President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended the authorities at Ministry of Education (MOE) for taking a bold step in initiating a two-day Round Table Conference to foster a shared-vision for quality education in Liberia.She said the process will ensure that stakeholders feel consulted to guide Liberia towards developing a greater understanding of the challenges in education and the difficult decisions that need to be taken in a resource-constrained environment. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Thursday when she delivered the keynote address at the Education Round Table gathering at the Monrovia City Hall in Monrovia. “Our target is to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4; intended to allocate limited resources to ensure that as many Liberian children as possible get quality education,” the President said. She expressed gratitude to all the stakeholders in pursuit of quality education for showing commitment to the education of Liberian children and acknowledged progress made but noted that much more needs to be done. The President also assured her continued commitment to improve education; realizing that educating each generation of children is the only way Liberia can govern and manage its resources effectively, develop the next generation of businesses and national leaders, and enable every child to achieve their full potential. She mentioned some her initial decisions as President, targeted at increased access to education for girls and abolishing payment of school fees for basic education in all public schools. President Sirleaf said she is proud that with increased access, enrollment has now reached 1.5 million students. Statistically, there are 800,000 boys in school and almost 725,000 girls; while the number of schools has increased from under four thousand to about 5000 where 500 of these are public schools.She said her administration’s highest impact of intervention throughout the education system is to improve the quality of teaching, which to date is around 16,000 teachers, even though in order to get to 50 students per teacher, Liberia will need 23,000 teachers in the next few years.Sadly, President Sirleaf said more than a third of the country’s current teachers are still on supplementary payroll, “A post-conflict, temporary payment system that we have just managed to remove in the health sector, which continues to plague our education sector.”President Sirleaf said teachers’ take home pay steadily improved from L$7,000 per month, to a minimum of L$12,000 for regular payroll or L$30,000 for graduates; as this is not sufficient to attract the best graduates for the next generation.Mathematically, “this would mean – our budget would have to be $65.4 million for teachers’ payroll alone although our entire education budget is $44m.”She said funding for TVET and tertiary education has rapidly increased to 47 percent of the total education budget; echoing that Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and tertiary education students get about US$332 per head plus the equipment needed as opposed to US$45 per head at primary and secondary levels. The President said her administration intends to put in place irreversible systems that hold teachers, schools, CEOs, DEOs, parents, community leaders, and school boards accountable – thus ensuring that schools are effectively monitored. She clarified that partnership schools are pilot-driven initiatives that seek to improve or accelerate learning outcomes, adding: “If they work, we can expand the successful models while we continue to work, in parallel, on paying all teachers and training them.” Madam Sirleaf said the initiative is also intended to rebrand TVET to ensure that those who graduate are able to find employment or a regular income spanning from six months, one year and two years after graduating. She stressed the need to create an agreed challenge given that literacy is the foundation of all learning. “By 2021, we must ensure that 90 percent of children at grade six can read and are on par with internationally benchmarked standards,” she said.According to President Sirleaf, “our country can only achieve this through huge leap forward and by working together.” She called for joint efforts to face the real challenges in taking tough decisions, allocating limited resources, trying new approaches to see what work in Liberia, and ensuring that “we prepare the future national and business leaders of Liberia, who are now boys and girls to take us to prosperity.”Earlier, in his welcome remarks and overview, Education Minister, George Werner said Liberia’s educational system has had problems since April 14, 1979 Rice Riot, prior to the April 12, 1980 Coup d’état, which saw the overthrow of President Tolbert, the October 1985 disputed General and Presidential elections (NDPL), the November 1985 invasion; the December 1990 War and ECOMOG intervention.He pointed out that there is need for the sustainable development goal for a radical approach in the country’s educational sector. The conference was attended by Senator Albert Chea of Grand Kru County, local and international educational stakeholders, District Education Officers, school administrators, civil society