Create and Animate the Facebook UI in Adobe After Effects

first_imgLearn how to break down the elements of the Facebook user interface, and create your own custom story with your own posts.Cover image via Shutterstock.Maybe you’ve heard that Facebook is the most popular social media site on the internet. That’s why we think it is important to be able to break the site down and recreate its UI for animation. You may have a client who wants to showcase their business on Facebook, or you may want to be creative with your social media bumper. Either way, this Adobe After Effects tutorial covers what you need to know when it comes to the UI of Facebook.Why Recreate The Facebook UI?There are endless ways to establish full control of the user interface. Creating the Facebooks UI allows you to draw attention to specific elements, like a call-to-action. You can craft a story from each animated post. On top of that, you can fully animate the UI and showcase an awesome motion graphics video. No more screenshots or video captures!What You Will Learn From This Adobe After Effects TutorialWhether you are new to After Effects or have been using it for some time, there are several great takeaways from this tutorial:Design the Facebook user interface.Quickly recreate elements.Duplicate your workflow to design and animate the layout.Draw attention to specific elements.Download the Free After Effects Project File and Follow AlongGet a free copy of the project AE project file by clicking on the button below.DOWNLOAD FREE FACEBOOK AE PROJECT FILEReady to get started? Enjoy the tutorial and good luck! Want To Recreate Other Social Media Pages?If you’re in to re-creations, we also recently ran a tutorial on how to recreate the YouTube layout.last_img read more

Outsourcing Angst

first_imgThe mother of all issues this political season, it seems, is outsourcing, or rather the problem with it.All the Democratic presidential candidates have been banging up on it, although it does seem that Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive nominee of the party, is the least protectionist among them. President Bush, like on just about everything else, does not quite know what to think.But it is abundantly clear that outsourcing will be the stuff of political football this presidential cycle. And that means one should expect that restrictive rules will emerge over the next few months.As India is one of the principal destination for outsourcing companies, we need to be attentive to this debate.There is immense irony in seeing Americans bent out of shape over the consequences of outsourcing to its domestic labor force.For years, successive American governments have preached the gospel of free trade to the rest of the world as that has suited their economic interests.But free trade, thus far, has meant principally a supply of low-priced raw goods from the developing world and the sale of high priced finished products by developed countries to them in return.There were some hiccups in this lopsided system, like when the manufacturing base of the West began to slide and was lapped up by countries like China, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.But that cycle passed, because it was also tied to the logic of Western economic systems and lifestyle issues.Indeed, Western economies quickly adapted cheap manufacturing labor as an intrinsic component of their economic hegemony.But the transfer of white collar jobs, high tech jobs as a matter of fact, has the potential for seriously undercutting the advantages that the West has calculatingly enshrined into the global trade system for decades. Hence this uproar.The West has never accepted the idea of open trade of labor, even as it has enforced its model of free trade of goods.It has occasionally purchased this labor through limited immigration, which it modulates and controls, often in ridiculous ways. At the height of the tech boom, for instance, the U.S. tripled its quota of H-1 visas, which trades in high technology professional assets.But the policy lapsed in October 2003, just as the dot coms fizzled, so the quota is now back to 65,000. But this quota for 2004 was fully exhausted by mid February.Ironically, this shift to outsourcing would be reduced if the H1 visa expansion program were still operational. But reason and logic are not the stuff of political theater.In general, Democrats tend to be more protectionist on trade, which is actually in sync with the needs of most developing societies, who feel the urge to protect their domestic markets.However, now that America and the West have effectively browbeaten developing societies, such as India, into prying open their markets, the new American imperative to close down its own market could be devastating to both the United States and the outsource capital, India.The one relief is just how short term American public memory really is. Should the economy sputter back, this outsourcing hoopla will likely pass.Whatever these temporary diversions, ultimately, outsourcing will be driven by its inevitable economic logic, which seems, at least at present, irrefutable.But then, there is the next big thing.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Next generation smells fear after Federer, Djokovic exit Shanghai

first_imgNobody should be writing the triumvirate off: the 32-year-old Djokovic is number one and the player poised to take top spot off him in the coming weeks is the 33-year-old Nadal.The 38-year-old Federer is third in the world, while Nadal and Djokovic divvied up all four Grand Slams between them this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manBut in making the last four in Shanghai, Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, Alexander Zverev, 22, and the 23-year-olds Matteo Berrettini and Daniil Medvedev made a piece of history.For the first time in 20 years at a Masters 1000 event, all four semi-finalists are 23 and under, according to Shanghai Masters organizers. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “They’re knocking on the door big time,” Federer said after the 20-time Grand Slam champion was handed a penalty point in a three-set quarter-final loss to Zverev on Friday.Earlier in the week, before his title assault turned sour, the Swiss said that he had noticed “big improvements” in the performances of the next generation.“Not like there were none beforehand, but now they are playing with the big boys and really able to challenge us, beat us,” he said.“Having good rivalries also within each other, which I think is important for them to improve as players.”‘They feel threatened’ ADVERTISEMENT View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men’s singles quarter-final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 11, 2019. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)Defeats for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic mean that the winner of the Shanghai Masters will be aged 23 or under — more proof that the next generation of men’s tennis stars is closing in.With Rafael Nadal absent from the tournament with a wrist injury, none of the vaunted “Big Three” will win the title on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “(Or) maybe in the following year, but in the next two years, I think 100 percent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Greek Tsitsipas dumped out reigning champion Djokovic, who until that point had looked imperious in Shanghai and did not drop a set in winning the Tokyo title last week.Tsitsipas has now defeated Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in 2019.In an interview with AFP last month in Zhuhai, southern China, the world number seven gave an insight into the mindset which propelled him to those victories.Tsitsipas drew accusations of arrogance after saying that he was not prepared simply to tread water and wait for Federer and the others to play themselves into retirement.“I don’t think it’s right to wait because you kind of surrender when you wait,” he said.The young Greek made similar comments after turfing the Serb Djokovic out of the quarter-finals in three sets.“I think be more aggressive because once you get aggressive and they see that you’re really going for it, I might even say they get scared,” he said.If that was a bold claim, Tsitsipas also said: “I honestly feel like they are more threatened than I am.”Zverev has long been mentioned as the “next big thing”, and even though he has endured a poor season by his standards, the German feels that a generational shift is imminent.Asked if someone else other than Federer, Nadal or Djokovic can finally win a Grand Slam next year, he said: “I think so, to be honest. MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcio Lassiter makes long awaited return from injury for San Miguel DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sakshi Malik qualifies for 2018 Commonwealth Games, Geeta Phogat falters

