Dear Editor,Several events over the last year got me thinking in a deeper way about Georgetown’s green spaces, especially its trees. It began with conceptualizing a five-year Strategic Plan for Constituency 14, which included the preservation of our green spaces and our trees.This was eclipsed by Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan’s and Central Government’s Tree Planting Programme. And sadly, more recently, my thoughts turned to the brutality and ecological destruction of our green spaces in the city, the Bel Air Park Playground and the possibility of similar actions on the Farnum Playground.The Botanical Gardens has a catalogue of over 288 plants, including numerous trees. My research yielded no such record for the city proper. At the city level, it is evident that we don’t have an appreciation for what Smart Cities Dive’s online article, “Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy” points out, “Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental, and economic benefits”.There used to be a great tree in Georgetown where the monument to the conservation of sea turtles now stands in the vicinity of Pegasus Hotel; at least two huge trees fell on Main Street over the last year, and I remember another on Merriman’s Mall.Additionally, there used to be trees, among other places, around Bounty Supermarket on Orange Walk and Regent Street. After the store was rebuilt, the trees disappeared. And likewise many home builders rid parapets of trees, seeing them as obstructions, and with a chainsaw or cutlass wiped out whole ecosystems. In Constituency 14 we use to have Eucalyptus trees lining Aubrey Barker Road. Now most are gone.Similarly, last year I came across a post on Facebook by the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council. The post read, “Why was the decades old tree in Esplanade Park Cut down?” It went on to state, “The tree was infested with bees, and sessions at the High Court and at the All Saints’ Primary School were frequently interrupted when the insects became agitated. Athletes who use the Park on a daily basis were also affected.”The M&TC granted permission to the Region 6 RDC to cut down the tree since hives were discovered in the hollow trunk of the tree. It was such a noble gesture by the municipality to think of the welfare of its citizens, but I keep wondering, in the delicate ecological balance that is life, if more could not be done to save the tree.We have to save our city from callous hands, people who pay only lip service to Government’s Green Agenda, who wouldn’t think twice to raze an urban forest to needlessly build a house or two for themselves. God save us, and help us save our green spaces.Sincerely,Sherod Avery DuncanCity Councillor
…first known mid-air delivery on GDF aircraftThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) recorded its first known mid-air delivery on Saturday when 18-year-old Susan Williams of Fairview, North Rupununi gave birth to a beautiful baby girl way above the ground, in what can be described as the most beautiful view over Iwokrama.Jemina West, medical student daughter of GDF Chief of Staff Brigadier PatrickWilliams’s baby being transported to the GPHCWest, was onboard the aircraft. A student of the Texila American University, she played the heroic part in spearheading the delivery.Both mother and baby are patients in the Post Natal Care Ward of the GPHC, and are said to be doing fine. Williams and her husband are thankful for the courage demonstrated by Ms West in stepping up to the challenge.ComplicationsThe sequence of events began when Susan Williams developed complicationsSusan Williams and her baby girlduring delivery and had to be air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPCH) for immediate attention.She had reportedly gone into labour at about 16:00h on Saturday, and was told that the infant was in a breeched position and she would have to be air dashed to the GPHC.Williams’s husband, Diego West, told the <
Barcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0 in a match played behind closed doors 1 The Camp Nou sounds just like your Sunday league match when there are no fans about.It might sound obvious, but watch the video below and listen to what a game in front of 100,00 empty seats sounds like. You can hear Gerard Pique moaning at the ref and Luis Suarez referring to himself in the third person when he misses a chance (if you can understand Spanish). Luckily, though, someone has added English subtitles. In case you are unaware, the match against Las Palmas was played behind closed doors following violent clashes in Catalonia between police and people attempting to vote in a banned independence referendum.A statement from the club read: “FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression.Given the exceptional nature of events, the Board of Directors have decided that the FC Barcelona first team game against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors following the Professional Football League’s refusal to postpone the game.”While you’re here, let us draw your attention to the fact that La Liga matches can be heard on talkSPORT 2 every week right here.
