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first_imgWith the continuing carnage being witnessed on Guyana’s thoroughfares, the Traffic Chief on Monday released startling statistics on road accidents. With a small population of just under 750,000, Guyana has recoded 92 deaths on the roadways so far for 2017.While this figure represents a 16 per cent decrease in road deaths when compared with the corresponding period last year, this is still a shocking figure, and as stated by the traffic chief, is unacceptable.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road traffic injuries are a major public health problem and a leading cause of death and injury around the world. Each year, nearly 1.2 million people die, and millions more are injured or disabled as a result of road crashes.Giving a local analysis, Traffic Chief Dion Moore has since said that driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding have been the two major causes of road accidents in Guyana.According to the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Capt 51:02, drivers who on the first occasion are caught driving under the influence are fined ,500; the second time the person is fined and their licence is suspended for a year; and on the third occasion, the person can be jailed, or their licence suspended indefinitely. While the law is clear on the issue, it has not deterred those who make a conscious decision to drink/use drugs and drive, thus breaking the law. This has led to many, including the Guyana National Road Safety Council, calling for the imposition of stricter penalties for drivers who are charged DUI.The decision to drink/use drugs and drive starts with the individual, and more often than not that decision is made while all faculties are still functioning consciously. It therefore means that persons consciously make a reckless decision to use a motor vehicle as a dangerous weapon.To curb this behaviour, there is need for the strongest possible public policy approaches; and in the case of Guyana, consideration should be given for an amendment to the law for tougher penalties. Drunk driving is literally a life-and-death issue that also needs effective prevention and enforcement activities.One such laudable enforcement activity is the “White Knight” campaign, expected to be executed countrywide. The White Knight campaign is a collaborative effort of the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) and the Guyana Police Force. The aim of the campaign is to team education awareness with enforcement during strategic road-blocking across the country.The continuous rate of drunk driving fatalities, as was noted by the traffic chief, makes a case that the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act may be too lenient, and makes a call for stricter laws. In so doing, there is also a need for heightened supervision of Police officers who are vested with the duty of arresting and charging persons who are caught driving under the influence. This heightened supervision is needed since, in our local scenario, offenders often slip through the system without being prosecuted.Lawmakers in Guyana must take every action possible to end deaths on our roadways caused by intoxicated drivers. In taking action, it is time for our legislative arm to deliberate on making DUI a non-bailable offence.Such a draconian measure may be the answer to the reckless decision to drive/use drugs and drive causing much carnage on our roadways.last_img read more

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first_imgWhere should a first-time supervisor start? This is the question Joseph F. Duffy sets out to answer in his book Being a Supervisor 1.0 (Business Books, 2018). After 45 years as an executive with Catholic Charities, Duffy knew there needed to be one resource—a “cookbook,” as he calls it—that provides all the basics of supervising, from decision making to conflict resolution to strategizing. Heralded for his insights into the nonprofit world and extensive work in supervisor-training, Duffy recently discussed with us how his book will change the way supervisors approach their roles by shaping them into “better listeners, better communicators, and better delegators.”How does your book cater to both new, young supervisors as well as older, more experienced ones?With regard to the younger or less experienced supervisors, I intended for it to be a stand-alone “cookbook”—a how-to for handling conflict resolution, decision making, etc. For the more experienced supervisors, it’s still a cookbook, they’re just looking at it through the lens of someone who has already been doing those things. They get the opportunity to question how this book may suggest a recipe different from theirs, and from there they can evaluate their processes and alternatives. It might even stimulate some thinking as to even more ways to do the job.Was there a moment or aspect of your career that inspired you to write this book?It was growing over the years. I’ve always been committed to developing the people I hire and work with. Many times, I was frustrated because I really wanted to give them one source that they could use to get started. Then, once I retired, I had a little more time on my hands. Over the years, I was good at keeping files and records on those specific topics—conflict resolution, decision making, positive work environment—so I had a lot of resources to turn to when I started writing.The rate of change in leadership across all business organizations is rapidly increasing. How does your book respond to this development?I think it prepares the