Setting the record straight on several important issues

first_imgDear Editor,Comments made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan in East Canje earlier this month (circulated on YouTube), merit a response, for the simple reason that Ramjattan continues to expose the fact that he cannot be trusted, as he persists in peddling more untruths about various issues.Ramjattan misleads when he insists that from 2005 to 2014, the European Union (EU) gave Guyana “every year” $20 million euros as support mechanisation and other undertakings in the sugar sector. Editor, the fact of this, Guyana received some G$34.8 billion from the EU. This fact was the subject of some debate in July 2017 when the coalition Government, in error (or by design to mislead), claimed that the EU gave Guyana $348 billion. The correct figure of $34.8 billion was given by the EU last year.Ramjattan misleads when he insists that US$200 million was spent on the Skeldon Factory. Editor, it was President David Granger’s address to the National Assembly, on January 10, 2018, which made clear that the cost of the Skeldon Factory was US$121 million. Editor, even the US$121 million (about GYD$24.2 billion) spent on the Skeldon Factory is less than the GYD$34.8 billion collected from the EU in budget support.Ramjattan misleads when he insists that other factories were ignored. Editor, the investments in the other sugar estates are clearly documented, as a matter of public record.It is interesting that even as he rambles about what was NOT done to support the sugar sector under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, he acknowledges, albeit tangentially, that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition promised Guyanese that a new government would not close sugar. Again, Ramjattan misleads about this promise, as he insists that the sector is not being closed, but is being “right sized” – the coalition Government’s new favourite phrase. Lastly,Editor, one alarming comment made in East Canje was Ramjattan’s confident declaration that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) would rule in favour of the Basil Williams-led team, in the case of the presidential term-limit challenge. I mention this because it comes on the heels of a boast by Ramjattan to at least three PPP/C parliamentarians, at a recent meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional Reform – where Ramjattan insisted that he has ‘inside’ information that the CCJ will rule in a particular way. Editor, such disparaging comments about the CCJ can only be treated as more misleading comments.Ramjattan has distinguished himself as the PNC-led Government’s puppet, being used to address communities that are stronghold support areas of the PPP/C. Ramjattan uses sophistry in his attempt to make a case for the coalition Government. However, his ramblings are seen as false and the Guyanese people will not fall prey to lies.Zulfikar Mustapha,PPP ExecutiveSecretaryPPP/CParliamentarianlast_img read more

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RREA Launches New Website

first_imgParticipants after the launch. The Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Information recently launched the Renewable Liberia Information website.The web platform will provide various stakeholders, including companies and other actors in the private sector, with project information and training opportunities, according to its managers.The web portal contains various information technology tools adapted for Liberia’s needs. It will include stakeholder’s directory, reliable data, dynamic maps, background information and articles about renewable energy technologies and activities in Liberia.Liberia already benefits and will benefit more from a strong renewable energy sector that delivers jobs and investment, while cutting carbon emissions and securing Liberia’s energy supplies.The platform also includes information for and from different stakeholders in the renewable energy sector in Liberia. The platform’s aim is to inform them on how the growth of renewable energy can help sustain light and power Liberian homes and businesses.During the presentation of the website, the head of administration of EnDev Liberia, Stephen A. Mulbah, said consumers need awareness and trust in technologies and services in this new market because people do not have much experience with solar power, hydropower, and biomass.According to Mulbah, the web platform is part of the innovative ICT4Renewables toolbox.He said the mapping tool transfers external data into a dynamic webmap that will make key information easy to be accessed and will allow stakeholders to get insights based on location intelligence.Mulbah added that renewable energies, as well as reliable access to electricity in Liberia, only reach 5 percent of the population, which is still among the lowest in the world.“Renewable energies such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass are slowly but increasingly replacing diesel, charcoal, and dirty fuels. Renewable energy can supply almost all the energy needs of the people of Liberia and contribute to development,” he said.The Renewable Liberia team consists of people from various institutions who called on investors, businesses and customers to get connected.The Minister of Information, Eugene Nagbe, said this is the way forward for the future of Liberia as the country is lagging behind in the use of the internet, adding: “This will help in information dissemination because the ministry does not sit on information but rather releases it to the public.”The website, he said, will benefit those in the rural parts of the country and give them access to solar power.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Drug Treatment Court can reduce drug addict cases— Justice Kofi Barnes

