Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Shamdeo Persaud has disclosed that 54 medical institutions across the country have received their licences to operate thus paving the way for others to be accepted under the programme after reaching the acceptable standards.Persaud said that for these institutions to meet the requirements, they must be operating as a health facility within the criteria set out by the Public Health Ministry.“Through our licensing programme, we were able to licence 54 health facilities across Guyana, both public and private. We’re looking at having all of our facilities at some point in time, adequately licensed, meaning that they would meet all of the standards for operating a health facility within our jurisdiction,” he said.According to him, there are still circumstances surrounding the shortage of supplies and patients complaining about the fact that they are not getting the required amount of prescription drugs. He is of the view that more can be done to ensure that these resources are managed prudently.Chief Medical OfficerShamdeo Persaud“Issues with supplies still exist and even though the system has improved, we still have some instances of shortages. I think there could be more in terms of how we manage those resources. We still have patients complaining that they’re not getting the required amount of medications. The shortages and difficulties we experience with commodities will get better,” he stated.The CMO also recognised challenges within the procurement procedure and insisted that the regional administration was granted a sum of money to purchase medications should a shortage exist.“There have been some challenges with procurement and most of the regions do have a fallback mechanism where they can buy supplies for short periods of time to supplement what the ministry provides,” said Persaud.Several health centres across the West Coast of Demerara were facing significant drug shortages earlier this year, causing some patients to worry as to whether they would have to purchase basic medications.The issue started at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) and continued at the Leonora Cottage Hospital and the Meten-Meer-Zorg Health Centre.Sources at the WDRH confirmed on Thursday that many individuals, primarily senior citizens, were diagnosed with illnesses and were left with no choice but to leave without any medicine.Junior Public Health Minister Karen Cummings had told this publication that medicinal shortages were also caused as a result of the lengthy procedures at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), but efforts are in progress to eliminate these setbacks.She also noted that medicines reach Guyana after “metropolitan” countries are supplied. Adding to that, Regional Officers have sufficient funds, should hospitals request additional drugs.
LETTERKENNY AC’s Pauric Breslin took the honours in today’s Drumman 5k.All the results are below:Drumman 5k 2014 Place Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club1 17.26 375 Pauric Breslin SM Letterkenny A.C.2 18.14 435 Callum Boyce SM Individual3 18.21 423 Peter O Donnell SM Individual 4 18.58 368 Paddy Mc Daid M40+ Letterkenny A.C.5 19.22 448 Barry Coyle SM Individual6 19.36 308 Joe Gallagher M40+ Milford A C7 20.03 367 Jamie Gallagher SM Individual8 20.06 458 Mark Daly M40+ Individual 9 20.20 357 Pat Hegarty M50+ Finn Valley A.C.10 20.20 362 Joe Hegarty M40+ Individual11 20.20 411 Raymond McGahey M40+ Individual12 20.34 389 Francis Gildea SM Individual 13 20.53 390 Jonathon Edwards SM Individual14 21.00 376 Frances Judge W40+ Letterkenny A.C.15 21.05 388 Brian Hegarty SM Individual16 21.58 421 Declan McElwaine SM Individual17 22.05 355 Seamus Gallagher M50+ Letterkenny A.C.18 22.08 309 Tricia McNulty W40+ Milford A C19 22.09 378 James Gibbons M50+ Milford A C20 22.10 379 Frances Diver M40+ Milford A C21 22.32 303 Paul McGuckian M40+ Milford A C22 22.34 304 Kenneth Moore M40+ Milford A C23 22.42 361 Colette Mc Elwaine SW Individual24 22.58 484 Andrew O’Carroll SM Individual25 23.01 443 Martin Robinson M40+ 24/7 Triathlon Club26 23.07 384 Matthew Simms SM Milford A C27 23.07 321 Amanda McGowan Walk Individual28 23.09 487 Donnacha Devenney Walk Letterkenny A.C.29 23.09 374 James Mc Bride M60+ Individual30 23.16 372 Joseph Casey M40+ Individual 31 23.35 318 Hugh Ferry M40+ Individual32 23.57 440 Ita McGettigan W40+ Individual33 24.07 380 Frank Mc Gettigan M50+ Individual34 24.08 347 Jamie Ward Walk Individual35 24.17 504 Cahir O’Donnell Walk Individual36 24.30 419 