Education Ministry hosts ‘Learning Disability’ seminar

first_imgAssistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Caricom Secretariat, Dr Douglas SlaterThe Education Ministry has made continuous efforts to promote the inclusivity of education and has embarked on several projects which will revamp the delivery of education to ensure that all students, irrespective of ability, are able to receive a quality education.The Ministry, in collaboration with the Caricom Secretariat and the G Halley Marville Trust, hosted a learning disabilities seminar on Tuesday. The timely forum was lauded as necessary and will augment the work and efforts of the Ministry.It is expected to move issues relating to children with learning and other disorders from the periphery to a central place of focus for education officials.Education Minister, Nicolette Henry said that the Ministry is constantly looking for new ways to address learning disabilities.“We are striving to achieve inclusive learning, teaching, and research attitude and culture to enable students, staff and stakeholders to develop their full potential and ultimately contribute to the challenges of the day,” Henry is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Caricom Secretariat, Dr Douglas Slater, explained that the seminar will ensure learners are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to nurture academic and social success among learners with special needs.“This seminar is aligned with the principles and outcomes of this agreement and is a demonstration of the region’s commitment to proactively engage the demands for the provision of inclusive education.”The seminar serves as a part of the Ministry’s nationwide educational interventions geared at improving the quality and inclusivity of education being delivered to all learners.The G Halley Marville Trust is a registered charity, created to address mental health issues and OCD. It also aims to raise awareness about additional needs and difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).The Trust was birthed last year and registered in Barbados.last_img read more

Around the Region

first_imgTwo people hurt in shooting WHITTIER – Two people were shot and wounded while sitting in front of an apartment complex Friday, officials said. The attack was reported just after 4 p.m. in the 7200 block of Whittier Avenue, said Whittier police Sgt. Dan Lowe. The two victims were drinking beer in front of an apartment building when a suspect vehicle parked in a nearby alley, Lowe said. An unknown number of suspects got out of the vehicle before opening fire on the victims, said Lowe. One of the victims was struck in the hip and the other in the leg, he said. The wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, said Lowe. Women killed when struck by pickup LA MIRADA – An 84-year-old woman was struck and killed by a pickup truck Friday while crossing Santa Gertrudes Avenue, officials said. The incident occurred about 5:40 p.m. on Santa Gertrudes Avenue at Silvergrove Drive, just north of Imperial Highway, said Norwalk sheriff’s Lt. Al Reyes. The elderly pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, Reyes said. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, said Reyes. Officials did not immediately see any signs of drunken driving or other wrongdoing, said Reyes. The crash remained under investigation late Friday. Three men rob women near Whittier WHITTIER – Three men in trenchcoats robbed a woman Friday on Colima Road, officials said. The robbery was reported about 4:45 p.m. on Colima Road at Telegraph Road in an unincorporated county area near Whittier, said Norwalk sheriff’s Lt. Al Reyes. The three suspects, described as men ranging from 18 to 40 years old, approached the woman and grabbed her purse, Reyes said. The 20-year-old woman struggled to hold on to her purse, but the suspects wrestled it away from her, said Reyes. The robbers then removed the woman’s money, about $100, from the purse before throwing it back at her, Reyes said. The thieves were seen fleeing the area in a white 4-door compact car, Reyes added. The victim was not injured in the incident, he said. Rural accident kills three people SANTA MARGARITA – Three people died in the mangled wreckage of a Ford Escort after the driver lost control on rural Highway 58 and slammed into an oncoming van just east of Santa Margarita. The Escort was headed west on the two-lane highway Thursday night and when the car drifted off the side of the road. When the driver overcorrected, the car spun into oncoming traffic and was broadsided by the minivan. The California Highway Patrol says the driver and two passengers were killed on impact. The female driver of the van is hospitalized at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with major injuries. Psychologist arrested in rape SANTA BARBARA – A Santa Barbara County psychologist has been arrested for allegedly raping a female patient three years ago. Fernando Cordero allegedly attacked the 44-year-old woman while he was working for Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services. The alleged victim told investigators last month that the 65-year-old psychologist seduced her more than three years ago when she was a patient at a county facility in Santa Maria. Cordero has been released on $100,000 bail. Mayor joins foot chase of robber TEMECULA – Mayor Chuck Washington joined the foot chase for a knife-wielding robber who filched a bottle of OxyContin at a Temecula pharmacy. Washington was paying for a flu shot at a CVS pharmacy Wednesday night when the man burst in and grabbed the bottle of pills. The mayor and several others pursued the robber as he fled the store. Another bystander got the license plate number on the robber’s car. Mark Hughes was arrested a short time later. Washington dismisses characterizations of his reaction as heroic, saying, “I didn’t tackle anybody, wrestle anybody to the ground. I kept a discreet distance. I lost the guy after he got outside.” Panel approves desalination plant SAN DIEGO – California’s state Coastal Commission has tentatively approved a proposal to build a desalination plant Carlsbad to turn millions of gallons of seawater into drinking water. Thursday’s 9-3 vote followed hours of tense debate between developers who say San Diego needs to make use of its local water resources and environmentalists who say the project will damage marine life. The commission’s staff recommended denying a permit. – From wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSIMON Cox scored a wonderful equaliser to level Ireland’s game with the Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium tonight.Cox struck four minutes from time – and just a few minutes after Derry man James McClean made his proud debut for Ireland.Former Liverpool player Milan Baros had given the visitors the lead in the 5oth minute with Donegal keeper Shay Given given no chance. Ireland: Shay Given; Sean St.Ledger, Stephen Ward, John O’Shea, Darren O’Dea; Glenn Whelan [Paul Green ‘63], Aiden McGeady [James McClean ‘78], Keith Andrews, Damien Duff [Stephen Hunt ‘63]; Robbie Keane (c) [Simon Cox ‘71], Shane Long [Jonathan Walters ‘71].SUBS NOT USED: David Forde, Shane Duffy, Seamus Coleman, Kevin Foley, James McCarthy, Stephen Henderson. Czech Republic: Petr Cech (c); Theodor Gebreselassie [Frantisek Rajtoral ‘67], Michal Kadlec, David Limbersky, Tomas Sivok; Milan Petrzela [Vaclav Pilar ‘67], Jan Rezek [Tomas Pekhart ‘87], Jaroslav Plasil, Petr Jiracek [Tomas Hubschmann HT]; Jiri Stajner [David Lafata ‘59]; Milan Baros [Daniel Kolar ‘59]. SUBS NOT USED: Jaroslav Drobny, Jan Rajnoch, Daniel Pudil. Referee: Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa (Portugal) Attendance: 37,741 FINAL SCORE: IRELAND 1 – 1 CZECH REPUBLIC: McCLEAN MAKES DEBUT was last modified: February 29th, 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:FINAL SCORE: IRELAND 1 – 1 CZECH REPUBLIC: McCLEAN MAKES DEBUTlast_img read more

