Hydromet Office fully equipped, but understaffed – senior official

first_imgA senior official of the Hydrometeorological Office of Guyana has disclosed that although the entity is fully equipped with the necessary tools, it is understaffed.According to the senior official, “We have enough of the instruments that we require to produce these forecasts, as we know the increase in climate variability and change we have to enhance your forecast, you have to enhance your model so at this particular time we are fine with what is happening because it doesn’t make sense that we have lots of models and we do not have the capacity to operate these models.”The official noted that the entity is understaffed, adding that the lack of employees is a major concern. According to the official, climate science and meteorology is generally not a course that is fully offered in Guyana or around the Caribbean, thus making it difficult for persons to pursue or even be interested in the field.“The particular area in climate science and meteorology is not a course that is fully offered in Guyana or around the Caribbean, so you find that it is a difficult career and you would find that people are less interested in that, so it’s not a career or a profession that you could pick somebody out of the street.You really have to train this person, so training a person it involves over five years in this particular field,” he asserted.It is because of this that the officer called for more training and sensitisation methods be introduced for the career.“It’s an interesting career, it’s an interesting field of study and we know that we all talk about climate change and weather is everybody’s business so again we at this particular time we are much more better in weather and agriculture, but we would want to build more capacity in weather and tourism, climate and tourism, weather and infrastructure, weather and water, weather and energy we would like to do that,” he said.In the past, the Hydrometeorological Office was accused of being unreliable as they failed to provide the warnings that were necessary. It is was also accused of providing inaccurate information as its forecasts varied from the actual weather or climate.last_img read more

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Newcastle v QPR: Barton and Onuoha start

first_imgNedum Onuoha and former Newcastle man Joey Barton return to the QPR starting line-up for the game at St James’ Park, while Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin both start up front.Rangers are without Eduardo Vargas following the birth of the Chilean’s baby daughter.Newcastle are without captain Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid.Ryan Taylor, who has been steadily returning to full fitness after long-term injury, makes his first start for the Magpies since March 2012 Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; R.Taylor, Sissoko Colback; Cabella, Perez, Ameobi.Subs: Elliot, Streete, Anita, Gouffran, Armstrong, Ferreyra, Cisse. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Barton, Henry, Sandro, Fer, Zamora, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Phillips, Isla, Mutch, Kranjcar, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tendulkar delights crowd in short span, Finch wins it for MCC

first_imgMCC’s captain Sachin Tendulkar prepares to catch a ball during a cricket match against a Rest of the World team to celebrate 200 years of Lord’s at Lord’s cricket ground in London, July 5, 2014. Photo by Philip Brown (Reuters)Sachin Tendulkar made everyone at Lord’s nostalgic with some delectable strokes but it was young Aaron Finch, who stole the show with a magnificent 181 as MCC comfortably beat Rest of the World by seven wickets in the ‘Bicentenary Celebrations’ match on Saturday..It was a ‘Union of Legends’ as the likes of Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne once again put on their cricketing gears.While Tendulkar, who made 41 and Lara, who chipped in with 23, showed their class and touch of genius in their short stay, it was Finch’s century that helped MCC overtake Rest of the World’s commanding 293 for seven with 27 balls to spare.Finch’s 145 ball innings had 23 fours and six sixes as he overshadowed India discard Yuvraj Singh’s attractive 132 for the Rest of the World.The only disappointment in the contest was public being robbed a chance to watch a Tendulkar vs Warne duel as the Aussie legend fractured his right hand trying to evade a Brett Lee beamer.It was vintage Tendulkar as he square drove Peter Siddle and hit him for a straight drive. A cover drive off Paul Collingwood was sheer class.He got a little too cheeky with his stroke-making and it proved to be his undoing as he was bowled by Sri Lanka?s Muttiah Muralitharan. His 41 off 44 balls had seven fours.advertisementFinch then carried on and put on another 67 runs for the second wicket with Brian Lara. The latter didn’t look too comfortable in the middle and departed in the 30th over, after scoring 23 runs off 38 balls, including 3 fours.Earlier Yuvraj made a strokeful 132 to power the Rest of the World XI to 293 for seven in 50 overs.Electing to bat in overcast conditions, the Shane Warne-led side slumped to 68 for 5 in the 12th over when Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (4/45) bagged four wickets but soon Yuvraj and Paul Collingwood stitched together a 131-run sixth-wicket partnership to put the innings back on track.The opening combo of Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist had given ROW a brisk 54-run start in 6.5 overs but Brett Lee (2/55) cleaned up the Indian dasher for 22 and then Ajmal took over.Ajmal’s country-mate Umar Gul though sustained an injury and hobbled off after bowling two overs post sharing the new ball with Lee.Gilchrist displayed his trademark pull and cut shots as he scored 22 runs off 24 balls, including 5 fours before being stumped off Ajmal.The champion off-spinner then trapped Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal (1) LBW, got England?s Kevin Pietersen (10) stumped and finally bowled his team-mate Shahid Afridi for a two-ball duck. But strangely Tendulkar took Ajmal off the attack after his third over, probably to give the crowd some entertainment in the exhibition tie.Collingwood scored 40 runs off 64 balls, hitting 3 fours, but it was Yuvraj who really put on the fireworks. He brought up his half-century in the 25th over of the innings, off only 53 balls and including 4 fours as well as 2 sixes.Yuvi didn’t let up, perhaps trying to make an impression on the Indian selectors, who will soon be gathering to select an ODI side for the ongoing England tour.He brought up his hundred off 114 balls in the 45th over.In doing so, he put on 84 runs for the seventh wicket with Peter Siddle (34 not out, 32 balls, 4 fours). He added 32 more runs off another 20 balls faced and was finally dismissed off Tendulkar (1/33) in the penultimate over. Warne (3 not out) was the other unbeaten batsman.last_img read more

