LIPACE Assesses Liberia Reads! 2018 Program

first_imgLIPACE volunteers and Mrs. Gray posed after the training Liberia for the Promotion of Academic Excellence (LIPACE), a local organization that works in the education sector, has conducted an assessment for academic year 2017-2018 under the theme, “Liberia Reads! (LR) Educational Program,” and is poised to present its findings.LIPACE, which is a statistics-driven institution that analyses and interprets data, recently sent out scores of assessors to various schools under the LR program, to see how students are coping with their lessons.The program is to create a strong foundation of literacy and integrates skill learning, especially reading and pronunciation.Being an initiative of Liberia Reads! an NGO founded by ex-Peace Corps Volunteer Geraldine Melosh, who served for many years in the 1970s, and her husband Bob Melosh. Their effort is aimed at increasing awareness of the central role that reading plays in the lifelong process of education.As it is often said, reading brightens one’s mind and sharpens the intellect, so this is exactly what is playing out for several kids in 24 schools in three of the 15 counties under the LR program. The initiative helps train teachers, principals, and reading coaches in reading instruction.Liberia Reads! country director Lyn Gray, who spoke to the training volunteers for the end-line assessment for 2017-2018 in Paynesville, said the culture of reading needs to be enhanced in Liberia if the education sector is to become vibrant. The day-long training was intended to ensure that the assessors had a better understanding of the data. The seminar was conducted by Mrs. Gray.“It is no secret that reading is the cornerstone of education, and one cannot do it without knowing the basic fundamental ingredients,” she noted.The founder, Geraldine Melosh, holds a doctorate in education and is a successful educator who, though based in the US, frequently visits home every July.“After many years of success in the USA, she thought to give back to a country that helped develop and shape her professional career as a Peace Corps volunteer,” she said.She noted that prior to the crisis in Liberia, reading and education were not much problem in the country as the sector was striving towards excellence. “But now it is a huge problem and we are seeing how this is being reflected in our students’ performance in public tests in the country,” she said.Some noted that much of the problem in the sector, from the academic side of things, is as a result of Phonics Education in the country.“It was against this backdrop that Liberia Reads! was established to help solve this problem. In this vein, teacher manual and reading books for students were prepared and have since been in use,” she said.The program focuses on childhood early learning, which includes K-2, Grade I, II and III. The teachers of these classes and the principals of the participating schools are part of the program.Madam Gray and and LIPACE Administrative Officer, Steve WiefuehLR works with 24 schools in three of the 15 counties. These include Montserrado, Margibi and Bong counties. Lyn was also a Peace Corps here in the 1970s, assigned at the Sanniquellie Central High School in Nimba County.“The best way to know that we are succeeding is how the kids are reading,” Mrs. Gray said. To do that, LR contracted LIPACE, an independent external evaluator, to do baseline and end-line assessment every year.The issue of class size is paramount under the program, and according to Mrs. Gray, all the schools are required to have at most 30 students per class. Under the initiative, teachers conduct two hours of reading classes every school day.LIPACE Administrative Officer, Steve Wiefueh, said LIPACE volunteers assessed performance of students from eight of the schools under the program.“These assessors bring back the results as to how the pupils are doing—whether they are correctly reading more words per minute or not,” Wiefueh said.LIPACE was founded by Benjamin M. Freeman, Jr., who also served as executive director with a good track record of not just data collection, but proffering solutions for academic oriented problems.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPF implements video recorded interrogation system

first_imgAs the Justice Education Society (JES) continues to aid in increasing the capacity of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Canadian organisation has now moved to assist with the implementation of a video recorded interrogation system by providing training and devices needed for such operations.This mission to improve the efficiency of the crime-fighting approach throughout the country has resulted in training programmes being conducted by officials attached to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which saw about 40 ranks of the GPF cashing in on capacity building in the area of interviewing.Following the successful completion of two such initiatives earlier this year, the JES on Thursday handed over three sets of recording equipment to be used in this newly established operations.Speaking at the simple handing over ceremony was JES country representative, Rolanda Kirton. In presenting the equipment, Kirton highlighted what prompted the move towards this direction.JES country representative Rolanda Kirton handing over the video recording equipment to acting Crime Chief Paul WilliamsShe noted that the idea was birthed during the visit by two Canadian officials who are criminal investigative interviewers. During their stint in Guyana, they recommended that the GPF should work towards implementing the video recorded interviewing system so as to eliminate claims of coercion or inducement.“In a sense, Guyana is playing catch up but everyone around the world would’ve started at some level and then developed going forward.”Adding to that, the JES country representative indicated that there have been positive responses to the training with evidence of fruitful outcomes thus far, given that ranks have already been able to record successes with the use of the techniques learnt.Meanwhile, welcoming the initiative was acting Crime Chief Paul Williams, who expressed gratitude to JES for sourcing the recording devices and more so, their continued commitment to the GPF.In doing so, he highlighted that this new-found approach adds credibility to the Force’s investigation capacity.“Before, you can recall that many of times when there are confession statements, persons continue to make allegations against the Police in terms of where they were beaten, coerced, given promises and all these things, the acting Crime Chief said.“So training sessions were conducted and they have seen, in terms of the ranks, how capable they are and definitely how it can work,” he relayed.The video recording apparatus handed over to the Force on Thursday are the property of RCMP, loaned to the JES for use in their works with the Guyana Police Force. However, it is the hope of both parties that the equipment will remain in Guyana, also paving the way for other such devices to be acquired.The devices are expected to be stationed in B Division (Berbice), C Division (East Coast Demerara) and at the Headquarters of Criminal Investigation Department in Georgetown. However, in some other divisions, officers have put to use simple camcorders as the GPF seeks to adopt the video recorded investigation approach countrywide.last_img read more

