GTT offering free access to websites, social media

first_imgWith the local telecommunication sector on the verge of becoming liberalised, GTT has already kicked up its game with the launch its 4G Internet service. The company is now taking it a notch further with more excitingGTT Chief Commercial Officer Gert Post (right), Permanent Secretary of the Telecommunications Ministry Derrick Cummings (second right) along with GTT models at the launchdeals for customers.On Wednesday, the company rolled out its “Free Basic 4G Services” initiative that will see customers getting free 4G access to more than 20 local and international sites, including Wikipedia, Yahoo,,,, and the major local media entities.This service is now exclusively available to all GTT mobile users in the country, even those without data plans. All persons need is a data capable phone feature or smartphone.According to the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, Gert Post, this new feature allows customers to be informed. He noted that with 4G now available in Guyana, GTT wants to ensure that everyone can freely benefit from this new technology by being able to use the web for education, information, check the weather and to access the information of the Government of Guyana.Post said this is part of the company’s commitment of doing more for developing Guyana. “All the information on the Internet is very valuable for kids to do their homework, for men and women to check the news, to check the weather and to do all kinds of things which enrich our lives and makes us better informed people,” he stated.Moreover, the local telecoms giant also announced free and unmetered facebook and whatsapp services with all data plans. This means customers can use the two popular social media apps without having their data depleted and even when the data balance is finished, customers can continue to use WhatsApp and Facebook until their data plan expires.In addition, the company is offering 48 hours of free facebook access to all its customers who top up $500 or more.The “Free Basic 4G Services” initiative is a collaborative effort between GTT and the Government of Guyana. Against this backdrop, Permanent Secretary of the Telecommunications Ministry, Derrick Cummings, noted that this initiative provides immeasurable benefits to the country and its people.“The free websites offered by GTT helps Guyanese who are not yet connected to the Internet to discover the value of connectivity and expand their access to knowledge and growth. This is part of our commitment to bridging the digital divide and the reason why the Government of Guyana supports it wholeheartedly,” Cummings stated.The Permanent Secretary further pointed out that its initiatives such as these that justify the Ministry’s granting increased spectrum to GTT. “With this launch, GTT has again proven that it is a committed leader in the telecommunications industry in Guyana and we at the Ministry of Public Telecommunications will continue our programme to develop a sustained fruitful partnership to bring the best telecommunication services to all Guyanese,” Cummings added.last_img read more

Security lapses chasing away investments in Guyana – PSC

first_imgPrison fires… chides Govt for failing to hold any officials accountableIt is almost as if the country has settled down to a state of normalcy, despite the upheavals back in July when the Camp Street Prison was razed and over a dozen high profile inmates escaped. But the business community has reported that they are still dealing with the fall out.Members of the Private Sector Commission with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and other officialsThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) had raised its concerns with President David Granger, who then referred them to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. Following a meeting with the Minister earlier in the week, the Commission revealed that due to the security lapses, tourism and investments into the economy are suffering.Public confidence in security, according to the Commission in a statement after the meeting, is worsening due to the fact that no official, at any level, has even been held accountable and charged for the prison fire and escapes.“The Commission emphasised the serious damage that these events have caused to investor confidence here, at home and abroad, and to tourism and underlined the fact that scheduled business visits from abroad and planned events have either been postponed or relocated,” they stated.The Commission further expressed its concern over the inability of the Police to effectively curb the incidence of violent crime reaching into business places and homes across the country. “Our citizens, the Commission stressed, are now living in a constant state of fear.”The Commission noted that acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine, in responding to their concerns, had promised that a Police investigation into the fire was underway. He had told the business executives that the probe would soon be completed.“The Minister acknowledged the need for the urgent restoration of public confidence in the security and safety of our prison system and was open and frank in addressing the challenges faced by the country from the threat of violent crime. The Minister assured the Commission that every effort was being made to recapture the escapees who are still at large and to return the situation to normalcy,” the PSC said.According to the PSC, Minister Ramjattan informed them that “gross overcrowding neglected over a long number of years will demand substantial sums of money not readily available to construct a new and expanded system sufficient to accommodate the present prison population.”ConfidentialityThe business body noted that a “comprehensive and confidential brief” was provided on the current steps being taken to improve the prison system. The Minister also shared with the Commission Government’s plans for the construction of a modern facility in the Mazaruni.When it comes to the status of the prisoners, including those who are still at large, the PSC was also given a confidential brief. According to the Commission, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, made a comprehensive statistical presentation which covered the current and historical status of prisoners both in the system and at large.“The Commission strongly recommended to the Minister that he make the presentation public since it would go a long way towards reassuring the public that the authorities were in control of the situation,” the PSC stated.On the question of rehabilitation of convicted prisoners, the Minister and his team also outlined the significant efforts and arrangements in place, in spite of extremely limited resources and space, to ensure that released prisoners were able to be gainfully employed on their reintegration into society, the PSC said.According to the Commission, however, the Minister lamented the fact that ex-convicts generally have a hard time reintegrating because the stigma attached to ex-convicts makes it difficult to find employment for them.A total of 19 prisoners escaped in two separate jail breaks over the course of weeks. When the smoke cleared, however, all but four were recaptured. Those still at large are Uree Varsyck, the Camp Street inmate who is alleged to have shot and severely injured prison officers; Royden Williams, who had been on death row for the Bartica Massacre; Cobena Stephens; and Paul Goriah.last_img read more

