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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Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, January 3

first_img1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool are already considering re-signing captain Steven Gerrard, 34, on loan next January after the end of the Major League Soccer season. (Daily Telegraph) Gerrard will command a £20m salary from Los Angeles Galaxy to end his career in the MLS. (Daily Mirror) Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes has told Gerrard he would be welcome at Real Sociedad next season if he decides to play in Spain rather than the United States. (Daily Mail) West Brom are looking to sell striker Saido Berahino for £20m, with Tottenham and Liverpool both interested in the 21-year-old. (The Sun)Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Toronto striker Jermain Defoe, 32, to boost their forward options. (Daily Telegraph) Alternatively, Leicester lead the chase to secure Defoe’s services. (The Guardian) Tottenham are set to offload midfielder Paulinho, 26, with Brazilian club Cruzeiro a likely destination, while 27-year-old winger Aaron Lennon could also leave if any club meets his asking price of £7m. (Daily Mirror) New Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is poised to make immediate signings, with a loan deal for Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, 21, his top priority. (The Times)Chelsea and Manchester United’s pursuit of winger Gareth Bale, 25, has come to an end, with the Welshman set to sign a new and improved deal at Real Madrid. (Daily Express) Arsenal are set to pip Manchester United to Ipswich’s £10m-rated 18-year-old midfielder Teddy Bishop. (The Sun)Leicester City are on the verge of signing 42-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. (Daily Star) Borussia Dortmund are ready to listen to offers for Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also interested in the 24-year-old midfielder. (Daily Express) Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel, 41, is a leading contender to take over from Alan Pardew at Newcastle. (The Guardian) Midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, is in talks to extend his stay at Manchester City until 2016. (Daily Star) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Reports – Holland star set to snub Manchester United and join JuventusExclusive – Gerrard transfer latest! Liverpool skipper to replace ex-Everton star?Reports – Newcastle slap £15million price tag on Arsenal targetMan United reject Juventus enquiry for midfield maestroNewcastle flop could be an ‘important signing’, admits Serie A side’s presidentExclusive – Dyche blames Fulham for Burnley transfer woesBlow for Arsenal! Celtic defender going nowhere, claims DeilaGerrard transfer update! Southampton enter race for departing Liverpool captainReports – Liverpool to renew interest in Valencia strikerReports: Koeman wants Alderweireld stayDerby complete loan signing of BentCrystal Palace star Bolasie not for sale, says MillenSunderland target former AC Milan starReports – Salah set for Inter Milan loan move Listen again to today’s Paper Review last_img read more

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Incredible rising star set for Premier League move next season? (Video)

first_imgMan United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich were among the teams chasing Martin Odegaard in January.In the end Real Madrid succeeded in convincing him to join and the 16-year-old has been turning heads in his appearances for the club’s reserves. Now, though, it is being reported Premier League club Southampton will offer to further develop Odegaard.SAINTS WANT ODEGAARD ON LOANDespite his young age the Norweigian has already represented his country three times. Check him out in action for Stromsgodset, below, prior to his move to Spain.Keep up to date with all transfer rumours by clicking here.last_img read more

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Championship strugglers Charlton call for fans’ backing amid protests

first_img1 Championship strugglers Charlton have released a statement following protests by home fans marred Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.Supporters held a mock funeral before the clash at the Valley, while a large number of beach balls were thrown onto the pitch during the match.Addicks fans were voicing their displeasure at the way they feel the club is being run by owner Roland Duchatelet, with Charlton currently 23rd in the Championship table, five points adrift of safety.In a statement addressed to the fans, Charlton have said some individuals “want the club to fail” and have called on supporters to back the team as they bid to retain their Championship status. The statement said: “Last Sunday, some individuals did not come to the Valley to watch the game and support the team, but came to create disorder on the pitch and interfere with the players and the game. Disorder which is, allegedly, needed to drive change in ownership and management.“Whom would they expect the club to be sold to? How long would a sales process take? Is it easier to sell the club when it is in League One rather than Championship?“Some individuals seem to want the club to fail. This is a confused approach, since following this logic leads to exactly the opposite of what we all want: staying in the Championship.“We have nine games left in which we have to get six points more than our competitors. The team just got seven points out of three games.“We still have the chance to make it happen with the support of the fans until the very last game. We must believe it is still possible. Every football fan knows the 12th man is a crucial factor in the success on the pitch.” Addicks fans voiced their displeasure at the way owner Roland Duchatelet is running the club last_img read more

