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first_imgA 22-year old woman of Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara (EBD), took her own life on Monday morning after reportedly being the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her partner.Dead is Tinesha (only name given), whose lifeless body was discovered hanging from the ceiling with her one-year-old child standing nearby.A neighbour, who lives on the upper flat of the two-storey building, related that hours prior to the incident, a heated argument had ensued between the woman and her partner.This resulted in several attempts by the Landlord to resolve the quarrels, the neighbour stated.“I know Sunday morning they were rowing bad before I go to church. The Chinese lady in front come and talk to them and then I heard that she come again because they had a bigger argument,” the neighbour said.However, she recalled that upon returning home in the evening, the woman and her partner, known only as “Kumar,” were at home.“Me ain’t really hear anything when I come home Sunday night. My daughter work and then she come home like around 12:30h. I didn’t hear anything, but you would usually see that light on and know that they’re there. Just after that though, we heard crying like about one o’clock Monday morning.”She noted that subsequently, cries were heard emanating from the house. However, according the neighbour on Monday, Kumar, shouted out for neighbours, claiming that he heard the child crying and when he went to check on the child, he saw his reputed wife handing from the ceiling. The neighbour said the couple moved into the house only six weeks ago. According to the neighbour, Kumar then called Tinesha’s family, who did not believe that she was dead.“He called her parents and they didn’t believe him, so he take a picture of her and send it to them and then they come with the Police.”Guyana Times was told by a neighbour that Kumar was an employee of a nearby welding shop and was very abusive to his partner.Another neighbour said that the woman faced daily abuse and they have since related this to the Police. A post-mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted today. Kumar is currently in Police custody.last_img read more

first_imgExecutive member of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Dr Roger Luncheon has made several damning allegations against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), particularly as it relates to the process of selecting staff for various positions within the Commission’s headquarters.Dr Roger LuncheonThe former Cabinet Secretary said in a statement on Monday that it was brought to his attention from several sources that the People’s National Congress (PNC) Commissioners at GECOM are allegedly engaged in a process to eliminate candidates for advertised positions at the GECOM Secretariat.He said it would seem that these Commissioners were aiming at such an objective by resorting to “giving low to zero scores to candidates of Indian origin who are shortlisted during the interview process while providing high to 100 per cent scores to their preferred candidates”.In addition to that, the former Head of the Presidential Secretariat also alleged that the Commissioners were finding extraneous reasons for eliminating top candidates of Indian origin from appointment to positions at the GECOM Secretariat. He said if these disclosures are confirmed, it would reveal that the practice continued of excluding some ethnicities from GECOM’s Secretariat.“Once confirmed the PPP condemns this practice in the strongest possible terms and will urge the aggrieved candidates to approach the Ethnic Relations Commission on the ground of ethnic discrimination,” the PPP stalwart added.As part of preparations for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), GECOM has started a new cycle of continuous registration. Several public advertisements were posted in the media for various openings, which Dr Luncheon has referred to in his statement to the media.The new registration exercise, which began on May 21, will run until July 15, 2018. Persons needing to register are being advised to visit the office in their respective communities between 08:00h and 17:00h from Monday to Thursday, 08:00h to 16:00h on Friday and 10:00h to 14:00h on weekends and holidays.Previously, the PPP has said that one of five GECOM-issued lists of persons who died between December 2015 and March 2016 included the names of persons whose names are not on the voters’ list – that is they were never registered. The Party had said when it checked that list, many of those names of presumably unregistered persons were, in fact, on the voters list.The PPP has since urged GECOM to exercise greater care and due diligence in its attempts to sanitise the list. “We will continue to partner with GECOM and other stakeholders, in a concerted effort, to produce a List of Registered Electors that is accurate and whose integrity can withstand objective scrutiny,” the Party said.last_img read more

