Dear Editor,The Guyana Diaspora is Guyana’s second state. The population of the diaspora is almost as large as the entire population of our homeland. This has been because of direct migration and the existence of second- and third-generation Guyanese. This unique situation has great competitive advantages for Guyana: Guyanese in the homeland, in the United States, and in Canada. With such a distribution of our population, we can create great opportunities to harness the diaspora’s potential. There is the need to develop comprehensive strategic plans for solutions to national issues.There are many national issues that cannot be solved by the Executive and their territorial coverage. Therefore, the need for a Diaspora Strategy Map is necessary. There are many individuals and groups that have been working to bridge this divide, but they have failed to develop a holistic approach. Many have specific purposes, and often work in isolation of each other. In analyzing what has been done so far, there has been some progress with education, youth and robotics, donations, and small cultural activities. However, these are very random, and do not mesh the entire country and diaspora.It is necessary to develop strategies that take into consideration our current disposition in the homeland and diaspora. In the US, and specifically New York, we are distributed across the five boroughs, with a large population being in the Queens area. In analyzing NYC demographic data, it can be stated that South Richmond Hill and surrounding areas have the largest number of Guyanese. This concentration has advantages, since we can focus the development of social and economic plans for the community. The successes can ripple across the state, so that we can all benefit.What are the benefits of pursuing this? An effective Diaspora Strategy is important to promote the consolidation of the two economies, create direct investment opportunities, and the utilise our professional potential so that we can bridge our homeland’s integration into the global economy. While we are very occupied with the development of the oil and gas sector, the diaspora community has always been a resource that has a higher return on investment if we pursue the right strategies. One of these is as a complement to a Sovereign Wealth Fund. How?It’s important that research and development are pursued to determine the generation and preservation of wealth in the Guyanese diaspora in New York. Specific questions would be on determining overall diaspora engagement, awareness of our knowledge-based economy, business and employment types, professional skills, changes to immigration and demographic trends, and what types of local and homeland policies must be developed to address the top priorities.In support of this, it’s important to discover and understand the various existing contributions to development, support groups and organisations, vulnerable populations, and the changing US policy and expectations. This is not everything, but a top output of this discovery would be to correlate remittances and family assistance data in support of our economy. Individually, many Guyanese have achieved great success in the diaspora. It’s important that we begin the discovery process to effectively encourage community involvement.Many countries have obtained exemplary success in this domain. Those include India, Israel, Russia, and the Polish-Slavic communities. Their diasporas actively participate in the national economic development processes by facilitating the realisation of goods and services, as well as creating joint productions and investing in several areas of the economy.For Guyana, we need to begin by bringing the right people together, and identifying and analysing the knowledge gaps. This would include an advance understanding of business activities in terms of imports and exports, the local economy, cultural activities, education and sports, employment, travel, and vulnerable populations.It would also be very important to develop correlation with other economic data sources to create superior socio-demographic and economic diaspora profiles.The Guyanese diaspora has a similar cultural affinity with the homeland. This is both advantageous and disadvantageous for the development of national economic cooperation. In the diaspora, it would be important to create a unified self-organisation, superior strategies, and policies that address all our concerns. This is important because, like with the other communities, we are all the same, since we share the same foreign national identity. This is not a paradox! The Guyanese diaspora can develop a world-class global shaping economy.As we pursue a diaspora strategy, it’s important that there is the restoration of the trust paradigm. Any administration must understand that there may exist political indifference. The fact is that the diaspora is important to national development and sustainability.Therefore, it is necessary to include us as we develop a common goal and vision for a modern Guyana. The activities like the annual Unity Parade demonstrate how emotionally attached a part of the community is to our homeland. However, this has a very narrow temporal interest. In the short term, there is the need to bridge the political and cultural divide between communities in Brooklyn and Queens.Once this has been achieved, there would be an understanding of the dispersed realities of our people. We can then begin to create policies and strategies for sustainable national development.Yours respectfully,Dustin Fraser
