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Significant increases in school dropouts in Amerindian communities

Posted in mzibuqwe on January 18th, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,A Education Ministry report of November 6, 2008, revealed that, up to 2007, 13,844 students had dropped out of the primary school system, representing four per cent of the national population. The report continued: “… according to Evelyn Hamilton, Chief Planning Officer of the Ministry of Education, the situation is much worse, particularly in primary and secondary schools in hinterland areas, like Region One [Barima-Waini] and Region Nine [Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo], where rates are more than tripled.”However, the previous Administration had significantly lowered those figures when the Education Ministry in March 28, 2014, reported that school dropouts had significantly decreased through the implementation of the Guyana Secondary Education Improvement Project, the objective of which was to increase the number of students with access to secondary school Mathematics teachers, who were benefiting from continuous professional development nationwide. This project was one of several projected to increase the number of students in secondary schools with improved learning conditions in targeted regions.By the time the previous Administration demitted office in 2015, Guyana had achieved the United Nations Millennium Development Goal in Primary Education and was well on the way to achieving the UNMDG in secondary education. This fact was underscored by impactful examination results in every region and, because of the requisite facilitation to educational resources, Amerindian students emerged shining stars in the firmament of Guyanese scholars.Sadly, of recent times, there has been a reversal of the prior educational trends in hinterland communities; for several reasons, but mainly due to socio-economic dysfunctions within Amerindian communities.Additionally, factored into this equation, is poor attendance, low education expectations, low socio-economic status, poor education of parents, large number of siblings and not living with natural parents. The limited opportunities for academic success also inhibits higher education accessibility, exacerbated by constrained access to resources in schools as well as high pupil/teacher ratios instead of full complements of trained teachers contributing to the drop-out rates.The implications and consequences of children dropping out of school will contribute to unemployment, a life of poverty and all its related social ills, which will evolve in a vicious cycle of less than healthy lifestyles for generations to come.As we celebrate both Amerindian Heritage and Education Month, we must take cognisance of the increase in school dropouts in our Amerindian communities and its related ills. It is devastating and greatly distressing to see the reversal of over two decades of increased school attendance and the emphasis placed on education at the village level by the previous Administration.During that period, access to school systems and educational dynamics in hinterland communities across the country had been tremendously improved, with our children being afforded greatly-enhanced opportunities in upgrading our standards in life through education.Indeed, many of our children have returned with their academic successes in the various professions to serve their own communities in hinterland regions.For our nation to return to an upward growth pattern, it is vital that all our children, especially those in the hinterland regions, be given the opportunities and resources to learn and be able to develop their own communities through the requisite economic and extended support to sustain and improve academic output.Naming Lethem and Mabaruma as towns, for example, requires more than just that; but it must be accompanied with educational and economic pillars that will see our hinterland communities, and especially our young people – the leaders of the future, be provided the requisite support – at every level, to achieve their optimum potential for personal growth to develop themselves and to subsequently contribute to the development of their communities and, ultimately, their country.It is important that the government of the day recognises the imperative of governing for all the people of the land with equity and without favouring one community over the other. The Amerindian children of this nation should not be short-changed because of any prejudicial consideration and should all be treated equally. Regards,Alister Charlie, MPlast_img read more

