first_img…and splurgingThere are some folks in the world who’ll use the step-boards to their house as firewood to cook their meal for the day. Never mind they’ll have to get a ladder to get in and out later!! ‘Live for the day’, is their motto! Disaggregating the lump sums allocated to the various agencies and Ministries, it’s clear that this PNC Government is determined to burn down not only the steps, but the entire house, to live it up today.How else can you explain spending a measly $17 billion on the ENTIRE AGRICULTURE SECTOR, compared to $54 billion on “security”!! Now, there’s nothing wrong with security…but the identical $17 billion for the GDF and Militia?? Exactly what are they protecting…when, rather than being stationed at the borders, especially with Venezuela, they’re just “throwing back” in Georgetown and at the airport??Why should SARA get $209 million for its director Clive Thomas and staff when they haven’t even recovered a single cent in assets for Guyana? And the list goes on and on…Agriculture, on the other hand, isn’t just the largest employer in Guyana, but actually produces stuff that is exported to bring in foreign currency plus keep down the cost of the staples that keep body and soul together for most Guyanese! But, as the PNC Chair reminded us, their party’s position is to provide jobs for “the boys” (and girls!) who’re their friends and party members.And since the Security Sector is 90 per cent PNC supporters while the Agriculture sector is probably 80per cent PPP, we can now understand why the (money) cookie crumbles the way it did. But sadly, like most old folks, the PNC don’t really think…they just remember. When the first PNC of Burnham was shoehorned into office by the CIA, it drastically reduced the spending on agriculture and expanded the armed forces by TEN TIMES with the money diverted.The PNC honchos, therefore, aren’t fazed by the theoretical and historical demonstration that such a policy is doomed to failure and will bankrupt the country. Theoretically, it’s self-evident you can’t just keep spending and not produce. In fact, even Burnham knew this when he came up with the slogan “produce or perish”. Problem was – and remains – the PNC wants to “suck cane and blow whistle” at the same time!! And historically, the PNCites should remember that the economy collapsed and the country became bankrupt!!With the 2019 Budget alone, the deficit – what happens when you spend more than you earn – has jumped to $37 billion and the overdraft from $43 million to $210 billion!! The promise of oil revenues has made the PNC giddy!But as the US Report warns, they should look next door at what’s happened to Venezuela!!…on travelPresident Granger projects an avuncular image of frugality and rectitude that’s served him and the PNC he leads in good stead. So a lot of folks might’ve been jolted when they saw the travel bill he piled up after just three years in office – $209 million!! And lest you think your Eyewitness is insensitive in light of his latest travels, that number doesn’t include any travel for health reasons!!Now, Gy$209 million isn’t chicken feed; and, in fact, to put it in perspective, it’s equal to US$1million!! Now that’s a whole lot of money for a country that still remains stuck down there with Haiti as the poorest in the hemisphere!! So exactly what was the President jetting around the world for, apart from having tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace?We’re told that, for one, he was “advancing the “Green State Development Strategy”. But weren’t we told the reason why this hasn’t even been laid in the National Assembly is because there needs to be broader “public consultations”?Ah well…it’s only our money!!…by Prime Minister NagamootooNagamootoo was questioned about $65 million specified as spent on the stalled “Constitutional Reform”. He claimed it wasn’t REALLY spent, and it’ll be returned to the Consolidated Fund!With the PM’s Budget of $908 million, small change like $65 million can be misplaced, no?last_img read more

The week ahead

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRIDAY: Commerce Department reports on international trade for April. MONDAY: Commerce Department reports on factory orders for April. TUESDAY: The Institute for Supply Management issues its report on activity in the nonmanufacturing economy for May. WEDNESDAY: Labor Department reports on first-quarter productivity and costs. THURSDAY: The nation’s largest retailers announce their sales figures for May. last_img read more

Goal of the weekend? Sheffield Wednesday star scores screamer – watch here

first_imgLewis McGugan scored arguably the goal of the weekend during Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship clash with Preston on Saturday [although Alexis Sanchez may have something to say about that!].The midfielder spotted Jordan Pickford off his line in injury-time and unleashed a brilliant drive from 45 yards to seal a 3-1 win for Wednesday.Check out the goal above.last_img

Leicester City predicted XI v Club Brugge: Ranieri to go on the front foot?

