‘Go Teach for 3 Months’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has mandated her appointed officials starting with the Minister and their deputies at the Ministry of Education (MOE) to return to the classroom and teach the students for at least three months. This, according to the President, is to experience the ‘hardship and headache’ teachers across the country endure in the discharge of their duty. The expected exercise, according to the President, is for her appointees, particularly the ministers and their principal deputies at the MOE and educational areas to feel the adversity (hurt, stings) of teaching in the Liberian schools. The President’s pending mandates, an observer believes, is to inspire (move) her officials into action to defend the plights of teachers, who over the years have been protesting and or staging series of demonstrations for salaries and other benefits. At the same time, President Sirleaf has said, she would direct authorities of the University of Liberia to allow graduating seniors from the William V.S. Tubman Teachers’ College to go into the field and teach in the classrooms for at least a semester before they can be qualified for graduation. “If we can allow Peace Corps Volunteers and the ‘Volunteer Teachers’ from the West African State of Nigeria to be assigned in the rural areas, we too should send young graduating seniors to go with the foreign instructors into the classrooms before they are allowed to graduate.” President Sirleaf made the suggestion over the weekend when the Minister of Education, Etmonia David-Tarpeh presented the MOE’s (2014-2016) ‘Operational Plan.’ The ceremony was held at the Monrovia City Hall on Saturday, May 24, on the theme, “Quality Education for All: Redirecting Our Future.” The three-year ‘Operational Plan’ is being launched with the vision to ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education for all. The cost of implementation within the three-year period is US$180 million, while the cost for implementation for the first year (2014) is around US$59 million. Funding for the Plan is expected to come from the government and development partners, including the public-private partnership. The mission is to also ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education by establishing appropriate legal and regulatory framework through the development of education systems, policies guidelines, procedures and standards. To also promote, good governance practices among actors by coordinating all education programs and activities within the country’s borders; linking education programs to economic and development needs of the population; and promoting public-private partnerships within the sector.    Before presenting the plan to President Sirleaf, Minister Tarpeh explained among other things that the 3-year ‘Operational Plan’ is based on several documents including the Education Reform Law of 2011, Education Sector Plan (2010-2020), Roadmap for System Transformation, National Agenda for Transformation, among others. She said the plan highlights priorities identified by education stakeholders at several consultative meetings including the National Education Roundtable Conference, 2013 and the Joint Education Sector Review taking account of clear messages that there is a need to reform the education sector and other emerging trends within the system. Additionally, it serves as a catalyst (means, channel) to accelerate the “Education for All Goals.”“It is underpinned by the principles of ownership and accountability that the Plan also proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving the quality of education services to ensure that young people within the country’s borders are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing regional and global environment.” This Plan covers areas such like the Early Childhood Development/Education, Basic and Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Student Personnel Services, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), Education Governance and Management.Saturday’s launch brought together an array of government officials, legislators and members of the diplomatic community among them U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SHAY’S HEARTACHE AS HIS PAL IS FOUND DEAD

first_imgShay Given broke down in tears this afternoon following the death of his close pal Gary Speed.The Wales manager, 42, was found dead at his home. Foul play is not suspected.Donegal star Shay was very close to Speed after the pair played together at Newcastle. The Lifford man was seen trying to hold back tears at Liberty Stadium today as his Aston Villa side played Swansea in the Premiership.At Shay made his way to his goal however he broke down in tears and used his towel to wipe his face.A source said “Shay and Speedy were very good friends and they kept in touch despite going their separate ways.“It was Alan Smyth who told Shay earlier in the day and he was just devastated. “Shay just can’t figure it all out.‘Shay is a few years younger than Gary but they are both in the game a long time.”Despite his heartache, Shay, 36, went on to play a terrific game for Aston Villa and helped them to a share of the points against Swansea.Aston Villa manager Alex McCleish said his team had been affected by the shocking news.“My blood ran cold when I heard the news,” he said. “Three of ours lads knew him very well. James Collins plays for Wales and Shay Given was very close to him. He heard the news first from Alan Shearer, and Jermaine Jenas is a former Newcastle team mate. They are distraught.“We would have understood if Swansea wanted to call the game off.”SHAY’S HEARTACHE AS HIS PAL IS FOUND DEAD was last modified: November 27th, 2011 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:Gary SpeedShay Givenlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST GOSPEL CONCERT IN AID OF HAITI PROJECT FUND

