Dear Editor,Allow me to express my disappointment with a few articles and videos on Guyana surfacing online, and especially on social media.These opinions from outside Guyana are juicy to the readers and viewers. The article in New York Times on Guyana’s oil stirred our guts, but few of us had the courage to rebut the arguments, although a few opinions are a matter of concern that we need to address. There are a few videos on Guyana’s oil being circulated on social media, and they are damaging the image of our beautiful Guyana. These video presentations are very interesting, but from an outside perspective. I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions. Someone else’s opinions must not derail our belief in ourselves as a strong, compact nation.However, there is no harm in discussing other opinions; and if they are true, let us utilise them for the betterment of Guyana.Some persons believe that once you have a pencil, you are a writer, or once you have a camera, you are a journalist. This is untrue in this highly social media-driven world. I mean to say, anyone can post anything online, and there are always people who buy this with less or no wisdom. That is where we have a problem. It is true that oil is in Guyana, but it must be a concern for Guyanese, and not for others to tell us what we should do or what we will become. We, as Guyanese, must be strong at this time, and not give in to external pressure. Whatever people speak, we know who we are.Let us stand together as a nation, and not as Indo- and Afro-Guyanese. We are a nation of multiple diversities, and let this be our strength during these crucial times. Let us help our leaders, both ruling and opposition, to come to the table to guard our wealth and resources. This way, we can truly channel our resources for the betterment of our country. Just ignore anything that is not true, and take only what is true.Let us not waste time on the ignorance of outsiders; rather, let us believe in our strength. Our strength is their ignorance.Sincerely,Arun Williams
Some of the TTMs posed with other participants at the end of the ceremonyAdopts 22-count resolutionStakeholders at the end of the recently held two-day Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Lofa County have pledged to collectively intensify their efforts to address major causes of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality as well as improve the health and well-being of the citizens.Conference participants agreed in their declaration to abolish ‘home delivery’ across the country, beginning in Lofa County.The over 150 participants’ re-commitment was contained in a 22-count resolution adopted at the end of the conference held in Voinjama City from January 19-20.In their 22-count resolution, participants agreed to levy specific fines and penalties for all violators engaging in home delivery, to include L$2,500 for TTMs or TBAs, who fail to take pregnant women to the facility for delivery; L$2,500 for a pregnant woman who refuses to go to the facility for delivery.The resolutions also prescribed tough punishment of a ban from the practice and a court sentence for the death of a pregnant woman at the hands of a TTM or TBA, who carries out delivery in the community after more than one offense.The participants reminded all stakeholders, especially the county administration, county health teams (CHTs) and community leaders to ensure full implementation of the resolutions.The conference was held under the theme: “No to Maternal and Newborn Deaths” with the slogan, “Mama and Baby Must Live.”Lofa County administration, meanwhile promised to demonstrate their support in leadership and resource mobilization; ensure coordination and collaboration among education, gender and other sectors, including the line ministries; ensure the enforcement of fines and penalties for violators as agreed upon at the conference to abolish ‘home delivery.’The county healthcare givers and partners also recommitted themselves to providing quality healthcare services to mothers, newborn infants and the society at all facilities.They promised to introduce a motivational scheme for traditional trained midwives (TTMs) in kind or cash for demonstrating best practices of referring the highest number of pregnant women to the health facility every quarter of the year.At the community level, conference participants recognized the roles of religious and traditional leaders as well as the TTMs, and challenged them to utilize their networks by serving as advocates to encourage pregnant women to attend antenatal care (ANC), deliver at a health facility, and return for postnatal care to enhance the uptake of maternal and newborn health services.Specifically, the resolution mandates that TTMs or the traditional birth attendants (TBAs) be compensated by the husband or family of a pregnant woman in the amount of L$1,500 for caring and accompanying patient at the ANC and in labor to the health facility.It also encourages all commissioners and local authorities to ensure that community members participate in transporting pregnant women to facilities for delivery and in cases of emergency, use hammocks where an ambulance was not available. A fine of L$2,000 will be imposed on any male