A Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) contractor was on Wednesday released on $100,000 bail after he denied two fraud charges when he appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Trevor Glasgow, 47, of Lot 9 Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD), denied that between September 4 and 12, 2018 at Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, with intent to defraud he forged a GWI gate pass to obtain several buckets owned by the company.Glasgow’s attorney, in a bail application, informed the court that there was no evidence to prove that his client’s handwriting was on the forged gate pass.Magistrate Azore released Glasgow on $100,000 bail, and the case was scheduled to continue on October 31, 2018.Meanwhile, 27-year-old Cliff Ryan Jacobs of Lot 264 Low Creek, Linden-Soesdyke Highway also made an appearance before Magistrate Azore and was also released on bail after he denied a fraud charge.Jacobs denied the charge which stated that on September 17, 2018 at the Central Immigration and Passport Office, Georgetown, he made a false statement by pretending to be Joseph Troy Gomes.According to the Prosecutor’s case, on September 17 about 09:20h, Jacobs visited the Central Immigration and Passport Office with a completed passport form and a birth certificate in his possession purporting to be Joseph Troy Gomes.Upon checking the documents, the immigration officer observed that the information was incorrect, and the charge was later instituted.Jacobs’s Attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat in his application for bail told the court that his client was willing to accept bail in a reasonable amount. The Police Prosecutor made no objections to bail, and, as a result, Magistrate Azore released Jacobs on $25,000 bail. The case will continue on October 2, 2018.
Interim manager Rafael Benitez has insisted that Chelsea can still catch Manchester United and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested the fight for the title is already a two-horse race, arguing it is unlikely that both Manchester clubs – who play each other this weekend – will be caught.But Benitez, whose team are third, said: “My view is very clear about this. We have to win against Sunderland and we will be closer to one of them.“If we can be closer sooner rather than later then that’s better. I believe we will have our chances if we start winning games.”Click here for the Sunderland v Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
5 December 2012South Africa’s policy makers should debate the question of whether sign language should be added to the country’s list of official languages, says President Jacob Zuma.Zuma was speaking during a Siyahlola presidential monitoring programme visit to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Tuesday.During a community meeting at Bergvlam Primary School, people with disabilities and various organisations urged Zuma to add sign language as one of the country’s official languages.Scelo Dlamini from KwaZulu-Natal’s Deaf People Association told Zuma that deaf children suffered a lot in schools as they were taught by teachers who did not know sign language.“Please make sure that there’s training for teachers for sign language, including in early childhood development for deaf children to develop their language. Then they will know sign language better when they go to school,” Dlamini urged the President.A representative from South African Disability Alliance urged the Department of Basic Education to improve the use of sign language in schools. “Deaf learners are still not being taught in the medium of sign language. Academic curriculum for deaf children and intellectual learners is unsatisfactory,” he said.In response, Zuma said it was clear that the government needed to do something.“From today we can argue it better – whether in Parliament or Cabinet – to say that this must happen. Children with disabilities go to school and are taught by teachers who don’t understand the language – you can imagine the difficulty,” he said.He said learning sign language should be included in teachers’ training.Disability Awareness MonthZuma’s visit was the culmination of Disability Awareness Month, held in November under the theme, “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”, as proclaimed by the United Nations for the International Day for Persons with Disability held on 3 December.Responding to the challenges raised by people with albinism, including being teased, Zuma urged South Africans to respect their rights and stop calling them names.“There should be no more calling them by different names … We have to respect the rights of all citizens, we might outlaw these names … so that we can caution society and accord them the respect that they deserve,” Zuma said.People with disabilities also called on the government to ensure that departments fast-tracked the implementation of a 2% employment quota for people with disabilities, as they also wanted to be part of the country’s growing economy.Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana promised to follow up on the matter, and others raised during the meeting, with Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. She also committed to call on other government departments to adhere to the 2% employment quota.“We already know the problems relating to access to transport and housing, and we are discussing these issues with relevant ministers including the Department of Labour.“We will sit down and speak with the arts and culture minister to recognise the issue of sign language. The basic education minister heard all the issues regarding education, and we will pass a request to the health minister about the access to hearing aids,” Xingwana said.Source: SANews.gov.za
