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Linden benefits from STEM Robotics Workshop

first_imgStudents of Harmony Secondary School in Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were the first to be introduced to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guyana Robotics Workshop on Monday.The programme which is aimed at sparking inspiration and to introduce the students to a new way of using modern technology saw 34 students participating in the four-days workshop which is been hosted in collaboration with STEM Guyana’s co-founder, Karen Abrams and Team Guyana.First Lady Sandra Granger handing over Robotics Kits to the students and head teacher of Harmony Secondary School, Vernell Razack-GilesDuring her address to the students, First Lady Sandra Granger said the STEM workshops have had tremendous success across the country. She urged the students to embrace the opportunity to learn as it may inspire their future career choices.“Anything that your imagination can conceive, you can make it with a robot and you can programme it because apart from what you are doing now in school, this is where the jobs will be… You are the first school to be having a robotics camp in Linden and I hope you will set up, with your teachers’ assistance, your own robotics club, so that you could begin competing nationally,” the First Lady said.Mrs Granger further explained that consideration is being given to a written request from Head of the Science Department and Integrated Science Teacher, Abigail Samuels, for some much-needed equipment to aid the learning process.Meanwhile, in her charge to the students, founder of the STEM robotics programme, Karen Abrams, urged the participants to create similar social application programme as the popular Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and other social media platforms“What we are trying to do, in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady, is to allow you to prepare for the next generation of developments all over the world that will require knowledge of technology,” she said.In an invited comment, 16-year-old Third Form student, Master Clairmont Skeete, said although he does not know much about robotics, he was excited to be participating in the workshop. ”It would be something good coming to the school because it will allow the children to learn and to build different things,” he said.The hosting of the workshops is made possible by donations from several groups and businesses locally and in Canada and the United States.Since the programme’s introduction, STEM Guyana launched the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) app and took a team to the first Global Robotics Olympics where they placed tenth after six rounds.last_img read more

Delight as Cloughaneely Language Forum hold first ever meeting – Pic Special

first_imgOver 100 members of the community attended the first ever meeting of the Cloughaneely Language Planning Forum Halla Fionnáin, Falcarragh on Tuesday last.The forum has being established to help the language planning committee in their efforts to implement the local Irish-language plan.Under the direction of the facilitator, Páraic Mac Donncha, the forum made a number of key decisions as regards the direction the language planning process and it is hoped to put implement the recommendations made at the meeting over the next year. Representatives from many of the area’s community and voluntary groups, organisations sports clubs and businesses attended the forum.There was robust debate and many innovative opinions and recommendations were put forward.Among the actions decided on at the meeting was the implementation of a signage system in local businesses so as customers and visitors know where services in Irish are available.The creation of a forum for young people was also discussed, where they can decide on what social activities should be provided for them in Irish, and the creation of parent and toddlers groups in Irish. Committee members hard at work at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonAoife Nic an Iomaire taking notes at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonTom Feeney, Eddie Curran and John Fitzgerald at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Mac Aoidh, Paraic Mac Donncha and Bearnai O Gallchoir at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonThe packed hall at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCommittee members, Máire Nic Fhearraigh, Máire Ni Bhaoil, Mary Cassidy, Caitlin Uí Lafferty and Mary Nic Phadein at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPáraic Mac Donncha, The Facilitator at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCarmeal and Eibhlín Curran at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCaitríona Ní Cheallaigh at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonBearnaí Ó Gallchóir, Chairperson of Cloughaneely Language Planning at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPaul Bonnar and Manus Ó Ceallaigh in discussion at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonTommy Francis speaking at the event at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Mac Aoidh, the Language planning officer for Cloughaneely at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonThe Facilitator, Páraic Mac Donncha who oversaw the event at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive Wasson Delight as Cloughaneely Language Forum hold first ever meeting – Pic Special was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CloughaneelyCloughaneely Language Planning Forumlast_img read more

