Guyana being labelled as the dirtiest nation in the Caribbean

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me the opportunity to say what’s on my mind. Most of my letters to you have to do with wrongdoings, or things I want to see happen to better my country. This year, I took my vacation in Antigua and Barbuda. As usual, getting together and having conversation on what’s happening in Guyana and comparing same to Antigua could hardly escape my many encounters.On one such encounter, I was told in the most embarrassing and shameful way that Guyana is the dirtiest nation in the Caribbean. These remarks were made by both Antiguans and Guyanese emigrants. They lamented extensively of seeing garbage almost everywhere during their last visit to Guyana. They spoke of Guyanese eating and throwing food boxes out moving vehicles and on anywhere in the streets. This was my most humiliating moment I could ever remember. Three weeks ago, I met two Canadian visitors. I extended my hospitality by offering them a drive to Parika Stelling EBE. Once again, I was told that Guyana is the dirtiest country they have visited, and they will never return.On the way to Parika, they took the opportunity to point out plastic bottles and bags of garbage thrown on the parapet along the way. In the vicinity of Tuschen EBE, there was a man with a wheelbarrow full of garbage, which he emptied it into the trench. As we moved on further into Greenwich Park/Ruby, out came a rice tractor, spilling huge chunks of mud on the road. Yes! This is the Guyana we live in today. Where I lived in Sea-view, Cornelia Ida WCD, only 4 persons have garbage bins from Puran’s Waste Disposal. The rest of people throw their garbage at the seawall and in a nearby trench. It is disgusting to see little children defecating behind the seawall, especially in the mornings.There is a group of fishermen who would bring in and clean their fishes, and would leave the unwanted to rot and stink right on the seawall.The once lovely beach we had is now covered with old fridges, stoves, cloth, and the whole “works”. Editor, I have visited several Caribbean countries, and I must confess that indeed Guyana is the dirtiest of them all. This shame and disgrace must be squarely laid at feet of our Government. While in Antigua and Barbuda, it was brought to my attention that the Antiguan Government upgraded its environmental legislation, increased its plainclothes patrols, and increased penalties. I wrote on this subject last year. I am writing here this year.I will continue to highlight this national disgrace as long your paper affords me the opportunity. Once this situation remains unchanged, I will write to international organisations such as the World Health Organisation, Norway, and the ABC countries, just to name a few. I will call on all right thinking Guyanese who have a sense of national pride to join me and to implore our Government to do whatever it takes reverse this stigma of being the dirtiest nation in the Caribbean.Yours sincerely,C Woolfordlast_img read more

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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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Ochollah confident of navigating off pool of death

