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Public education system boosted with 377 new teachers

first_imgGuyana’s public education system has been boosted with the influx of over 370 newly trained teachers who graduated from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) on Friday.The 85th graduation ceremony was held under the theme: “Re-branding teacher education through verbal and visual identities”.Of the 377 graduates, who hailed from all three branches countrywide, 82 are trained in early childhood, 125 trained in primary and 170 in the secondary level.The 2019 graduating class consisted of 84 per cent females and a mere 16 per cent males. The subjects with high percentages of graduates are Agricultural Science, Business Studies, English Language, Industry Technology, Sciences and Social Studies.Delivering the feature address at the CPCE convocation ceremony, President David Granger noted that Guyana is expected to undergo vast transformations over the next 20 years especially with the launch of the “Decade of Development” initiative in January 2020.According to the Head of State, teachers have a key role to play in the new Guyana that is being created and are expected to be the drivers of economic development. As such, he told the new graduates that they will be responsible for developing leaders for the future.“Our children’s future is in your hands. The world depends on its teachers to help to bring out the best in its children by encouraging them to seek knowledge and skills needed to drive these knowledge-based societies of the future. Guyana looks to you to generate the human resources necessary to support economic transformation. It cannot be otherwise,” the President asserted.President David Granger handing over the President’s Award to CPCE’s Best Graduating Student, Ateisha BrandtHe went on to assure the newly trained teachers that their contributions towards the development of the country will be recognised and their labour rewarded.President Granger continued by reflecting on the life and contributions of Guyanese educator Cyril Potter. He urged graduates to not only look at Potter as a role model but strive to emulate his many great qualities. This, he noted, is important especially since they too will be looked at as role models for the children they will be teaching and will have to pass on such qualities.A section of CPCE’s Class of 2019 at the graduation ceremony on FridayMeanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry underscored the need for the newly trained teachers to understand the paradigm shift in a 21st century education sector.On the other hand, Principal of CPCE, Viola Rowe told the 2019 graduating class that they are now new ambassadors of excellence and need to rebrand the college with the work they do going forward.“Go out there, teach the way you were prepared to teach and act the way you were thought to behave. Go well Ambassadors of Excellence, go and rebrand your alma mater… You can brand your alma mater by exercising your duty of care, engaging learners to set and achieve realistic goals, and by encouraging creativity and innovation in classrooms,” Rowe charged.During Friday’s ceremony at the National Cultural Centre, this year’s best graduating student, Ateisha Brandt, was presented with the President’s Award from the Head of State.last_img read more

HST not affecting certain stores in city

first_imgBrad Small, owner of the Sears outlet in the city says he is not expecting much of a change in the number of people shopping at the store since items in the store are still being taxed at the same rate as before.To vote in the poll click here.To view what items are taxable and what hasn’t changed under the HST, see below. Border towns, like Fort St. John, could see a change in customers as the HST has come into effect in B.C. with people going to Alberta to shop more often.The HST came into effect in B.C. on July 1, increasing certain products that would only have been charged GST previously to include both GST and PST.Since Alberta still has only GST and no PST on products, Energeticcity.ca put up a poll on Thursday, asking “With the HST, will you be making more shopping trips to Alberta?” With over 250 votes as of Friday morning, 83 % of respondents answered yes.- Advertisement -However, at least two business owners in Fort St. John haven’t seen much of a change in their clientele numbers and say they don’t expect to see a change.Darren Thiel is the owner of Backcountry, a store that sells camping and hunting equipment. He says the majority of the products the store sells already had both GST and PST applied to it before the HST came into effect.He says the only items he has had complaints from customers about are hunting and fishing licenses because they now have the added PST through the combined tax. The licenses, however, are for items that cannot be obtained by going to Alberta.Advertisementlast_img read more

