A United Nations publication on the state of the world’s Indigenous peoples reveals that all over the world first peoples continue to suffer from disproportionally high rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses.According to the UN study, Indigenous peoples make up around 370 million of the world’s population – some five per cent. However, according to the survey, they constitute around one-third of the world’s 900 million extremely poor rural people. The report states, inter alia: “Every day, Indigenous communities all over the world face issues of violence and brutality, continuing assimilation policies, dispossession of land, marginalisation, forced removal or relocation, denial of land rights, impacts of large-scale development, abuses by military forces and a host of other abuses.”The report also draws a dismal picture of the fate of Indigenous peoples worldwide. It stated, “… statistics illustrate the gravity of the situation in both developed and developing countries. Poor nutrition, limited access to care, lack of resources crucial to maintaining health and well-being, and contamination of natural resources are all contributing factors to the terrible state of Indigenous health worldwide.” The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples report was authored by seven independent experts and produced by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.However, the social demographics for Guyana’s hinterland communities and Indigenous peoples changed with the advent of the PPP/C Administration.While the first peoples of this country comprise approximately 9.1 per cent of the population, they currently own in excess of 14.1 per cent of the land, including the forest resources within their titled lands. This is their bounden right because they are the traditional keepers and guardians of the rainforests, for which Guyana was bountifully rewarded through the Norway pact. Amerindians also received protected rights by way of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and when the PPP/C Administration passed the Amerindian Act 6 of 2006.In fairness to the previous Administration, it made great strides during its tenure in office to protect Amerindians’ rights to their land.The unprecedented granting of titles and demarcation grants was full proof of a sincere and firm commitment by the previous Government towards protecting the land rights of the Indigenous peoples of Guyana.It would, however, seem that the current coalition Government has diverted from its many pre-election promises to the Amerindians and has demonstrated no political will to execute a comprehensive developmental agenda for this country’s first peoples. Its promises seem to be constricted to political statements that are often empty and, at best, rhetorical.Relative to Amerindian development, the very basic principles of consultation, participation and authority to govern and administer their affairs were the foundations of the previous Government’s strategy for development that have already been tested during its tenure, and that have put the Amerindian way of life many notches higher than what it was during the PNC era.However, in a letter penned by Amerindian representative Alister Charlie, he expressed fear that his people were now in danger of returning to the ethos of yesteryear, when the Indigenous peoples were alluded to and treated in a derogatory way.While the previous Government (now in Opposition) remained steadfast in its resolve and commitment to uplift the present malaise of Guyana’s Amerindians, whose rights and welfare had often taken the backseat, the current coalition Administration seems to be taking the Amerindian community down a retrograde path through the establishment of a land rights commission that is programmed to address African and Amerindian land rights together.The rights to land, territory, and resources are well entrenched in the Amerindian Act of 2006.Amerindian Villages have the right to independently set their respective rules that are not contrary to existing law. The Amerindian Act of 2006 and the Constitution of Guyana clearly stipulate the participation and involvement of Indigenous peoples in policy formulation. The Act has been enacted through massive consultation with the village leaders and villagers.The issues on titling as have been documented in the Amerindian Lands Commission Report of 1969 are respected by the State and Amerindians as well. Efforts in bridging gaps between the said report and the present land titling systems had been in constant review by the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs (MOAA) and the Amerindian leaders and villagers.On Sunday, more than 800 Amerindians, from more than 13 villages in Region One (Barima/Waini), unanimously passed a motion that condemns the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) by President David Granger to “examine all issues and uncertainties surrounding the claims of Amerindian land titling”. This is the latest in the committed efforts by the Amerindian people to reject the Government’s ploy to set up a land CoI.