SAinfo reporter 28 February 2013 South African Airways (SAA) has won the On Time Performance Service Award in the “Middle East and Africa major airlines” category, handed out by global flight and airport information services firm FlightStats. SAA has a 91.17% On Time Performance average, which bagged it the prize in its category against stiff competition from Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Gulf Air Company. The category looks at airlines which operate at least 30 000 scheduled flights annually in the Middle East and Africa and with a flight status coverage threshold of 80%. Airlines are recognised and awarded for delivering the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. “SAA is absolutely thrilled to win this prominent award as on time performance is a critical factor considered by customers when selecting which airline to fly,” SAA’s general manager of operations, Zuks Ramasia, said in a statement on Wednesday. SAA also said it has clamped down on baggage irregularities and theft in the last year thanks to a system-wide, structured approach to baggage handling. Collaboration between the Airports Company South Africa, airport ground handlers, outstations and SAA’s baggage services and group security services departments has ensured the improvement of surveillance and dealing with operational challenges. “SAA is grateful to its employees and partners for helping it to achieve this outstanding on time performance and baggage handling success,” Ramasia said. “It is only through collaboration and teamwork at all levels that SAA has been able to achieve these important goals. “But we will not rest on our laurels – rather, we will continue to apply a laser focus on providing our valued customers with reliable and high-quality service in every aspect of the travel experience.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mike Ryan, OCJ field reporterThe North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is a unique and valuable organization for gun dog owners, trainers, and breeders.“The organization is in part driven by breeders as a means to improve breeds and bloodlines. NAVHDA has four levels of tests that apply to every breed of gun dog in all of their training and development stages,” said Steve Spangler, of Sugar Grove, who has bred, trained, and hunted over bird dogs for 15 years. “The first level test is the Natural Ability Test, which is done before the dog is 16 months old. This tests the dog’s natural instincts by exposing the dog to certain situations and scenarios where they are graded on search, use of nose, cooperation, sensitivity, and bird finding. Actual training begins for the Utility Test. The Utility Test mimics everything I want a dog to do in the field, specifically where I hunt in southeastern Ohio. It tests obedience and steadiness, and evaluates how the dog retrieves in water and on land, how the dog searches on both water and land, and how it works before and after the shot.”According to the Association, it is a “non profit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well-trained reliable hunting dogs on both land and water…we provide a proven, standard method of evaluating performance of all versatile hunting dogs, consistent with North American hunting practices, regardless of breed.”Spangler has raised NAVHDA Versatile Champion gun dogs and appreciates the insights into his dogs that the group’s training meetings and tests offer him. As a member of the organization he enjoys the welcoming environment at NAVHDA field tests and the measurable standards on which his dogs are judged.“What I like about the tests is that you know what the judge is looking for when you go out into the field. More than one dog can be rewarded in one day, because they are ‘tests’ and not ‘trials.’ This creates a more collegial rather than competitive atmosphere, with guys cheering for each other’s dogs to score well. I have never come across a person who was in it for the wrong reasons. It’s all about the dogs and supporting their handlers,” Spangler said. “The testing is a good measurement stick — dogs that have the ability for NAVHDA tests and can handle the training and have good breed characteristics. I raise German Shorthairs and the tests and NAVHDA training give me insight into what I should keep around for breeding purposes. Having testing goals and expectations gives you and the dog something to work for in the offseason, which in Ohio, can be pretty long.”These field tests are given by local groups once or twice per year and National Tests are conducted each year for dogs who score well enough on the Utility Test. Dogs who score highly enough at the National Invitational are awarded the title of Versatile Champion.Beyond the tests, NAVHDA groups hold regular gatherings. Spangler’s mid-Ohio NAVHDA group meets monthly at Delaware State Park; these monthly training sessions and group outings are for the dogs to work on test preparation and basic obedience.