Province Celebrates Gaelic Awareness Month

first_imgMay is Gaelic Awareness Month — a time to celebrate and create greater awareness of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic language and cultural heritage. In Gaelic tradition, May 1 is the sunny day of the feast of Beltane or Là Buidhe Bealltainn, an important day that marks the beginning of the summer season. “Because Là Buidhe Bealltainn represents newness and rebirth, it presents a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to learn more about one of the province’s early languages and cultures,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Gaelic Affairs. Throughout May, the Office of Gaelic Affairs will provide online Gaelic awareness information and learning opportunities, which will include Gaelic expressions, Gaelic foods, Gaelic surnames and a Gaelic map of Nova Scotia. Other events include a film series, Gaelic immersion opportunities planned by Gaelic communities and organizations, and in-service training for teachers interested in Gaelic, sponsored by the Department of Education. “To help celebrate Gaelic’s presence in the province, the Office of Gaelic Affairs has been working with the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia to develop an image for the Gaelic community in Nova Scotia,” said Lewis MacKinnon, CEO of the Office of Gaelic Affairs. “When this image is unveiled later this month, it will serve as a source of identity, pride and inspiration for all who see the value of Gaelic language and culture and its significant contribution to our province.” For more information on Gaelic Awareness Month, go to www.gov.ns.ca/oga and click on Gaelic Awareness. For more information on Gaelic in Nova Scotia phone 1-888-842-3542 or (902) 424-4298 or e-mail gaelicinfo@gov.ns.ca or fiosgaidhlig@gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

Cut adrift by Canada Michaelle Jean continues bid for Francophonie post

first_imgYEREVAN, Armenia – Delegations from Canada and Quebec arrived in Armenia Wednesday ahead of the summit of la Francophonie, intent on putting the controversy over the election of a secretary general behind them.But Michaelle Jean, the former governor general and current holder of the top job at the international body, showed no signs of abandoning her candidacy despite losing the support of her home country and province.Jean, who has been secretary general of the organization of French-speaking nations since 2014, is seeking a second term and will be up against Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo when members make their choice this week.The Canadian and Quebec governments announced Tuesday they were withdrawing support for Jean’s bid to remain in the job, backing instead the “consensus” candidate, Mushikiwabo.Jean still does not seem to believe her fate is sealed, suggesting through a spokesman on the eve of the two-day summit in the Armenian capital of Yerevan that no such consensus exists.“A consensus implies a debate that is held according to the standards,” Jean spokesman Bertin Leblanc said. “With the summit beginning (Thursday), no doubt this discussion will take place among the heads of state and of governments behind closed doors.”Leblanc said on the weekend that Jean had no intention of dropping out.Jocelyn Coulon, a political scientist at the Universite de Montreal, said Jean finds herself completely isolated. Among la Francophonie’s 54 full members, only Haiti — her country of birth — continues to back her, he said.“I imagine that Madame Jean thinks that she has to prove herself, and she’s doing this on principle,” Coulon said. “She thinks she’s the best to continue in this job, and she’s convinced that she will be able on Friday morning, when she meets with the heads of state, to change their minds. But I doubt that.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who travelled to Yerevan with Quebec premier-designate Francois Legault, met with Jean soon after landing Wednesday.Trudeau’s office did not tell the media about the meeting beforehand and would not say what was discussed. But a government source said the message has not changed: Ottawa will endorse the consensus choice that emerges from the summit.Several federal government sources recently told The Canadian Press the re-election of Jean, who was chosen in 2014 in part due to the absence of a clear African front-runner, would be “difficult.” They said that if a consensus emerged, Canada would join it to avoid having the summit overshadowed by a fight for the top job.Traditionally, the selection of a secretary general is by agreement, not through a vote.Mushikiwabo has support from France and the African Union countries, leaving Jean’s chances of retaining the top job slim, particularly without Canada and Quebec in her corner. Sources said the Canadian government tried unsuccessfully to convince Jean that re-election was improbable.Legault tweeted Tuesday that his government would not support Jean and would join what he called the “African consensus.” He said it was time for “a new style of management” in the organization.A spokesman for the federal minister responsible for la Francophonie, Melanie Joly, said in an email Tuesday that Canada was ready to “rally around the consensus.”Jean has been dogged by accusations of excessive spending during her time as head of la Francophonie. Quebecor media outlets reported she spent $500,000 renovating her rented Paris residence, as well as $20,000 on a piano, but she’s defended the spending in interviews.The Rwandan candidate is not without critics. French President Emmanuel Macron has backed her, but four former French ministers responsible for the la Francophonie signed an open letter last month saying Mushikiwabo has no place at the head of the organization.The candidacy is controversial because of Rwanda’s poor human-rights record and the fact Rwanda replaced French with English in its education curriculum in 2010.Canada may have chosen to abandon Jean partly for geopolitical and strategic reasons as it tries to secure a seat on the UN Security Council in 2020.— with files from Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal.last_img read more

