New student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring parents that the new registration system, with the accompanying questionnaire, is not a ploy by the government to pry into the lives of citizens, but a genuine strategy to improve data collection and student satisfaction in the education system.“I want to state categorically that the purpose of the Ministry of Education is to protect, preserve and promote the best interest of the student. It is not in our interest to do anything inimical to students,” Mr. Holness emphasised.The Minister was speaking at a press briefing, on (October 28), held at his office in Kingston to address parents’ concerns and to outline the Ministry’s rationale for implementing the new system.Mr. Holness explained that the National Student Registration System (NSRS) is an important part of the Ministry’s thrust towards a data driven decision making process.Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), listens attentively to a question at a press conference to outline the Ministry’s rationale for implementing the new student registration system, on October 28. Also listening (from left) are: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell and Chief Education Officer, Grace McLean.He said it is hoped that the system will help to significantly reduce the registration challenges experienced each year in the education system; speed up the registration process; allow more time for data verification; achieve greater accuracy; and result in reduced cost to the Ministry.All public and private institutions offering primary level education will be required to adopt the minimum standards for the registration of students through the NSRS.Mr. Holness advised that all the data collected will be kept in the school management system called the Jamaica Schools Administrative Software (JSAS), which he assured, is a highly secured system.“Schools with Internet access will be able to log into our servers and bring up the information for their schools. So, the schools will be able to mark their registers online, enter the grades of their students online, and they will be able to register all important incidents online,” he informed.“That is a very important tool for education management, because in short order, in less than 30 days the Ministry will know exactly what is happening in each school in Jamaica,” he noted.He warned that there are serious consequences for not participating in the registration process, particularly as it relates to the text book programme. “If we don’t know the exact number of students in the schools, we can’t make an accurate order for books,” he informed.The Minister said what has been happening over the years, is that he Ministry has been ordering books based on estimated numbers, rather than accurate data. “Sometimes we fall short, other times we go over and that’s really bad in a limited budget environment,” he added.Mr. Holness said that parents have been a bit apprehensive about the questionnaire, which is attached to the form. He pointed out that the questionnaire is optional and that parents can choose to only answer those questions with which they are comfortable.The Minister said the question that has been giving parents the most concern is the one asking for the monthly combined income of the household. He assured that the Ministry is not using that question to stratify students by income, but rather to ascertain the need for the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).“It would help us to direct our welfare resources, because we would then begin to see clusters where there are real income issues that need attention. It would also begin to give real data to the relationship between income and performance,” he added.Mr. Holness said the questionnaire would also give an idea of the parental backgrounds of the students, so that educators can get a better understanding of student behaviour and, if necessary, social intervention programmes can be specifically geared toward those pupils.The Minister conceded that not all questions on the questionnaire were relevant to all students, and as such, the Ministry will be revising the questionnaire based on the grade level.He noted that there is more co-operation on the part of public schools as opposed to private schools, and the Ministry will be working to improve communication with the private institutions, so that they can more fully understand the new registration process.The Ministry is also developing an Education Management Information System (EMIS), which will be supported by, and supplied with information from the national student registration form.The EMIS will create an account for each student in which his/her cumulative records will be stored. To facilitate this, each student will be assigned a unique identification number that will track the student throughout the primary and secondary levels of the system. The permanent student record will include data on attendance, performance, achievement and behaviour. RelatedNew student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister RelatedNew student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister New student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister EducationOctober 29, 2010center_img RelatedNew student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister Advertisementslast_img read more

Samsung debuts Gear S2 smartwatch

first_img KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Tags Related Previous ArticleThai broadcaster allowed to keep 2.6GHz spectrumNext ArticleGigaset takes aim at smartphones with ME series Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 SEP 2015 Steve Costello HomeDevicesNews Samsung debuts Gear S2 smartwatchcenter_img Gear S2SamsungsmartwatchTizen Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Smartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1 Thai wearable shipments fly Devices LIVE FROM IFA 2015: Samsung surprised by unveiling its Gear S2 smartwatch ahead of its press conference here on Thursday.While Samsung has traditionally used IFA to unveil the latest version of its Note device line, this year it held a separate event in mid-August to this end. And while this led to the belief that Gear S2 would be the star of its IFA show, the company instead announced the product ahead of the first round of press conferences.The big feature of Gear S2 is its round design, echoing a form factor favoured by rivals such as Motorola’s Moto 360. It is said to feature a “unique rotating bezel”, along with home and back buttons, to provide users with a “quicker, more precise” method to access notifications and apps.The smartwatch will come in two flavours: normal and “classic”, the latter of which is “made for users who prefer a more timeless watch design”.Features include new fitness functions, and NFC “which will enable mobile payments without the need for a wallet”.Samsung said it is “working with a wide selection of partners across different industries to expand the usability of wearables and streamline consumers’ mobile lives in a variety of ways, including smart car keys, residential room keys, and remote controls to manage a connected home”.It is also promising a battery life of up to “2-3 days”.As with Samsung’s previous smartwatches, Gear S2 is powered by Samsung’s own Tizen platform, rather than Google’s Android Wear.last_img read more

