Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD

first_imgBBC News 15 September 2015Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils’ performance, says a global study from the OECD.The think tank says frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results.The OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher says school technology had raised “too many false hopes”.Tom Bennett, the government’s expert on pupil behaviour, said teachers had been “dazzled” by school computers.The report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development examines the impact of school technology on international test results, such as the Pisa tests taken in more than 70 countries and tests measuring digital skills.It says education systems which have invested heavily in information and communications technology have seen “no noticeable improvement” in Pisa test results for reading, mathematics or science. read more

Euthanasia supporters shouldn’t rely on slammed survey

first_imgMedia Release Euthanasia Free NZ 2 June 2017Family First Comment: This is the last survey that supporters of assisted suicide should rely on! Already completely debunked.“This particular study, the subject of a 2016 TVNZ story, did not even verify that respondents were indeed New Zealand medical professionals or prevent a respondent from completing the survey  multiple times. In the May 2016 NZMJ paper on the same study the researchers disclosed that four days’ of responses were removed due to notice of two faked responses by a TVNZ journalist’.”Two-thirds of doctors oppose ‘assisted dying’ according to slammed surveyMembers of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society claim in a NZMJ paper that 37% of doctors and 67% of nurses support ‘assisted dying’, that is, legal voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide.“I am skeptical of self-selected online surveys with relatively small sample sizes, with questions based on euphemisms such as ‘assisted dying’,” says Renée Joubert, executive officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ. “The term ‘assisted dying’ is vague enough to mean different things to different people.”This particular study, the subject of a 2016 TVNZ story, did not even verify that respondents were indeed New Zealand medical professionals or prevent a respondent from completing the survey  multiple times. In the May 2016 NZMJ paper on the same study the researchers disclosed that four days’ of responses were removed due to notice of two faked responses by a TVNZ journalist’.“For all we know, the study may have been rigged by Voluntary Euthanasia Society members,” says Ms Joubert.The study’s many flaws were analysed by a group of eight experts.“Much of the new paper seems to consist of pro-euthanasia propaganda,” says Ms Joubert.“The authors engage in wishful thinking that ‘assisted dying’ may be legalised in New Zealand soon, likely based on their own bias as members of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.“Any ‘practical and professional support’ to perform euthanasia or assisted suicide, as recommended by the authors, is ridiculously premature.”After extensive media coverage, New Zealanders have clearly expressed their overwhelming opposition to changing the law. Parliament’s Health Select Committee received a record number of about 21,435 unique submissions in response to the petition by Maryan Street and 8,974 others.A full analysis, confirmed by an independent research company, found that 77% of submissions (16,411) are opposed to the legalisation of ‘assisted dying’ while only 19.5% (4,142 submissions) were in favour.In January to May 2017 ‘assisted dying’ bills have been stopped or defeated in eight jurisdictions: In Tasmania, Australia, as well as the US states of Maine, Hawaii,Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Maryland. In several other states, bills were introduced but lacked support to even be debated.The authors presume that under a future New Zealand law both doctors and nurses would be performing euthanasia.However, there is significant opposition to the medicalisation of ‘assisted dying’, the recent article by Ron Jones being a case a point.A growing list of New Zealand doctors (see are calling for doctors to be left to focus on healing and providing real care for the dying. They argue that doctors are not necessary for the execution of euthanasia and are drawn into the debate only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.ENDSlast_img read more

