Mathematics teachers to benefit from Masters training programme

first_imgOver 600 Mathematics teachers across Guyana will benefit from a Masters training programme, which is expected to improve the delivery of Mathematics and ultimately change performance among students at the secondary level.This was made possible on Tuesday at the singing of an agreement between the Education Ministry and the Master Trainers at the Ministry’s Brickdam compound.In delivering her brief remark, Education Minister Nicolette Henry said it is important that teachers understand delivery and content so that students can leave school with a good understanding of the principles that govern Mathematics.The Minister noted that with the work to be done by the Master Trainers, she trusts that there will be improved performances and outcomes, not only in test scores, but in behavioural patterns towards Mathematics.Further, Minister Henry said she is pleased that there are male Master TrainersTwo of the Master Trainers signing their contracts in the presence of colleagues, Minister of Education Nicolette Henry, Permanent Secretary Adele Clarke, and GSEIP Project Coordinator Jimmy Bhojdatinvolved in the project since their presence would have a greater impact along the gender spectrum as it relates to male underperformance, particularly in the secondary school level.According to GSEIP Project Coordinator, Jimmy Bhojdat, this initiative forms part of the Guyana Education Sector Improvement Project (GSEIP). There will be 29 Master Trainers tasked with firstly training over 600 Mathematics teachers within the regions. Following this period of training, the teachers will undergo a period of mentoring and coaching. He noted that today’s activity marks another significant milestone in the GSEIP and for the Education Ministry.Senior Education Officer (Mathematics), Ameer Ali, said the Master Trainers comprise of some of the best and brightest Mathematics teachers at the CSEC and Grade Six level.He explained that some of the Master Trainers are lecturers at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), the University of Guyana or have attained over 10 years of experience teaching the subject.Ali said the Master Trainers will now be required to go into schools, work with teachers in schools and guide them using material from the Mathematics kit that has already been distributed to schools across Guyana.He said that based on observations made by the Master Trainers, they can host developmental sessions with teachers or it can be done regionally. This, he said, will occur for the next two years.last_img read more

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Teen on bail for attempting to smuggle lighter into lock-ups

first_imgA teenager who attempted to smuggle a cigarette lighter into the East Ruimveldt Police Station for her child’s father was charged and released on bail on Friday last.Seventeen-year-old Sharmaine Lamazon of Tucville, Georgetown, appeared before senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Lamazon denied the charge which stated that on June 9, 2019 at the East Ruimveldt Police Station, she brought a prohibited article to one Daniel Boutrim, a prisoner.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh had no objection to bail being granted. He further stated that according to information, on the day in question, the teenager went to visit her child’s father at the East Ruimveldt Police Station and handed over a box of food to an officer to give to Boutrim. However, when the officer searched the food, the cigarette lighter was found under the rice. The teenager was then told of the offence, taken into custody, and charged.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, released Lamazon on $40,000 bail. The mother of one was instructed to make her next court appearance on July 18, 2019.Last week, Boutrim appeared before the same Magistrate where he was slapped with four charges, including two counts of using threatening language, inflicting grievous bodily harm, and escaping custody.last_img read more

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Teen allegedly molested by CC&PA Officer

