… “This is forbidden!” – Traffic ChiefBy Ramona LuthiVehicle operators are incessantly told to hand over their documents to traffic ranks, and ordered to drive to the Police Station despite this being declared prohibited on several occasions by Traffic Chief Boodnarine Persaud.According to numerous complaints from drivers on Saturday, after being stopped by Police Traffic ranks, they are ordered to turn over their drivers’ licences and insurances for inspection but on most occasions, these law enforcers would confiscate the documents and demand that they drive to the respective Police stations.Traffic ChiefBoodnarine Persaud“Look, the other day I was driving up to town, a officer stop me, he ask foh me licence, I give he. Then he ask foh me insurance, I give he. Then he collect all two, put it in he pocket and tell me drive to Ruimveldt Station,” Johnson Charles told Guyana Times.The actions of the traffic officers have triggered questions by vehicle operators about the traffic laws enforcement. “If they saying you can’t drive without your documents, why are they taking it away and telling you to drive? Not even tell, order you to drive to the station. What sense is the law to not drive without documents, then?” Jenny Ramcharran, another driver questioned.A young lady told this publication that she was parked for no more than 15 seconds across the Mon Repos Market on Saturday, when an officer approached her, requested her documents and opted to seize them while stipulating that she drive to the Beterverwagting Police Station. However, when she requested to have her documents returned before she followed the order, the officer refused to comply.The young lady said when she informed a senior officer of the situation and asked “is it right for the officer to take away my documents, his response was no, but would you rather an officer give you back your documents then hold you by your pants, arrest you and embarrass you in front of people?”Meanwhile, Traffic Chief Persaud told this publication on Saturday that the custom by ranks taking away drivers’ documents is forbidden. He said the only time traffic ranks can do that is if there are suspicions that the documents are fraudulent.According to Persaud, officers are expected to inspect and return the documents and if necessary arrest the driver and have them taken to the Police station, or accompany them as they drive to the station to be arrested.“The Police supposed to check the documents, return the documents, and if they have to, arrest the driver and take him or her to the station or they can go along in the vehicle with the driver to the police station and arrest them. Officers are totally forbidden from taking away documents from drivers.”
Killybegs Coast Guard were called out this morning (Fri) to a report of a person who had fallen overboard from a trawler in Killybegs Harbour.It is understood that the Killybegs Coast Guard unit recovered the casualty and transferred him to a waiting HSE Ambulance.Members of the Sinbad Marine services and harbour staff also assisted during the operation. Fisherman pulled from water after falling overboard in Killybegs Harbour was last modified: August 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
What’s plastic, a metre long, brightly coloured and sounds like an elephant? It’s the vuvuzela, the noise-making trumpet of South African football fans, and it’s come to symbolise the sport in the country.It’s an instrument, but not always a musical one. Describing the atmosphere in a stadium packed with thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas is difficult. Up close it’s an elephant, sure, but en masse the sound is more like a massive swarm of very angry bees.And when there’s action near the goal mouth, those bees go really crazy.To get that sound out requires lip flexibility and lung strength – in short, a fair amount of technique. So be sure to get in some practice before attending a South African football match, or you the sound you produce may cause some amusement in the seats around you!Vuvuzela supplier Boogieblast offers this advice: “Put your lips inside the mouthpiece and almost make a ‘farting’ sound. Relax your cheeks and let your lips vibrate inside the mouthpiece. As soon as you get that trumpeting sound, blow harder until you reach a ridiculously loud ‘boogying blast’.What should it sound like? Try this .wav file from www.boogieblast.co.zaDescendant of the kudu horn?The ancestor of the vuvuzela is said to be the kudu horn – ixilongo in isiXhosa, mhalamhala in Tshivenda – blown to summon African villagers to meetings. Later versions were made of tin.Boogieblast offers a somewhat different story.The trumpet became so popular at football matches in the late 1990s that a company, Masincedane Sport, was formed in 2001 to mass-produce it. Made of plastic, they come in a variety of colours – black or white for fans of Orlando Pirates, yellow for Kaizer Chiefs, and so on – with little drawings on the side warning against blowing in the ear!There’s uncertainty on the origin of the word “vuvuzela”. Some say it comes from the isiZulu for – wait for it – “making noise”. Others say it’s from township slang related to the word “shower”, because it “showers people with music” – or, more prosaically, looks a little like a shower head.The announcement, on 15 May 2004, that South Africa would host the 2010 Fifa World Cup gave the vuvuzela a huge boost, to say the least – some 20 000 were sold on the day by enterprising street vendors.It’s a noisy thing, so there’s no surprise some don’t like it. Journalist Jon Qwelane once quipped that he had taken to watching football matches at home – with the volume turned low – because of what he described as “an instrument of hell”.Viva the vuvuzela orchestra!Cape Town-based music educator Pedro