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January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me space in your newspaper to highlight an urgent matter which is of utmost importance to the residents of Georgetown.As a newly-elected Councillor, I am publicly calling on all Councillors, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to begin discussions on conducting a forensic audit of the Municipality of Georgetown at our first statutory meeting on April 11, 2016.The Local Government Elections are over and the Mayor and Councillors have been sworn in for Georgetown so it is time to get down to the serious business of efficiently managing the city’s affairs.Above all other matters, the need for a full-scale forensic audit is paramount and it must be initiated immediately to cover all areas of operation of the municipality of Georgetown. This forensic audit, by necessity, must be performed by an independent and competent external auditor with specific terms of reference to discover the previous modes of operation and the utilisation of the city’s resources. Once the results are reviewed by the Council, we will be in much better position to chart the course for the revitalisation of Georgetown.Many citizens have expressed grave concern about transparency and accountability at City Hall especially with the election of past members of the City Council, including the Mayor and Chairman of the Finance Committee and some of its members who have been part of the administration at City Hall for many years.No one should really object to an external forensic audit if there is nothing to hide especially since everyone seems interested in seeing a revitalised Georgetown.A forensic audit is of vital importance to rebuild public trust and confidence in the competence, operation and overall performance in all areas of city governance. I, along with many of the candidates, had made this call during the campaign leading up to the Local Government Elections. Residents, stakeholders and other interested parties have been calling for an independent audit to be conducted at City Hall for some time now and there are tremendous benefits to be gained from such an undertaking by the newly-elected Councillors and Mayor of Georgetown.The APNU/AFC coalition had taken the same path on its assumption of power to determine how the State’s resources were used. In principle, City Hall must follow the same measures so that the Councillors and Mayor can implement new systems of control in all areas which will result in the provision of a much higher level of accountability, transparency and competency.A forensic audit will discover any misappropriation of the city’s assets, any corruption schemes involving people working for the city and any fraudulent financial statements.Additionally, a forensic audit will allow us to know precisely what assets are owned by the city, all outstanding debts/receivables and liabilities, the human resources disposition and the current financial status of Georgetown.The results of such a forensic audit must be made available to the public for scrutiny and comment.I would also like to see an ethics review which will allow us to determine what is acceptable behaviour for everyone associated with the administration of the municipality of Georgetown and to prevent unethical actions and conflict-of-interest situations.As a new Councillor in the City of Georgetown, I am particularly interested in the control systems used, the human resources component, departmental financial allocations and the use or misuse of the public’s money. We owe it to the people of Georgetown to account for every cent of their money spent.Every effort should be made to bring the municipality of Georgetown in compliance with the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act and to operate in a transparent manner.Thank you.Bishram KuppenCouncillor – PPP/CMunicipality of Georgetownlast_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,In light of the decision and consequential orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) handed down in June this year, elections, as triggered by the December 21, 2018, successfully passed No-Confidence Motion (NCM), should have been held by September 18, 2018, unless there was a vote by two-thirds majority of Parliament to extend that timeframe.There was no such vote and the caretaker Government, which was in place over the past three months, is now unconstitutional. Its breach of the Constitution has been noted and pronounced upon by Guyanese and leading members of the international community.The Indian Action Committee (IAC) is, therefore, gravely concerned over President David Granger’s continual insistence that he is not in defiance of the Constitution. His pronouncement, as recent as September 19, and just after members of the international community issued its statement, that he and his Administration are abiding by the Constitution, can only be interpreted as another attempt to grossly mislead.Having failed to act within the confines of the CCJ’s ruling, the APNU/AFC coalition has not only brought the country into an unnecessary constitutional crisis, but has placed it and all Guyanese at risk of the consequences of possible international sanctions as critical developmental support could be withheld. This could not be good for our nation and