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#JaVotes2016: ‘Lie she a tell!’ – JLP supporters deny Brown Burke’s claim of intimidation

first_imgVoters at the Mountain View Primary School, in the Eastern St Andrew constituency,  have refuted claims made by PNP Vice President Angela Brown Burke that PNP indoor agents at the polling station have been intimidated. JLP supporters blocked the gate and denied Brown Burke entrance to the polling station. “A lie she a tell, no gun man no hold them up. Look how much police and soldier deh ya , if dat did happen dem wudda do something bout it,” a JLP supporter told The Gleaner. Other JLP supporters demanded that Brown Burke leave the polling station. “She needs to leave, she just come to make mischief,” another JLP supporter said.last_img read more

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Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgANTONIO 78th; SAKHO 81st; PAYET 90th.West Ham staged a remarkable comeback against 10-man Everton. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth goal against the Hammers early on before Kevin Mirallas was red-carded for a second bookable offence in the 34th minute. Aaron Lennon made it 2-0, but West Ham responded through Michail Antonio and Diafro Sakho headers before, Dimitri Payet struck with the winner.MANCHESTER CITY 4 ASTON VILLA 0 GOALS:- CITY: TOURE 48th; AGUERO 50th, 60th; STERLING 66th.Manchester City kept their title hopes alive with four second-half goals against troubled Aston Villa. Bottom side Villa kept City at bay until the 48th minute, when Yaya Toure turned home David Silva’s pass. Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 soon after, before he exchanged passes with Silva to fire home a third. Raheem Sterling tapped in City’s fourth, before Aguero missed a late penalty.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 3 GOALS:- TOTTENHAM: ALDERWEIRELD 60th; KANE 62nd. ARSENAL: RAMSEY 39th; SANCHEZ 76th.Spurs were again denied the chance to move to the top of the Barclays Premier League when Alexis Sanchez netted the equaliser for 10-man Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey’s clever back-heel flick gave the visitors the lead, but his side were handicapped by the departure of Francis Coquelin, sent off for two yellow cards. Spurs replied with goals from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane before Sanchez levelled late on.WATFORD 0 LEICESTER CITY 1 GOALS:- CHELSEA: TRAORE 39th. STOKE: DIOUF 85thChelsea boss Guus Hiddink extended his unbeaten record to 12 games, the best ever start to a Barclays Premier League manager. But he was denied a win when Mame Biram Diouf netted an 85th minute equaliser. Earlier, Bertrand Traore gave Chelsea the lead when he converted Nemanja Matic’s pass from 20 yards.EVERTON 2 WEST HAM UNITED 3 GOALS:- SOUTHAMPTON: VAN DIJK 90th. SUNDERLAND: DEFOE 85th.Struggling Sunderland were denied three valuable points by a goal scored deep into added time at St Mary’s Stadium. Virgil van Dijk stole the equaliser for Southampton after they had Jose Fonte sent-off. Earlier, Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe had put the visitors ahead and the Saints lost Fonte for hauling down Fabio Borini.SWANSEA CITY 1 NORWICH CITY 0 GOAL:- LEICESTER: MAHREZ 56th.With Arsenal and Spurs drawing earlier in the day, Leicester took advantage by pulling five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, thanks to a goal from Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian found the top of the net early in the second half, meaning he has scored or assisted 26 goals this season. The victory takes Leicester 11 points clear of fifth-placed West Ham.center_img GOALS:- EVERTON: LUKAKU 13th; LENNON 56th. WEST HAM: GOAL:- SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 61st.After winning at Arsenal in midweek, Swansea beat Norwich with a goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Nathan Redmond shot wide late on for the visitors but Swansea, whose head coach Francesco Guidolin missed the game through illness, held on to win. Norwich remain in the relegation zone and are without a win in 10 matches in all competitions.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 ARSENAL 2 GOALS:- NEWCASTLE: PEREZ 80th. BOURNEMOUTH: TAYLOR OG 28th; KING 70th; DANIELS 90th.Newcastle’s place in the Barclays Premier League is in danger after a dismal performance against fellow strugglers Bournemouth. The visitors took the lead when Newcastle defender Steven Taylor turned the ball into his own net. Josh King made it 2-0 and after Ayoze Perez pulled one back, Charlie Daniels made it 3-0 in the final minute.SOUTHAMPTON 1 SUNDERLAND 1 CHELSEA 1 STOKE CITY 1last_img read more

