Our attitude to this nation will determine its destiny

first_imgDear Editor,It is my firm belief that our attitude towards this nation will determine its destiny.  Attitude is an internal belief system that determines our perspective and practice.Guyana has been endowed with the necessary natural resources and conditions for this nation to be developed into one of the top countries in this part of the hemisphere. The recent finds of large deposits of oil off the Stabroek Block have further poised Guyana for massive growth and development; but regardless of the wealth that is discovered in our land, sea and forest, these discoveries will not make us great as a nation. Unless we come to a place of having the right attitude towards one another and the development of our nation, the level of development and success that can be accomplished will continue to elude us.I must applaud the present and past Administrations for their efforts to see the developmental potential that this nation is capable of, but there is only so much the Government can do. I believe that it is the positive attitude and patriotism of the people of any nation that dictate the level of growth and development since attitude dictates altitude.As Guyanese let us put aside petty political differences, racial disharmony, diatribe and negative projections.  It is time for us to think more positively about the destiny of our nation, talk more constructively and use our energies towards the course of development for this dear land God has blessed us with.A nation is as great as its people, so let us strive as individuals to make the change and be the change we want to see. It is difficult but possible. As we get ready to celebrate 52 years of independence, this can serve as a sobering time of introspection for us as a nation as to where we were, where we are and where we are heading.I appeal to my fellow Guyanese with the quote uttered by John F Kennedy, to close his inaugural speech, some 57 years ago which has not lost its profundity: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”.May God continue to bless this dear land of ours. Happy Independence to all Guyanese.Yours respectfully,Bishop Joseph Innisslast_img read more

No Matic, no problem! Ex-Chelsea star expects League Cup triumph

first_imgEx-Chelsea striker Chris Sutton believes his former club will beat Tottenham in the League Cup final – despite being without Nemanja Matic for the clash.The Blues midfielder is suspended for the Wembley showpiece after being sent off for shoving Ashley Barnes in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Burnley.But despite the Serbian, who has been a key performer for Jose Mourinho’s men, being absent, Sutton is confident they will run out winners against their London rivals on Sunday.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Chelsea have a good record against Spurs, although I know Spurs thrashed them earlier in the season.“Nemanja Matic is obviously going to be a big miss but I think Chelsea will have a little bit too much for them.”last_img

