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Amelia’s Ward house gutted by fire

first_imgBy Utamu BelleA Linden resident is now counting his losses following a fire which took place at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Thursday afternoon. The fire, which completely gutted the wooden house at Lot 744 South Amelia’s Ward, also partially damaged another house situated in the same yard.At the time of the incident, none of the occupants of the two houses were at home. However, according to Brian Williams, the fire started at approximately 13:30h after a man who had been weeding the yard proceeded to light a fire to discard of cut grass. Williams noted that while he is not an occupant of either of the homes, he was working along with the weeder at the time the fire started.“We light a fire and after we out it down, it start back. When we thought it out, it didn’t really finish,” Williams related. He added that firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 14:30h, but by then, the wooden house had already collapsed as a result of the fire.The aftermath of the fire“They didn’t really get to out it, because when they come the house already fall down,” he explained. Kenneth Alexander, who has been residing at the premises which was completely gutted, said he lost everything, including all of his household appliances. He noted that he has been residing there for approximately two years.“Everything, everything lost… two chair sets, fridge, wall divider, music set, bedroom set, everything…” a despondent Alexander indicated.Guyana Times understands that the second house that was partially damaged is concrete and is owned by persons who reside overseas. A female caretaker, who explained that she has been living at the house for years, was at the scene following the fire, along with another occupant. The Linden Fire Station has since launched an investigation into the matter.last_img read more

Stage North Presents “A Christmas Story” Opens Tonight

first_imgMaybe you’ve only seen the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story” once or twice. Growing up in the midwest in the 1940s, 9-year-old Ralphie Parker begins a quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. – Advertisement -December 29th, 30th & 31st at 7:00 pm. Adults $20.00, Students & Seniors $17.00, Children $14.00Tickets are available from the North Peace Cultural Centre box office. Call 250 785-1992 or go online for ticketsFor more about Stage North visit www.stagenorth.calast_img read more

Venus Williams completes return to tennis with title

first_imgOn the men’s side, the top two seeds advanced to the final in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. Andy Roddick beat Andy Murray 6-3, 7-6 (4) and Tommy Haas downed Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4. Top-seeded Justine Henin beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 7-5 to win the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Open for the fourth time. WINTER SPORTS: Michaela Kirchgasser won a giant slalom , for her first World Cup victory.American Julia Mancuso was sixth. SOCCER: Zinedine Zidane played at a charity event in his first game since the 2006 World Cup, brushing off questions about coming out of retirement. There was speculation the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year might follow former Real Madrid teammate David Beckham and play in the United States. Zidane headbutted an opponent during the World Cup final with Italy and ended his career with a red card. France lost to Italy on penalty kicks. in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in Sierra Nevada, Spain Erik Guay won the downhillfor his first World Cup victory and the first for Canadian men in 13 years. in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Simon Ammann won the large hill ski jumping gold medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan . Venus Williams capped her first tournament back from an injured left wrist in winning fashion Saturday night, beating top-seeded Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1 in the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tenn. This event is merely a Tier III tournament and far below her last victory at Wimbledon in 2005, her fifth Grand Slam. But her 34th career title came in her first tournament since losing in the second round at Luxembourg last October. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

What’s going wrong at Spurs?

