Catholic Prelate Wants Media Studies Placed In School Curriculum

first_imgThe Director of the Catholic Media Center has called on the Ministry of Education (MOE) to introduce media studies within the national school curriculum for students beginning from 7th to 12th grades.Reverend Father Ambrose Dayoga Kroma made the suggestion over the weekend at program marking the official launch of the youth media education program (YMEP) VERITAS Newsletter held at St. Kizito Catholic Church in Paynesville.He said the idea behind teaching mass communications (media studies) at the high school level is not solely intended to make students Journalists or media persons.“Students study history not necessarily to become a historian or mathematics to become mathematician, maybe in the future, they may take up one those professions. Nonetheless, they will study all these subjects to understand their surroundings and to develop an understanding of the concepts, which may help them to deal with various situations as they move ahead in life,” he said.He noted that likewise media studies should also be taught along with other subjects as it is an important aspect of students’ lives.He said media is not only a source of entertainment for young people as is sometimes “erroneously portrayed, but also a source of education and students knowingly or unknowingly learn a lot from the continuous flow of media messages in their lives so media must be introduced as a subject in all schools across the country.”Father Kroma said the present democratic landscape in the country has allowed for the proliferation of radio stations, and therefore, it is sad to note that many of the radio stations in terms of content remained one-dimensional with a greater focus directed towards negative politics, which is often characterized by “Lazy journalism.”He asserted that while it remains true that within the country pluralized media landscape, there are many journalists emerging today than in time past, the basics in journalism however, with respect to reading, pronunciation, writing, diction, punctuation and ethics are still a major challenge.“Radio, I believe, is so much more than a forum for negative politics and lazy journalism as a vital instrument that impact people in so powerful a manner radio reaches more people in more places than any other medium. So it is a bridge of communication for remote communities, developing regions and vulnerable populations, which at times have no other connection to the outside world. It is within this domain that I am most convinced that radio, when use to its maximum capacity can become a powerful and transformative instrument for the promotion of justice, peace, healing, reconciliation, social counseling, inter religious dialogue and tolerance, social and economic advancements of all.”Giving a pivotal role of radio, Father Kroma indicated that in a post conflict nation like Liberia, the need to groom and train potential journalists at an early age with a new sense of direction, a new approach, new understanding and a new focus on radio cannot be over emphasized.Hence, he said, “it is in light of this conviction that we at the Catholic Media Center have recognized the urgency and importance to establish a youth Media Education Program, which we intend to go all across the country.”The program, he said is intended to identify potential students, who are interested in campus journalism in our school system to have them begin their practice from their campus-based media clubs, and liaising with Radio VERITAs to plan and produce programs that have direct impact on human conditions such as the environment, economy, starting small business, agriculture, health, gender, issues, the vulnerable elderly within the communities.The Deputy Minister of Education, Aagon F.Tingba, has meanwhile promised to work along with the ministry to ensure that media-related subject is introduced in the curriculum.“We will have a curriculum review next year, so I assure Father Kroma that I will forward his request to the committee for media studies to form part of the ministry’s academic curriculum,” he assured the students.Mr.Tingba used the occasion to urge the students to focus their minds as they wish to pursue a goal in whatever field in the media to make Liberia a better country in their reportage.For his part, the station manager of Radio VERITAS, Timothy Ben, encouraged the students to put their God-giving talents to use, adding that from their performance the program will reach in other places like Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Gbarnga, Bong County among other places. 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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Touch the Lives of Your Patients by Smiling

