AFC wind farm financier poised to benefit from tax holidays, concessions

first_img… as Govt gears to invest B in renewable energy projectsGovernment has announced allocations and concessions as incentives in order to pursue a ‘green agenda’ and one of its financiers is conspicuously among the front runners to immediately benefit from the measure.An artist’s impression of the 25MW Wind Farm at Hope Beach, East Coast DemeraraAlliance For Change (AFC) financial backer, Lloyd Singh and the Guyana Government have inked an agreement for development of a wind farm at Hope Beach and according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, investments such as this will not only benefit from tax exemptions as a result of Budget 2017, but will also be granted a two-year tax holiday.The budgetary measure that immediately benefits financiers of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/AFC (APNU/AFC) Government is reminiscent of last year’s measures which sought to place restrictions on the importations of used vehicle in favour of newer ones.Speaking to the measure outlined in the 2017 Budget, Minster Jordan told the House, “Government will be granting a one-off tax holiday of two years for corporation tax to importers of items for wind and solar energy investments, and for investors in water treatment, waste disposal, and recycling facilities.”He announced tax exemptions too for investment in, and construction of, water treatment and water recycling facilities, which will in addition, also be given a one-off tax holiday of two years for corporation tax for companies involved exclusively in such importation.Solar farmsSpeaking on Government’s role in pursuit of a green agenda, the Minster said, “Under the renewable energy programme, in 2017, we will install the first ever solar farm on a large scale in Mabaruma.”He said $264 million has been budgeted towards the installation of the solar farm, which when operational, is expected to supply some 400 kilowatts of electricity and will afford residents in the Region One (Barima-Waini) communities an additional 17 hours of electricity to the 3000 residents of Mabaruma.“Furthermore, our Government has also advanced the pursuit of additional solar farms with a capacity of 800 kilowatts at Lethem, 400 kilowatts at Mahdia, and 1.5 megawatts at Bartica,” Jordan further stated.Expanding on Government’s green state agenda, Minister Jordan said the strategy “encompasses environmental protection, citizen security, employment and value chain creation, energy, health, education, social protection, and resilience against climate change and economic shocks… It is about sustainable development, embracing a broad range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligning perfectly with multi-dimensional progress.”He told the National Assembly that as the Administration consolidates and builds on previous initiatives with a low-carbon focus, including the use of renewable energy sources and co-generation alternatives, the Government will review and expand the scope of alternative energy solutions.Electric vehiclesJordon said, “Some immediate measures that will be taken towards this expansion will be: The lowering of the excise tax on hybrid and electric vehicles; granting of tax exemptions to set up electric vehicle charging stations; zero-rating the excise tax on biofuel and specially designed refuse trucks; the restriction of used tyres; and a reduction of taxes on new tyres.”According to Jordan, “Our Government will prioritise evidence-driven and cost-effective options to determine our renewable energy choices across the country to successively transform the energy mix and reduce the share of non-renewable energy sources in the overall ratio.”He said that it is in this vein that Government will shortly be releasing the outcome of a review of the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project, which was undertaken by Norconsult, the Norwegian-contracted consultants, after the comments of both the Kingdom of Norway and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana are incorporated into the final document.One billionAccording to Minister Jordan, “In 2017, the Government has made a budgetary allocation of almost $1 billion to implement a series of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, following the charge given by His Excellency President David Granger for the Public Sector to lead the way in transitioning towards greater renewable energy use.”The, interventions, according to the Minister, will be channelled through and managed by the Guyana Energy Agency.Providing some insight on the agenda for 2017, Minister Jordan said the renewable energy programme for the upcoming year will entail the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the rooftops of 64 Government buildings.“With a combined installed capacity of 1.36 megawatts (MW), these installations will result in: annual energy savings of 1.86 gigawatt hours (GWh) or 1200 barrels of oil equivalent per year; annual cost savings of approximately $140 million; and environmental benefits in the form of avoided carbon dioxide emissions of about 1116 tonnes per year.”Japanese aidAccording to the Finance Minister, Government’s energy efficiency programme will involve, also, the replacement of inefficient lights and the installation of 10,427 light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and 3766 occupancy sensors in Government buildings, as well as 360 energy efficient outdoor lights.This intervention, he said, will result in annual energy savings of 0.93 GWh or 600 barrels of oil equivalent, with an estimated annual cost savings of $54 million.The Minister announced too that in 2017, they will consider utilising the balance of the current Japanese Non Project Grant Aid facility to the private sector to procure 5000 energy efficient street lamps.“This endeavour will result in the replacement of the existing inefficient 250W street lights with 120W LED street lamps, resulting in energy savings of about $158 million annually.”last_img read more