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham defender Ben Davies reacts after defeat to Inter Milan in the group stage of the Champions League © AFP / Andreas SOLAROLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Tottenham’s bright start to the season is a distant memory after Mauricio Pochettino’s men slumped to their third consecutive defeat against Inter Milan in the Champions League.Spurs conceded two late goals after dominating the second half at the San Siro to slip to lose 2-1 in the opening match of their European campaign. It is the first time Spurs have lost three games in a row under the Argentine manager.So what has gone wrong for the side who only last month beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford to make it three wins out of three in the Premier League?Kane factorHarry Kane is off-colour. After two goals in his first three games of the season, the England captain has gone five matches without finding the net for club and country and Tottenham have no obvious plan B when their talisman is not firing.Tottenham forward Harry Kane is struggling to find the net © AFP / Miguel MEDINABefore the match in Milan, Pochettino said his star man was a target after questions about the World Cup Golden Boot winner, dismissing talk that he was struggling for form.“I’m not concerned,” he said. “The reason is not tired or not tired, can rest or not rest. It’s a collective problem, not only one player.“We need to keep our feet on the grass.”But Kane, 25, did not have a single shot in the match in Italy and the feeling is growing that he needs a rest to refresh his batteries.World Cup hangoverTottenham were proud to boast a whopping total of nine players in the World Cup semi-finals in Russia but they could be paying for it now.Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris won the World Cup with France © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEChristian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Son Heung-min left the tournament before the last four in Russia but players such as Kane, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld stayed until the end of the gruelling event, interrupting Pochettino’s pre-season plans.Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who won the World Cup with France, has since been fined and handed a 20-month driving ban for drink-driving — a further unwanted distraction.No fresh bloodTottenham were the only Premier League club not to sign any new players during the summer transfer window and look to be paying for that now.The lack of fresh faces mean although Pochettino has a relatively settled first team, who can rival anybody on their day, he has fewer options from the bench and there is less competition for places than at other clubs.Stadium delayTottenham are still homeless. The club expected to be in their new stadium for their match against Liverpool last Saturday but testing threw up safety issues.That forced the club to switch the Liverpool match and the home game against Cardiff on October 6 to their temporary home of Wembley.“At the start of the project we asked for your support during what we knew would be a complex and challenging build and now we ask for your continued patience and forbearance,” said chairman Daniel Levy.Uncertainty about when Spurs they can go back “home” is not helping.There is still no firm date set and fans will not show endless patience if the team continue to stumble.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Geocachers Guard Nature as Citizen Scientists – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgYour next geocaching adventure can help save the environment from a multi-billion dollar scourge, invasive species.  Scientists at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado created a website called, CitSci.org.  They’re calling all geocachers to help track the spread of species which damage the natural environment. It’s a global project, that begins just outside your front door.You can find more information on Citizen Science by clicking the image below.Citsci.org There are many more geocaching adventures. Take a look at all the Lost & Found videos here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Scuba Geocaching” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoOctober 5, 2010In “Community””Desert Geocaching” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoNovember 16, 2010In “Community””4×4 Geocaching” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoAugust 31, 2010In “Community”last_img read more

