33 constitutes the majority

first_imgDear Editor,The debate about establishing a majority in the National Assembly of 65 members resulted in invoking a mathematical formula. The formula used is: ½ (65) + 1 with rounding up (which is incorrect in this case) then add 1 to produce 34. The assumption here is that the number representing members of the National Assembly constitutes a continuous variable, which is false.For the sake of argument, let us accept it. Half of 65 is 32.5 which is exactly half-way between the whole numbers 32 and 33. If we are rounding to the nearest whole number among the set of whole numbers, the result is 32 and not 33 since on a continuous scale the rounding is to the even whole number.In rounding a number that sits exactly half-way between two whole numbers rounding is to the even whole number. This convention for rounding a number on a continuous scale is to avoid errors resulting from rounding up all the time. This methodology reduces errors inherent in rounding numbers upwards all the time. The mathematics curriculum for secondary schools in Guyana has accepted this convention.So ½ of 65 = 32.5 and to the nearest whole number is 32.When 1 is added to 32 you have 33.Therefore, majority is 33 out of 65.Another approach in determining majority in the National Assembly is to recognise that data is on a nominal scale. The majority can be established in the following manner:If the composition of the National Assembly is an odd number, N, then the majority is determined by the formula below:Majority= (N+1)/2 which is (65+1)/2=33So, the number, 33, constitutes the majority.On the other hand, if the composition of the National Assembly is an even number, say 64, then the following formula applies:Majority= N/2+1 which is 64/2+1=33Again, the number, 33, constitutes the majority.It is worth noting that in these alternative formulae for calculation on categorical data, there is no resulting fraction.Respectfully,Mohandatt Goolsarranlast_img read more

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Shipper released as probe continues into cocaine under vehicle

first_imgThe Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) has released a shipper under whose vehicle more than seven kilograms of cocaine was found last week at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).The suspected cocaine retrieved from under the shipper’s vehicle last weekCANU Prosecutor Koniyo Sandiford-Thompson told Guyana Times on Wednesday that they released the man since nothing “conclusive” was determined.“We didn’t find anything conclusive … So we’re treating it as a seizure; unless we get something new,” Sandiford-Thompson said.Reports are about 23:00h on July 2, CANU ranks stationed at the CJIA discovered the cocaine under the vehicle of the shipper. At the time, the vehicle was parked inside the compound of the CJIA CAMEX Bond at Timehri.It was reported that the businessman was scheduled to ship ground provisions and pumpkins on cargo flight OJ 258, which was destined for Canada. After the suspected cocaine was found, the businessman, along with four other males, was taken into custody.All five men have since been released. Nevertheless, investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

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Women’s Institute celebrates 100 years

first_imgCopes says in the rural areas, the Institute caters to weddings, looks after the local cemeteries, prepares funeral luncheons, raises money for local emergency funds, and much more.[asset|aid=1349|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=127d38d662901360ffe2387f24843872-Jill Copes 2_1_Pub.mp3]Copes says if these economic times continue, Women’s Institutes will continue to be a valuable organization promoting social, environmental, cultural and everyday life skills as they have in the past.In addition to the February celebrations, the WI is selling a book entitled, 100 years of B.C. Women’s Institutes 1909-2009.Advertisement The Women’s Institute is celebrating its 100th year in British Columbia.The first branch in BC was founded at Gordon Head on Vancouver Island on September 28, 1909. The Peace River branch was established out of Dawson Creek in 1929.The WI formed in the early 1900’s because many women were new to the area. The WI taught women skills of homemaking and all it entailed, giving them companionship through meeting together, and opportunities to work together for ‘community betterment’.- Advertisement -Spokesperson Jill Copes says earlier this year, February 16-22 was proclaimed WI Week, and members celebrated with fundraising.[asset|aid=1348|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=127d38d662901360ffe2387f24843872-Jill Copes 1_1_Pub.mp3]Members throughout the province raised 6,500 dollars for the BC Children’s Hospital. There are nine branches in the Peace River Area; three are in the North Peace.Advertisement The 300 page hard cover book documents the story of the organization. To order a copy, call 250-554-5406.Copes says the book costs 70 dollars.On June 13, the Women’s Institutes will be at the Opening of the Walter Wright Pioneer Village in Dawson Creek, they will be serving homemade pies and goodies.last_img read more