Kieran Burke SM Individual37 24.33 310 Killian McNulty M40+ 24/7 Triathlon Club38 24.41 301 John Ward SM Milford A C39 24.46 369 Aubrey Baxter SM Individual40 24.50 387 Martina Carr SW Individual41 24.53 485 Emer Devenney Walk Letterkenny A.C.42 24.54 307 Darina Ferry W40+ Milford A C43 24.56 373 James Doherty SM Milford A C44 24.58 370 John Hughes M50+ Individual45 24.59 426 Aiden Dorrian JM Individual46 25.11 422 Eamonn Kerr M40+ Individual47 25.14 395 Mark Farren SM Individual48 25.20 464 Rosemary McGee W40+ Individual49 25.22 319 Phil McGovern M40+ Individual50 25.23 322 Sam Faulkner SM Individual51 25.24 356 Noel Kilpatrick SM Milford A C52 25.29 327 Patrick Toye M40+ Individual53 25.29 385 Peter Peoples SM Milford A C54 25.43 350 Caroline Mc Elwaine SW Individual55 25.45 394 Gerry Durning M50+ Individual56 25.54 401 Norman Irwin M40+ Individual57 26.07 412 Tommy Naughton SM Individual58 26.20 432 Brenda McCahill W40+ Individual59 26.20 431 Paul McCahill M40+ Individual60 26.33 371 Maura O’Brady W40+ Milford A C61 26.33 302 Grace Friel W40+ Milford A C62 26.43 447 Diarmuid Coyle Walk Individual63 26.51 332 Lee Ponsonby SM Individual64 27.18 386 Bernie Gallagher SW Milford A C65 27.30 463 Bronagh Durning Walk Individual66 27.40 486 Zara Herron SW Individual67 27.54 410 Declan Friel M40+ Milford A C68 28.01 381 Sinead Kinnear SW Individual69 28.02 466 Aoife McGee JW Individual70 28.02 489 Anna Good Walk Individual71 28.55 305 Una Mc Cutter W40+ Milford A C72 29.13 489 Anna Good Walk Individual73 29.13 488 Harry Good Walk Individual74 29.17 377 Ann Doherty W60+ Milford A C75 29.29 406 Orla Redmond SW Individual76 29.29 353 Megan Mc Gettigan Walk Individual77 29.52 404 Avril Larkin SW Individual78 29.58 517 Ben Bradley Walk Individual79 30.02 311 James Smeaton Walk Individual80 30.07 467 Odhran McGee Walk Individual81 30.24 331 Catriona Boyle SW Individual82 30.57 475 Alistair Grier SM Individual83 31.49 480 Heather O’Reilly JW Individual84 31.49 481 Betsy O’Reilly JW Individual85 31.53 392 Michelle Malseed SW Individual86 32.24 465 Orla O’Donnell Walk Individual87 32.41 317 Antoinette Kelly SW Individual88 33.13 354 Josephine Burke W50+ Individual89 33.17 393 Mary O’Donnell W50+ Milford A C90 33.17 360 Maeve Houston Walk Individual91 33.32 400 Patrick Bonner Walk Rosses AC92 34.32 397 Emma Bonner Walk Individual93 34.44 336 Sinead Mc Crossan Walk Individual94 34.44 459 Majella Orr SW Individual95 34.56 369 Aubrey Baxter SM Individual96 34.59 358 Marty Houston M50+ Individual97 35.24 396 Triona Bonner SW Individual98 35.24 398 Rachel Bonner Walk Rosses AC99 35.47 445 Ella Khavia Walk Individual100 35.47 446 Roise Robinson Walk Individual101 36.09 468 ciara O’Donnell Walk Individual102 36.55 493 Roisin Doherty Walk Individual103 37.33 413 Carol Ferry SW Individual104 37.34 456 Declan Black M40+ Individual105 37.37 442 Ryan McAuley Walk Individual106 38.26 450 Caoimhe McGabhann Walk Individual107 38.26 449 Deirdre McGabhann Walk Individual108 40.51 414 Brid Kelly McColum Walk Individual109 40.52 477 Trudi O’Reilly Walk Individual110 40.53 479 Ruby O’Reilly Walk Individual111 41.28 476 Marjorie McHugh Walk Individual112 41.31 511 Alan McNulty Walk Individual113 42.14 512 George McNulty Walk Individual114 42.17 496 Aine Doherty Walk Individual115 42.23 491 Siobhan Murray Walk Individual116 42.24 455 Joanne Smeaton Walk Individual117 42.33 501 Laura Peoples Walk Individual118 42.34 502 Lauren McGettigan Walk Individual119 42.43 492 Ann Marie Doherty Walk Individual120 42.44 453 James Smeaton Walk Individual121 43.05 428 Kathleen Stephenson Walk Individual122 43.10 429 Shauna Tolan Walk Individual123 43.51 349 Ann Ward Walk Individual124 43.51 490 Alfie Good Walk Individual125 45.01 348 Seamus Ward Walk Individual126 45.01 399 Aine Bonner JW Rosses AC127 45.11 415 Jade McColum Walk Individual128 45.12 438 Dualtan McAuley Walk Individual129 45.13 330 Mary Toye Walk Individual130 45.25 487 Donnacha Devenney Walk Letterkenny A.C.131 46.20 503 Sally O’Donnell Walk Individual132 46.20 470 Joan O’Donnell Walk Individual133 46.46 452 Pat Carr Walk Individual134 46.46 451 Moya Carr Walk Individual135 46.48 328 Emma Toye Walk Individual136 46.58 505 James O’Donnell Walk Individual137 47.06 403 Lorraine McGarvey Walk Individual138 47.07 402 Decky Holian Walk Individual139 47.18 315 Louise O’Connor Walk Individual140 47.42 474 Letisha McGarvey Walk Individual141 47.56 339 Oran Carr Walk Individual142 47.57 500 Emma Peoples Walk Individual143 49.02 460 Amanda McGarvey Walk Individual144 49.03 461 Ciaran McGarvey