first_img…Agency “dragging foot on matter” – auntThe fraternal aunt of a thirteen-year-old girl who allegedly was sexually molested and penetrated by her step-father is calling on the relevant authorities to address the matter urgently.According to the woman (name given), she believes this matter is being ‘covered down’ by the ministry, since the abuser is an officer of the CC&PA.During an interview with Guyana Times, the aunt revealed that she was forced to involve the Guyana Police Force, and was later advised on the way forward.The 13-year-old victim has reportedly told relatives of the instances when she had been molested by her mother’s lover, but was ignored after he denied the accusations when confronted.The teen continued to complain to relatives that the man would constantly attack her, but she was on several occasions forced to remain silent on the ordeal.The woman explained that her niece confided in her school teacher, who later reported the matter to a family member.“When she told her mother, (her mother) ignored her and tell her to stop lying, so she felt frustrated and depressed and wanted to kill herself. One day she decided to call her father (my brother) and tell him what was happening, and he give me the phone because he couldn’t deal with it.“After hearing that she was being molested by (her mother’s lover), I call her mother and ask if she know what was happening with her child, and she said, ‘Yes’. So I asked why she wasn’t doing anything about it, and she never answered”, the aunt stated.The woman said the following day she proceeded to the CC&PA to file a report, but was later told that she has to file it in the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred.She is claiming that several weeks have elapsed since the matter was reported, and nothing has been done.Following the allegation being reported, the Form 2 student was examined by a doctor, and it was confirmed that she had been sexually violated. A report was subsequently made to the Police, but after nothing came out of the matter, an appointment was made with the Crime Chief.The teenager is visibly traumatised; and according to the aunt, the teen is suicidal, since she blames herself for what had happened.Efforts to contact the head of CC&PA, Ann Greene, to confirm whether an investigation was launched into this matter, proved futile.last_img read more

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COLEMAN DELIGHTED TO CAPTAIN COUNTRY BUT BIGGEST TEST AHEAD

first_imgDonegal soccer star Seamus Coleman has said he was proud to captain his country – even if it was only for a few minutes.Coleman – proud to captain his country.The Everton man finished last night’s friendly game with Wales with the armband.But the Killybegs man said his only mission now is to help Ireland get three points against Sweden in the World Cup qualifiers next month. “I’m very proud to get the armband but it was passed around a few times beforehand. As a kid, you always want to get the chance to do it.“Whether it’s a friendly or not, it’s an amazing experience and I really enjoyed it,” said Seamus.Coleman is constantly being linked with a move to Man Utd since his former Everton boss David Moyes became number one at Old Trafford.But he said his only thoughts now are about helping Ireland get to Brazil for the World Cup finals. “But those games next month will definitely be the most important that I will have played in ever.“It’s going to tell the tale whether we go to the World Cup or not.“We have to beat Sweden and then build towards the Austria game. And I think tonight was a positive result for the defenders, keeping clean-sheets will always mean we are confident going into games and that’s what just what we needed.”Three days before the Premier League season kicks-off, Everton man Coleman admits he was just happy to get a good workout under his belt. And, most importantly, come through it unscathed.“I think for the players the most important thing was to just get through tonight,” he said. “It’s the start of the season and the biggest thing was not to get any injuries.” COLEMAN DELIGHTED TO CAPTAIN COUNTRY BUT BIGGEST TEST AHEAD was last modified: August 15th, 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:CaptainIrelandKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more

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BREAST CANCER SPECIALIST TO HOST FREE INFORMATION SEMINAR AT STATION HOUSE HOTEL

first_imgA Breast Cancer Health Specialist, from Harley Street, London will host a FREE health seminar at the Station House Hotel this Saturday from 11.a.m. to 1.00.p.m. Dr Eccles has a special interest in natural cancer and cellular health therapy and has become well known for his treatment and product innovations in the field of nutritional medicine.Dr Eccles has spent many years studying and researching natural and non-invasive natural ways to improve cellular health. He is committed to the practise of evidence-based medicine. After spending time in research and practice of “chemical-based” medicine and not happy with the possibilities that could be achieved by single chemical pharmaceuticals in health restoration.Dr. Eccles decided to expand and develop his longstanding interest in Nutritional Medicine.His observation of cancer remissions led him to develop this area as a special interest.Over the years he has developed specific and powerful nutritional programs for restoration of cellular health. *This event is free of charge, but booking is essential.* To book or for further information please contact Pamela Reid on 0862087555.BREAST CANCER SPECIALIST TO HOST FREE INFORMATION SEMINAR AT STATION HOUSE HOTEL was last modified: November 7th, 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:breast cancerDr EcclesFeaturesfreehealthnewsseminarlast_img read more

