There is no place for violence in Guyana’s schools

first_imgDear Editor,As member organisations of the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), we are deeply concerned about increasingly visible incidents of school violence and bullying in our country. Recently, a video was widely circulated across media platforms in which a male student at a city high school was seen viciously beating a female student of the same school, both in uniform and in the school compound with other students witnessing. No one intervened to stop the violence against the girl.Following the incident, Minister of Education, Hon Dr Nicolette Henry, MP, was quoted by iNews Guyana on November 27, 2019, in an invited comment as saying “students fight, there is nothing unusual as you would know, you have gone to school and we all would have seen those”. It was later reported in many sections of the media that the Education Minister visited the school, made the two students apologise to each other and spoke at a special assembly where she encouraged all students at the school to find non-violent ways to resolve conflicts. The Ministry also issued a statement that their investigation into the incident was ongoing.The GEF finds these responses inappropriate and woefully inadequate. In a society where gender-based violence (GBV) remains rampant, a survivor of violence should never be made to apologise to the person who has perpetrated violence against them. While the Minister’s statements and intervention were no doubt made with the best of intentions, they, unfortunately, feed into pervasive and misleading stereotypes about GBV – that victims bring violence on themselves, act in ways that leave perpetrators unable to control themselves or their tempers, or otherwise contribute to their own victimisation.These stereotypes are false and contribute to wrongful beliefs that fuel all forms of GBV, and violence against women and girls (VAWG), in particular. The only person responsible for violence is the perpetrator; the only person who should be held accountable and sanctioned for violence is the perpetrator. Survivors of GBV are entitled to support; they should not be made complicit in their own oppression by being required to apologise to the person who violated them.The Minister’s statement also fails to recognise that this is a problem that goes beyond in-school fighting. GBV flourishes in environments of impunity. When education officials fail to intervene or hold students accountable for less severe instances of misogyny or discrimination, it becomes easier for students to feel that escalating behaviour, including violence, is justified or appropriate.Minister Henry is right to call upon students to find ways other than violence to resolve disputes, but adults in a position of authority need to do more. Students need the adults and leaders around them, to demonstrate that being a boy does not mean being violent – it means being respectful, caring for others, and standing up for each other, especially when doing so takes courage.During these 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, from November 25 to December 10, the Ministry of Education has an opportunity to stand in solidarity with survivors of GBV. Lead by example. Show that violence has no place in Guyana. The GEF calls upon the Ministry of Education to take meaningful steps to confront all forms of prejudice and violence in Guyana’s schools – between students, teachers, parents and education officials. Comprehensive Sexuality Education should be systemically rolled out in all schools across the country.  In 21st century Guyana, teachers should focus on teaching children to communicate, problem solve and build healthy relations – practically develop their people skills. Whilst the GEF is not suggesting that the education system abandons its academic goals, we have to deliver the kind of education that supports holistic development. And while discipline should be paramount in schools, corporal punishment should be eradicated as it perpetuates the notion that violence is an appropriate response or punishment for any transgression. Counsellors should be available in every school to provide therapy for students, parents and teachers who need psycho-social and emotional support. Perpetrators of violence should be appropriately punished. Survivors should be supported and not made to feel that they did anything to cause the violence. There is no place for violence in Guyana’s schools.Yours respectfully,SASOD Guyana; Help and Shelter; CAFRA Guyana; ChildLink Inc; Come Alive Network Inc  (CANI); Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA); Comforting Hearts; Deaf Association of Guyana (DAG); Family Awareness Consciousness Togetherness (FACT); Global Shapers Georgetown Hub; Guyana Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP); Guyana Sex Work Coalition (GSWC); Guyana Trans United (GTU); SAVE Guyana; United Bricklayers; CPIC Monique’s Caring Hands; Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU); Hope for All Foundation; Dillon Mohammed, Conversa Global (CG); Women’s Wednesdays Guyana (WWG); SASOD Women’s Arm Guyana (SWAG); Human Rights and Social Justice Commission – Diocese of Guyana; Hope of Christ Anglican Church – The United Anglo-Catholic Churchlast_img read more

