Separating race from politics

first_imgDear Editor,We have made a fateful and depressive decision to align our political system along racial lines, and we have seen its destruction unravel us like a tsunami from the beginning to now. I have always wondered why we must be in a situation like this and why is it we cannot separate politics and the development of Guyana from who we are as different races.After learning more about our beloved brother Walter Rodney, I understood that race and politics have always been a tool of manipulation to control the people and keep them with just enough to survive, but not enough to thrive and have a voice for determination. When the slave masters left our country, our own brothers and sisters who had some position of control wanted to live like the slaves masters, so they continued the trend of the British to exploit their own.As our leaders schemed and propagated the divide and conquer strategy by pitting Indians and Blacks against each other, it morphed into an uncontrollable beast that we now accept as normal. But we never took the time to see, that upper-class Blacks exploited other Blacks while upper-class Indians did the same to their own race. And sadly, all political campaigns in Guyana have always been about racial division and this never changed to this day.The truth is that there have always been only two choices in Guyana and that’s either the PPP or PNC, and if someone chooses to cross the line on the grounds of politics, they would immediately be branded a traitor on either side. In effect, we have closed all possibility of hope to have a political system that supports objective thinking based on what Guyanese deserves and not what a politician or party wants.Rodney was the only leader that offered a way that was better for Guyana and that is why he was killed. But it is important that we do not forget what Rodney stood for, his dream must live on and grow so that we can find a way forward that gives us a better future. I chose to support the PPP in 2015 not because of race, but because I believe that they are more efficient and progressive than the PNC.As a mixed-race Guyanese coming from an Indian and Amerindian mother and Black and White father, I have embraced my African, Amerindian and Indian roots because at a deeper level, there is not much difference between them. We all need the same things: to provide for our families a better life for them that is not hard as we had it and that our politicians do not forget this simple need as they take control of our tax dollars.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkinslast_img read more

“Something’s fishy” – Irfaan Ali

first_img0M to rectify turnkey homesFormer Housing MinisterIrfaan AliFormer Housing Minister Irfaan Ali has taken to task Chairman of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Hamilton Green who declared recently that some $100 million is to be spent on rectifying defects on Turnkey Homes built under Ali’s watch at Providence and Perseverance, East Bank Demerara. Green told a news conference Thursday that the CH&PA board visited the two communities and were taken aback by the magnitude of defective houses handed over to persons. “Two Saturdays ago we met allottees of Perseverance here and there was a series of tears and stories of trials and tribulations. Bad roofs, leaking roofs, doors that don’t function as doors, paint peeling, sanitary facilities which don’t provide the basics, septic tanks which were porous and ineffective, floors that were doing a special dance,” recounted Green. He described the housing programme initiated under the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration as ill-conceived. “Members of staff who we questioned about this unhappy situation said to us openly and privately that they were instructed by the previous administration to build houses. The impression I get is that there was no planning, no technical input and a lack of professionalism which resulted in the horror stories.” However, Ali the Minister behind the massive housing boom in Guyana, described Green’s statement as “shocking”.In a post on his facebook page, the former housing minister also questioned the $100 million Green said will be spent on fixing the ‘defective’ homes, noting that CH&PA had previously stated that corrective works on the Turnkey Homes would have cost about $20 million.CH&PA Chairman Hamilton Green“How is this now estimated at $100 million plus?” Ali asked.Ali explained that new works in the 1000 Homes Project was projected at just over $50 million, which included the completion of more than 200 homes that were delayed for a substantial time by the current administration which was in opposition at the time. “Something fishy seems to be afoot with these numbers. The CHPA chairman should immediately release full details of this purported $100 million spending. Let them release full details. We should work with facts,” the former housing head urged. Ali further contended that some of the homes were completed almost three to four years now, while each of the homes had a defect liability period of one year in which the beneficiary can report any faults.“The contract then provides for the contractor to take corrective work,” he stated. He further lamented that the Turnkey Homes and the 1000 Homes Project are two completely different projects.“The 1000 Homes were still under construction when I left office. After the elections massive vandalism took place by invaders who even went in and occupied the homes. 200 homes under the 1000 Homes were still under construction,” he stated.St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves visited one of the turnkey housing developments during his visit to Guyana in September 2013Guyana’s housing programme was on several occasions hailed by many including regional leaders as the most revolutionary in the Caribbean.During a visit to Guyana in September 2013, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves lauded the local housing programme as extraordinary and expressed hope that the private sector would assist with the investment programme for housing in his country. Ali, as minister had taken Gonsalves on a tour of the East Bank Housing Development.“I don’t know of any programme of this magnitude anywhere else in the Caribbean… in the Eastern Caribbean certainly in the OECS, we in St Vincent and the Grenadines are reputed to have the best housing programmes, but this one, the scale of it because of the vacant land is just extraordinary and the prices are very good… the people of Guyana I don’t know if they fully appreciate what they have here,” Gonsalves had said.last_img read more

