Cricket in Guyana brings people together

first_imgDear Editor,We are often told about racism in Guyana, but to witness all Guyanese together cheering on the Warriors was indeed a marvellous sight. Persons of all cultures, identities, political views and opinions were, for the first time I should say, not divided, but standing together to support and cheer on our local team.In my opinion, this is the Guyana that we all dreamt of; not a country divided by political views and beliefs, but of persons working together as families and friends.The joy and happiness plastered on the faces of people as the Warriors won their first match at Providence was remarkable. Persons exchanged hugs, smiles, and high fives; and laughter was a sign that the Guyana you and I dream of is real, and by working together, we all can achieve this goal.I want to say to all Guyanese: Don’t allow the many political views to cause disunity, but keep in mind that this country belongs to each and every one of us; not the Government or Opposition, but Guyana belongs to each and every one of us equally.All the best to the Warriors for a successful tournament. Many thanks!Sincerely,Pt Surendra Tiwarilast_img read more

Lofa-Gbarpolu Boundary Dispute Ends in Gun Riot

first_imgReports from Lofa and Gbarpolu Counties say a boundary dispute has resulted in gun riots, with many people detained in Kolba City, Kolahun District.  The clash was over a long disputed boundary demarcation between Lofa and Gbarpolu Counties.There was no confirmation of injury but the report indicated that those arrested included several citizens from Lowoma, Gartima, Sasazu and Kondesu in Gbarpolu County.They were arrested allegedly for possessing single barrel guns and dozens of ammunitions and transferred to Voinjama City for further investigation.Citizens of the four Gbandi towns have rejected the boundary agreed upon by all senators, citizens and stakeholders of the two counties.The citizens of those towns have claimed that the boundary is in Kolahun District, Lofa County.In 2008, senators, chiefs, citizens, elders and other key stakeholders of Lofa and Gbarpolu Counties assembled at the boundary between the two counties and resolved to uphold all decisions they made regarding the disputed area.Other key senior citizens, who spoke to the Daily Observer in Monrovia yesterday disclosed that this is the third time such a boundary dispute has erupted.In a mobile phone interview, one Joseph K. Jallah of Kolahun District yesterday disclosed that the two neighbors are separated by the River Forndia.Civil conflict analysts contacted in Monrovia for comments on the Lofa-Gbarpolu boundary dispute underscored the urgent need for a swift resolution of the unnecessary but continuous confusion over the boundary between the two counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UCLA basketball notes: A change in the schedule

first_imgMORGANTOWN, W.V. – For decades a staple of UCLA’s schedule was playing at least one, and sometimes two, marquee non-conference games during the Pacific-10 Conference season. That will end after today’s tilt between No. 2 and West Virginia. Once Pac-10 play begins next season, the Bruins will not step out of conference. UCLA returns the game to Texas in 2008-09 and also will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer event, so a non-conference game during the 2009 Pac-10 season is in question. Before Howland’s arrival four years ago, the Bruins usually played two non-conference games during the Pac-10 season, both during the week UCLA played USC. Howland cut that down to only one nonconference game during the Pac-10 season. Since the formation of the Pacific-8 Conference for the 1968-69 season, UCLA always played a high-profile nonconference game during conference play. A familiar stop: UCLA flew into Pittsburgh on Thursday night and worked out at the University of Pittsburgh’s Peterson Center. That gave Howland, who left Pitt to come to UCLA, a chance to catch up with a few friends, including former Howland assistant and current Panthers coach Jamie Dixon (Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks). “It was fun,” Howland said, “but the main thing is we just wanted to get off the plane (and do something).” The Bruins then made the 80-mile drive here Friday morning. But with UCLA looking for a marquee game to be televised nationally, did Howland think about playing Pittsburgh? “I’m not going to play Jamie unless it’s in the NCAA Tournament,” Howland said. “I don’t enjoy playing against my best friend in a game. That wouldn’t be something I would schedule on purpose.” Scouting WVU: Get ready for plenty of 3-pointers, because the Mountaineers take plenty of them. In fact, West Virginia has attempted more 3-pointers (637) than 2-pointers (630). The Mountaineers shoot 37.2 percent from three, and 54.8 percent inside the 3-point arc. When the teams met last season, West Virginia got a late steal to preserve a 60-56 win. Since then, the Bruins have won 18 straight at home. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Bruins will host Texas on Dec. 2 as part of a series between Pac-10 and the Big 12 schools and they will play a non-conference game at Michigan on Dec.22. UCLA also will play in the Wooden Classic in December, and is participating in the College Basketball Experience, a 16-team tournament, in November. “It’s going to be a year-to-year thing,” Howland said of playing a non-conference game during the Pac-10 slate. “Next year it won’t be, and then we’ll evaluate it the following year.” last_img read more


