GECOM places onus on PPP to check 20,000 unverified registrants

first_imgH2H Registration data…will impugn integrity of OLE, elections – former AGDespite discovering significant inaccuracies in the House-to-House (H2H) data that was cross-matched overseas, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will be moving ahead with including some 20,000 names onto the voters’ list without verifying them. However, the Commission has now placed the onus on the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – to verify the new registrants.GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette SinghSome 370,000 registrations obtained during the scrapped H2H exercise were sent overseas to be cross-matched with the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD) in order to filter out the duplicates.However, it was recently reported that international digital security company, Gemalto, indicated that some 37,300 were new registrants who are eligible for voting, that is, they are above the age of 18.But an internal check conducted by GECOM showed that approximately 17,000 of those “new registrants” were already on the voters’ list and some even voted in the past.The remaining 20,000 “new names” were up for further verification. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Government-nominated Commissioners were pushing to have a sample survey done from a sample size of 10 per cent from the 20,000 to verify these new names before they go on the voters’ list – a process which the PPP Opposition had objected to.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallIn a statement on Friday, PPP Executive and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall indicated that the Elections Commission will not be verifying the names.“Today (Friday), GECOM has decided that it will do no verification; that the PPP scrutineers alone will have to do the field verification checks in respect of these new intended registrants and that GECOM officials will only work in the offices. This is totally unacceptable,” Nandlall contended.He noted that this decision by the Commission can only be viewed as retrograde and has the potential of impugning the integrity of the Official List of Electors (OLE) and by extension, the entire General and Regional Elections set for March 2, 2020.“I can understand why the Government Commissioners may not want a 100% verification exercise, because if this data is padded and fraudulent then the verification exercise will unmask it. However, the law mandates that not a single name must eventuate unto the OLE without verification. GECOM has an unconditional duty to ensure compliance with this legal requirement. Nothing short will suffice,” the former Attorney General asserted.On August 27, GECOM announced that the controversial house-to-house registration process would be halted on August 31.last_img read more