Bassa Craves for ETU, More Ambulances

first_imgIf the Ebola Virus Disease, that is steadily engulfing Grand Bassa with over 21 confirmed deaths and about 50 confirmed cases, must be contained and eradicated from the county, there is a need for an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to be constructed,  stakeholders in the county have said.The Grand Bassa County task force on Ebola last week said with the situation in the county is steadily worsening, there is a need for central government and its numerous partners to ensure that an ETU is constructed and other supports provided for ensure  immediate and effective responses.The county task force, through its chairperson, Dr. Joseph Kerkula, said in order for the virus to be contained and hopefully eradicated from the county, these structures need to be put into place and adequately supported for sustainability.Briefing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week in the Port City of Buchanan, Dr. Kekula said that the referral system in the county is non-functional.President Sirleaf had gone on a daylong visit to the county to get first-hand information at the various health facilities about the Ebola situation in that part of the country.She said her visit was to acquaint herself with situation  affecting those at the health centers and to identify with them.Grand Bassa is the sixth worst hit county after Nimba, Bong, Margibi, Lofa and Montserrado Counties in suspected, probable and confirmed cases. Grand Bassa has 29 suspected cases, 34 probable and 43 confirmed cases totaling 106.Dr. Kerkula stressed the need for the construction of an Ebola treatment and holding center in the county, due to the over-crowdedness of existing temporary treatment centers there.Dr. Kerkula, who is also the County Health Officer (CHO) for the county, also spoke of the inadequacy of ambulances in Grand Bassa. He named those among many other challenges facing the county, which he said is impeding the work of the task force.The Grand Bassa County task force boss pleaded with the Liberian President for the provision of four ambulances for the four districts for quick response to the Ebola crisis.He called for support to the burial team in terms of vehicles and other equipment to enhance the work of health workers.At least 21 persons have died from the deadly Ebola virus in the county, Dr. Kekula disclosed.  There are 44 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus with Districts 1 and 2 being the most affected.The Grand Bassa CHO also pointed out that among the 21 deaths, sixteen died in various communities while six died in hospital. This situation, he stressed, indicates that the community structure needs to be strengthened and a robust contact tracing be put into place.Meanwhile President Sirleaf during her daylong visit, toured several parts of Grand Bassa County and health centers in the county,  including Bokay Town,  Dowein, Barclayville, the Diahn Pleh Holding Center near Compound #1, the Lloydsville Health Center and the St John Clinic in Fortsville.She also visited the St. Peter Claver Health Center, the former LAMCO Hospital, now the ArcelorMittal Health Center, and the Liberian Government Hospital, all in Buchanan.President Sirleaf lauded health workers for what she termed their “sacrificial services to humanity.”  She promised that government would do everything possible to meet some of their immediate needs.She lauded the staff of the various health centers for their commitment at the time when the nation is facing its difficulties. In spite of these  difficulties, President Sirleaf added, “Liberia will overcome the ongoing Ebola epidemic with the help of partners who are assisting the Liberian government and people.Meanwhile, the President has presented a brand new vehicle to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan. The pick-up is to be used by authorities of the hospital as it continues to fight against the Ebola virus. The pick-up was made available by the Fula Community in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Still No Detailed Plan to Rebuild Healthcare Delivery System