Walk Individual145 49.07 437 Michaela McAuley Walk Individual146 50.17 498 Ann Marie O’Donnell Walk Individual147 50.17 507 Annette O’Donnell Walk Individual148 50.17 506 Mairead O’Donnell Walk Individual149 51.01 424 Brendan Ward Walk Individual150 51.01 425 Christina Ward Walk Individual151 51.02 405 Dylan Gibbons Holian Walk Individual152 51.31 499 Laura Peoples Walk Individual153 51.36 497 Francie Peoples Walk Individual154 52.03 499 Laura Peoples Walk Individual155 52.07 471 Sinead Doherty Walk IndividualTotal Runners: 155 RESULTS FROM TODAY’S DRUMMAN 5K was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on 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Senior Maya Mircetich and the Arcata High volleyball team were dominant on the road as the Tigers clinched the first outright Big 5 Conference title for the program since 2015 with a four set (25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19) win over McKinleyville, Thursday night at McKinleyville High.Arcata (22-7, 8-0) took control from the opening serve behind a senior-laden team.“It feels incredible, all of us have been waiting for this since our freshman year.” Mircetich, a senior, said. “We’ve gelled so much …
Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Sowetan newspaper, has hosted a series of conversations around the country – the Sowetan Dialogues. These discussions explore ways of building the nation and promoting civic pride; they are based on the outcomes identified in the National Development Plan. Can education rescue the Northern Cape child?13 March 2015 – How can parents, teachers and community leaders work together to protect children’s right to education, particularly in impoverished communities wracked by protest, such as the Northern Cape town of Kuruman? MORE > Watch: Can education rescue the Northern Cape child? South Africa needs change-makers for better communities10 October 2014 – If you are not a change maker, what are you? This was one of the points participants were asked to ponder during the Cape Town leg of the Play Your Part Sowetan Dialogues, held in the township of Langa on Thursday 9 October. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues: ‘Excellence must start in our communities’7 October 2014 – Do you own a spaza shop? Are you a community worker, a teacher or an ordinary worker? Are you the best that you can be? All of us are part of building a competitive South Africa. We are responsible for bringing international investment into our country. We are part of building South Africa’s reputation. MORE > True gender equality rests in South Africans’ hands12 August 2014 – The recent Brand South Africa Sowetan Dialogues in Bloemfontein focused on the role women have and can play in the country’s democracy. Speakers such as the Honourable Sisi Mabe – Speaker of the Free State Legislature; Mbuyiselo Botha from Sonke Gender Justice; Kenosi Machepa from the Ministry of Women; and dairy farmer Nompi Zim discussed how women’s rights were, in fact, human rights, and that men needed to support women to achieve a society free from sex and gender discrimination. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues discuss the role of women in a democratic South Africa8 August 2014 – Women’s rights are human rights; these powerful words were uttered and echoed by South African leaders at the Sowetan Dialogues in Bloemfontein, which discussed women’s roles, rights and progress in a democratic South Africa. MORE > Youth look to build South Africa’s brand23 June 2014 – The future of the country depends on the youth of today, which means their attitudes and thoughts are crucial to building a strong and prosperous nation. To get a deeper understanding of youth and prompt debate and discussion on a range of pertinent issues, as part of Youth Month activities, Brand South Africa hosted a Youth Caucus. MORE > True gender equality rests in South Africans’ hands12 August 2014 – South Africa ranks high for its legal framework regarding women’s and gender rights, but Phontso Manzi says that South Africans need to play their part in making true gender equality a reality by teaching children that men and women are equal. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues discuss the role of women in a democratic SA8 August 2014 – Women’s rights are human rights; these powerful words were uttered and echoed by South African leaders at the Sowetan Dialogues in Bloemfontein, which discussed women’s roles, rights and progress. MORE > 21st-century South Africans need to leave a lasting legacy19 June 2014 – Commemorating Youth Day, the 18 June Sowetan Dialogues asked South Africa’s young people to consider the legacy they want to leave for their children. MORE > Watch: Are South African youth creating a legacy? Are they lost? Are they lazy? Brand South Africa’s Sowetan Dialogues urge African unity3 June 2014 – The most recent Brand South Africa/Sowetan Dialogues event urged South Africans to recognise the role other Africans played in the nation’s struggle for freedom. MORE > Brand South Africa’s Sowetan Dialogues set for Durban22 May 2014 – Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogues is headed for Durban, with the focus on Africa’s contribution toward South Africa’s fight against apartheid. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues: Positive thinking for success30 April 2014 – The young attendees at the most recent Brand South Africa/Sowetan Dialogues session received an eye-opening crash course in leadership development and positive thinking. MORE > Play Your Part and build our future leaders25 April 2014 – Brand South Africa will on Friday 25 April 2014 host the 5th Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogue in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. MORE > South African Human Rights culture discussed in Mahikeng27 March 2014 – Brand South Africa, in the fourth Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogue on Wednesday 26 March 2014, hosted a robust discussion on fundamental human rights and the responsibility of citizens in our country. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues comes to Mmabatho24 March 2014 – Brand South Africa is continuing with its Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogues, with the latest in the series to be held in Mafikeng in the North West province on 26 March. MORE > Brand South Africa Dialogue on health in the Eastern Cape21 November 2013 – Community members, government leaders and health activists and professionals held a stimulating debate at Brand South Africa’s inaugural Play your Part/Sowetan Dialogue in East London on Wednesday 20 November 2013. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues address high school dropout rate23 January 2014 – South Africa recently received its highest matric pass rate in 20 years, with 78.2% of 707 136 matric students passing in 2013, but many pupils don’t complete their schooling. MORE >
Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”The British Library” GC2M0AF GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 10, 2011October 10, 2011In “Community””Manuel Antonio National Park Geocache” GCJ7WN GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 27, 2011June 28, 2011In “Community”Take a 32-Stage Journey Through Central Park — Bridges & Arches of Central Park (GC17MX1) — Geocache of the Week Video EditionFebruary 12, 2015In “Community” Sculpture located at “Citygarden Tour”Urban Multi-Caches can reveal take geocaching a park, new vantage point, or hidden gem in a city geocachers never expected. “Citygarden Tour” (GC2AX7Q) delivers adventurers to a sculpture park in the middle of an American city better know for blues music and barbeque than public art.St. Louis geocachers tracking down the answers for this difficulty three, terrain two Multi-Cache walk away discovering a slice of St.Louis culture.The cache requires adventures to answer six questions they unlock by exploring the park. The questions ask people to find the birth year of artists, count wind chimes, and more. The answers are then plugged into a formula that is found on the cache page. The results complete a set of coordinates which lead geocachers to the cache.Sculpture located in “Citygarden Tour”Strider hid the micro cache in 2010. It’s accumulated more than 30 Favorite Points. Cache who logged the “Citygarden Tour” write, “This was a totally awesome cache. We thoroughly enjoyed taking in all the features in the park… Thanks for bringing us here, and for an imaginative cache.”Have you ever completed an Urban Multi-Cache that helped you explore a city?Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Associated Press is set to create a news registry to protect their online content from copyright violations. The organization amassed critics on the issue after a number of DMCA take down notices were issued to bloggers who had linked to the AP, used their headlines or paraphrased AP stories. One such blogging network, the Drudge Retort, was asked to remove seven items containing AP quotes. Nevertheless, after prominent bloggers created an uproar on the matter and claimed fair use on the content, the AP backed down. In a conversation with the New York Times, AP spokesman Jim Kennedy said, “We don’t want to cast a pall over the blogosphere by being heavy-handed, so we have to figure out a better and more positive way to do this” It appears the news registry is the AP’s answer. After seeing the AP apologize for its initial DMCA take down to the Drudge Retort, bloggers may have expected a simple set of blogging standards; however, under the new registry, the organization goes much further. The AP’s content will be attached to a digital-permissions framework and monitored for its usage. This means that every time a blogger uses AP materials, they’ll be alerted to its permissions and someone will be watching to see that it’s being used correctly. AP posts will actually bare pop ups with permissions and sources. The system also allows the organization to gain proof of what it defines as violations in order to enforce its copyright policies. And how policies are enforced will most definitely determine if Kennedy’s comment about heavy-handedness was bona fide. A slide show of the system is available here. While this is perhaps one of the first major news organizations to codify and automate the tracking of copyright violations on the web, several large organizations employ automated tracking to protect their content from misappropriation. In particular, photo organizations such as Getty and Corbis have worked with PicScout’s Image Tracker for a number of years to seek out and confront copyright infringers. However, where Getty and Corbis can make clear claims to their licensed stock photography, the AP’s claims to news-related content is blurry. Still, the blogosphere will have to tread lightly when it comes to using AP-related sources. dana oshiro Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#New Media#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Get up to speed with the new features in Lightworks 11.5 with these quick walk-through tutorials.The latest version of Lightworks brings some great new features to this serious editing application. As of yet it’s still only for Windows and Linux, but the Mac version will appear (hopefully) this year. If you’ve not heard of Lightworks before, it is the only professional level non-linear editing software that is free to download.The free version is fully functional, but will only allow you to export to Youtube or Vimeo at 720p. The paid for professional version now comes in three payment options:Monthly – $7.99/£4.99Annually – $79.99/£49.99One-time fee – $279.99/£179.99New Features in Lightworks 11.5There are new features allowing for the customization of the user interface, including support for Retina Displays, modifying colors of the program, fonts and more. There are a huge number of new features which allow for a much greater range of flexibility and customizations to the editor’s personal preference (which I for one am a big fan of). There is now also support for AJA I/O devices (Kona and Io XT). These first two videos walk you through all the new user interface related features and their implications for using the software.Background Tasks in Lightworks 11.5You can now import, generate waveforms, render and export in the background. These features are incredibly helpful time-savers and it’s great to see them in this version.In this next video you can see how the new export options function. Export profiles allow you to export to presets in just a few clicks. The new preset in Lightworks is for direct upload to your Youtube account. Great for client reviews if that’s how you do it.Multicam Editing in Lightworks 11.5Lightworks allows you to create ‘sync groups’ (the Lightworks term for multicam functionality) and perform multicam editing tasks in a very quick and efficient way.Updated Effects in Lightworks 11.5Additionally, the built-in effects have been updated in 11.5, with a new curves based color correction tool. Lightworks also ships with numerous preset looks for quickly applying a specific style. A lot of the new features in Lightworks can be accessed in a new, right-click method.The last Lightworks feature that we’re excited about is the ability to make use of ‘macros’ to automate multiple keystrokes into one set of instructions (demonstrated in the next video). Carefully programmed macros can provide a huge efficiency boost for repetitive tasks.For a full list of all the new features in 11.5 download this PDF and check out the official announcement from Lightworks.
