first_imgFollowing their participation in a US-based special education programme, three educators attached to the School of the Nations have now returned home to implement a similar initiative at the institution here in Guyana.Balinda Beckles, Florence Harris-Lewis and Karen Thomas Luckhoo; all of the local private academy, earlier this year attended a one-week intensive training through Brain Rx Institution for Special Education, stationed in Colorado Springs, USA.During their involvement in the BrainRx training programme, the teachers were exposed to the uses a unique blends of personal brain training (which will allow students to work one-on-one with their own brain training coach) and digital brain training (done on a computer).Given that Brain Rx is founded on the understanding that the brain can be trained just as the body, they were also previewed to several intense mental exercises aimed at sharpening the core skills the brain uses to think, learn, read, reason and pay attention.The methods surround the basis of changing how the brain grasps and uses incoming information. Both of these approaches will be used at the Brain RX centre at the School of Nations here in Guyana.The Brain RX programme zooms in on the seven cognitive skills namely: auditory processing, visual processing, long and short-term memory, processing speed, attention, logic and reasoning.The programme is relevant to persons from four years old to seniors.The Brain Rx programme was developed by Dr Gibson who began his career as an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).Once implemented in Guyana, the Brian Rx approach will maximise the learning potential of students, while allowing them to master English studies with greater ease. At the same time, it will enable greater success records in school through enhancing the brain’s ability to think, read, learn, reason, remember and pay attention.As such, this initiative is a welcome addition to the education system in Guyana and the School of the Nations is delighted to introduce such an advanced approach to learning to the country.On that note, the school’s administration announced, “The Brain Rx programme is definitely a worthwhile investment for everyone, especially parents with children with special needs because a high percentage of them receive no help or little help for their particular challenges.”last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Stephen Curry looks for his ball out of bounds during round one of the Ellie Mae Classic on August 3, 2017 in Hayward, California © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Lachlan CunninghamLOS ANGELES, United States, Aug 4 – NBA star Stephen Curry got off to a rocky start but then held his own Thursday in his professional golf debut, shooting a four-over 74 in the first round of the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic.The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, who in June helped the Golden State Warriors to their second NBA title in three seasons, is playing the event on a sponsor’s exemption. Curry stood 11 strokes back of the leader Nicholas Thompson but managed to make three birdies and several difficult shots on the challenging Stonebrae course in Hayward, California.Curry got off to a inauspicious start as he began his round on the back nine. His drive at the 10th hole landed in the cupholder of a golf cart sitting left of the fairway and he scrambled to make bogey on the hole.“My first shot on the tour was in the cup, not in the right cup,” Curry joked.“That was probably a first on the tour. There was a golf cart just left of my target on hole number one. It went right in the cup holder. Not an ideal way to start, having to calling a rules official over, but I settled in after that.”Curry finished with three birdies, five bogeys, one double bogey and nine pars. He hit eight of 18 fairways while needing 27 putts and posted a better score than eight players in the morning session.“It was a day of firsts for everything,” Curry said. “First opportunity to play with these guys, first tee shot was crazy, first par I made trying to settle in and then obviously the first birdie was a really cool moment.”Curry said he was nervous on the first tee and compared it to the pressure of a NBA contest.“The feeling is the same,” he said. “The adrenaline rush is there but you have a whole lot more time to think about what is going on. The best guys out here are able to master those thoughts for five hours.“Soon as he said my name on the first tee I could barely feel my hands I had to take a deep breath. After third or fourth hole, it was just golf like normal.”Among the players Curry finished ahead of was two-time PGA Tour winner Frank Lickliter.“If you told me I was going to shoot 74 on the first round I would take that all day every day,” he said.Asked if he was going to make the weekend cut, Curry said, “I got the jitters out. Hopefully that will happen.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 18- AFC Leopards striker, Allan Wanga and Gor Mahia sensation, Rama Salim have been left out of the Harambee Stars squad to face South Africa on Tuesday week.Salim, who has scored ten odd goals for title chasing K’Ogalo and Wanga who smashed in Stars winning goal against Togo in February are among the 13 local based players axed from the team by the Frenchman on Monday as the squad resumed training. Tusker keeper, Boniface Oluoch and Sofapaka midfielder, Humphrey Mieno are other notable casualties that will not feature against the South Africans as nine foreign based players who will augment the local squad started trickling to the camp.Western Stima rising prospect, Wesley Korir who recently netted a double against Leopards to derail their title procession did enough to impress Michel to retain him in the team.According to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) media office, team captain and Ligue 2 side, AJ Auxerre striker, Dennis Oliech has already linked up with the squad to lead the foreign legion.The team has shifted its base from Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani to the Kenya School of Monetary Studies and will