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivered a wide-ranging address to the nation last Wednesday, pointing to a number of plans her government envisages toward post-Ebola recovery.  She rightly included improvement in the healthcare delivery system, as well as education, agriculture and Liberian participation in business.But she spoke in generalities and presented no specific outline of what she intends in each of these areas.The Address could be described as essentially lackluster (bland), primarily because she spoke in generalities, gave us no bold prescription of how she and her government intend to jumpstart the economy, and most especially the revitalization of the healthcare delivery system.She herself and many other partners have stressed that the Ebola epidemic was allowed to wreak its  deadly havoc and do it so rapidly because of the weak healthcare system in all three countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.This is what led the People’s Republic of China, through its Ambassador, Zhang Yue, to announce last October his government’s pledge “to work with other international partners to help [rebuild] and modernize Liberia’s health sector in the post-Ebola period.  Similar pledges followed from the Americans and the European Union.  This newspaper has been pleading with the government to seize this golden opportunity and devise a comprehensive and detailed plan for the revitalization of healthcare in Liberia.  But we have yet to see one.  The Ministry of Health (MOH) reacted verbally to our last  Monday Editorial on this subject, saying that indeed a plan had been devised.  But the plan is not that impressive.In her address, the President mentioned a ten-year program for the training of healthcare professionals, improving and expanding services at primary and secondary healthcare centers, upgrading county hospitals and establishing three regional hospitals. She further spoke of what she called “the repositioning of John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) to meet its envisioned role as a national referral center.”There were, however, no specifics.  Which healthcare professionals does she intend  to train—are they nurses, paramedics or medical doctors—or all three?  How does she intend to do that?   Both the Tubman National Institute for Medical Arts (TNIMA) and most especially the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine are crying for help.  We recently reported that the College’s students’ allowances, like the salaries of faculty and staff of the university itself, are eight months in arrears.  Does the President know this?  What plans are in the offing to fix that, then move on to the larger question of reequipping and expanding the college? George Fahnbulleh, a top commentator on the Observer web site, wrote that “with a 3% net population growth rate, Liberia will have an estimated population of 6.74 million in 2030 and will need . . .  approximately 1,752 doctors to meet [the] average.”  According to him,  we need to produce 105 new doctors every year for the next 15 years?  This, it seems to us, underscores the urgency of immediately addressing the needs of the Medical College.What intervention plans has the government for the West African Post Graduate Medical College?  The college needs its own campus, with well equipped buildings and a topnotch teaching staff to train medical specialists.  Are there any plans for that?Where exactly upcountry does the President intend to place the three referral hospitals?  And which healthcare centers are targeted for improvement and expansion?  What are JFK’s own plans for revitalization? Recent statistics show that our maternal death rate is rising.  That is a sign that infant mortality is not far behind.  Yet there is only one Liberian gynecologist at the JFK—the Chief Medical Officer himself, Dr. Billy Johnson; and only one pediatrician, Dr. Sia Camonor.  Numerous other specialists are lacking at the nation’s leading referral hospital.  What are the JFK’s own plans for training specialists or reengaging Liberian medical specialists in the Diaspora?Herein lay the urgent need to build the West African Post Graduate College of Medicine.    We pray that the President and her Health Ministry team, in collaboration with the partners, especially the Chinese, Americans and EU, will as soon as possible devise the plan, so that we may begin the urgent task of rebuilding our healthcare sector and turn Liberia into one truly healthy nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LP to curtail production at Dawson Creek mill resulting in 88 layoffs

first_imgTrottier said there is no indication of a turnaround in the U.S. housing market in the very near future, but he said their approach is to maintain equipment and a level of activity so that if production levels return, the plant will be ready.“We have told our employees that we are structuring this curtailment with the intention that Dawson Creek is going to return to full-press production in the future.”He added the company as a whole is pursuing opportunities in other markets, but given the specialized products the local mill produces, overseas markets have yet to be developed for those specific products.Trottier wished to note that the curtailment is in no way a reflection of the productivity of the mill’s employees, many of whom have worked there for decades.Advertisement A struggling economy in the United States is to blame for the struggles of the local mill, said plant manager Shawn Trottier.“We’re a company that distributes most of our products primarily to the United States – building products – and the economy down there isn’t supporting housing starts at a level required to consume the material we produce,” he said, “so unfortunately we’ve had to re-evaluate our situation, at least temporarily, and come up with a different strategy to ensure the long-term survival of this mill.”He added the layoffs at the mill don’t include the impacts to the mill’s logging partners, and to other vendors.- Advertisement -The mill will retain about 26 of its 114 employees to continue to manufacture its TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing, which Trottier explained is a product used in the construction of new homes that reflects solar radiation away from the home, and is used in warm climates such as in California and Arizona. He said the Dawson Creek mill will receive “blanks” from the Peace Valley joint-venture mill near Fort St. John, and the product will be finished at the local mill.However, he said despite the continued success of that niche product, it only represents a fraction of the mill’s overall production and is not enough to keep the press running full time.“In a month we might be able to – during this current curtailment – process and ship two to three million square feet of TechShield, and that’s basically a day or two days production off our main press,” he said.Advertisement “They’ve done a fantastic job, and we’ve endured some pretty adverse economic conditions over the last three years and forced into a production schedule that was up and down at best. It’s a challenge that the folks here in Dawson Creek met very well, but unfortunately the market conditions just aren’t going to support continuation that at this time, but we will be back in the future.”last_img read more

