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Waiakabra residents plead for electricity, access to social services

first_imgThe village of Waiakabra on the Soesdyke-Linden HighwayResidents of Waiakabra on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway are complaining that they have been neglected by the APNU/AFC Administration.Many of the residents reached out to Guyana Times and raised issues that have been affecting them for quite some time.The residents complained of the lack of electricity, high unemployment rate and the lack of access to social services in the community.They have been pleading with the Administration for the regularisation of land and the establishment of a nursery school for the community since the area has a high rate of nursery aged children.The nursery school closest in proximity to Waiakabra is located at Kuru Kuru which is a far distance for the children to walk on a daily basis.Further, residents said that most of them are unable to send their children to school because they cannot afford transportation and are also asking for assistance by way of a school feeding programme and any other public assistance available.Residents said that during the last two Local Government Elections (LGE), Government Ministers visited the area and held meetings where they made promises to improve the livelihood of the residents but after the elections, they are still to receive another visit and none of the promises have been delivered thus far.“Every election time them does come and promise we up. Now I see them sending AFC people again to tell we vote for them when elections come again but they can’t answer when we ask them what happen to everything they promise us,” one resident said.The community has a growing population of more than 300 residents who depend mainly on small-scale farming as no other job opportunities are available to them.Chairman of the Community Development Council Lloyd O’selmo when contacted by this publication said that the community has started to benefit from the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) programme.This programme has seen the training of a number of youths from the community in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, agriculture, ecotourism and technology. This, he hopes, will bring about some development to the community. He said he would welcome the idea of a nursery school for the community and the regularisation of land that the residents have been calling for. O’Selmo added that a very small section of the community has electricity, however, a majority of the residents still do not have access. He said that although some efforts are being made to aid in community development, there is still a lot more to be done.Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the Social Cohesion Ministry, Rehanna Ahmad when contacted by Guyana Times stated that while a visit was never made to the community, the Ministry has programmes that are geared toward sensitising communities of the roles of the Ministry. She added that the residents were also enlightened about the inclusion training which is beneficial to communities in fostering better relationships.She advised that the community write a formal letter to the Ministry highlighting the troubles facing them and they will ensure that a visit is made to the community by relevant agencies responsible and necessary assistance will be provided in an effort of moving forward together. (Lisa Lowe)last_img read more

Proud moments at the Deele College Prizegiving – Pic Special

first_imgDeele College celebrated their annual school prize-giving this morning in the school sports-hall with special guest, Minister Joe McHugh in attendance.A large congregation of students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community gathered to honour the achievements of the school’s students both inside and outside the classroom.It was a day of celebration, yet it was a day tinged with sadness, as the husband of the late Grainne O’Donnell who died earlier this year, was present to award the ‘Science Student of the Year’ to Conor Wilson. It was a fitting tribute to the former science teacher, who was such a pivotal member of the teaching staff at Deele College and her memory will live on through this perpetual award for students who excel in science.Head Girl, Tyler Toland won numerous awards, both for her record-breaking antics in the world of soccer and also academic awards, which show what a hard-working and dedicated student she is.Indeed, it was noted that the airport staff in Dublin are well acquainted with the Maiden City star, whose luggage is persistently over the designated weight due to the bulk of her school books.No matter where in the world she is jetting off to, the school books are with her. Another highlight of the event was the acknowledgement of the ‘Clean-Guard’ team, who won the national NFTE Entrepreneurial Competition last week in Dublin.The team, which consists of Ellie Baron, Stephanie Harper and Saffron Porter will now go on to represent Ireland in Barcelona at the European competition.Ellie Baron was also awarded the best Junior Cert award.Ronan McKinley, a TY student who plays with Derry City, was highlighted for his role in the recent U-17 European Championships, where he represented Ireland, while Ellie Spence, Oisin Toye, Cate Toland, Gavin McGee, Holly Canning, Jade Duffy, Aine Kerr and Aine-Marie McBride were acknowledged for their participation in elite sport.Kellie Nesbitt picked up the coveted ‘Prefect of the Year,’ while there was a huge round of applause for Tyler Toland, who picked up the ‘Overall Student of the Year Award.’ Guest Speaker, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh said that he was both astounded and fascinated by the wide variety of both success and participation in extra-curricular activities in the school.He highlighted the role that teachers play in getting students ready for not just exams, but for entry into the wider world.He also noted the importance of the school’s history, with a number of awards named after past teachers, especially the recent award dedicated to Grainne O’Donnell and said that the award will keep her memory alive forever in the school.Jumping eloquently between English and Irish, he congratulated the school in their efforts to make the Irish language part of our daily lives. He insisted that it was through the promotion of our native tongue that would keep our culture alive. He urged students to be bold, to be brave, to try new things and to never be afraid. He told the students that if they weren’t making mistakes, they simply weren’t learning.“The small mistakes we make every day are essential for our learning. It’s how we get better, it’s how we achieve success.“I want all of you to keep doing what you are doing, you are on the right track, keep making mistakes, keep trying new things and success will never be far away.”Proud moments at the Deele College Prizegiving – Pic Special was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