EASSy undersea cable on track

first_imgConstruction of the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), a 9 900km-long optical submarine cable between Durban and Port Sudan, is expected to begin in mid-December after a group of development banks including the International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced a US$70.7-million investment in the project. The IFC said in a statement issued on Monday that it would provide long-term financing to the value of $18.2-million, while the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, Germany’s development bank KfW and the French development bank AFD would jointly provide the rest. The total cost is $235-million and the rest of the financing will be provided by a consortium of 25 private telecommunications operators, 21 of which are African and will be the cable’s main capacity users. The consortium earlier signed a turnkey contract with Paris and New York-listed network solutions provider Alcatel-Lucent to lay the fibre-optic cables for EASSy. “It is a major accomplishment to have finalised the loan financing of this complex project,” IFC chief executive Lars Thunell said. “This is a vote of confidence for the continent. The project will transform the African telecommunication landscape and have a direct positive impact on business in East Africa.” EASSy will link Sudan to South Africa via Djibouti, Somalia, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. It will have landing points in Port Sudan, Djibouti, Mogadishu (Somalia), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Toliary (Madagascar), Maputo (Mozambique), and Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Botswana, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will also be linked to the system as terrestrial cables known as the Nepad ICT Broadband Network, which aims to free the continent from its dependence on expensive satellite systems to carry voice and data traffic. Nepad (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development) is the African Union’s blueprint for socio-economic development on the continent. According to the IFC, consumers along the east coast of Africa typically pay between $200 and $300 a month for internet access, which are some of the world’s highest and have an adverse economic impact. “As a result of the EASSy cable, prices for international connectivity will drep by two-thirds at the outset, and the number of subscribers will triple. Because the project gives open access to service providers, prices will fall further as volume and competition increases,” the IFC states.last_img read more

