Irony of ironies…

first_img…on sugar workersThe Philosopher Richard Rorty felt the present age could be described only in ironic language. What other tone, for instance, can describe the rise of Trump? Here in Guyana, we’re not lacking in examples that cry out for the use of irony. Take the example of what’s playing out in the sugar industry: in the same week that descendants of the Indentured Indians, who bailed out the sugar industry back in the day, are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of that system, the Government – which had already closed one sugar estate, Wales – announced it would be shuttering three more! So the descendants of those indentured Indians, who’d fled an Indian economy that had been devastated by the British, are now forced to face the identical situation 100 years later – after they had worked to create a free space for the nation, and had made this Government possible!!Irony? What was the point of putting their lives on the line in 1939 – four killed – when the Moyne Commission was taking evidence on sugar belt disorders? That led to the Commission broadening the franchise in 1947!What about the 5 killed at Enmore in 1948; that delivered the Universal franchise in 1950?? How ironic to see Government representatives lashing the “planters” for sticking it to the indentured sugar workers back then!! What’s different now that THEY have become the new Massa owning the sugar estates? Did any planter throw thousands of sugar workers in the streets? What the heck are the thousands of workers, their wives and their children to do? When their severance pay runs out in a year, what then?So the question begs itself, and must be answered by those commemorating the event: What are THEY going to do?? Continue with dinners in posh restaurants? Well, one of the first things this Eyewitness suggests is demand the resignation of the Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder. We’ve just had confirmation that Granger unilaterally appointed Holder as Agri Minister – outside the framework of the Cummingsburg Accord. And everything unfolding in the sugar industry now falls into place.Before coalescing with AFC, Granger declared there was no point in keeping sugar going. He changed his tune right after the Valentine Day marriage with Nagamootoo’s party, but he’d never changed his mind. Had he? Even though his CoI advised that Estates be improved to improve their prospects THEN placed on the blocks, Holder immediately announced the closure of Wales by end 2016 – with no provision for the future employment of the workers!And he didn’t have the courage, much less the decency, to inform the workers. But then, they’re still coolies. No? Ironic, isn’t it?…on saving sugarThe Government’s rightfully concerned about our youths not finding jobs in a world in which they’re bombarded with images of the consumerist “good life”. Idle hands and all that… Pressie’s suggested a Cadet Corps, a Youth Corps, and a People’s Militia among other initiatives to occupy the youths’ time. However, these programmes will cost billions and billions and, at the end of the day, the youths will still need jobs to keep them occupied.Your Eyewitness wonders why, ironically, a suggestion for the Government to save youths and sugar – and not-so-incidentally make 2020 a sure thing – hasn’t been floated? Why not create a “Sugar Corps” that’ll mobilise youths to cut all that cane that’s been lying and drying in the fields? The youths will have something to do – good, solid physical exercise; the sugar industry will be turned around; and as a (very generous) bonus, the Government will have foreign exchange flowing into its coffers.Didn’t the GNS do something of the sort back in the day?…on electricityAfter two years at the helm of the Public Infrastructure Ministry – which includes GPL – Minister Patterson has just accepted that power distribution and power transmission are two different functions!!Will he now bring back Dindiyal?last_img read more

Arsenal sign full-back on free transfer to replace Monreal? Here’s what we know

first_img Sead Kolasinac could be on his way to the Emirates There are many, many positions that need addressing at Arsenal Football Club and attention is beginning to turn to the summer transfer window.A great deal of speculation has been fixed on the future of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, but who could come in is of huge importance.One such player said to have already agreed a move is Schalke defender Sead Kolašinac – a potential replacement to Nacho Monreal at left-back.Here, talkSPORT profiles the 23-year-old who could be preparing for life in north London.Full Name: Sead KolašinacDate of birth: 20/06/1993Birthplace: Karlsruhe, GermanyPosition: Left-backWhat’s his background?Kolasinac spent his youth career with Hoffenheim and Stuttgart, but it was at Schalke that he made his mark in Germany. After catching the eye for the reserves in the 2011/12 season, he was promoted to the first team and made his Bundesliga debut in September 2012. At the end of that campaign he signed a contract extension until June 2017.What’s being speculated?Chelsea reportedly failed with a £5.3m bid in the January transfer window, while Everton were believed to have been in advanced talks over a deal. But Arsenal have reportedly jumped ahead of their league rivals, offering higher wages, to seal a move. His contract expires at the end of June, making him a free transfer.What type of player is he?Kolasinac’s strength is his defensive abilities. Music, surely, to the ears of Gooners. He’s predominantly played at left-back for Schalke, but can also come in at centre-back and as a defensive midfielder. He enjoys the physical side of the game and therefore shouldn’t be deterred by the intense reputation of the Premier League. Similar to Hector Bellerin, though, he is a threat going forward, having scored three and assisted five in the Bundesliga this season.How could he fit in at Arsenal?With Nacho Monreal turning 31 and Kieran Gibbs unreliable, it’s likely Arsene Wenger would continue to deploy Kolasinac at left-back. His ability to move inside as a centre back or in midfield would be an added bonus, given the Gunners are almost guaranteed to suffer an injury crisis at some point in the season. 1last_img read more