Espi-Sanchis has a different view, however: to him the vuvuzela is a rousing instrument that can, when tuned correctly, play in an orchestra as easily as a flute, violin or cello.Espi-Sanchis says the vuvuzela is a “proudly South African instrument” with roots deep in local traditional music. He was introduced to it over 30 years ago by renowned South African ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey.A fan of football himself, Espi-Sanchis came up with the idea of a vuvuzela orchestra after realising that crowds at a match could coordinate their trumpeting to make music. “I heard the vuvuzelas at soccer games and the sound was not musical at all,” he says. “Vuvuzelas need to play rhythms together to really show their power.”In 2006 Espi-Sanchis and Thandi Swartbooi, head of the South African traditional music group Woman Unite, launched a vuvuzela orchestra as part of the Cape Town-based uMoya Music organisation.Made up of a core group of seven people, with Espi-Sanchis as conductor and soloist on the lekgodilo flute and six musicians each playing a vuvuzela, the orchestra made its first public appearance at the Johannesburg Carnival in December 2006.Their first performance at a soccer match was at the Nelson Mandela Challenge match at Ellis Park stadium in November 2007, when Bafana Bafana took on the USA.Espi-Sanchis found an excellent local football fan base to accompany the vuvuzela orchestra. Supporters of Bloemfontein Celtic football club, based in the Free State, “form one of the best fan bases in South African soccer,” he says. “In November , we taught 60 of these fans to play seven songs in just five days.“Each of our six musicians was responsible for 10 fans, and they taught them to play their parts. Celtic fans also taught us some of their wonderful songs, and together we supported Bafana Bafana at the Mandela Challenge by singing and dancing with the vuvuzela orchestra.”“Now we want to bring up a fan base to support our national team,” says Espi-Sanchis. “The vuvuzela music can be learnt very quickly … we want to use the Celtic supporters as models for a national fan base.”Whether or not Espi-Sanchis’ ambitions are realised, vuvezalas are bound to play an integral part in South Africa’s 2010 celebrations, and World Cup visitors are sure to go home with a vuvuzela or two tucked in their luggage – and a little ringing in their ears …Article last updated: May 2009SAinfo reporter and MediaClubSouthAfrica.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The notetaker device is the first invention of its kind in South Africa and was developed by Willem van der Walt, a blind researcher at the CSIR. (Image: CSIR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicki Koorbanally CSIR Meraka Institute +27 12 841 4532RELATED ARTICLES • New SA fingerprint tool a world first • SA academic gets top science award • Top award for local invasion biologist • Portable plant makes fuel from waste • SA mine detector gets top recognitionWilma den HartighA portable voice-based computer for the blind, developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has been shortlisted in the South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation inaugural Innovation Awards.The notetaker device is the first invention of its kind in South Africa and was developed by Willem van der Walt, a blind researcher at the CSIR.Fellow researcher Gerhard van den Berg was also involved in the development of the product.Van der Walt is respected in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) for disabilities.Rewarding innovationThe SAB Foundation Innovation Awards recognise individuals who have unique and practical ideas that can improve the lives of people living in low-income areas.The main award is a grant of R1-million (US$128 000) with two runner-up awards of R500 000 ($64 000) each.The notetaker is one of five recipients of a seed grant for further development. The grant includes funding for the commercialisation of the product, which will be supported by the SAB Foundation over a period of two years.The notetaker was shortlisted as one of 18 inventions, selected from more than 100 entries, for improving the lives of blind South Africans.According to 2009 statistics of the World Health Organisation, 314-million people worldwide live with some form of visual impairment. Of these, 45-million are blind, and 90% live in low-income countries. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries.About 2.6-million South Africans are disabled, of which 24% have visual disabilities.“As a blind programmer, I realised that a much more flexible, localised and cheaper machine could be built than other similar expensive accessibility devices for the blind, available from overseas,” Van der Walt says.Not your ordinary notebook computerThe notetaker is different from a standard notebook computer in that it does not have a screen and only uses speech as feedback to its user.The computer has a keyboard for input and a voice synthesiser for output.All its features are customised so that they can be used with a speech interface.The device provides support for multiple local languages, including English, Sepedi, Afrikaans, Setswana and an experimental isiZulu voice.Van der Walt says that finding a balance between cost and functionality was one of the biggest challenges of developing the notetaker.