Dear Editor,Guyana has poor education standards in comparison to the developed democracies which is compounded by “the brain-drain” as many Guyanese seek to escape Guyana to live abroad.This education problem (the lack of education) needs urgent attention as an investment in education normally pays off in the medium to long-term.As a start, the Government should consider investing in some adult education centres to facilitate the re-education of the adult population to meet the current and future demand. Investing in adult education is a worthwhile endeavour as it not only educates the adult population but this will also bolster parents to help and encourage their children in their educational pursuits. Everyone accepts that parents should spend more time helping to educate their children. However, how can this be achieved when many of the parents themselves are uneducated?Fifty adult education centres throughout Guyana would cost about $10 billion (estimated cost). The bonus is that an educated workforce would encourage investment into Guyana. I accept that the money may not be there for this investment and that more urgent problems need to be prioritised. However, it is a long-term investment that will pay dividends in the future.Sincerely,Sean Ori
The formula used to calculate the premium assumes that physicians will take a 10 percent cut in their reimbursement rates next year, an unlikely occurrence. If, as expected, Congress acts to offset some of that pay cut or to eliminate it, premiums in future years would go up to reflect the additional expense. Another factor leading to a lower increase in premiums than in past years was the fixing of an accounting error that otherwise would have added $2.50 to beneficiaries’ monthly premiums in 2008. The Medicare program pays for most of the health care received by about 43 million elderly and disabled people. The program’s expenses have soared in recent years as health care costs go up faster than most other segments of the economy and as more people join the program. Beneficiaries will be most concerned about expenses in two key segments of Medicare: First, there is Medicare Part A, which covers inpatient hospital and hospice care as well as short stays in nursing homes. For this program, participants don’t pay a monthly premium. However, they do pay a deductible when they have to go to the hospital. That deductible will increase from $992 to $1024 next year. By Kevin Freking THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Elderly and disabled people will see their monthly Medicare premiums rise 3.1 percent next year to $96.40 – the lowest increase in six years. The good news is temporary, though. Second, there is Medicare Part B, which covers services received at the doctor’s office and in outpatient settings. The program also pays for medical equipment. About a quarter of the revenue for this program comes from beneficiaries’ monthly premiums. The vast majority of participants will pay the $96.40 premium next year, though wealthier participants will pay more. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde applauded captain Micah Richards after the defender stood up to a group of angry fans after they were held by Wycombe in the FA Cup.Boos sounded from the away stands as the Villans could only muster a 1-1 draw with the League Two side, as the fourth-tier minnows sealed a replay trip to Villa Park.The Premier League’s basement side took the lead through Richards’ early goal, only for Joe Jacobson to level from the penalty spot.After the final whistle, Richards battled to calm the protests of fans who criticised the skipper and the team from behind the dugout at Adams Park.And Villa boss Garde believes Richards was right to take the time to address the fans’ pitchside frustrations in person.“It was brave of him to do that,” said the French boss.“As professionals we have to face our responsibilities – not only Micah, me and all the players.“To be fair I didn’t see the incident, but I’ve been told about it.“I understand that the fans could be angry. We have to accept that, as a player, a manager, everybody at the club has to accept that criticism, because we are not winning – that’s football.“The situation with Aston Villa is very difficult and makes some silly things happen sometimes.“Everybody has to keep calm, face their responsibilities, look in the mirror and ask themselves what they can do to get out of this difficult situation.”Garde has now gone ten matches without victory in charge of the Villans, with the extra fixture in the shape of the third round replay only adding to the pressure on the beleaguered boss.The coach hinted he would quit if he felt he could not reverse Villa’s wretched form, but accepted he must quickly find victories.