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Dedicated Kilcar fan kits out car in club colours ahead of County Final

first_imgWhen it comes to supporting our favourite GAA club, we often opt to don their jersey, wear hats embellished with their crest, or wear ribbons and wristbands in their colours.But not this Kilcar fan.This dedicated fan kitted our their Volkswagen Beetle in blue and yellow, with flags billowing at the sides and the Kilcar crest proudly emblazoned across the bonnet. pic.twitter.com/9ulFyQzYdE— Official Donegal GAA (@officialdonegal) October 15, 2017It all kicks off later today in Ballybofey as Kilcar gear up to take on Naomh Conaill in the 2017 Donegal SFC Final.To have a peek at our Senior Final preview, check out the video below; Video by Brendan O’Donnell of Jacksonsmediatv.To read our interview with Kilcar Captain Patrick McBrearty, follow this link:Interview: Patrick McBrearty and Kilcar ready to step out of the shadowsDedicated Kilcar fan kits out car in club colours ahead of County Final was last modified: October 16th, 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:2017carDonegal SFCfanFootballGAAkilcarlast_img read more

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8 predictions for the future of IoT in 2017

first_imgEvery year IoT brings new things to biotechnology, manufacturing, home living and every aspect of our daily lives. We’ve seen it disrupt traditional industries, transform our cities and contribute to the autonomous transport of the future.It sits in an ecosystem where machine learning, AI and data analytics help us understand our world more than ever before. At the beginning of each year, it’s tempting to make expansive predictions for the 12 months ahead.This year we decided to do something different and asked some of those working across our IoT verticals. Here’s what they told us, exclusive to ReadWrite:1. Smart tech will transform how we shop“Smart tech will quickly become the backbone of retail, although it may be in ways the customer doesn’t always see. While there will invariably be beautiful, innovative experiences that involve products and fixtures with instrumentation that make the store “come alive” around the shopper in a highly visible and explicit way, the real revolution on the horizon is around “implicit” smart technology. The instrumentation in the stores that constantly assess products, people, and productivity and directs staff on how to optimize the store so the customer finds less and less friction in their shopping journey. Things like high-fidelity IR arrays and UHF RFID will quickly prove data in physical stores is far better than online… once smart tech is at the helm.”-Healey Cypher, Cofounder and CEO, OakLabs2. IoT and wearables create a higher level of personalization“Wearables are poised to become important participants in the Internet of Things, interacting seamlessly with other screens and devices and creating ever-more personalized experiences for their owners. Imagine a scenario in which someone with a wearable device goes to their local gym, and can log onto a treadmill that has stored their content preferences- -including the fact that they like to watch the news in the morning and their favorite OTT series in the evening. That’s is a level of personalization that may be just around the corner!”-Kevin Westcott, media and entertainment sector leader, Deloitte3. Consumer-facing industries will be changed by IoT“In 2017, the IoT and connectivity will continue to drive a fundamental shift in the way consumer-facing industries engage with their customers.  Data from devices will continue to drive a shift in focus from manufacturing for margin as consumer interest in connected devices, apps, and services increases.  This will be a game changer for some traditional consumer industries, in particular, retail and insurance.In retail, Amazon will continue to drive disruption with Alexa spearheading their entry into the consumer IoT.  Traditional retailers will see pressure grow on their revenues and we will see them invest more in a shift from products into services to compete against Amazon and new entrants.Similarly, insurance companies will start to invest more in a move to adapt to the IoT.  The IoT is going to generate data that will fundamentally redefine the way they can calculate and mitigate risk.  