“Finding the suitable hardware for the software was challenging,” he explains. “For example, finding hardware with which one can make a good audio recording is not easy when cost, battery life and size is crucial.”The notetaker has been tested in the market at disability conferences and workshops, with successful results.It is also supported by the South African National Council for the Blind.The next phase of the project is to develop a production-ready prototype.Commercialising the product“I would like the notetaker to come into production and be available in the market through specialised companies such as those currently supplying accessibility technology to the blind,” he says.The customised computer device is easy to operate and can be used by young school children, university students and older people.There is a gap in the market for an affordable computer for the blind. He believes that the product has the potential to have an immediate impact in the educational and employment sectors.Blind people can use computers that are connected to Braille keyboards and screens, but the skill and technology is not widely available and is usually only imported.However, if the product is manufactured locally and is cost effective, it could change the lives of thousands of blind people.The National Accessibility ProgrammeVan der Walt’s research was part of the National Accessibility Programme.The main focus of the five-year research and innovation initiative is to help people with disabilities become more integrated into mainstream society, through the use of ICT.The project was developed by the CSIR Meraka Institute in partnership with a representative group of Disabled Persons’ Organisations and the former Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Presidency.The Meraka Institutes the largest group in South Africa dedicated to ICT research.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Water quality efforts, transportation and infrastructure, and wildlife management were among the priorities set by delegates at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 101st annual meeting.The approved policies set the direction for the organization’s activities in the coming year. A record 381 delegates representing all county Farm Bureaus participated in the debate and discussion.During the meeting held in Columbus, delegates heard from Gov. Mike DeWine on the important role Ohio Farm Bureau had in shaping the direction of the recently unveiled H2Ohio initiative and water quality programs. Members supported incentives for performing on-farm nutrient management trials that address water quality, along with the ongoing partnerships of statewide conservation efforts, including the newly formed Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative, of which Ohio Farm Bureau is a member.Efficient transportation is vital to a robust agriculture sector in Ohio, and delegates discussed finding a balance between the need to deliver farm products while maintaining roadways and bridges.Protections on the farm from wildlife and predators also were considered. Attendees discussed the need for sensible hunting regulations that respect the concerns of farmers, including the security of livestock and crops.Other policy votes addressed property rights, education and permanent daylight saving time.More than 600 members and guests attended the meeting in Columbus Dec. 4-5. Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231.
Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#Government#web dan rowinski Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down at Facebook headquarters this afternoon to have a townhall meeting that was streamed live to the Web.Via Facebook Live and Livestream, Obama answered questions from Zuckerberg, the crowd and participants across the Web. Even though Obama was sitting on stage at the quintessential Web 2.0 corporation, not much of the conversation veered towards technology.Questions included the national debt, the budget, the economic recovery, the Dream Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), immigration, Medicare and Medicaid and education. For a while it sounded more like an “Obama For Re-Election in 2012” campaign stop than it did a conversation with one of the leaders of the Internet industry.Technology topics that Obama did touch on included: the need for more engineers and programmers; what his administration is doing to change the education structure; the need for the education system to emphasize science and math; clean energy and the convergence of the healthcare industry and technology.This is not the first time that Obama has gone to techland. In February he met with the leaders of the tech industry and had dinner with some of the most influential people in the United States. It is also not the first time that Obama has visited the home turf of a tech giant to tout education, as he did when he visited Intel in February to reiterate the need for more engineers in the world. Since his last State Of The Union address where he spent a significant amount of his speech on the need to pour money into tech, Obama has been making the rounds of the leaders in the industry to push the point home.“We are in Silicon Valley, so, let’s talk IT stuff,” Obama said at one point. “I will try to pretend that I know what I am talking about.”Obama makes jokes that he is not tech savvy, but he is perhaps the American president most attuned to how current and emerging technology can lead the United States to a new economy and status in the global ecosystem.For Obama, that all starts with education.“[O]ne of the reasons that we had one of the first science fairs at the White House in a very long time [was] just because we want to start making science cool.” – President Obama“I want people to feel the about the next big energy break though or the next big Internet breakthrough the same way they felt about the moon launch,” Obama said. “That is how we are going to stay competitive for the future and that is why these investments in education are so important.”The president praised Zuckerberg as well as Bill Gates’ charitable organizations for the work they do in advancing education in the realm of science and technology.