– as world celebrates Telecoms & Society DayAs Guyana joins in the celebration of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day on May 17, the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) in observance of the Day is calling for more investments and growth in the Telecommunications, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors.According to the NFMU, the ICT sector is amongst the most profitable and successful in the world. With the theme for this year being “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact,” the unit noted through its Managing Director Valmikki Singh that “notwithstanding the risks and challenges, entrepreneurship is an endeavour that grows economies, both in the developed and developing world. With globalisation and the setback in the traditional productive sectors of our economy, more and more Guyanese entrepreneurs are emerging.”It is therefore very appropriate said Singh, that ICTs could be harnessed, through entrepreneurship, for social development. This cuts across many of the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations, established in 2015 to be achieved within the next 15 years.Singh highlighted that, for maximum impact, the environment needs to be conducive for investment and entrepreneurship. In thisTelecommunications Minister Cathy Hughesrespect, he said the Telecommunications Bill will be brought by Government to the National Assembly soon, with the purpose of creating an entrance in the telecommunication/ICT sector to full competition and implementing clear rules and guidelines for the regulation of the sector.Earlier in the month, Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes pointed out that the Bill had been placed for legal vetting and she hoped to have it brought to Parliament before the ending of May.The Telecommunications Bill invites the creation of a combative regime within the telecommunications sector as it facilitates an open, liberal and competitive sector which will be considered attractive to new market entrants and investors, while preserving activities of the current participants.Additionally, it is required that the situations be favourable for investment and entrepreneurship to produce a maximum impact, hence the need to support existing operators in investing continually in order to create a pavement for other smaller players to become involved in the Telecom /ICT sector, said Singh.With progressing countries similar to Guyana being more consumer centric, it is advised by NFMU that as a nation, we need to strive to be more innovative and creative, since this is expected to have the greatest positive economic and social impact on Guyanese.For this reason, the NFMU has commenced formulating ideas to foster originality in the ICT sector, in line with the government’s policy of boosting the resourceful and innovative abilities of students.According to Singh one of the ICT sector’s most popular invention is the mobile phone. “It has evolved to a smart phone and is ubiquitous in many countries. With the recent commercial launch (by our two mobile operators) of mobile broadband services to most of our population, smart phones are expected to be more and better utilised.This means that in addition to more mobile applications (apps) being used, the demand for more apps will also rise. Herein lies a great opportunity for our Guyanese creators and innovators. Guyanese can also potentially market their mobile apps to the estimated three billion mobile broadband users worldwide.”One classic example of a Guyanese-based mobile application is Directory.GY, which was identified as the official app of our Jubilee celebrations. The launching of this app was done last week by Intellect Storm, a group of young talented Guyanese innovators and entrepreneurs.Generally, apps can range from simple social interactions and location services to providing counselling to persons in need or match demand with supply of goods/services, etc.The possibilities of ICT entrepreneurship and the social impact that they can have are limitless and the NFMU encourages belief, saying “Once we believe, we can achieve.”
