ICT will be primary focus for education budget – Minister

first_img– special needs education, psycho-social support system also on cardsBy Jarryl BryanBudget 2018 is slated to be read today, and at least in one sector – education — there is some insight into what is to come. Funding for the education sector would be mostly aimed at making education more technologically friendly.Expressions of the need for a support system for students at the Ministry level have been gathering momentum in the public domain in wake of recent sexual misconduct allegations being levelled against a teacherThis is according to Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who was at the time responding to questions on a radio programme. According to the Minister, one primary area the education budget will focus on is Information and Communication Technology (ICT).“My 2018 budget will provide the beginning of a roadmap that will take us to 2030. The Ministry of Education will be focused on reviewing that, and ensuring that we have a roadmap that can take us to 2030, in alignment with our Sustainable Development Goals.“The primary focus (will be) ICT. We’re looking to modernise education, and that will play a big part.“The other area we will be focusing on is technical and vocational education. So you will hear some of the new facilities we will establish as it relates to technical institutes. “We will also speak about special education needs. We will focus on putting a school in Georgetown that will (have) the early childhood programme, to ensure that at a very young age we are able to make the appropriate diagnosis.”Henry claimed that these are new initiatives. According to the Minister, providingEducation Minister Nicolette Henrymobile psycho-social support to students would also be on the agenda. She identified “mobile clinics” as one way to achieve this.“I am talking (about an initiative that is) much broader than counselling (itself). We want to ensure there is linkage and a continuation of care and psycho-social support services. We’re not talking about a counsellor at a school, we are talking about a serious issue that requires that type of issue; you can be given the linkage to a competent service provider.”EducationGovernment had, in April 2016, launched an inquiry into the education system with the aim of gathering “evidential bases” for the revision, upgrading and extension of the system. It has been expected that the CoI’s findings would be considered when budgeting for the Ministry was actually done.The CoI set up to conduct this probe held hearings across the country with parents,  guardians, teachers, religious leaders, unions, and the private sector on their perception of the state of the education system, as well as recommendations for its enhancement.The commission has found that there is need for greater collaboration between the regional education departments and the regional administrations, to determine the educational needs of each particular region.The commission had also suggested that an education committee be established at the regional democratic level. It was also urged that that committee should be structured to examine the needs of the region and convey those to the Department of Education, so those needs could be adequately addressed.The commission’s findings also included a recommendation that the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) be equipped with the research capacity it needs, since progress in the sector cannot be measured and analysed.The report also noted that the Ministry’s inspectorate should have a separate unit, and not be a part of another unit. “We are the only country probably in the world where the Inspectorate Unit is part of another unit. The Inspectorate Unit (is) supposed to be an autonomous body, reporting to the highest office in the land.”The commissioners also found that there is a greater need for welfare officers who are equipped with guidance and counselling skills, and recommended that there be one such officer in each school. However, they noted that if this is not possible, there should be one officer with responsibility for no more than five schools.In accepting the report, then Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine had said he would be presenting same to both Cabinet and the National Assembly.“I would prefer the report not be buried in another Select Committee and we go on and on about the issues. I would think the comprehensiveness of the commission of inquiry is sufficient enough for us to act, and that is going to require some commitment; and that is something we are a bit short on,” he had said.last_img read more

Floodlight cricket returns to DCC tonight

first_imgThe momentum is picking up in the Back to Eden, Permaul’s Trading, Khans’s Trading and Trophy Stall sponsored softball tournament with four matches over the weekend beginning tonight at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground in Queenstown, Georgetown.Ramesh Narine is expected to feature for Floodlights tonight at DCCIt will mark a return for Floodlights Masters who will take on Parika Defenders from 19:00h. Floodlights were out of the spotlight over the recent weeks but will suit up for this crucial match tonight against the visitors who is heading into the game with some form and momentum.The Defenders defended their home ground wonderfully last Sunday when they put a sound trashing on Success Masters by 71 runs at the Saleem Community Centre ground. The hosts batted first and scored a commanding 168/7 from 20 overs. Muneshwar Balgobin and Davanan Kanna made 27 runs apiece while Raymond “Orange Juice” Karim took 2/19 for the visitors.In reply, Success were knocked over for 97 in the 16th over with only Mark Fung showing some fight with 35 runs. Kannan returned to pick up 3/12 while Kabesh Persaud was equally destructive with 3/16 for the home team.The second match of the day between Parika Defenders and Narine Masters was washed out without a ball being bowled after heavy and persistent rain made the outfield unplayable.After tonight’s encounter, the tournament will continue on Sunday at the Malteenoes Sports Club ground, Thomas lands Georgetown with three matches. In the over-45 category, Narine Masters battle Regal Masters at 10:00h then Tropical Springs Masters take on Wellman from 14:00h.At 13:00h there will be a lone female fixture with 4-R Lioness taking on Trophy Stall Angels.last_img read more