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first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called for Irish Water to be scrapped, describing it as a hugely expensive fiasco that has cost Donegal taxpayers dearly.According to the Donegal Deputy, the State is €785 million worse off following the establishment of the Super Quango two years ago. Meanwhile, not an extra cent has been spent on fixing one single leak or water supply problem in Donegal.“This has now gone beyond a joke,” said Deputy McConalogue. “It has been one fiasco after another since this hugely expensive Super Quango was established. There was absolutely no need to set up Irish Water. No one forced the Government to do this. They could have easily left the water infrastructure within the remit of local authorities, and instead spent the money on actually fixing leaks and supply problems.“What’s happened instead is that €785 million of taxpayers money has been spent on creating a ridiculous Super Quango that has done absolutely nothing but waste money, look after its own bosses with bonuses and perks, spend a fortune on consultants and spin doctors, wasted hundreds of millions on a flawed meter installation process and essentially ignore the needs of consumers and the problems with the water supply in Donegal.“So much confusion has been created over the water billing process and people feel seriously disgruntled that they are being expected to fork out without getting a single thing in return. This has resulted in an abysmally low level of compliance to date. And now it turns out that instead of benefiting the public as Irish Water was supposed to do, it is instead creating debt of €35 million a year before a cent has been invested in the water infrastructure.“It is time to put an immediate stop to this ridiculously expensive fiasco. I am calling for Irish Water to be scrapped immediately before more money is wasted.” IRISH WATER IN NUMBERS:▪ €172m spent to set up Irish Water▪ €540m spent on water meters▪ €80m spent on consultants▪ €45m is spent on operating Irish Water every year▪ Not an extra cent invested in water infrastructure above the usual annual spend before the Super Quango was set up. McCONALOGUE CALLS FOR IRISH WATER TO BE SCRAPPED was last modified: July 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogue TDIrish WaterScraplast_img read more

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FFA membership continues to grow heading into National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National FFA Organization heads into the 2015 National Convention with a record number of members and the strong organization continues to grows stronger.FFA membership now stands at 629,367 students, up from 610,240 in 2014, an increase of 3%. The number of chapters grew from 7,665 in 2014 to 7,757 in 2015. The top five membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma and Missouri. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow, as membership has increased more than 20% since 2009-10.“FFA, through agricultural education, is preparing our youth to ensure the security of our country’s food, fiber and natural resources for years to come,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D. “Through real-world experiences, the nation’s agricultural educators are helping students develop the technical knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities to be the industry’s leaders of tomorrow. FFA continues to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.”Student membership was not the only thing that grew in 2015. National FFA Alumni membership also continued to grow, with 62,705 members this year, growing from 57,832 in 2014. FFA alumni play an important role in keeping agricultural education and FFA programs in local schools by providing both volunteers and financial support to local teachers.last_img read more

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Choice Cuts: Check Out July’s Best New Royalty Free Music

