Noise pollution nuisance Upper Corentyne

first_imgDear Editor,Those in authority in this country seems to be harboring a debilitating misbelief that if you ignore facts then they will go away with time. However, what they have failed to recognize is that ignoring negative things that need to be fixed can not only be counterproductive but destructive as well.I have written a letter to the press expressing my utter disappointment on how the noise pollution on the Upper Corentyne areas are negatively affecting the residents, especially the more vulnerable, through the illegal use of 1200 watts amplifiers and loudspeakers to do mobile advertising and vending. I have also pointed out that the Commander of the GPF in Region 6 should not be the one to grant permission to do this. The Environmental Protection Agency is the body responsible for this.The scenario has not changed. In fact the scenario is getting worse since it now seems that only a particular person is given permission to conduct this illegal mobile advertisement.The EPA has failed, the Public Security Minister has failed, the Commander of the Region has failed so I do feel it will be futile to call upon the authorities to do anything.Yours sincerely,Muhammad Mustaphalast_img read more

Perhaps Dr Adu-Krow was misquoted?

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Voice notes an article in a section of the local media in which PAHO’s Dr Adu-Krow is quoted as saying that the suicide rate in Guyana has ‘plummeted to 20.6 per 100,000 people.’ Actually WHO figures indicate a rate of 30.6 and a global ranking of number two. Perhaps Dr Adu-Krow was misquoted.Not that we’re not thrilled by the significant reduction from 44.2 in 2012 and a global ranking of number one, but we are bemused by the implication that this reduction is due to the work of the Government of Guyana (GoG). Actually, this reduction is due much more to the work of NGOs like The Caribbean Voice (TCV) and very little to GoG efforts.In fact, TCV has an ongoing campaign organised and run by almost 70 volunteers in and out of Guyana. It is built on five pillars – training, information dissemination and awareness building, lobbying and advocacy, counselling interventions (over 300 cases in three years), and building stakeholders’ collaborations (such as with Annual National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept 10).The programme includes five different workshops: youth & students, teachers, community outreach, train the trainer, and employees. Seven dedicated sub-groups in six regions (with plans to set up same in the other four regions), managed by a passionate leadership committee, ensure that our work is continual, ongoing, holistic, collaborative, and comprehensive.Meanwhile, we commend doctors being trained in the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme [mhGAP], but WHO have actually strongly advocated for integration of mental health care into the current primary health care system, as critical to address mental health issues, including suicide.Training of doctors is just the start of such a process, and by itself it has negligible impact. As WHO indeed pointed out, “Successful scaling up is the joint responsibility of governments, health professionals, civil society, communities, and families, with support from the international community. The essence of mhGAP is building partnerships for collective action”; in other words, an integrated health care system and concerted collaboration by all stakeholders.The article goes on to talk about vaguely defined ‘suicide deterrent’ measures that we have heard about before. However, given that the Government rejected something as fundamental as decriminalizing attempted suicide because supporting the bill would have meant the Opposition would get credit, it explains quite clearly that Government’s actions are premised on gaining political mileage, rather than genuinely addressing suicide and mental health in general.So we wonder whether that is why the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Plans, drafted under the previous Government and subsequently fine-tuned by officials of the Health Ministry, have been shelved by the current Government.Sincerely,Annan BoodramThe CaribbeanVoicelast_img read more

Cove and John Ashram hosts blood drive

first_img– 20 pints donatedThe Guyana Sevashram Sangha (Cove and John Ashram) on the East Coast Demerara, on Sunday donated 20 pints of blood to the Guyana Blood Bank.A devotee making a donationAccording to spiritual leader of the Ashram, Swami Shiva Shankaranandaji Maharaj, the blood drive is an annual event and is part of the Ashram’s Seva Programme. Blood was donated by Swami, Brahmachari, devotees and members of the Cove and John community.Swami said it’s a blessing to give blood which contributes toward saving lives. He thanked all the donors for making the drive a success. Swami noted that it was a collective effort between the ashram and Blood Bank.The leader also said that serving mankind is like serving God.last_img

