Usain Bolt Foundation assists with Haiti relief

first_imgKINGSTON:The Usain Bolt Foundation (UBF) has announced that it has partnered with Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica to provide relief for communities in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.The amount of the relief is not being disclosed.However, instead of donating cash, the UBF supported Jamaican businesses by buying non-perishables and water from Lasco Distributors and FFP will be responsible for the distribution.The non-perishables included corned beef, canned mackerel, chicken sausage, water crackers, baked beans and food drink.”We were saddened to hear of the devastation in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew,” said Bolt, patron of the foundation.”I was particularly moved when I saw the pictures of the children who were affected and who had become homeless. We had to do our part to relieve some of the suffering of our Caribbean children.”FFP Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood was honoured that FFP was chosen as the vehicle for distribution.”Food For The Poor has been instrumental in bringing aid to Haiti, and we are humbled that the Usain Bolt Foundation has chosen to collaborate with us in assisting the Haitian people.”last_img read more

Govt finally moves to set-up Law Reform Commission

first_img…candidates sought to sit on bodyAfter a long wait, the Government has finally begun the process of seeking candidates to serve on the Law Reform Commission (LRC).In a notice published in the local newspapers, the Legal Affairs Ministry is soliciting applications from eligible candidates to sit on the Commission, which will be tasked with reviewing many of Guyana’s laws inherited from colonial times.According to the Ministry, the Commission’s Terms of Reference will include “keeping under review the laws of Guyana with a view to its systematic development and reform, including in particular the modification of any branch of the law, the elimination of anomalies, the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments.”The National Assembly may be forced to revisit a number of laws if an implemented commission fulfils its mandateThe Ministry also noted that the Commissioners, who will be employed on a full-time basis, will be focused on reducing separate enactments; simplifying and modernising the laws of Guyana.In January 2016, Government had approached the National Assembly, passed the Law Reform Commission Act no. 4 of 2016 and appropriated millions for the Commission’s establishment. But the Commission was not established, with its future in limbo up until Jordan’s announcement.According to the Act, the Commission will have the duty to “keep under review all the law applicable to Guyana with a view to its systematic development and reform, including in particular the modification of any branch of the law, the elimination of anomalies, and the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments.”It is also mandated by the law to receive and consider suggestions for the reform of the law. These suggestions, according to the Act, can be made on the invitation of the Commission and can come from Judges, public officials, lawyers and the general public.The Commission also has to “prepare and submit to the Minister specific programmes for the examination of different branches of the law with a view to reform including recommendations as to whether such examination should be carried out by the Commission or some other body.”In order to fulfil its functions, it is allowed to set up law reform committees that would examine particular aspects of the law to make their recommendations. These committees, according to Section 8 (2) of the Act, do not have to be restricted to legal professionals.During his budget presentation, Attorney General Basil Williams had argued that the Commission would undo the laws Guyana inherited from the United Kingdom before independence, “many (of which) are archaic and irrelevant to our society.”There are a number of legislative acts likely to be scrutinised and changed if the Commission comes on stream. This includes the laws pertaining to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), laws criminalising same sex relations and laws regarding possession of marijuana.However, the fact that the bill allows the President to make appointments to the Commission did not sit well with the parliamentary Opposition. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has been vociferous in declaring that nominees should be made from different groups.In its recommendations, the People’s Progressive Party had noted that the Association of Legal Professionals, the University of Guyana, Private Sector Commission, the religious community, labour unions, human rights groups and the political Opposition should be represented.The Opposition has also raised persistent question about the usage of the appropriated monies for the non-existent Commission. At least $20 million had been included in the 2017 Budget Estimates for the purchase of office furniture, laptops and desk top computers and to rent a building. At the time, the building had not even been identified to the public.last_img read more

