In an effort to tackle the low levels of literacy among students, the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is in the process of establishing Internet-ready Literacy Hubs in every community in the town in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The Literacy Hubs are among a raft of initiatives, the newly-installed Council is hoping to complete by December 2018.Mayor Waneka Arrindell explained that a number of persons have already come on board. These include the Education Ministry, which has given its approval to commence the project. The One Mile School and Linden Care Foundation haveLinden Mayor Waneka Arrindellalready indicated their willingness to allocate spaces for the Hubs. Mayor Arrindell, who has a passion for children, noted that while the project may not be able to be completed in every community before her eight-month tenure was over, she was hoping that the majority would get started.She explained, “As a teacher, I have found that the level of literacy among our children is very low. There are children entering the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) class and do not know how to read. Children are in First Form and can’t read, and the teachers are not to be blamed. We don’t know the environment the children are living in, and so a curriculum is set for them to learn and so those who can, will and those who can’t, will not.”This project will especially target those children who are in difficult circumstances and cannot afford extra lessons. Mayor Arrindell added that the Council was now at the stage where it was seeking sponsors willing to support a child at a cost of $1000 per week. However, she said that all proceeds from the Mayor’s Ball, a highlight of the upcoming Linden Town Week activities on April 27, will go towards this project.The Mayor is encouraging businesses and other persons to get on board the initiative.
8 March 2016South Africa has signed the host country agreement for the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The conference will be held in South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016.Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa signed the agreement on 3 March with the secretary-general of CITES John Scanlon on the margins of an international conference on wildlife crime in The Hague, in the Netherlands. South Africa was one of the first signatories to CITES in 1975 and continues to play an active role in the enforcement of the Convention.The minister welcomes the world to South Africa for CITES CoP17:The signing coincided with the release of the official CITES CoP17 logo.The logo is an iconic image of the African white rhinoceros, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs. The rhino’s body comprises the outlines of a number of species of endangered plants and animals from the African continent, such as the pangolin, cycad, African aloe and African lion.The selection of the rhino as the dominant image reinforces South Africa’s status as home to the largest rhino populations in the world, it says. South Africa’s sterling rhino conservation track record has resulted in significant growth in rhino numbers: from approximately 50 in 1895 to approximately 18 000 today.“The choice of a rhino as the dominant image in the logo for CoP17 is also to draw attention to the challenges South Africa and other African range states face as a result of poaching,” said the minister.Frontline challengesScanlon described South Africa as a highly appropriate location for the conference, given the frontline wildlife challenges and opportunities being tackled on the continent.“Africa is home to a vast array of CITES-listed species and South Africa is globally recognised for ‘the Big Five’. CITES Parties and observers look forward to convening in South Africa for the World Wildlife Conference,” said Scanlon.At the conference, parties will collectively evaluate the progress made since 2013, and take decisions on what additional measures are needed to end illicit wildlife trafficking.They will also consider a number of proposals to bring additional species under CITES trade controls, as well as tackle issues concerning livelihoods and the review of significant trade, traceability, and the effectiveness of CITES implementation, among other things.The illicit trade in wildlife and rhino poaching will feature on the agenda of CoP17. The CITES CoP17 creates an avenue to communicate and raise awareness of the importance of species and wildlife conservation and the need to address the illegal trade in species, all the while supporting legal trade underpinned by sound sustainable utilization principles, says the department.South Africa’s biodiversityThe “magnificent logo is furthermore testament to the rich tapestry of biodiversity for which our country is known globally”, Molewa added.Isn’t this logo just too beautiful? As we look forward to the big days in Sept, the month of the Rhino. pic.twitter.com/huIC8zCYtH— Environmentza (@environmentza) March 5, 2016South Africa is the third most biodiverse country in the world after Brazil and Indonesia. Despite occupying only 2% of the world’s land surface, South Africa is home to nearly 10% of the planet’s plant species and 7% of the world’s reptile, bird and mammal species.Unpacking the logo, her department explains that the incorporation of human silhouettes emphasizes the crucial role people play in species conservation. Its colours draw inspiration from the diverse hues of the African seasons. The rhino’s heart, in the shape of the African continent, symbolises the idea that the African continent is the wellspring of life.“The [CITES] CoP17 logo released today reminds all of us of the interconnectivity between different species, and of the fragile, complex relationships between humankind and our stewardship of our natural resources. South Africa looks forward to hosting this important gathering, where we will chart the course for a new era in species conservation,” Molewa said.Source: Department of Environmental Affairs
Apparently there is a new Nokia phone coming. There are fresh rumours that Nokia will soon launch the Nokia 8.1, a phone that is likely the rebranded Nokia X7 available in China, in India this month. And the price of the Nokia 8.1, according to rumours, is going to be Rs 23,999.The latest report on Nokia 8.1 comes courtesy 91mobiles that claims the new Nokia phone with Android One will be launched on November 28 in India. The phone will be priced at Rs 23,999, which would make it a competitor to not only the Xiaomi Poco F1 but also Nokia’s own Nokia 7 Plus.Of late, Nokia’s phones have been pretty stellar, particularly in regards to their design and usability. Chances are that the Nokia 8.1 may turn out to be the same, following the phones like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus.Given that the Nokia 8.1 is going to be based on the Nokia X7 that is already available in China, we know almost everything about the phone. The Nokia 8.1 is going to be — if it is indeed based on the Nokia X7 — a phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, which should be for all practical purposes quite close to the Series 8XX Snapdragons in terms of the performance. It is also expected to come with 128GB storage, 4GB RAM and a screen that will measure 6.1 inches diagonally. The Nokia 8.1 screen is expected to have FullHD resolution. It is also likely to come with a 3500 mAh battery inside it.The Nokia phones, made by HMD Global, run Google’s Android One software that is based on the latest Android. In the case of the Nokia 8.1, this means that the phone will be powered by the Android 9 Pie, which will have the stock user interface and almost no extra bundled apps.advertisementThe Nokia 8.1 will sport a dual-camera setup on the rear. This camera module is likely to have two images sensors — primary one with 13-megapixel sensor and the secondary camera that clicks 12-megapixel images. On the front the Nokia 8.1 is likely to have a 24-megapixel sensor.ALSO READ: Nokia 8.1 could be Android One challenger to Poco F1 and OnePlus 6T in India