Minibus driver charged for pensioner’s death

Posted in mzibuqwe on January 13th, 2020

first_imgHerstelling accidentThe allegedly ‘drunk’ minibus driver involved in the Herstelling public road accident which claimed the life of Basil Rambarran, an elderly pedal cyclist, was on Monday released on $500,000 bail after his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Seekumar Singh, released on $500,000 bailSeekumar Singh of Soesdyke Back Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), who was represented by defence attorney Lloyd Conway, pleaded not guilty to the offence, which alleged that on September 19, 2017 he drove minibus BLL 3749 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Rambarran.Reports reaching this publication indicate that the accident occurred at about 16:45h on the day in question, as Rambarran was heading home from work. According to Police reports, the minibus driver was heading towards Timehri when the cyclist crossed the road in the path of the oncoming minibus and the collision resulted.Singh was subsequently arrested when he failed a breathalyser test that found in excess of the legal limit of alcohol on his breath.The fallen cyclist had succumbed to multiple injuries, according to a post mortem report.Rambarran leaves to mourn his common-law wife, two daughters and grandchildren, among other relatives and friends.Singh was placed on bail in the sum of $500,000 and ordered to return to court on October 13, 2017 for continuation of this case, before appearing in another court to answer to a traffic charge of driving whilst having consumed more than the legal limit of alcohol.However, that charge was withdrawn and discontinued against the defendant when the magistrate found the particulars to be ambiguous. (Paula Gomes)last_img read more

Aston Villa boss slams £12million striker: ‘I have NEVER gone down this route!’

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 28th, 2019

first_img Steve Bruce: The Aston Villa boss says Ross McCormack needs to try harder Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce insists he will not pick Ross McCormack until the striker’s “attitude towards training improves” after he was left out of the 2-2 draw with Preston.McCormack, a £12million signing from Fulham in the summer, has been linked with a loan move back to Craven Cottage but Bruce denies all knowledge of such a deal.The Villa boss, though, has questioned the 30-year-old’s commitment to the cause after watching Preston fight back from a two-goal deficit to earn a point at Villa Park.Bruce said: “In my opinion he is not fit enough to play and he will not play unless his attitude towards training and missing training improves.“If that improves then I will reconsider him but if he continues to miss training, as he has done, that will be the situation.“There has been too much indiscipline here at Villa. Not in 20 years in management have I ever gone down this route but I feel I have to make a stance because I will not put up with it on my watch.“He has decided the team has picked itself. How can I pick him when he doesn’t come into training?“His failure to turn up for training has happened more than once. Everyone can have an excuse but when it is more than once I will not accept it.” 1last_img read more

Lodi terror arrestee set free after 1 year

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 26th, 2019

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Umer Hayat was jailed for a year, branded a liar by federal prosecutors and forced to sell his house to his brother to pay his legal bills. Still, the naturalized U.S. citizen said he loves his adopted country and harbors no grudge against a justice system he claims was coercive in its pursuit of a terrorism case that could send his oldest son to prison for three decades. The Lodi ice cream vendor was released from federal custody Friday and spoke to reporters about the federal terrorism case that has left him broke and his family life in turmoil. Hayat and his 23-year-old son, Hamid Hayat, were arrested in June 2005 and charged with lying to federal agents about whether the younger man attended an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan in 2003. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Hamid Hayat also was charged with providing support to terrorists for attending the camp. He was convicted in April and awaits sentencing. The same jury deadlocked on the charges against his father. 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

