Town Centre broadband row is resolved, but rural areas are still waiting

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Town Centre broadband row is resolved, but rural areas are still waiting Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest By admin – August 19, 2015 Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Previous articleLYIT hosts Open Days in Letterkenny and Killybegs as students consider CAO offersNext articleCathedral Quarter committee want to unveil mosaic on Culture Night admin WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Eircom has now been given the go-ahead to carry out works to make fibre broadband readily available.Protracted negotiations between the telecom providers and COMREG has stalled the roll out of the service high speed broadband to customers in Donegal’s town centres.But now an agreement has been reached allowing Eircom make fibre broadband more widely available.Deputy Charlie McConologue says Eircom’s Fibre broadband roll out must be prioritised in towns and villages across Donegal, but is stressing over half the population of the county s still not covered…….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Board studies campus mental health concerns

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) has focused on student mental health issues on campus, according to student body president Lauren Vidal, chair of the CLC.“There is a national upward trend in student stress, and we have seen this spike mirrored in the lives of Notre Dame students,” Vidal said. “We began the year with a preliminary report to the Board of Trustees on student stress, and we decided, through our findings, that Notre Dame was in fact a unique environment, with a more unique structure that we can capitalize on to become a university with an exceptional level of wellness resources and support.”The CLC, a forum for students, faculty and administrators to discuss student affairs, created three task forces to dive more in-depth into student stress and mental health, Vidal said. Each task force focuses on academic climate, social climate or benchmarking.“The academic task force has looked at specifically what our learning environment looks like and how our curriculum affects our students,” Vidal said. “This force has spent time speaking with students and faculty about the in-classroom and out of classroom demands, and they have also decided to look at if and why students overload on credits [or] pick up double majors.“This force has also looked at the idea of excellence as an ND student and how a perception of perfection takes a toll on student stress levels.”The social climate task force, consisting of rectors, Student Union Board leaders and student senators, has looked at the larger picture of a student through the lens of their social environment, Vidal said. The group concentrated on extracurricular activities and other free-time pursuits but also considered ways that the residence life system could impact social climate.“[The social climate task force] has looked into the benefits of a no-program time bracket, which some universities have adopted,” Vidal said. “This policy essentially eliminates the option to program any organized event during a certain block of time, with the intended purpose to provide students with legitimate free time for personal purpose.The third task force is benchmarking, which Vidal said is essential to the functioning of the other two task forces.“It serves the purpose of using comparative data to strengthen the research and the findings of our other forces,” she said. “Benchmarking is looking into everything from ​academic statistics to data on how many of our students pick up double and triple majors, in comparison to our peer institutions.”CLC’s goals for next semester involve more action on the data they have collected within the task forces, Chris Tarnacki, rector of O’Neill Hall, said.“Our goal is to thoroughly understand and potentially provide recommendation on policies or services that might be put in place to better serve students,” Tarnacki said.Sophomore Helen Hathaway, Badin Hall senator, said CLC is tackling the issue of mental health on campus in response to a widespread awareness that students are feeling increasingly stressed and anxious. She said the number of different perspectives from diverse members of CLC has helped discussion of the issue.“Students, rectors and faculty are all able to offer their two cents,” Hathaway said. “So far in the year it is very evident from the richness of our discussions that each member is passionate about addressing mental health.”Vidal said next semester CLC will put their work into action.“We will hold meetings with the new team from the McDonald Center [for Student Well-Being] in an attempt to craft a Center that serves as an ideal addition to Notre Dame, and one that is centered specifically around enhancing the Notre Dame experience,” Vidal said. “We will also be making recommendations for the new First Year of Studies course, backed by our deep dive into ND culture and student climate.”With regards to their goals next semester, Hathaway said the CLC has established a timeline of points to accomplish.“We have devoted this school year to discussing and researching mental health so that we can present a report at the end of the year that will be useful to the University as its health and wellness programs grow and develop,” Hathaway said. “We will continue discussing and gathering evidence — be it data or anecdotes — so that we can use the second half of the second semester to construct a comprehensive and telling report.”Tags: Campus Life Council, CLC, Lauren Vidal, Mental health, mental health awareness, mental health issues, mental illness, Student governmentlast_img read more

