Guyana People’s Militia 1500-plus strong – Harmon

first_imgBased on questions posed by the parliamentary Opposition about the Guyana People’s Militia, the National Assembly was told that 1608 persons have been recruited into the resuscitated group. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said these persons were recruited at various levels, and they were between the ages of 18 and 35, and physically and mentally stable for entry. These persons, he said, are not forced to join the Militia, but do so of their own free will and are paid $2829 per day.Thus far, 36 persons have been recruited from Region One (Barima-Waini); 154 from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 365 from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); 204 from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); 405 from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); 93 from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); 42 from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); 45 from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 264 from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).According to the Minister, recruitment teams are deployed to the various regions to sensitise persons on the programme and to recruit those interested. Special consideration is given to highly-skilled retired military personnel and skilled professionals. Advertisements are also placed on social media, radio, and television and flyers are distributed to attract interest.The officers are required to attend specialised training three times per week in the regions. The training entails personal drills, map reading and navigation, jungle and weapons training, internal security, national policy and more.Eighteen years after it was disbanded, the Guyana People’s Militia was reactivated on December 1, 2015 in keeping with the defence policy of the six-month-old administration.At the relaunching, the then Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips explained the advantage of having the Militia as a separate entity rather than being part of the GDF as the 2nd Infantry Battalion, as since August 1997.The Chief-of-Staff said several drill halls countrywide would be rehabilitated and Regional Companies would be strengthened through recruitment and the provision of more leadership training for officers and senior non-commissioned officers.The Militia was first established in 1976 in accordance with the Defence Act at a time when the country had been facing internal and security threats.An estimated 1000 persons have been recruited in 2014 and 2015. Phillips said a number of the 55 persons who went Absent Without Leave (AWOL) have since been taking steps to return to duty.Government also expects to boost the GDF’s Engineer Corps to be involved in infrastructural development in the hinterland. The GDF plans to acquire more aircraft and patrol vessels during the next few years.last_img read more


SA, Jamaica eye stronger relations

first_img7 August 2012 President Jacob Zuma says he would like to see increased volumes of trade and investment between South Africa and Jamaica. “We are committed to encourage and facilitate South African companies doing business in Jamaica, resulting in the steady growth in trade and investment between our two countries,” Zuma said on Tuesday. Zuma, who was on a working visit to Jamaica, was speaking following talks with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in Kingston. As a first step towards this goal, the two countries envisage cooperation among universities on joint research projects, and student and academic exchange programmes. A number of additional agreements are being negotiated between the two countries in the fields of science and technology, defence and security, social development, sport and culture, bilateral air services and public works. Zuma said these agreements would serve to foster mutual cooperation, translating into stronger economic, social and developmental relations between the two countries. “The talks are a clear indication of our collective determination to take our relations to higher levels for the mutual benefit of our respective countries,” Zuma said. Currently, the Jamaican and South African governments have waived visa requirements for all South African and Jamaican passport holders to enable nationals to enter each others’ countries for up to 90 days without visas. This provision has facilitated the smooth movement of South Africans and Jamaicans who are engaging in music, education and sport, among other things. Zuma’s visit culminated in his attendance of a grand cultural gala to mark Jamaica’s 50th year of independence from British rule. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more


Game Of Clones: The War Over Your Compute Cycles

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” ―Cersei LannisterIf you are in the IT infrastructure game, it feels like the old alliances have fallen apart, while the forces of virtualization and cloud have breached all the great walls. It’s the tech industry version of a global war, one rooted both in reality and fantasy.The “Iron Throne” of the computing industry is the compute cycle, the amount of time and resource used across servers, networking and storage for an application to complete a task. For the vendor world, there is a pitched battle for all the software, services, and miscellaneous technologies that go with it.What’s different this time around: All the large entrants’ armies are marching up and down the computing stack (e.g., servers, storage and networking), as startups have initiated guerilla actions aimed at staking out a larger territory. The downfall of client-server computing is the technology industry’s version of the murders of Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark and the chaotic war in which many viewers—er, customers—are now immersed.Just change the great brands HP, IBM, Dell, Cisco, Oracle, EMC/VMware, Intel, and Microsoft for the great houses of Lannister, Stark, Tagaryen, Tyrell, Baratheon, etc., and all you need is a weekly mini-series.Slay The Masters, Strike The Slaves’ ChainsThis is a game of clones war, however. The magical weapon category owners now use against the other is their version of the Unsullied, a commodity proxy army of their enemy’s hardware or software. Effectively, that is, an army of clones.We saw this first in the server industry in the 1990s, where the x86 server market took off, allowing generic boxes based on PC technology to stomp all over RISC minicomputers. Things didn’t get really interesting until the early 2000s when the magic of server virtualization—led by a new dragon called VMware—leveled the server playing field and decimated the great houses of Sun, DEC, SGI and many others.“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me!” —Daenerys TargaryenThis is not to say the current computing powerhouses are sulking in their castles.  Most have hot actions as well as furtive plans to either shore up their existing territory or claim the market share of others through acquisitions or headlong jumps into open source movements. These strategies fall into three broad camps:White box hardware models driven by proprietary softwareProprietary hardware and software that compete on performanceOpen software models (e.g., OpenCompute/Facebook, OpenStack, OpenFlow) across a range of hardware modelsThis is an epic free-for-all where all the major players are involved in one way or another. Each week, a new episode of intrigue and border crossing looms as the giants vie for position.Revenge Of The Smallfolk“Surely there must be ways of having me killed that would be less detrimental to the war effort!” —Tyrion LannisterUnlike businesses in the client-server revolution, IT buyers in this epic—the traditional smallfolk, if you will—have a range of compute-cycle options that extend well beyond the traditional great houses. To whit, they can:Embrace the open model like Facebook and Google and join the bare metal ecosystem—i.e., buy hardware directly from the original manufacturer and tie it together with open-source software such as the Linux network OS offered by Cumulus NetworksBuy it all as a single plug-and-play hyperconvergence package from vendors like Nutanix or Scale ComputingRent it from the cloud (Amazon)Rent pieces like storage and file sharing/collaboration from fast-rising upstarts such as BoxSkip the infrastructure and just rent the application (Workday)While little is certain in the new world of computing, one thing is certain. Any forced wedding between customers and vendors is likely to be, well, bloody.Lead image via screen capture at HBO.com IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alan s cohencenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise#Open Source#Virtualization last_img read more


DEADPOOL 2 With Ryan Reynolds Starts Filming in Vancouver With a Week

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement After the big X-Men Mansion drop-in a few weeks ago, Deadpool 2’s start of filming in Vancouver proved quieter with a shoot of Deadpool at a kids party and then an afternoon shoot on the roof of  a downtown office tower yesterday.Deadpool was photographed bouncing on a trampoline at a kids party and on the roof wielding  a gun while wearing his mask and Crazy Horse t-shirt.Deadpool 2 — with the working titles Caribbean Blue, Daisy and Love Machine — will shoot in metro Vancouver until early October 2017.last_img read more