Vipers force 10-10 draw against Muruks

first_imgThe SNS Port Moresby Vipers came back in the second half to force a 10-10 draw against the PRK Mendi Muruks this afternoon at the National Football Stadium, Port Moresby.The Muruks were the better side, taking a 10-6 lead at half time through tries to Andrew Ipi and fullback Joe Joshua.The Vipers’ only try in the first half was scored by John Ragi Jnr.The Vipers muscled up in defence and fought their way back into the game in the second half.The equaliser came in the 68th minute of play when Karo Kauna Jnr crossed over for the Vipers.Both sides tussled it out in the remaining 12 minutes to  break the deadlock but had to settle to share competition points in the round 10 Digicel Cup encounter.last_img

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Horse Racing Results

first_imgWeather: Fine Track: GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO&NB4YO(NW3O/T)-REST.STAKES1. * SILVER CLOUD OWalker 53.02. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 54.0 1 1/4L3. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 53.0 1L4. CRUISING MOTION PFrancis 52.0 3/4LLate scratch : #7 SUPERTRONICSWIN: $90.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 4yo gr colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of PREACH PREACHER by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by WAYNE A. DACOSTAQuinella : (2,3) $115.00 Exacta : (2-3) $223.00Trifecta : (2-3-4) $77.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)1. * MACALLAN OEdwards3 51.02. BLUE MOON JInnis4 48.0 3L3. BOLD SYMPHONY AChatrie 54.0 Head4. KING D OMullings 56.0 1 3/4LWIN: $78.00PLACE: $55.00, $65.00, $55.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – MARKET RALLY out of TAIWANA by LANGFUHRTrainer : AZAN,RICHARD N Owner : MILADE AZAN & RICHARD AZAN & WILBERT BAGWANDEEN & GRAHAM BROWNBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $525.00 Exacta : (3-2) $610.00D/E : (2-3) $212.00Superfecta : (3-2-7-6) $2,753.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. * BONGO KING SEllis 53.02. DINNER BY SEVEN DaneNelson 52.5 3 1/4L3. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 53.5 2 1/4L4. WINGS OF HOPE OWhite 52.0 3 1/4LWIN: $104.00PLACE: $56.00, $74.00, $80.00Final Time : 1:14.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – URBAN KING out of VALADY by Trainer : FRANCIS,EVERAL C Owner : EVERAL C FRANCISBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $217.00 Exacta : (3-7) $384.00D/E : (3-3) $189.00Trifecta : (3-7-1) $314.00Rolling Triple : (2-3-3) $373.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)1. * BIG DATA DaneNelson 54.02. SWEET DESTINY SEllis 54.0 2 1/2L3. BUCK CALL AGray4 50.5 2 1/2L4. BURNING EXIT OWalker 54.0 3 1/2LWIN: $79.00PLACE: $58.00, $83.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – MARKET RALLY out of HISHI BLOSSOM by MACHO UNOTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : OAKRIDGE FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.NOTE: HORSE #4 NEHEMIAH FINISHED 1ST BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 8THQuinella : (5,7) $84.00 Exacta : (7-5) $127.00D/E : (3-7) $160.00Superfecta : (7-5-6-3) $730.00Rolling Triple : (3-3-7) $243.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. * QUEEN OF THE TOWN SEllis 55.02. DEPUTY HEADGIRL JErwin 53.0 Neck3. MEGAHERTZ OWhite 48.5 5L4. DANISH BROWN OMullings 52.0 Sh.Head5. IDON’TKNOW MWard4 48.0 3/4LLate scratch : #7 KING DIAMONDWIN: $112.00PLACE: $78.00, $82.00Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.4, ,Winner : 6yo b mare – RIZZI LEE out of ISSEY MIYAKE by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : GERAINT E PARCHMENTBred by DONOVAN PLUMMER & ALRICK MIGNOTTQuinella : (5,8) $245.00 Exacta : (5-8) $390.00D/E : (7-5) $196.00Trifecta : (5-8-4) $798.00Hi-5 : (5-8-4-6-9) $13,450.00Rolling Triple : (3-7-5) $255.