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Alfalit-Liberia, MOE Sign Adult Literacy MOU

first_imgOne of Liberia’s foremost adult literacy entities, Alfalit-Liberia and the Ministry of Education (MOE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting adult literacy in the country.Speaking at the signing ceremony Tuesday, May 27, at MOE’s Computer Training Center, Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh called for the translation of the signed document into a practical context that would enhance the learning process of adults in the country.Minister Tarpeh also stressed the hope that the MOE’s collaboration with Alfalit-International Liberia will build a vibrant educational system at the grass-roots level for the nation’s adult population.The Education Minister wishes that her relationship with Alfalit-Liberia will also promote and enhance productivity in the educational system of the country.“No one person at the MOE would be able to do all the adult literacy work in this country.  It should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, irrespective of background,” Minister Tarpeh declared.She further admitted that many adult literacy organizations have tried in many ways, but perhaps their initiatives were not highly successful owing to the condition in the country at that time.She urged adult literacy entities operating in the country to train adult learners also in some basic negotiation skills that further empower them not only in reading and writing, but in carrying out successful business activities. The Ministry of Education head also underscored the need for the teaching of local languages in the adult education sector as an alternative for the better understanding of the subject matter. She also urged adult literacy groups in the country to include in their training manuals the training of marketable skills to the adult literacy learners.Minister Tarpeh in closing congratulated Alfalit-Liberia’s staff for their commitment, resilience and determination over years in training adult Liberians in literacy.In a special statement, the chairman of Alfalit-Liberia’s Board of Directors, Kenneth Y. Best, gave the overview of the adult literacy entity since it was established in Liberia in 2006.Chairman Best explained that Alfalit-Liberia has trained about 55,000 adult literacy learners in Liberia and adult literacy centers have been established in all 15 counties of Liberia.Mr. Best, who is also Publisher and  Managing Director of the Daily Observer  newspaper, recalled chat he once had with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, that the nation could achieve functional literacy in five years.  However, he maintained that in order to accomplish this goal, “All stakeholders have to be on board.” These include the Liberian government, especially the Ministry of Education, all schools and educational institutions around the country, civil society organizations and the development partners.Mr. Best thanked Education Minister Tarpeh and her staff for accepting Alfalit-Liberia as a solid partner with the MOE in promoting adult literacy.Chairman Best also narrated a passionate success story of Alfalit-Liberia’s education initiative that transformed the life of a market woman into a productive adult literacy reader and writer.For her part, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  Education Team Leader, Dr. Julia B. Richards, acknowledged the huge challenges of the MOE in meeting many with its demands in the country.She pointed out that no skill would serve better than empowering adult literacy learners with the knowledge to read and write good English.Dr. Richards also commended Alfalit-Liberia for its determination in enhancing the adult literacy program in the country.She underscored the need for civil society organizations and other major stakeholders in education to work together as a united team to promote adult literacy.Earlier, the Policy Advisor to Minister Tarpeh, Dr. Albert Coleman, welcomed the Alfalit-Liberia’s officials and staff to the signing ceremony and hoped that both parties would live up to the terms and conditions of the MOU.In brief remarks, the Executive Director of Alfalit-Liberia, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings said the signing of the MOU with the MOE marks a significant breakthrough in the nation’s adult literacy program.The MOE and Alfalit-Liberia’s MOU signing was also attended by one of the board members, Mrs. Helen Roberts Evans, who also works at the Ministry of 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

