Amputee dreams of a better tomorrow

first_imgBY RENELLA BOURNEThe elderly man in the wheelchair that you usually walk by daily in front of Demico House, Georgetown, was once a young promising intellectual that badly wanted to become a teacher, nevertheless his age has not allowed his dream of a better tomorrow to be diminished.Compton Carter, who hails from Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), but is currently residing in Georgetown with hopes of a better life, plies his trade daily despite his inability to move around on his feet. The 76-year-old’s hope is to inspire amputees by his act of maintaining his independence.Compton Carter“When the doctors told me that my legs had to be amputated, I wanted to die right away. I thought there was no life for me after this but I was encouraged to take the surgery because my legs were poisoning me.”Carter, who thought he would have been in despair and saddened at the lost of his legs, said he woke up after the surgery with a breath of fresh air and optimism.“I want to be a role model for persons who are in the same condition as I am. I want to let them know that they can still maintain their independence even though they are in wheelchairs”, stated Carter.He stated that life is not easy for him but he is thankful that he still has life.“Some days when I come out to sell, I go home back just the way I come –that is with no money. Sometimes I get a small change to buy a breakfast and that is it, on lucky days, I get lunch too,” he saidCarter continued that his childhood dream of becoming a teacher was quashed at the age of 16 when his grandmother, whom he lived with, was unable to purchase his study materials. He stated that he excelled in all of his classes and on the fields in sport.“I loved school so much but my grandmother was a shopkeeper at the Stabroek Market. She worked there for over 20 years until she passed away. She tried to send me to school but at the point of me going to further my studies to become a teacher she was not able to pay for my books and other things.Carter continued that his first job was at the Guyana Chronicle working in the Compositing Department after which he did many jobs to put food on the table for his family as he grew older.He added that he has been selling at the Demico location for the past 12 years.A shy Carter revealed that he has a dozen children whom he keeps in touch with mostly.last_img read more

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No health concerns at Christianburg-Wismar Secondary School – Education Ministry

first_imgTwo days after the Region 10 Administration had said that asbestos had been discovered in the ceiling of the Christianburg-Wismar Secondary School (CWSS), the Education Ministry has said there is no asbestos at the facility.Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian had earlier this week indicated that officials had recently received reports from parents while conducting checks on the school’s readiness for reopening, as the asbestos had been discovered in the ceiling of the school by contractors who were conducting repairs.“This is a great problem for us, because school is reopening on Monday… I am calling on the Ministry of Education to move urgently. This is disaster risk mitigation right now, and we need to move now to remove this asbestos beforeChristianburg-Wismar Secondary SchoolMonday… These are the findings of the parents in this community, and it’s valid, and this matter needs to be addressed,” Morian had told this newspaper.He had added that there might be a few days’ delay for the school’s reopening when asbestos is removed, since the school would have to be ventilated.The Regional Chairman further related that officials are aware that in 2001 and 2002, a contract was handed out for the removal of asbestos from inside the school. However, he noted that it appears as though some had been hidden, given the way asbestos had been placed.However, on Friday, the Education Ministry said an inquiry into the matter revealed that the information was brought to the attention of the Regional Executive Officer of Region 10 on August 15th, 2018. According to the Ministry, an investigation was done, and it indicated that asbestos was not present in any part of the building.“This was ascertained by testing a sample of the material suspected to be asbestos found in the ceiling. Consequently, a request was made for the contractor to resume work on the building in an effort to have the building ready for use in the time allotted,” the Ministry said.last_img read more

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Kapenguria shock Gor Youth to lift Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Boys title

first_img0Shares0000Kapenguria Heroes players in happy moments after stunning Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties to win the inaugural Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom title at Bukhungu Stadium on 25th March 2018. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Mar 25 – Kapenguria Heroes custodian Brian Lumumba grabbed the headlines after saving three penalties to inspire his West Pokot team shock favourites Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties to lift the Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom title at a packed Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday.Kapenguria went home with Sh1mn prize money and earn a fully paid one-week trip to London where they will benefit from clinics and mentorship from Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama. The match had ended 0-0 with both sides firing blanks but it was Kapenguria who fluffed a number of glorious chances including a feeble shot towards the Gor Goalkeeper, Caleb Omondi from star David Majak two minutes for stoppage time.Kapenguria Heroes player celebrating after scoring the last penalty against Gor Mahia Youth. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONLumumba was named the best goalkeeper, Ben Ogot from Ombek Red Devils scooped the Golden Boot after scoring four goals while Kapenguria Heroes star, Majak won the Most Valuable Player award.Despite failing to save any penalty in post-match, Gor shot-stopper Omondi rescued the K’Ogalo juniors several to thwart Majak’s shots with fantastic saves.Majak forced Omondi to fully stretch and punch away the powerful set-piece for a fruitless corner.Gor player in action against Kapenguria Heroes players. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONOn the other end on the quarter-hour mark, Gor should have gone ahead if Sellasie Otieno had not miss-cued in the box.Two minutes to the break, Omondi once again stood tall in between the sticks to keep his side in the game and see both sides share spoils at half time.There were no goals in the second half despite the chances created and Kapenguria Heroes through Majak were denied by the Gor keeper who tipped the shot over the bar.Heading to post-match penalties, Kapenguria converted all their opening three penalties through Gabriel Poriot, Fredrick Krop and Collins Kibet while Gor squandered their kicks with Alpha Onyango seeing his first penalty well saved, same as Mathew Mwendwa’s that was parried away before Geoffrey Omondi blazed his over.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FIFA ethics committee: World Cup bid inspection chief has ban reduced

