Guyana throws support behind int’l migration pact

first_img– inter-governmental negotiations slated for this monthAs consultations on effectively managing migration got underway, Guyana has thrown its support behind a global compact designed to have nations facilitate and manage the safe migration of local and foreign nationals.On Monday, Guyana hosted an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) consultation session. There, issues relating to the safety and management of migrants were discussed by the United Nations agency and Government officials.During his address to the gathering, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge made the case for the benefits of migration, which include remittances and skills transfer.Participants at the opening ceremony of the consultations at Pegasus Hotel“Migration isn’t just advantageous to the source nation. As we know, remittances have boosted the national income of many developing nations. And Diaspora communities have created and strengthened bonds between countries. And I don’t have to isolate Guyana in that regard, where remittances in particular have constituted a significant proportion and at times as greatly as 17 per cent of GDP [Gross Domestic Product] in any one year.”In 2017, he added, some US$450 billion in remittances were transferred to developing countries.“Migrants are linked to improvements in skill, and returnees have brought with them many insights, new approaches and a certain energy that goes with such persons. And it has served to motivate (others). Diasporas have contributed to their home countries with investments and philanthropy.”But Greenidge emphasised that the potential negative consequences from poorly-managed migration were not lost on the Government. He noted that basic challenges such as ensuring human rights were maintained must be dealt with.Head of the Diaspora Unit of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Michael Brotherson, expressed the Government’s support for the compact. He noted that having played a part in IOM talks previously, Guyana was looking forward to continuing the discourse. It is understood that inter-governmental negotiations will commence later this month.IOM is an inter-governmental organisation that works with UN Member States to ensure safe and orderly migration. Guyana has not only experienced a migration of its skilled and unskilled workforce in the past; it has most recently experienced an influx of migrants and re-migrants from Venezuela.Venezuela, once an economic powerhouse in the Region driven by oil revenues, has been dealing with issues such as a downwardly spiralling economy and civil unrest. And despite the border controversy, there have been several instances where Guyana has either been called upon to render assistance or has offered such assistance.There have been persistent reports of a shortage of basic services in Venezuela, including health services, due to the failing economy and unrest that has gripped the nation. Back in May 2017, Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana, Reina Diaz had called on Guyana to support her Government’s efforts to end this unrest.last_img read more

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TUESDAY’S EUROMILLIONS HEADS FOR €100MILLION

first_img25 May 2012Winning Numbers1222354649Lucky Stars28Jackpot: €89,779,597There were no winners of the EuroMillions jackpot. Tuesday’s prize will be around €100 Million.MatchAll WinnersIrish WinnersPrize5 + 2 Stars00€89,779,5975 + 1 Stars90€248,847Match 5110€67,8674 + 2 Stars1241€3,0104 + 1 Stars1,66428€196Match 43,34758€983 + 2 Stars4,92881€472 + 2 Stars69,3511,085€153 + 1 Stars67,8111,187€15Match 3135,0072,505€131 + 2 Stars380,9806,218€82 + 1 Stars994,68418,661€8Match 21,923,97136,635€4TUESDAY’S EUROMILLIONS HEADS FOR €100MILLION was last modified: May 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TUESDAY’S EUROMILLIONS HEADS FOR €100MILLIONlast_img read more

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MAJELLA O’DONNELL REVEALS SHE HAS A CHEEKY SIDE!

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has revealed she has a cheeky side to her life too!Majella, who is married to singer Daniel O’Donnell, revealed she has had the her husband’s name tattooed on her bum.In fact, Majella has a stamp with the initials DSM on her backside. As well as Daniel, the other initials refer to her grown-up children Siobhan and Michael.Hopefully it’s the only bum note that is heard in the O’Donnell household! MAJELLA O’DONNELL REVEALS SHE HAS A CHEEKY SIDE! was last modified: November 6th, 2014 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalMajella O’Donnelltattoolast_img read more

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BROADCAST BOSSES CONFIRM THEY ARE ALLOWING DONEGAL MAN’S BID FOR HIGHLAND RADIO LICENSE

first_imgIRELAND’S broadcasting authorities have confirmed that they are allowing an open competition for the next 10-year license to broadcast services in North Donegal.It means millionaire Inishowen businessman Paddy Simpson will be allowed to bid for the license currently held by Highland Radio.The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) says it is seeking applications for broadcasting services covering North Donegal. Mr Simpson owns a number of diverse businesses north and south of the Border including a hotel in Belfast and a cinema complex and bowling alley on Derry’s Buncrana Road.He’s a native of Carndonagh and owns one of the buildings currently rented by the BBC in Belfast.If he were to secure the license, it would see it being held again in local hands.Ironically Highland’s bid to keep the franchise is still listed on the BAI’s website as having come from Charlie Collins who quit the station earlier this month.  BROADCAST BOSSES CONFIRM THEY ARE ALLOWING DONEGAL MAN’S BID FOR HIGHLAND RADIO LICENSE was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BROADCAST BOSSES CONFIRM THEY ARE ALLOWING DONEGAL MAN’S BID FOR HIGHLAND RADIO LICENSElast_img read more

