first_imgCitizenship Minister Winston Felix on Monday commended the efforts of the National Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Committee in managing the influx of Venezuelan refugees, successfully averting potential crises that are symptomatic of migratory activities.This Committee comprises various Government agencies and international bodies such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); International Organisation for Migration (IOM); Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).Taking into account that the influx of migrants was a relatively novel challenge that the Government was faced with, the Committee’s work has significantly stabilised the situation by ensuring that assistance is directed to where it is most needed.Coordination with the international agencies has also paved the way for the acquisition of food and other relief items and the introduction of helpful tools such as the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), which hitherto, was not available to the Government.“Support from the international community assisted us in bringing focus to a number of areas … These sessions [fortnightly Committee meetings] bring together a number of issues which can enable us to plan and move forward with our administration of migrants. When we started, all we knew was that people were assembling here and there, but since then we have been able to provide some sort of temporary shelter for some, while others have been finding shelters for themselves … The coordination has been extremely useful in creating an understanding of what the migrant issues are, what the Government is doing and what the international community is doing,” Minister Felix is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.However, he also said that there was no room for complacency at this stage, noting that there were still areas that required much more work, particularly as it related to the settling of migrants in Region One (Barima-Waini).Meanwhile, at Monday’s Committee meeting, it was disclosed that the current number of documented migrants stood at 2943. These persons have also been screened and vaccinated by personnel from the Public Health Ministry.last_img read more

first_imgPravanie PersaudA pandit and his family were terrorised and robbed by five armed bandits as they were preparing for morning prayers at the Letter Kenny, East Berbice, Corentyne home.Bisoondat Rampersaud, a Hari Krishna priest, said at about 05:30h, he was getting ready for mandir when he felt someone grab him and place a metal object to his side. He said the bandit was armed with a gun and ordered him into his daughter’s bedroom.According to Rampersaud, three other men – two armed with cutlasses and the other with a gun – also followed them into the room. The still shaken man said that one of the bandits grabbed his 14-year-old daughter, who was still sleeping, by her neck and demanded cash and jewellery.He added that the bandits said if he did not hand over the cash and jewellery, they will kill his daughter. He father related that fearing for his child’s life, he handed over $60,000 and a cellular phone.“They said give we the money and gold or we gun kill she,” the man recalled, adding that having handed over the cash and phone, the bandits were not satisfied and continued to threaten to kill his daughter.Unaware of what was happening in the house, Rampersaud’s wife, Pravanie Persaud, was praying at her alter which is in the yard.Speaking with the media, Persaud said she heard her daughter scream and rushed to see what was happening. She recalled that as she made her way to her daughter’s room, she was confronted by one of the gunmen. She said the men demanded more valuables and she handed over US$150 and a quantity of jewellery. The woman recalled that the men still unsatisfied with the loot, gun butted her. She said she screamed for her neighbours, causing the men to grab a flat screen TV and escaping.Persaud said the Police arrived a short while after the bandits escaped. She said the men entered the house through an opened door, while one stood guard in the street.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost 50 young people from diverse backgrounds are participating in an intercultural summer camp in Donegal this week.Student show racism the red cardThe camp, organised annually by the anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card, aims to promote integration amongst 11 to 16-year-olds.Based at the West Donegal Adventure Centre in Glencolmcille, it began last Sunday (18th August) and will run until this coming Saturday, 24th August. There is a strong cross-border and inter-faith dimension to the camp this year, with 24 participants hailing from the Newtownabbey, Rathcoole, Ballyduff and Glengormley areas of Belfast.Other participants include young people of African and Eastern European origin, as well as from a range of different counties, including Carlow, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon and Sligo.Fifteen volunteers from diverse cultural backgrounds – including Spanish, Russian, Somali, English and Irish volunteers – are assisting Show Racism the Red Card