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first_imgThe NJ Colts are looking for host families. The Colts play in the prestigious Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, and they’re looking for a few families to provide housing from June 1 to Aug. 1 for players who live out of our area. The players are hard-working, respectful student-athletes, according to team representatives. Several former NJ Colts players have gone on to play professional baseball. Home games are played at Brookdale Community College. Families that are interested in housing and would like additional information are asked to call Bob Hoffman at (732) 671-0616. The Aberdeen Matawan Huskies, a boys’ U16 team, are looking for a few dedicated players for the upcoming spring season. The team will be playing in Mid-New Jersey league with home field and practices at Matawan High School. If interested, e-mail The Jersey Dreamers 18U baseball team is looking for two players, including a high quality pitcher, to complete their 2003 roster. Plan to attend Pony Nationals and college showcase tournaments. Call either Ralph at (732) 495-2447 or Warren at (732) 972-8848 for tryout. Practices start in December. The Coast to Coast Amateur Stars are now seeking baseball players ages 11-18 and softball players ages 14-19 from New Jersey who would like the opportunity to represent the United States at a two-week summer tournament in Australia. Team age groups are 11-12, 13-15 and 16-18 for the boys, and 14-15 and 16-19 for the girls. The squads are led by top college coaches and pro scouts who provide a unique perspective on what it’s like to play at the game’s highest level. For additional information, call toll free (888) 356-4455 or visit the Web site read more

Noise nuisance continues to affect residents in Region 6

first_imgDear Editor,The noise nuisance continues unabatedly in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), especially in the Upper Corentyne area, and what is worst is that (a senior Police official) in the Region is busy carrying out the functions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by handing out permission to a few select persons.It has been mentioned by a letter writer (Ms Amrita Dhanai) to the press that everything sells, from the cradle to the grave, by these mobile vendors with vehicles using heavy-duty 1200-watt amplifiers to blast the residents from their beds and disrupt their activities as these insensitive advertisers go merrily along their ways, filling their pockets and counting their profits.Ms Dhanai outlined the EPA regulations which clearly state that it is the function of the EPA to control and manage sound emissions by setting the permissible level of activities such as entertainment, transportation, construction, commercial and other activities. The regulations clearly stipulate that persons who are engaged in the above-mentioned activities need to apply for Environmental Authorisation so that the EPA can monitor their activities.How is it that a senior Police official in Region Six has the authority to grant ‘authorisation’ to a select few to use those intolerable and deafening equipment? Clearly this police official has overstepped his legal authority and function, and has usurped the role of the EPA. How can the Minister of Public Security tolerate this? This Police rank has other important functions to perform rather than breaking the law to facilitate his cronies.I was attending a one-year anniversary death function in the Upper Corentyne and at 4:00pm while the Pastor was fully engrossed in the midst of his sermon, his Bible was nearly knocked out of his hands and he was stopped in his tracks as one of these ‘mobile nuisance vehicles’ slowly crawled by. It took a few minutes for him to compose himself and continue, but it was clear to all that he had lost the intensity of deliverance. Can you imagine what these residents, especially the sick, the feeble, the old, the young babies, the busy housewives, the sleeping night workers, and the children in schools have to face, given their regular doses of noise pollution? It may not be too long from now when the Upper Corentyne will be transformed into a colony of zombies since lack of sleep and proper rest can cause mood disorder, such as anxiety and depression. It can also damage one’s judgment and negatively affect one’s work performance and safety.I am calling on the Commissioner of Police (ag), Mr David Ramnarine, to put an immediate halt to this lawlessness of illegally issuing commercial permits/licences for commission of daily noise nuisance and pollution. It is not the duty of the Guyana Police Force to make laws but to execute laws. Is the GPF the Parliament of Guyana? This Police official in Region Six should read the Environmental Protection Act 1996.Yours sincerely,Muhammad Mustaphalast_img read more

