Casting call for Miss Berbice “I’m a Big Deal” Pageant

first_imgThe Miss Berbice “I am a Big Deal” Pageant is expected to take centre stage once again in November and it promises to be bigger and better than last year’s edition.The reigning queen Farah Valentina Bates has been representing the Ancient County to the best of her ability and is preparing to hand over her crown come November.One lucky young lady will walk away with the title and more so, cash and other prizes when she is crowned the Miss Berbice “I’m a Big Deal” Queen. However, this cannot be possible if that lucky young lady does not apply.The casting call has been sounded, and those young ladies who think that they are passionate, eloquent, industrious and ambitious need to apply to be part of the extravaganza.The applicant must be between the ages 17 and 25 and must be unmarried, without children and most importantly, must be living in Berbice.If you possess the abovementioned criteria, then send an application to or inbox us on Facebook with a recent photograph.Once selected, the delegates will begin the journey of a lifetime – one that will empower them with the necessary tools to deal with social ills in society and more so, be one step closer to the crown.Once the finalists have been selected, they will undergo rigorous training as they are prepared to compete in several segments on the night of the grand coronation. The delegates will be judged on costume, talent, swimwear, evening wear and intelligence.Closing date for entries is August 22. For more information, please contact the organisers on 666-4337 or 698-2500.last_img read more

Data ‘prove’ each side’s schools case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Experts note that there is no single statistic that can definitively summarize how well a school district is doing in all areas. While state education officials rely most on the Academic Performance Index score, which reflects standardized tests and high school exit exams and measures year-to-year changes, a district also can be evaluated on dropout rates, English-proficiency exams, percentage of students who complete college requirements, the proportion of fully credentialed teachers and the progress of a facilities program. “These statistics are absolutely vital,” said Superintendent Roy Romer. “It’s (how) I hold myself accountable. It’s (how) I hold the people who work for me accountable. “The problem is … you have a popular mayor using generalities, saying it’s a status-quo district. This is far from status quo. We have more happening here than anywhere in the country.” In frequent lobbying trips to Sacramento, LAUSD officials have armed themselves with a variety of data in dozens of color charts and graphs, depicting what they say has been the district’s steady progress in recent years. That progress, they argue, means there is no need for the mayor’s proposed governance structure. SACRAMENTO – The high-stakes public relations battle over Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s bid to take over Los Angeles public schools has escalated into a duel as much over statistics as over politics. Dropout rates, test scores and English-language proficiency, or lack of it, are just some of the data cited as evidence that the Los Angeles Unified School District is either making progress or failing its 727,000 children. As both proponents and opponents of the proposed district-reform legislation arm themselves with a wide array of facts and figures, political analysts caution that data can be easily manipulated and presented on a selective basis. “It’s standard everyday practice in politics,” said Jack Pitney, a Claremont McKenna College government professor who worked as a staffer for congressional Republicans in the 1980s. “When I was working on the Hill, we had a cynical saying: We tortured the numbers until they told us what we wanted to hear.” District officials note that from 2002 to 2005, students who met English-proficiency criteria on the California English Language Development Test jumped from below to above the state average. During that period, the district average increased from 26 percent to 45 percent, while the state average moved from 32 percent to 44 percent. District officials also note that minority students in 12th grade are exceeding state averages for completion of courses to attend a state university or college. About 40 percent of Hispanic students in LAUSD completed those courses last year, compared with about 24 percent statewide. But Villaraigosa cites statistics that 81 percent of middle-school students in the district are in schools identified by the federal or state government as failing schools. He also cites data showing 87 percent of students are below national competency levels in the eighth grade in math and reading. And in one of the most hotly contested statistics, Villaraigosa has cited several academic studies that have found half or more of LAUSD’s students fail to graduate from high school. “I look at the schools of Los Angeles, and I know that the Harvard study, the Manhattan Institute study, the Urban Institute study and last week the Education Week study all confirmed that the graduation rate or the dropout rate is roughly at 50 percent,” Villaraigosa told a Senate education committee last week in the first hearing on his school-takeover legislation. “Fifty percent: That means we’re losing half of our kids. Half of the children that go to L.A. Unified don’t graduate from high school.” District officials dispute those figures, saying the studies did not accurately track students who transferred schools or moved out of the district. Under the state’s reporting requirements, the district pegged its dropout rate at 24 percent last year, down from 33 percent the two previous years. District officials counter the mayor’s arguments with data on Academic Performance Index scores, which have shown sharp increases in the last six years. While the entire state has shown increases – and LAUSD still remains below the state average – the district’s rate of improvement has been more rapid than the state’s overall gain. At the elementary school level, the district’s mean API scores rose 196 points since 1999 – to 719 in 2005. During the same period, the state average moved up 125 points, to 755. The API is on a 1,000-point scale, and the state Department of Education considers a school successful if it reaches 800 points or higher. Still, while the state Department of Education says the API is a strong assessment tool because it looks at how school districts are improving over time – rather than whether they meet certain set targets – some critics say it can mask failures in selected areas. Jim Lanich, president of California Business for Education Excellence, which supports the mayor’s plan, said API scores alone don’t provide enough incentive to improve the success rate of some groups of students, such as ethnic minorities. The test, for example, gives added weight to scores in districts that move students from the bottom tier of achievement to the next-to-bottom. So a district with many students who are still far from proficient can get a higher score and win praise if a number of those students move from “far below basic” to the “below basic” category, even when most students are far below grade level. Lanich, a former LAUSD teacher who was in charge of a program in the late 1990s to improve test scores at the 100 lowest-performing schools in Los Angeles County, prefers a measuring system called Adequate Yearly Progress. Under that measurement, based on the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools are evaluated on their ability to hit a set target, rather than on improvement from the previous year. With the adequate-progress measurement, Lanich argues, it is easier to see whether a district is continuing to fail its students and whether the achievement gap between minority students and non-Latino white students is still significant. Ultimately, Pitney said, it is fortunate that the public has more tools at its disposal than ever before, thanks to the Internet, to try to verify facts and figures being cited in the heated debate. “It’s let the buyer beware,” he said. “The public should be appropriately skeptical. Always ask where the numbers come from.” harrison.sheppard@ (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Southampton 1-1 Tottenham: Spurs stars rated and slated

