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Guyana Carnival Parade rocks Georgetown

first_imgGuyanese from all walks of life flocked the route to observe and participate in this year’s Guyana Carnival Parade in observance of Guyana’s 53rd Independence Anniversary.As expected, the revellers rocked the streets and delivered, even though the inclement weather prevented the events from starting at the scheduled time.The three main “party trucks” assembled at the corner of Camp and Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, around 14:00h before heading to the D’Urban Park around 18:00h where it concluded.Thousands of Guyanese who came out to support the event were blown away by the phantasmagoria of colours that was showcased by the revellers who were all decked out in costumes.Some of the patrons who were looking on from the sidelines were decked out in their very best outfits as they enjoyed the scenery that was provided by the revellers, who put on a show that would attract any passerby to join the festivities.Guyana Times spoke to a few thrilled patrons who related that the Guyana Carnival Parade did not disappoint. Keisha Bacchus told this news publication that this is her second year participating and to her surprise, it was better than last year’s event. “More people participate in the parade and the beauty about it is that families get together and line the streets just to get a feel.”She further stated that a lot of foreigners were observed gyrating in the streets, which boosts Guyana’s tourism.Clive Forde, who was observed with his family viewing the parade, said: “I’m just happy to be here with my family, celebrating 53 years of Independence”. He continued by saying that he loves the way the country is developing and he is quite excited to see where our country is headed.One of the organisers of the events and a well-known personality in the entertainment sector of Guyana, Robbie Singh, said that he worked tirelessly to ensure “Pulse Band” produced an even better experience than last year.He stated that the idea is to never take away the authentic Guyanese culture but to give our country more exposure since Carnival is globally recognised. In closing, he stated that it is a beautiful experience and, therefore, Guyanese should support the Carnival body in the future.Guyana Carnival is a privately owned festival in Georgetown, Guyana, during the month of May. It is an amalgamation of influential entertainment bodies, the Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders to create a new exciting product to boost tourism, entertainment, and nightlife in our emerging city.It attracts thousands of tourists, locals and carnival chasers daring to indulge in something new and exciting.last_img read more

Norwich v QPR line-ups: Duo start, youngsters on bench, Norwich man out

first_imgJack Robinson and Michael Doughty have been given starting places for QPR’s final game of the season, while youngster Josh Bowler is on the substitutes’ bench.Reece Grego-Cox is also on the bench and is expected to be involved at some stage.Norwich, meanwhile, are without forward Steven Naismith, who is suspended after being sent off against Leeds.Norwich: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin, Klose, Dijks; Dorrans, Howson; Hoolahan, Pritchard, Jo. Murphy; Oliveira.Subs: McGovern, Jerome, Wildschut, Ja. Murphy, Tettey, Maddison, Godfrey.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Lynch, Robinson, Wszolek, Luongo, Doughty, Manning, Washington, Smith.Subs: Ingram, Grego-Cox, Freeman, Goss, Petrasso, Bowler, Furlong.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dating Method Assumptions Can Be Way Off