Political Correctness Blinds Science to Common Sense

first_imgThere’s been a rapid rise in transgender cases lately, and researchers at an ivy-league college can’t figure out why.The latest PC craze, bouncing off identity politics, is transgenderism. According to the leftist totalitarians in the media, denying your biology is cool, and nobody is allowed to question it. Big Science and Big Media—slaves to political correctness—are caught in a dilemma. On the one hand is scientific objectivity and common sense. On the other hand is the wrath of the PC enforcers, who must not be challenged. This can lead to ridiculous, even humorous, lapses in logic.Case in point: there has been a rapid rise in “gender dysphoria” cases, where individuals express confusion about what gender they are. The answer could be as simple as looking inside their pants, but PC enforcers have severed the common sense bonds between biological sex and gender “feelings,” leading to dozens of new kinds of genders. Each new gender comes with obligatory pronouns that compliant PC followers are supposed to learn under penalty of discipline— even to the point of being fired.Accompanying the confusion usually comes new PC terminology. For instance, we notice that scientific papers about ‘gay sex’ (yes, there are researchers who dig into this) have dropped the word “homosexual” entirely, using the convoluted mouthful, “men who have sex with men.” In the transgender world, new terminology has also arisen. Science Daily reports an alarming rise in “rapid onset gender dysphoria.” This refers to teens who are suddenly switching genders with no prior evidence of gender discomfort. Scientists at Brown University are completely baffled by this trend, because the need to be politically correct has put blinders on their common sense.Until recently, it was unusual for a teen to report initial feelings of gender dysphoria during or after puberty without childhood symptoms. Clinicians have reported that this kind of gender dysphoria is on the rise, particularly for patients whose sex was observed to be female at birth. Additionally, the numbers of adolescents seeking care for gender dysphoria has increased dramatically. It is unknown why these changes are occurring.This month, a Brown University researcher published the first study to empirically describe teens and young adults who did not have symptoms of gender dysphoria during childhood but who were observed by their parents to rapidly develop gender dysphoria symptoms over days, weeks or months during or after puberty.Image by Nikolay LammThe reasons for this trend become obvious as one continues reading— obvious, that is, to all but PC scientists, who could not reason about facts that were staring them in the face if their careers depended on it:Among the noteworthy patterns Littman found in the survey data: 21 percent of parents reported their child had one or more friends become transgender-identified at around the same time; 20 percent reported an increase in their child’s social media use around the same time as experiencing gender dysphoria symptoms; and 45 percent reported both.Clearly, the media have laid the groundwork for this trend, which the article says is “a rate that is more [than] 70 times the expected prevalence for young adults.” Do these researchers, most of them Darwinians, believe that teens are evolving that fast? They should hope not, or else the human race is bound for extinction.Conveniently for Big Science, the situation may lead to more research opportunities.Littman added that more research is needed to determine the prevalence of rapid-onset gender dysphoria, whether adolescent-onset gender dysphoria and rapid-onset gender dysphoria are temporary or likely to be long term, and how to best to support individuals with rapid-onset gender dysphoria and their families.Funding is bound to forbid common sense so that any conclusions can appear scientific. You can be sure that the conclusions will never dare suggest that transgenders should go back to their biological reality.You, dear common-sense reader, have undoubtedly figured out what’s going on. Transgenderism has become trendy! The PC culture of our day has glorified the brave souls who switch genders, giving them all kinds of new attention and praise. It’s easy to visualize teens gathering about the latest star in class who transitioned and is now getting all the attention. She tells how easy it was to become a boy, or a whatzit, and how she/he/zhe/it is getting offers for TV and radio to tell how victimized it felt being trapped in another person’s body. Everybody bows down to it now, careful to use the right pronoun, apologizing for any slip. It is now a celebrity! It explains to all its non-transitioned friends on Facebook how to do it, and all its friends imagine themselves as something else, thinking of the times they have felt victimized by their biological gender expectations. The boy athlete who kept losing against his peers envisions himself winning all the girls’ athletic events, knowing that nobody will dare complain.Big Media and Big Education put fuel on the fire, glorifying the T in LGBT. How bad is it? Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio program recently told about a library that was offering readings to 3-to-6-year-olds by drag queens. Schools bring in T celebrities to talk about their experiences as victims, and how they were liberated by transitioning. Teachers warn their students against using wrong pronouns for the new class royalty, the T’s. Infractions are punished severely. High schools let biological boys be prom queens and biological girls be class kings. Lusty boys learn how to enter the girls’ bathrooms. T is trendy. Glorify transitioning, and you will find a sudden rush of “sudden onset gender dysphoria” supported by Big Media, Big Education, Big Law, social media and student gossip.That was easy, wasn’t it? Don’t ask the Science Experts. They will say, “It is unknown why these changes are occurring.”If you are struggling with gender identity, please read Nancy Pearcey’s new book, Love Thy Body. There is hope. (Visited 836 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Air travel growth slows