Olivier Ntcham: Money won’t be a factor in PSG clash

first_img“I will be delighted to play against PSG,” said Ntcham. “They have a great group of players but it doesn’t matter how much they have spent as all players are equal. “On the pitch everyone has two feet and two hands when we play.“They are an exceptional bunch of players but we need to exploit the ball well once we get hold of it.“Being more aggressive and playing our own game is the key towards winning.” Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham insists taking on his boyhood heroes in Paris Saint-Germain will be “close to a dream”.But the midfielder is determined to prove money is not a factor when the two sides clash in the Champions League.The big-spending French giants shelled out £366m to secure the services of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, with the former’s £198m transfer breaking the world record.While the £4m Celtic paid Manchester City to sign Ntcham pales into insignificance in comparison, the 21-year-old believes his side can prove every bit PSG’s equals in Tuesday’s group stage opener. Brought up in the French capital, Ntcham is relishing the prospect of taking on the side he supported as a boy in his Champions League group stage debut.He said: “I am very excited to play against Paris Saint-Germain because previously I was a supporter of Paris and, for me, to play against them is not a dream but it’s close to it. “For my friends and family, it’s like a dream as everyone would watch them on TV and, although they have spent money, once we are on the pitch, we are all the same and I have to play my game.”last_img read more

Best of Instagram

first_imgTop Follower of the Week!I’ve only recently started being able to tolerate coffee–I take mine with a painful amount of cream, sugar, and flavorings and iced, not hot. How do you take your coffee? Let me know in the comments.Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: http://www.instagram.com/touringplans. Share This!No joke! We’ve got some photos this week that’s sure to bring a smile to your face in our Best of Instagram.If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!March 26, 2019March 28, 2019 March 30, 2019center_img March 31, 2019last_img read more

Can You Tell Me Which Cloud?

first_imgI read this tweet this morning and it had me laughing right away. Great way to start the day! I’m looking up in the sky and I have no idea which cloud has all my data— Bill Murray (@BiIIMurray) March 22, 2016And reading the replies kept me chuckling!Is it the puffy one? The one on the left? The one with the silver lining? Or the third one on the right? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Cruisin’ Hines 2018This great looking red 1922 Ford Model T fire truck was one of the first vehicles I saw this morning when I stopped in at the seventh annual Cruisin’ Hines cruise. It’s bittersweet when the car cruise takes over Edward Hines Drive in Westland, Michigan. As much as I love…In “Car show”Photo of the Week: Apples at Plymouth Cider MillIt’s fall in Michigan. For me and many other Michiganders, that means one of our fall weekend days is spent picking apples and enjoying apple cider with donuts at our local cider mill with family and friends. Which is what I hoped to do today. Except Mother Nature had other…In “Michigan”5 Tips for Improving BYOD Security [Infographic]As the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) technology trend increases in the workplace, companies are facing challenges for balancing security, privacy, and protection of enterprise data. Cloud applications, stolen mobile devices, and employees changing jobs are a few of the obstacles companies must deal with in developing a robust BYOD…In “Internet”last_img read more