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.I)1. SEAL THE DEAL DaneNelson 55.02. MEDICAL INSTINCT JPatterson4 49.0 1/2L3. MIRACLE TRAIN RMairs 54.0 Neck4. SEQUOYAH KPowell 54.0 1/2L5. EAZY STEPPING ADancel 52.0 1L6. * WICKED TUFF RLahoe 56.0 3/4LWIN: $140.00PLACE: $75.00, $133.00, $107.00Final Time : 1:23.4 Splits : 23.4, 48.1, 1:15.2,Winner : 5yo b colt – SHUFFLING MADDNES out of HAIL THE I by HAIL ORPHANTrainer : DARBY,RYAN O Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQuinella : (1,4) $1,103.00 Exacta : (1-4) $1,696.00D/E : (5-1) $409.00Trifecta : (1-4-2) $843.00Hit-6 : (1-4-2-6-10-) $32,222.00Rolling Triple : (7-5-1) $438.00Pick-4 : (3-7-5-1) $1,004.00Super-6 : (2-3-3-7-5-1) $1,125.90Race 7 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.II)1. LARUSA JInnis4 48.02. * OMEGA RMairs 54.0 1/2L3. GIRSHOM LSteadman3 53.0 1L4. TO THE WORLD SMuir 53.0 1 1/4L5. COOL U BOOTS RHalledeen 53.0 3LDNF #11 MISS ADDI OWhite 52.0WIN: $4813.00PLACE: $318.00, $81.00, $74.00Final Time : 1:23.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, 1:15.1,Winner : 6yo ch mare – TRACKING out of YOURPOINTISMADE by YOUMADEYOURPOINTTrainer : HARDIAL,RUDOLPH M Owner : RICARDO M DURRANTBred by PHILIP A. AZARQuinella : (3,10) $9,338.00 Exacta : (10-3) $22,154.00D/E : (1-10) $89,961.00Trifecta : (10-3-9) $89,520.00Hi-5 : (10-3-9-6-4) $79,888.25Rolling Triple : (5-1-10) $358.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)-FILLIES & MARES1. WELL BLESSED OWalker 51.52. FOREST FLAME AMartin 54.0 2 1/2L3. * FIRE ALARM DaneNelson 53.0 2 1/2L4. MONALISASMILE JErwin 53.5 3 3/4L5. VALLEY OF QUEENS MWard4 48.0 NeckLate scratch : #4 NASDAQ PRINCESS, #6 DOOLAHIN, #11 I HAVE A DREAMWIN: $194.00PLACE: $54.00, $53.00, $52.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.2, 45.3, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – BURNING MARQUE out of SO BLESSED byTrainer : THOMAS,JOSEPH Owner : JOSEPH THOMASBred by DUNKLEY (SR.), TREVOR ROYQuinella : (8,12) $443.00 Exacta : (8-12) $670.00D/E : (10-8) $9,635.00 (10-4) $115.00Trifecta : (8-12-5) $345.00Hi-5 : (8-12-5-7-1) $19,862.00Rolling Triple : (1-10-8) $39,962.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. POTCHEEN JErwin 57.02. PUDDY POOH OEdwards3 50.0 1/2L3. * ROYAL ASSAULT PFrancis 51.0 1 1/4L4. #2 SMOKEY TOPAZ DaneNelson 52.5 1 1/2LLate scratch : #1 TARANISWIN: $186.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.2, 44.3, ,Winner : 7yo b horse – TRADITIONAL out of BUBBLE GUM HOTTIE by HERMITAGETrainer : PARSARD,HARRY Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (4,5) $301.00 Exacta : (5-4) $581.00D/E : (8-5) $1,951.00Trifecta : (5-4-6) $131.00Rolling Triple : (10-8-5) $1,802.00Race 10 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. SIRMANDI LSteadman3 53.02. * TECHNOCAT ADancel 57.0 2 1/4L3. CAUSE FOR CONCERN JErwin 54.0 2 1/2L4. YES WE WILL RWilson 54.0 Neck5. WRIGHT AWAY DaneNelson 55.0 1/2LDNF #4 POWERFUL RED RMairs 54.0 32/1WIN: $259.00PLACE: $156.00, $95.00, $223.00Final Time : 1:44.1 Splits : 25.0, 48.4, 1:15.0,Winner : 7yo b horse – GHOST RANSOM out of DAME O’ MANDY by WISE EMISSARYTrainer : BEECHAM,MICHAEL A Owner : MICHAEL A BEECHAMBred by DR. PATRICK GRAHAMQuinella : (5,10) $495.00 Exacta : (10-5) $1,129.00D/E : (5-10) $1,197.00Trifecta : (10-5-12) $3,679.00Hi-5 : (10-5-12-14-11) $136,042.00Rolling Triple : (8-5-10) $15,622.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $511,782.05Super-6 : Carry-over : $3,820,822.68Pick-9 : (3-3-7-5-1-10-8-5-10) $10,457.00 (3-3-7-5-1-10-8-5-10) $188.00 Carry-over : $2,708,382.60PlacePot 8 : (3,7-5,7-5,8-1,4-3,10-8,12-4,5-5,10) $3,451.00last_img read more