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GARDA TRIED TO TAKE HER LIFE AFTER SEX ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT – COURT TOLD

first_imgA female Garda has revealed how she tried to take her own life after being sexually assaulted and harassed by a fellow Garda, a court has heard.Letterkenny Circuit Court is today continuing to hear harrowing details of the case against a married Garda.The Garda, who is in his 30s, denies seven charges of sexual assault and two charges of harassment against two female colleagues. Today’s evidence has so far consisted of defence barrister Peter Nolan cross-examining the first female Garda to make the claims.The incidents are all alleged to have happened between November 2010 and May 2011.The woman again revealed how she was sexually assaulted by the other officer on thee occasions – twice in the Garda station they worked and once in a patrol car.The woman revealed how she is “one hundred per cent sure” how she knows the man rubbed his erect penis against her.Mr Nolan read some of the woman’s statement back to her in which it was mentioned she tried to take her own life during the alleged campaign of harassment.Mr Nolan asked the woman why, as a trained officer, did she not make a formal complaint until much later.The woman replied “My head was spinning and my stomach was turning and I was processing all these thought. Does she think we’re having an affair with him.”Mr Nolan replied “Surely this was the time to scotch all these rumours and to say he was sexually assaulting you. It was up to you to make a complaint.“You had him there and a Sergeant you trusted and you were almost vomiting. You never made a complaint until this statement.“Why didn’t you nip this in the bud when you had the opportunity to do this? If you had made the complaint none of this prosecution would before the courts.”He then claimed this was a “storm in a teacup” to get back at the accused.“I think what you are saying is absurd,” answered the woman.Mr Nolan answered the only absurd thing was three years later that she was now here as if her world had fallen apart.“You are a very callous man. I would disagree with 90% of what you have said,” replied the woman.Again some leading members of the Garda force are in court including Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn.The case continues.COPYRIGHT DONEGALDAILY.COMGARDA TRIED TO TAKE HER LIFE AFTER SEX ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT – COURT TOLD was last modified: October 31st, 2013 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:Gardasex assaultlast_img read more

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Homecoming for multi-medal winning Paralympian Katie tonight

first_imgMulti-medal winning Olympian Katie George Dunlevy is set to arrive home in Mountcharles tonight at half six.Although Katie lives in England, she competed for Ireland in the Paralympics, and as her dad John is from Mountcharles; she’s a Donegal girl at heart.She spent a lot of time in Mountcharles growing up, and frequently visits. Katie always vowed to bring her medals with her to Donegal if she ever won them.Katie not only won one medal in Rio; she won several! Along with tandem cycling partner Eve McCrystal, she secured a silver medal in theWomen’s B Road Race and the duo’s fantastic performance last week in the B Tandem Time Trials bagged them a gold medal!Well done Katie, and welcome home!   Homecoming for multi-medal winning Paralympian Katie tonight was last modified: September 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:gold medalHOMECOMINGkatie george dunlevyMOUNTCHARLESparalympicsRiosilver medallast_img read more

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Video: Incredible rare footage of England wonderkid Jadon Sancho

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The 18-year-old has even got a Champions League assist to his name as he begins to produce at an elite level.And Sancho’s brilliant form will be nothing new to many of those who have followed his career since his time with Watford and Manchester City.In fact, on the FFDTV YouTube channel there are some brilliant clips of the precocious talent, and other wonderkids, breaking ankles with a stunning array of skills. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY Latest Football News REVEALED BEST OF RANKED center_img REVEALED ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England starlet Jadon Sancho chats with Gareth Southgate huge blow Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho could get his international debut this weeks after being included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.It’s no more than the skilful starlet deserves given his current run of form which sees him with six assists and one goals in the Bundesliga from just 215 minutes of action. MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The first clip shows Sancho schooling colleagues, including Arsenal star Reiss Nelson (in pink boots) with a neat selection of flicks, tricks, and feints, while he was aged 15.And a second shows him in impeccable form for England at the 2017 European Under-17 Championship.We can’t wait to see him in an England shirt if he starts pulling some of these moves out of the bag against Croatia and Spain in the UEFA Nations League.last_img read more

