Boost for Primary Education Support Project

first_imgBoost for Primary Education Support Project EducationApril 6, 2010 RelatedBoost for Primary Education Support Project Advertisements RelatedBoost for Primary Education Support Projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A sum of $462.7 million has been earmarked for the Primary Education Support Project in the 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives.This project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Education, aims to contribute to the improved performance, efficiency and equity of the Primary Education System, through the effective implementation of the Revised Primary Curriculum and the national assessment standards in all primary schools. It also seeks to provide 5,175 additional primary school places by replacing five schools, extending five and constructing two new schools.The allocation will be used to complete construction of the Fruitfulvale All-Age and Mansfield Primary Schools. It will also be used to commence construction of Hellshire and Red Hills Road Primary Schools.Up to February 2010, a number of targets were met, including the completion of construction activities at Gordon Town, Guys Hill, Chester Castle, Mayfield and Bromley All-Age schools, and Christiana Leased and Lucea Primary schools; practical completion at the Sheffield All-age, while work is in progress at Fruitfulvale All-Age with 88 per cent complete, and 77 per cent complete at Mansfield Primary. Prequalification of contractors for the construction of Red Hills Road and Hellshire Primary Schools has commenced.Approximately 8,600 teachers have been trained in the delivery of the Revised Primary Curriculum (RPC) from grades one to six, and another 856 teachers in continuous assessment; 89 teachers in classroom assessment; fellowships awarded to 54 Teachers’ College Lecturers; four long-term and 14 short-term fellowships awarded, which will focus on successful planning; 730 Principals trained under the Principals Diploma Programme; six persons in Psychometric Testing; and 170 senior managers and education officers completed the advanced training in Education Management.In addition, 34,000 copies of supplementary readers and six assessment-training manuals to support the delivery of the Revised Primary Curriculum have been distributed to 800 schools; instructional materials for Literacy 1-2-3 programmes have been developed; 3,000 grades one to three teachers, 32 masters trainers and 120 literacy specialists to deliver literacy 1-2-3 programmes in 797 primary and independent schools have been trained; instructional technology programme has been introduced in 69 schools, and resource materials and computers distributed; the services of 90 consultants and 30 goods-contracts have been procured; the grade one Learning Profile has been revised and implemented; the delivery of the Literacy 1-2-3 materials to 800 schools has been completed; new standards for the RPC in social studies, mathematics, language arts, music, visual arts, religious education and physical education at grades one to three has been developed; and information technology rollout in an additional 60 schools has been completed.The project, which is being funded by the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank, is slated to be completed by January 2011. RelatedBoost for Primary Education Support Projectlast_img read more

GOP takes issue with $230,000 request to study single-payer options

first_imgby Alicia Freese Republicans are protesting one of the smaller in the items in the Shumlin administration’s request for additional money in Fiscal Year 2014.Robin Lunge, director of health care reform, is asking for $230,000 to help lay the groundwork for the state’s publicly financed health care system, scheduled to be in place by 2017.The total of all budget adjustment requests is $12.5 million.House Republican leader Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton, issued a statement Wednesday saying that he and his fellow Republicans were ‘shocked’ by the request. Republicans have opposed the switch to single payer.There are several components to Lunge’s request. The $127,000 salary (including benefits) for Michael Costa, the designated point person for figuring out how to finance that system, is the biggest, but it isn’t a surprise. Costa left his post in the Tax Department in June to move to his new position in the Agency of Administration.Lunge has also asked for $100,000 to pay the University of Massachusetts to provide more detailed analyses of the financing options for publicly financed health care. UMass supplied the administration’s finance plan, which was unveiled in January, as required by statute.At the time, Republican lawmakers accused the administration of violating that statute by failing to point to a specific funding mechanism.The point of the UMass contract, according to Lunge, is to offer lawmakers more details about financing options. ‘We expect Legislature will want to refamiliarize themselves with what was passed in Act 48 and also may want to dig into the financing estimates in the UMass reports.’But those clamoring for answers last session say the administration shouldn’t need more money to comply with their request.‘We continue to believe that Vermonters deserve answers on how much Shumlincare is going to cost and who is going to pay,’ Turner said in the statement. ‘That being said, with the shortfall we are facing in meeting our budget needs for 2015’s budget we simple (sic) can’t afford to pay for the Governor’s additional studies and staff in the budget adjustment.’The final piece of Lunge’s request is $50,000 to hire a consultant to ‘move forward with high level operational planning.’last_img read more