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Athletics clinch wild card spot, but can they end their playoff misery?

first_imgThe A’s are back in the playoffs. But can they finally get over the hump?In recent years Red Sox fans have seen their curse reversed. Cubs fans watched their loveable losers toasted as the sports’ biggest winners. And across the bay, Giants fans rode the every-other-year torture train to three World Series titles.But in terms of 21st century playoff heartache, the 510 pretty much corners the market.This is the 10th time the A’s have reached the playoffs since 2000. Only the Yankees (15), …last_img read more

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Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls

first_imgAfrica is about to launch its first private satellite. It’s a unique achievement – not least because the engineers designing the satellite’s payload aren’t veteran astrophysicists, as you might expect. They’re teenage schoolgirls.South African schoolgirls taking part in an intensive one-week Medo Space Space Trek bootcamp in Worcester, Western Cape, in early 2016. (Image: Medo Space)Africa is about to launch its first private satellite.Scheduled for late 2016, the launch will make Medo – an acronym for the Meta Economic Development Organisation – the first private company in Africa to build a satellite and send it into orbit.It’s a unique achievement for two reasons. First, South Africa (where the company is based) has only ever sent three satellites into space. And second, the engineers designing the satellite’s onboard experiments aren’t veteran astrophysicists, as you might expect – they’re teenage schoolgirls.Medo Space has one aim: to equip school girls in Africa with the science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) skills they need to compete and thrive in our digital future. What better way for girls to learn that the sky is not the limit than to get them to build and launch space satellites that connect the continent?Why does Medo focus specifically on young women? The organisation discovered that while 80% of jobs are predicted to require a Stem-related education by 2020, less than 10% of young women are currently interested in studying science, tech, engineering and maths subjects in further education.Graphic: US Department of Education“Ten to eighty percent is a huge chasm to cross, and we knew we needed a compelling project,” Judi Sandrock and Carla de Klerk of Medo Space writes on the WEF Africa website. “Enter our satellite programme, designed to stir up young women’s interest in science by having them literally reach for the stars.”In the past three years, small-format satellites have come into their own as a means of collecting data about the planet quickly, cheaply and effectively. Medo Space aims to give young women a hand in the process, by having them design the payloads of private satellites.Watch Judi Sandrock and Carla de Klerk of Medo Space discuss their Girls in Space initiative at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda on 13 May 2016:“Our motto, ‘Building the economy one job at a time’, is normally aimed at start-ups and entrepreneurs, but we soon realised we should be starting earlier than that,” say Sandrock and De Klerk. “To have any real effect on the economy, we found, we would need to engage with people at school level.”The aim is to inspire young women with a passion and excitement for Stem subjects. Medo wants them to go back to their schools as ambassadors for science and tech, and spread their enthusiasm to other students.Nwabisa Sitole, a Medo Space graduate and future electrical engineer, says: “I feel inspired. I never imagined a girl from a township doing these big and amazing things, learning from world-renowned astronomers.”Sometimes big things can start from something as small as a confidence boost, which in the long run will enable young women to take paths that have traditionally been dominated by men. Medo’s goal is to have every young woman leave their programme with confidence, passion and a sense of power.The Medo Space Programme is put together in three phases:First, Space Prep, is a series of one-day workshops at local high schools.Second, called Space Trek, is a one-week intensive bootcamp at which up to 30 young women build and launch their own small CricketSat satellites using high-altitude weather balloons.Third, the phase where Space Trek graduates and students design and implement payloads for satellites.Watch a Medo Space Trek satellite launch in January 2016:“We have found that participants at our workshops and bootcamps often return to school with renewed energy for their subjects and new goals for the future,” say the Medo team. “Most go on to enter Stem-related fields of study after high school.”While the ultimate goal is to produce a raft of female engineers, there is much work to do first, in both Africa and South Africa – especially when it seems the statistics are squared against progress.“We need to raise the pass rate of national exams, so we can start setting up young people for success, regardless of the subjects they pursue,” say Sandrock and De Klerk.“Our aim for the year is to help as many individuals as possible, so that we can create a generation of passionate young minds that contribute to the economy – not only with skills, but with solutions. We are definitely up to the challenge. This is our private-sector solution.”Edited and compiled by Mary Alexanderlast_img read more

