Educational quality gap between Hinterland and Coastland increased – UNICEF

first_imgGoal Four of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) speaks to achieving inclusive and equitable quality education by 2030 and Guyana has a long way to go in achieving that. The recent study on Indigenous Women and Children conducted by UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs (MoIPA) shows that the quality of education and the gap between the coast and hinterland have increased over the years.The Executive Summary of the report on the Study of Indigenous Women and Children“Guaranteeing good quality of education in Primary and Secondary schools for the indigenous children is one of the main challenges related to education in the country,” part of the report read.The lack of qualify education for adolescents and children are mainly attributed to the lack of qualified teachers and resources, poor infrastructure at schools, language barriers and a curriculum too centered. In addition to the poor quality of education, delivered in the Hinterland, there are high school dropout rates.The study found that for every 100 indigenous boys and girls enrolled in secondary school, only 53 would complete. They would drop out when they are about to enter secondary school or during their early secondary education stage.Lack of schools, mainly secondary schools, in the hinterland and difficulty of accessing them; financial situation of families influencing some adolescents to prematurely start working in low skill jobs; perception that education is not necessary; the inadequacy of the curriculum; lack of employment opportunities and teenage pregnancies are all reasons listed as factors for Hinterland children dropping out of school.The study was conducted in Barima-Waini (Region One), Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven), Potaro-Siparuni (Region Eight), Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) and Indigenous communities in coastal Regions in Region Two (Akawini), Region Three (Santa Mission), Region Four (St Cuthbert Mission), Region Five (Moraikobai), Region Six (Orealla and Siparuta) and Region 10 (River View).The aim of the study was to contribute to a greater understanding of indigenous women and children regarding cultural/traditional practices as it relates to medicines; sexual and reproductive health issues; build or strengthen the resilience of children, families, communities and systems to natural disasters, conflicts chronic systemic crises and social conflicts.Additionally, it sought to examine decisions making processes on health and protection issues; strengthen the provision of equitable prevention and response to different forms of child violence, including gender-based violence; inform the development of a robust, sustained, early childhood development and equitable and inclusive education programmes for Amerindian children.It also sought to explore women’s leadership skills and their capacity building needs at the community level; explore livelihood and, empowerment opportunities; provide evidence for national and sub-national planning and developmental processes to contribute to an enabling environment, for indigenous women and children, and determine the knowledge, perceptions and roles that were played by indigenous peoples in the preservation of the environment and climate change and what are their current roles.last_img read more

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Dawson wins title by decision

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Undefeated Chad Dawson won the WBC light-heavyweight title Saturday night in Kissimmee, Fla., handing defending champion Tomasz Adamek of Poland his first professional defeat. “This was a long time coming,” Dawson said, noting he had trained extremely hard the past several weeks for the fight. “I reached my potential in this fight.” Dawson’s left-handed style, quickness and reach was too much for Adamek during much of the bruising fight. The American improved to 23-0 with the unanimous decision in the 12-round bout. “He was much quicker … that’s why I lost,” Adamek said through an interpreter. center_img Earlier, Julio Diaz took the IBF lightweight title when defending champion Jesus Chavez crumbled early in the third round after his right knee buckled while avoiding a punch. Also, Cory Spinks defended his IBF junior middleweight title with by outpointing Rodney Jones ) in an uneventful contest without any knockdowns. Adamek (30-1), who took a beating for much of the contest, rallied in the 10th round, sending Dawson to the floor with a right to the nose, and he stayed on the attack through the 11th. “He caught me with a good punch,” said Dawson, who won at least nine rounds on all three scoring cards. “He didn’t hurt me. I got back up and went back to the game plan.” (34-3) (42-4) (36-3) (37-4-1 Quick work: Laila Ali (24-0, 21 knockouts) wasted little time in retaining her WBC and WIBA world titles, knocking out Gwendolyn O’Neil (12-1-5) at 56 seconds of the first round in their super middleweight fight in Johannesburg, South Africa. last_img read more