SOCU will not be dismantled – Granger

first_imgFraud findingsPresident David Granger on Wednesday said there would be no dismantling of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), although an audit has found a slew of financial irregularities and internal fraud at the agency.An audit was ordered into the operations of SOCU by Police Commissioner Leslie James in February following claims of grave mismanagement, which included the misuse of its operational fund.On Wednesday, the President gave his reassurance that steps would be taken to restore the image of the Unit. In that regard, he maintained that SOCU would continue its operation while reminding that it was not a “loose cannon”.“SOCU is an integral part, an organic part of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Head of SOCU is a police officer … It is going to remain. It’s not going to be dismantled. It has work to do. It is not a free agent. It is not a loose cannon and we’ll ensure that public confidence in SOCU is restored,” Granger declared.He sided with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who recently stated that the Top Cop would be taking action against culpable officials. These actions, he had noted, can include transfers and dismissals.“I have taken note and I agree with the Minister of Public Security that in event that there has been any impropriety or misconduct, disciplinary action be taken… The Police Commissioner and the Minister of Public Security presumably will take the necessary actions to ensure that the Unit continues to enjoy the confidence of the public,” he said.SOCU, which had been initially set up to probe financial and white-collar crimes, had not been audited since its establishment in 2014.An audit of SOCU was ordered by Police Commissioner James following claims of grave mismanagement.According to recent reports, the audit concluded with records uncovering serious irregularities, including the falsification of records, and it has recommended immediate transfers and a fraud investigation of several of the discrepancies, sources say.Ramjattan told the media last Friday that action would be taken by Commissioner James with regard to the damning discoveries since the Unit is a branch of the Guyana Police Force.“The Commissioner is the head of SOCU as you know. I have seen the report; it is not a very nice report and the Commissioner has told me that he is going to take action. Operational matters a Minister must not indulge in and that is an operational matter,” he noted.The Public Security Minister explained that in having an agency where persons were not serving the purposes that they were contracted to function in, the first essential step was rebranding SOCU’s image.In the past, SOCU had several of its cases tossed out by the courts, including a number of charges against former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) executives and Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Directors. In light of these revelations of widespread fraud and financial irregularities within SOCU, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had called for the Unit to be closed down.last_img read more

Why Arsenal should fear Monaco on Wednesday night

first_img Monaco face Arsenal on Wednesday evening 1 Arsenal fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Champions League last 16 draw was made back in December, as the Gunners found themselves paired with what many observers described as the ‘easiest’ opponent left in the competition.But boss Arsene Wenger has warned against describing the tie against Monaco as ‘easy’, saying: “Easy is a word you have to ban in the Champions League. It is hard-earned every time. There’s always one goal between going out and staying in,” he will be certainly fancying his side’s chances against the Ligue 1 side.So, is Wenger bluffing or do Arsenal’s opponents deserve as much respect as Europe’s big hitters?Although their opponents on Wednesday night currently find themselves some way off the pace in fourth spot in Ligue 1, they are enjoying a strong run of form, having won seven of their last 11 matches in all competitions since returning from the French winter break, drawing three and losing just once (twice if you include a penalty shoot-out).Perhaps the most intriguing statistic though concerns their defensive record. Over the same period, Monaco have conceded just two goals, with their attacking stars finding the net 12 times.And that isn’t just limited to domestic competition. During the Champions League group stages, Monaco’s defence conceded just once in six matches.They may no longer boast the star names that brought them immediate recognition over the past two seasons, but as Arsenal may find out this evening, this Monaco team are far from underdogs.Arsenal v Monaco is on talkSPORT, from 7pm. Click here to stream live.last_img read more


first_imgWinner: RoseSHE’S one of a growing number of star Ladies Gaelic footballers in Co Donegal.And St Eunan’s player Rose Boyle found out this week she’s won another accolade – for the third time in a row.Rose has received her third Ulster Schools All star, an incredible feat. “This must be some sort of record,” said proud manager Alan O’Connell.“There are no real words to describe how really proud we are, and it is no more than she deserves because when it comes to hard work, determination, love of the Eunan’s jersey and pure passion on the field, there are few who can top our little firebrand!“Well done Rose…..we are all so proud of you!”  SUPER ROSE WINS ULSTER SCHOOLS ALL-STAR – FOR THIRD YEAR RUNNING was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:All StarRose BoyleSt Eunan’s GAA Ladieslast_img read more