first_imgLaw enforcement officers were on Thursday engaged in a Drug Treatment Court Awareness Workshop, intended as a preventative measure in controlling the number of drug addicts within the country.With partnering agencies such as the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA); the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat; the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), the engagement sought to establish that drug abusers could be reintegrated into society thus preventing them from entering the drug arena.Speaking at the workshop, Justice Kofi Barnes of the Ontario High Court pointed out that recovery through a drug treatment court was important to end the scourge of an unending cycle, which may present itself in a person’s metamorphosis.He explained that when persons were indicted for a drug-related offence and were sentenced to prison, they served the required time and returned to that lifestyle once they were out on the streets again. However, the court breaks this cycle by allowing addicts to receive assistance, medically and mentally.He added that countries that turn to the judicial system to fix the high number of drug addict cases have saved millions of dollars in just one year.“Ottawa in Canada calculated that based on the number of persons that have been going to the Drug Treatment Court, they have been able to save the justice system three million dollars a year… It costs money. If it is the healthcare services that they are using, it costs money. Police Officers always going to arrest them, it costs money. All these things, by going through the programme, is saving an additional nine million dollars.”Throughout the workshop, participants were briefed on plans which are crucial in establishing such a court, the importance of monitoring the drug treatment court model, treatment issues and international approaches which are to be implemented for successful results.For 2017, 55,139 kilograms (121,305.8 pounds) of narcotics was seized according to NANA. Law enforcement agencies seized the narcotics, which include substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy; and have even managed to eradicate over 117,000kg (257,400 pounds) of marijuana plants.The drugs were said to be valued in excess of $20 billion, and were snatched from the streets, while more than 300 persons have also been convicted for various drug crimes. A report issued in September of 2018 claimed that combined efforts by the Public Health, Education and Public Security Ministries, along with several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), resulted in over 900 persons receiving training in drug prevention and drug supply reduction, to work with youths and at-risk populations. Further, over 100 persons have reportedly received specialised treatment for problematic drug use via the Phoenix Recovery Project and the Salvation Army Men’s Social Service.last_img read more

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A day in the life of ‘The Lion’ Victor Wanyama

