Guyana should explore spatial technology – Engineer

first_imgAs Guyana embarks on the path of sustainable economic development, calls have been made for the country to explore the use of spatial technology to boost the process.Spatial data are data which identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on the earth. Spatial data are derived from satellite imagery, mapping, and surveying technologies. Hence, spatial data is all about location with many applications and new uses emerging every day.According to Manager of the Geospatial Information Management Unit (GIMU) of the Natural Resources Ministry, Haimwant Persaud, such data can be used to understand where an event occurred, measure the distance away from your current location, identify what is in that vicinity of the event, show the path to the location, and identify the mode or modes of transportation.However, he pointed out that in order to attain full potential, a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at local, regional, national, and transnational levels is required.“To exploit the enormous potential of spatial technologies the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana should initiate the creation of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure that will facilitate spatial technology, information, and services to be used in addressing some of the major priorities of our nation, while adding value to productivity, reducing costs and enabling GDP growth in the process,” he stated.SDIs, the engineer explained, are essentially means of assembling spatial data for discovery, evaluation, and application. This infrastructure includes three components: the materials, the technology and the people to acquire, process, and distribute the information to meet different needs in both public and private sectors of a country.Persaud went on to say that since its conceptualisation in 1991, nearly all countries have embarked on some form of SDI initiative, with the pioneers in this field include Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States of America. He noted that the primary objectives of such initiatives are to promote economic development, stimulate improved Government functioning, and foster environmental sustainability.“The use of SDI in improved Government functions can be accomplished in several ways. SDI can improve strategic planning and resource development as in the case of Malaysia. SDI can enhance the state of readiness to deal with emergencies brought about by natural disasters as in the case of Japan. SDI can modernise central, regional, and local administration as in the case of Portugal,” he stated.Bring the idea within local territories, the Head of the GIMU outlined that a SDI in Guyana will bring enormous economic, social, and environmental benefits. The most important benefit of SDI in Guyana, he highlighted, will be the promotion of economic growth as a result of expanding markets for spatial information products and services locally, regionally, and internationally.Persaud referred to compiled analysis of the economic value of geospatial data done by Managing Editor of Geospatial World, Arup Dasgupta, in 2013. He said that the data used in the compilation were taken from an economic benefit analysis conducted by several countries.“It is widely known that data can be treated as a commodity in the limited sense of acquisition and sale but the (analysis) highlights the economic potential of spatial data to their GDP and industries once managed properly,” he pointed out.Furthermore, the GIMU head stressed that there are many other economic benefits from such technology such as increased efficiency in both public and Private Sector organisations, new opportunities for spatial information business application and services, and improved transport and infrastructure systems.“The social benefits for Guyana are, improved national and local governance, increased opportunities to engage the democratic process, more improved national security, and opportunities to target groups and areas with special needs. The environmental benefits of a SDI would include promoting sustainable development, enhanced natural resources monitoring and management, and improved coastal-zone monitoring,” he outlined.last_img read more

Decisive Action Needed to Confront the Virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone

first_imgThe news from Guinea and Sierra Leone last week was not good. The World Health Organization reported that between the two countries, 35 new cases of the Ebola infection had emerged.For this reason, WHO had created a US$100 million contingency fund to ensure that the Organization will not be overwhelmed by a major crisis as experienced before that led to 11,000 deaths.WHO said that particularly in Guinea, the government was still struggling with the refusal of people to abandon traditional rituals such as washing dead bodies, a very dangerous practice that led to many new infections and deaths in Liberia and elsewhere. Ebola dead bodies are highly infectious.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all of us Liberians need to get involved here. Let us begin with our religious leaders. We urge the Chairman of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), Most Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, who is also Archbishop of the Interim Episcopal Province of West Africa, comprising Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to take the lead. It may be a good thing for him to propose to the LCC that they should resume their weekly prayer services which they convened each Friday. The Archbishop should also encourage the Anglican (Episcopal) Bishops in Guinea and Sierra Leone, if they have not already done so, to start regular prayer and fasting, pleading with the Almighty to stop the virus in those countries.We also call on Sheikh Kafumba Konneh to request all Moslems to say special prayers, especially on Fridays, for our people in Guinea and Sierra Leone, asking Allah to have mercy and drive out the virus from the two nations.Now that Liberia has been declared Ebola-transmission free, we suggest that the government should dispatch to the two countries at least two ambulances each, since there is at this time no emergency for their use here. In addition, we reiterate a suggestion we made earlier, that Liberia should deploy some health and medical personnel to the two countries to render assistance in combatting the virus.We further urged President Sirleaf to appeal to President François Hollande of France and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom to send at least 1000 troops to Guinea and Sierra Leone, respectively, in a decisive move to exterminate the virus from the two nations.As the President rightly said, Liberia is not completely Ebola viral-free until it is wiped out of these two other nations that were also hard hit and are still battling the virus.Liberia should also send in a substantial consignment of necessary chemicals, Ebola gear and other related supplies to help in the fight.We further suggested that the GOL send some cash to the two countries. The foregoing are very practical ways of demonstrating our concern for the plight of Guinea and Sierra Leone still under the attack of the deadly virus. Needless to say, we must strictly monitor all border crossings with these countries, ensuring that all of the measures that we as a nation and people took that helped us kick out the virus are in place at these borders. They include hand washing, temperature taking and the availability of well-equipped health personnel to respond immediately to any suspected cases. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIBA Executives Reaffirm Support to Kemayah

first_imgExecutive members of the Liberian Business Association Inc. (LIBA) have reaffirmed their support to Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, president of LIBA for his “visionary role over the past years at organization.”The LIBA executives made their pledge over the weekend at the just ended third annual LIBA national convention, held under the theme, “Empowering Liberians to take charge of Liberian economy to create wealth for Liberians.” The event was attended by members from the 15 counties.The executives said those who are calling for the removal of Kemayah should stop, because it is not against the law of the association and moreover he has done well for lots of business people, including the improvement of LIBA.According to them, “the overall objective of the organization is to strengthen and modernize LIBA and promote the development of alternative financial service providers in rural and remote areas with the view to expand outreach within the underserved and non-served rural communities, which, he has done.”The Executives, who represented 15 chapters of LIBA in the counties, said Kemayah’s leadership has brought pride to the association where LIBA has its chapters, equipped and set up functional offices in all the 15 counties.In their eight-count resolution adopted and read by David K. Sembeh, vice president of LIBA, they said the constitution of LIBA, which is the guiding principle for the association, does not forbid its president or any elected official or member from participating actively in political activities.“We the delegates attending this Annual National Convention which is the highest decision making body of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) do hereby congratulate Mr. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. for his preferment as National Chairman of MOVEE,” the executives said in their resolution.MOVEE is a new political party certificated by the National Elections Commission to contest the 2017 general and presidential elections. The business executives said the discharge of the duties and responsibilities of Mr. Kemayah as the president of LIBA is more than a testimony and he will continue to ensure quality service delivery as president of LIBA, despite his new role as National chairman of MOVEE.They indicated that the leadership role exhibited at the association has greatly enhanced the visibility of LIBA which today has generated much recognition and support from high profile international and national institutions like the United Nations development Program (UNDP).In view of this, “we the delegates attending this 3rd Annual National Convention of the LIBA pledge our unflinching practical support to the continuation of his leadership as president of LIBA,” the delegates said.Meanwhile, the delegates also validated a five year strategic plan of LIBA and are expected to shortly launch it in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arts Council Annual Artwalk underway in Fort St. John