I started this series for my three children. There are ideas here that I want them to know. One thing is true: the little things really are the big things. These things, more honored in the breach, are big things.Be Respectful of Others: Be respectful of other people. Don’t do anything that suggests to other people that you do not believe they are important, regardless of their station or position in life, and regardless of who they are.Listen Without Interrupting: Don’t speak while another person is speaking. Wait until they finish speaking before you speak, regardless of how long they speak. While listening, give the person your full and undivided attention.Give Sincere Compliments When Deserved: When someone deserves a compliment, give it. When they have accomplished something remarkable, congratulate them. Do not fake sincerity by complimenting someone as a way to gain something from them.Express Your Gratitude: Say “thank you” for any kindnesses great or small. When a great kindness is given, send a thoughtful, written expression of gratitude. When possible, return the kindness in kind.Avoid Criticism: Don’t criticize or mock others, even those with whom you disagree. Instead, say nothing. Don’t speak poorly of people not present. By doing so, you are signaling your character to those who are listening, and also what to expect from you when they are absent.Assume Good Intentions: When you don’t understand why someone is doing something that you believe to be incorrect or harmful, believe first that they are acting out of good intentions. First, it is likely that they are. Second, by assuming good intentions, you can deal with the action instead of the individual.Take Thoughtful Actions: Take thoughtful actions when possible. If you are thinking of another, send them a note. If you see something that you know they would enjoy, send it to them. Offer small kindnesses wherever and wherever possible.Put Down Your Phone: When you are in the company of others, put down your phone. Don’t allow distractions to become more important than the person or people with whom you are visiting.These things speak to your character. They say more about you than your accomplishments.Photo credit: gullevek Watch・Think・Read via photopin (license). Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
Himachal Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said on Thursday that the Assembly elections were peaceful and no incidents of violence were reported. A total of 11,283 VVPAT units were used in all polling booths of the 68 constituencies out of which 297 were replaced, he said, adding this was well within the technical limits.Voting in some booths of Bilaspur Sadar, Naina Devi and Rekong Peo was disrupted when the button against the name of a particular candidate did not respond and record the voter’s choice. Supporters of the candidate protested the glitch which was later rectified.Shyam Saran Negi, the well-known first voter of the country, cast his vote in Kinnaur. A red carpet welcome was laid for the centenarian at the polling booth and he was escorted by the DM of Kinnaur. Mr. Negi, has used his electoral franchise for the 29th time in India.Former Union Minister from Congress and now senior BJP leader Sukhram cast his vote in Mandi along with his son and grandson, all of whom have now joined the BJP. Talking to reporters the octogenarian leader said the present Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was responsible for this plight of Congress in Mandi as well as the entire State.Mr. Virbhadra Singh voted in Rampur with his family, although he is contesting the elections from Arki in Solan and his son from rural Shimla. Senior Congress leader Kaul Singh Thakur voted in his native constituency of Drang in Mandi and said people would send him for ninth time to the State Vidhan Sabha.The BJP’s chief ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal voted along with his son Anurag Thakur and wife in Samirpur.Sixty sitting MLAs were among the 337 candidates fighting for a seat in the 68 member Assembly. As many as 7,525 polling booths were set up and 37,605 personnel deputed for poll duty in the state, which has a total of 50,25,941 voters.Security arrangementsA total of 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force had also been deployed.The Congress and the BJP, led by Mr. Dhumal, contested all 68 seats. The BSP fought for 42 seats, the CPI(M) 14, the Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI three. There are also 112 independents in the fray. Dharamsala had the maximum number of candidates at 12.
