first_imgDear Editor,Power outages or put more popularly ‘blackouts’ have long become part of the Guyanese national psyche.For years now, Guyanese have lived with blackouts to the extent that they have developed a physical, material, spiritual and psychological sense of both depreciation adaptation to power outages and its socio-economic consequences on their everyday life and livelihoods.Robert Badal, Chairman of the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL), in an interview in late November 2017, made a gallant effort to explain away the spate of lengthy power outages the nation continues to experience on a daily basis. Badal, while pointing to GPL’s obsolete physical infrastructure, technical challenges and human resource shortcomings failed to recognise the underlying impact of these deficiencies on people’s daily lives and their long-term social psychological implications for the nation as a whole.Nowadays, with cheap Chinese manufactured electronic items available to many low-income families and with many middle-income families improving their economic standing, along with the opening up of new housing schemes during the 23 years of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, these developments cumulatively have resulted in our increasing dependency on interrupted power supply.The demand for electricity has grown exponentially and it will continue to grow throughout the country, but more particularly, in the coastland areas.From all indications however, it appears that Guyanese will not, for the longest while, ever experience stable and sustained supply of electricity much less at a cheaper price. The end to blackouts is certainly not around the corner. We still have a very far way to go.Regrettably, before 1992, during the People’s National Congress dictatorship, after 1992 during the PPP/C Administration and now with the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change in office, none of these Governments, despite their best efforts, have been able to take Guyana out from the blackout syndrome.Whenever blackouts occur, the vulnerabilities of our country are brought to the forefront. Compounding the problem further, is the increasing urbanisation of the coastland as well as the changing demographics in the country as a whole.With blackouts come spoilt food, incapacitated security systems and petrol stations, downtime at cybercrime units, computerised Government departments and airline offices. Such eventualities could result in food poisoning, identity fraud and theft, high incidences of crime especially break and enter and larceny, as well as a halt to the production process.Badal and the Board of Directors of GPL can be deemed as woefully lacking in their appreciation of the psychological impact of power outages on various classes and social strata of the Guyanese citizenry. Badal missed the mark even though he grudgingly confessed in his interview that “the company’s customer service in all its aspects has been found wanting”.The occurrence of a blackout while a patient is on an operating table and the non-availability of stable and continuing power supply providing light so, critical for the surgeon and his team, can result in the death of the patient.In Guyana, there is absolutely no information about deaths occurring under such circumstances. That does not mean it never happened.Compounding the problem further is the fact that of recent, GPL’s power outages, known to last for as long as eight to nine hours, a length of time that would put any standby generator under tremendous pressure.But the impact of power outages on the health sector is only one of its many devastating manifestations.GPL’s thread-worn narratives to assuage the collective pain and suffering of Guyanese, viewed in the context of social psychology is misplaced.The sum total of the Guyanese people’s collective emotions, will, habits and traditions under the extant socio-economic conditions have, cumulatively, rejected GPL’s palliatives as insufficient and unsatisfactory.Guyanese are of the view that these palliatives have not and will not suffice so long as power outages/blackouts sponsored by GPL continue to wreak havoc in the personal and collective lives of every Guyanese man, woman and child.Yours sincerely,Clement J Roheelast_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES “We thank Penny for her contributions to the WNBA through her service to the Sparks organization and as a player over two decades.”In Game 3 of that series, first-year coach Derek Fisher benched the entire starting five near the end of the third quarter, including Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike and Alana Beard. ESPN reported that the decision may have had to do with Toler’s comments after Game 2.Holoman thanked Toler for her tenure with the team that included 20 years as GM. The Sparks won the WNBA championship in 2001, ’02 and ’06.Toler played for the Sparks from 1997 to 1999 and scored the first basket in WNBA history. After retiring in 1999, she immediately became GM and began assembling the roster that led the Sparks to their first league title in 2001.Holoman called Toler “a foundational figure” in the growth of the league and wished her the best in the future.ADVERTISEMENT Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images MOST READ FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler poses during a WNBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Toler was fired by the Sparks on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Sparks fired general manager Penny Toler on Friday, a move that followed a postgame tirade when the team lost Game 2 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs.The team said Eric Holoman, the team’s managing partner and governor, will replace Toler as GM and executive vice president on an interim basis while a national search is conducted.