NTC Conference set for July month-end

first_imgThe 12th Annual National Toshaos Council (NTC) Conference is expected to be held in July, according to Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock.This announcement was made on Thursday last by the Minister, who believes that the annual five-day event will allow for Indigenous leaders to hold discussions with members of the Government on issues affecting their respective communities.Amerindian leaders at NTC ConferenceIn addition, a new Executive Committee of the NTC will this year be elected. The process is usually conducted by the Guyana Elections Commissions (GECOM) to enable transparency. The electoral process will see the casting of ballots in every administrative region, since this allows for the selection of the executives, based on a majority vote. From the twenty executives, a chairman, secretary and treasurer will be elected.According to a report posted by the Department of Public Information, the political structures of indigenous communities are linked to the local government system, and village chiefs and their councillors, who are elected to serve for three years.Prior to the holding of the NTC Conference, some 215 communities will hold village elections wherein new toshaos and councillors would be elected to serve their respective communities. These newly elected village leaders would also represent their communities at the upcoming conference.Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock“We are looking at a programme that is going to see the new executive coming in, but the old executive is going to transition slowly. Three days into the activities, they will have the nomination for the new executive, and then they (new executives) flow into their new office,” Minister Allicock explained.He said the idea is to give the sitting executives a proper “send-off” in recognition of their hard work and contributions over the past three years.last_img read more

Scooter Safety while attending ComicCon

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During Comic-Con there are additional restrictions in place in the Gaslamp Quarter, according to the City’s Development Services Department.Companies are required to incorporate geofenced areas where the operators automatically slow scooter speeds between 3 and 8 miles per hour. Geofencing is in effect for designated high-pedestrian areas including beach-area boardwalks, Balboa Park, NTC Park, Mission Bay Park, Petco Park and North/South Embarcadero.Operators will no longer be able to stage scooters and e-bikes on sidewalks in Downtown.The City said the San Diego Police Department will continue to enforce laws that pertain to individuals who rent shared mobility devices, including not riding devices on sidewalks, only one rider per device, driving any device while impaired and ensuring that all underage riders use helmets. Users must be at least 16 years old and users younger than 18 years old must wear helmets. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: July 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom July 19, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, Scooter Safety while attending Comic-Con Updated: 1:08 PMlast_img read more

This Little Robot Finds Leaks in Water and Gas Pipes

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Leaky pipes can be a huge problem, and the solution is often complex and costly. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology want to change that.A group of researchers from the school have developed a small robot that can inspect water and gas pipes from the inside to locate leaks before they become disastrous. The rubbery device, which looks like an “oversized badminton birdie” is inserted into a water system via a fire hydrant, MIT says.Once inserted, the device “moves passively with the flow, logging its position as it goes,” according to MIT. “It detects even small variations in pressure by sensing the pull at the edges of its soft rubber skirt, which fills the diameter of the pipe.”The robot can be retrieved with a net at a different hydrant. From there, the data is uploaded for analysis. This system doesn’t require any digging, and won’t interrupt water service.According to MIT, today’s water distribution systems lose 20 percent of their supply, on average, because of leaks.”These leaks not only make shortages worse but also can cause serious structural damage to buildings and roads by undermining foundations,” the school said. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that today’s leak detection systems are “expensive and slow to operate,” and they don’t work well in wood, clay or plastic pipes, which are common in developing countries.That’s where the little robot comes in.MIT professor of mechanical engineering Kamal Youcef-Toumi, graduate student You Wu and two others have been designing and testing this system for the past nine years. They plan to describe the system in detail at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Vancouver, Canada, this September.The team also plans to test the system this summer on the city of Monterrey, Mexico’s concrete water distribution pipes. “Monterrey … has a strong incentive to take part in this study, since it loses an estimated 40 percent of its water supply to leaks every year, costing the city about $80 million in lost revenue,” MIT says. “Leaks can also lead to contamination of the water supply when polluted water backs up into the distribution pipes.”The system can also be used to detect leaks in pipes distributing natural gas. In the future, the team plans to build a more flexible version of their robot, which can adapt to pipes of different sizes. Their ultimate goal is to outfit their robot with a special system that can instantly repair leaks it finds. This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 25, 2017 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more