Teenage mothersTo successfully facilitate adolescent mothers into a formal school setting, there must be partnerships among Ministries and the Private Sector for additional benefits. This was among one of the recommendations made by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) after the completion of the Policy for the Reintegration of Adolescent Mothers into the Formal School System.While the policy was documented with the necessary information to address the idea of young mothers, the statement called for collaborations with the Education Ministry, the Public Health Ministry and the Social Protection Ministry with Private Sector entities.“There is need for highly coordinated operational partnerships among the relevant Government agencies and Private Sector organisations providing support services to adolescent parents and their children. Clear operational procedures for programme delivery to include social welfare programmes, referral and tracking shall be established. This will maximise efficiency and impartiality in the delivery of programmes.”According to the findings, increase emphasis should be placed on Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) since little attention is given to those areas.“A strong recommendation is being made for the teaching of HFLE in schools, with the inclusion of an ASRH component in the curriculum for Grades Nine and 10. To achieve this, the concern of teacher and parental resistance to addressing ASRH issues in schools needs to be addressed.”Meanwhile, it was recommended by the researchers that the counselling programme be strengthened in the school’s system and annual programme be provided to these teachers.They suggested that, “All education-sector staff, but in particular those responsible for the counselling and support of pregnant school girls and adolescent parents should be benevolent, empathic, accepting, competent and self-motivated. Designated teacher-counsellor should be trained to provide special guidance and support to those who are most at risk, troubled and vulnerable.”Additionally, while there have been modifications in the legislative framework for the protection of children and their rights, the study reveals that there is still a disconnection that lies between law and practice.“Notwithstanding these achievements in legislative reform, there is still a disconnection between law and practice which needs to be addressed if the reintegration policy is to be successfully implemented,” UNICEF stated.Suggestions were also made for the policy to be reviewed every four years to coincide with the Education Strategic Plan. There, reviews and recommendations would be made for the application and administration of the policy to a reintegration committee, which will be spearheaded by the Education Ministry.Less than a week ago, the newly introduced policy was handed over to the Ministry after the one-year study was completed by representatives from UNICEF.This was in light of the fact that in 2015, studies indicate that some 3712 girls were reported pregnant while in 2016, a total of 3032 were recorded. In both cases, the age range was between 15 to19 years. That accounts to more than 6000 cases in just two years, which placed Guyana at second ranking on the list of the teenage pregnancy cases in the Caribbean and Latin America.
0Shares0000Fellaini appeared to have words with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo/DAILY MAILMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Marouane Fellaini could be sidelined for two months after being forced off in Manchester United’s defeat at Tottenham.Fellaini lasted just seven minutes of Wednesday night’s 2-0 loss at Wembley, with reports suggesting that the Belgian international could be now set for a lengthy spell on the treatment table. United boss Jose Mourinho said: “He came off because he had something in his knee. Unlucky for him and unlucky for me. He came on with enthusiasm, but he has an injury in his ligament.”Subsequent reports have indicated that Fellaini has indeed suffered a serious injury, which rule him out for six to eight weeks.If the 30-year-old is out for two months, then it could severely limit Fellaini’s future contributions in a United shirt.Fellaini’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he is expected to leave Old Trafford on a Bosman deal in the summer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Amormino added that cell phone signals could trigger the caps, so a “no cell phone” zone was ordered around the recovery site. A blasting cap is normally used as a detonator when connected to a larger explosive, such as TNT, but divers hadn’t found any evidence of stronger explosives. By itself, this type of cap is capable of causing an explosion equivalent to that of a hand grenade, he said. The devices were discovered late Tuesday by environmental divers hired to check on algae growth in the harbor, officials said. “The question is … how did they get there? We have no idea,” he said, adding that officials think it’s unlikely the explosives are from the nearby Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. Amormino said investigators believe the caps were placed in the water sometime in the past two days, based on the corrosion on the wires. The wires were colored bright orange and bright green, and would be visible from a distance to a diver in the area, he said. Several agencies were called to help remove the explosives, including bomb squads from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The caps were placed in a reinforced box and will be taken to a remote location and detonated. Officials do not suspect terrorism, but an investigation is ongoing, Amormino said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA, Calif. – Divers worked Wednesday to recover at least eight wired blasting caps discovered in a Huntington Beach harbor. Authorities ordered a ban on cell phone use to prevent accidental detonation of the devices. The explosives were described as commercial-grade detonators used to trigger large explosions in mines or other sites and were considered highly unstable, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said in a telephone interview. They are about the size of a cigarette and were spread over a 150-yard area beneath nine to 15 feet of water, he said. Each cap was attached to a 10-foot-long, brightly colored wire and the caps appeared to have been intentionally placed on the ocean floor within the last 36 hours, he said. “They are very unstable in salt water. They do pose a threat to the divers, any swimmers, any boaters in the area,” but not to nearby homes or large yachts, he said.
