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Regardless of political affiliation, persons should be open to dialogue

Regardless of political affiliation, persons should be open to dialogue

first_imgDear Editor,The rise in tribalism in Guyana is breaking my heart. Racism isn’t an accurate word to denote this epidemic spreading, both the Government and Opposition are multi-ethnic; one more than the other. Therefore, the word tribalism much more accurately denotes the circumstances I wish to speak about.A few days ago, I decided to invite my entire Facebook friends list to like the People’s Progressive Party Civic page. I have previously invited my entire list to like the University I attended, the student Government page, the department I worked for and more recently, Raiza the psychologist’s page. Never before have I received any sort of negative responses; if people didn’t want to like the page they could’ve simply chosen not to.One of the most interesting reaction was a classmate of mine (from The Bishops’ High School) who screenshot the notification to like the page and had a full ranting session about how; “didn’t realise she was so brave to try and recruit real South Ruimveldt thugs.” I was unaware I went to school with any thugs.I responded by explaining that I was only inviting people so that they can have more sides to the story. It is my belief that you should look at what all political parties post as the media can sometimes be biased. Information never hurts anyone. The sad part was my “friend” didn’t try to converse but got defensive and almost hateful in his commentary.I went on a PPP/C walkabout in Stabroek Market and while people were still tribal saying “I is APNU”, and “Only green for me” and sometimes a little more explicated than that. Many were curious for information; starting the dialogue was the hardest part but once we got to talking, people were willing to listen and exchange views and things became a lot more pleasant.We as a nation, regardless of our political affiliation should be open to dialogue at all levels. By refusing to start a dialogue, we as a people will have a hard time moving forward. It is not only about speaking but also listening and understanding. We need to listen to each other and open up conversations at all levels.How can you not be bothered by the current Administration, promising the Guyanese people so many things in 2015 and never delivering on them? As a population, you should question and listen to what the “other side” can offer. We need to listen to each other not just flat out “cuss up” and ignore the “other side.” Find some time to listen to the other side, the information you may receive may be bias. We need to start listening and conversing, and then we can get to create a better discourse which will lead to electing administrations based on issues and policy and not the colour of their shirt.Yours truly,Nalinie Singhlast_img read more

Breaking up with provider can be costly

Breaking up with provider can be costly

first_imgThe advantage to the customer is easier billing and usually a price break. But the down side is if they drop one of the services to pursue a better deal elsewhere, they lose the discount. Loyal customers produce steady, predictable revenue. Churn is an important measure when Wall Street analysts evaluate the health of subscriber-based companies. It remains to be seen whether penalties for Internet customers will cut down on churn. Consumers Union in its annual cell phone survey found that nearly half of all cell phone subscribers who were considering switching carriers were deterred from doing so because of early termination penalties. The organization surveyed several broadband service providers and found that the two largest cable companies, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., do not assess early termination fees. AT&T Inc. charges a $99 early termination fee, but subscribers get a month’s service free for signing a long-term contract, according to the survey. Verizon charges $69 for its FiOS fiber optic broadband service and $79 for its digital subscriber line (DSL) service, but the penalty can be avoided if service is canceled in the first month. Qwest Communications International Inc. charges a $200 early termination fee on a two-year contract, according to the survey, with rates the same as month-to-month service. But customers are not subject to future price increases. Earthlink charges a $149 early termination fee on a one-year contract. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jeannine Kenney, a senior policy analyst with the group, said the penalties “deprive consumers of the benefits of competition.” Broadband companies that assess termination fees, such as Verizon Communications Inc., say they are justified because customers who sign up receive a special low rate and other benefits. Bobby Henson, director of media relations for Verizon, told Consumers Union that the company charges the fee to “regain what we have been giving the customer for free.” Henson said in addition to offering free installation and sometimes free equipment, customers also save $2 to $8 on their monthly rate. Pricing broadband competition can be difficult. Broadband is rarely priced as a stand-alone service. Whether offered by a telephone company or a cable company, it is usually bundled with other services such as voice and video. WASHINGTON – Breaking up with your Internet service provider isn’t hard to do – but it may cost you. Customers who subscribe to a high-speed Internet plan may pay $150 or more if they terminate their service before their contract has expired, according to a new survey from Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. The practice is well known among cell phone providers – early termination fees in that industry run from $150 to $240 per line, according to the group. The goals of the fees are largely the same – to cut down on “churn,” the process of customers dumping one service provider to pursue greener pastures with another. last_img read more

Australia,US among major markets for Indian freelancers

Australia,US among major markets for Indian freelancers

first_imgCountries like Australia, the US and the UK account for significant amount of work for Indian freelancers working in various areas like technology, accounting and consulting, a report by digital payments major PayPal today said.The report found that most Indian freelancers are under the age of 40 and are predominantly male. Also, web and mobile development, web designing, Internet research and data entry emerged as the key focus areas.Many are also engaged in accounting, graphic design and consultancy, the report added.“India is one of the largest freelancer markets in the world and growing. We found 41 per cent respondents saying they have witnessed very fast growth in the past 12 months,” PayPal India Director Growth Narsi Subramanian said.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img read more