Parents of missing East Coast teen appeal for public’s help

first_imgA week after the disappearance of 14-year-old Doothmattie Persaud, also known as Emily, her parents are appealing to members of the public for their help in finding the teen who allegedly ran away from home on Thursday, September 1.Missing: Doothmattie Persaud, aka EmilyPersaud, who resides at Lot 30 Industry Crown Dam, East Coast Demerara, was last seen by her mother, Lalita Seegobin-Hussain, on September 1 at P&R Taxi Service at Lot 60 William and Queen Streets, Kitty, Georgetown, wearing a blue top, blue Capri pants and a pair of black slippers.The teen’s mother reportedly went into labour on August 31, leaving Persaud and her younger brother in the care of her uncle. Her mother told Guyana Times that before she went to the hospital, she left money and jewellery with her daughter.After Seegobin-Hussain gave birth, she saw her eldest daughter on the morning of September 1, and, according to her, her daughter seemed elated.The teen’s mother said that shortly after the visit, Persaud called her and disclosed that she was unable to find a gold bangle which was left with her earlier.“I said ‘how you loss it?’, and she said she put it in the bag and like somebody take it out. I say ‘alright, when I come home, I gon deal with it. I gotta discharge’,” Seegobin-Hussain said.Upon meeting with her mother to discuss the issue, Persaud said that she was in the company of a friend prior to her discovery of the missing jewellery. A report about the matter was lodged at the Kitty Police Station.The family continued their day as per normal; however, her mother realised around 16:00h that same day she had not seen Persaud.After checking, she found a letter which was left by Persaud and which insinuated that she had run away“… (it said) that she lost forever, she gone, that God bless me with a next daughter and she gone. Let I don’t stress, and let me don’t take on no worries, that whenever the time is right, she is going to come back,” the teen’s mother highlighted.In tears, Seegobin-Hussain noted that since Persaud left the home, she has been trying to call her cellphone, but the last call on Saturday was answered by a man. “He was very abusive, he said he’s in Bartica and if I need to speak to my daughter, I have to talk money talk first.”The distraught mother explained that since then, the cellular phone has been unreachable.Seegobin-Hussain noted that this was not the first time that Persaud has opted to disappear, as a few years ago, she left the home for a few hours to visit her boyfriend at the time, unbeknownst to her parents.The teen’s mother said that she has no knowledge of her daughter having another boyfriend.The matter was reported to the Kitty Police Station and an investigation launched.Seegobin-Hussain is requesting that anyone with information with regard to Doothmattie Persaud make contact with the nearest police station or contact her directly on 592-620-0191 or 592-684-1692.last_img read more

Final RVO rule leaves waiver loophole open

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association said the EPA’s final 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) moves renewable fuels and energy security forward in 2019, but the growth will only be realized if EPA does not grant refiners further RFS exemptions.“We are pleased the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintained the implied conventional ethanol volume of 15 billion gallons and increased the total 2019 renewable fuel volume as intended by the RFS. However, EPA granted refineries 2.25 billion gallons in RFS waivers over the past year but did nothing to account for those lost volumes. If EPA continues to grant large amounts of waivers in this manner, the volumes set in this final rule cannot be met,” said Lynn Chrisp, NCGA president.In comments on the rule, NCGA and its grower members urged EPA to take steps to maintain the integrity of the RFS, including projecting 2019 waivers and accounting for those gallons to keep the RFS volumes whole. By failing to account for waivers in this final rule, EPA ensures that any 2019 exemptions will reduce the volumes the agency sets.“Ethanol has been and continues to be a strong market for U.S. corn farmers, especially during these tough times in the farm economy. When the EPA continues to grant waivers and does not account for those volumes in this rule, domestic demand for our crop is lost, impacting farmers’ livelihood and the economy of rural America,” Chrisp said.NCGA will continue to work with EPA to ensure the full energy and environmental benefits of the RFS are achieved. As EPA implements this volume rule, as well as considers pending petitions for RFS exemptions, NCGA urges the agency to prevent further demand destruction and support a strong RFS that will benefit America’s farmers and rural communities, provide cleaner air and boost our nation’s energy security.last_img read more

