first_imgDear Editor,It is now approaching the fourth year since the coalition Government assumed office and the Guyanese masses are astoundingly disappointed by the increasingly high levels of corruption which is being perpetrated by this Government whose campaign platform was based on the eradication of corruption by removing the previous PPP/C Government. Some were gullible enough to accept this even though a casual perusal would have exposed the fact to them that it is the same old PNC which dominates the APNU and you cannot expect a drastic transformation from the 28 years of thievery, mismanagement, and institutionalised corruption.I cannot help but recall Moses Nagamootoo’s startling ‘political theory’ which he revealed in January 2016 at Queens, New York. He said, “you should have a President for only one term or five years after which the leader should be changed since the ‘thieving’ starts in the second term”. He further added that “in 50 years, we have only changed Government twice…you have to think about changing Government as quickly as possible as you can, as periodically as you can, because thieving is a disease”.Now, it is ironic that Nagamootoo failed to recognise the endemic corruption which has engulfed his Government almost as soon as they took over the seats of Government. He was part of the Cabinet’s decision to pay themselves between 50-100 per cent wage increases supposedly to remove the temptation to be involved in “thievery” with his salary, perks and eventual pension greatly surpassing that of former President Bharrat Jagdeo. The masses were given an increased dose of the illusionary “good life”, our standard of living continues to plunge while more than 30,000 persons became jobless with many communities being transformed into ‘zombie zones’ overnight.While it may be that Nagamootoo was targeting a third term for Jagdeo and was referring to him, it cannot be so interpreted when he said that, “you have to think about changing Government as quickly as possible”.The coalition was already in Government, hence he must be taken to mean that if a Government does not perform well according to the expectations of the electorate then it must be changed. Therefore, this is exactly what the majority of the representatives did on December 21, 2018. This is what ‘Sovereignty of the people’ means. The Constitution, in Article 106 (6), provides for this – to remove a Government if it is corrupted and not performing to expectations by way of a “no-confidence motion”.In just four years, corruption has eaten away many of the economic gains made by the PPP/C Government. It must be recalled that our economy, under the PNC, was bankrupt and 95 per cent of our GDP went to pay debts. Today, our US reserve which the PPP/C Government has managed to accumulate over the years has fallen by over 50 per cent while the cost of living has spiralled with no solution in sight.It has been documented that the APNU/AFC Government has been involved in more corruption in its four-year tenure compared to the old PNC Government, beginning from the undisclosed cost of inauguration ceremonies of the President, the D’Urban Park ‘thievery’, the US$18 million signing bonus, the $30 billion GuySuCo bond, the GPHC single sourcing of $605 million in drugs, the Sussex Street ‘Condom’ bond, the Demerara Harbour Bridge feasibility study, the ‘rehabilitation’ of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the blatant breaches of the procurement laws to facilitate bribery and ‘kickbacks’, the awarding of contracts to cronies like the awarding of the Corentyne Highway road slashing and cleaning, the rental of Broomes’ mansion, the Annette Ferguson affair and others too numerous to mention. It has also been one scandal after another, a media recently disclosed a number of these.Nagamootoo should now accede to the fact that his Government has failed the electorate who have now decided that a ‘change in Government’ is now vital and the ‘disease’ eradicated for the nation’s survival!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

first_imgA pork-knocker of Kumukumu village on the Essequibo coast appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday, and was remanded to prison after pleading not guilty to a charge of cannabis possession.It is alleged that 22-year-old Abdool Adil Salim on January 17, 2017, was stopped and searched by Police officials at 70km Barama Road on the Essequibo Coast, leading to the discovery of 149 grams of cannabis. Salim denied the charge read to him by the Chief Magistrate and entered a not-guilty plea.The defendant was remanded to prison and the matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court, where the miner will appear on February 9, 2017.