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Education key to developing responsible citizens

first_img…education workshop hearsOfficials from the Education Ministry and other educational institutions in Guyana are placing more emphasis on the importance of education in the lives of students as well as the need for teachers to pay attention to the critical requirements for the creation of responsible citizens.These issues were tackled at the educational leadership conference, hosted by the Education Ministry earlier this week, by three panellists – the Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson; Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG) andChief Education Officer Marcel HutsonMarla Bernard.The Chief Education Officer, during his remarks, stressed on the roles that education played in society, surpassing the acquisition of formal education. While being educated at the various levels, there are other qualities that should be inculcated, with teachers expected to exploit and develop these with their students.“A critical role of education is that of socialisation. That has to do with training and teaching so that persons can actually develop the right kind of attitudes and behaviours that would actually pass the change that we want to see in society,” Hutson stated.“It also has to do with fitting people into society so that they could be citizens that are responsible, citizens that are caring and citizens that are productive,” he added.Furthermore, Professor Ivelaw Griffith addressed the room of educators from several administrative regions in Guyana, and explained that this could be acquired through modifications in the way formal classroom sessions were conducted, while establishing a sense that excellence should be the most important practice.“So many of our students – whether primary, secondary or tertiary – come from circumstances where there are so many insufficiencies: rental, single parents, insufficient money (and) food and it is very often easy to be comfortable with just getting on. It is very easy to get by. Our responsibility is not to be in the mode of allowing ourselves to just be that ‘get by’. We need to be aspiring [to] excellence,” the Vice Chancellor said.This, he stated, is one of the key values which will result in the production of good citizens of Guyana.The panel of speakers was also engaged in discussion generated by questions from the various regional officers.Furthermore, the educators were also briefed on other aspects of educational development, which they are expected to convey to other teachers of their respective regions. With a three-day workshop on formal training, which commenced on Monday, the Ministry is hoping that this will aid in the improvement of the quality of education in schools countrywide.last_img read more

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Fears surface Samson Cree chiefs family may be targeted by gangs

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are fears on the Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta that the chief’s family is being targeted by gangs.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto said community members have told her gangs may be retaliating for some of the chief’s anti-gang positions.last_img

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We want this project killed Chiefs send a message Premier Horgan over

first_imgTina House APTN NewsChiefs from Treaty 8 came to Victoria, B.C. last week to return three yellow stakes to NDP Premier John Horgan and two of his ministers.The stakes were part of the fundraising done for the Treaty 8 defence fund to stop the Site C dam project. They were purchased by the NDP before they were in power.Cheques from the NDP were also returned because now that the NDP is in power they support the project.“The Site C decision is a political decision. It’s got nothing to do with jobs or what’s good for B.C.,” said Chief Roland Wilson of Moberly Lake First Nation.“It’s got to do with getting re-elected.”The NDP made a campaign promise to send the project for review with the B.C. Utilities Commission and now that it is complete it shows that it’s cheaper to stop the project than proceed.However, the NDP approved the project.Wilson said they are currently taking the government to court for infringing on their treaty rights.“We want a forever injunction,” he said. “We want this project killed.”thouse@aptn.calast_img read more

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Global reinsurers likely to begin Indian operations soon

first_imgIndia’s sole reinsurance firm General Insurance Corporation (GIC) will face some tough fight in the coming days as Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has asked five global reinsurers to bring in capital before giving its final approval for starting operations in the country.According to a report in Indian Express, apart from these five global reinsurers namely Munich Re, Hannover from Germany, Swiss Re from Switzerland, French major SCOR, US-based Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), the insurance regulator has also asked ITI Reinsurance- the first ever Indian private sector reinsurance company- to bring in initial capital.As per the report, these players have been asked to put in an initial capital of Rs 500 crore each for receiving the final approval from IRDA.Earlier, the insurance regulator had approved initial licence- known as R1 licence- to these insurers.”The IRDA has now asked these companies to bring in the capital to receive the final licence,” the report quoted an insurance sector official. “Each of these players has to infuse Rs 500 crore and would complete the compliance within a month. These players are now targetting to begin their full fledged operations by April 1 when the most of the renewals in the general insurance in India are done,” it added.State-owned GIC Re has been India’s only reinsurer so far, which has a market size of around $2.5 billion. Post-reinsurance regulations in November last year, seven global reinsurers had evinced their interest for an Indian foray.The report also pointed out that two other global reinsurers Lloyd’s of London and Gen Re, a part of Berkshire Hathaway of Warren Buffet, have also applied for R1 licence and are likely to join the fray soon.In the global reinsurers’ pecking order, Munich Re tops the list followed by Swiss Re and Hannover. Entry of global reinsurers is likely to change this market space which is dominated by GIC Re so far. India is also likely to give tough competition to its Asian peers like Singapore and Hong Kong going ahead.Meantime, IANS Thursday reported that world’s third largest reinsurer Hannover Re hopes to begin its Indian operations during the first quarter of 2017. “We expect the licence to operate our Indian branch soon. We would be ready for reinsurance renewals in the first quarter of 2017,” G.L.N. Sarma, Managing Director, Hannover Re Consulting Service India Pvt Ltd and the Chief Executive Officer-designate for Hannover Re’s India branch said.”The Indian reinsurance market size — reinsurance premium paid by primary insurers — is estimated between Rs 16,000 crore and Rs 18,000 crore. The reinsurance premium from the life insurers will be around Rs 1,200 crore and balance is from non-life sector,” he added.last_img read more