community member who refuses, while any family member who refuses to side brush roads and assist with minor repair of bridges in their areas will be fined L$3,000.Participants cautioned that refusal of any district superintendent, commissioner or local authority to adhere to these resolutions, such complaint should be brought to the attention of the county superintendent.The resolution will be disseminated in the local languages on radio stations.The CHT has been tasked to review progress of the resolution on a yearly basis, to evaluate the status and strengthen their commitment. The conference was jointly organized by authorities at the Ministry of Health, Lofa CHT and health partners with support from the International Rescue Committee(IRC), PACs, JSI and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It was funded by the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Restoration of Health Services project implemented by Jhpiego and John Snow Incorporated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Even as homeowners in the Government’s housing scheme in Perseverance, Providence, East Bank Demerara, are anxiously awaiting repair works to their homes, the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) is pushing ahe ad to develop yet another community, this time in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.In an advertisement placed in one of the daily newspapers on Saturday, the CH&PA informed that it is seeking to pre-qualify contractors for this project.“The Central Housing and Planning Authority intends to prequalify contractors for the construction of core houses in Sophia housing area, Georgetown. It is expected that invitations for bid will be made in August 2019. Invitations for bids will be done in lots,” the advertisement said.Further, it explained that “Prequalification will be conducted through prequalification procedures specified in the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Policies for the Procurement of Works and Goods financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, March 2011, and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries, as defined by the Policies”.This is so given that the IDB is funding the Reformulation of the Road Network, Upgrade and Expansion Programme-Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme.In November 2018 when applications were opened for core houses, it was reported that this project was designed to specifically benefit households which live on lots valued at $92,000 or less and were regularised or developed by the CH&PA, applicants must also be earning $75,000 or less per month.The homes were expected to be completely concrete and not more than 400 square feet. Upon completion, a sanitary block, as well as electrical and plumbing works, would be conducted.Applicants under this programme were required to deposit $100,000 to secure further funding from the Government.But even as this is ongoing, residents in one of the newly developed housing schemes in Providence are patiently awaiting repairs to their homes.Just last month, Guyana Times visited the area where residents complained of faulty foundation works and leaking roofs among other things.Some persons said they have been waiting several months for contractors to rectify the faulty works, some of which they were forced to fix themselves owing to the long delay.One resident told this publication that persons would have complained to CH&PA several months ago and despite commitments to rectify the issue, they are now fearful that the one-year defect/liability period will expire before the issues are remedied.That resident, Seeta Singh, had detailed that there appears to be a leakage in the zinc sheets which is causing her plyboard ceiling to swell and fall off both inside and outside of her home.Another resident, who also lives in the area, complained that his window frames are falling off and he is fearful for his safety. At that time, he said his home was visited by a contractor about two weeks ago, who promised to fix the default but showed up informing him that he had “run out” of materials.Richard Coddet, another resident in the area, told this publication that he had been living in his home for about three years now and is still experiencing troubles because of faulty foundation and roof works. “From the inception when we got this home, we encountered a lot a lot of problems but at the end of the day, overall, we are grateful because we are happy to have a home. We had leaks, we had cracks, we still have cracks and the house seems to be sinking because of the foundation,” he explained.Government had paused the distribution of lands and had instead embarked on an initiative which forced Guyanese into buying pre-built houses.This newspaper understands that not many persons are comfortable with the idea of purchasing the houses, as they prefer to oversee the construction process of their own homes for various reasons.Under the previous Administration, over 100,000 house lots were distributed and over 200 core houses were made available to underprivileged families, while a programme for professional groups provided 200 teachers, nurses and policemen with fast-track access to loans for home construction.
