UL Seniors to Teach in Leeward Counties

first_imgAuthorities at the University of Liberia (UL) have decided to shortly launch a project titled “The National Service Program.”This internship program is in agreement with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent mandate, which urges the UL Administration to send graduating seniors into the teaching field for at least a semester prior to their graduation.President Sirleaf, at the launch of a three-year Education ‘Operation Plan (2014/16) on May 24, mandated her officials starting with the Minister and Deputies at the Ministry of Education (MOE), to return to the classrooms and teach the students for at least three months.In so doing, the President believes her officials will experience the ‘hardships and headaches’ teachers across the country endure in discharge of their respective duties.The expected exercise according to the President is for her appointees, particularly the ministers and their principal deputies at the MOE to feel the adversity of teaching in Liberian schools.The President’s mandate was interpreted as a means of inspiring her officials into defending the plight of teachers, who over the years have been protesting against low-to-non-existent salaries and other benefits.The Liberian leader also instructed authorities of UL 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.It is based on the presidential mandate that the UL authorities plans to launch the National Service Program, mainly for students that are benefiting from government’s scholarship.UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis told reporters that the National Service Program intends to encourage students to move into the leeward counties to teach for one semester before graduation.He made the disclosure in an interview with reporters shortly after the MOE’s ‘Operational Plan’ was launched at the Monrovia City Hall.According to Dr. Dennis, the initiative of teaching in the classrooms was necessary to empower the students acquaint themselves with various teaching methodologies.Dr. Dennis indicated that launching the National Service Program for students that are government scholarship beneficiaries would eventually encourage all other university students to render national service before graduation.He called on the government to work in collaboration with UL Administration to plan the National Service Program which will encourage the students to help teach their brothers and sisters in the remote parts of the country.In another development, the president of the Bong County Technical College (BCTC), Dr. John S. Flomo, has called for collaborative efforts among the county leadership to ensure the speedy completion of the BCTC project.He said construction work on the BCTC, which began in 2012, has expended over US$4 million constituting 65 percent of the work being completed.Meanwhile, Dr. Flomo has pledged to commit himself to the college and to work hard to improve existing programs at each of the departments within the college’s programs.The BCTC contains the departments of Civil, Mining and Computer Engineering as well as Agriculture and Education. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

KN reporter storms out of press conference, pens erroneous attack

first_imgGuyana Times sets the record straight… reporters have a responsibility to reflect issues in a truthful manner – Jagdeo Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday rubbished a glaringly inaccurate report in the Kaieteur News, which sought to give the erroneous impression that that publication’s reporters at a press conference he hosted on Thursday were somehow restrained from asking questions.Former President Bharrat JagdeoIn the article headlined “Jagdeo bars Kaieteur News from asking questions at press conference,” the reporter sought to convey the impression that she had been somehow restrained when in fact, she opted to storm out of the press conference when not allowed to pose questions at the time she wanted to pose her question. Subsequently, her colleague from the same news entity followed her.In the article published in the Kaieteur News, it was reported that the first question Jagdeo entertained was posed by a reporter attached to the Guyana Times newspaper. This publication wishes to place on record the fact that its journalist had in fact signalled an intention to ask questions even before the Opposition Leader had finished making his opening remarks.Kaieteur News Editor in Chief Adam HarrisThe Kaieteur News report suggested that Jagdeo entertained two questions from that reporter. What in fact did transpire is that the Guyana Times reporter sought clarification on a matter raised by the former President in his opening statements – a question that sought clarification on two fronts.The Kaieteur News article then went on to say that the moderator, Zulfikar Mustapha, then asked if any other reporter wished to pose further questions and that the two reporters representing Kaieteur News at the press conference simultaneously indicated, by raised hands, that they wished to question the Opposition Leader.What the Kaieteur News report did not detail is the fact that when the reporter from that publication was given her chance, the reporter posed five separate initial questions to the Opposition Leader and was also afforded follow-up clarifications.A reporter from HGP Nightly News was also afforded an opportunity at this point in time to get in a quick clarification.Kaieteur News conveniently left out these details from its report but went on to say that when their representative attempted to pose questions to Jagdeo, he responded by saying, “No, no, no, you cannot ask any questions. Your colleague already asked questions.”What in fact transpired is when the second reporter from Kaieteur News attempted to pose a question, she was informed that a representative from the newspaper had already posed a number of questions and as such, she should allow other media houses present to be given an opportunity to have their questions fielded also.The moderator at the time identified a reporter from Stabroek News followed by a representative from an online media house at which point in time, the Kaieteur News reporter quipped “discrimination.”The former President responded to the ‘discrimination’ quip by pointing out that Kaieteur News had already had a chance to pose five questions and opted instead to field a question from Stabroek News saying “no, no, no, let me go with (SN reporters).”That reporter was allowed to pose questions to clarify something the Opposition Leader had said.By the time the former President had finished addressing the Stabroek News reporter, the Guyana Times reporter attempted to solicit a clarification but was quickly objected to by the Kaieteur News reporter who was immediately told by the Guyana Times reporter, “go ahead (Name), go ahead (Name).” The former Head of State intervened, however, and reminded that the reporter from the online media house was identified for the next substantive question but this person declined at this point since the question was already answered.The upset Kaieteur News reporter – who coincidentally waltzed into the press conference several minutes late – opted to instead storm out of the press conference to no doubt write an emotionally charged and wholly inaccurate report. The Opposition Leader has since called the report by that publication as “reflective of uninspired hyperbole, as is characteristic of the Kaieteur News.”Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader by way of a public missive on Friday also lambasted a second article in the Kaieteur News’ Friday, October 21, 2016, edition, where that newspaper contends that in addressing Guyana’s current economic challenges, no solutions were offered by the Opposition Leader. According to Jagdeo, “Again, the newspaper ignored facts… I defined elements of a matrix that could address the current slowdown in the economy.”He recalled too that “Of note is that I gave this explanation after a question was posed by the Kaieteur News… I explained that the matrix would feature three primary factors – consistent policies and incentives; uniformed applicability of policies; and a focus by the Minister of Finance on growth rather than managing for ratios. I also pointed out that to define this matrix further would take up a great deal of time which I was prepared to do, but not at a press conference.”The former President has since remarked that “Of note too is that the misrepresentations published by the Kaieteur news followed my explanation for the consistent personal attacks, as well as attacks on the political Opposition.”According to Jagdeo, “The role of the media has been accepted as a critical one in a democracy. However, reporters also have a responsibility to reflect issues in a truthful manner.”last_img read more