Girls’ water polo: Charging on: Agoura wins title

first_imgPlayers were so determined to help win a Southern Section championship that some players tried to take things into their own hands. Personal statistics became more important than team growth. Jason Rosenthal was coaching a disconnected team and almost called it quits after 11 seasons of leading the girls’ team. But the underclassmen of that team convinced him not to give up, promising the teams’ attitude would change. It did. LONG BEACH – The Agoura High girls’ water polo team nearly lost its coach last year. The Chargers had just lost their second straight Southern Section title game against Santa Barbara and team chemistry declined significantly. The Chargers completed their objective Monday by taking the Div. II title – a year after losing in the Div. IV final – with a come-from-behind 11-10 win against top-seed Laguna Beach at Belmont Plaza. Agoura (26-6) clinched its first title since 2001 with team defense against the Breakers (25-7), a team that was atop of the rankings for the majority of the season, like it did for most of the season. The Chargers also continued with precision passing and shooting. Emily Schmachtenberger sent the most important shot of her high school career past Breakers’ goalkeeper Celia Huling with two seconds left for the winning goal. Schmachtenberger’s shot deflected off the top right corner of the goal, just sifting underneath the crossbar, just inside the right post and slightly above Huling’s right arm. The Chargers overcame an 8-6 deficit late in the third quarter with a series of saves by goalkeeper Sara Gralitzer, who finished her high school career with 1,064 saves, and scores from Schmachtenberger and Jillian Waldron to tie the game at 8-8 with 5:43 left in the final period. center_img Casey Flacks scored with 3:59 left to tie the game at 9-9, before Alexandra Ross scored to give Laguna Beach the lead. That’s when Waldron scored on a shot similar to Schmachtenberger’s, landing just underneath the crossbar and deflecting in for the score. “I was just hoping it went in,” Waldron said. “That goal and this win makes all the hard work, the determination, the muscle aches, all those things worth it.” Rosenthal jumped in the pool with the rest of his team in celebration. The animosity of years’ past had been burned with the win. “I pretty much quit after losing in the championship last year,” Rosenthal said. “What this team did to convince me to stay and the way they played all season goes to show how determined they were. They never gave up and the entire team came through when we needed it. “(Waldron) had been struggling with her shooting and look at that shot she made to tie the game. She’s an example of our hard work.” Schmachtenberger finished with a team-leading four goals, while Carly Clark scored two, Flacks added three and Waldron had two. Agoura helped its chances in getting a solid seed in this weekend’s Masters tournament with the win. “We’ll go in there and compete, have fun with it,” Rosenthal said. “We’re just glad we got this today and that I’m still their coach.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FIFA corruption concerns prompt Oceania probe

first_img0Shares0000The Oceania Football Confederation plan to build a new headquarters in Auckland has become mired by corruption allegations © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Apr 9 – The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) said Monday it will investigate “potential wrongdoings” after a FIFA audit into construction of its lavish new Auckland headquarters raised corruption concerns.The move comes after the sudden resignation of OFC president David Chung two days before a meeting to discuss the FIFA findings. Chung resigned on Friday citing “personal reasons”, but FIFA subsequently revealed its audit had uncovered “potential irregularities” in the Auckland project.FIFA said it had temporarily suspended OFC funding, part of a zero-tolerance approach to corruption introduced in response to numerous scandals that have tarnished its reputation in recent years.The OFC said it agreed to meet all FIFA requirements to resume funding, conduct a forensic audit of the case and carry out its own investigation.“The OFC Executive Committee has appointed an external lawyer to lead an internal investigation into potential wrongdoings and to take legal action if required,” it said in a statement.The FIFA audit raised concerns about construction of a sports hub in Auckland that Chung said would become “The Home of Football” in the Pacific region.With a reported budget of NZ$15 million ($10.9 million), it was a pet project of Chung, the head of Papua New Guinea football who had led the OFC since 2010.The New York Times reported that Chung and former OFC general secretary Tai Nicholas awarded contracts for the scheme without tender to companies with no track record in the area.It claimed the audit showed many of the companies were set up just before the contracts were awarded and questioned their relationship with those driving the project.The newspaper alleged the OFC’s executive committee was planning to suspend Chung for “gross dereliction of duty or an act of improper conduct” at a meeting on Sunday before he fell on his sword.Nicholas quietly resigned in December, also citing personal reasons.The OFC has long had issues with governance and transparency.Chung’s predecessor Reynald Temarii of Tahiti was forced out in 2010 after being implicated in a vote-selling scandal during an undercover newspaper sting.In November, former Guam FA president Richard Lai, who served on FIFA’s auditing body, was barred from football for life after admitting to accepting almost $1 million on kickbacks.OFC’s current headquarters in Auckland, opened only eight years ago, is named after former president Charlie Dempsey, who created an uproar in 2000 during the vote to award the 2006 World Cup.Dempsey had been instructed by Oceania to vote for South Africa but abstained from the final ballot, effectively handing the 2006 tournament to Germany.He later said he withdrew after being placed under “intolerable pressure” but never fully explained his actions.Reports in German media in 2015 alleged Dempsey had been paid $250,000 on the eve of the vote by a sports marketing firm linked to the German bid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

