Improving teaching standards in Regional Education

first_img It was facilitated through a partnership with the CARICOM Secretariat, UNESCO and other stakeholders. Watch this video for highlights from that event. Jul 18, 2019 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Teaching standards important for accountability – Dr.… You may be interested in… Experts from the Caribbean and Latin America met in Guyana last week to review Standards for the Teaching Profession. The review was conducted as part of a series of consultation workshops being done in five regions internationally to acquire input from key education stakeholders including teachers, teacher organisations, education planners, teaching regulatory councils, teacher educators, and researchers. Participants will be asked to review and comment on a guidance framework and suggest ways in which it can be refined as well as recommend approaches for local adaptations. The consultations will also facilitate social dialogue to ensure that teachers and their organisations participate in the decision-making processes in the development and implementation of instruments that affect the profession. Regional Teaching Standards to be ReviewedExperts from the Caribbean and Latin America will examine Standards for the Teaching Profession at a consultation this week. The sessions will involve approximately 100 participants comprising teachers, representatives from teacher organisations, Ministry of Education representatives, academics, Parent-Teacher Association representatives, pre-service teachers, Teacher Trainees and Teacher Task Force regional focal points.…July 16, 2019In “Associate Member States”Teaching standards important for accountability – Dr. Douglas SlaterStandards for the teaching profession were important as they held both governments and practitioners accountable, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater said Wednesday. Dr. Slater was at the time addressing the opening of a two-day Regional Consultations on Developing Standards for the Teaching Profession in Latin…July 18, 2019In “Associate Member States”CARICOM Stakeholders review Curriculum of Regional Center for youngsters with special educational needsChildren, adolescents and youth with disabilities in Guyana are currently benefiting from a Regional Centre for their stimulation. The Regional Stimulation Center (RSC) performs the function of a disabilities/special education diagnostic facility as well as treatment centre and a training centre. The main objective of the Regional Center is to…November 12, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Iconic Annual Los Alamos Bear Festival To Feature Virtual Events Along With Bear Box Takeout Lunch For Locals

first_imgLearn about these furry neighbors at the virtual Los Alamos Bear Festival Aug. 27 & 29. Photo by Sally King/NPSPEEC News:Back for its fourth year, the annual Los Alamos Bear Festival will once again celebrate one of the area’s furriest neighbors—the black bear—Aug. 27 and 29. Presented by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at the Los Alamos Nature Center, this year’s Bear Festival will feature an online live-streamed talk, and the beloved annual Eat Like a Bear portion of the event will take place via box lunch takeout from Pig + Fig Café. “While things look somewhat different for this year’s Bear Festival, that simply opens up the door for an even wider audience to participate,” said Kelly Stewart, Marketing Manager for Los Alamos County. “The annual Bear Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that combines learning and education with hands-on fun and delicious treats. PEEC has worked to make sure this event is as much fun, if not more fun, than in previous year, and we know it will be an extraordinary time that truly brings to life Los Alamos’ motto—where discoveries are made.”    Events kick off Thursday, Aug. 27 with the Bear Speak Live-Streamed Talk, featuring bear specialist and Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, Daryl Ratajczak. Participants will learn what to do if you encounter a bear, how bears communicate, and more, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.Locals will be able to order a Bear Box Takeout Lunch Saturday, Aug. 29. The curated to-go lunch, inspired by the diet of a black bear will be prepared by Pig + Fig Café. Orders for lunch must be made by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25 and tickets are $25 per person for PEEC members and $30 for non-members. Participants from outside the area can join in with their own Eat Like A Bear lunch.“We hope people from across the region will join in the live-streamed talk and learn all about black bears, and it’s our hope that those in the area will join the fun on Saturday to eat like a bear for a day, while supporting a local business,” Stewart added. Events are sponsored by Century Bank.Register for the Bear Speak Live-Streamed Talk at, and find more information and place your order for the Bear Box Take-out Lunch at For more details on all PEEC programs, visit For more information on visiting Los Alamos safely, go to For more information on Los Alamos, go to read more

Help to Buy homes sell for less than 1% premium, says NAO

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New Jersey Auto Industry Legend Lee Vetland Passes Away