Ricketts, Ruelas discuss plans for upcoming term

first_imgBryan Ricketts and Nidia Ruelas, who take office as president and vice president today, intend to leave their own unique mark on Notre Dame.Ricketts and Ruelas have waited nearly two months to assume their positions – the pair was elected Feb. 5 on a ticket that focused on student identity and well-being.The president and vice president hope to address campus sexual assault through programs that will especially emphasize the education of the freshman class, Ruelas said.The pair will also create an ad hoc department that addresses mental health at Notre Dame, Ricketts said. This new resource, combined with a confrontation of the climate that surrounds students struggling with mental illnesses on campus, aspires to increase the ease with which these students can pursue help.“We have to say, ok students with mental illness … are we in a climate where they feel comfortable seeking treatment and talking openly about it?” Ricketts said. “And students, when they recognize someone [struggling with mental illness], are they ready to respond? We don’t think we’re there yet. And that’s going to be our goal to make that a reality.”Ricketts said the team also plans to create an online forum which they hope will allow greater communication between students and campus administrators.“[The forum will] create a way to bridge the gap between students and administrators, so people know what’s going on and can appreciate the work that administrators are doing for the students, and students have a way to say, ‘These are our concerns,’ and know that they’re being heard,” Ricketts said.Ruelas said she and her partner are especially looking forward to talking to the students themselves. The team’s office is open “for whoever, whenever, all the time,” she said.“I think the question [of what will be most exciting] is always so overwhelming, because there are so many things to get excited about,” Ruelas said. “I’m really excited about Senate and chairing Senate – that’s one of my bigger responsibilities. And I’m really excited to get to meet all the representatives from the dorms. But in addition to that, just all the day-to-day things, like interacting with people — that’s really my passion, I think, and why I ran for this position.”Although the pair’s distinct vision for the next year in office separates them from outgoing student body president Lauren Vidal and vice president Matt Devine, Ricketts and Ruelas hope their term will have a similarly positive effect on campus, Ruelas said.“I feel that we have a very distinct vision, that’s the one we articulated throughout our campaign, and we firmly stand by that,” she said. “We want to carry that out through the entirety of our term. And in terms of meeting with Matt and Lauren, they’ve been great resources; they’re wonderful leaders. And we just hope that we can fill their shoes and hopefully come with new initiatives to student government and also have the same effect that they had.”Tags: Student government electionslast_img read more

Hewlett Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old driver was killed and his three passengers were injured when the driver crashed his vehicle in Hewlett on Sunday night.Nassau County police said Carlos Salazar of Far Rockaway was driving a Honda northbound on Peninsula Boulevard when it left the roadway and struck a tree at the corner of Avon Road at 9:52 p.m.Salazar was pronounced dead at the scene and his three passengers were taken to a local hospital for treatment.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img

