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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


NL batting champ out of position


first_imgJust don’t swing at the pitch. “I’ve got to remind myself that every pitch: don’t swing, don’t swing,” Frank Catalanotto said. There are plans for a couple of more “tracking” drills this week before letting the hitters finally take some cuts against pitchers. But they might not be swinging until the first Cactus League game Friday against Kansas City, which shares the same spring training complex. Pavano has MRIYankees pitcher Carl Pavano had an MRI exam and X-rays taken Sunday on his injured left foot. The team didn’t immediately release the results, but Pavano said afterward that he wasn’t concerned. “Just for precaution,” Pavano said. “It’s feeling better than it did. I’m not really too alarmed. There’s no bruising or anything. It’s just stiff.” Pavano didn’t participate in on-field drills. He did undergo treatment, including icing the foot. Pavano was hit on the instep in batting practice Saturday by infielder Alberto Gonzalez’s line drive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m not worried about that at all. I’m used to it,” he said. “Wherever they play me, I’m ready for either. Obviously, I’m going to have to work hard at each position. It’s possible I might not know which one I’m playing until three days before the opener, but that’s fine. If I work hard at both all spring, it won’t matter.” Manager Jim Tracy doesn’t sound too concerned, either. He said he would like to choose between Castillo and Bautista by the time there are roughly two weeks left in the spring, then give Sanchez the rest of the time to get comfortable with the position he’ll be playing regularly. No swing sessionSammy Sosa stepped into the batter’s box against live pitching for the first time Sunday. The slugger didn’t even swing the bat. Neither did Michael Young, Mark Teixeira or any of the other Texas Rangers hitters. And that’s exactly what manager Ron Washington expected. “The hitters get some timing, seeing an arm come at them,” Washington said. “That’s what that’s all about. Nothing more, nothing less. Get some timing, track the ball, see where you are.” Sanchez excelled at third base last season but has performed exclusively at second in the opening days of camp, largely because the Pirates are trying to determine where two other competing infielders, Jose Castillo and Jose Bautista, fit into the team. If Sanchez is troubled by that, it isn’t showing. center_img The National League’s reigning batting champion doesn’t really know what position he’s going to play, and he doesn’t care much either. Freddy Sanchez is taking everything in stride just a few months after he hit .344 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. last_img read more


Aston Villa to hold talks with Jack Grealish over ‘paralytic’ pictures


first_img Jack Grealish 1 Aston Villa star Jack Grealish is at the centre of more controversy after he was pictured lying on the floor “paralytic” while on holiday in Tenerife.The 19-year-old is enjoying a close season break with friends on the popular island and images have been circulating around social media of him lying on the street surrounded by cigarettes supposedly after a heavy night of drinking.Villa chiefs are aware of the photographs and will hold talks with the youngster, who made his first-team breakthrough last season, on his return to England.Grealish has been warned about his off-field antics by the club before, having been photographed apparently taking nitrous oxide earlier this year.A Villa statement read: “The club is aware of the photographs of Jack Grealish currently circulating.“We will be meeting with the player but any action will remain an internal matter.“There will be no further comment from the club.”last_img read more


LBSU doesn’t waste much time vs. CBU


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The third game was the most competitive as the Lancers took a 25-23 lead before LBSU rebounded. The No. 1-ranked Long Beach State men’s volleyball team needed a mere hour and 15 minutes to dispatch winless Cal Baptist, 30-20, 30-14, 30-25 in a nonconference match Saturday night. Senior All-American Robert Tarr logged 14 kills as 49ers (5-0) compiled an impressive .402 kill percentage. Francisco Valdez and Teddy Liles both added eight kills and Duncan Budinger had seven. “Our blocking defense was great tonight,” said LBSU coach Alan Knipe. “If we didn’t block it, we touched it. And if we didn’t touch it, we transitioned it. We are getting more disciplined. I thought Tyler’s serving was as good as it’s ever been tonight.” center_img All-American setter Tyler Hildebrand finished with three kills, 31 assists and two aces. In the first game, LBSU went on a five-point run to take a 7-2 lead and the lead swelled from there. The 49ers opened up a 4-0 lead in the Game 2 and finished with four aces. last_img read more


