Dear Editor,Whenever one is faced with an explanation of what’s going on at the Georgetown Municipality, the choice is always between incompetence, corruption and conspiracy. The latest news is that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has not had financial audits into its affairs for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.This, according to its Internal Auditor, is in complete violation of Chapter 28:01 of the Laws of Guyana, which states, “The City Council and the Town Council shall, not later than the thirty-first day of March in every year, submit to the Minister a report in writing containing an account of all monies received, expended, and applied during the preceding financial year.”Of course this is not the most shocking, unusual, or monumental of revelations coming out of City Hall, as everyone in Georgetown — except maybe for the thirty City Fathers and Mothers sitting around the horseshoe table — is well aware of this; but the question to be asked is: what work and tasks did the Internal Auditor and the not insignificant number of staff assigned to her do for the last three years; since, according to her, the requisite documents are never submitted to her for auditing. Has the Auditor and the staff of her division just been twiddling their thumbs for the last three years whilst being well compensated?And the next question is: what did she then do about it? Did she formally bring to the attention of the Town Clerk, the Mayor, the Minister of Communities and the Auditor General of Guyana the existence of this indefensible and appalling state of affairs? Or is she only raising the alarm now that there is a Commission of Inquiry?But most worrying in all of this is that, during the period referred to, 2016-2018, Central Government has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the system; property rates and other municipal charges have risen sharply; new taxes, such as the container tax, have been levied upon the citizenry, bringing in hundreds of millions additionally; and yet the Council, over the last three years, has been, and is always, broke and bankrupt.Citizens would like to know whether the Internal Auditor has been afforded the opportunity to audit the income and expenditure of the recently held 175th Anniversary celebrations of the city? I seriously doubt it. This present City Council will never willingly allow an audit there, as all hell would break loose when one is forcibly done.It would be interesting to know how the internal Auditor was recruited, and whether she is competent and qualified to carry out those responsibilities effectively. Such a determination should also be of the competencies of the other staff of the Internal Audit Section.The most egregious of all these goings-on is the fact that some of the 30 Councillors in key positions, who sat idly by and allowed such a travesty to occur, are now seeking to be re-elected to another three-year term with the usual ‘pie in the sky’ promises. These persons are in effect just seeking to insult the intelligence of the citizenry.Regards,Jermain Johnson
A guy got pulled over for speeding in Alpharetta, Georgia on Sunday, and he had a life-size stuffed ALIEN in the passenger seat. It was wearing a seatbelt and everything. We’ve seen people put all sorts of dummies in their passenger seats to try to drive in the carpool lane . . . but usually people pick one that WON’T attract extra attention. But the guy wasn’t using the alien to drive in the carpool lane at the time and apparently he wasn’t speeding THAT badly, so he just wound up getting a warning.
Excellence in Community ServiceTina Sellers, Director of Asset Protection, Retail Business Services, an Ahold Delhaize Company“During my career, I’ve benefitted from moving around the country learning different cultures and geographies,” said Sellers. “I’ve had great mentors and leaders to learn from, but I’ve also been fortunate to lead teams of hard-working, professional people every step of the way. I enjoy giving back. I feel so blessed to have had the career and life that I’ve had, and am driven to help others move ahead as well.“When I came to Delhaize America, I learned more about the hunger crisis in our own country, where 41.2 million people live in food-insecure households. That’s when I began to volunteer with Food Lion Feeds, packing food staples for those in need. This was truly an awakening to the needs of my own community, where I’ve volunteered to serve meals, donated food for holiday distribution, packed school backpacks with food and school supplies, and collect all the travel toiletries from my work travels to donate to our local shelter. Our loss prevention team also recently helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity, and some of us participated with the Food Lion leadership team to set a Guinness World Book of Records for making over 10,000 bagged lunches in one hour.- Sponsor – “Always do something that feeds your spirit. Find time to do whatever recharges you, and you’ll be better at work, in your community, and even within your own family. But leave room for community work—as asset protection professionals we’re called to serve, and our lives are more fulfilled when we do.”Nominations Are EncouragedThe LPM team is privileged to have a front-row seat to the very best in the loss prevention industry, providing a unique opportunity to present positive, productive ways to promote loss prevention, build successful and constructive partnerships, educate and inform the LP community, and support the thought leadership that drives us forward.The LP Magazine “Magpie” Awards are a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession. Tina Sellers is among our January–February 2018 recipients.We want this to be your program. Those of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence [at] LPportal.com.Find out who else has been recognized in the January–February 2018 issue – check out “LPM “Magpie” Awards: Applauding Excellence.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… richard macmanus Tags:#music#web Ultimate Chart is a new type of music chart for the Internet age. It doesn’t just measure music sales and radio play, as Billboard has traditionally done, but popularity over a variety of online services – YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, MySpace, MTV.com, and many more. But does Ultimate Chart live up to the hype its received since launching in July? A scan of the top 10 of each chart shows that 8 songs feature on both Ultimate Chart and Billboard. The number 1 on each differs only slightly. On Ultimate Chart the #1 is “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, displacing Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” (still #1 on Billboard). Either Billboard is keeping up with the times more than Ultimate Chart likes to admit, or Ultimate Chart isn’t actually changing much in the music industry after all. Which is it?Ultimate Chart top 5 on the left, Billboard’s on the rightOn Huffington Post,music industry businessman Jeff Pollackclaimed that Ultimate Chart is a “game changer.” There is “an increasing disparity between what the industry charts define as a hit and what is really popular,” he wrote. He pointed to the fact that U2’s song “Beautiful Day” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, which meant that it wasn’t considered a “hit.” However, it’s probably likely that it wouldn’t have hit the top 10 on Ultimate Chart either – since it is, like Billboard, dominated by hip-hop or pop singers.Pollack notes one example of a song that made it big on Ultimate Chart, but not on Billboard: Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which went to #2 on Ultimate Chart but peaked at #38 on Billboard’s “conventional” chart. However, that sounds like an anomaly to me – since the song’s online popularity was due to it being a theme song for the recent football World Cup, which was a huge online success. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts Ultimate Chart, created by a company called BigChampagne, is certainly a step in the right direction. Analyzing the online activity around a song is a crucial element in measuring its success nowadays, probably more important than sales and radio play. However, Ultimate Chart seems to fall short of the breathless hype laid on by the likes of Huffington Post, HypeBot and music industry insiders. HypeBot (which is one of my favorite blogs, I should note) had the exclusive on Ultimate Chart’s launch. It wrote that “for the first time, the Ultimate Chart will take a record industry known to be constrained to short-term thinking and a “hits mentality” towards a more long-term, sustainable mindset.”If that’s the case, then why do we see the same old “hits” on the Ultimate Chart top 10 as we see on Billboard?What do you think, is Ultimate Chart ultimately over-hyped? Or is it simply reflecting what mainstream audiences are fed and no amount of online analysis will change that? 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
*Ian Thomas is a persona by Second City for Intel Hello everyone!Welcome to my new video blog (not a vlog, what kind of word is that anyways?)I’ll* have a few episodes on my thoughts about IT in the coming few weeks, including as I prepare to head to the Intel Developer’s Forum 2010 in San Fransisco this year.Feel free to say hello! I’ll be bringing my camera with me to IDF – let me know what you’d like to see!