Correlation between constitutional reform in social cohesion explored

first_imgOf recent, calls have been made for both constitutional reforms to be effected and social cohesion to prevail without much examination of the correlation between the two issues.Anil Nandlall, Ravi Dev and David Hinds on ‘The Factor’, aired on TVG Channel 28During a recent interview on local television broadcast, ‘The Factor”, which airs on TVG Channel 28, three prominent political commentators have explored the concepts of constitutional reform and its nexus with social cohesion, sharing ideas of how both concepts can be integrated into the Guyanese society in order to move the country forward in a more inclusive manner.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall agreed foremost that social cohesion is important to any society but in Guyana, he does not see the constitution as a major mechanism in achieving that objective.He contended that the urgent need for constitutional reform is not necessarily to achieve social cohesion, as there are other factors that must be involved for unity to prevail among the citizenry.Nandlall explored the concept of inclusive government and how it relates to promoting social cohesion, and in conclusion noted that with Guyana’s current political atmosphere, progress can never be made in this regard.Speaking generally, Nandlall said the political system is not dysfunctional but rather, it is not being allowed to work: “If the Opposition was allowed to function conceptually in the effective role it is supposed to function in, in terms of given powers we ought to have as Opposition, the regions won being allowed to have the autonomy entitled to, allowed to function with that independence, then it would not be a winner take all situation.”He further explained that the executive government which wins the election would have the executive power however, civil society and other arms will have the independence to exercise the power in which they were entitled.On the other hand, David Hinds believes the constitution has an integral role to play in the fostering of social cohesion in Guyana.He argued that while reforming the constitution will not directly bring about social cohesion, it will “free up” the people from the various insecurities that affect or impact their decisions: “It will free up the notion that I have to vote for this party, that I have to keep out the other party.”Hinds emphasised that need for inclusionary government, positing that there needs to be constitutional reform in this area in order for social cohesion to follow.“When the government hogs the power, it is in the context of the constitution,” he stated, explaining that the constitution gives way for abuse to easily prevail.In this regard, he contended that the winner-takes-all system must be abandoned: “The system of governance, where whichever party wins, wins the entire government, then social cohesion goes through the window because it means that those who are not in the government are effectively excluded from exercising real tangible powers.”Ravi Dev also agreed that the constitution has an important role to play in promoting social cohesion in Guyana. He contended that if people do not see themselves or their rights being represented by those in the government, then they will never accept the realities around them.On this note, Dev posited that constitutional reform needs to take place in order to address the fundamental cleavages in the society.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea losing to Walsall wasn’t an option

first_imgJose Mourinho admitted losing at Walsall was not an option after Chelsea’s previous Cup shocks.The Capital One Cup holders beat the Saddlers 4-1 to avoid an upset as their revival this season continued.Ramires, Loic Remy, Kenedy and Pedro all scored to wrap up a comfortable third-round victory on Wednesday. Chelsea were stunned 4-2 by Bradford in the FA Cup last season and, after earning just seven points from their opening six games to sit eight points off leaders Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League, boss Mourinho knew a win at the Banks’s Stadium was vital.“When you start the season with bad results like we did you cannot lose against a League One team,” he said. “You can do that when the season is fantastic and you are top of the league – like happened last season.“To lose a game against a League One team now would not be good for us. We don’t need that bad feeling now, we need good feelings. “The team was strong, played well and I’m happy with the result.” 1 Pedro and Radamel Falcao last_img read more

Free women’s employment programme offers a fresh start for 2018

first_imgWomen in Donegal seeking to boost their employability are invited to apply for a free WISE training programme with People 1st.The Women’s Integration, Skills and Employment programme offers 6 months support, advice and assistance with:Building Your ConfidenceCreating Your CV And Cover LetterPreparing For Job Interviews And Landing Your Dream JobAccess To EmployersDiscovering Your Transferable SkillsReturning To Education And TrainingPlanning For Your FutureSelf Employment Support & GuidanceWISE have 3 centres (Letterkenny, Dungloe and Buncrana) providing this project in Donegal with 4 outreach facilities (Killybegs, Dunfanaghy, Donegal Town and Ballyshannon). For more information contact your local area Wise Employment AdvisorHelen Dungloe: 086 145 2249 – email: h.donoghue@people-1st.ieGrainne Letterkenny: 086 145 2250 –  email: g.boyle@people-1st.ieGemma Buncrana: 086 145 2252 – email: g.duffy2@people-1st.iewww.facebook.com/WISE500This project is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF.Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. Free women’s employment programme offers a fresh start for 2018 was last modified: January 18th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EmployabilityEmploymentjobspeople 1stwiseWomen’s Integrationlast_img read more