first_imgEnergize your video projects with our favorite new royalty-free tracks.Pop in your earbuds and explore a brand-new batch of bouncing beats, blistering rockers, and breezy ambient tracks. Don’t think of this as a simple invitation to hear the latest additions to our royalty-free music library — consider it a chance to experience the freshly submitted sounds that moved and inspired our curation team the most in July. We’re pumped about these tracks, and we’re excited to finally share them with you.This month’s playlist leads off with “Panther” from Harrison Amer, a propulsive tribal/trap banger that’s perfect for a high-energy montage or establishing shot. It’s loaded with momentum-building percussive energy that firmly and clearly states, “All right, it’s go time. Let’s do this.”Image via guruXOX.If you’re looking to make a statement a little closer to “All right, it’s go time. Let’s party,” take a listen to “That’s Right” by Pop Villains. This track is legit funk, with ripping horns dancing atop a solid, strutting groove. There are some serious Morris Day and the Time vibes going on with this one.Here’s another highlight: “Back in 80s” by Denis. This is on-the-nose, retro-synth authenticity at its finest. While the song might be a little too playful for your Stranger Things homage, it’s certainly tubular enough for all of your other throwback needs.Image via lolostock.In addition to these noteworthy tracks, you’ll hear staff-picked songs that cover just about any mood you can think of — pomp and circumstance, doom and gloom, peace and love . . . you name it. Be the first on your block to use one of these vital new releases with a simple $49 Standard License that lets you use the track in as many of your videos as you want. In the meantime, all right. It’s go time. Let’s explore July’s best in the playlist below.Cover image via Indigo Photo Club.Header image via Soifer.Playlist header image via BrAt82.Looking for more royalty-free music playlists? Check these out.2019’s Most Important Film Score Trend: Experimental Ambient MusicCreative Zeitgeist: 2019 Royalty Free Music Trends PlaylistMake Your Cuts Shine with Royalty-Free Transition MusicCreative Royalty-Free Intro Music for Better Viewer EngagementFresh Tracks: Hear June’s Best New Royalty Free Musiclast_img read more

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Gita Mahotsav begins in Kurukshetra

first_imgKurukshetra (Hr), Dec 6 (PTI) The International Gita Mahotsav-2016 began today here sans festivities in view of the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.President Pranab Mukherjee cancelled his scheduled visit to Kurukshetra in Haryana for the inauguration of the Mahotsav in view of the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.The Mahotsav commenced, amid chanting of hymns and Gita Pujan performed by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.The Mahotsav is being organised to mark Gita Jayanti from December 6 to 10.Reaching the sports complex of Kurukshetra University here, the Governor and Chief Minister met the 574 delegates from different districts of the country representing an equal number of shlokas of Shreemad Bhagavad Gita, who had arrived for the Mahotsav.They later reached Purshottampura Bagh, Brahma Sarovar, where they, along with the Ministers and other dignitaries, performed Gita Pujan amid chanting of hymns.Earlier, President cancelled his visit for the Mahotsav.”President (Pranab Mukherjee) has decided not to come for the inauguration of the International Gita Mahotsav-2016 in view of the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa,” Khattar told PTI.President was to inaugurate the International Gita Mahotsav-2016 at Brahma Sarovar and the international seminar on Gita at Shri MadBhagwat Geeta Auditorium at Kurukshetra University here.Haryana Governor while addressing the gathering said that Presidents visit to Kurukshetra was cancelled because of the death of Tamil Nadu CM.”Sometimes man proposes and God disposes. But his (Presidents) blessings are with us and I hope in remaining days of the event, he will come once,” said Solanki.advertisementHaryana government observed one-day state mourning as a mark of respect to J. Jayalalithaa. The National Flag was flying at half-mast and no official entertainment was held.At the crafts mela, the beating of drums and dances, which were being performed on the banks of Brahmsarovar for the last four days were stopped.The Governor and Chief Minister inspected the model of Gita Gyan Sansthanam, where research on all aspects of the Bhagavad Gita would be carried out.The Governor said the entire world would gain knowledge of the Gita through the Gita Gyan Sansthanam, which would inculcate moral values in every person. MORE PTI SUN CHS RGlast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic trounces Adam Pavlasek in punishing heat

first_imgNovak Djokovic raced into the Wimbledon third round for the ninth year running, with a 6-2 6-2 6-1 drubbing of tournament debutant Adam Pavlasek on a sweltering Court One on Thursday.The three-time champion was in relentless form in the 30 Celsius heat. He pinned his Czech opponent behind the baseline with unerring groundstrokes off both wings, moving him from side to side and forcing error after error.Pavlasek was playing his childhood idol and the 22-year-old, ranked 136, appeared overawed by the occasion. He rarely tested the Serbian second seed, who is looking to salvage his season after losing his Australian and French Open crowns.It was 30-year-old Djokovic’s first full match at this year’s championships after his first-round opponent retired hurt with the Serb leading 6-3 2-0. He will next play the winner of the clash between Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Latvian Ernests Gulbis.Through in 93 minutes…Novak Djokovic wins 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 against Adam Pavlasek.#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/DT16RNPZpS- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 6 July 2017last_img read more