CARLOS Tevez’s return failed to inspire Manchester City as Seamus Coleman’s 10-man Everton travelled to Eastlands last night – and won 2-1.Tevez boosted City before kick-off by withdrawing his transfer request, but the striker was largely anonymous.And it was Killybegs native Coleman who was the shining star, setting up Everton’s opener. As Baines’s cross curled in, Victor Anichebe leapt with Vincent Kompany and the ball flew on, apparently destined for a goal-kick. But Seamus Coleman didn’t give up. Kolarov turned his back as Coleman angled the ball towards Cahill.Kompany had moved out, fearing Coleman might cut the ball back to Rodwell, who was lurking on the edge of the area. Cahill, unmarked and dangerous, had all the time he needed to meet Coleman’s clipped cross with a firm header past goalkeeper Joe Hart.Leighton Baines put Everton 2-0 up by half-time but Victor Anchibe was sent off on the hour.City pulled one back when Yaya Toure’s shot deflected in off Phil Jagielka, but Kolo Toure was red carded late on. Coleman, exhausted by a stunning performance, was replaced with 15 minutes left to a rousing reception from the travelling Everton fans.At the final whistle those fans enjoyed a rendition of ‘2-1 and we spent f*** all’.It seems David Moyes capture of Coleman is looking like the bargain of the decade.IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN COLEMAN V GIVEN, BUT SHAY ON BENCH AS SEAMUS SHINES was last modified: December 21st, 2010 by gregShare 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)
A Donegal fishermen has taken a break from the rigours of his craft by posting a ‘selfie’ of himself with the M5 weather buoy.Martin Doherty from Mullaghduff works on the well-known fishing trawler the Western Viking. He has spent over twenty years working at sea and has seen many changes in the industry since his days as a greenhorn.He now has the benefits of modern technology to keep him in contact with his family and of course his friends on Facebook!He posted this snap (above) of him with the M5 weather buoy earlier this evening.The Irish Weather Buoy Network is designed to improve weather forecasts and safety at sea around Ireland. The buoy network provides vital data for weather forecasts, shipping bulletins, gale and swell warnings as well as data for general public information and research.The weather was calm at sea today for Doherty and his Western Viking colleagues and he reckons the data they’re receiving suggest were in for a good spell of weather on the mainland. ‘SELFIE’ LOVING DONEGAL FISHERMAN IS SOME BUOY! was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:news
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wind energy is increasingly seen as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, as it contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It is estimated that by 2050, wind turbines will contribute more than 20% of the global electricity supply. However, the rapid expansion of wind farms has raised concerns about the impact of wind turbines on wildlife.Research in that area has been limited and has yielded conflicting results. A new study, published in Energy Science, provides comprehensive data on how turbines affect bird populations.While the study did find a negative effect on some breeding birds, it also suggests ways to mitigate that effect through wind turbine design and placement, explains Madhu Khanna, professor of agricultural and consumer economics in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. Khanna is co-author of the study.“We found that there was a negative impact of three birds lost for every turbine within 400 meters of a bird habitat. The impact faded away as distance increased,” Khanna said.Overall, the researchers estimate that about 150,000 birds are affected by wind turbines in the U.S. every year. This includes both direct and indirect effects; that is, bird collisions with turbines as well as changes in bird habitat due to wind disturbances and other factors. The effects vary for different types of birds. When looking specifically at grassland birds, the researchers found fewer negative impacts than for other types of breeding birds.The researchers analyzed data on wind turbines, breeding birds, land use, and weather across the United States over a six-year period. The study included 1,670 wind turbines and 86 bird observation routes across 36 states from 2008 to 2014.