SOCU needs to investigate money given to Minister’s children

first_imgDear Editor,I commend the whistleblowers who courageously exposed the secretive and unethical transfers of tens of millions of dollars from the treasury to the kids of former Minister Broomes for personal use.Such a situation arouses suspicion that there is rampant stealing of State finances within the former Government (APNU/PNC/AFC). SOCU needs to investigate these problems or else Guyana will never stand a chance to develop in spite of our vast natural resources.It is clear that the Granger Government is hell-bent on holding to power to continue stealing. Life is good in Government.And it needs to be highlighted that the PNC eliminates racial/ethnic diversity to create a secretive environment to simply steal. And this is one of the major reasons why the Granger Government largely shuts out Indo-Guyanese from the public service.Editor, I am convinced that such PNC values embolden dysfunction and they are responsible for rampant corruption and armed robbery in Guyana.Also, it can easily be predicted that the current lawlessness will worsen because of dysfunctional PNC values being modelled in Guyana.Under the current level of corruption, there is a dire need for whistleblowers. But the executive head of the WPA, Dr David Hinds, took a retaliatory stance when three whistleblowers exposed the illegal transfer of funds to the kids of former Minister Broomes. Dr Hinds can’t be fair and he can’t be of any good to Guyana because he is fixated on unjustly defending an Afro-Guyanese-backed Government. He even stereotyped the whistleblowers as PPP/C moles and PPP/C spies and he even called on the former Granger Government to fire them. Flagrantly, Dr Hinds supports wrongdoings in the Granger Government because he is blinded by the issue of race/ethnicity. Dr Hinds is downright divisive and destructive.Dr Hinds needs to be informed that whistleblowers are patriotic citizens whose contributions cannot be underestimated. They are needed. They selflessly expose corruption so that Guyana becomes a better place where every Guyanese can benefit from the fruits of this country, not just PNC Ministers.To this end, I urge every Guyanese to call out stealing within the Granger Government but Dr Hinds will never endorse this. He will use his voice to destroy Guyana. Dr Hinds is the least interested in the welfare of all Guyanese. His actions can never benefit Guyana and its people.Also, the former WPA Minister within the Granger Government confirmed to Dr Hinds when she unjustly fired three whistleblowers to also conceal corruption in her Government. This is abuse of power. This former Minister ought to be fired.Her actions are inexcusable. This is all corruption which can never be good for Guyana. Guyana needs whistleblowers or anyone who will expose outright stealing, corruption and lawlessness.And it needs to be clear that whistleblowers ought to be protected and at the very least, those whistleblowers who were fired by the former WPA Minister need to be reinstated in their jobs.They did nothing wrong. And I once again commend the whistleblowers for their selfless act. The former Minister Broomes needs to return the tens of millions of dollars to the treasury. This is the decent thing to do.Sincerely,Annie Baliram PhDlast_img read more

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Duo arraigned with 2012 murder of Mahaica truck driver

first_imgThe man who allegedly paid 0,000 to kill a Mahaica truck driver, along with the hitman, was on ThursdayMurdered: Jadish Dassarraigned with the 2012 murder when they appeared at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.Nankumar Ganesh, 30, of Hill Street, Albouystown, Georgetown and Amarnauth Gopaul, 47, of Section C, Chelsea Park, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Alicia George and were remanded to prison.The duo was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on April 17, 2012, they murdered Jadish Dass at Chelsea, Mahaica. The businessman was represented while his partner in crime was unrepresented.It was reported that on April 17, 2012, the gunman and others parked a truck on Mahaica New Road with its hazard lights flashing, pretended that the vehicle had broken down.The perpetrators were aware that Dass, also a trucker, would pass that route around the same time as he made his way to the Soesdyke/Linden Highway for sand. Upon seeing the truck, Dass reportedly stopped to render assistance since he knew the men. As he exited his truck, he was shot twice to the head.The men then allegedly made good their escape and the man’s body was discovered on the parapet of the Mahaica New Road a few hours later. After the discovery, the dead man’s relatives were holding out that he was killed as a result of the relationship he shared with a woman in the village.However, diligent work by the Police led to the confession of the crime by the two men. During investigations, it was revealed that Gopaul paid over $200,000 to two men and another $300,000 after the job was completed. The third suspect is presently on remand for murdering his wife sometime back.The murder was reportedly planned after Gopaul found out that Dass was having a relationship with his sister-in-law.last_img read more

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Special report: Behind the scenes when a player undergoes a medical

first_imgThe transfer window and deadline day, in particular, is a frantic time for everyone involved not least football clubs’ medical departments.Staff have to move quickly to assess whether a new player is fit and able enough before they can officially rubber stamp their move to a new team.And with that in mind, talkSPORT reporter and former professional player Warren Haughton paid a visit to Championship side Charlton Athletic to check out just how busy a time of year it is for clubs.Click play above to listen to Warren’s trip to the Addicks’ medical team.last_img

