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Region 2 holds road safety march

first_imgIn an effort to curb the increasing carnage on Guyana’s roadways, the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Administration hosted a road safety awareness march on Saturday.Road safety awareness march in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on SaturdayThe march was led by Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikarran in Anna Regina. The aim was to bring awareness among road users of the many accidents and fatalities in the Region and other parts of the country.For the month of November, 21 persons, including three children, died from road accidents. A closer review showed that for last week, 12 persons lost their lives in a matter of seven accidents and the fatalities have continued into this week.It was against this backdrop, the REO noted, that the march was organised by stakeholders in the Region so that road users can exercise the Five Cs (care, caution, consideration, common sense and courtesy) and play their part to ensure their safety and that of others.Jaikarran is calling on all persons to “use the road with care, stop speeding, don’t drink and drive, stop double parking on the road, don’t overtake on the double lines, don’t stop on turns etc”.Pedestrians are also urged to “stop, look and then cross” when using the roads.Joining this morning’s march were members from the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), Guyana National Cadet Corps, the Regional Administration staff, the Essequibo Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Police Station Management Committee, the Secondary Schools in Region Two, the Essequibo Coast Technical Institute as well as members of the public.The march, which was deemed a success, was the first of its kind to be held in the Region.last_img read more


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OSU Extension has many resources for farms facing challenging times

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sarah Noggle, Ohio State University ExtensionIn trying times, where do you turn?Farmers are some of the most humble, down to earth people I know and they thrive on being able to feed the country. The stresses these farmers and farm families are enduring and hard on everyone involved. While they know that they work in a business where risks are always present due to weather, they sometimes need support and encouragement to work through their own mental and physical stress and even fatigue during these times. Most of the farmers live on the land they farm and don’t have the chance to get away from these stresses. Most of us that work, work at a place that when it gets stressful, we get to leave for the day. Farmers, on the other hand, don’t usually have this option. They live, sleep and breathe their occupation.There are so many decisions that farmers are making today into what this generation knows as uncharted territory. They are worried about wet weather, how will I feed my livestock and where will my income come from? Maybe you are a farmer reading this or maybe the farm wife, the neighbor, the family member or an agribusiness person, but one thing is for sure farmers are the heartbeat of many communities. I am asking you who are reading it to take into account some steps outside your normal routine.Slow down and breathe — farmer, farm family or other — we live in such a fast-paced world. There are decisions that are being made that affect so many people. We are truly all in this together. We need to be kind and a friend at all times.Take five minutes to take care of yourself. Depression and anxiety are real and you may seem like you can’t even put one foot in front of the other today. Let me tell you something, you are valuable, you are needed and it will be okay. Maybe not okay in the sense that you think or the direction or path that was in your “Plan A” but you will be okay.Give a smile, hello, nod or wave to another human being. Remember it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.If you feel these families need some extra help, reach out to your local Extension Office and they will help point you in the right direction.The Ohio State University Extension is full of information to help in the decision process. No, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns — it is real-life decisions. Farmers, as you are reading the articles, remember these few things. Write down your options (the pros and cons). Talk with your local Extension educator or call them out for a farm visit. We, at OSU Extension, are here for you. We care about you even if you have never stepped foot into our office. Our service to you is free.Additionally, as you read through the articles, think about your options. When it comes to questions on prevent plant acres contact your insurance agent. Don’t just assume they know your plans. The CORN Newsletter contains recommendations based on agronomic principals and potential considerations from an agricultural production perspective. If the management will be applied to crop insured acres, you should check any impact that the management change will have on current or future insurance payments and eligibility.Please share this information in any way possible — forward the email, tweet the post #FarmLivesMatter, share to your non-farm friends, Snapchat it to your kids, post on Instagram, print it off and drop it at church or even the local grocery store. The agriculture community is powerful and has many opinions, stresses, and directions. Some people have no clue what is going on in and around the agriculture world, so share with them.Lastly, I am asking the community to check on your farmer neighbors and their families. Drop into the farm to check on the farmer and family. Bring them dinner but don’t just drop it off actually share some time with that family. They may come up with every excuse that the house is not clean or I am too busy. Maybe even drag them to your house for dinner. They may not want you there but they need you there as their support system. Getting a vacation from the farm is probably what many families are eliminating due to financial pressures, but human interaction is one powerful value. While a simple way to check in on farmers is a text message, texts don’t work in these situations. They need your empathy, not your sympathy. Go old school and play the board game, shut down the social media and have a conversation. These things only cost your time. Did you ever think about giving back to those people who help feed the world?last_img read more