first_img“Respect to every team there but I believe that we have a squad that can make it off into the quarters. The players look very sharp ahead of this weekend and the focus remains the same from Mombasa. We have to go in and take control of the group,” Ochollah, who joined Nakuru prior to season kick-off, said.Basing on their performance in Mombasa, the tactician has made two tactical changes, Gramwell Bunyasi coming in for his first appearance of the season alongside Collins Onyango replacing Davis Namusasi and Martin Muita.Nakuru RFC players at teh Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“We needed a bit of speed and creativity in the middle and that is why we made those two changes. Our finishing in Mombasa was a bit off because we didn’t score most of the tries we created. We wanted to get some pace on our play and that is why the two fantastic players come in,” the coach explained.Nakuru won two and drew one of their group matches in Mombasa last weekend. In the Main Cup quarters, they beat Kabras 12-7 and advanced to wade off a tough Mean Machine side 7-0 in the semi finals.Ochollah maintains the minimum target this weekend remains getting into the semi-finals, but admits a shot at their first Main Cup title of the season isn’t a far-fetched idea.“We surpassed our goals last weekend and it is only a matter of mentality this weekend that we can go one better. If you are a dreamer, you are an achiever. We want to bring in the brotherhood and hard working nature to Kabeberi. I believe in the boys and we will go there and give it a shot,” the tactician, referred by his peers as Mojo notes.-Pool of death-Kenya Harlequins in action against Mwamba RFC during the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 2, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis main opponents in the group KCB and Quins have done changes in their squads after failing to hit their targets in Mombasa. KCB were underwhelming and failed to reach the Main Cup quarters. They have made four changes heading to Kabeberi.Arthur Owira, Isaac Njoroge, Mike Wanjala and Elphas Otieno have been drafted in to replace Ken Moseti, Brian Omondi, Benjamin Ojema and Sam Asati with Michael Kimwele listed as the team’s 13th player.The bankers will once again rely on the experience of national team players Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee and Davis Chenge as well as the prowess of their top scorer Ahmed Shabaan.Kenya Harlequins Ginton Adongo dives to touch down during their match against Mwamba in the Driftwood Sevens.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUMeanwhile, Kenya Harlequins who finished second in the series last season will hope for a better performance playing on their home ground and head coach Joash Odhalo has made his intent known, throwing three of his new signings into the fray.Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Solomon Okia and Joseph Aredo are set to make their National Sevens Circuit debuts coming in for Edward Shitanda, Pius Shiundu and Ginton Adongo who is out for long term after suffering knee ligament damage in Mombasa.Speaking to Capital Sport in Mombasa last weekend, Odhalo registered disappointment with their performance where they finished 10th but is optimistic of a better show this time round especially with a few tactical changes.Nakuru RFC squad:Philip owuor, Cassius Omollo, Monate Akwei, George Kimani, Walter Okoth, Geoff Ominde, Don Aluoch, Collins Onyango, Brian Maina, Kelvin Kioko, Crispin Onyango, Gramwell BunyasiKenya Harlequins squad:Herman Humwa, Roxy Dan Suchi, Edwin Okemwa, Jared Owinyo, Kevin Angote, Newton Partet, Eric Shikuku, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Joseph Aredo, Stanley Lunani, Dennis Otieno, Solomon Okia, Sosthine Oloo.KCB squad:Davis Chenge, Martin Owila, Vincent Onyala, Stafford Abeka, Arthur Owira, Michael Wanjala, Michael Kimwele, Ahmed Shaban, Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee, Elphas Otieno, Isaac Njoroge, Collins Nato.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nakuru RFC head coach Mitch Ochollah high fives his players during the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 3, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8- Losing Driftwood Sevens finalists Nakuru RFC have found themselves dumped in the middle of the pool of death at Kabeberi Sevens, the second leg of the National Sevens Circuit this weekend, facing Kenya Harlequin, KCB and Kisii RFC.But Head coach Mitch Ochollah wears a brace face that Wanyore can still navigate off the group and make it into a second consecutive Main Cup quarter final with straight wins.last_img read more

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Transfer news: Swansea boost as Inter Milan pull out of Nicolas Gaitan chase

first_img1 Atletico Madrid star Nicolas Gaitan Inter Milan have told Swansea City they won’t be rivalling them for Atletico Madrid outcast Nicolas Gaitan.The winger has fallen out of favour at the Spanish club and he is set to leave during the current transfer window.Swansea are keen on signing the former Benfica man but it was feared they could be outbid by Inter.But, according to Calciomercato, the San Siro club have told the Swans they will not be making an approach for Gaitan.Inter are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are no longer looking at the player.Instead, the club are hoping to lure the Argentina international’s team-mate, Javier Pastore, away from Paris Saint-Germain.last_img

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Henry over Aguero because he smells better, former Liverpool midfielder jokes

