Finn Valley College classroom expansion being considered by Department

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has asked the Minister for Education and Skills to reveal his plans to provide additional classroom accommodation for Finn Valley School.An application has been lodged with Minister Joe McHugh’s Department and is awaiting approval.Pat the Cope added an application for additional classrooms at Finn Valley College, which is to include an ASD Unit, has already been submitted. He said “It is essential that the Department now process the request from the school, in order that the school gets the necessary approval for the additional accommodation which is required at the school.“I will maintain the pressure on the Department in order that no further delays occur in dealing with this application, as design works and procurement will still have to be done by the school authorities before the accommodation will be provided,” he said.Minister McHugh replied “I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of an application, for additional accommodation, from the school in question.“As part of the assessment process, officials from my Department have been in contact with the school authority regarding additional information which has now been provided. The application is currently under assessment and it is envisaged that a decision will be conveyed to the school authority shortly.” Finn Valley College classroom expansion being considered by Department was last modified: February 28th, 2019 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


GSMA announces 2016 aid-to-park funding details

first_imgGreat Smoky Mountains Association had its best year ever for both sales and membership income in 2016, Executive Director Laurel Rematore reported this week, allowing the association to contribute more than $2 million in support to Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year.“We continued our focus on retail sales, publications and customized product development, and membership devel­opment, throughout the year,” she said. “And just when we thought we’d end the year with no major events to mention – other than record-setting visitation – we experienced the late November wildfires that shut down the park for several days and destroyed nearly 2,500 structures in Gatlinburg.”GSMA immediately responded to the tragedy and successfully raised more than $200,000 from GSMA members and others to assist park employees, volunteers, and affiliates who had lost their homes, she continued.Despite the wildfires, some 11,312,785 people visited the Smokies in 2016, which was likely influenced by low fuel prices, an improving economy, and the “Find Your Park” multimedia campaign to mark the NPS Centennial. As operator of the park’s visitor center stores, GSMA, in turn, also experienced a record-setting sales year.GSMA’s aid-to-park funding in 2016 was $2,005,787, she said, capping another strong year of support. The association’s contributions to Great Smoky Mountains National Park fall into three broad categories: cash donations, which are provided for a host of educational, historical, interpretive, and scientific projects; in-kind services, which is primarily labor expense; and publications and digital media, which include development costs and free publications.In-kind services totaled $780,906 and included salaries for staff at eight park visitor centers and publications development costs, including free publications, such as Smokies Guide newspaper and pre-press costs for sales publications.Special projects funded by GSMA totaled $862,167 and included:$18,251 – Bear collars, which allow researchers to track bears that may be obtaining human-related food.$13,350 – Law enforcement interns who help park rangers encourage the public to enjoy the park safely.$137,557 – Resource Management and Science interns who help rangers manage wildlife and fisheries, develop GIS maps, save hemlock trees, monitor air and water quality, and many other tasks.$900 – Cades Cove Bicycle Patrol. This award-winning group helps keep bicyclists and wildlife safe in the park.$50,400 – Cades Cove fence repair and maintenance. Repair of historic fencing to discourage vehicles from driving in Cades Cove fields.$8,000 – Cades Cove viewshed field management. Mowing fields to maintain wildlife viewing and historic appearance of Cades Cove.$5,000 – Alfred Reagan Tub Mill Repair. This historic, water-powered grist mill is now operational for the first time in decades.$3,000 – Cataloochee field management. Mowing fields to maintain wildlife viewing and historic appearance of Cataloochee Valley.$26,996 – Centennial Ambassador Program. Staff to communicate the park’s Centennial messages to the public and neighboring communities.$1,000 – Centennial Hike 100 Smokies Challenge Pins. A special reward for hikers who accomplished the goal of hiking 100 miles in the park in 2016.Funding for the park’s interpretive operations totaled $204,881 and included special events, festivals, and interpretive demonstrations, including the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Music of the Mountains, Mountain Life Festival, sorghum molasses making, and library supplies and materials. A specific breakdown includes:$50,996 – Backcountry Information staff$43,307 – Library staff$33,427 – Living history demonstrators$13,019- Library operations$28,573 – Parks as Classrooms Coordinator$35,560 – Special events and demonstrationsLast year’s $2 million donation brings GSMA’s total contribution to the national park during its 64-year history to $37,618,810.last_img read more