Huge done deals! Power ranking the top 20 signings of the transfer window

first_imgWe’ve already seen some huge names arrive in the Premier League.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who opened his account for Manchester United in spectacular fashion with an overhead kick, while the likes of Michy Batshuayi at Chelsea and Sadio Mane at Liverpool have too been in action for their new club.But out of all the deals completed so far this summer, who have really caught our eye ahead of the new Premier League season?talkSPORT has ranked the top 20 signings of the summer transfer window, as it stands – check out which players feature by viewing the slideshow above. 20 20. Joe Allen (£13m to Stoke City from Liverpool) – click the arrow above, right, to see the top 20 signings of the summer so far – After an excellent Euro 2016 campaign with Wales, some, including the player himself, may have thought he had a future at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp, though, considered the midfielder expendable, much to the delight of the Potters. 20 19. Jordan Ibe (£15m to Bournemouth from Liverpool) – Ibe was highly-rated at Anfield, making his move to Dean Court somewhat of a surprise. For the winger though, it could be an excellent decision. He should become a first team regular at his new club, leaving him with few excuses at not cementing his status in the Premier League. Next season will be exciting for the 20-year-old. 14. Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m to Liverpool from Newcastle United) – Despite, to put it lightly, not giving his all at St James’ Park, Wijnaldum’s reputation was left unscathed by Newcastle’s relegation. The pressure will be on at his new club, where Jurgen Klopp won’t accept a poor attitude. With so many attacking players at Klopp’s disposal, it’ll be interesting to see how the Netherlands international slots into the Reds side. 20 20 18. Andros Townsend (£13m to Crystal Palace from Newcastle United) – Townsend, who joined Newcastle in January and later suffered relegation with the club, was never likely to spend next season in the Championship. The winger has unfinished business in the Premier League after a torrid end to his time at Tottenham Hotspur, and will be looking to rejuvenate Alan Pardew’s struggling attack. 20 20 3. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund) – Mkhitaryan was outstanding for Borussia Dortmund last season, scoring 11 and assisting 15. A move to the Premier League seemed inevitable and Jose Mourinho was the man to seal his signature. If he can continue his top form at Old Trafford, he could play a crucial role in United’s title challenge. 17. Nolito (£14m to Manchester City from Celta Vigo) – Nolito will be battling with Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas for a place in Pep Guardiola’s side next season, and may already be ahead of the pair in the pecking order. The Spaniard scored 12 goals and registered seven assists in La Liga last term. Similar figures will be expected at his new club. 20 4. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£12m to Southampton from Bayern Munich) – Likened to Sergio Busquets by Pep Guardiola, the Saints have snapped up one of the hottest young players in Europe. The Premier League will be a challenge for the 20-year-old, but his arrival at Southampton really has caused excitement. He could prove as vital to the side as Morgan Schneiderlin prior to his move to Manchester United. 20 13. Michy Batshuayi (£33m to Chelsea from Olympique Marseille) – Despite costing a sizeable £33m, excitement isn’t too high over Batshuayi’s possible impact at Stamford Bridge. With Diego Costa’s future uncertain, though, he could be a crucial signing by Antonio Conte. Few will have seen the striker in action, and he could therefore surprise many next season. 20 20 16. Nampalys Mendy (£13m to Leicester City from Nice) – The Foxes broke their transfer record to land Mendy, who is expected to fill the void left by N’Golo Kante in the centre of the park, this summer. Claudio Ranieri managed the midfielder at Monaco, and while their relationship was difficult, the Italian has never questioned his ability, likening his style of play to Claude Makelele. Expectations are high. 20 10. Granit Xhaka (£35m to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach) – Arsenal have plenty of options in midfield, but constant injury problems often leaves Arsene Wenger short of men in the centre of the park. Xhaka, therefore, is a welcome addition to the side and looks to have the grit in his play that is so missed in the Gunners team. 20 20 20 9. Eric Bailly (£30m to Manchester United from Villarreal) – Establishing a partner for Chris Smalling was one of Louis van Gaal’s (many) problems. Daley Blind was often deployed alongside the England international with Phil Jones struggling for fitness. Bailly may be the answer to such concerns. At £30m, he should be first choice in the heart of United’s defence. 15. Nathan Redmond (£11m to Southampton from Norwich City) – As one of the Canaries’ brightest players, it seemed time for Redmond to say farewell to the club and continue his career in the Premier League. He hasn’t yet fulfilled his potential but Claude Puel could be the manager to get the best out of him. 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free to Manchester United from Paris Saint-Germain) – This is the big signing of the summer. There was so much speculation over where the Swede would go after his contract at the Parc des Princes expired, but a Jose Mourinho reunion always seemed the likely scenario. The striker opened his account for United in spectacular fashion during a pre-season clash, only adding to the hysteria surrounding his Premier League debut. 20 8. Sadio Mane (£30m to Liverpool from Southampton) – Mane was said to be the subject of interest from Manchester United last summer, but a year later and Liverpool are the club to lure him away from St Mary’s. The Senegal international has been one of the Saints’ most exciting players over the last two seasons and bolsters an already explosive attack for the Reds. 6. Lewis Cook (£6m to Bournemouth from Leeds United) – Many are eagerly awaiting the Premier League debut of the midfielder who was last term voted as the Young Player of the Year in the Championship. He’s already impressed pre-season for the Cherries and could prove to be a steal at £6m (which could rise to £10m in add-ons). 7. Vincent Janssen (£18.5m to Tottenham Hotspur from AZ Alkmaar) – With Harry Kane a regular for club and country, Mauricio Pochettino was always expected to bring another striker to White Hart Lane to take some responsibility off the shoulders of the England international. Janssen was the man to catch Pochettino’s eye, having finished last season as the Eredivisie’s top scorer with 27 goals to his name. 20 20 20 20 11. Steve Mandanda (£1.5m to Crystal Palace from Olympique Marseille) – Eagles fans are delighted by the signing of Mandanda. As with the arrival of Yohan Cabaye, the experienced goalkeeper’s arrival signals a major message of intent from Alan Pardew. The Frenchman could already be first choice ahead of Wayne Hennessey. 5. Ilkay Gundogan (£21m to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund) – It was evident last season that City’s midfielder required work over the summer. Pep Guardiola instantly recognised the strengthening needed, luring Gundogan to the Etihad early on in the market. The German may miss the start of the season through injury, but will likely be thrown straight into action when he returns to fitness. 2. N’Golo Kante (£30m to Chelsea from Leicester City) – Kante played a key role in the Foxes’ stunning title-winning campaign and the club were prepared for offers. Antonio Conte was the manager to persuade the Frenchman over a move to Stamford Bridge, where he is expected to fulfil a similar, crucial position as he did at the King Power Stadium. 12. Victor Wanyama (£11m to Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton) – Spurs’ midfield was excellent last season, with Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli settling under Mauricio Pochettino. The addition of Wanyama is a fine move from the club’s manager. With Premier League experience, the 25-year-old should slot straight into the young Tottenham side. 20last_img read more

