Despite the commencement of rehabilitation works to correct a dam breach in the backlands of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, flooding continues to plague inhabitants along Company Dam, New Providence. According to reports received by this publication on Thursday, when high tides come in, the community is flooded.It was only on Friday last that the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Developmental Authority (MMA-ADA) had undertaken to rehabilitate repairs to two major breaches along the Perth Canal. As it stands currently, while works have been ongoing sporadically, sections of the breaches are not yet closed, resulting in flooding from the high tides.One resident told Guyana Times his yard normally floods and he has is not able to replant any of his subsistence crops that perished when the flood waters inundated the area. He explained that when the tides come in the lands become flooded and when it goes out the water would eventually recede but poodles would remain.“No plants can’t grow back – I used to plant bora, ochro, bulanger,” the resident who works as a labourer noted. It was further explained that this situation has added to the difficulties which some residents have been encountering in finding employment.The flood waters are also affecting farmers in areas along Branch Road, Mahaicony who have the expensive undertaking of pumping out flood waters.During the last month Guyana Times had been highlighting that the unrepaired breach flooded hundreds of acres of farmlands during high tides as well as several house lots along Company Dam, New Providence.This newspaper was told Monday that MMA-ADA had deployed a hymac in the canal on Friday to commence corrective works but setbacks have delayed the rehabilitation.When Guyana Times contacted the farmers who were adversely affected, they related that they are overjoyed that works have begun but noted that some flood-waters would still come up on their lands.General Manager of MMA-ADA Aubrey Charles when contacted last week confirmed that works to repair the breach had begun. Based on his assessment, he noted that some months after the dam was constructed, it settled and its height was reduced.“After the settlement, the height of the dam was below the designed level,” Charles had told this publication.The General Manager also said the spring tide overflow caused soil erosions which facilitated widening of the breaches, occasioning heavy flooding.The dam at Perth Canal was rehabilitated around seven months ago when the dry weather caused by El Niño had prevailed but it collapsed shortly after.The farmers told Guyana Times they had made several appeals to the MMA-ADA to repair the broken sections but their repeated calls went unheeded.They expressed frustration over the fact that the recent El Niño period was the ideal time to have done the repairs but nothing was done to assist them. Now that the rainy season has started, they lamented they have to suffer losses yet again.Meanwhile, this publication was made aware that MMA-ADA has visited areas in Branch Road, Mahaica, and works were conducted to correct a malfunctioning pump which had caused flooding in the area. It is unclear if the magnitude of corrective works in the areas has been responsible for the stalled works.Water being pumped off farmlands earlier this month
Admitting for the first time that soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) were responsible for last year’s shooting incident in the slum Community of West Point that resulted in the death of young Shaki Kamara, the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr., has openly apologized to the family of the deceased and West Pointers as a whole.Minister Samukai’s apology was made in his statement before an array of government officials led by CIC President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the full hierarchy of the AFL, the diplomatic corps and other foreign dignitaries, and hundreds of citizens who attended the Armed Forces Day program at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia yesterday.Last August a contingent of soldiers assigned to West Point to help manage efforts to quarantine that community to avoid the spread of the virus, got into a confrontation with residents who tried to resist the quarantine.In the melee that ensued, 16 year old Shaki Kamara was shot in the leg and bled to death of his bullet wounds. One other person was taken to the hospital for treatment for a bullet that pierced his abdomen.Following the shooting incident the AFL came under intense public criticism for its contentious first interaction with the public, particularly at the time of the Ebola outbreak in the country.There was initial denial by the Ministry of Defense who claimed Shaki’s wounds were caused by barbed wire.An investigation conducted by a board of inquiry set up by CIC, President Sirleaf, linked a few soldiers to the commission of the crime, accusing them of ‘illegal discharge of fire arms’ among civilian population. But there were no recommendations to reprimand those soldiers or their commander who were found culpable. Minister Samukai in his apology yesterday explained that during the deployment of the AFL to support the quarantining of West Pointers, “a very unfortunate incident occurred in which Shaki