All set for 2014 Comrades Marathon

first_img30 May 2014The Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA’s) race director, Rowyn James, briefed the media in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday on preparations for the 89th Comrades Marathon, which starts at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05:30 on Sunday morning.South Africa’s Comrades Marathon was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest ultra-marathon after drawing 23 568 entries in 2010, with 13 343 runners finishing the race before the 12-hour cut-off time.James said the official route distance for this year’s down-run is 89.28km.With the event taking place over such a great distance, it presents a huge logistical undertaking.‘A magnificent experience’“We have catered in every possible way to make the 2014 Comrades Marathon a magnificent experience for our runners. We wish all participants a great run on Race Day,” James said.The route will feature 46 fully stocked refreshment stations, serving water, fruit, energy drinks, biscuits and cooked potatoes. The stations will be manned by nearly 5 000 volunteers.The South African Police Service (SAPS), Metro Police, the CMA’s security service provider, Bhejane Security, and other law enforcement officials will be assisted by 300 community marshals on race day. Bomb sweeps will be carried out by SAPS Bomb Squad personnel at the Comrades start and finish venues before and during the race, as per protocol over the past two decades.Medical provisionsExtensive medical, emergency, first aid and physiotherapy provisions for the race’s thousands of participants have also been put in place. Sponsored by Netcare 911, the much-needed medical amenities will be available at strategic positions along the 89km Comrades route and at the finish venue at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban.A dedicated emergency helicopter that ensures immediate medical assistance for runners will also be available should the need arise. It will be directed by the Joint Operations Control (JOC), based at the finish venue, which is equipped with eight computers, and a full complement of committed personnel to operate and record all details and dispatch vehicles, as and when necessary.There are eight Netcare 911 Physio/First Aid Stations, which incorporate qualified physiotherapists, professional nurses and paramedical staff.The stations can treat minor medical problems, as well as do blood sugar testing, and can be further used to treat or stabilise runners until the arrival of ambulances. Physio students will also be positioned at certain refreshment stations along the route and a physio tent will be set up at the finish.Critical careHeaded by the Comrades Doctor, Dr Jeremy Boulter, the extensive Adcock Ingram Critical Care Medical Tent at the finish is equally equipped to handle just about any medical eventuality. It comprises 50 doctors and interns, 20 nurses and a mini laboratory, courtesy of Ampath Laboratories.Other facilities at the Tent include a 3-bed fully equipped ICU-type resuscitation area, which comprises its own specialist emergency team to provide appropriate emergency care if required.A critical care emergency facility right on the finish line has also been set up in order for athletes to access on-the-spot medical help if needed. It is staffed by an emergency care doctor and a paramedic.The purpose of the facility is to have in place a primary, emergency resuscitation area if a runner is in severe trouble at the finish, and requires immediate care, prior to being transferred to the medical tent.Additionally, an advanced life support paramedic will be stationed along, or at the end of the Toyota Mile [the last mile of the race] for the purposes of responding to calls to runners in that area who are in trouble before they enter the stadium.In addition to all of the above facilities, there is the St. John’s Ambulance Tent, which will provide runners with facilities such as R&R, rub-downs, strapping, massage and the like.The Netcare group of hospitals provide required facilities for Comrades race day, with St. Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg being utilised for those runners who require hospitalisation before halfway. For those runners requiring attention in the second half of the race and at the finish, Durban’s St. Augustines will see to their needs.SpectatorsNearly 50 000 people are expected to descend on the finish venue, while more than 250 000 will once again line the route and cheer on the runners.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Technology: 2014 Realizes Many Predictions from the Past

first_imgIsaac Asimov, science fiction author, futurist and science historian, wrote in an essay in 1964 for the New York Times speculating on what the world will look like 50 years later in 2014, said that “Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence. The I.B.M. exhibit at the present world’s fair has no robots but it is dedicated to computers, which are shown in all their amazing complexity, notably in the task of translating Russian into English. If machines are that smart today, what may not be in the works 50 years hence? It will be such computers, much miniaturized, that will serve as the ‘brains’ of robots.”Great advances have been made in robotics over the last 50 years, and in particular, the last five.  Companies like Google are taking a keen interest in robotics and AI technology.  In 2013, for example, Google purchased eight robotics companies.  Boston Dynamics has a four-legged robot that can run up to 16 miles per hour.  Flutter is a company that specializes in gesture recognition.  Bot & Dolly is a company that makes robotic cameras, including the one used to create the movie ‘Gravity’.  In January 2014, Google bought the advanced AI company DeepMind which specializes in machine learning.Gavin Kelly of the Observer writes that “the power of intelligent machines is growing as their cost collapses. They are doing things reliably now that would have sounded implausible only a few years ago. By the end of the decade, Nissan pledges the driverless car, Amazon promises that electric drones will deliver us packages, Rolls-Royce says that unmanned robo-ships will sail our seas.”While great progress has been made in the last 50 years, the future ahead is poised to bring significant advances.  The new book ‘The Second machine Age‘ by co-authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee suggests that there are three reasons why computers/robotics are poised for ‘sudden progress’:Exponential improvement in computational power, memory, storage capacity and bandwidthThe immense amount of digital information already availableThe combinatorial nature of innovation — digital innovations can be combined and recombined to create ever-more valuelast_img read more