first_imgThe large Garda presence in Glenties as the Taoiseach laves. Pic by Nortwest Nwspix.Right2Water estimate that around 150 people took part in a noisy, but mostly peaceful protest at Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s visit to the McGill Summer School in Glenties.Philip Mc Fadden who was one of the organisers said “We were pleased with the attendance- we never expected the turn-out to be massive, given it was originally the visit of Minister Alan Kelly on the Tuesday that we were organizing a protest for. We most certainly knew that there was no need for such a huge Garda presence, as all protests on water charges so far in Donegal have been peaceful.”Philip also noted the contrast between the reception given to An Taoiseach and the one given to Independent T D Catherine Murphy who actually came over and mingled with the protestors. “The work that Catherine Murphy has done on the Siteserv controversy is widely appreciated amongst those people who have the interests and well-being of all citizens at heart. She had no need to hide behind a line of Gardaí ”.Another person who spoke with the protestors was Michael Gallagher of the Families of the Omagh bomb victims, he simply praised those assembled and said they were doing great work in highlighting their cause.Sinead Stewart of Right2Water Donegal said ” We are really glad that we took our protest to Glenties , considering that the McGill school gives a voice to almost all strands of mainstream political opinion we felt Patrick Mc Gill would be more than pleased that, like himself with his novels we have given a voice to the voiceless , a voice to working people whom are never included in the Summer School Debates. We believe that it is through the active campaigns against austerity an water charges that working people are receiving their political lessons , people who have never seen themselves as political before are now making the connections that the political decisions taken by others affects their lives in so many ways.”Sinead also said ”The unions affiliated to Right2Water will be running political education training for activists in Donegal in the next few weeks, this training is another building block for people to deepen their understanding of how to assert themselves politically in their own lives”. Right2Water in Donegal take great heart from the fact that ordinary working people -including a significant amount of women- have come to the fore in the movement against austerity and water charges in the past 5 years or so , over the next few years or so ,in Donegal and elsewhere expect to see people emerging from these campaigns ,who will be up to the task of challenging the political establishment of this county.WE WERE RIGHT TO PROTEST IN GLENTIES – RIGHT2WATER was last modified: July 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Second-half latest: MK Dons 1 QPR 0 – Rangers caught cold after the break

first_imgQPR were caught cold at the start of the second half, having dominated much of the opening 45 minutes.MK Dons were fortunate to get to the interval on level terms but went ahead four minutes after the restart when Dean Lewington fired into the far corner from near the edge of the penalty area.Rangers had created a number of chances during a largely one-sided first half.Conor Washington’s early shot dropped to Rangers skipper Nedum Onuopha, who was unable to apply the finish and keeper David Martin was able to gather.The fit-again Martin also kept out an effort from Nasser El Khayati, who was restored to the starting line-up along with Washington and Daniel Tozser, while Matt Phillips was dropped to the bench along with striker Sebastian Polter.As Rangers continued to threaten, Massimo Luongo and El Khayati fired narrowly wide, Tozser curled a free-kick over the bar and James Perch headed over from Tozser’s corner.At the other end, Darren Potter shot over after being set up by Josh Murphy, and Anthony Kay headed over in first-half injury time.But Rangers were relatively comfortable before switching off and allowing the home side to take control.Onuoha cleared Alex Revell’s header off the line and R’s keeper Alex Smithies pushed away a shot from Jonny Williams before Lewington struck.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall (Konchesky 45), Perch, Henry, Tozser, El Khayati, Luongo, Chery, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Faurlin, Phillips, Diakite, Petrasso, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African investment climate ‘solid’

