…the water boyWe live in interesting times. And your Eyewitness isn’t even thinking of all those interesting Haitians trying to blend in with the locals; their giveaway, however, is their being quite religious folks who just have to practise their “Voudou” — which we call “Voodoo”, and which some folks are VERY leery about, and have reported them to Khemraj Ramjattan, who’s supposed to be in charge of Public Security, but not Immigration, of which he was stripped!No, that’s grist for another mill. What your Eyewitness wants to talk about is the Opposition Leader’s telling it like it is about Moses Nagamootoo.Seems the PNC government’s been peddling a canard to the international community that the PPP doesn’t want to negotiate with them on several nettlesome matters. Now, everyone in Guyana — and their uncle — knows the reason for the PPP not sitting across the table from the PNC. And it ain’t that they don’t like Moses Nagamootoo, whom the PNC selected as their lead negotiator. Heck, back in the day, Jagdeo negotiated with Desmond Hoyte – and there was no love lost between them!! And Jagdeo was then just cutting his (presidential) teeth!!!Mouth open and story jump out when Jagdeo recently revealed he got a call from US former President Jimmy Carter – who, of course, brought back free and fair elections to Guyana in 1992. The stillborn negotiations had nothing to do with Nagamootoo being disliked, abhorred, scorned, loathed, detested, despised, or abhorred by the PPP. Of course, folks in the PPP feel that way about Nagamootoo – take your pick!! Who wouldn’t?? In fact, that’s the one thing that unites both PPP factions right now!!Jagdeo revealed that, in essence, they wouldn’t waste their time negotiating with a fella who’s been so neutered by the PNC he can’t even negotiate an appointment to see President Granger in six months!! About his own neutering!! But Nagamootoo should understand these things – the water boy in cricket just passes on messages from the captain, he has absolutely no authority to answer questions from the fellas in the middle!! To change the analogy, as a man who’s tippled in rumshops from Point Playa to Crabwood Creek, Nagamootoo knows that “lil bottle and big bottle don’t be on the same shelf”!!If the truth be told, his erstwhile comrades in the PPP are actually quite embarrassed about his treatment at the hands of the PNC. And they’re even more embarrassed at how he’s been forced to become a sycophantic, “toothless poodle” (in the words of Cheddi Jagan) to a party he cussed out for 50 years! At his age, accepting being just a columnist for the Chronicle!!Ah… how low has the mighty (in his mind!!) fallen!!…the military build-upThe economy might be sputtering because of the novice the PNC placed to head Finance. Agriculture might be ruined because of the nonentity the AFC (?) is represented by at the helm. Oil might be gifted away because of the “Man from Nassau’s” perfidy. But if one thing’s growing quite nicely, thank you, it’s the Disciplined Forces!!Recruitment for the GDF is up…recruitment for the GPF is up…the Cadet Corps (which gave us Brigadier Granger!) is up and running, and we’re even getting photographs of newly-recruited Prison Service Officers in the papers!! And now we’ve just been told that 1608 persons have already been inducted into People’s Militia!! Imagine that!! And 2020’s still two years away!! What’s the connection, you ask, dear reader? Well cast your mind back to the good ole days of PNC-run elections, if you can. Or read up on it, if you can’t.The Disciplined Forces are an integral aspect of elections under the PNC.Think why the largest number of People’s Militia are in Region Six!!…Spewed gasAs your Eyewitness has said again and again, and again….this fella Patterson is full of that stuff; and of course gas, which is its precursor!He’s spinning tales about gas-fired generators, but hasn’t tied down Exxon to providing any gas as yet!!