Rosemary B. Holtel

first_imgRosemary B. Holtel, age 100 of Batesville, died Saturday, December 9, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born April 7, 1917 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Maria (Nee: Ollier) and Clarence Kerker Sr.  She married Ambrose Holtel June 28, 1941 at St. Louis Church and he preceded her in death September 7, 1985.  She worked 10 years as a linotype operator for the Batesville Herald Tribune and was a member of St. Louis Church and the Batesville V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.According to the family, Rosemary was an excellent cook and an even better baker.  Her fried chicken was pretty hard to beat, as were her coffee cakes and pies.  She was the official pie baker for family functions and her favorite saying was “everyone needs lots of love and lots of coconut cream pie.”  If she wasn’t in the kitchen, you’d find her outdoors.  Rosemary enjoyed tending to her flowers, especially her roses and working around the yard.  The truth is she just delighted in growing things.  Her family gave the example that although she disliked tomatoes, she still raised them.  Family was also important to her.  She and her siblings would meet monthly for lunch and she dearly loved spending time with her grandchildren.She is survived by her daughters Mary Jo Youngman of Antioch, Tennessee, Debbie Lamping of Batesville; son Jack Holtel of Brookville, Ohio; sisters Barbara Heidlage of Batesville, Betty Waters of Cheviot, Ohio; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Rita Goldsmith and brothers Jerome, Robert and Clarence Kerker Jr.Visitation is Friday, December 15th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Oldenburg Academy or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.last_img read more

Wisconsin earns Frozen Four bid with 3-1 victory

first_imgAlex Rigsby stopped 28 of Mercyhurst’s 29 shots on net in the NCAA quarterfinal game Saturday night at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]Tournament time calls for top players to step up big time, and for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, that’s exactly what happened in a 3-1 victory over Mercyhurst Saturday night.The Badgers will head to Duluth, Minn., for the Frozen Four nextweekend against Boston College. A win Friday would send Wisconsin to the2012 National Championship game Sunday.With the stakes raised significantly, the Badgers (32-4-2) came out strong and with two key goals coming from senior players, they were able to defeat the Lakers (23-8-3).The Badgers started off the game with energy and offensive dominance, keeping Mercyhurst without a shot on net for the first 15 minutes. Senior forward Carolyne Prevost gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead at 11:48 in the first period. After her linemate, junior forward Brianna Decker, made a move around a Laker defenseman, Prevost received a pass across the slot and buried the puck in the back of the net.“At this time in the season and these type of games, your upperclassmen, your seniors, your best players have to be your best players if you are going to have a chance to be successful,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “It was nice to see [Carolyne] get the opening goal. They made a great read.”Mercyhurst did not show signs of letting up and came out strong in the second period, tying the Badgers in shots at 10 each. With 40 seconds left in the second period, Lakers forward Kelley Steadman shot the puck past UW goaltender Alex Rigsby from inside the right circle. The goal sent both teams to the locker room tied 1-1 with one period left to play.“I think our second period was our best, we put a lot more shots on net and we had a lot more scoring chances,” Steadman said. “Obviously when that goal went in it was a bit of a turning point for us.”However, the energy Mercyhurst gained was quickly dissipated by Wisconsin at the beginning of the third period. Knowing her team needed a goal, senior forward and captain Hilary Knight stepped up big for Wisconsin.After creating a turnover during a penalty kill, Prevost rushed the puck up the ice and saw Knight crashing towards the net. Prevost slid the puck across the crease, allowing Knight to tap it in, giving UW a 2-1 lead with 8:42 left to play.Knight’s shorthanded goal was her ninth game-winning goal for UW this season. She leads the nation in game winners, as well as tying for the top spot in short-handed goals with four.“[Prevost] was able to see Hilary coming down and they made a great play, a great pass, and those are the differences between maybe winning a game, and not winning a game,” Johnson said. “It was a big play at a key time in the game.”The Lakers fought on, but after pulling their goaltender in the final minutes to try and tie the game up, Decker was able to put in Wisconsin’s third goal on an open net and sealed in the UW victory.“I think we did a lot of good things,” Johnson said. “I think as coaches you are looking for perfections so. … I don’t think we played an entire 60-minute game, but we did what we need to do to win the game. That is what we are looking for right now.”For Knight, Prevost and the three other Badger seniors, Saturday’s game marked their final time playing in at home in Madison. The senior class has made an undeniable impact on the UW program, being a part of the national championship team last season.“It is hard to really put it into words, but this place is so special,” Knight said. “Covering my four years here, it is a pretty incredible experience. I’m just happy to be apart of something great, and I am really grateful.”last_img read more

