Essequibo teen hangs self on birthday

first_imgThe community of Bush Lot, on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was left in shock after a 19-year-old hung herself on Sunday – it was her birthday.Dead is Verona Gowkharan. The teen left a note for her mother saying, “I’m disappointed and imperfect.”Verona GowkharanReports are that the teen was discovered hanging from her bedroom rafter by her mother. The incident occurred at about 22:00h on Sunday.Reports are the teen and her family went on an outing to Capoey Lake to celebrate her birthday and upon returning home, she went into her room and locked the door.A few hours later her mother went to check on her and it was then she discovered the teen hanging. An alarm was raised and the Police were called. The Police subsequently found the suicide note.Her parents were interviewed by detectives. They told the Police they had no disagreement with the teenager and they did not know if she had any problems.A memory card along with flash drive which was found with the suicide note was lodged with the Police as investigations continue.A close relative however told this publication that the teen was involved in a relationship with another teen in her community but relatives had disapproved.Gowkharan’s body was taken to the Suddie Hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

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Former Spurs midfielder joins Blackpool

first_img1 Blackpool have signed former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara on a short-term deal, the club have announced.Without a team since his release from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August, the 28-year-old has put pen to paper on a contract which lasts until January 4.The ex-England Under-21 star also had a spell with Portsmouth where he played in the 2010 FA Cup final but didn’t enjoy much success in his three years at Molineux.“I’m delighted this opportunity came along, Lee Clark gave me a call and I jumped at the opportunity,” O’Hara said. “I’m desperate to get back on the football pitch.“I’m really happy to be on board and hopefully I can help the team get some points on the board quickly.” Jamie O’Hara celebrates during his time with Tottenham last_img read more

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Video: 21 goals and he’s not even a striker – Man United to buy this world class forward?

first_imgMan United manager Louis van Gaal is believed to be a huge admirer of Thomas Muller and as a result, the club are reportedly lining up a €100m (£70m) bid.The 25-year-old Germany international scored 21 goals in all competitions last season and United are looking for reinforcements further up the pitch.In addition, Bayern captain Philipp Lahm says the possibility of Muller joining United cannot be ruled out.THOMAS MULLER SCORES TWICE FOR BAYERN AGAINST VALENCIA IN PRE-SEASONCheck out his top five goals in the Bundesliga last season.last_img read more

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‘Top four gone…Louis van Gaal gone?’ Man United fans react

first_img1 The pressure on Louis van Gaal was increased on Saturday as Manchester United lost 2-1 at Sunderland. The club are reported to have had secret talks with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and another loss will only fuel that speculation. The Red Devils are six points behind fourth spot in the Premier League and they have won just three of their last ten league fixtures. The Dutchman’s contract at the club runs for another season, but could his time in the Old Trafford hotseat be up?See some of United’s fan reaction below: Louis van Gaal last_img read more

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How Zidane’s Real Madrid could line up with Pogba, Hazard and Eriksen