Man who attacked cars had only been released from prison hours earlier

first_imgA man who attacked a number of motorists who were stuck in a traffic jam in Letterkenny had just been released from prison hours earlier.Francis McConnell appeared at a special sitting of Sligo District Court today (Wed) charged with a number of offences. It follows a series of incidents yesterday (Tues) during which motorists were attacked in their cars in Letterkenny.A number of frightened motorists sitting in their cars at Oldtown Bridge had their vehicles attacked just after 7.30pm.Although nobody was physically injured during the attacks, a number of motorists queued in traffic were left frightened by their ordeals.However, considerable damage was caused to the vehicles by a man wielding an implement.McConnell, aged 30, of no fixed abode, was arrested a short time later by Gardai after an alleged assault close to a McDonald’s fast-food outlet in the town.He was still wearing his grey prison tracksuit when arrested and brought to Letterkenny Garda station where he was detained.The accused appeared before Judge Deirdre Gearty.He was charged with criminal damage of a number of cars, assault and public order offences.He was also charged with a public order offence at Letterkenny University Hospital today (Wed).An application for bail was adjourned until he appears before video-link to Letterkenny District Court tomorrow.Solicitor for the accused Patsy Gallagher asked for all the necessary medical treatment to be given to his client.Mr Gallagher claimed “My client tried to get psychiatric help when he was released from prison yesterday morning but it is my understanding that he was refused.”Man who attacked cars had only been released from prison hours earlier was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Ham make offer to sign Lyon ace

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 He started all but three matches in 2017/18 as Lyon finished third in Ligue 1 to qualify for the Champions League. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ West Ham have made an offer to sign Marcelo Guedes from Lyon, according to reports.The Hammers have been one of the busiest teams in the transfer market this summer, having already wrapped up deals for Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko. Felipe Anderson, the Lazio attacker, is also expected to be confirmed as West Ham’s sixth signing in the coming days. Pellegrini has been moving quickly to strengthen West Ham’s squad moving on LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Guedes was a key player for Lyon as they finished third last season three-way race LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK 2 IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer And now, according to Le Progres, Manuel Pellegrini wants to bring centre-half Marcelo to the London Stadium.It is reported that Marcelo received an offer from West Ham on Tuesday night, which is said to have left the 31-year-old considering his future. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father A former Brazil youth international, Marcelo has had something of a roving career, having started off with Santos in his homeland before moving on to play club football in Poland, the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey before he was signed by Lyon from Besiktas last summer.last_img read more

Zappacosta reveals Italian giants’ interest, wants to fight for Chelsea place

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Davide Zappacosta has revealed Inter Milan wanted to sign him this summer, but he plans to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea.The right-back moved to the club from Torino a year ago for around £23m. getty Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday cracker Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware REAL DEAL How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Zappacosta won the FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea smart causal Latest Chelsea News Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED tense shining 1 possible standings However, the 26-year-old has failed to win a place in the first team since then and it has caused speculation about his future to grow.And the Italian has now revealed he was the subject of interest from Inter Milan this summer, but he is currently focused on succeeding at Chelsea. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars punished “Inter have been after me,” Zappacosta told Corriere dello Sport.“My agent Alessandro Lucci has told me about their interest, although I’ve always remained focused on Chelsea.“I have three more years on my contract here and I only want to think about doing well with Chelsea.“There’s a lot of competition here, but I want to win a place in the team.”last_img read more