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) announced the passing of longtime member, shop owner and AASP/NJ Hall of Fame inductee Lee Vetland on Jan. 1 at the age of 71.Vetland owned Lee’s Auto Body and Pine Top Service in Avenel, New Jersey, and was the co-owner of the Colonia Country Club (the site of AASP/NJ’s annual Golf Outing) in Colonia. In addition to his long history with AASP/NJ, he was a founder and board member of Auto Body Distributing Co. and served as president of the Garden State Automotive Federation, one of the groups that merged to form AASP/NJ nearly 20 years ago.“Lee had a heart of gold; he would do anything for you,” said AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee. “He was a leader. When he saw something that needed to be changed, he did something about it. I wish everyone could take a page out of his book. If they did, this industry – and this world – would be a better place.”Advertisement“Lee always pushed and fought to make things better,” added AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant. “I had a long relationship with him, and he was a great guy. If he didn’t like something, he’d tell you in a minute! Lee will certainly be remembered as an industry icon for his many hard-fought battles and what he accomplished to make the industry what it is today. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”Vetland was born in Rahway, New Jersey, and resided in Avenel and Colonia his entire life. Away from the auto body industry, he was an avid golfer and always up for a good game of cards. He also enjoyed trips to Florida, watching NASCAR and tailgating at Giants games.He was predeceased by his parents, Art and Ginny Vetland. Surviving are his daughter and best friend, Katie Vetland, her husband, Alejandro Picado, and her mother, Maria Harriette Vetland; his sister, Joann Vetland, and her wife, Carol DiStefano; his devoted partner, Linda Scapicchio; and many wonderful friends he thought of as family.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lee Vetland Memorial Fund, 1100 Saint Georges Ave., Avenel, NJ 07001.last_img read more

BSEE Oversees Shell Arctic Containment Equipment Testing

first_imgBureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno announced that BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire this week oversaw testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system in Puget Sound to ensure compliance with stringent Federal safety standards for oil and gas exploration on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.A key piece of Arctic oil exploration containment equipment, the capping stack is used to contain the flow of oil in the unlikely event all primary and backup blowout prevention equipment fails during drilling. It is required to be in position for all of Shell’s potential drilling activities in the Arctic, BSEE informed.During tests this week, BSEE personnel witnessed the deployment and maneuvering of the capping stack off the rear deck of the M/V Fennica to 150 feet of water, which is deeper than Shell’s current well sites in the Chukchi Sea. BSEE confirmed that the capping stack functioned properly under pressures exceeding the maximum expected pressures Shell may encounter in the Arctic. Deployment of the capping stack and stack pressure testing were completed in two separate exercises spanning two days.BSEE is currently reviewing Shell’s request to drill two exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer. If BSEE approves the drilling permits, Shell would be required to maintain the capping stack in a ready-to-deploy state on the M/V Fennica, which would be available to respond to a loss of well control within 24 hours.In addition to containment and engineering observations such as the ones conducted this week, BSEE is overseeing additional on-water oil spill response exercises and drills and on-site inspections of oil spill response equipment throughout the proposed drilling operation. BSEE will use its authority to conduct a variety of equipment inspections and deployment exercises, some of which may be unannounced, to validate the tactics, logistics, resource availability, and personnel proficiency specified and relied upon in the approved plans and permits.last_img read more

My digital life…with Carmen Erwee

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Number of in-house solicitors has doubled since 2000

first_imgThe number of in-house solicitors has doubled to 25,600 since the year 2000 as organisations seek to combat rising external legal fees, according to research from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.In-house solicitors represent 18% of the profession, with 60% working in the private sector. Of those, 30% are employed in the financial services sector, found the Role of In-house Solicitors survey.Around 18% are employed in local government, with 8% working for the Crown Prosecution Service and 3% working in the third sector, according to the 2,013 respondents to the survey.Financial pressures have contributed to the sector’s growth, with general counsel playing an important role in controlling external spend in the face of rising legal costs, said the research.Consequently many organisations have brought in-house work previously done by external firms, resulting in the termination of sometimes long-standing relationships.Improvements to efficiency, cost reduction and better risk management were identified as the key benefits of in-house legal departments, according to a separate survey by the SRA of 213 employers.Of employers surveyed, 15 said they were considering the business case for an alternative business structure application. If extrapolated across all organisations employing in-house solicitors, this could mean up to 700 organisations are considering applying to become an ABS, the SRA said.Richard Collins (pictured), SRA executive director, said: ‘Many in-house solicitors are in a role that also involves providing advice to third parties outside of their organisation, and potentially linked to that, it would seem that there is an appetite among some organisations to convert to an ABS.’According to the survey of in-house solicitors, those in the private sector work on average 44 hours per week and receive a salary of £100,000, while public sector solicitors work 40 hours and receive an average salary of £50,000.Women make up a higher proportion of the in-house solicitors (56%) compared with the overall number population of solicitors (48%), with the highest number found in the public sector (66%).Around 15% of in-house solicitors are black minority ethnic (BME). Of the total 1.4% have said they have some form of disability, the research found.last_img read more