first_imgRio Olympics bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik passed the selection trails for Indian women wrestling team for participation in the 2018 Commonwealth games in the 62kg weight category on Saturday.The selection trials for participation in 2018 Senior Asian Wrestling Championship, Kyrgyzstan and 2018 Commonwealth Games was held in STC, Lucknow today.The Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in Gold Coast, Australia between April 4 and 15, 2018.While Sakshi booked her place, Geeta Phogat, whose life was portrayed on screen in popular Bollywood film ‘Dangal’, lost to Pooja Dhanda in the trials for the 57 kg division.The others to have qualified for the two tournaments are Vinesh Phogat (50 kg), Pooja Dhanda (57Kg), Babita Kumari (54 kg), Divya Karan (68Kg) and Kiran (76Kg).ALSO WATCHYesterday, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar also qualified for the Commonwealth after defeating Jitender Kumar in the 74kg weight category.He has previously won two gold medals for India in the Commonwealth Games — in 2010 in New Delhi and 2014 in Glasgow.After the Glasgow Games, Sushil suffered injuries and even missed the 2016 Rio Olympics.In a controversial battle with Narsingh Yadav, Sushil Kumar fought hard, both through legal ways and otheriwse, asking for trails to be conducted.Sushil eventually failed to win the battle against Narsingh but the latter was caught in a doping controversy ahead of Rio Games, which spoilt his chances in the mega event.He returned to action at the National championships last month, and had recently won gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg.Apart from Sushil (74kg), other freestyle grapplers who have booked their places in the Commonwealth Games are Rahul Aware (57kg), Bajrang (65kg), Somveer (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit (125kg). The six freestyle wrestlers also qualified for next year’s Senior Asian Wrestling Championship to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.advertisementHowever, there was intense altercation at the trials where the supporters of Sushil Kumar and his bitter rival Parveen Rana were involved in a fist fight with each other at the KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi.Things took an ugly turn when Rana, after losing to the former in the semi-final clash, claimed that the decorated wrestler’s supporters beat him and his elder brother “for daring to take the ring” against him.On the other hand, Sushil alleged that the supporters of Rana threatened his life.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Realme 64MP camera phone teased, will launch in India and here’s what camera setup looks like

first_imgRealme has made a name for itself when it comes to launching disruptive phones in India. The company has released a series of phones over the past year to give Xiaomi a run for its money with the most recent one being the Realme 3 Pro. Realme has now started teasing a brand new smartphone that it claims is the world’s first to come with a 64MP camera.Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth posted a picture on Twitter that has been shot on this mysterious new Realme phone. Notably, the watermark reveals that the phone sports a 64MP AI quad camera. Apart from being the first phone in the world to sport a 64MP camera, it will also be Realme’s first phone to feature a quad camera setup.Working on the new premium killer! Introducing world’s first smartphone camera with 64MP GW1 largest 1/1.72 sensor and mega 1.6µm pixel with amazing clear shots in low light too. RT if you want to see more knockout shots. #DareToLeap 5G (@MadhavSheth1) June 24, 2019The upcoming Realme phone will be using Samsung’s new 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor. Like other high-resolution ISOCELL sensors, the GW1 will also use 4-in-1 pixel merging technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into a single 1.6-micron pixel to offer bright 16MP images in low light conditions with the added ability to shoot raw 64MP photos in daylight as well.Sheth in his tweet said that this Realme phone will launch in India first before heading to other markets. This is the first time we are hearing about this new Realme phone, but it is clear that the company is touting it as a camera powerhouse.advertisementSeparately, a tipster on Twitter posted an image of what this upcoming Realme phone’s 64MP quad camera setup will look like. The image shows the four camera sensors vertically alinged on the back, but it doesn’t reveal anything else about the deisgn.#DareToLeap Ambhore (@Sudhanshu1414) June 24, 2019Realme was previously expected to launch the Realme X in India, and it is possible that this mysterious new phone is a version of the Realme X for markets outside China. It could also be a completely new Realme smartphone that the company plans to launch to take on Xiaomi.Interestingly, it was reported a few days ago that Xiaomi would be the first brand to launch a camera phone with a 64MP sensor. Going further back, it was reported that Samsung would launch the Galaxy A70s with a 64MP GW1 sensor. We expect Realme to tease more information about this new Realme phone, including its name, in the days to come.ALSO READ | Realme 2, Realme C1 Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 beta available: Features and how to downloadALSO READ | Xiaomi phone with 64MP camera confirmed by MIUI camera applast_img read more

