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ACE-Liberia Trains Principals, KRTTI Instructors

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first_imgDr. Williams explains to reporters how the new modules of training the teachers works.Africa Community Exchange (ACE) Liberia, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (Zeta) and Liberia Community Network (LCN) over the weekend completed training of 25 private school principals and 11 teachers from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). The two-week intensive training was held in Monrovia from July 10 to 20, 2018.ACE-Liberia Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Sophie Williams, said her organization, in collaboration with Zeta, KRTTI and LCN, has developed a “Teacher Development and Continuing Education” program to improve the qualification and skills of teachers in the country.It is currently instrumental in assisting in the creation of a model school in Liberia to provide the template for quality, tuition-free primary education in the nation, with the cooperation and support of the Ministry of Education (MoE).According to Dr. Williams, since 2007, ACE has provided staff development training for teachers. In 2010, it received funding from Plan International to conduct teacher training at Ann Sandell Independent School (ASIS) but partnered with The Link, Incorporated in 2013, and conducted a Train-the-Trainers seminar for participants from the MoE, the University of Liberia (UL), ASIS, The African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and School for the Blind in Virginia, outside Monrovia.The recent training exercise was based on the previous model that was crafted during the training of trainers, which brought together a good number of teachers.Dr. Williams and other facilitators posed with the participants shortly after the training ended in Monrovia over the weekend.As for Zeta Phi Beta, it was founded on the campus of Howard University, United States, on January 16, 1920. The Sorority’s international programs, such as Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel), through mind, body and spirit serve to empower people from all walks of life.As the sorority moves toward its centennial, it retains its original zest for excellence. It espouses the highest academic ideals and that have resulted in its members serving as trainers of teachers in every part of the world.Dr. Williams said that the initial focus of the program is teachers that are unqualified but are being assigned in private schools, teaching from K-6th grade, serving low income populations with annual tuition and fees under US$200.According to her, schools selected for the recent training program are MoE accredited institutions in Montserrado and Margibi counties that have shown commitment to improve the qualification of their teachers and the academic performance of their students.Dr. Williams said that under the arrangement, the schools will be expected to provide year-round supervision, monitoring and support to the teachers who are trained.The schools are also expected to benefit from curriculum enrichment activities that include student-centered cognitive activities, language arts, mathematics, health and hygiene, ethics and sex education.Dr. Williams said that a second training of 80 teachers is expected to take place in August at the campus of KRTTI, near Kakata, in Margibi County. She said that the three-week intensive training workshop will be conducted by the KRTTI’s trainers, who benefited from the previous training.The training at KRTTI, she said, will focus on basic skills proficiency in language arts, mathematics and science; teaching skills and method. Other areas of focus, according to Dr. Williams, will be classroom management, behavior and learning problems to include content on behavioral change, ethics, civil engagement, personal growth and sex education. Some beneficiaries were provided gifts, including a laptop computer and a camera, by Zeta’s facilitators for their outstanding performance during the course of the training.In separate remarks, participants lauded ACE Liberia, the sorority sisters for the training and promised to put into practice what they have learnt.Dr. Williams and other facilitators posed with the participants shortly the training ended in Monrovia over the weekend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Geophysical King Dethroned?

