THAG commissions $5M “I LOVE GUYANA” sign

first_imgThe Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) through a partnership with Impressions and the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on Wednesday commissioned the country’s very own iconic 3D “I love Guyana” sign/tourist park which is set to be enjoyed by both Guyanese and tourists.The unveiled plaque to mark the occasionThe $5 million tourism initiative is viewed as more than just the perfect location for tourists to celebrate their visit to Guyana but more so a sign of patriotism within the country. This was expressed by THAG President Mitra Ramkumar as he shared a brief overview of the sign’s purpose.“This sign is intended to serve as a gathering point for visitors who wish to celebrate their visit here through the sharing of photos and videos. Visitors will promote and create a positive of destination Guyana….while this ‘I love Guyana’ sign enhances our tourism product, THAG sees this sign as a lot more. It’s a symbol of national pride, unity, peace and love among Guyanese,” he stated.The newly-commissioned 3D signThe sign located on the lawns of the GBTI Corperate Office at Kingston, Georgetown; measures 12 feet in height and 30 feet in width, and is coated with the colours of the country’s flag.Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar during his remarks urged Guyanese to act their part when showing love for the country.Among those present to celebrate the launch were Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Gerry Gouveia and GBTI executives.last_img read more

Video: The best of Philipp Lahm last season

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Benfica want rid of Adel Taarabt just SEVEN months after signing five-year deal

first_img1 Adel Taarabt Benfica have offered former Tottenham and QPR flop Adel Taarabt to MLS clubs.The Morocco international only signed a five-year contract with the Portuguese giants last summer after leaving Loftus Road.?But since joining Benfica the 26-year-old has struggled for action and he is currently training with the reserves.A return to AC Milan looked on the cards for Taarabt during the January transfer window, but the move broke down over wage demands.Benfica remain desperate to shift the attacking midfielder, though, and are helping him find a new club.The Lisbon side have, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, contacted clubs in the MLS over a move as their transfer window does not shut until February 18.Taarabt is now expected to consider his options before informing Benfica of his plans.last_img read more

No-contest is plea in nephew’s killing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Croft sentenced Shakhmuradyan to four years in prison after he pleaded no contest Wednesday. But because of time served in jail and good behavior, he could get out in nine months, Geragos said. City News Service contributed to this report. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com PASADENA – A Glendale truck driver who killed his 18-year-old nephew and returned from Armenia to face charges pleaded no contest Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter. Gaik Shakhmuradyan, 34, had been facing a murder charge, but Judge Janice Claire Croft on Tuesday expressed doubt that the case warranted a murder charge. The prosecution now maintains the shooting was accidental. Shakhmuradyan fled to Armenia after shooting his nephew, Edvin Isagulyan, on Oct. 20, 2003, in Glendale during a confrontation, police said. Glendale police Sgt. Robert Breckinridge went to Armenia last year and talked to Shakhmuradyan, who voluntarily returned to the United States. “It’s a testament to Gaik’s fortitude and belief and faith that he’d get this thing resolved favorably,” said Mark Geragos, Shakhmuradyan’s attorney. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exoplanet Hunters Fail Predictions