Laxer drug-use rules for cop recruits fought

first_img rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBut Personnel Department officials said there was a misunderstanding of the city policy. “All we are doing is seeking a change in the process,” said Phyllis Lynes, who heads the department’s Public Safety Employment Division. “In the past, an applicant who experimented with drugs had to file an appeal to be accepted. “What we have is that they do not need to file an appeal, but we will review it separately.” The issue has developed into a controversy between Chief William Bratton and two council members, Dennis Zine and Bernard Parks. The two councilman have asked that Bratton be rebuked for comments he made during a television interview regarding them. The debate over whether the Los Angeles Police Department should be able to hire officers who have previously experimented with drugs continued Wednesday, with former law enforcement officials urging the city to return to a zero-tolerance policy. “If you are just going to be able to get a half-dozen more recruits, it doesn’t seem worth it,” said Charlie Parsons, former head of the FBI’s Los Angeles office and now president of the Drug Abuse Assistance Education program. Even though the city’s policy is tougher than most other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Parsons said he believes it should return to the “zero tolerance” standard that was in place prior to the 1990s. Several other speakers, including former Deputy Chief David Gascon, also urged the City Council’s Personnel Committee to make a similar recommendation to the full council. last_img read more

Confronting a challenge

first_imgNEW YORK – Your most productive employee drives you nuts – so nuts that you realize you just don’t like her.But she’s so valuable to your small business.So, what do you do?Any company owner who has employees is likely at some point to run into the problem of the talented and highly competent but difficult worker. Small-business owners who have been in that situation recommend dealing with employee problems when they’re in the embryonic stage – the longer you let things fester, the harder it will be to resolve them. And along the way, your company, including your other staffers, is likely to suffer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesCarol Fass, who owns a publicity firm bearing her name in New York, recalled two workers who were quite valuable – up to a point.“They were very good publicists and excellent writers and excellent with the clients, but they didn’t create an environment here that I enjoyed – I didn’t want to have an environment full of tension and friction,” Fass said.So, Fass said, she asked both workers to leave; they were poisoning the atmosphere in the company, and Fass realized she was losing the respect of her other employees. Her business has survived quite well without her difficult staffers.“No one is irreplaceable,” Fass said.But Fass doesn’t believe that firing a difficult worker is the only solution. She recalled another situation with an entirely different outcome: “I had one person, a young woman, and when she first started working for me was fresh and kind of presumptuous,” Fass said. “So I said, You really shouldn’t be talking to me this way.’ She totally changed, she really got it and she worked for me for many years and I adored her.”Fass was doing one of the most important things an owner or any boss should do: give an employee feedback. Human-resources consultants advocate communicating with workers on a regular basis, letting them know what they’re doing right and wrong. Feedback is probably the only way you can get a difficult staffer to change for the better.Many small-business owners understandably are queasy about confronting staffers, for a variety of reasons. It certainly can be an unpleasant encounter.But, said Nancy Shenker, principal in ONswitch, a marketing firm in Thornwood, N.Y., “You have to learn to be comfortable communicating with people because sometimes they may not even be aware of the things they do that are driving other people crazy.”Sometimes, she noted, the boss may be part of the problem.“Make it we’ – how can we work better together?” Shenker said. “Maybe they have a short list of things that you do that drives them crazy.”Shenker said some problems might be avoided from the get-go. She tells incoming staffers some of her pet peeves, so they’ll know to avoid some of the behavior that can cause difficulty.In the end, though, even if a worker is very talented and helps the business, he or she could be doing a company more harm than good.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hazard hints at farewell, Barca name price for United target, Neymar wants to go

first_img 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online… getty 2 targets targets Bruno Fernandes has 31 league goals so far this season LATEST IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED LIVE ON talkSPORT Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Tranmere vs Forest Green (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Aston Villa vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs Leeds United (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORTSunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Doncaster vs Charlton (Sunday, 12:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Everton (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Mansfield vs Newport (Sunday, 6pm) – talkSPORT 2center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea star Eden Hazard suggests the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29 could be his last game for the club. The Real Madrid target said he is yet to decide whether he will stay after scoring the winning penalty against Eintracht Frankfurt. (BT Sport)Barcelona have slapped a £100million price tag on Manchester United target Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian is one of several high-profile players who could leave the Nou Camp this summer. (AS) LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Neymar has changed his mind over his future and now wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain. The 27-year-old has been a long-term target for Real Madrid. (Le10Sport)Manchester City have cooled their interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, opening the door for Manchester United to sign the 24-year-old. (The Sun)Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld admits he is thinking about a return to Ajax in the future. The Belgian spent five years at the Dutch club between 2008 and 2013. (Voetball International) LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Arsenal have been dealt a serious blow in their pursuit of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, with PSG in talks to land the Ivory Coast star. (The Sun)Spurs left-back Danny Rose hopes to ‘sign off in style’ if the Champions League final against Liverpool does prove to be his final game for the club. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have revived plans to revamp Stamford Bridge and are looking at other potential locations. (New Civil Engineer) The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… last_img read more