PPP/C to launch 2020 elections campaign on Sunday

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has announced that it will be launching its 2020 elections campaign on Sunday.The launch will take place at Kitty Market Square, Georgetown, at 15:00h.PPP/C General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo and Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali will be key speakers at the event.The party has also indicated that it plans to discuss issues including the creation of jobs, reduction of taxation, improvement of education and health care, affordable housing and the management of the oil and gas sector for the benefit of Guyanese.Last month, the PPP/C launched their manifesto titled: “Our plan for prosperity”, with excerpts outlining the party’s policies and plans for the country and its people, should it get into office.Some of the plans outlined include the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on key areas such as electricity, water and healthcare, among other things.Also high on the party’s agenda is the reversal and/or reduction of the over 200 tax measures imposed by the coalition Administration – such as on building materials, on data, and exports.The party also outlined that it will reverse the VAT on farming, mining and forestry equipment, which has caused untold difficulties for farmers, miners and those in the forestry sector.Additionally, the PPP in its 2020 elections manifesto has promised that if elected to office it would advance constitutional reform with the input of the citizens themselves.In its manifesto, the party noted the importance of ensuring that the people participate in something as critical as revising the supreme law. The party referenced the constitutional reform it piloted in the late ’90s, early 2000s, as an example of the process that is needed.The PPP/C has also promised that should it return to office, the restoration of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) is high on its agenda.The LCDS, a brainchild of former President Bharrat Jagdeo, allowed Guyana to earn millions of dollars for deferred deforestation. When the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) came into power, the programme was scrapped.Touting the value of Guyana’s forests, the PPP/C noted its potential to make a positive impact and also impact the fight against climate change. According to the party, hundreds of millions of US dollars can still be earned using Guyana’s forests.The party also noted some concrete measures they will pursue, including establishing an International Centre of Excellence for Biological Diversity. According to the PPP/C, this centre will promote cutting-edge research, while developing and exporting educational services.They also promised that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have its capacity built, to provide enhanced regulation. In addition, the National System of Protected Areas would also be enhanced.According to the PPP, steps would also be taken to decarbonise the transport sector by implementing a mixture of ethanol into vehicles to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Other measures the party touted were renewable energy technologies and providing incentives for biomass-to-energy projects. The party promised it would also provide grants for start-up businesses for renewable and recycling projects.Another measure the party promised was to implement a National Land Use policy for residential and commercial interests, as well as establishing an inter-agency mechanism for coordination between the forestry, mining, agriculture, settlements and infrastructure sector.last_img read more

Aid asked in finding campus burglars

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Since the start of 2006, 17 burglaries have occurred at nine local elementary schools, prompting police to ask for the public’s help in nabbing the culprits. The burglars have targeted computer equipment at the schools and have spread out all over Simi Valley, police said. “I’ve been with the district a little over 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Lowell Schultze, associate superintendent for business and facilities for the Simi Valley Unified School District. Those responsible typically force their way into the schools at night and on weekends and take computers, computer equipment and other property from classrooms and offices, police said. School officials haven’t determined exactly what the cost has been, although there have been thousands of dollars in losses. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com CAMPUS CRIMES The burglaries at Simi Valley elementary schools have occurred at the following campuses: Abraham Lincoln, 1220 Fourth St. Atherwood, 2350 E. Greensward St. Berylwood, 2300 Heywood St. Crestview, 900 Crosby Ave. Garden Grove, 2250 Tracy Ave. Justin, 2245 N. Justin Ave. Knolls, 6334 Katherine Road Park View, 1500 Alexander St. White Oak, 2201 Alscot Ave. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We’re very concerned,” police Sgt. Stephanie Shannon said. “Ultimately it affects the education of our students. We’re looking for community help.” The computers are used by the students daily, Schultze said. The district is trying to get replacement computers up and running as soon as possible. Carla Kurachi, a Simi Valley school board member, said it seems unlikely to her that children are responsible for the break-ins. “In this span of time, you have to wonder if it is an organized ring of adults hitting our schools. The use of computers is critical to the instructional program. … It has an impact on their ability to do research, to even take their tests.” Anyone who sees suspicious activity around a local school is asked to call police. People with information about the burglaries or the stolen property can call Detective Frank Ahlvers at (805) 583-6959. last_img read more

