Three ways the Prime Minister can unleash the digital economy

first_imgTuesday 14 January 2020 4:14 am Second, we must increase levels of knowledge. Existing technology could be transformational to many smaller businesses, dramatically increasing their size and productivity, but they simply do not have the expertise to take full advantage of it. Kulveer RangerKulveer Ranger is board member and deputy president for economy & productivity at techUK, senior vice president at Atos UK&I, and former digital adviser to London mayor Boris Johnson. Crucially, it would also promote the UK as an attractive market to larger multinationals offering relevant digital products, helping to stimulate direct investment from overseas and positioning the UK as a genuine global leader. Main image credit: Getty But if Boris Johnson really wants to unleash our potential and equip our economy to meet the challenges of the 2020s, we need to settle for nothing less than the wholesale digital transformation of Britain — at both local and national levels. As the largest trade association for technology businesses in the UK, we are well aware that this is a pivotal time for the UK. The first post-Brexit Budget in March will be an opportunity for Downing Street to show its commitment to this cause — and pledges to roll out full fibre broadband and invest in digital skills and infrastructure are a promising sign. Fewer than one in five UK firms are adopting internal digital infrastructure, well below the European average (AFP via Getty Images) whatsapp Tax relief on the initial adoption of productivity-boosting technologies would spur digital investment in the short term while also increasing productivity and tax receipts in the long term. Fortunately for the government, techUK has a blue-print for doing just that, with three key priorities that will enable businesses and individuals alike across the UK to “plug in” to the digital age, and prosper. So far, the new government has yet to unveil its detailed plan for building a stronger, more prosperous, rebalanced Britain that we heard about so much during the election campaign last year.  City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Share Three ways the Prime Minister can unleash the digital economy whatsapp Finally, we must ensure that businesses have the financial relief they need to grow. Productivity is already in crisis, and we are at risk of falling further behind the global leaders. Figures show that fewer than one in five UK firms are adopting internal digital infrastructure, well below the European average. Opinion After years of political upheaval, where so many policy areas were put on the back-burner due to the Brexit debate, we finally have a chance to create a national digital economy that can power Britain into an exciting digital age. Britain is home to technologies which are addressing some of society’s biggest challenges, from the ageing population to climate change, but too many are housed in and around the capital. More funding to develop world-class digital clusters outside London, and tax and regulatory incentives for businesses within them, will support innovation while creating local jobs and attracting the best global talent beyond the M25. First, we must address the level of regional inequality when it comes to digital investment. Between 2015 and 2018, London received £9bn in tech investment. The second closest UK city was Cambridge, receiving just £583m. This is an unacceptably large gap. A new service which helps smaller businesses adopt technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and digital identity software could be established through existing channels such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, enabling  firms to easily access support that can enable them to level up Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Vaccine passports would go against ‘British instinct’, says Keir Starmer

first_img (Getty Images) Tags: Coronavirus Re-lockdown Vaccine (Getty Images) Also Read: Vaccine passports would go against ‘British instinct’, says Keir Starmer whatsapp More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Vaccine passports for entry to pubs, bars and restaurants would go against the “British instinct”, Sir Keir Starmer has said. The Liberal Democrats also oppose the plans, with leader Ed Davey saying yesterday that they were “unworkable and iliberal”. Starmer’s comments will come as a major boost for libertarian-minded Conservative MPs who have voiced their stiff opposition to the plans. (Getty Images) Also Read: Vaccine passports would go against ‘British instinct’, says Keir Starmer Starmer also rejected the Prime Minister’s suggestions that the decision over whether to enforce vaccine passports should be left up to individual pub landlords.  “This takes us back to the debates of the early 2000’s when Labour sought to introduce ID cards, because that is exactly what the ‘passports’ will become,” he said. Show Comments ▼ Thursday 1 April 2021 8:34 amcenter_img whatsapp Desmond Swayne, member of the lockdown-sceptic Covid Recovery Group of Tory MPs, told City A.M. yesterday that vaccine passports represented “the thin end of a very thick wedge”. Former Cabinet minister David Davis told City A.M: “Whitehall salivates over identity management. I don’t want Whitehall managing my identity very much, my identity belongs to me not to the state, and I don’t want them utilising my data.” In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Labour leader said he would only decide his party’s official stance on the scheme once he had studied detailed proposals. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove is currently leading a review into the use of Covid vaccine certificates, which could see pubs and restaurants turn away patrons if they haven’t had a jab or a recent negative test. “My instinct is that, as the vaccine is rolled out, as the number of hospital admissions and deaths go down, there will be a British sense that we don’t actually want to go down this road,” he said. “I think this is really difficult and I’m not going to pretend there’s a clear black and white, yes-no easy answer on this. It is extremely difficult,” Starmer told the paper. Share Poppy Wood Vaccine passports would go against ‘British instinct’, says Keir Starmer Boris Johnson has said the results of the review will be made public on either 5 or 12 April, ahead of plans to reopen parts of the hospitality sector in two weeks’ time. The Labour leader described Boris Johnson’s comments as “just wrong in principle”, though he admitted that vaccine passports for international travel are somewhat inevitable. last_img read more