Real Madrid to offer PSG over £300million for Neymar

first_imgThe Brazilian would therefore be unable to play for another club until 2019.The clause was included to ensure Neymar, 26, would stay at PSG for at least 18 months after his world-record £198m move from Barcelona.But according to SunSport, the Champions League holders are not willing to wait until January for Neymar.Should this move go through before the start of the 2018/19 season, it would smash the world-record by £109mThe deal is also believed to be part of an even bigger commercial operation which would see Nike, who work with Neymar, replace Adidas as Real’s sponsor.It could also spell the end of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stay at Los Blancos as there is uncertainty whether the club would be capable of paying both his and Neymar’s wages.The Portuguese is reportedly on an £18m salary, while Neymar is likely to be on around £39m-a-year.The LaLiga giants are also on the hunt for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane resigned from his post last week. 1 Real Madrid are ready to fork out £307million to persuade PSG to forgo a release clause in Neymar’s contract, according to reports.It is understood that the French champions included a stipulation in Neymar’s deal that says he can leave for £263m on September 1, the day after the transfer window closes.center_img Neymar moved to the Ligue 1 giants in August 2017 last_img read more

UPDATE: DOUBLE WEATHER ALERT ISSUED FOR DONEGAL

first_imgMET EIREANN has issued a double weather alert for Donegal – for TWO days.There is a Yellow Alert for today, Monday, and a newly-extended Orange Alert for Tuesday, Christmas Eve.And there are already warnings about another storm set to hit Ireland on St Stephen’s Night and into Friday. MONDAY’S ALERT: Wind Warning for Wexford, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and WaterfordSouth to southwest winds, of mean speeds 50 to 70 km/h will gusts 85 to 100 km/h at times, in southern and western coastal counties on Monday.Valid:Monday 23 December 2013 06:00 to Monday 23 December 2013 16:00.TUESDAY’S ALERT: Preliminary Warning : A vigorous Atlantic storm depression is forecast to pass just to the northwest of Ireland overnight on Monday. The exact track is still not certain, but it is likely to bring some severe winds in over the country for late Monday night and for a time on Tuesday. Blustery southwest winds are expected to gust to between 100 km/h and 130 km/h. The highest gusts, at this stage, are expected in western and northern coastal counties. High Seas are expected also. Valid:Tuesday 24 December 2013 00:01 to Tuesday 24 December 2013 16:00 UPDATE: DOUBLE WEATHER ALERT ISSUED FOR DONEGAL was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegal daily weatherorange alertstormwindsyellow alertlast_img read more

Jacks look to reset ahead of home opener

first_imgLooking to get in the win column following a 0-2 start, the Humboldt State football team hosts Western Oregon Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Redwood Bowl in what will be the Lumberjacks’ home opener.HSU has faced a pair of difficult opponents in MSU Texas and Central Washington to begin its 2018 campaign, and head coach Damaro Wheeler believes playing on the team’s home turf will prove pivotal in turning the tide after an inauspicious start.“It’s been a long time coming,” said Wheeler. “We’re …last_img

Key issues from Mo Ibrahim Index 2012

first_imgThe Mo Ibrahim Index, currently in its 6th year, released its annual report on African governance on the 15th of October 2012. This year South Africa remains in the fifth position it has occupied since the index launched in 2006. In terms of the methodology the Mo Ibrahim Foundation deploys it is necessary to note that it is a composite index. The index is constructed by combining underlying indicators in a standardised way to provide a statistical measure of governance performance in African countries.Key Issues [PDF, 383Kb]last_img

LAToken raises millions in ICO to create “the first asset-backed token exchange”