“These monthly meetings offer different training scenarios for the dogs and opportunities for members to train with advanced handlers,” Spangler said. “The group is good at making connections for people new to the sport and those who train alone. One major obstacle in bird dog training is a lack of birds. With NAVHDA, guys can get together, order large numbers of birds, and get out on the land.”Once a dog has completed the rigors of NAVHDA tests, Spangler can be confident that he has a loyal, adept, and reliable hunting companion.“Once I have a dog trained for the Utility Test, I can feel at ease taking it to hunt public lands, encountering other hunters in the field, public roadways, and a mixed bag of bird species,” Spangler said. “The dog can be trusted to deal with those issues and not cause the handler stress. This makes the hunt more enjoyable.”And Spangler is passionate about chasing woodcock, grouse, ducks, and geese across the southeastern Ohio countryside with his canine companions.“I love the athleticism of German shorthairs and their ability to move about in the grouse woods. I like a dog that has an edginess, as well as the self control to turn that intensity on and off and be an enjoyable companion. I want a dog that has composure and poise when we get into birds. The last thing you want after 4 hours of hunting and you finally get that grouse encounter is for the dog to blow it because it is too excited and amped up,” Spangler said. “Bird hunting is an obsession and what draws me to grouse and woodcock hunting is the obscurity of the birds; they are not well known or often seen. I try to take advantage of the hunting opportunities that Ohio affords. The birds can sometimes be few and the limits are small, and some might say it is a waste of time and effort. But, a lot of guys who haven’t experienced woodcock hunting don’t know what they’re missing. Jump shooting river ducks can be a ton of fun and can be a great experience for the dogs, too.”For Spangler, it is the ultimately the dogs that fuel his interest in this sport.“I like getting outside and I like hunting birds, but it is not all about killing birds or getting my daily limit. What really draws me to bird hunting apart from other hunting is the partnership with the dog,” he said. “Even though field hunting for geese or duck hunting can be easily done without a dog, I would not go if one was not by my side. I like to experience the hunt with the dog and it is rewarding to see the fruits of our NAVHDA training out in the field.”Steve Spangler and the NAVHDA organization are aligned with what author Guy de la Valdene says of bird dogs in his essay, Dog Days: “A half century after my first dog, I still marvel at how quickly they recognize cover, the manner in which they point and retrieve birds, the indolence of males marking territory…I love the every day quirks of a dog’s character, its habits, its independence, the insouciance of its sprawling slumber, and the accepting drop of a dog’s ears at the approach of a trusted hand.”NAVHDA’s website is navhda.org. More information on Steve Spangler’s dogs and breeding program can be found at fairfieldsgundogs.com.
sarah perez OK, Microsoft, I’ll bite. Will Windows Phone 7 give me my life back, letting me “get in and get out” with ease? Do I even want to live like that?Let’s find out.Stay tuned.*Disclosure: Microsoft provided me with the HTC HD7 for testing purposes.Image credit: Red-tiled HD7, Engadget There’s a good number of popular apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, including several old favorites like Amazon Kindle, Amazon.com, Facebook, Flickr, Flixster, Netflix (hey, you can’t get that on Android yet!), YouTube, IMDb, Shazam, ShopSavvy, Twitter, WeatherBug and Yelp, all of which are now loaded on my phone in addition to Foursquare. There are also some seemingly fun Instagram-esque photo filtering apps like Colorizer, Bubblegum and Photo Enhancer, which I’m looking forward to trying.Plus, Microsoft brings its own apps to the table, including Office, Bing Maps and Windows Phone 7’s many “Hubs” – the live tiles on the phone’s homescreen that organize updates from your social networks, messages, photos, games, music and videos and more.In total, Microsoft says it now has 11,500 mobile applications available.No Geeking Out with WP7?The phone’s tiled interface is easy to get used to, simple, even a little elegant. It’s a big departure from screen after screen of apps like on iPhone, and live updating tiles like the one from WeatherBug can give you that widget-like feel you may miss from your Android days. However, I get the sense that I won’t be endlessly customizing and tweaking my phone, as I did with the Nexus S, which makes me a little sad.But let’s be honest – many people don’t geek out with their phones to the extent of setting up profiles and using complex apps like Tasker for Android to automate every aspect of their device. They set up their email, install some apps and go about their life. (The horror, I know!)Does that mean there’s no geeking out to be had on the Windows Phone 7 platform for smartphone addicts like me? That’s the message I seem to get from Microsoft’s ads, especially this clever one (below) which shows how overly engrossed we are in our devices – to the extent that we’re missing out on life itself. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The first day I used the HTC HD7 running Windows Phone 7, the new mobile operating system from Microsoft, I couldn’t log into Foursquare. A friend on Twitter told me the issue had been going on for almost a week. The Foursquare support Twitter account had tweeted to those who asked that the issue was “being worked on.” No ETA on a fix was given. There were few complaints. No one, except for Microsoft employees and a handful of brave early adopters, probably even noticed. After several more days, the login function began to work again. There was no blog post from Foursquare about the issue or its resolution.Is this what it’s like to be a second-class citizen in a world dominated by iPhones and Androids? As I transition over to this new handset, that’s a key question I want to answer.Mission: Really Use Windows Phone 7During the outage, I discovered there were other third-party Foursquare apps to choose from, including a pretty great one called 4th and Mayor. Hmm, maybe Windows Phone 7 won’t be too bad after all?I’m determined to find out.My mission over the next couple of months, is to discover whether or not Windows Phone 7 is a usable device for early adopter-ish, Google-using, Android-attached smartphone addicts like me. Or you, maybe.To conduct this experiment, I’m using HTC’s HD7*, a fairly high-end smartphone with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera with support for 720p HD video, 4.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen, 16 GB of storage…oh, and a kickstand.Early Press Surprisingly PositiveWe already know that many tech journalists, including notable Apple fans, have said that Windows Phone 7 is a good, if not downright attractive, mobile operating system (OS). One review that stands out the most in my mind as I begin this transition is from TechCrunch’s MG Siegler who surprised his legion of pro-Apple supporters by writing “Wow, With Windows Phone 7, Did Microsoft Actually Bring a Gun to a Gun Fight?““..Over the past few months, I’ve actually been pleasantly and continuously surprised by what I’ve seen of Windows Phone 7. My initial reaction? Impressed….I already like this better than Android.”Just as shocking, noted Apple insider John Gruber even applauded Microsoft for trying something different.“Good for Microsoft for starting over with a truly new UI and new developer APIs,” he wrote before delving into more critical thoughts.But from a devout Apple fan like Gruber, the sentence almost felt like a compliment. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#Op-Ed#web Then there was the incredibly comprehensive Engadget review from now-former editor Joshua Topolsky which included praise for everything from the Metro UI (“we happen to like the way it looks”) to the software’s responsiveness and speed (“the most accurate and nuanced touch response this side of iOS4”).That said, Topolsky still found a few bugs and holes in the product, and concluded that the new OS felt as if it was “a good year behind market leaders,” mainly because of its lack of multi-tasking and copy-and-paste. An update bringing at least one of those features (copy & paste) happens to be rolling out now, however.While I consider Engadget’s detailed review the definitive resource on everything there is to know about WP7’s OS, I like to approach these things from an end user standpoint by really living with the device. Not for days or weeks, but for months. And not just using the phone, but actually switching phones.Wait, Didn’t You Just Switch to Android? As those who read this website regularly know, I switched from iPhone to Android back in December 2010. Despite a little bit of cheating, I can safely say that I’m currently, and primarily, an Android user. I traded polish for power by moving to Android, I recently concluded. Overall, I’m happier to have access to Android’s better notifications, its widgets and the deep integration with Google services the platform offers, than the perfection delivered by Apple’s iPhone.I use the Nexus S as my main device these days and I’m actually somewhat terrified to give it up – to test out this HD7, I’ll need to move my SIM card over to the HTC phone. (Both are T-Mobile handsets). I have to admit, the thought scares me as much as my first transition from iPhone to Android did. But I will suffer through… maybe I’ll even come away pleasantly surprised. Or maybe I’ll go running back to Android. Who knows?Get Started: Apps and CustomizationsFor what it’s worth, the issue with Foursquare occurred at the beginning of my switch, while I was getting the HD7 device set up with my apps, settings and preferences. It was resolved at some point, but I’m not sure when because I haven’t made the full transition yet – that’s happening today.I wonder, though: will other applications treat me as poorly going forward? What apps will I really miss by switching? What day-to-day tasks will be improved – or made worse – after spending time on this platform?Before I can begin to answer those questions, I first had to configure the phone to my liking. And for me that means apps and customizations. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in UPDATED on January 8, 2018Most homes have several exhaust appliances. These typically include a bathroom fan (40-200 cfm), a clothes dryer (100-225 cfm), and perhaps a power-vented water heater (50 cfm), a wood stove (30-50 cfm), or a central vacuum cleaning system (100-200 cfm). But the most powerful exhaust appliance in most homes is the kitchen range-hood fan (100-1,200 cfm).Every time an exhaust fan removes air from your house, an equal volume of air must enter. The air that enters cracks in a home’s envelope to replace air that is exhausted is called “makeup air.” Two trends affecting makeup air are causing increasing problems for homeowners: homes are getting tighter, and range-hood fans are getting more powerful.So where does a powerful range-hood fan get its makeup air? If the house doesn’t have enough random air leaks around windows, doors, and mudsills, the makeup air is often pulled backwards through water-heater flues or down wood-burning chimneys — a phenomenon called backdrafting. Since the flue gases of some combustion appliances can include carbon monoxide, backdrafting is dangerous. In some cases, it can be life-threatening.Most residential Q&A columns get regular questions from homeowners asking how to solve backdrafting problems or how to provide makeup air for exhaust fans. Yet range hood manufacturers are notorious for failing to provide installers with any guidance on makeup air. Several years ago, I looked into the problem and reported what I found in an article published in the August 2006 issue of Energy Design Update.The genesis of my research was a homeowner query posted on Breaktime, the Web forum maintained by Fine Homebuilding magazine. Cheryl Morris described problems with her expensive new 1,200-cfm GE Monogram range hood. “It will pull a negative in the house,” she wrote. Reached by phone, Morris told me,… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
Everyone can relate to having a boss whose expectations do not jibe with the experience of workers in the trenches. That disconnect is happening today between CIOs and IT departments struggling with Big Data.What IT Workers SayA survey of more than 300 IT department employees has found that the majority of those immersed in Big Data projects are failing to meet their objectives. Even worse, they are often the last people CIOs turn to for advice on Big Data and advanced analytics projects, according to the poll conducted by Infochimps and SSWUG.org, a community site for IT professionals.Now there’s certainly a self-serving element to the survey. Infochimps peddles Big Data in the cloud as a simpler way to get the job done than trying to manage it in-house. Nevertheless, the survey provides additional insight on what has been said before: that all the vendor hype around Big Data masks that fact that it’s really hard and the technology is difficult even for IT pros.“We created this report as a resource to give CIOs insight into the too-often overlooked views of those charged with the heavy lifting,” Jim Kaskade, chief executive for Infochimps, says.The greatest challenge with Big Data is getting at the data trapped in various business applications across an organization, the survey found. Pooling this huge amount of information is necessary in order to run the necessary analytics to find ways to cut costs and run a more efficient business. But before that can happen, all the data has to be converted into a usable format.“Predictive analytics and other Big Data novelties are downright sexy compared to the slog of gathering, normalizing, and cleansing data, but without clean data, your Big Data initiatives are likely to take longer, cost more, and deliver fewer benefits,” Patrick Gray, president of IT consulting company Prevoyance Group, says in a blog on TechRepublic.Another top reason for the failure of Big Data projects is overreaching. CIOs are looking for analytical platforms that meet an entire organization’s needs. “Unless they understand specific use-cases first, many will find such an approach falls short,” Kaskade says.Other headaches for IT workers are a lack of expertise and not being given enough time. “Big Data is complex, and projects often take longer than planned due to education demands and challenges related to new technologies, corporate culture and integration,” the survey says.Big Data Versus RealityInfochimps is not the first to get the Big Data rundown from IT pros. Gartner research director Svetlana Sicular wrote a blog last month saying companies’ view of Big Data was headed from the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment.”The biggest disappointment was with Hadoop, an open-source framework for the heavy computational work needed with Big Data. While companies have ambitious plans for their data, they are struggling to build the analytics to deliver the results they want. “Formulating a right question is always hard, but with big data, it is an order of magnitude harder, because you are blazing the trail – not grazing on the green field,” Sicular says.Most companies taking on Big Data are not giving up. Infochimps found that 81% of the companies covered in the survey have placed Big Data and advanced analytics projects in their top five IT priorities for this year.All the problems confronted so far are to be expected, given the immaturity of the technology. And as coaches like to say, “No pain, no gain.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#Big Data antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…