first_imgBreathalyzer-like devices that gauge blood- alcohol levels and lock a car’s steering wheel if the driver’s reading is too high are being foiled by savvy drinkers, a state lawmaker said Friday. That’s why, state Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez said, he is pushing for twice-convicted drunken drivers to be hooked to alcohol monitors that can quickly tell a judge whether the person has been drinking. “I’ve seen it in operation,” said Bermudez, D-Norwalk, who proposed the system in his bill, AB 1832, and is getting some qualified endorsements from law enforcement officials. “I thought it was an amazing device that would give judges the ability to protect Californians from these deadly motor vehicles driven by people who are under the influence,” he added. The monitoring device is attached to the offender’s ankle, where it checks the person’s blood-alcohol level by measuring ethanol vapor as it migrates through the surface of the skin, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. As the law now stands, a judge can order convicted drunken drivers to install alcohol-detection devices in their cars. The driver blows into the device, and the vehicle cannot be driven if alcohol is detected. But scofflaws can easily find ways around it, Bermudez said. “It doesn’t prevent another individual from blowing into the device to set the steering column free,” he said. “It doesn’t mean a drunk driver won’t get into a different vehicle that doesn’t have that steering column.” Steve Whitmore, spokesman for Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, said the idea sounds interesting, but his department has some concerns. In Los Angeles County, the Sheriff’s Department would be responsible for overseeing the program. “Sheriff Baca is always open to legislation that supports law enforcement efforts, especially when it comes to people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” Whitmore said. “However, having said that … we have some questions that we need to get answered before we respond to any definitive positions,” he added. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Temple Grandin, the renowned author and advocate for farm animal welfare and persons afflicted with autism, will speak at Wilmington College March 30 during two sessions, 3 and 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.Wilmington College’s Agriculture Department and the Clinton County Farm Bureau are co-sponsoring the event, which is free of charge and open to the public. She may be available to sign her books.Grandin was diagnosed with autism at two years old. The anxiety she experienced provided her with insight into the stress experienced by livestock, which resulted in her inventing more humane methods for handling animals at meat plants.Grandin will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, this September. In 2010, TIME magazine selected her among its “100 Most Influential People in the World” and, last year, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, she is the author of 12 books, including Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human. She is an advocate for animal health and wellbeing and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior share strategies for reducing the stress experienced by livestock.She designed livestock handling facilities located throughout the United States and on three other continents. Meat plants handling nearly half of the cattle in North America utilize the center track restrainer system she designed. Also, her curved chute and race systems for cattle are used worldwide.Also, many corporations employ Grandin’s objective scoring system for assessing the handling of cattle and pigs at their meat plants as a means for improving animal welfare.Her other areas of noted research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.last_img read more

first_imgDeep in the forests of Cambodia lies the ancient city of Angkor. It is believed to be the largest city of its time spanning 154 square miles (400 square km). To put that into perspective, the land area of Manhattan in New York City is only 23 square miles (59 km). This maze of temples has been overgrown by the strong-willed and vine-like roots of Banyan trees. The aesthetic of the city sets the perfect scene for an action-packed adventure searching for “ancient artifacts,” also known as geocaches. Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 SharePrint RelatedPicture This: A Geocaching Trackable Frames a JourneyFebruary 26, 2014In “Community”Lamanai High (GC19505) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 10, 2013January 9, 2013In “Community”Geocaching.com Teams Up with Tomb Raider®January 11, 2012In “Community” Once inside, you must find the geocache through a labyrinth of temple walls and thick vines. Ultimate stealth is absolute key for this cache because you do not want to sacrifice  its location to the swarm of muggles travelling by. Harness your inner Lara Croft, do a back flip, swing on a vine, parachute in, or calmly wait and grab the cache like the rest of us, muttering to yourself, “I hate tombs.”There are eighty-one geocaches in Cambodia, and the two most Favorited are within the Angkor city walls. “Tomb Raider – The Sequel” has featured over 2,000 geocachers worldwide and it could feature you next.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:CambodiaN 13° 26.092′ E 103° 53.301′ TraditionalGC3Q9VPby Pagenz With rising popularity in recent years, the Angkor Wat temple is a thriving tourist destination due to two main factors: UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage site in 1994 and the filming location of the 2001 action flick Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, based on the video game of the same title. Unbeknownst to the majority of tourists, a secret treasure exists in the  temple, highlighting where key scenes were filmed for the movie.last_img read more