first_imgDowntown businesses are partnering with the arts in the 2015 Artwalk now underway in downtown Fort St. John. Twenty three shops in the downtown core are featuring original artwork by local artists until July 18. The Fort St. John Community Arts Council has provided flyers at every shop, the Visitors Information Centre and the Airport with free touring maps of all the venues and artists.Paintings, sculptures, glassware, pottery and more can be found in fun and unique corners of downtown. Anna Marie Defosses owner of Baked Pastry and Bakeshop on 100 Avenue, welcomed the watercolour paintings of artist Darby Forest this year. Anna Marie said, “Our customers comment often about the art on the walls and it brings in people who come into Baked for the first time.” She said that the prints and paintings of Judy Templeton last year were a great addition to the shop. The artwork is for show and for sale. Each artist can be contacted directly to sell any of their artwork.Artwalk 2015 is the third annual event in Fort St. John which began as a program of the Peace Gallery North in the North Peace Cultural Centre. In 2013, Sandy Troudt President of the Gallery Society initiated the program to give the community easy access to viewing artwork by local artists. Starting as a 2 weeks project, the Arts Council has now extended the event.- Advertisement -The weeks of the Artwalk have been specifically chosen to encourage visitors to the community to shop downtown. June and July seem to be the busiest time for visitors to Fort St. John due to major events in town and travelers starting their journey up the Alaska Highway.A special feature of this year’s Artwalk is the 72 street banners which will hang from the lampposts downtown. Local artist Alan White designed the banners with a “Take Flight” theme for the Fort St. John Arts Council. The Arts Council with the help of community sponsors provided the City of Fort St. John with the banners. The Fort St. John Airport will also feature the same motif on banners hanging from the ceiling in the holding room for travellers who are waiting to board a flight out of Fort St. John.last_img read more

BOGUS ALARM COMPANIES CASHING IN ON CRIMEWAVE, WARNS LEADING BUSINESSMAN

first_imgLICENSED STAFF AT NORTH WEST ALARM SYSTEMSCROOKS are cashing in on an increase in home break-ins in the county – by installing dodgy alarm systems against the law, an expert warned today.A donegaldaily.com investigation has found that a number of companies are offering alarms illegally in Donegal.All home security companies must be licensed by the Private Security Authority.And today one legitimate expert Jimmy Melly, from the North West Alarm Systems, warned: “Unfortunately there are a large number of illegal operators in County Donegal at the moment. “It is very very strict. We are inspected at least once a year. We were the first company to be licensed when the legislation was introduced. People should know that it is illegal for anyone to install an alarm without a licence.“There are people out there who are telling home owners that they are installing alarms to certain standards and they’re not. The bottom line is this; you have to be very careful who you let into your house. All of our staff carry official ID cards and are fully vetted.”Mr Melly said he was standing up for legitimate operators in the county, adding: “I have no qualms with a home owner choosing to use a company other than us for their alarm system; I just want the public to know that they should hire a fully qualified licensed operator. Otherwise they are using someone who is operating illegally and there is no comeback whatsoever for the homeowner.“And they should get proper itemised quotes which details the National Standards Authority of Ireland standards which will be used. “The fact is that unless you are using a licensed operator with properly trained and vetted staff, you don’t know who you are letting into your home. These people could be criminals.”The home and business security expert – with offices in Donegal Town and Letterkenny – revealed demand had soared in recent weeks for home alarms.Said Mr Melly: “We have been flat out with people seeking security assessments for their homes. There is a lot of fear out there.“It’s the nature of the break-ins as well with creeper burglars stealing from homes while people are sleeping in their homes at night.”TO FIND OUT WHO IS LEGITIMATE LOG ON TO THE PRIVATE SECURITY AUTHORITY AT THE LINK BELOW:http://www.psa.gov.ie/ FOR NORTH WEST ALARMS CLICK HERE: http://www.northwestalarmsystems.com/BOGUS ALARM COMPANIES CASHING IN ON CRIMEWAVE, WARNS LEADING BUSINESSMAN was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:licensedNorth West Alarm SystemsPrivate Security Authoritylast_img read more