Twitter Tells Developers to Stop Building Twitter Clients

first_imgTags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Now Friends With Charlie Sheen, Twitter Tells Its Nerdy Old Pals to Drop DeadTwitter’s platform/API leader Ryan Sarver issued an official statement to the Twitter developer world today that’s sure to send a shudder down the backs of many people building new ways to use the popular social network: if you were thinking about building a new Twitter client – don’t. “Developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no.”Sarver went on to discuss a wide variety of innovative services built on top of Twitter (mostly analytics services) that the company will continue to support and said that existing Twitter clients would be tolerated, if closely watched. It was a strong statement that seemed to fly in the face of Twitter’s long history of a strong developer community. The tone of the announcement won’t help, either.Sarver spent much of the email discussing the overwhelming market share that official Twitter apps now have. “According to our data, 90% of active Twitter users use official Twitter apps on a monthly basis,” he wrote. What’s the harm in outside parties developing new ways for people to access Twitter? “…Our user research shows that consumers continue to be confused by the different ways that a fractured landscape of third-party Twitter clients display tweets and let users interact with core Twitter functions,” he wrote.“A consistent user experience is exactly the wrong direction to go in. Twitter needs diverse read-only experiences if it’s going to continue to grow, a monoculture would stifle its growth. That would be like saying all websites should look the same.” – Laura Fitton, CEO, OneFortyMainstream users are actively confused by different interfaces? And this is such a big problem that non-standard interfaces need to be stamped out? That just seems crazy, patronizing, arrogant, obnoxious and suspiciously arbitrary. Surely the harm done by the tiny number of rarely used 3rd party interfaces that really create a different user experience is much, much smaller than the value Twitter has gained from innovation on top of its platform and the harm that messages like this are likely to do to what’s left of the trust Twitter has in its developer community. Maybe Twitter’s big enough it doesn’t need anyone else anymore, though.Last week Twitter issued declared that 3rd parties, in that case the researchers at the Web Ecology Project, weren’t allowed to capture and redistribute Twitter content, even for academic and historical research. Seeing first the librarian and now the science club get poked in the eye makes all this feel like mean girls in high school. Flipboard and its replacement “mainstream interface” will probably be just fine, since its CEO Mike McCue joined Twitter’s Board of Directors when venture capitalists injected $200 million more in December. Tweetdeck had better watch its back, though – especially since it got in bed with Twitter rival Bill Gross and Uber Media. All those Tweetdeck columns, loved by power users, are awfully confusing to mainstream users anyway.Here’s the part of today’s announcement that probably deserves the most sympathy: “For example, people get confused by websites or clients that display tweets in a way that doesn’t follow our design guidelines, or when services put their own verbs on tweets instead of the ones used on Twitter. Similarly, a number of third-party consumer clients use their own versions of suggested users, trends, and other data streams, confusing users in our network even more. Users should be able to view, retweet, and reply to @nytimes’ tweets the same way; see the same profile information about @whitehouse; and be able to join in the discussion around the same trending topics as everyone else across Twitter.”It’s hard to stomach the idea that a platform that enables anyone in the world to casually post 140 characters about anything that moves them could be so uncomfortable with some occasional inconsistencies in a related user experience. Maybe Twitter’s not really for free-form posting anymore though. Maybe what Twitter leadership really wants is to create a Hollywood-glossy, TV-comfy place for “mainstream users” to read Tweets from famous people and big media brands. Maybe they’re too cool for school and don’t need the earnest nerds that built their ecosystem in the early days anymore. Now they’ve got Charlie Sheen. If you want to build an app that helps big brands figure out how to give Charlie Sheen money to post a photo holding up your product – more power to you. If you thought Twitter was a place for outlaws, for free thinkers, for innovators – you need to tuck in your shirt, cut your hair and get a clue. Stop even risking confusion on the part of mainstream users. If that’s not the message, Twitter sure didn’t make much effort to avoid sounding that way. “The [wide open] Internet,” writes epoch-defining innovator Dave Winer about the news, “remains the best place to develop because it is the Platform With No Platform Vendor. Every generation of developers learns this value for themselves.”We’ll see how often you get to hang out with Snoop Dog and Lady Gaga with an attitude like that, Winer. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

High Performance Managing Positions

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10 months agoAgent says Atlanta beat Barcelona, Real Madrid to Gonzalo Martínez deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent says Atlanta beat Barcelona, Real Madrid to Gonzalo Martínez dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Atlanta United’s latest signing, Gonzalo Martínez, has revealed interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.Martinez impressed for River Plate in the recent Copa Libertadores final.”Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested [in Martínez] but he and his agents saw the potential in the MLS,” agent Guido Albers told De Volkskrant.Martínez, 25, joins Atlanta in a deal worth 15 million euros after starring for River Plate last year. last_img

10 months agoREVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic deal

first_imgREVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have scrapped their option for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard.BILD says in talks with Borussia Dortmund to sign Christian Pulisic, Chelsea agreed to write off their first refusal clause for Hazard.BVB see Hazard as a replacement for Pulisic and weren’t prepared to sell the American to the Blues unless they agreed not to compete for the Belgium international.Hazard confirmed recently, “Yes, Chelsea has a say in what happens to me. But that’s governed by the clubs.”However, the Blues will now allow BVB to move for the midfielder without any counter offer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoChelsea ace Hazard: Messi is best ever. I regret my Barcelona performance

first_imgChelsea ace Hazard: Messi is best ever. I regret my Barcelona performanceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard says Barcelona star Leo Messi stands alone as the best player in the world.Hazard insists Messi is superior to be he and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.”Not a chance. There is only one that is the best ever. It’s him, Lionel Messi,” Hazard told HLN.”The two games against Barcelona were not my best memories from 2018. “I was happy to play against Barcelona and Messi, but I did not deliver.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Dont Be Fooled By Baseballs SmallBudget Success Stories

The Houston Astros currently sit on top of the American League West with a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels, a team paying Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, and the rest of the squad a combined $146.4 million. The Astros, meanwhile, will spend less than half that figure on players in 2015. Their total payroll comes in just north of $69 million, 29th out of 30 MLB teams and a remarkable $158 million less than the Los Angeles Dodgers are spending to field a team this year.The success of the Astros and the (comparatively) minuscule payrolls of other plucky small-budget teams is often cited by people trying to advance an egalitarian narrative: that the amount a team spends does not matter. In recent years, Time called the Royals the future of baseball. The New York Times went with Smaller Markets and Smarter Thinking. Baseball America wrote an article asserting, “if you look at competitive balance as the opportunity for teams to make the playoffs and legitimate runs at titles, baseball is truly in a golden era.” Sports Illustrated argued that the average payrolls of playoff teams show that money isn’t the factor it used to be and the Providence Journal offered, “money can’t buy success.” Andrew McCutchen, 2013 National League MVP, is the poster boy for what small-budget teams can accomplish, saying, “Payroll doesn’t mean everything. If that was the case, the Yankees would win every year.”That’s all heart-warming, but evidence suggests that the relationship between money and winning is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Check out the figure below, which shows the relationship between spending and win percentage during each of the three 10-year spans since 1985.1Salary and win percentage were standardized within each season to account for the league’s financial growth and changes in league competitiveness. Data collected from baseball-reference.com. Each team season is one dot in the figure, and the red line reflects a smoothed curve fit through the points. The smoothed curves represent the general relationship between spending and performance for each team season in each decade; aggregating all the decade’s data points shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.The line gets steeper going from left to right, implying that in recent seasons, jumps in salary have been associated with larger gains in win percentage. Altogether, none of the 20 teams with the highest relative salaries since 1985 have finished below .500. GRAPHIC: Using data from the last 30 years, we created win-pay curves for every team in Major League Baseball. Click here to see how well your favorite team spent its money.J.C. Bradbury, an economics professor at Kennesaw State University, found that winning more increases revenue exponentially. “Going from 85 wins to 90 is worth more than 80 wins to 85,” he says. As a result, while it might cost more per win for a team that wins 90 games than 85, it makes financial sense because the revenue reward will be higher as well. This leads to a self-perpetuating cycle. Additionally, fans of teams that win frequently expect them to continue winning, and management pays more to do so. For a team like the New York Yankees, paying 10 percent more than anyone else for a second baseman who is only 5 percent better than his closest peer is worth the money (and they can afford it).But though the current narrative revolves around small-budget success stories as an argument against the importance of salaries, baseball has always had small-budget overachievers. “Just because you don’t spend money doesn’t mean you can’t win,” Bradbury says. As long as there has been baseball, there have been teams with low payrolls that have exceeded expectations in the win column.Perhaps one reason for the renewed focus on the success of small-budget teams is the importance of playoff success versus the regular season. Postseasons in American sports offer a smaller sample size than, say, soccer’s English Premier League, where the winner is determined by 38 games. In baseball, the better team (the one with the higher payroll) is less likely to prevail over the course of a short playoff series than they would be over an entire season. That, combined with the expansion of the playoffs, means it’s easier for a small-budget team to reach the World Series, as the Kansas City Royals did in 2014, losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7. Winning a playoff series can come down to a few factors — a couple of good pitchers and luck — that are less important during the regular season. “The formula seems to be: limp through regular season, get into playoffs, then win,” said Rodney Fort, professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.Fort, however, also thinks that the case for the relationship between payroll and wins is overstated. “When have we ever been satisfied that a simple relationship between one variable and another variable tells the whole story of the determination of winning?” he says. “What you really need to do is stop and think about what are all the other things: nothing about coaches, nothing about front office/GM acumen.” In Fort’s view, equating payroll and wins leaves out too many other variables.He has a point, as the relationship between salary and winning can be drastically different among different franchises. Some teams don’t get results when they spend more — the New York Mets frowny face is almost too perfect given their fortunes.For a few small-budget teams such as the Cleveland Indians and the Royals, though, there’s a strong relationship between spending and winning.As you can see in the chart of every team’s win-pay curves, spending usually helps, but incompetent spending gets a team nowhere. It’s a waste.Click here to see every team’s win-pay curves. read more