PERSONAL INSOLVENCY ARRANGEMENT WILL WORK IN DONEGAL – EXPERT

first_imgDonegal’s first Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) has been agreed and worked out well for all parties, a leading Personal Insolvency expert has said.The Donegal family have managed to hold onto their family home and still work off their debts.Paul Carr,  who heads up Market House Insolvency Services Ltd (MHIS Ltd), said he now expects other similar cases to be reached across Co Donegal.Commenting on the agreement, Mr Carr, a Personal Insolvency Practitioner with MHIS Ltd, said that he was delighted for the family. The PIA, which involves secured mortgage debt, is a type of agreement that is unique to Ireland.“We are now able to show firm evidence that the new Personal Insolvency legislation is working. It is important to understand that every case is different and that they will be dealt with based on the individual circumstances involved. We are confident that the process can deliver a fair outcome for all stakeholders,” said Mr Carr.The case involved a man with a young family who had a number of investment properties.The agreement allows the family to stay in their family home while continuing to pay their house mortgage. The investment properties were surrendered voluntarily to the financial institution to be sold. A significant lump sum was paid over to the financial institution in settlement.This money was raised from the debtor’s friends and family. The remaining debt which is in excess of €170,000 will be written off.The PIA will end one month after all aspects of the agreement are completed. At that time the person’s debts will be completely written off apart from the mortgage on his family home. The family will then be able to get on with their lives without the burden of excess debt.MHIS Ltd provide a comprehensive Personal Insolvency service to people who are experiencing debt issues.The company was set up by Paul Carr and Peter McDonnell who are Partners in the well-known Accountancy practice, S MacRory & Co. Paul is based at the firm’s Letterkenny office in Market Square, while Peter is based in Tirconnaill Street in Donegal Town. They can be contacted at 074 9122188 or 074 9721908.PERSONAL INSOLVENCY ARRANGEMENT WILL WORK IN DONEGAL – EXPERT was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalPaul CarrPersonal Insolvency Arrangementlast_img read more

