Being Candid about Problems in Liberia’s Education and Agriculture

first_imgIn early 2013 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf herself admitted that Liberia’s educational system was “in a mess.” It has alas gotten worse since then. Not only are our elementary and high schools in crisis due to poorly trained teachers, corruption and indiscipline among the students. The student explosion that followed the cancellation of tuition from public primary schools made classroom space and facilities woefully inadequate. In many schools, both primary and secondary, there are backrooms filled with broken chairs. Then the problem of teachers–who are not only inadequate but in many cases poorly trained. Up to 1959, before teachers colleges were created, there were “Teachers Institutes” each January throughout the country, where teachers were given refresher courses in various subjects to equip them with new skills for the new academic year. This was discontinued when teachers colleges were built in various parts of the country. It now appears that the need for refresher courses for teachers continues, to keep them equipped with fresh instruction in the various subject matters and in special skills in handling the new generation of students, especially in the post-war classrooms. There are also the problems of curriculum and textbooks. This newspaper has urged that Civics be returned to the Curriculum. We have also joined a few scholars in calling for the writing of Liberian textbooks reflecting the local culture that would make instruction and learning more adaptable to the Liberian situation. But we are still using foreign textbooks which are largely irrelevant to the Liberian reality. This is not the case in other West African countries, which insist on using local textbooks. This pays off: the children learn faster because the texts and illustrations are more adaptable to their national experience. But somehow the Education Ministry has not been able to establish and maintain a well staffed and financed textbook writing program. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored and financed local textbook production. Perhaps these and other burning educational issues may be considered at the US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Conference which begins today in Monrovia. The issue of higher education is another critical problem in Liberia. The recent crises at the University of Liberia have underscored this problem. Corruption within the faculty and staff are at the center of UL’s problems. This has led to the enrollment of ill-prepared students, who enter using money and sex as their admissions credentials. Also, students at our universities, especially UL, are not taught or encouraged to read because the instructors are more interested in selling their pamphlets than sending students to the library and insisting on the development of an efficient and well stocked library at UL. Today’s conference has a loaded educational agenda.The Conference will also consider Energy, but thankfully, progress is being made in this sector—the rebuilding of the Mount Coffee Hydro, the plan for mini-hydros throughout the country and the West African Power Pool Program designed to electrify rural Liberia. The other BIG problem to be tackled at today’s Conference is Liberia’s poor performance in Agriculture. We still eat what we do not grow–rice, our staple, being the principal example; but we are compelled quickly to add many other foods, including vegetables, beef and poultry and eggs. We cannot boast of a single veterinary doctor. Our tree crops development is at a standstill. No one talks about Liberian coffee anymore; cocoa farmers are crying for encouragement; and so are our rubber farmers, most of whose trees were destroyed during the war. Today the Cote d’Ivoire has surpassed Liberia as West Africa’s largest rubber producer. This is a shameful crisis about which no one seems to care. The people responsible for agriculture do not even talk about it. All of these problems can be easily solved with seriousness, focus and commitment by all concerned, especially the people in government who are in the driver’s seat. Many of them were trained in the United States, where they learned about the dynamic role of the Department of Agriculture in the transformation of American agriculture that made the USA the world’s leading food producer. We pray that this Conference will seriously tackle some of these issues and help us find a way forward. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal blow! Mathieu Flamini OUT of Everton clash

first_img1 Mathieu Flamini limps out of the Champions League clash with Barcelona Mathieu Flamini with miss Arsenal’s match with Everton on Saturday due to a hamstring problem.The midfielder suffered the injury during the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday, which saw them eliminated from the Champions League.The Frenchman was substituted after 45 minutes and manager Arsene Wenger has now revealed that the 32-year-old is not fit for the trip to Goodison Park.“The other night we lost Flamini with a hamstring [injury] so he will not be available for tomorrow’s game,” said Wenger.“Apart from that everything looks positive.”Flamini joins Aaron Ramsey [thigh], Jack Wilshere [leg], Tomas Rosicky [thigh], Petr Cech [calf], Santi Cazorla [Achilles] and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [knee] in sitting out the game.Provisional squad: Ospina, Macey, Monreal, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin, Elneny, Ozil, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Sanchez, Campbell, Walcott, Welbeck, Giroud.last_img read more