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Motorists warned to take care as more sleet and snow forecast for coming days

first_imgCommuters across Donegal have been warned to take extra care with falls of sleet and snow overnight.While most roads are passable, motorists have been advised to slow down.And the forecast is for more sleet and snow and freezing conditions in the coming days. According to the national forecaster, showers of snow are expected this morning.While accumulations of snow of up to 3cm are possible on a local level, it is likely to gather mainly on hills and mountains in the West.Met Eireann forecaster Jean Byrne told RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland that it is set to be very cold over the next few days.“There will be frost and a risk of wintry showers.“Today will be very cold with frost, ice and snow,” she said.“During the day, these wintry showers will turn into rain, hail and sleet. Motorists warned to take care as more sleet and snow forecast for coming days was last modified: March 21st, 2017 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)last_img read more

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Crowd Calendar 4.1

first_imgShare This!We’re making two small adjustments to our Disney World crowd calendar. First, we’re going to use the last 24 months of wait times to determine what each 1-to-10 number represents on our scale. (We currently use all the wait times we’ve collected since 2010 – keep reading for the challenges this presents.) For example, in a crowd calendar update on April 1, 2018, the crowd levels will be based on data from April 2016 to March 2018. We will make Crowd Calendar updates monthly.We made a similar change to the Crowd Calendar in early 2017. Readers have told us that they prefer faster, smaller updates to those big once-a-year changes. We agree.The impact of the adjustment will, on average, affect crowd levels less than 1 point from month to month over a twelve-month span. In the short term, that is, you won’t notice much.Second, we’re going to provide a separate 18-month view of the calendar for those folks who want to start their planning that far in advance. Of course, a lot of things can change in 18 months. But so many people have asked us for this kind of data to get a general sense of trends that we think it’ll be useful to many more.Why These Changes are NeededOur crowd calendar measures crowds by looking at the average posted wait times at popular rides during the busiest time of the day. For example, here’s how we measure Space Mountain’s crowd level using the posted wait time outside the ride. 90 to 107 minutes7 Average Posted Wait Time11 am – 5 pmSpace MountainCrowd Level 107 to 124 minutes8 Under 42 minutes1 View Results 58 to 67 minutes4 67 to 75 minutes5 42 to 50 minutes2center_img 75 to 90 minutes6 124 to 140 minutes9 140 minutes and over10 These ranges are based on wait times we’ve collected at Walt Disney World between March 2016 – February 2018.One advantage of this method is that it’s objective and easy to check. Even if you’re at home in Minnesota, you can use the My Disney Experience app to see what the wait time is at Space Mountain and check our prediction.Growing Attendance and Reduced CapacityThere are a couple of disadvantages to using posted wait times, too. One is that as attendance grows, there’ll naturally be fewer days with low crowd levels and more days with higher crowd levels.Another disadvantage to using wait times is that they’re susceptible to changes in ride capacity. For example, the number of people who can ride Space Mountain in a given hour depends on how many rocket cars are running on Space Mountain’s tracks. On very busy days like New Year’s Eve, Disney runs the ride at full speed – every car that can fit on the track is on the track, and Disney has enough cast members working at Space Mountain to ensure that every car is filled as fast as possible with as many people as can fit.However, it’s expensive to run Space Mountain at full speed – it costs money to pay the cast members to run the ride, and Disney has to pay for maintenance, wear, and tear on the ride vehicles. Disney could save money by running only one rocket car at a time on Space Mountain, but the lines would be enormous and customers would be unhappy with the wait.On days with fewer people in the park, however, Disney tries to find a balance between the cost of operating Space Mountain and the satisfaction of guests who have to wait in line. They do this by reducing the ride capacity, using either fewer cast members, fewer cars, or both.Since late 2015, we’ve seen Disney World’s wait times increase much faster than (we think) attendance has grown. We think this is because Disney is decreasing ride capacity to save money and improve their corporate earnings. That is, Disney’s betting that it can save more money on ride operations that it will lose from dissatisfied customers who waited 35 minutes for Space Mountain instead of 25 minutes. (We’d bet that Disney is using advance FastPass+ data to make these staffing decisions, because your FastPass+ reservation tells Disney which park you’ll be in and which rides you’ll ride, at specific times of day, two months before you get there. That’s plenty of time for Disney to set the weekly work schedules of its cast members.)A long-term program to reduce capacity means that our crowd estimates will go up even if the number of people visiting Walt Disney World stays the same.That’s not good, either. We think our 1-to-10 scale is easy to understand. And we want there to be enough days throughout the year with crowd levels of 1, 2, and 3 to balance out the days of 8, 9, and 10.A “10” day at Epcot The TouringPlans statistics team takes its work seriously.  We review our accuracy on a daily basis. We even report every day’s performance on the Historic Crowd Calendar pages. These changes will be included in the next Crowd Calendar updates. The Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar will be updated this week. Disneyland and Universal Crowd Calendars will be updated in March. Our 18-month Crowd Calendar will start showing up in March.OK, we have done our homework to secure the science behind the Crowd Calendar. Now we would like your help with the artistic side. Check out the examples below and select the color scheme(s) you like the best.  Loading … 50 to 58 minutes3last_img read more