CAF Champions League: It is a tricky result – Mike Mutebi


first_imgMutebi anticipates another tough encounter against Petro de Luanda in the secon leg. (PHOTO/KCCA FC)CAF Champions League-First RoundPetro de Luanda 0-0 KCCA FC Stadio 11 de Novembro, LuandaSaturday, 14-09-2019KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi has described his side’s result away to Petro de Luanda in the first leg of their Champions League first round encounter as poistive but tricky.KCCA FC drew 0-0 with the Angolan side on Saturday and will look to get the job done in Kampala in two week’s time when they host the second leg at Lugogo.However, Mutebi says his team has to be cautious as the opposition will also be targeting progression.“We got a good result against a very good team, noted Mutebi after the game on Saturday.“We knew we had to suffer because they had more of the ball but we were very organized defensively and whenever we went forward, we looked dangerous.“It is a positive result and we will see what we can do. However, It is a trick result and anything can happen but we will try to capitalize on home advantage.”The game on Saturday was dominated by the hosts as they looked to have created the better chances most notably, calling KCCA FC custodian Charles Lukwago into action on two crucial occassions, late.First, he saved from Sengui and then denied substitute Daniel Satonho from point blank.The Kasasiros who are known for their fearless approach also had spells in the contest although they created half chances more often than not.Mutapha Kizza saw a free-kick fumbled by goalkeeper Delgado who had defender Insua Musah to thank after the latter cleared to safety.Anaku shot wide form inside the area after beating his maker late in the first half.The usually relaible Muzamir Mutyaba scuffed a shot straight at Delgado after he was teed up by the industrious Allan Okello.Three minutes into the second half, Okello headed a Kizza cross into the net but the goal was ruled out for offside.It is a good result for KCCA FC but they need to be careful in the second leg as Petro de Luanda have quality in them to hurt anyone.KCCA FC will nees to be careful in the second leg. (PHOTO/File)Also speaking after the game, Anaku could not hide his delight that KCCA FC had picked up a point from a hard game away from home.“We now have a slight advantage over them because of this draw, noted the youngster.“It is a vital point for us away from home.“We came knowing that they are a strong side so we gave our best throughout the game and we pick a good result.KCCA FC are attempting to reach the Champions League group stages for a second time in three seasons.They last did so in 2018 where they were pitted in a group containing Al Ahly, Esperance and Rivers United, finishing third after the six rounds of matches.The second leg between KCCA FC and Petro de Luanda will be played on September 27th, 2019 at Lugogo.KCCA FC starting line upCharles Lukwago, Filbert Obenchan, Mustapha Kizza, Peter Magambo, Samuel Kato, Gift Ali, Muzamir Mutyaba, Herbert Achai, Allan Okello, Mike Mutyaba, Sadat AnakuComments Tags: allan okelloCAF Champions LeagueMike MutebiPetro de LuandaSadat Anakutoplast_img read more


Disabled parking signs to be raised following fine hike


first_imgThe recent increase in fines for illegal parking in disabled spaces has sparked a call for better signage in towns across Donegal.Local drivers say they are being landed with fines at times when they were not aware of being in a disabled bay, as Councillors call for better-placed signage to mark the designated zones. This month, the fixed charge for motorists parking in disabled spots without displaying a valid permit has increased from €80 to €150 if paid within the first 28 days. Stranorlar area Cllr Liam Doherty raised a motion at yesterday’s county council meeting seeking adequate signage and notices of the new fines at Disabled Parking Bays in Donegal. Cllr Doherty said: “I have been contacted by a number of people in communities all over the county. People have been fined for parking illegally in disabled bays, but have been unaware they are in disabled bays by the signage.”He said some people have been oblivious to the markings due to roads being retarred or worn down after times of snow and heavy frost. Cllr Doherty said he felt new warnings of the €150 fine would act as a deterrent to illegal parkers, as well as elevated signs helping disabled drivers find zones when they are visiting new towns. The council confirmed that a selection of key locations in different towns could be identified to get new signage first. The cost would be charged against local maintenance budgets and it is recommended that between 5 and 10 locations would be selected by local Municipal Districts as a pilot project. Betty Holmes of Donegal Action for Cancer Care welcomed the motion, but added that she was disappointed the new signage would not be installed in all public disabled parking bays.Ms Holmes said: “It is important that the signage is erected so it can be seen.“We had asked for a time frame of 6 months to be agreed for this to happen so we will now keep the pressure on to ensure it does.”She added: “We will now take this a step further to look at signage within private business parking areas.  We are delighted that Frank Larkin has been in touch with us regarding this so we will be moving this forward very soon.” Disabled parking signs to be raised following fine hike was last modified: March 27th, 2018 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:Betty HolmesCllr Liam Dohertydisabled parkingDonegal County Councilsignagelast_img read more


