Sterling endures rollercoaster afternoon as Bank of England slashes growth forecasts but Brussels talks offer Brexit hope

first_img Read more: Juncker refuses to reopen Brexit negotiationsGovernor Mark Carney said it now seemed that “not everything may be tied up in a neat package by the end of March” and predicted business investment to further soften until much-needed clarity was provided over BrexitSterling’s volatile afternoonSterling dropped around 0.4 per cent immediately after the bank’s cut growth forecasts, sliding to $1.286.But the currency rallied after governor Mark Carney said Brexit clarity would boost forecasts and a “robust but constructive” meeting between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. Tags: Trading Archive The pair agreed to continue talks in an effort to push the withdrawal agreement through parliament, although Juncker insisted the deal was not up for renegotiation.“Initially despondent, falling as much as half a per cent against the dollar after the Bank of England briefing, the pound perked up significantly as the day went on,” Spreadex analyst Connor Campbell said.“The currency, perhaps making the most of the minor signs of progress between the UK and EU following a ‘robust’ meeting in Brussels and the scheduling of another tete-a-tete on Monday,” he added.Has the Bank moved away from its hawkish stance?Carney denied the February inflation report was a move away from its plan for “gradual and limited” interest rate hikes in the future. But analysts said the bank’s comments were more dovish than expected and that the Bank was hinting at fewer hikes in the coming years.“We have long been sceptical that the MPC would be able to sustain its previously hawkish rhetoric and the sands do now seem to be shifting,” Oxford Economics associate director Andrew Goodwin said.He added that it marked a “change of attitude” from the bank and implied one fewer hike than expected over the next three years.Wells Fargo investment strategist Brian Jacobsen said: “The Bank of England tilted dovish, but tried to maintain its hawkish bent,”“Lowering their trend rate of growth means they can justify rate hikes in the future, but not yet.” Share whatsapp whatsappcenter_img Thursday 7 February 2019 4:42 pm Callum Keown European stock markets rockedThe FTSE 100 has fallen 0.9 per cent as the pound rallied but analysts said the sharp drop in European markets suggested investors feared the Eurozone was in freefall.It comes after the European Commission (EC) also cut growth forecasts earlier today, blaming Brexit and the slowdown in China.The EC slashed its forecast for Italy to just 0.2 per cent for the whole year, compared with a previous forecast of 1.2 per cent, while it also trimmed Germany’s forecast to 1.1 per cent from 1.8 per cent.The Eurozone growth forecast was also cut to 1.3 per cent, down from the 1.9 per cent predicted in November.The Euro Stoxx – an index of 50 Eurozone stocks – fell 1.6 per cent for the day, led by the German DAX which plummeted 2.3 per cent.Read more: Bank of England slashes UK growth forecast“Eurozone stocks are suffering greatly as investors are fearful the region could be in for an economic downturn,” CMC Markets analyst David Madden said.“The EU also have a lot to lose should the UK leave without a deal, and the deteriorating economic condition could not come at a worse time,” he added. 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Dixons bucks trend of Black Friday fallout

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Express KCS whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 21 January 2015 8:37 pm whatsapp Dixons bucks trend of Black Friday fallout DIXONS Carphone signalled yesterday it has increased its full-year profit forecasts after Black Friday and Boxing Day sales smashed expectations. Chief executive Sebastian James said the adoption of Black Friday, the US-sales bonanza on 28 November, meant the festive trading season now resembled a “two-humped Bactrian camel”. He joked that it has become so big that it could even be declared a national holiday, with some shoppers already taking the day off from work to grab products at bargain prices. While other retailers have complained about the impact of Black Friday, James said Dixons was able to sustain good margins by working with manufacturers and planning promotions a year ahead of the event. Group sales from stores open at least a year rose seven per cent in the nine weeks to 3 January while in the UK, like-for-like sales rose eight per cent.The high street electricals giant said it now expects pre-tax profits of £355m to £375m compared with a previous forecast of £354m. Coffee machines, juicers and televisions – in particular ultra high definition TVs – were among Dixons’ best-selling items. Fitness bands were also popular, with sales up 13 times on the previous year.The company also sold more than 40,000 hot dog machines and popcorn makers in the Nordics. Like-for-like sale in northern Europe rose six per cent in the period. Tags: Black Friday 2016last_img read more