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Apple Should Not Censor The NRA’s “Practice Range” App

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#App Store#Apple#Online Censorship The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts When the National Rifle Association released its “Practice Range” app earlier this week, the media had a field day with the lobbying group. Insensitive, pandering, shameful and other like adjectives were used to skewer the NRA’s decision to release the app so soon after the awful shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December. Practice Range allows people to shoot at practice targets with various guns, including assault rifles, all while trying to teach users safe gun practices. It is a clever ploy from the NRA, releasing a relatively docile app ostensibly targeted towards gun safety. The NRA can turn the conversation away from gun control and back towards society and the NRA’s own stance that violent video games and media are more to blame for violence in the United States than the actual weapons themselves. Gaming A Political MessageThe Courage Campaign, an online activist group, does not quite share the NRA’s so-called altruistic opinion of the Practice Range app. It has started a petition on SignOn.org to urging Apple’s CEO Tim Cook to reject the NRA app.“This is a classic example of everything that is wrong with the NRA. Instead of coming to the table with constructive ideas to reduce gun violence, the NRA is instead developing a video game that glorifies guns and gun violence. It is yet another shameful example, in a long list of shameful examples, of the destructive role the NRA plays in reducing gun violence and making our schools, communities and streets safer. We are calling on Apple to reject this app. It has no business being in the hands of kids across this country,” Adam Bink, director of online programs at Courage Campaign said in a statement. Do not get me wrong, I do not like guns. Most of the staff at ReadWrite are not particularly fond of them either. We like smartphones and tablets, big data and open Web standards and free access to information. But, this petition is a misguided in its direct assault on the NRA’s app…  just because the NRA is the app’s sponsor.  dan rowinski Fundamentally, this is a conversation about censorship. The C-WordPart of the argument against the app is that when it was originally released, it was approved for “ages four and up.” As of Tuesday, that had been changed to ages 12 and up and warns of intense and realistic violence, so that part of the argument is moot.The game, developed by MEDL Media, is essentially a mailer for the NRA’s political message in app form. As shameful or manipulative as that may be, it is not the job of Apple to censor the NRA and its relatively innocuous app. Many other companies, lobbying groups and organizations use Apple’s App Store for marketing and branding purposes and to deny one because some people may not like its message would set a bad precedent for how Apple approves apps going forward.Apple does not have a particularly good record on censorship. The company’s App Store reviewers are supposed to make judgment calls on what Apple views as “too objectionable” for its users on an app-by-app basis. Plenty of violent video games (including ultra-graphic first-person-shooter games) make it in to the App Store. Courage Campaign does not seem to mind those. Yet, when an app that highlights data about U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Apple shoots it down for objectionable content. Apple has also censored apps in the past, like the unofficial Wikileaks app, Playboy and anti-homosexual apps such as Exodus International and Manhattan Declaration. Pro-Nazi apps have been banned, as well as a pro-Dalai Lama app in China. Depending on who you are, you are either happy or enraged by Apple’s decisions to censor these apps. Apple is a private company and, really, can do whatever it likes when it comes to content on its App Store. That does not necessarily mean that it should. It frequently will bow to the wishes of governments and large organizations. The NRA has every right to get its message out to the public through the App Store as the Dalai Lama does in China. What we end up with is a case of the blind leading the blind, following the blind.Courage Campaign is blind for calling for censorship of the NRA Practice Range app. The NRA is blind for commissioning the app in the first place, being manipulative and shameful in its stance on gun control and emphasis on media-induced violence. Apple is blind for its arbitrary and consistently inconsistent App Store censorship practices. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more


