Finally, in the pipeline: A National Education Policy for Liberia

first_imgA small number of civic-minded graduates (Class of 2016) of Cuttington University are soon expected to be picked up by the radar in serious debate over launching – as a postgraduate project – a campaign designed to draw national attention to a long-awaited education policy that this government and any other should be happy to embrace, adopt and implement for the long term interest of the children of Liberia. But first, such a challenge has to be accepted; this will be followed by the necessary groundwork. Then begins the process that is calculated to get the rest of the society involved in changing the way this nation regards its children and the way it goes about dealing with their now dire needs.The above scenario, flowing from a ‘call-to-arms’ (rallying-call: My people, you all come let’s do something for our children!) was issued to 700 graduates from different fields of study a fortnight (two weeks) ago during the 55th Commencement Convocation of the Suacoco-based, Cuttington University. It was made by the orator of the day, Counselor N. Oswald Tweh, a former graduate of Cuttington, who is today one of the nation’s top lawyers. “We adults have a vital role to play in ensuring the full and total education of our youth and their success,” Counselor Tweh told the graduates; and to their families, friends and guests in attendance, he added: “It is both our duty and our obligation to make sure that they are educated. As leaders, elders, parents (and) guardians, we must make whatever sacrifice might be needed to ensure that our children meet the future needs of our nation. We must instill in them the zeal for education. “What this calls for is a national education policy. Such an undertaking will eventually include parents, political parties, religious leaders, educators and even the government. And when the history of the national education policy – and what follows in its wake – is written, it will be to teachers, doctors, lawyers, educators, politicians, parents and other citizens from around the country to whom the upcoming generation and the next will have to pay their dues.“But for starters, no more than a few committed and persistent individuals would be needed to switch on the ignition and get the vehicle moving, to start at all levels the involvement of the nation’s citizens in the full and wholesome education of Liberia’s young people. What better way to keep the torch burning – at full-blast than to burnish it and pass it on to the next generation, spurred on by the knowledge, understanding and conviction that each generation will remain at the forefront, and that the problems that confront them will be tackled by the entire society?” “Yes We Can”And it will happen, pundits and ordinary citizens believe, if for no other reason than because the centerpiece of the policy under consideration proclaims that: “The children are Liberia’s future.” “No nation has ever reached its full potential without an adequate, educated, and skilled manpower base,” Counselor Tweh reminded his audience. Like the children of other war-weary nations throughout history, Liberia’s Generation X has not fared well academically – not during the nation’s civil strife; not ever since – low test scores at every level of the academic ladder confirms the continuing pitiful performance of today’s youngsters. This serious situation leaves Liberians no choice than to do everything they can to lift themselves and their children out of the education morass (mess, backwardness) they presently wallow (dragging on the ground) in, and eventually place themselves among the forward-moving peoples of this world, beginning with (who else?), the children. Counselor Tweh’s speech seemed especially planned to spark serious thought and debate to enable this year’s graduating class to catch the vision, arriving at the same conclusion reached by those who helped mentor them along the way. “Suffer the Little Children…”Those civic-minded graduates in the forefront will have all the motivation they need for such an undertaking: “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not,” the disciples had heard from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself over two thousand years ago. “For of such is the kingdom of Heaven,” He had added. And it was that very idea that Counselor Tweh tried to impress upon Cuttington’s 700 graduates: That in drawing no difference between that heavenly family of children and those placed in our midst – for and with us here on earth – the Lord Jesus well-understood that “upon the shoulders of children anywhere, the key to the future rests. Is there any doubt, then,” Counselor Tweh asked his listeners, “that our children are, and always must be, this nation’s first priority?” Inspirations from the PastThey began planning and soon got the members of other classes fired up about their project. Senior priests and major choir directors from most of the local Episcopal churches, as well as their outstanding choristers, soon joined up. The diocesan choir began practicing immediately, and was readied in time to perform for the National Convention held earlier this year. It was in 1984, thirty-two years ago, that an America literary figure, Mr. Clarence Major, visited with members of the Liberia intelligentsia and sparked a conversation related to writing. A group of Liberian writers and some of their professors included Theophilus Sonpon, Ruth Wuoh, Thomas Johnson, C. William Allen, Henry Gengsen, Althea Romeo-Mark, this writer, and a few others got together and launched the Liberia Association of Writers, LAW. Today, Law is ‘alive and kicking.’ “Go out then,” the managing partner of Pierre, Tweh and Associates challenged and encouraged the now excited graduates, “and do for future generations what the learning process and the society did for you during your journey through the halls of Cuttington. “What you accomplish will ensure that the nation’s children reach adulthood equipped with the wherewithal (whatever it takes) to participate as productive members of society as a result of being placed first on the national agenda.” Among the guests in attendance were: Episcopal Arch-Bishop B.B. Hart; International Bank CEO, Henry Saamoi; Dr. Kenneth Best, Alumnus; Dr. Benoni Urey, CU Board Member; and Mr. Charles Allen, President, Cuttington Alumni Association.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Arsenal 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR reached the interval on level terms after managing to frustrate Arsenal in the London derby at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners went close to scoring when Aaron Ramsey’s looping header from Bacary Sagna’s right-wing cross hit the top of the bar.Rangers survived another scare after Jack Wilshere’s long-range shot was fumbled by keeper Julio Cesar, who later looked much more comfortable while keeping out an effort from Olivier Giroud.With captain Ji-sung Park having failed a fitness test on a knee problem, R’s boss Mark Hughes restored Shaun Wright-Phillips to the starting line-up.QPR (4-4-1-1): Cesar; Bosingwa, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore; Wright-Phillips, Granero, Diakite, Taarabt; Hoilett, Zamora. Subs: Ferdinand, Cisse, Mackie, Mackie, Onuoha, Ephraim, Faurlin.Click here for the Arsenal v QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Villa fans on Twitter react to Hogan talks

first_imgAston Villa fans on Twitter are split over the merits of signing Brentford striker Scott Hogan.The Bees have entered talks with their Championship rivals over a potential sale, with Crystal Palace also making an enquiry.Villa had previously been in for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, and some of their fans are not sure Hogan is an improvement.Would rather #AVFC spend the money on Rhodes instead of Hogan— Marcus Patterson (@beefro1980) January 31, 2017Hogan been prolific for half a season…. Rhodes been prolific for 5 years…. let that sink in for a minute or two #avfc— villaparkb6 (@villaparkb6) January 31, 2017What makes Scott Hogan more appealing than Jordan Rhodes,Rhodes has scored at this level and below and years— Shaun Beasley (@shaunbeasley98) January 31, 2017If we weren’t prepared to pay 9 mil for Rhodes why pay 15 for Scott hogan, madness #avfc— Jamie Hughes (@jamiebarthughes) January 31, 2017Does anyone rate Hogan? Apart from his recent goals he has struggled with clubs and injuries. Price tag seems very high for him. #avfc— Mark Patton (@MarkPatton7) January 31, 2017But others said they preferred former Rochdale man Hogan, given he is on the way up in his career.Signing Scott Hogan would be a good deal. Better all arounder than Jordan Rhodes. #AVFC— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) January 31, 2017Would have hogan over Rhodes any day of the week #avfc— Dayll (@beeza88) January 30, 2017Scott hogan looks decent, much rather him over Rhodes tbh⚽️— Tom (@tom_comerford2) January 30, 2017I would prefer scott hogan but if the lad doesnt really want to come and is waiting for someone else then rhodes is the better option #utv— david (@davidhunt80) January 31, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Evolutionists Orchestrate Media Blitz Campaigns

first_imgHow can all the science media outlets launch simultaneous reports about evolutionary claims within minutes?  It’s how science reporting is done these days.Science reporters are in cahoots with evolutionists.  Certain “discoveries” about fossils or whatever can be “embargoed” against public release, while “insiders” get the scoop and prepare their media stories.  As soon as the embargo is lifted, out come the stories, ready to sway the public before “outsiders” even had a chance to look at the raw data.  Is this any way to do science?It happened today with a double punch.  Science Magazine published two evolutionary whoppers: (1) the first common ancestor of mammals has been found, and (2) new dating of the Chixculub crater proves a meteor killed the dinosaurs.  