HomeOpinionColumnsWhat’s the Point? Sep. 22, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedNewsWhat’s the Point?What’s the Point?David Pisarra9 months agobusinessesWhat’s the Point?David Pisarra Back in the carefree days of early March, before the great shutdown, we had a vibrant city with many small businesses supporting families. Life was blissfully chugging along and few of us thought about the cataclysmic virus that was roaring down the road of life towards us.I was just back from a trip to South Africa where I had been traveling with my brother and seeing my friends from around the world. There was talk of this new virus, people were aware of it, slightly concerned but mostly just moving on with life. The long flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta was populated with individuals who wore masks and gloves, but they were the minority of passengers. The flight attendants took no notice really, and there was no set of precautions that we all had to take.That third week of March seems so long ago, and yet feels almost like yesterday. Governor Newsom announced the Shelter in Place order, and I was walking along with my friend and her dogs when I said this was going to be bad, really bad for many small business owners. She didn’t believe me. Like many people she thought it was a week or two of compulsory vacation. Not me.I saw the ripple effect this was all going to have. Having worked with many entrepreneurs, I know exactly how thin the line is their businesses walk each day between survival and death. A product recall, and a company is out of business. Too many bills and not enough marketing and bam, shut it all down.When you’re an entrepreneur scraping together the funds to get your first business off the ground you do a lot of “robbing Peter to pay Paul” – which is officially called cash-flow management. Entrepreneurs have to prioritize bills, payroll, rent, vendor payments and marketing & advertising expenses in order to keep the lights on and the machine operating. It’s a lot of work and it is all very dependent on one thing – the constant flow of money. It’ll ebb and flow, there’ll be highs and lows, big weeks and slow weeks, but so long as there is a flow, the juggling act can continue.It’s when the flow stops that the business goes stagnant and turns fallow. Because some expenses continue no matter what, like rent and utilities, a small interruption in cash-flow can cause big problems – even if it’s for a week or two, let alone months.It’s painful for me to see the destruction of businesses that COVID is causing in our little city. I know how hard the entrepreneurs work to build their dreams and when they get dashed on the rocks of life, it’s a sad day. Earlier this month, YogurtLand closed down. The shop was opened about 2 years ago and had a good run of it. Being in a good strip mall at the corner of Pico and Lincoln didn’t assure success, but it tipped the scales in their favor. Having the high school so close, along with a good selection of other food companies, made this location a ‘more likely to succeed than not’ space.But a good location cannot overcome a global pandemic that demanded we rewrite the rules of business and social interaction. A business that was dependent on people eating out, and being able to create their dessert concoction was not going to survive the ‘order in’ new world order. Especially when the new health codes mean that self-serve is not allowed in most instances.I knew that YogurtLand closed and reached out to Rudy who used to be my favorite store manager there to see what he was up to. He told me that he had moved on to managing a 99 Cents Only store and was doing okay. I was happy for him. He’s a good young man, who is caught up in the troubles of the economy. But yesterday as the sign guy came to take down the YogurtLand sign from the building, I felt pangs of hurt for Chris who invested heart and soul, and more than a few dollars into the location. I hope he’s okay and can recover fairly quickly from what I’m sure is an economic rock being tossed into the pond of his life.His is just one story of the great shuttering. As you make your way about town, pay attention to the closed businesses, say a prayer if you’re so inclined for their owners, and remember to support our local businesses a bit more as we continue to feel the fallout from the pandemic.David Pisarra is a Los Angeles Divorce and Child Custody Lawyer specializing in Father’s and Men’s Rights with the Santa Monica firm of Pisarra & Grist. He welcomes your questions and comments. He can be reached at [email protected] or 310/664-9969. 