Literacy, numeracy classes for 100 students – Benab Foundation

first_imgThe Benab Foundation, a volunteer group of young people that aims to ultimately improve the lives of Guyanese, is targeting 100 students this summer to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.Assisting studentsIn the months of July and August, the group will be hosting its annual summer programme that will be focusing on the core subjects in schools. The group has formed a special project called the Cognitive Initiative to deal specifically with the classes to better serve the participants.The Cognitive Initiative is a non-profit programme designed to offer struggling students remedial tutoring during the August vacation.According to the group, “The areas of focus will be Mathematics and English A, as statistical research shows that Guyanese students have poorly performed in these disciplines at CSEC [the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations], despite them being core subjects.”The group noted that its initiative is to improve reading and writing skills, as well as enhance the thinking and reasoning capabilities, of 100 students from junior secondary schools. Candidates selected will be transitioning from second to third form.Students will be required to attend classes for three days per week, four hours each day. The group will also be offering snacks to the students.“Twenty-five volunteers will be involved in the tutoring programme, all of whom are currently undertaking advanced studies or haveThe Benab Foundation volunteerscompleted these studies. The high volunteer to student ratio will allow for more tailored learning based on each student’s weaknesses, as identified in the initial test,” the group added.To date, the Initiative has reached over 200 students from New Campbellville Secondary, Dolphin Secondary, Tutorial High School, St John’s College, St Winifried’s Secondary and St George’s High School among others.The Benab Foundation comprises mostly students, often still in high school (at the A-level) or continuing study at the University of Guyana, and thus cannot afford the transportation and lunch costs associated with the Initiative independently. The group was formed in the year 2012 whereby a small group of young people met to discuss the birth of an organisation that aims to ultimately improve the lives of Guyanese, particularly the nation’s youth. Its main objective is to assist in the development of Guyana and themselves.last_img read more

Italian league probe Matuidi racist abuse claims

first_imgThe chanting reportedly came from all three levels of the ‘Curva Verde’ occupied by Inter Milan fans and took place 55 minutes into the game, which Juventus won 3-2 with two goals in the final three minutes.But before any ruling can be made officials, in accordance with rules governing discrimination in the Italian game, have to gather data to ascertain how many fans were involved.“We must acquire the data, even an approximate estimate, on the occupancy of the sectors involved, as well as receive confirmation that the chants heard came from all three sectors of the Curva Verde, as indicated in the report,” Serie A said in a statement.The punishment will depend on how many fans took part and how loud the chanting was, it added.Midfielder Matuidi has been the victim of similar abuse twice this season, by fans in Verona and Cagliari.Verona were handed a 20,000 euro ($24,000) fine and a suspended partial stadium ban, but Cagliari were not punished although the club issued an apology to the 31-year-old French player.Matuidi, who has 64 caps for France, joined Juventus before the start of the current season from Paris Saint-Germain and has scored three times for the Italian champions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France midfielder Blaise Matuidi (C) celebrates with Juventus teammate Gonzalo Higuain © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Apr 30 – The Italian league are investigating reports that Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi was the victim of racist abuse during Saturday’s Serie A game against Inter Milan at the San Siro.Serie A disciplinary officials said Monday all three of their observers present in the San Siro heard “chants expressing racial discrimination… which lasted for a few seconds” aimed at the French international.last_img read more

