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ICTs could create more opportunities for women and girls – Minister Hughes


first_imgAs the Public Telecommunications Ministry continues to highlight the importance of women and girls in the growing field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across Guyana through several initiatives, a ‘Professional women in ICT’ luncheon was on Wednesday hosted at Cara Lodge, Georgetown.Minister Cathy Hughes speaking prior to the luncheon said it was conceptualised with the aim of providing an avenue for the women to network and look at areas of collaboration on future projects involving women and girls. It is her belief that more girls need to be encouraged to get involved in the careers that will become available in the ICT area.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes interacting with women at a luncheon hosted at Cara Lodge“By 2025, they are saying 70 per cent of all jobs are going to be in Information Communication Technology and we [Government] just want to make sure that we are ready, so the Ministry is working on creating opportunities where we are connecting people to the Internet in schools and the Hinterland,” she noted.The Minister said the focus is being placed on training and education, hence the Public Telecommunications Ministry continues to collaborate with the Education Ministry and the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).The event precedes the ‘Girls in ICT’ day being observed today. Minister Hughes said interaction with Co-Founder, SheLeadsIt, Nicole Pitter Patterson will allow the women to get a sense of how Guyana is connecting with what is happening regionally.The SheLeadsIt, Co-Founder said her organisation aims at empowering women enterprises globally and has been partnering with local organisations. For this year, the organisation has reached over 800 girls in Guyana and across the Caribbean.Marcia Thomas, Head of Information and Communication Technology at NCERD, said contrary to perceptions, ICT has always been an integral part in terms of meeting the needs of children with learning disabilities through the use of learning software to improve their performances.Echoing similar sentiments as the Minister, Thomas said within five years, especially with the emerging oil and gas sector, there will be a plethora of jobs available directly related to ICT, therefore the Education Ministry is in preparation mode.“Guyana is poised to be able to provide those specialists, those technologically savvy people because contrary to what people believe our children are using ICTs, we are using ICTs every day so we have to think ICT now, we have to live it,” Thomas emphasised.Reference was made to the ‘Guyana Girl Code’ programme and the STEM Guyana Robotics clubs across Guyana as some of the initiatives being promoted by NCERD and the Education Ministry, specifically aimed at empowering girls in the field.In Guyana, an ICT Tech lab will be developed led by Geotech Vision, which will see 55 girls from 11 schools and the University of Guyana engaged in web development activities. This will be followed by the hosting of a hackathon in July 2018, which will be larger and feature more “hands-on” activities.‘Girls in ICT’ will kick off today with an exhibition at Duke Lodge, Kingston.last_img read more


FBI identifies `Newlywed Bandits’


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Rocha is currently enrolled as a student at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Eimiller added, and may have attended the school as recently as the last several weeks. Meyercamp is on parole for burglary and assault and is reportedly a La Puente gang member, Eimiller said. The crimes were reported at banks in El Monte, Duarte, Diamond Bar, Claremont and La Habra, Eimiller said. The couple’s alleged spree began on Oct. 18, when Meyercamp is believed to have robbed an East West Bank in El Monte, FBI officials said. The next crime occurred on Oct.23 at a Bank of America in Duarte, said Eimiller. In this crime, only Rocha was seen inside the bank, she added. The FBI released the names Thursday of two suspected bank robbers known as the “Newlywed Bandits,” wanted in connection with five robberies in the region over the last month, officials said. Rayceana Racheal Rocha, 22, and Paul Harlen Meyercamp Jr., 26, are being sought in connection with the robberies, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Thursday. Both suspects are former residents of El Monte, she added. While Rocha and Meyercamp are not believed to be married, they are involved in some kind of romantic relationship, Eimiller said. In the three robberies that followed at an East West Bank in Diamond Bar on Oct. 30, a Downey Savings in Claremont on Nov. 6, and a La Habra Wells Fargo on Nov. 8, both suspects allegedly worked together to rob the banks, said Eimiller. In all but the last robbery, only one teller at each bank was robbed, Eimiller said. In the La Habra crime, the suspects allegedly robbed a teller each before fleeing the store. In all the crimes, however, similar tactics were used. The suspects use a note demanding cash to rob tellers, said Eimiller. Although they always threaten that they’re armed, “no witnesses have actually seen a weapon,” she added. Nonetheless, Rocha and Meyercamp are presumed to be armed and dangerous, Eimiller said. A red two-door 1991 Jeep Renegade with a black top and license plate number 5RSR665 is believed to be their getaway vehicle, officials said. The FBI is not releasing the amount of money stolen in the robberies, however Eimiller said that in all five crimes so far, the suspects successfully got away with cash. The suspects were named after surveillance photos from the robberies were published in the media, said Eimiller. “Someone who knows the couple recognized them on television,” she said. Federal arrest warrants were issued for the two on Thursday, officials added. Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to contact local law enforcement or the 24-hour line of the FBI in Los Angeles at (310) 477-6565. crime@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want 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


DONEGAL DELEGATES JOIN CANCER DELEGATION TO EU PARLIAMENT


first_imgSinn Fein’s Martina Anderson with Donegal delegates.Donegal delegates have join MEO Martina Anderson as part of a delegation to EU Parliament.The Sinn Féin MEP this week hosted the delegation to the European Parliament focusing on cancer patients’ concerns, needs and rightsSpeaking from the European Parliament in Brussels, Ms Anderson said, “The purpose of this delegation was to focus on patients’ rights, concerns and needs but also to reaffirm our commitment to tackle the cancer epidemic in a coordinated approach across Europe.“In the north alone, it is estimated that by 2020 – just four years from now – that 74,000 people will be living with cancer. It already accounts for 30% of all deaths across Ireland. Its prevention must be a high public health priority.“Cancer risk in women continues to rise, and lung cancer has now overtaken colorectal cancer to become the second most common major cancer in women.“The large, and growing, number of cancer survivors in our community will have major implications for cancer support services in the coming years.” Noelle Duddy, from Co-operating for Cancer care North West (CCCNW) in Donegal, added “This was a very welcome opportunity to visit the European Parliament. It was very insightful to discover other delegate’s thoughts and experiences of living with cancer and campaigning for increased awareness and services.”DONEGAL DELEGATES JOIN CANCER DELEGATION TO EU PARLIAMENT was last modified: March 3rd, 2016 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) Tags:cancerdonegalMEO Martina Andersonlast_img read more