Ricky Burns set to fight for world title at third weight in Glasgow

first_img“It’s a huge boost for Scottish boxing, it’s good to see potential champions such as Charlie Flynn and Joe Ham coming through.”Burns last fought in Scotland in 2014 when he was defeated by Dejan Zlaticanin for the vacant WBC title and has been on the path back to the top since.In November, the 32-year-old defeated Josh King to take the WBO Inter-continental title but now faces a step up in weight and in class.The Coatbridge boxer, who has also held the WBO super featherweight title, defeated Michael Katsidis to become lightweight champion in 2011 and successfully defended the belt against Paulus Moses, Kevin Mitchell and Jose Gonzales.A controversial draw with Raymundo Beltran in 2013 saw him hold on to his title but he was defeated by Terence Crawford at the SECC in early 2014 . by Raman Bhardwaj and Andy CoyleRicky Burns is set to have a world title fight in Glasgow in May, contesting the WBA regular title with Italian fighter Michele Di Rocco.The former WBO lightweight belt holder will headline a huge night for Scottish boxing at the Hydro in May, with Willie Limond, Joe Ham and Charlie Flynn also in action.Limond is set to contest the British title with Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse. Di Rocco and Burns will meet at light welterweight and the 33-year-old Italian boasts an impressive record with 40 wins, one loss and one draw from his 42 fights.“I’m very happy for Ricky to get a chance of winning a third world title,” Burns’ manager Alex Morrison told STV. “It’s a great chance for Ricky to resurrect his career and I’m happy he’s fighting an Italian because there is a big Italian community in Glasgow.“And I’m pleased that Willie Limond is getting a chance to challenge for a mandatory British title. “It’ll be a big night in Glasgow. Charlie Flynn will also be on the undercard. last_img read more

Donegal security company vow to safeguard businesses this festive season

first_imgPromoted postOrbit Security Ltd.,based in Letterkenny but covering all of Donegal and the North West, is still leading the way after twenty years in the security business. Martin Hilferty, Managing Director of Orbit states that Orbit is the longest established company in the North West supplying keyholding services to a variety of companies, businesses and homes.Our clients include Government Agencies, County Council, Revenue Commissioners, HSE, OPW, IDA, local shops, hotels, banks, holidays homes and private houses.Martin noticed a need for security personnel locally and he grew the company from just himself doing door security initially to employing over sixty personnel today. He also saw the need for other security requirements such as fire and intruder alarms, cameras/CCTV, security gates, alarm response and key holding services. A Keyholding Service provides nightly checks and alarm response via a dedicated call out centre and a locally based security officer who will call to your premises immediately. This gives you complete peace of mind, safety and security.He says: “Don’t become a statistic of the many winter break ins, especially at Christmas time. The burglar knows this time of year has many rich pickings; in homes, holiday homes and well stocked shops and businesses.“Our customers can safely and with peace of mind attend the Christmas party, socialise and not worry about the security of their business or having to attend a middle of the night break in or alarm call out.“You don’t have to worry while participating in the festivities or having a drink, whether it be a Christmas party, wedding, birthday, anniversary, christening or whatever, we will do the call out.”Trust Orbit to look after and monitor your home or business; thousands of others do.Contact:info@orbitsecurity.ieTel: 0749128989 Mob: 0860493315 Donegal security company vow to safeguard businesses this festive season was last modified: December 13th, 2016 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