1 Theo Walcott greets the Arsenal crowd Arsene Wenger has refused to offer any guarantees over Theo Walcott’s Arsenal future.The winger has made 234 appearances for the Gunners since arriving from Southampton in 2006 and is the club’s longest-serving player.But Wenger’s admission that Walcott could be on his way out of the club has hardly upset supporters.In fact, the vast majority appear eager to see the back of the 27-year-old, who has been in disappointing form this season.Check out some of the reaction from Arsenal fans on Twitter to Walcott’s potential departure…
Manchester United are determined to keep hold of David de Gea 1 Manchester United have no intention of letting Real Madrid target David de Gea leave this summer.Signed from Atletico Madrid six years ago, the 26-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s best goalkeepers.De Gea’s performances have led to admiring glances from the Spanish capital, with Real interested in signing a player they come close to buying in 2015.A deal worth £29million plus Keylor Navas was agreed but the relevant paperwork was not completed before the deadline, with the goalkeeper instead signing a new four-year deal with an option to extend it by a season.Similar background noise regarding Madrid’s interest has been building in recent months, but United are understood to now feel in a far stronger position than two years ago when De Gea only had a season left on his deal.The goalkeeper is said to be happy at Old Trafford, which will welcome Champions League football next season after Jose Mourinho’s men added Europa League glory to their EFL Cup and Community Shield triumphs.The future of United captain Wayne Rooney and top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future remains unclear, while Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia have recently signed new deals.It is understood United are targeting three or four high-quality summer acquisitions as Mourinho looks to turn his side into title contenders.Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann is said to be top of his summer wishlist, while Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, Burnley defender Michael Keane and Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic are also reported to be on United’s radar.
West Ham United’s summer signings Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, and Ryan Fredericks. Promising signings have swiftly followed with defender Issa Diop joining from Toulouse and Lukasz Fabianski being landed from Swansea in a £7million deal.Meanwhile, Fulham right-back Ryan Fredricks has also arrived following a brilliant season in the Championship.And West Ham supporters on Twitter have been thrilled by the moves, as you can see below. If we pull off all these potential transfers then fair play to Sullivan for finally sticking to his word. Long way to go yet of course but, will 100% deserve praising. Still don’t like him though 😂 #WHUFC— David Bennett (@DPB19882014) June 20, 2018 I don’t quite know what’s happening at #WestHam but we’ve just signed another player, that’s 2 in 24 hours, try to stay calm my fellow hammers! Welcome to the club Lukasz Fabianski! #WelcomeFabianski #WHUFC #COYI— Dan (@FanDanGoals) June 20, 2018talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Fabianski could be one of the best signings of the season. Quality deal for the hammers. #WHUFC— Tom (@racingtom_) June 20, 2018 2 Now, though, things are beginning to look up.West Ham United appointed Premier League title winner Manuel Pellegrini as David Moyes’ replacement, while also bringing in director of football Mario Husillos. This is not our West Ham. Actually signing players we are linked with and quickly. I think this will be a very different season. #whufc— YEO (@KEITHYEO) June 20, 2018 WHYYYYY #WestHam? Since May I’ve been thinking “if I get to the top of the ST Waiting List, I won’t take one”. This morning they make some good signings and then I get notified I can get my ST. Why would you torment me so?!?!? #WHUFC #COYI— James Edlin-Benwell (@JREdlinBenwell) June 20, 2018 West Ham United fans at the London Stadium. Good signings, transfers being completed before the end of June, what the hell is going on at West Ham? Things are going far too sensibly for #whufc at the moment. Need to be linked with a past it 34-year-old to get things back to normal 😂— Garage Football (@garage_football) June 20, 2018 West Ham are making too many sensible signings. Need Wilshere on a free to restore normality #whufc— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) June 20, 2018 When you discover that #WHUFC have signed Fabianski…😣 pic.twitter.com/iRfB6V1Jwj— Shaun Simmonds (@shaunsimmonds) June 20, 2018 West Ham United fans finally have something to look forward to after some decent transfer business so far this summer.The Hammers had a tough time on and off the pitch last season with supporters at war with the board and the players underperforming. 2 Pleased with the West Ham signings last couple of days. Fabianski is a solid Premier League keeper, him and Adrian are a good pair to have. Don’t know much about Diop but haven’t heard anything bad about him #whufc— Mike Atkins (@MikeAtkns) June 20, 2018
