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Teenager Calls for Rigid School Supervision

first_imgA Paynesville primary school student in is calling on the Ministry of Education to step up efforts to effectively supervise schools to ensure that Liberian children get the requisite primary education they deserve.Student Melvina Monjolo of the Mount Carmel Open Bible Standard School in the 72nd community said primary education serves as foundation for upcoming children, and as such materials enshrined in the curriculum should be considered with sincerity.Speaking as a valedictorian of the 6th grade class on Sunday July 6, Ms. Monjolo said the MOE should put in place a rigid supervision exercise of schools across the country to make sure that Liberian students have all of what it takes to become better students.Liberia’s Education system is being polluted by malpractices ranging from sale of grades to sexual exploitation.Reports have emerged on many occasions connecting teachers to intimidating students even at elementary and kindergarten level to pay certain amounts of money to pass.This situation nowadays has caused students to disregard studying their lessons since financial payments and in some instances sex for grades can allow anyone to receive a promotion at the end of the school year.Student Monjolo, 14, said: “As our country experiences severe economic instability, we are convinced that only students with solid academic foundation that have the mind set to pursue their education will be the ones to transform Liberia.”“In this light, I want to urge the Ministry of Education to pay a more attention to supervision of our schools, especially, the elementary schools in order to give Liberian children the needed primary education.“This means that MOE should provide essential instructional materials, better learning environment, and train teachers who will not harass, intimidate, and abuse us. If this is done, young girls and boys will be encouraged to pay attention to their lessons rather than loitering around,” she said.Student Monjolo noted that she and her colleagues, whom she described as “academic candles”, recognized the honor of leaving one level to progress to the next because they spent their nights and parts of their days studying.“It is extraordinary because the elementary division of any institution is cardinal since it is where a student gets the foundation,” she stressed.“Many may have left these walls and considered the Mount Carmel Open Bible School as his or her alma mater, of which we are no exception. One thing we can assure our administration is that they must have confidence in our competence, trusting that we will do what they taught us and will ably represent this institution,” she emphasized.“We do appreciate the sound and solid academic foundation that this institution offers. We are satisfied with the level of instruction thus far; but in our country as a whole, there is still much to get our system to be like other developing African countries,” student Melvina said.Melvina intoned that she sees the honor as a challenge which obligates them to be more courageous and focused for greater achievements.May I say to you congratulations, graduating class. Your name “Copy Head” suggests that what you have learned may go for life, that which a copybook cannot do.”Melvina expressed gratitude to the administration, faculty and staff for the fatherly cordial relationship existing between teachers and students in the school.“Your interest is to academically mold the minds of your students and give them moral teaching with biblical backing, she noted.”The Principal of the school, Evangelist Mark Kangar, lauded the graduating classes for the steadfastness and discipline students exhibited, and called on other students to follow suit.Principal Kangar described the students as children who are always determined to acquire education.The graduation ceremony was the 15th exercise of the school. Over 20 students from the K-II and about ten from 6th grade graduated at the ceremony, which witnessed a huge presence of parents and relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gratitude in an age of abundance

first_imgIS Thanksgiving obsolete? The question seems jarring on this, the one day a year society sets aside specifically for the purposes of expressing gratitude. But consider that when the Pilgrims established the first Thanksgiving, they were celebrating the mere fact that they hadn’t starved to death in the New World. These days, our food is so abundant that, for most of us, obesity poses a far, far greater threat than does starvation. Today, abundance can seem more like a burden than a blessing. More importantly, though, Thanksgiving is a reminder of the need for gratitude itself. In our affluence, it’s easy to take our blessings for granted. Rather than being grateful for food and shelter, we find ourselves wanting for the latest consumer good, fighting the crowds on “Black Friday” morning to get the best deals. For one day, though, Thanksgiving reminds us that we can take nothing for granted. Not our freedom, not our livelihoods, not our soldiers, our firefighters, our teachers our parents – or the security that allows us to spend a day feasting with loved ones and watching football. In this respect, Thanksgiving is anything but obsolete – it’s crucial to our psychic and spiritual health. So enjoy the day and all that it represents. Happy Thanksgiving!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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEven so, Thanksgiving is far from obsolete. Indeed, it’s arguably more important now than ever. It’s important, first and foremost, because we have so much to be grateful for – our freedom, our health, our loved ones, our food, our families, and the historically unprecedented level of safety and comfort that comes with living in this, the most prosperous nation in this, the most prosperous time in history. It’s important, too, because in taking stock of all that we’ve been given, we are reminded of those who have been given less. We need not look far within our own communities and the world to see those who are hungry, impoverished, without hope. And we need look only in our own lives to see those who are sick, lonely, jobless or struggling. In Thanksgiving, we see the stark juxtaposition of suffering in an age of abundance. And this is a reminder of our obligation to help wherever we can. last_img read more