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College of the Redwoods Sports auction brings in 100k for athletics

first_imgThe 15th annual College of the Redwoods sports auction raised more than $100,000 on Thursday, August 9. Redwoods Athletic Director Bob Brown said last weeks generous turnout is a testament to the “great amount of support given to athletics by the community.”Brown said the money raised from the auction will go towards supplies, such as jerseys and equipment, for the 13 different teams on campus. “All the money raised benefits the athletics programs directly,” Brown said. “The money will give …last_img read more

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Early Humans Refused to Be Classified

first_imgWe humans like to classify things, and when we classify ourselves, we sometimes get into trouble.  We create groups of “us” and “them” that breed conflicts.  A fight of sorts is going on between paleoanthropologists, reports Science News1 May 22, over what to make of some skulls found in a cave in Romania.  The skulls are blurring the neat categories most anthropologists had made to distinguish primitive and early modern humans.    The discovery last June, an Indiana Jones-like adventure involving cave diving into a tomb-like chamber and finding bones of cave bears and human skulls, has the makings of a good movie.  But now that the skulls are in the lab, scientists are scratching their own skulls figuring out where to fit them in the human lineage.  The problem is that they display both “primitive” and “modern” traits: modern cheek bones and no brow ridges, but heavy-set jaws and massive teeth.  Named Oase (wah-see) after the cave in which they were found, the skulls also contain multi-ridged third molars larger than those of Neanderthals.  These bones and another found in Portugal that displays “a potpourri of traits from both species” are causing some anthropologists to suggest that all these varieties of early humans interbred.  That threatens to overturn favorite theories about human evolution:The Oase skull’s strange combination of modern and archaic characteristics underscores scientific confusion about how to define anatomically modern humans, [Erik] Trinkaus [Washington U at St. Louis] adds.    “Paleontologists have created an artificial [anatomical] Rubicon that the Oase fossils violate,” he says.  “The blend of traits on these specimens contradicts the existence of a straightforward evolutionary process [during the Stone Age] in which modern humans came out of Africa and replaced everyone else.”    In more serious jeopardy is the practice of classification itself.  “One way to make sense of fossils such as the Portuguese child and the Oase skull is to stop assuming that each ancient Homo species existed on a separate branch of an evolutionary tree, says Trenton W. Holliday of Tulane University in New Orleans.”1Bruce Bower, “Humanity’s Strange Face,” Science News Week of May 22, 2004; Vol. 165, No. 21, p. 328.Is it possible to be racist with long-dead humans?  There is a great deal of variation among people groups living today (Watusi and pygmy, etc.), yet they are all 100% human and it is very unPC to discriminate between them.  Variation within a species can be quite pronounced.  Anthropologists seem to be too quick to sort bones into evolutionary lineages without considering the environmental influences on anatomy, such as diet: chewing tough meat might accentuate brow ridges and teeth, for instance.    This long-fumbling practice of classifying human bones into separate species so as to weave a tale of evolution should be scorned for its phony discrimination.  It’s not science; it is dogma looking for support.  Primitive, my tooth.  These deceased brethren could probably outrun and outsmart any modern paleoanthropologist on the trail of a cave bear.  That takes brains, physical fitness, and complex DNA that is anything but primitive.  Maybe the new paradigm is that humans have been devolving from highly intelligent, skilled, artistic hunters into lazy, obese, foolish storytellers.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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What3Words and Gateway are creating a safer community

