Use GuySuCo lands to create industrial jobs – economist

first_img…says new Board not competent enough to turn industry aroundLocal economist and outspoken commentator Ramon Gaskin has called for the Government to utilize the lands of the closed sugar estates to create new industrial jobs, which can boost the country’s overall development while improving the economic situation in the surrounding estates.Economist Ramon GaskinHe said this can be done, even as he opined that the current GuySuCo Board, headed by Colvin Heath-London, cannot solve any the problems facing the industry because most, if not all, of the members of the new board do not possess the capacity to develop strategic interventions for something as technical as sugar.“First and foremost, they don’t have any idea what to do with those peoples (sugar workers). They are just trying to sell the assets of that place. They don’t know what to do with people, and how to create alternative employment or economic activity for those communities,” he opined.Gaskin, who has been privy to the names of members of the new GuySuCo Board, told Guyana Times on Sunday, “This new board doesn’t have a single new idea of what could be done with those people. They don’t have the background, the training, the skills, the intellect, the ability to come up with ideas and solutions.”The economist claimed that the subsidy of $1billion to help bail out GuySuCo each month could have been better utilized in such a way that alternative jobs were created two to three years before the downsizing was implemented.“Over $40 billion was wasted. A lot could have been done to employ those people. And not a single idea has come from the Government, the Opposition or the Union,” he added.Government’s decision to downsize the sugar industry has not gone down well with a majority of the Guyanese population, especially those who are directly, or in some way or the other, linked to the industry.“Government is now in the process is getting rid of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as a state- owned company that is costing the treasury a lot of money. That is what is happening,” Gaskin opined.From an economic standpoint, he told Guyana Times, while it was wasteful to pump subsidies of $1 billion into the sugar industry, one of the biggest blunders made by the coalition Government is the manner in which they went about closing the industry.“There are so many workers involved, so many communities, families; there had to have been greater planning and alternative jobs for those people,” he stated.Gaskin continued, “And that has not been done. The decision has been taken to get rid of GuySuCo, but no plan has been made so far to deal with the workers and the communities and their families. That’s the big problem we are faced with now as a country. It is my opinion that some estates can’t make it, but this does not mean that alternative things cannot be done to keep the workers gainfully employed.”ForgottenThe Government, according to him, has failed in that regard. In Berbice, there is a reasonable chance that the estate could break even because of the sale of the energy to the power grid, he said.Gaskin is of the firm view that people have been abandoned by the Government and all those involved in the sugar industry.Asked what approach he would have taken had he any influence on decision-making, the economist said he would have started with working to make each estate an industrialized company.“My own approach would be to start with one estate at a time, start with Wales and then go down. Wales cannot produce sugar, but there is nothing preventing Wales from becoming an industrial estate the way we have Ruimveldt. We can do small things like furniture making and other industrial jobs,” he stated.While the Government is looking to provide lands for these fired workers, Gaskin is of the view that while this may be a good move to some extent, this is yet another idea that hasn’t been well thought out.He said, “There is nothing stopping sugar workers from operating in an industrial company. And there is this idea that we give farmers land and they should automatically become a farmer. All of this is unnecessary. They have to do aquaculture and give them other industrial-related jobs and opportunities.”As the downsizing of the sugar industry continues to take a grip on communities in the sugar belt, there are now more cries about fired sugar workers finding it hard to get employment. Many men are also finding it hard to provide for their families, especially for their school-age children.Last year, GuySuCo dismissed thousands of workers. So far, some 4000-plus workers have been sent home. The downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for 50,000 to 100,000 people.last_img read more