Stop wasting money

first_imgDear Editor,Last night I was going through my stories on Snapchat, and I noticed one of my followers posted GECOM’s House-to-House team re-registering them. I have been following this matter keenly as I was very concerned about my status on the list.On August 14, 2019, the Chief Justice stated: “residency is not a qualifying requirement for registration pursuant to Article 159 (2) and therefore the names of persons which are currently on the list of registrants and voters who are not registered during the House-to-House Registration exercise cannot be removed unless the persons are deceased or become disqualified pursuant to Article 159 (2) with the provisions for such removal in the NRA to be complied with”.This made me very elated as I will not be removed from the voters’ list and my rights will not be violated.The right to be registered to vote and the right to vote are sacrosanct and fundamental. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Guyana has acceded establishes the right to vote as a matter of international human rights law and provides that every citizen has a right to vote.Now my issue today is the wasting of resources with the House-to-House exercise. The Chief Justice ruled that it isn’t unlawful but it’s more of a means of verification. Editor, I was registered during a period of Continuous Registration, where I actively went into the GECOM office near my house and signed myself up. Why not open a period of such?Chief Justice R George, SC, stated: “The NCM is an extraordinary circumstance that GECOM must bear in mind in its decision-making as it conducts the House-to-House Registration and for that matter any verification process that has as objective the compilation or revision of the list of electors for the required upcoming elections”.Bearing in mind all that has passed since December 21, 2018, should GECOM be focusing all resources on getting an election in the shortest possible time. As a constitutional actor, they should be concerned with Guyana becoming unconstitutional. Besides that, they should realise how finite resources are, and pouring resources into an activity that can be done in another manner is simply not the most advisable thing to do.Therefore, Editor, I am appealing to all sound-minded Guyanese to see the light and join me in a call for an end to House-to-House Registration. Stop wasting money that can be allocated to ensuring we have credible elections.Regards,Nutana Singhlast_img read more

Lampard being cautious with Kante injury and praises Chelsea’s England stars

first_img latest Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Abraham has been recalled to the England squad rookie error Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Frank Lampard has revealed N’Golo Kante is in contention to face Southampton on Sunday after coming through unscathed in midweek.The midfielder returned the starting line-up for the first time since Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool – a match in which he scored in – and played the full 90 minutes at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Wednesday. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas stalemate “All the players are on a semi-recovery programme after the Lille game but it’s also the fact he hasn’t played much.“In terms of the injury, he’s fine and there was no fallout with that from the Lille game so it’s just about making sure he’s fit and ready, which is a call for me to make.”Four Chelsea players have been called into the England squad for the upcoming fixtures against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Ross Barkley, Mason Mount Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham and Lampard spoke of his delight. 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman appointed Getty Images – Getty It has been an injury-hit start to the campaign for Kante, who has played just three Premier League games, but Lampard has said he should be fine for the trip to St Mary’s.“It’s something we’ll have to watch over the next 24, 48 hours to make sure he’s okay,” said Lampard at his press conference. Kante started for Chelsea against Lille Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff targets Getty Images – Getty 2 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more on target “Very happy. I think it is well deserved, scoring goals regularly. His form is really good. Natural progression. Delighted for him. He is a proud lad and proud to get a call up,” Lampard said of Abraham.“He can score at international level, I don’t want to put too much pressure on his shoulders. He is still a young player. Naturally he has all the attributes to be successful, but it is another step for him. He has the attitude to take that challenge He will see there are great strikers in that squad.“I am delighted for Tomori. Mason and Tammy have taken headlines, but Tomori, having seen him turn up at Derby, to see him play the full season last year and then to come here and some people might doubt him. He has shown great qualities and he has been a dream day in and day out.”last_img read more

Americans Would Like to Live Next Door to the Obamas, But Not Justin Bieber

first_imgThe real estate website Zillow held a survey to find out which celebrities Americans would most . . . and least . . . like to live next door to.  The OBAMAS topped the MOST list, while JUSTIN BIEBER was the least desirable neighbor.And TAYLOR SWIFT made BOTH lists.The Obamas were followed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chip and Joanna Gaines from the show “Fixer Upper”, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Adele, Taylor Swift, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, and Ivanka Trump.But Americans don’t seem to want to live next door to a celebrity at all.  The Obamas may have topped the list, but they only got 14% of the vote.  Meanwhile, “None of the Above” got 28%.As for the undesirables, Bieber was followed by Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift, Tom Brady, Ryan Lochte, Billy Bush, and Alex Rodriguez.Link to the original story read more

