Tourism Minister Hails TPDCo

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has hailed the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo) for its critical role in the advancement of the nation’s tourism sector.He said the entity continues to be a custodian of integrity and quality advancing the reputational value of the industry.“TPDCo stands in the gap between the promise made to the (tourists) in the marketplace and the experience they have when they get here,” the Minister pointedout.He was addressing TPDCo’s staff service awards luncheon at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in St. Catherine on Tuesday (July 18).Minister Bartlett said the company will be required to play an even greater role as the country’s tourism product continues to evolve to meet the needs of themarketplace.“You have a larger role to play because the product is evolving; the experiences are changing and the attitude of our visitors and customers are equally inthat state of constant transition,” he pointed out.He said TPDCo will be required to be “nimble and adaptive” in order to ensure that Jamaica maintains its hold on tourism.Turning to developments at the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC), Minister Bartlett said the facility registered a 65 per cent increase in revenue for thefiscal year ending March 31.There was also a 13 per cent reduction in operating expenses over the prior fiscal year and a 41 per cent increase in the number of meetings held at the MBCC.Mr. Bartlett informed that the MBCC is “now on the path for the first time to break even in its operational expenses over revenue”.“This tells you that with application, with serious management, with marketing…we have proven that a public good, which a convention centre provides, offers opportunities for economic activity in other areas,” he said.For his part, Chairman of the TPDCo, Ian Dear, congratulated the award recipients, who were recognised in the categories of Overachievers, Regional Star Performers, Innovator of the Year, Employee of the Year, and Manager of the Year.“As you receive your respective awards feel proud of your accomplishments and let these awards continue to motivate you to increased levels of productivity and inspire you to achieve improvements in the service quality to our stakeholders,” he urged.He told the members of staff that they are expected to deliver exceptional results in ensuring the continued success of tourism, which is a key sector for job creation, foreign exchange earnings and socio-economic empowerment.The Manager of the Year award went to Community Awareness Coordinator, Marlene Stephenson-Dally, for 2013/14 and 2014/15; and Former Procurement Manager, Julian Thompson for 2015/16.Employee of the Year for 2013/14 went to Doreen Forrester and Lorna Newsome for 2015/16. Minister Bartlett said the company will be required to play an even greater role as the country’s tourism product continues to evolve to meet the needs of the marketplace. “TPDCo stands in the gap between the promise made to the (tourists) in the marketplace and the experience they have when they get here,” the Minister pointed out. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has hailed the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo) for its critical role in the advancement of the nation’s tourism sector. Story Highlightslast_img read more

PEP Will Help Tailor Learning to Meet Students’ Needs – Senator Reid

first_img “Our intention in this reform of the exit exam, coming out of the primary system, is largely to ensure that we are better preparing our students for the next level of the education system, which is the secondary system. We want every student to have the opportunity to go right up to grade 13 and forward to university,” he added. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), scheduled to commence in the 2018/2019 academic year, will help to tailor learning to meet the needs of all students, particularly those with special requirements. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), scheduled to commence in the 2018/2019 academic year, will help to tailor learning to meet the needs of all students, particularly those with special requirements.“The profile [PEP] will allow us to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our students, and so we can customise our teaching and learning strategies… . So it’s going to be a very holistic, inclusive-type education system dealing with special needs as well as exceptional students. We can take care of those at the very top and those who are in need of support at the bottom,” Mr. Reid said.“Our intention in this reform of the exit exam, coming out of the primary system, is largely to ensure that we are better preparing our students for the next level of the education system, which is the secondary system. We want every student to have the opportunity to go right up to grade 13 and forward to university,” he added.Senator Reid was speaking at the final PEP town hall for the year held on December 19 at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at Jamaica College in St. Andrew.PEP, which will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary school entrance test, is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.It comprises a Performance Task Test, Ability Task Test and a Curriculum-Based Test.PEP will be rolled out on a phased basis beginning in September 2018, with students who are now in grade five to be the first cohort. They will do only the Grade Six components in 2019.Students who are currently in grade four will do their Grade Five Performance Task in 2019, and in 2020 they will do the Grade Six components.Students who are currently in grade three will be the first cohort that will have a complete profile generated. This means that they will do the Grade Four Performance Task section in 2019, Grade Five Performance Task in 2020 and all Grade Six components in 2021.PEP grades will be made available to schools in the third week of June every year.Minister Reid said PEP will prepare the nation’s children to be critical thinkers with good analytical and problem-solving skills.He said the profile will better align with the objectives of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).Minister Reid expressed confidence “in the ability of the Ministry based on the systems that we’ve put in place for us to be able to complete all the work (that) we have to do in terms of the final assessments and the final profile.”“I expect a very smooth landing as we commence the roll-out of PEP in 2019,” he said. Story Highlights PEP, which will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary school entrance test, is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education. last_img read more

