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Tier 2 Bantam Flyers cruise through exhibitions

first_imgWith four exhibition games under their belts, the Flyers have an impressive 36 goals for, scoring 9 goals in each of their games played.Equally impressive is the team’s defence, which allowed only 10 goals in four games, an average of only 2.5 goals against.With virtually all players chipping in on the score sheet, the players, as well as the coaching staff, are excited for a fun and potentially very successful season.- Advertisement -The Tier 2 Bantam Flyers hit the ice next in Quesnel for a weekend tournament taking place from Oct. 21-23.last_img

234 students trained in first aid, home nursing care

first_imgA collaboration between the Public Health Ministry and the St John’s Association saw 234 young persons being trained in the area of first aid-CPR and home nursing care.The students were all trained within a four-month period. They now have skills which will be used to assist persons through volunteerism.Speaking at the simple ceremony held for the students, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence urged them to use the skills acquired to make their facilitators proud.According to Lawrence, the training provided was crucial since Guyana is in need of such healthcare providers.“It is refreshing that we can witness an association of such longstanding giving quality service through training without money being the motivational factor and I say bravo to you… This certification will afford you the opportunity to be of service to others which I exhort you to render with dignity and respect….” Lawrence encouraged.The Minister added that first aid training is oftentimes overlooked but is, however, important to saving lives.“I will be requesting of them [St John’s Association] to partner with the Ministry of Public Health to have us do television programmes so we can teach our people, nationally, basic CPR.”The Health Minister also lauded the training provided in the area of home nursing, stressing her particular interest in care for the elderly…I am very committed to the care of our elderly who are our priority so we laud this programme which will provide solid and sustainable outcomes for our senior citizens who deserves our best” she commended.Recognising that the graduation was only the beginning for the new healthcare providers, Lawrence charged them to think strategically about their futures.“I wish you to consider your career path and future. This is the first fundamental step of your accomplishment but do not stop here, you have the unique opportunity to craft an excellent career in health so examine your options, select your area of interest and develop your potential in the health sector.”St John’s Association Guyana is a vibrant, humanitarian, voluntary organisation providing quality first aid training, first aid services and healthcare to communities, seeking at all times to promote health awareness and safety practices.last_img read more

70% of school dropouts in Region 5 are fatherless – MoE

first_imgSeventy per cent of school dropouts in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) are from broken homes without a father figure, according to Senior Guidance and Counselling Officer attached to the Education Ministry, Vickram Mohabir.He made the statement when the Education Department in Region Five honoured close to 40 fathers as part of their programme to have fathers play a more integral role in their children’s lives.“If men are developed and empowered then the social ills that we face in society will disappear; there will be no more fractured families; there will be no more children who will be here, there and everywhere,” Mohabir said.He added that more resources should be placed in the development of men since the benefit to society would be tremendous.Some of the fathers who were honored“Seventy per cent of all high school dropouts come from homes of fatherless children. Currently, the Ministry of Education is working for fuller recognition and inclusion of fathers in all of their programmes because of the huge impact fathers can have on their kids. Children with fathers in their lives have fewer difficulties coping with emotional difficulties in their adolescent stage,” he stated.Mohabir said fatherless children have more troubles academically, scoring poorly on tests of reading, Mathematics and thinking skills.“Children from father-absent homes are more likely to show and be excluded from school. They are also more likely to leave school by age 16 and less likely to attain an academic and professional qualification in adulthood,” he noted.The official noted that many men think of themselves as the head of the home but if they were to think of themselves as the foundation allowing the family to be built on them, then the family unit will be stronger.“Seventy-one per cent of girls who become pregnant as teenagers came from homes where the father was absent”. He said an estimated 24.7 million children or 33 per cent of all children live absent from their biological father. Fatherlessness is not only a problem in Guyana and the Caribbean but worldwide. Fifty years ago, eight per cent of all children grew up in single-parent homes; today that figure has risen to more than 25 per cent. Statistics show that fathers are leaving the home for trivial issues,” Mohabir said.Noting that sometimes circumstances may cause fathers and children to separate, he said when fathers are involved in the child’s life, there is greater academic performance; their active involvement can have a positive impact on the child’s life.In Region Five, efforts are being made to have fathers play a more active role in their children’s development. In giving an overview of the programme; School Social Welfare Officer, Gloria Davidson, explained that the school welfare section of the Education Department had been working with parents, providing them with skills to raise their children.The training, she said, was aimed to foster parental development, enhance parental skills and to promote collaboration across the region.She said when the school year commenced, head teachers were tasked with identifying outstanding fathers and later the criteria for judging was set.last_img read more

