12 Jan

Education Ministry shuts down Brickdam Secondary

first_imgBy Ramona LuthiChief Education Officer Olato Sam shut down Brickdam Secondary School on Tuesday, in response to a sit-in by the teachers at the school last week. On Tuesday, Sam asked students to return home while requesting that teachers vacate the premises after submitting all school records.However, according to the teachers of the Secondary School, the decision to sit in was made after their numerous demands for better work and educational facilities fell on deaf ear. They highlighted that over the years, there have been scores of complaints pertaining to the hazardous and unsanitary conditions students as well as teachers are forced to dwell in on a daily basis, but nothing except emptyChief Education Officer Olato Sam at the PTA meetingpromises came from the Education Ministry.“The decision to close the school down came after the teachers took a stand for better working conditions and generally an environment that is conducive for learning. Teachers asked for these things. We’ve been asking for these things for years and it has reached to the point where it is overbearing. The students and the teachers have decided that we’ve had enough and we would like the Ministry to do something about it,” one teacher said.Meanwhile, a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting was held at St Stanislaus College on Tuesday with the Chief Education Officer, Assistant Chief Education Officer Leslyn Charles, the Principal Education Officer responsible for schools in Georgetown, the District Education Officer in Georgetown, other representatives of the Ministry, the PTA Board Chairman, scores of parents and students of the Brickdam Secondary.At the meeting, Sam highlighted that after being informed that the teachers of the Brickdam Secondary School were on strike, he, along with members of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and other officers of the Education Ministry, met with them on Friday last to resolve the issues. The Chief Education Officer said that it was his understanding that a compromise was made between him and the teachers whereby emergency repairs would be conducted over the weekend, and teachers would resume working for the remaining three weeks of the school’s semester, giving the Ministry time to implement permanent restoration measures at the school for the new term in September.However, on Monday, he found that this was not the situation as he was informed that the teachers still refused to work. Sam asserted that it was this that resulted in his decision to have the school closed, students relocated to other schools in order to continue their secondary education, and teachers to different educational facilities.“As a result of the teachers not working, we had to devise the best plan of action in the best interest of our students so that they get an education, complete the end-of-term assessment and everything else. And that would give us an opportunity to satisfy our teacher’s demands. We cannot allow teachers to sit in at the school for the remainder of the term when our students aren’t learning anything. It’s totally unacceptable and so our teachers have all been reassigned to other schools.”According to the Chief Education Officer, the students would be admitted to Grade “A” schools such as North Georgetown Secondary, Christ Church Secondary, Central High School and North Ruimveldt Multilateral High School for the rest of the term while the Ministry assesses its options to provide a permanent solution.However, this announcement resulted in a massive disruption within the crowd of parents as they chanted “No!” to the list of schools provided by Sam.Parents and teachers angrily expressed their frustrations towards Sam, who voiced that since the teachers refused to take the option of resuming work at Brickdam Secondary for the next three weeks and be given a permanent resolution next term, it was now “off the table”.He left the meeting shortly after declaring this, since the commotion created by parents did not quiet down.Teachers of the Secondary School told Guyana Times that they were prepared to work and would have readily accepted the condition put forward by the Chief Education Officer, had he mentioned it prior to the meeting.They voiced that their only concern revolved around better facilities for the children that they teach. The teachers asserted that the decision to have students and teachers relocated was done out of spite: “The Ministry wants to make us an example because we stood up for our rights.”It was also relayed that the Headmistress of the school refused to stand up with the teachers in their fight for better facilities.While some parents agreed with the decision to have the children relocated on a temporary basis, many refused to accept it. These parents voiced their belief that their children were being subjected to unfair treatment having been transferred to schools that were considered below the educational standard.“We have no choice. This is being shoved down our throats. We have no choice. My child has been disenfranchised because they wanna send her down to a lower school. We don’t have a choice. What is this? Is this communism? Is this the change I voted for? No. No way,” asserted a parent, Tracy Martin.last_img read more

3 Jan

Revealed! 36 most valuable teams in the world 2015, incl. MUFC, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City