NY Times: Cosmologists Have Lost Their Brains

first_imgNaked brains floating in space, disconnected from reality – this describes the minds of some modern cosmologists, accused Dennis Overbye in a shocking article in the New York Times January 15.  While attempting to be sympathetic to the smart guys who can cover a blackboard with equations about higher dimensions, it was clear he was about to call these guys nuts.  His title: “Big brain theory: have cosmologists lost theirs?”    Some of the ideas being seriously proposed by cosmologists include: disconnected observers in space (of which you might be one, imagining you really are here on Earth); universes bubbling off in all directions all the time; universes that make observers in a snap; reincarnation; and the possibility of a quantum fluctuation leading to a bang that would destroy us and the universe in a flash.    If Bob Berman already thought cosmologists were clueless (see 09/29/2007, 10/06/2004), this article would surely push him over the edge.  Overbye himself said, “If you are inclined to skepticism this debate might seem like further evidence that cosmologists, who gave us dark matter, dark energy and speak with apparent aplomb about gazillions of parallel universes, have finally lost their minds.”    Yet the article describes the opinions of leaders in the field: Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Leonard Susskind, Lisa Dyson, and others, who debate their paradoxes and imaginative scenarios in all seriousness, run impressive calculations, and deduce alternate realities that could not be scientifically tested even in principle.  If skepticism was the key to the Age of Reason, has the time come to turn skepticism against the skeptics?    Those curious about what possible rationale any scientist could defend for such notions as brains floating in space in bubbling universes where time runs backward can dig into the article for its discussion of the Boltzmann paradox, quantum radiation, dark energy and other quasi-rational or quasi-realistic elements of their tales.  One will look hard for any baby of observable science, however, in the metaphysical bathwater (cf. 02/18/2007).    After centuries of the Age of Reason, attempting to describe nature in rational terms, it would seem natural philosophers (now called scientists) have created a new metaphysics more speculative than ever.  Have the boundaries of science and reason been left far behind?  Has any accountability to evidence been jettisoned?  Linde, after discussing the possibility of reincarnation in modern cosmological speculations, says, “People are not prepared for this discussion.”  One wonders who can claim to be on the right side of the looking glass.Linde, who just happens to be a Hindu, just happened to find a way to make reincarnation a part of “science” – not that one’s religion should in any way be used to critique one’s adherence to the rules of science now, Ms Scott.  Those rules, of course, no longer require empirical evidence.  Anything goes – even Eastern mysticism – so long as one is not a creationist.    Evolutionists used to ridicule creationists with a silly what-if question: “If there is a God, how do you know he didn’t create the world just five minutes ago, complete with our memories of past lives?”  They also ridiculed the Biblical statement that God will roll up the universe like a scroll in the last days.  Read the NY Times article; we rest our case.  You will never find anything in the Bible nuttier than this.    Ten years ago it seemed that creationists were on the defensive.  Bible-believing Christians seemed to have a lot of explaining to do: the light-distance problem, apparent age, etc.  Now it seems that the only ones with their brains still inside their skulls are those who believe Genesis 1:1.    This article is another reason we suggested some of these cosmologists take up truck driving (02/21/2005, 11/07/2007).  It was a very charitable suggestion, for them and their students – and for reporters like Overbye who are apparently disturbed about what has become of science.  Apparently they have lost it.  Cosmology has imploded.  The Enlightenment is dead.  The only hope is an escape to reality.  A little fresh air, some country scenery, some exercise, wouldn’t that be a good rehab after too much academia?  At the motel, you might pull out that book in the dresser.    Ask yourself if this 300-year quest to explain the world by human reason instead of revelation has worked.  It is indeed possible that all the technology and convenience of modern civilization would have developed anyway, because most of the productive (not merely speculative) nature philosophers and scientists were Christians (see online book).  Other great civilizations took technology to impressive lengths without Enlightenment assumptions (i.e., that man is emerging from the Dark Ages of belief into the Age of Reason).  You now see the comic conclusion of rational man’s theater of the absurd (11/29/2004).  Here is where reasoning out of the human imagination alone has led (01/17/2007 commentary).    Does anyone envy these people?  (Apart from the salaries they make at ivy-league institutions without having to work, that is.)  Have they developed anything to help you live, to improve your marriage, your relationships, your goals and aspirations, and your mental health?  Are you more physically fit and morally upright after dreaming about bubbling universes, dark matter, dark energy, dark everything, chaotic fluctuations that go bang in the night, and floating brains?  Maybe God lets man go as far as he can on his own to make His point.  A godly grandmother praying for a prodigal child seems to have more of a grip on the Age of Reason than these poor, pathetic souls who wander in the dark and think they are the wise ones.  Without apologies for repeating a trite Christmas card slogan, wise men still seek Him. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Students pack out Bafana training