“When you are not winning the manager is always making bad decisions,” said Garde, responding to criticism for withdrawing stand-out midfielder Carles Gil, with fans chanting, ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’.“You can always argue it was a bad or good decision: I know what I’m doing but sometimes it’s not working.“I know how it is in football, I’m not especially under pressure, but I’m not winning games.“The day I don’t feel I’m able to do anything positive for this football club you will know it.”WATCH: Aston Villa fans tell Micah Richards ‘there’s no passion’ after 1-1 draw with Wycombe Aston Villa captain Micah Richards 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“This has been a very, very close race,” Dantona said. “It’s been a knock-down, drag-out fight, neck and neck the whole way. Nobody should have to wait this long to see their vote counted.” Foy said the delay was caused by more people casting absentee ballots, a trend he expects to continue, and said the county’s election officials are doing a good job with the resources they have, making sure the count is accurate and legal. Foy said he based his assumption of victory on his support from absentee ballots in the primary election and the runoff Nov. 7. “We know that during the last absentee ballot counts, we’ve always gone ahead,” he said. “So we’re confident. It would be almost impossible for Dantona to overcome our lead.” He said he will meet with county officials Monday to get information about the 4th District’s budget, setting up a county office and hiring a staff. SIMI VALLEY – Although thousands of late Ventura County ballots remain to be counted, Peter Foy was far enough ahead Friday to predict victory and say he will begin work Monday to set up his new office to represent the Board of Supervisors’ 4th District. But his opponent, Jim Dantona, said the race to represent the Simi Valley-Moorpark area is still too close to call and he would not concede, even though he now trails by 700 votes. “The odds are tough, but you don’t walk off the field until after the third out in the ninth inning,” he said Friday. Dantona predicted that the remaining provisional ballots would tend to favor him and said he expected support from late absentee ballots as well. Dantona was about 300 votes ahead of Foy on Nov. 8, when election officials said there were about 71,000 still-uncounted ballots countywide, including about 16,000 in the 4th District. Foy has been correct in predicting that the absentee ballots would tend to favor him, and by Friday morning he had moved up to more than 700 votes ahead of Dantona. But Gene Browning, the county’s assistant registrar of voters, said thousands of ballots still remained to be counted, including about 9,000 absentees and 5,200 provisionals that people cast when they were not on the roster of voters at the polling places. Browning wasn’t making any predictions, estimating there could be about 2,000 absentee and 1,000 provisional ballots left to be counted in the 4th District race. The complete results should finally be determined by the election certification deadline of Dec. 5, he said. Some of the ballots had to be very carefully checked, including one on which a voter had apparently spilled his breakfast. County officials could not explain why so many voters cast late absentee ballots, guessing it might have had something to do with the ballot’s length and complication. The 4th District race has been one of Ventura County’s most controversial. The district is one of the county’s most heavily Republican areas, with registration of about 47 percent compared with Democratic registration of about 30 percent. Although the race is nonpartisan, many voters were aware of the candidates’ political affiliations. Yet Dantona, a Democrat, was able to wage a tough campaign, first against 12-year Republican incumbent Judy Mikels, then in the neck-and-neck runoff with Foy, also a Republican. “I got a great deal of the Republican votes,” Dantona said. “When I went into this race, they said Judy Mikels couldn’t be beat. I knocked her out of this race.” Herbert Gooch, a professor of political science at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, said even if Dantona doesn’t win, he deserves credit for “a very aggressive, persistent campaign” against tough odds. email@example.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Arsenal star Fabregas has been linked with moves away from west London, but Italian manager Sarri insists he wants to hold on to the 31-year-old.Senior Chelsea stars Fabregas, David Luiz and Gary Cahill are all on contracts that expire next summer, but Sarri intends to “respect” the Blues’ policy of only offering one-year extensions to players aged 30 and older.“In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc,” said the Blues boss.“I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.