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More emphasis needed on youth

first_imgDear Editor,In Guyana, the youths comprise approximately 60 percent of the population. In my humble opinion, enough emphasis is not being placed on the young people of this country, who are the future. Each year, hundreds graduate from secondary schools, and are unable to further their studies (worse if they are not from Georgetown). Even more graduate from the university, to venture into the world of work in which there are no jobs for them.Many are forced to suppress their dreams and aspirations despite being qualified; despite working and studying hard to finish their schooling; despite being academically equipped to face the challenges of the world of work, only to be surprised that the real challenge is in gaining meaningful employment in Guyana. Any hope of a productive and meaningful life, the chasing of one’s dream, significantly diminishes, leaving nothing but a struggle for survival. As a young Guyanese, I find this challenge burdensome.I pity those who are not qualified; for if those of us with our qualifications find it so difficult to secure employment, what about those without? Many are talking about things being better in this country; they need to be more aligned to the common man and the everyday hardships he endures just to survive in this country, because the struggle is real.We, the youths, constitute Guyana’s only hope for a real future. The youths of this country are ambitious, enthusiastic, energetic and promising.We are considered vulnerable in today’s society because of the rapid pace of change we experience at this time in our lives. A national youth development policy should be created and designed to advocate for youth and youth development. This policy should view youth welfare as vital to Guyana as a nation, and to its socio-economic development. Identifying and addressing these issues would enhance the lives of youths in Guyana, and would improve overall national development.Now is the time. What are our leaders waiting for? The formation/creation of a youth policy must have youth participation on a national level, which should involve recognising and nurturing the strengths, interests, and abilities of young people of this country through the provision of real opportunities for us youths to become involved in decisions that affect us at individual and systemic levels. It is time the young people become involved in the decision-making process that adversely affects our lives, both now and in the future.I implore those responsible to provide technical training to our youths, to prepare them specifically for jobs. Technical and Vocational Training and Education (TVET) would help address the skills crisis. Youths who are not academically inclined and/or are school dropouts are often the most unprepared to acquire jobs, due largely to their lack of skills. With our resources and the money from our oil, a technical institute should be available in each of the 10 administrative regions of this country.This would be more convenient for persons living out of Georgetown or Linden, where two of our institutes are located. Youths who are neither working nor studying do not have the opportunity to learn and improve their skills. They are progressively marginalized, and in turn can develop anti-social behaviours (hence, crime mostly involving youths, drug abuse and gang-related problems and teenage pregnancy, and a whole host of other social ills that negatively affect our society).For the “Good Life” that was promised a while over three years ago, we, the youths of this country, still await those jobs.It is time for the youths. Please do not fail us with your divisive politics and petty agendas. We are the future of this country; invest in us, create that foundation that we so desperately need. Be our role models, and ensure that you set a good foundation for the future generations of this beautiful land of Guyana.Regards,Nkosei Williamslast_img read more

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Supreme Court Holds Chronicle Newspaper’s Fate

