…says “I will be a president for all Guyanese”Decked out in trademark red and surrounded by his party’s top executives, Dr Irfaan Ali stood before a mammoth crowd at Kitty Market Square, Georgetown, vividly illustrating how transformational the country would be if the longest standing political grouping – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – returns to power.PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali on SundayThe audience erupted into cheers and applause as he took to the podium, having waited several hours to hear from the Party’s presidential candidate.“Today (Sunday), I stand here humbled by the opportunity to be President for all Guyanese,” the 39-year-old presidential hopeful expressed.“Not a president for friends and supporters alone, but a president that would work hard every day for the upliftment of every Guyanese.”Ali evoked the heritage of the original nationalist and united PPP that was formed “three scores and ten years ago in 1950” and had a brief “glorious moment of unity”, which he vowed to return to Guyana when he and the PPP/C were re-elected to office.In January 2019, Ali was elected by the Party to serve as its presidential candidate for the March 2, 2020 polls.A section of the thousands of supporters at the Kitty, Georgetown launching of the PPP/C 2020 campaignHe will be vying against the incumbent, Retired Brigadier David Granger of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition, which was toppled subsequent to a No-Confidence Motion in December 2018 – triggering the need for early elections.But according to the young politician, he has no interest in delivering empty promises.“Today (Sunday), I am not here to deliver promises, but I am here with this wonderful team to outline aspects of a clear strategy and vision to take our country forward.“A plan that is not defined by oil and gas, but one that speaks to the holistic aspirations of every Guyanese.”He explained that the Party’s plan, as outlined in its elections manifesto, sought to secure, strengthen, and expand the economic base of the country; stimulate growth; create opportunities; support the Private Sector and ensure social justice.“Unlike David Granger, as a new generation leader, I am not stuck in the past; I understand the true meaning of transformation,” Dr Ali posited.“To transform our country, we must be able to transform our thinking. To transform our country, we must first transform ourselves,” he stated, referring to the incident where PPP/C supporters were attacked by coalition supporters while putting up flags at Laing Avenue, Georgetown.“Not one of the leaders in the PNC has condemned the action, because up to today, their minds and hearts have not been transformed,” he asserted.Dr Ali admitted that he may not have all the answers, but said he was committed to transforming himself to deliver whatever was necessary for Guyana.“I intend to be the person tomorrow whom you see today. Not one to make promises and then turn my back on our people and what I promised,” he explained.According to the former Government Minister, “We have the experience to govern; we have a track record in managing the country’s resources.”The PPP/C has 23 years of governing experience under its belt; Ali simultaneously served as Minister of Housing as well as Tourism and Commerce in PPP/C Administrations prior to the last elections in 2015.While its tenure in office saw major infrastructural development and particularly a boom in the housing sector, the Party was criticised on several fronts.Dr Ali admitted that the Party made mistakes, but explained that its members would have learnt from them.“Yes, we have learnt from our shortcomings, I have and will continue to reflect on how we can be a better government than we have been in the past,” he stated.Transformative projectsAs he elaborated on his party’s plan to the attentive and enthusiastic audience, Dr Ali reiterated that the Party would restore the “Because We Care” back-to-school cash grant, an initiative which was developed under the former PPP/C Administration whereby every schoolchild across the country benefited from $10,000 in cash.And according to Dr Ali, there is room for that amount to be increased to as much as $50,000 per child per year.Reflecting on the decline in economic sectors and the huge loss of jobs across all walks of life, Dr Ali assured that the PPP/C has a plan to create as much as 50,000 job opportunities for locals.“These jobs will be across every single sector, not only oil and gas,” Dr Ali said as he cited sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, mining, forestry and tourism.He pointed out that under the former Administration, the country recorded positive growth without the advantage of massive oil wealth.“You know why? Because we have competent leaders as against the incompetence we have today,” he posited.But with the millions Guyana is poised to earn from its petroleum sector, Dr Ali asserted that the funds must be used to improve people’s lives, and that the PPP/C has a plan to achieve just that.He said the oil revenues would be used for job creation, improving social and economic infrastructure, and to facilitate tax reduction.Dr Ali also assured that under the next PPP/C Government, he would initiate works on several transformative projects such as the Deepwater Harbour, the Linden-Lethem Road, the four-lane Highway from Georgetown to Timehri, the bridging of the Corentyne River, the high-span bridge across the Demerara River, the Parika-Rockstone Del Conte Road link with Bartica as well as a duty-free zone.Additionally, Dr Ali said his government would work towards the provision of cheaper electricity by completing the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project.“We will not stop until the cost of electricity comes down by as much as 70 per cent!”In speaking about opportunities for young people, Dr Ali said he would establish a National Youth Advisory Commission to the President, where youths would have the opportunity to contribute to the country’s development.ScorecardWith regard to guarantees that the Party would deliver, Dr Ali simply charged the electorate to study the PPP/C’s track record and compare it with the “scorecard” of the APNU/AFC.“You cannot fake knowledge, you cannot fake experience, you cannot fake results, but you can regurgitate fake news, so president stranger, show us your scorecard.”According to Ali, the Granger-led Government’s term in office is characterised by 30,000 jobs being lost, a decline in economic sectors, increase in taxes, reduced spending power, hike in non-performing loans, and increase in infant mortality among others.“This is your scorecard! This is your record!”“This is what we will hold you accountable for and on March 2, you will pay the price when we take you out of office!”Many in the audience were visibly moved by the sincerity of Dr Ali’s commitment to the transformation of the country.
