Govt has no solutions for security sector – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says that the governing APNU/AFC coalition, even after nearly five years in office, has failed to come up with proper solutions to tackle the challenges within the security sector.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoSpeaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo was at the time commenting on remarks made by President David Granger during a breakfast feast with senior ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday.The Head of State told the senior law enforcement ranks that Guyanese desire a Force that they can trust and as such, charged them to ensure that they understand their roles so that they can fulfil their responsibilities.However, Jagdeo pointed out that while it is true Guyanese indeed desire a Police Force they can trust, there have been no effective solutions to achieve this.“You’ve been President for coming up to five years and people want to hear more about how you’re going to solve the crime situation in Guyana and how you’re gonna get the Police Force they can trust. You can’t just declare it that this is what people want. Yes, we agree – all of us want that but how do you get there?” he positedAccording to the Opposition Leader, finding such solutions starts with first accepting that there is a problem.The minibus and truck which left five people dead at Mahaicony on Thursday last“So we’re getting these one-liners all the time with no solutions. [Public Security Minister Khemraj] Ramjattan has been a huge failure. Saying he’s been an abysmal failure is an understatement. Ramjattan has been a total failure in this sector and Granger, as the Chief Executive in the Government, he doesn’t address the issue,” Jagdeo contended.Turning his attention to the tragic traffic situation, the Opposition Leader noted that a national approach is needed to curb the growing number of deaths on the country’s roadways.“I just want to say we express our sympathies to all those who have lost their lives in these horrific accidents that seem to be plaguing our roads. Clearly, there has to be some national – not a political, not a partisan – approach to this matter to bring safety on our roads because too many productive Guyanese lives are lost because of these accidents etc,” he asserted.Jagdeo went on to say that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will support any such a national approach tackling the existing road carnage.“So we are willing to be part at any time of any team that will approach this matter in a way that it deserves, and from a national perspective, not a political or partisan perspective,” he stressed.As of December 8, a total of 115 road deaths were recorded – a figure which surpassed the total number of traffic fatalities in 2018. In fact, Traffic Chief Linden Isles told Guyana Times at the time that these deaths were recorded from 98 accidents.However, there have since been many other road accidents which have claimed the lives of Guyanese. Only Wednesday, a horrific crash between a minibus and a beverage delivery truck at Fairfield, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara resulted in the death of six persons.Police Commissioner Leslie James, at several events this week, repeated the need for road users both drivers and pedestrians to change their attitude on the roadways to ensure the safety of not only themselves but fellow Guyanese as well.Similar sentiments were echoed by the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in a statement on Thursday. The Chambers recognised that poor enforcement of traffic laws is among several factors that contribute to the road carnage.last_img read more