Kamara was shot in the leg, and subsequently bled to death.” “We apologize for this loss, and upon your orders we have taken the necessary After Action Review, and punitive measures to avoid a recurrence.”Minister Samukai did not name those responsible for the shooting or disclose in yesterday’s statement what punitive measures had been taken against them and any compensation awarded to Shaki’s family for their loss. Family members of Shaki are yet to comment on the statement of apology made by Minister Samukai yesterday. President Sirleaf had on previous occasions made a similar apology to the family on behalf of her government. Meanwhile in his Armed Forces Day statement, Minister Samukai said that the AFL had collaborated with the joint security in deploying in seven of the 15 counties during the height of the Ebola epidemic last year, and participated in efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 29-year-old man was remanded to prison on Wednesday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to an armed robbery charge.Waldron Rogers, of Lot 6 Norton Street, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty where he pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.It is alleged that on April 20, 2019 in Georgetown, the defendant robbed Delroy Wilson of $12,000 in cash.The court heard that on the day in question, the accused was walking when he confronted and robbed the Virtual Complainant (VC). After committing the act, the accused reportedly escaped, but was later arrested by the Police.Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds the defendant is known to law enforcement and he was also positively identified by the victim.Bail was refused, and Rogers’ next appearance is slated for May 8, 2019.
The baby boom is echoing loud and clear, with today’s young people worried about the future of the American family, along with violence and poverty in their neighborhoods, says a survey being released today. In one of the first-ever polls conducted entirely by cell phone, the survey of 601 California teens and young adults found an unprecedented ethnic mix that cites marriage and parenthood as life goals, has deep concerns about family stability and, like their parents and grandparents, yearns for the American dream. “They’re glued to cell phones, but high technology is not giving them the relationships that come from family and social structures that hold people together,” said Sandy Close, executive director of New America Media, which conducted the survey. “They yearn for connection and community, and I think it’s where the cultural continuum is going to move.” Researchers said the 16- to 22-year-olds surveyed are part of the most diverse generation to emerge in the nation – which is reflected in their relaxed attitudes about race, their own identities and immigration status. Deniko Santos, 20, of Los Angeles said he has strong cultural ties to his Filipino family, but that it’s his passions that define his identity. “Music is a big thing,” he said. “I play basketball, I go to church twice a week. The things that I do reflect who I am, and my background has a lot to do with it, the way my family raised me.” Dennis Trochez, 21, said Los Angeles’ diverse population makes it virtually impossible to have racist attitudes. “I was always taught don’t judge people right away; it’s all about the person. Every race has its good and bad. At the end of the day, it’s not what they look like, it’s about what they do, their actions,” said Trochez, who was born in Honduras and now lives in Stevenson Ranch. “The United States is a mixture of everybody.” And with 87 percent of respondents saying they’d be open to marrying someone of a different race, the researchers concluded that the nature of “race” may be forever altered. “This is a post-minority generation that grew up in a global society that’s more diverse on a scale we’ve never seen before in the U.S.,” Close said. “They reflect a sophistication around race and ethnicity that I think is far ahead of the country. “It’s a curious juxtaposition of a yearning for traditional structures, yet a very post-modern, post-minority sensibility when it comes to issues about race and ethnicity.” The results reflect what Stanford University assistant professor Anthony Antonio called the “diversity learning curve of the nation.” “Issues of cultural diversity and multiculturalism, and not only appreciation or toleration of differences, but exploration of difference, are things that predominate our culture and our experience,” he said. “It’s not surprising that young people are valuing cultures that are different from their own.” Embracing marriage The survey was undertaken by New America Media, a California-based umbrella group of ethnic news organizations. Pollsters interviewed 601 respondents between Oct. 6 and Nov. 15, offering each $10 to cover cell-phone expenses. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Questions touched on their self-image and also included the state of their mental and physical health, their views on the military and illegal immigration, and their future plans for the future. According to the survey, 89 percent of respondents said they were somewhat or very likely to marry and have children, 73 percent believe they’ll have a higher standard of living than their parents and a whopping 96 percent believe they can achieve their goals through hard work. In addition, 82 percent favor allowing illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens and 68 percent oppose the Iraq war. School and money are their top worries, with music and fashion their most defining characteristics, followed by religion, ethnicity, race and personality. But Antonio cautioned that while the results are interesting, the results should be reviewed carefully because of the age of the respondents. “A part of me says, don’t panic, you’re catching people in transition here, trying to figure themselves out in relation to society and the world,” Antonio said. “It would be too easy to say the next generation is going to be a highly fashion-conscious yet culturally celebratory group of people just because that aspect of their identity seems to be important right now.” MediaNews Sacramento Bureau reporter Steve Geissinger contributed to this report. naush.boghossian @dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 What is your current educational goal? Graduate from high school 9% Graduate from 2-year college 10% Graduate from 4-year university 36% Get a master’s degree 24% Get a doctorate 8% Something else 3% Don’t have one 5% Specific certification/technical degree 2%160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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There’s a real chance Angel Di Maria will leave Manchester United for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to French football expert Jonathan Johnson.The Ligue 1 side wrapped up the signature of Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli on Tuesday morning, as Laurent Blanc looks to improve his squad.Di Maria is reportedly unhappy at the Red Devils, following a burglary on his house earlier in the season, and is keen on a move back to the continent.And Johnson believes, now Stambouli’s move has been completed, PSG will begin their quest to land the former Real Madrid winger.“PSG will now turn their attentions to Angel Di Maria,” he told Extra Time.“There appears to be genuine interest from PSG in Di Maria, and there is a very real chance Manchester United will allow Di Maria to move on after just one season.”
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Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho Jurgen Klopp sent Mamadou Sakho home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States because of the defender’s poor timekeeping.The Reds did not comment on the reasons for Sakho’s departure from California on Tuesday.However, Klopp revealed on Wednesday he took action after the 26-year-old was late three times.Quoted in several newspapers, Klopp said: “He missed the departure of the plane, he missed a session and then was late for a meal.“I have to build a group here, I have to start anew, so I thought it maybe made sense that he flew home to Liverpool and after eight days, when we come back, we can talk about it.”Klopp does not believe fining Sakho for his tardiness would be a worthwhile exercise, adding: “I am not interested in the money of the players.“Not often in my life have I had to fine anybody, because I want that we learn together to do the right thing.“Always it is the same with every group. I don’t like fining.”Sakho is currently nursing an Achilles problem which will prevent him starting the new Premier League campaign. Liverpool’s first game is at Arsenal on August 14. 1
A Donegal politician has slammed RTE after claiming the state broadcaster is ignoring his county.County councillor Martin Farren has said he is not surprised that RTE has decided not to show his county’s crunch All Ireland GAA game with Kerry at Croke Park on Sunday.He claims it is the latest in a series of snubs to Donegal in recent weeks and months. Cllr Farren raised the issue at county council level and the local authority has now agreed to contact RTE over the matter.“They could have chosen the Donegal/Kerry game as it is regarded by almost everyone as the game of the round.“It’s an example of the arrogance of RTE. Donegal is a very large county and it deserves a lot more respect than it is getting from RTE at the present time.“I am very annoyed about this especially as when it comes to paying our TV license we are very much in demand. “I am delighted that Donegal County Council has taken it on board to look into this particular issue,” he said.He said other major events including the Clipper Challenge sailing race and the North West Fiddle Convention were not covered at all by RTE.POLITICIAN STICKS BOOT INTO RTE OVER DECISION TO SNUB FOOTBALLERS was last modified: August 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Augmented Reality#mobile#web Related Posts You’re walking down the street. Your phone buzzes, a map or a screen overlay pops up and you’re shown a note left in that location by one of your friends – along with an ad for your favorite pizza. Walk into the pizza place and your phone buzzes again – your friends have something to say about the guy behind the counter. That might have sounded far-fetched a few years ago, but it doesn’t so much anymore, does it?18 months ago Yahoo! filed a sophisticated patent on VIRTUAL NOTES IN A REALITY OVERLAY and that patent was published last week. Check out the patent sketches