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Upper Mazaruni youths excited about HEYS programme

first_imgYouths from the Upper Mazaruni District, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) who are actively involved in the ongoing Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) programme have indicated their gratitude to be able to participate in this youth engagement since it is geared at creating an enabling environment where they can become self-sufficient.A team from the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry which is currently in the district journeyed to several villages, monitoring closely the activities, to which the close to 200 youths are being exposed.Among the villages visited thus far are Paruima, Waramadong, Kamarang/Warwatta, Kako, Jawalla and Phillipai with scheduled visits to Chinoweing, Wax Creek, Imbaimadai and Amokokopai.Assistant to the Programme Coordinator, Rohan Bishop is tasked with ensuring facilitators in the district observe the programme’s lesson plan which covers the six months of classroom work.This phase follows a six-month practical aspect where youths will be given an opportunity to perfect what they have learnt during their stint in a classroom setting.Meanwhile, parents, guardians, villagers and youths alike were also given the opportunity to learn more about the programme, thus removing any doubts from their minds, while also noting the opportunities that will be created for the youths.Among the concerns raised by villagers was the timely receipt of stipend for youths and facilitators and working materials which include sewing machines, carpentry tools and stoves.Bishop has since assured villagers that the incumbent Administration has the best interest of the nation’s youths at heart, more so the indigenous youths and is working assiduously to ensure there are no hiccups when it comes to the timely delivery of essential components which will determine the success of the programme.However, according to Bishop, information gathering to compile a data base for youths and facilitators is also a key factor for his visit to the region since the Government has endeavoured to ensure transparency and accountability is achieved in all of its dealings, and the HEYS programme is no exception.Bishop expressed gratitude to villagers for giving the youths their full support since without that support base, success cannot be achieved.Moreover, Minister within the Ministry Valerie Garrido-Lowe who is also tasked with the responsibility for youth development has indicated that exposing youths to such a programme can only be beneficial for their overall development.Upon successfully completing the year’s curriculum, youths will be better prepared to assist in the transformation of their communities by initiating projects aimed at bringing about positive social, mental and financial benefits.More than 1900 youths country wide will benefit from the HEYS programme.last_img read more

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Guardiola says repeat of record-breaking season ‘impossible’

first_imgCity became the first ever team in the Premier League to win with 100 points as well as securing the biggest title-winning margin (19 points) by scoring the most goals (106), most wins (32), most consecutive wins (18) and best goal difference (+79).Guardiola’s men broke 11 records in all but the former Barcelona coach envisages a far more difficult campaign when the action kicks-off next month.“We are not going to break any more records in the Premier League, it is impossible… it is almost impossible,” Guardiola said Tuesday ahead of his team’s International Champions Cup friendly with Liverpool in New Jersey on Wednesday.“I have to see the faces of my players in the next two weeks when they are together because we are here without 15 players. When we come back we have four or five days to prepare for [the Community Shield] against Chelsea and we are going to see their faces.“The target is win the next game and how to prepare to win the game, that is the target. The records we took last season was a consequence of what we’ve done every single day. That is the point.“If we are going to compare November, December, January, comparing the position, we are going to lose all the comparisons with what we have done last season.”Guardiola meanwhile signed a new contract in May which ties him to Manchester City until 2021 – the longest commitment he’s ever made since becoming a manager in 2008.The Spaniard knows, however, that nothing is certain.“When we decided to extend the contract, first of all I am comfortable, the second one is the club trust what we are doing,” he said.“The people at the club … know it depends on results. We have three more years contract, but the results will dictate what will happen in the future.“If we are not able to be consistent and be there to win the title. That’s the most important thing to arrive in April and May and be there for the title.“Football trainers always we are in a dangerous position.”Guardiola meanwhile said he was unfazed by the lavish spending of City’s Premier League rivals.Wednesday’s opponents, Liverpool, have splashed out £250 million ($328 million) since January in a bid to build a team capable of challenging for the title.Guardiola has only brought in £60 million Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in the close season but remains happy with the nucleus of the squad which saw him dominate the Premier League last term.“Every club does what they believe, I understand completely,” said the City manager when asked about Liverpool’s activity in the transfer market.“They are contenders to win the title, Liverpool are always a contender because of the history they have.“I am not concerned what someone says one day. If Liverpool believe they need these players for this kind of money, that’s fine. If they think it’s best for them, that’s perfect for them.“All the contenders, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham will be stronger.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guardiola’s men broke 11 records in all but the former Barcelona coach envisages a far more difficult campaign when the action kicks-off next month.EAST RUTHERFORD, United States, July 24 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out another record-breaking Premier League campaign, warning fans that a repeat of last season’s feats will be “impossible.”City’s dominance in England last season was underscored by a slew of records that were set as they romped to their first league title of the Guardiola era.last_img read more

