All schools reopened without hiccups – CEO

first_imgAll schools reopened on Monday across the country as the new academic year 22016/2017 commences, said acting Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson.Hutson stated that the schools reopened in full-swing with an exceptional turn-out of students. He noted that the Education Ministry has not received any reports from a Regional Educational Officers that schools in their region could not open for the academic year.He added that the turn-out was particularly exceptional for Georgetown based on reports he received from educational officers in the city. Cadet Officers and educational officers, as a custom, will continue to visit the schools around the city and the coastland to monitor the turn-out of pupils.A mother picks her daughter up from her first day at primary schoolA group of children on the first day of schoolWhen Guyana Times visited some of the schools in Georgetown most of the children said they were happy to be back in school and that their work had begun: “The first day was good…we did mathematics, Grammar and Science and I made a few friends. So it was fun,” said a student of the St Margaret Primary.However students from two secondary schools in the city stated that they were taught little and had a lot of “spare time”.Last week the Education Ministry launched Education Month 2016 under the theme: “Each Child Matters: Stakeholders Unite for the Enhancement of Education.” Minister Rupert Roopnaraine called on local education stakeholders to work together toward the enhancement of Guyana’s education programmes so as to provide quality academic to students.“I truly believe that if we are to inspire our children, if we are to provide them with the necessary energy and the necessary skills to make themselves productive and whole human beings, we have a lot of work to do, and this work is going to be best done if we forge an active partnership between the schools and the homes,” he had said.UNICEF’s Representative Marianne Flach had stated that students need knowledge in order to succeed, and so laying the foundation for their future will guarantee that they accomplish their full potential.last_img read more

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TWO MEN APPEAR IN COURT CHARGED WITH CAR THEFTS AND CRIMINAL DAMAGE

first_imgRory Moyne and Justine Fleming after they appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. Picture by North West Newspix.Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with alleged attempted car thefts in Newtowncunningham in the early hours of this morning.Letterkenny District Court was told the two men were arrested at 5am at Main Street, Newtowncunningham. Rory Moyne (21) of 8 Cornfield Lane, Newtowncunningham and Justin Fleming (44) of 15 Colehill Park, Newtowncunningham are each charged with two counts of attempting to get into two vehicles and causing criminal damage to two other vehicles.Judge Denis McLoughlin heard that both men remained silent when charged at Letterkenny garda station.Garda Inspector David Kelly asked for the case to be adjourned until 2015.However Fleming addressed the court and said it would be a very long time to observe a curfew citing the upcoming festive season.Judge McLoughlin said it was a long time to have the case adjourned with the implementation of a curfew.Both men have been remanded on their own bond of €100 to appear before the court on December 17th.They must also both sign on twice a week at Letterkenny garda station, observe a curfew between midnight and 8am and not have any contact with witnesses in the case.TWO MEN APPEAR IN COURT CHARGED WITH CAR THEFTS AND CRIMINAL DAMAGE was last modified: November 21st, 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) Tags:car theftscourtcriminal damagedonegalGardaiJUSTIN FLEMINGNEWTOWNCUNNNGHAMRORY MOYNElast_img read more

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FINN VALLEY AC’S FAMOUS ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5K

first_imgIn 1972 a small group assembled certainly not more than 20 – it was the early days of Finn Valley Ac and the venue was Drumboe Forest, Stranorlar for the first ever Stephen’s Day run.It became the forerunner of what is now the annual 5k an event which has on occassion attracted as many as 800 to Walk, Run or Jog.Mo Farrah has run the race since – as have many international and Irish athletes. But this is above all a community event involving young and not so young ,families and friends.The Valley club are set to host yet another in what is now at a time in the development of the recreation running boom the longest uninterrupted road event in the North West  and that’s despite a number of challenging weather days.Registration opens 9am tomorrow (Saturday) with an 12 noon start.  FINN VALLEY AC’S FAMOUS ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5K was last modified: December 25th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Finn Valley AClast_img read more

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For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a Dec. 23 story about an Ohio company’s default on its pension plan, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. will use funds from taxpayers to cover the shortfall. The agency is self-funding, covering pension shortfalls through premiums it collects from employers, investment returns and money recovered in bankruptcies. It doesn’t rely on tax revenues to cover deficits.last_img read more

