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Digital libraries can transform quality of education delivered – Minister

first_img…as country’s 1st e-library launchedTo celebrate its 50th anniversary, the North Georgetown Secondary School (NGSS) on Wednesday marked the occasion with the commissioning of a multimillion e-library— an innovative project which is the first of its kind within the school and the country.Students test the new devicesThis significant achievement for the educational institution was applauded by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who was at the time delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony.In her address, Henry said that through the implementation of e-libraries in schools across Guyana, the quality of education delivered can be improved.According to the Education Minister, libraries, specifically in the digital form, play a pivotal role within the education sector, which includes the eradication of illiteracy and creating a greater access to information for students.The facility stands at the cost of $10.5 million, and was made possible through the contributions of the NGSS committee of past students both locally and internationally along, with other partners including the Education Ministry.The e-library can accommodate 25 students at time, who can access learning information (past papers, textbooks) from the devices, which is situated in a specialised area at the school.Coordinator of the school’s 50th anniversary committee, Rear Admiral (retired) Gary Best revealed plans to expand the access which will see students being able to use personal devices to access information anywhere in the school’s compound and at home.“This entire e-library, the concept was birthed from a recognition by pass students that the school’s going to celebrate 50 years…It’s a three-phase project, phase one is accessing information in this repository for 25 students, phase two is accessing the information anywhere in the school on a dial-in on a tablet owned by the student, and phase three is accessing information from home”.last_img read more

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Found Travel Trailer

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are looking for you help in locating the owner of a travel trailer.The travel trailer was found on May 24th at the Rotary Park boat launch in Charlie Lake. Police have not been able to identify the owners and the trailer was towed. The trailer was left by a older brown truck.If you know the identity of the travel trailer owner or the person who dropped it off, please contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers.- Advertisement –last_img

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Split watermelons, animated stop signs teach traffic safety

first_imgAfter seeing what could happened in even a low-impact crash, students indicated they were willing to wear helmets while biking. In 2005, 27 children were injured and one was killed in pedestrian or bicycle collisions with cars in Lancaster. Officials have set a goal of reducing injuries by 20 percent by June 30, 2008, and eliminating any deaths. “There are so many injuries and deaths we can avoid if we practice a little safety,” Hearns said. “We have to think safety first.” The safety education is being provided by Safe Moves, a nonprofit organization founded by Pat Hines, a former vice president of RKO Radio who lost a friend in a bicycle accident. “We want them to process information by looking at their surroundings,” Hines said. “When a ball goes into the street, the first instinct is to go after the ball. You need to stop and look to see if cars are coming or go get a grown-up to go get it.” LANCASTER – School kids are getting lessons in traffic safety with the help of a couple of watermelons. The city of Lancaster is using $73,100 from the California Office of Traffic Safety to hold a series of safety workshops and rodeos at area elementary schools in an effort to cut down on accidents. On Friday, city officials and their contractor for the education effort, Safe Moves, were at Mariposa Elementary School to drive the safety message home. “Kids today don’t think it’s cool to wear a helmet,” said Mayor Henry Hearns. “We think it’s very cool to wear a helmet.” To help illustrate the point, Safe Moves used watermelons – one, dubbed “John,” split open when Hearns dropped it from waist height. The other, “Frank,” survived a drop by school Principal Sheldon Epstein. Safe Moves is conducting workshops at every grade level for each of the schools it will be visiting. For its safety rodeos, Safe Moves uses a miniature city featuring sidewalks, streets, intersections, traffic signs and signals, and railroad tracks. “Whether you are getting into a vehicle, riding a bike, or walking down the street with your children, you have to make smart choices in order to keep you and others safe,” Hearns said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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