first_img18 December 2012South Africa’s investor and local business confidence has been solidified by President Jacob Zuma’s re-election and Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment as his deputy at the African National Congress’ elective conference in Mangaung in the Free State, Brand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya said on Tuesday.“It creates a better sense of certainty and continuity,” Maponya said in a statement.“Brand South Africa is confident that the return of Jacob Zuma to the helm of the ANC’s bodes well for the country’s future”, the organisation said.“It is also pleasing to see the return of businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, who as Zuma’s deputy, will help solidify the ANC presidency and improve investor and local business confidence,” Maponya said.In his report, Zuma reiterated the government’s commitment to five priorities areas – education, health, rural development and land reform, the fight against crime and job creation.He described the launch of the National Planning Commission this year as a major achievement for the government.The plan was a “comprehensive” response for tackling “problems of poverty, inequality and unemployment, infrastructure, education and skills development, small business development, education and the national health insurance”, Zuma said.Maponya said she looked forward to the outcome of deliberations at the conference, and hoped that South Africa’s socio-development agenda would be enhanced further.She was pleased that although an estimated 30 000 people are currently in Mangaung, the elective conference was largely peaceful and orderly.“Robust debates and the contestations that characterised the conference is yet another sign that South Africa’s democracy is resilient and maturing. As Brand South Africa we look forward to an acceleration of policy implementation,” she said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hey, Facebook! Even You Don’t Need A Facebook Phone

first_imgIf the rumors are true — and given Facebook’s management of the press, I suspect they are — then by next week the world will finally have its “Facebook Phone.”Whoopee. A device, and possibly an entire operating system, that’s almost wholly unnecessary and likely to benefit pretty much no one — neither Facebook nor its users. The fact is, iPhone and Android users are certainly not hurting for Facebook access. Is there really more that Facebook can offer us — or more data it can capture from us — by having its own smartphone OS? Unlikely.Like It Or Not, Here It ComesNonetheless, the die appears cast. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and others now agree that Facebook’s coy “Come see our new home on Android” announcement scheduled for next week is in fact the official coming out of the long-rumored Facebook Phone. Nick Bilton and Brian Chen, writing for the Times, assert that Facebook is set to announce its own version of Android, one “specifically optimized for Facebook and designed for an HTC phone”:When the device is turned on, it will immediately display a Facebook user’s home screen, the source said, a fact reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal. Facebook’s camera and messaging apps will be the default apps for the core functions of the phone.Facebook should know better. Its own bought-and-paid-for data shows that there’s really no need for a Facebook phone.We Are Already Facebook JunkiesEarlier this week, a Facebook-sponsored IDC survey of iPhone and Android users revealed, shockingly, that we are a nation of Facebook junkies. The average smartphone user apparently checks his or her Facebook status nearly 14 times every single day.Facebook is the third most popular smartphone activity, according to the IDC data; 70% of respondents said they use their smartphones to access the social network. (Email was tops at 78%; Web browsing came in next, at 73%.) In other words, Facebook trumps maps, search, games and other activities on iPhones and Androids. Of the respondents who use Facebook on their smartphones, 61% check it from their phone at least once a day. It’s hard to see just how much a Facebook phone, or Facebook OS, could shift these Facebook-friendly numbers. (Which, again, Facebook paid for.) Assuming you believe IDC, almost half (43%) of all respondents already check Facebook from their phone daily. Facebook would doubtless like to push that number up higher, but you have to wonder how much additional marginal usage it can squeeze by shoehorning users into Facebook Messenger instead of text messaging.More data points on Facebook usage from the IDC survey include:Average daily time smartphone users spent on Facebook is 32 minutes, 51 seconds.Average number of daily sessions on Facebook is 13.8. These sessions typically last 2 minutes, 22 seconds.Overall numbers for Facebook usage are higher on the weekends than on weekdays, and also higher closer to bedtime than during the day.When broken down by specific activity, those 13.8 daily sessions are comprised of users checking their newsfeed (seven times per day on average), using Facebook messaging (4.1) and updating their status (2.7). 16% of Facebook smartphone users play games on Facebook daily.Facebook consumes an astounding one of every four minutes of time smartphone users spend on “social and communications activities.”Nearly 50% of users access Facebook from their smartphone while doing errands, shopping, preparing dinner and working out.Strangely enough, these numbers are nearly exactly the same for people engaged in physically social activities. IDC says that approximately 50% access Facebook from their phone while at class, eating out, at a concert, and even while at the movies.What To Get The Facebook User Who Has Everything?In other words, if a user has a smartphone, it’s pretty clear that he or she can already engage with Facebook at any time and from any place to his or her heart’s content. So if there is a Facebook Phone, the strategy behind it is probably much less about usage and more about Facebook encroaching directly on Google territory: search, maps and local advertising. That’s what a Facebook Phone should focus on.Though the survey naturally focused on Facebook and social media, it offered several other interesting facts, including:155 million, or about 50% of the entire U.S. population uses a smartphone, with this number expected to climb to 181 million (57% of the population) by the end of this year.79% reach for their smartphone within 15 minutes of waking, and a surprisingly high 62% grab their smartphone the moment they wake. The numbers are even higher for those in the 18-24 demographic.Similarly, 79% of respondents (not necessarily the same as above) have their smartphones with them for “all but up to 2 hours of their waking day.”25% of respondents can’t recall not having their phone at their side.18-24 year olds might be doing something suspicious on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. According to IDC’s methodology statement: “During Tuesday through Thursday, 18-24 year-old respondents were underrepresented.” IDC had to adjust its weighting to counter this unexplained drop.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#Android#Facebook center_img brian s hall What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Govt to study use of diesel by SUVs