Sensex snaps 4day winning streak drops 180 points

first_imgMumbai: Breaking its four-day rising streak, the Sensex dropped about 180 points Wednesday on profit booking and forecast of below-normal monsoon this year. Despite a strong rally in global equities, Indian market failed to sustain at lifetime highs led by losses in oil and gas, telecom, metal and healthcare stocks. After swinging nearly 450 points, the 30-share Sensex settled 179.53 points, or 0.46 per cent lower at 38,877.12. The broader NSE Nifty too pared early gains and ended 69.25 points, or 0.59 per cent, down at 11,643.95. Benchmark indices gave up all the early gains and ended in red after Skymet predicted below normal monsoon for this year, said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management. “This news comes just a day before RBI is expected to cut rates by 25 bps and adopt a pro-growth stance. However, expectation of poor rainfall and already slow economic growth alongside subdued inflation may pressurise RBI to go for a higher rate cut, thus surprising the street positively,” Sharma added. The RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is holding a three-day meeting between April 2 – 4 for the first policy statement for 2019-20. SBI was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, shedding 2.40 per cent, followed by Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, L&T, Sun Pharma, M&M, ICICI Bank, ONGC, RIL, Asian Paints, Vedanta and HUL, which lost up to 2.37 per cent. On the other hand, Maruti, HCL Tech, HDFC, Tata Steel, PowerGrid, Hero MotoCorp and TCS ended with gains of up to 2.78 per cent. Sectorally, the BSE oil and gas, telecom, capital goods, energy and healthcare indices fell up to 2.06 per cent. Broader indices too ended in the red, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap slipping up to 0.87 per cent. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital markets, putting in Rs 543.36 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold equities to the tune of Rs 437.70 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.last_img read more

Upcoming polls must be inclusive free and fair Ban tells Myanmars authorities

The Union Election Commission of Myanmar has announced that the polls – the country’s first elections in 20 years – will be held on 7 November.“The Secretary-General reiterates his call on the Myanmar authorities to honour their publicly stated commitments to hold inclusive, free and fair elections in order to advance the prospects of peace, democracy and development for Myanmar,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “As essential steps for any national reconciliation and democratic transition process, the Secretary-General strongly urges the authorities to ensure that fundamental freedoms are upheld for all citizens of Myanmar and to release all remaining political prisoners without delay so that they can freely participate in the political life of their country,” the statement added.In March, Mr. Ban and the Group of Friends on Myanmar, which brings together more than one dozen nations and one regional bloc in support of greater dialogue in the country, said the Government must create the conditions to allow for free participation in the elections.“This includes the release of all political prisoners – including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – and respect for fundamental freedoms,” he stated after meeting with the group in New York. Ms. Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been under house arrest for much of the past two decades, was sentenced last August to an additional 18 months of house arrest, effectively barring her from taking part in the polls. Mr. Ban and his Special Adviser, Vijay Nambiar, remain closely engaged with the Myanmar authorities, “but they feel that this process requires more cooperation from Myanmar and all concerned,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters today.Earlier this week, Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York that “a lack of cooperation at this critical moment represents nothing less than a lost opportunity for Myanmar.” 13 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the authorities in Myanmar to ensure that the upcoming general elections are free and fair, and to release all remaining political prisoners so that they can fully participate in their country’s political life. read more

Feast or famine for Alberta farmers as harvest begins

by Jonathan Muma Posted Sep 21, 2015 7:22 am MDT As the temperature drops, farmers around the province are starting to harvest their crops and assess their livestock.It was a tough summer for a number of producers because a lot of areas faced drought conditions.With more than 30 per cent of the harvest in the books, it has become a case of feast or famine.For the farmers who got enough water to get their crops to grow, yields are above expectations.In fact, Nikki Booth with the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation said they’re at 81 per cent of the five year average.“When it comes to quality, early quality indications for the crops harvested show they are above the five to ten year average,” she said.Booth admits they have already seen 9,200 claims from farmers whose crops did not do so well and total claims will likely equal $700 to $900-million by the end of the year.She added no one crop suffered more than others, but to date they’ve already paid out $200-million.The majority of claims are coming from the southern half of the province, specifically the areas around Red Deer and Lacombe.As for next year, Booth said it will all depend on the weather, but lending programs will help producers who had a lean 2015 start the spring on the right foot. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feast or famine for Alberta farmers as harvest begins JONATHAN MUMA/660 NEWS read more