first_img Harold Mayne-Nicholls has had his ban reduced from seven years to three years The man who led the inspections of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids has had his ban from all football-related activity reduced to three years on appeal.Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former president of the Chilean federation, was originally banned for seven years by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee in July 2015 after an email exchange came to light between him and the head of the Aspire sports academy in Qatar.FIFA’s ethics committee found that Mayne-Nicholls “repeatedly asked for personal favours related to the hosting and training of his relatives” at the academy. Nothing came of the requests he made.Mayne-Nicholls described Qatar as a “high-risk” option to stage the 2022 finals prior to FIFA’s executive committee voting to give the tournament to the Middle East country in December 2010.The case against him was opened following the publication of a report by the former head of the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, Michael Garcia. The world governing body’s appeals committee confirmed on Friday that it had cut the ban but upheld the initial fine of 20,000 Swiss francs (just over £14,000).The appeal of former Nepalese football association president Ganesh Thapa against a 10-year ban imposed by the ethics committee in November 2015 for bribery was rejected. 1last_img read more

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Governor’s fundraiser illegal, Democrats say

first_img Potter said the invitation’s disclaimer “makes it clear that … the solicitation for funds is coming from the governor and the state party, not from Senator McCain.” “Anyone may file a baseless FEC complaint for political purposes,” Potter added. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The California Democratic Party said Friday it will ask government regulators to investigate Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. John McCain for allegedly violating campaign-finance law. The allegations center around a scheduled March 20 fundraiser in Beverly Hills, in which donors have been asked to contribute up to $100,000 for Schwarzenegger and the state Republican Party. McCain, R-Ariz., is the featured speaker. Katie Levinson, a spokeswoman for the governor’s campaign, called the complaint “nothing more than frivolous nonsense.” Trevor Potter, a former Federal Election Commission chairman who advises McCain, said the senator “is in full compliance with federal law.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant At issue is whether McCain’s appearance runs afoul of restrictions on federal officeholders taking part in events that solicit political funds. Ironically, McCain is being accused of violating a law he helped write. The complaint, to be filed Monday with the FEC in Washington, charges that McCain and Schwarzenegger “are soliciting soft money from prohibited sources and in excess of the federal contribution limits.” The event invitation includes a disclaimer that says Schwarzenegger’s campaign and the state party are raising the money, not McCain, and that the senator “is not soliciting individual funds beyond federal limit, and is not soliciting funds from corporations or labor unions.” But the Democrats allege the wording is misleading, and the sums sought by the governor’s campaign far exceed permissible levels at an event where a federal officeholder is appearing. It accuses the governor of “aiding and abetting Senator McCain in soliciting soft money contributions in violation of federal law.” FEC complaints can take months – and sometimes years – to resolve. It wasn’t immediately clear what, if any, impact it could have on the event. last_img read more

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‘I’ve always been a Liverpool fan,’ says ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury smart causal Former England and Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed he is a boyhood Liverpool fan. 2 Sven was living the dream when his England side played at Anfield! gameday Sven the Red! 2 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener huge blow Currently out of a job since leaving China League One side Shenzhen FC last year, Sven says he still mainly watches Premier League football.But while many are tipping his beloved Reds for the title this season, he believes former club Man City are still favourites.“I’ve always been a Liverpool fan,” Eriksson said.“I can say that now, I couldn’t say that when I was in England but I was always since I was [young].“My father as well, he is 90, still a Liverpool fan.“But, I still think City will win it.” possible standings center_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade no dice England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The 70-year-old Swede took charge of England from 2001-2006, taking the Three Lions to three major tournaments, and later managed Manchester City and Leicester in the Premier League.But Sven has said he has ‘always’ supported the Reds due to his father’s love of the club – something he could never admit when he was a coach in England. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware Latest Premier League news on talkSPORT.com REVEALED REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more