Career Guidance with Rory White: The potential of the PLC

first_imgCareer Guidance Counsellor Rory White’s column series continues with a student guide to understanding the potential of the PLC option.What are PLC courses?Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses are usually full-time, one year long, QQI courses comprised of eight modules.  They are generally at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications, though some may progress onto a second year for a Level 6.  They provide learners with a qualification for entry level employment or progression to further study.  Where can I study a PLC course?In Donegal there are several options run by Donegal ETB. Errigal College in Letterkenny offers eight courses in the areas of Business, Childcare, Sport, Art, Youthwork and Health Service Skills. Finn Valley College in Stranorlar offers three options- Business, Childcare and Sport, while St Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs runs PLC courses in Childcare and Nursing Studies.  There are also PLC colleges in Sligo, Cavan and Monaghan, while some private institutions also have courses on offer. St. Catherine’s Vocational School, KillybegsErrigal College, LetterkennyFinn Valley College, StranorlarHow do I apply? As PLC courses are not part of CAO, points are not required.  Applications are free and can often be made directly with the school or college.  More information can be obtained from any of the three schools, from Donegal ETB’s website and www.fetchcourses.ie.Are there any costs involved?PLC courses provided by Donegal ETB are subject to a €100 registration fee which covers the cost of books, photocopying and insurance. There is also a government levy of €200 and a QQI examination fee of €50. Medical card holders, SUSI grant eligible students and Back to Education applicants are exempt from the latter two costs.  SUSI will continue to pay eligible students the grant if and when they continue on to college after the PLC course, providing the student is progressing up the framework ladder (i.e. from Level 5 onto a Level 6/7/8)Why should I consider doing a PLC? Some students may not feel ready to progress to college due to age or not being fully sure what they want to do.  The Leaving Certificate may not have worked out for some students and very often PLC is a much better option than repeating. Some students might like to sample a career area before committing to a four year degree or are looking for a qualification that can lead into employment.What are the benefits of studying a PLC?PLC courses are excellent preparation for college as the modules operate in much the same way, a mix of assignments and exams, while ICT skills are also greatly improved. In the Communications module, common to all PLC courses, students learn presentation and interview skills which are excellent skills transferable to both college and the workplace. Finally, a key element of PLC courses is the built-in work experience which must be undertaken in a related work environment. (E.g. A Business Admin student will work in an office setting) Work experience is usually one day per week however, some may take the form of block release. What are my progression options after doing a PLC?There are a huge variety of options for progressing after completing a PLC course.  The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) helps PLC graduates gain places in Higher education providers throughout the country by ‘ring-fencing’ places specifically for PLC applicants. For students looking to progress locally, LYIT has done great work in recent times by creating many more PLC pathways onto their degree courses. Another excellent option available to students which many people are not aware of is that there are up to 100 places set aside in the Arts degree at NUI Galway and Maynooth University for students who have completed certain PLC courses. Some very high demand degree courses, for example Nursing, only accept specific PLC courses related to nursing, however there are well over 1,200 courses (and counting!) nationwide that will accept any PLC course for entry. Anywhere I can get further information?Again, as there are so many course-specific variations of pathways and requirements, your school Guidance Counsellor is the best person to talk to about the options open to you. www.qualifax.ie and www.careersportal.ie are two excellent websites where students can learn more about progression routes from PLC.Rory has been a Guidance Counsellor at Finn Valley College for the past 10 years and is a member of the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Applying for college or changing careers is one of the most important and exciting decisions someone can make, and Rory will be here to offer advice and top tips on the many options that are available.Career Guidance with Rory White: The potential of the PLC was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Rory WhiteShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:career guidanceeducationPLCRory Whitelast_img read more

News of Steph Curry’s surgery greeted by shock, dismay, half-hearted jokes

first_imgFans, observers and the NBA community barely had time to digest the fact that Stephen Curry was going to miss playing time after suffering an injury to his left hand during a game against Phoenix on Wednesday night.On Friday came another bombshell. The Warriors announced that Curry had surgery to repair his left hand and will be reevaluated in three months. He could miss 45 games.Dr. Steven Shin — who performed surgery on Steph Curry’s left hand — also did procedure on Drew Brees’ broken …last_img read more