first_img gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Aguero has now scored 228 goals for Man City, the same number Henry put away for Arsenal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 1 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sergio Aguero has now scored the same number of goals for Manchester City as Thierry Henry did for Arsenal 👏👏 Thierry Henry👤 375 Games⚽️ 228 Goals Sergio Aguero👤 329 Games⚽️ 228 GoalsDid it in less games too 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/D8MbFmJKDr— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 30, 2019And speaking to talkSPORT, former Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy thinks the fragrant Frenchman wins any poll.“I’ve played against them both many times and I can give you a reason why Henry is ahead for me.“Thierry smells so much better,” he joked.“On a serious note, though, it’s his presence [on the pitch] alone because if you asked a centre half who they’d rather play against, I think they’d always rather play against Aguero.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice REVEALED ADVICE Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED The Argentina international, who will be 31 in June, is now in his eighth season in England but has reached the goal haul in 43 fewer games than Henry managed at Arsenal.Aguero still has fewer Premier League goals, however, but is on course to overtake him if he continues scoring at the same rate. Henry hit 175 for the Gunners while Aguero currently has 162.And Sports Breakfast host Tony Cascarino disagreed with Murphy’s opinion. Sergio Aguero or Thierry Henry?That’s what talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast were asking on Sunday morning after watching Aguero score goal no.228 for Manchester City.The striker scored in the 2-0 win and now has the same number of goals Henry scored for Arsenal during an eight-year stint with the north London club that saw him win two Premier League titles and two FA Cups between 1999 and 2007. REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow “If I needed a goal, I’d choose Aguero. There’s more in Henry as in technique and pace. He’s not quite as prolific as Aguero, but if I ever had to win a game – someone who in a moment could make a difference – I’d pick Aguero.“He can [score] with his head, both feet and his work-rate has become far higher in recent years and is still leading the line at Man City in his early 30s.”The Manchester City forward is currently leading the way with 19 Premier League goals this season ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Harry Kane, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah who all have 17.last_img read more

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What is The Future of Human Powered Search?

first_imgRelated Posts Mahalo popularized the term “human powered search” when they launched just over a year ago. Many of the pitches we get still use that term as part of their positioning. Many of them are bootstrapped, so the price of entry is clearly low. But the upside has not yet been established. In this post we look at the pros and cons of human powered search engines in general, look at some differentiating strategies and ask “what is the future for Human Powered Search?”Old Wine In New Bottles?When Mahalo first launched, my instinctive reaction (which I recorded on my personal Blog) was that this was “old wine in new bottles”. Traditional publishers have been doing “human powered search” even BI (Before Internet) but these went by boring names like Directory. Human editors work great in well defined niches, always have done and always will. Human editors produce the expert content that Google finds for you. This is long tail publishing. This is Business Media and Enthusiast Media, large but slow growth traditional publishing segments of the media industry.But an Internet scale venture powered by humans rather than software? We look at three reasons why this might work and two reasons why it won’t work.Three Pros And Two ConsMost ventures in this space highlight three things that a human editor can always do better than a software program. These are the three Pros:1. Spam control. Humans can easily spot even the most ingenious spam .2. Duplicate control. 10 articles that all say virtually the same thing are just a waste of time.3. Disambiguation. Computers need an awful lot of expensive programming to always spot the difference between “apple” as a fruit, a consumer electronics company or a record label. Humans can do it in a flash.The two Cons:1. You cannot persuade people to break their Google habit until your searches are better than Google for most cases (not just the few cases where you specialize). This massive hurdle is true for all search engines.2. You cannot win as a destination site if you are general purpose. You go to the sites that specialize in the areas that interest you. If you don’t know what sites to go to, Google will find those sites for you.So, do three Pros beat two Cons? Not in this case. The Pros are three relatively minor irritants that human powered search fixes. The Cons are total showstoppers.Pay People To Write Content?Mahalo pays people to create content. That means they can predict the quality of the results. Paying people requires lots of funding. Mahalo has plenty of funding and it is unlikely anybody else will get funded with the same model. So Mahalo has a fairly long and clear runway before take-off. Mahalo is private company so we don’t know how long it will take them to get to profitability or even if the basic economics make profitability feasible at all. In today’s climate, nobody will buy Mahalo without a clear path to profitability.Are you Bullish or Bearish on Mahalo? Cast your vote in our Company Index (powered by TradeVibes). My vote was Bearish and I was in the majority at the time I cast my vote (80% Bullish vs 20% Bearish). The sample size on that vote was too low to be meaningful (40), so the more votes the better.The Elephant In The Community Generated Content RoomMost other ventures get “the community” to create the content. The elephant in this room is of course Wikipedia. How on earth do you get general knowledge content that is better at scale than Wikipedia? How do you motivate people to create content if, unlike Mahalo, you are not paying their salaries? Google’s answer with Knol was to pay them indirectly via Adsense revenue. The market jury on Knol is still out. If Google cannot win, how can any other start-up without their brand power? If the Knol competitor also monetizes through Adsense, their margin is even less.About The PlayersThe other well funded venture that wears the human powered search label is Wikia. Founded by Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame, this looks like the largest pure Wiki style venture. Content is community generated, but it appears that they have editors/moderators/curators on payroll.Squidoo looks like a bootstrapped venture. It is hard to tell if it has traction. Looking at Squidoo’s page on TradeVibes will point to many other inexpensive Wiki style ventures. The basic technology of Wikis is now a total commodity.One of the earliest ventures, About.com, is now owned by the New York Times. On my survey of one, About is the one site other than Wikipedia that surfaces a lot in general knowledge type searches. At the scale they operate, it may well be profitable. So Mahalo, Wiki and other human powered search engines may have a bright future.What do you think? Can general purpose human powered search engines scale and make money? Or will they either fail or move into small niches? What new ventures have a fundamentally differentiated approach to this market? bernard lunn Tags:#NYT#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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USS Foundation Seventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament Reaches Maximum Participation