This year will be critical for them as they work to embrace the IoT with early consumer offerings in an effort to avoid the fate of retailers who ignored the internet and allowed Amazon to get a foothold in their market.”Kevin Meagher, SVP for ROC-Connect4. IoT gets accountable“The focus will be on the operationalization of IoT – how to monitor, manage and secure the IoT infrastructure.Pilots and concepts have to be operationalized. By the end of the year, vendors will be under pressure to show profitable revenue streams.  It is time to move from talk to action.Mainstream IT will be forced to get involved with IoT programs to provide assurance and scalability. CIOs will have to either learn about operational technology (manufacturing execution systems, SCADA, building management systems, Robotics, etc.) or hire leaders with hands-on domain knowledge.Boards, and especially audit committees, will ask about safety and security as it relates to IoT.New business models based on Things-as-a-Service will evolve.”-Bask Iyer, CIO and GM, IoT at VMware5. The “Edge” will become a huge growth market“Some IoT devices do have the potential to swamp existing networks. Cameras send a lot of real-time rich data. New jet engines are laden with sensors and generate 10 gigabits per second when running, terabits per flight. Cars also are now recording massive amounts of information. If there’s one part of the global IoT network that needs rapid upgrades to serve business, it’s the “edge,” the border between IoT devices and the computers on the Internet. The massive amounts of data being generated by the IoT need to be processed, reduced and analyzed before it hits the Internet. It’s a big opportunity.”Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT and Applications, Cisco6. “Big Data” IoT analytics will generate “Big Revenue”big-data-1667184_640 “As IoT gains momentum, the volume of data generated will be stratospheric. Not only will there be more data, but there will be different types of data, and data from sources that have yet to be considered. Big Data analytics will evolve into a distributed analytics model, which will help with the monetization of IoT data. We will see more devices capable of analyzing data locally, processing and capturing the most important data for more real-time IoT services.”Macario Nami, SVP of strategy, Cisco JasperThe7. “Internet of attack surface” will continue to spread in 2017“More and more IoT devices, as well as a wider variety of devices, will enter the market that are IP enabled. In the short term this is going to create additional vulnerabilities and present challenges to security professionals across vastly enlarged attack surface everywhere from homes to enterprises to even automobiles.With higher value and higher consequence devices, like those found in an automobile, automakers will start to pay closer attention to security in a number of ways, from encrypting and securing control planes like CANbus–which previously were assumed to be secure via obscurity–as well as wider use of OTA updates. Lower value devices, including IP cameras, routers, among others, will eventually have more widely available updates, but these will be mostly manual, pull updates. It is likely we will see more automated push updates may be made available later to help better secure a wide spectrum of consumer devices, at least to combat well known and documented threats.”-Eric Chiu, co-founder and president of HyTrust8. We’re moving into sober analysis of the capabilities of IoT“Initially, we overhype technology. I’d like to think that maybe for the first time we’re moving beyond the overhyped phase of IoT and we’ve moving into a much more sober analysis of what IoT is actually able to do. We’re seeing that it’s not going to do everything that we thought it would be able to do by now.  IoT predictions historically tend to include ridiculous numbers of the high economic impact and I think that next year the numbers will be much smaller and more importantly, they’ll be real. They’ll be more grounded estimates about what’s happening in the industry based on real production deployment using full blown data analytics. Maybe 12 months from now, we’ll actually be doing real work rather than hypothesizing about what could be.”Kevin Walsh, VP Marketing, BsquareBanner image: JCT600  Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#2017#2017 in review#Alexa#Amazon#autonomous vehicles#Big Data#connected tech#Data analytics#featured#IoT Security#Oak Labs#Personalization#real-time data#retail#smart cars#Smart tech#top#wearables How Data Analytics Can Save Livescenter_img AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Cate Lawrence Related Posts last_img read more