Allies reducing troops in Iraq as U.S. prepares to send more

first_imgThe British announcement reverberated on the U.S. presidential campaign trail as well. “I hope that since the president seems unwilling to listen to the results of the November election or to the new Democratic majority in Congress, that he would at least listen to someone who he has claimed has been his strongest ally in this effort,” Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an AP interview while campaigning in Nevada. Blair has seen his popularity at home plummet since standing with Bush on the 2003 invasion. On Wednesday, Blair told Parliament that Britain would withdraw almost a quarter of its 7,100 troops in the coming months – and hoped to withdraw more by late summer. That decision, along with drawdowns by other coalition members, goes against the course taken by the United States, which is sending 21,500 more troops into Iraq. There are currently 139,000 there, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Bush administration and Blair put a positive spin on the latest development, suggesting it represented success in stabilizing largely Shiite southern Iraq – not a retreat. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush’s “coalition of the willing,” long seen by much of the world as a shell for a largely U.S. operation in Iraq, is quickly becoming a coalition of the unwilling. Even as Bush sends more American forces to Baghdad, longtime war ally Tony Blair is pulling out British troops. Denmark is leaving. Lithuania says it may withdraw its tiny 53 troop contingent. Bush’s alliance is breaking up as opposition firms against the U.S. troop buildup – among the American and Iraqi people, in Congress and among Iraq’s neighbors and some former U.S. allies. “There is no military solution to the sectarian and insurgent conflict in Iraq,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said the U.S. should follow the British prime minister’s lead and start reducing forces. Analysts were skeptical, noting that most of the non-U.S. forces had been stationed in predominantly Shiite or Kurdish areas spared the intense sectarian violence that has rocked Baghdad-area neighborhoods. “If the Brits really do have the ability to redeploy forces, we obviously need them in Baghdad and environs,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a military analyst at the Brookings Institution and an adviser to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Long gone from Bush’s coalition are troops from Spain and Italy, whose leaders were booted out of office by voters unhappy with their war alliances with Bush. Denmark recently said it would withdraw all its 460 troops by August. South Korea, which now has 2,300 in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, plans to bring 1,100 home by April, and its parliament insists on a complete withdrawal by the end of 2007. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the British pullback squares with the U.S. plan to turn over more control to Iraqis. “The coalition remains intact and, in fact, the British still have thousands of troops deployed in Iraq,” she said. The Pentagon has stopped publicly listing the countries in the coalition and troop levels. In a recent count by The Associated Press that includes information from individual coalition partners, 22 countries still have forces in Iraq. Only Britain and South Korea are contributing more than 1,000 each. The next-largest contingents are Georgia and Poland, each with 900 combat forces; Romania, with about 600 troops, and Australia, with 550. Lithuania is seriously considering withdrawing its 53 from Iraq, Defense Ministry spokeswoman Ruta Apeitkyte, said Wednesday. The British troop reduction “weakens the image of the coalition and further isolates the U.S.,” said Anthony Cordesman, an Iraq expert at the Center for Strategic and International studies. “This is a war of perceptions.” Furthermore, Cordesman said, “I think that we have to understand that virtually every month that goes by, Iraqi tolerance for a U.S. presence declines.”160Want 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

GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh Columba News 19.11.2012We start this week by commiserating with Kieran, Kevin & all on the minor team, after their defeat at the hands of Naomh Mhuire, Convoy, in Sunday’s county final.An excellent first half saw a single point between the sides at half time, and the teams were neck and neck with ten minutes remaining, however two goals in quick succession from Convoy saw all hopes of a county title for Naomh Columba dashed. Fair play to everyone involved in a very good game of football, and hard luck to you all. The final league game of the season takes place this Sunday, with Naomh Columba playing host to Urris. Reserves throw in at 1.30pm, and seniors at 3pm. The cheque presentation of €15,935.75 to Temple Street Childrens Hospital will take place in the Naomh Columba clubhouse on Saturday, December 8th, at 2pm. Everyone is most welcome to come along for this event.A coffee evening will take place in the clubhouse on Thursday, November 29th, from 6-9pm. All proceeds are in aid of the Good & New bus to Galway for cancer patients. The Sam Maguire cup will be present, and a photographer will be in attendance for anyone who wants to get their picture taken with the cup. We would ask you all to come out and support this very worthy cause.The 2012 underage presentation night is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th, in Meenaneary Community Centre. The Scór na nÓg Ulster semi-final is scheduled for Glenswilly on Friday, December 7th. Naomh Columba are represented in the quiz section by Brian Gallagher, Cormac Mc Ginley & Aidan Mc Gill.We extend our sincere condolences to our past treasurer, Andrew Doherty, and the entire extended Doherty family on the death of Kate last week. Go ndéanfaidh Dia trócaire uirthi. Many congratulations to John Joe Ellis & Paddy O’Byrne, who were joint winners of last weeks €6400 lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 1. 5. 8. 28, and this weeks jackpot is now €2500.        GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: November 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Man drowned on camping trip but questions remain, inquest hears