first_imgThe question of whether or not the Liberian government will re-open the Chronicle Newspaper now rests with the Supreme Court, after the High Court yesterday listened to final arguments in the matter.The Chronicle Newspaper through the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), early last year, appealed to the High Court for a “Writ of Prohibition” seeking its approval to compel the Liberian government to see reason to have it re-opened.In that request, the PUL legal team, headed by Cllr. Syrenius Cephas, argued that the court should reverse government’s decision on the “continuous and illegal closure of the paper.”The Chronicle Newspaper was closed after government said some of its publications were allegedly inciting and treasonable.After listening to yesterday’s arguments, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor did not mention when the ruling in the case would be announced.He said, “The matter is adjourned and we would give our ruling based on a notice of assignment.”But, during the arguments, only four of the five justices of the Supreme Court were present.Responding to government lawyer’s argument that the PUL shouldn’t have brought the lawsuit on behalf of the Chronicle Newspaper, Cllr. Cephas said the PUL acted within the confines of the law.“We took the legal action against government because of our mandate to defend press freedom in the country and whenever a member of the union is under attack then press freedom is also under attacked,” he said in his argument.Apart from defending press freedom, the PUL lawyer said the owner of the newspaper, Philibert Browne, wrote the union complaining against the the Liberia National Police (LNP) for closing down his institution in the absence of a court warrant.Cllr. Cephas also quoted Browne’s communication as saying, “Police officers barricaded, fired tear gas and subsequently broke into our office. They arrested two of my staff members and took them into custody. They even took some of our computers and accessories away.” He put the cost of damages as high as US$100,000.In her counter argument, Solicitor General Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo, on behalf of the Liberian government, said “It was unconstitutional for the PUL to have filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Chronicle Newspaper.”Defending her statement, Cllr. Blamo argued that the paper is a legal entity registered with the Ministry of Information and as such, it should have taken the action on its own and not hidden under the umbrella of the PUL.According to her, the paper wrote several articles, which she alleged were “treasonable.”    Two of their publications, under the captions, “New Interim Government for Liberia Soon,” and “The Last Days of President Sirleaf,” she claimed, were intended to create chaos and instability in the country.Dispelling rumors about the banning of Browne from travelling outside the country, the Solicitor General argued that they did not stop him from travelling.She said, they advised him not to leave the country because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus and for his personal safety.She further argued that the publications came at a time when the Liberian government had instituted several measures aimed at tackling the spread of the virus, which allegedly could have created chaos in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MARAD engages stakeholders on strategy to implement IMO instruments

first_imgThe Guyana Maritime Administration (MARAD) on Wednesday convened a meeting along with stakeholders to develop an effective strategy to implement International Maritime Organisation (IMO) instruments.Stakeholders at the Guyana Maritime Administration meeting on WednesdayDirector General of MARAD, Claudette Rogers joined with a consultant from the Global Maritime Consultants Group (GMCG), Gail Stoll; and the CEO of International Register of Shipping (IRS), Bijimon Punnoose, to engage the stakeholders in this regard.Rogers explained this meeting was arranged to kick off the Guyana International Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) project and it comes on the heels of an audit which was conducted in February of this year.The Audit of the Maritime Administration in Guyana looked at areas pertaining to IMO instruments, implementation of the triple I code, referring to coastal, flag and port state inspections.“At the conclusion of the audit, there were four findings and one observation under general responsibilities and obligations of the state. Nine findings and two observations under flag state activities, four findings and no observations under coastal state activities and five findings and no observations under port state activities,” Rogers is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying. She also indicated that there was an equal number of good practices which were revealed, as well as areas where improvements were could be facilitated.IMO instruments are conventions and codes/rules, namely SOLAS (The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea), LSA code and MARPOL. The GMCG will play a critical role in assisting MARAD in moving towards corrective action for findings and strategic implementation.Gail Stoll, an overseas-based Guyanese, said her involvement in the project provides her with the opportunity to give back to the development of such an important sector in her home country. Stoll says she looks forward to seeing MARAD in Guyana become a model in the Caribbean.“Indeed, such a mammoth task will not be possible without the valuable feedback and active support of the stakeholders who are here today that is the reason why we are interacting with you, the well experienced and highly knowledgeable professionals who know the nitty-gritty of the maritime sector in and around Guyana.”Punnoose presented the scope of the project, its strategic objectives, flag, coastal and port state obligations, in addition to the IMO findings and observations which were discussed.Participants included representatives from MARAD, the Public Infrastructure Ministry, the Transport and Harbours Department, the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard, the Civil Defence Commission, the National Frequency Management Unit, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agriculture Ministry.last_img read more