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Russia to shut down factories for World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Russia will shut down dozens of major factories during this year’s World Cup to avert accidents and the possible threat of terror attacks © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Mar 5 – Russia is overruling fearful big business owners and looking to shut down dozens of gigantic factories to avert accidents and the threat of terror attacks during this year’s World Cup.The halt in production highlights the financial sacrifice Russia is preparing to make when it hosts football’s showpiece event for the first time from June 14. But it also betrays concerns that something will go awry and a readiness to use heavy-handed tactics that could see thousands of workers going unpaid for at least five weeks.Security analysts warn that shuttering chemical plants and other high-risk enterprises is simply dangerous.The move is “a typical top-down order to make things look pretty that has nothing to do with actual safety,” said veteran security analyst Pavel Felgenhauer.“This is traditional Soviet showmanship.”– Letter of concern –China closed polluting plants and coal mines for two months across swathes of the country in 2008 to ensure the smog cleared over Beijing for the Summer Olympics.But Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision appears to stem from a fear of industrial accidents and the threat of plants being attacked or blown up.“The threats of an accident and terror are closely related,” Moscow’s FBK Grant Thornton consultancy director Igor Nikolayev said.Russian authorities want the world to focus on the action at stadiums like the Luzhniki in Moscow, but critics say closing down heavy industry for the tournament is a heavy-handed approach © AFP/File / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOVA Putin decree from May 2017 says special security measures should cover areas around the 11 cities hosting matches and meet “a higher level of protection than those defined by the Russian government’s approved anti-terror requirements.”A separate government directive issued a month later applied the guidelines to everything from nuclear and chemical facilities to companies transporting hazardous cargo by land or sea.A strict interpretation of the directive could theoretically close Moscow’s only oil refinery and a deep-sea port in Saint Petersburg that — among other things — is licensed to ship radioactive isotopes.Feverish consultations are underway between Russia’s FSB security service and industrial property owners afraid of losing money.A private letter to the government from the RSPP big business lobby obtained by AFP warned of “extremely disagreeable social and economic consequences” if the guidelines are applied in full.“RSPP is receiving letters from companies expressing concern about possible risks during the implementation of this government decree,” the union’s chief Alexander Shokhin wrote on November 29.– Unpaid vacation –Shokhin asked for an explanation that could avoid “unfounded shutdowns of company operations.”The reply he received was brief.“The restrictions will only cover activities of organisations on the list of highly dangerous facilities,” the Rostekhnadzor nuclear and technological safety watchdog said on January 29.There is only one problem: there is no such list.“Russian industrial safety regulations do not use the term ‘highly dangerous facilities’,” a source in the petrochemical industry said on condition that his name not be used for fear of experiencing problems with the authorities.“In reality, they will probably make up the list as they go along.”The Kommersant business daily reported that hundreds of plants could possibly close — some of them 400 kilometres (250 miles) away from the nearest World Cup stadium.It also reported companies making up their best excuses to stay open.Kommersant said one unidentified factory near a World Cup host city, Saransk, told the FSB it was wiser to keep its workers busy instead of “roaming the streets with nothing to do, unhappy about being sent on unpaid vacation.”– Survival of fittest –Facilities such as a nuclear power plant close to Saint Petersburg and another one near the host city of Yekaterinburg in the Urals are almost certain to keep working due to the safety risks of a shutdown.Analysts said those likely to close will do so because they lacked the political clout in Moscow to lobby their case.“I think only the small and the weak will be affected,” FBK Grant Thornton’s Nikolayev said.The busy deep-sea port in Putin’s native Saint Petersburg appears likely to remain largely unaffected by the World Cup.But companies such as Red October — a mill producing 40 percent of Russia’s stainless steel in the host city of Volgograd — said they were complying.“We are completely stopping for the World Cup,” Red October chairman Igor Sizov told TASS. “We are all going to the football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United complete Sh6.5bn move for Wan-Bissaka

first_img0Shares0000Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left) completed a move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United on Saturday © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 29 – Manchester United completed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a reported fee of up to Sh6.5bn (£50 million) on Saturday.“Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace,” United staid in a statement. “Aaron has signed a five-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.”The 21-year-old made just 42 Premier League appearances for the Eagles, but was an outstanding performer last season.An initial fee of £45 million with an extra £5 million in add-ons has reportedly been agreed between the clubs, making Wan-Bissaka the most expensive defender in United’s history.“It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say,” said Wan-Bissaka.The Red Devils are in need of an overhaul after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season to miss out on Champions League qualification.A long-term replacement at right-back for club captain Antonio Valencia, who left Old Trafford at the end of last season when his contract expired, was one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priorities in the transfer market.“Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League,” said Solskjaer.“He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.”Wan-Bissaka will become United’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of winger Daniel James from Swansea as United turn their attention towards young, British players rather than the expensive star buys of recent seasons.He will travel with his new teammates for a pre-season tour in Australia, Singapore and China after a short break to recover from a disappointing under-21 European Championships with England.Wan-Bissaka scored an injury time own goal to gift France a 2-1 victory in England’s opening game in Italy and was then dropped for matches with Romania and Croatia as Aidy Boothroyd’s side crashed out at the group stages.“I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONEGAL ETB LAUNCH WIDE RANGE OF FETAC PLC COURSES THIS AUTUMN