Day one of talks between the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and Government on public servants’ wages and salaries for 2016 culminated with the Union agreeing to look at the State’s proposal to replace the ‘across-the-board’ increase.According to a joint statement late Wednesday, following discussions, the two parties entered into the agreement.“GPSU agrees to explore the Government’s proposal for the differentiated approach to replace the across-the-board percentage increase,” the release stated.Minister of State Joseph HarmonGPSU President Patrick YardeThe parties also agreed that the negotiations were conducted in the spirit and obligations of’ the Memorandum of Agreement between the GPSU and the Public Service Ministry for the avoidance and settlement of disputes.The bargaining unit is to consist of persons employed under the Department of the Public Service (DPS) and Public Service Commission (PSC) including those on contract, the statement detailed, while adding that an agreement was made for a committee to be initiated, to make recommendations to the negotiating team on allowances for public servants as soon as possible.The negotiating team is scheduled to meet again on June 27.On the other hand, while talks were ongoing, Minister of State Joseph Harmon sought to respond to complaints by the Union that Government omitted allowance negotiations from the discussions, that his Administration preferred a sequential process when engaging in these discussions.Speaking at the post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday, the Minister said the letter from the Union was received after the conclusion of the Cabinet meeting; however, he noted that the Government after 20 years of holding these negotiations has to use a sequential process.“We have indicated to the Union upon receipt of the letter which voiced their concerns and we have made known to them that we prefer a sequential process when engaging in these negotiations. We would not lump wages and salaries with allowances, our preference is to take it consecutively”.The Minister of State disclosed that the Government wrote the Union explaining that they have no intention of omitting allowances.“We did say that for over 20 years that allowances hadn’t been touched and therefore we could not now in our first year in Government say that we are not going to touch allowances, so we did communicate to the Union that wages, salaries and allowances will be dealt with but we prefer to deal with them one after the other”.The GPSU on Tuesday in accepting an invitation from the Ministry of the Presidency to commence negations on public servants wages and salaries noted that they want discussions on allowances to be included on the agenda.GPSU President Patrick Yarde had said that the invitation omitted negotiations on allowance, which the Union will not stand for.Minister Harmon stated that the Union’s comments were however expected.“I must say that I am not surprised that the Union has started off that way because usually that is how unions operate but we know that the atmosphere in which these negotiations take place, it is a friendly atmosphere where there is no antagonism between the Public Service Union and the Government side and therefore, both sides will negotiate and negotiate hard,” Harmon remarked.He noted that Government was optimistic about the negotiations. Wage, salary talks
KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Five athletes from the Inconnu swim club were in Kamloops this past weekend at the LC Swim BC AA provincial championships.Inconnu’s head coach Jason Brockman gave the swimmers a theme to reflect on each morning: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have left,” and had the five swimmers reflecting each morning of the meet on how they were strong the day before.Overall, 82% of the team achieved personal best times this past weekend, with Logan Schar and Julien Kemp recording personal bests in all of the events they entered into. Cole Crook managed to shave over 12 seconds off of his 100 metre backstroke time.- Advertisement -2 of the 5 athletes placed within the top 8 in the prelims to compete in the “A” final, while two other athletes placed within the top 16 in prelims to compete in the “B” final in their events.Four of the athletes improved on their Swim BC event standards. Cole Crook moved up to Swim BC “A” standard in the 100 metre backstroke, Piper Finkensiep acheived “AA” standard in the 200 m Individual Medley, Kiara Semeniuk moved up to “AA” standard in both the 100m and 200m backstroke, and 9 year-old Julien Kemp achieved “AAA” standard in the 50, 100, and 200 metre backstroke. Kemp also qualified to compete at the Swim BC “AAA” Provincial championships next season after setting two new club records in the boys’ 10 & under age group for both the 50m and 100m backstrokes, winning a bronze and silver medal in those respective events.