first_imgThe coroner for Co Donegal has returned an open verdict on the death of a Derry man who drowned on a camping trip to the Isle of Doagh.The inquest into the death of Anthony Griffiths (59), from Culmore, heard how he and his wife Leonie and a number of other family members visited the Isle of Doagh in Inishowen on August 29, 2016. Yesterday Mrs Griffiths told a court sitting in Buncrana that when the family arrived they pitched their tents and had a barbecue.The Belfast Telegraph reports how he urged her husband to have something to eat because he had drunk a bottle of wine.After playing cards, the couple went for a walk along the shore, with Mr Griffiths admiring the stars in the sky.When they returned, he told his wife that he wanted to sleep outside and would later move to his car.Mrs Griffiths emerged from her tent at approximately 9.30am the following day and went to find her husband.While she was unable to locate him, she assumed he had gone to the beach and was not initially concerned for his safety.After further attempts to find him proved unsuccessful, Mrs Griffiths began to feel that something was wrong.At 3pm she reported her husband missing to gardai in Carndonagh.The authorities subsequently launched a two-day search for the missing man, involving the police, coastguard and members of the public.The operation came to an end on September 1, when Mr Griffiths’ body was discovered on rocks by the crew of the coastguard helicopter.For full report see https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/coroner-cant-explain-drowning-death-of-camper-anthony-griffiths-in-donegal-38625764.htmlMan drowned on camping trip but questions remain, inquest hears was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldrowningIsle of Doaghlast_img read more

