Protocol building to be completed in 2018

first_imgThe Foreign Affairs Ministry’s $5.57 billion current and capital expenditure estimates were approved on Thursday by the Committee of Supply.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge noted that monies would go towards the completion of the Protocol and Consular Affairs Department, formerly the Ramphal House.Construction began in 2017 on the new structure following the dismantling of the building located on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive. The newly-constructed building is intended to improve the accommodation and operational efficiency of the department.Meanwhile, allocations have also been made for the construction of a Guyana Embassy in Brazil, a move that Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira welcomed. Allocations are also provided for the procurement of vehicles, furniture and equipment for overseas missions and embassies.last_img read more


first_imgThe Oyster Bar Dunfanaghy is set to open a new music venue “The Shibin” for the Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues festival this weekend.Dunfanaghy has seen one of it’s busiest summers in recent years and the one place that has consistently provided top-class entertainment to both customers and tourists in the village was The Oyster Bar.After an extensive revamp, which also seen ownership of the bar returned to the original management – the bar has thrived all summer. Every night of the week you can walk in and see some of the very best live bands and musicians from the north west playing regularly to a packed house.Donegal’s very own “In Their Thousands” are regulars at The Oyster as well as “The Humble Earthworms” and “Copper Head Rose”.This weekend sees The Oyster open it’s brand new music venue “The Shibin”just in time for the much anticipated Dunfanaghy’s Jazz n Blues festival.The Festival sees the best live bands from far and wide come to Dunfanaghy to play to massive crowds for the popular festival thats now in its seventh year. So pop in to the Oyster Bar this weekend for great live music, a great atmosphere and great craic!!Check out the Oyster Bar’s new Facebook page for more details.YOUR LIFE IS AN ‘OYSTER’ THIS WEEKEND AT THE DUNFANAGHY JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard ‘successfully’ undergoes surgery on ankle injury

first_img Eden Hazard Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has ‘successfully’ undergone surgery on his right ankle, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 26-year-old sustained a fracture to his right ankle while training with the Belgium national team, but he has already started on the road to recovery.Hazard is expected to return to training in roughly three months. 1center_img Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger. Thank you for your support!!— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) June 5, 2017//

Injury news good for Rosemead’s productive pair

first_imgImagine what was running through Rosemead High School football coach Matt Koffler’s head when two-way player Deon Sumler and quarterback Jose Camarena both struggled to pick themselves off the ground following injuries that happened on the same play in the Panthers’ 14-0 victory over Gladstone last week. Sumler shook off his injury and finished with 185 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “You always worry when anyone goes down, but I figured Deon’s injury wasn’t so bad because he’s such a tough kid,” Koffler said. “Sometimes he gets a bad (reputation) about his effort and attitude, but it’s quite the contrary. He’s a tough kid who gives it his all. “Jose’s injury was different. We felt he was going to be fine because he was responding OK. But anytime you get hit hard like that, and complain of stiffness that runs from your neck to your shoulder, it’s best to be as cautious as possible, and that’s what happened. Both are fine, and we’re ready to go.” Koffler was hoping to test Camarena’s arm, but was forced to go with his bread and butter in Sumler, who responded even though he knew everyone would key on him with Camarena sidelined. “It was good to see him have to respond in that way,” Koffler said. “It’s something he’s used to because he carried us last year.” With Mission League play a month away, Koffler said he didn’t know how much to make of league champion Arroyo’s close call with Temple City (a 21-17 victory), or South El Monte’s 49-19 victory over San Dimas. “The Arroyo-Temple City game I knew would be close because those are two great coaching staffs and they have the same type of player,” Koffler said. “But I don’t know what to make of South El Monte. They beat a team with a new coach, and one that lost of lot of players. But we know they have a lot of returners and are going to be tough.” – Monrovia is 2-0 after victories over Bassett (52-6) and Duarte (16-7), but next up is defending Division VII champion West Covina, which opened with an impressive 28-12 victory over Diamond Ranch. The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 38-0 last year and have many of the same faces back for Friday’s game. “They have a pretty good swagger going right now,” Wildcats coach Steve Garrison said of the Bulldogs. “They don’t do anything too flashy, they just stay in basic sets and trust each other. “For us to stay in this game, we have to put together consistent drives on offense and be tough against a very athletic offense that West Covina has.” The next three games will be big for Monrovia. The Wildcats started 2-0 last year, then lost to West Covina, Rosemead and Charter Oak. Following West Covina, they will face Rosemead and Charter Oak again before league play starts. “The real tests are coming up,” Garrison said. “If we can get some wins against not just upper-division teams, but upper-division championship-type teams — those are the type of wins that give you value.” — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Camarena wasn’t as fortunate. He left the game with 3:08 left in the first quarter and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after complaining of stiffness in his neck. But Camarena was released that same evening, is practicing this week, and will start in Friday’s game against Baldwin Park (1-0). last_img read more