Bale scored a hat-trick against Inter in a Champions League group game in 2010 8 Inter fans are well aware of the threat Harry Kane carries Tottenham play Inter in the world famous San Siro stadium, a place that is not easy to go to If a betting market exists for left-back Ben Davies to ‘do a Gareth Bale’, away at the San Siro, I’ll be the first to stick a quid on it.It’s also a test that comes at a very bad time for Pochettino and co.Having suffered two back-to-back defeats at the hands of Watford and Liverpool, the Argentine has a tough task ahead to rally his troops, especially without captain Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli due to injury. Can Inter’s defenders stop Harry Kane?This year Inter has a good defence, one of the best in Italy. But Kane is a champion and to stop him you have to kill him, or at least not let him on the ball. Probably the first option is easier!Apart from Kane, are there any other players you think are able to pose Inter problems?Yes, there are a lot of great players. I think it will be hard to stop Christian Eriksen. If any game is going to kick-start his campaign once again, a European night under the lights at the San Siro has that potential.He will most certainly be licking his lips at the prospect of another bright start to a European campaign, with Tottenham fans desperate to progress beyond the last-16 after last year’s disappointments.Lord knows his team need him now more than ever or it could be one tricky season for the Lilywhites.Follow @TalkingTHFC here 8 8 The San Siro is no easy place to go, even more so with Spurs stuck in a rut.Questions have been asked of star man Harry Kane as of late, with the Englishman struggling for form and in desperate need of a rest. He was caught in a catch-22 during the international break, with his duties as England captain overriding his need for a break.Many forget the Spurs striker endured a similar spell last year. It was not until Spurs’ trip to Goodison Park in early September that Kane netted his first club goals of this season, quickly followed by a double against Dortmund in their opening Champions League group clash a few days later.However, tonight does present an opportunity for the striker to make history, something he appears to do almost weekly since breaking through at White Hart Lane.If he scores against Inter tonight, he could become one of the fastest players ever to score 10 Champions League goals, alongside the likes of the legendary Adriano.Kane is extremely motivated, and it’ll be bothering him just as much as it is Spurs fans that he’s not firing on all cylinders. He relishes playing on the big stage, delivering away at Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus last season. 8 Icardi top scored in Serie A last season with 29 goals Nainggolan’s all round play is going to be difficult for Tottenham to contain So what do supporters in Milan think about the game? Here, Inter fan Ignazio Cordella gives us the view from San Siro…What can Tottenham and the team’s supporters expect at the game?They must pay attention to the San Siro stadium and its atmosphere. This atmosphere has been missing for too long. Being an Inter fans mean suffering, being an Inter fans means watching the match until the 90th minute – it does not matter if you are winning or losing, anything can happen. Against Tottenham there will be suffering and cheering until the end.How much trouble will Mauro Icardi pose and is there any real way to stop him?If the right ball arrives in the penalty area, Icardi will score. To stop him, just don’t allow the ball near the goal. 8 Has Radja Nainggolan fitted in to the team and how will he cause problems for Tottenham?He has and it’s because Radja Nainggolan is a champion and when one is a champion, joining any team is easy. Nainggolan has an incredible shot from long distance and he moves across the field, so it’s very difficult to understand his game for the opposing teams. 