Employees oppose privatisation of ‘Assam Accord Refinery’

first_imgThe Numaligarh Refinery Employees’ Union on Wednesday wrote to Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami seeking an Assembly resolution against the Centre’s bid to disinvest Numaligarh Refinery Limited via Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), its parent company.The union said privatising the refinery, referred to as NRL, would have been logical had it been a loss-making entity. “Since its establishment in 1993 till 2018-19 fiscal, NRL has paid more than Rs. 30,000 crore to the National and State exchequer, contributing immensely to the country’s growth,” the union’s general secretary Binod Gogoi said.In a memorandum to Mr. Goswami, the union sought an Assembly resolution against NRL’s privatisation. It also asked the Assam government to strive for merging NRL with the Indian Oil Corporation Limited by letting the petroleum major take over the refinery’s 61.65% share from BPCL.The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other civic organisations have been protesting against the bid to privatise NRL, popularly called the Assam Accord Refinery. Setting up the refinery was among the clauses of the 1985 accord that ended a violent six-year agitation for ejecting illegal migrants from the State.“We don’t want some private company take over NRL which was built on the blood of 855 martyrs of the agitation and is thus high on sentimental value for the people of Assam,” AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said.last_img read more

10 months ago​Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship deals

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship dealsby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUefa and the Premier League have agreed to share information from separate investigations into allegations surrounding the sponsorship deal Manchester City struck with the Etihad airline in 2015, reports SportBusiness.Football’s European governing body and the Premier League have been carrying out their own inquiries after allegations surrounding the agreement were published by German magazine Der Spiegel.It was claimed in the magazine that, according to leaked emails from executives involved in the deal, £59.5m (€66m/$76m) that was supposed to have been transferred to the club from the airline was in fact paid directly by City’s owners, Abu Dhabi United Group.The league and Uefa have now agreed to share their information and have also reached an arrangement to share any further information in the future.Uefa has been probing whether such actions may have breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Just days ago, AC Milan was sanctioned after falling foul of FFP regulations, with the Italian Serie A club told that it faces being banned from European competition for one season if it does not break even by June 2021.According to The Times, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects the outcome of the case to be known “very soon”. last_img read more

Trudeau chats with Fort Hills workers blames Harper for lack of pipelines

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the oilsands on Friday, just a day after getting heckled and booed in Vancouver and Victoria for his approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The project that has the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and B.C., at odds will see the pipeline’s capacity nearly triple from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day giving Alberta heavy oil access to much needed foreign markets.“Our government has been unequivocal, this pipeline is in the national interest and will get built. We had a regulatory process that went through, an examination, an engagement with partners, and it was determined that this Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion is in the national interest and that’s why it’s going to get built,” said Trudeau.He also didn’t take long to slam the Harper-era Conservatives by saying that through ten-years in power while Harper may have “topped up” the oilsands, his government wasn’t able to get a pipeline to tidewater approved because no one trusted them to protect the environment.Trudeau used that as an opportunity to once again tout his plan that links the environment and the economy.“Canadians are united on that, everyone wants to see their grandkids with both a protected natural world around them and good jobs and successful communities,” said Trudeau. “That’s something, we can and will work on together regardless of the fact that there’s still a choice to be made between either the economy or the environment, the only way to do this responsibly is to do this together.”Trudeau’s visit to Suncor’s Fort Hills site brought him to the most recently completed mega-project in the region, as when it hits full-production (within a month) it will produce 194,000 barrels of oil per day through its open pit mining operation.The Prime Minister, who gets more than his fair share of heat in this region spent 30-minutes in a lunch room with dozens of Fort Hills workers, answering questions off the cuff especially about the carbon tax and pipelines. Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle) climbs the stairs into the cockpit of a Komatsu 780E heavy haul at Suncor’s Fort Hills oilsands site on Friday, Apr. 4, 2018. Bradley Karp / REPORTER His tour of the facility was led by Suncor CEO Steve Williams, who in February told the Financial Post that due to regulatory changes by the Trudeau government, his company would likely cut back on investments in Canada. The two were all smiles as Williams and Suncor staffers guided Trudeau around a Komatsu 780E heavy hauler, the Prime Minister even took a seat at the helm.“We’ve talked about market access, we’ve talked about market pressures which are the sum of taxation, royalties, the confidence in the regulatory process and I’m greatly encouraged by the conversation we’ve had today and I think it sort of speaks for itself,” said Williams. “The prime Minister has taken the trouble to come here and spend some time with us and understand our challenges better so I think we’re going to get some help.”Williams went on to acknowledge how the environment for oilsands producers has changed in the last few years, from the price cut in 2014, taxation and regulatory overhauls along with the United-States going from their biggest customer to their biggest competitor, expediting the need for a pipeline to tidewater for foreign market access.While producers in the oilsands need that market access through pipeline, the province next door (British-Columbia) continues to throw up roadblocks. When Trudeau was asked head on what he’s doing about it, and how he’ll ensure the pipeline actually gets built, this was his response: “I’m continuing to engage regularly with British Columbia, there are a number of court cases going on that the Federal Government is monitoring closely, but as I said many times we have a regulatory process that was open, responsible, fair, heard from everyone, we made a decision around the fact that this pipeline is absolutely in the national interest, the federal government has the responsibility and ability to move forward on projects of the national interest, that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to get this pipeline built.”Trudeau’s visit to the region wrapped up with meetings with other oil executives as well as meeting with local First Nations and Metis leaders.last_img read more