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Datebook 2/5

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Bird Walk, 8 a.m., Topanga State Park. Take Topanga Canyon Boulevard south, turn left on Entrada Road. Sunday hike, 8 a.m., Temescal Gateway Park, Pacific Palisades. Park is near Temescal Canyon and Sunset boulevards. After-the-Burn Wildflower Discovery Walk, 9:30 a.m., Cheeseboro/Palo Camado canyons. For meeting place, call (818) 348-5910. Park is north on 101 Freeway, Cheeseboro exit, turn north on Palo Camado Canyon Road, then right on Cheeseboro Road. Teenage sleuths will get a chance to solve a murder mystery, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Westlake Village Library, 31220 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. Free. (818) 865-9230. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Bluez Boyz, a teen jazz band, will host a nonprofit concert to benefit Many Mansions, 4 p.m., Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets $25 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, bluezboyz.com or Many Mansions at (805) 496-4948, Ext.36. Don Sweetnam, project manager for the Genesis mission at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will speak about the origin of our solar system, 7:45 p.m., Los Angeles Valley College Planetarium, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. Free. (818) 947-2335. Note: The California Assembly Candidate Forum/Debate at the Topanga Community House in Topanga Canyon has been rescheduled for Feb. 19. (310) 455-4060. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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30 YEAR PAPERS REVEAL 80% OF DONEGAL POSTAL VOTE INVALID

first_imgA large number of people from Co Donegal who applied for a postal vote in the 1985 local elections were ineligible, a Garda investigation concluded.Four fifths of the applications for postal votes in Co Donegal in advance of the 1985 County Council elections were not valid.Confidential government documents released under the 30 year archive papers show that four fifths of the applications were ruled as invalid, and only 634 out of 3,274 applicants from Co Donegal were entitled to a vote. A Garda investigation into the matter was initiated in June 1985 on foot of a complaint by the secretary of Donegal County Council.It uncovered serious questions about the authenticity of signatures and the occupation of many applicants. In many cases, different ink was used between the completion and signing of the forms.Further suspicion arose after some people denied ever having made an application when a council official returned forms seeking further information.Others returned different occupations to their original application, while some alleged witnesses to applicants’ signatures denied they had in fact witnessed such signatures. In one instance, a council official who called to an address from which a number of applications had allegedly emanated. He found the premises occupied by students who had no knowledge of the forms. They had apparently been approached by an unidentified male who advised them to say that they had made the applications and that the ballot papers would be collected from them when they arrived.The Government memo indicated that gardaí were going to investigate 2,640 questionable applications.The greatest proportion of suspect forms came from the Glenties and Milford electoral areas.In a preliminary report to the Department of Justice, Chief Superintendent A J Murtagh of Letterkenny Garda station said the suspected irregularities did not seem to have been organised by a central or individual organisation.30 YEAR PAPERS REVEAL 80% OF DONEGAL POSTAL VOTE INVALID was last modified: December 30th, 2015 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:30 yearsarchive papersdonegalpostal votevotelast_img read more

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HEARTACHE AS TRIBUTES PAID TO BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT CALLUM

first_imgTHERE were heartbreaking scenes as teenager Callum Dale was laid to rest in Buncrana.Hundreds of mourners packed into Cockhill Church to hear parish priest Fr John Walsh pay tribute to the 13-year-old.Callum, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, died late last Thursday night after being hit by a car not far from his home. His dad Peter was seriously injured in the incident. He was able to attend the funeral with the aid of wheelchair.He sat alongside Callum’s mother Deirdre, supported by close relatives and friends throughout the touching funeral Mass.They heard parish priest Fr John Walsh pay tribute to the boy for his incredible intelligence, telling stories about how he had asked questions at school which other children hadn’t.Fr Walsh said: “Deirdre has told me that their lives will never be the same again. “He was her whole life and she had fought for him every day. Peter, Deirdre and Callum – the three of them have been inseparable.“Both Deirdre and Peter feel a huge gaping emptiness in their lives. Callum has given them so much.”Mourners in the chapel wept openly; pupils from Callum’s school Crana College, their teachers and their many friends and relatives.Prayers were said for Callum’s granny who is ill in London and who was unable to attend the Mass.And there were also prayers from the woman whose car collided with Callum and his dad last week. Fr Walsh said Callum faced many challenges in his life but underneath he was a bright and beautiful child.Callum was laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.HEARTACHE AS TRIBUTES PAID TO BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT CALLUM was last modified: March 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Asperger’s SyndromebuncranaCallum DaleCockhillroad tragedylast_img read more

