Dear Editor,In cities all over the world, public restrooms can be found near places of entertainment, near public transportation (bus terminals), near shopping centres, in parks and playfields, close to public buildings, and at large outdoor events, etc.In Georgetown, it is a whole different story. There is an inadequate amount of toilets available, resulting in many persons urinating and defecating in the open: in fields, bushes, or bodies of water; putting themselves, but more disturbingly children, in danger of contracting deadly faecal-oral diseases, like diarrhoea.When nature calls a visitor or shopper in downtown Georgetown, how quickly can he or she answer? How quickly can they do so legally? Most persons are forced to let loose – urinate — in public. However, there is always a City Constable waiting to harass such persons, as those constables see it as an opportunity for demanding a bribe.Open urination, particularly by girls and women, is a challenge to their dignity, and is also a safety issue; as they quite often wait until dark to relieve themselves, putting themselves in danger of attack.But what is the Georgetown City Council doing about it? They are glibly spending millions of dollars a month to rent a few portable toilets from private contractors, whilst the few permanent facilities owned by the Council have been contracted out to private individuals, and are so badly managed that the public prefers not to use them.This just shows how lazy the administration of the Council is. With a staff strength of close to 1000 employees, many of whom are sanitation workers, they prefer to divest themselves of the responsibility of managing and maintaining these sanitary facilities, opting instead to give them to private individuals and contractors from whom they could get fringe benefits, such as having some of these portable toilets placed at their residences for their security and other staff.If the officials at City Hall had any common sense and integrity, they would have used the millions wasted each month on renting portable toilets to construct, around the city, public toilets consisting of small concrete buildings containing one or more toilets (and possibly also urinals). These facilities would also have been available for use by the general public, eliminating the common practice of urinating in public. Those facilities should be accessible to people with disabilities.If, however, the Council prefers to deploy portable restrooms, which conversely are better suited for camping, outdoor activities, wedding events, construction and large outdoor special events, then they should purchase their own, rather than continue renting; and that would save tens of millions a year. But, then again, who at City Hall cares about the squander of the rates paid by property owners?Sincerely,Modi Sankar
Dear Editor,I was most disturbed when I read the recently published report on this year’s Chevening awardees and noted the racial imbalance in the chosen awardees. Of 14 recipients, only 3 were Indian Guyanese. Those awarded scholarships this year are Kayla DeFreitas, Sanasha Perreira, Jason Fraser, Tiffany Daniels, Darcy Waldron, Michael Fraser, Lidon Charles, Joel Joseph, Jacqueline Major, Dillon Clarke, Jonathan Melville, Rovin Sukhraj, Gopnauth Gossai and Tricia Teekah.The percentage has dropped from 2015, when there were 4 Indian Guyanese Chevening scholars from a batch of 12. In 2016, there was only one known Indian Guyanese awardee, in the person of Charles Ramson (jnr). In 2015 the awardees were Tiffany Castello, Mark Greene, Alicia Primo, Quincy Jones, Vivianna Critchlow, Abbygale Jeffrey-Alvin, Denise Jourdain, Cleveland Sullivan, Amir Dillawar, Omattie Madray, Dinesh Persaud and Vishal Persaud.The trend shows a downward trajectory for Indian Guyanese recipients, there could be even a lesser number of Indian Guyanese represented in the next batch, or there could be none at all; and the merit-based approach seems to have disappeared since 2015. There is no shortage of Indian Guyanese applicants who would have graduated from every faculty at the University of Guyana and whose grade point averages (GPA) and post-degree work experience would have made them just as