first_imgAt least 58 in-coming students of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) have been urged to always approach their patients with smiling faces and gentle touches. By doing so, according to Mrs. Cecelia C. Kpangbala-Flomo, who served as the guest speaker at the capping, pinning and acceptance program of the students, on Friday, October 30th, that could also serve as an additional curing therapy for their patients in addition to the medications.Mrs. Kpangbala-Flomo, who is the Registrar at the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM), further urged the trainees to be players designated to make impacts in the health profession. She emphasized: “An impact player, who will make the difference in a substantial manner, be very outstanding, enabling the profession to be more effective, be focused on your code of ethics and oath.”Mrs. Kpangbala-Flomo, also a Registered Nurse (RN), told the students: “The greatest success in our professional life is how many people we serve, how many lives we touched and not how many people served us or how much we get. Please touch the lives of your patients by smiling and touching their lives by how you greet them, not making them feel rejected whenever they encounter you.” The institute runs under the administration of Mrs. Sarah Kollie.Speaking earlier, Dr. Wvannie Mae Scott McDonald, General Administrator of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center under whose authority the TNIMA operates, told the students that there are so much on the way for them. “We were very pleased this year for the first time that we could employ our graduates. And this is where we want to go in the future,” Dr. McDonald said. She disclosed that the Medical Center has embarked on a strategic plan aimed at building a resilient health sector for the center and the nation. She also told them that the strategic plan contains many good things for them (students). Dr. McDonald concluded by welcoming and accepting the 58 recruits, who had a successful entry into TNIMA after they had already done at least a three-month course with the institute thus qualifying them to now be accepted, capped and pinned by the authorities. The newly accepted students are expected to obtain diplomas, qualifying them as either Physician Assistants (PAs), Professional Nurses (PNs), Professional Midwives, Professional Health Environmentalists and Laboratory Technicians. Last July, TNIMA graduated at least 91 men and women. Out of the 91, 26 came from School of Professional Nursing; 27 from School of Physician Assistant; 18 from School of Professional Midwifery; 11 from School Environmental Health and 9 from School of Laboratory Technology. At the graduation, which was the 60th for the institution, the graduates were informed that they informed that they were going to “right away” be employed and placed on the Government of Liberia (GOL) payroll.It was as though the TNIMA graduates were waiting for such news. They burst out into singing and dancing.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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Dialysis machines donated to GPHC and private hospital

first_imgIn Friday, eight kidney dialysis machines were gifted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) as well as two more to the St Joseph Mercy Hospital by The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Vermont’s Medical School.The handing over ceremony for the 10 machines valued at US$40,000 (GY$8 million) was conducted at the GPHC Kidney Dialysis Centre, by Dr J R Deep Ford, who is also a former Professor of the United States’ MedicalThree of the dialysis machines received from the University of Vermont’s Medical SchoolSchool.According to Ford, this donation was initiated by a conversation between a group of Guyanese early in 2015, about the health system in Guyana, where the need for more dialysis machines was highlighted. He explained that a participant in that conversation was a Professor of Nephrology at the medical school, Dr Virgina Hood, and he identified her as the main architect in selecting and coordinating the donation of the machines.It is expected that the machines will significantly amplify the competence of Guyana’s health system by enabling it to serve many citizens suffering from damaged, dysfunctional or missing kidneys.In expressing his appreciation toward the generous donation by the University of Vermont’s Medical School, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton noted that it will be of significant assistance to GPHC’s dialysis treatment.“The GPHC Dialysis Centre continues to provide this life-saving procedure free of cost. However, there still exists a need to further build the capacity of the centre, and the Ministry of Public Health is committed to ensuring that this is done. We cannot do this alone, and therefore we are grateful for the support of the University of Vermont’s Medical School with the donation of eight dialysis machines,” he stated.Meanwhile, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Helen Browman, also voiced her gratitude upon receiving the medical machines.The Georgetown Public Hospital’s Kidney Dialysis Centre has been active for four years, where both Peritoneal and Haemodialysis is offered.last_img read more

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Arsenal want £14m forward who can do this to Barca and Real

first_imgArsenal are not struggling for goals right now, thanks largely to Alexis Sanchez.However, they have still been linked with a £14m move for another goal getter – Spain and Celta Vigo wide forward, Nolito.The 28-year-old’s contract at the Liga club expires in 2017 and has scored five league goals this season, helping his club to third place, level on points with Real Madrid and Barcelona.Watch Nolito’s goals against Spain’s big two below. 1 Nolito (no.10, centre) celebrates scoring against Barcelona last_img

