Sustainable Development Framework rolled out in Region 9

first_imgIndigenous villages are now being equipped with a framework aimed at ensuring they are strategically positioned on a sustainable development path.Under the Sustainable Development Framework, villages will be required to produce a long-term (10-year) Community Development Plan (CDP), where programmatic areas will be outlined, projects and targets will be prioritised, based on the respective CDPs and an effective feedback mechanism employed.Once that aspect is completed, an annual village plan will be produced – a stipulation in the Amerindian Act of 2006 – and submitted to the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry and the Regional Executive Officer by May of each year so that same will be used to inform the annual national budget.When the plans are approved by the National Assembly, the Ministry will then begin processing project documentation for respective village councils for the sums approved.The Sustainable Development Agreement Framework was rolled out by the Ministry over the weekend in 27 villages in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).Meetings were held in Annai and Lethem which saw the Regional Chairman Brian Allicock and National Toshaos Council (NTC) Chairman Joel Fredericks in attendance.A section of the gathering during one of the meetings in Region NineRepresentation came from Village Councils, the NTC, Community Development Officers and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), staff from the Ministry and Conservation International Guyana (CIG).During the Lethem consultation, Project Coordinator in the Ministry, Jude Da Silva pointed to a number of challenges faced by villages in the development of their village plans and the implementation of the Framework, which will create that enabling environment to curtail such inefficiencies within the villages and put them on a continuous developmental path.“We have all the players coming together so that we can be able to put our resources in the right community for the right purpose, so rather than somebody coming in giving you what is not in the plan, then we will not be able to see much progress,” Da Silva stated.Meanwhile, CIG Executive Director, Dr David Singh, in briefing village leaders and other partners who attended the session, said: “If we focus on our sustainable development, our green economic development, our low-carbon economic development, we will, in fact, be helping ourselves not only because we will be developing sustainably, but we will be helping the world. So this whole Framework is in meeting those goals. ”Dr Singh added that the CIG remained resolute in its efforts to assist the Ministry in effectively and efficiently executing the Framework countrywide.This strategic initiative was further endorsed by Region Nine Chairman Allicock, who, in no uncertain terms, said: “This Framework that we are developing here together augurs well not only for the villages but for the entire country…We are not starting from the top and handing it down to you; we are starting from the grass-root level so these things we are working out together is for that purpose and leaders are getting a better opportunity, they are being guided.”A similar exercise will be conducted in Mainstay-Whyaka, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) shortly.NTC Chairman Fredericks, who is also Mainstay’s Toshao, has already indicated that the Sustainable Development Plan fit with the Council’s mandate for Amerindian villages, because in the past villages did projects but never in a structured way.He added, “Leaders come and leaders go and you might find that a new Toshao coming with a new plan or vision; the village can either develop or the rate of development can drop, but when you have the Sustainable Development Plan, a five or ten-year plan you can work with that and it is also good for the village because you don’t have to wait on the Ministry to finance their project, they can look to other stakeholders so I see it is something very good.”The WWF, which is also a partner in the implementation process, has already begun working with villages in the North Rupununi to develop their Community Development Plans.Notably, the Sustainable Development Framework also sets out to meet the 17 international Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by world leaders just over a year ago to, over the next 15 years, apply to all countries.last_img read more

