One of the participants utilising her softwareIn celebration of the international Girls in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Day, the Public Telecommunications Ministry, in collaboration with private sector agencies, on Thursday hosted a mini expo to showcase the work of young women in the related field.Held at the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, the exhibition focused on promoting job opportunities and striking a gender balance by increasing the number of girls in the ICT field.Assistant Engineer at the National Frequency Management Unit, Melissa Layne, said, “The idea behind this initiative is to spread awareness about the gender gap which exists in computing and the field of technology, and also to encourage more women and girls to take up careers in tech.”She told Guyana Times that there are challenges in reaching hinterland communities; but whenever those are reached, persons are encouraged to use offline applications to exceed their usual expectations.According to Layne, many youths are unaware of the career opportunities in technology because of the lack of accessibility.Layne revealed, “What we are showing is what some women in technology have been doing in Guyana. We have done tech camps in St. Cuthbert’s Mission and Charity as well, where we bring technology to the girls of those outlying communities.”She added, “What we found in the hinterland regions is connectivity and actually being exposed to what tech has to offer. Girls don’t understand that there are jobs like programming and graphic designing. They don’t have the awareness and the knowledge; and sometimes access is a bit hard.”On site, teenage girls were present to showcase their programming skills, which were used to develop databases for the health and agriculture sector.Serena Razack said her group focused on creating an inventory for hospitals, given that there have been a number of cases of misdiagnosis and expired medications.This programme allows medical practitioners to be au fait with the medication along with its expiry date, how much is being used, and by which doctor. Razack said the programme can be modified for a larger quantity of medications.“This is the first major project we are doing. We have been hearing about the different drugs in Guyana, so we figured it would be helpful if we created a programme that would allow us to keep track of these drugs: like the expiry date, how much is being used, and so on. This database can be expanded so you can add more drugs; so we think that, with further editing, it will be helpful.”Meanwhile, Sakia Jones told this publication that her database was created to aid the agriculture sector with record-keeping.“When you’re dealing with agriculture, especially on a farm, you have to keep track of everything you do. Because it’s a broad topic, we’re only doing plant based-stuff, like the water requirements, soil type and the plant name, just to put that in the inventory,” she explained.Girls in ICT Day is observed every year on April 26 in all member countries and organisations of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU).The National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has, for many years, led Guyana’s outreaches into schools with special focus on rural areas.
– residents, farmers continue to suffer due to lack of waterResidents of Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), are fuming over the lack of water supply in their community as a result of the prolonged dry weather.The residents are forced to walk several miles to the only operational water source in the community and fetch water for their daily consumption.The only alternative source of water available to them is the river, however, they were informed that the Guyana Water Incorporated halted the pumping of water from that source due to possible contamination.The company in an advertisement on Sunday in the daily newspapers advised residents in Port Kaituma to desist from using the river water following the discovery of possible contamination.The company noted that samples have been collected and will be sent for testing both locally and overseas and the results of those tests will determine the way forward.The company also advised that potable water is available from the Port Kaituma Pump via a dispenser and residents are being urged to make full use of that water source.Meanwhile, residents said that this source of water is not adequate to service the entire community and residents of the outlying areas have difficulty in accessing that source.“We were using the river alone because that water source they advising people to use is far away from where we living. Is months of dry weather and residents are complaining all the time but nothing is being done. GWI is doing nothing for us here. The springs are dry. No pumping could be done. We are suffering here for basic water,” Trevor De Costa, a resident, told Guyana Times on Monday.The dry weather season continues to affect residents and farmers in hinterland communities throughout the country. Residents of Region One have been complaining of the negative impacts of the lack of access to potable water. Residents and farmers said enough is not being done by the water company to offer substantial relief.Another resident, Patricia Mendonca, who also spoke to this publication, said that her husband depends on farming to take care of his family and since the shortage of water, he has been unable to do so. “My husband can’t look after his crops properly. We don’t even have water to drink so imagine where we finding water from [to] do anything else. We are pleading for help. More work needs to be done by GWI in supplying these communities with water in the dry spell,” she said.Meanwhile, farmers in that and other hinterland communities continue to suffer losses and are facing extreme difficulty in feeding their families.Region One Chairman, Brentnol Ashley had told Guyana Times that the dry spell is severely affecting all communities in the region as the water level of the GWI springs dropped drastically and pumping is being done periodically once per week and three times per week in some areas. This, he said, continues to have harsh effects on residents since there is very limited access to potable water. He added that as a result of the dry spell, the rivers are salted, making it impossible for residents of riverine communities to access. Subsequently, some residents are forced to walk for miles to access the limited water supply available in springs.He also confirmed that the lack of water is affecting farmers in the area who depend on farming for their livelihood. Guyana Times was unable to reach the public relations department of GWI for a comment on the efforts being made by the company to offer relief to the residents in that and other hinterland communities.
The Drake University men’s basketball returns to its home court on Wednesday evening to host DePaul at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast regionally on Mediacom MC22 and via ESPN3The Bulldogs welcome the Blue Demons to Des Moines for the first time since 1972 and Wednesday’s game also marks the first visit by a member of the Big East conference since the Bulldogs hosted Georgetown at Veterans Auditorium in 1980.Wednesday’s game is also Faculty/Staff Night at the Knapp Center. All Drake faculty and staff receive up to four free general admission tickets with their Drake ID.Drake returns to the Knapp Center with a 4-4 record this season after falling at Bowling Green on Saturday, 75-63. The Blue Demons bring a three-game win streak to Des Moines and are 4-3 this season. DePaul is led by Billy Garrett’s 15.1 points per game on 38 percent shooting. The Blue Demons are coached by Dave Leitao who is in the first year of his second stint at DePaul.After a subpar shooting performance at Bowling Green, the Bulldogs currently rank 15th nationally in three-point shooting at 41.6 percent. The Bulldogs have finished in the top five in the nation in three-point shooting each of the last two seasons.Drake’s Graham Woodward currently ranks 18th nationally in three-point shooting at 51.2 percent while DePaul’s Aaron Simpson enters Wednesday’s shooting 54.5 percent from the arc. Thanks to his three-point shooting, Woodward is third on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game while Reed Timmer and Kale Abrahamson lead the Bulldogs with 17.9 and 17.8 points per game, respectively.As a team, the Bulldogs currently rank in the top four in the MVC in scoring (74.8), field goal percentage (.489), three-point field goal percentage (.416) and assists 13.4).Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return to the road to face Nevada on Saturday, Dec. 12 as part of the MVC/MWC Challenge.Print Friendly Version
Delays on The Gap: Pic from Elaine Montgomery for Donegal DailyTHERE is traffic chaos in many parts of Co Donegal tonight as road conditions worsen.Traffic delays of over an hour are being experienced by motorists travelling between Donegal Town and Ballybofey.There are also major delays on the Letterkenny/Lifford road, the Burnfoot to Buncrana Road and in and around Ballyshannon. The worst tailbacks have been experienced this evening in Letterkenny where there has been virtual gridlock in the town this afternoon.Gardaí have stepped up patrols and are calling on motorists to drive with caution as temperatures drop to freezing.ESB Networks meanwhile have restored power to all but 19 homes in the Donegal Town area.The company says experts will have those repairs completed at 8.15pm. It was a remarkable reconnection route; more than 12,000 homes had lost power at some stage over the past 24 hours as a storm hit Donegal.Skies will clear later, with the next weather system due to arrive tomorrow morning bringing more wintry showers. TRAFFIC CHAOS AS ROAD CONDITIONS WORSEN was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalhailicesnowtraffic delaysweather