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first_imgDear Editor,“If you say that you love God, but don’t care for his people, then it has no meaning – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar”It is an established fact that only His Excellency, President David Granger is empowered by the Constitution to call elections, not GECOM. So, this whole myth of GECOM having to advise the President on a date is exactly that, utter gobbledygook from those who are subscribing to this myth. Mr Granger’s actions since December 21, 2018, reflects one that is unaccountable, aloof and distant from the people. The longer they hide from the people the greater the political damage to the Palm Tree with a key superimposed for cosmetic purposes. Are the thinkers in the PNC totally blind to this fact?Since GECOM held elections in November 2018, that institution has in place a valid list that expires on April 30, 2018. So, there is nothing preventing the President from doing his job in accordance with the Constitution. Therefore, this high nonsense being peddled by the GECOM Commissioner, Vincent Alexander, is exactly that; a determined attempt to mislead and distort the truth. I would not want to call the gentleman an untruth peddler, but all I am seeing is grave acts on his part of subterfuge and deception in service to his masters in Congress Place. Is this the legacy he wants to be remembered by – the man who frustrated democracy?All the voters want is adherence to the rule of law, free and fair elections so that they can have a framework that will facilitate their economic and social upliftment. So why is Mr Alexander bent on destroying democracy?Granted that the President is bedridden, the functioning of the Presidency does not stop. Who is tasked with the responsibility to get out and understand what is going on out there in the villages of Guyana on behalf of the President? Who is tasked with carrying out his constitutional functions while he is in bed? This nation needs leadership now and Mr Granger must step up or please have some dignity and step out.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny man Eugene Gallagher has been formally co-opted to Donegal County Council today.Mr Gallagher fills the vacancy left by Independent Cllr Dessie Shiels, who announced his resignation in February.(Pictured above: Cllr Eugene Gallagher with Letterkenny Mayor Cllr Ian McGarvey, who proposed that Mr Gallagher should fill the casual vacancy in council today.) With just two months to the local elections, Mr Gallagher intends to put his shoulder to the wheel in his new role at county and local level, adding that he has his sights set on returning after May.Mr Gallagher said: “I intend to carry on as a councillor for as long as I possibly can.”“I have a hard act to follow in Dessie. What he lacked in participation in this council he more than made up for in his work behind the scenes.“I’m sure every councillor here has the will of their community and constituency at heart and I’ll be no different than that.” Mr Gallagher said that he aims to do his best to work in cooperation with the executive and members, but he will also be vigilant to hold the local authority to account.“If I see something wrong, don’t think I won’t call it out, because I will, that’s my nature,” he said.Mr Gallagher also paid tribute to the former councillor Dessie Larkin of Letterkenny, who passed away last week. Letterkenny’s Eugene Gallagher takes his seat on council was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Councileugene gallagherletterkennylast_img read more