Pittsville rallies to beat Auburndale softball

first_imgPanthers score five in seventh inning to beat ApachesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Pittsville scored five times in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Auburndale 7-3 in a Marawood Conference South Division softball game Tuesday at Auburndale High School.Pittsville scored twice in the top of the fourth, and Auburndale came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead.Robyn Brokish knocked in Katie Lundgren with an RBI single, and Paiton Richardson had a big two-run double to plate Brokish and Jenna Ertl to put the Apaches ahead.Brokish relieved starting pitcher Rachael Bolder in the fifth and tossed two shutout innings before the Panthers (2-10, 2-6 Marawood South) rallied with a big seventh inning.Bolder and Richardson each had two hits for the Apaches (5-11, 2-7 Marawood South).Auburndale return to action Thursday with a home game against Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 7, Apaches 3Pittsville 000 200 5 – 7 5Auburndale 000 300 0 – 5 7Pittsville statistics not provided.LP: Robyn Brokish.SO: Rachael Bolder (4 inn.) 0, Brokish (3 inn.) 1. BB: R. Bolder 7, Brokish 3.Top hitters: A, R. Bolder 2×3; Paiton Richardson 2×3, 2B, 2 RBIs.Records: Pittsville 2-10, 2-6 Marawood South; Auburndale 5-11, 2-7 Marawood South.last_img read more

Massive balloons help polar scientists build underground tunnels

first_img Massive balloons help polar scientists build underground tunnels In 1967, the United States abandoned a top-secret military base in Greenland because its underground tunnels were caving in under the weight of the ice. It’s a problem familiar to scientists who work in some of the world’s coldest and most remote regions, who must also deal with limited infrastructure and a lack of building materials. Now, arctic researchers have devised a creative solution: inflating giant balloons under the snow to form surprisingly strong—and environmentally friendly—cylindrical tunnels.  The technique works like making a hot dog, says the method’s pioneer, Jørgen Peder Steffensen, a physicist at the University of Copenhagen. “Using snowblowers we cut a trench—that’s the bun,” says Steffensen, who also heads logistics for the East Greenland Ice-core Project (EastGRIP), a research effort focused on understanding the history of the ice sheet. “The balloon is the shape of a giant hot dog, and we inflate it in place below the surface. Then we throw snow back on top”—the condiments, in this analogy—“and the snow hardens on top of that.” Days later, the balloons are deflated and taken away, leaving behind tunnels that provide shelter, workshops, or storage for scientists.In the past, polar engineers in Greenland and Antarctica used flat wooden beams or curved aluminum shoring to create ceilings above icy walls and floors. Snow would accumulate above and harden. But over time, the ice would deform and contract, leading to sagging ceilings and narrowing walls that could eventually close completely. 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First, because of the inherent strength of arches, the cylindrical tunnels contract slightly more slowly than the rectangularly shored ceilings. In one test tunnel formed by a balloon, engineers measured a 25-centimeter-per-year contraction versus a 27-centimeter-per-year contraction for a traditional trench.  By Eli KintischJul. 13, 2017 , 1:15 PM Giant balloons are used to make tunnels for scientists working on the Greenland Ice Sheet. East Greenland Ice-core Project, www.eastgrip.org center_img Snow is piled on top, and the balloon is deflated, leaving behind a tunnel. East Greenland Ice-core Project, www.eastgrip.org And any contraction can be more easily managed in the cylindrical tunnels. Without shoring in the way, team members can cut encroaching walls away with saws to rewiden rooms, without risk of collapse. There’s also an environmental advantage: The metal or wood required for the old technique requires fuel-intensive cargo plane flights, and is many times heavier than the balloons. After ceilings deform, the shoring material generally cannot be retrieved from the ice subsurface, and so researchers must leave it behind.Steffensen first tried the technique in 2012 on another Greenland base. Last summer, he led the team that built the full tunnel system at EastGRIP, deploying a total of eight balloons. The biggest balloon is 40 meters long, but several can be placed end-to-end to make longer tunnels. After initial drilling tests last summer, this summer’s drilling has fully begun with the tunnels providing consistently cool temperatures. “This is good news for the ice cores, as we would like them to stay as cold as possible,” Steffensen says.Polar engineers are interested in adopting the technique elsewhere. Engineer Vincenzo Cincotti, who leads logistics for an Italian team at the Concordia Research Station in Antarctica, has purchased two balloons to test making storage facilities next Antarctic summer. Though he believes that the balloon technique will be cheaper than shipping metal or wood, he is eager to know if the drier and colder conditions in Antarctica will affect how the snow hardens to form the icy roofs of the tunnels. “If it works, you can make as many shelters as you need with the balloons,” he says.last_img read more