‘Quality Education’, The Greatest Gift We Can Bequeath to Our Children

first_img“The greatest gift we can bequeath to our children, our people, is quality education, which is the foundation for national development,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told an audience, including parents and guardians, who had gathered to witness, the commencement convocation of Tubman University (TU) last Thursday.Delivering the keynote address at TU’s first commencement convocation, the President declared, “Achieving quality in our educational system must be the business and the duty of every Liberian; for as much as we talk about the urgent need for infrastructure – our roads, power, ports – if we lack the education to manage such facilities, they will not last.”The Liberian leader indicated that quality education is not cheap, either for the provider or the beneficiary.“The best results from such an expensive undertaking are obtained only when serious effort and time are devoted to get the most out of the opportunities that are available,” she added.“To the extended audience out there, you can buy a degree but you cannot buy an education,” she pointed out amidst cheers.The commencement convocation of Tubman University was the first of that university since its accreditation in 2009.President Sirleaf spoke on the theme, “The Quest for Quality Education.” She stressed that all actors in the society desire quality education for their children and students.“We want them to seize the opportunity to learn, and we want our teachers to acquire quality training in order to impart quality learning in the young minds in their charge,” she emphasized.She indicated that quality education requires faculty with integrity, qualified in their disciplines and committed to the learner.Such a faculty, President Sirleaf said, delivers a coherent curriculum with rigorous standards, and specific learning outcomes or competencies that students must demonstrate, to include theoretical as well as experimental learning.“Quality education must provide co-curriculum activities for the learner, with opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Quality education must also include continuous assessment and quality assurance with the result being used for continuous improvement,” she pointed out.In order to produce leaders of tomorrow, she stressed,  institutions like Tubman University must empower Liberian youths by teaching them not only the theory, but leadership skills, social responsibility, issues about the environment, among other disciplines.Reflecting on the University and its leadership, the President indicated that the institution serves as a regional magnet that causes young people to gravitate to Harper, Maryland County because they know that they will obtain quality education that is fundamental to their own success.The President said it will also impact Liberia’s economic, social and political transformation as outlined in the country’s “Vision 2030 – Liberia Rising,” and the five-year development strategy “Agenda for Transformation.”The enrollment at the University rose from 287 in 2009 to 1000 in 2013/2014.The President said it is satisfying that the country can boast of a few more graduates skilled in areas where Liberia desperately needs expertise. She named the areas of need as Agriculture, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, Guidance and Counseling, among others.TU was opened in 2009 as the second public-owned bachelor’s degree-granting institution. It is the successor of the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology that was damaged during the civil conflict.TU transitioned from a college of technology to a university comprising six colleges: the College of Engineering and Technology, College of Health Sciences, College of Agriculture and Food Science, College of Education, College of Management and Public Administration, and College of Arts and Sciences.President Sirleaf referred to the 80 graduates as pioneers of the University who have made history by being the first group of graduates of the University. “You are making history today, because there will never be another ‘First Commencement Convocation of Tubman University’. You are the first; everyone hereafter will follow your footprints and watch what you do,” she told the graduates.Congratulating the graduates, President Sirleaf referred to them as “trailblazers” of Tubman University.“I congratulate you on behalf of the Government of Liberia and in my own name and right, for your achievements.”Also commending TU’s president for her sacrificial work, President Sirleaf described Prof. Russell’s journey to Tubman University as one that has not been easy.“She remained faithful and steadfast to her values and her profession, insisting that students remain students, obtaining the education for which they have made a big sacrifice.” The Valedictorian of the Graduating Class, P. Mike Jurry, thanked the government for opening Tubman University in the Southeast and many other community colleges around the country.He urged government to provide scholarships for some of the graduates to pursue post graduate studies.He also called on the Tubman University authority and the Government to absorb some of them as teacher assistants.Categorically, there were 13 females and 67 males. Ten students received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, while seven received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health.Nine of the graduates obtained the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education, seven in Guidance and Counseling and 18 in Agriculture; while 10 received the Bachelor of Business Arts in Accounting, two, Bachelor in Business Arts in Business Administration, 13 with Bachelor of Public Administration and four, Bachelor of Business Arts in Economics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sophia man to face jury for raping 15-year-old

first_imgAduke JosiahAduke Josiah, who is currently out on $300,000 bail, was on Thursday committed to stand trial at the High Court before a judge and jury for raping a child under the age of 16.The 34-year-old man of Plum Park, Sophia, Greater Georgetown stood before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he was told that the court was provided with sufficient evidence and as such, the matter would be sent to the High Court for trial.The indictable charge stated that on August 8, 2018, at Plum Park, Sophia, he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.On the day in question, the teen was at home alone when Josiah forced his way into her room and had sexual intercourse with her. The girl later told her parents what transpired and a report was made to the Police. The defendant was subsequently arrested and charged.last_img read more