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistcenter_img Shields-Habazin called off after altercation at weigh-in ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees The Sparks finished atop the Western Conference with a 22-12 regular-season record. But they were swept in three games by the Connecticut Sun in the postseason.ESPN reported Thursday that Toler entered the Sparks’ locker room after the loss on Sept. 19 and launched into an obscenity-laced speech that included racial slurs. Toler, who is black, acknowledged using the slurs but told ESPN they weren’t directed at any of the players. She also said she shouldn’t have used racial slurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said there will be no further action by the league on the locker room incident because Toler is no longer employed by the team.“The type of language reportedly used has no place in our league,” Engelbert’s statement said. “The WNBA takes pride in being one of the most diverse leagues in professional sports that fosters an inclusive and respectful environment.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Most of the library’s regular programs will continue to be held at the temporary location, but some will move to other venues. The library’s Nov. 15 afternoon special, “I Wanna Be a Dog,” featuring storyteller Karen Rae Kraut, will be at 3:45 p.m. at Broadoaks Elementary School, 930 E. Lemon Ave. The “Thanksgiving Bookfeast,” scheduled for Nov. 17, will be held at the Santa Anita Family YMCA Day Care Center on Mountain Avenue behind the YMCA building. Pre-arranged literacy services and tutoring will be held at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W. Palm Ave. Closure of the old library will clear the way for its demolition. MONROVIA – The Monrovia Public Library will close Nov. 13 and move to its temporary site at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center, 843 E. Olive Ave., on the southeast corner of Recreation Park. Beginning Dec. 17, the Youth Center will serve as the temporary library for the next 18 months. Meanwhile, a new 28,000-square-foot library will be built in Library Park, 321 S. Myrtle Ave. The new library is scheduled to be completed in spring 2009. The temporary facility will house all the library’s current children’s collection, most of the adult collection and both the adult and children’s public-use computers. The library is being financed by a parcel tax Monrovia voters approved March 6. The tax is scheduled to raise $15.5 million to build the library. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img Wayne Rooney is just one of two players to have scored 200 Premier League goals Wayne Rooney scored the opening goal for Everton against Manchester City to reach 200 goals in the Premier League.The former Man United forward sent a first-time finish past Ederson, joining Alan Shearer as the only players to have reached that milestone since England’s top division was rebranded in 1992.Rooney, 31, remains 60 goals behind Shearer’s all-time record, and he has a real task if he wishes to overcome the former Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle forward.Fans took to Twitter to react to Rooney’s historic goal, and you can see some of the best comments below… 1last_img

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first_img1 Arsenal could make a sensational move to bring Alex Song back to the club after he started training with the squad again.Midfielder Song, 30, left Barcelona for Rubin Kazan in the summer of 2016 but has now been told he can leave the struggling Russian club for free.Arsene Wenger reluctantly sold Song to Barca at the peak of his powers in 2012.The Cameroon international is only 30 and the French coach is crying out for a defensive midfielder, so a deal is not out of the question if Song can prove his fitness.Arsenal could also wait until after the January transfer window deadline as Song will be available as an out of contract player. Alex Song last_img

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first_imgView Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Kallembach, Timothy H Booking Date:10-11-2018 – 8:39 pm Booking Date:10-11-2018 – 4:48 pm Roberts, Jessy L View Profile >>> Booking Date:10-07-2018 – 11:05 am Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:10-11-2018 – 6:28 pm View Profile >>> Release Date:10-11-2018 – 1:09 pm Booking Date:10-11-2018 – 5:29 pm Perez Moreno, Julio H Booking Date:09-25-2018 – 12:13 pm Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth Baker, William P Bond:No Bond Booking Date:10-08-2018 – 12:57 am Brewster, Austin T View Profile >>> Bond:$705 Charges:35-44-3-6 Failure to Appear35-42-2-1.3(B2) Domm Batt in pres of child Release Date:10-11-2018 – 1:54 pm Bond:No Bond Charges:3 Out of County Hold Release Date:10-11-2018 – 9:54 am Bond:No Bond Release Date:10-11-2018 – 7:39 pm Frazier, Andrew H Booking #:99983 View Profile >>> Booking #:100114 Collins, Nicholas J Bond:No Bond Charges:35-43-4-2 A Theft Charges:3 Out of County Hold Bond:$1505 View Profile >>> Release Date:10-11-2018 – 12:39 pm Crockett, William S Rollins, Connie Scenter_img Charges:2 Transport Order-Adult Release Date:10-11-2018 – 11:23 am Bond:$755 Booking #:100115 Charges:34-47-3 Indirect Contempt View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Charges:35-42-2-1.3(B2) Domm Batt in pres of child Booking #:100092 Bond:No Bond Bond:$1505 Booking Date:12-15-2017 – 11:21 am Booking #:100110 Booking #:100012 View Profile >>> View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking #:100090 Charges:35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia35-45-1-5 Common Nuisance16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe Booking #:98213 Burton, Sheena A Release Date:10-11-2018 – 11:09 am View Profile >>> Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth9-24-19-2 DWS- Prior Unrelated Violation Bond:$1505 Booking Date:09-26-2018 – 11:25 am Booking #:100113 Ross, Johnnie D Booking #:100095 Booking Date:10-07-2018 – 4:57 am Charges:9-30-5-1(c) Operating w/Cont Sub or Matabo in body9-24-19-1 Driving While Suspended – INFR Booking Date:10-10-2018 – 10:30 pm Release Date:10-11-2018 – 8:54 am Booking #:100112 Charges:9-30-5-1(b) BAC .15% or greater9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Booking #:100020 Booking Date:09-19-2018 – 4:30 pm View Profile >>> Forrest, Jeffrey L Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours.last_img read more

