The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has reiterated calls, previously made by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, for the Guyana Government to “spare no efforts” in its response to the floods in several communities in Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Heavy rainfall, the main cause of the overflowing of the Chenapau and Ireng Rivers, caused severe flooding in the villages of Chenapau, Kaibarupai, Waipa, Sand Hills, Itabac and Kanapang – all located in Region Eight; while in Region Seven, the villages of Kako, Wowetta, Jawalla, Waramadong, Imbaimadai, Phillipai, Amakokopai, Quebenang and Purima have also been affected by heavy rainfall.GDF Engineer, Captain Daniel Seeram speaking with residentsThe PPP in a statement on Saturday, “calls on the Government to compressively address and efficiently and effectively manage efforts to address this natural disaster and meet the immediate, short- and medium-term needs of the villages and its residents.”The Party said it recognises the severity and extent of the destruction of personal property and belongings, crops and farms, community and public infrastructure affecting more than 3000 residents of the flooded villages. To this end, it will remain in touch with the people in communities affected and assures the residents that it will continue monitoring the situation.The bridge between Itabac and Kanapang was damaged during the floods“The PPP is hopeful that the flood waters will continue to recede, and, that the emergency response by the Government and its agencies to the flood affected villages will be stepped up so that they can return to normalcy as soon as possible. The immediate needs of the affected communities – clean water, food supplies, medicines and emergency health workers must be the focus,” the Party said.Moreover, the Opposition, in its call for preparations to commence for the rebuilding of the communities, noted that the Regional Democratic Councils of the two affected regions, and, the Toshaos and the Amerindian Village Councils must be fully involved and integrated in this response operation.Furthermore, PPP suggested that Government go to the National Assembly with supplementary requests to comprehensively address the level and breadth of destruction and its aftermath on these communities in the near future.Additionally, recognising climate change and more unpredictable and intense weather patterns will make many communities in Guyana more vulnerable, the PPP calls on the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) to extend its disaster preparedness master plan and operational mechanisms to all the regions, and to respond more effectively to natural disasters such as this.Last week, two engineers from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) as well as technical staff from the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) were deployed to conduct an assessment of the damaged roads and buildings and to facilitate water quality testing and set up purification systems, with a view to determining the long-term response that will be required from the State.The team has since completed the assessment and are in the process of preparing their reports for actions to be taken. This was done even as the residents have expressed their satisfaction with the response by the Government to their needs after last week’s devastating flash floods.Meanwhile, a team comprising representatives from the Ministries of Public Health and the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs. As well as GWI visited the affected communities to conduct further assessments of the damages and impacts to housing, agriculture and water.Thus far, GWI said the water system in the community of Kanapang was reported to have been contaminated; with the water in the well now having a very discoloured appearance. The well at Itabac, on the other hand, is currently unserviceable as the solar panel, which powers the well, was struck by lightning during a recent thunderstorm.In the meantime, over at Region Seven, joint field assessments continue to investigate the level and extent of flooding, in addition to the impacts to the communities.While water has receded from some areas, mostly farmlands are still severely affected. Phillipai is reported to have experienced storms with very high winds during the previous period of heavy rainfall, which resulted in the felling of trees in the area. Additionally, the community has suffered several landslides, resulting in several trails through the village, being covered in slush.Reports were received that the airstrip in Paruima, which is approximately 60 feet above the normal level of the river, has been flooded. Additionally, erosion of the river bank has started to occur. The CDC however, has already deployed 142 relief hampers to its Forward Operations Centre at Kamarang for distribution to the communities even as it is preparing child-specific hampers for distribution to infants and school-aged children in the flooded communities.In addition, the RDC, which worked alongside the CDC earlier this year to complete the Regional Multi-Hazard Preparedness and Response Plan, has activated its Disaster Risk Management Committee and has been actively responding to the flooding in the area.