EA comes up short in numbers

first_imgSAN JOSE – Electronic Arts Inc. saw its net income fall by nearly one-third as consumers waited to switch to new models of game consoles, helping to curb sales and profits. The world’s largest video-game publisher said Thursday that it earned $259 million, or 83 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. That marked a 31 percent drop from the year-ago period, when the company posted a profit of $375 million, or $1.18 per share. Revenue fell to $1.27 billion, down 11 percent from $1.43 billion in the prior year. The results, released one day after Electronic Arts laid off several hundred workers, fell shy of Wall Street’s already-lowered forecasts. EA laid off several hundred employees this week – 5 percent of its global work force of 6,500 – saying the move would help cut costs and shift resources amid changing business strategies and the revenue-slowing transition to new gaming machines. “This is a period that’s bittersweet,” Warren Jenson, EA’s chief financial officer, said Thursday in a phone interview. “There’s a lot of positives that will take place this year, but there will be lots of challenges, too.” Slower sales during the holiday quarter affected the range of the company’s massive video-game portfolio, Jenson said. But there were a few exceptions, most notably “Madden NFL 06,” which ranked as the best-selling game title in 2005 in North America, and “Need for Speed Most Wanted,” which was the best-selling game title in Europe last year. The company also predicted a loss in the current quarter. EA said it expects a net loss between 15 cents and 23 cents a share on revenue between $550 million and $600 million. The company said the forecast includes a 17-cent-a-share charge from its $680 million acquisition of mobile-game publisher Jamdat Mobile Inc., a 9-cent-a-share tax charge and a 4-cent-a-share restructuring charge. Analysts had forecast a 14-cent profit on sales of $625 million. “The year’s a mess,” said Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities Inc. “None of us thought six months ago the holidays would be so weak, and no one expected there’d be such a dramatic decline in sales for the current generation of games.” In the holiday quarter – typically the industry’s biggest selling season – EA reported that sales for the games for the current PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance declined by 25 percent, 35 percent and 37 percent, respectively, compared with the previous year. EA executives acknowledged in a conference call with analysts that they did not expect the drop to be as steep as it turned out. “We underestimated the impact of consumers sitting on the sidelines,” said Larry Probst, EA’s chairman and chief executive. 160Want 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Excluding certain items, the Redwood City-based company said it would have earned $268 million, or 86 cents per share, compared with $391 million, or a $1.23 per share, a year ago. On that basis, EA significantly missed already downgraded expectations. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting earnings of 90 cents a share on revenue of $1.26 billion – the lowered consensus after the company warned in December that its results would fall “well below” earlier targets. EA shares fell 44 cents to close at $53.14 Friday on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Its shares have traded in a 52-week range of $47.45 to $71.16. EA, as well as its smaller rivals, have all been stung in recent months with slower sales – a cyclical and typical result during a transition to next-generation gaming consoles. In this case, analysts say, consumers are delaying video-game purchases in anticipation of the upcoming release of Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3, or until they could get Microsoft Corp.’s newly released Xbox 360, which is scarce. Nintendo Co.’s new Revolution console is also due later this year. last_img read more