train at the match venue Nyayo National Stadium until Wednesday when they will be released.That is the day FKF has penned as a deadline for the overseas based contingent to link up with the team that lost 2-0 to Bafana in South Africa last year when they last played.Thus far, Israel based Patrick Osiako who has been drafted in for injured Inter Milan midfielder, MacDonald Mariga, is the only alteration among the nine called in for the match who ply their trade outside the country.Jacktone Odhiambo and Duncan Ochieng (keepers), Solomon Nasio, George Owino and Leonard Mosoti (defenders) John Nairuka and Bob Mugalia (midfield), Mike Baraza and Wycliffe Ochomo have also been sidelined from the initial squad of 28 domestic based players.Norway based keeper Arnold Origi, Christian Bwammy, Ayub Timbe, Patrick Oboya, Brain Mandela and Jerry Santos are the other foreign based players invited for the Bafana tie.The team will be training at the match venue, Nyayo National Stadium until Wednesday when the players will be released to join their teams.RETAINED LOCAL SQUADFredrick Onyango, Christopher Wekesa, Antony Akumu, Donald Mosoti (Gor Mahia), Jacktone Odhiambo, Godfrey Kokoyo, Mulinge Ndetto (Ulinzi Stars), Osborn Monday, James Situma, Eugine Asike (Sofapaka), Francis Kahata (Thika United), Wesley Kemboi (Western Stima), Andrew Tololwa (Mathare United), Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho looks on before an International Champions Cup football match against Paris Saint-Germain in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 25, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, October 17- Jose Mourinho is appealing against the extremity of the FA sanctions for his outburst after Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton, the Portuguese revealed on Friday.Mourinho was fined £50,000 ($77,000, 68,000 euros)and given a suspended one-match stadium ban, after saying that “referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea”. Mourinho contests the FA’s suggestion that under-fire manager’s comments “alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or brought the game into disrepute”.He said he had read the written reasons for the decision and, when asked if he will appeal against them, responded “yes”.“I have to be honest with myself, that’s the most important thing,” Mourinho said.“I think, in the moment, we have got the written reasons and I decided to appeal. So it’s the moment to stop with my opinions and not say anything more than I did already. I was very objective in my sadness facing the situation.”While Mourinho pleaded guilty to the charge, it is understood he feels the severity of the sanctions are unfair.The Portuguese also has a decision to make ahead of his under-performing side’s home game against Aston Villa on Saturday, as right-back Branislav Ivanovic – the Chelsea defender with the most minutes this season – is out with a hamstring injury.“I have four solutions,” Mourinho responded.“I have (Cesar) Azpilicueta. I have the adaptations of (Kurt) Zouma or Ramires. And I have Ole Aina, an 18-year-old who never played a game in the Premier League, but a boy with lots of potential.”This has been a trying time for Chelsea, as they only have one point from their last three games – a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United, followed by defeats at Porto in the Champions League and then at home to Southampton.He denied there was a “fear factor” within the squad right now – but that it is true that opposing sides may not necessarily fear Chelsea.“No, I don’t think fear factor is the right words. Lack of confidence. A little bit less self-esteem. That can affect your style of play, your body language in a game. Fear factor? I don’t believe so at this level.“I believe teams come to Stamford Bridge not fearing us and believing they can get a result,” Mourinho said.“It’s normal.”Mourinho also felt the international break proved that “the habitat” is not the source of Chelsea’s problems, as he didn’t think any of his players performed better for their countries.Mourinho gave his backing to Tim Sherwood, who is under similar pressure at Villa, at 18th in the table and seven games without a win.“Good players. Good team. Not getting the best results.“But a team that lost two very important players, and a team that the manager is trying to rebuild having lost probably the two most important players. But a good team with good players.“And I don’t believe, like I don’t believe Chelsea will be in this position in a couple of months, that they will be in this position in a couple of months, too.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgStory courtesy CBC News: SEXSMITH, A.B. – A 26-year-old man is recovering in hospital after a single vehicle rolled off a remote northern Alberta highway, trapping him inside the wreckage for more than 12 hours in the cold.The CBC is reporting that members of the Spirit River RCMP detachment were called out just before 8 a.m. on Monday after a driver noticed a Chrysler 200 sitting in the ditch on Highway 733 near Sexsmith.An RCMP spokesperson told CBC News Wednesday that upon arrival, officers found the vehicle’s lone occupant alert and conscious. The driver told his rescuers that he had crashed into the ditch the night before.- Advertisement -Late Christmas night, temperatures were said to have hovered below -20 degrees with a windchill near -30.Wanham firefighters had to use the jaws of life to rescue the man was who airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.The man, who was in the area visiting relatives in DeBolt, had been reported missing by family members the night before.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Members of Fort St. John city council will be getting an update at today’s meeting on the renovations to the Rotary Spray Park.According to a report by General Manger of Community Services Wally Ferris, the spray park itself won’t be opening to the public until the start of the 2018 summer season. In the report, Ferris says that the spray park had an original planned reopening date of Canada Day this year.That ended up getting pushed back to mid-August after an early snowfall last September resulted in a shortened construction season in 2016. Heavy snowfall over the Easter long weekend this year also meant that construction on the park wasn’t able to begin until later in the Spring.