Outmatched by Florida, again, UCLA falls, 76-66, in semifinals

first_imgUCLA wanted very much to defeat Florida on Saturday night in their NCAA semifinal. The thing is, Florida wanted very much to win, too. And arrived with simply too much talent, too many deft outside shooters, too many dominant big men inside, too many weapons leaving the Bruins a half-step slow, a moment away. “Credit Florida,” said UCLA coach Ben Howland. “They’re an outstanding team with outstanding athletes, very well coached. “And that’s why they’re the NCAA champion and playing for it again on Monday night.” ATLANTA – Great coaching and defense can only take you so far. It can get you to the door, knocking feverishly, believing this time a new world really will open. Entering the world of champions normally requires an additional element, one more than grit and determination, more than a commitment to bare-knuckle defense. Superior talent is a hard animal to overcome, no matter the meticulous preparation, the intense defense, the focused determination. The final showed the Bruins falling 76-66, which I suppose is some improvement over last year’s 16-point loss to Florida in the NCAA championship game. Yet it was mostly more of the same, more Gators with a brilliant inside-out game, more Gators making the big plays, making the athletic plays, able to score when truly needed. Even after a fairly brutal first half, after the Bruins fell into foul trouble and everyone not named Josh Shipp missed jumpers, they were still in the game. Despite Arron Afflalo picking up three fouls and playing only five first-half minutes, despite shooting only 31 percent and being outrebounded 20-11, UCLA trailed by just six at the half. It was looking like another defensive grind, the kind of game UCLA just might be able to pull out if it could dig deep enough, could truly step up. When Michael Roll hit his only shot of the night, the 3-pointer brought UCLA to within four with 18:43 to play. Everything seemed possible. Only then Florida took complete control. Lee Humphrey nailed a pair of 3-pointers. Joakim Noah followed a pair of misses inside. Corey Brewer hit a three. Chris Richard came off the bench to dunk. It was a 12-0 run and Florida would never again lead by less than double digits. “That’s just a good team,” said UCLA guard Darren Collison. Too good again. Too talented still. UCLA would have had a chance at the upset if it had hit from outside in the first half — it forced 10 Florida turnovers, while turning it over only one — or if several players just weren’t able to contribute until well too late. “We had great effort, but we needed to make a few plays,” Afflalo said. Afflalo, who was only three of 10 from the field against Florida last year, didn’t score his first basket Saturday until there was 6:18 to play. At that point, UCLA trailed by 16 and the game was over. Afflalo, a junior who might leave for the NBA, was unable to fight back tears in the postgame locker room. “Making the Final Four is not enough,” he said. “Even if I wasn’t at UCLA, competing for the championship is not enough.” Only Afflalo (five of 14) was hardly alone in UCLA players who failed to deliver Saturday. Mbah a Moute had five points and five rebounds. Roll was one of five. Lorenzo Mata had two rebounds and Alfred Aboya three. Collison was three of 14 from the field, not scoring his first basket until there was 9:26 to play. The Bruins needed a superior game from Afflalo and Collison if they hoped to upset Florida, and when they both crumbled early, any realistic UCLA chance wilted. “We had their offense well schemed,” Afflalo said. “We were well prepared tonight. It was about going out and performing.” Last year when the Bruins were embarrassed in the final game of the season, they looked back and questioned their effort. Watched film and determined that Florida had played with the greater intensity. But the lesson learned should have been that Florida played with the greater athletes. That it had more and better players. “Everybody fought their hearts out today,” Shipp said. “Florida just did a great job.” Howland had previously contended that Florida was a team without weakness, that it was one of the great college basketball teams ever. If the Gators defeat Ohio State in Monday’s title game, those accolades will no doubt flow. On Saturday, it was simply clear the Gators were the better team. “Tonight they were — definitely,” Mbah a Moute said. “All of them contributed. They all played well.” They gave UCLA constant matchup problems. They came at them with waves of depth the Bruins could not equal. The Bruins made it to the Final Four for the second consecutive year, and that’s to be highly commended. It is hardly that the Bruins are devoid of talent, but they returned on the strength of their defense, on the ultra-preparation of Howland. But they are a somewhat fragmented team, one whose offense can disappear for long stretches. Even Saturday when Afflalo got hot at the end and the Bruins cut an 18-point Florida lead to 10 with 1:47 to play, offering the smallest glimmer of hope, they answered by missing their next five consecutive 3-point attempts. In the end, the Bruins looked more like great overachievers than a team truly ready to take that last step into greatness. Next year, highly touted center Keith Love arrives, along with Fairfax’s Chase Stanback. Great recruiting classes will be needed. An upgrade in the overall talent level. For now, the defense and coaching has taken UCLA as far as it’s likely to go. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 49 Tulane In San Diego

