The Hope Secondary School matter

first_imgDear Editor,The Ministry of Education (MoE) has noted with concern a letter in the Kaieteur newspaper of March 21, 2018 titled “Parents of Students of Hope Secondary School Need Hope”. In that letter, the writer lists several issues affecting the East Coast of Demerara learning institution. The MoE, as a responsible body with a mandate to serve this nation, feels obligated to respond to the contents of that missive.Firstly, the writer posited the view that the teachers display a lack of dedication, and consequently the school is apparently flouting educational Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). While the writer did not indicate what procedures were not being adhered to, the MoE, upon learning about these allegations, dispatched two Senior Education Officers to investigate these claims.Note, Mr. Editor, the MoE said claims, so all the issues will be addressed in an itemized manner. So, let’s return to the alleged lack of dedication by the teachers: the officers found that there were some issues with curriculum delivery by a few teachers. Those teachers were spoken to in the presence of their Heads of Department. Additionally, teachers’ lesson plans are being continuously monitored, and the students’ work books were checked and will continue to be checked randomly, to ensure the curriculum is being followed. So it is safe to say that the foregoing issue is not a representation of all teachers, because there are many hard-working teachers at the Hope Secondary School, who continue to play their part in moulding and preparing the nation’s future leaders.The letter writer also said there are numerous fights owing to the students being idle, and that these fights would happen during instructional (teaching) time.The MoE’s investigation has found that this is not true. As a matter of fact, the school authority provided evidence to the contrary.The issue of dog’s fecal matter in classrooms happened more than a year ago, and this was due to some classrooms not being locked at the end of the school day. This situation has long been corrected, and students are now learning in a healthy, child-friendly environment.The MoE takes seriously its responsibility to educate this nation, and will always welcome constructive criticisms, since these are important if any progressive institution is to continue to effectively serve the people it is intended to.Sincerely,Ministry of Educationlast_img read more

President tours Perseverance, Prospect Housing Developments

first_imgSome of the houses built under the CH&PA programmePresident David Granger, on Friday morning, visited the Prospect and Perseverance Housing Developments, East Bank Demerara, for the first time. There, he said that improving the quality of life for Guyanese means improving housing plans.The visit was intended for the head of state to have a firsthand look at the construction work of several homes that the Government has built for low and middle income workers. According to the President, although many persons are interested in securing land to build their homes, a complete package — a house that has already been built with the plot of land — propels the idea and goal of community development across the country.“In Guyana, we have adopted a holistic approach to housing, not just give you a house lot and forget about you like a hit-and-run driver. We want to make sure that when an area is provided on which you would live, we develop that house, so that we build a community of human buildings… We want to see roads, electricity, we want to see schools eventually, we want to see sports facilities…we must not give people a piece of land and grass and gutters,” the Head of State said.He added that the Government’s housing policy is not “haphazard”, and that there should be focus on low income earners so that they can benefit from owning their own homes sooner, rather than later.President Granger explained that such a move would not only ensure that community development takes place throughout the country, but also provides opportunities for employment. However, he noted that more steps must be taken to help persons obtain financial assistance in paying for these homes.“Our working people still have a problem of getting credit. And I would like to encourage bankers to create windows, friendly windows, so that working people can borrow money on friendly terms… And I am glad that the Guyana Defence Force has a credit union, and one of the houses that I saw there (at Prospect) was financed and supported by that credit union. So we need to look at the financing side to ensure that working people could get access to finance to pay for those houses over a long period of time.”Government had paused the distribution of lands, and had instead embarked on an initiative which forced Guyanese into buying houses.This publication 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.In May it was reported that the distribution of house lots has reduced significantly since the change of Government in 2015, despite the fact that the demand has not decreased.This is evident in the 2017 Annual Report of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) which was recently laid in the National Assembly. The report shows that a total of only 1131 house lots were allocated in that year for qualified applicants. In fact, the report states that the original target of allocations for that year was merely 1000.This does not compare favourably with the previous year, when, according to the report, 2020 house lots were allocated in 2016 — an improvement on its original target of 1100. This includes 625 low to moderate income house lots and 1395 middle to high-income house lots.But both of these years’ figures pale in comparison to the number of house lots distributed in previous years under the former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration. In the CH&PA’s 2013 Annual Report, its programme performance assessment had indicated that 4417 house lots were allocated, just shy of the 5900 target.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.There is also the 1000 Homes Project that was launched in June of 2013 by the CH&PA to expand the Ministry’s Turn-Key Houses’ programme, which was recommenced in 2011.Construction began in May of 2014, and by December of 2014, one hundred Buttercup Cottages were completed. Apart from the houses themselves, this project provided employment opportunities for over 300 skilled and semi-skilled workers in the construction industry.Now it is understood that there are approximately 25,000 applications still piled up at the CH&PA’s office.In an interview earlier this year, the agency’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lelon Saul, had said that at least 5000 solutions are required annually for the next five years to reduce the backlog.last_img read more

