The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) is not making moves to repossess unoccupied house lots; rather it is now working with the owners to have those lots occupied. This is according to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CH&PA, Lelon Saul.“We have been encouraging people to occupy lands and we are working with them to find out what challenges they have and to see what we can assist so that people can move onto the lands that they were allocated. We have not repossessed any lands from individuals where a person has been awarded an individual plot. We have not done that,” Saul said.Minister with the responsibility for housing, Valarie Patterson-Adams, has indicated that Government would be moving to repossess unoccupied lots so as to ensure a greater occupancy rate.However, this move caused some amount of disagreement between the landowners and the CH&PA, since the owners are of the view that once they have possession of a title, then the Government cannot mandate them to build.According to the agreement, the landowners have to begin construction on their plots as the earliest time possible and could only change ownership after 10 years.According to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, a lot of house lots allocated since 2000 remain unoccupied in several schemes across the country. He said the trend was worrying and alarming, as he explained that billions of dollars were expended to prepare the schemes for occupancy, but progress has been slow over the last decade.Minister Bulkan revealed that between 2000 and 2015, from an approximate total of 66,000 house lots allocated, some 28,000 or 40 per cent remain unoccupied. “It makes no sense investing these huge sums of money for a rate of occupancy that is as low as 20 per cent,” the Minister said previously.The Minister reported that during 2011 and 2015, some 38 new schemes were developed boasting a total of 20,000 house lots but to date, 80 per cent of those lots remain unoccupied. A total $12.8 billion was pumped into their development and $16 billion is now required to complete infrastructure works.Besides this, from a total of 4927 interviews conducted in 2017, the CH&PA only issued 1131 house lots, with Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) accounting for the majority of 3122 interviews and 513 allocations.
Many people went to the North Peace Secondary School for the Spring Activity Fest. This family oriented event offered children activites as well as food and entertainment from various cultures. Picture: Amber Davy The Spring Activity Fest hosted relay races for kids outside the North Peace Secondary School gym. Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – The North Peace Arena held the Totem Interclub Comptition. Figure skaters from around the region traveled to the arena to compete. Picture: Amber Davy
Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) hosted a very successful interactive “Maths of the Simpsons” show to mark Maths Week Ireland recently for primary school children from all over Donegal.This is the second year LYIT has hosted the event.This year the Institute invited Matt Parker, maths enthusiast and teacher, to present his highly entertaining interactive event called “Maths of the Simpsons” which was very well received by the young students. The school children enjoyed entertaining and educational sessions, which included statistics and probability presented in a very simple and realistic way.Matt presented The Famous Birthday Problem and then showed the maths behind the national lottery which left no one in doubt as to the very poor odds!!In the second show students were treated to the highly popular “Maths of the Simpsons” and the children left with a very different angle to mathematics, especially to shapes in geometry.Above all else it showed that maths can be enjoyable – doh!! Now in its sixth year Maths Week Ireland is coordinated by Calmast at Waterford Institute of Technology which is a partnership of over 40 organisations and groups committed to promoting maths.The primary aim behind Maths Week Ireland is very simple. The events are designed to show that maths can be fun and that numbers are all around us!LYIT SHOWS MATHS CAN BE ENJOYABLE – DOH! was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:LYITMaths Week
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Students are wondering why soda was banned from school,” Patterson said. “We never got a full explanation.” Patterson first became involved with student government as a freshman. Last year, he was the junior class vice president. He currently serves as senior class treasurer. Student government teacher Vincent Ferry has worked with Patterson during the past four years and said he has always shown enthusiasm for student activities. Ferry said the role of student representative on the school board can be an eye-opener to the political process and gives an understanding about how policies are made. Because policies voted by the board affect students, Ferry said it’s helpful to have a teenager there offering his point of view. “You want to involve the people with the policies that you’re making,” Ferry said. Associated Student Body secretary Andrew Trock, 17, said he’s impressed with Patterson’s ideas and the enthusiasm he has for school. “He’s always at football games pumping up the crowd as best as he can,” Trock said. Patterson plans to continue his involvement with student government next year when he begins college at the University of Mississippi. He wants to pursue a history major and hopes to one day teach the subject at the high school level. “I’ve had a lot of strong history teachers in high school, and from the way they taught it, I really understood,” Patterson said. “I figured, why not continue.” Sue Doyle,(661) firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The youngest member of the school board for William S. Hart Union School District recently took his seat and is ready for business. Lee Patterson, 17, was elected by his peers to serve as student board member for the 2005-06 school year and began his first term at the Nov. 16 school board meeting. In his role, Patterson can’t vote on policies and issues in the same way as other board members. But he can share his opinion on matters. And the Valencia High School senior said he’s ready to talk because there are issues that are already on his mind, from the lack of mirrors in school bathrooms to the campus soda ban. These are matters that Patterson and others discuss in meetings on the student communication council, where representatives from every high school and junior high congregate and discuss what’s happening on campus.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants summoned pitcher Ty Blach to the big leagues on Monday with one goal in mind.They wanted Blach to provide aid out of the bullpen against a Dodgers team with a slew of left-handed sluggers who have struggled against him in the past.Blach received his chance against Los Angeles on Tuesday, but he turned in one of the worst outings of his major league career in a 10-3 blowout loss.“It didn’t work out with Ty’s hiccup, but he was the guy that was going to be the long …
