STEM for economic development is not a pipe dream – President

first_imgThe lack of qualified teachers and adequate resources might prove as a major impediment in the STEMPresident David Grangerinitiatives in all levels of schools’ curricula but President David Granger is certain that this not just a wild fantasy.STEM, acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, essentially defines the preparation of students in the proficiency in these core units while placing emphasis on modelling real world problems and simulating solutions.Whether STEM initiatives are integrated or stand apart from regular school curriculum, it is clear that education programmes that produce critical thinkers, and improves math and science literacy are required to enable any developing economy to remain competitive through constant technological innovation and higher levels of human capital.During the recent broadcast of ‘The Public Interest’, President Granger re-emphasised the importance of STEM in economic development and posited that, as farfetched as the concept may sound, it is far from delusional.“It’s not a pipe dream, it’s not some wish… We need engineers, we need scientists, we need mathematicians,” Granger highlighted.He explained that the biggest obstruction to development in Guyana is the lack of infrastructure and therefore the country needs a system of highways and bridges as well as better stellings.“If you look at Region Ten, for example, just to travel from Kwakwani to Linden to transact business, it’s a nightmare. If you are in Region Nine, the Rupununi, it takes $5000 to go one way between Aishalton and Lethem,” he stated.He also posited that, “If your grandfather has 1 hectare of cassava and he produces 100kilos, science would help you to get 200kilos from the same hectare by better fertilisers and better techniques.”According to the Global Competitiveness Index 2014-2015, out of 144 countries assessed, Barbados is the highest ranked country in the Western Hemisphere at 7th when measuring the quality of math and science education.Its other Caribbean counterparts are lagging behind, with Trinidad and Tobago at 35th, Guyana 55th, Suriname 89th, Jamaica 101st, and Haiti at 124th. However, the Caribbean region remains well above the more developed economies in Latin America: Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil are all ranked below Jamaica.Notably, caution should be given to such findings since equity, population density and available infrastructure can be misrepresented.For instance, Barbados like most other Caribbean nations has a very small population relative to the rest of its comparators, the number of well-equipped science labs and research centres in Brazil alone may outstrip the entire Caribbean, and very little innovation and technological improvements have originated from the Caribbean.Research states that the jobs of tomorrow will continue to demand critical thinking and an understanding of mathematics and science to keep pace with the increasing dynamism of technological innovation.While the focus on this issue may be dominated by the availability of infrastructure, large gains can be made by sowing the seeds of early STEM programmes at the nursery and primary levels.last_img read more

3 towns given vehicles

first_imgThe townships of Bartica, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); Lethem, in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and Mabaruma, in Region One (Barima-Waini) were each presented with a 4×4 pickup from the Government.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan standing alongside the town’s representativesAt a small handing over ceremony on Wednesday, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan handed over the keys to the vehicles to council representatives of each of the towns.Minister Bulkan noted that the donations seek to aid the respective region’s councils in the discharge of their responsibilities.The Invitation for Bids for the vehicles was first published on May 7, 2017, and received six bidders. The two manual Toyota Hilux 4×4 pickups for Lethem and Mabaruma and one automatic drive for Bartica came at a cost in excess of $18 million.In expression of her gratitude, Deputy Mayor of Mabaruma, Astrille Gamell, said the townships are very grateful for the donations, adding that it will be beneficial in the execution of their duties. Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall and Lethem Councillor George Henry also expressed similar sentiments.last_img read more