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Quick Take: Hummingbird by Local Natives

first_imgUncategorizedQuick Take: Hummingbird by Local NativesLocal psych rockers release their second albumBy Lesley Bargar Suter – January 28, 2013614ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItDespite all our sunshine, there’s a bite to L.A.’s winter air. Hummingbird, the second album from psych rockers Local Natives taps into the city’s peculiar class of cold. After touring with Arcade Fire, the Silver Lake quartet has mined the “sweeping chorale” sound. But behind the organs, chiming guitars, and emotive howls is a melancholy sweetness that’s in tune with the seasonal chill. Out tomorrow. (Frenchkiss Records/Infectious Music, $12) TAGSAlbumHummingbirdL.A. CultureLocal NativesMusicNew ReleaseReviewRockPrevious articleX Marks The Spot: All About—And Where to Find—LA Mag’s First GeocacheNext articleEsotouric Pays Tribute to Huell Howser in PodcastLesley Bargar Suter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA Hip-Hop and R&B Fest Coming to L.A. in December Has a Ridiculously Stacked LineupSong Catalogs Are Selling for Big Bucks, but Will the Trend End on a Bum Note?Coachella Sets a Date for Its 2022 Comebacklast_img read more

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Health officials are hunting for the culprit behind vaping-related illnesses. Here are five questions about the outbreak