To make things better for the Williams family, Sonny Bill will be accompanied to Rio by his sister Niall, 28, who was a New Zealand touch rugby player for several years before switching to sevens last year.“I’m proud of her, but at the same time there are a lot of media here and a lot of spotlight on myself and my sister, but for us it’s not about us two,” said Sonny Bill.“To be able to say you’re an Olympian and get a medal, that’d just be another level,” Williams told ESPN. “It would be unbelievable. I get butterflies just thinking about it.”Coach Gordon Tietjens, who has guided New Zealand to 10 World Sevens titles, rated his side as medal contenders despite finishing third in this year’s world series.“It’s going to be a challenging environment for all of us and all the teams as it’s such a new experience,” he said, with the New Zealand men’s team drawn in Pool C with Britain, Kenya and Japan.“Sevens is very competitive, so it’s important that we perform and if we perform to our potential, we’ll have a really good chance of succeeding in Rio.”Sonny Bill personifies the type of oval ball player any sevens coach would warmly welcome with open hands: a towering athlete offering physicality, dynamism, speed and offloading ability, technically strong with a capacity to read a game.– Not for faint-hearted –It is no surprise that a raft of touted 15-a-side players missed out on selection, having failed to gel quickly enough with the sevens format, played on a full-size pitch and not for the faint-hearted, the slightest defensive error likely to be fully exploited.South Africa overlooked veteran winger Bryan Habana and Fiji decided not to go with former Australian rugby league and American football star Jarryd Hayne.Hayne, who in May ditched a career in American gridiron with the San Francisco 49ers to join the Fijians, said he had not given himself enough time to transition into sevens, evidence of the gulf in athleticism required for the high-octane game.The NFL (National Football League) will be represented, however, in the shape of New England Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner, who also worked on special teams as his outfit captured last year’s Super Bowl crown.Ebner was the youngest-ever US Sevens player at age 17 before going to Ohio State, where he split time with rugby and American football until he started his NFL career, never losing his love for rugby.It was indeed the Americans who won gold when rugby was last played in the Olympics back in 1924 in the 15-a-side format which debuted in 1900.Also in their squad is Carlin Isles, dubbed “the fastest man in rugby” having clocked a personal best of 10.12 seconds for the 100m during his track career, a time that would have got him into the semi-finals of the 2012 London Games.His switch to rugby sevens was a tough learning curve, but he adapted quickly and his legend took off in late 2012 when a youtube video showcasing Isles’ speed went viral. To date, the video has garnered nearly seven million views.For the competition itself, top seeds are two-time defending world champions Fiji, chasing a first-ever Olympic medal.The islanders were handed what should be a relatively straightforward route into the quarter-finals in Pool A, where their opponents will be Isles’ United States, Argentina and hosts Brazil.Pool B will see southern hemisphere rivals South Africa and Australia vying for supremacy alongside France and surprise qualifiers Spain.In the women’s tournament, top seeds Australia will play the US, Fiji and Colombia in Pool A while New Zealand, France, Spain and Kenya contest Pool B.Canada, Great Britain, Brazil and Japan complete the field in Pool C.The top two teams from each pool qualify for the knockout rounds, along with the two best third-placed sides at the 15,000-capacity Deodoro stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams has enjoyed tremendous success in rugby league and professional boxing, but made himself unavailable for Super Rugby and the June Test series against Wales this year to focus on the sevens © AFP/File / Thomas SamsonRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug 2 – Sonny Bill Williams’ latest code-hopping venture will see the two-time rugby union World Cup winner target Olympic gold as rugby sevens makes its debut at the Rio Games.As well as those two World Cup triumphs, the 30-year-old Williams has enjoyed tremendous success in rugby league and professional boxing, but made himself unavailable for Super Rugby and the June Test series against Wales this year to focus on the sevens.