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger’s side go into their game against PSG fresh from back-to-back Premier League wins against Watford and Southampton © AFP / Ben StansallPARIS, France, Sep 13 – Arsene Wenger is looking for Arsenal to show greater consistency in the Champions League, starting with a positive result when they begin their campaign at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.A year ago the Gunners lost their opening two group games before scraping through to the last 16 behind Bayern Munich, only to fall at that stage for the sixth year running. The key to returning to the latter stages is winning Group A to thereby set up an easier draw in the first knockout round, and so taking points off the French champions at the Parc des Princes could be crucial.“Last year we had a bad start because we lost our first game at Dinamo Zagreb and after we had the hiccup at home against Olympiakos and Bayern was a bit more consistent,” Wenger said at a press conference on Monday.“What we need to do to win the group is make a good result here tomorrow.”The last time Arsenal won their Champions League group was in 2011/12, when they finished ahead of another French side in Marseille.With Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad completing the Group A line-up, the Gunners and the French champions are expected to be fighting it out for first place.Arsenal’s striker Olivier Giroud (C) takes part in a training session at London Colney on September 12, 2016 © AFP / Ben StansallWhile Wenger’s side are fresh from back-to-back Premier League wins against Watford and Southampton, PSG have been in poor form under their new coach Unai Emery.They followed a 3-1 defeat at Monaco before the recent international break by drawing 1-1 at home to Saint-Etienne on Friday, but Wenger remains wary of them.“They are a bit like us with a number of players who came back a bit late (from summer holidays), so they have had to an extent the same problems as us,” Wenger said.“They were in the same hotel as us in Los Angeles when Thiago Silva got injured and he has still not come back, but I am not too worried for them because they have been well above the rest of the teams in their league in recent years and I expect to see a different PSG in the Champions League.”– Slow start –PSG’s fourth consecutive elimination in the quarter-finals of this competition, to Manchester City, ultimately led to Laurent Blanc being sacked in the summer, with Emery replacing him.But pressure is already building on the Spaniard after their slow start to the Ligue 1 campaign.Paris Saint-Germain’s headcoach Unai Emery is under pressure after a slow start to the Ligue 1 campaign © AFP / Franck Fife“I have come here with my experience and with a lot of demands. The demand on me is to win and that is no different to when I started out in Spain 12 years ago,” said Emery.The 44-year-old won the Europa League with Sevilla in each of the last three seasons but has no real track record in the Champions League.“I accept my responsibility, but I need time. I am convinced we are going to improve and Tuesday is the first chance to show that. The most important thing is the team and I am happy with what I see,” added Emery.Paris have selection problems in defence with Layvin Kurzawa out injured and captain Silva not having featured this season due to fitness concerns of his own.Hatem Ben Arfa is also absent, and youngster Presnel Kimpembe could start at left-back.Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure does not diminish Paris as an attacking force in the eyes of Arsenal’s Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin.“They have lots of good players so I don’t think it affects them at all,” said Bellerin.“They have a really strong front three at the moment and you know any player they have up front will be dangerous. We will approach the game in the same way as if he had been there.”Laurent Koscielny is expected to play for Arsenal despite taking a knock to the face in Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Southampton.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Ken Winnig, Regional Director of Diagnostic Services, Northern Health gave an update to City Council yesterday on the MRI machine that will be placed in Fort St. John.“We know we need to do a better job of identifying some of the access gaps and to bring the service to the Northeast. We know that a number of patients leave B.C. and they go to Grande Prairie. We know patients travelling to Prince George is awfully far for that scan, so we are addressing that.”Winning says based on calculations, they believe they will be doing around 2100 scans a year to first start the service.Northern Health first looked at the need for MRI back in 2012. They then launched a 10-year medical imaging plan. They also had a new plan launched this year that is aimed at providing medical care closer to home.- Advertisement -They are now in the stage of putting together schedules and looking at installation dates for the machine to be installed in FSJ. The unit, which is a Siemens Magnetom Aera – 1.5T, is expected to be implemented by Spring 2017.  It has been roughly 14 years since Northern Health has bought a MRI magnet.3 scanners will be installed. One in Fort St. John, one in Terrace and one in Prince George.Advertisement A request for proposals was issued and Siemens was awarded the contract to install the machines. The production lines for the machine are located in Germany and the machines are made to order.  The vendor, which is SDI, is currently organizing staff for installation which is why they are looking at Spring for the machine to be installed and ready to go.To provide staff for the MRI machine, they took 2 x-ray technicians from Fort St. John and 2 x-ray technicians from Terrace and put them through BCIT’s program. Those students are currently in practicum.Northern Health says once SDI provides a firm schedule, they will announce the final dates for installation and starting dates for use of the MRI machines.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MALIBU, Calif. (AP) – Mel Gibson was arrested early Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said. Gibson’s vehicle was speeding eastbound on the Pacific Coast Highway when officers stopped him at 2:36 a.m., Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Gibson, 50, was booked at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station at 4:06 a.m., according to department records. The actor-director was cited and released, Whitmore said. Bail was set at $5,000. “The investigation is ongoing,” Whitmore said. “As we would do with anyone, we don’t want to release any more since the information is fragmentary.” Gibson’s spokesman, Alan Nierob, said he was looking into the matter. Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995’s “Braveheart.” Like his 2004 religious blockbuster, “The Passion of the Christ,” which was shot in Aramaic and Latin, his new film, “Apocalypto,” was done in an ancient tongue, Yucatec Maya. Gibson has starred in the “Lethal Weapon” and “Mad Max” films, “What Women Want” and “The Man Without a Face,” among other movies.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Pachyderms vs. people Re “Mayor: City firm on offer” (Aug. 23): City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka said the Engineers and Architects Association and the city were almost $16 million to $20 million apart in their negotiations. Wait a minute. Isn’t that less than half of what city officials are willing to spend on two elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo? So lets see, it’s OK to spend $40 million for two elephants, but not to spend $20 million for 7,400 city employees? -David Hernandez Valley Village The school takeover plan by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been approved by the L.A. City Council members, and it looks as though it will pass through the Legislature. However, this proposal ignores the real problem. Until such time as illegal aliens are stopped from flooding our schools, no significant increases in test scores will be achieved. Not only do most not speak English, many of their parents do not speak English. -Robert Kunz Canoga Park Stand with L.A. We taxpayers need to back the city and its stand not to succumb to the strong-arm tactics the unions resort to when they don’t get their way. I as a taxpayer think the position by the Engineers and Architects Association is outrageous. Today’s unions remove the competitive element that this great country was founded on, and promote marginal workers that could never hold a job in the competitive, nonunion workplace. -Tim Powell Mission Hills No strike The mayor should go one step further than standing up to the union. He should tell them they must go back to work or be fired. That’s what President Ronald Reagan did some years ago with the nation’s air traffic controllers. No government workers – and that means city, county and state workers – should be allowed to strike. They are guaranteed their jobs for life, have good retirement and medical benefits, and get a better deal than most private industry workers. -Don Robbins West Hills Misrepresentation Re “Expropriating power” (Your Opinions, Aug. 20): Boy, did Sid Gold hit the nail on the head when he likened the arrogance of Los Angeles’ City Council to that of “a Latin American country’s junta.” But, what’s the surprise here? For years, L.A.’s governing body, along with that of ours here in Burbank, has been more interested in representing the interests of other country’s citizens than those of its own. -Dink O’Neal Burbank Thriftless tenants Re “Condo conversions” (Your Opinions, Aug. 18): In this letter the writer is complaining about the loss of affordable apartments during the recent wave of condo conversions. But, even though this phenomenon is creating more housing, he is crying to gullible City Council members for a moratorium that would halt the creation of more housing. While tenants in such affluent communities may not be able to purchase the new or converted