groups, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Babyeye Taylor at his graduation Musicians strive to adjust their personal lives around the everyday racket of trying to stay on top of their career as entertainers, therefore ‘further education’ sometimes gets pushed back while the worry of ‘making it in the industry’ comes first.Toying with fancy cars, big houses, unlimited clothes, sex, drugs, excitement and making money from massive concerts seem to be what the industry is all about, but it’s not.BabyEye Taylor, better known as BabyEye and the hitmaker behind the song ‘Rih Rih’ proved the significance of higher learning when he received his degree from the North Carolina A&T University on May 13, Class of 2017.Although he has made music in the past couple of years, his breakthrough in the Liberian market came months ago when he released his exciting collaboration,’ Rih Rih’ alongside one of America’s leading rappers, Lil Scrappy.For BabyEye, education will enable him to become greater and with that in mind, he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in psychology, making Liberia, his family, friends and fans proud.“On behalf of the staff of the University Registry, you have been named to the Dean’s list for the Spring of 2017 semester,” his citation read.BabyEye’s successful attainment of the Dean’s list, is a significant achievement that can only be obtained if one earns 12 or more credits, receives no F or I grades and gets a semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher.“The journey was stressful, a lot of sleepless nights and trouble balancing study and being in the studio. With God nothing is impossible. Thank you for a great experience,” BabyEye posted on FaceBook as he walked the aisle.According to BabyEye, Liberia birthed him while Durham raised him and for North Carolina A&T State University, “they educated me. Momma I made it,” he stated.North Carolina A&T, with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is the largest historically black university in the U.S. According to the U.S. News & World Report, the university was ranked 10th nationally among historically black institutions, and 2nd among public historically black institutions.The Key note speaker during the graduation ceremony was Mohammed Ali’s youngest daughter, Laila Ali.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
A Fort St. John person arrested in connection with Project Salvo still hasn’t been charged. On Wednesday March 25th, The Fort St. John RCMP executed a search warrant following guidance from the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre. The Child Exploitation Centre is leading the nation wide investigation. The regional spokesperson said the investigation continues and the name of the person will not be released until formal charges have been laid. They expect to start laying charges in the coming weeks. Over 50 suspects have been arrested across the country, in what’s being called Canada’s largest-ever co-ordinated investigation into Internet-based child sex abuse. – Advertisement -Officers from the RCMP worked with 35 other police departments from coast to coast, in this investigation of child-exploitation, and police say more arrests are pending.
The BC Hydro website in a revised estimate has confirmed, at about 4.43 this morning, 128 Fort St. John customers were left without service.It also expanded the impact area to South of 103A avenue and North of 100th avenue, between 90th and 88th streets.It still did not list a cause for the service disruption, but given that it disappeared from the website list of hydro outages shortly after 7.30, it is now assumed that service has been restored. – Advertisement –
Graziano Pelle scored twice against Spurs Southampton will rue their missed chances after Tottenham denied them three valuable points in an entertaining 2-2 draw at St Mary’s.A win would have put them five points behind fourth placed Man City, but poor finishing appears to have finally ended dreams of a top four finish.Manager Ronald Koeman claimed last week winning all of their remaining fixtures would have given the Saints a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.But despite leading Tottenham twice, the visitors fought back to earn a point as the two teams now battle it out for a Europa League spot.The game did not really get going until the 25th minute when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, back after missing three games through injury, was forced into action by Morgan Schneiderlin.Lloris dived low to keep his fellow Frenchman’s effort out as he displayed the agility that has made him so important to Spurs.However, he was eventually beaten by Graziano Pelle after calamitous defending from Spurs allowed the striker in to score his 14th goal of the season.Regaining possession following a Sadio Mane break, Ryan Mason lost control of the ball on the edge of the Tottenham area and hesitation from Ben Davies, who was supposed to be covering the danger, saw Pelle poke the ball beyond Lloris.Before half-time, though, Tottenham were level with their first chance of the game.Eric Dier crossed to Erik Lamela, who appeared to guide the ball past Kelvin Davis with his head, though replays showed the ball came off his arm.Southampton