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Hornets lose Carter-Williams for rest of season

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rookie Malik Monk has filled in as the team’s backup point guard the last two games.Carter-Williams has appeared in 52 games and is averaging 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game this season. In 287 career games, he has averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Facebook to stream 25 MLB games in exclusive deal Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Michael Carter-Williams #10 of the Charlotte Hornets looks to pass against John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets point guard Michael Carter-Williams needs surgery on his left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season.He suffered a posterior labral tear in his should on March 4 at Toronto.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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17 Charged for Stealing LD$16.5M

first_imgSeventeen persons, including four senior staff of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC), have been indicted for allegedly designing a criminal syndicate that used fictitious identification cards and withdrew US$126,300.06 and LD$16,550,416.40 from the hospital’s account at the First International Bank (FIB).They were said to have opened the account in the name of one John Freeman Kennedy and used that name to issue several checks to some of the co-defendants, Ballah Holmes and Jerry D. Morlu, who later withdrew the money. At Saturday’s hearing at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice, eight of the defendants were sent to the Monrovia Central Prison until a valid criminal appearance bond can be secured for their release. They face a five count indictment, including economic sabotage, theft of property, money laundering and criminal conspiracy and facilitation, which is eligible for bail. The defendants include Patrick Konuwa, former Accounts Officer; Boakai J. Varney, former Senior Budget and Accounts Officer; Arnous Rabeah, former IT and Database Supervisor; and Grace Dolly Jallah, former Executive Secretary to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).Others are James Ricks, former Clearing Officer; Lethia W. Waleh, former Customer Service Officer, also of the First International Bank (FIB); Prince Jallah, former Hardware Technician of the IT Department of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL); Henry K. Sambolah, former Production Manager of the Women Voices Newspaper.The rest are Fahn F. Borbor, alias John Fred Kennedy; Thomas G. Tellewoyan, alias John Franklin Kennedy, GIS Assistant – World Resource Institute; Jerry D. Morlu, Caretaker, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications; Ballah Holmes, Thomas Oliver Mezzeh, Benjamin Wlay Dargbe Jr., and the purported John Freeman Kennedy.According to the indictment, between the period of March 2015 and January 2016, co-defendant Patrick Konuwa, facilitated by co-defendants Lethia Welah and James Ricks, caused two personal checking accounts to be opened at the First International Bank in the name of “John Freeman Kennedy,” where they used a fictitious identification card to open the said accounts for the purpose of depositing checks issued in the name of John F. Kennedy Medical Center.The document further alleged codefendant Patrick Konuwa, on behalf of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, diverted and deposited US$5,000 and LD$15,774 into the accounts of the purported John Freeman Kennedy at the bank and thereafter withdrew the money from the said accounts through the issuance of several checks in the names the fictitious person John F. Kennedy, yet to be identified; codefendant Ballah Holmes; Jerry D. Morlu; and several others to be identified.The indictment also said on August 28, 2015, co-defendant Lethia W. Waleh opened the first Liberian dollar checking account #00-101-018306-01 in the name of a yet to be identified co-defendant who purported to be “John Freeman Kennedy” without any deposit made to the account, using a fake and unsigned identification card, even though she knew and had every reason to know, that accounts could only be opened with valid photo identifications, such as passports, driver’s license, other government issued identification cards, or valid working identification cards; adding that Waleh created the opportunity for co-defendant Konuwa to defraud the hospital.Co-defendant Waleh, the court document said, opened the second checking account # 00-112-018306-02, this time in United States dollars, in the name of John F. Kennedy without any deposit to the account, using the same fake and unsigned identification card. Also, on October 1, 2015, and November 25, 2015, codefendant, Konuwa, intentionally signed for and received from the Ministry of Finance, government of Liberia Central Bank Check #0000579 in the amount of LD$6,989,266.80 and Check # 00001290 in the amount of LD$8,066,889.60, respectively, issued in the name of John F. Kennedy Medical Center, adding that with the help, assistance, and facilitation of codefendant James Ricks, Patrick Konuwa caused the two cheques to be deposited in Checking Account #00.101-018306-01 in the name of the purported John F. Kennedy held at First International Bank on October 2, 2015 and November 26, 2015 respectively.Again, the indictment alleged codefendant Konuwa upon receipt of Checks # 0000579 in the amount of LD$6,989,266.80 and Check # 00001290 in the amount of LD$8,066,889.60 respectively, from the Ministry of Finance, initially took the checks to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center and his boss Mrs. Serina Gbaba had the checks endorsed at the back “For Deposit only into JFKMC LD Subsidy a/c # 01-206-300065-02 at the CBL.”Gbaba gave the checks back to codefendant Konuwa to have same deposited in the John F. Kennedy Medical Center’s account at the Central Bank of Liberia.Co-Defendant Konuwa submitted two Central Bank deposit slips to Alice Seyon, Central Cashier, JFKMC, which was later discovered to be fictitious, suggesting/indicating that the two checks had been deposited in the John F. Kennedy Medical Center’s account at the Central Bank of Liberia, and the said amounts were posted in the Quick Books account system at JFKMC as though the amounts were deposited in the JFK Medical Center’s account, even though codefendant Konuwa knew that the checks were never deposited in the JFKMC account at CBL, but rather in the “John F. Kennedy” Liberian dollars personal checking account #00.101-018306-01 at FIB.That also on October 16, 2015, and December 22, 2015, respectively, the court records claimed Konuwa received two checks on behalf of the JFKMC, one from Secure Risk, LBDI check #00054390 for LD$751,760.00 issued to the hospital and the other from Medicare Insurance, Check # 218141 for US$5,000.00, of which he never informed JFKMC of receiving the checks, and never delivered them to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. Instead, codefendant Patrick Konuwa retained the checks, caused the checks to be deposited in the “John F. Kennedy” Liberian dollars personal checking account #00-101-018306-01 and United States dollars personal checking account # 00-112-018306-02 respectively, at the FIB, which he and the purported John F. Kennedy to be identified had caused to be opened with the assistance of codefendants Lethia W. Waleh and James Ricks.According to the document, Sambolah, former production manager of Women Voices Newspaper alias John Fred Kennedy and Henry K. Sambolah, Thomas Oliver Mezzeh, Benjamin Wlay Dargbe, Jr. defrauded the hospital of US$81,576.51 by designing a criminal scheme, whereby co-defendant Konuwa prepared a fraudulent Check Book Request Order dated May 27, 2015, forged the signatures of Dr. Wvannie Scott-Macdonald and Ms. Munah Tarpeh, General Administrator and Chief Executive Officer and Deputy for Administration respectively, and was accordingly issued two check books series # (551-600) and (601-650) for the John F. Kennedy Medical Center’s Account # 02-206-300065-00 at the Central Bank of Liberia, which co-defendant Patrick Konuwa signed for and received from the Central Bank of Liberia.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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Govt to develop policy to assist overseas-based Guyanese affected by natural disasters

