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Guyana supports UN talks on migration

first_imgGuyana on Wednesday said it welcomed the recently-completed first round of talks on migration at United Nations headquarters.The initiative, which involves UN Member States, including Guyana, saw the completion of this first meeting as a step closer towards crafting a “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM)”.Guyana, whose Diaspora is as large as its internal population, recognises the loss of skilled and unskilled persons as a result of irregular movement of people and the lack of success of unilateral efforts to address these challenges.Also, prior to the ongoing discussions, Guyana held a local national consultative meeting on migration as a means to better inform its position on the Global Compact talks.The UN has now taken a people-centred approach and stressed the need for international cooperation which Guyana fully supported.The Zero Draft document reflecting the outcome of the initial meeting will be up for a second round of negotiations next week from Monday, March 12 to Thursday, March 15.Six meetings are scheduled to be held until July this year when UN Member States are expected to adopt the GCM.Guyana is being represented at these talks by Head of the Diaspora Unit, Michael Brotherson, and Director of the Multilateral and Global Affairs Department, Troy Torrington, both of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.In 2016, 193 UN Member States adopted the New York Declaration at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. In adopting the Declaration, the Member States signalled their readiness to finalise a GCM that not only aligns with goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals, but also coordinates the efforts of each UN Member State, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN to protect and empower migrants through policies that ensure safe, orderly, and regular migration.last_img read more

Tusker advance to FKF Shield round of 16

first_imgBandari could have reclaimed the lead a minute later after they were awarded a penalty but Fellu Mulumba squandered the glorious chance, hitting the goal post.In the second half, Muchiri netted the winner in the 59th minute to hand Tusker head coach Robert Matano qualification to the next round.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brian Muchiri of Tusker celebrating. Photo/TUSKER FCNAIROBI, Kenya, June 23 – Tusker FC eliminated Bandari to qualify to the FKF Shield round of 16 following their 2-1 victory at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Saturday.Bandari opened an early lead after Wycliffe Ochomo headed home in the fourth minute before Timothy Otieno brought back Tusker in the game with an equaliser after connecting Boniface Muchiri’s cross at the stroke of Half Time.last_img read more

Telkom mobile to launch soon

first_imgTelkom will launch its mobile service inSouth Africa. Telkom’s mobile network will also offerinternet connection services.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Pynee ChettySpokespersonTelkom+27 12 311 5247RELATED ARTICLES• Cheaper phone rates for SA• MTN launches R8.1bn shares scheme• Telkom teams up with AT&T• Talk 11 languages on your phoneBongani NkosiA new mobile service network, owned and operated by South African telecommunications giant Telkom, is well on its way to becoming a reality in the country.Telkom had planned to introduce the new mobile service before the end of 2010, but its spokesperson Pynee Chetty could not give an exact date. Initial expectations were that it would launch on 14 October.Outgoing CEO Reuben September confirmed to the media in June that plans for the new venture were already advanced and said they would introduce it within the 2010 calendar year.Telkom has invested R6-billion (US$857-million) in the venture, which will be used as capital expenditure over the next five years.As part of preparations for introducing the network, Telkom signed a national roaming agreement with its prospective competition, MTN, in April, enabling it to use MTN’s infrastructure to launch its services.Applauding the agreement, MD of MTN Karel Pienaar said it demonstrated the two companies’ continued commitment to provide mobile phone connectivity for all South Africans.Telkom negotiated a similar agreement with Vodacom, another South African mobile service provider. The agreements will allow Telkom to introduce services such voice, text and multimedia messages, 2G and 3G data nationally when it launches.Telkom will roll out its own mobile base stations once its service is operational.Online publication Tech Central reported on 2 October that Telkom has already named its new service Heita, which is township slang for “How are you?”, but Chetty could not confirm this.Dispute likely to delay mattersThe launch of the new network is likely to be delayed by a dispute between Telkom and MTN, which is being handled by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa) complaints and compliance committee.Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka confirmed that the dispute relates to pricing of interconnection fees. There are three interconnection complaints laid by Telkom, Maleka said. “The major one is a complaint from Telkom that MTN is unwilling to agree that the wholesale rate for the termination on Telkom’s network of calls, which originate on MTN’s network, should be 93 cents, [excluding value-added tax].”Telkom wants the rate to be fixed at 89 cents. MTN is arguing that it would be financially disadvantaged if it were to terminate calls on its network originating from Telkom at that rate. “According to MTN, this would give rise to the disparity of four cents between the amount received and the amount paid,” added Maleka.The committee held hearings on 2 October and “will make its findings known within 90 days”.Declining fixed-line revenueTelkom, traditionally a fixed-line operator, sees the new venture as a way to increase its cash flow, which was constrained in the previous financial year.It said it has learnt that traditional fixed-line voice revenues are declining in various countries, and groups have realised that “a successful operation requires an integrated mobile business”.The company faces “intensifying competition” from existing mobile services. The fixed-to-mobile replacement trend accounted for 9.3% drop in Telkom South Africa’s traffic revenue in 2009/10, it said.“This continuing trend justifies the need to enter the mobile market, particularly the mobile data market,” said September when delivering Telkom’s financial year-end results in June.The development of a mobile service is a strategy of winning back traffic on to the Telkom network, according to the company.It believes there are “tremendous market opportunities” in South Africa for its network, as “mobile voice and, especially, mobile data are still experiencing growth”.But industry analysts are not predicting an easy ride for Telkom, as it would face stiff competition from the three established local service providers Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. Telkom recently netted R40.5-billion ($5.8-billion) from the sale of its stake in Vodacom.Independent telecommunications analyst Richard Hurst argued in iWeek on 22 September, a business technology magazine, that the service would be disadvantaged due to the timing of its launch, pointing out that Cell C, which came on stream after Vodacom and MTN, has battled to penetrate the market.last_img read more