Rocket engine test goes well, XCOR says

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Pressure-fed and pump-fed versions are currently in development. The company first announced testing of a methane rocket engine in August 2005. Design, fabrication, and testing of the engines were initially funded entirely through private investment capital. Current engine tests are being conducted under a contract through the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base and as part of development for an advanced regeneratively cooled liquid oxygen/methane engine for space flight. Liquid oxygen/methane rocket engines are being investigated to see whether they can provide the higher performance necessary for manned moon missions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – XCOR Aerospace said it successfully fired its 3M9 liquid oxygen/methane engine in short, rapid bursts in tests that are part of a contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory. “We are very pleased with this second series of test results,” said XCOR President Jeff Greason. “This test demonstrates the rapid stop and restart pulse mode, and minimum impulse bit that are required for reaction control system applications. This system has potential for a variety of space applications.” Consisting of four short pulses, the engine test took place at XCOR’s facilities at Mojave Spaceport in November and used self-pressurizing propellants. Previous engine tests conducted in April 2005 consisted of 22 engine firings totaling 65 seconds. The longest engine firing was seven seconds. last_img read more

Tyrone Mings hopes Bulgaria match was ‘turning point’ in racism in football

first_imgTyrone Mings hopes Monday evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria becomes a ‘turning point’ in racial abuse in football given the shocking scenes in Sofia.Mings, the Aston Villa star, was along with Raheem Sterling targeted by a section of the home support who made monkey noises.Some supporters were also pictured doing Nazi salutes throughout the match. Nazi salutes and racist chanting marred Monday’s thumping 6-0 win in Sofia Kane reported the abuse to the referee with play eventually stopped for six minutes LIVE on talkSPORT 2 Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs West Ham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBlackburn vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWigan vs Nottingham Forest (Sunday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2 The game was twice stopped during the first half as part of UEFA’s three-step protocol system to deal with racial abuse, and though the chants were less prevalent in the second half, they could still be heard.England stopped playing when Mings made an official complaint to the assistant referee 28 minutes in, with the centre-back saying, ‘hey, did you hear that?’, to the official.Play was stopped for the first time, for six minutes, when Three Lions skipper Harry Kane reported the incident to referee Ivan Bebek. 2 In the build-up to the match, England players had spoken about possibly walking off the pitch if they heard racial abuse, and Mings has confirmed discussions were held at half-time over refusing to go back out for the second half.“We had a conversation regarding did we want to go back out, and everyone made a unified decision to go back out and play,” Mings told talkSPORT.Asked about the decision to keep playing despite the abuse, Mings continued: “I think it was important that we highlighted it [the abuse], because unfortunately there are people that get racially abused who don’t have a voice.Southgate says England ‘very close’ to walking off after racist abuse“So I think it was important for us to highlight it and make sure the appropriate people were aware it was going on.“But then after that it was important that we just played football. Everybody made the decision and everybody stood together and everybody ultimately came through the game and we were proud of our performance.”Monday’s match is one of the most high-profile incidents of racial abuse in football, and Mings hopes this is the turning point in fixing a problem that has plagued the sport for years. He finished: “It’s happened before but we have protocols in place which helped throughout the game.“I mean it’s difficult; I don’t want to categorise the whole country by saying that its racist, but there were obviously elements of the crowd making those chants.“But the second half was a lot better.“I don’t know if it was a turning point, but hopefully.” Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