MySpace asked to turn over data on sex offenders

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. – Top law enforcement officers from eight states on Monday asked to turn over the names of registered sex offenders who use the social networking Web site. In a letter, the attorneys general asked MySpace to provide information on how many registered sex offenders are using the site, and where they live. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper signed the letter, along with attorneys general from Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In a statement, Cooper’s office said media outlets in 2006 “reported almost 100 criminal incidents across the country involving adults who used MySpace to prey or attempt to prey on children.” In December, MySpace announced it was partnering with Sentinel Tech Holding Corp. to build a database with information on sex offenders in the United States. Software to identify and remove sex offenders from the site was launched in early May, MySpace officials said Monday in a statement. “It is our understanding that the data from Sentinel reveals that thousands of known sex offenders have been confirmed as MySpace members,” the letter from the attorneys general said. In an interview, Cooper said the information was provided by “absolutely credible” sources, whom he declined to identify. The attorneys general also asked that MySpace describe the steps it has taken to warn users about sex offenders and remove their profiles. They asked the Web site to respond to their requests by May 29. “They are by far the largest social networking site,” Cooper said. “They certainly should be the standard bearer for changes that need to be made.” Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called the site a “virtual playground” for predators. “That combination of sex offenders and children is a recipe for tragedy,” Blumenthal said. The site is owned by media conglomerate News Corp. On Monday, MySpace did not say whether it would comply with the request. “We are in the initial stages of cross referencing our membership against Sentinel’s registered sex offender database and removing any confirmed matches,” Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace’s chief security officer, said in a statement. Nigam also said legislation requiring sex offenders to register e-mail addresses would expedite the process. MySpace’s policy prevents children under 14 from setting up profiles, but it relies on users to specify their ages. 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