first_img 11 11 1. Kasper Schmeichel 4. Danny Drinkwater 6. Robert Huth 11. Marc Albrighton 11 11 11 9. Jamie Vardy 11 2. Luis Hernandez 11 11 5. Wes Morgan 28. Christian Fuchs 11 13. Daniel Amartey 20. Shinji Okazaki 11 26. Riyad Mahrez 11 Leicester City travel to Belgium for their first ever Champions League game as they take on Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium.Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri will be expected to guide his European novices through the group stages despite a lack of pedigree at this level.Fullback Danny Simpson is a doubt for the clash after hobbling off in his side’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool, while Nampalys Mendy and Jeffrey Schlupp are struggling to prove their fitness.Here talkSPORT looks at how Leicester could line up against Brugge – who will replace Mendy in midfield? And will Ranieri prefer Ahmed Musa or Shinji Okazaki to support Jamie Vardy?Leave your starting XI below. last_img read more

Chelsea target Luis Muriel confirms he’s received offers from England

first_img1 Luis Muriel could be on his way to the Premier League this summer Chelsea target Luis Muriel has revealed he has received offers from clubs in England, Italy and Spain.The striker has bagged 10 league goals this season for Sampdoria as well as laying on five assists in the process.The 25-year-old’s form has led to interest from Chelsea and a whole host of other clubs from around Europe.And the Colombian has now revealed that, while he is happy at Samp, he does have plenty of offers on the table.“My first personal objective is to beat my record of 11 Serie A goals,” Muriel told Radio Magica. “I’m only missing two, the best was that one against Roma.“The future? I’m happy at Sampdoria, because we’ve won two League derbies for the first time in 57 years.“But I’ve had several offers from Juventus, Inter, Milan and Roma in Italy, but also from abroad, in Spain and England.”last_img read more

Spencer girls basketball beats winless Pittsville

first_imgBaehr leads Rockets with 23 pointsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — Lexi Baehr scored 23 points, made 11 of 14 free throws, and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Spencer girls basketball team to a 48-30 nonconference win over Pittsville on Monday night at Spencer High School.Spencer is now 5-2 overall and sends Pittsville to its sixth-straight loss to start the season.Courtney Buss added nine points for Spencer.Spencer hosts Loyal in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup Thursday at 7:15 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 48, Panthers 30Pittsville 16 14 – 30Spencer 22 26 – 48PITTSVILLE (30): Skye Klein 5-19 0-0 12, Amanda Piotrowski 4-9 2-2 10, Ana Klein 2-3 0-0 4, Nicole Guden 1-2 0-0 2, Rebecca Sturgis 1-3 0-0 2, Kacey Soetebier 0-0 0-0 0, Courtany Schwanbeck 0-4 0-0 0, Delaney Grimm 0-0 0-3 0, Mandi Ortner 0-0 0-0 0, Carly Knutson 0-2 0-0 0. FG: 13-42. FT: 2-5. 3-pointers: 2-13 (S. Klein 2-6, A. Klein 0-1, Schwanebeck 0-2, Piotrowski 0-3). Rebounds: 34 (Piotrowski 10). Turnovers: 28. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 0-6.SPENCER (48): Lexi Baehr 5-10 11-14 23, Courtney Buss 4-8 0-1 9, Sabrina Vircks 2-12 2-4 6, Liz Endreas 1-4 1-2 3, Kaily Northup 1-5 0-0 2, Shaelee Neitzel 1-2 0-0 2, Burt 1-1 0-0 2, Jessica Becker 0-4 1-2 1, McKenna Brecht 0-1 0-0 0, Kathryn Hall 0-0 0-0, Claire Drews 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 15-47. FT: 15-23. 3-pointers: 3-8 (Baehr 2-6, Buss 1-2). Rebounds: 34 (Baehr 6). Turnovers: 21. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-2.last_img read more