Arts festival celebrates turning 40

first_img24 April 2014South Africa’s National Arts Festival, held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.The main programme will feature artists from 26 countries in more than 550 performances in theatre, dance, performance art and music, the festival said in a press release on Wednesday. It will include the work of 65 former Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners.The festival has commissioned nine music works, with musicians with more than 40 South African Music Awards and three Grammy Awards between them on the bill.They are also planning “an ambitious, sprawling ‘Creation of a Nation’ project across Grahamstown”.“It is a bold programme that veers between the extravagant and the intimate as it attempts to reflect on major milestones – of the festival, of the Young Artist Awards – which have been sponsored by Standard Bank for 30 years – and of South Africa, in our 20th year of democracy,” artistic director Ismail Mahomed said.The event, which contributes an estimated R349.9-million to the economy of the Eastern Cape each year, has become a touchstone for the state of South African art. “This year our artists have risen to the triple-anniversary challenge with some extraordinary proposals that we are excited to bring to life,” Mahomed said.Balancing the Main programme is the vast and exciting fringe, supported primarily by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. “The fringe, also celebrating an anniversary as it is presented for the 35th time, continues to grow as South Africa’s biggest open-access platform. Hundreds of productions bring their talent to Grahamstown and fill theatres with their work across every conceivable genre,” Mahomed said.Straddling the Fringe and the Main is the increasingly popular Arena programme, which showcases the work of previous Standard Bank Ovation Award winners as well as award-winning work from other Festivals around the world – this year including the Amsterdam, Prague and the Adelaide Fringe Festivals.ThinkfestThe Thinkfest programme will feature a recording of two panel discussions by the BBC World Service for broadcast globally to the service’s estimated 180-million listeners.Winners of the Short Sharp Stories Award for fiction writing and the Arts Journalist of the Year award will be announced at the festival.‘Family fare’The Children’s Arts Festival and the Fingo Festival in Joza are just two of the initiatives which aim to reach out to families and younger audiences in the festival’s drive to create new and sustainable auidences.“We’re also featuring, on our Arena programme, one of the world’s best beatboxers – Tom Thum – in collaboration with musician Jamie MacDowell, which will appeal to the whole family,” Mahomed said.“We’re giving audiences the opportunity to think, reflect, celebrate, empathise, laugh and to look to the future through this year’s programme,” Mahomed said. “We’re proving that life begins at 40!”Bookings for the 2014 National Arts Festival open on 9 May and can be made online at www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.Programmes can be obtained through selected Exclusive Books and Standard Bank branches from the beginning of May.The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Department of Arts and Culture, The Eastern Cape Government, City Press and M Net.Source: National Arts Festivallast_img read more