first_imgMinister of Citizenship, Winston Felix has assured that the Government is working with various stakeholders to develop a draft national policy, which will outline a coordinated approach for assisting Guyanese based in Caribbean territories, who are affected by natural disasters.Minister Felix and other stakeholders at the meetingMinister Felix made this announcement on Monday moments after chairing a meeting held with aircraft owners and operations and various Government entities, to streamline efforts to facilitate the return of Guyanese from the hurricane-ravaged island, The Bahamas, and to get feedback on the drafting of the policy.“This meeting has guided us to a path of seeking further guidance on best practices in chartering the response that we need, which at the end of the day seeks to ensure that the interest of Guyanese is attended to in circumstances of disasters and any misfortune which may befall them outside of Guyana.“At the end of this exercise, we should develop a policy to respond to the needs of Guyanese outside of Guyana,” the Minister told the Public Information and Press Service (PIPS) Unit of the Ministry of the Presidency.The Minister informed that the stakeholders’ meeting was held based on a Cabinet directive, which was handed down last week. Monday was the second time that the meeting was held.He further added that the 2017 response to Hurricane Irma, which affected the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Turks and Caicos and St Maarten, has created a “template by which future disasters of whatever magnitude can be responded to, with particular steps to be taken along the way”.In relation to the situation in The Bahamas, Minister Felix said that there is an option available to address the repatriation of the 23 Guyanese who have expressed their desire to return. He pointed out that this number can change as there are another 108 persons, who have yet to indicate what their desire is.“So, work goes on and the Guyanese public will be kept informed as decisions are taken,” the Minister assured.He said too that the meeting discussed an approach to Caribbean Airlines for humanitarian assistance to bring home the affected Guyanese in The Bahamas.“This was done because it was observed that the range of aircraft in Guyana would not take them to The Bahamas without them having to stop for refuelling on a couple of occasions. Then, there is another option, where Government can be invited to subsidise the cost of the aircraft bringing returning Guyanese… and the third is the employment of the [GDF] sky van to assist in the return of Guyanese from The Bahamas,” Minister Felix said.It was suggested that Government deploy a point-person from CDC to The Bahamas to work along with the Guyana Honorary Consul, to assess the needs of Guyanese prior to the decision to repatriate them.last_img read more

