Ramjattan pushes for age 21 for alcohol purchases

first_img‘Alcohol control bill’Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said on Friday that he supports increasing the legal age of purchasing alcohol to 21. He made these comments at the Police Training Centre in Georgetown, as he reminded of the country’s many economic and social issues which are associated with the excessive consumptionPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanof alcohol. He however conceded that young persons, citing their early adulthood, may be against a move to limit their ability to freely purchase alcohol.“I’d certainly support that (increase the age); but of course, you’re going to get a lot of Guyanese, who are 18 year olds saying that we must be free to choose because they are adults at 18 [and would say] ‘we can vote, why can’t we have a drink’ and you’ll have a lot of arguments,” Ramjattan told reporters on Friday.His announcement comes days after Social Cohesion and Minister with responsibility for culture youth and sport, Dr George Norton suggested that an alcohol control bill be introduced in Parliament. Dr Norton had called for both the ages of purchasing and consumption to be increased, expressing his concern with the way in which people conduct themselves while being under the influence of alcohol. The Public Security Minister told reporters on Friday that he will work with the Health, Social Cohesion and Education Ministries to battle the scourge which he stressed, affects families and the wider society. Ramjattan is calling for the enforcement of existing alcohol consumption related laws.“We do have a number of regulations and what we have to do now is enforce those regulations. Alcohol is a big problem and it has led to consequential challenges. it has also led to tremendous violence in homes, which has other consequential issues like children not being brought up properly – daddy beating up mommy and [children] not being well nurtured because money goes towards the liquor,” Ramjattan expressed.In the past few months, several road accidents have been recorded which saw many pedestrians and car occupants losing their lives. Drunk driving has been listed as one of the causes of serious accidents.These latest suggestions to curb alcohol consumption follows Minister Ramjattan’s enforcement of an early morning curfew in July 2015 which stops bars, nightclubs and restaurants across the country from opening beyond 02:00h. In the past, the Minister threatened to revoke or suspend the licences of businesses which did not comply. However, the enforcement is often relaxed during the holiday season and for other special events. Minister Ramjattan maintains that these measures form part of his crime-fighting strategy.last_img read more

Wikivoyage Answers World’s Need For A Wikipedia For Travel

first_imgjon mitchell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos The Wikimedia Foundation launched Wikivoyage Tuesday, adding a travel site to its stable of free resources edited by anyone and everyone. Travel, and all the local advertising money that comes with it, is a hotly contested market on the Web, so having Wikivoyage as a non-commercial alternative feels like a breath of fresh air.Why isn’t it called Wikitravel? Well, because that already exists. It’s independent, and it has been around since 2003, and it will stick around, presumably. But Wikivoyage is now backed by the Wikimedia Foundation, home of Wikipedia. That means there will be marketing muscle behind it. Anyone can create or edit a Wikivoyage post, and the collaborative editing works basically the same way it does on Wikipedia. People who care a lot will do the work, and everyone gets the benefits. Wikivoyage has a long and exhaustive list of policies about what does and does not fly. Examples: “The traveler comes first,” “Do not wage edit war,” “Generally, if an attraction or business is not worth going to, leave it out.”Wikivoyage content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. That means you can read, copy, share, print, save, download, modify and even sell the content if you want. The only condition is that you uphold the terms of the license by attributing the work to its creators and freely licensing any reuse or derivative works. There are no ads. The only agenda is to get you to contribute work or money if you believe in the concept. Tags:#travel#Wikimedia Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The State Of Travel SitesContrast Wikivoyage with established travel sites like TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is a content business. Between its exhaustive listings and ratings, its hooks into social networks through Facebook, and its active community forums and photo galleries, it’s a gold mine for searching for all kinds of destinations. It’s a very busy site that’s all organized around its ad business.Then there’s Google, which has put the pieces in place to utterly dominate online travel research. Google already has your maps, it has your search history, it probably has your email and now it’s tying that all together with your name on Google+. It knows what you’re into. Then it bought ITA Software for flights, Zagat for restaurants and Frommer’s for the rest of the stuff in travel guides. Google can serve you for travel just like it can for other kinds of searches.There’s a lot of money in travel sites and applications, and the for-profit ones will surely keep improving. But as they do, there’s room for a strongly backed non-profit alternative like Wikivoyage, where the motivations are at least slightly more pure. That means what you see is less likely to be influenced by the service’s commercial interests. It also means less clutter.The Wiki’s VoyageWikivoyage was actually founded independently in Germany in 2006. Like many wiki projects, it emerged as a self-motivated passion project before being picked up by the Wikimedia Foundation. The content and brand was donated to the Wikimedia Foundation in October 2012, and the site was moved over in November. It has been in beta since then, and it launches today with around 50,000 articles and 200 editors on board.“There’s a huge global demand for travel information, but very few sources are both comprehensive and non-commercial. That’s about to change,” said Sue Gardner, executive director of Wikimedia, in a press release.“The purpose of the Wikivoyage Association is to promote education and knowledge of all countries and regions in the world, as well as understanding among nations,” said Stefan Fussan, Chairman of the board of the Wikivoyage Association, in the same press release. “We’re very excited about the launch of Wikivoyage as a Wikimedia project, and about the future role of the Association in supporting the Wikivoyage community through its programs.”Image via Wikimedia Commons.last_img read more

