National Toshaos Council Conferences then vs now

first_imgDear Editor,I happily join in welcoming the several hundred Amerindian toshaos, councillors and other elected representatives of the Amerindian villages and communities across Guyana — who have travelled from the coastal and hinterland regions and remote villages and communities across Guyana; enduring the long journey by land, water and air travel, to attend and participate in discussions and decision making at the National Toshaos Council Conference 2017.As I look forward to following up the events and activities of the five days, I recollect and reflect on National Toshaos Conferences under the PPP/C Government, set against the many complaints and concerns that many of our toshaos have publicly and privately expressed after the toshaos’ conferences of the post-May 2015 period.The establishment of the National Toshaos Council under the PPP/C Government ushered in a new era, wherein no longer was accessibility and dialogue with Amerindian leaders a limiting factor in the Government’s determined efforts to engage our Amerindian people and their leaders on development issues.Furthermore, no longer were PPP/C Government officials going to them only, but they were coming to Government at the level of the National Toshaos’ Council (NTC) meeting, with the President and his entire Cabinet and Chief Executive Officers interacting with them, guided by a conference theme and an agenda which the toshaos themselves helped to fashion.Then, President Bharrat Jagdeo and his Cabinet spent several sessions, spread over a number of days, interacting with the elected leaders of the Amerindian villages and communities; listening to them, discussing with them, and addressing their concerns and requests for assistance; and in the process, offering advice and commitment of resources to create opportunities and support for advancing further the development of the villages/communities. Cde Jagdeo did also invite all the toshaos to use the opportunity to verify that his Government’s promises and commitments arising out of previous NTC meetings were met, or else to question his Cabinet ministers, who were present for the greater part of three days of the meeting, why any commitment was not met.As many toshaos oftentimes affirmed: they were not aware that Indigenous Peoples in any other part of the world were afforded such opportunities.This is contrary to what has been happening under the APNU+AFC Government, which has not only been guilty of hijacking the NTC agenda, but which, on one occasion, sought to interfere with the process for electing the executive of the NTC. Most of the toshaos with whom PPP/C comrades have been having discourse on the post-2015 NTC conferences have complained of having to deal with agendas that lacked substance, relevance, depth and meaning. Many saw the five days of the activities as a waste of time; and indeed, frequently compared the NTC conferences of the post-2015 period to those before then.Noticeable also is the fact that most of the commitments made by the APNU+AFC Government to our Indigenous Leadership have not materialized. Consequently, there appears to be little the Government can discuss, and so they spend most of the time taking evasive action.True enough, following 23 years of PPP/C Governance, there are still challenges to be further addressed, but proudly I can say to you that the PPP brought significant improvement in the lives of our Indigenous population. In the process, the National Toshaos Conference provided a forum for Government officials and village leaders to meet, discuss, and agree on the way forward for our Indigenous people. The PPP/C commits to continue to work with our Amerindian people, their elected leaders, and all who would genuinely work with us to bring further improvements in the quality of the lives of our Amerindian people.The PPP/C will continue to support Amerindian development by raising all matters of concern to the Amerindian people and elected leaders with relevant authorities, and in particular in the Parliament.I urge toshaos to determine and to ensure the agenda of this week-long engagement has your significant input, and that commitments of the Government, including those from prior years, are not just mere promises, but point to a plan of action for translating these promises into reality.Sincerely,Norman WhittakerFmr LocalGovernment Ministerlast_img read more

Uncle Doc Wants Parents to Encourage Kids to Play Sports

first_imgDoc Lawson, ex United States Major League Soccer (MLS) player of Liberian origin has called on Liberian parents to encourage their kids to play sports.Known affectionately by kids as Uncle Doc, the Chief Executive Officer and president of United States based not for profit organization, DonamiSports, said he is happy to make his contribution to the happiness of kids in Liberia.“We intend to organize similar happy moments for kids throughout the country,” Uncle Doc said. “We believe that kids need to play sports; and therefore, we need to keep their interest in sports.”He told the Daily Observer last Saturday, when he held a fun game for 400 kids in Duport Road community, that the program will be bigger next year.“My major interest is to give kids the moment of their lives, to be with each other as they engage in sports. I think it is an important experience for them,” he said.Uncle Doc said his partners in the United States are passionate about helping Liberian children to simply have fun through playing soccer.“I saw the excitement on the faces of all those 400 kids and I am satisfied that working with others, including the Liberia Young Men Christian Association, we were able to direct our energies to make those children happy.“That’s why I think it is important for adults and parents in particular to remember kids and make them part of what they do for leisure,” Uncle Doc said.He said he is grateful to few volunteers who joined him and worked hard to give the kids the best experience of their young lives.DonamiSports/YMCA provided jerseys and medals for all 400 kids who participated in the one day soccer jamboree. The kids’ ages ranged from three to seven.Recently, more than 10 communities in Monrovia, Kakata and Gbarnga concluded U-12 and 14 soccer tournaments under the sponsorship of DonamiSports/YMCA.DonamiSports, he said, use sports as a vehicle to get kids to play with each and to develop the ability to work together as teams, an invaluable asset for their development as members of the Liberian community.Doc is also the global ambassador for The Last Well, a US based organization that is determined to provide safe drinking water, alongside the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for all Liberian communities by 2020.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Loss of control precipitates tragic incidents

