First Lady meets ‘early childhood’ educator to explore partnership

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger met with a United States-based early childhood education specialist and teacher, Dorrie Thomas-Crawford on Monday, who has been hosting a training workshop for teachers in the Buxton community for over seven years.The meeting was intended to explore the possibility of expanding that training in order to help improve learning outcomes in Guyana.In an invited comment the First Lady said Thomas-Crawford had mentioned her interest in hosting this kind of workshop and as such, the educator’s sister, Joycelyn Thomas-Wilson facilitated and accompanied her to theFirst Lady Sandra Granger (centre) is flanked by Joycelyn Thomas-Wilson (left) and Dorrie Thomas-Crawford at her State House officemeeting at State House.“…Given her ideas and experience in early childhood education, we were discussing how best we could share her skills and those of her colleagues, who want to contribute, some [of whom are] Guyanese, with the Ministry of Education to see if we could plan for a bigger workshop next year that would help our teachers gain the kind of skills that she can bring to improve learning,” Granger said.Thomas-Crawford has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and 24 credits in Special Education. She teaches at the kindergarten (ages five to six) level and has been an educator for 25 years.In an invited comment, she said that she wanted to inform the First Lady about her workshops and to invite her to observe them.“Our workshop is entitled ‘Teaching children problem-solving and thinking skills’… I want to show the teachers how they can incorporate language development and concept modelling in the classroom; not only teaching the children to write but teaching them thinking skills and problem solving skills,” Thomas-Crawford said.The next workshop is planned for July 28 at the Friendship Primary School.A special session titled ‘Class’ has been designed to teach the teachers concept development and other subjects.Thomas-Crawford said she will be hosting this session in collaboration with Leticia Lake, who is a former Headteacher of Tutorial High School and Guidance Counsellor at the Board of Education. Lake has over 40 years teaching experience, she said.Thomas-Crawford also revealed that plans are in train to bring five teachers to host a one-week workshop.last_img read more

Developing Urban Agriculture: Crops in Bag Method

first_imgAccess to land is a major challenge for farmers in urban settlements for reasonable agriculture activities. On the other hand, vegetable such as water greens, collard greens, pepper, you name it, can be grown in any back yard. This helps to increase the production of vegetable on the urban, local market. However, this requires that people are taught the techniques involved to produce crops in such manner.With help from Project New Outlook (PNO) – a local partner of Finn Church Aid (FCA) – women in urban and peri-urban communities have learned a new way for cultivating crops all year round in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The urban agriculture project is based on use of old cement bags. The beneficiaries of the project are given empty cement bags, which they fill with fertile soil. Cement bags are of strong material and ideal size for planting and growing small crops of vegetables. Sowing the seeds and taking good care of the garden bag is not difficult.Better Nutrition and Extra incomeBefore being introduced to the Urban Agriculture project, Martha Togba and her family earned their living by producing and selling cassava, charcoal and palm wine. Having learnt the new technique of planting in bag, Mrs. Togba has become enthusiastic about her garden. Learning to cultivate new and more valuable vegetables provides better nutrition to the family and brings some extra income.“We produce for example string beans, different kinds of peppers and cabbages. Water greens and string beans are valuable on the market, so we go and sell them,” Mrs. Togba tells and shows around her backyard garden. “Now I am concentrating in producing seeds, so that we can then plant the next crops.” She added.Innovative Solution to Fight Extreme WeathersBut why would anyone plant in a bag in Liberia, while most families in a peri-urban setting have plenty of space?There are many challenges to effective vegetable farming. In West Africa the weather conditions are extreme. Rainy season does not mean just occasional rains, but the intensity of rain fall makes Monrovia the rainiest capital in the world. No wonder that in lowlands the soil turns into mud. On the other hand, during dry season the soil gets even too dry in the highlands. During that time, adequate soil for cultivation can be found only in the swamp areas.Sowing in bags which are filled with fertile soil is the best way to make sure the rough weather conditions will not harm the crops. Even heavy rains cannot take the nutrients away, and it is easy to move the bags to get rid of extra water. Draught does not bother the bag-garden either, as long as sufficient watering is taken care of. Bags can be moved from one place to another, in search for the ideal weather conditions.“We are providing equipment and technical support. Now, having better seeds and better practices, these peri-urban farmers can produce more vegetables than before.  And what is best, they get crops also during rainy season,” Finn Church Aid Program Coordinator Emmanuel Sandi tells.PNO and FCA have supported 146 vulnerable families in seven communities to develop their agricultural skills and techniques since November 2011, when the project started. About 85 percent of project’s beneficiaries successfully cultivated various vegetables and earned income instead of suspending cultivation during the rainy season. The PNO-FCA cooperation has also been successful in initiating the revitalization of the local egg production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Setback for nude lounge