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Study: iPod can affect pacemakers

first_imgThe iPod – like microwave ovens, cell phones and other electronic devices – appears to cause a problem by creating an electromagnetic field that interferes with the electric function of the pacemakers, Thayer said. “That seems to be the root,” he said. Thayer said the University of Michigan engineering department is looking into the electromagnetic effects of the iPod. In the study, Thayer and Jongnarangsin placed iPods 2 inches from the chests of 83 volunteers with pacemakers and then turned on the music. Thayer, 17, said the average age of volunteers in his study was 77. “We set the headphones on their shoulders so we didn’t blow out their eardrums,” he said, and then turned up the Frank Sinatra tunes. Most participants didn’t use iPods, but “a lot of them had grandkids that use iPods,” he said. Thayer, who said he hopes to become a physician, like his mother and father, got interested in the iPod/pacemaker issue when one of his father’s pacemaker-using patients raised the question.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DENVER – Attention, iPod users: Your music might be breaking Grandpa’s heart – and not just because he doesn’t care for the lyrics. A study of 83 volunteers with pacemakers found the music devices interfered with the pacemakers nearly 30 percent of the time. The results of the study, conducted by Michigan high school student Jay Thayer and Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin, a University of Michigan cardiologist, were presented Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver. The society is a professional group focusing on irregular heart rhythm. In most cases, the iPod interference caused pacemakers to misread the heart’s pacing. In one, the pacemaker stopped altogether. last_img read more

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Annual journalists sports day set for this weekend

first_imgAccording to competition rules proposed by SJAK, each publication will enter a maximum of 10 participants. The tournament is open to all journalists from sports, business, political and feature desks, with an emphasis on gender representation.Following each event, podium finishers will be awarded prizes. Additionally, top performers in each event will earn points for their respective publications. At the end of the tournament, the points will be tallied to decide the overall winner.The event is set to mark the end of the calendar year and celebrate the media’s contribution to sport in Kenya. It is hoped that the event and future events like it will help develop and foster collaboration and cooperation in the industry.Betting firm Betway has boosted the SJAK sponsored event to a tune of Sh850,000.‘Sports Journalists have done a tremendous job in their responsibility to tell the story, not only those that touched on our brand but many that have gone to shape the narrative of what sports represents in our country,’’ said the Betway Country Manager for Kenya, Leon Kiptum.“I thank Betway for coming on board, this is a sign that they appreciate sports journalists and what they do. We look forward to having a great and fun day. We are hopeful we will have more engagements with Betway,” said SJAK President, Chris Mbaisi.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Betway Country Manager Leon Kiptum (L) signs a cheque to SJAK president Chris Mbaisi during the Launch of the 2019 SJAK Sports day at a hotel in Nairobi on December 9,2019. PHOTO-SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9- The annual one-day Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) inter-media tournament is set for this weekend and will see journalists from sixteen of the largest publications in Kenya compete across five events.The various media houses will compete in athletics, five-a-side football, tug of war, as well as egg and sack races.last_img read more

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Giants mailbag: Assessing Bumgarner’s current trade value, when a rebuild will start

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are 17-23 and already 8.5 games out in the National League West, but they’re shaping up to be one of the most interesting clubs to follow this summer.New president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is motivated to build a winner sooner rather than later, and the July 31 trade deadline represents a significant day for the organization. The Giants have a handful of assets at the major league level who can provide much-needed help for playoff contenders, so Zaidi will …last_img read more

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The Alec Burks Effect will not be lost on these Warriors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s impossible to know how long Alec Burks’ tenure with the Warriors will last. He could opt to return this off-season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He could sign elsewhere. He could even become a trade chip for the Warriors later this season.Regardless of how long Burks’ time with Golden State lasts, the impact he has made on this particular iteration of the Warriors will not soon be forgotten.Burks, who’s in his ninth NBA season, is currently the Warriors’ …last_img read more

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Wikitude Brings Augmented “Worlds” to the iPhone