ARLINGTON, Texas >> A’s manager Bob Melvin sat in the visiting manager’s office at Globe Life Park before the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Texas Rangers figuratively keeping his fingers crossed that he could limit the use of his bullpen and planning to rest some of his position regulars with three games to play over the next day and a half.Melvin didn’t count on losing a catcher and need a replacement flown into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport before the Athletics’ 10-5 …
Elephants and great whales impress us with their bulk, but there are smaller critters that are no less impressive. Here are a few fantastic animals that come in very small packages.Bears in space: Here’s an animal so bizarre, so well-armed, so scary looking, if you knew they were in your back yard you would run away screaming – unless you were told they are less than a millionth of a meter in size. They’re called water bears, or tardigrades. Take a look at the color electron micrograph of one on the BBC News and imagine your reaction coming across one of these if it were as large as an army tank. The picture of a water bear egg further down the article looks like an alien spaceship, yet these creatures live in many environments around our world. The article said that the Italian Space Agency is studying what makes tardigrades world-class survivors. They have the ability to shut down operations so completely, they can survive freezing and even the vacuum of outer space with its ionizing radiation. Called the “hardiest animal on earth,” the water bear can enter a “cryptobiotic state” of dessication that can allow it to survive for months or years, showing “a high resistance to physical and chemical extremes” such as “very low and high temperatures, exposure to high pressure or vacuum, as well as contact with organic solvents and ionizing radiation.” The Italian Space Agency would like to apply their secrets to learn how to “protect other organisms, including humans, from the extreme stresses found under space conditions.” Maybe a water bear spacesuit will become the latest fashion on some future spaceship.Flatworm regeneration: Students who have looked at flatworms in biology class have been amused by their tiny triangular heads and cross-eyed look, but they can do something students can’t do: regenerate themselves. Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that one of their teams has figured out that the tiny creatures do it with adult stem cells. They are a long way, though, from figuring out exactly how regeneration works. Amazing as flatworm regeneration is, one of the researchers attributed it to a blind, unguided process: “This is an animal that, through evolution, has already solved the regeneration problem,” Dan Wagner, a grad student, said. “We’re studying planarians to see how their regeneration process works. And, one day, we’ll examine what are the key differences between what’s possible in this animal and what’s possible in a mouse or a person.”Honeybee flight simulator: Researchers at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique are trying to see how honeybees get around in life. They built a flight simulator consisting of a complex tunnel with lines and curves intended to challenge the bees’ navigational abilities, with a reward at the end. They have learned that bees, with their large peripheral vision, measure optical flow (the lateral movement of objects) to judge distance, and can speed up or slow down with the information. Bees are able to see objects overhead as well as on both sides and forward. “The researchers observed that a bee’s speed decreased in proportion to the narrowest point of passage in the flight chamber, whether the constriction was horizontal or vertical,” the article explained. “In other words, a bee slows its flight speed as an obstacle gets closer. Its speed depends on the size of the visual field and, therefore, on the closeness of the obstacle.” The press release began with an expression of astonishment: “How can a creature as tiny as a bee, whose brain is proportionally smaller than that of a bird, manage to control its flight and avoid obstacles both in flight and on the ground? We now know that bee sensory-motor performance depends on a nervous system consisting of a hundred thousand to a million neurons.” However bees do it, their tiny brains could help us design objects weighing tons: “These findings could have aerospace applications, such as during the crucial phases when aircraft fly in confined environments.” Maybe the Millennium Falcon had honeybee software that allowed Han Solo to navigate successfully through that asteroid field.Colorblind hiding in plain color sight: Cuttlefish have the remarkable ability to quickly blend in with their surroundings by turning a variety of colors. But since they are color blind, how do they do it? Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, wanted to find out. “Previous studies have shown that certain background variables—such as brightness, contrast, edge and size of objects, etc.