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Liberia at Africa Youth Games

first_imgA 13-man Liberian Olympics delegation is in Gaborone, Botswana for the 2ndAfrican Youth Games from May 22-31.The delegation is headed by LNOC President Philibert Brown and includes the Chef de Mission, Boye Corvah, six athletes, four coaches and a medic. They will compete in athletics, swimming, boxing and table tennis.It is organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees in Africa, ANOCA. The African Youth Games have now become a melting pot, for the main nursery of continental sport. The games are expected to take place at the University of Botswana which will serve as the Games Village, while the following disciplines will feature on the Games schedule: athletics, badminton, canoeing, basketball, boxing, cycling fencing football, golf, judo, karate, netball, rowing, rugby, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, lawn tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.The 2nd African Youth Games are being held under the watchwords: ‘consolidating the achievements of Rabat 2010.’The African Youth Games are a sporting and cultural event initiated by ANOCA and meant for youths aged 14 to 18. Rabat, Morocco hosted the maiden edition from 13 to 18 July 2010.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Career Guidance with Rory White: Making sense of the CAO

first_imgCareer Guidance Counsellor Rory White begins his new column series on Donegal Daily this week, where he will be providing advice on college courses, career changes and further education. Rory has been a Guidance Counsellor at Finn Valley College for the past 10 years and is a member of the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Applying for college or changing careers is one of the most important and exciting decisions someone can make, and Rory will be here to offer advice and top tips on the many options that are available. First, we’ll start with CAO, what is it, how do you apply, and what are the key dates to remember:by Rory WhiteThere is a huge amount of information involved when it comes to thinking about moving into further or higher education and training.The changing nature of life and the workplace means that the employment and education landscape is now a constantly evolving space.  The myriad of different options available to you means that there really is something for everyone. School Guidance Counsellors are an invaluable source here for students when it comes to exploring all these options.Over the course of the next few months I hope to shed light on some of the key areas that should be considered when thinking about and finding a course and career path that suits you. Applying to college.In the Republic of Ireland the system used to apply to Higher education courses is the Central Applications Office, more commonly known as CAO. The CAO handles all the applications for the Universities and Colleges in the country (See below). CAO applications for September 2020 entry opened up this week. The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is the system used to describe the levels of education available in Ireland.  It ranges from Level 1 which signifies initial basic learning, through the Junior Certificate at Level 3, the Leaving Certificate at Level 4/5 right up to a Level 10 PHD.Higher education courses that can be applied to through CAO are ranked on the NFQ at-Level 6 – Higher Certificate (2 years)Level 7 – Ordinary Degree (3 years) Level 8 – Honours Degree (Usually 4 years, sometimes 3)All applications are made online at www.cao.ie. Applications cost €30 when made before January 20th 2020. (€45 before the February 1st deadline, €60 for late applications up until May 1st).  While your course choices do not need to be finalised at this time, it is important to note that courses marked as Restricted in the CAO handbook must be applied for by February 1st. A change of mind option opens in early May with the absolute deadline for your final choices then by July 1st 2020. Students can insert up to 20 course choices on their application – 10 on a Level 6&7 list and another 10 on a Level 8 list.  Students should always list their choices IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. CAO will always offer the topmost choice that a student has gained entry onto. Therefore, if you decide that you actually prefer your 3rd choice more than your top one you will not be offered it.Top TipsA couple of tips I would recommend would be to back up a Level 8 choice with a corresponding choice in the Level 6/7 section. That way, if you do not gain entry into the Level 8, you have the fallback of the Level 6/7 choice which will, more often than not, lead onto the Level 8 anyway. I would also advise students when applying that, even if you feel your preference at this moment in time is to study away from home, you should also include a course closer to home as this is something that students often change their minds about. There is a useful demo facility on the CAO website where students can fill out a sample form online to become familiar with the process.  There are also a couple of handy videos-http://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=demohttp://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=video&bb=parentsGaining entry onto coursesEveryone knows about the ‘Points Race’ for college and you should be aware that points can either go up or down from the previous year.  A new grading and points system was introduced in 2017 that some people may not yet be aware of. (See table below) Students calculate their points from their TOP SIX results only.  A bonus 25 points are awarded for students achieving a H6 or above in Higher Level Maths while the grades achieved for students studying link modules are also different.As well as needing points for entry many students often forget that there are also Minimum entry requirements that are needed to secure a place on a course. Standard entry requirements for most Level 6/7 courses are- Minimum of five O6/H7 to include F2/O6/H7 in Maths and O6/H7 in English or IrishStandard entry requirements for most Level 8 courses are- Minimum of six O6/H7 to include O6/H7 in Maths and O6/H7 in English or Irish and a minimum of two H5 grades. However, there are many exceptions to these rules.  Many courses in the universities also require a ‘3rd language’, meaning Spanish, French, German or other. Some specific courses may also require grades in certain subjects, or a combination of subjects. (For example, a H4 in Gaelige is needed for Primary Teaching and Higher Maths for some Engineering degrees). There are simply too many variations of entry requirements to list off here so applicants should check these out with the relevant institution.Finally, students who will be applying to SUSI for a grant, to HEAR or DARE, mature students or those who have an exemption should all tick the relevant boxes or fill out the additional section on their CAO applications at this stage. Career Guidance with Rory White: Making sense of the CAO was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by Rory WhiteShare 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)last_img read more