first_img (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TARZANA – The city is one step closer in its nine-year battle to get the Frisky Kitty’s nude dancers to cover up. As part of the ongoing court battle over the strip club, Judge Malcolm H. Mackey has thrown out the club’s argument that it was not operating within 500 feet of residential property. He made the ruling Tuesday. The judge did not order the Frisky Kitty, at Oxnard Street and Reseda Boulevard, to close. But the City Attorney’s Office anticipates he will issue a permanent injunction against operation when he determines penalties June 19. Roger Jon Diamond, the club’s attorney, remains confident. “If we should eventually lose in the trial court – and we haven’t lost yet – but if we were to lose, we would have the right to appeal,” he said Thursday. “This case has been all up and down the courts. We’ve been up to the Supreme Court, we’ve been up and down the federal court, the state court. “This is just one small chapter in a long, never-ending book.” City Councilman Dennis Zine, whose district includes the all-nude club and who inherited the legal battle when he was elected in 2001, hailed Mackey’s decision as tantamount to protecting the integrity of zoning laws. “We are either going to prevail on the zoning ordinance or we are going to have a preschool next to a liquor store next to a massage parlor,” Zine said. “That is what zoning is all about. It is very important we maintain that for the quality of life.” The club operated as a bikini bar during the early 1990s. In 1998, dancers went topless and later completely naked, forcing the club to give up its liquor license. last_img read more

$41 million in grants to go to CDF for costs in Southland wildfires

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials today announced that federal and state grants of more than $41 million will go to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for costs incurred during the recent Southland wildfires. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide 75 percent of the money — $30.9 million — and the state’s Office of Emergency Services will kick in $10.3 million. Officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as CAL FIRE, will work with FEMA and OES officials to determine where the funds will go. The money will be used to reimburse the state for expenses that include regular employee overtime, equipment use, equipment rental, contract labor, aircraft use, materials, and similar costs incurred by other firefighting agencies that are part of the California Master Mutual Aid Agreement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“When the costs of battling 24 fires in seven counties overwhelms the state’s resources, there are programs in place to provide the necessary assistance,” said Michael Hall of FEMA. “States should not have the added burden of worrying where funding will come from when firefighters are battling to save lives and property,” Hall said. Wildfires driven by fierce Santa Ana winds spread through seven Southland counties beginning Oct. 21. There were 24 named fire incidents, including the Canyon, Buckweed and Ranch fires in Los Angeles County; the Witch and Harris fires in San Diego County, and the Santiago Fire in Orange County. In all, some 521,000 acres were burned and 3,309 structures were destroyed, including 2,180 residences.last_img read more


first_imgSam Maguire arrives in Carndonagh the hometown of Leonard Harkin, who traveled from Melbourne Australia with his wife Peggy to witness this historic occasion: Sam is back in the hills of Donegal. A cherished memory for Leonard holding the Sam Maguire Cup with Donegal captain Michael Murphy & manager Jim Mc Guinness in the background. (The brains behind their success.) Pic Anne DiverTHERE was another huge crowd of enthusiastic fans in Carndonagh when the Sam Maguire came calling with the Donegal team.It was a very special moment for Carn man Leonard Harkin (sure aren’t they all Harkins up there!)He had travelled all the way from Melbourne in Australia with his wife Peggy to see Sam return to the hills. Great pix from Anne Diver. Thanks Anne.Peggy Harkin home from Melbourne Australia for Donegal’s All-Ireland final waits patiently with her grandchildren Medbh, Aoife & Trea Harkin on the Sam Maguire Cup & the Donegal GAA team: All-Ireland champions, in the Diamond, Carndonagh. Pic Anne DiverSam arrives in Carndonagh in the safe hands of Carndonagh’s now famous Dermot Simpson (Donegal team Physio) and Jim Mc Guinness (manager & mentor to the team) to a massive crowd in the Diamond Carndonagh.    SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN LEONARD MET SAM IN CARN AFTER A TRIP FROM DOWN UNDER was last modified: September 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN LEONARD MET SAM IN CARN AFTER A TRIP FROM DOWN UNDERlast_img read more