units, the buyers vacated housing somewhere, and new units are being built as a result. For how many years must an apartment owner continue subsidizing thriftless tenants? -Victor N. Viereck Valley Village Bully for Burbank Re “Board against LAUSD takeover” (Aug. 23): Hurrah for the Burbank school board for voting to oppose the school takeover by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. These backroom deals made without public input are always suspicious. If the mayor is really so interested in what is going on in the public schools, he should spend a day in one of the lowest-performing schools – without his caravan, photo opportunities or entourage. -Cliff Hall Chatsworth What democracy? The Bush administration is preaching around the world that we need to spread democracy. Democracy is an admirable goal. But, is our current government running as a democracy? Americans currently have fewer rights since ruled by the British. The administration has failed to create an environment that is at all safer than we were since the 9-11 attack five years ago. By diverting our attention with the war in Iraq and possible warfare elsewhere, the government has undermined the people’s rights in this country by using fear tactics. There have been lies and cover-ups beginning with the Florida presidential election. We send delegates into other countries to make sure that the government does not corrupt elections and mismanage humanitarian issues. Who is overseeing the United States? -Cookie Uretsky Moorpark Gas and Al Gore Re “Gas prices fuel fame of analyst” (Aug 21): I agree with Trilby Lundberg that global warming is a “boogeyman for political opportunism” and a grab for power. Al Gore and others are politicizing science, drowning out legitimate criticism and pushing us to spend hundreds of billions of dollars for a nonissue. Proponents are so far failing to prove their case as written about in Michael Critchton’s novel “State of Fear.” The burden is on them to show that global warming is indeed harmful, how harmful and to whom. Climatologists who support this theory should stop trying to get government grants to prove what they claim has already been proven. And they should acknowledge in print that nuclear energy is a solution, since it does not produce greenhouse gases. -Bruce K. Bell Moorpark Moronic laws Re “New laws suffocate California” (Viewpoint, Aug. 20): Wow! Forty-seven thousand new laws since 1966. When will our elected officials learn that quantity will never replace quality when it comes to laws? Now the Los Angeles City Council agreed to support Police Chief William Bratton’s request for yet another feel-good, moronic law to add two years to a robbery sentence for wearing a disguise. Do the council members or chief really believe robbers will stop wearing ski masks and increase their risk of capture? -Rick Owen Calabasas The war at home Re “Gunmen take over bank, escape” (Aug. 23): The article about the three gunmen who robbed a bank and escaped left me in utter dismay. This county is under siege. Meanwhile, I again noticed from my desk at work a motorcycle cop spending his day pulling over traffic offenders for minor infractions. For God’s sake, we need every officer on the street putting an iron boot on the gangs in our midst. This is a war against our communities. When are the authorities going to put an end to gang activity once and for all? -Victorio Santollo Montrose Faux pas on foie gras Re “Capone’s city outlaws foie gras” (Aug. 23): It is despicable that Chicago’s restaurateurs have retaliated against the city’s new law prohibiting the serving of foie gras by going out of their way to create new dishes featuring it. Their objection to the ordinance is apparently based on their dislike at being told what they can’t serve. They ask, What next? The answer should be veal. No one should partake of foods that are inhumanely grown or harvested. -Richard Klinger Sherman Oaks ——— your opinions ——— How to write to us We welcome letters on all issues of public concern. All are subject to editing and condensation, and they can be published only with the writer’s true name. Only the writer’s home community, rather than full address, will be published. Letters must include the writer’s complete home address and daytime telephone number for verification purposes. Please limit letters to 100 words. Letters and columns that are submitted and for which no compensation was paid may be republished in digital and other formats and retained in archives, without compensation to the author. Mail letters to: Public Forum, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200 Fax: (818) 713-3723 E-mail: Our Opinions reflect the opinion of the newspaper as an institution. Your Opinions are the personal opinions of readers of the newspaper. Their Opinions express the personal opinion of the writers. For the weekend package of local, state and national columns, editorials and Public Forum, go