OFFICIAL: Naby #Keïta’s passes are pretty good 🎯 #DieRotenBullen pic.twitter.com/Nchnm8pzc9— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) January 11, 2018 1 Liverpool-bound Naby Keita will remain in Germany until the end of the season Liverpool will not be allowed to bring forward Naby Keita’s move from RB Leipzig, according to the Bundesliga club.Last summer, the Reds agreed a £48m deal for the 22-year-old midfielder to move to Merseyside at the end of the current season, but are said to be keen onThursday, reports from Germany emerged claiming Leipzig chiefs had softened their stance over the player’s departure, having initially ruled out any possibility of losing him earlier than originally planned.However, coach Ralph Hasenhuettl denied this was the case.REVEALED: HOW NABY KEITA IS PERFORMING THIS SEASON“Nothing has changed and our position hasn’t changed from before regarding this transfer,” he said, adding there was no reason to sell Keita before the summer and that the player was keen to end the campaign in positive fashion. KEITA AND THE BEST PLAYERS IN EUROPE RIGHT NOW
Antonio Conte says it will be very difficult for Chelsea to qualify for next season’s Champions League even though his side moved back into the top four with a comfortable win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge.The Blues, who went into the game in poor form having lost their last two games by three-goal margins against Bournemouth and Watford respectively, started nervously and were fortunate not to go behind after Jay Rodriguez failed to take advantage of Victor Moses’ wayward header. However, Eden Hazard’s accomplished finish following a good lay-off from Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea a nerve-settling lead on 25 minutes. The hosts dominated from that point and their lead was doubled in the second-half when Moses dispatched Cesc Fabregas’ clever flick. Hazard scored his second and Chelsea’s third to give his side a commanding lead as the west London club ran out easy winners in the end. The win sees Chelsea climb back into the Premier League’s top four and the recent pressure on the Italian lifted momentarily. Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams, Conte was still wary of how close things were in the race for Champions League football. Conte said: “I’ve been saying it for a long time that it will be very difficult to find a place in the Champions League. At the moment there are five teams fighting for three places and that means someone has to stay out.“I think it was very important to get three points because after two defeats our confidence was a bit down.“We started the game with some problems but then after we scored I felt we controlled the game, we created the chances to improve the result. To keep a clean sheet and get a good result was very important for our confidence. “The pressure on me is normal. It’s been there since the start of the season. For me it’s not important but I understand that the pressure can be a weight on the shoulder of my players and I don’t want this.”
In the 1980s, women were sold the idea that it was possible to do it all: Scale the corporate ladder and carve out a career identity with one hand while baking cookies and changing diapers with the other. By the 1990s, however, moms realized that model was usually fiction – and most felt forced to choose between family and career. But the do-it-all dream is enjoying a rebirth among some women. Thanks to technology, hands-on husbands and the buildup in home equity, a number of “mompreneurs” are starting their own businesses and creating the kind of flexible work schedules women have always wanted. “I didn’t want to go back to work just to sit at a desk and bring in a paycheck that would have been offset by what I would pay for child care,” said Jennifer Gunn, an Altadena mother of two and inventor of the Cupcake Courier, a handy plastic container for carrying and storing up to 36 cupcakes. When she had her second child a few years ago, the former marketing manager for the entertainment weekly Variety became frustrated with the lack of pre-packed diaper bags. So she created one. “I was just going to be retired, and then I started doing some research and got in touch with manufacturers and fabric people and sent it to Hong Kong.” Mindich-Jordan has some serious connections – she has contacts through her former job, and her husband works on Access Hollywood – that have helped turn her bag into a must-have for celebrity moms. Still, she never expected the response her bag has received since she launched it on March1. “The orders just kept coming in,” she said. “The Web site was getting 500,000 hits a week.” Mindich-Jordan said she routinely works until 4a.m. at home, plus most days from a rented office one mile from home in Sherman Oaks. The close location allows her to interrupt her day to pick up her son from school, or take her 2-year-old daughter to Mommy & Me classes. Despite her years in the corporate world, she said she loves the flexibility of coming and going as she pleases, even though she is working harder than ever. “I was the kind of person who loved sleep, but I am so driven,” she said. Mompreneurs fortunate enough to have husbands who are making enough to support the family have a leg up in starting small businesses. But some super-motivated moms aren’t letting their full-time jobs crowd out their entrepreneurial aspirations. Jenean Witherspoon is a mother of four in Covina who works the graveyard