ACDA to celebrate the community of Baracara during Emancipation celebrations

first_imgThe Canje Creek community of Baracara in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) has been named as this year’s honorary community for the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), as the cultural organisation hosts Emancipation Day celebrations on August 1.Baracara is a small village along the banks of the Canje River, and has at its roots a history passed down in the folklore of its residents over the years which points to it being a community which originated as a refuge for Guyanese Maroons, or runaway slaves.The stories roll off the lips of the village elders of the findings of lead shots for muskets at the waterfront immediately in front of the school, to the passing down of folk medicine that over time has proven to be very effective. This community is now set to transition into a local government area administrated by a Neighbourhood Democratic Council, a project that is currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Communities.Baracara VillageWhile many of the villages honoured by ACDA under the spotlight of the Emancipation celebrations have a common history of being purchased by freed slaves, Baracara is said to have a deeper, more mysterious origin, which is passed down in oral history.The honouring of the riverine community comes as ACDA celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year and its 22nd Emancipation Day Festival at the National Park on Freedom Day, Monday, August 1.This is the second Emancipation celebration during the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD), which commenced in January 2015 and will come to an end in December 2024.It is a special year as Guyana celebrates its 50th year of Independence. This year’s celebration will be held under the theme, “African Guyanese achievements in the year of our Jubilee”, with a sub theme, “Building Strong Families through Entrepreneurship”.According to ACDA, the themes have been chosen in recognition of the importance of youth knowing their history and the legacy of their ancestors.Honouring the African presence in GuyanaACDA also celebrates an African country annually since most Guyanese of African descent cannot trace their ancestral roots to a particular African nation. In choosing a particular African country to highlight every year, ACDA seeks to educate the young and old about African countries and to remind them that Africa has 54 countries and is not a single country like China or India or the United States.Traditionally, ACDA honours an African country at every Emancipation Festival by building an educational booth for that country. However this year, 2016, the focus will be placed on Guyana, in keeping with the Jubilee celebrations.“A country with a very rich African influence, history and culture, Guyana will be the centrepiece that ACDA will proudly showcase during the observance of this Emancipation, as we explore our glorious past,” ACDA said.ACDA said a number of activities have been planned for this year’s Emancipation Day Festival. The organisation said it tried every year to raise the bar on performances in the National Park by providing some of the best local, regional and international performing groups. This year, it said, will be no different.According to ACDA, “For the first time ever in 2013, we were able to bring performers from Africa via the USA and we have managed to continue to expand our international acts since then in our hope to foster the growth of professionalism and diversity within the Guyana performing arts field especially amongst our local groups. The aim is to bring something different every year to the festival which does not already exist in Guyana… The past three years we have brought a Nigerian mime, acrobats from Kenya, a juggler from Ethiopia and a ventriloquist amongst others, all talents that were fairly new to the Guyanese people.”This year, the organisation said it was seeking to expand on this by bringing to the National Park Jamaican reggae star Luciano, who has emerged as one of the most prominent singers in decades and the greatest hope for roots reggae’s survival in the digital dancehall era.last_img read more

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Martinsburg welding shop owner burned during fire

first_imgA welding shop owner is burned in an explosion and fire at his business in Martinsburg.Firefighters were called out to Fennewald Custom Welding on Tuesday afternoon. Neighbors say they could see flames coming from the building.The owner was taken to the hospital.last_img

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How to add wireless configuration support to SCCM