staff in running the camp.Those attending are exposed to various languages, with lessons in Slovenian, Russian, Spanish and Irish. There are daily presentations on the home countries and cultures of participants and volunteers, with traditional dances, songs and stories from India, Russia and Slovenia included in the programme for the week.There is a heavy emphasis on sports and outdoors activities, and participants are also invited to perform plays and concerts for the local community.Commenting today Garrett Mullan, Coordinator of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Unfortunately, racism exists in Ireland and, quite often, it is perpetuated because young people hear their parents expressing racist views. The purpose of our summer camps – and, indeed, all our work – is to equip young people with the skills to think independently, to understand what causes racism and how to challenge it, and to promote integration and interculturalism.“At the camp, cultural barriers are broken down: young people from very diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged and facilitated to work, learn and play alongside each other.”Further information on the Show Racism the Red Card summer camp is available at: MORE THAN 50 ATTEND ‘SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD’ CAMP was last modified: August 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:campShow Racism the Red Cardlast_img read more

first_imgSouthwest Community NewsLeaving Certificate after school grinds French, Biology & Maths starting October 2014. Payment Plans available contact 07497 41863Yoga Classes – 6 week class staring Thursday 18th September Contact Zia on: 086 8579839Pilates Class starting October contact Karen to book your place on 087 2822038.DD LOCAL: YOGA CLASSES LAUNCHED AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD LocalFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

first_imgChelsea are ready to talk with Juventus representatives to discuss the potential signings of three players this summer, according to the Corriere dello Sport.With former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri replacing Antonio Conte as manager at Stamford Bridge it was always likely they would pursue options in Italy and it’s reported the Blues are in Italy to meet with Juve about long-term defensive target Daniele Rugani. moving on IN DEMAND RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest Transfer News LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED 1 Juventus stars Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani celebrate a goal against Inter Milan. However, they may look to do further business with Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic also on their radar.Sarri has a deep knowledge of Italian football and it has been suggested that he would like the club to land the Juve trio as part of his Stamford Bridge revolution.However, Higuain is also wanted by AC Milan so a deal for the Argentinean may not be straight forward.Pjanic, meanwhile, could be the most expensive of the lot with Juve insisting they will not sell for any less than £89million.last_img read more

first_imgGardaí are investigating the driver in this video of a dangerous driver doing a ‘doughnut’ manoeuvre outside Letterkenny Court House. The driver, from the North, was in Letterkenny to watch the Donegal Rally.The video of his antics in the centre of the town – in broad daylight – has been posted to social media.Another man stood in the centre of the road whilst his friend spun his car around him.It has sparked an angry reaction from people opposed to the Donegal International Rally, because it attracts dangerous boy racers to the county. Five people have already been arrested by Gardaí for dangerous driving.Rally organisers have put a huge emphasis on road safety again this year for an event which brings millions of euro into the local economy.However it appears the message is not getting across to a small number of individuals.In the video the young man filming it can be heard shouting ‘Go On John’ in what was a dangerous incident orchestrated for the cameras.The man filming it – and the man driving the car – had boasted earlier on Facebook about it.“Wait til ye see what we do in Letterkenny,” wrote one.Shocked motorists had to stay at lights to avoid a collision at a busy junction between Letterkenny Court House (where John will be appearing some time soon) and Gallagher’s Hotel. Today a Garda spokesman said: “We are aware of this video and an investigation is under way into it.“The behaviour on display is extremely dangerous and we will make every effort to bring all those involved before the courts.”The car registration number is clearly visible in the Facebook post – with the man who made the video tagging the name of the driver.DDTV: GARDAÍ HUNT DANGEROUS RALLY FAN IN THIS VIDEO was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dangerous drivingDDTVDonegal Dailydonegal rallyletterkennylast_img read more

