– First Lady says at opening of Region 6 Literacy ConferenceIn her keynote address at the opening of the Inaugural Literacy Conference, First Lady Sandra Granger says literacy is the backbone of a child’s education, which grants him or her the keys to future success. The Literacy Conference was held on Monday morning at the St Francis Community Developers Conference Centre in Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice. The Conference is being hosted by the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Department of Education, with assistance from overseas-based Guyanese professors from the Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, Professor Ivor Barker and Dr Clinton Crawford, with the overall goal of improving literacy rates in the region.The First Lady said “Our children must be given the tools and the opportunity to expand their minds and their horizons, regardless of where they may live in Guyana or their social or economic background… The starting point of education – learning to speak, to understand, and to respond to data in all its shapes and forms and the development in each child the capacity to express her on his thoughts and feelings – begins with literacy, which, for the purpose of this exercise, encompasses literacy and numeracy.”She also noted that improved literacy and education is essential to the development of Guyana; a vision that President David Granger had expressed even before taking office in 2015. “Just over five years ago, President Granger, in his charge to graduating students of the Cyril Potter College of Education, spoke about the creation of an ‘Education Nation’ – “one in which intelligence prevails over ignorance, cooperation over confrontation, and national integration over communal disintegration.” He recognises that the development of our country and the full participation of every citizen in that development must be driven by an educated citizenry,” First Lady Granger said. Meanwhile, Region Six Regional Education Officer, Volika Jaikishun, expressed similar sentiments, adding that literacy can improve one’s quality of life. “Literacy is not only an important factor for economic development, but also it is necessary for one to function effectively in one’s community… Research has shown that persons who are literate are able to live better lives in society. I’m sure that this Conference is not only a developmental session for teachers, but also a form of motivation that can contribute to effective teaching in the classroom,” she said.As part of the exercise, one teacher from every primary school in Region Six, one reading teacher from each secondary school, and transitional Grade Six teachers will undergo training to enhance their abilities in the teaching and supervision of literacy programmes.Region Six Regional Literacy Coordinator, Simone Dainty, said she hopes this Conference, which is held annually, will result in steady increases in the Grade Six Assessment pass rates in the years to come. Region Six received a 40 per cent pass rate in 2017’s National Grade Six Assessment, a six per cent increase from its 2016 scores.In addition, 150 teachers, regional literacy coordinators and former educators can expect to benefit from presentations on various literacy-based topics, including classroom monitoring, critical literacy and textual analysis, the use of technology in the classroom and the relevance of culture in the classroom. Mayor of New Amsterdam, Her Worship, Winifred Haywood also attended the event.
A 25-year-old Cuban was on Wednesday taken before the court of law to answer to the charge of overstaying in Guyana.Gilbert Lopez appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. He admitted that between February 23 and November 7, 2018, he failed to comply with the conditions of his permit to stay in Guyana from January 23, 2018 to February 22, 2018 – that is he overstayed in the country.In a plea of mitigation, Lopez told the court that he has been residing in Mahaica, working to obtain money to return to his country. He was fined $30,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in him having to serve three months in prison.