25 days ago​West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeks

first_img​West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeksby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals crush Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in playoffs hunt

first_imgadvertisement Rajarshi Gupta JaipurApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 00:23 IST IPL 2019: Liam Livingstone scored 44 runs from 26 balls (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in Jaipur on SaturdayAaron, Thomas, Gopal and Unadkat picked 2 wickets apiece for RRChasing 161, RR rode on strong knocks from Livingstone, Rahane and SamsonRajasthan Royals went in without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer but still managed to defeat IPL 2018 runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in Jaipur on Saturday to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Rajasthan Royals replaced Kolkata Knight Riders at No.6 in the 2019 IPL points table. RR now have 5 wins and 10 points from 12 matches this season. More importantly, the Royals are now tied on 10 points with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. SRH and KXIP are ranked higher at No.4 and No.5 respectively because of their superior net run rate.After a strong 78-run opening stand between Liam Livingstone and Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson paired up with skipper Steve Smith to secure a comfortable win for Rajasthan Royals.Chasing 161, Liam Livingstone, batting for the first time in the IPL, led the charge for Rajasthan Royals. He hit SRH leg-spinner Rashid Khan for 2 sixes in his 1st over to set the tone for the Royals chase. While Ajinkya Rahane looked solid at the other end, Liam Livingstone played some breathtaking shots.Rajasthan Roya,ls. even without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, bat deep. With Liam Livingstone looking dangerous every moment of his stay at the crease, the pressure was piling up on the Sunrisers. Rashid Khan eventually got Livingstone with a quicker delivery on off and the marauding opener edged it to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps.5 days ago, Ajinkya Rahane hit a scintillating hundred against Delhi Capitals at the same venue. He was looking good against Rajasthan Royals and with Sanju Samson at the other end, the Royals were a happy unit.advertisementBut in the 12th over, Rahane hit a Shakib al Hasan delivery straight to David Warner at log-off for 39. But by then, it was Rajasthan Royals’ match to lose when Steve Smith joined Sanju Samson in the middle.Earlier in the evening, Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bowl. Kane Williamson returned to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad after Jonny Bairstow left Sunrisers Hyderabad to report to duty for England as they begin their World Cup preparations.In the absence of Bairstow, Williamson walked out to open with David Warner but he perished to a googly from Shreyas Gopal. Manish Pandey, who came close to his 2nd IPL hundred against Chennai Super Kings 4 days ago, was in fine touch again and hit a second successive fifty and added 75 for the 2nd wicket with David Warner.Warner, who became the 1st batsman to go past 600 runs in the 2019 Indian Premeir League, was in line to score a record-breaking 6th fifty in a row in T20 cricket but he was spectacularly caught by Steve Smith after he a hit length ball from Oshane Thomas over exta cover.David Warner’s dismissal for 37 triggered a middle-order collapse. Manish Pandey became Shreyas Gopal’s 2nd victim before Varun Aaron and Jaydev Unadkat rattled the SRH lower-order with some quick wickets.Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shreyas Gopal and Jaydev Unadkat picked 2 wickets apiece but Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers with the best economy rate.Rashid Khan hit Varun Aaron for a 4 and a 6 off the last 2 balls of the innings to give SRH a fighting totalAlso Read | David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow RR vs SRHFollow match reportFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Steve SmithFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow David Warner IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals crush Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in playoffs huntIPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in Jaipur on Saturday. RR now have 10 points like Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab and are in contention to make it to the playoffs. graphs commentarycenter_img scorecard view more view less No data available!last_img read more

Cochin Shipyard Hands Over Fast Patrol Vessel to Indian …

first_imgThe first delivery was signed by Shri Ravi Kumar Roddam, Director (Finance), on behalf of CSL and commandant designate of BY 504 Cmdt Ashok Kumar of Indian Coast Guard. Shri Vinayakumar P, Director (Technical), CSL, DIG Vivek Vajpayee, Principal Director (Materials), Indian Coast Guard and DIG TP Sadanandan, CGRPS (Kochi) were present on the occasion.The vessel is named “ABHIRAJ” and will be operated by the Coast Guard station at Tuticorin.Cochin Shipyard had signed the contract for the construction of the 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard on 20 th October 2010. The yard has earlier delivered three vessels viz ICGS “Abheek”, “ICGS Aadesh” and “ICGS Abhinav”. The first vessel was commissioned on 13 December 2013, the second on 31 December 2013 and the third on 15 Jan 2014.Like its sister ships, “ABHIRAJ” can move very fast at a speed of 33 knots and will be very effective in supporting the Indian Coast Guard in its anti smuggling, anti piracy operations, fisheries protection and monitoring. Since speed of the vessel will be very crucial in coastal security operations, the superstructure of these ships are made of aluminum. A considerable amount of innovation in welding and fabrication techniques were undertaken by CSL to achieve a very high quality product.The ship is propelled by water jets powered by three Main Engines, each of capacity-2720 KW and built to the dual classification requirements of ABS and IRS.Apart from the 20 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard, the yard is also constructing the most prestigious warship of the nation, the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, Offshore Support Vessel for Norwegian owner and one Buoy Tender Vessel for Directorate of Light Houses and Light Ships, Govt. of India.Cochin Shipyard delivered 40 ships during the period 1975-2000, 14 ships in the period 2001-2005, 29 ships during 2006-2010 and is expected to deliver 16 ships during 2011-2015. zoom Cochin Shipyard Limited delivered the fourth of the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels being built for the Indian Coast Guard, today. My location Print  Closecenter_img 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Cochin Shipyard, March 4, 2014last_img read more