Transforming the Workplace: Driving Innovation with Technology

first_imgThis is part 3 of my blog series about transforming the workplace. Be sure to start with part 1 and part 2, and look for future posts in the series.  Continue reading to part 4.Imagine how your day might look in the workplace of the future. Your computer knows your face (it’s how you log in); it responds to your gestures; and it knows your voice. You connect, dock, and charge your personal computing device by simply sitting there, without the need for any wires. Even better, your computer becomes the assistant you never had. That 11 a.m. client meeting on your calendar? There’s an accident blocking the fastest route, so you’ll need to leave 20 minutes earlier. You didn’t know this, but your PC figured it out and told you by making contextual insights into your schedule. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.Between this future-state vision and where we are today lies a transformational journey. And it’s never easy. In my last blog, I discussed how the nature and style of work is changing to support the need to innovate with velocity. To achieve true transformation, companies must overcome many barriers to change, from the cultural and environmental to the technological. Here I want to take a closer look at some of the technological leaps that will make the transformation possible, both in terms of where we are now and where we’re going.Supporting natural, immersive collaboration We all know that social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC) has changed things. Because today’s workforce is distributed across sites, cities, and even countries, collaboration can be a real challenge—a scenario exacerbated with the advent of agile practices working across company boundaries.Take a typical brainstorming session, for example. Using a whiteboard to sketch out ideas is key, but it has limitations for workers attending by phone. Someone either has to explain what’s on the whiteboard, copy the work into meeting notes, or take a photo of the whiteboard and e-mail it. Not to mention that the picture, possibly of your company’s “next great idea,” uploads to your favorite public cloud provider. And while videoconferencing would seem a likely alternative here, video quality can be lackluster at best.Intel is taking an innovative approach to solve these challenges. Advanced collaboration technologies will let workers connect in an intuitive, natural way—whether it’s a global team, a small group, or a simple one-on-one session. Unified communications with HD audio and video (complete with live background masking) is already changing videoconferencing with a more lifelike experience. And workers can interact in real time using a shared, multitouch interactive whiteboard that spans devices, from tablets to projection screens and everything in between. The whiteboard is visible and accessible to all attendees in real time. And that digital business assistant? One day it could even use natural language voice recognition to automatically transcribe meeting notes and track actions! Boosting personal productivityWhen it comes to productivity, the devil is in the details. And often those details translate into lost time, whether it’s a dead laptop battery or a password issue. Let’s say you forget your password and you can’t log in without IT assistance. It’s a drag on your time (and theirs), but it’s also interrupting workflow. Sharing work can also take longer than it should. We’ve all been there, in the conference room, stuck without the right adapter for the projector (“the thing that connects to the thing”). And if you can’t project, there’s not an easy way to share work.Intel is making great strides to free workers from these burdens of computing by supporting existing workflows for maximum productivity.A workplace without wiresbuilt-in wireless display now allows workers to connect automatically“You are your password”And getting back to that assistant … it will know you. Instead of having to tell your device everything, the reverse will be true. We foresee a day when your PC will know where you are, what you like, and what you need (like leaving early for that meeting). By anticipating your needs with proactive, contextual recommendations and powerful voice recognition, it will be able to streamline your day. And built-in theft protection will automatically measure proximity and motion to assess risk levels if you’re on the go.Implementing facilities innovationWhile we are “getting by” in today’s workspaces, they typically don’t meet the needs of a distributed workforce and can pose problems even for those working on site. It’s often a challenge to find a free conference room or, if one is available, the room itself is hard to find. I touched on videoconferencing earlier, but this is a place where the technology makes or breaks the deal. From poor quality audio and video to the wrong adapter, it all hampers workflow.Intel is working to enable an integrated facilities experience through location-based services and embedded building intelligence. Location-based service capabilities on today’s PCs can help you find the resources you need based on current location, from people to conference rooms and printers. And like your PC will one day “know you,” so will the room, meaning it will automatically prepare for your meeting—connecting participants via video and distributing meeting notes. Immersive, high-quality audio and video will guarantee a natural, easy experience. And future installments of touch, gesture, and natural voice control will become more context aware, taking collaboration and productivity to the next level.Moving forwardThis perspective on the role of technology in driving workplace transformation can be seen in action by watching the Intel video, “The Near Future of Work.” Additionally, I’m currently working on a paper that will expand on Intel’s vision of workplace transformation, and I’ll let you know when it’s available.However, while technology is a huge piece of the puzzle, there is so much more to it. True workplace transformation requires the right partnerships and culture change to be effective. For the next blog in this series, I’ll be taking a look at how to approach a strategy for workplace transformation and share key learnings from Intel’s own internal workplace program.Meanwhile, please join the conversation and share your thoughts. And be sure to click over to the Intel® IT Center to find resources on the latest IT topics.Until the next time …Jim Henrys, Principal StrategistRead more of my blogs here.This is part 3 of my blog series – continue reading on to part 4.last_img read more

One Billion Rising in Delhi

first_imgAs many set out for the customary Valentine’s Day dinner in the nation’s capital, several hundred men, women and children gathered at Parliament Street for an unorthodox celebration: a movement using music and dance to oppose violence against women. Related Itemslast_img

Neymar’s ex-girlfriend Soraja crashes Lamborghini into pool

first_imgBrazilian football superstar Neymar’s ex-girlfriend and model Soraja Vucelic recently crashed her Lamborghini into a swimming pool after failing to brake due to her high heels. The Serbian Playboy model, who reportedly had a brief relationship with the PSG star when he was at his previous club Barcelona, took to Instagram to reveal how her footwear got her into trouble in Cannes. A video grab of the Lamborghini being retrieved from the pool She posted a video of the Lamborghini being retrieved from a swimming pool and captioned it, “When your high heel slips from the brake and the Lambo ends up inthe pool.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

More than common man, politicians will be hard-hit: Raja

first_imgCoimbatore, Nov 9 (PTI) More than the common man, politicians will be hard-hit by the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, BJP national secretary H Raja said here today.Without elaborating, he told reporters that it will have a “limited effect” on the poor and common man due to the sudden announcement, but it will have a “larger impact” on politicians.Stating that the decision was announced to “improve and stabilise the countrys economy”, Raja said there was no point in approaching the court against such a drive, particularly for “some politicians”.The BJP leader alleged that those who had filed PILs against the initiative were “against the nations interest” and were looking for “cheap publicity”.To a question on the ban on Jallikattu (a bull-taming sport), Raja said a bill would be introduced in the next Parliament session and the coming Pongal, the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, next year, will “definitely” celebrate it. PTI NVM BN RClast_img read more