first_imgSix tickets to the All-Ireland Final between Donegal and Mayo on Sunday, September 23rd are up for grabs in a charity Grand Draw organised by CLG Na Cealla Beaga.The draw is being held in memory of Monica McNally and prizes have been kindly donated by her husband Terry McNally.Monica, a sister of Brian McIvor, was a GAA enthusiast from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone and enjoyed staying in her holiday home in Killybegs.  She was an avid supporter of Killybegs GAA for many years. The draw is in aid of CLG Na Cealla Beaga and Cancer Research.Tickets on sale in Supervalu Killybegs 11 – 6pm & Sunday 11.00 – 1.30pm.Tickets can also be purchased from any club member or online following the link below to buy your ticket online. Tickets €10 each of 3 for €20. KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB HAVE SIX FINAL TICKETS IN MONICA MEMORIAL DRAW was last modified: September 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB HAVE SIX FINAL TICKETS IN MONICA MEMORIAL DRAWlast_img read more

Ipswich boss furious after defeat at Brentford

first_imgIpswich boss Mick McCarthy criticised his side’s defending from set pieces after the 2-0 defeat at Brentford.Bees defender John Egan was left unmarked 12 yards out to head in Lewis Macleod’s corner, and the same player scored again eight minutes later as the home side ran out 2-0 winners.McCarthy, a former centre-back himself with almost 600 league appearances and 57 Republic of Ireland caps, felt Egan should have been monitored more closely.“If you leave me unmarked like that, I’d score and I’m 57,” he said.“People have got jobs to do – if we do them correctly, balls don’t end up in the back of our net, but quite clearly we haven’t.“We mark man for man. There’s no right or wrong way, in terms of zonal or man for man – the only right way is stopping your man scoring, however you do it.”McCarthy was also upset that Brentford’s two goals in eight minutes early in the second half had undermined a good performance before the break.“We’d had a really good first half,” he said.“Conceding like we did shouldn’t knock the stuffing out of us but it appeared to.“What’s disappointing is we seemed to unravel after that and look like conceding another one, which is unlike us.”See also:Smith says Bees can still improve after ‘big’ winBrentford v Ipswich player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Here’s Help Finding A Nearby “Office” Away From The Office

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#apps#mobile christina ortiz Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Working remotely is great – until it’s not. Like when you’re more enthusiastic about doing the laundry than doing your boss’ bidding, or when you crave a watercooler conversation. Or any kind of conversation. A free iOS app called Work+  helps you find spots that more or less match the work atmosphere you seek.Work+, by Tender C, uses a mix of simple location mapping and user ratings to find places in your area that could make a desirable temporary work space. This year it won second place for Best Overall Application in New York City’s software developer contest, Big Apps 3.0. The contest was the city’s challenge to developers to use city data and create apps that improve life in the Big Apple. What Are You Looking For?Do you need free Internet access? Want something to nosh? Or do you prefer to mix a little booze with your reports? Work+ can find that. The app will look for an “office” away from your home office and even allows you to save it for future reference.  A partnership with Foursquare also lets you check in without having to switch applications.The app can also gauge noise levels and find places that are dog friendly or have an “artful ambience.” However, when I asked for a quiet space with WiFi, that’s dog friendly and has an artful ambience, the local gas station down the street was recommended. Not ideal. Monitoring time spent away from the home office is fairly easy with a timer that records how long you spend at a venue, automatically shutting off when you leave. You can get monthly reports on where you’ve been working and for how long, and even compare your stats with how long others have spent working at your locations.If you’re looking for somewhere to work, or just a place that has decent WiFi other than Starbucks, this app is pretty helpful. Just don’t expect it to find you an engaging conversation. That’s all on you.   Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