Public Hearings for Police Chief David Nisleit

first_img February 12, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Live at City Hall previewing hearing on selection for new Police Chief pic.twitter.com/tPr7XmVUWJ— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) February 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 12, 2018 Ed Lenderman Updated: 10:49 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe public hearings are scheduled for Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.Residents will be able to offer feedback on the appointment of David Nisleit as the city’s next top cop during two City Council meetings later this month, council President Myrtle Cole announced Friday.Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday named Nisleit, a current assistant San Diego police chief, as the successor to Chief Shelley Zimmerman following a nationwide search.Nisleit’s appointment must be confirmed by a majority council vote.feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 202 C St. However, on Friday Faulconer sent Cole a memo requesting the Feb. 12 meeting be moved to 6 p.m. On Twitter, the mayor’s office said he asked for the change “so more San Diegans can attend and have their voices heard.”The council will take a vote on the matter on Feb. 26. KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the details. Public Hearings for Police Chief David Nisleitlast_img read more

Ferry services resume after 7 hrs

first_imgFerry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma river resumed after six and half an hours of disruption caused by dense fog early Monday, according to UNB.Assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha Nasir Mohammad Chowdhury said the ferry services were disrupted from 2:30am to 9:00am on Monday due to poor visibility caused by thick fog.Fourteen ferries at both Paturia and Daulatdia ghats remained stranded while over six hundreds vehicles, including passenger buses, were waiting at both the ghats to cross the river, he added.Besides, two ferries got stuck in the middle of the river.Later, ferry services resumed around 9:00am as fog disappeared.last_img

Calcutta HC extends by a day stay on Bengal panchayat polls process

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday extended by a day till Tuesday its stay on the West Bengal’s panchayat election process.A single-judge bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar extended the stay till 2 p.m. on Tuesday in view of an appeal filed before a Division Bench of the High Court against the stay. A Division Bench of Justice Biswanath Samaddar and Justice Arindam Mukherjee is slated to hear the case at 4.30 p.m. on Monday.Justice Talukdar had, on Thursday, stayed the election process till April 16 on a petition by the Bharatiya Janata Party and asked the State Election Commission (SEC) to furnish by that date a comprehensive status report on the polls. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOn Monday, BJP representative Pratap Banerjee furnished a bond of Rs five lakh as fine imposed by the court on the party for “misrepresenting facts” by moving both the Supreme Court and the High Court on the same plea.Justice Talukdar also permitted the state Congress President Adhir Chowdhury to become a party in the case, overruling objections from Trinamool Congress counsel Kalyan Banerjee.The two opposition parties have moved the court, accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of unleashing massive pre-poll violence against their party workers to prevent them from filing nominations for the polls ever since the process began on April 2. The two parties also called the SEC a puppet of the ruling TMC after the poll panel withdrew its earlier order of extending the filing of nominations by a day, within a few hours of issuing the order last week.The panchayat elections were originally scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5, with the counting of votes slated on May 8.last_img read more