El Khalfi Defense of Territorial Integrity is the Cause of all

Rabat – Moroccan Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi spoke out about the alleged unbearable living conditions in Tindouf camps under which thousands of Sahrawis live in Algeria.El Khalfi made his remarks at the screening of “Life Rubbing Shoulders with Death” or “Vie Cotoyant la Mort” in French, a Moroccan documentary depicting the situation of Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps.El Khalfi told reporters at the movie screening that what Sahrawis are exposed to “requires us to work on and to sensitize [people about it] as an integral part of our memory.” He added that the work and research of Moroccan youth is “evidence of the cultural attachment to defend the issue of territorial integrity.”Read Also: Number of Most Vulnerable Refuges in Tindouf Camps is 90,000: UNHCREl Khalfi added that Western Sahara, referred to in Morocco as the national cause, “does not need permission to defend it, it is an issue of cultural depth for all Moroccans.”The documentary was screened for the first time on Saturday in Rabat.The documentary won a prize on December 23, 2018, at the closing ceremony of Laayoune’s fourth Festival of Sahrawi-Hassani Culture, History, and Environment.The 90-minute film was directed by Moroccan Lahcen Majid. It tells the story of six Moroccans, five men and one woman, who recount the suffering they experienced at the hands of the Polisario Front in the Tindouf camps in the Algerian desert and how they managed to escape.The documentary is based on testimonies from former detainees who say they were constantly tortured. read more

Morocco to Spend MAD 2715 Million on Flood Prevention in Fez

Rabat- Three government partnership agreements will spend MAD 271.5 million on flood prevention projects in Fez, Meknes, and Sidi Harazem.Following the recent floods that killed at least six people in several regions of the country, the regional council of Fez-Meknes, the National Railway Office (ONCF), and Sebou Hydraulic Basin Agency have agreed to build flood prevention projects.The projects aim to improve the infrastructure of the three cities over the next three years, reported Maghreb Arab Press. The agreements include projects in Sidi Harazem, a town 10 kilometers east of Fez, between 2019 and 2020.The September floods that swept Rhamna and Al Haouz, Sidi Ifni, Meknes, and Guelmim regions have reportedly killed up to six people. One flood victim was just eight years old.The floods have also caused extensive property damage and agricultural casualties to the affected regions, from flooding houses to drowning livestock and blocking roads.The Directorate of Meteorology has warned the public not to approach riverbanks in the coming days, as more heavy rainfall is forecast. read more

UN food agency launches 49 million programme to aid struggling Nepalese

10 July 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal is launching a $49 million programme to assist over 1.2 million people who continue to struggle daily with the effects of the recently ended 11-year conflict between the Maoists and the Government. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal is launching a $49 million programme to assist over 1.2 million people who continue to struggle daily with the effects of the recently ended 11-year conflict between the Maoists and the Government.“Our goal is to provide immediate assistance so people can begin rebuilding their lives and be better prepared to participate in the historic process of reshaping Nepal as a peaceful, democratic and inclusive State,” said WFP’s Country Representative in Nepal, Richard Ragan. The programme represents one of the largest UN initiatives to support the people of Nepal during the transition to a new democracy, and offers donors an opportunity to contribute to saving lives and improving livelihoods, he added. Despite the political, social and security progress of the last six months, Mr. Ragan said that over 1 million people in Nepal are still struggling with the effects of the conflict. This is on top of food insecurity exacerbated by three years of drought and conflict-related market disruptions. Under the year-long programme, WFP will provide food aid to some of the most conflict-affected communities in 28 districts across Nepal. Programme activities will aim to improve market access, create short-term employment, and facilitate basic service delivery. “This is a critical period in Nepal’s peace process – expectations by the people are high. The challenge faced by the interim Government – to address the root causes of the conflict while at the same time laying the foundation for a new democracy – is arduous,” Mr. Ragan stated. “With WFP’s deep field presence and experience at running emergency operations in Nepal, we are in the unique position to deliver immediate recovery assistance to remote,conflict-affected populations who have yet to benefit from the peace process.” The agency’s projects in Nepal benefit approximately 1.4 million people, including food assistance to over 108,000 Bhutanese refugees and emergency assistance to those affected by drought, as well as food for work, school feeding, and mother and child health care activities. As a result of the 11-year conflict, over 13,000 people have been killed, an estimated 200,000 displaced and thousands of cases of critical infrastructure damage have been reported, WFP said. read more

President urges end to business as usual as UN Assembly debate wraps

29 September 2008The President of the General Assembly today proclaimed the need to end “business as usual” in global affairs, issuing a call at the conclusion of the 192-member body’s annual high-level debate for urgent action to address challenges ranging from the twin food and financial crises to United Nations reform. “We have outlined our priority concerns, and reaffirmed our conviction that this uniquely representative body remains the most important and most democratic forum for global debate,” Miguel D’Escoto said, wrapping up the five-day event that heard from over 100 heads of State and government. The Assembly is a forum that facilitates dialogue and solutions for answers to global issues, he said. “But it is only when all voices are heard that we can expect to implement truly comprehensive solutions.” The current financial turmoil “has its roots in a ‘mania of selfishness’ that has come to dominate today’s culture of ‘I and mine,’” the President noted. “Those appealing for courage and compassion have far outnumbered those who inspire fear and distrust.” Characterizing the food crisis as “madness,” Mr. D’Escoto said that “we are still facing the shameful fact that hundreds of millions of people suffer from hunger and malnutrition.” But he voiced hope in the proposals put forward by speakers at the debate, which he said will prevent the situation from becoming “a prolonged catastrophe” if put into action. Addressing immense inequities means that “we must take steps to defuse time bombs that are ticking at the heart of virtually all of our societies,” the President said, adding that this will require sacrifices on the part of all UN Member States. “And there are undeniable signs that we are getting our priorities straight. We have decided to focus first and foremost on the most vulnerable, the billions of people who are living in abject poverty and neglect.” Last week, two large events were held on Africa’s development needs and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. “These high-level meetings have generated unmistakable momentum for a successful gathering in Doha in November when we consolidate the promises around financing for development,” Mr. D’Escoto said, referring to the upcoming meeting to review the implementation of the 2002 landmark anti-poverty agreement known as the Monterrey Consensus. The General Debate also heard for the need to reform the United Nations, he said. “We must overcome our failures of the 20th century and move into the 21st century with renewed confidence that this Organization can indeed fulfil our obligations to the world,” he said, adding that leaders expressed their support for talks on the composition of the Security Council. The President also noted the need to reform the General Assembly, “the most representative body in the world. We must restore authority to the Assembly that was intended in the Charter.” read more