Warrior-Scholar Project aims to help veterans make academic progress

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Warrior-Scholar Project | Jesse RamirezThe Warrior-Scholar Project returns for its third year at USC to provide a week-long academic training and guidance for veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Dubbed a “boot camp” by the Los Angeles Times, the program is intense, filled with rigorous lectures and discussions. When asked what sets the Warrior-Scholar Project apart from other veterans’ programs, Amy Page, the program’s curriculum manager at USC, had a straightforward response.“We actually do what we say we’re going to do,” Page said. The Warrior-Scholar Project aims to facilitate a smooth transition from military life to collegiate life for veterans, integrating them into a regular school environment. The USC chapter currently has 20 students,  ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s. Regardless of age, the program aims to help participants become more well-informed and confident intellectuals in the field of academics.Although the Warrior-Scholar Project is only one week long, its veterans become immersed in their fields of study. According to Page, their academic lectures are open-ended, encouraging discussion among the students. The lecture topics are centered on democracy and its manifestations in the United States in recent years. While discussing various political, economic and social issues, the students spoke about their observations and perspectives of society.“In the military, we’re molded to act one way,” said Jonathan Anda, a five-year veteran participant of the program. “Now, though, we need to know how to put things in perspective.” Before the program, Anda said he had a mindset geared only toward following orders, working to maximize conciseness and efficiency. Now, he feels more creative and open-minded. Almost every individual involved in facilitating or managing the Warrior-Scholar Project has either served in the military or is a family member of someone who has. Because of this, the students feel that the instructors are especially helpful. “The best way to describe this program is that it’s truly for the veterans by the veterans,” said Angel Arambula, a four-year veteran participant. Alumni of the program also drop by the week-long session and help to instill confidence in the current generation of students. Matt Maclaine is a five-year veteran and an alumni ambassador to the Warrior-Scholar Project. He attended the program as a student in 2013 at Yale’s campus and is currently an aerospace engineering student at UC Irvine. Now, he returns as a mentor for his fellow servicemen and women.Maclaine emphasized that the program benefited him greatly. “Skills like analytical writing have really set us up for success,” Maclaine said. “All veterans need to hear about this program.”last_img read more

SA, Kazakhstan to strengthen ties

first_img8 October 2013 South Africa and Kazakhstan will be looking to strengthen their ties when Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim hosts Kazakhstan’s deputy foreign minister, Kairat Sarybay, in Pretoria on Thursday. Sarybay will be in South Africa on a one-day working visit, during which he will co-chair the 3rd round of inter-governmental consultations between the two countries Top of the agenda, according to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, will be a review of progress on draft agreements to be signed during the planned state visit of the president of Kazakhstan in December. South Africa and Kazakhstan’s interests overlap in areas including trade, the production and collaborative marketing of strategic minerals, technology exchanges, machine production, as well as oil procurement for South Africa. Total trade between South Africa and Kazakhstan has been fluctuating, but has remained in South Africa’s favour since 2009. It increased from R44-million in 2009 to R137-million in 2010, dropped to R88-million in 2011 and increased to R90-million in 2012. Exports increased from R42-million in 2009 to R101-million in 2010 compared to imports of R2-million in 2009 and R36-million in 2010. In September 2009, South Africa’s second micro-satellite, SumbandilaSat, was launched from Kazakhstan. Before a blast of solar radiation put it out of commission by damaging its on-board computer in July 2011, SumbandilaSat delivered over 1 000 very usable, cloud-free images, and became well-known by the amateur radio satellite society worldwide for the excellent results from its amateur radio payload. Denel Spaceteq, the newly launched space engineering unit of aerospace and defence manufacturer Denel, has started the initial work on South Africa’s third low-orbit satellite, a multispectral, high-resolution earth observation satellite called EO-Sat1. and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Why Guardian US is supporting Mexico, North America’s team, at the World Cup

first_imgUS sports Share on WhatsApp Mexico: North America’s team Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Mexico World Cup Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 Here at Guardian US we have decided to back Mexico. El Tri have already made the US a second home: just over half of their international matches since 2007 have been played in the US, across 22 metropolitan areas. Then there’s the shared football history between the two countries, from thrilling World Cup qualifiers to Mexicans who have lit up Major League Soccer and Americans who have made the journey to star in Liga MX. And, of course, Mexico and the US, along with Canada, will co-host the 2026 World Cup.And then there’s the political climate we are living in. As presidential policy creates rifts between the US and Mexico now is an excellent time, to use an old cliche, for sport to bring the countries closer together.In the next few weeks, we’ll have a reporter at each of Mexico’s games, starting from their opener against the reigning champions Germany on Sunday. We’ll also liveblog every El Tri game – in English and Spanish – and provide news and analysis throughout the tournament.Our coverage won’t be limited to the pitch though. To launch our coverage we have Mexican-American boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya explaining why the US should support Mexico while Raul Vilchis will explain why, at a time of division and walls, the World Cup can be a time to celebrate both countries’ shared history and culture. He will also explore the importance of football and the national team to the country’s identity.Later in the tournament, we’ll hear from Tom Dart, who travelled to Laredo, Texas to talk to Mexican-Americans fans on the border about how they handle their split loyalties in soccer while Nick Ames profiles looks at the career of one of Mexico’s biggest stars, Javier Hernández, on the eve of the tournament. Léelo en españolAs the World Cup kicks off this week without the US men’s national team, American fans are choosing who to put their support behind. Will it be the world champions Germany, the jogo bonito of Brazil, Lionel Messi’s Argentina or rank outsiders like Panama, Saudi Arabia and England? Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

