NGSA shows major gender gap in top 1%

first_imgIn light of the release of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results, it was evident that there was a gender gap with a greater number of females placing in the top one per cent of the country compared to the number of males.Education Minister Nicolette HenryOut of the 174 students who placed in the top one per cent, 104 were female, while 70 were male.The gender gap is an issue which Guyana has seen for a number of years as it relates to academic performances. At the announcement of the results last week, these numbers were addressed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who explained that there was approximately the same number of males and females at the primary level.However, the ratio is disrupted at the secondary level, where the number of males is reduced by half.Top student Naila RahamanShe stated, “At the primary level and nursery level, we have ratio of 1:1 of boys and girls. By the time they write CXC, we have two girls to every one boy. So, somewhere along the continuum, we’re losing them. That is data and enough reason for us to act.”She noted that male underachievement at these examinations required “strategic” intervention and hence, a symposium was organised last week by the Ministry in collaboration with the University of Guyana (UG); the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Caricom to begin work on bridging the gender divide.“These issues require evidence-based, scientific and proven strategies to address and, therefore, we’re bringing the experts. We have people who are from the international community, the regional community, our academic community, and other communities.”The NGSA results were announced on Thursday last with the top performer being Nalia Rahaman of Westfield Prep, who secured a perfect score of 529 marks.last_img read more

Donegal coastal community groups receive €580,000 in grants

first_imgDonegal Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed grants worth more than €580,000 for coastal communities around the county.“This is a fantastic investment in our coastal communities – the enterprises, festivals, local groups, events and those who work to support their local areas along the Atlantic,” Minister McHugh said.“It’s an endorsement of their work and initiatives along the Donegal coast to make a positive impact for the people who live and work there. “A total of €581,413 in grants is being awarded to 46 projects this year with the focus on enterprise, innovation, job creation and enhancing skills – all of which play a special part in helping to revitalise and sustain our communities along the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal.”The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.The Minister for Education and Skills added: “Everything from fishing to aquaculture and maritime industries to tourism and culture is being supported in the EMFF programme and the backing that it gives is making a big impression around our county.“And I also want to acknowledge all the hard work and enterprise of the representatives on Flag groups for helping to make this scheme as successful as it is.” Details of the FLAG scheme and how to apply can be found at www.bim.ie/schemes/Donegal coastal community groups receive €580,000 in grants was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coastal commuitiesdonegalFESTIVALSgrantslast_img read more

Communication partners for 2010

first_imgUSEFUL LINKS• National Communication PartnershipConference• NCP registration• NCP programme• NCP on Twitter• Brand South Africa• Government Communication andInformation SystemMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe upcoming 2010 National Communications Partnership (NCP) Conference aims to generate up to three integrated communication campaigns in which all stakeholders in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, including sponsors, host cities and the government, can easily and effectively participate.The NCP brings together the country’s 2010 Organising Committee, the Government Communication and Information System, the International Marketing Council of South Africa, South African Tourism and a range of private sector and civil society groups.Its fourth annual conference will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Monday 17 August.“The event also marks the celebratory milestone of 300 days to the kick-off of the Fifa 2010 World Cup, proudly being hosted on African soil for the first time,” said NCP chair Nkwenkwe Nkomo. “Now on the home stretch to this prestigious global event, Africa’s time has truly come.”The programme will provide delegates and hosts with a platform for robust debate and dialogue. It includes a keynote address by Collins Chabane, minister within the Presidency, as well as an analysis of reporting on the Fifa 2009 Confederations Cup. There will also be hands-on group breakaway sessions to discuss domestic and regional mobilisation, communications, as well as tourism, hospitality, transport and security issues.Panel discussions will include representatives from Fifa, the 2010 Organising Committee, South African Tourism, the Department of Transport, the Secretariat of Safety and Security, the Government Communication and Information System, and the media.“We intend to deliver a powerful and integrated 2010 communications platform to help mobilise South Africans and African stakeholders,” said Paul Bannister, acting CEO of the International Marketing Council.“Through integrated communications and aligned messaging, we can collectively position and help deliver the next ‘defining moment’, for both South Africa and the African continent.” The one-day National Communication Partnership Conference will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Maude Street, Sandton (GPS coordinates S26° 06.394’; E028° 03.221’). It will be followed by a networking cocktail party. Click here to registerDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

