Gaeltacht e-Hub pilot project launched by Education Minister

first_imgA new e-learning initiative has been launched which will enable Irish language students to access greater subject choices through virtual learning.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. launched the Gaeltacht Irish-medium e-Hub pilot project today at Gairmscoil Mhic Dhiarmada, Arranmore. He explained how the project involves online courses, taught through the medium of Irish by e-Teachers based in other Gaeltacht areas.Minister McHugh said: “This innovative digital project will provide Gaeltacht post-primary students with the opportunity to access online a greater range of subjects through the medium of Irish. “This three-year pilot project is based on comprehensive research completed on similar e-learning initiatives globally, where students supplement their existing curriculum with online courses, when those subjects are not available in their own school.“This digital project will greatly enhance the capacity of Gaeltacht post-primary schools to extend their curricular provision for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”Planning for the pilot project commenced in two Gaeltacht post-primary schools from September 2018 – Coláiste na Coiribe in Galway and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Kerry. Almost 50 Transition Year students participated in a five-week Transition Year Physics Module through the medium of Irish where they gained first-hand experience of virtual learning.Following a tendering process, the consultancy firm H2 Learning is assisting the Gaeltacht Education Unit in the Department of Education and Skills in managing and co-ordinating this digital project. The Minister said, “I am very pleased to be here today to launch this exciting innovative project. This project demonstrates the important role which information and communications technology (ICT) can play in extending the range of curriculum subjects through the medium of Irish for Gaeltacht post-primary students, including those who attend island schools.”“I would like to congratulate all those involved in this project: officials of my Department, H2 Learning, the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), SciFest and in particular the students and teachers who are involved in the implementation of the project in schools. I wish all those who will participate in the online Leaving Certificate Physics Pilot Project from September 2019 every success and I trust that there will be a beneficial outcome for all students involved.”The online course will be taught by two Physics e-Teachers with experience in the teaching of Leaving Certificate Higher-Level Physics through the medium of Irish. The e-Teachers will be based in their own post-primary Gaeltacht schools and will teach students across a number of other post-primary schools in the Gaeltacht. Four schools have applied to participate from September.Students who are participating in the pilot project will be supported by e-Mentors in their own post-primary schools. E-mentors are members of the teaching staff with science or mathematics expertise who will support students during the lesson times.Feedback from those participating in the pilot Transition Year Physics module has been very positive, according to the Department of Education. Students and e-Mentors have reported that they have enjoyed and benefitted from the experience of learning at a distance in an interactive way during the Physics online lessons. This online Leaving Certificate Higher-Level Physics will be entirely through the medium of Irish. Additional support will be provided to participating post-primary schools to include a grant for digital equipment and additional hours for e-Mentors.Gaeltacht e-Hub pilot project launched by Education Minister was last modified: April 1st, 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:educationGaeltacht Irish-medium e-Hub pilot projectMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

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QPR should beat Preston – and Fulham’s odds are cut after good start

first_imgQPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was critical of referee Darren Bond after the 3-2 loss to Barnsley in midweek, but his side can get back to winning ways against struggling Preston at Loftus Road on Saturday. The Lilywhites are without a point from their first three games and the R’s are much-fancied for this one.Rangers are 21/20 to win, with the draw 9/4 and the visitors outsiders at 14/1.QPR are 33/1 for the title after their reverse in south Yorkshire and they really should have too much for the Lancashire outfit, who have only scored once in their three games to date.Fulham were denied the win their performance deserved when Leeds scored a stoppage-time equaliser at Elland Road.But that should not detract from another excellent performance from Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, who have been cut from 40s to 25/1 for the Championship title at BetVictor, and from 12/1 to 9/1 for promotion.The Whites entertain Cardiff and are 11/10 to get back to winning ways. A Bluebirds win is 5/2, as is the draw.Two own goals from the hapless Shane Duffy gave the South Wales side their first win of the season, against Blackburn Rovers, but this is a game I expect Fulham to win.Only the woodwork prevented Matt Smith from making it three goals in three games in the Championship, and the striker is 7/1 to score the opener and 23/10 to find the back of the Cardiff net.That looks too big given Smith’s current form and must be the recommendation.Brentford, having enjoyed back-to-back home wins, are away to a Rotherham side that has picked up just a solitary point from their three Championship matches so far this term.The Bees are 31/20 to win, with Rotherham 7/4 and the draw at 12/5.I reckon that one will be a 1-1 draw, which is priced at 6/1.For all the latest odds, check out www.betvictor.comHave a good weekend everyone.CharlieFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Basketball roundup: ‘Jacks, Redwoods women pick up wins; Arcata boys, girls do the same