Trump keeps Francis Collins as NIH director

first_img By Erin Mershon June 6, 2017 Reprints Trump keeps Francis Collins as NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, a holdover from the Obama administration, will remain director of the National Institutes of Health, the White House announced late Tuesday. President Trump’s show of support for the director comes even as Collins has praised congressional efforts to boost NIH funding in the face of proposed White House cuts, arguing that stability was needed to keep young scientists in the field. The White House last month proposed a massive $5.8 billion cut for next year’s NIH budget. Tags policyWhite House Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprints What is it? [email protected] What’s included?center_img Senior News Editor GET STARTED Erin Mershon Politics @eemershon NIH Director Francis Collins Jeff Delviscio/STAT Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More last_img read more

Great win for Abbeyleix and all the latest CCFL fixtures

first_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Great win for Abbeyleix and all the latest CCFL fixtures Photos Credits: Sean Morgan CCFL Division 3A ResultAbbeyleix AFC 1 – 0 KilleighA fantastic game played out by both teams in Fr Breen Park this morning in perfect weather conditions, this game was an early season top of the table clash as second played third with both teams unbeaten so far, however it was Abbeyleix who emerged victors.From kick off it was clear this was going to be a good game, both teams very competitive and strong in the tackle, it was shaping up to be a good spectacle for the followers of both teams on the sidelines.Abbeyleix were very solid at the back, David Brennan, Mark Cahill and in particular Dean Byrne who put in a man of the match performance keeping the very lively Killeigh No 9 at bay, in front of the back three Conor Reilly put in a superb stint breaking up the play and finding his wingers with fine passes wide on a number of occasions.As good a game as it was Killeigh were to find clear cut chances few and far between thanks to the excellent performances by these lads.Eoghan Fennelly playing along side young Adam Broady in the middle of the park were also playing their part, breaking up the play when needed and making surging runs forward when on the ball.Abbeyleix had a big shout for a penalty waived away early in the 1st half, a great pass by Leon Bradish set the free scoring Jamie Stratford through on goal, however he appeared to be pushed in the back but “play on” was the call from the ref much to the anger of the home side.Abbeyleix were unlucky to lose the lively Killian Burke to injury but he was replaced by Aaron O’Dea who himself put in a super hard working shift, injury struck again soon after when Jamie Stratford who has netted seven goals in the last three games was injured following a heavy tackle from the strong Killeigh centre half, he was replaced by Alex Westbrook who played very well throughout.In at the break with no score the 2nd half continued in much the same vein, good honest football with both teams going at it, Abbeyleix to their credit probably should have been a couple of goals to the good but for the Killeigh keeper who had a great game to keep his side in it, the breakthrough would come however and what an excellent goal it was, the ever hard working Jamie Coffey out on the right wing whipped a super ball across the six yard line which seemed to evade everyone but for winger Colin Rowan to race in at the back post to power the ball to the back of the net to record his first senior goal and it was truly deserved for this young Abbeyleix side.At the other end Killeigh pushed hard for an equalizer, they are a big strong team and will cause a lot of teams in this division trouble this season, Patrick Mulligan in the Abbeyleix goal had to be alert to finger tip a driving shot from long range onto the post, a fine save.James Lyttle & Dayne Peacock were introduced soon after, Lyttle was very lively, making a number runs down the wing which kept Abbeyleix on the front foot.Peacock was strong in the middle and helped to shore up a tiring midfield, he can spray a pass or two as well but a fantastic back heel was the pick of them to set Jamie Coffey racing through on goal but once again the Killeigh keeper came to the rescue making a fine save, Peacock himself then had a go from distance but his rasper to fly just over the crossbar, soon after the ref blew for full time and a deserved victory was recorded for Abbeyleix.This Abbeyleix team are building great momentum following their league success last season, they have blooded a number of