POMONA – Father and daughter both delivered in perhaps the most dramatic and pressure-packed Saturday qualifying session since NHRA drag racing started at Pomona Raceway 47 years ago. That allowed the crowd of more than 25,000 and two generations of Force racing – John and Ashley – a collective sigh of relief. “It was painful,” Force said. “But you just put your foot down and go to get into the show. I just hate that number (the qualifying streak), it gets into your head.” Nine minutes later, both father and daughter were happy once again. Ashley improved her time to 4.790, a career-best, to climb to the 13th position. She dropped to 15th by the time the session ended. “This day has been so intense,” Ashley said. “It’s easy to say that you aren’t going to get nervous. I was so conflicted watching Dad in front of me. I wanted him to get in the show, but I didn’t want to get bumped out. “The numbers thing was in my head, too. Thankfully, everything worked out. It couldn’t have been any better. I’m glad all of us (John, Ashley, and Force Racing teammates Robert Hight and Eric Medlen) are in the show.” That was almost quite enough for John Force. “It’s just a great day, it means so much to put all four cars in the show,” said Force, the team owner. “It’s the greatest show on Earth and all I wanted was to be in the show and I wanted her to be in.” There is a drawback, however. Ashley will face brother-in-law Hight in the first round. “I’m excited to race against Robert,” said Ashley, who avoided a first-round match against her father when Scelzi and Ron Capps posted their final numbers. “The only thing I know is that for the first time ever, my little niece (Autumn Danielle) is not going to be rooting for me.” Dad is quite another matter. “I told Robert to go out and get her,” Force said. “She had to earn the right to race. I told her she has to go earn the right to beat Robert.” However, Force thinks his daughter has a very bright future. “She’s a trooper and smoked it right down the track,” Force said. “She’s learned the drill. Everybody out there wanted Ashley and me to qualify. I believe in the long run she’s going to be as good as me, a great star for the sport. “I took a chance and today she proved she can hold her own in a man’s sport.” And there are seven men who will be looking in from the outside. Chino Hills’ Del Worsham did not qualify for the opener, joining veterans Gary Densham, Tony Bartone and Kenny Bernstein on the DNQ list. “It’s unbelievable that we come out here and the same horror show we lived through last year is right back in my face, missing by inches or missing by a thousandth (of a second) or two,” Worsham said. “I know it was a big dramatic deal out there, with both John and Ashley Force having to bump their way in, but I have to say that the only drama I cared about was what was going to happen with us, and that drama ended badly.” Arend felt badly that Worsham, who gave him a job over the winter, missed the top 16. “I feel horrible for Del, and if I had any control over it I’d gladly take the DNQ on my side to let him race, but it just doesn’t work that way,” Arend said. “With this being the quickest field ever, it was going to be very tough on a few good teams.” Bernstein, making a return to the sport after a three-year retirement, ran 4.847, his best effort of the week, but missed Jim Head’s cutoff time of 4.795. There was a 0.103-second difference from first to last. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Facing the possibility of starting the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series season on the sidelines, both the 14-time champion and his 24-year-old rookie daughter qualified on their final attempts for today’s Winternationals. They will both be in the quickest 16-car Funny Car field in NHRA history. There were plenty of twists and turns in the fourth and final qualifying session, with six drivers bumped out of the field. Almost lost in the shuffle was Gary Scelzi’s run of 4.692 seconds at a sizzling 333.49 mph for the top qualifying spot. Tony Schumacher remained first in Top Fuel dragster at 4.472, his third No. 1 spot at the Winternationals. Greg Anderson rebounded to take the Pro Stock top spot at 6.634 at a track record 209.04, his 52nd career No. 1 effort. Scelzi’s run, his first in a Funny Car at the historic track, was nearly an afterthought following the drama concerning the Forces. Ashley was on the bubble when San Dimas’ Jeff Arend ran a career-best 4.795. That run put the elder Force in a precarious position of extending his streak of 392 consecutive starts, the all-time NHRA record, and bumping his daughter. Much to the delight of the crowd, Force came through with a solid 4.709, advancing him from the 19th spot into second for the moment. Force eventually finished fourth.