Math classes altered

first_imgLANCASTER – As part of an effort to provide a uniform and more rigorous curriculum districtwide, Antelope Valley Union High School District freshmen will be required to take Algebra I in their first year of high school. Algebra I is considered by the state to be an eighth-grade-level class, is part of the high school exit exam, and is required to graduate from high school. “We are creating a standardized curriculum districtwide,” board member Al Beattie said. “The direction of the district is to provide a strong rigorous program that is consistent at all the schools.” The Algebra I requirement will take effect beginning next school year. A freshman Algebra I requirement has been in place on a pilot basis at Knight and Palmdale high schools for about two years, resulting in the same or better pass rate, district officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Now, depending on which school students attend, freshmen can enroll in a variety of math classes, including Math Concepts and a pre-algebra course, which are not as difficult as Algebra I. The high school district is not alone in grappling with helping students take Algebra I to graduate from high school. The Mojave Unified School District in 2006 will eliminate its General Math class and provide a two-year Algebra I course for struggling students. “We have to push algebra because of higher standards across the state,” Mojave Superintendent Larry Phelps said. In a memo written to Phelps, Mojave High School Principal Jim Walsh said too many students in General Math were not studying and not passing. “I have met with the math department and we feel that General Math is not serving our students as we originally felt it would. Therefore, we are proposing that Algebra I, broken down into a two-year class, replace General Math. At this slower pace, we feel the at-risk students will have a greater chance of passing Algebra I,” Walsh wrote. State education officials made Algebra I an eighth-grade standard about six years ago. In 2000, the state made it a high school graduation requirement. High school district officials said there will be extra help for freshmen who are having a hard time with algebra. “For students who struggle with math, in lieu of an elective, we will have classes that will help them with math. We are also providing sessions during the summer,” said Brent Woodard, principal on special assignment. “It’s a system of support that’s multitiered. It’s a system where kids are not going to fall behind unless they want to. We will make sure we fill in as many gaps as we possibly can.” The new algebra requirement is part of the district’s effort to offer the same course sequence at every campus. “For example, ninth-grade students would have the same options regardless of what school they go to,” said Mike Vierra, interim assistant superintendent for educational services. “We are trying to get in alignment throughout all schools in the district and really focus on how we are teaching kids in the classroom.” Part of the impetus for the restructuring is because of the district’s so-called “program improvement” status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In addition, Antelope Valley and Littlerock high schools are being monitored by the state, with the Antelope Valley campus potentially facing more serious sanctions because its standardized test scores failed to improve consistently. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise expectations,” Woodard said. “We are saying that all students will be treated in such a way where we have high expectations. What’s good for kids is good for kids, whether you are on the north, south, east or west side of town.” The high school district wants all its students engaged in a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for college or a career. “We understand not every kid is going to college, but it is a college-prep curriculum. Even if they choose not to go to college, that’s fine. We don’t want to be the ones doing the sorting and selecting. We want to prepare all kids for college,” Woodard said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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

20 closed preschools scheduled to reopen today

first_img On Wednesday, City Council President Alex Padilla and Councilman Tony Cardenas blasted the Administration for Children, Youth and Families in a letter. “The failure of your office to plan and avoid a cessation of service is of far greater negative impact to the families and communities we represent than any of the concerns that your office identified and used as a basis to terminate the contract with LACA,” they wrote. Federal officials could not be reached to comment on the letter. LACA officials did not return calls Wednesday. The following sites will remain closed until further notice: Lokrantz, 19451 Wyandotte St., Reseda; Lowman, 12829 Saticoy St., North Hollywood; Martin Luther King, 10896 Lehigh Ave., Pacoima; Napa, 19010 Napa St., Northridge; Valley Plaza, 1121 Vanowen St., North Hollywood; and West Valley, 6649 Balboa St., Van Nuys. Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At Head Start sites across the San Fernando Valley, teachers spent most of the afternoon calling worried parents to let them know some classes would be resuming. “The parents were very scared. They thought the centers were going to close (permanently),” said one teacher at a San Fernando Center who asked not to be identified. “The parents understand there is a transfer. They are all just very happy to get their children back in school.” For a month, federal officials assured parents there would be no interruption of services while the federally appointed Community Development Institute, based in Denver, took over operations from the San Fernando-based Latin American Civic Association. The institute has repeatedly refused to comment. Federal officials blamed the disruption in service on LACA, saying it waited until the 11th hour to sign over key lease agreements and a child care licensing agreement. But LACA officials said they were not given enough notice. Pressured by angry local politicians, federal Head Start officials planned today to reopen all but six of the 26 preschools temporarily closed earlier this week in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. The six other locations providing day care and preschool for more than 300 low-income children will open “soon,” according to a statement released by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. The administration was forced Tuesday to close all the schools, which serve about 1,400 students, after it bungled the hand-over of the schools from the Latin American Civic Association to a temporary service provider. The administration denied the civic association’s funding request to run the centers, saying it could not show that it could adequately provide services. last_img read more

