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Road carnage is “not a political issue” – Opposition Leader

first_imgWith the significant increase in deaths on Guyana’s roadways in recent time, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo stated that the situation is not a political one in nature and recommended that all stakeholders should contribute towards finding a comprehensive solution.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoFor the month of November, 21 persons, including three children, died from road accidents. A closer review showed that for last week, 12 persons lost their lives in a matter of 7 accidents and the fatalities have continued into this week. As such, the Opposition Leader stated during his press conference on Thursday that an integrated approach is needed to effectively bring this number down.“This is not a political issue. We have to work… everyone on this matter – Government, Opposition etc. There is carnage on our roads and we have to find a way of stopping it. We don’t have all the answers and I’m sure they don’t too,” he positioned.He also asserted that those culpable must take responsibility for their actions. Meanwhile, Jagdeo clarified that if any political party promises to lower these statistics, it is untrue since a collective approach is required.“It’s a combination of education, strong regulations, taking tough actions and people have to take responsibility too. People have to take personal responsibility for these issues because sometimes, you have one crazy person. Any [political] party that says to you that they can stop this will be lying to you,” he expressed.His comments come in light of President David Granger’s response to the increased carnage, outlining a three-point approach for road safety. Road users were urged to observe the Guyana Police Force’s code of behaviour.The caretaker president further pointed out that the “insane increase in road fatalities” was due to persons driving at excessive speeds, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without due care and attention and driving on roads which are congested or unsafe for other road users, particularly pedestrians.School violenceOn another trending topic, the Opposition Leader pointed out the alarming rate at which students are involved in violence at their respective schools. This, he noted, is also another non-political matter which should not be addressed by draconian measures.Earlier this week, the Education Ministry put a ban on the annual Christmas parties for public schools and replaced them with a luncheon. However, Jagdeo posited that this is not the correct approach. Former Education Minister Priya Manickchand also condemned this decision by the Ministry, stating that it is a form of social development.“School violence is another one of those issues that we should not politicise too much. These are our kids. We have to find a way, not draconian measures like taking away their parties but finding a way of ensuring that these activities are done in a manner that they’re set up for,” the Opposition Leader identified.The issue of violence in schools, especially at the secondary level, became more evident in recent time with students turning to violence against each other.Commenting on one of the incidents was Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who came under immediate backlash for saying that these incidents are “normal” in schools countrywide.She was asked to respond to a video on social media, which showed a male student of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School hitting a female schoolmate continuously while pinning her to the ground in the school’s compound.But Henry was quoted as saying, “Well usually students fight. It’s nothing unusual as you would know, you’ve gone to school yourselves and we all would’ve seen…so those would have to be addressed by the welfare department. There’s a standing operating procedure and they will effect that procedure, and they have already begun the process they will address that”.In a separate incident at the Mon Repos Primary School, an eight-year-old Richard Boodram and six-year-old Fawaz Asgar were attacked by their classmates.Boodram was hospitalised for several days after being hit to his head, while Asgar ssuffered a slashed hand. In October 2019, a female student in Berbice was badly beaten and her hijab ripped off by other students.In another incident, a student who attended the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI), also in Berbice, was viciously attacked by a group of other students, who were beating him with a belt.last_img read more

South Africa, Chile to strengthen ties

first_img4 July 2012 South Africa and Chile look will to advance political, economic and trade relations at the 4th Joint Consultative Mechanism (JMC) meeting between the two countries this week. International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim will co-chair the meeting with his Chilean counterpart, Fernando Schmidt, in Pretoria on Friday. “South Africa is a major foreign investor in Chile, and will use the opportunity to address bilateral issues pertaining to cooperation in trade and investment, public works, and the avoidance of double taxation,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement on Tuesday. South Africa remains one of the largest foreign investors in Chile’s mining sector. However, the trade balance between South Africa and Chile is currently in favour of Chile. To address this, the JMC will consider establishing a joint bilateral trade and investment commission. “In addition, an avoidance of double taxation agreement between the two countries has been negotiated and is ready for signature, which, when implemented, will make investments in South Africa more attractive for Chilean business,” the department said. The last JCM meeting took place in Chile in 2008. Source: read more

It takes Oliver’s Village to raise a child

first_imgHigher education costs are often out of reach of the average South African matriculant; but David Sellar wants to help change this.In 1 April 2001, he started the non-profit organisation Oliver’s House in Benoni in Gauteng to bring skills development, education, training, job creation and early childhood development assistance to poorer communities in the city.The Oliver’s House pre-school works with 210 children from the Zenzele informal settlement south east of Johannesburg and provides a safe, caring and loving learning environment“David is one of my friends and when I wanted to start an NGO (non-governmental organisation) he came to me with the idea that started our organisation,” said Terence Ferreira, chief executive officer at Oliver’s House.“Our initiative is to help our students with improvements on mainly maths and science but we also look very closely into creative arts and farming,” said Ferreira.Oliver’s House works with communities in Etwatwa, Wattville, Daveyton and along the East Rand.A SELF-SUSTAINING COMMUNITY“We have only two teachers at the moment and they have to go through our 90 students that come in for lessons,” said Ferreira, “however we are trying to improve our level of teaching and hopefully we will have more to give out to the students.”The Oliver’s House education centre provides free assistance in maths and science for Grade 11 and Grade 12 students who’ve failed the grades and want to pass their supplementary exams.“Each day we see the realities of educational inequity juxtaposed against the concrete evidence that when students in low-income communities are given the opportunities they deserve, they excel” said Ferreira.“These students are the keepers of all South Africa’s potential and promise; we must work together to build the foundation of their success and provide them with the tools they will need to compete in tomorrow’s global economy,” he said.The centre provides students with access to an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) programme, offering access to the internet and free computer skills courses for those students who don’t have access to the technology at home or at school. This improves their chances in the job market.The centre also rewards pupils who excel: “Those who come out at the top of our class get to take home a computer,” says Ferreira. The education centre is led by Charles Mahlangu, who is also one of the teachers at the centre.The Nomthandazo Children’s Care Centre is led by the founder Ndazi Mtshwene, with eight caregivers.The Oliver’s House pre-school works with 210 children from the Zenzele informal settlement south east of Johannesburg and provides a safe, caring and loving learning environment.“With a good foundation before starting school anyone can accomplish anything they desire and that is why we would love to help build inspiration from an early age” said Ferreira.The organisation also runs a feeding scheme in Zenzele, providing free meals to children and families in the settlementThe organisation also runs a feeding scheme in Zenzele, providing free meals to children and families in the settlement. “Who can learn or work on an empty stomach?” asks Ferreira.The organisation also has plans to build Oliver’s Village, with an HIV/Aids clinic, an organic farm and food forest, a children’s daycare facility, a community hall, a skills development village, children’s homes and an amphitheatre and learning centre.The village will be environmentally friendly, using bio-gas, solar energy and an on-site generator for cooking and heating. The plot boasts a borehole producing 20 litres of high-quality water per second with additional rain and storm water harvesting systems, and grey water treatment systems.The plot caters for two acres of grassland, two acres of food forest, one acre of food gardens, six acres for housing, the HIV/Aids clinic, classrooms, a playground and the amphitheatre.“We would like to have more volunteers but mostly sponsors so that we can help create a country that works together; our journey to that idea is still taking its baby steps; we can make it if everyone works side by side.” said Ferreira.PLAY YOUR PARTTo learn more about Oliver’s House visit its website, call 011 748 6500, or email [email protected]last_img read more

Two-Factor Authorization Is Awesome – Until You Lose the Damn Token

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts It’s no secret that passwords as a sole security feature are starting to be phased out and clever techniques like two-factor authorization are becoming more commonplace. But two-factor authentication can be too clever for it’s own good: In a system where access is granted based on something you know (the passphrase) and something you have (a cellphone or key), what happens if you actually lose the something you’re supposed to have?This is not an uncommon problem. In the office, keys and key cards get lost all the time. And how many of us have done the walk of shame in sweats and bunny slippers down to the hotel lobby when we tried to set our tray out in the hallway only to hear the door mockingly click shut behind us?And that’s just one-factor authorization, where you need only the key to get in. How much worse will it get when security from the physical world will be required to access the virtual world?In the workplace and elsewhere in the real world, acquiring a new key is usually not that hard. You go talk to the building manager or security in the office and get your new physical token. Lose the keys to your car, you call a significant other with a copy of the key, or call the dealer. All of these workarounds do the trick because you’re physically present and can explain the circumstances to some sympathetic soul (bunny slippers help, trust me).But what happens when you lose the physical element of two-factor authentication for an online service? You can’t exactly call them up and get your access restored. Or, at least, you shouldn’t be able to do that.So what is the plan when you lose the physical piece of two-factor authentication?Why The Rigmarole?This is not just academic exercise for me – for the last couple of days someone keeps trying to reset my Twitter account’s password, and (for now) I’m resting easy in the knowledge that whoever’s doing it can’t get into my email account to pick up a legitimate reset password link (and I’m not clicking the links on what are probably phishing emails).This is the primary reason why it’s a good idea to implement two-factor authorization. Even if someone does manage to find out your password for an account, they can’t log in to your account and start changing passwords or use your account to start gathering information on your personal and financial life. Not without the physical token.In my case, the token is my Android phone, which is using the Google Authenticator app to generate time-based verification codes that I enter if I log into my Google accounts (and others I’ve got the app tracking). I had been using the “Send code to SMS” option, but that proved troublesome when trying to log into Google in buildings where cell access was a problem. The app continuously creates new codes, regardless of connection.If I lose my phone, it’s going to be a pain, but not the end of the world.Follow The PlanFirst, Google recommends that I find a computer that has already logged into my accounts. I have one machine, my primary office computer, that Google remembers for 30 days at a time. I can get into that and start performing the tasks that need to be done. Even if I am away from home, I can call a family member and walk them through the process.The very first thing to do if you lose the phone (er, token) is get connected to the accounts for which the phone is being used for two-factor authentication and change the password. Most of the time a phone is lost, it’s just that: lost. And, even if it were stolen, most of the time it’s going to be taken by some numbskull who will soon be taking pictures of themselves and their friends so you can track them down and take it back. Still, better to be safe than sorry.Once you change your main password, Google recommends that you revoke any application-specific passwords you granted to apps on the phone. If you get your phone back, you can always give the phone a new application-specific password.If you don’t have access to a computer that’s already logged in to Google or is within that 30-day remembering period, you have two options:For Google Apps users, when Google is handling your email and other services but using your domain, not, the fastest thing to do is contact your Apps administrator and have them turn off two-factor authentication so you can log into your account straight away to change your password and revoke access to your account.If you are not an Apps user (or can’t seem to get a hold of your administrator), you can have codes sent to your backup phone. If you haven’t set up a backup phone on your Google account, it’s a good idea to do it.The other option is to use one of the 10 printable codes that Google makes available to your account. I personally don’t use this option, but keeping an unlabeled piece of paper around that has a random set of numbers is not likely to be a huge security risk.Losing the physical part of your two-factor authentication will be a pain, just like losing a key for a physical lock would be. That’s kind of the point, in some ways. But most services using two-factor authorization will have procedures in place to help you work around the situation. Check your two-factor services and make sure you’ve done everything you need to do to prepare for the inevitable loss of your physical token.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#security brian proffittcenter_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more