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Sunday Blizzard Race Results

first_imgRobin Baillie (HR Block) edged out Pat Ferris to win the 60 km Cecil lake road race, Sunday, with a time of 1:57:00 hours. Richard Wood beat Barb Polehoykie in the sprint for third 30 seconds later. Ken Nix was 5th at 1:58:00 and Francis Plum won the sprint for 6th from Dean Lowry at 2:04:00 hours. The group chose to ride a short 60 km distance due to a cold day, threatening rain and small crowd of riders. Coming up:-Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm.-Sunday road race from Baldonnel School at 10:00 am. Route goes to old Montney Store and back. www.ferrisfastcycles.com- Advertisement –last_img

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CALLING ALL TEACHERS – STUDY A MASTERS OF ARTS IN LEARNING AND TEACHING AT LYIT

first_imgThe LYIT is launching its second offering of its highly successful Masters of Arts in Learning and Teaching.The Head of Department of Law and Humanities at LYIT, Anne Burke said teaching is one of the most demanding yet rewarding and important professions.“Tailor-made Masters programmes are essential in supporting learning and teaching practices for the ever-evolving 21st century classroom. The School of Business at LYIT has a proven track record of over 14 years in executive and professional education at Masters Level for practitioners in their field”. Anne McHugh, Chief Executive, from Donegal ETB strongly endorses professional development within the teaching profession.“This new and innovative programme allows teachers to upskill without having to travel long distances.  It feeds directly into many of the key areas of interest for Donegal ETB in terms of our wish to continue to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our schools and centres.  I recommend the programme wholeheartedly”.Key features of the programmes are: its focus on developing professional practice in learning and teaching; leading national and international best practice speakers; blended learning delivery; work-based learning and research in all modules; block delivery over 2 academic years at weekends; no exams (assessment is assignment based) and; unique networking opportunities across third-level, further education, post-primary and primary sectors.John Andy Bonar, Head of Development LYIT, said LYIT’s Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching is a highly innovative new programme, specifically designed to support the continuing development of professional practice in contemporary learning and teaching, across the whole educational system from primary school through to third-level. “Each module has been designed to explore the critical linkages between effective teaching and reflective practice and each module also affords participants the opportunity to develop practical skills to further enhance their professional teaching practice. LYIT is proud to make this learning opportunity available to the educational community and we are confident that it will contribute further to the emerging education and innovation eco-system across the West and North-West Region”.Burke notes, “The first crop of participants are nearly through the first intake of the programme, and the feedback has been very positive. These participants come from a range of third-level, further education and post-primary backgrounds, and so contribute to a breadth of experience and to a dynamic learning environment”.Paula McBride, post-primary school teacher, Mulroy College, Milford said during this course, you are using the techniques gained through learning, to better your practice.“During the MALT lectures there is open conversation with educators from various educational backgrounds.  This was great, it allows you to see where your pupils are coming from, and what will be expected of them when they leave their second level studies.  The aspect I liked best about the MALT programme was the guest lecturers.  They provided great knowledge, and practical insight into their chosen topic, which made the learning experience alot more interesting. Another great aspect of the course was written feedback on the assignments.  This enable the learner to receive comments on areas to improve on.”Shane McArt, post-primary school teacher, Crana College, Buncrana, adds, “So far I am enjoying the course and I have learned lots of new things. The lectures are of a very high quality and the lecturers have had the unenviable task of keeping the class motivated on a Friday night, which really hasn’t been a problem. Guest lecturers provides us with practical, first hand experiences, bringing us right to the coal face of learning.’ LYIT is inviting applications from primary, post-primary and third-level educators to take part in the 2016/17 Masters of Arts in Learning and Teaching programme starting in February 2016.  Contact Anne Burke at anne.burke@lyit.ie or Lisa Devlin, Course Administrator, at 074 91 86206 for further information. Closing date for applications is Friday 5th February. Places are limited, so if you are interested please apply early.CALLING ALL TEACHERS – STUDY A MASTERS OF ARTS IN LEARNING AND TEACHING AT LYIT was last modified: January 8th, 2016 by StephenShare 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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Taoiseach: Restriction of Versatis patches ‘a matter of patient safety’