Los Al holds off DCC in preseason finale

first_imgIt wasn’t pretty by any means. The Los Alamitos High girls basketball team edged host Downey Calvary Chapel 47-44 in the teams’ last preseason game Tuesday night. — Earl Williams St. Anthony 38, Oxford Academy 34 Senior guard Sarah Ellis scored 11 points to lead the Saints (1-14) to their first victory of the season. Junior forward April Laughlin had 10 points and 12 rebounds for St. Anthony, which faces JSerra on the road Thursday at 6 p.m. Birmingham 42, Carson 39 Junior center Andrea Hernandez scored 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to help the Colts (3-9) win a first-round game at the Fairfax Tournament. BOYS BASKETBALL Los Alamitos 70, Warren 42 Senior guard Landry Fields scored 14 of his 25 points in the first quarter to help the Griffins (12-3) beat the visiting Bears in a nonleague game. Lawndale 51, Mary Star 49 Lamont Buckman made a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Cardinals a nonleague win over the visiting Stars (7-9). Marc Saavedra led Mary Star in scoring with 14 points. St. Anthony 44, Oxford Academy 39 Michael Cotton scored 16 points and Jon Carcamo 12 for the Saints (7-8), who won a nonleague game at home. Gahr 78, Sonora 68 Aaron Woods scored 23 points and Cameron Nettles added 14 for the Gladiators (10-5), who defeated the visiting Raiders in a nonleague game. L.A. Adventist 77, Wildwood 31 Kenneth Woods had 20 rebounds, 19 points and 10 blocks to lead the Eagles (11-1) past the visiting Wildcats in a Mulholland League game. BOYS SOCCER Norwalk 10, Buena Park 1 Emilio Soto and Francisco Navarro each scored three times for the Lancers (7-3-1) in a nonleague rout. SJ Bosco 2, Canyon 0 Senior midfielder Robert Toste and junior midfielder Saul Rodriguez each had a goal for the host Braves (10-2-1). GIRLS SOCCER Downey 5, Lynwood 2 Sophomore forward Britney Vance scored three goals and had an assist as the Vikings (6-5-2, 1-0) won the San Gabriel Valley League opener in overtime. Paramount 8, Gahr 1 Junior forward Verenice Santiago scored four goals to lead the Pirates (5-6-3, 1-0) past the host Gladiators in an SGVL game. WRESTLING Warren 64, El Rancho 3 Junior Arrow Chhit pinned Anthony Monteverde in 1:11 at 103 pounds to lead the Bears (17-1) past the visiting Dons in a nonleague meet. GIRLS WATER POLO Cerritos 5, La Habra 4 Junior June Westdal recorded a hat trick and senior goalkeeper Leila Hashemi made nine saves as the Dons (5-3) beat the Highlanders. Mira Costa 5, Millikan 4 Kallie Berry and Katie Rogers each scored twice, but the Rams lost to the Mustangs in a nonleague game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s definitely a plus for us to get a win in the last game of preseason. (The Sunset) League is going to be tough,” Los Alamitos coach Thanara Chen. “We weren’t executing as a team (in the first half). We were going 1 on 1. When we operate like that, everyone isn’t involved in the offense. And in transition, we weren’t getting back on defense.” Jodie Goya of the Griffins (10-6) hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer for a 32-31 lead and changed the momentum of the game. She proceeded to score the first two buckets in the fourth to extend the lead to 36-31. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Grizzlies (8-8) rallied to tie things up at 40 with 3:49 remaining, but unforced turnovers, a blown layup by DCC’s Julissa Yepez, a layup and putback by Jennifer McDaniel and a jumper by Mindi DeGuchi put the game out of reach for Los Alamitos. DCC struggled in the first quarter and found itself down 12-4. But the Grizzlies began to find their mark, going on a scoring spree that saw them tie the score at 14 and 16 before going ahead 25-18 at the break. Los Al, which had 25 turnovers, managed to execute a little better down the stretch to pull out the victory. McDaniel led the way with 14 points, and Goya and DeGuchi each added 10. Rachel Butler led all scorers with 16 points, and Bethany Hurst had 10 for the Grizzlies. “The girls hustled in the second quarter and we came back,” Grizzlies coach Steven Anderson said. “Our defense was working. It got us back into the game. In the third quarter, we knew they were going to come out strong and they did. There were turnovers, things of that nature. We can’t afford to make mental mistakes. We got to execute, get the ball to our key players. We just have to be better with dealing with the ball. You just can’t keep throwing it out there. There are some things we have to correct before we go into league next week.” last_img read more