Police seek suspect in purse theft from 87yearold woman

Hamilton Police are asking for help identifying a woman accused of stealing a purse from an 87-year-old woman.It happened last month at a FreshCo supermarket. Police say the suspect walked up to the woman and sparked a conversation. She then she walked away with the woman’s purse.Police say, since then, someone tried to use a credit card in the purse but no purchases were made.The woman they’re looking for has a medium build. She was wearing a black t-shirt, black and navy striped skirt, a grey and green baseball hat and sunglasses.

Trump finds that CEOaspresident isnt always a natural fit

Trump finds that CEO-as-president isn’t always a natural fit FILE – In this Friday, April 21, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington. Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage, someone, say, like himself. Yet 100 days into Trump’s presidency, the businessman-as-president has struggled to apply his experience as a real estate and entertainment mogul to the Herculean task of governing the world’s most powerful nation. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 27, 2017 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Donald Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage — someone, say, like himself.If Abraham Lincoln relied on a team of rivals, Trump would command a team of “killer” CEOs. He cast himself as a gifted manager who could rewrite flawed trade deals, bridge gaps between Democrats and Republicans, work financial magic on the tax code and restore prosperity to devastated factory towns.Yet 100 days into Trump’s presidency, the businessman-as-president has struggled to apply his experience as a real estate and entertainment mogul to the Herculean task of governing the world’s most powerful nation.Asked to assess his tenure so far, management experts point to a stream of missteps that run counter to the clarity, discipline and consistency of message typical of the best executives. Blustery speeches have given way to fuzzy policies that have weakened the president’s negotiating hand on such complex challenges as revamping taxes and health insurance.Trump’s actions on immigration have been blocked or tangled up in court battles. He has yet to fill countless senior government jobs. Having failed to pass any major legislation, Trump has instead resorted to signing a torrent of executive orders — an impulse more typical of a manager directing subordinates than a president building partnerships.The administration has declared the 100-day mark an arbitrary deadline. But leading CEOs often work under even tighter schedules: Investors gauge their performance each quarter — every 90 days. John Challenger, CEO of the executive recruiting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, notes that new chief executives typically face pressure to achieve victories in their first 90 days. Such milestones tend to draw potential critics to their side and establish authority, he said.“They don’t have to be big wins —they can be early wins as you look for ways to show you’ve had an impact,” Challenger said. “This administration has had a hard time demonstrating, showing that.”White House aides point out that Trump will have signed 32 executive orders by Friday, the most of any president in his first 100 days since World War II. But the actions produced by those orders fall well short of the bold promises he made as a candidate. Several of the executive orders are merely requests for studies — on financial regulations, environmental rules and trade policies. They suggest that the administration is still figuring out how government works and how to tame a rambunctious and independent-minded Congress, even one led, like the White House, by Republicans.Trump still likes to bask in the glow of corporate America. Almost weekly, he has met with major chief executives at the White House for input on policy and photo-ops. Yet few around him know their way around government.For secretary of state, Trump chose Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil. For Commerce secretary, his pick was Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor. For Treasury, it was Steve Mnuchin, a Wall Street executive turned movie producer. And as his top economic adviser, Trump tapped Gary Cohn, formerly Goldman Sachs’ No. 2 executive.Like Trump, none of them had any political experience.“It’s the blind leading the blind,” said Henry Mintzberg, a management expert at McGill University. “You need to get people who can think for themselves but also have a deep understanding of the issues. Drop this silly idea that government can be run like a business.”In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Trump appeared to concede that a president cannot manage successfully with solely a bottom-line corporate mentality.“Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government, involves heart, whereas in business, most things don’t involve heart,” he said. “In fact, in business you’re actually better off without it.”Some in his Cabinet have portrayed their shift from the private sector as a natural move that bestows its own advantages.“A lot of the things I learned in business carried over to this job,” Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said Wednesday. “A lot of it is about consensus building and teamwork.”Trump, of course, needs support from Congress’ independently elected lawmakers to pass laws and from foreign leaders to forge global alliances — responsibilities that can be more delicate than negotiating with business partners who stand to profit from cutting a deal.Since becoming president, Trump has retreated from some of his audacious campaign promises. He now hails the NATO alliance as important, having previously labeled it obsolete. He backed away from labeling China as a currency manipulator and now casts Beijing as a likely ally in defusing a nuclear North Korea.These changes display a certain openness to change in response to circumstances, said Kathleen O’Connor, a professor at Cornell University’s business school with an expertise in negotiating strategies.Yet Trump has adopted so many contradictory stances as to make it hard to engender trust with lawmakers. He pushed an aggressive timeline for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law, scrapped the plan once it failed to receive enough support from House Republicans and then tried to revive it this week while also unveiling his principles on a tax overhaul, trying to stop a government shutdown and issuing duties on Canadian lumber.“He seems to lack some clarity with what he wants,” O’Connor said. “It’s hard to take that reputation to the bargaining table because you don’t know if you’re going to get the same guy two days in a row.”Richard Box, a retired professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, in 1999 wrote a major academic article about running government as a business. He suggests that the administration must make longer-term investments in policies and ideas to cultivate support with voters and lawmakers, rather than assume it can cut deals as one might for a TV show or condo tower.Business leaders “sometimes come to (government) positions thinking it’s just a matter of the sort of command-and-control they are accustomed to in their companies,” Box said. “They soon find that government is much more complicated than this and it takes a different skill set to make things happen.” read more

