The Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday received survey supplies worth an estimated $30 million from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to commence the country’s latest round of the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey, this April.This was highlighted by UNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, at the official handing over ceremony held at the Bureau of Statistics boardroom.Fouet explained that this programme aims to collect and compile data on the situation of children and women, to be used for nationwide decision-making. Fouet also noted the use of new modules, while going paperless.From left: UNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, handing the survey supplies to Deputy Chief Statistician, Ian Manifold (DPI photo)“Guyana is ahead of the curb in the Region – they did in Suriname and Costa Rica, but they did not use the full module – so, Guyana is top three in the Region to embark on this type of survey this new methodology and going digital,” the UNICEF Country representative is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.According to Fouet, three-week capacity building exercises will commence at the end of March and 21 teams will be launched simultaneously across the country to conduct the survey.Deputy Chief Statistician Ian Manifold expressed his gratitude to the UNICEF for providing the necessary tools to conduct the survey, noting that going digital will accelerate the institution’s progress. He explained that during the last census, it was highlighted that the process needed to be conducted in a timely manner.“We would like our public to understand the collection of the mixed data is very beneficial to the development of Guyana. It is going to speak to how we develop policies and how we push our development… so, I would really like the general public to continue to give us their cooperation over the years,” Manifold said.He disclosed that officers will be properly attired so that persons can easily recognise the organisation and the nature of their business.Currently, the Bureau is also conducting the continuous labor force and household budget and living conditions surveys.This international survey is conducted every five years.
It’s easy to make friends in South Africa’s culturally diverse population, which makes Mzansi a hit with expats.(Image credit: Andy Carter) Sulaiman PhilipThe 2014 edition of the HSBC Expat Explorer survey spins a really good story for South Africa. Expatriate workers looking for a balance between work and a decent family life rated South Africa the second best destination in the world, after New Zealand.The annual survey measures four categories: earnings, lifestyle, raising children and the cost of living. Countries made it on to the list if, and only if, there were at least 100 respondents from each locale. South Africa did not fare that well in the economic measures, but it was close to the top in the social categories. Or as one respondent put it, in South Africa I “enjoy improved quality of life i.e. better weather and more social events. There’s more luxurious housing and better value for your income.”The results are based on the subjective opinions of almost 3 000 expats. Switzerland was tops overall, South Africa 22nd, but the country outranked most others on social measures, like “great place to raise children”. South Africa’s cultural diversity also made it easier for expats to find their feet, and made it easier for them to find something to remind them of home.The international bank measured four social categories: (1) ability to befriend locals, (2) success in learning the local language, (3) capacity for integrating themselves into the community and fitting into a new culture, and (4) raising children abroad. Like expat parents in New Zealand, expats living in South Africa felt their children enjoyed a better quality of life, and believed their children were more well-rounded as a result of being integrated into the local community.Expat life has evolved to become about more than just a bigger pay cheque or better career prospects. While this does remain true for younger and newer entrants to the job market, for married expats and those with children especially, a more balanced and well-rounded experience for themselves and their children matter as much as salary.As they did in the Land of the Long White Cloud, expats in South Africa claimed that the scenery, diversity of the landscape and good weather made their new homes the best place to raise children. The expats who voted New Zealand and South Africa as the top two places to raise children also mentioned that they felt their children were safer and healthier since they moved because children grew up more active, outdoorsy and healthy.People in search of better job prospects headed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait, countries that scored very low on integration with the local community. Money matters of course. Switzerland was voted top but as an average, the Asian subcontinent – mostly South Africa’s Brics partners China and India – scored highest in the salary stakes. The global salary average is $92 000 (about R997 000), but in Asia you can pocket $120 000 although you have to contend with a higher cost of living.In Mercers 2014 Cost of Living survey, Hong Kong (3), Singapore (4), Tokyo (7), Shanghai (10), Beijing (11), Seoul (14), and Shenzhen (17) were the Asian cities that made the top 20 most expensive cities in the world. Covering 211 cities across the globe, the Mercer survey measures the cost of 200 items in each location including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.Companies and governments use the Mercer index to set compensation allowances for expat employees. There are four African cities on the list, with Luanda in Angola rated as the most expensive city in the world. N’Djamena in Chad (2), Victoria in the Seychelles (13), and Libreville in Gabon (19) are all more expensive than South Africa’s most expensive city, Cap Town, which came in at a value for money 205.Economic opportunity in South Africa, generally, cannot match the prospects of the countries that make up the top 10 of HSBC’s list, but the friendliness of South Africans remains one of the country’s biggest assets. We face challenges, and sometimes we don’t get along with our neighbours, but the warm smiles and affection Mzansi shares with foreigners – guests or expats – is infectious. Expats feel their children are safer and healthier and lived a more active, outdoorsy and spirited life.(Image credit: Sandra Mallinson)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After this season, you may be tempted to park your equipment in the shed and take a much needed winter break. You probably remembered to winterize your machinery, but you may have overlooked the need to winterize your precision ag technology. Here are some tips to ensure your monitors and sensors continue to function next season.Bring technology indoors.Although precision ag technology is ruggedized to protect against harsh field conditions, the temperatures that we often experience during a Midwest winter are low enough to potentially damage the electronic components of in-cab displays and sensors such as the GPS receiver. Remove them and store indoors to protect them from the winter weather. Even if your equipment is parked in a protected area, it may be wise to remove sensors and store them to protect against rodent damage.Export and backup data from cardsWinter is a great time to pull this season’s data off data cards and/or in-cab displays. It’s a good practice to create a backup of the raw data before beginning to clean and process it. Come up with a good method of organizing your data and stay consistent from year to year. This will make analyzing, sharing, and storing it easier.Make repairsInspect your equipment especially wiring harnesses for damage. Weakened cables and damaged components can be ordered and replaced now to help avoid the frustrating slowdowns that occur when they fail in-season.Contact dealer about firmware upgrades for technologyMaking needed updates now can simplify your list of things to do before field work starts next spring.
Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… TechSmith, the makers of powerful screencast recording software Camtasia and screen capture app SnagIt, announced this morning that a beta version of SnagIt is now available for the Mac. The Windows version costs $50 but the Mac beta is free for now. It’s great.If you’ve used Skitch or Little Snapper, SnagIt seems much more full-featured. The best parts I’ve seen so far are far more font options and really easy composite image creation. The company’s demo video is below. This is just beta software and hopefully it will be more stable and less clunky than early versions of TechSmith’s free cross-platform video and image product Jing Project. The recently released Camtasia for Mac was very well done and appears quite stable.One thing that’s missing is the ability to quickly post an image to Flickr or any other online site. That would be nice and is a feature that competitors offer. Easy click and drag resize is something that SnagIt could pick up from other services as well. All in all, though, this looks like a very nice product. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market