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National Commission on Mathematics to be Established Soon

first_imgRelatedNational Commission on Mathematics to be Established Soon RelatedNational Commission on Mathematics to be Established Soon FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that a National Commission on Mathematics is to be established soon.Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House on May 3, Mr. Holness informed that the National Council on Education (NCE), an advisory body on education, will be charged with assembling the Commission.“What we will be charging the NCE to do is to look islandwide at all the resources that we have, all the technical resources, all the teaching resources, and select a representative group, and that body will become the National Commission on Mathematics,” he said.The Minister further informed that the Commission, which will have a defined life-span, will be provided with terms of reference, “and we will expect it to report to us on the strategies, systems, and methodologies that we should employ in coming to grips with our math problems.”He said it is expected that the terms of reference and the names of the members of the Commission will be announced by the end of the month.The decision to establish this body, follows the published results of the Grade Four Literacy Test, which showed that many students performed poorly.The Minister noted that though the problem has been identified, it is necessary to determine what the causes are. “Is it just the teachers, is it something cultural, is it something psycho-social?,” he questioned.“We have been doing Math, but our education system was never historically universal, and we always had a system that filtered the best. Now we have a system of universal primary education, where all our students are being tested and bench-marked against each other,” he noted.He pointed out that it is for this reason that the Government established the Grade Four Numeracy Test, as part of a benchmark examination. “It is not a placement exam, nor is it an achievement test. It is more used to determine the state of readiness of the child and to help in diagnosing problems and developing teaching strategies,” the Minister explained.Stressing the importance of having mastery in Mathematics, Mr. Holness said that being numerate, being able to compute and to manipulate data in modern society is a critical function that determines whether or not one can develop in a cognitive way and contribute in a meaningful way to the society.“So, what we are now doing, is to once and for all, figure out what are all the variables that affect the performance of all our students. For many years, we have not paid the level of attention strategically, to the development of Math skills, particularly at the foundation level, at primary school, and early childhood. But we have acted with alarm sometimes, we have been reactionary. But for the first time, I think we are now in a position where we have placed a plan strategically to the nation,” he said.This plan, he noted, started with the release of the Grade Four Numeracy Test results. “So, what we have decided to do, is to give the public information, real information, empirical data on which they can discuss the problem. It was intended to give empirical data to start the bench-marking process, to give voice to all the stakeholders and to start Jamaica thinking about how we can solve our Math problems,” the Minister said.Highlighting one particular finding that he was “deeply worried” about, the Minister pointed out that the data shows that boys are at a significant disadvantage in some areas of Grade Four Numeracy.“It shows also, that whilst the private schools manage to attain 77 per cent, if you were to compare that to what they attained or achieved in the literary test, they achieved 97 per cent in the literacy test. It shows clearly, that there is a general problem, even where we have resources available. There is a general problem with Mathematics in the country,” he said.The Minister said going forward, there are plans to do more development work, noting that work has already been done in developing a curriculum, the test, and putting in place numeracy specialists, coaches and teachers. RelatedNational Commission on Mathematics to be Established Sooncenter_img National Commission on Mathematics to be Established Soon EducationMay 5, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Briefly noted: Indian Hills students walk out of class for gun reform; Mission to honor Rushton 5th grader’s Arbor Day design

first_imgIndian Hills students walk out of class in call for gun reform. Students from Indian Hills Middle School walked out of class Thursday for 17 minutes from 11:17 to 11:34 a.m. to honor the 17 people killed in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. The student lined Mission Road, holding up signs calling for gun control and school safety measures. The school did not sanction the walkout, but worked with student leaders to ensure it took place during the daily period where no students have academic classes. Many Shawnee Mission students are participating in the March for Our Lives KC event to be held at Theis Park Saturday.Rushton 5th Grader to be honored by Mission for winning Arbor Day design competition. Rushton Elementary 5th grader Affan Ansair will be honored by the city of Mission today as part of its annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony. Ansair’s design for an Arbor Day poster on the theme Kansas Trees are Terrific — and Energy Wise, won the statewide contest with more than 1,000 entries. At a ceremony today, Mission will honor Ansair with the planting of a Brandywine Maple donated by the Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association and a Wildfire Black Gum donated by the Kansas Forest Service.last_img read more

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Parishoners march in the streets

first_img 523 Views   no discussions Video Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. LocalNews Parishoners march in the streets by: – November 25, 2018 Share Tweet Share “Parishioners March In The Street” 1:03 “Parishioners March In The Street” center_img 2. The South Western Vicariate had a week of Revival services that begun on the evening November 19 and ended on Friday November 23,2018.The services were held in a different parish each evening and ended with a mass at the St. Alphonsus Church on Friday 23 at 6.30 p.m.After the Christ the King Mass at Our Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral Chapel, Roseau at 9.00 a.m. the church goers marched through the streets.Below are videos of the march. Share Sharing is caring! read more

