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first_img…calls for multi-stakeholder approach to ongoing issueGiven the recent release of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services’ seventh report, which points to several social ills that continue to plague several communities in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Chairman Devanand Ramdatt is calling for a multi-stakeholder approach to addressing these ongoing issues.One of the most burning issues that were highlighted in the report is the fact that truancy remained a major issue. Ramdatt said having recognised that a number of students were not attending school regularly, the RDC had called for a stakeholder approach to address truancy, from the level of the RDC.Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt“We recommended that the Department of Education through its welfare section, that officers engage the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs)…and have outreaches with parents and to have consultation to encourage them to send their children to school,” he explained.Beyond that, Ramdatt explained that there were certain targeted communities that he believed required more attention than others, such as Charity, Lima Sands and Red Village. He said in any ideal situation, more social workers and welfare officers were needed to assist with these societal issues.“But in the short term, I think based on these outreaches, when reports come in, we will have a better understanding as to what are the factors creating a situation that students cannot attend school and more so why they are not attending school regularly,” he explained.An observation made by the Regional Chairman is the fact that several families are now returning from Venezuela and their children are also coming with them. Therefore, there is an immediate need to have them get birth certificates which will assist them in getting registered with local schools.“My suggestion to the Department of Education is they can bring the social protection and child protection officers…These officers need to engage more families and have a clearer understanding as to what the situation is and how and why is it that these children are not going to school because most of these schools are there, so transportation may not be one of the major factors,” he added.The regional official noted also that the aim is to work along with parents and to see whatever support they require and try as best as possible to find solutions to these major concerns.Ramdatt said he had formally mentioned this in the presence of a regional education officer at the last statutory meeting of the RDC. The clerk is expected to follow up with these matters.“So the decision was concertised 13th March since then we haven’t had a meeting to have the status,” he said.A perusal of the 2018 Budget estimates reveals that under the heading “Educational delivery”, monies were only set aside for “Buildings”. A sum of $172.8 million was allocated for school provisions, sanitary blocks, and retention payments.In its recommendations, the Committee urged that Counsellors be made available to all the schools. In addition, it was recommended that the welfare officers lobby for the protection of abused children.And since there were complaints of children from far-flung areas not having anything to eat, the Committee recommended that all the schools be made beneficiaries of the Government’s feeding programme.“The school should have in-house staff – secretary, typist and accounts clerk – so that teachers can concentrate on their jobs – teaching. The school (in fact) should have more teachers. The school should have separate room and washroom facilities for teachers,” the Committee added.The Committee also recommended that the Police investigate reports of persons selling drugs and alcohol to schoolchildren. It also advised that a bus be assigned to Charity school to transport children.According to the Committee, the school should have a parking lot for teachers’ vehicles and much-needed upgrades to the classrooms and the provision of essential supplies. It was also recommended that space be made to house an additional 180 students.The Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services is chaired by Dr Vindhya Persaud; the other Opposition Members of Parliament on the Committee are Alister Charlie, Vishwa Mahadeo and Indranie Chandarpal with sitting Government Ministers Raphael Trotman, Valerie Patterson, Dr Karen Cummings and Valerie Garrido-Lowe among the other members.last_img read more

first_imgBale replaced Isco on the hour and connected with an outrageous acrobatic effort on 64 minutes to put Real back in front.The Welshman sealed a record-extending 13th European Cup title for Real with seven minutes left as another dreadful mistake from Karius allowed his long-range shot to find the net.“It has to be (my best goal), a Champions League final, there’s no bigger stage,” Bale said.“Very disappointed not to start the game; I felt like I deserved it. The best I could do was to come on and make an impact, and I did.”Gareth Bale wheeling away after notching a brace.Real boss Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win the Champions Leagues in three consecutives seasons, having only taken charge of the team in January 2016.Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.This was not to be Salah’s night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.Madrid are the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, but even he could not argue that this was Bale’s evening.The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco — just as he had been in the final win over Juventus last year — before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.