School Feeding Programme Ready for New School Year

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Children  attending schools  that are benefitting from the Government’s School Feeding Programme should have a healthy start  to the new school year in September. Contracts have been approved  for the supply of  long  grain rice, cornmeal, counter flour,  vegetable oil,  corned beef  and tinned mackerel for the cooked food component, while  funds have been allocated to Nutrition Products Limited for the supply  of snacks , comprising  a baked bun (nutribun) and milk or flavoured drink. The School Feeding Programme has two components – cooked lunches, which are  prepared at the schools,  and  snacks, which  are prepared and delivered to schools. For the 2011/12 Financial Year, the Government has allocated some  $2.5 billion for the School Feeding Programme (SFP).             Of  the sum, Nutrition Products will get $709 million to provide meals for over 136,000 beneficiaries, and the Early Childhood Commission has received $42 million for its nutrition subsidy for basic school students. In an interview with JIS News, Director of the School Feeding Programme, Helen Robertson said that all government schools, with the exception of some high and technical schools, have at least one component of the programme. Private schools that have PATH beneficiaries also receive nutritional support.  “With some 220,000 students on the PATH programme, the schools are doing some magical things to make sure that the children are fed on a daily basis.  They are doing their best based on the resources allocated to provide a meal,” Ms. Robertson said. She  pointed out  that the grants which are given to support the cooked meal component will  be transferred to the schools. “We are prepared and working for the re-opening of schools,” she asserted. The objectives of the programme are to: encourage regular school attendance; alleviate hunger; enhance the learning capacity of the students by providing a meal or a snack; educate children on the value of food through nutrition education classes; and to encourage the children to grow their own food by establishing and supporting school gardens.  Meanwhile, there has been positive feedback for the programme from schools and other stakeholders. According to Ms. Robertson,  information from Principals and teachers  is that when the programme is up and running, attendance increases.                                        By JUDITH A. HUNTER, JIS PR Officer RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Ready for New School Year RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Ready for New School Year RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Ready for New School Yearcenter_img Advertisements School Feeding Programme Ready for New School Year EducationAugust 17, 2011last_img read more

The identity has broken down, the fans are bullying the referees…

first_imgTraditionally very devoted, sometimes even fanatical fans of Novak Djokovic, as well as discarded bettors who bet on the next grand slam title of the Serbian favorite, have no mercy after a shocking disqualification.“I am extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unwanted. So bad. I will not publish her name to respect her privacy,” said the world number one after disqualification and a quick escape from New York.However, the identity of the referee was revealed by some media. Supporters of the Serbian champion then took her profiles on social networks by attack.They want her to “rot in hell”, they indiscriminately suggest that she pretended the pain after being hit by the ball, accused her of alcoholism and cursed vulgarly.Djokovic himself therefore hurried with another statement. He thanked him for the support he received from the fans, but at the same time called on them to be more considerate towards the referee.“Thank you for the positive messages. But please remember that the line judge also needs the support of our community. She did nothing wrong. I ask you to support her in difficult times. We are growing and becoming stronger thanks to these moments,” said the 33-year-old tennis player. .In New York, Djokovic was to attack his eighteenth grand slam title, which would win him one triumph in the historical tables for the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and two for the Swiss Roger Federer.Experts did not doubt that he would succeed; in the absence of Nadal and Federer, no one else was to endanger the Serbian favorite. Djokovic excels on the courts this year and won all 26 duels in Sunday’s unfortunate incident.The American tennis organization, meanwhile, took the line judge off, letting her rest at the hotel under medical supervision. “She will return to work when she and the doctor decide that the time is right,” said a tournament spokesman.last_img read more

Long locks to be lost

first_imgKATE Shearer is living up to her surname and shaving her head for a worthy cause. After eight years involved…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Tigers’ prep talk for Cardinia’s women

first_imgBy Rowan Forster  It began with a 90-second video clip that inspired 3.9 million British women to get active. On…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Allan captures top prize at No-Frills Squash Tournament; Club hosts membership drive

