Application for home improvement subsidies, core houses begins Nov 1

first_imgTwo thousand, two hundred and fifty (2250) families are set to benefit from the Central Housing and Planning Authority’s (CH&PA) Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme.Senior officials of the CH&PA, including Minister within the Communities Ministry, with responsibility for housing, Valerie Adams-Patterson-Yearwood updated the media on details of the project at a press conference on Wednesday.Deputy Director of Community Development at the Ministry, Donell Bess-Bascom said from November 1, application forms for the home improvement subsidies and core houses will be made available. The application period will run for three months from November 1, 2018, until February 1, 2019. “We have allocated a three-month application period which is adequate time for persons to be able to apply and have an opportunity to benefit,” Bess-Bascom explained.Persons desirous of applying must reside within targeted areas of the programme. These include from as far as La Bonne Intention on the East Coast to Georgetown; Great Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara and Westminster, Rec-Door-Zee Phase I &II, Onderneeming and La Parfaite Harmonie Phase II on the West Bank of DemeraraBess-Bascom also disclosed that several pick-up points have been established for a swifter distribution of application forms. “All the local democratic organs or local authorities within the project areas will be used as distribution centres for application forms.”It was also highlighted that while there will be several points within the programme’s geographical area of coverage, the CH&PA will be the sole agency responsible for the submission of these forms after it would have been completed.Eligible and successful applicants accessing the home improvement subsidies will benefit from as much as $500,000 in building materials. Upgrades could range from roof repairs, walls, floors, wet areas (bathroom and toilet), expansion to alleviate overcrowding, electrical works, plumbing and sanitation, rainwater harvesting and modifications for persons with disabilities.Successful applicants of the home improvement subsidies will be required to take charge of full labour costs. These home improvement subsidies will target low-income earners and single parent-led homes. The CH&PA will be catering for 2000 subsidies.For the core homes, 250 persons will benefit, and applicants must be a citizen of Guyana and 18 years of age or older and occupy land issued by the CH&PA.Bess-Bascom also added that during the period of processing applications there will be extensive home visits for verification of information provided. Also, persons who would have benefited from previous subsidies (two or more subsidies) and core houses will not be considered for these two projects.According to Minister Adams-Patterson-Yearwood, while the agency is expecting an influx of applications from persons wishing to benefit from these two projects, there will be a strict shortlisting process that is likely to take as much as eight months after the period of application closes.“We anticipate that there will be lots of applications so when we are processing, we will have to prioritise… And, remember we are looking for the most vulnerable families,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien eyes ICC T20 World Cup 2020

first_imgWith ICC T20 World Cup 2020 due in Australia, Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien said that his side has high ambitions in the shortest format.In spite of suffering a whitewash at the hands of Afghanistan in a recent three-match T20I, the all-rounder is assertive to qualify for the tournament.O’Brien insisted that his side was competitive with the ball in the first game and batting in the next two. In the opening T20I, Ireland bowlers held the neck of the opponents till last over while defending a modest 132. In the second and third, Irish batsmen performed better in the run-chase of 200-plus totals posted by Afghanistan.”It is disappointing to lose 0-3, although Afghanistan are a very good side. We acquitted ourselves well in periods of all three games – especially with the ball in game one, and in the run chase in game two and three. We probably just lacked a little bit of experience towards the end of both innings, but we are certainly gearing up for bigger things in the future especially with the T20 qualifier in October. We are starting to put some good things in place,” ICC quoted O’Brien, as saying.The all-rounder had a good time with the bat, scoring 116 runs at a strike rate of 141.46. He was promoted up the order and is hopeful to get more opportunities.”I love batting at the top of the order. I have done it for franchise teams in the past and had some success. I think our performances in the past in T20 needed a change, and hopefully this move continues to be a successful one,” he said.advertisementIn their next assignment, Ireland will meet Afghanistan for five-match one-day international series, starting February 28.”We have got to go in fresh, but still take in what we have learnt from the T20s with the bat and ball. Their [Afghanistan] squad is very similar in that they have four or five guys coming in and it is important we learn quickly from this experience and try to implement it in the 50-over game,” O’Brien said.Also Read | Krunal Pandya takes heart from spirited bowling show in Visakhapatnam T20IAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat Cumminslast_img read more