first_img Joint 27. St Louis Cardinals. Value: $1.4 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! Joint 29. Green Bay Packers. Value: $1.38 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 36 4. Barcelona. Value: $3.16 billion 36 American business magazine Forbes has released its 2015 list of the world’s most valuable sports clubs. Using a calculated ‘enterprise value’ (equity plus debt), Forbes’ figures reveal how much would be required to buy each club.The calculations reveal just how valuable American sports teams remain, while showing which football clubs are financial behemoths.Take a look at the top 36 by clicking the arrows above, right. 36 36 19. Philadelphia Eagles. Value: $1.75 billion 36 36 36 Joint 2. Dallas Cowboys. Value: $3.2 billion 11. Bayern Munich. Value: $2.35 billion 36 36 36 36 Joint 24. Brooklyn Nets. Value: $1.5 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 36 36. Arsenal. Value: $1.31 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 36 35. Seattle Seahawks. Value: $1.33 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 36 1. Real Madrid. Value: $3.26 billion Joint 20. Chicago Bears. Value: $1.7 billion 36 26. Denver Broncos. Value: $1.45 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! Joint 22. San Francisco 49ers. Value: $1.6 billion 36 36 Joint 32. Pittsburgh Steelers. Value: $1.35 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 36 36 36 Joint 17. New York Jets. Value: Value: $1.8 billion 36 Joint 6. LA Lakers. Value: $2.6 billion 36 36 Joint 17. Chicago Cubs. Value: $1.8 billion 36 Joint 27. Indianapolis Colts. Value: $1.4 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 36 The New York Knicks are one of the most valuable franchises in the world – The New York Knicks are one of the most valuable franchises in the world Joint 24. Baltimore Ravens. Value: $1.5 billion Joint 12. New York Giants. Value $2.1 billion 31. Chelsea. Value: $1.37 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 16. Houston Texans. Value: $1.85 billion 36 Joint 12. Boston Red Sox. Value: $2.1 billion 36 Joint 14. San Francisco Giants. Value: $2 billion 36 Joint 9. Washington Redskins. Value: $2.4 billion Joint 20. Boston Celtics. Value: $1.7 billion 5. Manchester United: Value: $3.1 billion 36 Joint 9. Los Angeles Dodgers. Value: $2.4 billion 36 36 36 Joint 6. New England Patriots. Value: $2.6 billion 36 Joint 14. Chicago Bulls. Value: $2 billion Joint 22. Los Angeles Clippers. Value: $1.6 billion Joint 32. New York Mets. Value: $1.35 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 36 Joint 2. New York Yankees. Value: $3.2 billion Joint 32. Ferrari. Value: $1.35 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! 36 36 Joint 29. Manchester City. Value: $1.38 billion – to find out which sports teams are even more valuable, click the arrow above! last_img read more

20 Dec

Which Warriors are sitting vs. Pelicans?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!NEW ORLEANS – With the Warriors already cementing the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, they will rest select core players for injuries both real and possibly exaggerated.The Warriors (56-24) will sit Kevin Durant (flu), Klay Thompson (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and Andrew Bogut (rest) for Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans …last_img read more

18 Dec

SA’s mortality rate continues decline

first_img2 December 2011 Source: BuaNews The annual report, produced jointly by the departments of health and home affairs, found that the decline in the country’s number of deaths was for both men and women, with female deaths declining at a higher rate than men. TB remains most common cause Accidental injury Releasing the findings of the Mortality and Causes of Death in South Africa report for 2009, Stats SA said a total of 572 673 deaths occurred in 2009, and were registered with the Department of Home Affairs. “The highest percentage of deaths due to non-natural causes was observed for those aged 15 – 19 when compared to other age groups; and the number of deaths was generally higher for males of all age groups compared to females. In 2009, tuberculosis continued to be the most commonly mentioned cause of death on death notification forms, as well as the leading underlying natural cause of death in the country. However, the number of deaths due to this cause has been decreasing since 2007. “Also, compared to other provinces, the province of death occurrence that had the highest proportion of non-natural deaths was the Western Cape,” the report stated. “Information on causes of death indicated that the majority of deaths resulted from natural causes, particularly certain infectious and parasitic diseases,” noted the report.center_img Influenza and pneumonia were the second leading cause of death, followed by intestinal infectious diseases, other forms of heart disease and cerebro-vascular diseases. This was observed in men and women. “The total number of deaths processed by Stats SA decreased by 1.5% between 2007 and 2008, and by 3.8% between 2008 and 2009,” the agency said. HIV overall was the seventh leading cause of death, accounting for 3.1% of all deaths in 2009. For men and women, HIV was the sixth and eighth leading cause of death respectively. “The majority of deaths occurred among the black African population group. Most deaths occurred at healthcare facilities, although about 30% still occurred at home. South Africa’s mortality rate continued to decline in 2009, with tuberculosis (TB) being the most commonly mentioned cause of death on certificates, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). Children under 15 years died mainly from intestinal infectious diseases, while those aged between 15 and 64 years died mostly from tuberculosis. Those aged 65 years and older died mostly from cerebro-vascular diseases. “The results indicate that mortality continues to decline in the country as observed from 2007 in both data processed by Stats SA and the number of deaths recorded in the national population register.” A proportion of 8.6% of all deaths were due to non-natural causes of death, with the majority of these due to other external causes of accidental injury.last_img read more