WASHINGTON – The Democratic-controlled Senate narrowly signaled support Tuesday for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by next March, triggering an instant veto threat from the White House in a deepening dispute between Congress and the commander in chief. Republican attempts to scuttle the nonbinding timeline failed, 50-48, largely along party lines. The vote marked the Senate’s most forceful challenge to date of the administration’s handling of a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops. It came days after the House approved a binding withdrawal deadline of Sept. 1, 2008. After weeks of setbacks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid said the moment was at hand to “send a message to President Bush that the time has come to find a new way forward in this intractable war.” But Republicans – and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent Democrat – argued otherwise. John McCain, R-Ariz., a presidential hopeful, said, “we are starting to turn things around” in the Iraq War, and added that a timeline for withdrawal would encourage terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere. Bush had previously said he would veto any bill that he deemed an attempt to micromanage the war, and the White House freshened the threat a few hours before the vote – and again afterward. “The president is disappointed that the Senate continues down a path with a bill that he will veto and has no chance of becoming law,” it said. Similar legislation drew only 48 votes in the Senate earlier this month, but Democratic leaders made a change that persuaded Nebraska’s Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson to swing behind the measure. Additionally, Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Gordon Smith of Oregon, vocal critics of the war, sided with the Democrats, assuring them of the majority they needed to turn back a challenge led by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. The debate came on legislation that provides $122 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as domestic priorities such relief to hurricane victims and payments to farmers. Final passage is expected Wednesday or Thursday. Separately, supporters of an increase in the minimum wage readied an effort to attach the measure to the spending bill, along with companion tax cuts that Republicans have demanded. The House and Senate have passed different versions of the bill but have yet to reach a compromise. The House has already passed legislation requiring troops to be withdrawn by Sept. 1, 2008. The Senate vote assured that the Democratic-controlled Congress would send Bush legislation later this spring that calls for a change in war policy. A veto is a certainty, presuming the president follows through. That would put the onus back on the Democrats, who would have to decide how long they wanted to extend the test of wills in the face of what are likely to be increasingly urgent statements from the administration that the money is needed for troops in the war zone. “I hope he will work with us so we can come up with something agreeable for both” sides, Reid said at a post-vote news conference. “But I’m not anxious to strip anything out of the bill.” As drafted, the legislation called for troop withdrawal to begin within 120 days, with a nonbinding goal that calls for the combat troops to be gone within a year. The measure also includes a series of suggested goals for the Iraqi government to meet to provide for its own security, enhance democracy and distribute its oil wealth fairly – provisions designed to attract support from Nelson and Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. Despite the change, Pryor voted to delete the timeline. The vote was a critical test for Reid and the new Democratic majority in the Senate nearly three months after they took power. Despite several attempts, they had yet to win approval for any legislation challenging Bush’s policies. Republicans prevented debate over the winter on nonbinding measures critical of Bush’s decision to deploy an additional 21,500 troops. That led to the 50-48 vote derailing a bill that called for a troop withdrawal to begin within 120 days but set only a non-binding target of March 31, 2008, for the departure of the final combat forces. Some Democrats said they would support the nonbinding timetable even though they wanted more. “I want a deadline not only for commencing the withdrawal of our forces but also completing it rather than a target date,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. “This provision represents a 90-degree change of course from the president’s policy of escalation in the middle of a civil war,” he said, “I’m confident once the withdrawal of our troops begins, there will be no turning back.” Lieberman, who won a new term last fall in a three-way race after losing the Democratic nomination to an anti-war insurgent, depicted the vote as a turning point. He said the effect of the timeline would be to “snatch defeat from the jaws of progress in Iraq.” Republicans spoke in similar terms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Eliaquim Mangala CSKA Moscow v Manchester City in the Champions League is live on talkSPORT on 21 October 2014, from 5pm UK time.Manchester City haven’t had the best of luck in their Champions League travails in recent seasons and need a win away at CSKA Moscow to keep their dreams of a place in the knockout stages alive.Manuel Pellegrini’s men have garnered just one point following matches with Bayern Munich and Roma in Group E but a clash with Leonid Slutsky’s side offers them a chance to get their first victory of this campaign.The Russian side have lost both their games so far as Roma gave them a 5-1 shellacking and Bayern Munich earned a slim win thanks to a Thomas Muller penalty and Manchester City will hope they can heap on the misery.Conditions are going to be tricky for the Citizens with snow a possibility in Moscow and Pellegrini has warned they will need to be aware of their opponents’ propensity to attacking.Yaya Toure in for injured star?Chelsea legend Frank Lampard wasn’t expected to play much for Man City this year while on loan from New York City but has been a regular in recent weeks. Sadly a thigh injury against Tottenham looks to have ended his run in the first-team and Ivorian powerhouse Toure should step in to fill his boots in the centre of midfield.Summer signing to partner Kompany?Eliaquim Mangala was signed for £32million in the summer and, despite a strange game against Hull City, has looked a solid acquisition. He missed the Blues’ clash with Tottenham but should be fit to displace Martin Demichelis in Russia, while Pablo Zabaleta could also come back into the team.Dzeko returns in RussiaEdin Dzeko has been in decent form for Man City this season and could well be handed a recall after being benched for their showdown with Spurs. Jesus Navas, David Silva and James Milner all looked good against their Premier League opponents at the weekend but England star Milner’s defence qualities should see him start again leaving Navas to drop out for the Bosnian forward.Is this how Manchester City could line up against CSKA Moscow?
Nathaniel Clyne scores against Liverpool 1 Liverpool have had a £10million bid for Nathaniel Clyne rejected by Southampton.The England international has been the talk of the transfer window, with reports suggesting Manchester United would make a move for the right-back.Clyne has just one year left on his contract at St Mary’s stadium but after a great season, which saw him earn an England call up, the 24 year-old is in high demand.Below, see the reaction from Premier League fans after Liverpool’s derisory bid.
ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UPThere’s a three way tie at the top of the Ulster Senior League after results from last weekend. Cockhill Celtic join Letterkenny Rovers and Derry City Reserves on 6 points. Darren McElwaine of Letterkenny Rovers scored four goals against Derry City on Thursday evening and Cochkhill Celtic were 3-0 winners against Drumkeen United thanks to a brace from Liam O’Donnell.Elsewhere Bonagee United had a 3-2 semi final victory over Fanad United on Sunday in the Knockalla Caravans Cup- Midfielder Greg Magee scoring twice for the Dry Arch men. They now look forward to a final against either Kildrum Tigers or newly crowned Donegal League Premier Division Winners Glenea United.RESULTSKNOCKALLA CARAVANS CUP SEMI FINALBonagee United 3-2 Fanad UnitedGreg Magee(2) Brian McVeighDean Larkin Kieran Gorman FOUR LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUELetterkenny Rovers 4-0 Derry City ReservesDarren McElwaine(4)Cockhill Celtic 3-0 Drumkeen UnitedLiam O’Donnell(2)Malachy McDermottULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIV ONE LEAGUE CUPSwilly Rovers 6-2 Drumkeen UnitedLaurence Toland(3) Rory GildeaRonan Curtis(2) Michael PattonOisin DuffyKildrum Tigers 2-1 Bonagee UnitedKevin Doran(2) Tomas Lobolski FIXTURESKNOCKALLA CARAVANS CUP SEMI FINALSunday May 20th 2pmKildrum Tigers V Glenea UnitedFOUR LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUEWednesday May 16th 7.30pmLetterkenny Rovers V Fanad UnitedSaturday May 19th 5pmDrumkeen United V Swilly RoversSunday May 20th 2pmBonagee United V Cockhill CelticULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIV ONE LEAGUE CUPThursday May 17th 7pmSwilly Rovers V Kildrum TigersSaturday May 19th 2pmDrumkeen United V Letterkenny RoversSOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UP was last modified: May 16th, 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:SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UP
Deputy Charlie McConalogue has expressed serious concern about the threat to local post offices, following reports that hundreds of post offices may soon be forced to close their doors.The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) has warned that as many as 400 post offices in communities across the country could be put out of business when the Department of Social Protection moves to a fully electronic system of social welfare payments.Deputy McConalogue said the post office network must be protected and this can be achieved by allowing post offices to provide more services. “Communities across Donegal have already lost far too many local services. Garda stations have been shut down, community hospital beds have been closed, local health services have been cut, bank branches have been shut down, small schools are under threat and many retailers have been forced to close their doors. And now another pillar of the community, the post office, is under threat,” the Fianna Fáil Deputy said.“Advancements in technology do not have to mean sacrificing our post offices. Post offices are at the heart of our communities and are well placed to provide a range of services beyond their current responsibilities. They are particularly important as banks move to close many smaller branches. Post offices have stepped in to provide a service that would otherwise be lost to that community.“No one can argue with the benefits of advancing the efficiency of processing social welfare payments. However, a post office provides much more to a community than just delivering welfare payments. It is incumbent on the government to examine the post office network in light of technological advancements, with a view to expanding its responsibilities and remit within the community.“Small rural communities are built around the local school, post office, bank and garda station. Removing these key amenities, particularly at a time when so many small retailers are struggling to survive, will threaten the very concept of the community as we know it,” said Deputy McConalogue. THREAT TO POST OFFICES ANOTHER BLOW TO DONEGAL COMMUNITIES – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: May 8th, 2013 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:An PostCharlie McConalogue
20 March 2013Investing in South Africa’s youth and paying particular attention to their skills development is key to the country’s future economic growth, says President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria on Tuesday, Zuma said the world would only prosper if there were dedicated efforts to invest in the youth.This was especially important at a time when young people faced hardships including high unemployment, crime and health challenges such as HIV/Aids.Zuma said the 5th summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping, taking place in Durban next week, will help promote youth development in South Africa and on the continent as a whole.He said the BRICS partner countries appreciated the urgency of the youth employment and empowerment drive. “We are certain that BRICS will contribute immensely to satisfying the employment and development needs of our young population.”Zuma noted that the 2008-09 financial crisis had resulted in rising joblessness and poverty and worsening income inequality internationally, especially among the youth.He quoted research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the African Development Bank showing that more than 40 percent of those who are economically active and under the age of 30 are unemployed.While this was worrying, Zuma said he believed there was hope for the situation, noting that the OECD report shows that countries with younger populations have better growth prospects than those with aging populations.“This makes us very optimistic regarding our growth prospects, since South Africa’s Census 2011 report, released last year, revealed that our country is essentially a nation of young people.“Just over a third of the population is under the age of 15. This makes us a nation with a future, and we must utilise all available resources to build that future.”Zuma said South Africa’s focus on improving the quality of education was well-placed, as this would ensure sustainable development.The three-day conference brings together participants from across the Commonwealth member states for three days to deliberate on 40 years of progress in education and training towards professionalising youth work.Zuma said he hoped the conference would go a long way towards raising awareness around youth work, so that its practitioners could be recognised accordingly.Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor Mandla Makhanya said the stakeholders involved in the conference sought to contribute to the professionalization of the youth development practice through partnerships.Speaker after speaker highlighted the need to support the process of youth work professionalization. Some noted with concern that youth development programmes in South African universities had been phased out.Highlighting the need for the international recognition of youth work as a profession, Professor Howard Sercombe of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland said recognition of youth work was growing in different sections of the working world.He said if the world was to change the lives of young people, the social context within which this could happen had to change.Sercombe had words of encouragement for young people, saying they should take charge of their own futures, and not expect the government to do everything for them. “You cannot become anything, but you can become something,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Tags:#enterprise#news#Trends alex williams Google’s announcement to offer cloud-based storage is in many respects an exciting development but it also illuminates the lock-in issue and why many an enterprise is reticent about adopting cloud computing.We heard one of the clearest discussions on the issue today at the Webvisions conference in Portland by two senior engineers from Yahoo! and Facebook.The Cloud’s Hidden Lock-in: Network LatencyGoogle announced this week that it is offering its own storage service. It will compete directly with services from companies such as Amazon.But the ability to transfer data between cloud services is pretty much nonexistent. It’s in most part due to the lack of reciprocal or peering agreements between services. Vint Cerf says it is much like 1973. We have no standards for moving data around. The vendors need to start working together so customers may easily move information between services. Until then, the market will remain reticent about using cloud computing services.As Tom Hughes-Croucher of Yahoo! and Carlos Bueno of Facebook explained, the issues comes down to latency and metering. What’s needed are peering agreements, compatibility; portability and better infrastructure.The two compare cloud computing to the earliest days of mail delivery when a network did not exist to get letters from one location to another. From the need to deliver mail came peering in the form of reciprocal agreements and flat rates. Mail began to be charged by weight. Address standards emerged. Enveloped and stamps standards allowed for better portability and the emergence of trains and steamships meant an improvement in infrastructure.Today, we need cloud peering in the form of reciprocal agreements and flat rates. Compatibility means open API’s and formats. Portability is about standard virtual machines and images. And better infrastructure is needed to reduce inter-cloud latency.It’s not tremendously complicated. Peering agreements can be relatively simple. Peering should be simplified as most data centers are clustered in specific geographic regions. Hughes-Croucher and Bueno point to the effects on carriers when SMS messages could freely flow between the networks. SMS message volume increased anywhere from 250% to 900% in the span of a short six months.The lock-in issue is a major reason why many enterprise are reticent about adopting cloud computing.Google will most likely do very well with its storage service. But we can only imagine what effects may occur if we remove the lock-in barriers that we now have in place. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…