New reptile species was one of largest ever flying animals

first_imgLondon: Scientists have identified a new species of pterosaur reptiles — with a wingspan of up to 10 metres — which is among the largest ever flying animals. Cryodrakon boreas, from the Azhdarchid group of pterosaurs was a flying reptile which lived during the Cretaceous period around 77 million years ago. Its remains were discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but palaeontologists had assumed they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur discovered in Texas, US, named Quetzalcoatlus. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe study, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, reveals it is actually a new species and the first pterosaur to be discovered in Canada. “This is a cool discovery, we knew this animal was here but now we can show it is different to other azhdarchids and so it gets a name,” said David Hone, lead author of the study from Queen Mary University of London in the UK. Although the remains — consisting of a skeleton that has part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib — were originally assigned to Quetzalcoatlus, study of this and additional material uncovered over the years shows it is a different species in light of the growing understanding of azhdarchid diversity. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe main skeleton is from a young animal with a wingspan of about five metres but one giant neck bone from another specimen suggests an adult animal would have a wingspan of around 10 metres, researchers said. This makes Cryodrakon boreas comparable in size to other giant azhdarchids including the Texan Quetzalcoatlus which could reach 10.5 metres in wingspan and weighed around 250 kilogrammes, they said. Like other azhdarchids, these animals were carnivorous and predominantly predated on small animals which would likely include lizards, mammals and even baby dinosaurs. “It is great that we can identify Cryodrakon as being distinct to Quetzalcoatlus as it means we have a better picture of the diversity and evolution of predatory pterosaurs in North America,” Hone added. Unlike most pterosaur groups, azhdarchids are known primarily from terrestrial settings and, despite their likely capacity to cross oceanic distances in flight, they are broadly considered to be animals that were adapted for, and lived in, inland environments. Despite their large size and a distribution across North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, few azhdarchids are known from more than fragmentary remains, researchers said. This makes Cryodrakon an important animal since it has very well preserved bones and includes multiple individuals of different sizes, they said.last_img read more

