Speak out vociferously against injustices

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to respond to a letter penned by one Mr Zamal Hussain, wherein he highlighted the plight of our electoral system. In that letter, he is of the firm view that the electoral machinery in Guyana, instead of being strengthened, is being undermined to the point where there would not be a fair process. I wholeheartedly support Mr Hussain on this note, having seen the underhand, corrupt way elections have been held over the years here under a PNC administration.History is replete with their corrupt practices. All of these disgraceful acts are well documented for our learning and edification.Whenever it comes to the administration of free, open and transparent process where a selection or election process is concerned, the PNC’s stewardship in such matters stinks to the high heavens.With a PNC-dominated, PNC-controlled GECOM, anything can and will take place to subvert a transparent process. No good can come out of such an arrangement.Recently, the Guyana Teachers’ Union got a jolt of this barefaced, dictatorial fraud when they were told in a hand-me-down manner that their views are null and void when the Government is in charge — a very shocking way to treat persons who are known supporters of the regime.It therefore behooves all right-thinking persons in this country to stand up and speak out vociferously against these grave injustices. Guyanese need to stand up and be counted for what is just and fair.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Marcus Rashford signs new Manchester United contract until 2020

first_img Marcus Rashford has scored eight goals in 18 games for Man United since making his debut in February 1 Marcus Rashford has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club has announced.The 18-year-old striker has enjoyed a sensational breakthrough at club and international level over the past few months.And the Red Devils have rewarded the impressive youngster with a new deal, worth a reported £20,000-a-week, which runs until 2020 with the option to extend for a further year.He had just one year remaining on his previous youth contract.READ: MARCUS RASHFORD’S RISE FROM ROOKIE TO ROCK STARRashford only made his senior debut in February but went on to score eight goals in 18 games for United, including braces on his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and in his following game against Arsenal in the Premier League.His goal record and no-fear displays quickly led to a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad, and Rashford again took little time to settle and scored his first Three Lions goal just 138 seconds into his international debut.He is now considered to be in contension for a place in England’s Euro 2016, just 13 weeks after bursting onto the scene.“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” the England international told manutd.com.“I have always been a Manchester United fan so to be playing in the first team really is a dream come true. I am grateful for having the chance to prove myself.“To be able to play football at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family.”United have also moved to tie up the long-term future of a fellow academy graduate Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has penned a similar deal.The 19-year-old defender, who also came through the academy ranks to make his first-team debut against West Brom in November, made 14 appearances and was named United’s under-21 player of the year.“I have grown up at United and have enjoyed every minute of being here,” he said.“Last season was an incredible experience to make my first-team debut and a dream come true for myself and my family.“I feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player.“I will continue to work hard and take advice from the manager and his coaching team to improve with every training session.”last_img read more

GAA NEWS – URRIS CLUB NOTES

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DONEGAL TEAM ON THEIR WIN ON SUNDAY.Referee Refresher Course and Umpire Course for details contact Adrian 0879810304. CLUB MEETING: Next Meeting On Wednesday 12th June at 8.30pm All Members Welcome.Match & Win for 23/05/2013 No’s Drawn 11,15,16,19 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,660.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Kevin Kelly & Jim Kelly Dunaff, Shannon, Fr Charlie Logue Tullagh, Teresa Flynn No13 Tullagh,John Kelly Gaddyduff. UNDERAGE FIXTURES: – Inishowen League U12’s Moville v Urris at 7.00pm on Tuesday 28th May. Inishowen League U14’s Moville v Urris at 7.00pm Friday 31st May, Under 10’s Urris v Muff 11am Saturday 1st June.UNDERAGE RESULTS: Under 8’s played away to Burt last night (Wednesday 22nd May) – We had 24 children that travelled and all got a game. Again 3 matches took place at the same time.Training as usual on Saturday 25th @ 11am and home games to Muff on Sat 2nd June. Urris Shorts and socks are available – shorts are €9 and socks are €4. Please contact Anne Marie or Nichola for ordering.SENIOR RESULTS: Saturday 25th May Seniors: Naomh Ultan 1-10 Urris 1-14 Reserves: Naomh Ultan 1-10 Urris 1-6.SENIOR & RESERVES FIXTURE: Home to Letterkenny Gaels Saturday 1st June.LADIES: Away to Termon 12m.day Sunday 2nd June.TRAINING: Under 12 & 14 Girls Wednesday’s at 5.45pm til 7pm. Under 10’s on Fridays 4.30pm -5.45pm in Straid. Contact Susan for more information 0863945954.Under 8’s Training on Saturday Morning at 11am.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie. Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA NEWS – URRIS CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Urris GAA club noteslast_img read more