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All Daniel wants for Christmas is ……..

first_imgHe may be just learning all the details of the world wide web.But Daniel O’Donnell is catching up with technology at a rapid pace – if his Christmas wish is to be believed.The singer was asked what he was hoping for in his Christmas stocking this year. The Kincasslagh man said that he was hoping for a nice, family Christmas, saying that would be the greatest gift of all.But on the material side of things, he added “I’m hoping for an iPad. I lost mine back in February while flying to Australia. Fingers crossed.”Now his millions of fans know what to put their money towards!All Daniel wants for Christmas is …….. was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CHristmasdaniel o’donnellpresentlast_img read more

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Patients in Vegetative State May Be Aware

first_imgRemember the arguments put forth for why Terry Schiavo should be allowed to die?  They revolved around the awareness of those said to be in a persistent vegetative state.  Now, researchers reported in Science1 that a patient diagnosed in a vegetative state was aware of what was going on:We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to demonstrate preserved conscious awareness in a patient fulfilling the criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state.  When asked to imagine playing tennis or moving around her home, the patient activated predicted cortical areas in a manner indistinguishable from that of healthy volunteers.The researchers called the condition of vegetative state “one of the least understood and most ethically troublesome conditions in modern medicine.”  The ran tests with functional MRI on a 23-year-old woman who had suffered severe injury in a car accident.  Unresponsive but with preserved sleep-wake cycles, she was diagnosed as in a vegetative state by international criteria. These results confirm that, despite fulfilling the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state, this patient retained the ability to understand spoken commands and to respond to them through her brain activity, rather than through speech or movement.  Moreover, her decision to cooperate with the authors by imagining particular tasks when asked to do so represents a clear act of intention, which confirmed beyond any doubt that she was consciously aware of herself and her surroundings..  Of course, negative findings in such patients cannot be used as evidence for lack of awareness, because false negative findings in functional neuroimaging studies are common, even in healthy volunteers.  However, in the case described here, the presence of reproducible and robust task-dependent responses to command without the need for any practice or training suggests a method by which some noncommunicative patients, including those diagnosed as vegetative, minimally conscious, or locked in, may be able to use their residual cognitive capabilities to communicate their thoughts to those around them by modulating their own neural activity.Another case was reported by the BBC News.  A victim of an acute viral infection was diagnosed in a vegetative state.  She could not move her facial muscles to indicate reactions, but was aware of what was being said around her, and felt scared.  “I felt trapped inside my body,” she later reported.  The only clue to her hopeful parents came from a brain scan that showed she was processing information presented to her.Update 09/13/2006: Nature (443, 14 September 2006) published a news item (pp 132-133) and editorial (pp 121-122) on this finding, but claimed the patient in this case “seems to have been much less severely injured than the permanently vegetative Terri Schiavo, whose case inflamed the moral debate over whether those who show no signs of recovery should be allowed to die.”  Surprisingly, even though the news item admits that there is a continuum of states, that some on the continuum may be progressing toward eventual recovery, and that the binary diagnosis of “vegetative state” can no longer be taken for granted, the editorial claims, “This case has little bearing on ethical questions over whether or not the most severe cases should be denied treatment and allowed to die,” because in the most severe cases the chances of finding any sign of awareness is negligible.  Yet the parents and friends of Terry Schiavo constantly argued that she was aware enough to follow objects and display emotions.  Since she was killed in March 2005, we will never know if she could have passed a similar fMRI scan test.1Owen et al., “Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State,” Science, 8 September 2006: Vol. 313. no. 5792, p. 1402, DOI: 10.1126/science.1130197.Recall the anger and outrage against the people who protested the death of Terry Schiavo.  Remember the claims that they were the ones being unreasonable and insensitive, and that the compassionate thing to do was to let Terry die, because she was not really living.  Now picture the possibility of her hearing all these things said about her but trapped inside, unable to communicate.  