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… This new verison of Wikitude also marks the browser’s first commercial entries as users can find the nearest Startbucks, Walmart, Harley Davidson or BestBuy locations using the various World filters found on the applications new “Overview” home screen. Some of the Worlds, such as Last.fm events, Meetup Events and Outside.in content, are unique to Wikitude and are innovative inclusions for AR browsing. First released for Android phones in October of 2008, Wikitude was the very first mobile augmented reality browser to hit the market. Since then Layar, acrossair and hundreds of other mobile AR apps have upped the ante in the mobile AR space, and the latest iteration of Wikitude is in direct response to this competition.Wikitude’s updated features follow a continuing trend in mobile AR to consolidate a group of applications into a single AR browser-like experience. Mobilizy previously produced the AR application C2 YouTube for the iPhone, but has moved that functionality into Wikitude. Additionally, acrossair’s AR browser now includes features like Twitter and Wikipedia entries, which were previously features in their own independent applications. French iPhone app development house Presselite, which made waves with its Metro Paris Subway app, and other transit applications, has since rolled its applications together into the Bionic Eye application. It’s only a matter of time before these companies begin rolling games and entertainment, a growing AR sector, into their browsers for one-stop augmented reality experiences.Mobilizy, Layar, acrossair, and Presselite now have comparable AR browsing applications with Tonchidot not far behind with its more social app, Sekai Camera, the most popular AR app in Japan. Competition is certainly a good thing when it comes to mobile AR, and the deal-breaker in the coming months and years for most users will likely be the commercial content found on the applications. Which mobile AR application do you like best? Let us know what you think in the comments. In January, the Austria-based company Mobilizy updated the Android version of its mobile augmented reality browser Wikitude to include a new feature they dubbed “Worlds,” which are similar to the layers found in the alternatively popular Layar AR browser. On Thursday Wikitude 2.0 for the iPhone (version 4 on Android) was released on the iTunes App Store, brining these new Worlds to the iPhone.Previously, Wikitude only served up geo-tagged Wikipedia articles, or content created on the Wikitude.me online service. With the addition of Worlds, users can now also browse locally for Twitter posts, Flickr photos and YouTube videos – the usual AR suspects. Also, local search points-of-interest (POI) are available through Google Local Search, CitySearch and Qype, but actual search functionality is not included. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App chris cameron 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Augmented Reality#web Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Net-Zero-Energy House in a Kit

first_imgA manufacturer of structural insulated panels (SIPs) in Brattleboro, Vermont, has launched a line of net-zero-energy kit houses that will allow owner/builders or developers to assemble a basic shell for about $150 per sq. ft.SmartHomze come in five sizes that range from 560 square feet to 1,700 square feet. Kits include materials for exterior walls, the roof, doors and windows, photovoltaic modules, heating and cooling equipment, and a heat-recovery ventilator. Buyers are responsible for construction, interior partitions, appliances, and finishes.Smarthomze is the brainchild of Dave Gauthier, president of Vantem Panels, who thinks the houses can be built for well under the $200 to $250 average for high-performance homes. Interest from developersGauthier says the kits have just been announced, and so far there’s been some interest from developers but no sales. One Massachusetts builder was interested in five units, another as many as 30. A Maine builder may want a couple of them.“We’re on the cusp,” he said. “But we don’t have any in the ground yet. Until it’s actually in the ground and the check has cleared, it’s not a real sale in my mind.” Looking for a wider net-zero marketGauthier joined the company, then Winter Panel, in 1995, and he says he’s long had an interest in net-zero design. His projects have included a net-zero Habitat for Humanity community designed with the help of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.“We see a lot of high-end houses come through our shop,” he said in a telephone interview, “and I wanted to make net-zero-energy housing affordable to a broader spectrum of the market.“They’re relatively modest in size. My thinking on that was you could start with a little house and as your needs grow, and a family comes along or what have you, you can always expand the house from there, just like they did with a lot of the old traditional New England farmsteads.”Houses have open floor plans, so owners will have an easy time of customizing them, and they should be relatively easy to expand. [Author’s note: This is a corrected version of an earlier story. It has been updated to correct the description of the windows included in the kits — they are triple-glazed — and to add new information about the cost per square foot of completed projects.] What you get in the boxVantem designed the houses to be built on piers, in part because it made the energy modeling easier, Gauthier said. The floor and exterior walls are 6 1/2-in. urethane SIPs (R-38) and the roof is a 8 1/4-in. panel rated at R-50. The houses also could be built on a slab or conventional foundation.Some of the other features that are included:A choice of vinyl or fiber-cement siding.Triple-glazed vinyl casement windows from either Mathews Brothers of Belfast, Maine, or Marvin. Windows have U-values of 0.18 and 0.2 respectively.Ductless minisplit heating and cooling, either from Mitsubishi or Fujitsu, plus a heat-recovery ventilator.A photovoltaic package, ranging in size from 6 kW to 10 kW depending on what house you buy, including the inverter.A standing-seam metal roof.You won’t get any interior finishes — no finish floors, interior partitions, cabinets, appliances or plumbing fixtures. The kits include no wiring.Estimated costs for finishing out the houses vary, Gauthier says, affecting the total cost per square foot of a particular kit.For example, the smallest house kit, at 560 sq. ft., sells for about $73,000, with estimated costs to finish it about $35,000. That makes the cost per square foot about $192. The next size up, the 750, sells for $75,000 with estimated finish costs of about $40,000, giving it a total cost of about $153 per sq. ft. The largest house, at 1,700 sq. ft., costs about $133,000 with estimated finishing costs of about $100,000, or about $137 per sq. ft., Gauthier says.“When people talk about square-footage pricing, that’s what we’re estimating for an installed kit finished out with modest finishings — not Italian marble, and not including land or utility hookups,” Gauthier said. “It would include the piers, but not the well or septic.”last_img read more