first_imgThe headline, in various ways citing “Teen dies after being struck to head by father”, dominated Guyana’s media last week.Just previous to that, a young woman was charged and remanded for stabbing her younger brother to death shortly after wounding her mother.A few days ago, a woman was reported to have stabbed herself during an altercation with her husband.There is seemingly no end in sight for these tragic occurrences, which are resultant upon emotional reactions to daily stresses. It is unlikely that these incidents occur as one-off episodes; but, rather an isolated event, may trigger off a fracas generated from cumulative stresses combining many factors.It is hardly likely that, in the normal course of things, a sister or father may want to kill a brother or a son. It takes great angst for a woman to drum up the courage to stab her own self.According to news reports, an argument between a father and son escalated to such an acrimonious level that 18-year-old Azeez Khan of Lot 8 Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was struck to the head by his father with a piece of wood. He died while receiving medical attention.Allegedly, Azeez and his father, 40-year-old Omar Khan of the same address, were arguing over Azeez’s remonstrance to his sister because he objected to what the former considered inappropriate attire worn by a female member of his family. Apparently Omar objected to Azeez remonstrating with his daughter, and this ensued in a heated confrontation between father and son, at the height of which Omar is reported to have picked up a wood with which he lashed Azeez to his head, felling him to the ground. The young man subsequently succumbed to this one fatal blow.This one tragic occurrence has left a sister and daughter mourning a brother and a father, because, in effect, she has just lost both.Imagine the guilt she would be burdened with all her life, because she most likely would blame herself for the melee that precipitated such a tragic eventuality.The violent episodes that have led to murder have always devastated lives across the spectrum of relationships, yet these occurrences seem to be escalating in societies across the globe.When passions have cooled and the consequences of violent reactions to situations impact on the consciousness of perpetrators, the reality of the suffering they have caused to loved ones — making them also victims — may be a harsher punishment than whatever punitive measures the law may impose on them.These disturbances that eventuate into murderous melees are often caused by impaired senses, due to over-the-limit consumption of alcohol or usage of illicit and addictive drugs; or even as a consequence of uncontrollable anger due to a multiplicity of personal and societal stressors.Life in the olden days was much harder than what obtains today, with housewives having access to no labour-saving devices, children having no gizmos and gadgets, and fathers having no electrical or electronic appliances to make life an easy proposition; yet, the reactions to provocation were hardly ever violent, because — especially in rural communities — everyone looked out for his neighbour, and situations were never allowed to escalate to unmanageable proportions, because the entire neighbourhood would intervene and bring an end to the fracas almost immediately.Sadly today, Guyanese, once known for their caring and sharing within communities, have seemingly become inhuman to the point of enjoying the spectacle of violent confrontations between protagonists, filming rather than parting fights between children, and even creating and propagating the frictions that eventuate in tragic outcomes.last_img read more

Depay: I want to be a United legend

first_img0Shares0000Memphis Depay #9 of Manchester United is congratulated by teammate Wayne Rooney #10 after scoring against the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half of their International Champions Cup match on July 21, 2015 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. PHOTO/Yahoo!LONDON, July 23- Manchester United winger Memphis Depay only joined the club two months ago, but has already set his sights on becoming a Red Devils legend.The 21-year-old scored his first goal in United colours in the 3-1 pre-season friendly win over the San Jose Earthquakes this week, and the Dutchman hopes it will be the first of many. “I’m honest – of course I want to be a legend,” he told Sky Sports HQ, when comparisons were drawn to Cristiano Ronaldo.“I will put pressure on myself to play good every game. I’m still young, I have to improve, the Premier League is different so we will see.“I have to do my job, so then yeah, maybe in time I can be a legend. But to have those positive sounds from the fans and the legends that talk about me, I’m grateful for that.”Depay is confident United have built a squad capable of challenging for honours this season.“It’s realistic. We are Manchester United,” he said. “We have great quality. We are getting in good shape for the real competition the Premier League, Champions League, the cups, so we have to continue.”The young winger expressed his admiration for manager Louis van Gaal and believes he can get the most out of this United squad.“He’s a great, great manager. He can make players a lot better. I feel I will be a better player every time I train with him. I feel stronger, that’s one of the things he can really do to you.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Former Arsenal and Aston Villa defender signs for Grasshoppers