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Donegal woman sets up star-studded Summer School

first_imgA first-class line-up of dancers and choreographers are coming to Letterkenny this August to share their expertise and inspire young local performers.Well-known Letterkenny teacher and arts figure Andrea Emmett has booked an all-star schedule for her Triumph Performing Arts Summer School at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Professional tutors from theatre and dance circuits in Dublin and London will be delivering exciting masterclasses in their chosen art form throughout the week.Triumph Performing Arts Summer School will run from Wednesday 8th – Saturday 11th August. The camp is open to all young people aged from 6-18+ and spaces are limited. Places can be secured this Saturday, May 5th at an open registration at the Aura Leisure Centre from 12-3pm. Masterclass Tutors include: Adam Fogarty ( commercial and hip hop dancer : credits include Rita ora and black eyed peas) top left : Emanuella and Anita Salako ( specialise in African dance and Dancehall)Bottom right: Brian Gillespie (choreographer/ founder of dance company B-Hybrid based in London) and bottom left: Jose Galang ( urban choreographer at Fly Dance Studios Dublin)The Summer School is a dream project of Andrea’s, whose passion for arts education inspired her to set up Triumph Performing Arts. Triumph provides workshops in acting, various styles of dance and musical theatre for young people aged 4-22. Andrea is looking forward to welcoming a team of talented choreographers to the school this August.She said: “Although there have been huge improvements and opportunities created in this town for the arts , I wanted the children to be inspired by these young talented professionals that are currently working in the industry.“This summer school caters for a huge variety of dance styles from contemporary to urban choreography. Acting / musical theatre dance workshops will also be available.“I would have wished for workshops like these as a young impressionable teenager in Donegal with a love for performance so if you’re interested please get in touch.”Andrea won best supporting actress award and acting scholarship during the Irish Amateur Drama Festival Circuit 2017.Andrea’s creative expertise in dance and acting stems from her studies in contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop, theatre and performance and her many years of experience directing and choreographing local productions.She facilitates school workshops, entitled ‘Creative Movement’, which focus on a creative process that allows children to explore the full potential of movement and drama as a learning experience.“Growing up in Donegal I found there wasn’t enough arts opportunities available and I wanted to create a platform for children to enjoy the art form for what it is without the stress of competition and comparison. I hoped that arts opportunities could be on their doorstep, if they wanted a place to go to relieve stress and become lost on the dance floor. “After working full time in Dublin as a primary teacher, I knew that coming back to Letterkenny to create more dance opportunities was something I was very passionate about.”Andrea as Rose ( far left) in Lifford players production of Dancing at Lugnasa (2018)“I also strive to continue to develop myself professionally so that I am up to date with dance and acting techniques that are current! Fortunately I gained significant experience in acting after completing the Worklab courses hosted by An Grianan and I thoroughly enjoyed them,” Andrea said.Andrea obtained a distinction in completion of the HNC Performing Arts course in Derry and has since been signed to Nova Artists Acting Agency. Locally, she has choreographed Hairspray (2017), Dancing at Lughnasa (2018) that won various adjudicator awards at this year’s Amateur Drama Festival and very recently Footloose (2018) for a cast of 125 teens in TY Loreto Secondary School and St. Eunan’s College.Footloose 2018. Photo credit : Annette SweeneyFootloose 2018. Photo credit : Annette SweeneyPhoto credit : Annette SweeneyFootloose 2018. Photo credit : Annette SweeneyAndrea adds: “My lessons are fun and versatile, supporting individuality but also encouraging co-operation. It is vital that emphasis is not on the ‘performance’, but is centred on the development of the student and their chosen art form.” The Triumph Performing Arts Summer School will be a summer highlight for many young people in Donegal. If you would like to register a place and meet Andrea, visit the Aura Leisure Centre on May 5th from 12-3pm. A €10 deposit is required to book.For further information, call 0876142263Check out: www.facebook.com/performingartstriumphSponsored PostDonegal woman sets up star-studded Summer School was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 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:actingandrea emmettArtschildrenDANCEKidssummer campSUMMER SCHOOLtheatretriump performing artslast_img read more

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Golden State host Denver as both teams jockey for one seed in the Western Conference

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)After dismantling the Charolette Hornets 137-90, the Golden State Warriors must now shift their focus to the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors and the Nuggets are currently jockeying for the top seed in the Western Conference with Golden State currently holding a one game lead. Tuesday’s game can be key in determining which team will have home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can …last_img