first_imgThe length of time that homeowners must wait for permission to fire up their solar panels and begin producing power varies widely around the country, but the average was up sharply between 2013 and 2014. UtilityDive.com, citing a report by EQ Research, said that the average wait was up by 68% in that one-year period.Connecticut Light & Power had the best record, an average of five days; Pepco in Maryland had the worst record in the country, an average of 76 days, the website said. That’s three times as long as the median wait, and five times slower than Baltimore Gas & Electric, another Maryland utility.Over the course of the year, the median wait increased from 18 days to 25 days, which the report attributes to a growing number of regulations.The study, undertaken for the Solar Energy Industry Association, a trade group, recommended that utility regulators set firm deadlines for making interconnections and come up with strategies to handle a larger number of requests from consumers as interest in solar picks up.The study analyzed 57,000 solar installation applications received by 34 utilities in 13 states, The Washington Post reported. The process can be arduousStandards for interconnecting residential solar panels with the grid emphasize safety, the report says, but long delays are costly.“Even as distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems become more common, the interconnection process can be lengthy and problematic for solar customers and installers, increasing overall system installation costs and delaying the benefits of PV generation,” EQ Research said.As the number of distributed generation (DG) systems rises, utilities are more likely to deny interconnection on safety and grid reliability concerns, the report says, “further complicating and delaying the interconnection process.” However, the fact that some utilities can handle interconnection requests quickly shows that “solutions to existing challenges are within reach.”Researchers interviewed both PV installers and utility staffers and identified a number of key problems that add to delays as well as best practices for expediting the process without sacrificing safety or grid reliability.Among the suggestions:Regulators should mandate enforceable timelines for granting “permission to operate” (PTO).The application process can be improved by using an online system and syncing the database of interconnected customers with other records.Utilities could consider consolidating pre- and post-construction paperwork in order to simplify the process.Better communication between utilities, installers and customers would help resolve problems more quickly, and keep customers happier.Utilities should plan ahead for a growing number of interconnection applications in the future.“Streamlining the interconnection process not only helps utilities meet deadlines and improve customer satisfaction, it can also yield internal time and cost savings,” the report said. “Improvements to the interconnection experience will lower PV installation costs while helping states meet policy goals and objectives related to renewable energy and DG.”last_img read more

