Irfaan Ali is doing what he needs to

first_imgDear Editor,Maruranau, Nappi, Aishalton, Karadarnauwa, Katoonarib, Potannau, Rukumuta. Irfaan Ali has been travelling throughout Guyana, these are but a few of the names of villages visited in the Rupununi recently.Irfaan has visited seven of the ten regions of Guyana so far on his mission to listen to the voices of the people, their concerns, needs and proposed solutions. Irfaan is well-known to people in the areas where he worked to establish housing schemes. He is meeting a larger constituency now, with concerns small and large, he is campaigning, but most important is a leader who listens to voices other than those in Georgetown. It may offend the elitist of our capital city, but it is exactly what Guyana needs.On Republic day, Georgetown got to meet Irfaan Ali as he led the parade of the PPP/C Mashramani float; the interaction was most interesting; the band almost ground to a halt, moving at a snail’s pace as many reached out to press the flesh, take selfies, offer words of encouragement, talk; it took over three hours to move from the seawall to Church street along Vlissingen road.As the new week dawns, Irfaan Ali will be gone from Georgetown again, ‘missing’ is the word that will be used to describe a candidate who actually dares to be different.Irfaan Ali is doing what he needs to; he has a very capable party supporting him, a General Secretary who was President of Guyana for a dozen years is holding the fort in Georgetown, activists are walking in every neighbourhood, in every region, sharing flyers filled with information, engaging with residents, noting concerns and building a database of issues to be addressed. A vast team of volunteers working for a common cause; gathering information required for good governance.Editor, some may say the Georgetown elite are being hypocritical when they ask “Where is Irfaan Ali?” Based on the reaction from the crowd on mash day, I would suggest it is a plea for leadership from an elite abandoned by the quintessential elitist elected in 2015.One who became so far removed from the ordinary Guyanese that he offers the excuse of health as he refuses to shake their hands, occasionally engages with ‘fist bumps’ with his Prime Minister but yet was observed shaking hands with foreign dignitaries at a poetry event. Actions speak louder than words, and the outpouring of warmth for Irfaan is a harbinger of beautiful future for all Guyanese.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Under Kuwait Fund Loan for Rehabilitation of Greenville Port: NPA Signs First Equipment Supply…

first_imgThe National Port Authority (NPA) has signed a contract with Kalmar West Africa for the supply of Container Forklift for use at the Port of Greenville in Sinoe County.The signing ceremony took place yesterday at NPA head office on Bushrod Island, with Managing Director David F. Williams signing on behalf of the Port and Mr. Juan Roel Moreno for Kalmar West Africa.According to the NPA management, the agreement marked the first of several procurable contracts to be concluded under the terms and conditions of the Kuwaiti Loan for the rehabilitation of the Greenville Port.Mr. Williams explained that the management team is in the process of concluding contracts for the supply of marine crafts (tug boats, pilot boats and patrol boats) with SMIT Lamnalco and another with J.A. Delmas, for the supply of one Log Loader.He said the contracts are being negotiated with the entities that were the most responsive bidders after an International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procurement method and the required bid evaluation and due diligence process for each procurable item.And as it is required, Mr. Williams said, the bidding process results along with all associated documentations were sent to the PPCC requesting no objections to award contracts to the most responsive bidders.PPCC approved all but two of the requests – to award contracts for the supply of Reach-Stacker and Aids to Navigation. A new bidding process is underway for the remaining two items, he said.It may be recalled that in 2012, the Liberian government through the management of the NPA entered into a loan agreement with the Kuwait Fund to fund rehabilitation of the Port of Greenville in Sinoe County. Under the terms of the agreement, funding was allocated for the following items: Navigational Aids, Security and Electrical Equipment, Marine Crafts, Cargo Handling Equipment, Institutional Support and Contingencies.The first bidding process in 2015 under Mr. Williams’ management team yielded quotations from the bidders that were far above budgetary allocations, he said.As a result, the NPA cancelled the bid and started a new process, having sought the permission of the Kuwait Fund to reduce the scope of the purchase.Director Williams said the first contract with Kalmar West Africa, valued at US$368,123.92, was drafted with the help of the Ministry of Justice and was forwarded to the Ministries of Justice and Finance and Development Planning for attestation.All subsequent contracts of US$250,000 and above will be similarly drafted and forwarded to the Ministries of Justice and Finance and Development Planning for attestation as required under the Public Financial Management law, Mr. Williams said. In a related development, the NPA management reported that the process for the pavement of internal roads, automating the financial systems, dredging of the Freeport of Monrovia and the rehabilitation of the Port of Harper, are well on course.Mr. Williams said the NPA management team has made commitments to the government about project deliverables and remains focused on delivering on all projects already outlined and approved by the Board of Directors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Third request for more information on Site C EIS