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Recommended Tagsartificial intelligencecomputationconsciousnesseventlaunchmeaningMichael EgnormindMind MattersneuroscienceneurosurgeryphilosophyspiritualitythoughtWalter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligenc,Trending For me, one of the highlights of the Bradley Center launch was meeting our friend and contributor Michael Egnor. While for some years I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with Dr. Egnor, the distinguished neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, I had never met him face-to-face.His remarks at the panel discussion last Wednesday night were excellent as you’d expect. Get a taste at the new Mind Matters site. The gist is this:The hallmark of human thought is meaning, and the hallmark of computation is indifference to meaning. That is, in fact, what makes thought so remarkable and also what makes computation so useful. You can think about anything, and you can use the same computer to express your entire range of thoughts because computation is blind to meaning.Thought is not merely not computation. Thought is the antithesis of computation. Thought is precisely what computation is not. Thought is intentional. Computation is not intentional.Computers do computation, and “Thought is the antithesis of computation.” That is why hype about computers achieving consciousness is such baloney. Which doesn’t mean that people will not abuse the power of AI to hurt each other, and hurt themselves. Oh, that is going to be bad, as Egnor also elaborated at the Bradley event. More on that when we have the video ready for you.Mike Egnor is a remarkably clear thinker and writer, a scientist with a rare philosophical and spiritual sensitivity. Again, please go read his comments in full at Mind Matters.Photo: Michael Egnor at the inauguration of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence, by Nathan Jacobson. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Neuroscience & Mind Egnor: Why Machines Will Never ThinkDavid [email protected]_klinghofferJuly 17, 2018, 4:24 PM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man
GCL-Poly signs 9.3 GW supply dealsThe Chinese poly manufacturer will supply wafers and poly materials to Jinko Solar, GD Solar, Tongwei Solar and Hareon Solar over two years. March 10, 2014 Max Hall Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Despite Chaori Solar’s default on Friday sparking fears of a potential rout of Chinese solar stocks, polysilicon manufacturer GCL-Poly today announced long-term deals to supply 9.3 GW of wafers and poly to four module manufacturers. GCL-Poly will receive unspecified advance deposit payments as part of deals to supply materials to Chinese panel makers Jinko Solar, GD Solar, Tongwei Solar and Hareon Solar. 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Email* SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! There is something very special about a sport where horse and rider work together as one in a fluid, ever-changing set of circumstances. When there are three of these combinations teamed up, the result is an always-exciting and fast-moving sport called Team Penning.Team cattle penning is a race against the clock where each team of three riders has a maximum of 60 seconds to separate three specifically-identified cattle from a herd of 30 and direct them into a 20 x20 pen at the opposite end of the arena. All three riders must work in harmony to cut out the correct cattle and drive them to the pen, while keeping all the other cattle out. Teams of riders enter the Stampede’s four classes based on relative skill and experience – in ascending order from 7 Class to 10 Class to 14 Class, with the highly-skilled professionals of the Open class at the very top.The road Wally McComish travelled on his way to becoming a top Team Penning competitor is, in some ways, similar to that travelled by many others. In some ways, however, McComish’s journey has been unique.Growing up on a farm near Coronation, McComish rode a lot. “After I left Coronation,” he says, “I wasn’t on a horse for fifteen years.” Even though he was raising some cattle, he laughs, “I did everything on a quad!” McComish’s passion in those days was basketball, a sport he played in high school and kept playing until he was in his early 50s. An injury finally ended McComish’s basketball career, and he says, “It left a big hole.” A neighbor and friend, who had been trying to interest McComish in Team Penning, finally managed to get him to buy a horse and give the sport a try.