first_img9 June 2010Greeted with ululations and blasts from vuvuzelas, the South African squad took to the pitch in an open training session at Wits University’s Sturrock Park ground in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.Calls of “Boooothhh” (referring to South African footballer Matthew Booth) and the singing of South Africa’s unofficial sports anthem, Shosholoza, echoed around Sturrock Park as the fans showed their support for their national side.The training session’s tickets were reserved for Wits University staff and students, many of whom have been waiting for an opportunity to see the team in action.“I did everything in my power to get here,” said Yaeesh Moosa, a 22-year-old engineering student. “I have to get my hands on Steven Pienaar’s boots. No, seriously, I am a huge Bafana fan.“I want to be patriotic and support my side,” Moosa said. “I was ready two hours before this practice event, and I couldn’t sleep I’m so excited for the tournament.“The fact that we get to host these great teams and see some of the stars on campus is amazing.”Wits University is a hub of activity during the World Cup, with both South Africa and the Dutch sides having venues on the campus for training.Certain hostels will be hosting international fans, while the journalism, medical and commerce faculties are involved in research and support during the tournament.Wits is also one of the designated “Park and Ride” venues for both the Ellis Park and Soccer City stadiums.Watching the South African side play a practice game, Lekwatle Pheladi and Pedzie Chiwota, two Wits staff members, said they were on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the tournament.Chiwota has a ticket to the opening game and is looking forward to the historic occasion.“This event has united the people of South Africa,” he said. “It is the first World Cup in Africa and it will be incredible to see Bafana playing at Soccer City against Mexico.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Tree helps to grow well-rounded adults