Why We Didn’t Get An iWatch From Apple

first_imgowen thomas Tags:#Apple#apple smartwatch#Arm Race#iWatch#smartwatch#WWDC#WWDC 2014 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img In the weeks leading up to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the big event taking place this week in San Francisco, the question I kept getting was whether Apple would unveil a smartwatch, a device popularly dubbed the “iWatch.”My take: I didn’t think it was coming. And sure enough, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrapped up a two-hour keynote Monday morning without breathing a word about a wrist-worn device.See also: What Apple Didn’t Announce At WWDC 2014Apple will likely take some knocks for this omission. Samsung is on to the second generation of its Gear smartwatches. Google, Motorola, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Intel have devices in the works or hardware and software meant to help others build them. And a tiny startup, Pebble, is defying the odds in a field dominated by such giants by building a profitable smartwatch business.Dropping Hints For DevelopersIf Apple was going to unveil a smartwatch—even later this year—WWDC would have been the place for it to set the stage. Developers need time to build apps, particularly for a brand-new device with a different size of screen, new interfaces, and new challenges like preserving battery life and optimizing wireless connections. At the very least, Apple would have had to preview some software features that hinted at such developments.Google is doing exactly that with its upcoming Android Wear software for smartwatches, about which we expect to hear a lot at its upcoming I/O conference at the end of June. So far, we haven’t seen any such hints by Apple.See also: Fitness Wearables Must Smarten Up Or Die—Just Ask Nike’s FuelBandYet there are persistent reports that Apple is hiring experts who might help it build a wearable device. Other companies are making moves in preparation for the potential launch of an iWatch: Rumors about Apple entering the market may have played a part in Nike’s decision to abandon its FuelBand activity tracker. (I’d argue that Nike’s own difficulties in building hardware had more to do with that decision, though.)The only glimmer that Apple might want to accommodate hardware that lives on your wrist and measures your body’s vital signals is the introduction of HealthKit. a feature within iOS 8, Apple’s forthcoming version of its mobile software for iPhones and iPads. But as described by Apple, HealthKit is underwhelming, promising to connect together, say, your fitness and nutrition apps. Those apps already talk to each other today, through application programming interfaces that aren’t specific to a single mobile operating system.Perhaps HealthKit could help store and share the information collected by an iWatch, but it could just as easily do so for other wearable devices. Through its introduction, Apple could observe the market and determine the right time to introduce its own hardware. Don’t Count Out An iWatchApple is known for working on devices for years, waiting to bring them onto the market when there’s the perfect confluence of component prices, user interfaces, and consumer acceptance. Apple started work on a tablet computer before it began the iPhone project, for example—and then eventually introduced it as the iPad, leaning heavily on what it had learned from its smartphone.“Apple will not release something until they’ve really nailed it,” MyFitnessPal CEO Mike Lee tells me. “That’s all it means.”MyFitnessPal developed an app for Samsung’s original Gear smartwatch, and is considering other wearable platforms. Lee thinks that Apple’s moves so far, including today’s HealthKit announcement, strongly suggest they’re working on something.“I just don’t think they’re going to launch something until it’s insanely great,” Lee says, playing on Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’s much-loved description of Apple products.The wearable industry is not at an insanely great place yet. While fitness-oriented smartwatches are constantly improving, the optical heart-rate technology they depend on is very much a work in progress. Their ability to capture and share other biological signals, or biosignals, like temperature and perspiration, aren’t particularly standardized or well understood. And trackers that look at very simple measures of activity and rest, like steps walked or hours slept, have limited usefulness.See also: Why The All-In-One Smartwatch Isn’t Happening Any Time Soon Notification-oriented smartwatches, like the Pebble or Qualcomm’s Toq, help us deal with a deluge of mobile alerts, but it’s questionable how much value they add for all but the most digitally overwhelmed. The smartphone, for all its flaws, is a pretty good wearable device. An iWatch needs to be something that wraps together several functions into one: displaying notifications, monitoring biosignals, and acting as a remote control for other devices. It may just be that the underlying technology—chips, screens, batteries, and software—isn’t ready to deliver on that promise. When it is, I’d expect Apple to come out with something useful. Heck, I might even get over my aversion to wrist computers and try one on.Image by Venestudio via PopSugar Tech Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts last_img read more

What are the impacts of facial recognition tech on society?