“But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.“And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.” Sarri pledged to respect the stance of Chelsea’s board when it comes to limiting the length of contracts offered to their older players.When asked if he agrees with that blanket policy, he said: “Oh, it depends. It depends on the single situation I think.“It’s a rule and so we have to respect that, I think.“As you know very well the big problem is the duration of the new contracts. Because, as you know, over 30 years the club offers only one year to renew.“And for a player of 31, it’s a big problem to sign a new contract for only one year. So the problem is only this, I think.” Maurizio Sarri says Cesc Fabregas remains an important part of his squad and wants the midfielder to stay at Chelsea.The World Cup winner has been limited to five Premier League appearances for the Blues this term, with Brazil-born Italy star Jorginho new boss Sarri’s preferred option at the base of midfield. 2 Cesc Fabregas has had limited playing time this season Maurizio Sarri is keen to retain a big squad 2
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8PM and Tuesday from 9AM-time of service.In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Pierce Polk fire department. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. Mr. Dannie Joe Hoggatt age 65 of Pekin, passed away Wednesday, October 25 at Baptist Health Floyd.Mr. Hoggatt was born July 30, 1952 in Bedford, Indiana the son of Elmer and Verla Brewer Hoggatt. He was an employee of Kimball’s for 35 years. He was a member of Westview Christian Church. He was a Volunteer and Retired Firefighter for Pierce Polk Fire Department.He is survived by his wife: Linda Brewer Hoggatt. They were married June 15, 1974. He is also survived by his son: Darren Hoggatt (Ashley) of Pekin, daughter: Tara Stalker (Jay) of Salem, brother: Rick Hoggatt (Sherri) of Bedford, and six grandchildren: Jena, Houston, Simon, Zach, Kaylea, and Elijah. He was preceded in death by his parents.
AWARDWINNER Leitrim Sports Person of the YearGerard O’Donnell (Carrick AC)Team of the YearLeitrim hurlersJuvenile Team of the YearManor Rangers boys U16 soccer teamClub of the YearGlencar/Manorhamilton GAA ClubSports Individual seniorColm MoretonSports Individual JuniorAlannah McGuinness (Carrick AC)Coach of the YearTerry Hyland (Leitrim senior football manager)Unsung Hero AwardsFrancis Flynn (Aughnasheelin GAA) & Mark McGowan (Ironman triathlon)Volunteer of the YearJames ‘Junior’ Hazlett (Drumkeerin GAA Club)Primary School Teacher of the YearEdel McCartin (Drumeela NS)Secondary School Teacher of the YearAnthony McDonald (St Claire’s CS, Manorhamilton)Special Achievement AwardFlo Beo SwimmersHall of FameMickey Martin The 2019 Leitrim Sports Star awards took place at Lough Rynn Castle on Saturday night.Carrick AC hurdler Gerard O’Donnell was named the overall sports star of the year for his national title success and international profile with Ireland over the last 12 months.He spoke to Ocean FM Sport’s Austin O’Callaghan on Saturday night: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Gerard O’Donnell 23/11/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Leitrim’s Lory Meagher Cup winning hurlers were named Team of the Year, while Glencar/Manorhamilton GAA club’s momentous jubilee year, which included regaining the Fenagh Cup, was acknowledged when it received the Club of the Year award.Leitrim dual GAA player Colm Moreton received the senior individual award for his exploits with the county’s hurlers and Leitrim Gaels, while athlete Allannah McGuinnes received the juvenile award.Drumkeerin’s Junior Hazlett was a popular winner of the Volunteer of the Year award while the Flo Beo swimming trio of Eileen & Heather Maxwell and Toni McGlynn, who swam the length of the River Shannon for charity, received a Special Achievement award.Kinlough triathlete Mark McGowan and Aughnasheelin youngster Francis Flynn both received Unsung Hero awards.The special guest of the night was Donegal’s global endurance athletie Jason Black. His personal and sporting insights on the night drew warm praise from the assembled guests.Now in their 10th year, the Leitrim Sports Star Awards acknowledge individuals, sports clubs, teams, teachers and community volunteers for their outstanding contributions to and achievements in sport and recreation in Leitrim. The awards night is organised by Leitrim Sports Partnership.The full list of Leirim Sports Star Award winners is as follows:
EMC World is taking place in Las Vegas today. In addition to the announcement of EMC’s own Apache Hadoop appliance and distribution, several other companies have announced new products ranging from software integration tools to storage appliances.We’ve covered the increasing competition and innovation in the Hadoop market, and those trends show no signs of slowing down.DataStax BriskDataStax released its open source product Brisk today. As we reported previously, Brisk is a distribution of Apache Hadoop that uses Apache Cassandra as its data store instead of the Hadoop file system and HBase. Although it’s been harshely criticized by Cloudera, it’s being met with anticipation in the community.You can download Brisk from DataStax here, or download the source code from GitHub here.EMC’s Apache Hadoop ApplianceEMC announced Greenplum HD, which is both an appliance and a distribution. The distribution will be available in both enterprise and community editions. The community edition is fully open source.Greenplum HD combines the Hadoop analytics platform with Greenplum’s database technology. Unlike Brisk, which replaces the Hadoop data store, Greenplum HD compliments HBase and Hadoop’s file system.EMC is partnering with several companies for integrations, including: Concurrent, CSC, Datameer, Informatica, Jaspersoft, Karmasphere, Microstrategy, Pentaho, SAS, SnapLogic (see below), Talend and VMware.EMC has been promising a Hadoop-related announcement today since the GigaOM Structure Big Data conference in March. The company formed an alliance with Cloudera in September to enable integration between Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution and the Greenplum platform. It’s not clear what’s going to happen with that alliance. It was not mentioned in EMC’s announcement.There was also no mention of Yahoo, which may be spinning off its own Hadoop company. In March, GigaOm’s Derrick Harris speculated that EMC and Yahoo might work together on a Hadoop product.Mellanox Hadoop-DirectData center connectivity company Mellonox announced today a new software product for accelerating Hadoop and Memcached. The Hadoop product, called Hadoop-Direct, runs on Mellanox’s InfiniBand adapters and switches. Mellonox claimsit can cut Hadoop job times in half. From the announcement:“Network bandwidth and usage of compute capacity per node to process network-related functions are key factors that limit efficient scale of Hadoop clusters,” said Dhruba Borthakur, distinguished member of the Hadoop Apache Development Team. “Hadoop-Direct with Mellanox networking solutions help minimize the latency of data access; the use of higher bandwidth enables overlapping communications and computation thus improving Hadoop cluster’s performance.”Netapp Hadoop Storage SolutionToday Netapp announced its Hadoop Storage Solution, a pre-configured Hadoop installation built on its NetApp E2600 storage appliance.SnapLogic SnapReduceCloud integration company SnapLogic today announced SnapReduce, a tool that turns SnapLogic integration pipelines into MapReduce tasks. This will give SnapLogic users a more accessible way of integrating Hadoop with their existing applications. SnapLogic will demonstrate the product at EMC World today. klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has decided to find out whether its fabled grantsmaking process discriminates against African-American scientists.Armed with new data showing black applicants suffer a 35% lower chance of having a grant proposal funded than their white counterparts, NIH officials are gearing up to test whether reviewers in its study sections give lower scores to proposals from African-American applicants. They say it’s one of several possible explanations for a disparity in success rates first documented in a 2011 report by a team led by economist Donna Ginther of the University of Kansas, Lawrence. The so-called Ginther report also noted that black researchers are more likely to have their applications for an R01 grant—the bread-and-butter NIH award that sustains academic labs—thrown out without any discussion by study sections and that black scientists are less likely to resubmit a revised proposal for a second review.NIH is also faced with the problem of low participation rates by minority scientists. Only 1.5% of its R01 applications come from African-American scientists. 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Reviewers would be asked to score them on a one-to-nine scale using NIH’s normal rating system. Richard Nakamura, head of the Center for Scientific Review in Bethesda, which manages the NIH grantsmaking apparatus, said he hopes to award a contract later this year for an outside firm to conduct the analysis.The exercise is one of three “experimental interventions” being launched in the coming months as NIH continues to wrestle with the implications of the Ginther report. In 2014, in the first round of what NIH Director Francis Collins touted as a 10-year, $500 million initiative to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce, NIH gave out 5-year, $25 million awards to 10 institutions that enroll large numbers