Top frameworks for building your Progressive Web Apps PWA

first_imgThe hype and rise of progressive web apps are tremendous. A PWA is basically a web application that feels like a native application to the user. By making your app a PWA, not only do you acquire new users, but you can also retain them for longer. Here’s a quick rundown of all things good about a PWA. Reliable: Loads instantly even under poor network conditions. Lighting fast and app-like: Responds to the user’s actions with speed and with a smooth interaction. Engaging and responsive: Gives the feeling that it was made specifically for that device, but it should be able to work across all platforms. Protected and secure: Served over HTTPS to make sure the contents of the app are not messed with. If you’re not already developing your next app as a PWA, here are 5 reasons why you should do that asap. And if you’re confused about choosing the best framework for developing your PWA, here are the top 3 frameworks available to make your next app a PWA. Ionic Ionic is one of the most popular frameworks for building a progressive web app. Let’s look at a few reasons why you should choose Ionic as your PWA framework Free and open-source:  Ionic is open source, and licensed under MIT. Open-source means developers can manage the code structure easily, saving time, money and efforts. They also have a worldwide community forum to connect with other Ionic developers, ask questions, and help out others. Cross-platform and one-codebase: Ionic allows seamless building of apps across popular operating systems, such as Android, iOS and Windows. It has a one codebase feature. This means apps are deployed through Apache Cordova with a single code base, and the application adapts automatically to the device it is functioning in. Rich UI: Ionic is equipped with pre-built components that are used to customize design themes and elements. It is based on SASS UI, with rich features to create fast, robust, interactive, native-like applications. Powerful functionality: Ionic is supported by Angular. The component API of Angular helps developers create interactive hybrid and web apps. Ionic is equipped with Cordova Plugins for accessing various native features, like Camera, GPS, and so on. It also features a powerful CLI for building, testing and deploying apps across multiple platforms. Read our Hybrid Mobile Development with Ionic to build a complete, professional-quality, hybrid mobile application with Ionic. You can also checkout Hybrid Mobile apps: What you need to know, for a quick rundown of all that is to know about a Hybrid mobile app. Polymer Google’s Polymer App Toolbox is another contender for the development of PWAs. It is a collection of web components, tools, and templates for building Progressive Web Apps. Blends PWAs with Web components Polymer allows developers to architect a component-based web app using Polymer and Web Components. Web components can form encapsulated and reusable custom HTML elements. They are independent of the frameworks because they are made of pure HTML/CSS/JS, unlike framework-dependent UI components in React/ Angular. The web components are provided through a light-weight Polymer Library for creating framework-independent, custom components. More features include: Responsive design using the app layout components. Modular routing using the elements. Localization with . Turnkey support for local storage with app storage elements. Offline caching as a progressive enhancement, using service workers. Build tooling to support serving the app multiple ways: unbundled for delivery over HTTP/2 with server push, and bundled for delivery over HTTP/1. Each component whether used separately or together can be used to build a full-featured Progressive web app. Most importantly, each component is additive. For a simple app one only needs the app-layout. As it gets more complicated, developers can add routing, offline caching, and a high-performance server as required. Read our Getting Started with Polymer book to create responsive web apps using Polymer. Angular Angular, probably the most popular front-end web application platform, can also be used to make robust, reliable, and responsive PWAs. Before the release of version 5, supporting progressive web apps in Angular required a lot of expertise on the developers’ part.Version 5 comes equipped with a new version of the Angular Service Worker for built-in PWA support. Angular 6 (released a few days back) has two new CLI commands. Both these versions make it very simple to make web application downloadable and installable, just like a native mobile application. Service Worker Updates With Angular 5 the development of Service Workers is becoming significantly easier. By using Angular CLI developers can choose to add Service Worker functionality by default. The Angular Service Worker functionality is provided by the module @angular/service-worker. Service worker can power up an application by only providing some JSON configuration instead of writing the code manually. The key difference with other service worker generators (like Workbox, sw-precache) is the fact, that you do not re-generate the service worker file itself, you only update its control file. New CLI commands Angular 6, also introduces two new commands apart from the service worker updates. The first, ng update, is a CLI command for updating dependencies and code. The second command, ng add, supports turning applications into progressive web apps, which support offline web pages. Apart from these frameworks, React is also a good alternative. Backed by Facebook, it has a Create-React-App generator which is the official scaffolding tool to generate a Reactjs App. Get started with Scott Domes’s Progressive Web Apps with React as your first step for building PWA applications. Yet another popular choice, would be Webpack. Webpack plugins can generate the service worker and manifest required for a PWA to be registered. It uses a Google project called Workbox which provides tools that help make offline support for web apps easier to set up. The bottom line is that the frameworks for building progressive web apps are growing and expanding at a rapid rate with regular updates every couple of months. Choosing a particular framework thus doesn’t make much difference to the app behavior. It only depends on the developer’s area of interest and expertise. Read Next Windows launches progressive web apps… that don’t yet work on mobileHow to Secure and Deploy an Android AppHow Android app developers can convert iPhone appslast_img read more