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar soft power play

first_img“The announcement of Neymar’s transfer to PSG was piloted among the high ranks in Qatar as a sort of communications strategy that would overshadow the debate around all other considerations, namely terrorism,” said Mathieu Guidere, an expert in the geopolitics of the Arab world.“For days now, nobody has mentioned the negative — it’s all about the Neymar transfer.”The transfer comes as Qatar faces its worst political crisis in decades, with Saudi Arabia leading a four-state bloc that suspended all ties with Doha last month over accusations the emirate had close ties to Islamist extremist groups and Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran.Qatar has denied the allegations, arguing that the sanctions aim to bring gas-rich emirate to its knees.– ‘International soft power’ –On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain pulled their ambassadors from Qatar, ordered all Qataris to return home and banned Qatar from using their ports or airspace.The Saudi-led bloc later publicly released a 13-point list of demands as a condition for the end of the sanctions.The list includes the closure of Qatari broadcast giant Al-Jazeera, which the bloc accuses of hate speech and encouraging extremism over its airing of the tapes of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, killed in a US operation in 2011.Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has risen as a key broker over the past two decades in the multiple conflicts and clashes of the Arab world.The tiny emirate has also leveraged power through massive investments in real estate abroad, including hotels, as well as in aviation, media and professional sports.In his first and only speech since the start of the crisis, Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, openly said he would be turning to “sources of soft power at the international level”.With the Neymar transfer, Doha may be looking to cash in its cache of soft power.“This is a soft power stunt. Qatar needs to demonstrate to the world… that, despite all the allegations, Qatar is the most resilient country in the Middle East by far,” said Andreas Krieg, a political risk analyst at King’s College London.“Having the best player in the world shows the rest of the world that if Qatar is determined, they still have the largest assets to draw from and if needed they will use the money that they have to further their agenda,” Krieg told AFP.– ‘At whatever price’ –Qatar’s ties to international football go back several years and the Gulf state is to host the 2022 World Cup.International sports broadcaster beIN SPORTS was a subsidiary of Al-Jazeera, and between 2013 and June 2017, FC Barcelona athletes wore jerseys bearing the Qatar Airways logo.“For the time being, Qatar’s opponents are paralysed by this circumvention strategy, as none of them has that level of media leverage in the field of international sports,” said Guidere.On the flipside, one argument backing Neymar’s decision to leave Barca, on top of reportedly tripling his wages, is to move out of the shadow of Lionel Messi.If the Neymar transfer goes through, it would more than double the previous record of 105 million euros ($124 million) that Manchester United paid Juventus last year for France’s Paul Pogba.The transfer will hardly dent Qatar’s budget.Qatar has moved to boost business with the West since the start of the Gulf crisis, which analysts says threatens the unity of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.Doha has signed two major contracts in recent weeks, both military: a $12 billion acquisition deal to purchase F-15 fighters from the United States and a $6 billion deal for navy vessels from Italy.“The per capita reserves they have are the greatest in the world,” said Krieg.The cost of the potential Neymar transfer “sends a very strong signal to the sporting world and a very strong signal of defiance towards the UAE and Saudi Arabia,” he added.“They wanted this player and they used the money to buy him at whatever price.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Spanish Cups with Barcelona © AFP/File / PAU BARRENADUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug 3 – With the anticipated transfer of football phenomenon Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar is hitting back at its Gulf rivals with a high-profile soft power play.Paris Saint-Germain — owned by sanctions-hit Qatar — are poised to sign Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee of 220 million euros ($256.54 million), more than doubling the previous record.last_img read more

Fulham star tipped to be Chelsea’s new Diego Costa

first_imgAleksandar Mitrovic could be Chelsea’s new Diego Costa.That’s according to Jamie Redknapp, with the former Liverpool and England star claiming the Serbian striker has the talent to lead the line for a top Premier League club. Aleksandar Mitrovic has starred so far this season for Fulham 2 Mitrovic struggled at Newcastle after arriving in a £13m deal from Anderlecht in 2015 but has revived his carerer in England since moving to Fulham in January, initially on loan before making the move permanent in the summer.Having helped fire Fulham to the Premier League last season with 12 goals in 17 games, he has continued his fine form into the top-flight this term.The 24-year-old has netted five times in six league matches and currently tops the goalscoring charts.Chelsea are reportedly looking at the frontman with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud not exactly setting the world alight at Stamford Bridge – and Redknapp reckons Mitrovic could just be what the Blues need.“He was brilliant leading the line for Fulham against Watford,” he  wrote in the Daily Mail.“Gone is the loose cannon who looked like a walking red card when he was at Newcastle. He has done a lot of growing up in the last three years. Alvaro Morata has netted just once in five Premier League games this season 2 “Mitrovic is as strong as an ox, brings people into play and is using his aggression in the right way.“He has five goals already this season and I believe he could play for one of the top Premier League clubs.“Fulham fans won’t thank me for saying this but he would be a perfect fit for Chelsea. Mitrovic is more physical than Alvaro Morata and has more pace than Olivier Giroud.“As a successor to Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, Mitrovic could fit the bill.”last_img read more