As the Green Machine prepare to depart Guyana for the Americas Rugby Challenge Series 2018, the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) has revealed a 26-member contingent that will represent the nation in Colombia.“Green Machine” members during a practice session at the Parade GroundThe competition, which will pit Guyana against the likes of Mexico, Paraguay and Colombia, is expected to get underway on August 26 with Guyana’s first match-up against the powerhouse hosts.Noting that the players have worked tirelessly during the selection process, Manager Earle Edghill said they have selected the best team possible.“We had over 40 young men who were working hard to be selected. The team was shortlisted four or five times trying to get the best persons to get the job done. In the end, we decided to go with 26 players who we feel have what it takes to bring home the gold,” Edghill disclosed.Highlighting the fact that much of the practice was hindered by inclement weather, Coach Grant Stuarte noted that nonetheless the team have been able to get some key practice sessions done.“In terms of team preparation, it was very tough in the early stages due to the fact that we didn’t have proper playing field due to the rain and the weather pattern that kept coming and going. But to the latter end, we were able to move around and get some reasonable playing grounds to exercise our practices,” he said.The Coach went on to state that with only a few days remaining before the departure from Guyana, the team would be looking to iron out their plays and the executives would be looking to identify the final team. Other than that, the team are said to be in great shape with all the prospective players in great playing condition.The Green Machine are expected to depart Guyana on August 22 for their international engagement. Guyana will be going into the competition with a lot of optimism, having beaten the best team Columbia at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games 14-12.Each team will play three games in the round-robin segment on Sunday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 29, with the final round set for Saturday, September 1. The winner will be the team with the most tournament points.
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DONEGAL singer Gráinne Gavigan stole the show yet again when she performed on the Glór Tíre country music singing competition semi-final on TG4 last night.The 18-year old Ardara singer, mentored by Lisa McHugh, was superb on the show.And here they are afterwards celebrating! Donegal people (and country music fans nationally) have been voting in their thousands for the teenager.This year’s Glór Tíre final is next Wednesday 17th of April. The programme is broadcast from the Quays Bar in Galway city.Said Grainne: “I want to thank everyone who voted for me again this week. I am so delighted to be in the final. We are so excited.”Gráinne will be depending on the public for their support and will be very grateful for all your votes. To vote from the Republic of Ireland, you can call 1513 415 108 or text ‘GLOR8’ to 53307. For those voting from the North, you can call 0901 6566 108 or text ‘GLOR8’ to 81108. You can also follow Gráinne’s progress on her facebook page. GRAINNE STEALS THE SHOW AGAIN TO LAND PLACE IN GLOR TIRE FINAL! was last modified: April 11th, 2013 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) Tags:GRAINNE STEALS THE SHOW AGAIN TO LAND PLACE IN GLOR TIRE FINAL!
The road to the Warriors’ roster has been littered with injuries and G-League assignments for this young center. Find out why the team remains behind him nonetheless.(In case you missed them previously, here are the first installations of our ‘Game Faces’ feature, profiles on Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko and Quinn Cook. Dope images provided by Jose Carlos Fajardo)Damian JonesContract: 3 years $3,998,718 (Currently on a club option worth $2.3 million. The Warriors can extend a $3.4 million …
ANC president from 1952 to 1967, and winner of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, Chief Albert Luthuli was the most respected African leader of his era. The Albert Luthuli Legacy Project keeps the story of Luthuli – and the millions of people he represented – alive for a generation of South Africans born into freedom.‘No true peace and progress can be secured in any country as long as there are others in that country denied full democratic rights and duties’ – Chief Albert John Luthuli (Photo: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa reporterPresident-General of the African National Congress from December 1952 until his death in 1967, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, Chief Albert John Luthuli was the most widely known and respected African leader of his era.Luthuli’s home in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal, a meeting place for people linked to South Africa’s freedom struggle during the years of Luthuli’s banishment, was proclaimed a museum in August 2004.The opening marked the completion of the government-driven Albert Luthuli Legacy Project, which included the launch of an annual memorial lecture, and the unveiling of a bronze statue of Luthuli at the KwaDukuza Municipal Chambers, and of a memorial at the Groutville Congregational Church where Luthuli’s grave is located.The house that is now the Chief Albert Luthuli Museum was under constant police surveillance when Luthuli lived there.Although Luthuli had been banished to his home by the apartheid government, many people travelled there to seek his counsel – among them United States attorney-general Senator Robert Kennedy, who arrived by helicopter for an unofficial visit in 1966.The Order of Luthuli is South Africa’s highest award for contributions to democracy, human rights, justice and peace. See: South Africa’s national orders.Luthuli and his guest held a private discussion on a wooden bench that is still positioned under a tree outside the museum. The two men discussed the ANC’s vision of a united South Africa, and before leaving Kennedy gave the ANC leader a portable record player and recordings of speeches made by his brother, former US president JF Kennedy.The ventilation shafts running beneath the floorboards were once used to conceal documents. According to the Arts and Culture Department, during restoration work on the building, workers uncovered a number of papers dating from that historic era.A latecomer to politicsAccording to SA History Online, Luthuli – who preferred his Zulu name Mvumbi (“Continuous Rain”) to his Christian names Albert John – was a latecomer to politics, nearly 50 when he first assumed national political office.Born near Bulawayo in what was then Rhodesia (and is now Zimbabwe) in 1898, Luthuli was sent back to his family’s home at Groutville mission station in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 1908.After completing a teaching course at Edendale near Pietermaritzburg, Luthuli took up the running of a small primary school in the Natal uplands. At around the same time, he was confirmed in the Methodist Church and became a lay preacher.The language of the Bible and Christian principles “profoundly affected his political style and beliefs for the rest of his life”, SA History Online states in its biography.In 1920 Luthuli studied further, then took up a teaching post, at Adams College. In 1935 he agreed to accept the chieftaincy of Groutville reserve, and returned home to become an administrator of local tribal affairs for the next 17 years.Luthuli’s public support for the 1952 Defiance Campaign finally brought him into direct conflict with the South African government, who demanded he resign from the ANC and dismissed him from his post as chief when he refused to do so.In response, Luthuli issued “The Road to Freedom is via the Cross”, in which he condemned apartheid as degrading to all who are party to it and expressed both his belief in non-violence and an optimism that whites would sooner or later accept a shared society.“The notoriety gained by his dismissal, his eloquence, his unimpeachable character, and his demonstrated loyalty to the ANC all made Luthuli a natural candidate to succeed ANC President James Moroka”, SA History Online states in its biography.Luthuli was elected ANC president-general by a large majority in December 1952, winning re-election in 1955 and 1958.“Bans imposed in early 1953 and renewed in the following year prevented him from giving direction to the day-to-day activities of Congress”, SA History Online states, “but as a country-bred ‘man of the people’, combining the most inspiring qualities of Christian and traditional leadership, he provided a powerful symbol for an organisation struggling to rally mass support.”Between the end of 1957 and May 1959, during a lapse in restrictions on his movements, Luthuli made a number of highly publicised addresses to whites and mixed audiences, his polished speeches and balanced appeals for reason in race relations earning him the praise of many white South Africans.Six days after the Sharpeville emergency in 1960, Luthuli sought to rally Africans to resistance by publicly burning his pass in Pretoria and calling for a national day of mourning. On 30 March he was detained and held until August, when he was tried and given a six-month suspended sentence.‘How easy it would have been to hate’Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, Luthuli was allowed to travel to Oslo to receive the award the following year.In his acceptance speech on 10 December 1961, Luthuli said: “It can only be on behalf of the people of South Africa, all the people of South Africa, especially the freedom-loving people, that I accept this award, that I acknowledge this honour. I accept it also as an honour not only to South Africa, but for the whole continent of Africa …“Quite long ago my forefathers extended a hand of friendship to people of Europe when they came to that continent. What has happened to the extension of that hand only history can say, and it is not time to speak about that here, but I would like to say, as I receive this prize of peace, that the hand of Africa was extended. It was a hand of friendship, if you read history.”In his Nobel lecture, delivered at the University of Oslo on the following day, Luthuli said: “How easy it would have been in South Africa for the natural feelings of resentment at white domination to have been turned into feelings of hatred and a desire for revenge against the white community.“Here, where every day, in every aspect of life every nonwhite comes up against the ubiquitous sign ‘Europeans Only’ and the equally ubiquitous policeman to enforce it – here it could well be expected that a racialism equal to that of their oppressors would flourish to counter the white arrogance toward blacks.“That it has not done so is no accident. It is because, deliberately and advisedly, African leadership for the past fifty years, with the inspiration of the African National Congress, which I had the honour to lead for the last decade or so until it was banned, had set itself steadfastly against racial vaingloriousness.“We know that in so doing we passed up opportunities for an easy demagogic appeal to the natural passions of a people denied freedom and liberty; we discarded the chance of an easy and expedient emotional appeal.“Our vision has always been that of a nonracial, democratic South Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens, with equal rights and responsibilities with all others. For the consummation of this ideal we have laboured unflinchingly. We shall continue to labour unflinchingly.”At the end of his lecture, after much applause, Luthuli sang the African anthem, Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.On 21 July 1967, while taking a walk near his Natal home, Luthuli was killed, reportedly when he was struck by a train.Source: SA History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
