The death of a Guyanese scholar abroad – our Government must push for answers

first_imgDear Editor,A young, brilliant Guyanese scholar, Yogeeta Persaud, of the simple village of Zorg, on the Essequibo Coast, died suddenly last Sunday in Peru. Guyana lost a young lady, whose potential was unlimited. Guyana lost a young lady who, while still very young, already contributed more than most Guyanese to our national image and national psyche.When she topped the CSEC at the national level, she made all Guyana proud, but she also brought pride to Essequibo and particularly her school, the Anna Regina Multilateral School, and her village. While her parents and her family were proud of young Yogeeta, her achievements not only elevated their status, her accomplishment as a teenager elevated Zorg, her school, and Essequibo.Her achievements included being the top CSEC student in the Caribbean in 2013, bringing pride and honour to a whole nation. Most Guyanese would have never met her, but all knew her name. I was privileged to have met her more than once. Yogeeta may not have been our own child or sister or related to us in any way, but at that moment we shared her successes and she was one of us.Earlier, she was one of Guyana’s top NGSA students and in 2014, was a top performer in CAPE. As a Guyanese scholar, Yogeeta went on to study Biochemistry at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, where she again proved to be a top student. Her brilliant journey took her to Peru where she was combining vacation with volunteer work, being a volunteer with “Volunteer Doctors Around the World”.Yogeeta’s short but brilliant journey on earth ended in Peru last Sunday after a reported fall. Yogeeta died while extending a helping hand to people she did not know personally, but who she felt linked to by her humanity. From the reports, there is nothing for any one of us to think that something untoward happened. There does not seem to be anything suspicious about her death. There is no one that can be blamed. As her parents, family, friends and fellow villagers mourn her passing, all of Guyana join in mourning and celebrating a life that brought pride and honour to our country. While there is nothing for us to be suspicious and there does not seem like there is anyone to blame, her parents and many of her Guyanese sisters and brothers would like to know more about how young Yogeeta died. The Guyanese Government must help find answers so that as we say goodbye to a brilliant Guyanese soul, we can do so knowing that nothing untoward caused her death.To her parents, family, friends, villagers and her school, I send my profound sympathies. May her soul rest in peace.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

EPS Officer Shoots Colleague at UP Convention

first_imgThe merry-making that should have characterized day-two of the governing Unity Party’s (UP) National Convention in Gbarnga, Bong County, turned sour as delegates and well-wishers took to their heels when agent Prince Mawolo of the Executive Protective Service (EPS) assigned with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf allegedly shot one of his colleagues outside the convention hall. Mawolo shot and injured his fellow EPS officer (yet to be identified) when they reportedly disagreed on who was entitled to a “certain woman.”The wounded agent was meanwhile admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, near Gbarnga, although there has not been an official statement about his condition, a hospital source told our reporter yesterday via mobile phone.The situation, which nearly disrupted the holding of the second day of the convention on Friday, July 8, resulted in several other persons, including a radio journalist from Monrovia, sustaining injuries in the stampede.Many of those who sustained injuries said they were frightened by both the gunfire and the scuffle that ensued while police and other EPS officers struggled to disarm the agent who reportedly discharged his firearm. He was meanwhile subdued.A male victim, who nearly broke his hand in the rush to get as far away as possible from the sound of the gun, said the “unprofessional discharge of the firearm by the EPS agent took place a stone’s throw away from President Sirleaf’s convoy and other dignitaries.”What the Daily Observer gathered shortly afterward, which was corroborated by what LNP sources later told this newspaper, was that Agent Mawolo and the injured officer had quarreled over who should enjoy the company of a prostitute who was on the lookout for a ‘john’ when his weapon went off. She was, however, not harmed.Mawolo who had resisted arrest, was later subdued, disarmed, handcuffed and thrown in the back of a police pick-up that took him to the Gbarnga police station.Some officers alleged that Agent Mawolo acted under the influence of alcohol, but EPS Director Frank Nyankan attributed the agent’s action to what he described as “an accidental discharge, which unfortunately wounded his colleague.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Major Brexit conference takes place in Letterkenny today