Daily Wrap: Facebook Tips and more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Everything Pinterest and Tumblr Users Need To Know About Copyright LawIt’s hard to write a story or post about Pinterest and copyright law without at least one reader leaving a comment along the lines of “What about Tumblr?” (more) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The Pirate Bay Switches from Torrents to Untraceable Magnet LinksThe Pirate Bay will no longer link to .torrent files. It will use better technology instead. “Today marks the end of an era,” the Pirate Bay blog says. “Sort of.” The famed torrent site will now use magnet links. Magnet links don’t break as easily, and they’re more bandwidth-efficient for people who mirror the linked files.Oh yeah, and unless a government is willing to shut down a whole Web page using out-and-out censorship tactics, magnet links can’t be stopped. (more) Brightcove Wants to Be Your End-to-End HTML5 Mobile Development PlatformBrightcove does not want you to think of it as a video hosting company. From the beginning, that was never the plan. Yet, Brightcove rode its cloud video-hosting platform to an initial public offering last week,with the company valued at about $392 million. Brightcove considers itself a “cloud content services” company and wants to be the go-to resource for publishers storing and delivering media from the cloud. (more) Tags:#community#web Apple to Answer Neil Young’s Wishes With High-Fidelity iTunes AudioEarlier this month, Neil Young made headlines with a biting critique of the state of digital music. In particular, it’s the audio quality that bugs Young. Even the highest quality MP3’s contain only a fraction of the audio data found in the original master recordings, and industry veterans like Young are concerned that the digital revolution is degrading quality in favor of convenience. (more) Related Posts Dave Copeland shares his tips for using Facebook productively and professionally. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.Sometimes it’s difficult to catch everything that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well. robyn tippins How to Stay Safe on PinterestPinterest. It’s a free for all, the perfect place to find visually stimulating images and then perform fast, repining actions. Populate your online bulletin board (a.k.a. pinboard) with the inner visions of your mind. Just don’t forget that you’re probably frictionlessly sharing with Pinterest some of the same information you’re already posting to Facebook and Twitter. (more) How To Pimp Your Facebook HabitsMost of us use Facebook, but do we use it as effectively as we’d like? As a follow up to a recent post that showed you how to pimp your LinkedIn profile, Dave Copeland shares his suggestions for getting the most out of Facebook.From our readers:Dagmar Schneitz – Some of this article I agree with, some of it I don’t. I’ve always wanted to wish birthdays more creatively, so I could use that. As far as being unfriended, I’d like to know who would. But I wouldn’t do anything or take any revenge against them. If they unfriend me, they unfriend me.Helder José – The purpose of contacting people who unfriended you on Facebook is not to exert revenge on them. The purpose is to find out what you did that prompted the unfriend action, and if you did something wrong then apologize and correct. The text makes this point pretty clear. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple’s Next Privacy Scandal: Apps That Steal Your PhotosIt’s only been a few weeks since the last major iOS privacy scandal. In case you were getting bored, a new, somewhat related controversy just started brewing thanks to reporting by Nick Bilton at The New York Times. This one comes three weeks after Path apologized for a privacy loophole that allowed developers to access users’ entire address book without their knowledge.Not only can iOS apps access and upload one’s address book, but they can apparently do the same with the photo library on any iOS device, according to the Times. (more)Keep up with ReadWriteWeb by subscribing to our RSS feed or email newsletter. You can also follow ReadWriteWeb across the web on Google+, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting More Must Read Stories: Samsung: One Tablet Closer to IrrelevanceSamsung has a history of its executives contradicting themselves. Especially when it comes to tablet sales. In January 2011, Samsung reported on its earnings call that its tablet sales were “quite small.” A minor controversy erupted when the company said that statement was an error in the call’s transcription. Samsung backtracked and said that tablet sales were “quite smooth.” (more) Facebook-Connected Online Dating That Isn’t CreepyMost 21st century humanoids have probably either at one point tried online dating or dissed online dating. Or both.We have reached a new point in history, at which we either do not feel like we can meet people in real life, or we are too encumbered by technology, or we are too awkward, or all of the above. As such, we turn to a virtual place where people mingle: The Internet. And as always, the Internet provides a solution. (more) What Google+ Should Have Been: Bing’s Linked PagesBing launched Bing+ last week, it just skipped all the unnecessary stuff. (It’s not really called Bing+.) There’s a new feature called Linked Pages that allows Bing users (U.S. only, for now) to connect their various websites and profiles to their Bing identities, using Facebook for authentication. You can also link your Facebook friends to their pages. (more)last_img read more