first_imgGrowth in passenger and freight demand in the bellwether airline industry is slowing and industry officials warn that terrorism and the Brexit vote make it unlikely there will be an uptick any time soon.Total global passenger traffic was 4.6 per cent higher in May compared to the same month in 2015 but international passenger growth slowed for the third consecutive month to 4.3 per cent.The increase in global freight traffic was a lacklustre 0.9 per cent as growth flat-lined across all regions except Europe and the Middle East.  Air freight is a key indicator of global economic health.“Global trade has basically moved sideways since the end of 2014 taking air cargo with it,’’  said International Air Transport Association director general Tony Tyler. “Hopes for a stronger 2016 are fading as economic and political uncertainty increases. Air cargo is vital to the global economy but the business environment is extremely difficult and there are few signs of any immediate relief.’’The important  Asia-pacific market, which accounts 38.9 per cent of global air freight market, entered negative territory with a May fall of 0.7 per cent compared to 12 months ago and cargo holds that averaged just over half full.Latin America was hardest hit with freight tonne kilometres down 9.7 per cent and even the normally vibrant Middle East market reported a modest rise of 3.2 per cent.A regional breakdown of May international passenger traffic painted a rosier picture but a 5.1 per cent rise in Asia-Pacific traffic was outstripped by a 6.4 per cent increase in capacity and IATA said the strong upward momentum of recent months had stalled.The Middle East carriers again led the field with an 11.8 per cent increase followed by Africa at 9.5 per cent. Latin America recorded growth of 5.1 per cent, while Europe turned in an increase of 2.1 per cent to leave North America last at 0.5 per cent.Domestic demand was up 5.1 per cent globally but Australian, Brazilian, Russian and Japanese airlines all cut capacity in the face of falling or negligible growth. Australian domestic capacity was down 2.9 per cent on growth of 0.4 per cent while capacity in Brazil fell 8.1 per cent as traffic contracted 7.7 percent.Mr Tyler blamed a combination of factors for a slip in passenger demand growth to more historic levels after a strong start to the year.“These include continuing terrorist activity and the fragile state of the global economy,’’ he said. “ Neither bode well for travel demand. And the shocks of Istanbul and the economic fallout of the Brexit vote make it difficult to see an early uptick.’’last_img read more

Remembering Lundi, South African gospel star, 1979-2017

first_imgGospel singer Lundi Tyamara has died at the age of 38. Fans, friends and family have paid tribute to one of South Africa’s most popular singers.Lundi Tyamara was one of the biggest selling gospel artists in South Africa, selling over 3 million albums. Tyamara died, aged 38, on 27 January 2017. (Image: Gallo Music)CD AndersonLundi Tyamara’s former producer, Tshepo Nzimande, described the singer in an interview with eNCA news channel as a “go-getter”. Tyamara died at Edenvale Hospital in the early hours of 27 January 2017, following a battle with TB.“Lundi put up a gallant fight against his illness, but God’s will prevailed. We ask that his fans, supporters and followers join us in celebrating his life,” said Anele Hlazo, a family friend.Tyamara had a long music career, starting out as a back-up singer for fellow gospel singer Rebecca Malope when he was still a teenager.He released his debut album Mphefumlo Wami in 1998. It was an instant success, selling almost 400,000 copies. Over the course of his career Tyamara released more than 20 albums and won numerous South African Music and Kora All Africa Music awards.Nzimande said that Tyamara had a God-given talent, with a powerful stage presence that found audiences with both young and old. Despite some controversy during his career, including drug and money problems, returning to music and his faith always gave him his greatest pleasure.Tyamara was aware of the second chance he had at rebuilding his music career over the last few years. In an interview with Entertainment Online website in 2016, he said: “I’m lucky. It’s not easy after all the bad things I have done like the drugs and the alcohol. But my fans still love me. That shows that God has sent me to do this.”Commenting briefly to eNCA on his passing, Malope said she was in shock but would always have fond and special memories of Tyamara.Among the many messages, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa extended his condolences to Tyamara’s family and fans.Tyamara is survived by two sisters and a brother; his mother died in 2006, followed by his stepfather shortly thereafter.Despite his many hardships, Tyamara’s story was one of great triumph and success. Following his death, he will always be remembered by his fans as a prince of South African gospel.Watch some of Lundi’s greatest hits below.Source: eNCA News and Entertainment Online.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

