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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Microsoft ups pressure for Moto US import ban

first_img Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Tags Author Google taps retail with NYC store ITCMicrosoftMotorola MobilityTechnologyUS Tim Ferguson Devices Nokia makes AI move with Microsoftcenter_img Microsoft is putting increased pressure on the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to enforce an import ban on phones made by Google-owned Motorola Mobility, according to reports.Reuters said the company filed a motion in a US court last week requesting that the agency enforce an import ban imposed by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in May 2012.The ITC ruled that Motorola infringed a Microsoft patent for generating and synchronising calendar items and barred devices that infringed the patent from being imported into the US. According to the court filing, the ban should have come into effect 60 days after the order was issued but it has yet to be enforced.The Windows Phone maker said in its complaint that the CBP and Google held secret meetings which resulted in the agency continuing to allow the import of Motorola devices into the US. This is despite Google not having made efforts to remove the patented feature from devices.Microsoft said CBP “has repeatedly allowed Motorola to evade that order based on secret presentations that CBP has refused to share with Microsoft”.In a statement, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, David Howard, said customs has “a clear responsibility to carry out ITC decisions”, and “repeatedly ignored its obligation and did so based on secret discussions”.According to Bloomberg, Motorola successfully argued to the agency that the order did not apply to syncing through Google servers, with a grace period granted to allow changes to take effect. However, Microsoft said the ITC rejected both of these proposals.For its part, Google has argued that Microsoft attempted to broaden the order beyond what the ITC intended.Matt Kallman, a Google spokesman, said that US Customs “appropriately rejected Microsoft’s effort to broaden its patent claims to block Americans from using a wide range of legitimate calendar functions, like scheduling meetings, on their mobile phones”.The import order is in effect until the patent expires in April 2018. An appeal in the ITC case is scheduled for 6 August. Alianza sobre IA entre Nokia y Microsoft Previous ArticleAT&T’s Leap bid marks next wave of US consolidation – analystNext ArticleChina to accelerate 4G licence allocation — report Home Microsoft ups pressure for Moto US import ban AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 JUL 2013 Relatedlast_img read more

313 new Covid cases confirmed, 19 of them in Donegal

first_imgCork1226.2142 Leitrim015.65 313 new Covid cases confirmed, 19 of them in Donegal Twitter Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThe Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.There has been a total of 2,120 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Thursday, 11 December, the HPSC has been notified of 313 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 75,507* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;144 are men / 169 are women67% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 35 years old70 in Dublin, 31 in Mayo, 21 in Kilkenny, 19 in Donegal, 18 in Laois and the remaining 154 cases are spread across 19 other counties. As of 2pm today 197 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 35 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.ENDS//*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 75,507 confirmed cases reflects this. Donegal19229.9366 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA A further three people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic, with 313 new cases of the virus confirmed this evening.That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 75,507, with 2,120 Covid related deaths.19 of today’s new cases were in Donegal, where the 14 day incidence rate of the virus is now 229.9 cases per 100,000 people. That’s almost three times the national rate of 81.2. Laois1866.156 Galway1463.6164 Wicklow5117.3167 Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – December 11, 2020 Sligo739.726 Louth14159.8206 Longford1611547 Monaghan6138.585 Waterford681.895 Carlow14156.389 Offaly<564.150 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Dublin7091.21,229 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Tipperary579126 Wexford<526.740center_img Kilkenny21194.5193 Twitter Kildare754.4121 Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 10 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) Kerry020.330 Previous articleNews, Sport and Obituaries on Friday Evening December 12thNext articleDerry man accused of Robbie Lawlor murder News Highland Facebook Westmeath828.225 Pinterest Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Meath650.899 Cavan680.161 Facebook WhatsApp CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 10Dec2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 10Dec2020)New Cases during last 14 days(to 10Dec2020) WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Ireland31381.23,869 Clare<534.541 Limerick16124.7243 Roscommon<552.734 Mayo3198.8129 Google+last_img read more

Georgia spa killings likely ‘targeted attack driven by personal grievance’: Source briefed on probe

first_imgABC NewsBy JOSH MARGOLIN and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(ATLANTA) — Authorities investigating the eight homicides at Atlanta-area spas have determined that the killings were likely a “targeted attack driven by personal grievance,” according to a source briefed on the probe.Detectives and analysts are still trying to piece together suspect Robert Long’s motive and say that the work is both complicated and critical in order to understand what happened, how it played out and why.Long, 21, was taken into custody hours after the Tuesday shootings which took place at three different locations: one in Cherokee County and two in Atlanta.Long frequented the two Atlanta spas, Atlanta police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said at a news conference Thursday.Six of the eight killed were Asian women, and the crimes came amid a rise in anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate crimes across the nation.The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that “Long told investigators that he blames the massage parlors for providing an outlet for his addiction to sex,” and that “Long told investigators the crimes were not racially motivated.”Investigators familiar with mass-casualty incidents believe it is likely the spa killings mark yet another case where the motivators “don’t fit into neat buckets.” In other words, investigators now believe there were multiple motivators that led both to the attack and the targets selected.There is no concrete evidence supporting the idea that the locations and victims were targeted because of their ethnicity, but investigators are actively trying to determine what, if anything, the suspect might have said, written or thought about Asians or Asian women, in particular.Detectives believe the locations were certainly the intended targets and are now trying to figure out if the women were specifically targeted, if the suspect had had any direct interactions with them and what, if anything, had transpired previously.Hampton said Thursday, “We are looking at everything to make sure that we discover and determine what the motive of our homicides were.”Long is charged with eight counts of murder. Long waived his first court appearance, according to his attorney, J. Daran Burns, who was appointed to represent Long by the Cherokee County Office of Indigent Defense on Wednesday.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Why the long bill?

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Blu Wireless Demonstrates Carrier Grade 60 GHz Modem for 5G Networks

first_imgBlu Wireless Technology is demonstrating its Carrier Grade 60 GHz modem technology for use in networks demanding low latency multi-gigabit throughput at the Mobile World Congress 2018. The demonstration shows interference-free functionality of multiple gigabit links when deployed in an extremely dense network.By combining the unique and patented interference management and advanced network synchronization features present in Blu Wireless’ HYDRA modem, with the massive unlicensed mmWave spectrum available worldwide, partners can dramatically reduce the costs of deploying advanced multi-gigabit Fixed Wireless Access networks and 5G small cells.If you are at MWC 2018 and would like to see this demonstration, you can contact Blu Wireless to arrange a meeting to gain further insights into other mmWave technology developments.Click here to see MWC 2018 Coverage on everything RF.last_img read more

Nakamura, Gedion win in Sapporo

first_imgSAPPORO – Yurika Nakamura clinched her first title in the women’s race at the Sapporo Half Marathon on Sunday while Japan-based Kenyan Ngatuny Gedion took the men’s title to deny compatriot Mekubo Mogusu a three-peat.Nakamura crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 9 minutes 20 seconds at Maruyama stadium to beat Kenya’s Julia Mumbi by 10 seconds, with Yukari Sahaku coming home a further six seconds back. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Yuri Kano, winner of last year’s race, had to settle for fifth place with a time of 1:11:19.In the men’s race, Gedion took advantage of the late withdrawal of Beijing Olympic marathon champion and half marathon world record-holder Samuel Wanjiru to win with a time of 1:00:39.Mogusu took second in 1:00:59 and Cyrus Njui completed a sweep of the podium for Kenya in taking third in 1:01:03.Atsushi Sato was the highest-placed finisher among Japanese runners, placing ninth in 1:02:54, but Arata Fujiwara struggled to 98th in a time of 1:07:00. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Three takeaways from Astros’ World Series Game 5 win over Nationals

first_imgThe Astros find themselves one win away from their second world championship in three seasons after beating the Nationals 7-1 on Sunday.Many thought Houston was dead in the water after Washington stole the first two games on the road to take a 2-0 series lead. But the veteran-laden team never folded and stormed back to win all three games in D.C. Astros owner apologizes to Sports Illustrated reporter over initial statement: ‘We were wrong’ Three takeaways from Astros’ World Series Game 5 win over NationalsGerrit Cole was once again dominantCole’s been lights out all postseason, and it was more of the same on Sunday.The 29-year-old stifled the Nationals’ bats all game, allowing just one earned run on three hits in seven innings of work. He also struck out nine and walked only two.Gerrit Cole, Filthy 97mph Fastball Movement (with Tail). pic.twitter.com/GQHDZ8MvUk— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 28, 2019Cole’s only mistake all night came with one out in the seventh inning when he gave up a solo shot to Washington’s Juan Soto.Juan Soto didn’t hear no bell!Nats are on the board! pic.twitter.com/18qwldLDTq— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 28, 2019With the win, Cole improves to 4-1 this postseason with a 1.47 ERA, 47 strikeouts and 11 walks. Max Scherzer was dearly missed by WashingtonMere hours before Sunday’s game, Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced that Max Scherzer would not start Game 5 after dealing with shoulder and neck spasms the last two days.Scherzer was not only one of Washington’s best pitchers all season, but he’s been one of its best in October. He started Game 1 of the series for Washington and got the win after allowing two earned runs on five hits to go along with seven strikeouts and three walks in five innings of work.This postseason, the Missouri native has appeared in five games (four starts) going 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 11 walks over 25 innings pitched.There’s no telling how this game would have played out had Scherzer started, but the Nationals are hoping he’s healthy and available when the series shifts to Houston.Road team’s success continuesSo far in the 2019 World Series, the road team is 5-0. World Series 2019: Nationals’ Max Scherzer (neck/back spasms) will not start Game 5center_img The series now shifts to Houston as the Astros turn to former AL MVP Justin Verlander to try and snuff out the Nationals’ at home. Game 6 is set for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. ET. Related News Washington took Games 1 and 2 in Houston, while the Astros took Games 3, 4 and 5 in D.C. If you were wondering, the smart folks at @ESPNStatsInfo informed me that the most road wins in a single #WorldSeries is 3 — No team has ever won 4 road games in a single #WorldSeries— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) October 28, 2019The last time the road team won the first five games of the World Series was in the 1996 edition between the Yankees and the Braves. New York dropped the first two at home before sweeping the Braves in Atlanta and then clinching the series back home in the Bronx in Game 6.Houston has all the momentum in the world as it heads home looking to avoid a Game 7, but stranger things have happened, and Washington’s not going to go down without a fight.last_img read more

