Grammar component to be modified during curriculum reform

first_imgAs consultations continue into the reformation of the current school curriculum to focus more on the needs of the education sector, Education Minister Nicolette Henry announced that there was a high chance of grammar being one of the restructured components of the new syllabus.Education Minister Nicolette HenryShe explained that there were various ways of reintegrating grammar into the classroom to be more effective. These might include the idea of singling out the subject as a separate component.“It may very well be and I can say from where I stand, more than likely, grammar will be a part of what will be restructured and maybe thoughts of how it can be reintegrated in a different way that could be more effective. If that means putting grammar as a separate subject in school, then so be it. But at this point in time, it will come out of that curriculum reform and that is going to take a very holistic approach,” the Minister stated.So far, Minister Henry indicated that the concept of individualising the subject would not be addressed singularly but rather during consultations for the entire reformation of the curriculum.“We’re looking at the whole issue of language and I think you may be doing and literary is one of the areas that we’re focusing on. Grammar is part of that. I personally don’t find favour with piecemeal approach,” she noted.“I think I would look at it in a more holistic way. That’s why we’re having this extensive curriculum reform and so where the gaps and efficiencies are, it is our intention that we’ll be able to address it in a more holistic way,” the Minister added.Meanwhile, it was related that curriculum reform was a complicated issue and would take some time before it was completed. As of now, the consultations have just begun and it would take almost a year before the findings were organised.“Curriculum reform is not one of those fly-by-night activities and we got a grant to do the curriculum reform. It’s going to take us more than a year to get the documents in place.”When the curriculum is completed, it will be introduced to institutions across Guyana and is expected to cater for students at all levels.The consultations were conducted with nine Canadian consultants from the Saint Francis Xavier University and the Mindbloom School, who have been collecting information from educators and schools in various regions across Guyana.At that time, it was noted that Guyana depended heavily on the assistance of outsiders, who were not as effective as an internal guide. The curriculum will be modified to suit the needs of Guyana’s children.Several consultations were held over the past months with public and private institutions so as to provide equal opportunities for all students. After the information has been gathered, the team will be returning to Guyana in July to continue work.Some of the areas that will be covered include special syllabuses for special needs students.last_img read more

Croats break Russian hearts, into WCup semis

first_imgCroatia, for whom Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida had earlier found the net, advance to their first World Cup semi-final since 1998. They will face England, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier, at the Luzhniki Stadium Moscow on Wednesday.In contrast for Russia, who had taken the lead through another Denis Cheryshev wonder goal in the first half, there is only heartbreak as they finally go out.They can however be proud of their efforts, with a run to the last eight exceeding expectations for a side written off as no-hopers before the tournament.And it remains to be seen how quickly Croatia — whose President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was watching from the stands in her country’s colours — can recover from this draining night, having also been taken to extra time and penalties by Denmark in the last round.The arrival of the host nation for the final World Cup match at the Fisht Stadium meant by far the most vibrant atmosphere yet at this Black Sea beach resort.The Russians, riding a wave of euphoria after unexpectedly knocking out Spain in the previous round, were determined to carry on to a first World Cup semi-final since the break-up of the Soviet Union.But Croatia came into this game as the favourites. They may have a population of little over four million, but amongst that number are two of the finest midfielders in the world in Rakitic and Luka Modric.Croatia captain Luka Modric takes on Russia’s Ilya Kutepov during their World Cup quarter final match in Sochi on July 7, 2018. PHOTO/FIFAThey dominated the match, but Russia contributed to another fantastic occasion in what has been an outstanding World Cup.– Cheryshev bolt from the blue –The hosts went ahead thanks to a bolt from the blue just after the half-hour mark.Cheryshev, who scored three times in the group-stage wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, was back in the line-up here after beginning on the bench against Spain last weekend.He cut in from the left, exchanged passes with Artem Dzyuba and skipped away from a Modric challenge before firing home a superb shot from 25 yards on his left foot.Croatia were stunned. But the Russian lead had lasted only eight minutes before they drew level, Mario Mandzukic cutting the ball back for Kramaric to head home.Ivan Perisic hit the post for Croatia in a second half they controlled, yet they had to limp on into extra-time, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic providing a scare as he hurt a hamstring late on.Croatia players celebrate Domagoj Vida’s extra time winner in their World Cup quarter final against hosts Russia on July 7, 2018. PHOTO/FIFAHowever, Croatia took the lead for the first time in the 101st minute, defender Vida getting his head to a corner to send the ball low into the net, helped by substitute Vedran Corluka getting out of the way.Vida removed his shirt as he ran away in celebration, possibly thinking Croatia were heading through.However, Russia found the resources to draw level again, substitute Alan Dzagoev holding up a free-kick for Fernandes to head home in the 115th minute.His shoot-out miss proved pivotal, however, especially after Smolov’s weak attempt at a chipped penalty was saved by Subasic.For Croatia, Mateo Kovacic had his penalty saved, but Marcelo Brozovic, Modric and Vida all netted theirs before Rakitic stroked in the winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia players celebrate after beating Russia 4-3 on post match penalties to progress to the World Cup semis. PHOTO/FIFASOCHI, Russian Federation, Jul 7- Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 in a shoot-out after a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday to end the World Cup hopes of the host nation and advance to a semi-final against England.Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia’s dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sochi.last_img read more