Chongqing, Stockholm Dota 2 Majors announced for 2018-2019 season

first_imgTwo new Majors for the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit have been announced: The Chongqing Major and The Stockholm Major.Three of five Majors for the 2018-2019 DPC season have now been announced.The Chongqing Major is being hosted by StarLadder and ImbaTV, and will act as the second Major of the season. Being held from January 19-27th, 16 teams will travel to China to compete for the lion’s share of $1,000,000 (£766,800) and 15,000 qualifying points for The International 9.English, Russian, and Chinese broadcast teams will all be invited to work from in the venue to cater to numerous audiences. Qualifiers will be held for North America, South America, Europe, CIS, China, and Southeast Asia. StarLadder also revealed it will be hosting two Minors in the lead up to the prestigious annual TI event.The Stockholm Major is also known as CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11, and it’ll take place over March 14-24th. Yet again, $1,000,000 (£766,800) will be distributed to 16 teams who attend – 15,000 DPC points are up for grabs.CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 10 was the first Minor to take place, finishing up just on November 4th. Tigers managed to claim $125,000 (£95,828.12), 120 DPC points, and a spot at The Kuala Lumpur Major after taking down Natus Vincere in the grand final.The Kuala Lumpur Major is the first Major tournament of the season, with $1,000,000 (£766,800) being dished out at the end of November 9-18th. Some of the teams that will travel to Malaysia include Team Secret, Ninjas in Pyjamas,, PSG.LGD, Fnatic, and Evil Geniuses.Esports Insider says: It’s always helpful to announce tournaments in advance. StarLadder puts on plenty of great events and DreamLeague Season 10 had some great action so things are shaping up nicely for this season.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

This happened after Murphy’s brilliant goal for Leeds v Bournemouth

first_imgLuke Murphy’s stunning goal for Leeds was enough to beat Championship leaders Bournemouth at Elland Road.The club are now six points clear of the relegation zone, while their opponents remain top, one point in front of Boro, who beat Cardiff.Leeds’ last win came on 29 November when they beat Derby 2-0 and supporters have had to endure an eight-game winless run which has included five defeats.Midfielder Murphy has been at the club since moving from Crewe in 2013 and following the 25-year-old’s first half goal, fans got pretty excited (check out the Vine below his goal)… 1 Luke Murphy last_img

Biola University set for student boom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. The new five-story dormitory is on the site of the former Horton Hall and brings the total number of dormitories on campus to 10. Male and female students will live in separate wings in the facility. The new dorm has 203 rooms with 409 beds, compared with 53 rooms with 107 beds in the old building that was built in 1959. Downstairs there is a basement area with a laundry room, game room and kitchen. Arriving freshmen and family members, who hauled boxes, suitcases and clothing on hangers out of the car trunks and moving vans Friday, were happy to be moving into the new building. “I like that it is new and we don’t have to worry about anything,” said Monica Schumacher, 17, of Elk Grove, near Sacramento. LA MIRADA – Biola University officials received approval Thursday from the fire marshal to open the newest dormitory on campus and by the weekend, a steady steam of students wheeling bikes and carrying suitcases were moving in. Horton Hall is the latest facility to be completed in a building boom that began five years ago on the campus to meet the needs of a growing student population. This year, the student body has swelled to 4,500 full-time students. “We had to race to get it done in time, but we feel good about it all coming together for the students,” said Ken Bascom, senior director of facilities, planning and construction at the Christian university in La Mirada. “This is absolutely a good thing. It makes me feel better that my oldest daughter is moving into a great environment like this,” added her mother, Marcia Schumacher. The university, which was founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and moved to its present location in 1959, has grown rapidly in recent years. For example, in 1995 the enrollment was only 2,600. But after several years of breaking enrollment records because of a high number of graduating high school seniors and increased interest by parents in sending their children to a Christian school, the university was running out of room, said Bascom. “Everywhere was overcrowded,” he said. The solution to the enrollment growth was construction of $53 million in new campus facilities, including a new library, remodeling of the old library, the new Horton Hall, a cafeteria and gymnasium expansion, a parking structure with jogging track and soccer field on the roof and a facility services building. A separate project – a new classroom and office building for the school of business – is under construction and expected to be completed by March. Increased enrollment has also forced Biola to purchase nine single-family homes and six of the 12 apartment complexes along Rosecrans Avenue, between Valley View and Biola avenues, making the university a major landowner in the city. The growth on the campus has created some tensions in the city, according to La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin. When four to six students would rent a house, it caused parking problems on residential streets, he said. To improve the situation, the City Council created permit parking along portions of two streets near the university – Roma Drive and Biola Avenue, he said. But overall, having a thriving university in the city is a bonus, he said. “It is a university that has earned national and international acclaim, and the wonderful students do a lot of community outreach,” he said. “They also contribute to the local economy, like using the Starbucks up the street.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Historic day for Mandela, South Africa

first_img10 June 2010 The 11th of June marks the kick-off of the first Fifa World Cup to be held on the African continent. But the day has a further significance in the history of South Africa. For one: it is the day Nelson Mandela and seven of his comrades were convicted for sabotage. Forty-six years ago, on 11 June 1964, Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni, Elias Motsoaledi and Govan Mbeki were found guilty, in the Rivonia Trial, of sabotage. The following day, the eight, who had expected the death sentence, were each sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. Goldberg, being white, was separated from the group and incarcerated at Pretoria Central Prison. Mandela and the others arrived on Robben Island in the early hours of the morning of 13 June. Coincidentally, the 11th of July – the date of the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup – is also a historic day in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. It was on 11 July 1963 that the police first raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia and made several arrests, including those of Sisulu and Kathrada. Some of the other Rivonia accused were arrested elsewhere. Mandela was not among them. He was, by then, already a sentenced prisoner. On 7 November 1962 he had been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for leaving the country illegally and inciting workers to strike. The charges arose from his underground travels in 1962 to several countries in Africa, where he received military training and garnered support for Umkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation), the armed wing of the African National Congress. He also visited London. The incitement charge arose from his call to workers to stay at home in protest against South Africa becoming a Republic on 31 May 1961. Initially held in prison in Pretoria, Mandela was sent to Robben Island in late May 1963, but two weeks later was returned, inexplicably to Pretoria, a month before the arrests at Rivonia and elsewhere. He remained incarcerated with his comrades in Pretoria until the day they were found guilty, 46 years ago, on 11 June. Eighteen years later, in 1982, Mandela, Sisulu, Mhlaba and Kathrada were transferred from Robben Island to Pollsmoor Prison on the mainland. After he was diagnosed with Tuberculosis in August 1988, Mandela was treated at Tygerberg Hospital and then at the Constantiaberg MediClinic before being transferred to Victor Verster Prison outside Paarl in December that year. He was released from the gates of the prison on 11 February 1990. Goldberg had been released in 1985 and Mbeki in 1987. Sisulu, Kathrada, Mhlaba, Motsoaledi and Mlangeni had been released in October 1989. The World Cup kick-off day also marks the 22nd anniversary of the famous “Free Mandela Concert” held at London’s Wembley Stadium on 11 June 1988. The concert was billed as his 70th birthday concert, but was staged to highlight the plight of all political prisoners in South Africa and to call for their release. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

U.S. Broadband Speed Ranking: We’re No. 14! We’re No. 14!