qualified as any other ethnic group for these awards.Since the selected awardees are skewed to favour the representation of one ethnic group over another, this raises legitimate concerns about unfairness, inequality, and racial bias in the selection of the awardees.According to the Chevening rules, every applicant has a right to equal treatment with respect to his/her application, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. Scholarships are significant for reasons other than monetary value alone. Recipients of scholarships or awards have benefits in employment and access to post-graduate training. If any qualified Guyanese, no matter race, is unable even to fairly compete for the assistance that leads to these benefits, he or she is placed at a significant disadvantage.The Chevening rules underline the very principles of fairness and just treatment which the British taxpayers expect of their Government. Any situation that exposes what seems to be discrimination and prejudice would not be tolerated as acceptable, and would be questioned and thoroughly investigated in the UK.While the British Overseas Office peruses the applications and provides a shortlist of awardees, it is the responsibility of the local British High Commission to select the winners. Scholarships or awards that favour a specific ethnic group with a few token others added for what may seem to be political correctness infringe on basic human rights, unless that specific ethnic group qualifies as a “special program” that is designed to achieve equality of opportunity, which is clearly not the case in Guyana.I hope that, by highlighting what appears to be a clear prejudicial treatment that goes against the rules and the very spirit of the Chevening scholarships, the current trend will be corrected, and that Guyanese of every race, creed and gender will be provided just and equal treatment in the future, as per the Chevening rules.Sincerely,R. MajeedBack ground info as extracted from another section of the media* 2017 Chevening scholarship Awardees.Fourteen (14) Guyanese were awarded UK Chevening scholarships for Master’s degrees in various areas.They are:1) Kayla DeFreitas – MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development;2) Sanasha Perreira – MSc in Renewable Energy Development;3 Jason Fraser – MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship;4) Tiffany Daniels – MSc in Systematic Reviews for Public Policy and Practice;5) Darcy Waldron – MSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management;6) Michael Fraser – MSc in Communications and Signal Processing;7) Lidon Charles – LLM in International Law;8) Joel Joseph – MSc in Development Finance;9) Jacqueline Major – MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering.10) Dillon Clarke – MSc in Energy Studies with specialisation in Energy Economics;11) Jonathan Melville – MSc in Agriculture and Environmental Science.1) Rovin Sukhraj – MSc in Global Health, Law and Governance;2) Gopnauth Gossai – MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance;3) Tricia Teekah – MA in Public Policy2015 Chevening scholarship Awardees.* In 2015 ,Twelve Guyanese have been awarded Chevening scholarships to pursue studies in the United Kingdom.These were :1) Tiffany Castello- LLM in International Human Rights Law at Brunel University;2) Mark Greene- MSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham;3) Alicia Primo- LLM in Law and Economics at University of Reading;4) Dr. Quincy Jones- MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine5) Vivianna Critchlow – MSc in Hydrogeology and Water Management at Newcastle University;6) Mrs. Abbygale Jeffrey-Alvin- MSc in Cardiology at Canterbury Christ Church University;7) Ms. Denise Jourdain- MA in Childhood and Youth Studies;8) Mr. Cleveland Sullivan- MSc in Computing at the University of Dundee1) Amir Dillawar- MSc in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems at University of Leeds;2) Omattie Madray- MSc. in Conflict, Displacement and Human Security at the University of East London;3) Dinesh Persaud- MSc in Web Technology from the University of Southampton;4) Vishal Persaud- MSc in Energy and the Environment at the University of Leeds.
