President reiterates commitment to free education

first_imgPresident David Granger on Sunday reiterated his commitment to restoring free education in Guyana.The Head of State, who was accompanied by First Lady Sandra Granger, attended the Bicentenary Anniversary celebration of the Mission Chapel Congregational Church, New Amsterdam, East Berbice-Corentyne.President David Granger addressing the congregation of Mission Chapel in New Amsterdam, BerbicePresident Granger, in his address, told congregants that the church occupies an “exalted position of reverence in Guyanese history” noting that it played a phenomenal role in pioneering Christianity and community development at the dawn of Guyanese nationhood.He said the church holds a central place in the history of Christianity and education in Guyana. “This church was established as a ‘mother church’ for the expansion of congregationalism in Berbice. The church was in the forefront of the congregationalists’ efforts to provide religious teaching and general education to the population and, particularly, the non-European population of Berbice,” the President is quoted as saying by the Public Information and Press Services Unit of the Ministry of the Presidency.Guyana, the Head of State said, owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to the congregational churches for pioneering education in the villages of this country. “Their exertions prepared Africans for Emancipation in 1838…Their efforts laid the foundationfor the expansion of universal public, primary education, which we all enjoy in our country today.”As such, President Granger said “no Guyanese child needs to pay for primary education because of the foundation created. As I said in Union Village (Number 53 Village Corentyne on August 1, 2019), in anticipation of revenues from our petroleum industry, education will be free not only at the primary level, or secondary level but also at the tertiary level.”Mission Chapel Congregational Church was designated a historic monument by the Government of Guyana in 1966. There are thirty-three churches and missions across the country.last_img read more

Half-time: Leeds United 1 Fulham 1

first_imgTom Cairney scored his fourth goal in as many games but Fulham were pegged back before half-time by an outstanding strike from Lewis Cook.Having struck twice in the win over Charlton on Saturday, Cairney produced another fantastic finish – a left-footed volley from the edge of the box – to put Fulham in front at Elland Road after 17 minutes.Slavisa Jokanovic’s side almost scored moments before that when Ross McCormack’s shot was headed on to his own crossbar by Sol Bamba.Aside from a couple of scares, when Bamba scooped over and Tom Adeyemi fired past the angle of post and bar, Fulham looked comfortable for much of the first half.They had further sorties down the left flank through Luke Garbutt, who was twice denied by Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri.But the latter save proved important as the home side immediately levelled, on 38 minutes, as Cook produced a spectacular shot from 30 yards which soared into the corner.Leeds then finished the half the strongest and Fulham keeper Andy Lonergan was twice called into action, blocking Souleymane Doukara’s shot with his legs and claiming Mirco Antenucci’s header.Fulham: Lonergan; Madl, Burn, Amorebieta; Fredericks, Cairney, O’Hara, Baird, Garbutt; Dembele, McCormack.Subs: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Hyndman, Tunnicliffe, Kacaniklic, Smith.Leeds: Silvestri; Coyle, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor; Adeyemi, Diagouraga; Cook, Mowatt, Doukara; Antenucci.Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Wootton, Berardi, Murphy, Dallas, Botaka, Erwin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA ready for 2010