first_imgPoking holes in long-held assumptions can make you very unpopular.Are scientists immune from false beliefs? No; scientists are people, too. Often, they don’t have time to investigate everything outside their narrow specialty, and so, like politicians and laymen, they rely on what other experts have told them or taught them. Here’s an uncontroversial example of an assumption that led to vastly incorrect calculations, and how scientists and politicians reacted when told what they had long believed was wrong. The response was to shun the messenger. This can be a warning about trusting assumptions about more controversial subjects, like Darwinism.How Old Is This Tree?A man named John White came up with a formula for estimating the age of trees: measure the tree’s circumference, and you can know how old it is (see details in this 2005 PDF). This was a convenient rule of thumb, because you could get a ballpark estimate of the age without cutting the tree. Phys.org now says that other scientists “poke a hole” in this formula:Some of Britain’s most majestic ancient trees are probably not as ancient as we previously thought, one of the country’s leading tree-ageing experts has suggested.Until now, the ages of some of Britain’s best-loved trees, including yews, sweet chestnuts and oaks, have largely been estimated from measuring the girth of their trunks—measurements which often result in a tree being declared hundreds or sometimes thousands of years old.Even White himself realizes that many other variables than girth could distort the results of his formula. Dr. Andy Moir of Brunel University London and colleagues decided to test White’s formula against tree ring data. How wrong could the formula be?Most recently, Dr. Moir, alongside his colleagues Toby Hindson from the Ancient Yew Group and Peter Thomas from Keele University, published a paper in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry which used tree-ring analysis—taking a core from the tree and measuring the annual rings—to demonstrate that some of Britain’s oldest yew trees are thousands of years younger than previously thought. Old yew trees previously declared as 5000 years old using a derivative of White’s formula, were calculated to be only 950 years old when their rings were measured.Needless to say, an error of 526% is embarrassing. This was not an isolated incident:“People have been applying up to 6000 years onto the age of our largest yew trees—we’re saying we don’t believe there is anything still standing over 2000 years old. So potentially we have a 4000-year gap. Of course, two thousand years is still ancient for a tree—these yew trees are ridiculously old. All we’re doing is getting rid of some of the mystique and exaggeration.“One of Moir’s colleagues also sifted through records, and determined that Britain’s famous sweet chestnut trees—which were thought to have been brought by the Romans—were probably a medieval introduction. So did scientists, politicians and tree owners congratulate these scientists for setting the record straight?Dr. Moir said that some people had now stopped asking him to age their trees, for fear that he’ll give them an age far younger than the one they want to hear.“We have a lot of huge oak trees on commons and cricket grounds in England, and each generation of locals will basically add a hundred years to the age of the tree,” said Dr. Moir. “So, within a few generations you have a supposedly three or four-hundred-year-old tree. It comes back to myths and legend which can be incredibly strong, but that’s where I become involved to add a bit of science to it.“I don’t do oak trees on cricket greens any more though, because when I tell people they’re not four or five hundred years old, I’m not very popular.“Moral: Truth seeking is not necessarily the best way to win friends.The next question to ask is: what are the assumptions that go into tree-ring dating? Before thinking every ring represents one year, you had better be sure there are no exceptions. Could unusual cycles of wetting and drying in a single year produce multiple rings?If a case this accessible can be this wrong, what about dating methods that cannot be cross-checked? What about formula-based ages based on stalactites, or radioactivity, that yield ages in the hundreds of thousands, millions, or billions of years? People have experienced thousands of years, but not billions. And what about “molecular dating” that assumes rates of evolution? We have found some evolutionists adjusting the rates of evolution to get the date “they want to hear.”Let this case be a reminder that experts do not know everything, and neither do other experts who falsify the experts. (Visited 562 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

All Your Docs Belong to You: Google Docs Now Exportable

first_imgjolie odell With no fanfare or as much as an official announcement, Google has taken an important step in making users’ Google Docs more open and portable.As of today, severalbloggers have reported seeing this new feature, which allows users to grab all their Google Docs and batch export them as a zip file. Files can be exported in a number of formats, including Microsoft Office and Open Office formats. Users can also choose to export only certain types of docs, e.g., spreadsheets and slide decks only.The process is simple: Users select the documents they wish to export, click “More actions,” then “Export.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If a user is particularly pressed for time or has a larger chunk of data to export, he can also choose to navigate away and receive an email when the export is finished. Unfortunately, any folders a user may have created or data related to authorship or shared documents do not seem to be included once documents are exported. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

iPad for Business Round-Up: Zoho Docs for iPad, Radian6 Mobile, and More

first_imgRelated Posts We hear a lot about the potential for the iPad in health care, and this week we saw the launch of an app that may validate that: Airstrip Cardiology. Airstrip offers apps for several platform for sending encrypted ECG information directly from hospital medical equipment to mobile devices. Cardiologists can view the current state of a patient, or browse their history.Radian6 MobileRadian6, the social analytics company Salesforce.com recently acquired, announced a new iPhone and iPad app this week. The app gives users the ability monitor the Social Web for brand mentions, respond to customers or to route issues to other members of the team.SharePoint Apps klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#mobile Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now As we reported earlier this week, Zoho has launched an iPad app for its popular Web-based document service. Unfortunately, the iPad app isn’t capable of editing documents. The iPad app can view documents from Zoho Writer, Sheet and Show. Last week we told you about Mobile Entree, a SharePoint plugin for creating touchscreen-friendly interfaces. Yesterday, we took an look at several more options for bringing SharePoint to the iPad, including several native clients.SugarCRM Mobile for iPadSugarCRM announced a new version of its iPad app this week at its Sugarcon event. The new version was built by iExtensions, a mobile enterprise development company SugarCRM recently acquired.Zoho Docs for iPad The iPad isn’t just a hot new consumer device, it’s also an increasingly popular tool for business. Every week we take a look at the latest developments in its use in the enterprise.This week we look at a new iPad app for cardiologists, new apps from SugarCRM, Radian6 and Zoho and a few more apps that bring SharePoint to the iPad.Airstrip Cardiologylast_img read more

