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Former Jamaican anti-corruption boss urges region…Appoint special Minister, ban poorly performing contractors

Former Contractor General of Jamaica, Greg Christie, has urged the region to take tough measures against corruption. These measures should include banning of firms which consistently fail to perform. Christie, a tough-talking regulator, was making a presentation at the University College of the Cayman Islands’ 2014 International Conference on Friday, according to a story published yesterday in the Jamaican Gleaner. Former Jamaican Contractor-General, Greg Christie Speaking on the topic ‘Toward a Corruption-free Caribbean: Values, Ethics and Morality’, Christie drew on Jamaica’s anti-corruption model with reflections and lessons for the region derived from his role as Contractor General. He noted that despite having what many have co

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Former GRA staffer hires top US Immigration lawyer to fight extradition

Accused Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) cashier, Gregory Barnes is actively fighting extradition and deportation to his homeland where he could face fraud charges that involves millions of dollars. Attorney Kurt R. Saccone Gregory Alistair Ewan Barnes, 32, is reportedly being represented by former US Justice Department official, and noted Immigration Attorney, Kurt R. Saccone. The former GRA staffer was arrested in New York in February on an Interpol warrant, after he fled Guyana way back in 2009. At the time he had escaped detention here after an investigation was launched into the discovery of a massive fraud at the GRA. Following his arrest, Barnes was turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a visa violation and is expected

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GTUC calls for Parliament to reign over state media operations

…says fake poll exposes another level of Jagdeo’s corruption Recent reports regarding a fake poll in relation to former President Bharrat Jagdeo, that appeared in the Guyana Times then the Guyana Chronicle, confirms the disservice being done to society by those misusing the fourth estate (media) in the façade for power grabbing. This is according to the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), which yesterday registered its concern about the level of misrepresentation and implications the fake poll has for distorting public perception of understanding. Former President Bharrat Jagdeo “This society is being bombarded with fake polls, including the infamous NACTA poll, as a new weapon of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) that was good

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Seven-year-old brings loaded handgun to school

…Weapon goes off in classroom A second grade student reportedly brought a loaded handgun to a city private school and it accidentally went off in her classroom. Reports out from the school indicate that on March 13, last, the gun was discovered by another student who went into the seven-year-old’s bag for a pencil. The pupil who found the gun purportedly believed it was a toy and whilst handling the weapon accidently fired it off in the classroom, hitting the blackboard. No one was hurt in the incident and it was then taken away by school officials. The parents were purportedly unaware the student took the weapon to school and there seems to be no criminal charges pending since the police claim that they have received no official report

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Gifted cartoonist, Paul Harris, is a ‘Special Person’

  “Follow your dreams. I don’t want to sound too clichéd. I like to march to my own beat. I set my own pace. I like at the end of the day, to know that what I produced, I did so on my own steam. I feel immense and great satisfaction with my work which has grown with the support of my family.” By Leonard Gildarie His creations have captivated readers/viewers for almost 30 years now, but relatively little is known of expert illustrator/cartoonist Paul Harris whose works in the local newspapers have evoked emotions ranging from laughter and admiration to anger and even in a few cases, condemnation. But one thing remains certain…there is a brilliance in his productions that will not easily PAUL HARRIS be duplicated anytime soon. With

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The Many Benefits of Oxford Student Letting Services

In the UK the term letting has a different meaning altogether. It actually means a person who acts as a middleman for facilitating deals between the landlord and the tenants in this case students. Oxford a prominent university town in England has hundreds of students who are on the look out for reasonable accommodation. They are always searching for a good property owner and oxford stud

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Even if someone tells you the mountain is more like a hill... the mountain is still a damn mountain

ltstrong stylemsobidifontweight normalgtTuesday 24th September 2013Ahh forgot to mention another frogtoad incident. So before I went on the Grass Pond adventure I was tossing up wearing boots or just flip flops. I grabbed the shoe and knocked I against the windowsill expecting a spider to come out but instead it was just a little toad I left him there and opened up the windows mor

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The life and times of the Victoria Amazonica

ltstrong stylemsobidifontweight normalgtSaturday 21st September 2013Saturday is just another normal working day. We have another 2 guests that have arrived a mother and daughter team from the UK. They are a lovely pair and its good to have some guests again. Unlike most of the other guests that stay 2 nights they are staying 3 nights in Rewa. I personally think you would need 4 or

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Clearly I have spent too much time relaxing instead of blogging

ltstrong stylemsobidifontweight normalgtTuesday 10th September 2013I wake up to find that I have been eaten alive by mosquitos and right on the sole of my foot again right next to the damn honey bee sting. The nice cold shower cools down the 80 odd red dots on my legs and feet. After breakfast I head over and Im straight into marking maths homework about ordering numbers from

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The heat its starting to beat me