Bulldogs Earn 211 MVC Academic Honors

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University student-athletes received tremendous recognition for their efforts in the classroom as the Bulldogs were honored a total of 211 times by the Missouri Valley Conference as part of its 2016-17 Academic Awards, the league office announced Friday, July 7. The President’s Council Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average (through Spring 2017 semester), participation in athletics a minimum of two years, and the student-athlete must be within 18 hours of graduation. ROWINGHaley AbramsAudrey BaumeisterGabrielle BrodekMelanie DahlstromKerstin DonatElaine FickauLindsay FinnellSarah FrantikShelley HunterMikaela JanesSarah KonopackiSarah LarsonIngrid McNeelyMadison PetersonMiranda PetersonElizabeth RambhiaJessica RebischkeJulie ShipleyRyli SmithErica ThackerJulia Uram Also, 60 Bulldogs were recipients of the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the previous two semesters, a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average, and one year participation in athletics. Freshmen are not eligible. MEN’S GOLF  Tommi AvantDrew IsonJack KennedyMatthew LaveryKyle MacDonaldArjun ReddyKarter Smith MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK & FIELDAlec BognarKyle BrandtKyle CassMatthew CozineReed FischerJohnathan FreemanXavier LechleitnerAlexander RohlfsGeorge WebbJoshua YeagerAaron ChierMichael CooperNihad EjubovicRyan LemkeMalik Metivier WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRYBailee CoferKayla GiulianoTheresa McAlisterShelby VarneyRai Ahmed-GreenVictoria CoombeChristina LeMunyonSamantha NielsenTaryn Rolle MEN’S TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRYAlec BognarReed FischerJoshua YeagerNihad Ejubovic MEN’S TENNISTom Hands COMMISSIONER’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD (60):MEN’S BASKETBALLC.J. RiversA.J. RutterReed Timmer VOLLEYBALL Paige AspinwallOdessa CodyChandelle DavidsonKyla InderskiSara JensenCourtney MoreheadCapris QuaitesMakena SchoeneGrace SchofieldNicole Woods WOMEN’S TENNISSummer BrillsTess Herder SOFTBALLTasha AlexanderAshlie ChambersKaitlyn FinneranTaryn Pena WOMEN’S GOLFGrace DunnAimee GerschkeMadison GlennieSigurlaug JonsdottirReilly KroheBrooke Miller MEN’S SOCCERSteven EnnaBen LeMayNick ManzoniRyan MeredithAlex PetersonAlex PrusaWilliam SkoogBenjamin Troester WOMEN’S SOCCERKayla Armstrong Alyssa Brand Brooke Dennis Linda Fiorito Vanessa Kavan Haley Morris Sarah Grace Nicholson Brooke Salisbury Allison Smith Rachel Wanninger   Print Friendly Version MEN’S TENNISBen ClarkTom HandsBen StrideBen Wood VOLLEYBALLOdessa CodyKyla InderskiCapris QuaitesNicole Woods HONOR ROLL (143)MEN’S BASKETBALLNick GirardiWill HalfonSampson JonesNick McGlynnC.J. RiversA.J. RutterCasey SchlatterReed TimmerBilly Wampler MEN’S SOCCER Andrew BlalockZachary ConroyHarris DeWoskinSteven EnnaAndre HeineNicholas JaimesBen LeMayNick ManzoniLuke MennenRyan MeredithScott MisselhornAdam NicholsonWilliam NurreAlex PetersonAlex PrusaJohn RamseyNathanael SeabergRobert SigurdarsonWilliam SkoogBenjamin TroesterAleksi Tuominen Finally, 143 Drake student-athletes earned a spot on 2016-17 MVC Honor Roll. To qualify for the Valley Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.2 grade point average for a specified term (Fall 2016/Spring 2017), must have been a member of an athletics team, and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall. Of those 211 honors, eight student-athletes received the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference President’s Council Academic Excellence Award. Those eight were AJ. Rutter (men’s basketball), Reed Fischer (men’s track & field), Nick Manzoni (men’s soccer), Alex Prusa (men’s soccer), Caitlin Ingle (women’s basketball), Shelby Varney (women’s track and field), Kaitlyn Finneran (softball) and Capris Quaites (volleyball). Just 74 of the more than 1,500 MVC student-athletes to be recognized by the MVC garnered the President’s Council Academic Excellence Award. WOMEN’S BASKETBALLMaddy DeanPaige GreinerRebecca HittnerCaitlin IngleRebecca JonasMya MertzNicole MillerSara Rhine MEN’S GOLFJack KennedyMatthew LaveryArjun RedyKarter Smith WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY/TRACKBailee CoferMykaela ColeKayla GiulianoMeghan KearneyTheresa McAlisterPaige NicholsonOlivia RogersShelby VarneyRai Ahmed-GreenVictoria CoombeSophia JacksonBryce LangChristina LeMunyonSamantha NielsenTaylor PattonKaylen RettigTaryn Rolle ROWINGGabrielle BrodekKerstin DonatElaine FickauSarah FrantikSarah LarsonJessica Rebischke WOMEN’S BASKETBALLCaitlin IngleRebecca JonasNicole MillerSara Rhine WOMEN’S GOLFMadison Glennie SOFTBALLTasha AlexanderAshlie ChambersKaitlyn FinneranGabrielle JonasTaryn PenaAmanda RoemmichMegan SowaKelsey Wright WOMEN’S TENNISSummer BrillsTess Herder PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL ACADEMIC AWARD (8): Men’s Basketball – A.J. Rutter; Men’s Soccer – Nick Manzoni, Alex Prusa; Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country – Reed Fischer; Women’s Basketball – Caitlin Ingle;  Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country – Shelby Varney; Softball – Kaitlyn Finneran; Volleyball – Capris Quaites. WOMEN’S SOCCERKayla ArmstrongAlyssa BrandAlison BurkeBrooke DennisLinda FioritoElaine GoromVanessa KavanHaley MorrisSarah Grace NicholsonMariah NorthropBrooke SalisburyAllison SmithShannon SteurerRachel WanningerHannah Wilder last_img read more

Community Builder: John Perlman

first_imgFounder: The Dreamfields ProjectWhy is John a Community Builder?After a very successful career in journalism, John resigned from his job at a prominent broadcaster to pursue greener pastures – or rather, greener fields.Realising the opportunities presented by the 2010 Fifa World Cup, John decided to start a project to build soccer fields and improve sporting infrastructure in South African townships and rural communities.The project has grown and now includes distributing Dream Bags (which include soccer balls, boots and kit) in under-resourced township soccer teams and rural areas.Dreamfields is not only giving a lot of township youngsters “a piece of the action” that is surrounding the Soccer World Cup, it’s also helping to keep kids away from ever-present temptations like crime, alcohol and drugs.John promotes the spirit of giving and generosity, which does not always mean donating large sums of money, but giving others a chance to realise their dreams.In his own words …“I don’t see this project as being just about developing football; it’s about developing teams of children. It’s about making communities feel that they haven’t been forgotten.”Fast FactsDreamfields uses its donations in three ways: to fix up existing sporting infrastructure in townships and rural areas; to supply Dream Bags to as many needy communities as possible; and to create new fields.Dreamfields has received endorsement from the Minister of Education.John presented the AM Live show on SAfm Radio Talk-show for over a decade.BHP Billiton has invested R6.5-million in the Dreamfields Project, while Old Mutual has committed R6.2-million.By 16 June 2008 (Youth Day), 169 Dream Bags had been donated to needy schools.How can I help?For the price of R5 500, plus transportation, you can donate a Dream Bag to a school in need. For more options on how to support the project, visit The Dreamfields Project.Story published on SAinfo on 16 July 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Just What Are Online Courses Good For? A Q&A With Harvard’s Peter Bol

