Central Govt bails out City Hall again

first_img…pays Purans, Cevons $100MCentral Government has once again bailed out City Hall of their mountainous debts by offering $100 million to its main solid waste collectors – Puran Brothers Disposal and Cevons Waste Management – who have been owed for over six months for services provided.The solid waste collectors are providing limited collection servicesSpeaking with Guyana Times on Friday, Business Development Supervisor of Cevons Waste Management, Morris Archer related that the Communities Ministry paid $100 million, which was divided between the two companies.“We got paid by the Ministry. We got $50 million. There is still a balance for us for which the Mayor and City Council was supposed to get in contact with us about. The Ministry released $100 million and they divided the money equally between Cevons and Puran Brothers,” Archer said.He noted that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) would have engaged both companies on providing limited services within the capital city and its environs. Out of the ten lots, each contractor was providing services for two. However, this is a temporary arrangement to assist the smaller contractors and does not interfere with their existing contract with the local organ body.On November 25, 2018, the collectors withdrew their services after months of operating without payments. Immediately after the withdrawal, services were provided by five agencies namely: Granderson, Trash Tech, Tri Star, C&S Services and Garbage Eaters.“For the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, we were doing five groups each before pulling our services. For collection services, it’s divided into 10 groups. We were doing five and Purans were doing the other five. To assist the Council, they asked us to do two groups. We’re doing two groups and Puran is doing two also. The small contractors are doing the other groups, but this is a separate arrangement from our existing contract.”The deadlock between the Council and contractors had many implications on the collection process within the capital city as residential and commercial areas were piled high with garbage just a few days after this decision was taken.Additionally, communities within the outskirts of the city were neglected according to concerned citizens who had to wait almost two weeks before their bins were emptied.Meanwhile, vendors at Bourda also complained about a slow collection process, as they are forced to wait long intervals before the garbage is removed from their surroundings.As such, both solid waste collectors met with Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan and officials of the M&CC, where it was promised that payment would be made and therefore, putting an end to the unending saga between collectors and the cash-strapped Council. Over the years Government have had to bail out cash strapped City Hall on several occasions.last_img read more

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“The Amazon Way on IoT” – John Rossman discusses his latest book