Ahead of LS polls: Schools in Delhi & NCR likely to conduct electoral literacy campaigns

first_imgNEW DELHI: Schools in Delhi and NCR are planning to conduct electoral literacy campaigns ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to help students become “electoral ambassadors” and encourage people to vote. With the new academic session set to begin, the focus of the campaign will be to enlighten students about the importance of vote, to train them in the electoral process and encourage them to ensure the adults around them exercise their franchise. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe campaign will run through the month of April. “We have planned a series of activities to make students understand the value of their vote and the need to exercise their suffrage in a confident, comfortable and ethical manner so that when they pass out from school and enrol themselves as first time voters they are enlightened enough about the process,” said Seema Trikha, Principal, Vasant Global School in Noida. She said the students will also be encouraged to act as electoral ambassadors in their respective neighbourhoods or nearby slums where they can impart the knowledge gained by them at school. The sessions will begin from April. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA senior official of the Directorate of Education (DoE) said, the electoral literacy clubs which has teachers with election duty experience will help students understand the constitutional, legislative and legal provisions, technological innovation besides the role of the EC, courts, media and other stakeholders in the poll process. Shiv Nadar school in Gurgaon and Noida have scheduled mock elections for the students next month and are also advancing the teaching of the chapters on legislature elections to time it with the Lok Sabha polls. “We will be planning mock elections for the students to give them an idea about how the entire set up works. There will be screening of certain videos related to the poll process to help students understand the functioning of the democratic set up and importance of exercising votes”, said Dr Smriti Sabbarwal, teaching faculty, Shiv Nadar School Gurugram.last_img read more

Don’t take Royals lightly: SRH coach

first_imgJaipur: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody on Friday cautioned his team against taking Rajasthan Royals lightly in the absence of top players such as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the opposition ranks. Hoping to inch closer to securing a playoff berth, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday. “I wouldn’t say that they are a weakened side because if I lose players it also presents opportunities to those who are hungry. You cannot underestimating your opponent. The fringe players only need a lucky break to shine,” Moody said at the pre-match press conference. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe former Australian all-rounder added: “Therefore, regardless of who has come and who has gone in Rajasthan’s line- up, we know that they are a dangerous side, and particularly at home.” SRH are placed fourth in the standings with five wins and as many losses, giving them 10 points, while the hosts are stuttering at the seventh position after seven defeats in 11 outings. Moody said: “It is a very important game for both teams, given that the middle of the table is very crowded. It is an opportunity for us to break away from that middle. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”We have four games left and have to win majority of those, most of the teams in the middle are in that position. We know that Rajasthan are coming off a win but they are also coming from back-to-back games, had a travel day today and have lost a few players to World Cup commitments.” He said the departure of Jonny Bairstow for England has opened the door for people like Martin Guptill. “Warner and Barstow have been performing well. But when the door closes, another one opens. It’s an opportunity for someone else to step in that batting position. “We haven’t finalised the eleven, whether Guptill plays or not is undecided. “For the past four weeks, he has been practicing on all sorts of surfaces at nets which are more often not as good as surfaces which are presented out in the middle. “He is prepared for any surface. He has prepared and preparing for that opportunity.”last_img read more

