One Year Ago Today, Ireland Voted for Marriage Equality

On May 22, 2015 Ireland became the first country to legalize marriage for same-sex couples by popular vote. Of the 3 million plus electorate, 62 percent voted in favor of marriage equality and in response, celebrations broke out across the country. Here, a photographic look at the moving reactions around Dublin the day of (and in the days following) the vote.

Best Cities To Find a Job

Looking for a job while reading this at your current job that you hate? Of course you are! But maybe you’re looking in the wrong place, like, you know, the wrong city entirely.

Glassdoor just released its annual list of the best cities to find a job. The site took into account how easy it is to get a job, cost of living, job satisfaction and work-life balance to create the list, which, interestingly, doesn’t include the nation’s three largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. By Glassdoor’s estimate, midsize cities are your best bet.

Founder of leading private tutoring firm echoes new scientific findings in favour of one-to-one mentoring for students

Adam Caller, independent education consultant and founder of Tutors International, issued a statement this week after new research concluded that one-to-one academic mentoring is the key to fixing education.

Amid rising concerns in the US over educational performance, the study, published in April by Harvard economist, Roland Fryer[1], found contrary to previous research, concluding that smaller class sizes and high intensity one-to-one tutoring were not only beneficial to students’ academic progress, but also promoted integration among other students.

Adam Caller commented: “There is now sound, quantifiable evidence of the benefits of individualised, one-to-one tutoring that isn’t purely anecdotal. Since Tutors International was founded in 1999 we have consistently observed students that have struggled in a traditional classroom environment setting thriving under specialist, one-to-one attention from our tutors. In the past, educational research hasn’t always been reflective of this.”

This echoes comments made by Fryer, who criticised the methods of past studies into educational performance for being unverifiable and non-experiential. Following a rise in field studies in the education sector, Fryer was finally able to correlate findings and effectively apply them to educational policy. His most significant finding was that high-intensity one-to-one tutoring was the most effective tool in improving academic performance, in both children and adolescents.

Mr Caller added: “While it might not be realistic or cost-effective for every family to invest in full-time private tuition for their child, Tutors International has placed tutors with families in a variety of different situations and circumstances, full and part-time, and found that any amount of regular time spent with an experienced tutor has been hugely beneficial to both student and family. A tutor allows a child to express themselves individually and learn according to their own needs and interests. This is invaluable for confidence building and instilling crucial study habits and skills. We’ve seen children who were previously disinterested in academia rediscover a love of learning through one-to-one attention provided by our tutors.”

For more information and advice about private tutoring, wherever you are in the world, visit tutors-international.com. For more information about Adam Caller, visit www.adamcaller.com.

References
[1] Want to fix education? Give a kid a tutor. http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-04-19/want-to-fix-education-just-give-a-kid-a-tutor Noah Smith. Bloomberg. April 2016

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About Tutors International
Tutors International is a worldwide organization providing experienced private tutors to work with children of all ages and nationalities. Tutors are available for full-time tutoring positions, for major support and tutoring outside school hours, or for home-schooling. Tutors International provide a bespoke service to find the right tutor that suits the child’s needs and aspirations, and if a live-in tutor is required, it is essential that the assigned tutor is the right match for the family and fits in the environment.

Tutors International was founded by Adam Caller who has tutored students of all ages. He has received specialist training in dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder and is very sensitive to children’s educational difficulties. He has now turned this expertise to recruiting, training and placing other tutors to help families.

Contact details
Web: www.tutors-international.com
Email: marketing@tutors-international.com
Phone: +44 (0) 1865 435 135
Tutors International, Clarendon House, 52 Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3HJ, UK

ITS Technology & Airangel navigate their way to success and win ‘Best use of Superfast Broadband’ award

[WARRINGTON, May 10th 2016] – Quay Marinas Ltd, the company that operates Conwy and Deganwy Marinas, won a Conwy Business Award on Friday night at the Conwy Business Awards for ‘Best use of Superfast Broadband’.

Conwy Marina now boosts 50Mbps of broadband speed with the ability to increase to 100Mbps when there is a demand. A BT EAD is taken straight from the marina back to the ITS Technology Group’s FibreSpeed network (Welsh Government backed North Wales’s fibre network now owned by Zayo Group).

Airangel and ITS win Broadband award

Airangel and ITS win Broadband award

Part of the criteria for the 5 Gold Anchor award is the services and ambience the marinas offer, one of the specific criteria’s is wireless internet. Previously Conwy Marina had a basic internet service using a standard copper ADSL line. The standalone ADSL wasn’t coping with the increase in demand. Conwy Marina has 500 berths with a further 165 at Deganwy, which remained at high occupancy despite the recent recession.