U.S. income disparity increasing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The disparity between rich and poor is growing in America as the federal minimum wage has remained flat for years, union membership has declined and industries have faced global competition, according to a study released Thursday. The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, both liberal-leaning think tanks, found the incomes of the poorest 20 percent of families nationally grew by an average of $2,660, or 19 percent, over the past 20 years. Meanwhile, the incomes of the richest fifth of families grew by $45,100, or nearly 59 percent, the study by the Washington-based groups said. Families in the middle fifth saw their incomes rise 28 percent, or $10,218. The figures, based on U.S. Census data, compare the average growth from 1980-82 to 2001-03, after adjusting for inflation. The poorest one-fifth of families, the report said, had an average income of $16,780 from 2000-03, while the top fifth of families had an average income of $122,150 – more than seven times as much. Middle-income families’ average income was $46,875. Trudi Renwick, an economist with the union-backed Fiscal Policy Institute in New York, said globalization, the decline of manufacturing jobs, the expansion of low-wage service jobs, immigration and the weakening of unions have hurt those on the lower end of the economic scale. In 38 states, the incomes of high-income families grew by a higher percentage than those of the lowest-income families; Alaska was the only state in which the reverse was true. The 11 states where the high and low incomes increased at about the same rate were mostly in the West and Midwest. The greatest disparity between rich and poor was in New York, where the top 20 percent of wage earners had average incomes 8.1 times larger than the poorest 20 percent in the early 2000s. Texas had only a slightly smaller gap; Wyoming had the smallest disparity at a 5.2 to 1 ratio. Matthew Maguire, a spokesman for the Business Council of New York state, said the money earned by the state’s wealthiest residents is “something that everybody who cares about New York should be pleased about.” “New York’s wealthy pay huge sums in taxes and those wealthy people and their taxes make it possible for New York to provide the nation’s most generous social service programs to less fortunate New Yorkers,” he said. “It also reflects the fact the state is a magnet for immigrants who come from the four corners of the globe to a state they see as symbol of economic activity.” Renwick said the government “needs to continue its commitment to correcting the natural outcomes of the marketplace” by raising the minimum wage with inflation and by tax policies like the earned income tax credit. Renwick also suggested that governments, when giving tax breaks to companies, insist those companies provide jobs that pay higher wages.last_img read more

OFFICIAL: GAA CLUB SO GOOD – THEY NAMED IT TWICE!

first_imgA well-known Co Donegal GAA club has asked the county’s official website to recognise it – just the once.St Naul’s GAA club in Mountcharles is also, of course, Naomh Naille in Irish.But confusion has led the county website to include both names in the official league table for Division 3! The good news is that the club named in Irish has apparently won two matches and has four points on the table.But, bizarrely, the club when it is named in English has just two points – and has somehow managed to lose a match!Surely some mistake!But then again, things always do sound better as gaeilge! A club spokesman however said: “We have, in fact, played four games – winning three and losing one.“We just need the official GAA website to add our points together. And decided what they want to call us.” League table for Centra Supermarkets Division 3TeamPlayedWonLostDrawnPointsTermon54108Carndonagh54108Downings43106Naomh Columba53206Naomh Naille22004Buncrana42204Aodh Ruadh52304Burt51402St Nauls21102Red Hughs51402Urris41302Naomh Padraig-Muff41302OFFICIAL: GAA CLUB SO GOOD – THEY NAMED IT TWICE! was last modified: April 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: ST NAUL’SMOUNTCHARLESOFFICIAL: GAA CLUB SO GOOD – THEY NAMED IT TWICE!last_img read more

ST EUNAN’S WELCOME FUNDING FOR FLOODLIT ASTRO-PITCH

first_imgO’Donnell Park in Letterkenny is to get a new floodlight astro-turf training areaST EUNAN’S GAA club is planning new winter facilities at O’Donnell Park, it announced this evening.It follows the allocation of a grant to the club announced by Minister Michael Ring today as part of a €1M funding initiative to sports clubs in Donegal.St Eunan’s say the grant will help provide a new floodlit all-weather pitch at the grounds in Letterkenny. Club Treasurer Niall Doherty said: “I am pleased to confirm that St. Eunan’s GAA Club in Letteekenny have received provisional confirmation of a grant of €‎80,000.00 under the 2015 Sports Capital Programme.“This funding is to be put towards much-needed floodlit artificial playing surface development.“The club would like to thank Club Member Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh and Minister Joe McHugh for their support in securing these vital funds.”  ST EUNAN’S WELCOME FUNDING FOR FLOODLIT ASTRO-PITCH was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:astro turffundingJoe McHughO’Donnell Parksports capital grantlast_img read more