‘A legend in the making’ and the ‘best midfielder since Gerrard’ – Fans hail ‘special’ PL player

first_imgSEE HERE – Liverpool FC: ‘Sack the lot and give Jurgen Klopp the cheque book!’ Reds fans rue missed opportunity to sign Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli scored at Goodison Park to earn his side a crucial point against Everton on Sunday afternoon.The England international delivered another classy performance, leaving Spurs and England supporters excited over his future in the Premier League.So much so that some have described the 19-year-old as the best in his position since Steven Gerrard, while others believe he is a future Three Lions captain in the making.Read what Premier League fans think of the young midfielder, on Twitter, below… 1center_img Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli last_img

NASA snapped that monster meteor fireball over the Bering Sea

first_img Apple iPhone XS Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Fury from afar: NASA sees violent volcanoes from space See it $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It Sci-Tech Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The space agency says the fireball unleashed more than 10 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb from World War II. That’s less powerful than the devastating fireball that impacted Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013, but it’s still the second-largest meteor explosion of the last few decades.The Bering Sea fireball was far enough away from civilization to not affect any humans, but it’s a sobering reminder of the power of incoming space rocks. This is why NASA is working on ways to protect our planet from wayward asteroids that could potentially be much more dangerous than the recent meteor. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $6 at Tidal An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It $299 at Amazon The Cheapskate 15 Photos Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The MISR instrument, also on Terra 🛰, saw the large “fireball” — the term used for exceptionally bright meteors ☄️ that are visible over a wide area — as it exploded 💥 about 16 miles above the Bering Sea, far enough way to pose no threat. pic.twitter.com/lyjyZKBZOm— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) March 22, 2019 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo See It Read Google Home Hub review Tags See at Turo Enlarge ImageNASA’s Terra satellite caught sight of the fireball on December 18, 2018. NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL-Caltech, MISR Team A large meteoroid exploded over the Bering Sea on December 18, releasing an estimated 173 kilotons of energy, and almost no one noticed thanks to its remote location. On Friday, NASA shared images captured by its Earth-watching Terra satellite showing a view of the massive fireball in action. The image shows the meteor’s smoky path over the sea. It looks like a dark smudge across the clouds. NASA also released a GIF. “The orange-tinted cloud that the fireball left behind by super-heating the air it passed through can be seen below and to the right of the GIF’s center,” says NASA. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500.center_img DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review Amazon Best Buy Post a comment $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $520 at HP CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Share your voice Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $59 at eBay 0 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 7 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Read the Rylo camera preview NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 See at Amazon Rylo $210 at Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50)last_img read more

HSBC in tax dodge claims

first_imgHSBC in tax dodge claims4.1K viewsHSBC in tax dodge claims4.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00HSBC in tax dodge claims4.1K viewsBusinessIt’s been called the biggest banking leak in history – accusations that HSBC helped wealthy clients to dodge tax. Thousands of accounts at the world’s second biggest bank reportedly show the lender’sVentuno Web Player 4.50It’s been called the biggest banking leak in history – accusations that HSBC helped wealthy clients to dodge tax. Thousands of accounts at the world’s second biggest bank reportedly show the lender’slast_img

HC scraps candidature of 6 BNP 2 AL rebel aspirants

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Thursday stayed the candidature of nine aspirants, including 6 BNP candidates, of the 11th national election as they did not resign from the posts of upazila chairmen ahead of contesting the national election, reports UNB.The HC-bench of justice JBM Hassan and justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the orders following writs filed by other candidates.The candidates are Faridul Kabir Talukder Shamim of Jamalpur-4 (BNP), Abdul Muhit Talukder of Bogura-3 (BNP), Md Muslim Uddin of Brahmanbaria-4 (BNP), Abdul Majid of Jhenaidah-2 (BNP), Fazlur Rahman of Joypurhat-1, Abu Sayeed Chand of Rajshahi-6 (BNP), Bashirullah Juru of Brahmanbaria (independent), Mahmud Hasan Sumon of Mymensingh-8 (Awami League’s rival) and Md Asaduzzaman of Rangpur-1 (Awami League’s rival).Now, it has become uncertain whether they would be able to contest the election, said deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju.Earlier, their nominations were rejected by the returning officers.After filing appeals with election commission, they got back their candidature.last_img read more