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 22, 2016

first_imgWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to Mickey Mouse Icon Silhouette Necklace and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!Man…I couldn’t keep up with all the Disney Parks news this week! It sure was one heck of a ride, that’s for sure.In addition, there may have been a lot you missed that you’ll find here in In Case You Missed It, including a Disney Channel movie marathon, a possible name for Star Wars Land, and more. Read on for all the details.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors This is an interesting look at what may be going on behind the departure of Tom Staggs. Also, it clearly points to the direction the company will likely be taking going forward. I found it quite illuminating.Disney was ranked as the World’s Most Authentic Brand.Tom Wolber is expected to head back to manning Disney Cruise Line after a stint at Disneyland Paris.Hong Kong Disneyland is seeing a slump and because of that, jobs have been cut at the resort.According to SlashFilm, who heard to according to Jim Hill (am I back in high school) we may know the name of the upcoming Star Wars Land.Former Imagineer Rolly Crump is being showcased in a documentary that will be debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival called “The Whimsical Imagineer.”More interactive elements have been testing lately at Walt Disney World, including the Haunted Mansion and Rock n’ Roller Coaster. What do you think of these – really cool or really creepy?Dapper Day occurred this past weekend at the Magic Kingdom. Have you ever participated in Dapper Day?Thinking of taking a cruise? Here are some things you should consider.Oh my god. All 100 of the Disney Channel movies are going to air Memorial Day weekend! Which movie was your all time favorite?Captain America: Civil War is tracking for a huge opening weekend at the box office already.The Jungle Book had a smashing opening weekend, raking in 103.6 million in box office earnings last weekend. What did you think of the film?Pete’s Dragon opens in August, but take a look at the dragon Elliot.Universal Orlando raised the prices of its annual passes this week. What do you think of this increase?In Case We Missed Itlast_img read more

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Photo library: Buildings and structures 1

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Civic Centre in Braamfontein is the headquarters of the Johannesburg City Council. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Civic Centre in Braamfontein is the headquarters of the Johannesburg City Council. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Civic Centre in Braamfontein is the headquarters of the Johannesburg City Council. Photo: Chris Kirchhof, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Civic Theatre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Constitutional Court in the Constitution Hill precinct, Hillbrow. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Constitutional Court in the Constitution Hill precinct, Hillbrow. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Anstey’s Building on the corner of Bree and Joubert streets in the city centre is a classic example of Johannesburg’s Art Deco architecture. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Anstey’s Building on the corner of Bree and Joubert streets in the city centre is a classic example of Johannesburg’s Art Deco architecture. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Manners Mansions in the city centre is a classic example of Johannesburg’s Art Deco architecture. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 1: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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Preceding CNN’s iReport by 6 Years, African News Site Celebrates a Decade Online

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Pambazuka News, a sterling example of how new media can revitalize news gathering, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. That’s a big enough deal on its own. It’s even more important to note that, in a tech world sometimes overly focused on Silicon Valley, Pambazuka News is an African website devoted to African news and analysis run by Africans. Pambazuka News was launched in 2000 by Fahamu, an African non-profit devoted to human rights and progressive reform. Its goal was, and remains, to connect activists intent on progressive reform in Africa. What is has become is a large, vibrant community of citizen journalists reporting the news from a pan-African point of view and with a focus on social justice. On October 14th, the site published its 500th issue. Founding editor Firoze Manji reflected on that milestone. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#international#New Media#news#web center_img “The articles we publish are not (with very few exceptions) generated by journalists, but by a large (and growing) community of over 2,500 writers, academics, bloggers, activists, organisations and movements. In that sense, Pambazuka News is probably the most well established, yet completely unacknowledged, example of citizen journalism.”Originally publishing three or four articles a week, the site now publishes close to thirty, in English, Portuguese and French, serving an estimated weekly readership of 500,000. In addition to online articles, the site’s contributors produce podcasts, video and special reports.The site was in the vanguard of African podcasting. Its archives now contain about 60,000 pieces, a picture of the last ten years of Africa’s life and a source for scholars. A separate blog, the AU Monitor, provides “regular feedback to African civil society organisations on what is happening with the African Union.” They even produce a radio drama that explores issues of importance to the AU. The organization has also set up a book publishing arm, the Fahamu Press & Pambazuka Books.Pambazuka News is an object lesson in how new media can grow into something beyond its seed. The founders, and subsequent contributors, have kept a sense of mission while allowing the conversation to develop organically. The media that made Pambazuka News possible has continued to develop and another transformation is slated to change the look of the publication soon. Sokari Ekine, a former editor of Pambazuka News is sanguine about its future. curt hopkins “I think they are amazing – in reporting African political and social justice news from a Pan-African perspective, They include a range of voices, activists, academia, media, literary. They have challenging articles every week and are a huge resource on Africa as well. I dont see any weakness as they grow from strength to strength. They are constantly developing – it is now published twice weekly and has a growing African literature section.”The current website, which has design elements that are a bit dated, is in the process of being remade. “In the coming months we will be launching a new website that will enable greater interactions, space for members to post information about themselves, upload articles, initiate debates, organise campaigns, and participate in online forums to which leading intellectuals and activists will be invited to facilitate.”Photo of Firoze Manji by cdelondon Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Indian junior hockey women thrash Singapore 12-0