first_imgThe Taoiseach has today defended the HSE’s decision to remove Versatis patches from the medical card and drug payment schemes.During Leaders’ Questions this afternoon, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin highlighted that the restriction of the patch, which can help sufferers of chronic pain, has devastated 25,000 people across the country.90% of patients who were prescribed the Versatis patch in 2017 have faced restrictions imposed by the HSE, which came into effect last November and December. The Taoiseach says that Versatis patches should only be prescribed for post-shingles pain, and if not doctors should have to go through “some sort of procedure.”“This is a medicine, these are patches that are licensed for one purpose only in Ireland and that is post-shingles pain in adults. Unfortunately over the course of the last number of years, a number of doctors, quite a lot of doctors unfortunately, have been prescribing it for an off-licence use… uses for which it is not licenced,” Varadkar said.“You need some form of control around that as people can become dependent on medicines such as this, it is an anaesthetic, it’s not something that you prescribe lightly. And long-term use of anaesthetics can have consequences for people.”“It’s not simply a matter Deputy [Martin] of money, it is a matter of patient safety as well,” the Taoiseach said. Varadkar says that the patches are prescribed ten times more in Ireland than they are in the UK, and asserts that there is something “seriously wrong” with this statistic.“I think it was the right thing to do from a patient safety point of view, to make sure that if GPs and other doctors are prescribing this medicine for a purpose for which it is not licensed there should be some sort of controls around that and that is what the HSE has done.”Addressing the Taoiseach in the Dáil, Deputy Martin said: “This was about cutting costs Taoiseach but it has visited great trauma on many families and on thousands of people across the country overnight.”Micheal Martin says that he does not accept Varadkar’s explanation for the imposed restrictions and has asked for the Taoiseach and Minister for Health to suspend the decision.“The sudden overnight nature of this decision is appalling and visited untold trauma on people.” “Give people back their lives,” Deputy Martin appealed.Varadkar added that a “process” is currently in place that allows patients to apply for use of the patches.Initial applications are processed in three working days, and for appeals the average waiting time is five working days.The Taoiseach says that as of last Friday, 1,500 post-shingles patients have been approved to use the patches. Another 4,784 patients were registered by their GP for uses other than post-shingles pain, and 14% (670) of these have been approved. A campaign has been established to protest against the restriction of the Versatis patches.The Patch Us Back Up campaign’s Facebook group has over 2,750 members. The group was set up by five women who suffer from chronic pain and were affected by the removal of Versatis patches from all schemes.They are hoping to make waves on the 1st of March by asking as many people as possible to send thank you cards or letters, along with emails and tweets, to Health Minister Simon Harris and Professor Michael Barry. If possible, they would like people to include a wooden spoon and a band-aid, and to include the terms “dire straits” and “patch us back up.”The group are also asking people to get in touch with their local TDs and councillors to further raise the issue.To find out who your public representatives are, visit www.whoismytd.comTaoiseach: Restriction of Versatis patches ‘a matter of patient safety’ was last modified: February 21st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Chronic Paindailleaders’ questionsLEO VARADKARMichael Martinpatch us back upversatis patchlast_img read more

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Earth as a Living, Breathing Planet: Is It Unique?