their young under 19 team and are playing some great football, this year managed by Anthony Coffey & Adrian Freeman with last years hard working manager Philip Peacock taking up a role on the committee the future certainly looks good .Man of the Match: Dean ByrneAbbeyleix Team: Patrick Mulligan, Dean Byrne, David Brennan, Mark Cahill, Conor Reilly, Killian Burke, Adam Broady, Eoghan Fennelly, Leon Bradish, Jamie Stratford, Jamie Coffey, Colin Rowan, Aaron O’Dea, Alex Westbrook, Terry Lawless, Dayne Peacock, James Lyttle.Photos Credits: Sean MorganPhotos Credits: Sean Morgan Photos Credits: Sean MorganFriday, 18th October 2019Kick off at 2:30pm unless statedNew Balance FAI Junior Cup 3rd RoundAthy Town v Monksland Utd – Athy, Co. Kildare – 8.00pm (prov)Saturday, 19th October 2019Kick off at 2:30pm unless statedNew Balance FAI Junior Cup 2nd RoundBallymahon v Gallen Utd – Tara Park, Ballymahon — 2.30pmSenior DivisionTullamore Town v Derry Rovers A – Leah Victoria Park – 7.00pmDivision 1Longford Town Cruisers v Gaels Utd – The Hill, DrumlishLongford Athletic v Moydow FC – The Mall Sport & Leisure ComplexCastlepollard Celtic v Mullingar Town – Mergon ParkUCL Harps v Grange Utd – Lough Gowna, DernaferstLongford Wanderers v Colmcille Celtic – Wanderers ParkLFA Youths Cup 1st RoundBirr Town v Hanover Harps – Frank O’Connell Park Birr – 2.00pmEdenderry Town v Willow Park – Fr Paul Park Edenderry – 2.00pmMucklagh v Wicklow Town – Kilbeggan Road Durrow – 2.00pmUnder 17 Preliminary DivisionEast Galway Utd v Mullingar Ath A – Kiltormer GalwayMullingar Ath C v Temple Villa – Gainstown MullingarWillow Park v Portlaoise – Willow Park Athlone;Monksland Utd v Mullingar Ath B – Cushla Park AthloneUnder 19 Preliminary DivisionAbbeyleix Ath v Tullamore Town – Fr Breen Park AbbeyleixClara Town v Raharney Utd – Stanley O’Hara Park ClaraMountmellick Utd v Ballymahon – Conor Davis Park MountmellickMullingar Ath B v East Galway Utd – Gainstown MullingarEmo Celtic v Mullingar Ath A – Community Centre Emo;Sunday, 20th October 2019Kick off at 11am unless statedNew Balance FAI Junior Cup 2nd RoundTemple Villa v Monread FC -TP Hickey Park, Mount TempleNew Balance FAI Junior Cup 3rd RoundMullingar Town v Coill Dubh FC – Dalton Park, MullingarArlington FC v Coolraine – Castle Park, PortarlingtonWillow Park v Cloonmullion FC – Willow Park, AthloneO’Neills LFA Junior Shield 2nd RoundStamullen v Killeigh – Gormanstown – 2.00pmDerry Rovers B v Swords Celtic – Brian’s Park, School Lane, Edenderry – 2.00pmAbbeyleix Athletic v Ajax – Fr. Breen Park, Abbeyleix – 2.00pmSenior DivisionWalsh Island Shamrocks v Birr Town A – Carty Park, Walsh IslandClara Town v Ballinahown A – Stanley O’Hara Park, Lisanisky, ClaraFAI Junior Cup Willow ParkIdle Monksland (prov)Division 1Clonaslee Utd v Towerhill Rovers – Community Centre, ClonasleeGentex v Mountmellick Utd – Leisure World, AthloneHighfield Utd v Rosenallis A – Burkes Hill, BirrFAI Junior Cup Mullingar TownIdle Stradbally Town ADivision 2Moate Celtic v Melville FC – Community College, MoatePortlaoise v Coolraine – Rossleighan Park, PortlaoiseSt. Carthages Athletic v BBC Utd – Leabeg, Leamore, BooraFAI Junior Cup Temple VillaIdle Banagher UtdDivision 3AMountmellick Celtic v Stradbally Town B – Conor Davis Park, Bay Road, MountmellickMidlands Celtic v Maryborough FC – All Weather Pitch, Leisure Centre, PortlaoiseRosenallis B v St. Aengus – The Grove, RosenallisLFA Junior Shield Abbeyleix Athletic, Derry Rovers B, KilleighIdle Cloneygowan CelticDivision 3BRiverside FC v Ballinahown B – Clonbonniff Road, BelmontBirr Town B v Clonmore Utd – Frank O’Connell Park, BirrRaharney Utd v East Galway – Higginstown, RaharneyNewcastle Athletic v Kinnegad Juniors – Wanderers Park, Strokestown Road, LongfordIdle St. Cormacs AthleticWomen’s Division Mullingar Athletic v Killeigh – Gainstown, Mullingar – – 2.00pmKinnegad Juniors v Mountmellick Utd – Lagan Park, Killucan Road, KinnegadIdle Birr Town, Willow Park WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAbbeyleix AFCCCFL Fixturessoccer Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Pinterest Home Sport Soccer Great win for Abbeyleix and all the latest CCFL fixtures SportSoccer WhatsApp By James Moore – 16th October 2019 Facebook Previous articleGap between top and bottom earners must be closed – Brian Stanley TDNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, October 16, 2019 James Moore Photos Credits: Sean MorganPhotos Credits: Sean MorganPhotos Credits: Sean MorganPhotos Credits: Sean MorganPhotos Credits: Sean MorganPhotos Credits: Sean Morgan Twitter Facebook GAA Twitter GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Gov’t Suspends Scrap Metal Exports