Mastermind in Albert Street double murder arrested in Pomeroon River

first_imgThe alleged mastermind in the brutal murders of 87-year-old Constance Fraser and 75-year-old Phyllis Caesar, whose bodies were discovered in their home at South Road and Albert Street, Georgetown, was apprehended by members of the Major Crimes Unit in a Pomeroon riverine community on Sunday afternoon.Guyana TimesThe home where the elderly women livedunderstands that following the confession made by two of the four suspects who were arrested on Friday, the name of this mastermind has since been revealed. Without hesitation, detectives visited the man’s home, but were unsuccessful in apprehending him.However, a police source explained that the suspect’s brother transported him to the Pomeroon riverine community after he found out that police were looking for him in connection with the murders.The alleged mastermind is a 25-year-old resident of Cooper Street, Albouystown Georgetown. Upon his arrest, he was escorted to CID Headquarters, where he is being interrogated for the heinous crimes.The bodies of Fraser, known as “Mother Fraser”, and Caesar, her niece, were found in the wee hours of Tuesday. The women were found in the upper flat of the home, in their respective bedrooms, lying unconscious on their beds. Caesar’s hands and legs were bound, and a piece of cloth had been stuffed in her mouth.Police confirmed that the house was ransacked, which suggested that the murders stemmed from a robbery. In addition, detectives confirmed that the perpetrators may have gained entry to the home via the western door.According to reports, Caesar failed to report to her place of worship, as is customary, prompting several attempts to contact the duo, all of which were to no avail. A congregation member then alerted the Police, and together they ventured into the home and discovered the two women dead. The elderly women were last seen alive while attending church on Monday evening.Congregation members crowded the street after news of the discovery spread, and they informed Guyana Times that, on multiple occasions, bandits had broken into the home of the two defenceless elderly women.During the most recent attack, just about a month ago, the criminals had carted off a cell phone and a quantity of cash.Meanwhile, the autopsy done on the bodies of the two women proved that they died as a result of asphyxiation due to suffocation and manual strangulation, compounded by trauma to the head. The post-mortem was performed by local pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh. (Bisham Mohamed)last_img read more

NPSS Cross County team back after a successful day in Dawson Creek yesterday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s Cross Country team was in action yesterday in Dawson Creek.Athletes took part in the Escape from Fish Creek Cross Country Run and placed very well. Dustin Bowes placed 3rd for the Senior Boys with a time of 43:47. In the girls division, NPSS students swept the podium as Jordynn McPherson had a time of 27:36, narrowly edging Kenzie Chilcott’s time of 27:37. Emma Lang wasn’t far behind with a time of 28:11.The Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams are off to Grande Prairie for the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Pow Wow Tournament this weekend. The Boys Soccer team is off till next week when they head to Williams Lake.- Advertisement –last_img

Campfire ban still in effect this weekend

first_imgView Prince George Fire Centre in a larger mapThis map shows approximately the border of the Prince George Fire Centre. It is one of the largest regions in the province.Officials are once again reminding those in the Prince George Fire Centre that the campfire ban is still in effect.- Advertisement -That means campers heading out this weekend should pack a gas or charcoal stove.Fire Information Officer Jillian Chimko says officers have extinguished a number of campfires, despite the ban being in place for almost two weeks now.The ban covers all provincial parks, including Crown and private land outside of organized areas. However, the ban is not in place within municipalities or regional districts, which have their own burning bylaws.Advertisement The fire centre will have officers patrolling to make sure the ban is enforced. A fine will be issued to anyone who is ignoring the bylaw. If the fire gets out of control, the individual will be financially responsible for firefighting costs.Although the Prince George Fire Centre is currently under a low to moderate fire danger rating, Category 1,2 and 3 bans will be in place until further notice.For a free guide on campfires and outdoor stoves, Click HereFor current statistics on fires throughout the province, Click HereAdvertisement The Prince George Fire Centre is recommending residents to check with their local fire department, municipality, improvement district or regional district to determine if there are local bylaws that pertain to open fires.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL’S WINTER WONDERLAND