U.S. DoD needs “immediate action” to win the AI war

first_imgThe Department of Defense (DOD) Science Board has released a broad study on autonomy, recommending “immediate action” to counter enemy artificial intelligence.In the study, the science board found that commercial and academic AI is moving at a faster speed than military operations. It warned that if this continued, the U.S. military may face the same threats from adversaries that used cyber warfare to extract information from the Pentagon and other high value military targets, but on a much grander scale.See Also: BAE Systems debuts wearable charging tactical vest“For years, it has been clear that certain countries could, and most likely would, develop the technology to use cyber and electronic warfare against U.S. forces,” said the study’s authors. “Yet most of the U.S. effort focused on developing offensive cyber capabilities without commensurate attention to hardening U.S. systems against attacks from others.”“Unfortunately, in both domains, that neglect has resulted in DoD spending large sums of money today to ‘patch’ systems against potential attacks.”It advised the DOD to gather intelligence on other nation’s AI developments, especially China and Russia. Once it has found sufficient data, teams at the DOD should develop “counter-autonomy” solutions and ways to overwhelm the system, says the science board.DoD late out of the blocks with adversariesThe DOD should also invest resources into developing learning AI systems that can be deployed onto the battlefield. These systems could recognize weaknesses in the enemy’s defense or strategy, though self-thinking systems are far away from becoming reality.China and Russia are both supposedly developing AI systems to deploy on the battlefield. China has even boasted about AI robots and autonomous tanks, which could be deployed in the next few years.According to the report, China has an advantage in the AI battle, since it does not have the same worries that a truly self-thinking system could cause catastrophic damage if it goes rogue. That could be a massive disadvantage, if the U.S. or any other nation is able to create programs to attack the AI and manipulate it.DARPA, the research and development wing of the DOD, has ran a few autonomous tests in the past decade. It could be influential in finding engineers and startups to shore up the U.S. AI deficiencies. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#DoD#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#military#Pentagon#robots#top Follow the Puck David Currylast_img read more

Premiere Pro Shortcut: Switching Between Panels in the Editing Interface

first_img SHIFT and 3 = Timeline SHIFT and 4 = Program Monitor  SHIFT and 5 = Effects Controls SHIFT and 6 = Audio Mixer  SHIFT and 7 = Effects SHIFT and 8 = Media Browser Activate Premiere Pro panels in rotation to the right:Hold down CTRL and SHIFT and tap the period key.Activate Premiere Pro panels in rotation to the left:Hold down CTRL and SHIFT and tap the comma key.A gold line appears around a panel when it’s selected:Interested in learning more Adobe Premiere Pro shortcuts?Check out our previous post showing you how to customize your own.center_img Save time in post by quickly navigating the Premiere Pro interface with a set of keyboard shortcuts.If you’re already a Premiere Pro shortcut user, you can give your edits an additional speed boost by learning the shortcuts for switching between the panels.  Sure, you can use your mouse and click the panels to select them, but reaching for your mouse will slow you down.Either use one of the following shortcuts to select an exact panel or cycle through the each of the panels in the Premiere Pro user interface.   Shortcuts increase your editing efficiency – use them!  SHIFT and 1 = Project Panel SHIFT and 2 = Source Monitorlast_img read more