Citizen-Captured Videos Are Rapidly Reshaping The News

first_imgTags:#Facebook#Instagram#online video#short video#social video#Storyful#Threadlife#Tout#twitter#video sharing#Vine Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img michael tchong A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit After Texas Sen. Wendy Davis had wound up her historic 13-hour filibuster, the clock struck 11:51 pm. It was the pre-agreed time for people watching from the upstairs gallery to start chanting in order to interrupt an impending vote on SB5, a GOP bill to limit abortions. It was then that Elizabeth Campbell of Austin, Tex., captured the moment on video with her Vine app:That hypnotic six-second loop of the deafening crowd was the kind of moment we used to expect to see on CNN. But as media critic Rachel Sklar and others have ably documented, the established giants of video news—the cable and broadcast networks—were off the air in Austin that night. Twitter wasn’t the second screen, a companion to TV for a big news event. It was the only screen.Davis’s stand is part of a new citizen video trend that’s sweeping the globe. It was only in January that Twitter launched Vine, a mobile app that lets users shoot and share video blips. In early June, Twitter announced that Vine had reached more than 13 million downloads, a staggering number for any app.While its six-second limitation was initially seen as a big disadvantage, it was befitting of a company that helped us distill our thoughts into 140-character blips.How big is that consumer interest in videos? It’s best captured in that classic YouTube stat of video uploads. In 2007, YouTube announced that eight hours of video were uploaded every minute. That figure has jumped to 100 hours of video each minute this year. That’s a 13-fold increase in video uploads in six years.This market was too big for Facebook to ignore, so it jumped into short video on June 20 by adding a video-capture button to Instagram. Instagram lets you record videos of 15 seconds in length.See also: 8 Ways To Leverage The “I Like To Watch” UbertrendYet short-video players had arrived much earlier. In 2011, Tout debuted a service that allowed users to record and upload 11-second videos. At the time, Tout CEO Michael Downing told me that most online viewers tended to abandon videos in less than nine seconds. Tout believed its 11-second “touts” were therefore optimized for our short attention span.But another social video service, 12seconds.tv, was shut down in October 2010 due to lack of user growth, leading some to wonder about the future of short video.Short Videos Cast A Long ShadowWonder no more. The new citizen video market is finally here, bolstered by the massive reach of Twitter’s and Facebook’s feeds, and it’s ready to rewrite the rules of realtime reportage.Downing now tells me that the company has launched a service for commercial users that allows clients to upload videos as long as 45 seconds, an eternity in a hyper-change age. It’s all part of a trend that Downing says is the “TVfication of the Internet.”Such varied media as the Wall Street Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, and even the Dominican Republic’s biggest newspaper now rely on short-attention-span video news. The Journal even dedicates an entire site to these fleeting moments, dubbed Worldstream.The specialized needs of news media—chiefly authentication—are being addressed by such players as Storyful and Storymaker.Meanwhile, consumers get to learn how to record ultra-short video messages that captivate their friends and family. One such service, Threadlife, believes that even six seconds is too long and limits your artistry to three seconds, although users can thread segments together.It shows how vibrant the short-video market is that even as Facebook and Twitter battle each other, upstarts find room to grow.As Campbell tells me: “It was an incredibly inspiring experience on an issue I can’t believe we are still having to fight for. We’ll be louder on Monday!”The revolution is no longer being televised. In a world of Internet video gone mobile, there’s no time to wait for that.last_img read more

