WOW and empowerment

first_imgThe announcement that the Women of Worth (WOW) microcredit programme has been further extended to the hinterland regions of Guyana is a much welcomed initiative.Started under the previous Administration the programme empowers women, more specifically single parent women to take advantage of the economic opportunities around them, and so increase their participation in society.Since its launch in June 2010 thousands of women’s lives in Guyana have been impacted in a positive way as the programme seeks to remove the obstacles single parent women face in society, to enhance their self-esteem, to empower them to take advantage of the economic opportunities around them and increase their participation in society.The ultimate goal of the project is to provide intervention and financial support to ensure WOW participants manage and sustain successful business ventures.To finance the project, the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) has provided 0 million and the Government of Guyana will provide an estimated million per annum. However, that figure has been adjusted to million over time. As such women can borrow between 0,000-0,000 from the bank to build their businesses, while the interest rate applicable to the loan is very low, providing that it does not exceed 24 months.Empowerment and education is both an elevator and a springboard. It allows women to raise themselves up and to break down the divides that keep them from succeeding. At its best, empowerment is a breaker of shackles. A World Bank research shows that half of women’s productive potential globally is completely underutilised, and if that was compared to men, for men it was just a fifth. Women represent half of the world’s population but yet they represent far less than half of measured economic activity.A study of 60 developing countries estimated that the economic loss from not empowering and educating females at the same level as males amounted to billion a year. As the old adage says, “if you educate a boy, you train a man. If you educate a girl, you train a village.”It therefore means that education is the key to women empowerment. As Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner says, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” And nowhere is it truer as in the case of women, meaning that empowered, educated women will become leaders with the right mindset, making the right decisions at the right time. In ancient India, a divine code of conduct said “Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra Devata, yatraitaastu na pujyante sarvaastatrafalaah kriyaah”. This means where women are respected, there the Gods make their home; where they are not respected, all human action remain unproductive.Translating this code locally, as the WOW programme enters the realms of the interior of Guyana, hinterland women, more so hinterland single parent woman, like those living on the coastland, are going to get the opportunity to support themselves through this microcredit initiative. This will empower these women to seize the opportunity to control their own future. They will have a voice in their community in a way in which, perhaps, they have not had such a prospect in the past.Helen Clark, the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, in her speech, women’s economic empowerment for sustainable development, in March 2016, said that strengthening women’s economic opportunities is an essential contribution to eradicating poverty.Barriers in the economic and social spheres for single parent women has certainly reinforced inequalities but, empowerment is an entry point to opportunity that can have positive ripple effects within the family and across generations.As Hillary Clinton has observed, women empowerment and equality is not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do.The architect of the WOW programme should be commended for the initiative.last_img read more