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Helicopters patrol area to prevent West Nile

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA stagnant or improperly maintained swimming pool can turn green within days, and breed tens of thousands or even millions of mosquitoes, said West, recalling workers once found one pool that appeared to be rippling with waves. “It turned out there were so many mosquito larvae they were creating a wave across the swimming pool,” he said. In an early season attack on the virus, Pasadena Police Department flight crews and District employees took off Thursday from Benedict Heliport to find green pools and pinpoint their locations using Global Positioning Systems and the Los Angeles County Tax Assessor’s Geographical Information System. They will then contact the homeowner to treat the pool with pesticides and get the pumps running. The program was so successful last year – identifying 100 dirty pools – that this year they expanded it to search for green pools in 23 cities and county areas across the San Gabriel Valley. There have been no human cases detected of West Nile virus in the San Gabriel Valley this year. Last year, there were three cases and in 2004 there were 107 cases within the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control’s district. • Photo Gallery: 05/04: Searching for West Nile For More Info shirley.hsu@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img From a Bell JetRanger helicopter 1,500 feet above Pasadena, most of the city’s swimming pools looked just right for a refreshing dip. But something caught Pasadena police Lt. Bob Mulhall’s eye – a “Doughboy” (portable pool) filled with murky green water and visible algae. “There’s no way you could see this in the back yard if you were just driving around,” said Mulhall as he circled over the pool Thursday, the first day of a campaign by the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District and the Foothill Air Support Team to search for “green” algae-filled swimming pools by air. The pools are a “huge mosquito generator” that help spread West Nile virus, said District Manager Steve West. But mosquitoes also can breed in extremely small pools – even bird baths and dog bowls, he said. last_img read more

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Park may carry name of coach

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A long-awaited Canyon Country Park would be named for parks champion Todd Longshore, who died in April, under a plan before the City Council. The council will vote Tuesday on a Parks Commission recommendation to name the park on Whites Canyon Road Todd Longshore Park. The passive recreation center on a hilltop with a dramatic view of the city has been planned for nearly 20 years and is a priority this year on the city budget. Plans call for trails and benches. Longshore died April 24 at age 49 when a blood clot made its way to his lungs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A popular coach of youth sports, a Scout leader and active in his church, Longshore was appointed to the Santa Clarita parks commission at its inception in 1989 by the city’s then-Mayor Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, now a member of Congress. He was re-appointed by Mayor Laurene Weste. In May, the commission established an ad-hoc committee to consider ideas to honor Longshore. The commission also recommends creation of a city Volunteer Coach of the Year Award in Longshore’s name.last_img read more

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2 arrested in double-fatal crash

first_imgBAKERSFIELD – A Bakersfield restaurant employee and a second man were arrested by state Alcoholic Beverage Control officials in connection with a double-fatal Interstate 5 crash blamed on a 19-year-old Saugus woman who authorities say had been drinking. Dom Pericos bartender Gaston San Pedro Portillo, 33, a Lebec resident, and restaurant patron Alejandro Saenz, 25, a resident of Lamont, were arrested on suspicion of providing liquor to Chelsea Arcos, who is charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving in an Aug. 7 crash that killed John Tun and Thoung Pok. “In a case like this, individuals are held criminally responsible and civil action is taken against the restaurant,” ABC Sgt. Jerry Ackley said. “There is a possibility that their alcohol license will be suspended.” Dom Pericos has been in business for about five years and Ackley said he knows of no prior accusations of it serving alcohol to minors. The restaurant could be put on probation for one or two years, Ackley said. “If anything happens there during that time, the first penalties would be reversed and they could lose their license completely,” he said. Ackley also said that fatal and serious-injury cases involving underage drinking that come before the state agency have increased significantly. “We’re adding a half-dozen cases a month,” he said. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsState alcohol investigators were able to verify that Arcos and Saenz had been at Dom Pericos on Aug. 6 drinking strawberry margaritas that were provided by Portillo, who was working as a server and bartender. About 1:45 a.m. Aug. 7, Arcos drove her truck into a Honda Accord stopped near the Magic Mountain Parkway exit of the southbound Golden State Freeway, where Tun and Pok were changing a tire. Both Tun and Pok were killed. Arcos stopped near Valencia Boulevard, a mile away from the crash site. Arcos has pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, drunk driving causing great bodily injury or death, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with an expired license and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding 0.05 while under the age of 21. Officials have not disclosed her blood-alcohol reading, but said it was in excess of 0.08, considered evidence of driving under the influence. Arcos was in jail from Aug. 7 until Sept. 21, when she was released on $250,000 bail. Arcos is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Nov. 1. According to Kern County official Murial McElhose, both Saenz and Portillo were booked at the Kern County Sheriff’s Department central facility Thursday afternoon. Saenz was released with a citation and appeared in court Friday; Portillo also appeared in court, but remains in custody on a no-bail hold placed by the Border Patrol and is subject to deportation. last_img read more

