A trip to South American Spanish-speaking country Colombia might soon become easier, as discussions are now underway for Guyanese to benefit from a visa waiver.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and his Colombian counterpart are soon to enter into negotiations regarding the abolition of visas for the holders of ordinary passports within the two countries.This initiative comes on the heels of a wider discussion to promote free travel among Members of States of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).State Minister Joseph Harmon, who made the announcement on Thursday morning, explained that the reciprocal visa waiver will pave the way for increased trade and investment activities between the two countries.Previously, the State Minister announced that discussions were underway to develop a plan for the establishment of a common South American passport which will provide the opportunity for South American nationals to travel freely across the continent.
Saying L.A.’s Board of Education members are “living in the Wild West,” a city councilman introduced a plan Tuesday to impose term limits on them and restrict campaign contributions in an escalating battle to reform the nation’s second-largest school district. City Councilman Jose Huizar said his proposal would revise the City Charter to impose a limit – either two terms or three – on school board members, who now face no limits. Huizar, who served six years on the school board, also wants to limit campaign contributions and make school board members subject to the same disclosure requirements – to the city Ethics Commission – as city officials. “I was over there, and I can tell you it’s like living in the Wild West over there when it comes to campaign reform,” Huizar said. “I pushed through a lobbyist-registration program, and that was met with a lot of resistance.” “It’s kind of the new way of doing political business. You take over the school district, you take over the Board of Education, the city makes decisions on what happens to the board, and it would be wonderful to have a dialogue on it, but obviously the Board of Education is considered second-class citizens,” she said. Huizar’s plan also would boost the salary of board members to what he called a “professional” level. Board members are paid $24,000 a year for what is supposed to be a part-time job. Huizar said that should be increased to try to attract a wider range of applicants. “Right now, you almost have to be independently wealthy or have another source of money to be able to afford to serve,” Huizar said. Huizar said he hopes to get a proposal on the November ballot for voters. “I want us to get this on the ballot as soon as we can because of the momentum being generated by the mayor,” Huizar said, adding that his proposal is intended to complement Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s efforts to gain greater control of the district. Huizar’s plan gets its first review today before the City Council’s Rules and Elections Committee. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2He said new rules are overdue for school officials. “The Los Angeles (Unified) School District is the only place left where there are no limits or rules of ethical conduct. It’s time to bring about change over there,” he said. But school board members, caught by surprise by the proposal, said the move is premature and lacks details. “I don’t think any of the items are particularly distasteful or difficult to work with, but in terms of campaign-contribution limits and ethics laws, we already follow ethics laws right now,” said Julie Korenstein, who has been on the board for 20 years. She said she was disappointed that Huizar did not contact any school board member before introducing the plan.
Manchester City will be hoping to make it two wins in two in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night.The Blues haven’t had the success they would like in the competition, seeing their runs ended by Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the last two campaigns. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman update Getty Images – Getty statement BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES De Bruyne has been sensational for Manchester City so far this season Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 2 While losing De Bruyne is definitely a blow, the performance of Riyad Mahrez on Saturday was a huge boost and he could again be the man to watch on Tuesday.This would allow Bernardo Silva to replace his Belgian team-mate, with David Silva coming in alongside him in central midfield.Aguero will start ahead of strike rival Gabriel Jesus, although if the game is looking done expect the Brazilian to come on early.Mendy seems set to replace Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back, while Ederson should continue in goal. rookie error Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff latest How City might line-up Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta PEP TALK 2 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule targets Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship This season they’re looking to rack up the wins early doors with a strong team defeating Shakhtar Donetsk in their first game and we expect similar against Dinamo Zagreb.It will me plenty of changed for Pep Guardiola with one enforced as Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out with a groin problem.In their 3-1 victory over Everton at the weekend we saw Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, and Benjamin Mendy, and the quartet are likely to return to the XI for the clash at the Etihad. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Summer signing Joao Cancelo could also come in for Kyle Walker, while long-term absentees Leroy Sane, John Stones, and Aymeric Laporte all continue their recoveries.How Manchester City could look against Dinamo Zagreb stalemate appointed Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son
“Rest and further investigation will be required.“It is particularly disappointing that I’m going to miss both the upcoming Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and The Open Championship, as a result.“My hope is that the break will allow me to get the required treatment and to come back next season (when I’ll be eligible for the Seniors circuit) as strong as ever.“As well as working on my rehabilitation, the time away from the course will allow me to spend additional time working with the juniors in my Foundation programme, which is dear to my heart. Paul Lawrie is to miss The Open’s return to Carnoustie, where he famously became champion in 1999.The 49-year-old Scot has announced that back and foot injuries have ruled him out for the remainder of the season, including what would have been an emotional occasion at Carnoustie.Lawrie wrote on his official website: “It is with regret that I announce my withdrawal from all Tour events for the remainder of the current season.“Unfortunately, both the back and foot injuries I have been carrying for the last six months and more have become debilitating, to the point where I am not currently able to compete at the highest level. “I would like to thank all of my sponsors for their continued support and understanding at this time, and I hope to come back fitter and stronger in 2019.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedHow to Boost Your Happiness During Vacation [Infographic]Vacation: a time to relax, explore, and have a fun time with your family and friends. And for those of us in the United States, the upcoming 4th of July weekend means a vacation of picnics, sitting by the beach, boating, watching the fireworks, and enjoying the out-of-doors. But getting…In “Miscellaneous”16 Simple Tricks to Get You Motivated [Infographic]We’ve all been there. You’re back at work after a three-day holiday weekend, and you have no motivation to get things done. Forty new email messages, six voice messages about a client project, and three meetings to attend on the first day back from the long weekend can easily sap…In “Miscellaneous”14 Data-Based Reasons to Disconnect Over the Weekend [Infographic]Whether it’s the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the United States or a regular two-day weekend, chances are you try to fit in a few work hours over the weekend catching up on projects or reading email. And while you think you’re being more productive, it’s likely you’re not. According to…In “Miscellaneous” Whether it’s a long three-day weekend or a wonderful two-week vacation, going back to work and your regular schedule is hard. You need to wake up early and return to your regular morning routine of going to work. Additionally, you need to prepare for the day, listen to the traffic report to plan your route to work, and get out the door in order to start work on time. And don’t forget about all those projects you need to follow up on.Where’s that snooze button? No wonder workers grumble about returning to work after a holiday. It’s a lot easier to overcome the back to work blues with the six steps illustrated in this infographic from Medway Leisure Travel. The infographic focuses on getting on top of things and inspiring yourself with actionable tips to help you get back to work. Great timing for me to see this infographic; I returned from a mini-vacation late last week. My favorite tip from the infographic: plan your next holiday. I’m on it! The entire text of the infographic is available.Source: VisualistanSix Ways to Beat the Back to Work BluesLike most travelers, do you dread your return to work after a wonderful holiday? Forget your fears and embrace going back to work with these six steps.Stay in working shape.Seventy-nine percent of employees said mental and interpersonal performance was better on days they exercised. Take the stairs. Improve your cardiovascular health with 60-second bursts of step aerobics. Squat like a boss. While sitting, raise one leg forward and hold your arms in front of you. Stand up one one leg and return—alternate legs and repeat 10 times. Raise yourself up. Stand away from your desk and place palms on the desk edge, shoulder width apart. While curling toes upward, with back and next straight perform rapid push-ups