It was all joy and jubilation when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her entourage entered Margibi and Bong counties to officially dedicate the newly completed Red-Light to Gbarnga highway.The dedication was one of the milestones of the Unity Party led administration—the asphalt pavement from Red-Light-Gbarnga-Ganta and up to the Guinean border.President Sirleaf said during the ceremony that the dedication of the road is indeed a dream comes true not just for the benefiting counties, but the entire country, because it is the opening of one of the major economic corridors of the country. The project, she said, is another boost to the government’s infrastructure development.She repeated calls for Liberians to take ownership of the road, especially at a time when donor support to the country is winding down, saying it is the only way the infrastructure development drive of the country will be sustainable. She further called on transport unions operating in the country to figure how they can now start contributing periodically to help government with the maintenance of the roads.President Sirleaf had just returned to the country (on Tuesday) following her participation in the High-level Panel of the World Bank Group—one of the major funders of the road project. The dedication comes just after two years of construction work carried out by the Chinese Company, CICO.The President called on the citizens of the benefiting counties, especially Bong and Nimba counties – two economic hubs of the country – to take ownership of the road, which according to her will improve access, ensure regional integration, and enhance economic cooperation among the four Mano River Union countries. She expressed deep satisfaction over the completion of the project.“To you the people of Bong and Margibi, and the Liberian people in general, let me say the progress we have made belongs to you,” President Sirleaf said joyously. She made a similar statement during the dedication of Lot 2 of the project, which was from Gbarnga-Ganta. This was constructed by another Chinese company, CHICO.President Sirleaf also paid tribute to all stakeholders and development partners for the joint effort aimed at ensuring the implementation of the road project. She observed that development is not solely the prerogative of the Liberian government, but that citizens too have a critical part to play. The dedication of the 176.7 kilometer Red-Light-Gbarnga Road project by Madam Sirleaf was held at the Nyanforla Bridge bordering Margibi and Bong counties. The project (Red-Light-Gbarnga-Guinea Border road pavement) was valued at nearly US$250 million. During the construction period, the Public Works Minister and others, including World Bank, EU and members of the Liberian Legislature, made several assessment tours of the project to note progress, challenges and value for the money pumped into the project for its completion. At the dedication ceremony yesterday, all the major partners, including World Bank, the European Union and others, were present.The World Bank and the EU are among major funders of the project under the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund, geared towards the cost of the Liberia Urban and Rural infrastructure rehabilitation Project.Under the output and performance based contract (payments are done based on specified satisfactory completion of segments) the construction companies will spend up to 10 years on maintenance alone.The total project is about 250 kilometers. Lot 1 runs from Red-Light (Coca Cola factory) to Gbarnga City, while Lot 2, contracted to CHICO, stretches from Gbarnga to Ganta and to the Liberian border with Guinea.Minister of Public Works Gyude Moore expressed satisfaction with the completion of the project and lauded the company for its speedy completion. “The contracting entity has done a significant job and we are very pleased with the end of this project today,” he said. Moore said as the road has now been completed, it would reduce cost of traveling, boost the economy and the delivery of goods and social services. “It is already making impact, reducing the length of time spent on the road,” he said.He warned motorists not to misuse the road, and called on them to strive to always focus on safety first. World Bank’s new Country Manager in Liberia Larisa Leshchenko praised the contractors for the seriousness attached to the project and for its completion. The project started in the midst of the Ebola virus outbreak, driving several partners away from the country.The World Bank’s Country Manager applauded Public Works Minister Moore for his resilience in engaging all stakeholders since the beginning of the project. In March of this year, President Sirleaf officially dedicated Lot 2 of the project, which extended from Gbarnga-Ganta to border with GuineaShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
NHA Officer-in-Charge Tonia Johnson, seated first left, and other officials on Jan. 21, 2021 in MonroviaAt least 30 officials, drawn from National Housing Authority (NHA), various government agencies, organizations, and slum communities, are attending a 5-day (January 21-25) Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) training workshop at the NHA conference room in Monrovia.Two international consultants are in the country to facilitate and guide the training process. They are Mario Flores, Director for Disaster Risk Response at Habitat and Maria D. Calzadilla from the International Federation of the Red Cross.The workshop is part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Institutional Capacity Building effort under the project ‘Facilitating increased access to affordable housing for low-income households through inclusive market approach,’ funded under the auspices of Cities Alliance (Cities without Slums) Liberia Country Program.Some of the participants at the beginning of the Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) workshopAccording to Habitat’s Chief of Party, Matthew Ndote, the need to introduce the PASSA methodology in Liberia was identified as a result of many hazards, risks and vulnerabilities faced by low-income households, especially in slum communities such as erosion, flooding, heavy rain downpour, and disease vectors among others, especially those living in slum communities.He said PASSA is a participatory methodology for disaster risk reduction (DRR) related to shelter safety and it is a variation of Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), which has been used by many Red Cross/ Red Crescent National Societies in water and sanitation programs since the late 1990s, and has been adopted by Habitat for Humanity in many countries across the globe.He said the aim of introducing PASSA among government agencies and organizations involved with disaster risk response is to develop local capacity to reduce shelter related risk by raising awareness among communities and developing local skills through a joint analysis, learning and decision-making at the community level.He added that after the training, the facilitators will guide selected slum communities through eight weeks of participatory activities in PASSA process geared progressively to: Develop awareness of targeted households on shelter safety issues in their community; Identifying hazards and vulnerabilities that pose risk to their housing conditions; Recognize and analyze causes of shelter vulnerability; Identify and prioritize potential strategies to improve shelter safety; Make a plan to put those shelter safety strategies into place, based on local capacities and monitor and evaluate progress.He confirmed that Habitat intends to support the implementation of a community infrastructure pilot project from the priority list emerging from this process.PASSA, Ndote said, also aims to raise the awareness of the ‘everyday vulnerable’ of the ‘everyday risks’ related to their built environment and foster locally appropriate safe shelter and settlement practices. It offers a simple process, facilitated by volunteers (or NGO personnel) and technical advisors, through which communities can build upon their own insights, skills, and leadership to attain improved living conditions and safer habitats.The use of PASSA will inform both individual household and community understanding of vulnerabilities that are related to building the environment and they will lead to the identification and promotion of locally appropriate measures to achieve safer shelter and settlement, he added.This workshop has attracted participants from the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA), NHA/Slum Upgrading Unit and technical departments, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Water And Sanitation Health Commission (NWASHC), Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS), Federation of Urban Poor Savers (FOLUPS), National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Liberia National Red Cross (LNRC) , Liberia Refugee Rehabilitation Commission (LRRRC), Ministry of Public Works (MOPW), Monrovia City Cooperation (MCC), Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) – Department of Urban Affairs.He applauded the NHA management and staff for continued support and cooperation, including the hosting of such an event and encouraged all participants to take advantage of the opportunity to learn and help communities to achieve safe homes and better living conditions as a shared vision.At the opening session on January 21, 2019, NHA Officer-in-Charge, Madam Tonia Johnson, expressed appreciation for the workshop that would provide the NHA the human capacity development to create necessary education for slum dwellers and others who are interested to build homes but have little knowledge of the importance of alleys and sanitation.Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Paulita CC Wie welcomed the workshop, and said the idea is within the confines of urban planning and expressed her department’s readiness to work along with the NHA to develop the capacity of the participants. She also commended habitat for humanity for the initiative.Facilitator Mario C. Flores and Cities Alliances’ acting Country Program Manager, Francisco M. Juan Lopez, said the training is to help the capacity of their partners in their mandate to make awareness of community residents’ needs that could generate some funding to take care of their priorities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
While city elected and police officials wrestle with ways to quell gang violence in Los Angeles, lawmakers from Delaware to Louisiana also are looking for a national attack on gang problems. Last year, members of Congress introduced more than 15 measures addressing gangs and school violence. And so far this year, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have joined with other lawmakers in rolling out seven new bills. Increasingly, analysts note that those pushing some of the toughest measures are from suburban areas newly hit by the violence once thought endemic only to Los Angeles, New York and other urban areas. “California is the gang state of America, and yet it is spreading to other states as well,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. “The other states have a better chance at stopping the gang flow,” Baca said. “It’s reassuring to have other state leaders recognize the problem in its infancy.” A Republican who represents the district east of Seattle, home to Microsoft’s Bill Gates, is pushing the U.S. attorney