first_imgThe Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh. TD, is this morning, as part of the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit, hosting a meeting of local stakeholders in Letterkenny.Minister McHugh has convened the meeting to hear, as the Brexit negotiations draw nearer, the views of those living and working in the North West and wider border region on how best to protect the progress that has been made in the area in recent years and how to maximise the regional potential in the North West and wider border region.The event has been organised in partnership with Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council. Speaking at this morning’s event Minister McHugh said he is delighted to be hosting this important discussion here in Donegal in partnership with the two Councils.“It has been recognised across the European Union and by the EU Brexit Negotiating Team that the border areas on this island are the areas that will feel the impact of Brexit most significantly.Delegates at this morning’s conference.“This gathering of interested parties provides business and community leaders in the North West region with an opportunity to feed their views into the Government’s planning.“Initiatives like the North West Strategic Growth Partnership have helped to deliver growth and prosperity over the past few years. The Partnership offers a regional-focussed forum and a lens through which the very significant challenges arising from Brexit may be addressed on the ground. “Today’s All-Island Sectoral Dialogue will allow me to hear a wide range of voices from the North West and wider border areas and to build on the spirit of cooperation and collaboration which exists in these areas as we work together to protect the gains of the Peace Process. ”Major Brexit conference takes place in Letterkenny today was last modified: May 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare 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:Brexitconferenceletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man has pleaded guilty to having sex with a child in a jeep in Co Donegal.The man appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he was charged with the offence.The man, who cannot be named, only spoke to plead guilty to the charge. The court heard that he is charged with the defilement of a child under the age of 17 years between June 15th and August 8th 2007.The court heard that the accused is now being sent forward for sentence in January.A victim impact statement has also been ordered.The accused has also been placed on the sex offender’s register.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HAVING SEX WITH CHILD IN JEEP was last modified: October 29th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Ohio No-Till Conference draws a crowd

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Problems and issues with weeds, slugs or planting into cover crops were all covered at the Ohio No-till Conference on Dec. 6Steve Groff, Bill Lehmkuhl and Bret Margraf led a discussion covering a broad array of equipment challenges. Attendees learned how to set closing wheels for green covers and how to eliminate hair-pinning (for either green or dead covers). A pusher bar is recommended for tall cover crops. For planting cover crop seed, a planter works best for a single variety. Or with individual hoppers, you can have two varieties in alternate rows, such as Austrian winter pea and oilseed radish. A drill works best for multi-species covers.“Battling slugs, voles and other varmints that love no-till and cover crops” kicked off the day and attendees learned from the experiences of consultant Mike Daley and Neil Badenhop with Valent. Slugs, voles and other pests can become problematic in the cover of long-term no-till fields with cover crops. Another distinguished panel discussed federal ag policy, especially as it relates to no-till, with moderator Joel Penhorwood of Ohio Ag Net. The panelists were Bill Richards, Mark Smith, and Fred Yoder and they covered a broad array of topics including the farm bill, the role of government cooperation in conservation and incentives for no-till and cover crops.The annual No-Till Awards were presented to: soil scientist Frank Gibbs, Fisher’s Ag Service and Pickaway County no-till farmer Nathan Wilson. Scholarships were presented to two students, Chet Margraf and Bernard Kuether. Kale Marketing sponsors the plaques.The afternoon program started with Steve Groff of Pennsylvania. He has a history of no-till innovations and is now coaching farmers on cover crops. His topic is “Cover crops, no-till, and marketing opportunities for crops (and livestock) grown on healthy soil with conservation practices.”“Cover crops are a tool and a tool needs someone to manage that tool to do it right. A tool in the right hands can do something phenomenal. You are the manager to make it work right. Our job is to learn how to best manage it and grow your soil. We have forgotten the biology over the last several decades and now we are bringing it back,” Groff said. “Our soils were formed by multiple plant species with living roots in it all of the time. We have violated that principle of nature with our modern farming practices. Green is good in our fields but not in the water. We have a role to play in helping to clean up whatever watershed we happen to be in and I think most of us would prefer the carrot to the stick.”In addition, no-till farm families shared their stories, a variety of situations, challenges and solutions. The three families were: Nathan Wilson, Pickaway County; Nathan Brause, Crawford County; and Vince, Dan and Tyler Uetrecht, Warren County.The closing speaker was Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension in Auglaize County. He studied weeds for his Ph.D. and discussed strategies and practices to battle resistant weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer, and ragweed. Even if you don’t currently have a problem, you likely will soon if you don’t plan to prevent infestations. Steve Groff of Pennsylvania. He has a distinguished history of no-till innovations and is now coaching farmers on cover crops. Jan Laymen with the Ohio No-Till Council commented throughout the day. A scholarship was presented to Chet Margraf. The annual No-Till Awards were presented to: soil scientist Frank Gibbs, Fisher’s Ag Service (not pictured), Pickaway County no-till farmer Nathan Wilson. Steve Groff, Bill Lehmkuhl and Bret Margraf led discussion to close the morning program that covered a broad array of equipment issues. Joel Penhorwood moderated a distinguished panel with Bill Richards, Mark Smith, and Fred Yoderlast_img read more

