Mathematics in determining majority

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to make a small contribution to the current debate about the mathematics involved in determining the majority in the National Assembly.The National Assembly is made up of 65 elected members and these can be given a mathematical description of being the Universal Set. We are dealing with Nominal data. Rudimentary understanding of the mathematical operations on sets, including the Universal Set, precludes using computational operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A few mathematical operations defined for sets are union, intersection, subset and complement. The subset of the set of natural (Counting) numbers (1 – 65) can be used to describe each member of the National Assembly uniquely. Zero is not a counting number and therefore there is no member that can be labelled 0. To divide 65 by 2 is assuming that the Universal Set of 65 is on a ratio scale implying that the scale is continuous with an absolute zero and therefore you will have fractional persons. This is totally illogical and outside the realm of reality.From the Universal Set of 65 members, a number of subsets can be formed and the cardinality of each subset can be determined by counting. If two subsets are formed, the subset with the greater cardinality is deemed to be the subset with the majority. In the current case, one subset of 65 is 32 and the other subset is 33. Therefore the subset with 33 is the subset with the majority. The Union of all subsets must be equal to the Universal Set, ie 32 + 33 = 65. At no time will 65 be exceeded. The claim that 34 out of 65 is majority and not 33 totally incorrect since 32 + 34 = 66 and 66 is not the composition of the National Assembly. Who is the identifiable 66th member out of 65 in this case? What stupidity!Respectfully,Mohandatt Goolsarranlast_img read more

New UN Mission on Ebola Established

first_imgThe United Nations has established and new agency known as United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).The establishment comes following UN Security Council meeting in New York which adopted a resolution to urgently and promptly respond to the Ebola crisis in four West African Countries including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.The UN General Assembly having adopted the resolution on Monday, September 22 following the Security Council’s resolution, the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said, “I have now established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).”The mission, according to a dispatch from New York will be headquartered in Ghana to oversee Ebola activities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that are highly hit by the Ebola virus.“I have issued instructions that UNMEER advance teams deploy to the mission headquarters in Ghana and to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by Monday, 22 September 2014,” Mr. Ban noted.The mission will be responsible to provide the operational framework and unity of purpose to ensure the rapid, carry out effective and coherent action necessary to stop the outbreak, to treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread to countries currently unaffected.Meanwhile, the UN Security Council of recent held an emergency meeting in New York where it came out with proposals to make a quick response to the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that are gravely affected.The response to Ebola in West Africa is recorded in the UN history to be one issue that has gained more support.  During the discussion chaired by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, 130 persons gave support to the adoption of a response to Ebola in West Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prospective diplomats trained in human trafficking

first_imgWith the main focus of rescuing vulnerable persons from human trafficking and seeking to eliminate the scourge of this issue within Guyana, 24 prospective diplomats were on Monday facilitated by the Ministerial Task Force in a one-day Trafficking In Persons (TIP) workshop.Prospective diplomats and lecturers who were part of the TIP programmeHeld at the Police Training Centre on Camp Street, Georgetown, a series of activities and discussions were organised to provide these stakeholders with the knowledge and skills to address and successfully deal with human trafficking. Till date, human trafficking remains at the top of the list for the most profitable criminal activity.Giving his remarks, the Coordinator of the Ministerial Task Force on TIP, Oliver Profitt noted that the Task Force has been working assiduously to have systems in place to zero in on these cases. These include a Code of Conduct which they are seeking to establish with assistance from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).“We are going to have some more stringent measures put in place. In addition to that, we welcome the Caribbean Development Bank who we have started now to request expressions of interest for persons to provide consultancy on a Code of Conduct and a training manual for the Task Force,” Profitt said.He further mentioned, “To help with our investigations, we also want to launch a human friendly document on the combating of Trafficking In Persons Act Chapter 10:06.”While noting that Trafficking In Persons can be difficult to detect, Profitt indicated that it must be done since a person’s human rights are violated when they are subjected to such circumstances. So far, close to half of the cases that were filed by the Police indicate that many of the victims are foreigners.“According to our numbers, 46 per cent of victims that we would’ve detected through the Police statistics are shown to be from overseas. There is definitely a cross border element to Trafficking In Persons even though it happens locally or within the country.”Director of Multilateral and Global Affairs at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Troy Torrington, once again reminded the potential diplomats that trafficking is abuse to a person’s human rights. He noted that according to the United Nation’s (UN) statistics, a majority of trafficked persons are women and girls.“According to that data, two-thirds of the identified victims of human trafficking are women and two in three child victims in human trafficking are young girls. The situation in Guyana is equally concerning. From my perspective, every case of human trafficking is a cost to our society,” said Torrington.In the past, similar workshops have been conducted with mines officers, community policing groups and Police prosecutors so as to widen the scope of spreading awareness when addressing human trafficking.last_img read more