Analysis of those claims can be taken up separately later, but notice how these over-hyped, confident-sounding headlines, complete with graphics and artwork, appeared instantly all over the media as soon as Science posted its February 8 issue:BBC News: “Earliest placental mammal ancestor pinpointed.”Science Daily: “New Evidence Suggests Comet or Asteroid Impact Was Last Straw for Dinosaurs.”Science Daily: “Largest-Ever Study of Mammalian Ancestry Completed“Science Daily: “Most Comprehensive Tree of Life Shows Placental Mammal Diversity Exploded After Age of Dinosaurs.”PhysOrg: “Most precise dates yet suggest comet or asteroid impact was last straw for dinosaurs.”Live Science: “Meet Your Mama: First Ancestor of All Placental Mammals Revealed“Live Science: “Asteroid Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs: New Evidence.”New Scientist: “Meet Our Earliest Common Mammalian Ancestor.”These are just samples.  Usually, the rest of the major newspapers and media outlets pick up on the stories from these and a few other sources, and reproduce them verbatim except for slight changes to headlines, subtitles and artwork.  Only later, commentators take the material and add their opinions, without the advantage of surprise attack.The media spin machine works like this: university media departments prepare press releases along with the scientific papers authored or co-authored by their own researchers.  Naturally, they have a vested interest in making their researchers and professors look good, to reflect well on the university.  These press releases are embargoed till the paper is published (sometimes a little before), but are visible to science reporters until the agreed on date for public release.  Amalgamation services like EurekAlert (an arm of the AAAS) gather the press releases  from multiple universities and labs; their links become feeds for inside reporters.  EurekAlert explains the Embargo Policy:When applied to published material, an embargo is a prohibition against publicizing information before a certain date. By placing an embargo on the dissemination of research that is scheduled to be published, EurekAlert! can release information early, giving journalists the time necessary to write accurate and well-researched articles on a given topic. By respecting the embargo, journalists assure themselves of continued access to information in advance of publication.Material is posted by registered public information officers (PIOs) from institutions, universities and peer-reviewed journals, and is subject to the specific embargo times, dates and policies set by the PIOs and/or EurekAlert!. Journalists with approved access to this directory are bound to honor all the embargo restrictions. Material that has passed its embargo date and time is considered public information and is released to the public homepage for viewing.Packaging services with “approved access” like PhysOrg and Science Daily process these feeds, adding subtitles and additional artwork not provided by the original press release, but otherwise reproducing the press releases without alteration.  This gives “insider” reporters like Charles Choi at Live Science and Jason Palmer at the BBC additional time to add material and write up the stories in their own words (usually without skeptical criticism).  For instance, Live Science was already prepared with a slide show called “Mammals Through Time” and a Live Science Contest called “What Would You Name First Mammal Ancestor?” that appeared simultaneously with Science Magazine’s publications.As a result, the public is inundated with media campaigns like this one before anyone has the chance to analyze the raw evidence.  Since most academic institutions and the AAAS that runs EurekAlert are strongly pro-Darwinian, as are most of the secular science reporters, the pro-Darwin forces can blitz the world, gaining a strategic advantage over skeptics.Now you see how it’s done.  With all due respect for researchers who need to guard their intellectual property, this system stinks.  This is manipulation, not science reporting.  In a perfect world, all writers—not just those in one ideological party—would have equal access to the data.   There would be an open debate and discussion about the evidence before one ideology gets the advantage.  “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question,” Charlie said.  Instead, Darwin Party operatives can blitz the territory with bold headlines from biased writers (university press offices) before critical thinkers have their say.  Those critical thinkers, including but not limited to creationists or intelligent design advocates, are left trying to clean up the mess, usually not getting anywhere near the coverage. It’s all rigged.How can this unfair system be fixed?  It won’t be easy.  An army of articulate, well-educated commentators can complain to the organizations, write comments to the stories, and blog about the situation.  Most likely complaints will fall on deaf ears due to the power of these institutions.  Do you think for a minute that the AAAS would grant “approved media” status to ICR or the Discovery Institute? The system puts Darwin skeptics in reactive mode, trying to undo the damage of the media blitz.The growth of open-access journals with internet peer review and public comment will help.  In the meantime, though, readers like you need to understand how the Darwin machine works.  