until failure. Eat brain-boosting food. A poor diet can cause a 20 percent drop in productivity as well as lowering your motivation, concentration and mood.Have a banana break. Twenty-five grams of glucose is needed for efficient brain function—the same amount that is found in the average banana. Channel your inner squirrel. Walnuts are an ideal snack as they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which improve learning and memory as well as helping to protect against depression and mood disorders. Turn to the dark side. Eating dark chocolate can reduce stress-hormone levels and improve your mood.Reminisce about your holiday. Studies into happiness have shown that memories of experiences like holidays become embellished in memory, making us happier.Write a review of your holiday. Rate the restaurants you dined in, attractions you visited, and hotels you stayed in on social media and sites such as TripAdvisor. Start a travel blog. Chronicle your holidays and adventures around the world, sharing experiences, connecting with other travelers, and gaining inspiration.Make a photo album. Pictures or videos of your trip are great momentoes, and perfect for sharing online via social media such as Instagram and YouTube.Plan weekly activities. Distractions and interruptions can consume up to 28 percent of a work day and have been linked to increased dissatisfaction with work.Create a schedule. Every Sunday night, write out a list of activities and tasks to be completed over the week and allocating time for each. Prioritize tasks. Schedule tasks in order of importance, and only allocate the time required for each—this prevents distractions and wasted time. Ensure you have a positive work-life balance. Forty percent of people believe they do not have a positive work-life balance. Work-life imbalance can lead to higher stress levels, increased chance of absenteeism, and lower productivity.Have a social hobby. Engaging in team sports or physical activitiy with other people outside of work has been shown to help reduce overall stress levels. Create a bucket list. Think about activities, goals, and holidays that you’d like to cross off before you get old, and write them down in a list. Make time for friends and family. Participating in and strengthening a social support network is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy mental state.Plan your next holiday. People going on vacation are generally happier than non-vacationers. The effect of a vacation anticipation can potentially boost happiness for up to eight weeks.Travel little and often. The length of a holiday does not affect how excited you get about it. But the more holidays you take, the more often you will have something to look forward to.Save up for it. People who save money towards a goal and delay their consumption of an experience are on average happier than people who do not. Imagine you’re already there. Make planning fun by reading travel guides for your destination of choice, look into local sights, and visualize your next trip.Preparing yourself for your return to work after a holiday is important, but the best way to beat the back to work blues is to have another holiday planned or booked to look forward to.
24 April 2007The new Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand is inviting South Africans and international tourists to have their DNA tested to determine their ancestry – and have the results exhibited alongside those of Nelson Mandela.Mandela had his genetic code analysed in 2004, with some surprising results. While he is Xhosa, his mitochondrial DNA shows that he can trace his maternal lineage back to the San Bushmen, the earliest inhabitants of Africa. Mitochondrial DNA is only passed from mother to child and undergoes no genetic mixing, so it’s one of the more common ways to test genetic ancestry.Mandela’s paternal line, on the other hand, was traced to a group of Africans from the Great Lakes area of East Africa. Most of SA’s African population originated from this region and migrated down the continent’s east coast to settle in South Africa.The Origins Centre, which opened in Johannesburg last week, is offering the DNA tests to illustrate one of its themes: “All human beings are related genetically and can trace their roots to a common ancestor who lived in Africa.”DNA will be tested by the National Health Institute, with the results available after two weeks. People can choose to have their ancestry exhibited at the centre.Rock art and archaeologyBut there’s more to the museum than DNA. The Origins Centre brings together a number of institutions that study rock art, palaeontology, anthropology and archaeology.These include the South African Museum of Rock Art, the James Kitching Gallery, the Rock Art Research Institute, the Bernard Price Institute, the Ringing Rocks Digitising Laboratory and the South African Archaeology Society.The centre offers stunning museum displays, meeting and lecture facilities, as well as a shop and cafe.The project was given life in 2000 by then South African Minister of Tourism Valli Moosa and President Thabo Mbeki.The President had the idea when he