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Reasons to be cheerful

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Liberia celebrates Air France’s return in 2020

first_imgAir France, Emirates maintain flights to Cairo after British Airways suspension Inquiry: How Did Air France Plane Almost Crash into Mount Cameroon? Air France CEO: Suspicious device on the plane was a false alarmcenter_img Saying that it is further proof that Liberia is open for business, President George Weah confirmed the imminent return of Air France flights to the West African country.“I am excited to announce the return of Air France to Liberia. This is a testament of the measures we have put in place to promote a conducive business climate – wherein we can attract more businesses and investments to Liberia,” the president said on Twitter.Air France quit the Liberia route five years ago partly due to the poor condition of the runway at Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport.The erstwhile Sirleaf administration made the upgrade of the RIA a priority toward the end of her term in office, resulting in the construction of a new terminal. The airport had not had any major upgrades since 1970.At the moment, SN Brussels, Royal Air Maroc and other intra-African carriers are the only ones with flights to Liberia.President Weah has also asked his Ethiopian counterpart to help Ethiopian – Africa’s largest and most profitable carrier – to resume flights to Monrovia.Relatedlast_img read more

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Parents encouraged to support learning process at home

first_img Share 300 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Parents encouraged to support learning process at home by: Dominica Vibes News – January 25, 2017 Tweet Assistant Education Officer for Early Childhood Development, Austelle LockhartAssistant Education Officer for Early Childhood Development, Austelle Lockhart is encouraging parents to support their children’s learning process at home.Lockhart was addressing a handing over ceremony of sleeping cots and resource materials to eight preschools and one primary school on Tuesday 24 January 2017.The West Dominica Children’s Federation, in collaboration with the Childhood Department of the Ministry of Education, presented the developmental material to the school on Tuesday at the Mahaut Community Centre.Lockhart noted that the Ministry of Education, Early Childhood Unit and private organizations like the West Dominica Children’s Federation need the parents’ support to continue the learning process at home.“We are doing our part in the Ministry of Education and the Early Childhood Unit, we have private organizations like the West Dominica Children’s Federation contributing richly to the cause, we have the teachers who we call from the classroom off and on to enhance training, but we cannot do it alone, we need the involvement of our parents in the process,” he said. Lockhart said while they are setting a solid foundation for the students, “what we build on this foundation is of great importance as well because ‘hey, a foundation is built, they will learn, but what are they learning?”He is confident that teachers, especially the preschool teachers, are doing their best because the Early Childhood Home Intervention Program has been using the high scope methodology and they have received training in St Lucia and St Vincent.“We have been doing that so we know… how effective it is and now that there is this smooth transition from the Early Home Intervention Program to the preschools that is also supporting high scope, we know that the children are getting quality, but then we still hear that there are reading difficulties in our primary schools,” Lockhart said.Thus he said it is very important for parents to support children’s learning especially in the areas of reading and comprehension.“So what are they getting from after they have left preschool? You can always blame the schools, but what are the parents doing at home to support what is happening in the classrooms? Because our children’s inability to read and comprehend at Grade Two, at Grade Three, at Grade Four will affect the results that we get in the National Assessments,” he added. Lockhart also called on preschool teachers to find creative ways to involve the parents in the children’s learning.“As preschool teachers, we have to find creative ways to involve the parents in the children’s learning to get their interest because they will go home after school and pick up the gadgets, and let us not fool ourselves, we know that the materials that they view on the tablets and the cell phones that they can easily manipulate, you don’t have to teach them, they can easily manipulate these things and not always learning materials”.The assistant education officer also cautioned parents about allowing their children to use tablets and other devices unsupervised.We hear some parents say that there are things that you can download for them to read but are they reading the stuff? They are not reading these things… So if we have to be serious about our education, it cannot just stop at early childhood, it has to continue,” Lockhart advised.He said because parents play an integral part in the process of education “we have to find creative ways to get our parents on board early because the results will be devastating”.last_img read more

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Avago Technologies Expands Family of World’s Smallest RF Amplifiers

