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Police find illegal gun, ammunition at Watooka Hilltop

first_img– marijuana plants, tent destroyed Ranks of Police E Division (Linden/Kwakwani) on Thursday morning conducted searches at West Watooka Hilltop, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) during which they found an unlicensed firearm and ammunition along with a quantity of marijuana.Police spokesman Superintendent Jiram Ramlakhan in a report said acting on information, sometime around 08:00h ranks went to a West Watooka Hilltop residence where they conducted a search add found a .38 snub-nosed revolver and five matching rounds of ammunition.In addition, the ranks also uncovered four grams of cannabis sativa (marijuana). A male occupant was arrested and charges will be instituted shortly.However, sometime after, the said team of officers received additional information and went further up West Watooka Hilltop, where they found a one-acre plot of land cultivated with marijuana plants measuring 1 to 7 feet. A 10×12 tarpaulin tent was also found nearby.Both the plants and tent were destroyed; however, no one was arrested.Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Guyanese contribute to multibillion-dollar international company

first_imgGuyana has been largely contributing to the fast growing operations of a multibillion-dollar foreign company through Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), with a significant amount of Guyanese falling under its employ.Wayfair, a Boston-based online furniture purveyor that generated over US.25 billion in revenue in 2015, reported that the company is relying on a BPO provider in Georgetown to support its back-office operations.BPO is the contracting of the operations and responsibilities of a specific business process to a third-party service provider. BPO services include payroll, human resources (HR), accounting and customer/call centre relations.The two leading global BPO providers in Guyana are Qualfon and Teleperformance.Wayfair’s team in Guyana handles merchandising and the back-office type of work.“We have been very pleased with our team in Guyana. The country offers a strong talent pool of well-educated, native English speakers who are very familiar with American culture,” said the Vice President of the Merchandising Operations Dave Raymond in a prepared statement published on Nearshore Americas.In the case of Wayfair, the company is partnering with Emerge BPO, founded by Adrian Collins, who was born in Guyana and educated largely in the United States.Emerge employs more than 400 employees, the bulk of whom are based in Guyana. The company also employs at-home workers in the US and Canada.According to the World Bank, the unemployment rate for female youths in Guyana is 32 per cent while for male youths, it is 20 per cent.If willing to commit to a career in BPO, many Guyanese can find meaningful employment since there appears to be a developing trend to contract smaller countries, particularly in the English-speaking Caribbean.This will in turn put its populace in a better position to score more lucrative, digital opportunities if they equip themselves to chase after that business.These jobs, according to reports, bring not just income, but crucially needed stability for the country, which ranked third poorest in South America with a per capita income of US00 per annum per household.The BPO sector is rapidly expanding on the global landscape and is estimated to increase tenfold by 2020.In neighbouring Jamaica, Cabinet approved several multimillion-dollar contracts for expansion of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, and for infrastructural work across the island.Government officials had noted that the transformation will ensure Jamaica’s prime positioning for transition to a digital society.last_img read more