first_imgSCCM allows the right click menu items in the SCCM console to be customized.  We utilized this capability to demonstrate how configuration of custom AMT support could be added to SCCM.  Since SCCM SP1 does not support wireless AMT configuration, we added some basic support for this to the SCCM menu system. The attached zip contains files that show how to add right click menu items to Altiris, how to make wireless configuration scripts and how to use both of these capabilities to embed wireless AMT configuration support directly into SCCM. This package is intended as a demonstration only. This package contains the following components:1.             Genscript: This utility creates a VB script that pushes wireless profiles, certificates and AMT configuration data to an arbitrary client.  The Genscript utility and user guide are included in this package. The latest version can be found here: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-ws-management-translator/.2.             XML files: For the demonstration, there are two XMLs needed: vpro_client.xml and vpro_colleciton.xml.  One pushes settings to an entire collection and the other pushes settings to a single member. The single member XML file calls push.vbs directly.  The collection XML calls gp_exe.vbs which calls push.vbs on all the collection members.3.             Wireless configuration script generated by Genscript: This script is executed with the client’s hostname and domain name as command line arguments.  It conducts certificate requests, configures the client with those certificates and configures a wireless AMT profile.  For details on Genscript and how to use it to generate wireless configuration scripts refer.4.             Push.vbs: This script takes a hostname as a command line argument and calls a wireless configuration script. The name of this script is hard coded in push.vbs along with the domain suffix to use.  For simplicity I hard coded which wireless configuration script to use. By default, this script is hard coded as vpro_config_update.vbs.5.             Gp_exe.vbs: This script calls push.vbs for all the members of a particular collection. It is based on the sms_ping.vbs script.  It takes the target collection as a command line argument and then calls push.vbs for each hostname.6.             Add_to_Collection.vbs – This script adds a client instance to a particular collection.  It is used to populate a ‘Push Failed’ collection with client instances for clients that fail a wireless settings push. The collection ID for the destination collection is hard coded in the script.7.             Delete from Collection.vbs – This script removes client instances from a particular collection. It is used to remove client instances from the ‘Push Failed’ collection when a wireless settings push succeeds for that client.8.             Clear_collection.vbs – This script clears the contents of a given collection.  It is useful for clearing the ‘Push Failed’ collection.last_img read more

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Maran: ‘No Cagliari limits’

first_imgRolando Maran saw Cagliari’s “best performance of the season” to beat Atalanta 2-0 and won’t set limits on their ambitions after going joint third. “I think it was our best performance of the season. This was an extremely tough fixture, as Atalanta were on great form, they had scored in every game and we decided the best way of approaching it was to force them to defend,” explained Maran on DAZN. “Both teams were on the attack constantly and that made for a very entertaining match. We ran from start to finish, everyone showed the right spirit and the great thing about these lads is that whoever I choose, they all give their contribution as part of the team unit. “If we rest on our laurels, we’ll never improve. We have to create continual motivation, both as a squad and as individuals. We watched Atalanta this week to prepare and decided we had to get closer to their approach, the way they face everyone with no fear and by playing their football. “We want to go beyond our limits and see what we can do. It’s all about finding the right path to improvement.” Cagliari are now level with Atalanta in fourth place after 11 rounds, so can they follow in those footsteps with European ambitions? “Obviously, there is now more attention on us, as is natural in this position, but it should only be relatively of interest. What matters is taking it one game at a time and not resting on our laurels. We must always strive to do better.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Video: 4-Star Florida Commit Jake Allen Receives Invitation To Elite 11

first_imgJake Allen throwing the football.Vine/Sanjay KirpalaniFlorida fans will have a player to root for when the Elite 11 quarterback competition takes place at The Opening this summer. St. Thomas Aquias’ Jake Allen, a Florida verbal commit, was invited to compete after his performance at today’s regional camp in Miami.#Gators QB commit Jake Allen invited to the Elite 11. https://t.co/IftMV2Scr9— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 6, 2016Allen made some nice throws during the drills today.Jake Allen rocking the USPS hat and delivering the mail #GETOPEN #Gators https://t.co/PnQiwJTRq7— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 6, 2016Jake Allen with a great throw just off Trevon Grimes fingertips. https://t.co/S6IDbMqmhR— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 6, 2016Here is Allen’s recruiting profile, via 247Sports. The Elite 11 takes place at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-10.last_img read more