Top Trends of 2010: Growth of eBooks & eReaders

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It’s difficult to get sales data from the eReader vendors. However Amazon was vocal throughout 2010 on the overall trends.In January Amazon announced that it was selling 6 Kindle eBooks for every 10 physical books, when both editions are available. Later, in October, Amazon announced that sales of Kindle eBooks had passed sales of hardcover books.Specifically, over the three months prior to October, Amazon said that it had sold 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books.At the end of October Amazon announced that for its top 10 best-selling books, customers bought the Kindle edition twice as often as the print copy. According to Amazon’s VP for Kindle, Steve Kessel, Kindle eBook sales also topped print sales of hardcovers and paperbacks for its top 25, top 100 and top 1,000 bestsellers. Which Are Better: eBooks or Paper Books? It Depends…In August I wrote a couple of posts that posed the question: which are better, eBooks or paper books? I’m not a fan of black and white answers, but in this case the answer was even more grey than usual. The fact is, there are pros and cons for both. I myself still read both paper books and eBooks, alternating between the two depending on the book. Here were the arguments I presented for each side.5 Ways That eBooks Are Better Than Paper Books1. Social Highlighting2. Notes 3. Look-up of words4. Ability to Tweet & Facebook quotes5. Search5 Ways That Paper Books Are Better Than eBooks1. Feel2. Packaging3. Sharing4. Keeping5. Second-hand booksThere’s little doubt that paper books will be a commercial force for a long time yet. Nevertheless, in 2010 eBooks and eReaders took a big step forward and eBooks now represent a sizable minority of the overall book market.Let us know in the comments about your own usage of eBooks and eReaders this year. What’s changed for you in your book reading habits? How many eBooks did you read? Tags:#2010 in Review#E-Books#web#Year in Review Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting eBook sales almost doubled over 2010 and now make up 9% of total consumer book sales, according to the Association of American Publishers. This growth was fueled by intense competition amongst eReader manufacturers over 2010. Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook and others attempted to undercut each other throughout the year. Further, the iPad arrived in 2010 and added to the choices for eBook consumers. eBooks started to take off in 2009, but in 2010 things really heated up. Speaking as a consumer who has just finished reading Jonathan Franzen’s nearly 600-page novel Freedom on my iPad’s Kindle app, I can attest that eBooks are here to stay! Let’s look back then at a busy year in the eReader and eBook market.The Great eReader Price War of 2010ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: Privacy At the end of last year, Amazon was selling its basic Kindle for $259. In June of 2010, Barnes & Noble slashed the price of its Nook eReader to $199. Amazon immediately responded by dropping the price of the simplest Kindle to $189. In July, Sony dropped the price of its eReader from $169 to $149. The Nook then went down to $149 and Amazon announced that its new Kindle Wi-Fi, eventually released in August, would retail for $139.The eReader price war in turn fueled demand for eBooks. During the first nine months of 2010, market leader Amazon sold three times as many Kindle books than during the same time period in 2009.eBook Sales Nearly Double, Now 9% of Total Consumer BooksA recent report from the Association of American Publishers stated that eBooks sales grew 193% between January and August 2010. In dollar terms, eBook sales for January to August were up from $89.8 million in 2009 to $263 million in 2010.What’s more, according to the Association of American Publishers, eBooks now make up 9.03% of total consumer book sales – compared to 3.31% at the close of 2009. richard macmanuslast_img read more

