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first_imgA large pile-up of garbage in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market caused traffic chaos on Saturday as both commuters and vehicles tried to navigate the filthy area.The specific area, which was set aside for waste collection, was overflowing with refuse, mainly comprising of used cardboard boxes, rice bags filled with used plastic bottles and buckets, among other items.The odour of the garbage dump stretched some distance away as the week’s garbage from the market was left unattended by City Hall and its garbage collectors.Market waste, according to vendors, was not collected during the week causing the major pile-up.The garbage scattered over to the road, blocking an entire traffic lane. Drivers were forced to reverse on the one-way lane and take another route out of the congested area.Luckily, vendors were kind enough and assisted drivers in this process to avoid further confusion. But with this major garbage crisis affecting hundreds, the Mayor and City Council’s (M&CC’s), Solid Waste Management Director, Walter Narine, was unreachable. Calls to his mobile went unanswered while the Public Relations Officer at City Hall, Debra Lewis, was also unreachable.When contacted and asked for a comment on the situation, Mayor Ubraj Narine explained to Guyana Times that contractors were deployed to have the area cleared.Narine said he was not sure what led to the situation becoming so uncontainable, but claimed that there has been a recent upsurge in waste collection. According to him, this has been posing a major challenge to City Hall given that 50 to 60 per cent of its revenue goes towards waste collection.On this note, he said that the agency plans to have another compactor placed in the area but this will cost an additional $35,000. Against this backdrop, Narine appealed to residents to be more responsible in the disposal of their waste. In fact, the Mayor even encouraged composting, which simply means using biodegradable materials such as vegetable skins and others to make a heap or apply as manure for plants.This will decrease the amount of waste being collected and lodged at dumpsites which ultimately poses a threat to the environment.On the other hand, Narine noted that this situation is not one which is unfamiliar to other parts of the capital city. According to him, hundreds of thousands is usually spent to have various sections of Georgetown cleared, especially Regent Street, a commercial area.In fact, the Mayor said that he is still awaiting a meeting with the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on this matter. He added that the situation has been less worrying since M&CC established a relationship with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).Back in April of this year, a similar situation plagued the Stabroek Market area.last_img read more

first_img29 February 2016Voter registration running this weekend of 5 and 6 March is a chance for South Africans to confirm with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) that they are listed on the voters’ role for the 2016 local election in the wards where they live.Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, chairing the Governance and Administration Cluster briefing in Cape Town on 25 February, urged all eligible South Africans to register over the weekend. It was also an opportunity to make sure their identification documents were valid and up to date.Remember you need a valid SA ID (green ID book/smart ID/temp ID) to register & vote. https://t.co/CyVxTDhdxU pic.twitter.com/UTPEemAQTd— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) February 5, 2016He reiterated that South Africans must have these documents to register and to vote. Citizens who do not have ID documents should apply now at their nearest Home Affairs office; those who have already applied for ID documents should them pick up from Home Affairs as soon as possible so they can register this weekend.Gigaba also highlighted the differences between local government and national elections, saying that “unlike national elections, the local government elections require that you register in the ward in which you reside”. Young and first-time voters should ensure their details and documentation were all up to date with Home Affairs in order to register to vote and, more importantly, he urged them to vote. The date of the election must still be confirmed by the government.“It is by voting that citizens select the public representatives that best serve their interests,” said the minister.This election will be South Africa’s fourth democratic local government election. Again, it is a chance to select local leaders from the various parties competing in the poll, who voters think can best serve their communities.Gigaba drew attention to the importance of local elections in the South African democratic process, saying that “local government is a critical sphere of government responsible for delivering services which are basic human rights and are essential components of the right to dignity enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights”.The Department of Home Affairs, as the official registrar of the people of South Africa, plays a fundamental role in supporting the electoral processes by making sure the logistics of ID document issue is done in a timely and correct manner.“Home Affairs will be actively involved in ensuring the success of the voter registration weekend on 5 and 6 March 2016, as declared by the IEC,” Gigaba said.Collecting outstanding IDsAccording to Home Affairs, there are more than 200 000 uncollected IDs at its offices around the country.Gigaba said the department would temporarily suspend its policy of destroying uncollected IDs and smart ID cards after a certain period during the voter registration and local government election season, insuring that all applicants got a chance to pick up their outstanding IDs.“Our policy states that documents that are uncollected for a period of six months should be returned to head office, where they are kept for a further six months. Should the documents not be collected after 12 months, they are destroyed,” he said. This process would be held off until the end of the election week.All Home Affairs offices will be open from 8am to 5pm on 5 and 6 March to help those who do not have IDs to apply for them. “Officials are ready to deliver services to those who require IDs and temporary identification certificates,” the minister added.Temporary identification certificates will be made available at these offices during the registration weekend, and together with the green bar-coded IDs and smart ID cards, the temporary certificates will be accepted as legal forms of identity for voter registration and voting.eChannel payment systemHis department had upgraded its Live Capture System over the weekend of 26 and 28 February to introduce the eChannel EFT payment function at all of its 142 offices and selected banks, Gigaba added.Requirements for #smartIDCard. Cost is R140 pic.twitter.com/nu5mMMumJ9— Home Affairs (@HomeAffairsSA) December 23, 2015This is in line with the department’s pilot project, launched in 2015, with First National Bank, Standard Bank and Nedbank that enables South Africans to apply for identity documents at branches of these banks.A memorandum of understanding has been signed with Absa, making the project available at all four of South Africa’s big four banks. Each bank partner has three eChannel sites – 12 sites in total – that will be piloting the project.Register to vote 5-6 March. To find your voting station call 0800118000 or dial *120*432# or https://t.co/7KdzxQ3Upp pic.twitter.com/ts8ZUDq4br— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) February 25, 2016Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

first_img26 October 2015 Building a thriving arts industry would help youth stay away from crime, said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa at a meeting in Nyanga, a township in Cape Town, in Western Cape, on Friday, 23 October.His department was helping artists, he said, by honing the musical skills of the youth and teaching them how to create businesses in the arts.It had initiated sectorial and provincial consultations throughout the country because it was busy reviewing the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage.Issues raisedCommunity members brought up challenges they faced, including a lack of access to information regarding opportunities the department offered, a lack of rehearsal space and being unable to access funding for cultural projects and events.“I have spoken to your community leaders and I know some of your challenges,” the minister said. “We are not here to make speeches, we are here to listen to your concerns and to see how we can help you with some of your challenges.”What’s being doneEstablished musicians such as Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse would hold music workshops to mentor young talent. The help from experienced musicians would also ensure that skills were passed on to current and future generations, the minister said.“An idle mind is a dangerous mind,” he cautioned.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mostly dry today and tomorrow. Notice we still are saying “mostly…”. Much like yesterday, where scattered showers reared up and moved over northern and northwestern parts of Ohio, we can’t rule out a bit of action today and tomorrow. However, it should be smaller in scope than yesterday, and be less intense. Still, we can’t completely wave the all clear flag yet. Temps stay at above normal levels, and south flow will keep humidity levels elevated.Our next good threat of rain comes Thursday afternoon into Friday, and that kicks of a fairly active weather pattern over the state. Thursday, we see a front sweeping in that brings rains on the order of a quarter to three quarters of an inch over 60% of the state. These rains will slowly sag through, mostly drifting from north to south. This should lead to a mostly dry Friday, although we expect some lingering showers though at least the morning in far southern parts of the state.A strong frontal complex approaches from the west on Saturday and looks to be augmented by the remains of Tropical system “Gordon”. Gordon makes landfall sometime late this week in Mississippi and/or Louisiana, then curves through the mid Mississippi river valley and sweeps across IN into lower Michigan and southern Ontario. We will see a large segment of the state dry through the day Saturday, but the thunderstorms to the west will be impressive. The best push of rain comes Sunday as the actual remaining low from Gordon sweeps cross IN, MI and NW OH. Rain can be heavy, especially north and northwest, and thunderstorms can be strong. The rains can linger through Monday, particularly down south. All told, weekend rains can be from .25″ to 1.25 inches, and we have concern that a few areas could try and exceed that upper limit. However, we are going to stay conservative in the forecast for right now. The map at right is a snapshot of potential Sunday morning.Midweek next week can be very interesting. We are keeping rain in the forecast for late Tuesday through Wednesday and Thursday. However, the little disturbance that tries to work through is completely cut off from any significant circulation. This means the precipitation potential is light, and may easily go away, depending on how the weekend storm complex lifts off to the north and east. We can see this period ending up drier as we get closer to it.For the extended 11-16 day forecast window, we have a minor front toward the end of next week late Friday that brings scattered showers and rain potential up to .25” to about 50% of the state. Then toward the end of the extended period, we have a stronger system working in that has potential for half to 1.5” rains over 80% of the state. The pattern looks like we continue to see ample moisture into the start of the second half of the month. Whether it turns out to be excessive or not remains to be seen…but the tropics are getting much, much more active, and if the track of the tropical storms heads into the gulf, it would help keep the pattern wetter.last_img read more