first_imgRelated Posts adriana lee Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… RW: How do you compare that to the purely online class, like those offered by edX, the nonprofit formed by Harvard and MIT that offers free online courses to anyone, where all discussion and lectures happen on the Web?PKB: Remember I also employ “cold calling.” Students can volunteer too, but I call everybody, no matter where they are. You can’t replicate exactly that in a purely online format.Students who take courses online through Harvard Division of Continuing Education pay top dollar to do this. They’re interested in getting the credential or degree, [and] we try to accommodate their schedules.They write papers, they do exams—every posting they make gets read and commented upon on by a teaching fellow or me. Those are very serious courses. I mean, they lead to a Harvard degree, after all.RW: I saw online that someone asked, “If I got my degree from Harvard online, did I really go to Harvard?” What would you say to that? PKB: Well, let’s make a distinction between the courses we offer through the Division of Continuing Education and the MOOCs [massive open online courses]. Courses offered through the [DCE] cost money and lead to degrees. We’ve been [offering] that for decades. There’s nothing new about that. If they took courses through these online classes, those online classes are not MOOCs.But what I can tell you is Harvard is not planning, does not see, does not view as part of its future, turning MOOCs into degree-granting courses.RW: What are the practical differences between MOOCs and the online classes from continuing-education programs?PKB: If you’re looking to build accreditations, then you shouldn’t be doing the MOOC. MOOCs are good for building knowledge and learning. In the MOOC you’re on your own. You can watch what you want, do what you want, participate in discussions, it’s all up to you.If you want a degree, you should go through institutions where there is real discussion, that’s supervised, where you write papers and do exams. That’s going to cost money. But if you’re serious about developing knowledge of a field and want a degree or credit, you go to the Division of Continuing Education.That means you have to be there and submit work every week. There is feedback from the teaching staff every week. There are summaries, requests for more clarification or more work. You can have individual chats with your teaching fellows. You can write to me, and I’ll answer, and so on and so forth.RW: There’s a lot of hype in the tech industry regarding MOOCs being the future of education, with the coursework and discussion all being conducted online.PKB: If we think about what the online format is best for, it’s not discussion. It’s lecture, particularly in the way in which edX has developed very sound approaches to giving lectures. Which is, you don’t lecture people for more than five to seven minutes.At every section of the lecture, you stop, pause, give students a chance to answer questions and think about what they heard, and then move on. That’s a really effective method of learning. It’s so much better than cramming for a final exam. That’s really good online. But discussion between the professor and the students, that’s so much better in person.Now, that doesn’t mean you might not have courses where you only have online discussion, and no intervention from the teaching staff. No doubt that will happen, but you go back to the thing where … if you have 25,000 students, you’re not going to talk to them all.RW: What are the particular challenges that Harvard faces with online education, whether in the near or long term?PKB: I think the challenge is to make sure Harvard is offering those courses the same way we would offer courses on campus. They’re hard, challenging, and not for everybody. And we will continue to work hard to maintain that quality. So the challenge for us is gathering the course material, preparing it, testing it. The number of faculty who want to be doing this is very large. [But] our bandwidth for helping them do the things they want to do is narrower.RW: Does Harvard have a specific goal here? Is it a pedagogical, to move education forward? Is it to make excellence in education more available and affordable? Ultimately, what does Harvard hope to achieve? PKB: We hope to add to the sum of knowledge and understanding of the world. We hope to make it possible for people around the world to learn, to advance. This is part of the larger mission of the university.However, I should say right away that we do have criteria here. We ask in every instance—before we try to develop a course or a module—how is this going to be turned back on the classroom? How will it help you be a better teacher here at home? That’s just as important, just as much a part of the equation. How we transform teaching internally is very important.RW: Where do you see online education going in the future—say, five or 10 years out?PKB: Well, the question is fair enough. But I can’t answer it at the moment, because even here, we are at the beginning of this. We have a very fortunate situation of this being funded by the universities involved. We certainly have to think about revenue generation, but we don’t have to make a profit. And we don’t have to have everything decided right at this moment.The fact that MIT and Harvard can afford to do this without expecting that they’re going to make money, as we try to figure out how we can actually do good things—for our students and for the world. And that’s superb. I think we’re so lucky as Americans to be in that situation with private universities that can afford to do that.RW: What