first_imgThe Bulldogs got wins at No. 2 and No. 5 singles as Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch prevaile. Gillespie defeated Hamish Stewart 6-3, 6-3 while MacGeoch subdue Dane Esses 6-2, 6-3. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Drake University men’s basketball team opened the San Diego Spring Classic with a 4-2 setback to No. 49 Tulane Friday afternoon. Drake dropped the doubles point despite the tandem of Bayo Philips and Barny Thorold winning at No. 1 doubles, 6-3. #49 Tulane 4, Drake 2Mar 22, 2019 at San Diego, Calif. (SDSU)Singles competition1. #64 Ewan Moore (TLN) def. Tom Hands (DU) 6-3, 6-02. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Hamish Stewart (TLN) 6-3, 6-33. #96 Luis Erlenbusch (TLN) def. Bayo Philips (DU) 6-1, 6-24. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 6-0, 6-35. Calum MacGeoch (DU) def. Dane Esses (TLN) 6-2, 6-36. Tim Ruetzel (TLN) vs. Ben Clark (DU) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished Story Links Match NotesDrake 14-10Tulane 7-10; National ranking #49Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (,3,1,2) Print Friendly Version Next Game: Full Schedule Roster at San Diego State 3/23/2019 – TBA The Bulldogs continue competition at the San Diego Spring Classic Saturday against either No. 38 Harvard or San Diego State. Box Score (HTML) Doubles competition1. Bayo Philips/Barny Thorold (DU) def. Ewan Moore/Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-32. Akos Kotorman/Hamish Stewart (TLN) def. Vinny Gillespie/Ben Clark (DU) 6-43. Dane Esses/Luis Erlenbusch (TLN) def. Tom Hands/Calum MacGeoch (DU) 6-2 Previewlast_img read more

Volleyball Begins MVC Road Swing At Loyola

first_img Live Stats Drake Match Notes ESPN3 Story Links The Drake University volleyball team plays its first Missouri Valley Conference road match of the season Monday when it travels to Loyola. First serve between the Bulldogs and Ramblers is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN3.The Bulldogs opened the MVC season by going 1-1 over the weekend with a 3-2 win over Indiana State and 3-1 loss to Evansville at the Knapp Center. Loyola opened its league campaign with a win over Valparaiso.Freshman Haley Bush led Drake with 42 kills on the opening weekend, including 25 in the five-set win over Indiana State. She is currently fifth in the MVC in kills per set with 3.96 and already has 206 kills this season. Bush has led a group of newcomers that have accounted for 43.3 percent of the Bulldogs’ points this season.Setter Paige Aspinwall has responded to the Bulldogs’ recent shift in offenses with back-to-back double-doubles including 41 assists and a career-high 20 digs in the win over Indiana State. In that win over Indiana State, Gillian Gergen notched a career-high 11 blocks as Drake had 14 team blocks. However, against Evansville, the Bulldogs only blocked four attacks. Drake is currently third in the MVC in blocks with more than two per set.The Bulldogs are 3-3 against the Ramblers in Chicago with three wins in the last four trips to Gentile Arena. The two teams split last year’s series with each team winning on the road.Following Monday’s match, the Bulldogs continue MVC play with a weekend series at SIU and Missouri State. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Warriors refute report that Stephen Curry is likely to miss entire season