NAHB’s National Green Building Conference in Raleigh, N.C., kicked off with a full-day tour of green homes ranging from very affordable small houses to luxury spec and custom projects. Having avoided home tours for many years, I finally took the plunge and signed up for this one. Lots of interesting things to see, particularly in the more modest projects, but boy, was it an ordeal. Long hours sitting on a bus between projects, including several hair-raising wrong turns that required our full-size tour bus to back up onto two-lane rural highways to turn around. And one slow drive up a narrow gravel drive lined with trees with barely enough room for the bus to fit between.The first stop was an infill development by Builders of Hope, a non-profit that relocates and rebuilds homes as affordable housing for owners earning 60% to 80% of the local median income. Their model is to accept donated houses that are typically stripped to the framing, moved to their sites, and then completed to high-performance specifications. Roofs are removed or cut and laid flat. Two-story houses have the second-floor walls laid down for transport. Builders of Hope claims they retain about 60% of the structure, but it seemed less than that to me. When I asked them about the economy of moving the structures, I learned that the owners of donated homes pay for half the cost of moving, which, combined with the tax deductions they get, provides them with a net financial benefit. This also gives Builders of Hope a very inexpensive structure that they place on a new foundation. The completed homes usually have a HERS Index of about 70, and feature hardwood floors and comprehensive air-sealing packages, some with spray foam rooflines and sealed crawlspaces. Homes have an energy guarantee from Advanced Energy’s System Vision program and are certified as Healthy Built Homes.Our second stop was at a 100-year-old house, previously chopped up into a boarding house, which had been restored into a single-family home by Studio B Architecture and BuildSense. They jacked the house up and built a new foundation below, retained much of the original siding and exterior trim, and constructed both a sealed crawlspace and attic. Unfortunately, few of the high-performance features were visible, although the house looked good.Air sealing 101Cimarron Homes, our third stop, develops high-performance entry-level homes, and we were fortunate to see several houses in various stages from framing to completion. The houses were rather undistinguished from the exterior, featuring vinyl siding and windows, but they appeared to be very well built, with some of the best air-sealing techniques I have seen in production building. They make a compelling case that anyone can build a high-performance home, and reinforce my personal opinion that anything less than green building should be illegal. Anyone who can’t build to these standards just shouldn’t be in the business.Our midday stop allowed us to have a leisurely box lunch on the back patio and dock of a custom home by M Squared builders. This project was certified gold according to the original NAHB Green Building Guidelines (now superseded by the Green Building Standard), which didn’t emphasize community resources and connectivity—a good thing for this well-built home that is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. The features I particularly liked were the patios made of reclaimed concrete slabs, and the rain garden/drainage ditch in the front yard. Like any completed home, it is difficult to see what was done, and proves the point that green homes don’t have to look any different from “regular” ones.Outrageous? Maybe soOur next stop was a self-described “outrageously green” home from Chandler Design-Build, built by Michael Chandler (a Green Building Advisor and friend), and designed by Beth Williams (his much better half). This house featured locally harvested bark siding, a radiant heating system powered by evacuated tube solar collectors, ICF foundations, and a combination of spray foam and blown-in fiberglass insulation. The energy-efficient features combined to give this house a HERS index of 58. Fun design features included goat fencing used for deck rails, lots of reclaimed wood on the interior, and a set of clerestory windows around the main living area.The last house on our tour was a spec home by Eco Building Group. The highlight of this house was the snacks and drinks provided for our weary bodies, which perked us up considerably. With a HERS index of 67, this house was a solid performer with nice features and finishes, including a fun outdoor shower off a bedroom suite. Poking around, I found the crawlspace to be a good example of sealed design, and an exterior mounted tankless heater as a nice way to save the cost of vent pipes while placing the heater close to the plumbing.Back on the bus, we hightailed it back to the conference center just in time to hear the keynote speech to kick off the conference. Next report: highlights of the conference itself. Stay tuned.
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … 6 User-Interface Musts for Personal Finance Apps Related Posts Tags:#Blockchain#Cryptocurrency#featured#gold#Goldmint#Internet of Things#IoT#market volatility#Russia#top The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists Adrien Henni In this Blockchain era where technology promises to digitize virtually any type of assets, the emergence of gold-backed tokens comes as no surprise.The concept is not new, but we are now witnessing its first applications. One of these projects is propelled by Goldmint, a company with Russian roots now preparing for an ICO and the subsequent launch of a gold-backed crypto asset. Christened ‘GOLD,’ the token will have its value equal to that of one ounce of gold on the LBMA exchange.This implies that GoldMint’s real gold reserves “be equal to or exceed its mined amounts of ‘GOLD’.” Thus GoldMint will “buy, sell and repurchase ‘GOLD’ at the current market price for physical gold, using exchange-traded funds (ETF) or physical gold (of 999 quality) as its security.”What will investors be able to do with their ‘GOLD’ tokens? One of the key strengths of gold-backed assets lies in their relative stability — which is particularly appreciated as cryptocurrencies are demonstrating their high volatility.Thus Goldmint will promote its ‘GOLD’ as a stable financial instrument to pay employees, conduct transactions or even ICOs. “If the cryptocurrency you receive in the ICO varies too sharply, there are two possible outcomes: either the currency becomes too expensive, in which case investors will be dissatisfied, or it becomes much cheaper, which is very bad for the founders who started the ICO,” the Goldmint team explained to East-West Digital News.Even though most members of blockchain community are aware of the issue, “there is currently no practical possibility to use a gold-backed cryptocurrency for an ICO — and this is the market need we’re going to address,” Goldmint says.‘GOLD’ may also be used by traders and other cryptocurrency users to “hedge their gold commodity with ‘GOLD’ on any cryptocurrency trading exchange, without leaving that particular platform. Traders [will also be able to] diversify their trading portfolio with ‘GOLD’ assets,” according to the company.The company also recommends ‘GOLD’ as a means to purchase and transport physical gold: “You can convert your physical gold into ‘GOLD’ in any bank that uses the GoldMint blockchain platform. This does not only protect your gold in cross-country transportation, it also simplifies the process.”Her Majesty’s government in the runningNo such gold-backed crypto assets seem to be available yet to individual investors — but Goldmint is not the only startup in the running. One of its strongest future competitors could be Singapore-based DigixDAO, which plans to launch its ‘Digix Gold Tokens’ (DGX) in the near future. These crypto-assets are set to become “the future gold standard for value exchange in the Ethereum ecosystem,” claims the company. Launched in 2014, DigixDAO raised $5.5 million in Ethereum’s first on-chain crowd-sale in March 2016.Chinese ZenGold (ZGC) also successfully completed an ICO in May 2017, raising over 2,000 BTC in less than a minute. Its plan is to launch “a smart asset system backed by physical gold” using the Metaverse blockchain, but the current activities of the company and its platform are unclear at least to non-Chinese speakers (1).The Royal Mint, a company owned by the UK government, has put its “more than 1,000 years of experience” in a project of gold-backed tokens, scheduled for launch in late 2017. Dubbed ‘Royal Mint Gold’ (RMG), these tokens are intended for investors through third-party investment intermediaries such as banks and brokers instead of being sold to individuals directly.Another player, LAToken, comes from Russia. Having just raised the equivalent of $10 million in the first phase of its ICO, this platform aims to tokenize virtually any kind of assets including stocks, real estate, works of art, and of course silver and gold.Tokenizing $100 billion worth of goldEven tough the success of these new types of cryptoassets is yet to be confirmed, the startups propelling them are not short of ambition. “Our idea is revolutionary,” claims Goldmint: “We plan to convert [dozens of thousands of tons of gold] into blockchain-encrypted tokens to help owners protect their valuables, to help investors move their gold rapidly and easily from one part of the world to another, and to help companies and individuals hedge their gold against market volatility.”Thus, the company aims to “gain access to 1% of global gold circulation (over 300 tons)” by launching its Custody Bot automated storage facilities in pawnshops around the world; “another 5%” of gold circulation by introducing them in shopping centers, with the ultimate goal of controlling “10% of gold reserves, worth more than $100 billion.”Goldmint will initially target Asia and Eastern Europe: “We have many robust partnerships in these areas, which will help us to run our business faster. Then we see India and OAE as very interesting countries where our Custody Bot and the gold-backed crypto asset will be very in-demand,” the team told EWDN.Goldmint has requested Deloitte, as well as Elina Sidorenko in Russia and Julia Zegelman in the USA, to establish the legal status of ‘GOLD’ in different countries.“Once banks decide how to legally and fiscally regulate GOLD, clients will be able to exchange dollars, foreign currency, and gold bullion to ‘GOLD’ and to fully benefit from all aspects of the cryptocurrency market,” Goldmint claims.This story first appeared in East-West Digital News, a tech news site covering Eastern Europe and a syndication partner of ReadWrite.
Students of intensified their demand for the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey by locking all the departments of the varsity on Wednesday. This followed the resignation of 21 heads of departments since protests began on the campus on May 30.Mr. Pandey has been accused of making frequent trips outside the State, misusing university funds and obtaining Y-category security and bullet-proof vehicles.“Our agitation will continue until the Vice-Chancellor is removed,” a spokesperson of the Manipur University Students’ Union said on Thursday, blaming the Central and State governments for the impasse on the campus.The Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and the Manipur University Staffs’ Association lent support to the students in their agitation against Mr. Pandey and have accused him of taking “whimsical decisions”.Mr. Pandey has refused to resign, insisting that he has followed the rules in running the university.An MUTA spokesperson said six deans and 29 heads of departments had tendered their resignation so far to give moral support to the students’ agitation. They include the 21 who quit on Tuesday.State-wide shutdownThe “lockdown” coincided with an indefinite State-wide shutdown announced by four tribal students’ organisations in protest against the government’s “failure” to appoint tribal language teachers in higher secondary schools of Manipur.A joint committee of the four organisations said the State government did “great injustice to tribal students” by not appointing teachers in nine tribal languagesThe organisations include the Thadou Students’ Association (TSA), Rongmei Naga Students’ Organisation and Liangmei Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR).‘No teacher posts’ “The State Cabinet on March 12 decided to recruit 42 teachers for nine tribal languages. But no posts were announced for tribal language teachers when the order for recruiting 409 teachers was issued recently,” LNKR education secretary Rofica Newmai said.The government was urged to issue a recruitment notification for tribal language teachers in one month. “We resolved to announce an indefinite shutdown after the government ignored our deadline,” TSA joint secretary Thangtinlen Haokip said.The students’ organisations said the government should comply with the National Council for Teacher Education, 2014 norms and not deprive the rights and privileges of trained candidates.