first_imgHealthHealth officials are hunting for the culprit behind vaping-related illnesses. Here are five questions about the outbreak By Megan Thielking and Helen Branswell Sept. 16, 2019 Reprints But others believe the cases signal a new issue.“Clearly for a couple of years you’ve seen people come to [the emergency room] with vaping- related issues, but they’re released and sent home. This is new. The severe injury, lung injury, ending up in ICU is new,” said Richard Danila, the deputy state epidemiologist for Minnesota.Does the way people use e-cigarettes complicate the task of homing in on what’s causing the lung damage?A huge part of the complexity of figuring out what is causing this lung damage is the fact that people who use e-cigarettes may vape a variety of products, either sequentially — something now and something else later — or in combination. Some buy pre-mixed products and some concoct their own.When disease detectives — epidemiologists — set out to determine what is the cause of an outbreak of illness, they typically conduct what is called a case control study. They compare people with the illness (cases) to people similar to the cases but who didn’t get sick (the controls).If there was a foodborne outbreak linked to a particular restaurant chain, investigators would interview people who ate at restaurants in the chain — some cases and some controls — to try to determine what the people who got ill ate that the others did not. Helen Branswell But health officials still haven’t identified why vapers —  the majority of cases are in young men — are developing severe cases of pneumonia. Health officials across the country are still hunting for a cause, running tests on samples from products patients used and scouring for common threads between cases.Here are five key questions about the outbreak.advertisement Related: Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Is this issue new — or just now being recognized?Better understanding the range of symptoms will also help health officials answer another key question: Why is this issue just now surfacing?E-cigarettes aren’t new — they’ve been sold in the U.S. for years and are increasingly popular among young people. But reports of vaping-related illnesses have proliferated this year. State health officials in Illinois and Wisconsin tracked 53 cases and traced the earliest signs of illness — often, coughing, chest pain, and trouble breathing — to April. Health officials in Illinois reported the first known death due to vaping-related illness on Aug. 23.But it isn’t known whether the 380 confirmed and probable cases represent an issue that’s just now cropping up — or whether they represent a health risk that is just now being recognized. Meaney-Delman of the CDC said it isn’t clear whether there has been a range of vaping-related illnesses that have been going on for longer, with the most serious cases only now coming to light.“We don’t know if this is the tip of the iceberg, and we’re seeing those who are most severely ill,” she said. If the people who got sick went to the salad bar but the people who didn’t skipped it, then investigators start looking at what was in the salad bars. If some people who didn’t get sick went to the salad bar but didn’t eat tomatoes, then you might start to look at where the tomatoes came from.Trying to set up a case control study of vaping, though, requires some careful planning. Meaney-Delman said that because the investigation hasn’t yet homed in on a suspect, choosing the controls is a challenge.Think about it: Do you compare sick vapers to people who vaped but didn’t get sick? Or people who vaped THC to people who did not?  Or people who vaped THC in combination with nicotine to people who only vaped THC? Or people who vaped THC using the latest generation of devices — which heat the fluids used to very high temperatures — to people who used older devices? The mind boggles.“At this point, given that we haven’t narrowed it down entirely to one product it would … have to be broad,” Meaney-Delman said. “People who didn’t get sick but who used … these vaping products. And ideally we would be able to narrow that down and have controls specific to a particular behavior or a particular substance. But because of where we are at the moment with our data, it’s harder to establish the controls.”How much does it complicate matters that THC appears to be front and center here?Quite a bit.For starters, some of the patients may not be eager to tell public health officials they were vaping THC, especially in states where it is illegal. Some of the cases are teens who are legal minors; when they are interviewed, a parent probably has to be in the room. That too could impact their willingness to be completely forthcoming, said Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy and Minnesota’s former state epidemiologist. Related: Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Adobe Health officials are still scrambling to pinpoint the cause of an outbreak of lung illnesses in people who vape — and the wide geographic spread of cases and the vast vape market are making that investigation more challenging.There have been 380 confirmed and probable cases of the severe breathing illnesses among people who vape, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Six people have died due to the illnesses, which have cropped up in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Those numbers, released late last week, marked a decrease from the 450 cases reported the week prior, when officials were also counting “possible cases” that were still under investigation in their tallies.The CDC says the number of cases is likely to climb as they classify more cases, a thorough process that involves reviewing a patient’s medical records and interviewing their health care providers.advertisement Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Why so many cancer drugs fail: Genes thought ‘essential’ for tumor survival are not, study finds News Editor Please enter a valid email address. Trending Now: @meggophone Is a specific product or substance to blame?The majority of people who developed the respiratory illness said they had vaped tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. Other patients have reported vaping THC and nicotine together, while a small share said they only vaped nicotine. But health officials acknowledge that some patients might be reluctant to disclose THC use, given that the marijuana remains illegal in many states.The FDA has been working with local and state health officials to collect and test samples of the vaping products sickened patients used. At this point, health officials haven’t been able to nail down a specific culprit, whether that’s a common type of e-cigarette, brand, or substance.“Trying to tease out which of those things it is is really kind of challenging,” said Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman of the CDC’s lung injury response program.And the vast vape market only makes things more complicated. There’s a wide range of devices — and a plethora of products vaped with those devices. Some of them aren’t clearly labeled. People purchase vaping products online, in retail stores, and on the street. Privacy Policy Leave this field empty if you’re human: When public health officials investigate food related outbreaks, they try to do what’s called a trace back — find the contaminated food item and follow it back to its source. At the end of the day, they can sometimes tell what farm tainted lettuce or berries came from.But when a substance is illegal, those kinds of efforts can hit a dead-end, Danila said.“Here it may be like …. ‘I got it from a friend,’ ‘I got it from a drug dealer,’ ‘I got it on the street,” he said. “We can’t do a trace back because we get as far as the drug dealer and that’s it. You’re not getting any further, right?’’ Tags government agenciespublic healthrespiratory Megan Thielking [email protected] “That complicates our ability to specifically identify any single product or a substance at this time,” said Brian King, the deputy director of research translation in the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.The fact that health officials haven’t been able to narrow their search has made testing the samples more difficult. Because health officials don’t know what they’re looking for, they can’t narrow their search.“You’re taking a very broad approach to try to identify any chemical constituent, and that takes a lot longer than if you know you’re looking for a particular chemical,” said Dr. Jon Meiman, the chief medical officer of the Wisconsin health department.Do these cases represent only one illness?Health officials still aren’t sure whether they’re grappling with one syndrome or a handful of different illnesses. While many of the cases bear striking similarities, patients have reported a range of symptoms, from nausea and vomiting to fever and fatigue. Some experienced symptoms for weeks, while others were ill for just a few days. Many have developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, a condition that occurs when fluid accumulates in the lungs and makes it difficult for oxygen to circulate as needed.“We’re dealing with an illness that is still not well-characterized. You’ve probably seen a lot of different descriptions in news reports, and that’s because people present with lots of different clinical presentations,” said Meiman.In August, the CDC set a definition of what constitutes a case: vape use in the past three months, scans that show spots on the lungs; no sign of pulmonary infection; and no evidence to support other diagnoses. The newest case counts — the 380 confirmed and probable cases announced on Sept. 12 — were the first national data to use that definition. 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Dog survives after being shot 7 times in Florida

