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Linden girls exposed to ICT

Students visiting the Digicel booth at the event

Students visiting the Digice

April 11, 2014

- as NFMU hosts Tech Day Camp

INTERNATIONAL Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU member states to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) Managing Director, Valmikki Singh during his address to the students at the ICT Tech Day Camp at Lichas Hall, Linden, Region 10

National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) Managing Director, Valmikki Singh during his address to the students at the ICT Tech Day Camp at Lichas Hall, Linden, Region 10

On Wednesday, the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) held a Tech Day Camp at Lichas Hall, Linden, Region 10, in observance of Girls in ICT Day slated for April 24. The event was intended to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
This event saw 9th and 10th grade female students from several schools in the region being provided an opportunity to become inspired about the ICT sector by getting a first-hand look into the ICT institutions and listening to women role models.
NFMU Managing Director Valmikki Singh, in his address to the students, stated that the ICT sector is an evolving one, and as such it is essential for everyone to get involved in it.

A student asking a question 

A student asking a question

“Knowledge is power, and in order for you to gain knowledge, you must have information…ICT is a means of eradicating poverty, it is seen as a means of empowering human beings and an opportunity to improve our standard of living,” Singh explained.
It is recognised that females are under-represented in this sector. In this regard, Girls in ICT Day was launched in 2010 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an opportunity for girls and young women to become inspired about the sector.
“Today is a ground-breaking day in Region 10, today is the day when we will change the face of ICT in the region,” Regional Education Officer, Region 10,  Jennifer Bourne, told the students.
She said there are many opportunities in the area of ICT, and she expects to see more girls excelling in Information Technology and EDPM at the CSEC Examination. She expressed gratitude to the NFMU for hosting the event in the Region.
Traditionally, employment in the ICT sector, worldwide, is dominated by males. And so each year, the NFMU has been planning and executing several activities in an effort to ensure that Guyanese women are well educated and sensitised to ICT and its advantages.
During the event, female ICT professionals spoke about their experiences and expectations working in the sector, and the many and growing prospects it offers, after which the students had the opportunity to interact with them.
During the question and answer segment, one student queried how ICT can be used in the area of agriculture. Singh explained that everyday there are new techniques that require the need for technology in the area of agriculture. He said one can use technology to market his or her produce.
ICT is one of the primary sectors to catalyse economic growth and sustainable development. Recognising this fact, the Government of Guyana, through initiatives such as the as E-Government, One Laptop Per Family and computer labs for schools, has been making significant investments in ICT, thereby availing technology to every Guyanese, and building the foundation upon which female citizens can expand their boundaries.
(GINA)

 

 

 

Eccles biker shooting death…Rondy Jagdeo let go of murder charge

March 21, 2014 | By | Filed Under News

Five months after being accused of gunning down a man who was said to be a good friend of his, Water Street businessman Randy Jagdeo yesterday walked out of the city court a free man after the Chief Magistrate discharged the murder charge instituted against him.
The 28-year-old had been accused of killing popular biker Kirk Davis on September 3, last year.
After spending almost two months on the run, Jagdeo surrendered to police custody and was then brought before the courts to be arraigned for murder, appearing before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on October 30, last.
On February 5, the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) got underway before the said Magistrate.

Freed: Randy Jagdeo (Inset) riding away from the court after he was freed yesterday.

Freed: Randy Jagdeo (Inset) riding away from the court after he was freed yesterday.

The businessman who was represented by Attorneys Mark Waldron and Roger Yearwood was being prosecuted by Corporal Bharat Mangru.
The pre-trial matter engaged the attention of the court for a little over one month and some seven witnesses were called to take the stand on behalf of the Prosecution.
Yesterday, the Prosecution was ordered to close its case after failing on three occasions to produce its two remaining civilian witnesses to the court.
The girlfriend of the deceased, Naliffa Dookie, and the only eyewitness, Rondell Marks, also known as “Barber” were absent, despite being summoned by the court and radio messages being sent demanding their attendance.
After the Prosecution closed its case, Yearwood stood on behalf of accused and made his no-case submission.
The lawyer urged the court to affirm that the Prosecution had failed to prove the elements of the offence. He admitted that the Prosecution had established that Davis died ‘within a year and a day’ as a result of gunshots received.
Yearwood insisted, however, that the Prosecution did not prove who inflicted the injuries.
Magistrate Sewnarine-Beharry, in response, upheld the no-case submission and ruled that the prosecution had indeed failed to present the court with sufficient evidence for a prima facie case of murder to be established against Jagdeo and as such discharged the matter.
Upon being told that he was “free to go,” Jagdeo walked briskly out of the courtroom.  He strolled to the Police Outpost, ditched his shirt and donned a purple hooded jersey and sun shades.
Jagdeo then slipped a bag around his shoulder and made his way to a waiting white CBR motorcycle, on which he rode away from the courthouse.

Dead: Kirk Davis

Dead: Kirk Davis

Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased who spoke to Kaieteur News expressed displeasure with the judicial system, stating that the proceedings were a slap in their face.
One female relative indicated that they are “highly disappointed in the Guyana Police Force and the sloppy investigations conducted.”
“I understand the court’s position, since there were constant no shows by witnesses, but at some point in time the police were in contact with these witnesses. What happened to a witness protection system? Why weren’t provisions made for them?”
“Here it is that a man walks free because these witnesses, in fear, may have left the country. Now a mother is without a son and a son without a father because of a sloppy system.”
The relative said she hopes that no other family would have to live through the anguish of having lost a loved one at the hands of another only to receive no justice.
She expressed hope that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) would reopen the case and that better efforts would be made in terms of investigations.
“The system has enough resources to achieve things, but it’s slackness and laziness all around. No effort was placed into this case.”