12 Jan
2020

Berbice security guards still seeking March, April salaries

first_imgGuards of the Integrated Security Service, a firm contracted to provide security to Government buildings in Berbice, are calling for the service to be replaced.The workers have shockingly revealed that some of them are yet to receive their March and April salaries, although the month of May is about to end.They revealed that one month after that firm took over the contract to provide security to Government buildings, many of them became unhappy with the firm’s performance. They were not paid in time for Christmas, and have had to wait two more months before they were paid again. To date, some of the guards are still querying their December, January and February salaries, which they claim were inaccurately computed.While some guards have been paid for the past two months, others continue to visit the office in New Amsterdam, Berbice on a weekly basis, seeking not only answers but payments which they should have received since March.Some of the affected guards told this publication that are afraid to appear in the media to address the issue, having seen the fate of some of their colleagues who did so in the past. Moreover, they have been told to go wherever they want to go to lodge their complaints.The guards say they now feel helpless, since they took their case to President David Granger on March 17, 2018 and scores of guards in both Regions Five and Six are still owed salaries for previous months’ work.Both the administrations of Regions Five and Six have officially distanced themselves from the plight confronting the guards, and each has claimed that it has paid the Integrated Security Service for services rendered.The firm has been blaming the supervisors for incorrect submissions of guards’ particulars, saying that ghost names, incorrect calculations and omissions have resulted in the delay and late payment ever since it was given the contract from December 1.The firm’s supervisory staff have denied these allegations, claiming they had supervised those same guards when they worked with another firm which had the same contract, and none of those allegations were ever made.Meanwhile, telephones continue to be disconnected, electricity wires continue to be severed from buildings, and landlords continue to issue notices for tenants to vacate their buildings as the guards wait for the salaries due them, and desperately hope that someone would do something to assist them.Banks and furniture stores are also issuing letters to the guards, many of whose situations are so dire they now have to borrow money from neighbours to travel to work.last_img read more

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26 Nov
2019

Ranbir Kapoor-owned Mumbai City FC ropes in Rooter for official fan enagagement

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT August 17, 2017 Published oncenter_img Ranbir Kapoor’s Mumbai City FC has roped in Rooter – a real-time sports social platform to be its official fan engagement partner this year.Mumbai City FC is marked by its unique tactical football, marquee players such as Diego Forlan, coach Alexandre Guimaraes and Ranbir Kapoor among others.Rooter aims to give a further boost to this rising popularity by providing unique engagement opportunities for existing MCFC fans while acquiring new ones and expanding the club’s fan base to other regions of Maharashtra as well as the rest of India.Indranil Das Blah, CEO, Mumbai City FC said, “While on field preparations and the team are shaping up well, we want to ensure that we give our fans the best possible avenues for them to engage with the club. Rooter has achieved growth and success in such a short span of time and we are glad that their offerings will help us take care of fan engagement, which is one of the most vital aspects of every season.”ISL already became the fourth most viewed football league in the world in its first season, after the big three of EPL, Bundesliga and La LIga.With this year being its fourth, the ISL has managed to include two more teams-Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC- in its ambit, intensifying the competition further.Piyush, Founder, and CEO, Rooter said, “Rooter will mainly work to provide expert assistance in three aspects-fan engagement and acquisition, revenue generation such as selling tickets, merchandizing and acquiring sponsorships and most importantly providing stats and data of fan engagement for all MCFC matches to the team that helps them to understand and grow their own fan base. “Rooter has partnered with the global sports data giant Opta Sports as the official data provider, which ensures that MCFC fans and sports followers get the latest, most-detailed and correct stats, scores, and expert opinions. football COMMENTSlast_img read more

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2 Aug
2019

By FFWPU Cameroon A 3day Heavenly Tribal Messiah

first_imgBy FFWPU Cameroon: A 3-day Heavenly Tribal Messiah seminar was held in Douala from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2016. There were 79 participants who attended this workshop. The presentation and explanations were given by our national leader Rev. Edwin Plekhanov who has been touring the nation to enlighten members on the current orientation of the providence in accordance with True Mothers’ guidance and instructions.The purpose of this seminar was to educate members on the importance of Heavenly Tribal Messiahship and to encourage everyone to immediately get involved in tribal messiah activities for the restoration of our nation and the accomplishment of vision 2020.On the first day of the seminar, members were brought to understand the significance and history of the term “Heavenly Tribal Messiah” and how True Parents progressively developed the providence from the level of servant of servants through the 8 stages to the level of God.Rev. Edwin explained in detail how we must witness to complete each of the 8 stages in order to complete our mission as Heavenly Tribal Messiahs.On the second day he presented the models developed in the Philippines, Thailand and Nepal which has been approved by True mother and how this model could be developed and expanded and adapted to our nation in order to restore our nation.On the third day all participants were organized into groups according to their tribes and each discussed how to they can organize to support its members one at a time to complete their responsibility.Also, there was the ceremony to offer the Wonmo Pyeongae scholarship to the second generation who distinguished themselves by their outstanding results and exemplary behavior.All members who participated in this seminar were inspired and motivated and returned with a renewed determination and a clearer vision of how and what needs to be done as individuals, as couples and as families to accomplish vision 2020.last_img read more