first_imgThe petroleum ministry is worried over the increasing “dieselisation” of the auto sector as rising sales of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and diesel-run cars are eroding the profits of the oil companies.This is seen as a bit of a paradox as the price of diesel has been kept deliberately low since it is meant for use in the farm sector and for fuelling public transport.The oil firms are currently losing around Rs 18 per litre on diesel sales, which is cheaper than petrol by more than Rs 25 a litre.According to sources, the petroleum ministry and the public sector oil companies have initiated steps to carry out an all-India study of the segment-wise sales of diesel at filling stations. The sample-based study will extend to all the states of the country.The study is expected to estimate the percentage sale of diesel to each category of vehicle, such as SUVs and cars, the farm sector which includes tractors and water pumping sets and commercial vehicles covering buses as well as different categories of big and small trucks.Captive power generation is another category that has been included in the study.SUVs SAILING ON ‘FARM FUEL’With petrol prices on the move, sales of SUVs & diesel-run cars have shot up, leading to erosion in profits of oil companiesDiesel prices had been kept low since it is meant for use in the farm sector and for use in public transportSTUDYING DISPARITYPetromin & the public sector oil cos have initiated steps to carry out an all-India study of the segment-wise sales of dieselThe study is expected to estimate percentage sale of diesel to each category of vehicles, such as SUVs & others including tractors and trucksThe study will include petrol sales to SUVs and cars too, so that a comparison can be madeSince no figures are currently available on segment-wise sales, it is difficult for the Centre to formulate a policy that may help to check the losses to the oil companies on diesel salesThe study will include petrol sales as well to SUVs and cars so that a comparison can be made between the two fuels.A senior official said the study will be carried out over a year with separate figures for each quarter so that the seasonal impact gets reflected in the figures.For instance, diesel sales shoot up to the farm sector during the sowing season of each crop and fall in the intervening months.Since no figures are currently available on segment-wise sales, it is difficult for the government to formulate a policy that may help to check the losses to the oil companies on diesel sales to the non-priority sectors.A senior Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) official said, “For instance, if the study throws up that most of the retail filling stations in South Delhi sell diesel mainly to cars and SUVs and for power generating sets, as there are no farms in the area, then the fuel could be priced higher at such pumps.” However, introducing such a policy may not be an easy task as such dual pricing could trigger a thriving blackmarket in diesel with the fuel being diverted from cheaper filling stations.The oil companies had in the past tried to sell only the more expensive branded diesel at filling stations in posh localities in Delhi but were forced to retract amid strong protests.Some officials are of the view that with farmers getting identity cards under the new scheme being worked out by the Nandan Nilekani-headed Unique Identification Authority (UID) the country could eventually move to a system where farmers get the subsidy on diesel directly in cash.The study is expected to eventually help the government assess the exact outgo to each segment with a view to formulating some policy to check losses.The expression of interest for carrying out the survey has already been invited. Apart from private companies with experience for carrying out such studies, IITs, IIMs and government research institutes, such as the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), are eligible to apply.Courtesy: Mail Today advertisementlast_img read more