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market U.S. Broadband Speed Ranking: We’re Number 14! We’re Number 14! from ReadWrite Lead photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; map and bar chart graphic by Nigel Sussman and Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite Related Posts adriana lee A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Akamai#broadband#broadband Internet#Denmark#Internet access#Norway#Romania#South Korea#United States Akamai’s “State of the Internet” report for the first quarter of 2014 revealed a sorry fact: Compared to other nations, the United States can’t cut the mustard when it comes to broadband speeds.See also: Where In The World Is The Fastest Broadband?In that report, the U.S. didn’t even crack the top 10, instead taking 12th place. This time around, according to Akamai’s latest survey covering Q2, we’ve fallen even further—to number 14. America’s Still Barely OnlineAkamai’s newest report isn’t all bad news. The U.S. made a slight improvement in average broadband speed to 11.4 Mbps, up from 10.5 Mbps in the first quarter. (First-place finisher Korea clocked in at 24.6 Mbps—more than twice as fast.)But the U.S. isn’t gaining as quickly as other countries. Consider this: We just got lapped by Romania, Denmark and Norway, the new numbers 10, 11 and 13.Romania?Here’s our updated infographic of global broadband speeds:And here’s an embeddable version via SlideShare that you can easily share or include in a presentation: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Cloud Consumption Model Countdown: The Top 10 Insights (part 1)

first_imgInsight No. 10: A Wake-up Call for IT.Respondents foresee both growing influence for LOB (line of business) decision makers, as well as a leadership role for IT. They also anticipate a greater focus on metrics such as return on investment, and, ultimately, on improved business outcomes. Shared accountability for business outcomes may become the norm for IT. Yet many IT leaders expect to retain (and indeed, increase) a reliance on traditional funding mechanisms such as chargebacks, which could curb adoption of innovative capabilities, positioning IT less as an enabler of growth and more as a conventional cost center. This is just one example of how the operating models of old may conflict with emerging expectations from the LOBs.To be sure, the bar for how IT adds value to the organization is being raised. The growing influence of LOBs should serve as a wake-up call for IT: the ability to move at speed, to foster innovation, to enable new end-user experiences, and positively impact business outcomes in a measurable way will be instrumental. Insight No. 9: A Renewal of the Business-IT Partnership.Whether centralization and greater resourcing for IT is realistic remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that IT and the LOBs will shape IT consumption together, and to a far greater degree than ever before. As LOBs look to partner with an IT organization that is both flexible and business savvy, attempts to mandate monolithic, top-down consumption models — that is, from IT to the business — may prove less viable.While the IT respondents do not envision a diminished role for themselves, retaining a central role will require an increased level of partnership with the LOBs across all stages of IT consumption. Insight No. 8: Lines of Business Are Gaining IT Influence.The influence of lines of business (LOBs) will extend across all IT lifecycle stages and create unprecedented complexity for IT organizations as they grapple with security issues and technical support across far-flung organizations. Overall, 44 percent of IT funding is already coming from LOBs, either directly or as chargebacks to IT. Sixty-nine percent of respondents believe that authority over buying decisions will increasingly reside with LOBs.Given the much-increased influence of LOBs across all lifecycle stages, it is imperative for IT to rethink its strategy. Indeed, LOBs can no longer be considered as buying centers alone. The LOBs are clearly moving into areas such as planning and governance, and IT will need to partner with them on a deeper level than ever before.Insight No. 7: IT Views Itself as Being Front and Center. IT leaders in the survey believe they will retain much of the oversight and authority that has characterized their relationship to the business in recent years. Indeed, increased centralization and coordination of IT resources is top of mind for respondents. Fifty-six percent saw IT becoming more centralized (in Asia Pacific, this rose to 79 percent), rather than more fragmented as LOBs’ role in IT consumption grows. Insight No. 6: There Is No “One-Size-Fits-All” Approach.The cloud market is evolving rapidly, and companies today can choose from many different approaches for sourcing, deploying, and operating cloud solutions. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Rather, companies will need to formulate an approach that enables them to meet the overarching goals for their organization. In crafting their strategy for cloud, IT leaders should consider how they can best partner with key stakeholders, such as the LOBs and third-party providers, to pursue an approach that is tailored for their unique needs.In our next installment, we’ll count down the top 5 insights from the cloud consumption study!In the mean time, check out Intel’s planning guide for virtualization and cloud computing.Opens in a new windowIn the comments, or on TwitterOpens in a new window, tell us: What has changed your view of cloud computing over the past year?To join the social conversation, tweet using the hashtags below: in a new window#ITCenterOpens in a new window #cloudcomputingOpens in a new window I have a confession to make – I love the surge of best-of lists that get published at the end of every year.I think they’re a great way to reflect on the year behind us, and to contextualize what’s coming in the year ahead. Because of my fondness for lists, I was excited to see this recent Cisco and Intel study on cloud consumption modelsOpens in a new window, where 4,226 IT leaders in 18 industries were surveyed on IT’s relationship with the cloud.  The study covered the past, present and future projections of how IT will be utilizing cloud computing models in the upcoming year. For the sake of brevity, I split this list of Top 10 Cloud Consumption Insights into two posts – I hope you enjoy the first 5. – IT Peer Network Administrator  last_img read more