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Blockchain#ICO#Initial Coin Offering#Internet of Things#IoT#LAToken#Russia The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img As the ICO fever continues to rise, LAToken, a blockchain platform which aims to make tradable potentially any type of assets, raised the equivalent of $9.6 million in late August. In just three days, investors bought 30 million tokens, each one amounting to 0,001 Ethereum (ETH).Founded by Russian entrepreneur Valentin Preobrazhenskiy, the LAToken platform (short for “Liquid Asset Token”) tokenizes virtually anything from real estate, to bank loans, to works of arts or even antiques.On Sept. 5, the company announced its “compliance with all the SEC regulations as a token utility.”  Thus US citizens and residents can buy the tokens to purchase fractions of assets or convert the tokens into other cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin or Ether.Trading fractions of real-life assetsLAToken aims to provide asset owners with a new way to gain liquidity by selling tokenized fractions of their real-life assets with minimal transaction costs. While keeping the actual assets for their use, owners do not need to borrow money and pay interest. (see LAToken’s whitepaper).To trade real-estate assets, LAToken is based on an already existing home equity marketplace which Preobrazhenskiy claims has already facilitated 12,000 mortgage offers and over 1,000 deals from several different banks and investors.“The secondary and primary markets of fractional ownership of home equity and mortgages are now on the verge of a breakthrough, thanks to cryptocurrency blockchain smart contracts,” Forbes quoted David Drake, chair of LDJ Real Estate Fund and member of LAToken’s Advisory Board, as saying.In early August, the platform began tokenizing Apple shares. Since each share is traded for $160, it is impossible for an investor with just $50 to buy it on the stock exchange – but LAToken allows him or her to buy the corresponding fraction of a tokenized Apple share.“My dream is to build a NASDAQ on Blockchain with a wider range of tradable assets, blurring the boundaries between the crypto and the real economies, and offering our clients a dramatic reduction of listing costs, settlement time, and transaction costs,” Preobrazhenskiy said.According to estimates cited by LAToken, the turnover of asset-backed tokens may exceed $1 trillion by 2025.During the three next stages of the ICO, which will take place in September and October, LAtoken plans to issue 150 million additional tokens.Among the recent notable ICOs involving Russian companies, or companies with Russian roots, were those of real-estate investment platform Propy, crowdvouching platform Suretly, startup accelerator Starta, and metallurgical waste recycling facility ZrCoin.A variety of other projects have announced ICO plans and already conducted pre-ICOs.This story is published in partnership with East-West Digital News, an international news resource about innovation in Central and Eastern Europe. Adrien Henni 6 User-Interface Musts for Personal Finance Appslast_img read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Frame Rates

first_imgThere are a handful of commonly used frame rates, each with their own purpose. Here is a quick guide to the industry standard frame rates and their purposes.Top image ‘NTSC / PAL Color Test Chart’ via ShutterstockDifferent mediums and different regions all demand different frame rates for different reasons. Let’s take a brief look at what it all means so you’ll be prepared to pick which frame rate is right for your next project.Film24fps, 48fpsMovies and other cinematic productions are generally shot at 24 frames per second. Only recently did Peter Jackson push toward double this frame rate when shooting The Hobbit Trilogy.The 48 frames per second format received mixed feedback, and has not been used elsewhere yet — though James Cameron is reportedly shooting his upcoming sequels to Avatar at 48fps. While the higher frame rate has been criticized for breaking immersion, it does provide a sharper image with less motion blur.Video/TelevisionNTSC: 30FPS, 60FPS PAL: 25FPSThe American standard for video has long been 30 frames per second, though for broadcast television it is actually 29.97 (see drop-frames below for explanation). 30fps was chosen for ideal synchronization with the 60Hz power standard of the United States.This format is known as NTSC. In Europe, the video standard is 25 frames per second due to their 50Hz power standard. This format is known as PAL. Online video is often uploaded at 30fps, and sometimes even at 60fps for action-heavy content.Drop-Frame TimecodesThe above example compares the Drop-Frame timecode (left) to a Non Drop-Frame timecode (right), slowed down. If you watch the 29.97 example, you’ll see that it skips two frames at the 1-minute mark.23.976fps, 29.97fps, 59.94fpsWhen color television was first introduced, the added signal caused interference with existing black and white televisions. Known as the Color Subcarrier, this signal provided hue and saturation levels, but was unfortunately visible on black and white televisions as a form of static. Slowing down the frame rate to 29.97 eliminated this static, and it has since become industry standard to broadcast in this format. This format is known as Drop-Frame, whereas 30fps would be called Non Drop-Frame.In order to compensate for this frame rate offset, a Drop-Frame’s timecode must skip frames 00 and 01 once a minute, with the exception of multiples of ten minutes. There are also Drop-Frame variations of 24fps and 60fps (see above). While this should be kept in mind when working with any video content, it is absolutely crucial in broadcast video.There is a lot more technical detail to how frame rates work, but with this knowledge you can at least identify them and choose which one is right for your current project. Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Scientists may have solved mystery of dwarf planet’s enigmatic bright spot

first_imgTHE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—A mysterious bright spot on Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, is looking more and more like ice—and could even be emitting water vapor into space on a daily basis, Dawn mission scientists reported here today at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The bright spot, simply called feature #5, had been noticed before by the Hubble Space Telescope as sitting within an 80-kilometer-wide crater. But the Dawn spacecraft, which went into orbit around Ceres on 6 March, is now close to resolving the feature, which is less than 4 kilometers wide (pictured). Andreas Nathues, principal investigator for Dawn’s framing camera, says the feature has spectral characteristics that are consistent with ice. Intriguingly, the brightness can be seen even when the spacecraft is looking on edge at the crater rim, suggesting that the feature may be outgassing water vapor above the rim and into space. “Ceres seems to be indeed active,” he says. The feature brightens through the course of the day, and then shuts down at night. Nathues says the behavior is similar to that of comets. Dawn should be able to resolve the feature completely, along with a smaller companion spot, when the spacecraft dips closer to the dwarf planet in mid-April.last_img read more