Frenchman and 3 Congolese hostages are released in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo – A French man and three Congolese men have been released after being kidnapped in March from a Canadian mining company in eastern Congo in March, Congo’s government said Sunday.They were among five workers, including a Tanzanian who had been kidnapped from the Namoya gold mine operated by Canadian company Banro Mining Corp. in Salamabila.“The four hostages, three Congolese and one French, were freed yesterday at 1800 (6 p.m. local time) in the Tengetenge locality,” about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Salamabila, according to the Maniema Provincial Interior Minister Bonaventure Saleh Zakuani. “Their release came after several days of negotiations with the abductors.”The five were taken by people living in Salamabila who felt Banro Mining Corp. was not looking out for the community, Zakuani said.The Tanzanian hostage was released more than a month ago, he confirmed.The four released Saturday are on their way to Kindu, the capital of the Maniema province, he said.French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated those involved in the release, “in particular Congo authorities for their mobilization and the effectiveness of their action,” according to a brief statement from his office.Mine administrator Balthazar Hemedi Kabemba at the time of the kidnapping had said members of the rebel group Rahiya Mutomboki left leaflets around the mines threatening its workers.The captors had asked the Canadian mining company for $1 million in ransom, he had said.The rebel group has criticized the mining company for not giving access or jobs to young miners who had been working on the site before it took over. Its members were also seeking a guarantee that the company will carry out basic contractual agreements to build infrastructure in the area, including schools, roads and a health centre, Kabemba had said.Banro Corp. issued a brief statement Sunday night saying its priority to reunite the employees with their families.It did not elaborate on what it called “a long and difficult ordeal” for the employees.___With files from The Canadian Press by Saleh Mwanamilongo, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2017 5:49 am MDT Last Updated May 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Frenchman and 3 Congolese hostages are released in Congo read more

New fighting in eastern DR Congo adds to already dire humanitarian situation

An estimated 60,000 people have been displaced as the M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the national army in April – launched new attacks in recent days in North Kivu province. The rebels are said to be advancing towards the provincial capital of Goma, despite the efforts of the DRC armed forces, known by the French acronym FARDC, and peacekeepers serving with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). “This new escalation in fighting in and around Goma, and elsewhere in the Kivus, adds to what are already monumental humanitarian needs in the DRC,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said in an update today. The latest attacks by the M23 have been condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council, with both calling for their immediate cessation. According to OCHA, humanitarian agencies have identified three sites in Goma which can accommodate 30,000 people and where they will be able to receive civilians displaced by the renewed fighting, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) hosted in the Kanyaruchinya camp, located about 10 kilometres north of Goma, as well other residents. The most urgent priorities are protection; water, sanitation and hygiene; health; and food. “Humanitarian agencies have some emergency capacities to respond to these needs,” said OCHA. “However, these capacities could be overstretched if the security situation deteriorates further in and around Goma.”The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today it is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation and its impact on children. “The renewed conflict is putting children and their families at risk, leaving them exposed to physical harm and mental distress,” the agency said in a news release. “UNICEF is particularly concerned about the psychological trauma faced by children, in addition to the risk of cholera outbreaks following a recent upsurge of the disease among IDPs in Kanyaruchinya,” it added.On Sunday and Monday, the agency provided one ton of high-energy biscuits and medicine for 500 unaccompanied children in Goma’s Don Bosco Centre. Also, a UNICEF partner, PAMI, is organizing points to register and reunify unaccompanied minors with their parents.OCHA added that the renewed clashes are having serious effects in other areas in North and South Kivu. Armed groups have taken advantage of the security vacuum left by the redeployment of FARDC units to expand their own areas of influence, carrying out violent attacks against civilians and exacerbating inter-ethnic tension, already heightened by the M23 – this is the case in North Kivu’s Masisi and Walikale territories, where recent massive population displacement is reported. “Humanitarian access is a concern in all areas affected by conflict,” OCHA stated, noting that the relocation of non-governmental staff members from Pinga, located in Walikale territory, and Kiwanja, located in Rutshuru territory, both in North Kivu, means that relief activities have practically stopped, putting at risk thousands of people who were benefiting from humanitarian services.A senior UN relief official who visited the Kivus earlier this month noted that eastern DRC has been hit this year by massive humanitarian needs triggered by the rise of the M23 and violence by more than two dozen other armed groups across the region, with widespread abuses against civilians including murder, rape and brutal reprisals.“As armed groups proliferate in the Kivus, it is the people who suffer: men are massacred, women are raped and children are forcibly recruited, while villages are looted and destroyed,” said John Ging, OCHA’s Director of Operations.The country is already facing a number of serious challenges, he noted, including 4.5 million people who are suffering from food insecurity; one million children under five who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition; and 27,000 cholera cases this year. read more