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Liverpool’s worst fears realised with Fabinho set for lengthy spell on sidelines

first_img November 30: Brighton (H – Premier League)December 4: Everton (H – Premier League)December 7: Bournemouth (A – Premier League)December 10: RB Salzburg (A – Champions League)December 14: Watford (H – Premier League)December 17: Aston Villa (A – Carabao Cup)December 18: Club World Cup semi-finalDecember 21: Club World Cup third place play-off/finalDecember 26: Leicester (A – Premier League)December 29: Wolves (H – Premier League)? January 2: Sheffield United (H – Premier League)? January 3-6: FA Cup Third Round? January 11: Tottenham (A – Premier League) Liverpool’s worst fears were confirmed over Fabinho 1 Liverpool’s packed schedule without Fabinho “The biggest thing is the Fabinho injury, that’s massive,” said Klopp after the match.The midfielder has played all but one of Liverpool’s Premier League matches this season and only missed the Aston Villa game to avoid suspension, such is his importance.He faces a race to be fit for Liverpool’s trip to Tottenham on January 11th, while the Reds will also hope to have him fit for the visit of Manchester United to Anfield a week later.However, the 26-year-old will certainly miss next week’s Merseyside derby, as well as the huge Boxing Day trip to Leicester in the Premier League.Liverpool will also be without their midfield destroyer for the Champions League showdown with Salzburg in Austria, where they must avoid defeat to qualify, and the Club World Cup campaign.center_img Liverpool’s title hopes have been dealt a major blow with Fabinho set to miss the rest of 2019 through injury.The Brazilian sustained ankle ligament damage during the 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday night and won’t return to action until the New Year. AFP or licensors Fabinho is one of Jurgen Klopp’s most valuable players and his absence comes at the worst possible time, with the Reds set to embark on a packed December schedule.A statement read: “Further assessment on the injury has discovered Fabinho will be out of action until the New Year.​“The Brazilian will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team at Melwood as he works his way back to full fitness.”Klopp immediately feared the worst after Fabinho limped off, and the Liverpool boss admitted the injury could prove a huge problem for the Reds.last_img read more

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Lost Generation

first_imgCreated for the AARP U@50 video contest a few years ago, I found the video thoughtful and inspiring.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img

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LastGraph – Visualize Your Last.fm History

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Getting StartedUsing the Last.fm API, Andrew Godwin writes and runs LastGraph, a great Last.fm visual history tool. To start, just enter your username to hit enter to get a queue ticket. LastGraph is a beta web app so there are some kinks and issues. A queue happens to be one of them. Fortunately you shouldn’t have to wait more than 30 seconds for the page to refresh with a nice selection of visual goodies.LastGraph grabs the last 20 weeks of data, which is a lot if you happen to use Last.fm on a regular basis like I do. The following stats are available for visual displaying:Artist HistoriesQuick TimelineTimeline Posters Last.FM Should Incorporate LastGraphAll of the data provided by LastGraph is available for exporting in Excel, CVS, and JSON formats. You can even get individual artist data from the ‘Artist Histories’ page. What I’d like to see next is an expansion from artists to songs. It would be cool to see how often I’ve played certain songs like Misery Business By Paramore throughout several months or days. If Last.fm could incorporate all their data in the same manner, you could get an alternative way of seeing your compatibility with other users. The data could be used not only for finding users that match our music tastes overall, but also our current tastes, which could be a more relevant match for users that constantly change their listening habits and music styles. Artist HistoriesArtist histories allows you to see your latest artists sorted by the most played artists at the top. Clicking on a name will display a visual graph showing how many times an artist was played over the past several months. Take a look at my chart for Linkin Park: If you click on the image to enlarge the graph, you’ll notice that that there are some really big gaps in the graph. While Linkin Park is one of my top 5 most played artists, I don’t listen to them very often and the gaps in the graph show this. l just recently picked them up again and now they’re dropping back off. The great thing about having listening habits displayed in this manner is that you can find out what a user’s current listening tastes are. While Last.fm will tell you they’re one of my favorites (which they are), LastGraph will tell you that I’m currently exploring other artists at the moment.Quick TimelineQuick Timeline is another visual graph that gives you a view of your overall listening habits. Last.FM may record your listening habits, but doesn’t provide a way to keep track of how many songs you’ve listened to within a specified length of time beyond a week. You have no way of comparing how many songs you’ve listened to in the past month versus this month. LastGraph’s ‘Quick Timeline’ view give a great resolution. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… corvida 1 Timeline PostersLastGraph provides posters of your viewing history. The result is a complicated but useful representation of your listening habits. You can specify a period of time you’d like to have a poster generated for, the color of the poster, and the amount of details you’d like the poster to have ranging from terrible to super. There’s another queue for the posters which could take several minutes to render depending on the length of time specified, the detail level, and the number of user requests. The posters are available for download in PDF and SVGZ format. Here’s a look my poster for the month of May, rainbow style, with super detail! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last.fm is a great music service that keeps track of your listening habits. Though you can view stats such as last played tracks, top artists, or most played songs with just words and numbers, it can be limiting in so many ways. We’re huge fans of visualization tools, so wouldn’t it be cool if you could grab a visual history of your Last.fm stats? LastGraph is just the service for the job. Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#Visualization#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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HTML5 on the HP TouchPad Found Lacking, What App Developers Should Know