its people.The IAC shares the common view that the current political impasse can only be resolved through the holding of national and regional elections. On September 19, the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) officially informed Mr Granger of the long-awaited timeframe for when the elections can be held.Mr Granger, having insisted that he will announce a date only after being informed by the election body, is now deprived of excuses to not do so. The IAC joins the clarion call for him to announce the date without any further delay and urges, that in the interest of democracy, the APNU/AFC coalition immediately cease its disregard for constitutional provisions.The IAC also urges that all democratic and constitutional rights, including the right to protest for the restoration of the rule of law, must not be impinged upon or threatened in any form.Mindful of how the effects of the prevailing uncertainty will impact Guyana and Guyanese, the IAC remains hopeful that our hard-won democracy will be safeguarded and the Constitution adhered to.The IAC also calls on all stakeholder bodies and Guyanese citizens to raise their voices in calling for the Constitution of Guyana to be respected in the context of peace, harmony, justice, and national unity.Yours sincerely,Saira AlliIAC Secretarylast_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JAIPUR, India – Angry villagers burned police stations and damaged railroad tracks as they continued their protest in northwestern India on Wednesday, a day after clashes with police left at least 14 people dead, officials said. Thousands of villagers continued to block key highways in the region to press their demand for special status for the Gujjar community, ensuring them government jobs and spots in educational institutions, said Madhukar Gupta an administrator in Jaipur district. Villagers set on fire to two small police stations and two jeeps in Jhalawar, nearly 215 miles west of the state capital of Jaipur, Gupta said. There were no reported injuries. Army and paramilitary forces patrolled the troubled spots to restore calm. The state Cabinet was meeting in Jaipur to find a solution to the community’s demand, Gupta said. Vishvender Singh, a lawmaker representing the state’s ruling Hindu nationalist party, urged community leaders to end the protests, but without success. On Tuesday, villagers surrounded police who tried to break up the protests in three villages, and the officers opened fire, killing 12 people, said V. S. Singh, a state home ministry official. Police fired in self-defense after villagers began throwing stones, said Kanhiya Lal, a police officer. Two police officers also were killed after they were severely beaten by the protesters, Singh told reporters. At least 80 people, including a dozen police officers, were injured in the clashes, Singh said.last_img read more

December 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With Jose Mourinho now in charge of Manchester United, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and Antonio Conte bossing Chelsea, the 2016/17 Premier League season promises to be a thrilling one.City are the the 9/4 favourites for the title given Guardiola’s record of success, while United have been backed into 7/2 thanks to the appointment of ‘proven Premier League winner’ Mourinho.Arsenal are next in the betting at 11/2, Conte’s Chelsea are 6/1, Tottenham are 7/1, Liverpool are 8/1 and reigning champions Leicester are 28/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img1 The latest craze to sweep across the internet is the Mannequin Challenge, and it has finally entered the world of professional football.Videos are being shared on social media in which a scene is built by a group of people standing completely still whilst doing tasks, thus looking like mannequins.And Borussia Dortmund gave it their best shot, Shinji Kagawa uploading the video of the Bundesliga club’s attempt to his Instagram acccout.Filmed in the gym, the scene shows the likes of Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle and Kagawa himself all frozen in time in the middle of a workout.You can check the video out below… Watch the Mannequin Challenge below last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Harry Kane has scored 30 goals in 29 games in 2017* (1.03 goals/game) – *so far Harry Kane has joined an elite group of Premier League strikers to score at least 30 goals in a calendar year.At 24, the Tottenham man has already won two Golden Boot awards, but with a month of games remaining it’s not unthinkable to see him catch Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.Tottenham’s Premier League games in December:Watford (A)Stoke (H)Brighton (H)Man City (A)Burnley (A)Southampton (H)West Ham (H)Scroll through the gallery above to see the players who have scored 30 or more Premier League goals in 2017. Les Ferdinand scored 30 goals in 37 games in 1995 (0.81 goals/game) 7 Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 30 goals in 34 games in 2003 (0.88 goals/game) 3. Thierry Henry scored 34 goals in 39 games in 2004 (0.87 goals/game) Alan Shearer scored 30 Premier League goals in 41 games in 1994 (0.73 goals/game) – Scroll through the gallery to see other players who have scored 30+ goals in a calendar year. 7 7 7 1. Alan Shearer scored 36 goals in 42 games in 1995 (0.85 goals/game) 7 2. Robin van Persie scored 35 goals in 36 games in 2011 (0.97 goals/game) 7 7last_img read more

