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Smoke, fumes continue to plague residents

first_imgBurning Haags Bosch LandfillResidents of communities in close proximity to the Haags Bosch, Eccles, East Bank Demerara dumpsite,The Haags Bosch Landfill sitecontinue their cry of being subjected to health hazards caused by the smoke and fumes emanating from the landfill site in the area.According to residents of those areas on Tuesday, their complaints have “fallen onto deaf ears” and “no one seems to be concerned” about their wellbeing.“That girl have a baby over there and she can’t even open the door. Pon a morning, this whole place does get white, white and the smell, like it want suffocate you here,” said one peeved woman.Numerous persons living in the area expressed concern for the children, highlighting that many have succumbed to asthma attacks due to the thick cloud of smoke that would cloak the area on a regular basis.A woman who identified herself as “Singh” told Guyana Times “you cater the amount of people wa ga lil children in this area, them children wa going to school.”On Friday last, residents complained to this publication of many other complications they experience due to the smoke, highlighting that between the hours of 19:00h and 05:00h, the smoke is at its worst and does not clear up until 06:30h, adding that during the rainy weather the smoke would dissipate faster as compared to drier weather.Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Communities Ministry in a statement by Government Information Agency, said ‘spontaneously combusting’ fires continue to cause problems for residents of Eccles and nearby communities.Project Director of the Georgetown Solid Waste Management Programme, Gordon Gilkes, said they implemented a temporary operator at the landfill to monitor the smoke and fumes.Contrary to the belief that the smoke is as a result of wood being continuously burnt at that location, Gilkes said it is as a result of fire to a section of the building that used to store the wood.He explained that the fire which occurred earlier in the month at the landfill was controlled, except for instances when it rains, resulting in smoke and fumes.During the late period of last year, this issue had been raised by residents and even though complaints had been made to the Communities Ministry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on numerous occasions, in each instance, they were told that the respective authorities were “looking into the matter.”last_img read more

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Monday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-101] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 1 QPR 0

first_imgOscar’s brilliant strike – his fourth goal of the season – put Chelsea in command in the west London derby at Stamford Bridge.They dominated the first half and Branislav Ivanovic missed an early chance to give them the lead.The Serbian defender, unmarked at the near post, fired into the side netting from close range after being found by Willian’s cross.Willian was involved in creating an earlier chance for Oscar, who scuffed a shot wide after the fit-again Diego Costa had cleverly flicked the ball into his path.At the other end, Charlie Austin headed over from Junior Hoilett’s cross.That was a rare QPR attack, though, and Fabregas had an effort pushed away by keeper Rob Green shortly before setting up the opener.Fabregas dribbled towards the penalty area, drawing defenders towards him – including left-back Yun Suk-Young – and was able to pick out Oscar in space to his right.The Brazilian did the rest, beautifully steering the ball beyond Green and into the far corner with the outside of the boot.Fabregas has now been involved in 10 of Chelsea’s 25 league goals this season, scoring one himself and providing nine assists. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Salah, Schurrle, Drogba. QPR: Green, Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Hoilett, Sandro, Fer, Vargas, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Traore, Hill, Phillips, Wright-Phillips, Kranjcar, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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2010 National Communication Partnership Conference

first_imgFinal Report (.pdf – 557KB)Opening Remarks (.pdf – 54KB)– Dr Essop Pahad, Minister in the PresidencyThe Communication Opportunity, the Communication Responsibility (.pdf 660KB)– Themba Maseko, CEO Government Communication and Information SystemAfrica 2010: Continental opportunities (.pdf 1MB)– Thaninga Shope-Linney, Nepad General Manager, Communications and OutreachA World Class African Cup (.pdf 14MB)– Danny Jordaan, CEO Local Organising CommitteeCountry Positioning (.pdf 26MB)– Raul Peralba, Partner Director Trout & PartnersGermany: Land of Ideas (.pdf 23MB)– Mike de Vries, MD FC Deutschland GmbHBrand South Africa: Working together for a better future (.pdf 555KB)– Yvonne Johnston CEO International Marketing CouncilSpeaker profiles (.pdf)Enquiries: info@imc.org.zaThis conference was hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more

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Big Data’s Dehumanizing Impact On Public Policy