- Advertisement -Ferris says in his report that the soft rubber surface that will sit on top of the spray pad won’t be installed until the middle of next month, after the original subcontractor assigned to install rubber surface had to pull out of the project. He adds in the report that overall, the renovations are largely complete with the exception of the surface installation, minor deficiencies, and landscaping.Meanwhile, Northern Health has approved the opening of the newly-built spray park at the Rotary Lake grounds, after construction on the spray park finished earlier this summer. However, according to Dawson Creek mayor Dale Bumstead, the Mile ‘0’ Park Society that runs the park on behalf of the city is having issues getting insurance for the spray park.last_img read more

first_img1 Southampton have recalled defender Jack Stephens from his loan spell at Middlesbrough.The 21-year-old joined the Championship leaders in July and had been expected to remain there for the duration of the season but, to the frustration of Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, he has made only five first-team appearances.Four of those five appearances came in the Capital One Cup, and Koeman told Southampton’s official club website: “Jack is back from Middlesbrough.“He wasn’t playing there and then why is he on loan if he doesn’t play? It’s better for him to come back.”Shortly before joining Middlesbrough, Stephens was given a two-year contract extension to keep him at St Mary’s until 2019.His return, incidentally, comes shortly after reports Koeman could prematurely terminate defender Steven Caulker’s season-long loan deal from parent club QPR. Southampton defender Jack Stephens last_img read more

first_imgSubmit them electronically via Pravin Gordhan’s Facebook page and add your comments there. Fax your comments to 012 315 5126Post your comments to Private Bag X115, Pretoria, 0001 Run throughout the year, the Treasury’s Budget tips campaign ensures active participation in government programmes, especially matters related to the economy. The campaign helps to ensure that government spending is in line with what is expected by the South African public, and to gauge public opinion on issues such as education, social services, health, job creation and taxes. South Africa is ranked second in the world for the transparency and accountability of its budget process in the latest survey by the Washington-based International Budget Partnership. SAinfo reporter 21 January 2014 South Africa’s Treasury is again inviting members of the public to give Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan advice on how to spend the country’s public money. The minister is also encouraging South Africans to send through their suggestions on matters relating to tax and how the government can improve its management of public finances, boost economic growth and create more jobs. The minister’s annual Budget speech, which will be delivered in Parliament at 2pm on 26 February, maps out state spending, taxation and borrowing plans for the year, while also detailing how the government will raise money and how it will be spent.How to send your Budget tipslast_img read more

first_imgTags:#Google#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#Real World#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces PayPal’s mobile application for Android was updated this week with support for a new feature: bump technology. Actually, Bump Technologies. Bump is a startup that lets you share information between two smartphones by tapping the phones together. The company already has its own mobile application, which lets you share contact info, photos, calendar events or social networking friend requests via bump. Now that same technology is being used for mobile payments in the updated PayPal for Android app. PayPal for Android is not the first mobile application to include the bump-enabled money transfer feature. PayPal added this technology to its iPhone app earlier this year, among other notable improvements, including mobile billing, a bank account transfer feature, a tip calculator and bill splitter, and integration of the “PayPal for Kids” program. Version 2.0 of the Android app brings the app up to speed with its iPhone counterpart. It too, now includes the “split the check” feature in addition to the Bump support, notes the company blog post about the upgrade. Mobile Payment Industry GrowthThe company touts the growing mobile payment industry, citing statistics from Nielson that claim by the end of 2011, more people in the U.S. will own smartphones more than any other phone. PayPal says that’s “sure to drive people to use their phones to pay.” The company also shares some of its own internal data about mobile payments, saying that in the last six months alone, PayPal generated nearly twice the mobile payment volume it did in all of 2009. By the end of the year, the company expects to have generated over a half a billion dollars in mobile payment volume.PayPal may have a head start on mobile-enabled payments, but it’s up against a string of startups attempting to compete with its own offerings. Obopay, for example, wants to be a “Western Union” type service for mobile. MPayy offers social networking payments in addition to mobile. Square offers mobile credit card processing via a dongle. There’s also Zong, BOKU, Bling Nation and PayByMobile, just to name a few others. And don’t count out Amazon payments or Google, both of which have names just as big (if not bigger) than PayPal’s. Plus, the credit card companies want a piece of the action: Visa is working on its own contactless mobile payment technology and MasterCard launched MoneySend. Last, but not least, there’s the carriers themselves. Recent reports say that AT&T and Verizon Wireless are working on their own venture to displace credit cards with smartphones. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more