December 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgrichard macmanus The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Interviews#Location#mobile#web This year check-in apps have moved beyond location, to encompass every thing from checking into movies, books, songs and (yes) even food. Foodspotting launched last November and has quickly built up a passionate following of foodies. It enables users to make and find food recommendations, in particular through photos and quick ratings of food items. It may sound like an odd thing to do, to stop and take a photo of a plate of food. But it turns out that Foodspotting is a handy way to discover what foods are recommended in a particular city or area. It might come in useful when on holiday, for example. I spoke to Foodspotting co-founder and CEO Alexa Andrzejewski to find out what inspired the product, who’s using it, and the company’s surprising plans to expand beyond food. Richard MacManus: How did you come up with the idea for Foodspotting?Alexa Andrzejewski: The original idea was inspired by my traveling to Japan and Korea, where I learned about all of these different foods that I’d never heard about growing up. So my original idea was to create a way for people to learn about new foods around the world and then find those foods locally. My initial idea was actually to create a book that would help people do that. But then, when I shared the idea with people I realized that it would be so much more useful as a mobile app. “People are really into the photo aspect, [so] I could make Foodspotting uniquely mobile.”I was working for company called Adaptive Path at that time, which does use experience consulting, strategy and imagining. I worked in a lot of projects there thinking about the future of mobile and I’ve worked for some of the major handset manufacturers, thinking about the future of mobile and what it will be like five years from now. [for example] We had the idea of the mobile device being less like a phone and more like a lens on the world, that shows you more information about things around you. And I realized that people are really into the photo aspect, [so] I could make Foodspotting uniquely mobile.RM: What time period was it when you first came up with the idea and started to play around with this concept?AA: I first came up with the idea in January 2009, then it was about 6 months from the original idea of it being a book to knowing that I wanted to do this as an app. In August of 2009 I started looking in earnest for a co-founder who could do the technological part. RM: When did the development of the product start?AA: September 2009. And we launched a private beta in November 2009.We launched publicly on January with the website and we launched the iPhone App at SXSW in March of 2010.RM: Right. So since the launch of the product, has the vision for the product changed at all – or was it pretty much what you envisioned back in August-September 2009?Foodspotting “has evolved into being a discovery engine for the real world.”AA: I think definitely it has evolved. Initially it was really focused on it being our way to find specific dishes and focused on learning about new foods and that kind of thing.But the vision for it has evolved into being a discovery engine for the real world. A way to stumble upon good things around you, wherever you go. We’ve been thinking about how Foodspotting can be useful to anybody, not just serious foodies. Originally it was about finding specific dishes that were kind of obscure. But that was a relatively small audience. And the more we brainstormed, [the more] we wanted this to be for anybody who’s looking for good food. So we thought, why can’t we create something that is compelling and useful to the mass market not just to like serious foodies. It can be eventually extended beyond food too.RM: I see, so do you have plans to expand beyond food?AA: Yes, that’s something we have kept in mind – but we’d like to do food well first, because it’s the natural fit. At the same time there’s been an interest in people sharing other interesting fine products or travel experiences, like sites to see and things like that. In the same way, this idea of being a visual discovery engine could easily extend to other things as well. So that’s something we’re interested in exploring.Usage PatternsRM: What have been the main usage patterns that you’ve noticed?“The weekends is when people spotting food happens the most.”AA: The weekends is when people spotting food happens the most, there’s a very clear spike then. And the audience of people who love food [is] very active. People who post food, the foodspotters, there’s 65,000 of them. We have 300,000 app users in total. Some people have 2,000 things that they’ve posted and some have a couple of hundred. We were surprised by how much content a single person can generate. We get between 8 and 10 thousand [app] launches a day. And we get up to a thousand [food] sightings per day.RM: That’s great! Is there a particular type of user, are there any patterns there?AA: Well at the moment, we’ve definitely skewed towards 20-30 year old female Asians. If you look around San Francisco, you’ll see Asian Americans taking pictures of food. There’s definitely something there – it’s more of a culture that shares, celebrates dishes and food.The Future of FoodspottingRM: Do you have any plans to integrate Foodspotting with barcodes or RFID tags on food packaging?AA: Not right now, no. We do a little bit of people spotting packaged food at stores, but most of it is food on a plate. And I think the idea of having people add barcodes to things is just not realistic. The idea of getting [info from] barcodes that are already there would definitely be very interesting.RM: What other interesting features are you cooking up?