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Big Data#public policy A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts One of the mantras of the Big Data revolution is that causation no longer matters. It’s enough, the theory goes, to seek correlations in our copious data, deciphering “what” is happening and not bothering with “why.” But not only is this problematic for a business looking for optimal retail pricing strategies, it’s dramatically more so for those charged with crafting public policy. For governments and other public institutions, it turns out that understanding causation matters a great deal. Causation Loses Its Sex AppealThe “forget-causation-seek-correlation” Big Data crowd has been around for years and its most sophisticated proponents are Kenneth Cukier (The Economist) and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (Oxford University). In their excellent Big Data, the authors argue: “In a big-data world … we won’t have to be fixated on causality; instead we can discover patterns and correlations in the data that offer us novel and invaluable insights. Big data is about what, not why.”The idea is that given enough data, algorithms can appreciate correlations between seemingly disparate data sets without bothering to understand those correlations. It is enough to see that a rise in the purchase of Pop-Tarts at Wal-Mart highly correlates with hurricane warnings. Wal-Mart needn’t understand why: it just needs to stock Pop-Tarts in a visible area of the store whenever hurricane warnings are issued.When Understanding Causation Really MattersBut for governments, it’s not enough to casually skim correlations and ignore the reason people behave as they do. Governments aren’t in the business of satisfying purchasing whims, they’re in the business of protecting citizens and setting the foundations for societal happiness. Bruce Schneier points out that Big Data can help us to “avoid occasional jolts and disturbances and, perhaps, even stop the bad guys. But it can also blind us to the fact that the problem at hand requires a more radical approach.” That is, ignoring causation can lead us to affix a Band-Aid to problems that actually demand serious surgery. So long as we’re content to skim correlations in our data, we’re more likely to miss the underlying causes.This can lead to bad policy, as Evgeny Morozov argues, It’s one thing for policy makers to attack the problem knowing that people who walk tend to be more fit. It’s quite another to investigate why so few people walk. A policy maker satisfied with correlations might tackle obesity by giving everyone a pedometer or a smartphone with an app to help them track physical activity—never mind that there is nowhere to walk, except for the mall and the highway. A policy maker concerned with causality might invest in pavements and public spaces that would make walking possible. Substituting the “why” with the “what” doesn’t just give us the same solutions faster—often it gives us different, potentially inferior solutions.This might not be a big deal if the issue is more or less revenue for Wal-Mart. But for governments seeking social welfare, the stakes are much higher.The False Promise Of More DataBesides, it’s not as if Big Data sits there, just waiting to surface correlations. We decide which data to store and query. In so doing, we apply all sorts of biases to that data. By pretending we’re neutral in the process, seeking value-free correlations in our value-free data, we’re more likely to devise solutions that are biased and wrong.Big Data can facilitate the search for causation, but it turns out that adding data often creates more confusion than clarity. As Nate Silver highlights, “If the quantity of information is increasing by 2.5 quintillion bytes per day, the amount of useful information almost certainly isn’t. Most of it is just noise, and the noise is increasing faster than the signal.” And just because we see a correlation today doesn’t mean it will persist.Even worse, “De-emotionalizing inherently charged, social issues could worsen the effect of disproportionate arrests based on demographic probabilities,” as Madison Andrews notes. However much we may want to reduce complex policy issues to simple, data-driven “X-correlates-with-Y-therefore-do-Z” formulas, the reality is always more complex when people are involved.Ultimately, that’s the problem with correlation-driven Big Data approaches to public policy issues: they try to de-humanize human decisions. That’s always bad policy.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Matt Asaylast_img read more

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Manipur extremist leader Meghen flown to Delhi after release, says rights group

first_imgHe was caught in Bangladesh in September 2010 but was shown arrested from Bihar’s Motihari in December that year.In June 2016, a special trial court of the NIA convicted the UNLF chief of 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment under relevant Sections of the IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for various offences, including terrorist acts and waging war against the nation.The court also convicted 17 other UNLF leaders to seven to 10 years in jail in the same case.“The UNLF chairman got remission of some months for his contribution in setting up a library, a music school for the inmates and construction of a rock garden inside the Guwahati Central Jail premises,” a jail official said on condition of anonymity.The UNLF chief declined to comment. Defiant during his trial, he had said: “I am not fighting to secede from India, but to regain Manipur’s freedom that the British and then India snatched away.” A Manipur-based rights group said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) flew Rajkumar Meghen, chairman of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), to Delhi on Monday, less than two days after his release from Guwahati Central Jail after serving a 10-year sentence for “terror and waging war” against the nation.Meghen was expected to reach his hometown Imphal on Monday. He was set free a day ahead of his scheduled release on Sunday.“He was released on November 9 but was taken to Delhi by a morning flight today [Monday] after the NIA put him under arbitrary detention. His son Chinglen and lawyer Gunadhor are travelling with him,” a spokesperson of Human Rights Alert said.Also known as Sanayaima and belonging to Manipur’s royal family, he has been one of the tallest extremist leaders of Manipur since forming the UNLF in 1954. Also Read Chairman of Manipur-based extremist group freed from Guwahati Central Jail last_img read more