Food and culture celebrated in District Six cookbook

first_imgDistrict Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory is a cookbook that combines peoples’ stories with food, a binding force in the community. The District Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory cookbook combines stories and food from District Six. (Image: Quivertree Publications)Compiled by Priya PitamberDistrict Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory , a cookbook that’s come from District Six in Cape Town weaves together recipes from the past and a deep sense of culture with fond memories from the people who made and ate the dishes.The Afrikaans part of the title, huis kombuis means “house kitchen”, and the creations contained in the book come from people who lived in District Six, recipes that have been in families for many a generation.“[The title] was inspired by descriptions of kitchens in participants’ homes as being the heart of the home, its central social space,” said Tina Smith, curator of the District Six Museum and lead author of the book.District Six Huis Kombuis: Food and Memory Cookbook— MountainViewHermanus (@MVHermanus) November 25, 2016Importance of District SixAt the launch of the cookbook in November 2017, Smith described food as a connecting factor, as well as a gateway to District Six.“We are not just presenting a book, it’s our culture. Everything in this cookbook is part of our past. This is not gourmet cuisine, it’s afval [offal], it’s what people had to make from what they had and it became a celebration,” she told news website IOL.“We are celebrating our past, and this book reminds us of our past.”People of all races and religions lived together in District Six, on the doorstep of Cape Town’s city bowl. From the 1800s, it became home to freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants. But with the advent of the Group Areas Act in 1966, it was declared a whites-only area. Residents were removed and relocated, their houses razed and the vibrant culture of the area destroyed.The launch of the cookbook marked the 50th anniversary of the declaration.Food: at the heart the narrativeThe book is not only filled with recipes, but stories from contributors, former residents of District Six. Many recall cooking simple meals on old stoves, using wood, paraffin or coal for heat.Victoreen Gilbert, who now lives in Newlands, said many households cooked similar meals, and some of the favourite dishes were soup, crayfish curry, bredies [stews] and skaapkop [sheep’s head].“When we were invited to eat at a neighbour’s house, we all would be nodding because the chances were that our mothers made the same food,” Gilbert said.Sylvia Gangert recalled a sweet dish that was popular in District Six, after the fruit truck made its round.“They used to give us the bruised fruits and our moms would stew them and serve it with custard,” Gangert told IOL.“And we had no fridges for jelly. We had to buy blocks of ice and the young men would carry them up the stairs at Bloemhof Flats. Or we used a kitchen cupboard with the mesh door — a spens [pantry] is what they called it.”Mogammat Benjamin fondly remembered how food was often communal. “We also used to share. We ate from everyone — Christian or Muslim. The Christians used to respect the Muslims enough to cook food out of pots and pans which were not tainted.” Muslims do not eat pork nor drink alcohol.The foodRecipes in the book include a variety of meals, from bredies, to koeksisters, and samosas.“Here traditional recipes were brought to life in the rituals of cooking, eating and the sensory exchange at the kitchen table,” said Smith.“Culinary rituals and home craft practices maintained and reinforced deep significances and connections with District Six as a place of home, family and community.”Source: IOLWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Boston’s First E+ Project Nears Completion