should have been ahead early in the second half through Steven Davis, who found space inside the Spurs penalty box, but somehow dragged his shot wide and leaving manager Koeman with his head in his hands on the bench.It was clear a goal was coming and in the end it was Pelle, who restored Southampton’s lead, rising above Federico Fazio to power his side into the lead.It was a deserved goal, but minutes later a wonderful through ball from Dier to Nacer Chadli pulled Spurs level in a topsy-turvey 45 minutes, with the winger smashing the ball across Davis into the corner of the net.Southampton pressed for a winner and were unlucky not to end the game as victors when Jose Fonte headed narrowly over in the seventh minute of stoppage time, a result of Ben Davies’ lengthy treatment for what looked like a dislocated shoulder.Mauricio Pochettino, who was naturally booed by the home support every time he left his seat on the Spurs bench, will have been the happier manager. 1
NORTH WEST 10K WEATHER:(Get registered today, Saturday, if you can – between 2pm and 6pm at the Letterkenny Athletics Club ground’s offices situated next door to the Community Centre.)RACE DAY WEATHER: The early morning will start off foggy with lows of around 5C. The fog will lift by mid-morning and the day should be mostly cloudy but with some spells of hazy sunshine. Somewhat warmer with highs near 14 or 15 C on average. Light southerly winds. There is a risk of a very light shower – might help to cool you all down. Thanks in advance to everyone for supporting such great causes. NORTH WEST 10K: MILD WEATHER EXPECTED FOR WALK/RUN was last modified: May 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:NORTH WEST 10K: MILD WEATHER EXPECTED FOR WALK/RUN
Stranorlar Electoral Area Fine Gael election candidate Bert Galbraith pictured with family members, Isobel Galbraith, Ruth Crawford, David Crawford. Front from left: Lauren Crawford, Aaron, Rachael and Stuart Crawford.Well-known East Donegal businessman and farmer, Bert Galbraith, who is standing for election in the Stranorlar Electoral area, says he wants to see the area transformed after years of neglect.The beef and sheep farmer who also runs his own successful construction business, told the huge crowd who attended his campaign launch on Friday night that he had given it careful consideration before he decided to allow his name to go forward as a Fine Gael candidate.The large attendance who turned up for the St. Johnston man’s launch in Maggie’s Tavern, heard him say that he believes many people are desperate for a change in the representation they have at council level. For Bert Galbraith’s wife Ita O’Sullivan a number one vote for Bert would be the icing on the cake!“Over the last number of years I have heard people say time and again that we need an alternative to the representatives in the council chamber – and now is their chance to make that change. I am asking people to vote for me, so that working together, we can work to transform this region.”The local election candidate suggested that the Stranorlar electoral area is one of huge potential, but he maintained, it has been badly overlooked in terms of bringing that to fruition.“The part of Donegal where I live was decimated by unemployment when the textiles industry closed down. Places like Raphoe and Convoy, Lifford and St. Johnston have never really recovered from that. Farmers have been hit time and again by regulations and red-tape and then to make matters worse there has been a collapse in the prices for bull beef and potatoes since Christmas leaving farmers suffering severe losses.“The people of this area know that if they want anybody at national level to listen, they need strong voices at local level to speak up for them.” It is for those reasons that the local farmer and businessman decided he would let his name go forward at the local elections and – with both Minister Dinny McGinley and Deputy Joe McHugh in attendance at his launch as well as candidates Martin Harley and Jimmy Kavanagh – Mr. Galbraith said he believes he can be the strong local voice the people of the area have been craving.“I am a hard-worker and not only am I aware of the issues facing the people of the area, I am also a man who knows how to get things done – how to deliver results – and I honestly believe that is what the people of this area have been looking for.”The father of two says he wants his children to grow up in a region that reaches its enormous potential, and he said he said that’s a vision shared by many people in the area.“I want my children, and everyone else’s children, to have even better opportunities for learning. I want all our people of working age to be able to find work in good jobs or build and grow their own businesses. I want to see our beautiful natural environment and heritage protected. I want everyone to feel safe and secure from crime. I want to see better health services for everyone.“I want to our farmers to see just returns for their hard work and produce and to see their quality local produce, like for instance, quality Donegal beef marketed to a wider audience under a single brand. This is my vision and I know many people share it.” “My focus is on the development of jobs, agriculture, infrastructure and community and it is because I know I would work tirelessly for the people of the Stranorlar Electoral Area that I have put myself forward as a Fine Gael candidate,” he concluded.FARMER AND BUSINESSMAN BERT WANTS EAST DONEGAL TO THRIVE AGAIN was last modified: March 13th, 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:Bert GalbreithElectionsFine GaelRaphoe