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Gardai investigate serious assault of young woman in Letterkenny

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a woman in the town overnight.The alleged incident happened at Speer’s Lane next to Gallagher’s Hotel just before 2am.Gardai have cordoned off the area. A full technical investigation of the area is being carried out by Garda forensic officers.It is understood a woman at the centre of the alleged assault is being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital.A spokesperson for the Garda Press Office confirmed Gardai are investigating the incident.“Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault of a female which occurred at Speers Lane, Letterkenny on the 20th of August 2017. Investigations are ongoing.” Gardai investigate serious assault of young woman in Letterkenny was last modified: August 22nd, 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:assaultdonegalletterkennySpeers Lanelast_img read more

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The Evolution of Religion, or the Religion of Evolution?

first_imgEvolutionists presume to explain how the rest of humanity got religion. But for their ideas to be consistent, they need to look in the mirror.Studies on “the evolution of religion” are not new. Evolutionists have told their stories ever since Darwin, imagining how wandering hunter-gatherers hit upon religion for some kind of adaptive value, maybe for social cohesion or whatever. In one TV telling of this meme, a woman traveling with her tribe is struck by a beam of sunlight and begins babbling ecstatically as her travel mates look on in wonder. “Thus, religion is born,” the narrator states confidently.The latest idea comes from University College London, “Storytellers promoted co-operation among hunter-gatherers before advent of religion.” That’s an ironic term for this Christmas season called Advent by many Christians. It’s not clear if that was an intentional swipe at Christians. Here’s the gist of what the UCL evolutionists call ‘research’ –The research shows that hunter-gatherer storytellers were essential in promoting co-operative and egalitarian values before comparable mechanisms evolved in larger agricultural societies, such as moralising high-gods.Storytellers were also more popular than even the best foragers, had greater reproductive success, and were more likely to be co-operated with by other members of the camp, according to the research published today in Nature Communications.Daniel Smith from UCL, participant in the ‘research’, elaborates on this notion in The Conversation, “Why do we tell stories? Hunter-gatherers shed light on the evolutionary roots of fiction.” Along with an embedded video explaining the hypothesis, his article makes it clear he seeks a Darwinian explanation for everything in human society (not just religion):Humans have evolved the capacity to create and believe in stories. Narratives can also transcend the “here and now” by introducing individuals to situations beyond their everyday experience, which may increase empathy and perspective-taking towards others, including strangers. These features may have evolved in hunter-gatherer societies as precursors to more elaborate forms of narrative fiction.Such narratives include moralising gods, organised religion, nation states and other ideologies found in post-agricultural societies. Some are crucial parts of societies today, functioning to bond individuals into cohesive and cooperative communities. It’s fascinating to think that they could have all started with a humble story around the campfire.Presumably the scientists distinguish themselves from the storytellers, but questions immediately come to mind. What are values? What are the morals of moralizing gods? Do the scientists have different values and morals? If so, did those evolve, too?To a consistent Darwinian, yes they must have. After all, Science Daily tells us that everything humans value and trust came from a mutation in a CLOCK gene. The brain is just a material object evolving by mindless processes. That being their foundation, the only way Smith and the other UCL evolutionists can claim to have a better story is to distinguish themselves as having superior values and morals than those of hunter-gatherers. But how would that superiority be measured, except in terms of survival? Actually, hunter-gatherers and cooperative communities enjoyed many hundreds of thousands of years of success in the evolutionary time scale. Compared to the brief existence of UCL, we would have to conclude that the UCL scientists have drastically inferior values and morals in terms of Darwinian fitness. Evolutionists mustn’t be racist these days (even if they were, historically, to a fault—read CEH contributor Jerry Bergman’s book, The Darwin Effect). It would be very politically incorrect for them to look down on their snooty academic noses at the Filipino natives they ‘researched’ as if those members of Homo sapiens were inferior, when for all intents and purposes, they appear healthy and reproductively successful—and have been for at least thousands of years.The UCL evolutionists try to be respectful of these hunter-gatherers, not laughing at their mythology. But actually, since they applied their theory to “nation states and other ideologies,” they have reduced their own theory to storytelling by inclusive fitness. In fact their paper speaks of ‘fitness’ all over the place, which can only be measured by survival in Darwinian terms (6/19/14). Their own story, therefore, has to be a product of evolution, too: chance, natural selection, and unguided natural law. It would be perfectly legitimate, therefore, for the Filipinos to begin a new campfire story about the origin of UCL mythology. One can hear it now: ‘One day, some strange white people came by and told us we all arose from the dirt over millions of years by chance.’ That would be surely be a good story for some rollicking laughs around the campfire, thereby increasing “empathy and perspective-taking towards others, including strangers.”Once again, we see Darwinians completely blind to their Yoda Complex, They imagine it exempts them from their own theory and puts them on a higher plane than their fellow mortals. The farce is strong in them; you can feel it.Instead of telling stories about the evolution of religion, how about stories of the religion of evolution? Even if the UCL evolutionists call foul, they have no grounds for striking down our story based on their own presuppositions. So we begin: ‘Once upon a time, there was a garden with a first human couple. A moralizing God, who had created the garden, told them not to eat of a certain tree, warning that they would die if they did. But they ate it anyway, being tempted by a snake possessed by an evil spirit. The God cast them out of the garden, cursed the ground, and that is why we die. But this God also had mercy on the humans, promising a male child would someday crush the snake’s head but would be wounded in the process. As time went on, the children of that pair became evil, and developed false campfire stories about how God did not exist. They told stories that people had evolved out of dirt by chance. But the male child did come, and offered himself as a sacrificial lamb that the humans who believed him could be saved from death in the afterlife.’ How’s that? Hey, all’s fair in love and evolutionary storytelling. Why, this story would look just fine in ‘nature communications’ if it got past the enemy censors who only want their campfire stories to be heard.This activity can be fun when you get the hang of it. First you make them take off their fake Yoda costumes. Then, you merely turn the mirror back on the evolutionists and let them see themselves in light of their own theory. Since they don’t believe in absolute (i.e., non-evolving) morals and values, everything is fair, even Genesis. You might even say that Christians have more offspring than evolutionists, proving that they are more fit than stodgy academics who have no time for family matters. Survival of the fittest, you know. Stuff happens. Good luck.Good read: “Religion without Dogma?” by C. S. Lewis, chapter 16 in God in the Dock (Erdmans, 1970, ed. by Walter Hooper). Lewis expounds on the argument from reason to utterly trounce a certain “Professor Price” about his theory of natural religion. Here is one man’s enthusiastic review of it.(Visited 509 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Uber fires head of self-driving division during Google’s lawsuit

