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Facelift for Opera Centre eyesore underway

first_img Previous article‘Cops’ on trail of copper thieves in city and countyNext articleArts notes in brief admin Linkedin Email ON our edition dated July 16 last, it was exclusively reported by Andrew Carey, on page one, that approaches had been made to wealthy Limerick business people to assist with funding for a proposed clean- up of the ill-fated Opera Centre. It was revealed that talks had been held between interested parties, and to which JP McManus was invited. Dr Hugh Maguire of the Hunt Museum stated at the time that it would be of great benefit to the city if a clean up operation was put in place.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Well, it emerged this week that McManus, through his charitable foundation, is making such funds available.The decision had been taken following talks with the developers of the site.According to a spokesperson for the foundation, their involvement will not make for a permanent solution, just that they want to make the city look good.There is to be an emphasis on carrying out improvement to the lower sections of buildings on Patrick Street, Rutland Street and Ellen Street.The amount being donated has not been disclosed.The Opera Centre site, currently on the books of NAMA, developed into an eyesore within one year of plans to develop a multi-million euro shopping centre.Property owners in the three streets had benefited handsomely, with huge sums paid out to finalise deals, some of which had been ongoing for years. Twitter NewsLocal NewsFacelift for Opera Centre eyesore underwayBy admin – September 1, 2011 606 center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Print Facebooklast_img read more

New batch of domain names to widen world

first_img Comments are closed. The worldof e-business should soon have a wider choice of top-level domain names (orsuffixes, ie .co.uk or .com) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Namesand Numbers (ICANN) approving seven of the 44 names put forward. It may notyet be enough to quench the thirst for new Internet names around the world, butis a step in the direction. The new domainsapproved are: ·       .biz,for businesses, ·       .pro,for licensed professionals, ·       .info,open to anyone, ·       .coop,for co-operative businesses, ·       .namefor personal registrations, ·       .aerofor air transport-related organisations and groups, ·       .museumfor museums.ICANN willwork until the end of the year to negotiate registry agreements with theapplicants selected. Thesenegotiations are scheduled to finish by 31 December 2000. After this time, theICANN board will forward its recommendations to the US Department of Commercefor implementation.ICANN wascreated two years ago by a coalition of the Internet’s business, technical,academic and user communities. It is a non-profit-making organisation whoseaims include ensuring the operational stability of the Internet.www.icann.org New batch of domain names to widen worldOn 28 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

