The Protected Areas Commission (PAC), over the years, has been raising awareness on the conservation and proper care of the environment; as such, the organisation has begun efforts towards developing a Biodiversity Garden on the eastern section of the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown.Staff of the Protected Areas CommissionPAC Deputy Commissioner Odacy Davis highlighted these plans.“For most persons who would frequent this location or even drive around, it may appear as if it’s just bush, but it’s an actual representation of different types of forests. So, what we’re envisioning is for schools, students, institutions, the ordinary man or family to be able to come into the Botanical Gardens and see what a wetland eco-system would look like,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.“This is not very common in many places, and so what we want to do is encourage all Guyanese to really embrace what we have here in the Botanical Gardens. We have at least over 180 species of birds in the Gardens; we have sloths here; we have caimans in the canals. This is really an ecosystem that supports many animals and many species so what you see here is really something special in the capital city of the country,” she noted.The Garden would be a unique landmark in the heart of the city.The Biodiversity Garden will also serve as an educational tool. There are plans to conduct tours, and the construction of three teaching benabs for primary, secondary, and tertiary students has already begun.“…They can sit there and teach concepts on conservation and the environment, and they can go through the entire biodiversity gardens. So, really, we want to use the Botanical Gardens not only as a place for recreation, but for education and even to support the Green Development Strategy. This is really how we can protect and embrace this beautiful environment that has been entrusted to us,” Davis said.
Two armed bandits on Saturday evening attacked and robbed a minibus driver and his conductor while they were reportedly making a purchase at a shop at the Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The victims, 40-year-old Wazeem Hussain of Section C Block Y, Golden Grove, EBD and 35-year-old Mark Richman, also of Golden Grove, along with others, were in the business place about 21:00h when the two armed men entered and instructed everyone to lie on the ground.The perpetrators then relieved the two victims of their cash, documents and cellphones. During the ordeal, one of the bandits discharged a round into the concrete floor, but no one was injured.The men then quickly fled the scene on a blue Honda CG motorcycle. The Police were immediately summoned and an investigation was launched.
A 70-year-old Essequibo Coast pensioner is now battling for his life at the Suddie Public Hospital after he was struck down on Wednesday morning while cycling on the Richmond Village Public Road, Essequibo Coast.Injured is Livan (only name given), called “Tuesday”, of Danielstown Village, Essequibo Coast.According to reports, the cyclist was struck about 07:30h by a 23-year-oldThe car that was involved in the accidentgoldsmith. Guyana Times was told that Livan was proceeding home from Anna Regina when he was struck by motor car PKK 6474, which was travelling in the opposite direction.He was picked up and rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital in an unconscious state and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with head injuries.When this publication visited the scene, a resident in the area revealed that a loud crash was heard and upon investigating, he saw Livan lying motionless on the roadway while the motor car had reportedly stopped in another lane. The pensioner was picked up and taken to the hospital. The driver of the car has since been taken into Police custody and has been assisting with the investigation.
The Communities Ministry on Thursday donated a 28-cubic metre garbage truck worth some $45 million to City Hall.The newly donated garbage truckHanding over the truck to Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine was Minister Ronald Bulkan, who was keen to note that the truck is part of the Government’s 2019 subvention programme.The cash-strapped agency will now be equipped to pick up more of the city’s waste in a timelier manner.Bulkan during brief comments said he is aware of the Council’s financial constraints, while explaining that he believes this donation will help to save the agency some cash.In addition to the truck donated, the Minister has committed to contributing another garbage truck soon to the tune of $35 million.In June City Hall was gifted a new John Deere tractor and dump trailer as part of Government’s subvention to that municipality by the Ministry. The total cost of that donation stood at $9 million.Solid Waste Management Director Walter Narine at that time expressed appreciation as he noted that the Council is now closer to collecting its own solid waste. City Hall presently pays $14 million to its two major contractors.