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Relief for New Town residents: App to locate empty slots for best use of parking spaces

first_imgKolkata: Has it become a bit frustrating for you to park your vehicles in New Town because you fail to find a slot in the parkingplace? Don’t worry, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is going to put in place one of the most advanced mechanisms in New Town by ensuring that not a single slot for parking is left empty. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority is coming up with a smart parking app which will help people identify the empty slots for cars and maximum use of the parking place. The whole operation would be done through a sensor system. The new system will be felicitated by an agency which will be engaged by the NKDA. Debashis Sen chairman of the NKDA on Wednesday said that they are planning to introduce a smart parking app only to ensure that none of the slots in a parking area remains empty. Often it was found that people face inconveniences as the empty slot could not be navigated properly. The slots at the farthest corner remain empty due to the manual parking system. He was talking at a symposium “Infrastructure Development and Management in Future Cities” organised by RCG School of Infrastructure Design and Management (RCGSIDM), IIT Kharagpur at a city hotel. The sensor aided system will help the driver to reach to the slot demarcated for him/her. As the people at the parking places go by the toll data at the gate they cannot determine where exactly the empty slot is situated. The new system will help people to reserve the empty slot and easily access it. A demo has already been given by a startup company, Sen maintained. He also said that they are bringing in new innovations to reduce the road accidents in New Town. There will be a new mechanism operated with the help of the CCTVs to identify and intercept the errant drivers. A real time alert will be delivered to the traffic sergeant in the area the accused driver is heading to. If any irrational behavior is detected on the part of the drivers, an alert would be triggered and the details of the vehicle would be shared with the on duty traffic police officers. Sen also reiterated how E-governance has been given a paramount importance and services are being provide to the people online. The NKDA is also introducing online sanction of building plans which is the first in the country. Online filing of taxes would be conducted. Many graduate youths are being trained on how to help elderly persons to submit their taxes online. The youths will be provided incentives.last_img read more

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‘Do-or-die’ game for KKR, MI gunning for top-two finish

first_imgMumbai: Their play-off chances hung, Kolkata Knight Riders will keep no stone unturned as they take on Mumbai Indians with a prayer on their lips in a must-win Indian Premier League game on Sunday. KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab to keep their play-off hopes alive till the last leage game but if Sunrisers Hyderabad manage to sneak past RCB on Saturday, it might take a Herculean effort in terms of improving the net run-rate. Placed fourth, SRH have a net run-rate of +0.653, which is comparatively better than fifth placed KKR’s +0.173. In case, SRH lose to RCB, it will be like a quarter-final for KKR as a win will do the job. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju However MI would like to carry on the winning momentum as 18 points and a better net run-rate than both first placed Chennai Super Kings and third placed Delhi Capitals will give them two shots at qualifying for the final. With Chris Lynn and Shubhman Gill coming good and the marauding Andre Russell to follow at No 4, skipper Dinesh Karthik would fancy his chances at the batting-friendly Wankhede. Gill’s confidence would have boosted after his back-to-back half-centuries against Mumbai Indians (at home) and Kings Xi Punjab. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters His unbeaten 65 off 49 balls steered KKR to a seven-wicket victory against KXIP in Mohali on Friday. If the likes of seasoned Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya and leggie Rahul Chahar have to be taken to task, then KKR batsman will have to put up a special show. Russell, who has been consistently delivering for his team, will have to showcase his prowess and mettle once again. For KKR, their bowling has been the biggest concern as their bowlers have been ripped apart by their opponents both in the Powerplay as well as at the death. Pacers Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier, Narine and Piyush Chawla will have to bowl a tight line and length to restrict the famed Mumbai batters. With the Wankhede track aiding slow bowlers, KKR may also be tempted to play chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who has been dumped because of poor form. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians, who have already qualified for the playoffs will eye revenge after KKR after they had suffered a 34-run defeat in Kolkata in a high-scoring thriller despite Hardik Pandya’s breath-taking 91 off 34 balls. Also the result of the match which finalize on which position Mumbai finish and who will be their opponent in the play-off. For the hosts, apart from Hardik (380 runs from 13 matches), South African Quinton De Kock (462 from 13) has been among the runs. But others including Rohit Sharma (331 runs from 12), Suryakumar Yadav (292 runs from 13), Krunal Pandya ( 176 runs from 13) and Kieron Pollard (240 runs from 13) need to shoulder responsibility. However an area of concern for head-coach Mahela Jayawardene would be the frequent middle-order collapse and he would like to strengthen before the knockouts. Teams (From): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga. Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Matt Kelly, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Match starts at 8 PM.last_img read more