first_imgWomen’s college basketball: Humboldt 73 Cal Poly Pomona 70Alexia Thrower scored 25 points and hauled in 9 rebounds to lead the ‘Jacks women’s basketball team to its sixth-straight win, Thursday night on the road against CCAA conference opponent Cal Poly Pomona.Gabrielle Carbajal added 14 points and 6 boards in the win. Madeline Hatch, in her first start of the season after missing the majority of Humboldt’s games due to injury, contributed 9 points and 3 assists.Humboldt (7-1, 3-0) will face …last_img read more

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How Journalists Are Using Google+

first_imgjohn paul titlow Tags:#Google#web Related Posts Google’s still-young social network is largely the territory of early adopters and tech enthusiasts, but that hasn’t stopped journalists from experimenting with it. (Part 3 in a 4-part series on how journalists are using social networks beyond Facebook and Twitter.) Google+ makes a convenient distribution channel for content, much like Facebook and Twitter. But as any social media guru will tell you, these platforms are not just about barfing out a series of self-promotional links (which followers tend to tolerate in limited doses). Engaging people is half the battle, and Google+ offers a few ways to do it. See also: How Journalists Are Using Pinterest and How Journalists Are Using InstagramOnce Google+ launched, media outlets were quick to start playing around with Hangouts. The group video chat feature was built for friends, family and colleagues, but it turns out to be a great way to converse with sources and audience members. Here on ReadWriteWeb, we do a weekly Google+ Hangout in which our writers and readers talk about the big tech news stories of the week.  Google+ Hangouts’ could hardly have come at a better time for the team behind Al Jazeera’s The Stream. Aggressive experimentation with social journalism tools is baked into the news talk show’s mission, and Hangouts are a perfect fit for an outlet that blends broadcast and the social Web. The Stream uses them to quickly and affordably dial in guests and solicit live feedback from viewers. In an interview with ReadWriteWeb in March, Al Jazeera creative strategist Ben Connors said that Hangouts don’t work without the occasional hiccup, but they’re still cheaper than a satellite hookup and enable viewer participation in a way that wasn’t possible before. The status update box on Google+, like that on Twitter or Facebook, can also be used to ask the audience questions and solicit crowdsourced reporting. Response may not be as robust as that of Facebook or Twitter, depending on the publication and its coverage. A tech blog will probably have better luck than a suburban newspaper, for example. But Google+ is still new and media outlets – not to mention other businesses and everyday consumers – are still figuring out the best ways to use it. Part 1: How Journaists Are Using InstagramPart 2: How Journalists Are Using PinterestPart 3: How Journalists Are Using Google+Part 4: How Journalists Are Using SoundCloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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SUVs drawing attention of consumers in India