District superintendent awaits word on fate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe district has come under intense scrutiny in recent months from parents and critics angered over the closure of four elementary school campuses and the dissolving of the district’s police department. While much of the turmoil is due to financial pressures caused by state budget cuts and dwindling student enrollment, Clark has been criticized for failing to give the board complete and accurate information on which to base these decisions. The complaints triggered a rebuke from the City Council, which called on the district to complete a management audit and threatened a possible change in board governance. “I am gravely concerned about the performance of our administration in general,” said board member Esteban Lizardo. He voted against extending Clark’s contract in 2004. Board member Ed Honowitz said Monday he is increasingly frustrated with the direction the district has taken in the last year. “I think the board needs to make some decisions to direct the district,” he said, although he declined tospecify. Clark has served as superintendent of the Pasadena schools since 2001. He has made it his mission to improve school performance by bringing middle-class families back into the district. He has worked to establish magnet schools, reduce busing and increase extracurricular activities. His supporters say his reform efforts have paid off in the form of rising test scores, better quality staff and more options for students. “If you look at all of our schools, a lot of them are in a better place than when I became a board member,” said Pete Soelter, who was elected in 2001. Clark did not return calls for comment on this story. He said in a recent interview that he wants to remain in Pasadena. Even if the school board decides to begin negotiating an early end to Clark’s contract, it is unlikely there will be a public report until a final agreement has been reached. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Superintendent Percy Clark could find out as early as today whether he will serve out the remainder of his contract with the Pasadena Unified School District. The board is scheduled to meet behind closed doors tonight to evaluate his performance over the last year. Although board members declined to comment on the evaluation publicly, there are indications a majority of the members want to see a change in leadership. Privately, several board members and district observers said Clark might be asked to step down sometime before the start of the new school year. In exchange, Clark would be paid the balance of his contract, which ends in July 2007. last_img read more

Chelsea ‘out to beat QPR to £10m Wigan ace’

first_imgChelsea are ready to make a shock £10m swoop for Wigan star Victor Moses, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed that Moses is a favourite of ­Chelsea’s talent spotter Michael Emenalo and that the club are looking to pip neighbours QPR to his signing.And it is also suggested that the capture of Moses would probably mean the end for Daniel Sturridge at Stamford Bridge.Sturridge has fallen out of favour under Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo and has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that three members of Chelsea’s staff have been suspended after the Champions League trophy was damaged.One of the handles was apparently left hanging off after the three security personnel posed for pictures with the trophy.Club chief executive Ron Gourlay is understood to be conducting an internal investigation.The Sun report that QPR boss Mark Hughes is thinking of signing midfielder Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa.Related West London Sport story: Hughes ponders move for Aston Villa man (17 June)And the Daily Express say Hughes will sign England goalkeeper Robert Green in the next 48 hours. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Human Skeletons Found in Sahara