first_imgNot only does ECD help children to build cognitive skills such as language and a basic understanding of mathematics, it also challenges them to grow emotionally and adapt to a number of social situations. (Image: TREE)Early childhood development (ECD) is critical to equip young children and growing minds with the skills and information they need to develop as best they can on a number of levels.Much of an individual’s brain development takes place before the age of six, making early childhood one of the most important stages of mental growth.Not only does ECD help children to build cognitive skills such as language and a basic understanding of mathematics, it also challenges them to grow emotionally and adapt to a number of social situations, easing their growth into teenagers and eventually into adulthood.It is for these reasons that Tree (Training and Resources in Early Education) strives to make suitable ECD programmes available to children in underprivileged communities in KwaZulu-Natal. The main goal at Tree is to ensure that young children develop to their full potential.It works closely with communities to build knowledge of and skills in childcare and development. It has more than three decades worth of experience in capacity building and project management of ECD projects. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENTBy training caregivers in various communities and developing the skills of more practitioners, the organisation expands the reach of the ECD programmes it has developed. More children benefit.This also allows the organisation to improve the standard of its programmes continuously, through the feedback received from the trainees.Continuous support of the practitioners it has trained and the ECD centres they establish by Tree underpins the sustainability and growth of these centres so that more and more children can continue to benefit from them.In addition, as more practitioners are trained, they are able to run home-based programmes and bring their skills to areas without established ECD centres. This means children from such areas can benefit without having to travel great distances.The efforts of Tree and the practitioners it trains go a long way to reducing the ever-growing gap between South Africa’s middle and upper classes and their less-privileged counterparts by providing these children with a similar educational head-start.GET INVOLVEDTo find out more about Tree or to get involved in its activities, visit the Tree website. If you want to join Tree and take part in its training courses, download the application form from the website.Tree has four established training centres – in Durban, Richard’s Bay, Port Shepstone and Ladysmith, all in KwaZulu-Natal.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand 1st Test: New Zealand end Day 3 on 331 for 5

first_imgNew Zealand were 331 for five in their first innings, in reply to India’s 487, at stumps on day three of the first cricket Test at Sardar Patel Stadium here on Saturday.Brief scores:India 1st innings : 487New Zealand 1st innings: 331 for five in 117.3 overs (Jesse Ryder 103, Kane Williamson batting 87, Ross Taylor 56, Brendon McCullum 65; Pragyan Ojha 2/80).In their innings yesterday, India scored 487 in the first innings with a career best knock of 69 by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. NZ spinners Daniel Vettori, playing his 100th test, and Jeetan Patel shared seven wickets each.”I thought the New Zealand bowlers bowled very well,” Harbhajan said. “They are a good side and it will take some effort from us to win this match. Thankfully, we have enough runs on the board.”In the morning session, Patel took the important wickets of VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar as India scored only 63 runs in 30.2 overs on a slow pitch not conducive for stroke-play.Laxman and Tendulkar made 40 apiece in a partnership of 66 for the fourth wicket, but the pair took its time, adding just 29 runs in the first hour.Tendulkar, 13 overnight, was unable to keep the scoreboard ticking as Vettori employed a short mid-wicket and short extra cover to prevent singles.Tendulkar departed when he tried to break the shackles, advancing down the pitch to a Patel delivery, but delivering an easy chest-high return catch. Tendulkar faced 133 deliveries and hit five fours.”I am happy with our effort because this is not a spin track and the ball is only keeping low,” said Patel. “I am particularly happy to have dismissed Tendulkar as it is probably the biggest wicket of my career.”advertisementLaxman, 7 overnight, was trapped lbw at the stroke of lunch.Left-hander Suresh Raina fell for 3 as he failed to judge the pace of the ball and gave an easy catch to McCullum at short cover off Kane Williamson in the other wicket to fall in the morning session.Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10) and Zaheer Khan (1) did not do much in the second session, leaving Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha to unexpectedly boost their side in a 66-run stand for the ninth wicket.Harbhajan, whose previous highest score was 66 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2001, hit five fours and three sixes.”The pitch is very slow and I am happy to have got runs when they mattered,” said Harbhajan. “But my job (of taking wickets) is still left and this is just a bonus.”He didn’t take a wicket in his first five overs, but seamer Zaheer removed opener Tim McIntosh for a duck, and left-arm spinner Ojha bowled BJ Watling for 6.- With inputs from APlast_img read more