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Champions League group stage continues tonight with three English team in action.Loris Karius is set to start in goal as Liverpool travel to Russia to take on Spartak Moscow, with the Reds 8/13 favourites for the victory, and the hosts 4/1.Tottenham, meanwhile, are missing a number of key first-team players for their trip to face Apoel Nicosia, with Spurs 2/5 to win and the Cypriot outfit 7/1.Elsewhere, high-flying Manchester City are 2/11 to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium, with the visitors 14/1 to beat Pep Guardiola’s in-form side.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Latest Football News REVEALED Interim boss Santiago Solari has slightly steadied the ship with Real now fifth in the table and they are still fighting in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.However, reports emerged that club president Florentino Perez is looking to bring Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu and that could see a number of new signings come in, too.They’ve already brought in youngster Brahim Diaz from Manchester City in a deal that could be worth up to £22million but there are surely more to come.So how might the Spanish giants line up next season? Below you can see a possible Real Madrid XI for the 2019/20 season under Jose Mourinho. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade By Real Madrid’s exceptional standards the 2018/19 season has been total rubbish so far.Swift action was taken by sacking Julen Lopetegui as manager following their humiliating 5-1 defeat to league rivals Barcelona in October with Los Blancos in ninth in La Liga at the time. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice BEST OF Eriksen’s deal at Spurs runs out in June 2020 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED It’s been a pretty dismal season at Real Madrid so far MONEY Mourinho and Hazard have worked together at Chelsea Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Karim Benzema has been linked with a move away which could pave the way for Gareth Bale to play as an out-and-out striker.Real Madrid have struggled to fill the Ronaldo void but Bale is one of the few players in world football capable of getting near his standards.Starting XI REVEALED 4 Eriksen is stalling on a new deal at Spurs which could be the perfect opportunity for Real to swoop in.However, the latest stories claim Spurs would only be willing to let the Dane go for a record transfer fee.AttackGiven Real’s dismal season, Diaz could get plenty of opportunities to establish himself in the first-team.And it’s surely just a matter of time before Eden Hazard joins as he has continued to not sign new deals at Chelsea for the best part of a year. This is also a move ex-Blues boss Mourinho would surely be behind. 4 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions GoalkeeperThe no.1 jersey is certainly up for grabs given Thibaut Courtois’ poor form since signing in the summer, while Keylor Navas has recently signed a contract until June 2021.However, given Mourinho worked with Courtois at Chelsea, the Portuguese could be the one to restore his confidence.DefenceTwo defensive signings could be in the pipeline for Real – Napoli’s £90million-rated Kalidou Koulibaly, as well as Porto’s Eder Militao.Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing these two players as well but Madrid has more of a pull than the Premier League giants.If Koulibaly were to sign, he would have to compete with captain Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane but the Senegal international is more than capable of achieving that.Meanwhile, Militao would have to compete with Dani Carvajal for a place in the starting XI.MidfieldIt’s in Real Madrid’s culture to replace ageing players no matter how good they are – look at Cristiano Ronaldo.And the same could be happening to Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric at the ripe old age of 33 with Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen reportedly the heir to his midfield throne. 4 Could this be the team to restore Real Madrid’s glory days?
It’s hard to exclude morality from the conversation this election season – particularly when discussing polarizing issues like immigration, a woman’s right to choose and proposals to ban people of a particular faith from the country.For many North Carolinians, morality is rooted in faith. And in September, congregation leaders will gather at a series of workshops to get a better understanding of just what can be said from behind the pulpit.The North Carolina Council of Churches organized the event, and executive director Jennifer Copeland said discussions about the election can happen without referencing a candidate or political party.“I can’t go tell everybody to vote for this person for governor or that person for governor,” Copeland said. “What can I do on behalf of my faith tradition that says, ‘Look, these are the things that people of faith need to be paying attention to; these are the issues that are important for people who follow a God that believes in peace’?”The “Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred” workshops will take place in Greenville, Durham, Charlotte and Asheville from September 20 to 23. Registration is $15 and space is limited.Because of their tax-exempt status, churches are prohibited from endorsing a political candidate.Choosing which candidates and party to support is a personal decision, Copeland said. But faith can help guide individuals.“I do think that what happens in a lot of more progressive and sometimes mainline, moderate to progressive churches,” she said, “is we just don’t talk about this stuff from the pulpit because we think, ‘Oh, that’s political.’ But it’s not so much political as it is a faith claim.”According to Copeland, current policy debates regarding living wages, gun control and voting rights are examples of issues where faith values may influence one’s position.