—are essential for eliciting camouflaged body patterns,” a press release posted on PhysOrg said. “However, cephalopod eyes lack color perception, thus the vexing question of how they achieve effective camouflage while being colorblind still remains.” The team tackled this “incredibly difficult problem” by using a new imaging technology, Hyper Spectral Imaging (HSI), that samples 540 windows of color. This allowed them to hone in on the aspects of a cuttlefish profile that a predator would see. The cuttlefish is able to dodge a predator’s sensitivity to brightness, or luminance, with color tricks: “What this means is that cuttlefish camouflage strategies take away a tool from predators in their ability to pick out their prey from the background and instead leave them with only brightness as a method for prey identification.” This is only a partial explanation, they realize, for a phenomenon that puzzled Aristotle. It doesn’t explain the systems the cuttlefish uses, nor how it discerns its background so as to blend in. “We hope our work takes us one step closer to understanding how a colorblind animal adopts near-perfect camouflage in a variety of backgrounds.” New Scientist posted a video of the creatures adjusting to different backgrounds with split-second timing.The panoply of life is so vast and varied, that even with teams of scientists around the world run no risk of understanding it all any time soon. Whether in remote parts of the earth, or just under our feet, living things reveal new and amazing features that surprise PhDs and inspire entrepreneurs.Sad to see grad students like Dan Wagner so thoroughly brainwashed by Darwin Vader that he is already manipulating the dork side of the farce. He says that the flatworm, “through evolution,” has already “solved the regeneration problem.” Evolution solves nothing. It has no mind; therefore it sees no problems or solutions. The statement makes no sense except in some epic myth that views evolution as a farce that permeates the university. He could use a little regeneration himself.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
More detail is availableIf you want more detail about a particular state, the website provides it in the form of baseball-card-like summaries that show a simple payback estimate for a 5-kilowatt solar system and an estimated internal rate of return (IRR). In Massachusetts, for example, the payback is 4 years and the IRR is 30.7%; in Arkansas, count on an 18-year payback and an IRR of 3.9%.There’s also a ton of detailed analysis behind each of these cards, including the estimated upfront costs for the 5-kW system, the incentives that are available, and estimates for both long-term profits and the impact on home values, plus a summary of interconnect rules.The website summarizes solar development around the country this year as a “mixed bag.”“The prices Americans pay to install solar are the lowest they’ve ever been, but state incentive programs are expiring,” the summary says. “Community solar is seeing more support than ever in some states, while struggling to find a foothold in others, and solar incentives for landlords are still nowhere to be seen. Electricity prices in some states have stayed high, while others (those mainly served by petroleum and natural gas generation) have seen sizable decreases in price.”The site also is a little out-of-date. The website says that solar is at a crossroads because of uncertainty over the future of the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit for solar and other renewable energy systems. Congress, however, passed an extension of the tax credit several months ago.Solar Power Rocks describes its mission as educating homeowners about solar policy, and working to “get more solar technology on roofs.” The site was founded in 2007. Ever wonder how solar policies in your home state compare with the rest of the country? A graphic developed by a website called Solar Power Rocks will give you the answer in just a few seconds.The website’s chart for 2016 ranks three states on the East Coast — Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — as the best places to invest in photovoltaics, according to a “1 Minute Read” at Fast Company’s co.exist website.Ratings are based on 11 factors, including such things as the state’s renewable portfolio standard (the amount of renewable energy a state is committed to providing in its energy mix), the cost of electricity, net-metering rules, and what rebates and tax credits are available.Color-coded grades range from A (dark green) to F (red). Massachusetts and other top-ranked states have lots of green blocks in their rankings. The top three states all earned A+ rankings, putting them in a virtual tie; seven other states earned As.At the bottom of the solar barrel, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming show mostly red and orange blocks. read more