first_imgThe Mulroy Swim gets underwayThere was a great turn-out for the Mulroy Bay swim at the weekend.In the end it was a terrific swim by Grant Carroll who finished the 850 metre swim in a time of 11.12 followed by Paddy Bond in second place with a time of 13.53.Dean Gallagher also won the new Mulroy Mile in a time of 22.13. The following is a list of all swimmers and their times.Grant Carroll 11:12Paddy Bond 13:53Gavin Smullan 15:24 Paul Carr 15:26Audrius Furmanavicius 15:28David Bradley 16:05Liam Doherty 16:46Cora Bond 16:54 Shaun Logue 17:20Chris Carr 18:07Gavin Divin 18:15Colin Doherty 18:20 Olivia Mai 18:39Peter Swann 19:09Jeremy Mai 19:52Seamus Carr 20:34Laim Harte 20:46Owen Fogarty 21:28Kian Divin 22:58David Knox 23:12Robert Rock 23:22Michael Joseph Carr 26:36Ryan Carr 27:34Timmy Creighton 27:38Sabrina Finnegan 29:00Niall diuffy 29:18Samuel Knox 29:57Heather Gorman 30:24Richard Parke 31:03Julius Zdanavicius 31:03Anne McLaughlin 31:03Maura Tommey 31:35Seamus Ferry 31:39Tim Flannaghan 31:49Martin McClafferty 34:34Noel Lenighan 38:38Joe Divin 46:04Claire McHugh 16:00 (Half)****New Mulroy Mile***Dean Gallagher 22:13Orlaigh Fogarty 22:23Shane O Doherty 22:25Laurence Cusick 23:26Peter Cusick 25:38Mark Mcollum 26:53Mark Loughbridge 27:05Stephen Gallagher 27:23Keith McClean 27:40Caolon McGettigan 28:04Diarmuid Walsh 28:50George Kelly 28:52Barry Tourish 29:21Adrian Wasson 29:29Eloise Gillespie 29:32Cora Ferry 29:55Paddy Bond 29:55DB Shiels 30:22David Stewart 31:04Martin Robinson 32:35Elaine McBride 37:45James McClenaghan 37:52Declan Black 60:30SWIMMING: CARROLL WINS THE MULROY BAY SWIM was last modified: August 5th, 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:donegalMULROY BAYSWIMMINGlast_img read more

Cross Country To Begin 2016 Season At Hawkeye Invitational

first_imgThe Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams begin their 2016 season on Friday evening in nearby Iowa City, Iowa, at the Hawkeye Invitational.The season opening race comes after just one week of official training and is the Bulldogs’ first opportunity to set the benchmark for future training. The field will include Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois State, Illinois’ men’s team, UNI, Creighton Missouri and Bradley on the Ashton Cross Country Course. The women’s race, which begins at 6 p.m., will be a 3-kilometer race followed by a men’s 6-kilometer race at 6:45 p.m.Drake’s women’s team features a youthful roster with just two upperclassmen and one returning conference scorer in Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.). Five freshmen that will be getting their first collegiate experience on Friday complete the roster along with three returning sophomores.The men’s lineup is slightly more seasoned, led by senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.). Last season, Fischer earned All-MVC cross country honors with a second-place finish at the MVC Cross Country Championship. During the track season, he advanced to the NCAA Championships and finished 17th in the 10,000 meters. The men’s team also features five freshmen that may make their collegiate debut on Friday.Following Friday’s season opener, the Bulldogs travel to Minnesota for the annual Oz Memorial, named in honor of former Bulldog head coach Gary Osborne.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Immorality Collides With Nature

first_img(Visited 101 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When all else fails, get out the Manufacturer’s manual. Better, do it before all the trouble starts.Despite advances, HIV epidemic continues among gay men across the globe (Medical Xpress). The Good Book says God made the first humans male and female, and told them to be fruitful and multiply. Bad things happen when the original pattern gets distorted.How internet porn affects romantic life (Medical Xpress). It’s pervasive, but it may be affecting demographics. The “supernormal stimulus” offered by fake sex experiences on the internet makes real sex dissatisfying, Sam Carr of the University of Bath shows.Three-parent-babies might have health problems in later life (New Scientist). Traditional marriage is the best option. Start tinkering with normal genetic union between husband and wife, and you never know what complications will turn up.Why scientists’ failure to understand GM opposition is stifling debate and halting progress (The Conversation). You’re welcome to your view about tinkering with food genes, but one thing the scientists forgot is human nature.Creating human genomes and synthetic people, destroying entire species with gene drives (PhysOrg). For more on the threat of “Human Genome Project – Write” see Science Magazine‘s recent article. It always starts with good intentions, but does anyone really think Huxley’s vision of Brave New World is better than God’s prescribed order described in James 3:13-18?What Was the Enlightenment (Not)? (Live Science). Jessie Szalay posted a pretty informative synopsis of “The Enlightment” and the rise of modern science, describing key figures and philosophies. Best part is the last line:The brutality of the revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars demonstrate the limits of attempting to remake society along purely rational lines.See also Evolution News & Views about the new rationalists who want to establish a new kingdom of “Rationalia,” where policy is dictated by the evidence and human reason. David Klinghoffer calls that an “authoritarian daydream.” For once, even New Scientist thinks that would be a terrible idea, according to writer Jeffrey Guhin.History, human reason and morality make so much more sense in light of the Bible. Have you ever read it? Try it now.last_img read more