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HIV/Aids fight moves to mobile

first_imgJanine ErasmusThere’s a new weapon in the fight against HIV/Aids: the mobile phone. South Africa’s Project Masiluleke (Zulu for “to counsel”) is set to use mobile technology to help millions of people access treatment and more via their handsets.Known simply as Project M, the initiative is the brainchild of the Pop!Tech Accelerator, an extension of the annual Pop!Tech conference in Massachusetts, US. The accelerator facilitates projects launched during the conference, an event that sees hundreds of visionary thinkers across the fields of science, technology, business, design, the arts, education, government and culture meeting to explore cutting-edge ideas that are aimed at shaping the future.Project M was launched during the most recent three-day annual conference held in October 2007 and is expected to become operational in South Africa during the first half of 2008.Using mobile messaging, people will be informed about dates, times and locations of HIV/Aids clinics in their areas, where they can be tested for infection, where they can contact a healthcare worker or get counselling, and other general information that will help to de-stigmatise the disease. Those already undergoing treatment will receive regular encouragement.Other players in Project M include creative consultancy Frog Design, the national Department of Health, and iTeach, an HIV/Aids and tuberculosis care and information programme.Frog Design will take existing software, used by patients in the US, and customise it culturally and linguistically for South African users. The company will work closely with local teams to ensure that they have a firm understanding of the cultural and economic situation.“With Project Masiluleke, we have an incredible opportunity to collaborate with Pop!Tech and its partners to implement design strategy and thinking that will make a tremendous difference,” says Doreen Lorenzo, president and COO of Frog Design.‘Everyone has a cell phone’Pop!Tech’s decision to start working in South Africa was heavily influenced by South African Aids activist Zinhle Thabethe, recently named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers for 2008, and a Pop!Tech community member.Thabethe is outreach director of iTeach, working with Dr Krista Dong of Massachusetts General Hospital, who is the founder of iTeach. The organisation tackles the tuberculosis and HIV pandemic head-on in Thabethe’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal, using a variety of resources. These include encouraging and educating people through the Sinikithemba (“we give hope”) clinic and choir, speaking at international symposia such as Pop!Tech, and now, embracing mobile technology.“To deal with the scope of this problem, to even begin to make a dent, we need new ideas, crazy ideas,” says Dong. “And everyone, everyone has a cell phone.”Reaching those in remote areasSays Thabethe, “With Project M we’re aiming to bring in technology to accelerate access to care for people, especially those in rural areas.” The rationale behind this, she explains, is that bringing people to care at an earlier stage benefits all stakeholders, from the government right down to the family.The longer a person waits before seeking help, she says, the more intensive is the treatment they ultimately need. This can cost not only the Department of Health dearly, but also the community, because that person often ends up so ill that they cannot contribute meaningfully, and the family, because in many cases a breadwinner will have been lost or a person needs intense care.Using mobile phones to encourage people to pursue treatment as soon as possible will make a big difference, not only for the already overburdened South African health system but also for the individual.“We’ve established that today about 90% of urban and rural South Africans have access to a mobile phone,” says Thabethe. “We want to capitalise on that because it’s a good medium for our message. And we don’t have to re-invent the wheel.