“In the long run, Foodspotting is going to become a lot smarter.”AA: We’re working on game mechanics around people’s regions, because we’ve realized that a lot of people share foods and take a lot of pride in their regions. Showing off food from their hometowns and from their home countries. So we’re exploring some interesting game mechanics around that. We’ve developed a platform for creating location-based guides, which are kind of like playlists for stuff in the real world that you want to try – or that somebody has recommended. That’s another interesting aspect of the food-finding platform that we’re working on refining.In the long run, Foodspotting is going to become a lot smarter. So when you launch the app, instead of just seeing the nearest, latest or best foods – you will see things that are recommended for you based on your social graph and on the kinds of food you’ve viewed in the past. We [also] want it to become a lot easier to find things that are likely to be good to you – and use all kinds of data to do that.last_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhile Abeer Gupta has created a sound piece using all theWhile Abeer Gupta has created a sound piece using all the diverse sounds from the factory, Brahm Maira has used using a technique of photo manipulation to capture the ambiance of the factory.”My work depicts the relationship of the weaver with his tradition of the handmade, which has been passed on from one generation to another,” says Maira.Textile designer Dhvani Behl has created amorphous sculptures on the pitloom and a sculpture using a hand tufting gun and materials such as raw wool and spun yarn.Inspired by the three battles of Panipat, each work of artist Durga Kainthola is defined by a portrait of the emperors – Babur, Akbar and Sadhashiv Rao Bhau and has been created on pitloom, using hand tufting and chromojet printing.”Exploring the technique of textile is the new turning point in my journey and a new expression of my newly adapted language – the language of art and I am not trapped within rigid forms and ideas,” says Kainthola.Artist Nidhi Khurana has created a 26 x 16 foot map of Panipat using braided carpets for the base and incorporating techniques of screen printing, hand tufting, pitloom weaving, kilim weaving, bath tufting, embroidery, applique work and chromojet printing.”The map of Panipat is a physical manifestation of my interaction with the ancient city. It is a layered depiction that strives to discover the historical past and connects it to the present in the form of an interface,” says Khurana.advertisementNikheel Aphale, a calligraphy designer, has used technique of yarn wrapping for one of his sculptural works. A handtufted calligraphy piece, with the words Kar, Kari, Kora, Kaar taken from one of Kabirs dohas, depict the weaver, his tool and hands.Artist Puneet Kaushiks installation sports different techniques. One of his works titled Roots has been woven on the kilim loom using metal wire mesh and wool. Another titled Layers and The Surface has been created using wool, metal wire, mirrors and metal mesh.Out of the two works created by artist Sahaya Sharma, one is a series of 5 circular abstract paintings on paper, which were then photographed and printed on carpet.Inspired by the weavers she has also created sculptural heads, using clay and discarded factory machinery parts.Shivani Aggarwal, has created intallations of tools used in the factory, one of which is a large wooden shuttle that will be wrapped in yarn. These tools have been fabricated in fibre glass and then covered with pieces of namda.Musician Vibhu Galhotra has been inspired by the pit and kilim looms to create a musical instrument.”Observing the dexterity with which the craftsmen use their handlooms and pit-looms, I saw a parallel with which string instrumentalist pluck at their instruments. As these master craftsmen weave visual symphonies in the quiet, I sought to add a sonorous dimension to what they do, Galhotra says. PTI ANSlast_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPolicymakers have a crucial role to play in supporting innovators and creating a dynamic innovation ecosystem where they can thrive. In 2010 investment in renewable energy generating capacity (including large hydro) was greater than fossil-fuel investment, and according to the Renewable Energy Policy Network, “[r]enewable energy accounted for approximately half of the estimated 194 gigawatts of new electric capacity added globally during the year.”Developing countries are playing a major role. The Renewable Energy Policy Network’s 2011 Global Status Report indicates that “For the first time, investment in renewable energy companies and utility scale generation and biofuel projects in developing countries surpassed that in