Social development in South Africa

first_imgDantjie Jagman, one of the collective of farm labourers who own New Beginnings Wine Farm near Paarl in the Western Cape. The workers were given a portion, and bought another portion, of the Nelson’s Creek farm on which they worked. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library)South Africa is marked by huge discrepancies in wealth, resources, and educational and career opportunities. This is not only a legacy of apartheid: it’s a feature of newly industrialising countries everywhere, as they try to remain competitive in an increasingly globalised world.Sections in this article:IntroductionUnemployment and povertyHIV/AidsCrimeHousingWater and sanitationElectricityLand restitutionEducation Useful linksIntroductionThe Department of Social Development (DSD) aims to provide “comprehensive, integrated, sustainable and quality social-development services”. It also seeks to create “an enabling environment for sustainable development in partnership with those committed to building a caring society”.The DSD, which is responsible for policy and oversight in the critical areas of social assistance and social-welfare services, flags its approach as being “in the spirit of Batho Pele” (which means “people first”).These objectives were formulated in the context of the Millennium Development Goals. The eight goals, comprising 18 specific targets, were adopted at the United Nations as part of the Millennium Declaration in 2000.The eight goals are:to eradicate extreme povertyto achieve universal primary educationto promote gender equality and empower womento reduce child mortalityto improve maternal healthto combat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseasesto ensure environmental sustainabilityto develop a global partnership for developmentTo achieve these goals, the DSD is collaborating with the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations, organised labour and other role-players.Its activities are designed to complement overarching national programmes such as the National Skills Development Plan, the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative (Asgisa).Since 2004, the department’s tasks have expanded and the social welfare system has grown significantly – with beneficiary numbers increasing from 3.8-million in April 2001 to more than 11-million in March 2006, according to the South Africa Yearbook.The proliferation of HIV/Aids in South Africa has also led to the expansion of the DSD’s mandate: it has a growing responsibility for a broad set of initiatives to improve the lives of South Africans – by coordinating home-based care for people living with HIV and Aids, food-relief programmes and programmes for particularly vulnerable groups. It also oversees the National Development Agency.In 2004, after 10 years of democracy, the emphasis – which had initially been on designing a strategy – shifted to monitoring and evaluation of programme implementation. The national government has identified a set of development indicators that also shapes the policies of the DSD.The South African Social Investment Exchange (Sasix) has raised some R2.4-million for selected projects since its launch in June 2006. Individuals or companies can buy shares in social investment projects of their choice, as a cost of R50 per share, from the Sasix website. Sasix, an initiative of the Greater Good South Africa Trust, was launched with an initial offering of 16 social projects in four targeted sectors: enterprise development, early childhood development, food security, and orphans and vulnerable children.The Cabinet has approved a set of key indicators as evidence-based indexes of social development. The Policy Coordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) in the Presidency – working with the clusters of directors-general and with departments – has compiled data on each of the 72 development indicators, informed by international good practice adapted to South African conditions.As of 2004, these indicators were arranged into clusters based on 10 broad themes:economic growth and transformationemploymentpoverty and inequalityhousehold and community assetshealtheducationsocial cohesionsafety and securityinternationalgood governanceThe following areas fall under the ambit of the DSD:unemploymentthe Expanded Public Works Programmepoverty and social assistance supportHIV/Aidscrimehousingwatersanitationelectricityland restitutioneducationUnemployment and povertySouth Africa’s official unemployment rate rose from 23.1% in the first quarter of 2008 to 23.2% in the second quarter. The unemployment rate for black South Africans was 27.4%, for coloureds 19.1%, for Indians/Asians 11.7% and for whites 4.1%. Some 26.3% of all South African women were unemployed, and 20.6% of South African men.The unemployment rate was highest in Limpopo (29.5%) and the Eastern Cape (27.4%), and lowest in the Western Cape (19.7%) and Gauteng (21.8%). Expanded Public Works Programme The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) was set up by the South African government in 2004 to fight poverty by using existing government budgets to create jobs in labour-intensive projects over five years. In 2008 it reached one of its major goals more than a year ahead of schedule, having created over a million new job opportunities.In his State of the Nation address in 2003 former President Thabo Mbeki announced the new initiative, aimed at drawing at least 1-million jobless people into productive work between 2004 and 2009. Of those, 40% would be women, 30% youth and 2% disabled.The EPWP arose out of the 2003 Growth and Development Summit, which explored the causes of unemployment. The programme is the major instrument of the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) poverty alleviation strategy, working as a bridge between South Africa’s formal and informal economies.The EPWP has two major components: creating employment using labour-intensive methods, and giving people skills they can use to find jobs when their work in the EPWP is done.Although the projects have a limited lifespan, the main focus is on skills development and access to work, which allows the previously unemployed to take their first steps into the job market.In her annual