Feeling Burned By the Press, Craigslist Hunkers Down

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#user-generated content#web Related Posts The powers behind craigslist.org appear to have decided that withdrawal is the best strategy to deal with recent controversy around the “adult services” section of the site.Last week, Craigslist shut down “adult services,” which normally features paid advertisments for sex. “Adult services” was recently the subject of legal threats from 18 states, but it looks like it was media coverage that drove the people behind Craigslist underground. Craigslist has not responded to any media inquiries since the shutdown. A CNN primetime investigation that aired last month featured human rights advocates who accused Craigslist of facilitating human sex trafficking and even prostitution of minors (see “Craigslist Under Fire for Kids on ‘Adult Services’”).In the special, CNN’s Amber Lyon approached founder Craig Newmark after an event and asked him some accusatory questions about how the site polices its community. Newmark appeared very uncomfortable; at points he was unable to answer. He ended up looking very bad.In the days after the special, Newmark was friendly and very responsive to my emails. He cited “iPad Compulsive Disorder” when I thanked him for responding so quickly. The company also responded to the controversy fairly aggressively on its blog, responding directly to advocates quoted by CNN, outlining its manual screening policy, and ripping apart the claim that eBay classifieds (proposed as an alternative to Craigslist) are “family-friendly.” CEO Jim Buckmaster even posted a letter accusing Lyon of sensationalism and self-promotion.The CNN story that put founder Newmark in an unfavorable spotlight.Newmark also published an op-ed, “What I Should Have Said to CNN’s Amber Lyon,” defending himself. He cites his tendency toward Asperger’s Syndrome, a disorder on the autistic spectrum, and the fact that he has not been at the helm of Craigslist for 10 years.Now, Silence From CraigslistBut the media has not gotten a peep from Craigslist since the “adult services” blackout. “Sorry, no statement,” spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best said when The New York Times asked about the blackout. IPad-compulsive Newmark has not responded to me in three days. Asked via Twitter to do an interview and “talk about anything you like,” Newmark responded “not soon.”Meanwhile, the media continue to cover the story, and not in the best light. “Some See a Ploy as Craigslist Blocks Sex Ads,” The New York Times wrote. Lyon accused Newmark of lying in a follow-up segment on CNN.The law is on Craigslist’s side – websites are not liable for content posted by users under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. But Craigslist has given up anyway. It’s not because its owners want to prevent sex trafficking – Craigslist has maintained that it does more harm than good because law enforcement agencies can use it just as easily as pimps can. The 30-person company doesn’t have the muscle or the savvy to fight a public relations battle. But it may be hurting itself more by clamming up.Letting Go of the NarrativeFrom here, it looks like Craigslist botched its defense from the beginning by attacking its accusers and presenting an unpolished explanation of how it polices its community of 50 million users.The 30-person company doesn’t have the muscle or the savvy to fight a public relations battle. But it may be hurting itself more by clamming up. Or maybe it’s smart for Craigslist to sit back and let the media argue both sides of its case. The Huffington Post has a story, “How Censoring Craigslist Helps Pimps, Child Traffickers and Other Abusive Scumbags, written by a Microsoft researcher.” What do you think – should Craigslist speak up? Or hold its peace?center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adrianne jeffrieslast_img read more