ATHLETICS: SCOIL ÍOSAGÁIN BUNCRANA CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS

first_imgCongratulations to Scoil Íosagáin Buncrana who competed in the National Sportshall Athletics in Athlone on Wednesday last – and came home with hatful of medals and an All-Ireland title.The bus left Buncrana at 05.30am . After 2 hours of tough competition the 3rd and 4th class boys were crowned All Ireland Champions.The 1st All Ireland title for the Buncrana school. The 5th  6th class boys scooped the silver medal.They were very impressive on the day and narrowly missed out on the second gold.The 3rd and 4th class girls rounded of the success finishing 4th overall.It was an incredible day for the school . The children trained hard for this competition under the guidance of Pauric Mc Kinney the much celebrated runner who is based in Inishowen. Pauric was assisted by Pat Gallagher  Inishowen Athletic club. Both these teachers were assisted by Inishowen Athletic Club members.The students were treated to a massive home coming and this will be talked about in Buncrana for the coming years.With this amount of Athletic talent in one school alone Inishowen AC can look forward to a very bright future in juvenile athletics. ATHLETICS: SCOIL ÍOSAGÁIN BUNCRANA CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS: SCOIL ÍOSAGÁIN BUNCRANA CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

Football Adds Four In Early Signing Period

first_imgPrint Friendly Version The Drake University football team has received commitments from four student-athletes for the 2019 season during the NCAA’s early signing period, acting head coach Todd Stepsis announced Wednesday, Dec. 19.The incoming Bulldogs include three standouts from Illinois and a defender from Iowa.Joining the Bulldogs will be Gage Vander Leest (Lynnville, Iowa), Michael Markett (Chicago, Ill.), Scott West (Lombard, Ill.) and Nolan Engmann (Huntley, Ill.)”This incoming group features a quarterback, a dominant defensive lineman and two dynamic defenders that can run, cover and hit,” Stepsis said. “That is the formula for how you build a successful football team. We can’t wait to get these guys on campus to start working with them. They are an incredible start to this recruiting class and game-changers. They are going to add so much to our team and campus community not only athletically, but academically, socially and spiritually.”Gage Vander Leest is a defensive back from nearby Lynnville, Iowa, that recently finished his senior season at Lynnville-Sully High School who earned second team all-state honors. A dynamic athlete, Vander Leest is also an all-state competitor in track and his school’s student body president.Michael Markett is a first-team all-state quarterback at Chicago’s Marist High School and his conference’s Player of the Year. The skilled passer threw for 2,032 yards as a senior with 17 touchdowns and also ran for 944 yards and 11 touchdowns. He led Marist to an appearance in the Illinois Class 8A semifinal game and was also an academic All-State honoree.Scott West helped lead Montini High School to the Illinois Class 5A state title game while leading the team in interceptions with six while recording three tackles for loss and 64 total stops on the season. West was also one of the team’s top receivers with 452 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 14 catches.The staff also added a defensive lineman to help bolster what was already one of the nation’s top defensive lines. Nolan Engmann joins the Bulldogs after recording 24 tackles for Huntley High School along with two tackles for loss and a sack.The quartet joins a program that has recorded 14 winning seasons in the last 15 years and finished second in the Pioneer Football League this past season. The Bulldogs closed the season by nearly upsetting No. 24 Iowa State in the 2018 finale before falling, 27-24. Led by a defense that ranked in the top 15 nationally in almost every category, the Bulldogs earned a total of four All-America honors in 2018. last_img read more