first_imgMike Allan of Nelson edged out Joel Casey of Vernon 3-1 to capture the Men’s A Title at the No-Frills Tournament Sunday at the Nelson Squash Club.The tournament attracted almost 40 players for the two-day event from Vernon, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Revelstoke and host Nelson.Darwin Horning of Nelson won the A-Consolation title.Paul Lamoureux defeated Darren Hedstrom, both of Nelson, to claim the Men’s B-Plus crown while Steve Limbert of Trail defeated Keira Zaslove of Nelson in the Men’s B.Lindsay Hewson defeated Nelson clubmate Anne Bokser-Wislow to win the Ladies C event while Abby Napora got past Sophie Dorrius of Revelstoke to win the Ladies D.Kevin Limbert of Trail, Poul Henriksen of Nelson, Cathy Heyland of Nelson and Carrie Snaychuk of Cranbrook won consolation trophies in the Men’s B-plus, Men’s B, Ladies C and Ladies D, respectively. The Nelson Squash Club is making a splash back into the Heritage City Sports community.After having its bid to take over the Civic Theatre squashed, and an opportunity to join forces with the Nelson Curling Club defeated by the curling membership, the movers and shakers in the squash community decided to build on what they have at the current facility.The club has approximately 70 members with more than 30 joining in the past few months.The club is hosting a membership drive for more players with a offer of $150 for anyone joining before September 15, 2015.A membership comes with a key to the facility, online court booking and unlimited play.New facility includes a lounge and our two brand new courts –  making four in total  to be ready by September 15.Wednesday is set a side for Men’s league while Monday is Ladies Day.There is a new mixed league starting Thursdays for all beginners to enjoy.There are two major tournaments and two annual Pentathlons per year there is plenty to do on and off the courts as a member of the Nelson Squash Club.For more information contact Paul at 250-551-2714 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Success for Kinvara, St Gabriels and Corofin in Football Feile Finals

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Results Were: U14 Football Feile Shield B Kinvara3-71-1Killererin An Spidéal2-34-9St. Gabriels Corofin3-31-5Salthill-Knocknacarra U14 Football Feile Shield Acenter_img There was success for Kinvara, St Gabriels and Corofin in the Football Feile Finals held in Tuam Stadium on Sunday last. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email U14 Football Feile 2017 Kevin Dwyer Reportslast_img

Hurricanes bank on Barrett magic to end Crusaders curse

first_img0Shares0000Beauden Barrett’s match-up with opposite number Richie Mo’unga will be closely watched in the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby semi-final against the Crusaders. © AFP / Dave LintottWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jun 27 – Wellington Hurricanes playmaker Beauden Barrett is under pressure to outshine his All Black rival Richie Mo’unga in Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Canterbury Crusaders and reverse his team’s woeful form against the defending champions.The Hurricanes are considered rank outsiders in Christchurch against the Crusaders, who boast a squad bristling with All Blacks as they chase a third straight title and 10th overall. It’s a frustrating situation for the Hurricanes — a side that won more matches than any other this season and features a two-time world player of the year in Barrett.Yet such has been the South Islanders’ dominance over the Hurricanes in recent years that the men from New Zealand’s capital find themselves practically written off by bookies and pundits before a ball has been kicked in anger.The teams have met five times previously in finals matches and the Crusaders have won all of them, including a semi-final last year and the title decider in 2006.The Crusaders have also convincingly won their four most recent matches against the Hurricanes, including a 32-8 thrashing when they last met in March.That’s without even taking into account the Crusaders’ daunting home record in Christchurch, where they have not lost a playoff in Super Rugby’s 23-year history and are currently on a 28-game unbeaten run.– ‘Win the collisions’Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara said he was relishing the match-up between Barrett and Mo’unga, who is challenging the Hurricanes maestro for an All Black starting spot.O’Gara said that while Barrett had the advantage of incumbency in the fly-half’s number 10 jersey, Mo’unga did not lack motivation with a World Cup in Japan looming.“(Mo’unga’s) been on top of his game for a long time,” said the Irishman, who earned 128 Test caps at fly-half.“He’s looking to dethrone Beaudy, but Beaudy has the advantage of being a superstar at Test level. I think Richie can get to that space, so it makes for an exciting game.”Mo’unga has nine Test caps, with only two starts, compared to 73 caps and 40 starts for Barrett.But Mo’unga’s Crusaders are 4-1 over Barrett’s Hurricanes in the last five matches when both have started, fuelling calls for him to be given a greater role at Barrett’s expense.O’Gara freely admits that the Crusaders’ recent success against the Hurricanes stems from shutting down the halves pairing of Barrett and TJ Perenara, who last week played their 100th Super Rugby match together.It’s no coincidence that the last team to beat the Crusaders at home, way back in 2016, was a Hurricanes outfit that had Barrett and Perenara firing on all cylinders.O’Gara said the hosts’ forward pack — which at full strength consists entirely of established All Blacks — was the key to denying Barrett time on the ball.“For that to happen you need to win up front, it’s as simple as that,” he said.“If you win the collisions and if you win the gain line, no matter how good you are as a number 10 your time is diminished significantly. Our boys have done a good job in that regard in previous campaigns.“But when the ball is in Beauden Barrett’s hands it’s not a good sign for any opposition.”The winner of Saturday’s all-New Zealand clash will face either the ACT Brumbies or Argentina’s Jaguares in the final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aussie international flights fullest from Melbourne

first_imgPhoto: Melbourne Airport. International passengers using Australia’s major airports had the greatest chance of being on a full flight if they were going through Melbourne airport in 2018-19, a new analysis has found.A report on international airline activity over the year by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics found Melbourne edged out Sydney when it came to the highest percentage of seats filled by passengers.It wasn’t a big difference  — 81.7 percent at Melbourne versus 81.3 percent at Sydney — but neither airport boasted the country with the highest seat ulilization on a non-stop route.That mantle fell to Perth where the Qantas non-stop flight to London made the UK a clear leader at 93 percent, well ahead of second-place holder Japan at 84.3 percent.They were followed by Singapore (83.5 percent), the us (83.3 percent) and Thailand (83.1 percent).READ: Cathay A350-1000 debuts in AustraliaThe Solomon Islands and New Guinea were among the destinations where travelers were most likely to find a spare seat next to them with seat utilization to both countries below 60 percent.Adelaide was the major airport with the lowest seat utilization at 78.4 percent with Perth and Brisbane at 78.8 percent and the Gold coast at 79.4 percent.Sixty-three scheduled international airlines operated to and from Australia in 2018-19 with passenger numbers rising 3.7 percent to 42.12 million.The number of available seats also rose, but by a slower 1.8 percent to 53.86 million.March proved a significant month and marked the first time since 2011 that monthly passenger traffic fell compared to the same month in the previous year.Qantas Airways remained the dominant force with a market share of 17.4 percent followed by Jetstar with 8.6 percent.Singapore Airlines (8.2 percent) came next, followed by Emirates (7.3 percent) and Air New Zealand (6.8 percent).Australian designated airlines accounted for 32.5 percent of the market after reaching a low of 29.8 percent in 2013-14.last_img read more

How JavaScript is Slowing Down the Web (And What To Do About It)

first_imgWidgets are fairly easy to install if you are familiar with HTML and your blogging platform.All you need to do is paste the HTML for the widget where you wouldlike it to appear. Sometimes you need to insert code into the head of the HTML document, but it is notthat difficult. So with a bit of technical understanding, you can do it or use a platformlike Widgetbox to install it automatically.It’s simple enough that people are installing more and more widgets onto their blogs; and that’s where thingshave started to get hairy – as it may result in blogs taking a long time to load.Not All Widgets are Implemented EqualThere are two major technologies for implementing widgets today: Flash and JavaScript.Flash widgets have their own issues; from being heavy, to being unresizable, to being unable tomanipulate the DOM. However, typically it’s not Flash widgets that are causing problems, it is the JavaScript ones.The irony of this is that JavaScript was envisioned and designed to be a lightweight languageto support minimum interactivity and quick manipulations of HTML documents, on the client site. But becauseof the twisted paths that our technology trails have taken us, JavaScript evolved to be the programminglanguage for the web. From Ajax to Widgets, JavaScript is being used in a lot of cutting edge projects these days.But the truth is, JavaScript has its issues. Let’s explore those…How Browsers Handle JavaScriptPerhaps the most shocking reverlation to any experienced technologist is thatJavaScript is a single threaded language. What this means is that it performs things sequentiallyand not concurrently (with the exception of Ajax calls). Anytime a piece of JavaScript is being loaded orevaluated, everything else has to wait. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… There is a well-known phenomenon in physics called non-linearity: When a lot of different things interact with each other, the outcome is hardto predict. Software is no different – when you put together a lot of components, you just do not know what you are going to get.This is because each component acts as if it is standalone, but they are literally fighting for real estate space and people’s attention. The truth is that this war ishurting everyone – the readers, the bloggers and the services. Everyone is frustrated. In this postwe’ll take a look at what is causing pages to hang from too many single lines of javascript; and what can be done about it.Bloggers – the Unsuspecting VictimsWidgets are the new black and microchunking content is here to stay. Bloggers love showcasingtheir personality and favorite content on their blogs. This is why people rush to install new widgets, Flickr, Twitter, AddThis, Sphere – because they are useful and there is a lot of demand for them. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex iskold 1 Related Posts A single line of JavaScript is what powers a lot of blogging technologies these days. Widgets, sharing tools,visitors tracking, advertisers. In many cases a single line of JavaScript is all that a blogger needs toadd a new technology to their blog. The problem is what happens when a lot of these single lines of JavaScript come together… This means that a single slow JavaScript add-on can slow down the loading of an entire blog.And that is exactly what is happening all over the blogosphere. So what is the solution?Can JavaScript Widgets be Better and Faster?Unfortunately there is no silver bullet for this problem. That is there is no single trickor technique that will resolve the problem. While there is a combination of things that companiescan do to moderate the impact of being put together with other widgets, ultimately – given enough of a mix– problems are bound to happen. While as an industry we ponder on what can be done, here are some things thatJavaScript providers should consider:1. Defer the execution of the JavaScriptOne of the frequent problems is that all JavaScript wants to run at once,but it really can’t. If the script does not need to modify the page as it loads,the execution of the script should be deferred until after the load.This way, the content of the page will come up fist. Unfortunately, not all browsers respect this directive to defer.2. Minimize the amount of code that runs on loadAnything that runs on a page load, slows down the load. The less code there is to run the better.Another related issue is traversing the entire page looking for something. This is a major ‘no-no’, sinceit will cause theUnresponsive Script popup. In general, any JavaScript that runs overa few seconds (typically 5) will cause a problem. Splitting the long execution by using timeoutsis the right (although painful) way to go.3. Load-balance requests by generating different URLsMost scripts these days give you back the same URL, for example: This isnot easy to scale. As the widget becomes more wide-spread, the amount of concurrent requests goingthrough the same server will be quite large. A better approach is to give out different URLs, like,, etc. Even though for now they can bepointing to the same domain, in the future there will be an option to split the traffic.4. Use Standard LibrariesProbably the worst thing is to reinvent the wheel, since JavaScript is so easy to get wrong.Unlike Java there is no set of standard libraries, but some like prototypehave effectively become a standard. The libraries are written by experienced people who know and understandthe pitfalls of the system, so it is a good idea to reuse their code.5. Most Importantly – Think About itBeing aware that there are other pieces of JavaScript that will run on end user’s sites,is the most important thing. By wearing the “I am part of a bigger system” hat, developerswill minimize the likelihood of undermining another widget, as well as ensuring an all-round smoother user experience.Where Do We Go From Here?While being a good Javascript citizen is encouraged, there is still only so much that developers can do.You simply cannot know how and where your widget is going to be used. What other things will be installed?Without this information, tuning the script is difficult. And the impact is on bloggers and blog readers.So what do we do?If we look at the Java community, this problem has actually been solved many times over. Applets, Servletsand even scary-sounding Enterprise Java Beans are not really different from widgets conceptually.The big difference is that they all are managed by containers.A container is a hosting environment thatprovides delivery infrastructure and communication interfaces. It handles loading, unloading, callbacks,clicks, messages and all the good things that we engineers love and non-technical people dread to hear about.In short, we need a container for JavaScript – because a container is what brings order to the component chaos.ConclusionWhile widgets and JavaScript tools are very cool and very useful, there is no good infrastructureto make them work well today. The initial symptoms of blogs being slow to load, that are visible today,are only going to get worse as more widgets and bits of JavaScript hit the blogosphere. It is not reasonableto ask bloggers to understand the complexity, interdependencies and problems that can be caused bycombining widgets.We need automated and standard ways of delivering these widgets. Ideally we should look at how thishas already been done before in the industry. The Java community was a huge success and leveraging the experiencesthat it had could be of great value to the widget startups.As always, please let us know what you think. If you are a widget developer, we would love to hearthe ways that you optimize your code to be more environment friendly and quick.last_img read more

