Premier League fixtures: West Ham start the season at Arsenal

first_img Premier League fixtures: West Ham start the season at Arsenal 1 Slaven Bilic will begin his West Ham managerial career with a daunting trip to north London to take on Arsenal.The Hammers will then have back-to-back home games against Leicester City and new boys Bournemouth before concluding August with a trip to Anfield.Other notable dates include the visit of London rivals Chelsea on October 24, and a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on December 5.Swansea will provide the final opposition at Upton Park on May 7 prior to the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium.Click here to see the full Premier League fixture list for 2015-16last_img read more

Govt pledges to freeze tuition fees for five years

first_imgEducation Minister Joe McHugh has made a significant pledge not to increase university registration fees beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to government after the next general election.Ahead of the Leaving Cert results this week, the announcement will be a relief to parents who are already struggling with the rising cost of student accommodation.However, it will cause concern for the third-level education sector which is facing significant funding challenges. In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Independent, Mr McHugh says he has the backing of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in his stance.Asked directly if Fine Gael would increase fees if in government for another five years, he said: “No, in terms of increasing fees or even putting student loans, we have to look at the overall pressures on parents and see how to make it easier rather than [adding] to the pressures they are under already.”The Fine Gael minister’s comments are the clearest commitment to date from the main coalition party to freeze college fees.The third-level sector has consistently said it is facing serious financial difficulties, which are damaging its ability to compete internationally. Colleges have been seeking clarity on proposals to bring in a loan scheme or higher charges for students.Read the full story here: pledges to freeze tuition fees for five years was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Debunker Busters

first_imgOften in science reports, new findings debunk previously held beliefs.  But then, a thoughtful reader might ask, didn’t the previously held belief debunk a belief prior to that?  Sometimes it gets difficult to believe the current belief has any credibility, when the debunkers turn on each other.A dilemma about dilemmas:  Psychologists and philosophers have used moral dilemmas to probe the principles of individuals and groups.  Now, however, Science Daily says that the results may be biased by the way the questions are posed.  A new study indicated, “Small changes in wording can affect judgments in ways that have nothing to do with differences in moral principles.  Psychologists that analyze judgment and decision making in consumer behavior are aware of this fact.  We applied these same methods to this scenario to illustrate that subjects’ responses could not possibly be attributed to any known moral principles.”Educational folly:  Are you a visual learner or a verbal learner?  For some three decades, it has been popular among educators to believe that students vary in their learning styles.  The idea is appealing: teachers need to tailor their pedagogy to the student.  “The long-standing popularity of the learning styles movement has in turn created a thriving commercial market amongst researchers, educators, and the general public,” reported Science Daily.  “But does scientific research really support the existence of different learning styles, or the hypothesis that people learn better when taught in a way that matches their own unique style?” the article asked.  “Unfortunately, the answer is no, according to a major new report published this month in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.”    The team investigating the movement found “those studies have not used the type of randomized research designs that would make their findings credible.”  There are certain criteria in research design to guard against erroneous correlations and conclusions.  “The authors found that of the very large number of studies claiming to support the learning-styles hypothesis, very few used this type of research design.”  There was also little support to show that students did better with learning-style-based education.    Undoubtedly many of the “71 different models of learning styles that have been proposed over the years” were developed with good intentions, but is it possible that “the currently widespread use of learning-style tests and teaching tools is a wasteful use of limited educational resources”?What are you seeing?  In the retina, rods are rods and cones are cones, and never the twain shall meet.  Not so, reported a new study reported in PNAS.1  “Direct rod input to cone BCs [bipolar cells] and direct cone input to rod BCs challenge the traditional view of mammalian BC circuitry,” the title reads.  “This is grounds for revising the mammalian rod/cone bipolar cell dogma.”  Earlier eye researchers must have been dogmatic without scientific grounds for it.  The team’s findings open up the possibility that the retina performs complex crosstalk analysis between rod neurons and cone neurons to enhance vision.  “They provide clear physiological evidence for functional tertiary rod/cone pathways as well as grounds for revising the rod/cone bipolar-cell dogma in the mammalian retina.”Mammoth discovery:  Woolly mammoths were alive not that long ago, reported Live Science.  Based on ancient DNA in Alaskan permafrost soil samples, a team estimates that they survived till 7,600 years ago – nearly half the old 12,000-year figure for the date of their extinction. Oil without dinosaurs:  Science Daily wrote last month, “Scientists in Washington, D.C. are reporting laboratory evidence supporting the possibility that some of Earth’s oil and natural gas may have formed in a way much different than the traditional process described in science textbooks” – that is, the familiar tale that “Prehistoric plants died and changed into oil and gas while sandwiched between layers of rock in the hot, high-pressure environment deep below Earth’s surface.”  The debunking in this Nov. 6 article actually “un-debunks” an old idea from the 19th century that methane and other hydrocarbons might be produced abiotically, without fossil fuels.If long-held beliefs such as these are being overturned, after being held as “scientific truth” for decades or centuries, how do we know that today’s current dogmas are invulnerable to turnarounds?  A future discovery might even debunk the debunkers in these stories – some of whom debunked earlier debunkers.  To paraphrase an old hamburger commercial, where’s the bunk?1.  Pang, Gao et al, “Direct rod input to cone BCs [bipolar cells] and direct cone input to rod BCs challenge the traditional view of mammalian BC circuitry,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 14, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0907178107.OK, these are interesting anomalies, but we know that science produces truth, that man is causing the earth to heat up, and that evolution is a fact.  Got it?  A FACT.  Facts do not change.  Facts are real.  Faith is not.  Science generates knowledge by a scientific method that filters out bias.  Peer review ensures that bad science is weeded out.  Science has no room for dogma!  If a strongly-held belief is challenged by science, then out it must go!  (Like evolution?)  Don’t try to get logical with me!  Evolution is a fact!  Got it?  A FACT.Time to revisit the 10/28/2009 entry.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Open Africa Initiative shines at Davos 2018