first_imgChildren from Stramore National School, Glendowan who are the only natonal school from Donegal competing in the young Scientist of the Year Competition in January at the RDS. The students with the help of their parents have completed their tests to show the benefits of drinking 2 litres of water a day as part of a daily intake. and will exhibit their results at the start of the year in the finals in Dublin. Photo Brian McDaid‘Water’ time it is for students at Stramaore National School in Glendowan!The school are exhibiting their science project at the RDS Primary Science Fair for the very first time and are the only primary school in Donegal entering this year.Stramore senior classes were delighted to accept an invitation to exhibit their project on their question ‘Does drinking two litres of water a day improve our health and wellbeing?’ The students in 5th and 6th classes have been busy, since October last, sending out questionnaires and rating scales to parents and friends of the school asking them to measure their waistlines, resting heart beat and weight before committing to drinking two litres of water a day for five weeks.We all on the water. Seriously..Parents and friends of the students at Stramore National School, Glendowan pictured as they celebrate their completion of test carried out by their children who are preparing for the young scientist of the year competition in January, The children have just finished their tests where their parents and friends joined in on tests in their homes on the importance of water in the our daily diet. Photo Brian McDaidParticipants recorded their measurements each week for five weeks. Results after drinking water for five weeks are interesting and thought provoking. Most participants are reporting clearer skin, better sleep patterns, more energy, better mood and some weight loss.The Stramore children are delighted with their results and would encourage everybody to drink more water. They also designed and made stethoscopes, some of which work just as well as a ‘real medical’ stethoscope which really was surprising yet exciting. Thanks to Bella, Cresslough Medical centre for the loan of a Stethoscope, which the children explored thoroughly.Over 300 classes applied this year to enter the Primary Science fair, that’s over 7,500 children, which is a huge increase compared to last year. This January 2016 over 4,500 fourth, fifth and sixth class students from across the country will be at one of the RDS Primary Science Fairs (RDS Dublin and Limerick). Working under the supervision of their teacher, the entire class is encouraged to be inquisitive and curious about the world around them, with class projects that answer questions such as ‘Can I charge my mobile device with a fruit or vegetable?’ ‘How clean are our pencils?’ And ‘Why does bread get hard and biscuits get soft?’The RDS Primary Science Fair encourages primary school teachers to focus on developing students’ core scientific skills by investigating a question or problem by ‘working scientifically’ and ‘designing and making’ as per the primary science curriculum. Teachers’ feedback indicates that it’s not just science skills that benefit but that literacy, oral language and numeracy skills can improve through participation.International studies have also demonstrated a direct link between primary school science engagement and later academic science achievement.Meanwhile Stramore children say: Remember to drink more water!‘WATER’ TERRIFIC RESULT FOR THIRSTY DONEGAL SCHOOL! was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalGlendowanStramore National SchoolwaterYoung Scientistlast_img read more

Volleyball Upended By UNI In Three Sets

first_img The Valley on ESPN Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Print Friendly Version Watch Live Box Score (HTML) Evansville 9/24/2018 – 7 p.m. Buy Tickets Live Stats Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team was clipped by visiting UNI, 3-0, in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams Friday, Sept. 21, night at the Knapp Center.Drake (11-4, 0-1 MVC) was led by Cathryn Cheek’s (Coppell, Texas) 13 kills on 34 attempts as the Bulldogs fell by set scores of 25-21, 25-18, 25-22.”Tonight was another tough result as we continued to improve as a team against really tough competition this week,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We’ve competed in each of these matches but have not been able to come out on top and that is certainly the next step for our program to take.”Cheek’s offensive assault was evenly spread across all three sets as she registered four kills in each of the first two sets and five kills in the third set. “It was good to see Cathryn Cheek get off to a hot start tonight and lead us offensively,” McBroom asked. The loss was the Bulldogs’ third-straight, with the previous two coming against perennial NCAA Tournament qualifiers Missouri and Kansas.UNI (7-6, 1-0 MVC) had three players register double-figures in kills with Piper Thomas hitting .560 with 16 kills on 25 attempts. Karlie Taylor added 13 kills and Jaydlin Seehase had 13. The Bulldogs nearly extended the match in the third set thanks to an early run that erased a five-point deficit. Drake held a tie late at 19-19 before UNI pulled away for the 25-22 win to take the match. Next Game:last_img read more

Scammers nabbed after mistakingly calling Ballybofey Garda Station!

