Six police officers arrested in Trinidad

first_imgNewsRegional Six police officers arrested in Trinidad by: – October 28, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share 19 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Flag of Trinidad & Tobago. Image via: flags.netPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Six police officers have been arrested and taken into custody in Trinidad by a party of police officers headed by Assistant Commissioner Police Raymond Craig from the Professional Standards Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).Craig is the senior investigator probing the deaths of Abigail Johnson, Alana Duncan and Keron Eccles, which occurred on July 22, 2011. The arrests are a result of an incident that occurred relative to that matter. The officers — five constables and one corporal — all formerly of the Robbery Squad in San Fernando, were taken into custody. At present efforts are being made to interview another officer in connection with the incident.Enquiries are continuing. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

The Digital Age promises growth

first_imgIf governments and the private sector continue to invest in infrastructure, the digital economy could add $300-billion a year to Africa’s GDP, according to discussion papers at the World Economic Forum: Africa 2017, being held in Durban, South Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017.Two young girls attend a training on computer science at the technical school in Mellit, North Darfur. (Image: Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID)Sulaiman PhilipThe Third Industrial Revolution transformed Africa. It made it easier for young Africans to create their own companies and rely less on traditional nine-to-five employment. Now comes the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the birth of a truly digital economy.The digital economy is a key topic at the World Economic Forum: Africa 2017, being held in Durban, South Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017, and papers at the gathering have unpacked its potential.Despite a slow start, the development of Africa’s digital infrastructure is speeding up — resulting in African digital entrepreneurs developing innovative web-based apps and new ways of doing business.Digital apps such as mPedigree, M-Farm and Frontline SMS, have found African solutions to African challenges. Digital entrepreneurs are making it easier and safer to live, work and travel across Africa.The digital economy is growing despite Africa trailing the rest of the world in connectivity rates — a challenge that is shaping the kind of digital products being developed. A lack of connectivity has made entrepreneurs more creative but it will constrict opportunities in the future.The Masiphumelele, Cape Town, library offers internet access, digital literacy and computer training in a community that is mostly young and unemployed (Image: Beyond Access)The technology-driven revolution will mean the death of routine blue- and white-collar jobs as the continent embraces automation. Employers will need more adaptable and innovative staff.High-skilled jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will increase. African governments eager to build on this new future need to provide the infrastructure that allows citizens to access the digital world for learning and to do business.Governments need to embrace the innovative mind-set to build a population that creates technology and not just consumes it. They need to replace traditional approaches to education and delivering services. For example, Morocco’s e-Notary services digitises some legal services, making it less expensive to litigate.Embracing technology such as cloud services will not only make it cheaper for governments to deliver services, but will also improve data collection and analysis which in turn improves the quality and types of services delivered.Inclusive developmentIf Africa does not manage the growth of the digital transformation, the danger exists that the income gap could worsen. Administrations need to embrace the development of STEM fields. Africa will move to become a skills-based economy; an investment in 21st century education is crucial. Africa needs, as a continent and as individual countries, to introduce polices and strategies that will transform the lives of Africans. A prosperous and inclusive future for the continent requires new ways of thinking from governments today.Data is the diamonds and gold of the digital age. It is the commodity on which societies can create opportunities. Governments need to empower their citizens by releasing data and not regulating access.Programmes such as South Africa’s national broadband strategic plan, Connect, will make broadband access affordable to 90% of the population by 2020 and 100% by 2030. This is one way of allowing citizens to affordably participate in the information economy.A new way to beat challengesAfrica’s digitally savvy youth are finding new solutions to intractable problems. The agriculture, health and education sector are seeing innovations that are improving the quality of life of students, pregnant women and small-scale commercial farmers, among others users, across the continent.Legislation that creates a more business friendly environment will help to build a larger entrepreneurial pool that will increase economic growth. Embracing Microsoft’s cloud computing initiative, Africa Open for Business, has helped investors navigate complex business and governance legislations by streamlining regulations and making it easier to do business.Silicon Valley entrepreneurs speak of “moving fast and breaking things” as they remake the world. Governments, especially African governments, do not have the luxury of moving ahead at breakneck speed without considering the consequences of their actions. So, while governments are more deliberative, they do need to embrace the world of disruption and change.The ability to adapt to these changes will define economic growth, good governance, job creation and innovation. It is time for Africa to embrace the new motto of social network Facebook. As it grew, CEO Mark Zuckerberg refined the move fast motto: “Move fast with stable infrastructure. It may not be as catchy as move fast and break things, but it’s how we operate now.”Africa can move beyond a continent of promise to become a continent of opportunity and growth if governments embrace the disruption and change and promise of the digital age.For Africa to compete in the digital economy, government and private sector investment is required to build infrastructure. (Image: Eric Parker)last_img read more

GlobalPort ships Robbie Herndon to Star in 3-on-1 swap

first_imgMOST READ Robbie Herndon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStar jacked up its offensive firepower after acquiring Robbie Herndon in a draft day trade on Sunday.The Fil-Am swingman, who was picked sixth by the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, was shipped to the Hotshots in exchange for three other rookies in Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni, and Julian Sargent.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEX LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Office of the Commissioner approved the 3-for-1 deal just moments after draft.Herndon is expected to fill up the wing position for Star and could also serve as backup to guards Paul Lee and Peter June Simon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGlobalPort, meanwhile, fortified its frontcourt rotation with the acquisition of the threeFlores was picked ninth in the first round, while Gabayni and Sargent were selected in the second round. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08PBA Season 43 Preview: Globalport Batang Pier01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