supervisor to deal better with change. That’s very much a phenomenon we’ve seen—there’s a tremendous amount of turnover. So if the supervisor and employees are well-prepared, they’ll be better able to communicate with each other, they will have strategies, they will trust new people when they come on.How do you think the role of the supervisor is different between nonprofit and for-profit organizations?I think it’s the same and different. Nonprofits, since the very beginning and by legislation, are held in trust for the communities they serve. That’s a mission statement right in your paperwork—”This is our purpose.” That mission has to drive everything you do for the betterment of the community. If it’s a good nonprofit, it really stresses that everybody needs to know what the mission is [and] needs to be committed to it, and that needs to drive your decisions as a supervisor.For-profits, going back a couple of decades now at least, have been getting more into the idea of a mission statement—but it’s still not tied to that sacred trust to care for the community that nonprofits have. The underlying basis of a mission for for-profits is to have a return on investment—they have to make money. It’s not that nonprofits don’t make money—because if you don’t have a margin, you won’t have any mission—but the underlying purpose that’s driving what nonprofit supervisors do is coming from a different place than the for-profits.But, increasingly, over the past three or four decades, nonprofits have also been shifting to operating under business-like principles. Nonprofits learn from the for-profits more about how to be a business without losing sight of their mission. If nonprofits don’t have a margin, they won’t have a mission because they won’t be able to serve people. So nonprofit supervisors also have to be business-minded in all their decision making.How can HR professionals help aid the supervisors within their company?HR has become much more professionalized over the years, and there’s a tremendous amount of knowledge that HR professionals have to have in order to do their job well. They should be a resource for all the employees in the company. One of the chapters [in my book] has to do with the dynamic learning environment—being an organization that commits to ongoing education and training employees. That’s an action through which the HR department could be a tremendous resource.Sometimes management is suspicious of HR because HR is there to protect the employees. HR folks have a fine line to walk—they are there to support management but they’re also there to make sure employees are treated fairly, and sometimes those two butt heads. So it’s important for the HR professionals not to wait to be called on by the supervisor, but instead to get out there and show the supervisor and management staff “This is what we can do to help make your job easier.”Originally published on the SHRM Book blog.last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img richard macmanus Is it just me, or does the list of winners announced for the 2006 Bloggies (the blogging oscars) bear a striking resemblance to the last 5-6 years? Slashdot, Boing Boing, Blogger, etc. Where are all the ‘2.0’ sites, like TechCrunch, Scripting News, Digg? Anyway, there was one shining light: Darren Rowse’s Problogger got an award – for Best Web Development Weblog. I’m not sure Darren would consider himself a web dev blogger, but still — congrats Darren!Update: Explaining myself more… I guess my beef is that there are a whole bunch of blogs that have popped up over the last couple of years that weren’t even nominated. When the nominations for 2006 Bloggies came out, I was dismayed to see that same old list of names. I agree that the likes of Slashdot and BoingBoing are quality blogs/sites, but how many times can you give an Oscar to Steven Spielberg over Steven Soderbergh? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#news#web Why is this good? Sometimes, mobile feels like a great point for creation, but not the best for consumption. Do I really feel like browsing profiles and perusing videos on my phone? Sometimes, yes, but not always. If I have a computer, why not take advantage of the full-screen experience?Oh, and if you were wondering about that bathroom video, it’s awesome. Disco bathroom. For you San Franciscans, I highly recommend it. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Socialcam, the mobile social video-sharing app by Justin.tv, hit the App Store two months ago and quickly became a favorite (for me, at least) for quick mobile video sharing. Like Instagram, however, it lacked just one thing – a website.Today, Socialcam got just that and it makes it easy to go beyond just watching a single video. Now you can sit at home and browse your friends’ profiles to see what else they’ve posted.Just like Instagram, Socialcam launched as a Web-only app. Users could view individually shared posts on the Web, so it wasn’t a huge deal. For example, whenever you share a video on Socialcam, you can immediately share it to Twitter and even tag friends on Facebook and it appears there. For Facebook sharing, it will even post the video to the walls of those people you tag in the video.You couldn’t, however, click on that link and then browse through other videos shared by that person. Now, you can. Here is my Socialcam profile and it’s completely open to the public. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgability to model multiple server environments simultaneouslyability to model consolidation virtualization based on VM (virtual machine) loadingability to view inputs and outputs simultaneouslyaddition of many new cost and savings variables that we had not used at Intel but were relevant to other IT professionalsWatch this short video about the history of the tool to or visit our user forum where you can comment, ask questions and share insightsAccess the tool here Chris Last year, I spent many hours sharing the key learnings from Intel IT’s server refresh strategy and talking with others about how we had to re-justify our refresh investment internally last year due to capital spending cut-backs. We created a tool based on our IT finance learnings that was used by over 40,000 people last year.  Many of our users had excellent suggestions on how we could improve the tool to meet a variety of user situations and needs.We have just completed a several month project to update the estimator with many new features that were suggested by tool users includinglast_img read more

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first_imgIf the Olympic Games have become the victims of international political intrigue, domestic political manoeuvres may kill the Asian Games-a Rs 42-crore sports extravaganza scheduled for October 1982. The recent moves by the 21-member Asian Games Organising Committee headed by Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the BJP could disqualify India from hosting,If the Olympic Games have become the victims of international political intrigue, domestic political manoeuvres may kill the Asian Games-a Rs 42-crore sports extravaganza scheduled for October 1982. The recent moves by the 21-member Asian Games Organising Committee headed by Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the BJP could disqualify India from hosting the games.MalhotraAlthough the Asian Games have never been free from controversy, the Government’s decision to entrust the job of organising the games to a new 24-member Steering Committee headed by Education Minister Shankaranand has caused much furore in the sports world. A government notification issued on August 7 said: “The Steering Committee will be responsible for taking all decisions in connection with the Asian Games and also give necessary sanctions including expenditure sanctions.” The new committee has four Union ministers, one chief minister, the Lt-Governor of Delhi and 16 secretaries.–by Prabhu Chawlalast_img read more

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first_imgRajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler was pleased with his form at the top of the order as he smashed a match-winning 82 against Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday.Batting first, Royals rode on Buttler’s 58-ball blitzkrieg which was laced with 9 fours and a six to post 158/8.Buttler was also involved in a 53-run stand with Sanju Samson for the third wicket. For KXIP, Andrew Tye picked up fur wickets while Mujeeb Ur Rahman maintained his good form to finish with 2/21.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSIn reply, KL Rahul waged a lone war hammering an unbeaten 95 off 70 deliveries but it was not good enough as KXIP fell 15 runs short of target.”Opening is a nice change for me. Working wonders. It’s hard to work out what a good score is batting first. After six overs we thought It’ll be 180-200, but things slowed down. With KL Rahul batting well, there’s no safe score. You’re never quiet sure. With the field up, you have a lot of options to clear the infield, which is different to batting near the end, where you have to clear the outfield,” Buttler said at the post match presentation ceremony.Buttler was named the man-of-the-match as Royals kept their unbeaten record vs KXIP at Jaipur intact with their fifth victory.”Boys played well as a team, so we can take that confidence in the next game. We’re still fighting, still in the tournament. Winning breeds confidence.”K Gowtham had struck early blows when he snared Chris Gayle and R Ashwin in the third over to rock the KXIP chase.advertisementPunjab’s situation worsened further as Jofra Archer dismissed an in-form Karun Nair (3) to leave the visitors reeling at 17/4.Akshdeep Nath (9) then joined Rahul to add 26 runs for the fourth wicket, taking Punjab to 45 runs. However, just when the combination was settling, Ish Sodhi struck to make the damage bigger after sending back Akshdeep in the ninth over.Manoj Tiwary and Rahul then tried to repair the damage but once again their effort went in vain as Tiwary gave an easy catch to Ajinkya Rahane off a Ben Stokes in the 12th over.Despite wickets falling at regular intervals, Rahul kept one end secured but lacked support from others.Axar Patel (9) too, failed to show some fight and departed in the 14th over after adding 15 runs with the opener to take his side to 81 runs.Meanwhile, Rahul brought up his fourth fifty of the season in the same over.With Punjab needing 32 runs in the final over, Marcus Stoinis (11) departed while trying to go for the maximum off Jaydev Unadkat.Rahul tried his best to to take his side home, smashing 14 runs of the final over, which was however, not good enough as the visitors could only managed to reach 143/7.For the hosts, Gowtham emerged with impressive figures of 2/12 off his three overs while Archer, Unadkat, Stokes and Sodhi bagged a wicket each.