DDTV: RARE FOOTAGE OF SOUTH WEST DONEGAL IN 1967

first_imgIT’S not the best footage in places, but this video footage from the 1960s is worth seeing nonetheless. The home movie was filmed in the Teelin, Carrick, Kilcar, Glencolmcille and surrounding areas in South West Donegal and Dublin.We hope you enjoy it. DDTV: RARE FOOTAGE OF SOUTH WEST DONEGAL IN 1967 was last modified: December 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

DDTV: EXTREME ADVENTURE GATEWAY TO HELL MUD RUN – JUST ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER!

first_imgDDTV: There is only 1 week left for Gateway to Hell Mud Run 2016. The event which will take place at Extreme Adventure Letterkenny on Saturday the 23rd of July is one of the best things you will do this summer. You will climb over bales, dash through muck and slip down waters slides but all while having the time of your life.The event is a chance to get down and dirty while pushing yourself to either try and win it or just doing it with friends and family for the sheer fun of it.Extreme Adventure, (formerly Letterkenny Paintballing), are offering both a 5k and 10k course for those who dare sign up to get waist-deep for parts of the day.Both courses offer an array of testing obstacles that must be negotiated, with some tricker and certainly stickier than others. You can also do it for a Charity, Club or for any good cause by simply getting sponsorship cards from Extreme Adventure and raising money while having the time of your life.You can go at your own pace and the enjoy the challenge of completing the course or enjoy the thrill of trying win the event, either way you won’t be disappointed.As well as first male and female home, there will also have a team prize so you can make some lasting memories with friends to add to the event.Extreme Adventure have once again teamed up with The Pulse Night Club and The Orchard Inn and after you successfully complete the course you will have earned the right to hot food served at The Orchard Inn Bar and also a free pass to The Pulse Night Club.All entrants will also receive a Free T Shirt which you can wear with pride and let the World know you have completed the Gateway to Hell Mud Run.To register, please see http://www.extremeadventure.ie/gateway-to-hell/ or for further information please call (074) 9128086 or email info@extremeadventure.ieDDTV: EXTREME ADVENTURE GATEWAY TO HELL MUD RUN – JUST ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER! was last modified: July 14th, 2016 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:DDTVEXTREME ADVENTUREnewsSportlast_img read more

Newcastle in discussions with West Brom to sign £16m striker

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Rondon bagged seven Premier League goals last season What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Latest Newcastle United News smart causal Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January possible standings ANALYSIS 1 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? The recently relegated Baggies appear to have no intentions of standing in the Venezuelan’s way as he seeks a Premier League return.It is understood that he will likely cost £16m. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 targets Newcastle United are reportedly in talks with West Brom over a deal to sign Salomon Rondon.With Aleksandar Mitrovic on the verge of completing a permanent move to Fulham, the Magpies need new attacking reinforcements. revealed How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Rafael Benitez’s side are closing in on the signature of Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto from Mainz, but the manager clearly believes this is not enough to take them into the 2018/19 campaign.Therefore, according to Sky, they are now in discussions to sign Rondon. REVEALED gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN HOPING TO ‘TAKE-AWAY’ A PACKET ON RTE’S BIG MONEY GAME