first_imgThere are an additional 20 points to be addressed by the proponent, along with 13 supplemental information requests on previous responses. Among this batch is the need for more information on details on fish habitats and harvests, and the use of land for traditional uses, as well as cumulative effects on various aspects of the land.Once all of the requests have been responded to, the panel will assess whether further information is needed, if there should be a public comment period, or, if satisfied, schedule public hearings.  Additional information may also be requested in order for the JRP to prepare its report before or during the public hearings if they are scheduled. To view this request for additional information, click here.- Advertisement –last_img

Clairmont Man In Custody After Chase

first_imgThe incident began yesterday afternoon during the dinner hour when an officer noticed an Ford F-150 driving erratically. The truck, however, was spotted shortly afterwards, in another part of town. Police, at that point, ended the pursuit. The man’s name is expected to be released, once formal charges have been laid. He is expected to appear for a bail hearing this morning (March 31)  in Grande Prairie Provincial Court.- Advertisement – The suspect, once again, fleeing from police but, this time, on foot. It was there, Mounties were able to stop the vehicle. Exact charges are being decided on. When they tried to pull him over, he sped away; moments later involved in a collision with another vehicle.last_img

Uhuru warns mismanaged sports federations

first_img“Every time we agree on what needs to be done should be fulfilled. Am perturbed that this has not been happening,” President Kenyatta said.This comes in the wake of complains from athletes that are headed to the Commonwealth Games in Australia over lack of proper kitting and non-payment of allowances which brought a near go-slow to training, less than two weeks to the games.The head of state has said the country has an obligation to honour its sportsmen and women who raise the country’s flag high.He said sports federations, including the Athletic Kenya, Kenya Golf Union, Kenya Football Kenya Federation, Kenya Rugby Union, Cricket Kenya and Kenya Hockey, had to style up and ensure that they fulfil their mandate.President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with members of Team Kenya during the Commonwealth flag handover ceremony at State House on march 27, 2018. PHOTO/PSCU“We don’t take for granted that it takes a lot to be where you are. It takes a lot of effort to participate in the variety of international competitions,” said the President.President Kenyatta told the team that whatever the Government has allocated in terms of allowances and rewards is their entitlement and they should not shy away from demanding them from federations.“There are things we agreed that need to be done for the rugby team, golf teams and other sportsmen and women, as we demand that they meet our expectations we also should do our part,” said President Kenyatta.Kenyatta spoke on Tuesday morning at State House, Nairobi, as he handed the team headed to Gold Coast, Australia the flag.The team will be skippered by World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi. The Kenya Police Service coincidentally also happens to serve in the President’s elite VIP protection unit.President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with members of Team Kenya during the Commonwealth flag handover ceremony at State House on march 27, 2018. PHOTO/PSCUMeanwhile, speaking during the hand-over ceremony, Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa assured the sportsmen and women of his commitment to uplifting their standards as well as taking care of their wellbeing.“I know our athletes have been undergoing a lot of frustrations. This will no longer happen under my watch,” he assured the President and the team.The Commonwealth games will run from April 4th to 15th in Gold Coast, Australia. The Kenyan team of 300 includes the Para-athletes team.–Additional information courtesy PSCU0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with Kenya Lionesses players and technical bench officials during the Commonwealth flag handover ceremony at State House on march 27, 2018. PHOTO/PSCUNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27-President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired warning shots to sports federations accused of mismanaging athletes, saying they should style up and ensure that all Kenyan sportsmen and women are well taken care of.The President said sports federations have a mandate to ensure Kenyan teams are well trained, prepared and catered for financially even as they go out to represent the country in various fields.last_img read more