Urban farm tours in Columbus

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When you think of farms, you might envision wide open grass lands, a tractor and grazing cows, pigs or horses. But did you know there are farms right here in urban Columbus?Columbus was home to only five urban farms just three years ago. Now, there are 16 urban farms throughout the city, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.The public can tour five of these farms this summer. Sponsored by Franklin County OSU Extension and Columbus Urban Farmers Network, each tour offers a look at a different type of urban farm.The Columbus Urban Farmers Network is comprised of urban farms and food producers who are striving to expand the local food system by producing food in urban areas of Columbus.“The goal of the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series is to educate consumers about different models of urban farming and allow them to see how urban farming can benefit neighborhoods and communities,” said Hogan.The farm tours have been developed for Columbus residents to participate in and will be offered on Saturdays or Sundays this summer starting July 22. They include:Converting Vacant Land Farm Tour, July 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wheatland Farm, 116 N. Wheatland Ave. in Columbus.Commercial Market Garden Tour, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Heirloom Produce, 7700 Richardson Rd. in Groveport.Residential Permaculture and Food Garden Tour, Aug. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sunny Glen Wellness, 3507 Sunny Glen Place in Columbus.Productive Residential Urban Farm Tour, Aug. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Over the Fence Urban Farm, 143 E. Dominion Blvd. in Columbus.Suburban Farmstead and Micro Dairy Tour, Sept. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jedidiah Farm and Studio, 5058 Smothers Rd. in Westerville.All the tours are free and open to the public.“These five tours have been chosen to highlight different models and objectives of urban farms,” said Hogan. “The farm tours are also designed to allow existing urban farmers to learn from their peers.”Converting Vacant Land Farm TourThis tour focuses on turning vacant urban areas into productive, sustainable urban gardens that provide food-insecure residents more access to fresh, local produce.Wheatland Farm operates on 1 acre of land at a former hospital site. The location has been repurposed to grow food through a large-scale raised bed growing system. The farm sells its crops to local restaurants and others to individuals who order them through a veggie box program in which produce is delivered to their home or to a local collection point. The funds the farm receives from those sales support a pay-what-you-can farm stand that provides low-income families with fresh produce.Registration is encouraged. Email [email protected] Market Garden TourHeirloom Produce uses an approach called regenerative agriculture to produce food in a more sustainable way. The tour will show how a vegetable market garden relies on fewer synthetic inputs like fertilizer to maintain and improve soil health, and instead recycles organic matter through composting, cover crops and green manures.Heirloom Produce is a large market garden consisting of 16,000 square feet of production space on a 2-acre residential lot. Root crops and leafy greens are marketed to restaurants and at several local farmers’ markets. The garden has a hoophouse to start seeds, chickens to build nutrient levels in the soil and is adding beehives this summer.Residential Permaculture and Food Garden TourPermaculture refers to systems designed to work in concert with nature, including the use of perennial plants and design principles that are observed in natural ecosystems, Hogan said.This tour will demonstrate how a low-cost, low-input food garden in the backyard of a home can easily be adapted to provide food for food-insecure families.Participants will get to see a native plant and pollinator garden, a vegetable and herb permaculture garden, and a small in-home seedling operation and homemade cold frame to transition plants to the outdoors.Productive Residential Urban Farm TourThis tour will allow residents to see how Over the Fence Urban Farm uses different growing techniques in various types of garden spaces, such as vertical gardening and permaculture design.Over the Fence Urban Farm focuses on sharing sustainability techniques for growing food that is fresh and locally harvested. The farm is funded through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and family, friends and neighbors help tend the land.Suburban Farmstead and Micro Dairy TourThis tour will focus on the use of dairy goats, honeybees, poultry and hogs for pasture rehabilitation, and will discuss the importance of using native plants to create self-supporting systems.Jedidiah Farm and Studio is a 5-acre farm in Westerville, where the Taylor family utilizes a food production system that relies on natural systems as opposed to monocultures systems such as corn, soybeans, or other row crops. Visitors can expect to see a space that has transitioned from a typical suburban lawn to perennial food forests, guilds, woodlands and pasture.Full descriptions of each farm and tour can be found here: go.osu.edu/UrbanFarmTour17.For more information about the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series, contact Hogan at 614-866-6900 or [email protected]last_img read more

