The new Guyana Police Force… is it?

first_imgDear Editor,In an earlier letter I wrote in the media of my “choke and rob” ordeal at the hands of some thugs in the Georgetown area. During that traumatic experience I lost my Guyana passport, with which I normally conduct business when I am in Guyana. Now, on my visit this summer to my homeland, I sought to get a new passport as a replacement of the stolen one. That new passport requires me getting a report from the Police department, and this is when my troubles began.I visited the Brickdam Location where the initial report was made to get a statement for the immigration department. My first visit to the Police began in the second week of July, when I was told that I have to get another report written up on the theft.That statement took half a day for write up (no exaggeration). In fact, at the end of the write up when I was asked to read the details, it was so riddled with errors that I stated to the officer that “it would take another half of a day to rectify, if the English in that text should be taken into consideration.” Anyway, I signed the badly worded statement and was told to return one week later.I visited Brickdam five consecutive weeks thereafter and could not uplift that report. I left Guyana on August 28 and still cannot get a report to process a Guyana passport. Is this the new and improved, professional -whatever the terms Crime Chief Blanhum speaks about? Well, come to think of it, if that report should go to court I shudder to think what would be my fate if the accused person has a firebrand lawyer?With a report of that level of “intelligence” I believe that I, the victim, might very well become the convicted one for making scandalous statements against the accused. And this is my main problem with these wayward political statements made by the Crime Chief; would anyone take those words seriously when you have a Police Force who cannot effectively communicate -written or verbal- in the official language of this country? What if?We are far away from a force that can barely be considered “improved”. The Police need training, no question about that, serious training as to how to communicate, far more to write a true and fool proof report. And I hasten to add that I am willing to offer my services when I retire here from my teaching job in St Lucia. But I also hasten to add, I would like to do so free from “political interference”.This is the main problem that is hurting the Police Force in Guyana, the heavy political domination coming from central government. I am absolutely sure Blanhum was cognizant of the fact that he was talking trash when he made that statement. But politically correct he was in the eyes of the PNC led Coalition, which is a party that “owns and controls” the predominantly Black Police Force.So we cannot overemphasise the point that the Police Force in Guyana needs proper training for us to get anywhere near using the word “professionalism” or before it can be inculcated into their vocabulary.Yours sincerely,Neil Adamslast_img read more

After 15 losses, Canada beats US for 1st time in Davis Cup

first_img“Being an American tennis player, you are kind of used to not getting the support,” the 22-year-old Opelka said.Fritz said there are just “more dedicated tennis fans in Canada.”“I’m not going to lie, I think the U.S. has so many other great sports, tennis isn’t really the focus,” he said. “The Canadian fans were strong and they flew out and they came out. I don’t think it has anything to do with the federations or anything.”The new Davis Cup is being played in a World Cup-style format with all 18 teams playing in a single venue in the same week, instead of the head-to-head confrontations that used to take place at varied sites over four weekends throughout the year.“I think the new format is great,” Opelka said. “I think it is easier to follow, it’s easier to understand what’s going on. The tournament starts, the tournament ends, you have a winner, you know when it’s over. It’s not dragging on throughout the whole year.”The revamped tournament is the result of a 25-year partnership between the International Tennis Federation and Kosmos, a group co-founded by Barcelona soccer player Gerard Piqué. The ITF said the change was made to make the competition more attractive and lucrative.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee In the new Davis Cup format, teams play only two singles and a doubles match in each tie, with the group winners advancing along with the two best second-place finishers in the six groups.The doubles match was not played.“They’ve got a great team,” Fish said. “They’re going to be around for a long time … I imagine that we’re going to have quite a few battles with them over the years.”The U.S. has won 32 Davis Cup titles, but its last came in 2007. If it fails to win in Madrid, it will equal the team’s longest gap between titles.Opelka and Fritz said they were not surprised by the small number of American fans cheering for the team in the Spanish capital. The Canadians largely outnumbered the Americans and were much louder throughout the matches.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Intrigue building in series of heavyweight fights 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw View comments 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READcenter_img Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Canada’s Vasek Pospisil misses a ball during the Davis Cup tennis match against USA player Reilly Opelka in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Canada beat the United States in the Davis Cup for the first time on Tuesday, defeating the Americans 2-0 on the second day of the revamped team competition to end a run of 15 straight losses.Vasek Pospisil edged Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) and Denis Shapovalov defeated Taylor Fritz 7-6 (6), 6-3 to give the Canadians an insurmountable lead in Group F of the inaugural Davis Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist It was Canada’s first win in 16 meetings with the United States in the 119-year-old competition, although the teams had not played since 1965. The Americans had lost only three matches in total against their neighbors in the previous 15 meetings.“It’s extremely disappointing because I felt like I definitely could have won, and it would have been big for the team,” Fritz said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t come up with the right shots at the right times sometimes. Ultimately, that’s why I lost.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The result leaves the United States needing to beat Italy on Wednesday to have a chance of advancing to the knockout stage. Italy lost to Canada 2-1 in the opening group tie on Monday.“This is the toughest group, I think, so there is no easy match.” U.S. team captain Mardy Fish said. “But you never know. We are going to go out there tomorrow and try to win the first one and try to put ourselves in position to do that.”last_img read more