first_imgDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL)Mental Health and Suicide Awareness – Talks and Discussions led by Fr. James Sweeney on Thursday 27th November 2014. Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm, Venue: Dunkineely Community Ltd Offices/The Manse Dunkineely.If you are interested and wish to come along just call the DCL Office on 074 9737678 or 087 3421922 or email us at dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com or if you wish to just come along. Please note the talks/discussions would not be suitable for anyone who experienced a suicide in the past year as the subject would be too raw for them.Haiti Project Fund – A Gospel Concert & Musical evening in Dunkineely Methodist Church on Friday 28th November at 8:00pm in aid of Haiti Project Fund.All proceeds will be used to provide free health clinics to those in isolated areas, re-build a teacher training centre and provide supplies for schools, children’s homes and clubs. Thank you kindly for your support.Tir Boghaine – Are you Caring for someone at home? A support group for carers meets on the third Monday of each Month in Killybegs Hospital Day centre at 7:30 pm. If you are coping alone or isolated by your role as a carer, why not come along to the support group.All carers can share their knowledge and support and have opportunities to partake in training sessions.The next meeting will take place on Monday 15th December at 7:30pm in Killybegs Hospital.For more information contact Eileen – Tir Boghaine on 074 9733111 / 074 9733113 or Email: tirboghaine@gmail.comDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c. Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST GOSPEL CONCERT IN AID OF HAITI PROJECT FUND was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityDunkineely LTDFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Watch: Ex-Warrior JaVale McGee in hilarious battle with insect

first_imgGo ahead and laugh at JaVale McGee. Call him what you must. He really doesn’t care. All he knows is he somehow managed to get away from “the biggest flying insect I’ve ever seen!”The one-time Warrior and current Lakers center isn’t too proud to admit he was so scared by a bug he encountered in his driveway that he sprinted away while consumed with fear.And he shamelessly provided the video proof for us on his Instagram account.last_img