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Uber fired the head of its self-driving unit, Anthony Levandowski on Thursday. He has been accused of stealing trade secrets from Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, in 2014 when he left the company.Levandowski contract with Uber was terminated after he failed to supply the court with information requested, according to The New York Times. Uber has been quick to confirm the removal and reaffirm that its self-driving division did not use stolen information from Waymo.See Also: Ford spends billions to meet ambitious self-driving goalWaymo filed a lawsuit against Uber a few months after the ride-sharing giant acquired Otto, the self-driving truck startup founded by Levandowski after he left Google.It accuses Levandowski of stealing thousands of trade secrets, including proprietary data on Waymo’s Lidar system. In a court session, Waymo showed a timeline of events that claimed Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick and Levandowski discussed a possible acquisition before Otto left stealth, hinting at collusion between the company and Levandowski.Probably doesn’t change muchWaymo has already filed a separate lawsuit against Levandowski, so the removal of the employee may do little to deter the Uber lawsuit. A few weeks ago, the company was denied a chance to settle the lawsuit in private arbitration.A public trial may be the next step or Waymo may force Uber to settle on rough terms.In the meantime, the judge may force Uber to halt its self-driving program, while the lawsuit is active. A preliminary injunction has already been filed and if Waymo were to win the lawsuit, it could call for a ban of the program indefinitely.It is one of the most explosive trials in Silicon Valley and sure to scare off engineers that may be planning to make a similar gamble on a startup. Tags:#Anthony Levandowski#Autonomous#driverless#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#lawsuit#Self-Driving#Silicon Valley#Uber#Waymo center_img Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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Apple’s ARKit and the Future of AR

