President to swear in new 10-member ERC today

first_imgSome seven years after the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) expired, President David Granger will be swearing in the 10 new members of the body today.The ceremony will be held at the State House.President David GrangerThis comes over a month after the National Assembly approved the appointment of the nominees from 10 stakeholder entities as members of the Commission.The new members to be appointed are: Pastor John Smith from the Christian community; Rajkumarie Singh from the Hindu community; Roshan Khan from the Muslim community; Norris Witter from the labour movement; Norman McLean, the Private Sector representative; Deodat Persaud for youth organisations; Ruth Howard for women’s organisations; Ashton Simon for Amerindian groups; Barrington Braithwaite for African groups and Neaz Suban for Indian groups.The Opposition had raised concerns with the length of time it took for persons to be appointed to the Commission.However, when the Third Report of the Standing Committee on Appointments was presented to the National Assembly for adoption and approval on January 19, Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, told the National Assembly that while an earlier time would have been appropriate for such an important body, there were several hindrances to the process.He disclosed that the Committee held nine meetings, but difficulties were encountered with one of the bodies selecting a nominee. The Minister added too that while there could have been more consultations with citizens, persons were not as responsive even when the deadlines were extended.The ERC plays an integral role as a constitutional entity which serves to protect and preserve the interests of all stakeholders as far as creating an atmosphere of tolerance and harmony among the different races and ethnic groups in Guyana’s diverse society.The Commission initially comprised representatives from seven different constituencies, but in 2015 it was increased to 10.The ERC is a constitutional body established under the Herdmanston Accord. It works with persons and agencies to promote harmonious ethnic relations. The Commission also deals with complaints, promotes training in racial harmony, and fosters a sense of security, among all ethnic groups.The Commission had been virtually dysfunctional since 2011 when then Opposition Leader Robert Corbin had secured an injunction against the body, barring the Chairman and two Commissioners from taking any decision, recommendation or issuing any direction on behalf of the constitutional body.last_img read more

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QPR youngster targets regular first-team spot

first_imgMichael Petrasso believes his pace and skill out wide will eventually see him become a regular in the QPR side.The 20-year-old made only the third start of his Rangers career in Monday’s 1-0 defeat by Burnley.He joined the club in 2013 from Toronto FC and had to learn his trade during loan spells at Oldham, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Notts County.But he told QPR’s website he feels he is now ready for a run in the team.Petrasso said: “I have been waiting patiently on the bench, and getting minutes here and there, so it was great to start.“I thought I played well. I had a couple of chances to score and hopefully I can continue from here and get more minutes.“I have been involved in and around the team for two or three years now. Hopefully I can gain more experience now, get more minutes off the bench and become a regular.“I am at the stage now where I need to prove myself to be a major contender for a spot in the side.”Petrasso, a Canada Under-23 international who has also made a couple of senior squads, also explained what he feels he can bring to the Rangers side.“My game revolves around dribbling and pace,” he said.“I try to take my opportunities when I can in the wide areas and take people on. I will try and stick to that and hopefully I will succeed.”See also:Gallen feared Petrasso would leave QPRQPR fans on Twitter criticise PhillipsYoungsters feature as QPR lose at BurnleyBristol City boss praises QPR duoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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What3Words and Gateway are creating a safer community

first_imgUsing an innovative global mapping system, a British company is helping to bring healthcare to some of South Africa’s most difficult-to-find places.plans.backer.toned. An example of a rural KwaNdengezi address using what3words. (Image: what3words)Sulaiman PhilipKwaNdengezi, outside Durban, is a community of 54,000. It is a collection of brick buildings and self-built homes of zinc sheeting, recycled bricks and wood. What roads do exist do not have names and unless you live in the sprawling 14km² township, it is easy to get lost.Thembinkosi Lesley Dladla, an Emergency Management Rescue Services (EMRS) shift supervisor, explained: “As an EMRS [officer], my work doesn’t have any boundaries – we work the whole of Durban. It’s very difficult in the townships, because they don’t have road names written, and they also don’t have house numbers.”Ambulances can take hours to reach patients. Often a whole day will pass before an ambulance can find patients. They, as well as community health workers, have to rely on residents to give them directions. For the community, descriptive directions are the easiest ways to navigate the chaotic streets of the township.Take the directions Dladla gave to the Gateway blog, for example: “Take a left at the church, then right at the school and it’s a red door.” These can be misunderstood or misremembered, require detailed local knowledge and take a long time to explain. There are also no street lights, so using landmarks to find your way is almost impossible at night.Gateway and what3wordsA local health NGO, Gateway Health Institute, is piloting a project in KwaNdengezi that will map the entire township. For the first time residents will have an address they can use when calling for medical help.The NGO is using what3words, a global online mapping system, to create unique addresses for the township. The system breaks the globe into a grid of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares. Each has a pre-assigned and fixed three-word address.Gateway’s fieldworkers helped residents identify their locations on a satellite map and then printed their three-word addresses on plastic signs that were attached to their homes. The addresses are registered in a database, and the NGO is able to identify what medical services are needed where. The mapping service has helped to increase the number of pregnant women receiving home visit antenatal care. When medical help is needed it can be dispatched to a mapped location and ambulance crews know where to go to provide life-saving assistance.Residents are known to keep copies of their what3words addresses in their bibles. (Image: What3words)Beyond providing addresses to homes in KwaNdengezi, Gateway is also mapping community assets such as local government centres, clinics and pumps that provide clean drinking water. The aim is to build a detailed map for the residents that can be used by businesses and the government to improve the lives of the community.The project was begun by Dr Coenie Louw, founder and director of Gateway. “For those living in informal settlements and rural areas, ‘location’ presents the biggest challenge in providing health services and products. In these areas demand is high but delivery is poor. What3words changes all that. By providing every property with a unique address, residents now have a simple and reliable way to identify their homes.”Addressing a problemGateway runs community health services in disadvantaged communities across the country. The most important medical services it offers are delivery of medicines and emergency transport for women in labour: 50% of births in KwaNdengezi take place at home; before the project began an ambulance could take up to four hours to reach a woman in distress.At first, Louw tried using phone masts to triangulate locations but he found that location could be up to 3km from a person needing assistance. “I spent two years trying to find a way to actually pinpoint the location of a pregnant woman in distress.”Dr Coenie Louw, founder of Gateway Health Institute, introduced what3words to KwaNdengezi. (Image:what3words)What3words is the perfect solution, which Louw found while doing internet research. A three-word address is perfect in areas such as KwaNdengezi because it is easy to remember and simple to share via message or SMS. What3words uses USSD technology and is a free download to any phone. It also works even if the resident does not have available data.Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder of what3words told Gateway: “Helping them [Gateway] to overcome one of their most fundamental barriers for delivering these services is something we’re very proud of. Addressing these communities is the first step to improving their economic and social development, and indeed to changing lives.”The project is also being used to alleviate unemployment in the township — 11 previously unemployed youngsters were trained as fieldworkers to help residents identify their addresses and to help load location and health information on Gateway’s database.How what3words worksThe system is available in 14 languages and is used in 170 countries by NGOs, government services and businesses. In essence, every centimetre of the globe has a unique address that is easier to remember and communicate, is more accurate and is simpler to use than directions based on landmarks.marginal.cabin.gearbox is the what3words address for the Brand South Africa office. Neighbouring The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, a short walk away, is senior.blinks.punk. Similar word combinations are not placed close to each other. If you spell a word incorrectly, the system will give you suggestions for the best possible location.An estimated 4 billion people have no address. For these people it is impossible to open a bank account or get deliveries or, as in the case of the residents of KwaNdengezi, be reached in an emergency. What3words is designed to improve the lives of these people.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Google Invented Reading Lists?