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ORBIT SECURITY OUTLINE WINTER BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS

first_imgOrbit Security has been in Business for over eighteen years with thousands of satisfied customers.There has been a recent spate of burglaries on homes and businesses in Donegal over the last number of days.That worrying trend has prompted management at Orbit Security to outline some tips in attempting to keep your home and property secure. • Ensure all windows and doors are locked even if your only gone a short time. In winter burglaries increase by 25%.• Never leave keys in windows or keys in door locks.• Light up your home use timer switches when out. Over 40% of burglaries in winter occur between 5pm and 11pm• Monitor all targets sheds, tools; ladders may be used to break in. A useful deterrent can be an automatic light. • Upgrade your defense with a home alarm.• Security doesn’t take a holiday always set your alarm even when you’re in the house• Don’t advertise your holiday plans on social media sites• Don’t advertise valuables you just bought on social media siteswww.orbitsecurity.ie Orbit Security, Pinehill industrial estate, Mountain top, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal 074-9128989 ORBIT SECURITY OUTLINE WINTER BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsOrbit Securitylast_img read more

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Former Manchester United star to be offered new Juventus contract

first_img Patrice Evra playing for France 1 Juventus are preparing to offer former Manchester United stalwart Patrice Evra a new contract.The experienced Frenchman joined the Turin club from United in 2014 and played a key role in their run to the Champions League final last season.Evra will turn 35 next month but Juve sill value his talents and, according to Sky Italia, will offer him a two-year extension to his current deal with an option of a further year.The Senegal-born defender spent eight trophy-laden seasons at Old Trafford before departing for Italy.He signed for the Red Devils in the summer of 2006, and made over 250 appearances for the club under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson.last_img

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Scotland 0-4 Belgium: Visitors cruise to victory at Hampden

first_imgThe second half saw Scotland put in a more composed performance, while Belgium were content to hold possession and wait for openings.A final goal eight minutes form time saw De Bruyne round off a star turn with a crisp curling finish. Scotland endured a tough night at Hampden as Belgium beat the national team 4-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifier.Head coach Steve Clarke had said that Scotland needed a positive result to keep alive their slim hopes of automatic qualification but it proved to be an impossible task as the visitors showed why they have risen to the top of the world ranking.It took just nine minutes for Belgium to open the scoring. Scotland had a free kick in a dangerous area but a swift counter-attack put Kevin de Bruyne clear and he slid the ball for Romelu Lukaku to place a shot beyond David Marshall.De Bruyne turned provider again when he whipped in a low cross that Thomas Vermaelen pounced on, hitting a finish high into the net. And the Manchester City midfielder made it a hat-trick of assists when his corner was powered in off the bar by Toby Aldeweireld.last_img read more

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Mountain Rescue teams report 36% increase in call-outs

first_imgIreland’s mountain rescue volunteers have revealed that they responded to 371 incidents throughout 2018, marking a 36% rise in rescue activity.Emergency responders with 11 squads nationwide, including Donegal Mountain Rescue, responded to 281 daytime and 83 night time call-outs on rough terrain last year.Teams provide assistance and carry out search and rescue missions on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year. The main incidents of 2018 were call-outs to find lost walkers (75 cases), assisting searches (79) attending people with serious injuries (73) and minor injuries (97).There were 22 fatalities in 2018.Extreme weather has had an impact on the rise in incidents in 2018, according to the organisation. A spokesperson said: “A significant proportion of this increase is due to extreme weather events where the capacities of mountain rescue teams in all terrains were called on to assist the emergency services during and after the snowfall.“This represents a challenge going into the future with the expected increase in extreme weather events arising from climate change.”Following the release of the annual statistics, questions have been raised over the continued reliance on volunteers.The spokesperson added: “Mountain rescue teams capabilities in search and rescue, rendering humanitarian assistance, and extraction from snowbound environments is being recognised and depended on more, can a voluntary organisation cope with this increased demand/ requirements?”Mountain Rescue teams report 36% increase in call-outs was last modified: January 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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4 Ways You Can Transform Retail Loss Prevention Training