Two hundred Guyanese will, in the coming days, benefit from scholarships offered by the American University of Peace Studies, located on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, to boost their knowledge in the area of Domestic Violence.This was announced by the University’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eton Simon, on Friday during a Domestic Violence conference.The programme being offered locally at the University is deemed ‘Trainers of Trainers’, and is geared towards changing and empowering minds to cope with, and provide counselling to, domestic violence victims.Dr. Simon noted that the programme has no requirement, but is limited to those who are passionate about making a difference in their communities. The programme begins on August 15 for persons 18 years and above.“We are going to give out 200 scholarship grants to 200 persons from around Guyana. We’re going to give 100 to (persons in the) Georgetown area and the other 100 will be divided among Berbice, Bartica, Essequibo and so on,” the CEOCEO of the American University of Peace Studies, Dr Eton Simonnoted.Some $10 million in grants are being distributed to interested persons.“The grants will be given to anyone. With this training, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, you don’t have to be a scholar; all you have to do is to have the urge and the desire to make a difference. That’s all you have to do to get on board this training programme,” Dr. Simon added.He further noted that the six months’ training will be very helpful in bringing about the change of mindset which is much needed. “This Trainers of Trainers programme…runs for six months, and within the Trainers of Trainers programme, it is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of transformation that any human being can embrace to bring about the shift in consciousness,” Simon pointed out.As he explained the ‘shift in consciousness’, the Psychologist detailed that he is certain no one suddenly wakes up and wants to hit their spouse or family member. According to him, those actions are done in an unconscious state of mind, which that persons enters due to severe aggression.Often times, he said, it is after the damage has been done that the perpetrators of domestic violence become conscious of their actions. It is against this backdrop that the programme was created. The six months’ training will seek to raise awareness and consciousness of domestic violence.
Chetwynd is home to nearly 200 sculptures thanks to this annual event. This years line up of carver’s posted to the CICCC include; CHETWYND, B.C. – Carver announcements have been posted for the 2020 Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship. Dayton Scoggins, Mississippi, USABrandon Kroon, AustraliaRyan Cook, British Columbia, CanadaTakao Hayashi, JapanChris Foltz, Oregon USALiam Tromans, Chemainus, B.C., CanadaMichael Tamoszus, Saulgau, GermanyJake Swanson, Lowell, Vermont, USAKevin Lewis, Courtenay, B.C., CanadaChris Wood, Newport, WalesBrandon Wilson, Jay, Vermont, USARyan Villiers, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Since the start of the competition 16 years ago the competition has been held on the second weekend of June. This free family-friendly weekend event starts Thursday, June 11th and runs through to Sunday, June 14th, 2019. – Advertisement -12 carvers are selected to attend the competition, with four International artists, four Americans and four Canadians. These carvers are then provided with a 40-50 inch diameter by 8 foot tall western red cedar and given 35 hours to complete a sculpture of their own design. FB Page; CLICK HERE Advertisement
Fernando Llorente opened the scoring at the Stadium of Light 1 Kyle Naughton’s first goal in more than six years helped Swansea to the brink of Premier League safety, as relegated Sunderland capitulated horribly.Naughton’s piledriver in first-half injury time coupled with Fernando Llorente’s early header eased the Welsh club to a 2-0 victory, and four points clear of Hull with a better goal difference.And Paul Clement’s men will stay up if the Tigers lose at Crystal Palace on Sunday.They have taken 10 points from the last 12 available just when they needed it most, in stark contrast to the Black Cats, whose win at the KCOM Stadium last weekend proved to be yet another false dawn.Manager David Moyes, unsurprisingly, was subjected to sustained calls for his head with owner Ellis Short watching from the stands.On a day when five-year-old Bradley Lowery and his fight against rare cancer neuroblastoma took centre-stage at the Stadium of Light, a banner reading ‘There’s only one Bradley Lowery’ was unfurled in the South Stand, as the clock ticked past the five-minute mark and a plane carrying the message ‘United by cancer, divided by leagues’, which had been arranged by some Newcastle fans – much to the distaste of many others – flew overhead.On the pitch, it was Swansea, backed by a travelling support of around 3,000 whose tickets had been paid for by the players, who arrived with everything to play for – and they had the game won by half-time.The Black Cats could not even raise a whimper, as they fell behind with just nine minute gone when goalkeeper Jordan Pickford uncharacteristically misjudged Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick and Llorente squeezed between John O’Shea and Jason Denayer to head home.Moyes has predicted a summer of upheaval on Wearside, with leading scorer Jermain Defoe almost certain to go courtesy of a release clause in his contract, Pickford attracting interest from elsewhere and a series of out-of-contract players and loanees preparing to pack their bags. Some of them appeared to have done so already.Their response was tepid to say the least, and 35 minutes had lapsed by the time Defoe ran on to Billy Jones’ knock-down and stabbed a shot towards goal, which Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski managed to block and then smuggle away.But they succumbed once again deep into first-half stoppage time when, after Jordan Ayew had tormented the home defence on the left, Leon Britton and Ki Sung-yueng switched possession to the right for full-back Naughton to smash a rising right-foot shot across the helpless Pickford.Having left the field to boos at the interval, the Sunderland players returned to resigned indifference.Sebastian Larsson was furious not to be awarded a penalty when his free-kick appeared to strike Sigurdsson’s arm and was booked for his prolonged protests, and Fabio Borini saw a 64th-minute strike deflected into the side-netting by Alfie Mawson.Billy Jones fired wide from close range after Fabianski had parried substitute Wahbi Khazri’s 69th-minute free-kick and the keeper made a fine double-save to deny Khazri and Defoe as time ran down, but that was as good as it got.
Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… markhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Just hours after Acer’s CEO complained that Microsoft’s Surface tablet would generate a “negative impact” on the tablet market, Lenovo announced its own entrant to the Surface market, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Clearly, Lenovo sees a market for a Windows 8 tablet that Acer does not. But what?Business users, most likely.“It appears the Lenovo is targeting business users and is shipping with an Intel processor,” Michael Gartenberg, a mobile analyst with Gartner, noted. “It’s also worth noting the digitizer is an extra add on.”In fact, the digitizer – the optional digital pen that Microsoft will support with Windows 8, and Lenovo has chosen to include as an option for the Tablet 2 – is just one of a number of differentiating features that separate the Tablet 2 from Microsoft’s Surface.The Windows 8 DebateCampbell Kan, Acer’s president for personal computer global operations, helped open the debate this week by telling the Financial Times that it is considering alternatives to Windows 8. “If Microsoft… is going to do hardware business, what should we do?” he asked. “Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?” With the Tablet 2, however, Lenovo is making a tangible commitment to Windows 8.The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 measures less than 0.4 inches thick and weighs just over 21 ounces grams, making it both thinner and lighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro, which measures more than half an inch thick and weighs almost 32 ounces. However, the Tablet 2’s screen is also a bit smaller: 10.1 inches, versus the 10.6-inch screen that the Surface includes. Battery life will be about 10 hours, Lenovo claims, and connectivity options will include 4G WWAN, which is not avialable on the Surface.The Tablet 2 will use the Intel Atom “Clover Trail” X86 processor, which is due this fall. Lenovo will include Windows 8 Pro on board, which makes the Tablet 2 a rival to the Surface Pro.That will instantly place the tablet into the upper pricing echelon, but also free it from the cost constraints that will limit the ingenuity of the basic ARM-based, Windows 8 RT tablets. It’s worth noting, though, that the price is about the only key feature that Lenovo hasn’t yet revealed.Riding the trend toward the consumerization of IT and BYOD (bring your own device) to the workplace. Lenovo added a number of features that straddle the consumer and professional markets: a full-sized USB port for external storage and peripherals, front- and rear-facing cameras, noise-canceling microphones, an HDMI port and wireless video streaming.Who Will Buy Windows 8 Tablets?But as ThinkPad fans know, Lenovo’s sweet spot is serving the business user. Acer, with its low-cost Acer and Gateway brands, has traditionally served the consumer. Both the ThinkPad brand and its associated enterprise features may help woo IT managers enamored of the fit and finish of Lenovo products.Lenovo’s enterprise-focused capabilities include an optional fingerprint reader, as well as the ability to encrypt both the internal and external storage. Lenovo also offers additional business features such as VPN access, Windows management tools and the ability to manage application deployment and block users from installing certain apps.Lenovo also chose to include that optional stylus, a feature that Microsoft executives demonstrated during the Surface Pro unveiling. It’s still unclear what capabilities the stylus will have, although many suspect that the Surface, at least, includes a Wacom digitizer inside it.Lenovo clearly disagrees with JT Wang, chief executive and chairman of Acer, who claimed that the Surface will create a “huge negative impact for the ecosystem.” But analyst Gartenberg said he still believes in the validity of the unified approach that Microsoft is offering. “Consumers may be more attracted to the complete approach Microsoft is offering and those looking for an optimal tablet experience may care less about legacy applications going forward,” Gartenberg said. “At this point, Microsoft’s bold decision to make their own hardware to showcase their vision of the next generation of personal computing seems like a good decision… especially in a market that will be driven by consumer adoption and not necessarily business adoption.”He’s almost certainly right – volume tablet sales have driven by consumers, not the enterprise. But if Lenovo can put the Tablet 2 into the hands of its enterprise sales teams, it has the opportunity to move 10,000 or so at a time. Lenovo is the second-ranked PC maker worldwide for a reason, and it’s not because of consumer PCs. Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…
The Odisha government late on Wednesday evening removed Director General of Police Bijay Kumar Sharma on charges of non-compliance of instructions.Mr. Sharma, a 1986-batch officer, was replaced by Abhaya, his batch mate.“On recommendation of the UPSC and in the interest of public service, Mr. Abhaya, at present director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, is appointed Director General of Police, Odisha, from the date of taking over charge,” said a government notification.Mr. Sharma has been shifted to the Home Department as an Officer on Special Duty. Director General (Prison) Satyajit Mohanty was transferred as Special DG (Intelligence). Mr. Sharma, who was the Director General of Fire Services, was stripped of charge.Sunil Roy, DG Intelligence, has been posted as DG Fire Service.In a dramatic turn of events, the State government has constituted a three-member committee comprising three top bureaucrats to probe into allegations of inordinate delay in issuance of fire safety certificates.Sources said there were allegations of corruption in the issuance of certificates.“It is reported that there is huge pendency of applications for issuance of fire safety recommendations and certificates in the Directorate of Fire Services. This has caused immense inconvenience not only to the general public but also to business, industry, educational and medical establishments,” says another Home Department notification.It says, “in order to enquire into the matter relating to non-compliance of government instructions by Directorate of Fire Services and circumstances under which applications for fire safety recommendations and certificate have been kept pending for long periods, Government is pleased to constitute a committee comprising Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and Principal Secretary Homes.”