first_imgTags:#Facial Recognition#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Shaun Moore Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts In the early 1960s, an unnamed intelligence agency funded the first attempt at automation of facial recognition. Technology has improved, needs have changed and data collection has become significantly smarter since then, allowing facial recognition to have real-world everyday consequences, both positive and negative.Traditionally a government-centric technology, facial recognition has become the talk of the airline industry, the banking industry, smartphone companies, the computer industry, and more. With accelerated improvements in processing power, facial recognition can be assessed in real time and without the consent of the individual.What is the social impact our privacy?The perception was much different pre-September 11, 2001. This perceived type of futuristic technology was only something people saw in Hollywood and fell under the umbrella of Big Brother is watching us. At Super Bowl XXXV the federal government ran a test in which it scoured the 100,000 attendees and reported to have found 19 potential risks. This test was subsequently discovered by the media, leading to public conversation on privacy concerns.When questioned about the secret test, Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin expressed, “It confirmed our suspicions that these types of criminals would be coming to the Super Bowl to try and prey on the public.” The dilemma, which in my opinion was the result of 9/11, becomes a conversation about improved security and the impact on our personal privacy.See also: Facial recognition tech makes it official — you no longer have privacyNothing substantial came of this test other than Tampa exploring the use of facial recognition further for a year, with mixed results. Being able to run facial recognition in real time poses all sorts of complications: lighting, facial angles, covered faces, rainy weather. Their testing eventually fizzled out over the next few months.Public conversation began to shift after 9/11 when fear of terrorism and prevention of said terrorism overshadows the invasion of privacy issue. Would you be willing to have your face scanned as you entered a supermarket, or a concert venue if there was a slight chance it could catch a potential threat? Is this living in fear or is this being intelligent about utilization of technology we have been developing since the 60s? What was once intended purely for government use can now make us safer and provide more convenience in our lives. While futuristic maybe, yes — but so was the iPod and the iPhone, so was an electric car, and a website to connect more that 1 billion people.These technologies were met with initial adoption resistance, facial recognition has the potential to streamline parts of our life, make them more secure, provide us a greater level of convenience that range from withdrawing money at an ATM to entering your personalized home.So will facial recognition become part of everyday life? I think this answer is far more complex than I could do justice here. People openly talk about how easy it is to open their iPhones with their thumbprints, willingly giving a public company their biometric information. Clear (Expedited Airport Security) reached their 1-million-member mark for improving your airport experience with biometrics. This technology is actively being tested all around the world and it will only keep improving.So how strong is your privacy?If you are worried about your privacy you would need to throw away your credit cards, dump your phone in a lake and not go out in public. Phones now utilize sensors and accelerometers to track our every behavior, understanding exactly when we wake up in the morning, where our offices are, where we shop for groceries, what our interests are and how we spend our time. This to me is the ultimate invasion of privacy, we willingly give up our personal information that these “free” services offer, then turn around and sell for profit, all for a split-second hit of dopamine when someone “likes” a picture we post on Facebook.Facial recognition is a tool in a larger toolbox of solutions. As with any powerful technology, if it ends up in the wrong hands, it could be problematic. For now, I believe, it is here to stay as it improves the flow of people’s lives and has the potential to silently protect individuals. When we do not understand a shift of behavior and the positive impact it can have, we as a society, always want to resist. Education is the crux to this resistance and once society recognizes the overwhelming benefits offered as a result of facial recognition we will be able to move past the mental hurdles.last_img read more

Jawbone goes into liquidation; founder launches new health startup

first_imgRelated Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Jawbone, once rivaling Fitbit for the top spot in the fitness wearable market, has begun liquidation proceedings after years of lackluster product launches and job cuts.Hosain Rahman, the CEO and co-founder of Jawbone, has already established a new startup, Jawbone Health Hub, which will work on connected products for the health industry, says The Information.See Also: Wearable sales to double by 2021, says IDCMost employees still with the company have already moved over to the new startup, although the exact number of employees is not yet known.Rumors of a new health product started to spread earlier this year, around the same time Jawbone stopped updating its Bluetooth speakers and wearables. The move to health comes as Fitbit and Apple are both planning to add more health services to their wearables devices.New startup won’t be consumer-focusedThe new startup is expected to be far less consumer-focused than Jawbone, selling products directly to hospitals and doctors. The company has not said what products it intends to launch, with Rahman remaining silent on hardware and software plans.Jawbone started in 1999 as an audio company called AliphCom, originally building “military grade audio devices”. The company’s early success with well designed Bluetooth headsets and speakers led them to double down on the wearable market, which turned out to be a major misstep.In the past few years, Jawbone has lost its shine, with faulty products, slow service updates, and crappy customer support. It also entered into a legal battle with rival Fitbit, both claiming that the other stole confidential information. Fitbit ended the legal case in December 2016, and supposedly tried to purchase the faltering company a few days after. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img David Curry Tags:#Fitbit#fitness tracker#health#Internet of Things#IoT#jawbone#smartwatch#wearable#wellness Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

