Guyana at 52

first_imgToday thousands of citizens and well-wishers in the region and diaspora will join the country’s leaders to celebrate and mark Guyana’s 52nd Independence Anniversary.The celebrations will no doubt be grand in certain parts of the country, despite the fact that the Government has abandoned the traditional and midnight flag raising ceremony which was the feature event for decades, since it was symbolic with the events which took place back in 1966.Even as Guyanese celebrate, there is need for urgent introspection and reflection on the gains that have made on the country’s long road to independence, and the consistent strides that have been secured in Guyana’s turbulent and dynamic post-Independence history.Recall, that upon attainment of Independence, Guyana became the only English-speaking country on the South American continent and the 24th member of the then British Commonwealth of Nations, despite the struggles faced in the early 1950s and its nationalist movement which birthed the original People’s Progressive Party under the leadership of the Late Presidents Dr Cheddi B. Jagan and Forbes Burnham.At that time, both leaders pursued a menu of noble, democratic and visionary policies aimed at the attainment of national unity and internal self-government. As Dr Tota Mangar wrote in one of his literary pieces, “their resounding victory at the 1953 general elections under adult suffrage astounded many, including local reactionaries, the Colonial Office, and moreso the US State Department”. It was the crowning achievement of how a people could rally against oppression if they were hungry for the right to determine their own destinies.Dr Mangar also notes in his writings that “the mass-based party’s tenure in office was only short-lived, as Great Britain, under considerable American pressure, suspended the Constitution and overthrew the legally elected Government under the guise of preventing the establishment of a communist state in the then British Guiana.An interim Government was imposed, and it comprised of many individuals, who themselves suffered humiliating defeat at the hands of the toppled nationalist candidates. As if that setback was not enough, the nationalist movement itself became severely fractured in 1955 into Jaganite and Burnhamite factions of the PPP and the eventual emergence of the People’s National Congress two years later. This development paved the way for the subsequent intense political rivalry between our two foremost leaders – Dr Jagan and Mr Burnham.It was no doubt at this point that Guyana’s history became even more interesting and intriguing in the lead up to Independence, because the split between the two leaders led to many of the problems which characterized Independent Guyana in her post-Independence years, which were also considered as the “dark years”.As history would have it, Burnham would lead the first coalition Government in 1964 with the United Force, while Dr Jagan continued his activism and work in Opposition, notwithstanding the fact that he led the first national Government.The ultimate movement of triumph of patriotism, unity and togetherness came when, in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent; Sir Richard Luyt, the first Governor-General of Guyana; former Conservative Colonial Secretary Duncan Sandys, and Colonial Secretary Anthony Greenwood, and 62 delegates from 47 countries worldwide, Dr Jagan and Burnham embraced each other in what appeared to be an emotionally charged hug.Fifty-two years after the event, Guyana is still facing some of the same challenges faced then. This country is toying and experimenting with various models of governance that could lead to inclusivity and the achievement of national unity. The country is still racially polarized and divided despite the advancement of legislation and other events that took place, which were aimed at creating national healing, consensus-building, and inclusivity.Leaders are still locked in a heated debate about the kind of Guyana that is needed in order to transform the lives of the ordinary men and their standard of living. The same threats that existed in the pre- and post-colonial days appear to be resurfacing disguised as new wine, but many of those who lived through the fifties recognize the old bottles and know too well the dangers that may lie ahead if a decision is not paid to change course.We must work together to accomplish a lot more by the time the country celebrates its next Independence Anniversary. Citizens must take pride in being Guyanese, and must understand that they are the only ones that could truly redefine this country’s destiny, but they must not barter their rights and freedoms in order to live a good life. They must defend those freedoms zealously, while demanding that those in power who have access to the public purse fulfill their mandate as promised.last_img read more

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Internet Of Things: The Danger of Ignoring the Problem of RF Pollution

first_imgRadio-frequency (RF) noise is around us everywhere.  The sources of RF pollution come from things like electric motors,  digital appliances, and industrial machinery.  All these machines and devices are sending out signals across a range of frequencies which can interfere with other devices.Imagine now what happens when we now start deploying thousands or millions or even billions more tiny Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, each equipped with a transmitter or a way to connect to the Internet.  RF pollution will undoubtedly increase, and so also will the likelihood that device transmissions will interfere with each other.“The coming Internet of Things is going to make things worse. Much worse. It will do so by adding complex RF-control chips to countless common devices, like door locks, light switches, appliances of every type, our cars, and maybe even our bodies, which will enable them to connect to the Internet. Each of these chips is a potential source of noise. Plenty of technological fixes are available, of course, but the huge number of chips means that manufacturers will be more reluctant to add costly shielding and other noise-muffling features to their products,” write Mark A. McHenry, Dennis Roberson and Robert J. Matheson in an IEEE article.Wireless phones are likely victims of RF pollution.  On the one hand, devices like cellphones are being made to work using the lowest amount of power possible, but that can also result in devices that are more susceptible to RF interference.Solutions to the RF pollution problem are complicated by the fact that actually very little data has been collected about RF pollution.  We know it’s out there, but there have been few studies to measure how much there is, or to find out where there are RF pollution hotspots, or to know which devices are most likely to interfere with each other.  That kind of research just hasn’t been done.  But RF pollution is a problem that can ultimately cause very serious problems if we continue to ignore it.last_img read more