Federer, McEnroe push for Laver Cup’s place in team tennis

first_imgBarcelona says it will surpass 1 billion euros in revenue View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The three-day Laver Cup, co-owned by and starring Roger Federer, started in 2017 while the International Tennis Federation sought a new format for the historic but ailing Davis Cup. It pits a team of European stars against a selection of players from the rest of the world.The revamped Davis Cup arrives in November with 18 nations — though not Federer’s Switzerland — playing over seven days in a single city, Madrid, to end the 2019 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Another team event launches the 2020 season — the inaugural 24-nation ATP Cup played Jan. 3-12 in Australia. Then there’s the Tokyo Olympics as well, another addition to an already packed schedule.Federer has committed to playing at the ATP Cup but hasn’t made up his mind yet on the Olympics. He is confident, though, that there is room in the calendar for all three team events. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Absolutely,” Federer said Thursday, at the Europe squad’s Laver Cup news conference in Geneva.“There were places in the past for four different Davis Cup matches,” Federer said, recalling the February-April-September-November fixtures he and Stan Wawrinka played to lift the 2014 trophy. “Now it’s less than that” for the three separate team tournaments.Since Switzerland won its first and only Davis Cup title, Federer has only played a single fixture to gain eligibility for the 2016 Olympics.Few expect the 38-year-old Federer to fit a Davis Cup comeback into his selective schedule. He would likely get a wild-card exemption for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, if he decides to play there.McEnroe noted there was no Olympic tennis for most of his career, during which he committed to the Davis Cup more than most peers.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Team Europe’s Roger Federer returns a ball during a training session for the Laver Cup in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The competition will pit a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. The Laver Cup edition is scheduled for Sept. 20-22, 2019 at the Palexpo in Geneva. The Cup is named after the Australian tennis legend Rod Laver. (KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini)GENEVA — Team events are having quite the resurgence on the men’s tennis circuit, with three different competitions scheduled in the next four months. What’s still unclear, though, is whether they can all co-exist in the long term.“Something’s got to shake out,” John McEnroe acknowledged Thursday, ahead of captaining a six-man world team in the annual Laver Cup event.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Davis Cup was an important part of my life and career, a chance to represent your country,” he said, adding that the competition founded in 1900 was only recently “on life support.”Then came a flurry of team formats.“(This) radical change finally took place after way too long,” McEnroe said. “Now they have this, what’s it called, ATP Cup. So we have three of them when it almost seemed like there was none.”Players need an invitation to be part of the Laver Cup, where they get to be around 1960s great Rod Laver and play with or against Federer.“They’ve gotten their heart and soul involvement here,” McEnroe said, adding the competition “should be something to survive.”The ITF governing body has a 25-year Davis Cup deal with the Kosmos agency, whose investors include Gerard Pique, the celebrated Spain and Barcelona soccer player.Federer said tennis players enjoy being in a team, and he is curious how the relaunched Davis Cup and the ATP Cup debut are received.“Is it (the calendar) still going to be like that in 10 years? We don’t know,” Federer said. “We’ll have more information in six months.” LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

Excelerate Charters Out Maran Gas Maritimes FSRU

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Excelerate Energy Excelerate Energy and Maran Gas Maritime have signed a bareboat charter agreement for the floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Hull 2477.During the five-year deal, Excelerate will have the option to purchase the newbuilding. Maran Gas Maritime is currently building the FSRU at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard and is scheduled for delivery in April 2020, when the charter would start.To feature a storage capacity of 173,400 m3, the vessel will be capable of operating as both an FSRU and a fully tradable LNG carrier, the company noted.Hull 2477 will join Excelerate’s existing fleet of nine FSRUs and will serve Excelerate’s portfolio of regasification customers. Excelerate Technical Management will provide ship management for the vessel.“We believe this transaction leverages the strengths of both our companies. Excelerate are market leaders in the FSRU space and we are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate thereby securing a productive future for this state-of-the-art FSRU,” John Angelicoussis, the owner of MGM, added.last_img read more