first_imgLOCATION -COURSE NAME – CODE -LEVEL -TELEPHONEErrigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Nursing StudiesCODE – 5M43495 TEL – 074-91-21047 Errigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal General StudiesCODE – 5M31145 TEL – 074-91-21047Errigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Sports, Recreation and ExerciseCODE – 5M51465 074-91-21047 Errigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Art, Craft and DesignCODE – 5M19845 TEL – 074-91-21047Errigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Business StudiesCODE – 5M21025 TEL -074-91-21047Errigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Early Childhood Care and Education CODE – 5M20095  TEL – 074-91-21047Errigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Hospitality OperationsCODE – 5M20835 TEL – 074-91-21047Finn Valley College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal Business Administration CODE – 5M24685 TEL – 074-91-31684St. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs, Co. Donegal HorticultureCODE – 5M25865 TEL – 074-97-31491St. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs, Co. Donegal Nursing StudiesCODE  5M43495 TEL -074-97-31491Donegal ETB offers a wide range of FETAC PLC courses that provide valuable and worthwhile options to learners of all ages.PLC courses adopt an integrated approach, focusing on technical knowledge, core skills and work experience. Our courses serve a variety of purposes –• PLCs can equip school leavers & mature students with the necessary skills for the workplace or act as a stepping stone to third-level study.• PLCs can give students some breathing space before committing to third-level and to help decide whether to pursue a particular course of study in the longer term.• PLCs can provide a direct route to third level, through a number of schemes, 36 higher education institutions now reserve places for PLC graduates.PLC FETAC Level 5 & 6 courses take place in 4 centres across Co. Donegal; Errigal College, Letterkenny, St. Catherine’s, Killybegs, Finn Valley College, Stranorlar and Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille, Tory Island.All courses are full-time and for the duration of one year and offer Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) accreditation at Level 5 & 6.PLCs offer a mixture of practical work, academic work and work experience.They are designed as a step towards skilled employment and are closely linked to industry and its needs.The Higher Education Links Scheme ‘links’ specific FETAC Level 5 Certificates and some Level 6 Advanced Certificates to a number of reserved places on higher education courses and the Institutes of Technology.In addition to this, some higher education institutions operate an admissions criteria and scoring system for non-specific FETAC Level 5 Certificate and Level 6 Advanced Certificate applicants.Anne Mc Hugh, Education Officer with Donegal ETB notes that a PLC course offers a perfect bridge for students which links second level with third level.“Students often experience a significant difference in the teaching and learning environment at third level.The teaching approach at PLC level successfully uses a combination of the highly personalised second level approach and the self-directed focus of third level thereby equipping the student with an excellent set of learning tools and skills for future study.A wide range of disciplines are covered including business/ebusiness, marketing, computing, sport and leisure, art craft and design, tourism, horticulture, childcare & nursing etc.Acceptance to courses is by application form and/or interview.For any further information on any of these courses see contact details below:Errigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.07491 21047www.errigalcollege.ieSt. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs, Co.Donegal.07497 31491stcatherines@donegaletb.ieFinn Valley College, Drumboe Lower, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.07491 31684finnvalleycollege@donegaletb.ieColáiste Phobail Cholmcille, Tory Island, Co. Donegal074 91 65448cpcthorai@donegaletb.ieDONEGAL ETB LAUNCH WIDE RANGE OF FETAC PLC COURSES THIS AUTUMN was last modified: August 26th, 2014 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:AutumncourseDonegal ETBFeaturesFETACnewsNoticesPLClast_img read more

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WOMAN WALKED OUT OF SUPERMARKET WITH WHISKEY AND VODKA

first_imgA Letterkenny woman was stopped by Gardai after she walked out of a supermarket with a bottle of vodka and whiskey.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Ann-Marie Donegan, of Bomany, was caught by Gardai after leaving LIDL at Letterkenny Retail Park on December 15th. A member of staff had followed Ms Donegan outside of the supermarket and had flagged down a passing Garda.Garda Damien Mulkearns said he approached Ms Donegan and he handed over the goods and she admitted the offence straight away.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had an addiction to alcohol.She was 43 and has previous convictions for breaching a barring order.Judge Paul Kelly put the case back to January 20th and requested evidence that she has contacted probation services.WOMAN WALKED OUT OF SUPERMARKET WITH WHISKEY AND VODKA was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Ann-Marie DoneganLIDLsupermarkettheftlast_img read more