first_img Michel Vorm – 7 – Kept busy by the hosts and made a number of routine saves in the absence of the ill Hugo Lloris. Tottenham missed their chance to move into the top four of the Premier League after being held by Southampton – LIVE on talkSPORT.Harry Kane scored his 99th Premier League goal but could not grab his century as Spurs dropped two points at St. Mary’s.The draw leaves Mauricio Pochettino’s side in fifth place and two points adrift of fourth placed Liverpool.But how did Spurs perform against Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Tottenham player ratings… Moussa Sissoko – 4 – Perhaps should have given Spurs the lead when Davies’ driven effort came his way. Clumsy in attacking situations when precision was needed. Mousa Dembele – 6 – Lost possession in dangerous areas at times and was given plenty of leeway by the referee for his combative style. Not at his best like plenty of his teammates. 14 14 Jan Vertonghen – 7 – Composed as ever and led by example when others around him were floundering. Showed his pace and strength at crucial moments to deny clear openings for the Saints. 14 Davinson Sanchez – 5 – Unfortunate to put the ball through his own net after attempting to cut out Bertrand’s cross. Looked a little shaky but gradually regained his confidence. Eric Dier – 6 – Hit the outside of the post with a close range effort and showed his range of passing at times. Not the creative presence Spurs desperately needed. Ben Davies – 6 – Good delivery from wide areas and created Spurs’ equaliser from a corner kick. One of Spurs’ better performers in what was a lethargic display. 14 Serge Aurier – 5 – Tested by Tadic on the flank given his high position and was outpaced by Bertrand for Southampton’s goal. Later taken off with a hamstring issue. 14 14 14 Harry Kane – 7 – Drew Spurs level after easing Ward-Prowse off the ball before heading home. Should have scored the winner but dragged his shot wide of the mark when he looked set to grab his 100th Premier League goal. 14 SUB – Erik Lamela – 5 – Should have scored from Sissoko’s pass and wasted other shooting opportunities. 14 14 14 Dele Alli – 6 – Given an unusual amount of space to operate in by Southampton. Linked up the play well at times but lacked a clinical touch. 14 Son Heung-min – 5 – Very quiet but could have done better with an early second half opportunity before being dragged off for Lamela. 14 SUB – Kieran Trippier – 5 – Did not get the opportunity to deliver his trademark crosses in the closing stages. 14 SUB – Victor Wanyama – 5 – Frustrated his teammates with his decision to shoot from distance when applying further pressure was needed.last_img read more