The Heat Do as Much Damage in the Fourth Quarter as in

With just over five minutes left in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals and the Miami Heat trailing by three, LeBron James threw a wild alley-oop attempt toward Dwyane Wade. The ball sailed 10 feet over Wade, off the backboard and into the hands of Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. At that point, the win probability models at InPredictable gave the Heat just a 29 percent chance of winning.Then the Heat turned those probabilities inside out, outscoring the Pacers 15 to 8 in the last five minutes of the game; James and Wade scored all 15 points.Poof! After a frustrating fourth-quarter performance by Indiana, its home-court advantage was gone. The series is tied 1-1.Maybe we should have seen this coming; end-of-game struggles have been all too common for the Heat’s opponents in these playoffs. Through Tuesday night, the Heat have outscored their opponents by an average of 14.7 points per 100 possessions in the fourth quarter, the best mark by any team in the playoffs.Miami Heat Point Differential Per 100 PossessionsThe Heat’s differential by quarter was fairly even in the regular season, although there’s a tilt toward the second half. Miami has often gotten off to slow starts in the playoffs, but, more often than not, the Heat have finished by blowing teams apart down the final stretch. If we narrow the focus to those mystical “clutch” moments (less than five minutes left in the game, neither team ahead by more than five points) the Heat’s per 100 possession point differential jumps to a ludicrous +82.1 (of course, that’s in a sample of just 14 minutes, three of which came in Tuesday night’s game).Seeking matchups to exploit in the fourth quarter has been part of a consistent pattern in the Heat’s rotations. Nine different five-man units have played at least five or more fourth-quarter minutes for the Heat in the playoffs, compared with just four such units in the first quarter. Of those nine units, six have a positive point differential. Only one of those first-quarter units does.Case in point: In Game 2, guard Norris Cole and big man Chris Anderson gave the Heat a boost of energy and defensive intensity off the bench in the first half. Seeing how effective those two were early in this game, Erik Spoelstra, the Heat’s coach, left them in for almost the entire fourth quarter. The key stretch, when the Heat turned a four-point deficit into a six-point lead, came when Cole and Anderson were playing with James, Wade and Chris Bosh. That lineup had not played a single minute for the Heat in the playoffs before Game 2.The Pacers have shown they can compete with, and beat, the Heat. But doing that four times in a series will require much more in-game consistency, because on most nights the Heat are building toward something. read more

GCAA meets with LIAT Dynamic Airways over operational deficiencies

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Officials from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority met with LIAT Airlines on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the GCAA Headquarters in Kingston to discuss regulatory matters and numerous delays and challenges facing the airline in maintaining the reliability and integrity of the airline’s schedule.According to a statement from the GCAA, this meeting was part of a series of meetings that the Authority has been hosting with several airlines operating in Guyana. In December 2016, the GCAA met with the Management of Dynamic International Airways to discuss their operations as a consequence of the delays and cancellations that the airline has been experiencing.In both of these meetings, the airlines were challenged to look at the interests of the passengers, the statement noted.The Authority is looking to work more closely with airlines to enhance their quality of services to the travelling public. read more

LCDS earned money for Guyana Green State Strategy will hemorrhage treasury

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt has ‘missed the bus’ where Green State agenda is concerned- JagdeoDecember 3, 2018In “Business”Vagueness of Green State Development Strategy cause for concern- JagdeoJune 26, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo dubs 2018 Budget most “disastrous” one ever presented to nationNovember 28, 2017In “Local News” …says if PPP elected in 2020 it will be shelved “It will add cost. I disagree with its fundamental premise. The premise which brings cost to the country versus earning money for the country… The LCDS was an economic strategy. It earned money for Guyana. The GSDS is so far about expenditure from our treasury. That is why conceptually, we disagree with it.”Opposition leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoThese were the words of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jadgeo as he reiterated his disapproval of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) that was created to replace the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).According to Jagdeo if the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) returned to office, GSDS would be automatically scrapped as it would only put pressure on the treasury.He described the draft strategy, which he has had a look at, as one that was a basic ‘cut and paste’ of best practices from around the world, essentially lacking the ability to attract funding for Guyana.Jagdeo, the mastermind of the LCDS, which secured him international recognition and led to him being conferred with the “Champion of the Earth” award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said that under the LCDS, there were specific areas that were targeted for development purposes across Guyana.“We said we are going to spend US$10.5 million on Amerindian land titling. It solved a problem. Two, we will spend US$17 million on ICT (Information Communication Technology) in the hinterland. We would spend x amount of money like US$80 million on the hydropower by buying down equity,” he explained.Further, the Opposition Leader said there were also plans to create a centre for biodiversity studies and establish an adaptation plan. He said, “We searched into crops that were flood and bug resistant. We set aside money for small loans and grants too to individuals in various sectors. It was about 20 initiatives and we were earning money doing that, we weren’t taking money from taxpayers’ money.”As such, the former Head of State argued that the GSDS was more about cost to the Guyanese public. “Right now, they are talking about planting trees and all of that. They missed the whole point that that was an economic strategy to adjust to the future. That’s why conceptually, we have a major difference,” he added.Reference was also made to the fact that several foreign consultants were hired to review the strategy for advice and further input, including requesting the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to be part of it.Jagdeo, who was the first President of that body, said he has seen a lot of what has been used before in the GSDS, in addition to that of the work being done by UNEP.“The speeches would tell you, (David) Granger… the first year he went into Parliament. He keeps saying one thing over and over again. It does not change. Same old thing,” Jagdeo stated, noting that the GSDS would not bring any substantial benefits to Guyana, but rather put pressure on taxpayers’ dollars.Jagdeo noted that the Strategy has not received the approval of the National Assembly, while noting that it was still at its conceptual stage. Nevertheless, he said, “That is a political initiative of Granger until it has parliamentary approval as far as we are concerned. In all likelihood, we will scrap it as soon as we get into office, because it makes no sense. It will only add cost. That’s all.”A number of renewable energy farms and facilities form the thrust of Government’s goals in the GSDS. The Government plans to build a solar energy plant to the tune of US$3.8 million. The farm, to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will be constructed at Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). It was indicated that construction of this farm would be completed by the end of 2018.Government has also secured funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to establish solar photovoltaic (PV) farms at Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) at a cost of US$1.8 million; Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to the tune of US$2.6 million; and Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) at a cost of US$2 million. It has also secured a line of credit of approximately US$15 million.The Government has been heavily criticised for the GSDS that has been touted as a blueprint to developing a “green economy”. The Opposition has described the document as a hollow one. But with Government recently getting the green light to access funds from Norway for its renewable energy initiatives, questions remain over exactly what policy document was presented. read more