6 Approaches to Your Company Blog

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#start#startups#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the last few months several startups have asked me how to approach corporate blogging. Judging by the frequency of requests, Gartner was right in suggesting that corporate blogging is rising up the “slope of enlightenment” and about 2 years away from widespread mainstream adoption. The road to enlightenment has been a long one. In the past ten years we’ve learned that company blogs should not be press releases, sales pitches or plagiarized quotes from Dale Carnegie. You reach enlightenment when you learn to respect your readers. If you want someone to bookmark or retweet your posts, then give them a useful resource. Below are a few approaches you can take to increase the dialogue and comments on your blog. 1. The Operations Blog: Many company blogs focus on the internal workings of the startup and how teams have managed to increase efficiencies. For example, marketing teams have dissected their efforts, COO’s have talked about their transition to cloud services and HR teams write about their employee wellness plans. Sometimes your story along with links to useful vendors is a great resource for others. 2. The Veteran / Inspirational Blog: This type of post is best suited to the second time entrepreneur, agency founder or well-established investor. It often offers stories about the climb to a position of power as well as some of the lessons learned along the way. If you’re attempting this approach you should already be in a position of mentorship for others. You want people linking to your article in the hopes that they’re revisiting it as a point of inspiration. 3. The Prediction Blog: Both the iPad and Google Buzz have been huge news stories in the last few days. Your little corporate blog isn’t likely to outshine the stories from major tech blogs and media outlets, but you can provide some relevant predictions for your specific industry. For example, if you’re a consumer facing web startup with a real estate focus, you could highlight the use cases for Buzz and its geo-locational features. 4. The Research Blog: If your company deals with large amounts of anonymized data or your startup specializes in analysis or monitoring, then the research blog is a good way to aggregate your findings and pinpoint trends. The best way to write this post is to summarize key findings and make suggestions on how others might adapt. If you’re not confident in your recommendations then you can ask for quotes from industry veterans. This method is often used by analysts and real-time monitoring startups. 5. The Community / Advocate Blog: This type of blog only really works if you have a large number of stakeholders who need your support and direction. Planet Mozilla is a great example of a resource that focuses on internal events; nevertheless, these internal events help thousands of open source developers contribute to Mozilla projects. If you’ve got lots of 3rd party developers, designers or contributors, this may be a good option for you. 6. The Coolhunter Blog: This blog is perhaps the toughest one to pull off because not only do you have to be confident in your ability to spot emerging trends, but you also have to make sure that the trends are relevant to your community. On-demand manufacturing site Ponoko does a great job of showcasing design while inspiring community members to build their own pieces. center_img dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

SimpleGeo Now Indexing 1m+ Locations Per Hour

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “We’re selling shovels at the beginning of a gold rush,” is how co-founder Matt Galligan put it on a call today. “You want to add location, just come to us — it’s done.” Though four-person SimpleGeo still measures its age in months, it already has a price sheet: free, $399/month for small businesses and $2,499/month for custom implementations.This sort of business model for this particular market has been forecast for some time. 18 months ago analyst firm ABI Research, for example, made the following prediction:“Location-based mobile social networking revenues will reach $3.3 billion by 2013, but successful business models may differ from what many observers expect,” says ABI Research principal analyst Dominique Bonte. “While location-based advertising integrated with sophisticated algorithms holds a lot of promise, the current reality rather points to licensing and revenue-sharing models as the way forward for social networking start-ups to grow their customer base and reach profitability…”Twitter acquired oft-compared competitor GeoAPI late in 2009 but uptake of Twitter’s location data has been slow. Traditional vendors have also long offered geographic data. Those vendors may fall short of developer expectations if SimpleGeo can deliver things like an effective iPhone SDK, OAuth authentication and dynamic data from sources like Twitter and Flickr.Can SimpleGeo jump to the head of the new location-based parade and capture what’s expected to be a huge market? Adding 1 million location-based objects every hour to its database sounds like a great place to come at that market from. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Location is going to be big, that seems to be the consensus among geeks, but just how big is it going to be? One metric to wrap your brain around came out over Twitter earlier today. According to SimpleGeo founder Joe Stump, the still-unlaunched but much anticipated service is now indexing more than 1 million location-based objects every hour.That’s going to make for a very rich database that other services can tap into. SimpleGeo has taken $1.5m in angel funding from of Silicon Valley’s biggest-name investors to try and become the go-to geolocation database resource for the next generation of location-aware applications.The company was founded by former Digg Chief Architect Joe Stump and the founder of AOL-acquired Social Thing Matt Galligan. Stump explained his company’s model to VentureBeat late last year:The company told Liz Gannes of Gigaom in November that it received 600 beta applications on its first day after announcing itself publicly. Gannes wrote at the time:“Location-based devices only provide a latitude and a longitude, sometimes an altitude,” he said. “What they don’t provide is a ZIP Code, city, state, county, weather data, messages and photos posted near the site. They don’t provide business listings, Wikipedia entries, census data (for demographics), articles written or posted near the location,” all of which SimpleGeo does. For example, a location-based game set in San Francisco could accurately display its players gleaming in the California sun, or obscured by Golden Gate fog, based on the real-time weather data from around town. Related Posts Tags:#Data Services#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Liquid-Applied Flashing