When QPR’s greatest ever player left an actual mark on the FA Cup

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 25th, 2019

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Bowles was desperate to spoil the party, which had been carrying on since Saturday’s shock win.There were 40,000 fans inside the stadium 20 minutes before kick-off to see the trophy being paraded before it was left on a trestle on the halfway line between the respective benches.And Bowles, who loved a gamble – he’d backed Leeds to win the Cup – came up with a fun way to make some quick cash and get his own back on the Mackems who’d denied him a big payout.He bet one of his mates £10 he could knock the trophy off the table during the game. In his mind, he’d win the bet early and then try and win the game as he so often did.However, when the match started he found himself on the opposite side of the pitch, hurtling towards the opposition’s 18-yard box and defenders closing in. The disease, named after Alois Alzheimer, the doctor who first described it in medical literature, affects the brain.A hallmark of the disease is the build-up of amyloid beta proteins, which causes plaques.The plaques then result in the loss of connections between nerve cells in the brain – and ultimately the death of those cells and a loss of brain tissue.Those with Alzheimer’s also have a shortage of key chemicals in the brain, which help transmit messages.A lack of these chemicals means the brain is unable to process certain messages how it would have previously.To learn more about the disease, including the signs and symptoms are see here. In addition, the Bowles family have set up a GoFundMe page. Bowles was the great entertainer in a fabulous QPR side of the 1970s. Almost everything that was good came through him and he is considered by many to be the club’s greatest ever player Queens Park Rangers host Watford in the FA Cup fifth round, the club’s first appearance at this stage for 22 years – and it’s live on talkSPORT.Loftus Road is sure to be jumping, with fans hoping to make a mark on the competition, so talkSPORT.com decided to jump in its time machine and head back to when Stan Bowles, Rangers’ greatest ever player, actually did leave a mark on the famous trophy.Sunderland 0-3 QPR – 9 May, 1973 (Second Division)The hosts had just shocked First Division heavyweights Leeds by beating them 1-0 at Wembley and there was a party atmosphere at Roker Park for the last game of the season four days later against newly-promoted Rangers. REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY What is Alzheimer’s? REVEALED 3 huge blow “As there was a tenner involved I’m not about to let this geographical inconvenience interfere with my mission,” he wrote in his autobiography.“To the bemusement of the Sunderland defence, I suddenly turn back and start running towards my own goal. Now the defenders weren’t sure whether to follow me in case I’m drawing them out of position.“To confuse everyone – my own team-mates, the Sunderland players and the crowd – I then start running across the pitch, feigning a couple of times as if I’m going to launch a ball into the box. Then, when I’m close enough, I blast a fierce left-footed shot directly into the Cup. I knock it off the table. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED REVEALED 3 “The whole ground knew I’d done it deliberately. Everything goes deadly silent for a few seconds, then the Sunderland fans go apeshit! They want my balls in their sandwiches!”If that didn’t make the home supporters angry enough, Bowles then scored twice in the 3-0 win but not before some Sunderland fans invaded the pitch to scream in anger at the referee for his decision making, including sending off Micky Horswill thanks to some overacting from Bowles following a challenge.What if… QPR had stopped Liverpool’s era of European domination before it even began?Players were hauled off the pitch for 20 minutes so things could be calmed down and that night, sensibly, QPR players opted against hitting the town.“We stayed in the hotel and just drank, but the next day we had to get a police escort up to the station. It got out of hand – I didn’t know they were all mad up there,” Bowles said.At least he got his tenner along with his face on News at Ten.The FA Cup clash between QPR and Watford is live on talkSPORT at 19:45 on Friday 15 February Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Terry Venables laughs with QPR team-mate Bowles. In recent years, the Loftus Road legend has been battling Alzheimer’s and Rangers have held a number of benefit matches in his honour 3 Second Division Sunderland shocked First Division Leeds to win the 1973 FA Cup last_img read more

Rangers boss Gerrard: ‘We’ll suffer and then we’ll bounce back’

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 24th, 2019

first_img“The penalty’s a big moment. If you execute there and then, it puts you in a much stronger position. Unfortunately we haven’t taken our chance in that big moment.” “We might have to suffer a little bit, of course. We have to soak it up, remember it and be ready to go and give ourselves another opportunity and that type of performance will get us where we want to get to.  Rangers manager Steven Gerrard saw his players suffer the agony of a 1-0 League Cup final defeat to Celtic and vowed that the team will bounce back. “But finals are normally decided on big moments and the big moments haven’t gone in our favour today.  “We’ve got a huge game on Thursday and there’s no better game to bounce back,” he said. “I’ll stay with these players. On the evidence of what I’ve seen today, performance-wise, I’m staying right behind them.  “I’ve got a big job to pick them all up because it’s a tough one. It’s raw right now but this is football at the top. We’ll suffer and then we’ll bounce back.” With a crucial Europa League match against young Boys on Thursday, the players need to be resilient and Gerrard said it was his job to make sure there was no lasting effect from their Hampden disappointment.center_img “We conceded from a set-piece which we shouldn’t have given away and had to defend it better. There were three Celtic players standing in offside positions but unfortunately we play in a country where there is no VAR.  “I thought we were outstanding in terms of our performance,” he said. “Everything we asked of the players today, in terms of how we approach it and what we wanted from them to a man I can’t be much prouder of them.  A Christopher Jullien goal was the difference between the sides though Rangers had the vast majority of chances and were playing against ten men for much of the second half following Jeremie Frimpong’s red card. Gerrard expressed his disappointment that Jullien’s goal had stood after Celtic players appeared to be in an offside position but he insisted he wasn’t looking for excuses for defeat. The Englishman said that he had been impressed by his side’s display and regretted that the decisive moments had gone in Celtic’s favour. Gerrard admitted that there was a “raw” feeling after the loss but said that his team had delivered the performance he had asked of them.last_img read more