Alberta releases details of new royalty program for oil and gas

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — All 16 drilling licences offered this week were purchased in the April sale of the Ministry of Natural Gas Development crown petroleum and natural gas land rights.However, the encouraging news stops there — as the price per hectare was only $71.76, with just over 5,200 hectares purchased of the just over 6,000 offered.That left the bonus bid total at just over $400,000 dollars. While that was nearly double the April sale of last year, it still left the 2016 year-to-date total at only about $2.5 million — and still on pace to make this the worst calendar year in terms of government revenue since the first year of Ministry records in 1978.- Advertisement -The low end year was 1982 when the total tender bonus was only $16.7 million, and the province barely exceeded it last year at 18.3 million.Meantime, there is also some more encouraging oil and gas industry news this week from Alberta. The NDP government has surprised many people and released details of a new royalty regime it says brings clarity and certainty to conventional oil and gas drilling.It has simplified the system with a single structure for crude oil, gas, and liquids, which takes into account the growth of unconventional wells that use horizontal drilling and fracking.Advertisement Under this new regime, companies will pay a five per cent flat rate royalty until costs are recovered, after which royalty rates will range between 5 – 40 per cent — depending on energy prices.Total costs of the vertical and horizontal drilling will be tracked on a cost allowance index, which rewards producers who are efficient.The new regime closely follows recommendations of the province’s royalty review advisory panel and will apply to wells drilled starting next year.Those drilled before then will stay under the current system until 2027.Advertisementlast_img read more

Edu back at Arsenal as technical director

first_img0Shares0000Former midfielder Edu has returned to Arsenal as the club’s new technical director © AFP / CARL DE SOUZALONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 9 – Former Arsenal midfielder Edu returned to the club on Tuesday to take up the role of technical director with the Gunners.“Edu will coordinate the work of our first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment,” Arsenal said in a statement. Edu will leave his role as general coordinator for the Brazilian Football Confederation after the team won the Copa America on home soil.The 41-year-old, a member of Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League winning squad in 2003/04, will become the club’s first ever sporting director as they continue to modernise their recruitment structure following the departure of Arsene Wenger last year.“His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward,” said Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi.“He will be working closely with Unai Emery and the first-team coaches, and will play a relevant role leading our football vision.”Edu played under Arsenal manager Emery at Valencia and believes the future is bright for the club despite failing to qualify for the Champions League for three seasons in a row.“Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role,” he said.“We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.”0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chargers taking Turner for worst
first_imgIt comes to our attention the Chargers are, in fact, being coached by one of the biggest losers in the NFL, named Norv Turner. Figuring out why they are 1-3 in his first season in San Diego isn’t something that requires a blue-ribbon panel of football experts. Even folk as simple as Chargers fans, and they hardly come dumber or easier to please, broke into a stadium-rocking chant with 3:41 to play Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. “Mar-ty! Mar-ty! Mar-ty!” That is what they shouted, referring to former Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. The guy who couldn’t win in the postseason, but at least was sharp enough to go 200-126-1 in the regular season and get to the playoffs often enough to compile a 5-13 record. SAN DIEGO – Remember the San Diego Chargers, Super Bowl contenders? The team with 11 Pro Bowlers and the National Football League’s MVP back from a 14-2 team? They’re 1-3 and playing horribly. So badly, you’d think they were being coached by one of the biggest losers in the league. What? Yes? Oh, I see. Norv? A 30-16 Chargers’ home defeat at the hands of the feeble Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday drops his coaching record to 59-85-1 over parts of 10 seasons. His postseason record? That would be 1-1, both games coming the one time he blundered into the playoffs, in 1999. That the Bolts suddenly look like the Dolts isn’t a surprise, considering the track record of the guy in charge. The only real mystery is why Chargers general manager A.J.Smith thought casting Marty adrift in favor of Norv “59-85-1” Turner could possibly be an upgrade. Smith apparently didn’t like Marty, and the fact they weren’t pals apparently means the Chargers are headed back toward irrelevance. A small price to pay to make the GM feel comfortable with the coach. So, here is the team of LaDainian Tomlinson, Shawne Merriman and Antonio Gates that is last in the AFC West, apparently helpless as kittens and, perhaps, in retrospect, happy they got to face Chicago’s Rex Grossman in one of his last starts or they might be 0-4. The Chargers’ stink bomb of a defeat Sunday was comprehensive. To wit: They lost two fumbles, and Philip Rivers, bearing no resemblance to the star of 2006, threw two interceptions, including one aimed at Tomlinson before he had turned around. They gave up 30 points to a team that had scored 26 in its first three games combined. They blew a 16-6 halftime lead and couldn’t score on first-and-goal at the 5 with five minutes left. After seeing Tomlinson rush for 116 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the first half, they gave the ball to him only six times in the second half. It was enough to turn normally sedate Chargers fans into boo birds. “I can’t say I blame them,” Tomlinson said. Said Rivers: “We understand to an extent their frustration.” Well, sure you do. You used to play for a coach who didn’t lose games to teams as wretched as these Chiefs. And now you play for a guy who can’t quite figure out what went wrong. “It’s usually those little details,” Turner said, discussing plays gone awry, “little things in terms of handling a blitz, handling a protection scheme, whatever they may be, that’s ultimately going to make the difference.” Norv’s teams have been having trouble with those little things for quite some time now, going back to seven seasons and a 49-59-1 record at Washington and two seasons (9-23) in Oakland. Frankly, Smith and the Chargers brass screwed this up royally by not firing Schottenheimer soon enough to promote their ace offensive coordinator (Cam Cameron, now head coach at Miami) or their ace defensive coordinator (Wade Phillips, now running things at Dallas). So Smith got Norv, and the Chargers got trouble with a capital T. As in Turner. “This thing is getting away from us,” veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal said, “and before you know it you’ll look back in six or seven weeks and say, `What happened?’ We have to stop it, now. If you continue by saying it’s going to get better, you’re living a pipe dream.” Said defensive end Igor Olshansky: “If we don’t turn this around real quick, it’s not going to be a good season for us.” Do tell. Well, don’t hold your breath, Igor. Bad seasons seem to follow Norv Turner around. It’s uncanny. paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
Tottenham target has ‘wasted half a season of his career’, claims West Brom coach