first_imgBy now, most conscientious builders know that window rough openings need to be carefully flashed before a window is installed. For residential builders, the most common way, by far, to flash window rough openings is with peel-and-stick flashing.However, an increasing number of builders are taking a closer look at something different: liquid-applied flashing.Liquid-applied flashing comes in various forms. Some products are dispensed from cartridges like caulk; others come in a pail and have the consistency of mayonnaise.If you are using liquid-applied flashing to flash a window rough opening, you squeeze or spread a generous amount on the surfaces that need flashing — generally the rough sill, the rough jambs, the head, and a 6 to 8 inch wide band of the wall sheathing around the perimeter of the rough opening — and then you spread the material out with a trowel or a plastic Bondo spreading tool. (Some products have a thinner consistency that can be applied with a brush or roller.) Most manufacturers advise adding enough material to make an opaque layer — one that you can’t see through.In addition to being useful for flashing window rough openings, liquid-applied flashings can be used to flash penetrations through wall sheathing — for example, vent pipes or plumbing pipes.Liquid-applied flashings are stick tenaciously to a wide variety of materials. Most manufacturers of liquid-applied flashing claim that their products stick to plywood, OSB, framing lumber, concrete, CMUs, brick, aluminum, painted steel, vinyl, rigid foam, glass, and EPDM. (Note, however, that some manufacturers warn that their products don’t stick to housewrap.)Most brands of liquid-applied flashing can bridge cracks up to 1/4 inch wide without the need for any caulk or reinforcing mesh. Once cured, these flashings form a rubbery layer that is vapor-permeable yet waterproof and airtight.This installation method is fairly… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Don’t blame EVMs for defeat, Maharashtra CM tells Opposition

first_imgMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday asked the opposition leaders to accept their defeat in Lok Sabha elections instead of blaming the EVMs.He was replying to the resolution raised by the opposition last week and a challenge thrown by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jayant Patil to pass a resolution to conduct Assembly polls through ballot papers instead of electronic voting machines (EVM).In a reply to opposition leaders’ claim during the proceedings, Mr Fadnavis also rejected all the allegations of irregularities and graft against his colleagues. On the last day of Assembly session of the present government, and in his last speech, Mr. Fadnavis expressed confidence that he would be back after the elections in the same position.Mr. Patil reminded him that it is the people of the State who hold ultimate power to elect the government and said that he hopes they will vote for a better Chief Minister next time. “The opposition leaders must accept that they are defeated in the Lok Sabha elections due to their own deeds. The people of this country have rejected them and it is a bitter but important truth,” said Mr. Fadnavis.Recalling how he and his party too had fallen for a similar trap, Mr. Fadnavis said, “Someone had told me some years back that ballot papers with yellow colours were used as a part of bogus voting. We had gone to Bombay High Court and Supreme Court as well and we failed, because we refused to accept that we have been defeated by the people.”Mr. Fadnavis also referred to a challenge thrown by the Election Commission of India (ECI), where representatives of NCP and CPI (M) had attended. “Representatives of both the parties then had claimed that they were there to understand the procedure and not to challenge the EVMs,” he said.last_img read more