first_imgMan who stole SUV with baby inside arrested in Hillsborough County March 18, 2021 Florida man missing after trying to save father, son swept out by current June 15, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Florida family finds 9-foot gator outside their home June 4, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementAs for Ace, he is doing well and recovering and will most likely be available for adoption in roughly six weeks. TAMPA, Fla. [WFLA] – A dog named Ace was shot several times by a felon who lived next door, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The pup was tied up and alone when bullets came flying at him. One went through his nose and another went through his paw, crushing his bones so badly veterinarians say they may have to amputate his leg.Detectives said the felon has a long criminal record, which now includes animal abuse. They said the man was angry at Ace for barking and shot him to make him stop. The suspect is still on the run. center_img Advertisement Florida teacher secretly recorded 125 students at high school April 2, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Hillsborough County RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

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Safety tips for teen drivers as the ‘100 deadliest days’ begin

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Child rushed to the hospital after being hit by car in Lee County May 21, 2021 Man cited for careless driving after dump truck flips on I-75 in Fort Myers May 20, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement The top citation for teen drivers in Florida is unlawful speed, followed by careless driving, according to data as of Aug. 30, 2020 from FHP. Credit: Florida Highway PatrolExcess speed is one of the main causes of teenage crashes, said FHP. To stay safe while on the road as a teen driver, troopers suggest keeping passengers at a minimum. Extra passengers can be distracting for an inexperienced teen driver. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt, have complete directions with you when driving to a new place, make sure your car has gas in it, never drive impaired, and maintain your car’s optimum performance.Click here for more tips on how to stay safe during summer travels. WATCH: Cars driving nose to bumper on Fort Myers highway May 24, 2021 AdvertisementTags: 100 deadliest daysfhpteen driver SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Memorial Day weekend marked the start of a dangerous time for young drivers nationwide.More than 30 percent of deaths involving teen drivers occur during what’s called the “100 deadliest days,” which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).“Teens are celebrating graduations, out of school in the summer time, potentially driving more, have more free time, which could lead to making a bad choice behind the wheel,” said Lt. Greg Bueno with the Florida Highway Patrol.In Florida, an average of 36 teen drivers are involved in deadly crashes during the 100 deadliest days, according to AAA. During the past 10 summers, 400 people were killed in teen driver-related crashes. Small plane makes emergency landing on Alligator Alley June 14, 2021 AdvertisementTraffic crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens ages 16-19, said AAA.“Teens lack the experience, skills and maturity of a seasoned driver, which contribute to an increase in the chance that there will be a deadly outcome, not just for the teen driver, but also for any passenger as well as others on the road,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA.  “So we all have a vested interest in ensuring that teens are safe behind the wheel.”Per miles driven, teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be killed in a crash, said AAA. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Two Laois credit unions among seven to be included in new government scheme