Imagine the fear and helplessness and pain of knowing you were being intentionally allowed to starve and dehydrate to death.  How many other times has a similar decision been made to a patient assumed to be “vegetative” and unaware?  Remember, these scientists said that negative responses in the brain scans are not definitive in diagnosing the awareness of a person.    What kind of nonsense applies a word like vegetative to a human being, anyway?  What are they insinuating, that this patient is nothing more than a carrot or rutabaga?  Notice how these researchers called the diagnosis of “vegetative state” as one of the “least understood and ethically troublesome conditions in modern medicine.”  Haven’t we learned that dehumanizing an individual 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Direct access to top cops’ numbers

first_imgRay Maota Police officers have been urged to retaintheir physique. National Commissioner of Police Bheki Celeand other top officials have given out theirmobile phone numbers as part of thepolice’s community safety initiative.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zweli MnisiChief Director: Communications/Spokesperson Ministry of Police+27 12 393 4341 / +27 21 467 7007South Africa’s National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele has made it easier for South Africans to report crime by giving out his personal mobile phone number and encouraging other top officials to do the same.Cele announced his number at a recent community meeting in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, and called on his colleagues present to follow his example.This was aimed at improving the public’s communication with police and promoting community safety.Zweli Mnisi, media liaison officer for the Ministry of Police, said: “We are in the process of printing out a national directory so all citizens will have access to the numbers of generals and other officials.”There have been talks of introducing a new nation-wide emergency number for crime reporting, but this idea has been put on hold to investigate alternative solutions.According to the Electronic Communications Act, 112 will be the new number to dial in case of a public emergency – and calls to it will be free from fixed lines and mobile phones. Operators will be able to direct the complaint to the local authorities where the call was made.The new number was proposed due to reported difficulties in reaching the police call centre on 10 111, which is the existing emergency line.In Soshanguve there have been complaints that calls to 10 111 are not being answered and there’s no follow up once a crime is reported to that number.Although there are problems with the 10 111 call centre, Mnisi said the number “is still effective in some cases”.“But there’s a combination of various issues. We’re constantly working on efficiency by training officers and making sure they’re equipped to deal with the calls – but sometimes there’s no passion and commitment from the police officers.”Mnisi added that the high incidence of prank calls to 10 111 also caused difficulties.John Moodey, Democratic Alliance leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and deputy spokesperson on community safety, said a new nation-wide emergency number was a good idea.He added that “direct communication with police officers has also proven to be useful”.Moodey pointed out that there were, however, some drawbacks of using the 112 detail. “The number will work if you have a problem at your home or place of work in the area, but what happens when you’re travelling between two districts or are just not in your area?”Crime-reporting process forBy dialling 10 111, South Africans are put through to a 24-hour crime-reporting call centre.An operator takes down all the details from the caller and a reference number is given to the person as proof of having called. All conversations are recorded for accountability.A vehicle from the nearest police station is then dispatched to the scene. The Flying Squad is called in to respond to high-priority cases that need to be reached quickly.Calls to the centre are free from a fixed line, but are charged at regular mobile phone rates when the latter is used.“An internal review of the performance of 10 111 has been done. Part of the issue is that call centre agents don’t know how to appropriately classify the cases being reported, so we are refining our recruitment,” Mnisi said.No-nonsense approachGeneral Bheki Cele was appointed police commissioner in July 2009, replacing Jackie Selebi.He soon became known for his no-nonsense approach to crime and declaring war on criminals.He was previously the MEC for Transport, Safety and Security in KwaZulu-Natal.Since his appointment, Cele has emphasised the need for police officers to be fit and in shape to fight crime effectively. He’s also vowed to fight corruption within the ranks of the police.“If you are wearing a size 32 uniform today, it must stay that way for the next seven years – don’t come back in two years time and ask for a size 34,” he said.last_img read more