2 bike paths still in ruins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe damage along the Decoro Drive leg came within five months after the city of Santa Clarita opened the path. “I just can’t believe they just forgot it after this huge grand opening,” said Paula Rogers, 45, of Valencia, a cyclist for 21 years. “Repairs should be done so we could fully use it. … It’s beautiful there. There’s no reason it shouldn’t go through.” Though it took more than a year, city building and engineering project manager Monica Fernandez said officials plan to put the repairs out to bid in May, and expected work to begin by July. The budget is roughly $1.5 million. “What’s really costing is the rock slope protection that is needed … to protect from scouring (by the river),” she said. “We need to go pretty deep so that it doesn’t wash out again.” It’s not as easy as filling potholes. The slope reinforcement required building permits with the state Department of Fish and Game, which oversees building along local creeks – a months-long process, Fernandez said. Also, the city was trying to secure funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover part of the repairs, but the estimated $1.8 million in federal disaster aid was delayed for months due to Hurricane Katrina relief, Fernandez said. “We’re getting it little by little,” she said. “We’ve received at least $500,000.” FEMA funds also are paying for nine other projects, including flood cleanup at the Polynesian Mobile Home Park in Newhall and dredging underneath the Sand Canyon Road bridge. The city has plans for at least 50 miles of paved bike paths, of which 23 miles are completed. A survey of the city conducted five years ago found well over 100,000 people use the paths per year. “It’s a figure we believe has significantly increased since then,” said Wayne Weber, the city’s parks superintendent. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Bicyclists are complaining that two city bike path sections along local creeks remain in disrepair after they were washed out in the storms of 2005. The bike paths – a 400-foot stretch along San Francisquito Creek between Decoro Drive and Copper Hill Drive and a 300-foot piece by the south fork of the Santa Clara River near Magic Mountain Parkway – were in ruins Wednesday. They had tumbled into the storm-swollen riverbed last year when more than 50 inches of rain fell on the Santa Clarita Valley. The local rainfall average for the October-through-June season is about 18 inches. “I ride probably a leg every week or so,” said Sean Crouse, 34 of Valencia. “(Other riders) always ask `when are they going to fix it?’ … It’s a great path, and I live right there by Decoro. It’s great for everybody who lives over there who walks or rides on it.” last_img

LETTERKENNY MUSICAL SOCIETY HOST STRICTLY COME DANCING FUNDRAISER – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgPIC SPECIAL: Hundreds of people were treated to a night of unbelievable entertainment on Saturday night when Letterkenny Musical Society hosted a Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser in the Clanree Hotel.The Musical Society – who have been going for 35 years – are currently preparing to put on the musical blockbuster Jesus Christ Superstar in An Grianán Theatre in March and Saturday night’s fundraiser will help them cover the huge costs of putting on such a spectacular production. In total, eleven couples took to the floor in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience and a judging panel of Sir Gerry Robinson, Billy Patterson of Letterkenny Musical Society and TV3s Ciara Doherty who got into the spirit of the night when they emerged wearing masks of three of the BBC Strictly judges.The standard of dancing on the night was particularly impressive making it a difficult night’s work for the judges, but in the end a dramatic performance from Donna Sterritt and Declan McFadden was enough to secure the award for the Judges’ Winners.Audience members also got to have their say as well though and Fiona Gallagher and Vincent McNamee scooped that award to a rapturous response from the delighted crowd.The group finished the night with a stunning group dance – their second of the night – before the fun continued into the night with a fabulous disco with DJ Orson Sterritt of North West Entertainment. LETTERKENNY MUSICAL SOCIETY HOST STRICTLY COME DANCING FUNDRAISER – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: November 23rd, 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)last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: CRUIT ISLAND GOLF CLUB OPEN WEEK RESULTS

first_imgOpen Week – Conor Breen – Single Stableford – July 3rd 2012 1st Cathhal Doherty 44pts 2nd Gary Boyle 43pts3rd Liam Sweeney 39pts Front Nine Denis Boyle 24pts Back Nine Declan Gillespie 20pts GOLF NEWS: CRUIT ISLAND GOLF CLUB OPEN WEEK RESULTS was last modified: July 6th, 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) Tags:Cruit Island Golf Club Open Weeklast_img read more