Hull City insist Tottenham and Everton target will not be sold in January

first_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Hull City star Jarrod Bowen will not be sold in the January transfer window, the club’s vice-chairman Ehab Allam says.Bowen, who has scored 11 goals in 26 games this season, has been linked with moves to Premier League club Tottenham, Everton and Leicester City. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED REVEALED latest revealed Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Jarrod Bowen (left) has been key to Hull’s recent revival 1 whoops Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF center_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY Latest football news gameday cracker Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings But Allam is not prepared to let any of Hull’s key players leave this month.He said: “Our recent fantastic run of results has given everyone at the club and supporters fresh optimism as we embark on the second half of the season.“To build on this positive momentum on the pitch we have no intention of selling key players.“We are currently working closely with Nigel to support him to further enhance our squad, and therefore give us a great opportunity to close the gap to the top six and end the season on a high. predicted “The recent form is a testament to the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes at the club, so a big thank you to Nigel, the players, and all of our staff.”Bowen, 22, was named Championship Player of the Month for December, a month during which Nigel Adkins’ men distanced themselves from the relegation zone.Hull have won six of their last seven league matches to climb up to 13th in the table.last_img read more

Andy Murray cruises into Australian Open third round

first_imgA simple volley flew off the frame of his racket to give Murray a 3-0 lead and soon enough the Scot held a two-set lead, taking the second 6-0.There was a brief scare when Murray appeared to hurt his ankle early in the final set but after some treatment the Dunblane ace was able to finish the match without any further problems.Now Murray will face Querrey, the big-serving American who is seeded 31st for the championship. The 29-year-old enjoyed his own comfortable win, beating Alex De Minaur 7-6, 6-0, 6-1 and having upset Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last year, Querrey is not a player to be underestimated. Sir Andy Murray eased into the Australian Open third round with a straight sets win over Andrey Rublev.The world number one took one hour and 37 minutes to dispose of the Russian teenager 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 in Melbourne to set up a meeting with Sam Querrey.After a lacklustre display in his opening match of the tournament, Murray raced through the first set to take it 6-3 in just 31 minutes.Rublev, ranked 152 in the world, was not enjoying his experience in the Rod Laver Arena. last_img read more

Iowa State Hosts Texas

first_imgAmes, Iowa — Iowa State takes a 5-4 record into a home game against Texas.The Cyclones are coming off a 42-41 loss at Oklahoma and coach Matt Campbell is confident his team can finish strong.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Texas enters with a record of 6-3.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Longhorns are the only Big 12 team a Matt Campbell Iowa State team has not beaten.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Kick off is at 2:30 pm at Jack Trice Stadiumlast_img