first_imgIndia continued their goal-scoring spree as they routed Singapore 12-0 in their second Pool A match of the seventh Women’s Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday.One day after humiliating North Korea 13-0, the Indian girls again put up a dominating display, scoring at regular intervals from the start against Singapore.Anupa Barla, Preeti Dubey and M. Lily Chanu scored braces each, while six others joined on the scoresheet.India got off the blocks early and Jaspreet Kaur fired a penalty corner wide. But it was striker Punam Barla, who opened the account in the seventh minute and three minutes later, fellow forward Anupa doubled India’s lead after receving a cross from captain Rani Rampal.Also read: India Women Hockey team qualifies for the Rio Olympics: All about it Midfielder Preeti (15th minute) and drag-flicker Jaspreet Kaur (25th minute) extended the lead as India went into the half-time with a 4-0 scoreline.Singapore resisted relentless Indian pressure in the second half but it remained for only 14 minutes as midfielder Lily added the fifth goal.Defender Gurjit Kaur came up with a crisp strike to make it 6-0, while attacking midfielder Lilima Minz scored another goal in a fascinating display of technical supremacy in the 59th minute.Two minutes later, striker Navneet Kaur grabbed a quick chance to make it 8-0, while Lily completed her brace in the 65th minute.Anupa got her second goal in the 68th minute as defender Deep Grace Ekka recorded a goal in the dying minute to make it 12-0.advertisementMathias Ahrens-coached India will face hosts China in their final Pool A match on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Liverpool’s hopes hang in balance after defeat at Red Star Belgrade