first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has accused Sinn Féin candidate Matt Carthy of deliberately misleading the public on his voting record ahead of the Euro elections.Pat the Cope Gallagher.The Donegal MEP has strongly dismissed two misleading accusations from the Sinn Féin candidate, in the Midlands-North West concerning a vote on the Troika Enquiry Report, which occurred in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 13 March.Firstly, Sinn Féin has stated that Mr. Gallagher voted against retrospective recapitalisation of the Irish banks. In response, Mr. Gallagher has stated “This statement is totally misleading and inaccurate. I personally drafted the original text on recapitalisation, tabled the text and then worked to secure cross party consensus in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for the amendment.“The amendment was successfully included in the report adopted by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and subsequently was endorsed by the Plenary with 489 in favour and 42 against. My amendment specifically calls for the full implementation of the June 2012 commitment by EU leaders to break the vicious circle between bank and sovereign debt.“Furthermore, my amendment calls on EU leaders to substantially alleviate Ireland’s burden of bank debt. Having tabled this amendment, and secured widespread support, I of course voted for it at plenary.”Secondly, Sinn Féin has stated that Mr. Gallagher abstained on a vote calling for the release of the Trichet letter to the late Minister of Finance, Brian Lenihan. In response, Mr. Gallagher said “I want to clearly state that I voted in favour of this amendment. That said, my vote was not recorded correctly due to a technical fault. The official record of the European Parliament was updated immediately when I became aware that my vote was not recorded properly, to show that I voted in favour.“Why would I not vote in support of this request? It is ludicrous to claim that I don’t support the publication of this letter. Of course, I fully support the release of this letter, as doing so is the interest of transparency. It is vitally important that we all know the extent of pressure that was exerted on the late Minister by the ECB.” PAT THE COPE ACCUSES SINN FEIN OF MISLEADING PUBLIC ON HIS VOTING RECORD was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:EuropePat The Cope GallagherSinn Feinvoting recordlast_img read more

Why Kaepernick not on radar with 49ers Garoppolo out for year

first_imgGaropp … (Click here, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo’s season indeed is over, as a MRI exam Monday confirmed he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in the 49ers’ loss Sunday at Kansas City.“It was hard for him last night, it was hard today and it will be hard over these next few weeks,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “But Jimmy is a tough person, will bounce back from this and he’ll be ready to go next year.”last_img

