Dear Editor,As Guyanese say “When yuh hand in tiger mouth, yuh got to pat he head” and so it is in Guyana presently, with a Government facing an unhappy electorate, the patting of heads has begun in earnest.The Ministers who have recently fallen from ivory towers have dusted off unused hearts, affixed same to sleeves and are among the populace in small packs, in a hurry to give you goodies from the bags of promises previously made but heretofore forgotten.The election injection is indeed the cure for all inflictions. The coalition Government is employing smoke and mirror tactics to avoid that cure, but given the record of the incumbent Attorney General, they are nonetheless pragmatically engaged in ‘Government outreach’ to persuade the population that the fruits of all the magic bean trees are now ripe for the picking. House lots; Cash grants; Jobs that do not involve breadfruits; ICT hubs; call centres; Small business loans are among the contents of the ‘I Heart you’ package. When Damien Marley sang “Some boy nuh know dis, dem only come around like tourist, On the beach with a few club sodas, Bedtime stories,… And don’t know the real hardcore” he could well have been talking about Granger’s band of kavakamites.Editor, it is only fair for a deprived population to take what is on offer. I urge my fellow Guyanese to go get whatever is being shared; it is, after all, our patrimony. We have been taxed an additional $88 billion a year by this Administration.We, the people, have paid for their extravagances, their jet-setting, ‘doing anything but work for the people’ lifestyles. So take what’s on offer, but do not be fooled, all skin teeth nah laugh, these are the forced baring of fangs, false love and patience on display and after this ‘nice time’ cometh our penance should they ever be voted into office again.The ominous signs are plain for all to see, if this hand evades the bite of the Constitution, the bite that demands lawful elections, the bite that expresses the true will of the people, then the Granger Administration will destroy all the tigers that keep them in check, the Constitution; GECOM: Integrity Commission; Procurement Commission and of course the parliamentary Opposition. Jessie Burnham famously penned “Beware, I say my brother Forbes, His motto is the personal ends of power justify any mean means used to achieve them. His Bible is the Prince by Machiavelli. And we the people should he come to power will be only pawns in his endless game of self-advancement.” A similar warning is now issued about Forbes’ acolyte David Granger, complete with evidence of his rule to date. Stay Woke.Respectfully,Robin Singh
New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup saluted his players after their blistering start to his reign.It was a stunning opening to the season from the Swans, whose 5-0 victory at QPR left the home crowd stunnedLaudrup said: “That was impressive. Winning the first game – on my debut and also the debut of the team in the second season in the Premier League – away 5-0 is something nobody could have dreamt of.“I’m very happy for the players. Last season I think the first away win was in January and it’s very important you know you can win an away game, because it gives you confidence for the rest of the season.“We hit the bar twice in the first half and I don’t think anyone can say that we didn’t deserve that result.“We all know there will be bad days, bad weeks and maybe even bad months, but it’s important to take results like that and use it.”See also:The QPR v Swansea City quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
11 June 2008Close to one percent of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) comes from research and development (R&D) spending by the public and private sectors, ensuring that the country’s economy remains competitive in the global arena.Science and technology plays an important role in the South African economy, and is seen as essential in order to increase economic growth to 6% per annum by 2010, as called for by the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Addressing Parliament in Cape Town last month, Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said R&D spending, which currently stood at 0.9% of South Africa’s GDP, was a good indication of the competitiveness of the country’s economy.Delivering his budget speech, he said that the department had received an allocation of R3.7-billion for the 2008/9 financial year, for a wide range of science projects and programmes.While private enterprises currently funded about half of the country’s R&D spend, he said the budget allocation was vital, as his department was responsible for ensuring that South Africa maintained and strengthened its competitiveness by increasing investment in relevant R&D initiatives.Developing critical skillsIn addition, a further R195-million has been set aside to strengthen the scientific capacity of higher education institutions in the country, as part of the department’s goal to combat the critical shortage of human resources in science, engineering and technology.“This is in light of the number of research chairs, which will increase by at least 30% over the next three years, providing mentorship to postgraduate students,” said Mangena.This investment in human capital development is in line with the department’s national R&D strategy, which among others, puts enormous value on human capital, and canvasses for the spirit and practice of innovation to be treated as a national asset.One of the challenges facing the department was that the number of school-leavers who have science as a grade 12 subject remained low.“If we continue to lose our best young minds, our National System of Innovation will be rendered completely ineffectual, and our infrastructure, environment and economy will suffer,” he said.Skills development in science and technology remains a key challenge for the country’s science system and the department, through its Youth into Science Strategy, places emphasis on interventions aimed at popularising mathematics and science related careers at high school level.Square Kilometre ArrayIn addition the country was currently working towards winning the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array in partnership with, and for the benefit of the entire continent, Mangena said.By winning the bid, Southern Africa would receive a major boost in radio astronomy research, with more student training and an increased infrastructure layout.The department is also working towards the creation and establishment of the Technology Innovation Agency, which will be a public funding agency to bridge the innovation gap between the local knowledge base and the productive economy.These initiatives are all part of a larger plan, the Ten-Year Innovation Plan for South Africa, which maps the course for enhancing innovation and enormous potential to contribute to sustained economic growth over the next decade.Source: BuaNews