WOW! Top 10 clubs in the WORLD ranked by commercial revenue

first_img 7. Chelsea – £100m – Sponsorship deals and new partnerships with Rotary, Hackett, Coral, William Lawson’s, Indosat and Guangzhou R&F Football Club have helped increase Chelsea’s commercial revenue. 2. Bayern Munich – £216.7m – A £18.5m yearly deal with Adidas until 2020 brings in a substantial amount of money for the German champions, alongside £22.2m-a-year through Deutsche Telekom sponsorship and the naming rights of the Allianz Arena all contribute to place Bayern second. 4. Man United – £168.1m – Receiving £47m-a-year from shirt sponsors Chevrolet and a further £17m-a-year from Aon to sponsor United’s training ground kit, the Red Devils have made over £160m in the Premier League when it comes to commercial revenue. 10 3.Real Madrid – £171.9m – With sponsors Adidas, Audi and Emirates paying Real Madrid millions on a yearly basis, a substantial amount of money will come in from shirt sales. Los Blancos fans, all around the world will buy the club’s shirts with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the club. 1. PSG – £243.4m – The French champions top the table of commercial revenue. Earning just shy of £150m-a-year on a four-year contract with Qatar Tourism Authority, PSG also have the famous faces of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Luiz and Edinson Cavani to sell millions of shirts in their stunning club shop on the Champs Elysees. Fixtures against Barcelona and Chelsea in the Champions League also brought in revenue from merchandise like scarves and other clothing apparel. 9. Borussia Dortmund – £91.9m – After Champions League heartbreak in 2013, Borussia Dortmund’s popularity went through the roof. Sponsorship from Puma and shirt sales of Marco Reus have helped, plus merchandise from fans around the world as Dortmund suddenly become everyone’s ‘second team’. 10. Schalke 04 generated £77.3m in commercial revenue* – to find out which nine clubs generated even more money through commercial means, click the yellow arrow above, right – Schalke’s global expansion appears to be focusing on the Asian market and China in particular. Summer 2014 saw the Gelsenkirchen club add two major Chinese partners in Huawei and Hisense and plans were subsequently announced to set up a football academy in Beijing. 10 10 6. Barcelona – £137.8m – With the likes of Lionel Messi at the club, merchandise sales will always go through the roof at the Nou Camp. But it is sponsorship deals where Barca make their money. The Catalan club havel sponsorship deals all over the world, including in India (Nokia ), Indonesia (Head and Shoulders), Avea (Turkey) and more, in addition to global partners like Nike, Qatar Airways and Audi. 10 5. Man City – £147.2m – The current deal with Etihad is worth £40million-a-year to City, but includes sponsorship of the shirt, training kit and naming rights to the club’s expanding stadium and Academy complex. 10 10 10 10 10 8. Liverpool – £92m – The heartbreaking season where Liverpool missed out on their first Premier League trophy did boost their popularity. Players like Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard brough in money from merchandise. Pre-season tours to Asia and Australia also helped increase commercial revenue from last year. 10 The Forbes Football Rich List has been announced, revealing the world’s most valuable football team to be Real Madrid.This ranking is based on a number of factors, with commercial revenue becoming increasingly important to the wealthiest football clubs, but which teams make the most money from commercial sources like sponsors and merchandise?We’ve got the top 10 clubs when it comes to commercial revenue generated, based on the latest Deloitte figures (*from the 2013/14 season).Take a look at who features in the slideshow above, by clicking the yellow arrow right.last_img read more

‘Indecency’ fines increase tenfold

first_imgWASHINGTON – Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show could cost a network TV station up to $325,000 in fines under indecency legislation overwhelmingly approved Wednesday by the House and sent to President George W. Bush. The Los Angeles-based Parents Television Council and other anti-indecency groups hailed the 379-35 passage of the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act as a major victory against “sexually raunchy and gratuitous violent content.” Currently, the Federal Communications Commission can levy fines of up to $32,500 per incident, but the bill would increase that tenfold. Bush is expected to sign it. “The FCC will now have the authority to impose meaningful, punitive fines when the indecency law is broken. We hope that the hefty fines will cause the multibillion-dollar broadcast networks to finally take the law seriously,” said L. Brent Bozwell, president of the Parents Television Council. Seven California Democrats were among those who opposed the measure, including Reps. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles; Jane Harman, D-El Segundo; Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood and Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks. Berman said he opposed the measure, as he has in the past, “because the penalties were approaching outrageous and because the FCC has failed to communicate clearly what constitutes indecency and what doesn’t. “It’s too vague and so it doesn’t tell broadcasters in advance, in a way they can truly understand, what’s permissible and what isn’t,” Berman said. Dennis Wharton, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters, called self-regulation preferable to government regulation. He also noted that any regulation should apply equally to cable and satellite TV and radio as well as network stations. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., predicted the bill will have a “chilling effect” on free speech. He noted several ABC affiliates declined to show the movie “Saving Private Ryan” on Veterans Day because they feared fines and that CBS and NBC refused to run an ad from the United Church of Christ suggesting gay couples are welcome there. “This is how free speech dies, with the pruning of self-satisfied politicians and the whimpering of fearful citizens,” Ackerman said. But Rep. Fred Upton, who sponsored the legislation, said a review of the FCC’s notices of apparent liability against broadcasters, and the transcripts of the shows against which complaints were lodged, persuaded him that Congress needs to take action. “I believe that broadcasters do have a special place in our society, given that they are stewards of the public airwaves. And with that stewardship comes responsibility, including adherence to our nation’s indecency laws,” Upton said. “For those broadcasters who are less than responsible, the FCC needs to have the teeth to enforce the law,” he said. (202) 662-8731160Want 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