UK new vehicle production – January 2009

Total61,40461,4048,3518,35169,75569,755 -58.7%-58.7%-59.9%-59.9%-58.8%-58.8% * Car production continued to fall sharply, down 58.7% in January* Commercial vehicle production also posted a substantial fall, down 59.9%* Plants announce further action in response to weak global demand * 83.5% of car output allocated for export is a record for any January Export51,27251,2726,4046,40457,67657,676 -54.2%-54.2%-47.9%-47.9%-53.6%-53.6% “Following extended winter shutdowns, vehicle output continued to fall in January in line with expectations. The extent of the decline highlights the critical need for further government action to deliver the measures already announced and ease access to finance and credit,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “The proportion of cars exported peaked in January, evidence of the resilience of UK automotive manufacturing. European markets have been lifted by scrappage incentive schemes and SMMT continues its call for a UK plan to boost the new vehicle market and support employment throughout the sector. The motor industry reiterates its request for an urgent government response.” SMMT LtdJan-09YTD 2009Jan-09YTD 2009Jan-09YTD 2009 Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles  -72.3%-72.3%-77.2%-77.2%-73.3%-73.3% DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Home10,13210,1321,9471,94712,07912,079 % of total83.5%83.5%76.7%76.7%82.7%82.7% % of total16.5%16.5%23.3%23.3%17.3%17.3% For more detailed tables, please see the attached read more

Opera for a new age

A group at the heart of the “Neo-cabaret phenomenon” will perform at the Centre for the Arts this month.Vagabond Opera bills itself as a mixture of “Paris hot jazz, gut bucket swing, tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads…and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich.” The Portland, Ore. group will perform at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre Jan. 28.Described as a “lusty and gritty cabaret of liberated opera,” Vagabond Opera has released three albums. The group was founded in 2002 by opera singer and composer Eric Stern, who grew frustrated with the opera world’s half-hearted attempts to reach new audiences.“I wanted to connect with my peers, and thought ‘Why can’t there be another context for opera? And different instruments played?’” Stern told straight.com in November. “I realized there was no reason to stay within the established confines.”The band’s lineup includes operator vocals, accordion, tenor saxophone, two cellos and a stand-up bass. Inspirations, says the band’s bio, include Kurt Well, Duke Ellington and Edith Piaf.Tickets are $41, or $20 for post-secondary students and $5 for high school students. The show is at 7:30 p.m.The Centre for the Arts will also present Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie: In Paradisum on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.Centre for the Arts box office:905.688.5550 x3257Toll free: 1-866-617-3257Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m read more

Pothole related breakdowns soar following harsh winter

“While RAC patrols saw the third highest quarterly share of pothole-related breakdowns in the first three months of 2018, the figure was not as high as we had been expecting, probably due the fact that the weather hit relatively late in the quarter.”For this reason we feel we are likely to see more vehicles suffering pothole damage in the second quarter of 2018 compared with recent years.”The Government has made additional funding available through yet another emergency pothole fund, but at best this will only allow councils to patch up roads that in many cases are in desperate need of longer term preventative maintenance.”A Local Government Association spokesman said: “When exceptional weather occurs, the impact on local roads can be significant.”It’s essential this is measured and that funds are provided for serious repairs so that traffic can move freely through our communities, and local economies and businesses aren’t impacted.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pothole related breakdowns have doubled in the space of three months following the harsh winter, the RAC has revealed.The breakdown rescue firm said the proportion of call-outs caused by issues such as damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels reached 2.3 per cent between January and March.This is almost double the rate during the previous three months and equates to 5,540 cases.Since RAC records began in 2006, only two three-month periods – January to March in both 2015 and 2017 – saw a higher proportion of pothole-related breakdowns.A better indicator of the true state of the UK’s roads is expected to be revealed in figures for April to June as the Beast from the East brought snow and freezing weather towards the end of the previous quarter.RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “Anecdotally, few would disagree that the harsh cold weather experienced over the last three months has led to a further deterioration of road surfaces. read more

Taxi driver accused of murdering Kescia Branche remanded

Matthew Munroe (white shirt) in the court compound on WednesdayThe 47-year-old taxi driver accused of killing 22-year-old teacher, Kescia Branche was on Wednesday remanded to prison when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.Matthew Munroe of 19th Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on November 05, 2017, he physically assaulted Branche and left her in an unconscious state in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown, resulting in her death on November 7, 2017 at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The accused is expected to return to court on January 9, 2017.INews had reported that Branche, a mother of one, who resided in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown was last seen on November 4, when she left for a night out with her friends. However, her unconscious and battered body was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown the morning after.She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where she remained in an unconscious state until her death, two days later.Several persons were questioned and subsequently released for the young teacher’s killing.These included the father of Branche’s daughter and two police officers who claimed that they offered her a lift after seeing her waiting outside a city establishment.Munroe, who was the taxi driver implicated, had reportedly left the country the day that Branche’s body was found. However, police recently confirmed that the man returned to Guyana and was taken into custody for questioning. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedProsecution closes case in preliminary trial of taxi driver accused of murdering young teacherOctober 8, 2018In “Court”Departmental changes, disciplinary actions for cops fingered in Teacher’s murderDecember 22, 2017In “Crime”Teacher testifies in Kescia Branche’s murder trialJune 7, 2018In “Court” read more