Mylar balloons cause electrical explosion water leak in Chula Vista neighborhood

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Mylar balloons cause electrical explosion, water leak in Chula Vista neighborhood Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:13 PMcenter_img May 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Residents in the 400 block of D Street were without water and power Monday night after several mylar balloons got stuck in nearby power lines, causing an explosion.The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. at 497 D Street when residents heard a series of explosions outside their homes.One woman reported smelling smoke inside her house and took her children outside for safety.According to David Albright, Battalion Chief of the Chula Vista Fire Department, the electrical explosions caused several water leaks prompting crews to shut both power and water off to two houses.No injuries were reported.Crews remained on scene repairing the damaged water and electrical lines. Posted: May 28, 2018last_img read more

IDG Launches Marketing Network for Bloggers

first_imgSo far, IDG has approved 100 bloggers for the network, covering topics including security, mobile, networking and gadgets. IDG editors must review and approve each participating site.San Francisco-based tech industry search engine service Technorati is said to be launching its own blogger advertiser network. A Technorati spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment. Independent tech bloggers may have a new ally in the online world. The International Data Group today announced the creation of the IDG TechNetwork, an online group that helps marketers place their ads on independent blogs.“IDG has been a media network for many years with over 400 owned and operated Web sites,” IDG TechNetwork vice president of sales and business development Kevin Normandeau wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Now, IDG is taking our knowledge of the technology channel and extending it to the benefit of our advertisers and top quality independent publishers and bloggers.”The IDG TechNetwork will represent independent technology Web sites and user groups to a stable of advertisers looking for exposure in carious technology categories. In return, IDG and publishers will evenly split ad revenues, Normandeau says, and publishers’ content will be distributed on relevant IDG media and partner Web sites.According to Normandeau, many independent publishers “do not have enough resources to generate the true revenue potential of their brands,” and this revenue partnership will help them “build their businesses.”last_img read more

Did you know Deepika Padukone played cricket with the 83 costars between

first_imgRanveer Singh, Deepika PadukoneInstagramMuch to the fascination of everyone present at the location, Deepika Padukone, who is also a sportsperson, played cricket with the entire team of her upcoming film ’83, in between breaks on the sets. During the time out of the schedule of the shoot, Deepika would play cricket and was doing a baller job at it!Playing cricket along with the whole cast, also helped them bond and know each other better. In ’83, Deepika is playing the role of Romi Dev, wife to Kapil Dev, alongside hubby Ranveer Singh who is playing the role of Kapil Dev. The movie is based on the life of Kapil Dev and how he steered India to the world cup victory of 1983 Cricket World Cup.Having seen the life of a sportsman at close quarters and living with an Internationally acclaimed player, helped her understand the role of Romi Dev better. She has seen exactly what it took for her mother to be a wife to a sportsman who has to dedicate a majority of his life to his sport and bring glory to the country on representing it abroad and knows all the sacrifices and the toll it takes on their personal lives.Deepika has closely seen the whole life of her parents and one is excited to see it reflected on screen with the release of ’83 with her coming on screens as a cricketer’s wife.Apart from this, the actress is playing the role of an acid attack survivor in her upcoming film ‘Chapaak’, which is based on the life of Laxmi Aggarwal.The year 2020 will be special as both her upcoming films are releasing in the same year and interestingly, both the characters Laxmi Agarwal and Romi Dev are real-life characters with the heavy background behind them, making it a year of promising portrayals by the actress.last_img read more

Sylhet mudslide death toll rises to 5

first_imgMap of SylhetThe death toll from mudslide while extracting stones from a quarry in Jaflong area of Goainghat upazila rose to five as another succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Sadek Miah, 40, son of Taj Ullah, a resident of Baniachang upazila of Habiganj.Shamsul Alam Sarkar, additional superintendent of police, said a portion of mud collapsed on a group of workers around 4:30pm while they were extracting stones from the quarry at Mondirer Jum.Four workers – Nur Mia, 50, son of Mafiz Ullah of Jagannathpur upazila of Sunamganj, Jahur Ali, 65, a resident of Baniachang upazila of Habiganj, his son Mojaheed, 22 and his daughter Shakirun, 26 – died on the spot while three others, including Sadek Miah, suffered injuries, he said.Later, Sadek succumbed to his injuries on way to his home in Habiganj.Four bodies, excluding Sadek, were sent to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