This is not about science; it’s about manipulation, and it began in Darwin’s own day.  If you read Janet Browne’s excellent biography of Charlie (Charles Darwin: the Power of Place) you learn how he got the power of place.  His aggressive X-men founded the journal Nature expressly for the purpose of promoting the new materialistic, secularist philosophy “as science.”  Nature and other new journals, by mixing legitimate science reporting with Darwinism in a new and refreshing way, using clever writing, made Darwinism sound like a hot new trend.  The propaganda soon overpowered traditional methods of disseminating real scientific discovery, as Browne says:Nevertheless, it was to Darwin’s friends that the first wave of positive responses must be attributed. For it was obvious that Darwin’s theories were as useful to them as they were to his theories. Over the following decades, Darwin’s defenders came to occupy influential niches in British and American intellectual life. Together, these men would also control the scientific media of the day, especially the important journals… Darwin’s opponents failed to achieve anything like the same command of the media or penetration of significant institutions. (p. 129)Charlie’s little Victorian myth was not so much a scientific revolution as a media coup, and his critics are still struggling to gain back some equal power of place.  One can only hope that the power of evidence will have the last word. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Anderson edged in Delray Beach Open final

first_img24 February 2014South African tennis ace Kevin Anderson narrowly missed out on capturing the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open for a second time when he was edged out by Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday, with the in-form Croatian winning 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 6-4.It was Cilic’s second title of 2014 and the 11th of his career. It was also his 18th victory of the year, which leads the ATP World Tour.Fourth consecutive final lossDisappointingly for Anderson, it was his fourth consecutive loss in an ATP Tour final since he lifted the Delray Beach trophy in 2012.The match, at three hours and eight minutes long, was the longest final in tournament history, surpassing the 1996 title match between Jason Stoltenberg and Chris Woodruff by 34 minutesOn his way to the title-decider, Anderson saw off the USA’s Tim Smyczek 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, got by Ivo Karlovic when the big-serving Croatian retired from their showdown, defeated 2012 runner-up Marinko Matosevic when he also retired with Anderson leading 7-6, and drilled Steve Johnson, who had beaten him in Auckland earlier this year, 6-2, 6-4.‘I just didn’t put down the clamps’Disappointed with the outcome of the final, Anderson said afterwards: “In the third [set], I just didn’t put down the clamps of getting back in the match and giving myself a chance. He was going to take one of his chances. He had a fair amount.“If I would have capitalised a little more, I would have put myself in a better position to win the title. I was happy making the final, but obviously a little disappointed.”‘I found a way’“In the final some nerves can get into your body and you have to deal with it in the end. Luckily I found a way,” Cilic commented.The tournament was the first for Anderson under former South African Davis Cup player Neville Godwin. The pair are undergoing a three-month trial to decide whether to make their coach/player partnership permanent or not.DoublesIn the doubles, South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and his American partner Eric Butorac, fresh off winning the US National Indoor Tennis Championships title in Memphis a week ago, were seeded second behind world number ones, the Bryan brothers.The script did not go to plan as they suffered a shock first round exit, going down to the USA’s Sekou Bangoura and Vahid Mirzadeh after a third set super tie-breaker.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Kevin Durant leads way again as Warriors clip Rockets for 2-0 lead

first_imgHouston Rockets’ James Harden, left, goes up for a shot as Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant defends during the first half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California— Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors brought it on both ends, kept their mouths shut and handled business at home against James Harden and the Rockets.Now, the two-time defending champions are headed to Houston with a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal.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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Boos regularly greeted both Harden and Chris Paul at deafening Oracle Arena, where the Rockets complained after a 104-100 Game 1 defeat that the officials missed foul calls when the Warriors closed out on Houston’s 3-point shooters.Paul celebrated and cheered when Harden drew a foul on Durant in the closing seconds of the third on a very such play. Harden converted three free throws to pull Houston within 82-75 going into the final 12 minutes.Harden scored seven straight Houston points during one stretch midway through the fourth, including a 3 at 7:25 that go the Rockets within 92-89. Stephen Curry connected for a key 3 at the 6:31 mark on the way to 20 points.Harden’s eyes were still red and bothering him postgame.