DONEGAL STAR BRADLEY NAMED FOOTBALLER OF THE MONTH BY GAA

first_imgDonegal star Ryan Bradley has been recognised for his superb performances for the county in recent weeks.The big Buncrana man has been named GAA All Star of the Month by the association.The player was at Croke Park today to receive his award alongside Waterford hurler Kevin Moran. Commenting on today’s announcement, GAA President Liam O’Neill said: “Both Kevin and Ryan served up performances to savour with Waterford and Donegal respectively playing crucial roles in those counties’ performances against Cork and Down.“These accolades are well deserved, well done to both and thanks to Opel for their continued support of an award scheme that allows our players to acknowledge excellence.”Dessie Farrell, CEO of the Gaelic Players Association, added: “Congratulations to Kevin and Ryan for their outstanding achievements in being acknowledged by their fellow players for their displays last month.“While as always both will point to their team-mates, it is nonetheless important to recognise when the individual player excels in pursuit of the collective cause. Thanks to all the players who voted and to our sponsors Opel for their continued support of the awards and our players.”  DONEGAL STAR BRADLEY NAMED FOOTBALLER OF THE MONTH BY GAA was last modified: August 8th, 2012 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:donegalGAAPLAYER OF THE MONTHryan bradleylast_img read more

Van Leersum Runs Season Best On First Day Of The Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational

first_img60-Meter Hurdles17. Dominic Lombardi, 8.3519. Hudson Priebe, 8.38 LINCOLN, Neb. – Drake University junior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) recorded the fastest 60-meter hurdle time of her career on Friday evening during the first day of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)27. Mariah Crawford, 7.8628. Mary Young, 7.8936. Ebele Okoye, 7.95 Story Links Long Jump23. Johnathan Osifuye, 21-7.25 The men’s team’s performances on Friday were highlighted by senior Bas Van Leersum (Zandaam, The Netherlands) finishing seventh in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 48.15. That time currently ranks as the second fastest in the MVC this season. His time was bested only by competitors for Texas, Nebraska and Iowa State as the Bulldogs are up against some of their toughest competition of the season this weekend. The 35-team field includes No. 11 Kansas, No. 13 Stanford and No. 16 Texas on the men’s side and No. 6 Texas, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 18 Kansas State in the women’s field. The competition against those top teams resumes on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. In addition to those competing at Nebraska, senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) will race against some of the best runners in the country in the 3,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Saturday. 400 Meters7. Bas Van Leersum, 48.1544. Malik Metiver, 50.53 Weight Throw30. Michael Dolan, 47-5.25 Young’s time of 8.48 in the preliminary heats narrowly bettered her previous best, ranks as the fourth-fastest time in Drake history and is currently the third fastest time in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. 5,000 Meters10. Kyle Brandt, 15:04.0315. Kyle Cass, 15:22.81 Her performance was the seventh fastest of the day to advance her to Saturday’s finals where she will race against competitors from Texas, Kentucky and UNLV. Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters21. Demetrius Shelton, 6.9825. Caulin Graves, 7.03 Frank Sevigne Husker InvitationalFeb. 3, 2016 – Lincoln, Neb. 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)7. Mary Young, 8.4818. Victoria Coombe, 8.94 Print Friendly Version Friday Results (PDF) last_img read more

False alarm for RNLI lifeboat and rescue helicopter at Mulroy Bay

first_imgThe Lough Swilly lifeboat was launched this morning following an emergency alert at Mulroy Bay.The Rescue 118 helicopter and Mulroy Bay Coastguard were involved in the search at 7.45am after a signal was received from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).The incident turned out to be a false alarm, as the EPIRB had become detached from a vessel. The operation was stood down after rescuers confirmed that no vessels were in difficulty.False alarm for RNLI lifeboat and rescue helicopter at Mulroy Bay was last modified: August 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Lough Swilly RNLIMULROY BAYRESCUE 118last_img read more

Fiorentina snub Blues approach – reports

first_imgItalian media are reporting that Fiorentina have rejected an approach from Chelsea for forward Stevan Jovetic.It is claimed Chelsea made an initial offer of £21m for the 22-year-old, who has scored 12 Serie A goals this season.Fiorentina sporting diector Vincenzo Guerini has declared that the player will not be sold cheaply.Guerini told Radio CRC: “We want to build the team around him, but today the word untransferable doesn’t exist.“If an indecent proposal were made – and it is possible that one will arrive – we would take that into consideration.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