first_imgPARENTS of children at Illistrin National School have hit out at Donegal County Council over the state of an already dangerous junction.Parents on the school run say exiting the junctions either side of Kellys of Illistrin shop is already hazardous.But now uncut grass on verges is adding to the danger, they say. The shop’s owners have already complained to the council over the state of the verges, but so far there has been no response.“Getting in and out of there (the school) is bad enough but not being able to see right up the road when turning right towards Letterkenny is making it even worse,” said one angry mum who contacted Donegal Daily.There have been a number of road traffic collisions in the area since the new road was finished five years ago.  PARENTS ANGRY WITH COUNCIL OVER DANGEROUS SCHOOL JUNCTION was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:dangerousIllistrinjunctionnational schoollast_img read more

Uganda Cranes depart for Ouagadougou ahead of AFCON 2021 qualifier

first_img Tags: AFCON 20201 QualifiersBurkina FasoRonald MukiibiUganda Cranes The Cranes will play two games in four days. (PHOTO/File)AFCON 2021 QualifierBurkina Faso vs UgandaStade du 4 Aout, OuagadougouWednesday, 13-11-2019 @10pm.The Uganda Cranes have on Tuesday morning departed for Ouagadougou ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier away to Burkina Faso.The Cranes will take on the Stallions on Wednesday night at the Stade du 4 Aout in their opening contest of the qualifiers.A total of 16 players left Entebbe at around 1am aboard Uganda Airlines and are expected to touch down in Ouagadougou later in the day.While there, they will be joined by the other 7 players who will connect from their respective countries from which they play professional football.The team will hold their last training on Tuesday evening.Uganda will take on Burkina Faso and then fly directly back to Kampala to prepare for their next game, at home to Malawi at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole this weekend.The group that left Entebbe on TuesdayGoalkeepersDennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (Horoya AC, Guinea) and Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda)Out-field playersIsaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo), Murushid Jjuuko (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt), Tadeo Lwanga (Tanta, Egypt), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC)Connecting straight to Burkina FasoNico Wakiro Wadada, Bevis Mugabi, Timothy Denis Awany, Michael Azira, William Kizito Luwagga, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Alexis Bbakka.Ronald Mukiibi will not be part of the team after ulling out due to injury. The Swedish based defender was initailly part of the summoned 24.Comments last_img read more

This is one festival which certainly won’t be ‘panned’ by critics!