Gardaí warn of rental scams as students begin accommodation search

first_imgGardaí are advising people to be wary of rental scams, particularly at this time of year when students are returning to college. It’s fast approaching the end of August accommodation scramble as over 70,000 students will get their Leaving Cert results, with CAO offers coming out on August 21st. With thousands of students set to leaving Donegal to attend third level education in Dublin, Galway, and Cork, the search for accommodation is draining – and expensive.If the rent sounds too good to be true – it probably is. Gardaí give househunters the following checklist to ensure you aren’t left out of pocket.Use online maps to verify the existence and address of the property.Always meet a prospective landlord in the accommodation to be rented.If you are dealing with an agent, check if they are from a reputable agency.Ask for identification, a drivers licence & business card etc.Beware of incorrect contact details and phone numbers.Make sure you have seen inside the property before paying a deposit and are happy with its condition. If there is anything in less than perfect condition, bring it to the Landlord’s attention. Take a photograph of it for record purposes. Ensure keys fit and open door locks.Pay the deposit to the Landlord and not the persons leaving the property.Use cheques or bank drafts to pay the deposit and keep copies of receipts of payments and any correspondence.If you are suspicious in any way, contact the Gardaí immediately.The Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) rent index provides students with important benchmark information and is an authoritative guide as to the actual rents being charged by landlords adjacent to all Universities, ITs and other Third Level colleges. For more see www.prtb.ieGardaí warn of rental scams as students begin accommodation search was last modified: August 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:accommodationGardairentingstudentslast_img read more

Specsavers Letterkenny host charity coffee morning for spec-tacular cause

first_imgSpecsavers Letterkenny is celebrating 16 years in business and to celebrate, they are holding a fancy dress party and a fundraising coffee morning in store on Friday, 27th October. This morning the team will hold a coffee morning, with all funds raised going towards the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.Throughout the day, there will be lots of spot prizes up for grabs, including a pair of My Little Pony and Minions glasses for the little spec wearers. Members of the team will also be encouraging youngsters to take part in a colouring competition, giving them the chance to win a cinema family pass which the whole family can enjoy.The fun is not just for the kids, as grown-ups will have the chance to win some great prizes as well, including a one month supply of contact lenses.Speaking about the upcoming birthday celebrations, store director Martina McMahon says: “We are delighted to mark our 16-year birthday celebration by giving back to our customers and thanking them for their continued support over the last number of years.“I would also like to thank everyone who is or has been a member of the Specsavers Letterkenny team over the years as you have contributed to the success and growth of our store. “We at Specsavers Letterkenny are healthcare professionals who pride ourselves on providing the best possible eye and ear healthcare service to customers and we look forward to continuing with this offering for many years to come.”Specsavers Letterkenny is celebrating 16 years in business and to celebrate, is holding a fancy dress party and a fundraising coffee morning in store on Friday, 27th October.Since opening in 2001, the store has proved an integral part of the community’s eye and ear care, bringing exceptional value and service to the people of Letterkenny and beyond.Why not pop in to Specsavers and help fundraise for this fantastic cause while also getting your morning coffee fix?Specsavers Letterkenny host charity coffee morning for spec-tacular cause was last modified: October 27th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:coffee morningIrish Guide Dogs for the BlindletterkennySpecsaverslast_img read more

Financing African development

first_img3 July 2007The Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund, a new Nepad project launched at the African Union summit in Ghana on Sunday, has already raised US$625-million for investment in large-scale African development projects – and aims to reach its $1-billion target within the next 12 months.An initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), supported by the South African government and the Public Investment Corporation, SA’s state-owned pension funds manager, the fund will leverage investment in the priority sectors of African economies, including infrastructure, finance and agribusiness.Sunday’s launch event in Accra, Ghana was officiated by Ghanaian President and African Union chair John Kufour and attended by South African President Thabo Mbeki.Last month, the fund signed investment agreements worth $625-million. Speaking after the signing in Johannesburg, fund trustee and Public Investment Corporation (PIC) CEO Brian Molefe said the fund aimed to reach its initial target of $1-billion within the next 12 months.South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, also speaking at signing, said that infrastructure development would unlock Africa’s economic potential. “The Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund puts money on the table to drive the infrastructure process forward.”According to Moneyweb, South Africa’s Government Employees Pension Fund is the biggest investor in the fund so far with $250-million, followed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa with $100-million and SA banking group Absa with $70-million.Financial services group Old Mutual plc and the African Development Bank invested $50-million each, with other investors including SA’s Standard Bank, Liberty Group and Metropolitan Holdings and Ghana’s Social Security and National Insurance Trust.South Africa’s Department of Foreign Affairs said last week that Ghana’s government had made firm commitments to the fund, while other African governments had expressed interest in making contributions.“The South African government has also mobilised the private sector to partner the continental effort of ensuring that African countries can take ownership of their developmental initiatives and square up to the challenges facing the continent,” the department said in a statement.Fund CEO Tshepo Mahloele told Moneyweb that the fund could take direct stakes in projects, or buy shares of companies involved in infrastructure projects. Molefe said the fund had identified 20 projects it was looking at investing in.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