first_img It has contributed $110 million in New York City, the nation’s most populous school district; $36 million to Chicago schools; and $14 million to San Diego, said Marie Groark, senior policy officer with the foundation. Los Angeles, the second-largest school district in the nation with about 740,000 students, has previously received $22 million from the Gates Foundation, but in a series of grants much smaller than the $7.4 million. Most of the money has been invested in new schools including Green Dot, Aspire and several early-college high schools. On Wednesday, foundation officials said they have held off on establishing a more committed and consistent relationship with the Los Angeles district because its moves toward building smaller learning communities are in the fledgling stage. “Even though we know Los Angeles is in great need, we needed to wait until the district was ready, the schools were ready, and the pieces were in place,” Groark said. And the right time, district and foundation officials said, is now. Romer has been pushing forward on a massive $10 billion school construction project, and in June the district adopted a college-prep curriculum that all students will be required to complete, starting with the Class of 2008. “The superintendent’s been trying to build a foundation on which to innovate with a greater probability of success. Without the foundation, the innovation will crash and burn,” said Steven Seleznow, program director for the Gates Foundation. “I say they’ve done a lot of heavy lifting so far.” But some district officials question Romer’s commitment to developing small learning communities. Less than one month ago, the school board demanded that Romer present a concrete plan for the effort, including a budget and projections of resources needed and staffing patterns. Board member Mike Lansing, who chairs the district’s committee on small learning communities, said that while he welcomes the Gates investment, he’s also concerned. “You can’t just break a school up into smaller groups and sing ‘Kumbaya,”‘ he said. “The plan has to come forward, and the board has to make the monetary commitment to this comprehensive plan, or else this is all a waste of time. “Now it’s up to us to put up or shut up in terms of truly implementing and supporting small learning communities.” Board member David Tokofsky said he hopes the investment teaches the district how to build innovative campuses. “I appreciate the foundation hanging in there as long as they have. The money is helpful, and I hope it lets us get greater traction and understanding of how to truly develop small learning communities,” Tokofsky said. “But buzzwords and bricks and mortar don’t make a committed campus with solid teacher and student successes.” The $7.4 million foundation grant will go to three national organizations – the Institute for Research and Reform in Education, Talent Development High Schools and Architects of Achievement – to bring in strategies needed to strengthen instruction, student support and facility designs at four high schools with 14,000 students: Carson, Jordan, Fremont and Washington Prep. The work is expected to begin immediately, and Romer said he hopes to take the lessons and apply them districtwide. Although Seleznow would not quantify any possible future investments, he said the foundation is interested in continuing its relationship with the LAUSD. “We’re prepared to work with the superintendent and his team on whatever next steps he’s looking at in terms of change and innovation,” he said. “We see L.A. as a critically important city.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The amount of money, $7 million, compared to hundreds of millions given to other urban school districts, is a significant statement that there continues to be little confidence … that Los Angeles Unified is ready and committed to its reform or how it delivers quality education to its children and families.” Romer defended his progress and commitment, saying all new high schools have incorporated a small learning community design. Since 2003, he said, he has been introducing the concept to administrators and teachers. Rather than rushing into building the communities, he’s been waiting until more schools opened before partnering with the foundation, he said. “I have not been dragging my feet in creating small learning communities,” he said. “We have been patient in this progress because you need to have people own it and buy into change, rather than its being forced top-down.” Since 2001, the Gates Foundation has invested more than $1 billion to foster small learning communities designed to ease overcrowding and improve academic achievement and graduation rates in school districts throughout the nation. Amid increased pressure to develop a plan to build small learning communities, officials are set to announce today that Los Angeles schools have received a $7.4 million grant from the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost these efforts. But the grant, the foundation’s first sizable sum to the Los Angeles Unified School District, falls far short of investments the foundation has made across the country to smaller districts – a disparity some officials blame on the LAUSD’s lack of a comprehensive plan. And critics said Wednesday that, despite years of discussions with the Gates Foundation, the district superintendent, Roy Romer, has been unwilling to relinquish any control and create a partnership with the foundation to build the smaller learning environments that require autonomy to succeed – a charge Romer strongly denies. “There still remains the sense in the larger foundation world that Los Angeles Unified is reluctant to give away centralized management of schools and (is) focused on the building of seats rather than schools that are designed to give quality education to the people it serves,” said David Abel, chairman of New Schools Better Neighborhoods, a civic advocacy organization that promotes a 21st-century vision for California’s urban school districts. last_img read more