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HC directs PMC to decide on removing or relocating illegal structure

first_imgThe Bombay High Court recently directed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to take a decision on either removing an illegal religious structure constructed by the Ganapati Chowk Mitra Mandal or relocating it within two months of classifying the structure.The disputed land, which houses the structure, belonged to Popatlal Navlakha, and in 1954, the PMC acquired a portion of this land. The mandal had constructed an unauthorised temple on the property in 2001-02. Mr. Navlakha alleged that the PMC took no steps towards removing the construction even though a notice had been sent to the mandal, and sought to prevent the PMC from erecting pandals in the lane during Ganapati celebrations. There was also a plea to direct the police to ensure that the lane is a no-parking zone and there is no hindrance by hawkers. An order granting permission to construct a pandal was also challenged.The court accepted the PMC’s contention that the structure would be classified, and appropriate action would be taken. On illegal hawking, the court directed the PMC to implement the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, which provides that street vendors above 14 be granted a certificate of vending and if any vendor operates without a certificate, those guilty will be penalised.Mr. Navlakha informed the court that the PMC had not demolished the structure for seven years despite orders, and no action was taken to prevent hawking in the area. He said the permission to erect pandals was granted without following the law laid down in an earlier PIL and an order of 2015 that had restrained the PMC from doing so.The Division Bench, comprising Justices A.S. Oka and A.S. Gadkari, directed the PMC to take action with respect to the religious structure, and to complete the process of categorising the structure within three months. The Bench noted, “If a decision is taken either to remove the illegal structure or to relocate the same it has to be completed within two months.”last_img read more

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Ravi Shastri applies for India’s head coach job

first_imgFormer captain and team director Ravi Shastri has formally applied for the India coach’s job as the BCCI and Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) get ready to select the next coach for the team ahead of the Sri Lanka tour.Before Shastri had applied, Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody were the front-runners for the top job.The CAC – Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman – will be interviewing the candidates on July 10.WATCH FULL VIDEOShastri was team director from 2014 to 2016, up until the World T20. He soon made way for Anil Kumble, who was selected coach by the CAC in 2016. Shastri was also one of the applicants last year but he was overlooked despite a good run.Kumble’s one-year tenure came to a controversial end when he resigned following differences with skipper Virat Kohli. In a statement, hours after tendering his resignation, Kumble said he was told by the Indian board that Kohli was not satisfied with his ‘style of coaching’.Even before the Champions Trophy had started last month, reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli had emerged in the media. Earlier, on May 25, the BCCI had invited applications for the position of the head coach – five candidates had been finalised – Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh.However, the BCCI invited fresh applications and the deadline was extended to July 9.It was widely believed that Moody and Sehwag were the only credible candidates standing in the race but Shastri’s entry could queer the pitch for others.advertisementKohli, it is understood, wants Shastri to come back into the dressing room. The cricketer-turned-commentator enjoys a great rapport with the team and the players are eager to have him back on board.last_img read more

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Madras HC moved for probe into embezzlement of volleyball

first_imgplayers allowanceChennai, Nov 2 (PTI) A senior office-bearer of the Volleyball Federation of India has moved the Madras High Court seeking a CBI probe into what he alleged embezzlement of Centres allowance to players competing in international tournaments by a top federation official.When the petition by VFI Associate Secretary K Nandakumar came up for hearing, Justice G Jayachandran directed him to file an additional affidavit mentioning the source of information about the allegations made by him.The petitioner sought a direction to the CBI deputy superintendent of police, Anti-Corruption Branch-Chennai, to register a case based on his complaint lodged in June last year.According to him, each player was given a daily allowance of USD 100 for their sustenance when they represent the country in international tournaments by the Union Sports Ministry. It was routed through the respective national sports federation.Nandakumar alleged an internal investigation and scrutiny in the VFI had revealed that federation secretary general in connivance with a former secretary general and chief executive officer had given only USD 25 to the volleyball players.He further charged that they had transferred the embezzled amount into a sham account and siphoned off the money meant for players and officials and enriched themselves by falsifying and manipulating the federation accounts.Nandakumar submitted that though it had been more than a year since he lodged the complaint, no case had been registered. PTI CORR VS ZMNlast_img read more

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