How long can a corn seed hold its breath?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Andy Westhoven, AgriGold regional agronomistAt this point in the calendar, undoubtedly, there are many corn fields planted around the area. Just as undoubtedly, planting conditions will be like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears — some will be too cold and wet, some too hot and dry, and some just right. The role as an agronomist usually travels down the road of the first two situations in Goldilocks’ tale — less than ideal planting conditions. Somewhere in the eastern Corn Belt, after a corn field has been planted, a torrential rainfall will occur and/or there will be a cold period where a grower might wonder, “What is to become of the corn seed I just planted? How long can it last in the soil before rotting and dying?”Last season almost gave growers a false impression of corn emergence when most fields emerged in about 8 days. This is certainly not the norm. Most growers would average close to 12 to 14 days for corn to emerge year in and year out. It is a general understanding that corn seed treatments can last 3 weeks give or take. This is also the answer to the title question: How long can corn seed hold its breath? The answer is 3 weeks. The best way to improve upon a more rapid and uniform emergence is to plant into a warming trend.Easier said than done, right? From the time of planting the seed until emergence, the best defense a corn seed has is the seed treatment, as it does not have any natural defenses. Typical corn seed treatments consist of fungicide and insecticide protection. The fungicides usually play the larger part during the “hold my breath” moment.With temperatures in the mid to low 60s, field saturation, and cloudy weather are the perfect environment for slow to little corn seed growth and development. When a corn seed is not developing, pathogens — namely Pythium and Fusarium — could potentially attack a vulnerable seed. Once an infection occurs, it still could take up to several weeks to know the consequences. If the corn seed germinates and emerges, the disease could still ultimately kill the plant before it can “outgrow” the pathogen. In this case, the best advice is for warmer and drier weather for a period where the balance of power can be swayed back into the corn seed’s favor for rapid growth. Rapid growth is really the best medicine for a disease-infected corn seed or seedling.In addition to the disease threats, many insects prey on vulnerable seeds. During a prolonged emergence period, insects such as white grubs, wireworms, and seed corn maggot are the most common culprits to feed on corn seeds. While most seed treatments provide excellent protection in this arena, it is not uncommon to find hotspots in a field based on a variety of different reasons.Ironically enough when you consider a seed holding its breath, oxygen in the soil is another factor one must consider about seed viability/longevity in the soil. Any practice that reduces oxygen or pore space in the soil profile can also cause seed germination/emergence issues. Obviously, a wet, saturated field would qualify here. Outside of weather conditions, though, compaction can be a large threat.Compaction could be caused from heavy equipment. But, if one dives deeper, there is often planter compaction caused from too much down pressure. This is the pressure that is placed by the actual row unit being either too heavy and/or having too much pressure applied. Most of these can be reduced by planter settings, but still can be a hidden problem.In that ideal world, most would simply hit repeat of the 2018 spring season. Unfortunately, there is no easy button here and each year, farm, and field present unique challenges that keep all operators on their toes. Let’s hope that everyone finds that warming trend!last_img read more

Katherine Webb Will Apparently Be At ESPN’s College GameDay Tomorrow

first_imgUpdate: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Katherine Webb Pizza Hut College GameDayWill it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.last_img read more

The truth is still out there The XFiles is coming back again

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: The truth is out there: “The X-Files” is coming back.Fox said Thursday it has ordered a second chapter of what it’s calling an “X-Files” “event series.” The 10-episode series will air during the upcoming 2017-18 TV season.The 1993-2002 drama about paranormal events and UFOs returned in 2016 for a six-episode run with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Fox said Duchovny and Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully for the new season from creator and executive producer Chris Carter.Production on “The X-Files” is set to begin this summer. An air date was not announced by Fox. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Mens hockey Mason Jobst named firstteam four other Buckeyes receive B1G honors

OSU sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) tries to get past Michigan State redshirt freshman defender Jerad Rosburg (57) in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerFive members of the 13th-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team received Big Ten honors on Monday.Sophomore forward Mason Jobst was named to the All-Big Ten first team and recognized as the conference’s scoring co-champion with Minnesota sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy, racking up 34 points in conference play. Sheehy won Big Ten Player of the Year.Jobst had 13 goals and 21 assists in league play, and collected 51 points on 18 goals and 33 assists in the regular season.A trio of seniors were named to the All-Big Ten second team — goaltender Christian Frey, defenseman Josh Healey and forward captain Nick Schilkey.Sophomore forward Dakota Joshua was an honorable mention selection, scoring a career-high 11 goals and 22 assists, including nine goals and 11 assists coming in Big Ten play.On Saturday at Wisconsin, Jobst scored a goal and had an assist to surpass the 50-point barrier for the first time since R.J. Umberger had 53 points in 2003.Jobst ranks ninth in the NCAA in points per game (1.42), but leads the nation in the category since the start of the second half of the year (1.67).Following first-team honors in 2016, Healey earned his way onto the second-team all-conference with 24 points on four goals and 20 assists. His plus-18 rating is third among blue-liners in the conference and ranks eighth nationally at his position.Schilkey was the do-it-all player for the Buckeyes in the regular season. The senior from Marysville, Michigan, led the Big Ten with 26 goals and ranks second in the NCAA with .81 goals per game. The 26 goals are the highest single-season total for one player in the program since 1997. He had 39 points in the regular season, 18 of which came against Big Ten opponents.Frey ended the season with a .916 save percentage in conference games and a .910 save percentage in the regular season. Frey was injured for part of the season, and shared playing time with fellow senior goaltender Matt Tomkins. Frey was 9-7-3 with one shutout this season.Senior goaltender Logan Davis received one of six Big Ten sportsmanship awards.OSU plays in the Big Ten quarterfinals against Michigan State in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. read more

Liverpool keeper referred to US doctors for concussion tests by club

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been referred to medical experts in Boston after the 24-year-old German visited Massachusetts General Hospital and was diagnosed with concussion five days after the Champions League final.Karius made terrible mistakes during the first and third goals that gave Madrid a 3-1 win at Kiev. Karius clashed with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, although in a statement released with the player’s permission yesterday, doctors did not tell whether or not that incident caused the goalkeeper concussion. However, Dr Ross Zafonte said it was “possible” the injury “would affect performance”.Zafonte, who is a leading expert in head injuries in the NFL, said Karius’ assessment involved reviewing “game film”, a “physical examination” and “objective metrics”, according to BBC.He continued that it was “likely” that “visual-spatial dysfunction” which hampers a person’s ability to process visual information about where objects are in space,  would have occurred immediately after the event that caused the concussion.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Dr Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, said a delay in the concussion diagnosis is “not surprising”.“How did he get concussed and we didn’t know?“The obvious signs of concussion can take hours and days to develop, so it’s not surprising that it might be picked up after the match.”last_img read more

Semifinals are ready for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup

first_imgFour teams will battle to get two tickets to the tournament final, as they want to show they are the best nation in the confederation.After eight teams battled it out in the Quarterfinals, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals are ready to be played now.Iran won the right to attend the Semifinal when they defeated China 3-0 on January 24.Meanwhile, Japan was able to beat surprising Vietnam the same day.On January 25, South Korea lost 1-0 against Qatar, while hosts the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defeated current champions Australia.The stage is set now for the Semifinals, which will start playing on January 28th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium when Iran takes on Japan.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.Iran trashed Yemen 5-0 in Group D and then defeated Vietnam 2-0, only to draw against Iraq 0-0. The Persians then beat Oman 2-0 and China 3-0. They are the only team left who hasn’t allowed any goals against.Meanwhile, Japan has won all its five matches, beating Turkmenistan 3-2, Oman 1-0, and Uzbekistan 2-1. The Samurai Blue then defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Vietnam 1-0 in the elimination rounds.The other Semifinal will be played between Qatar and the hosts UAE on January 29th at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.Qatar is the only other country which has won all its matches so far in the tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts defeated Lebanon 2-0, trashed North Korea 6-0 and then beat Saudi Arabia 2-0. The Qatari then won 1-0 against Iraq and 1-0 against South Korea to be in the Semifinals.And of all four nations qualified to this stage, the United Arab Emirates have had the worst time at the tournament. The UAE drew 1-1 against Bahrain, then defeated India 2-0, only to draw again against Thailand. In the Round of 16, the locals had to go to overtime to beat Kyrgyzstan 3-2 but then defeated current champions Australia 1-0 in the Quarterfinals.The Final will be played on February 1st, at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, where the AFC will meet its new champion after Australia was defeated in the Quarterfinals.last_img read more

Family calls for hit and run driver to come forward 73 year

first_img Related Items:#tcihitandrun #johnhparker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – February 11, 2018 – A Turks and Caicos family is earnestly praying for the person who struck and killed a 73-year-old man in Five Cays on Friday to come forward and confess to what happened.Magnetic Media spoke to Kendra Parker, the niece of John Hilgrove Parker, the man killed in that hit and run on Friday night and she explained that the family is distraught and desperately hoping for the person responsible  to come out of the shadows.“We just want whoever it is that did this to come forward, to say what happened and to help to bring some closure for the family.”Police report that the incident happened around 11pm on Friday and was reported to 911 when Mr. Parker’s body was found unresponsive on the main Five Cays roadway.An investigation is launched now into the tragedy.  Police are asking for help in this investigation.Ms. Parker explained that her uncle was not only found ‘unresponsive’ but stripped of his wallet which held his identification and salary.  John Parker was a carpenter and mason, and was crossing the street to go home when he was hit by the unknown driver.“It was someone at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center that recognized my uncle and called the family.  He had nothing on him and for a while, no one knew who he was.”Parker says this was no way for her uncle to be treated, “his wallet, his house keys, his cell phone, his ids were all taken.”John Parker is from Provo, but spent many years in North Caicos.  Mr. Parker had recently moved from Kew Town to Five Cays. Photograph of John Parker, 73, provided by Familycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more