first_img 15 Babic 13 Alisson 82 Borjan Twitter (s 79′) Marin had the first chance of the game when El Fardou Ben Nabouhane found him in too much space behind Trent Alexander-Arnold. He cut inside and shot tamely at Alisson, then served Liverpool warning of what was to come with a dangerous corner that produced a shot over from Vujadin Savic. The captain was another of those who missed the Anfield meeting, and he brought a marked improvement to Red Star.The Marakana erupted following Marin’s next corner from the right. It was floated deep into the six-yard box where the incoming Pavkov towered above the defenders and planted an unstoppable downward header beyond Alisson. 9 Pavkov The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. (s 46′) 2 Red Star Belgrade Off target 8 Liverpool 5 Red Star Belgrade On target 10 Liverpool Share on WhatsApp The home fans were in uproar, Liverpool deflated, and worse followed seven minutes later for the visitors when the centre-forward doubled his tally in stunning fashion. Collecting possession 40 yards from goal, Pavkov easily shrugged aside Georginio Wijnaldum before closing in. Virgil Van Dijk and Matip retreated and the striker accepted their invitation to unleash a fabulous shot from distance that flew inside Alisson’s right post.Liverpool were staring at a second damaging away defeat in the group and a mountainous assignment. No visiting team had won here since Arsenal in the Europa League in October 2017. Red Star had conceded once in five previous European home matches this season – a campaign that began in the qualifying rounds, four days before the World Cup final – and the visitors had not forced Milan Borjan into one first-half save. Klopp responded by introducing Firmino and Joe Gomez at half-time for Sturridge and Alexander-Arnold respectively. He got the reaction the situation demanded but not the desired change in score.Firmino created a good chance for Mané that two defenders scrambled clear. The tone for a dominant second-half display from Liverpool had been set. Robertson had a cross deflected on to the crossbar by Filip Stojkovic, Salah struck the outside of a post following a James Milner corner – Salah also swept one of his own straight out of play – and Borjan saved twice from the Egyptian at close range. Van Dijk also headed over from Firmino’s cross as Liverpool exerted constant pressure but the home side happily dug in for a famous victory, roared to the last by their formidable support. 15 Sturridge 66 Alexander-Arnold Possession 11 Salah 14 Srnic Read more Share on LinkedIn 31 Ben Corners 77 Gobeljic Champions League (s 59′) Liverpool Liverpool 7 Milner Red Star Belgrade players were performing a lap of honour outside when Jürgen Klopp entered the media room with Baby, I Love Your Way by Big Mountain booming out of the PA. It was one more indignity on a night of many for the Liverpool manager. His team’s performance was the gravest. They floundered in the face of a vibrant and resolute Red Star to place their qualification hopes at unnecessary risk. 5 9 Substitutes 5 Degenek 7 Krsticic 12 Gomez 29 Jovancic 26 Robertson 6 7 Match stats LIV63RSB37% Substitutes Share on Facebook Facebook 18 Moreno Read morecenter_img 19 Stojiljkovic Red Star Belgrade 21 Simic Spurs cling on in Europe after Harry Kane’s late heroics help sink PSV Share via Email This was Liverpool’s 200th game in the European Cup/Champions League and it is debatable whether they have played in an atmosphere as wild while responding so meekly. Two goals from the striker Milan Pavkov, the second a truly outstanding effort, delivered a famous victory and Red Star’s first win in the competition – qualifiers excluded – since they were defending champions in 1992.“A different beast at home,” Andy Robertson had described them as. Liverpool could not contain the beast. The worry for Klopp and company is that they have become a different proposition away from Anfield in the Champions League this season. Paris Saint-Germain await next in France. Liverpool have left themselves little margin for error.The Marakana’s reputation for passion, hostility and incessant noise proved no exaggeration, although Klopp rightly insisted it was no excuse for the performance Liverpool served up. It was a spectacular backdrop and Red Star responded in kind. Heavily armed soldiers lined the entrances and the volume levels increased in tandem with the home side’s control of the contest. There was also a warm ovation for members of the Red Star team who beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield 45 years to the day, when they paraded around the pitch before kick-off. Red Star’s display befitted the backing they received. Liverpool’s supported the theory that the Marakana intimidates.Klopp’s selection, having omitted Xherdan Shaqiri to avoid any political distractions, looked questionable and complacent from the start. Roberto Firmino’s rare absence from the starting line-up was understandable, with the Brazilian fatigued of late, but the introduction of Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Joël Matip added to their disjointed approach.Sturridge should have opened the scoring when Robertson turned Sadio Mané’s cross into his path but under no pressure, he skied wastefully over. It would prove a costly miss, one that energised the home crowd even more, and a short-lived tactical switch.While Mané and Mo Salah had space to attack the flanks and Virgil van Dijk made another impressive start, the Liverpool performance as a whole deteriorated as the first half progressed. Red Star opened brightly, as they had done at Anfield, but this time they had the talent and support to capitalise. The former Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin missed the 4-0 defeat through injury but he was at the heart of a creative and confident display from the champions of Serbia. Pavkov, on the bench at Anfield, embraced his opportunity in place of the sidelined Richmond Boakye. 9 Firmino 3 Jovicic Red Star Belgrade 4 van Dijk 27 Origi LIV RSB 5 Wijnaldum 20 Lallana Jürgen Klopp warns Liverpool to improve or face Champions League exit Mohamed Salah was one of several Liverpool players to miss chances. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images 10 Mane 32 Matip Fouls 3 Fabinho Share on Pinterest (s 73′) Pinterest (s 64′) 20 Causic 63 37 (s 46′) Lineups Topics Share on Twitter 17 Marin match reports 22 Mignolet 30 Stojkovic 90 Savic 1 Popovic Goal attempts 8 Keita 23 Rodic Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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13 days agoReal Sociedad coach Imanol: Messi wouldn’t get a game here

first_imgReal Sociedad coach Imanol: Messi wouldn’t get a game hereby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil says he wouldn’t want Barcelona star Lionel Messi in his squad.Imanol says it’d be unlikely the Argentine would fit with the values of the Basque club. “He wouldn’t fit with the values and the way we are at Real Sociedad,” Imanol declared.”However, he’s an incredible player and does incredible things.”But these values of humility, normality, these big players don’t have them, coaching Messi would give me headaches, even though I’d win more games.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Morocco Spanish Drone Seized Suspected for Spying

first_imgRabat- Customs officials in Tanger-Med port (40 Km east of Tangier), arrested a Spanish citizen after they found a drone inside his vehicle. The drone is suspected for conducting espionage operations in Morocco.The one meter and a half unmanned airplane was found disassembled inside the trunk of the vehicle, reported Akhbar Alyoum daily in it issue of Thursday October 24.According to port officials, the drone was equipped with the latest photographing technology, high definition video cameras, and computers used in information storage. They also seized signal detecting devices and TV monitors which is believed to be used to follow the drone’s location.The suspect accompanied with an Italian citizen were both investigated by the judicial police in order determine the purpose behind their use of a drone inside Morocco’s national territory.In his response, the Spanish suspect said that the drone is used to film a rally race in the region of Errachidida in the Southeast of Morocco.The suspects were transferred to the judicial police in the city of Tangier to widen the investigation and examine the photos taken by the drone to make sure they were taken for the claimed purposes rather than for spying on sensitive targets in the country.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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