Condemning attempted assassination of Venezuelan President

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to unequivocally condemn the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This is clearly intended to further destabilise the serious situation existing in Venezuela.Such an attempt is intended to achieve political ends by murder. It is possibly the intentions of the intellectual authors of this crime to seize power by force and/or to push the country to civil war.For too long, Latin America has suffered from coups, assassinations, and military style dictatorships. The history of the region demonstrates that such situations lead to social, economic and political degeneration, in which ordinary working people are the most injured.The history and events of other regions tell the same tale. Just a casual glance at the Middle East, Iraq, Libya, Syria and others confirms the universality of such diabolical acts.As a neighbour of Venezuela, I encourage all the social and political forces in Guyana to raise their voices in condemnation of this attempted assassination of that country’s president. Guyana will not be unaffected by such undemocratic and murderous acts.I therefore call on all legitimate Venezuelan forces to engage in meaningful dialogue to arrive at acceptable decisions.Once more, I wish to reiterate my own opposition to political assassination as a form of legitimate struggle.Finally, I wish to extend best wishes for a peaceful solution to all the people of Venezuela fighting for social and economic progress.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Guyana Presidentlast_img read more

Donegal Judge raises concerns about ‘under-resourced’ Probation Service

first_imgThe Probation Service in Donegal is coming under strain and is under-staffed, a court has been told.Judge Paul Kelly told this week’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court that he was reluctant to call on the Probation Service for a number of cases that were before him. Judge Kelly outlined briefly the difficulties being experienced by the over-burdened staff at the probation offices in Letterkenny.“The Probation Services don’t have enough staff or enough time to be dealing with some of these matters,” the Judge sighed.“The Probation Services staff are under-staffed and I am reluctant to refer some of these matters to them. The staff there are over worked already.”In 2016, an additional €1.3 million was due to be allocated to the Probation Service to allow it to recruit new staff.At the time, Minister Francis Fitzgerald said the money was to enable the Service “to increase its use of supervised community sanctions to manage offenders in the community.However, with a growing number of defendants having cases refereed to the Service, staff are feeling the weight and Judge Kelly was sympathetic to their situation.“They are doing their best, but they are vastly under-resourced down there,” he said.Donegal Judge raises concerns about ‘under-resourced’ Probation Service was last modified: May 12th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtProbation servicelast_img read more

QPR linked with Leicester City target and former Portsmouth star

first_imgQPR are making a late bid to hijack Leicester City’s proposed signing of Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, the Sunday People say. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson wants to sign the 33-year-old and recently expressed anger that news of his interest had been leaked.And it is claimed that Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is now looking to land Cambiasso, who is a free agent after leaving Inter Milan.Redknapp, who recently signed Chile star Mauricio Isla on loan, is also keen on Hull City’s Egyptian international Ahmed Elmohamady, again according to the People.Wing-back Elmohamady is also said to be a target for Turkish club Besiktas.Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday say QPR are interested in former Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra.The 29-year-old, who played under Redknapp at Pompey and also had spells at Chelsea and Arsenal, is currently with Lokomotiv Moscow.It is claimed that Napoli are interested but that he would prefer to return to London and could be available if Rangers agree to pay £6m and his wages, said to be £80,000 a week.See also:AC Milan to offer QPR £3m for Taarabt, reports in Italy claimFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ historic offense may be ruining the league after all

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Last summer, when the Warriors acquired all-star big man DeMarcus Cousins, many NBA observers predicted this year’s iteration of Golden State, with five all-stars in their starting lineup, would “ruin the league.”In nearly two weeks, with Cousins in the lineup after recovering from a torn Achilles, coupled with the improved play of Draymond Green and unworldly performances from Stephen Curry, the Warriors …last_img

South Africa’s first hydrogen bike rolled out

first_imgThe frame of the A hi fambeni is made from light and strong advanced materials, and was built by students from the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. (Image: Tshwane University of Technology) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tshwane University of Technology +27 12 382 5542 • Hydrogen South Africa +27 12 392 9357 • Department of Science and Technology +27 12 843 6300RELATED ARTICLES • World’s first hybrid sports car in SA • New satellite gateway for SA • Research centre for African oceans • Mobile internet booms in SANicky RehbockSouth Africa’s rural communities may soon have access to a new, greener form of transport, following the recent launch of the country’s first hydrogen-powered bicycle.Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor unveiled the vehicle at a technology conference earlier in August 2010 at the Kwa-Maritane Bush Lodge in the North West province.The name of the bicycle is A hi fambeni, which is Xitsonga for “let’s go”.“A hi fambeni offers a practical way to promote public awareness of hydrogen as a clean energy alternative,” Pandor said at the launch.Team effortThe bicycle was developed by students of the Tshwane University of Technology in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and Hydrogen SA, which was set up by the South African government in 2008 to investigate the use of hydrogen as a sustainable and clean source of energy.The team mentor was internationally renowned motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche, who was sponsored by the department to work at the university for a month during the design process.The South African-born Terblanche has been based in Italy for the past 20 years as a designer and consultant for prominent bike manufacturers Ducati and Piaggio, among others, and has scooped three prizes over the years at the Milan Motorcycle Show.Terblanche became involved in A hi fambeni through the Resource Driven Technology Concept Centre (RETECZA), which is a non-profit initiative between the department, the Tshwane university, the Georgia Institute for Technology in the US, a consortium of the world’s leading motor manufacturers and a group of South African companies.RETECZA – set up to develop technology for cleaner, more sustainable energy and poverty alleviation – hosted the conference at which the hydrogen bicycle was launched.Top local and international researchers delivered papers at the conference, which focused on how technology can improve the standard of living in rural communities. There were contributions from a variety of overseas experts, including individuals from Sweden, Germany and Italy.‘E-bikes huge part of the future’A hi fambeni is not a conventional bicycle that needs vast amounts of pedalling: it’s powered by electricity that comes from hydrogen fuel cells, which are generally quiet and reliable units as they have no moving parts. Although there are other types of electric bicycles in South Africa, these are powered by lead batteries, not fuel cells.Electric bikes, or e-bikes for short, are a huge part of the future of the green transport sector, Pandor said at the launch, adding that she was pleased the innovation was based on the bicycle, which is an affordable mode of transport.“In many ways, the future of e-bikes can be seen in what has happened over the last decade in China, where the growth in the number of electric bikes has been spectacular. In 1998 there were a mere 400 000 there, but in 2008 there were 21-million,” the minister said.In 2007 the science and technology department launched Shova Kalula, which means “push easily” in isiZulu. This is a partnership with the private sector and civil society that plans to give 1-million bicycles to school children by 2015 and to build dedicated bicycle paths across the country.Pandor said she hopes there will be some synergy between Shova Kalula and the A hi fambeni prototype.She added that the plan is to start with an environment-friendly bike, a trike and then a car.last_img read more