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama at his house in Barnet, North London. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 – It is 6:30am and the alarm at Victor Wanyama’s room blazes off in anger, as if to warn him of the impending long day that awaits him.The smooth, cold and spine-tingling spring wind whistles across his leafy neighborhood preparing him for an impending tough workout day at his club’s training base in Enfield. The Tottenham Hotspur midfield powerhouse has just resumed training with the first team after a short spell on the sidelines following a knock on the side of his knee that kept him out for two matches.With the injuries piling on the squad and teammate Moussa Dembele set to miss action till the turn of the new year, Wanyama knows he has to up his fitness because his club needs him now more than ever.“It is tough here and the demands are so high. You cannot afford to sleep and constantly, you must prove to be better. Especially being a foreign player, you must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you are better than the locals,” Wanyama said as we begin our early morning chat at his residence in Barnet, North London.Wanyama’s lifestyle is one donned in simplicity.Harambee Stars and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama enjoys breakfast at his house in Barnet, North London. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe wakes up, fixes his own breakfast, then sets off to his club’s training base in Enfield.And you would think his breakfast should be a buffet of assorted exotic food and drinks. But no. You are wrong. His early morning meal is a simple cup of green tea sweetened with honey, accompanied by groundnuts and sometimes a piece of bread or biscuits.“You really have to watch what you eat because you must take care of your body. That’s your tool. That’s your asset. I don’t take sugar or too much juice. This green tea is good enough for me. Milk is a once in a while thing. I could go for months without it,” Wanyama explains.After his quick fix of breakfast, the Harambee Stars captain sets off for training where he will have another platter of breakfast with teammates before the day’s activities kick off.In his array of travel options are just two vehicles. Unlike some of the stars in the English Premier League, going extra is not anything of Wanyama’s portion.“You know, there’s life after football. You cannot spend all your money on flashy cars and a flashy lifestyle forgetting that football is a very short career. You have to think of tomorrow. Just ensure you live comfortably and get what you need,” the midfielder further states.The sessions at Enfield are rigorous. He explains they start off with a gym session for warm-up before heading to the field for tactical and physical training.Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama during training at the club’s Enfield Training Ground.“I think we are the fittest team in the Premier League. Our training is no joke,” Wanyama jokes as he gets back to the house at about 2pm. He does not worry much about lunch as the club also provides an after-training meal for the players.No sooner does he get back to his house than he slumps to rest, clearly exhausted from the training session. His first order of business before shutting his eyes for a quick nap is treating his healing knee, wrapping a pack of ice around it for about 20 minutes.He was unfortunate to pick up a knock on his other knee playing against West Ham, just after recovering from injury to his other knee. But thankfully he is okay and has been drafted into the team that travels to Crystal Palace, a game they later won 1-0.He reflects on the period in which he nursed injury, including missing a huge part of pre-season and says it was the most trying time of his career.Wanyama was sidelined for four months last season and the development is another blow for the White Hart Lane club’s engine room.“It is not easy when you are injured because you always want to be out there doing what you love. I can say that was the most trying part of my career and sometimes you feel very lonely. Being out for over three months is so tough,” Wanyama says.He adds; “But now, I am, happy to be back. My injury is completely healed and I am enjoying my football again. Now it is just a matter of building fitness and getting back to the top. It is not easy but I am ready to work for it.”Wanyama made it to the starting team at Palace and clocked his third 90-minute appearance of the season, and only his first in the league. The other two were in the Emirates Cup.Though coming through harsh weather conditions in West London, he was pleased to have played an entire match and the team coming out victorious.Selhurst Park is also a ground close to his heart as this was where he scored his first ever Spurs goal.“That was a very tough match. The cold and the rain especially! Unforgiving. But I am happy to have played a full league match. It has been so long and I feel great,” Wanyama said as he got back from the short trip to Selhurst Park.Harambee Stars and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama prepares his recovery gear at his house in Barnet, North London. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWhile some of his teammates might decide to go out and celebrate the win, Wanyama is chilled in his house. He only craved to watch some bit of boxing, homeboy Tony Bellew taking on Oleksander Usyk, a bout that the former lost.“I am chilled out most of the time. If I am not in training I am just here watching series (though I don’t enjoy them most of the time haha), reading or playing Play Station with my friends. I enjoy watching football documentaries,” says the soft spoken Wanyama.Music is his biggest companion. Whether he is resting, taking breakfast or driving in his car. With the Siri app on his iPhone, he blazes music all the time even as he sifts through a bucket of groundnuts.His favorite music has to be Bongo!The midfielder, revered for his role at Spurs especially for the season they came close to clinching the title is quite a reserved person and has a close knit circle of friends who keep him company when he is not at the club working his legs out.Harambee Stars and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama chats with one of his friends as he enjoys breakfast at his house in Barnet, North London. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I love my friends because they are always here for me and we enjoy a good laugh. We play PS together (And I beat them all the time), eat together and it is really great,” he notes.Wanyama has spent close to eight years in the United Kingdom, three of them at Celtic in Scotland, a further three with Southampton and he is now on his third with Spurs.He reflects on his journey, one he says has been a result of pure hard work.“At some point I didn’t think I would make it as a footballer, but my elder brother Mariga (MacDonald) always encouraged me. I went once to Europe and didn’t make it but then, I got my big breakthrough when I moved to Beerschot,” says the soft-spoken combative midfielder.“In Kenya I played for Country Bus in the beginning and we used to be given 50 shillings for Lunch. I also played for City Stars like two games then AFC Leopards as well but at one time my father was very angry when he discovered I had played for them without a contract,” Wanyama jokes, bursting out in laughter.Victor Wanyama’s family in London to celebrate Christmas. PHOTO/courtesy“But it’s been a long journey, and the results have been worth it.” He adds.Across the Hallways and rooms in his house, photos of his best days are adorned all over including the famous header he scored against Barcelona while at Celtic in a Champions League tie, the first time he skippered Southampton and a few others of him celebrating goals in a Spurs shirt.“I can say I am happy with how things have turned out in my career and I am thankful. My family has been there for me and they are the reason I am here today,” added Wanyama who went on to pay homage to the advice given especially by elder brother Mariga.On whether or not he will leave Spurs when his current spell expires, the midfielder does not give much out.“At the moment, I am a Spurs player and enjoying my football here. We will decide that when the time comes,” he says.Wanyama’s current target is to help his Spurs side finish the season strongly and perhaps fight for the EPL title and in July, turn his attention to the African Cup of Nations where Kenya are only waiting on word from CAF before confirming their place.Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama urges the crowd on when Kenya played Ethiopia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are focused on the Cup of Nations as a team because we know it will be a huge stage for the players. It has been a long time since we played and we want to go there not just to participate but compete as well,” the midfielder who scored one of the three goals in the 3-0 win over Ethiopia last month said.He hopes the Cup of Nations will open doors for more Kenyan players to make boss moves abroad.His advice for upcoming players?“Discipline is everything. You can work hard but without discipline, you cannot succeed. The two go hand in hand. Opportunities always come but people don’t make use of them because they don’t want to work,” he says.“Self belief is always key. Above all you have to believe in yourself and your ability,” adds the midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Weekend