Kevin Eikenberry on Effectively Leading From a Distance – Episode #122

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 39:10 — 31.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSLeading from a distance is a thing these days – because remote teams and distributed workforces are becoming more and more common. With that reality come a number of difficulties, all the leader’s responsibility to solve. In order to bring some insight to the issues involved, Anthony invited Kevin Eikenberry to be his guest. Kevin has given a good deal of his life to thinking about leadership and has made it his mission to learn all he can about the way leaders need to modify and improve their leadership when it comes to dealing with remote teams. This conversation is intriguing – but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Be sure you listen and be sure you grab Kevin’s new book, “Long Distance Leader.”.@KevinEikenberry shares how to effectively #lead from a distance on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To TweetManagement and leadership are not the same thingsIt’s entirely possible to be a great manager and a terrible leader. The reverse is true as well. Kevin Eikenberry points out this difference because so many people are placed in a management position and may even excel at the organizational part of their role, then mistakenly think that makes them a leader. In this conversation, Anthony and Kevin dig into the distinctions between managers and leaders, outline why leadership requires clear communication and great connection with individuals, and how accountability works in a healthier manner when it is based on good leadership.When teams don’t “go to work” anymore, how can leaders trust them?There are still many places in the world where team members assemble in the same geographic location every day to get work done together. But more and more companies are allowing their employees to operate from a home office at least part of the week while still other teams intentionally build an entirely remote workforce. What are the things leaders need to do in order to ensure that their team is actually working when they are not under their direct, in-person supervision? Here are a few clues: it has to do with culture, hiring the right people, and trust – and the leader is responsible for all of those. Listen as Kevin Eikenberry explains.When #teams don’t “go to work” anymore, how can #leaders trust them? Find out how @KevinEikenberry sees it on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To TweetCultures will exist. It’s up to the leader to create one that empowers and executes on its goalsKevin Eikenberry points out that many people these days are talking about culture as if it’s something that’s missing and needs to be created. The reality is that your team already has a culture – it just may not be the one you want. In this conversation, you’ll receive Kevin’s insights about the type of culture that empowers effective distributed teams, what leaders need to do in order to foster that kind of culture, and hear a few anecdotes about how Kevin has seen a shift in culture make all the difference. You won’t want to miss it.Communication nightmares in your team? Turn off your email and turn on your webcamWe have no shortage of communication tools these days, so leaders have no excuse for establishing effective communication within their teams. However, teams can often find themselves running in circles and belaboring problems when a switch from one communication tool to another could help them clearly define problems and get to solutions quickly. Kevin explains how he encourages his team to avoid that kind of thing by simply turning on their webcams. Not only is it possible to communicate more efficiently through video, it’s also possible to build culture and a sense of deeper intimacy as a team at the same time. Learn why face to face communication is still the gold standard for communication in our technological age, on this episode of In The Arena.#Communication nightmares in your team? Turn off your email and turn on your #webcam. @KevinEikenberry explains the benefits on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To TweetOutline of this great episode The vital difference between a manager and a leader and why it matters When people don’t “go to work” anymore, how can leaders trust their team? The risk leaders must take in building culture and holding teams accountable How do leaders assure that their goals are being pursued by a remote team? The communication tools that help leaders connect with their team these daysResources & Links mentioned in this episodeKevin Eikenberry’s websitewww.RemoteLeadershipInstitute.comwww.LongDistanceLeader.com or The Long-Distance Leader on AmazonBOOK: RemoteSPONSOR:The Iannarino Sales AcceleratorTom PetersSlackSPONSOR:The Outbound ConferenceSPONSOR:www.B2BSalesToolkit.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episode#Management and #leadership are not the same things. Hear @KevinEikenberry explain why and how to amplify your role as a #leader, on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To Tweet#Cultures will exist. It’s up to the #leader to create one that empowers and executes on its #goals. That’s a gem from @KevinEikenberry that you’ll hear on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Dhoni’s bat fetches Rs 72 lakh at auction

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s precious bat, which helped his team win the ICC World Cup, fetched a whopping Rs 72 lakh in a high profile charity auction held in London on Monday night.India skipper MS Dhoni with his bat that he used during the World Cup.The entire Indian team was present to watch Dhoni’s prized bat go under the hammer as the skipper hosted a lavish dinner at Hilton Park Lane hotel, where the auction took place.Besides his team-mates, bigwigs like Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh and David Boon were also present on the occasion.Dhoni, along with wife Sakshi and Poorna Patel, came in a little earlier to make sure everything was in place.Understandably, the bat generated massive interest amongst cricket enthusiasts since he hit the winning runs of the title triumph with a crunching six off the willow.Besides his bat, most of Dhoni’s cricketing gears used in the World Cup finals were also put up for auction. The funds raised through the auction would go to his wife’s charitable organisation, Sakshi Foundation, to be used for under-privileged children.last_img read more