Steals Are Predictive But Are They That Important

This is the final part of my four-part response to questions and comments stemming from my article “The Hidden Value of the NBA Steal.” Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.Near the beginning of my article on steals, I made the following claim:If you had to pick one statistic from the common box score to tell you as much as possible about whether a player helps or hurts his team, it isn’t how many points he scores. Nor how many rebounds he grabs. Nor how many assists he dishes out.It’s how many steals he gets.My argument went like this: Steals are super-valuable predictors relative to other box score stats. They are “worth” — predictively —  as much as nine points because they’re more difficult to replace than other stats.But a number of astute readers noticed something missing. Here’s commenter Mike Schloat:I struggle with the real life value of steals when looked at in this way since there are SO SO few of them. Averaging 2.5 steals — finishing a game with 2 as often as you finish with 3 — is such a minuscule part of the game, and frighteningly random when you actually look at what sometimes constitutes a steal.It’s a fair point. Because steals are so rare, they could be much more predictive than other box score stats on the margins and still be less important overall. And in the original article, I didn’t show that marginal steals are such a great predictor that, despite being so rare, they are still the most valuable predictor.So let me address that concern. There are two levels we need to consider: The first is how rare steals are relative to other events recorded in the box score, and the other is how much steals vary from player to player, relative to how much other stats vary from player to player.For example, in my dataset, players who played more than 20 minutes averaged .92 steals and .55 blocks per game. But the standard deviations — the typical amount that any particular player is likely to differ from an average player — were .43 steals and .59 blocks.One way to judge how skilled a player is at a particular thing is to measure how many standard deviations they are above average. These values fluctuate, but the difference between Ricky Rubio (the league leader this year) and an average player is about a steal and a half, making him a little over three standard deviations above average for the steals per game stat.To judge a stat’s overall predictivity, what we want to know is the extent to which a player’s skill in that stat predicts his overall value (measured by the impact on his team’s performance by his playing or not). For example, if a player is two standard deviations above average in steals per game but only one standard deviation above average in points per game, how does his value compare to a player who is the reverse?To figure this out, we can run a regression similar to the one in the original article. But instead of using a player’s raw box score stats as our variables, we use his standardized stats; that is, the number of standard deviations the player is above or below the mean for each. The relative size of the coefficients (how much a stat should be weighted) that this type of regression spits out tells us the relative predictive importance of each stat overall.Here are the results of such a regression, from the player’s standardized box score stats to his impact on team win percentage. I’ve listed the relative size of each stat’s coefficient (weight) as a percentage of the whole — reflecting the percentage of information about a player’s value that comes from each (note that turnover value is negative, I’ve converted it to a positive “skill at not giving up turnovers” for purposes of comparison):This was the finding behind the claim that of all the basic box score totals, steals are the most predictive. It may be less sexy than nine points, but it’s pretty remarkable that a skill that comes up so infrequently can be so important.Of course, there are a lot of different ways to structure this kind of regression: You have to decide which types of variables to use, how advanced they should be, whether to use game-based or play-based data, and what specific difference to predict.So, why am I analyzing this particular group of stats at all?I made a list of all the people who use points, rebounds and assists per game in their analysis and reporting more often than steals per game:Almost all sports reportersAlmost all sports commentatorsAlmost all sports columnistsAlmost all sports fansEstablishing the predictive ability of box score stats is only a tiny step toward improving our understanding of the dynamics of basketball. But, like the steal itself, it has outsize importance. read more

Spaces mysterious fast radio bursts What the heck are they

first_img “That’s weird isn’t it? You’d expect to find FRBs where there are more stars … more stars means more neutron stars,” Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University and the discovery team said at the time. Burstin’ We’re already picking up more signals from deep space. Danielle Futselaar Comment “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” Avi Loeb, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics theorist, said in a press release back in 2017. At least one case of an FRB was later explained by someone at an observatory opening a microwave oven door while it was running. At this rate, we might soon be able to stream FRBs live as they arrive at our planet. Podcasts are fun, but I now look forward to a golden age of (tiny) bite-sized alien radio broadcasts. It should really be no surprise that, as with most space stuff that can’t yet be explained without a doubt by some natural phenomenon, aliens have been proposed as a possibility, including by Loeb himself. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking,” he says. 26 Photos Notably, one of the repeating FRBs picked up by the new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) appears to be much closer than the first couple observed. While those came from somewhere billions of light years away on the other side of the universe, this newly heard one could come from the edge of our own galaxy. Space FRBs are essentially just what they sound like — radio signals from somewhere in deep space that last for just milliseconds. In addition to neutron stars, there’s also exploding black holes, magnetars and hypothetical blitzars that could be throwing off radio emissions that eventually make it to us. Originally published May 26, 2017. Updated Aug. 20, 2019, with additional information. Best places in space to search for alien life But after the CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia came online in late 2017, scientists had a new and highly valuable stream of FRB observations at their disposal. As of August 2019, a total of a dozen repeating fast radio bursts have now been confirmed or are in the process of being confirmed. An (extraterrestrial) intelligent explanation? center_img Tags Since then, an “FRB Theory Wiki” hosted by the McGill Space Institute has grown to include over four dozen possible explanations ranging from “annihilating mini black holes” to “alien light sails,” although most explanations at this point have something to do with pulsars or neutron stars.  1 One aspect of FRBs that has made them so hard to trace back to a source is that they rarely seem to repeat. For the first decade of FRB research, they were all just detected and never heard from again. Then, in January 2017, researchers announced they’d finally identified that FRB 121102 repeats. But new radio telescopes in Australia and Canada are already making it much easier to detect fast radio bursts, or FRBs, and here’s a look at what we’ve learned so far. Few encores Sci-Tech Researchers have also been able to integrate artificial intelligence with one telescope in Australia to detect FRBs in real-time as they arrive at Earth. That could rapidly speed up the work of studying the odd signals, which previously required combing through past observations taken months or even years previous. Loeb and his colleagues worked out how much power would be needed to send such signals across the universe. Turns out it would require covering two Earth-size planets with energy collectors, leading Loeb to theorize that such a massive project might be used not to communicate, but to propel starships using high-energy beams. As more new observing equipment comes online, our understanding of FRBs could begin to crystallize very soon.  Share your voice This allowed them to trace the blinking signal to a surprising source: a distant dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years beyond the Milky Way. Fast radio bursts from space are a uniquely 21st-century mystery. They were first identified just 12 years ago and, up until very recently, almost nothing was known about them and where they come from. While aliens might be the most exciting possible explanation, that doesn’t mean they’re the most probable. There are, after all, natural phenomena in the cosmos that could generate such signals and are known to actually exist, which is more than we can say for extraterrestrials. Or maybe there are different types of FRBs out there or different explanations we haven’t even thought of yet. The weird, repeating signals from deep space just tripled Mysterious deep-space signals can now be picked up in real time More mysterious signals from deep space detectedlast_img read more