first_imgJohn Rossman is a managing director with the global technology consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal and a prior executive with Amazon. An influential digital strategist with over 25 years in technology. He spoke ReadWrite about his latest book  “The Amazon Way on IoT: 10 Principles for Every Leader from the World’s leading Internet of Things strategies.”During the interview, John provided insights on IoT and reasons why corporations need to understand this emerging technology. He also shared examples of how the technology is currently being used and how it might be used in the future. ReadWrite: I think your book offers a unique angle on IoT. It looks a little bit different than other IoT books on the market. It seems like more of a high-level book, but at the same time, you’re applying the principles that you’ve utilized at Amazon and also some of the principles you had written about previously. Can you describe the impetus for the book?John Rossman: The impetus for the book was a number of different factors. I had the opportunity to do a few client engagements where we were helping to frame and understand what the opportunity was for IoT in their business. What I found was, there was a lot being written in very segmented use case ways of IoT and how it was impacting and really big predictions about the number of sensors, etc, and there’s a lot written in the technical space. But there was nothing that really helped you answer the question ”How should IoT impact my business and how do I go about evaluating the potential for IoT in my business?’ I thought ‘There’s a customer segment that needs to be served, because that’s an essential question that every business leader needs to be asking themselves.”  Then as I started to frame out ‘How should a business leader think about IoT in their business? What are the different models? Every model, every principle, every strategy, one of the best use cases was always — What was Amazon doing in that space?’ And then I looked at ‘What can I write about and think about authentically?’ So those three, factors came together for me and that’s why the book is for business leaders who really need to evaluate ‘What should my IoT plan be?’ I told the story through the lens of Amazon and other great companies to demonstrate the different strategies that IoT can have for a business and leave the user for a set of questions to ask themselves on each strategy. Is this potentially a strategy for me or not?RW: Can you describe IoT? I really don’t think the general public or companies really understand how IoT is going to impact their immediate future.JR: I think of IoT in kind of three layers. On one layer, IoT is a set of technical capabilities. It’s sensors, it’s connectivity, it’s cloud computing, it’s analytics and algorithms. All of those things being stitched together. On the next layer, IoT is kind of the use cases and scenarios that it can enable in terms of whether it’s a connected health scenario or list avoidance or any of the great IoT use cases that we hear. At the top level, IoT is really a core business strategy enabler. And that’s where I think leaders need to really start in their thinking. Understanding how can IoT impact my customer’s experiences. How can IoT drive the next wave of operation excellence within my organization and how can IoT help me build new business models and new service models in innovative ways. IoT is really all three of those things. On one layer it is a set of technologies and as you said, it’s many different technologies kind of integrated together for any one scenario.RW: Years ago, Bill Gates, in his book “The Road Ahead,” he predicted IoT. He talked about handheld devices communicating with the environment. He also said that there was a division between eras. There was a division between the PC era and the Information Highway. Now, we’re on the cusp of the next era with IoT. Do you think the general public is prepared for this?   JR: I think it depends on what level of impact. I think the public is ready for some of the maybe simpler scenarios and for the good things that can happen out of this and whether that’s like some of the scenarios that Amazon’s doing, like partnering with DHL and Audi so you can have a package delivered to your car from DHL. The public is ready for that. But I think, some of the under the waterline issues around the automation that this is going to open up and some of the privacy matters that are only going to be heightened and some of the security things that are going to happen. Good things come along with the potential for dramatic change and it’s going to be disruptive. I like the word ‘disruptive,’ because it kind of describes that it’s not all going to be fun along the way, and it’s going to cause challenges for individual and cause challenges for employment and it’s going to cause societal challenges, but we’re up to solving those things, but it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy along the way. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Tags:#Amazon#Internet of Things#IoT#John Rossman Related Posts Clarke Illmatical RW: In the first chapter of your book, you referred to IoT as ‘’A tsunami of opportunity and a threat.’’ Why is it a potential threat?  JR: For two reasons, one is because of some of those under the waterline implications and challenges that we just talked about and also existing business models are going to be dramatically changed and that’s a threat to the establishment and traditional businesses. As much impact as digital models have had to date, I think that IoT is going to be the next wave of digital model and the impact and the speed of that oncoming wave is going to come even faster than the first digital wave has come at us.RW: Let’s talk ethics. We’re already heavily connected. Now we’re in an era with smartphones and glasses that learn about us. Potentially, a decade from now, IoT will try and connect as much as possible. A person like yourself who has seen technology evolve, what ethical concerns do you have regarding IoT?JR: I would say it’s not my area of expertise… I think that’s a big topic in security and privacy go along with that… As in most things with ethics there’s healthy debate on both sides of every topic. I think you really have to target that on a scenario by scenario topic. But the comment that I would have, when it comes to security or privacy, as it comes to legal matters. Those topics are not checkpoints that you do like ‘Hey I’m ready for launch of my IoT capabilities now, I’ll do my legal review or now I’ll do my privacy review!’ You really need to involve those and those are really core requirements that need to be designed from the very beginning of your strategy and your scenarios that you’re going to develop. Those are big and important topics and they need to be considered from the very beginning.RW: In the first chapter, you mentioned that you were creating a roadmap to help leaders understand this technology. Within the next five years, in terms of transportation, health or entertainment, what kind of changes will IoT bring about? What kind of changes will we see thanks to IoT? JR: I think that you’ll see on the transportation front, where kind of managed situations where automation has a dramatic impact and is a really viable solution. Transportation and commercial transportation in shipping and container yards, I think the opportunity for IOT both in terms of transportation that provides the overall monitoring and management is pretty great.RW: In your book, you provided examples of how IoT is being implemented currently. Are there any case studies or recent examples that you’ve seen of IoT in use that impressed you or you thought was a very good sign of how the technology should be used? JR: Some of the examples or use cases that I think are some of the most compelling is around worker safety and worker’s compensation insurance management. The nice thing is what everybody’s aligned when it comes to creating safer work environments. There are some really neat scenarios where workers are equipped with sensors to help measure the stress and strain that they’re putting onto their bodies to help avoid and measure workloads so that they can avoid worker’s compensation claims and that benefits everybody and when there are accidents or incidents that happened, the ability to have a better picture of what happened and better analytics so that those can be managed better, so that frauds avoided, so that subjugation is better managed is a real interesting scenario. I really like those scenarios involving worker safety and helping to operate in a more assured environment.RW: In terms of when enterprise companies were introduced to the internet in the mid-90s, what’s the biggest mistake that companies made then, that they can’t afford to do right now with IoT? JR: When the first e-commerce models were coming along, a lot of very smart people were very dismissive to the impact that that would have over time. I think retail is maybe the easiest one to look at. Today, e-commerce and digital capabilities is a significant piece of the overall retail environment, and it’s where almost all of the growth is. Too many companies dismissed it and sat on the sidelines and so my advice to companies even if now isn’t the time to go big in IOT or to change a business model based on IoT, you need to at least be paying attention and getting really smart on what are your competitors doing, what are similar industries doing, where are investments going on IoT in your industry and I would encourage you to start building some organizational capacities. Some smarts and abilities to execute on these models, because when it becomes late in the games, it’s going to be really hard to build those experiences and that organizational capacity. I think the mistake to avoid is to think that it won’t impact you and to do nothing.RW: In closing, who really need your book immediately? Who benefits from reading this book right away?JR: Anybody who’s in an organization who is in a position to be answering the question ‘What is our IoT strategy?’ Sometimes that’s in the business, sometimes that’s in the technology organization, sometimes it’s in the product and field organization. It can be in a lot of places, but anybody who’s asking that question ‘What’s our IoT strategy?’ I think should read the book. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Tokyo Games nears collection targets for recycled-metal medals