first_imgAiming for Passivhaus in BostonLittle House, Big Energy Efficiency in BostonApplying Passive House to a Century-old Building Other projects on the wayThe other two projects chosen for development at the same time as the Highland Street townhouses include:A Greek Revival and carriage barn at 156 Highland St., submitted by Transformations Zero Energy Homes and Sage Builders.A duplex at the corner of Catherine and Florian streets. The contractor is GFC Development, and the architect Utile, Inc.Dalzell says the duplex is moving ahead and should be finished by late August. The other project, however, has become entangled in a land-title issue that has prevented construction from starting. Too bad, Dalzell says, because the project should be “the greenest, most energy positive” of the three.In addition to these projects, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development together are seeking to expand the program into multi-family apartment buildings, a prospect that Dalzell seems especially intrigued with.The city has gathered a half-dozen proposals for developing a site on Mission Hill that would include not only 40 to 50 apartments but also a community garden and park. The original three E+ buildings were traditional infill projects, he says, “but the Mission Hill site has the potential to deliver on a much larger agenda.”Dalzell expects proposals can be presented to the community shortly after Labor Day. Each of the adjoining townhouses consists of three levels with a master suite on the top floor, two additional bedrooms on the second floor and the living-dining-kitchen area on the ground floor. They’re roughly 1,900 sq. ft. in size, and each has an exterior deck.Urbanica’s Shawn Pang says the firm has already had offers on three of the units at prices starting at $529,000. The fourth unit becomes part of the city’s affordable housing portfolio and will be sold at a fixed price of $217,600.“It’s been a long time since construction pre-sold, and it’s been a much, much longer time since construction pre-sold in Highland Park,” says Boston Redevelopment Authority Senior Architect John Dalzell. “It’s subtle, but it’s really quite remarkable, and it speaks volumes to the market potential.”Placetailor Director Declan Keefe estimates that sales prices for the townhouses are as much as 20% greater than conventional housing might be. “That’s significant in the market, for sure,” he says, while cautioning that there haven’t been very many house sales in Roxbury recently to compare this to. In March 2011, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the E+ Green Building Demonstration Program, an initiative he and other city officials hoped would advance a new wave of “ultra efficient” urban housing.Houses would meet LEED-Platinum requirements and go beyond mere net-zero energy performance to become “energy positive.” That is, they would produce more energy than they consumed. Menino called it housing’s “next frontier.”Menino started by offering for sale three parcels of city-owned land to developers whose proposals came out on top in a design competition. Entries were to be judged on modeled energy performance, urban design, the developer’s expertise, and the feasibility of the design.Now, the first of those E+ projects, a four-unit townhouse at 226-232 Highland St. in the city’s Roxbury district, is nearly complete as the city sets its sights on expanding the idea into more ambitious community projects. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Nearly to Passivhaus standardsExterior walls in the double-stud-wall design are insulated with blown-in cellulose for an R-value of 41, Pang says, while the roof is insulated with a combination of cellulose and 2 in. of polyisocyanurate foam for an R-value of 62.The Schüco windows have PVC frames. The glazing-only U-factor (not the whole-window U-factor) is 0.105, while the solar heat gain coefficient of the glazing is 0.33.Units are built over vented crawlspaces. The floor is framed with I-joists and insulated with a combination of cellulose and 2 in. of polyisocyanurate foam.Keefe says much of the air-sealing was carried out with a combination of the ZIP wall system and tape, and plywood and Siga tape in the crawlspace. The airtight boundary was established at the outside of the entire building, which was tested with a blower door at 0.57 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals. That’s slightly better than the Passivhaus standard of 0.60.Keefe adds that union carpenters did the framing and carpentry, not crews that specialize in high-performance building. “That,” he says, “was exciting for us to see.”A three-head Mitsubishi ductless minisplit heat pump provides heating and cooling. Each unit also has a roof-mounted, 8.7-kW photovoltaic array.Keefe says the units “nearly” meet the Passivhaus building standard but would probably fall short on the space heating specification (15 kWh per square meter per year).Because the houses were planned as “energy positive,” they needed a HERS score in minus numbers. Pang says the REM/Rate energy modeling by Conservation Services Group gave each of the units a HERS index of between -5 to -7. Each unit, he adds, will produce an estimated 10,000 kWh of electricity per year. Urbanica leads a team effortUrbanica, a Boston design-develop-construction firm, became the architect of record and the general contractor for the Highland Street project. Other key players are Placetailor, a Boston-based Passivhaus specialist, named as construction managers, and Interface Studio Architects of Philadelphia, the design architect. Building the ‘city of the future’Boston Globe correspondent Paul McMorrow wrote about the E+ project earlier this year, likening it to efforts by previous mayors to dump unneeded public parking garages and give developers a chance to build new office towers on those sites, buildings that helped reshape the city’s downtown.“Boston looks the way it does today because, decades ago, a pair of mayors unloaded real estate the city didn’t need,” McMorrow wrote. “The city is returning to that playbook once again, but this time, it’s not to add another office tower to the skyline. Instead, Boston officials are unloading excess land so developers can build Boston’s future: homes that don’t use any energy but instead feed electricity into the grid.”McMorrow writes that private development, not city mandates, ultimately will lead to a sustainable housing future.“It’s ushering in the city of the future,” he says, “not by rolling out a set of heavy-handed regulations, but by challenging the private sector to up its game.”last_img read more

Compulsory transition to Touch Football Online (TFO)

first_imgThis communication is to outline information related to the compulsory transition to Touch Football Online. Days Remaining: 47 Touch Football Australia (TFA) as part of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular strategic objective to “Substantially increase participation to 500,000 verifiable and contactable members by 2015”, as first communicated in the TFA Membership Registration Procedure Memorandum, released May 2012. As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website – Importantly, relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. This information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis. This recognised format will only be accepted via Online Registration as of Season 1, 2015. In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme. As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA is in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system. Through a strategic partnership with FOX SPORTS PULSE (formerly SportingPulse), TFA has developed and released the Touch Football Online system (TFO) to be used by affiliates and the breadth of the Touch Football community. The TFO program is available for all recognised affiliates to converge to. Importantly, TFA aims to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by no later than Season 1 2015 (1 January, 2015). TFO helps affiliates maintain their organisation’s competitions and payments/financial details, but also track member data and facilitate more effective engagement and communication with members. Regardless of the size or scope of your affiliate, TFO can build new efficiencies into your business processes (e.g. vastly reduced paperwork), saving you time and enabling you to manage your competition information the most effective way. It is important to note that associations who are using the Sportzware Central program, that this program is being phased out and there will be no further development of this product, so it’s time for users to join TFO. TFA has invested in and are continuing to invest in communication, training and education of these changes, by making available the Touch Football webinars and learning resources for affiliates whom excel in transitioning to the new systems. To learn how you can prepare for moving your association to TFO, and to arrange your conversion, please email [email protected] or contact the TFA office on (02) 6212 2800. For more information, please click on the attached flyer. Related Filescompulsory_transition_to_tfo-pdftouch_football_online_flyer-jpgRelated LinksTouch Football Onlinelast_img read more