Transforming Healthcare with Patient Generated Data

first_imgWith significant growth projections, wearables have become more than a passing trend and are truly changing the way people and organizations think about managing health. I hear from many companies and customers who want to understand how the wearables market is impacting patient care as well as some of the changes taking place with providers, insurers, and employers. In the next several blogs, I’ll share some of their questions and my responses. The first question is:Please give an overview of the wearable technology industry as it relates to healthcare, and what is the projected growth?In healthcare there are two main vectors of activity, starting with the health and fitness-oriented consumer devices such as the Fitbit, Fuel Band, and some of the emerging smart watches. These devices measure steps, sleep activity or general activity to try to encourage a healthy lifestyle.The second vector includes devices found in clinical settings. For example, a company called Sotera Wireless has a vital signs monitoring device that is worn by the patient in the hospital. The key value proposition is that you have continuous monitoring rather than having a nurse come in periodically to take the patient’s vitals. Plus, the patient is not tethered to the wall or the bed so they can move and walk around more freely.Another example that was not necessarily designed for clinicians is Google Glass, which has received a fair amount of press. It has been approved for use in some hospitals, and there are a number of use cases emerging. One is around streamlining clinician workflow support, so the clinician doesn’t have to interact with other screens in other areas of the patient room or the operating room.In this first wave of wearable device adoption in the healthcare industry, we see a lot of repurposing of devices that were originally designed for other uses. Over time, we’ll see more sophisticated devices targeted at the industry. Some wearable devices will likely be regulated, for example, those for real-time glucose monitoring. But the payoff will be that purpose-built devices can better meet the complex needs of the healthcare industry, whether it’s, for example, remote monitoring of patients or encouraging health plan members to adopt a healthier lifestyle.According to IDC, vendors will ship over 45 million wearable units in 2015; an increase of over 133 percent from 2014 worldwide shipments. They predict 45 percent annual growth for shipment volumes over the next several years, meaning roughly 126 million devices in 2019. If you look more broadly at the Internet of Things (IoT), in which wearables are a category, IDC is predicting a 36 billion dollar market for healthcare by 2018, so there are very aggressive growth projections.In healthcare, the key driver of growth is moving from periodic monitoring, traditionally associated with the occasional visit to a doctor, to daily or even continuous monitoring of the patient’s specific conditions and general wellness. Wearables won’t replace the doctor visit, but they can establish baselines to measure against, and the streaming patient-generated data they sense and collect will improve the accuracy of predictive models to give insight into how a patient is really doing in near-real time. We are seeing just the tip of the iceberg today as companies target the healthcare vertical and build more sensing capabilities into devices.What questions about wearables do you have? What do you think?In my next blog, I’ll look at some of the ways that wearables are impacting providers, payers and employers as well as patients.last_img read more


Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo enters Wimbledon doubles final

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza entered her maiden final at the prestigious Wimbledon with Swiss partner Martina Hingis by earning a straight sets victory in the women’s doubles semifinals at the All England Club here on Friday.The top seeds needed only 56 minutes to overcome American fifth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 in their semifinal match on No.1 Court to enter the summit clash.This is Sania’s first final here across all formats in seniors though she had won the girls’ doubles title here 12 years ago with Russian Alisa Kleybanova. Martina, on the other hand, has two doubles (1996, 1998) and one singles title (1997) to her credit that she won at the lone grass court Major.Though the World No.1 Indian has three mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, she is yet to win the top prize in women’s doubles. The only time she reached a Major final in the category was at the 2011 French Open.The top seeds totally dominated both the sets. In the first one, they broke their opponents twice out of four opportunities which was more than enough to seal the set in their favour. Though they gave three breakpoint chances to Raquel and Abigail, they managed to save all three. Also, they dominated by taking 30 of the 46 points played in the set.The fifth seeds were already rattled by now which led to double fault thrice at crucial moments in the second set. Sania and Martina got two chances to break Raquel and Abigail and utilised both perfectly to clinch the set and match. They were so clinical that they did not even give a breakpoint opportunity to their opponents.advertisementThe world’s two highest ranked players will next take on the winners of the match between Russian second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina and Hungarian-French fourth seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.Earlier in the day, another Indian Sumit Nagal, partnering Vietnam’s Nam Hoang Ly, earned a straight sets victory to enter the boys’s doubles semifinals. The eighth seeds needed only 53 minutes to defeat Japanese combination of Yusuke Takahashi and Jumpei Yamasaki 6-2, 6-3 on Court 6. Nagal and Ly will next take on Serbian-Norwegian pair of Miomir Kecmanovic and Casper Ruud for a place in the final.last_img read more


10 months agoLiverpool star Wijnaldum: Competition key to midfield success

first_imgLiverpool star Wijnaldum: Competition key to midfield successby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeorginio Wijnaldum insists Liverpool’s packed midfield is helping them improve as players.Jurgen Klopp has Wijnaldum, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho to pick from in central midfield. And Wijnaldum believes the competition encourages them players to raise their game.”It’s always good if you have competition in one position because that means you have to perform to stay in the team,” the midfielder, who has very often stayed in Jürgen Klopp’s team this season, tells liverpoolfc.com.”But I think that has to be normal at a club like Liverpool because it’s a top team, one of the biggest teams in England, so Liverpool will always sign good players and that means there will always be competition in the team.”That makes players even better – not only because you have an ‘opponent’ in your position, but also because you play and train against good teammates, so it makes you automatically a better player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