first_imgCedar Street Theatre will perform Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center’s J.P. Eliopulos Family Theater, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Bob Noval and his Big Band Orchestra present their “Swingin’ Valentine” performance, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Featured will be big band singer Lauren Koval, disc jockey Chuck Cecil of “The Swingin’ Years” and vocalist Ned Rifken’s tribute to Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. A portion of proceeds go to the American Cancer Society in memory of the late local disc jockey and drummer Loren Dexheimer. Tickets: $25. Call (661) 723-5950. Pianist Jim Wilson will perform with a cinematic multimedia montage, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, or $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Travelogue on western Canada will be presented, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Desert Opera Theater will present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” 8 p.m. Feb. 10-19 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20, or $16 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. last_img read more

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Blatter regrets overstaying Fifa tenure

first_imgBlatter was showered with fake money in protest at the height of his probe.FOOTBALL. Disgraced former Fifa president Sepp Blatter forced out as head of world football’s governing body amid a corruption scandal in 2015, admitted on Sunday he regretted not stepping down earlier.The 81-year-old was banned over ethics breaches, bringing an end to his 17-year reign as Fifa chief, following a suspect two million Swiss franc payment to ex-Uefa president Michel Platini.“I should have stopped myself earlier,” Blatter said in an interview published by Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, adding that his ousting as Fifa boss was “a relief”.Blatter, who was re-elected for a fifth term in May 2015 before promptly announcing his plans to resign, recalled the editor-in-chief of a Swiss magazine warning him the role of Fifa president had an expiration date.“‘At your place the date is 2014’, he told me, and I said to him that sometimes it’s written that the product can be consumed beyond this date if it’s stored in a cool place,” Blatter said.Blatter was also asked about a report in German newspaper Der Spiegel that current Fifa chief Gianni Infantino had feared being dismissed as the subject of another ethics committee investigation.Infantino was cleared last year by Fifa of ethics violations after investigating him over his use of private jets, personal expenses, hiring methods and a contract dispute.But Fifa assured last month “no investigation” had been opened into Infantino after sources said his role in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections was being looked into.“I don’t know about that, I only know that former Fifa colleagues addressed themselves because of him to the ethics committee and that three or four weeks later, they were thrown out of Fifa,” Blatter said.Ethics chiefs Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely were replaced in May at the annual Fifa Congress, with Borbely calling the decision “a setback in the fight against corruption”.Blatter also spoke out against the introduction of the video assistant review (VAR) system, currently being trialled at the Confederations Cup in Russia.“The game loses attractiveness… You have to leave referees to make mistakes, what Fifa are doing is delicate and dangerous,” he said.AgenciesCommentslast_img read more

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Did Early Man Have a Soul?