Nimba Split Is a Result of Bad Leadership

first_imgIt is becoming glaring that internal trouble is mounting in Nimba, the county whose people suffered the initial impact of the 14-year Liberian civil war.Ordinary Gio and Mano people suffered at the hands of President Samuel K. Doe for a failed coup initiated by some of their kinsmen, something that drove most Nimbaians into the arms of war crimes convict and jailed former Liberian President Charles Taylor and cronies.Since the war ended and Liberia began its post-war democratic governance, there has tended to be vociferous clamoring among Nimbaians as to who leads at the levels of the Legislative Caucus and the county authorities (mainly Superintendent and the Assistant).In 2006, Nimbaians elected two former rebel fighters; Prince Johnson and Adolphus Saye Taryor Dolo to the Senate during the sitting of the 52nd National Legislature.At that time, Senator Prince Johnson rejected calls from many of his kinsmen to form a part of the Nimba Legislative Caucus because he was not elected Chairman of that caucus.The controversy continued until he was given the chairmanship in 2007 before he attended the Nimba development meeting in Sanniquellie that year. During President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s first term, there was internal wrangling between protagonists of the two largest tribes, Gio and Mano over who became Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.The Constitution of Liberia mandates the President of Liberia to appoint county officials to be confirmed by the Senate where applicable and such officials serve at the will and pleasure of the President.Appointments in Nimba brought contentions that President Sirleaf was giving preference to the Manos in the administrative structure of the county, thereby creating feelings of marginalization on the part of Gios.In 2011 presidential and legislative elections were held wherein two Senators, all Gio, were elected with five Representatives of the same Gio tribe. Investigation shows that many Gios endorsed the result of the legislative election because a lot of the lawmakers and Senators were of their tribe.The Gio tribe of Nimba constitutes about 60% of the population of that county, and on the basis of their population, electing members of their tribe to the legislature is almost always guaranteed.The Manos, on the other hand, became furious over two Senators of the same tribe representing the county, and right after the 2011 election some of them raised contentions and called for the separation of the two tribes by dividing the county into two.Interestingly, Senator Prince Johnson, whose overbearing influence led to the election of those lawmakers, fell out with them because they did not give him the caucus chairmanship.And the bickering and fussing continued until Senator Thomas Grupee turned the position over to him to ease the tension. The Nimba Legislative Caucus is yet to elect its chairman and co-chairman of the 54th Legislature.As preparations are underway for the caucus’ election, information filtering in indicates that Senator Prince Johnson, easily the most influential political heavy weight in Nimba, has vowed to politically fight anyone who will take the chairmanship from him.Currently, the contention over caucus chairmanship is between Senator Johnson and District #8 Representative Larry P. Younquoi, who also contends that the chairmanship position is not a hegemony or birthright for anyone to possess.The plea by District #7 lawmaker Roger Domah for a united Nimba is a good idea and has been a hallmark consolidating Gio-Mano coexistence, but poor and selfish leadership in the county is seriously undermining the unity of the people.Nimba should be the most fortunate and prosperous county in the post-war era of Liberia as over US$12 million has gone to this county in the form of social development funds.ArcelorMittal, during the first and second terms of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gave US$1.5 million annually to Nimba, but the county and its people are yet to boast of anything tangible except for pieces of road building equipment that are now of scrap value.An investigation has shown that most of the county officials including lawmakers are building costly hotels, estates as well as opening large farms. The question now is: How much do they earn in salaries that affords them the opportunity to undertake those projects?What is their source of funding? Although individuals calling for a split of the county into two are fully aware that it is nothing more than the fight for jobs and positions of power and privilege, yet they persist.It is, indeed, greedy politicians who are manipulating ethnic cleavages and latent tribal conflicts that now threaten to undermine the unity of the people of Nimba who have for centuries coexisted peacefully.How many people would get public positions from splitting the county, and what will become of the vast majority that may not have jobs? We hope the ordinary Gio and Mano people, who suffered together during the 14-year civil war, will get to understand the tactics devised by those politicians and not allow themselves to be fooled into creating a poisonous and socially hazardous environment that will benefit nobody.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Saugus students’ flag flies in Iraq

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last November, the students of Saugus High School sent a package to Saugus graduate Aaron Schilleci (class of 1995), now serving as an Apache helicopter pilot with the U.S. Army in Iraq. The school sent not only an American flag that had flown over the school, as requested by Capt. Schilleci, but also a flag from the nation’s Capitol provided by U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon, a packet of notes from students, cards and a poster from the high school. In response, the school this received a message from Schilleci in Iraq, confirming that he had received the package and already put its contents to use. “I must tell you; I am simply in awe,” he wrote. “The level of support and selflessness that you, your staff, and Saugus High students exhibited to make me feel close to home was unbelievable. I will always remember your efforts, they are singularly outstanding.” He noted that the flag is now a “combat veteran,” having been in the cockpit during a recent combat mission. He is planning to return the flag to Saugus in the near future so it can be raised over the high school as a symbol of the troops in Iraq. “Thank you again for the opportunity to honor all of you,” he wrote. “You guys are who we are fighting for and this incredible event (reminds) all of the pilots in my unit how important our jobs really are.” He called the letters from Saugus students “very inspiring” and attached photos of the flag with himself and a crew member before, during and after the mission. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com last_img read more

Sharon still in coma, shows activity

first_imgJERUSALEM – A test has shown activity in both sides of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s brain, but he remains comatose and in critical but stable condition, Hadassah Hospital said Saturday in its first update on the Israeli leader’s condition in more than 24 hours. Experts said activity in both sides didn’t indicate anything about the extent of the brain damage Sharon may have suffered as a result of his devastating stroke on Jan. 4. “It is another piece of information that on its own means nothing,” said Dr. Gal Ifergan, a neurologist at Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva, who is not treating Sharon. Sharon could still have extensive brain damage but show activity on both sides of his brain, Ifergan said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s very worrisome that he hasn’t woken from his coma,” Ifergan added. “Coma reflects brain damage. (But) it’s hard to talk about prospects for awakening without knowing the patient.” – Associated Presslast_img read more