first_imgdana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Well-known podcaster and RSS pioneer Dave Winer is critical about Google’s reading list patent. In a recent blog post, Winer explains how Google filed a patent laying claim to “a method of subscribing to a collection of feeds”. Winer’s own Scripting News discusses OPML file subscriptions or “reading lists” much earlier than the patent application and from what I understand, BlogBridge has also supported dynamic reading lists for years. The Google invention idea seems similar to the company’s Bundles product – a tool that allows users to create Google Reader lists and share them as either a link, widget or subscription. Nevertheless, Winer makes the assertion that Google should state the process of invention and apologize if the company is disproved as the inventor and found to have stolen from the RSS community. Given Winer’s prominence as a member of the RSS community, it’s understandable why he should feel frustrated. If you’ve got examples of “reading list” style references that pre-date the Google patent application, let us know in the comments below. Photo Credit: Mykl Roventine Related Posts last_img read more

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Citizens Group Presents Needy St. James Resident with New Home

first_img The house is valued at approximately $450,000 JP and member of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Hume Innis said that the house will be painted shortly Story Highlights Indigent resident of the community of Dumfries in Eastern St. James, Dudley Jackson, can now live in comfort having received a new one-bedroom unit from the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society on Tuesday, September 10.The house, which has been furnished, is valued at approximately $450,000.Mr. Jackson’s plight came to the attention of the society, which then organised fund raising initiatives and established partnerships with its members and local businesses in and around the community and parish.The Society was also assisted by a member of Mr. Jackson’s family, who made it possible for the house to be completed, allaying fears that he could be seriously hurt or killed, if a hurricane should strike.Justice of the Peace and member of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Hume Innis said that the house will be painted shortly.“Through fund raising initiatives, the project was undertaken and completed and we are today, proudly handing over this completed unit to him…despite the difficulties experienced in securing funding for the project, the Society remains committed to assisting our citizens whenever and wherever possible,” Mr. Innis pointed out.Commending members of the group for the tremendous demonstration of love and concern for the less fortunate, returning resident, Roy Russell said the gesture represents what can be accomplished when communities work together.“This is love and if the community within this district, behave the same way as this (Benevolent Society) group behave, then we should be on our way overcoming a lot of our obstacles and challenges as a community and as a country.  We need to wake up and unite and link ourselves together in love and assist those among us that are in need,” Mr. Russell urged.President of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Rita Spence, told JIS News that the completion and handing over of the unit to Mr. Jackson was the first project of the Society and that plans were underway for other projects in the community. The completion and handing over of the unit was the first project of the Society last_img read more

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Unbridled Love Royal New Years Eve Start Filming in Vancouver Area

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Unbridled Love (TV Movie)Following the death of her aunt, Sarah returns home to her Uncle’s farm for the holidays. Although she was hoping to find comfort in her family’s Christmas traditions, her uncle’s plan is to avoid them altogether. In the midst of their tension, a handsome Hollywood celebrity named Graham comes knocking, looking to use the farm as research for his next film. It takes some wooing for Graham to convince Sarah to let him use the property, but as he begins his work, Sarah finds herself in love with Graham. Between her family struggles and her new romance with Graham, Sarah winds up with a Christmas she’ll never forget.Unbridled Love stars Oakville, Ontario native Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Librarians), Kristoffer Polaha (Where Hope Grows, Get Shorty) and Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores, Chicago Fire).READ MOREcenter_img Facebook LINDY BOOTH LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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