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Facebook’s OpenGraph is Coming to the Mobile Web

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement curt hopkins What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … “Where we’re going from here is a platform strategy. We’re going away from a one-off app strategy,”In other words, OpenGraph’s going mobile, in more ways than one. Goin’ MobileFirst, Facebook considers and will approach further development of OpenGraph as a platform with infinite reach. Second, you’ll soon see OpenGraph elements, like the Like button, growing out through unconnected mobile apps, as they already have through the non-mobile space. Facebook, after all, counts its mobile users at 150 million.The “‘Like’ button for the entire Web” has now become the Like button for the post-Web world. Whether that is a good thing is highly debatable. That it is in fact a reality is not. Social Intelligence One of the examples Tseng gave, according to CNET, was of a location-aware coupon program that would gather feedback from friends and acquaintances. (Though if the current state of that technology is any indication, this example may remain just that for a while.)The melding of app and social is happening apace. If Facebook’s intuition is right, it will continue, especially in the area of marketing and commerce. Tseng was quoted on VentureBeat. “If you can actually layer on top of [location] some kind of social intelligence — not just the fact that I’m near Starbucks, but the fact that 30 of my friends really like this frappuccino over the last couple months — I’ve got an interesting use case.”For a certain value of “interesting” anyway. Not necessarily thrilling, but maybe profitable. Tags:#Facebook#mobile#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Facebook’s new head of mobile products, Eric Tseng, spoke today at MobileBeat 2010, introducing a new approach to the company’s OpenGraph.last_img read more

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Choosing an Energy-Efficient Television

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Last weekend I reluctantly undertook the unpleasant task of buying a new television. The task was unpleasant for several reasons: I have a countercultural aversion to updating electronic devices; I hate shopping; and I especially hate shopping at the only area retailer that sells televisions, a particularly repellent megastore headquartered in Arkansas.The purchase was prompted by the fact that at least two of Vermont’s leading television stations — Vermont Public Television and WCAX in Burlington — switched from analog to digital broadcasting on February 17. (Surprisingly, the law passed by the U.S. Congress to delay the digital switchover to June 12 had no effect on Vermont broadcasters. Since the law merely permitted but did not mandate the delay, it was ignored by Vermont Public Television and WCAX.)Like many rural residents, we discovered that the new digital signals don’t travel as far as the old analog signals. Once WCAX made the switch to digital, we got no signal at all from the broadcast tower on Mount Mansfield, even when we connected a new digital converter box to a rotating rooftop antenna.For years, my two kids have lived with three English-language television stations: Vermont Public Television, WCAX from Burlington, and Channel 11 from Montreal — a station that still uses analog broadcasting. We all soon got tired of unplugging the antenna wire from the back of the set — where the antenna needed to be connected to receive the Canadian analog broadcast — and plugging it into the converter box to get the digital broadcast from Vermont Public Television. Hence the trip to Wal-Mart.Our 14-year-old television is a Panasonic with a 12-by-17-inch screen. According to my portable watt meter, the television generally draws between 60 and 69 watts.I didn’t want a bigger TV, but I did want a TV that could process both… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Gujarat announces ₹700 crore relief package for rain-hit farmers