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Horford, Smart Lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 Lead

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — Al Horford has been the Celtics’ quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee.The duo was reunited for Game 5, and together, they helped put the Celtics on the verge of closing out their first-round series.Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead.Smart came off the bench and had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks in his first action since right thumb surgery. He played 25 minutes wearing a protective splint and had a key assist to Horford late from the bottom of a scrum beneath three Milwaukee players.“I just tried to make sure I got him the ball and it was going to take everything I had,” Smart said. “They weren’t taking it from me.”Terry Rozier added 16 points and five assists for Boston. The home team has won all five games in the first-round series, and Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points, Jabari Parker added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had a series-low 16 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists.The Celtics led by 16 before Milwaukee rallied to make it 74-70 with 7:33 left. Middleton scored later and was fouled to get Milwaukee within 84-79, but he failed to complete the three-point play.A few possessions later, Smart managed to squeeze out the pass to Horford with three Bucks draped over him, and Horford easily dropped in a layup to make it 86-79 with 28.1 seconds left.Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, blocks a shot by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Boston, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Milwaukee got within 87-84 after a layup by Eric Bledsoe, but the Celtics hit enough free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.The Bucks entered the game shooting an NBA playoff-best 54 percent from the field, but they hit just 37 percent for the game (32 of 87) — a series low.Boston needed an energy boost after slow starts in Games 3 and 4, and Smart gave the Celtics exactly that.He checked in for the first time late in the first quarter. Less than a minute later, he deflected a pass and won a scramble on the floor for the loose ball.A few possessions later, he was helping protect the rim, getting his hand in to deny an alley-oop dunk attempt by Antetokounmpo.He was also active on the offensive end, helping drive the ball into the interior of Milwaukee’s defense, like when he tossed an alley-oop to Horford late in the third quarter .Boston made a change to a smaller lineup, shifting Horford to center in place of Aron Baynes and starting Semi Ojeleye at forward.Ojeleye drew the primary responsibility of guarding Antetokounmpo and handled it well. Antetokounmpo had just 10 field goal attempts.“It’s on me. I had open shots, but they wasn’t my shots,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think my teammates did a great job finding me, but coming the next game, Game 6, I’ve got to be more aggressive and make more plays.”TIP-INSBucks: F John Henson missed his third straight game with back soreness. … Scored 15 points in first quarter. It was low for a quarter in the series, excluding the Game 1 overtime period (eight points).Celtics: Finished with 18 turnovers. … Outscored the Bucks 32-28 in the paint.HE SAID IT“It’s win or go home, so I mean you can’t leave nothing on the line. That’s pretty much how you play this whole playoffs — you leave it all out there. Tonight we had too many lapses where we just didn’t want it as bad as they did.” — MiddletonDROUGHT AND A RUNThe Celtics went without a field goal from Rozier’s 3-pointer with 9:14 left in the third until Jaylen Brown hit from beyond the arc with 4:26 to go in the period.It allowed Milwaukee to go on a 12-2 run, trimming Boston’s lead to 58-52.STILL BEEFINGRozier and Eric Bledsoe got tangled up with 9:33 left in the third quarter. Rozier bumped Bledsoe near the baseline. Bledsoe responded with a hard shove. They then got face-to-face and had to be separated.Bledsoe was assessed a flagrant foul and Rozier was issued a technical foul.It was the continuation of some off-court chiding between the pair.Rozier called Bledsoe “Drew Bledsoe” when asked about him after Game 1. Bledsoe has since responded by saying “Who?” whenever he’s asked about Rozier.“We’re looking forward to Game (6),” Bledsoe said. “It’s as simple as that.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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