first_imgWith less than four weeks to go until the 47th International Pan Celtic Festival gets underway in Letterkenny, the new 2018 Festival Programme was unveiled yesterday at a special event in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle along with the Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.This programme sets out details on what’s on over the course of the festival which will take place from 3 – 8 April.The International Pan Celtic Festival is a unique celebration of the Celtic culture and bears witness to majestic displays of Celtic dancing, pipe band performances, choral performances and even Celtic rock and pop music in all of the Celtic languages from Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany and of course Ireland. There will be many highlights during the week but one of the most colourful will be the carnival street parade and busking competition that will take place in Letterkenny on Friday 6 April.Speaking at the launch Cllr McMonagle said that we in Donegal we have a rich abundance of culture in our heritage, language and our traditional music, saying “it is this which is our unique selling point when promoting Donegal around the world.“Some of our most respected traditional musicians and singers hail from Donegal, including Dinny McLaughlin, Clannad, Altan and Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh who will be helping us officially open the Festival on Tuesday 3rd April at 7.30pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel. It is therefore fitting that we can share this mix of Celtic arts with our fellow Celts from Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Scotland and the Isle of Man.” Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh is looking forward to the week long celebration which will see up to 5,000 visitors coming to Letterkenny especially for the festival.“This festival was last hosted in Letterkenny in 2007 and it was a wonderful celebration of our shared cultures and traditions and I am sure that our visitors will receive another warm and hearty welcome from the people of Letterkenny and indeed the entire county.”Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha Cathaoirleach of Comhairle Idirnáisiúnta Pan Cheilteach is delighted to be back in Leitir Ceanainn again, having enjoyed the warmth of this host-town’s welcome and hospitality in the past.She said “we look forward to renewing old friendships and, most importantly, to embracing a new generation who will continue to celebrate our shared Celtic heritage. Our greatest aspiration is to encourage networks of cooperation across our six nations to support the work of each nation in strengthening our languages, our culture and our traditional arts.”Liam Ward Director of Service with Donegal County Council acknowledged the massive role played by the local community and other stakeholders in developing this exciting programme for this event.“Donegal County Council is delighted to be leading out on this initiative but we could not have developed such a diverse and exciting programme without the buy-in of all the community. I want to acknowledge our stakeholders who have contributed to the festival and without whose help and support this would not be possible. Gabhaim míle buíochas le Líonra Leitir Ceanainn, Cumann Luthchleas Gael Naomh Adhamhnáin, an Bord Camogaíochta Dhún na nGall, Donegal Volunteer Centre, Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Shop LK, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter and of course Comhaltas Leitir Ceanainn.” The Cathaoirleach concluded the launch by encouraging the people of Letterkenny and Donegal to come along and enjoy the many events and activities planned for the week. To find out more about what’s on, check out the festival programme at or pick up your free brochure at the Tourist Information Office, Council Office or library.This is one festival which certainly won’t be ‘panned’ by critics! was last modified: March 8th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:councildonegalletterkennyPan Celtic Festivallast_img read more

49ers’ Nick Bosa’s body is ready — and so is his Pro Bowl ballot

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Don’t read too much into Nick Bosa’s sack parade slowing to just one in his past six games. The 49ers rookie defensive end is primed for his first playoff run, and on Friday he thanked the gauntlet of top-level left tackles for getting him ready.“I learned a lot about playing the best of the best, and now what I know the best of the best is, I can start working toward that,” Bosa said.At last check, Bosa was receiving the most Pro Bowl votes of any NFL defender, and we’ll find …last_img read more