first_imgWith the augmentation of ‘utility vehicles’, the automobile industry of India is changing significantly.These vehicles, which are lightweight, equipped with advanced technologies, stylish body, fuel efficiency and space fall in the affordable domain and have attracted the Indian buyers.ALSO READ:Tata Hexa SUV spotted testing, launch soonBusiness watch follows the new trend of “SUV” cars on Indian roads.Sport utility vehicles (SUVs), off-road capable cars and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), which were a rare sight on India’s roads a decade ago, are slowly becoming the most sought after cars.Rising congestion in cities and improvement in technology are one of the prime reasons for the rising demand for SUVs, which come equipped with latest technology such as automatic transmissions.ALSO READ:Mahindra and Mahindra to launch SUV TUV300 next month”With the challenges that one faces on the road, in terms of infrastructure or in terms of driving, it (SUV) is the need of the hour. When we look at it, as far as SUV is concerned – normally a perception of an SUV has been that SUVs are tough, rugged, in the face, but the customers are evolving and with customers evolving the needs and wants are changing,” Rakesh Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motor India, said.”Today they are looking for a stronger product, they are looking for a stylish product, bold and beautiful,” he added.ALSO READ: Nissan to launch second-gen X-Trail SUV this yearAt present, compact SUV is the new buzzword for global automakers, who are aggressively targeting growth in India’s underdeveloped SUV market.advertisementThe companies have been launching new models to build up excitement in the market.”There are young people, who are buying these cars, young people get bored very quickly. So, therefore, they want something and they want something with attitude, something macho, something which gives them difference,” said Murad Ali Baig, Auto Analyst.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki to launch compact SUV in India soonThe car sales have increased over the last few months as the economy has shown signs of improvement along with interest rates cooling off to some extent.Importance of the Indian consumers in the global market can be seen with the large number of car launches that took place within a single week in India.”We are making a long-term commitment to India. We believe in the growth opportunity and we are working hard to have a product line and our entire ownership experience is designed specifically for the Indian customer that will take some time but we are making that commitment and you will see that unfold as we move forward,” said Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors.ALSO READ:An electric BMW SUV in the offering?India’s car market is the world’s sixth largest and is expected to grow to number three by 2020, with the rise in income levels.Compact SUV sales in India are likely to more than quadruple to 9,70,000 vehicles in the decade to 2020, according to industry reports.”As far as we prepare a good product for the customer, it means that the customer is expecting some change, something new, something different. If we provide such kind of product, maybe we can get some new customers and then we can expand our business further,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, India.ALSO READ:Hyundai launches compact SUV Creta at Rs 8.59 lakhFunctionality, space and comfort offered by the SUVs has vanquished the demand for sedans.Car owners in the Indian market are now looking to upgrade their driving experience.”I think it is a craze, you feel more grip on the road when you are in an SUV, that is the reason. I think craze is more we can say, plus if a family is big – joint family – then they need seven-seater then the only option left is SUVs,” said Avinash Garg, a customer.Analysts tracking the industry portray a gleaming future for the segment.last_img read more

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Entrepreneur Praises the Expertise of the SRC

first_imgStory Highlights Chief Executive Officer at Tayna’s Body Care, Tanya Powell Edwards, is praising the Scientific Research Council (SRC) for the expertise provided in the development of her personal care products.She tells JIS News that she has received training from the Agency in how to make natural bar soaps and body washes.Mrs. Powell Edwards notes that the SRC has been a constant help, while noting that the Agency has provided her with the chance to attend its annual Opportunity Quest to showcase her products.There she was able to share her success story with potential entrepreneurs, while at the same time telling of her experiences of having utilised the services of the Council to create her brand of products.“SRC has a lot more than we are utilising… (it is) a gem that more people need to know about,” she says.A part of the SRC mandate is to promote business development through their provisional scientific solutions.Presently, the SRC undertakes group training in soap, body wash and shampoo making.The Agency also does product testing, using its accredited lab, operating at international quality standards. In addition, the SRC creates linkages, connecting entrepreneurs with the producers of raw materials.They also assist with packaging of the products; connecting the entrepreneur to financial institutions to assist with funding or grant funding, as well as connecting them with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) to help with the support to take the product to market.The SRC also provides market information through market research that they conduct, while working with the Jamaica Promotions Agency (JAMPRO) to guide the entrepreneur towards the export market.Sharing her journey in becoming an entrepreneur, Mrs. Powell Edwards tells JIS News that she would often dream about developing her own brand of soaps.“Inspiration can come from anywhere. I used to go into the supermarket and in trying to get the most for my buck, I would choose the cheapest soaps, which were not always the best, so I would always say one of these days, I am going to learn to make soaps,” she states.She notes that over time she made her own deodorant, after which she transitioned into making soaps.Mrs. Powell Edwards explains that she wanted to share her product with others, and that is what led her to seek the services of the SRC.Currently, Tayna’s Body Care line predominantly consists of natural bar soaps which, she says, have a great lather and also offer a great aroma.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) notes further that the aroma is a great stimulus in the morning and is also beneficial in reducing tension at nights.“I am into not just having a bath, but enjoying the feeling that you get along with that, which is relaxing or reviving, depending on what you are looking for,” Mrs. Powell Edwards states.Bentonite Clay and activated charcoal are some of the ingredients that she says can be found in some of her products.She explains that activated charcoal is something that is used in the hospitals in cases where someone ingests poison, as it binds to the poison and allows the person to eliminate it from the body.The CEO further adds that it does the same for the skin. “If you have large pores, it is said to reduce those pores, and it also pulls some of the oil from oily skin,” Mrs. Powell Edwards states.Some of her other products include body oils such as: Coconut mix with lavender, Jamaican Ginger Oil with lemon grass and Orange Ginger Body and Massage Oil.Meanwhile, Mrs. Powell Edwards says that even though her products were not created to treat a specific medical condition such as eczema, persons suffering from the condition have reported receiving benefits after using the soaps.“So I literally have persons depending on me to ensure that I get them their turmeric soap, or their activated charcoal or any of the other soaps that I do,” she says.Mrs. Powell Edwards says that the natural care business is something Jamaicans should definitely consider and that the recently held SRC Opportunity Quest has highlighted for her the opportunities that exist in the Jamaican natural personal care products market, as well as in the export market.“I feel like I should have known about this 20 years ago, as I would have been far ahead. Things such as lemon grass and ginger personal care products are unique to Jamaica, and the rest of the world wants it,” she states.The entrepreneur, who has been in business for two and a half years, plans to expand sometime in the future. She notes that, while it is a family business, she does have plans to hire persons to assist in production.Mrs. Powell Edwards says in the future she hopes to expand her company into the export market.She also notes that from her discussions with persons in the Diaspora, “there are Jamaicans across the globe who want things that are made in Jamaica, and the dream is to be one of those persons who supply their needs.”Products from the line can be found at the Chesterville Pharmacy in the Winchester Business Centre and Earth Elements in Kingston; Tates Pharmacy in May Pen, Clarendon; Three Angels Pharmacy in Manchester; and Natures in St. Jago Shopping Centre, St. Catherine. In addition, the entrepreneur does special orders.Customers can also call the proprietor at 796-7175 for products. Mrs. Powell Edwards says in the future she hopes to expand her company into the export market. She tells JIS News that she has received training from the Agency in how to make natural bar soaps and body washes. Chief Executive Officer at Tayna’s Body Care, Tanya Powell Edwards, is praising the Scientific Research Council (SRC) for the expertise provided in the development of her personal care products.last_img read more