first_imgThe Gujarat government on Wednesday announced a relief package of ₹700 crore for the farmers in the state, whose crops have been damaged due to excess rains this year.Talking to reporters, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the move would benefit over four lakh farmers in the State.Farmers in Gujarat witnessed damage to their crops due to excess rains that lashed the state even after the monsoon season officially ended.“The cabinet meeting held today decided to declare a relief package for farmers who have faced crop losses due to excess rains in the last week of October and early part of November,” Mr. Patel said.“We have decided to give a relief package of ₹700 crore for the farmers. The main crops that have been damaged are groundnut, cotton and rice…Over four lakh farmers will benefit from this package,” he said.The relief package will be over and above the crop insurance that the companies will provide to the farmers who under the insurance cover. The relief will be given as per the rules of the Central government’s Calamity Relief Fund, Mr. Patel said.According to him, a survey is being carried out in different parts of the state to assess the crop damage and it will soon be completed.“Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had promised to provide relief to all the farmers even if they have not taken crop insurance. To keep that promise to the farmers in the state, this relief package has been announced,” he said.However, the opposition Congress termed the relief package to farmers as a mere “lollypop” and asked the state government to provide crop insurance to them.The Gujarat government’s announcement came at a time when Congress leader Hardik Patel was about to end his day- long symbolic fast at Paddhari in Rajkot district over the issue of crop insurance and farm loan waiver in the wake of unseasonal rains.“Farmers are committing suicide as they are not paid 100 per cent crop insurance. While we welcome the government’s move (relief package), we want prompt disbursement of crop insurance,” Hardik said.“The BJP government was forced to announce a package of ₹700 crore because of the Congress. We will continue our fight for the farmers in the coming days,” he added.Congress MLA Lalit Kagathara, who accompanied Hardik during the fast, claimed that the relief package would hardly cover the actual losses incurred by the farmers.“This package is just another lollypop by the BJP government. As per the package, a farmer would get ₹2,000 to ₹1,000 per bigha as compensation. You can hardly cover the cost of hiring two labourers in that money. This announcement is misleading. Farmers must get 100 per cent payment towards the loss of their crop,” the legislator said.last_img read more

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Abhinav Bindra crashes out of 10m Air Rifle event, Narang reaches final

first_imgBeijing Olympics gold medallist and 10m Air Rifle defending champion Abhinav Bindra made an early exit from his favourite event, denting India’s hopes of its first medal of the 2012 London Games.The Indian hopeful was way off the mark on Monday as he managed a lowly 16th place in the qualifying round with a score of 594 out of a maximum 600. Bindra made a slow start and then showed signs of a gallant comeback in between. But he could not keep the intensity towards the end of the qualifying round and slipped out of the top-10.Meanwhile, the second Indian shooter in the fray — Gagan Narang — kept the tri-colour flying high with a superb performance in qualifying. Narang qualified for the final third with a score of 598 / 600.India Today correspondents were following every second of the action in London. Here are some of the highlights:S Kannan: “On the bright side, Gagan Narang has qualified third for the final of the event. He scored 598 out of 600.”S Kannan has sent us this picture of a disappointed Abhinav Bindra right after missing the cut  in the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Beijing gold medallist Abhinav Bindra fails to qualify for the finals of the 10m Air Rifle event in London 2012. That’s a massive upset for the Indian contingent. Bindra finished 16th with a score of 594 / 600″S Kannan: “Bindra seems to be faltering again after a good comeback. He’s out of the top-10 at the moment. Narang continues to be strong in fourth position. Last series of shots going on. This is it!”advertisementGaurav Gala: “Bindra showing his class in the second and third series. Making a late charge with 20 perfect shots. Bindra in 7th position.”Gaurav Gala: “Abhinav steadily climbing the leaderboard… 99, 99, 100… 30 more shots left for the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan has shot 20 perfect shots so far. Fingers crossed!”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan Narang still on a roll. He wants this Olympic medal.” Aaj Tak Sports Editor Samip Rajguru has sent us this picture of Sports Minister Ajay Maken at the 10m Air  Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Bindra at 198 / 200. Hoping for a late surge from the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan is taking his time. And its paying off so far.”Headlines Today Sports Editor Gaurav Gala says from London: “Gagan Narang on fire early on in the 10m Air Rifle qualification. He hasn’t missed a perfect 10 yet.”S Kannan: “Shooting arena is packed. Sports minister Ajay Maken is also here.”Mail Today Sports Editor S Kannan says from London: “Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra start their 10 m Air Rifle match.”last_img read more