first_imgExamples of Akibot in UseTo understand how Akibot works, imagine the following scenario: you post a message that reads “There will be a meeting next Wednesday morning at 1 PM regarding the new development project.” In other enterprise Twitter clones like Yammer and Present.ly, only those others reading the stream of posts would see the message and would then be able to act on it, if need be. In Akibot, however, the system itself would understand the message and would create an appointment on the team calendar for you. It could even send you and your colleagues a reminder in the form of a text message or email when the meeting time drew near. Another example goes like this: say a colleague posts a message stating “here is the latest Penske file http://xxxxxxxxx,” – pointing to the resource hosted on the company’s intranet. A week later, another user could ask “Does anyone know where the latest Penske file is?”, and Akibot could then respond with a message pointing to the location previously posted. Akibot can also function as a time-tracking tool. All you would have to do is post a message letting everyone know when you’re beginning to work on a particular project and then post another when you’re done. What if Twitter understood what you were saying and could then take action on your messages? What if Twitter wasn’t just a place to post your random thoughts, but an A.I. bot that actually helped you get your work done? That’s the concept behind Akibot, a new enterprise microblogging service. At first glance, Akibot may look very much like your typical Twitter clone, but it does something very different: it combines the collective intelligence provided by microblogging with an artificial intelligence engine that lets the service take action on the messages posted. When Akibot’s developer Marcelo Pham first heard about Twitter, (surprisingly, only a few months ago!) he thought that it sounded like a silly idea. Yet the more he thought about it, the more he thought it began to make sense…just not the way that Twitter had envisioned it. Instead, Marcelo saw microblogging as a “very tiny step towards the machine reading our minds.” He then began to work on a concept for an enterprise microblogging platform that would take Twitter to the next logical step: analyzing what users are posting. He then added another function: intelligence. The end result is Akibot, the first “semantic actionable microblogging platform for the enterprise.” The microblogging service could even update your CRM system with information about customers and your interactions with them. Again, all you’d have to do is post the information to Akibot. How Does Akibot Work?In order for Akibot to do what it does, it seeks out various keywords in a post, but not using simple search or in a “brute force” sort of way. Instead, it looks at the sentence structure as a whole to determine meaning. Akibot’s main module is called the “preprocessor” which uses common elements of natural language processing (NLP) combined with two proprietary modules: a “contextual analyzer” and a “context>action” dictionary. The contextual analyzer take the results from the NLP module and finds the context using noun/pronoun/verb structures and then the “context>action” dictionary stores the relevant data and takes action on the item (e.g. it sends a reminder, updates your business software, etc.)Because Akibot understands natural language – that is, the way people naturally speak – end users posting their messages don’t have to use any special syntax in order for Akibot to understand them. However, if you do end up posting something Akibot doesn’t understand, it will just ask you to explain and then learns from that explanation so it never has to ask again. Even Simpler Than Twitter?There are a few things that Akibot does differently than Twitter. For example, there is no “follow” functionality. By default, everyone follows everyone else, but can “opt-out” from following certain other users if they wish. Since Akibot is meant to be used within a single company, this makes sense. The system is also designed to be uncomplicated so there are no groups, no tabs, no browse functionality, and no search. Like Twitter, though, Akibot supports private messages, but no special syntax is required here, either. To create one of these types of updates, a user simply clicks on “private” when posting. Still in Private BetaThe company is still brand-new and there are no exact launch dates yet regarding when it will become publicly available. A lot will depend on the feedback provided by the initial crop of beta testers. Also, if Akibot was to receive funding (they have none now), development could proceed at a faster pace, notes Marcel. At the moment, the company is considering offering Akibot for free for up to three users and then any additional users would cost $1/per user per month. If your company wants to join the private beta, you can sign up to be considered on Akibot’s homepage under the “Signup” option. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#enterprise#Product Reviews#twitter#web sarah perez Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday dared the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to convert itself into a political party and fight elections, instead of controlling its political front from behind the curtain and acting like an “extra-constitutional authority”. He said the RSS had no role in the Independence movement and framing of the Constitution.Mr. Gehlot made the remarks on the second day of a special session of the State Assembly convened here to mark 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution. The two-day session turned into a political slugfest between the ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP, with both the parties accusing each other of undermining constitutional values.Replying to the debate as the Leader of the House, Mr. Gehlot said the RSS was enjoying power without any responsibility, as no Minister or Chief Minister was appointed without its consent. “The RSS and the BJP have no faith in the Constitution. They only pay lip service to constitutional norms because they want to win elections in democracy,” he said.‘BJP exposed’Mr. Gehlot took a dig at the recent political developments in Maharashtra, while affirming that the BJP had been exposed by the way President’s Rule was revoked early in the morning and the Chief Minister and Deputy CM were sworn in. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi lost no time in congratulating them. Does it prove the dictum Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai?” he asked.Amid interruptions by the BJP MLAs, Mr. Gehlot targeted Mr. Modi for his working style and decisions like demonetisation and the GST implementation. The Chief Minister said BJP’s dream of making a Congress-free India would never succeed, as parliamentary democracy had taken firm roots in the country only because of the consistent efforts and prolonged struggle of the Congress.The House witnessed noisy scenes when Leader of the Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria made a reference to the Ram temple and accused the Congress of not making efforts to resolve the long-pending Ayodhya dispute.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Deschamps confirms Man Utd star Pogba will miss Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance boss Didier Deschamps has admitted that Paul Pogba will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers for his side.Deschamps was hoping that Pogba would be involved in the upcoming national team games.But it appears the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that has troubled him all season.Pogba is likely to miss game time for his club Manchester United as well.”It’s a new worry with his ankle,” Les Bleus coach Deschamps told reporters.”He played in the [Carabao] Cup, he played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks.”I’d prefer he was there like all the available players but unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.” last_img read more