The Power of Sound: Using the Shepard Tone In Filmmaking

first_imgThe Shepard Tone creates the illusion of continuously swelling sound, which can build tension or suspense. Find out how it works in this breakdown.Cover via Warner Bros.The Shepard Tone. If you’ve never heard of this term, I can almost guarantee you’ve heard the tone itself. The term refers to an auditory illusion of a sound that continually ascends (or descends) in pitch.The tone is a sound that comprises multiple sine waves separated by an octave and layered on top of each other. In essence, there is a high-pitched tone, a middle-pitched tone, and a low-pitched tone that all rise in pitch until they loop back to the start. By the end of the track, the highest-pitched tone has become quiet, the middle-pitched tone stays loud, and the low-pitched tone has become louder. Because you can always hear two tones rising in pitch, your brain skips the loop and believes the tone is infinitely ascending.Image via Vox.In Vsauce’s video below, he explains another way to think about how the Shepard Tone works. Think of the three tones working in alternating roles. For example, the highest-pitched tone will drop down an octave and become the lowest-pitched tone, but since we can still hear the other two tones rise, we think the sound is ascending infinitely.In recent years, one of the most famous uses of the Shepard Tone was Batman’s Bat-Pod in The Dark Knight (see 4:46)Richard King, the sound designer behind The Dark Knight, said that “Chris [Nolan] had the idea that it should never shift, that it should keep ascending in pitch like an unstoppable force, we had an idea to use a concept called The Shepard Tone.” The team later captured the sounds from electric race cars and Tesla models to find the base pitch to create the Bat-Pod’s Shepard Tone.Creating TensionThe sound illusion is ideal for film and game sound effects, but what about using the concept to create tension in a movie score? Christopher Nolan demonstrates this in the recently released action thriller Dunkirk, and thankfully we have a video essay breaking down the technique. Surprisingly, the video essay was produced by Vox, an organization that usually produces videos on news and international subjects. The top commenter has playfully said, “Not sure if I’m watching Vox or Nerdwriter1” because the essay is as well-produced as many other film theorists’ works on YouTube. The video breaks down how composer Hans Zimmer has incorporated the Shepard Tone into the score, which creates an everlasting sense of tension throughout the film.In an interview with Business Insider, Nolan said the following:There’s an audio illusion, if you will, in music called a ‘Shepard tone’ and with my composer David Julyan on The Prestige we explored that, and based a lot of the score around that. It’s an illusion where there’s a continuing ascension of tone. It’s a corkscrew effect. It’s always going up and up and up, but it never goes outside of its range … And I wrote the [Dunkirk] script according to that principle. I interwove the three timelines in such a way that there’s a continual feeling of intensity. Increasing intensity. I wanted to build the music on similar mathematical principals. So there’s a fusion of music and sound effects and picture that we’ve never been able to achieve before.Nolan has certainly mastered several cinematic techniques (such as nonlinear storytelling), and I think it would be a safe bet to add The Shepard Tone to that list.What are your thoughts on the Shepard Tone? Let us know in the comments.If you need a Shepard Tone for your next project, you can always find one in the PremiumBeat SFX library.last_img read more

Senior Chinese Science Official Snared in Corruption Probe

first_imgThe Communist Party’s effort to root out corruption in officialdom is now targeting its biggest fish to date in the Chinese science establishment. On 12 April, the state news agency Xinhua reported that Shen Weichen, Communist Party secretary at the China Association for Science and Technology, or CAST, “is now under investigation for suspected serious violation of discipline and laws.”On its website, CAST describes itself as “the bridge linking Chinese science and technology community with the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government.” The nongovernmental organization, headquartered in Beijing, may be best known in China for its efforts to popularize science for the general public and its occasional reports on the state of the nation’s scientific workforce. Its U.S. equivalent is AAAS, publisher of ScienceInsider.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The agency spearheading the anticorruption drive, the Communist Party of China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, announced the investigation without revealing further details about the allegations. Shen could not immediately be reached for comment.Party secretaries in China wield enormous influence. They have an often delicate power-sharing relationship with an organization’s titular head; major decisions at a university, for instance, normally require sign-off from both the president and the party secretary.Shen, a career politician, was appointed CAST’s party secretary in April 2013. Prior to that, he served for 2 1/2 years as deputy propaganda minister of the Communist Party of China. Ironically, Shen was appointed to the discipline inspection commission in November 2012; ScienceInsider could not confirm whether he has been relieved of those duties.last_img read more