Remembering Mandela

first_imgThe life and legacy of Nelson Mandela spans the globe and has touched many, from ordinary people to respected leaders, past and present. The United Nations and The Elders spoke fondly about Mandela’s life and the lessons he has left in his wake. World leaders admire Nelson Mandela for his contribution to humanity. In particular, The Elders, a group comprising former heads of state, Nobel laureates, leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists, remember him fondly. (Image: The Elders, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberNelson Mandela is remembered in the highest of regards by leaders, past and present, across the world.South Africa and the rest of the globe commemorated Nelson Mandela International Day on what would have been his 98th birthday, 18 July 2016.The day was a chance to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations, said UN deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson.“We remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace and human dignity,” he added, delivering the message on behalf of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.Mandela continued to show the way, because he “gave 67 years of his life to bring change to the people of South Africa”.“His accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his nation, but all people around the world, giving them hope to fulfil their dreams and aspirations,” Eliasson said.How The Elders remember MandelaIn 2007, Mandela spearheaded the establishment of The Elders, a group comprising former heads of state, Nobel laureates, leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists who would “contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems”.Founding members included South African Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, philanthropist and Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, former UN chief Kofi Annan, former US president Jimmy Carter, former Irish prime minister Mary Robinson and Bangladeshi social banker Muhammad Yunus.The group fondly remembers Mandela:Images: The Elders, Facebooklast_img read more

Claim My Name Offers Vanity URLs Across Multiple Sites

first_imgAs proven by last month’s Facebook Vanity URL rush, there’s value in personal domain names. As an answer to brand protection across multiple networks, DandyID is launching ClaimMyName at around 3pm this afternoon. The site allows users to register their custom URLs across hundreds of social networking and social media sites for a fee. And the service certainly doesn’t come cheap to individuals. The 20 domain starter pack costs $80 and the 300 domain pro pack is $699. Then again, when has security ever been sold at cut rate prices? Essentially this is a seemingly easy way for companies and individuals to mitigate risk; however, when there is no verification process to keep out squatters, the system can definitely backfire. ClaimMyName works under the assumption that only you would be willing to buy your own domain name. While it seems like a high price tag for individuals, $699 is relatively cheap for a major corporation to buy hundreds of domains bearing its own name or competitor’s name. In fact, at a time when world news travels fastest by Twitter, and elections are financed via Facebook, $699 is an absolute drop in the bucket for politicos. Oh you don’t think anyone would stoop to squat on the domains of key opposition figures? Look at the facts. The National Arbitration Forum denied former US President Bill Clinton’s cybersquatting complaint against Joseph Culligan who has been redirecting, and to the Republican National Committee’s website.The National Arbitration Forum is one of the ICANN’s selected resolutions providers under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy. This piece of legislation deals directly with international domain names and cyber squatting. And because the group did not see “evidence of bad faith” in Culligan’s usage of the domains, Clinton is left in a lurch. While this isn’t surprising to see someone lose the battle for a domain, it is surprising to see someone lose the battle for a domain that is being used in such a obviously misleading manner. While I feel for the former president, campaign strategists and business pundits have been warning us to register our chosen domains for years. Perhaps Clinton should’ve simply known better. Just look at the strange nomenclature of a ton of Web 2.0 companies. Do you really think Flickr’s first domain choice dropped the “e”? Good domains are few and far between. It appears that with the Facebook Vanity rush, the subsequent creation of the Personal URL Facebook App and now the launch of ClaimMyName, individuals and companies are thinking about their online legacies. While critics in the Open ID camp certainly have their fair share of issues with domain grabs on 3rd party sites, I’ve got a personal branding reason to avoid mass registering 3rd party domains. If you’re just a normal person without any enemies, and you stake a profile without any intent to use it, you’re really just a useless parasite in an otherwise vibrant community. When you don’t even want to introduce yourself, but you lay claim to your namesake, you’re branding yourself as both lazy and paranoid. That being said, if you’ve truly got to protect your brand, or you’re the type of person that will attempt to produce great content across multiple sites, then by all means pay DandyID the money and put your best face forward. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

NSWMA to Get 12 New Trucks

first_imgThe National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is expected to acquire 12 garbage trucks in the new fiscal year.A sum of $300 million has been set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for the undertaking.The Estimates were recently tabled in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw.The new vehicles will strengthen the existing fleet in order to improve garbage collection.The acquisition is being financed from the Consolidated Fund and falls under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.The NWSMA provides solid waste management services across the island in order to safeguard public health while helping to create an environment that is healthy and aesthetically pleasing.last_img