Significant Digits For Friday Jan 30 2015

$50John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, owes the city of Boston a $50 fine for failing to shovel his sidewalk. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia — a nation not known for its snow-clearance legislation — as a blizzard struck New England this week. [The Boston Globe]63.9 percentThe home ownership rate is now at its lowest level since 1994, down to 63.9 percent in the final quarter of 2014. [Los Angeles Times]96 tonsAmount of dog poop generated in New York City each day. [FiveThirtyEight]98 percent of scientistsAbout 98 percent scientists say the public’s lack of knowledge about science is a problem, so why don’t you guys go learn a book or something, geez. [Re/code]3,000 storiesI thought I was safe in journalism — I’d picked a good field, one that couldn’t be automated. I was wrong. The Associated Press is already automatically generating 3,000 stories each quarter. Right now, those stories are about companies’ quarterly earnings, but who knows when the robots will move on to the dog poop beat. [The Verge]$1.3 billionNew York City cultural institutions spent $1.3 billion on new construction over the past five years on projects including the expansion of the Queens Museum and the renovation of the fountains at the Met. In 2014, construction expenditures were up 46 percent from 2013 to $208 million. [Crain’s New York] One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.9 communications majors It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that the notoriously taciturn Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is not among the nine communications majors taking the field in Super Bowl XLIX. Playboy broke down the college majors of every player in this year’s game, and communications came out as the most popular course of study, with nine players, followed by sociology and general studies, with seven players each. [Playboy]11.8 percentAccording to the NFL, concussions decreased by 11.8 percent this season compared to last year, to 202 from 229. [The New York Times]14 percent riseThe average American office worker spends nine hours each week in meetings or thinking about meetings, up 14 percent from four years ago. [NPR]25 megabits per secondThe Federal Communications Commission raised the bar on the download speeds for “broadband” Internet to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) from 4 Mbps. Under the previous standard, 6.3 percent of households didn’t have broadband. Now 19.4 percent don’t. [Ubergizmo] read more

Ohio State won’t soon forget the 2012 Homecoming football game against Nebraska. Records fell on the field and in the Ohio Stadium grandstands, and most importantly, No. 12 OSU (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) outlasted No. 21 Nebraska (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) in a raucous, back-and-forth affair, 63-38. A record Ohio Stadium crowd of 106,102 watched as OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller powered OSU to victory. Miller set a new OSU single-game quarterback rushing record with 186 yards in the game. Miller also threw 127 yards on 7-of-14 pass attempts. Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez committed three turnovers in the game, one of which was returned 41 yards by OSU sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. The game’s second interception, also caught by Roby, set OSU up for a go-ahead score in the second quarter. Martinez would finish the game 15-of-24 on pass attempts for 214 yards. The two 123-year-old Big Ten powers swapped scores into the second half, and three of the Buckeyes’ touchdowns belonged to junior running back Carlos Hyde. He finished the night with four scores on 140 yards on 28 carries, bringing his career touchdown tally in two games against the Cornhuskers to six. Hyde scored two touchdowns and ran for 104 yards during the Buckeyes’ Oct. 8 visit to Lincoln last season. OSU lost that game, 34-27, but Saturday was a different story. OSU and Nebraska seemed to go tit-for-tat on the scoreboard, but a punt return for a touchdown by OSU receiver Corey Brown put the game out of reach once and for all. Still, the Buckeyes poured on more offense. A 33-yard run by OSU redshirt sophomore Rod Smith put OSU up, 56-31. Martinez would score to bring Nebraska to within 18 points, but it was too late. OSU had won, and Meyer had helped the Buckeyes remain undefeated in his first season in Columbus. After taking a 7-0 lead on Roby’s interception for a touchdown, Nebraska roared out to a 17-7 lead as the Cornhuskers scored on three consecutive drives. Nebraska sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah scored back-to-back 1-yard touchdown runs to put his team up, 14-7, and senior kicker Brett Maher extended the lead to 17-7 with a 26-yard field goal. The Buckeyes’ offense sputtered out of the gate, punting on each of its first three drives. After the third punt, which was returned to inside the Buckeyes’ 30-yard line, Nebraska moved the ball 28 yards on just four plays to take the lead at 14-7 on an another 1-yard run by Abdullah. Abdullah finished the game with 22 yards on six carries. Like the previous three drives, OSU’s fourth possession ended well short of a score. A failed fake-punt attempt, which saw OSU redshirt senior Ben Buchanan wrapped up prior to gaining the necessary yardage, put Nebraska in line for a third consecutive score. Maher’s kick advanced Nebraska’s advantage to 17-7. OSU’s offense was floundering, but, as he often does, Miller came to the rescue. Miller broke a 72-yard run to put the Buckeyes back in scoring position, and the team capitalized when Hyde crossed into the end zone on a 1-yard run. Junior quarterback Kenny Guiton helped the Buckeyes finish the drive after Miller exited the field with an apparent injury following his long run. He would return on the following drive. With the score 17-14, Roby struck again, intercepting Martinez for the second time in the half. That set OSU up nicely for the go-ahead score – Miller flicked the ball five yards and sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman did the rest, running untouched into the south end zone for his first career score. Martinez was unflinching in his response, though, as he led the Cornhuskers on a four-play, 75-yard drive that he finished himself with a nine-yard run. He barged into the end zone to restore Nebraska’s lead at 24-21 after several missed tackles by OSU. OSU came right back with a touchdown of its own on a seven-yard run by Hyde, and retook the lead at 28-24 with 3:11 to play in the half. The score represented the fifth and final lead change of the half, and OSU would add to its advantage 23 seconds before half. On 4th-and-1 from inside Nebraska territory, Miller took the ball on a draw and ended up with an opening that allowed him to run 31 yards to score and advance the OSU lead to 35-24. After fumbling the ball away to Nebraska and exiting the game with injury briefly in the second quarter, Miller finished the first half with 139 rushing yards. In fact, the entire OSU offense did an about-face in the second quarter – after posting 17 yards 15 minutes into the contest, OSU went to half outgaining the Cornhuskers, 259-241. Like it did last season in Lincoln, OSU brought a lead into the second half of the game. On Oct. 8, OSU blew the 20-6 lead it held at halftime before eventually falling in Nebraska’s first-ever Big Ten home game, 34-27. The second-half of Saturday’s game was an erie reminder of last season’s loss – Martinez completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Ben Cotton to bring Nebraska to within a score at 35-31. OSU quickly erased any chance of a comeback in the teams’ 2012 meetings with another Hyde touchdown. He busted into the north end zone to restore the Buckeyes’ 11-point advantage. Then the Silver Bullets defense took center stage. OSU senior defensive end John Simon stymied Nebraska’s next possession with a tackle in the backfield. Senior middle linebacker Storm Klein, who was previously removed from the Buckeyes after being arrested, also sacked Martinez during the Cornhuskers’ second possession of the half. Nebraska punted the ball away and junior receiver Corey Brown sent the record-Ohio Stadium crowd into a state of delirious celebration when he slid into the end zone on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown. Tens of thousands of scarlet-clad OSU supporters bounced and shook the grandstands with thunderous cheering, and the cheering continued on Nebraska’s next possession. Martinez had the Cornhuskers offense driving late in the third quarter, but sailed a pass attempt that was intercepted by senior safety Orhian Johnson. After Smith 33-yard score in the fourth quarter, Martinez led Nebraska on another scoring drive, which he finished himself on a touchdown run less than six minutes remaining in the game, which OSU would take. Hyde punched in a late, 16-yard score to seal the victory for the Buckeyes. OSU is next scheduled to play Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at 8 p.m. next Saturday. read more