to Opinions section of local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgRangers star Joey Barton has described Mark Warburton’s handling of the training ground row, which saw the midfielder banished as “strange”.The 34-year-old was involved in a disagreement with team-mate Andy Halliday and other Rangers players on Tuesday and has been told to stay away from Auchenhowie until next week.It is understood this is not the first time the ex-England international has caused unrest within the dressing room with the player unavailable for Saturday’s game with Ross County.Speaking on TalkSport, Barton appeared to criticise Warburton’s handling of the situation. “All I want is for Rangers to win and for us to be the best we can possibly be, on the training ground and at a match on a Saturday.”Barton’s argument with fellow players came in the wake of the 5-1 derby defeat to Celtic with squad members giving their views on what had gone wrong against Brendan Rodgers’ side.The former Newcastle and Burnley man insisted there’s no ill-feeling with fellow midfielder Halliday.He added: “They’ve told me to stay away but there are a lot of misconceptions out there at the moment. “I’ve been asked to re-evaluate the way I’m thinking, but I don’t think they’re going to change – I want Rangers to win.“We lost to our fiercest rivals at the weekend, we came in to train on Monday and Tuesday and we’re picking the bones of how we get better, how we get Rangers back to the top of Scottish football. “We’re asked for an opinion and I’m someone who gives an opinion. Two passionate Rangers players have then shared opinions on how we get better as a team and what’s going wrong for us. It’s nothing more and nothing less than that. “Obviously sometimes the way I communicate can be a bit blunt and a bit direct and it ruffles people’s feathers, which I know I have to work at, but I don’t apologise for trying to win. I care deeply about playing football. “There is absolutely no issue with me and Andy. We sat down in the dressing room afterwards and spoke through what was said. “It’s disappointing that certain people are trying to insinuate that there is, because it’s completely false. “Andy is a mad, passionate Rangers fan, he’s stood in the terraces, so I’ve got great respect for him. He cares deeply about making the club better, as I do.” He said: “The way it’s been handled is strange.“I’ll sit down with Warbs on Monday – that was always the plan, once the lads win on Saturday because that is the most important thing. I’ll be supporting my team-mates on Saturday, that is all that matters. “I’ve got to re-evaluate stuff. Now that this has happened it changes the landscape slightly. “It’s disappointing but I’m as committed to Glasgow Rangers as the day I signed. There’s nothing at all that has altered me from that task. last_img read more

first_imgOrange City, Iowa — MOC-Floyd Valley swept the Sheldon Orabs in Siouxland Conference action Tuesday night in Orange City.In the girls game, MOC-Floyd Valley led at all the breaks. After one, the Dutch has a 10-5 lead, and at halftime their lead grew to 26-14. To start the third quarter the Orabs went on an 8-0 run to bring the score to within four, but MOC-Floyd Valley pulled back away and had a 35-28 lead after three. In the fourth quarter, it was all Dutch as they went on to win 51-35.MOC-Floyd Valley got a game high 19 from Jazlin De Haan. The Orabs’ high scorer was Makenna Kleinhesselink with 17.With the win MOC-Floyd Valley improves to 2-1 on the year and in the conference. Sheldon falls to 0-4 on the season, and 0-3 in the Siouxland.The boys game was played beyond the arc with 29 three pointers being made between both contests, as MOC-Floyd Valley held on to win 79-76.Sheldon had at slim 1 point lead after the opening eight minutes, 22-21. The Orabs extended their lead to 43-41 at the intermission. 20 three pointers were made in the first half between the Dutch and Orabs. MOC-Floyd Valley would take the lead in the third quarter and after three had a 61-57 advantage. The Dutch would seal the game from the free throw line and hold on to win 79-76.MOC-Floyd Valley had four players in double figures. Keegan Douma had a team high 19, Alex Van Kalsbeek added 15, Eli Haverdink put in 14, and Kyly Christy had 13 points. Sheldon got a game high 24 from Tye Sudbeck, 17 from Jordan Jeffries, and thirteen from Mitchel Wolf.With the win MOC-Floyd Valley improves to 3-1 on the year, and 3-0 in conference play. Sheldon falls to 0-4 on the season and 0-3 in the Siouxland.Up next for the Orabs is a home contest on Friday against Sibley-Ocheyedan. Next on the schedule for MOC-Floyd Valley is a home contest against Okoboji.last_img read more