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, yesterday (Oct. 30) announced the suspension of all exports of scrap metal until an assessment of the trade is done.In a statement in the House of Representatives, Mr. Samuda informed that the Chief Parliamentary Counsel had been instructed to prepare a Ministerial Order to allow for the suspension, which should be ready by today.“I expect that I will sign it (today) so that it can be gazetted immediately. The order will stop all exports of scrap metal until a complete assessment of the trade is undertaken,” he stated. According to Minister Samuda, the problem of persons stealing public property such as bridge railings and manhole covers, as well as private property to be sold as scrap metal for export, had reached crisis proportions and could no longer be allowed to continue. He explained that after the order is gazetted all legitimate exporters of scrap metal will require an export licence in order to engage in the export of these products. “In addition, there will be rigorous monitoring by the relevant arms of Government including the Jamaica Constabulary Force, to ensure that only legitimate persons, who have shown proof of purchase, will be able to export scrap metal,” Mr. Samuda informed.Persons, who cannot show legitimate proof of purchase, will not be permitted to engage in the trade of scrap metals, he stated. “I am therefore warning all scrap metal dealers to ensure that found in their possession, are metals for which proof of purchase can be furnished,” he warned.Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, in his support for the move, noted that the country cannot afford to “lose this kind of infrastructure (bridge railings and manhole covers) illegally in the country.” The scrap metal trade is very lucrative and the Jamaica Exporters Association reports that exports of the product moved from US$13.3 million in 2005 to US$99.58 million in 2006. Gov’t Suspends Scrap Metal Exports UncategorizedNovember 1, 2007 RelatedGov’t Suspends Scrap Metal Exports RelatedGov’t Suspends Scrap Metal Exportscenter_img RelatedGov’t Suspends Scrap Metal Exports Advertisementslast_img read more