Finding bliss

first_imgThe dream sequence stared me in the face. And it seemed straight out my favourite Hollywood film The Last Samurai–cherry blossoms floating in the crisp mountain air as Katsumoto, the rebel Samurai warrior, lay dying in the arms of friend and trusted general Nathan Algren. The poignancy of the scene brings a lump to my throat each time I watch the film. Only this time the feelings were drastically different, much like some of the details of the bigger picture.The cherry blossoms had given way to magnolias, equally pretty in pink, beige and dazzling white. And my location was not Japan, the land of the Samurais. I was at Alishan, a hillstation on the island nation of Taiwan. It was too early to call it spring but the magnolias were there in full bloom as was the nippy cold.Neatly laid out before my eyes was a forest of cedar and cypress, and a walking trail–it also included wooden and rope bridges-beckoned me to join the scores of holidaymakers scattered across the Divine Tree Zone.I chose to punctuate the activity with some mental arithmetic. I stopped at places to admire tree trunks in curious shapes–face of a hog, bull’s head and so on–while, at times, I spent minutes in making fresh notes of all that I had seen of Taiwan since arrival. Coming from a family that greatly admires Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I had always associated the country with his untimely ‘death’. Books on history still proclaim that it was a plane crash in Taipei that ended his life. And it was as recent as 2005 that an inquiry commission challenged the theory. It was this debate that whetted my interest in Taiwan. But it’s another story that almost no one–the general public in Taiwan–has heard of Bose. Or even Mahatma Gandhi for that matter. However, India and its food is something that is much talked about. So don’t be surprised if someone comes up and shouts “samosas” at you. Or if Mohit Chauhan’s voice emanates from a music system playing at a Taipei tea room.Resilient and friendly, the Taiwanese are also one of most advanced in terms of technological development and civic infrastructure. The proof lies in the concrete road that winds its way up to Alishan. At first glance there is nothing that is out of the ordinary. Except the tea gardens that skirt the road, perhaps. But consider that it was rebuilt in less than 12 months since floods obliterated its existence last year and you know what I am talking about.Work is still under progress and very soon, the Alishan Forest Rail–a narrow gauge train, which lost its track to the floods–will be up and running. Just the thought of chugging through a forest of magnolias brought me back to the present, with, of course, a smile. I trudged along the forest trail and soon found myself at the Sister Ponds. My excitable guide plied me with tales of unrequited love and sacrifice related to the waterbodies. I smiled again, this time reflecting upon the intangible connection between hillstations and stories of love, suicide and betrayal.I left quiet and solitude behind at Alishan as I started for Chiayi City, the second largest in Taiwan after the capital. Ask tourists and chances are that nine out of ten don’t know that Chiayi exists. The city after all has little to offer to the discerning traveller. A sprinkling of swanky malls with all the high-end brands you could think of and a pottery museum is hardly meat enough for a tourist. However, I was in Chiayi for a different reason altogether. It was the first week of the new Chinese year and the city was kitted out for the Lantern Festival.Much before search engines invaded our knowledge domain, my father introduced me to colourful Chinese New Year celebrations through images in newspapers. My native city Kolkata boasts a sizeable Chinese population so I was not alien to paper dragons, gaudy masks and radiant lanterns. Strangely, however, I fell back upon the addictive search engine to do my homework on the festival before the trip. The results it threw up were enough to convince me that I was headed for a grand spectacle.And yes there were lanterns, thousands of them. Lanterns hanging at every street corner from window boxes, lamp posts, electric poles, trees, telephone wires and even billboards. The highest concentration, however, was at the main festival grounds. It was packed to the gills with not just Chiayi residents but also visitors from mainland China and other corners of the little island. I revelled in the strange beauty and also the cacophony of community celebrations as I went about the dazzling grounds. I noted that there were no security checks, no random frisking or even the sight of a metal detector. All’s not wrong with the world, I told myself gladly, before I devoted my attention to the amazing display of light.A semi-crouching tiger, the majestic beast that represents the current year, towered above everything else. Children crowded around an illuminated zoo of sorts while couples, young and old, kissed under lanterns. Some youngsters sported glowing horns. I moved closer to an army of shining warriors who reminded of my favourite samurais. Horses, palaces, gardens, monasteries and even odd geometric shapes… there were all these and much more. It seemed we were living the first day of Creation. The day a divine entity demanded, “Let there be light”.My venture towards the crowded food court was cut short by an announcement that the Vice President of Taiwan, also the chief guest at the Lantern Festival, had arrived. Clashing of cymbals, beating of drums and yodelling singers signalled the beginning of the celebrations. A series of spectacular choreography–both martial and traditional–held me and at least another 200 in the press box, in thrall for the next hour. We struggled for the best shots of the centrestage flooded with dancers in blazing red, yellow and black costumes. All around the grounds, mobile phone cameras cast a strange glow on the evening and flashbulbs blinked out darkness.The next big thing was the fireworks display, which, too, began with the clashing of cymbals. Columns of smoke arose from the base of the tiger, sending out glittering streaks across the cloudless night sky. Golden, silver, green and maroon sparkles flitted across the city’s skyline, making it a night to remember. I had heard much of fireworks at Times Square. This one, I concluded, was no less for me. When in Taiwan, you don’t miss Taipei. It was a given that my trip should end at the capital. I had only two nights in Taipei out of which I chose to spend one in Shilin, a night market that is all about food. This, of course, came only after I had paid tribute to the architect of the nation–Chiang Kai Shek–at his memorial and watched the rather meticulous changing-of-guard ceremony at Martyrs Shrine. The flavours at Shilin were too strong to induce hunger in me. But the latent shutterbug came to the fore as I captured Taipei at dinner. Rows of shops stand cheek by jowl in this crowded market. And frenetic is a sorry understatement of the pace of activity that puts Shilin in the league of Asia’s most colourful food markets. I stopped every 20 metres, trying to muster courage to bite into the fluffy oyster omelettes or the oversized pork sausages on the grill. I jostled with swelling crowds and temptations with equal gusto and decided to starve the foodie in me. And that’s a choice I don’t regret. For keepsake I have moments of the market that can take me through the blandest meal and the longest day. Fact fileGetting there: Fly Delhi-Taipei-Delhi on China Airlines. Fare: Rs. 32,000 approx. Taiwan has an excellent road network. Most places can be reached within a few hours by road from Taipei.When to go: Except peak summer, Taiwan is an all-year destination. Plus saysStayAlishan House, www.alishanhouse.com.twNice Prince Hotel, Chiayi City, www.niceprince.com.twMiramar Garden, Taipei, www.miramargarden.com.twEat: Steamed soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung, a restaurant in Taipei.Shop: Oolong tea from one of Taipei’s many tea houses.See: The Jadeite Cabbage at Taipei’s National Palace Museum.Biking at Sun Moon lakeA quick getaway from Taipei is the Sun Moon Lake, which encloses its own island. A popular activity at Sun Moon Lake is biking, which draws visitors from mainland China and other parts of Taiwan. The 33-km biking trail around the lake takes approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete. You can hire bicycles from the Sun Moon Lake Youth Activity Centre (details on www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw). Visitors in spring and summer can expect the additional treat of cherry blossoms along the biking trail.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Lovren says Salah could top Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes if Mohamed Salah leads the club to win the Champions League, he could possibly be deemed a player of the rank of Messi and Ronaldo, and even better – the best player in the world.The Reds will be facing Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night as they will be looking to add a sixth European Cup to their collection. Los Blancos, on the other side, will be trying to get their hands on their third consecutive Champions League title and fourth in the last five years.Ahead of the clash, Lovren voiced his opinion that Salah could easily compete with and even win over Messi and Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or.“I spoke to Mo about that. It is still quite an early stage but if we win definitely he is one of the contenders,” said Lovren, according to Sport360.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When you score 44 in all, definitely. When you look, Messi, Ronaldo, Mo Salah, he deserves to be in the top three.”“He has the quality, the world-class experience already.”“He is so calm, a man down to earth and he deserves every credit for every goal he scored for now and definitely we will help him achieve this dream,” Lovren shared.last_img read more