Samsung Galaxy Return Rate Shades of Ubuntu

first_imgAccording to some new numbers, Samsung Galaxy Tab buyers are returning their devices at a much greater rate than iPad buyers. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 percent of folks who have picked up Samsung’s tablet have returned the thing (the number is being reported as closer to 16 percent elsewhere). Compare that two percent for the iPad.It’s hard not to draw comparisons to the whole netbook/Linux mess, in which remorseful buyers started returning devices by the boatload. In that instance, the problem was pretty straightforward in retrospect–people were choosing netbooks loaded with Linux over Windows because the things were cheaper without the Microsoft premium.Once they actually got the devices home and powered them up, the disappointment settled in: these non-Windows devices, well, weren’t Windows. Which is to say, of course, that they lacked the familiarity users weaned on Microsoft expect from a device–also, the software support.Looking at the Samsung Galaxy numbers, I’ve got to wonder if the situation isn’t similar. Now that carrier subsidization has helped lower the price of the device, the think has become a bit more appealing to consumers (though, not all that appealing, apparently, judging by the numbers). Once users actually get their hands on it, the Galaxy Tab fails to live up to its promise.There are two obvious reasons for this. First, there’s the fact that, as Google has reminded us, time and time again, Android 2.2 just isn’t optimized for tablets (wait for Honeycomb, they tell us. Second, and perhaps more importantly, it’s not an iPad. Sure it does some of the things an iPad does, and heck, it even kind of looks like an iPad, but like the aforementioned Linux netboooks, one of the device’s primary flaws is its inability to be its primary competitor.last_img read more

Portal lockscreen for Android no root required

first_imgWhile the smartphone OS wars are going on all around us, and the constant argument of “mine’s better” wages on across the internet, it’s always really fun to be able to stop and just appreciate something for being really geeky. All of the mobile OS’ have this seedy underbelly where all of these really cool hacks and mods and themes are flying around, allowing those brave souls to push their devices to the limits and back, or maybe just change the color on their battery meter. I find myself in pretty constant awe of just how creative some of these people are, but I rarely find something that is simple enough that anyone can do it, and have it still be really fun. One such example I have for you today, the Portal Lockscreen for Android.Who doesn’t love Portal? The cult hit turned full fledged video game has consumed the lives of many a happy geek the world over, and such popularity obviously means you want to take pieces if that experience with you everywhere. While I haven’t seen a watch that threatens to keep trying to kill me, this lockscreen is the next best thing.Due to the intensely modular nature of Android, theme schemer Shockwaav put together this lockscreen replacement using a hand full of existing apps and some clever imagery he’d made. The end result is a really slick looking Aperture Science lockscreen just waiting for you to “Slide for Cake”.This modification is really well detailed in step by step directions right here. It doesn’t require root access in order to do anything here, but there are some steps that require you to install apps that are not yet in the market. Having put this new lockscreen on my LG G2X, I can tell you the whole process takes about 20 minutes if you follow the directions.  Shockwaav has noted that this was a first attempt, and to keep a lookout for an even better Portal Lockscreen in the future.  Also, since the lockscreen was published, several other users have stepped up with their modified versions of the lockscreen idea, so feel free to get the creative juices flowing when building yours!3JmHy3JmHy325840117976sMlast_img read more

Dance group in Facebook fury over Festival

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Melbourne dance group, specifically the dance instructor, has used the social media forum Facebook to communicate his disdain with the organisers of Melbourne’s Antipodes Festival for not allowing his dance group to perform. The Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture posted a comment on the Antipodes Festival’s Facebook page on Monday asking for a reply to their submission to perform at this year’s Lonsdale Street Glendi. But this wasn’t the first time Manasis Dance’s Facebook page had posted public messages on the Festival’s page enquiring why they hadn’t been informed on whether or not they were to be invited to perform at this year’s Glendi. Which begs to ask, why didn’t they try another method of communication such as a telephone or email, to get a more immediate response? The Festival, in their good grace, continued to reply to Manasis Dance’s messages, the eventual private email sent to them resulted in their decision on Wednesday to post it on their Facebook page in it’s entirety. One of the claims made by the Festival Director was that Manasis Dance was not invited to participate due to their previous participation where, according to the Festival, they “proved to be recalcitrant and unable to follow the Festival’s rules and beyond this, your subsequent consistent and continuous public slander of our event in social media amongst other forums”. In the email, the Festival Director suggested they both “sit down and talk about how the group can perform at event” adding if in the meantime they could cease their “baseless and monotonous claims” against the festival. This public post began a debate with people putting their ‘two cents in’ on what Manasis Dance should do with most suggesting they sit down with the Antipodes Festival and clear the air. During the online conversation, Manasis Dance claimed they had barbecues in their backyard bigger than Antipodes Festival, which prompted the comment to boycott the event all together with Manasis Dance saying they would host a paniyiri on the same weekend as Antipodes Festival. But the saddest victims in this public and silly squabble are the children of the dance academy who miss out on performing at one of Australia’s largest Greek cultural events. Here’s hoping that in years to come Manasis Dance does take up the Antipodes Festival on their offer to sit down and talk through these differences for the benefit of the wider Greek community.last_img read more