first_imgDiscussion at the media briefing held in Beijing in August to report on the status of South Africa’s 2010 preparations.A press conference held in Beijing on 21 August 2008 shed light on South Africa’s ongoing preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup – and the message to the world is that SA is on track to deliver the goods.South Africa’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) held a press briefing in Beijing on 21 August 2008 to report on the status of the country’s preparations to host the Fifa World Cup in 2010. The delegation was led by South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Finance Jabu Moleketi, and LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.Other members of the delegation included Minister in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Dr Essop Pahad, Fifa Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke, Commissioner Andre Pruis of the South African Police Services, and Ray Wheland of Zurich-based MATCH AG, the company tasked by Fifa to provide ticketing and hospitality services for major Fifa events such as the 2009 and 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments.Presidents office Dr. Essop PahadThe briefing took the form of a panel discussion forum facilitated by Government Communication and Information Systems and the national Department of Sports and Recreation.South Africa has taken full advantage of the media opportunities presented by the Beijing Olympics, which has attracted 5 600 accredited journalists and other media professionals from all over the world, said CEO of Government Communication and Information Systems and official government spokesperson Themba Maseko.Speaking at the briefing, held at South Africa’s Ekhaya (isiZulu, home) Hospitality Centre in the Westin Chaoyang Hotel, Minister in the Presidency Pahad said that the 2010 World Cup must be used as a vehicle to project a whole new image of South Africa, and the African continent, to the world.“For us this event is much more than sport,” said Pahad. “It is about South Africa’s and Africa’s ability to host the world. It is about getting out from underneath the welter of negative press coverage our continent receives. It is about informing the world that Africa has much to offer, that our people are ready to receive the world, ready to host those who come to the World Cup and that when they come they will receive a wonderfully unforgettable African experience.”Ready to welcome the worldLOC CEO Danny Jordaan re-iterated South Africa’s readiness to hold an event of the magnitude of the World Cup, adding that construction is ahead of schedule in most cases. “In terms of our stadium construction programme, our deadline for the Confederations Cup venues is December 2008,” he said. “Those stadiums are there and they are being upgraded. In terms of stadium readiness, we can say here, that will be ready by the end of 2009. All the stadiums will be complete for kick off.“For the rest of the stadiums, the completion date is October 2009. Eighty percent of those stadiums will be completed by July 2009.”In a media briefing held on 13 August 2008 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Deputy Finance Minister Moleketi said that South Africa is meeting the timelines set in terms of development and construction. “We have covered a lot of ground. The timelines and the deadlines that we set ourselves have been met, and those are also in keeping in ensuring that we are indeed ready to host 2010.”The panel in discussion at the media briefing held in Beijing in August to report on the status of South Africa’s 2010 preparationsWith regard to tourism, an extra three million tourists are expected to visit South Africa during the World Cup, boosting the number of tourists in a single year to 10-million. “We are there to give them an experience to ensure that they come back with their families and friends,” said Moloketi.Tourism to South Africa currently contributes more than 8% to the country’s GDP, and is expected to leap to 12% in June and July 2010.The entire Southern African region will gain from the World Cup in tourism terms, said Pahad. “Tourism SA is in the process of linking 2010 to a range of other tourism experiences throughout the country and the region. Travel throughout the region will as far as possible be relatively easy and seamless.”The minister went on to mention the Univisa, which will allow visitors to travel to all countries in the Southern African Development Community region on one visa.Jordaan also commented that the successful hosting of the World Cup will open the door to other prestigious events, and possibly even the Olympics which, too, has never taken place on African soil. “It is very important that we succeed in this world cup, because nothing less is required to open the door for the last major event on the continent the Olympics.”Fifa added its voice to the discussion, with the organisation’s secretary-general Jérôme Valcke affirming that Fifa and South Africa are working hard together to ensure that the highly-anticipated event will happen in South Africa. “If we say the World Cup will take place in South Africa, it will take place in South Africa. We are on the right timing and the right track to ensure that all goes according to plan.”Andre Pruis, the South African police commissioner, assured delegates that the World Cup will be a safe and secure event, saying most of the safety and security infrastructure is already in place.Setting the examplePahad paid tribute to the People’s Republic of China for successfully hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “From the spectacular opening ceremony to the unfailing courtesy of all the volunteers and the performances of the athletes representing the People’s Republic of China we can all agree that these Olympic Games are simply phenomenal,” he said.In January 2008 China and South Africa celebrated a decade of international relations. Relations between the two countries did not take off in 1994 because of a dispute involving Taiwan, but on New Year’s Day 1998 bilateral relations were established and have developed smoothly ever since.A report on the official Chinese government portal says that in 2000 the volume of bilateral trade reached $2-billion, at that time more than 20% of the total trade volume between China and the entire African continent. And by the end of 2006, the volume of Sino-South Africa trade had almost quintupled to $9.8-billion.Celebrating Africa’s humanityWith the Beijing Olympics drawing to a close, the attention of the world will now shift to Africa. The 2010 World Cup, the first ever to take place on the African continent, is not only viewed as a South African event, but an African event that will boost the country’s and the continent’s standing in the global community. “Our destiny is linked to that of the rest of Africa,” said Pahad, “and we are working to build a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world.”Useful linksSouth Africa 2010SA TourismDepartment of Sport and RecreationJoburg host city websitelast_img read more

Infographics: Load shedding and electricity supply

first_imgStaff writerWhat is load shedding? How does Eskom balance electricity supply and demand? What are the four stages of load shedding? How much power do different appliances use? What precautions should I take during load shedding? As South Africa enters a period of tight electricity supply, power utility Eskom has produced a series of handy infographics to answer these and other questions.Click on an image to enlarge.last_img

Android Market Nears for Google TV

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Android Community and Boy Genius Reports both picked up on the story, with BGR writing that “Google has not yet confirmed that the new ‘android.hardware.touchscreen’ filter is directly related to Google TV, but the writing is certainly on the wall – or screen, as it may be.”Android Community notes that the new feature “checks whether an app requires a touchscreen; that’s something you’ll find on an Android smartphone, but not on a Google TV device such as Logitech’s Revue.”A Google spokesperson said “We’ve never given a specific timeline on access to the market, but we’re still on track with our overall plans to launch the market this year.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet TV#NYT#web Earlier this month, brave, screwdriver-wielding developers got an early jump on creating Android apps for Google TV when a group of hackers figured out a hardware root for the device. Now, the day they were waiting for – the opening of the Android Market for Google TV – looks to be one step closer. According to one keen-eyed developer, the Android Market servers received a Google TV-related update today and it could be a sign that the app marketplace is soon on its way.“#Android market servers seem to have had a @googletv related update. Publishers are now warned that ‘touchscreen’ is a filtering feature,” tweeted Al Sutton. Related Posts last_img read more

Military Caregiving: Commonalities & Differences Shed Light on Individuality WEBINAR

first_imgJoin us at 2:45 p.m. EST on October 10 for a 60-minute webinar on Military Caregiving: Commonalities and Differences Shed Light on Individuality, the first official caregiving webinar of the Military Families Learning Network.Spouses, parents, girlfriends, and those individuals closest to service members are notified when their warrior has become wounded, ill or injured while serving. The lives of these individuals will be changed as they assume the role as caregiver and begin the long road ahead to caring for their wounded warrior.There isn’t a typical military family caregiver, as each is unique, yet there are some commonalities and differences among this exclusive community. A majority of military caregivers are women. Spouses, whose age ranges over 50, care for veterans.  Parents, usually 60 years old or younger, are tasked with caring for their son or daughter who were involved in Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts and are suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI).Military caregivers, like many caregiver communities, assume primary care responsibilities because they feel obligated to do so. As they move through their caregiver journey they will experience many challenges and for some they find caregiving rewarding. Join us in this web conference as we explore the commonalities and differences of military caregivers and how professionals can aid these family members in providing effective care for our wounded.PresenterMary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., owner of MBP Consulting, LLC, provides over 25 years’ experience in educating family caregivers. Having both personal and professional caregiving experience has made Dr. Brintnall-Peterson passionate about family caregiving. Mary is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Extension.No registration is required to join the web conference, go to Military Caregiving: Commonalities and Differences Shed Light on Individuality to find connection information and related resources. If you are not on an installation, you may need to install security certificates or use one of the other connection methods.last_img read more