Apple puts user privacy first through new ad campaign in India

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:46Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Researcher finds way to hack iPhone X face ID Privacy and protection of user data have been one of the major concerns of the government in this fast processing internet world. Apple Inc. has taken its second initiative to promote user privacy and protection, globally on all iPhone variants, through outdoor media, television commercials, and social media.The campaign scheduled to start in India on July 28 will point out Apple’s longstanding focus on the privacy of its consumer data and iPhones. The campaign is designed to inform Apple users that they can have smart devices and compelling services without compromising privacy.According to The Economic Times, the privacy campaign will be promoted through different verticals across out of home platforms like Bengaluru, Gurugram and Mumbai. The Cupertino-headquartered company will convey their campaign through a privacy feature film on YouTube, a person familiar with the campaign details was quoted as saying by ET. iPhone to improve data privacyMozilla blogApple took towards the growing issues of insecure user data and its monetisation by organisations, apps and social media platforms. The company boasts that iDevices have the most secure operating systems that do not allow phone recording through any additional app nor does it allow the third-party apps to have access to messages.With the privacy of data becoming the centre point of discussion between governments, Apple is trying to build devices that do not allow data stalking. The company is focusing on allowing its users control their own data by introducing features like compulsory verification through Apple ID to open a device, Just Once feature limiting the user with their location search till they wish and by reducing the number of applications that do not meet the company norms on security and privacy. Apple Inc. logoReutersWith recent news releases about the online trackers lining up about 100 third party applications including the Ad-blocks, Facebook, Google browser, and Mozilla; Apple has plans to block cookies from websites to block the data scavenging by the machine learning technology embedded in the virtual links.The campaign comes as the first initiative from a global tech company at the time when the government is struggling with its Data Protection Bill passed for the first time to secure the database of India. The bill focuses on localisation of personal data in India.The Data Protection Bill regulates the processing of personal data of individuals by government and private entities incorporated in India and abroad. The Bill allows exemptions for certain kinds of data processing, such as processing in the interest of national security, for legal proceedings, or for journalistic purposes. The Bill requires that a serving copy of personal data be stored within the territory of India. Certain critical personal data must be stored solely within the country.center_img Closelast_img read more