first_imgHome News Community Two Laois credit unions among seven to be included in new government… NewsCommunity WhatsApp Interest rates on these loans will be lower because the Government guarantees 80% of the loans and thereby reduces the risk to credit unions and banks who give out these loans.In addition no personal guarantees or collateral is required for loans under €250,000.Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for Credit Unions, Sean Fleming, says that this is really good news for Laois local credit unions and small businesses and the farming sector in the area.He said: “This is really good news that 2 of the 7 Credit Unions nationwide that will be participating in the COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme are operating in Laois.“Credit Unions are ideally placed to support the recovery providing loans to local businesses as a key element in the recovery.“I want to compliment the Boards and the Chief Executives of our local Credit Unions in getting directly involved in this Credit Guarantee Scheme and I look forward to them providing loans to many businesses throughout the County.“I also wish to stress that businesses or farmers need not previously have been clients of these Credit Unions or particular banks to apply for lending under this new scheme.“Finally, I have been in touch with other Credit Unions to support them in participating in this new scheme as soon as possible.”Loans ranging between €10,000 and €1m, for terms of between 3 months and 5.5 years, will be available to local businesses under the scheme.Seán Dunne, CEO of People First Credit Union, said: “Our inclusion under the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme means we are ideally placed to support our local businesses who have been adversely affected by Covid-19.“We have a strong track record of working with the community to address the real needs our members face.“Our approach to the CCGS will be no different, and we look forward to serving the needs of local businesses as they look to recover from a challenging period.”SEE ALSO – Laois man to the fore in bringing new cleaning products to Europe in fight against Covid-19 Facebook Electric Picnic Electric Picnic WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSPeople First Credit UnionSean FlemingSt Canice’s Credit Union Pinterest Previous articleNew RTE TV show looking for renovators and DIY buildersNext articleMass Covid-19 vaccination centre set to open in Laois this weekend Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twittercenter_img Facebook Two Laois credit unions among seven to be included in new government scheme Two Laois credit unions are among seven nationally who have been chosen to take part in a brand new government scheme.People First Credit Union which operates in Portlaoise, Abbeyleix, Stradbally and Athy and St Canice’s Credit Union with office in Durrow, Mountrath and Rathdowney have been approved to participate in the Government Credit Guarantee Scheme.This scheme is the biggest ever State backed loan guarantee in Ireland.The scheme offers 80% Government guarantee to participating banks and credit unions to provide Irish businesses and farmers with access to low interest loans as they respond to the impact of Covid-19.A number of banks have already been approved to participate in this scheme and this is the first time credit unions have now been approved. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 15th January 2021 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

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Education Ministry Takes Over Jamaica Basic Education Project