first_imgMINNESOTA — Warriors guard Stephen Curry has not been ruled out for the season, a source told Bay Area News Group Friday, refuting an earlier report that Curry is likely to miss the entire season with a broken hand.Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher wrote Friday that “a team source says the fracture was worse than originally thought, and it’s unlikely that he plays again this season.” The Warriors’ expectation is for Curry to be re-evaluated in February, as originally intended, and decide on next …last_img read more

Darwin’s Complete Writings to Be Posted on Internet

first_imgCambridge University is planning to post online tens of thousands of pages of the complete works of Charles Darwin and the people who influenced him, reported Nigel Williams in Current Biology.1 1Nigel Williams, “Darwin on the web,” Current Biology, Vol 15, R530, 26 July 2005.Bad news for the Darwin Party.  What will they do when his racist writings become public (09/13/2002), and the world can see exposed his connivances with the Four Musketeers to shut off opposition to his little black book? (See 10/24/2002 and 01/06/2004 entries).  What will they do when the intelligent design movement puts links everywhere to their favorite quote? “A fair result can only be obtained by balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  Great idea by Cambridge.  Now Charlie can be caught in his own web.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How Will Home-Based 3D Printers Impact the Economy?

first_imgRelated Posts Frank Landman Follow the Puck Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Thanks to advanced IoT technology, we may soon live in an era where home-based 3D printers are as common as refrigerators. As long as you have the raw materials necessary, and an internet connection to find the design templates you need, you could print practically anything, from a pocket comb to a new table for your living room.For creative minds and ambitious inventors, this is a thrilling prospect, but how would it affect our economy at large?The Potential Economic RamificationsWith any new technology, it’s important to recognize the potential economic consequences of a full-fledged takeover. Assuming most American households eventually have a 3D printer available, how could that impact the economy?Less consumer spending. If you had a choice between buying a new set of bookends for $50 and printing one yourself for a few cents, which would you choose? Unless those bookends have some special personal appeal, you’ll go with the latter. On an individual basis, this choice may not matter much, but once millions of people start opting to print their own items, rather than purchasing them, overall consumer spending could drop, which could be grounds for an economic recession.Rise in demand for plastics. The main types of materials used for 3D printing are ABS, PLA, and PVA plastics, though others are sure to emerge as they become more feasible and less costly. In the interim, if there’s a surge of consumers relying on these products for their own 3D printing needs, it could drive up demand for the raw materials. If the prices of raw materials are driven up, it could stifle the growth of 3D printing overall.Demand for designs and specs. There will almost certainly be increased demand for design specs; consumers will want to put their printers to good use, but may not have the time or the technical ability to create their own designs. Accordingly, sites and individuals who work to distribute more designs will see a surge in sales and/or traffic.Job loss. 3D printing has the power to make manufacturing far less expensive—and more automated. Accordingly, we may see the loss of some human jobs in the manufacturing industry. Granted, this is an industry-level effect, but it could restrict income and buying power for residential consumers if it unfolds on a large enough scale.Arguments for Little to No EffectOf course, it could be argued that the rise of home-based 3D printing may have little to no economic impact, whatsoever.For example:Home-based printers didn’t abolish the printing industry. Consider this: modern printing companies are as efficient and profitable as ever, offering printing for far less money than it would cost to print at home. Home-based traditional printers have barely affected the industry at all. We might see a similar effect with 3D printers, where industrial prototyping and manufacturing remain more cost-efficient than any home setup.3D printing tech is still expensive. Though prices have fallen sharply since the initial rise of the technology, it’s still going to cost you at least a few hundred dollars if you want a 3D printer at home. This is going to be a prohibitive obstacle for people wanting to start creating their own materials, but it may stoke the fires of innovation in companies capable of producing more cost-efficient printers.Not all consumers want a 3D printer. We also need to consider the realities of consumer demand. A few years ago, only one in three American consumers were interested in buying a 3D printer. If consumers aren’t generally interested in having a 3D printer at home, the reach of the technology will be stunted, and all these potential economic ramifications will be inherently limited—at least until demand increases in the future.So how, exactly, will 3D printers transform our economy? There are many variables at play here, so it’s difficult to say for sure. 3D printing has awesome production capabilities, both for manufacturers and individuals, but it’s so early in its development that it’s nearly impossible to tell how it will grow from here—or how it could affect our buying habits.center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutionslast_img read more