general to submit classified reports to Congress identifying ways to combat the top international gangs. And a Republican from the New Orleans suburbs, Rep. Bobby Jindal, has proposed a multiagency task force to help law enforcement and prosecutors share intelligence about gang and drug activity. “The problem of crime is not a new one; nor is it a problem that is limited to major urban areas like New Orleans,” Jindal said when he introduced the bill earlier this month. He noted there are three reported criminal gangs in an area he represents. Politicians’ solutions Meanwhile, Feinstein and Sen. Orrin Hatch, D-Utah, have a measure that would increase penalties for gang crimes while also sinking $1 billion into law enforcement and prevention efforts. Boxer’s measure, nicknamed “Mynesha’s Law” after a San Bernardino girl who was killed in a gang shooting, would create a national, multiagency task force charged with creating solutions to gang problems. “The problem has migrated,” noted Brian Walsh, a senior legal research fellow at the Heritage Institute in the District of Columbia. “People see a rise of gang activity in their neighborhoods.” The California Legislature is also taking note. A bill authored this year by Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, would require state education and corrections agencies to establish what he calls the Gang Alternative Education Program in schools in Inglewood, Compton and Oakland. The program would provide counseling and other support services aimed at keeping children in grades four through eight out of gangs. The program would expire in 2012, though state officials would be required to track the effectiveness and report to the Legislature. “If there’s no one to recruit, then eventually (gang) numbers will dwindle, and eventually we can put an end to the deadly violence in our neighborhoods,” Dymally said. Tougher laws Last year, the Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger approved a bill aimed at adding to the tools that prosecutors use to go after gangs. Senate Bill 1222, by Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman, R-Irvine, added various gun-possession offenses to the crimes that prosecutors can cite in establishing a pattern of gang activity. Schwarzenegger also recently asked the federal government for more funding for National Guard anti-drug units that help patrol the Mexican border and stem the flow of narcotics that wind up being sold by street gangs. But some analysts say that while gang crime is a serious issue, it is not the spreading terror that many lawmakers are making it out to be. Jason Zeidenberg, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, noted that despite increases over the past two years, crime rates are still at a 30-year low. Zeidenberg argued that much of what is occurring nationwide is the same juvenile delinquency the country has always seen, but demographics have changed. “The image of gang crime proliferating everywhere is not an accurate picture of what’s going on in the country,” he said. “People’s perceptions may be contributing to some of the concerns about gangs. People have a popular notion of who is in a gang.” Zeidenberg and other activists said they are hoping that Congress this year focuses as much attention on prevention efforts – especially job training and after-school programs – as it does on enforcement. Baca said the idea that communities are simply grappling with traditional juvenile delinquency is nonsense. “Gangs have access to two things that make them extraordinarily dangerous: the use of drugs and guns, weapons of war.” firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal’s squad is strong enough to cope without injured midfield star Jack Wilshere, Jamie Redknapp has told talkSPORT.Gunners manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Thursday the 23-year-old will be out for “a few weeks” after suffering a hairline crack of his left fibula which ruled him out of Sunday’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea.However, despite the Frenchman’s attempts to play down the length of his absence, it is reported the problem could see the midfielder spend up to eight weeks on the sidelines.But, with the Gunners boasting a wealth of talent in the middle of the park, former England international Redknapp believes the north London side will be fine without him.“I think he’s a bigger loss for England than for Arsenal to be honest,” he told Drivetime.“For England, he’s one of our better midfield players, but when you look at Arsenal’s midfield, they’ve got [Santi] Cazorla, [Mesut] Ozil, [Aaron] Ramsey and they’ve also got [Francis] Coquelin now, who has done a great job.“I think Jack would have played some games, but he wouldn’t have played all of them.“For England, after the two games he scored in the European qualifiers, he’s very important for them.“I think Arsene Wenger will be obviously be hugely disappointed by the news, but I think there are one or two other players that he would have been more disappointed if they got injured.”Having struggled without injury throughout his career, Redknapp knows all too well how Wilshere is feeling after this latest blow.“It’s heartbreaking for him to get this injury now,” he added.“There are still question marks over him; how good can he be? Can he be the real deal? Can he get into the Arsenal team this year?“On the back of scoring those England goals and having a good pre-season for Arsenal, he would have been delighted, thinking, ‘this is my year, now’.“But it will be such a boost for Arsenal when he comes back in eight weeks. When everybody else starts to get a bit tired around Christmas time, suddenly you’ve got a young, fresh Jack Wilshere adding something to the team.”