The State of Mozilla and Open Source in Asia

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Trends#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus One of the speakers at the LIFT conference – where Kevin Marks from Google also presented – was Gen Kanai, Mozilla’s Director of business development in Asia. In his presentation Kanai talked about Mozilla’s market share in Asia, plus the perception that Asia isn’t contributing enough to open source projects. Firstly there were some interesting factoids about Firefox market share. Firefox now has almost 28% market share in Eurpoe, 16-17% in US, and lower market shares in Asia — it’s 16.5% according to a recent post on Mozilla Links. See graphs below:Firefox Global Market Share; Chart via Mozilla LinksKanai said that Mozilla is “seeing a lot of growth in China”, after opening their China office last year (it’s being run by the former leader of MSN at Microsoft China). In Japan, Kanai said, there are more mobile users of the Internet than PC users, so it is a unique market for them. It currently has a 10-12% market share in Japan. Mozilla structure in AsiaIn Korea, Kanai told an interesting story about how the market for Firefox has been restricted by Korean govenment encyrption protocols, which make people use Windows and Internet Explorer! So Microsoft has a “de-facto monopoly” in Korea in the browser space.Kanai then addressed the question of how strong the open source movement is in Asia, a topic recently explored by Victoria Ho on ZDNet Asia and by Mat Asay on CNET. The story so far is that Asia corporations are using open source, but (it’s claimed) are not giving back to the open source community. Linux founder Linus Torvalds recently said that the barriers are: culture (possibly the largest barrier), language, education. Kanai has more details on his blog.Kanai believes there is actually a lot of participation in open source in Asia; he cited the Ruby language, which was developed in Japan by Yukihiro Matsumoto. However he acknowledged that cultural and language barriers are significant – e.g. he thinks the open source community in the West can be very forthright in their opinions, which is a cultural thing that open source developers in the East may not like. He also cited economic factors.Here is the video presentation:last_img read more