Duke of Edinburgh Award Helping to Build Character

first_imgRelatedDuke of Edinburgh Award Helping to Build Character Duke of Edinburgh Award Helping to Build Character UncategorizedApril 2, 2008 RelatedDuke of Edinburgh Award Helping to Build Character RelatedDuke of Edinburgh Award Helping to Build Charactercenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme, which has been operating in Jamaica since 1961, has been moulding the character of thousands of Jamaicans for over 40 years.Director of the programme in Jamaica, Vernon Derby, explains to JIS News that the Duke of Edinburgh’s programme enables young people to participate in a number of activities and learn a skill.“Of course you prefer them to learn something that they are not doing in school like probably karate, (or) plumbing. They go on expeditions (and) this is what they really like. They have to go up to the mountains out there into the wild and they learn about life and about nature,” Mr. Derby says.“They also learn how to work as a team and this is very important. You know nowadays they put two of us together and it’s a disagreement, it brings an argument and four is a fight. So what we try to do is get the young people to work together,” he adds.He also informs that for persons to go on expeditions they have to learn a number of things such as map reading, camp craft, and how to treat the environment.Persons participate in the programme to gain an award with each successive one requiring a greater degree of commitment.The gold award, the highest honour, is presented to persons 16 years and older, who have diligently completed eight months to two years of activities and exhibit responsible adult behaviour and citizenship.Youngsters 15 years or older may enter the silver award category and must be engaged in tasks for 12 to 18 months, while persons aged 14 years and older may gain the bronze award, which can be achieved within six months to a year.To win an award, participants must complete activities in four sections for a specified minimum period of time. These include service, an adventurous journey, skills, and physical recreation. There is an additional requirement of a residential project at the gold level. Participants decide what they would like to do for each section.In the meantime, Mr. Derby in defending the programme notes that because it’s international “if you are applying for a scholarship it would be recognized that you have been involved in a character development programme.” “When you walk out there with that gold pin or that silver or bronze it is big. A great thing about this programme is that it gives a chance for people especially in the schools, it’s a wonderful opportunity for teachers to work with the young people,” Mr. Derby says.He adds that, “working with a youngster in a classroom is far different from going out there into the wild and working with that youngster. You get to know them, (and) they share their thoughts with you.”“I wish I could get all our principals to get the students involved in this programme. Because I guarantee you if they get all the students participating in the programme, giving service, going on the expeditions and being a leader I guarantee you that the kind of challenges we have in the schools we are not going to have it,” Mr. Derby asserts.He notes that participants in the programme are treated with respect. “One rule is that you never shout at a youngster, you big them up. Even in the award book nothing bad is put in that book about them. So we believe in positive reinforcement,” Mr. Derby says.“If this programme is adopted all through this country I guarantee you it can make a difference to the lives of the young people. The way we deal with young people it is different, we have fun with them, try to get them together and when young people have fun they cooperate,” he adds.The Duke of Edinburgh award ceremony will be held on April 2, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston beginning at 2:00 p.m. It is a character-building programme, which allows young people age 14 to 25 years, to participate in activities aimed at fostering independence and the development of self-worth.It is a worldwide programme, which began in Britain in 1956 as a means of allowing young people to become more balanced. Advertisementslast_img read more

Legal cashier with criminal record banned from practice

first_imgA former legal cashier with a criminal conviction for fraud has been banned from working in a legal practice by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.Omer Mian, who worked as a legal cashier for Albany Solicitors at 16 Park Grove in Cardiff, was convicted of conspiracy to defraud in July 2017. The Crown Court found that Mian had fraudulently provided employment references for several mortgage applications. He was also found to have certified mortgage applications for people he later accepted never to have met.Mian, who was born in 1973, was sentenced to 29 months imprisonment and was released in January 2019.The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) alleged that it would be undesirable for Mian to be involved in a legal practice given his criminal conviction. It also invited the tribunal to impose a fine.According to the judgment, Mian admitted the allegation and did not oppose the making of a section 43 order preventing him from working in a legal practice. However, he did oppose the imposition of a financial penalty, telling the tribunal he could not afford to pay a fine.The tribunal said it was ‘satisfied in the light of the nature of the conviction it would be undesirable for the respondent to be involved in a legal practice’. However, it did not impose a financially penalty.The SRA applied for costs of £6,086, stating that its 455 pages of documents were not ‘excessive’, as claimed by the tribunal. However, costs were reduced to £4,086.last_img read more

