By Lakhram BhagiratAll over the world, women are entering traditionally male-dominated fields with the aim of breaking or bridging the gender disparity. In Guyana, it is no different as the Public Telecommunications Ministry in collaboration with the University of Guyana and the Education Ministry launched its inaugural Guyanese Girl Code Initiative.Over 40 girls will be taught both theoretical and practical coding by instructors from the University of Guyana Computer Science Department and NCERD for the next 12 weeks as a part of the inaugural Guyanese Girls Code Initiative.Some of the girls and their parentsThe pilot programme targets girls between the ages of 11 to 14 years and is aimed at addressing the gender disparity in Guyana’s ICT sector. The girls from Forms One to Three are from the St Roses High, Charlestown Secondary, St Stanislaus High, Mackenzie High, St Johns College, Richard Ishmael Secondary, Matthews Ridge Primary, Bishops’ High, Queens College, L’Aventure Secondary, Central High, Hope Secondary, North Ruimveldt Secondary, Mae’s Schools, Cove and John Secondary, Annandale Secondary, St Margaret’s Primary, Skeldon High, Tutorial High, Cummings Lodge Secondary, Berbice High and West Demerara Secondary.Coordinator of the programme, Donella Collison, said the girls are coming from all over Guyana just to be a part of the sessions. She explained that they initially catered for 20 girls but because of the overwhelming response, they had to extend that number.The programme is expected to run for four hours on Saturdays so as to not disturb the schooling of the girls and will see them being split into two groups; one set hosted at UG and the other at NCERD.Public Telecommunication Minister Cathy HughesAccording to Collison, they are hoping to extend it to communities out of Georgetown, particularly remote and hinterland locations.“We chose this age group because typically in First to Third Form they do not get to do Information Technology and by the time they get to Fourth Form they move on to CXC and it is already late. This programme in the pilot stage is really proving that yes they can learn it at an early stage and yes we hope that at some point that would change the way Information Technology, coding, and programming is taught in our schools and we are hoping that we can extend it as much as possible,” Collison said.Meanwhile, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes said the number of girls who registered to be a part of the programme overwhelms her. She added that internationally women and girls are leading corporations and hold high positions in the ICT sector but noted that Guyana and the Caribbean is lagging behind.“You are the chosen generation. You guys are going to transform Guyana with how you use and promote ICT. I am excited that finally we can give opportunity to girls to make sure that they can be a part of this important game. Today is a new start to a whole new journey that you girls will undertake,” Hughes said.She urged the girls to ensure they take full advantage of the opportunity and complete the 12-week course.Minister Hughes said the more women and girls in the tech industry will ultimately result in having more talented and innovative youths to change the demographic and lead Guyana into the digital revolution. “We at the Ministry of Public Telecommunications always knew that we have to make a change. We have to train more of our Guyanese women to get into Information Technology, so we came up with a plan to demonstrate to our female population from as young as you are that ICT is not only meant for boys and not girls, women are exceeding, excelling and they are leading in many ways,” Hughes said.“We recognise that just to create the apps, to do all of these wonderful things there are some fundamental training that is required and that is in the area of coding and the beautiful thing that we don’t have to worry about is that it is all interactive, it is practical, it is exciting,” she added.The curriculum is expected to cover both theory and practical aspects. The theory is to cover about 40 per cent and the topics, includes the pioneers of computer science while the practical aspects will focus of looking at applications, software and hardware.