18 Dec

JSE equity market data now available via Google

first_img6 May 2014 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has teamed up with Google Finance to enable local and international and investors to track JSE equity data online. All equity listed instruments on the JSE are provided on www.google.com/finance?q=JSE with a 15-minute delay. Google Finance now offers financial information from 35 stock exchanges worldwide. “We are excited to offer our clients and potential investors with an additional platform to get exposure to our equity market via Google Finance,” Ana Forssman, director of market data at the JSE, said in a statement on Monday. “Technology and accessibility to information is a critical enabler for exchanges, and with more and more people accessing market data online, it made sense for the JSE to be more broadly available. It’s a great development that Google Finance will facilitate this exposure to a comprehensive audience within South Africa and globally.” According to the JSE, 45% of the exchange’s data was subscribed to outside of South Africa in 2013, “indicating international demand for South African equities and exposure to African investments in general”. The JSE is one of the top 20 exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalisation. South Africa was ranked second World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 2013 Global Competitiveness Index for raising finance through the local equity market. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

3 Dec

Kashmir colleges to remain shut

first_imgStudents in the Kashmir Valley continued protests for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, forcing the authorities to close down all 46 colleges for two more days. “Teaching work in all colleges of the Kashmir division will remain suspended on April 20 and 21 as a precautionary measure,” said a spokesman of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan.Class work was stopped in all colleges and a few schools in Srinagar on Monday after students clashed with the security forces, leaving dozens injured. The trigger was the alleged police excesses on students of Government Degree College, Pulwama on April 13, which left over 50 students injured.In fresh protests on Wednesday, students took to the streets in north and central Kashmir. “This is a grim situation. We are worried,” said a spokesman of the State Education Ministry. The ministry officials claimed that the decision to close down schools and colleges “is taken by the district administration after assessing the ground situation”.This year’s academic session, like in 2016, when five months were lost to the street agitation, is again staring at a blank. Sources said the government was mulling multiple measures, including barring circulation of videos on social media platforms to stop unrest in colleges. Separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, while strongly criticising the administration for “invading educational institutions and assaulting students,” called for solidarity protests on Friday.Meanwhile, the principal of Government Degree College, Pulwama, which is at the centre of the storm, was on Tuesday attached to the directorate office “till the inquiry is completed.”last_img read more

3 Dec

Company’s ‘Designer Baby’ Patent Divides Bioethicists

first_img23andMe, the test-your-own-genes company, has come under fire on moral grounds today for patenting a DNA prediction service that critics say could lead to “designer babies.”The company received a U.S. patent last week for software it offers clients to estimate the chances that a theoretical child might have key genetic traits.Called the “Family Traits Inheritance Calculator,” it does not examine disease risks but predicts six variable benign traits, including “eye color” and “muscle performance,” based on how parental DNA would likely combine.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)23andMe has offered the service for years—it applied for the patent in 2008—but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision has brought new attention to its potential. A bioethics commentary out today—written for the journal Genetics in Medicine by lead author Sigrid Sterckx of Ghent University in Belgium, and three others—suggests that U.S. authorities might have withheld the patent for moral reasons. “[S]electing children in ways such as those patented by 23andMe is hugely ethically controversial,” they write.The Center for Genetics and Society in Berkeley, California, also took whack at 23andMe. In a statement, signed by its executive director Marcy Darnovsky, the center calls on the company to “abstain from developing or offering any product or service based on this patent, and to use its patent to prevent others from doing so.”The center objects that the science is inadequate to deliver on the promise that genetic traits—or even disease risks—can be forecast for a hypothetical child. “A project like this would also be ethically and socially treacherous,” according to Darnovsky. For one thing, Darnovsky writes, it could “encourage the dangerous idea that science should be used to breed ‘better’ people.”Two other bioethicists contacted by Science did not see a significant moral issue, however. Hank Greely, an expert on law and genetics at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, says his “first take” is that it’s “much ado over not very much.” He is “underwhelmed” by the criticism, although “real questions” could come up, Greely says, if someone were to use the 23andMe forecasting service to pick among candidate embryos for transfer into the womb for a pregnancy, or to terminate a pregnancy. That doesn’t appear to be happening, he notes.Bioethicist Nita Farahany of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was equally unperturbed. She and her husband are clients of 23andMe, Farahany writes in an e-mail, so today’s contretemps prompted her to check out what the firm said a theoretical child by them might be like. (They currently have no children.) She found, for example, that the child would have an 80% chance of bitter taste perception, no chance of being lactose intolerant, 100% chance of having wet earwax, 56% chance for brown or black eyes, 50% likelihood of sprinter-capable muscles, and little or no alcohol flush reaction. The results have “good entertainment value,” Farahany says. She concedes that there are risks of making predictions like these, but adds: “I believe that people should have access to information about themselves, and I think it’s laudable that 23andMe has helped pave the way for people to better understand their genomes.”Perhaps alerted to the coming criticism, Catherine Afarian, spokesperson for 23andMe, based in Mountain View, California, issued a statement on the patent yesterday. “When the patent was first filed nearly 5 years ago,” she said, “there was some thinking that this feature would have potential applications for fertility clinics, where the donor selection process was typically based on photos, family history, and some limited genetic testing of donors.” But she says the company “never pursued the idea and has no plans to do so.”last_img read more