“We’re going to bring the information to the people, because not everyone has access to a newspaper or television. Also, these two media have been known to portray HIV in a negative light but we will be taking positive action.”Thabethe emphasises that the more resources are utilised, the greater the chances of success. “For instance, about 80% of HIV-infected South Africans will consult a traditional healer at some point in their lives, so healers need to be integrated into our strategy because they are often the first entry point into treatment.”The relationship between traditional healers and doctors is important, says Thabethe, because while traditional healers are open to learning new ways of treatment, they know that they cannot treat Aids. They therefore refer people to healthcare based on Western medicine – but there are many Western doctors who have not yet shown confidence in traditional methods. Getting doctors and healers to work more closely together is one of the challenges addressed by iTeach.Using a variety of strategiesThere are also plans to bring South African-developed free instant messaging programme Mxit on board, Thabethe says. Using Mxit’s communication capabilities, those wanting to ask questions or who just want to talk can discuss their concerns with an impartial, yet knowledgeable counsellor, without fear that their families will be notified.“Staying healthy in rural areas is not easy. Often to ask a simple question at community level is difficult, because of the stigma attached or simply because there is nobody qualified to help. If we use a platform that people – especially the youth – are enthusiastic about, such as Mxit, our message will have much more of an impact.”According to an August 2007 article published on biz-community, a South African marketing and media information portal, the number of registered users of Mxit at that time was around 4.8 million. Most of them are South African, although Mxit is used in more than 120 countries around the world.Recruiting celebrities to help spread the message is another effective approach and, as with Mxit, will target the most vulnerable section of the population in terms of HIV infection – the youth. Local kwaito superstar Zola has already expressed interest in becoming involved, according to Thabethe.Even “please call me” messages are a potentially valuable tool in the Project M plan. Extensively used across all South African mobile networks, these free messages are not only a way of getting a recipient to call back when one’s airtime is low, but nowadays have advertisements attached for everything from local airlines to car hire to short-term insurance.Mobile advertising specialists OTL, or On-the-Line, report that between 18 and 20-million “please call me” messages are delivered each day across South African mobile networks.Bringing in the big gunsRepresentatives from Pop!Tech and Frog Design visited South Africa in mid-February to meet with the South African contingent.The Pop!Tech Accelerator provides operational and project management and solicits other forms of support, including human resources, corporate partnerships, financial contributions, skills training, and media coverage.Pop!Tech curator Andrew Zolli, who was recently named a fellow of the National Geographic Society, has been in talks with major South African mobile providers, and there is a move to bring local business on board as well. Says Thabethe, business is also affected by HIV/Aids when employees become ill. They should therefore be closely involved too, helping to preserve our society.“We can’t expect the Department of Health to do it all,” she says. “There is a role for everyone to play – the department, business, and the community.”Related articlesNational Geographic lauds Zinhle ThabetheHealthcare in South AfricaHIV/Aids in South AfricaUseful linksPop!Tech – Project MasilulekeDepartment of HealthSinikithembaSinikithemba choir on National GeographicFrog DesignNational Geographicbiz-communityMxitZolalast_img read more