Start Over: The Evolution of Planets Is All Wrong

first_imgIdeas about planetary evolution are so far off base with observations of exoplanets, it’s time to wipe the slate clean.“Planets in Chaos,” Ann Finkbeiner titles an article in Nature.  Actually, the planets are doing just fine, but the theories to explain their origins are so far off, they are not salvageable.  The subtitle reads,The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form. Astronomers are searching for a whole new theory.Her review brings to mind Huxley’s quip that many a beautiful theory was destroyed by an ugly fact.  “Not so long ago — as recently as the mid-1990s, in fact — there was a theory so beautiful that astronomers thought it simply had to be true.”  It was the core accretion theory (the updated Laplace Nebular Hypothesis).  It was beautiful because it fit well with Darwinism’s slow, gradual accumulation of infinitesimal changes.  It was beautiful, too, because it explained our solar system’s arrangement: rocky planets near the sun, icy bodies farther out.  “And because the same principles of physics and astronomy must apply throughout the Universe, it predicted that any system of ‘exoplanets’ around another star would look pretty much the same.”  See?  It even made predictions.  Good theory.Reality had a way of punishing scientists for extrapolating from a sample of one.But in the mid-1990s, astronomers actually started finding those exoplanets — and they looked nothing like those in our Solar System. Gas giants the size of Jupiter whipped around their stars in tiny orbits, where core accretion said gas giants were impossible. Other exoplanets traced out wildly elliptical orbits. Some looped around their stars’ poles. Planetary systems, it seemed, could take any shape that did not violate the laws of physics.The sad conflagration of the beautiful theory has been told and retold before (3/21/06, 5/21/09, 8/31/10), especially since the Kepler spacecraft turned up the heat.  What’s new for July 2014 is that astronomers have still made no progress with alternative theories.The findings have triggered controversy and confusion, as astronomers struggle to work out what the old theory was missing. They are trying ideas, but are still far from sure how the pieces fit together. The field in its current state “doesn’t make much sense”, says Norm Murray of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto. “It’s impossible right now to account for everything,” agrees Kevin Schlaufman, an astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Until researchers reach a new consensus, they will not be able to understand how our own Solar System fits into the grand scheme of things, let alone predict what else might exist.It’s not like Nature to leave a tragedy hopeless, so Finkbeiner does offer some glimmers of hope.  New concepts of interaction and migration are helping to explain how some planets went wildly eccentric, or how hot Jupiters got so close to their stars, for instance.   Many astronomers still believe “core accretion has some things right,” such as the idea that planets are leftover products of the origin of stars.  Strangely, she tells the old theory as if it is still true, after having falsified it in the introduction.But then she gets into the era of 2001, the Space Oddities.  “It was like, ‘What! We weren’t even looking for that” one astronomer said at the 1995 announcement of the first hot Jupiter.  The catalog of unpredicted anomalies has left astronomers scratching their heads.  In accordance with Bloch’s Law, “Every solution breeds new problems,” the proferred solutions did just that:To explain hot Jupiters, for example, they suggest that the planets did not stick around at their birth place in the cold outer reaches of stellar disks. Instead, the infant giants spiralled inwards as viscous gas in the disk slowed their orbits. At some point, for reasons unknown, they stopped their death spirals and settled into stable orbits close to their stars. Despite the extreme temperatures, the giant planets had strong-enough gravity to keep hold of their gas.Super-Earths also don’t fit the old “beautiful” theory, she adds; they are even “harder to account for.”  But does a pithy analogy help?  “Super-Earths are probably not nice, stereotypical birds,” says Eric Ford, an astrophysicist at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park. “Maybe some are more like penguins.”  Humor can be a distraction on work time.  “The sheer size of the super-Earth flock requires explanation,” she reminds the workers, like a stern boss.  “The standard theory cannot do that because in existing models, the central regions of stellar disks contain much too little material to create several close-in super-Earths.”The workers went to work, adding heavier disks, and “migration, migration, migration.”  That process seems to be the new dark matter to explain planet-makers’ anomalies.  Unfortunately, migration models have their own problems that challenge migration as a scientific theory:Such models are appealing, but the concept of migration, especially of the smaller planets, gives some researchers pause — if only because no one has ever seen it happening. The necessary observations may not be possible: stars young enough to have planets migrating through protoplanetary disks are still surrounded by dust, and their light flickers, making it extremely unlikely that current methods will be able to pick out the dimming caused by a transiting planet. The theory is not settled, either. Modellers have found it hard to explain why migrating planets, big or small, would stop in the orbits that astronomers have observed. In simulations, says Winn, they don’t: “the planets plop right down on the star”.If planets migrate as quickly as models predict, moreover, they should mostly be gone by now, melted to oblivion inside their parent stars.  Astronomers should not be oblivious to oblivion.  The “biggest question” still hounds them: “why our Solar System is so different.”  Our neat arrangement of planets in stable orbits, with a lively planet safe in its habitable zone, doesn’t look anything like the majority of extrasolar planetary systems.  Breaking News:  One of the most Earthlike planets ever found turns out to be an illusion, New Scientist and National Geographic reported.  The “planets” were probably just starspots due to the star’s magnetic field.  Farewell, Gliese 581 d.  Jacob Aron quipped on New Scientist:Type the name “Gliese 581 d” into a search engine, and you’ll find hundreds of tantalising images of an Earth-like world. The exoplanet has been a top contender for the most life-friendly world beyond our solar system since it was discovered in 2007. There’s just one problem – it probably doesn’t exist.Current status for planet formation theories: bad news.Meanwhile, researchers continue to nurture their mess of models, which have grown almost as exotic and plentiful as the planets they seek to explain. And if the current theories are disjointed, ad hoc and no longer beautiful, that is often how science proceeds, notes Murray. “Life,” he says, “is like that.”Finkbeiner’s happy ending to the story lies in the future.  “Future observations may give some answers,” she dreams.Try that excuse at home or at work.  Susie, you’re room is a mess.  I’m nurturing the mess; life is like that.  John, your report did not follow my instructions.  It’s exotic; life is like that.  Mechanic, you put the parts in the wrong places.  It’s disjointed, but life is like that.  Lawyer, you’re just making stuff up.  It’s ad hoc, but life is like that.  Home decorator, you ruined my living room.  It’s no longer beautiful, but life is like that.  Son, why did you get an “F” on your paper?  I got some things right.  Bookkeeper, what are these strange entries you put in the ledger?  This requires explanation!  They’re not your stereotypical birds; maybe some are like penguins.  Scientist, everything you said is wrong.  Future observations may give some answers.Neil Tyson, what are you going to say about this article?  Where is your positivism now?This article is all the more aggravating when you remember that secular cosmogonists have sold a false scenario for centuries since Laplace, propounded non-stop for decades by artwork, textbooks and TV documentaries that have used this debunked theory to prop up a molecules-to-man scenario, supposedly illustrating why science is superior to religion.  We’ll take Genesis 1:1 any day over this falsified Nebulous Hypothesis.They’ve had their chance.  Give the materialistic storytellers the boot.  Earth is a privileged planet (5/24/11) in a designed solar system; that is where the evidence leads.  Extrasolar planets can be explained as the end products of destructive processes, not creative processes.  Design is evident everywhere; like our own creation, we hold these truths to be self-evident among rational beings on God’s green Earth. 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SA, Angola increase cooperation