GAA CHAMPIONSHIP: EUNANS CRUSH KILLYBEGS TO JOIN DUNGLOE AND NAOMH CONAILL IN SEMIS

first_imgSt Eunans cruised their way into the semi-final of the Donegal Senior Championship after a convincing win over Killybegs at MacCumhaill Park this evening.The Letterkenny club crushed the fishermen on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-7 and now join Dungloe and Naomh Conaill in the semi-final.St Michaels and Four Masters must do it all again after Michael Doherty rescued the Donegal Town men with a late, late free kick to make it 0-9 to 0-9 against the Creeslough men. That replayed game will be played next Wednesday or Thursday night at either Convoy or MacCumhaill Park under floodlights.St Eunans were never in any trouble against Killybegs in today’s later throw-in with Conal Gibbons, Conal Dunne all putting heavy scores on the board for the Letterkenny side.Rory Kavanagh rattled the back of the Killybegs net as did Caolan Ward.Earlier in the afternoon Naomh Conaill also brushed aside the challenge of Bundoran by winning on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-5. Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy got the goal for Martin Doherty’s side but in truth the men from Glenties always looked stronger.Eunans and Naomh Chonaill join Dungloe who surprised many by convincingly beating Glenswilly despite the men form the Glen being four points ahead at one stage.  GAA CHAMPIONSHIP: EUNANS CRUSH KILLYBEGS TO JOIN DUNGLOE AND NAOMH CONAILL IN SEMIS was last modified: October 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HERITAGE PROJECT FUNDING – WHERE THE MONEY WAS SPENT ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThe Heritage Council has today announced funding for a number of heritage projects in County Donegal under its 2015 Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme.Here is a list of the projects and the funding they have received.· Repointing of Holy Trinity Church, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal, applicant Holy Trinity Church, Dunfanaghy. The repointing in lime mortar is part of a sustainable plan, which includes insulation and the installation of geo-thermal heating. Amount awarded – €4000. · Dunfanaghy Heritage Trails, applicant The Workhouse. This grant will permit the production of three flyers to compliment trails in the Dunfanaghy area; The Historic Dunfanaghy Town Trail, The Lurgabrack Wildlife Trail and the Historical Dunfanaghy Scenic Drive all on the WAW. Amount awarded – €1000.· Conservation of Templecrone Church, applicant Maghery Heritage Group. This project will facilitate the preparation of conservation specifications for repairs and conservation works on Templecrone Church and gravestones using drawings, rectified photography and written specifications, preparation of a method statement and site works strategy. Amount awarded – €4000.· Inch Fort Project – Stage 1, applicant The Meitheal Trust. This project will accommodate structural remedial works aimed at the preservation of Inch Fort. Amount awarded – €1300.· The conservation of the ruins of Kilbarron castle, applicant Kilbarron Castle Conservation Project. This project aims to conserve and stabilise the current remnants of Kilbarron Castle and based on a conservation plan will ensure this site can be used to celebrate the important story of the Four Masters, Michael O’Cleirigh, chief of the Four Masters and promote this story and site through Summer Schools, festivals and education /community projects in the future. Amount awarded – €4000. · St. Catherine’s Church Conservation Project, applicant Killybegs History & Heritage Committee. Principal work this year will be the preparation of detailed conservation specifications to allow for consent for works to be achieved. This is a very important step in our project in ensuring the structure and site is safe for locals and visitors to enjoy this nationally important site. Amount awarded – €3500· Preservation of the Thatched Roof of National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, applicant Brendan Fox. This project is to re-thatch the roof of our family farmhouse. Records show that this cottage has been owned by family since the early 1800’s. Amount awarded – €4,000.· Preparation of a Conservation Plan for Straid Church, Clonmany, Co.Donegal , applicant Old Church Conservation Group, St Columba’s Church of Ireland, Straid, Clonmany, Co Donegal. This will consist of four reports; a conservation report, a Structural Inspection Report, an Archaeological Report and a Natural Heritage Survey. Amount awarded – €2,500.· Restoration and maintenance of the fabric of St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe, applicant St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe. This project will undertake a professional survey of the external and internal fabric of the Cathedral in order to identify, prioritise and carry out necessary works to maintain the integrity of the building. Amount awarded – €2,000.· Early Christian Landscapes of Inishowen: Moville, applicant Bernician Studies Group. This project will commission a field recording of graveyard features and magnetometer survey around the Cooley graveyard, Moville. This will culminate in a public conference for the protection, development and growth of heritage-based tourism, education and cultural exploitation of Irishwomen’s Early Christian archaeological heritage. Amount awarded – €2,000. · Inch Island Partridge Project, applicant Inch Island Gun Club. The Inch Island Partridge Project sets out to develop and enhance suitable farmland habitat for the reintroduction of Partridge into Co. Donegal and to implement suitable measures to increase the survivability of the introduced birds. Amount awarded – €4,000.· Burtonport, The Cooperage: Conservation Specifications for Urgent Repair Work, applicant Burtonport Heritage Group. This project will allow for the production of conservation specifications for the Repair of the Cooperage in Burtonport. Amount award – €3,000.· Killymard Old Church Restoration – Feasibility Report, applicant Killymard Old Church Restoration Committee. This project will allow for the preparation of a feasibility report that will indicate what activities could be accommodated within the constraints of the structure while taking into account the needs and wishes of all sectors of the community. Amount awarded -€2,000.· Conservation plan for Christchurch and Glebelands, Buncrana, applicant Church of Ireland. This project will allow for the development of a conservation plan to ensure safe access for the community to an historic and central building in Buncrana town centre, so that it can be fully integrated into the heritage of the town. Amount awarded -€2,000. · Ned’s Point Heritage Development Plan, applicant Swilly Marine & Heritage Exploration Centre. Develop a conservation plan which will allow us to apply for funding to the local development partnership or elsewhere when funding becomes available. The Eventual aim is to create a digital heritage observation centre, to promote heritage to locals, visitors and schools. Amount awarded €3,500.· HISTORIC STREETS ALIVE 2015, applicant Mary Kerrigan. This project will see communities co-create street visions in Letterkenny and Derry. This will see the use of fresh and new interactive methods engaging Church Lane, Letterkenny and Derry’s Fountain and Chamberlain Streets. Amount awarded – €3000.· Raphoe Ulster-Scots Heritage Weekend , applicant Ulster-Scots Agency. The Ulster-Scots Heritage Weekend will focus upon the rich heritage brought to Raphoe and East Donegal by Scottish Settlers 400 years ago and which has shaped the physical and cultural heritage of the area. The weekend will seek to raise awareness within the wider community of the Ulster-Scots heritage. Amount awarded -€2,500.. Managing Corncrake habitats in Donegal and Mayo, applicant Bird Watch Ireland. This project will see the continued management of meadow areas for Corncrakes on Tory Island, Co. Donegal and Termoncarragh Reserve, Co. Mayo. Benefits to local communities will include tourism potential deploying local contractors to carry out wildlife management. Amount awarded €5,000.HERITAGE PROJECT FUNDING – WHERE THE MONEY WAS SPENT ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Google’s Cultural Institute: Serious And Valuable, But Not A Lot Of Fun