NEW YORK — Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers are well aware who is most responsible for their sensational start.Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in his second shutout of the season and New York beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 Nov. 23 for its ninth straight victory at home.“Look around the league and you see guys putting up huge offensive numbers, playing great hockey. It’s no different (than) what (Lundqvist) is doing for our team,” Stepan said. “We’ve played some good hockey (and) at times we had (Lundqvist) play some good hockey for us.”Stepan, Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes scored for the Rangers, who won for the 11th time in 12 games overall and improved to 16-3-2. New York’s 34 points are tied with Dallas and Montreal for most in the NHL.The shutout was the 57th in regular-season play for Lundqvist and his second against Nashville.The previous time the Rangers won nine in a row at Madison Square Garden was during the 1971-72 season.Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators, who fell to 11-6-3 with their third straight shutout loss.Nashville hasn’t scored in a franchise-record 213 minutes, 47 seconds, since Miikka Salmomaki’s goal at 6:13 of the second period in a 3-2 win over Anaheim last Tuesday.“So many chances,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette lamented. “So many chances.”Nashville outshot the Rangers 31-19, including 14-3 in a scoreless first period. The Predators spent 7:21 on the power play, as Dan Girardi (interference), Keith Yandle (holding) and Stepan (double-minor for high-sticking) committed penalties.Still, the Predators were stymied by an aggressive Lundqvist, who challenged Nashville’s shooters throughout.“He’s one of the best goalies in the world,” Shea Weber said. “We knew it was going to be a tough night.”Lundqvist’s play kept the Rangers in the game, and Nash’s sixth goal of the season at 4:32 of the second period gave them the lead.Nash began the sequence by forcing Calle Jarnkrok into a turnover in the defensive zone. Nash carried the puck up the left wing boards before beating Rinne high to the stick side with a wrist shot for an unassisted goal.It was Nash’s fourth goal in New York’s last two games.“There’s a hole there,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Only a goal scorer can pick that hole against an elite goaltender.”Nashville had the better of play in the second period, too. The Predators outshot New York 11-4 but were unable to solve Lundqvist.As strong as New York’s netminder was, Kevin Klein made arguably the game’s biggest save late in the second period. The defenseman absorbed Filip Forsberg’s drive while an out-of-position Lundqvist scrambled to get back into his net with the Rangers clinging to their slim lead.“I think the guys, when they see guys pay the price like that, it gives the bench energy,” Lundqvist said after New York blocked 26 shots. “As a goalie it gives you a lot of energy.”Stepan made it 2-0 at 4:23 of the third. Stationed directly in front of Rinne, Stepan tapped Marc Staal’s feed into the net for his sixth of the season.Hayes added a power-play goal 6:15 later. It was his sixth of the season.New York finished 1 for 4 on the power play while killing off all five of Nashville’s man advantages.“We took way too many penalties,” Staal said. “We started the game off killing almost the whole first half of the (first) period. … We had to try to get in some lanes and block shots.”(DENIS P. GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shares read more
Simona Halep is playing well enough to win a third title here, reaching her fourth semi-final in nine visits with a naggingly precise serve that drained even the combative spirit of Ashleigh Barty, whose run of 11 wins on the spin ended on Court Manolo Santana.The Romanian now has an equally formidable task to get past the tenacious Swiss Belinda Bencic on Friday, and she has the added incentive of reclaiming her world No 1 place from Naomi Osaka – who lost in three sets to Bencic – if she wins the final on Saturday. Belinda Bencic came from behind to beat Naomi Osaka. Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Facebook Halep’s 7-5, 7-5 win over Barty was payback for the reigning French Open champion and world No 3, whose charge at the title in Sydney was stopped by the Australian in January. Halep on Thursday was formidable with ball in hand, winning 87% of her first serves, not far behind the tournament leader in that category, Petra Kvitova, giving her a bedrock of consistency the stubborn world No 9 struggled to counter.The match was close throughout, Halep breaking and then returning the favour immediately in each set, before finding the weapons to get over the line. “It’s a huge victory,” she said. “It was very difficult and every point was important. I tried to stay calm. Sometimes I tried to force it and I missed. With her, you have to keep the ball on court and try to mix it up, like she does.”Barty’s breakback in the second set was by way of an outrageous drop shot, and Halep remarked, “At that point I was so frustrated, but I know that she does these things, because she is very talented.”Bencic looked down and gone towards the end of her quarter-final against Osaka but conjured a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win in a memorable fight over two hours and 11 minutes. It was her 25th win and fourth semi-final of the season. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger She will take some stopping, having beaten four top-tenners on the way to the third title of her career, in Dubai earlier this year. “It was very difficult. I didn’t have much rhythm early on. I’m very relieved,” she said courtside.In a quarter-final that tingled more nerve endings than even the first one, Osaka, who has been struggling with injury, broke in the fourth game, only to hand it back straight away. She broke again for 5-3, when Bencic botched a return, and aced to take the set in 36 minutes.As the afternoon shadows crept on to the court, the match swung back towards Bencic, who broke to 30 at the start of the second set and levelled comfortably. There was little in the decider until Osaka broke and held to love; the match looked hers to lose. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. She dragged Bencic into a deuce struggle with a couple of belting forehands into unattended corners, but the world No 18, one of the game’s toughest competitors, stayed in the fight, then broke to love and held to lead 6-5.Osaka, who was warned for racket abuse, settled herself on the changeover but not enough to still the nerves in her backhand, despondent as her final shot struck the net. news Naomi Osaka Twitter Since you’re here… Tennis Share on LinkedIn Topics Rafael Nadal brings teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime back down to earth Share via Email Simona Halep Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read more Reuse this content read more