first_imgMeenderryhirk – Dungloe. Photo by Dorthe DohertySnow covered rooftops looking towards Letterkenny.Beautiful picture at Carrickfinn Airport with a snow capped Errigal in the backgroundRocky is having difficulty burying his bone with all this snow!! Photo by Ryan McCauley.Archie and Mia enjoying the snowy conditions. Photo by Ryan McCauley.Little Hugh-bert doing his best to camouflage in with the snow. Photo by Ryan McCauley.It’s too cold, can we go back inside now please? Photo by Ryan McCauley.These little dogs are enjoying the snow at Donegal Pet Rescue. Photo by Ryan McCauley.Beautiful picture of the beach in Buncrana. Photo by Anita Galbraith Friel.Heavy snow in Buncrana. Photo by Anita Galbraith FrielPICTURE SPECIAL: Above are a selection of images which show different parts of Donegal covered under a beautiful blanket of snow.Heavy snowfall overnight has caused traffic disruption on the roads all across the county.Snow is still falling in some places and Met Eireann have predicted more snow for tonight. However, there is something beautiful about seeing our hills covered in snow as the images above relay.If you’ve got any images and want to send them into us then please do.Send your snow snaps to info@donegaldaily.com   PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL’S WINTER WONDERLAND was last modified: January 13th, 2015 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:Featuresnewspicture specialsnowlast_img read more

TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER OF SEAMUS DOHERTY

first_imgBreaking News: Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Donegal man Seamus Doherty.The 67 year old was found dead in the bathroom of his home at Drumacanoo, Glenswilly in the early hours of Sunday morning last.A man in his 40s was arrested late last night while a woman in her 50s was arrested early this morning. Both are being detained for questioning at Letterkenny Garda station.A Garda spokesman said: “Investigating Gardai have made two arrests as part of the investigation into the murder of Seamus Doherty.“A male aged in his 40s was arrested yesterday evening (20/6/2012) and a female in her 50s was arrested this morning. They are both detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Letterkenny Garda Station.”Mr Doherty, a father of four, was believed to have died of natural causes but this was later upgraded to a murder enquiry after a post mortem by State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy on Tuesday.  TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER OF SEAMUS DOHERTY was last modified: June 21st, 2012 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)last_img read more

Edison seeks power permit

first_imgThe permit process usually takes about a year, he said. The California Energy Commission confirmed it received applications from Edison Mission Group. McFarlan said the company will not start building until it has a contract with a local energy company. Theoretically, the plant could sell energy to Southern California Edison, McFarlan said. But Edison Mission Group and Southern California Edison are part of Edison International, and any transaction between the two related companies would be subject to strict regulation, McFarlan said. ben.baeder@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals While power is being loaded onto the area’s power grid, the California Independent System Operator would not be able to black out power to the area, officials said. So, parts of the area would likely be spared from rolling blackouts. “The (California Energy Commission) and the California Independent System Operator have both expressed concerns about the potential for power shortages in the southern part of the state,” Edison Mission Group Chief Executive Officer Ted Craver said. To make room for the plant, Industry officials plan to lease 11.5acres on Bixby Road to Edison Mission Group for about 20 years, Industry Mayor Dave Perez said. The land, just south of the train switching yard near Valley Boulevard, is near a natural-gas pipe and an electricity transmission line, Perez said. At its highest point, the plant would be about 90 feet tall, according to a statement from Edison Mission Group. Before building starts, Edison Mission Group is required by law to hold public hearings, said Doug McFarlan, a company spokesman. And the company must have permission from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. INDUSTRY – A subsidiary of Edison International on Tuesday applied for permits to build a $250million power plant in Industry, which officials say would spare the area from rolling blackouts. Company officials hope to build a “peaker plant” – which means the facility would be turned on only during summer months when electricity is most in demand, according to an Irvine-based Edison Mission Group spokesman. The plant, dubbed Walnut Creek Energy Park, would consist of five natural gas-powered jet engines able to quickly produce about 500 megawatts of energy – enough to power about 165,000 home air-conditioning units, according to Edison Mission Group officials. Officials said the best way to express how much energy would be produced would be by equating it to air conditioning units and not individual households. last_img read more