first_imgIT wasn’t exactly The Big Chill which hit Co Donegal this week…but The Wee Chill is still causing problems on the roads this morning.Gardai are again warning motorists to take care this morning as many roads are covered in ice again today after overnight rain, hail and snow showers were frozen rock solid by sub-zero temperatures.Overnight temperatures in many areas dropped to a chilly -3C overnight in some inland areas, making driving hazardous. Footpaths in and around towns in the county are also very slippy.Most major routes have been gritted, but rural and secondary roads are dangerous in places.Weather forecasters say we could see gales and wintry showers again tomorrow.Meanwhile lightning storms hit Inishowen for the third night running – with dazzling electrical storms over Moville. © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on ‘THE WEE CHILL’..ICE WARNINGS ON ROADS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 6th, 2011 by tonyShare 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:donegal snowdonegal weathericeroads warninglast_img read more

Nelson Ssenkatuka joins Morrocan side

first_imgSsenkatuka holds a Moghreb Athletic shirt after signing for them on Friday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Barely a month after Patrick Kaddu and Murushid Jjuuko joined the Moroccan top-flight, another Ugandan has done likewise.The player in question is Nelson Ssenkatuka who is understood to have joined Moghreb Athletic de Tetouan.Ssenkatuka who has been captain of Uganda Premier League side Bright Stars has signed a three year deal that will see him play for Moghreb until at least 2022.His move was confirmed by the Moroccan club of Friday afternoon via their official website.“Our team Morocco Athletic Tetouan on Friday morning (13 September 2019), officially signed with Ugandan striker Nelson Ssenkatuka on a professional contract extends for three seasons, read part of the post on Moghreb’s website.”After his deal was confirmed, the pacey forward took to Facebook and bid farewell to Bright Stars.“What a journey it has been. I would like to announce that I have officially left Bright Stars FC, noted Ssenkatuka.“Thanks to the entire management, fans and players of the club for everything they’ve done for me.”.Ssenkatuka has previously featured at KCCA FC and Proline FC before joining Bright Stars.Last season he managed to score 16 league goals at Bright Stars, enabling them finish in the top half of the table.Ssenkatuka is a full Uganda Cranes international having played 13 games and scored one goal since making his debut in 2015.About Ssenkatuka’s new clubMoghreb Tetouan was founded in 1965 and they host their games at a 15000 capacity Saniat Rmel Stadium.Tarik Sektioui is the head coach at the Moroccan Premier League club.Senkatuka joins Milton Karisa (Mouloudia Club D’oujja), Murushid Juuko ( Wydad Casablanca) and Patrick Henry Kaddu ( RS Berkane) as the other Ugandans who ply their trade in Morocco.Comments Tags: bright starsMilton KarisaMoghreb AthleticMurushid JjuukoNelson Ssenkatukapatrick kaddutopUganda Craneslast_img read more

Hottest weather of the year on the way to Donegal

first_imgWith a dry and sunny weekend forecasted, temperatures are expected to soar next week with the hottest weather of the year potentially on the way.Temperatures are expected to be upwards of 27 degrees in what is sure to be a week for the beach. Despite a scorching start to the summer, the last week or so has brought back some cool weather giving us a rest from the heat.The hottest temperature recorded in Ireland so far this year was in Glenties where a high of 26.5 degrees was measured. Ireland is predicted to be hotter than most parts of Spain and Portugal next week with dry weather forecasted for each day.With the good weather comes distress for hay-fever sufferers and this is set to continue as high levels of pollen count are said to be on the way.As the weather in Donegal can change so often we would advise readers to enjoy the sun while it lasts as it’s likely that this weekend and the week that follows will be the best weather of the summer.Expect the barbecues to be brought back out and the beaches to become as busy as they were for the first few weeks of the summer with schools now finished and many people entering the holidays period. Of course Donegal face Fermanagh in Clones in the Ulster final on Sunday and good conditions are expected there also. Anyone who is travelling to Monaghan is advised to take sun-cream and plenty of liquids.For those who have decided to take a few days of work next week, count yourself lucky as the hottest spell of the year looks destined to hit Donegal.Hottest weather of the year on the way to Donegal was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by Chris CannonShare 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:donegalhotsunweatherlast_img read more