first_imgSouthwest Airlines 737 MAX aircraft at Victorville, California. Image: KCAL9. The head of a leading airline group has urged passengers not to let the blaze of publicity over the Boeing 737 MAX tragedies undermine their confidence in the wider aviation system.Manufacturer Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration have come under intense scrutiny by media and government after the crash within five months of each other of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.The crashes have led to questions about the FAA’s oversight of Boeing and whether the MAX certification process had been in some way compromised.A number of investigations are underway into the saga and it remains unclear when it will return to service.Several studies have also shown that many fliers will be reluctant to fly on the aircraft even when it’s cleared to fly again.READ: Ethiopian CEO is confident on Boeing’s MAX.But Association of Asia Pacific Airlines director general Andrew Herdman said the industry had an extraordinary safety record of continuous improvement that had been achieved by the current system as it had evolved over decades.Herdman said manufacturers, operators, maintenance organizations and air navigation service providers were all committed to safety.“The main thing to understand is it’s not an industry that just focuses on business objectives… and then the regulator oversees safety,’’ Herdman told AirlineRatings at the sidelines of the recent International Air Transport Association annual meeting in Seoul.“That’s not the model at all — and that applies to building aircraft, designing them, manufacturing them, operating them.”Herdman said safety was not just about the FAA and Boeing but about the overall system and the application of global standards under the International Civil Aviation Organization.“That’s the system that’s made flying extraordinarily safe, “ he said. “We track the statistics and 15 years ago there was one major accident per million flights.“Then it was one for two million, then one per three million and it’s currently running at about one per five million.“So in 15 years, you’ve had almost a five-fold improvement in safety.”Herdman said the number of global accidents AAPA tracked reduced from about 20 per year through the teens and into single digits.“In 2017, there were none,” he said.“So you’re managing millions of safe flights but you learn when you get these catastrophic failures.“Every accident becomes a shock so we’ve had two 737s and recently the Sukhoi Russian accident and each of those comes as a shock and we come under increased scrutiny.“And obviously in the case of the MAX, there’s s design issue as well so it’s raised all sorts of questions.“But I think the main thing is the public is right to have a high level of trust in the safety flying and that’s well founded.“I think the traveling public recognize that and they’re happy to trust the system – trust the manufacturers, trust the operators, trust the national regulators.”Asked under what circumstances the MAX should be returned to service, Herdman said it was clear the FAA had the authority to certify the changes and declare the plane airworthy.“They don’t need anyone else’s permission, it’s not joint decision making,’’ he said. “But by the same token, other national regulators have their own discretion as to whether to accept that.“They’ve all signed bilateral agreements with each other to not unnecessarily duplicate regulatory oversight but that doesn’t mean they don’t have independent authority.“They can either block their own operators from operating the type, or they can declare the airspace is not open to that type or they can simply say we want additional training requirements.”The AAPA boss said a lot had been said about the cascade of shutdowns by various regulators but noted it had been less than a week between Chinese authorities telling their operators not to fly the type and the FAA grounding.He noted different authorities implemented the grounding in different ways with China telling its airlines to stop operating the MAX but not foreign operators and Singapore banning operations in its airspace.The FAA waited four days for data showing there were similarities between the two crashes.“You could say why did China act,’’ he said. “I think China said the evidence of the similarities between the accidents is enough we take the decision to ground it: we’re concerned and then we’ll verify the degree of similarity.“The FAA said ‘we want to see some data” and within four days they had some very strong data suggesting there were more than superficial similarities.”Herdman said it would be much neater if there was a simultaneous meeting of minds and decisions by regulators because otherwise, it made life difficult for operators.“So that from a convenience point of view but it’s not our call, it’s the regulators’ call,’’ he said, adding that he expected the FAA to make the decision first because it was the state of design.He said it could be a situation where the US carriers could operate domestic flights while others had to satisfy additional requirements.The MAX groundings were a major topic of discussion at IATA with several airline executives expressing confidence Boeing and the regulators would sort out any issues with the grounded planes.But IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac warned that the accidents had put the industry reputation in the spotlight and that a rift between regulators was not in anybody’s interest.