#KicksStalker: ‘Long Live The King’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH lifter Perez bags 3 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships Photo from b/r kicksLeBron James is called “The King” for good measure. After John Wall and Bradley Beal said that Cleveland was afraid of Washington in last year’s Playoffs, James responded quite subtly.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The four-time MVP debuted a pair of LeBron 15, just a few hours after the Wizards duo said their sentiments, that carefully combined the aspects of the lifestyle line of the shoe and the aesthetics of the Soldier.The lifestyle pair features a higher-cut than the court version and has a zipper on its medial side panel with three straps saying, “LONG LIVE THE KING.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames, though, did not wear the pair on the floor as he opted for the “Ghost” colorway instead.And after James landed the subtle jab through his shoes, the King delivered the finisher, putting up a kingly line of 57 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks in the Cavaliers’ 130-122 win. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

a month agoTodd Cantwell happy with Norwich boss Daniel Farke’s support

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Todd Cantwell happy with Norwich boss Daniel Farke’s supportby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTodd Cantwell has thanked Norwich City boss Daniel Farke for showing faith in his abilities.The 21-year-old has a been shining light for the Canaries, having scored in Saturday’s huge win over Manchester City.”He’s shown a lot of faith in me, giving me the opportunity to play and I’m trying to show that back to him in the games that he picks me for.” Cantwell said.”I think it’s important to have that relationship with the manager off the pitch as well and I get on really well with him personally. I’m thankful for what he’s done for me.” last_img read more

For the past three weeks students across Indias

first_imgFor the past three weeks, students across India’s capital have been attending a radical new course: happiness.The Delhi government introduced “happiness classes” in an effort to shift the country’s academic focus from student achievement to emotional well-being. In a country that uses standardized testing to determine student success, offers a limited number of seats in top universities and sets high expectations, educators have been seeing mental health consequences.Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia is charged with implementing the unorthodox curriculum. “It will address the ever-growing concern – levels of happiness & wellbeing [are] decreasing, while stress, anxiety & depression are increasing,” he tweeted the day the program launched at the start of the month. Sisodia’s among many who say those pressures are linked to India’s high student suicide rate.”For the last 40 to 50 years the education system has been translated into an industry worker-producing system” at all education levels, he tells Weekend Edition host Scott Simon. India’s rigid academic environment encourages rote memorization that often leads to cramming — and stress. This structure neglects the development of creative and social skills, Sisodia says.”We have given best-of-the-best talent to the world,” Sisodia said, according to The Washington Post. “We have given best-of-the-best professionals to industry. We have been successful so far. But have we been able to deliver best-of-the-best human beings to society, to the nation?”In happiness class, there are no textbooks and no exams. During the daily 35-minute lesson, teachers lead students in meditation and creative exercises. With the hurdles placed on reaching higher education levels beginning at an early age, Sisodia says that’s their starting point — teaching children in nursery school (ages 3-4) through grade 8.The Post says children broke out of their first happiness class with some excitement. “We should work happily,” 11-year-old Aayush Jha, a seventh-grader at a public school in east Delhi told the paper. “When you work sadly, your work will not be good.”Sisodia hopes to deliver these tools to help students live happier inside and outside of the classroom, whether or not they’re not achieving their academic benchmarks. “I don’t know if [happiness] can be learned but yes, it can be practiced,” he says. “Once you start practicing living with happiness, then it becomes part of your life.”One in four Indian children aged 13 to 15 struggles with depression, the World Health Organization reported last year.As freelance journalist Susan Brink reported for NPR in 2015, the government “has made changes after noticing that some young people, under great stress to do well in school, resorted to suicide if they felt they did poorly.” “In South India, they observed higher suicide rates after exam periods among schoolchildren who failed,” Alexandra Fleischmann, a project coordinator for WHO’s “Preventing Suicide” report, told Brink. “Then they introduced the possibility of redoing the exams, and that reduced the suicide.”The happiness curriculum is the latest in a series of educational reforms shepherded by the Delhi government’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party. This year, 26 percent of Dehli’s budget is going to education, up from 23.5 percent last year.A successful program starts with the teacher’s attitude, says Rajesh Kumar, head of the state committee tasked with planning the curriculum, according to CNN: ” ‘You must enter with a smile. How can a teacher who knows no Hindi teach Hindi?’ he asked, illustrating that it takes happiness to spread happiness.”So far, Sisodia says 20,000 teachers throughout 1,000 schools have been trained to teach 1 million students under the program.Bharti Dabas, an English teacher at a government school, tells The Washington Post that public schools are too packed and aren’t suited for the level of awareness that the program demands. “If we have 80 students in our class, how can we keep track of every kid in just 35 minutes?” he tells the paper.Sisodia says teachers working for the Delhi government are set up for happiness: They’re well-paid and are sent to train at prestigious schools.It’s early, but Sisodia — who’s been sitting in on some classes — says teachers are already reporting that they themselves have benefited from participating in the program. “Teachers are telling me that they themselves are finding a lot of calmness, a lot of improvement in their behavior, because they also sit into mindfulness with their students,” he says.NPR’s Sophia Boyd and Peter Breslow produced and edited the audio version of this story. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG18360.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more