There’s no business like L.A. business: City and county agencies have taken a cue from the new reality shows showcasing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The new reality shows under consideration include:“Free Parking”: City Councilman Dennis Zine takes viewers on a tour of untowed abandoned vehicles.“What The Hell Do I Do Now?” Los Angeles Unified School District Supervisor Roy Romer invites viewers into his office, where he untangles old stereo wires.“I’ll Do That”: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa does everyone else’s job while rubbing his head and stomach at the same time. “What About Art’s Deli?” The Department of Homeland Security’s allocation of a monies database listing locations that are designated as vulnerable to terrorist attack includes an Indiana insect zoo and popcorn factory. Other sites on the list included: Green Acres, Mayberry, and some of America’s most important farms — Sunnybrook, Pepperidge and Hillshire.But didn’t he say? Now that columnist Robert Novak has admitted that top presidential adviser Karl Rove was the confirming source in the outing of a CIA operative during wartime, it would seem that Rove will be looking for a new job because President Bush said that he would fire anyone who was involved with … what? Oh. I see. Never mind. Great way to lose weight: Southern California is short on blood supply. To make a donation, call (800) 448-3543 or go to givelife.org. (OK, a pint of blood is not a lot of weight, but what better way to get a free cookie while being of service?)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lay bankrupts hell: In a shocking development that may close down the netherworld, Hades officials say that minutes after the former Enron CEO Ken Lay arrived, “checks started bouncing.” “Things haven’t been this bad since we kicked out that Nigerian prince who kept sending us those pesky e-mails,” said a faceless fellow in a black hood. “Our stocks in tobacco, oil and global-warming are now basically worthless. And don’t get me started on the missing silverware.”Ironical, ain’t it? The U.S. Senate will revisit the stem-cell debate, with President George W. Bush threatening to veto any legislation that funds the use of embryonic embryonic cells. “I will not sacrifice life to save lives,” said the president. “Unless the life sacrificed is an American soldier’s and the lives saved were citizens in Iraq,” he should have added.Daydream nonbeliever: On the 40th anniversary of the Monkees’ hit television show, former frontman Davy Jones revealed that he is not exactly a fan of the group. “I would not work with those guys again if my life depended on it,” said the now wrinkly faced cute one. “Of course, if someone ever asked, I’d have to reconsider.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Justo es justo: Felipe Calder?n, who was declared the winner of Mexico’s disputed presidential election this month, said Tuesday that he would accept a partial recount. “Of course, since it is my opponent, Andr?s Manuel L?pez Obrador, who’s questioning the results, we’ll only be counting the votes that went to him,” said Calder?n, “I may be fair, but I’m not nuts.”Yippee! We didn’t lose in World Cup or Wimbledon finals! In what American officials deem a clear step up on the international sports stage, neither American men nor women suffered defeats in any megasports events this past week. “In actuality, if you count the overwhelming number of international players to the teams, the Major League Baseball game could be considered another non-loss,” said a representative from the U.S. Sports Loss Rationalization Foundation. “Even the most skeptical would have at least considered it a tie.”Cigarette smoking not the real problem: Tobacco officials downplay the latest research reporting that smoking could kill more than 1 billion people by the end of the century. “When you compare that with how many people will die from non-tobacco related effects in the next ninety-four years, a billion is a drop in the bucket,” said tobacco official J.R. Jeynolds. “You want to stamp out death, stop old age. It’s killing us.”“But, Dad, I don’t even like soccer”: Actress Pamela Anderson says that she loves being a soccer mom.In a totally nonrelated story, there has been a massive increase in the number of dads volunteering to drive their kids to soccer practice.