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Blizzard of embers sparked fires that burned Fort McMurray homes last year

first_imgEDMONTON – A wildfire expert says a blizzard of blazing embers that were blown by the wind over fireguards and a river sparked the flames that destroyed homes in Fort McMurray last spring and then spread the destruction deeper into neighbourhoods.Alan Westhaver says the embers ignited combustible material such as dry grass, leaves, pine needles, fences, patio decks, wood piles, evergreens and ornamental shrubs that were too close to homes in the northern Alberta city.The smaller blazes set homes on fire and flames then crept to nearby houses in the closely built subdivisions.“Mass ember production and long-distance transport by strong winds subjected neighbourhoods to intense ember showers,” Westhaver wrote in a report for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.“Wind-driven embers from the forest fire likely caused the majority of home ignitions near the urban perimeter which, in turn, likely triggered the massive urban conflagration and losses that followed.”The wildfire forced more than 80,000 people from the area and destroyed more than 2,400 buildings. Insured losses are estimated at about $4 billion.The report says few homes caught fire due to direct contact with the flames or heat from the burning forest.“No, this fire was not, at least initially, an insurmountable force that rolled into, and over, an entire community like a smashing tidal wave,” said Westhaver.“Primarily, it was millions of raisin-sized firebrands searching for places to carry on with combustion, and succeeding all too often.”Homes on the edges of neighbourhoods with yards that had less combustible material, including landscaping that kept trees and bushes further away, suffered less damage.The report suggests that plans to protect communities from wildfires should include preventative action by homeowners.Westhaver, a former Parks Canada wildfire manager, said building fireguards and clearing trees and bushes outside of communities isn’t enough.More attention must be paid to raising awareness among homeowners and governments about landscaping and building practices that will reduce the risk.“This progression can only be broken, and disaster avoided, by substantially increasing the proportion of homes that are resistant to ignition — especially by embers,” Westhaver said.“The ignitability of homes and properties is really the weak point.”Other researchers are using computer technology to study the disaster to better understand how wildfires — and embers — behave.Canadian Forest Service scientists are feeding data about the fire into a computer model known as FIRETEC.The program allows scientists to set virtual wildfires to study how flames grow and move. It factors in the effects of weather, topography and the types of trees and shrubs burned.Westhaver’s report is providing some data and context for the work, said wildfire scientist Dan Thompson.The results of the computer program are to be analyzed this fall.FIRETEC was developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to model fire behaviour in the dry pine forests of the U.S. southwest.Researchers began modifying the program for use in Canada’s boreal forest following the 2011 wildfire that destroyed parts of Slave Lake, Alta.last_img read more

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