Posts under "iphgegfl"

Field pedals up a division

Posted in iphgegfl on August 5th, 2020

first_imgEVEN after taking the step up a division, bottom age under-17 cyclist Alana Field continues to excel at the Cycling…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Arrival and Indian connections II

Posted in iphgegfl on January 18th, 2020

first_imgOne of the consequences of the peripheralizing and silencing of the Indian presence in the Caribbean has been a lack of knowledge in the other groups about changes that were initiated in that community both indigenously and externally. Consequently, there remains a persistent myth that the Indians in general and Hindus in particular are like the people described by Squire in his poem: “There was an Indian, who had known no change.” Save rather than “straying content along sunlit beaches gathering shells”, the Indians brought from India into the WI linger in fields, where they gather produce.There were fundamental changes, however, in the way of life (called “Sanaatan Dharma) of the immigrants and their descendants, which was now described as an “ism” – Hinduism. As we wrote last week, some of these changes were engendered by one of the reform movements that had sprung up in India in the 19th century — the Arya Samajists.The latter continued with congregational worship, which was not a feature of “Sanaatan    Dharma” through the millenia, but which, interestingly enough, had already been adopted by the Brahmin priests who had arrived as immigrants. A visiting Royal Commission in 1870 noted two temples or “Mandirs,” but within two decades these had multiplied exponentially. In India, there were two types of Hindu priests – both drawn from the Brahmin caste/varna: those (Purohits) who performed the 16 sanskaras or sacraments that mark the life of Hindus even before birth to death; and those who performed the worship rituals in the temples – Pujaris.In Guyana, these two roles were fused into the person of the “Pandit”, a word which simply meant a learned person. The Arya Samajists, especially after Professor Bhaskaranand’s work between 1937 and 1945, trenchantly criticised not only the worship of Murtis or images, but also the insistence of the Pandits that they had to be of Brahmin birth. A very fierce battle erupted in the Hindu community, which still redounds into the presentAnd it was into this rather polarised milieu that Swami Purnananda was plunged when he arrived in Guyana in 1953. The institution of the Swami, or “Monk”, had been introduced into Sanaatan Dharma a thousand years before by Adi Shankara, and was adopted from the Buddhists. Before the Buddha, all individuals could “renounce” societal duties in their last stage of life, and retire to the forests. The Buddha introduced the notion that one could become a “renunciate” even from the first stage of life. Shankara organised the Hindu Swamis into ten orders, who could, if they chose, work on behalf of Sanaatan Dharma from “Ashrams”. A Swami could be from any of the four castes/varnas.At the beginning of the 20th century, one young Bengali renunciant, Swami Pranvananda, formed the Bharat Sevashram Sangh to encourage a more virile Hindu response to British rule, and to also provide social services for the poor. Unlike the Arya Samaj, which was also founded for similar purposes, Pravananda did not reject Murti worship.One of his disciples was a school teacher who was ordained as Swami Purnananda. He was sent to Trinidad, along with three other Swamis and an assistant, at the invitation of a Hindu organisation there, and arrived on 31st December 1950. He remained in TT for another two years, and there he launched an Ashram while the others went on to Guyana, made some contacts and returned to India.Arriving in Guyana in 1953, he quickly organised the “Cove and John Ashram” with a high school by 1957 – one of only two others on the East Coast of Demerara. While he initiated Guyana’s first Swami, in my estimation, his greatest contribution was to reform the local Sanaatan Dharma practices from “within”, so to speak. Without criticising the Brahmin priests, he fundamentally altered the performance of the puja, in which all Hindus could now participate. Much of this change was achieved by the simple expedient of printing, in 1956, a small booklet, “Aum Hindutvam”, in which the mantras for the Havan or offerings to the sacred fire – emphasised by the Arya Samaj as “Vedic” and “authentic” – but was combined with the mantras for conducting the worship to the Murtis. Because the text was in Roman script – in addition to Devanagari – worship by Sanataanis could now be conducted by one and all.While the “Ashram” trained Swamis and not “Pandits”, Swami Purananda’s work marked the beginning of Hindus of any birth being able to become Pandits. This was a revolutionary step in Guyana.last_img read more