PM in the list of top 100 global thinkers

first_imgPM in the list of top 100 global thinkersPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has made her room in the list of top 100 global thinkers as the famous US-based Foreign Policy journal came up with a register of world leading thinkers.“Sheikh Hasina has responded to the greatest security challenge facing Bangladesh with a generosity . . . Rather than turn away the approximate 700,000 Rohingya who fled persecution in Myanmar, Hasina welcomed them and allowed them to remain in her country,” the journal wrote justifying their decision for incorporating in the list of its Current Issue: Winter 2019.Sheikh Hasina has been named among the 10 top global thinkers in the category “Defense and Security”.Referring to the background of the list, the Foreign Policy said they selected the leading global thinkers cautiously considering their stake in shaping the world mind.“In a year of worldwide economic crisis and dangerous wars, of radical innovation and newfound realpolitik, street revolution and blunt rhetoric, we could think of no better way to make sense of it than through the big ideas of those who shape our understanding of the world,” the article read.last_img read more

Reeder Wants DC Open for Everyone

first_imgDionne Reeder, a small business owner in Ward 8, wants to be the next Independent D.C. Council member because she wants to help Washingtonians be the best they can be and have a thriving city to which they can contribute.“Let’s make the investments in our communities to allow every D.C. resident to reach their full potential because if you work hard you should have equal access to opportunities,” Reeder said.Dionne Reeder, a small business owner in Ward 8, is running for a seat on the D.C. Council. (Courtesy photo)Reeder owns the Cheers@The Big Chair that is located in Ward 8 on Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., Southeast.  In an interview with the AFRO, Reeder said that public service is a calling.A native Washingtonian, Reeder grew up in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Ward 1. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and went to West Virginia State University, where she served as the president of the Student Government Association.Reeder has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources as a legislative assistant and for the D.C. Community Prevention Partnership where she assisted over 200 people to go to college.The entrepreneur’s work caught the eye of then D.C. Chief Financial Officer Anthony Williams, and he gave her $9 million to curb youth violence in the District. She focused her efforts on the North Capitol Street, Northwest corridor.When Williams became mayor, he tapped her to be Ward 8’s Neighborhood Coordinator where she worked to assist residents in dealing with the District government.In 2007, when Williams left office, Reeder went to work for Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, managing the organization’s daily operations as well as its community-oriented multi-million dollar programs.In recent years, Reeder opened up her business to help Ward 8 economically.Among the reasons she decided to run for the council was a piece of legislation that D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) was sponsoring.  Silverman is the author of the Universal Paid Leave Act, which guarantees District employees in the private sector up to 16 weeks of paid leave per year. Reeder said that she has problems with Silverman’s legislation.“It hurts small businesses,” Reeder said.Reeder argues that small businesses will be particularly hurt by Silverman’s legislation because they may not be able to recoup the lost employee time, nor have the resources to make up for work that will not get done. However, Silverman told The AFRO that’s not true.“I am a champion of paid leave because working families feel squeezed,” she said. “And many small businesses, including restaurants, say they want to provide this benefit to retain their workers and keep them healthy but can’t afford to pay it out of pocket. Our paid leave law helps by giving a very big benefit to both workers and businesses for a very modest payroll tax.”Reeder also said that Silverman is not a strong supporter of the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which allows District employers to offer temporary jobs and training to teenagers and young adults.“I have heard so many people tell me they got their first job working for the Summer Youth [Employment] Program that was started by Marion Barry,” Reeder said. “She cut $2 million out of the program, wants young people to take an entrance exam to get into it, and wants to max out participation for three years. That program was once for specific people but now it is for everyone.“It teaches young people the importance of a work ethic. She said the program was a problem and only has visited 20 sites to see it.”Silverman said that Reeder is in error on her stand with SYEP.“I am a big champion of SYEP, including expanding it to 24-years-old,” she said. “That’s why my committee did not cut funding.”The councilmember said “an entrance exam is not in the legislation” and “the biggest thing the legislation does is make learning life skills like showing up on time, communicating with supervisors and colleagues and learning how to resolve conflict maturely a centerpiece of the summer work experience.”Reeder’s platform includes using District government resources to invest in the next generation, make the District more affordable for residents of all income levels, and focus on seniors, millennials and families. She wants to invest in the District’s private sector, saying it should be easier to start and run a business in the city with a special emphasis on neighborhood establishments.Reeder and other Independent candidates will face Silverman in the Nov. 6 general election.Stuart Anderson is a Ward 8 political activist and told The AFRO he favors Reeder.“When I looked at the candidates in the at-large race, I saw that Dionne was the best,” he said. “She is a Black business owner and I am confident that she will look out for the best interests of Black businesses. We need a voice on the D.C. Council for Black businesses and she will serve as that voice.”last_img read more