Suivez lamarrage de lATV2 à lISS en direct

first_imgSuivez l’amarrage de l’ATV-2 à l’ISS en directL’ATV-2 Johannes Kepler, lancé la semaine dernière depuis la base de Kourou en Guyane française, s’apprête à être amarré à la Station spatiale internationale. Le CNES (l’agence spatiale française) invite les internautes à suivre cet événement en direct cet après-midi sur Dailymotion.Le deuxième véhicule automatique de transfert européen avait été lancé avec succès par la fusée Ariane le 16 février dernier. Aujourd’hui, il a rendez-vous avec la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) à 350 kilomètres de notre planète. Sa mission ? Ravitailler l’ISS en carburant, oxygène, eau, nourriture et matériel scientifique. Une cargaison qui au total pèse pas moins de sept tonnes. Mais pour cela, l’amarrage, prévu à 16h45 heure de Paris, doit se dérouler avec succès. Il s’agit d’une manœuvre délicate car l’opération est entièrement automatisée, même si le centre de contrôle, au CNES à Toulouse, aura la possibilité de prendre la main en cas de problème.La station et le cargo fileront à 28.000 km/h. L’ATV doit s’approcher progressivement de l’ISS pour se positionner à 3.500 mètres à l’arrière de la station. Puis il progressera pour arriver à 20 mètres. Grâce à des faisceaux laser, capteurs optiques et localisation par satellites, les manœuvres d’amarrage automatisées commenceront à partir de cette position.Le CNES invite les internautes à suivre cette aventure en direct sur Dailymotion à 16h45 heure de Paris. Quelques minutes plus tôt, à 16h20 heure de Paris exactement, Sylvain Michel, ingénieur spécialiste des systèmes orbitaux du CNES répondra aux questions des internautes en direct du centre de contrôle ATV-CC de Toulouse, en liaison avec Houston et Moscou. Le chat en temps réel se déroulera sur Dailymotion, Facebook (lien non disponible) et Twitter (@CNES_France).Le 24 février 2011 à 09:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CSECCVQ results released

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The anxiously awaited results for the May/June 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC) and the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) were released on August 18; when students from schools throughout the country joined counterparts around the Caribbean in viewing their grades by logging into CXC’s Online Registration System.This year, four hundred and eighty-four (484) students registered two thousand, three hundred and seventy-one (2,371) entries in twenty-nine (29) subject areas; an increase of 3.62%. The country’s pass rate increased by 1%, from 72.59% to 73.59% this year.   Government Secondary Schools recorded pass rates between 70-94%.   There was improvement in the number of Grade I’s and II’s achieved; with the number of passes at Grade I increasing from 237, representing 11.43%, to 303, representing 13.85% and the number of passes at Grade II increasing from 589 or 28.41% to 636 or 29.07%; a difference of 2.42% and 0.66% respectively.Of the candidates who sat, two hundred and twenty-one (221) received passes in 1-4 subjects, one hundred and seventy (170) received passes in 5-9 subjects while five (5) received passes in ten or more subjects.Although the pass rate for English A remained at 69%, the quality of passes improved with 14.96% receiving Grade I versus 14.10% last year and 27.27% receiving Grade II when compared with 20.66% in 2016.   There was also a decline in the number of Grade III passes.While Mathematics again recorded a pass rate of 42%, there was a slight increase in the number of passes at Grade III.Please note that the results for English A and Mathematics are not a true reflection of performance in these areas, as a number of students would have passed these subjects at earlier sittings.It is worth noting that eleven (11) students sat Additional Mathematics this year with nine (9) or 81.82% achieving a passing grade; one (1) student received a Grade I and two (2) received Grade II.The 2017 results also revealed that there was improvement in the pass rate for fifteen (15) of the twenty-nine (29) subjects sat, namely: Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Science, Information Technology, Office Administration, Principles of Business, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, English B, Geography, French, Spanish, Visual Arts, Textiles Clothing and Fashion, Food Nutrition and Health and Technical Drawing.For the first year of registering for CVQ, fifteen (15) students pursued certification in four areas; Carpentry – Level 2, Commercial Food Preparation – Level 1, Data Operations – Level 1 and General Office Administration – Level 1.   Two students received unit certification for Carpentry, two for Commercial Food Preparation, three for Data Operations and two for General Office Administration.Commenting on this year’s performance, Minister of Education the Honourable Karen Malcolm said, “It is with a sense of pride, that I congratulate the students who successfully obtained passes in the CSEC examinations.   I am delighted with the overall improved academic results in 15 of the subject areas and awards for the first ever CVQ entrants. I also wish to congratulate the dedicated teachers who gave of themselves diligently to ensure that our students have a solid foundation to begin their adult lives.   I must commend and congratulate the parents and guardians who provided strong support to their children and encouraged them to do their best.   I wish all students much success in their future endeavors.   May God bless you.  Congratulations once again.”The Ministry of Education will continue to facilitate professional development opportunities for high school teachers.   Early in the 2017/18 academic year training will be facilitated for teachers in the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) programme.   Our teachers will participate in the regional subject specific workshops and seminars facilitated by the Caribbean Examinations Council during the year.   In addition to professional development the Ministry will continue the upgrading of laboratories, expansion and refurbishment of classrooms and outfitting of schools with the technological and other learning resources that are required to improve the quality of teaching and learning.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Federal Agency Accuses Vermont Hospital Of For