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of December 9

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 21st, 2019

first_imgAttractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:The Hall of PresidentsStitch’s Great Escape!Typhoon Lagoon: Reopens 12/10/17Blizzard Beach: Closed for refurbishmentThat’s all for today. See you next week! WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hours Share This!Heading to Walt Disney World next week? Here’s your weekly preview!Special EventsAmple Hills Creamery, located at Disney’s Boardwalk, is featuring Star Wars-themed ice cream flavors! These three flavors are inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi and can be purchased in store and online.Will you be attending the Candlelight Processional? This week’s performances will be narrated by Disney Legend, Kurt Russell.Hours have been extended for Christmas Tree Trail. To check out these Disney-inspired trees, visit Disney Springs through January 7. New hours below!Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Christmas Eve (12/24): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.Christmas Day (12/25): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.last_img read more

PG Bison opens R1.3bn board factory

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 19th, 2019

first_img21 April 2008South African timber products manufacturer and distributor PG Bison has officially opened its R1.3-billion board plant outside Ugie in the northeastern pine forest plantations of the Eastern Cape province.Work on the facility started after PG Bison’s parent company, JSE-listed Steinhoff, purchased a 67% stake in North East Cape Forests from Mondi, with production starting in December and being ramped up steadily since then.In a December statement released after the first board was pressed at the plant, PG Bison added that the board plant, which covered some 36 hectares of a 64-hectare site, was designed to accommodate possible future timber beneficiation processes.PG Bison said that the 1 000m³ per day particle board plant was a pivotal development in the forestry cluster, intending to extract maximum value from the raw material by utilising the entire tree in an integrated operation.Further value will be added to the raw board through a 35 000m² melamine faced board press which was successfully commissioned in October last year.“When the Ugie board plant reaches full production, we will almost double our capacity, creating exciting new opportunities to establish PG Bison as the preeminent particle board producer in South Africa,” said PG Bison CEO Chris van Niekerk.Developing local economy, skillsPG Bison said that it had gathered a team of production specialists from its other plants around the country and had spent several months training locally recruited employees.“Many of the new production staff spent a considerable amount of time receiving on the job training at facilities elsewhere in the country,” the company said. “Key personnel were sent abroad to learn the specifics of operating the continuous press – the largest and most modern press of its kind in Africa.”Preparations in the surrounding North Eastern Cape Forests to supply the board plant with 1 300 tonnes of timber per day were also on track with mechanised harvesting operations and road networks having been established, while the Forest Stewardship Council certified timber for the plant will come from PG Bison’s own 33 000-hectare plantations.“Some 78% of the total project costs is being spent locally, with the balance going to key components manufactured abroad,” PG Bison pointed outThe forestry cluster development is a significant economic injection for the north Eastern Cape, creating an estimated 2 700 direct jobs with an initial annual salary bill of R90-million.“The development offers numerous opportunities for local entrepreneurs to provide supporting services. In addition, the number of secondary jobs created by this initiative is likely to be significant,” PG Bison said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa included in Citi bond index