Trinidad Wedding plans quashed for two cops dead in apparent murdersuicide

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T cop in murder/suicide left behind three lettersNovember 15, 2018In “Crime”T&T pandit shot dead in robbery at homeNovember 28, 2017In “latest news”UPDATE: 11-y-o witnessed gruesome murder of sister before fleeingJune 6, 2018In “Crime” WPC Kips, seen in this photo with her estranged common-law husband PC Youksee, was shot dead by the policeman at his Champs Fleurs home before he turned the gun on himself, firing a bullet into his head.(Trinidad Guardian) The taint­ed love be­tween two po­lice of­fi­cers turned trag­ic in Mt D’Or, Champs Fleurs, yes­ter­day, af­ter SRP Michael Youk­see turned his ser­vice weapon on WPC Rack­el Kipps, the moth­er of his two-year-old daugh­ter, killing her be­fore us­ing the gun to al­so end his own life.The mur­der/sui­cide, cou­pled with a dou­ble mur­der in Ari­ma, raised the mur­der toll for the year to 459 for Trinidad & Tobago.Neigh­bours said at around 10.30 am an ar­gu­ment erupt­ed at Youk­see’s Spring Val­ley ex­ten­sion apart­ment.Po­lice were told it ap­peared that Youk­see had con­front­ed Kipps and chal­lenged her to be truth­ful, stat­ing that he had giv­en her every­thing. Youk­see’s teenage daugh­ter re­port­ed­ly tried to in­ter­vene in the mat­ter but was shoved out of the room.Less than 20 min­utes lat­er, gun­shots shat­tered the air. Res­i­dents said they heard three in to­tal—two ini­tial­ly and then af­ter a pause, a fi­nal shot. The sound of a ba­by cry­ing then prompt­ed the cou­ple’s rel­a­tives to en­ter the home, where they found the two of­fi­cers in the room bleed­ing. They called po­lice to the scene up­on mak­ing the grim dis­cov­ery.When of­fi­cers ar­rived Kipps was no longer breath­ing, while Youk­see still had a pulse. Of­fi­cers took him to the near­by Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ence Com­plex, Mt Hope, where he died short­ly af­ter 1 pm.Dis­trict Med­ical Of­fi­cer Vic­tor Ter­a­pal­li vis­it­ed the scene and pro­nounced Kipps dead.Kipps was at­tached to the North­ern Di­vi­sion Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent’s of­fice while Youk­see was sta­tioned in Tu­na­puna.Neigh­bours ex­pressed shock over the in­ci­dent as Youk­see, al­so known to them as Kevin and “Un­cle” to the chil­dren in the com­mu­ni­ty, was said to be ex­treme­ly af­fa­ble and pleas­ant around the neigh­bour­hood.They added that the vi­o­lence was not some­thing they saw com­ing since Youk­see took good care of his daugh­ters, es­pe­cial­ly the two-year-old daugh­ter, at his home.Youk­see al­so fea­tured promi­nent­ly on Kipps’ Face­book page, with sev­er­al pic­tures of them to­geth­er as well as their daugh­ter on the time­line.How­ev­er, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the of­fi­cers, who had plans to get mar­ried next month, re­port­ed­ly turned sour in re­cent weeks. Kipps re­port­ed­ly moved out of the home with the cou­ple’s two-year-old daugh­ter last month. The T&T Guardian was al­so told that a com­plaint had been filed against Youk­see by Kipps re­cent­ly. De­spite this, Kipps yes­ter­day took the child to see her fa­ther, at her daugh­ter’s re­quest, neigh­bours said. It was said that dur­ing the ar­gu­ment the mat­ter of them liv­ing to­geth­er was raised once again.Con­tact­ed yes­ter­day, Po­lice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, In­spec­tor Michael Seales, sent out con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of both of­fi­cers but said it was too soon to com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion as there were still many facts to be un­cov­ered con­cern­ing the in­ci­dent.The in­ci­dent once again brought in­to fo­cus the need for sup­port ser­vices for of­fi­cers. In Sep­tem­ber, Seales had point­ed out that the Em­ploy­ee As­sis­tance Pro­gramme was not func­tion­al af­ter the death of Of­fi­cer Ian Hamil­ton.Hamil­ton re­port­ed­ly end­ed his life in Sep­tem­ber, mere hours af­ter per­form­ing at a func­tion. Hamil­ton re­port­ed­ly had been deeply de­pressed fol­low­ing the death of his fi­ancee Natasha Ed­mund in 2017.Seales had said then that not enough had been put in place to as­sist of­fi­cers who were deal­ing with emo­tion­al trau­ma, not­ing that while there were over 200 trained peer coun­sel­lors with­in the ser­vice, many of­fi­cers were un­aware who they were and as such were un­able to ap­proach them.In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the TTPS said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the deaths of WPC Kipps and PC Youk­see.This was al­so the sec­ond time this year in Trinidad that a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent had led to of­fi­cers us­ing their ser­vice weapons to kill. In ear­ly May, Sgt Dar­ryl Hon­ore died at the hos­pi­tal af­ter a shoot-out with a fel­low of­fi­cer and friend at Grand Bazaar, Val­sayn.When the shoot­ing oc­curred, the break­down of Hon­ore’s mar­riage was be­lieved to have fac­tored in the in­ci­dent. read more