first_imgThe Open Africa Initiative, a programme aimed at advancing the concept of intra-Africa economic and cultural integration – while boosting the continent’s young entrepreneurs – had a strong presence at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The Open Africa Initiative, which was founded by the Africa50 Global Shapers in May 2017, is making strides in its quest to advocate a better future for young Africans through increased intra-Africa trade. (Image: Open Africa Initiative)The programme, which was founded by Africa50 Global Shapers in 2017, sent four representatives to Davos to participate in panel discussions on African economic integration and the benefits it would bring to Africa’s up and coming entrepreneurs.Open Africa representatives included Ghanaian social entrepreneur Foster Akugri, the youngest participant in this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) at the age of 23; Tanzanian edutainment entrepreneur Doreen Kessy; software developer Tinashe Mashungu from Zimbabwe; and South African water engineering prodigy Shamiso Kumbirai.More than 20 African countries have lent their support to Open Africa, which has a presence in 30 African cities. It engages with several trade bodies, as well as the African Union’s Continental Free Trade Area team and Agenda 2063.Participation at Davos this year was the culmination of a grassroots project that started in September 2017. An Open Africa bus journey taken by some of the continent’s best business minds travelled to 12 Africa countries, to research the economic trends of the continent and attempt to address challenges of cross-border trade, particularly for small goods traders and young entrepreneurs.The Davos participants shared insights from the journey, particularly on key impediments to the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area. A key objective was to advocate for African governments to adopt the free trade area and to create an African business collaboration platform.Traditionally, the WEF gathering, which features business, political and cultural participants from around the world, aims to develop a shared global narrative to improve the state of the world. This year was no different, and the programme, initiatives and projects of the meeting were focused on creating a “shared future in a fractured world”.Open Africa used the WEF platform to give a voice to African business and to shape the future of Africa by joining the global effort in co-design, co-create and collaborate.Source: Open Africa Initiative  Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines. It’s a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian. The company says the move is all about helping users protect their privacy and connect with other people, but the new default option is to change from “old settings” to becoming visible to “everyone.”This is not what Facebook users signed up for. It’s not about privacy at all, it’s about increasing traffic and the visibility of activity on the site.Update: See also our in-depth interview with Barry Schnitt, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, about why these changes were made.Information like your email address is recommended to remain limited to friends, but make no mistake about it – Facebook wants you to make the status messages you post visible to the entire internet.According to the video explaining the changes, the new default for status messages is “everyone.” That’s a huge change. Of course it’s not hard for people to keep their existing privacy settings, but confusion around what those settings are is hardly resolved by the phrase “old settings” and a tool-tip phrase appearing when you hover over that option.Update:Some users are saying that their default options are in fact on “old settings” and not “everyone.” We’re hearing that “old settings” as private is the default for users who have ever changed their privacy settings and set them to private. People who have not changed their settings ever or who have set them to public already, will be defaulted to public. That’s what we think, it’s hard to know for sure. Facebook is maddeningly unclear about what exactly is going on. Part of the problem is that they are willing to tell press that they want to move users toward being more public, but when communicating with its users they appear to put more emphasis on communicating about privacy than is warranted by the changes at issue. See also: Zuckerberg Changes His Own Privacy Settingsthe Facebook blog post about the announcement. Previous moves by the company, like the introduction of the news feed, have seen user resistance as well – but this move cuts against the fundamental proposition of Facebook: that your status updates are only visible to those you opt-in to exposing them to. You’ll now have to opt-out of being public and opt-in to communicating only with people you’ve given permission to see your content.Will users go for it? If Facebook becomes a lot more like Twitter, will users stick around? The network of friends you’ve created on Facebook can’t be taken anywhere else – access to those people off-site is limited due to “privacy concerns.”This is an amazing move that was announced with limited press attention. A Facebook group message to press was sent out at 6am, two hours before a press phone call. The announcement is a long, wordy and unclear text putting undue emphasis on Privacy when the new options clearly favor going public. Earlier this week the company made an announcement about forthcoming privacy policy changes and Open was not the recommended setting.Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told Reuters today that Facebook was recommending that posts be viewable to everyone because such sharing of information is consistent with “the way the world is moving.” But as the largest social network in the world, isn’t it Facebook that effects these kinds of changes?Facebook confirmed to us in a press call earlier this year that the company does in fact want users to post more publicly and we expected a site-wide call for users to loosen privacy restrictions – but not like this. This announcement was couched in language of user control and privacy.A much more honest approach to privacy would be to encourage users to create lists of contacts and encourage them to select which list any update was visible to. Instead, that’s greatly underemphasized.Expect to see this story blow up for the rest of the year. It’s a very big move.See our previous coverage for context:Facebook Wants You To Be Less Private – But Why?A Closer Look at Facebook’s New Privacy OptionsIs Facebook a Cult? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web last_img read more

