it’s only playable on PSP. Other Final Fantasy 7 spin-off titles aren’t worth fussing over. Square Enix No need to wait your turnThe remake will be drastically different to the original. That’s immediately evident in the combat: While Final Fantasy 7 was completely turn based, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a real-time action game with turn based elements. Pressing the Square button will make Cloud swing his buster sword, and there will be similar real-time commands for dodging and blocking. As you battle enemies, your Action Time Bar (ATB) builds up. Once full, you can slow the action down to Tactical Mode, essentially bullet time, from which you can cast magic, use items or unleash Limit Breaks. However, it was also noted that players who prefer faster-paced combat can eschew this by assigning shortcuts to these actions on a menu at the bottom left on the screen, which makes the action more Kingdom Hearts-esque.You’ll be able to control more than just Cloud, though. With a press of a button you can switch to controlling other party members, with Square Enix showing off both Barrett and Tifa at E3. It seems like this is where some strategy will come in, as it was noted by Square Enix that certain characters are better to control to fight certain enemies, like Barrett against long-distance foes. Check a demo on the combat below. 7 Tags
Anup Kumar Saha claims to have a full-fledged PhD degree, when in actuality he is still a PhD student yet to finish his course, studying at a university in UK. A teacher of Dhaka University’s accounting and information department, Anup has used his ‘degree’ for a promotion and an appointment in two different institutions.Anup lied about his PhD degree during his appointment at Dhaka University (DU) and has been working as an assistant professor there for the last two and a half months.Anup had denied the accusation and claimed that he had submitted all required documents for his appointment and promotion.Prothom Alo found that Anup Kumar had identified himself as a PhD holder while working in Jagannath University as well. He was promoted as an associate professor there earlier this year. He was then appointed as an assistant professor in DU on 8 October.Anup claimed to be a PhD holder to put himself at an advantage during recruitment and promotion. The role of other persons involved in the recruitment and promotion is also dubious. Anup enrolled into the accounting department of UK’s Durham University in 2013. His name was in the 15th position on the student list of the university website.In the section titled ‘the award of degree’ of Durham’s website, it is said “students must upload the e-copy of their PhD thesis on the website and thus they will be eligible to participate in the congregation process”. The website further clarifies, despite submitting the thesis and other documents, students will not be considered as PhD holder without congregation. The congregation is held twice a year, on 8 June and 15 December.When asked, Anup told Prothom Alo that he took part in the congregation ceremony in June and obtained his PhD certificate. When it was pointed out that the website showed him as a student, Anup said “I have noticed that too. I will send an e-mail to the authorities to update the information.”Prothom Alo found Anup’s claim to be false as the authorities updated the website on 14 December. Furthermore, he uploaded the synopsis of his thesis on 6 October. According to that, his congregation is still under process. There were six teachers on the committee for promoting Anup in at Jagannath University and five teachers on the recruiting committee of DU. The committees were supposed to verify his documents.Mohammed Ali Noor, the chairman of Jagannath University’s accounting and information systems department, told Prothom Alo, Anup had submitted his PhD certificate.But Prothom Alo found that Anup Kumar had not submitted any such document.Mamtaz Uddin Ahmad was one of the members of the recruitment board in DU. He told Prothom Alo, “Anup profiled himself as a PhD holder in his application.”Mamtaz Uddin said, he could not remember whether Anup had submitted the certificate or not. This could be checked at the university’s administration building.However, Prothom Alo found that Anup did not submit any certificate. He submitted a photocopy with Durham’s logo and dated 6 October, written on it “this candidate satisfies the examiners and will be selected for congregation”.Anup was promoted in Jagannath University in April and later appointed in DU on 28 October. Deputy registrar of DU, Golam Sarwar Bhuiyan, told Prothom Alo that they had contacted the Jagannath University authorities in this regard. It was discovered he hadn’t submitted any certificate there either.When asked how Anup got appointment as a PhD holder, Golam Sarwar replied, “That is the responsibility of the recruiting board, not ours.”Nine candidates had applied for the post of assistant professor earlier. A circular was then published mentioning that PhD holders would be prioritised for the post. Anup was the only candidate reportedly having these credentials and therefore was directly appointed for the post.Abdul Hakim of the accounting department said the department’s disciplinary committee had taken up the issue.”We are investigating the matter” he added.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterA Metro bus stationed on Old Katy Road during the recent floods.It was almost a year ago that Metro unveiled a totally revamped bus network. But officials said riders would see periodic changes.The transit agency makes service adjustments three times a year. Those changes are made in January, at the end of the school year, and at the start of classes in the fall. The latest changes affect over thirty Metro routes and that includes both local buses and park and rides. They went into effect last weekend. Metro’s Jerome Gray says one thing they’re trying to do is ease overcrowding on some of the more popular routes. “We’ve added some trips earlier in the morning to accommodate people asking for that,” Gray says.Changes also affect the park-and-ride buses. Gray says ridership usually dips toward the end of the school year and they also thought they’d have fewer riders because of oil and gas layoffs. But it turns out that wasn’t the case. “Interestingly enough on several of those park and ride routes we’ve actually seen an uptick in the ridership,” says Gray. “I think a number of people are just opting to not drive their car all the way into work. They’re opting to park it and get on the bus.” Still more changes are expected in the months to come. New Metro Chairman Carrin Patman says one of her goals is to find neighborhoods that were left out when the new bus system was designed. X 00:00 /01:16 Share