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MAN BANNED FROM DRIVING AFTER BEING CAUGHT ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY

first_imgA man from Muff has been fined €300 and banned from driving for four years for refusing to provide a breath sample to Gardai.Dee O’Hara, 32, was followed by Gardai after being seen acting suspiciously at Bonagee, Letterkenny.He was stopped and arrested by Gardai on suspicion of drink-driving. O’Hara of 64 Ard Ban, Muff appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Solicitor Donagh Cleary told the court that he had attended a function at a hotel.However, he said that rather than refusing to give a breath sample, it was more of a case that he attempted but failed.He told the court his client was a 32 year old married man who had no previous convictions. He said he was currently unemployed but had just got a job in a shopping centre in Letterkenny and was looking to get a house in Letterkenny.Judge Denis McLaughlin postponed the driving disqualification until September 1st. MAN BANNED FROM DRIVING AFTER BEING CAUGHT ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY was last modified: May 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Cheap, clean lighting for Kenya

first_imgThe d.light solar system consists of a four-watt rooftop solar panel; a control box that attaches to the wall of a home or business; three bright, adjustable lights; a mobile phone charging station; and a base station that manages and displays the user’s credit.As long as Kenyans keep making payments, the system provides light and power; once it is paid off, owners get power for free.(Images: M-KOPA Solar)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jesse Moore Managing director, M-KOPA Solar+254 711 071 000Cadine PillayA pay-as-you-go solar start-up in Kenya is providing a cheap and pollution-free replacement for the common kerosene-fuelled lamps usually used in the country.M-Kopa Solar, a mobile technology group, is providing credit to low-income earners in Kenya to buy the power system, the d.light solar home system, which otherwise is too expensive for them. Using embedded sim cards enabled by East African telecommunications company Safaricom, M-Kopa enables the use of the d.light solar home system in rural areas.M-Kopa means “to borrow” in Swahili. The company was established in 2011 but began offering the product commercially in June 2012; since then it has sold 1 000 units. Managing director Jesse Moore said the target was to reach sales of tens of thousands of units within a year.Kerosene lamps, indoor pollutionThe majority of people in rural Kenya use kerosene-fuelled lamps for lighting their homes, which is not only hazardous and expensive, but also creates indoor pollution. About 80% of households rely on kerosene for lighting because they are not linked to the national electricity grid, which does not reach many rural communities and requires a connection fee of at least 35 000 shillings (about $412).Solar lamps work anywhere the sun shines. The d.light solar system has a lifespan of seven to 10 years. It consists of a four-watt rooftop solar panel; a control box that attaches to the wall of a home or business; three bright, adjustable lights; a mobile phone charging station; and a base station that manages and displays the user’s credit.According to the World Health Organization, inhaling fumes from fuels, including the coal and biomass used to power stoves and lamps, has the same effects on health as smoking two packets of cigarettes a day. “We are giving people a modern, cleaner and longer-lasting technology for less than what they would spend on kerosene or another inefficient substitute,” Moore said.Free powerKerosene lamps cost about $0.65 a day and people have to pay fees to have their mobile phones charged at places that have electricity. By comparison, M-Kopa’s solar system is significantly cheaper. It costs 16 900 shillings ($199). Clients make a down payment of 2 500 shillings ($29) and then daily instalments of 40 shillings ($0.46) until it’s paid off.As long as they keep making payments, the system provides free light and power; once it is paid off, owners get power for free.In its research, M-Kopa heard from George Miruka, a 36-year-old father of four. He told the company he had stopped worrying about the fire risk from kerosene lamps after outfitting his mud-walled hut with an M-Kopa system last month. “My children are safe,” Miruka said.He sterilises an operating theatre and cleans a local hospital for a living in Oyugis, outside Nairobi, for which he earns 5 000 shillings ($58) a month. “The solar system works when I have credit in my account, so I make bulk payments to ensure the system always keeps going,” Miruka said told M-Kopa. “I have 264 days remaining to complete my payment.”Easy mobile paymentsPayments for M-Kopa are processed through a mobile phone money transfer platform known as M-Pesa, developed by Safaricom.Moore said this platform allowed M-Kopa to tap into M-Pesa’s 15-million customers, comprising almost a third of Kenya’s population. This way, the payment records can be used by banks as a credit history when account holders apply for loans or mortgages.“An estimated 33% of Kenyans are financially excluded and do not have savings accounts, credit cards or access to loans,” Moore said. The company was considering offering other pay-as-you-go products in developing countries, including irrigation systems, refrigerators for shop owners to cool drinks and food, as well as sewing machines.M-Kopa is available in 75 shops in Eldoret and Kitale, but the company has plans to expand nationwide.last_img read more

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Feeding Farmers Week 1 – Schweiterman Farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The winner of Week #1 of Feeding Farmers in the Field was Schweiterman Farms in Mercer County. The Ohio Ag Net and T102 met Ryan Schweiterman and his family for lunch as the crew continued soybean harvest. Learn more about the farm and some early yield results as Dale Minyo visits with Ryan in the field.last_img