GREEN BUILDING TIP: Sell Energy to Your Utility Company

first_imgFrom the BlogsResisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbines Green PointsLEED for Homes Up to 10 points may be earned under EA1 (Energy & Atmosphere) or EA10 for renewable energy systems.NGBS/ICC-700 Energy Efficiency: points awarded based on renewable energy production — 1 pt. per 200 watts (704.3.3.2). Photovoltaic panels and are one of the design cornerstones of zero-energy homes, which produce as much electricity over the course of a year as they consume.Installing enough PV to accomplish this costs tens of thousands of dollars, but as the price of photovoltaic modules continues to fall and efficiencies go up, net-zero performance will be available to many more U.S. homeowners.In addition to incentives and rebates , net metering laws can help ease the cost of producing your own power.These laws require utility companies to buy electricity generated on-site from customers at the full retail rate. Typically the electricity meter runs backward when power is flowing into the grid (such as sunny or windy days), which offsets the amount of electricity you have to buy at other times (at night or when the wind isn’t blowing).—_This GREEN BUILDING TIP is from our Strategy Generator. Build a tip sheet for your green building or remodeling project under the Strategies & Details tab._ Learn more in the Green Building Encyclopedia:PHOTOVOLTAIC (SOLAR) ELECTRICIYWIND-GENERATED ELECTRICITY From the Green Primer Are features like solar panels absolutely necessary?last_img read more