Fiction Writing 2.0: Six New Ways To Write The Next Great Novel

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Novlet is a collaborative writing web application. It allows what they term “non-linear” writing, which means you can take any story in their database and write a fork, branching off from any point in the story. Stories are divided into “passages” — sections of about 2-3 paragraphs. Readers are given the opportunity to create a fork at the end of any passage. What you end up with as a reader is a sort of “choose your own adventure” (remember those?) where at the end of each passage you are often presented with a choice of which path to proceed down — or you can create your own.Novlet allows readers to comment on and rate stories, which are categorized by genre. The site has some social networking features (friends, messages, favorite users). Even in a completely online world, the book will never go out of style. The novel hasn’t changed much over the years, barring more colorful covers, more environmentally friendly paper, and some new electronic distribution methods — but that doesn’t mean the way you write the next bestseller has to stay the same. Below we’ll explore some start ups that take creative writing into the Web 2.0 era. I would be remiss if I did not mention National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), even though it is not really a Web 2.0 app. It is, however, a novel way to write a novel (ha! get it?). The idea is simple: every November, a growing group of writers with a death wish from all over the world gather online and in various pubs and coffee shops to each write a 50,000 word novel in one month. I can assure you that a 50,000 word novel in a single month is a grueling undertaking, but the NaNoWriMo support network helps writers get together and encourage one another. I tried it last November, and didn’t get very far (maybe I wasn’t man enough, but I found a lot of people sacrificing quality for quantity and decided speed writing just wasn’t my bag).NaNoWriMo will be going into its 9th year this November. Also check out their newly launched sister project Script Frenzy, currently in progress — a 20,000 word screenplay in the month of June. josh catone 1 Potrayl is another collaborative writing app. It works in a similar way to Novlet, allowing readers to create branches from your story at any point, breaking stories up in to “chapters” (which tend to be longer than Novlet’s passages — though that’s up to the writer). Portrayl puts more emphasis on the original work than Novlet, encouraging writers to finish what they started and create a pdf ebook of their creation.Readers can comment on and rate stories, which are categorized by tags. The site also supports some primitive social networking features (profile, friends, blogs, recommendations).center_img Unblokt is a little different than the sites above, but is still focused on collaborative writing. Unblokt gives you two sentences, and your job is to write the one that goes between it. An example: “And yet, I wanted him more than I’d ever wanted anyone in my entire life.” and “His voice was high-pitched, girlish almost, which was surprising for such a big man.”I’m not exactly sure how it stitches everything together, but Unblokt has created some surprisingly readable fiction. Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#web We all know a million monkeys locked in a room with a type writer will eventually create Shakespeare, but what about a million humans turned loose on a wiki? A Million Penguins was an experiment carried out last February by Penguin Books and the De Montfort University to see if it was possible to crowdsource a novel over a wiki. The novel was guided by Penguin editors, but was largely created by the crowd.The results are inconclusive. It was built from a single original sentence: “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day …” (the opening to Jane Eyre) and turned into a long (over 450 pages) and rambling novel with probably too many characters than it needs. Those characters often seemed very self aware, so I will leave you with this passage from the book: “So a community can write a novel?” Jim looked up with a skeptical expression.“Yes, but only a humorous one.”ConclusionYou probably won’t see the next Dario Fo or Seamus Heaney emerge from any of these writing experiments. But they all offer a fun outlet for creativity and an interesting take on writing fiction. And something started on any one of these sites could easily become the basis for a more refined and polished piece of prose.Full disclosure: I am currently in the midst of developing a hobby collaborative writing website. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Ficlets is an AOL-owned collaborative writing site. Once you post your story to Ficlets, other users can expand it by writing a prequel or sequel. Ficlets really focuses on completed short stories, but in practice it works very much like Novlet or Portrayl. People seem to use the site to collaboratively write stories a few paragraphs at a time, bouncing the prose back and forth. Ficlets differs from the other sites by allowing people to branch stories backward by writing prequels.Users can comment on and rate stories, which are categorized by tags. The site has some social networking features, like user profile, favorites, and friends, as well as an interesting feature: editors. Users whom you’ve marked as “editors” will be able to see your drafts (unfinished “ficlets”) and comment on them. Ficlets also has a feature called “Clippings” that allows you to save stories you may want to write a prequel or sequel to for later.last_img read more

Zoho Business Announced – Web Office Suite To Compete With Google Apps

first_imgRelated Posts richard macmanus At the Office 2.0 Conference today, Web Office vendor Zoho will unveil a new Suite product called Zoho Business. It will be available in two versions – Free and Pro. Both versions will be free until Zoho has sorted out the feature set for Pro over the beta period, expected to last until Q1 2008. At that point the Pro version will have a charge – mooted to be $40/user/year. Zoho Business is a set of online office applications, similar to Google Apps. It will probably undercut Google Apps in price – at $40/user/year, it would be $10 per user cheaper than Google Apps. Zoho Business will be available in private beta for now, then move into public beta next month. It will go 1.0 during Q1 2008.As yet the features for the Pro version haven’t been confirmed. But Zoho told Read/WriteWeb that it’ll include additional storage, security, telephone support, additional apps, customization and more control, more flexibility and control in groups, and more. These features will evolve as the Web Office market evolves over the next few months, we were told.As part of the announcement, Zoho’s applications will be split into two categories: Zoho Personal and Zoho Business. Zoho Personal is what is currently offered for free to consumers. The Business suite is obviously aimed at businesses and this is where Zoho will finally make money, after a long time giving their products away for free (in the spirit of web 2.0).Some of the main features of Zoho Business:Company level Admin ConsoleDomain Management (for pointing your domains to Zoho Apps)Centralized User and Group ManagementSingle Sign-on across several Zoho AppsZoho Apps include Writer, Sheet, Show, Wiki, Notebook, Email, Cal, Tasks, Planner, Viewer, Chat etc.Customization OptionsMultiple levels of Security including SSLRemote BackupTelephone SupportThe following video has more details and also see the screenshots below.Zoho Business Control PanelZoho Business, Spreadsheet viewDisclosure: Zoho is a R/WW sponsor Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web#Web Office A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Artificial muscle can heal itself