Wife’s kidney donation saves husband’s life

first_imgAt one point actor Paul Newman was the PKD spokesman, Polinsky said, and the disease received much-needed publicity. Since Newman left as spokesman, PKD has drifted back into obscurity, he said. The Los Angeles Walk for PKD has been held in Pasadena in September at the Rose Bowl for three years. Last month’s walk raised $70,000. “But that’s not much for a city the size of Los Angeles,” Polinsky said. “We should be able to raise more than $100,000.” PKD also affects the heart. Ten years ago Polinsky had open heart surgery to replace heart valves. His kidneys were so big they pressed against his diaphragm and lungs, making it hard for him to breath. They also pressed against his stomach. “I was eating like a fly,” he said. After he awoke from the four-hour transplant surgery at UCLA Medical Center, Polinsky first asked about his wife. Then he asked about the kidney. “They showed me a plastic bag filled with urine, a sure sign the kidney was functioning,” he said. “I’m incredibly grateful. It’s like a miracle.” But he’s not out of the woods yet. His body can reject the kidney at any time and he checks his blood pressure and temperature twice daily for signs of infection, said Polinsky, a therapist who works in Beverly Hills. His wife works for Parents Anonymous, child welfare advocates in Clarement. She turned out to be an unusually healthy woman. But Polinsky said he was fortunate in that several people offered to be donors. “I didn’t hesitate to donate,” Peggy Polinsky said. “It was a great privilege, but it was not a big deal. I went through a year of testing, what they call the million-dollar work-up, where they give you every test in the world.” Both are active in the PKD Foundation. “I don’t want to see my kids and the millions of people with this disease go through that,” said Polinsky. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – For two years, Joel Polinsky’s stomach was so big, children would ask if he was pregnant. “Yes,” he’d tell them. “I’m going to have triplets.” But far from being funny, the Pasadena resident’s condition was deadly. What saved his life was a kidney donation in June from his wife, Peggy, 63. “You only need one kidney, but you have two,” she said. “If you know someone who has none, give them one.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPolinsky, 65, had Polycystic Kidney Disease, PKD, a hereditary ailment that also afflicts his two children, his brother, a niece and nephew and an uncle. PKD destroyed Polinsky’s kidneys. When they were removed in January, the organs that normally weigh a combined one pound weighed 16 pounds. “I was diagnosed with the disease when I was 40,” he said. “Cysts in the kidneys choke off their function. They stop filtering blood, so you have toxins in your blood. You feel exhausted, sluggish. It can effect your cognitive ability. Your blood pressure goes up and you may have hypertension.” While not as well known as cancer, heart disease or diabetes, PKD affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million people worldwide, more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia and Down syndrome combined. But while sickle cell anemia receives around $2,800 in funding per patient per year, PKD only receives $53. last_img read more

Pre-trial to be set in case involving record $2.6M drug bust

first_imgProgress is being made in the case involving a Chatham man facing several charges in connection to a $2.6 million drug bust last April – the largest in Chatham-Kent’s history.Jonathan Toornsta, 36, made a brief appearance in a Chatham bail court, via video, on Tuesday.Toornsta’s lawyer Ken Marley told the court he has received additional disclosure from federal prosecutor Tim Mathany regarding the charges against his client.He requested the matter return to court Friday to schedule a pre-trial.Toornsta is facing 18 drug and weapon-related charges in connection to a raid of a Chatham apartment by Chatham-Kent police on April 10.According to previously published reports, officers seized cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, hydromophone, GHB, ecstasy, morphine and fentanyl, along with an electronic digital scale, packaging materials, and $52,000 in Canadian currency.A 9mm handgun and ammunition were also seized in the raid.Toornsta has remained in custody since his arrest and faces an added challenge if he wants to seek bail.Mathany previously told the court Toornstra is in a “reverse onus position to show cause why he should be released (on bail)” since the drug charges against him are a straight indictable offence He also indicated at that time, the Crown would not be consenting to Toornstra’s release on bail in this matter.last_img read more

KFC Is Now Using Fried Chicken as a Pizza Crust

first_imgOne day, wheat and oats and corn will be vanquished, and we will eat EVERYTHING off of FRIED CHICKEN.  I just hope I’m alive long enough for that to happen . . . and, ironically, have it kill me.Taco Bell is selling those chalupas with fried chicken instead of a shell.  And now KFC is selling a PIZZA that uses fried chicken as the crust.  Then they put marinara sauce, cheese, and toppings on it.They introduced it in the Philippines and India, but now it’s EXPANDING.  They just rolled them out in Singapore . . . so I feel like we’ve probably got a shot at getting them over here one day too.last_img

