The Region Six Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has called for the Communities Minister to immediately review the stipend that is being offered to Regional Councillors.The call was made on Thursday by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Councillor Sam Fraser who noted that Councillors in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are no different to those in Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice)RDC Councilor Sam Fraserwhom he claimed requested an increase in their stipend.Currently, Regional Councillors are given a stipend of $10,000 on a monthly basis. The Region Ten RDC is seeking to have the stipend increased by 150 per cent.Councillor Charles Sampson, in a motion, proposed the $25,000 stipend. Sampson argued that Municipal Councillors of Linden are given a stipend of $15,000.While the Municipal Councillors only have the Municipality of Linden to oversee, the Regional Councillors of that Region have to oversee the entire region including the town.However, Fraser attempted to move a motion but it was not constituted and as such it was disallowed. Regional Chairman David Armogan took his submission as a recommendation to the RDC.According to Fraser, the Councillors are expected to attend several meetings and represent the residents of the region and are not compensated for it. “We have to travel to see the work and projects in the region and to meet with residents…”The request was supported by the RDC.Armogan noted that the call to the Minister is, by extension, also being made to the Cabinet. “We are calling on the Government to immediately look at the question of increasing the stipend for Councillors within the RDC of Region Six,” Armogan added.
…no word from airline since last ThursdayPassengers travelling on Fly Jamaica flights out of Guyana to Toronto, Canada have been left stranded with no word from the airlines since last Thursday.Guyana Times has been told that the last time hundreds of passengers heard from the airline officials has been last Thursday, when agents contacted them to informed them not to travel to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, since their flight had been cancelled.Speaking with Guyana Times, one frustrated passenger, Fazil Mirza, said he has, on numerous occasions, attempted to reach someone from the airline for an update on the situation, but to no avail. He said he is at his wits’ end, since he has been stranded in Guyana.“If someone had informed us as to what is happening, we at least would know what is happening; but no one from the airlines is saying anything to us,” Mirza told this publication.He added that his son has to return to school on Monday, and his business has been closed as a result of this delay.“It is ridiculous that these people are hiding from us. No one is answering the office phone, and the cellular number provided has been turned off. My business (has been) closed for a number of days now. I have since contacted an attorney to examine my legal options,” Mirza said, adding that this is the third time this is happening to him with this particular airline.He explained that he has been trying to get an alternative flight, but the other airline is fully booked.Another passenger said she was scheduled to return to work since Saturday, but because of the delay, she has had to call her supervisor and inform him of the situation.“If it was because of the blizzard we would have understood the situation, but it’s (been) since Thursday (that) we are stranded, so it cannot be that. It is disheartening to know that we paid our money and this is how we are being treated,” the woman said.Guyana Times has been told that passengers travelling from Toronto to Guyana have also been stranded at the Pearson International Airport.This is not the first time that Fly Jamaica has experienced major delays. In December, 2017, a few days before Christmas, frustrated passengers had complained that flights between Georgetown and New York were cancelled before of technical problems the airline was experiencing. In that instance, passengers had taken to social media and bashed the airline for keeping them in the dark.In July last year, passengers of the same airline had vented their frustrations, again on social media, as a result of the poor communication from airline employees.
Gaeil Fhánada GAA News:Lotto ResultsNumbers drawn were 01 04 06 07 11 bonus 02. No jackpot winner. €100 Hughie Shiels, Fanavolty. €50 Paddy Jack. Next week’s jackpot €1050.Donegal v MonaghanTickets go on sale for the Ulster Final online today. Non members should be aware as it’s possible that tickets to clubs will be limited.Bord na nÓg Parish league commences this Wednesday evening 8th in Trialough for u8s, u10s and u12 boys and girls.Could everyone be at the pitch at 6.15pm sharp as we have to get all the teams sorted. Plenty help needed to help out each evening.The plan is play each Wednesday in July – Wednesday 08th, Wednesday 15th, Wednesday 22nd and Wednesday 29th with the finals set for Friday July 31st in conjuction with the Fanad Festival.Anybody willing to help out contact Martin McAteer or just come along to Tria lough at 6pm on Wednesday evening.Also u8 blitz in Gweedore on this Saturday morning. We will sort out arrangements on Wednesday evening at the Parish League. Important that all the boys and girls come along on Wednesday evening or please let Martin know if u can’t make it as teams need to be sorted. U14 Girls play Downings in Co Championship FinalBest of luck to our U14 girls and management when they play our neighbours Downings. Date and time to be confirmed.Gaeil Fhánada Cúl CampPlease note that there is a change to our Cúl Camp date. The Gaeil Fhánada Camp will now take place from August 10th to 14th at Tria lough. This is to accommodate those who wish to take part in other camps in July. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic GamesActivities are GAME – BASED – a strong emphasis is placed on skill acquisition – and are organised in an age appropriate manner with a view to:optimising learnin, enhancing friendships, improving physical & psychological well beingpromoting school and club linksKEY FEATURES ABOUT KELLOGG’S GAA CÚL CAMPSThe camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day.The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games.On the last day of the camp a “blitz” will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games.Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps – are run throughout the summer from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm, in all 32 Counties and overseas. (see Camp venues for dates).Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years.Camp costs are as follows €55 for 1st. child; €45 for 2nd child; €40 for 3rd and subsequent children.Contact Fiona on 085-1555645 or 9159670 now to make arrangements to pay by instalment up to the date of the camp. We guarantee that your children will have lots of fun!GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA U14 GIRLS FACE DOWNINGS IN COUNTY FINAL was last modified: July 7th, 2015 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSport
It’s been a good week for Kokko Figueiredo, and it’s about to get even better.On Tuesday, the College of the Redwoods standout signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Cal State Monterey Bay next season, receiving a full scholarship to join the Division-II Otters.And on Friday, he’ll cap a memorable few days by making his debut for the Humboldt Crabs and fulfilling a childhood dream.“When I was younger, I obviously liked the Crabs and I went to their camps and got autographs from all …
28 April 2015Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools is an ambitious project to join thousands of schools in Africa and around the world in a global science experiment.Organisers Oracle Academy and the Raspberry Pi Foundation said participating schools would receive a Raspberry Pi hardware kit for students to build and operate their own weather station. The aim is to gain valuable skills spanning computing, meteorology and geography. Interested schools must register on Raspberry Pi’s website.The first 1 000 kits have been funded by a grant from Oracle Giving, which along with Oracle Academy, is part of Oracle’s philanthropic efforts. The kits will be provided to schools free of charge while supplies last. Half of the free kits have been set aside for Oracle Academy schools.In addition to building a weather station, the kits teach students to write application code that logs a range of weather data, including wind speed, direction, temperature, pressure, and humidity. Supplemental teaching materials for classroom use will be made available on the Oracle Academy website.Teaching computer scienceThe Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project, officially launched on 23 April, is targeted at students aged 11 to 16 years old. They will be asked to write applications to operate their weather station and record data in a cloud-hosted Oracle database, which they can then query through SQL (Structured Query Language) elements developed in collaboration with Oracle Academy. They will also develop a website on Raspberry Pi to display local weather conditions that can be accessed by other participating schools.Additionally, students will be able to access a Weather Station for Schools microsite to blog about their experiences, interact with other participating schools around the globe, and receive online technical support.“From application programming to database management, computer science skills can lead to rewarding and fulfilling careers,” said Jane Richardson, the director of Oracle Academy EMEA.“Our goal with the Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project is not only to show students how computer science can help them measure, interrogate and understand the world better, but also to give them hands-on opportunities to develop these skills. We believe this is one of the best ways to inspire the next generation to take up the computer science roles that economies around the world need filled.”Data management and SQLEben Upton, the chief executive of Raspberry Pi, said the “ambitious project” added another string to the Raspberry Pi bow, using the Raspberry Pi to introduce children to the art of data management and SQL.“The kits themselves are really exciting, containing everything you would expect from a fully-functioning weather station. We’re confident that students will find the project a very engaging way of learning new and useful skills, and that they’ll have a lot of fun in the process.”It was exciting to support this global learning initiative, which aimed to generate awareness and interest in computer science and the natural world, said Colleen Cassity, the executive director of the Oracle Education Foundation, and Oracle Giving and Volunteers. “The project will help to ensure that the next generation is well-prepared to lead and create value, not only in the digital economy, but also in the global community.”Following the distribution of the 1 000 free weather station kits, they will be made available for schools to purchase at a later date.Oracle Academy provides a complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty training, support, and certification resources to education institutions for teaching use. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity set up in 2009 to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing. The charity makes the Raspberry Pi computer, which is used all over the world by teachers, learners and makers.Source: APO
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Arlington FFA and Arlington FFA Alumni and supporters invite attendees to learn from members of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network about current water quality and nutrient management issues.Water quality and nutrient management are not optional. Learn about the extensive research being done on the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms and nutrient management regulations. Presenters at the event include Aaron Heilers with the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network, Anthony Stateler with Stateler Family Farms in McComb and Shane Kellogg of Kellogg Farms in Forest.The event will be held Sunday March 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Arlington Local School Auditorium 336 South Main St. Arlington, OH.For more about the speakers and the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network visit blancharddemofarms.org/#farmers.
New Delhi, May 4 (PTI) Physical and IEDs related training camps were being organised by some terrorist organisations at various places in the country, Rajya Sabha was told today.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said presently there is no intelligence input or evidence to indicate that terrorists are making efforts to set up terrorist training camps in the hinterland of the country.”However, during investigation of certain earlier bomb blast cases, it was noticed that physical/IEDs related training was imparted by leaders of some of the organisations to their cadres at various places in the country,” he said replying a written question. PTI ACB DV
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea ACCEPT fourth bid from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have accepted a fourth bid from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi, it has been revealed.Sky Deutschland says Bayern’s offer of €40m has seen Chelsea agree terms over the 18 year-old’s sale. The decision being made just hours before Hudson-Odoi shone in defeat last night at Tottenham for the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal.The sticking point now is whether the teen leaves for Bayern immediately or whether he plays out the season in England before joining the Germans in June.For their part, Chelsea would prefer Hudson-Odoi stay given his recent contribution to manager Maurizio Sarri’s team.