first_imgBefore the first extrasolar planets were discovered, astronomers had high confidence that other solar systems would resemble ours.  We have rocky planets close to the sun, and gas giants farther out.  Planetary scientists were pretty sure the pattern would hold up around other stars.  Now that we have hundreds of examples to compare, the reality has been far different from expectations.  The number of surprises in real exoplanet systems underscores the potential flaws in building models based on a sample size of one.    In Caltech’s latest Engineering and Science magazine,1 John Johnson was interviewed about the state of extrasolar planet hunting.  Johnson has been involved with leading planet-hunting pioneers.  A recurring theme in the interview is the surprise that planetary systems were found to be radically different from predictions.What are some of the current big questions that you guys are trying to tackle?We’re interested in how the solar system formed.  We’re interested in our immediate environment and describing its origins.  And beyond that, we’re interested in general in how planetary systems formed.  There are some very specific questions that arise at every turn.  There are so many surprises in this field—almost nothing is turning out as we expected.  There are Jupiter-mass planets in three-day orbits.  There are planets with masses that are between those of the terrestrial planets in our solar system and the gas giants in the outer part of our solar system.  There are Jupiter-mass planets with hugely inflated radii—at densities far lower than what we thought were possible for a gas-giant planet.  There are giant planets with gigantic solid cores that defy models of planet formation, which say there shouldn’t be enough solids available in a protoplanetary disk to form a planet that dense.  There are planets with tilted orbits.  There are planets that orbit the poles of their stars, in so-called circumpolar orbits.  There are planets that orbit retrograde—that is, they orbit in the opposite direction of their star’s rotation.  There are systems of planets that are in configurations that are hard to describe given our understanding of planet formation.  For instance, some planets are much too close to one another.But a lot of those surprises have to do with the fact that we have only one example of a planetary system—our solar system—to base everything on, right?What’s interesting is that we’ve found very little that resembles our example.Johnson went on to say that the leading theory of planetary migration to explain how the so-called hot Jupiters get so close to their star has “gone into the dustbin” now that so many inclined and retrograde examples have been found.  “We’re scrambling to find a new way of describing how these gas giants can move in that also causes their orbits to be tilted,” he added.    Although Johnson reaffirmed the old Laplace nebular hypothesis with a “2.0” upgrade, the number of “wacky” things his team has discovered belies any attestation of confidence.  “We’re going out into the solar neighborhood, where there are things that we thought were just familiar, things that we thought we understood,” he said.  “But just the wackiest stuff comes up—and it’s sure keeping me busy.”  He compared it to going on safari and discovering a blue lion.  “That might be the level of wackiness I would attach to it.”1.  Marcus Y. Woo, “Discovering New Worlds,” Engineering & Science, Volume LXXIII, Number 3, 2010, pp. 18-23.He didn’t really find a blue lion.  He found a natural lion, but the funny glasses he was wearing made it look blue.    Johnson went on to describe how Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time had made a profound influence on him.  He also affirmed at the end that he thought humans would figure out that their place in the universe is insignificant, following the theme of the positivists and Carl Sagan: “We are coming out of the darkness from a couple hundred years ago and we’re rubbing our eyes today, realizing that we are on a really small planet around a really average star in an unspectacular part of the galaxy, and we’re learning our place in this whole universe,” he said.  “Once we find more planets like our own, it’ll further define our place and give us a better universal context for what it means to be human.”    This kind of bluffing means Johnson has been a good apprentice.  His mentor Hawking was similarly prone to wild speculation without evidence, pontificating as he did in his book about how close humans were to finding a “theory of everything” when in fact he could point to little more hard evidence than mathematical speculations whirring about in his nimble imagination.  If anyone in economics or sportscasting had this bad a track record of predictions, though, they would be out of a job.  Cosmology is one of the many evolutionary sciences where you can brag about how wrong you have been, and people will still think you are wonderful because you are busy stamp collecting.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Americans not as healthy as they perceive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the theme “What’s Your Health Worth?”, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 10th anniversary Food and Health Survey is offering a wealth of new insights into Americans’ health and nutrition, including perceptions of their own health, an economic divide on food-purchasing decisions, where health and nutrition rank among competing priorities, and ongoing confusion over dietary and health-related choices.“For 10 years, the IFIC Foundation’s Food and Health Survey has provided some of the most wide-ranging and compelling insights and trends about Americans’ attitudes and behaviors around food, health, and nutrition,” said Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, IFIC Foundation’s senior vice president of nutrition and food safety.“This year’s theme, ‘What’s Your Health Worth?’, delves into the trade-offs Americans make regarding health and nutrition on an everyday basis.”Self-Perception vs. RealityAccording to the survey, 57% of Americans rate their own health as very good or excellent, yet 55% of that group is either overweight or obese.