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Solid Waste Director accused of forcing workers to admit to non-existent accident

first_img…investigation ordered into incidentBy Lakhram BhagiratCity Hall’s Solid Waste Director, Walter Narine, is being accused of pressuring two of his junior workers to take responsibility for an accident, involving Councillor Khame Sharma that never occurred, according to the Personnel Officer, Paulette Braithwaite.At Wednesday’s Statutory Meeting, Sharma submitted a letter to Mayor Patricia Chase Green where he alleges that a garbage truck belonging to the City of Georgetown damaged his motor car, PGG 6938 and is claiming compensation.City Hall’s Solid Waste Director, Walter Narine“Once again I am submitting documents relating to this incident hoping that this matter will receive the consideration this matter deserves. Madam Mayor, once again I am appealing to you to address an issue that is now reaching one year in breach of completion,” his letter stated.The incident allegedly occurred sometime in December of 2016 and since then, Sharma has been seeking compensation from the city but the administration claims its vehicle was not involved in the accident.Initially, both Narine and the workshop manager said the garbage truck showed no sign of being in an accident and that Sharma could not have produced any evidence to substantiate his claims.“On investigation of my drivers and loaders they all denied any involvement. A check was made for paint or scratches and nothing was found and I advised Councillor Sharma to speak with the workshop manager. The driver and loader were sent to the HR Manager and from our end, the drivers and loaders denied it and I can only go with that (and) there were no evidence to substantiate the damages he (Sharma) claims,” Narine said.However, when Braithwaite presented her oral report to the Council, she said the two junior officers who indicated that they were being forced to sign a statement saying that they were involved in the accident visited her.“The Director of Solid Waste attempted to get them to sign the statement to say that they were involved in the accident and they refused to sign so they came down to me to say that they were protesting because the Director said based on what Councillor Sharma said, they ought to sign the statement,” she revealed. She noted that she became suspicious and then launched an investigation and it was found that the officers were being truthful.The Council has since ordered a report into the allegations and a report is expected to be submitted by the next Statutory Meeting.last_img read more

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Addressing big data confusion

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Big data is data with a scale, diversity, and complexity that requires new architecture, techniques, algorithms, and analytics to manage it and extract value and hidden knowledge from it.So what exactly does that mean? This data includes large collections of farm data that is being used by farmers, companies, and government agencies to aid in decision making related to crop production and management practices as well as better predictions around nutrient and water availability. It is important to understand what value all of this farm data provides to the producer. By using farm data to drive input management and other farm decisions, producers can identify and quantify limiting productivity variables.The big data flow starts on the farm:A farmer will upload farm and personal data from ground and equipment sensors, drones, etc.An agricultural Technology Provider (ATP) will aggregate farmer’s data, combines other relevant data set, and applies algorithms to analyze.The ATP then gives the farmer a customized solution or recommendation based on data received.The farmer can then use the recommendations provided by the ATP to make agronomic, economic, and farm management decisions on their farm.By using farm data to drive input management and other farm decisions, producers can identify and quantify which productivity variables are limiting agronomic growth. With agriculture becoming digital, it is important to understand how that data is being collected, interpreted, and then used. This digital agriculture concept can be overwhelming, and this series aims to make sense of the big data presence within the agricultural community.In early 2015, a group of 34 organizations representing commodity groups, ag technology providers, seed companies, and other agribusinesses joined together to support 13 principles that address farmer’s challenges and concerns surrounding Big Data and digital agriculture. This policy was drafted by the American Farm Bureau Federation and titled Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data.Now more than ever, growers need to be aware of how their data is being used. As a grower, ask questions. It is in your best interest to ask and learn all there is to know about something you don’t understand. Knowing about digital agriculture is the first step towards being a good data steward and making better agronomic decisions.The agriculture technology sector continues to be troubled with “big data” being of interest to many in and out of agriculture. A recent report indicated that 2015 agriculture technology investment doubled from the $2.36 billion that was observed in 2014. Big data can provide opportunities for farmers and other in agriculture but uncertainty, mostly expressed as skepticism and mistrust, remains at the grassroots level. Big data may significantly affect many aspects of the agricultural industry, but the full extent and nature of its eventual impacts remain uncertain. To help gather farmers’ understanding and concerns related to Big Data, the American Farm Bureau is conducting a survey:Survey link: http://fbbigdata2016.questionpro.comFarmers from Ohio are encouraged to take time and complete this online survey. It is important to hear from you on this topic as it remains a significant interest as observed in 2014 and 2015 investments. Find more information at http://fabe.osu.edu/programs/precision-ag/big-data.last_img read more