first_imgThey went looking for dinosaur bones, and found human skeletons instead.  That’s what is being reported by National Geographic and the Los Angeles Times.  A barren wasteland in the Sahara, covered with sand, has turned out to be a treasure trove of evidence of human occupation.  The area appears to have been a lakeside paradise thousands of years ago.    The area of human habitation, with skeletons and artifacts indicating fishing and hunting, lies on top of Cretaceous strata known for dinosaur fossils.  This Stone-Age site, which National Geographic called a “Green Sahara” and the Times called “Green Eden,” appears to have supported two different tribes of people at different times.  200 human burial sites were found.  One of them showed the tenderness of family affection: “A woman, possibly a mother, and two children laid to rest holding hands, arms outstretched toward each other, on a bed of flowers.”    The area, named Gobero, was a spine-tingling discovery when first found in 2000.  Paul Sereno (U of Chicago) and team just published their data in PLoS ONE after several seasons of excavation.1  The team classifies the human strata as Holocene and the underlying bedrock as Cretaceous.  Still, it was surprising to find human bones when they were looking for dinosaur bones.  “Sereno and colleagues have also made several dinosaur discoveries in the region, including the bizarre cow-like dino Nigersaurus and the bus-size SuperCroc,” National Geographic reported.  Imagine Sereno’s surprise when he found human skeletons.  “You’re not looking at [dinosaurs],” he said; “you’re looking at your own species.”1.  Sereno et al, “Lakeside Cemeteries in the Sahara: 5000 Years of Holocene Population and Environmental Change,” Public Library of Science ONE, 3(8): e2995 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002995.This is an intriguing discovery.  The team did not find a mixture of dinosaur bones and human bones in the same strata, but the close juxtaposition calls for explanation.  Evolutionists would have us believe 65 million years separated the Cretaceous and Holocene deposits.  The strata are classified, and their ages are inferred, however, by the bones they contain, and their presumed position in the evolutionary story.  Where are all the intervening epochs between the two deposits?    These deposits could be fit into a Biblical context.  For one thing, notice that no one is claiming the human remains are tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of years old.  Given uncertainty, they fit within the post-Flood world.  The dinosaur-containing strata may have been Flood deposits.  As people separated in the decades and centuries after the Flood (especially after the Tower of Babel), a people group found this rich area of greenery, lakes, fish and wildlife – the next best thing after Eden.  (If any post-Flood dinosaurs were around, the humans could have killed them off as a nuisance.)    Centuries of successful human habitation could have taken place here before the Egyptian civilization began.  After the Flood, many large lakes remained inland.  They eventually dried up, forcing the inhabitants who left these burial plots and artifacts to look for greener pastures.  The researchers believe a thousand-year period of dry conditions intervened between the two populations who came here.    This is a discovery that deserves watching.  The paper says, “We are just beginning to understand the anatomical and cultural diversity that existed within the Sahara during the Holocene.”  There appears to be nothing here that rules out a Biblical post-Flood scenario, and a number of things that suggest it.  The dinosaur fossils are in good condition.  Can the 65-million-year hiatus between the adjacent strata really be supported?  Let’s watch for more surprised looks on the faces of the scientists, and not take their Darwin-drenched dating assumptions for granted.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Principal booked for beating students

first_imgA case has been filed against principal of a secondary school here Monday for allegedly beating up students for not greeting him with “As-Salaam-Alaikum”. Principal secretary and nodal officer of the district, Dimple Verma on a visit to the Bilhari Secondary School in Tilhar area Sunday was told that principal Chand Mian was demanding that he be greeted with “As-Salaam-Alaikum” and he would beat up those wishing him “good morning”, an official said. Student’s complaint Class VI student Priyanshu, who met the officer along with other locals, told her that since the children were not being able to say “As-Salaam-Alaikum” they were beaten up. He also showed injury marks on his neck to the visiting official, Chief Development Officer Prerna Sharma said. Medical examinationThe student was sent for medical examination and the preliminary inquiry report has been handed over to Basic Shiksha Adikari (BSA) Rakesh Kumar. “Principal Chand Mian has prima facie been found guilty of the charges and suspended…further inquiry is on,” Mr. Kumar said. Meanwhile, Chand Mian has rejected the allegations and said that he was being defamed. Station House Officer of Tilhar, Ashok Pal, said on complaint of Priyanshu’s mother Kamla, an FIR has been lodged. A probe is going on in the matter, he said.last_img read more