Baker McKenzie reveals 33 London roles still at risk

first_imgSome 33 jobs are still at risk in international firm Baker McKenzie’s London operations eight months after the start of a back-office reorganisation, the firm revealed today. Managers told a regular ‘town hall’ meeting that, out of 97 roles identified as at risk at the start of a collective redundancy consultation, 31 people had been placed in suitable alternative roles, 15 taken an enhanced redundancy package and 18 had resigned to take up jobs elsewhere. However 33 people remain in roles at risk: ‘We continue to see if there are alternative positions, with enhanced redundancy packages available where not’. A spokesperson said: ‘The ongoing review in London is part of the firm’s three-year global reorganisation of our professional business services functions, which includes the creation of new roles, growth in our service centres and investments in new technologies and new services.’We are grateful to our people in London and globally for their engagement, professionalism and patience throughout this process to date. We continue to work with those still in roles at risk and in cases where suitable alternative roles are unavailable will offer an enhanced redundancy package.’Announcing the review last October, the firm’s global chief operating officer said the aim was to create ‘a more modern and agile’ back office.last_img read more

Radiocraft Introduces Shielded Industrial IoT Module based on MIOTY Technology

first_imgRadiocrafts has launched the word’s first shielded RF module (RC1882CEF-MIOTY1) based on the Mioty radio protocol for industrial use (Smart Metering, Smart City, and Industrial sensor applications). MIOTY is a low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) protocol that was designed to have the best-in-class reliability and scalability of all available LPWAN technologies today to support massive industrial and commercial IoT deployments. MIOTY is the first and only technology to comply with the ETSI telegram splitting ultra-narrow band (TS-UNB) technical specification for low throughput networks (TS 103 357).Mioty implements the ETSI TS 103 357 specifying UNB-TS using Ultra-narrowband radio and Telegram Splitting as its core technology to achieve the best-in-class energy-efficient, scalable, and reliable transmission of sensor data over distances of up to 20 kilometres Line-of-Sight. The Telegram Splitting technology ensures high resistance to interference, reducing packet loss in noisy environments and crowded, shared spectrum.Key Features of the New MIOTY Module and Mioty Technology:LPWAN: Ultra-narrowband radio with Telegram Splitting technologyHighly resistant to interferenceOnly LPWAN for massive IoT deploymentsMore than a million messages per day in one network (single gateway)Typical 20 km line-of-sight, 5 km in urban environmentLicense free 868 MHz for Europe, 915 MHz for US / FCC (to be released)Very low power consumption, short radio transmissions, battery friendlyPin compatible with other products from RadiocraftsShielded compact module, only 12.7 x 25.4 mmThe RC1882CEF-MIOTY1 module supports a UART interface and is based on an AT command set. The module is also supported by a Development Kit consisting of two Development Boards and accessories that out-of-the-box can be connected to a PC, and ready to send application data to a Mioty gateway. The module will work with any third-party Mioty gateway.This new module and associated development tools will be a kick-starter enabling companies like yours to quickly evaluate the technology, build prototypes, and do proof of concept with minimum effort and investments.RC1882CEF-MIOTY2 is the second Mioty module, scheduled for release in Q3 and will be based on Radiocrafts innovative and unique ICI framework, using an API to tailor the modules’ behavior to the customers’ unique requirements.Both modules will have the same form factor as all other Radiocrafts modules so users can easily replace their existing modules with Mioty modules.Click here to read more about the shielded mioty module (RC1882CEF-MIOTY1).Webinar on MIOTY technologylast_img read more

UWF advances to Comfort Inn-vitational championship with 64-49 win

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s basketball team defeated Arkansas-Monticello 64-49 Friday afternoon at the Comfort Inn-vitational Thanksgiving Tournament at the UWF Field House. The Argonauts advanced to the tournament championship game with the win.”They took us out of our groove early, but we were able to get back into that groove and start scoring and playing great defense again and that was really the key to the game,” said UWF coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton. “We talked about coming in prepared after coming off another win Tuesday night. We wanted to make sure we had a good showing on our home court again, and we wanted to put ourselves in a good position to play for a championship this weekend.”The Argonauts remained undefeated, improving to 3-0 while the Blossoms dropped to 2-3.UWF began the game on an 8-0 run and led 11-3 four minutes into the game, but UAM responded with an 11-2 run to lead 14-13 with 7:16 remaining in the first half. UWF would go on to lead 26-22 at the break and hold the lead the rest of the game.Freshman Toni Brewer (Huntsville, Ala./Sparkman HS) led UWF with 25 points and 16 rebounds, and Kelly Preston (Waunakee, Wisc./Denver) scored double-digit points for the second consecutive game with 15 points and seven steals. Brianna Williams(Minneapolis, Minn./North Dakota) swiped seven steals as well, as UWF totaled 19 steals as a team.UWF will play No. 20 Central Missouri Saturday at 4 p.m. in the final game of the Comfort Inn-vitational Thanksgiving Tournament at theUWF Field House.”Tomorrow we get the opportunity to play a nationally-ranked opponent in Central Missouri,” Yelton said. “They are a fantastic team. They are a very detailed team and very well coached. This will be a challenge for our young team, but we’re excited for the opportunity to play a top-ranked team on our home floor.”For information on all UWF athletics, visit Friendly Version Preview Arkansas-Monticello 11/28/2014 – 4 p.m. CT Next Game: Full Schedule Roster last_img read more