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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first_imgFans cheer during a Florida State game.TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 20: Fans cheer during play between the Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)College sports fans, though passionate and loyal, can also be really, really annoying. But who’s the worst of the worst? We’ve gone through and picked out the 64 most annoying fan bases in college sports. You guys are going to tell us which deserves to be crowned the most intolerable of all. You can vote on the #BBN Region here, the #WeAre Region here and the #PAWWWL Region here.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases BracketMost AnnoyingVote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below1. Duke Basketball Fans vs. 16. Arizona Basketball FansdukearizonaArizona fans are a bit full of themselves, but nothing like Duke’s – supposedly. More Annoying: Duke Basketball Fans or Arizona Basketball Fans?2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 15. Baylor Football FansfsubaylorFans of a team that reached the College Football Playoff vs. fans who believe their team should have reached the College Football Playoff. More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Baylor Football Fans?3. USC Football Fans vs. 14. Rutgers Football FansuscrutgersFans who are more concerned with celebrities than football vs. fans who would have a hard time getting a celebrity to attend a game. More Annoying: USC Football Fans or Rutgers Football Fans?4. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits vs. 13. Ole Miss Football FanstweetcrootsolemissFans who enjoy tweeting at 17-year-old kids vs. fans who really like to tailgate. More Annoying: Tweeting Fans or Ole Miss Football Fans?5. West Virginia Football Fans vs. 12. Conference Realignment RumormongerswvurealignmentFans who burn couches too often vs. fans who think conference realignment is a game of musical chairs. More Annoying: West Virginia Football Fans or Rumormongers?6. Florida Football Fans vs. 11. NCAA ApologistsfloridancaaFans who hate former coaches vs. fans who think the NCAA has a clue about what it’s doing. More Annoying: Florida Football Fans or NCAA Apologists?7. North Carolina Basketball Fans vs. 10. Michigan State Basketball FansuncmsuFans of two storied programs who have their own fierce in-state rivalries. More Annoying: UNC Basketball Fans or Michigan State Basketball Fans?8. Oklahoma Football Fans vs. Kansas Basketball FansoukuFans of two squads whose teams consistently under-deliver in the postseason. More Annoying: Oklahoma Football Fans or Kansas Basketball Fans?Now Vote On The #WeAre Regionlast_img read more

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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue questions an official’s call during a game on Feb. 8 at in Cleveland, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAlthough it may be a microcosm for the performance of the team in an entire final’s series, the first game of the 2016 NBA finals was a rocky one for the men of the Wine and Gold.A severe lack of bench scoring and minimal output by key team members led to the Cleveland Cavaliers dropping the game 104-89 to the Golden State Warriors. Golden State only really seemed to be challenged mid-way through the third, when Cleveland took its first and only lead of the game.45 bench points by the Warriors, 20 of which came from veteran guard Shaun Livingston, and just nine team turnovers made easy work of a fully healthy Cleveland squad. After having so many hopes running high that the starters were at full power this year, it would seem the Cavs are in trouble after the opening frame of the finals.Game 2While the Cavaliers have had a tendency to bounce back from ugly losses all season, it is worth noting how impressive the Warriors home record has been. Golden State is 39-2 at Oracle Arena this season, and has more than once pummeled teams in back-to-back appearances. In order to regain momentum and even the series at one apiece, there has to be more output from shooting guard JR Smith and the bench. Combined, the entire bench and Smith only picked up 13 of Cleveland’s 89 points. Channing Frye, picked up by Cleveland earlier in the season to solidifying the bench with a scoring big man at power forwards, played just seven minutes.During that time, he missed the only shot he took, grabbed only one rebound, and made two free throws. If the Cavs want to make a bigger impact tonight, the Smith and Frye have to pick up more points in Game 2. Forward Lebron James had an overall solid performance, and was only one assist shy of a triple-double.Look for point guard and unanimous MVP Steph Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson to return to form in the next game. Combined, the Splash Brothers had just 20 points, a fairly anemic number compared to the numbers put up by the team during the course of the season. The Cavaliers will look to correct the mistakes of Game 1, the biggest being guarding Curry and Thompson, but forgetting about the rest of the team.Although the competition will be close, it seems the momentum earned by the Warriors paired with the success they have had at home spells trouble for Cleveland. Game 2 prediction: Golden State 111, Cleveland 101.Looking aheadDepending on if the Cavs fight back or experience another night of head scratching performances will dictate the rest of the finals.If the Warriors do pull ahead 2-0, it would most likely lead to the end of the title hopes to ‘Believeland,’ and could very well drive James out of Cleveland once again. But, if the Cavaliers claw their way back, look for fireworks when the Warriors come to Cleveland. All eyes will be on Game 2, which is slated for June 5 at 9 p.m at Oracle Arena read more

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