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Afrobasket 2017: Silverbacks draw giants Angola, Morocco

first_imgBASKETBALL — The Uganda national men’s basketball team the Sliverbacks have been drawn into the same pool with continental giants Morocco and Angola.The draw for FIBA Afrobasket 2017 took place on Sunday at The Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa in Balaclava, Mauritius, throwing in a number of intriguing situations that would have many international managers experiencing a sleepless nights.For Silverbacks’ coach Mandy Juruni, only Central African Republic appears to be a good bet on paper.Juruni’s side will have to navigate a challenge just making it through to the second round, a feat they failed to manage in their debut campaign in 2015 when they finished 15th.With Angola and Morocco considered among the best teams in African basketball, a mammoth task awaits Uganda to ensure progression from Group B.The biennial show piece is slated for September 8-16 with Uganda’s Group B and D to be hosted in Dakar while Group A and C will stage in Tunis.The top two best performers from each group will then progress to the quarter finals , with games to take place from September 14-16 in Tunis.GroupsGroup A: Nigeria, DR Congo, Mali and Ivory CoastGroup B: Angola, Central African Republic, Morocco and UgandaGroup C: Tunisia, Guinea, Rwanda and CameroonGroup D: Senegal, Mozambique, Egypt and South AfricaCommentslast_img read more

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Is A Yahoo, Dailymotion Deal Crazy? Like A Fox

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#online video#Yahoo center_img fruzsina eordogh Yahoo’s first major acquisition since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO could be the French video site Dailymotion, of all things. If the talks pan out, Yahoo will be joining a long list of companies hyped up by the booming digital video industry. And if anyone can upset Google’s hold on online video, it’s Mayer.The Wall Street Journal is reporting Yahoo wants to buy as much as 75% of the French site, valued at roughly $300 million, in an apparent bid to diversify Yahoo’s revenue stream.“One of the challenges in Yahoo’s business is that we are primarily domestic and we don’t have enough of our business running it from an international basis,” Mayer said at an analyst conference in February. More than 70% of Yahoo’s $5 billion in revenue is from the U.S.Dailymotion, the twelfth-most trafficked video site in the world, was already looking for an U.S. partner, so it could potentially be a match made in heaven.But Yahoo and online video? Really?“It’s interesting, or should I say ‘telling’ that as Yahoo! seeks to reinvent itself, it’s first real, bold step (other than a somewhat yawn-inducing homepage redesign) is to try and capitalize on video” Jay Miletsky, the CEO of MyPod Studios, the StumbleUpon of curated online video, wrote in an email.“I think after Google + failed to make any real splash, Yahoo! wisely decided to skip trying to launch the next pretender to the Facebook throne, and looked to video as the best opportunity for improving their brand among Web users,” added Miletsky.AOL was able to rebrand itself as a media company, so it is certainly a transition that can be made. AOL, which used to provide Internet to households, now owns the Huffington Post and operates a slew of hyperlocal news sites through its Patch initiative.Yahoo could feasibly rebrand itself with a strong online video portfolio, too. Its Yahoo! Screen program is already a step in that direction.Original series like the critically acclaimed Burning Love and Anthony E Zuiker’s Cybergeddon are a higher quality than any of YouTube’s offerings. This year’s Streamy Awards noticed, giving both series trophies.Yahoo’s original programming targets a much older audience than YouTube’s teen and tween demographic, which gives the company another edge in the online video sector.  There’s even a technical advantage to be gained: The only thing that prevented me from watching Yahoo! Screen content over the last couple of months (namely to watch Tom Hank’s animated original Yahoo series, Electric City) was their bad video player. If Yahoo acquires DailyMotion, that obstacle dissolves.  It will take time for these talks to firm up, and have the two companies’ operations integrated. But if this is indeed a match made in heaven, there will be a major new content player on the scene, diversifying the growing video realm even more. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Calm, cruel and connected: November’s best and worst of IoT