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Prison sentence for ‘aggressive and agitated’ Dublin man following Ballybofey incident

first_imgA 25-year-old Dublin man was sentenced to a month in prison after becoming ‘very aggressive and highly agitated’ during a public order incident in Ballybofey.Dermot Dowd, 4 Allenton Gardens, Tallaght, is currently serving a prison sentence at Wheatfield Prison, and appeared via video link at Falcarragh District Court. Garda Inspector Sean Grant said Dowd was in a group who had been abusive in the Navenny Street area of Ballybofey on December 27, 2016.When Gardai asked Dowd to leave the scene, he became ‘very aggressive and highly agitated’, the court was told.Dowd, who has a number of previous convictions, was charged with threatening and abusive behaviour and intoxication in a public place.Solicitor for Dowd, Patsy Gallagher, said his client had alcohol issues.“He moved to Donegal to get away from a certain regime in Dublin,” the solicitor said.Dowd, who is due for release from Wheatfield on November 23, was given a one-month sentence by Judge Paul Kelly on each of the charges. The sentence is to run concurrently.Prison sentence for ‘aggressive and agitated’ Dublin man following Ballybofey incident was last modified: October 21st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Dermot DowdFalcarragh District CourtPatsy Gallagherlast_img read more

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Gardai investigating if tourists may have been on wrong side of road before crash

first_imgTwo young tourists involved in a head-on collision outside Glenties may have been driving on the wrong side of the road.The French tourists, both in their 20s, only arrived in Ireland just hours before the crash.The crash happened around 8.20pm on Saturday evening on the main Glenties to Ardara Road close to the local Bord na Mona plant. The road on which the collision occurred is a long straight stretch.The two young women were travelling in a hired car which collided with a small van being driven by a local man from Glenties.A number of ambulances and fire brigades, as well as Gardai rushed to the scene of the crash.The two tourists had to be cut from the wreckage of the car which was completely destroyed. They were taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where it is understood they are being treated for a number of fractures.Their injuries are not life-threatening.The driver of the van, a local man from Glenties, was shaken but otherwise unhurt following the crash.The road had been closed but has now reopened.A Garda source said “A full investigation into the crash has beenlaunched but one theory being examined is that the young tourists mayhave been on their incorrect side of the road. “We cannot say at this stage if that is definitely the case but it issomething we are looking at.”Gardai have appealed to people to slow down with increased traffic on the roads during the Bank Holiday Weekend.Gardai investigating if tourists may have been on wrong side of road before crash was last modified: October 31st, 2017 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