first_imgFederal Agency Accuses Vermont Hospital Of Forcing A Nurse… by NPR News Selena Simmons-Duffin 8.29.19 12:28am The federal government says the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., violated federal law by forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion despite her objections. The hospital issued a statement saying that the allegation is “not supported by the facts,” as Vermont Public Radio reported.At the center of the dispute is a nurse, whose name is not public. According to a complaint her lawyers filed last May with the Office for Civil Rights, the nurse is Catholic and had informed her employer she could not participate in abortions because of her religious beliefs. Federal law protects health workers from discrimination based on religious or moral beliefs.In 2017, the complaint alleges, the nurse was misled by her employer to believe she was assisting in a procedure scheduled after a miscarriage. “After [she] confirmed that she was, in fact, being assigned to an abortion, [her employer] refused her request that other equally qualified and available personnel take her place,” the complaint reads. She then participated in the procedure and “has been haunted by nightmares ever since,” according to the complaint.On Wednesday, the Office for Civil Rights announced a notice of violation against the hospital — its first such action since Director Roger Severino launched the Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom in 2018. The Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services receives and investigates complaints from health organizations and workers over issues of privacy violations, civil rights discrimination and discrimination based on moral or religious beliefs. As NPR has reported, Severino has made clear that protecting religious freedom is his priority, though most of the complaints his office handles have to do with patient privacy or civil rights.Severino told reporters Wednesday this nurse’s story was the “quintessential violation” of conscience. “This should never happen in America,” Severino said. “There is room for disagreement on these issues without having to coerce people to choose between a career dedicated to supporting life versus instances and situations where they were being forced to take life.”The notice of violation says the hospital’s policies violated federal law “by discriminating against health care personnel who have religious or moral objections to abortion.” It gives the medical center 30 days to agree to work with the agency “to change its policies so it no longer requires health care personnel to participate in abortion against their religious or moral objections, and to take immediate steps to remedy the effect of its past discriminatory conduct.” If not, its federal funding could be at risk.University of Vermont Medical Center disputes the events described by the nurse and that its policies violate federal law. It also disputes the government’s allegation that it has been uncooperative in the course of the investigation.”I will tell you that we carefully investigated this complaint and we’re very, very comfortable that the allegations are not supported by the facts,” says Dr. Stephen Leffler, interim president of the University of Vermont Medical Center. Leffler seemed baffled by Severino’s characterization of the medical center as not complying with the agency’s investigation. “From the outset — and as recently as this month — we offered to discuss our policies and practices with them,” Leffler says. “We asked to receive their advice on how those policies and practices could be improved consistent with our obligation to our patients. Unfortunately, OCR instead chose to proceed with this announcement today, as opposed to meeting with us to work to improve the policy together.”Neither the medical center nor the government offered any details about the patient who had that procedure in 2017. Severino told reporters it was a dilation and curettage procedure but would not say whether there were any other medical issues at play or how far along the pregnancy was. He noted the law protecting health workers who don’t want to participate in abortions does not make any distinctions about gestational age.Leffler, of the medical center, says he is concerned that its federal funding could be at risk if it doesn’t change its staffing policy regarding abortions.”All the funding we receive is important,” he says. “But we do believe that our policy is correct and just. We do believe our policy protects the rights of the patients who seek our services and protects the rights of our staff. And so we do stand by our policy.”Leffler says the hospital’s policy is that no health care worker would be forced to participate in a procedure that’s against his or her beliefs except in cases of life or death.”I don’t know of any cases where we’ve compelled someone to do something against their will,” he adds.Emily Corwin of Vermont Public Radio contributed reporting to this story.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Lisa Rathkelast_img read more