first_imgHowever, off the field BCCI looked set for a complete However, off the field BCCI looked set for a complete overhaul with Supreme Courts stinging observations tightening the noose around the mandarins of the richest sports body. The pandoras box that opened way back in 2013 after the spot-fixing scandal has come to haunt BCCI big time. In between, Jagmohan Dalmiyas death last year followed by Shashank Manohar deciding to leave the home board for the safer confines of independent chairmanship of ICC left current incumbent Anurag Thakur with a crown of thorns. It is a matter of conjecture whether some of the reforms like One State-One Vote, Age Cap of 70 years, cooling off period of three years after each term are easily implementable or not but BCCI is in a tight corner. Around the world, Pink ball Test slowly gained popularity while South Africas series win in Australia and Pakistans praiseworthy performance in England were worth noting. Faf du Plessis ball tampering controversy and a classic hundred at the Adelaide were the highlights of South Africas win against Australia which led to wholesale changes. Englands Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Pakistans Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah along with the ever-dependable Misbah-ul-Haq were some of the star performers in international cricket throughout the year. The private leagues and their impact got bigger as Test cricket in West Indies fought an existential crisis with top players still at loggerheads with countrys cricket board. An eventful and even more colourful 2017 awaits as far as international cricket is concerned. PTI KHS PM ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Expat Workers seek help at TCI Human Rights Commission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 5, 2018 – Providenciales – A workers’ complaint dating back to 2015 is back in the news as unresolved according to the men who have been fighting the company which according to them is guilty of a number of infractions including making them pay for work permits, which if true is against TCI law.  The men are from Haiti, working for Environmental Arts, a landscaping company based in Providenciales and they believe their former boss took advantage of them and so the group sought legal help.“We made a claim, the claim was from November 14th, 2015 and we asked about the overtime and work permit money, the owner don’t want to pay.  After two years she fired everyone.”The men – some of whom are long standing employees – told the media that they were unfairly dismissed, all 15 terminated after they went public with their complaints and sent away with nothing.  The matter made it to the Labour Tribunal, but after a string of no shows and date changes there has been no movement in the trial which has been in limbo since April 2017.“They attend it in secret, they don’t tell nobody nothing, and then when you go there with one letter he put the judgement will be on April, 2015.”The men, who were on this day at the Human Rights Commission in the hopes of getting a fair hearing say they want to be compensated a redundancy according to law, to get their owed overtime pay and reimbursement for the years of deductions made from their salaries to pay for work permits.  The Human Rights Commission is expected to organize some meetings to assist the men, who contend that they have been terribly wronged.#MagneticMediaNews#expatworkersseekcompensation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#expatworkersseekcompensation, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more