Radioecologists Developing Japan-Response Recommendations

first_imgTwo months ago, to little fanfare, the U.S. Department of Energy launched a new research center at its Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Georgia. Now, thanks to the ongoing troubles at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the fledgling National Center for Radioecology (NCoRE) suddenly finds itself with a lot more work to do. Radioecology is the science of how radiation affects ecosystems, and on Tuesday, NCoRE’s group of experts in this field, drawn from six U.S. universities, France, Ukraine, and SRNL, held a teleconference to discuss how best to respond to the emerging radiation situation in Japan. They decided to begin drafting recommendations for a plan to aid Japan in collecting ecological samples and testing current models of radiation’s effects on ecosystems. After the situation in Japan stabilizes, NCoRE hopes to bring Japanese radioecology experts on board as well and ultimately craft a white paper to present to the U.S. government and other relevant groups. Inspired by the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, NCoRE was founded in January 2011 as a way to collect various types of expertise in radioecology and study the environmental impacts of a growing number of nuclear power plants. The group also plans to test models that would assist in the preparation for nuclear attacks, as well as offer training for potential radioecologists. The latter task is seen as crucial because no formal graduate program in radioecology currently exists. “It’s very clear there’s a paucity of expertise in this area,” says radioecologist Timothy Mousseau of the University of South Carolina, Columbia. 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But Mousseau, who researches the long-term ecological effects of Chernobyl, expects that Japan’s current nuclear troubles will trigger “renewed interest in what we’ve learned.” Timothy Jannik of SRNL, who specializes in risk modeling, says that because Japan is still beset with earthquake and tsunami damage, it will be difficult to quickly and accurately take current samples of any potential radiation across the country’s many ecosystems. Much of what radioecologists will be able to learn about exposure doses and how the radiation was dispersed will come from retroactive modeling, which will be more difficult but could result in improved dispersion models applicable to future radiation leaks. Ideally, NCoRE will work with groups in Japan to track the future impact of any released radiation. “We would like to help develop an intensive monitoring mechanism to track deposition of radionuclides and how they are transported,” Mousseau says. One of NCoRE’s recommendations will be to test and reassess models of how radiation is spread through the food chain: in addition to direct fallout onto crops and agricultural soil, radionuclides in the water could have widespread effects. Cesium-137 in particular is known to accumulate in freshwater fish—a mainstay of the Japanese diet. “I’m assuming if [radiation has] spread on the ground, it also dispersed into lakes,” Jannik says. “The key is getting samples in the emerging situation.” For our complete coverage of the crisis in Japan, see our Japan Earthquake page.  For Science’s answers to reader questions about the crisis, see our Quake Questions page.last_img read more

Swami who sketches with his feet during dance recitals

first_imgSketch a dance: Swami Sarvatmapriyadas draws an elephant with his feet.If dancing and drawing simultaneously sounds daunting, how about sketching with one’s feet even while executing the intricate movements of Bharatnatyam and Kathak? Sounds implausible? But not for Swami Sarvatmapriyadas of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan in Ahmedabad, a leading order,Sketch a dance: Swami Sarvatmapriyadas draws an elephant with his feet.If dancing and drawing simultaneously sounds daunting, how about sketching with one’s feet even while executing the intricate movements of Bharatnatyam and Kathak? Sounds implausible? But not for Swami Sarvatmapriyadas of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan in Ahmedabad, a leading order of the Swaminarayan sect.The 29-year-old Swami mastered Bharatnatyam and Kathak as a medium of sadhana with the inspiration of his guru and the current sect head, Acharya Purshottampriyadasji. Last year, he entered the Limca Book of Records by sketching an elephant with his feet as he danced on a spread of vermilion powder in a remarkable 11-minute Bharatnatyam-Kathak performance.The late Swami Sahajhanand, the 19th century founder of the sect at present worshipped as Lord Swaminarayan, had laid down two distinct disciplines for attaining spiritual enlightenment- Rasikmarg, the art of paying obeisance through devotional songs and dance, and Gnanmarg, the path of knowledge and penance. Sarvatmapriyadas has adopted an extreme version of Rasikmarg.Ahemdabad, GujaratHe drew inspiration for the feat from a 19th century real-life episode that tells of Swami Muktanand, a disciple of Lord Swaminarayan, staging a dance in his devotion on a surface layered with vermilion. When the performance drew to a close, Muktanand discovered he had inadvertently created the image of an elephant.A similar endeavour, this time by Sarvatmapriyadas, requires elaborate preparation. First, the floor on which the performance is to take place is covered with wooden planks. Next, 40 kg of vermilion is spread over a 20 ft by 20 ft area. Finally, the layer of vermilion is covered with a white cotton sheet.advertisementClad in an ochre dhoti and sporting a headgear, the swami dances to the accompaniment of a bhajan, “Jay, Jay Ghanshyam…”, his steps switching between Bharatnatyam and Kathak to stay in sync with the instrumental music and vocal rendition. When the dance ends and the white sheet is lifted, a 15 ft by 10 ft elephant can be seen etched in vermilion on the sheet as well as on the floor.If showbiz like this can provide an easy route to potential followers of the Swaminarayan sect, devotees of its unique dance will certainly not be complaining.last_img read more