Before Mourinho: Games played – 20 / Goals scored – 5 / Assists – 4After Mourinho: Games played – 4 / Goals scored – 4 / Assists – 3 Pogba before and after Mourinho Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Pogba has been in remarkable form since Solskjaer’s confirmation as caretaker manager Latest Football News Pogba allegedly responded to Mourinho’s sacking by shouting ‘he f***ed with the wrong baller’ at United’s training ground, before being pulled aside by Michael Carrick – the club’s former midfielder and current coach – and reminded that nobody is bigger than the club.The 25-year-old missed the Red Devils’ most recent match – a 2-0 defeat of Reading the FA Cup third round – through injury, and he travelled to Dubai for a warm weather training camp on Monday – a few days later than his team-mates.However, Solskjaer appears confident Pogba will be fit for the visit to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, saying: “Hopefully, we can get Paul on his feet during this week.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade And Pogba’s brother, Mathias, claims Mourinho was the problem at Old Trafford.“It was Mourinho who was the problem,” Mathias, who plays for Tours, told RMC Sport.“Mourinho still wants to be the centre of attention. The problem was Mourinho, right down the line. ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Paul Pobga’s brother has claimed Jose Mourinho is the reason behind the midfielder’s struggles at Manchester United.Pogba, who was a key player when France won the World Cup last summer, never truly fulfilled his potential under the now sacked Mourinho.However, he has come to life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United’s caretaker manager, scoring four goals and creating a further three in just four Premier League matches. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Pogba was playing some truly dreadful football before Jose Mourinho was sacked, but he has burst to life since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as manager on an interim basis shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “In the locker room, outside the locker room…everything, I know my brother, and you tell him, ‘Go. Go play ‘, the rest, he will do it.“From what we see of Mourinho, he always wants to be the maestro, the centre of attention“(Paul) does not even calculate that aspect: you respect him, he will respect you, you trust him, he will produce big performances.” REVEALED Mathias Pogba was speaking to RMC Sport In the run up to Mourinho’s dismissal – which was confirmed last month – he clashed with Pogba on various occasions.A training ground bust-up led to the Portuguese calling for Pogba to ‘get out’, while the now out of work manager also reportedly branded Pogba a ‘virus’ in a scathing dressing room attack on the midfielder. REPLY no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow
Getty Images – Getty Real Madrid are reportedly on the lookout for Arsenal hotshot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Spanish giants have made an indifferent start to the 2019/20 season despite spending big on the likes of forwards Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic over the summer. The two clubs have done business together in recent times, with midfielder Dani Ceballos moving to north London on loan for the season from the Bernabeu earlier this year.Aubameyang, 30, has been the Gunners’ main source of goals and has arguably been their best player since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.He netted his 50th Arsenal goal during their draw against Wolves last weekend in what was the Gabon international’s 78th appearance for the club.But Aubameyang has not played in the Champions League for Arsenal so Real could use the promise of that competition to prise him away.Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table but are six points off a place in the top four.The likes of Chelsea and Leicester look in a much stronger position than the Gunners, who have had a number of setbacks this season already. LIVE on talkSPORT They are joint-top of LaLiga alongside rivals Barcelona with 22 points after eleven games.In the Champions League they are in a group which also includes Club Brugge and Galatasaray, but are second after failing to beat the Belgian side at home while also suffering a 3-0 humiliation at Paris Saint-Germain.And club president Florentino Perez has identified Real’s attack as an area which must be strengthened with Spanish outlet El Desmarque claiming Los Blancos are considering an offer for Aubameyang, which would set them back around £69million (€80m).However, the report adds that Real could offer outcast midfielder James Rodriguez to Arsenal in exchange to bring Aubameyang’s price down. Could Aubameyang become a Galactico? 2 Borussia Dortmund vs Inter (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Vitoria Guimaraes vs Arsenal (Wednesday, 3:50pm) – talkSPORT 2Red Star Belgrade vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTAtalanta vs Manchester City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Lazio vs Celtic (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Rodriguez is not rated by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week 2
John Souttar, Lewis Stevenson and Lewis Morgan have been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time for the upcoming friendly double-header against Peru and Mexico.Hearts centre-half Souttar and Hibs full back Stevenson’s performances in the Premiership have been recognised by national team boss Alex McLeish, while Celtic winger Morgan has been drafted in after winning Championship Player of the Year at St Mirren.After a gruelling campaign domestically, Premiership champions Celtic’s influence on the squad has lightened.Leigh Griffiths, James Forrest and Kieran Tierney are amongst those to miss out, although Jack Hendry and Stuart Armstrong are in the travelling party. Scotland face Peru on May 29, before heading to Mexico City for a fixture on June 2.