The day is much cooler again I would say its about 26 degrees with a cool breeze. Eventually the day does heat up to about 32 but of course in the office it feels like 50 I had a troubled sleep waking up a 9.30pm in a panic and then again at 230pm which keeps me awake until 3.30pm. I need to the bathroom each time I wake up and when I walk outside I get distracted by the stars and I wish I

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10 Steps to Secure Your Startup

Image courtesy of: katelynjamesblog.com Startup culture is inherently fast-paced. Changes come in an instant, and the only thing that’s guaranteed is that no two days are alike. Where some startup owners stray off course, however, is when they sacrifice scrupulousness for novelty. Remember: Detail and innovation are not mutually exclusive terms. Just because you take a risk or rewire your vision doesn’t necessarily mean you have to desert the footing you have already achieved. From macro to micro, here are ten things you can do to help secure your young business while minimizing losses and maximizing progress: Get familiar with NDAs. Non-disclosure agreements are commonplace in any industry that involves a fair clump of contract work and consulting agreements. When you’re getting off the ground, you might need a designer to mock up a logo, or a coder to put together a website. Whatever the case may be, have them sign an NDA. It’s a simple insurance policy that can help you avoid any sticky situations down the line. Trademark your property. The pace of information transit is only increasing. Industry players can tune into each other’s progress at the drop of a hat. And whether it’s happenstance or not, you’re bound to run into other entrepreneurs who are sculpting similar, if not identical projects to yours. Trademark your intellectual property so you’re not too late to the party. Protect your home base. Whether it’s your living room or an office space, it’s always wise to install some type of security measure. Every industry has a few bad eggs, and the startup world is no different. It’s unlikely, but not impossible, to experience a physical security breach – particularly if you have a big idea. If you really want to seal your workspace, check out a security/automation system like ADT Pulse. Read up on cyber fraud. You’ll find hucksters in just about every corner of the Internet. Know how to identify the difference between a reliable web service and a sketchy imitator. If your product is web-based, get your coding up to snuff. And remember: test, test, test. Figure out how to compromise your own security before someone else does. Then go back and fix it. Know your employees. If you’re more than just a one-person operation, you should make a point to get to know your team. You picked them for a reason, and chances are they’re the trustworthy people you knew you were hiring from the get-go. But how many horror stories have we heard about so-called reliable co-workers with secrets to share? Protect your customers. Your customers are your most valued asset. Make sure they’re accommodated, protected and appeased. If in any instance you lose hold of their personal information or bank account details, you’ll lose more than just their patronage. Always be mindful of your credibility. Organize your documents. Even in the digital age, many standard business practices still operate on paper. You’re bound to accumulate some stationery, so find a way to separate the important from the not-so-important. Protect your most sensitive documents with a key and lock. Furnish accordingly. There’s a certain attraction and idealization associated with running your startup out of your basement, garage or living room. That’s how all the great names got their starts, right? True, sometimes it’s smartest to work out of the home, but be ultra-careful with your setup. Don’t leave half-empty drinks sitting near your computer, don’t overspend and don’t burn yourself out just because you can. Give yourself some free time to have home be home – not work. Hire outside help. If you need a piece of safety that’s outside of your wheelhouse, don’t be scared to ask around for help. There are plenty of specialists who are willing to help small businesses with everything from storefront security to cyber protection. Find insurance. Once you have solidified your business, you will want to look into liability insurance. Otherwise, if someone slips and falls in your place of work, you could have to pony up for some serious repercussions. Depending on what industry you’re in, you will want to explore the terms and conditions for additional types of insurance. It’s not particularly exciting stuff, but it’s an absolute must-do. There you have it: ten steps to securing your startup no matter which way you take your business. Of course, it doesn’t end there. There’re plenty of other things you can do to protect your ideas without limiting your scope. Feel free to drop a line in the comments about what you’re doing to buckle up!

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Get Out of a VXX Short Position

Although I think VXX will go down in the long term, I believe it will go up in the near future.

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ValueClick (VCLK) is in a Bullish Cup and Handle Formation

Valueclick is a company I’ve profiled before, and it caught my attention once again today after I saw the trade action in it on Friday afternoon. After holding in a pretty tight trading range most of the day on Friday 1/10, between 22.95 and 22.79, at 2:45pm it started rapidly rising from 22.80 to 23.30 by the close. That .50 cent move was a 2% move in the stock, and was the largest move in the stock since it fell into a consolidation after a bullish 4 session rally to end 2013. Yesterday’s price volatility expansion is a bullish tell that some large buyer was trying to take a position in the stock. So what could be behind this? Earnings aren’t due out until Feb 13. My guess is that some news could be coming in the next several days regarding VCLK’s planned sale of their owned and operated web sites. After its last earnings report in November, shares initially dropped on disappointing earnings, but when the company announced during its conference call that it planned to sell some of its owned and operated web sites, VCLK shares began to rally. Then in December, VCLK announced they entered “into a definitive with InterActiveCorp (IACI) to sell O&O in an all-cash transaction, expected to close by Jan 2014.” No terms of the deal were disclosed, so IMO the financial benefit to VCLK hasn’t really been reflected in the shares yet. You may argue that the shares have moved about $2 since the November announcement, and that qualifies as the reaction in the shares, but I tend to believe that the company could see a much larger windfall from the transaction. Taking a look at the chart I’ve included, VCLK also has formed a cup and handle formation, a bullish pattern that is probably the most followed and believed technical pattern of all. If the stock is able to sustain a move over $23, then the upside target for the cup and handle breakout would be around $27 per share, which represents 17% upside from current levels The Trade: Long VCLK on a close above $23 Stop @ 22 (below rising trendline) Target = $27 Reward/risk = 4:1