LinManuel Miranda To Be Honored With Latin Recording Academy Presidents Merit Award

first_imgPerformances by current Latin GRAMMY nominees Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga, Bronco, CNCO, Lila Downs, Nicky Jam, Carlos Vives, and Sebastián Yatra, along with a special appearance from Mexican duo Ha*Ash, have been added to the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.The Biggest Night in Latin Music will air live on the Univision Network Nov. 16 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Additionally, award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored with The Latin Recording Academy President’s Merit Award for his outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community.The President’s Merit Award is an exceptional honor that has been presented to only a very exclusive and limited group of individuals.“We are honored to present Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda with the prestigious President’s Merit Award at this year’s 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in recognition of his artistry, vision and the masterful ways he uses his craft to empower and highlight Latin-related issues in the United States,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “Lin-Manuel’s urban and social poetry have provided strength and encouragement to every Latino motivated to get ahead. He has brought pride to our community by reminding us of the resilience and fortitude we demonstrate on a daily basis.”Mr. Miranda recently unveiled the bilingual single “Almost Like Praying”. In a little over a week the single jolted to #1 on the digital songs chart and debuted at #20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with over 111k downloads. All proceeds and streams of the charity single have gone towards The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund in an effort to aid in Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts.The 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards is supported by Univision’s multiple platforms, which include digital, social and radio, and feature video interviews and photos, an extensive archive of past shows, a live blog, behind-the-scenes footage and dedicated forums for fans to share their excitement leading up to the live broadcast on www.latingrammy.com and www.univision.com/latingrammy. Univision Radio is the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards.Additionally, the telecast will be distributed internationally to more than 80 countries.last_img read more


Messi denies Barcelona threw away the Copa del Rey

first_imgAfter leading FC Barcelona to the Copa del Rey semifinals with a turn around against Sevilla, Lionel Messi was fuming at critics who doubted them.During the Copa del Rey’s first Quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, the media ran with a headline that suggested the Catalan club had thrown away the competition by not calling Lionel Messi to the match.The Argentine forward has been resting for games that manager Ernesto Valverde doesn’t consider risky as a new strategy he is trying to test, this is with the goal of having the best version we can possibly get of Messi for the final stages of the season in all competitions and possibly have a chance to win another treble.But the media saw this as a sign of weakness after both times in which the club lost its away matches against both Levante and Sevilla, Messi came back to save the club against the Valencian club but nothing guaranteed he would do the same against Sevilla at Camp Nou.The doubts on the Argentine player were quickly trashed by his amazing level of performance this Wednesday, he not only provided an assist and scored the most beautiful goal of the evening, but Leo also motivated his teammates to deliver the best performance they have given the public in months.🏆👑Leo #Messi : “We are Barça and we would never throw away the chance to win any of the big three competitions”🔵🔴 #CopaBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hHJeRCAMXh— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019It was clear that the player loves responding to any kind of criticism on the pitch, he usually does it in the most spectacular fashion and just goes home to enjoy the spoils of his success.However, something has changed in the Argentina international as he is taking the captain role very seriously and wanted to talk to the press in order to remind everyone that FC Barcelona will keep fighting for all the titles this season.At the very start of the current competitions that the club is now playing, Messi spoke very honestly to all the fans to let them know that his most burning desire was to win another Champions League this year and he would do everything within him to achieve it.Leo wanted to state this Wednesday that perhaps the fans misunderstood his message because he wasn’t only talking about the European competition, Lionel believes that the Catalan club should always aim to win everything each season and he didn’t think that mentioning it was necessary back then.But now that things have gotten this mixed up, the man decided to come out and remind everyone of his intentions.To think this guy has gone on to rack up 5⃣0⃣ Copa del Rey goals for Barça… 🐐 Plus the ones to come… ⚽ pic.twitter.com/JWkDoF92jNTop 5 Barcelona players to watch in the Champions League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the competition.The UEFA…— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019“People keep saying that we threw away the Copa del Rey and we didn’t really want to win it,” said Messi via Diario Sport.“Maybe my message from the start of the season was misinterpreted. Let me be clear, this club wants to fight for all three competitions because it is Barcelona’s obligation every year. We are going to keep trying until the very end, we threw nothing away.”“The fans have delivered tonight. This looked like a Champions League match. We were fortunate enough to turn the result in our favor but it wasn’t easy because they did have a few important chances.”“Allowing another goal would’ve complicated everything for us, but we were lucky enough to go through. I did have a couple of chances that I missed.”“But we were lucky enough to get that goal by Luis that granted us that moment of calmness we needed. After that, my goal came when the match was already decided.”“The most important thing here is that the squad played a fantastic game and we made it to the next round.”“The penalty? Coutinho was coming from taking the last one against Levante. He wanted to take it and we came to an agreement because winning is all the mattered. He scored it and that makes me happy, because that’s where it all started,” he concluded.When you and the 🐐 are about to celebrate your 200th win in a Barça shirt 😍 pic.twitter.com/hVvwlLelX2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 31, 2019Do you think Lionel Messi and Barcelona can deliver and compete for all the titles this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