– Salah’s tears –Mohamed Salah was forced off injured only half an hour into the Champions League final© AFP Sergei SUPINSKYFor Liverpool, this game will be remembered for the disaster that befell goalkeeper Karius in the second half, and for Salah’s tears as he departed the pitch at the NSC Olympiyskyi.The Egyptian hurt his left shoulder as he went down in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute. Five minutes later he made way for Adam Lallana.His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal — the Real right-back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.Those injuries temporarily took the sting out of the game after an enthralling start, with Liverpool on top.It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance. They even had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute, only to be denied by a marginal offside call.Ronaldo’s header from Isco’s cross was parried by Karius, and Benzema turned in the loose ball, but the Frenchman had come from a fraction ahead of the last defender and the flag came up.If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.– Careless Karius –Loris Karius sobs on the pitch as he apologises to the Liverpool fans following his two huge errors during the game. Photo/COURTESYIsco struck the bar after Lallana diverted the ball into his path, before Benzema opened the scoring in the 51st minute.It was a moment of unbelievable carelessness from Karius, who attempted to roll the ball out to the nearest red shirt only for Benzema to stick out a leg and send it trickling into the net.Klopp’s side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mane turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner’s corner.But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale.The Welshman had been on the field barely two minutes when he met Marcelo’s cross from the left with an improbable leap, back to goal, 15 yards out, to send an overhead kick on his left foot arcing over Karius and in.Such a strike deserved to be the winner, although it was his long-range shot that beat the embarrassed Karius in the 83rd minute that made sure of the victory.Mane hit the post for Liverpool in between Bale’s strikes, but they will have to wait a while yet before winning their sixth European Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The French manager kisses the Champions League trophy following the enthralling final in Kiev on Saturday night. Photo/COURTESYKIEW, Ukraine, May 26 – Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win three straight Champions League titles after guiding Real Madrid to their record 13th UEFA Champions League after beating Liverpool 3-1.Karim Benzema struck a bizarre opening goal after an error by goalkeeper Loris Karius on 51 minutes before Liverpool, who lost leading scorer Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, replied through Sadio Mane.last_img read more

first_img3 March 2004The Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Pansy Tlakula, has certified the National Common Voters’ Roll to be used in the 2004 national and provincial elections on 14 April.South Africans participated in various door-to-door and other special registration projects, as well as the two voter registration weekends of 8 and 9 November 2003 and 24 and 25 January 2004, in order to register as voters.The Voters’ Roll has 20 674 926 voters who are entitled to participate in the election.More than 4 million voters will be able to participate in their first national and provincial election on 14 April. Since the end of 1998, just over 1.5 million registered voters have died, bringing the net gain compared to the 1999 Voters’ Roll to about 2.5 million voters.The country’s two previous elections have been characterised by a high voter turnout, in contrast to worldwide trends of voter apathy. About 86.6% of the country’s voting population turned out in 1994, while 89.3% voted in 1999.The Electoral Act allows prisoners to vote, provided the courts gave them the option of paying a fine instead of serving a jail sentence. On 2 March, however, the Constitutional Court ruled that all prisoners be allowed to vote. All prisoners can vote, Court rules Profile of South Africa’s votersGender – in all age categories, women outnumber men in the registration figures. 54.8% of the total number of registered voters are women.Age – 17% of eligible voters are between the ages of 18 to 25 years and 44% are younger than 35 years. (Only people who are 18 years or older at the time of the elections are eligible to vote.)Rural-urban – Rural-based voters constitute 7 334 304 (35.5%) of registered voters, as opposed to 13 340 622 (64.5%) who are urban-based.Special votesSection 33 of the Electoral Act provides for special votes for persons who cannot get to the voting stations on voting day as a result of:Physical infirmity, disability and pregnancy;Absence on government service abroad;Being an election official on election day;Being a member of the security services performing election duty;South Africans temporarily aboard.Physically infirm, disabled and pregnant voters may apply for a special vote either with the Municipal Electoral Officer (before 8 April) or at the Office of the Presiding Officer (on 12 April) in the voting district in which they are registered.These people will be visited by IEC officials at the place they indicated on their application form on 12 and 13 April.Election officials and security force members will apply and cast their vote at the Office of the Presiding Officer of their voting district on 12 and 13 April.Persons who are absent on government service abroad, as well as South Africans who are temporarily absent from the country, (and who notified the Chief Electoral Officer by 26 February) will apply and vote at foreign missions on 7 April.By 23 February, 647 eligible voters had notified the Chief Electoral Officer of their intention to cast special votes.