Ashwin makes instant impact on his maiden tour of Sri Lanka

first_imgWhen the pitch assists turn, Ravichandran Ashwin can be a handful for the opposition. At Galle, on Wednesday, when Angelo Mathews decided to bat after winning the toss, little did he know what was awaiting his batsmen.On the other hand, realising that it was a dry track in Galle, skipper Virat Kohli brought his leading offspinner into the attack earlier than usual in the 11th over. And Ashwin made full use of the opportunity.This too is cricket First morning & ball turning square at Galle. @ashwinravi99 gobbling batsmen like Anderson on a cloudy green-top day. This too is cricket. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 12, 2015The offspinner’s first scalp came in his very first over and it was the big fish Kumar Sangakkara, who was caught double-minded after the ball stopped on him. Ashwin was celebrating at the expense of the Galle crowd’s disappointment.Ashwin didn’t stop there. He ran through Sri Lanka’s middle order in the next hour. Ashwin was ably supported by the bounce off the pitch. Sri Lankan batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne and Jehan Mubarak fell prey to the extra bounce Ashwin got from the track. The Tamil Nadu offspinner left Sri Lanka reeling at 65 for 5 at lunch. Outclassed his counterpartsAshwin overshadowed the efforts of his teammates Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh. The off spinner’s height must have helped him purchase more from the track.Well bowled @ashwinravi99 wonderful flight, line and length. Put India in a commanding position!! #INDvSL Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 12, 2015Ashwin, in the recent past was criticised for being defensive and not willing to flight the ball. But on Wednesday, he teased the batsmen by tossing the ball and giving it a bit of air. It was heartening and delightful to see Ashwin getting the perfect drift and loop, which eventually troubled the Lankan batsmen.advertisementAnd the tall offspinner is slowly refraining from bowling the futile leg-stump line. He has cut down on his experiments and has resorted to classical spin bowling, which indeed has been fruitful for him and his team.Ashwin certainly turning the ball ,but the drift is making it that much harder for the batters #CricbuzzCup #INDvsSL subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) August 12, 2015The manner in which the red-ball hit the pitch outside the off stump and spun to hit middle and leg is a proof to Ashwin’s shift in attitude. The ball that left the left-hand batsmen was bowled with equal amount of control. All the elements of orthodox spin bowling was at display when Ashwin was in action. Turn, flight, dip and drift, you name it and Ashwin showcased it all.   Ashwin, on his maiden tour of Sri Lanka finished with figures of 6 for 46.last_img read more

Kerala to set up first Mega Tourism Circuit

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Nov 6 (PTI) One of the first mega tourism circuits in the country will be developed in Kerala with the Centre approving the state Tourism Departments proposal for creating a world class eco-friendly project in Gavi-Vagamon region.The 150-km long circuit in the Pathanamthitta-Gavi- Vagamon-Thekkady region in central Kerala will have a host of new facilities such as trekking, archery and rock climbing.State Tourism Minister A P Anilkumar said here today that the Pathanamthitta-Gavi-Vagamon-Thekkady project will be among the first such tourism projects to be built under the new Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Union Tourism Ministry, which are meant for theme-based development of destinations.”We are happy to announce that the empowered committee has cleared our proposal to develop a Mega Tourism Circuit in the Pathanamthitta-Gavi-Vagamon-Thekkady region focussed on eco-friendly tourism,” he said in a release.Based on the theme of eco-tourism, the Gavi-Vagamon project will have an expenditure of Rs 95 crore, funded by the Union Tourism Ministry, he said.”The development of a Mega Tourism Circuit will not only create tourism infrastructure with global standards, but also lead to creation of jobs and livelihoods for the people of our state and growth of our local communities,” he said.Anilkumar also said the circuit would become a model of eco-friendly tourism in the world.”As a picturesque region, the new circuit will certainly help in further increasing the number of domestic and international tourist arrivals in our state,” he said.The state tourism department had submitted a proposal for the circuit estimated at Rs 200 crore. Under the sanctioned project, Rs 30 crore will be spent for Pathanamthitta and Gavi and Rs 65 crore for Vagamon and Thekkady.advertisementKerala Tourism Director P I Sheik Pareeth said the project would extend from Angamoozhy in Pathanamthitta to Vagamon covering about 150 km.”The main components of the project include destination development, tourist facilities and security for visitors,” Pareeth said.Facilities for trekking at viewpoint, boating surveillance camera, security arrangements, eco-friendly accommodation and adventure sports activities will also be developed in the area, tourism department sources said.In Vagamon-Thekkady area, there will be development of adventure tourism activities like buggy walks, shooting arena, archery arena, pain ball arena, Burma bridge, trampoline walk, rock climbing, multi-line walk and earthquake walk.A six-km nature trail along the pain valley forest will be another attraction besides common signage, solid waste management and walk ways throughout the project. PTI LGK VS DK SMN DKlast_img read more