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first_imgNC MedAssist will bring back a free over the counter medicine GiveAway event to Swain County on Saturday, Sept. 29 at West Swain Elementary School from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  The event is open to all Swain County residents and their families needing OTC medication. The Give Away will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at West Elementary School. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and proof of residency is required (identification card or utility bill showing name and address).This will be the first OTC event held in Swain County. Individuals will receive $100 worth of OTC products, which include items such as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold medicine, first-aid and vitamins.Last year, NC MedAssist distributed more than $1.9 million dollars of donated OTC medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners. Swain County Health Department encourages every Swain County resident to take part in the FREE OTC Medicine Give Away.last_img read more

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first_imgrichard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I first began writing regularly about the Internet of Things about a year ago. Now it’s bubbling up in the mainstream press and we’re also beginning to see web apps that are attempting to reach, if not quite a mainstream audience yet, then certainly the iPhone and Android-toting geek community. We’ve moved beyond the cutesy Internet-connected bunny rabbits and we’re now onto barcodes to stick on everyday objects.A new web service called tales of thingsjust launched, which aims to attach stories to objects. It follows on from a similar service that got a good amount of press at SXSW this year, StickyBits. Both services want to get people to ‘tag’ real world objects, by sticking barcodes onto them and adding information about the object onto the Web (often via mobile phone). The idea is that this will make the objects ‘social.’ However, I think this is doomed to fail and here’s why… Tales of things asks on its homepage: “Wouldn’t it be great to link any object directly to a ‘video memory’ or an article of text describing its history or background? Tales of Things allows just that with a quick and easy way to link any media to any object via small printable tags known as QR codes.”Both Tales of Things and StickyBits are going to struggle to get mainstream adoption. And it’s not because people just won’t stick barcodes onto objects – although that is a short-term pain point that both of these companies will likely fail to overcome. No, they won’t get mainstream adoption simply because the Internet of Things isn’t going to be just another social network platform. What’s unique about the Internet of Things is that it adds a huge amount of new data to the Web and allows real-world objects to become part of the cloud network. For example, sensors on a busy road communicate with your car to tell you of impending heavy traffic. Or when you walk into a shop, the store messages your phone to tell you that an item you’ve been looking for is in stock and on special. I met StickyBits founder Seth Goldstein at SXSW and he told me that his company aims to create a “social object network.” Trouble is, I just don’t think that Internet-connected everyday objects have much social value. Say I tag a book that I bought and attach the following ‘memory’ to it: “I read this book in the summer of 2010, it was a great read. I’d give it a 4/5.” Even if I wrote a much more in-depth review, what value does that have on a single object? If I uploaded that review to Amazon.com, then it’s put into context and gets aggregated with other reviews to form ratings and other ‘wisdom of the crowd’ intelligence. But on the object itself – my copy of the book – the review has limited value. If a friend of mine happened to scan my book with their phone, they’d see my review…and then probably head straight to Amazon.com to see what other people thought. Or perhaps check out what their own social network thought, via an app like Glue (a social network based on the media you consume – see our most recent review).Objects aren’t social, they never were and they never will be. The real value of Internet-connected objects is that they can become part of the network, which means they can connect to one another and they add more data to the giant computer we call The Cloud. But social networks aren’t going to form around single objects, other than perhaps public ones – like the Eiffel Tower, for example. But then you are just talking about a location, which the likes of FourSquare and BrightKite can take care of. The Internet of Things is about utility, not social networking. Neither Tales of Things nor StickyBits offers much in the way of utility, that we can’t already get from sites like Amazon.com or existing social networks. Let me know if you agree, or not! Tags:#Internet of Things#Op-Ed#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Automatic