Free VIP fobs help customers save €100s at Letterkenny Shopping Centre

first_imgLetterkenny Shopping Centre has launched an ambitious new programme to reward their shoppers and support their tenants.The FREE VIP Loyalty Fob is a smart fob carried by customers which enables participating stores to send personalised offers, discounts and promotions in Real-Time to their customer’s mobile. With €100s to be saved in over 50% of Letterkenny Shopping Centres stores, plus over 100 stores based in other shopping centres across Ireland with more joining soon.It’s simple to use – just present your VIP Loyalty fob in selected stores to get discounts and loyalty gifts from participating retailers, plus Perks like free coffee, birthday gifts and VIP treatment. The scheme was launched in Letterkenny Shopping Centre on Bank Holiday Monday, October 28th.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Centre Manager Brian McCracken said, “We’re very excited to bring this unique scheme to Letterkenny Shopping Centre – offering customers significant savings and VIP perks whilst also giving our tenants an innovative and flexible way to interact with customers, push offers and special promotions in Real-Time to consumers.“The scheme is powered by Irish tech firm Pearlai and we’re the first shopping centre in the Republic of Ireland to employ this technology.” Apply online in minutes at, select your favourite stores, and collect your FOB from the Letterkenny SC manager’s office.Your fob is FREE but donations are welcomed for Letterkenny’s project charity partner, Pieta House.Apply online at to get your FREE Fob and start saving today!Free VIP fobs help customers save €100s at Letterkenny Shopping Centre was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Letterkenny Shopping Centre.loyalty fobsretailVIPlast_img read more

Cassini Shoots “Blue Dot” of Earth

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Another epic photo of Earth from space was taken on July 19 of Earth from Saturn by Cassini, and released on July 22.  From Mercury, the MESSENGER spacecraft also portrayed Earth as a small dot.Many articles reported the photo-op, such as this one on, which reminded earthlings that such photos provide perspective:It’s not often that some event comes along to really show humanity its true place in the universe, but two NASA spacecraft have just managed just that.It may not be often, but many images of Earth from space have been taken since the famous Christmas Eve “Earthrise” photo by the Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968. Galileo, Cassini, and some of the Mars missions have turned toward Earth to snap photos on their journeys.  The earlier Earth-facing photo taken by Cassini from behind Saturn has been a classic since 2006 (Astronomy Picture of the Day, 10/16/06).Another classic, the “pale blue dot” photo of Earth in a beam of sunlight taken by Voyager in 1990 at the edge of the solar system, inspired opposite conclusions: that we are insignificant, according to Carl Sagan, and that we are designed for a purpose, according to The Privileged Planet.  The new Cassini image shows Earth not as pale, but as a rather bright and brilliant blue dot.For more views of the new Cassini photo, see the Cassini website, Astronomy Picture of the Day July 22 and July 23, and video clip on could God care about beings on such a tiny speck?  That question has been a huge stumbling block to many since modern astronomy revealed the vastness of the universe.  Remember a couple of things.  For one, human beings are about halfway on a scale from the very small to the very large.  For another, God’s concern for us is not based on our physical size; He is omnipresent, which means all of God is present at every point in space.  For one more, we almost have to be the size we are (given the laws of nature) to be held gravitationally to a body the size of the Earth, so that we can live and move and have fellowship with one another.  Everything about our world – its star, its moon, its diameter, its composition – is exactly right for life.  Watch the Privileged Planet documentary (watch entire documentary on YouTube in 12 segments), and marvel at how the world God made for us allows us to explore the farthest reaches of space, and to begin to grasp the mind of God.last_img read more

This is a Computer

first_imgEveryone knows what a computer is. It’s. Well. You. Come on. Let’s see. OK. An iPad. That’s a computer. And. So, there’s laptops. You get the idea. Electricity! That’s it. Definitely. And plastic. But before electricity and before plastic humans still had the drive to create devices to help them think, to do some of the heavy lifting. It’s a very old impulse. So we rummaged around a bit and found a few of the tools without whose development, your most sophisticated tool for thinking would be your own fingers. Abacus200 B.C.E. An early counting machine, originally developed in Rome, it is still used, especially in Asia. Antikythera Mechanism150 B.C.E. A Greek mechanical calendar, it was probably used to calculate astronomical positions, holy days, or both. Astrolabe400 C.E. Another Greek calculator, this one was used to figure latitude and to anticipate star positions. Slide Rule17th century Developed in England, the slide rule primarily calculates multiplication and division of numbers. Castle Clock12th century Built in Iraq, this is a water-powered astronomical clock, programmable to change the length of the day based on the seasons. The Analytical Engine19th century The English mechanical precursor to the electronic computer, designed but not built until the 20th century. There are many more devices, ancient and modern, that led to the computers we use today. This is just one selection. Have your own favorites? Let us know in the comments. Abacus photo from Wikimedia Commons | Antikythera mechanism photo from Wikimedia Commons | slide rule photo by Gary Lauzon | water clock graphic from Muslim Heritage Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Real World#web last_img read more