developed economies.”The market has the potential to be truly massive. The International Energy Agency estimates that the total investment needed to achieve a 90 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of electricity generation by 2050 (compared to 2007 levels) is US$32.8 trillion.Both developed countries and emerging economies have an opportunity to join this growing global market. Countries like China have already explicitly targeted the low-carbon power sector as a new strategic sector leading economic growth worldwide. But competing in the global low-carbon value chain—developing, manufacturing, installing, operating, and integrating low-carbon power technologies—will require building innovation capacity.Creating “innovation ecosystems” A large and growing global market for low-carbon power technologiesThe transition to low-carbon power, needed to avoid disastrous climate change, has begun. While there is much more to do to limit climate change to 2°C, existing national commitments to low-carbon power are creating a large and growing global market for utility-scale, low-carbon power technologies:Read the Working Paper Two Degrees of Innovation—How to Seize the Opportunities in Low-Carbon Power Our paper explores why innovation is a central strategy to long-term competitiveness in this highly price-sensitive sector. How can policymakers help their innovators thrive in order to build a domestic industry that competes successfully? They can do so by investing in their “innovation ecosystem”. The innovation ecosystem is made up of those who participate in the process of innovation very broadly, and the rules that govern how those people and companies interact.The innovation ecosystem approach captures the complexity, uncertainty, and diversity of innovation and identifies the critical services innovators need to thrive. In the low-carbon power sector these include:Creating and sharing knowledgeBuilding competenceCreating collaborative networksDeveloping infrastructureProviding financeEstablishing governance and the regulatory environmentCreating markets for low-carbon powerTo accelerate innovation, to increase the odds of innovation processes ending in success, it is critical to ensure all of the services or functions are being delivered effectively and efficiently.Framework for building a dynamic innovation ecosystemFinally, our paper presents a framework to help policymakers deliver these services and build a competitive industry. The framework includes the following steps:Step 1: Global value chain assessment and positioningPurpose: Decide which technologies and segments of the low-carbon power value chain will be the targets of innovation.How: Conduct a landscape assessment of the country’s or region’s assets and capabilities and map these against opportunities in the global low-carbon power sector. Use this data to choose focus technologies and value chain segments.Step 2: Ecosystem analysisPurpose: Determine how well the current innovation ecosystem is delivering each critical function.How: Conduct an analysis of innovation ecosystem functions for the technologies and segments of the low-carbon power sector selected in step one.Step 3: Policymaking, design and implementationPurpose: Reinforce functional strengths and correct systemic failures in the innovation ecosystem.How: Select policy tools appropriate to the local context that will support the ecosystem functions.Step 4: Policy evaluation, learning, and adaptationPurpose: Monitor the impacts and the effectiveness of the adopted policies and changes in the sector. Make evidence-based adjustments to adapt to a rapidly maturing global sector.How:Evaluate the impact of the policies implemented in step three on the innovation ecosystem functions.Evaluate whether innovation is accelerating through improved cost and performance metrics and whether this is achieving the economic development, energy, and environmental goals.Survey changes in the global sector.Update policy packages to adapt to the new situation.Scaling up renewable energy needs to happen today, and it needs to happen with the best possible technology at the lowest cost. Innovation is essential to making this happen, but thinking about innovation must go beyond the lab. It’s the technical, process, and policy innovations that will also help achieve a low-carbon energy future. This post was written with Pablo Torres, an intern with the Two Degrees of Innovation project.In these turbulent economic times, leaders around the world are looking to strengthen their economies and create jobs. They are grappling with how to effectively capitalize on the green economy to drive growth. In a new WRI working paper, we look at ways that policymakers can create new green jobs through investments in innovation to meet our challenges in the power sector.Building the capacity to innovate is a key competitiveness strategy. Successfully competing in the growing low-carbon power sector is no different. However, innovation—improvements in cost and performance—can also close the gap between the low-carbon technologies of today and the low-cost, high-performance technologies the world needs. Policymakers have a crucial role to play in supporting innovators and creating a dynamic innovation ecosystem where they can thrive.last_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment