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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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Kevin De Bruyne in line for Manchester City debut as David Silva sits out

first_imgManchester City playmaker David Silva will miss Saturday’s Premier League game at Crystal Palace with an ankle injury, but Kevin De Bruyne could make his debut in the Spaniard’s absence.Manager Manuel Pellegrini will not risk Silva for the clash and the midfielder has joined Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph on the injury list.Delph, a close-season signing from Aston Villa, is expected to be out for around six weeks, Pellegrini said, after he picked up a hamstring injury playing for England against Switzerland.”The injury list is Zabaleta, he has a problem with his knee and Gael Clichy. Also, Fabian Delph has a hamstring injury,” Pellegrini told reporters on Friday.”Those three and David Silva has a kick in his ankle.Also read: De Gea agrees new four-year United contract “Silva is out for tomorrow as I think it would be a risk for him to take another knock. I hope he will be OK for Juventus (in the Champions League on Tuesday).”Fabian worked with us before he went to his national squad — he worked without problems and he played some minutes with our team. It’s very unlucky to have that injury but it happens.”I don’t know how long Fabian will be out — we’ll see. I think at this moment it will be a month and a half.”Silva’s injury has opened the door for De Bruyne to make his City bow, following his move from VfL Wolfsburg, with Pellegrini hailing the attacking flexibility of his summer capture.advertisementAlso read: How much did Real Madrid ask PSG for Cristiano Ronaldo “Kevin is an important player, like Raheem (Sterling), he has characteristics we need,” Pellegrini said.”His position is easy to settle in our team. He will be a very important player for us. He’s in the squad list, we’ll see tomorrow whether he starts,” Pellegrini said.”I think that he can play in all three (attacking) positions, on the wings or as a striker with no problems.”City will put their 100 percent record to the test against a Palace side who are also flying high, having won three of their first four games.A remarkable 2-1 victory at Chelsea before the international break moved Palace up to second in the table behind City, who they beat 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season.last_img read more