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Mithali Raj leads India women to T20I series win against Sri Lanka

first_imgThe Indian women’s team survived a mid-innings collapse to beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the second Twenty20 International for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Ranchi on Wednesday.After restricting Sri Lanka to 107 for 8 in 20 overs, the Indians endured some anxious moments before coming through in 19 overs.The decision to bat first backfired severely for the Lankans with Ekta Bisht (3 for 22) and Poonam Yadav (3 for 17) combining to rip through the visiting line-up.Dilani Manodara’s 27 was the best that a Lankan batter could manage, followed by skipper Shashikala Siriwardene’s 26-run effort.In reply, India’s in-form captain Mithali Raj was the star performer for the hosts, striking an unbeaten 51 which came off 52 balls and was studded with half a dozen fours.However, she could not find a steady partner in the chase until Anuja Patil joined her at the crease. Patil’s 33-ball 34 came handy as India overhauled the target after some hiccups.Inoka Ranaweera was the top bowler for the Lankans, grabbing three wickets for a mere 10 runs in her four overs.Brief scores: Sri Lanka Women: 107 for 8 in 20 overs (Dilani Manodara 27, Poonam Yadav 3 for 17).India Women: 108 for 5 in 19 overs (Mithali Raj 51 not out, Inoka Ranaweera 3 for 10).last_img read more

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International Conference on Human Trafficking July 25-26

first_imgStory Highlights A Jamaican human-trafficking survivor will be among the presenters at an inaugural international conference highlighting the crime to be held at the Meliá Braco Village Hotel in Trelawny from July 25 to 26.The first forum of its kind to be convened in the Caribbean, the conference will be hosted by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), under the theme ‘From Victim to Survivor: The Hard Road to Recovery’.It is one of the key events that will be held to mark Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week, to be observed from July 22 to 28 under the same theme.Details on TIP Week, and the conference in particular, were provided by Chair, NATFATIP, Carol Palmer, during a press briefing held at the offices of the Ministry of Justice in Kingston on Wednesday (July 18).Mrs. Palmer, who is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, said the conference has attracted several presenters from the local and international community, in keeping with the thematic focus of TIP Week.“Presenters from Romania, France and the United States of America will be joined by local presenters, who bring considerable expertise in various aspects of human trafficking,” she said.Mrs. Palmer informed that Jamaican human-trafficking survivor, Shamere McKenzie, who has a voice in the international community, will deliver the opening address.“There can be no more powerful voice than that of a person who has survived and who has recovered to speak to the challenges faced by victims of trafficking on their journey to recovery from the pain and trauma they have experienced. She is one of two ambassadors who have agreed to lend their public image and voice to Jamaica’s national effort to fight against human trafficking,” she said.The other ambassador is Miss Jamaica World 2017, Solange Sinclair.The NATFATIP Chair further informed that the objectives of the conference are to improve cooperation among regional law-enforcement agencies to deter and combat trafficking in persons, increase public awareness to discourage these activities and to warn those who are unaware, and train officials throughout the public and private sectors on identifying victims of trafficking.It also aims to build capacities through legislation and institutional strengthening; explore the provision of appropriate protection and assistance to victims of trafficking, particularly women and children; develop an Outcome Document setting out a collective strategy in the fight against trafficking in persons; and promote the sustainability of partnerships to effectively combat the offence.Some of the topics that will be covered at the conference include Victimology; Cybercrime and Human Trafficking: the Dark Web and Social Media; Child Trafficking: A Clear and Present Danger; and Partnerships for Sustainability.In the meantime, Mrs. Palmer said this year’s observance of TIP Week, which seeks to raise awareness of this crime, will be victim-focused and victim-centred.“We hope that the attention and public discourse that will emanate from the Week’s activities will continue to raise awareness about the plight of victims and why it is necessary for not just a ‘whole of Government’ but a ‘whole of country’ response (to help victims),” she said.Mrs. Palmer further noted that even though TIP Week officially ends on July 28, its observance will be extended to July 30, which is recognised worldwide as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.The Week’s activities will commence with a church service at the Providence Methodist Church in Kingston on July 22.Media personnel interested in covering the event can register for accreditation on the JIS’s website at: https://jis.gov.jm/natfatip-international-human-trafficking-conference/.Mrs. Palmer informed that the Ministry will arrange accommodation for the press. The first forum of its kind to be convened in the Caribbean, the conference will be hosted by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), under the theme ‘From Victim to Survivor: The Hard Road to Recovery’. Details on TIP Week, and the conference in particular, were provided by Chair, NATFATIP, Carol Palmer, during a press briefing held at the offices of the Ministry of Justice in Kingston on Wednesday (July 18). A Jamaican human-trafficking survivor will be among the presenters at an inaugural international conference highlighting the crime to be held at the Meliá Braco Village Hotel in Trelawny from July 25 to 26.last_img read more