of minority students and created a national research mentoring network.A second intervention starting later this year will tap that fledgling mentoring network to tutor two dozen minority scientists whose R01 applications were recently rejected. The goal of the intervention, which will last several months, is to prepare the scientists to have greater success on their next application. A third intervention will educate minority scientists on the importance of resubmitting a rejected proposal, because resubmitted proposals are three times more likely to be funded than a de novo application from a researcher who has never been funded by NIH.NIH officials recently updated the Ginther study, which examined a 2000–2006 cohort of applicants, and found that the racial disparity persists. The 35% lower chance of being funded comes from tracking the success rates of 1054 matched pairs of white and black applicants from 2008 to 2014. Black applicants continue to do less well at each stage of the process.Ironically, because the pool of black applicants is so small, it wouldn’t take much to eliminate the disparity: Only 23 more R01 applications from black researchers would need to be funded each year to bring them to parity. But that’s not good enough, says Hannah Valantine, NIH chief officer for scientific workforce diversity, who presented the new data today to the director’s advisory council.“We want to narrow the gap in a sustained way,” Valantine said. She cited other factors believed to depress the number of applications by black scientists that NIH hopes to address in partnership with universities, including fewer institutional resources or a heavier teaching load.One issue that hung in the air was whether any of the disparity was self-inflicted. Specifically, council members and NIH officials pondered the tendency of African-American researchers to favor certain research areas, such as health disparities, women’s health, or hypertension and diabetes among minority populations, and wondered whether study sections might view the research questions in those areas as less compelling. Valantine called it a propensity “to work on issues that resonate with their core values.” At the same time, she said the data show minorities also do less well in competition with their white peers in those fields.Collins offered another possibility. “I’ve heard stories that they might have been mentored to go into those areas as a better way to win funding,” he said. “The question is, to what extent is it their intrinsic interest in a topic, and to what extent have they been encouraged to go in that direction?”Referring to the tiny pool of minority applicants, one council member asserted that many African-American undergraduates who do well in science choose medicine over research when contemplating their future because they aren’t familiar with academic research as a possible career. Valantine said the data show that applications submitted by African-Americans are evenly divided between those who have M.D.s and those with a Ph.D. But she acknowledged that understanding “the science of diversity” is a huge challenge for her office and for NIH. “It’s probably more complex than any other thing that we do,” she said.
Usain Bolt loves Manchester United, had a trial with Borussia Dortmund, but will be signing with which football club? The world’s fastest man set the internet ablaze with just a post on micro blogging platform, Twitter on Sunday.Bolt, who has won eight Olympic gold medals in his illustrious career, has been hinting at swapping his spikes for studs.As the intrigue of the world peeked, the 31-year-old revealed that he would be signing for a football team. Posting a short 10-second video of himself, Bolt said that he would reveal the name of the club on Tuesday.”I’ve just signed for a football team! Find out for who it is one this Tuesday, February 27,” Bolt said in the video posted on Twitter.I’ve signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT pic.twitter.com/iFTlWxfy7xUsain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) February 25, 2018Bolt, who is a lifelong Manchester United fan, had earlier this year confirmed that he is due to have a trial with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in March.”One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard. I’ve spoken to Alex Ferguson, and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do,” the Daily Express had quoted Bolt as saying in January. Usain Bolt was presented with a Manchester United jersey sporting his Olympic record in 2012. (Photo: Reuters)The eight-time Olympic Gold winner, who holds the world record for the 100m (9.58 seconds), the 200m (19.19 seconds) and the 4x100m relay (36.84 seconds), retired from athletics following the 2017 World Championships.advertisement(With inputs from ANI)