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Broccoli sprouts can manage schizophrenia

first_imgA chemical derived from broccoli sprouts can be used to manage schizophrenia symptoms, scientists have found, paving the way for treatments that reduces unwanted side effects of traditional medicines. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University in the US characterised a set of chemical imbalances in the brains of people with schizophrenia related to the chemical glutamate. Supplementing with broccoli sprout extract, which contains high levels of the chemical sulphoraphane, may someday provide a way to tweak the level of chemical glutamate. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSulphoraphane is found in a variety of cruciferous vegetables, and was first identified as a “chemoprotective” substance decades ago, researchers said. “It’s possible that future studies could show sulphoraphane to be a safe supplement to give people at risk of developing schizophrenia as a way to prevent, delay or blunt the onset of symptoms,” said Akira Sawa, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. Schizophrenia is marked by hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking, feeling, behaviour, perception and speaking. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraDrugs used to treat schizophrenia don’t work completely for everyone, and they can cause a variety of undesirable side effects, including metabolic problems increasing cardiovascular risk, involuntary movements, restlessness, stiffness and “the shakes.” In a study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers looked for differences in brain metabolism between people with schizophrenia and healthy controls. They recruited 81 people within 24 months of their first psychosis episode, which can be a characteristic symptom of schizophrenia, as well as 91 healthy controls from the community. The participants were an average of 22 years old, and 58 per cent were men. The researchers used a powerful magnet to measure and compare five regions in the brain between the people with and without psychosis. The researchers found on average four per cent significantly lower levels of the brain chemical glutamate in the anterior cingulate cortex region of the brain in people with psychosis compared to healthy people. Glutamate is known for its role in sending messages between brain cells, and has been linked to depression and schizophrenia, so these findings added to evidence that glutamate levels have a role in schizophrenia. Additionally, the researchers found a significant reduction of three per cent of the chemical glutathione in the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex and eight per cent in the thalamus. Glutathione is made of three smaller molecules, and one of them is glutamate. Next, the researchers asked how glutamate might be managed in the brain and whether that management is faulty in disease. They first looked at how it’s stored. Since glutamate is a building block of glutathione, the researchers wondered if the brain might use glutathione as a way to store extra glutamate. The researchers questioned if they could use known drugs to shift this balance to either release glutamate from storage when there is not enough, or send it into storage if there is too much. The team used the drug L-Buthionine sulfoximine in rat brain cells to block an enzyme that turns glutamate into glutathione, allowing it to be used up. The researchers found that theses nerves were more excited and fired faster, which means they were sending more messages to other brain cells. Shifting the balance this way is akin to shifting the brain cells to a pattern similar to one found in the brains of people with schizophrenia. Next, the researchers wanted to see if they could do the opposite and shift the balance to get more glutamate stored in the form of glutathione. They used the chemical sulphoraphane found in broccoli sprouts, which is known to turn on a gene that makes more of the enzyme that sticks glutamate with another molecule to make glutathione. When they treated rat brain cells with glutathione, it slowed the speed at which the nerve cells fired, meaning they were sending fewer messages. The researchers said this pushed the brain cells to behave less like the pattern found in brains with schizophrenia.last_img read more

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Tennessees Strange Path to Sweet 16 Suggests Its a Big Threat to