below.The technology envisioned by the team of senior researchers who filed the application is reminiscent of now-available apps like Loopt, BlockChalk, Junaio and others. The whole vision of location, social and advertising features put together, however, may be quite unique. The patent also goes beyond location to include notes tied to mobile objects like cars and people. Update: This report at first mistakenly claimed that the patent in question had been granted. In fact it has merely been filed and published. The US Patent Office customarily publishes patents 18 months after they have been filed, then evaluates them as soon as it is able to afterwords. (Usually not very soon.) Given the pace of web technology these days, that process sounds absurd, but I apologize for reporting on it incorrectly anyway. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Yahoo’s patent was filed in July of 2008, published after the customary 18 months last Thursday and first blogged about by upstart tech news site GoRumors this morning. The same team of inventors had another related patent application published at the end of last year on an augmented reality device that would discover audio, video and other information that’s pertinent to a user’s physical surroundings and display that information on a screen overlay.The technology described in this latest patent isn’t just location-based social networking, or Augmented Reality “air tagging” – it includes social graph analysis, permissioning, expiration dates, contextual advertising and more. It’s not just text notes, it includes methods of augmented reality with photos, videos and more. While the most popular mobile augmented reality apps on the market today focus on text on top of locations – there’s no reason why reality can’t be augmented in other ways as well.There’s no indication that the technology exists yet outside of the patent application and sketches below, but if Yahoo! could put together such an integrated vision of location-based features then it would have a very interesting service on its hands.This vision puts emphasis on limited visibility of public notes based on the social connections of people doing the reading and writing, on the use of the tool for communication between people more than for public graffiti, on notes tied to entities and not just to places and on advertising based on a reader’s past expressed interests. That sounds like the kind of thing Facebook might do with its inevitably forthcoming location services. Will anything come of this patent? It’s hard to say, since it’s Yahoo, where genius flowers but then too often gets left out in the cold to die. Just two months before this innovative patent was filed, were were heralding Yahoo’s brand new Location Database API as a would-be fountain of location-aware apps. Almost two years later, though geo is hotter than ever, it seems that nothing much has come of that effort. (Please, correct me if I’m wrong about that.) Six months ago we ran an article titled Yahoo! Launches Major Challenge to Facebook Connect. That doesn’t seem like such a hot topic anymore, either. We asked Yahoo! for comment this morning about this latest patent and haven’t been put in touch with anyone yet.None the less, these are some very interesting ideas. Someone is sure to build something like this very soon. Maybe it will be Yahoo.Watch this space for ReadWriteWeb’s next public event and future research reports on Augmented Reality and geolocation. marshall kirkpatrick
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Announcements#cloud#cloud computing mike kirkwood As ReadWriteWeb’s Richard MacManusreported in 2006, 3Tera is a company to watch: “3Tera strikes me as a company to keep an eye on – they’re tackling a complex problem and they have a lot of potential customers out there.” CA must agree. The companies have entered into a definitive agreement for CA to purchase 3Tera, adding it to CA’s growing list of cloud acquisitions.Simplifying Deployment3Tera’s focus is simplifying the deployment of environments. The tools also helps synchronize capabilities between cloud providers and so-called “private clouds” hosted inside a company’s data center.The company has a GUI based application to help visualize, manage, and deploy solutions in the cloud. This is an important thing to solve, especially if time is of the essence in getting your cloud-based application supported by your IT team, and keeping your choices open after it is deployed.The Cloud is Mainstream As self-reported by the 3Tera team in their blog, this acquisition represented cloud computing becoming mainstream in IT. CA sees a need to fill in this piece in their portfolio and IT leaders are asking for tools to deploy and manage cloud infrastructure assets. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “We started 3Tera to radically ease the way IT deploys, maintains and scales – MANAGES – applications. Our AppLogic® cloud computing platform provides the foundation of our partners’ orchestration of cloud services for public and private clouds around the world. Today, we’re taking the next step in moving toward making cloud computing mainstream by joining CA.”It looks like cloud computing is becoming essential to the enterprise. Is it in yours? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting