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Guyana: Over 14,000 pupils sit 2018 National Grade Six Assessment [NGSA]

Guyana: Over 14,000 pupils sit 2018 National Grade Six Assessment [NGSA]

Over 14,000 pupils from schools across the country have been registered to sit the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment [NGSA] which commenced yesterday. NGSA is a school-leaving assessment which is designed to determine where pupils will undergo their secondary level education.          Continue reading

STEM Guyana team returns from Washington DC: Placed 10th against 164 other countries

First Lady Sandra Granger (third from right) as she joins in the celebration with the STEM Guyana team.

other Government officials, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, after fierce competition at the recently concluded First Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.

The young Guyanese team comprising Ryan Benschop (team captain), Anthony Frank, Arianna Mahase, Christopher Nelson, Sahief Poese and Vevekeanand Ramnarace, alongside Team Manager Farnaz Baksh; Coach Ricky Chan; and Public Relations Officer Horace Mosley placed 10th after battling against 164 other countries from around the globe.   Continue reading

CDC Preparing for New Swine Flu – Should You?

CDC Preparing for New Swine Flu – Should You?

Story at-a-glance

  • With flu season just around the corner, it’s time to review the evidence and decide if you are going to listen to the media and public health authorities and choose to receive the flu vaccine for yourself or your family
  • Recent reports warn that a new variant strain of the H3N2 influenza A virus – H3N2v – has been identified in the U.S. in children and adults who were in direct contact with pigs at county fairs. Despite CDC assurances that the swine-origin variant H3N2 virus is still principally limited to pigs and poses a very limited threat for human-to-human transmission, the FDA recently reminded the public that the influenza A H3N2 virus is one of the three viruses that was selected last spring to be included in the 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine formulation     Continue reading

Indian women – One dishonourable step backwards

Indian women

One dishonourable step backwards

May 11th 2012, 9:56 by A.R. | DELH – The Economist Magazine

HOW should one judge the lot of women in India, a country that is in many ways progressive, modern, tolerant and yet by turns repressive and hostile? Women hold the highest political positions (the presidency, speaker of parliament, leader of the ruling party, leader of the opposition in parliament, several chief ministers of large states) and in theory they are protected by a variety laws promoting equality.

Though development indicators remain dire, just about all statistics show their lives improving. Women are more literate than ever (last year’s census suggests two-thirds of them can read, compared with fewer than two-fifths in 1991). They are becoming less likely to die in childbirth (well under half the rate of 1990). And they live much longer: at 66 years, India’s female life expectancy outstrips the male one by some three years. Like men, on average they live in better homes than they did in previous years, with more access to health care and schools, telephones and transport. Continue reading

ReCivilization – challenges facing the world – CBC Radio

About the Show  — from CBC Radio

ReCivilization is a five-part series that examines some of the the biggest challenges facing our world. It charts a path to the future enabled by the revolutions underway in communications, innovation and learning in this new, post-industrial, digital age. Celebrated Canadian author and thinker Don Tapscott guides us along this path with some of the most prominent minds in education, government, industry, the media, science, and health and medicine — along with the pioneers who are collaborating to create a new era of networked intelligence.  [more]
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Here is the fourth segment of this series (with comments) – the previous segments are listed below:

Episode Four: Re-Industrializing the planet (Listen)

CBC Radio – Streaming Link

In episode four of ReCivilization, Don examines how the digital revolution has cut transaction costs and changed the notion of the firm, and how business needs to operate collaboratively and transparently — to meet the needs of increasingly savvy consumers concerned about sustainability and ethical behaviour. As Don says, the level of scrutiny made possible by the web means businesses operate nakedly. And if you’re going to be naked, you’d better be buff.

Other Episodes

Episode Five: Rebooting the Public Square

Technology: 30 brilliant African tech startups

Technology: 30 brilliant African tech startups

By – memeburn.com
March 09, 2012 |   Comments

The methodology behind this list of startups had two simple directives. First, the startup had to have African roots and secondly it had to be brilliant.

More specifically, we were looking for that type of brilliance that exudes intelligence, talent, quality or simply, something fresh. Of course brilliance, like most things in life, is subjective, so we went into this journey with an open mind. Tabula rasa if you will and we hoped to recognise brilliance when we saw it. We did, over and over again.

Why did we focus on Africa? The continent’s one-billion people are coming online and 600-million of them already have mobile phones. It is estimated that by 2040, Africa’s working age population will be the largest in the world, making for a large number of young, active consumers — the brand conscious, aspirational demographic businesses covet. In the last 10 years 117-million Africans have migrated to cities, establishing a larger, wealthier concentration of people in need of goods and services and making Africa more urbanised than India and almost on par with China. Consumer spending grows by four percent a year and by 2020, Accenture estimates that poverty levels in Africa will fall to 20% from nearly 45% percent in the1980s.

The secret is out. Wired likens the opportunities in Africa to those of the pre-dotcom boom in 1995. Says the magazine: “If you want to become extremely wealthy over the next five years, and you have a basic grasp of technology, here’s a no-brainer: move to Africa.”

So what opportunities are indigenous African tech startups seizing? Let’s take a look. Please note that this list is not exhaustive by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, consider it a sampling of African talent and be sure to let us know about brilliant startups that should also be on this list. We look forward to hearing from you and compiling a sequel to this article.              [ Read  more ]

also read:  Want to become an internet billionaire? Move to Africa

also read:  The hopeful continent  – Africa rising

also read:  Out of Africa: A generation of consumers on the rise

—- Post #1201

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Guyana Land Of the Giants – 2 videos

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Guyana Land Of the Giants Part 1

Jeff Corwin is in Guyana a land were everything seems to be big, here he will explore all its wildlife and as always he will make a use of his humor.

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Guyana Land Of the Giants Part 2

—  Post #1197

Flood Control- 03: Water Management – The Delta Approach – videos

Editor’s Note:  Flood Control- 03 – videos

Guyanese Online will be featuring a number of articles and videos on flood and sea defence management.  The Dutch (Netherlands) are the most experienced in this technology, as three-quarters of their country is below sea level. They built the framework of Guyana’s drainage systems, as colonial rulers from 1581-1781. This is the third of many articles and videos that will be featured:

Water Management – The Delta Approach – video

The Netherlands could be considered the most developed delta region in the world and home to innovative solutions and sustainable thinking.

The Southwest Delta of The Netherlands – 3 videos

The Southwest Delta of The Netherlands is a series of three short films made for the congress ‘Delta in times of climate change’. In this episode the (economical) position of the Southwest Delta in Europe, the emerging of the Delta, the effects of The Deltaworks and the solutions, safety, will be discussed:- Continue reading

Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

In this bracing talk, coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: over fished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse. Astonishing photos and stats make the case.

A leader in the study of the ecology and evolution of marine organisms, Jeremy Jackson is known for his deep understanding of geological time. Full bio »

 It’s not about the fish; it’s not about the pollution; it’s not about the climate change. It’s about us and our greed and our need for growth and our inability to imagine a world that is different from the selfish world we live in today.” (Jeremy Jackson)
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— Post #1165

Beautiful Guyana – video by German foundation

Some impressions from the beautiful country of Guyana by a German charitable non-profit foundation.

Welcome to the Eerepami Regenwaldstiftung Guyana!

We are a charitable, non-profit foundation. Our work encompasses supporting remote area development, biodiversity conservation, as well as the exchange of science, culture and education between Germany and Guyana. For more information please visit our website at : http://www.eerepami.de./?lang=en

—-  Post #1111

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