Gravity: A Theory in Crisis

first_imgNote: This is **not** a joke.  How could gravity be a theory in crisis?  Isn’t gravity one of the best-understood facts of nature?  Don’t we all avoid jumping off cliffs because of the law of gravity?  Gravity is doing just fine, thank you.  It’s our theory of gravity, and the cosmology built on it, that is in crisis – according to a report on PhysOrg today: “Study plunges standard Theory of Cosmology into Crisis.”    Problems began in the late 1990s when cosmologists found unexpected brightness readings from distant supernovae.  They appeared fainter than expected.  Astronomy magazines were awash in reports that some type of mysterious energy was accelerating the expansion of the universe.  Since no one could observe this energy, it was called “dark” or mysterious.  To this day, no one has figured out what it is (see 05/01/2009, bullet 9), even though most astronomers have been claiming that dark matter and dark energy constitute 95% of the stuff of the universe (09/20/2002, 05/10/2004)    Hiding most of the universe in mysterious unknown stuff has been wearing thin on cosmologists.  It’s not even a solution: the PhysOrg article said, “Even if it does exist, dark matter would be unable to reconcile all the current discrepancies between actual measurements and predictions based on theoretical models.”  The situation appears ripe for a paradigm change.  “Hence the number of physicists questioning the existence of dark matter has been increasing for some time now.”  Are there any other contenders?    A leading alternative would have shocked 19th century physicists.  It’s called “Modified Newtonian Dynamics” (MOND) – suggesting that even the triumph of the great Isaac Newton was not forever. Competing theories of gravitation have already been developed which are independent of this construction [of dark energy].  Their only problem is that they conflict with Newton’s theory of gravitation.    “Maybe Newton was indeed wrong”, declares Professor Dr. Pavel Kroupa of Bonn University’s Argelander-Institut f�r Astronomie (AIfA).  “Although his theory does, in fact, describe the everyday effects of gravity on Earth, things we can see and measure, it is conceivable that we have completely failed to comprehend the actual physics underlying the force of gravity”….    It would not be the first time that Newton’s theory of gravitation had to be modified over the past hundred years.  This became necessary in three special cases: when high velocities are involved (through the Special Theory of Relativity), in the proximity of large masses (through the theory of General Relativity), and on sub-atomic scales (through quantum mechanics).A new report in The Astrophysical Journal is making a convincing case for MOND.  “This is a problematical hypothesis that has nevertheless gained increasing ground in recent years, especially in Europe,” PhysOrg reported.  Some of the problems are that distant satellite galaxies under MOND cannot contain any dark matter (06/30/2001), but are moving too fast to explain with classical (Newtonian) physics. Or one must assume that some basic fundamental principles of physics have hitherto been incorrectly understood.  “The only solution would be to reject Newton’s classical theory of gravitation”, says Pavel Kroupa.  “We probably live in a non-Newton universe.  If this is true, then our observations could be explained without dark matter”.  Such approaches are finding support amongst other research teams in Europe, too.In support of Newton, it could be argued that his law of gravity is being modified, not abandoned.  As with relativity, classical mechanics works for our everyday experience.  It’s only at the extremes of the very small and the very large where adjustments are needed.  Still, relativity in the early 1900s and now MOND in the early 2000s are pointing out fundamental shortcomings in a theory that was considered throughout the Enlightenment as the epitome of scientific achievement – a law that scientists and philosophers for centuries trusted to explain all the motions of the universe.Darwinists often parrot one of their favorite sound bites, “evolution is a fact, like gravity.”  The fact is, Evolution is attacked, like gravity.  The main difference is that undermining theories of gravitation does not threaten the naturalistic worldview that underlies Darwinism.  Therefore, Darwin-doubters are attacked, with gravity [gravity, n., importance, significance, as, the gravity of an offense].    But is it any less grave an offense to fool the public by appealing to mysterious unknown stuff – dark matter and dark energy – for over a decade? (see 02/28/2008 and article on ICR).  Ponder the substance of scientific appeals to imponderable substances.  Cosmologists have been invoking these imponderable or occult (mysterious, unknown) substances with alacrity in their cosmological models.  Think of everything built on top of these assumptions – the standard model of the Big Bang, for one.    Another imponderable substance may be the “force” of natural selection.  Calling a metaphor a force is a farce.  Metaphors bewitch you (07/04/2003).  So do farces, which only have a dark side.  Duct tape is better.  It has both a light side and a dark side, and it binds the universe together.  Enough of this.  Now get some gravitas [gravitas, n.: seriousness or sobriety], and may the Source be with you.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hot Jupiters Exasperate Astronomers