20 August 2014A South African developed video streaming solution, specially designed to cater for the low-speed internet environment encountered in most parts of Africa, has been released as a free mobile application for Apple and Android phones.The platform, known as Adaptive Real-Time Internet Streaming Technology (Artist), makes unbroken video-streaming possible with the use of algorithms to adjust quality to available bandwidth – meaning that the rate at which a video streams varies depending on the available bandwidth at the time.Artist’s rate-adaptive technology makes buffering a thing of the past, by automatically adjusting picture quality to ensure that the video stream does not have to buffer or break. Users can increase video quality with a simple volume-like button, allowing them to control their own data costs.The platform was developed by a consortium of researchers and engineers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the University of Cape Town and East Coast Access, and is now being commercialised by start-up company Tuluntulu (the Zulu word for “stream”).The mobile app, recently launched on the Apple iOS and Google Android App stores, delivers 10 unique “TV-type” channels 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The download of the app is free, but viewers do pay for the associated data costs.The new technology could have a major impact in Africa, where accessible bandwidth is still an issue.The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that fixed (in other words, high speed) broadband penetration is less than 1% in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to about 27.2% in developed nations.For mobile subscriptions, however, Africa isn’t nearly as far behind the rest of the world as it is with high-speed broadband. The ITU reports that per 100 inhabitants, Africa has around 63.5 mobile subscriptions, while Asian regions are at 88.7, Europe is at 126.5 and the Americas are at 109.4.“The app opens up new opportunities for content creators and advertisers across the African continent,” Tuluntulu CEO Pierre van der Hoven said in a statement last week.“Only two of the launch channels are established broadcast channels and the rest are new players in the market. There are now new voices, new content and new business models,” Van der Hoven said.“The reach offered by this medium can also have a quick and significant impact in areas such as education. Furthermore, with users able to control their own data costs, they can watch video content for as little as R5 an hour.”SAinfo reporter
The issues of intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence in the workplace continue to make news. First, tragic events are still occurring, like last month when an employee of Ingles Market in Covington, GA, was shot by her estranged husband in the store’s deli section. Also, states continue to pass laws to compel employers to protect workers against such acts. For example, a new law went into effect July 1 in California. Employers with 25 or more employees must now provide new employees with a written notice about the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to take protected time off for medical treatment or legal proceedings.It’s natural that nearly all discussions about IPV at work have a similar focus on victims. But what about when a store employee isn’t a victim of IPV—but a perpetrator?[text_ad use_post=’125303′]- Sponsor – The Flip Side of Domestic Violence in the WorkplaceAlthough the collision of IPV and the workplace is drawing more scrutiny these days, a gap remains in fully understanding the impact the issue has on employers, including retail organizations.Harm to the victim’s employer is the subject of frequent study. Research has shown that when organizations have employees who are victims of IPV, the organization suffers negative consequences in the form of low employee morale, lost workdays, increased tardiness, higher medical costs, costs from hiring temporary employees or paying overtime to make up for absent workers, and job abandonment. There has been scant investigation, however, into the impact on employers by employee perpetrators of intimate partner abuse.There are several questions at issue, including:What is the impact of an employee’s IPV behavior on the perpetrator’s workplace?How do employers typically respond when they become aware of an employee’s abusive domestic behavior?Are there indications that employers would benefit by responding differently?Recently, a novel study helped to provide insight on these questions. The Vermont Council on Domestic Violence partnered with the University of Vermont to study the effect of domestic violence on employers. In Vermont, some men who are involved in abusive domestic relationships are eligible to enroll in Batterer Intervention Programming (BIP). Researchers completed interviews with 193 BIP participants.The study discovered that among these offenders of domestic violence in the workplace:31 percent took time off work to be abusive to an intimate partner or deal with the aftermath of an abusive incident.53 percent acknowledged that their job performance was negatively affected during the time of their abuse.75 percent said they had a hard time concentrating while at work because of their abusive