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Absa commits R2.6bn to housing

first_img3 April 2007South African financial group Absa has committed R2.6-billion to provide 100 000 low-cost houses by 2010, fulfilling its part of an agreement between the financial sector and the government to fund such housing projects.Speaking during the hand-over of 200 government-subsidised houses outside Pretoria on Friday, Absa chief executive Steve Booysen said the money was the bank’s contribution toward sustainable human settlements for the country.“We will have at least one project for every province and two to three projects for every metro,” Booysen said.South Africa’s four major banks entered into a memorandum of understanding with the government in 2005, paving the way for R42-billion to be spent on low-cost housing in the country.Absa has set aside R400-million to develop Oleivenhoutbosch, an informal area next to Centurion, south of Pretoria. The project, to be completed by 2008, will have 5 400 homes built on 180 hectares of land, with 1 200 being bonded, 3 000 being subsidised and 1 200 for rental.“Happily, this relationship has been a productive one,” Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told Business Report. “The project . addresses integrated development. It is a mixed housing project. Its implementation is to achieve 70% black ownership and have 30% female participation.”According to Business Report, the development will comprise three schools, two clinics, a public open space, religious facilities and commercial and industrial development.“We regard urban renewal through residential development as wise infrastructure development, because wise infrastructure investment helps to make development sustainable,” Booysen said.He pointed to the Brickfields apartment complex in Newtown, Johannesburg as an example. Absa has funded 35% of the 100-million residential project, which benefits over 700 families, as part of a public-private partnership.The bank has also signed an agreement with the Gauteng provincial government to provide 7 500 houses in Droogeheuwel and Middelvlei in the Randfontein Municipality.In addition, the bank has acquired about 2600 hectares of land in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, to be used for affordable housing.“This project will allow in excess of 65000 residential homes in mixed mode developments to be developed in phases over about five years,” Booysen said.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa lauded for promoting responsible tourism

first_img5 November 2014South Africa continues to excel as a prime tourist destination. Several local hospitality and tourist attraction have received accolades at the World Responsible Tourism Awards held in the UK.Founded in 2004, the awards are held each year to celebrate and inspire change in the tourism industry. They also aim to develop quality tourism products that promote cultural integrity and environmental protection. The 2014 awards were held in London today.The most coveted award on the day went to South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) “for demonstrating that animal attractions can liberate previously captive wildlife and, without petting or exploitation, be commercially successful’, according to organisers. Along with World Animal Protection, SAASA scooped gold in the Best animal welfare initiative category.Not to be outdone, Hotel Verde in Cape Town won walked away with gold in the Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism category. The V&A Waterfront, also in Cape Town, walked away with gold for Best Destination for Responsible Tourism and Mdumbi Backpackers in the Eastern Cape was a finalist in the Best for Poverty Reduction category.Congratulating the winners, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said the awards are significant for the entire tourism industry in South Africa. “It shows that South Africa is taking its place as a world leader in responsible tourism,’ he said.“Many travellers are now making decisions based on fair trade, community benefits and sustainable development practices. In response to this, more of our destinations are implementing sustainable principles like recycling greywater and reducing energy use. These establishments are an inspiration to others to follow suit.’In the Tourism Act of 2014, South Africa has stressed the need for tourism establishments to conserve their environment and also consider economic and social elements of their businesses. In addition, South Africa is one of the few countries in the world – only second in the world after Brazil – to develop a National Minimum Standards for Responsible Tourism.“I believe we can do more to educate and activate travel consumers to support responsible tourism. This will accelerate the implementation of responsible tourism principles by destination operators even further,’ Hanekom said.Adding, Hanekom said South Africa will look at ways to incentivise the retrofitting of tourism attractions and accommodation facilities.Below is a complete list of winners in respective categories:Best animal welfare initiative, supported by Born Free FoundationGold winners: World Animal Protection, and South African Animal Sanctuary AllianceBest aviation programme for carbon reduction, sponsored by Visit GozoGold winner: Thomson AirwaysBest for beach tourism, sponsored by JerseyGold winner: Chole Mjini Conservation & Development Co. LtdSilver winner: Casa de las OlasBest city hotel, sponsored by Los Cabos Tourism BoardGold winner: Hotel Verde Silver winners: ITC Grand Chola, and Jurys Inn BrightonBest cultural heritage attraction, sponsored by WightlinkGold winner: (no gold winner this year)Silver winner: Festivals of PueblaBest destination, sponsored by Visit NorwayGold winner: V&A Waterfront, Cape TownBest for engaging people & culture, sponsored by New York State Division of TourismGold winner: Kutch AdventuresSilver winner: Footsteps Eco LodgePeople’s Choice for responsible tourism, sponsored by Slovenia Tourist BoardWinner: Nam Nern Night SafariFinalists: Chepu Adventures Ecolodge, Snowcarbon, TUI Nederland, People and places, ReefCI, Village Ways, The Great Projects, and Mara NaboishoBest for people with disabilities, sponsored by Enable HolidaysGold winners: Campo and Parque dos Sonhos, and Cavan town & EnvironsSilver winner: Native Charming Hotels and Accessible TourismBest for poverty reduction, sponsored by Tobago House of AssemblyGold winner: Adventure AlternativeSilver winners: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and Mdumbi BackpackersBest short film for responsible tourism, sponsored by Fair Trade TourismGold winner: Travel Oregon’s “John Day River Territory”Silver winners: GLP Films’ “Basecamp Foundation – Pioneering Sustainable Tourism in Kenya’s Masai Mara”, and World Wildlife Fund’s “The Guardians”Best for wildlife conservation, sponsored by Discover DominicaGold winner: Echidna Walkabout Nature ToursSilver winners: Chambal Safari Hotels Pvt Ltd, and On Track SafarisSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Sergio Busquets urges Barcelona to make signings after Real Madrid defeat