Bangladesh change WC strip after uproar

first_imgDhaka: Bangladesh has altered its World Cup cricket strip to add a touch of red following uproar over the initial design, which some had likened to rival Pakistan’s kit, the cricket board said Wednesday. The national flag of Bangladesh is red and green, but the Tigers’ jersey unveiled Monday for the tournament starting later this month in England and Wales was green and white. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman Jalal Yunus said cricket’s world governing body had originally asked it to drop the red colour due to “commercial complications”, but relented following a subsequent request from the BCB. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”It made the jersey green and white. But people wanted a touch of red in the jersey. So we requested the ICC (International Cricket Council) again and they accepted our request,” he said. The original design had featured the names of players and the word Bangladesh in red, Yunus noted. Social media was awash with complaints after the strip was unveiled, with former BCB president Saber Hossain Chowdhury among those to criticise the original design. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”Red and green, our national flag colours, have always been reflected in jerseys of @BCBtigers over the years. So very sad this is no longer so,” Chowdhury tweeted. Many cricket fans saw a similarity with the jersey of Pakistan, from which Bangladesh became independent after a bloody war in 1971. But BCB president Nazmul Hassan, also known as Papon, blasted the suggestion that the resemblance of Pakistan jersey prompted the swift change in design. “Bangladesh is written on the jersey, how can you confuse it with Pakistan?” Nazmul asked reporters in a press conference on Tuesday. “After seeing the Tigers’ picture and BCB logo if someone thinks that it’s not Bangladesh’s jersey but Pakistan’s then I think that person should stay in Pakistan,” he said. Bangladesh cricket team left home on Wednesday and will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Oval on June 2.last_img read more

Matthaus fears for Boatengs Germany future

first_imgJerome Boateng may not have it easy to get back into the Germany team under Joachim Low, reckons Lothar MatthausThe Bayern Munich defender was left out of Germany’s upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures with Russia on Thursday and Netherlands four days later.Amid struggles for form and fitness this season, Boateng explained that the need for a break was behind his omission from the German squad.But Matthaus, who captained Germany to the 1990 World Cup title, suggests that Boateng’s days with the national side could be over.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It could well be that this is a very long break for Jerome Boateng in the German national team, as long as Low is in charge there,” Matthaus told Sky.“I think that’s because of several factors. First, of course, the sporting achievements of the last few months.“I can well imagine that the national coach did not like that, that Jerome left injured after the 3-0 defeat in Holland last month, and then completed a full training session at FC Bayern on the day of the France match a few days later.”Boateng has made 11 appearances for Bayern in all competitions this season.last_img read more

Drift Set Gillnetting Closures For Today

first_imgThe closure of the Central District drift gillnet fishery and Upper Subdistrict East Foreland Section set gillnet fishery is being implemented to reduce the harvest of Kenai River sockeye salmon. The set gillnet fishery in the Kasilof Section within 600 feet of shore is warranted in order to harvest Kasilof River sockeye salmon. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game has announced the closure of drift gillnetting in the Central District of Upper Cook Inlet and also the closure of set gillnetting in the East Foreland Section of the Upper Subdistrict from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., today. Brian Marston with DF&G: “On July 24, Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fisheries staff estimated the Kenai River sockeye salmon run will be less than 2.3 million fish. With this updated run assessment, the inriver goal for Kenai River sockeye salmon is now 900,000-1,100,000 fish. Based on the current passage estimate of sockeye salmon in the Kenai River of 354,000 fish through July 24, even 3-day late run timing models do not project the minimum inriver goal will be met without a reduction in harvest of this stock.” In the Kasilof River, the total estimated sockeye salmon passage through July 24 is approximately 243,000 fish. Based on average to 3-day late run timing models, passage into the Kasilof River is 69% to 75% complete and projects a final passage estimate of 324,400 to 352,000 fish, according to DF&G. However, set gillnetting will be open within 600 feet of the mean high tide mark on the Kenai Peninsula shoreline in the Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., today.last_img read more