SA’s budding biotech industry

first_img5 January 2004By international standards, South Africa’s budding biotechnology industry is small. But a national audit has found that the industry has “enormous potential” for growth and investment.The audit, funded by the department of science and technology and the Egoli BIO Life Sciences Incubator, indicates that South Africa has a “pipeline of potential new products and processes in the research and development stage”.It identifies 106 companies participating in biotechnology activities, 47 of which are classified as “core” biotechnology companies solely involved in biotech enterprises.“The fact that there are already 47 biotech companies that have established themselves with very little support gives SA the basis on which to build a much bigger industry”, Bioventures chief executive Heather Sherwin told Business Day newspaper. Bioventures is South Africa’s only biotechnology venture capital fund.The audit found that total spending on biotechnology research and development exceeded R290-million during 2002, while revenues for 48% of products and services in the local biotechnology industry came to R368-million during the same period.A global audit by Ernst & Young found that there were about 600 publicly traded biotechnology companies worldwide at the end of 2002, with a research and development expenditure of US$22-billion. The firms reported revenues of $41.3-billion.Sherwin says it is likely to be some time before local biotech firms start listing on the AltX exchange – SA’s new parallel market for small- and medium-sized companies – let alone on the JSE Securities Exchange main board. According to Sherwin, biotech companies need to have an operating profit greater than R8-million before they can list on AltX. She says only 20% of SA biotech firms have revenue in excess of R10-million.One successful biotech venture is Cape Town-based Synexa Life Sciences. The company specialises in the production of complex “molecular tools that help elucidate the cellular mechanisms that cause disease, enabling the development of new therapeutics.”Synexa chief executive Justin Devine says the creation of a successful biotech company is driven by passion, planned convergence of a world-class team, and products/services that hold a sustainable competitive advantage. “In the right combination, these factors will attract funding at the right time”, he says.Paul Abrahams, chief executive of eGoli BIO, says early stage financing opportunities for local biotech companies are available but are extremely limited because biotechnology is “one of the most difficult industries to understand and therefore perhaps the riskiest”.South Africa also does not currently have a network of “angel investors” – like in the United States – who have deep pockets and are prepared for high-risk and potentially high returns.The challenge, according to the audit, is to take advantage of the opportunities for the development of niche markets in which South African stakeholders can compete on a global scale.This can be facilitated by creating an “enabling environment” that allows stakeholders to maximise the benefit derived from the potential of biotechnology, while minimising the possible risks to the environment and human health.Abrahams advises biotech start-ups to:Understand the perceptions of seed capitalists.Be prepared for scepticism – SA investors are conservative.Explain the biotechnology venture fully to potential investors.Have outstanding management capabilities within the company – not only as scientists.Secure a large and growing market.Have products/services that can be bought to market to generate some income.Have technological backup to give the project a sustainable competitive advantage.Protect intellectual property.BiopadSouth Africa’s bid to commercialise biotechnology recently received a shot in the arm when the government allocated R250-million over two years towards the Biotechnology Partnership for Africa’s Development (Biopad).In addition, the department of science and technology allocated R400-million for the establishment of three regional Biopad biotechnology innovation centres, in accordance with its national biotechnology strategy. The first centre was launched in Johannesburg in March this year. The others will be in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.Biopad was initiated earlier this year as a collective response, by a community of biotechnologists and other professionals, to the challenges posed by the varied needs of the region and the continent.According to the Biopad website, the aim of the initiative is to put South Africa among the world leaders in the application of biotechnology, in so doing “stimulating economic development, contributing to job creation, and building world-class skills and technology platforms to sustain and continue development”.Through a close relationship created between the eGoli BIO incubator, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are nurtured and prepared for commercialisation. External professionals with expertise in finances, marketing, management and business are used to assist the SMMEs.The centres will serve as nuclei for the development of biotechnology platforms, from which a range of businesses offering new products and services can be developed. The centres will promote research and development, entrepreneurial services, technology, intellectual property management and business incubation.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The numbers game behind Hurricane Florence