first_imgMaterials scientists would kill to be able to produce a material as amazing as biological muscle, which can retract on command, stretch by about 70% without damage, and heal its own nicks and tears. Now, researchers say they’re getting closer with a synthetic material that can do all these things, though not as well as natural muscle. The advance could one day be useful in robotics and prosthetics.The concept of an artificial muscle dates back decades. Researchers have proposed numerous different starting materials, from atom-thick tubes of carbon called nanotubes to ceramics to metal alloys. In 2000, scientists showed that some rubberlike polymers called elastomers could be reversibly stretched to up to three times their length by applying a voltage across them. Like almost all synthetic materials, however, these elastomers needed someone to fix them if they were damaged. Working separately, other scientists have used elastomers as the basis for self-healing polymers—materials that can repair tears, seal holes, and even join cut edges. However, most of these have been quite weak and lacked elasticity, making them poor artificial muscles. And nobody has produced an artificial muscle that can repair itself.Until now, that is. Materials chemist Zhenan Bao of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and colleagues unveil today in Nature Chemistry a group of elastomers called Fe-Hpdca-PDMS. The material comprises long, randomly entangled polymer chains containing silicon, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon atoms mixed with an iron salt. The iron forms chemical bonds with the oxygen and the nitrogen atoms in the polymer, joining the polymer chains both to themselves and to each other, like strings joined with elastic bands at the crossing points. These crosslinks do not prevent the polymer chains from moving altogether, so the material can stretch. But the crosslinks do stop the chains from sliding completely freely. For the material to change shape, the crosslinks have to be stretched, distorted, and sometimes broken and rearranged. 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If you poke a hole in the material, iron atoms on one side of the hole are attracted to oxygen and nitrogen atoms on the other, reforming atomic bonds and closing up the hole within 72 hours. Even when the researchers cut the polymers into two separate pieces, the cut edges ends rejoined almost perfectly if they were placed in contact, recovering almost all of their strength and 90% of their stretchability, even at temperatures as low as -20°C.When the researchers applied an electric field across the polymers (similar to how muscle tissue is activated), the material’s length increased rapidly by about 2%. When the field was turned off, the material returned to its original size.One notable weakness of the material is that the change in size after the electric field was applied is still small: Even though the material can normally be stretched up to 45 times its original length and still return to its original shape, its change in size when the field was turned on was much smaller than that of real muscle (which can shorten by up to 40%). This would mean that those robotic legs couldn’t bend nearly as well as natural ones.“In our case, the goal was not to make the best artificial muscle, but rather to develop new materials design rules for stretchable and self-healing materials,” Bao explains. “Artificial muscle is one potential application for our materials.” Bao’s team is now planning further work on increasing the effects of electric fields.“It’s very interesting and extremely elegant work,” says polymer chemist Marek Urban of Clemson University in South Carolina. He says the polymer could eventually be used to make the synthetic muscles needed to move artificial limbs, either to replace missing ones for disabled humans or to allow robots to move things like a human can. He also says the material might have other applications. Materials that expand and contract in response to an electric field are often used as pressure or strain sensors, sometimes self-correcting ones. Self-healing could be useful when sensors have to be placed in extreme conditions such as in space, where repair is sometimes difficult or impossible. “If a material has to be placed in an environment where there’s a potential for damage [and] that material self-repairs, that’s a huge advantage,” Urban says.last_img read more

FIFA rankings: India drops two spots to 106th position

first_imgMSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Zurich (Switzerland): The Indian football team has dropped two spots to 106 in the latest FIFA rankings which were revealed on Thursday. Blue Tigers have been playing regularly since the 2019 Intercontinental Cup in July. The side last played its 2022 Qatar World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint preliminary qualifier. In the qualifying tournament, India has played three matches so far. The side lost the opening match against Oman 1-2 and drew its next two games against Qatar and Bangladesh. The match against Qatar ended up as a goalless draw while the game against Bangladesh finished at 1-1. Bangladesh has increased its ranking by three spots. The team is now at the 184th position. Belgium has managed to maintain its top sport and they are followed by France and Brazil. England is placed at the fourth spot while Portugal is at the sixth place.Related News Uruguay and Croatia have also moved one spot each in the latest ranking. The former is now on the 5th spot while the latter is on the sixth spot. Spain, Argentina and Colombia finish up the top ten in the rankings. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting worldlast_img read more