first_imgsarah perez Tags:#Apple#Google#How To#mobile#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement It has now been nearly two months since my iPhone fell into a pond, forcing me to transition to Android. I had a review unit of the Nexus S on hand at the time which served as a backup phone in the wake of the tragedy. I’ve now moved to Android completely, save for the occasional Netflix stream or iPhone-specific app in need of testing. Throughout the process, I’ve been documenting the struggles and benefits of moving to Android here on ReadWriteWeb, in a series called “iPhone to Android.”Specifically, much of the focus is on moving to the Nexus S, as that’s the phone I’ve chosen. (The review unit has been returned – I have my own Nexus S now.)This week, I’m looking at taking the Nexus S overseas.If you haven’t been following my transition, you can start here with my one-week review, then check in again here when I hit one month and here when I reached a month and a half. This is an ongoing series.Using an Unlocked PhoneOne of the great benefits to the Nexus S – especially for frequent travelers – is that it is an unlocked phone. What that means is that you can use it on other carriers besides the one you have a contract with – in my case, T-Mobile here in the U.S. The Nexus S doesn’t work with any mobile carrier, however, but any GSM carrier. The term “GSM” refers to the carrier frequency ranges supported by 80% of the global cellular market. T-Mobile and AT&T are GSM carriers in the U.S., Verizon and Sprint are not.Having just spent the last week in Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress event, access to an unlocked phone was a blessing. Or rather, it could have been. Unfortunately, I ran into a bit of trouble with the Nexus S here – more on that in a minute.To use the phone’s unlocked feature, you simply buy a prepaid SIM card from a local carrier, open up the back of the phone, remove the battery so you can access the SIM card then remove it and replace it with the one you just purchased. It’s best to put your old SIM somewhere safe – they are small and easily lost. I put mine in another phone.Afterwards, your Nexus S will work on the other carrier’s network.More Than Just Swapping SIMs: Dealing with Google Voice Settings The problem I encountered had to do with Google Voice. Because Google Voice can deeply integrate with Android handsets, you can practically forget it’s there. I certainly did. But after missing a few calls and noticing that my text messages were not being sent, I realized that Google Voice was the issue.But how do you disable the integration so you can use the phone on the carrier’s network, instead of over Google Voice’s VoIP service? (Note: Google Voice isn’t available internationally in all markets, so this situation is limited to the markets where Google Voice is supported.)This is where things get tricky. The first place I look to adjust settings on the Nexus S, is, of course, the Settings application. Here, under “Call Settings” an option that says “Use Internet Calling” seemed to be the setting I had wanted.The options available are: use Internet calling for all calls, only for Internet calls or to ask for each call. Mistakenly, I assumed that changing the setting to “ask” would allow me to pick upon dialing whether the call would go through Google Voice or not. It did not.The actual setting I needed was in the Google Voice app itself. Of course, by the time I sussed it out, I had already resorted to email to contact the other party. I was in a hurry, and have been brought up to believe that spending more than a few seconds starting at your phone is impolite during real-life, face-to-face conversations. I did not have time to delve into my phone’s settings, look around, figure things out. I should have made the configurations in advance, not while walking through the event, talking to a friend and trying to find a bus.In an alternate universe, I imagine how an iPhone would have treated the same scenario: I see you’re on the Vodafone network – do you want to disable Google Voice? Oh simplicity, I miss you so.Instead, here’s how to adjust the setting I should have located:Launch the Google Voice app.Press Menu. Press More.Press Settings.Press “Making Calls”Here, there are four options: Use Google Voice to make all calls, Do not use Google Voice to make any calls, Only use Google Voice for International calls and Ask every time I make a call. I should have chosen the second one (do not use). Well, now I know.Google Voice Integration: What’s the Benefit When Dialing Out?In retrospect, outside of making international calls, I’m not sure what the benefit of using Google Voice to dial out actually is. It doesn’t work overseas and it doesn’t make a difference in my daily life here in the U.S. since I don’t make enough calls to worry about minutes used. I tend to text. I think I’ll leave this setting off for now, and just launch the app itself if I want to use Google Voice to make an international call, which is rare.On the flip side, having my Google Voice number route to my T-Mobile number (and others I own) is helpful. I can post that number publicly – for example, on my Twitter profile – and know that my calls are being collected in one central system that I can access from any device or computer. Plus, I can read transcripts of voicemail messages instead of having to listen to each one.But as with other Google Voice features, this functionality too, is limited. You can’t route international phone numbers to Google Voice.As someone who is not a frequent world traveler (this was only my second trip to Europe ever), I’m chalking this up to a learning experience. Although there were a few settings to figure out (which I should have researched in advance I now realize), at the end of the day, the Nexus S’s openness is a major plus. You can’t swap SIMs on just any mobile phone. And some U.S. phones, like the Verizon iPhone for example, won’t work in the majority of overseas markets. How will Verizon iPhone users deal when traveling overseas? I’m not sure. But I know that next time, I won’t have to worry. Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Lopez had his highest scoring game of the season. But Zach LaVine finished with 11 coming off a career-high 42-point game.The Bucks trailed by 14 late in the first quarter, only to outscore Chicago 38-16 in the second to grab a 63-54 halftime lead.Brogdon had nine points in a 16-2 run to start the period as Milwaukee erased a 13-point deficit. Middleton scored 12 over the final 4:07, including a step-back 3 in the closing seconds to send Milwaukee to the locker room up by nine. And the Bucks never really were threatened after that.TIP-INSBucks: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo worked out Monday and the Bucks are “hopeful” his absence is “very short term.” The Greek Freak is averaging 27.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, putting him among the league’s top 10 in both categories. … The Bucks were also missing guards George Hill (strained left groin) and Sterling Brown (right wrist). Budenholzer said Hill likely will be out at least a few games. … Milwaukee signed G Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day contract and recalled F Christian Wood from the G League’s Wisconsin Herd. … The Bucks completed a four-game sweep against Chicago this season.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Chicago Bulls guard Shaquille Harrison (3) tries to get the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO — Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 22 points, and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 117-106 Monday night without All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.While the Greek Freak sat out with a sore right knee, the Bucks overcame a sluggish start to pick up their 17th win in 19 games.ADVERTISEMENT Devin Booker, Suns snap miserable 17-game slide, slip past reeling Heat Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The Bucks used a huge second quarter to grab a nine-point lead after falling behind by 14. That propelled them to their eighth straight road win — their best streak since a nine-game run during the 1981-82 season.Brogdon hit four 3-pointers. Middleton nailed three from beyond the arc. Nikola Mirotic scored 13, and the Bucks moved a season-high 32 games over .500.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez each scored 26 for Chicago. But the Bulls’ season-high three-game win streak came to an end.It was the ninth straight 20-point game for Markkanen, who scored a career-best 35 against Boston on Saturday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Bulls: G Kris Dunn (migraine) and F Otto Porter Jr. (strained lower left leg) missed the game. Coach Jim Boylen said he thinks Porter “will for sure” travel with the team to Memphis on Tuesday, though he was less certain about Dunn. … The Bulls are scheduled to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis on Tuesday.UP NEXTBucks: Visit Sacramento on Wednesday.Bulls: Visit Memphis on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Luis Severino created quite a stir for the New York Yankees after making his major league debut last August, pitching so well that some people wanted him to start the AL wild-card game.He’s looked a little different early this season.Severino struggled once again and the Yankees lost their third in row, 7-1 April 15 to Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners.“I think I have to hit the glove more and take my breaking pitches to the ground. That’s it,” Severino said. So far, he’s been hitting too many bats.Severino (0-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old righty was tagged for a career-worst 10 hits by Detroit last week.Severino was the youngest pitcher to start in the majors last year at 21 and went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA.“I think it’s too quick to say that’s growing pains. It’s two starts. It’s not like he’s been pounded, so I think it’s way too quick to overanalyze everything,” Manager Joe Girardi said.The slumping Cano got two more hits to celebrate his special connection to Jackie Robinson Day.Cano’s father, a former major league pitcher, named his son for the Brooklyn Dodgers great. Cano improved to 14 for 38 (.368) on April 15, the day all major leaguers honor the late Hall of Famer by wearing his No. 42. Cano also once hit a three-run homer for the Yankees when they paid tribute a day later.Cano was 1-for-19 when he hit an early RBI single. He began the season on a home run binge, but had cooled off.Chris Iannetta homered, singled twice and drove in three runs. The Mariners opened a nine-game trip by boosting their road record to 3-1. They are 1-5 at Safeco Field.Nathan Karns (1-1) and the Mariners’ bullpen kept wriggling out of jams.Former Yankees pitcher Vidal Nuno retired Mark Teixeira on a grounder with the bases loaded to end the sixth, protecting a 4-1 lead.Franklin Gutierrez had a sacrifice fly as a pinch hitter against ex-Mariners pitcher Tyler Olson and added an RBI double.Brett Gardner homered in the New York first. That was all the Yankees managed to score as they began a nine-game home stand.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more