Government ‘aim’ to boost childcare providers with €7,000 grant

first_imgThe DCCC are making childcare providers aware of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) grant that is being made available as part of a new scheme by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Are you a childcare provider? If so, you may be able to apply for a grant to create a more inclusive learning environment so that all children can succeed!Why is this grant being made available? All children have rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what language they speak or whether they have a disability or not. You can help create a more accessible, equal and inclusive pre-school for all children by making small changes to the physical environment.This can include the removal of physical barriers that prevent a child from participating in learning activities equally with his/her friends.More information is available at: http://www.donegalchildcare.com/the-access-and-inclusion-model-aim/This grant is available as part of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), which is a new initiative from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to enable children with a disability to access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme. Under this programme, you can apply for equipment, appliances and/or a capital grant up to €7,000 towards the cost of minor alterations to the pre-school setting.How will this improve the quality of the pre-school?Creating a more inclusive environment will help parents and educators feel confident that every child has equal access to the play and learning activities organised through the early childhood curriculum.  A safe, inclusive environment will greatly benefit all children by strengthening their sense of belonging, participation and independence.What type of improvements are eligible?To help a child better engage with the early childhood curriculum, you can apply for a grant for play and learning materials or visual/hearing assistive technology resources. You could also create a quiet/sensory area within the ECCE room. You may want to widen doorframes to allow for easier access for wheelchair users or make bathrooms and toileting areas more accessible to increase the independence of all children.Grants also covers ramps, specialised chairs, hoists and slings, multi-sensory items, standing frames or any other item needed by a child to participate equally in play and learning experiences.A full and comprehensive list is available at: AIM-Level-5-Capital-Information.pdfSo what are you waiting for? How to apply … Early childhood service providers, in partnership with parents, can apply for support by filling in an online application in the PIP Portal at www.pobal.ie.If you need support, advice or guidance on this process, please contact Donegal County Childcare Committee 074 9123442 or info@donegalchildcare.com where we will be only too glad to help!Government ‘aim’ to boost childcare providers with €7,000 grant was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:childcareDCCCGovernmentgrantnewsProvidersSchemelast_img read more

Extra-exclusive Alien Day lands at Century Cinemas tomorrow

first_imgAre you an Alien Fan? If so, Century Cinemas have the perfect Alien Day lined up for you this Wednesday 26th April.Your exclusive Alien Day Superticket will include the following:A viewing of Prometheus 2D featureAlien Directors Greeting and Cut FeatureAn exclusive Alien Covenant sneak peekDavid/ Shaw Ridley Greeting / ClipThe chance to be one of the first in the world to see the new Alien with a screening of Alien Covenant at 11th May 2017 at Century Cinemas.Tickets cost €20pp. BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW – CLICK HEREExtra-exclusive Alien Day lands at Century Cinemas tomorrow was last modified: April 25th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alienCentury Cinemasmoviessuperticketlast_img read more

Croatia coast to victory over disappointing Nigeria

first_img 2 With Argentina playing out a 1-1 draw against Iceland earlier today, both teams knew that a win would give their chances of earning a place in the knockout stages a huge boost.Croatia started the game better and could have had the lead on twelve minutes, but Ivan Perisic’s effort from the edge of the box went narrowly over the bar after good build-up play.However, they did take the lead just after the half-hour mark when Mario Mandzukic’s diving header deflected off the unfortunate Etebo following a corner from the right.Andrej Kramaric nearly doubled their lead with a header just over the bar before Dejan Lovren expertly blocked Alex Iwobi’s goalbound shot on the stroke of half-time.The Super Eagles improved after the break and Leon Balogun missed a great chance from a corner to level the game up on 46 minutes, but Mandzukic managed to get the final touch to divert the ball over.And Zlatko Dalic’s men made them pay when Modric’s cool spot-kick put the result beyond Nigeria’s reach after William Troost-Ekong wrestled Mandzukic to the ground.STAR MAN Croatia celebrate their first goal 2 Croatia got their 2018 World Cup campaign off to a solid start with a comfortable 2-0 win over Nigeria at Kaliningrad.An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty sees the 1998 semi-finalists go top of Group D after the first round of fixtures. Mandzukic was a handful for the Nigeria defence all game This was a game where Croatia did not have to work particularly hard to get the three points and no one really set the contest alight.Ivan Rakitic and Modric controlled the tempo of the game in the middle of the park which Nigeria had no answers for but the player who had the most impact on the game was Mandzukic.The striker caused problems for his opponents and had a hand in both goals.MOMENT OF THE MATCHThis was not the most entertaining game so it was difficult to pick out a standout moment.However, the early chance which saw Perisic’s effort go just over was a really slick move and perhaps shows what is to come from this latest crop of Croatia stars later in the tournament.last_img read more