Saints confident of seeing off Chelsea’s interest in youngster – report


first_imgSouthampton are confident they will keep defender Luke Shaw in spite of Chelsea’s £4m bid, The Sun on Sunday report.Chelsea are among several leading clubs to have shown an interest in the Saints prospect, 17, but have been told he is not for sale.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospect (2 July)Chelsea expect to complete the signing of Victor Moses from Wigan for £8.5m this week, according to the Daily Star Sunday.Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said: “I have spoken to Chelsea’s chief executive and they are easy to deal with. We have told them the price and they will agree it or not.Striker Torres reportedly has two weeks to prove himself.“We would much prefer Victor to sign a new contract but he wants to go to Chelsea. It’s a good club so we cannot stand in his way.”The Star also say Fernando Torres has two weeks to prove he can fill the boots of Didier Drogba.It is claimed that if the Spaniard doesn’t strike – starting against Manchester City today – boss Roberto Di Matteo won’t think twice about replacing him.Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol is considering a move for Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson and is making a surprise £3m bid to sign Bolton striker David Ngog, according to The People.Richardson has been tipped to leave the Stadium of Light for £2m, while Frenchman Ngog has been linked with several clubs since Bolton were relegated last season.It is also claimed that Jol is weighing up a move for Peterborough striker Paul Taylor if he misses out on Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes.The Mail on Sunday suggest Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to offer Charlie Adam to Fulham as part of an exchange deal for Clint Dempsey.Blackpool have rejected the chance to sign Joey Barton from QPR on a season-long loan, the Sunday Mirror say.It was claimed that Barton was on the verge of a move to Bloomfield Road and that Blackpool were keen to sign him to get one over neighbours Fleetwood Town, where the midfielder had been training.It is now said that Blackpool did not think it made financial sense to sign a player who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the season.QPR are ready to tempt St Etienne with a £7.5m offer for young French centre-back Kurt Zouma, according to The Sun on Sunday.Rangers supposedly face competition from Juventus, who planned to watch the 17-year-old face Lille on Saturday.And The People pick up on R’s boss Mark Hughes’ apparent interest in signing William Gallas from Tottenham.This page is regularly updated.See also:Victor Moses ‘will complete £9m move to Chelsea’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Loving Dark Matter Rather Than Light


first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There are two ways to describe dark things in science.  One is phenomena we know exist, even if invisible to us, because we can measure their effects with instruments (X-rays, infrared radiation).  The other is darkness as a placeholder for something not yet explained.  Cosmologists have been talking about “dark matter” for decades now, and “dark energy” since the 1990s.  Which category of dark ideas are they?  Whether scientifically valid phenomena or placeholders for ignorance, one thing is clear from recent articles: much more knowledge is needed.Still in the dark about dark matter (PhysOrg): “Dark matter, the mysterious stuff thought to make up about 80 percent of matter in the universe, has become even more inscrutable.”Variable dark energy could explain old galaxy clusters (New Scientist): Astronomers don’t even know what dark energy is, but now a Spaniard wants to twiddle with it.Little galaxies big on dark matter (PhysOrg): “Dark matter… It came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang.”  That’s how to talk with chutzpah about something nobody understands.Revolutionary new camera reveals the dark side of the Universe (PhysOrg): Now here’s an article about real stuff: ordinary electromagnetic radiation in the submillimeter range, being detected by the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.Nobel Winners Keep Eyes on the Real Prize: Solving Dark Energy Riddle (Live Science): Three men got a lot of money from the Nobel Committee for “discovering” dark energy.  Now they want to discover what it is they discovered; “the force has yet to be directly detected, and the concept remains shrouded in mystery.”Could dark matter not matter? (PhysOrg): Some Italian has come up with a way to explain the rotation curves of galaxies without appealing to dark matter, but others are skeptical.Back to the dark ages (Live Science): A tiny smudge of red light boasts great things: “The newfound galaxy is so ancient that it and others like it may have played a role in the transition from the so-called ‘dark ages’ of the universe — a period before the first stars formed when a thick hydrogen fog permeated the cosmos — into the universe we see today.”  Remember that the early medieval period was called the Dark Ages by those who felt themselves enlightened.  Is history repeating itself?This is a taste of the quandary over dark things in space.  To some, dark matter must be real, because otherwise clusters would fly apart and galaxies would spin out of control.  Dark energy must be real or else we cannot explain the brightness of distant supernovae.  To others, appeals to unknown dark things sounds mysteriously like some of the occult forces ditched by scientists in the past, like phlogiston, animal magnetism, and caloric.  Time will tell if and when the light of knowledge will overcome the darkness.How long do you give scientists to propound occult forces?  Another decade?  Another century?  A millennium?  If there is no time limit on verifying these things, then science has become indistinguishable from magic.  Mesmer would feel vindicated.Dark matter is the flubber of astronomy.  Nobody knows if its MACHO or WIMP-y, nobody knows why it is there, and nobody knows its origin or destiny.  All it does is make consensus theories work.  OK, astronomers, maybe you’re right; there is dark matter and dark energy out there.  We’ll grant a little more time for science to try to explain this stuff, but we’re not going to fall for the flubber theory forever.  Cosmologists: if you don’t want angels, demons and intelligent designers in science, then stop giving us your own version of the occult.last_img read more