This parking lot is weird. — Cadillac Ranch Cars (GC4K7Y3) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgContinue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More The Cadillacs look even cooler in infra-red. Photo by geocacher hzoiGeocache Name:Cadillac Ranch Cars (GC4K7Y3)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:When you set out on a geocaching adventure, you never know what you’re going to find. Of course we always hope it’s the geocache, but you could end up finding a place you never knew existed, another geocacher, a wild animal, or even—in this case—a few Cadillacs sticking up out of the ground. This art installation near Amarillo, Texas was created in 1974 and has been a must-see stop along Route 66 ever since. If you’re ever in the area, finding this geocache is a must. One thing to keep in mind: this piece of art is in danger of being removed due to visitors leaving their empty spray-paint cans behind. Do your part as a geocacher and CITO around the area. We all appreciate it!What the geocache owner, Scubafrogger, has to say:“I was inspired to place this Geocache from many visits on the way from Denton, TX to Sipapu New Mexico to compete in the State Double Disc Golf Tournament. We have been visiting this site since 2002 and nearly every year since. The first time we drove by on the way to New Mexico I spotted something odd in a farmers field. The drive down I-40 can get pretty boring so we made a quick U turn and had a great picture festival! We pulled up and had the place all to ourselves. I wondered who put this hear and why all covered in graffiti? VERY COOL though!”“I get tons of great pics and stories from the many distant travelers making the trek to world famous Cadillac Ranch! I love reading every one and pics are a huge bonus for me. Keep em coming!”What geocachers are saying:“Continuing our Route 66 journey through Texas – thank you so much for making our trip so enjoyable and for helping to make such lovely memories.” – The Platonas Two“Took a break from our travels west to look for this one. We had logged the virtual cache that was here a couple of years ago and we’re happy for a reason to stop again. Took a few minutes, but Mr CGof4 made the find. Thanks for the cache!” – crazygangof4“Really good location for a cache. Not many muggles out today so we was able to look some. This one was tricky. Took some looking. Sun was getting in eyes made it hard. Glad this cache was in a dry area and not the muddy part like some of the cars. Thanks for placing this cool cache.” – wastedspacePhotos:The Platonas Two hanging out with the cars.Geocacher Lookin’Good doing her part to CITO and keep the area clean. Good job!This valet is definitely not getting a tip. Photo by geocacher nukeworker What’s your favorite piece of art you’ve seen while geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.center_img SharePrint RelatedMother of Father’s Day: Investigating The 3 Parts of Every GeocacheJune 21, 2015In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

How Recent Changes to Twitter’s Terms of Service Might Hurt Academic Research

first_imgTags:#NYT#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos audrey watters There is a lot to be learned from our tweets. Laugh if you will. Go ahead. But Twitter has become an important historical and cultural record. It’s a site for real-time news and information, to be sure. The stuff of history with a capital H. Politics. Natural disasters. Revolution. It’s a site that records our cultural history as well (is that history with a lower case H?). Ashton Kutcher. Charlie Sheen. The Oscars. Lower case or capital H – these 140 character exchanges have created an invaluable record for researchers looking at history, politics, literature, sociology. Such was the argument that Twitter made when the startup donated its archives to the Library of Congress. Tweets are important. They should be preserved, archived and accessible to scholars.But Twitter’s recent announcement that it was no longer granting whitelisting requests and that it would no longer allow redistribution of content will have huge consequences on scholars’ ability to conduct their research, as they will no longer have the ability to collect or export datasets for analysis. No Exceptions, Even for ScholarsThat’s the news that 140kit just had to break to its users. 140kit is an extension of the Web Ecology Project, a project that grew out of work at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and one of the very first research efforts into the cultural and political influence as expressed via Twitter. The group’s research into Twitter’s role in the 2009 elections in Iran was, in fact, one of the very first looks into how Twitter may both shape and reflect social and political upheaval.140kit offered its Twitter datasets to other scholars for their own research. By no means a full or complete scraping of Twitter data, this information that the project had collected was still made available for download (for free) to researchers. But no longer.As part of the new Twitter terms of service, 140kit like other organizations can no longer offer exports of Twitter data for any purposes – whether that’s for profit or non-profit, whether that’s for developers or scholars. You could be writing the next killer app. Or you could be working on the final chapter of your PhD dissertation. (And let me interject right here and say that having your access to research data shut down as a PhD student is beyond devastating.) It doesn’t matter. Exporting Tweets now violates the TOS.Shutting Off Researchers’ Access to DataThese changes to Twitter’s TOS mean that 140kit, as a service, can no longer provide its datasets wholesale, even for academic purposes. “For many of our users,” the group says, “this effectively shuts them out of the ability to research the platform.”140kit has come to an agreement with Twitter, which according to Managing Director of the Web Ecology Project Devin Gaffney, means that some data will still be accessible to scholars. But not all the data. Rather than giving scholars the ability to download a particular dataset, 140kit will be able to offer researchers access to 140kit’s analytics. That’s not the same as having complete access, but as an academic group, it does sound as though 140kit will be as amenable as possible to scholars’ needs and be willing to consider what sorts of analyses people need in order to complete their projects.Nonetheless, Twitter’s changing Terms of Service, without exception to scholars, creates an obstacle to research. “This decision is almost certainly going to shut some researchers out,” says Gaffney. “Its a shame because Twitter’s clearly thinking about money and operational stability, which are necessary, but they aren’t considering the myriad number of PhD students that basically just lost their work, or the researchers that were close to saying something meaningful and now have no way to do it.” Gaffney says he sees a “rocky future” ahead for scholarship based on Twitter and says he hopes that the agreement he’s made with Twitter “will last enough time for people to actually continue doing work until whatever comes next.” Related Posts center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Punjab acted on early alert