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments FILE – In this April 1, 2017, file photo, gold tablets of 3 grams, left, which is able to be recycled from 100 mobile phones, are shown as example in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers said in a statement Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO — The Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games have announced that they are on track to collect the recycled metal needed to produce all medals for the 2020 Games from the remnants of mobile phones and other small electronic devices.The collection is expected to conclude by the end of March.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pelicans balancing Anthony Davis’ playing time with future concerns PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At least 5,000 medals, including gold, silver and bronze, are needed for the Games. The gold medal will be gold plated over a silver base, with 30.3 kilograms of gold, 4,100 kilograms of silver and 2,700 kilograms of copper required for production.Collection of the metals from discarded small devices began in April 2017. As of the end of June 2018, the organizing bodies had completed their collection of copper but had only obtained 54.5 percent of the gold and 43.9 percent of the silver needed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAdditional recycling stations were subsequently introduced. As of the end of last October, the bodies had collected 93.7 per cent of the gold and 85.4 percent of the silver needed. The collection targets for both metals are expected to be reached by the end of March.last_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde welcomes deal for Jeison Murillo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde welcomes deal for Jeison Murilloby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has welcomed the deal for Jeison Murillo.The defender joins Barca on-loan from Valencia with the option to buy.”We are in a delicate moment with our centre-backs and so far we have managed it well, but we don’t know how it will go going forward,” Valverde explained in a press conference on Friday.”We took into account the situation of the club and we wanted someone on loan who could play immediately and who knew the league well.”Murillo met those requirements and he can help us in the short term so the club did a good job with his signing.”Signings at this club need to be familiar with us as we’re continuing our fight for two major competitions soon and we couldn’t have brought along players who need to adapt.”Murillo is a good player who can help us and be important for us so we will push forward and hope for the best.” last_img read more

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15 days agoChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regrets

first_imgChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regretsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists he has no regrets missing a move to Real Madrid.Kepa was all set to leave Athletic Bilbao for Real in January 2018, only for Zinedine Zidane to block the switch.He recalled: “It was a few months in which my grandmother saw me more in the newspaper than in person. There was a lot of talk about me. Also because of an injury I was not going through good times.”I was finishing my contract and since January I could talk to teams. I didn’t get to see what happened. “I ended up renewing and with the idea of staying and after six months I left. It’s the only contradiction.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Sustainable Development Activities in Accompong Town