Mayawati re-elected BSP chief; vows to never to stop or bend

first_imgBahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati was on Wednesday re-elected as the party’s national president after which she vowed never to “stop or bend, let alone break.” She was elected BSP president unanimously at a special meeting of senior office-bearers of the party’s central executive committee, its state units and representatives selected from across the country, a party release said. On her unanimous re-election, the 63-year-old Dalit leader expressed gratitude to all her party workers and followers and assured them of her continued commitment to take forward the BSP movement. She said she would remain ever ready as usual to pursue the humanitarian missions of sants, gurus and great men, born in the Dalit, Adivasi and other backward classes from time to time. She vowed never to “stop or bend, let alone break” in the interest of the party and the movement.Ms. Mayawati said the excellent work of the BSP governments in Uttar Pradesh is an example on the strength of which the BSP can seek people’s support in the upcoming elections in various states. Referring to the assembly elections to be held soon in Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Delhi, she said the party has to contest all elections with “full strength“. “The BSP has to fight these elections against both the ruling BJP and the Congress and has to move forward by first becoming a balancing power,” she said. “In addition to this, the BSP has to also show a good result in the assembly by-polls to be held for some seats in Uttar Pradesh,” she added.last_img read more

Health Minister Urges Responsible Sexual Practices

first_img He said results from an HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour Survey conducted for 2004, 2008 and 2012 indicate that the factors driving the epidemic have not changed over time, with continuing insufficient condom use and high levels of multiple sex partners among the general population. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health, through the National HIV/STI Programme, is reporting some successes, including an increase in the reporting of HIV cases and voluntary counselling and testing for the disease at antenatal clinics. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling for Jamaicans to practise responsible sexual behaviour in order to prevent new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling for Jamaicans to practise responsible sexual behaviour in order to prevent new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections.He said results from an HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour Survey conducted for 2004, 2008 and 2012 indicate that the factors driving the epidemic have not changed over time, with continuing insufficient condom use and high levels of multiple sex partners among the general population.Dr. Tufton, who was speaking at the media launch of World AIDS Day 2017 on Thursday (November 16) at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, said adolescent deaths resulting from HIV infection continue to rise despite declines among other age groups.This, he attributed to developmental, psychological and social factors, which place this group at increased risk of contracting the virus.“As a society, we must do more to stop new HIV infections and untimely HIV-related deaths through both primary and secondary prevention and better management approaches,” he said.Director of Health Promotion and Prevention at the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), Andrea Campbell, informed that there were 1,222 new HIV diagnoses in 2015.She said studies show that the population is aware of the methods of HIV prevention. However, there seems to be a resistance by persons to change their risky sexual behaviour.Among the safe practices that persons should adopt to safeguard against contracting the virus are reducing the number of sexual partners, using a condom consistently and correctly, and abstinence.For those already infected, they are advised to adhere to medication, which will lead to viral oppression.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health, through the National HIV/STI Programme, is reporting some successes, including an increase in the reporting of HIV cases and voluntary counselling and testing for the disease at antenatal clinics.Additionally, a 2014 survey indicates a continued decline in the prevalence among female sex workers. The overall prevalence was 2.9 per cent, a reduction from 4.1 per cent in 2011.Currently, Jamaica has an estimated 29,000 persons living with HIV or 1.6 per cent of adult population. Of this number, 85 per cent have been diagnosed.This year, World AIDS Day will be observed on December 1 under the theme ‘We Have the Right to Health: Keep the Promise, Don’t Turn Your Back on Me’.Activities will target adolescents and youth, who are at an increased risk for contracting HIV, and include a media campaign as well as song and visual arts competitions.Persons are being invited to participate in a march from Mandela Park to Emancipation Park in New Kingston, where there will be a health and wellness expo. The winners of the song and visual arts competitions will be announced at the event.The National HIV/STI Programme is mandated to coordinate and lead the implementation of the national HIV/STI response.last_img read more

Heralded recruiting class could help talented Buckeyes get even better

Little has been said about the 2010 Ohio State women’s basketball class, but OSU made quite a catch.Coach Jim Foster has made a habit of recruiting players that complement the team perfectly while recruiting both highly touted and predominantly unknown players.His recruiting success and judgment of players is hard to refute since he came to OSU eight years ago. His OSU resume already includes six Big Ten regular season titles, two trips to the Sweet Sixteen and seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances.Four seniors leave the team after this season, but every starter will return. Amy Scullion: Salem, Ohio (Salem H.S.)Scullion is ranked as the No. 43 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 95 out of 99.She is ranked No. 2 at her position by the Collegiate Girl’s Basketball Report, a highly regarded National Scouting Service for women’s basketball. The Report also called Scullion a player who possesses athleticism that OSU has yet to see.Standing 6 feet tall and being very athletic made Scallion a multi-sport player. She plays volleyball as well as basketball and most say that volleyball is actually her best sport.She said she would have played volleyball for Team USA over the summer if she had not chosen to play basketball at OSU.Scullion told multiple sources that she chose OSU because of the program’s success and how they are seemingly “stockpiling” talent.Martina Ellerbe: Teaneck, N.J. (St. Mary’s H.S.)Ellerbe is ranked as the No. 108 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 93 out of 99. ESPN classifies her as a player who could contribute as a freshman and eventually start for a top national program.She is 6 feet 2 inches tall and classified as a forward. She has the ability to beat women as tall as her off the dribble, much like center Jantel Lavender.Ellerbe is also a great rebounder with strong hands. In a game against the No. 13 team in New Jersey earlier this season, Ellerbe scored 26 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked six shots.Her defense is also a great attribute. She has great timing for blocking shots and has quick feet for being as tall as she is, which lets her guard players smaller than her.Ellerbe is not just a basketball player — she is an excellent student. She is carrying a 3.9 GPA in St. Mary’s advanced studies program and has received various academic athlete honors.Ashley Adams: Siloam Springs, Ariz. (Siloam Springs H.S.)Adams is ranked the No. 116 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 92. She will be able to make immediate contributions as a freshman if needed and has the potential to start for a top tier program, according to ESPN. Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall makes her the tallest player in this class and the tallest on OSU’s roster next year. She is expected to be a center or a forward at OSU.Adams is also said to have great vision and an ability to pass the ball very well from the post.Adams led Siloam Springs to the championship game her junior year while averaging 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game.Darryce Moore: Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman H.S.)Moore was given a grade of 89 by ESPN. She is ranked the No. 14 center in the nation by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. The report also called Moore a player who has the capability to burst onto the national scene unexpectedly.She is 6 feet 2 inches tall and very strong in the post, which allows her to get position to get rebounds. Moore’s brother, J.T. Moore, is in the OSU football recruiting class of 2010 and was the first commitment for the class. read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State faces streaking Princeton in first round of NCAA

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski celebrates the game-winning goal in Ohio State’s 3-2 overtime win against Michigan Saturday, March 10. Credit: Mac Connor | For the LanternOhio State secured a No. 1 seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament for the first time in school history. Its reward was a matchup against one of the nation’s hottest teams.The Buckeyes (24-9-5, 17-9-2-1 Big Ten) will travel to Allentown, Pennsylvania, to face red-hot Princeton (19-12-4, 10-10-2 ECAC) in the opening round of the tournament Saturday at the PPL Center. The Princeton Tigers, who harbor two of the most dangerous scorers in the nation, captured the ECAC championship in a 2-1 overtime win against the No. 9 Clarkson Golden Knights this past weekend. The Tigers are unbeaten in their past eight games and have won their past seven. Despite the rare matchup with Princeton — the two teams have faced off just three times before — Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said his team will be ready for the challenge.“They’re playing extremely well … They’ve got some high-end talent. They’ve got a fantastic power play,” Rohlik said. “When a team is playing their best, you know that you’ve got to be prepared and certainly we’ve got to be prepared for these guys.”The Tigers’ production is headlined by two of the country’s top scorers, junior forwards Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau, who each have at least 50 points this year. Kuffner is tied for second in the country in goals with 29 and is on a 10-game point streak. Veronneau is second nationally in assists with 38. These gifted players have showcased their skills on the nation’s top-ranked power play, which clicks at an astounding 28.5 percent rate. Kuffner leads the team in power-play goals with eight, tied with senior forward David Hallisey. “They’re very creative, they kind of run-and-gun a little bit,” Rohlik said. “They’ve got some high-end skill talent. We’ve got to be focused and we’ve got to be on our toes.”On the other side of special teams, Ohio State presents the top-ranked penalty kill at 89.3 percent, proving that special teams will be a battle of strengths in this matchup. Rohlik offered a simple solution against a deadly power play.“The No. 1 thing against the top power play is to be disciplined and stay out of the box, don’t be stupid in that area,” Rohlik said. “We’ve been very good all year and hopefully we continue with that.”Ohio State will start its journey in hopes of an NCAA championship without senior forward Matthew Weis. One of the team leaders, Weis suffered an upper-body injury in practice prior to the Big Ten tournament championship game against top-ranked Notre Dame. The impact of Weis’ vacancy is felt up and down the lineup, especially with sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski.  “That’s a huge loss for us, tough to replace that caliber of a player. Like I said before, we have a tight group, we have a deep group,” Laczynski said. “Obviously, guys are going to have to step up. Just a team, as a whole, we’re going to have to play for him.”Weis serves as an impact player on the Buckeyes’ top line, killing penalties and performing well on the power play. His absence will require other players to elevate their games at the most important time of the year. “We’ve had guys out of the lineup all year and it hasn’t changed our mentality or our approach,” Rohlik said. “It’s going to force other guys to be a hero, and other guys to play above where they’re at. Not change who you are, but maybe dig a little bit deeper.”Puck drop between Ohio State and Princeton will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The winner will advance to the Midwest regional final and play the winner of the other semifinal between Denver and Penn State. read more

Phil Foden thrilled with comparisons to Andres Iniesta

first_imgManchester City midfielder Phil Foden is thrilled to be compared with Barcelona legend Andres IniestaThe 18-year-old played a starring role in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Foden had a part in both of the first two goals before getting his own name on the scoresheet late on with his maiden senior goal.Oxford boss Karl Robinson later compared the teenager to Iniesta, which his City counterpart Pep Guardiola tried to play down.But the “Stockport Iniesta” is pleased with the comparisons and his new nickname.“I’m happy with that but come on – Iniesta is on a different planet!” said Foden, according to the Daily Mail.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For them to call me that is massive, it means a lot. I’ll just keep getting these cup games and run-outs whenever I can and hopefully I can start a lot more games one day.“There’s no need to rush. Pep knows what he’s doing and I’ll play at the right time. He’s good at bringing youth players through, he’s done it in his career before so just be patient, I’m still young and I’m still learning.”Relive @philfoden’s night to remember! 💙 #mancity pic.twitter.com/ppwoZUGiSb— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 26, 2018last_img read more

Budget Passed called Green Awesome by PNP Leaders

first_img Related Items:awesome, budget, green, passed, pnp, premier rufus ewing, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Mar 2015 – The $225 million dollar budget presented by the PNP Administration is passed in the House of Assembly and Premier Rufus Ewing wasted no time last night in wrapping up debate on the proposal. Shortly before 8pm, after hours and hours of contributions by the members, the country’s leader called it a long day and called for an adjournment and for the House members to reconvene at 9am Wednesday. It was seconded and agreed. As did many of the members on his side of the aisle, there was lots of praise for the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick on delivering the fiscal plan and bringing the country into a state of surplus. Hon Misick called the budget, the ‘green budget’ – humorously citing that everyone will see benefits from the allocations whether PNP or PDM. “It is neither yellow nor blue, I am attempting to present the green budget…”The government side was slammed repeatedly for under spending, for what members called mirrored allotments and for taking credit for the Interim Administration’s strategies which are now bearing fruit. The government side also challenged the nation to watch and see, that this fiscal year there will be spending and fulfillment of campaign promises including a significant hike in monies for scholarships abroad and at home at the Community College, millions devoted to infrastructural enhancements, a quarter of a million earmarked for Civil Service training and $9 million pegged to raises for the public sector resulting from a pay and grade review exercise. In his wrap up, the premier called it an ‘awesome’ budget. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unitelast_img read more