first_imgAvago Technologies (NASDAQ:AVGO), a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications, today announced additions to its family of the market’s smallest RF amplifiers. The new VMMK-3xxx amplifiers leverage Avago WaferCap chip scale packaging (CSP) technology to offer an ultra-small footprint of 1.0 by 0.5 by 0.25 mm. The amplifiers bring a host of new functionality to the existing Avago VMMK-1xxx and VMMK-2xxx families, including a positive gain slope low-noise amplifier (LNA), a wideband LNA, a variable gain amplifier (VGA), and four directional detectors. With miniature 0402 package dimensions and no wirebonds, the VMMK-3xxx amplifiers experience almost no signal loss and minimal parasitics. The devices take up 5 percent of the volume and uses only 10 percent of the board area of solutions using a standard SOT-343 package. In some cases, the miniature amplifiers can effectively reduce PCB area by more than 50 percent. The ultra-small package size and fully-matched surface mount design are optimized for 500 MHz to 12 GHz frequencies, making the high-performance devices ideal for a variety of radio architectures and space-constrained applications. The VMMK-3xxx LNAs and VGA can be used in UWB, WLAN, WiMAX, generic IF amp and gain block applications, while the new detectors can be used in base stations, point-to-point radios and generic power control loop detectors, as well as for monitoring power amplifier output. The VMMK-3xxx family supports full surface mount capability, requiring no special tooling for assembly. The amplifiers have all I/Os routed to the backside of the device wafer through via-holes, resulting in RF transitions suffering almost no signal loss and minimal parasitics. This is a significant improvement over conventional plastic packages where bond-wires exhibit substantial parasitics that limit the operating frequency. The miniature amplifier family provides high gain, a high third-order intercept point (IP3) for good linearity, low noise figure (NF) and integrated 50-ohm input and output matching networks to simplify system design. The VMMK-3xxx amplifiers are priced starting at $2.00 each in 1,000 piece quantities. Samples and production quantities are available now through the Avago direct sales channel and via worldwide distribution partners.last_img read more

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Maharlika Basketball: Davao beats Iloilo squad

first_imgNegrense Mark Yee posted double-double in Davao Occidental Tigers’ win over the Iloilo United Royals. MPBL PHOTO Negrense Yee finished the match withdouble-double 23 points and 16 rebounds while Yvan Ludovice and Custodio added13 and 12 markers, respectively. After seeing its double-digit edge trimmed to 67-70, the Tigers came up with baskets from Mark Yee, Bonbon Custodio, Joseph Terso, and Angelus Raymundo as the lead went up to as high as 15 points. PASSI CITY, Iloilo – Davao Occidental Tigers used a huge endgame spurt to pull off an 89-76 win over the Iloilo United Royals in the 2019-2020 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on Saturday night at the City of Passi Arena. The Tigers improved to 16-2. The Royals actually had a strong start in the game. They led 22-16 but the Tigers quickly restored order in the second period with consecutive hits for a 45 32 halftime score. Richard Escoto finished with 19 points. Al Francis Tamsi and John Mahari added 15 and 12 markers, respectively, as the Royals dropped to  9-7 win-loss slate in the South Division. Meanwhile, Manila Stars pulled off a 73-72 escape over the Pasay Voyagers. Gabby Espinas finished with 18 markers for the Stars./PN The lead grew further for Davao Occidental in the second half but the Iloilo did not easy gave up. It countered with a rally to come to within 67-70 before the Tigers can up with a huge finishing kick.last_img read more

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Game Notes: UWF hosts Comfort Inn Thanksgiving Tournament

first_img Jenny Menz and the Argos look to extend their three-game winning streak after Thanksgiving. (Photo by Bill Stockland). Game Notes: UWF hosts Comfort Inn Thanksgiving Tournament Sharecenter_img   PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s basketball team will host the annual Comfort Inn Thanksgiving Tournament Friday and Saturday at the UWF Field House.The Argonauts (3-1) play Claflin (3-1) in the second game of tournament Friday at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will play the winner of Friday’s noon contest between Montevallo (2-2) and Southwest Baptist (2-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The losers of the first two games will play at noon Saturday.UWF is on a three-game winning streak and has averaged more than 80 points per game during that span while limiting opponents to less than 58 points per game.Live Coverage:Live stats and videoGame Notes11/27: Comfort Inn Thanksgiving TournamentA team EffortDuring the Argos’ run of success to open the 2013-14 season, there hasn’t been one key individual that has stood out above the rest.Instead, UWF has used a team approach to win games. Jasmine Wigfall leads UWF in scoring with 10.8 points per game followed by Tessah Holt (10.5) and Toynetta Johnson (10.3).Three players are tied for the team lead in rebounding average at 5.8 per game: Holt, Jaymie Druding and Katie Bobos. Toynetta Johnson leads the Gulf South Conference in assists per game (7) but is third in assist/turnover ratio while Holt leads the GSC in a/t ratio.Holt, Johnson and Brianna Williams each are in the top ten in the GSC in steals per game.Eliminating turnoversUWF has continued to force turnovers during the early parts of the season, committing fewer turnovers than their opponents in all four games.UWF is averaging less than 14 per game and is forcing more than 19 turnovers per game.Scouting ClaflinClaflin is on a two-game winning streak after defeating Livingstone College 69-64 Monday night.The Lady Panthers blew out Barber-Scotia College 100-36 in their season opener before falling to St. Augustine’s University 83-76 for their lone loss of the season.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Wilson named SEC Player of the Week

first_imgCOLUMBIA – South Carolina sophomore A’ja Wilson is doing her best to make the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award her own.Jan 26, 2015; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks guard/forward A'ja Wilson (22) dribbles the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY SportsJan 26, 2015; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks guard/forward A’ja Wilson (22) dribbles the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY SportsAfter scoring a career-high 28 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in a 66-55 win over then 13th ranked Duke, the Hopkins, South Carolina native claimed the league honor for the second straight week and third time this season.Wilson leads the SEC in three categories – blocked shots (3.1), double-doubles (five) and field goals made (60).She ranks sixth nationally in double-doubles and 10th in blocks per game. She is averaging 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds.The Gamecocks are ranked second nationally and have defeated four ranked teams. They are 8-0 with the next game against Winthrop on Dec. 13th.last_img read more

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Mata completes his move to United

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:I expected to lose Mata to Barcelona or Real Madrid, not United The stats that prove Mata is outperforming former Chelsea team-mate Hazard Manchester United have completed the signing of Juan Mata for a club-record fee of £37.1m. Mata has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Old Trafford after Chelsea agreed to let the 25-year-old leave – a decision Blues boss Jose Mourinho has defended.Asked about the fans who are unhappy that Mata is leaving to join a Premier League rival, Mourinho suggested they should support the decision to let him go.AdChoices广告“They are sad, we are sad also. No-one here is jumping because Juan is leaving,” he said on Friday.Boss Mourinho defended Mata’s sale.“But would Chelsea fans be happy if we stopped a fantastic person they like a lot from being happy, and say they can only go to Russia, China, France or Portugal and cannot play in England? I don’t know if Chelsea fans would be happy with that.“We believe it’s the right offer and the player wants it and has asked us to accept it, so I don’t know if Chelsea supporters would be happy if the Chelsea board or Chelsea manager would stop a player from being happy.”Mourinho added that Mata was “frustrated and disappointed” at not being a first-team regular this season.And he dismissed surprise expressed by many in football that one of Chelsea’s most influential players of recent years had been allowed to join another English teamHe said: “I think this club is a special club that cares about people and is very respectful with players and especially with players that brought the history of the club, and he is one of those cases.“But Juan had this fantastic opportunity at another club that wants him, in the country he loves to be and loves to play, and with an offer that is right for us.“So in spite of possibly many clubs, boards and managers that think you should not sell a top player to a rival club, especially in the same country, we feel differently.“The player deserves respect and deserves to play and be happy, and it was the right offer for the club.”last_img read more

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Clark claims historic Eventing win for Ireland at Blenheim Palace

first_imgHome  »  Disciplines News  »  Clark claims historic Eventing win for Ireland at Blenheim Palace Tags: IRELAND’S Aoife Clark just had to go clear today (Sunday) in the final phase of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials to win her first Three Star event, after taking the lead in Saturday’s cross-country phase.With not even a fence in hand when entering today’s show jumping phase, the 32 year-old nevertheless held her nerve, and guided PJ Hegarty’s Irish Sport Horse Fenya’s Elegance to a zero penalty round, clinching one of Ireland’s first victories in many years at this level of international three-day eventing.Clark, who finished seventh at the London Olympics last year, produced a dazzling display of cross-country riding on Saturday to edge into the lead, but had France’s former world champion Jean Teulere and American top eventer Clark Montgomery both just 1.5 penalty points behind her today.“I knew I had to go clear,” Clark said. “We’ve only had one showjumping rail down all year, but there was still pressure.“To win here means a huge amount. This mare is just at the right stage to be looking at the (2014) World Equestrian Games and then Rio.”Clark’s victory ended an exceptional day for Irish Eventing, with the Junior team winning Gold at the European Eventing Championships in Jardy, France and the Irish Young Rider team claiming Bronze.After today’s exceptional performances, the Irish Eventing HighPerformance Manager Nick Turner said: “”I am absolutely delighted withthe Irish eventing successes this weekend. Team Gold and individualSilver from the Juniors, Team Bronze from the Young Riders and a win forAoife Clark with PJ Hegartys’ Fenya’s Elegance at the Blenhein CCI3*made this a very exciting weekend.“Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks to all of the owners,sponsors, support staff and team managers for all of their hard work anddedication that helped to make this possible.“The young horses in the 8/9 year old classes also put in some very goodperformances which makes the future of Irish Eventing very exciting.”Breeding details: Fenyas Elegance (ISH) – 2004 chestnut mare by Ricardo Z (ZANG) out of Fenya (ISH), by Good Thyne (USA) (TB). Bred/owned by PJ Hegarty, Co. Cork. Clark claims historic Eventing win for Ireland at Blenheim Palace 15 September 2013, 10:53last_img read more