first_img(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Nothing has been more upsetting to comfortable theory than the discovery of hot Jupiters around other stars.It’s nice to find an honest astronomer not predisposed to triumphalism. Astrophysicist Paul Sutter is such an one. In his Space.com piece, “Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close: How Hot Jupiters Defy Theory,” he writes as if a humiliated penitent in a confessional. His article should send a warning to scientists who tend to be overconfident in their knowledge and methods.As usual, we thought we had it all figured out. See that gas giant over there in the outer solar system? It was born there. It will spend its whole life there, and it will die there. Sure it might wiggle around a bit every few hundred million years — who doesn’t? — but, by and large, planets don’t move.Surprise: Planets move. And not just a little. They move a lot. All over the place. In fact, in the early days of a solar system’s formation, planets are a little rambunctious: squirrely little toddlers jostling about underfoot. But it wasn’t until we started observing planets in other solar systems (“extrasolar planets” or “exoplanets” for the astronomer on the move) that we really noticed this fact. The hot Jupiters, in particular, put shame on the face of planetary scientists whose models went kaput with the discovery of these fast-moving giants. The penitent weeps:And it wasn’t just any type of exoplanet that kicked off this re-think; it was the hot Jupiters. Imagine: a planet more massive than the largest one in our solar system and 10 times warmer, a monstrous beast of hydrogen and other elements, complete with swirling bands of gas and a rich, dynamic atmosphere, orbiting closer its star than Mercury orbits the sun. In some solar systems, such a planet orbits so quickly that its year is shorter than the Earth’s day. That means these worlds can whip around their parent stars in hours. The physics involved can reduce the most hardened scientist to tears.Dr. Sutter tries to regain his composure. Maybe a little humor will help.When astronomers spotted the first hot Jupiter (51 Pegasi b, the first exoplanet to be found around a sunlike star, no less), the reaction was mostly, “Ha ha, mother nature, that’s cute. You got us this time, but no more funny business, OK?”But then another hot Jupiter was found. And another. Then half a dozen more. They went from goofy oddballs to … normalcy. For a while, it started to look like our own solar system was the weird one. Maybe they should just be called “regular Jupiters,” and ours re-named a “cold Jupiter?”The tears flow again, as Sutter recalls astronomers having our own solar system all worked out: rocky planets inside the frost line, gas giants outside the frost line. It had to be that way. That’s what made sense. Our own solar system was proof of it.Sutter dispenses with the notion of a selection effect: i.e., that because hot Jupiters are easier to detect, we overestimated their abundance. No; they’re there—plenty of them. We see a broader range of sizes and distances now, but how can astronomers explain the hot Jupiters that should not exist? Sutter backslides into the besetting sin of ex-post facto modeling with ad hoc conditions to fit the observations, stated with bravado:The best guess we have so far — and it really is a guess at this point — is that a Jupiter-like planet forms in an appropriately Jupiter-like orbit in an early gaseous, nebulous not-quite-a-solar-system. The big world clears a gap in the gaseous disk, because that’s what giant planets do. It’s stuck to the middle of the gap like a car on a racetrack. If it moves too close in, the bands of gasses around the star are rotating faster than the planet is orbiting, and so nudge the giant young planet back out. If the planet scoots out too far, the slower-moving gas bands located there nudge it back into its proper place.But since the system is so young, it’s not done contracting and compressing. The gas continually brushes against the planet, playing a fantastically huge game of curling to keep the planet within the gap. And as the entire disk of gas continues to squeeze inward to its final, compact size, it carries the gap — and the newly formed planet — with it. Voilà: a Jupiter-size planet in the inner solar system!That’s all an act. The solution breeds numerous new questions, he notes, that are just as hard to answer. He confesses, “honestly, the whole mechanism seems a little dodgy, if you ask me.” To show this is not just Sutter’s millstone, Jeff Hecht expressed similar heaviness in his piece “The truth about explanets” in Nature:Little more than two decades after the first planets were found orbiting other stars, improved instruments on the ground and in space have sent the count soaring: it is now past 2,000. The finds include ‘hot Jupiters’, ‘super-Earths’ and other bodies with no counterpart in our Solar System — and have forced astronomers to radically rethink their theories of how planetary systems form and evolve.Meanwhile, Sutter ignores his confessor’s advice to take up truck driving. “To solve this riddle, we have to do what scientists do best: think about it some more. And more data wouldn’t hurt, either.”Good grief, Dr. Sutter! Your materialist friends have been thinking about it since Descartes and Laplace! How much more time does the public owe you? In any other career you would all be bounced out the door as losers. Thanks for the honesty, but have you ever thought along different lines? i.e., that your presuppositions might be in error? Please watch this and this.Our readers will recognize a familiar pattern: chutzpah humiliated by reality. It happened all over our solar system. Every planet they visited  (including Pluto, the latest) turned out to be totally different than what the “experts” thought. Now it’s happening again around hundreds of other star systems. Astronomers’ skill at getting there and observing is top notch; their skill at explanation, though, is pretty sorry. When data hurts, it might be an indication you crash landed onto the planet.last_img read more