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SBP still on lookout for next naturalized player

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Recruitment biggest challenge for Frankie Lim at Perpetual View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img But they just haven’t decided on who to take that next step with.“At this point in time, we do not have any particular player yet. My understanding is we’re still looking for the best possible candidate,” said SBP vice chairman Robbie Puno on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Right now, we’re ready to spearhead that process. We’ve spoken with a couple of congressmen who will author the bill. But what we’re waiting for is the imprimatur as to who we will really make the effort to naturalize, because when you start that process, it becomes really difficult,” he said.Blatche has represented the Philippines as its naturalized player for the better part of the last three years, but the SBP has meticulously tried to find a contingency plan and kept an eye on a few prospects. One of them is Isaiah Austin, who suited up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup and impressed with his averages of 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists.Puno, who authored the bills for the naturalization of Blatche and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger previously, said that the Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup should be taken at the highest of considerations as SBP looks to field possibly one of the strongest national teams in six years’ time.“If our target is 2023, there will be probably enough time for us to make sure we have the right player in terms of his basketball skills, his age, as well as his attitude,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may still be at his peak right now, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) acknowledges that the Syracuse native is now battling time.That’s why the association has is prepared to endorse next naturalized candidate who could represent the country in international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

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Spectacular: Deepika Padukone to be the face of an international eyewear brand

first_imgPlayful and confident, sun-kissed beauty Deepika Padukone is set to be the face of a global campaign for the spring/summer 2015 collection of an international eyewear brand. In a beautiful shoot, the actress is spotted basking in the sun on a Goa beach while sporting a range of summerfriendly fashion styles, ranging from a red and white stripe dress with small cut-out panels, an embellished collared shirt teamed with a billowing white maxi skirt, a printed beach jacket, a mosaic jumpsuit and a sexy criss-crossing dress.While Deepika is the Indian face for the ad campaign, two other international muses share the global campaign space with her – Victoria’s Secret Angel and Brazilian model Adriana Lima and Chinese actress Liu Shishi. This is the third year that Deepika has collaborated with the brand, and it’s the first time that she will represent it on a worldwide scale.The Indian campaign shots have been clicked by renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who shot to fame by clicking supermodel Claudia Schiffer for her first Guess ad in 1989. For the current ad feature, the lens-woman conveys a global spirit of the brand while also paying tribute to the local flavour of the tropical destination.Talking about her favourite photograph from the shoot, Deepika says: “Out of all the shots, I think the one that really sums up what I feel is the ice-cream eating shot because 22 out of 24 hours, I am only thinking about food.” She further said: “I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with Ellen. I think everyone wants to work with her at some point in their career. It’s a dream come true for us, it was great fun.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits 16 billion

first_imgSales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion AP Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mega Millions lottery may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads toward a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday.As more tickets sell, chances grow that at least one buyer will pick all six winning numbers. That would stop the streak of 25 rollovers, most recently on Friday night.Based on sales projections, 75 percent of the 302 million possible combinations will be chosen for Tuesday’s drawing, up from 59.1 percent in Friday’s, said Carole Gentry, spokeswoman for Maryland Lottery and Gaming.“It’s possible that nobody wins again. But it’s hard to fathom,” Gentry said.About 280 million tickets sold in Friday’s drawing, none matching the winning mix of 7, 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70 to claim an estimated prize of $1 billion. Fifteen tickets matched five numbers for second-tier prizes of at least $1 million.The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in U.S. history . The second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on Jan. 13, 2016.Russ Lopez, spokesman for the California Lottery, said tickets were going “very, very quickly” on Saturday.Tonya Jimenez, assistant manager at Beavers Market in Fort Collins, Colorado, said all three registers were going Saturday, a day after the store sold 220 tickets. Many hopefuls haven’t played before.“We tell them how to play it,” she said. “They don’t know what to do. We’re doing a lot of explaining.”The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workerswon $543 million.It costs $2 to play the game. The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 302 million but, with so many tickets being purchased, the likelihood of rollover becomes increasingly slim.“I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets hit,” Gentry said. “I’d be more surprised if it doesn’t get hit.”Mega Millions is played in 44 states Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. October 20, 2018 AP, Posted: October 20, 2018last_img read more

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