The dictionary describes mediocrity as a low degree of merit, an unresponsive attitude imbued with a general apathy, a middle state of existence.To say that we live in a time of mediocrity is to give mediocrity a bad name. We aspire to very little, we are satisfied with nothing, and we live without expectation. Part of the decline stems from the daily dose of political rot meted out by the media, the incessant air waves and sound bytes of mediocre men who control and charge the atmosphere with daily venom.And they are everywhere. Replacing genuine heroes like Gandhi, Tagore and Einstein, they rush in and out of the television frame, people with 10 minutes of fame, casting aspersions on each other, men and women with rasping opinions but no vision, spewing volumes of self-righteous indignation.The daily face of the politician, the cricketer, the bureaucrat, the journalist, the film hero and the Godman- those interchangeable personalities of India.The movie star’s opinion on trade, the minister’s opinion on art, the journalist’s view of nuclear energy, the cricketer on corruption, the bureaucrat’s participation in the Literary Festival, all contaminate daily life to a point of distraction and diversion.Public domainA minister for agriculture controls a private cricketing body; a cricketer joins the Rajya Sabha; a Communist party leader writes a regular newspaper column; a film actress wins elections in Rajasthan, a convict in Uttar Pradesh. Substitutions can be made between politics, sport, religion, film, smuggling.In the relentless public view of the power game, the nation’s daily debates take place from uncertain, immoderate positions. Everyone must have a say; everyone must disagree; everyone must express their belief in public forums.advertisementEveryone must be known for their volubility, their public presence, their hits on Facebook, the number of followers on Twitter, the number of disciples at a public fast, the number of cars in the garage.Amorphous and always deliberately vague, visibility imparts a renewed sense of purpose. Even in their most private moments, the TV cameras must be on.Public service means continual public consumption; the strange sight of agitated men, shunting in and out of cars with blinking red lights, between Parliament house and jail, between hotel conference and airport, descending from the sky to inspect a flood.The hollow faith of position, status and national enterprise moulded into a daily and charged practice.Without responsibility or achievement, the mere act of maintaining position becomes responsibility, even achievement.It rankles first with the lack of political idealism, bordering on polemical confusion.The Communists still call each other Comrade and their meeting, a Politbureau, but are the first to propound theories of private investment as progress.NGOs bask in a halo of goodness, keeping up the theme of Gandhian austerity, all the while keeping a hand firmly in the deep pockets of their foreign benefactors.Economists reel under the pressure of urgency for poverty line solutions, but must make time for the summit at Davos. The Godman speaks less of God than of more pressing mortal things like corruption, and if elected, to find a cure for black money through the rigorous practice of yoga.Corruption Pampered by idleness and inaction, on air and in the press, in country maidans and at India Gate, emotions run high- a convenient substitute for decisions.But they are relentless in their plunder.One hundred thousand crore, three lakh thousand crore, the figures are meaningless.In the far reaches of burnt out cities, at the edge of treeless forests, bloated bodies come up for air, gratifying their appetites in lust and treasure- a little rape here, a bauxite mine there.But they must daily pamper their dead weight with a high diet, squeezing their servers with gold-studded fingers, and letting others bend to their immodesty.Their true ideals- of uncontrolled prejudice and savage division- are a new form of life’s inspiration.Change Even the false ambitions of the young, the verbal fluency of the intellectuals, and the oscillating conviction of the politicians leave little but a gnawing incompleteness- as if the scale of ordinary life can only be viewed in a flash of personal viewpoints.It is rhetoric of mindless populism, where everything hinges on the economy, material output, rising aspiration, leaving a maladjusted social system, and a people unlinked to any collective desire for change.In the bleached atmosphere of the new century, it is hard to tell apart the ridiculous from the sublime, falsehood from utter falsehood.When the believers are themselves on sale, the equation hardly matters.advertisementMost people, most cultures, that live in hope, do so only because they expect life to change, and for the better. When people begin to believe that change is impossible, when even the floundering has ceased, there is little but terminal decline.The only hope for the future that fills the heart with any optimism is the quick passing of the present, and its replacement with a successor that owes nothing to the present. Something good is bound to rise from the ashes. Far away there are daily rumblings of a coming transformation.In small town, in village, a minor prophet with gentler intentions is on the rise. Living the new ideal on tamped earth, a faint hint of hope, still faint, but ready to remake the world.In an era marked by mediocre men, and a complete absence of applied ideas, is it a wonder that the old profession of leadership flounders for lack of applicants?It was Choudhary Charan Singh who said that the leader of a country of 600 million farmers should himself be a farmer. The Indian leader today is merely a repeat image of the mass he represents. He is just one of us.