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first_imgThere’s been a quiet revolution in geophysics.  Richard Kerr asked in Science, “Great Oxidation Event Dethroned?”1  The Great Oxidation Event (GOE) is an assumed time before multicellular life appeared when microbes had just learned the secret of photosynthesis and started pumping vast quantities of fresh oxygen into earth’s atmosphere (10/18/2006).  The GOE idea reigned like a monarch till “new laboratory results reported in this issue challenge that mainstream scenario by showing how supposed signs of an early lack of oxygen could have come from unrelated geochemical reactions.”    Before 2000, the consensus was that “not even a whiff of oxygen was in the air” before the G.O.E. that supposedly took place 2.4 billion years ago.  Then, geochemist James Farquhar of the University of Maryland questioned the assumptions on which studies of sulfur isotopes in rocks inferred the absence of oxygen.  Now, with “results [that] defy all expectations,” some Penn State researchers have re-opened the debate about the arrival of oxygen.  Did the earth have oxygen much earlier?  “This is at least a possibility that we should be thinking about,” one of the researchers cautiously said.    Not everyone is convinced at this point.  Early oxygen would have made life’s origin nearly impossible.  It would also dethrone a dynasty of geologists who have been speaking of a Great Oxygenation Event that may have never happened.1.  Richard A. Kerr, “Great Oxidation Event Dethroned?”, Science, 17 April 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5925, p. 321, DOI: 10.1126/science.324.5925.321a.Evolutionary literature and geological history is filled with mythical Events.  Evolutionists speak of these Events with glib certainty: the Great Oxygenation Event, the Late Heavy Bombardment, the Snowball Earth, the Laramide Orogeny, and dozens of other such phrases that create their own reality simply by capitalizing them and speaking them (09/08/2008).  It’s a name-it-and-claim-it religion.  The evolutionary framework was decided first, and then the Events were invented to fit stages of evolution into a prefabricated timeline that has little to do with verifiable reality.  Every once in awhile one of these Mythical Events, like monarchs allied to King Charles, gets dethroned.  How about a little democracy for a change?  Like Jefferson said (cited by Stan Freberg), we’re tired of this royal jazz.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Young footballers in Cape Town

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first_imgThe Cape Town stadium will have itsfinal World Cup trial when the internationalyouth challenge kicks off in April.((Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gert BamCity of Cape Town sports and recreation+27 21 400 5090 or +27 82 222 1242RELATED ARTICLES• Interpol commits to a safe World Cup• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• World Cup fever spreads abroad• Top sponsors for Unity Cup in SAJanine ErasmusSome of the world’s best young footballers will battle for top spot in the Cape Town International Challenge, which kicks off on 8 April.Between 8 and 10 April, under-20 teams from Nigeria, Brazil, Ghana and host nation South Africa will take the field at the brand-new Cape Town stadium. This showpiece was completed in 2009 and officially handed over to City management on 14 December 2009, six months ahead of the World Cup kick-off on 11 June.The 69 000-capacity stadium is the pride of the city and has hosted three events already – a football and rugby game, and a religious gathering. During the World Cup the stadium will host five first round matches and one second round game, as well as one quarter-final and one semi-final.The Cape Town International Challenge will be its first multi-national football event, as well as the final one before the long-awaited world football spectacular gets underway.It will also be the first – and only – chance for the stadium management to test the venue’s night time capabilities. Seven of the eight World Cup matches take place under floodlights.The South African under-20 team, Amajita (isiZulu, meaning “the guys”), and Nigeria face off at 16h30 on 10 April, while Ghana and Brazil play at 19h00. The first round takes place on 8 April at the famous Newlands Stadium with Ghana and Nigeria playing at 14h00, followed by South Africa and Brazil at 18h00.The South African Football Association has made 65 000 seats available for the event. Tickets will cost R20 (US$2.80) or R30 ($4) and will only be available from Computicket. Fans arriving at the gates without a ticket will be turned away.With all World Cup tickets for Cape Town games sold out, South African football supporters can still grab an early chance to see international football at the stadium, at an affordable price.Boosting African footballThe challenge is an official World Cup event and hopes are high that it will boost the quality of youth football on the continent and abroad.Ghana is the current under-20 world champion, and Brazil hosts the next Fifa World Cup in 2014. The South American country is a former four-time under-20 world champion.City management hopes that the challenge will grow into an annual event, leaving a world-class legacy for young footballers in developing nations. Football fans who attend the event will also be helping organisers to confirm that Cape Town is ready to welcome the world to the first-ever African World Cup.“We need your help to test the city’s readiness to host the biggest event of all,” said Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson. “It is important that this fourth event tests us to the limits.”The city’s sports and recreation director Gert Bam said that those who attend are in for a treat.Neilson added that city management was committed to developing young talent. “Some of the players in these teams will become household names in a few years and may even compete in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”Young talentSome of South Africa’s brightest football stars have emerged from the under-20 ranks. Among them are striker Benni McCarthy, now with English Premier League team West Ham United; midfielder Elrio van Heerden, currently on loan to Turkish club Sivasspor from Blackburn Rovers; and winger Steven Pienaar, who plays for Premier League side Everton.Another well-known former Amajita player is lanky defender Matthew Booth, who caused confusion among visitors to the 2009 Confederations Cup when crowds yelling his name, “Boooooth!”, were thought to be booing him.The 1.9m-tall Booth currently plays for local team Mamelodi Sundowns as defender, after a stint with Russian club Krylia Sovetov Samara, where he was captain.last_img read more