‘We have to do more’ – Laurent Koscielny insists players are to blame for woes

Posted in iphgegfl on December 28th, 2019

first_img1 Laurent Koscielny has demanded Arsenal’s players take the heat off manager Arsene Wenger.Six defeats in their last nine matches have seen the Gunners knocked out of the Champions League and drift out of the top four in the Premier League.Wenger’s future as manager has been the subject of increasingly keen scrutiny as he approaches the end of his contract in the summer.After almost 21 years in charge, Wenger has yet to announce whether he will stay at the club beyond this season, although he teased at the weekend that he has reached a decision and will soon declare his intentions.France defender Koscielny says the players must step up their performances as they look to ease the strain on their under-pressure boss.He said in a national team press conference on Thursday, when asked about Wenger: “He’s someone who’s been very important in my career.“It’s him who gave me my chance at Arsenal, who fashioned me as a player and as a man.“We’re in a complicated situation but it’s not only his responsibility.“It’s us, on the pitch, who have to do more.”Arsenal are next in action on April 2 when they face Manchester City in the Premier League.Asked about his Arsenal career, Koscielny added, according to “I feel good, I know the club and the people who work there perfectly.“I appreciate my life in London, and so do my family. At the moment, I’ve got no reason to want to leave. I’ve got a long contract, and I’m happy where I am.” The Gunners have suffered six defeats in their last nine matches last_img read more

Wow! Kane has now equalled these goalscoring records set by Ronaldo and Messi

Posted in iphgegfl on December 27th, 2019

first_img2 Harry Kane can’t stop scoring at the moment, as the Tottenham striker added another two goals to his tally in this afternoon’s win over Huddersfield.The England international, after a quiet August, will now end September with 13 goals to his name – a figure that equals a monthly record set by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.That’s not all.Kane has now scored the same number of Premier League goals as the former Manchester United forward Ronaldo, but in 73 games fewer.Cristiano Ronaldo: 84 goals196 gamesHarry Kane:84 goals123 gamesNext on the 24-year-old’s agenda will be challenging Alan Shearer’s calendar year record of 36 goals, set in 1995… Harry Kane has been outstanding this month last_img read more

Online Holiday Shopping Season Charges Out of the Gate

Posted in iphgegfl on December 17th, 2019

first_imgjosh catone 1 So-called “Black Friday,” the day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, and this year online retailers saw traffic surge with shoppers spending over 4/5ths of a billion dollars on Thursday and Friday alone. According to comScore, shoppers plunked down $272 million online on Thursday, and $531 million on Friday — an increase of 29% and 22%, respectively, over the same days last year.IDG reports that price comparison sites also claimed a huge increase in traffic over the 2006 holiday shopping kick-off. PriceGrabber saw referral traffic up a reported 47%, while watched its referrals increase 61%.One thing that seemingly hasn’t changed: the hottest product. The Nintendo Wii continued to see torrid sales and dominated searches at online retailers, and video games as a category saw sales leap 134% this year. Microsoft’s new line of Zune media players placed second among holiday shoppers at PriceGrabber,, and eBay (based on searches for consumer electronics Thursday and Friday).Online retailers can only expect today to be even busier. What started as a marketing gimmick a few years ago, “Cyber Monday,” in which online retailers give additional discounts to shoppers (many of whom are connecting to the Internet from work for the first time following a long weekend in the US), appears to have gained industry-wide acceptance., an electronic retail trade group, reports that 72.2% of online retailers will participate in Cyber Monday. That is a significant increase over the 42.7% who participated just two years ago. Some retailers, such as Wal-Mart, plan to offer online deals all week, skipping the Monday tradition altogether.72 million consumers plan to shop online today, according to BIGresearch, and comScore predicts revenues of over $700 million, which could be the start of an online shopping season some see reaching $30 billion this year.Will you shop online this year? Have you taken advantage of any online deals yet today? Did you shop online on Friday? Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Apple Will Dominate Next Gen Computing