By now everyone has felt the arrival of the parking meters in Georgetown, but the presence of two in front of the Bishops’ High School and one by the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre is not going down well with the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU).According to GTU’s General Secretary Coretta McDonald, this represents an additional burden on teachers and generally anyone else who will be affected by the fees which have been imposed. At present the rate is , plus Value Added Tax (VAT), for every 15 minutes. This adds up to at least 0 an hour.The sign indicating the proximity of parking meters“Teachers are quite upset because this is an additional financial burden,” McDonald said, in an interview on Monday. “Any additional financial burden will be cause for concern. Teachers are no different.”McDonald was critical of the fact that neither Smart City Solutions Incorporated (SCSI), the company responsible for the parking meters, nor the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), saw having consultations with the union representing Guyana’s teachers as important.“What I would like to say to the M&CC or the entity, is that before you roll anything out (which affects the life of the populace), consultations are important.”According to McDonald, she has written to Mayor Patricia Chase-Green in order to seek a meeting. One of her expectations is for a reduction for teachers and any workers who will be affected.After being signed in November 2015, the manner in which the 49-year parking meter contract was arranged with National Parking Solutions/SCSI has attracted heavy scrutiny in the press.The sign indicating the proximity of parking metersThis was not helped when the Mayor, Town Clerk Royston King and City Councillors Oscar Clark and Junior Garrett, left on a trip to Mexico to inspect the product- seven months after the agreement was inked.Subsequently, the Finance Ministry and the Attorney General’s Chambers conducted reviews of the contract to determine its practicality and legality. In its reviews, the glaring absence of any financial analysis or feasibility study by the M&CC had been noted.One of the observations of the Finance Ministry had been that “the contract has given complete monopoly power to SCSI over parking within Georgetown. This control could lead to exploitation of consumers as SCSI has the power to change fees arbitrarily and determine zones.”The fees amount to at least $200 an hour. The minimum time a motorist can purchase is 15 minutes. The meters work by the user inputting the number of their parking space, the time they need and then presenting a prepaid card which they would have purchased, to a card reader on the meters.Metered hours are Monday to Saturday, from 07:00h to 19:00h. There is a ‘honeymoon’ period in effect, which ends on January 23, where motorists will not have to pay for parking. According to the company, this is to allow motorists to get “accustomed”.PenaltiesAfterwards, however, any vehicle which has either not paid for parking or has exceeded their paid time will have their vehicle incapacitated by a tire booting device. This can be done whether the vehicle owner is present or not.If the owner was not there, they will be greeted by the sight of their incapacitated vehicle and a sticker in their driver’s side window upon their return. In cases whereby the parked vehicle may obstruct the flow of traffic, they may return to an empty space as the vehicle will be immediately towed.A fine of $8000 plus VAT will have to be paid in order to unlock the vehicle. If the fine is not paid within two hours, the vehicle will be towed to an impound lot. The fine would then be $12,000 plus any VAT applicable.It was pointed out by the Finance Ministry review that SCSI sought “absolute right” to determine the space, number of meters and the location boundaries.
1 Arsenal were 1-0 up on Tottenham when the Frenchman lunged in on Harry Kane to earn himself a second yellow Francis Coquelin has said sorry for his derby-day red card.Arsenal were 1-0 up on Tottenham when the Frenchman lunged in on Harry Kane to earn himself a second yellow.Spurs took encouragement from the decision and went 2-1 up in the title showdown, only for Alexis Sanchez to earn Arsenal a point.Speaking to Arsenal TV, Coquelin said: “I didn’t really see the goal [because I was in the dressing room] but someone came and told me that we scored the second one – it was a relief for me.“I did not want us to lose today because at 1-0 I thought we were doing great.“A point today is a good point, it is a great result for us. I’m really sorry to all the fans for the red card, I think with 11 against 11 we could have won the game as we were playing really well. This red card changed the game. I’m really sorry to the club, to the team and all the fans.“I actually thought I could get the ball when I slide tackled [Kane] – that is why I went for it. I touched him and [the referee] gave me the second yellow.“But at the end of the day, it’s a good point and hopefully it will be an important point for the title.”
“When they receive their diplomas this spring, we can be confident that they are prepared with basic English and math skills that will help them succeed in life.” At the El Rancho Unified School District, officials said recent figures show 97.8 percent of the class of 2006 have passed the exit exam, while 91 percent of seniors at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District have done so. The numbers are even higher for the Whittier Union High School District – at least 98 percent of students there had passed both portions of the exit exam as of January. O’Connell said he has proposed legislation to expand options for students who have not yet passed the exit exam. The bills would provide additional summer and Saturday administrations of the exam, extra funding for intensive remediation programs, independent study programs, and adult school programs for students still struggling to pass the CAHSEE. At the Norwalk-La Mirada district, officials are offering certificates of completion to those who don’t pass the exam. They won’t be able to walk at graduation, but they will be required to return to school in the summer for a monthlong tutorial before retaking the exam in July. Bosserman said if the state funding comes through, they will also strongly encourage Whittier Union seniors who don’t pass the exam to come to summer school and retake the exam in July. “To some extent, this has created significant anxiety for kids and their parents,” Bosserman said. “But we’ve done the lion’s share of whatever we needed to do to help the kids pass, and the kids are taking it seriously.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – More than 45,000 California high school seniors are in danger of not graduating this spring because they have yet to pass the state’s mandatory exit exam, officials said Thursday. Statewide, nearly 11 percent of seniors have not passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), a 10th-grade level test of math and English-language arts that – beginning this year – all seniors must pass in order to graduate, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced. In Whittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk and La Mirada, between 150 and 200 students have yet to pass both portions of the CAHSEE. But school officials are quick to point out that results are still not in for the March administration of the test – the last chance seniors had to take the CAHSEE before next month’s commencement ceremonies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAs such, officials still hope to increase the numbers of seniors who are eligible to graduate. “We’re very hopeful,” said Nancy Bosserman, director of accountability and staff development at Whittier Union High School District. “Are we going to get to zero \? Probably not – but we’re going to get close to it,” Bosserman said. O’Connell announced Wednesday that 7,000 more seniors passed the CAHSEE when they took it in February. The March test results are expected to be sent to schools this month and released statewide in June. “I am proud of the students who have worked hard to master the essential skills measured by the CAHSEE,” O’Connell said in a statement.
Anxious homeowners affected by MICA are still waiting on a redress scheme despite government promises that work would begin before Christmas 2018.Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the government to put a timeline in place for the promised MICA redress scheme.The Minister for Housing has said this week that work on developing the scheme is “well underway” and that he intends to “revert to Government with proposals for the scheme as soon as possible.” However, homeowners in Donegal and Mayo are still waiting to find out when the scheme will become operational so that they can put plans in place to remediate their homes.Deputy McConalogue said the department’s plans need to be clearer: “This response is extremely vague and will not ease the anxiety being experienced by affected homeowners. The Minister had previously promised that proposals would be presented to the Government before Christmas. It’s now January and we appear to be no further down the track on this issue.”Deputy McConalogue said that Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy needs to set a commencement date for the redress scheme immediately, and remediation must begin early this year.Deputy McConalogue said: “This redress scheme has experienced delays every step of the way. It is imperative that a scheme is set up as soon as possible – these homeowners have already been waiting too long. The redress scheme is needed now.” MICA Redress Scheme ‘well underway’ – but still no timeline for homeowners was last modified: January 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Charlie McConalogue TDMICA
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The cloud is growing at the expense of traditional on-premise environments, according to a new report from IDC. Spending on cloud infrastructure is expected to jump 18.9 percent in 2016, compared to a 4 percent decline in spending on traditional non-cloud environment spending.Kuba Stolarski, an analyst at IDC, said that “the cloud IT infrastructure market continues to see strong double-digit growth with faster gains coming from public cloud infrastructure demand. End customers are modernising their infrastructures along specific workloads, performance and TCO requirements, with a general tendency to move into 3rd Platform, next-gen technologies.”Natalya Yezhkova, IDC research director of storage systems, said that “for the majority of corporate and public organisations, IT is not a core business but rather an enabler for their core businesses and operations. Expansion of cloud offerings creates opportunities for these businesses to focus efforts on core competences while leveraging the flexibility of service-based IT.”The top five cloud infrastructure providers by revenue in 2015, as ranked by IDC are: HPE, Dell, Cisco, EMC, and IBM and NetApp in joint fifth place.
Being strangled may save this tree’s life By Ian RandallJun. 6, 2017 , 11:45 AM Meet the strangler fig: a parasitic nightmare that lives on other tropical trees, stealing their soil nutrients, water, and even sunlight through a canopy of dense leaves and tendrillike roots that twist around the host plant (above). Eventually, the fig’s roots can completely encase the host, strangling its trunk and cutting off nutrient flow until it dies and rots away—leaving just the hollow fig behind. But this killer could actually be saving its victims during some tropical storms, according to a new study. Scientists examined the prevalence of strangler figs in Lamington National Park in Australia after a cyclone that felled hundreds of trees. Comparing felled trees with their nearest still-standing neighbors, they found those that survived the storm were more than four times more likely to have large attached strangler figs, they report this month in Symbiosis. What’s more, that trend held regardless of tree size. Strangler figs could be protecting their hosts from being uprooted in a number of ways, the researchers say. Their aerial roots—which can attach to both surrounding trees and the ground—may help stabilize the host and limit its potential movement, acting much like guylines on a tent. The leaves of the figs may also close up gaps in the forest canopy, helping increase shielding from the wind. Finally, the stranglers’ scaffoldlike root networks may help support and strengthen the tree trunks they encircle in their deadly embrace.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
The Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis cruised to the third round of the women’s doubles event, handing a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing to Japanese-Italian pair of Kimiko Date-Krumm and Francesca Schiavone at the Wimbldon tennis championships here.The top-seeded duo took just 45 minutes at Court 12 to advance to the next round on Friday. The Indo-Swiss duo were ruthless from the very beginning and dominated the contest throughout, winning 56 of the 81 points played in the match, double faulting only twice and forcing their opponents into six unforced errors.”We’re playing really well, so I was confident going into the match,” Hingis said after the match on Friday.”I’ve known Kimiko and Francesca for a long time and we knew it could be difficult, but we started well and kept our level up for the whole match.”They defeated unseeded opponents Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Zheng Saisai of China 6-2, 6-2 in the first round on Thursday.In the third round, Sania-Martina will meet the winning pair in a match between New Zealand-English duo of Marina Erakovic-Heather Watson and Spanish duo of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja.