Only 41 education welfare officers in 970 public schools

first_imgThere are exactly 41 Education Welfare Officers providing information, advice, guidance and support to the nearly 190,000 children in the 970 public schools across the country.Chief Welfare OfficerGillian VyphuisChief Schools’ Welfare Officer Gillian Vyphius in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) on Monday, said that the Welfare Department has been “juggling” to provide its services to students. Among their tasks were working with ‘at-risk’ students, families and community partners to address barriers to learning and strengthen the safety net for these students.Vyphius said to fill the gap, the department has to rely heavily on the “Liaison Welfare Officers… – teachers are identified from different schools to liaise with the Schools Welfare Department to deal with minor incidents that arise in the schools”.Vyphius explained that those teachers with a social work background were asked by the Ministry to function as Liaison Welfare Officers. The Ministry’s “Maintenance of Order and Discipline Manual” is used to train these teachers, and is also used as a guide in carrying out their liaison duties, including sanctioning students.The Department only seeks to step in with the support of the Education Welfare Officers for serious issues such as violent behaviour, including fighting with a weapon, the Chief Schools’ Welfare Officer explained.These teachers have been performing the duties of liaison officers without compensation from the Ministry. Vyphius said that the department planned to seek a stipend for the teachers.The Liaison Welfare Officer programme, however, is not active in all schools, just those in Regions Five, Six and Ten, Vyphius said.The introduction of more Schools’ Welfare Officers And counsellors is among issues that the Government had identified to address in the revamp of the education system.last_img read more

Determining the right corn plant population

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.One factor that greatly influences corn yields is plant population. Determining the correct plant population may take some effort, however, it is a critical factor that every corn grower needs to get right in order to maximize yields. Recent research performed by universities and seed companies has determined that that yields increase significantly as populations are increased up to a point of 34,000 seeds per acre. In general, yields begin to level off at planting rates around rates 36,000 seeds per acre. Recent studies have also determined that even in low yield environments planting rates of 31,000 seeds per acre maximize yield and economic return. In very productive, 250 bushels per acre yield environments, research results show that higher populations (38,000+ seeds per acre) maximize yields. Breeding and advances in genetics have improved the modern corn plant’s ability to yield at higher populations when compared to corn hybrids from the past.Are your populations too low? Although kernel weight and the number of kernels per ear are important factors in determining yield, yields are driven by the number of ears per acre. Higher numbers of smaller uniform ears will result in better yields than low numbers of large “flex” ears. Keep in mind, flex ears cannot make up for large gaps between plants that exist where populations are too low. In most situations, corn hybrid populations should be at least 32,000 plants per acre. According to Purdue corn agronomist Bob Nielsen: Results from 67 field-scale trials around Indiana suggest that optimum plant population for corn grown under typical yield levels and growing conditions is approximately 32,100 plants per acre or seeding rates of about 34,000 seeds per acre at 95% stand.Determining the correct population for each field may be a challenge, but using university recommendations of 32,000 plants per acre is a good starting point. While rates of 38,000 seeds per acre are too high for much of our sales territory, rates of 28,000 seeds per acre are too low and may be keeping producers from maximizing yields.The challenge in determining the right population is taking into consideration several factors, including: soil type and expected yield levels, flex vs. determinant ears, hybrid stress tolerance, etc. Below are some key points to keep in mind when determining plant populations.Plant populations should be adjusted based on field yield levels and soil types.Modern hybrids perform best at higher populations when compared to hybrids from the past.Ear flex cannot make up for large gaps in plant stands at a low population.Yield is driven by ears per acre, more ears result in higher yields.Hybrids with below average stress tolerance and flex ears should not be planted at excessively high populations, especially in lower yield environments where plant stress will occur.Determinant-eared hybrids will perform better at higher populations and will maintain uniform ear size.last_img read more

Bank of Valletta introduces new opening hours

first_img SharePrint Bank of Valletta is introducing new customer opening hours for its branches with effect from 1st July 2019.The new opening hours will be:Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm;Saturdays from 8.30 am to 12.30 pmEncashment of cheques and cash withdrawals at branches can be affected till noon.In addition, every Thursday, 18 BOV branches are offering extended opening hours on Thursdays from 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm. In the localities of Attard, Balluta, Fgura, Ħamrun, Ibraġ, Marsaskala, Mosta, Naxxar, Paola, Qormi, Rabat, Valletta (Republic Street), San Gwann, Siġġiewi, Żabbar, Żejtun, Żurrieq and Victoria.Additional branches will also be offering longer customer hours in the near future.BOV Head Branch Network Geoffrey Ghigo said, ‘In today’s world consumers expect faster service, at hours that are more convenient for their busy lifestyles. The change in opening hours will also enhance the ability of our branch staff to process customers’ applications, resulting in faster response times and increased efficiency.’For increased convenience and 24/7 banking, BOV customers can also make use of the Bank’s extensive range of channels such as BOV Mobile, BOV Internet Banking, BOV Cards and ATMs. WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more