Tesla Model 3 production to commence from February 20; might come to India

first_imgTesla said on Wednesday it will shut down production at its California assembly plant for a week this month to prepare for production of its high-volume Model 3 sedan, moving the company closer to meeting its target to start production in July.Tesla said the “brief, planned” pause would allow the company to add capacity to the existing paint shop to prepare it for the Model 3, and other general maintenance.ALSO READ:Tesla coming to India this summer, Elon Musk confirms “This will allow Tesla to begin Model 3 production later this year as planned and enable us to start the ramp towards 500,000 vehicles annually in 2018,” said a Tesla spokesman.He added that the pause was not expected to have a material impact on first-quarter production or delivery figures, as the company had added production days to compensate.Separately, sources told Reuters that the luxury electric carmaker planned to begin test-building the Model 3 on February 20.ALSO READ:Tesla Model S faster to 100kmph than the Bugatti VeyronTesla Chief Executive Elon Musk last year told investors and more than 370,000 customers who put deposits down for a Model 3 that he intended to start building the cars in July 2017. At the time, many analysts and suppliers said the timeline was too ambitious and would be difficult to achieve, pointing to Tesla’s history of missing aggressive production targets.If Tesla succeeds in starting pilot production of the sedan at its factory in Fremont, California on Feb. 20, as people familiar with the matter told Reuters, the company would be able to share the news with shareholders two days later when it reports fourth-quarter results and better answer any questions about the Model 3 rollout.advertisementALSO READ:Tesla says self-driving hardware to be built into all its cars’STOKE THE FAN BASE’The sources did not know how many of the highly anticipated vehicles Tesla aimed to build in February, but it would likely be a small number to test the assembly system and the quality of vehicle parts.”What better way to stoke the fan base and Wall Street than to wheel out pre-production models” ahead of the earnings announcement, said one person familiar with Tesla’s plans who spoke on condition of anonymity.The Tesla spokesman declined to comment on the company’s production schedule.ALSO READ:Tesla Model S all-electric sedan is the fastest car in the worldMusk had told investors last year that the company could miss the July 2017 startup target if suppliers do not meet deadlines.Tesla has a lot riding on the Model 3, which is priced at roughly $35,000 before government incentives. If successful, the sedan could raise Tesla beyond a niche luxury player in the automotive sector.Tesla has not had a profitable year since going public in 2010, though the company’s $41.4 billion market capitalization now equals that of Nissan Motor Co Ltd, which reported a profit of $4.7 billion last year.ALSO READ:Audi takes on Tesla Motors; to develop electric cars technology by 2025Musk’s bold approach to cars, space exploration and clean energy has fueled investor enthusiasm for Tesla, but sceptics are waiting to see if Musk can fulfil his promise of producing 500,000 cars per year by 2018.That would expand Tesla’s annual production by four to five times compared to 2016 levels. In its fourth quarter, Tesla produced 24,882 vehicles.Tesla disclosed in May that it had taken 373,000 refundable $1,000 deposits for the Model 3, underscoring its appeal ahead of production. The company has not since updated that number. Total sales of fully electric vehicles last year in the United States amounted to just 84,275 vehicles, according to data compiled by the Electric Drive Transportation Association.ALSO READ:Nitin Gadkari visits Tesla Motors facility in USMOVING DESIGN TARGETSources with knowledge of the Model 3 timeline had called it extremely aggressive, with challenges compounded by Tesla making last-minute changes to the car’s design. Such design tweaks can delay production, and add cost as suppliers rework tools and molds to meet new specifications.Musk said in July the design of the Model 3 was complete. The car, he told shareholders earlier in May, would be “easy to make” and free of the complicated design that led to production delays in the Model X sports utility vehicle.It is common practice for automakers to make minor adjustments to a “finished” design for a variety of reasons, ranging from fit and finish to safety.ALSO READ:Tesla says it has not finalized 2017 Model 3 designOne source said last week that design changes were still underway for the Model 3, which could potentially hinder the ramp-up to full production. Tesla declined to comment on whether the design was still being tinkered with.advertisementTesla’s previous launches for the Model S sedan and Model X sports utility vehicle were marked by production delays and initial quality issues.That track record meant some analysts were sceptical that Musk would launch production by July. “We assume 0 Model 3 deliveries in ’17,” Barclays analyst Brian Johnson wrote in a January 3 note, while Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas in a January 19 note said he expected a “soft launch” of the Model 3 to be delayed until late 2017.ALSO READ: Tesla Motors introduces two less costly Model S versionslast_img read more