West Ham back in for Bees striker Hogan

first_imgWest Ham have made another approach for Brentford’s Scott Hogan.The Hammers had a £10m bid for the striker rejected last week but remain interested and talks between the two clubs are ongoing.Reading are also interested in Hogan, 24, and recently had a bid rejected, while Watford have made an enquiry.Hogan has scored 14 goals this season and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is an admirer of the former Rochdale forward, who has 18 months remaining on his contract at Griffin Park.“He’s a good player. I watched him a few times,” Bilic said last week.“He is very sharp, quick – a good finisher, doing it in Championship. He’s young and a good prospect.”See also:Brentford reject West Ham bid for HoganHogan ‘a good prospect’ – BilicEmotional Allen is ‘never going to forget’ reception from Bees fansBrentford line up potential Winnall dealBoss insists Bees will not back down as West Ham pursue HoganBrentford face competition for CanosSheffield Wednesday look set to sign Bees targetBrentford continue talks over Hogan and Canos   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders sign another body to suddenly crowded receivers room

first_imgThe Raiders have signed former Colts and Washington wide receiver Ryan Grant, the fourth wideout Oakland has signed since the start of the 2019 league year, the team announced Wednesday.Grant, 28, started 10 games for the Colts last season while catching 35 passes for 334 yards and one touchdown. With Washington from 2014-17, Grant caught 84 passes for 985 yards and six touchdowns.Grant joins Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson as wide receivers to sign with the Raiders since March …last_img

New vaccines to curb child mortality

first_imgThe Rotavirus vaccine, Pentavalent vaccine and Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine will be introduced this month as part of the government’s expanded immunisation programme, which aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. All children should be vaccinated with Pentavelent at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks and at 18 months. Fighting pneumonia These diseases can lead to major complications such as deafness and brain damage, and can even be fatal. The Pneumococcal vaccine should be administered to children at 6 weeks, 14 weeks and 9 months. According to the department, the Rotavirus is a major problem in developing countries, as it is not always possible for infected children to reach a hospital in time, and thus they are likely to succumb to the disease. Developing countries Professor Shabir Madhi from the University of Witwatersrand encouraged the use of the Pneumococcal vaccine, saying it protects against severe life-threatening diseases caused by the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. South Africa is to make three new vaccines freely available at public healthcare facilities across the country as part of efforts to combat child mortality. The Pentavelent vaccine is a combination vaccine with five components. It protects against five conditions, namely diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, haemophilus influenza and polio. “We want to vaccinate more and more children with this new vaccine,” Dr Ntombenhle Nqcobo, a specialist involved with the immunisation programme, said in Pretoria last week. “Every child has a right to vaccination.” Worldwide, it is estimated that 10-million children die each year from preventable and treatable causes.center_img According to the Department of Health, immunisation prevents more than three million deaths a year. The Rotavirus vaccine will help provide protection against the Rotavirus which causes diarrhoea, leading to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and death. The vaccine can be used in the fight against pneumonia, which affects the chest and the ability to give oxygen to the body, meningitis, which affects the brain and spinal cord, and septicaemia, a condition where bacteria multiply in the bloodstream. The new vaccine replaces an older combination of four antigens, which is called Combact-Hib. The advantage of this vaccine lies in it being more advanced and causing fewer side-effects. HIV/Aids contributing The mortality rate in South Africa for children under five is high considering the level of economic development reached, and the largest contributing factor in these cases is HIV/Aids. 3 August 2009 Combination vaccine Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Toward A Digital Code Of Ethics For Journalists & Researchers