Mexican Grand Prix: ‘Need To’ Help Ferrari Improve Race Strategy, Feels Charles Leclerc

first_imgMexico City: Charles Leclerc said he needed to improve his contribution to Ferrari’s race strategy after finishing a disappointed fourth from pole position in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.His Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel came home second behind triumphant Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas third in the second Silver Arrow. Leclerc admitted that he and his team had not fulfilled their potential in Sunday’s race. “I think I need to do some more work in the race, especially on the strategy as it has not been that good.”I need to come on the radio more and to help the team make the right decisions – like Seb did.”The second stint was not particularly great for me and I didn’t feel good on the medium compound. I don’t know why. The first set of mediums felt better.”We did our first stop earlier than we might have done to cover against (Alex) Albon and then we knew it would be a two-stop early on. But then everyone else did a one-stop.” Vettel urged Ferrari to leave him out for a longer opening stint and to stick with a one-stop strategy when Hamilton made an early stop.”It was a long race with no break and the hard tyres worked really well,” he said.”I think Lewis was just cruising for most of the second stint. I am happy, because it was a good race, but with our strategy… we could have been a bit sharper.” Team chief Mattia Binotto said he felt that Ferrari had made the right decisions during the race but that hindsight gave a different perspective.”They did the right choice. It is difficult for us to defend and the tyres were overheating when cars are following and trying to attack.”Asked about Leclerc’s early stop, he conceded: “It was too early and, looking at our data from yesterday, we didn’t consider the one stop. Looking now, I think that wasn’t the right choice.” He added that, compared to the Hungarian Grand Prix where down-force is critical, he felt that the result showed “we have closed the gap quite a lot”. Charles LeclercF1ferrariformula one First Published: October 28, 2019, 5:16 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Jordan Spieth finds touch at Colonial, avoids third straight missed cut

first_imgJordan Spieth avoided missing three consecutive cuts for the first time in his career when he turned his game around to card a two-under-par 68 in the second round at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday.The Texan bogeyed three of his first five holes at Colonial Country Club, but a 35-foot birdie putt at his sixth hole turned the defending champion’s fortunes around, setting the stage for four more birdies in a five-hole stretch on his inward half.So instead of ending the day answering questions about what was wrong with his game, Spieth headed home with his sights set on clawing back the four strokes to halfway leaders Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy.”Tremendous bounce back today,” a relieved Spieth told after posting a two-under 138 halfway total, well inside the cut, which fell at four-over.”That was big for me after missing the last two cuts. If I’d missed this cut …,” added Spieth, who missed cuts at the Byron Nelson and The Players Championship.The former world number one ended the round equal 11th and credited his putting touch with getting him back on track.”I felt I really got back into a rhythm with the putter today. That was the best putting round I’ve had in a long time.”Really nice fightback … Needed it big time. We worked from missing the cut to in contention, so I feel good.”last_img read more