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Alan Pardew praises Crystal Palace’s ‘conduct’ in FA Cup final defeat

first_img Alan Pardew’s men were beaten by Manchester United 1 Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew praised his players for handling defeat with dignity after their loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup final.The valiant Eagles were beaten 2-1 in extra time after a stunning volley from United substitute Jesse Lingard with 110 minutes on the clock at Wembley.Palace had taken a late lead through Jason Puncheon after 78 minutes but Juan Mata forced extra time and Pardew’s men could not find a winner despite the sending off of United’s Chris Smalling.Pardew said: “I thought Crystal Palace Football Club handled themselves very well today and I thought our fans were terrific. They showed the world that when they fill any stadium they will not get outsung.“All the players conducted themselves well and we are trying to take the defeat with dignity. We wish Man United well in the Europa League. We go home and lick our wounds.”Pardew’s involvement in this final is unlikely to be forgotten after he danced on the touchline following Puncheon’s superb strike. Clips of the Pardew jig quickly went viral on the internet via social media.He said: “I enjoyed that moment. In a cup final, as a manager, it is difficult to enjoy moments. So, if you’ll forgive me my dance, it’s just because I enjoyed it.”The match was not without controversy with referee Mark Clattenburg frustrating Palace with a number of decisions in the first half.Most notably, Connor Wickham went through on goal after shaking off the challenge of Smalling but play was called back for a free-kick. Wilfried Zaha also felt he should have had a penalty after a Wayne Rooney challenge.Pardew said: “I was really disappointed with the Connor decision in particular because you could see he was going to get up first and the advantage was really with us. To be pulled back was really harsh and I do think the Rooney tackle on Wilf was a penalty.“We played with heart and passion. It was a great cup final and Man United were the same, it was even. They had more possession but couldn’t get through us and it made for an enthralling tie, a game that could have gone either way. Unfortunately for us it didn’t go our way.”Pardew also explained why Zaha was seen in tears on the pitch before the game. Assumptions were made that the former United winger had failed to prove his fitness after three games out but they were not correct.Pardew said: “We put some personal messages in the dressing room from family members and I think one of those just got to him. I know there were a lot of rumours flying around that he was dropped or not going to play, but that was not the case. He just got emotional about one of the messages.”last_img read more

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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE IN BALLINAMORE!

first_imgThe Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music in Ballinamore…Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore, Fintown, will present ‘The Hills Are Alive…’ tonight, Thursday 9th, and Friday 10th of May in the school hall.The show will begin at 8.30pm. Students and staff have been rehearsing daily and this show promises to be spectacular with all of the classic songs from ‘My Favourite Things’ to ‘How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?’. Tickets are selling fast and can be booked by contacting the school on 074-9546133, €8 for adults and €5 for students/children.Fáilte roimh achan duineTHE HILLS ARE ALIVE IN BALLINAMORE! was last modified: May 8th, 2013 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) Tags:Gairmscoil Clu UladhThe Sound of Musiclast_img read more