relationship.21 percent of respondents contacted their partner from work to threaten her. And 29 percent contacted her from work to say something to scare or intimidate her.25 percent left work or were late to work because they were doing something controlling or abusive to their partner. More than half of these men tried to cover up this type of absence from work.Workplace safety is also put at risk when an employee is abusing an intimate partner, according to the study, “How Does Domestic Violence Affect the Vermont Workplace? A survey of male offenders enrolled in batterer intervention programs in Vermont.” For example, respondents admitted to getting into verbal or physical fights with coworkers and breaking equipment or supplies because of their uncontrolled anger towards their partner.Implication: The data supports the existing economic argument for addressing domestic violence as a work issue. It shows that employers are harmed financially when an employee is a perpetrator of IPV, just as they are when employees are victims. Employers should also be aware that inaction in the face of having an employee who is abusive to an intimate partner may have unintended—and potentially deadly—consequences for the victim.Unfortunately, according BIP participants interviewed in Vermont, most coworkers and supervisors did nothing to intervene when they became aware that the worker was abusing an intimate partner. In 83 percent of cases when a batterer took time off from work due to their domestic violence offense, a supervisor knew about it. However, only 32 percent of supervisors made any mention to the employee about his domestic violence incident or addressed the issue in any way at all.Intervention would probably have helped, according to many abusers. Some 59 percent thought it would be helpful for supervisors to confront an employee whom they suspect of being abusive toward their intimate partner. Confronting the abuser includes offering counseling, resources, help and support, and warning about the consequences of domestic violence.More than 40 percent of batterers felt that workplace meetings emphasizing company policies on domestic violence, establishing a workplace culture against domestic violence, and the presence of a written employee safety policy would be “very effective measures that workplaces could take to prevent domestic violence.” Finally, 40 percent of abusers recommended that employers respond with disciplinary action when employees are found to be using work time and resources to abuse intimate partners. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Facebook#Messaging Services#mobile#NYT#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Dubbed “Project Titan” before it was announced, Messenger is another phase in the rollout of Facebook’s unified inbox. Facebook’s messaging philosophy has three main ideas: 1) seamless messaging, 2) conversation history and 3) the “social inbox.”Messenger fits well in this philosophy. Messenger updates will be in the “social inbox” but they will also be on the application and via text. It can also add location details in case you want to broadcast to your friends exactly where you are, in case you want to meet up for drinks, pizza, movies or coffee.Expect more big news to come from Facebook in the mobile space as the details and features of the so-called “Project Spartan” are rolled out within the next several months. Messenger is an interesting, if unoriginal, move by Facebook. Yet, it may just be the tip of the iceberg. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Facebook is evolving its mobile messaging system. The company announced this afternoon a new mobile application called Messenger that stands alone from its original platform app. It will be available for Android and iOS and is a dynamic shift away from how Facebook has approached its mobile products, keeping everything within its dedicated platform app. Facebook is now stepping into the territory of Talk for Android and BlackBerry Messenger and is getting closer to having a true unified communications platform.Messenger is fairly simple. If you have used BlackBerry Messenger before then you should be able to understand Facebook’s newest offering (without the confusing PIN system of BlackBerry). Messenger can also do group chat, which puts it in competition with the Google Plus Huddle function in its mobile app on iOS and Android. What do you think of Facebook’s new Messenger initiative? Is it something you plan on using?Facebook Messenger is the product of Beluga, which Facebook acquired in March, right before the start of SXSW. It was started by ex-Google employees Lucy Zhang, Ben Davenport and John Perlow. Beluga was released to Apple’s App Store in November 2010 and must have impressed some developers at Facebook as it was not even six months before Facebook came swooping in.Zhang wrote the blog post on Facebook announcing Messenger. “Messenger is a separate app, so it only takes one click to get to your messages or send a new one. Messages are delivered through notifications and texts, so your friends are more likely to get them right away,” Zhang wrote. “You can use Messenger to reach all of your friends – whether they’re on Facebook or in your phone contacts. All you have to do is type the person’s name.”