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgTaking time to work on your curriculum vitae is worthwhile to get the job interview you want. Recruiters say there are a few simple steps to getting it right.It’s a good idea to convert your CV into a PDF document before sending it to a potential employer. (Image: Nick Youngson, via Blue Diamond Gallery, CC BY-SA 3.0)Priya PitamberFirst-time job seekers and experienced professionals alike need a stand-out curriculum vitae (CV) document to be given a chance to interview for a job.Recruiters agree there are a few simple rules to follow when creating or updating a CV.We chat to a couple of them. Vanessa Raath is general manager at It’s About People, a recruitment agency that focuses on the IT sector. Candice Clark is the founder of the Candice Clark Collective, a career-coaching practice.Raath has been in the industry for a decade, and is a host on the regular Monday afternoon Twitter chat #JobAdviceSA. Clarke hosts #CareerGirlCollab, a free online community.Here are their do’s and don’ts for putting together a great CV.Do:Do convert your CV to PDF before sending it off. “This way,” says Raath, “you know that no one can make changes to your CV and that your format will not change when viewed on the recipient’s computer.”Do check details such as spelling, grammar and formatting. Clarke recommends: “Ask a friend or industry professional to read over it and double-check it for you.” Errors can put recruiters and future employers off within five seconds of looking at your CV, Raath warns.Do highlight your career achievements. “Show how you have been an ambitious, high-performer,” says Clark.Do keep it short: two pages or a maximum of three. “CVs that are too long are also not ideal,” says Clark. “Ensure your CV is succinct and punchy.”Do make it unique and appropriate for specific industries. Clark says, for example, a creative professional should take the time to craft a well-designed CV.Finally, do remember to update your profile on the social network, LinkedIn. It is just as important as a high-quality CV, Clark says.Don’tDon’t omit details about leaving previous jobs. “People need to know why they have left previous roles and ‘left for a better opportunity’ is not a good enough reason,” says Raath.Don’t mix up employment dates. Raath says job-seekers should make it clear whether their roles were permanent or contract positions, or the CV could look very jumpy.Don’t send out a generic CV for every application. Rather take the time to tailor your CV honestly so it is appropriate for your application. “Include an introductory profile where you position yourself, your experience, your career goals and your qualifications clearly for the role you would like to attain,” says Clark. But, she says, this introduction should also be short and punchy.Maybe:Add a photo of yourself.Raath says this is entirely up to an individual. “I personally do not think it is necessary as any hiring agency or prospective employer will just conduct a Google search to find a photo of you if they want to.”Clark says while a photo can add a nice personal touch, it must be of professional quality. “Use it on your front page, and think carefully about where to place it so that it flows nicely with the document, and doesn’t look randomly stuck on.” She recommends an ID photo size.I have an interview. Now what?Raath describes job interviews as a necessary evil for anyone who is ambitious and is eager to build an amazing career.Both Raath and Clark agree that preparation is the key to successful interviews. Research the company and learn more about the role.Raath says ask for a job description to help you think of pertinent questions.Clark advises applicants to visualise a successful interview. “Ensure you have had a good night’s sleep prior, and arrive early with enough time to practice some deep breathing before your interview.“Ask for a glass of water at the start of the interview. This will allow you to pause and take a sip of water when you need more time to think of an answer.”Overall, honesty is important. “Represent your experience, qualification and achievements honestly. You want a company and role that is right for you,” says Clark.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on Monday temporarily suspended operations to rescue 15 miners trapped since December 13 in a 370 feet illegal coal mine in Lumthari village.The exercise will resume once powerful pumps are made available to the authorities, said district Deputy Commissioner F.M. Dopth.NDRF Assistant Commandant S.K. Singh said the current water level in the mine shaft is about 70 feet. About 100 personnel of the NDRF are waiting for the water to recede to 30 feet for divers to do their job.last_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The center from Turkey was acquired from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade in September 2017 and averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons. He had become frustrated after first losing his starting spot and then any spot at all in recent weeks.General manager Scott Perry says Kanter “passionately embraced our franchise and our city,” adding that “he is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMatthews was acquired last week from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade and played in two games. The veteran swingman is averaging 12.8 points this season.Players on an NBA roster have to be waived by March 1 in order to be eligible to sign with another team an appear in the postseason. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES LeBron James blasts timing of Mavs’ Harrison Barnes trade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks looks on in the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2019 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The New York Knicks have waived Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews, allowing them to sign with other teams for a playoff run.The Knicks were unable to find a trade before Thursday’s deadline for Kanter, their former starting center who had fallen out of the rotation altogether with New York having the worst record in the league and focusing on its younger players.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more