AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisYou know the phrase: ‘all eyes are on you?’ Well that’s what will be happening when if you are interacting with the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office.This Thursday, March 15th, 12 law enforcement deputies will start wearing body cameras.Working with Axon for over 6 months LaBarge said he’s confident the new body cams will help prevent issues during arrest, and other emergency situations. The Sheriff’s Office will use the cameras for a 1–year trial period to evaluate the program. More details on the new cameras will be provided in the future.LaBarge encourages anyone with questions or concerns to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 989–354–9853.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Business Donates Over $1000 to Senior Center Fundraiser in Honor of Late Volunteer, Ken FaderNext Alpena County Sheriff discusses ways to improve school safety
Arsenal took a big step towards securing third place thanks to a fortunate late equaliser at Old Trafford.Ander Herrera took advantage of some sloppy marking to hand Manchester United the lead, but Theo Walcott’s cross flew in off Tyler Blackett’s leg and the match ended 1-1.These two teams have engaged in some titanic battles over the years, but this was a low-key meeting and will perhaps be remembered more for the goodbyes that took place than the action on the pitch.Radamel Falcao waved to all four corners of the ground when he was replaced in the second half and, with a return of just four goals in 28 appearances, it seems unlikely the on-loan striker will be back next season.Real Madrid target David de Gea also waved to the United fans as he came off with an injury in the second half and was replaced by Victor Valdes.For United to snatch third place, they will have to beat Hull next weekend and hope Arsenal lose their final two games against Sunderland and West Brom. But a fourth-place finish — and the Champions League play-off that comes with it — is almost certain for Louis van Gaal’s team.The match lived up to its low-key billing in the opening stages.Falcao looked keen to impress — as he has done all season — but the Colombian spent as much time on the floor as he did on his feet. Francis Coquelin, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal all muscled the striker off the ball early on.The one time Falcao gained a yard on Koscielny, the Frenchman recovered to block the striker inside the box.United’s commitment could not be doubted. Ashley Young sprinted 50 yards to dispossess Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia harried Monreal down the right and Herrera forced Santi Cazorla back into his own half. But there was little for David Ospina to do, and the Arsenal stopper’s only save of note in the opening 15 minutes came when he collected Juan Mata’s simple free-kick.Arsenal offered precious little at the other end, though. It was only when Phil Jones slipped that they earned a sight at goal, but the centre-half recovered in a comical fashion, crawling on the floor and nodding the ball behind off Olivier Giroud’s shin.It was Arsenal’s turn to perform some comical defending and hand United the lead. Monreal and Koscielny both followed Marouane Fellaini from Young’s floated cross, leaving Herrera free to volley in from close range.United could have had a second in first-half stoppage-time thanks to more lax marking. Daley Blind, completely unmarked, flashed a curling shot towards goal from Juan Mata’s corner, but captain for the day Chris Smalling accidentally blocked his teammate’s effort.Arsenal continued to struggle immediately after the break. Alexis Sanchez volleyed well over the bar but Olivier Giroud fared much better, spinning Marcos Rojo in the box only for De Gea rushed off his line to block. The United fans responded by pleading with their star goalkeeper to stay.Falcao bade what very much looked like a farewell when he was substituted for Robin van Persie, waving as he walked off the pitch.Aaron Ramsey beat De Gea for the first time, lifting the ball over the Spaniard after a brilliant ball from Sanchez, but Marcos Rojo put in a covering tackle.What looked suspiciously like another goodbye came 15 minutes from time when De Gea hobbled off after pulling a muscle. The goalkeeper waved to the crowd as Valdes came on to make his United debut, 14 months after his last game for Barcelona.The three-times Champions League winner was picking the ball out of the net eight minutes later. Substitute Walcott peeled away down the right hand side and fired a low square ball across the box which flew in off Blackett’s out-stretched leg.Van Persie had a chance to snatch all three points, but sent his half-volley into the Stretford End in the closing moments.–
One of the participants utilising her softwareIn celebration of the international Girls in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Day, the Public Telecommunications Ministry, in collaboration with private sector agencies, on Thursday hosted a mini expo to showcase the work of young women in the related field.Held at the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, the exhibition focused on promoting job opportunities and striking a gender balance by increasing the number of girls in the ICT field.Assistant Engineer at the National Frequency Management Unit, Melissa Layne, said, “The idea behind this initiative is to spread awareness about the gender gap which exists in computing and the field of technology, and also to encourage more women and girls to take up careers in tech.”She told Guyana Times that there are challenges in reaching hinterland communities; but whenever those are reached, persons are encouraged to use offline applications to exceed their usual expectations.According to Layne, many youths are unaware of the career opportunities in technology because of the lack of accessibility.Layne revealed, “What we are showing is what some women in technology have been doing in Guyana. We have done tech camps in St. Cuthbert’s Mission and Charity as well, where we bring technology to the girls of those outlying communities.”She added, “What we found in the hinterland regions is connectivity and actually being exposed to what tech has to offer. Girls don’t understand that there are jobs like programming and graphic designing. They don’t have the awareness and the knowledge; and sometimes access is a bit hard.”On site, teenage girls were present to showcase their programming skills, which were used to develop databases for the health and agriculture sector.Serena Razack said her group focused on creating an inventory for hospitals, given that there have been a number of cases of misdiagnosis and expired medications.This programme allows medical practitioners to be au fait with the medication along with its expiry date, how much is being used, and by which doctor. Razack said the programme can be modified for a larger quantity of medications.“This is the first major project we are doing. We have been hearing about the different drugs in Guyana, so we figured it would be helpful if we created a programme that would allow us to keep track of these drugs: like the expiry date, how much is being used, and so on. This database can be expanded so you can add more drugs; so we think that, with further editing, it will be helpful.”Meanwhile, Sakia Jones told this publication that her database was created to aid the agriculture sector with record-keeping.“When you’re dealing with agriculture, especially on a farm, you have to keep track of everything you do. Because it’s a broad topic, we’re only doing plant based-stuff, like the water requirements, soil type and the plant name, just to put that in the inventory,” she explained.Girls in ICT Day is observed every year on April 26 in all member countries and organisations of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU).The National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has, for many years, led Guyana’s outreaches into schools with special focus on rural areas.