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            [post_content] => After a brief assessment where it was discovered that there was a high level of illiteracy, a large number of school drop-outs and the standards of the University of Guyana is constantly falling, the newly appointed Minister of Education for Guyana, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, says that there are some major changes that need to be made as it regards to education.

"We are not satisfied with the way in which literacy in this country is going. We are very unhappy with the large number of drop outs from the system," he told the Government Information Agency. "It is not working when you are losing hundreds of people who are not completing school. It is not working if people are coming out of school, not being able to read and write completely. It is not working if the standard of the university is constantly falling. These are things that we need to address and we have to begin to do a thorough analysis and understanding of what has gone wrong in the education system and we have to begin at the beginning."

Roopnaraine highlighted that while the improvement of the system would be a long process, it is very important that it is done and executed in a systematic way to ensure that students are better prepared at every level of the education system.

"That means intense scrutiny of the curriculum, intense scrutiny of all the text books. We have to ensure that what is being taught is correct," the minister said.

"I do not anticipate that we are talking about months and months of study. We need action and we need action soon, but we do not want to act irrationally. We want to act rationally and we want to act in a way that would in effect be guided by evidence, by real data," he added.
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Guyana's Newly Appointed Education Minister Declares That There Is A Need For Major Changes

May 30, 2015
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After a brief assessment where it was discovered that there was a high level of illiteracy, a large number of school drop-outs and the standards of the University of Guyana is cons...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Through a US$10.39 million grant, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that Caribbean countries will be able to increase their recoil to climate change by means of raising the adaptive capability across the region. The funds were said to be approved with support from the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) of the Climate Investment Funds.

The project which will be implemented by regional organizations working on climate change in the region will be executed by the Mona Office of Research and Innovation (MORI) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica, alongside  the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, Climate Change Studies Group of UWI, Caribbean Public Health Agency, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism.

"The project is the implementation of the PPCR...and it will help the Caribbean region improve regional processes of climate-relevant data acquisition, storage, analysis, access, transfer and dissemination, and pilot and scale up innovative climate-resilient initiatives directly in PPCR countries - Jamaica, Haiti, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines," the IDB stated. "However, it is expected that the region as a whole will benefit from the improved capacity and increased information and services related to climate change."

Aims and focuses of the project will include improving geospatial data and management for adaptation planning, sea level rise and storm surge impact analyses; consolidating and expanding the regional climate network and global platform linkages; as well as downscaling and expanded climate projection models and high-resolution maps.

The IDB then noted that the programme's result will the build the Caribbean on its historical regional approach to addressing the impacts of climate change and strengthen adaptation efforts across the region.

"There will be a strong emphasis on disseminating the lessons learned and information generated from the implementation of the project activities, as well as the information related to the benefits of the PPCR approach in building climate resilience to countries in the Caribbean," the IDB said.
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US$10M Granted To Caribbean By IDB To Increase Resilience To Climate Change

May 29, 2015
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Through a US$10.39 million grant, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that Caribbean countries will be able to increase their recoil to climate change by means of raisin...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => In a recent indictment by a United States court, Trinidadian politician and former FIFA official, Jack Warner, as well as the CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and 12 other people, which included high ranking officials of footballs world governing body, was accused for racketeering and bribery. Among the accusations, the 72-year-old who now faces extradition to answer the charges, is now voicing that he is innocent.

In a 47-count indictment which was unsealed early this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, the former president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the 13 other defendants were charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offences, in connection with their involvement in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.

A statement issued by the US Department of State shared that Warner and Webb, as well as US and South American sports marketing executives are alleged to have systematically paid and agreed to pay well over US$150 million in bribes and kickbacks to obtain lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments.

Warner in his own defence said, "I have been afforded no due process and I have not even been questioned in this matter. I reiterate that I am innocent of any charges."

He continued with insisting that his sole focus at this stage of his life was on the people of Trinidad and Tobago and he has "fought fearlessly against all forms of injustice and corruption."
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May 27, 2015
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