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Harry Winks praises Moussa Sissoko

first_imgThe English footballer wanted to represent his country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but an ankle injury prevented this.In 2017, Harry Winks was part of the England national team, he was ready to represent his nation at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.But ankle problems took him away from his dream and he had to watch on television how five of his Tottenham Hotspur footballers contributed to England’s best run in almost 20 years.And now, the player only wants to become a great player.“I really enjoy playing in the team with Moussa [Sissoko],” he said to the club’s official website trying to explain how he feels.“We complement each other well. We’ve had a partnership for the last couple of months now and it’s been going really well.”“We’re getting results and that’s the most important thing but we both help the team out as much as we possibly can in our own individual ways and I’m just thankful that in the games we’re getting the results we need,” he explained.“No, nothing specifically together. I guess on the pitch it just comes together well and we perform well. We just like playing alongside each other!”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“[Sissoko] He’s been phenomenal,” he explained.“He’s been one of the most key players for us this season because his all-around game is massive. He’s solid off the ball, solid on the ball and he’s an important figure for us.”“He’s had difficult spells over the last couple of seasons with game time, playing in various positions and getting a run of games. We train with him every day, so we know how good he is and we’re all so happy to see him doing so well and being able to show the fans how important he is for us,” he explained.“He’s had disappointments he’s had to deal with, difficult spells to get through and that what takes you to the next level, it toughens you up. If you go through difficult spells you remember them and it’s the character building every player needs to go to the next level.”💪#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/pFuWmZwNsc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 20, 2019last_img read more

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Rural is urban with a time lag