Giggling Gourmet praises good food

first_imgJenny Morris will be appearing in the next episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series on Sunday, 31 August at 9pm on SABC2. Jenny Morris wears a variety of hats; she is chef, food connoisseur, author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide. Melissa Jane CookAll your senses must be involved in tempting your palate, believes celebrity chef Jenny Morris. Known as the Giggling Gourmet, she is a sensual gourmand and one of South Africa’s most-loved food personalities. It’s no surprise: she has had an ongoing love affair with food since she was a little girl, devoting her grown-up life to her lover.Morris wears a variety of hats; she is chef, food connoisseur, author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide. It started with making delectable treats for school fundraisers, and has grown exponentially since then. “It’s a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses,” she explains.Taste is the most obvious sense employed, as is aroma, but touch is also important. “Feeling your food is important. Caress it, stroke it, know it intimately.” How you eat your food will reveal what kind of lover you are, she says. “You don’t want someone who eats a sosatie [kebab] with a knife and fork, and if I can get presidents and heads of state to eat with their hands, I can do it for anyone!” And she has cooked for some of the most influential and famous people in the world, including Prince Charles, Al Gore, Charlize Theron, Thabo Mbeki and Kenneth Kaunda.Among her kitchen essentials, Morris lists garlic, butter, olive oil, trusty zester, and dhania or coriander – or cilantro as it is known in some quarters. She set up her catering company, Giggling Gourmet The CooksPlayground, in 1997. She teaches practical, hands-on cooking courses at her cooking school, such as the famed CooksParties, TeamCooking and SingleCooks. All of them have fun and laughter as a main ingredient.The CooksPlaygroundMorris’s signature ExperientialCooking method is based on her philosophy that “taking a recipe and owning it” is about a hands-on food learning experience allowing family, friends and colleagues to spend time cooking and sharing meals together.Teachers at her school include Giggling Gourmet staff, local chefs, and visiting guest chefs. They teach three basic types of classes: ExperientialCooking, which is hands-on; TeamCooking, which is a team-building course; and demonstration classes. Her formula for success is to “entertain informatively and inform entertainingly”.Combining ExperientialCooking and TeamCooking with easy-to-use recipes and top time-saving products can cut cooking time by 50% to 75% when preparing the family meal, she says. This gives families more time to spend together without sacrificing the flavour and quality of their meals.But it is not only about the cooking school. Morris is a regular on radio and television locally and internationally. She is often a participant at food festivals and expos, and is regularly commissioned by food companies for recipe and menu development, as well as to promote and demonstrate food and related products.In addition, the Giggling Gourmet is an examiner for The Culinary Academy, a judge for various food competitions, and is in regular demand as the first choice South African celebrity chef to make appearances at various functions and product launches. She works closely with a number well-known of international celebrity chefs.Jenny Morris The Giggling GourmetRude FoodEvery celebrity chef has at least a couple of cookbooks to their name, and Morris is no exception. Her bestselling Rude Food, Nude Food, Good Food was published in May 2004. It was followed two years later by More Rude Food, and in 2012 she published Cooking with Jenny Morris.She had her own show on the Food Network entitled Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco, in August 2011.It was the first time a South African chef had her own show on the channel, and was filmed over five weeks. She has also lent her name to a range of condiments.Not content to rest, Morris’s Giggling Gourmet FoodTours has grown into a successful programme of culinary trips to places where the visitor can experience the food and culture of the destination. She has done culinary tours to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and Morocco; future destinations will include Australia, Italy, Ireland and South America, as well as inbound trips to South Africa.last_img read more

RStudio: An Open Source and Cross-Platform IDE for R

first_imgTags:#hack#Tools Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid RStudio a is free and open source IDE for R programmers. It’s available for Linux, OSX and Windows – and you can run it from the Web. It’s built with HTML and JavaScript and looks pretty slick. You can find it on Github here.According to the RStudio blog, the team plans to monetize the product by selling services such as support, training, consulting and hosting. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… For those who don’t know, R is an open-source programming language for statistical computing. R distributions such as CRAN and Revolution (see our coverage) are considered a competitors of SAS and SPSS.Other R IDEs include the one packaged with Revolution and the open source GUI/IDE RKWward. And of course, many general purpose IDEs such as Eclipse support R. Related Posts klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Music Innovators: Montag Reimagines the Album