My 8th Commandment: Never Let the Client…

first_imgThere is no greater peril to a green builder/remodeler (or any builder/remodeler, for that matter) than a client who insists on having you do something outside your comfort zone. Clients ask us to do some crazy and some not-so-crazy things for any number of reasons, but trust me: As often as not, these requests are trains at the end of the tunnel, not light!Usually, these requests are just that—a request. The client saw something on TV or the Internet, and believes it makes sense for his home. He may just like the way it looks, he may believe in the advertised performance aspects of the item in question, or perhaps he had it in his last home or knows someone else who tried it and swears by it.But other times these requests are more than requests. Occasionally, the client will be adamant and insist the idea in question is a deal-breaker. That is, you do what he requests or the project is canceled and he will find someone else to do the work. Other times, his desires may be wrapped in a little subterfuge. You may also be cajoled by friendly persuasion. Or worse yet, the client may go around your back and try to wheel and deal directly with the architect, trade partner, or your superintendent to get his way.Regardless of the client’s motives or methodology, you have the responsibility to draw the line in the sand and protect yourself, your company, your family, and ultimately your client from making a decision you cannot stand behind. The key is not letting it become a zero-sum game. If you capitulate and design, buy, build, craft, install, finish, or try warranting something you haven’t done your homework on, it will come back to haunt you.This is not to say our company has not received some great ideas over the years from clients who have helped us push beyond our capabilities and work outside our comfort zone. We have before, and hopefully will get the opportunity again with each new client. The difference maker is we do our research and follow our gut instincts ahead of time. Key word here is “we.” That’s right, when asked to do something outside our processes or standard specs, we get others involved to help do the research and make the right choice. Those team members that help ensure the correct decision is made include some combination of architect, supplier, installer, superintendent, or anybody else who can help us troubleshoot the potential pitfalls.No Lone Ranger is making the call himself in these situations. A team decision helps prevent us from doing something we do not believe is right for the client, his home, and our companies. That’s my 8th Commandment for you: Never let the client dictate the scope of work outside your comfort zone.last_img read more

