The New York Times:People who do well on a test of one mental ability — let’s say a test of verbal ability — will tend to do well on tests of others — math ability, spatial ability, and so on. This finding, which has been replicated thousands of times, implies that there is a general factor of human intelligence. Psychologists call this factor “g.” We still don’t know what underlies g. Ian Deary, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh, has argued that the speed of perceptual processes is one piece of the puzzle, while Randall Engle, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has established that intelligence is strongly linked to working memory capacity, which he thinks of as the ability to hold information in the focus of attention. Others suggest that when we try to boil down the human intellect to a single factor, we lose view of its complexity.What we do know is that measures of general intelligence are practically useful. Frank Schmidt, of the University of Iowa, and the late John Hunter, of Michigan State University, documented that g is the single best predictor of job performance across a wide range of occupations — better than personality, interest, motivation and even job experience. People who do well on tests of intelligence tend to make the best mechanics, managers, clerks, salespeople, pilots, detectives and scientists. They also tend to make the best teachers. It makes perfectly good sense, as Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine argue, to use intelligence as a predictor of teacher performance. We should want smart people to be our teachers.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
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EUROTUNNEL has signed an agreement with two firms planning to build a wind farm on land at its French terminal. If planning permission is obtained, five 2MW turbines will be erected at Coquelles by Canadian energy company Boralex and Innovent, a French company specialising in the design and management of wind farms.The proposed wind farm is part of Eurotunnel’s energy management policy, supporting initiatives designed to save energy and encourage the use of renewable supplies. The electricity generated will be sold to Electricité de France.Eurotunnel Technical Director Dave Pointon said ’The wind farm project demonstrates Eurotunnel’s commitment to sustainable development and the future use of renewable energy sources. This small wind farm alone will generate enough power for a population of 11000 people.’
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 138 Views one comment Nicole Morson recently competed in the Dominica Next Supermodel Competition. She will represent Lagoon in the Ms Cottage Constituency Pageant. Photo credit: Dominica Next Supermodel IncA pageant competition is the newest addition to the annual feast of St Anthony which will be held in June of this year.Five ladies are expected to compete for the Ms Cottage Constituency title on June 14th, 2013 from 7pm in the northern village of Toucarie.Director of the pageant and president of the Cottage Constituency Association Catherine Karam, in an interview with Dominica Vibes explained that the pageant is being hosted as a means of bringing residents of that constituency together.“In past times we used to have people just dancing and drinking and stuff like that, so we felt that we wanted to do some different whereby we could incorporate the young persons to expose their talents and stuff and we first thought of a concert and then we extended it to a pageant,” she said. The Cottage Constituency is made up of the villages of Gillet, Tan Tan, Savanne Paille, Lagoon, Cottage, Clifton, Toucarie and Capuchin. Hence there will be one young lady representing each hamlet, except in one instance where three hamlets were combined due to their sizes.The contestants are;Shernel Thomas who will represent Gillet, Tan Tan and Savanne PailleNicole Morson representing LagoonVershantti Daniel representing CottageKiana Tonge representing Toucarie andSheryl Lamothe representing Clifton.While the organizers were hoping that six contestants would participate, they have not been able to find a young lady to represent Capuchin because it is said to be a very religious community.The ladies will compete in three segments; talent, beach wear and evening wear/question and answer segment. Usually in beauty pageants there is a swim wear round, however they have chosen to have a beach wear segment because some people have reservations regarding swim wear. There will also be an introductory round, but it will not be judged. One of the main aims of the pageant is to bring the young people together, to help boast their confidence, leadership skills and self esteem.“We’ve had elections and politics and all those things play a role in distracting young persons and we felt that that would be a way to get all of us in one place, by bringing all the different hamlets together,” Ms Karam stated. It is anticipated that the winner will receive several gifts. While it has not yet been confirmed, Ms Karam explained that they are considering educational gifts which could probably be a scholarship, or some sort of educational material like a computer.“It’s going to be a show of class, we’re going to make it really nice,” Ms Karam emphasized.One of Dominica’s bouyon bands will also provide entertainment at the event; however it has not yet been finalized as to which one it will be. Here are the photographs of the contestants shot by Ambo Visuals: [nggallery id= 309]Dominica Vibes News EntertainmentLocalNews Pageant to form part of feast celebrations in Toucarie by: – May 15, 2013 Share
Go back to the enewsletterFor the first time in four years, Sydney is seeing substantial new hotel supply coming online, while its biggest rival, Melbourne is up 11% in overnight trips and looking at 13.9% growth in new rooms for 2020.These were some of the key takeouts from the half-yearly market update hosted by peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney last week.The event brought the latest tourism and hotel industry data to more than 100 hotel operators.Each presenter – Greg Clark, Head of Investment Strategy at Hostplus; STR’s Regional Manager Pacific, Matthew Burke; and Adele Labine-Romain, National Tourism Sector Leader and Partner at Deloitte Access Economics – gave extensive insights into the global economy, hotel performance and tourism performance trends.“What is clear from these presentations is that our sector is doing well, despite global pressures and a changing landscape,” TAA NSW Acting CEO, Dr Adele Lausberg said.“It is encouraging to hear that nationally, occupancy levels are sitting around 76% and while these are expected to retreat slightly in 2020 with the new supply coming into the market, they are expected to return to the current level over the next three years” Dr Lausberg commented.The forum was told that the Deloitte Access Economics Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook for 2019 showed that two-thirds of our international market is repeat visitors, with even higher repeat visitation rates from some of our key Asian markets, which points to a need for Australia to ensure its product is new and diverse to keep these visitors engaged.Australians continue to travel around the country in increasing numbers, and for the first time in a while, the growth in domestic overnight trips is exceeding the growth in international arrivals. Domestic visitation has now been growing for the last eight years.This creates an opportunity for both urban properties and Australia’s regional areas to tap into the increasing domestic visitation.According to STR, there is a strong pipeline of new properties, with 50,000 new rooms planned across the country and nearly 17,500 currently under construction including 7,000 planned in the luxury sector, making Australia the 3rd largest pipeline across the region.Key takeouts from the forum include:For the first time since 2015, Sydney is seeing substantial new supply coming online. Substantial growth is being seen in the airport precinct and in Western Sydney on the back of the announcement of the second airport and planning for new cultural and commercial precincts Melbourne is up 11% in overnight trips and is looking at a 13.9% growth in new rooms for 2020, which may bring challenges to room and occupancy rates over the short term until demand once again catches up with supply.While Brisbane has seen large growth in rooms which has helped to redefine the city as a destination, it is still working towards growing its demand to meet the new supply.The Gold Coast is a big standout, coming off the back of the Commonwealth Games, which is seeing new rooms added to the city and its rates subsequently hold steady as supply catches up to demand.Lead image: Matthew Burke, STR; Adele Labine-Romain, Deloitte Access Economics; Dr Adele Lausberg, TAA NSW Acting CEO and Greg Clark, Hostplus Go back to the enewsletter