Badger volleyball celebrates Senior Day

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team has had its share of ups and downs this season. The Badgers are 16-13 overall and sport a 4-12 record in the Big Ten.But the Badgers will look to send off its three seniors – Alexis Mitchell, Mary Ording and Bailey Reshel – with victories this weekend, when the three seniors will be honored for Senior Day at the Field House.The Badgers are looking to improve upon a string of rough matches last weekend in which they fell to Michigan and Michigan State by scores of 3-0. Those losses took UW’s skid to five straight, the longest such streak of the season. “I thought there were some times when we were doing some good things,” head coach Pete Waite said. “But the challenge is just to stay in it until the end and finish off. We got to about 20 points each time, but we need to close the door and fight even harder to finish.”The Badgers first face Iowa (10-19, 2-14 Big Ten) Friday night. The Hawkeyes have lost 10 straight matches, including eight in a row by a score of 3-0.Wisconsin has controlled the all-time series with Iowa, especially in Madison, where the Badgers are 23-9 all-time against the Hawkeyes. UW won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season, a hard-fought 3-2 win.Iowa is led by sophomore outside hitter Alex Lovell, who leads the team with 3.17 kills per set, and junior outside hitter Rachael Bedell also adds 3.01 kills per set. Junior setter Nikki Dailey leads the team in assists (9.39 per set) and also in service aces (24).Iowa is the only unranked opponent left on the schedule for Wisconsin, making it crucial for the Badgers to earn the win Friday.“I think it’s important to beat them, not only for momentum, but for ourselves,” senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell said. “It’s more important to beat a team we know we can beat, and beat them on our home court.”Sunday’s match will be a much tougher test for the Badgers, as ninth-ranked Nebraska comes to Madison.The Cornhuskers (20-5, 12-4) have won two consecutive matches after dropping two in a row to Michigan and Michigan State. Earlier this season, Nebraska dominated the Badgers in Lincoln by a score of 3-0.Nebraska is led by senior outside hitter Gina Mancuso, who leads the team with 3.44 kills per set and service aces with 28. Senior outside hitter Hannah Werth also adds 2.89 kills per set and is tops on the team with 3.28 digs per set.Senior setter Lauren Cook averages 10.95 assists per set while ranking second on the team with 2.89 digs per set. Waite said he is hoping for a stronger effort from his team its second time out against one of the Big Ten’s top squads.“We need to have a more balanced attack,” Waite said. “We had a couple people get good numbers, and a couple others didn’t. If we ball handle well and run the offense correctly, then we’ll balance the attack a little better and make it tougher for them.”Friday night will be Senior Night as the Badgers conclude their final home weekend series of the season (UW’s final home match comes against Minnesota Wednesday night).Many of the players’ families will be in attendance, something Mitchell said will add to the atmosphere.“It’s not our last match here so that will help [with emotions],” Mitchell said. “But with having our families here, and the fact that they’re recognizing us will make it pretty emotional.”last_img read more

Rebels Beat Premier in Semple

first_imgTipperary were not able to redress the balance between themselves and Cork, after being beaten by a point in the Munster Final.They were hoping to secure a place in the All Ireland Semi Final but after a even 1st half, Cork were able to pull away in the 2nd half and won out on a final scoreline of 2-17 to 10 points.last_img

Colin Kaepernick gets help from Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z in NFL star’s recent workout: Report