Sinn Fein councillor allays fears over school closures

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ A Sinn Fein Councillor in Strabane has accused an SDLP representative of reckless scaremongering for claiming that rural schools could close in West Tyrone.Speaking on Highland Radio News during the week West Tyrone MLA, Joe Byrne claimed that 40 rural schools in Tyrone were under threat.And he claimed that schools who didn’t have 105 pupils or more were the ones under threat of closure from the SF Education Minister.But SF Cllr Maoliosa McHugh says no school will close because they don’t have a certain amount of pupils:[podcast][/podcast] Pinterest Google+ Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Pinterest 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Facebook Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn center_img Sinn Fein councillor allays fears over school closures By News Highland – December 7, 2013 Facebook WhatsApp Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder News Previous articleMan convicted of musician’s manslaughter in Derry has his probation revokedNext articleDonegal Gathering to go ahead again next year News Highland Twitter Twitter Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

Demand for cancer counselling services in Donegal increases

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Twitter Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDUP says Northern Ireland must leave EUNext articleFoyle Search and Rescue responded to 36 incidents in September News Highland center_img Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – December 4, 2017 WhatsApp Demand for cancer counselling services in Donegal increases WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 The demand for cancer counselling services has increased by 68% over the past 4 years and over 490% since 2010.According to the Irish Cancer Society demand for the cancer counselling services in Donegal has grown almost 4%, with 58 people availing of the service.Dorothy Thomas, Community Support Network Coordinator at the Irish Cancer Society hopes this vital service can evolve in the future:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

Saturday Wrap: McQuaid’s O’Mara, Rush-Henrietta’s Sherron hurl complete game shutouts; Eastridge’s Harisis collects five RBI