Paul Blackburn reflects on rough 2018, plan to get back in A’s rotation

first_imgMESA, Arizona — Paul Blackburn entered A’s spring training camp in a similar spot as last year. But this time the momentum feels different.Blackburn, 25, is feeling strong a year after an elbow injury undermined his sophomore season with the A’s. It has fueled optimism that the right-handed pitcher can compete for a roster spot among perhaps four others.“He’s definitely in the mix with all the other guys we talk about,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “When he’s been healthy he’s performed well …last_img read more

Your Body: Design from Head to Toe

first_img(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Every body part has its place and is well-designed for its function.This is just a quick list of new findings about the body, with links for further study.Your interface to the world: PNAS says, “The human skin is an organ with a surface area of 1.5–2 m2 that provides our interface with the environment. The molecular composition of this organ is derived from host cells, microbiota, and external molecules.”Rip resistance: Your skin is remarkably resistant to tearing, Science Daily says. A photo shows why: “Collagen fibrils in the dermis of the skin are normally curvy and highly disordered, but (right) in response to a tear align themselves with the tension axis (arrow) to resist further damage.”Wound healing: Science Daily says that the mystery of wound healing is being unlocked by research at the University of Arizona. How do cells rush to heal a wound? To start with, there are leader cells and follower cells.Wong’s team observed that when cells collectively migrate toward a wound, leader cells expressing a form of messenger RNA, or mRNA, genetic code specific to the DII4 protein emerge at the front of the pack, or migrating tip. The leader cells, in turn, send signals to follower cells, which do not express the genetic messenger. This elaborate autoregulatory system remains activated until new tissue has covered a wound.How a wound closes: In addition, cells move cooperatively to form new ranks, says Science Daily about research at the University of Heidelberg. The article tells how a protein named Merlin runs a “marathon” as it senses tension and sends signals to other proteins. Merlin is also a tumor suppressor.Echo chamber: To identify the location of a sound, we need to hear echos, Science Daily says. The bouncing echoes in the environment, heard from two points of view in the two ears, provide our brains with localization cues. Reverb is part of our auditory sensing.Breast milk: The “digestive brilliance” of mother’s milk is explored in an article on PhysOrg. The milk forms into highly-organized structures during digestion that are key to the infant’s nutrition. “Human breast milk is key to the survival and development of humans, yet until now we had no idea of the rich structure formation when it is digested,” a researcher at Monash University said.Bionic leg improves on evolution?  Nature says that an unpowered”exoskeleton” that looks like a calf brace can improve energy efficiency while walking. The headline says that this “improves on evolution” compared to the natural leg, because people walking with the brace use 7% less energy. “That may not sound like much, but the mechanics of the human body have been shaped by millions of years of evolution, and some experts had doubted that there was room for further improvement in human locomotion, short of skating along on wheels.” The invention would surely be a hindrance for swimming, gymnastics, and dozens of other human activities, though.Live and let liver: The liver has a backup system to recover from crisis, Science Daily reports. It comes in the form of an “antioxidant system” that relies on methionine, one of the amino acids found in dietary protein. Mouse livers that were under stress and threat of failure revived with methionine in the diet when the two other antioxidant systems in liver cells, the thioredoxin and glutathione systems, were not working.Eye of the cyclops: We have two eyes, but get one image. How are they merged into a singular view of the world? The brain works as a cyclops, Medical Xpress says, compensating for the differences in the images. Visual calibration performed by the brain gives us a sharper image than a single eye could.Did language evolve?  Humans are verbal communicators. Put any two together, and a conversation is likely to develop, using abstract concepts, reasoning, and basic assumptions about morality. This is made possible by unique vocal apparatus and a brain able to command it for a purpose. Did all of this come about by slow and gradual accidental mutations? Consider this statement in Science Daily by a linguist from MIT: “The hierarchical complexity found in present-day language is likely to have been present in human language since its emergence.” It should be noted that selection acts only a single traits, not hierarchical complexity.Are you thankful for these insights coming from design-based science?  It’s design-based, because there is a subtext that assumes purposes exist for things we do not yet understand. The few mentions of evolution are throwaway lines. When we see design, our response should be thankfulness, and a redoubling of efforts to increase our understanding with deeper research.last_img read more