Last year, a few Bollywood and cricket stars were spotted attending matches at Wimbledon 2015. While Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma joined cricket stars like Sachin Tendulkar at the Centre Court where Roger Federer battled Novak Djokovic for the top honours, Farhan Akhtar and Huma Qureshi were spotted cheering for Sania Mirza. Post-matches, these stars were seen exploring the lanes of London and having a great time with the family.The trigger for the travel may have the Wimbledon, in the end the result was a wellrounded trip that not only gave our Bollywood and cricket stars a slice of serve and volley at green courts but also a taste of life in the town. Celebrities are doing such travels for quite some time. But now, the curious and sport loving Indians with deep pockets have started following in their footsteps. They are now literally chasing the big games!Planning one’s travel itinerary around major sports event has become popular, say insiders in the travel industry. Indians are known to be passionate fans when it comes to sports. And today, their love for sports is not just limited to cricket. From F1 and Wimbledon to English Premier Leagues and NBA, they are crossing the equator to watch their favourite teams and players in action.Also read: 5 gorgeous locations in New Zealand where Lord of the Rings was shot “People no longer want to be a mere TV viewer and wish to experience the electric atmosphere of a stadium amidst thousands of other global fans. This adds a refreshingly new twist to exploring a destination. Once you get the taste of this thrilling experience you would ensure your annual holidays are only planned during a sports event,” says Shashank Shekhar Mishra, CEO, Veda Sports Marketing Private Limited.advertisementRise of the sports travellerThe “new-age” sports enthusiast is not a run-of-the-mill traveller. “Sports travellers are more evolved travellers. For them, going for a major game is a larger-than-life event. They usually travel in a group or with families. The game becomes a part of a larger tour. From hotels to places to explore, they research and work out every detail. They are also high spenders who prefer staying for a longer duration,” says Sharat Dhall, president, Yatra.com.Earlier, it was a sort of niche travel. But of late, the numbers are rising. “We have seen keen interest from sports aficionados for mega sporting events not merely to watch the matches live on ground, but also to explore the delightful diversity that these destinations offer,” says Rajeev D. Kale, President & Country Head – Leisure Travel, MICE, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.There is an increase in the number of travellers now planning their itineraries around sports events. Picture courtesy: Mail Today “What is also becoming popular are tours to stadiums and dressing rooms of the teams. It is very common for tourists to visit The Oval, Old Trafford, San Siro Stadium, MCG, Lords, etc,” says Kartik Bakshi, AVP, Sales & Operations, TravelTriangle.The “brag value” of visiting an international destination and watching the favourite team or player live has also been a strong motivational factor today.All for the adrenalineThese sports events are increasingly getting attention from MICE groups too. “We’ve been seeing strong interest from corporates for our event packages to The Olympics, IPL, F1-GP events, Wimbledon. To attract travellers, we even add elements like our super car drive in Germany to the trip,” says Kale.With a series of major sports events, 2016 is going to be the year of sports travellers. “Our sales teams have indicated a strong uptake of over 15 per cent in queries for mega sporting events such as Wimbledon, Olympics, FIFA, Grand Prix, Soccer, Golf, F1, tennis, etc,” says Kale.A sports event also brings along big opportunity for the host nation to shine on the world map and up its tourism game during such global events.”A perfect example to this can be the immense effort and contributions shown by Tourism boards of Australia & New Zealand during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Single visa policy amongst these countries ensured all travellers visited both countries,” says Mishra.With months to go for the Rio Olympics, sports aficionados have already started looking for deals and destinations to explore.