NFL: DONEGAL TRAIL ROSCOMMON BY FIVE POINTS AT HALF-TIME

first_imgDonegal trail Roscommon by five points at O’Donnell Park.Allianz National League: Donegal are trailing Roscommon by five points after a hugely disappointing first-half display at O’Donnell Park.Roscommon have been full value for their lead at the interval, and in truth should be further ahead.They’ve caused the Donegal defence all sorts of problems – and have created three excellent goal chances. Luckily for Rory Gallagher’s side, they haven’t taken those chances, but Donegal still trail by five points.Roscommon raced into a early three point lead, before Patrick McBreaty got Donegal’s first point.Roscommon then scored four unanswered points, before McBrearty scored another free.Michael Murphy and Odhran MacNiallais scored two on the trot for Donegal, but again Roscommon kicked on again and scored three more points to lead by seven. Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty got two points back for Donegal to reduce the deficit to five points at half-time.Half-time score: Donegal 0-06 Roscommon 0-11NFL: DONEGAL TRAIL ROSCOMMON BY FIVE POINTS AT HALF-TIME was last modified: March 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAANFLroscommonlast_img read more

Amazing Bird Tricks

first_img“Angry Birds” are perhaps the best known species among electronic bird-watchers these days, but we should never forget that real birds are amazing creatures.  Incredibly diverse (think ostrich to hummingbird to penguin), they continue to fascinate scientists and laymen.  Here are some recent science stories about our feathered friends. 1. Regular PM, Hedd A, Montevecchi WA, 2011 Fishing in the Dark: A Pursuit-Diving Seabird Modifies Foraging Behaviour in Response to Nocturnal Light Levels. PLoS ONE 6(10): e26763. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026763. The CEH Law applies: the more detail in the observations, the less talk about evolution.  We should never take any living thing for granted.  There is more wonder in a bacterium than we can imagine; how much more in multicellular creatures that can fly, swim, see in near darkness, swarm in tens of thousands while flying in unison, use tools, and teach us how to make helmets.  Take a closer look at the birds in your vicinity today.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Tool use:  A brief news item in Nature (27 Oct 2011, p. 431) claimed that “The ability to use tools is not always a sign, or a driver, of intelligence – certainly not in some Galapagos finches.”  A researcher gave a kind of IQ test to finches that use twigs to pry out food (mimicking tool use) and other finches that do not.  Neither group scored higher.  “The findings show that physical and cognitive abilities do not always evolve hand-in-hand,” Nature claimed, begging questions whether either ability evolved in the first place.  Still, any animal handy with a twig is a pretty clever bird. Birds of a feather flock:  We’ve all seen the nature shows with scenes of birds taking off in huge swarms, so thick one wonders how they avoid collisions.  Flocks of starlings can contain 10 million individuals (be amazed at this BBC video). Perhaps one of your local bird species puts on similar shows, darting this way and that in unison, executing aerial acrobatics no fighter pilot squad could hope to imitate.  “Watching thousands of birds fly in a highly coordinated, yet leaderless, flock can be utterly baffling to humans,” PhysOrg reported.  “Now, new research is peeling back the layers of mystery to show how exactly they do it – and why it might be advantageous to fly right.”  Charlotte Hemelrijk of the University of Groningen (Netherlands) has shown in computer models that an individual bird only needs to keep track of about seven neighbors to stay in formation.  Still, it is not clear why the birds do it.  Fun?  Exercise?  Social birds learn quickly from each other, and humans could learn from flocking birds, finding ways to improve formation flying in aircraft. Woodpecker helmets:  Speaking of learning from birds, designers of helmets should pay attention to woodpeckers.  