Govt will have to account for shady drug procurement – PPP

first_img… as Party signals intention to go after Jordan for answersThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has signalled that the questions on drug procurement which they fielded in the National Assembly are not the end of the road. The Opposition has undertaken to leave no stone unturned to pursue further information on shady drug procurement practices. PPP Parliamentarian Juan Edghill gave this assurance during a press conference on Thursday. Edghill said while the answers the Party sought were not satisfactory, they would get the Finance Ministry, as well as the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) involved in the matter.“I will tell you; these questions are not the end of this matter. There are a whole lot of other questions other people in Government will have to answer and I can put a notice here at today’s press conference (to) the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.”“Because I will be moving in that direction, to get the National Procurement Board to make public every contract that has been awarded, the names of the evaluators, the date the contract was awarded, and for what amounts, because that information already needed to be made public on the NPTAB website.”In fact, checks to NPTAB’s website shows that the last time information on tender awards was updated were in May of last year. This was for the D’Urban Park Project. In addition, the last updated minutes for tender openings in the board room were March 21, 2017.“And all you’re getting on the NPTAB website is the minutes of opening tenders. So you know who tendered, but you never knowing who it was awarded (to). And (the website is) not even up to date. So this is not the end of it. This Government’s feet will be kept to the fire; they will give an account and be transparent. And if they can’t comply the people of Guyana will decide what the next move is.”Edghill stressed that public procurement of drugs was not a private enterprise but rather a multimillion-dollar process. He noted that since the Government was procuring the drugs, there are strict criteria and standards that should be followed so that the nation gets quality drugs for the right price.This all comes in the wake of questions the Party fielded to the Ministers of Public Health and Communities in the National Assembly on Monday last.When a response came from the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan it was revealed that nine out of 10 regions in Guyana did no public tendering for drugs and medical supplies between January 2016 and February 2017.In addition, all regions indicated that no prequalification process was followed. This was all done in the name of emergencies.GPHCIn the case of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) In addition, Opposition Parliamentarian Edghill had noted that 77 per cent of the total allocations for drugs for Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) have been expended.He said that when the Public Health Minister was asked about the amount of money spend on drugs and medical supplies for the Georgetown Public Hospital for January and February 2017, it was revealed that some $2 billion has already been expended. This represents almost 77 per cent of the total allocations for the year. However, Edghill pointed out that among the questions to the Ministers was whether any of the companies were pre-qualified. The former Junior Finance Minister noted that the answer was “no”.Pre-qualification is an important part of ensuring quality assurance when works are done or goods supplied for the Government. In this instance, contractors are usually invited to apply to NPTAB so that they can be pre-qualified or placed on a shortlist for future projects according to World Health Organisation standards.In the case of drugs and medical supplies, companies are expected to have adequate warehouse facilities, staff, security, in addition to appropriate certification and an emphasis on sanitation.last_img read more