8 8 8 Does Gareth Bale still give you nightmares?Sure, it was incredible what Bale did in San Siro eight years ago. Every Inter supporter remembers that night.If you could have one Tottenham player in your team, who would you chose?Harry Kane because at least then he cannot play against Inter. Eriksen’s creativity will pose a threat to Inter’s defence Inter v Tottenham is live on talkSPORT at 18:00 on Tuesday 18 September, so here, talkSPORT.com asked @TalkingTHFC on Twitter for his thoughts on star striker Harry Kane and if too much fuss is being made about his goal scoring form.“The Champions League is back, and Spurs have yet another mountain to climb.For a second season in a row, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been handed the dreaded group of death. This time around, Barcelona, PSV and Inter stand in the way of last-16 qualification.Perhaps the most intriguing of all the group stage ties is the one that kicks off this evening, an away trip to face old foes Inter; a clash that was kicked into life back in 2010.There have been a staggering 19 goals scored in the four previous meetings between the Nerazzurri and Tottenham, with the Italian side netting nine times, compared to Spurs’ 10.The most recent meeting between the two clubs came in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League season; with the North Londoners winning on away goals after the two ties ended 4-4 on aggregate.Furthermore, tonight’s game will be the fifth meeting in European competition between Inter and Spurs since 2010, with the pair evenly matched winning two each of the previous four.Needless to say, what was once just a mere European group stage game has become so much more in a very short space of time, no thanks to a certain Welshman. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will have his work cut out in Milan If Kane scores against Inter, he would become one of the fastest players ever to score 10 Champions League goals
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals At the very least, a vote by all those in the LAUSD – which includes 26 other cities – would be needed to change how the nation’s second-largest school district is operated. “It is very difficult,” Villaraigosa said. “And it’s not something that will happen overnight. But we need to make a governance change. I will not be deterred in this.” School board members have been opposed to the mayor’s plan, urging him instead to concentrate on student safety and pre- and after-school programs such as L.A.’s BEST. Villaraigosa has lent his support to both of those and, in an inaugural gala, raised $2.4 million for L.A.’s BEST that helped fund its expansion this year. The mayor picked up some support from the city’s newest councilman, Jose Huizar, who still serves on the Board of Education and was elected Nov. 8 to complete Villaraigosa’s term on the City Council. “I don’t know if I’m ready to back full mayoral control, but I agree that something drastic needs to be done,” Huizar said. “We cannot allow the schools to continue to operate as they have.” A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said he continues to oppose a mayoral takeover, but added that he does not want to be drawn into a debate with the mayor. “We all have the same goal of improving the schools and I think it is happening, although more needs to be done,” Duffy said. “I don’t think (a mayoral takeover) works. But, what I would like to do it talk directly with the mayor to discuss some ideas we have and see where we can come together.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SERENO – Shifting his campaign for LAUSD reform, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday appealed to parents for their support and said he will resume his previous proposal to take over governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District. After several weeks of vacillating on the issue, Villaraigosa said he now has decided that mayoral control is the only way to affect reform and his advisers are looking at legal options and requirements. With more than 100 parents and students at Farmdale Elementary School – where he opened the 147th L.A.’s BEST after-school program – Villaraigosa said parents should not accept the current education system. “I know your kids can get more. I am looking to you to form a partnership to reform the schools. I think we need to make a fundamental change. I think the best way we can do that is to have one person in charge,” he said.
