Former NFL Star Orlando Thomas Dead at 42

first_imgOrlando Thomas, a defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings, has passed away at age 42 after a seven-year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.Thomas, played his entire career wit the Vikings until 2001. He was later diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  Victims diagnosed with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and only one drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that modestly extends survival.  The viral Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research that swept the globe during the late summer has helped raise awareness, and according to the ALS Association, more than $115 million was raised.Thomas was a second-round draft pick out of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1995, played solely with the Vikings until 2001. The former player who stood 6’2″ and around 225 pounds most of his playing career, reportedly whittled down to a mere 70 pounds at the time of his passing.  Thomas had a noteworthy career with his team, starting 82 of 98 career games for them and intercepting 22 passes. He scored four touchdowns, two on fumbles and two on interceptions.As a result of the debilitating disease, Thomas lost his ability to speak as his ALS progressed and relied on his wife, Demetra, and blinking letters in order to communicate with others.The Vikings organization released a statement on Monday with regards to Thomas’ passing:“Orlando was an outstanding player for the Vikings for seven years, but more importantly, he represented the franchise and the state of Minnesota with the utmost dignity and class. While his outgoing personality made him a favorite among his teammates, Orlando’s involvement in the community made him a favorite outside of Winter Park.”Thomas leaves behind his wife Demetra and two young children.last_img read more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses on teaching Japanese language in Indian schools

first_imgAmidst Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much talked about Japan visit, another good news especially for students who have a penchant for learning news languages is that PM Modi spoke in an interactive session at the Taimei Elementary School on Monday morning as he began his second full day of the five-day trip to Japan, stressing on building language ties between the two nations. He called on Japanese teachers to impart their language skills to Indian learners as mentioned by a newspaper daily.PM Modi tweeted on his PMO account that it (Indian Government) is trying to teach Japanese language in India’s schools. They need teachers for that and thus he invites them all (Japanese techers) to come to India and teach. Modi, who arrived in Kyoto on Saturday and was received by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Sunday visited the famous Toji and Kinkaku-ji temples.After interacting with Japanese Deputy Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Maekawa Kihai, and teachers of the Taimei Elementary School, Modi also said that Indian languages could also be introduced in Japan, and such an exchange would positively impact this century. He also said that India needs to learn from Japan in order to modernize its primary education system.last_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

Guidance on Prevailing Wage Rate Rule to Benefit Redevelopment at Ft Monmouth

first_imgRecent guidance from New Jersey’s attorney general’s office concluding that the state’s prevailing wage rate rules do not universally apply to new construction at Fort Monmouth should help the LRA reach sales and redevelopment agreements with developers for a variety of projects at the former post. Prevailing wage requirements will apply only if a project includes public work or if the developer receives financial assistance from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) or any state entity, reported Word on the Shore.“The updated language reflects how FMERA now reviews contracts and projects on a case-by-case basis to determine the applicability of prevailing wage requirements in each case,” said Rachel Goemaat, spokesperson for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which oversees FMERA.The clarification should help get several projects moving, according to the story.“That language has been amended and I know that’s a positive move for our efforts to get qualified bidders and very competitive bidders,” Eatontown Administrator George Jackson said at a recent council meeting.Earlier this year Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly said developers are finding it too difficult to turn a profit if they need to comply with both the prevailing wage requirement and the 20-percent, low-income set aside for residential construction. Connelly said several projects, including the Tinton Falls and Eatontown town centers, could be harmed by the prevailing wage rule. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more