first_img23 March 2006South African business owners report a 19 percentage point increase in the importance of black economic empowerment (BEE) in winning business, according to consulting firm Grant Thornton’s International Business Owners Survey 2006.According to Grant Thornton, 70% of South African business owners interviewed in the 2006 survey indicated that black empowerment was a key issue for them in winning business – up from 61% in 2005 and 51% in 2003.The annual survey tracks the trends and opinions of some 7 000 business owners in 30 countries. In South Africa, the survey was conducted by Research Surveys among 300 business owners employing between 50 and 250 staff.The survey indicates that business owner opinion on the importance of BEE is on the rise across all regions and business sectors in the country.In Gauteng, 73% of respondents reported that BEE was an issue in winning business, followed by 72% in Durban, 67% in Cape Town and 59% in East London and Port Elizabeth combined.In the construction sector, 91% of business owners indicated that their BEE status was having a significant impact on gaining new clients (up from 72% in 2005), followed by 69% of business owners in the retail sector (54% in 2005), 78% in the service industry (71% in 2005) and 56% in manufacturing (51% in 2005).When business owners were asked whether their business was aligned to any BEE charter or scorecard, 66% responded positively.More broad-based approachAccording to Grant Thornton, South African business owners also seem to be adopting a more broad-based approach to BEE, with 63% of respondents identifying skills development and 67% identifying employment equity as “very important” aspects of their BEE strategy.This compared with 53% for the ownership aspect of BEE, 49% for the management aspect and 46% for affirmative procurement.“It is encouraging that, increasingly, business owners are shifting their focus away from only addressing equity ownership as part of their BEE strategy and incorporating broad-based empowerment structures,” Grant Thornton’s Lee-Anne Bac said in a statement.“What these results reflect is that business owners are focusing on developing and grooming people to move up the ranks, which is in line with the whole BEE rationale.”In spite of this, Bac said, there was “still a misunderstanding that ownership is the only aspect of BEE, with mid-sized businesses still feeling pressure from their clients to comply with the ownership aspects of BEE scorecards.” reporterlast_img read more

first_imgThe Digital Drum, housed in discardedoil drums, has made it onto TimeMagazine’s list of the top 50inventions in the world for 2011. The digital drum has two work stations,with content adapted from the standardDigital Doorway suite. The Digital Drum is closely based onanother CSIR invention known as theDigital Doorway.(Images: CSIR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicki KoorbanallyR&D Outcomes ManagerCSIR Meraka Institute+27 12 841 4532RELATED ARTICLES• Hi-tech solution to fix roads• ICT helps the blind• Mobile technology for Africa • New SA fingerprint tool a world first• SA varsity leads way in geosciences Wilma den HartighA homegrown information and communication technology innovation has made it onto Time Magazine’s list of the top 50 inventions in the world for 2011.The world’s largest weekly news magazine cited South Africa’s Digital Drum, jointly developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef), on its prestigious list.The Digital Drum, built for the Ugandan market, is a computer system that gives people access to information on issues such as health and education.Based on existing technologyThe Digital Drum is closely based on another CSIR invention known as the Digital Doorway. The main difference is that the former is housed in a discarded oil drum.The Digital Doorway is a robust standalone computer system developed to promote computer literacy and provide information on a range of subjects.The content includes the OpenOffice productivity suite; educational games and programs; an introduction to computer terminology; scientific software; 10 000 ebooks from project Gutenberg; a snapshot of Wikipedia; Mindset curriculum-based educational content; interactive science simulations and numerous other applications for children and adults.The digital drum has two work stations, with content adapted from the standard Digital Doorway suite.SA’s technology invention in the spotlightThe listing is a major achievement for South Africa and showcases the country’s technological innovation.