first_imgTips for the HTML5 App DeveloperSencha concludes its review with a handful of tips for the HTML5 app developer, beginning with a suggestion to build Sencha apps, of course. But as it turns, out, that may not be a bad idea.The company found that when a Sencha Touch app was packaged as an IPK (the webOS packaging format) using the Palm Developer tools, and the app was run in the native shell, overall performance was “significantly better.” What this means is that the core software stack is very capable, explains Bansod, but the browser itself needs improvement.More simply put, what he’s saying is that native apps run better on the TouchPad than Web apps.Some other tips for app developers include the following:Avoid SVG: “Not only is it not supported,” said Bansod, “but when the browser encounters it, it does strange things.”Audio and video cannot be played inline. The browser tries to download files it doesn’t recognize or passes them to another app. Be wary of complex CSS transitions and animations because, at certain zoom states, or when combined with other CSS effects, results are unpredictable. Related Posts The FindingsThe TouchPad’s HTML5 scorecard came from a series of tests in areas like JavaScript performance, HTML5/CSS3 feature, rendering performance and rendering accuracy. Sencha used a variety of standard tests including  Modernizr, Acid3, SunSpider and the company’s own Sencha Animator demos and Sencha Touch Kitchen Sink.Here is a summary of the findings (more detail here):The TouchPad scored 92/100 on the Acid3 tests. The failures were due to the lack of SVG support in the browser.The Modernizr suite failed after 241 tests were attempted (out of a total of 276). The failed test results were compared to caniuse data, and it was unclear if this was really a browser issue, or incorrect data used for the assertions. For comparison purposes, the iPad scores 273 and Honeycomb 240 on this test. Modernizr also reported SVG, CSS 3D Transforms, and the HTML5 history API were not supported. The TouchPad uses a non-standard accelerometer API.The SunSpider tests saw the TouchPad fall behind competitors like Xoom, iPad 2 and the PlayBook. It was, on average, 70% slower in terms of JavaScript execution. Only the Xoom finished the V8 Benchmark Suite. The iPad 2 quit after 4 out of 7 tests and the TouchPad finished just 2 out of 7. CSS performance on the TouchPad was mixed. The browser had serious issues rending more complex and sophisticated CSS.The TouchPad has the fastest Canvas implementation yet. For example, on the Mobile Speed Reading test, the TouchPad got 16 FPS (PlayBook got 10 FPS, iPad 2 got 3 FPS and the Xoom failed to load the test).In audio and video tests, the TouchPad could not play HTML5 audio or video inline. The Sencha Touch Kitchen Sink found that webkit-mask is not supported, and there were issues with scrolling and touch events. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Tags:#apps#HP#mobile Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Sencha, a provider of HTML5 frameworks and tools for developers both on desktop and mobile, has put the new HP TouchPad tablet computer to the test in terms of HTML5 browser performance, and found it somewhat lacking. “The TouchPad looks quite promising, but still seems rough around the edges,” notes the company while detailing the battery of browser tests it used to determine the TouchPad’s HTML5 scorecard.Promising, but Needs WorkA less-than-stellar review regarding HTML5 performance is an interesting result for the OS behind the TouchPad. The mobile operating system webOS had previously excited the developer community because it was built on top of HTML5 and modern Web technologies, including Node.js, for example.But after running tests on the TouchPad’s implementation of WebKit (version 534.6, a recent build) to determine its worthiness as an HTML5 app platform, Sencha says the results were mixed.“We found different behavior depending whether we used the browser directly or if we installed the app as a ‘native’ web app using webOS’ packaging capability,” writes Sencha’s Aditya Bansod. “And while the browser has very mixed CSS3 and JavaScript results, it has the fastest Canvas implementation we’ve ever seen. Overall, the TouchPad looks quite promising, but it still seems like there is room for improvement from a Web developer’s point of view.” sarah perezlast_img read more

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