22 January 2014South African project myHandsandHeart, an online and mobile platform for matching organisations and youth volunteers, was named on Tuesday as one of six winners of a global competition for local initiatives that are having a positive impact on their communities.The competition, dubbed the Shaping a Better Future challenge, was open to members of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Global Shapers Community, a worldwide network of more than 3 000 young, socially engaged leaders in over 300 city-based Hubs worldwide.The winners were announced ahead of Tuesday’s opening of the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.Using the latest and most readily accessible online and mobile tools, myHandsandHeart matches organisations and youth volunteers in order to give young people the experience of civic engagement and to improve their employability.The project is a partnership between the Global Shapers Cape Town Hub, South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency, the Commonwealth Youth Programme and SponsorMe.“Through the opportunities provided, young people are equipped with important skills,” myHandsandHeart says on its website. “They are also able to positively impact local communities and actively engage with key issues in their communities, becoming informed and involved citizens.”The Cape Town Hub was one of five winners of a US$10 000 grant from competition sponsor Coca-Cola. The $50 000 grand prize was won by a joint project by the Global Shapers Hubs in Rome and Nairobi which provides schools in Nigeria with solar lanterns that children can borrow to do their homework with, replacing dangerous kerosene lamps. Students recharge the solar lanterns daily at school, and families can buy them over time by paying a small daily fee.Describing the projects as “breakthrough initiatives”, Muhtar Kent, chief executive of the Coca-Cola Company, USA, said they brought together innovation, scalability and the potential for collaboration.“Our support of the Global Shapers movement reflects our view that true leading begins with taking action,” Kent said in a statement. “These young leaders understand and, indeed, exemplify that same approach.”SAinfo reporter and World Economic Forum
Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dave copeland Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification If you’re a privacy purist, then the best policy for dealing with privacy concerns on Facebook is to never sign up for the service: Even if you eventually delete your account, Facebook retains loads of data on what you did while you’re a member.That’s not a realistic option for most of us, so we asked users, privacy experts and lawyers what considerations people should take into account when trying to figure out what privacy settings will work best for them.“Maintaining your Facebook privacy can be an exhausting task,” said J.D. Ross, the communications director at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. “Every time you turn around, Facebook is changing the settings, altering default permissions and doing all sorts of things to keep you on your toes – just look at how they switched the default email address on you this week! The best defense here is to keep on top of your privacy settings.”Start With the BasicsAaron Messing, a privacy attorney with OlenderFeldman LLP in Union, N.J., offers a checklist for clients who want to use Facebook but keep their information as private as possible. Among his recommendations:Limit your default account visibility to “Only Friends” (you can always change the privacy settings on any particular picture, status or update to be more public).Make sure you know who a person making a friend request is before accepting it.Disable options that you don’t use. Hide your birth year. Use the “preview my profile option” to see how your information appears to your Facebook friends. If you are uncomfortable sharing personal information equally with all your Facebook friends, consider creating a category of limited friends who can see less of your information. Or, start by offering everyone limited access, and grant full access to only trusted, real-life friends. “Keep in mind that your friends will be able to access your information, including pictures,” Messing said. “Think before you post – would you want this information available to everyone, forever?”Ads, Apps and WebsitesThis category may be the one that trips up the most number of users. Many Facebook denizens think they’re in the clear because they have changed their privacy settings to “Only Friends” without realizing there is a separate section for setting for how advertisements, apps and Websites use your information.“As with everything, allowing an app to access your information has pros and cons,” said Allison Gerlach, manager of public relations and social media at inSegment. “There have been plenty of cases where people have come across their data being used in ways that they are not comfortable with, only to discover that it was because an app was able to access their information.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Until recently, most apps were all-or-nothing: You either accepted all of the conditions when installing the app or you chose not to use that. Facebook has recently started changing those policies, allowing users to make choices about what information their apps can and cannot access and how they use it.Still, older apps may still have access to your information. Several of the experts we spoke to recommended logging into the Apps & Games section of your account and disabling all apps that are listed as having last been used more than a month ago.Is Too Much Privacy Too Much of a Good Thing?Don’t forget the whole reason we’re on Facebook: to connect with other people. Putting too many restrictions on your profile defeats the purpose. Facebook is increasingly replacing the telephone directory and has been a godsend for people planning high school reunions. Ben Gossels, a consultant for SystemExperts, is a hardcore Facebook user: The site is always open as a tab in his browser, right next to his email program. Generally speaking, he wants people to be able to find him and connect with him, so he keeps his personal privacy settings looser than some of the other people we spoke with.So far, Gossels said, it hasn’t been a problem. But there is one setting that even he recommends users adopt.“I do not allow search engines to find” my Facebook profile, Gossels said. “Since only my Facebook friends can see my profile anyway, and since I’m searchable within Facebook, I can’t think of anyone who has a legitimate reason to look for my profile that would need to do it via Google.” A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit