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Misinformation in the news

first_imgDear Editor,This is being written to clear the misinformation that has been in the news this past week, which is purported to come from the Childcare & Protection Agency (CPA); the statement that “children in institutional care dropped by 25 percent.” This is a misrepresentation and not from CPA. What was presented is that the number of children in state residential care institutions – the Drop-in-Center, Mahaica Children’s Home and the Sophia Care Center is now approximately 165 children which signify a reduction since towards the end of 2015 there were over 200 children in these three (3) institutions.At the beginning of 2016, with the presentation of the CPA statistical information, the figure of the total number of children in residential care was given as approximately 700. This figure is the sum total of the children in all the residential care institutions in the country. The number of child residential care institutions in the country is twenty-three (23) of which twenty (20) are privately owned and managed and the three (3) being state care centers as mentioned above.There was a mix-up in the presentation of the news information relayed and the CPA had asked the news agency to correct after the first airing of the news. However, this was not done and the misinformation continues to be published.Further, I wish to state that the reduction of the children in the state care centers is due to the renewed effort of reunification of children to biological families and the development of the foster care programme.The policy of the agency is the promotion of family based care and institutional care as a last resort. If there is an alternative other than admission to an institution that option will be taken since children are better served in a family and the agency has a programme of the deinstitutionalization of children.The agency is appealing to persons to come and register to be foster parents. There is a screening process and initial training followed by ongoing training and support to ensure the children continued wellbeing.Yours faithfully,Ann GreeneDirector of ChildrenServices & Head ofChildcare & ProtectionAgencyEditor’s note: The information was disseminated by the Government Information Agency (GINA) to all media houses in Guyanalast_img read more

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Nothing will change at City Hall

first_imgDear EditorThe damning report into the affairs of City Hall is out and makes for interesting reading. Will the Town Clerk be dragged off to face SOCU/SARA in respect to the undervalued land he sold?With all the shenanigans levelled against the former chief citizen, one would have thought it would’ve been inconceivable for any position, particularly with regards to finances, to be foisted upon this individual.Was the position of the all-powerful Town Clerk compensatory? From where I stand nothing will change…we can expect more garbage contractors’ strike, more late payments of salaries to staff, etc.From all accounts, the hierarchy of City Hall practised what was blatantly and openly preached at another forum recently – giving wuk to persons of a certain ilk.Lord please help us in this lost and confused land.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

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Budget unleashes economic warfare on Guyanese – Lumumba

first_img…decries lack of a comprehensive developmental planThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government has, through its 2017 Budget unleashed economic warfare on the citizenry of Guyana—warfare that could in fact lead to class warfare.PPP/C frontbencher Odinga LumumbaPeoples Progress Party/Civic (PPP/C) frontbencher in the National Assembly Odinga Lumumba put forward this theory to the House as he gave his presentation to the debates on the 2017 Estimates on Wednesday.Advancing his arguments, Lumumba sought to impress on the House that the sustenance of communities must take precedence and pointed to operations in the USA which supports his arguments.According to Lumumba, the train system in the United States is operated at substantial losses annually, but is sustained through heavy subsidies by the administration.This obtains, according to Lumumba, since the authorities in the US recognise the importance of the transportation between the communities they connect and the nexus it holds to the development of those communities. “If the train system collapses, imagine what would happen to the economy of these communities,” Lumumba said, as he drew reference to public statements by officialdom with regards the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Sugar beltHe juxtaposed his arguments with the operations of the bauxite industry against that of the sugar industry.“We cannot do a balancing act,” Lumumba said in reference to bauxite and the sugar belt.According to Lumumba, the economic genocide that faces the sugar belt also faces the entire Guyana, “the APNU/AFC coalition is unleashing class warfare on the people of this country,” Lumumba stated.Turning his attention to some of the allocations in the 2017 Budget for infrastructural development, Lumumba lamented that the billions have not been tied to any long-term developmental plan.According to Lumumba, the Finance Minister has failed to deliver a comprehensive plan for the billions to be spent on a partial road—a road touted to link Guyana and Brazil through the Linden/Lethem trail.Lack ingredientsThe Opposition MP told the House that the 2017 Budget lacks the fundamentals for infrastructural development and its relationship to economic growth.Declining economyTurning his attention to the much vaunted change and transformation that has permeated Guyana, Lumumba said there has been change and transformation, but for the worse.He used as example, the news that one of Guyana’s largest indigenously owned Supermarkets—Nigel’s—is now scaling back its operations given the prevailing economic climate.According to Lumumba, business in Guyana has declined by between 30 per cent and 50 per cent.Lumumba also used as example of transformation that a bandit was brazen enough to shoot and rob and man in the Finance Ministry’s compound in the face of armed security personnel.He also noted that despite the fact that the industry is currently the most successful sector in country, Ministers Winston Jordan has instead produced a Budget that will increase the hardships on the small miners.According to Lumumba, the Budget in fact attempts to drive small and medium scale miners into the twilight zone. He said that as Chair of the Parliamentary Natural Resources Committee he was disappointed with the lack of allocations for the industry.Lumumba has since called for immediate consultations between the relevant Ministers and stakeholders in order to prevent the rapid destruction of a vibrant industry.He used his opportunity to contribute to the debates by addressing the emerging oil and gas sector, and cautioned against the pitfalls associated with the industry. According to Lumumba, the industry if handled correctly, can in fact bridge the gap between classes and race in Guyana.He suggested that if mishandled however, Guyana can attract a fate that befell Nigeria where few will reap the benefit and many will suffer, “the few will gain the benefits and the many will suffer.” Government, he said, should have already presented to the Parliament, “a plan as to how the potential revenues would be spent or utilized.”According to Lumumba, “already the few rich in Guyana are getting richer from the initial investment from the oil and gas companies,” while “the many are watching and hoping.” (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

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Wilshere charged over finger gesture

first_imgIt is understood the FA took its time to gather evidence to understand the context of the situation having received the observations of referee Martin Atkinson and his officials on Monday, and have now decided there is a case to answer.A statement from the FA read: “Arsenal midfield player Jack Wilshere has been charged by the FA with making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture.“The charge follows an alleged gesture made during the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 14 December. The incident was not seen by match officials, but was caught on video.“Wilshere has been charged retrospectively by the FA under a new pilot project for potential ‘not seen’ incidents in Premier League matches.“Under the new process, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.“For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were unanimous.“Wilshere has until 6pm on 18 December to respond to the charge.”Such sanctions have been implemented in the past as was the case with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was suspended for one match, fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he made a gesture to home fans as he walked off the pitch following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham in December 2011.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted in his post-match press conference that the club would accept any ban handed out “if he did it”.If that is the case, then Wilshere is likely to miss the visit of Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium next Monday.-Football365.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 18- Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has been charged by the Football Association over an alleged gesture made during the defeat at Manchester City.Wilshere has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge.last_img read more

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‘We’re stuck with Mikel’ – Chelsea sell ‘great talent’, some fans unhappy

first_img Oriol Romeu has been sold to Southampton 1 Until yesterday, Oriol Romeu was still a Chelsea player.However, injuries and loan spells away have restricted his apperances in a blue shirt to just 33 since arriving from Barcelona in 2011.He was on the bench for Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League final win, but spent the last two seasons on loan at Valencia and then Stuttgart.And now the 23-year-old midfielder is finally leaving on a permanent basis, with Southampton paying £5m for the midfielder.Romeu was a popular player among Chelsea fans, who were impressed by his displays in his few appearances. Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from supporters following news of of the transfer.last_img read more

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Request for two juries denied

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A judge refused a request for two juries in the case of Ivan Hill, who will stand trial Sept. 5 for strangling six women in cities along the Pomona (60) Freeway in the early 1990s. Defense attorneys argued Wednesday that jurors considering a possible death sentence would be unfairly influenced by the prosecution’s plan to introduce evidence of two slayings for which Hill has not been charged during the penalty phase of the trial. Attorney Mitch Bruckner said information on two more deaths could be overwhelming for a jury that had just convicted Hill of six murders. A second jury that did not make the decision of guilt or innocence would be better equipped to decide punishment, he argued. Bruckner claimed prosecutors did not wait for DNA test results on two women killed in 1986 and 1987 because they were in a hurry to bring the case to trial. But Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan said prosecutors were well into the case when detectives discovered a DNA link to Hill and the 1980s slayings. He said the six murders Hill is charged with committing in 1993-94 are a “very tight package” and introducing the two additional victims in the penalty phase will simply bolster a case for the death penalty. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he understood Bruckner’s concerns, but said Monaghan presented “a very plausible reason” for a one-jury trial. “You have a hard row to hoe,” Fidler said. “I feel for you. I think the jury, when they find out, is going to go, `Wow.’ It’s certainly tough.” Hill is charged with the murders of Roxanne Bates of Montclair, Betty Sue Harris of Pomona, Helen Ruth Hill of West Covina, Donna Goldsmith of Pomona, Cheryl Sayers of Ontario and Debra Brown of Los Angeles. (909) 483-9355160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBruckner said the defense also faces the unenviable decision of whether to bring the two uncharged slayings up during jury selection. “It will be obscene to ask about two additional murders,” he said. Hill is accused of being the so-called “60 Slayer,” who authorities believe strangled six prostitutes whose bodies were found in Diamond Bar, Pomona, Ontario and Chino. In 2003, a state DNA database matched Hill to evidence found at the crime scenes. Two former girlfriends also told detectives they recognized Hill’s voice in a call to Pomona police claiming to be the strangler. last_img
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Atletico Madrid striker set for January exit – Southampton to swoop?

first_img1 Luciano Vietto [right] on the ball for Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid could be ready to cash in on Southampton target Luciano Vietto this January, according to reports in Spain.The 23-year-old striker was one of the Saints’ top targets during the summer as they attempted to bolster their attacking options.However, they were unable to lure the Argentinean to England and have struggled in front of goal during the first few months of the season.Southampton have managed just five goals in their first seven Premier League games and it has been suggested that a new striker could be brought in when the window opens.Again, Vietto is expected to be high on their wish list and, according to Marca, Atletico may be willing to do business.The Spanish club will welcome Diego Costa back into their squad in January and Vietto, who has failed to score in five league appearances this term, could be the one to make way.And now it has been reported that Atletico would then consider him surplus to requirements, which may open the door for Southampton to swoop.last_img read more

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Armstrong said it right after all

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) That’s one small word for astronaut Neil Armstrong, one giant revision for grammar sticklers everywhere. An Australian computer programmer says he found the missing “a” from Armstrong’s famous first words from the moon in 1969, when the world heard the phrase, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The story was reported in Saturday’s editions of the Houston Chronicle. Some historians and critics have dogged Armstrong for not saying the more dramatic and grammatically correct, “One small step for a man …” in the version he transmitted to NASA’s Mission Control. Without the missing “a,” Armstrong essentially said, “One small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind.” The famous astronaut has maintained he intended to say it properly and believes he did. Thanks to some high-tech sound-editing software, computer programmer Peter Shann Ford might have proved Armstrong right. Ford said he downloaded the audio recording of Armstrong’s words from a NASA Web site and analyzed the statement with software that allows disabled people to communicate through computers using their nerve impulses. In a graphical representation of the famous phrase, Ford said he found evidence that the missing “a” was spoken and transmitted to NASA. “I have reviewed the data and Peter Ford’s analysis of it, and I find the technology interesting and useful,” Armstrong said in a statement. “I also find his conclusion persuasive. Persuasive is the appropriate word.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want 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

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Lake levels dropping at alarming rate in Africa

first_imgA further dramatic drop in Victoria’s water levels might even turn off this spigot for the Nile, a lifeline for more than 100 million Egyptians, Sudanese and others. Each troubled lake is a complex story. Lake Chad’s near-disappearance, for example, stems in part from overuse of its source waters for irrigation. Deforestation around Lake Victoria, shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, makes the area a less efficient rain “catchment” for the lake, and overfishing and pollution are damaging its $400-million-a-year fishing industry. Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes, some just a few feet deep, have always fluctuated in size, even drying up with drought. But African leaders say things are different this time, because long-term climate change may eclipse other factors. “These cycles, when they’ve happened, they haven’t happened under the circumstances pertaining now – the global warming, overpopulation, degradation,” said Maria Mutagamba, Uganda’s water and environment minister. African temperatures rose an average 1 degree Fahrenheit in the 20th century – matching the global average – and even more in the past few decades in such places as Lake Tanganyika, climatologists say.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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The outflow through two hydroelectric dams at Jinja is part of the problem – a tiny part, says the Uganda government, or half the problem, say environmentalists. But much of what is happening to Victoria and other lakes across the heart of Africa is attributable to years of drought and rising temperatures, conditions that starve the lakes of inflowing water and evaporate more of the water they have. An extreme example lies 1,500 miles northwest of here, deeper in the drought zone, where Lake Chad, once the world’s sixth-largest, has shrunk to 2 percent of its 1960s size. And the African map abounds with other, less startling examples, from Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, getting half the inflow it once did, to the great Lake Tanganyika south of here, whose level dropped over five feet in five years. “All these lakes are extremely sensitive to climate change,” the U.N. Environment Program warned in a global water assessment two years ago. Now, in a yet unpublished report obtained by The Associated Press, an international consulting firm advises the Ugandan government that supercomputer models of global-warming scenarios for Lake Victoria “raise alarming concerns” about its future and that of the Nile River, which begins its 4,100-mile northward journey here at Jinja. The report, by U.S.-based Water Resources and Energy Management International, says rising temperatures may evaporate up to half the lake’s normal inflow from rainfall and rivers, with “severe consequences for the lake and its ability to meet the region’s water resources needs.” JINJA, Uganda – At Jinja pier the rusty red hull of a Lake Victoria freighter sat barely afloat in water just six feet deep – and dropping. “The scientists have to explain this,” said ship’s engineer Gabriel Maziku. Across the bay, at a fish packing plant, fishermen had to wade ashore with their Nile perch in flat-bottomed boats, and heave the silvery catch up to a jetty that soon may be on dry land and out of reach entirely. Looking on, plant manager Ravee Ramanujam wondered about what’s to come. “Such a large body of water, dropping so fast,” he said. At 27,000 square miles, the size of Ireland, Victoria is the greatest of Africa’s Great Lakes – the biggest freshwater body after Lake Superior. And it has dropped fast, at least six feet in the past three years, and by as much as a half-inch a day this year before November rains stabilized things. last_img read more