shift at a Pomona rehabilitation hospital. She takes online courses in hospitality management through the University of Phoenix. On the weekends, she hosts all kinds of tea parties for her two-year-old business, Princess Dreams Tea Parties. Her fantasy is to have her own bed-and-breakfast, which she said would probably be located out of state, if the dream materializes. Witherspoon charges from about $200 to $300 per party and usually does two a month. Her goal is to quit her job and focus on the business full time, but replacing her job income would mean pumping it up to six to eight parties per month. “For the kids, I would rather be home during the week, and that’s one of the biggest motivators for me,” she said. The common denominator among these mompreneurs – aside from boundless energy and a desire to raise their children themselves for the first few years – is a persistent motivation to attain the kind of adjustable work-life balance not found in a corporate setting. In a survey of 2,000 mothers nationwide, The Motherhood Project found that 41percent work full time, while just 16percent said they would choose full-time work if they could design their ideal work situation. One in three mothers said they would prefer to work part time, and about 30percent said they would prefer to work for pay from home. Overall, a majority of mothers said they want to be employed – but in positions that do not demand so much of their time. “Researchers who have looked at work-family over the years usually have looked at how to keep women in the work force full time,” said Cathy Myers, executive director of the Family and Home Network, an advocate group for stay-at-home parents. “That’s based on the male work model … They pay for on-site day care.” Many women, especially those with an entrepreneurial bent, are skilled at multitasking and working in inherently challenging situations – such as having small children at home. So when these women are shoved back into a rigid work environment, it just isn’t a good fit. Corporate America has come a long way in trying to accommodate talented mothers. But the truth is that any traditional work situation – even a very flexible one – can seem stifling to a mother with her own ideas about the best way to do things. “People are learning that they can structure work to suit their families. Some businesses have made strides, but most of it has to come from people thinking through what they need, and a lot of it is trial and error. It’s such an individual solution for each person.” Denise Michael, a former marketing manager for Ralphs Grocery Co., left her job when she had twin boys six years ago, and now she runs her own lending company. When she had her kids, she considered going back to work but couldn’t see how it made sense after factoring in the cost of day care. “I was working 70 hours a week (at Ralphs),” she said. “I was not getting what I was worth. “After I added up the nylons, the dry cleaning, the lunches, I was making $3 an hour.” Now Michael, who lives in Pasadena, employs other mothers to do paperwork and “all the little things it takes to run your own business.” She said she’s a great boss because she understands perfectly that mothers need to be able to take off and go do something for their children. One thing she has learned through starting her business is that working – and enjoying it – doesn’t mean she can’t be a good mother. “A lot of us fear that if we do something it’s going to take away from our children,” she said. “I thought if I became too successful I wouldn’t have the flexibility. I was wrong about that.” Janet Willison, a veteran of corporate work environments, went into real estate partly for the unconventional schedule it offered. But it’s not flexible enough for her. “Real estate allows you flexibility, but you’re going out at 10p.m. to get papers signed. It doesn’t work with a 2-year-old,” she said. Willison has been working from home with her daughter in tow up to now. But recently, she has morphed into a part-time real estate agent to pursue her real passion: Drama Princess Los Angeles, a clothing line named for her dramatic daughter. Willison said she and business partner Nancy E.M. Bates have spent between $10,000 and $20,000 since starting late last year, and they have attracted the attention of a “major retailer.” Her ultimate goal is to focus on Drama Princess full time. “It’s tapped into a creative part of me that had been dormant.” Weekend warrior Work, on mom’s terms email@example.com (818)713-3662160Want 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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“Unless I had to go back, or I had studied to become a doctor or lawyer … I wouldn’t want to make a small amount of money and then pay someone else to raise my kids.” A former floral designer who also has done work for upscale home decor and clothing retailer Anthropologie, Gunn said she always assumed she would go back to work in some form, but raising her kids was just as important. For her, it was a matter of creating the right mix. She came up with the idea for her product while hauling dozens of cupcakes to school events and birthday parties. She has invested about $40,000 so far, partly from a home equity loan originally intended for redoing a bathroom. But the Cupcake Courier looks promising. It is set to debut on QVC in the next month or so, Gunn said. Like Gunn, Stacie Mindich-Jordan got the idea for her business, BabyDish, from her children.