No hitch this time as QPR youngster joins Portsmouth on loan

first_imgQPR youngster Frankie Sutherland has moved to Portsmouth on loan.Sutherland, 19, has joined the League One club for an initial month with a view to extending his stay.The midfielder’s proposed loan move to Fratton Park in November fell through because the deal was not completed by the deadline.Rangers were keen for Sutherland, Michael Harriman, Tom Hitchcock and Max Ehmer to go out on loan early this year in order to play first-team football.Harriman recently joined Wycombe and Hitchcock Bristol Rovers, while Ehmer has been touted among Championship and leading League One clubs as he has already had spells with Yeovil and Preston.Meanwhile, QPR are on the verge of a deal to sign Yann M’Vila from Rennes.See also:QPR youngster’s proposed loan move to Portsmouth collapsesQPR plan to send more players out on 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Joburg unveils Gandhi statue

first_img2 October 2003The City of Johannesburg marked Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October by unveiling a bronze statue of him in Gandhi Square in the city centre.Earlier this year sculptor Tinka Christopher won the tender to produce the 2.5 metre statue, which she said took her three months of almost non-stop work to complete.“I worked 10 hours each day, seven days a week, to complete the work in time,” she said.The tall statue depicts Gandhi as a young lawyer in his gown, over a suit, with a book under his arm, looking determinedly forward, with the breeze blowing his cloak to one side. He looks into the centre of the square, and on top of a 5m tall plinth, makes for an imposing figure in the space. The plinth has wooden benches positioned around its base, making it people-friendly.Gandhi practised as an attorney at the Johannesburg Law Courts, which were the city’s first law courts, in what was known as Government Square (now renamed Gandhi Square). The courts were in use until 1911 when the Pritchard Street Supreme Court building was built. They were eventually demolished in 1948 and made way for the city’s main bus terminus, which is still functional.Gandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893, and at first practised law in Johannesburg in the early 1900s. But in time he became more active in resistance politics. He was tried at the Law Courts, convicted and sentenced for pass law offences, among them the call to Indians and Chinese to burn their pass books.He left the country for India in 1914, after having shaped and established his policy of “Satyagraha” or passive resistance.Christopher’s other works around the city include a two-children sculpture in Bank City, a fish eagle at corporate offices in Midrand, and a stallion at Toyota’s offices in Sandton.The winning entry was adjudicated by the advisory committee of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Proposals were received from three other sculptors: Naomi Jacobson, Ben Omar and Maureen Quin.To prevent the theft of the bronze sculpture, an alarm has been fitted inside the statue, and any vibrations will be immediately picked up, and set off a signal to a security company.The statue went up on Monday and was officially unveiled by Mayor Amos Masondo on Thursday. “It fits the space well,” said Christopher with a satisfied smile when the bubble wrap was removed.Eric Itzkin, the deputy director of Immovable Heritage, said he was pleased with how the statue worked out. “I am happy with the final choice.” The City donated half of the cost of the work, and the rest came from private donations.Meanwhile, Tolstoy Farm, 35 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, on which Gandhi spent some time living a communal kibbutz existence with a small community of 50 adults and 30 children, is to be recreated as a community centre and museum.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Backupify Makes Your Social Media Data Searchable, Restorable

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Cloud-to-cloud social media and webmail backup provider Backupify is announcing this morning the imminent availability of a new service called CloudSight. CloudSight will render a customer’s entire archive searchable and available for restoration with a single click.“The [CloudSite] service gives social media and compliance professionals an automated audit trail of customer- facing corporate online communications across all major social media and cloud platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Gmail,” Backupify says. A number of different companies are providing similar services now, but Backupify’s appears unique in some important ways. Update: Unfortunately, it looks like the day of this announcement Backupify has experienced some down time.In the consumer world, YCombinator-backed startup Greplin has made a big splash for promising to render your digital data trail searchable as well. That’s not a business-focused service, though, and doesn’t offer data restoration the way Backupify does.Backupify CloudSight Overview from Backupify on Vimeo.Perhaps somewhere between the two is where the forthcoming Locker Project is aimed. That open-source service, being built by XMPP inventor Jeremie Miller, is based on the premise of turning each user’s data locker into a private application platform. Miller’s service aims to capture each user’s published data – but also the data they have subscribed to, including the data their contacts have published.Backupify fans have begun talking about what kinds of applications could be built on an API for that service, as well. “I’d look to build some cross-network analysis and search tools,” says Hubspot co-founder Dharmesh Shah in a top-voted Quora reply on the topic. “Like: ‘Show me everyone in the San Francisco area that I’ve sent an email to in the last 90 days’ (with location data from Twitter and Facebook, and email from Gmail).”For now there’s no API, but Backupify certainly becomes more interesting with the addition of the CloudSight feature. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Products 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more