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid fruzsina eordogh Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#art#Digital Humanities#Google#hack#history#Web Culture center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts The world has just gotten a cool new free virtual museum, the one that Google built.  Aptly named Google’s Cultural Institute, the Internet-based multimedia site showcases first-hand testimonials, photographs, artifacts and manuscripts that until last Wednesday, you had to take a plane trip or at least pay an admission fee to see.A Museum MilestoneMuseum of Polish History called the Cultural Institute “a real revolution.” Avner Shalev of Yad Vashem – also a Cultural Institute partner – said of the project, “it might be seen as one of the major milestones in modern history.”  Not only is Google’s Cultural Institute providing public access to documents otherwise previously unavailable for mass consumption, the project is “taking away the notion of physical custody of archival material” noted Razia Saleh of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in a mini-doc about the project.Building on the success of Google’s Art Project launched in February of 2011 in conjunction with now over 150 museums, Google partnered with 17 additional foundations and museums to launch 42 free digital exhibits as part of the Cultural Institute.Not A Light-Hearted ExperienceThe 42 exhibits are a solid foundation and focus on World War II, the Holocaust and South African politics. Light-hearted or uplighting fare is few and far between. Google’s Mark Yoshitake has acknowledged the project will expand in the future though.The exhibits themselves are displayed on a horizontal timeline, with navigation predominantly left and right arrows on both sides of the screen (you scroll across as opposed to scrolling down). This orientation makes sense when thinking about how exhibits are displayed in the real world, and Google has done a good job with its darker color scheme in keeping the site beautiful but solemn.My Personal ThoughtsEager to experience this revolutionary and game-changing web project, I spent a couple of hours perusing the site’s offerings. It wasn’t a life-altering experience, but I could immediately see its usefulness, especially if I was researching a moment in history covered by one of the digital exhibits. Personal items that you would only see in a museum were also included in the exhibits, including photographs of Frank’s infamous diary in the Anne Frank exhibit, and pictures of locks of hair in the Tragic Love at Auschwitz exhibit. These items were diligently added by curators trying to create in-depth stories about their subjects – and I certainly appreciated them. But I couldn’t help but feel their impact on me was cheapened when viewed through the Internet as opposed to me seeing it in person.In a good museum, getting lost can be half the fun. Google’s Cultural Institute isn’t built yet for this type of free-form exploration, though I was able to achieve a bit of that same sense of discovery by browsing through the photo collections of LIFE and Getty Images, a search that was surprisingly clunky for a Google product. While browsing, I found this 1985 photo of former Libyan leader Gaddafi and a whole section of photos about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. As a refugee from a former Soviet Union-occupied country, I was disappointed by the lack of cohesive exhibits about the USSR (or Hungary), but the vast photo collections might one day be organized like the previously mentioned 42 exhibits. (Some additional treats I found: this photo of a gay couple walking by graffiti on the Berlin wall, Boris Yeltsin making a fist while a portrait of Lenin looks on, and an anti-NATO communist propaganda poster from 1981.)Would I visit the Cultural Institute again? Definitely. But it in no way replaced the experience of an actual museum. If anything, it made me appreciate my local (and physical) institutions a bit more.last_img read more