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Facebook#Microsoft#social#twitter Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img markhachman A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Ten days before Hollywood hands out its Oscar statuettes, a pair of studies – one by Microsoft’s in-house “Nate Silver,” and another measuring social influence – have already picked the winners.Microsoft Research’s David Rothschild, who, like Silver, used early polls to correctly predict the outcome of the presidential elections in all but Florida, has used the predictive nature of the early awards shows to place his bets on who will be winning the various Academy Awards. Meanwhile, an English analyst firm, Brandwatch, has attempted to slice social media data in a couple of new ways (by both critical reaction and popular acclaim) to anticipate the winners.And who are those winners? The envelopes, please…Best Picture:ArgoBest Director: Steven Spielberg (Rothschild, Brandwatch popular) / David O. Russell (Brandwatch critics)Best Actor: Daniel-Day LewisBest Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Rothschild, Brandwatch popular) / Jessica Chastain (Brandwatch critics)Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones (Rothschild) / Christoph Waltz (Brandwatch popular) / Robert de Niro (Brandwatch critics)Best Supporting Actress: Anne HathawayBest Animated Film:BraveBest Original Song: Adele’s “Skyfall“The remaining categories, including best makeup, screenplay, documentary shorts, and others, can be found on the respective sites: Predictwise for Rothschild’s predictions, and the Brandwatch Oscars site.Why Will They Win?In November, Rothschild used the same methodologies employed by quant hero Nate Silver to determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election: examining polling information collected before the election to determine the outcome. In February 2012, Rothschild wrote that Obama would win, well before election season got underway. As it turned out, of course, he was right.(See also Why Nate Silver Won, And Why It Matters and Nate Silver’s Model A Stunning Portrait Of Logic Over Punditry) “I approach forecasting the Oscars the same way I approach forecasting anything, including politics,” Rothschild said in a blog post. “I look for the most efficient data, and I create statistically significant models without any regard for the outcomes in any particular year. All models are tested and calibrated on historical data, with great pains taken to ensure that the model is robust to ‘out-of-sample’ outcomes, not just what has happened in the past. The models predict the future, not just the past.“Thus, the science is identical, but there are differences in which data prove most useful,” Rothschild wrote.The predictive models that Rothschild could tap into are the ones that most people are now using to handicap Oscar races: previous awards shows like the BAFTA awards, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, and the Golden Globes. Some data he tossed out: For elections, fundamental data such as past election results and economic indicators can be used as predictive tools. But in movies, box-office figures and even ratings are not statistically effective, he said.“I focus even more heavily on prediction markets, which are very robust, but I also include some user-generated data that helps me learn more about correlations within movies and between categories, such as, ‘How many categories will Lincoln win?” Rothschild added.Finally, he updates his results in real time. Naturally, there’s a way to tap into these results yourself: the Oscars Ballot Predictor app for Microsoft Excel, one of the few apps to provide real-time data for Microsoft’s Office suite. The app allows users to vote, and includes the real-time, up-to-date Oscar predictions.What could be Rothschild’s next step? “Sports is something we’re looking at,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said via email.Whose Opinion Matters: Critics, Or Audiences?Brandwatch has taken a more “traditional” approach: pull together mentions of each actor, director, movie, or other category across a broad swath of social media to look for positive, relevant references that can indicate a good chance of winning.Brandwatch taps into the Twitter firehose, and to date relevant Oscar mentions have totaled 304,550 mentions, with about 1,400 to 1,600 per day being added at the end of January. Naturally, that number will go up. Twitter makes up about 40% of the data that Brandwatch samples, according to a FAQ provided to ReadWrite.One surprise, it found, was that Lincoln was the early odds-on favorite to win Best Picture. But sentiment flipped after Argo started winning the title at the Producers Guild of America, British Academy Film Awards, LA Film Critics Association, the Golden Globes and others.What Brandwatch tries to do – differently, it says, from other studies – is pull together the volume of positive predictions. There are two variables: the number of mentions, as well as the sentiment behind them. This tries to ensure that a large number of comments on Helen Hunt’s red-carpet dresses, for example, won’t be factored in any more than a smaller number of positive comments for rival Jessica Chastain’s performance.However, the study also breaks down the projected winners by two categories: Critics, both “professionals” at major papers, plus semi-pro bloggers at enthusiast sites, and the general public. The skews show both sides of the acting industry, who aren’t paid critics but know their business presumably more than the average joe.Brandwatch was hired to perform the study by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), most known for its aggressive stance on copyright and attacks on file-sharing networks. But Brandwatch suggests another use for the data: “The findings hold wider implications for the film industries. If winners diverge from viewer favorites, this could indicate a greater need to relate to target audiences. Further qualitative analysis can uncover why film titles are recommended online: vital information for gaining endorsement and boosting box office takings. Key actors and directors can be correlated with film titles: To what extent does an established cast boost online reputation (and by extension sales)?”It’s not quite clear why Brandwatch’s critic/public split is a better gauge than Rothschild’s single number. But if you’re running a betting pool, the smart money is on Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway going home with Oscar on their arm.Image source: flickr/ebbandflowphotography.last_img read more

A Very Grateful Man TCIs Darron Hilaire laments following frightening ordeal with