budget speech in parliament in May 2008, then-Minister of Public Works Thoko Didiza said the target of a million jobs had been reached by the end of April. Exactly 1 077 801 work opportunities had been created, way ahead of the March 2009 deadline.The EPWP had also surpassed its targets for women and youth, who made up 47% and 40% respectively of those employed.Poverty and social assistance support Eradicating poverty is the highest priority in the government’s programme to improve the lives of South Africans: it has set itself the goal of halving poverty between 2004 and 2014.In June 2007 the Presidency’s Policy Coordination and Advisory Service (PCAS) unit released the Development Indicators Mid-Term Review, which indicated that poverty was being successfully tackled and that the number of South Africans surviving on less than R3 000 a year had also decreased – from 50% to 43% of the population.Since 2002, strong overall income growth, including the expansion of social grants, has resulted in a rise in the income of the poorest 20% of the population. However, the rate of income improvement among the poor has not matched that of the rich; thus, while income poverty is declining, inequality has not been reduced.The South African Social Security Agency Act and the Social Assistance Act cover the social grants function of the DSD. The DSD also manages a poverty relief programme. The Independent Development Trust (IDT) has been contracted to provide implementation support for projects that fall within this programme.Income transfers to households, mainly through social assistance grant programmes, stood at R74.2-billion in 2005. In 2006/7, they received an additional R2.7-million.In April 2007, 12.1-million South Africans were receiving social assistance grants, amounting to R5.1-billion. Grants are disbursed in the following categories (April 2007 figures):Foster-care grant: 405 813 recipients (R620 a month)Care-dependency grant: 98 690 recipients (R870)War-veterans’ grant: 2 317 recipients (R890)Old-age grants: 2 194 066 recipients (R870)Disability grant: 1 425 105 recipients (R870)Child-support grant: 7 910 748 recipients (R200)Grant-in-aid: 32 280 recipients (R200)These grants amount to some R61-billion a year, about 3,3% of GDP, and contribute more than half of the income of the poorest 20% of households.The 2007 Budget brought increases in social grants, thanks to success in recent years in curbing corruption in the country’s social grants system. The Budget also made R10-billion available over the next three years to improve the services provided by social welfare organisations in communities. In addition, R25,5-million has been set aside for the establishment of a social-security inspectorate to root out fraud.There has been a strong decline in the headcount poverty rate since 2001 – mainly due to the expansion of social grants and the creation of more jobs.Between 2000 and 2005, the Living Standards Measure (LSM) data shows a significant decrease in the number of people in the poorest categories (LSM 1-3), with a marked reduction of the number of people living in LSM 1. The number of people living in LSM 4-10 shows an increase and in part reflects the growth of the middle classes.HIV/Aids Since 2000, there has been a trend of increasing mortality, especially among the young. This seems to be related to the increase in HIV prevalence rates since 1998.The DSD is collaborating with the Department of Health to fight the spread of HIV/Aids. The social impact of the disease is evidenced by the increase in the number of orphans and child-headed households – which results in the disintegration of families and communities.About R4.2-billion is expected to be spent in 2006/07 on social-sector employment programmes. These include home- and community-based community care (HCBC) and early childhood development, community health workers and social-development partnerships with NGOs.The Department of Social Development’s HCBC Programme is based on the premise that vulnerable children and their families are better protected and supported within their communities.In 2006/07 the programme:identified 206 889 orphans and vulnerable children and extended appropriate services to themassisted 34 025 child-headed households access counselling and support servicesprovided meals to 102 723 children through various community multipurpose centresassisted 356 073 affected families and distributed 155 754 food parcelsdistributed 47 607 school uniformsprovided stipends to 11 059 caregiversfunded 750 nongovernmental and faith-based organisationsAmong the social-service priorities are the care of child-headed households, the strengthening of HIV and Aids programmes, and the appropriate management of children in conflict with the law.The Lovelife Groundbreaker Partnership Programme has been integrated into the Expanded Public Works Programme to extend its support. Its emphasis is on young people and inculcating behaviour changes.The emergence of many child-headed households has led to a focus on caring for such vulnerable children. The department chairs the National Aids Children’s Task Team, a multisectoral team focusing on the care of children infected with or affected by HIV/Aids.The DSD has also developed the integrated and consolidated Five-Year National Social Development Strategic Plan, which is being implemented in partnership with other stakeholders such as the United Nations Children’s Fund.CrimeThe DSD is tasked with the implementation of the Probation Services Act; as a result, it is responsible for many interventions (such as reception, assessment and referrals) and crime prevention programmes. South Africa’s prison population is on the increase again, following a reduction through a remission programme in 2005.The DSD’s Victim-Empowerment Programme (VEP) facilitates the support, protection and empowerment of victims of crime and violence, with a special focus on women and children. Home-based supervision programmes benefited about 1 000 children in conflict with the law. The number of children in correctional-service facilities declined by 40% between 2004 and March 2006.According to the South African Yearbook, the VEP is a major component of the agreement between the Department of Social Development