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  • Charrandas did not cave in to bullyism

    first_imgDear Editor,In conversations and written communications, the Guyanese diaspora in USA, UK, Canada, and Trinidad describes Member of Parliament Charandass Persaud and Opposition Leader cum PPP leader Bharrat Jagdeo “as heroes” for their roles in bringing down the “discredited” coalition government over its misrule, unforced errors, racial discrimination, poor governance, arrogance, mishandling of the economy, and corruption. It is the talk among Guyanese everywhere (in Guyana and the diapsora) and even non-Guyanese people from the greater Caribbean region. People, even many APNU (PNC) supporters, are pleased that the coalition government has fallen and would like to see a change in government when elections are held in three months’ time. How could the coalition not expect this result when it governed so badly and in so biased a manner against supporters of the PPP? Those who did not know Charandass know him now — a man of principle and unmatched courage.It is incredible that a APNU+AFC government that enjoyed so much goodwill when it was installed in office 42 months ago could lose so much support in so quick time. Even those who did not vote for the coalition in 2015 said they wanted to see it succeed and hoped the coalition would take meaures to transform their lives for the better.Instead, the coalition pursued vindictive policies targeting supporters of the PPP. The peoples’ standard of living worsened over the last three years. People lost confidence in their future wellbeing under this regime. They had enough of the government. This is one of the reasons they voted against the coalition in local elections in November giving the PPP a landlside victory as accurately predicted by a NACTA poll.In Guyana, some had a racist outburst against Charandass for voting against the government. In Parliament, some expressed racist expletives. But democracy was at work. Charandass said he voted “his conscience”. At the same time, the sober people in the diaspora say they want to see the back of this government, the sooner the better, for deceiving them. They say they could not take any more abuse from this regime. What is unfortunate is the AFC has so many good officers but they would not speak out against the wrong doings of the regime.Ministers and MPs of the ruling coalition refuse to accept that people have had enough of them; the Ministers were far removed from the reality on the ground. Those who helped get the coalition in office complained they could not find an appointment to meet with the Ministers or top bureaucrats to discuss their grouses. Instead of chastising the government over its errors, AFC leadership praisied APNU/PNC Ministers .Almost everyone in the diaspora who visited Guyana over the last three years agreed that the country was better off under the PPP administration that governed between October 1992 and May 2015. Guyanese in Guyana also agree that the country was better off under PPP governance as revealed in recet NACTA polls.One person after another in the diaspora and in Guyana expressed how pleased they were/are that Charandass decided to take measures in his own hands and vote down the government — they support his vote of “good riddance”. They salute Charandass for his courage recognizing his life would be at stake. Not many would stand up for his belief and vote his conscience asthe AFC MP did. But Charandass took a principled position against the government’s racist policies, as he eloquently articulated in his press conference post-confidence vote. Charandass did not cave in to “bullyism” from agents of the coalition and threats to his life. Even after he voted down the government, they insulted and ridiculed him. But Charandass stood his ground.The diapsora, and even some in the PNC/AFC/WPA, see Charandass as a person of integrity and honesty. Even those who do not support his action praised him for defending his belief and standing up for something unlike the leadership of the AFC that they say betrayed the trust of their supporters. They wish if the AFC leadership had displayed similar courage as Charandass who they say “voted like a boss” repeating the campaign them of the coalition in 2015. Instead, they said the AFC MPs voted like “an ass”. Those who were pleased to see a change in government in May 2015 welcome the action of Charandass in voting against the government holding it accountable for its countless missteps and abuse of power. They praise Charandass for his courage viewing him as the only one in the ruling coalition as having “the cojenes” to stand up to the regime for its authoritarian and unaccountable policies that discriminated against people based on political and racial affiliation. They want to know if Khemraj Ramjattan, Moses Nagamootoo, Rafael Trottman, and Jaipaul Sharma have lost their sense of reasoning for supporting the terrible policies of the coalition administration over the last three and a half years. Had they stood up for fairness, they would have recovered the support they lost over the years.And people thank Jagdeo for having the foresight to bring the government to account to parliament and the population. Jagdeo’s political stocks has risen as a result of the no confidence vote that brought down the regime.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