How the Team Behind Thor: Ragnarok Crafted an Epic Action Film

first_imgLet’s take a look at how the filmmakers behind Thor: Ragnarok demonstrate the power of collaboration when creating a movie.Image via Disney/Jason Bolin.It’s safe to say that Thor: Ragnarok was a massive success — in every way. The fans got what they wanted: a fresh, fun, entertaining take on a beloved character thanks to the filmmaking prowess of Taika Waititi. The film is making tons of money at the box office, and was a critical darling. So who is to take credit for an expensive Marvel monster such as this? The director? The DP? The star? In short, this project was a collective effort that relied on the creative sensibilities of truly talented editors, artists, and master filmmakers. Let’s take a look at what went into making the God of Thunder a fun time at the movies.EditingImage via Marvel.To fill the role of Editor, Waititi, Victoria Alonso, and Jesse Torres picked an unlikely candidate: a traditionally comedy based duo, Zene Baker and Joel Negron. Having worked on past projects like Observe and Report, Pain and Gain, and Neighbors, the duo hadn’t yet tackled a Marvel movie. Given the light-hearted nature of the film, choosing these two made perfect sense for what Waititi and crew were going for. On the actual edit, Baker reflects on the freedom and workflow that came with the job, praising the collaborative efforts of his partner and the director.Reflecting on the test-screening process, Baker fills us in on crucial information that editors should keep in mind:You’re trying to make something with its own characteristics. But as you get into these types of movies, they’re invaluable, especially with the comedy aspect of it. You learn really quickly which jokes are gonna tank. There are some jokes that you hate that turn out to be gangbusters and you’re like, ‘Okay, so I’m not right about everything, and I’m not wrong about everything.’ I’ve reached the point now where, comedy wise, they’re invaluable. Story wise, you can get that diamond in the rough who’s like, ‘I don’t understand this story point,’ and if enough people say the same thing, you have to really examine it.This tidbit is an excellent example of why you should trust your instincts, but understand that your first and final cut might still need revisions. Letting someone else take a look at your work is always a good way to reflect and change anything that doesn’t quite hit — regardless of the type of video you’re working on. Baker goes on to talk about the process of reshoots, and how going back to shoot more for your project doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing:You want to make the best possible movie you can, and sometimes it requires additional photography. You can make a scene so much better with just one little thing. You can literally shoot for five minutes to make one scene aces, and then put a few days into another scene. We’re all carefully debating everything, throughout the process.Visual EffectsImage via Marvel. Crafting the look and feel of the film was always going to be challenging due to the approach Marvel was taking with the re-vamped franchise. Along with the tone, editing, and writing, Taika and the lot knew they had to push the boundaries for visual effects and portraying action (after all, this is an action movie).For a particularly stunning flashback scene, one of the film’s central characters rides into battle on a winged horse towards Hela, the Goddess of Death. The scene is a spectacular blend of slow-motion and visual and practical effects. To create the effect in the scene, Waititi’s own friend and fellow actor Stuart Rutherford and VFX artist Carlo Van de Roer designed a rig to move light at 10,000 feet per second, accurately capturing an image in 360 degrees like never before. In a recent interview with SYFY Wire, Van de Roer detailed the setup:We shot with a Phantom Flex4K at about 1,000 frames a second, and what happens is you get this moment where time slows down to an incredible soup. You get into really thick, slo-mo action, but then, almost impossibly, the light actually does a full 360 degree loop around the actors in that moment.Image via SYFY Wire.Another prime example of how Thor: Ragnarok approached its themes and story expertly is the blend of practical and visual effects into one seamless feeling of retro nostalgia mixed with a visually stunning space opera. You can see this in the design of Hela’s wardrobe. The headdress is the work of Ironhead Studios, and it is a perfect example of how to expertly blend practical, old-school costuming with new age effects — if you have the right vision and right team working together.The headpiece is a modular, 3D-printed, to-scale prop that appears several times throughout the movie. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recall the helmet moving and shifting as Hela prepares for battle each time. So the costume blends practical effects and CGI.While on set, the VFX team was well aware of Taika’s sensibilities regarding heavy VFX work, so they worked with his strengths and came up with a solution to get the most out of their indie director. Jake Morrison, the VFX supervisor, talked to Art of VFX about the film and explained the process:It was clear that Taika wasn’t going to allow for an army of technicians to run in and reset mocap markers, camera, etc. after a take so myself and our VFX Producer, Cyndi Ochs, worked hard to make sure the technology was as invisible as possible to Taika. We even went so far as to build the motion capture cameras into the sets themselves to ensure that all of the performances happened together, rather than trying to capture one half of a performance on the set and then a second half in a separate motion capture volume.There have been several interviews with the VFX artists at various studios behind Thor: Ragnarok that have provided some insane details about the creation of the world and the characters.Andrew Hellen – Method StudiosDave Hodgins – Digital DomainKevin Souls & Raphael A. Pimentel – Luma PicturesAlexis Wajsbrot – FramestoreDirectingImage via Art of VFX.The film’s indie-darling director, Taika Waititi, has brought us some classics already, from What We Do In The Shadows to Hunt for the Wilderpeople. While these are relatively smaller features, they feel grand in scope and demonstrate the indie filmmaker’s sensibilities for controlling tone with comedy and action. Waititi has said in interviews and late night bits that his method for pitching the Ragnarok role was to simply edit together a reel featuring various clips and stills to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Well, it worked, and if you’ve seen the film, you know the decision to go with this aesthetic and song choice worked wonders. Waititi’s approach to filmmaking is both inspiring and motivating.In this clip, Waititi breaks down the similarities and differences between shooting an independent feature and shooting a megaton superhero flick — with a little sarcasm thrown in. While shooting a standard conversation between Thor and Loki, Waititi describes the simple “lazy” setup and finding the balance between improvisation and sticking with the script. In regard to his directorial style, the New Zealand maestro gives us one last gem:The direction I gave to them was to stand still and know your lines, and say them fast.There you have it. The secret to directing a mega-blockbuster hit. But the charm doesn’t end there. The cast and crew have been interviewed and showcased all over the internet, and they have offered up plenty of incredible behind-the-scenes stories, as well as insights into the production. One of the many reasons the film has done as well as it has is partially due to the team behind the film praising the creative process and freedom they had while working on a film like this. The takeaway is this: whatever role you’re playing, be open to new ideas and new perspectives.Lastly, I’ll leave this Academy conversation with Waititi and the film’s editor, composer, costume designer, and writer.last_img read more