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos “Stealing” Tweets And Facebook PostsThe academics and researchers focused on the implications of using data from unknowing YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter research subjects. As a tech journalist covering digital culture, I’ve often used such social media messages for articles without the author’s permission. I’ve rarely bothered to reach out to the authors to let them know they’ve been quoted, either. On more than one of my articles, I’ve received complaints from people who were quoted without their permission, including pseudonym-using redditors. I’ve even been blocked by a journalist I admire for (presumably) using her tweets to make her look bad.In my defense, I am not alone in using other people’s social media messages without their permission. Everyone does this now; even mainstream outlets like Fox News and CNN regularly pull tweets for reaction round-up posts – and no one bats an eye. Sometimes these social media messages are collected to celebrate a man’s prediction prowess, other times to shame racists.  And researchers can be just as guilty. Did you post a tweet between July 2010 and October 2011? If you answered “Yes,” you are part of a data set used by researchers, of which there are now at least 244. During the height of the Violentacrez controversy, The Awl ran a tongue-in-cheek piece about how everyone forgets that anything they post on the Internet is public and fair game for journalists (and researchers). Even communication between friends. Annette Markham, a guest professor from Umea University in Sweden,touched on something similar when she called this lack of privacy a “presumption” on Twitter: that because subjects make their information and messages public, they don’t have any rights to privacy.This notion is false. Users have a right to know what is happening with their communication, and they don’t have to participate in surveys, research, or even in media articles if they don’t want to. Sometimes communication between friends really is just communication between friends. Collecting their data could even be a copyright violation.What About The Kids?Valerie Fazel from Arizona State University upped the ante by noting the ethical implications of using the text of minors – the text in this case being YouTube videos – for research purposes. (For those without a moral compass, text from minors is handled with a different code of ethics than text from adults.)Journalists have to understand that even in today’s blogging culture where people are paid to be professionally snarky, children should still be afforded the same protections they get in the traditional media: Talk to the parents and try to get permission for quotes, especially if you are painting the child in a negative light.The line gets crossed more often than you think: Buzzfeed did this recently with election night round-ups of tweets using racial epithets or talking about assassinating the president (a more striking example here). This violation of ethics appears to be accidental: The writers just screencapped the tweets, then pasted them into a document and hit “publish.” Standard protocol. No one bothered to check the ages of the message authors, because who has time for that?On closer inspection of the Twitter users included, though, I determined at least a third were clearly minors. They not only looked young, but also tweeted about the pains of high-school love. The backlash forced some of these users to close their Twitter accounts, with only a few complaining on Twitter. (Others made things worse by reveling in being Internet famous for being racist.) Four requested Buzzfeed remove their tweets, which it did.It is unlikely that these minors’ parents will complain. They probably don’t read Buzzfeed and their teens probably didn’t tell them about the incident. But those parents have every right to be furiuos with Buzzfeed (and their own kids, of course).  What’s The Next Step For Journalistic Ethics?Given the prevalence of these practices, is it even possible for digital journalists to maintain acceptable ethical standards? Even as I’ve been pontificating about other outlets’ ethical standards, I could also be seen as out of line for just linking to tweets written by minors without asking for their permission.Whether or not you approve of the way modern journalists casually appropriate social media posts, it’s clearly past time to re-assess what is and isn’t ethical in the digital era. Collecting tweets may violate copyright and quoting the communication of children may violate common sense, but those potential consequences have yet to stop journalists.  Everyone is making the rules up as they go along, without thinking long term. Before we can try to hold people accountable, we need to have a common understanding of what is and isn’t OK. Poynter held its first symposium on the topic in October – and that’s only the begining of a long and arduous process. Which is good. This is our collective digital future we are talking about, after all. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#best practices Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The rise of the Internet has created a real need to define a code of digital ethics and privacy. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I attended the second annual International Digital Ethics Symposium last week. The event opened my eyes to how bloggers and digital journalists routinely violate established codes of journalistic ethics – as well as the need to update those rules for the digital era while still protecting the people we write about, particularly minors. And it’s not just journalists. For me, the “aha!” moments were the talks about the potential for research to violate rights of privacy and create ethical conflicts. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… fruzsina eordogh Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Tutorial: Mastering Shadows in After Effects

first_imgIn this tutorial we look beyond the drop shadow and show you how to create dynamic shadow effects in your AE projects.Many After Effects users just default to using the standard drop shadow. While this is useful to add depth to your text and design elements, there’s actually several other easy options for applying shadows in AE.In the After Effects video tutorial below, we’ll explore 5 different ways to apply shadows in AE and a few different configurations for each. See examples of each AE shadow further below!Know a cool shadow technique that didn’t make the list?Share your thoughts/suggestions in the comments below!5 Types of Shadows in After EffectsDrop ShadowExperiment with feather and adding blur to the drop shadow.3D ShadowFeather the fall off of a 3D shadow to mimic a realistic light effect.Light ShadowCreate an artificial light in After Effects and use it to cast a shadow across text in simulated 3D space.Shape ShadowQuickly create a simple shadow using AE shape layers.Blur ShadowAn easy blur + shadow effect. Experiment with the intensity of the blur for cool looks.last_img read more