The tattooed giant sounding the drumbeat of Leicester victory

first_imgCome wind, rain or snow, he can be found at the back of the stand beating his large drum.As he spoke to AFP outside the King Power Stadium, motorists honked their horns in recognition at the club’s official drummer, who is something of a gentle giant despite his fearsome appearance.Away fans unfamiliar with Jobber initially took him to be a hooligan, but the superfan stressed he was anything but.The Foxes need just one more win to take the Premier League — an improbable coup for the club that started the season as bookmakers’ 5,000-1 outsiders and one of the favourites for relegation.The meteoric rise of the club has won national and international attention.For Jobber, it is a fairy tale, having had a season ticket for 32 of his 36 years.Away from the stadium, Jobber is a mentor for troubled young people, helping them with their studies and taking them on trips to the countryside to see goats and cows.But he never misses a home game and says he has missed around six away games in 25 years.His loyalty is reflected in his 150 tattoos, which cover his arms and much of his upper body — including one of fictional nanny Mary Poppins wearing a Leicester supporters’ scarf.– ‘Crazy’ –Jobber is still getting to grips with the remarkable turnaround of the club.“How do I feel? I don’t know,” he told AFP. “I could never prepare myself, there was no plan for me to feel like this.“The minute I find what it is I’m going to ring the dictionary up and get that word put in the dictionary.”To be a Leicester supporter is to know suffering, having endured relegation to the third tier of English football less than 10 years ago and only narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League last season.Jobber’s brightest memory before this season was a last-minute victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the FA Cup in 2006.“Never in my life would I have even expected to be anywhere near the top 10 of the Premier League, let alone to be guaranteed a finish in the top two,” he said.“Where has it all come from? I think it’s the unity of this team, and the passion and the pride, you can’t buy that,” he added.Jobber’s passion for Leicester began when he was a boy, when he was a devout attendee of the old stadium Filbert Street.“I can’t remember much of the game, of the players at the time but I remember how it made me feel,” he said of his first match.“I remember feeling part of something and it became part of my life”.In 2003, a club official called to ask if he would be interested in playing the bass drum. His initial reluctance gave way and he tried it out. It was a revelation.“I came down and hit the drum and I was like ‘Wow!’. Next thing there were 35,000 sets of eyes on me. I’ve done it ever since.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Shaven-headed Lee Jobber’s back is covered with a large inked crest of Leicester City and his ample stomach bears the words “wide load”/PHOTO-AgenciesLEICESTER, April 28- A large, topless, heavily tattooed figure pounding a drum has become iconic at Leicester football matches as the underdog club closes in on the Premier League title.Shaven-headed Lee Jobber’s back is covered with a large inked crest of Leicester City and his ample stomach bears the words “wide load”.last_img read more

CHARGED! Slaven Bilic faces FA punishment after West Brom touchline antics

first_img1 The West Ham boss threw a TV microphone to the ground in anger West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct following Saturday’s game against West Brom, the Football Association has announced.Bilic was sent off by referee Michael Oliver after he angrily threw down a television microphone following West Brom’s late equaliser, which made it 2-2.Hammers assistant manager Nikola Jurcevic has been hit with the same charge after he had earlier complained about a West Ham goal that was disallowed for offside.The pair now have until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.An FA statement read: “West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been charged by the FA following the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 11 February 2017.“It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 90th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.“His assistant manager Nikola Jurcevic has also been charged for alleged misconduct following an incident in the 19th minute.“Both have until 6pm on 16 February 2017 to respond to their charge.”Bilic felt West Ham had been hard done by throughout the game at the London Stadium, as his side came from behind to lead West Brom 2-1, only to be denied victory by Gareth McAuley’s injury-time header.Oliver chose not to award the hosts a foul on Sofiane Feghouli in the build-up to Nacer Chadli opening the scoring for the Baggies while Jurcevic was left incensed when Feghouli’s strike was then ruled out for offside.Bilic said after the match: “There were four or five decisions and all of them went totally against us. It’s building up your frustration.”He and Jurcevic could be handed touchline bans, as well as fines, if found guilty of the charges.West Ham’s next match is away to Watford in the Premier League on February 25, before a London derby at home to Chelsea on March 6.last_img read more