first_imgToni Kroos has been omitted from this XI as there is speculation the German is heading to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.Attack (Isco, Benzema, Hazard)Hazard, who has revealed Zidane is someone he looks up to, moving to Real would give them an added freshness up front. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Courtois hasn’t had it all his own way this season Defence (Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal)Real have looked frail at the back on frequent occasions this season but they still have world-class defenders among their ranks.And if anyone can galvanise them into getting their form back it’s Zidane, who is adored by everyone connected with the club having won three Champions League titles in his first stint as manager as well as a catalogue of trophies as a player for Los Blancos.Reports have emerged that Raphael Varane is considering his future in Spain with Manchester United lurking but surely the France international wouldn’t turn his back on arguably the biggest club in the world and French football legend Zidane. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS There have been many low points for Real Madrid this season There are seven live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and where to hear them, below… So with this in mind, we at talkSPORT.com have looked at how they could line up should the world-class trio sign up?Below you can see how Real Madrid could look with Pogba, Hazard and Eriksen in it. Midfield (Pogba, Casemiro, Eriksen)Although Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or this year, Real Madrid will be looking to find a long-term replacement for the midfielder who turns 34 this year.And it looks like Pogba can see himself playing for the Spanish giants one day and European football expert Kevin Hatchard said on talkSPORT 2 that Eriksen could also be set for a move to Spain. It would be a bug call for Varane to turn his back on Zidane Goalkeeper (Thibaut Courtois)There have been question marks about Thibaut Courtois this season but given his contract lasts until 2024, he’s viewed as a long-term investment by the club.If David de Gea ever becomes available then the Belgian might have something to worry about but for now Courtois’ position as the No.1 keeper looks reasonably safe. targets 6 Real Madrid will be a formidable prospect if they line up like this 6 Manchester United should ‘GET RID’ of Paul Pogba, talkSPORT toldBringing N’Golo Kante to Real would benefit Pogba hugely and also fill that Claude Makelele shaped hole that the club have lacked since 2004 but rumours that the Chelsea man wants to leave Stamford Bridge have gone quiet lately. LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 6 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED center_img 6 This is rarely the case but right now, Real Madrid are a fragile club.It’s been a dreadful season for Los Blancos by their exceptional standards as they lie twelve points adrift of LaLiga table-toppers Barcelona, they were knocked out of the Champions League after being taught a footballing lesson by Ajax and are also out of the Copa del Rey. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The reappointment of Zinedine Zidane as manager may give the club a lift but there is still a lot of work to do at the Bernabeu.However, despite all the doom and gloom, Real Madrid continue to be linked with some of the top names in world football.Chelsea star Eden Hazard appears to be holding out for a move to the Spanish capital while Manchester United’s Paul Pogba recently said playing for Real under Zidane would be a ‘dream’.Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen’s transfer to Real is a ‘very strong possibility’, talkSPORT has been told. 6 LIVE on talkSPORT Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 6 LIVING THE DREAM Pogba might have his eyes on the Bernabeu “The feeling in Spain is that there’s a strong possibility they’ll get Eriksen.”“Kane and Mane are not realistic, they’ve recently signed long term contracts.”@KevinHatchard gives us an update on Real Madrid’s top transfer targets 💰 pic.twitter.com/b0U8WlL4qT— talkSPORT 2 (@talkSPORT2) March 21, 2019 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND targets Hazard’s move to Madrid appears to be inevitable His preferred position is on the left of a front three and he would get many opportunities to score given Karim Benzema spent many seasons being the bridesmaid to ex-Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.The spot on the right of the front three is up for grabs and although Gareth Bale started Real Madrid’s win over Celta Vigo last weekend, his future at the club is by no means secure and Isco was preferred by Zidane last season. moving on England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORTWalsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more

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Columbus boys handle Spencer

first_imgFor the Hub City TimesSenior Nate Karau goes in for a lay up to grab the first two-pointer of the night for Spencer. Hub City Times staff photoMARSHFIELD – The Columbus boys defeated football co-op partners, Spencer, during a Jan. 24 match up at Columbus High School.Spencer fell behind, 51-17, by half time during the game, which also served as a fundraiser for the Joe Altmann Memorial Scholarship Fund. Altmann died in 2011, while serving in Afghanistan. He has a three-sport athlete and a member of the first Spencer-Columbus co-op football team. The scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors and students wanting to attend Columbus Catholic Schools.Jarred Mandel was high scorer for Columbus, with 18. Bryce Fuerlinger added 15, Noah Taylor added 12, and Ethan Meece had 11. Austin Bacon was high for Spencer with 19.The win brings Columbus to 10-0 in conference, while Spencer is 5-6.last_img read more