Share Your Favorite iPhone Apps by Email; There’s An App (Submitted) for That

first_imgJust 46% of iPhone users discover new apps via recommendations from friends, but that number could take a big jump if a new app just submitted to Apple gets approved for placement in the iTunes App Store.Israeli and French project AppsFire has submitted a new app that will allow anyone to select from the list of apps they have on their phone and send links to those apps to anyone else by email. Exploring the App Store is maddening, sharing App suggestions with friends is enough fun to make almost anyone jump up and down, clapping like a little school girl. Now AppsFire aims to make that easy to do – and that’s just the beginning of the company’s vision.The company already offers a service for sharing lists of your favorite iPhone apps, but its software requires a desktop download and is not being used by very many people. We’ve tested a new version of the downloaded software and it’s a breeze, but not publicly available yet. The first fifty RWW readers who click can download the Mac version via this link and anyone can register for Beta access, including Windows users, via this link. The mobile version is still awaiting approval from Apple.Sharing apps by mobile email could be the killer meta-app.Company co-founder Ouriel Ohayon told us today that the app will be free and will be monetized through affiliate app links and other mechanisms. Here are the favorite apps of founders Ohayon and Yann Lechelle. I’ve posted an AppsFire widget of my own favorite apps below, RSS readers can click through to the full post to see it. Note that AppsFire has only indexed about 10,000 apps so far (!) and there are a number that you may have on your phone but won’t show up right away. (Breaking News Online and PDX Bus for me.) BoomBox Pro, by the way, is super hot. It’s a player and oh my do I love it!“The vision is to provide many discovery mechanisms,” Ohayon told us by Skype, “there are many more coming. For example, in our app we have a VIP section, a way to check Twitter and ask how many recommendations an app has, what the best app for this or that purpose is. Allowing influencers to show the world what apps they use, we’ll have a top ranking of shared apps (something Apple does not provide) including geo targeting (top shared in your region). Think of it as a Connected Genius with several layers of discovery for apps with zero data input required since we read your iTunes.”Ohayon says the app was submitted about a week ago. Our fingers are crossed that it will be accepted soon. We’re quite excited about it. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Maybe You Aren’t a Salesperson