“It’s pretty blurry right now. Hopefully it gets better day by day,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Klay Thompson scored 21 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third. Green had 15 points, 12 rebounds — three on the offensive end over two possessions in the opening quarter — and seven assists.Game 3 is Saturday in Houston.Players on both sides stayed poised with cool heads.“I felt like both teams, both coaches, just let the refs do their jobs all night,” Durant said. “I think the refs did an amazing job, the players did a great job, and the coaches.”Durant set a tone when took an early charge from Harden and blocked one of his shots as Houston committed five quick turnovers that led to 10 points. Andre Iguodala, who also handled much of the load defending Harden, added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.Curry dislocated his left middle finger in the first quarter but X-rays were negative and he returned with it taped.Curry missed his first four 3-point tries before hitting late in the first and played in foul trouble once more. He picked up his fourth with 6:43 in the third on a reach in, something he’s been working to stop doing.Harden injured his eyes with 6:39 left in the first, grabbing at his face after he and Green fought for a loose rebound and Green’s left hand got Harden in the face.When Harden went to the locker room with 6:27 left and a towel over his left eye for a cut, Green patted him on the back and checked to make sure he was OK. Harden returned at the 7:09 mark of the second.“That’s him. I didn’t have a doubt he was coming back unless it was something catastrophic,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSRockets: Houston committed nine first-quarter turnovers leading to 14 Warriors points while shooting 7 for 19. … Reserve G Austin Rivers returned after he missed Game 1 with an illness. … Houston is 5-14 vs. the Warriors dating to the 2015 Western Conference finals won by the Warriors on the way to their first title in 40 years. … After going 14 of 47 from deep in the series opener, missing their initial eight threes and 27 straight to end Game 7 vs. Golden State last year, Houston shot 17 for 40 on 3s in Game 2.Warriors: The Warriors committed just 12 turnovers after it became a big focus after getting 20 in Game 1. … Golden State improved to 6-1 all-time in the postseason when using the starting lineup of Curry, Durant, Green, Iguodala and Thompson. … With 324 career postseason 3s, Thompson matched Manu Ginobili for fourth on the NBA’s all-time postseason list for 3s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Both teams were more composed when it came to mouthing off at the referees.Harden already had a history with official Scott Foster, who worked Tuesday’s game. The reigning MVP was fined $25,000 for calling Foster “rude and arrogant” following a 121-111 loss at the Lakers on Feb. 21 in which Harden fouled out.In Game 1, Paul was automatically ejected with 4.4 seconds left following a second technical and fined $35,000 by the NBA on Monday for making contact with official Josh Tiven.D’Antoni emphasized the scrutiny of officials “shouldn’t continue.”Durant’s run of five straight performances scoring at least 30 points was snapped.With 201 points over his previous five games, he became the fourth player in NBA history to score 200 or more in such a span — joining LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan.GREEN’S TECHNICALSGreen and Nene got tangled up and drew double technicals after Harden’s third free throw at the end of the third.With his fourth technical of the postseason, Green is three away from an automatic one-game suspension.The Warriors plan to reach out to the league about getting the technical rescinded because coach Steve Kerr considered it one of those intense plays that happen in the postseason. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Durant scored 29 points and established an early defensive tone against Harden, leading the Warriors past the Rockets 115-109 on Tuesday night as the focus refreshingly returned to basketball after two days of constant chatter about the officiating.“Tonight I think it was a great officiated game,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “They let us be physical, both teams, and they made the calls they needed to make. It was kind of disheartening for a game that I love since I was a child to see the talk over the last two days was nothing about basketball and everything about foul calls. Is that what this game is coming to?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHarden got hit in both eyes early but was able to return and finished with 29 points and seven rebounds“I barely could see,” said Harden, who was treated with eye drops. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more