Posted in iphgegfl on December 17th, 2019

first_imgTags:#Analysis#Apple#web Beyond rock-solid APIs, developers get an end-to-end set of development tools. XCode is the studio for developing applications(not free) and it includes a modern editor, debugger and source code integration. It also features a drag-and-drop UI builder, whichhas all the standard iPhone controls available as widgets. For profiling and diagnostics of iPhone, Apple offers a set called Instruments.And the most impressive piece of the tool set is a fully-fledged iPhone simulator. Developers can write and immediately test thecode right on their Macs, without deploying it to iPhone.Apple’s platform is so good that a bunch of companies were able to develop demo applications in just two weeks.Some of the companies sent developers that were not even familiar with Objective-C – the core language for writing the platform code.The platform is so easy to use and so complete, precisely because Apple developers use it themselves to build iPhone applications.Much like Amazon uses its Web Services, Apple’s has embraced the ‘eat your own dog food’ strategy and it is about to pay off in a big way.Why This Platform is Different We have been hearing a lot about platforms and APIs recently. But not all platforms are made equal.First compare this offering with what Microsoft offered for Windows a while back. Redmond’s convoluted APIs,COM, OLE, and ActiveX still make developers shake their heads. Instead of cultivating elegance and simplicity, Microsoft pushed for complexity. Why? Because it kept exclusivity, kept people learning new weird stuff, keptpeople getting new certifications. But Apple’s culture and code is rooted in elegance and extreme simplicity.And this offering is very different from platforms like Facebook or Open Social. Facebook’s merit is in the factthat it created a platform for social applications, but it cannot rival what Apple rolled out. Facebook’s PHP, Flash and JavaScriptwith a restricted, primitive UI doesn’t even come close to the beauty and elegance of the iPhone SDK. In a lot of ways, web applicationshave been playing catch up with Desktop apps. Now, a handheld device has lept forward, years ahead of what is available inside any modern browser.The sheer power of Apple’s graphics, motion and sound APIs just opened the door for things that have not been possible before on the web.A DIFFERENT Road Ahead When the App Store launches in June, there will be thousands of applications. Companies are rushing to build apps usingthis great new platform. Developers are rushing to the stores and are creating Objective-C books. This language is having the last laugh now.Like JavaScript, which bubbled up because it was the only choice in the web medium, Objective-C is not a language of choicein this new and powerful platform.Apple has made this play flawlessly. The enterprise and SDK solutions will go hand-in-hand to propel the iPhoneto be THE handheld device of the future. Ironically, the PC just got its final blow not from a MacBook (which has been on the rise too!),but from a small new computer. Apple got its revenge elegantly, relentlessly and creatively. The next era of computing willbe dominated by Apple. Is this a good thing? Likely yes, and it is surely better than one dominated by Microsoft.And now, dream on! Tell us what applications you cannot wait to see/build on your iPhone. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex iskold 1 Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple Town hall meeting and announcedtwo major things for the iPhone: 1) support for Microsoft Exchange and 2) the iPhone SDK.The Exchange support was a relatively unexpected move, but in retrospect it makes perfect sense.In order to unseat Blackberry as the number one wireless player in the US, Apple needed to have an enterprise story. What’s more, Apple has realized that the days when people carried two phones are over.With support for the enterprise (one device for both home and business use), together with its utility as a music player, camera, and web browser, the iphone is well positioned now to be that ‘one phone’.No matter how cool the exchange support and the enterprise play is, that news is dwarfed by the other, much moreimportant announcement – the iPhone SDK. The powerful platform that Apple uses to create beautiful applications for MacOSand iPhone is now completely open. Over a decade in making, this Objective-C based stack is complete with interfacesfor operating system, sockets, graphics, audio, motion control and UI components; just to name a few. The platformcomes with complete iPhone simulator, XCode development environment and 1-click compile/build/deploy process. This platformis a game changer.A premier venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins, agrees. They sent John Doerr to announcethe 100 million dollar iFund, a fund to focus on iPhone startups. Mr. Doerr is one of the most wellrespected venture capitalists ever. He called the release historical and even claimed that the iPhone is bigger than the PC.Think about this, he said: a device that travels with you everywhere and brings the world’s information and applications to your finger tips.It is indeed a powerful thought.It’s the libraries, stupid! Let’s be clear. It is not the language, but the libraries that matter. Every time I hear developerstalk about a new language and say it is by far the best one, I just shake my head. A new language is not going to be usablein today’s world unless all of the libraries are in place. As the complexity of our software increases, so do demands on libraries.Microsoft learned it the hard way with years of set backs when it rolled out .Net. Had it simply embraced and optimized Java, it could have been years ahead instead.Apple choose a different path. For the last decade Apple has been wowing the crowds and investors with its flawless and lightning quick execution.Every new Apple announcement, we keep thinking that they won’t top it. But every time, Jobs and his crew pulls anothertrick out of the hat. Clearly, Apple is a well-oiled machine that has perfected the art of execution. But beyond that, Apple’s secret saucehas been its software. While others have been inventing new languages and frameworks, Apple kept perfecting and building up its code.Since the early days, Apple embraced a language called Objective-C – an object-oriented flavor of the popular procedural language.When Jobs returned to Apple, one of the early smart decisions was to ditch the old operating system in favor of Unix. Thismoved allowed Apple to instantly tap into serious programmers while retaining a beautiful and simple UI. When Java came along,Apple was unmoved, because it was just too slow. In general, over the years Apple has ignored new languages and just stuck with itsplatform. Smart, disciplined and mature.The iPhone PlatformThe Apple iPhone platform shares a lot with the MacOS developer stack. Brilliantly, Apple made its operating systemrun on iPhone, instantly leveraging its entire code base on a new device. The one exception is the UI libraries, whichhad to be designed specifically for multi-touch screen, motion, unique graphics and sound on iPhone. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IRS Official Discusses Code Sec. 355 “No Rules” at DC Bar Event