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Dublin midfielder Denis Bastick has paid tribute to Donegal – for the fight they put up in the All-Ireland semi-final last month.Speaking ahead of the All-Ireland final clash with Kerry this weekend the Templeogue star certainly wasn’t interested in slagging off the Jim McGuinness’s side.“It was a bit unusual I suppose. Anyone you talk to has their own views on it, but it definitely was one of the strangest games I have played in,” he said. “Definitely Donegal were very good and we were under pressure right until the end, so I suppose we were just happy with the win.“We had watched Donegal before the match and we knew that was their style and what was working for them and did work for them up to that. I think we were expecting that kind of a game.”GAA: DUBLIN STAR PAYS TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL was last modified: September 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
Joffery Lupul’s second goal of the night, the streak-ending power-play goal with 12:31 left, gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Even though Lupul found the net on the man-advantage, it was a hard-earned goal. Carney sent in a hard shot from the point that Leclaire saved. Lupul got the rebound at the near-side goal mouth and attempted to slot it past Leclaire, who saved it. Lupul again collected the rebound and caromed it off the foot of Columbus defenseman Adam Foote into the net. All of Lupul’s work almost went for naught as Hrdina scored with 4:07 left to tie the score. The Blue Jackets came into the game with a league-low seven goals scored, but the Ducks still managed to blow a two-goal lead. They were penalized 12 times, which came back to hurt them in the third period. Brian Berard scored on the power play with 16:46 left in the third period to tie the score at 2-2 and Hrdina’s game-tying goal also came on the power play. Carney scored with 2:26 left in the regulation to break a 3-3 tie and give the Ducks (2-1-1) their first home victory of the season. The Ducks fended off a late flury by the Blue Jackets (1-4-0) in the final minute to preserve the victory. Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 19 saves in goal to earn the victory. ANAHEIM – The Mighty Ducks finally realized the power play was their friend. So was hard work and focus. The Ducks scored their first power-play goal in three games, but still needed a save from Keith Carney to escape with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in front of an announced 12,930 Friday at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The people of Annagry who were affected by this year’s wildfires will be featured in an RTE1 documentary Will Ireland Survive 2050, which airs tonight (Monday).Gorse fires tore through west Donegal in April and August this year, destroying land and homes.Both incidents required major fire service responses as crews and local people attempted to stop the raging flames. Tonight, RTE will focus on the April fires in Donegal when they meet local residents of Annagry to hear how the emergency impacted them.While there were no casualties in the spring fires, two homes were destroyed in the blaze.Annagry Fire – April 2019 .Photo by Brid SweeneyAnnagry Fire – April 2019 .Photo by Brid SweeneyWill Ireland Survive 2050? will be a dynamic and dramatically constructed examination of extreme global weather. Presented by weatherman Gerald Fleming and environmental scientist Dr Cara Augustenborg, the documentary will imagine what Ireland’s weather might be like in 2050 if climate change continues unchecked.To most Irish people, the effects of climate change have already become apparent. Will Ireland Survive 2050? includes interviews with scientists and visionaries, as well as Irish people on the ground who have been impacted by severe weather events.Gerard Fleming – Wild Ireland Survive 2050?The documentary also brings Gerald Fleming to Greenland, home to the second largest body of ice in the world.RTE’s popular former weather forecaster, who will be 93 in 2050, explains to viewers how the melting of that ice cap will have disastrous consequences for Irish weather and our way of life.See the documentary at 9.30pm on RTE One, Monday 11th NovemberAnnagry wildfires in focus in dramatic RTE climate doc was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Will Ireland Survive 2050?
Dusty Baker played for four teams in his 19-year major league baseball career. He managed four others.He was drafted, traded, signed as a free agent, granted free agency, hired and fired. In times of upheaval, he learned to follow the sun.These days that pursuit is both figurative and literal.Baker, who finished his playing career with the A’s, and who has served the Giants as a player, coach, manager and advisor, runs his own team now. The Baker Energy Team — call them the Boys …