Zabaleta crucial to Richarlisons call up

first_imgFormer Argentina international Pablo Zabaleta has been credited with pointing out Richarlison’s talents and abilities to the Brazilian coaching crew.The West Ham United defender was crucial to Richarlison’s call-up to the Brazilian national team, according to assistant coach Sylvinho.The forward who moved from Watford to Everton during the summer transfer window for a reported £40million plus add-ons – received his first international callup for the national team for friendlies against the United States and El Salvador in September, making his only start of four appearances so far against the latter, scoring twice in a 5-0 win.Sylvinho plays an important role in the selection process, and the former Manchester City player said his ex-team-mate Zabaleta was the man who brought Richarlison to his attention.“I have good friends on the continent, these guys who played with me help me,” Sylvinho told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.“Zabaleta played against Watford and called me. He asked if we knew we had a spectacular player at Watford.”Zabaleta reveals this will be his last season in England Manuel R. Medina – July 16, 2019 The 34-year-old doesn’t know if he will retire at the end of the season or go play in a new country for a couple of years.“He said he was not just good, he was “very good”.“We’ve been monitoring him and he’s part of our plans, he can play at nine or on the sides.”“He’s been in Europe for seven years. He started in Udinese. In Napoli, he played with Sarri,” Sylvinho said about Napoli midfielder Allan.“You will not see a number of goals and throw balls, but he is dynamic, performs functions in the middle of the field. He’s here on merit.”last_img read more

Carvajal rues missed chances in Real Madrids 22 draw

first_imgReal Madrid defender Dani Carvajal believes they should have added a third goal before Santi Cazorla’s equaliser rescued a point for VillarrealThe European champions lacked sharpness up front in their first game of 2019 at Villarreal with 19-year-old Samuel Chukwueze proving to a threat for the hosts right from the start.The Nigerian would go on to set-up Cazorla’s opener and provided Marcelo with a lot of trouble down the wing with Villarreal seemingly the stronger of the two sides on Thursday.However, two headed goals from Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema caught out Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo to hand Real a 2-1 lead.But Lucas Vazquez was unable to take advantage of a golden opportunity when he was denied by Asenjo in the second half, despite being clean through on goal.Former Arsenal playmaker Cazorla then punished Real for failing to take their opportunities by grabbing an 82nd-minute equaliser to settle things at 2-2.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We had some real chances to finish the game and make it 1-3, but in the end, we drew and dropped two points,” said Carvajal on the club website.“We needed those three points to close the gaps on the leader. Now we need to keep working hard and rack up some points. This is not an easy place to come play.“We’re disappointed because we were ahead for practically the whole match and not winning really stings.”“We knew that they would have to push forward and leave the defence open. Before finishing with a draw, we had two massive chances to kill it off, we did not finish and they nicked a goal at the end.”Los Blancos, who remain fourth in La Liga, will go up against Real Sociedad this weekend.last_img read more