1 July 2008While organised crime makes up a small percentage of total criminal activity in South Africa, it still wreaks havoc on society and is therefore being paid special attention by the government, says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.He was briefing the media in Pretoria this week, following the release of the latest crime statistics, which point to a continued decline in crime levels in the country – though the government has conceded that they still remain unacceptably high.“Organised crime continues to be a big problem because of the damage it inflicts on society. Firearms are used in many organised crime cases and people are killed, including innocent bystanders,” Ngakula said.“Organised criminal gangs are also involved in the illicit drug trade, which is affecting many of our people, especially the youth. The organised gangs also use their ill-begotten financial resources to corrupt people.”Organised crime groupsThe South African Police Service identified and investigated 145 organised crime groups during 2007/08, most of whom were involved in drug-related crime, motor vehicle theft and hijacking, fraud, corruption, and trafficking in non-ferrous metals, precious metals and stones.“[A total of] 131 syndicate leaders and 375 syndicate members (or runners) were arrested,” Nqakula said. “This means that 27.41% of the organised crime projects that were under investigation for the period under review were taken to court.”Of the total arrests of 1 274 062 made by the police during the period under review, 170 097 were for social related contact crimes and 24 592 for violent organised crime.Police analyst Chris de Kock said, however, that there had been a significant decrease in cash-in-transit robberies, which is a highly organised type of crime, with the number of cash-in-transit heists decreasing from 467 to 395 between 2007 and 2008.Shifting attention elsewhereHowever, De Kock warned that the gangs involved could have shifted their attention somewhere else, such as automatic teller machine (ATM) bombings.“One of the latest developments involves attacks or bombings aimed at ATMs. During 2005, only 12 such incidents were recorded, which escalated to 54 incidents during 2006, 386 incidents during 2007 and a projected total of 538 for 2008.” He said. “The increase between 2005 and 2007 alone stands at 374 cases, namely from 12 to 386 incidents.”De Kock said that during the past three to four months, since the successful strikes against cash-in-transit robberies, the nature of ATM bombings had advanced.The criminals involved had recently shifted their attention from less populated areas to the metropolitan areas or cities themselves, with more affluent areas also being targeted.Previously, the criminal gangs were only made up of two or three members, however, gangs of 10 to 14 heavily armed men in at least two vehicles were now carrying out these robberies. The bombings were also becoming more sophisticated as gangs were using double bomb blasts as opposed to only one.De Kock said these changes had resulted in more monetary gain and more police casualties.Positive resultsOn the whole, the crime trends show that the government has made various interventions to fight crime in the country, with Police stations being beefed up with more officers and better resources and community or geographic policing being increased to curb crime in informal settlements.Partnerships with communities, business, labour movements and religious sectors had also yielded positive results.Source: BuaNews
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BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ All the players fielded in by coach Boyet Fernandez scored for the Red Lions, who exploded for 44 points in the first half en route to their fifth straight victory.The Lions showed sharped form in blowing out the toothless Tigers, who absorbed their sixth loss in seven games in the preseason tournament.“We gave everybody a chance to play today and all our players played well,” Fernandez said. “It was a character test for us today. The starters dictated the tempo and everybody followed the starters.”Javee Mocon turned out to be the best scorer for San Beda with nine points. But it hardly mattered as the Lions led by as many as 83-55 in the final period.The Archers held the Warriors scoreless in the last three minutes to complete the comeback from 69-71 down. Melecio hit the go-ahead triple, before Baltazar put the finishing touches in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT “We didn’t play our game and there are also players who didn’t play their game so our depth was really tested today,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With Arvin Tolentino finding his groove early, the Tamaraws responded to their loss to University of the Philippines with a 72-53 tripping of Adamson.Aside from grabbing 10 rebounds, Tolentino, a transferee from Ateneo, finished with 22 points, including 17 in the first half where he nearly outscored the entire Adamson team, which struggled mightily from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tamaraws opened up a 24-point lead following a Wendell Comboy triple at the 5:25 mark of the fourth period.“It isn’t everyday you are going to shoot that way, but I will take it,” said Tamaraws coach Olsen Racela, whose team routed the Falcons off the boards, 52-34. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flashing its depth, San Beda had 18 players scoring as it blasted University of Santo Tomas, 86-59, last Sunday to stay unbeaten, while Far Eastern U bounced back from a stunning defeat in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.Getting a huge lift from Justin Baltazar and Aljun Melecio in the endgame, La Salle also prevailed over University of the East, 77-71, for its fourth win in six games at Filoil Flying V ArenaADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pocari, BaliPure triumph, near PVL finals Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments
Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica. He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities. Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5. Story Highlights Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5.Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica.He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities.“Young people are shining right across Jamaica, so nominate our youth. Let us get the applications, so we can vet and see who are qualified,” Mr. Green added.The State Minister said that “we want to reward young people who have formed community groups, given back to the communities in different ways, and lobbied for community centres and sport facilities”.Mr. Green said he is encouraging persons to visit www.moe.gov.jm, or youthjamaica.com for application forms.The State Minister pointed out that the Corporate Leadership award, also new, is in keeping with the Government’s drive to create role models “among young people in business, and reward those young people in corporate life who have shown strong leadership”.The Prime Minister National Youth Awards for Excellence was introduced in 1998 to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development.Since its inception, 224 awards have been conferred on individuals in the fields of Academics, Sport, Arts and Culture, Environmental Protection, and Journalism.It is open to all Jamaican nationals between 15 and 29 years old who are living in Jamaica and the diaspora, who have attained excellence and world-class achievement.“We can hold them up as role models for other youth to excel and embrace their positive qualities,” Mr. Green said.