first_imgEveryone sells. Even if you don’t work in sales, you are always selling. If you’ve ever tried to change someone’s mind, you were selling. If you have ever asked for a job, you were selling. Remember when you asked for a raise? That was selling, too. And if you have ever asked for a date, you were clearly selling.Human beings have conversations and we ask for commitments. Selling is about promising some future value in exchange for value. This is all very, very human, and even small children understand the mechanics of selling (if you have children, you know how effective they are, don’t you?). The renowned author, Dan Pink, even wrote a book with the title “To Sell is Human,” explaining how much we sell, even when we aren’t in sales roles.That said, selling and working in sales are two very different things.In non-sales roles, you don’t have to prospect. You don’t have to go out into the world and open new relationships. In non-sales roles, you aren’t required to cold call, to interrupt people, and competitively displace someone who already has a relationship.Some people don’t like this work. They are uncomfortable opening new relationships from scratch, and they feel bad about themselves when they interrupt people. This is true even when the people who are interrupting can use their help. I have heard dozens of people with sales titles tell me how much they love working with customers but hate having to prospect.In non-sales roles, you don’t have to ask for the kind of commitments you ask for in sales. You don’t have to control the process either. In non-sales roles, it would be rare that you would ever need 8 or 10 commitments from someone. It is almost certain you wouldn’t have to ask them to make a greater investment than they are presently making, or a greater investment than the three or four other proposals they’d already seen (if this were true, you would be selling). It’s also rare that in a non-sales role you would need ink on a contract.Asking for investments and for ink on paper is what salespeople do. If it makes you feel uncomfortable to ask people for things that might make them uncomfortable, it isn’t likely you enjoy sales.I have had salespeople that worked for one of my companies quit to become school teachers. I have had salespeople quit to move into operational roles, roles for which they believed they were better suited. Some salespeople who quit went across the street, hoping that selling would be easier there, only to leave sales for some other non-sales role a few months later. They were never salespeople.If you don’t love selling, then you aren’t going to do well. And you probably shouldn’t be working sales. Just because you want the money, doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for you, especially if your life’s purpose is really doing something else. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

4 arrested as some Bajrang Dal members’ names surface in Bulandshahr violence FIR

first_imgBulandshahr mob violence: Starting young in the cause of cow Police on Tuesday booked more than 70 persons, including some with alleged links to groups affiliated to the RSS, on charges of mob violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday in which a police officer and a civilian were shot dead following allegations of cow slaughter.Four persons, Chaman, Devendra, Ashish Chauhan and Satish, have been arrested so far, said a senior police officer. Five others have been detained and six teams formed to nab the absconding.The police also filed an FIR against seven locals, all Muslims, for alleged cow slaughter on the complaint from one Yogesh Raj, reportedly a Bajrang Dal member.In the mob violence FIR, the police have named 27 persons, while 50-60 others are ‘unknown’. Some of them are allegedly members of the Bajrang Dal. Accused number one Raj’s social media profile, and information though local sources, link him to the Bajrang Dal. He is allegedly the district convenor of the outfit, which is the youth faction of the VHP.His family members have confirmed his connection to the Bajrang Dal as well as his presence at the spot on Monday, but denied that he had any role in the murder, according to sources in Bulandshahr. A video footage of him arguing with the police at the spot has also surfaced.Also Read  A former pradhan of Mahav village, where the carcasses were allegedly discovered, has also been booked in the FIR filed on a complaint from sub-inspector Subash Chandra at the Syana police station. So are Shikhar Agarwal, who is allegedly the BJP Yuva Morcha’s Bulandshahr city president, and VHP leader Upendra Raghav,  though the police have not mentioned their identity.ADGP law and order Anand Kumar, however, said, “there is no information of any organisation being involved,” but did not comment on the specific affiliations of those named in the FIR. “It is not proper to name any organisation…Whether Yogesh [Raj] is linked [to any organization] or not, I don’t think it is proper to state.”It appeared prima facie that Sumit, the youth killed during the mob violence, was a part of the protesters. Further investigation would reveal his role, whether he was a bystander or directly involved and from where the bullet shot came, he said..Video footageA video has surfaced showing Sumit being shot amid chaotic scenes in a field where youth are running amok with lathis and charging towards a policeman accusing him of firing the bullet. It was, however, not clear who shot him.The authenticity of the clip could not be independently verified.A bullet recovered from Sumit’s body has been sent to forensics to ascertain its calibre. Inspector Subodh Singh was killed by a .32 bore weapon, police have confirmed, but were not saying if it was his service weapon or owned by a rioter, said Mr. Kumar.The police had “sufficient video footage” and oral testimonies of locals, and arrests would be based on solid evidence, he said.Om Prakash Rajbhar, Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government and president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, said the incident was a “conspiracy” by the BJP and its affiliates to instigate a communal riot to polarise voters.”And it is unfortunate that people of VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP had gone there with the intention of rioting… Hindu-Muslim. And an Inspector became a victim of that,” he said. The charges in the mob violence FIR include murder, sedition, attempt to murder, rioting and dacoity. Sections  307, 302, 147, 148, 149, 124-A, 332, 333, 353, 341, 336, 427, 436 and 395 of the Indian Penal Code have been invoked. Yogesh Raj and others have been accused of leading the mob and “instigating them” for violence despite assurances by the police that an FIR would be filed in the cow slaughter case, the mob violence FIR says. The mob attacked the police with illegal firearms, sharp objects and lathis with the “intent to kill,” it notes.Inspector Subodh Kumar was shot and left injured when a mob “surrounded him” and snatched his service pistol and three mobile phones, including an official number. All this while the mob was continuously firing, said Mr. Chandra.The mob then attacked the police outpost at Chingravati, burning police vehicles as well as official records and property. They also prevented and injured Kumar from receiving medical treatment. With cries of “maro maro [kill, kil],” the mob attacked the police when they were attempting to put the injured officer into a jeep to take him to hospital, said Mr. Chandra.FIR concerning cow slaughter lacks detailsThe FIR concerning cow slaughter lacks details. It charges seven persons, identified as Sudef Chaudhary, Ilyas, Sharafat, Anas, Wajid, Pervez, and Sharfuddin, all of Nayabas village, under Sections 3, 5 and 8 of the Uttar Pradesh Cow Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1995 and Section 295 of the IPC.In his complaint to the police, Yogesh Raj says that at 9 am on Monday, he and his friends Shiv Kumar and Saurabh were in the Mahav jungle area when they spotted the accused persons slaughtering a cow. Upon seeing Yogesh and his friends, the accused fled from the spot, notes the FIR.The remaining accused in the mob violence were identified as Vishal Tyagi, Satyendra Rajput, Chaman, Devendra, Upendra Raghav, Ravi Saini,  Ashish Chauhan, Shikhar Agrawal,  Jitu, Sachin,. Ramesh Tyagi, Vineet, Saurabh, Sumit, Chotu, Satish, Vikas Tyagi, Pawan, Vikrant Tyagi, Bablu, Ankur, Robin, Tinku, Guddu and Harendra.last_img read more