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Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Course Starts May 16

first_imgIf you’ve been wanting to learn how to evaluate websites for accessibility, check out the free Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy online course that begins May 16, 2016. The four-week course was developed by Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program.Intended for web content editors and web developers, the course focuses on improving your knowledge and skills for auditing:WebsitesWeb contentWeb applicationsfor compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as well as your country’s regulations.What the Course CoversThe course is organized into four modules, each module containing two units. Each unit has readings, discussion, and hands-on activities, followed by a short self-test. Each module has a quiz that is included in your final course grade.Here are the modules and units for the course:Module 1: An Overview of Web AccessibilityUnit 1 Aspects of Web Accessibility AuditingUnit 2 Introduction to WCAG 2 Module 2: Automated and Manual Testing StrategiesUnit 3 Automated Review ToolsUnit 4 Manual Testing Module 3: Assistive Technology and User testingUnit 5 Assistive TechnologiesUnit 6 Introduction to User Testing Module 4: Web Accessibility Audit ReportingUnit 7 Web Accessibility ReportingUnit 8 Other Accessibility StandardsMy ExperienceI took the Professional Web Accessibility Auditing course earlier this year, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The course was well-organized with useful content and exercises. The instructors were very well-versed in running online courses, and there was lots of information shared about accessibility and auditing. I came away with all kinds of new resources and an accessibility auditing toolkit for evaluating sites.A majority of the students worked in higher education. In addition, many students were from Canada, though there was representation from other countries around the world. We all told our stories about web accessibility from our work and projects. What I enjoyed most about the course:Professional level of instructionDiscussions with the instructors and other studentsWealth of helpful course resources and content from instructors and fellow studentsDifferent accessibility requirements for countries around the worldGuidance on how to approach accessibility auditingThough the course description indicates you can expect to spend five to eight hours a week on the course, I spent more time due to the readings and discussion. Not that the readings were overwhelming. But I would read the required readings, which referenced other material, which I would then read. About the InstructorsThe two instructors, Greg Gay and Igor Karasyov, are extremely knowledgeable in web accessibility and web development. Gay has worked in the web accessibility field as an auditor since the mid-1990’s. You may know him as the originator of the ATutor and AContent open-source e-learning systems from the late 1990’s. He’s created more than 20 online courses. Gay is very involved in accessibility of information technology research and development projects.As the web application developer for Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education, Karasyov has extensive experience building all kinds of online applications and websites. Recently, he’s been involved with promoting and implementing web accessibility standards at The Chang School of Continuing Education.What You’ll Learn from the CourseFrom learning the four principles of web accessibility to conducting a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to developing a test protocol, you’ll learn the ins and outs of web accessibility audits. Here are the objectives from the course description: Create an accessibility auditing toolkitIdentify and apply key accessibility guidelines in WCAG 2.0Retrieve WCAG 2.0’s supporting documents when neededEmploy web-based automated accessibility checkersMeasure and/or assess web design elements such as color contrast, readability, and others using a range of publicly available test toolsTest for accessibility using assistive technologies such as the JAWS and ChromeVox screen readersApply easy manual tests to quickly assess accessibilitySelect an appropriate type of web accessibility audit and corresponding reporting strategy aimed at the audience being servedRecognize relevant accessibility guidelines, standards and specifications and integrate these into accessibility review strategies based on international requirementsGet Started!The course is available on Canvas, and registration is open now. Don’t forget, the course begins May 16, 2016. If you do take the course, I’d love to hear what you think of it! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedFree Online Course: Introduction to Web Accessibility Starts January 2020If one of your goals in 2020 is to learn about web accessibility, or to expand your current knowledge, you’ll want to take a look at a new free online web accessibility course that launches in January 2020. A partnership between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and UNESCO Institute…In “Accessibility”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: April 29, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn what to include in your UX portfolio, find out how to make your websites accessible, discover why everyone is confused with cite, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post with some of…In “Web design & development links”Takeaways from Accessibility Summit 2015 Day 1Yesterday kicked off day 1 of Accessibility Summit 2015, the annual online virtual conference organized by Environments for Humans. For the sixth year, I co-hosted a meeting room at the University of Michigan, for web professionals in southeast Michigan. Here are my takeaways from the sessions. Accessibility Professional Certification To…In “Accessibility”last_img read more

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