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Trading HYLD on monthly dividend dip and catching subsequent rise

This ETF. Pays close to 8 percent dividend monthly. It is an actively managed high yield bond ETF . Buy after ex dividend date monthly on dip. Catch monthly dividend and subsequent rise. This is the best performing high yield bond ETF. It has out performed JNK and HYG.

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Netflix (NFLX) in Free Fall after H&S Top

Netflix (NFLX) recently formed a Head and Shoulders bearish top pattern, and validated the pattern when it broke below the neckline of the pattern at $353. The breakdown occurred on a gap down and that gap down initially saw a fair amount of short covering/buying, but it’s becoming evident that there are no real buyers in the stock because it’s falling further and forming lower lows and lower highs – the definition of a downtrend. I project a downward price target on the H&S pattern to be $323, which is $10 below the current price of $333. Combine that with a longer term bearish MACD divergence that’s been in place since price rose from $310 on 12/5/13 to $384 on 12/24/13. If that divergence trades out, then we will see price drop all the way down to $310 which would be a drop down of about $20. I’m a little late in entering short as I would have rather entered on a retest of the neckline back towards 350 but it does not look like that is going to happen. The trade: Short NFLX @ $333 Target = $310 Stop = 345 Reward/Risk = 2:1

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Pioneer TS-W3003D4

$99.0012" Champion Pro Series 600W RMS Car Subwoofer General FeaturesPower Handling 2000 Peak 600W RMS General Features 12" Dual 4 Ohm Champion Series Pro Subwoofer IMPP composite seamless woofer cone Dual-layer elastic polymer surround Spring-loaded speaker terminal posts Perfect for a ported or sealed enclosure Features larger magnet combined with a dual spider design Frequency Response: 20-80 Hz Top-mount depth: 6-9/10" Sensitivity: 96 dB

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Clarion NX404

$539.992-DIN DVD Multimedia Station with Built-in Navigation and 6.2-inch Touch Panel ControlGeneral Features General features: DVD/CD receiver with 6.2" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings internal amp (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 watts peak x 4 channels) built-in Parrot Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control Clarion CCA771 cable and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter required for viewing video content from Lightning devices Clarion CCA750 cable required for viewing video content from older Apple devices MirrorLink compatibility for select Android devices — requires optional CCA770 or CCA771 adapter Pandora control through iPhone and Android plays lossless FLAC audio files from your flash drive remote control Navigation features: maps of United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 11 million points of interest text-to-speech announces actual street names at turns lane guidance and junction view 3D representations of select buildings, landmarks, and terrain Audio/video features: plays CDs, DVDs, and USB drives 3-band parametric EQ with 4 presets low- and high-pass filters bass boost dual-zone A/V output Expandability: inputs: dual rear USB inputs; front 3.5mm input; rear RCA A/V input; rear-view camera input outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer); video output Other information: CEA-2006 compliant compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)

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Pioneer CD-IU52

$29.00USB to Lightning Cable for iPhone/iPodGeneral Features General Features: USB to Lightning Interface Cable Designed for iPod and iPhone devices Automotive grade USB connection for audio playback for Apple smartphones and iPods with lightning connector Designed for optimal USB device charging Cable Length: 1 ft. 8 in. Adapter free control via receiver interface

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MTX T9515-22

$799.9515" 2000W Dual 2-Ohm SubwooferGeneral Features 15" subwoofer Dual 2-ohm Voice Coils Power range: 200-1000 watts RMS Sensitivity: 87.1 dB Frequency response: 31.9-150 Hz Top-mount depth: 10.737" Voice coil: 4.0" Magnet weight: 260oz Priced per speaker

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MTX T9512-22

$699.9512" 2000W Dual 2-Ohm SubwooferGeneral Features 12" subwoofer Dual 2-ohm Voice Coils Power range: 200-1000 watts RMS Sensitivity: 84.7 dB Frequency response: 36.4-150 Hz Top-mount depth: 9.737" Voice coil: 4.0" Magnet weight: 260oz Priced per speaker

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