The Cloudy Future of Facial Recognition In Stores

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… antone gonsalves Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Department store surveillance cameras are not just watching for thieves. Some are also tracking customer activity. Knowing the ebb and flow of the number of shoppers, the path they take through the store and the products they touch can provide valuable information for boosting sales. While customers may find this level of scrutiny creepy, retailers see it as survival in a low-margin, fiercely competitive business.Customer Data For MarketingRetailers and vendors say technology is not being used today to personally identify shoppers. Software companies such as Prism Skylabs and RetailNext blur faces or use heat maps in providing visualizations of customer goings-on. In 2010, The Global Association For Marketing At Retail warned marketers against recording or storing facial data without consent. “While technology imposes few restrictions on data collections in retail settings, marketers should safeguard consumer privacy,” the group said in publishing a voluntary code of conduct for collecting in-store customer data.The Federal Trade Commission has said it does not have a problem with gathering aggregate information on shoppers. “We would be very concerned about the use of cameras to identify previously anonymous people,” Mark Eichorn of the FTC Division of Privacy and Identity Protection told Time magazine.Not surprisingly, privacy advocates are taking a more hardline stance. For them, the use of cameras for anything but catching pilferers is wrong, because most people do not know they are being watched for reasons other than security. But do people really expect privacy when standing in an aisle and checking out a jacket? They certainly don’t expect others to know who they are, but it’s a reasonable assumption that others will see them handling the potential purchase.Other Personal DataRetailers are gathering lots of personally identifiable information today. Every time you have your loyalty or rewards card swiped, the store is recording your purchase in order to offer you future deals on the same product or something similar. Usually, the offers come via email or on the receipt, but they could also arrive by snail mail.Loyalty cards help level the playing field between brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers, such as Amazon.com, one of the most advanced users of customer data. Amazon records every purchase for each customer, and is quick to email recommendations for products based on the customer’s buying history.In physical stores, tracking customers is another way of fine-tuning the business. Analyzing activity as a whole can lead to better decisions on staffing and on placement of product displays and ads. If online retailers track how people navigate their Web sites, why shouldn’t retailers do the same in stores?The use of video cameras to gather data for marketing and store performance is still new. A survey of 47 national and regional retailers found less than a third used surveillance to analyze shopping and buying behavior, according to the Loss Prevention Research Council. Only one in five used it to measure shelf and product placement effectiveness.Tech Vendors And PrivacyThose numbers are expected to grow and tech vendors are starting to push the envelope in order to stand out from the pack. For example, Italian mannequin maker Almax SpA has started selling a dummy called EyeSee that has a camera embedded in one eye, Bloomberg reported. The mannequin comes with facial recognition software that can record the age, gender and race of passers-by.EyeSee does not store any of the images. But you can see how Almax is trying to gather additional data through facial recognition, while still maintaining customer anonymity.Tying facial recognition to a database of loyalty cardholders sounds like nirvana for retailers. Imagine identifying customers entering the store and then texting coupons or special deals on products they may be willing to try. This might even be OK, legally speaking, if people signed up for the service.But retailers seem to be staying clear of facial recognition technology for marketing, according to Matthew Kovinsky, vice president of sales and marketing for San Francisco-based startup Prism SkyLabs. “We built in privacy to our product and we haven’t actually heard a ton of perspective customers pushing us to do more one to one identification and tracking.”While that appears to hold true today, it’s hard to imagine that will remain the status quo forever.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

TSR approved by Exec Board headed by Kalmadi not me: OC CEO

first_imgCWG Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Jarnail Singh on Friday recused himself from playing any role in awarding the Timing, Scoring and Result contract to a Swiss firm and said it was approved by sacked OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi-led Executive Board.He cited ‘serious time constraint’ as the main reason behind delay, cost escalation and irregularities in executing various Games related contracts. “I did not do any wrong. I have not approved the TSR. It was decided long back,” Singh told PTI.He denied media reports accusing him of writing a letter citing approval on the deal, which has put some top OC brass behind the bars saying that “it was taken out of context.””I have written a letter to the Sports Ministry about a complaint over the deal. It was taken out of context. I never said that I approved it.”As per the charter of work given to me by the OC chairman, I was responsible to liaise with various agencies of the government of India and government of National Capital Region and deal with all matters pertaining to Cabinet/Group of Ministers,” Singh said.He said it is the Executive Board under the chairmanship of Kalmadi which had the power to approve any project or deal worth over Rs six crore.According to the letter, which began the controversy, the selection of Swiss Timing for executing TSR contract was a result of “tight scrutiny” by two committees of senior government officials including Urban Development and Sports secretaries.advertisementIn his letter on February 15 last year, the CEO had brought in notice that different Committees have approved the Swiss Timing, ignoring Spanish firm MSL Software, which had quoted much lesser amount.Singh quoted Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Mike Fennell and Chief Executive Mike Hooper for granting approval to the firm.The letter was in response to a complaint over alleged irregularities in the deal forwarded by the Central Vigilance Commission.CBI officials have arrested Kalmadi, sacked OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V.K. Verma, Deputy Director General (Procurement) Surjeet Lal and Joint Director General (Sports) A.S.V. Prasad for their alleged involvement in the deal that caused a loss of Rs 95 crore to the exchequer.”There were a total of 540 contracts needed to be done by December 2009 according to CGF master’s schedule. However, only 37 were executed by then and rest were done in a hurry and in a less time,” he said.The delay in execution of contracts has led to ‘corruption’ in several works allegedly by certain OC officials, in the run up to mega sporting event held in New Delhi between October 3-14 last year. Citing delay of about three years in processing the TSR deal, he said, “The deal was finally signed on March 2010 and if you didn’t sign it then and re-tendered it, the Games would have been held in 2011.”– With inputs from PTIlast_img read more