“We compared bird routes that were close to turbines with those that were further away, making it possible to more easily and precisely identify the impact of the turbine, while controlling for other unobservable factors,” said Ruiqing Miao, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University and lead author on the study.The negative impacts on birds identified in this study are lower than estimates from some other studies. However, those studies were done on a smaller scale. This research uses a large dataset over a longer time frame, yielding more systematic and accurate information.The researchers also found that the size of the wind turbine and the length of the blades make a difference: taller turbines and shorter blades reduce the impact on birds. Other studies have found that turbine height was negatively correlated with bird count, but the present study separated height from blade length and found length to be the more important factor.The study’s findings can be used to inform decisions about wind turbine placement and design. Because the impact on birds diminishes as the distance increases, the researchers suggest that wind turbines be placed outside a 1,600-meter buffer zone of high-density bird habitats. They also recommend that turbines be taller but with shorter blade length.Policy decisions regarding wind energy must consider the tradeoff between sustainable energy and bird populations, Khanna said.“No single technology is such that it is only beneficial and has no negative consequences. You can minimize the effect by making the recommended adjustments,” she said.
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#Trends 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Employee participation and information overload are two of the most common concerns regarding enterprise 2.0 adoption, but Carl Frappaolo, writing at Information Architected, highlights a significantly greater concern: accuracy of information. The problems of cultivating collaboration and creating, finding and filtering information are secondary to the problem of ensuring that the information that both employees and the public access is up-to-date and factually accurate. Fortunately, read/write technologies can be a boon to the correction of error in the enterprise.Frappaolo makes a surprisingly relevant reference to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, comparing BP’s PR spin to incorrect information in enterprise content management:I keep my outrage and disgust about this entire situation in check – the point I want to raise here is this, if left unchecked and un-managed, garbage such as this could potentially be retrieved as “fact.” Content authentication and source identification are critical to a comprehensive ECM strategy.Internet and intranet sites alike have the potential to provide access to a wealth of content, but can contain “garbage” among the “jewels”, garbage as rank and lethal as the oil “spill” itself. (OK I snuck that in.)Consumers of content need to be diligent in filtering garbage from “fact”, or be assured, as is the case with our client going forward, that systems are in place to control publication. I am not advocating censorship, but ECM systems need to provide some approach to quality control, tailored to the scope and needs of individual situations. Fact checking, authority and credentials of authors, and/or providing clear and blatant identification of authorship are all steps that can be taken to at least let the reader decide what is content and what is “garbage”.But, in the work place, deliberate deception isn’t the the most common source of incorrect or misleading information – human error is. And mistakes are inevitable. In a true “read/write enterprise” employees are not only empowered to contribute information, but to draw attention to and correct false information. Unlike a binder on a dusty shelf, a corporate wiki can be instantly updated with correct information if an error, or need for clarification, is found. Also, the corporate intranet, employee manual and other formal documentation probably aren’t the enterprise’s only repositories of knowledge – employees’ minds often hold far more organizational information than any physical or digital information system. And employees transmit that information verbally, sometimes in trainings but often in informal ways. And when information travels through imperfect, noisy channels – like word of mouth or gossip – error creeps in. If a group of employees receive false information and spread it around, it can take days, weeks or even years for someone to realize the mistake and try to let the right employees know.When discussions are made public, searchable, and – as Frappaolo calls for – attributed, it becomes much easier to transmit information accurately and trace down the source of incorrect information. A correction can be mentioned in a discussion thread or appended to a document immediately, hopefully before false information becomes ingrained in an employees consciousness.For example, if an employee asks a procedural question on the company’s microblog, they can receive answers from people outside their immediate area and department – and managers can see how the question was answered and give a prompt and authoritative correction to any mistaken answers. In this case, errors can become useful learning experiences instead of of malevolent contagions.It may take years for organizational culture to make the shift from the proverbial water cooler to participatory digital media (and unfortunately, this paradigm may not translate well to news media), but the sooner it happens the sooner information can be codified and corrected.Photo by o b s k u r a Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley
markhachman A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#web Analysts at IDC said Friday that the launch of Windows 8 in October will be directly responsible for boosting the flat U.S. PC market into a period of moderate growth next year. And they were surprisingly specific about how big a bump Microsoft’s new operation system will deliver.David Daoud, research director of personal computing at IDC, said the firm is attributing 5 percentage points of U.S. PC market unit growth to Windows 8.From Flat To Up“In other words, for 2013, the market otherwise would have been flat,” Daoud told ReadWriteWeb. “But for Windows 8, we boost it by about 5%, so that gives it 5% growth. That’s essentially the premium given to Windows 8.”On Thursday, IDC reported that PC growth was slowing in advance of Windows 8’s launch in late October. Just 367 million PCs will ship into the market this year, up less than 1% from 2011 and marking the second consecutive year of growth below 2%, IDC said.Despite the advent of Windows 8, IDC also reduced its worldwide PC forecast for the next few years. IDC now estimates that that worldwide PC shipment growth will average 7.1% from 2013-2016, down from the 8.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) previously forecast for 2012-2016. IDC did not formally break out numbers for individual regions.Next year, however, worldwide PC sales in units should jump from 0.9% this year to 6.5%, with growth accelerating to 7.0% and 7.5% in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Much of that demand will come from emerging markets, whose residents are still buying their first PCs, as well as purchasing Windows 8 replacements for those they already own.Part of IDC’s adjusted forecast can be explained by its definition of a PC: IDC still defines a PC as a box with an associated keyboard, whether it be a notebook or desktop computer. As more consumers choose tablets, which typically lack those discrete keyboards, the number of “PCs” sold decreases. Daoud also said that IDC factored in macroeconomic conditions; although U.S. GDP growth is expected to be about 2.0% next year, Europe is struggling and the Asia-Pacific region is “cooling off,” he said.Windows 8 Driving PC DifferentiationOne way that PC makers plan to cope is by using Windows 8 to drive new kinds of PCs. The Windows 8 PC designs Daoud has seen show that PC makers plan to differentiate their products. “So we do think there is the opportunity for growth,” he said.Still, Daoud wasn’t prepared to cast Windows 8 as an unmitigated success, citing increased uncertainty “Windows 8 will have positive repercussions, without any doubt,” Daoud said. “That’s why we’re witnessing consumers waiting for that operating system to hit the market.“But there’s a lot of unanswered questions: the price point, the design, how consumers will receive the product,” Daoud added. “So it’s also a wild card… We’re certainly moving to a crossroads in the industry: we’re moving to a new OS, new user interface, user behavior, new usage model, new software delivered through the app store, which is a new delivery mechanism. So we’re seeing a totally new type of environment, meaning that consumers will need to be educated about this.”PC Makers Getting HammeredGiven the anticipation and uncertainty surrounding Windows 8, the slowdown in PC shipments before the launch of the new operating system should have come as no surprise. But PC makers were apparently caught unprepared.In a conference call with analysts this week, Hewlett Packard chief executive Meg Whitman acknowledged that the number of PCs sold through the channel “softened” or slowed during the second half of July, driving the amount of stock in retailers’ hands “higher than our acceptable ranges,” Whitman said. All told, the company’s commercial revenue slipped 9% and consumer revenue declined 12% year-over-year, HP said.Dell’s results were even worse: consumer revenue slipped 22%, and a combination of weak consumer environment and macroeconomic concerns prompted Dell to cut its revenue forecast by 2% to 5%.“In the quarter, we saw the channel drawing down inventory in anticipation of the Windows 8 launch,” Brian Gladden, Dell’s chief financial officer, reported. Dell’s strategy of maximising profits at all levels of the business failed to pay off, as the only growth the company saw was in the low-value segments, Gladden reported; high-end customers, who undoubtedly knew Windows 8 was coming, held off purchasing PCs.Arrow image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Muslim populationVadodara, Dec 7 (PTI) BJP contestant from Dabhoi Assembly seat in Gujarat, Shailesh Sotta today courted controversy by allegedly saying that the population of “topi and dadhiwalas”, an apparent reference to Muslims, should be “reduced”.He also said that he came to Dabhoi to “instill fear” and that if sporadic communal clashes were not stopped a “befitting reply” would be given.”If any topi, daadhiwala (anybody wearing a cap and sporting beard) is sitting here (in the crowd), then pardon me, but there is a need to reduce their population. Many leaders asked me not to say this, as it may go against me, but if 90 per cent of people are supporting me, then why shall I stop speaking about the 10 per cent people?” Sotta purportedly said at what appeared to be a small gathering in Dabhoi town in Vadodara district.The video of the speech he made in Gujarati has gone viral.”