How to use M functions within Microsoft Power BI for querying data

first_imgMicrosoft Power BI Desktop contains a rich set of data source connectors and transformation capabilities that support the integration and enhancement of source data. These features are all driven by a powerful functional language and query engine, M, which leverages source system resources when possible and can greatly extend the scope and robustness of the data retrieval process beyond the possibilities of the standard query editor interface alone. As with almost all BI projects, the design and development of the data access and retrieval process has great implications for the analytical value, scalability, and sustainability of the overall Power BI solution. Our article is an excerpt from the book Microsoft Power BI Cookbook, written by Brett Powell. This book shows how to leverage  Microsoft Power BI and the development tools to create better data driven analytics and visualizations. In this article, we dive into Power BI Desktop’s Get Data experience and go through the process of establishing and managing data source connections and queries. Examples are provided of using the Query Editor interface and the M language directly to construct and refine queries to meet common data transformation and cleansing needs. In practice and as per the examples, a combination of both tools is recommended to aid the query development process. Viewing and analyzing M functions Every time you click on a button to connect to any of Power BI Desktop’s supported data sources or apply any transformation to a data source object, such as changing a column’s data type, one or multiple M expressions are created reflecting your choices. These M expressions are automatically written to dedicated M documents and, if saved, are stored within the Power BI Desktop file as Queries. M is a functional programming language like F#, and it’s important that Power BI developers become familiar with analyzing and later writing and enhancing the M code that supports their queries. Getting ready Build a query through the user interface that connects to the AdventureWorksDW2016CTP3 SQL Server database on the ATLAS server and retrieves the DimGeography table, filtered by United States for English. Click on Get Data from the Home tab of the ribbon, select SQL Server from the list of database sources, and provide the server and database names. For the Data Connectivity mode, select Import. A navigation window will appear, with the different objects and schemas of the database. Select the DimGeography table from the Navigation window and click on Edit. In the Query Editor window, select the EnglishCountryRegionName column and then filter on United States from its dropdown. Figure 2: Filtering for United States only in the Query Editor At this point, a preview of the filtered table is exposed in the Query Editor and the Query Settings pane displays the previous steps. Figure 3: The Query Settings pane in the Query Editor How to do it Formula Bar With the Formula Bar visible in the Query Editor, click on the Source step under Applied Steps in the Query Settings pane. You should see the following formula expression: Figure 4: The SQL.Database() function created for the Source step Click on the Navigation step to expose the following expression: Figure 5: The metadata record created for the Navigation step The navigation expression (2) references the source expression (1) The Formula Bar in the Query Editor displays individual query steps, which are technically individual M expressions It’s convenient and very often essential to view and edit all the expressions in a centralized window, and for this, there’s the Advanced Editor M is a functional language, and it can be useful to think of query evaluation in M as similar to Excel spreadsheet formulas in which multiple formulas can reference each other. The M engine can determine which expressions are required by the final expression to return and evaluate only those expressions. Configuring Power BI Development Tools, the display setting for both the Query Settings pane and the Formula bar should be enabled as GLOBAL | Query Editor options. Figure 6: Global layout options for the Query Editor Alternatively, on a per file basis, you can control these settings and others from the View tab of the Query Editor toolbar. Figure 7: Property settings of the View tab in the Query Editor Advanced Editor window Given its importance to the query development process, the Advanced Editor dialog is exposed on both the Home and View tabs of the Query Editor. It’s recommended to use the Query Editor when getting started with a new query and when learning the M language. After several steps have been applied, use the Advanced Editor to review and optionally enhance or customize the M query. As a rich, functional programming language, there are many M functions and optional parameters not exposed via the Query Editor; going beyond the limits of the Query Editor enables more robust data retrieval and integration processes. Figure 8: The Home tab of the Query Editor Click on Advanced Editor from either the View or Home tabs (Figure 8 and Figure 9, respectively). All M function expressions and any comments are exposed Figure 9: The Advanced Editor view of the DimGeography query When developing retrieval processes for Power BI models, consider these common ETL questions: How are our queries impacting the source systems? Can we make our retrieval queries more resilient to changes in source data such that they avoid failure? Is our retrieval process efficient and simple to follow and support or are there unnecessary steps and queries? Are our retrieval queries delivering sufficient performance to the BI application? Is our process flexible such that we can quickly apply changes to data sources and logic? M queries are not intended as a substitute for the workloads typically handled by enterprise ETL tools such as SSIS or Informatica. However, just