NSP Green Workshops Are Coming Your Way

first_imgThe team here at Enterprise Green Communities is really excited to announce that we are gearing up for a set of Green Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) workshops around the country this summer. We have been working hard with some of the Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistance Providers to come up with a creative agenda and informative content. Here is the announcement HUD has released; be on the lookout for registration information on the HUD NSP Resource Exchange website.Green NSP Workshops Coming Soon!In this innovative series of workshops, NSP grantees and their partners (sub-recipients, contractors, architects and subcontractors) will obtain valuable information on adopting green measures. Strategies for developing green and healthy housing and tips for meeting NSP 2 and 3 green requirements will be shared. With a focus on peer-to-peer conversation and learning, these workshops will provide grantees and their partners the opportunity to build consensus among team members, seek guidance from industry leaders and increase the efficiency of their programs. Participants will gain the information they need to implement integrative design, smart growth and energy efficiency. They will also learn how to select materials beneficial to the environment, create healthy living environments and implement greener operations and maintenance in their building programs.The workshops will be held in nine cities from June through August of 2011 including: Boston; Phoenix; Washington, DC; Portland, Ore.; Atlanta; Minneapolis; Cleveland; Los Angeles; and New Orleans. Stay tuned for more details.last_img read more

Maharashtra orders probe into alleged strip search incident at Pune school

first_imgEven as the administration of a noted Pune school denied allegations that its staff had strip-searched several female students on suspicion of copying during the ongoing HSC exams, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Monday ordered a thorough probe into the incident.The Education Minister met with Pune legislators Neelam Gorhe (Shiv Sena) and Medha Kulkarni (Bharatiya Janata Party), both of whom submitted memorandums demanding stern action against the administration of the Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Vishwashanti Gurukul in Pune’s Loni Kalbhor area, an HSC exam centre where the incident reportedly occurred.“Safeguarding the modesty of our students is always a priority… the culprits behind the appalling incident at MIT, Loni centre will be dealt with the strictest of force by the law,” Mr. Tawde tweeted.The school, run by the MIT educational establishment, is in the eye of a storm following complaints from several students last week who alleged that the female security staff forced them to remove their clothes in washrooms to make sure they were not carrying chits or notes which could be used for copying during exams.Earlier in the day, members of the Sambhaji Brigade met with the Deputy Director of Education and demanded that the licence of MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul be revoked.“This sort of overzealous vigilance is shocking… several students were reportedly strip-searched in this manner on suspicion of cheating. This not only resulted in loss of valuable time during the exams, but also caused them unimaginable trauma,” said Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade.Around 250 students are giving their HSC exams at the Vishwashanti Gurukul – which is an exam centre for the first time.Following complaints by some students, two female security personnel were booked under sections 354 (sexual harassment) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) by the Loni Kalbhor police on Saturday last week.However, the school Principal, Virendra Bawaskar, categorically denied the charges made by the complainants, alleging that the complainant students and their parents were doing this to “get back” at his staff for not “permitting cheating” to take place at the examination centre.Mr. Bawaskar further claimed that one of the complainants was in possession of chits and that the search was conducted in presence of a female constable.last_img read more

Know your Touch/sports market? Do they know you?

first_imgFor answers and insights into these key questions and how Affiliates can better engage with their local communities and market and promote their competitions and product, be sure to catch the key ‘Affiliates Marketing’ workshop at tomorrow’s NSW State Conference at Bankstown Sports Club (for registered delegates only). The workshop taps off at 3.45pm and presented by TFA GM Marketing, Julian Buckmaster and Communications Coordinator, Lauren Pritchard. Pass it on!Related LinksKnow your Touch market? How well do your know your local Touch/sports market? And, importantly, how well do they know you?  last_img read more