first_imgThe USS Foundation announced today that its Seventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament broke its own attendance record by securing the maximum number of participants for the event. Organizers of this year’s tournament, which takes place June 23 at the world-famous Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, filled all 97 participant slots — a number never before attained by the foundation. The proceeds from the tournament will go to charity programs that benefit disadvantaged children.“It’s always been our goal to completely fill the golf course with retail and loss prevention leaders, and I’m thrilled to say that this year participation is even bigger than what we expected,” said Denise Canfield, executive vice president of USS and secretary of the USS Foundation. “While I want to say this is a big win for the foundation, the real winners are the children and those less-fortunate who will benefit from the foundation’s programs.”Canfield continued, “In addition to the record-high participation and the attention of local media, companies like LP Magazine; Contact, Inc.; LP Jobs; and Stanley Security have really come through for us as the top sponsors this year. Thanks to them, and our other valued sponsors, the USS Foundation is looking forward to expanding the reach of its programs even more.”- Sponsor – The USS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in need. It is known for its Adopt-a-Bike program; holiday meals for low-income families; and visits to children recovering from serious illnesses.More information for this year’s charity golf tournament can be obtained from the USS Foundation’s web site: http://www.ussfoundation.org/golf.php Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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NY Times Paywall Off to A Great Start

first_imgdavid strom Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Since earlier this year, if you want to read more than 20 articles a month on nytimes.com, you have to either pay for a print subscription, pay for a digital subscription, or figure out another way to gain access. The early results are in, and the Grey Lady is doing well with its paywall, which costs at least $200 a year to. According to the Columbia Journalism Review’s Ryan Chittum, they have created 224,000 regular subscribers, another 57,000 iPad readers, and more have been added via a promotion from Lincoln cars (where the company purchased ads in exchange for free digital subs) as well as its 750,000 print subscribers. There is some hope for the newspaper after all. “It proves that, contra the naysayers, readers will pay good money for quality news. The anti-paywall folks said paywalls would kill traffic and slash digital ad revenues. The NYT is showing that idea was wrong,” says Chittum. Digital ad revenue grew by 16% in the first three months that the paywall was up. While this figure includes both the Times and the Boston Globe, and some probably includes the Lincoln promo, most of that revenue increase is from the Times. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Maryland Issues Wayfair Guidance

first_imgMaryland issued guidance for online sellers after the recent decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. advising them to review the decision. Wayfair struck down the requirement that a vendor must be physically present in a state to be subject to sales and use tax in that state.Sellers collecting and remitting Maryland sales tax should continue to do so.Remote Seller CollectionMaryland imposes sales tax as broadly as permitted by the U.S. Constitution. Remote sellers should review the Wayfair decision to see how they are affected. Remote sellers that want to start collecting tax  should complete a Combined Registration Application.Maryland has not signed the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement and is not a participating state. SST registration cannot be used to collect Maryland sales tax.Maryland Vendor CollectionMaryland vendors that sell into other states may have to collect tax for those sales. Vendors are advised to contact states they make sales in for guidance on collection.Sales and Use Tax Alert, Maryland Comptroller, July 17, 2018, ¶202-050Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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