12 Essential Filmmaking Tools Under $20

first_imgWhether you’re outputting for recording or simply monitoring, HDMI cables are great to have on set. Instead of using a 6ft cable for your camera rig try using a thin and extra short cable to prevent clutter.Price: $77. Cable BagInstead of having your cables loose on set, try using a cable bag. Cable bags have dividers that help keep cables organized and easy to find.Price: $178. ClapboardA clapboard is probably one of the most easily recognized tools on a film set. If you are recording audio and video separately having a clapboard will save you a lot of frustration in post.Price: $209. Split Power StripA power strip with split ends allows you to plug in multiple “boxy” AC plugs into the same power strip. No more filling up an entire strip with just 3 things plugged in.Price: $1510. Extension cordsExtension cords are a must have on any set. You will always need 1 more than what you currently have…Price: $711. Allen KeysAllen keys are great for tightening down tripod legs, rigs, or any other equipment that might need regular maintenance.Price: $12 for 212. Field NotebooksYou never know when you will need to take a quick note. You can use field notebooks to write down script notes, editing notes, or autographs for when your fans see you.Price: $10The following video created by Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows us his list of essential filmmaking tools:This video was first shared on the DSLR Video Shooter YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing, Caleb!As Caleb Pike recommends in the video, an Amazon Prime account will most assuredly save you a lot of money on shipping. I use this service very frequently to buy cheap filmmaking gear and it has paid for itself over and over again.Know of any other cheap filmmaking gear under $20? Share in the comments below. When going on-set, you can’t afford NOT to get these 12 cheap essential filmmaking tools!Filmmaking can be a really expensive craft. Between buying a nice camera, lenses, audio equipment, rigs, and accessories, you are looking at thousands of dollars in equipment. However, some of the most useful equipment you can have on can have on-set won’t break the bank.Caleb Pike at DSLR Video Shooter has shared 12 essential pieces of filmmaking equipment that you can pick up for less than $20.1. Travel BagsTravel bags really help in staying organized on set. Most have a spot where you can label them according to your needs. They come in a variety of sizes making them a must-have on set.Price: $18 for pack of 72. SandbagsAn improperly anchored light can be a real safety hazard on set. Even if it doesn’t hit anyone the light still is probably going to break. It’s a silly mistake that can fixed by simply placing a sandbag on the light stand.Price: $20 for 43. ClampsClamps have an innumerable number of uses on a set. From holding back cables to quick set-fixes, you need to have clamps close by.Price: $5 for 44. RopeBesides simply tying things off, rope allows you to organize things that are easily lost like gaff tape and clamps.Price: $85. Gaff TapeGaff tape is probably the most useful tool you can have on set. Gaff tape allows you to tape down cables, place actor marks, label stuff, and make giant dodge balls once production is done!Price: $16 for 30 yards6. HDMI Cableslast_img read more

Halep and Wozniacki aim for Australian Open first

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Defeat for Halep would see her toppled by Wozniacki, who is currently second.Defending men’s champion Roger Federer plays Croat Marin Cilic in the men’s final on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Swiss ace, who leads Cilic 8-1 in their previous meetings, is targeting an incredible 20th Grand Slam title and his sixth in Australia.In contrast, Halep and Wozniacki are looking for their first. They are both in their third major decider, but have never won. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The gritty Halep, 26, made her only previous Grand Slam final appearances at Roland Garros in 2014 and 2017.The Romanian has only beaten Wozniacki twice in their six previous matches, the most recent meeting ending in a 6-0, 6-2 battering by the Dane at the 2017 WTA Finals in Singapore.“The way she’s playing, she’s not missing,” said Halep of Wozniacki. “She’s running very well. So she’s a strong opponent. I played her many times. I won against her few times.“It’s going to be a different match. Emotions are there. Pressures are there for both of us. We’ll see what is going to happen.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki face off for the Australian Open title on Saturday in a culmination of two weeks of intense tennis that will see a new name engraved on the trophy.The Romanian is the top seed and the Dane number two, with the evening decider on Rod Laver Arena having an extra enticement for both players with the number one world ranking at stake.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Wozniacki, 27, has long carried the unwanted moniker of best player never to claim a major, having reached the US Open final in 2009 and 2014, and first becoming number one in 2010.She is in her 43rd Grand Slam appearance and desperate to get off the mark.“I always believed in myself,” she said. “I knew that if I can stay healthy and I work hard, my game is good enough for it.”Her hard work was rewarded with a renaissance in 2017, reaching eight finals — winning in Tokyo and at the season-ending WTA Finals, where she banished another hoodoo by registering a first career win over Venus Williams.She continued her sparkling form at the start of this year and has 10 wins and only one defeat, to Julia Goerges in the warm-up Auckland final.ADVERTISEMENT Painters turn back Road Warriors Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more