first_imgHurricane Florence from space. Photo: NASA More than a few flummoxed flyers had to cancel business trips, call friends and family and break the news their flight had been cancelled—all thanks to a storm called Florence.It’s futile to blame Mother Nature for the mess but people still get angry — often unfairly — at the airlines.In explaining the carriers’ rationale,  airline consultant Mike Boyd, president of the airline consultancy Boyd Group International, says:   “They did proactively cancel fights and move airplanes around.”In doing so they mitigated the mess caused when slow-moving, meandering Florence made landfall along the North Carolina and South  Carolina coasts last week.Read Chicago, London top the list of best-connected airports.“They made the best of a very bad situation,” argues Boyd. “You lessen the economic impact when you act proactively. It’s better than having people stuck at airports. It’s better to respond early than to respond late and get caught with your flaps down.”Airlines for America (A4A) tracked Florence’s path of destruction in slow motion September 12.That’s the day airlines axed 148 flights from North and South Carolina airports, to or from smaller cities such as Wilmington, Jacksonville and Fayetteville—these three in North Carolina.One day later, Thursday, September 13th airlines cut 560 flights.By Friday the 14th Florence had begun her glacially slow turn to the left, imperiling sun and fun spots such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as well as historic Charleston, South Carolina. That turn prompted carriers to cut 740 flights.Cancellations spiked at 796 flights Saturday, September 15 as the by now tropical storm turned once more and headed inland.Sunday the 16th saw the dissipating storm force 608 cancelations.By Monday, September 17,  A4A says the cancelation numbers had fallen to 134 at Carolina airports.Standing alone these flight numbers are significant, but seen in context they pale at what transpired last hurricane season when Harvey Irma and Maria hit the U.S. or its territory.A4A spokeswoman Alison McAfee says the trio’s onslaughts “spawned multiple weeks and approximately 33,000 cancellations were attributable to the storms. There were disruptions even when the storms passed. Puerto Rico is still recovering.”last_img read more

Hitwise: Search Queries are Getting Longer

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#Real World#search#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting According to Hitwise, search queries on all the major search engines are starting to get longer and longer (PDF). While the average search query is still around two words long, queries that are longer than four words have become increasingly popular over the last twelve months.Hitwise’s latest data also confirms that Google’s market share in the search business is continuing to grow at a steady clip (9% year-over-year). Year-over-year, all of Google’s larger competitors lost ground, though at least between December and January, both Yahoo and Ask.com saw a very minor increase in their market share. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Longer Search QueriesYear-over-year, using one and two-word search engine queries became slightly less popular, while the number of three-word queries remained flat. Instead, a growing number of users are now opting to use longer queries. Overall, longer search queries have increased ten percent over the last year.This is an interesting trend, and it could be interpreted in a variety of way. This could mean that a growing number of users is finding less value in the search results they get from relatively unspecific, short queries. It could also indicate that users are becoming more sophisticated in how they structure their queries when they are looking for very specific answers. Do you have a theory why more users are turning to longer search queries? Feel free to let us know in the comments. Related Posts frederic lardinoislast_img read more