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rochdale in talks for Man Utd pair Hamilton, Pooleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is in talks with Rochdale.The Daily Mail says Hamilton is in talks over a loan move to League One Rochdale.The 20-year-old Scot has been a regular in Ricky Sbragia’s U23 side and has had interest from Scottish Premiership clubs.However, United see a spell at League One Rochdale, under manager Keith Hill, as being good for his football education.Rochdale had also expressed interest in United defender Regan Poole, as have Newport County.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Porto signing Pepe: I survived Real Madrid graveyardby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto signing Pepe has revisited his time at Real Madrid.The Portugal international joined Los Blancos in 2007 at a time when centre-back signings had been struggling, but he managed to cement a place for himself in the side and to stay there for a decade.”For all the players who arrived at Real Madrid, for all the centre-backs, it was a graveyard for centre-backs,” he said in an interview with Porto’s media channels.”None of them made it.”But Porto prepared me for this and I was there for 10 years.”There were many great centre-backs who came, with big names, but they couldn’t stick like I did.”The move back to Porto sees the player back on the same team as Iker Casillas.”I’m very happy,” he said of the reunion.”It might be that this had an influence on the decision.”When I got here I asked him if he speaks Portuguese, like when he asked me if I spoke Spanish when I arrived at Real Madrid.”He told me that he understands it, but that he’s still embarrassed.”I told him he’s better than I was [at Spanish].” read more
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: We need to be scoring moreby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says they need to make things easier for themselves after seeing off Leicester City on Saturday.James Milner’s added-time penalty snatched a 2-1 win over Leicester on Brendan Rodgers’ first return to Anfield, four years and a day after he was sacked as Reds boss.”I’m not really worried because we’ve shown we can fight until the end,” said Wijnaldum after a 17th successive Premier League win, one short of Manchester City’s record, and an eighth on the bounce this season.”But of course we want to make it easier for ourselves during the games by scoring more goals and playing good football and open up a gap between us and the other team.”But we just have to go out and deal with the situation.”We already showed it a few times this season but we hope to make it easier for us during the games, but until now it didn’t happen often.”We’ve had games like this where we have had to fight until the end and win the game. We did it again but we hope to make it easier.” read more
Barcelona coach Valverde: Set Real Madrid game before first-half season overby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was pleased with their easy 3-0 win at Eibar.It was a surprisingly comfortable afternoon for Barcelona given Eibar’s tendency to lift their game against the big teams at home.”Ipurua is the litmus test,” he said.”They put a lot of pressure on you.”You have to be very attentive to defend these crosses and counter very quickly.”Everyone suffers here, we did today.”Barcelona no longer have a LaLiga Santander fixture next weekend after El Clasico was called off for security reasons.”I hope and I trust that we play this match before the end of the first round of fixtures, or at least before the end of the season,” Valverde said.”It’s fashionable to not agree on anything on political issues.”I hope that [there is an agreement] in this.”I don’t think it’s too difficult.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say read more
Some things are more important than football, and somebody’s personal well-being belongs at the top of that list. Despite how much you may think you know about a person, it’s impossible to know what kind of battles they’re fighting in their own heads each and every day, struggles too painful to share. So on Sunday, when Washington wide receiver Isaiah Renfro courageously took to Twitter to explain the battles he’s been fighting over the past year, the fact that he has decided to step away from football should be the last thing you take from his announcement. Yes – that was one of the reasons for it, but it was so much more than that; it was a young man finding enough strength to open up and be true to himself, true to others. It was what he believes to be a step in the right direction. Been debating on posting this but this is me taking steps in the right direction to becoming myself again.. pic.twitter.com/ptE1k9oKKJ— Isaiah Woods-Renfro (@WaveGodZay) May 29, 2016Here’s the message he posted to Twitter Sunday night. Renfro will obviously be missed on the football field, but I think it’s safe to say he’ll be supported in any way necessary through this difficult time. read more