Opposition to engage more women in politics – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has committed, on behalf of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), to placing more emphasis on pushing the empowerment of women, as well as addressing issues at the societal level that hinder their growth.He was speaking at a symposium held by the party’s Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) to mark International Women’s Day 2019 on Friday.A section of the gathering at the WPO’s International Women’s Day event at Freedom House, Georgetown“Often these occasions have to be used to answer the tough questions that face our people, particularly women… Women are much more complex beings and they face more complex issues outside of business. Because they live in societies, the societal problems are their problems too… So the issues we have to overcome in this country deal with orthodoxies,” he said.Jagdeo noted that during that party’s campaign leading up to the impending general elections, Guyanese will see a significant focus on getting more women involved in activities at the level of the state, so as to have them play a greater role in the decision making and decision implementation processes.According to the Opposition Leader, a particular focus has already been placed on women in business and on creating a supporting environment with the necessary tools for women to advance in business.Further, Jagdeo stressed it is important that there is an increase in the ratio of women’s involvement in politics.“We have gotten about 30 per cent now, and that’s great of women’s involvement in the National Assembly or the Cabinet; and now we hear about 50 per cent… (While) we have a large number of women in the current Government, this Government practises policies that continuously erode the wellbeing of Guyana and particularly women,” he said.The former president posited that it is not just about getting women in leadership positions, but also ensuring that the framework within which they work is progressive.“You can have greater women’s involvement, but if they don’t stand up for a whole range of issues when they are involved, then you’re back to square one, and women’s rights don’t move forward… You have to have a progressive framework for the advancement of women’s rights and women’s causes, and women’s wellbeing in any country,” he explained.Further, Jagdeo underscored that the PPP/C, from the very beginning, was established on the basis of equality. It is a party that treats both men and women equally. In fact, he asserted that the PPP has treated all races and religions in Guyana as equal. This, he noted, has helped guide the PPP/C over the years – whether as Opposition or in the Government.“In the 23 years that we managed (the country), we passed a slew of legislation that advanced the wellbeing and the rights of women; not just the acts against domestic violence and sexual violence against women. But we had a constitutional body – the Women’s Gender and Equality Commission – that we enshrined in the Constitution… and we took policies that would advance the rights of women,” he said.On the other hand, Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, in addressing the gathering, spoke of how, by creating 50,000 new jobs, a PPP government would be able to help women’s advancement and empowerment in society.“We have to add more women to our workforce; job creation needs to be gender neutral,” he said.Ali mentioned the great work and sacrifices Guyanese women have made, and how their contribution propels development in Guyana. He noted that while women have endured “tremendous struggle” in the country, under the PPP regime, they were given many opportunities for advancement.“We saw enrollment of female children (in schools) growing to 97 per cent, and this was a tremendous accomplishment of the People’s Progressive Party in advancing the academic aspirations of our young girls… We saw, during this period, women’s participation in the labour force growing by 25 per cent. We saw a decrease in female mortality below the age of 60… We saw an improvement in the estimated gross national income per capita… We saw employment of females in non-agriculture areas increasing by 25 per cent during PPP in government,” Ali detailed.According to Ali, these achievements did not happen by accident, but were as a result of the priorities of the PPP, which will continue to push women’s empowerment in Guyana.last_img read more

San Diego Zoo officially closes panda habitat

first_imgSan Diego Zoo officially closes panda habitat Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter Posted: April 29, 2019 April 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego Zoo will officially close its panda habitat and Panda Cam today as it prepares its last two giant pandas for repatriation to China.The zoo first acquired giant pandas more than 30 years ago through a loan program with the Chinese government. The zoo’s conservation researchers have worked with the Chinese government since that time to increase the country’s giant panda population by more than 2,000 bears.The zoo originally planned to close its panda habitat and the wildly popular Panda Cam April 27. After an outpouring of support from zoo patrons, the zoo extended its farewell celebration for 27-year-old panda Bai Yun and her 6-year-old son Xiao Liwu by two days. The two pandas are scheduled to return to China later this spring; a third panda, Gao Gao, was repatriated last October.“The panda program we began together demonstrates how powerful these collaborative efforts can be,” said San Diego Zoo Global President and CEO Douglas Myers. “We are extremely grateful to China for sharing the pandas with us and offering us the chance to serve this species in a leadership role.”The zoo’s conservationists plan to work with their Chinese colleagues going forward to continue their efforts to boost the wild panda population. The zoo’s work with the Chinese government has led to the International Union for Conservation of Nature to downgrade the giant panda’s threatened status from “endangered” to “vulnerable,” meaning they are less at risk of goingextinct than they were before. Zoo officials said they intend to keep that momentum going.“Although we are sad to see these pandas go, we have great hopes for the future,” said San Diego Zoo Global COO Shawn Dixon. “Working with our colleagues in China, San Diego Zoo Global is ready to make a commitment for the next stage of our panda program.” last_img read more