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PUBG Mobile Lite features we really hope to see in PUBG Mobiles

first_img This has to be the coolest PUBG Mobile trick, EVER!!! PUBG Mobile Lite was recently launched to attract the masses owning a low-end smartphone. The lighter version of the most popular battle royale mobile title eliminates the need to have a premium, high-end smartphone to get onboard the craze PUBG Mobile has built since its launch.PUBG Mobile Lite developers have thought through the idea behind it, bringing each and every feature tailored to deliver optimum gaming experience. We tested PUBG Mobile Lite and it seemed fine but needs further improvements in terms of lags and some glitches. The gameplay aspect seems to be more favourable than the build itself, but there are going to be updates in the future to fix those errors.During our PUBG Mobile Lite review, we noticed some new features exclusive to this particular version and other features that we had briefly seen in select PUBG Mobile games. Now, we hope that Tencent considers bringing some of its PUBG Mobile Lite features to PUBG Mobile, which can benefit more users who have been playing the game for quite some time now.Riverside rampCamping on bridges is one of the common practices in PUBG Mobile, but there are culverts in the game to allow players to cross a river. While this is helpful, players can alternatively swim to cross to avoid any sniper who would be watching the culvert. But what we saw in PUBG Mobile Lite really had us thinking why this feature can’t come to PUBG Mobile. PUBG Mobile Lite riverside rampIBTimes India/Sami Khan screenshotPUBG Mobile Lite has a riverside ramp that can be used to cross a river in James Bond’s style. Throttle your vehicle and go over the ramp to land on the other side of the river to give opponents an element of surprise. We really hope to see this in PUBG Mobile as it can be used to a better strategy and ambush the enemy without losing your vehicle.RPG missile launcherPUBG Mobile Lite adds a new weapon to the airdrop weapon arsenal. An RPG missile launcher is incredibly cool to carry and highly destructive in short range. We’ve seen the RPG in PUBG Mobile x Resident Evil 2 crossover event to eliminate hoards of zombies, but we never heard of it in other maps. PUBG Mobile Lite RPG launcherIBTimes India/Sami KhanOur sincere hope is that PUBG Mobile gets RPG as a rare item found only in airdrops in addition to the weapons like M249, AWM, Groza and others.Health while on the moveFor so long, PUBG Mobile players have cribbed and complained about not being able to take health while on the move. Being stationary is mandatory to boost the health level, but it puts the player in a comprising situation if the sniper has marked you. In PUBG Mobile Lite, players can take health while on the move, which is something we wish gets introduced in the original PUBG Mobile. This can save lives and give a harder time for enemies to take you out. This works both ways, so don’t get too stressed out when your target is moving out of range while boosting health. PUBG Mobile Lite goes live in IndiaPlay StoreExtended time to killFinally, PUBG Mobile Lite makes it hard to kill an enemy. It’s not a glitch, but it is by design to “enhance players survivability during firefights and encouraging aggressive play.” We don’t entirely wish for this feature to be seen in the original game, but it wouldn’t hurt to be immune to shots while we inspect its origin. Most times, headshots take you out before you realize where it came from. A warning in the form of extended time to kill can be a nice addition.Tencent Games hasn’t promised or hinted to bring these features to PUBG Mobile, but it is merely our hope to enhance the gameplay. Closelast_img read more

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