first_imgDear Editor,The entire RDC boardroom was in a state of shock and disbelief when Regional Chairman, David Armogan announced that he has refused to approve the payment to a certain contractor even though the work done was approved by three councillors – two from the PPP/C and one from APNU/AFC.With contract in hand he explained to the RDC the reason why he refused to do so. The work done was approximately half the size of a normal house lot yet it cost the Region $150,000. The weeding was done at the monument site at Rose Hall Town, opposite Republic Bank by the Rose Hall Town Arch. This was ‘emergency’ work done for the Town Day celebrations. This work could have been done by the Rose Hall Town Council for as much as $5000, maximum $10,000.When the Chairman questioned the said councillors if they inspected the work they replied in the negative. How could these people whom the residents entrusted to get value for money not inspect the work? How can they determine the standard of work? These are members of the Regional Works Committee and should know the procedures involved before certifying works for payment. These persons have no right to serve us. They must do the honourable thing and resign.Moreover, it was pointed out by another Councillor that if the Regional Vice Chairman was not on leave then the Chairman would have never been able to discover this fraudulent and corrupt transaction. It is normal for the Vice Chairman to award ‘emergency’ works and to approve payments. The question is where are the checks and balance?This is type of corruption that Dr Ramayya was agitating about. He was a threat to the Regional Vice Chairman since he refused to approve payments for many such fraudulent works and so he had to be pressured into resigning.This revelation at the RDC Statutory meeting I am sure, is just the tip of the iceberg and as the Vice Chairman of the Works Committee of the 52-74 NDC, I have had firsthand experience of substandard work being certified by both the Engineer and the Regional Vice Chairman, therefore, I am calling for a forensic audit to be done for all the ‘emergency’ works undertaken; the tender process and the engineer’s estimates which are highly inflated to benefit the contractors who will be in a better financial position to facilitate ‘kickbacks’. Unless this is done the corrupt practices will continue and development of the Region will remain retarded.Yours sincerely,Lakram SinghCouncillor and VC ofthe Works Committee52-74 NDClast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#search#storage#web chris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting During his presentation at DEMO Fall last week in Santa Clara, California, Walter Bachtiger told the audience to “relax, take a deep breath” and “take your fingers off the keyboard.” No, he wasn’t conducting mid-conference yoga session to relieve stress, nor was he trying to help the audience avoid carpal tunnel. Bachtiger was simply explaining that taking notes was no longer necessary because his company, VoiceBase, makes it easy to record, transcribe, search and share voice-based communications online.As Bachtiger puts it, VoiceBase is like an email inbox for your voice communications. The web-based service allows users to upload voice recordings which are then transcribed and made fully searchable and sharable. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Bachtiger demonstrated a search for “farm, pig, pumpkin” – a reference to event moderator Matt Marshall’s keynote speech in which he recounted a anecdote about the popular online game, FarmVille. The search immediately turned up Marshall’s speech, which had been recorded and uploaded to the service the day before.After performing a search, either within your personal VoiceBase files or across all public files, a playable timeline with bookmarks of each phrase makes finding relevant information quick and easy. You can even view the full text transcription and see your search terms underlined and color coded. Storage is limited to 2 hours of audio for one year on the free version, but higher tiers include unlimited storage time and advanced human transcription. Bachtiger says Android and iPhone versions are coming soon, though the app won’t be able to record a phone conversation on the same device it is running on as Apple prohibits apps from doing so.It’s not often that I meet a startup or hear a pitch that makes me say, “Wow, I have a need for that service, right now,” however, this was in fact the case last week at DEMO when I saw the VoiceBase presentation. As a journalist, I am constantly conducting interviews over the phone, during which I am forced to hammer away at my keyboard to take notes. As a standalone voice recorder and transcriber, VoiceBase looks to be a solid solution to this problem, especially once the mobile apps launch.Image from Flickr user Visual Dichotomy.last_img read more

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos selena larson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Tags:#community#Fundraising#Reddit#Subreddit Reddit, one of the most popular sites on the Internet for sharing news, memes, and stories of inspiration, has raised $50 million in funding, and members of the community, known as “redditors,” might be getting a piece of it.People on Reddit have made the site the massive success it is today—it’s played an integral role in spotting Internet trends long before the masses do. So Reddit CEO Yishan Wong said in a blog post that investors are prepared to give 10% of their shares back to community members. How, exactly, that works remains to be seen. Of course, the Reddit community isn’t entirely PG. Recently, the site was home to a subreddit—Reddit slang for a mini community—called The Fappening, which was dedicated to dispersing nude photos of celebrities stolen from their iCloud accounts. It took a week for Reddit to shut down The Fappening. Y Combinator president Sam Altman led the funding round. He told Recode he disagreed with how the company handled the iCloud breach, but said that “their heart is in the right place.” Hopefully the same can be said for the community investors are giving shares to.Other investors include Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Jared Leto, Jessica Livingston, Kevin and Julia Hartz, Mariam Naficy, Josh Kushner, Calvin Broadus Jr. (Snoop Dogg), and Yishan Wong.See also: How To Host A Reddit AMAWong said that although Reddit is now flush with cash, the company is staying humble, and if anything, the fundraise means the company with more than 60 employees needs to work harder.“An investment like this doesn’t mean we’re rich or successful,” he wrote. The money will be used to staff up product development and community management teams, as well as to work with third-party developers to increase the company’s mobile presence. Reddit recently launched its first official mobile application, an AMA app for the site’s popular “Ask Me Anything” question and answer sessions.Prior to this raise, Reddit raised a $100,000 seed round from Y Combinator back in 2005.Photo by Eva Blue Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Federico Chiesa breathed a sigh of relief after finally scoring his first senior Italy goal. “We genuinely enjoy our football and it’s a pleasure to be here.” The Fiorentina winger hit the woodwork twice during the 9-1 win over Armenia before he broke through with a glancing header. “I am happy with my first goal for the Nazionale, but above all the performance from the team and the fact we genuinely enjoy our football,” Chiesa told Rai Sport. “We enjoy it on the pitch during a match, we enjoy ourselves in training, and it’s a pleasure to be here. Coach Roberto Mancini drilled that enthusiasm into us from the first day, he told us we are a strong national team and we’re proving it on the field.” Italy have won all 10 games in their Euro 2020 qualifying group, with a goal difference of +33. “The Coach asked me to play like this, to move constantly, be positive, attack the space and be open to receive passes. I just do what the coach asks. “I quite rightly feel good, especially after my first goal! I still have a lot to do in order to earn my place at the European Championships.”last_img read more