first_imgPrior to 2012, Bloomingdale’s was doing what most retail organizations do when it comes to retail loss prevention training and safety education—relying on a number of standard approaches like posters, classroom training, huddles, and pre-shift morning rallies. But these approaches just weren’t working.As I contemplated this situation, I realized we weren’t focused on the right thing. We were concentrating on simply delivering training, when we should have been focused on building knowledge. Simply plastering posters on the wall or using all those other one-off approaches weren’t making our associates smarter or getting them to do the right things on the job. This dearth of knowledge was impacting our loss prevention and safety numbers.We sought out and eventually discovered an employee knowledge platform that aligned with the organizational vision. The platform’s methodology, which was rooted in brain science principles, and its use of gamification techniques to keep associates interested, succeeded in building employee expertise over time. Since implementing the platform, we’ve reduced safety claims by 41 percent and saved $2.2 million per year, which is a $10 million savings overall.- Sponsor – Here are four things I’ve learned over the course of transforming the way Bloomingdale’s approaches safety and retail loss prevention training:1. Integrate training into the regular work day without taking associates off the floor. Retail associates are constantly on their feet. The reality of their fast-paced work environment means it’s disruptive and expensive to take them off the floor. At Bloomingdale’s, associates use their downtime to take a few minutes of micro training every shift via a point-of-sale (POS) or mobile device. Not only does this keep valuable staff members on the floor, but it keeps LP and safety information top of mind.2. Bite-size, personalize, and gamify. Today’s retail workforce is tech savvy and accustomed to accessing small pieces of information instantly. Retailers can appeal to these preferences by delivering training in small bursts in a way that is entertaining, personalized, and gamified. Learning becomes more exciting and interactive and, by integrating friendly competitive aspects through leaderboards, points, and rewards, this further fuels motivation. At Bloomingdale’s, we often hit training participation rates above 95 percent on the platform.3. Offer flexibility to meet the unique challenges in different departments and stores. One of Bloomingdale’s challenges was to provide consistent training across stores, while giving stores the flexibility to meet specific needs. With a single training platform, we’re able to do this, plus empower each location or department to customize their associates’ learning experience. For example, in November 2015, ISIS followed up its attacks on Paris with a threat against New York City targets. As a result, we pushed out active shooter training as a top priority to our NY stores. Within minutes of starting their shifts, associates received refresher training, helping to calm fears and prepare for the worst. Fortunately, the threat didn’t materialize, but our front line was prepared.4. Provide a way to measure associate knowledge and tie it back to business outcomes. Seeing progress and tying it to results is critical for measuring impact. Instead of tracking the completion of training, we track knowledge growth on a topic-by-topic basis and can see the impact all the way through to employee behavior and results. We know exactly how teams and individual associates are advancing in their knowledge, which training content is posing some challenges, and which topics employees have mastered. This enables managers to provide coaching and creates a positive cycle of feedback that elevates training and performance continually across the organization.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated January 10, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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10 Ideas For Web of Data Apps