The Fine Print on Energy Efficiency

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first_imgHave you ever seen one of those big yellow cards on refrigerators, washing machines and other new appliances? These government-mandated notices indicate about how much energy the average U.S. consumer will save by replacing their older model at home with one of these shiny new things. Trouble is, different people use their appliances very differently — so most of us aren’t average consumers. When we researched how behavioral differences varied, we found that Americans use vastly different amounts of energy to light our homes, watch TV, and make toast. As a result, we determined that the money and carbon pollution that can be saved from swapping out inefficient televisions and dryers for more efficient ones depends above all on what kind of consumer is buying.RELATED ARTICLESAre Energy-Efficient Appliances Worth It?Choosing an Energy-Efficient RefrigeratorNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesU.S. Lags in Energy EfficiencyAll About Washing Machines Consumers have different expectations The biggest driver of how much money consumers can save by using more efficient appliances is their behavior. For example, 14% of the population either watches TV or leaves their television on for an average of 7.7 hours per day, while half of Americans watch only an hour a day. And while 45% of U.S. households do laundry between two and four times every week, 10% of us are running between 10 and 15 loads. Another 8% use their washers and dryers once a week or less. If you don’t use an efficient appliance very often, it’s harder to get the savings needed to compensate for the cost of buying it. For example, a standard top-loading washing machine that is about $200 cheaper than an efficient model that uses up to 50% less energy. To justify the more efficient model, a consumer wants to save more than the extra $200 sticker price in their utility bills before replacing the appliance, typically about 11 years later. We found that a household’s bottom line for buying a high-efficiency washing machine versus a standard one ranged from a $100 loss to saving $1,560. Where you might land on this spectrum depends on how many loads of laundry you and yours do every week and to a lesser extent, where you live. People who do the most laundry save the most money on electricity when they use efficient washing machines, regardless of what electricity costs. (Source: Eric Williams, Ashok Sekar and Eric Hittinger) With this big a range, knowing the average savings isn’t much help when you’re deciding whether to spend the extra money on an efficient model. For some appliances, however, behavior plays a smaller role. Unless you hold your refrigerator door open for hours at a time, it probably costs you the same amount to run it as it would in anyone else’s home. Demographics, behavior and geography Demographics play a big role. Heavy television watchers tend to be elderly and retired. Families that constantly do laundry usually have little kids. Personal preferences matter as well. For example, two single people with similar jobs may watch different amounts of television depending on how they spend their free time. It also matters how much you pay for electricity and natural gas, which depends on where you live. For instance, the average U.S. residential electricity rate in 2017 was about 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, the energy it takes to power a laptop for two or three days. But in Washington state, a kilowatt-hour costs less than a dime, while people in Hawaii had to pay 29.5 cents per kilowatt-hour — making it the most expensive state for ratepayers. Likewise, the environmental benefits of energy-efficient appliances varies from place to place. When consumers need less electricity, local utilities don’t have to generate as much of it. Ratcheting down production at a coal plant will reduce a lot of carbon emissions, while turning down a hydropower plant won’t because it doesn’t emit carbon to begin with. The benefits of using less energy to do your laundry for society and the planet depend, therefore, on how your region is generating electricity. When we calculated this effect using real-world data, we found, for example, that saving the same amount of energy in coal-dependent Pennsylvania reduced 4.4 times more carbon than in hydropower-rich Washington state. Getting better energy info Based on our findings, we believe that the government and utilities should pay more attention to the many differences between consumers, including where they live, to make the most of their efforts to increase appliance efficiency. For example, we calculate that families with three or more kids save on average $570 from an efficient washer before replacing it, and 25% of them save more than $1,000. These families have a bigger incentive to buy an efficient washer compared to an average consumer, who would only save $125. Getting a good estimate for how much they personally will save could influence and expedite their decision to upgrade their laundry room. Ensuring that the public has this information could also help the environment. The consumers who would save the most money are also the ones who can potentially reduce their carbon emissions the most by using more efficient appliances. Making it happen We also see some straightforward ways to make this happen. First, consumers should be able to find out what their own potential energy savings would be. Tailoring this information could be accomplished relatively easily with a simple app for use by customers and sales staff. Apps like these are already helping homeowners see how much money they might save in the long run from installing rooftop solar panels. Utility rebate programs can also be improved with a more personalized approach. Many utilities will offer money back if their customers buy an efficient appliance. Utilities could encourage larger savings by targeting the kind of people likely to save more with an efficient appliance. In addition to the yellow energy use labels, the U.S. government also runs the Energy Star program, which certifies efficient appliances. Despite coming under attack from the Trump administration, these programs have been low-cost and effective ways to promote energy efficiency. But personalized information has potential to take promoting energy efficiency to the next level. It’s one of those everybody-wins situations: Utilities will save more energy and customers will save more money. With carbon emissions declining more swiftly, the whole world benefits as some progress will be made toward slowing the pace of climate change.   Eric Williams is professor of sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ashok Sekar is a postdoctoral fellow with the Energy Systems Transformation Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin. Eric Hittinger is associate professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 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ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold

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first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games “I told the father (and coach Emerson Obiena) we’re thinking of the long term here. We have the Asian Games, the Olympics and World Championships. SEA Games gold is good but if he aggravates his injury we don’t want it,” said Juico.READ: PH gold medal bet Obiena injures ACL, out of SEA GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 22-year-old, 6-foot-2 Obiena hurt his ACL and was even reported by Juico as needing surgery last Friday, one day before the team departed for this city.But Juico said EJ and his father insisted that the young pole vaulter is healthy enough to hunt for a gold in the event where he bagged a silver two years ago in Singapore. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief EJ Obiena has broken the national record 14 times and, at 21, looks very capable of raising the bar well beyond the 5.55 meters he achieved in a recent athletics meet in Singapore (photo).KUALA LUMPUR—Ernest John Obiena is set to compete in pole vault on Thursday despite fears that he injured his left ACL last week during training in Manila.This was confirmed by athletics chief Philip Ella Juico, who said Obiena will fly here in the morning just in time for the event in the afternoon at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIEScenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Obiena, who has been training in Formia, Italy, has a personal best of 5.61 meters, which is deemed good for the SEA Games gold medal.The standing SEA Games record is only 5.30 meters. View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockeylast_img read more

2015 Defence Nationals

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first_imgDefence Teams from across the country will travel to Newcastle this week to take part in the 2015 Australian Defence Force Touch Association National Championships.15 teams, across Men’s, Women’s and Senior Divisions will be competing for the title of National Champions, to be decided on Thursday – October 8th at Lakeside Sports Complex. Regions represented include: »         North Queensland»         South Queensland»         ACT/Country»         Sydney Metro»         Northern TerritoryPlayers will not only be aiming to take out the Championship CB, but also vying for positions on the Defence National Sides who will compete in the 2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League. With ACT/Country looking to defend their title as the Championship CB.Round games tap off this afternoon, with the finals taking place on Thursday. »         Mens 40’s Grand Final – 10:40am»         Mens 30’s Grand Final – 11:40am»         Womens Open Grand Final – 1:00pm»         Mens Open Final 2:00pmTo keep up to date with all the results and ladders, head to: www.defence.mytouchfooty.com. Related LinksDefence Nationalslast_img read more