‘Tin-can-do’ connects rural areas

first_img20 February 2006“I can’t believe I’m surfing the net from my own home,” Agnes Mdluli’s teenage daughter exclaimed shortly after a tin can and a bicycle spoke connected their computer to the internet.The can-antenna, dubbed the “cantenna”, is made from a metal can, such as a coffee tin, and a section of bicycle spoke soldered into a special connector which can connect to another point with a similar antenna up to five kilometres away.“We’re excited about this,” says David Johnson, research leader at the Meraka Institute, a new body set up to boost social and economic growth through training, research and development in information and communications technology.“We’re excited for the community. Imagine the difference this will make in terms of accessing information and gaining knowledge.”Internet research and VoIPMduli’s house in Peebles Valley near White River in Mpumalanga was the site of the first cantenna installation in July 2005.Peebles Valley, also known as the Masoyi tribal area, is a poor community of some 220 000 people where it is estimated that up to 33% of the sexually active population is HIV-positive.Mdluli was given priority on the premise that she works at the Aids care training and support clinic in Peebles Valley. The clinic cares mostly for HIV/Aids patients from that area and surrounding villages and townships.The cantenna will allow Mdluli to do internet-based research on HIV/Aids and other health matters. She will also be able to make Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls to health workers across the country.Cantennas – small, self-constructed antennas made from locally available material – are connected to a low-cost WiFi card plugged into a computer. A small wireless router is placed in a weatherproof casing on a pole to which several community members can connect to form a community mesh network.The mesh networking technology allows the wireless installations to automatically configure themselves to find the optimal routes through the network, and very little configuration is needed to set them up.The technology has also enabled the local high school, which uses a more costly omni-direction antenna, to gain internet access through its computer centre.Training will also be carried out to teach the community how to construct their own cantennas, set up wireless routers and connect them to computers.First Mile, First InchThe cantenna project in Peebles Valley is one of 10 sub-projects in the Meraka Institute’s First Mile, First Inch network of projects, set up to explore the technological and social consequences of low-cost telecommunications implemented in remote schools, clinics, and telecentres.According to the International Development Research Centre, which is funding First Mile, First Inch, the end point of telecommunications distribution networks – often referred to as the “last mile” – is usually the most expensive and difficult mile to deploy and manage in rural areas.First Mile, First Inch is thus attempting a paradigm shift towards user-centered “first mile” (the starting point of a network) and “first inch” (the immediate experience of the end user) solutions.Project leaders seek to demonstrate how the “first mile” in poorly served rural communities – the gap between a PC and established telecoms infrastructure – can be bridged using technologies such as WiFi, wired Ethernet, powerline technologies or Bluetooth.To allow users to interact with their computers – to get past the “first inch” – the project aims to develop open source, easy-to-use applications in local languages.The key goal is sustainability: helping local communities build their own neighbourhood networks and cultivate the skills required to manage and ultimately replicate these networks elsewhere.Source: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cashmaster’s New Cash-Management Application Reportedly Closes the Loop for Retailers

first_imgThe availability of pertinent, ‘real-time’ management information (MI) is fast becoming a key prerequisite of the physical cash management sector. The growth in software platforms is a clear indicator that good MI and greater cash visibility is becoming more important to all businesses large or small.In line with this market development, Cashmaster, a leading company in the global cash-management sector, is launching Cashmaster Connect, an innovative new MI application for use with its newest count-by-weight cash-counting scales range, Cashmaster One.The new application, which is being demonstrated on the company’s booth at NRF’s BIG Retail Show in New York (Jan 15–17), helps close the loop for retailers that want to keep track of their cash. It reportedly gives them a simple way to record cash-count data from tills accurately and efficiently in a matter of seconds. Cashmaster Connect allows users in busy retail environments to automatically output till counts in Excel format. This means retailers can automatically capture important cash data, reportedly making financial reporting easier and more accurate than ever.- Sponsor – The application, which is being offered on a free six-month subscription to the first 500 subscribers, allows users to connect their Cashmaster One cash counter to their Windows PC, laptop or tablet. The Cashmaster One range, with its highly intuitive functionality, reportedly makes it the only count-by-weight product of its kind in the USA (and the world).Working in PartnershipAs part of the company’s wider strategy for providing a complete cash-management solution for its customers in small and large enterprise organizations, 2017 will see Cashmaster working in close partnership with key providers of both software and hardware product solutions that target retail and other sectors.“We receive daily feedback from our customers on how our Cashmaster count-by-weight devices have an immediate impact on their cash management with real improvements in efficiency, accuracy and cost savings,” said Amanda Treend, group product and marketing director at Cashmaster. “Managing your cash successfully tends not to be a single-product fix. Cashmaster technology is designed to integrate seamlessly with a variety cash-management hardware. We’re delighted that our Cashmaster Connect application and the strategic partnerships we are developing will significantly expand our cash-management solutions offer to retailers of all sizes, whether they are sole traders or large enterprises.”To learn more about Cashmaster Connect, visit the company’s booth #216 at NRF Retail’s BIG Show, January 15–17. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Git.js: A Git Implementation in Pure JavaScript

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts The command-line version currently implements: Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#hack#Tools klint finleycenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Git.js is a pure JavaScript implementation of Git created by Daniel Benjamin Lucraft. It currently has two clients: a command-line Node.js one, and a API for accessing git.js through HTTP.According to the ReadMe, here’s what it currently supports: git.js log (shows 10 commits)git.js branch (listing local branches)git.js show SHA (show object information)The client side API implements:creating an in-memory repofetching remote objects through the dumb or smart HTTP git protocolsbrowsing the object graphcreating HTML object diffs Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more