first_imgA Donegal businessman whose chip shop was robbed just hours before his ticket was picked for RTE’s The Big Money Game is hoping to ‘take-away’ a fortune when he appears on the show tonight.Daniel Rogers was left fuming when vandals broke into his CKC Takeaway in Newtowncunningham last week.The gang wrecked his shop causing almost €1,500 worth of damage. The father-of-three was furious and wondering where exactly he was going to get the money from to pay for the repairs.But his worries disappeared just a day later when his scratch card was picked for him to appear on tonight’s show with host Brian Ormond.Daniel, 56, said he always watches the show but was watching the Olympic Games that night instead.“I usually always watch it but I was watching the Olympics that night. “A couple of minutes later however I got a phonecall and I knew it was me. I was delighted. I wasn’t surprised because I knew I had sent in the scratch card,” he said.Daniel said being picked to go on the show has more than made up for the break-in to his chip shop.“The way things are these days I simply didn’t need another bill for a broken window and all the damage to the shop.“But things happen in mysterious ways and I’m delighted I will be able to have the chance to win a few pound.“Like everyone else I will be paying off all my bills first and then I’ll think about what I could spend any more left over,” he said. Daniel said he’ll be bring 21 family and friends with him to Dublin for the show.But he ruled out he’ll be celebrating with the rest of the people of Donegal when they ravel to Croke Park for their All Ireland encounter with Kerry today (SUN).“I hate football. I have no interest in it but I hope they do very well.“Hopefully I can take home plenty of money and Donegal can take Kerry at Croke Park. That would be some weekend,” he said. EndsDONEGAL BUSINESSMAN HOPING TO ‘TAKE-AWAY’ A PACKET ON RTE’S BIG MONEY GAME was last modified: August 4th, 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:Big Money ShowDaniel Rogersmanorcunninghamlast_img read more

Finding sound real estate investment

first_img1 November 2010South Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and the growth of a new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions (IHS) and its global investors, that means opportunity. IHS’ South Africa Workforce Housing Fund has raised some US$250-million (R1.7-billion), with early support from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, to take equity stakes in developers and development projects that are adding tens of thousands of new homes and apartments to South Africa’s housing stockInvestors include Citigroup Global Markets along with a major North American endowment and a pension fund. The Development Bank of Southern Africa is also participating.In its largest deal to date, IHS has invested around $30-million (R200-million) in the conversion of 11 landmark buildings in downtown Johannesburg into 3 000 rental units. This and similar IHS-funded projects are making an important contribution to the revival of Johannesburg’s central business district.Other IHS-backed projects include a 4 141-unit estate in Soweto’s Jabulani district – the kind of development that is making Soweto unrecognisable to anyone whose mental picture of the township was formed before the advent of democracy.IHS’ Washington-based managing partner is Soula Proxenos. She maintains deep ties with her home country and is happy to be counted as a Global South African, part of a growing network of South African emigres committed to the country’s success.The housing in which IHS is investing is targeted at salary earners who can afford reasonable mortgage payments or rent but battle to find reasonably priced accommodation in the current market. These, says Proxenos, are the “missing middle” and many, she believes, are better off renting rather than owning.“Overall the demand for housing in the affordable property sector is huge. But current access to finance is driving consumers to rent rather than buy. For developers and investors like IHS, the high demand plus the relatively low default rate in rental payments make the provision of rental accommodation in the affordable housing market an ideal product.”Proxenos, who was managing director of Fannie Mae’s International Housing Financial Services before joining IHS, says the idea that home-ownership is always the best option is “clearly outdated”, putting people into homes they cannot afford. “It has proved a dangerous model in the US, leading to the worldwide housing crash which sparked the meltdown in financial markets.”This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