Coorg coffee and curries

first_imgThere is no menu card  – you have to let them know what you want to eat depending on what is available and be rest assured that  it is going to be quite a treat.In the words of Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, Executive Sous Chef, The Imperial, ‘Coorgi cuisine authentically includes lot of meat specialties along with sea food. We have brought in lamb, prawns and chicken delights with a fine mix of select authentic spices like tamarind for a perfect tangy flavour, green chillies for warmth, pepper, ginger, garlic, onion and star anise for making the recipes more flavourful. The Mushroom coconut soup is a must try to keep the winter at bay. For vegetarians, Coorgi cuisine is by far the only South Indian cuisine which relies heavily on vegetables and stems of plants.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Danielle’s Tavern is dishing out some authentic Coorgi cuisine starting from Mutton Chops, Chicken Fry in Red Masala, Yam Fry, some incredible Coorgi Prawns and the traditional Neyi Kolu (ghee rice). This menu is on till the 17th of this month. A meal for two (without alcohol) is Rs 4000 plus taxes. Book your table and head over!Coorgi Chicken CurryIngredients:1/2 kg chicken pieces1 tea spoon red chili powder1/4 tea spoon turmeric powder1/2 tea spoon coriander seeds Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix2 piece cinnamon, 4 cloves1/2 tea spoon poppy seeds7-8 strands coriander leaves and 1/4 cup chopped coriander1/2 tea spoon chopped garlic and chopped ginger2 green chilies, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/4 cup chopped tomato, 1/2 cup fresh coconut paste, 1/4 tea spoon tamarind extract or 2 pieces of tamarind soaked in warm waterMethod:Apply red chili powder and turmeric to chicken pieces and leave it aside. Grind together coriander, ginger-garlic, green chilies, cloves, cinnamon, poppy seeds. This is called raw masala. Roast (without oil) grated coconut till it turns slightly brown. Grind to a smooth paste. Heat a little oil and fry onions till they are slightly brow, add tomatoes and fry. Add raw masala and fry till a nice aroma comes out of it. Add the chicken pieces, salt and fry for about 5mins. Add 2 cups of water cover and cook till chicken is tender. Add the ground coconut, tamarind extract and cook for about 7-8 mins till the curry thickens. Coorgi Prawn CurryIngredients:250 gms raw prawns, shelled and deveined1/2 tbsp coriander powder1/4 tsp chilli powdera pinch of turmeric powder1/4 tsp pepper powder1 green chilli, slit1 tsp red chilli pasteCurry leaves1/2 cup chopped onions1/2 tsp chopped ginger6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced, 2 pieces of tamarind washed and soaked in 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cups coconut milkMethod:Grind together coriander, chili, turmeric and pepper powders along with the half the onions to a coarse paste. Keep aside. Heat oil in a wok and add green chili, curry leaves, onions and chili paste. Sauté till onions turn a light brown. Put in ginger and garlic and cook till the raw smell disappears. In goes the ground masala paste. Be careful not to burn the mix, if you feel it’s charring, then add a teaspoon of water and keep stirring. Stir in the tamarind pulp and coconut milk. Season with salt and bring to gentle boil. Add the prawns, mix it into the gravy, close with a lid and cook on low heat till the prawns are well cooked. Once the gravy becomes thick serve hot with rice.last_img read more

Maha tourism to be showcased in Dubai

first_imgMaharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) announced its participation in Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2018, which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22 to 25. MTDC plans to promote Maharashtra as the preferred destination for Medical and Wellness tourism, showcase the essence of State and its spectacular touristic attractions, meet tourism professionals and promote the opportunities of investment in creating health care and tourism facilities. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking about the state government plans, Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism and Employment Guarantee Scheme, Government of Maharashtra said, “I am delighted to be a part of the Arabian Travel Market 2018 that will provide MTDC a platform to showcase the potential of medical tourism in Maharashtra. While the segment is largely untapped and caters to a niche segment of travellers, we have seen a steady growth in this sector due to the quality and economically friendly services the state has to offer. Our goal is to position Maharashtra as a medical and wellness tourism hub. We are in the process of signing a MoU with the Indo-Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industries to highlight lucrative investment prospects within the sector.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHome to the financial capital of the country, Mumbai, Maharashtra sees one of the highest numbers of tourists in the country. With world-class infrastructure, Maharashtra also has tourism attractions with magnificent coastline and beaches, breath-taking wildlife, hill stations, pilgrimage centres, adventure tourism, experiential attractions and a rich cultural heritage. Speaking on their participation, Vijay Waghmare, Managing Director, MTDC said, “We are witnessing tourism as one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. Maharashtra has one of the best-qualified professionals in each field and this holds true in the domain of medical and wellness as well. Maharashtra has the most competent doctors and world class medical facilities with most competitive charges for treatment of most health problems. We are now looking to create a unique identity by offering best health services for the world and establish ourselves as the best medical tourism destination. At ATM 2018, we will be promoting various activities ranging from yoga, meditation to natural therapies to name some which are provided in the state”. MTDC will be exhibiting at stand AS2335 at ATM 2018. Together with Tribal Development Department and Government of Maharashtra, MTDC will promote experiential tourism, artefacts from the tribal villages including paintings, handicrafts, forest produce and agricultural/food items. Also, at the stand will be the luxury train – Deccan Odyssey and the authentic Ayurveda wellness centre –Ayurveda Village.last_img read more