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Making Model Earths

first_imgModeling how the earth got here can be fun.  One doesn’t have to be right, just creative.  There are certain accepted paradigms to work within, and certain accepted constraints that are taken as a given.  Beyond that, there is a lot of leeway.  This is illustrated by two teams who published in two different journals who used the same paradigms and constraints but came up with radically different models.    The Niels Bohr Institute’s story was told by PhysOrg and was published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  We’ll dub them the NBI team.  The ETH Zurich team’s paper was published in Nature Geoscience, and was also told by PhysOrg.  Here’s what they both assumed: the earth and moon were formed by a collision when a Mars-sized object hit the early earth once upon a time.  When it happened, and how long it took for the melted pieces to accrete and form our earth-moon system, is up for grabs, given a few constraints like how long it took for some assumed radioactive elements to fizzle out.    What’s notable in the articles are the fudge factors, or unknowns, or surprises, that give modelers plenty of wiggle room to either announce their model as a good one, or change it at will for next time.  For instance (labeling NBI or ETH for the team’s article involved):ETH: “just how long it took for the Earth to reach its eventual size and what the accretion of the planet was like, however, is much disputed among the experts.”ETH: “‘The latest models reveal that an accretion period of around 100 million years is the most consistent with the formation of the Moon and the Earth’, says Bernard Bourdon, a professor from the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.  However, there are also models that clearly suggest the Earth reached 70% of its size in just 10 million years.”ETH: “This distribution depends on the pressure and temperature conditions during the core formation, which probably varied during the accretion.”ETH: “In their study published in Nature Geoscience, Bourdon and his team now demonstrate that there are several models that are compatible with the chemical observations.”ETH: “‘Up to now, it was always assumed that you could only explain the distribution of the elements through equilibrium; we show, however, that the distribution is just as easy to explain in disequilibrium’, says Thorsten Kleine.”ETH: “The observations are also compatible with a state of equilibrium of only about 40 percent; this means the cores of the colliding protoplanets could have reached the Earth’s core directly without a major equilibration with the Earth’s mantle.”ETH: “The age difference had always puzzled the scientists; after all, the termination of the Earth’s accretion should actually coincide with the Moon’s age as it ended due to the impact of a Mars-sized protoplanet that formed the Moon.”NBI: “But new research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows that the Earth and Moon must have formed much later – perhaps up to 150 million years after the formation of the solar system.”NBI: “Until recently it was believed that the rock and iron mixed completely during the planet formation and so the conclusion was that the Moon was formed when the solar system was 30 million years old or approximately 4,537 million years ago.  But new research shows something completely different.”NBI: “The new studies imply that the moon forming collision occurred after all of the hafnium had decayed completely into tungsten.”NBI: “‘Our results show that metal core and rock are unable to emulsify in these collisions between planets that are greater than 10 kilometres in diameter and therefore that most of the Earth’s iron core (80-99%) did not remove tungsten from the rocky material in the mantle during formation’, explains Tais W. Dahl.NBI: “The result of the research means that the Earth and the Moon must have been formed much later than previously thought – that is to say not 30 million years after the formation of the solar system … but perhaps up to 150 million years after the formation of the solar system.”Despite these wild swings in the story, both articles spoke of the collision theory as matters of fact.  “The Earth and Moon were created as the result of a giant collision between two planets the size of Mars and Venus, the NBI article said.  Similarly, “Earth was formed during the creation of our Solar System when Moon and Mars-sized protoplanets collided,” the ETH article stated flatly, as if no one disagrees – but geologist Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmidt disagrees with it (11/04/2002), and it has numerous problems (01/26/2007, 02/19/2007).Here is more job security for storytellers.  They don’t have to be right.  They’re not even trying to tell the truth.  They’re happy if such and such a set of models are consistent with a few observations.  Well, guess what!  An infinite number of theories are consistent with partial observations.  This allows them to play their little computer games and simulators and make things come out partially consistent all the time, and thus keep their jobs comfortably till retirement.  They never have to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  They never have to show progress toward the truth.  No one could ever prove them wrong without a time machine.  It’s the perfect scam.  The tweak space is greater than the constraint space.  There is plenty of room for centuries of modelers to play this scam, publish their papers, get paid, and look like experts, without having any accountability.  What a racket.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Senators call for biodiesel growth

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thirty-six U.S. senators from across the country urged the Obama administration to strengthen biodiesel volumes in a pending Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal from the EPA.“While the proposal is a positive step for biodiesel, we remain concerned that the proposed biodiesel volumes for 2016 and 2017 fail to adequately recognize the domestic biodiesel industry’s production capacity and its ability to increase production,” the senators wrote n a letter to Administrator Gina McCarthy and other administration officials. “Biodiesel is the first EPA-designated advanced biofuel under the RFS to reach commercial scale production nationwide. It is exceeding the goals that Congress envisioned when it created the RFS with bipartisan support in 2005, while creating jobs, generating tax revenues, reducing pollution, and improving energy security. We urge you to support continued growth in the domestic biodiesel industry by making reasonable and sustainable increases in the biodiesel volumes for 2016 and 2017 in the final rule.”Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) led the letter, which was signed by Democrats and Republicans from 24 states.“We want to thank Sens. Grassley, Murray, Blunt and Heitkamp for their leadership on this effort, as well as all of the senators who supported it,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. “It’s not every day that you have Republicans and Democrats from such a diverse group of states uniting around an issue like this. We hope the EPA and the White House will listen and improve this proposal before it is finalized later this year.”Made from a diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA’s definition as an Advanced Biofuel — meaning the EPA has determined that it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% when compared with petroleum diesel.Biodiesel falls under the Biomass-based Diesel category of the RFS, which is a subset of the overall Advanced Biofuels category. The EPA proposal, which is slated to be finalized in November, would gradually raise biodiesel volumes by about 100 million gallons per year to a standard of 1.9 billion gallons in 2017. The overall Advanced Biofuel standard would rise to 3.4 billion gallons in 2016.the National Biodiesel Board had requested more aggressive growth to a biodiesel standard of 2.7 billion gallons by 2017, along with additional growth in the overall Advanced Biofuel category.
Biodiesel is produced in nearly every state in the country and is supporting more than 62,000 jobs. NBB is the U.S. biodiesel trade association. Americans used about 1.8 billion gallons of biodiesel in each of the past two years.last_img read more

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Side Dressing Corn with Manure

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State University Extension Nutrient Management Field Specialist Glen Arnold and Ohio State University Extension Educator Sam Custer have been running tests on side dressing corn with manure since 2013. This spring, they purchased a new piece of equipment to make this unorthodox task a bit more efficient. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this video from Harrod Farms in Darke County.last_img

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