The number next to Tennessee’s name in the NCAA tournament bracket, 11, makes the Volunteers look like heavy underdogs against Michigan on Friday night. How Tennessee got to the Sweet 16 makes it look like a serious upset threat.Teams that are underseeded tend to outplay their seed, as I wrote last week. So do teams that have to play their way into the main tournament bracket, which I wrote about in a separate article. Yet most of these teams still lose their next game, when they face heavy favorites. Tennessee, thanks to a kind draw, is in the small group of teams that were underseeded, had to play their way in, and then won their next game. Similar teams went on to achieve major tournament success.Ken Pomeroy’s ratings on Selection Sunday ranked Tennessee as the 13th best team in the country, worthy of a No. 4 seed. And the Volunteers have played like it since, winning their play-in game over Iowa by 13 points and then crushing UMass and Mercer by 19 and 20, respectively. No other team got to this year’s Sweet 16 with two wins as lopsided as Tennessee’s.The Volunteer’s next opponent, Michigan, is the Midwest’s second seed and reached last year’s championship game. The Wolverines are favored over Tennessee by 2.5 or three points by Las Vegas sports books.But teams like Tennessee have been dangerous at this stage. The Vols — by virtue of beating Iowa and playing their way into the tournament — joined a group that historically outperforms its pre-tournament level by two points per game. Those two points, however, usually aren’t enough against their next, higher-seeded opponents.By beating UMass, Tennessee became just the 33rd play-in winner to win its next round (including in that group teams that had to win games in the early 1980s to advance and face a team that got a bye). How much these teams were underseeded is correlated (R>0.32) with three measures of later success: margin of victory in their next game, subsequent tournament wins and eventual finish. (The last two aren’t redundant because the tournament’s field size and number of rounds have changed.)Underseeded Play-in Winners That Won Their Next GameFive of the 32 teams before Tennessee were underseeded by four or more, according to their pretournament Simple Rating System ranking, as calculated by my colleague Benjamin Morris. (Pomeroy ratings don’t go back to the 1980s.) All five won their next games in the tournament — as Tennessee did against Mercer — and four went to the Final Four, including national finalist UCLA in 1980. No team before Tennessee was underseeded by even six spots; the Vols were slotted seven spots below where they should have been.FiveThirtyEight’s model, which takes into account Pomeroy’s ratings and teams’ performance during the tournament, gives the Vols a 47 percent chance of beating Michigan on Friday. The game is essentially a tossup – a rarity for a matchup between a No. 2 seed and a No. 11. read more

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JT Barrett picks up records awards early in career

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Kent State Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has made quite the impact during his first three weeks as a starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native joined fellow Texan Kenny Guiton atop the OSU record book when he tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game as he tossed six against the Kent State Golden Flashes.Barrett also became the first Buckeye to throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did it in 2006 against Michigan. Barrett finished with 312 on 23 of 30 passing.Because of his performance, Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, in addition to earning his second Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week honor.The young quarterback became the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten offensive Player of the Week award since running back Carlos Hyde won it following a Nov. 16 win against Illinois in which he rushed for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns.Barrett said after the win against Kent State on Saturday that he feels like he is improving game by game.“I feel like I’m progressing each week. I’m just trying to get better each week,” he said. “I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he purposely put the ball in Barrett’s hands early and often against the Golden Flashes so he could further evaluate the young quarterback’s progression.“I wanted to force him to make plays, and receivers — it’s not just him, it’s the whole combination of quarterback/receivers,” Meyer said Saturday. “I thought he played good. I thought there was a couple misses, too, now that we could have had.”The misses that Barrett made were minimal, but he attributes the limited mistakes to getting used to the speed of the game.“That is one thing (senior quarterback Braxton Miller) told me,” Barrett said. “He said ‘at first, everything is going to be flying around, and you will be really unsure and things like that but as you go, it starts to slow down,’ and that is just game experience.”Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has caught four touchdowns from Barrett in OSU’s first three games, said he believes in the quarterback’s abilities.“J.T. is a real mature guy. We hold each other accountable and trust each other,” Thomas said. “I trust him and tell him I’ve always got his back out there.”That trust has been evident on the field as Thomas is currently the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with 11 catches for 214 yards and the four scores.Going forward, Meyer said he, as well as his coaching staff, is looking for more ways to put Barrett in a position to succeed.“We actually did some empty (formations), I think he’ll be a good empty quarterback, five receiver set, so we’re still, once again, figuring out exactly how we’re going to be moving the ball as an offense once we start getting to the Big Ten season,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes are set for a bye week before taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

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