WHINSEC: Excellence Starts Here

first_imgBy Dialogo August 17, 2009 Good morning!!! Let me introduce myself, I am from Chile and I am a Second Lieutenant Officer in the Army, in the year 2008, I was in Whinsec completing a leadership course for cadets as part of my military tour, I am now postulating the Peace Operations in my country, and therefore I direct myself to you because it is my wish to have some sort of training in Whinsec to improve my knowledge and in so doing add a “plus” to the other postulants of the mission. I hope that with my military capacity I could begin to complete some course, with the possibility of me footing the bill for any costs. Thank you in advance, many thanks!! my colonel, your editorial is very well done I feel so proud to have been in these whinsec classrooms since the training that received was put in practice in my unit here in Colombia, although it’s been a long time, having been there in 2008 for the 04/ITC course but the knowledge is not forgotten thanks to you and the team of instructors as well as whinsec many thanks I. INTRODUCTION.- The constant challenge faced by institutions involved in the dynamic process of teaching and learning has to do with the quality of instruction offered by a highly qualified teaching staff, capable of exercising a positive influence on student behavior in the efficient performance of their work and consequent fulfillment of their mission. The Staff and Faculty Development Department (SFDD) of the “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC)”:https://www.infantry.army.mil/WHINSEC/ has taken up this challenge as part of the educational system, committed to the department’s primary responsibility of training the instructors who will form part of the Institute’s faculty and those who, after successfully completing the Instructor Training Course (ITC), will take on this role in their home institutions and countries, becoming messengers and replicators of our doctrine and philosophy as graduates of our Institute. This responsibility is the benchmark for our efforts and the inspiration for our motto, “*EXCELLENCE STARTS HERE*.” Teaching excellence should be understood as an interactive behavior incorporating imagination and creativity as important parts of a rich repertoire of pedagogical resources. Its principal aim is to foster the development of the student’s personal abilities, encouraging and motivating cooperation among students and always demonstrating enthusiasm, energy, and dedication, especially with students in need of additional support. The objective of teaching excellence is to equip students with the capability to face new challenges and threats with a forward-looking, wide-ranging, professional, and competent vision. In line with these considerations, every institution aspires to achieve “excellence,” although it is harder to maintain than to achieve, in a complex world in which competition and high expectations are constant and the instructor’s role is a weighty one. In order to develop this focus, we should start from a basis that will permit us to define our instructional goals objectively. In order to do so, we should answer three questions that will guide this process. *What is going to be taught?, For what purpose is it going to be taught?, and How is it going to be taught?* II. DEVELOPMENT. What is going to be taught? The answer to this question is related to clearly identifying the needs of the student as an important and active contributing part of his institutional, national, and hemispheric context. Our answer should concentrate on the work that our students will perform, and so we need research to shed light on these unknown factors and ongoing evaluations to alert us to changes in the initial frame of reference. This task is performed by WHINSEC through the evaluations conducted by the SFDD and the Quality Assurance Office (QAO). For what purpose is it going to be taught? This question has to do with meeting the expectations of WHINSEC’s users, so that the product offered by the student in the practical performance of his tasks meets the needs identified in the first process. Asking “For what purpose is it going to be taught?” highlights two concrete objectives. The first is to engage each student’s “zone of proximal development” and is addressed in the Instructor Training Course (ITC) through curricular content: Principles of Adult Learning, Instructional Objectives, Test Development, Instructional Methods, Instructional Aids, Communication Techniques, Control and Interaction Techniques, Portfolio and Lesson-Plan Development, and Human Rights, Armed Forces, and Democracy. The second objective is to engage the group’s “zone of potential development” through the concept of “teamwork,” addressed in the Small-Group Instructor Training Course (SGITC). This course covers the Experiential Learning Cycle; Group Development, Consensus, and Feedback; Interventions; the Johari Window; and Theory and Practice of Small-Group Instruction. How is it going to be taught? This question basically refers to choosing the methods and techniques to be used, establishing the essential conditions, space requirements, and pedagogical requirements, determining the number of students, and everything else that has to do with creating a suitable instructional environment. These three benchmarks are based on an educational framework that clearly defines the governing concepts for the entire instructional process. Granted, there are a variety of theories that might offer us guidance; nevertheless, military and police instruction today, in the author’s judgment, should be based on four pillars that shape modern education: Learning to learn, Teaching to learn, Learning to teach, and Teaching to teach. Learning to learn. Many individuals are unfamiliar with or have not developed learning strategies to facilitate the learning process, and when faced with this difficulty, they intuitively use the method they have always used in the past, which does not always turn out to be the best one. Learning to learn is important for today’s instructors and students, since we live in an environment in which technology provides an abundant flow of information, and we need techniques and methods to help us organize and classify the information and knowledge that we obtain. Teaching to learn. Learning is a skill that the instructor should develop in his students, familiarizing them with the techniques, methods, and tools that will permit them to learn correctly and efficiently. This objective is related to the previous one and differs from it only in that the instructor should teach the student how to study in order to learn. Learning to teach. Undoubtedly, this objective brings the SFDD closer to the Department’s specific mission, which is to develop our students’ knowledge of the process of teaching. The instructor, in addition to knowing the subject matter he will teach, should be familiar with different instructional techniques and methods and make use of suitable instructional aids in developing his class. The SFDD fulfills this objective in WHINSEC. Teaching to teach. The replicator effect sought as part of educational philosophy should take into account this aspect of an instructor’s training, since this training should teach him to teach the content of a subject or specialty, producing a replicator effect that expands the horizons of learning. These pillars are the essential guide to our objectives and to the Department’s vision, based on the guidelines of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). III. CONCLUSION.- We start from the foundation of excellence as the aspiration of every institution that takes its educational mission seriously, considering three questions the answers to which guide the educational process, a process that in the author’s judgment should be based on four pillars of the modern concept of education. Without doubt, the thrilling dynamics of teaching and learning require the design of ambitious and up-to-date programs that shatter old paradigms as the only means to find new and better ways of solving current problems and confronting future ones. Excellence rests on the activity of the instructor as the process’s principal actor, who should be engaged in constant study and research in pursuit of personal development, so as to be an inexhaustible source of knowledge. He should develop habits and aptitudes that set an example for his students. He should stay humble, recognizing that he does not know everything and that he wants to share generously what he does know. He should remember that as an instructor he has an opening that gives him a great opportunity to penetrate his students’ minds, hearts, and spirits, to engrave on the marble of their consciences the principles and values appropriate to an upright man – the supreme reason for an instructor’s apostolate and the one that will make him forever a true teacher.last_img read more

Grow your savings, says Eastern Caribbean Currency Union

first_img Sharing is caring! 1043 Views   no discussions Share LifestyleMoney Grow your savings, says Eastern Caribbean Currency Union by: – September 30, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Image via: neogaf.comBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — “Grow Your Savings” is the theme for the 10th year of observing October as Financial Information Month, which is a regional financial education campaign celebrated in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) since 2002. This year, saving consistently and regularly is being lauded as the means to achieving one’s goals be they education, a vacation, starting a business, owning a home, or securing finances for retirement. In simple terms, the 2011 Financial Information Month theme advocates that saving is a pre-requisite for a good life. During the month, financial institutions will collaborate with ECCU member governments, the media and other public and private sector partners to host a series of informational and educational initiatives geared at empowering all residents of the ECCU to achieve their life’s goals. These initiatives will include:• A declaration speech by the Minister for Finance in each of the eight member countries of the ECCU to launch the month;• The ECCB’s issuance of a two dollar circulation coin with the month’s theme. The coin is legal tender;• The launch of a Financial Information Month theme song and ringtone;• A business development symposium targeting CEOs, business leaders and prospective entrepreneurs. The symposium will focus on business strategy and management within a changing economic environment; • Discussions on financial issues with schools, business houses, community groups and churches; and • Radio and television programmes and newspaper articles on money management and investing.Financial Information Month is a collaborative effort among the ECCU member governments, financial and academic institutions, the media, private and public sector institutions and community-based groups. The month forms part of an ECCU financial education programme coordinated by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).The programme incorporates a series of initiatives designed to support the attainment of the goal of “a financially developed and vibrant ECCU region that fosters strong and sustainable economic growth and the improved well-being of the citizenry.” by Nerissa GoldenCaribbean News Now Tweetlast_img read more