Courts Jamaica’s Scholarship Awardees Grateful

first_imgStory Highlights55 students, who will be attending secondary and tertiary institutions in September, have been awarded scholarships by the furniture store chain valued at more than $6 million. They were chosen after a competitive selection process, which involved some 3,000 applicants.Olivia, who is pursuing a degree in Construction Technology with a minor in Electrical Technology, says the award will enable her to pursue of dream of becoming an architect.Shajoe Lake, who will be pursuing a degree in law at the University of the West Indies beginning in September, told JIS News that receiving the scholarship is a “great feeling.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (right), is greeted by Managing Director of Courts Jamaica Limited, Dennis Harris, just before the start of the company’s scholarship awards ceremony on August 29, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. RelatedUDC Awards $250,000 in Scholarships to Children of Staff RelatedBack-to-School Address by Hon Rev Ronald Thwaites, Minister of Education Courts Jamaica’s Scholarship Awardees Grateful EducationAugust 31, 2014Written by: Latonya Lintoncenter_img Related97 Per Cent of Grade Seven Cohort Placed in High School Courts Jamaica’s scholarship award recipients are expressing gratitude for the assistance, noting that it will ease the financial burden on their parents.Fifty-five students, who will be attending secondary and tertiary institutions in September, have been awarded scholarships by the furniture store chain valued at more than $6 million. They were chosen after a competitive selection process, which involved some 3,000 applicants.Twenty-nine scholarships, each worth $100,000, went to students, who received high grades in this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Six students, who will pursue skills training at HEART Trust/NTA’s academies, were awarded $50,000 each, while 20 tertiary level students, received $150,000 each.At the award ceremony held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (August 29), third year student at the University of Technology (UTech), Olivia Smith, said she is overjoyed.“I wasn’t sure I would get it as I wasn’t sure how well I did in the interview. It is a relief as only part of my school fee was paid for this semester. My mother is very happy seeing that the burden will not be on her shoulders,” she told JIS News.Olivia, who is pursuing a degree in Construction Technology with a minor in Electrical Technology, says the award will enable her to pursue of dream of becoming an architect.“I find the construction industry really interesting, but I am more focused on the designing aspect where in the long run I might become an architect. I would like to be able to design a house, be able to construct it and oversee the management of it,” she said.Shajoe Lake, who will be pursuing a degree in law at the University of the West Indies beginning in September, told JIS News that receiving the scholarship is a “great feeling.”“It is really a great honour and it feels as if somebody is there to encourage me. I feel that there is a task for me to do and the scholarship has afforded me the opportunity to pursue it,” he says.Janelle Mullings, who will be attending St. Hilda’s High School, also expressed gratitude.“I am very overjoyed hearing that I will be receiving a scholarship. It will also help (my parents) in buying some of my books or pay the school fee,” she states.In his remarks, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites congratulated Courts and other corporate entities that have come forward to assist students this year.“What Courts is doing and what others are doing at this time not only displays a great deal of generosity and corporate responsibility, but it also is good business,” he stated.He also encouraged the recipients to use the opportunity afforded to them to do well in school.“There are no shortcuts; there is no bussing of some tunes that is going to make you rich and prosperous… English and mathematics and a good education come first; those are fundamental things,” Rev. Thwaites noted.For his part, Managing Director for Courts Jamaica Limited, Dennis Harris, said that the scholarship programme is now in its fourth year, with the company having provided close to 300 students with financial assistance to pursue their education.He encouraged the recipients to dream big, have a goal, and work towards it.“So, I say, never stop dreaming or let anyone tell you that you cannot become this or you can never achieve that. The only person, who can define your future is you and your future depends on how hard you are willing to work to achieve it,” Mr. Harris stated.He further encouraged the recipients to think about their future and how they can positively impact the society.“I would like you to consider how you can help the less fortunate and to consider what you can do to improve our country. Let us be inspired by you,” Mr. Harris added.Motivational speaker Dr. Raphael Thomas, who was the guest speaker at the function, encouraged the recipients to have a vision of where they want to go in life.“The better you are able to define your vision, the better your position to work towards it. If you do not know where you are going, you will not know when you get there or if you miss it,” he pointed out.Over the past 30 years, Courts has provided over $100 million in assistance to students through its various social programmes. Advertisements Courts Jamaica’s Scholarship Awardees GratefulJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