first_imgSome recent discoveries are surprising paleoanthropologists by much some early ancestors seem – well, human.  We’re talking about ancestors half a million years old in the evolutionary scheme.  They were supposed to be prior to Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals, but they seem to exhibit intelligence and compassion.    A report on New Scientist inferred that these early humans cared for the disabled.  The skull of a child found in Spain suggests it was mentally retarded.  To be able to live to age 12 indicates its parents or the social group cared for the individual.  They claim the skull is 500,000 years old.    Another find surprised evolutionists.  Ann Gibbons reported in Science Now the earliest stone tools ever found – said to be 500,000 years old.  “Paleoanthropologists working in Africa have discovered stone blades more than a half-million years old,” she wrote.  “That pushes the date of the earliest known blades back a remarkable 150,000 years and raises a question: What human ancestor made them?”  A little history lesson shows just how remarkable this is:Not long ago, researchers thought that blades were so hard to make that they had to be the handiwork of modern humans, who had evolved the mental wherewithal to systematically strike a cobble in the right way to produce blades and not just crude stone flakes.  First, they were thought to be a hallmark of the late Stone Age, which began 40,000 years ago.  Later, blades were thought to have emerged in the Middle Stone Age, which began about 200,000 years ago when modern humans arose in Africa and invented a new industry of more sophisticated stone tools.  But this view has been challenged in recent years as researchers discovered blades that dated to 380,000 years in the Middle East and to almost 300,000 years ago in Europe, where Neandertals may have made them (ScienceNOW, 1 December 2008).    Now it appears that more than 500,000 years ago, human ancestors living in the Baringo Basin of Kenya collected lava stone cobbles from a riverbed and hammered them in just the right way to produce stone blades.It should be remembered that all of recorded human history, in which man went from stone tablets to interplanetary space flight, covers just 6,000 years.  Scientists must be shocked at this announcement; “the discovery of blades this early suggests that these toolmakers were capable of more sophisticated behavior than previously thought,” Gibbons wrote.  She ended by hinting that maybe even older blades are waiting to be found.The evolutionary picture of early man has stretched credibility way, way beyond the breaking point.  Every year it seems to get worse for them.  Who could possibly believe that beings as anatomically close to us, with brains our size, just sat around in caves caring for retarded children and making tools without learning how to ride a horse, farm, write and build cities for 450,000 years – 45 times longer than recorded history?  How much longer before the scholarly community rises up and tells these storytellers they have no idea what they are talking about?(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Drugs worth millions seized at OR Tambo

first_img26 November 2012South African Revenue Service (Sars) customs teams seized a total of 54 kilograms of drugs worth almost R16-million at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport over the weekend.The seizures were in 10 separate incidents, the first on Friday, when a search of an empty flight that had arrived from Sao Paulo, with the help of a Sars drug detector dog named Dodge, turned up an abandoned body wrap containing around 3kg of cocaine valued at R800 000.In another incident, a passenger travelling from Delhi was found carrying about 28kg of crystal meth (tik) valued at around R8.4-million that was hidden in several women’s handbags.Also on Friday, a passenger in transit from Sao Paulo to Lagos was stopped for questioning. A search revealed that the passenger’s hand luggage containing a number of towels that had been soaked in liquid cocaine weighing around 9kg with a value of R2.5-million.On Saturday, the customs team stopped a passenger in transit from Sao Paulo to Maputo who was found in possession of at least 5.5kg of cocaine valued at almost R1.5-million. Another was found in possession of up to 2.7kg cocaine in a body wrap.On Sunday, two passengers arriving from Sao Paulo were caught carrying cocaine in body wraps weighing 1.2kg and 1.73 kg worth R326 000 and R 461 000 respectively.Another two passengers in transit from Sao Paulo to Lagos were found carrying cocaine in body wraps valued at R434 000 and R431 000 respectively.Also on Sunday, a passenger on a flight from Sao Paulo was found to have swallowed 80 bullets of cocaine valued at R216 000.“All individuals involved and the drugs they were carrying have been handed over to the SAPS for further action,” Sars deputy spokesperson Marika Muller said on Monday.“These seizures mean that, already this month, Sars has stopped over 90kg of drugs entering the country. Final November figures will be available in early December.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Why Google and Other Humans Don’t Read Your Book Reviews