first_imgUsing an innovative global mapping system, a British company is helping to bring healthcare to some of South Africa’s most difficult-to-find places.plans.backer.toned. An example of a rural KwaNdengezi address using what3words. (Image: what3words)Sulaiman PhilipKwaNdengezi, outside Durban, is a community of 54,000. It is a collection of brick buildings and self-built homes of zinc sheeting, recycled bricks and wood. What roads do exist do not have names and unless you live in the sprawling 14km² township, it is easy to get lost.Thembinkosi Lesley Dladla, an Emergency Management Rescue Services (EMRS) shift supervisor, explained: “As an EMRS [officer], my work doesn’t have any boundaries – we work the whole of Durban. It’s very difficult in the townships, because they don’t have road names written, and they also don’t have house numbers.”Ambulances can take hours to reach patients. Often a whole day will pass before an ambulance can find patients. They, as well as community health workers, have to rely on residents to give them directions. For the community, descriptive directions are the easiest ways to navigate the chaotic streets of the township.Take the directions Dladla gave to the Gateway blog, for example: “Take a left at the church, then right at the school and it’s a red door.” These can be misunderstood or misremembered, require detailed local knowledge and take a long time to explain. There are also no street lights, so using landmarks to find your way is almost impossible at night.Gateway and what3wordsA local health NGO, Gateway Health Institute, is piloting a project in KwaNdengezi that will map the entire township. For the first time residents will have an address they can use when calling for medical help.The NGO is using what3words, a global online mapping system, to create unique addresses for the township. The system breaks the globe into a grid of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares. Each has a pre-assigned and fixed three-word address.Gateway’s fieldworkers helped residents identify their locations on a satellite map and then printed their three-word addresses on plastic signs that were attached to their homes. The addresses are registered in a database, and the NGO is able to identify what medical services are needed where. The mapping service has helped to increase the number of pregnant women receiving home visit antenatal care. When medical help is needed it can be dispatched to a mapped location and ambulance crews know where to go to provide life-saving assistance.Residents are known to keep copies of their what3words addresses in their bibles. (Image: What3words)Beyond providing addresses to homes in KwaNdengezi, Gateway is also mapping community assets such as local government centres, clinics and pumps that provide clean drinking water. The aim is to build a detailed map for the residents that can be used by businesses and the government to improve the lives of the community.The project was begun by Dr Coenie Louw, founder and director of Gateway. “For those living in informal settlements and rural areas, ‘location’ presents the biggest challenge in providing health services and products. In these areas demand is high but delivery is poor. What3words changes all that. By providing every property with a unique address, residents now have a simple and reliable way to identify their homes.”Addressing a problemGateway runs community health services in disadvantaged communities across the country. The most important medical services it offers are delivery of medicines and emergency transport for women in labour: 50% of births in KwaNdengezi take place at home; before the project began an ambulance could take up to four hours to reach a woman in distress.At first, Louw tried using phone masts to triangulate locations but he found that location could be up to 3km from a person needing assistance. “I spent two years trying to find a way to actually pinpoint the location of a pregnant woman in distress.”Dr Coenie Louw, founder of Gateway Health Institute, introduced what3words to KwaNdengezi. (Image:what3words)What3words is the perfect solution, which Louw found while doing internet research. A three-word address is perfect in areas such as KwaNdengezi because it is easy to remember and simple to share via message or SMS. What3words uses USSD technology and is a free download to any phone. It also works even if the resident does not have available data.Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder of what3words told Gateway: “Helping them [Gateway] to overcome one of their most fundamental barriers for delivering these services is something we’re very proud of. Addressing these communities is the first step to improving their economic and social development, and indeed to changing lives.”The project is also being used to alleviate unemployment in the township — 11 previously unemployed youngsters were trained as fieldworkers to help residents identify their addresses and to help load location and health information on Gateway’s database.How what3words worksThe system is available in 14 languages and is used in 170 countries by NGOs, government services and businesses. In essence, every centimetre of the globe has a unique address that is easier to remember and communicate, is more accurate and is simpler to use than directions based on landmarks.marginal.cabin.gearbox is the what3words address for the Brand South Africa office. Neighbouring The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, a short walk away, is senior.blinks.punk. Similar word combinations are not placed close to each other. If you spell a word incorrectly, the system will give you suggestions for the best possible location.An estimated 4 billion people have no address. For these people it is impossible to open a bank account or get deliveries or, as in the case of the residents of KwaNdengezi, be reached in an emergency. What3words is designed to improve the lives of these people.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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