“It gives us recognition and acknowledgement for our ingenuity,” says Meraka Institute technologist Grant Cambridge. “We are really proud of the achievement, which is good motivation for continuous innovation.”The Meraka Institute is the largest group in South Africa dedicated to ICT research.Low-cost and sustainableCambridge believes that the Digital Drum was noticed by Time because it is an innovative, low-cost solution made using locally available material and simple construction techniques.The Digital Drum designers recycle oil drums, which would otherwise be discarded, as casing for the computer terminals.“The Digital Drum is providing access – at low cost and using an environment friendly solution – to technology, information and education for many who previously had no access to such resources.”Promoting ICT literacyIn today’s modern world computer literacy is essential, but for this to happen, computers must be easily accessible to potential learners. This is why the Digital Drum is such a groundbreaking invention.The Digital Doorway and its sister invention are ideal for encouraging unassisted learning as people can use the product to discover the wonders of ICT at their leisure.Many developing countries miss out on the advantages afforded by ICT because of a lack of facilities and teachers trained in ICT.According to the Meraka Institute, unassisted learning provides a mechanism to promote mass computer, technology and information literacy in developing countries.Adapting existing technologyCambridge says that the creation of the digital drum came about when a delegation from Unicef led by Dr Sharad Sapra, head of Uganda’s Unicef country office, visited the CSIR Meraka Institute.Here they were introduced to the Digital Doorway. They soon realised that it was very similar to a portable internet communication product they wanted to develop.Following the visit, the CSIR was contracted to supply 30 units to Unicef Uganda for education purposes. However, as shipping costs of the product were very high, it wasn’t economical to buy them from South Africa.Unicef then considered manufacturing the product in Kampala. The contract would have required Cambridge, one of the Digital Door inventors, to travel to the East African country to investigate the feasibility of manufacturing the product there, and assist with training locals to install and maintain the devices.However, his findings proved that there was neither capability nor technology available in Kampala to manufacture the devices there.“Manufacturing the Digital Drum in Uganda was impossible as the country lacks the necessary technology – powder coating and laser cutting equipment – to manufacture it to specifications,” he explains.As a solution, Sapra suggested that the products be manufactured using locally- available materials.“Because empty oil drums were readily available, Unicef thought it would be great to develop such a platform from the drums,” Cambridge says.Cambridge worked with Jean-Marc Lefebure from the Unicef Uganda office to come up with a prototype digital drum.“The digital drum design proved to be an innovative way for Unicef and the CSIR to address a need through a solution developed in the absence of technology,” he says.last_img read more

first_imgMrs Mpumalanga second runner-up 2017 – Lucia Ochan, is playing her part whilst in the running for the prestigious crown of Mrs Africa 2019. As a prominent businesswoman, founder and patron of the Lucia O Foundation. Mrs Ochan is making strides towards a better future for all in her community, this through her Emphakatsi – INdlovukati (She Elephant) – Women in leadership and rural women empowerment series project.The project will be launched in partnership with rural women in order to uplift, empower and develop the community positively.“The reality is that many rural people are rendered second-class citizens in their own countries,” said Ochan, adding, “They are often far removed from urban economic nodes and live under extreme measures of poverty often without basic amenities such as clean drinkable water, sanitation, housing, electricity, schools, etc.” The launch will consist of a Creative Masterclass for upcoming young fashion designers (youths between the ages of 18-26) in the morning and provide insights into the clothing, textile and jewellery industry. Brand South Africa through its Constitution awareness programme, fully supports initiatives that seek to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admire constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of our society. “Through our Play Your Part programme, Brand South Africa pursues to celebrate those amongst the community who take it upon themselves to initiate positive social change. We hope this programme inspires other members of the community to get involved and ensure young people can be fully engaged in their right to education”, said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager; Ms Toni Gumede. Programme and Details: Date: 15 November 2018Venue: Nutting House, MbombelaTime: 11h00 – 15h00last_img read more