first_img Subscribe by Email This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. By johnmitchelllikanje on April 6, 2019No Comment Pat Sherron hurled a complete game 2-hitter as Rush-Henrietta downed Churchville-Chili, 3-0.FRANKLIN (1-1) 0EASTRIDGE (2-0) 17Eastridge exploded for 15 runs in the last four innings in a season-opening victory. Senior Shane Harisis led the offensive surge, going 3-for-4 with a walk, five RBI and three runs scored. Senior shortstop Jayden Fayad was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, two RBI and four runs scored. Avery Bowens, Austin Robinson, Tyler Rogers and Jacob Russo all collected a hit and drove in a run. Sophomore Keenan Calenzo had a walk and an RBI in three at-bats. The Eastridge Lancers scored in five of their six innings. In the third inning, the Lancers sent nine men to the plate and scored five runs without collecting a hit.MCQUAID (2-0) 5CORNING (IV) 0McQuaid won its second straight game shutting down Corning (IV), who had exploded for 21 runs in five innings on Wednesday against Hornell. Ryan O’Mara pitched a complete game shutout, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out seven batters on 72 pitches. The Niagara University commit had two stretches in which he retired six consecutive batters. O’Mara collected a pair of hits for the second straight game and is 4-for-7 at the dish this season. Charlie Merkley went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Drew Bailey, Ben Beauchamp and Noah Campanelli all had a hit and an RBI. The McQuaid Jesuit Knights have not allowed a run in 12 consecutive innings. For Corning, Noah Walker had one of the team’s three hits in the game.RUSH-HENRIETTA (1-0) 3CHURCHVILLE CHILI (1-1) 0Patrick Sherron hurled a complete game shutout as Rush-Henrietta won its season opener. The senior, who was the starting quarterback on the football team and a guard on the basketball team, allowed a pair of hits, a walk and struck out six batters on 91 pitches. Sherron retired the first seven hitters he faced. Andrew Sanchez went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored to lead the offense. Cliff Genge, Chris Sleeper and Daniel Tirabassi all had a hit. DJ White had a stolen base. The Rush-Henrietta Royal Comets had five of their six hits go for extra bases. For Churchville-Chili, Wesley Colucci and Amaury Samalot  had the team’s only hits of the game. Pitcher Ethan Putney threw six innings of three-run ball, allowed five hits, three walks and struck out seven hitters.Located at 1475 E. Henrietta Road near Monroe Community College.HILTON (0-1) 1WEBSTER THOMAS (1-0) 5Jadon Masucci pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to gain the win on the mound for Webster Thomas. Masucci struck out four batters and gave up two hits. Hilton scored one run in the first inning on back-to-back hits by Drew HerrNeckar and Collin Nelson. In the bottom of the second, Matt Stuewe had a hit to lead things off. Mitchell Kelly added a two-run double and Jim Marasco chipped in with a sacrifice fly to give the Webster Thomas Titans a 3-1 lead. In the top of the third inning, Masucci came in with the bases loaded and one out and got out of the jam with a strikeout and fly out. In the fifth, the Titans tacked on 2 more runs as Jake Canfield had a sac fly for one RBI. Stuewe was 2-for-3. Kelly went 1-for-3 and Marasco was 1-for-2. Gavin Moore and Collin Nelson each had two hits for Hilton.ADDISON (3-0) 3WILLIAMSON (PA) 1ALFRED-ALMOND 10ADDISON (3-1) 2PEMBROKE 1AKRON (VI) 11BARKER (VI) 16BYRON-BERGEN 6ALBION (VI) 12ELBA 2OLEAN (VI)WELLSVILLE (2-1)AVOCA (2-0)LEADERSHIP (0-1)CANISTEO-GREENWOOD (1-2)KESHEQUA (0-1) Add to Google+ Share on Facebook Saturday Wrap: McQuaid’s O’Mara, Rush-Henrietta’s Sherron hurl complete game shutouts; Eastridge’s Harisis collects five RBI center_img Print This Post Follow on Facebook Connect on Linked in Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Saturday Wrap: McQuaid’s O’Mara, Rush-Henrietta’s Sherron hurl complete game shutouts; Eastridge’s Harisis collects five RBI added by johnmitchelllikanje on April 6, 2019View all posts by johnmitchelllikanje →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdBig Data Online Courses Might Be More Fun Than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersThe Fairport Ace who never had his chance: Jake Conklin – Pickin’ Splinters last_img read more

Birth of Renaissance

first_imgA cave-dwelling crustacean lives underground in darkness with no light at all. She slowly realizes that she no longer needs her sight. She does all her work with her ability to smell and feel. She evolves herself and becomes blind. Even the visionary parts of her brain started becoming smaller and parts that controlled touch started becoming larger. She was the same crustacean but much more evolved according to her surroundings. Unknowingly she brought Renaissance into action.Renaissance is a French word meaning “rebirth”. Generally described as taking place from the 14th century to the 17th century, Renaissance promoted the rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature and art. It began from Italy by the evolution of “the theory of humanism.” People of Italy got inspired by various thinkers and philosophers to understand the new meaning of life. They started connecting life with different colors of art, music and science. This led to the birth of new ideas. History suggests that renaissance was born only when the older perspectives failed to maintain the equilibrium of life. So every time this equilibrium gets disturbed, renaissance will be born.Our world today is engulfed in a severe pandemic crisis. The daily lives have been scrambled, economies have downgraded, frustration and anxiety are at its peak with the rising additional shocks of cyclone, floods and earthquakes. Surely the equilibrium has been disturbed.ARTMadhubani is a style of painting practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar. Due to lockdown and rising Covid cases, the art has evolved itself to meet the demands of the present. Painters of Mithila are selling three layered cotton Madhubani masks and are even gaining popularity. Apart from Madhubani art over them, the masks have catchy slogans like “go corona go” to attract customers. This strategic plan has led to a rise in income levels for the painters.SCIENCE AND INDUSTRYThe use of UV cleaning devices and robots to avoid direct contact with surfaces and Covid affected patients has brought science to our rescue. A Mexican company has developed “protective plastic covering” to save their health workers by keeping the patients in a plastic chamber inspired by neonatal chambers for protecting newborns.Ironically, even the virus sets an example of rebirth. Covid-19, unlike other similar SARS, MERS shows many different traits. A recent study finds a dramatic change in the shape after it infuses in a human cell. The spike protein forms a “rigid hairpin structure” after binding.Auto drivers in Delhi have switched to the sale of sanitizers along the street side. Cleaning the shield of the car, disinfecting vehicles and sanitizing hands of commuters have become their popular job.THINKERS AND PHILOSOPHERSThe role of philosophers and moral thinkers has never been felt so necessary. Various ethical and motivational theories to get going in any circumstance are evolving. Concepts like “ikigai” meaning the purpose to leave the bed every morning are becoming popular on social media. It is the Japanese secret for long happy life.The Gandhian “environmental theory” and the idea of “sustainable development” (Bruntland Commission report, 1987) highlights the need for judicious use of resources to prevent a catastrophe like this. Besides the often discussed philosophers like Kant and Socrates, forgotten thinkers like Hegel also holds true today. His saying “the owl of Minerva spreads its wing only with the falling of the dusk” directs the planet earth to wait for its dawn patiently.Whether in the form of revival or reform we are heading towards “a new life”. The unpredictable future might never take us back to what we were. We might not get our past back or even if we get, we might not experience the same order. In such a challenging environment, only the birth of new ideas has the potential to drive the world. This phase of lockdown and unlock is serving as a transition period to give a more evolved society in every perspective. We will learn to cross every hurdle from here onwards with a brave face.But has Renaissance 2.0 arrived?last_img read more

