first_imgAcross the world, overwhelming numbers of children – some as young as a few months old – have experienced violence, be it to them or them seeing their parents partake in domestic violence. In Guyana, this newspaper has published numerous reports of domestic violence where mothers are brutally beaten or killed in some instances. Unfortunately, it continues despite awareness efforts and the much-touted training of law enforcement officers who are expected to be the first step of recourse with regard to the lodging of complaints.There are countless campaigns, policies and strategies aimed at addressing the impact of such violence against women. But what is often overlooked is how such abuse affects the numerous children and young people who witness and perhaps experience it.Exposure to such events would affect you in some way. In fact, the effects might have lasted into children’s adult years, for example, affecting their outlook on life, love and relationships.For a child, witnessing a parent being abused can be traumatic and can have lasting, and sometimes devastating effects on their academic development and personal growth.Too often, children are forced to bury their heads under a pillow to drown out the constant yelling, spend consecutive nights crying and praying it would all end, or sometimes, are compelled to rush to their parent’s defence in a desperate bid to offer protection. Cases of the latter are very evident in Guyana as reported in June 2018 when an enraged man killed his wife and subsequently his own daughter, after she tried to save her mother. All of this unfolded before his son, who was merely 11 years old at the time. All of this can take a huge toll on a grown-up, much less a kid who already has difficulties trying to understand algebra. A research paper published by a US social worker surmises that children’s exposure to domestic violence and intimate partner violence is extremely prevalent and those children are considered at a higher risk for problems in holistic development.Research also shows that children who witness domestic violence performed on average 12.2 percentile points lower than children whose parents reported no violence in the home.Just a few days ago, the Department of Education in Region Three in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection hosted a workshop aimed at training teachers to identify and help students who may be struggling with violence at home.The workshop facilitators recognised that exposure to domestic violence can hinder a child’s ability to learn, and as such, the initiative prepared teachers to deal with the situation holistically.Not only were teachers informed of coping mechanisms, they were acquainted with information about resource groups, agencies and various support services.This initiative is highly commendable and much needed. It needs to be further developed and rolled out in a robust manner across the country. In Guyana’s context, where intimate partner violence and domestic violence are so prevalent, it is imperative that such a programme is taken seriously and that teachers genuinely try to help.There needs to be an established protocol for teachers and other educators to follow when dealing with children who are exposed to domestic abuse.Of course, there also needs to be systems in place to help teachers help their students. This is because teachers can find themselves in uncomfortable situations if they decide to help a student dealing with domestic violence issues at home.A 2013 study conducted among elementary school teachers in the United Kingdom found that educators themselves struggled with having to send the children back to a potentially abusive home. The study indicates that this is line with secondary trauma theories, where confidants of abuse victims may themselves experience trauma.Teachers also develop fears that family members may retaliate or that the abusers in a student’s life may in turn start to abuse the teachers.Tackling domestic violence, therefore, requires a holistic approach. Not only must we focus on the immediate victims, help must also be rendered to other persons who may be emotionally affected, like children. In many cases, teachers are often the first persons to realise that something is not right in a child’s life and if they are expected to become the first responders to an issue of abuse in the home, then help must also be provided to them. No doubt, such great responsibility may cause some to demand better pay and in the current climate, the request for better salaries for all public servants is an ongoing struggle. It will come down to one’s moral compass and the simple question of “if children are our future, what kind of future do we want to create?”last_img read more

first_imgEducation in Guyana is in crisis and, as such, the Administration cannot skimp in its spending on the sector – which is to receive the largest share of the 2017 0 billion Budget.This was the assertion by Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, who in his presentation on the 2017 estimates during the Budget debate on Tuesday, told the House that the allocation of some billion, 17 per cent of the total allocation, is testament to the commitment of the Administration in addressing the challenges in the sector.Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine during his presentation on TuesdayAccording to Dr Roopnaraine, there are things institutionally wrong with the education system that must be fixed, so the investments must be made.The Education Minister told the House that come next year the Ministry would continue with its commitment to improve the administration of the education sector. The Ministry is in fact looking to set the benchmark for the private educational facilities across the country.He spoke to a three-pronged approach on the part of the Ministry to enhance the sector. Dr Roopnaraine reminded that when he had taken office, he had spoken to the need for evidence-based interventions in stemming the dire situation that plagues the sector.According to Dr Roopnaraine, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the education sector will be wrapping up by the end of the year, with the findings being made public by the end of the first quarter of the upcoming year.He stressed that education was not an area that should be targeted for politicking and partisanship, and instead encouraged meaningful and constructive interventions, which he said he would be receptive to.The Minister said if any lessons could be learnt from the past year, it was the need for greater collaboration with all stakeholders, including parents, in order to craft holistic solutions to address the complex challenges facing the education sector.Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Frank Anthony, in offering a rebuttal to the Education Minister, said while he was happy to see Government continue the tradition of investing in education, there were no concrete plans outlined by the Education Minister.Dr Anthony recalled that all and sundry have been lectured about the serious problems facing the sector, particularly with Mathematics and science, “and I would have liked to hear a little more about what concrete steps would have been taken to alleviate this problem”.He said what the House was in fact treated to was generalised statements by the Education Minster but nothing concrete.“If we don’t get concrete solutions, we won’t solve the problem,” Dr Anthony noted.The Education Minister’s presentation was, however, not completely devoid of plans for the upcoming year in addition to rehashing some of the achievements of the sector in the past year.He told the House the Education Ministry would, in the coming year, expend some $3.5 billion on the rehabilitation of and construction of new schools in addition to improved teaching quarters.Dr Roopnaraine informed the House too that Government would be looking to create greater access to recreational grounds for schools individually or in a collective.He added that in 2017, utilising the Yesu Persaud endowment, a facility for the provision of clinical services would be annexed at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The Minister spoke too to the upgrades for the University of Guyana, including the construction of a brand new lecture theatre in addition to improvements in the Bachelor’s Degree programmes being offered at the nation’s premier tertiary education provider. (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

first_imgThe National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) and the World University Services of Canada, Caribbean (Guyana) Incorporated collaborated in the latter part of January to cultivate five different varieties of Irish potato on a quarter-acre plot in Little Biaboo, Mahaicony Creek, Region 5.The varieties of potato cultivated are Spunta, Kennebec, Chieftain, Bristol Pride and Shepody, with the Bristol Pride showing excellent yield and growth rate.The 90-day potato trial project is currently in its eighth week, and showing positiveChief Executive Officer of NAREI, Dr Oudho Homenauth, examining the plot where the pilot potato project is being facilitatedresults. Harvesting is expected at the end of April.The project is being implemented and funded by the Government of Canada through the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) Project.On Tuesday, a fertilisation and harvesting practical session was carried out, demonstrating to farmers the procedures for caring for the potato crop.Chief Executive Officer of NAREI, Dr Oudho Homenauth, said this is a successful trial of Irish potato cultivation. He noted that a similar project was carried out at Laluni on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, but the exercise failed due to flooding.Dr Homenauth said that since there are signs of success, it is only a matter of time before similar projects are rolled out in neighbouring communities.The possibility of successfully cultivating potatoes along the low coastal plain had almost been ruled out, given that the region is prone to flooding. The land on which the trial is being conducted has been altered to avoid flooding.Bhagwan Persaud, the farmer on whose land the pilot project is being facilitated, has said he is interested in expanding the production of the potato crop. The farmer said potato was never previously cultivated in the area, and could be another major crop coming out of Little Biaboo.Persaud noted that if he is to expand production, a number of factors must be taken into consideration, including allowing enough space for the potatoes to develop their full yield. He said conditions such as climate, soil type, irrigation and infrastructure that are favourable for potato production must also be considered.According to a GINA report, the objectives of the potato cultivation trials are to identify agro-ecological areas on the coastland of Guyana which are suitable for the production of potatoes, to evaluate the adaptation and performance of the five varieties of potatoes, to determine the growers’ perception of the various varieties grown, and to examine consumers’ perception, taste and preference.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea have lost their seventh game of the season after only having played 12 and are languishing in 16th position, only three points outside the relegation zone.Stoke are the most recent team to conquer the Blues, with Marko Arnautovic scoring a well taking scissor kick at the Britannia on Saturday night.And although Jose Mourinho was absent from the stadium due to his ban, there is no escaping the torture of social media.See below for the best memes, pictures and tweets regarding Mourinho and Chelsea’s demise this season…  1 [View the story “‘Only one man can save Chelsea!’ – All the best pictures and memes as the internet laughs at Jose Mourinho” on Storify]center_img Chelsea fans donned a Jose Mourinho mask for the defeat at Stoke last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A reputed leader of the Mexican Mafia was arrested in Mexico and faces a court appearance today in Riverside County, authorities said. Tony Gonzales Rodriguez Jr., 37, was taken into custody in Baja California and was turned over to the FBI on Saturday, said Laura Eimiller of the FBI. Rodriguez allegedly is a high ranking member of the Mexican Mafia in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, Eimiller said. He is scheduled to make an appearance in U.S. District Court in Riverside today, Eimiller said. Rodriguez was arrested for federal crimes including distribution and possession of narcotics, Eimiller said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

first_imgThe Valencia High boys’ basketball team has had its share of ups and downs over the past two months, beginning with the loss of several key players to graduation and ending with the absence of coach Rocket Collins, who was hospitalized for hernia surgery two weeks ago. The Vikings, however, persevered and ended the summer on a good note, advancing to the consolation championship of this past weekend’s UC San Diego Tournament before losing to Corona del Mar of Newport Beach. “Looking at the big picture, we did well,” said assistant coach Greg Hayes, who assumed added responsibility in Collins’ absence. “We found a way to get things done.” Valencia’s starting five for the 2005 season consisted of Teddy Goetz, D.J. Kakonde, Erick Sevilla, Chet Wyche and Kevin Delange, all of whom were seniors, along with super-subs K.C. Arbogast and Jason Nicholson. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2All told, 10 upperclassmen graduated in June, and finding replacements for the production as well as the leadership has proved to be a daunting task thus far. Mickey Crockett, Ralph Anumba, Shane Vereen and John Otavka return with limited varsity experience and Vereen hasn’t been able to play much over the summer due to his commitments with the football team. “We’ve had some different guys doing some different things this summer,” Hayes said. “We’re not worried about wins and losses right now anyways. That’s secondary.” “We were looking for growth and development. We took steps forward in that regard. It was a great learning experience for everyone.” Rocket update: Collins, 52, was released from Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills a little more than a week ago and is good condition following surgery. “I’m feeling great,” Collins said. “I’m able to get out once in a while and sneak to a movie. I’ve been kicking back and watching a lot of baseball, too. The Vikings will have the next month or so off and will resume practice once school begins on Aug. 17, a date Collins has targeted for his return as well. “My assistants have done an excellent job while I’ve been gone,” Collins said. “I can’t wait to get back again and do my part.” (818) 713-3607160Want 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

first_img 20 20 13. Huddersfield have completed 1,566 passes this season 20 20 2. Arsenal have completed 2,485 passes this season 20 20 16. Leicester City have completed 1,337 passes this season 5. Liverpool have completed 2,068 passes this season 10. Everton have completed 1,699 passes this season 17. Burnley have completed 1,317 passes this season 4. Manchester United have completed 2,320 passes this season 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18. Stoke City have completed 1,275 passes this season 14. West Ham have completed 1,468 passes this season 20 20 11. Brighton have completed 1,620 passes this season 15. Watford have completed 1,451 passes this season 9. Bournemouth have completed 1,709 passes this season 20 7. Chelsea have completed 1,905 passes this season 8. Swansea City have completed 1,760 passes this season 6. Southampton have completed 2,012 passes this season 20 20 12. Crystal Palace have completed 1,618 passes this season 19. Newcastle have completed 1,260 passes this season 20 20. West Brom have completed 1,245 passes this season Since Pep Guardiola’s arrival in the Premier League, he has attempted to turn Manchester City into a replica of his superb Barcelona side.The tiki-taka football they played wowed audiences all over the world, and City have come close to matching some of their feats on the pitch – even if success has been elusive.This season, City’s football has been a joy to watch, and the Etihad club are closer to Barcelona than they have ever been. In fact, they have completed more passes than any other Premier League side after the first four games of the campaign.So, who have been the Premier League pass masters this season? Click the right arrow, above, to see all 20 top flight teams ranked by number of completed passes…*All data correct as of 15/09/2017 3. Tottenham Hotspur have completed 2,340 passes this season 20 1. Manchester City have completed 2,662 passes this seasonlast_img read more