“I grew up on horses,” he says, “but I never knew what a good horse was.” With a mount that is properly-trained, McComish says, “I could not believe what you could do.” In 2008, his first year in the sport, McComish not only competed at the Stampede, but was part of the team that finished second in class. ”When they called the winners up, they second-place up first and they handed me a Stampede buckle by mistake,” he recalls. The incident just lit a fire under him to get one he could keep, he says, and that’s worked out pretty well. Since then, McComish has been on teams that won twice and finished second three times. Last year, McComish and longtime teammates Larry Cressman of DeWinton and Vern Hamilton of Innisfail, scored their biggest win – the super-competitive Open Penning class at the Calgary Stampede.“I’m not the greatest horseman in the world,” McComish says. “There are lots of competitors who are better riders than me. I’m good at reading cattle, in my opinion, but where I think I excel is in picking teammates who complement me. It’s a team game.”His other teammate, the one he rides, is a horse he calls ‘Gambler’ because buying him was a bit of a longshot. In 2009, McComish bought a 7 year-old named ‘Wherehaveyoubeen?’ Although the horse wasn’t trained for penning, McComish remembers, “I liked the way he looked and the way he worked.”The gamble certainly paid off, McComish says. To date, he has won prizes worth almost twelve times what he paid for the untried gelding.The Stampede’s Team Cattle Penning Competition is one of the sport’s annual marquee events. This year, the first two qualifying rounds in each of the four classes will be held at the Okotoks Agricultural Society grounds on Wednesday, July 2nd and Thursday, July 3rd. Twenty teams will qualify for the semi-finals in each class with ten advancing to the final, all of which happens in the Saddledome. Semi-finals and finals in both the 14 and 7 classes will be held beginning at 4:30pm on Friday, July 4th. The Open class semi-finals and finals go on Saturday, July 5th at 5:30 and the 10 class semi-finals and finals are on Sunday, July 6th at 5:30.“I’m sure I have lots and lots to learn,” McComish says. “That’s what makes this so much fun – there’s something all the time that you can do to make yourself better.” Tags: Calgary Stampede, Wally McComish, team penning, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
This production written and directed by Geoff Davidson is a humorous look at the shenanigans that took place during the construction of the mausoleum. 19 years since Burns was buried in an obscure corner of the St. Michael’s graveyard, John Syme, a long-time friend of Robert Burns, has decided that it’s time to build a suitably splendid Mausoleum for Scotland’s Bard (which was originally made in red sandstone!)The job of building the Mausoleum is given to Dumfries builder John Milligan. Too late it is discovered that Milligan is an irascible, drunken rogue and we begin to see the disintegration of the committee’s hopes as Milligan ignores the plans sent from London and ploughs his own furrow in every aspect of the construction.Other characters, such as the Reverend Henry Duncan and Jean Armour Burns are drawn into the situation as the Mausoleum’s erection is underway despite Milligan’s incompetent work.A full-scale altercation with James Thompson, the superintendent of works, descends into a farcical conclusion. The next day, rumours abound as to what has actually happened to Milligan. Eventually all vexatious questions are answered and caustic relationships sweetened as the powerful sentiments of “Auld lang syne” are heard.Performing at The Brigend Theatre from 23rd to 30th November 2019, doors open at 7.00pm with the show starting at 7.30pm. Please note, Sunday 24th November is a Matinee only, doors open at 2.00pm with the show starting at 2.30pm.Tickets are only £12 and available now from the Midsteeple Box Office, or online at Ticket SourceDumfries Musical Theatre Company (DMTC) is Dumfries’ only musical theatre company with its own wee theatre, The Brigend. We have been performing in Dumfries since 1922, originally formed as Dumfries Musical and Operatic Society (DMOS) changing our name at the beginning of 2008. In 1972, we purchased a former church which was being used as a joiner’s workshop and converted it into a 96 seat theatre, The Brigend Theatre – which is now our home.We perform two musicals each year – at least one in our own theatre and sometimes at other venues such as The Theatre Royal, Dumfries. We are always looking for new