first_imgRegional commitments South Africa and Angola have signed agreements paving the way for increased cooperation in public works and infrastructure development, telecommunications, financial markets, information and communication technology, and veterinary services. 15 December 2010 During the talks, the two presidents emphasised the importance of strengthening relations in a number of fields, including energy, agriculture, mining, arts and culture, infrastructure development, communications, education, health and sport. Zuma said they had directed respective ministers to work towards the finalisation of other outstanding agreements. These include agreements on arts and culture, education and merchant shipping. Angola will assume the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in 2011, while South Africa will take over the chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security. He was briefing the media after holding talks with his Angolan counterpart, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who is in South Africa for a state visit. Source: BuaNews In 2009, South African exports to Angola amounted to R5.5-billion, while Angolan exports to South Africa amounted to almost R12-billion. Prioritising economic cooperation “Of particular importance is the need to prioritise economic cooperation through trade and investment, thus creating job opportunities in our respective countries,” Zuma said, adding that the South Africa-Angola Business Forum would help identify further areas of cooperation for businesses of the two countries. “Therefore, our two countries will be entrusted with responsibilities ranging from economic integration to peace, security and stability in the region,” Zuma sadi. “The signing of these instruments is a clear indication of our collective determination to take our relations to higher levels for the mutual benefit of our respective countries,” President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Tuesday.last_img read more

Weather outlook for spring and early summer 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a very warm March with temperatures 5-10 degrees above normal, April got off to a cold start with temperatures running 5-10 degrees below normal.After early week rain and some mid-week temperatures near or just below freezing, a warmer and drier period is in store through about April 19. The week break with lots of sunshine, warmer temperatures and drier conditions should allow for some needed drying.The next rain chance will come either on April 19 or 20. Rainfall for the remainder of April looks to be mainly under 2 inches which is near normal. April does not appear as warm as earlier thought. It looks like April will go down with slightly below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.The risk for last spring freezes appears on track to be about normal which means the last hard freeze occurs in mid April in southern Ohio and closer to late April in northern Ohio. It is not uncommon to see frost in low lying areas into early May.Risk Outlook                       April                                May                           JuneTemperatures                     Slighty Below             Slightly Above       AboveRainfall                               Normal                           Slightly Below        Slightly BelowFreeze                                Normal4 inch soil                           Normal                          Slightly Above       AboveEvapotranspiration             Slightly Below          Normal                  Abovelast_img read more