do you think of for-profit companies getting involved in online education? It seems there’s a battle between education’s traditionalists versus the would-be innovators. What do you make of that?PKB: I think that in the for-profit world, you’re right. They are a lot of people looking to see how this can deliver return on investment. My impression—and again I speak for myself—is that in the short term, we don’t expect any return on investment. We want to understand how we can be better educators, and how students can learn in an effective way that doesn’t require cramming at the last moment and forgetting 70 percent of what they’ve learned. We want to do our jobs better.If you can say anything about [Harvard] President Faust and Alan Garber, the provost, it’s that they care about the mission. They care about what the university exists for in the first place. And they exist for the advancement of knowledge and the possibility of sharing and learning.Peter K. Bol is the Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages Civilization and Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He has chaired the Harvard Academic Computing Committee and provided one of HarvardX’s first online courses on China. Currently, as the new vice provost of advances in learning, he oversees Harvard’s online educational initiatives, including those from edX/HarvardX and the Harvard Extension School’s Division of Continuing Education, among others. Feature image by Flickr user rp72. All other images courtesy of Peter K. Bol ReadWrite: How would you define the challenges presented by educational technology, online courses, etc.? Peter K. Bol: Let me make the following distinction—and here, I’m not speaking for Harvard. I’m speaking for myself, so I have the freedom to change my mind as the data persuades me. Around 95% of the people who sign up for these online courses apparently are not interested in getting a certificate or credential. [But] the people who do want the credential, who want some recognition, is still a very large number. We need to be sure that those people are offered the same level of rigor and demand that we offer our own students. At the same time, we have to recognize that the vast majority of people are not there with the same commitment. They may be there because they’re interested in the subject, or want to try their hand at some of the assessments and exercises.RW: For people interested in academic rigor, is that even possible in an online setting?PKB: Of course it’s possible. For example, in some fields, the whole issue is the mastery of the amount of information. In other fields—[such as] the social sciences and humanities—it’s not really the mastery of information. The information is useful because it gives you stuff to think with.But your views, interpretations, discussions with other people—you’re trying to work out what something means, how to understand it, interpret it, explain it and account for it. These are the things that are best suited for discussion.One of the things we’re doing is creating very serious discussion forums. We have a combination of set topics for each week or each module. [But] we simply do not have the manpower to try to maintain a discussion with everybody. Can’t be done. We do know, however, that the number of people participating in discussion forums keeps rising during the course. And people are interested in talking to other people.Now, what can we do to steer that? We use online lectures to allow us to give up lecturing in the classroom at Harvard and, instead, devote what used to be lecture time to serious in-depth discussion for the students.RW: That would be the flipped classroom model.PKB: That’s right. Those discussions have to be structured too. We have to know what questions we’ll ask them, which we’ll follow up with, and what possible views we hope will be articulated, and so on. So we filmed those discussions. People in the online forum, in the massive open online course, can also see how exactly that question was discussed in the Harvard classroom by the professor and the students.RW: What are the hallmarks of success for these flipped classrooms?PKB: I was speaking to a group of directors of graduate studies, and somebody asked, “How do you measure success?” I think we measure success by student learning. We know because we’ve actually polled the students on this, and they really like the online lectures. It allows them to go back; they’re shorter than the usual lecture; they can freeze and go back on the tape.They appreciate the fact that online lectures have good visual explanation, and they like that we put up bullet points when we’re talking, so they know exactly where we are. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This post is part of Hire Education, an ongoing series in which ReadWrite examines technological innovation in education and how it’s reshaping universities that are preparing students for a transformed workforce.If you believe the proponents of online education, universities are in the midst of a full-blown technological transformation—one that will shortly unseat traditional coursework and liberate higher learning from the shackles of those expensive, ivy-strewn halls of academia.But the view from those hallowed halls is very different. Harvard’s Peter K. Bol, the newly appointed vice provost of advances in learning, argues that technology doesn’t actually change that much for students, that degrees and credits still matter, and that the best way to get them is … well, to attend an institution like Harvard. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#education#Hire Education#MOOCs#University last_img read more