(They say) dont talk about the community in which you are born (Hindu), and if you want to talk about that (the community), then dont contest election. But I will fight election for the religion in which I am born,” Sotta purportedly said.Sotta, a Vadodara councillor who is contesting Assembly polls for the first time, said they (Muslims) will have to stop sporadic clashes (communal incidents) or they will get eent ka jawab pathhar se (tit for tat response).Dabhoi is going to polls in the second phase on December 14.”There was a meeting of a peace committee in which a tadipaar (externed criminal) said that he is scared of the BJP candidate (Sotta). There is nothing wrong in this,” he said.advertisementHe said he came to Dabhoi to “scare people” and not the other way round.”I came here to scare people. I am here not to get frightened, but to make others frightened. And if anti-social elements remain scared, then it is required for this place,” he said.Sotta could not be contacted on phone for his reaction.He is pitted against senior Congress leader Siddharth Patel.After Sottas video was aired by some news channels, Ahmedabad-based social worker Nishant Varma filed a complaint with the State Election Commission against Sotta over his “highly communal and instigating” comments against the Muslim community and for “violating the poll code”.”He (Sotta) is clearly heard saying that Muslim population must be reduced in the area, and that Muslims will face eent ka jawab pathhar se. He is saying all this to appease 90 per cent (Hindu) voters and not the rest 10 per cent,” Varma said in his complaint.”He (Sotta) is referring to Muslims as topi and daadhiwala which is completely unacceptable and a clear violation of the model code of conduct as well as various provisions of the CrPC and IPC,” he said. PTI KA PD NSK SC
Alia got a chance yesterday to relive her childhood days as she paid a visit to her school for Annual Sports Meet.According to Pink Villa report, the actor enjoyed her time watching several children participate in sports events. While giving bytes to Pink Villa, Alia spoke about how she reached on time as she can’t be late to school no matter what.The 24-year-old actress, a former student of Jamnabai Narsee, told Times Now that she was honored to be taking the salute for the Sports Meet.About the event:The event commenced with a march-past of contingents from all participating schools followed by the Mallakhambh performance by the students of the Victoria Memorial School for the blindThe Athlete’s Oath was taken by winners of 2016 while the Torch Run was followed by varied athletic as well as festive races depending on the capabilities of the studentsAbout 1,150 differently able students from 43 special schools participated in the Special Sports Meet in order to celebrate the spirit of inclusionQualifications and professional career of the actor:She completed her class 12th from Jamnabai Narsee School, MumbaiShe had decided to finish her 12th and go on to study drama, but after being in the cast of Student of the Year film, she changed her plansHer college education didn’t start due to her acting careerHer film acting career as a leading star started in 2012 under the Karan Johar’s Students of the Year Since her first movie, she has not turned back and is continuing to entertain the audience with her outstanding acting skillsAbout Jamnabai Narsee School:Jamnabai Narsee School, situated in the western suburbs of Mumbai, stands tall as a premium educational institution of international standards in IndiaThe school provide quality education, right from the pre- school to the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examinationBesides offering the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) curriculum, the school facilitates schooling through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) at the secondary levelThe aim of the school is to develop well rounded individuals, who are eco-conscious and will grow up to be global citizens with humanitarian valuesThe school motto “Knowledge is Strength Supreme” is succinctly encapsulated in its school emblem through the symbol of the lighted lamp at the centre of the hexagonRead: Washington University to mentor IIT Delhi students, signs agreementadvertisementRead: National Medical Commission Bill approved by Union Cabinet, MCI to be replaced