Sunshine finally starting to bring farmers to the fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Glenn Harsh, Delaware CountyWe worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work.With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so we want to hold off on spraying.  We are sort of in a holding pattern now because we don’t really do any tillage work so we are finishing up additions to our planter and moving seed.The cover crops are looking much better. The fields that were thin are filling in. It is mainly the ryegrass that is growing in right now. I don’t see a lot of other species really growing much out there yet.After this series of rains this week, I would guess that we could get going next week. There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow and Wednesday and some chance on Thursday and Friday. Next week looks pretty good for us and we’ll be ready to roll at that time.I took a soil temperature reading yesterday and it was 40 degrees at four inches in the morning and that is about what the weather maps are showing too. For mid-day it is only getting up to 47 to 49 degrees. That is not warm enough to facilitate germination and with the outlook of rainy weather, that could be really scary.I saw there was some anhydrous going on around the state and maybe some spraying over the weekend but that is about the extent of it. After this weather pattern goes through we’ll be ready to go.We are finishing up some variable rate seeding maps and implementing farm management software this year and I am trying to gets guys trained on that too. I like to get started in April but I am not nervous yet. We can get planted fairly quickly. I want to see soil temperatures in the 50- to 55-degree range so we can get the crops up and growing quickly.last_img read more

Puneri Paltan begin their campaign with a bang

first_imgMumbai, June 25 (PTI) Puneri Paltan began the defence of their title with a naroow 28-24 win over Telugu Titans in the opening game the fourth season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League, here today. The Titans started aggressively and put in a solid all-round performance with their attack and defense working well in tandem. Paltans raider struggled in the first half and their Nitin Tomar was restricted to zero points. It took nine minutes for the Titans to inflict the first all-out of the match with the score at 11-6. It looked like the defending champions were losing their grip on the match but came back to reduce the deficit to two points and the score at half time was 15-13 in the favour of Telugu Titans. The second half, however, was a different story as Paltan showed their mettle and their star man Manjeet Chhillar was solid at the back. With the game on knifes edge at 18-17, Puneri Paltan struck at the right time to inflict their first all-out. Vinod scored five points for the Titans as did Sandeep Narwal. Tomar who was looking out of sorts for the most of the game crucially scored his first point to make ita four-point game in favor of Pune. With score at 22-18, Telugu Titans captain Rahul Chaudhry failed with a do-or-die raid. For a while, it looked like Titans might just stage a comeback and with two TV reviews going in their favour but Puneri Paltan held their nerve. Chhillar marshaled his troops magnificently and showed why he is considered one of the best players in the league. Both teams showed their defensive prowess and it was a bit surprising to see both teams missing out more than a few do-or-die raids. Paltans Sonu Narwal was adjudged the best raider of the match whereas Chhillar was the best defender. PTI AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

AS-SONOWAL HIMA

first_imgCM meets Hima Das’ parentsKandulimari(Assam), Jul 17 (PTI) Assam Chief MinisterSarbananda Sonowal today visited the parents of ace sprinterHima Das who created history by winning gold at IAAF WorldUnder-20 Championships at Tampere in Finland recently.Sonowal visited Hima’s home at No 3 Kandulimarivillage in Dhing area of Nagaon district and interacted withher parents Ranjit and Junali Das as well as other members ofher family.He congratulated her parents on the success of theirdaughter in world sports and lavishly praised Hima’s stunningsuccess saying that her achievement has raised the stature ofthe people of the state globally.Sonowal also felicitated them with the traditional’gamosa’ (Assamese scarf of honour), ‘sarai’ (brass metaloffering tray with a stand) and a citation.”Hima’s feat inspires Indians and the gold won by herproves that hard work, commitment and sincerity are thecornerstones of success”, he said adding that her feat wouldinspire the young generation.Hima’s victory has given renewed momentum to womenempowerment in the country, he added.The chief minister also told Hima’s parents that PrimeMinister Narendra Modi was very elated with her success andhas expressed his sentiments at a public programme recently.The state government, he said, would felicitate thesprint queen at a state-level programme after her return toAssam.She would be appointed as the sports ambassador ofAssam and a reward of Rs 50 lakh would be given to her as perthe earlier announcement, Sonowal told Hima’s parents.advertisementDuring the interaction Ranjit Das requested the chiefminister for steps to improve the condition of the playground,library and Naamghar (prayer hall) of their village.Sonowal assured him that necessary support would beextended by the government in this regard and directed theNagaon district deputy commissioner to immediately submit aproposal.The chief minister also directed the Nagaonsuperintendent of police to take necessary steps to reopen theerstwhile police outpost at Sologuri as asked for by Hima’sfather. PTI ESBKK KK KKlast_img read more