Man dies stepping on power line he downed after surviving car crash

first_imgABC News/KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — A 20-year-old man who survived a crash into a utility pole died after he was electrocuted when stepping out of his vehicle and onto the downed power line.The incident happened late Saturday night in Texas City, Texas when Fabian Garnica and his girlfriend were driving north on Highway 146 and collided with a utility pole on the side of the road, according to ABC News’ Houston station KTRK-TV.Both Garnica and his girlfriend, Destiny Wallace, were injured in the crash but both survived the single-car crash. However, when Garnica stepped out of the vehicle to inspect the damage he stepped directly onto the downed power line he had just knocked over and was electrocuted.Wallace was taken to the emergency room after the accident and found out during medical treatment that she was in fact pregnant with Garnica’s baby.Garnica’s family told KTRK that they were devastated over his death and held a vigil on Monday night at the spot where he died.Police are now investigating the cause of the crash and warning others that no matter how panicked you are after a collision with a utility pole, it is always safest to stay inside your car.“If you’re in a vehicle, you need to stay inside the vehicle until we can arrive on scene,” said Texas City EMS Director Wendell Wiley. “We can assess and see if the power lines are still hot. If they are, we can contact the light company. Your safest place is inside the vehicle.”Garnica attended Texas City high school with Wallace and turned 20 a month ago. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hull graduate design chosen for Stagecoach’s official face covering

first_imgStagecoach has unveiled its official facemask, sporting a design by 23-year-old Hull graduate Matthew Cheung.Matthew submitted his design after Stagecoach launched national competition to support student and graduate designers across the UK boost their CVs.Matthew’s design, which features a modified Stagecoach logo integrated into the mask’s creases and folds, was selected and will now be distributed to students across the UK free of charge.Says Matthew: “The chance to be named as the official designer of Stagecoach’s face masks was an opportunity I couldn’t ignore.“I wanted to build a print that worked if the mask was either opened out or not, while still making it ownable to Stagecoach. So, I took its own colours and created a swirly design which was bright, colourful and different to anything else out there. I didn’t actually think I would ever win, but it’s great to be able to add this to my portfolio.”Regional Director North for Stagecoach Catherine Acton-Brazier says: “Although coronavirus COVID-19 has caused previously unimaginable disruption for people up and down the UK, students have been hit particularly hard. As a result, we wanted to do our bit at Stagecoach to give tomorrow’s graphic designers a boost for their own CV, and it was from a very competitive entrants list that Matthew was selected as the winner.“From all of the team here we’d like to say a big well done to him and thanks also to every applicant who clearly put in a lot of effort to enter this competition.”Face coverings are now mandatory on all public transport across the UK and it is hoped reusable fabric face coverings will help prevent pollution.last_img read more