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Africa’s population reaches one billion

first_img25 August 2009Africa’s population has reached one billion, says a report published jointly by the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau and US government aid agency USAID.The report, a companion to the Population Reference Bureau’s 2009 world population Data Sheet, provides data and analysis on world population trends, youth, gender and the environment.According to the report, the world’s population is on track to reach seven billion in 2011, just 12 years after reaching six billion in 1999.Virtually all of this growth is in developing countries, while the world’s youth population growth is shifting to the poorest of these countries, says the report, adding that the population change will shape the prospects of regions and countries over the next half century.More childrenAccording to the report, Africa’s population is growing by about 24-million a year, and is expected to double to nearly two billion by 2050.Although population growth has slowed in North African countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, women in sub-Saharan Africa have on average more children than women elsewhere.“While globally the average woman has 2.6 children, in sub-Saharan Africa she has 5.3 children (which is down from 6.7 children in around 1950), the world’s highest,” the report said.Most youthful populationWorldwide, 62% of married women of childbearing age use contraception, but in Africa the figure is 28%, according to the report, which also found that sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s most youthful population, “and it is projected to stay that way for decades.”In 2050, the African continent is expected to have 349-million young people, or 29% of the world’s total, a sharp rise from the nine percent of the world’s youth in 1950, the report noted.While less than 60% of youngsters go to secondary schools worldwide, that figure is less than 30% in sub-Saharan Africa.HIV prevalence declinesThe report also noted that HIV prevalence appears to be on the decline in Africa, although the rate of infection is still much higher than elsewhere.Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world, with 26% of people aged between 15 and 49 being HIV-positive.Although Africa has a seventh of the world’s people, it has a quarter of the world’s refugees, the report said.Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

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Study: Non-profits Missing Major Online Fundraising Opportunities

first_img29% are Relationship Seekers – Relationship seekers put the most stock in how a charity web site forms a connection with them. They tend to skew younger (under 45) and are most likely to engage in social activities with the charity. 2/3rds of relationship seekers say that a charity’s web site plays a role in whether or not they give money.41% are Casual Connectors – Like relationship seekers, so-called casual connectors also seek a connection with the charity. However, for them it is less personal — they’re more interested in things like how efficiently the charity is using their money and want easy access to that information.30% are All Business – The all business set doesn’t care about feeling connected to the charity, rather they want the donation process to be as easy and painless as possible. They also tend give the most money.It certainly seems possible to appeal to each of those personality types via a single web site, which is exactly what the authors of the study hope will happen. “The research provides important insight into the ways non-profits can better connect, motivate and retain these donors. The results of this research will provide a variety of different non-profit organizations — both large and small — the tools to assess their online strategy and make adjustments where necessary to better capture big opportunities,” said Rovnar.In September, we wondered if the web was still a windfall for non-profits. With online donations up 37% in 2006 according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, it is clear that the web, if not yet the main point for charitable donation, is playing an increasingly more important role. As part of that online fundraising strategy, targeting the “wired wealthy” is something that charities should be taking into account. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market According to a new report just released by Convio, Edge Research, and Sea Change Strategies, an out-dated approach to online fundraising may be costing charities as much as $100 billion. Because few large donations are made via the web, some charities feel that large donors are not active online, but the results of the study, which surveyed 3,000 donors from 23 major non-profit organizations, challenges that notion. The so-called “wired wealthy” are indeed active online, says the report, and very generous.The “wired wealthy” as defined by the report are people who give at least $1,000 per year to a single cause, who average $10,896 in donations per year to charities, and have a median gift size of $4,500.“The main theme that jumped out at us is that major donors — or the wired wealthy as we call them — are very active online with the intention of becoming even more so when it comes to their philanthropic support,” said Vinay Bhagat, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Convio in a press release. “Based on what these important donors told us, we believe a tremendous opportunity exists for nonprofit organizations to better leverage their online presence to improve the online experience of the wired wealthy.”Convio, Edge, and Sea Change expect that the results of their research will change the way some charities approach online fundraising. Specifically, they found that more than half of those surveyed preferred giving online, and 80% said they did at least some of their donating via the Internet (and a good portion do it via credit card to get the frequent flier miles). That’s imporant because even though the “wired wealthy” made up just about 1% of donors to the charities involved in the study, they accounted for approximately 32% of their annual gifts.Unfortunately for charities, less than half of respondents thought charity web sites were generally well-designed, that charities did enough to connect with them online, or that they were inspired by charity sites. So how can organizations better connect with these important constituents? Email is one method. According to the study, 65% of the “wired wealthy” always open email sent from charities they support, and about 3/4ths of respondents said that email reminders about the renewal of an annual gift are “appropriate.” But just 43% thought emails from charities were usually well-written or inspiring, indicating that thus far email has been a lost opportunity for many non-profit organizations. Further, a large majority of respondents said an email letting them know how their donation was spent would make they more likely to give again, as would controls on how often a charity was allowed to email them.More than half of respondents also use YouTube, which points to online video as another pontential way to connnect with wealthy donors online.“We believe this research will fundamentally shift the way some nonprofit organizations approach their relationships with major donors online,” said Mark Rovner, Principal of Sea Change Strategies.The study revealed three distinct personality types among the “wired wealthy.” Tags:#Non-Profits#Trends#web josh catone 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Analytics – Where Big Data Is Taking LP and the Retail Enterprise