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 18th, 2019

first_img18 June 2012 South African government bonds will be the first African government bonds to be included in Citigroup’s influential World Government Bond Index from October, a development that could boost investment inflows while reducing the cost of borrowing for the country. The US investment bank first announced in April that the South African Government Bond Index had become eligible for inclusion in its World Government Bond Index (WGBI), saying its April 2012 profile had satisfied all three WGBI requirements of size, credit, and lack of barriers to entry. Last week, Citigroup said South Africa had now satisfied the WGBI criteria for three months running, and would therefore be included in the index from October.Major vote of confidence Citigroup’s decision represents a major vote of confidence in South Africa, particularly with its credit rating placed under negative outlook by the big three global rating agencies. Created in 1987, the WGBI currently comprises 22 countries including Australia, Canada, Germany and the United States. Many global bond funds are benchmarked against the WGBI, and South Africa’s inclusion could fuel demand for the country’s bonds from investors who track the index. South Africa’s inclusion will be “a big milestone for the WGBI as we continue to diversify our coverage,” Ernest Battifarano, Citigroup’s global head of index development and production, said in April. “Investors who have not previously considered South Africa may tap into this exciting and developing market.” The Mail & Guardian reported recently that there was “strong and growing demand from international investors for bonds in South Africa, with some analysts even seeing it as a relatively safe haven during the eurozone’s debt crisis. “South Africa’s market is liquid, offers an established yield curve and high returns, traders say, with the added attraction of being promoted into a major bond index recently,” the Mail & Guardian reported. “The 20-year benchmark bond is now offering an 8.8% yield compared to its Mexico counterpart at 7%.”SA ‘running a tight fiscal ship’ There are currently 11 South African government bonds that will be included in the WGBI. With a market value of $83.0 billion, these will represent a pro forma market weight of 0.41 percent in the WGBI. This weighting compares well with other emerging markets on the WGBI, with Malaysia’s standing at 0.37% in April, Finland’s at 0.45%, Ireland’s at 0.51%, Poland’s at 0.55% and Mexico’s at 0.64%. The WGBI’s entry requirements are: a minimum market capitalization of US$50-billion, a domestic long term credit rating of A-/A3 by either S&P or Moody’s, and no barriers to entry. “South Africa has been running a very tight fiscal ship for many years, and the decision is wonderful for the country,” Graham Smale, director of bonds and financial derivatives at the JSE, told Business Day when South Africa’s provisional inclusion was first announced. South Africa’s National Treasury also welcomed the announcement, saying South Africa had and continued to enjoy strong capital flows into its bond market. “These inflows have been a direct benefit of prudent fiscal and macro-economic policies that have helped to cushion South Africa against the worst effects of the global financial crisis,” the Treasury said in a statement. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Connected by Traditions

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 18th, 2019

first_imgCreating a winning team spiritA company’s traditions are an investment that pays in human dividends. Banking on people more than products or technology to ultimately make a difference in the world is something that separates the mediocre from the extraordinary. A bold statement, to be sure, but what does it REALLY mean?In the simplest of terms it means that we are relational beings, and as such, all work and earning and paychecks and accomplishments are a means to that end. Many years down the road companies and icons will rise and fall, products and services will emerge and fade, but people and their relationships with one another will still be going strong. The companies that recognize their worth in terms of the difference they have made and will make in the lives of PEOPLE—be it their customers or their employees—are the ones that are the real winners no matter what the day’s ledger may indicate, and connecting that ideology with practical day to day business is the challenge. That’s where the importance of a company’s traditions comes into play. You might have two employees that work next to each other on an assembly line, or two department supervisors that sit together in the same weekly meeting, yet none has ever really connected with the other outside of the paradigm of the job. A softball team, planning a company picnic, or selecting an outstanding employee to receive some sort of special recognition are all good examples of company traditions that can bring people together in an environment that communicates the company’s care for its people and allows them to connect with one another in ways that don’t typically occur in the usual workday.The potential worth of such traditions should give pause to every forward thinking business person. The value of people must be communicated by means other than just a paycheck. If you want employees to operate as a cohesive team—and you want to reap the rewards that come from that cohesion—you need to recognize the role traditions play in adding an immeasurable component to bottom line profits. They create opportunities that foster relationships and strengthen the foundations that your business will rely upon for many years to come. Your challenge?  Create a new high impact tradition in the next 30 days!last_img read more