Jamaica Urged to Adopt Singapore Math Model

first_imgStory Highlights According to Ms Lim Kai Ling, research done by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD has shown that classroom size does not matter. Rather, it is the skill of the teacher that is important. Lead PR1ME Mathematics specialist from Singapore, Kelly Lim Kai Ling, says that Jamaica could become a world leader in mathematics by adopting the teaching methods of the Southeast Asian country.Singapore is regarded as the best in the world in the teaching and learning of mathematics.Ms. Lim Kai Ling was addressing hundreds of primary-school mathematics teachers, coaches and specialists who participated in the Amazing Mathematics Powers workshop held recently at the Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston.The participants at the three-day workshop were exposed to the Singaporean approach of teaching mathematics, which focuses more on critical thinking skills and less on drill and practice.Ms. Lim Kai Ling said that Singapore stresses mastery for all of its children, who will have the creative problem-solving skills that the country requires.“Mathematics is the vehicle to approach problem-solving,” she pointed out, noting that the core principles of mathematics are understand the problem, plan your approach to the problem, answer the problem and then check to see if you are correct.She said proficiency in mathematics is a higher indicator of success in life than any other element.According to Ms Lim Kai Ling, research done by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD has shown that classroom size does not matter. Rather, it is the skill of the teacher that is important.In Singapore, there are 40 students to a teacher.Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach in Jamaica, Dr. Rose Johnson, who was a facilitator at the workshop, gave the teachers pointers on how to boost outcomes by improving life in the classroom.They were urged to become effective communicators, which would allow them to foster the natural genius of the children in their charge. She reminded the teachers that they are in the profession because they want to give, and that they are the leaders in the classroom.“Let the students imagine themselves at their best. They will believe it, and then that becomes reality. Disruptive behaviour, many times, has nothing to do with school,” she pointed out.The workshop, endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, was hosted by Book Merchant Limited as part of its Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics Programme and was geared towards training the participants to teach mathematics in Jamaican schools using the Singaporean model and the PRIME Mathematics textbook.PR1ME Mathematics is a world-class programme based on the effective teaching and learning practices of Singapore, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong, which are consistent top performers in international studies.At the completion of the workshop, the participants received joint certification from the Jamaica Teaching Council and Shortwood Teachers’ College.Sponsors included NCB Foundation, JN Bank, Maxie Department Store, National Housing Trust (NHT), Shortwood Teachers’ College, Sagicor Bank, Access Financial, Kris an Charles, Yoga Angels Jamaica, LIME Foundation, Dairy Industries and Rainforest Seafoods. Singapore is regarded as the best in the world in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Lead PR1ME Mathematics specialist from Singapore, Kelly Lim Kai Ling, says that Jamaica could become a world leader in mathematics by adopting the teaching methods of the Southeast Asian country.last_img read more

Okeanis Eco Tankers Gets Option to Acquire Suezmax Pair

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipping company Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp. has been granted an option by the company’s chairman to acquire two Suezmax newbuilding vessels.As informed, the option secures a right for the company, at no cost, to acquire the vessels at the chairman’s acquisition price.The tankers would be constructed at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and delivered in Q3 2020.According to Okeanis Eco Tankers, the option follows a unanimous decision by the company’s board of the directors not to exercise its right of first refusal to step into tanker transactions sourced by the chairman.“After careful evaluation …, the board decided to forego the opportunity to grow the company,” Ioannis Alafouzos, chairman and CEO, commented.“The board is of the unanimous view that the company’s fleet is already well-positioned –- in terms of size, composition, age and growing spot market exposure –- to capitalize on the strengthening tanker market, and that further growth is thus not warranted at this time.” “Nonetheless, as the sponsor of the company, I have granted the company the option to acquire these vessels from my private vehicle at the price I contracted them… The main drivers of the decision by the company to exercise or not exercise the option will be the prevailing market conditions, asset values and the company’s cost of capital … at the relevant time,” Alafouzos explained.The option can be exercised by November 1, 2019. If the company does not exercise the option, Okeanis Eco Tankers will receive a daily fee of USD 600 per vessel from the sponsor for the commercial management of the option vessels upon their delivery.Based in Piraeus, Okeanis Eco Tankers is a pure play eco and scrubber-fitted tanker company that has a fleet of fifteen crude oil and products tankers in the VLCC, Suezmax and Aframax segments. Eight of the fifteen ships are currently being built at HHI, with deliveries planned between Q2 and Q4 2019.last_img read more

Pentons Urgent Communications Goes Digital Only

first_imgThe August 2013 issue of Urgent Communications (UC) will be its last as Penton announces it will focus solely on digital content, effective immediately. UC, which covers communications technology for the government, public safety, utility, transportation and enterprise sectors, serves an audience looking for a print-free product, says Gregg Herring, vice president of Penton’s Public Infrastructure Group. “This is a marketplace that is geared to and focused around wireless communication,” he says. New UC content will be available through its website and UC Today, a twice-weekly electronic newsletter. According to Herring, Penton’s model for content publication has changed. Out is the old paginated magazine model and in are new digital platforms and data-driven content. “I personally think that digital editions are really not the opportunity for conversion to a digital product,” says Herring. “You’re not going to see the September issue done in a print style and then sent out digitally. We’re just not doing that.” Herring contends the decision to go solely digital was made after months of research, reader surveys and talks with advertisers. “One of the changing dynamics is digital and it having a direct impact on ROI,” says Herring. “Our revenue streams are built around advertising and our advertisers are looking for measurable ROI.” Despite serious cost considerations surrounding the decision, Herring insists consumer engagement, not cost, remains the driving force. Additionally, no jobs will be lost, only shuffled around, but new hires are not likely either. “This is more than just about no longer publishing a print product. This is about building a 365-day engagement model,” says Herring. Audience engagement will be built around Penton’s International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), an industry trade show and educational conference. UC’s new digital product will be rebranded as IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “Our goal is to expand the reach of IWCE by providing continuing education year round that will make our readers more proficient,” say Stacey Orlick, IWCE content director, in a statement.last_img read more