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio corn producers are reporting more rust on corn this year, and are concerned that it might be southern rust, the rarer but more damaging of the two major rust diseases that affect corn in state. Based on the fact that they both produce rusty looking pustules on the leaves, producers may actually be confusing common rust with southern rust, especially when they are not occurring side-by-side on the same leaf. The table below provides some key differences between the two based on the characteristics of visual symptoms and conditions favorable for development. Common rustSouthern RustPustule appearanceLarge, oval to elongated, scattered over the leafSmall, circular, evenly distributed over leafPustule colorBrownish to cinnamon-brownReddish orangePustule locationBoth upper and lower surface of leaves. Generally only found on leaves.Predominantly on the upper leaf surfaces. Also found on stems and husks.Optimum ConditionsCool (60-77F) and humid conditionsWarm (77+F) and humid conditionsRegionSubtropical and temperate regions – more common in the northern statesTropical and subtropical regions. Most prevalent in the south, but may occur in the north if temperatures increase. Fungicides do equally well against both diseases, but are rarely ever needed for common rust on hybrid corn. Scout fields and observe the weather before making an application. As it becomes warm and dry, typical of summers in Ohio, the development and spread of common rust slow down considerably or stop. For southern rust, however, fungicides may be warranted and economically beneficial if timed correctly (as soon as the first few pustules are observed). The information on IPIPE (http://scr.ipmpipe.org/cgi-bin/sbr/public.cgi) can be used as a guide for timing fungicide applications based on the occurrence and the movement of southern rust.Since common rust is rarely ever an economic concern in this part of the world, no extensive research has been done to determine damage, fungicide application, or any other thresholds in Ohio. If the hybrid is susceptible and conditions seem favorable, you can use the guidelines below for gray leaf spot (GLS) and northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) as a guide, with the understanding that they were not developed for rust. The biology of common and southern rust is vastly different from that of GLS, NCLB, and Eye Spot. Scout fields just prior to tassel emergence, and examine plants for disease symptoms. A foliar fungicide application should be considered on susceptible hybrids if disease symptoms are present on the third leaf below the ear or higher on 50% of the plants examined; of if disease symptoms are present on intermediate hybrids on the third leaf below the ear or higher on 50% of the plants examined, and the field is in an area with a history of foliar disease problems, and growing and weather conditions favor the disease in question.
Tags:#hack#Tools Last year Google released an Apache module called mod_pagespeed which automates many of its Page Speed recommendations.Yahoo offers a similar tool called YSlow, which released its Chrome extension recently as well. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Google has finally released an experimental Chrome extension for its popular Page Speed service. Page Speed, which is already available for Firefox, analyzes Web pages and gives developers suggestions for improving performance.Instructions for installing the extension, which involves enabling support for experimental extensions, are here.
Twelve years after the incident, the Bombay High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment of two convicted for the rape and murder of a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm employee in Pune.A Division Bench of Justices B.P. Dharmadikari and Swapna Joshi was hearing two criminal petitions filed by Pradeep Kokade and Purshottam Borate seeking a stay on their execution that was originally scheduled for June 24 in Pune. On November 2007, when the BPO employee was leaving from work at night, cab driver Borate, along with his friend Kokade, kidnapped, raped and murdered her.They were convicted and sentenced to death in 2012. Thereafter, the High Court and the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty. Their mercy petitions were also rejected in 2016 by the Maharashtra Governor and the President in 2017.Their plea said, “excessive and unexplained delay of over four years (1,509 days) in execution of the sentence of death causes unnecessary and unavoidable pain, suffering and mental torment that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment violative of Article 21 (right to life) of the Indian Constitution.”Advocate Yug Chaudhry, appearing for the two, had told the court that there had been a delay in issuance of the warrants for execution of the death penalty.