first_imgBjork involved the listener in the music by making her apps interactive – each song/app doubled as a game. However, as with traditional albums, there was still a distance between the artist and listener. You could play with Bjork’s music, but you couldn’t interact with the artist herself.While Montag doesn’t open himself completely to his audience (comments are turned off on his website, for example), he does bring the listener into his world more. He explains the creative process for each song, which makes listening to it feel surprisingly intimate. He is also active on social media – in particular Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.Pushing The Boundaries, Even More Than RadioheadThe Web has already disrupted how we listen to music (Spotify, Pandora) and buy it (iTunes). But up till now, on the production side, the innovations have been mostly around how music can be published and promoted (SoundCloud, Bandcamp). The actual formats of popular music, singles and albums, have so far not strayed too far from the norm. Even Radiohead, which has done a lot of experimentation with the Web, has continued to release traditional, thematically cohesive albums.Artists like Bjork and Montag are beginning to test those boundaries now. It’s great to see – and hear! Tags:#music#web Related Posts While listening to a Spotify playlist from music discovery service We Are Hunted, I came across an intriguing artist I hadn’t heard of before: Montag. I starred the song, called ‘True Love’, and a bit later went back to explore more of Montag’s music. It turns out he is in the middle of a project, called Phases, that is attempting to reimagine the album. Other musicians have experimented with the album format too over the past couple of years – most notably, Bjork with her “App Album” Biophilia. Like Bjork, Montag has broken up the album format into unique pieces. But his approach from there is quite different.For Bjork, each song was an iOS app, with animation and gaming being as much a part of the album experience as the music. For Montag, it’s less about augmenting the music with multimedia and more about playing to the strengths of the Web – publishing songs without a middleman (a.k.a. a record company), explaining the components of each song (small pieces loosely joined!), collaborating with other artists, building a social connection with his listeners.Montréal based Montag has committed to posting one song every month, over 2012. This enables the creative process to be more real-time than with a traditional album, because his songs will be released soon after he completes them. The title of his project is Phases, reflecting what he calls a “12-phase music project.” richard macmanus 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img There is one other key difference to a traditional album, but this is something that Montag could’ve easily chosen not to mess with. Most albums are a cohesive set of songs, with a common theme or sound. Every Bob Dylan album, for example, has a unique sound and is thematically different from his previous album. In Montag’s Phases, each song will have a different music style. So while he will end up with a set of 12 songs, his goal isn’t to create a cohesive album. Montag says this approach allows him “to be more spontaneous with each release [song].”Montag’s Album That Isn’t An Album So what exactly is Phases? So far he has released seven songs, up to and including July. Each song is posted to his website, using SoundCloud, accompanied by a blog post in which Montag explains the creative process. The post features an explanatory “audio documentary,” which includes sonic details on how the track was constructed. There is unique – and quite gorgeous – artwork for each song and five of the songs so far have videos. The action isn’t just on his website. Each “phase” is released on Spotify and iTunes (it’s free to listen to on Spotify and costs 99 cents per single in iTunes).Montag himself is insisting this isn’t an album, but “a monthly singles project.” However, at the risk of incurring the artist’s wrath, I think it’s interesting to view this as an experimental album. There is a cohesiveness to his method, if not with the songs. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Montag changes his mind at the end of this project and releases it as an album!The music itself is a mix between electronica and synth-pop and it’s a matter of personal taste whether you like the sound of it. Regardless, Montag’s project is to be commended for using the Web to push the boundaries of the album. It isn’t as ‘out there’ innovative as Bjork’s App Album, but in many ways it utilizes the Internet better. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Encrypting Your Data? The NSA May See It Anyway

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… The National Security Agency may already have access to a significant amount of encrypted data that business and individuals considered secure from prying eyes, the New York Times reports.According to the NYT:The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show.This revelation is yet another secret overturned by documents leaked to the media from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.See also ReadWrite’s coverage of Edward Snowden newsThe report notes that since 2000, the NSA has actively and secretly worked to circumvent encryption by capturing data before it is encrypted and introducing “weaknesses into the encryption standards followed by hardware and software developers around the world.”If accurate, this would be a devastating blow to the reliability of many Internet vendors. The NYT article didn’t reveal exactly which Internet and software companies had cooperated with the NSA in this respect. Technologies affected include the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols used in secure online Web transactions, virtual private network (VPN) protocols and 4G smartphone encryption.center_img brian proffitt Tags:#encryption#nsa#surveillance Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more