Try to reboot your marriage sex is vital to keep the love

first_imgI can’t handle office politics. I feel disgusted to go to my workplace every day. Please help!Sheetal, NoidaYou have two options – Change the job or change the way you see, feel and react. Office politics and problems are a global issue and the solution lies with you. Handle it intelligently. Don’t rub people the wrong way. Try your best to make it work or else look for a solution elsewhere.We are working parents. Our 6-year-old son spends his day with his grandparents. He has developed an ugly habit of watching TV serials. I’m worried that this is going to affect him. What can I do? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rita, KanpurWell, this surely will have its affect, bad or good. If you are uncomfortable, maybe you should try to seek a domestic help or choose a suitable day care for kids. It would be practical to handle it politely and don’t highlight your son’s TV watching concern’ to your in-laws. At their age, don’t make them change their choice of entertainment.How important is sex after a decade of marriage? My wife is too preoccupied in raising our kids and has lost interest in sex. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVikram, New DelhiSex or physical closeness leading to making love should ideally exist between couples. Unfortunately, as we change roles in life our priorities change and that affects a lot within us. You should try to reboot your marriage and start with a holiday. Doesn’t matter where you both go, but travel as a couple and not as parents. Start with small sexy touches and just spend a few days discovering each other. Unlearn and learn the art of love and sex. My ex-husband has got remarried recently. I’m single now. Time and again I miss him and I know he still loves me. I’m very disturbed and depressed. What can I do?Name unknownJust try your best to move on. He’s a married man now. And he’s NOT your man anymore! Meet new people, make new friends and just walk ahead. Life and time are always meant to move forward. Good Luck!I’m 36. Divorced. I’m in a relationship with a guy who’s five years younger. I want to marry him but whenever the topic arises, he avoids it. How do I convince him?Miss P, New DelhiIf he’s willing to settle down, he shouldn’t avoid the discussion. He needs to understand your seriousness towards your own life. Love is a great feeling but sometimes love without assurance of togetherness can be a painful journey. Don’t hurt yourself again.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Carcass of rhino found from Gorumara with horn hacked off

first_imgDarjeeling: The carcass of an adult rhinoceros has been recovered from Gorumara National Forest in the Jalpaiguri district. The horn of the rhino had been sawed off giving rise to the doubt that the animal was killed by poachers.During a routine patrol on Tuesday, forest personnel sighted the carcass in the Garati area under the Gorumara beat. The carcass of the adult rhino — around 25 years of age — was found on the grasslands on the bank of Jaldhaka river. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeForest personnel claim the adult male rhino had been shot at least two days ago following which the valuable horn had been sawed off. Foresters feel that poachers taking advantage of the dense fog had shot the rhino. There were bullet injuries on his body. The poachers must have tracked the movement of the rhino for quite some time, feel wildlife experts. Poachers usually choose spots where rhinos go to defecate. Sniffer dogs were brought in. However, after a certain area the dogs lost the scent owing to the dense jungle. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “We believe that poachers are behind the death of the adult rhino. We have started an investigation. However, no one has been apprehended yet in connection with this incident,” stated Ujjwal Ghosh, Chief Conservator of Forest, Wildlife North. Incidentally on April 21, 2017, the decomposed carcasses of two rhinos was found in the same locality. The horns of the rhinos had been sawed off. On investigation, it was found that the rhinos had been killed by Manipuri poachers on April 19, 2017. The case had been handed over to the CID. The CID sleuths had come to know that the Manipuri poachers were aided by some locals of a forest village. The poachers had been hiding in Ramsai forest village from where they had planned out the poaching operation in 2017. With this incident coming to the forefront, the forest villages of the area have come under scanner.last_img read more

AntiRowdy squad busts IPL betting racket at Eden

first_imgKolkata: The anti-rowdy section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s detective department busted a cricket betting racket on Friday night and arrested seven persons in this connection during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Eden Gardens.Three of the arrested persons are residents of Nagpur, while four of them are from Madhya Pradesh. “We have arrested seven persons on the basis of a source information regarding cricket betting at Eden Gardens during the cricket match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The group was nabbed by our ARS team after prolonged observation at F1 Block. 14 mobile phones including one betting accessory and other equipment have been seized,” said Pravin Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Mukul Jain, Piyush Jain, Pratik Jain and Mayank Seth, all hailing from Sagar district under Motinagar police station, Madhya Pradesh. The three other residents of Nagpur who have been nabbed are Dipak Kumar Kaslikar of Etowari, Wasim Ahmed of Tehasil and Gobind Maniyar of Nandan I. All of them are in the age group of 20 to 35. It may be mentioned that only on Wednesday, two people were held along with Rs 1.70 lakh and two cell phones by South Zone Task Force in Telangana, after a cricket betting racket was busted during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more