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NYT#Semantic Web#Structured Data#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img At the end of last week, we posted an open thread asking what application you’d build (or would like someone else to build) using linked data or open data. The thread was inspired by Georgi Kobilarov. In this post, we list 10 of the best ideas we received.A number of the suggested apps were for social good, for example apps for improving sustainability and finding missing persons. Other apps were more lifestyle-oriented, for example for cooking and genealogy. A few were business focused, such as a brand marketing app and a point-of-sale system. Of course a couple were just plain ol’ geeky, which we love too! You can find all 10 ideas below.Firstly, a quick refresher course on the terminology. Linked data is data that has been uploaded to the Web and linked to other sources, but is not necessarily open for other developers to re-use. Often when people use the term “linked data,” they mean data that has been uploaded in a structured format, for example RDF. Open data is data that has been uploaded to the Web and is freely available to use, but isn’t necessarily linked to other data sources. The term “open data” is often used for unstructured data, for example CSV files (spreadsheets). The ideal, of course, is data that is both linked and open. We should note however that these definitions are not universally agreed on, but they’re good enough for the purposes of this post. Missing PersonsJuan Sequeda, co-founder of Semantic Web Austin, has an idea for using linked data “to integrate data from displaced populations, specifically in Colombia.” He references a BBC report from September 2009, about using semantic Web technology to enable people to search currently incompatible databases of missing persons in Columbia.SustainabilityBernard Vatant from Guillestre, France, wants to see “the Web of Data enable people anywhere in the world to find out smart, sustainable and low-cost solutions to their local development issues.” For example, success stories in farming, water supply, energy, education and health “in environments similar to mine, anywhere in the world.”In short, Bernard wants a linked data equivalent to WiserEarth – an online community for people interested in sustainability.A Better WorldAldo Bucchi from Chile wants an app to tackle “negligence, corruption and lack of accountability.” Specifically he mentioned a recent 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, which resulted in hundreds of deaths. Aldo believes that some of those deaths were avoidable, because of what he claims was “corruption and malpractice in the construction business.” He thinks that a Web of data would help identify such things, as well as help “rebuild the country faster and in a more agile manner [with] the “loose-coupled coordination” that is naturally derived from a shared data substrate and a single world view.”Genealogy AppSherry Main from Orange County, California would like an app for genealogy. Wrote Sherry:“It would be amazing to be able to map and locate where your family is from, has been, and what notable events happened. If there was an application on a mobile device that pinged you when you are within a particular radius of say, my great-grandmother’s birthplace, as I walked around a town, that would make real-world experiences more meaningful […] As photos become geo-tagged going forward, imagine being able to get a push notification that showed an important family or historical photo to you as you stood or walked by that location.”Cooking AppBart Stevens wants to be able to “select a (difficult) recipe and submit this to a service.” He wants the following information back:1. Where can I find the ingredients.2. Place an order/make a reservation (@bakery, butcher or fish shop) for certain ingredients. 3. A route (street) map, per store. 4. Maybe a payment system.Point-of-Sale & Inventory SystemDaniel O’Connor would like to see a point-of sale-system and inventory system, for example for a small office supplies store.He beckons us to imagine this: “I receive a new product, scan the barcode of it. My system queries the web for the supplier name, product data, etc […] recognizes the supplier and hits their URI for the product.It assimilates all of the recommended price information (ie: good relations); depictions and populates my system.” You can read the full scenario in his extended comment.Brand MarketingJohn Davidson suggests that linked data can be used to assist brand marketers, specifically to find out more about their customers. He offers this example:“A customer becomes a fan of a popular hair care brand on Facebook. She separately opted-in on the brand site to receive email alerts for new products, promotional offers that she can redeem in stores, etc. Are these distinct, separate events or are they somehow connected? By integrating these streams from the “Web of Data” the brand marketer can understand that she is an advocate for their brand. She also has several dozen or more friends she regularly interacts with in social channels. The marketer can engage her with special offers to promote their cool new products with friends in her network. The subsequent buzz and chatter sends friends to their stores to buy the new hair care products and the cycle repeats.”Research AssistantA comment on Georgi’s blog suggests an app to review literature. “Professor Aloha” wrote that he/she would create an application that could “take any research topic and backtrace (through articles, dissertations, presentations, and their accompanying reference lists) all published research articles on that topic, sorting them by year of publication, author, country of origin, journal and major findings.”Enriched People ProfilesAtif Latif from Austria would like to build an aggregator for all of the possible resources related to a person on the Web. The end result, said Atif, “will be [a] highly semantified and enriched profile of a person.” Atif is working on this as we speak, with a beta app named CAF-SIAL. Good luck Atif!In a separate comment, Kingsley Idehen of semantic Web company OpenLink Software mentioned “Verifiable Identity,” noting that “all databases (including the Web of Linked Data) need verifiable identity.”Website-less websitesNathan suggested a number of things, our favorite being “Website-less websites”. Nathan wrote that “when all the data is typed and in a single format (let’s say rdf) then the need for websites and webpages can completely be disposed off, rather we can view the information in an array of clients side applications each with there own benefits (like we do currently with twitter clients), The entire web can theoretically and quite easily just be one big API.”Bruce Wayne of Factoetum wrote in a separate comment that he is developing “services that will have in impact in bringing about a Website-less web.” He gives an example of a list of book titles.Those are 10 suggestions from the ReadWriteWeb community. Perhaps some enterprising entrepreneurs or developers will pick up a few of these ideas for their next startup! Related Posts richard macmanuslast_img read more

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