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Which Color Grading Monitor Should I Buy?

first_imgLooking to build a color grading suite?  The following resources provide everything you need to know to pick the best grading monitor for professional results.If you’re new to color grading then the most important thing to know is that without a properly calibrated grading monitor it is impossible to promise your clients color accuracy.  Without a professional calibrated monitor you’re just whistling in the wind.So, given the vast array of options, budgets and opinions what is the best grading monitor to get?  Especially if you’re just starting out? Here is a round up of some of the best places to learn and some of the best people to learn from.How to Choose a Reference MonitorIf you’ve not heard of Alexis Van Hurkman then you won’t know that he literally wrote the manual for DaVinci Resolve, just released 12 hours of DaVinci Resolve video training and authored the excellent Color Correction Handbook. He’s also shares great color grading tips and insight on his blog and Twitter.Pull together $30,000 and buy a Dolby PRM-4200. It’s big (42?), it has nice deep blacks because of its insane backlighting technology, it’s got stable color, excellent shadow detail, multi-standard support, contains the full gamut of both Rec 709 and P3 for DCI work, and it’s a giant piece of equipment that will impress everyone who comes into your suite.Don’t have a spare $30k? Then definitely read the rest of Alexis’ post on how to choose a color grading monitor.  It is a detailed write-up on understanding the different sorts of grading monitors available.  The comments are certainly worth taking the time over too.Grading Monitor DiscussionThe third episode of the excellent Color Grading podcast from the Coloristos (three professional colorists) features a lengthy discussion of different monitors from Dolby, Sony, Panasonic, FSI and JVC. Its a little tricky to keep track of all the model numbers and such but this post on Lift Gamma Gain has them all typed up for you.  If you’re about to invest any serious money then this definitely worth a listen first.Affordable Grading MonitorsOkay, okay so what should you get if you want the absolute budget option, just to get you out of the gate? Well check out this previous post which features a great Macbreak Studio video (again featuring Alexis) where he answers more specifically which monitor to go for. There is also a great post from colorist Aaron Williams on his recommendations.How to set up a color grading suiteSo once you’ve gotten your expensive piece of equipment how do you set up your color grading suite correctly?  Well for a nuts and bolts view check out this six part video series from Steve Oakley and Carey Dissmore. Or check out this post for an easy to read technical walkthrough of a complete guide to setting up a color grading suite from Ryan E Walters –  covering everything from getting the right wall paint to using iPads in your color grading workflow.last_img read more

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