as BI professionals would carefully review the logic and test the performance of SQL stored procedures and ETL packages supporting their various cubes and reports environment, they should also review the M queries created to support Power BI models and reports. How it works Two of the top performance and scalability features of M’s engine are Query Folding and Lazy Evaluation. If possible, the M queries developed in Power BI Desktop are converted (folded) into SQL statements and passed to source systems for processing. M can also reduce the required resources for a given query by ignoring any unnecessary or redundant steps (variables). M is a case-sensitive language. This includes referencing variables in M expressions (RenameColumns versus Renamecolumns) as well as the values in M queries. For example, the values “Apple” and “apple” are considered unique values in an M query; the Table.Distinct() function will not remove rows for one of the values. Variable names in M expressions cannot have spaces without a hash sign and double quotes. Per Figure 10, when the Query Editor graphical interface is used to create M queries this syntax is applied automatically, along with a name describing the M transformation applied. Applying short, descriptive variable names (with no spaces) improves the readability of M queries. Query folding The query from this recipe was “folded” into the following SQL statement and sent to the ATLAS server for processing. Figure 10: The SQL statement generated from the DimGeography M query Right-click on the Filtered Rows step and select View Native Query to access the Native Query window from Figure 11: Figure 11: View Native Query in Query Settings Finding and revising queries that are not being folded to source systems is a top technique for enhancing large Power BI datasets. See the Pushing Query Processing Back to Source Systems recipe of Chapter 11, Enhancing and Optimizing Existing Power BI Solutions for an example of this process. M query structure The great majority of queries created for Power BI will follow the let…in structure as per this recipe, as they contain multiple steps with dependencies among them. Individual expressions are separated by commas. The expression referred to following the in keyword is the expression returned by the query. The individual step expressions are technically “variables”, and if the identifiers for these variables (the names of the query steps) contain spaces then the step is placed in quotes, and prefixed with a # sign as per the Filtered Rows step in Figure 10. Lazy evaluation The M engine also has powerful “lazy evaluation” logic for ignoring any redundant or unnecessary variables, as well as short-circuiting evaluation (computation) once a result is determinate, such as when one side (operand) of an OR logical operator is computed as True. The order of evaluation of the expressions is determined at runtime; it doesn’t have to be sequential from top to bottom. In the following example, a step for retrieving Canada was added and the step for the United States was ignored. Since the CanadaOnly variable satisfies the overall let expression of the query, only the Canada query is issued to the server as if the United States row were commented out or didn’t exist. Figure 12: Revised query that ignores Filtered Rows step to evaluate Canada only View Native Query (Figure 12) is not available given this revision, but a SQL Profiler trace against the source database server (and a refresh of the M query) confirms that CanadaOnly was the only SQL query passed to the source database. Figure 13: Capturing the SQL statement passed to the server via SQL Server Profiler trace There’s more Partial query folding A query can be “partially folded”, in which a SQL statement is created resolving only part of an overall query The results of this SQL statement would be returned to Power BI Desktop (or the on-premises data gateway) and the remaining logic would be computed using M’s in-memory engine with local resources M queries can be designed to maximize the use of the source system resources, by using standard expressions supported by query folding early in the query process Minimizing the use of local or on-premises data gateway resources is a top consideration Limitations of query folding No folding will take place once a native SQL query has been passed to the source system. For example, passing a SQL query directly through the Get Data dialog. The following query, specified in the Get Data dialog, is included in the Source Step: Figure 14: Providing a user defined native SQL query Any transformations applied after this native query will use local system resources. Therefore, the general implication for query development with native or user-defined SQL queries is that if they’re used, try to include all required transformations (that is, joins and derived columns), or use them to utilize an important feature of the source database not being utilized by the folded query, such as an index. Not all data sources support query folding, such as text and Excel files. Not all transformations available in the Query Editor or via M functions directly are supported by some data sources. The privacy levels defined for the data sources will also impact whether folding is used or not. SQL statements are not parsed before they’re sent to the source system. The Table.Buffer() function can be used to avoid query folding. The table output of this function is loaded into local memory and transformations against it will remain local. We have discussed effective techniques for accessing and retrieving data using Microsoft Power BI. Do check out this book Microsoft Power BI Cookbook for more information on using Microsoft power BI for data analysis and visualization. Read Next: Expert Interview: Unlocking the secrets of Microsoft Power BI Tutorial: Building a Microsoft Power BI Data Model Expert Insights:Ride the third wave of BI with Microsoft Power BIlast_img read more