first_img Philippe Senderos 1 Philippe Senderos has moved quickly to secure a new club following his release from Aston Villa, signing for Swiss side Grasshoppers. The Switzerland defender, a former Arsenal, Everton and Fulham player, mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Wednesday after playing for Villa since June 2014.The 30-year-old has now opted to return to his homeland and sign a six-month deal with Grasshoppers. “Philippe can be a role model for the younger players in our team,” Grasshopper CEO Manuel Huber told his club’s official website.last_img read more

New England boss says he has been aware of Liverpool starlet ‘for a long time’

first_img Ben Woodburn, 17, becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer 1 New England boss Gareth Southgate says he has been aware of Ben Woodburn ‘for a long time’, following speculation about the Liverpool starlet’s national allegiance.The 17-year-old became Liverpool’s youngest-ever goalscorer when he found the net in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over Leeds but, despite being born in Chester, he has represented Wales up to Under-19 level.Asked about the Liverpool academy graduate, Southgate said: “Ben’s a player we’ve known for a long time“He got into Wales’ system very young so this is a challenge for us now in terms of the dual-nationality boys we have.“There is always an ethical debate with the young ones about how soon we start to run camps.READ MORE: New England boss Gareth Southgate hoping Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha performs U-turn after Ivory Coast switch“Ethically we don’t want to get boys in too young – but other countries are going younger.“And if players feel an attachment to them and their system, it becomes difficult and we’re always assessing that.“We’ve certainly recognised his qualities in the last couple of years.”last_img read more

Markets in limbo waiting for word on interest rates

first_imgNEW YORK – Wall Street ended a lackluster session mostly lower Friday after a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke failed to give investors any hints about interest rate policy despite their concerns that the economy might be slowing too fast. The major indexes finished the week with losses. Further exasperating investors was a rally in oil and natural gas prices, which helped push blue chips lower and reinforced concerns that consumer spending will weaken. Stocks have retreated this week on questions about whether the economy is heading for a soft landing. With little to guide them in slow summer trading, investors dwelled on the week’s sluggish housing and durable goods data. Traders had hoped Bernanke might sound a more dovish tone after another Fed official said interest-rate hikes might still be in store this year. “Without anything from Bernanke, the theme of the week is that there’s now a negative shift in opinion about the economy due to housing data,” said Arthur Hogan, chief market analyst at Jefferies & Co. “Don’t forget volume is light, there’s not that many buyers and sellers out there, and that will push the market in one direction without much effort.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 20.41, or 0.18 percent, to 11,284.05. Broader stock indicators were narrowly mixed. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 0.97, or 0.08 percent, to 1,295.09, and the Nasdaq composite rose 3.18, or 0.15 percent, to 2,140.29. Bonds rose, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note falling to 4.79 percent from late Thursday’s 4.81 percent. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices rose. For the week, the Dow ended down 0.86 percent, the Nasdaq fell 1.09 percent, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.55 percent. Analysts said investors were waiting to see whether stocks could latch on to a direction next week, when a batch of economic data – including consumer confidence, job growth and manufacturing readings – will be released. Many on Wall Street won’t get back from vacation until after Labor Day, and could begin to digest and trade on these numbers then. “There’s still a coin toss to how people will respond, but we believe the focus on rates is going to diminish and people will look more at the economic data to see how severe the downturn is going to be,” said Warren West, head trader at Greentree Brokerage Services in Philadelphia. “We’re to stop celebrating a downturn, and start to worry it will be more than just a soft landing.” Many investors believe recent data suggest the Fed might have gone too far by raising rates 17 straight times in two years. If the economy moderates too quickly, that could erode corporate profit and consumer spending. Also adding to the stock market’s woes has been the direction of oil. Crude prices have crept higher on concern that Iran, the world’s fourth-largest producer, will blockade exports if it’s sanctioned over its nuclear program. But the most immediate fear is a storm south of Puerto Rico that could threaten Gulf of Mexico production sometime next week. A barrel of light sweet crude for October delivery rose 15 cents, to $72.51, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.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