first_imgInternet scammers have been caught after mistakingly calling a Co Donegal Garda station.The hoaxers called Ballybofey Garda station this morning a number of times claiming their internet was broken.The conmen said they could fix the internet but that it would cost a fee to do so. However, the schemers soon hung up abruptly when they realised they had connected to the long arm of the law!A spokesman revealed “Gardaí in Ballybofey have received a number of scam calls this morning from people offering to fix their Internet for them.“Of course, this service comes at a price and they were asked for their bank details! The calls ended swiftly when they were informed that they were calling a Garda Station.”The Garda spokesman warned people always to be aware of such hoaxes. “Please be aware that these calls are doing the rounds today and advise any elderly or vulnerable people you know to never give their bank details or any other personal details over the phone,” he said.Scammers nabbed after mistakingly calling Ballybofey Garda Station! was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:Ballybofeydonegalelderlyscamscam callslast_img read more

2010 National Communication Partnership Annual Conference

first_imgThursday 16 August 2007What was said at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference, 15 August 2007“Indeed, Africa’s time has come – and as communicators and we are ready to tell our own stories, as Africans we will tell stories of a developing African continent. It is our responsibility not anybody else responsibility. It is our assignment not anybody else assignment. We are delegated by history to communicate about Africa’s stories of success; the world cup is one of those stories to be told” – Mr Nkenke Kekana, Chairperson: 2010 National Communication Partnership “There is a clarion call to communicators to seize the moment Africa has been given. Africa’s time has come to tell the story of Africa in different voices; to tell our story in tenor and alto and bass, but to tell our story of Africa” – Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnership “Nobody is going to change Africa for us. Nobody is going to project Africa for us. No one knows Africa better than us. No one else knows how we want to project Africa to the world” – Rev Dr Makhenkesi Stofile, Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa“Uninformed commentators, even in the 21st century, those, who are by no means superior but are fortunate to possess the measuring rod, still regard Africa as one big country where all forms of crime, criminality and barbarism are the rule. It is a challenge for Africa…to use the opportunity of the 2010 World Cup to counter the wrong perceptions of Africa and project the positive image and values of the continent” – Mr Ben Egbuna, President of the African Union of Broadcasting and Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria“We have to tell the world our story. It is easy to write off the media and say they only tell the negative story. It is time for us to take control of the story” – Ms Yvonne Johnston, CEO: International Marketing Council “[What we are seeking] is an African solidarity by communicators that will henceforth seek means and ways of promoting a positive image of our continent…. This solidarity will ultimately [be] embodied in the establishment of a continental network of communicators with a defined mandate and objectives beyond 2010” – Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnership “All over Africa you find that Africa’s time has come – to celebrate to sing and dance but also to deliver excellence, efficiency and to be global players. Africa’s time has come not just to be looking for charity but for challenge” – Mr Danny Jordaan, CEO: 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa [We must] stand shoulder to shoulder united as one people to say ‘Africa’s time has come’ – Mr Tim Modise, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa “Africa’s time has come to do her thingAfrica’s time has come to tell her storyAfrica’s time has come to bring the world togetherAfrica’s time has come to host the football spectacularAfrica’s time has come to showcase her beauty and richnessAfrica’s time has come to create and bequeath a living legacy”– Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnershiplast_img read more

More learning, more success

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out.last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 47) (REOPENS DEL 47) India suffered a shock opening game defeat at Nagpur against New Zealand but then picked up pace to get the better of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia to be one victory away from entering their third summit clash in six editions. Windies, powered by Gayle force, ensured their entry into the last four with creditable victories over England, South Africa and Sri Lanka before coming a cropper against minnows Afghanistan in their previous game. The Caribbean charmers would be hoping to put the shock loss against Afghanistan behind them. The home team, on the other hand, will be hoping that Kohlis brilliant run, which included a master-class of 82 not out against Australia in the do-or-die game, continues unabated. They would also be eager to see that the under-performing opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan — who are averaging around 10 after four games — come good at a venue considered ideal for stroke-making. Also under the pump has been Suresh Raina at no. 4. The left-handers position has become weak with every passing match. Its imperative for Indias chances against the varied attack of the Windies, in which leg-spinner Samuel Badree has emerged as the highest wicket-taker, that the top-order fires in unison and does not depend only on the brilliance of Kohli to lead the way. One of the key battles to watch out for will be Ravichandran Ashwin against the left-handed Gayle who lit up this venue with 11 towering sixes in the game against England in which the Windies chased a 180-plus total successfully by riding on the Jamaicans swashbuckling 100 not out. Ashwin has had a fair measure of success too, claiming Gayle four times out of nine in T20 Internationals, but the world stage is a different proposition altogether. Including Ashwin, India has a settled bowling combination at its command with senior pro Ashish Nehra leading the seam attack. MORE PTI SSR PM MRM PMadvertisementlast_img read more