Twenty-four-year-old Orlando Persaud of Parika Backdam, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), was on Monday evening last stabbed to his chest by his uncle during an argument at a relative’s birthday party.Based on reports gathered, Persaud and his uncle have been at odds for a number of years but they were both invited to a relative’s birthday party. While there, they were seen imbibing alcohol but after some time, Persaud left the celebration.However, Persaud returned to the party and an argument broke out between him and the suspect. Although family members intervened and attempted to stop the argument, the men continued, which ultimately led to a scuffle.They were eventually separated by family members and Persaud was left lying on the ground.It was only until it was observed that the man was bleeding from his left side chest did the family members realise that he had been injured.The suspect reportedly left the scene on a bicycle while Persaud was picked up and rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital but was later transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) where he is presently being treated.The matter has since been reported to the police and an investigation was launched.
t23 July 2009One could be forgiven for still feeling apprehensive about the situation in Zimbabwe.For many years, Africa and the rest of the world has watched its political and economic meltdown, which spilled over into neighbouring states, casting a pall over much of the sub-continent’s progress and, of course, South Africa’s 2010 World Cup preparations. Nevertheless, by securing the rights to host the quadrennial showpiece of international soccer, South Africa has become a beacon of hope for Zimbabwe and the rest of the continent.And over the past few months, there have been strong indications that the tide has turned and that Zimbabwe is now gearing itself to play a pivotal role in the 2010 tournament.For starters, a government of national unity has been formed, a move which has stabilised the economy, curbed post-election violence and given the country’s tourism industry a major boost.With concerns being raised over accommodation shortages in South Africa, Zimbabwe is now being promoted as a popular alternative.Victoria Falls, home to the world’s largest waterfall, is re-establishing itself as a luxury and adventure travel destination ahead of the tournament, with plans to attract thousands of tourists.Several senior Fifa officials are visiting Zimbabwe this week to assess the situation, and Fifa chief Sepp Blatter has reportedly indicated that he plans to visit before the tournament.Despite the political uncertainty, global football’s governing body has invested heavily in Africa’s former breadbasket. It has funded the installation of an artificial turf in the capital’s Rufaro Stadium, giving the ageing facility a new lease of life.Could 2010 prove to be the catalyst marking Zimbabwe’s full return to the international fold?Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010
While we were initially excited about Questions as something “people will end up spending hours browsing through…learning things,” there are already plenty of sources for knowledge on the Internet. From Wikipedia to Quora, the wisdom and knowledge of the crowd is already being harnessed. Facebook Questions, on the other hand, makes it quick and easy to ask the people you trust the most – your friends – simple things like where to eat, what movie to watch and how to go about your daily life. That’s something Wikipedia and Quora could never really answer.While everyone on Quora may agree on the best restaurant in my neighborhood, the service suffers from the same issue as something like Yelp – maybe I don’t agree with the masses. Maybe I’m friends with my friends because we all like divey, dirty, cheap restaurants with “atmosphere” and other such things. Maybe five stars has no bearing on my taste. Facebook Questions will make it easy to gather this type of information – subjective and social graph specific information – not the agreed upon answer of the general masses. Facebook says that the new feature will be “available to everyone soon.” mike melanson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification When Facebook first launched its Questions feature last summer, we predicted that things were “about to change dramatically on the world’s largest social network.” The launch turned out to be a bit of a false start, however, and the feature never took off. Today, Facebook announced that It has launched a revamped version its Questions product, making it even easier to quickly gather “the wisdom of friends,” rather than the wisdom of the masses.At first, Questions tried to do what sites like Yahoo Answers and Quora already do. It attempted to surface the best answer to a question by aggregating answers and letting users vote for the best one. It was topically organized and focused more on general knowledge than opinion. The revamped version of Questions focuses less on categorical knowledge and more on making it quick and easy for users to ask for their friends’ opinions.“We noticed that people were frequently asking for opinions (‘what are your favorite restaurants in New York?’) or hoping to learn about their friends ‘what was your favorite movie as a kid, something you watched over and over?’),” writes Questions product manager Adrian Graham. “For most of these questions, experts weren’t going to be the best source for advice. The answers to these questions are meaningful or interesting because you know your friends and your friends know you.”The new version offers the ability to quickly poll your friends with multiple choice questions, where friends can either quickly choose an answer or add one of their own. Questions are also shared with friends of friends who answer the question, helping you to “cast a wider net.”
In a major setback to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, the Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday directed the ruling BJP to stop organising government functions en route her ‘Gaurav Yatra’ being held in the run-up to the State Assembly elections due in December this year. The court termed the holding of public functions during the yatra as an “abuse of power”.Allowing a public interest writ petition, a Division Bench led by Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog ruled that no public functions sponsored and financed by the State would be held during Ms. Raje’s yatra, which has so far covered the Mewar and Marwar regions and will resume from Bikaner district on Thursday.The PIL, filed by lawyer Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma and social activist Sawai Singh, alleged misuse of the government machinery and challenged the expenditure from the treasury for the yatra which is a BJP programme ahead of the Assembly elections. BJP president Amit Shah had flagged off the yatra from Charbhuja temple in Rajsamand on August 4.Taking note of an August 1 order issued to the Public Works Department for making arrangements, which has since been withdrawn, the court said the initial attempt by the government was a “palpable abuse of the State’s executive power to directly help a political party, i.e. the BJP”.The court observed that the State-financed programmes were so intermingled with the ‘Gaurav Yatra’ that it was impossible to segregate one from the other. “If the leader of a political party who happens to be the Chief Minister inaugurates public functions, the understanding would be glorification of the political party and not the achievements by the government.”The 12-page judgment relied on the Supreme Court’s decisions in two cases related to public-funded government advertisement campaigns, while holding that under the cover of the notices inviting tenders without listing works to be executed with detailed description, the State government was spending money for erecting public platforms from where the CM was addressing the political rallies.Caught on wrong foot The BJP government was caught on the wrong foot during the hearing, when the petitioners had claimed that a tender of ₹23 lakh was floated for the yatra in Sirohi district on the pretext of a “development exhibition for a VIP visit”, even when the matter was sub-judice. The court had sought a reply from the State government on the issue.The State government had earlier claimed during the hearing that the yatra was being organised by the BJP and no public money were being spent on it. It stated that the administration was only providing security to the CM and her Cabinet colleagues as per the protocol during the march, which was being taken out to apprise the people of the government’s welfare schemes.The BJP had also submitted an affidavit in compliance with the high court’s direction with the details of expenditure made during the yatra’s first phase. The affidavit stated that an expenditure of ₹1.10 crore was undertaken for the yatra.The Congress has welcomed the high court’s judgment, describing it as a “historic verdict [which] has shown mirror” to the BJP government. Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said Ms. Raje’s yatra was a “gimmick”, on which the public money had been wasted for reaping political benefits. The issue of alleged misuse of public money during the yatra was also briefly raised on the opening day of the Rajasthan Assembly’s monsoon session on Wednesday.