Persons partying urged to get designated drivers

first_imgIn light of the numerous celebratory activities slated for this festive season, Acting Police Commissioner, Nigel Hoppie is urging members of the public, who are operating vehicles and will be imbibing, to get a designated driver.Acting Police Commissioner Nigel HoppieAt the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Annual Trainees’ Christmas Luncheon on Friday, he said that it is expected that many persons will participate in consuming alcoholic beverages at social events and activities that are being held to celebrate the Christmas season.However, he pointed out that too many fatal accidents have occurred for this year already, specifically in the month of November, and, therefore, drivers on the roadways must take more caution during the festive season.“In November, as you would have learnt in the media that we had 15 accidents which resulted in 21 deaths. Three of which were children and so as we go down for the remainder of the year we need to ensure that we be our brother’s keeper.”According to the Acting Police Commissioner, if all drivers exercise diligence while operating vehicles and practice upholding the road regulations and laws then the country’s roadways would not be claiming so many lives.“While we conduct our business, we conduct a certain amount of responsibility and in our use of the road especially as drivers, we need to be cognisant of the five Cs. These are care, courtesy, caution, common sense and consideration….and we will certainly make our roads a better place towards the end of the year.”Less than three weeks ago, Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden Isles had acknowledged that in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) – the East Bank Demerara Sub-Division (Region Four (B)) – special systems have to be put in place since this is a section where most of the serious accidents have been recorded.“If you look at the statistics it would show that in 2018 we had 16 accidents with 24 deaths and in 2019 we had 17 accidents with 25 deaths. So special emphasis will be placed in that area. Also, we could look at Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) where we had 14 accidents with 14 deaths in 2018 and 15 accidents with 15 deaths in 2019.”However, the Traffic Chief noted that January 1 to November 10 of this year reveals that there has been a four per cent decrease in accidents and a six per cent decrease in deaths related to accidents comparative to the same period in 2018.Road carnageJust a few days ago, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo stated that the road carnage situation is not a political one in nature and recommended that all stakeholders should contribute towards finding a comprehensive solution.“There is carnage on our roads and we have to find a way of stopping it. We don’t have all the answers and I’m sure they don’t too,” he positioned.He also asserted that those culpable must take responsibility for their actions. Meanwhile, Jagdeo clarified that if any political party promises to lower these statistics, it is untrue since a collective approach is required.“It’s a combination of education, strong regulations, taking tough actions and people have to take responsibility too. People have to take personal responsibility for these issues because sometimes, you have one crazy person. Any [political] party that says to you that they can stop this will be lying to you,” he expressed.His comments come in light of President David Granger’s response to the increased carnage, outlining a three-point approach for road safety. Road users were urged to observe the Guyana Police Force’s code of behaviour.The caretaker President further pointed out that the “insane increase in road fatalities” was due to persons driving at excessive speeds, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without due care and attention and driving on roads which are congested or unsafe for other road users, particularly pedestrians.last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Has Two Earn MVC Academic Awards

first_imgPrint Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Two Drake University student-athletes earned a spot on the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete first team, the league office announced on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Redshirt seniors Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) and Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.) are both pursuing their Masters of Business of Administration and hold a 3.84 and 3.85 cumulative GPA, respectively.Enna scored five goals this season, which was good for second on the team. He was third on the team for assists with three. He was named to the All-MVC Second Team and the MVC All-Tournament Team after scoring the game winning goal in the 105th minute of the tournament quarterfinals against Valparaiso. He earned the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award on Nov. 4 and garnered All-MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention honors in 2016.Ciszewski played in all 17 matches, scored one goal and garnered 2 assists on the season. He has tallied three goals over his career including a game winner against Southern Illinois in the 2015 MVC Tournament Championship game. last_img read more

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Chelsea man will reject Spurs to sign for Liverpool – report

first_imgDaniel Sturridge will snub Tottenham to sign for Liverpool next month, according to The Sun.Liverpool are widely expected to buy the forward from Chelsea in a £12m deal when the transfer window opens.And it is claimed that he will sign a £65,000-a-week deal an Anfield rather than rejoin Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane.While Chelsea manager Villas-Boas played Sturridge in a wide position rather than his preferred central role, which is said to be a factor in the player’s supposed decision.The Daily Express say Liverpool remain confident of sealing a deal for Sturridge despite a late hitch leading to a proposed medical being cancelled.The Sun also say QPR are among the clubs that could sign Gary Hooper from Celtic and that Fulham want Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Is Dark Matter Going the Way of Phlogiston?