Posted in iphgegfl on December 12th, 2019

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe DC Bar’s Taxation Section on June 7 held the fifth and final event of its Corporate Tax Series in Washington, D.C. The event focused on recent guidance, and lack thereof, surrounding spins under Code Sec. 355.The IRS has recently expanded its ruling policy within its Corporate Division by lifting a series of Code Sec. 355 temporary “no rules,” which previously limited taxpayer’s ability to request private letter rulings (PLR) on certain areas involving corporate divisions. These steps in lifting the “no rule” policy has included:Recaps Into Control (Rev. Proc. 2016-40),Businesses Purpose and Device (Rev. Proc. 2016-45),“Old and Cold” Securities for Debt Exchanges (Rev. Proc. 2017-38), and“North-South” Transactions (Rev. Rul. 2017-9).Significant IssueAccording to Rose Williams, principal, Ernst & Young (EY), the “significant issue” limitation in issuing PLRs under Rev. Proc. 2017-9. Sec. 3.01(51) still remains, however. Thus, the IRS will only entertain requests for PLRs that concern specific issues pertaining to the particular area. “A significant issue is a germane and specific issue of law, provided that a ruling on the issue would not be a comfort ruling…or the conclusion in such a ruling otherwise would not be essentially free from doubt,” Williams noted.The IRS is, however, trying to open up the ruling program beyond that limitation, according to Susan Massey, assistant branch chief, IRS, also on the panel of the D.C. Bar event. While expansion of the PLR program, beginning in the Code Sec. 355 arena, is the goal, limited IRS resources remain a constraint, she added. Massey alluded that such expansion was still quite young in preliminary discussions.Securities for Debt ExchangesOf particular focus during the discussion at the D.C. Bar Tax Section event was the lack of IRS guidance offered after lifting the “no rule” on securities for debt exchanges in Rev. Proc. 2017-38, modifying Rev. Proc. 2017-3. According to Williams, not issuing guidance after revoking the “no rule ” is outside of the norm.Participants of the event were particularly concerned over the possibility of PLRs being issued without first issuing official, public guidance on the matter. “We are not intending to create a regime to issue guidance in PLRs only where it is private,” Massey said. Rather, the IRS hopes that opening up the PLR program will provide the IRS a better view of market transactions.Participants questioned how a PLR could be issued ruling favorably or unfavorably for a taxpayer, while not providing any rationale or reason behind that ruling, as such rationale would equate to guidance. In response, Massey reiterated that the IRS is “hoping to soon” release official guidance. Massey repeatedly encouraged taxpayers and practitioners to call the IRS with any specific questions or concerns.By Jessica Jeane and George Jones, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