University, employers scramble to protect DACA recipients

first_imgRosa Aramburo sailed into her final year of medical school with stellar test scores and high marks from professors. Her advisers predicted she’d easily land a spot in a coveted residency program.Then President Donald Trump announced the end of the Obama-era program that has issued work permits to Aramburo and nearly 700,000 other undocumented immigrants raised in the United States.“Don’t be surprised if you get zero interviews,” an adviser told her.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img read more

Nuggets bounce back in Game 4 to even series with Blazers

first_imgPORTLAND, OREGON – MAY 05: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket during the second half of game four of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazersat Moda Center on May 05, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Nuggets won 116-112. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFPPORTLAND, Ore. — The Denver Nuggets have been good at bouncing back all season.Not even a draining four-overtime defeat could keep this team down.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ McCollum had 29 points and Damian Lillard added 28 for the Blazers, who missed out on taking a 3-1 lead in a conference semifinals for the first time since 2000.“Our guys are tough. We’re resilient,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “I mean, to come in here and win this game 36 hours after losing in four overtimes, speaks to just how tough we are.”Malone cited regular-season statistics to back up his claims: Denver was 12-1 in the second game of back-to-backs, best in the NBA. The Nuggets were good in close games, too: 13-3 in games decided by three points or less, he said.“We just said to ourselves, ‘If we win today then the last game doesn’t really matter that much,’” Jokic said. “Yes we played a four-overtime game, it was exhausting, but we won tonight so the last game doesn’t really matter.”Denver outscored the Blazers 27-14 in the third quarter to take an 84-77 lead into the fourth. Malik Beasley kicked off the final period with a 3-pointer for the Nuggets.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second straight triple-double and fourth of the playoffs, and the Nuggets evened their Western Conference semifinal series against the Portland Trail Blazers at 2-2 with a 116-112 victory Sunday.It was less than 48 hours after Portland’s epic 140-137 quadruple-overtime victory to take a 2-1 lead in the series. It was only the second game in playoff history that went to four OTs. The other was in 1953.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think it’s not quitting. We have a lot of competitive guys who don’t want to lose. I think we don’t want to lose more than we like to win — which is weird,” Jokic said. “We just didn’t want to have the excuse that we lost because of four overtimes, because we were tired.”Jamal Murray led all scorers with 34 points and made all 11 free throws for the Nuggets, who handed Portland its first postseason loss at home this season. The series now heads back to Denver for Game 5. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic, who broke his leg late in the season, was at the game and got an ovation when he showed up courtside late in the opening quarter. Kanter, who signed with the Blazers just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the Knicks, replaced Nurkic in the starting lineup. Nurkic was awarded with the Maurice Lucas Award for the player that best represents Lucas’ indomitable spirit both on the court and in the community.MURRAY MAKES THE DIFFERENCEMalone praised Murray, who also had 34 points in the 4OT loss. Murray has been tasked with guarding Lillard.“You think about how young we are and what we are doing, going on the road and winning a tough game in a hostile environment, and for Jamal to be the centerpiece of that has been phenomenal,” Malone said.SCAREJokic went to the bench late in the game holding his right knee, but later came back and appeared fine. Asked about it later, he said it was a bit numb. “I just got hit on the side of the knee but it’s OK,” he said.UP NEXTThe series moves to Denver for Game 5 on Tuesday. Rodney Hood’s 3-pointer got the Blazers within 110-107 with 52 seconds left and Lillard’s layup got the Blazers even closer at 112-110 with 7.7 seconds to go.But Murray’s free throws gave Denver a four-point lead. McCollum hit a long jumper that after a video replay was ruled a 2 and Denver prevailed.“It is disappointing. You go up 3-1 and you have a lot of momentum and obviously that would be a great position to be in. But they’re a good team, they came out and played well,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “We had a bad third quarter and that kind of made the difference. We made a good comeback, but now it’s a three-game series.”Jokic played 65 minutes in the quadruple-overtime loss, the fourth-most minutes in NBA playoff history and just two short of the record. McCollum led the Blazers with 60 minutes.Fatigue was more of a concern for the second-seeded Nuggets, who had just one day off after their seven-game, first-round series against San Antonio. The Blazers dispatched of first-round opponent Oklahoma City in five games, clinching their first trip to the conference semifinals since 2016 on Lillard’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.Enes Kanter started for Portland despite ongoing concerns about his left shoulder, which he injured in Game 5 against the Thunder. He and Jokic have been physical adversaries through the first three games, and Kanter said after Friday’s game that the shoulder separation was worse and wasn’t sure he could play.Seth Curry made three straight 3-pointers — all in the space of a minute — to put Portland up 53-46 in the second quarter. Curry added a 3 at the buzzer to send Portland into halftime with a 63-57 lead. Curry had 14 of his 16 points in the second quarter.The Nuggets opened the second half with an inspired 10-2 run to go up 67-65. Paul Millsap’s 3-pointer gave Denver a 78-72 lead, and after a couple of calls that went against Portland and drew the ire of the Moda Center fans, Jokic added a bank shot.TIP-INSNuggets: Torrey Craig, who got a bloody nose in Game 2 and wore a mask in Game 3, didn’t wear it on Sunday. … The Nuggets finished 3-1 in the regular-season series against the Blazers. … The two teams have met twice in the playoffs before, with each team winning once. 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Ovechkin Guarantees Caps Win