and the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, for the establishment of one stop centres for women and children who are victims of abuse, especially domestic violence.HousingThere has been a sustained growth in the delivery of housing units, albeit low relative to the backlogs. Houses completed between 1994 and March 2006 amount to 2.3-million.In February 2007, the housing minister announced the establishment of a Housing Development Agency in an effort to double the number of houses being built and to meet its target of eradicating informal settlements by 2014.Although about two million low-cost houses have been built since 1994, there are still 2.4-million households in informal settlements. The Department of Housing has projected that delivery will increase to 265 000 houses in 2006/07, based on a conservative estimate of 30% growth in the final quarter. In order to eradicate the housing backlog, annual delivery rates of more than 400 000 units are required, at a cost of between R345-billion and R548-billion, with costs decreasing as the delivery rate increases.In the 2007/08 Budget speech, housing will receive an additional R2.7-billion – which brings the total allocation for the next three years to R32-billion. The housing budget will have risen from R4.6-billion in 2003/04 to R12.5-billion by 2009/10.The private sector has also come on board to increase access to housing: four major banks entered into a memorandum of understanding with the government in 2005, paving the way for R42-billion to be spent on low-cost housing in the country. Financial group Absa has committed R2.6-billion to provide 100 000 low-cost houses by 2010, fulfilling its part of the agreement.Water and sanitationSince 1994, the percentage of households with access to water at equal or above the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) standard increased from 61,7% to 84,7%. This rate of delivery has been achieved in the face of a 26% increase in household numbers. In recent years the backlog in the provision of water has been reduced to 17%. The Department of Water Affairs anticipates that the country will achieve universal access to water by 2008 and to sanitation by 2010.South Africa provides indigent households with a free basic six kilolitres of water a month, amounting to about 25 litres per person per day – an example the UN has called to be emulated worldwide.The government’s goal is for all people in South Africa to have access to a functioning basic sanitation facility by 2010. Households with access to basic sanitation increased from 50% in 1994 to 71% in 2006. In April 2006, the backlog was more than 3.7 million households; hence, the delivery rate should increase to achieve the target. Progress is being made to eliminate the bucket system in established settlements by the end of 2007.ElectricityThe provision of electricity, even though it has fluctuated in some years, presents a steady picture of progress. A key objective is the electrification of all households and the provision of free basic electricity to poor households. The electrification programme has seen 3,5 million homes electrified since 1994. In line with the Integrated National Electrification Programme, the government has established the Free Basic Electricity Programme: this allocates 50Kwh a month free to people in a certain income bracket.Land restitution South Africa has settled at least 90% of land claims lodged since 1994, the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights announced in July 2007. About 74 000 of the 79 000 claims lodged between 1995 and 1998 have been settled, and the commission aims to complete the restitution process by 2008.The government is expanding programmes to enhance agri-expertise and provide financial support to first-time farmers. The mutually supportive relationship between the Land Affairs and Agriculture departments is also receiving further attention.EducationSouth Africa will spend an extra R8.1-billion on improved teacher salaries, teacher assistants and school support staff over the  three years from 2007/08 – the aim being to achieve a 40:1 ratio for primary school learners per teacher and a 35:1 ratio for secondary school learners per teacher.The government has embarked on an intense drive to harness and improve the skills of South Africans to ensure accelerated economic growth. The Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), which was launched in March 2006, is a high-level task team that will identify urgent skills needs and advise on how they can be met.Jipsa has already identified several interventions in need of urgent attention, such as mentoring programmes and overseas placement of trainees to fast-track their development. Others include special training programmes, bringing back retirees and expatriate South Africans, and drawing in new immigrants. Also planned are a major upgrade of Further Education and Training colleges and a revamp of the Adult Basic and Education Training programme.Since 2000, many more male learners than females have been receiving primary education. The Gender Parity Index (GPI) for total school enrolment (Grade 1 to Grade 12) indicates that gender parity has been achieved. However, it is important to also consider the difference in enrolment patterns between primary and secondary schools.Between 1994 and 1999, the senior certificate pass rate fluctuated between 47% and 58%. After 1999, the pass rate improved substantially, reaching 73% in 2003. From 2004 onwards, there has been a slight drop in the pass rate each year.The number of literate people in the country has increased between 1995 and 2005. The government aims to increase literacy and reduce the adult illiteracy rate by 50% between 1990 and 2015 – by rolling out a R6.1-billion literacy campaign over the next five years, targeting 4.7-million South Africans who were previously denied access to education.Useful links Department of Social Development Millennium Development Goals National Development Agency South African Social Investment Exchange Independent Development Trust (IDT) The South African Social Security Agency South Africa Government Online Government Communication and Information System Greater Good South Africa Trustlast_img read more