Their heads have to endure decelerations of 6 or 7 meters per second without sustaining brain injury.  According to PhysOrg, a team in China filmed woodpeckers, analyzed the forces involved, and then tried to figure out what factors in the birds’ skulls prevent injury.  “The researchers conclude that the shock absorption system is not based on a single factor, but is a result of the combined effect of a number of different morphological features,” the team concluded.  The sponginess of the bone, the structure of the beak, and the shape of the cranium were some factors that work in concert to protect the little bird brain.  “This combination may be useful in guiding design for new protective gear.” Back on the perch:  After the discovery of another Archaeopteryx specimen recently (10/19/2011), some will be comforted to hear that the world’s most famous fossil has been returned to the bird category.  Dr Michael Lee [South Australian Museum] responded to claims earlier this year that put Archaeopteryx into phylogenetic confusion, raising fear among evolutionists that creationists would spin the announcement to their advantage (7/28/2011).  Lee’s team claims the earlier announcement had weak support; their more detailed analysis shows that Archaeopteryx was, in fact, a bird.  Team member Trevor Worthy said, “In our work, Mike Lee has shown quite clearly that methodology is highly significant and that before a paradigm is overturned data needs to be rigorously examined.”  They used a combination of methods to establish the bird’s identity.  How this helps the story of the origin and evolution of birds, though, was not explained. Hunting in the dark:  Most seabirds hunt during the day, but the common murre often hunts at night, finding its prey underwater in near total darkness.  How do they do it?  Writing in PLoS One,1 a trio of Canadian scientists watched murres exercise their unique night-hunting ability. They found murres hunting as deep as 580 feet at light levels covering 13 orders of magnitude (103 to 10-10 watts per square meter).  Hunting in the near-complete darkness of starlight was less frequent, but the birds were observed diving in both ambient moonlight and starlight.  The scientists are not sure if the birds catch prey by random search in the deepest darkness or use some kind of non-visual cues.  “This research … raises questions about the strategies and mechanisms birds use to find prey under very low light conditions,” they said.  The researchers said very little about evolution, referring backhandedly to “the evolution of” this or that a couple of times in the first paragraph, then stating, “To maximize foraging opportunity, many deep diving marine predators have evolved large, sensitive, dark adapted eyes.”  But dark-adapted eyes often work less well in bright light, so they seemed puzzled how the common murre’s eyes could have evolved to be good at both.  “Murres dived through a broad range of light levels – from sunlit to starlit – as they foraged throughout the day and night,” they noted.  “This is perplexing since it seems unlikely that their eyes could be adapted for visually guided foraging across all conditions.”  Last sentence: “Though the physiological mechanisms behind the murres’ ability to hunt through wide-ranging light conditions have yet to be understood, their ability to function through such conditions is a testament to their adaptability.”last_img read more

Township yoga brings peace and healing

first_imgMore women than men attend township yoga classes, with ages ranging from four years old to 70. (Image: Green Shoot Films) 24 February 2014Breathe in, breathe out: practising yoga is improving the lives of many impoverished and sick people in the townships around Durban. They are feeling more peaceful, more hopeful and healthier, they say. And now the Township Yogi Project plans to expand its work to Joburg and Cape Town.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Township yoga brings peace and healinglast_img read more