With league support, WNBA players make voices heard

first_imgIn this July 9, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson, left, is greeted by Minnesota Lynx forward Natasha Howard while starting lineups are announced at the Target Center in Minneapolis. (Timothy Nwachukwu/Star Tribune via AP, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx have heard it all since they donned black shirts before a game in remembrance of two men who were shot by police and the five Dallas police officers who were killed in an attack last week.They have been hailed as crusaders for using their platform to start a dialogue about the issue of police violence. They were also told they should just shut up and play ball.They have seen a social media campaign sprout to pack the Target Center for Friday night’s game against the New York Liberty — another team that has been outspoken in its response to the shootings — and also watched off-duty police officers walk away from their security jobs at a game in response to their stand.“I’m not surprised by either. It’s a very emotional time in our community,” Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson said. “We were just excited about the voices that we heard. It’s all about the dialogue we can create. We were happy that people were speaking up to allow that dialogue to happen.”Both the Lynx and the Liberty say they will continue to engage the public on the subject throughout the rest of the season in an effort to effect change. The players do so knowing that both the WNBA and NBA have a long history of giving their players the freedom to express themselves on political and social justice issues.“You understand when you take a position like that that there is going to be the good and the bad and the ugly at times that you’ll have to face,” Liberty veteran Swin Cash said. “If you stand on something you believe in and you’re committed to making change, then you understand the risks that come with it.”Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said she consulted with WNBA President Lisa Borders while the team was deciding what to do, culminating with them wearing black shirts that had the victims’ names — Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — along with a Dallas Police Department logo and the message “Change starts with us. Justice & Accountability.”“We appreciate like crazy the support we’ve gotten, particularly from the league,” Reeve said. “For Rebekkah to feel like when you’re going to work and the people around you support you and not just in things that benefit them, it makes you proud to go work for that organization.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he fully supported players letting their voices be heard.“I actually think it demonstrates that these are multidimensional people,” Silver said. “They live in this society, and they have strong views about how things should be. So I’m very encouraging of that.”Liberty star Tina Charles said that the support she feels she has from both Borders and Silver has empowered her.“Especially when it’s hurting the society, especially when it’s not just you that is hurting but other individuals,” Charles said. “So the fact that I have some power, I use that as a sounding board to reflect what Adam Silver is saying, that you should use your platform to show how you feel, especially in the crisis that we have right now.”Silver did say he had issues with teams or individual players changing their warmup uniforms to make those statements.“I think it’s a very slippery slope,” he said. “As to where you would draw the line when it’s appropriate for a particular player to use that, use a game, pregame, as a political forum, I think it’s a dangerous road for us to go down. So I would greatly prefer that the players use the platform they’re given, social media, press conferences, media in locker rooms, however they want to do it, to make their political points of view be known.”The Lynx have decided not to wear their shirts again this season and have turned their focus toward other means to continue addressing the subject. In a compromise with the league, the Liberty are now wearing plain black warmup t-shirts with the adidas logo on it.Players on both teams said that they won’t stop with a shirt.“I think we made a pretty strong stand,” Brunson said. “Right now we’re trying to focus on what’s next. The shirts were where we started, where we began to speak and use our voice. Now we’re trying to figure out what’s next, who we can use our voice to be more impactful beyond a shirt to help this time.”last_img read more