Schoolfield Primary Making Major Strides in Literacy

first_imgRelatedJLS Receives Computer Software Valued at $131.85 Million FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGranville Child Care Facility Gets Counselling Centre Photo: ContributedGrade Four teacher at the Schoolfield Primary and Infant School, in St. Elizabeth, Leonie McKenzie, encourages her students to read during one her teaching sessions at the school. Schoolfield Primary and Infant School in St. Elizabeth has been making major strides in improving literacy among the students.The school has received special commendation from Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, having moved from an average of 31 per cent literacy to 78 per cent between 2013 and 2015.The teachers at the institutions have been able to transform underachieving students into high achievers and have helped high achievers to maintain good grades.Principal of the institution, Prim Lewis, says the school’s success results from a mix of creativity, and some good old fashioned hard work.She tells JIS News that through several initiatives, the children have many incentives to become strong readers.“We have a competitive reading competition that we do, where we encourage children to read and once per month we offer incentives for the top readers… and we have a weekly top speller programme, which is geared at getting top candidates for the Spelling Bee programme,” Mrs. Lewis says.With help from community businesses, the students receive gifts to help them stay motivated.“We have two business places in Santa Cruz that provide us with tokens for our monthly reading programme and our top spellers programme. One of them is LT Stationery, and the other one is Andrew’s Data supply,” the Principal notes.“So monthly, I get a little goodie bag from them with pencils, sharpeners, erasers, books, colouring books, reading books and so many other things to give to the children. And, we call them up, make the presentation, and take their pictures and make them feel good in front of everybody,” she adds.Another key component of the school’s efforts has been strong parental involvement.“In our kindergarten classes we give the children books to take home to read with their parents, where the parents need to sign off that they are reading with them. And, the kindergarten children keep that book until they are able to read it,” Mrs Lewis tells JIS News.With the help of a literacy specialist from the Ministry of Education, the children are required to ‘drop’ everything and read.“We have re-introduced the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) programme that was introduced to us by the Ministry some time ago. We also have the Children’s Own in our school, which we also encourage the children to buy and the teachers give them activities from it,” Mrs. Lewis says.“My Grade 6 teacher has informed me that reading has taken off, and she doesn’t know where I’m going to get tokens from…because her children are reading great guns,” she adds.Grade Four teacher at the institution, Leonie McKenzie,  says it has been a truly rewarding experience watching the children develop over the past two years.She tells JIS News that the students are administered tests on a regular basis, so as to identify their strengths and weaknesses.“Also, we use technology enhanced lessons to motivate the students and get them more interested. Personally I am excited, even though exhausted some of the times. I am happy for them because that is the overall aim, to see them go forward,” Miss McKenzie says.With her students’ improved performance, Ms. McKenzie notes that getting the students to comply with other tasks, such as attending extra lessons, has also become easier.“The children are excited, because they want to pass exams, nobody wants to repeat. I don’t have a major problem in getting them out earlier or keeping them in the afternoon,” the teacher says.Jamaica is now 7.6 per cent away from achieving the target of 85 per cent of students in the grade four age cohort achieving mastery of literacy skills by 2015. Schoolfield Primary Making Major Strides in Literacy EducationJune 30, 2015Written by: Latonya Lintoncenter_img Schoolfield Primary Making Major Strides in LiteracyJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsSchoolfield Primary and Infant School in St. Elizabeth has been making major strides in improving literacy among the students.The school has received special commendation from Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, having moved from an average of 31 per cent literacy to 78 per cent between 2013 and 2015.The teachers at the institutions have been able to transform underachieving students into high achievers and have helped high achievers to maintain good grades. 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Players set for final hurrah in month of May