Young English star ‘expected’ to sign for Spurs amid latest transfer links

first_imgJack Grealish is reportedly ‘expected’ to sign for Tottenham once a transfer fee is agreed with crisis-hit Aston Villa.The Villans are currently struggling with debt issues and in desperate need to raise funds, something Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is understood to be planning to take advantage of. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Latest Tottenham News Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener no dice smart causal possible standings It is thought Grealish may have played his last game for the club during their play-off final defeat to Fulham Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker center_img ALTERED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade targets gameday Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Birmingham Live are reporting that Spurs are now the only side with serious interest in Grealish, but are yet to make a formal offer.Villa value the youngster at £30m, but Tottenham only intend to pay half that amount. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa punished Grealish has flown to Portugal and is currently taking part in a pre-season training camp with Steve Bruce’s side.However he is said to be fully aware of Mauricio Pochettino’s interest and has made no efforts to rule out a potential summer switch.last_img read more

Sinn Féin vow to continue with motion of no confidence next week

first_imgSinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said that regardless of what Fianna Fáil does, Sinn Féin will go ahead with their motion of no confidence next week.The only thing that will prevent this is the Tánaiste stepping down, he says.Deputy Adams said: “Regardless of what Fianna Fáil does, Sinn Féin will go ahead with our no confidence motion next week. The only thing that will prevent this is the Tánaiste stepping down. This is nothing personal against Frances Fitzgerald. “The current focus on whether there will be an election completely misses the main point.“There is a dysfunctionality at the heart of this government. Frances Fitzgerald, as Minister should have intervened. She should have sent for the Commissioner when she had notice of the intentions to continue the smear campaign against Maurice McCabe.“Any suggestion that the Tánaiste was unaware of what was happening has been totally undermined by revelations that at least five officials in the Department were aware in advance, and not after the fact, as an Taoiseach stated.“Instead of circling the wagons, this issue should have been tackled head-on. The fact is that the Taoiseach, the former Justice Minister, and the current Justice Minister, knowing all of this, continued to express full confidence in the Commissioner. “This is utterly unacceptable and is symptomatic of a culture of no accountability in this government.“This is the same dysfunctionality that is evident in their complete failure to tackle the crisis in housing and the growing crisis in our hospitals. Enough is enough.”Sinn Féin vow to continue with motion of no confidence next week was last modified: November 26th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:no confidence motionSinn FeinTanaistelast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 26, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The story remains the same this morning. and therefore our forecast will be pretty short and sweet. Cold and mostly dry weather is expected over the next 10 days. We are even dialing back the few threats that we do see a little bit this morning. Today should feature partly sunny and chilly weather conditions, something that we see in most areas tomorrow as well. The only exception will be in far northern Ohio, where we can’t rule out a few flurries north of US 6. This potential comes out of a disturbance that moves across the Great Lakes at midweek. Really, we still look pretty good in most areas tomorrow, just chilly.Thursday we still have the potential for scattered flurries or a snow shower in the far southern tip of Ohio, but coverage looks significantly lower…only 30 of that area has a good chance. We should be partly to mostly sunny elsewhere.We kick off a mostly dry 5 day stretch on Friday, with no precipitation potential through next Tuesday, except near the Lake. We cant rule out a few flurries Friday overnight and Saturday in far northern Ohio, and lake effect can continue Saturday afternoon and evening in NE Ohio. But…this will be limited to perhaps no more than 10% of the state, with the rest of us fully dry for the 5 day period. However, we pay for it again with cool air, and temps remain mostly 10-15 degrees below normal. The map at right shows temperatures Monday morning as they relate to normal.  Next Wednesday we have sun followed by increasing clouds, and that may lead to some flurries for Wednesday afternoon and evening from US 30 northward. Stronger winds develop with that system too. There is no precipitation threat for next Wednesday from US 30 southward. We go back to dry, cold weather for next Thursday through the following Sunday (10th). However, temps do start to moderate that Sunday afternoon.All of a sudden, the weather pattern goes active and very wet again for the last half of the 11-16 day period. Rains come for Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th, bringing totals of half to 2” and 100% coverage. That will be followed by another front for the 13th that brings an additional half to 2 inches. So, after nearly 2 weeks of dry weather, we get really wet with 1-4” rain potential combined right ahead of mid-month. Temperatures warm dramatically for those rain events.last_img read more

iPhone 3.1: Some Nice Tweaks – Augmented Reality Still Only Semi-Supported

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#news#web frederic lardinois Improved syncing for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photosiTunes U content organizationRedeem iTunes Gift Cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll Option to “Save as new clip” when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on Remotely lock iPhone with a passcode via MobileMe Use Voice Control on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets Paste phone numbers into the keypad Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari (anti-phishing) Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling Fixes issue that causes some app icons to display incorrectly Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts At its annual iPod event today, Apple introduced version 3.1 of the iPhone OS for the iPhone and iPod touch. While there are a number of small tweaks and new features in this update, for the most part, the new firmware enables support for the new features that iTunes 9 introduced today, including Genius mixes and premade ringtones. One feature we were really looking for, support for augmented reality (AR) apps, will only be semi-supported in this new version, though at least some AR apps that were previously impossible to implement on the iPhone will now be feasible. Together with the iTunes 9 update, the iPhone 3.1 firmware now allows users to download over 30,000 ringtones for four major labels at $1.29 each. iTunes 9 also finally introduces a better way to manage and rearrange apps on the iPhone or touch. In addition, iPhone and iPod touch users can now tap into the Genius Mixes that iTunes 9 introduced today. In the App Store on the phone, Apple will now also give users recommendations for other apps. We only got a short time to test this feature, and it seemed to work well so far, but we will hold back our final judgment until we get to test it for a bit longer. Other new features include the ability to save videos from the Mail and MMS app. MMS, of course, isn’t available in the US yet, though according to some reports, options for MMS are now available in the settings in anticipation of AT&T’s launch of MMS for the iPhone. Also new in 3.1 are the ability to use voice control for the iPhone 3GS over Bluetooth, calendar notifications that now display a ‘location’ field, and the ability to pass phone numbers into the phone app’s dialer (the app will automatically convert alphanumeric numbers like 1-800-CALLRWW into real phone numbers). The phone now also vibrates while a user moves icons around on the screen.What About Augmented Reality?As for Augmented Reality, Apple gave users (and developers) the impression that the 3.1 firmware would provide support for AR apps. However, as Orin Inbar points out on Games Alfresco, 3.1 only brings ‘semi support’ for AR apps. Wile developers can now overlay graphics on a live video stream, it is still not possible for developers to actually analyze the live video stream. Many AR apps like ARSights track markers or objects and then replace them with their own info. On the iPhone, this is currently only supported through a private API and, as Inbar notes, chances are that Apple won’t allow such an app into the store.On the other hand, though, apps that don’t need this functionality and only need to be able to overlay text over a video such as Layar or Wikitude should now be a possibility on the iPhone after they already made their debut on Android quite a while ago.Apple’s ListHere is Apple’s own list of all the other updates in iPhone 3.1:last_img read more

The Coming Of Virtualized Storage

first_imgMatt Asay Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Tags:#data center#SDN#software defined data center#software defined networking#storage#VMware center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Today the race is on to virtualize all aspects of the data center. Dubbed the software-defined data center (SDDC) or sometimes software defined networking (SDN), SDDC is a market IDC projects will top $3.7 billion by 2016.It’s a hot market, too: just this week, Cisco, IBM, VMware, Red Hat and others have banded together under a Linux Foundation-hosted consortium called OpenDaylight. But while this is a significant step toward virtualizing the networking layer of the data center, it may simply be a prelude to the next phase of virtualization: storage.VMware led the way in virtualizing servers in the data center, creating enormous value for its shareholders over the last decade. Originally acquired by EMC for $635 million in 2003, VMware is now a standalone company with a market capitalization of more than $30 billion. Last year it acquired a leading SDN startup, Nicira, for nearly $1.3 billion. That move scared a lot of data center vendors – primarily Cisco – who don’t want to see VMware dominate networking virtualization as completely as it came to own server virtualization.Too often overlooked in all the billions of dollars sloshing around servers and networking competition in SDDC is the laggard, storage. Traditional storage is a $10 billion annual business, but until recently it hasn’t made much headway into virtualization.That may be about to change. To better understand the trends shaping the rise of the software-defined storage play, I sat down recently with Dr. Kieran Harty, CEO of Tintri, makers of storage systems for software defined data centers, and one of a core virtualization pioneer. Harty ran engineering at VMware from 1999 to 2006 and his teams created the software products that virtualized the server side of the SDDC equation.ReadWrite: Remind us again what VMware was trying to do a dozen years ago when your teams were focused on bringing virtualization to servers.Harty: The basic problems virtualization solved back then we called server consolidation and over-provisioning. Business wanted to move compute workloads from large, costly, proprietary, single servers (usually Sun servers) running one application, oftentimes at only 10% of capacity, to clusters of cheap, commodity, Linux servers. VMware pioneered a technology called the hypervisor that allowed virtualization to make this possible – on the server.ReadWrite: Today VMware enjoys roughly 90% market share in server virtualization. The spectacular success of server virtualization begs the big question of what comes next. Can the same benefits of virtualization on servers be applied to the rest of the data center?Harty: This is what gives rise to the concept of the software-defined data center (SDDC) – a data center with infrastructure that is fundamentally more flexible, automated and cost-effective; infrastructures that understand application workloads and can automatically and efficiently allocate pooled resources to match the application demands. Rather than construct data centers full of over-provisioned and siloed resources, a SDDC would more efficiently utilize and share all aspects of the infrastructure: servers, networking and storage.While servers, and to a lesser extent networks, have embraced SDDC, storage lags significantly behind and continues to cause a great deal of pain in the data center today. Fortunately, some of the key technologies that brought the sweeping changes to servers and networks are taking shape for storage.ReadWrite: What kind of changes?Harty: A quick look at some of the most successful disruptive technologies reveals that many of them “crossed the chasm” with the help of a few common key ingredients: standardization, hardware innovation and abstraction. In the case of server virtualization, the standardization of Intel’s x86 platform and the proliferation of the open source Linux operating system massively disrupted the server market. Armed with a new generation of multi-core processors and VMware’s hypervisor technology, server virtualization conquered the data center.  Networks followed a similar path starting with TCP/IP standardizing the network protocol. Gigabit Ethernet increased transmission speed by an order of magnitude. OpenFlow, which set the foundation of an open and standards-based software-defined networking, paved the way for the most significant changes in networks in several decades. ReadWrite: What kinds of changes in standards, hardware innovation and abstraction are leading to disruption in the storage market?Harty: For 20 years, little has changed in the world of legacy storage designed for physical environments. As data centers become more virtualized, there is a growing gap due to the complete mismatch between how storage systems were designed and the demands of virtual environments. It’s a bit like people who don’t speak the same languages and have a hard time understanding each other – storage speaks LUNs and volumes; servers speak VMs. As a result, they don’t understand each other very well. Storage allocation, management and performance troubleshooting for the virtualized infrastructure are difficult, if not impossible with legacy storage. Companies have tried to work around this obstacle by over-provisioning storage which is very expensive and increases complexity.ReadWrite: Is there where flash technology enters and disrupts storage? Can we power through these legacy storage challenges with performance improvements that are an order of magnitude over those of traditional spinning disk?Harty: Storage has always been about performance and data management. Flash removes the performance challenges and levels the competitive playing field for storage vendors. Flash enables very dense storage systems that can host thousands of VMs in just a few rack units of space. But flash by itself – without the intelligence – only gets us so far. And while some industry players are attempting to make virtualization products adapt to legacy storage through APIs, or retrofit legacy storage to become virtualization aware, neither goes far enough to bridge the yawning gap between these two mismatched technologies – you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. What is needed to solve this problem is storage that has been completely redefined to operate in the virtual environment and uses the constructs of virtualization. In short, VM-aware storage.ReadWrite: What do you mean, VM-aware?Harty: Virtualized environments require storage designed for virtualization. Enterprises expecting to get the full benefit out of the software-defined data center need storage that’s simple and agile to manage, while delivering the performance required by modern applications. They will need storage that understands the IO patterns of virtual environments and that automatically manages quality of service (QoS) for each VM. We eliminate an entire layer of unnecessary complexity if we stop talking about LUNs or volumes. The broad adoption of virtual machines as the data center lingua franca gives us de facto standardization for software-defined storage. The rapid growth and declining cost of flash technology provides the hardware innovation. This leaves us with the one last essential missing piece – the abstraction between storage and VMs, an abstraction that understands VMs while being able to abstract and pool the underlying storage resources and deliver the benefits of simple, high performing and cost effective storage. We call that VM-aware storage.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more