first_img(Visited 244 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There is no exotic dark matter, according to the most sensitive search to date. The ramifications for cosmology are enormous.A lot of time, money, and effort has gone into looking for something that doesn’t exist. Cosmologists need cold dark matter to make their theories of the big bang work. They need something that doesn’t shine, doesn’t interact with normal matter, but has gravity. And they need lots of it: according to current theory, it outclasses normal matter ten to one. Astrophysicists have pondered what it might be: exotic entities like “weakly interacting massive particles” (WIMPS), axions, and other made-up names for Mysterious Unknown Stuff.Now, the most sensitive detector has turned up nothing. Space.com reports, “Dark Matter Still a Mystery: Most Sensitive Search Yet Comes Up Empty.”The incredibly sensitive LUX dark-matter detector, buried under a mile of rock, has come up empty on its 20-month search for dark matter — further narrowing down the possible characteristics of the strange substance.Researchers presented the results today (July 21) at the 11th Identification of Dark Matter Conference (IDM2016) in Sheffield, U.K., which gathers together researchers seeking to understand dark matter, the mysterious material that appears to make up more than four-fifths of the universe’s mass, but which scientists have not observed directly.Nature is apparently not cooperative with current theory. The null result comes even after collaborative efforts “pushed the sensitivity of the instrument to a final performance level that is four times better than the original project goals.” If WIMPs existed, scientists should have seen a flash from detectors monitoring 1/3 of a ton of liquid xenon surrounded by 72,000 gallons of purified water deep in a South Dakota gold mine.“It would have been marvelous if the improved sensitivity had also delivered a clear dark-matter signal,” Gaitskell said. “However, what we have observed is consistent with background alone.“Another lambasted Nature’s rudeness for being so uncooperative:“Though a positive signal would have been welcome, nature was not so kind!” Cham Ghag, a physicist at University College London and collaborator on LUX, said in another statement. “Nonetheless, a null result is significant as it changes the landscape of the field by constraining models for what dark matter could be beyond anything that existed previously.”But does a non-detection of ghosts “constrain models” for what they could be? Maybe it’s time for a major change to theories that demand something that isn’t there. But no; the search will go “Onward,” Space.com says. A next-generation LUX detector may achieve 70 times the sensitivity of the current LUX.Dark energy: The other major “mysterious unknown stuff” of the universe is dark energy. Science Daily says the Royal Society is accelerating the search for it, but existing tests produce conflicting results. Philosophers of science take note: “Making up 95% of our universe, these substances have profound effects on the birth and lives of galaxies and stars and yet almost nothing is known about their physical nature.”Radio bursts: What is the “most perplexing mystery in astronomy“? The answer, according to Nature, is the source of ultra-powerful radio bursts. No theorists predicted these, but they may be common. One of these bursts can emit the energy of 500 million suns in just 5 milliseconds, suggesting that they come from very compact objects. About 20 have been observed so far.Whatever these objects are, recent observations suggest that they are common, with one flashing in the sky as often as every 10 seconds. Yet they still defy explanation. Theorists have proposed sources such as evaporating black holes, colliding neutron stars and enormous magnetic eruptions. But even the best model fails to account for all the observations, says Edo Berger, an astronomer at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who describes the situation as “a lot of swirling confusion”.The power of these objects must be unbelievable if they come from cosmological distances. Astronomers hope that some day they might be used as probes of dark matter and dark energy.There’s still a lot to learn about astronomy. In general, scientists cannot appeal to unobservable reality forever. The historical examples of phlogiston and caloric show that wrong paradigms can prevail among top experts for decades or centuries. Sooner or later, though, scientists need to consider the possibility they have been engaged in a snipe hunt, and need to find reality elsewhere.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa appoints CEO

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS• Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsBrand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Miller Matola, former head of the Durban International Convention Centre, has been appointed CEO of South Africa’s nation-branding body, Brand South Africa (BSA).“Miller brings a dynamic strategic and operational skills set to BSA,” Anitha Soni, BSA board chairman, said at the announcement of the appointment on 10 March. “His international, domestic and local experience, and understanding of the national imperatives will inform his leadership of BSA.“This is critical as we strive to contribute to national economic growth by ensuring that South Africans buy into, and, live the brand promise made in the country’s marketing campaigns.“We have every confidence that he is the ultimate fit to lead the organisation during a defining time in the life of South Africa’s nation brand,” she said.Leadership expertiseMatola began his career in education, which fuelled his interest in tourism. He joined the Department of Tourism where he developed frameworks for hospitality service areas.He then moved to South African Tourism to lead its business tourism unit, and later took over management of the body’s Americas portfolio. This covered the US, Canada and South American countries.During his time at South African Tourism, Matola won the prestigious South African Aiways award for most outstanding individual in the industry, in 2002. After heading the Americas portfolio, he became CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, and then took over the reins at the Durban International Convention Centre in 2006.Matola has a passion for the powerful role tourism can play in community development, and was key in the establishment of a Kruger National Park lodge for a displaced Maluleke community.He has a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of the North, has completed the Wits Business School management advancement programme and is in the process of completing his MBA through Thames Valley University.Matola takes over from acting CEO Paul Bannister, who has held the position on a temporary basis since 2009.“We extend our sincere gratitude to Paul for his passion and dedication for South Africa that he has exhibited during his term as acting chief executive,” said Soni.Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane welcomed the stability a full-time appointment would bring the organisation.“Critically, this comes at a time when we are all well geared towards a programme of delivery in positioning South Africa as a country ready and open for business,” said Chabane. Chabane is the cabinet minister responsible for BSA.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa, formerly known as the International Marketing Council (IMC), was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa.At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. These did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective.This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign. There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.last_img read more