first_imgThe Punjab Police issued the first of its alert on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s supporters turning violent in case of an adverse verdict on August 13, indicating the build up and violence being planned by the Dera followers, a Punjab police official told The Hindu. Additional Director General, Punjab, Hardeep Singh Dhillon said the instructions to field units were sent on August 13 and they liaised with the Army well in advance.“As soon as the verdict was announced and violence was reported, we mobilised the Army in five mins, as we had already liaised with them. Curfew was imposed immediately at places where we expected trouble. We asked the Haryana administration several times to tell us the date of the verdict as we didn’t want to be caught napping,” Mr. Dhillon said. On August 22, three days before the verdict was announced at a special CBI court in Panchkula, the Punjab Police had issued an internal order that the Dera properties had “started storing petrol, diesel in drums at Naam Charcha Ghars in Faridkot; they have also stored sharp edged weapons and stones on the roof of the Charcha Ghars. On 25.8.2017, if the Hon’ble court would give verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim then devotees can use petrol and weapons to harm/destroy the government/public properties,” the communication said. The Centre has refused to hold the Haryana government responsible for its failure to avert Friday’s violence and arson in Panchkula and Sirsa where 32 people were killed, even though intelligence agencies said multiple alerts were issued a month in advance. No casualties were reported in neighbouring Punjab, which also has many Dera ashrams. Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high level meeting at his residence on Saturday, which was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, “DGP Haryana assured the situation is under control. In an ongoing situation, we cannot blame anyone (on Haryana government’s role).”Mr. Dhillon said it was difficult to identify and segregate the Dera followers on the streets. “They were moving around in normal clothes and in private cars, difficult to have stopped each vehicle to check their presence. This is why we enforced curfew in Punjab.” He added that 18,000 police personnel were mobilised and put on alert in the State.last_img read more

Positive signs for future Olympics

first_imgIndia won two medals in shooting this time around, and even the number of finals-three-was the best ever for the team. With 11 shooters at the Olympics, we were among the top 10 in the world in terms of participation, and our position in the shooting medals table is also roughly the same.The message is clear- if you prepare shooters early for a competition as big as the Olympics, you will be rewarded. The target for the Rio Olympics has to be 15 shooters, which may not be as many as the Chinese or the Americans, but would be a sign of progress. It is imperative that India wins more medals in shooting.The most promising performance came from Joydeep Karmakar, who withstood the pressure of qualifying for the final through a shoot-off to perform brilliantly in the 50m rifle prone final and finish just outside the medals.He needs more wins at the international level to become a serious contender.We had a few people in with a shot at finals too, like Heena Sidhu and Ronjan Sodhi. I expect them to bounce back well since they would know how to handle the pressure now. And as far as a proven champion like Abhinav Bindra is concerned, expect him to come back with a bang. There are, of course, lessons to be learnt. Our shooters have to be wary of external pressures affecting their performances, since in some cases, the temperament rather than the technique dragged them down.The government and the federation have to work together and make sure that they get a vision plan in place immediately. Now that we have a pool of international-level shooters, the best need to be picked immediately, so that they can start training in right earnest from the beginning of next year itself. Shooting is India’s main sport at the Olympics, and it is also important that a physiotherapist and qualified mental trainers are at hand to help out the team. There should be no compromises on professionalism.advertisementAll this would help the shooters be on track for the next qualification cycle for the Olympics, which begins in 2014, and also the next two big events-the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asian Games. This was also the first big test for the National Rifle Association of India’s new transparent, scorebased selection policy, and I don’t think anyone should have a problem with it now.The only amendment I suggest is to let the quota-winning shooter make the Olympic team automatically, since it would help them get down to preparations as soon as they bag the quota. That, as we saw in the case of the early qualifiers like Gagan Narang, is always an advantage.(The writer is a four-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)last_img read more