“Investigations will ultimately reveal the cause. And a remedy will be found,’’ de Juniac said.“The consequences of these tragedies, however, go far beyond the technical. Trust in the certification system has been damaged—among regulators, between regulators and the industry and with the flying public.“Everyone must be confident that processes are sufficiently thorough not to warrant duplicative and redundant examinations jurisdiction by jurisdiction.”De Juniac called for close collaboration between manufacturers and global aviation authorities.“This is about more than restoring confidence in how aircraft are certified,’’ he said.“ When issues arise, coordination among regulators and with industry must improve.“People were confused as grounding decisions rolled out in some markets while it was business as usual in others. Put yourselves in the shoes of travelers and I am sure anyone would expect better.“To be clear, I am not advocating for knee-jerk reactions. But governments and industry must find a way to maintain public confidence in safety with fast and coordinated responses.”IATA met with 737 MAX operators last month and shoring up trust among regulators and improving co-ordination will be among the topics taken to a follow-up summit of airlines, manufacturers and regulators.Steve Creedy traveled to Seoul courtesy of Korean Air and IATAlast_img read more

first_imgYou probably have never heard of Dieter Rams (pictured at left) but certainly know of his work. For many years he was a product designer for Braun and other German companies. Back before Frog and Apple put the “i” in many of its products Braun was selling very elegant items that were well designed, such as calculators, shavers and household appliances. Many of these items can be found in museum collections all over the world today. Rams has had several design shows over the years and is known for his ten principles of “good design,” and I thought if we substitute the word “code” for “design” that there is a lot software developers could learn from his principles too. Here they are, with some of my comments.Good code is innovative.? One of the exciting things about working in the tech industry is that we still have plenty of innovation each and every day. And the best coding takes advantage of this innovation and wows us.If you want to see some of Ram’s work, go here.Good code makes an app useful?. This seems fairly obvious. We buy or download apps to use them, just like products. But the best apps carry code that can showcase their use and avoid distractions.Good code is aesthetic.? Some IDEs can turn code into quite elegant arrangements that could almost hang on your wall, they are so attractive. But understanding the aesthetic of what your code does is also important. In the design world, aesthetic is very important because it is reflected in the products we use. Just look at the crowds inside your average Apple store and how things are laid out, and contrast that with the aesthetic, if you can find it, in your average Best Buy. No comparison.Good code helps us to understand an app. And bad code helps us to see a badly designed app too. Things which are different in order simply to be different are seldom better, but that which is made to better is almost always different. – Dieter Rams, 1993Good code is unobtrusive. Perhaps this talks more about the resulting UI than the actual code itself. But it could also refer to the ability to easily read someone else’s code too. Certainly this is the case for open software.Good code is honest?. No tricks, no hidden trap doors, no malware needed. And no false advertising either: the code is the core essence of an app, nothing more, nothing less.Good code is long-lasting.? Some of the best software programs have been around for decades. They don’t go out of style, just like well-designed products.Good code is thorough, down to the last detail? Squash those bugs! Find those corner cases! Test and retest with different browsers and environments. Don’t leave anything to chance.Good code is concerned with the environment.? Again, somewhat obvious.Good code is as little code as possible. Sadly, we have moved away from this tenet over the years, look how bloated our operating systems have gotten. I remember the early days when APL was considered the ultimate in coding – a single line could pack a ton of programming horsepower. You needed a special keyboard to code in it:If you want to see some of Ram’s work, go here. Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… david stromcenter_img Tags:#Analysis#hack#tips Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more