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Cellular Wonders Coming Into Focus

first_img(Visited 533 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 At higher magnifications, the cell’s nano machines become even more spectacular.[Note: CEH is taking a break this week. These news items are presented for those who wish to follow up on them.]Energy powerhouses of cells come into focus (Science Magazine).Elastic coupling power stroke mechanism of the F1-ATPase molecular motor (PNAS).Structure, mechanism, and regulation of the chloroplast ATP synthase (Science Magazine).High-resolution cryo-EM analysis of the yeast ATP synthase in a lipid membrane (Science Magazine).Efficient coding explains the universal law of generalization in human perception (Science Magazine).Ion-triggered selectivity in bacterial sodium channels (PNAS).Laterally confined growth of cells induces nuclear reprogramming in the absence of exogenous biochemical factors (PNAS).Stomata—the plant pores that give us life—arise thanks to a gene called MUTE (Phys.org).Physics of lumen growth (PNAS). “The development of intercellular cavities (lumens) is a ubiquitous mechanism to form complex tissue structures in organisms.”Fractal-like hierarchical organization of bone begins at the nanoscale (Science Magazine). “The components of bone assemble hierarchically to provide stiffness and toughness.”We hope to return to our regular reporting shortly. Thank you for your patience.last_img read more

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2x LED Hair Extensions Girls Gift Party Bag Clip Pony Tail Fiber Optic Light Up : Love them thank you.

first_imgExcellent, xmas gifts for friends. Grand daughter age 6 loved them esp for party on nyeve . The girls (age 10 and 12) had great fun with these,. Brilliant stocking filler for my grandaughter who has a long. Brilliant stocking filler for my grandaughter who has a long pony tail to make her sparkle at xmas.Brilliant stocking filler for my grandaughter who has a long Love them thank you.2x LED Hair Extensions Girls Gift Party Bag Clip Pony Tail Fiber Optic Light UpImagine having hair that sparkles and twinkles like the night sky. That’s exactly what you will get when you wear these amazing LED hair extensions.The hair strands are approx.35cm (13.8″) in total length , and can be cut to any length.Perfect for Halloween, raves, clubs, fancy dress, concerts, festivals and partiesThe hair extension clips into the hair/Colours:send by randomGreat for parties and other social occasions Hair Strands approximately 14 inches in length Please note colours are sent at random Amazing,when it came it was flat and didn’t look like a parcel but its inside that counts, right?. As this was brought for a one night birthday sleepover we will probably give it to guest as she leaves because it looks like it will last for ages. It flashes red and blue and is really pretty and great value for money. The only bad thing is it doesn’t clip onto hair that well but still five stars. While you are encouraged to hide the mechanism in your hair i think it looks great both ways, great stocking filler. Was not sure how to choose the same colour.last_img read more

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10 Data Security Trends for SMBs in 2011

first_imgRelated Posts audrey watters Tags:#Analysis#biz Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 2010 brought with it a number of security issues – new regulations, technological changes – for small businesses, and there are many indications that security will continue to be an important issue in the new year. Alongside increased threats will come increased scrutiny to data privacy and security issues. Indeed, we’ve posited that tackling security issues may be a good resolution.Risk consulting firm Kroll has released its forecast for data security trends in 2011. The report highlights key areas in which businesses are likely to see significant changes in security laws, vulnerabilities, and protective measures.10 Data Security TrendsMore small scale breaches. Heathcare entities are required to report breaches affecting 500 or more people, so Kroll says there will be an increase in reports of small scale breaches. As more companies implement data security measures, audits will likely bring to light older, overlooked breaches from the past.“Low-tech,” non-electronic data theft. Pen and paper strike back.Lost devices lead to data theft. As people rely more and more on mobile devices, the chances for loss and theft of data from these devices increases. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 24% of reported data breaches were due to laptop theft – more than any other cause.Data minimization. Kroll suggests that companies will reverse course, having spent years amassing consumer information to now starting to see this data as a liability. Openness and collaboration increases organizational vulnerability. “By nature, data in transit is data at risk,” and sharing data, says Kroll, increases vulnerabilities.More social networking policies Kroll says employers will need to develop policies for social networking use as they relate to data security.Thinking encryption is the silver bullet. Kroll says that “encryption is often incorrectly positioned as a complete solution to data security.”More notifications required for third-party breaches. As companies rely on more third-party data collection, they may be start obligating those companies to protect company data.Privacy awareness training. Rather than relying solely on technology fixes for security issues, Kroll says companies should also train employees on how to recognize issues and obligations.Possibility of a federal breach notificiation lawWhat do you think of these predictions? I’m not sure I agree that we’ll be minimizing data collection, although certainly storing it securely it will be important.And (resolution or not) what plans are you making to address security issues in 2011?center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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LED Lighting Getting Better and Better