first_imgBy nature a conservative, risk-averse beast, the loss prevention industry is well suited to the task of playing steward to this enormously valuable, enormously risky set of big data. And when used properly, loss prevention is also well suited to the role of leader when it comes to guiding other retail segments toward best practices and responsible use.Analytics is the side of big data that doesn’t have to worry as much about risks. Analytics plays with the data, extracting the patterns and putting them to useful ends. But guarding the data – cyber security – is outside the scope of analytics. Nevertheless, it’s important to keep in mind during any discussion of analytics that all of the data comes from somewhere and could have wide-ranging, possibly calamitous effects if not well protected.LPM Contributing Writer Chris Trlica takes an in-depth look at the current state of analytics in the retail enterprise that is affecting every part of the organization from operations to marketing to e-commerce as well as loss prevention. His research and interviews with Johnny Custer, LPC, CFI, director of analytics at Sears, and Tom Meehan, CFI, Bloomingdale’s corporate manager of data, systems, and central investigations, provides readers with an interesting look at the implications of data analytics technology.- Sponsor – You can read the entire feature article in the March-April issue online as well as in a PDF version via the Print Archive. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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How To Back Up Your Life Automatically with Ifttt

first_imgAfter nine months of testing, a nifty tool called ifttt opened to the public last week. Don’t worry; I’ll save you the trouble. They tell me it’s pronounced “Ift.” Like “gift” with no G. Ifttt stands for “If this then that.” It’s a tool designed to “put the internet to work for you” by creating simple tasks using the Web’s great services using the format “if this then that.” It requires a simple yet fundamental kind of conditional thinking that can enable anyone to be programmer of sorts: “If I post a photo to Flickr, save it to my Dropbox.” You can make that happen with ifttt.Well, great! The possibilities are endless! I want to automate everything! Where to begin? How about with some tasks that are important, not merely nifty? For instance, does posting your whole life into the cloudy ether ever make you worry about losing your data? Read on to learn how ifttt can back that stuff up for you automatically from behind the scenes. If you want to keep a diary of your check-ins and statuses for posterity, you can use triggers from Foursquare, Facebook or Twitter to save updates as Google Calendar events. Here are the triggers you’ll need:Foursquare:Any new check-inFacebook:New status message by youTwitter:New tweet by youNew tweet by you with hashtagUsing these triggers, you can make these updates save automatically as events in Google Calendar. If you have your Google Calendar sync down to your computer, it’s a way of locally backing up your status updates and saving them like journal entries. Here are some recipes to get you started:Dear Diary, a running log of where I amby alexanderSave a timeline of facebook statuses to G Calby liamegan A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Ifttt has channels for Posterous, Tumblr, Twitter and WordPress, so it can be used to back up your posts from any of those services. You can save your posts as files in Dropbox, or you can save them as notes in Evernote. Here are the triggers you can use from these channels:Posterous:New postNew post taggedTumblr:Any new postNew text postNew photo post*New like* Note: Tumblr has triggers for every single kind of media post. It would be crazy to link them all here. Instead, just go to the Tumblr channel page to find them.Twitter:New tweet by youNew tweet by you with hashtagWordPress:Any new postYou can save posts from any of these triggers as files in Dropbox by adding on their URL, or you can grab the the actual post as a note in Evernote. Here are some recipes for inspiration:Archive your tweets on Evernoteby redwanhuqBlog archive(for Tumblr)by caffeinefusionHow To Automatically