first_img The 32-year-old has been one of Jose Mourinho’s side’s most impressive performers Ashley Young’s impressive rejuvenation means the full-back is on the cusp of his first England appearance in more than four years – and dreaming of the World Cup.Gareth Southgate could not fail to have been impressed by the 32-year-old’s rebirth as an attack-minded full-back at Manchester United, especially as the Three Lions boss moves to a back three.Young has been one of Jose Mourinho’s side’s most impressive performers this term and is in line to win his first international cap since coming off the bench in a goalless draw in Ukraine in September 2013.Joe Hart, Kyle Walker and Gary Cahill are the only starters from that match still in the squad, so it is little wonder to hear the 32-year-old say “it’s all changed”.Those changes relate to Young as well, having returned to international duty listed among the defenders.“I’m enjoying football,” Young said. “As a footballer you want to play week in, week out.“I’d prefer it if I was playing further up the pitch, but I’ve been able to adapt and play as a left-back or a right-back and as a wing-back.“I’ve been enjoying football, playing well. Every time I put on the shirt I feel like I’ve played well and that I deserve the call-up.”Young believes his “football brain” has helped his transition further back and his versatility has caught the eye of Southgate.“The manager did say about versatility,” said Young, who missed a penalty in the Euro 2012 quarter-final exit to Italy – his only major tournament experience.“As a footballer nowadays you have to be able to adapt and play in different positions, different formations, different systems. It’s just whether you can adapt to that.“The manager is talking about a 3-4-3 or wing-backs or 3-5-2 and I feel like I can step into that role.“I’ve shown I am deserving to be in the England squad but I don’t just want a place in the squad, I want to be in the team.“I’m one of those players who wants to play every game and the World Cup is a long way away – but at the back of my mind I think every English player wants to go to the World Cup.”Young watched the last World Cup on holiday in Dubai, but can underline his credentials for the next one in the friendlies against Germany and Brazil.“It was disappointing not to be involved,” he said. “When you have the chance to represent your country it’s an honour.“For me, always an honour to pull on an England shirt. That’s why I will never retire until my legs tell me they can’t run any more.“We qualified in the right manner, two big friendlies coming up against two of the top teams in world football and you want to test yourself against the best.“You have to go to tournaments to beat the best and I think this will give us a marker about how far and how well we can do.”The edge has been taken off these friendlies somewhat by injuries, with Dele Alli among those to have withdrawn.Young had a frank exchange with the Tottenham midfielder at Old Trafford recently, but it appears to be water under the bridge.“Yes of course, it’s would be nice to see him,” he said, smiling.“Things happen on football pitches. Once the game is finished, you don’t need to talk afterwards. That’s just how it is.”Put to Young that Alli does not have a Premier League winners’ medal – something he appeared to remind the midfielder that day – he said with a smile: “He hasn’t yet, no.”Alli has a reputation for pushing things to the limits and Young knows what it is like to be pigeonholed having been labelled a diver in some quarters.“A lot of people talk about diving and what not, but it’s just one of those things,” he said. “If the referee gives a foul then it’s a foul. That’s just how I see it.“It’s just that everyone is entitled to their opinion. Anyone can say anything, but, no, I don’t dive.” 1last_img read more

first_imgMinister of Finance Trevor Manuel, right,with President Thabo Mbeki and Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Nqcuka. (Image: The Presidency) Trevor Manuel after the announcementthat the 2010 Fifa World Cup wouldtake place in South Africa. (Image: For more photos, visit the image library)Janine ErasmusThe International Monetary Fund announced early in September 2008 that South African Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel will head an IMF committee to investigate and improve the organisation’s current decision-making policy and increase its legitimacy among member countries. The committee will then offer recommendations and advice on any modifications that will enable the IMF to carry out its function more efficiently.Manuel chairs a group comprised of a number of distinguished legal and financial experts from around the world, all appointed by Strauss-Kahn.These include Michel Camdessus, former MD of the IMF; Kenneth Dam, the Max Pam Professor of American and Foreign Law at Chicago University; former deputy director of the IMF Mohamed El-Erian, one of the world’s most respected economic and financial analysts; Indonesian Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, recently named as the 23rd most influential woman in the world by Forbes magazine; Guillermo Ortíz, Governor of the Bank of Mexico; Citigroup senior counsellor and former US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin; and Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and a 1998 Nobel laureate in Economics.The committee’s creation follows a May 2008 report by the IMF’s independent evaluation office – the organisation’s internal watchdog – which said the leadership of the IMF needed to be more accountable for the fund’s effectiveness in overseeing the global economy, and must change to reflect the rising world economic importance of developing markets such as China and India.The roles and responsibilities of the Board of Governors, the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Executive Board, and Fund Management will soon come under close scrutiny. In this, the committee will add its perspective to work already carried out by other groups and individuals, including the IMF’s independent evaluation office and executive directors, as well as academics, analysts and civil society groups.Strauss-Kahn stated that he hoped to have the committee’s input by April 2009 and that concrete proposals, based on the findings of the committee and other participants, could be established by September 2009.“The task of enhancing the Fund’s legitimacy and effectiveness must also come to grips with the question of whether the significant changes since the establishment of the Fund require reform of the institutional framework through which members’ voting power is actually exercised,” said Strauss-Kahn. “I want to thank these eminent persons for agreeing to bring their experience, expertise, and wisdom to bear on the ongoing reform of IMF governance,” he added.The purse strings of the worldThe International Monetary Fund is one of the world’s most powerful international bodies, making decisions that affect millions of lives in developing countries. The IMF’s primary mission is to provide assistance to countries experiencing serious financial and economic difficulties by disbursing funds deposited by the 185 member countries.The IMF is governed by its member countries, of which South Africa is one. Each appoints one governor and one alternate governor to the board, which meets once annually. The governor is usually the minister of finance or the governor of the central bank of a country. The day-to-day work is carried out by the 24-strong Executive Board, whose members are voted as directors by member countries or groups of countries. The Executive Board selects the managing director of the IMF, who serves for a renewable five-year term.A popular politicianTrevor Manuel was appointed as Minister of Finance in April 1996 and has been one of South Africa’s most popular politicians, having achieved lower taxes, significant revenue overruns, a smaller current account deficit, and a shake-up of the South African Revenue Service during his tenure. Barely a year after his appointment, South Africa’s risk premium started falling on global financial markets and the country was able to borrow at lower interest rates.Manuel serves on a number of local, regional and international boards and committees, such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank Group, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.In 2007 Manuel was named Euromoney magazine’s African Finance Minister of the year. He has received honorary doctorates in commerce, technology, economics and law from several major institutions, among them the universities of Stellenbosch, Rhodes and KwaZulu-Natal. In 2001 he was inducted into the South African Academy of Engineering.Earlier in 2008, Manuel and Germany’s International Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul were named by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as Special Envoys for Development Finance. In 2002 the minister filled the same role for then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, where he partnered with Michel Camdessus.Manuel and Wieczorek-Zeul have been tasked with the organisation of the follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development, which will take place in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2008.On 29 August 2008 Manuel, an engineer by training, was installed as the first Chancellor of his alma mater, the Cape University of Technology, by South African Minister of Education Naledi Pandor. Manuel was a civil engineering student at the university in the 1970s when it was still known as the Peninsula Technikon.Speaking at the ceremony, Pandor said, “Trevor is a political leader who has survived stringent challenges, and a committed worker who has shown sceptics that a black South African leader of the liberation movement would and could lead South Africa to a path of economic growth and a stable respected post-apartheid business destination. “Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on articlesSouth Africa’s economy Useful linksSouth African Department of FinanceSouth African Reserve BankInternational Monetary FundUnited Nations Financing for Developmentlast_img read more

first_img10 June 2014 South Africa will showcase its boat-manufacturing capabilities when five companies and an industry association exhibit their products at the popular Korea International Boat Show, starting in Goyang on Thursday. Cruiser Cats, Matrix Yachts, Tru Yachts and Two Ocean Marine Manufacturing from the Western Cape, and Tag Yachts from the Eastern Cape, are attending the four-day show accompanied by a representative of the Marine Industry Association of South Africa. Their participation was made possible through the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) export marketing and investment assistance scheme. The companies will exhibit boat models, engines and engine systems, marine equipment and accessories in a national pavillion set up and managed by the DTI. According to the DTI, the Korea International Boat Show is the third-largest boating expo in Asia after Dubai and China, with more than 30 000 people visiting stands representing 446 companies from around the world. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in a statement on Tuesday that the show presented an ideal platform to position South Africa’s boating industry and related offerings in the South Korean and Asian marine leisure markets. He said the event would also enable the South African companies “to identify potential buyers, distributors and agents, as well learn more about prevailing market opportunities”. South Korea has been the world’s leading ship-building nation for the past decade. According to the DTI, South African boat-building and associated exports to South Korea totalled R3-billion between 2008 to 2011. And between 2010 and 2011, exports of sail boats, including yachts and recreational vessels, increased by 15% to R770-million, while exports of tugs and pusher crafts increased from R11-million to R16-million. “This year will be South Africa’s second participation in the show,” Davies said. “We are optimistic that it will go a long way towards consolidating South Africa’s image in the region as a world-renowned industry player in the boating market and achieve further market penetration into the region and beyond.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more