NCAA: Heavy Bombers blast Generals

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:42NCAA Season 93 Preview: JRU Heavy Bombers02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Standhardinger signs with Hong Kong in ABL Read Next “We really prepared hard for this game because we’re coming off a loss,” said Grospe, who fell a point short of matching his career-high, in Filipino.The Bombers, who bounced back from a 54-48 loss to the San Beda Red Lions on Aug. 4, never letup in the second half to extend their lead to as high as 35.FEATURED 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 shutoutJRU got a lift from first-year forward Abdul Sawat, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.“Coach and my teammates just gave me confidence,” said the 19-year-old Sawat, who hails from Davao, in Filipino. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netErvin Grospe spearheaded a big first half and Jose Rizal University dumped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-48, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Grospe scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first two quarters, where the Heavy Bombers outscored the Generals, 37-21, and never looked back.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The Generals played without their injured Cameroonian import Hamadou Laminou, whom they severely missed.EAC had to bleed for points, shooting just 23 percent from the field and 36 percent from the free throw line.The 6-foot-8 Laminou suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week.JRU climbed to 3-3 while EAC, which turned the ball over 22 times and only had nine assists, slid to 3-4.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Neil Nitin Mukesh gets his ears pierced for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

first_imgWe all know that Neil Nitin Mukesh is playing Salman Khan’s brother in Rajshri Productions’ Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.Neil, who is playing a grey character in the film, was asked to sport earrings in the film. So going by more professional route, the actor got his ears actually pierced and has been spotted wearing earrings recently.Neil Nitin Mukesh posted this picture on Twitter.Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, the film has Salman Khan’s double role and also stars Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar.The film is being co-produced by Fox Star Studios and Rajshri Productions.last_img read more

You may be a Karan Patel fan; guess who he’s totally smitten by?

first_imgYeh Hai Mohabbatein star Karan Patel might have millions of fans, but there’s one celebrity who he literally worships. Any guesses? Well, Raman Bhalla is a BIG fan of none other than Shah Rukh Khan and he doesn’t like to hide it from the world. So smitten is he with the Bollywood baadshah that his Twitter timeline is filled with SRK-related tweets and pictures. Even Karan’s fans know about his obsession, and they regularly post collages of him with SRK on his timeline, which he always re-tweets.In fact, recently he was looking for the same watch that SRK sported in his movie Don. Don’t believe us? Check out some of his tweets starting with his latest one:Hunting for this #tagheuer #SixtyNine that @iamsrk sported in #DON … ???? … Anyone with any leads please revert ! Patel (@TheKaranPatel) May 4, 2016How can you not have a blessed birthday when GOD i mean @iamsrk wishes you to have one himself …!! Mushi …Yebaat Patel (@TheKaranPatel) April 30, 2016Thank you sooooooo much for putting up this clip …. @iamsrk … #TheManIWorship … Shah sir ..! Patel (@TheKaranPatel) April 18, 2016Bas ab yahi dua hai ki aapki dua allah kabool kar le … @iamsrk maan ja aye khuda, mai zyada nahi maangta ..! Patel (@TheKaranPatel) April 6, 2016The only photo that will always be on the wall of my van. This edit inspires me everyday at shoot. #Fan @iamsrk ..!! Patel (@TheKaranPatel) April 15, 2016@TheKaranPatel @iamsrk Same style same attitude?????? SRKp (@Maryam_sheikh19) May 4, 2016Only 2 Ppl Can Rock A Suit Wid Such Class & SophisticationD King @TheKaranPatel & His Idol KingK @iamsrk #SRKP #KP (@PumeshneeG) May 4, 2016 Well we hope Karan Patel gets to work with Shah Rukh Khan soon. Amen!last_img read more