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20 Jul
2019

A New Way to Burn Calories

Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country But could giving IL-4 to healthy mice, housed in temperate conditions, create more beige fat? That was the big question, and Chawla’s group found that the answer was yes. Animals living at a comfortable 30°C received IL-4. Levels of a protein that helps the body produce heat, and that’s expressed in beige fat, soared 15-fold, and the animals’ energy expenditure increased by 15% to 20%—just as if they were sitting in a chilly cage.Across the country, cell biologist and biochemist Bruce Spiegelman and his former postdoctoral fellow Rajesh Rao, both at Harvard Medical School’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, were independently probing the browning of mouse fat. Spiegelman’s group had previously found that when a protein called PGC-1 was produced in muscles, it prompted adipose tissue to brown. He wanted to find the missing link, whatever PGC-1 was triggering, which in turn more directly affected fat. Spiegelman’s team analyzed genes and proteins that were switched on in fat when PGC-1 was expressed in muscle, and they saw that one gene stood out.The gene produced a hormone called meteorin-like, or Metrnl, that’s induced in muscle after exercise and also with cold exposure. The scientists found that it also browns white fat in mice. Mice given gene therapy that boosted production of Metrnl had better glucose tolerance, suggesting an antidiabetic effect, and lost a small amount of weight. Consistent with the San Francisco team’s work, Metrnl increased the numbers of certain types of macrophages and the amount of IL-4 in the fat tissue. Giving mice an antibody that neutralizes Metrnl left them with a defective response to the cold; they failed to activate the macrophage genes needed to brown their fat. “It’s thrilling the way it worked out,” Spiegelman says of both his and Chawla’s work, which appear today in Cell.“This mechanism for basically inducing these brown or beige fat cells … wasn’t previously recognized,” says Patrick Seale, a molecular metabolism expert at the University of Pennsylvania. Metrnl, Seale notes, “really hasn’t been described before—just giving animals this one protein is capable of inducing this browning response” which is “pretty exciting.” And that in turn opens up some intriguing possibilities for treating obesity and diabetes, such as giving a therapy like Metrnl, if it turns out to be safe and effective, that can brown white fat.“The idea that you could pharmacologically manipulate a person’s energy expenditure,” by browning their white fat, “is certainly an attractive idea, and it’s a different way of thinking about obesity,” says Peter Tontonoz, who studies molecular metabolism at UC Los Angeles. How this process works in people is still unknown. But scientists are thinking ahead. Spiegelman, for example, co-founded a company, Ember Therapeutics, that is trying to commercialize the work. What if you could trick your body into thinking you were racing on a treadmill—and burning off calories at a rapid clip—while simply walking down the street? Changing our rate of energy expenditure is still far into the future, but work in mice explores how this might happen. Two teams of scientists suggest that activating immune cells in fat can convert the tissue from a type of fat that stores energy to one that burns it, opening up potential new therapies for obesity and diabetes.There are two types of fat in humans: white adipose tissue, which makes up nearly all the fat in adults, and brown adipose tissue, which is found in babies but disappears as they age. Brown fat protects against the cold (it’s also common in animals that hibernate), and researchers have found that mice exposed to cold show a temporary “browning” of some of their white fat. The same effect occurred in preliminary studies of people, where the browning—which creates a tissue known as beige fat—helps generate heat and burn calories. But cold is “the only stimulus we know that can increase beige fat mass or brown fat mass,” says Ajay Chawla, a physiologist at the University of California (UC), San Francisco. He wanted to better understand how cold caused this change in the tissue and whether there was a way to mimic cold and induce browning some other way.A few years ago, Chawla’s group had reported that cold exposure activated macrophages, a type of immune cell, in white adipose tissue. To further untangle what was going on, Chawla, his postdoc Yifu Qiu, and their colleagues used mice that lacked interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-13, proteins that help activate macrophages. When they exposed these mice to the cold, the animals developed far fewer beige fat cells than did normal animals, suggesting that macrophages were key to browning of white fat. 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