first_imgSergio Busquets called on Barcelona to sign more players after the club’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid on Sunday.The defensive midfielder believes his team need to reinforce if they are to wrestle power back from their rivals Madrid, who won a Champions League and La Liga double last season.Barcelona announced the signing of Paulinho on Monday but still have to replace Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain for a world record 222 million euros.They have been linked with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, both of whom might have been helpful as Barcelona struggled to break down Madrid at Camp Nou in the first leg.Reuters PhotoBarcelona have been frustrated in the transfer market this summer, not only losing one of their best players but unable to sign their reported top targets either.”We don’t need new signings because of the result, but because we always have to renew [our squad] and try to improve, no matter what,” Busquets told reporters.”There’s no need for any excuses, now we have to draw up conclusions and look forward.”We have the game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. It’s almost mission impossible, it will be really difficult to turn it around but we will try.”Paulinho will not be available to play on Wednesday for the second leg, in which Barcelona face an uphill struggle, needing to score at least three away goals to be in with a chance of winning the cup.With Neymar gone, Gerard Deulofeu was picked to play on the left wing in the first leg but he did not impress, frequently on a different wavelength to his team-mates.advertisementCoach Ernesto Valverde is confident Barcelona will add to their squad before the transfer window shuts, although he prefers to focus on his current squad instead of speaking about potential signings.Valverde told a news conference on Sunday: “We’re Barca and we want to have the best team.”Until the end of August, there’s time, although I’d like to focus on those I already have here, despite losing. And despite the fact that in this period there will surely be changes in the team.”last_img read more

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RTI: AUTOSAR Adaptive 18-10 features full network binding of DDS standard

first_imgReal-Time Innovations announced that AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open Systems ARchitecture) has released the latest version of the Adaptive Platform, Release 18-10, featuring a full network binding of the Data Distribution Service standard. With the 18-10 release, automotive manufacturers can now implement an AUTOSAR Adaptive framework with DDS and develop highly autonomous systems, such as Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous vehicles.RTI worked with the AUTOSAR Consortium on the implementation, as both the DDS and AUTOSAR standards contribute to a robust ecosystem for autonomous systems. DDS enables AUTOSAR to fully support highly autonomous systems with a production-ready communication framework that delivers the reliability, scalability and performance needed for these complex systems.The AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform is a software standard designed to meet the increasing technology demands of new automotive applications. DDS is being rapidly adopted by Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers as a framework to solve complex requirements in Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous systems. With the AUTOSAR 18-10, customers can now implement an AUTOSAR Adaptive Framework with DDS. AUTOSAR 18-10 helps solve a number of safety and connectivity challenges that OEM software development teams face in supporting affordable, premium and luxury model vehicles. It enables developers to configure the platform dynamically to support the various operating modes and hardware capabilities of each car platform.In the AUTOSAR Adaptive platform, the DDS components are optimized for end-to-end data sharing with little to no custom integration required. As a result, the DDS-based technology eliminates complex integration and security challenges for OEMs by providing a data-centric interoperable framework that supports all of the operating systems and processor architectures commonly used by OEMs and their suppliers. Auto manufacturers can also leverage other technologies outside of the AUTOSAR specification including cloud-based and back-end systems, as well as additional components that are common within the automotive industry, such as MatLab and Simulink as well as DSpace, Linux and QNX platforms.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ST: 6-axis inertial module extends ultra-low-power MEMS sensor offeringNext Kontron: KISS 4U V3 SKX server platform usable as rackmount, workstation and desktoplast_img read more

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