iPhone App Lets Soldiers Map Their Battlefields

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market,There was nothing whatsoever metaphorical in that headline. This isn’t an app that lets a soldier make on-the-go journal entries, write poems about his or her feelings or check vitals ala a mood ring. Tactical Nav is an app that lets a soldier map and plot waypoints on a battlefield, take photos and share coordinates with fellow soldiers and units, direct artillery and call in medevac. Its developer is 31-year-old Captain Jonathan Springer of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne, who reportedly spent $26,000 of his own money to develop the app. It is set for release next month in the Apple App Store. Battle HardenedSpringer, an artillery specialist on his third deployment in Afghanistan, has had an opportunity few app developers can match. He has tested the software in the most rugged and realistic environment possible, the theater of war. Springer told Global Post the app would also good be for hunting, but in the here-and-now, his priority is his fellow soldiers. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “I’ve got to think what do my soldiers need to go into battle? What do my soldiers need that could save their lives? So that’s what I’m thinking about right now.”Users can switch latitude and longitude, as well as “angular mils,” an artillery measurement; a user can also switch to red light for when soldiers need to avoid being seen in dark or near-dark circumstances. Military MindsetMost app users are probably unaware that this is just the latest in a new field of military smartphone apps that include sharpshooting, missile-launching simulations and battlefield friend-finding.As the son of a career sailor, I can assure you that serving military are far from anxious to share tactical details with civilians and their COs are even less excited by the notion. So unlike most developers, Springer seems to lack a website for his “product.” He may be too busy shooting and being shot at. So some of the questions one might have regarding such an undertaking remain unanswered, though I have sent them via the U.S. Army’s Public Affairs staff. They include: How easy would it be to hack this app, especially given it will be available online?Does it replace sighting hardware or software artillery experts or even common soldiers already carry? How common are iPhones in country?Will you make an Android version? If any of you have an answer to, or opinion about, any of these questions, please respond in the comments.Images of app via Hammed Kohistani | other sources: Courier-Mail, PSFK A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#web “I’ve got to think what do my soldiers need to go into battle? What do my soldiers need that could save their lives? So that’s what I’m thinking about right now.”Users can switch latitude and longitude, as well as “angular mils,” an artillery measurement; a user can also switch to red light for when soldiers need to avoid being seen in dark or near-dark circumstances. Military MindsetMost app users are probably unaware that this is just the latest in a new field of military smartphone apps that include sharpshooting, missile-launching simulations and battlefield friend-finding.As the son of a career sailor, I can assure you that serving military are far from anxious to share tactical details with civilians and their COs are even less excited by the notion. So unlike most developers, Springer seems to lack a website for his “product.” He may be too busy shooting and being shot at. So some of the questions one might have regarding such an undertaking remain unanswered, though I have sent them via the U.S. Army’s Public Affairs staff. They include: How easy would it be to hack this app, especially given it will be available online?Does it replace sighting hardware or software artillery experts or even common soldiers already carry? How common are iPhones in country?Will you make an Android version? If any of you have an answer to, or opinion about, any of these questions, please respond in the comments.Images of app via Hammed Kohistani | other sources: Courier-Mail, PSFK Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Tags:#Apple#web curt hopkins Related Posts There was nothing whatsoever metaphorical in that headline. This isn’t an app that lets a soldier make on-the-go journal entries, write poems about his or her feelings or check vitals ala a mood ring. Tactical Nav is an app that lets a soldier map and plot waypoints on a battlefield, take photos and share coordinates with fellow soldiers and units, direct artillery and call in medevac. Its developer is 31-year-old Captain Jonathan Springer of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne, who reportedly spent $26,000 of his own money to develop the app. It is set for release next month in the Apple App Store. Battle HardenedSpringer, an artillery specialist on his third deployment in Afghanistan, has had an opportunity few app developers can match. He has tested the software in the most rugged and realistic environment possible, the theater of war. Springer told Global Post the app would also good be for hunting, but in the here-and-now, his priority is his fellow soldiers. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Can this new wearable provide insight into epilepsy?

first_imgFDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Amanda Razani A new wearable system was introduced last month that is designed to help epilepsy patients receive proper care when needed.  The system, named MyCareCentric Epilepsy, combines a Microsoft Band wristband, a mobile app, machine learning, shared care records, and data analysis tools.MyCareCentric Epilepsy works by placing a large variety of patient information into a single record, held in a CareCentric program from clinical records specialist Graphnet Health.Parts of that information come directly from patients themselves, by personally entering them into the mobile app or web portal, or via a Microsoft Band wristband that they wear, that is equipped with sensors measuring movement, sleep patterns, heart rate, exercise, temperature and galvanic skin response.This data can be very helpful in recognizing a seizure and identifying its type, says Dr. Rupert Page, a consultant neurologist and clinical lead at the Dorset Epilepsy Service Page. The patient’s GP, the healthcare Trust and other parts of the care community provide the rest of the patient information.See Also: Phillips launches ecosystems of connected health wearablesThe information is given to medical staff in a single dashboard view, with alerts that let them know when a patient has had a seizure. They’re also contacted if a patient has been admitted to a hospital, so that epilepsy specialists can be there to give advice and guidance to the other medics taking care of them.MyCareCentric has already greatly helped one patient who was admitted into a hospital with a fracture, not related to her epilepsy.  The orthopaedic team had planned to put her on a fast before her surgery.  However, not administering her medication could have caused her to have frequent seizures.  Luckily, her epilepsy team was able to know she was in the hospital, and informed the medical team looking after her about the medication she needed.Currently, myCareCentric is being piloted by several patients. As more join this program, they will collectively be providing important data that, according to Page, will be invaluable in helping medics analyze to what extent medication regimes and lifestyle factors affect the frequency and seriousness of seizures. This data analysis will be performed in Microsoft Azure, using machine learning technologies, and, eventually, it could help medics anticipate seizures before they start, and proactively help patients to avoid them.The unpredictability of epilepsy led to innovationAccording to the Epilepsy Society, one in 20 people will have an epileptic seizure at some time in their life.  However, this doesn’t necessarily equate to a patient going on to have epilepsy. One in 50 patients will have epilepsy for some part of their life, but not forever. Furthermore, those that do have epilepsy may get little warning of an imminent seizure, of which there are close to 40 different kinds. They can often forget they have even had one afterwards.It is that unpredictability making it difficult for doctors to properly support patients with this condition that prompted Dr. Rupert Page to lead a team to study the value of technology to help.  His work on creating a solution to this problem, along with a group of medic and IT professionals, is what led to the creation of MyCareCentric.According to Graphnet Health, patient Sean Hamilton signed up for the service right away, stating, “The one key thing for me is about being able to have a safety net and a support system so I can actually regain my independence. What tends to happen now, particularly if I am out on my own, is that I end up back in an ambulance or in A&E. I hope to get better control of my seizures and ideally to get the life back that I used to have.” Tags:#epilepsy#Internet of Things#IoT#MyCareCentric#seizures#wearable Related Posts center_img 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

Stop Underinvesting in Yourself

first_imgPosts about how your dream clients are underinvesting are popular here, here and here. You recognize that one of the biggest challenges you face is helping your prospective clients (and your existing clients) make an investment commensurate in the outcomes they need.You know underinvesting is a mistake, and you know your dream clients should be spending more and producing even greater results. They are just too stubborn and shortsighted to see it.But before you cast that stone, you may want to think about whether you are living in a glass house yourself.Ain’t Nobody Got TimeAre you investing the time necessary to improve in all the areas you recognize need improving?Self-improvement is almost always the first thing to go when you are busy. Because you are heads-down working, you don’t invest any time in your own personal growth or development.What happens when your dream clients underinvest happens to you when you underinvest. Problems linger unresolved. Opportunities pass by without even being pursued. You stagnate. You wither.If you don’t have 30 minutes a day for personal development and growth, spend an hour on personal development and growth. If you don’t have an hour, spend two hours. Invest time in the areas you need to improve.Money, Money, Money, MoneyHow much money have you spent on your personal and professional development in this calendar year? Do the math before you move on. Is it more than you’ve spent at Starbucks?“But wait,” you say. “Iannarino, I have bills to pay. I don’t have a budget for my own personal growth and development.” And as you read these words, who are you reminded of? You can see that client in your mind’s eye right now, can’t you? They say, “We don’t have the budget,” even though spending the money would make them more money—just like it would you.You know your dream clients and prospects are underinvesting in the results they need. You can see it plain as day, even when they can’t. Can you see how you are doing the same?You will never make a greater investment than the one you make in yourself. You will also never get a greater return than that investment.If you want your clients to stop underinvesting, you go first.last_img read more

Five policemen injured as protesters turn violent

first_imgAt least five policemen sustained injuries on Tuesday when protesters demanding justice for the Alwar gang-rape victim threw stones in Rajasthan’s Dausa district, the police said.A large number of people gathered at Dausa railway station in support of the victim following BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena’s call for a march from Dausa to Jaipur. “The police had to resort to mild cane charge to disperse the mob. Nearly five to six policemen sustained injuries when the mob started throwing stones. Mr. Meena was sent to a different location. The situation is under control now,” Dausa SP Prahlad Singh said.Anti-govt. slogans Rashtriya Loktantrik Party legislator Hanuman Beniwal reached Dausa to support the rally and addressed the meeting. Agitators raised anti-government slogans, alleged negligence on part of the State government and demanded to know why swift action was not taken in the matter.last_img read more