Fashion Long Straight Binding Ponytail Clip in Pony Tail Hair Extension Extensions 22 inches – Can’t wait to purchase another. FAB PRODUCT

first_img Posted on April 16, 2018Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair Extensions One was the wrong colour but it was a good ombré look even though i order. I have try this extension for school and i’m only 11 it stayed put for ages and never fell out in my opinion i would buy this and i have curly hair and it blends really well i bout to one was the wrong colour but it was a good ombré look even though i order it. Can’t wait to purchase another. Over the years i’ve bought lots of hairpieces like this for nights out. The colour match on this product was next to none and you couldn’t even see my natural hair. This hairpiece in particular done a very good job at blending into my natural hair to give my hair that full & volumized look. They come in so many different colours and styles and i will definitely be purchasing another once i’ve dyed my hair. The only problem i have with this is that it will get very knotty sometimes and brushing the knots out is hard due to the fact that the hair is synthetic. It came very quickly and it looked amazing but after wearing it for the second time the. It came very quickly and it looked amazing but after wearing it for the second time the hair got matted and when i brushed it,it didn’t look or lay the same anymore so it would only be good for a night out. Can’t wait to purchase another. FAB PRODUCT had bought the right colour match but this is fine. The length for me is a little long It came very quickly and it looked amazing but after wearing it for the second time the It came very quickly and it looked amazing but after wearing it for the second time the. It came very quickly and it looked amazing but after wearing it for the second time the hair got matted and when i brushed it,it didn’t look or lay the same anymore so it would only be good for a night out. I love it it’s what i wanted but it’s a shade to dark. Stunning except that it’s thin and brown not dark brown. Had bought the right colour match but this is fine. The length for me is a little long. I was a little undecided if i had bought the right colour match but this is fine. The length for me is a little long but they are easy to cut. Very easy to attach to your hair and the overall look is quite natural. It is not heavy either – so no headaches. I love it it’s what i wanted but it’s a shade to dark. Had bought the right colour match but this is fine. The length for me is a little long. I was a little undecided if i had bought the right colour match but this is fine. The length for me is a little long but they are easy to cut. Very easy to attach to your hair and the overall look is quite natural. It is not heavy either – so no headaches. Stunning except that it’s thin and brown not dark brown. The slide is slightly different from what i expected but stays in fine. Colour is also different but still matched for what i was using it for. One was the wrong colour but it was a good ombré look even though i order. I have try this extension for school and i’m only 11 it stayed put for ages and never fell out in my opinion i would buy this and i have curly hair and it blends really well i bout to one was the wrong colour but it was a good ombré look even though i order it. The slide is slightly different from what i expected but stays in fine. Colour is also different but still matched for what i was using it for. The hair are really soft and thick, match perfectly with my hair colour, really happy about the product. Because of the package it wasn’t really staight, however i used my straightener on low heat to fix the problem :). Can’t wait to purchase another. Over the years i’ve bought lots of hairpieces like this for nights out. The colour match on this product was next to none and you couldn’t even see my natural hair. This hairpiece in particular done a very good job at blending into my natural hair to give my hair that full & volumized look. They come in so many different colours and styles and i will definitely be purchasing another once i’ve dyed my hair. The only problem i have with this is that it will get very knotty sometimes and brushing the knots out is hard due to the fact that the hair is synthetic. The hair are really soft and thick, match perfectly with my hair colour, really happy about the product. Because of the package it wasn’t really staight, however i used my straightener on low heat to fix the problem :). center_img SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-04-16 05:02:59Reviewed Item Fashion Long Straight Binding Ponytail Clip in Pony Tail Hair Extension Extensions 22 inches (22 inches, Bleach Blonde)Rating 2.0 / 5  stars, based on  20  reviewslast_img read more

Geocaching in the Dark: The Great Canadian Night Caching Event

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Geocaching doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. That’s especially true when the winter days grow short. A group of Ontario, Canada geocachers known as the BFL Crew go night caching every Friday. Once a year though, it’s not just a few people on the hunt for night caches – more than two hundred geocachers take the woods after dark. Saturday, October 29 will mark the sixth annual “BFL BOOT CAMP.”The cache page promises, “an evening full of mischief planned, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it.” John Robb of teamvoyagr is one of more than 15 organizers for the event. He’s been introducing people to night caching for years. He says, “It is natural for people to be apprehensive about going in the woods at night to find caches. Your senses become heightened. You have to keep your eyes open for branches, roots, rocks and other obstacles that are in your path. Noises sound different and much closer at night. The creaking tree always seems closer when it’s dark. This heightened sensitivity is what makes night caching so much fun. You feel the experience more than you see it. ”BFL Boot CampThe night caching community has grown over the last six years of BFL Boot Camp.  Attendance for the 2011 event has  already climbed to more than 200 “will attends” and there’s still time to register.John says part of that success of the event is experiencing the joy of night caching and part of it is enjoying the geocaching community. Hey says, “The BFL Bootcamp combines the fun of caching at night with the group camaraderie of caching with friends. Small groups form up and head out to find the caches. The event runs from 2100h to 0400h and over the course of the night groups will encounter each other on the trails.  At those meetings previous finders pass on encouragement and warnings about the challenges of certain caches.  As word spreads anticipation mounts.”This year John says there’s more to experience at night than any other BFL Boot Camp. He says, “This year there have been caches that use reflectors, ultra-violet light (UV), infra-red light, glow in the dark, lasers, LEDs, polarized light, Wherigo and one even used braille.”If you can’t make it Ontario for the BFL Bootcamp, John offers this advice for your own night caching event, “Start with the basics. Not everyone wants to go traipsing through the woods at night. Create some caches that aren’t too complicated so that people can be rewarded for overcoming their apprehension with a find or two.   Finding a night cache is more about your awareness skills than it is about your GPSr. ”Here’s four easy tips from John about how to get started night caching in small groups:1) Find a Partner: (or partners): John says, “[We] encourage group searching.  We don’t advise doing anything in the woods alone at night.”BFL Boot Camp2) Light up the Night: John says, “Another important point about night caching is having good lights.  An LED headlamp is the best type of light to use.  FireTacks [special reflectors] seem to show up better with an LED light.  Anything that is retro reflective is much brighter the closer the light source is to your eye.” You may also want to bring a UV light. Many night caching clues involve UV light.3)Don’t go Dark: John says, “And don’t forget the extra batteries.”4) Be Aware: Check out some of these favorite night caches to see what’s out there. John says, “Blind Man’s Bluff (GC2G4AV) which required the finder to use locate six tubes that had braille numbers punched on the inside. Underworld (GC2D81G).  This cache required the finder to enter several slot caves in the Niagara Escarpment and locate reflectors.  This was a physically as well as mentally challenging cache. A tricky cache from two years ago was Signs of Night (GC1Y19Z).   The simplicity of this cache can fool you. My group couldn’t figure it out without the help of the hint. I really enjoyed this cache for its elegant simplicity.”For more on night caching check out this Geocaching.com video. SharePrint RelatedJanuary Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentFebruary 7, 2014In “Community”August’s Geocacher of the Month: I hope you’re not afraid of awesomeAugust 20, 2014In “Community”Announcing the April 2015 Geocacher of the MonthMay 13, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