10 Ways to Get Free WiFi Wherever You Go

first_imgDecember 18, 2015 5 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Back in 2011 the U.N. declared Internet access a human right, yet whenever you leave the house or office, it’s hit or miss if you will have access to Wi-Fi.I blog a lot and really can’t work without Wi-Fi. Does anyone else relate? I struggle working at places that have slow Wi-Fi. My business can’t operate without fast, reliable Wi-Fi.I have learned a few ways over the years how to get access to Wi-Fi wherever I go. Here are 10 ways to get Wi-Fi any time, anywhere in the world.1. Just ask.One of the easiest ways to snag some free Wi-Fi is just to simply ask someone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a business and simply asked an employee for the Wi-Fi password and be given it, even where they don’t publicly announce that they have Wi-Fi.If a business doesn’t have Wi-Fi, or refuses to give you the password, ask a stranger. Yes. That actually works sometimes. Believe it or not, people aren’t always that stingy with their Wi-Fi.If all else fails, you can do a little planning and ask people online. For example, you can identify the airports that offer free Wi-Fi by visiting this Foursquare page or login into your Facebook account to access free Wi-Fi.2. Become hot spot savvy.Becoming more hot spot savvy means knowing the places that provide truly free and reliable Wi-Fi. These include bus and train stations, museums and community spaces like libraries, city plazas and parks. I’ve even noticed public areas around hospitals and court houses also have free Wi-Fi.As you know, your phone will scan for open or unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Check that when you’re out and about. You may learn that places like your gym or favorite bookstore offer free Wi-Fi.Related: In-Flight Wi-Fi Might Soon Be Less of a Joke3. Know which businesses offer free WiFi.Knowing which businesses which offer free Wi-Fi will save you a lot of time whenever you’re out and about. Best of all? There are a lot of national chains that offer free Wi-Fi. These include:StarbucksMcDonald’sPanera BreadBarnes & NobleTargetDunkin DonutsBuffalo Wild WingsApple StoreMarriott HotelsStaples and Office DepotBest BuyWhole FoodsYou can also download the free Wi-Fi Pro app for either Android or iOS. It includes a database of 200 million Wi-Fi hotspots.4. Use your cable company.This may not be technically free, but if you’re already paying for a cable or Internet subscription from companies like Xfinity, you’re plan may include access to Wi-Fi hotspots. Just login at your cable/Internet provider account and you’ll be connected to Wi-Fi.Believe it not, cable companies are teaming up so that you can access Wi-Fi from a competitor! Sometimes you’ll notice this new inclination to help you immediately access an opposing competitor’s Wi-Fi right away. For example, I’ve been in Dunkin Donuts that ask for an Xfinity account to get online. If you’re not sure if this is a part of your plan contact customer service or visit Cable Wi-Fi.5. Do a little MAC spoofing.The main drawback with free Wi-Fi is that you’re only allowed to use it for a certain amount of time. You can change that by spoofing the MAC address of your mobile device. This may be used mainly by those who aren’t afraid of getting a little technical.This process will vary depending on your operating system, but here’s a guide for iOS and another for Android.6. Join a community.Instabridge is an online community where crowd-sourced Wi-Fi connections and passwords have been compiled into one convenient location. Besides free locations, users also include passwords for secured locations. The free app can be downloaded at Google Play or the App Store.Related: This Unassuming Kitchen Tool Blocks Wi-Fi So You Can Take Back Mealtime7. Find hidden networks.Apps including Instabridge and Wefi find networks that are aren’t commonly known. Wefi even has a free app for your phone. However, there are a couple of other common places that have secretive networks. For example, most electronic stores provide Wi-Fi because they need to display products. If you’re at the airport, venture closer to premium lounges.8. Join loyalty programs.Joining a loyalty program comes with a number of perks, often including free Wi-Fi. Many hotels, including Hilton, Marriott and Kimpton, include free Wi-Fi in their loyalty programs. Because travelers are expecting free Wi-Fi, it’s likely more businesses will reward their frequent customers with free Wi-Fi.9. Coupons and promotions.If you’re not a frequent traveler, you can still take advantage of free Wi-Fi offers from hotels by visiting sites like RetailMeNot to find businesses like Gogo and Hyundai that are running a promotion or issuing a coupon for free Wi-Fi.10. Make your phone a hot spot.When all else fails, you can turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot through the common technique called tethering. You use your smartphone’s 3G or 4G as a Wi-Fi signal for your laptop or tablet. Here are instructions for Android and iOS.You can also download tethering apps including PdaNet+ or FoxFi. Here’s to never going without Wi-Fi ever again in our lives!Related: Telecommuters Rejoice: This iOS App Finds and Reviews Wi-Fi Cafes Near You Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 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Chinas CarSwallowing Bus Is Apparently for Real