first_imgFollow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts At first glance, the SuperSuit has a lot going for it. It’s the world’s first wearable gaming platform. Players wear the suit, go out in their backyards and start playing right away with Zi-Fi — an ad-hoc standalone wireless network that sits in between BLE and ZigBee in terms of range, no phone needed — and 15 pre-loaded games.As they run around, hide and zap each other, a proprietary gesture engine activates “superpowers.” They can generate “Force Fields,” unleash “Shock Waves” and much more.The problem is that it’s kind of uncool and not in a good kitsch way, more in a Power Glove way. I can’t see kids committing to this. After all, you need at least one other friend to buy one to be able to play together, and as I suspect most kids would be a touch embarrassed to be seen playing with this in public. I can see this being popular with parents but not necessarily kids.Verdict: MissKello Smart alarm clockAnyone who struggles with long-term poor sleep typically doesn’t lack insight into their condition. The markers of the smart alarm clock Kello are refreshingly aware of this, noting:“Kello improves your sleep by training you to improve your lifestyle. People with bad sleep habits don’t need another smartphone app, a sleeping pill, a gimmicky alarm clock, or spreadsheets full of sleep data. They need to change their lifestyle.People don’t NEED a one-time gimmicky alarm clock that makes gourmet coffee, threatens to donate to the Trump campaign if you press snooze, or forces you put 2 feet on the ground.”Kello is a device based on extensive sleep study research into effective sleep strategies. It offers a range of programs based on behavioral change. For example, a “Wake Up Earlier” program helps you get to your personal wake-up goal by knocking off a few minutes from your alarm every day. The “Deep Sleep” feature prompts Kello to emit a gentle pulsing light that mimics a rhythm typical of breathing.Just follow the lights with your breath, and you’ll quickly slow down to your own natural sleep rhythm. It’s also compatible with smart home devices like Samsung’s SmartThings Hub and Philips’ Hue, and can automate simple tasks with IFTTT.Verdict: HitTgoma digital trampolineIn response to the problem that kids no longer play outside as much as they used to, Australian company Tgoma have created a digital trampoline. The trampoline mat features sensors around the perimeter that directly integrate with the users’ own tablet device.Users place their tablet in the Tgoma tablet holder and can play games while they jump. There’s even a fitness program for adults that includes fitness exercises and the tracks the number of jumps and calories burned. The problem, however, is in the execution. It’s not all that easy to see instructions on a small screen clearly, particularly when you are jumping up and down, or to be able to click on the screen as required.Hence the player has to keep stopping to click on the tablet, somewhat defeating the purpose of the exercise incorporated games. This could perhaps work better in the future with gesture control armbands or a pair of VR or AR googles. A WiiFit session seems far more appealing. But seriously, what’s wrong with a simple gadget-free jump on the trampoline?Verdict: MissVue Smart glassesFor those of us who wear glasses every day as a necessity rather than a choice, it makes sense to make them smart. After all, they’re the first thing we put on at the beginning of every day and the last thing we remove at night.These frames are smart yet subtle and come with a range of functions including bone conduction audio for listening to music, an activity tracker, hands-free calls and gesture control. The glasses are campaigning on Kickstarter, priced at $159 (with prescription lenses) making them incredibly affordable. They have an API so it’ll be great to see what functions fellow developers create for them.Verdict: HitFlatev tortilla makerWhen you hear a product described as “the Keurig of tortillas” you know it’s going to be another one-trick pony contributing to excess packaging and bad food.Flatev is a “magic box” where the “freshest little ball of dough jumps out of the recyclable pod and into the baking system, ready to be a tortilla.” After seconds of baking, your tortilla slides into the warmer and waits for you to enjoy the “aromatic perfection.”It retails at $437 per machine and the makers anticipate that each dough pod will retail for $0.79. Did I mention that each pod is only for one tortilla? This makes it rather expensive and time-consuming as you can only make one tortilla at a time. You can store it next to the bread maker and waffle maker that you bought but never use.Verdict: Miss Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Connected Devices#connected health#digital health#flatev#Internet of Things#IoT#kello#kids wearables#LVL#military#play#smart kitchen appliances#Supersuit#tgoma#vue#wearable gaming#wearables Cate Lawrence It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy being devoted to telling us how, when, where and what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and again and take a calm, cruel and critical look at the connected devices that you can actually go out and buy, right now.Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons:LVL wearable hydration monitorWe’ve all read recommendations on how much we should drink to stay properly hydrated. The problem is that there’s no agreed-upon rate of said hydration — with some touting the “eight glasses a day” missive and others suggesting less or more.We also lack the knowledge of how much water we’ve actually absorbed, especially when it’s hot or we’re exercising. But now, health startup BSX Technologies has created LVL, the first wearable device that promises to measure your hydration levels in real time.The LVL Band also tracks hydration, heart rate, sleep quality, steps, and calories burned.  It measures hydration and heart rate using NIRS (Near Infrared Light), similar to the red light sensors utilized within their BSX Insight device. While it’s being primarily marketed towards athletes, you could imagine applications in health and aged care, the military and for people living in hot countries.Verdict: HitSuperSuit Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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