Exoskeleton helps former Canadian soldier walk again

first_imgToronto, Sep 20 (PTI) A former Canadian soldier who survived a debilitating brain injury while on duty in Afghanistan in 2006 has recovered his ability to walk again with the help of a customised exoskeleton. Trevor Greene was told he would likely never walk again after he suffered a brain injury when a teenage boy attacked him with an axe, cracking his skull. Greene survived but was left unable to walk. He began working with Ryan DArcy, a neuroscientist and professor at Canadas Simon Fraser University, in 2009. DArcy asked Greene to partner with him in a research project to explore how brain plasticity affects motor functions. Plasticity refers to the brains ability to reorganise its neural pathways and synapses in response to different behaviours, thoughts or emotions. The two have since met regularly for DArcy to collect functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of Greenes brain to track how the brain rewires itself. In an article published in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, DArcy and his research team have challenged the current assumptions that after a traumatic brain injury, any further recovery ceases to happen over the long-term. His team discovered physical functions can be recovered through rehabilitation even six years after an injury. In 2014, DArcy called on Carolyn Sparrey, an assistant professor in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE) who has extensive experience in biomechanics, to see if she could customise an exoskeleton that would suit the unique requirements of the 6 feet 4 inches tall Greene. Exoskeletons are typically designed for those with spinal cord injuries as an assistive technology providing lower leg movement. Sparrey notes that this is the first time exoskeleton technology has been used for a person with a brain injury. Today, Greene is able to walk upright with assistance, outfitted with a custom-made exoskeleton from Israel-based company, ReWalk. In the future he plans to walk unassisted. Ultimately, he says his goal is to make it to Everest base camp. The motorised exoskeleton has been customised so that Greene can wear the battery pack as a backpack. PTI MHN RCL AKJ RCLadvertisementlast_img read more

Suhrawadi Shuvo ‘out of danger’ after hit by Taskin Ahmed bouncer

first_imgBangladesh allrounder, Suhrawadi Shuvo has been hospitalised after being stuck on the lower right side of his neck. Playing for Victoria Sporting Club against Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League, Shuvo was struck while evading a Taskin Ahmed bouncer.The incident happened in the 25th over when Shuvo was batting on 21 and faced a low bouncer from Taskin. The ball didn’t rise as anticipated by the batsman and hitting him on the side of his head.BCB’s chief physician, Dr Debashish Chowdhury said Shuvo was out of danger after undergoing scans at the Apollo hospital. Chowdhury added that the new helmets with safety regulations would have helped the allrounder but he wasn’t wearing one.”He is out of danger. The CT scan and MRI showed that there has been no damage to his brain. He will be kept under observation for the next 24 hours at the hospital as a precautionary measure. He is stable now, but as with any head injuries, they will observe him for at least 24 hours.”It would have helped if he was wearing the helmet with new safety regulations, but he wasn’t,” Chowdhury told ESPNCricinfo. Shuvo was rushed to a hospital after he failed to respond to one of the four tests done in these sort of situations. Following that he was rushed to a hospital 12kms from the stadium with the Victoria team staff and BCB physician, Monirul Amin.last_img read more