first_imgAlso Read | NFL: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Planning To Buy An NFL Team, Says ReportNFL: Hip-Hop legend Jay-Z helps Colin Kaepernick get a trial Written By 9 months ago NFL: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos planning to buy an NFL team, says report 9 months ago NFL Inactives Week 10: Check out the players who missed games 9 months ago Antonio Brown not expected to return to NFL this season: Reports LIVE TV 9 months ago NFL black cat that invaded pitch still evading capture inside stadium In the recent post on Twitter,’s Ian Rapoport revealed how Jay-Z played a role in helping Colin Kaepernick get a trial for himself ahead of the start of the upcoming season. Jay-Z has been working in close tandem with NFL franchises in order to battle the social injustices across the league. The hip-hop mogul’s main role is to help manage the NFL’s music and entertainment, while also revamping its “Inspire Change” initiative. Also Read | NFL Black Cat That Invaded Pitch Still Evading Capture Inside Stadium SUBSCRIBE TO US I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019 First Published: 14th November, 2019 19:06 IST Two notes: 1. Jay-Z, a partner with the NFL on social justice, had some influence here. 2. This is not part of Kaepernick’s settlement, nor did he ask for this in his settlement.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2019 WATCH US LIVE NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been away from the American football scene since the last three years having last played in the league back in 2016. Following his iconic decision to kneel during the American national anthem, Kaepernick has found himself on the sidelines as NFL franchises have overlooked him due to his very vocal stance on prevalent racism in the league. Read further to find out how another colored African-American icon came to Colin Kapernick’s rescue recently.Also Read | NFL: Colin Kaepernick To Make His Long-awaited Return To The NFL?NFL: Colin Kaepernick optimistic about making a return after 3 years 9 months ago NFL: Colin Kaepernick to make his long-awaited return to the NFL? FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND “The name that comes to my mind is Jay-Z.”@stephenasmith sheds a little more light on what’s going on with Colin Kaepernick.— First Take (@FirstTake) November 13, 2019 Daniel Arambur Last Updated: 14th November, 2019 19:06 IST Colin Kaepernick Gets Help From Hip-Hop Mogul Jay-Z In NFL Star’s Recent Workout: Report Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z helps out fellow Colin Kaepernick secure a trial ahead of the start of the upcoming NFL season. Read further to find out more details. Also Read | Antonio Brown Not Expected To Return To NFL This Season: ReportsNFL: Stephen Smith reveals the truth behind Jay-Z’s involvement  COMMENTlast_img read more

Jamaican-born female usher fired from White House

first_imgReid…sacked by Trump administration Jamaican Angella Reid, the first female chief usher at the White House, has been fired from the post.CNN reported Friday that Reid was abruptly sacked this week. She was appointed by the Obama administration in October, 2011 and took up her post the following month.Born in St. Thomas, Reid had worked with Ritz-Carlton companies for 25 years when she got the job.Her functions included managing the staff of butlers, maids, chefs, florists and electricians. She also worked closely with the first family, including providing guidance on the furnishings, art and décor.Reid was the second black person appointed chief usher. She succeeded the first, Admiral Stephen W. Rochon, who worked in the George W. Bush and Obama (first term) administrations.last_img read more

Patrick Sandoval has rough start in Angels’ final exhibition game

first_imgANAHEIM — Patrick Sandoval gave up five runs in three innings in his final bid for a spot on the Angels’ opening day roster on Wednesday night.Sandoval started the Angels’ 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres, the final exhibition game before the opener on Friday in Oakland.The Angels are set to begin the season with a rotation of Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy, Shohei Ohtani, Griffin Canning and Matt Andriese, but Sandoval was in the running for the sixth spot. The Angels need a sixth starter occasionally because Ohtani pitches every seven days while the other starters work every five or six.Sandoval did not allow a hit and he faced the minimum six hitters in the first two innings. In the third, the five-run inning was built on six singles, including two that didn’t leave the infield. The inning was stopped with two outs because of Sandoval’s pitch count. Andriese then pitched two scoreless innings.Offensively, most of the Angels regulars took two at-bats and then came out of the game. Andrelton Simmons hit a double and a homer.The Angels’ previous two exhibition games were on the road, so this was an opportunity to get a look at how Angel Stadium will host a game without fans. There was piped-in crowd noise — as all teams will use this season — and there were highlight videos between innings. The Angels did not have any cutouts of fans filling the empty seats, though.Ads covered several sections of empty seats beyond the right field fence.There were also no appearances on the scoreboard by the Rally Monkey, even though the Angels trailed in the late innings. Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Džumhur in quarterfinals of ATP Challenger Košice

first_imgBiH tennis player Damir Džumhur has qualified to quarterfinals of ATP Challenger in Košice which is worth 42 000 USD, reports sportsport.baIn the second round Džumhur defeated Portuguese player Joao Sousa with 2:0 (6:0, 6:4)Džumhur was born in Sarajevo in 1992 and he said that his idols used to be Patrick Rafter and Carlos Moya, but all were overshadowed by Roger Federer.last_img