iPhone Jailbreak Irony: Apple’s Own History of Phone Hacking

first_imgApple recently countered against the Electronic Frontiers Foundation’s request to the US Copyright Office to make an exemption to the DMCA and permit iPhone jail breaking. Apple claims an exemption would leave a phone’s baseband processor (BBP) open to malicious hackers. From here, hackers could then circumvent data and call payments, make anonymous phone calls “desirable to drug dealers” and even initiate commands to render cell towers inoperable. The argument that phone hacking is particularly “desirable to drug dealers” and corporate terrorists is an amusing one given that Apple’s co-founders are themselves known to have experimented with phone phreaking in their youth. It’s well-documented that Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs not only considered themselves “hackers” but also committed a number of illegal phone hacks in their early days after being inspired by John “Captain Crunch” Draper. Draper earned his “Captain Crunch” nickname after he realized that the toy whistles packaged in boxes of Cap’n Crunch cereal created the perfect 2600 Hz tone – the same tone used on telephones with single frequency controls. From here, Draper was able to create a “blue box” that mimicked the tones used by various phone companies and was able to take control of the international phone network to make free long-distance calls. After reading an Esquire article about Draper in 1971, Wozniak admits he then went on to create his own devices to emit similar tones and even went so far as to make a prank call to the Pope. A number of articles including one quoting John Draper go on to suggest that Wozniak and Jobs sold blue boxes out of their dorm rooms for money. So how on earth has Apple’s playful hacker spirit manifested into such a culture of fear? While it’s true that phone hacks can be well utilized by unsavory criminals, the vast majority of iPhone jail breakers simply want to utilize 3rd party applications that are not available in the App Store. ReadWriteWeb has already covered a number of reputable applications in this category including Spotify and Google Voice.Says EFF spokesperson Fred von Lohmann,” The culture of tinkering (or hacking, if you prefer) is an important part of our innovation economy. Many iPhone owners will be happy to choose solely from the applications that Apple is willing to approve…but if you want to pop the hood, the DMCA surely shouldn’t stand in your way.” Photo credit for Steve Wozniak’s Blue Box at the Computer History Museum: Wikipedia User RaD man Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#NYT#web center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Skeptical? Cloud Study: Small Business to Lose 200,000 Jobs

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… According to AMI Partners, about 200,00 to 250,000 people will lose their jobs in the small business channel over the next decade as cloud computing takes hold.Skeptical? Read on…AMI attributes the job loss to the reduction in resources required to run IT for a small business. The job loss will magnify with the advent of managed services for IT and other aspects of the business.AMI says that the situation is compounded by large companies that are now offering the services that traditional small businesses have provided. This will have an additional impact.The research group point to the telecom service providers like AT&T and Verizon, retailers like Best Buy and Staples and vendors like Dell. It’s AMi’s contention that these large companies will offer various services directly to small business, cutting directly into the business of SMB providers. Historically, small businesses have supplied the small business sector.We’re skeptical about the study as a new economy is opening. Losses are inevitable with the cloud but the economic impacts of entirely new channels will be apparent. For instance, it’s clear that APis are fueling commerce. Small businesses will increasingly leverage APIs to broaden their own distribution channels.Companies realize the benefits of the cloud and its impacts will be significant. There will be losses but what that will be depends on what new channels emerge in the years ahead. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Related Posts center_img alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Is Marcell Ateman ready to Breakout?

first_imgOf all the talk of the receiving group, Marcell Ateman remained mostly in the shadows in camp behind the hype of Sheperd, Washington, Seales, and others.But there was chatter that Ateman was having a great camp as well. And on Thursday night, he looked ready to bust out.In the depth chart, Ateman stood behind Brandon Sheperd, who was still clearly limited with his recent finger disclocation.Ateman took full advantage of his opportunity, and ended the game with 75 total receiving yards, including a 18-yard touchdown grab that Mason Rudolph put only where Ateman could grab.AdChoices广告Marcell AteMAN. Good guys by 11. https://t.co/2MTeak0FNz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 4, 2015A quick refresher: Ateman is 6-foot-5! He should be making those plays.After the game, Mike Gundy said that “He (Ateman) is in his third year now, so it’s time for him to start making some plays.”With a big performance to build on at Mount Pleasant on Thursday, he could be ready to do just that. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more