  • Forage news, frostbite, and fescue foot

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference with some of our other Ohio Extension Educators. It was a wonderful experience to learn from others and share what we have learned with forage producers and professionals across the country.Two sessions that I sat in on for the benefit of my local producers were “Managing Clovers in the 21stCentury” and “Understanding and Mitigating Fescue Toxicosis.”The clover session included a presentation by Dow Agrosciences about treating broadleaf weeds in clover stands and progress they have made toward an herbicide that works as well as their leading pasture herbicide, without killing white clover. It will still be a couple years before the product is released for use, but it is coming.In the fescue toxicosis session, we were reminded to watch for fescue foot in winter. The decreased circulation that results from the constricted blood vessels in the animal makes them increasingly susceptible to frostbite. Frostbite can easily go unnoticed in snowy and cold situations and could even lead to gangrene. If this occurs, the appendage (foot or tail) will be lost and the animal will need to be culled. This is usually a problem that starts in summer and carries into winter. In most cases, the concentration of the ergot alkaloids that cause these symptoms is low in dried mixed hay. Even so, this is a condition to watch for.The bitter cold we have experienced in combination with great volumes of snow increases the chances for animals to have frostbite damage. While things begin to thaw, be sure to check the feet and tails of your livestock for signs of frostbite and if you do see it, contact your vet ASAP. I hope that no one encounters a fescue foot turned frostbite injury. If you do, I would be interested in hearing about it. There are ways to mitigate the impacts of fescue endophyte in your herd or flock in all seasons.There is still a lot of winter left. I hope Mother Nature will be kind.last_img read more

  • The Traveling Videographer’s Guide to the Monopod

    first_imgMirrorless and DSLRSIf you’re traveling with a mirrorless camera such as the Sony A7s II or a DSLR such as a Canon 5dMkIII, the following monopods are great choices.The Manfrotto MM290C4 Carbon Fiber Monopod is a lightweight professional monopod that is perfect for turning that quick, whimsical shot into beautiful, steady footage. It can extend to 151cm and has a max load of 5kg, which will support the heaviest DSLR and lens kit. At 49cm tall, it just fits into the hand luggage category. So if you’re a traveler who likes their equipment all in one bag, you don’t have to worry with this monopod.I love the MM290C4 because of its versatility when getting from point A to point B. It’s light, sturdy, and reliable.However, if you’re not worried about the minimum fold height and want something that offers even more stability, you can look at a monopod that has a tri-stand, such as the Vanguard VEO AM-264TR Aluminum Monopod.This monopod has a maximum height of 163cm and a load capacity of 6kg. Its foldaway height is 56.5cm, which puts it out of hand luggage category by 0.5 or 1.5cm depending on the airline you travel with.However, this is offset by two amazing features: the tri-stand and the ball joint. The tri-stand allows the user to get more stability than a single rubber mount of a standard monopod. When filming in a windy location, for example, the three feet really help you fight the environment. If you’re shooting guerrilla, the monopod still has a rubber floor mount, so you don’t have to spend time locking out the tri-stand every time you want to use the monopod.The second great feature is the ball mount; this allows you to tilt the monopod left to right, or forward and backward, which will open up a lot more creative options when filming.Dedicated Video UseThe monopods listed above are primarily for photographers. However, it just so happens that DSLRs now have amazing video recording capabilities. If you are looking to incorporate a monopod into your filmmaking, however, don’t worry. There are monopods specifically designed for the DSLR video shooter. They are more durable, they can handle heavier loads, and they can also reach higher.In the case of the Manfrotto XPRO 4 Section Video Monopod (with 2-Way Head + FLUIDTECH Base), it has a maximum height of 203cm. While these monopods aren’t as compact as the Manfrotto Compact Xtreme 2-in-1, they still reign supreme compared to carrying a heavy video tripod through a busy city. For example, you could easily use the XPRO at a music festival while taking up little to no ground space. (A tripod in that situation would be very cumbersome.)The primary feature of a video monopod is a fluid head. When paired with the three retractable feet, you can record beautiful, stable footage that many viewers will think you captured on a tripod. (If you’re filming with a camera such as the Gh5 at 4k, you can also warp stabilize any additional shake in the video.)As you might imagine, a video monopod weighs a lot more than your standard photography monopod. The XPRO weighs just under 2kg, and at a minimum height of 78cm, it’s not the ideal monopod to use if you’re backpacking through eastern Asia. It is, however, a great monopod to use when you have a hotel or hostel you can return to and store your equipment. Monopods advancements are the newest developments in the travel videography world. Here’s what you need to know.Cover image via Vanguard World.A monopod is an excellent tool for traveling videographers who need that extra bit of stability and production value. They’re compact, lightweight, portable, and they are relatively inexpensive. Over the last five years, we’ve seen a number of different camera technologies emerge from development. As a result, many companies have designed monopods for these various systems, and with so many on the market, you may purchase one that can only hold the weight of a compact camera and not a DSLR with an 85mm lens attached to it. There’s even a monopod that can double as a selfie stick — if that’s your thing.Let’s take a look at few of the various monopods available, and which type you need, depending on your camera. I have used all of the monopods below at least once, and I still currently own the Manfrotto MM290C4 Carbon Fiber Monopod.Smartphones, Action, and Compact CamerasThe Manfrotto Compact Xtreme 2-in-1 is a great monopod for smaller cameras such as the GoPro or Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It weighs just 320g and can reach a maximum height of 131cm. With a steady hand, you can get a stable recording with a small camera very easily. However, even though the maximum load of this monopod is 1kg, I found when attempting to test this monopod with a Gh4 coupled with a 50mm and ND filter (which at an estimate weighs around 950g) that it felt a little too top-heavy.While the monopod has a 1/4″ thread, it also comes with a GoPro adapter, so you don’t to have to acquire one if you’re purchasing this monopod for a GoPro. Since the monopod has a hand strap at the rear of the pole, you can quickly switch from a “selfie” recording angle to a capturing a landscape scene in seconds.For bonus merit, this monopod works well with the TwistGrip Universal Smartphone Clamp. Just attach the clamp to the 1/4″ thread, and you now have a professional selfie-stick/monopod for your smartphone. Which monopod do you prefer for DSLR videography? Let us know in the comments.center_img Once you have chosen your monopod, be sure to check out Cinecom.net’s 5 creative camera TIPS and TRICKS.last_img read more