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Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’

first_imgStephens also praised her mother for her support.“When I was a child she took me to a tennis coach who said that I would be lucky to be a division two player.“But here I am. So parents never give up on your kids.”Keys too had fought injury battles in recent months, undergoing a second left wrist surgery after the French Open before winning a July title at Stanford.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people,” said Keys.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”“It has been a very interesting year.” Evacuated Miami Dolphins arrive in LA for extended stay E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sloane Stephens (L) of the US embraces compatriot Madison Keys after winning during their 2017 US Open Women’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017.Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADUS Open champion Sloane Stephens said she wished her US Open final triumph over close friend Madison Keys could have been a draw rather than the rout it turned out to be.Stephens, the world number 83, raced to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over her 15th seeded American compatriot in just over an hour.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Both women embraced at the net before sitting next to each other courtside as they waited for the post-match ceremony to start.“Maddy is one of my best friends, if not my best friend on tour and I told her I would not have wanted to play anybody else,” said the 24-year-old.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a special moment. I said to her that I wished it could have been a draw.“If the situation was the other way around, Maddy would have said the same thing. It’s incredible. It’s what true friendship is all about.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Stephens only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after missing 11 months having undergone left foot surgery.Her world ranking slid to 957 before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati.“I had surgery on January 23 and if someone had told me then that I would be the US Open champion, I would have said that would be impossible,” said Stephens.“My journey to get here, I wouldn’t change it for the world.“I should retire now — I’m  never going to be able top this.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Tamil Nadu: 2 dead, 80 injured in Jallikattu event

first_imgTwo spectators died, one of them gored by a bull, and 80 persons were injured in the ‘jallikattu’ (bull taming) sport at M Pudur area of the district today, police said.32-year-old Thirunavakarau, an engineering graduate, died on the spot after he was attacked by the bull, while another man “died of shock” when another bull ran towards him.The bull dashed into the barricade, behind which the man was standing. Out of shock, he suffered a cardiac arrest, collapsed and died on the spot, police said.A total of 80 persons, mostly bull tamers, were injured in the event, they said.Most of the injured were treated as outpatients at the medical outpost set up at the venue, while a few others were hospitalised.Besides this, five persons were injured in a clash between two groups of bull tamers over the reported wrong announcement of the prize winners by the organisers. Most of the prizes, including motorbikes, were damaged in the violence, police said.Ten persons have been detained in connection with the clash, they added.Also read: Jallikattu 2.0: Students agitate in Tamil Nadu in solidarity with farmers’ Jantar Mantar skull protest Also read: Tamil Nadu farmers’ plight: DMK calls for bandh on April 25last_img read more

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The art of sloganeering How many ways can politicians say change

first_imgOTTAWA — Change. Forward. Together. For you.They are the buzzwords of political campaigns worldwide, used time and again in various combinations, to sum up a campaign theme in few enough letters to fit on a podium sign.On Tuesday, the NDP became the fifth and final major party to unveil its campaign catchphrase, hoping “In it for You” will catch voters’ attention.Dennis Matthews, a vice-president at Enterprise Canada who worked in the message mines as an advertising and marketing adviser to prime minister Stephen Harper, said “a ton of effort” goes into finding a phrase that can sum up an entire campaign in one short and snappy sentence.“A campaign will do all kinds of research, look at all of their potential voters and what they’re looking for,” he said. “In a campaign you want to imagine the voter going into the voter booth and asking themselves a question. A good slogan sets up that question so they can only pick you as the only option.”The NDP’s new slogan points, without being negative, to the idea that the NDP are there to help the little guy while the Liberals and Tories are in it for themselves and their wealthy friends.It’s similar both to the slogan the federal Liberals used in 2008, “Always Here for You,” and to the Conservatives’ current “It’s Time for You to Get Ahead.”Such echoes are not uncommon, said Matthews, because “campaigns are referendums on the future.”“Voters are looking forward so most campaign slogans at least hint at a forward-looking or action-oriented thesis and there are only so many words that fit that.”“Forward together” was one of Winston Churchill’s most common speech slogans throughout his political career. It has been used by two of his successors as British prime minister — Margaret Thatcher in 1980 and Theresa May in 2017 — and at least two American presidential candidates. Richard Nixon used it in his inauguration speech in 1969 and Hillary Clinton turned to it for her presidential run in 2016.In 2019, the Green Party of Canada is building on it for its slogan: “Not Left. Not Right. Forward Together.”The Liberals have dropped the “together” part and are just going with “Choose Forward” in 2019. It’s remarkably similar to the 2004 Liberal theme phrase of “Moving Forward.”The Bloc Quebecois is using “Le Quebec, c’est nous” — roughly, “We are Quebec.”In 1980, Ronald Reagan’s slogan in his first successful presidential campaign was “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Twenty-six years later, Donald Trump tweaked it into one of the best-known political slogans in history. “Make America Great Again” hats and T-shirts are still common (Trump now has to decide whether he can still use it after four years in office).In 2015, in an election campaign almost entirely about voter fatigue with a decade-old Conservative government, both the Liberals and NDP went with “change”: “Real Change” for the Liberals and “Ready for Change” for the NDP.Scott Reid, who was a communications adviser to prime minister Paul Martin and is now a principal at the strategy firm Feschuk.Reid, said most slogans are developed as part of an intensive and lengthy research process to suss out a potential path to electoral victory. Polls and focus groups and voter outreach guide “a whole slew of decisions” including advertising spots and which public issues a campaign will prioritize.“The slogan itself emerges from that,” he said.As for the actual words? “I don’t believe they matter very much,” said Reid.Few, if any, campaigns are lost on bad slogans and most slogans end up on the floor as soon as the last vote is counted. Some of the best aren’t even official slogans at all.In 2011 “a strong, stable, national Conservative majority government” wasn’t the official Conservative campaign slogan but became the recognizable theme for a campaign appealing to voters tired of fragile minority governments.Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign added “Yes we can” to the political-slogan hall of fame, but his official slogan was actually “Change We Can Believe In.” “Yes We Can” was a holdover from Obama’s previous Senate campaign, a catchphrase he used in speeches, that took off as a rallying cry for his supporters.As proof that slogans aren’t everything, one need only know that the Green Party of Canada also used “Yes We Can” for its 2006 election effort. That netted the party zero seats and less than five per cent of the vote.Trudeau’s 2015 campaign is remembered for promising “sunny ways” even though Trudeau didn’t talk about sunny ways — borrowed from Wilfrid Laurier — until his victory speech on voting day.Matthews said as in any advertising, the best slogans can’t always be predicted.“Some of this stuff, you’ve got to put it out there and see if it catches on,” he said. “In the marketing world you can be a little lucky and land on something that really catches on. Sometimes it doesn’t.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BC threatens to sue Alberta as all sides in Trans Mountain dispute