Tags:#Google#web rick turoczy 1 Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… If you’re a big SMS user, you’ve no doubt encountered this situation: you’re sitting at your desk in front of your computer, you get an SMS message, you pick up your phone and respond. The conversation continues as you hack away on your handset keyboard, making typos and resorting to l33t speak to convey your message. All the while, a full-size keyboard – and possibly far fewer typos – sits inches away.Now, you may have the option to rectify that situation with a new Gmail Labs feature that adds SMS messaging to Gmail chat.You may remember having heard about this feature back in October. It got a lot of publicity and a number of users were eager to try it. There was only one problem: thanks to some last minute glitches the feature didn’t release when expected. Now, those glitches have been resolved and the Gmail chat SMS functionality is in the wild – for US phones, at least. How do you use it? After activating the feature through Google Labs, simply establish a mobile phone number for the contact with whom you want to exchange SMS messages. And begin firing messages their way. The mobile user will receive a message from a unique phone number beginning with the 406 area code. So they’ll be able to save it to their contacts and send you messages in the future. If they don’t want to be getting messages from you, they have the option to block them.With the new feature, you’ll be able to continue conversations with people who have left their computer mid-conversation. What’s more, the next time you get an inbound SMS message while you’re sitting in front of your machine, you’ll also be able to jump into Gmail chat to converse using your full keyboard – instead of your mobile. And that may mean a more meaningful conversation for both of you. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Egyptian secret police kidnap and beat blogger while Palestine arrests another on blasphemy charges. Kareem Amer finished his four year sentence in an Egyptian jail but was not freed. Instead, the SSI, the Egyptian security service, kidnapped him and has been beating him for eight days away from the Burj Al Arab jail where he served his term. At the same time, Palestinian authorities have arrested West Bank blogger Walid Husayin. He faces a life sentence for heresy for writing atheistic statements on several blogs and for creating satirical Facebook pages on which “he spoofed the Koran, including by declaring himself God and ordering his followers to smoke marijuana.”A mere glance in the direction of the consequences of blasphemy laws registers the decision by the United Nations to introduce a resolution condemning the “defamation” of religion as a condemnable act. Human Rights First released a study several months ago that comes to the conclusion that far from protecting the society they are used in, they create an even unsafer environment, including mob violence and use of the blasphemy to destroy political rivals. This month, the United Nations hosts another set of debates, prior to implementing the resolution. Russian blogger and journalist severely beaten. Oleg Kashin, a blogger and journalist who had written on ecological topics in the Khimki Forest for Kommersant, was beaten severely in Moscow at the beginning of the month. His legs and fingers were broken and he suffered head trauma. A Khimki forest advocate had been beaten days before.Egyptian blogger fired for being “absent” from work due to arrest.Hani Nazeer was arrested in 2008, then released this summer. When he returned to his job at a prep school, he was informed by the administration he was being fired. For unexcused absences. In a related story, Kafka is Egyptian. Mexico arrests free software activist in Chiapas. Héctor Bautista, the sysadmin for the Council of Arts and Culture in the Mexican state of Chiapas, was arrested by police in his workplace early this month. Chiapas was the site of the Zapatista uprising in the mid-nineties. A lot of that group’s communication with the outside world was via digital media. A free software movement grew up around that, a movement Bautista is active in. However, when Bautista was arrested and his equipment seized, it was without a warrant and the charges,”such as they are, include possession of child pornography. He is currently under house arrest. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#international#web