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin certainly can talk the talk, from his “All series, baby” jab aimed at Henrik Lundqvist during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, to his assertion that the Washington Capitals will eliminate the New York Rangers in Game 7.And Capitals coach Barry Trotz is absolutely fine with his captain’s bravado.“His whole career, he’s said stuff,” Trotz said at the team’s practice facility on Monday, a day off for the players. “Every year, he says stuff that (is) bold — and he backs it up, usually.”After New York held off a rally to edge Washington 4-3 May 10 and force a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Ovechkin said: “We’re going to come back and win this series.”Moments later, the three-time MVP and five-time NHL goal-scoring champion added: “We’re going to play our game and we’re going to come back and we’re going to play Montreal or Tampa,” a reference to the possible opponents in the conference final.Asked about Ovechkin’s statements, Trotz said: “That’s what leaders do. I think leaders say, ‘This is what we need to do. This is what we’re going to do.’ I have a lot more respect for someone who will be bold enough to say, ‘I’m the leader of the hockey team. We’re going to go there and give our best game and we’re going to win the hockey game.’”Trotz continued: “I mean, come on. What do you expect a player to say? I love that. I love that a player has got the wherewithal to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to go there and we’re going to go after them and we’re going to leave it out there.’ … That’s the mindset you need to have. If you don’t have that, you might as well pack your bags.”After scoring in Washington’s 2-1 victory in Game 1, Ovechkin skated behind Lundqvist’s net and told him, “All series, baby! All series.”Ovechkin scored again in Game 2, but not since, as the Capitals have let a 3-1 series lead disappear by losing consecutive games for the first time in nearly two months.The Russian left wing, whose 53 goals led the league, only had one scoring drought all season that was longer than his current four-game rut — a six-gamer from Oct. 18 to Nov. 1, more than half a year ago.His linemate, center Nicklas Backstrom, led the NHL in assists and finished sixth in points, but he has zero goals against the Rangers.This will be the ninth time in that duo’s 11 career playoff series that Game 7 was required. The Capitals have gone 3-5, including a pair of losses to Lundqvist and the Rangers in 2012 and 2013.After the May 10 loss, the Capitals insisted they were encouraged by having scored a pair of third-period goals after trailing 4-1.Ovechkin took that a step further, saying about the Rangers: “They’re afraid, because we’re big and strong and you can see how we score goals. We just put bodies in front of Lundqvist and it goes in.”Since 1985, the Capitals have managed to lose nine series in which they led 2-0 or 3-1.When the topic of the franchise’s past playoff stumbles was raised, Trotz offered a sampling of what sounded like a pregame motivational speech.“I don’t see a Stanley Cup banner here, yet. So history — you have to make your own history,” Trotz said, sprinkling in a reference to the Boston Red Sox ending their 86-year wait for a World Series title in 2004.“I was reading some stuff. Our record’s not very good as an organization. True. Absolutely true,” he said. “But we can change that. I would think, just looking at some of the numbers, the odds are in our favor right now, right?”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more