Expert Advice Series: TRICARE® ECHO – Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

first_imgAdvice: The ACD policy requires that prior to coverage of ABA, the beneficiary must be diagnosed with ASD using DSM-5 criteria and issued a referral for ABA by a TRICARE-authorized Physician-Primary Care Manager (P-PCM) or by a specialized ASD diagnosing provider whether they work in the purchased care or direct care system.  The medical record and the referral must contain documentation of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and documentation of co-morbid psychiatric and medical disorders.  We also require that ASD symptom severity be documented on the referral, but plan to delete this requirement from the referral itself in the next policy update which we expect sometime in FY 2017.Referrals made for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries from the Direct Care system (the MTF) providers are made electronically in Composite Health Care System (CHCS). These electronic referrals are sent to the regional managed care support contractor for processing. The regional contractor then sends an authorization letter specifying the ABA provider/practice information and the authorization number to each beneficiary.  The Active Duty Family Member (ADFM) parent/caregiver is to call the phone number of the ABA practice on the authorization letter to schedule the appointment for ABA. If the provider cannot see the patient within 28 days, then the ADFM parent/caregiver should directly telephone the regional contractor at the phone number specified in the authorization letter for help getting an appointment with another ABA provider able to see the beneficiary within the 28 day access standard.For Purchased Care under TRICARE Prime, each regional contractor, in this case UHC, defines their referral requirements. If UHC requires the referral be written on a paper prescription pad, then this is the process that must be followed.  Under TRICARE Standard plans, referrals per se are not used, but rather a prior authorization process if followed. Each regional contractor specifies the process per contractual requirement.  The process may involve filling out a regional contractor online form requesting authorization, faxing in this information on a form or telephoning the regional contractor to request for authorization.  Regardless of each regional contractor’s process, prior authorization is required for ABA services under the ACD. Each authorization is for six months.I hope this answers your question.  Each regional contractor is available per the phone numbers provided in the presentation to assist family members with the referrals and authorizations. Please encourage the families you assist to call the regional contractor whenever there are problems or challenges accessing ABA through the ACD as we do not want beneficiaries to wait to access ABA services. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on September 16, 2016. In a recent webinar entitled “TRICARE® Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)” participants were able to gather more information about the supplemental services for active duty family members with qualifying mental and physical disabilities provided through TRICARE® ECHO.Question: I had a couple questions regarding the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) referral process and what type of medical equipment is covered by ECHO and what is not. There seems to be a lack of communication between the child’s Primary Care Manager (PCM) and United Health Care (UHC) when sending in a referral for ABA therapy.  Does the ECHO Case Manager have the correct verbiage and time line to share with the families on what the PCM needs to state on the referral prior to sending to UHC to begin the process for ABA services?  A lot of my clients have shared with me that if the PCM does not write the referral on a prescription pad and if the correct verbiage is not written on the referral  that UHC will kick the referral back.  This causes a lot of confusion for the clients and the process to begin the services for their child with Autism takes longer.Also, is there a list of medical equipment that ECHO does cover when Tri-care does not?  Such as hearing aids, wheel chairs etc.center_img Expert: Theresa A. Hart, RNC MS, Nurse Consultant/Program Manager, Perinatal, Pediatrics and Special Medical Programs Defense Health Agency Clinical Support DivisionFor more advice from Ms. Hart, watch and listen to the professional development training on TRICARE® Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) to learn about the ECHO program.The new blog series provides monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study. Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you.last_img read more

RJD leader shot dead in Bihar

first_imgA Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader was shot dead on Saturday by unidentified assailants in Bihar’s Siwan district, police said.“A group of armed unidentified assailants shot five bullets into Minhaj Khan’s head while he was sleeping in his house in Sheikhpura village,” district police officer Sanjit Kumar said.According to the police, Khan was a popular leader among youths and he had nearly 5,000 followers on social media.He is also said to be close to former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin who is currently in prison.last_img read more