Save Articles to Read Later A Little BackgroundA “task” on ifttt follows the “If this then that” format. For creating tasks, ifttt has “channels” for many of the Web services we use. The “this” part of the task is called a “trigger,” and each of the channels has a set of triggers for the common things you do with that service, like “If I post a photo to Instagram.” The “that” part of a task is called an “action,” which each channel also lists for its service, like “then save it to my Dropbox.” When you create a task, you link a trigger in one channel to a task in another channel, and away you go: “If I post a photo to Instagram, then save it to my Dropbox.” Tasks check your services for new data every 15 minutes, but you can refresh them manually.It’s a little trickier than writing a sentence, though. Each trigger and task must be defined by various “addins” that point to variables like your user name on the service, the title of a post, the caption of a photo, the URL, etc. We can show you how to set up the basic task, but you’ll have to figure out how to grab just the right data for you. Fortunately, tasks can be saved as “recipes,” so they can be shared. Below is a guide to the kinds of tasks you can create for backing up your online life with some links to existing recipes for inspiration. Clicking any of the links will take you to the full ifttt page that explains that piece of the puzzle in detail.How To Back Up Your Photos Go Make Your Own!Backing up your social life is just the beginning of what you can do with ifttt. For more inspiration, browse the recipe list. Here’s the full channel menu, so you can see what services are connected. Don’t see your favorite? Contact the ifttt team and tell them what you’d like to see.Already chomping at the bit? Click right here to start making a task.Have you created any cool ifttt recipes? Share them with us in the comments.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Ifttt currently offers channels for three major photo services: Facebook, Flickr and Instagram. Each of these services works a little differently, but they can all be backed up to Dropbox using ifttt.Here are the triggers for each service that can be used to save photos:Facebook:You upload a new photoYou are tagged in a photoFlickr:Any new public photoNew public photo taggedNew public photos(for batch uploads)New public favoriteInstagram:Any new photo by youNew photo by you taggedNew liked photoTo back up your photos on ifttt, find the triggers above that suit you, then set up tasks for those triggers to engage the “Add file from URL” action in Dropbox. Just make sure your trigger uses the addon to get the photo’s URL, and you should be all set. Here are some example recipes:Download Facebook Tagged Photoby pavelbinarDownload any photos of me to dropboxby liameganSave all Instagram photos to Dropboxby tealtanFaves to dropbox(for Flickr)by hartsellHow To Back Up Your Tweets and Blog Posts Tags:#How To#web jon mitchell Throughout the day, you might find articles that look interesting on Twitter or Google Reader but you don’t have time to read them. You can use ifttt to save those articles for later automatically just by liking or starring the Google Reader item or a tweet containing a link. You can even set up RSS triggers to feed any blog in the world straight into your read-later services. Here are the triggers:Twitter:New favorite tweetNew link from any friendNew link from youGoogle Reader:New liked itemNew starred itemRSS feed:New feed itemNew feed item matches(for keyword or phrase triggers)Ifttt has actions for both Instapaper and Read It Later, which means you can set up triggers to save articles to them automatically when you favorite them from Twitter, Google Reader or straight from RSS. If you don’t use either read-later service, you can save articles as text in Evernote. Here are some example recipes:Google Reader Star to Instapaperby btpaysonSend Google Reader Starred items to Read It Laterby m3rReader Star To Evernoteby nuochanLink In “Favorite” Tweet Sent Directly To Instapaperby jimmaiellaHow To Back Up Your Check-Ins and Statuses 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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