Indians Among Nearly 1,000 Professionals Facing Deportation Get UK Visa Reprieve

first_imgNearly 1,000 professionals from India and elsewhere got a reprieve when the UK government agreed on Tuesday to review their applications for indefinite stay, which were earlier refused using a rule meant for terrorists and criminals.The government also put on hold any deportations. The decision to review and put on hold applications that would have been turned down was communicated by home secretary Sajid Javid to Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs committee of Parliament, sending a wave of relief among many.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more

Warrior David Rudisha eyes more glory

first_imgAnd why not, as that evening the soft-spoken Kenyan did what no one had done before. On the way to breaking his own world record, the 23-year-old became the first person to run the 800m in less than 1 minute 41 seconds.Neither did he strike Usain Bolt’s ‘lightning’ pose nor did he do the ‘Mobot,’ but Rudisha became the first to break an athletics world record at the London Olympics. His current world record stands at 1.40: 91 secs.Despite the enormity of the feat, the star was surprised by the welcome he got back home.Rudisha said he found it rather unexpected when the elders of his community in Kilgoris, Kenya, made him the ‘warrior leader’. “When I was running in Europe, boys of my age from my community (Masai) were graduating to the senior category. They were becoming warriors. When I returned to the country they made me the warrior leader,” Rudisha told Mail Today. “The elders said though I had not killed a lion, I had broken the world record.”Currently in India as the event ambassador of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Rudisha knows that young Kenyans now look up to him for inspiration. He feels that Kenya has several excellent athletes which is the reason for their success, rather than high-class infrastructure.”If you look at infrastructure, Kenya doesn’t have that much. In fact in India I guess they have better facilities. We do better in long distance and middle distance as the training procedure is much more natural unlike the sprints where you need more technical training,” Rudisha said.”I don’t think it’s because of our genes. Kenya has lot many inspirational figure in athletics. Every other child there wants to be an athlete just like every other kid in India wants to be the next Sachin Tendulkar. India need figures like him in athletics.” Rudisha’s own inspiration is his father Daniel, who was part of the Kenyan 4x400m relay team that won silver at the 1968 Olympics. “I took up running because I always had the passion. Moreover my father was a runner and I wanted to be like him,” he said.”He used to say if you have to win a medal you will have to be faster than me. I am happy I have gone one up on his performance.” Coming back to that night in London when he rewrote history, Rudisha says: “I already held the world record (1: 41.09) when I came to London. I was targeting the 1.41 mark. But I ran even faster.”Prior to the race I had told my manager (James Templeton) that if I could complete the first lap (400m) in 49 seconds then I could make the mark.” He knows that comparison with another legendary athlete, Usain Bolt was natural. He jokingly said that if ever the duo competes, it will be a close affair.”We are great friends. There have been talks of having a race for a distance of about 500m. If it happens I would say it will be a 50- 50 affair,” he smiled.But Rudisha does not want to rest on his laurels, as he has already set his next target. “After I broke the world record for the first time in 2010, I wanted to win an Olympic medal. Now that I have won it, I have started training for the 2013 Moscow World Championships,” he said.Rudisha also praised the field at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. “There are 10 guys who have sub-60 minute timings. So it will be competitive,” he said.Indians confidentKenyans and Ethiopians may be the top contenders for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon title, but Indians are not intimidated. Steeple chase runner Sudha Singh who is participating in the Sunday race said though Kenyans are talented, Indians can do wonders in long distance running too. “It’s not that we don’t give effort. We also put in hard work and practice for the same duration of time. We have trained with them and there’s nothing special,” she said. “It’s just that we get to train with such high class athletes at a later stage while they train with them from childhood.”advertisementlast_img read more