  • CSA Nominees revealed tomorrow

    first_img Related Items:csa, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, nominees, patterson williams Unified effort to help Fire Victims Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CSA confirms four nominees for public workers elections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2016 – Tomorrow the nominees for the President and Vice president posts in the Civil Servants Association, CSA will be revealed; so far Government IT professional – Patterson Williams and DDME Director, Virginia Clerveaux have been publically spreading the word about their desire to be a nominee in the presidential race. Dr. Clerveaux is promising to get that gratuity reinstated, get a better pension package, see working conditions, pay and representation for public workers improved. The only other ‘in your face contender’ Patterson Williams, says he wants to establish a more vibrant organization, to engage more with government, have more skillful negotiations and end discrimination of public sector professionals. Recommended for you Royal Navy “close by” in case of Emergencylast_img read more

  • Proposed Legislation Would Allow Veterans to Sue for Military Medical Malpractice

    first_img ADC AUTHOR A new bill introduced Tuesday by House Armed Services Committee member Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) would allow military personnel to sue DOD for damages relating to injury or death in medical malpractice cases, according to a Military Times report Wednesday.Speier, chairwoman of the Military Personnel subcommittee, introduced the “Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act” in honor of the soldier’s fight against current policy barring troops from suing the government for medical malpractice.Stayskal is fighting terminal lung cancer that went undiagnosed for years by military doctors, and now he isn’t expected to survive the disease.The bill would not apply to past malpractice cases, nor would it apply to mistakes made outside military medical facilities or clinics, whether in combat, at battalion aid stations or on ships.Speier said the legislation is needed because the federal government has “let service members down” in depriving them of legal rights.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Galbreathlast_img read more

  • Millions of Facebook records were exposed on public Amazon server

    first_imgThe data came from two third-party Facebook apps. James Martin/CNET A treasure trove of Facebook data containing more than 540 million records was exposed online in a public database, security researchers from UpGuard said Wednesday.The data contained extensive details, including people’s comments, likes, names and Facebook IDs. It had been collected by two third-party Facebook apps. Read more: How to Delete Yourself from the Internet”Facebook’s policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database. Once alerted to the issue, we worked with Amazon to take down the databases. We are committed to working with the developers on our platform to protect people’s data,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.In the incident revealed Wednesday, the databases resided on Amazon cloud servers without any protection, and came from a Mexico-based media company called Cultura Colectiva, as well as another app, called At the Pool.UpGuard said it notified Cultura Colectiva in January and hasn’t received a response. The security researchers also reached out to Amazon to secure the database, and the retail giant did not take action. The database wasn’t secured until Wednesday morning, when Bloomberg, which reported the story first, reached out to Facebook. Amazon didn’t respond to a request for comment.The massive social network has suffered multiple security lapses over the last month alone. It announced, for instance, that it had inadvertently stored passwords of hundreds of millions of people in plain text. It also was caught requesting people’s passwords to their personal emails when they were signing up for new accounts, a verification method it had used for several years and stopped using this week. Tags 2 Comments Third-party apps continue to be a security concern for Facebook, as demonstrated by the Cambridge Analytica scandal last year. The exposed database for At the Pool contained data including photos, events and passwords, though UpGuard believes the passwords stored were for the app, not for Facebook accounts. Still, it contained 22,000 passwords in plain text, and people frequently reuse passwords for multiple apps. It’s unclear if any malicious actors accessed the open database before UpGuard discovered it, but the data left exposed to the public had a lot of potential for abuse, said Greg Pollock, UpGuard’s vice president of product.”It gave you all the information that makes Facebook valuable,” Pollock said. “There’s millions of data points to profile people to understand how to market to them or deceive them.”The company behind At the Pool stopped operating in 2014, but the database was still available online for anyone who could find it. The 146 gigabytes of data come from a time when Facebook was more permissive about the kinds of data third-party developers could gather from people on the social network. After Cambridge Analytica showed that developers could abuse this privilege and gather data on millions of people without their permission, Facebook promised to restrict developers’ data access. These exposed databases containing old data are essentially ghosts of Facebook’s past coming back to haunt the company.”Facebook had a period of time when it was very liberal with its data sharing,” Pollock said. “It doesn’t anymore, but all the data it shared with developers is still somewhere, and no one knows how they handled it.”Facebook said it doesn’t allow developers to store extracted data in public. So these exposed servers are like finding a needle in a haystack for the social media giant. Facebook wasn’t aware of them until UpGuard’s researchers notified the company. “For Facebook to find all open databases storing data from Facebook, they would have to go through every open database, and there are millions of those,” Pollock said.Originally published April 3, 10:47 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:59 a.m.: Adds more details about the data exposure; 11:08 a.m.: Includes response from Facebook; 12:20 p.m.: Adds comments from UpGuard. 1:13 Amazon Facebook Share your voice Computers Security Keep your data secure with a password manager Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