BurnAware Free 100 ships with new interface

first_imgBurnAware Free 10.0 ships with new interface by Martin Brinkmann on February 08, 2017 in Software – Last Update: February 18, 2017 – 10 commentsBurnAware Free 10.0 is out. The latest version of the popular disc burning program for Windows ships with a new interface, high-DPI support, and more.We have mentioned the free version of BurnAware several times already on this blog, for instance in our free CD and DVD burning software overview, in a tutorial on how to burn data across multiple discs, and recently when BurnAware Free 9.0 was released.BurnAware is a long-standing disc burning software that supports regular operations that you’d expect it to, and then some that other tools may not support.This includes for instance the already mentioned option to span discs, but also to create bootable discs, or create DVD video discs.Note: BurnAware Free 10.0 may throw adware offers at you when you run the installer. They are easy to spot as they don’t hide behind a custom installation link. Still, it is recommended to make sure you uncheck those unless you want to use the offer.BurnAware Free 10.0The new interface that BurnAware Free 10.0 ships with does not really look all that different from how the interface looked in version 9.0 of the application.The main difference is that it displays the four groups individually now, instead of all on the same page as the previous version. This adds another click to your operation, but it may be useful to beginners who prefer less options per screen.A setting to restore the old layout would have been nice, but it is missing unfortunately.The second new feature of interest is support for high-DPI monitors and settings. This is probably one of the reasons the developer decided to move each group of burn actions to its own page.Anyway, if your computer is connected to a high-DPI monitor you will probably see some improvements when it comes to using the application.The new BurnAware Free 10.0 supports screen readers as well in the latest release, and a new command line parameter to run the copy to image tool directly from the command line. The last new feature is a new variable %DISC_NUMBER% which adds the disc number to the title.The release notes highlight fixes and enhancements on top of that. BurnAware Free 10 offers better Windows 10 compatibility, and improved program stability and performance, and the program will use the system font and theme as the default on Windows.Closing WordsBurnAware Free 10.0 is an excellent free for non-commercial use burning program for Windows. It is lightweight, dead easy to use but powerful enough to support all the burn operations you could possible require, and then some.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 2 votes Software Name BurnAware Free 10.0Operating System WindowsSoftware Category OfficeLanding Page http://www.burnaware.com/downloads/burnaware_cfree_10.exe Advertisementlast_img read more

PROUD Experiences returns to New York City

first_imgGuam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoMalta Tourism Authority a sponsor of Proud Experiences ConferenceFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018More articles on eTurboNews click here Over 90 international exhibiting companies and 90 buyers from 31 countries are currently attending PROUD Experiences 2019, celebrating an industry valued at US$218 billion in 2018 alone – according to consultancy firm Out Now. This year’s event takes place during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in NYC. PROUD Experiences will return to New York City for the second consecutive year in 2020. The announcement was made at today’s Opening Gathering of PROUD Experiences 2019 – taking place this week 18 – 20 June at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which will again host next year’s edition.Reed Travel Exhibitions’ groundbreaking b2b travel and lifestyle event for premium and luxury travel suppliers and buyers – targeting the LGBTQ+ global community – sold out its exhibition space for this second edition more than 3 months ago. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This year’s event grew by 60% from its first edition in London in June 2018; and organisers predict this number is set to rise again for the third edition in 2020. Event Director Simon Mayle commented:“If the LGBTQ+ travel market was a country, it would be the fourth biggest economy in the world, and with an increase of people identifying on the LGBTQ+ spectrum – from 8% of Baby Boomers to 31% of Centennials – along with the coming of age of Millennials, this next decade is set for strong growth again. We are looking forward to returning to New York City from 22 to 24 June 2020 and are delighted to once again be working alongside NYC & Company and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge to deliver another fantastic event next year.”“We have been honored to collaborate with Reed Travel Exhibitions to host PROUD Experiences 2019 in New York City during such a monumental year for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are honored to again be the Host City for PROUD Experiences in 2020, and look forward to cultivating this extraordinary partnership.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more