To Those About To Demo: How to Deal With Your 15 Minutes of Fame

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#start 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… For the fortunate startups selected to present at any of several large tech conferences this summer and fall, the experience is fraught with excitement, opportunity, and pitfalls in equal measure.Here’s a round up of words from the wise, including veteran investor Mark Suster on surviving the hype cycle, analyst Sean Power on navigating traffic spikes, entrepreneur Jason Calacanis on how to demo, and our thoughts on the benefits and drawbacks of launching a company or product at a conference.The AnalystFirst of all, be prepared for a high tide of website visitors. “This is an unprecedented influx of attention,” writes Power in a recent blog post. “It may be the single biggest traffic spike you’ll ever experience. Thousands of visitors will drive by your site, stay for a minute, and leave – never to return. After the bump, you’ll feel a tremendous rush of adrenaline, then deep, soul-sucking disillusionment as your traffic dwindles back to its former levels.”So, how to capitalize on the opportunity and make sure those visitors return? Gather lots of data, track and measure users’ behavior down to the twitch of a mouse, solicit user feedback, and – most importantly – make sure your servers can handle the traffic.The EntrepreneurWe also saw a string of blog posts from Calacanis on how to demo, how to run a trade show booth, and other handy conference tips. “After doing 2,500 minutes of demos (40 hours) this year and many more last year… I’ve learned a lot about what makes for a great demo and what makes for a horrible demo,” he wrote in this post. “Since demoing your idea is a key to your success as an entrepreneur, I thought I would share everything I know in a few simple bullet points.”Simply put, Calacanis advises startups to show the product quickly, get the presentation over with in 5 minutes or less, leave audiences wanting more, talk about accomplishments rather than roadmaps, understand the competition, give short answers, and never-but-never use PowerPoint. In part two of his tutorial, he gets into greater detail, such as handling technical issues and choosing the best method for “the setup,” or the first 30 seconds of a presentation.See that? That’s a tech startup conference spotlight, and it’s coming right at you. Image courtesy of Twiistup founder Mike Macadaan.The JournalistAs far as media coverage is concerned, launching during a major tech event can be dicey business. Written last year, these words from former RWW blogger Josh Catone still ring true: “Out of necessity, many of the reviews we wrote of the startups launching at those events were half-assed – we were more concerned with covering as much as possible as we were with writing quality critiques of the startups launching. And that wasn’t really our fault: There were just too many startups coming down the pipeline at once.”He continued to note that search traffic and Techmeme placement for two specific conferences were on a downward trend, and concluded, “Neither seem like they’ll be any better at acquiring users than any other time you could pick to launch (and might be worse, given the increased levels of startup noise during the events).”On the not-so-off chance that your startup does not become the buzzed-up darling of this year’s tech conference, you must inevitably resort to getting press the old-fashioned way: by emailing your friendly tech blogger/reporter types.The InvestorFinally, we come to this insightful post from Suster. “Today I want to talk about Kool Aid. Yours. Don’t drink it. I know you’re thinking that you have your head on straight but I promise you the experience of finding yourself in this maelstrom will leave any first time entrepreneur spinning. Fame and adoration corrupts first timers. And if you’re not careful you might start to believe your own hype.”Suster continues to spin his own tale from the trenches when he launched his first company. The story is replete with funding from Goldman Sachs, press from Time and the Wall Street Journal, and champagne with Bernard Arnault. The trouble was, Suster had sipped his own Kool-Aid. The company had raised too much money, hired too many people, had too many air-castle-construction discussions, and wasted time while reading their own press. His expert advice makes the post worth reading for any startup about to get major attention from press and investors.And of course, to all those startups about to demo, we salute you. jolie odelllast_img read more