went walking in the Drakensberg Mountains and discovered that he knew more about rock art than his guides. He wanted South Africa’s impressive rock art collection and research exhibited to benefit the people of the country.The primary objective of the centre is to educate the public by promoting the ancient heritage of southern Africa through an appreciation of rock art and the cultures of the people who produced it.The museum will display its remarkable collection of stone age tools and rock art, evidence of human ancestors living in southern Africa from 2.6-million years ago. There are over 100 000 examples of rock art in Wits University’s archive, probably the largest in the world.Another focus of the museum will be South Africa’s 4-billion year old fossil record.The exhibits in the museum are designed to show how human beings became fully modern in sub-Saharan Africa ahead of their journey out of Africa to populate the rest of the world.”Using the latest technology, the Origins Centre presents its message in an informative and entertaining way. Each section of the museum has interactive touch screens that allow visitors to navigate their way at considerable depth through each subject area.The displays are available in six languages – English, Zulu, Sotho, Afrikaans, French and German, with more to be added each year.For opening times and tariffs, see the Origins Centre website. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
South Africa’s wheelchair tennis squad wants top honours at the World Team Cup. Desmond Monyamane has confidence in his teammates. Lucas Sithole is using the tournament as part of his preparations for the 2012 Paralympics.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nqobi Ngcobo Simonsays communications WTSA communications partner +27 11 465 9815 email@example.com RELATED ARTICLES • Street Child Cup kicks off in SA • Top sponsors for Unity Cup in SA • Natalie wins Human Values award • Celebrating South Africa’s ParalympiansBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s wheelchair tennis stars are preparing for the upcoming 2010 Invacare World Team Cup in Turkey, and judging by their top rankings, they look set to play a dominant role the competition.The country will be represented at the international tournament, which runs from 3 to 9 May, by a team of nine players, who will compete in all four divisions: men, women, quad and juniors.About 300 of the “most talented” players from 33 countries will play in the 26th World Team Cup, according to Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA). The tournament is generally known as the Davis Cup of wheelchair tennis. All participants are missing – or cannot use – one or more of their limbs.South Africa’s squad boasts the country’s most highly rated wheelchair-bound players in all divisions. “Our 2010 team is the strongest yet, and our hopes are high for the players performances to be worthy of bringing honour to our country,” said Holger Losch, who represents WTSA and is one of the team’s coaches.The country’s top-ranked Sydwell Mathonsi, from Xikundu Village in Venda, will lead the men’s team. Evans Maripa, who won gold at the Asia Pacific Youth Para Games in 2009, Pretoria’s Patrick Selepe, and Desmond Monyamane, from Moletjie Village in Polokwane, will complete this side.“We’re looking at improving South Africa’s ranking at the tournament,” said Monyamane, a third-year biokinetics student at the University of Venda.Monyamane started playing tennis in Limpopo in 2006, at the Helen Franz Special School for youngsters with disabilities. He’s confident about his side and the South African team. “We can beat the tops teams because we have good players,” he said. “Sydwell won against a top player from the UK [recently].”Kgothatso Montjane, who’s currently number-one in South Africa’s female division and 16th in the world, will lead the women’s side. She recently won the women’s title at the SA Open for wheelchair tennis, beating Louise Hunt from the UK.Montjane is hoping to help her team improve on last year’s performance, which saw them reach the quarter-finals. “We’re playing top players … but we’re well prepared for a win,” she said.Montjane will team up with Rose van der Meer, with whom she played in last year’s World Cup, and Refilwe Mooketsi, a first-time participant who WTSA describes as a “strong and fast competitor”.“We’re a stronger women’s team, Van der Meer said. “We are a good team, with a positive attitude.”Preparing for 2012 ParalympicsThe quad team comprises Lucas Sithole, number-one in the South African rankings and 16th in the world, and Steven Kekai, 33rd in the world rankings. There’s a massive focus on these two stars “to see how they fare against the top seven quad nations in the world”, WTSA said.Sithole said he’s using the week-long tournament to help prepare for the 2012 Paralympics in London, UK. The young player, who trains at the University of Johannesburg, is positive about his first qualification for the games. “I’m sure I will qualify,” he said.Patrick Selepe, from Soshanguve in Pretoria, completes the national team as both a coach and men’s singles player.