“Government alone cannot do it, there needs to be a cultural shift where we buckle down and say ‘this stuff is important,’” Obama said. “That is why the work you, Mark, are doing is important, work that the Gates Foundation is doing in philanthropic investments in best practices in education [is] going to be so important. We have to lift our game up. That is hopefully one of the most important legacies I can leave as president of the United States.”Obama talked about the need for a cultural shift in American education that would create the type of people that can lead the United States in a technological evolution. “That is why we are emphasizing math and science, that is why we are emphasizing math and sciences for girls, that is why we are emphasizing making sure that black and Hispanic kids are getting math and science. We have to do a much better job at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and that is one of the reasons that we had one of the first science fairs at the White House in a very long time [was] just because we want to start making science cool.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…
Reuse this content Champions League Share on Pinterest “Yeah, maybe people will think the way we played today, we are not able to fight to go through,” he said. “We will see. After they see the second half, people [may] say that team does not fight for everything.”Really, though, Guardiola’s strongest side can look forward to the draw on Friday week knowing that few will wish to come up against them. He had stressed the need to be focused despite the 4-0 lead from the opening leg. For the task six of his big guns from Sunday’s victorious XI over Chelsea were stood down: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Sergio Agüero, Nicolas Otamendi, and David Silva. Manchester City 0:30 Pep Guardiola critical of Manchester City attack after Basel defeat – video As the break arrived Guardiola surely readied some stern words. Jesus showed intent as soon as the second half started. Yet in the second period Guardiola’s side hogged the ball but lacked the usual cutting edge. Given the number of A-listers missing this was, indeed, expected but as the manager’s ethos is all about being able to interchange personnel and operate seamlessly his disappointment was understandable, too.Better was the way the effervescent Sané finagled possession and turned on the afterburners, drawing a slew of defenders around him. The ball went to Foden then Yaya Touré and the Ivorian’s pass nearly dropped plum on Sané’s boot for a chance, his radar only marginally awry.As the hour passed City had not been troubled again near their goal and were camped near Basel’s and a measure of their comfort was shown in Guardiola taking off Ilkay Gündogan for the youngster Brahim Díaz. Now came Basel’s winner as a Michael Lang bullet beat Bravo. The shot was hard but the Chilean will have been disappointed at how he was beaten from a narrow angle on his near side, the ball squeezing inside the near post.Basel were showing why they claimed the domestic crown last season but the experience of only a second home defeat under Guardiola should help harden City in their mission to be European champions. They closed the match as they love to: on the front foot. It is how they are sure to approach the next round, too. Giorgio Chiellini says Spurs lacked mental toughness to beat Juventus Manchester City are Champions League quarter-finalists for only a second time, their only blight conceding two soft goals in this second-leg defeat against Basel though, as Pep Guardiola pointed out, given the number of changes he made this was hardly a surprise. Still, this meant Basel joined Chelsea as the only side to defeat City at home under the Catalan, the London club having done so in December 2016.The manager was unhappy at the display after half-time. “In the second half, we forgot to attack, we forgot to play,” he said. “Just to pass the ball to pass for itself is nothing and the second half was really poor.” He went as far as to say the second half may offer succour to future opponents though as this particular XI is unlikely to be fielded again this does not feel a real concern. Read more match reports Share via Email Read more Gabriel Jesus was in for Sergio Agüero and he opened the scoring eight minutes in. Leroy Sané collected in midfield, drove at the Swiss champions, and laid the ball off to Bernardo Silva on the right. He swept it across the area and Jesus did the rest.This was the centre-forward’s 11th of the season for City and suggested that, now, surely the tie was well and truly killed – if it had not been before. Basel, though, had something to say. After an Ilkay Gündogan effort was repelled at point-blank range by Tomas Vaclik, Raphael Wicky’s men moved upfield and Mohamed Elyounoussi, part of a front three, slotted home, having been given far too much space.This visibly infuriated Guardiola and the question was whether it would serve to resharpen City’s focus. Sané again tore at Basel, this time zipping along the left to near to the byline though the threat fizzled out. Yet concentration was lacking when moments later Bernardo Silva’s attempted crossfield ball to Sané was given away and City were turned. A Dimitri Oberlin free-kick that was hit wide to Claudio Bravo’s right was a further warning.Guardiola had chosen Phil Foden for a second start in the competition and he gradually grew into the contest. “He was good,” his manager said. “In the second half maybe him with Leroy, he was the only one who tried to be aggressive, tried to do something.” European club football Juventus’s Higuaín and Dybala send Tottenham spiralling out of Europe Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Play Video Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Basel Share on Facebook