Stylistic Goodies and Grit: A Film Grain Footage Tutorial

first_imgIn this tutorial, I’m going to share my secret cinematic weapons that give your footage character, without costing you a ton of time.Gritty footage is one of my favorite stylistic features in a movie. Having elements like film grain, film burns, light leaks, and 8mm projector assets available make me feel like a kid in a candy store! Fortunately for me, the team at Shutterstock Elements has recently released the latest, greatest SPECTRUM pack — loaded with all of my favorite cinematic goodies. Looking for more on using effects in Premiere Pro? Check these out.Create a Glitch Effect in Premiere Pro in 3 StepsThe Secret to Motion Blur in Adobe Premiere ProAfter Effects vs. Premiere Pro: Which Do You Need?Using Lighting Effects in Premiere ProWhy You Should Be Using Film Grain on Digital Video + 5 Free Film Grain Overlays Test DriveBefore we begin, you’ll need to download the Spectrum Pack from Shutterstock Elements.Once you have this downloaded, open it in your NLE of choice and take each effect for a test drive. The most important step to elevating any downloaded assets from the internet is to learn what’s available in the product. I recommend you take ten to fifteen minutes to sift through all of the assets and effects provided in Spectrum, so you can get a better idea of what effects you dig.Play with EffectsNext, import your asset of choice and layer it above your shot. After layering in your shot, go into Effect settings and change the blend mode into Screen.You can then adjust the film effect’s intensity by adjusting the opacity and playing around with different blend modes.BlendIf you’re struggling with the duration of the effect, or perhaps it doesn’t do the trick the whole way through, you can apply another film effect on top or after the current clip. Then, to blend it, create a keyframe animation and adjust the opacity from zero to one-hundred percent.Finally, to provide a little extra punch, experiment with this effect on top:last_img read more

BJP, Sena teams meet Governor separately

first_imgAs the tussle for power sharing continues in Maharashtra, delegations of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari separately at the Raj Bhavan on Monday. The BJP delegation was led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena’s by Transport Minister Diwakar Raote. The two later said the meeting was just a courtesy call to extend Diwali greetings to the Governor, but party sources indicated a discussion on the modalities of government formation did take place.Also Read Maharashtra government formation: BJP, Shiva Sena try to win over independents, small parties  “I don’t think the BJP will agree for a rotational Chief Minister, but the position of Deputy Chief Minister can be given to Shiv Sena for 5 years. I think the Shiv Sena should accept the Deputy Chief Minister’s position for Aditya Thackeray and Devendra Fadnavis should be Chief Minister,” said Mr. Athawale.BJP State president Chandrakant Patil has called for a meeting of newly elected legislators on October 30. The meeting is to elect the legislature party leader. The two alliance partners had won 161 seats including 105 for the BJP and 56 for the Sena. In Maharashtra, 2 Vidarbha MLAs offer support to Shiv Sena  The alliance partners secured the support of five more independent legislators, party leaders said. “State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote called on the Governor and extended Diwali greetings. The Chief Minister too exchanged Diwali greetings with the Governor,” said a press release from the Governor’s office.“I have been meeting the Governor to extend Diwali greetings for many years now. This was just a courtesy visit,” Mr. Raote clarified. His party maintained it was not responsible for delay in government formation. It was the BJP’s primary responsibility, Sena leaders said. “We are not responsible for the situation in Maharashtra, where no government has been formed. We all know what the formula (sharing) is and our party will follow the coalition dharma,” Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.The independent candidates who extended support to the BJP and the Shiv Sena included Meera Bhayandar’s Geeta Jain, Solapur candidate Rajendra Raut and Ravi Rana from the Badnera constituency. Others who have already extended support include Melghat legislator Rajkumar Patel and Achalpur legislator Bacchu Kadu. Earlier, saffron alliance partner and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Revolutionary Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale advised the Sena to drop the idea of sharing power for 2.5 years with the BJP. The party must instead accept the post of Deputy Chief Minister for Aditya Thackeray for five years, he said. Also Readlast_img read more