27 Nov

Arwind Santos gets last laugh as he gets under TNT’s skin in do-or-die match

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Santos laughed the incident off and attributed to just being “part of the game.”“Nothing personal. Ano lang talaga, kasi gustung-gusto naming manalo talaga.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit passes away at 30 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img View comments Arwind Santos taunts Anthony Semerad during the TNT-San Miguel quarterfinals game on Wednesday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Arwind Santos has made a name for himself as one of the PBA’s best defenders.The San Miguel Beer forward has also mastered the art of getting under the rival team’s skin and inside the opposing players’ heads along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He was in his element on Wednesday night in a knockout Game 3 against TNT.Arwind doing Arwind things. Stuff which bare results that won’t be found on the stat sheets, but rather on his opponents’ irritated faces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe more the KaTropa gave in to his antics, the more Santos became more effective.Santos also had the last laugh with the Beermen rolling to a 96-86 win on its way back to the Philippine Cup semifinals. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Ako, kahit hindi ako masyado naka focus sa opensa, talagang hindi nila ako iniiwanan din eh, ginawa ko yung part ko sa depensa tapos pambu-bully,” Santos said grinning after finishing with seven points and eight rebounds. “Gusto nila ng asaran hanggang sa dulo. Muntik na maging wrestling yung laban. Okay lang, sige ganun yan, kung yan ang gusto nila, walang problema.”Santos spared no one that even the usually mild-mannered Jayson Castro reached his tipping point.“Kanina nga si Jayson, inapproach niya ko, sabi niya, ‘Arwind, wag nang ganun, kasi bakit pa kailangan gawin yun, lamang naman kayo,’ ganyan. Kapag napikon yung mga kasama mo, di ko problema yun. Kasalanan nila yun. Sila napikon eh. Part ng game yun eh. Yun lang,” he said.Santos also got into Kelly Williams’ nerve while the two were fighting for position on a rebound midway through the third quarter.Williams and Santos got tangled up and the TNT big man slammed him on the floor out of frustration.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

22 Nov

Luis Suarez delighted to run riot with Lionel Messi and Neymar again

first_imgLuis Suarez said he had missed linking up with his insatiable strike partners Neymar and Lionel Messi after Barcelona’s ‘MSN’ attack scored six goals in their 7-0 record rout of Celtic on Tuesday.Messi scored a record sixth European Cup hat-trick while Neymar became the first player in Champions League history to provide four assists and score in a game, curling in the third from a free-kick.Uruguay international Suarez added the final two strikes to complete Barca’s biggest ever European Cup win and Celtic’s worst defeat in the competition.”It’s ages since the three of us were able to play together from the off – we’ve missed that ability to enjoy ourselves,” Suarez told reporters on Tuesday.Suarez and Messi started Saturday’s shock defeat to Alaves on the bench, while Neymar missed the start of the season due to his participation in the Olympics, where he fired Brazil to a first ever Gold medal in soccer.The three South Americans lined up together against Celtic for the first time since last season’s King’s Cup final.As Neymar teed Messi up to smash home the opening goal after three minutes and laid on the pass for the Argentine’s second strike later in the first half, however, there was no sign the feted trio had lost any of their almost telepathic understanding. (Champions League: Lionel Messi sets hat-trick record as Barcelona hit seven )”The summer break, the Olympics and then Neymar’s holidays got in the way. Today we really enjoyed being back in tandem,” added Suarez.advertisementMessi’s hat-trick was his 40th professional treble in club and international football, while his sixth European Cup treble saw him move ahead of Real Madrid greats Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas.Barca captain Andres Iniesta, who lashed home Barca’s fourth on the volley following another precise cross from Neymar, also paid tribute to Barca’s deadly trident. (Champions League: Messi is best player in world in any position, says Barcelona coach)”They are the three players in the world who are the best in their position and one of them is unique,” he said.”Leo just keeps proving that in football terms he’s unique. As a team we play and work to make sure the three of them are happy, that they get chances. All we can hope is that they keep scoring like that.”last_img read more