“What I fear is that we’ve reset the bar, in that some people actually don’t know what feeling good is like, but they think they feel pretty good,” said Dr. Jim Hill, executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado. “So we’ve almost lowered the bar in defining what good health is.”The vast majority of consumers (84%) say they are either trying to maintain or lose weight.Consumers also report efforts to choose more healthful options in their lives, with 82% trying to eat more fruits and vegetables; 76% cutting calories by drinking water, or low- and no-calorie beverages; 70% eating more foods with whole grains; 69% cutting back on foods that are higher in added sugars; and 68% consuming smaller portions.When asked to rate the most effective weight management strategies, changing the types of foods they eat topped the list at 51%, followed by making sure they get enough physical activity, at 50%.Economic DivideHigher-income consumers are more likely to buy foods based on their production or source (locally sourced, no added hormones or steroids, organic) and more likely to report avoiding many specific food components and ingredients.Half of Americans (51%) acknowledge that foods would cost more if processed foods were hypothetically removed from the food supply, with 45% also saying food would become less convenient. While 43% say the impact of removing processed foods would be improved health or nutrition, higher-income consumers were more likely to answer that way.Lower-income Americans are most concerned about cost impacts if processed foods were removed from the food supply, and they also are most likely than other groups to buy groceries if given an additional $100 a month.“Findings show that a minority consisting of higher-income Americans, and those in better health, seem willing to pay more for organic and locally sourced foods that claim environmental, safety, and health benefits, despite lack of evidence that these benefits truly deliver,” said Smith Edge.“The potential impact on lower-income Americans is to create doubt about the healthfulness of conventionally or typically available food, adding additional stress and guilt to buying foods that can provide nutritious benefits for everyone.”Competing PrioritiesWhile 37% of Americans cite lack of willpower as the biggest barrier to losing or maintaining their weight, 31% cite lack of time.If people suddenly were given an extra four hours a week, exercise is the top activity (36%) Americans say they would spend it on, followed by time with friends and family (31%), relaxing or sleeping (29%), doing household chores or tasks (20%), reading (20%), or practicing a hobby (20%).If Americans had an additional $100 per month, three out of five (61%) would save, invest or pay off debts, with all other financial priorities trailing behind: household expenses or home repairs (28%), travel (23%), shopping for anything other than groceries (17%), entertainment (13%), and groceries (13%).When asked how much time they spend preparing dinner on a given day, 19% reported less than 15 minutes, with 52% spending between 15 and 44 minutes, and 29% spending 45 minutes or more.Four out of 10 (40%) say they spend more time tracking the healthfulness of their diet than they do following their favorite sport or sports team (31%), yet there is a significant gender divide: Men chose sports over their diet 46% to 27%, while women chose their diet over sports 51% to 17%.When asked whether they would rather lose $1,000 than gain 20 pounds, 56% would rather lose the money, the same number as last year. However, there is also a gender gap, with 50% of men and 61% of women choosing to lose the money over gaining the weight.Taste (83%), price (68%), and healthfulness (60%) continue to be the top drivers of food-purchasing decisions, as has been the case every year over the survey’s 10-year history.ConfusionPerhaps more than ever in the survey’s history, consumer confusion is emerging as a key concern. More than three-quarters (78%) say they would rather hear information about what to eat versus what not to eat. That’s the same result as in 2014, but the number who “strongly agreed” with that statement rose 7 percentage points, from 26% to 33%.More than a third (36%) say that “chemicals” in food are their top food safety concern, followed by 34% who were concerned about foodborne illness from bacteria, despite the fact that the latter has a more serious and substantiated health impact, pointing to a need to better communicate risks.While 60% of Americans have confidence in the safety of the U.S. food supply, that number has fallen from 70% in 2013, a symptom of the heightened level of “noise” in news coverage and online commentary about food.“Despite what we see that people want to be told what to do, we continuously tell them what not to do, and I think they’re very, very confused,” Hill said.Other FindingsInformation consumers look at on a product’s label before they buy it includes expiration date (51%), the Nutrition Facts Panel (49%), ingredients (40%), serving sizes and amount per container (36%), calories and other nutrition information (29%), and brand name (27%). Only one in nine consumers (11%) look for no information whatsoever on a food product’s label.86% said they would be able to find the information if they wanted to know something about an ingredient in their food.Topping the list of what consumers are trying to get a certain amount or as much as possible of: whole grains (56%), fiber (55%), protein (54%), and calcium (43%).Topping the list of what consumers are trying to limit or avoid entirely: sugars in general (55%), added sugars (54%), sodium/salt (53%), trans fats (49%), high fructose corn syrup (48%), saturated fats (47%), and calories (47%).Americans have widely divergent definitions of what a “sustainable diet” means, with 39% saying it represents a balanced, nutritious meal; 25% saying foods that are affordable and readily available; and 23% citing foods that have a smaller impact on the environment.66% agree that “the overall healthfulness of the food or beverage is more important to me than the use of food biotechnology,” defined as “the use of science and technologies such as genetic engineering to enhance certain attributes of foods.” 49% agree that biotechnology is a tool that can help ensure we have enough food to feed a growing population, while only 17% disagree.One’s personal healthcare professional is the most-trusted source of information about types of food (70%) and about food safety (65%). A friend or family member ranks second for types of food (34%) and third for food safety (29%). U.S. government agencies rank second for food safety (42%) and third for types of food (26%).For more information on the 2015 Food and Health Survey, visit www.foodinsight.org/2015-FHS.last_img read more

Sales Opportunities as Labyrinths

first_imgA sales opportunity is a labyrinth. It’s a series of decisions that you have to make. Some of the decisions you make move you closer to your goal. Other decisions lead you to a dead end.Some of the labyrinths seem to look the same. It can feel as if you’ve uncovered the pattern that unlocks all labyrinths, especially when two labyrinths seem to follow exactly the same pattern. But you’ve haven’t unlocked the pattern. Following that pattern exactly may lead you to a dead end the next time.It’s dark in a labyrinth. You can only see so far in front of you. You have to make choices based on your belief that they are the right choices. You make these choices even though you can’t be 100% certain they lead to success.If you come to a dead end and there is still time on the clock, you can backtrack and make different choices. You can try again. But there is no guarantee that the next choice you make will be the right choice either.And some choices you make immediately end the game. Game over. You lose.When you lose an opportunity it’s easy to see that you could have taken a different path. Now that you’ve lost, you know that you should have taken another path. Knowing what you know now, you most certainly would have taken a different path.But none of this is exactly true. You never have a view from above the opportunity labyrinth where the path is plain and clear.QuestionsIs the path to a deal always clear?What causes you to get lost and have to backtrack when you back a bad decision?What roadblocks do you run into that aren’t of your own making?Is it always true that you can identify the path you should have taken after the fact? How do you know?last_img read more

99% Mumbaikars would now back the Coastal Road Project: Devendra Fadnavis

first_imgVirtually all Mumbai citizens would vote in favour of the city’s ambitious Coastal Road Project, if asked today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asserted in defence of the project recently stayed by the Bombay High Court due to environmental concerns.“I respect the Court’s verdict… but when we started planning it, there were no regulations for such a project,” Mr. Fadnavis told The Hindu in an interview. “We just followed what the Centre told us to do… If today a signature campaign is started, 99% of Mumbai’s citizens will vote in favour of a coastal road,” he said.Stressing that big-ticket infrastructure projects like the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and a hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune will boost the State’s economy, the CM expressed concern about projects facing time and cost overruns due to “unnecessary litigation”.Terming the recent floods in western Maharashtra a “fallout of climate change”, Mr. Fadnavis dismissed the charge that his administration failed to provide adequate and timely relief to the flood-affected.“After an unprecedented 700% rainfall in seven days… nobody could have anticipated that the water would rise like this… We are experiencing a real fallout of climate change,” he argued.Terming any criticism on this front as “unfair”, the CM pointed out that rescue teams could also not reach the affected areas “as the highways were cut off and the planes could not land”.“After two days of trying to get them to land, I spoke to Union Defence Minister RajnathSinghji who provided us with a Dauphin aircraft from Rajasthan, which could land in marshy conditions. We then created a green corridor without losing a single life to the floods, and (the) deaths (that occurred) resulted from a boat capsize,” he underlined.While exuding confidence that a good monsoon and the Centre’s interventions will stir up India’s slowing economy, the CM said he was worried about the adverse impact of the floods on the State’s sugar industry. “We may have to reschedule their debts in the near future,” he said.last_img read more

Beauties smitten by married men

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Jeremy Miado out to prove quick KO no fluke in rematch vs Thai foe

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Filipino Jeremy Miado aims to prove that his quick knockout win over former ONE strawweight champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is no fluke when they meet again in ONE: Call to Greatness on Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.Miado scored a big time upset last year when he needed only 84 seconds to knock out Amnuaysirichoke.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Critics attributed Miado’s victory to sheer luck, something that the 26-year-old Manila native clearly doesn’t agree with.“Some people are saying it was a lucky shot, that I just got the timing right,” Miado said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“They are entitled to their opinions, but for me, whenever I have an upcoming match, I prepare for it to the best of my abilities to show what I can do,” he added. “That’s how I have always been—win or lose, I give my everything out there.”Miado is raring to beat Amnuaysirichoke in their rematch but knows it won’t be as easy as the first time. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “I know that Dej really wants to avenge that loss and is really preparing well for this match,” he said.“I do want to give him a chance to prove himself in the cage because it happened really fast.” Miado is not only seeking validation but he is also targeting a world title shot and he believes that a repeat over the Thai warrior would do the trick.“I am doubling the effort of my preparation now compared to the last time because I know that he won’t be the same person that I competed against,” he said. “I believe that [a world title shot] will happen if I get the win against Dej. Hopefully, I get to compete against one of the top contenders for the World Title, but right now, I’m only focused on Dej.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UAAP juniors finals: Blue Eaglets ‘outworked’ by Bullpups in Game 1 loss Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more