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Trainer’s stock also rises

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Among those who expressed interest were Australian and Chinese boxers, who are willing to train in Survival Camp, which Jimenez and Ancajas put up in Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite.“Of course, they (foreign boxers) will pay,” said Jimenez, a former amateur boxer and Navyman. “Jerwin and I will be joint partners.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeanwhile, promoter Bob Arum told the LA Times Monday that Manny Pacquiao’s opponent for his next fight slated April 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York will be known within the week. Jerwin Ancajas’ 10th round knockout of Mexican Israel Gonzalez in Corpus Christi, Texas, Sunday night, proved to be a windfall for his trainer too, as Joven Jimenez was flooded with inquiries from those interested to join his stable.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Go for Gold coach says Jerwin Gaco injury ‘nothing serious’ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

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Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceases operations stranding passengers

first_imgREYKJAVIK, Iceland — Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceased operations Thursday, stranding passengers across two continents.In a statement on its website, the airline told passengers there would be no further flights and advised them to check flights with other airlines for ways to reach their destinations.The airline, founded by entrepreneur Skuli Mogensen, began operations in 2012 and specialized in ultra-cheap flights between North America and Europe, with flights to airports in cities including Washington, D.C, New York, Paris, London and its Reykjavik hub.WOW grounded at least six planes in North America that were set to leave late Wednesday from Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Detroit, New York and Baltimore.Its bankruptcy comes after six months of turbulent negotiations to sell the low-cost carrier, first to its main rival and flag-ship carrier Icelandair and later to Indigo Partners, an American company operating the airline Wizz.Tourism is Iceland’s largest industry and WOW’s disappearance is set to have an effect on this summer’s high season.In its early years the airline expanded fast to 37 destinations and reported up to 60 per cent annual growth in passenger numbers. Its revenue per passenger, however, has not kept up and fell by about 20 per cent in 2017, according to the last earnings report.“I will never forgive myself for not acting sooner,” Mogensen said in a letter to employees today. “WOW was clearly an incredible airline and we were on the path to do amazing things again.”In Europe, Reykjavik-bound planes from seven cities — Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt and Copenhagen — did not take off this morning.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Saskatchewan murder suspect Gerald Stanley granted bail

first_imgThe Canadian PressBATTLEFORD, Sask. — A judge has granted bail to a Saskatchewan farmer charged with the shooting death of an aboriginal man on his property.The decision, which was released as the court was closing Friday in Battleford, said Gerald Stanley is to be freed on $10,000 bail.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Neil Gabrielson imposed several conditions, including that the 54-year-old Stanley remain within a six-kilometre radius of his farm and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. He must also stay away from the Red Pheasant First Nation and have no contact with the family of the man who was killed.Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant reserve.Download (PDF, Unknown)Stanley pleaded not guilty to the charge during a court appearance on Thursday. A bail hearing was held later in the day but a publication ban was placed on the details.Boushie was killed Aug. 9 after the vehicle he was in drove onto the farm in the rural municipality of Glenside, west of Saskatoon.Boushie’s cousin has said they were heading home to the reserve after an afternoon of swimming, when they got a flat tire and were looking for help.Racial tensions flared after the killing.See related stories about Colten Boushie. First Nations leaders said an initial RCMP release about the shooting was biased, because it stated that people in the car were taken into custody as part of a theft investigation. They were released without charges.Some comments on social media sites have also been anti-First Nation, while others have supported vigilante justice against the suspect. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to Facebook last weekend to condemn the comments and called on people to “rise above intolerance.”Hundreds of supporters for Boushie attended court Thursday. Some yelled at Stanley as he was led away by RCMP.Sheldon Wuttunee, a spokesman for the Boushie family, called for calm. He said its important to demand justice, but in a peaceful manner.Stanley’s family also released a statement through his lawyer Thursday, saying there has been rampant speculation and misinformation about the shooting. They said they hope people will reserve judgement until the facts of the case are known.last_img read more

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