US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn

first_img(AP) — The United States abruptly called off preparations for a military strike against Iran over the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, a U.S. official said, while Iran claimed Friday it had issued several warnings before shooting down the drone over what it said was Iranian territory.The Trump administration offered no immediate public account of the thinking behind the last-minute halt in U.S. preparations for retaliation, amid days of escalating tensions between the two countries. A U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the targets would have included radars and missile batteries.The swift reversal was a stark reminder of the serious risk of military conflict between U.S. and Iranian forces as the Trump administration combines a “maximum pressure” campaign of economic sanctions with a buildup of American forces in the region. As tensions mounted in recent weeks, there have been growing fears that either side could make a dire miscalculation that led to war.On Friday, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division told Iranian state television that Iran had warned a U.S. military surveillance drone several times before launching a missile at it.Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh made the comments standing in front of what Iranian authorities described as pieces of the U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk drone.Hajizadeh told state TV: “Unfortunately they did not answer.”He added Iran collected the debris from its territorial waters. The U.S. military says that the drone was in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz when it was shot down.The New York Times separately reported that President Donald Trump had approved the strikes Thursday night, but then called them off. The newspaper cited anonymous senior administration officials.Asked earlier in the day about a U.S. response to the attack, Trump said, “You’ll soon find out.”According to the official who spoke to The Associated Press, the strikes were recommended by the Pentagon and were among the options presented to senior administration officials.It was unclear how far the preparations had gone, but no shots were fired or missiles launched, the official said.The military operation was called off around 7:30 p.m. Washington time, after Trump had spent most of Thursday discussing Iran strategy with top national security advisers and congressional leaders.The downing of the U.S. drone — a huge, unmanned aircraft — over the Strait of Hormuz prompted accusations from the U.S. and Iran about who was the aggressor. Iran insisted the drone violated Iranian airspace; Washington said it had been flying over international waters.Trump’s initial comments on the attack were succinct. He declared in a tweet that “Iran made a very big mistake!” But he also suggested that shooting down the drone — which has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 737 — was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation, suggesting he may have been looking for some way to avoid a crisis.“I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said at the White House. “I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it.”Trump, who has said he wants to avoid war and negotiate with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, cast the shootdown as “a new wrinkle … a new fly in the ointment.” Yet he also said “this country will not stand for it, that I can tell you.”He said the American drone was unarmed and unmanned and “clearly over international waters.” It would have “made a big, big difference” if someone had been inside, he said.But fears of open conflict shadowed much of the discourse in Washington. As the day wore on, Trump summoned his top national security advisers and congressional leaders to the White House for an hour-long briefing in the Situation Room. Attendees included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Army Secretary Mark Esper, whom Trump has said he’ll nominate as Pentagon chief.Pompeo and Bolton have advocated hardline policies against Iran, but Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said “the president certainly was listening” when congressional leaders at the meeting urged him to be cautious and not escalate the already tense situation.On Capitol Hill, leaders urged caution, and some lawmakers insisted the White House must consult with Congress before taking any actions.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said no specific options for a U.S. response were presented at the meeting. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “The administration is engaged in what I would call measured responses.” And late Thursday, House Republicans on the Foreign Affairs, intelligence and Armed Services committees issued a statement using the same word, saying, “There must be a measured response to these actions.”The Trump administration has been putting increasing economic pressure on Iran for more than a year. It reinstated punishing sanctions following Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of an international agreement intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from earlier sanctions.Citing Iranian threats, the U.S. recently sent an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there. All this has raised fears that a miscalculation or further rise in tensions could push the U.S. and Iran into an open conflict 40 years after Tehran’s Islamic Revolution.The paramilitary Guard, which answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it shot down the drone at 4:05 a.m. Thursday when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province. Kouhmobarak is about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) southeast of Tehran.Taking issue with the U.S. version of where the attack occurred, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that his country had retrieved sections of the military drone “in OUR territorial waters where it was shot down.” He said, “We don’t seek war but will zealously defend our skies, land & waters.”Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, commander of U.S. Central Command air forces in the region, disputed that contention, telling reporters that the aircraft was 34 kilometers (21 miles) from the nearest Iranian territory and flying at high altitude when struck by a surface-to-air missile. The U.S. military has not commented on the mission of the remotely piloted aircraft that can fly higher than 10 miles in altitude and stay in the air for over 24 hours at a time.“This attack is an attempt to disrupt our ability to monitor the area following recent threats to international shipping and free flow of commerce,” he said.Late Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration barred American-registered aircraft from flying over parts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and several major airlines from around the world on Friday began rerouting their flights to avoid the area, including British Airways, Australia’s Qantas, Germany’s Lufthansa and the Dutch carrier KLM.Democratic leaders in particular urged the president to work with U.S. allies and stressed the need for caution to avoid any unintended escalation.Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said he told Trump that conflicts have a way of escalating and “we’re worried that he and the administration may bumble into a war.”last_img read more

Law Firm Paul Hastings Reduces Risks and Carbon Footprint with Intel® Xeon® Processor X5670

first_imgDownload Now Attorneys strive to reduce risk for their clients, so it makes sense that Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Paul Hastings), a top global law firm, would make risk mitigation a cornerstone of its IT strategy. Searl Tate, director of engineering at Paul Hastings, says simplifying the firm’s server and storage infrastructure with the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series helps avoid service interruptions and safeguard revenue streams while contributing to a 57 percent reduction in energy consumption.“By giving us 50 percent more physical cores than the previous generation, along with the increased memory capacity and bandwidth, the six-core Intel Xeon processor has made a big difference in our ability to deliver higher virtual machine density per blade and higher performance, particularly for our I/O-challenged applications,” explained Searl Tate, director of engineering Paul Hastings.To learn more, download our new Paul Hastings business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.last_img read more