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UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: New coach, same old legacy for FEU Tamaraws

first_imgMOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Pascua will be leading a team that finished Season 79 at the fourth spot with an 8-6 record but  bowed out to Ateneo in the Final Four.What Pascua won’t be having this year, though, is the leadership and savvy of former captain Remy Palma who’ has already exhausted her five-year playing career with the Lady Tamaraws.Pascua, though, looked at the absence of Palma as a new challenge for his team that still has the attacking capabilities of Bernadeth Pons, Jerrili Malabanan, and Toni Rose Basas.“Of course Remy had that veteran presence and her leadership was the big factor that is lacking right now,” said Pascua who will now look to Pons to serve as his skipper. “I want Bernadeth to really take that leadership role and now that she’s in the position Remy once held, I know she can do a great job with it.”And with a veteran core at his disposal, Pascua knows he won’t have a difficult time putting the mentality that already has a sense of urgency going into Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA volleyball: San Beda locks up twice-to-beat edge after downing EAC Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Every game, I want them to think that it is a championship game,” said Pascua. “They should think that this will be their last game.” LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next The league’s winningest team will parade a new coach for Season 80, but the new figurehead in Far Eastern University’s bench is well aware of the legacy draped in green-and-gold.George Pascua, who took over the Lady Tamaraws’ head coaching duties from Shaq Delos Santos, is a former Tamaraw himself and he only has one goal for his beloved alma mater—win the top prize in Season 80 and deliver FEU its record 30th championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There’s always FEU’s legacy in terms of women’s volleyball,” said Pascua in Filipino. “Now we have to meet those expectations from everyone watching us.”“The team has the willingness, the hunger, the thirst to win games and maybe win another championship because FEU has always been a powerhouse team in the UAAP.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Head coach: George PascuaLast season: 8-6 (no.4)Key holdovers: Jerrili Malabanan, Toni Rose Basas, Bernadeth PonsKey losses: Remy Palma, Rosemarie VargasADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


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Three Australian greats say farewell

first_imgThe recent 2016 Trans Tasman Series saw three stalwarts of the Australian contingent play their final games in the green and gold at the Open’s level. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Robert Nakhla, Terry Deegan (Men’s) and Trent Touma (Mixed) for their contribution to our Australian teams. Nakhla made his debut for Australia in the Men’s Open division at the 2009 Trans Tasman Series and has since represented his country at the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Trans Tasman Series events, as well as the 2015 World Cup. Nakhla said he’ll miss being part of the team and the bond the side shares. “Being a part of the Australian Men’s team has been such a great privilege for myself, sharing some very memorable and life changing experiences which I will always remember for a very long time. “This team has always welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to share my passion with a great bunch of guys. These guys go beyond being team mates rather guys that I can truly call my friends,” Nakhla said. “As well as competing on the biggest stage against the best in the world, I will definitely miss hanging around the boys.”The 2016 Trans Tasman Series was also the last event for Nakhla’s longtime teammate, Terry Deegan in the green and gold. After making his debut in the 2010 Trans Tasman Series, Deegan then played in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Trans Tasman Series events as well as the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. Deegan says that it’s been ‘such an amazing experience’ to be a part of the team for such a long period of time.”To think that I have been part of the Australian Men’s Open team since 2010 is something that I am very proud of,” Deegan said. “I have so many great friends and so many great memories as a result. I will miss the opportunity to represent my country in the sport that I love and worked so hard to be good at.”Australian Mixed Open representative, Trent Touma also says goodbye this year following a successful campaign in New Zealand. Touma debuted for the Australian Mixed Open team at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, playing in every Trans Tasman Series since then, as well as the 2015 World Cup. Touma was a popular member of the Australian Mixed Open team over the past cycle, with coach Micheal Lovett describing him as the ‘heart and soul of the team’. Touma says he’ll definitely miss being part of the contingent and is thankful for all of the memories. “The first day I was picked in the Mixed Open I was blessed and to this day I’m still blessed to be here. I’ve appreciated every single time I’ve come on these tours and especially getting onto the field in the green and gold jersey, so it’s an honour.“I will not only miss the Mixed team but the whole contingent. It is not just about winning, it is about coming away and becoming one family,” Touma said. Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, expressed his appreciation of the three athletes and their contribution to the sport, not just at a national level but also all the way down to a grassroots level. “Thank you Robert, Terry and Trent for all your service. You have all been wonderful ambassadors for the game. Thank you for all you have done for your country and what a great way to finish wonderful careers,” Maguire said. Related LinksThanks to retiring greatslast_img read more