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 4, 2017 – Providenciales – The past few hours have been quite an experience.   One I never imagined I would ever face.     I spent the last two weeks, and more so the last two days studying the wisdom books of the Bible — Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job.   I became extremely fascinated by a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes Ch 12:1, which says paraphrased, “Set your mind on Christ in your youth.”I taught from this scripture in my boy’s small group session for the past weeks and have been eager to read the entire book to understand the intention of the author.   Through study I found out that in order to understood the message of Ecclesiastes, you also have to understand the message of Proverbs, which comes first, and Job, who comes last.The Book of Proverbs highlights the concept and the principle of wisdom.   It simply indicates that whoever finds and exercises wisdom is guaranteed success in all areas of their life.The Book of Ecclesiastes is written more from a critic’s tone of voice.   The teacher and the author describes how life is but a whisp of smoke. It is unpredictable.   Things good and bad happen to the wise and the unwise.   We all share the same destiny: death.   Death equalizes us.The Book of Job builds on this wisdom, and ends with a beautiful and powerful message.   Job is tested by God to the extent that he loses everything he ever valued.   The scriptures indicate that he did absolutely nothing to deserve it.   He then decided to question God and ask, why did this happen to me of all people?   God responded to Job very vividly in a vision indicating that, there are some things in life we may never come to understand. The message of the book of Job was simply to trust in God’s wisdom.I had a conversation with my Pastor earlier after mentioning this to him and he gave what I thought was a perfect summary.   He said, “fairness is not a biblical concept; trusting God is.”I may never get closure.   Justice may never be served.   But I trust that God in his infinite and mysterious wisdom and divine sovereignty knows all things, and does all things well.I recall not being fearful at all for the entire time that I was facing the ground, taking orders from masked gun men, tied up, held hostage in the backseat of my car, held at gunpoint, robbed, and released.   There was an overwhelming sense of peace and wisdom that saturated my consciousness and being to which I grateful to the Holy Spirit.The robbers remarked that I was a good man and therefore handed me my bag, my wallet and after several request, my phone—unharmed.I remember sitting to my desk yesterday afternoon reading Job and saying to myself, God, I hope I don’t have to be tested in such a way any time soon. Not knowing that, in a matter of hours, my time would come.  I am not the least bit discouraged.   I am more so empowered by the way my faith and trust in God has grown and has been growing.I am encouraged to share this experience as I assist with leading the memorial for my 19 year old cousin who lost his life in an accident that I was 5 minutes away from experiencing.May this be a lesson to all of us. God is Sovereign.   His wisdom is unmatched and not always understood.And as the book of Ecclesiastes states,   “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”Thank you all for the calls and comments. It was sincerely appreciated.Blessings and love,Darron D. Hilaire Jr. ߙEcclesiastes 12:13-14 ESVlast_img read more

Congress Fails to Appreciate How the BRAC Ban Is Hurting Communities Analyst

first_imgOver the past four years, lawmakers have come up with multiple reasons to reject the Pentagon’s request to hold one or more rounds of base closures, but none of them have held up under scrutiny, especially as DOD faces severe spending constraints, says Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute.“Congress has dug in for too long on opposing the long-overdue next base closure round. The irony is that this is hurting communities and the military — not helping them, contrary to popular opinion,” Eaglen writes in a commentary published in Forbes.The argument that BRAC does not save money is refuted by the $12 billion the first five rounds are saving annually, she writes. Even the 2005 round, with its emphasis on realigning missions rather than closing facilities outright, is saving $4 billion each year.Lawmakers’ insistence that the department conduct an “overseas BRAC” before pruning its domestic infrastructure ignored the progress all three services have made in shrinking their footprint in Europe over the past 10-plus years as the U.S. presence overseas has been significantly curtailed.The latest rationale for rejecting the administration’s request is that the ongoing drawdown of the armed forces may need to be reversed and, as a result, the department will need more space to accommodate its personnel.“But here again, the numbers just don’t add up,” Eaglen writes. Even if a hawkish administration captures the White House in November, the size of the armed forces is unlikely to grow by more than 4 percent.“[That] does not make a dent in the argument for why over 20 percent excess infrastructure cannot still be reduced to more manageable levels,” Eaglen states.While Congress believes it is protecting defense communities by resisting a new BRAC round, “the hundreds of defense communities across America with a military presence are strongly on the record in favor of outright base closures over the slow bleed that is currently hollowing out many posts and bases from within,” she writes.“Inaction and uncertainty is actually worse than the potential for bad news in the overwhelming majority of communities affected,” according to Eaglen’s commentary.She concludes that it’s time for lawmakers to “finally start to listen to what is best for the U.S. military, the taxpayer, and the constituents back home when it comes to base closures.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more