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Senate Passes NIDS BILL with 168 Amendments

first_img Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Government intends to put the infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months. A National Identification System (NIDS) is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans. The National Identification and Registration Bill, which seeks to establish a reliable identification system for Jamaicans, was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) after 12 hours of deliberations. Story Highlights The National Identification and Registration Bill, which seeks to establish a reliable identification system for Jamaicans, was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) after 12 hours of deliberations.The legislation was passed with 168 amendments and will return to the House of Representatives today (November 14) for approval.A National Identification System (NIDS) is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Government intends to put the infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months.“The pilot would begin in January 2019, and the national roll-out is intended to commence in September 2019 (and will be undertaken) over a period of three to four years. NIDS is not an event; it is a journey, a transformation of how we do business,” she pointed out.Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Senator Donna Scott-Mottley, urged the Government to ensure that the public education programme that is to be developed will be “designed in such a way, that it will get full participation of the public, who can make their thoughts heard”.She argued that the number of amendments to the Bill, including 100 from the Lower House, is an indication that it should have been put before a joint select committee.Senator Johnson Smith, in response, said, “I believe that it is actually the converse. We have demonstrated that with focus, with energy, and with cooperation, we can make changes in a timely manner.”The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.last_img read more

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Alberta dad accused of sexually abusing daughters several times over six years

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta RCMP say three girls endured years of horrific sexual abuse and psychological imprisonment, allegedly at the hands of their father, before he was arrested and charged with 23 offences.The 41-year-old man, whose name is under a publication ban, was arrested in a small town west of Edmonton last November after an investigation by a coalition of Alberta law enforcement agencies known as ALERT.Staff Sgt. Stephen Camp said Friday that the man allegedly sexually abused his daughters multiple times over the last six years when they were under the age of 18. He declined to give their ages.He said one of the alleged victims was procured for sex on multiple occasions to strangers through online ads and the father video- recorded the assaults.“It is quite nauseating,” Camp said. “It makes the investigative community feel actually quite sick to think that for so many years of their childhood, they were psychologically imprisoned by their father for a sick and sexual purpose.“These crimes are quite monstrous to the family and to society at large.”On the day of their father’s arrest, “it was as if a dark cloud had been taken away and lifted from their lives,” Camp said.The girls, who lived with both parents and two brothers, were home-schooled and isolated from society, Camp said. Their mother was a victim as well, he added.“There was a significant amount of control and oppression that can happen in cases like this,” Camp said. “The mother was just unaware of what was actually going on.”A witness close to the family came forward to police with fourth-hand information that was “very surreal,” Camp said. The witness was extremely courageous and credible, he said, so police were able to start an investigation.The staff sergeant said there were a number of guns in the home, including a machine gun, so the situation was delicate.The accused has been co-operative so far and law enforcement agencies are trying to scrub the Internet of images of the girls’ abuse, he said. The victims are getting support to help them move on as best they can.“No child should have to endure what these three girls have survived,” he said. “There is no doubt they are going to have to manage this trauma to their lives for the rest of their lives.”The accused is to appear in an Evansburg courtroom on Monday to face charges that include five counts of sexual assault, two counts of incest, making child pornography and human trafficking.He also faces 17 firearms-related charges that were laid when his rural property was searched around the time of his arrest. Police said they seized roughly 40 restricted handguns and rifles, along with a machine gun and a dozen prohibited devices.last_img read more

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