Rubber Ducky Regatta to raise funds for charity

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – It’s an evening of dollars and ducks at an annual fundraiser Saturday for one local nonprofit health center. Now in its fourth year, the Rubber Ducky Regatta raises about $25,000 annually for the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, which focuses on uninsured and underinsured patients. Fundraiser participants race rubber ducks across a swimming pool, with the fastest ducks emerging through a series of heats. Top prize is a seven-day cruise for two to anywhere. The evening also includes food. With three locations throughout the area, the health center serves about 8,000 people each year. Patients come in for traditional medical care, from vaccinations to broken bones, and are charged fees based on income, said Cheryl Laymon, executive director. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe fun starts at 5 p.m. in the backyard of a Valencia couple playing host to the event. Tickets cost $150. For more information, call (661) 257-2387. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661)257-5254last_img read more

Hand-wringing

first_imgANOTHER year of declining enrollment in Los Angeles Unified School District has prompted much hand-wringing over what the loss of thousands of students might mean. This is particularly true in the San Fernando Valley, which is being hit hard as new schools in other neighborhoods mean fewer kids are bused in. The result is that Valley schools will shrink, teachers will be let go and there will be a harder push than ever to turn some schools into charters. And this is bad … why? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWhile these realities might be another headache for school officials still involved in a futile attempt to fight off the mayor’s takeover, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for education when schools get smaller or switch to charter formats. If anything, this situation shows that the behemoth school district has a tough time responding to the immediate needs and trends of the community, which is why the district ignored climbing enrollment for decades and found itself in severe need of schools. Now that enrollment is on the move again, the LAUSD is still set in its course, building the mega schools it planned years ago. And that’s something worthy of hand-wringing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Office complex being built in A.V.

first_imgPALMDALE – Venture Corp., the West Coast’s largest builder of privately owned commercial properties for small companies, is building a 69,000-square-foot complex in the Palmdale Trade and Commerce Center. The Venture Commerce Center-Palmdale is expected to contain medical, real estate and insurance offices as well as technology enterprises, contractors and service companies. The center differs from most commercial projects in that its business occupants will own their offices condominium-style, rather than lease them. Purchase prices range from $299,000 to $625,000. Mill Valley-based Venture Corp. has similar projects in Palm Desert, San Diego County and Sacramento, as well as in Washington state and Nevada. The company was drawn to the Antelope Valley by the population growth, according to a broker who is one of the marketing agents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “One thing that developers are faced with these days is the availability of dirt to build on. In some areas it’s hard to find land. They liked what they saw in terms of the Antelope Valley,” said Dennis Marciniak, a vice president with a commercial real estate brokerage company, GVA DAUM. Marciniak and GVA DAUM Vice President Larry McEwan expect most of the companies that move into the new center to be ones already in the Antelope Valley, but they also expect some to be new offices of doctors or firms based in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area. “Our job is to move (businesses) from the Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley to this area and relieve some of the traffic on the 14,” McEwan said. Some of the center’s occupants are expected to be medical offices because of the proximity to the Palmdale Regional Medical Center under construction a quarter-mile south. Some of the complex’s spaces will be conventional offices, but others will consist of flexible-use space with 21-foot-tall ceilings and rollup truck doors for light-industrial firms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Apple Q3 Earnings: Even Underwhelming Numbers Are Strong