first_imgStory Highlights The Minister added that the departments and agencies within her Ministry will be charged with the responsibility to implement the requisite preparatory training programmes to make the 2019 celebrations a world-class one. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government will be undertaking infrastructural and other sustainable development activities in Accompong Town, in St. Elizabeth. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government will be undertaking infrastructural and other sustainable development activities in Accompong Town, St. Elizabeth.Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 280th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty between the Accompong Town Maroons and the British in the community on January 6, Ms. Grange said the Government has placed primary focus on policies geared towards “engaging economic value from all our activities and our assets”.As a result, she said the Ministry will be playing its part in the sustainability of Accompong Town, by extending its economic opportunity programme to the area.The Minister added that the departments and agencies within her Ministry will be charged with the responsibility to implement the requisite preparatory training programmes to make the 2019 celebrations a world-class one.“We created an economic programme for the Maroon communities that surrounded the Blue and John Crow Mountains, and we are now expanding that programme to Accompong as we prepare the dossier for the Cockpit Country to be designated a World Heritage site,” she said.“My officers will be working along with the Colonel and his team and the community to provide training and the guidance that you will need to assist in making this celebration an event that will be well-organised, (have) proper infrastructure put in place and proper promotion, so that this can be marketed to the world through the Ministry of Tourism,” Ms. Grange said.As it relates to the roadway that leads to Accompong Town, she said the Ministry will be working in conjunction with the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation to have them rehabilitated this year.The Minister commended the performance of students of the Accompong Primary School for what she said was their “amazing display of Maroon tradition and culture” at the event.Calling on the Maroons not to take their history and heritage for granted, Ms. Grange said all the requisite support will also be provided to help the residents of Accompong create the kind of artefacts and art and craft that will reflect their culture.She said special attention will be given to preserving the legacy of Maroon Chief Cudjoe, with whom the British signed the peace treaty in 1738, in exchange for full freedom and land, putting an end to decades of hostilities.“We will ensure that Cudjoe’s grave/headstone is appropriately established,” Ms. Grange said. The Minister commended the performance of students of the Accompong Primary School for what she said was their “amazing display of Maroon tradition and culture” at the event. Calling on the Maroons not to take their history and heritage for granted, Ms. Grange said all the requisite support will also be provided to help the residents of Accompong create the kind of artefacts and art and craft that will reflect their culture.last_img read more

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Trudeau names judge Arthur LeBlancto be Nova Scotia lieutenant governor

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named a Nova Scotia judge as the province’s new lieutenant-governor.Arthur LeBlanc, who has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia since 1998, replaces John James Grant in the vice-regal job.Lieutenant-governors represent the Queen in their respective provinces, handling her roles and functions, including granting royal assent to laws.Leblanc was born in West Arichat, N.S. in 1943, graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1964 with a commerce degree and earned a law degree from Dalhousie University in 1968.He practised law in the province for 30 years before being named to the bench.He is married to Rosemarie Patricia (Patsy) LeBlanc and they have three sons and six grandchildren.The prime minister said LeBlanc is well respected for his legal work, as well as his contributions to and volunteer organizations.“He is an excellent choice as Nova Scotia’s next lieutenant-governor and I have no doubt that he will make many important contributions to the future of his province,” Trudeau said in a statement.“last_img read more

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Tapdance icon Dormeshia SumbryEdwards helps the form swing again

first_imgSumbry-Edwards’s next step was to test out her theory, coaxing her students to try work that wasn’t technically challenging, but was full of that propulsive, rhythmic feel that defines swing. “It was amazing!” she reports. “These amazing technicians were not able to hold down their vocabulary if they were trying to swing.” The dance form, she deduced, had almost fully detached from its roots in the expressive, swinging 1930s. “How do you move forward when you don’t understand what was? There’s the disconnect not only with the rhythm but also the history of the form.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards is one of the U.S.’s most influential tap stars, a master who’s taught classes from Rio to Tokyo. But as she travelled the world watching the next generation of dancers, she started to realize something was missing from all the eye-popping technique she was seeing.“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” the affable hoofer tells the Straight from her home in New Jersey before heading here for the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival (next Thursday to Sunday [September 1 to 4]). “I appreciate all the artistry that’s happening, but there’s a bit of a disconnect, and I’d say, ‘Wow, they’re doing amazing things, the way they’re using the vocabulary and the body of the dancers.’ But I wasn’t feeling anything. I wasn’t able to connect.“Then I realized: it was a matter of groove, that I know as swing, that was missing.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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JBER F22s Diverted To Kenai Airport Due To Dense Fog

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson fighter jets were diverted to the Kenai Municipal Airport last night due to Dense fog. According to the post from the Kenai Fire Department a total of five jets landed at the airport. The Kenai Fire Department posted a video to Facebook Tuesday night showing the jets landing in Kenai.center_img A dense fog advisory remains in effect throughout much of the Kenai Peninsula and the Anchorage area until 11am, on Wednesday.last_img

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