  • Quaders meet with CJ stuns worries BNP

    first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir accused the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) of mounting pressure on the judiciary.Referring to a news report that Quader visited the residence of chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and had dinner together on Saturday night, Fakhrul said the incident has stunned BNP, and made it anxious as well.Fakhrul was addressing a doa mahfil (prayers session) organised at party’s Naya Paltan headquarters to seek Almighty’s blessings for early recovery of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from her illness.BNP’s student wing Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal organised the prayers session.The BNP leader came down heavily on the AL leaders for their criticism of the 16th amendment annulment verdict and said the way the government and the AL leaders are speaking against the chief justice and the judiciary doesn’t go with political norms. “It is the language of terrorism.”He alleged further that the AL government has spearheaded a new conspiracy to destroy country’s democracy.He called on the AL to face the BNP politically, shunning its “tactic of putting pressure on the judiciary”.last_img read more

  • Indian citizens have become refugees in their own land CM

    first_imgKolkata: Raising concern over the exclusion of 40 lakh Bengalis in the final draft of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) as it will be affecting Bengal and Bangladesh the most, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Centre of doing “vote politics” that has led those Indian citizens to become “refugees in their own land”.She left for Delhi on Monday afternoon after holding a Press conference at Nabanna in connection with Assam’s NRC issue. The Chief Minister will be meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during her stay there. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee, who will be visiting Assam if necessary, is sending a team comprising MPs of her party to the state where “people are being isolated”.”Names of people of both Hindu and Muslim communities have been excluded. Eviction of Bengalis and Biharis is taking place in Assam,” Banerjee said adding that it is the outcome of the BJP’s “divide and rule” policy to isolate the citizens.Raising apprehension of “forceful eviction”, the Chief Minister said: “There is a lot to worry as the Centre has pressed an additional force of 15 companies and at the same time all connectivity including Internet services has been snapped.” In the same breath, Banerjee maintained that Bengal will be directly affected as Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts share the border with Assam. “But we cannot behave like the Centre if any problem occurs,” she added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHolding both the Union government and Assam government responsible for the present situation, the Chief Minister added: “This is a game plan to forcefully evict humanity and human being. My question is that why the Centre had not opposed it in Court. They were silent and it shows that they were supporting the same. But we had opposed it.””I am worried as the peace may get disturbed and it may also leave an adverse effect on the entire country. The situation would not have taken this turn if the Centre had played a true role instead of doing vote politics,” Banerjee said adding that the people, whose names have been excluded are not Rohingyas and most of them have been residents of Assam for the past five to six decades. She also raised her concern for the future of those 40 lakh people and stated: “Names of many have been excluded despite having valid documents. They have been excluded on basis of surnames.”Stating that the Centre should have taken steps for amendment of the concerned Bill for protection of the people in Assam, the Chief Minister said: “Parliament can only give protection (to the people) and it is now in session.” This comes when the MPs of her party have already raised the issue in Parliament.She also slammed the Centre for not discussing the matter with the Bengal government as Assam is its neighbouring state and maintained: “I had received a letter on March 23 in 2018 stating that 86,849 foreigners were identified. Out of them 29,663 were directed to be sent back while 41,033 went missing. Seventy-one were sent back to Bangladesh while 833 including children and women are in six correctional homes of Assam.”Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and Congress condemned the Assam issue in the state Assembly. “BJP is against the people of Bengal and is trying to wage a war against the Bengalis,” CPI(M) MLA Sujan Chakraborty said. The Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan demanded a proposal to hold an all-party meeting on the issue.last_img read more