10 months agoFA CUP DRAW: Arsenal host Man Utd; Everton go to Millwall

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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say FA CUP DRAW: Arsenal host Man Utd; Everton go to Millwallby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Manchester United have been drawn at Emirates stadum in the FA Cup fourth round.The Gunners have won the competition a record 13 times, while United are 12-time winners.Non-league Barnet – the lowest-ranked club left in the competition – are at home to Championship side Brentford.League One Gillingham, who knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the third round, will face another Welsh side when they travel to Swansea City.Premier League champions Manchester City are at home to relegation-battling Burnley, while another top-flight match-up sees Crystal Palace host Tottenham.FA Cup holders Chelsea will take on Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town at Stamford Bridge.Fourth-round drawSwansea v GillinghamWimbledon v West HamShrewsbury or Stoke v WolvesMillwall v EvertonBrighton v West BromBristol City v BoltonAccrington v Derby or SouthamptonDoncaster v OldhamChelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or LutonNewcastle or Blackburn v WatfordMiddlesbrough v NewportManchester City v BurnleyBarnet v BrentfordPortsmouth v QPRArsenal v Manchester UnitedCrystal Palace v Tottenham read more

a month agoFiorentina captain German Pezzella confirms turning down AC Milan

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first_imgFiorentina captain German Pezzella confirms turning down AC Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina captain German Pezzella has confirmed he turned down an offer from AC Milan over the summer.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“I did receive an offer from Milan this summer, and I was tempted, but I was pushed to continue my experience in Florence because I wanted to cancel out the disappointment of last season,” Pezzella told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“I didn’t want to have my name linked to a sad period for Florence and the Viola fans.”He added: “I am surprised to see Milan so low down the table, as it doesn’t reflect the quality of the squad. They are struggling, but I wouldn’t call it a crisis.“We must go to San Siro aiming to win and do it by remaining faithful to our style of football and having fun. I consider Alessio Romagnoli to be the best Italian defender after Giorgio Chiellini.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Texas Commit Cecil Cherry Shows Off Congratulatory Longhorn Cake

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first_imgA general view of Texas Longhorns fans during a game.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas lost a commitment from four-star Miami (Fla.) athlete Tim Irvin over the weekend, but it looks like the Longhorn faithful has nothing to worry about in the case of Lakeland (Fla.) linebacker commit Cecil Cherry, a four-star prospect according to Rivals.After an in-home visit with Texas head coach Charlie Strong and linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary last night, Cherry tweeted a picture of his Longhorn loyalty in the form of a cake, presumably made for him by his family.Hook em pic.twitter.com/EJintsuUqj— Cecil Cherry (@cecil__cherry3) January 20, 2015Goodmorning LONGHORNS FANS I had a great home visit and my fam love coach strong HOOK EM pic.twitter.com/HUndWZ1WSU— Cecil Cherry (@cecil__cherry3) January 20, 2015Cherry is one of 18 current verbal commitments for the Longhorns, who finished 6-7 in Strong’s first season, including a 31-7 loss to Arkansas in the AdvoCareV100 Texas Bowl. National Signing Day 2015 is set for Wednesday, February 4.last_img read more

Woman attempts suicide at metro station survives

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first_imgNew Delhi: A 50-year-old woman tried to commit suicide at the Seelampur metro station here on Friday but escaped as she fell between two tracks, police said. The incident occurred at 9.46 a.m. at Platform 2, police spokesman Anil Mittal said. The victim, Kamlesh Jain, is a resident of Shanti Mohalla in Seelampur. “She didn’t suffer external injuries and was shifted to the GTB Hospital,” he added.last_img