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – In the spring of 2006, then-PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made his case for the circuit’s decision to move The Players from March to May. “We have warmer weather and drier weather, which means we can prepare the golf course in a more consistent fashion and keep it firmer and faster at a much higher percentage of the time combined with the changes we are making to the golf course,” Finchem said at the time. “In March, we have some great weather years, but we also have some bad weather years like last year. We like the date change, we like the position on the schedule, and we like what it does for our ability to set up the golf course and for television.” Finchem, who stepped down as commissioner in 2016, would spend the next few months connecting similar talking points, telling anyone who would listen that The Players was better in May. May produced no shortage of highlights, from Rickie Fowler’s inspired finish in 2015 to Tiger Woods’ second victory at TPC Sawgrass in ’13, but a dozen years later, many Tour pros are excited to see the event move back to March. “I like it better in March. Back to the overseed [grass]. I think there was a lot of fun stuff happening on that course with that kind of grass,” said Adam Scott, whose Players’ victory in 2004 came before the move to May. “The tiers on the greens and spinning it around the greens was exciting. I don’t think they ever got the setup right in May.” This week’s Players Championship will be the last held in May, with the Tour announcing last year that the event will move back to March beginning next year to accomodate the PGA Championship’s date change. It’s all part of a larger makeover of the Tour schedule that will see the season ending before Labor Day, with five consecutive months defined by marquee events. The move was necessitated by the need for a more condensed schedule, and that’s just fine with a significant number of players, who prefer the March date. The Players Championship: Articles, photos and videos In the March vs. May debate, there may be just a single unbiased voice. Woods is the only player to have won the event in both months. He remembers those March Players when the wind blew cold and the course played much longer than the 7,100 yards listed on the scorecard. “March is different because obviously we can get some of those cold spells that come through there. We’ve played there with some brutally cold conditions, lots of wind,” Woods said. “I played there one time, I hit 5-iron on 17. It was cold, about 40 degrees and the wind’s howling out of the north, and that’s not a hole you want to hit 5-iron on.” While that might not sound like a ringing endorsement for the move back to March, here is Phil Mickelson, whose lone victory at The Players (2007) came in May, to provide one. “I would probably pick March where it’s overseeded and a little softer, for the reason that the greens are not really designed for run-up shots, at least 17 isn’t,” Mickelson said. “The way it played in March, I kind of preferred over the firm, fast. I don’t think when it was designed, it was designed to be firm, fast the way it has played the last few years.” As for weather, on March 16th on this year – next year’s Players will be held March 14-17 – the high temperature at TPC Sawgrass was 69 degrees. The monthly rain average in March is 3.66 inches compared with 2.76 inches in May. When Finchem was making his case for the event to move to May, he talked about the course playing hard and fast. To players, that was code for “more difficult,” but it didn’t play out that way. In the 11 years since the event has been played in May, the winner’s total has averaged 275.9. In the previous 11 tournaments in March, the winner’s average was 276. As is normally the case on Tour, the move isn’t universally favored. “I prefer May. The weather is better in May. I like the golf course not overseeded where it can get bouncy and things like that,” Charles Howell III said. “I’ve played there many times in March when it’s freezing and windy and rainy. It seems like I’m almost in the minority.” He did have one high-profile ally in Jordan Spieth, despite his surprisingly poor record at The Players that includes three missed cuts in four starts. “At this point any change is probably a good thing for me,” Spieth laughed. “I like this grass type better [in May]. I grew up on this, Bermuda, not the overseed, having to judge firmer, faster greens, and then the biggest change will be within the rough. Whether that’s good [or] bad for the tournament, that’s for somebody else to decide.”last_img read more

Is Christianity Anti-Science? Find Out at Our Dallas Conference — Discount Ends December 14

first_imgRequesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis TagsbiologyChristianitycosmologyDallasDallas Conference on Science and FaithdiscounteducatorsEric MetaxasEventsfaithGod HypothesisJames TourJay RichardsparentsscienceStephen Meyerstudents,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Faith & Science Is Christianity Anti-Science? Find Out at Our Dallas Conference — Discount Ends December 14Evolution News @DiscoveryCSCNovember 28, 2018, 1:03 PM When young adults drift from their faith, intellectual doubts having to do with science are high on the list of reasons they give. It’s evident that religious and other leaders have done a poor job of addressing what Stephen Meyer calls the “God hypothesis.” That’s the subject of Meyer’s next book, and the theme of Discovery Institute’s Dallas Conference on Science and Faith, this coming January 18-19.center_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour In every day’s media headlines, we are seeing the catastrophic results of a culture increasingly detached from confidence in religious tradition. Please join Dr. Meyer along with Jay Richards, James Tour, and Eric Metaxas as we consider the evidence that points not only to intelligent design but to a theistic understanding of the design in biology and cosmology. Parents, students, and educators are particularly encouraged to participate in an important learning experience.More information and a link to register are here. A price discount for early birds only is available now, but will end on December 14. So do take a moment to register today.last_img read more

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio becomes 266th pontiff and takes name Pope Francis

first_img Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio becomes 266th pontiff and takes name Pope Francis Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Google+ Pinterest Facebook Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio was tonight elected pope – the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.The 76-year-old, from Buenos Aires, has chosen to be known as Pope Francis.After announcing “Habemus Papum” – “We have a pope!” – a cardinal standing on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name.A stunned-looking Bergoglio shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands of people who gathered in St Peter’s Square, marvelling that the cardinals had had to look to “the end of the earth” to find a bishop of Rome.He asked for prayers for himself, and for retired Pope Benedict XVI, whose stunning resignation paved the way for the tumultuous conclave that brought the first Jesuit to the papacy. Facebook Twitter Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder center_img Pinterest News 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe By News Highland – March 13, 2013 WhatsApp Previous articleCardinals in the Sistine Chapel have chosen a new popeNext articleUpdate – Burnfoot diversions lifted after overnight van crash News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Twitterlast_img read more