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jon mitchell Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Apple announced its fiscal 2012 third-quarter earnings Tuesday. There were no surprises; Apple continued to sell well across all its product lines. Even the iPod, which is down 10% over last year, sold 6.8 million units. Apple also announced that the new version of its operating system, Mountain Lion, will be released Wednesday.The quarterly revenue was $35 billion, amounting to $8.8 billion in profit, or $9.32 per diluted share. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced a dividend of $2.65 per share, noting that he expects the earnings per share to be significantly lower next quarter as Apple is “continuing to invest in the growth of our business.”In our preview of this quarter’s earnings we pointed to five numbers that matter. Apple scored on four out of five counts, and there were no blow-outs.Apple sold 26 million iPhones this quarter. It’s lower than some optimistic expectations, but that’s still plenty of phones.It sold 17 million iPads, also just on the safe side of expectations. That’s an 84% increase in iPad sales year-over-year.Apple announced that it will release Mountain Lion Wednesday, right on schedule near the end of the July timeframe it announced at WWDC in June.Apple came in just shy of the gross margin we expected, at 42.8%. Last quarter’s monster numbers – 47.4% – were driven by the iPhone, its most profitable product. Those sales are beginning to slow as consumers expect a major update to the model line in a few months.International sales represented 62% of the quarter’s revenue.The earnings call begins at 2:00 Pacific and is streaming live on Apple’s website.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Charge Of The Tech Brigade