first_imgA new NASA video based on 20 years of data from earth-orbiting satellites will awe viewers.See the Nov 19 entry for news about the book.Three days ago we introduced the new book Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers by CEH authors Henry Richter and David Coppedge. The timing of a new video from NASA/Goddard could hardly be more appropriate. Take a moment at Space.com to watch it.Unlike the many static views of Earth taken by NASA, this video, animated from 20 years of observations from earth-orbiting satellites, reveals how our planet lives and breathes through the seasons. It’s called “the most complete view of global biology to date.” Watch as plant life, ice caps, and plankton grow and shrink as wind and ocean currents move life around the globe.The low-key narration and music allows the imagery to dominate the show. The video begins with mention of Explorer 1, the mission whose scientific instruments Dr Richter managed at JPL in 1958 (note that the 60th anniversary of that mission is coming up January 31, 2018).Interspersed with the stunning views of Earth are snippets of biological diversity, from honeybees to koalas to cornstalks. The narration is friendly to intelligent design. In the mentions of biological diversity, nothing is said about evolution. In the mentions of changing climate, humans are not blamed. In the discussions of exoplanets, there are no speculations about space aliens. Instead, one could take home the conclusion that Earth is unique. The narrator says at 4:10,Scientists think that there are likely trillions of planets. Yet Earth is still the only planet we know of with life. And with that in mind, our habitable home world seems ever more fragile and beautiful when considering the vastness of a livable space.Next, senior research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center, Dr Compton Tucker, draws the implications.I have several friends and acquaintances who are astronauts. They all say the same thing: when they are in orbit, in the Space Shuttle or on the International Space Station and look down at the Earth, they see one climate and one planet. We’re all in this together and we need to work together to make sure that life as we know it continues on this wonderful planet.A Dive Into the Details of Earth HabitabilityAs a companion for the video, listen to an audio podcast from ID the Future with Dr Michael Denton on the subject, “Remarkable Coincidences in Photosynthesis.” Dr. Denton, author of the influential book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis in 1994 and Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis in 2016, has a new book out this year called The Wonder of Water. What he describes is absolutely astonishing.Animated GIF from the earth-orbiter data set. Courtesy NASA.In the podcast, Denton shows how numerous “coincidences” are absolutely critical for life. These include the nature of electrons, water, oxygen, stellar emissions, diatomic and triatomic molecules, atmospheric gas ratios, human lungs, metabolic energy requirements, and more. The convergence of factors he describes are not just necessary for microbial life, but for advanced complex life like human beings. The implications are staggering: how often do these factors come together just right for life to be possible?NASA (and in particular JPL) are fond of thinking life exists where water is liquid, even deep under crusts of ice on moons in the outer solar system (see this JPL press release for a recent example). Denton’s analysis undermines those speculations, showing that much more is required for complex life than just water. The evidences for design are astronomical.The new book Spacecraft Earth adds many more requirements for complex life, habitable planets and a life-enabling universe, leading one to seriously consider that Earth may be uniquely suited for life in this vast cosmos. I hope you will obtain a copy and let your soul become awe-struck with the wonders of life, design, and God’s love. (Visited 583 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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My6Sense Chrome Extension Filters Your Tweet Stream on Twitter.com

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… My6Sense, the personalized recommendation engine for both iOS and Android, comes to the desktop today with a Chrome extension that brings the my6sense experience to Twitter.com. What exactly is the my6sense experience? my6sense uses what it calls “digital intuition” to determine what parts of your stream, whether Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz or RSS feed, are most relevant to your interests.We met up with Louis Gray and my6sense CEO Barak Hachamov last month to take a tour of the new product and discuss the company’s plans for personalizing the Web.Gray, a Silicon Valley blogger and startup consultant who joined the company as VP of marketing last August, set the stage for the company’s new service when we spoke to him.“You should be able to go somewhere like CNN.com,” said Gray, “and have it sorted according to you.” This is the long and short of my6sense’s vision of the Web – a personalized version of the Web for each person, based on how you interact with content. And the company’s latest product – the Chrome extension – takes the first leap off the mobile phone and into users’ browsers. “We have a bigger dream of bringing digital intuition everywhere,” explained Gray. “The first step is attacking the noise right in your browser.”my6sense’s Chrome extension does just that. It adds a my6sense button to your Twitter page, which allows you to view your Twitter stream on the Twitter website as personalized by the my6sense engine. Once the extension is installed and running, it can filter your Twitter stream for the most relevant content from the past six, 12, 24 or 48 hours. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Related Posts As ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick noted when he placed my6sense on his “Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010“, a key factor for the company is that it is “focusing on monetizing a commercial API” and “that’s a good business to be in.” Now, the company appears to be playing that angle by showing how its “digital intuition” engine can be applied as another, personalized layer directly in the browser. As my6sense CEO Barak Hachamov explained, “the amount of information that will compete for our attention in the future will increase by 10x.” This, he said, was just the first step.First Twitter. Next? The Web. Tags:#news#Recommendation Engines#RSS & Feeds#RSS Readers#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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