Belgium’s Walloon government in quarantine after minister tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgWalloon Tourism Minister Valérie De Bue has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the entire regional government into quarantine, it announced Wednesday.De Bue’s last contact with fellow ministers was on Friday, when Christophe Collignon was sworn in as a minister for local authorities. “During this meeting, all health rules in force were respected,” a government statement stressed.Ministers are nonetheless suspending their official activities and will be working remotely as a precaution. The ministers have already been tested for the virus, with results expected in 24 hours, according to RTBF. A meeting between ministers scheduled for Thursday will be held through videoconference. De Bue “is in good health and continues her work remotely,” the government said.Later in the day, news broke that most of the Belgian capital’s regional government also had to self-isolate because Brussels Finance Minister Sven Gatz tested positive.Only Brussels Health Minister Alain Maron does not have to quarantine as he has not been in close contact with Gatz like the other cabinet members, who had a meeting of the Brussels government together with Gatz on October 1.Gatz is showing mild symptoms of the virus and will be working from home, his spokesperson told public broadcaster VRT. Members of his staff with whom he has been in close contact will also quarantine and get tested.This article has been updated. Also On POLITICO Belgium cuts contacts to 3 as it tightens coronavirus restrictions By Barbara Moens BY THE NUMBERS Coronavirus in Europe: Live data tracker By Arnau Busquets Guàrdia, Hanna Pawelec and Cornelius Hirschlast_img read more

As I Lay Dying & The Devil Wears Prada at The Paramount Review

first_imgFor those of you who were able to make it out to The Paramount in Huntington on Wednesday March 20th, you got to witness one of the best metalcore shows of the year.  With a solid line up of bands and each band providing good performances, this concert was one that was not to be missed.  The concert lineup consisted of all Christian metal bands, with The Chariot opening followed by For Today.  As I Lay Dying was slated to headline the show but since they are doing a co-headlining tour, The Devil Wears Prada actually headlined this show.  Although The Devil Wears Prada technically headlined the show, both them and As I Lay Dying played hour long sets, with each band coming back out for an encore as fans cheered “one more song”!!As I Lay Dying absolutely destroyed it from the time they hit the stage to the time their set was over.  They were on fire, and in essentially stole the show.  They sounded about as sharp and polished as any band I’ve ever seen and kept the crowd into it from start to finish.   You could not have asked for a better set as singer Tim Lambesis told the crowd that “for every newer song we’ve got for you, we’re going to play an older one for you also”.   And he kept his word as the set featured songs from they’re debut album, Frail Words Collapse, which was released in 2003 all the way through they’re newest 2012 release Awakened.  Their set list included songs such as “94 hours”, “A Greater Foundation”, “Whispers In Silence”, ”An Ocean Between Us”, “Wasted Words”, “Sound of truth”, and “Nothing Left”, amongst other songs.  I thought they really put together a solid playlist and the entire band was hitting on all cylinders, particularly lead guitarist Nick Hipa, who was absolutely shredding.  Overall I’d give they’re performance easily a 10 out of 10, between the set list they played, how well they played, and most importantly, how they sounded.  This isn’t a band that only plays together when they’re making a album, or when they’re getting ready to go on a huge tour; no, this is a band that is consistently practices together and it shows through their performance on the stage.The Devil Wears Prada took the stage after As I lay Dying finished their set.  Now don’t take this the wrong way, The Devil Wears Prada’s set was killer in and of itself, but it was almost unfair for them to have to follow up As I Lay Dying’s performance even with putting on a hell of a show in their own right.  Like As I Lay Dying’s set, The Devil Wears Prada played a set consisting of songs both old and new.  They started off their set with a few songs off they’re new album Dead Throne which was released in 2012.  They opened with “Untidaled” followed by “Mammoth” and “Vengeance.”  Other songs they played off they’re newest release included “Born To Lose” and “Chicago.”  They played they’re biggest hits off of their 2008 album “With Roots Above And Branches Below” including songs like “Assistant To The Regional Manager” and “Sassafras.”  They played a few songs off their 2006 debut album Plagues, but for the most part concentrated on their more recent and well-known material.  The highlight of their set was when they played “Outnumbered” off they’re Zombie EP that was released in 2010, which in my eyes, has some of their heaviest stuff on it.  Overall I’d give their performance about a 8.5/9 out of 10.  They played tight together, picked a good set list, and overall delivered on all fronts.All in all it was a very great show, with both of the big bands delivering everything you’d expect and then some.  And while The Devil Wears Prada played an absolutely awesome show, As I Lay Dying stole took the prize with their performance.  Both bands put on incredible performances, sounded extremely tight, and simply throw down with some high energy playing.-Ben GoldAs I Lay Dying “Whispering Silence” (sick guitar solo at 3-minute mark):The Devil Wears Prada “Outnumbered”:last_img read more