Appealing for objectivity, the chair and vice-chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) are asking the organization’s 88 member nations via a press release to give their draft peace plan a “fair reading.” IWC is deeply divided between pro- and antiwhaling nations, and the plan, released in late April, is an effort to bridge that gulf. But several members of IWC’s Scientific Committee have publicly criticized the proposal, saying that it is not based on science; and not a single country has stepped forward to support it. The appeal doesn’t seem to have changed many minds. “It’s startling and a desperate gambit to counter the valid criticisms and concerns about the proposal,” says Patrick Ramage of the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. “They’re trying to muscle it through.” Most troubling to conservation organizations and the IWC’s Scientific Committee, the proposal suggests quotas for whales that are not based on the committee’s calculations for managing sustainable cetacean populations. “The various numbers that are currently being bandied about” emphasize “the importance of keeping to the rule that the Scientific Committee is the authority” and should be the only body calculating any such quotas, says Justin Cooke, a mathematical modeler and committee member in Freiburg, Germany, who represents the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In their statement, the chair and vice-chair argue that the plan will ultimately reduce the number of whales being killed and will put IWC once again in charge of whaling, without ending the organization’s 25-year-old whaling ban. 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Last year, these countries killed about 1700 whales, up from 300 in 1990. There are no international rules to limit or regulate this whaling, the chair and vice-chair note in their appeal. “We tried to come up with a plan that will let the IWC take control of the whaling that is already going on,” Chair Cristian Maquieira says. “It was an absolutely impossible task, and everybody is unhappy with our proposal. But they need to look at it more dispassionately.” Other IWC members, such as Australia, and several conservation organizations have long lobbied for a complete end to commercial whaling in any form. Australia has threatened to take Japan to court for whaling in the Antarctic’s Southern Ocean Sanctuary, an IWC-designated whale preserve. Under the proposed compromise, however, IWC would allow Japan to continue to hunt minke whales in that sanctuary-but IWC, instead of Japan, would set the quota. The draft plan recommends a lower limit for these minke whales than what Japan currently takes. In exchange for killing fewer of these minkes, Japan would also be permitted to hunt a limited number of endangered fin whales in the sanctuary, as well as minke whales in its own coastal waters. Many cetacean experts think this coastal minke population is in trouble, because Japan currently takes about 120 annually as by-catch. IWC would also provide quotas for Japan to harpoon Bryde’s and sei whales, as well as for Norway and Iceland which hunt minke and fin whales. Despite the plan’s rejections, Maquieira is not disheartened. That simply means that “we are probably not far off the correct balance,” says Maquieira in IWC’s recent statement. Negotiations are continuing. Member nations will vote on the plan-or a version of it–in late June at the organization’s annual meeting, held this year in Agadir, Morocco.
Mumbai, Nov 15 (PTI) German luxury sports car maker Porsche today launched a new version of compact SUV Macan in India priced at Rs 76.84 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).The model — Macan R4 — comes with various features including seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and variety of distinctive interior and exterior features.”The new addition to the Macan range further evolves an already exceptional sports car line-up in the compact SUV range to new heights, at an attractive price,” Porsche India Director Pavan Shetty said in a statement.The four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the entry-level Macan has been specifically tailored for the model ensuring sporty and efficient performance, the company said.Earlier this year, the company had launched the latest version of its 911 model in India, priced between Rs 1.42 crore and Rs 2.66 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).Porsches portfolio of luxury sports cars in India includes the Cayman, Cayenne, Macan, Boxter, 911 and Panamera, which are priced in the range of Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 crore. PTI MSS JM