Ray Maota The capital city of Malawi, Lilongwe, isundergoing huge developments like theUS$90-million hotel and the $70-millionscience and technology university.(Image: Flickr) Bingu wa Mutharika, the President ofMalawi, said the People’s Republic ofChina has demonstrated that theyare good friends of Malawi.(Image: The Embassy of the Republicof Malawi to Japan)MEDIA CONTACTS• Malawi Ministry of Industry and Trade+265 177 0244China is cementing its status as one of the biggest investors in Southern Africa with various projects in Malawi, including the financing of a university and five-star hotel.The emerging Asian superpower has made a pledge of US$260-million (R1.7-billion) to Malawi in the form of concessionary loans and grants to aid development.The two projects currently under way there are a $90-million (R597-million) five-star hotel, the first in Malawi, and a $70-million (R465-million) science and technology university. Both are using Chinese expertise.China and Malawi established diplomatic ties in 2007 after Malawi severed ties with Taiwan after 41 years.A first for MalawiThe five-star hotel is being built by the Chinese firm Shanghai Construction Company in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. It will have 14 palatial presidential suites, a 1 500-seat state-of-the-art conference facility and 130 guest rooms of international standards. It’s due to be completed by the end of 2011.Nine-hundred Malawians are working with the Chinese construction company as part of a job-creation initiative.The loan to fund the hotel was obtained from the Import and Export Bank of China.Pan Hejun, China’s ambassador to Malawi, said at a ceremony celebrating the completion of the hotel’s main building and conference centre: “Malawi has the beautiful Lake Malawi, the Mulanje Mountain and wonderful national parks with various wild animals. The tourism industry has huge potential and this will attract more and more foreign tourists to Malawi and enable Malawi to host international conferences such as the AU Summit.”Bingu wa Mutharika, president of Malawi, said: “The People’s Republic of China has demonstrated that they are good friends of Malawi.”Malawi’s Ministry of Trade reported in 2010 that trade between the two countries had doubled since 2007, but that it was still doing more trade with South Africa, which accounted for over 40% of Malawi’s total trade of $3.2-billion (R21-billion).Boost for science and technologyPresident Mutharika laid the foundation stone at the site of Malawi’s University of Science and Technology during April 2011 to mark the beginning of construction. The project is expected to be completed in 20 months.Ambassador Hejun said: “The university, which will accommodate more than 3 000 students and boast advanced facilities, will be one of the best universities in south-eastern Africa, and will make great contributions to the national development of Malawi.”The institution will formally be known as the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology and will be situated in the southern district of Thyolo.Sosten Chiotha, chairperson of the National Commission for Science and Technology in Malawi, said: “As a medical parasitologist, I had to go to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for an MSc. There are very few medical parasitologists in Malawi, even though the country is burdened by parasitic infections.“I believe the university will be able to embrace emerging challenges such as climate change from the start. Many older universities have had to re-orient curricula and research to target climate change and many of the emerging issues.”The university – which will offer undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral studies – has already established links with the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, which will help it access the latest scientific and technological advancements.Other projects in Malawi being funded by China include the new parliament building, which opened in June 2010 and cost about $41-million (R272-million), a secondary school being built in Thyolo and a 100km stretch of road between Karonga and Chitipa.Also on the cards are a China-Africa Friendship School in Lilongwe, solar and biogas pilot projects and an agricultural technology demonstration centre.
Silos of information have been in the crosshairs of technologists for decades, but it seems like the more people try to eradicate silos, new ones continually pop up. For example, today’s first-generation SaaS applications are providing a fertile ground for creating new data silos, but that is another topic…The Burton group is out now with a proposal for how to address data silos. It is called the Methodology for Overcoming Data Silos (MODS). It is a process that accepts that data silos aren’t going away anytime soon and that addresses how best to leverage and bridge the data in the silos. And they emphasize the simplicity in their approach.Lyn Robison, Burton Group VP, said that MODS “does not result in the creation of additional silos. Rather, MODS projects catalog and then clean up the data that resides deep within existing silos so that businesspeople can readily perform cross-silo joins of important enterprise information.”MODS seeks to form a centralized registry of where data is stored, rather than creating an aggregated new collection of the data itself. Live data is then retrieved, when needed, using Web Services.The registry provides a way to find where data is housed and to also provide the primary keys for looking up the data in the system where it is managed.Lyn gives an example in his blog of how UPS is able to unite their many disparate IT systems with the use of the package tracking number. Because all systems understand that same number, data can be aggregated easily real time from very many systems using that single key.Burton suggests making a list of objects most important to your organization, whether it is a customer, a product, a supplier, a policy, an asset, an employee, a project, a decision, a work activity, whatever. And then make sure that a standard ID is used for that object across all systems. Existing systems may need to be modified to support the idea, but once in place, data sharing becomes a snap.Web Services here are central to the data retrieval, but the approach is far lighter than standard SOA which bogs down many an organization in implementation.