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BBC iPlayer Coming to Android & iPad…and Soon, the World

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The BBC has clarified its plans for the release of its Android and iPad-compatible versions of its popular iPlayer application – the British TV and radio service that delivers streaming content to the desktop and mobile devices – in light of a flurry of recent speculation. According to a post on the BBC.co.uk’s Internet blog, the media company plans to have its new Android and iPad applications in their respective app stores by the end of this week.There were a few caveats to the use of these new apps, however. And oddly enough, there was no mention of an iPhone application.Major Improvements for iPad Users The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#news#Product Reviews#Video Services#web According to the blog post, which set out to “make official” the BBC’s plans in this area, the new native app for iPad is a major improvement over the original iPad experience –  essentially just a website designed for the iPad. The new app takes better advantage of the touchscreen user interface, says the BBC, which is a popular feature on the “iPad-ified” website.Both the iPad app and Android app will offer live TV streams and radio, the latter which was never before available to mobile devices.Mobile users can also access the full BBC catalog of “catch-up” programs (TV you may have missed), seven days’ worth of TV and radio on demand and the “series stacking” feature that’s also available on the Web, this last item being a feature that allows viewers to watch older programs from selected series up until the series has ended.On Android: Froyo-Only, Flash RequiredOn Android, the iPlayer app will not be available for all devices, only on those running the Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) version of the mobile operating system and Adobe Flash 10.1. This is because the player’s Flash streams require “a powerful mobile phone processor and a Wi-Fi connection,” says the BBC.But as some may remember, an unofficial iPlayer app called myPlayer had arrived in the Android Market (before being booted out), but it did not require Flash. The speculation is that BBC had to implement the streaming service in Flash because of content provider pressure, not technical requirements. Content providers are concerned about pirating – that same fear is why the Netflix application for Android has not yet launched either. As stated by Netflix on its blog back in November:“The hurdle has been the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android. The same security issues that have led to piracy concerns on the Android platform have made it difficult for us to secure a common Digital Rights Management (DRM) system on these devices.”But rumor has it, Netflix isn’t going with a Flash requirement, but has been working with chipset maker Qualcomm on implementing specific technology like SecureMSM to get the Netflix app approved.Where’s the iPhone App? And What About the Global Audience?What’s odd about this iPlayer news is that the mobile applications will arrive for Android and iPad, but not the iPhone. For iPhone users, there is still the Apple-friendly HTML5 website. Of course, a native app would have its advantages. So, what’s the status of the iPhone application, everyone wants to know? Here, the BBC clarifies nothing.For those outside the U.K. pining for access to British TV, there is some good news. Although not addressed via this blog post, BBC.com’s managing director Luke Bradley-Jones told the audience at the Digital TV Summit that the company will launch  a “global” iPlayer this year whose content would be available via subscription.Hopefully, the BBC will consider a native iPhone application for that time, too.last_img read more

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