PNB Fraud Case: Now, Nirav Modi Firm Firestar Under US Scanner

first_imgUS bankruptcy court is the latest addition to the list of entities that have launched an investigation into the over $2-billion fraud involving now fugitive Nirav Modi and some employees of Punjab National Bank (PNB). United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has okayed a special probe of the circumstances surrounding the case and has directed the United States Trustee to appoint an examiner.The examiner will have to determine to what extent the Modi entities have the ability to influence the actions taken by diamantaire’s US jewellery business Firestar Diamond Inc, which had filed for bankruptcy protection in America soon after the banking fraud came to light. The examiner will also try to find out if any current officer or director of the US company ‘actively and knowingly participated’ in the fraud or dishonesty in the company affairs’ management.Read it at Zee Biz Related Itemslast_img read more

Gonzaga dedicates national team stint to fellow soldiers in field

first_imgJocelyn Gonzaga wins PSL Invitational MVP/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJovelyn Gonzaga on Wednesday was named to yet another national team lineup, and as an enlisted personnel in the Philippine Army, she knows she’s playing for more than the country’s pride.The outspoken opposite hitter said her stint as a national team player isn’t only for herself, but for also her comrades who are out in the field.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken READ: Volleyball’s reluctant starThe former skipper of the team that played in the 2015 SEA Games said she’s overwhelmed by another opportunity to continue her national career.“There’s pride but at the same time there’s pressure,” said Gonzaga. “I will have an opportunity to continue my dreams.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire READ: Reyes, Valdez headline PH volleyball team roster“As a soldier, you’re affected with what happens to your fellow soldiers who are out there fighting,” said Gonzaga. “When a soldier is hurt, you also feel their pain.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“So that is why I’m offering whatever I achieve as a national team player to my fellow soldiers.”Gonzaga is part of the 12-woman lineup the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. tasked to take part in future international tournaments. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more