first_img 2 min read August 3, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Some things seem so far out that they’re unlikely to move past the concept phase. Not so for China’s car-swallowing, futuristic bus.The concept sure caused a stir when a model of the bus was unveiled earlier this summer at the China Beijing International High-Tech Expo. Little did we know — amid our collective surprise and disbelief — that this crazy thing was only weeks away from becoming a real thing.Related: This Car-Swallowing Contraption Is Actually a Futuristic City BusThe bus made its real-world test run this week in Qinhuangdao in China’s Hebei province, according to the Shanghaiist. You can see the bus in action in the video above, and in more detail in the video here:Called the Transit Elevated Bus, the idea is to allow passengers to ride higher up while the usual busy city traffic passes by underneath. This run wasn’t a full test, though. It took place on a controlled track about 1,000 feet long.Related: This Might be the Most Ridiculous Contraption Ever ConstructedThe project’s engineers say each bus could someday hold as many as 1,200 people and travel about 40 mph. The video also provides a glimpse into the inside of this intimidating-looking thing. The inside appears fairly spacious and cozy, actually.Cozy, car-swallowing city bus. Sounds good to me.center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Introducing Azure Sphere – A secure way of running your Internet of

first_imgInfrastructure made of connected things is highly trending as organizations are in the process of adopting Internet of Things. At the same time security concerns around these connected devices continues to be a bottleneck for IoT adoption. In an effort to improve IoT security, earlier this month, Microsoft released Azure Sphere, a cost-effective way of securing connected devices. Gartner claims that worldwide spending on IoT security will reach 1.5 billion in 2018. Azure Sphere is basically a suite of services, used to enhance IoT security. Following are the services included in the suite: Azure Sphere MCUs These are a certified class of microcontrollers specially designed for security of internet of things. It follows a cross-over mechanism which allows the combination of running realt-time and application processors with built-in microsoft security mechanism and connectivity. MCU chips are designed using custom silicon security technology, made by Microsoft. Some of the highlights are: A pluton security subsystem to execute complex cryptographic operations A cross-over MCU with the combination of both Cortex-A and Cortext M class processor. Build-in network connectivity to ensure devices are upto date Azure Sphere OS Azure Sphere OS is nothing but a Linux distro used to securely run the internet of things. This highly scalable and secure operating system can be used to run the specialized MCUs by adding an extra layer of security. Some of the highlights are: Secured application containers focussing on agility and robustness A custom Linux Kernel enabling silicon diversity and innovation A security monitor to manage access and integrity The Azure Sphere Security Service An end-to-end security service solely dedicated to secure Azure sphere devices, enhancing security, identifying threats, and managing trust between cloud and device endpoints. Following are the highlights: Protects your devices using certificate based-authentication system. Ensure devices authenticity by ensuring that they are running on genuine software Managing automated updates for Azure Sphere OS, for threat and incident response Easy deployment of software updates to Azure Sphere connected devices. For more information, refer the official Microsoft blog. Read Next: Serverless computing wars: AWS Lambdas vs Azure Functions How to call an Azure function from an ASP.NET Core MVC applicationlast_img read more