Dr David HindsAfter 1 year in officeAfter a year in Government, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government seems not to be very clear about its vision and plans for the wellbeing of the country.Political commentator, Dr David Hinds told Guyana Times that while it was not expected that the new Government would do “very big things” during its first year in office, one would expect that there should have been some indication of “intent”.Hinds was speaking to this publication on Wednesday, where he added his voice to the many critiques already made of the Administration’s performance during its first year in office.“I think in many regards, they might have fallen short in terms of signalling to the society, what they intend to do,” Hinds told this newspaper.He said the problem may have arisen because of the fact that the Government is a coalition, and it might have been a little difficult to get all the factions together, “but at the end of one year, one would expect that after a year, there would have been a larger vision.”“That for me is important. If I am making an indictment, or criticism, it is the fact there is no sense of the overall vision of where they want to take the country. That is something that needs to be challenged very soon.”According to Hinds, it is a known fact that the first 12 months of any new Government would be difficult.“This Government is coming into office after 23 years of rule by the other Government. So you’re talking about finding your feet and getting accustomed to Government. They are also coming to government with a lot of expectations and rightfully so, in 1992, after 28 years of the [People’s National Congress] PNC rule, they were coming to Government with the expectation of what the PPP would do. So after 23 years, there are also massive expectations of what this Government should do,” Hinds said.According to the political commentator, some credit must be given to Government for completing some basic projects; however, more could have been done.“We’re talking that they have cleaned up the country, cleaned up the city. They have delivered services and have staved off the challenge of Venezuela and generally there is some sort of political stability that has returned to Guyana… I think there has been a toning down of the political temperature”.Wages and salariesHe said however, that Government has not been forthcoming with its plans for various projects and promises made. One such is the promise of increases in wages and salaries for public servants. He said it is very worrying that after one year, there is no clarity about workers’ salaries and what raises they will get. He said this is something that should have been known within the first year of Government.CrimeAddressing the issue of crime, Hinds said, while the Guyana Police Force has made some recent headway in solving some cold cases, Guyanese generally are still fearful of the situation.He said while crime was inherited from the previous Administration, after a year, one cannot blame the other side for responsibility. He noted that while he applauds the tremendous initiatives taken to address the issue, the “fear of the criminal still stalks the land, because, while there are those who can defend themselves, there are still those who cannot. Consideration must be given to them,” he said.
3 December 2009Improved healthcare, especially relating to HIV/Aids topped the agenda of a meeting between President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates.The Presidency said on Wednesday that Zuma and Gates discussed the need to scale up the prevention of HIV and Aids particularly following on the policy change made by the President on World Aids Day.Bold, life-changing policiesSpeaking at the commemoration of World Aids Day on Tuesday, Zuma announced bold and life-changing policies. He said that as of April 2010, HIV positive people, with a CD4 count of 350 or less, would now receive anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment.Zuma also said pregnant HIV positive women with a CD4 count of 350 or with symptoms, regardless of their CD4 count, will now have access to treatment. Pregnant women, not falling in this category but who are HIV positive, will be put on treatment at 14 weeks to protect the baby.“Amongst the issues discussed was the importance of the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, as well as the need to look at male circumcision as a means of prevention,” said the Presidency.Zuma noted that the issue was being looked into but highlighted that it needed to be communicated carefully to avoid giving an impression that circumcised males are immune to HIV.Pre-exposure ProphylaxisGates informed Zuma about Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, a new initiative which proposes to test everyone and start all those that are diagnosed with the virus on ARV’s regardless of their CD4 count.The two also discussed strengthening the management of HIV programmes, especially the use of global funds and introducing management/business approaches to HIV prevention programmes like the Gates Foundation run programmes in India.Gates also met with Motlanthe in his capacity as chairperson of the SA National Aids Council, to discuss specific matters related to South Africa’s HIV and Aids programme.Source: BuaNews
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#web Although Skype has not been fully restored for everyone, the company has updated its blog with an indication of what’s happening to cause such a widespread and lengthy outage in the VOIP service. According to spokesperson Peter Parkes, problems with the Skype network’s “supernodes” are responsible – something it may take several more hours to fix.As Parkes notes, “Skype isn’t a network like a conventional phone or IM network – instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running.” In other words, Skype uses a peer-to-peer, rather than a client-server model in order to connect callers. Some of these connections, says Parkes, operate as “supernodes” – “the phone directories for Skype.” And apparently a number of these supernodes failed this morning.This explanation certainly supports the cascading failures we reported earlier today, with Skype connections dropping from 21 million to around 1 million (by our accounts here at ReadWriteWeb as, like many remote workers, we scrambled for another communication tool).Parkes says that it may take hours for new supernodes to be readied, and even longer for other Skype features such as group video calling to be restored.
Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has added support for mesh networks, aimed at creating large-scale device networks for automation, sensor networks, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.It is another update focused on making Bluetooth a more viable option for IoT and many-to-many device communications. Previous updates have included extended range, increased speed, and better power management.See Also: Could LPWA trump 5G and Mesh for smart cities?“By adding support for mesh networking, the member community is continuing a long history of focused innovation to help new, up-and-coming markets flourish,” said Bluetooth SIG executive director, Mark Powell.“In the same way the connected device market experienced rapid growth after the introduction of Bluetooth Low Energy, we believe mesh networking can play a vital role in helping early stage markets, such as building automation and wireless sensor networks, experience more rapid growth.”The group is looking at factory automation as one of the key areas where mesh networking would be applicable. It cites the technology’s reliable, scalable, and secure features as inherently useful for large networks, which require “industrial-level” performance.A new full stack approachIt also claims the group’s mesh networking provides a full stack approach for vendors, capable of running on every device from a low-level radio to a high-level application layer.“Within the building automation market, there is a growing focus on connected lighting and the role it can play as a platform for providing automation services throughout a facility,” said Szymon Slupik, CTO of Silvair and chairman of the mesh working group within the Bluetooth SIG.“A smart lighting platform built on top of Bluetooth mesh networking can also support asset tracking, point of interest, and way-finding services. These value-added capabilities are part of why we believe Bluetooth is an ideal technology for enabling a mesh network.”Even though there are already a few wireless networks trying to set the standard for mesh networking and IoT, Bluetooth sees its decades of experience as an advantage in winning over the industrial market.The mesh networking tools are available to developers from today. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#automation#Bluetooth#factory#industrial#IoT#mesh network#sensors Related Posts
Need music for your projects? Check out our royalty free music library! Delivering your finished product is more customizable with Avid Media Composer 7.You’ve edited your footage, added in you audio and placed in your effects. Now it’s time to deliver the final product.To most, Avid Media Composer can be a very daunting program to navigate for the first time. But in the fifth installment of Avid’s 5 part video series series, Kevin P McAuliffe explains how to deliver your final product in the correct way. The video tutorial covers the following:Exporting audio for audio engineersCreating video mixdownChoosing the correct transcode settingsSetting media destinationsExport settingsDNX exporting‘Print to Tape’ exportingThis video is the final tutorial in the Getting Started with Media Composer video series (check out all the videos in the series below). If you are interested in learning more about MCP 7 visit AvidBlogs.com/post. Thanks for sharing Kevin and Avid! Lesson 1: Getting Started with AvidLesson 2: Avid Acquisition TutorialLesson 3: Avid Editing TutorialLesson 4: Avid Effects Tutorial
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores pleased with Capoue developmentby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is very impressed with the way Etienne Capoue has developed.The defensive midfielder is now club captain, and Flores believes that he is one of the senior members of the dressing room that others look up to.The two have a history, with Sanchez Flores coaching Capoue the last time that he was at Watford as manager.”He’s really mature now,” said the head coach to reporters about Capoue.”Three years ago he was an amazing player, a very good player and very important for us. “Three years later, he’s the captain right now, also he’s more mature, he’s able to take and to organise some of the players – for us he’s a very important player.”
Mauro Icardi delighted with PSG Champions League winnerby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauro Icardi is delighted to be off the mark for PSG.The Argentina striker hit the winner against Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.”Sincerely, I’m very happy,” said Icardi. “Especially the match made by the team. “I am of course happy to have scored this goal that offers victory. We must continue to work for the future. “I am not yet 100%, but with a goal, the pain passes. I will try to recover and play the next match in the best possible way.”Icardi is on a straight loan at PSG from Inter Milan. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Robins: Man Utd board must give Solskjaer timeby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United FA Cup winner Mark Robins says the board must be patient with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robins, now manager of League One outfit Coventry City, believes that Solskjaer must be given plenty of time to implement his philosophy on the playing squad.”What he’s trying to do is reinstall the values that he felt as a player and that were there under Sir Alex,” he told Sky Sports.”He needs time to do that. If you remember when Sir Alex took over, it was six years before that started to take an effect.”I don’t think you get that times these days but I think the board will be patient. As long as they can see things moving forward in the right way they will be patient.”Clearly you need to get results alongside that. Ole knows that but the noises coming out of there and what is being said, they seem happy, the players seem happy, it seems a happier camp.”Things can turn quickly but you need results to maintain it. I hope he gets that time and he gets the backing in the transfer market because it’s going to take a long time to get them back to where they were.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it. oxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s programme of assistance for persons with disabilities has been boosted by a $250 million grant from the Japan Social Intervention Fund. The provision, which is being channeled through the World Bank, is in addition to a $56 million grant, which was recently secured through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday, June 4, said the funds are being used for “institutional strengthening” of agencies dealing with persons with disabilities. [RELATED: Committee to Examine Feasibility of Unemployment Insurance] Additionally, he said, the provisions will be used to develop the skills of persons with disabilities in order to enable them to secure jobs, as well as to provide grants for entrepreneurial activities. One of the areas slated to benefit significantly, Mr. Kellier informed, is the Ministry’s Early Stimulation Programme (ESP). He disclosed that the programme, which caters to approximately 1,500 children with various types of developmental disabilities, has recorded a significant increase in the number of youngsters registered, over the past five years. He pointed out that the programme has a waiting list of over 200 children. “The Ministry is aware of the importance of early detection, intervention, and stimulation of children, and moreso children with special needs. In this regard, I am pleased to announce that the grant funding, will include components for strengthening the delivery of service to young children with special needs, training of workers catering to the developmental needs of children, and providing technical assistance to the ESP,” he outlined.Mr. Kellier assured that the Ministry will continue efforts to expand the programme’s offering beyond Kingston and Portland, to other sections of the island where children with special needs have been identified.[RELATED: Consultations on National Minimum Wage]He said that the undertaking will require collaboration with other “like-minded” private and public sector entities.“We are currently in discussions with a new private sector partner that has expressed an interest in working with us in expanding the reach of the ESP. We welcome their willingness to participate in this area and hope that we will soon officially welcome them, as partners, in what should be a long and fruitful collaboration,” the Minister said.Mr. Kellier also expressed gratitude to Jamaica’s development partners, such as the IDB, World Bank, and Japan Social Intervention Fund, for the on-going support provided, which has facilitated improvements to the quality of life for persons with disabilities.“I must also…thank those long serving non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that continue to partner with us to provide services for or advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities,” he added.Contact: Douglas McIntosh