US Open: Sania crashes out in Round 2

Posted in iphgegfl on November 28th, 2019

first_imgSania Mirza crashed out in the second round of the women’s singles event of the US Open after suffering a staright set defeat at the hands of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovaof Russia here today.Apart from Sania, curtains also fell on defending champions and third seeds Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy’s campaign while Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi entered the men’s doubles second round yesterday.Sania was no match for Pavlyuchenkova as the 20th seed Russian blew away her Indian opponent 6-2 6-4 in an hour and 21 minutes.In the men’s doubles event, Paes and Dlouhy were the first of the two pairs to take the court and were in for disappointment as the Czech-Slovakian combination of Martin Damm and Filip Polasek rallied to beat them 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-4.Paes has been a two-time champion (2006 and 2009) and three-time runners-up at the Grand Slam event with different partners. Interestingly, the Indian veteran’s 2006 title triumph at the Flushing Meadows came with Damm.However, Bopanna and Qureshi ensured that the Indians had something to cheer about when the 16th seeded duo defeated Americans Brian Battistone and Ryler DeHeart 6-3 7-6 (7).Bopanna and Qureshi will now play against the winners of the match between the unseeded teams of Americans Sekou Bangoura and Nathan Pasha and Michael Kohlmann (Germany) and Jarkko Nieminen (Finland).last_img read more

Sharapova’s short hair sparks Internet frenzy

Posted in iphgegfl on November 28th, 2019

first_imgA short haircut by Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova provoked a backlash among fans after she posted pictures of the new style on her official Facebook page.However, much to the relief of her fans, it turned out to be just a wig!Reacting to the comments on her haircut pics, she posted on her Facebooksite: “Wow, when I posted those photos with the short hair I had no idea everyone would all go bananza….( my dear friends, I never actuallysaid I cut my hair!) so for the sake of my email inbox and it’sstressful 24 hours, I would like to show you the below pictures…myhair is still long…and blonde…and well it’s pretty much the same! We did a shoot a few days ago and I sported all types of hairstyles…long and yes short (a wig!!!).” The three-time Grand Slam winner has remained a blonde, in the pictures she posted, most of her earlier long hair was gone, and the new haircut finished just below her ears.”So what do you guys think?? I kind of love it!” she wrote on Facebook.Some fans were less than complimentary about the new look.”I am in shock! It’s too short!” Singaporean fan Keith Chern commented on Sharapova’s Facebook page.”You’ve become completely different, also interesting, but I liked you better with the long hair!” said Russian fan Kseniya Maksimenko.”It’s perfect for you,” wrote Keita Sugihara from Japan.Sharapova’s new hairstyle even attracted some offers of marriage, but she is engaged to Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic.In 2012, Sharapova reached the final of the Australian Open, losing to Belarusian player Viktoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-0, and lost in the finals of the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments. She is ranked No. 2 in the world and is eligible to play for Russia at the Olympic Games in London.advertisementlast_img read more

A dominant Liverpool thrashes Bournemouth to secure all three points

Posted in iphgegfl on November 26th, 2019

first_imgAdvertisementThe Reds continue their imperious run in the Premier League as they thrashed Bournemouth 4-0. This victory, albeit temporary, sees them taking the top spot in the Premier League.Mohamed Salah’s spectacular hat-trick and an own goal from Steve Cook steered Liverpool to a 4-0 finish. However, Salah’s first goal was surrounded by controversy as the homecrowd of Bournemouth was convinced it was offside.“We controlled it, all the little runs we made opened up the gaps,” said Jurgen Klopp. “But whatever you do in a football game, you need someone to finish it off, and what Mo did with his goals was exceptional.”Klopp made five changes today. Most significantly, Salah and Roberto Firmino were restored, back to cause panic in the Bournemouth ranks.Mo Salah started a little rusty but he made fine use of a rebound shot and parried it into the net.Salah scored a brace in the second half. Steve Cook hastily gave away the ball to Firmino’s path and Firmino found Salah who sped forward and made quick work of netting the second goal of the night.Later, Steve Cook in hopes of clearing a cross from Andrew Robertson ended up scooping the ball past Begovic to gift Liverpool their third goal.Salah then completed his hat-trick by rounding Begovic twice and finally shooting the ball into the net.Advertisementlast_img read more