Writing a SQL Query to run in Hadoop Pt5 : Hive

first_imgIn previous posts in this series I explored the steps in writing an existing SQL query to instead run in Hadoop as a Map Reduce Job. These blog posts very much complement the slides from my session at Oracle Openworld 2012.This series would not be complete however without mentioning other alternatives for achieving the same aim, notably Hive and Pig. here I will focus on Hive mainly as there is already detailed information on TPC-H queries including query 1 to run on Pig here. Pig provides a script based approach to writing Map Reduce jobs whereas Hive uses a SQL like interface and therefore for this particular example translating a SQL Query Hive is the most appropriate tool here without necessarily assuming that it would be better for all circumstances.Hive automatically translates a language called HiveQL a subset of SQL into Map Reduce jobs enabling you to take advantage of your existing SQL skills, there are limitations however and Hive for example does not support all of the SQL functionality available in a relational databases such as correlated subqueries.To use Hive you need to download and install the additional Hive package. When you run Hive you are presented with a Hive prompt with the first stage being to define the table to query. This example uses the data loaded in Pt1 of this blog series whilst noting that Hive does not support all of the data types available in an Oracle database.nCREATE EXTERNAL TABLE lineitem (L_ORDERKEY INT,L_PARTKEY INT,L_SUPPKEY INT,L_LINENUMBER INT,L_QUANTITY INT,L_EXTENDEDPRICE DOUBLE,L_DISCOUNT DOUBLE,L_TAX DOUBLE,L_RETURNFLAG STRING,L_LINESTATUS STRING,L_SHIPDATE STRING,L_COMMITDATE STRING,L_RECEIPTDATE STRING,L_SHIPINSTRUCT STRING,L_SHIPMODE STRING,L_COMMENT STRING) ROW FORMATDELIMITED FIELDS TERMINATED BY ‘|’LINES TERMINATED BY ‘\n’ STORED AS TEXTFILELOCATION ‘/user/input/tpch/256’;nWith the table defined you can then run your SQL at the Hive prompt. The main modification is the simplification of the l_shipdate field. Also knowing the characteristics of the Job we set the number of reducers to 1 before the query is run with the following example output.nhive> set hive.exec.reducers.max=1;hive> select     >  l_returnflag,     >  l_linestatus,     >  sum(l_quantity) as sum_qty,     >  sum(l_extendedprice) as sum_base_price,     >  sum(l_extendedprice * (1 – l_discount)) as sum_disc_price,     >  sum(l_extendedprice * (1 – l_discount) * (1 + l_tax)) as sum_charge,     >  avg(l_quantity) as avg_qty,     >  avg(l_extendedprice) as avg_price,     >  avg(l_discount) as avg_disc,     >  count(*) as count_order     > from lineitem     > where l_shipdate <= '1998-08-11'    > group by l_returnflag, l_linestatus     > order by l_returnflag, l_linestatus;Total MapReduce jobs = 2Launching Job 1 out of 2…Hadoop job information for Stage-1: number of mappers: 297; number of reducers: 12012-09-06 16:36:20,579 Stage-1 map = 0%,  reduce = 0%2012-09-06 16:36:49,465 Stage-1 map = 1%,  reduce = 0%, Cumulative CPU 311.34 sec…2012-09-06 16:40:10,495 Stage-1 map = 100%,  reduce = 100%, Cumulative CPU 5565.64 sec…Launching Job 2 out of 2…Hadoop job information for Stage-2: number of mappers: 1; number of reducers: 12012-09-06 16:40:14,217 Stage-2 map = 0%,  reduce = 0%…2012-09-06 16:40:20,425 Stage-2 map = 100%,  reduce = 100%, Cumulative CPU 1.77 sec…MapReduce Jobs Launched: Job 0: Map: 297  Reduce: 1   Accumulative CPU: 5565.64 sec   HDFS Read: 0 HDFS Write: 0 SUCESSJob 1: Map: 1  Reduce: 1   Accumulative CPU: 1.77 sec   HDFS Read: 0 HDFS Write: 0 SUCESS…OKA F 3775127758 5.660776097194458E12 5.377736398183936E12 5.59284742951593E12 25.499370423275426 38236.116984304950.050002243530958 148047881N F 98553062 1.4777109838598007E11 1.4038496596503482E11 1.4599979303277582E11 25.501556956882876 38237.1993888045250.049985284338051675 3864590N O 7318871052 1.09746348095171E13 1.0425912729393264E13 1.084295716582229E13 25.499840883624667 38236.9684354666460.04999754512223738 287016342R F 3775724970 5.661603032745331E12 5.378513563915406E12 5.593662252666915E12 25.50006628406532 38236.697258452910.050001304339683 148067261nIt is interesting to observe that the job ran as 2 map reduce jobs instead of the one for the Job written by hand. Nevertheless the result was the same and the completion time as similar. However Hive significantly saved on the time it took to write the initial MapReduce Job to do the same thing. Consequently anyone looking to Hadoop  should certainly consider tools such as Hive and Pig for writing Map Reduce jobs especially when experienced with existing database environments.last_img read more

Sehwag’s uncle commits suicide

first_imgA 72-year-old uncle of cricketer Virender Sehwag allegedly committed suicide in his residence in south-west Delhi, apparently depressed over prolonged illness, police said on Friday.Bhagat Singh was found hanging at his residence in Laxmi Garden in Najafgarh on Tuesday night by his son Lalit Singh, who informed police.His body was taken to Rao Tula Ram Hospital where his post mortem was conducted.Singh, who had kidney-related problems, was apparently depressed over prolonged illness. However, he left no suicide note.He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.last_img read more