1 Everton legend Joe Royle has returned to Goodison Part as part of manager Roberto Martinez’s backroom team.The 65-year-old has been appointed to assist the club’s breakthrough academy and Under-21 players, and well also become a member of the club’s scouting and recruitment staff.Royle was a product of the Mareseyside outfit’s youth system and went on to score 119 goals in 275 appearances for Everton from 1966-74, before winning the FA Cup during his three-year spell as manager in the 1990s.Bringing through young players has been an area of strength for Everton, with England starlet Ross Barkley the latest off the production line, and manager Martinez believes Royle will be a valuable addition.The Spaniard told the club’s official website: “Everyone knows the incredible influence Joe has had at our football club, both as a player and a manager.“He is a true Evertonian and we all welcome him back to Goodison Park.“We are all very excited with the talent coming through in our academy and we pride ourselves on the work we do with the young players.“Joe’s experience and football know-how will be hugely beneficial for the youngsters at a key stage of their development. He is the first major change in our structure in player development.”Royle only took up a role as footballing consultant to Norwich manager Neil Adams in June, and he said: “I was happy with my role at Norwich City and wouldn’t have considered an offer from any other club than Everton.“It’s like coming home for me.“I made my debut for Everton as a 16-year-old so I understand what it means to be a young player coming through at this football club.“I’m looking forward to using my experience to help the players we have here.“I admire what Roberto achieved in his debut season and I am really looking forward to working alongside him.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “Joe is an Everton giant in every sense of the word and it’s great that he has come back home.“Developing more young players is really important to us and we know Joe will play an important role in helping us achieve these aims.” Everton legend Joe Royle
11 June 2013South Africa produced a focused and intense performance when they most needed it to crush Pakistan by 67 runs in front of a lively crowd in an ICC Championships Trophy Group B match at Edgbaston on Monday.On a difficult pitch, in a game they had to win to keep their semi-finals hopes alive, the Proteas posted 234 for 9 after AB de Villiers elected to bat, and then bowled the Pakistanis out for 167 in 45 overs.With Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel all missing the team was without four of its leading players, but Hashim Amla was still there and he delivered a man-of-the-match winning performance by scoring 81 off 97 deliveries with the bat.Superb bowlingRyan McLaren, meanwhile, continued to put on an excellent impression of Kallis by following up his unbeaten 71 against India with a superb 4 for 19 in eight overs with the ball against the Pakistanis.Pakistan’s fragile batting was once again their undoing. Of the South African top six, only David Miller missed out on reaching 20 (by a single run), while only two of the Pakistanis made it past 20. In fact, only four players in their entire innings hit double figures and those are stats that are not going to win any team many games.At the post-match presentations, captain AB de Villiers said: “A lot of things pleased me. I am really delighted. I thought we played great cricket against India and were so disappointed to come up short there, but it makes this victory so much sweeter.“We’ve got a lot of support from back home and to get a victory likes this makes it a lot better.”‘We performed really well’Summing up the team’s performance, De Villiers said: “We performed really well in all areas. We got more than 200 against a quality bowling attack on a tough wicket. Not a lot of teams would have achieved that, I believe, even though I believe we could have got to 250 at the end. It was still a good score on a tough wicket.“Then, the bowlers, bowling together as a unit today, and the three spinners bowling really well, was very pleasing.”De Villiers also paid tribute to fast bowler Chris Morris, who flew out to join the team after Morne Morkel injured himself in their first march against India. Sharing the new ball with Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morris showed no nerves in his first one-day international as he sent Imran Farhat and Mohammed Hafeez packing with only 18 runs on the board. He went on to finish with figures of 2 for 25 in seven overs.SolidAmla, opening with Colin Ingram for the first time, gave South Africa a solid if somewhat slow foundation of 53 for the opening wicket before Ingram was out in the 15th over for 20.AB de Villiers and JP Duminy threatened later in the innings, but they were both run out, as were Chris Morris and Aaron Phangiso in the chase for runs in the dying overs of the innings.After Amla, De Villiers’ 31 was the next highest score, followed by 28 from Faf du Plessis. “The wicket was a bit difficult up front,” Amla said when he received the man of the match award.Pakistan’s bowling“Obviously they bowled quite well and as the ball got older the wicket turned more and made it even tougher to score,” Amla said. “Fortunately, we got a few mini-partnerships going and that managed to propel us to 230-odd.”Chasing 235 for victory, Pakistan never really got out of the blocks after Morris sent Farhat’s stumps flying in the second over.Misbah ul-Haq, as he had against the West Indies, played a captain’s knock and finished the top scorer with 55 off 75 balls, while Nasir Jamshed weighed with 42, but it took him 76 deliveries to put together.Opening the bowling with Morris, Lonwabo Tsotsobe showed a welcome return to form as he picked up 2 for 23 in nine overs, while between them, Aaron Phangiso, JP Duminy and Robin Peterson sent down 21 overs of spin bowling and claimed 2 for 93 at 4.4 runs per over.Last group gameSouth Africa next face the West Indies in their final group match at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday, and there was good news for the team ahead of the match.To cheers from Proteas supporters, skipper De Villiers revealed: “Dale [Steyn] will most probably be ready for the next game. We missed him the last two, but it’s great to see other guys step up and once we get that injection from Dale we’ll be an even better team and that’s exciting.