Newcastle has equaled their worst EPL start

first_imgCoach Rafa Benitez believes the Magpies have had a very bad start because of the difficult schedule the team was drawn onNewcastle United lost 2-1 against Arsenal and now have equaled their worst start in English Premier League history.The Magpies have yet to win a single match after 5 Weeks of the 2018-2019 season.They have lost four and tied one game, leaving them at the bottom of the standings.“The fans, they can see from the beginning the fixtures and say, ‘Hmmm…’. I remember reading your comments, ‘Hopefully, we can win against Cardiff because it’s an (important) game’,” Benitez told The Chronicle Live.“We drew against Cardiff, we could have won.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“But to lose against the top sides and to lose by this margin is something that everybody could have expected. But still, we are not happy with that, for sure.”“It’s something that we have to manage now and be sure that we keep the confidence and we keep working like we did in the first half,” he added.“I will not talk about just possession because it’s not an issue.”“For us, it’s to be sure that you can be there, you can create chances and if you miss the last pass in the final third or this kind of situation, fine, but at least you are there and we were there,” he continued.“That is the main thing for me and the positive for the future, to try to manage the games and approach the games like we did in the first half.”“The second half, like I have said so many times, as soon as you make mistakes against the top sides, if you are a little bit wide, they can kill you on the counter-attack,” he concluded.last_img read more

For Rafa Mir his spell with Wolves was difficult

first_imgThe 21-year-old forward is currently very happy to be back in the Spanish La Liga, playing with Las Palmas on loanSpanish forward Rafa Mir started his professional career with Valencia B in 2015, and the same year he played for the first team in the Spanish La Liga.But after only two matches in the first division, he didn’t see any more action and was sold in 2018 to the Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League.And history repeated itself.Two matches with the Wolves made him very frustrated, so he was loaned to Las Palmas in the Spanish La Liga.“It was a very hard time for me and my family, what hurt the most was not having the minutes I wanted,” he was quoted by the Birmingham Mail.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If I had had the time I would have adapted better, it was a period of adaptation and it is not easy to enter mid-year.”“In the end, it was the decision that was made and I am happy on the one hand,” he added.“When a big club looks at you, every player thinks of moving to that side.”“It is true that depends on others because there are advisors or sports directors,” he commented.“It could not be and I am left with the positive that I got from England, we have to keep working and why not go [to Real Madrid] someday?”last_img read more