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The Bluetooth Phenomenon

first_imgSometimes, I see people walking around, talking to themselves. Only, they’re not actually talking to themselves. They’re on Blueteeth…tooths…whatever.But they might be talking to themselves! It occurred to me, “What if they just had a Bluetooth in their ear with no one on the other side?”  They really would be talking to themselves. But that would still be okay, wouldn’t it? It may be a little weird, but okay.After all, in the immortal words of the late Maurice White, founder of the timeless band Earth Wind and Fire, “talking to yourself is fine. Makes you feel much better. “Besides, no one was even going to say hello.{I don’t say hello, but I look at them to determine whether they are indeed talking on a Bluetooth. They don’t say hello either. They just talk…on their bluetooths…teeth…whatever.}It is okay if the person in the streets is talking to himself with or without blueteeth and whether or not the blue toothes are actually working. It is a little weird, but it is okay. Because so many people do it, it seems normal.  Many people do it! The lady walking out of the grocery store, the guy going to the gym, the public transportation passenger, they are all just about EXPECTED to talk to themselves or to be on a Bluetooth or both.It gets really weird t the coworker in the cubicle next to you is talking…out loud…but on a Bluetooth…not the company phone, not headphones or earplugs…A BLUETOOTH! What do you say to that coworker? That subordinate? That boss!?I think you should just say, “hello.”In that great song of theirs, Maurice goes on to say, “Know just where to draw the line. It’s all about Love.”last_img read more

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DRM Helps Spore Make History as The Most Pirated Game Ever

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Spore, a Sim-like game about the evolution of creatures, was recently released as one of the most anticipated games of the year. Our initial impressions were high with the release of SporeCreator. However, Spore itself failed to meet our expectations. In the end, we found the game to be too simple for our tastes. A major problem that plagued the release of Spore was the inclusion of a DRM system. This has caused multiple reviews of Spore to be disappointing for Electronic Arts (EA), the developing and publishing company of Spore. If EA hoped the problem would go away, it hasn’t. Fans and “pirates” have taken things one step further to make Spore one of the most pirated games ever.We Told You SoThe DRM system included in Spore has caused an outrage in the gaming community. We stated in our review of the game that the DRM system would have to go if Spore wanted to succeed. Apparently, consumers of the game seem to feel the same way. As of today, Spore has been downloaded over 500,000 times on various bittorrent sites and doesn’t look to be slowing down. The first 300,000 downloads of Spore happened after just one day of the game being released. These pirated versions of Spore remove the DRM system that users encounter when installing the game. While it’s not uncommon for popular games to hit those type of numbers on P2P sites, it’s unusual for it to happen so quickly. Currently, the game has been the most popular download all week on The Pirate Bay, one of the most popular and controversial bittorrent sites around.DRM is Not the AnswerThe Sims 2 currently holds the record for the most pirated game. Pirates and disappointed fans are looking to change that. According to the TorrentFreak blog,[Spore’s] download rate exceeds that of any other pirated game in history, and in a week or two from now it will be the most pirated game ever on BitTorrent.Spore is still one of the worst rated games on Amazon. Since its release it has been given a rating of only 1 star by more than 50% of its reviewers. The majority of these ratings address problems with the DRM system. DRM is not the answer and continues to provoke “pirates” to release what publishers should have given to customers from the beginning.There’s no doubt that Spore would’ve been pirated regardless of the DRM system. However, users of P2P networks are now encouraging others to pirate the game in order to teach EA a lesson. A commenter on the Pirate Bay known as “deathkitten” stated,Unfortunately for EA, this is exactly what they’re doing. We hope that EA will learn from this experience and the feedback of their customers.“You have the power to make this the most pirated game ever, to give corporate bastards a virtual punch in the face.” Related Posts Tags:#p2p#web corvida 1center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Gateway Partners with BSI to Provide Comprehensive EAS Solutions to North American Retailers