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10 months agoLiverpool fullback Robertson warns fans: We have nothing

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson warns fans: We have nothingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson has warned fans nothing has yet been won.The Reds meet Manchester City on Thursday.Robertson said after Saturday’s 5-1 Anfield thrashing of Arsenal: “You need to ask other teams about that.“We spoke about City last season and I’m sure every other team. did. They were very hard to beat. Of course we did it here in the league and the Champions League but in the league, not many people could touch them. But the thing is, they completed it and they’ve got their winners’ medal and the trophy.“Just now, we have nothing and that’s why at the end of the season, hopefully we can talk about it.“Of course we hope that we win it but we know how hard it is and we know two teams, probably even more, are right behind us and causing us all sorts of problems. We know they’ll be right on our tails so we keep our feet on the ground and hopefully by then we’ll be celebrating. But we take it game by game.“If teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage. If people are worrying coming here, it’s a good sign for us. But it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.” last_img read more


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Haudenosaunee passport confiscated

first_imgAPTN National NewsJoyce King crosses the Canada-U.S. border for “little tiny things… just continuously”. It’s a part of her daily life in Akwesasne, a Mohawk community that straddles the borders of Ontario, Quebec, and New York. And she always uses her Haudenosaunee passport.But last month, the Canadian government confiscated that Haudenosaunee passport. And King is still waiting for it to be returned.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has the details.last_img


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Medical marijuana firm Canopy Growth launches Latin American subsidiary

first_imgSMITHS FALLS, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corp. has launched a Latin American subsidiary and acquired a Colombian medical marijuana company.The Canadian licensed medical marijuana producer says it has issued nearly 1.2 million shares it valued at about $45.7 million to acquire Spectrum Cannabis Colombia, which previously operated as Colombian Cannabis.Canopy also says it will make four payments of up to 524,576 shares it valued at about $20 million each on the satisfaction of certain milestones.Canopy LATAM Corp., the company’s new Latin American affiliate, will be led by Antonio Droghetti.Under the deal, Canopy will also issue 595,184 shares valued at about $24.5 million to the shareholders of Canindica, a company controlled by Droghetti. Canindica shareholders may also receive four additional milestone payments valued at about $12.2 million to be paid in shares.Canopy has also agreed to make an additional payment on July 4, 2023, to those who have completed all of their milestones by that date.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)last_img read more


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The Latest Brazil causes roadblocks at UN climate talks

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local):4:30 p.m.Attempts by developed nations at the U.N. climate talks in Poland to create watertight rules for international carbon emissions trading have prompted new, last-minute demands from Brazil.Officials say the closing meeting at the U.N. climate talks has been delayed until 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) Saturday, prompting a collective groan from delegates.Negotiators from almost 200 countries appeared close to clinching a deal Saturday on the rules that will govern the 2015 Paris climate accord, after two weeks of intense negotiations in Poland.The most recent draft agreement published by the Polish official chairing the meeting set out most of the terms under which countries must report their greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to cut them.Language on increasing efforts to curb climate change was postponed until a U.N. summit in New York in September.___9 a.m.A deal on the rules that govern the Paris climate accord appeared within grasp Saturday, as officials from almost 200 countries worked to bridge remaining differences after two weeks of U.N. talks in Poland.The 2015 Paris Agreement was a landmark moment in international diplomacy, bringing together governments with vastly different views to tackle the common threat of global warming. But while the accord set a headline target of keeping average global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) — or 1.5 C (2.7 F) if possible — much of the fine print was left unfinished.The meeting in Poland’s southern city of Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases — a key factor in man-made climate change — and the efforts they’re taking to reduce them. Poor countries also wanted assurances on financial support to help them cut emissions, adapt to inevitable changes such as sea level rise and pay for damage that’s already happened.n?The Associated Presslast_img read more


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Goas new CM to be sworn in soon

first_imgPanaji: Goa’s new Chief Minister will be sworn in soon. state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar announced on Monday. Speaking to reporters, Tendulkar, who was exiting a city resort with Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant, one of the candidates for the Chief Minister’s post, said that all issues related to government formation would be cleared soon. The BJP is holding negotiations with potential political allies to stitch together a coalition government and zero-in on a Chief Minister after the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday.last_img