first_imgI’m just back from Chicago, where I was attending the Greenbuild Conference of the U.S. Green Building Council. Despite the weak economy, some 27,000 architects, builders, developers, and manufacturers gathered for this 9th annual conference.At Greenbuild, I moderated an interactive session looking at “hype vs. reality” with LED lighting. Indeed, there is a lot of hype out there (more on that below), but the bottom line is that there are some amazing products coming onto the market.By way of background, LED lighting (LED for “light-emitting diode”) is the future of electric lighting. These highly concentrated light sources rely on semiconductor materials to convert electric current directly into light, without heating up a metal filament, as occurs with incandescent lights, or passing an electric arc through mercury gas, as happens with fluorescent, metal halide, and high-pressure sodium lights.LED lighting has three primary advantages over other lighting sources:First, it’s much more efficient than incandescent lighting. We refer to lighting efficiency as “efficacy” and measure it in lumens of light output per watt of electricity consumed. Incandescent light bulbs have efficacies of 10-15 lumens per watt, while compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) come in at 50-70 lumens per watt (lpw) and tubular fluorescent lamps produce as much as 100 lpw. Most LED light sources today deliver 35-60 lpw, though a few exceed 80 lpw. Thus, even though it’s often touted as more efficient than fluorescent lighting, most LED lighting today actually has lower efficacy than the best tubular fluorescent lights.Second, LEDs avoid the mercury that used in fluorescent, metal halide, sodium, and mercury-vapor lamps. Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal; when older fluorescent, metal halide, sodium, or mercury vapor lamps are discarded, there is risk that the mercury in them can escape into the environment — especially if municipal solid waste is incinerated.Third, well-engineered LED lights last a long time. They can last over 50,000 hours — 50 times as long as standard incandescent bulbs, five to ten times as long as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and two to four times as long as linear fluorescent lights.Challenges with LED lightingCreating high-quality white light with LEDs is pretty hard. The first LEDs produced red or green light — these are widely used as indicator lights on stereo equipment and other electronics. To produce white light, manufacturers either combine colored LEDs in carefully balanced mixes (you might remember from high school physics that white is a combination of other colors), or they use phosphor coatings that absorb the colored light and reradiate white light. (Fluorescent lights also rely on phosphor coatings; these absorb the ultraviolet light given off by the electric arc and then “fluoresce” white light.)In the session I moderated at Greenbuild, representatives from two of the leading companies in the LED lighting field talked about the state-of-the-art in LED lighting and the issue of hype vs. reality.The Silicon Valley company Xicato is now producing a modular LED light source that relies on “remote phosphors” to achieve remarkably high-quality light. These Xicato light modules have a “color rendering index” (CRI) as high as 98 (on a scale of 100) — virtually the same as the highest-quality halogen incandescent lamps. They also produce remarkably uniform white light. White LEDs often vary from yellowish to white, and that variability is much lower with the specifications Xicato uses. The company sells the LED modules to fixture manufacturers, which then produce finished light fixtures that use this light source rather than halogen MR-16 lamps.The other company represented in this conference session was Lunera, a manufacturer of a flat-panel LED light fixtures that can be installed in place of standard tubular fluorescent fixtures to provide general illumination. These fixtures are highly controllable, very uniform, and reasonably energy-efficient (though not as energy efficient as tubular fluorescents).One of the most difficult things about choosing LED lighting today is the fact that you can’t always trust manufacturer claims. Some manufacturers measure the efficacy of their lamps after they have just been turned on and before they heat up, yielding unrealistically high estimates of efficacy.Some manufacturers also do a poor job at dissipating heat from LEDs. If you don’t see aluminum fins on an LED light source, heat may build up shortening the life. I installed one reflector-type screw-in LED lamp several years ago that failed after less than two years — probably after no more than 1,000 hours of operation. This was likely due to heat build-up affecting the LEDs or the LED driver that delivers electricity to the LEDs.The best way to ensure that an LED light source is going to achieve the manufacturer’s claims about performance and durability is to look for evidence of independent testing. Some manufacturers have their products tested through the U.S. Department of Energy’s CALiPER program and can provide measured test results. Energy Star labels on LED lights also provide evidence that the lights have been independently tested, though there are not yet many products carrying the new Energy Star label for LEDs.Cost also remains an impediment with LED lighting. High-quality LED lights are pretty sophisticated, and you have to pay for that. Cheap LEDs, priced at less than about $20, may not perform well. Like computer chips used in computers, though, costs of LEDs are coming down — and will continue to do so. I fully expect that within ten years — maybe sooner — LED lighting will be cost-competitive with fluorescent lighting and provide better light quality. In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog BuildingGreen Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail — enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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The Value of a Meeting