Reward a Favorite Point and say Thank You

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeoTours Deliver More Fun With FavoritesJune 29, 2015In “GeoTours”Snooping near Snoopy — Take a Deep Breath (GC4M0KY) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 16, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community” Reward Favorite Points to the geocaches that make you cheer with joy!Your pulse-quickens. Your jaw drops. And you think, “No way!” It’s the “Aha!” reward of finding a geocache that’s a unique container, cleverly hidden or reveals an amazing location. Maybe it’s even all three of those elements rolled into one geocache.Now you have nearly two million active geocaches to choose from for your adventure. You can celebrate the best of those geocaches by rewarding that geocache a shiny new Favorite Point.Some geocaches have tallied hundreds of Favorite Points, some have even earned more than a thousand Favorite Points. And your Favorite Point matters.A Favorite Point is a blue ribbon award that makes a geocache owner’s day. Favorite Points are your way of saying Thank You to the geocacher who hid and maintains the geocache. It’s also a way to let other geocachers know that geocache is well worth the journey.Here’s the story of how Favorite Points work. Premium Members earn one Favorite Point for every ten geocaches they find. They can reward their points to any geocache where they logged, “Found it.” Basic Members who upgrade to Premium Membership receive Favorite Points accordingly to their past finds.Searching by Favorite Points also offers a big time-saving advantage, since you won’t have to sort through page after page of search results to find the best geocaches in an area. The one-click solution is an easy way to instantly see which geocaches leave your fellow geocachers in awe.You can help out new geocache hiders. Add a comment below and tell us what makes a geocache worthy of a Favorite Point?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Madrid thrashes APOEL 6-0 to make Champions League last 16

first_imgRead Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Ronaldo has been struggling in the Spanish league with only one goal in 12 rounds, but he already has eight in the Champions League and is the competition’s leading scorer.The Spanish powerhouse is trying to become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win threeconsecutive European titles. Ajax did it in 1971-73, and Madrid won four in a row from 1956-60.APOEL hasn’t won a group stage match in the Champions League since 2012.“Today we’ve made so many mistakes that we haven’t made before,” APOEL coach Giorgos Donis said. “In the last game we’ll try to avoid those mistakes.” MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Grand Slams planning to cut seeds from 32 back to 16 in 2019 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, center, celebrates after scoring the fifth goal of his team during the Champions League Group H soccer match between APOEL Nicosia and Real Madrid at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus— With Karim Benzema finding its scoring touch and Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his tally, Real Madrid again made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.Benzema scored twice in the first half and Ronaldo netted twice in the second as Madrid thrashed Cypriot team APOEL 6-0 to guarantee a spot in the last 16 on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:40Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:37Protesters 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’ boss LATEST STORIES Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez also scored for the defending champions, who have made it past the group stage for 22 straight seasons.The result eliminated Borussia Dortmund, which lost to Tottenham 2-1 in Germany in the other Group H match.Tottenham heads into the final round leading Madrid by three points and has already secured first place. Dortmund and APOEL have no chance of advancing.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 shutoutMadrid also finished second in its group last season, to Dortmund, marking the first time the Spanish club has failed to advance in first place since the 2012-13 season.Tottenham hosts APOEL on Dec. 6, while Madrid hosts Dortmund. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We came here to qualify and we did it,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It was a good night. We aresatisfied.”Madrid won only one of its last four matches in all competitions, but it found easy pickings in Nicosia to earn its biggest ever away win in the Champions league.Modric opened the scoring with a long-range shot midway through the first half and Benzema and Fernandez added their goals seven minutes apart just before halftime.Benzema hadn’t scored in six matches in all competitions.“Forwards aren’t always about scoring,” Benzema said. “If I can help my teammates with passes and movement, I will do (it). Today I was lucky enough to score two goals and do something good for my side.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more