Five more arrested in Assam lynching case

first_imgFive more persons were arrested on Monday in connection with the lynching of the two men at Dokmoka in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district, taking the total to 36 so far.Spreading rumoursAltogether, 71 persons have been arrested from different parts of Assam, with 36 for killing the men and 35 for spreading rumours and hate messages on social media, an Assam Police spokesman said. The five arrested on Monday are Raikom Timung, Mensing Kro, Roben Mech, Bikram Hanse and Protap Kro.last_img

Juventus’ Campaign in the Champions League

first_imgA look at Juventus’ Champions League campaign ahead of Saturday’s final against Real Madrid in Cardiff:___GROUP STAGEJuventus didn’t lose a match in a group with Sevilla, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb.The Bianconeri had a disappointing start, drawing 0-0 at home against Sevilla, but they advanced to the knockout stage with a 3-1 win in Spain, courtesy of two late goals.That ninth-minute strike by Sevilla defender Nicolas Pareja was the last goal Juventus would concede until the second leg of the semifinals against Monaco — a run of 690 minutes.The only other occasion Juventus dropped points was in another home draw, when it was held 1-1 by Lyon.___ROUND OF 16Juventus was rarely troubled by FC Porto, which had a player sent off in each leg.However, the Bianconeri struggled to break Porto down in the first match even after Alex Telles was sent off in the 27th following two bookings in quick succession.Massimiliano Allegri resorted to two second-half substitutes who quickly scored. Marko Pjaca netted five minutes after coming on, while Dani Alves took two minutes to find the back of the net.Any hope Porto had of bouncing back evaporated shortly before halftime in the return match in Turin, when Gonzalo Higuain’s effort was stopped by the outstretched hand of Maxi Pereira, leading to an inevitable red card for the defender.Paulo Dybala converted the resulting penalty.___QUARTERFINALSJuventus excelled with defensive soccer at Camp Nou, holding Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in the return leg after a victory in Turin.Paulo Dybala, who has been compared to Lionel Messi, scored two first-half goals and defender Giorgio Chiellini added the third, 10 minutes after the break, in the first leg.Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a fantastic stop to deny Andres Iniesta moments before Dybala’s second. He was instrumental again in Barcelona as Juventus displayed poise and experience to ensure there would be no comeback.The BBC of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Chiellini proved more than up to the task of dealing with Barcelona’s MSN of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.Juventus defended as a team, with the forwards tracking back, too — something which has been its strength under Allegri.___SEMIFINALSGonzalo Higuain hadn’t scored in a Champions League knockout match since 2013, but the Argentina forward ended that negative streak against Monaco.Higuain netted twice in the 2-0 first leg victory in the principality, doubling his tally from 24 previous matches in the knockout stages.Juventus withstood pressure from Monaco and then punished it on the counter attack, with both of Higuain’s goals coming after good spells from the home side.Buffon pulled off several fine saves in his 100th appearance in Europe’s top club competition, but he was finally beaten in the second leg by 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who wasn’t even born when the 39-year-old goalkeeper made his Serie A debut in 1995.vTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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