first_imgKolkata: Rural is urban with a time lag, said Alpana Parida, managing director, DY Works, while addressing the third edition of the Rural Marketing Dialogue organised by CII.Parida said that the drivers of “behaviour and motivation” in rural areas are different from the urban ones. The belief system in rural areas is pegged on revering abundance, socio-economic and socio-political power and uncertain future. This, in turn, influences rural buying patterns, according to Parida. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe told the marketing strategists, decision-makers, CEOs and academics present at the seminar that products that cater to “sensorial fulfilment”, have a better scope in rural India as wealth and success are very “visible” and not “line items on paper”. While giving examples of rural beliefs and trends, Parida said as villages have grown up on local drinks which are healthy and substantial, drinks manufacturers can look at innovative health beverages to get a grip on this market. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedParida stressed that rural marketing is more than “small packets, shiny packaging” and the specific product innovations, blending with the environment and belief structures of this unique and integral part of India, would go a long way in successfully establishing various brands. Rajesh Shukla, managing director & CEO of People Research on India’s Consumer Economy (PRICE), said with “39% of rural rich spread across 600,000 villages across India” and with “55% of the national income coming in from the villages”, desegregation of information across geographies and understanding attitudes are keys to the success of rural economy. The Rural Marketing Dialogue focused on the rural FMCG sale that is estimated to be $100 billion, up from the current $12 billion, by 2025.last_img read more

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Tips to get luxury loft look for your home

first_imgA lofted design is a great way to use all the unoccupied spaces in our home. Lofts are not only modern but interesting and leave many options open for a creativity and make exciting and useful areas in your home.Experts share some most exciting and useful tips for the same.Walls play an important role when it comes to designing the perfect luxury loft. And playing around with texture or something with intricate workmanship could easily give it a feeling of luxury. Some examples could be, upholstered walls, 3D boards, etc. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo save space in your converted loft is to make use of any unusual shapes or features of your loft. Shelving is one of the easiest and effective ways to do this and will add an extra layer of style to the room while keeping it neat and tidy at the same time. Lights are predominantly used for functional purposes. But using lights to set the mood could be classified as luxury. Different lighting ideas could be used in different variations to create multiple moods in a luxury loft design. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHaving mirrors around the loft helps to make space look larger. For example, you could decorate the loft into a changing room with a few stylish and simple shaped mirrors such as hearts, circle, and stars. It will also add a taste of glamour to the area.Whether you paper a small panel or a full room, use the pattern to create a unique look. Wallpaper is great for adding instant personality to space, so choose a design that you really love. Background color has a big impact on the overall feel of a room – choose more muted colors in the bedroom for a restful feel. Furniture could be another element that could be used to make a pep up a luxury loft. Accent furniture could be used to add a touch of color to space. As well as layering a bed or a diwan with quilts and cushions could bring in a sense of luxury if done right.One advantage of a loft is the fact that it has the roof of the structure right above it, which gives it a lot of scopes to do something crazy. One such idea would be to give it an LCD glass panel for a portion of the roof and have some cool features to it. It could be made a clear sunroof, it could be made a blackout panel, it could have a starry night display on it, etc.Having an extra space is a great way to arrange your belongings. It could also be used as a spare room, especially as a small sanctuary for reading or working. An additional space benefits those who work from home as it allows them to feel comfortable.last_img read more

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Now You Can Have Your Product Printed in Space

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read March 22, 2016center_img A cargo ship named Cygnus will launch a mission tonight at 11:05 p.m. ET to resupply the International Space Station with 7,500 pounds worth of supplies to aid the crew on board in their research.Among the tools being sent up is a 3-D printer created by startup Made in Space. The Additive Manufacturing Facility, or AMF, was custom made to work in microgravity and built to last for as long at the ISS does.The printer will allow the astronauts to replace parts and tools that break during the course of the expedition without having to rely on costly deliveries from NASA. The company will be able to remotely operate the AMF from their offices at NASA Ames Research Park in California.Related: NASA Turns to Small Businesses for Advances in Space TravelAnd while the printer will permanently live on the space station, customers back on Earth can actually pay to use it too. For a fee that ranges from about $6,000 to $30,000 per print, businesses can test out their products in the ISS’ microgravity environment, according to Wired.Some other experiments the astronauts will be carrying out thanks to the Cygnus delivery will include examining the soil that shows up on the moon and “other airless worlds” such as asteroids, figuring what the meteors that enter Earth’s atmosphere are made of and trying out an adhesive device that was inspired by gecko feet. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more