first_imgVICTORIA – All sides in the escalating dispute over the Trans Mountain expansion project appear to be digging in with the Alberta and British Columbia governments clashing over fuel prices and Indigenous and political leaders warning of civil unrestTensions escalated Monday with B.C. Attorney General David Eby threatening to sue Alberta over legislation it introduced to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas leaving that province, which could boost fuel prices in B.C.“The immediate recourse that’s available to us is to potentially sue the Alberta government for an unconstitutional piece of legislation,” he said.Eby said he can’t predict gasoline prices — now at about $1.50 per litre in Metro Vancouver — but “what I can say is any concern British Columbians have that a bill that preferentially punishes B.C. from the Alberta perspective and tries to drive up gas prices would be unconstitutional and we would take action immediately to address that.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the legislation sends the message that Alberta is prepared to defend its resources.It would direct pipeline companies, truckers and rail operators on how much oil product they ship and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.The legislation is the latest manoeuvre in the ongoing dispute over the pipeline project that has the federal and Alberta governments supporting the pipeline expansion project, while B.C. opposes it, saying it is defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic spill.The federal government approved the 1,700-kilometre pipeline expansion project starting near Edmonton and ending in Burnaby, B.C., in November 2016, saying the pipeline is in the national interest. Alberta said the $7.4-billion pipeline to the West Coast gives the province access to overseas markets.But the B.C. government says the expansion and seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic in coastal waters poses environmental and economic risks that are too great. The province is preparing to ask the courts to determine who has jurisdiction over the pipeline in the province.Kinder Morgan announced earlier this month it is pulling back on spending for the project and gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal the project will proceed.Trudeau, Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan met Sunday in Ottawa to discuss the pipeline, but emerged from the meeting deadlocked. Trudeau repeated the federal government’s commitment to ensuring the project’s completion and announced his government was preparing to hold private, financial talks with Kinder Morgan.Indigenous leaders, who were not invited to the meeting in Ottawa, joined together with representatives of the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby on Monday to redouble their opposition to the pipeline.Stewart Phillip, the grand chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said opposition is broad-based and entrenched.“It’s a stinker of an idea. It’s a stinker of a proposal and it will be defeated,” he said.Phillip said resistance to Trans Mountain isn’t just from Indigenous Peoples, but people of all backgrounds from across Canada.So far, about 200 people have been arrested at protests near the pipeline terminal site in Burnaby.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said he expected civil disobedience against the pipeline to continue to grow.He said he’s embarrassed Canada’s prime minister and the Alberta premier are kowtowing to an American multinational oil company.“I think if people totally lose faith in our democratic system, if they believe that the federal government has been able to impose its will, that they’ve ignored the court proceedings, then I think we’re looking for chaos,” said Corrigan. “And that’s what worries me.”B.C.’s prosecution service announced Monday it would consider criminal contempt of court charges against protesters alleged to have broken a court injunction while demonstrating near the pipeline construction site.The service also said it had appointed a special prosecutor in the cases of Green party Leader Elizabeth May and New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, both arrested at the site.— With files from Gemma Karstens-Smith.last_img read more

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