members to join in both on and off stage. If you are interested in acting, dancing, singing, costumes, directing, hair and make-up or scene construction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!Email [email protected] or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @dumfriesmtc AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries Musical Theatre Company are very proud to present a brand new musical: Milligan’s Mausoleum.Written by Geoff Davidson, this musical comedy follows the true story of John Milligan, who was hired to build Robert Burns’ Mausoleum, and is set to open on Saturday 23rd November at The Brigend Theatre.Book OnlinePerforming at The Brigend Theatre from 23rd to 30th November 2019, doors open at 7.00pm with the show starting at 7.30pm. Please note, Sunday 24th November is a Matinee only, doors open at 2.00pm with the show starting at 2.30pm.While the story is obviously tweaked for dramatic reasons, it is firmly based on research into what actually happened during the building of the mausoleum in the town between 1813 and 1815.The show brings to life some of Burns’ contemporaries and friends, such as John Syme, William Grierson, Jessie Lewars (for whom he wrote his last song – O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast) and his widow, Jean Armour Burns. 1 of 8
Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder Obed Ansah took his goal tally to five after hitting the back of the net in club’s 2-1 win over King Faisal in their week eight clash last Sunday.Ansah, thus joins Tema Youth lead striker Edward Affum at the summit of the scorers’ chart of the Glo Premier League on five goals apiece after the eighth week matches played over the weekend.The duo is closely followed by Hearts of Oak striker Eric Gawu and Asante Kotoko pair, Alex Asamoah and Stephen Manu, on four goals each.Kpando Heart of Lions forward Kofi Nti Boakye, Sam Ayew Yeboah of Dansoman Liberty Professionals, returnee Tawfik Alolo of Real Tamale United and Richard Atikah of debutants, Bechem Chelsea, Samad Oppong of King Faisal and Arafat Adjako of Obuasi Ashantigold follow in that order with three goals apiece.Thirteen players have netted two goals each with as many as 58 others with a goal each to their credit.Below are the details of the chart: 5 – Edward Affum (Tema Youth), Obed Ansah (Hearts of Oak)4 – Eric Gawu (Hearts of Oak), Alex Asamoah, Stephen Manu (Asante Kotoko)3 – Kofi Nti Boakye (Heart of Lions), Sam Ayew Yeboah (Liberty), Tawfik Alolo (Real Tamale United), Richard Atikah (Chelsea), Arafat Adjako (Ashantigold), Samad Oppong (King Faisal)2 – Ekow Benson (Tema Youth), Samuel Owusu (Arsenal), Latifu Salifu and Yaw Antwi (Liberty), Daniel Bomfah, Mohammed Bawa, Francis Mantey (All Stars), Stephen Owusu (Heart of Lions), James Bissue and Winfred Dormon (Eleven Wise), Mahatma Otoo (Sporting Mirren), Kabiru Imoro (Real Tamale United), Richard Mpong (Kessben)1 – Daniel Bonsu, Mawuli Tugloh and Yakubu Seidu (Liberty), Jackson Owusu, Ibrahim Issaka, Awudu Moro, Abdul Basit and Yaw Alexander (Chelsea), Frank Adomako, Eric Adu Poku, Nathaniel Quaye and Daniel Asamoah (Ashantigold), Mohammed Fatau, Abdul Salaam Alhassan, Tahiru Sulemana, Kwame Adzagba and Sherifdeen Mohammed (Real Tamale United), Moro Ibrahim, Kofi Agyare, Akwasi Adu and Edmund Owusu Peprah (Kessben), Stephen Amankwaah, Mutalabi Mohammed, Osei Bonsu, Awudu Alhassan and Saliu Yakubu (Arsenal), Daniel Gyamfi, Kobina Dodzi and Daniel Asamoah (All Blacks), Edward Kpodo, Alex Antwi and Emmanuel Baffoe (Tema Youth), Daniel Nii Adjei, Francis Coffie, Stephen Oduro and Samuel Inkoom (Asante Kotoko), Francis Bossman, Samuel Affum and Douglas Nkrumah (Hearts of Oak), Issa Saliu (All Stars), Kwasi Biney, Akowuah Mensah, Richard Nartey and Charles Nartey (Hasaacas), Jonathan Ghansah, Eric Owusu, Moro Mohamed, Jeff Aryeh and Abdul Bashiru (Eleven Wise), Enoch Ebo Andoh, Ibrahim Basit and Eric Agyemang (King Faisal), Anars Mohammed and Daniel Acquaye (Heart of Lions), David Amoako, Richard Sasu, Samuel Solomon and George Ankamah (Sporting Mirren). Source: GNA
Related U. to compete in Bahamas tourney The Utes will play either Florida State or UMass in the second game Friday depending on the outcomes Thursday.You’d think that Utah got a pretty good draw for this week’s Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in the Bahamas by matching up with Harvard of the Ivy League in the first round.Think again.Although it’s not quite like last year when the Utes had to play defending national runner-up Butler in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, it’s certainly no easy task to be playing a team more known for its academics than its basketball.The Utes and Crimson meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. MT at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas.The Crimson are a very good team that just missed making the NCAA Tournament thanks to a last-second shot by Princeton. They are favored to win the Ivy League this year with a veteran team under former Duke star Tommy Amaker.Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak quickly answered “yes” when asked if Harvard would be the best team the Utes have faced this year. Considering that the Utes lost by 21 to Boise State and to Montana State at home, that could mean trouble for the Utes Thursday night.”I know they’re picked to win the Ivy League and they’ve got their whole team back from last year that lost a heartbreaker to go to the NCAA Tournament,” Krystkowiak said. “They’re really well-coached with Tommy Amaker. There’s a reason they’ll probably win the Ivy League. They’ve been together since they were freshmen and now they’re reaping the benefits. They’re a well-oiled machine.”The Crimson are led by 6-foot-8 senior forward Keith Wright, who leads the team in scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg), while shooting 63.3 percent from the field.Other top players include senior guard Oliver McNally (14.0 ppg), junior forward Kyle Casey, who averages 13.7 points on 61.5 percent shooting, and Laurent Rivard, who scores 12.7 points per game and leads the team with 60 percent 3-point shooting.”They’ve got a couple of great post players, they’ve got really solid wings and point guard play — they’ve got all the pieces to the puzzle,” said Krystkowiak.The Utes are led by their returning players from last year, Josh Watkins, who averages 21.3 points and Jason Washburn, who averages 9.0 points and 8.3 rebounds.Other likely starters are freshman guard Anthony Odunsi (7.3 ppg), forward Cedric Martin (5.0 ppg) and forward Blake Wilkinson (1.0 ppg).The Utes will play either Florida State or UMass in the second game Friday depending on the outcomes Thursday.Teams on the other side of the bracket include defending national champion Connecticut, College of Charleston, UCF, and North Carolina-Asheville.Utah’s game Thursday will be televised on HD Net and Utah could be on Versus for second and third-round games if the Utes win. It can also be heard on KALL Radio.Email: [email protected] 4 ATLANTISUtah (1-2) vs. Harvard (3-0)Nassau, BahamasThursday, 7:30 p.m.TV: HDNetRadio: 700 AM
Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Earlier today our Josh Catone interviewed 37Signal founder Jason Fried about the striking similarities between one of Google’s App Engine demos, HuddleChat (a real-time chat application) and the Campfire app from 37Signals. Fried told RWW that “we’re flattered Google thinks Campfire is a great product, we’re just disappointed that they stooped so low to basically copy it feature for feature, layout for layout”. He went on to say that “we thought that would be beneath Google, but maybe its time to reevaluate what they stand for.” Well Fried’s protests seem to have worked, as Google has now taken down HuddleChat.On our earlier post, Google didn’t respond to our request for a comment at the time. However tonight Pete Koomen, Product Manager of the Google App Engine Team left a comment on ReadWriteWeb to say that they’d “taken HuddleChat down from the App Engine app gallery.” Koomen went on to explain:“The App Engine team was looking for some sample apps to help kick the tires on their new system, so we invited Googlers to build some as side projects. A couple of our colleagues here built HuddleChat in their spare time because they wanted to share work within their team more easily and thought persistent web chat would do the trick. We’ve heard some complaints from the developer community, though, so rather than divert attention from Google App Engine itself, we thought it better to just take HuddleChat down.” Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus It’s all a storm in a teacup, because this was just supposed to be a demo app. It was built internally at Google after all, and wasn’t meant to be an official Google product that competed with 37Signals’ Campfire. Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington claims that “this is the first case of censorship on the new Google App Engine platform, and a bad precedent.” That’s probably going too far, as this was something that was built by Google employees and so I think Google has the right to pull it – if they feel that it reflects badly on them.More than that though, I’d suggest that Google just doesn’t want the latest blogtroversy to get out of hand (as these things are wont to do). But have they given it a second wind instead? 😉 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
CCH Tax Day ReportThe IRS on August 15 updated its roster of guidance projects in a fourth-quarter update to the 2015-2016 Priority Guidance Plan, which identified 317 projects as priorities. Thirty-six more projects were added and, in the most recent update, dated June 30, 2016, another 13 projects were added to the plan, the Service reported. The 2016–2017 Priority Guidance Plan was also introduced on August 15, and includes more than 280 projects. The plan identifies priorities for allocation of the resources from July 2016 and through June 2017 and covers a host of topics.For partnerships, the 2016-2017 plan includes guidance regarding partnership audit and adjustment procedures under TEFRA and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-74). Other partnership projects are final regulations relating to partnership transactions involving a corporate partner’s stock or other equity interests; and final regulations under Code Secs. 704, 707 and 721 on management fee waivers.For corporations, the 2016-2017 plan includes final regulations under Code Secs. 305(c) and 1441 regarding the amount and timing of, and the withholding obligations on, deemed distributions from conversion ratio adjustments on convertible debt and stock; final regulations under Code Sec. 337(d) regarding certain transfers of C corporation property to real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies; final regulations under Code Sec. 385 regarding treatment of certain interests in corporations as stock; and final regulations regarding the scope and application of Code Sec. 597. The Service also identified final regulations regarding election procedures under Code Sec. 83(b) as a project for the 2016-2017 plan year.In the tax-exempt area, the Service noted that its proposed regulation program under Code Sec. 501(c) relating to political campaign intervention was suspended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (P.L. 114-113). Other projects in the tax-exempt area are final regulations on Code Sec. 509(a)(3) supporting organizations and final regulations under Code Sec. 529A on Qualified ABLE Programs.2015-2016 Priority Guidance Plan Fourth Quarter Update, 2016FED ¶46,3872016-2017 Priority Guidance Plan, 2016FED ¶46,388Other References:Code Sec. 7804CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶43,266.49Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC IRS: 12,350
London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday suffered yet another Brexit blow, this time closer to home, as his younger brother Jo Johnson quit as a minister in his Cabinet and also resigned as a parliamentarian of the Conservative Party. In a move reflective of just how deeply divided the UK remains over its membership of the European Union (EU), the business minister and member of parliament from Orpington said that he had been forced to take the step after being torn between family loyalty and national interest. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe anti-Brexiteer, who is seen as an India-friendly politician in the UK having also lived there in his previous role as a journalist for The Financial Times’, said he felt the tensions were unresolvable . In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister, he said in a Twitter statement, which concluded with over and out . Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIt’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs, he said. Jo Johnson voted Remain in the 2016 Brexit referendum, in contrast to his brother who co-led the Leave campaign. He resigned as a minister last year in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal. But he re-entered government recently, after Conservative Party members elected his brother as leader in July. Jo Johnson was seen as a popular Tory parliamentarian, who at the last general election won the Orpington seat by a 19,453 majority. He is believed to have not given his party colleagues any heads up on his decision to resign, which came at the end of a tumultuous 48 hours for Boris Johnson after repeated defeats in the House of Commons. His decision also marks the first Cabinet exit for the embattled British prime minister, who has now lost 23 members of parliament to either resignation or expulsion for siding with the Opposition.