After one of the most astonishing score lines in the history of the World Cup on Tuesday — Germany 7, Brazil 1 — nothing that happens in Sunday’s World Cup final would be a total surprise. But we do have estimates of the most likely final scores for the game.Germany is a 63 percent favorite to defeat Argentina, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. Argentina had a slightly higher Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating when the tournament began, but Germany has seen its rating rise, particularly after its thrashing of Brazil, and it now ranks No. 1 by some margin. Betting lines also have Germany favored.The SPI match predictor allows us to predict the number of goals scored and allowed for each club. It calls for 1.7 goals by Germany and 1.2 by Argentina.There are a couple of problems with this — for one thing, a team cannot score seven-tenths of a goal. So the match predictor uses a version of a Poisson distribution, which calculates the probability of the teams finishing with any whole-number score. For example, if Germany scores an average of 1.7 goals, how often does it score exactly two goals or exactly three goals? That’s what a Poisson distribution does.Another issue is that the match predictor is calibrated on the basis of 90-minute matches when knockout-round games can go to extra time. To account for extra-time results, we ran an additional Poisson regression based on the results of extra-time games in major international tournaments since 2005. (In geek speak, we’re nesting a Poisson distribution within another Poisson distribution.) All of that produces the following heat map:Read left to right for Germany’s score and top to bottom for Argentina’s. Boxes in which the score is still tied after extra time represent cases where the game goes to penalty kicks (there is about a 14 percent chance of this happening). The 10 most probable scores are as follows:Germany 2, Argentina 1Germany 1, Argentina 0Argentina 2, Germany 1Germany 2, Argentina 0Argentina 1, Germany 0Germany 3, Argentina 11-1 draw (game goes to penalties)Germany 3, Argentina 2Germany 3, Argentina 0Argentina 2, Germany 0What are the odds of another 7-1 scoreline? The model says there is only about a 0.06 percent probability of such a score favoring Germany (about one chance in 1,600). There’s even less of a chance — more than 10,000-to-1 against — of the same score favoring Argentina.But these figures may underestimate the chance of astonishingly lopsided results. The mathematical basis for the Poisson distribution is the assumption of independent trials. This is a little inexact (it describes a special case of a Poisson distribution called a binomial distribution), but a Poisson distribution is treating a soccer game something like this:Suppose we expect Germany to score 1.7 goals on average in a 90-minute game against Argentina. That translates into about a 2 percent probability (1 chance in 50) of scoring a goal in a given minute of play.So we can run an experiment where we randomly draw ping-pong balls from a set of 90 lottery machines, one representing each minute of the game. In each machine, there are 50 balls, one labeled GOAL! and 49 blanks. The probability of drawing a GOAL! from one machine doesn’t affect what happens with the next one. (This is the assumption of independent trials.) After we’ve drawn balls from all 90 machines, we count the number of GOAL! balls. This represents how often Germany scored in the game.We can repeat the experiment a bunch of times. Most commonly, we’ll wind up with something like one or two GOAL! balls. But other times we’ll have drawn zero or four or six. The relative frequency of these outcomes represents the Poisson distribution for Germany’s score.As strange as this experiment might seem, it isn’t a bad mathematical approximation of a soccer game. And for the most part, Poisson distributions do a good job of modeling real-world soccer scores.But there are some complications. For instance, we may have some estimate of how the absences of Neymar and Thiago Silva might affect Germany’s chances of scoring against Brazil. But there is some uncertainty around that: Maybe Brazil plays more fluidly when it isn’t waiting around for Neymar to do something, or maybe it breaks down. This is equivalent to not knowing exactly how many GOAL! balls and blanks there are in the ping-pong machines. This uncertainty will tend to slightly increase the number of extreme outcomes (Germany scoring zero goals or a lot of goals) that we observe in the real world.Another issue is that the texture of play in soccer depends to some extent on the scoreline. Play is usually tighter and more conservative in a drawn game and then opens up once the tie is broken. As a result, standard Poisson distributions slightly underestimate the chance of draws and of some wild scores, such as 5-2. (The variant of the Poisson distribution that we use is meant to address this problem.)For the most part in sports, these complications are not worth worrying about. There are cases where a Poisson distribution or a normal distribution isn’t perfect — normal distributions seem to slightly underestimate the number of extreme outlier scores in sports — but they usually hold up reasonably well. Nobody gets hurt when you say that Germany has only a 1-in-4,000 chance of winning by six goals when it actually had a 1-in-400 chance.But real-world distributions are often slightly fat-tailed, meaning that extreme outliers happen more often than the normal distribution predicts. And — outside the sports world — using the wrong model can cause real problems, underestimating the chance of an earthquake or a financial crisis.