UWF places 26 on D2ADA Academic Achievement Award list

first_img Share   CLEVELAND – The University of West Florida was one of 118 NCAA Division II institutions to put a bevy of student-athletes on the Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award list it was announced today by the D2ADA. Some 4,492 student-athletes across the nation were recognized for this particular achievement, with UWF and the University of West Alabama being the only two schools from the Gulf South Conference to boast award winners. In order to be eligible for the accolades, a student-athlete must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, have attended at least two years of college-level courses and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#List of UWF 2011-12 D2ADA Academic Achievement Award Winners   Print Friendly Version UWF places 26 on D2ADA Academic Achievement Award listlast_img read more

Dream Journey wins at Takarazuka

first_img“It’s a great victory. I was able to pace him well. He reacted strongly as soon as he entered the final straight,” Ikezoe said. “I was worried about the weather, but it didn’t rain. This is the luck that Journey is born with, I guess.”Third pick Sakura Mega Wonder finished second, followed by odds-on favorite Deep Sky a further neck back.Dream Journey paid out ¥710 on a ¥100 wager. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Second favorite Dream Journey blew past his rivals in the final stretch for a 1 3/4 length victory at the Takarazuka Kinen and his second career Grade One title Sunday.The 5-year-old Dream Journey, ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe, covered the 2,200-meter race on turf in 2 minutes, 11.3 seconds at Hanshin Racecourse.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Ishikawa shoots opening-round 70

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KASAMA, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) Ryo Ishikawa got off to a strong start in a bid to win his first major title at the Japan Golf Tour Championship on Thursday.The 18-year-old Ishikawa shot a 1-under 70 to sit one stroke behind leader Katsumasa Miyamoto in a tie for second at Shishido Hills Country Club.center_img The 2009 money leader has won seven times on the JGTO Tour, but never in a major championship.Also one shot behind were Hiroyuki Fujita, Kiyoshi Miyazato and Michio Matsumura. last_img

Google is preparing an experiment. Chrome 86 will stop displaying…

first_imgGoogle will begin experimenting with displaying a web address in the address bar in the upcoming Chrome 86. A random sample (A / B test) of users will not see the complete URL, but only the part with the domain.Engineers want to know what role the Internet domain actually plays today and whether address simplification will not help in the fight against phishing. When viewing a long URL, one does not notice a typo and does not realize that it is on a fraudulent page.For example:Legitimate domain of nejlepsiweb.czUnderwater domain: nejlespiweb.czChrome is now in a stable version 84, 86ka will arrive in a while, however, if you have one of the test versions on your computer (for example, Chrome Canary), you can try the new product today.Address hiding enabled in test Chrome 86. By default, only the domain and the complete URL were displayed when I hovered or clicked on the address bar.In this case, you force its activation in the advanced settings at the internal address chrome: // flags, where it is necessary to activate the switches:chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-sometimes-elide-to-registrable-domainchrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-reveal-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-hoverOr possibly:chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-interactionEach of them sets the address in a slightly different way. Let’s just remind you that you will only find these switches in the trial version of Chrome 86. Not in the current one.You can easily turn off URL shorteningOf course, if Google chooses you for the test and you don’t like the news, you’ll be able to turn it off this way, or use the context menu of the address bar itself.Browsers have been simplifying address lines for yearsThe perception of the web address has changed significantly over the years. Today, thanks to Google and other search engines integrated directly into the address bar, we often do not enter exact addresses directly, but rather the names of the products we are looking for.The Internet domain is thus more of a guarantor of authenticity – that we are really on the website we wanted to visit. That’s why Google will try to increase the perception of the domain and, conversely, weaken the perception of the often spilled tea of ​​the entire URL with a pile of unreadable and confusing parameters.After all, this would not be the first simplification of its kind, because years ago browsers stopped displaying the communication protocol itself HTTP: //, HTTPS: //, etc. This is also an unnecessary technique from the point of view of the average user.last_img read more

Gerald Webster, 64, Wellington: Oct. 8, 1954 – Dec. 19, 2018

first_imgGerald L. Webster, of Wellington, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 64.Gerald was born the son of J.D. Webster, Jr and Catherine Wharry on Friday, October 8, 1954 in Wellington. Gerald loved music and was a talented drummer. He had the privilege in playing in a few bands earlier in his life. Survivors include his mother, Catherine Webster of Wellington; brother, Michael Webster and his wife Ruth of Aurora, Colorado; uncle, Jim Wharry and his wife Patti of Lincoln, Nebraska; uncle, Richard Wharry and his wife Ardeth of Fayetteville, Arkansas; aunt, Marjorie Simpson and her husband Corky of Tucson, Arizona; aunt, Gracie Webster of Wellington; aunt, Pam Webster of Caldwell; aunt, Shirley Webster of Amarillo, Texas; uncle, Calvin Webster and his wife Norma of Fredericksburg, Texas; uncle, Glen Heasty from Houston, Texas and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, J.D. Webster, Jr, grandparents and great-grandparents.The family will hold a private service.A memorial fund has been established in his loving memory to the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation.  Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Despite lower rank, Thais show true strength by beating Azkals

first_imgView comments Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK World champions collide in Clark Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND An AFF Suzuki Cup between Philippines and Thailand at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE— At the end of the day, Thailand is still number one.That’s what coach Kiatisuk Senamuang wanted to showcase despite resting majority of his usual starters for the match against the Philippines on Friday in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup at Philippine Sports Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Kiatisuk said: “We wanted the full three points in this match, the same way we wanted in our past matches. Our goal never changes, and our forecast is to be the champion.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Kiatisuk also shared that the win is a statement that Thailand is still the best team in the region despite what the Fifa rankings show.“Today, we wanted to show the ASEAN how strong we are. We want to look at the Fifa ranking and show that we can beat number one team in the ASEAN,” he said.The Philippines is placed at 117 in the latest rankings, 12th in Asia and top in Southeast Asia.Thailand, meanwhile, is at 129, tied with Vietnam as the 15th best team in the continent.With the group stages now over, the War Elephants shift their attention to the bigger goal, which is to retain their title in the biennial meet.ADVERTISEMENT “We rested our players and we showed how deep our team is, and I know we have great players in our lineup,” he said after the War Elephants’ 1-0 victory over the Azkals.READ: Azkals lose to Thais, bomb out of Suzuki Cup at homeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSarawut Masuk squeaked in a late goal at the 81st minute to break the hearts of the Filipinos in attendance.Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Stefano Lillipaly gave Indonesia a 2-1 win in the 85th minute of its duel against Singapore to snag the second spot in Group A and advance to the semifinals, completing the devastating 10 minutes for the hosts. We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Photo of the Week: Who Wants to Drive Around Lake Erie?

first_imgConnecticut Street Armory, historic National Guard building in Buffalo, New YorkLiving near the Great Lakes gives you amazing opportunities to travel to interesting places, whether it’s the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior in Michigan, Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario overlooking the Detroit River, or the magnificent Niagara Falls. Years ago, we drove around Lake Michigan and had a fantastic time in the Upper Peninsula, Door County in Wisconsin, and walking along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago, Illinois.Last month we decided it was time to do another around-the-Great-Lake tour, this time around Lake Erie over Memorial Day weekend.Have to say it was a lot faster driving around Lake Erie than Lake Michigan!The smaller lake meant we had time to spend in several places along the lake, birdwatching, walking through the downtown area, and checking lakeshore parks.42nd parallel marker, Point Pelee, Ontario, CanadaIn addition to traveling in two countries, we saw:Beautiful spring birds in migration at the southernmost point of CanadaStunning architecture in Buffalo, New York, andGorgeous sunset in Toledo, Ohiobefore we finally made our way home. Check out photos from some of the places we traveled through in Michigan, Ontario, New York, and Ohio. Now we have to find a way (and time!) to travel around Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Lake Ontario! Ambassador Bridge, connecting Detroit, Michigan, United States and Windsor, Ontario, Canada Dinosaur sculpture at Bayfront Park in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Point Pelee, overlooking Lake Erie to the south Baltimore Oriole, Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York Detail of the Guaranty Building, Buffalo, New York Sunset over Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Winter Rainbow at Lake Erie MetroparkDid you see it? Look in the sky, to the left of the pond. I was expecting another hawk. Or perhaps a Great Blue Heron slowly winging its way across the early morning sky at Lake Erie Metropark on the northeastern shore of Lake Erie. I was surprised by what…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Kentucky Warbler Along Lake Huron ShorelineWhether I’m out in nearby woods and marshes, the southern shore of Lake Erie or the shore of another Great Lake, my weekends are spent birding. Peering through leaf-strewn marshland, harvested cornfields, bare shrub branches and leafed out tree canopies in cold, rainy, snowy, and sometimes sunny weather, I search…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: The Mega Rare, What is it Doing in Ohio? LimpkinIt took almost the entire afternoon. But with the help of 20 other pairs of birding eyes, and some fresh peach pie from Blackberry Tavern to boost my energy, I found the elusive, mega rare Limpkin. Why is it mega rare? Because the Limpkin’s habitat is Florida and the river…In “Nature”last_img read more

Transclick: Mobile Translation For Borderless Business

first_imgTags:#mobile#web Transclick is a mobile enterprise application thattranslates text in email, SMS and IM. The software has been around for a while (seethis CNNMoney.com article from March 2005), but is now starting to make waves as abusiness productivity tool. RIM Blackberry just announced Transclick as the winner of itsBlackBerryDeveloper Productivity Tools Challenge and they were a runner-upin the Skype Developer Contest recently.Business Use CasesFor the Blackberry version of Transclick, the translation tool that can be applied toany outgoing email or SMS message from the BlackBerry device and caters to 15 languages. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Transclick is obviously handy for translating emails and SMS on the fly. Possible usecases are: you work for a multinational company and have frequent communication acrossborders; or you are a member of a startup that outsources work to other countries (verycommon in the web industry now). Market positioning They claim to have 150 dictionaries in English to/from 16 languages – which CEO Robert Levintold me “makes our translation of SMS, email and IM more accurate than text translated onBabelfish, which is not integrated seamlessly with SMS, email and IM.” In terms of theirbusiness model, Levin told me it is subscriptions ($3 to $15 per month per user) andlicensing ($150,000 to $500,000 for a server farm) – “including 32 language directions,load balancing on a carrier grade system and access to 150 vertical market dictionariesfor higher accuracy.”Customization and Web app integrationTransclick is also able to be customized so that it translates technical or businessterms. In fact they have patents around thistechnology. Levin told me via email:“We have a patent for adding customized dictionaries that are context-sensitive andproduce superior translation to free translation services online. There is a lot ofdemand for this: free translation services already translate 300 million texts with 3billion words per month and Transclick is uniquely positioned with a patent, seasonedmanagement and major partners (RIM, Skype, Qualcomm and several large carriers) toexecute on a for-profit business model. We are getting traction now with large wirelesscarriers who want to share revenue with us as they globalize their collaborationservices.”One example of Transclick integrating with a Web app is its use as a Skype add-on, asdescribed a few months ago on the eBayDevelopers Program blog:“It’s an app that plugs into Skype Chat and provides real time translation between adozen different languages. There’s also a glossary function that lets you look up lesscommon technical terms–useful for getting into deep discussions about your eBaycategory, or your specific area of technology. A Skype Voice plug-in is not availableyet, but the patents are in place, and it’s only a matter of time.”Robert Levin told me they have had over 6,000 downloads from the Skype Extras Galleryand they’re in the process of certifying their application to place it on the Skypetoolbar. As for other partnerships, apart from the obvious carriers business, they’renegotiating with Sony to enter into a Strategic Alliance and they have deals with Yahooenterprise IM and Googletalk.Voice-to-voice coming?As noted in a Forbes article from a year ago, Transclick does not currently handle voice-to-voicetranslation. However the problem is being worked on, as Robert Levin told Forbes lastyear:“But Levin says the first systems, developed for “dirty travel survival,” like usingthe cell phone to give cab drivers directions in Chinese, will be ready within two years.Levin is currently working on voice-to-text translations that will allow tourists tospeak a question into their cell phones. Translated Chinese text will then appear on thecell screen for another person to read. True speech-to-speech translation, albeit withlimited vocabulary, will be ready by the end of the decade.”SummaryIn summary, this is the kind of technology that I love to cover on Read/WriteWeb –truly innovative and trying to solve a large real-world problem. Transclick also has acool developers program and a range of subscription products. It’s aninternational company, with a team of 14 developers in Bulgaria at Transclick Labs andsales teams across the world (their US sales team is based in Chicago).Transclick is a company to watch out for and I’m interested in seeing how close theyget to doing voice-to-voice translations. That would be a huge breakthrough, for whoeversolves it first! richard macmanus Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more