JASON QUIGLEY THE SPECIAL GUEST AT FINN VALLEY PRIMARY SCHOOLS EVENT – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgFINN VALLEY PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS: There was another RECORD turnout at the Finn Valley Primary Schools athletics event with boxing sensation Jason Quigley dropping in to join in the on the fun.Over THIRTY schools participated over the TWO day event with just short of 1200 children taking part. While local pride was at stake on this occasion the next challenge is on May 20th back at Finn Valley track for the grand final.JASON QUIGLEY THE SPECIAL GUEST AT FINN VALLEY PRIMARY SCHOOLS EVENT – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: May 6th, 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:athleticsfinn valleynewspic specialschoolsSportlast_img read more

ENTRIES FLOOD IN AS CLOCK TICKS DOWN ON COASTAL CANCER CHALLENGE

first_imgTHE organisers of this year’s Donegal Coastal Cancer Challenge have this week reported a growing interest in the event.There will be running, cycling and mountain climbing in the Coastal Cancer Challenge.The Coastal Cancer Challenge will be raising funds for The Good and New Cancer Charity Bus (this bus takes patients to and from various hospitals in the West and North West).It takes place next Saturday week (July 19). Starting in Dunfanaghy town, this race is the ultimate in adventure racing. This course will push participants to the limit, with a mix of running, cycling and mountain climbing. “The race takes you on a stunningly beautiful loop around Muckish Mountain, Ards Forest Park, Marblehill Beach and the surrounding countryside,” Mr Nigel Drain of Motiv8 Fitness, one of the organisers said this week.“The course has been improved from last year. There will be team and individual events and this year there are two course options The Ultimate Challenge and the Sprint Challenge,” he added.Organisers have stressed the adventure can be done by a team of three or individuals.“We’re hoping the sporting public in Donegal will come out and support the event. We need to get around 200 people to the line to make the event feasible,” Mr Drain said. “Following on from the huge success of Gaelforce North, we’re hoping people will come out again and support this event,” he added.For Further information please find us on Facebook or contact Coastal Cancer Challenge, C/O Motiv8 Fitness, Unit 3 Glencar Business & Retail Park, Glencar, Letterkenny. Telephone: +353 (89) 4375050Email info@coastalcancerchallenge.com Website www.coastalcancerchallenge.com ENTRIES FLOOD IN AS CLOCK TICKS DOWN ON COASTAL CANCER CHALLENGE was last modified: July 10th, 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:COASTAL CANCER CHALLENGEdonegallast_img read more

Production area does not affect phosphorus digestibility in soybean meal fed to pigs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the effect of growing conditions on the nutritional value of soybean meal.“The digestibility of phosphorus is the same in soybean meal grown in various regions in the United States,” said Hans Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois.“The chemical composition of soybean meal is somewhat dependent on the area in which soybeans are grown, but it was not known if there are differences in the concentration of phytate among soybeans grown in different areas,” Stein said.He and Kelly Sotak-Peper, then a doctoral candidate, set out to determine whether any differences existed.They sourced soybean meal from crushing plants in three different areas within the United States: the northern growing area (comprising Michigan, Minnesota, and South Dakota), eastern growing area (Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio), and western growing area (Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska).They measured no statistically significant differences in concentrations of phosphorus, or in the percentage of phosphorus bound to phytate, among soybean meal from the different regions. There were also no differences in apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) or standardized total tract digestibility (STTD) among pigs fed soybean meal from the three growing areas.When microbial phytase was added to the diets to break down phytate, the ATTD and STTD of phosphorus for soybean meal from all growing areas increased by 24% and 22%, respectively.“When you have ingredients that come from a wide variety of growing conditions, there’s a risk that using book values for nutritional information will not give you accurate information for a given batch,” Stein said. “What these data indicate is that an average value for ATTD and STTD of phosphorus may be used regardless of the area in which the soybeans are grown.”The research was supported by funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Soybean meal was donated by AG Processing Inc., Omaha, NE; Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur, Ill; Bunge North America, St. Louis, Mo.; and Cargill Inc., Elk River, Minn.The paper, “Effects of production area and microbial phytase on the apparent and standardized total tract digestibility of phosphorus in soybean meal fed to growing pigs,” was published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science. The full text can be found at http://bit.ly/sbmarea.last_img read more