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E-agriculture will increase youth involvement – Sport Director

first_imgThe introduction of technological advancements in Guyana’s agricultural sector will result in increased involvement of youths in the field.These sentiments were shared by the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones during Guyana’s second Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) robotics exhibition, where he noted that this and other sectors would be left behind unless Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is introduced.Jones related that many from the younger generations have a stereotypical view that agriculture entailed long hours in the sun. However, many countries have sourced drones and other devices to perform the work of tools in a shorter amount of time. According to him, if Guyana can produce such facilities, youths will be more inclined to join the field.“IT is here to stay and unless we start to develop our kids at a tender age, businesses in Guyana will be left behind. When young people hear about agriculture, there’s this mental picture that comes to mind that you see someone with a fork and under the blazing hot sun, but when you show them the new technologies in agriculture in which you can simply use your smartphones to fly a drone over your field or to irrigate or fertilise the fields, it becomes interesting,” he said.“It could be applied here in Guyana, because, as you know, we have land that we can plant but it’s to get the young people back into the agricultural fields,” the Director added.During an encounter with students of Region One (Barima-Waini), questions were posed on when would IT hubs be established to support this initiative.Jones reiterated that while this would aid in the advancement in the sector, a 24-hour electrical supply was needed, but residents only receive nine hours of electricity on a daily basis. However, when the first solar farm is completed, the youths will be gifted with IT hubs.“IT hubs are needed with consistent electricity. Places like Mabaruma for example which currently enjoys nine hours of electricity, soon to come on stream is the solar farm that is there in Mabaruma. Once that comes on stream, it will add additional hours of electricity to folks in Mabaruma, and thereafter IT hubs can be established for those children,” Jones stated.last_img read more

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Van Gaal admits summer transfer market has been difficult for Man United

first_img1 New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits it has not been easy to buy players this summer – but claims the Red Devils are still working on a number of transfer deals.The Premier League side have signed Southampton’s Luke Shaw, Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera and Serbian youngster Vanja Milinkovic already this summer, but are believed to be in the market for as many as three more big-money signings.Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels are the club’s top targets, although signing the latter is proving hard because the German club have already lost one star this summer in Robert Lewandowski, who joined bitter rivals Bayern Munich.The Dutchman has admitted he wants to sign new defenders before the season starts, but he concedes landing his targets will prove hard.“Manchester United shall buy players when we can improve our selection,” the United manager said. “And that is a lot more difficult than you think.”Another priority for Van Gaal is cutting loose the players he deems surplus to requirements.Those who are surely in the most danger include Javier Hernandez, Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Marouane Fellaini and Anderson.Van Gaal will not enjoy telling his unwanted players they have no future at the club, but he will not shirk away from making the changes he feels are necessary either.“I won’t come with the axe – it’s not like that,” Van Gaal said.“We have to be honest. We have to give advice to the players now at this moment and not at the end of August. Then we can’t change anymore and they don’t have a choice.“Of course it’s difficult to say something after two weeks but I think you have to say something.”last_img read more