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Samuels opts out as WI players retain lawyers for battle ahead

first_imgWest Indies players who controversially abandoned the tour of India last week have retained legal counsel as they prepare to tackle the contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by their union, West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), but batsman Marlon Samuels has opted not to pursue this course of action along with his team-mates. This was confirmed in a release on Friday by ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, who is also acting as a spokesman for the aggrieved players, reports CMC. Samuels said earlier this week he was not supportive on the decision to abandon the tour and had hardly attended any of the players meetings on the troubled tour.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaHowever, Bravo rebutted Samuels’ claims, contending the Jamaican right-hander was a vocal part of the meetings held. ‘I note the comments attributed to Mr. Marlon Samuels from media reports and wish to state that Mr. Samuels was invited to and did attend the majority of meetings with the players on tour,’ Bravo said. ‘We extended an invitation to Mr. Marlon Samuels with the full knowledge that he is not a member of WIPA but was an interested party. Mr. Samuels contributed vigorously to the discussions held and indicated clearly, at that time, that he would stand with any decision taken by the team. I am therefore shocked to see the statements, if true, that have been attributed to Mr. Samuels.’ Bravo stressed that while he had undertaken the role of spokesman for the players, all correspondence during that period had been issued with the full backing of the players. The senior all-rounder said the playing group had been boosted by the widespread support they had received, though they had also received criticism in some quarters.  Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri‘We recognise that a few have attempted to put the blame squarely on the players without the full knowledge of the facts. This is regrettable since a few persons are making statements without knowing all the relevant facts. In time we believe all the facts will come to light. We do not wish to make any further statements on this matter since the players on tour (except Mr. Samuels) with some additional players who did not tour India have appointed Counsel to represent them in this matter,’ Bravo said.last_img read more

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Book a Vegas package for a chance to win a free trip

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Monday, May 1, 2017 Posted by How does a free trip to the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ sound to you? Travel agents are invited to book their way to Las Vegas with a new contest launched by WestJet Vacations, WestJet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.Agents who book any Las Vegas package with WestJet Vacations will be entered to win one of two trips to Las Vegas that includes roundtrip flights for two, a three-night stay at a participating hotel, show tickets, excursions and more.“Travel agents play a vital role to our success and we want to make sure they are rewarded for their hard work in selling and promoting our destination,” said David Han, Senior Account Manager, LVCVA Canada office. “We will continue to invest in travel trade to provide better assets and platforms for them to succeed in the future.”Agents must submit their bookings on trackmylasvegasbookings.com. Agents must then register their bookings using the code CANADA under the LVCVA Tracking Code. Every WestJet Vacations package booked to Las Vegas earns one entry into the contest.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTBooking window runs from May 1-June 30, 2017. Contest excludes residents of Quebec.For more information, go to travelweek.ca/contests.center_img Tags: Las Vegas, WestJet, WestJet Vacations Share Book a Vegas package for a chance to win a free triplast_img read more

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WestJet RBC ready to launch new Canadian loyalty platform

first_img Travelweek Group WestJet, RBC ready to launch new Canadian loyalty platform Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Tags: Ampli, RBC, WestJet Sharecenter_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — RBC and WestJet announced today they are creating Ampli, a next generation loyalty platform that will deliver “unparalleled value to consumers through amplified earning power on a simple and convenient digital solution”.Open to all Canadians, Ampli will provide members with merchant offers, flexible rewards and exclusive bonuses.In addition, members who spend on RBC cards and fly with WestJet will further amplify their rewards.Ampli brings RBC and WestJet, who are already partners on the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard, together in a unique alliance that will complement their existing proprietary loyalty offerings, say the companies.“The Canadian loyalty landscape is ready for disruption, and Ampli is a fundamental shift in the business model,” said Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC. “We are bringing together top Canadian brands to help them reach consumers more efficiently and effectively. We will also provide consumers with opportunities to earn rewards and save money like never before.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsOver the coming months, additional merchant partners will be announced.“We’re delighted to partner with RBC on this new venture. With Ampli, we can provide greater value to the millions of our combined customers by leveraging the power of the platform to deliver personal and relevant offers,” said Ed Sims, President and CEO of the WestJet Group of Companies. “Moreover, Ampli will provide the ability to better serve our guests and help WestJet fly even more premium travellers.”Ampli will debut later this year.last_img read more