first_imgPeople can have differing views on business ideas. There are some that see everything as an expense. These people are enamored with ideas like cost-based accounting, looking at every item to determine what was spent, including things like meetings. Others, however tend to view things as investments, a view that looks at the return in addition to what was spent.So how do you value something like a weekly pipeline meeting. I used this calculator to discover that 8 people in a 30-minute meeting at a base pay rate of $40,000 costs $14.00 per person. What do you get for $14.00?Accountability: If you have a weekly pipeline meeting and require people to report their results in creating new opportunities and moving existing opportunities forward, the investment in this meeting is priceless. What would you pay for accountability, and what costs would it make sense to eliminate this meeting if accountability was in some way diminished?Ideas and Insights: If your weekly opportunity review meeting resulted in your team sharing ideas and insights around what is working, their strategy for winning deals, and how they are handling certain challenges, all of which were adopted by their peers and applied to their deals, what would you be willing to pay for that meeting? If a single shared opportunity resulted in an additional win at your average deal size with an average profit margin, was the meeting worthwhile.Culture: Meetings are an opportunity share purpose and meaning and values. They’re a chance to tell stories and share tribal knowledge. Meetings can also give a sense of belonging, something all human beings need, and one of the things known to create greater engagement. The value of a positive, optimistic, future-oriented, and empowered culture may be close to priceless, and meetings provide a place for values to be shared.Solving Problems: There are two kinds of problems in business. The first category of problems require a decision to be resolved. Oftentimes, that decision is made in a meeting. The second category of problems are systemic challenges that are only resolved with time, energy and real change. These too are solved in meetings, and with a lot of conversation, conversation that may not happen otherwise. The value of solving these difficult, systemic challenges produce returns far in excess of the cost of a meeting.Meetings get a bad rap. No doubt there are bad meetings, unproductive meetings, boring meetings, and meetings for the sake of having a meeting. But there more that are useful. Meetings are still how things get done, and their benefits largely outweigh their costs. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Centre cant shirk responsibility on Saradha, Narada: CPI(M)

first_imgKolkata, Apr 7 (PTI) The CPI(M) today accused the central government of failing in its responsibility to take action in the Saradha scam and Narada sting operation and instead passing the buck entirely to the West Bengal government.”The Prime Minister or the Centre cannot shirk responsibility in the matters. Both the state government and the Centre are equally responsible,” CPI(M) state secretary and Politburo member Surjya Kanta Mishra told a press conference.”What steps the PM has taken on the twin issues of Saradha and Narada,” Mishra asked.Mishra said that despite having an array of agencies to check financial irregularities in the country like SEBI, ED, CBI and SFIO, the Centre did not take any action in the Saradha scam.Equally on the Narada issue in which a number of Trinamool Congress leaders were purportedly found taking money, the Centre was yet to play any effective role both in Parliament and outside, Mishra said.”The matter has been sent to the Ethics Committee in the Lok Sabha where BJP has a majority. But it was not sent to the Ethics Committee of the Rajya Sabha as the Congress and the Left are in majority there,” Mishra said.Hinting at a Modi-Mamata secret understanding on these issues, Mishra said, “People in Bengal ultimately are the worst sufferers.” PTI AKB MD SMNlast_img read more

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