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Making the content discoverable by Google in turn makes it discoverable by humans.Tagging: It’s All About the MoneyCould it just be that book reviewers in major newspapers would get more page views if they did a better job tagging content? And then in turn, could it also be that if more people discovered clever and elegant reviews then more books would be sold? Even if you don’t think so, there is way too much risk of getting this one wrong. Related Posts Doing appropriate, standard tagging and markup of book reviews is cheap and simple and should be part of the daily publishing routine. Each media company needs to invest in standards and guidelines around content markup. This is not just a matter of being good citizen of the Web, it is a matter of making money.Photo credit: Ivan Petrov And this is not just an isolated problem with this book review from this particular newspaper. The issue is widespread across all major U.S. and international media outlets. Either due to lack of tools or lack of understanding how search engines and other software works, people notoriously don’t make their content discoverable.A Simple Way to Please GoogleSo how should be the book reviews tagged? alex iskold 1 For a computer to understand content, it needs to be described using a markup language. This is a broad and complex topic that has been a focus of the so-called Semantic Web andstructured data. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This is where the book review come in. Every publicist and publisher’s dream is to land a positive review with an authoritative source. A good review in The New York Times or the L.A. Times used to be a pass to big figure sales. Sounds like it still should be, but it is not, because most book reviews are poorly formatted and cannot be recognized by Google and other software.The Book Review That Nobody SawLets take a look at this edgy review of the Manhood, by the L.A. Times. It is a pure joy to read – it is elegant, clever and gets to the heart of the issue. There is only one problem with it – nobody is going to read it, because Google can’t find it. Try running this very specific Google search – “Manhood” by Mels van Driel review – and you will not find the L.A. Times among the results – at least not within first three pages that humans would care to flip through. How come might you ask? Well the answer is simple – there is nothing whatsoever that tells Google that this post is a book review about this particular book. The right way of marking up content so that it can be understood by Google, other search engines and semantic technologies is by using a structured format such as ePub,hReview Microformat, abmeta or one of the other structured formats. Using a structured format removes the ambiguity and enables computer to “know” what the review is about. Tags:#Semantic Web#Structured Data#web Next, the post needs to be adorned with the right tags and keywords. L.A. Times’ reviews are certainly very clever, but again, Google does not get humor. A better tag would the title of the book, the name of the author and the non-conspicuous phrase “book review”.A Better Way to Please Google and Tim Berners-LeeThe tagging system described above is still error prone. A computer might not interpret it correctly and would miss this post in the search results. This is because that kind of description is not structured. Humans enjoy a wonderful ability to deal with fuzzy things; computers simply can’t do it. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The book and media industries are going through interesting times, to put it mildly. As physical books prepare for their demise, the confusion around pricing of digital ones grows. Yet, whether physical or digital, to sell books you need marketing. People need to hear about a book before they buy it. To start with, the title needs to make it clear, that this is a book review. Of course humans may find a more subtle title more enticing, but for the sake of machine: Book Review: Manhood by Mels has to be present. It would be even better to mark up that this is a book review, and here is the book title and here is the author. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Suspended BJD leader joins BJP

first_imgSuspended Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader and former Lok Sabha member from Koraput, Jayaram Pangi, joined the BJP here on Tuesday.Mr. Pangi, who was suspended from BJD after the recent panchayat polls over “anti-party activities”, joined the BJP in the presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and others. Former Congress leader Giridhar Gamang, who had joined the BJP two nearly two years ago, was also present.While Mr. Pradhan said that Mr. Pangi joining the BJP will be a boost to the party in tribal-dominated areas, senior BJD leader from Koraput, Rabi Narayan Nand, said it will not make any difference to his party.Murder caseMr. Pangi’s name had figured in the case relating to the murder of primary school teacher Itishree Pradhan at Tikiri in Rayagada district in 2013. The BJD had denied a party ticket to the tribal leader in 2014 elections Meanwhile, a tweet by Baijayant Panda, BJD MP from Kendrapara, created a flutter in political circles during the day. “One gone yesterday, another today. Yet when I cautioned last week, was contradicted. Now large sections unrepresented, resentment everywhere,” he tweeted. He was referring to BJD leader Amar Nayak joining the BJP in Jajpur district on Monday and Mr. Pangi joining the saffron party on Tuesday.Reacting to Mr. Panda’s tweet, BJD spokesman Pratap Keshari Deb said the MP should have asked the BJP how they accepted Mr. Pangi, whom they had accused of having a role behind the killing of Itishree Pradhan. “The BJP was accusing the BJD of shielding Mr. Pangi in the murder case, but how did they accept him now,” he asked.last_img read more

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