Quay Marinas Ltd upgraded their WiFi network and broadband. They approached three businesses and asked them to present their services. Airangel were chosen to build the WiFi network and provide the internet portal with ITS Technology Group selected as Airangel’s connectivity partner to provide the superfast internet backhaul.

Jon Roberts, Area Manager explained, “Ten years ago no one asked for broadband, now people expect it. People want the best kind of service from us. We provide excellent local tourist information; both marinas are accessible, smart with lots of local amenities and shops. Having Conwy town centre, a World Heritage Site, on our doorstep is a great attraction. The quality of the broadband service didn’t match the quality of the other services we provide. We noticed for the last few years there has been an increase in demand for faster broadband; people have started to consider it as part of their decision making process when choosing somewhere to stay and specifically for us, how long they berth for.”

Roy Shelton, CEO of ITS Technology Group said, “We are delighted to be part of this award winning project that clearly demonstrates the positive impact better connectivity has on local economies.”

Dean Wilkinson, CEO of Airangel WiFi added, “Our passion is to help our customers to improve their visitor’s experience. We are proud to have worked with ITS Technology to deliver this award winning solution, which benefits the many visitors and the local community.”

Superfast broadband means that visitors can access more local information and stay for longer. The marina team have seen how faster broadband has changed the way people use the marina. Jon Roberts continued, “We have noticed that people now extend their stay in Conwy and Deganwy. People come down on a Thursday to stay on their boats and work on-board Friday, so they are here ready for the weekend.”

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Background Information
‘CONWY QUAYS MARINA in North Wales is owned and operated by Quay Marinas. The local council believe the marina has played a significant role in the regeneration of Conwy through the creation of high value jobs in specialist marine and engineering skills, helping to raise the image and attractiveness of the local area, stimulating the confidence of local businesses and encouraging other businesses to raise the quality of the local retail and leisure offer to the visitors that the marina attracts.’

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/north-wales-marinas-pumping-millions-7437447

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/maritimeforum/sites/maritimeforum/files/BMF%20Coastal%20marinas%20UK_Channel_Fullreport_2005-06.pdf

A study that took place in 2008 estimated that Conwy Marina’s presence helps generate an extra £5m revenue per annum for the local economy. However it is expected this revenue figure will have increased with increased use of the marinas.

All Wales Boat Show http://allwalesboatshow.com/ 2017 Conwy.

http://www.tyha.co.uk/Downloads/TYHA_Gold_Anchor_Info_Pack_2015.pdf

The above link shows the Gold Anchor criteria of which internet services is specified for 4 and 5 Gold Anchor awards.

http://www.quaymarinas.com/our-marinas/conwy-quays/ Website is full of useful important local information for visitors, another reason why it is important that people using the marina can access a good internet service.

Research by The Yacht Harbour Association demonstrates the positive impact of marina developments. http://www.tyha.co.uk/Downloads/Economic_Benefits_of_Marinas.pdf

About ITS Technology Group Ltd
ITS Technology Group (ITS) is a privately funded, fixed and wireless superfast broadband infrastructure and IT managed services specialist delivering telecom and network services. Head-quartered in Cheshire with offices throughout the UK. The group comprises four operating companies: ITS Technology Group Ltd, ITS Telecom Solutions Ltd, ITS Hammersmith & Fulham Ltd, BNet Ultra Ltd.

ITS holds accreditations including ISO9001. They partner with some of the largest global IT vendors https://www.itstechnologygroup.com/partners/technology-partners/. ITS’s assets and customers include rural estates, business parks, student accommodation, social housing providers, local authorities, NHS Trusts, publically quoted corporates and SMEs on a national and international basis https://www.itstechnologygroup.com/about/our-clients/.

About AirAngel
Conwy Marina were impressed by AirAngel’s (http://www.airangel.com/) prestigious client based such as The Ritz, Mercedes-Benz and Malmaison. ITS Technology Group (https://www.itstechnologygroup.com/about/our-clients) also have a proven capability in building superfast and ultrafast networks across large areas such as cities and country estates. They also provide direct connectivity to premises.

Airangel HQ, The Beacons, Warrington Road, Birchwood Park, Warrington. WA3 6GP

Contact: Matt Smith, Head of Marketing, 09125 611061. matt.smith@airangel.com

Donald Trump’s Taco Bowl Tweet Broke the Internet

Taco Bowls are another name for Taco Salads, which were invented in America. In the 1980s. At a popular restaurant called “Denny’s.” Taco Bowls are iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, ground beef, sour cream, and sometimes avocado, in a bowl that you can eat but never do. Even if Trump’s claim were true, even if he were in partial ownership of the best Taco Bowl, how much better is the best Taco Bowl than the worst Taco Bowl?