Concord Music Group Adds Legendary Jazz Rock Labels To Its Roster

first_imgNews Twitter Email The Latest Label To Join Concord Is … ? concord-music-group-adds-legendary-jazz-rock-labels-its-roster Famous jazz label Savoy and adult rock/alternative label 429 Records become the latest to join Concord’s growing portfolioNate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 21, 2017 – 5:58 pm Concord Music has purchased legendary jazz label Savoy Label Group, adding yet another catalog to its growing portfolio, Variety reports. With Savoy comes a catalogue of over 3,000 master recordings from jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and more.As part of the acquisition of Savoy, Concord also takes in adult rock/alternative label 429 Records, whose eclectic roster includes Mick Fleetwood, LL Cool J, Boz Scaggs, Robbie Robertson, Little Feat, Los Lobos, Joe Cocker, Meat Loaf, and many more. Along with this purchase, Concord enters a multi-year consulting deal with Savoy’s former owner, Steve Vining, enabling Vining to record and deliver new projects to Concord.“Savoy is a great combination of both legendary masters and incredible recent recordings by a number of wonderful contemporary artists,” said Glen Barros, Chief Opperating Officer fo Concord Music. “We are so very proud that it is now a part of Concord Music. And as Steve Vining has done a great job of building Savoy over the recent past, we very much look forward to all that he will bring to our company in the future.”This isn’t the first major purchase Concord’s made in recent years. Since being purchased in 2013, Concord has acquired Wind-up Records, Loma Vista Records, Vanguard, Sugar Hill, and more recently Fearless Records, Razor & Tie, and music publisher Imagem, which includes an array of artists from Daft Punk to Rogers & Hammerstein.Kenny G To Notorious B.I.G.: Clive Davis Documentary Shows Icon’s Range And Depth Facebook Concord Music Group Adds Legendary Jazz, Rock Labels To Its Roster last_img read more

Signal to roll out a new privacy feature in beta that conceals

first_imgWorried about the privacy of your messages and chats? It’s about time you start considering the use of ‘Signal’. As if end-to-end chat encryption wasn’t enough, Signal is now rolling out a new feature in Beta that will further hide a sender’s “from” information and conceal their identity. The logic behind implementing this feature is simple- While the service always needs to know where a message should be delivered, ideally it shouldn’t need to know who the sender is. First, let’s understand how communication takes place traditionally, prior to exploring this feature. The traditional method of sending messages A Signal client sends a message by connecting to the service over TLS, authentication takes place, and the encrypted message contents are sent to the destination. The authentication process is supposed to: Validate the sender’s identity to help prevent spoofing and help the recipient understand who sent the message. Use the sender’s identity to apply rate limiting and abuse protection. The latest beta release is designed to further retain another piece of information of its users: who is messaging whom. Communication will now take place in 3 simple steps: The app will hide a sender’s information inside the envelope of an encrypted message using Signal Protocol. The sender’s “from” information will be removed from outside the message’s envelope. It will be replaced with a short-term certificate, containing the sender’s phone number, public identity key and an expiry time. This will be used to prove a sender’s identity. The whole envelope is encrypted again. Once the message is delivered, the recipient’s device will validate the certificate and decrypt the message as it normally would without exposing the sender’s identity at any point. In order to implement the new feature and still ensure authenticity of the sender the following have been included in the short-term certificate: #1 Sender certificates To prevent spoofing of messages, clients periodically retrieve a short-lived sender certificate, containing the client’s phone number, public identity key, and an expiration timestamp- thus attesting to their identity. Clients can include the sender certificate when a message is sent, and receivers of the message can easily check its validity. #2 Delivery tokens To take steps against abuse, clients derive a 96-bit delivery token from their profile key and register it with the service. The service requires that the clients prove their knowledge of the delivery token for a user in order to transmit messages to that particular user. Profiles are shared with contacts, other people or groups who users explicitly approve, and in conversations that they create. This allows delivery tokens to be seamlessly exchanged behind the scenes. Since knowledge of a user’s profile key is necessary to derive that user’s delivery token, this restricts “sealed sender” messages to contacts who are less likely to require rate limits and other abuse protection. Additionally, blocking a user who has access to a profile key will trigger a profile key rotation. #3 Encryption Signal Protocol is used to encrypt message contents end-to-end. The “envelope” containing the sender certificate as well as the message ciphertext is also encrypted using the sender and recipient identity keys. Signal has never retained much of users data. This was proved two years ago when the FBI demanded that Signal turn over all the data it had on one particular user. But the question is, with social media platforms being misused by criminals to post attack threats, will a feature like this make Signal a haven for unscrupulous elements? Does Signal also have a plan to tackle issues such as hate speech recognition on its platform? The Beta releases that support sealed sender will be rolling out over the next few days. Users are advised to update all of their devices to use this new feature. Head over to the Signal Blog for more insights on this news. Read Next Google Cloud Storage Security gets an upgrade with Bucket Lock, Cloud KMS keys and moreFirefox Nightly now supports Encrypted Server Name Indication (ESNI) to prevent 3rd parties from tracking your browsing history 90% Google Play apps contain third-party trackers, share user data with Alphabet, Facebook, Twitter, etc: Oxford University Studylast_img read more