Jack Grealish reacts to failed Spurs move

first_imgJack Grealish is ready to put the disappointment of failing to move to Tottenham behind him and “get to work” at Aston Villa for this seasonThe English midfielder had attempted to engineer a move away from the Championship side over the past few days that remained of the summer transfer window with Tottenham having had a strong interest in signing him.Although the probability of Grealish making the move to North London appeared to be unlikely following his appearance in Villa’s 3-1 win over Hull City in the Championship opener on Monday night.But new investors at Villa meant that they were no longer under pressure to sell the 22-year-old, who has now broken his silence on social media.“Let’s get back to work,” he wrote.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Villa will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins in the Championship this weekend when they host Wigan Athletic.Let’s get to work. #AVFC ❤️?⚽️ pic.twitter.com/excNZdSVOb— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) August 9, 2018last_img read more

Renee Hector opens up on racist abuse at Sheffield

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Ladies defender Renee Hector has opened up on the racist abuse she suffered from an opposition player at Sheffield United on Sunday.Hector, 23, made the claim in a tweet after Tottenham won 2-1 to go second in the FA Women’s Championship.“Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football,” the former Watford Ladies player wrote.Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football – I received some monkey noises today from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let the football do the talking and that we did 💙🤩 great start to the year! @ThlfcOfficial #COYSL #SHEvTOT #KickItOut— Renée Hector (@renazzza) January 6, 2019Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I received some monkey noises from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let football do the talking.”Sheffield United Women said in a statement that they “are aware of the post on social media and have already begun an investigation to determine the full facts”.Spurs said the incident was reported to the referee by Hector during the game.The club added in a tweet: “We have since reported the alleged incident to the FA and await their response.”last_img read more