translation tools like Google Translate allow you to get a very rough understanding of a text in a foreign language. For the most part, though, these translations are anything but perfect and can’t capture the nuances and idioms that professional translators can. Linguee, a Germany-based startup, is a contextual translation search engine that walks the middle ground between machine translation and online dictionary (with some crowdsourcing mixed in for good measure). The tool offers support for English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French and is one of the best online translation dictionaries we have seen. The Web as a DictionaryUnlike most of the online dictionaries you are probably familiar with, Linguee doesn’t just replicate a licensed version of a print dictionary. Linguee also offers regular dictionary definitions, but what sets it apart from its competition is that the Linguee team developed something akin to a translation search engine. The company’s webcrawler looks for professionally translated texts on the public Internet that exist in two or more languages. The European Union, for example, publishes most of its documents and patents in numerous languages (as does the Canadian government). Linguee also looks for professionally translated texts on company websites and other public resources such as technical journals. Because of this wide range of source texts, Linguee often knows the translations of words that would otherwise only appear in highly specialized translation dictionaries.Once indexed, the company’s algorithms then a) decide whether the quality of the crawled translation is good enough (does the length of the two texts match, for example) and b) create a translation index for the words and idioms in these texts. As Finke told us, the theory behind the company’s tools is well known among academics, but before Linguee came along, nobody had really put these theories to work yet.As Linguee’s co-founder Leonard Finke told us earlier this week, thanks to this approach, the tools excels in handling words that have multiple meanings and in translation idiomatic expressions. While Google Translate, for example, turns “ballpark figure” into “Ballpark Abbildung” in German (a picture in or of a ballpark), Linguee knows the right translation (“Schätzung”). In addition to the translation itself, Linguee also displays examples of the searched for words in context.Besides the web version of the dictionary, Linguee also offers plugins for Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as a dashboard widget for OSX.CrowdsourcingWhile Linguee mostly relies on its own algorithms, users can also vote translations up and down and suggest alternative translations. These votes are then taken into account by the machine-learning algorithm. Users who sign up for the service and offer a lot of good suggestions and contribute their own suggestions get to see an ad-free version of the site. As Finke told us, this is a good way to reward the tool’s most active users.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#crowdsourcing#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

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first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportEnacted New York legislation creates a new privilege tax on interactive fantasy sports contests in the state. Under the enacted law, registrants are required to pay a tax equivalent to 15% of their interactive fantasy sports gross revenue generated within the state; in addition, registrants must pay a tax equal to 0.5%, but not to exceed $50,000 annually. “Interactive fantasy sports contest” or “contest” means a game of skill wherein one or more contestants compete against each other by using their knowledge and understanding of athletic events and athletes to select and manage rosters of simulated players whose performance directly corresponds with the actual performance of human competitors on sports teams and in sports events. “Interactive fantasy sports gross revenue” is defined as the amount equal to the total of all entry fees not attributable to New York state prohibited sports events that a registrant collects from all players, less the total of all sums not attributable to New York state prohibited sports events paid out as winnings to all players, multiplied by the resident percentage for New York state; provided, however, that the total of all sums paid out as winnings to players may not include the cash equivalent value of any merchandise or thing of value awarded as a prize. “Interactive fantasy sports registrant” or “registrant” means an operator that is registered by the State Gaming Commission. A registrant may utilize multiple interactive fantasy sports platforms and offer multiple contests, provided that each platform and each contest has been reviewed and approved by the commission.The commission may perform audits of the books and records of an interactive fantasy sports operator with a permit or registrant, at such times and intervals as it deems appropriate, for the purpose of determining the sufficiency of tax payments. If a return required with regard to obligations imposed is not filed, or if a return when filed or is determined by the commission to be incorrect or insufficient with or without an audit, the amount of tax due will be determined by the commission. Notice of such determination must be given to the interactive fantasy sports operator liable for the payment of the tax. Such determination will finally and irrevocably fix the tax unless the person against whom it is assessed, within 30 days after receiving notice of such determination, applies to the commission for a hearing.Ch. 237 (A.B. 10736), Laws 2016, effective August 3, 2016last_img read more

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