Cars stolen for major robberies Anglican Bishop family victims of crime

first_img Related Items:#BishopBoyd, #heist, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – If there was any doubt, it can be erased because criminals are definitely stealing people’s cars to commit serious crimes and there was another example of that this morning in Nassau.    A Nissan Note was stolen around 5am from a security guard who was on duty.  Police report that three armed men tied up the guard and took his vehicle.Fifteen minutes later, another security guard was tied up and robbed of cash, his cell phone and his green 2009 Pontiac … the trio arrived on that scene in the Nissan Note in a brazen #heist where they got away – in both vehicles – with an entire safe.   Cell phone video of the safe was in circulation today; the person capturing the image was in shock at the size of the safe which she said was on Podoleo Street.Later  in the day, there was a report of a robbery at Thompsons Trading by a group of criminals who robbed Temple Christian School and stole the vehicle of Anglican Arch Bishop Laish Boyd.    The wall of the school’s office was hacked open and torn to bits.   Police confirmed that #BishopBoyd was not in the vehicle at the time it was stolen, but his driver was.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


29 arrests made during Operation Reclaim and Rebuild sex trafficking sting

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 29 arrests made during ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ sex trafficking sting KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 30, 2018 Updated: 4:26 PM Partner agencies who participated in Operation Reclaim and Rebuild under the umbrella of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force include:FBINaval Criminal Investigative ServiceU.S. Attorney’s OfficeU.S. Marshalls ServiceICE Homeland Security Investigations in San DiegoCalifornia Department of JusticeCalifornia Department of CorrectionsCalifornia Highway PatrolSan Diego County District Attorney’s OfficeSan Diego Police DepartmentSan Diego Sheriff’s DepartmentSan Diego Probation DepartmentSan Diego City Attorney’s OfficeNational City Police DepartmentEscondido Police DepartmentChula Vista Police DepartmentOceanside Police DepartmentCarlsbad Police Department SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan joined the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force Tuesday to announce the results of a second annual multi-agency operation across California to stop the sexual exploitation of young women and girls.Operation Reclaim and Rebuild took place over a three-day period last week and focused on the demand side of human trafficking.In San Diego County, 29 sex buyers were arrested and charged with agreeing to engage in an act of prostitution.Related Link: San Diego People: Human Trafficking Awareness Month“This operation is a wakeup call for men who buy sex, about the damage they are doing to our young women and children, and the cycle of abuse they are promoting,” District Attorney Summer Stephan said. “The men who were arrested are from all ages and backgrounds, demonstrating the need to raise awareness that when people pay for sex, the person on the other end of the transaction is often a victim who was forced into sex trafficking as a child.” Operation Reclaim and Rebuild had three goals: disrupting the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their buyers; identifying, arresting and prosecuting their captors; and identifying and recovering victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking to provide them with services.Although this was the fourth annual Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, this is the second operation that incorporated law enforcement from throughout the state. The operation was a collaborative effort between the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.Law enforcement across Southern California joined together to send a clear message: men who buy sex are exploiting victims and contributing to a cycle of abuse. More than 70 percent of sex trafficking happens online, so that’s where law enforcement went to strike during this operation.Fake ads for sex were posted online offering sex for money. When the men — some of them active duty military, others with wedding bands on — showed up at a hotel expecting to buy a person for their own sexual gratification, they were instead surprised by being handcuffed.Their cars were towed and their phones were taken as evidence. One man had a dog waiting in his car, another arrived on a bicycle dressed in cycling gear with a backpack full of sexual props, and another was a sex abuse counselor at a local hospital, who showed up wearing scrubs.“Buyers convince themselves they are involved in a hobby where there are no victims,” DA Stephan said. “The anonymity of the Internet emboldens Johns to ask for and expect the most extreme acts. They are often more violent than the pimps and traffickers themselves. Johns treat sex trafficking victims as less than human and they believe that there will be no one to hold them accountable for their actions.”A university study showed the underground sex industry in San Diego is about an $810 million business each year. A District Attorney community outreach campaign, The Ugly Truth, highlighted the myths about sex trafficking, including the prevalence of men who pay for sex.  During the three months the campaign was running, demand for sex decreased, according to the CEASE Network. KUSI Newsroom, January 30, 2018last_img read more