LG G3 gets listed on official website in UK

first_imgA week ahead of its official launch on May 27, the much talked about LG G3 has been listed on company’s UK website as coming soon. The listing bears a model number D855.The listing has one teaser video. It doesn’t say anything on specifications and pricing.There have been numerous leaks related to the LG G3. It is rumoured to come with a 5.5-inch QHD IPS display. It may run on Snapdragon 801 chipset.The next LG flagship, as per the rumours, will sport a 13-megapixel OIS camera with 2160p video recording. Its other notable features may include redesigned rear control deck, a microUSB port, a microSD slot and the latest LG UX launcher. Needless to say, it will be powered by Kit Kat OS. It is expected to pack a Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery.last_img read more

Can Sentiment Analysis Platform Predict Outcome of US Election?

first_img November 11, 2016 at 8:51 am Log in to Reply “Well, it goes without saying that this is where the cream of society hangs out — Embedded.com is the place to see and be seen LOL” “Unless the analysis includes metadata like the locations of the folks posting on the social networks. “ JackPeacock says: “The rural vs urban divide has been known about since at least 2000 so it should be taken into account by now. There may also be a divide between younger and older although that’s much less pronounced.nThose most active on social networks tend to be young November 9, 2016 at 9:40 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: November 9, 2016 at 6:09 pm November 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm “The election results show a sharp divide between rural and urban voters. If social networks are biased to urban populations the results tend to exclude a large proportion of the voter base. Based on Tuesday’s results this appears to explain failure of po Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “But as the USC/L.A. Times poll showed (since it was closer than any other major poll to being right) the correct weighting of the data is key to getting an accurate result. According to the article below, if you take their data and use the same weighting Social media systems like Facebook and Twitter contain a wealth of information about how their users feel about current topics of interest — the trick is to be able to root through vast amounts of data and extract the hidden gems of information.The word “sentiment” is defined as a view of, or attitude toward, a situation or event; an opinion; or a feeling of emotion. ZimGo, from BPU Holdings (BPU), is a Sentiment Analysis Platform that is designed to evaluate huge amounts of social media data to determine what people feel about particular topics.ZimGo features a sophisticated pattern recognition engine. In the case of its natural language processing (NLP) capabilities, ZimGo augments regular dictionaries with the use of the Urban Dictionary, thereby allowing it to parse and understand posts using slang. Furthermore, ZimGo also includes emojis and hashtags in its analysis.Of course, one topic of great interest is the US election, which is in progress at the time of this writing. The creators of ZimGo recently ran a sentiment analysis on the approval ratings for Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton associated with various key topics. The ensuing analysis can be presented in a variety of ways, including day-by-day and hour-by-hour (it’s interesting to see how approval ratings varied by topic throughout the course of the presidential debates), but an overall summary is shown below.Approval ratings for Trump vs. Clinton (Source: BPU Holdings) Measuring areas like the economy, foreign affairs, healthcare, immigration, income distribution, and Washington culture, the ZimGo analysis revealed the public’s close positive/negative feelings toward the candidates. The most recent debate only minimally affected these sentiments, perhaps confirming the level of follower commitment late in the election process. The most notable exception is that the sentiment toward Clinton is significantly more positive with regard to income distribution.BPU Holdings recently announced plans to offer free licenses for the ZimGo sentiment analysis platform to university development partners in Korea and the US. Initially available in Korean, English and Japanese versions of ZimGo will soon be available in limited beta release. Those interested in joining the beta may enroll at ZimGo.cloud. cwildhorse says: 6 thoughts on “Can Sentiment Analysis Platform Predict Outcome of US Election?” elizabethsimon says: November 9, 2016 at 11:28 am elizabethsimon says: November 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm Continue Reading Previous Next-generation military radio systemsNext How to prevent IoT-based Internet outages: #2 Floodgate “thank you for the article … As with many platforms, the depth of the data is limited only by the amount of resources we want to dedicate. The beauty of twitter is that it does include the GEO and the Demographic data with the posts, as well as the tech Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more