first_imgThe Ministry of Education has taken over the reigns of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica Basic Education Project (JBEP), and will now take the initiative to its next phase.The project, which started in 2010, is primarily aimed at improving the reading skills of students from grade one to three, in regions one, four and six. It has assisted the Ministry to improve reading skills in 172 primary schools in the specified regions and provided support to the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP) in 250 institutions.The initiative supports the Ministry’s goal of achieving quality education through the ESTP and seeks to expand on the previous Expanding Educational Horizons and New Horizons for Primary Schools projects, as well as best practices from the Caribbean Centre for Excellence in teacher training.Speaking at the symbolic handing over ceremony, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said that those who have been involved in the project are now equipped to practise and pass on new reading techniques, new performance measures and standards. “We now anticipate the cascade effect throughout the education system,” he stated.He lauded the US Government and in particular the USAID, along with the JBEP team, for their commitment and investment in the advancement of the Jamaican primary education system.“We are indebted to them for helping us to do that which we would have wanted to do for ourselves, and must now takeover full responsibility…this ceremony is an important milestone, because it signals that several local educators and administrators involved in delivering reading curriculum in primary schools have completed a phase of knowledge transfer,” the Education Minister stated.He said with the continued use of reading coaches and peer trainers, the reading progamme is being extended into more schools, and urged principals to ask for the assistance they need.“It is not a shame to say that you need help, that your students require more than you can give,” he said, noting that the Ministry is seeking full partnership and co-operation to attain its target of 85 per cent mastery in literacy by 2014, among all grade four students.Minister Thwaites informed that the reading coaches will not replace teachers, but will supplement and complement them, using the modern techniques, and opportunities for support and suggestions.In her address, Chief of Party/Project Director, JBEP, Dr. Jean Beaumont pointed out that the resources created from the project were accessible to all schools, not just those involved in the JBEP.These include: reading assessment checklist for grades 1-3; reading standards and benchmark for grades 1-3; checklist for principals to monitor the use of these standards; procedures for successfully managing and supervising the reading programme; strategies for effective teaching of reading comprehension; and tools for continuous reading assessment and a manual.Technology resources for the 172 project schools include: desktop computers (in some schools), laptops, multi-media projectors, digital cameras, and the Jamaica School Administrative Software (JSAS) system, which is available to all schools.Dr. Beaumont explained that the project was mandated to develop remedial instruction for grade three teachers, which resulted in the staging of Camp Summer Plus over the past three years.“This intervention (camp) alone has impacted everyone. The consistent improvement in students’ performance level has proven that we must persevere. It proves that it is possible for an entire class of low performing students, can make an entire year’s movement, in five weeks,” she stressed.USAID Mission Director, Denise Herbol, said learning to read is the most important skill for children to develop.She noted that over the past three years, the JBEP project has made progress in improving early grade reading skills and numeracy in select schools across the country. “It has not been an easy road, but through perseverance and determination, we have made great inroads,” Ms. Herbol stated.The Ministry, in collaboration with the USAID, will manage the next phase of the project, which is dubbed: Education Partnership for Improved Reading Outcomes. Story HighlightsThe project, which started in 2010, is primarily aimed at improving the reading skills of students from grade one to three.Those who have been involved in the project are now equipped to practise and pass on new reading techniques.The reading coaches will not replace teachers, but will supplement and complement them. Education Ministry Takes Over Jamaica Basic Education Project EducationSeptember 26, 2013Written by: Alphea Saunders FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGreater Discipline Needed on the Roads – Rev Thwaites RelatedRev. Thwaites Hails Opening of Engineering Lab at Mona Prep RelatedPromotion of Teachers must be Based on Valuelast_img read more

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Sinn Fein formally decline to nominate Deputy First Minister

first_img Facebook Sinn Fein formally decline to nominate Deputy First Minister By admin – January 16, 2017 Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Facebook Sinn Fein has formally declined to nominate a deputy first minister for Northern Ireland, following Martin McGuinness’ resignation.He stepped down last week, over a botched renewable energy scheme.It means the powersharing executive at Stormont will officially collapse at 5pm – triggering a snap election.The outgoing First Minister, Arlene Foster, says Sinn Fein has an ulterior motive……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/13foster.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Sinn Féin President and other senior party figures have ruled out quitting the Dáil and contesting the Stormont elections.Gerry Adams, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty say they are happy representing constituents in the Dáil.A snap election to Stormont will be called by this evening, with polling likely in early March.Mr Adams says outgoing deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has made his intentions known to him on whether he’ll contest the election and an announcement will be made “soon”.But he ruled out any move back North himself:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/13adams.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterestcenter_img Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleConcern at high level of anti-social behaviour in Donegal council estatesNext articleINHFA to launch new ANC campaign in Donegal admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire LUH still not ready to restore IT systemslast_img read more

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Covid-19: PSNI able to force people to return home from Friday

first_img Facebook The PSNI will be able to force people to return to their homes in Northern Ireland from Friday. It’s one of the measures signed off by the Stormont Executive last night to tackle a surge of Covid-19 cases.People will only be able to leave home for medical or food needs, exercise and essential work. Twitter Covid-19: PSNI able to force people to return home from Friday Pinterest Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+center_img Previous articleConsumers warned of additional taxes when buying online from UKNext articleThousands on wage subsidies hit with tax bill next week News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – January 6, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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