The first release candidate of Rails 600 is now out

first_imgThe first release candidate for Rails 6.0.0 was out yesterday. Rails 6.0.0 rc1 is the polished version of all the previous beta releases. Main features include Action Mailbox, Action Text, multiple database support, parallel testing, and Webpacker handling JavaScript by default. The latest  beta release, Rails 6.0.0.beta3 was released last month. In early January, the first release of Rails 6 was announced. Two new major frameworks are added in Rails 6.0 called Action Mailbox and Action Text. There are also two scalable upgrades in the form of multiple database support and parallel testing. Action Mailbox guides incoming emails to controller-like mailboxes in order for processing to take place in Rails. Action Text brings rich text and enables editing such files in Rails. Though the team at Rails couldn’t meet their aspirational release schedule, they did manage to include around 1000 commits in Rails 6.0.0 rc1. The crew at The Pragmatic Programmers, particularly Sam Ruby, David Bryant Copeland have also come up with beta of Agile Web Development with Rails 6  to coincide with the release of rc1. For more information on the release, check out their official announcement. Read Next GitLab considers moving to a single Rails codebase by combining the two existing repositories Uber releases AresDB, a new GPU-powered real-time Analytics Engine Niantic, of the Pokemon Go fame, releases a preview of its AR platformlast_img read more

PEOPLE Calgary agent wins dream trip to Kenya

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by [PEOPLE] Calgary agent wins dream trip to Kenya Tags: Kenya, Peoplecenter_img Share TORONTO — Tracey Zipp from AMA Travel has won a dream trip to Kenya, courtesy of the Kenya Tourism Board. Zipp was drawn as the winner of Travelweek’s Live the Dream contest that ran earlier this year.As the winner, Zipp has received a safari in Kenya that includes roundtrip, economy-class air transportation, two nights in Nairobi, one night in Amboseli, two nights in Laikipia, two nights in Maasai Mara, private meet-and-greet service at Nairobi Airport and services of a professional driver/guide throughout.The contest ran in August and September to accompany the Kenya Tourism Board’s newest supplement that came out on Aug. 18. It can be found at travelweek.ca/media/digital-editions.For more agent contests, go to travelweek.ca/contests. Wednesday, November 16, 2016 last_img read more

SeaWorld Parks extends Canadian Resident deal

first_img Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Share ORLANDO — SeaWorld Parks is extending its Canadian Resident Offer, introducing both one- and two-park visits now for sale through April 30, 2018.Tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase (Florida parks only) and agents can book through any of SeaWorld’s preferred travel partners.The Canadian Resident pricing promotion applies to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island Tampa Bay and SeaWorld San Diego.The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years. A visit helps SeaWorld provide US$10 million in donations and in-kind services every year for animal rescue and conservation efforts, says the company.Opening next summer at SeaWorld Orlando, Infinity Falls will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride, immersing guests in a lush, freshwater rainforest.Meanwhile SeaWorld San Diego unveiled several new attractions this year, including Ocean Explorer, a family attraction combining multiple aquariums, five rides and digital technologies designed to engage park guests. The park also debuted the all-new Ocean Encounter, representing an important evolution of how SeaWorld guests experience and learn about killer whales.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaComing in 2018, SeaWorld San Diego’s new Electric Eel will be the tallest and fastest roller coaster in San Diego.Here are more details about the Canadian Resident deals:SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay One Park Canadian Resident Offer at US$74.99Save up to $30 when you purchase a SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Canadian Residence ticket offer for US$74.99Ticket offer for purchase Oct. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018Valid for a one day visit to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa BayTicket valid for one year from date of purchase. Parking not included. The e-Ticket must be purchased prior to arrival. Payment must be made in U.S. dollars and tax will be added at end of purchaseProof of Canadian residency requiredSeaWorld San Diego Canadian Resident Offer at US$64.50Ticket offer for purchase to Dec. 31, 2017Valid for a one-day visit to SeaWorld San DiegoTicket valid for redemption through Jan. 31, 2018The e-ticket must be purchased prior to arrival. Payment must be made in U.S. dollars and tax will be added at end of purchaseProof of Canadian residency requiredMore news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFlorida Parks Two-Park Canadian Resident Offer at US$99.99Valid for a total of two visits at any of the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Tampa Bay.Second visit must be redeemed within six months of first visit. US$99.99 price does not include parking, taxes or service fees. Savings based on the regular gate price of comparable admission tickets.Ticket offer for purchase Oct. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Ticket valid for 1 year from date of purchase. Discount not available at the parkComplimentary daily round-trip transportation from Orlando to Busch Gardens Tampa availableProof of Canadian residency is requiredPrices and tour specifics are subject to change. All prices are quoted in USD and do not include taxes, parking or service fees. Proof of Canadian residency may be required at front gate.The Canadian Resident Offer is available through SeaWorld Parks’ travel partners: Air Canada Vacations, Sunwing, Transat, TravelBrands and WestJet Vacations.center_img Tags: Orlando, Promotions, SeaWorld, Theme Parks & Attractions << Previous PostNext Post >> SeaWorld Parks extends Canadian Resident deallast_img read more