India Blue in firm control vs India Red in Duleep Trophy final

first_imgInching closer to lifting the Duleep Trophy, India Blue took a virtually unassailable lead of 476 runs against India Red on a rain-truncated penultimate day of the tournament final at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground here on Tuesday. (Latest Cricket stories)Play was marred due to rain with two stoppages halting play. Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal scored a fifty and skipper Gautam Gambhir scored a fluent 36 as India Blue reached 139/3 at stumps. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav snared two wickets.India Test regulars Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease on 22 and 3 respectively.Resuming at the overnight total of 1/0, India Blue got off to a steady start with Gambhir and Agarwal stitching a 67-run partnership.Gambhir wasted little time to stretch the lead by punching Pradeep Sangwan through cover and point for the first runs of the evening. The 34-year old gave little leeway to Nathu Singh in the next over, clipping a full length delivery to the deep mid-wicket fence.Nathu did not have a good time bowling to Gambhir as the seasoned campaigner carted him for two more boundaries in the sixth over of the evening.RAIN PLAYS SPOILSPORTJust as India Blue looked to be cruising smoothly, at 33/0 in six overs, there was another stoppage in play, this time for an hour and fifteen minutes. Gambhir looked good for a long innings after play restarted, but departed to the delight of India Red.The dashing Delhi opener, though not happy with the decision, was drawn forward by a nicely tossed up delivery by Kuldeep forcing the southpaw to miss his front foot defence and let the ball spin away to hit him in front of the stumps.advertisementBarring Kuldeep who has been Gambhir’s bane in the final, the 2011 World Cup star looked good for his 36 at a swift strike rate of 61.01.At the other end, Agarwal played well for his 52 laced with seven fours. The 25-year old brought up his fifty in propitious fashion, flicking a Kuldeep delivery off the middle of the bat which Nathu misfielded at deep midwicket allowing the ball to trickle over the ropes. Agarwal brought up his 11th fifty in first-class cricket.Soon after though, the right-hander perished, this time, Nathu making no mistake at deep midwicket. Trying to hit Kuldeep with the spin into the stands, the Karnataka batsman ended up dragging it to Nathu.Dinesh Karthik did not last long, trying to be too swishy too early. Hurrying to a 12-ball 16, the experienced keeper stepped out to Amit Mishra missing the turn altogether.Brief Scores: India Blue 693/6 declared (Cheteshwar Pujara 256 not out, Sheldon Jackson 134; Amit Mishra 2-171) and 139/3 (Mayank Agarwal 52; Kuldeep Yadav 2/47) lead India Red 356 (Stuart Binny 98, Mishra 65; Ravindra Jadeja 5-95) by 476 runs.last_img read more

How Madrid’s best players flopped under Lopetegui

first_imgJulen Lopetegui has been sacked as Real Madrid head coach after seeing the winners of the last three Champions League finals slip to ninth in LaLiga.The former Spain coach struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu and, upon his departure on Monday, the club noted that eight Madrid players were nominated for the Ballon d’Or and should be capable of better.While Lopetegui has paid the price for his poor decisions, those world-class stars did not always help their coach in the opening 14 games of the campaign. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Following his sacking, we look at how Madrid’s octet of potential prize-winners have underperformed so far this term.last_img read more

Premier League: Newcastle draw at West Brom, Palace hold Brighton

first_imgNewcastle ended a run of four straight Premier League losses by coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion, whose winless run stretched to 13 games ahead of its likely appointment of Alan Pardew as manager.Pardew, who will reportedly be hired on Wednesday, will inherit a side two points above the Premier League relegation zone.Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field put Albion 2-0 up by the 56th minute at The Hawthorns, but Ciaran Clark reduced the deficit in the 59th and Newcastle equalized through Jonny Evans’ own goal in the 83rd.Newcastle’s comeback moved the team up to 12th place and five points clear of the bottom three ahead of a weekend trip to Chelsea.Pardew, who wasn’t at the match, will take on former club Crystal Palace on Saturday should his appointment be confirmed.PALACE EARN FIRST AWAY POINTPremier League strugglers Crystal Palace earned its first away point of the season with a 0-0 draw at Brighton on Tuesday.Bottom of the table, Palace was unable to make a breakthrough as the team’s search for a first league goal on the road since April continues.Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha went closest for the visitors when they were thwarted in quick succession by a superb double save from goalkeeper Mat Ryan, while Brighton striker Glenn Murray had a late header blocked on the line by Andros Townsend.Palace, under former England manager Roy Hodgson, is level on nine points with 19th-place Swansea, which has a game in hand. Brighton slipped to 10th in the standings.advertisementlast_img read more