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair ReadWrite’s Inside Tech series takes a close look at the workspaces and office culture of companies creating new technologies.What if your work mattered?That question lingered in the air for me as I walked out of the doors of Brigade Media. The rhetoric of changing the world runs like raw sewage down the streets of San Francisco. When you’ve lived in this town as long as I have, the stink of broken promises no longer even registers on your nose.I found something different when I walked into Brigade’s office in the city’s SoMa district, a place that might as well have been zoned for startups. The address was familiar to me: It had housed two companies I’d covered before, a ghostly whisper of the tech scene’s enduring transience.What I found was hope—hope that a small group of people building technology, organizing themselves in new ways, could change society.Brigade CEO Matt Mahan meets with Jenn Ryan, director of operations.A Brigade Without BrigadiersYou probably haven’t heard of Brigade, because it’s still building a tool it hopes to launch next year. This isn’t a company working on a minimally viable product to generate vanity metrics to secure another round of funding. Instead, Brigade’s engineers are writing software that they hope will make it easier to organize around political causes. They’re keeping mum about its details, though I gleaned a few. After some game tries at grilling them about what they’re building, I quizzed them instead about how they’re building it.Brigade office manager Shira Brosbe offers a tour.First, despite the name, Brigade is far from military in its organization. The only martial metaphor you’ll find in the office is a quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower:In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.Brigade’s chief technology officer, John Thrall, came from a place full of plans: He previously worked at Yahoo for 11 years. (I should disclose here that Thrall and I attended the same high school, though at different times.)At Yahoo, Thrall and his colleagues had to come up with plans like “reference architectures”—detailed schemes for what a product’s codebase will look like after launch, how many users it will have, and how many servers it will need. Brigade CTO John Thrall doesn’t have a martial manner.That idea went over like a lead balloon with Thrall’s engineers—a team made up of a mix of veterans from Causes and Votizen, two online-organizing startups Brigade acquired last year, as well as new recruits.“One person told me, ‘I think this whole reference architecture thing is a waste of time,’” Thrall recalls.That was Tom Dooner, a Brigade engineer, who credits Thrall with getting him to confess his doubts.“To John’s credit, he’s one of the most perceptive people I’ve ever met,” Dooner says. “He will get feedback out of you. He knows what you’re thinking.”Ultimately, Dooner concluded Thrall had been right to push for a reference architecture when it came time to shop around for a cloud service that would run Brigade’s code: “It gave a way to compare very different things.”We Are FamilyBrigade engineers Tom Dooner and Flarnie Marchan discuss a new feature.Brigade’s 25 engineers aren’t broken up into squadrons or platoons. Instead, they belong to multiple “families.” (This is San Francisco, after all.)“There’s no right structure for an engineering team,” says Thrall. “It really depends on where you are in product development. We have things that are pods, that are product-focused or feature-focused. That’s your first family.”The second family engineers belong to are working groups—say, of developers familiar with Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating system, who get together to make decisions specific to those platforms. At Yahoo, one of Thrall’s last duties was to set up similar working groups for its mobile apps.Brigade engineer Matteo Banerjee joined the company in August.Brigade’s pods and working groups are largely autonomous, racing to the next “rally point,” Brigade’s term for internal product milestones. They make their own way, as long as they get there on time. A pod might make a decision on how a product feature will work, while a working group more typically makes decisions around internal tools and architecture.“On a meta level, I’m a huge fan of decentralized development,” says Thrall. “You want the team to decide on their own how they code. I can’t think of an example where those working groups came to a decision on their own that I would have disagreed with.”Having both pods and working groups may sound more complex than a straightforward organization by departments or product groups, but it creates “opportunities for leadership across the organization,” says Thrall.Decisions, Decisions“I’ve found there is a lot of decisionmaking by consensus,” says Mateo Banerjee, an engineer who joined Brigade in August after working at Beats Music and Google. “There’s less deferring to a tech lead than at other companies. There’s a lot of importance placed on documenting your decisions and getting buy-in.”At other startups, Banerjee observes, “there’s this bias towards making decisions without justifying them.”While pods and working groups have autonomy, they’re expected to document all of their decisions via a mailing list.Emily Leathers, Brigade’s director of engineering, joined the company through its acquisition of Causes.“I think that overhead actually costs us less than making a decision we have to reverse later,” says Emily Leathers, Brigade’s director of engineering. Leathers points to the time her team took to decide on a cloud service: “That’s a good example of slowing down a bit and making the right choices. It’s easy to lean on your infrastructure providers and be stuck with their way of doing things.”Instead, Brigade’s back-end engineers figured out ways to “abstract the difference between cloud providers,” says Dooner. That cost some time, but Brigade hopes it will save them money if they ever need to switch.A sign at Brigade headquarters.Brigade’s ChargeThere are hints of Brigade’s ambitions in its organization and its job listings. It plans to launch mobile apps—iOS and Android—as well as a website. Messaging, including mobile push notifications and email, must be a key component of its organizing tool, given the team dedicated to that function. And it’s expecting lots of people on Day One, given its work on its back-end operations.Plenty of engineers have taken a stab at fixing the political system through code over the years—you’d have to be a ’90s veteran to remember early efforts like E-The People. Causes, one of Brigade’s predecessor companies, hoped to ride the social wave through Facebook’s app platform. Perhaps Brigade can seize this mobile moment where others failed.What struck me about my visit to Brigade was the genuine, unfiltered passion its engineers had for their project.“I go and talk to friends and family members and there’s this resounding [response]: ‘Yes, we need that,’” says Leathers. “That’s daunting. How do you break through that barrier where it’s easy to use and makes sense?”Before joining Brigade, Banerjee worked in his spare time on a project to engage people on the topic of climate change by mapping flood-prone areas. But there were limits to what he could do as a volunteer coder.“Lots of civic-minded projects for better or for worse are small groups of people hacking things together on nights and weekends,” he says. “Software engineering is hard. If you’re a software engineer, it takes a lot of dedication to build something cool. If you work 10 hours a day on your job, you don’t have another 10 hours a day [to give].“I didn’t know places like Brigade existed,” says Banerjee. “This was exactly what I wanted to do.”Brigade employees’ photos hang along a wall.Photos by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite owen thomas 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Brigade#Brigade Media#Causes#Emily Leathers#Inside Tech#John Thrall#Mateo Banerjee#online activism#politics#Sean Parker#Tom Dooner#Votizen Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more