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CARICOM continues census activities

first_imgFlags of CARICOM member states. Photo credit: caribanaGEORGETOWN, Guyana — Ten Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states and associate members are undertaking enumeration activities this year as the region continues to conduct the 2010 round of population and housing census.St Vincent and the Grenadines began its enumeration on Sunday 12 June, while Suriname is scheduled to start its activities in August. Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Montserrat, Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda began their activities earlier in the year.The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Saint Lucia, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands began census activities last year. They are actively processing their data and, in some cases, have already disseminated some preliminary results.Against the background of the acknowledged need for countries to produce high quality census results in a timely manner for a variety of users, the CARICOM Secretariat is approaching its development partners to secure funding to assist in the process of census data analysis to enable greater use of the census results.For the 2010 round of population and housing census, CARICOM has taken a regionally-coordinated approach and there are common elements in the questionnaires.The 2010 regional strategy of the support for the 2010 census was approved by the Community Council of Ministers in 2009. Harmonised training in various census activities such as methodologies, data processing and dissemination are also part of the regional strategy to have a common approach on the conduct of the censuses. Support was provided through the services of a consultant to enable the countries to prepare their maps and to strengthen capacity in geographic information systems, which will be useful in the dissemination of the census results by area.Oversight of the regional census strategy rests with the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS), which comprises the directors of statistics/chief statisticians, census officers, and regional and international organisations. The regional census strategy has received funds from a number of sources which include:(i) The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for a project under the approach of the Common Census Framework Project;(ii) The Department for International Development has provided funds to support activities under the Common Census Framework. Areas of support include preparation of census mapping, conduct of training workshops and census data processing;(iii) The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) has also supported the 2010 round of censuses through the conduct of a regional workshop in 2007 on census management and training – mapping and geographic information systems. The UNSD has promised further support through convening or assisting with the facilitation of training workshops.(iv) UNFPA has funded training workshop on census data capture and a meeting of census experts to discuss experiences of the 2000 round as it can provide lessons learned/best practices for the 2010 round and has also provided support to the training of enumerators and supervisors in member states and associate members.The Regional Census Coordinating Committee (RCCC), which reports to the SCCS, undertakes the actual monitoring of the progress of countries undertaking their census activities. Monitoring includes engaging in deliberations on common problems, developing strategies that can assist countries and making recommendations to enable support for the conduct of the censuses in the countries.Population and housing censuses are conducted every ten years. Seventy countries were scheduled to conduct censuses in 2010 and another 60 are to conduct theirs this year, covering some three billion people.By 2014, the majority of the world’s population should be counted.Caribbean News Now Tweet 27 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional CARICOM continues census activities by: – June 14, 2011last_img read more

Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers set records in weekend sweep of Bemidji State

first_imgWith their second weekend at home in the books, the No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team victoriously slid past the Bemidji State University Beavers, sweeping them 5-0 and 6-0.This weekend’s sweep was predominately due to the efforts of Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens. Desbiens not only earned two more shutouts this weekend, but with her 44th shutout Sunday, officially clinched the NCAA career shutout record of 43.Desbiens blocked 36 attempts at goal this weekend, helping her team remain scoreless through six intense periods of play. She also managed to hold down the net while the Badgers killed nine penalties between the two games.Women’s hockey: Desbiens, Cogan earn awards as Badgers climb to No. 1Although the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is off this weekend, the Badgers are still making noise in the rankings, on Read…This accolade for Desbiens will complete a phenomenal series of accomplishments that the Badger goaltender has made since coming to Wisconsin. It is not something that Desbiens had planned from the beginning, and it is still something that shocks her when she looks back at it.“It’s kind of impressive,” Desbiens said. “It not something I would have thought about when I got here four years ago.”Desbiens’ team couldn’t be more proud of her at this moment, especially her head coach Mark Johnson. Johnson took a few minutes to compliment his star goaltender on her efforts.“Last year was a real special year for [Desbiens] as an individual,” Johnson said. “She did things that I’ve never seen in the game of hockey from a goaltending standpoint. Again, I credit her for not living on her laurels this past summer and continuing to work. She’s got bigger things ahead of her, and so she continues to work and continues to stay focused, she’s got a bright future.”Of course, Desbiens had a tough road to get to this accomplishment. Just this weekend alone, Desbiens defended nine penalty kills, which isn’t the usual number that she is used to facing on a weekend, and made it tough to secure two more shutouts.To help secure her net, Desbiens relied on both the Wisconsin penalty kill unit and on her defensive unit to help her out during these intense times. With penalties becoming more common in women’s hockey this season, senior defensemen Jenny Ryan knows that penalty kills are one of the most important things the Badgers need to work on.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers take on Bemidji State without Pankowski in WCHA conference matchupFor the first time in a month, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will be skating on their home Read…“We take pride in our penalty kill, and we’ve worked really hard on it,” Ryan said. “We try to play off each other, and we know where the other’s going to be. Ann takes charge back there, and we can count on her to do more things than a normal goalie would do.”The No. 1 ranked team gets to take a break from playing for a week. Their next series against the University of Minnesota-Duluth is Nov. 18 in Duluth. Until then, the Badgers have a lot to celebrate.last_img read more