The Supreme Court has questioned the lack of separate schools and distinctly trained teachers for students who suffer from autism, blindness and deafness.The apex court observed that it is “impossible to think” that children, who are disabled or suffer from any kind of disability or are mentally challenged, can be imparted education in mainstream schools along with normal children.A Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, said that access to education has now been regarded as a fundamental right under Article 21A and there was a statutory obligation on the States to provide education under the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsary Education Act, 2009.Treat them as special“We are of the prima facie view that the children with special needs have to be imparted education not only by special teachers but there have to be special schools for them,” the Bench said.It asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file an affidavit keeping its observation in mind in four weeks and specify when the State is going to meet the obligation. It listed the matter for further hearing on November 27.“When we say ‘disability’, we do not mean ‘disability’ as has been defined in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 includes certain physical disabilities which may not be a warrant for getting admission in special schools,” the bench said.Emphasising the need for a separate system, the court said: “The students who suffer from blindness, deafness and autism or such types of disorder may be required to have separate schools with distinctly trained teachers.”The Bench was hearing a plea filed by Rajneesh Kumar Pandey through advocate Prashant Shukla, claiming lack of sufficient number of special educators in Uttar Pradesh and other States to teach the children with special needs.‘UP already on it’Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati appearing for Uttar Pradesh said the State was committed to imparting education to the children with special needs.She said the State had already commenced the procedure for engaging 12,000 teachers, of whom some would be teachers for such special children.Counsel for Centre said that under the new integrated education scheme, special children were being taught along with normal children.The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the UP government claimed that children with special needs were being taught under the integrated scheme to ensure they do not get demoralised or feel alienated.As a confidence-boosting stepIt was contended that teaching such children along with the normal kids without disability would boost the confidence of those disabled and stop their isolation from the normal environment in schools.The petition, filed by 17 teachers who claim to have undertaken the training required to teach special children, has contended that to make Right to Education a success, it is necessary that qualified special educators are there in each school so that disabled kids can be prepared to face the challenges of life.The Punjab government was also faced with the same query from the Bench in a similar matter in the apex court.
When humans dream of flight, they don’t often imagine jellyfish. But a new flying machine mimics the umbrellalike flapping of an ocean jelly. The prototype has a motor-powered crankshaft that alternately flaps opposing pairs of petal-shaped wings. Though its Mylar film and carbon fiber body weighs less than one-tenth of an ounce, its stability stems from its bottom-heavy design, which lets it wobble, but not flip over. Indeed, its designers argue that the flying jelly is more stable than robots based on insects or birds, which require a tail, sails, or a feedback system to stay upright. Researchers can adjust the speed and size of the flapping to make it hover or change directions. Though the current prototype must be plugged in, future models will be battery-powered, the team reports online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Such minidrones could do military surveillance or monitor traffic or air quality. Considering the advantages of jellyfishlike flight, the scientists question why no land animals have evolved to fly this way.
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Parts of Manipur shut down on Tuesday against the merger of the State with the Indian Union 70 years ago. The response to a bandh for the same reason in Tripura was lukewarm.Two Manipur-based umbrella extremist organisations – Coordination Committee (CorCom) and Alliance of Socialist Unity, Kangleipak (ASUK) – and the Tripura-based National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) had announced the shutdown to mark the “forced merger” of the two States with India on October 15, 1949.The shutdown ranging from 12-18 hours affected six districts in the plains of Manipur dominated by the Meitei community. The impact was minimal in the hills although normal life was affected because of disruption of communication with State capital Imphal.“The shutdown was largely ignored in Tripura,” a senior police officer in State capital Agartala said, adding there were reports of some tribal areas having been affected to some extent.‘Dark period’A joint statement signed by the leaders of the outfits such as NLFT president H. Uastwng Borok and ASUK chairman N. Oken said that the 1949 merger was a “dark period” in the history of Manipur and Tripura.“We have become demographically outnumbered or nearly outnumbered, politically marginalised and disintegrated, economically dependent and pauperised, socially disorganised and splintered. National doom is staring at us viciously. Merger with India is the root-cause of all these national maladies,” they said.Maharaja Bodhachandra Singh of Manipur and V.P. Menon representing the Union government had signed the Manipur Merger Agreement on October 15, 1949. Tripura’s merger was signed by Maharani Kanchanprabha Devi, who was in charge of the State since her husband and the last reigning king of Tripura, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya had died in 1947.“The merger agreements were signed under duress by two incompetent authorities of the two kingdoms,” the joint statement from the extremist groups said.
There’s apparently a leaked picture of Shraddha Kapoor wearing a black hoodie on the sets of Ek Villain doing the rounds.Here too, one can just about make out look we’re referring to. Along with the film’s promos, it was revealed that actor Riteish Deshmukh plays the bad guy. Not only that, the film’s male lead Sidharth Malhorta is being touted as an anti-hero.Shraddha Kapoor wears a black hoodie while on the sets of Ek Villain.But this picture had us thinking there’s might be more bad guys planted in the plot than we thought.Why we’re thinking this is since the only two other ‘villains’ have been sporting the black hoodie too. Not to forget the sinister look accompanying it. Left, Sidharth Malhotra. Right, Riteish Deshmukh.The film is apparently based on a Korean film titled I Saw the Devil, though director Mohit Suri has denied these rumours.Produced by Ekta and Shobha Kapoor, the film is slated for release on June 27.