first_imgFew Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… The mobile AR software wave is the main reason people are paying attention to AR. Mobile software makes AR accessible to anyone with a smart device.A great fit for the gaming industry, mobile AR software literally brings games to life by superimposing virtual objects in the player’s real world. Just ask anyone who’s fended off zombies in The Walking Dead’s “Our World” game. But mobile AR promises real-world benefits, too. For example, AR can superimpose arrows and instructions on a new piece of machinery to help train employees on how to operate it. Or AR can guide healthcare professionals to accurately insert IVs by overlaying anatomical configurations on patient’s arms.Zion Market Research expects the global AR market to rise to $133 billion in the next 4 years.We’ve been hearing about AR and VR for years, so why the sudden explosion? Apple’s ARKit is now available on all iPhones thanks to the release of iOS 11 this fall, which means it could be on up to 400 million devices by the end of 2018. What is Apple’s ARKit?Apple’s ARKit allows developers to create AR apps relying on the phone’s camera, which finds horizontal planes in the room, applies appropriate lighting to virtual objects, and moves real objects in sync with virtual ones. The most important feature is it works fast, so there’s no jarring disconnect. The real and the virtual appear to co-exist seamlessly. Apple also notably emphasized ARKit’s efficient CPU use in the release, so it won’t drain the battery, something that’s been a problem with previous forays into AR like Pokemon Go.ConclusionApple’s release of ARKit is huge for brands. They can now create AR apps to promote their products, encourage adoption, and drive more sales.As for users? They simply get to enjoy the technology in the AR-enabled apps they download.This is the first post of a four-part series on Apple’s ARKit. Check in tomorrow to learn how Apple’s ARKit will revolutionize ecommerce.Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. Related Posts How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Michael Quoc Pokemon Go. Google Glasses. Iron Man. These are all examples of AR, albeit rudimentary, failed, and fantasy.Now, with Apple’s ARKit available on iPhones this fall, augmented reality is about to become a lot more real, successful, and exciting.What is AR?AR stands for augmented reality. Perhaps the best way to understand AR is to compare it with VR:Virtual reality (VR) is a fully immersive, completely artificial, virtual 3-D world. Users need to use headsets, controllers, and software in order to experience it.Augmented reality (AR), on the other hand, uses what’s already there. AR relies on a live view in the real world, and enhances it through computer-generated sound, graphics, and video. Users can either use AR hardware like Google glasses, or the camera on a smartphone or tablet, to experience it. The future of ARAR has seen a swift rise over the past few years, thanks to four distinct iterations:Mobile AR software that works on smartphones and tablets, like Apple ARKit and Facebook’s Camera Effects PlatformStandalone mobile AR hardware, like Google Tango phonesTethered smartglasses that require a smartphone, tablet or PC connection, like Meta sunglassesStandalone smartglasses that work on their own, like Microsoft HoloLenslast_img read more

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Cong. dominates in election of local body chairpersons

first_imgThe ruling Congress registered an impressive victory in the election of mayors and chairpersons of the municipal bodies in Rajasthan on Tuesday, winning the posts in 35 of the 49 urban local bodies which went to the polls recently. The Congress had swept the civic polls by emerging victorious in 965 of the 2,105 wards last week.Elected unopposedThe Congress candidates were elected as heads of 35 civic bodies, while the BJP contestants won in 13 seats and an independent in one. The ward councillors elected chairpersons in 46 local bodies, situated in 24 districts, on Tuesday, as the chairpersons in three civic bodies — Makrana Municipal Council and Rupbas and Nimbahera municipalities — were earlier elected unopposed.Abhijit Kumar of the Congress, who unsuccessfully fought the 2019 Lok Sabha election, was elected Mayor of Bharatpur Municipal Corporation. BJP’s Sushila Kanwar and Govind Singh Tak won as Mayors of Municipal Corporations in Bikaner and Udaipur, respectively.Among the 17 Municipal Councils, the Congress candidates were elected chairpersons in 13, the BJP in three and an independent in one. The Congress candidates won as chairpersons in 21 of the 29 municipalities and the BJP candidates in eight.In the municipal election held on November 16, the Congress had obtained a clear majority in 20 local bodies, while the BJP’s majority was confined to six. Prior to the election, the Congress and the BJP controlled 21 municipal bodies each and the remaining seven were with others.Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said the election results had proved that the people in the State were “fully satisfied” with the government’s performance. “The Congress party is actively working for extending the benefits of welfare policies to the masses. Our chairpersons and councillors will work hard for development of urban areas.”Chief Electoral Officer Shyam Singh Rajpurohit said the election to the posts of deputy chairpersons of civic bodies would be held on Wednesday.last_img read more

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