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Cate Lawrence Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Tags:#AR#featured#Oculus#Oculus VR#Samsung#Samsung Gear#Samsung Gear VR#Six Flags#virtual reality#VR#VR headset Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Samsung Electronics America recently announced a partnership which names Samsung as the “Official Technology Partner” of the world’s largest regional theme park company. The partnership includes the debut of ground-breaking experiences coming to nine Six Flags theme parks— North America’s first Virtual Reality (VR) roller coasters, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus.The launch comes less than a month after I recently experienced a Samsung VR roller coaster at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Consistent with theme park reality, you line up patiently until it’s your turn – over an hour in my case. You then are seated in a special seat with a hidden motor beneath it, and you strap on your seat belt and don a Samsung Gear VR headset. My experience is still slightly blurry, due to my glasses-wearing, but without them I couldn’t see anything at all. Loud music starts and an image appears of a Six Flags amusement park in California. All of a sudden, your seat is moving and you are in the first car of a roller coaster train. You are above the trees and you can look all around you – you can see the sky and get a birds’ eye view of the amusement park. The train starts to go up a hill and you are climbing the tracks.Samsung’s 4D VR roller coaster at Mobile World Congress.The adrenaline kicks in as all of a sudden, whoosh! Your train drops down the roller coaster track with you in it. It’s not as visceral as in real life – your stomach drops only a little – but the 4D experience does make you feel like you’re on a real roller coaster ride. Your chair moves and you are mildly tossed and turned. I left the experience a little dizzy but in good spirits. How will it play out at Six Flags?Some of Six Flags’ most popular coasters will be equipped to allow riders who are wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets. Visitors still physically go on a moving roller coaster, but the VR headset provides hyperreality — for example, riders may be transported to the future to save the world from aliens. And they can even fire virtual weapons in what Samsung is touting as the “first-ever interactive gameplay technology on a roller coaster.”“This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for—delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides and attractions in the world,” said John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO. “What makes this partnership so compelling for consumers and the broader tech industry alike is that both companies are committed to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible – and bringing a VR coaster to life is certainly a new and thrilling proposition,” said Marc Mathieu, chief marketing officer at Samsung Electronics America.My verdict? If you’re already lining up to experience a roller coaster, then definitely give the VR experience a try, especially if you are already a keen gamer. VR and AR are the future of entertainment, so get ready to strap in and ride. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
Donal Power What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#ICSA Labs#Internet of Things#IoT#security#Underwriters Laboratories#verizon Securing the rapidly-expanding universe of connected technology just got a helping hand from a new assurance testing program for Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices.According to a press release, ICSA Labs is launching a new security testing program that will focus on assurance testing for IoT.The new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program will see ICSA Labs test six key components: communications, alert/logging, platform security, cryptography, physical security and authentication. Any devices carrying the ICSA Labs IoT certification will be tested over their lifecycle at regularly established intervals in order to ensure the devices remain secure.“We expect the Internet of Things to be the next digital wave,” said ICSA Labs managing director George Japak. “Given the enormity and complexity of the space, it can be tricky for enterprises to navigate. We know from multiple recent studies that the #1 concern among adopters is security and privacy, and our new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program directly addresses this concern.”A projected 25.6 billion IoT devices are expected to enter the marketplace in 2019, rising from 9.7 billion in 2014, according to Verizon’s State of the Market: Internet of Things 2016 report. By 2020, market growth is expected to see 30 billion devices online.IoT security a growing concernParallel to this growth, IoT security is becoming a top concern as industry leaders try to ensure the rapidly proliferating devices are not easy prey for hackers. A recent study predicted annualized growth in the IoT security market will reach nearly 55% through 2019.“Currently very little exists in the form of organized testing and/or standards to ensure IoT devices and the data exchanged is protected,” Japak said. “This program is aimed at filling that gap especially as more companies embrace the Internet of Things to streamline business and provide higher levels of customer service.”Meanwhile, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) recently launched new standards to test web-connected devices for security vulnerabilities. UL’s move was a response to the Cybersecurity National Action Plan launched by the White House in February, with UL’s IoT standards developed with the help of several government departments.ICSA Labs is an independent security testing division of Verizon Business covering anti-virus, firewalls, IPsec VPN, cryptography, SSL VPN, network IPS and anti-spyware technology. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…