Ramaphosa in South Sudan for mediation

first_img5 March 2014 Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), is in South Sudan to start mediation efforts aimed at finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in the war-torn country in northeastern Africa. Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy chairperson of South Africa’s National Planning Commission, was named the country’s special envoy to South Sudan during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address last month. He will also visit some countries belonging to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, an organisation of six eastern African countries focused on drought control and development initiatives. The grouping comprises Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. He is expected to be back in South Africa by next week Thursday. Ramaphosa’s appointment to the post came at the request of President Salva Kiir Mayardit for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation in South Sudan. Since fighting broke out in December between the forces of President Kiir and former Deputy President Riek Machar, thousands of people are believed to have been killed and some 870 000 others have fled their homes – 145 000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75 000 to United Nations bases within the country. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, South Africa has been actively supporting the African Union’s (AU’s) post-conflict reconstruction and development projects in Sudan, under the umbrella of an AU ministerial committee which South Africa currently chairs. To date, South Africa has trained more than 1 600 officials from the government of South Sudan in areas such as policing, diplomacy, public service, justice, education, mineral affairs and correctional services. Last year, South Africa and Sudan signed an agreement establishing bilateral relations between the two countries. They have also upgraded their diplomatic missions to ambassadorial level. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Teachers Ask President and Congress to Bring More Computers to the Classroom

first_imgTags:#E-Learning#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today, a number of education and business organization called upon Congress and the Obama administration to invest heavily in classroom technology and teacher training as part of the forthcoming economic recovery package. These organizations, including the Consortium for School Networking, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Software & Information Industry Association, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association, have asked the new administration to spend roughly $9.9 billion on installing and upgrading the technology in America’s most disadvantaged schools.As this additional technology would definitely raise the demand for bandwidth in these schools, these education organizations have also called for an upgrade of these schools’ networking infrastructure. They would also like to see a good part of the funding go to educating teachers in the use of this new technology – technology in the classroom, after all, is only as good as the teachers who use it.President-elect Obama has always made technology in the classroom a central focus when discussing education policy, and there is clearly a pressing need for bringing more technology to the classroom to train students for a job market where these skills are now mandatory. It should be noted, though, that technology is often the leastpressing of all the problems faced by some of these disadvantaged schools. CC-licensed image used courtesy of Flickr user Extra Ketchup. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Related Posts last_img read more

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Incubators Are Reaching Out To 1M/1M

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… After hosting three live roundtables and being on stage for six to seven hours a day last month during my trip to Pune, I almost lost my voice. At the final roundtable, we worked with just two entrepreneurs and then spent the rest of the time on Q&A, which in itself was interesting.First up, Satya Choppadhandi from Bangalore, India, presented Evolutech Networks, a company that manufactures wireless energy monitoring devices for the smart home. Satya is evaluating various go-to-market models such as franchising, and I advised him to focus on direct selling to major builders and working with industry value-added resellers (VARs) that already operate in the smart home segment in India. These resellers buy devices from the U.S. and Singapore at significantly higher prices and presumably would be open to sourcing lower-cost parts.The smart home business is still in the very early stages in India, and it will take some time before Evolutech ramps up. Meanwhile, financing the company will be quite challenging, and I advised Satya to manufacture parts based only on signed contracts and advances against orders, to avoid getting into an inventory-rich, working capital-poor situation.GeoInvenioNext, Douglas Villalobos from Costa Rica pitched GeoInvenio, a mobile application development platform. Douglas has identified about 50 software companies in Costa Rica that may be willing to develop apps on top of the GeoInvenio platform. I advised him to get into deeper conversations with these 50 companies and get a better feel for what applications they would build and how they want to pay for the platform: license, subscription, or transaction fee. In addition, I asked him to do a competitive analysis on the pricing models of the various mobile app platforms and come back to me with both sets of market data, namely, customer research and competitive analysis. We can derive GeoInvenio’s business model and pricing model based on that.You can select the business you like best through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page.In the Q&A, Bill Gordon introduced himself as one of the principals of the Stamford Innovation Center, an incubator being formed in Connecticut. Bill has been following the 1M/1M project and would like to connect his partners to our team. This is an interesting trend we’re seeing as we connect with incubators around the world. We are successfully establishing partnerships with various incubators whereby 1M/1M is being viewed as a supplementary resource to the efforts of these organizations. As you know, we have already announced two partnerships with MAD Incubator in Malaysia and the IAN Incubator in India, and have several other such relationships in the pilot stage.There are 7,000 incubators in the world, and our vision is to work with as many of these incubators as possible in a supplemental mode, whereby we plug in our Silicon Valley-based methodology and network, curriculum (video lectures and case studies), business development services, and investor connections to enhance significantly the portfolio of offerings from local and regional incubators in various countries. Clearly, efforts to establish technology business incubators are in high gear around the world, and our 100% virtual offering can be a great complement to the brick-and-mortar incubators that are providing on-the-ground support for entrepreneurship development.The recording of this roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous online roundtables are all available here. You can register for upcoming roundtables here.Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tags:#start#StartUp 101 sramana mitracenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more