first_imgSponsored by BSIA leading European developer and manufacturer of electronic article surveillance (EAS) security equipment and other Smart Store performance solutions, Gateway AB, has announced a strategic partnership with Best Security Industries (BSI) to target the North American retail market. BSI, the well-known, highly regarded, and largest independent EAS distributor in the United States, will distribute and service Gateway’s innovative, high-quality EAS security systems and Smart Store solutions.“We are excited to team up with Gateway in North America to continue our successful journey, expanding into new areas with the full Gateway portfolio consisting of all the major EAS technologies [acousto-magnetic (AM) and radio-frequency (RF) systems] to the retail market,” said Matt Sack, CEO for BSI. “I see this new partnership as an excellent opportunity to further strengthen both Gateway and Best Security Industries position as the leading independent security partner to retailers across North America. With Gateway’s high-quality solutions, combined with BSI’s strength in service and customer support, we believe that it will be a winning solution for our retail partners.”- Sponsor – The United States is today the largest EAS market globally, ahead of markets such as China and the EU, and the market continues to look for high-quality solutions that deliver an excellent ROI for the retailer. BSI will distribute the full Gateway portfolio including the newly developed Acousto-Magnetic MDG EAS system with integrated metal detection and remote service. Engineered at Gateway’s own research and development facility in Sweden, the new AM MDG system incorporates the latest EAS technology for excellence stability, performance, and the lowest energy consumption of all AM EAS systems on the market. Other innovative retail solutions will be launched throughout 2018 including Smart Store solutions as well as the new RF system.Commenting on the new partnership, Anders Alftenius, managing director at Gunnebo Gateway said, “I am very excited to partner with Best Security Industries in North America for the distribution of our new innovative EAS and Smart Store solutions. I am impressed with BSI’s high-quality service network across the US and am confident that as a team, we will be able to deliver the best solutions and highest service to the retail sector across North America. This partnership will be a significant growth generator for both our companies.”For further information on the Gateway and Best Security Industries partnership, contact Gus Kratzer at gkratzer [at] bestsecurityindustries.com or Anders Alftenius at anders.alftenius [at] gunnebo.com, visit the following websites: gunnebogateway.com and bsi-eas.com, or telephone 1-800-939-4495. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Green IT and Data Centers: Going Global in Acceptance

first_imgIncreasingly C-level executives are saying that the Green IT movement has gotten their attention and it now ranks high among business priorities. Green IT, or Green Computing, refers to environmentally sustainable computing; it has broad goals of reducing the use of hazardous materials, maximizing energy efficiency, and promoting recyclability.In a survey of C-level executives, IDC found that Green IT and sustainability was rated second among their priorities for 2011.  Phillip Carter of IDC said “What I think is good is that two or three years ago, there was a lot of hype around green IT and sustainability, so now these CIOs that we speak to are seeing through some of that and the green washing has gone away.”Because of their massive amounts of energy consumption, data centers are often at the center of many Green IT discussions today.  Gartner estimates that energy costs account for about 12 percent of all data center expenditures, and estimates made in Singapore found that data centers and networking equipment account for almost 32% of the Information and Communication sector’s energy and carbon footprint.Many people think that cloud computing will be a driver for Green IT going forward.  Green factors that make cloud computing attractive include:Virtualization — enables better resource utilization and brings about energy and resource efficiencies.Multitenancy — similar to virtualization, enables more efficient sharing and resource utilization.Automation Software — automatic optimization of resource consolidation and utilization.Pay per use billing — encourages efficient utilization from users.A study by WiPro and Forbes called “Global CXO Outlook: Growth Strategies for 2012 and Beyond” found that 70% of business executives consider green business practices to be part of their strategy for innovation.  Three quarter of companies consider Green IT a priority.  These companies are attempting to reduce their data center footprints, rely on increased use of server virtualization, and promote the use of cloud computing.Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project, said, “The carbon emissions reducing potential of cloud computing is a thrilling breakthrough, allowing companies to maximize performance, drive down costs, reduce inefficiency and minimize energy use – and therefore carbon emissions – all at the same time.”The CDP Study 2011 estimates that US companies will save $12.3 billion in annual energy bills by 2020 and the use of cloud computing will reduce carbon emissions by 30,000 metric tons a year.last_img read more

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