first_imgWest Brom outcast Saido Berahino has ‘wasted half a season of his career’, according to Baggies assistant manager Dave Kemp.Berahino was on the fringes of the England squad this time last year, but his form has contrasted drastically this season and has found himself down the pecking order in West Brom’s attacking department.The 22-year-old striker attempted to force through a summer transfer to Tottenham only to see his move blocked by Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace, with his form suffering severely as a result.And, when assked whether the Spurs debacle has had a negative impact on Berahino’s mentality, Kemp said: “Yes I think it has.“He has allowed it to shift his focus. He has wasted half a season of his career and you can’t get that back. If you drop away not so good things happen.“Football is a team game – it’s not about an individual. You have to respect your team-mates and especially the fans.“It’s a missed opportunity. He could have gone onto another level because he was in the England squad a year ago. He has to get back to playing to his potential.”Berahino had eight goals at this stage last season compared to his paltry three this term but, while he was restricted to another substitute appearance in the 1-0 win against Newcastle yesterday, Kemp believes the striker can rekindle his form.Kemp added: “Let’s be honest if he’d played as well this season as he did in the past he would probably have had his pick of any team in Europe.“He needs to get back to doing what he does best which is playing football.“He put in a good shift yesterday. He needs to do that more and good things will come.”last_img read more

Items announced for group’s book auction

first_imgWHITTIER – A rare 1979 book club edition of “Here Comes the April Fool,” written by Charles M. Schulz as a New Peanuts Parade Book will lead an impressive list of Friends of the Whittier Library offerings at its auction, beginning Saturday and ending April 29. The auction books will be on display inside the parking lot entrance off Mar Vista Street at the Whittier Central Library, 7344 S. Washington Ave. Most of the books are ranked in fair to excellent condition and all are listed as collectible. Other books to be auctioned include the 1913 publication of “Martha of California,” a story told by a 13-year-old girl about her family’s journey to California in a wagon train in 1851. “Sketches of the Sixties,” published in 1926, with stories and essays by Bret Harte and Mark Twain from the 1860s. “Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children,” with line drawings and bordered pages. “Short Walks in the Lake District” also set in England, written by Bob Allen, featuring 60 walks, including maps. “Betsy McCall, a Paper Doll Story Book,” published 1994, in perfect condition. “When We Were Very Young,” a book of poetry published in 1924 and dedicated to Christopher Robin Milne. “Nineteen Beautiful Years,” by Frances E. Willard, published in 1889. “Weston’s Westons: California and the West” has 71 full-size plates and 68 smaller illustrations from Weston’s Guggenheim works, ranked as the greatest and most influential of American landscape photographs. Auction proceeds go for the purchase of library materials, equipment and activities such as special childrens programs. For information, call (562) 464-3452. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sunderland vs Fleetwood: Live talkSPORT commentary, kick-off time and team news

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 1 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact FOOTBALL LATEST MONEY Getty Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Under Joey Barton the Cod Army got off to a slow start, but have stormed back with three wins in five.That includes a superb 5-0 win at Scunthorpe and a 2-1 triumph over Bradford last time out, despite playing most of the game a man light.What time is kick-off?This League One clash will be held on Saturday, September 8.Kick-off is at 3pm.It’s the first meeting between these sides, who were six divisions apart just a decade ago.How can I listen on talkSPORT?Tune into talkSPORT2 for live coverage of this game from the Stadium of Light.talkSPORT 2 is available in most of the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio. You may need to retune your digital radio to access talkSPORT 2.You can also use the mobile app or web player to listen. smart causal center_img possible standings Sunderland are looking to continue their unbeaten start to the League One season when they welcome Fleetwood to the North East.The Black Cats are yet to lose in the league this term and fought back against Oxford last week despite going down to ten men. Barton’s side have netted seven in three games How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decadelast_img read more

Kurtenbach: There’s only one solution to the Raiders’ Antonio Brown problem

first_imgMayock fined Brown for missing that August practice, as well as a walk-through before the team’s preseason game in Winnipeg later that week, Brown, instead of paying the $54,000, … ALAMEDA — On Aug 18, Raiders’ general manager Mike Mayock issued an ultimatum to Antonio Brown after the wide receiver skipped practice:“It’s time for him to be all-in or all-out.”Now, Brown has issued the same ultimatum to Mayock, coach Jon Gruden and the team.Are they all-in or all-out on Antonio Brown?last_img

Dark Matter Search Tinkers with Mythology

first_img(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterest They can’t find it, but it must be there.  How long can that approach be sustained?“Dark-matter search considers exotic possibilities,” Nature told its readers this week. How exotic?  Exotic enough to be completely undetectable forever.  Would that be scientific?In October [10/30/13] the most sensitive experiment looking for proof of the leading candidate for dark matter — theorized particles called WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles) — reported null results, disappointing scientists once again. Now some researchers are reexamining dark-matter candidates once written off as unlikely, and considering less satisfactory ideas such as the possibility that dark matter will turn out to be made of something more or less undetectable.The article goes on to claim that evidence for dark matter is “substantial,” despite the fact that “Physicists still have no proof that dark matter exists at all“.  That “substantial” evidence, however, is all indirect: motions that imply the presence of something possessing more gravity than accounted for by visible matter.   Tied into the explanation is the assumption that things have been moving out there for billions of years.If WIMPs don’t turn up, or axions (the next leading candidate), or mini black holes or quark matter, scientists will be forced into an uncomfortable position: believing in something that they cannot detect. That’s pretty scary:The scariest possibility may be that dark matter is made of something impossible to find —some particle that interacts with regular matter only via gravity and no other force. In such a case researchers would have no hope of catching it in a detector. “If we move into a mode where our most favored particles are simply not detectable, we have the classic scientific challenge, which is how do you verify such a theory?” Gaitskell asks. “At that point you’re almost a failure — you have a theory that’s almost impossible to test.”Such a “scientific challenge” would be indistinguishable from believing in ghosts, unicorns or fairies.  They’re always just around the corner but never show up.  But they must be there, because we feel their influence, don’t we?  What else could it be?Theorists continue to hope evidence for dark matter will show up.  If not, they can always try the “federal-deficit” trick: leaving the bill to the kids.“I doubt we’ve thought through all the interesting possibilities,” says theorist Matt Strassler, a visiting physicist at Harvard University. “We may get lucky” and find the answer soon, he says, “or this may drag on for 100 years or more.“But does science get a blank check or credit card to use for a century when its promised returns don’t materialize?  One searcher quipped, “As in all research, there is never a guarantee of success.”  It would seem that at some point a respectable scientist would decide that a vain quest is not worth pursuing.If these guys were investment counselors, would you trust them?  There is another way out.  Question your assumptions.last_img read more