4 Startups Revolutionizing the EdTech World

first_img Technology has been transforming the educational world for the past few years. Every year, new edtech companies bring innovative products to the table — from online certification platforms to websites that offer interactive learning apps.We’ve seen a lot of well-established eLearning websites that do their part in nurturing the next generation. But this didn’t stop innovators from introducing features that set the tone for the future of the edtech industry.Here are four of the most promising edtech startups that could become the key players:1. StudypoolWorking out of their dorm rooms as college freshman, Studypool founders Richard Werbe and Jimmy Zhong ironically skipped weeks of classes to reinvent how students learn through a concept called “Microtutoring.”CEO Richard Werbe explains, “Microtutoring breaks down conventional tutoring into smaller, more digestible pieces of learning. By eliminating the barrier of set-time tutoring sessions, students can master subjects more efficiently on a time interval tailored to their needs.  Typical sessions last one to 10 minutes but can take up to several hours depending on the student.”  Werbe emphasizes that learning is all about mastery, and Studypool’s mission is to make mastering a particular subject matter easier for students.He continues, “Think about when you were stuck on that tricky algebra question in high school and you called your smart friend for help. That was microtutoring! Studypool is doing that times ten million. It’s like having thousands of friends that are professional tutors that can help 24/7, on demand. By using today’s online technology, Studypool has created the infrastructure needed to support Microtutoring.”Related: Top 5 Freelancing Jobs That Are Best Suited For WomenStudypool’s aggressive approach has made a splash on the Internet since its launch in 2014 as students discovered the appeal of Microtutoring. One early customer Daniel Zhang gave the website a glowing review: “I got help with a kinematic physics equation lying in bed in my dorm room at two in the morning!”  Within a month of its launch, Studypool had thousands of users.Today the company has raised $2.3 million in seed funding, has helped over a million students, and offers services from over 40,000 verified tutors. Werbe reports that the platform is growing faster than ever and is seeing significant revenues.2. PeergradeOther than reading books and gaining experience, accepting feedback is one of the best ways to learn. True, evaluating a student’s performance and providing assessments are normally for teachers. But with Peergrade, students can evaluate and grade each other’s work through peer assessment sessions.Launched in 2015 by co-founders David Kofoed Wind, Malthe Jørgensen, and Simon Lind, Peergrade’s original goal was to help teachers keep up with a growing number of students while still providing the close attention and fair evaluation they deserve.“Continuous budget limitations for educational institutions force teachers to teach larger classes and consequently cut back on the number of written assignments or grade more homework,” says David. “Letting students partake in the process of evaluating and giving feedback enables them to learn from the work of others.”The platform works by allowing teachers to create online assignments and specify the criteria for evaluation. As students hand in their work, it goes through other students for peer-assessment first. Once all feedback is given, the teacher can get a full overview of the session.Last year, Peergrade received a total of $300,000 in seed funding. It is now being used in major universities across Denmark and neighboring countries. Interested organizations can also use their service for free through their website.3. Time Machine ToursIt’s no secret that a lot of students find history as one of the most boring subjects. Perhaps it’s due to the heavy reliance on thick textbooks and bland teaching methods available in the school system.Time Machine Tours — an iOS app founded by Kyle Hudson in 2015 — is set to forever change the way history is learned. Utilizing GPS technology, users can tell the exact location of photographers when they took historical photos.“History lessons are presented to them in big blocks of text and their eyes glaze over. Time Machine Tours lets kids access and experience history in a way they’ve never been able to before,” says Hudson.The app offers tours that utilize augmented reality, with which users can hold their phones over the actual locations. This creates the illusion that makes users feel as if they’re staring into the past. Like it or not, it is a much more engaging way to learn history than reading in a classroom or library.Currently, Time Machine Tours is only available in select locations — namely New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. New content is being added monthly with new locations, but for now, there’s no announcement of a major expansion or funding.Related: Lessons for the New CEO From 5 Great Leaders of History4. ClassTagClassTag is a different kind of startup that focuses not on the students, but on the parent-teacher relationship. Everyone should be aware that it is both the parent and teacher’s job to foster learning minds. That’s why schools hold parent-teacher conferences that allow collaboration and create a better learning environment for students — at home and in the classroom.Related: How Social Media is Reshaping Today’s Education SystemFounded by Vlada Lotkina in 2015, a Wharton MBA and former Fortune 500 executive, ClassTag’s main objective is to provide a classroom community. This utilizes the collective effort of teachers and parents in tending to the needs of the students. With the platform, teachers can organize events, schedule conferences, and launch newsletter campaigns to maintain open communication.“ClassTag’s mission is to help teachers engage parents in the classroom by handling the busy work,” says Lotkina. “Our service is carefully crafted to simplify logistics and communications issues in classrooms.”Currently, ClassTag is being used by leading private and public schools. According to Lotkina, the platform borrows from corporations the concept of getting employees involved in programs that match their interests, particularly in charity and volunteering events. Since parents highly value their children’s education, they are guaranteed to participate in opportunities provided by platforms like ClassTag. January 13, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more