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Earlier this week, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins called the iPhone outdated. Did he have a point?Speaking to The Australian Financial Review, Heins said, “The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old.”It is hard to argue with that particular piece of logic. Yes, from a pure aesthetic base, the UI of the iPhone very much looks the same as it did in 2007. But the underlying operating system for the iPhone, iOS, has seen some fairly dramatic overhauling since the release of the first iPhone in July 2007. Apple released the App Store in 2008, unleashed voice activated virtual assistant Siri with the iPhone 4S in 2011, instituted deep Facebook and Twitter integration and killed off native integration of Google Maps in 2012. Certainly, Mr. Heins, the iPhone is quite different now than it was in 2007.Right?“Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market… They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that,” Heins told The Australian Financial Review. “History repeats itself again I guess… the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly.”Of course, Heins has his own agenda. While dissing the iPhone, he is also schilling for his own brand-new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. “The point is that you can never stand still. It is true for us as well. Launching BB10 just put us on the starting grid of the wider mobile computing grand prix, and now we need to win it,” Heins said.The irony, of course, is that one reason that BlackBerry is in its own current poor position is because of lack of innovation and failure to bring new and exciting products to market. On the other hand, Heins may be a bit of an expert in the matter. As the CEO of BlackBerry (and the COO of Research In Motion before his ascension), he very well knows what it looks like when a company fails to keep up with the market and falls behind the curve.Many people feel that the iPhone has fallen behind the quality and functionality of Google’s Android operating system. Android has long had hardware capabilities that Apple has not deigned to provide, such as NFC, and has become both a creative and useful operating system. From resizable widgets to camera software to Google Now, many top technorati (such as former Apple shills Guy Kawasaki,Robert Scoble and Andy Ihnatko) have switched to Android because they find it to be more capable than the iPhone. ReadWrite’s consummate Apple fan, John Paul Titlow, believes that Apple next version of iOS needs to be a game changer or the bleeding will continue. With each upgrade to Android, iPhone owners laughed as the platform seemingly struggled to keep up with Apple’s bulletproof user experience. And for a while, it did struggle. But slowly, that changed. Next thing we knew, Android commanded 75% of the smartphone market. Today, instead of mocking Android, many prominent iPhone lovers are switching to Google.Of course, there are still lots of things to love about the iPhone. The industrial design is next to none (the iPhone 5 is truly a beauty). Its camera can go head-to-head with anybody on the market and its App Store still serves the highest quality of apps to the masses. We put the question to you, readers. Is the iPhone outdated? Take the poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Image courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#BlackBerry#iPhone#Thorsten Heins Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
The Maharashtra cabinet on Thursday cleared the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission for the state government employees with effect from January 1, 2016. This will mean a 23% hike in the salaries of around 20 lakh employees. As per the cabinet decision, an additional ₹24,485 crore will be paid in year 2019-20 in the form increased salaries, pension, HRA and arrears. Arrears from 2016The employees will get arrears from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018 which will cost ₹38,655 crore and will be paid from the next fiscal in five instalments over the next five financial years, the cost in each year being ₹7,731 crore. For pensioners the amount will be paid directly, but for those who are working, it will be credited to their provident fund and cannot be withdrawn for at least two years. For the remaining months of the current fiscal, the government will be paying extra ₹1,100 crore as increased salary and ₹440 crore HRA every month. From 2019-20, the government will be spending around 38% of the total receipts on salaries and pensions. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the State government had appointed a committee under retired additional chief secretary K.P. Bakshi to study the Centre’s module of salary grades. “Based on the report the State cabinet has sanctioned to implement the changes in salary grade, pension, HRA of the employees,” he said. The move is seen as the government’s effort to woo the middle-class in an election year as this demand has been pending for the last two years. Mr. Mungantiwar said that the government is positive about demands of each and every employee and each section will get its due. In the case of very old pensioners, instead of a blanket increase of 10%, the State government has made five categories (see box).In the case of HRA payment also, there are three categories — X (MMRDA, PMRDA), Y (Big cities) and Z (Rest) — with a payment of ₹5,400, ₹3,600 and ₹1,800 respectively.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday announced that the State government will now track citizens’ carbon footprint through an app and reward those who achieve an emission neutral status. He said it will be floated next month with an aim to reduce pollution and carbon emission in Maharashtra. The State Forest Department is developing the app, which will be able to count the everyday carbon emission of a citizens and suggest measures to reduce it depending on the count, Mr. Fadnavis said speaking on the sidelines of an event to launch the drive to plant 33 crore saplings in the State. He said that citizens would be awarded a certificate and tax rebate once they achieve a neutral status.Bring down pollutionThe idea of the app was initiated after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised international organisations to bring India’s pollution levels to 2005 levels by 2030. The PM had also announced India’s aim to generate 175 GW (gigawatt) of renewable energy by 2022, of which 100 GW is to be solar, Mr. Fadnavis said. “The PM has kick-started several other schemes to reduce pollution by planting trees and improving ground water levels. I feel every person must contribute by learning how much carbon they are emitting, and then take efforts to reduce pollution accordingly,” he said.The footprints of an individual, as per the app, will include his use of electricity, air conditioning, kitchen activities among others. India has, as part of the Paris Summit, promised to reduce green house gas emission by 20% to 25%. A senior official of the Forest Department said the app is ready and will be launched in August. “We will also use it to create awareness on climate change,” he said.
AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressA staggering 246 run partnership between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma helped India take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Virat Kohli and co. did not have a great time with the ball. The absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah was evident as the new look pace attack struggled. Despite snatching the wicket of debutant Chandrapaul Hemraj quickly, Kieron Powell kept the pressure on the bowlers with a quickfire half-century.Despite a minor slump in the middle overs, 21-year-old Shimron Hetmeyer took matters in his own hands en route his third ODI century. The Windies continued to sour even after Hetmeyer’s dismissal as they ended up with 322-8 at the end of 50 overs.The Indian chase did not begin on the right note as Dhawan fell to debutant Oshane Thomas. However, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma went on to anchor the innings for the Blues before switching up the gears.It was not a debut to remember for Thomas as he went on to become the debutant to concede the most on his debut for the West Indies. Rest of the bowlers did not help the case as they were toyed by the dominant duo. The 2nd wicket partnership set the tone for the innings before Kohli was stumped for 140. Rohit finished the innings with a six to bring up his 150 and seal the match for India.West Indies can take several positives from the encounter especially their batting while they have to work on their bowling ahead of the 2nd ODI at Vizag on Wednesday.Man Of The Match: Virat KohliBrief Scorecard:West Indies 322-8 (50 Overs) ( S.Hetmeyer 106, K.Powell 51; Y.Chahal 3-41)India 326-2 (42.1 Overs) ( R.Sharma 152, V.Kohli 140; D.Bishoo 1-72)Read Also:“How do you do that!”: Kohli asks Rohit and then replicates the same shot in a better fashionSachin wishes Sehwag a happy birthday via Twitter in the most perfect way; gets an even better reply Advertisement
Germany star Toni Kroos has hit out at former international team-mate Mesut Ozil, suggesting his claims of racism within the team and German federation are “nonsense.”Ozil stepped away from Germany duty last month at age 29 , citing racism as the main culprit after a controversial pre-World Cup photo session with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The criticism Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan received for the photo intensified following Germany’s shocking World Cup exit at the group stage. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Arsenal star said that the lack of backing he received from the German federation made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”But Kroos has launched a scathing assessment of Ozil’s claims. “The proportion that is well and properly addressed in [Ozil’s] statement is unfortunately overshadowed by the much higher proportion of nonsense,” the Real Madrid star told Bild . “I think that he knows that racism does not exist within the national team and the DFB,” Kroos continued.”On the contrary, we are always committed to diversity and integration. Mesut was a good example, as many of our fellow players [were].”Kross went on to address the controversial photo with Erdogan, which Ozil says led to him being slammed for his Turkish heritage. “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil said last month. Kroos, again, disagreed with Ozil’s characterisation. “Mesut was criticized for the photo – and rightly so,” Kroos said.”And he missed the chance to explain himself. Nevertheless, he was absolutely supported by the athletic leadership and the team.”Later he was – as we others also – criticized for the performance at the World Cup. The type of criticism was certainly not always at a good level – but you have to go through [that] as a player.”
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was substituted with a thigh injury as the Premier League club beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in a pre-season match in Germany on Tuesday.Sturridge, whose career has been blighted by a string of injuries over the last three seasons, scored Liverpool’s third goal, but immediately pulled up and was substituted in the 87th minute.”He hurt his thigh. He has really prepared well, really well, so I hope this is just a small injury and that he can play again soon,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told reporters.”It’s a shame and I hope it’s nothing serious.”Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also scored for Liverpool, who open their Premier League campaign at Watford on August 12.