GGCCC Relocates to New Campus

first_imgGrand Gedeh County Community College (GGCCC) has relocated to its 150 acre campus donated by the county.The land is situated on the outskirts of Zwedru along the road to Konobo District. In a Daily Observer interview, GGCCC president, Dr. Solomon Jallahyu said the relocation became necessary to allow the administration to solicit assistance to construct several other facilities, including academic and administration buildings.Prior to the relocation, GGCCC on March 2 held its first appearance exercise for about 120 new students, characterized by fun-sharing among the faculty, staff and student body.Dr. Jallahyu said the college’s computer laboratory and library will remain on the campus of the Zwedru Multilateral High School.Meanwhile, plans are underway to construct additional 34 facilities on the new campus, Dr. Jallahyu said. He said a blueprint for the construction has already been completed, and the project is expected to begin very soon. “The architecture design for the 34 new facilities has been completed and taken to the Ministry of Public Works in Monrovia for approval. Once it is approved, we will begin the construction in April in accordance with Public Procurement and Concession Commission,” Dr. Jallahyu disclosed.He said the college has received US$1.2 million from the county development and social fund approved by the county authorities. Nevertheless, he said the college is lobbying with stakeholders, including the Grand Gedeans Associations in the Americas and their compatriots in Europe to generate funds that would complement efforts initiated by the county leadership.With that, he added that the college will host a national fundraiser this year to make the project a reality.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


‘Heartman’ Activity Resurfaces in Buutuo

first_img‘Heartman’ activity has resurfaced in the border town of Buutuo and its environs, causing fear among the residents during the current farming season.Several citizens have complained of being chased by some unknown men, while carrying on their normal farming activities.On Wednesday, April 15, the Statutory Superintendent of Zoe Geh District, Albert Farngar, appeared in Buutuo, complaining that while on his way from Bahn to Buutuo, he was chased by some unknown men, causing him to fall in a ditch filled with mud.“I was approaching Buutuo Town at about 7:30 p.m. and I saw men standing ahead of me with a shining torch light, flashing it directly in my eye. While trying to avoid it, my motorbike ran into a ditch filled with mud and water, causing me to fall.“After I dropped, I saw them running toward me. So I left my bike on the ground and fled,” he added.When Mr. Farngar came to town, a group of men went to his rescue and retrieved his bike, but did not find who had allegedly chased the district superintendent.During the night, a town crier went around warning the community to be mindful while in the bush, due to what he referred to as ‘heartman’ activity.The commissioner’s compound, where the Statutory Superintendent is presently staying was crowded with sympathizers.The road leading to Buutuo is deplorable, with pot holes at the entrance of nearly all the towns.“If these brushes are cleared no one would hide behind them to chase people,” said one of the sympathizers.“Local authorities are not pressing on residents to brush their roads as they used to, so it makes very dangerous riding on a bike along a bushes road, where ditches are opened,” another person alarmedBut the secretary to the Statutory Superintendent, Duo Gbeadeh, said the locals do not easily take instruction from their authorities any longer.During Nimba County’s last County Council Sitting, Superintendent Fong Zuagele instructed the chiefs to enforce brushing all feeder roads, which is yet to be enforced.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Fire guts Buxton bakery

first_img…arson suspectedA fire suspected to be the work of an arsonist completely gutted Benjamin’s Bakery at Buxton, East Coast Demerara in the wee hours of Monday.The fire, which started about 01:30h in the office area of the Lot 133 Middle Walk, Buxton business place has resulted in millions of dollars in losses and close to 76 employees being without a job.The aftermath of the fireReports are the business, which was in existence for more than 15 years, was at the centre of a land dispute currently engaging the attention of the High Court. On the morning of the fire, the front door of the bakery, which was locked by the last employee when he left on Sunday afternoon, was open, as was the back door. Further, the building had no electricity supply. Taking into account those two factors, the owner, Westley Benjamin, who was at the scene later on Monday, is of the belief that someone purposely set the premises on fire.He explained that he was in Berbice at his other Bakery when he received a telephone call from an employee who informed him of the blaze. By the time he arrived at the scene, the fire fighters had already put out the blaze.Benjamin, who sat with his workers contemplating their next move, explained that the fire was being treated as arson and the Police were working feverishly to apprehend those involved. He added that the fire officials were expected to return to the scene to further investigate the matter.Employees of Benjamin’s Bakery contemplating their next moveNevertheless, the businessman is expected to recommence operations as soon as today. “The next move is to bring the staff in, get this place clear up and try to get the place up and running as soon as possible… they will come to work as usual and get a salary by the end of the week. We will pay them and that is what we’re hoping for,” he stated.While he could not estimate his losses, they are expected to run into the millions, he said. One of the bakery trollies, he noted in listing the items that were destroyed, cost US$700; the aluminium sheets cost US$40 each; the slicers another sizeable sum.However, the four ovens, which cost $10 million each, were only slightly damaged. He related that at present, he is not looking at losses, but is hoping that his business gets up and running.Meanwhile, he thanked members of the community who assisted in putting out the blaze. Furthermore, he noted that the Guyana Fire Service responded well to the distress call.“I was told that after the fire engine arrived, they started to contain the blaze to one building… they did not have a problem with water, since the trench was close by,” Benjamin said.He now leaves the Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Police Force to investigate the matter thoroughly, and is hopeful that the perpetrator can be brought to justice.last_img read more


MLA Richard Neufeld on Phase 2 of Site C

first_imgFollowing the start of Phase 2 Consultations on Site C, Richard Neufeld believes everyones voice is being heard.During the first day of Phase 2 Consultations on Site C, several protesters stormed the meeting demanded that their voice be heard. Minister of Energy and Mines Richard Neufeld says he encourages everyone to get involved in Site C Consultations. [asset|aid=391|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7a58947612015d196a6272f1917fbf01-Neufeld-2 Site C Protestors_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -As to whether or not Site C is a done deal, Neufeld says there are still a lot of hurdles for the process to overcome. [asset|aid=392|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7a58947612015d196a6272f1917fbf01-Neufeld-3-Site C a Done Deal__1_Pub.mp3] The Minster wants North Peace Residents to realize our region is growing and that we too will need more power in the future.Advertisement [asset|aid=393|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7a58947612015d196a6272f1917fbf01-Neufeld-4-We need power in FSJ_1_Pub.mp3] For more on Site C and the current and future consultation phases visit www.bchydro.com/siteclast_img read more


€2,500 CEADAITHE AG AN AIRE STÁIT McHUGH DO BHUÍON CEOIL DHOBHAIR

first_imgD’fhógair an tAire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., inniu go bhfuil deontas de €2,500 ceadaithe aige do Choiste Forbartha Dhobhair, An Bun Beag, chun cur ar a gcumas cultacha nua a cheannach do Bhanna Ceoil Dhobhair.Ag fógairt an deontais seo, dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh go raibh an-áthas air an deontas a chur ar fáil. Beidh an Banna Ceoil ag glacadh páirte i bParáid na Féile Pádraig an bhliain seo chugainn i Nua-Eabhrac.€2,500 sanctioned by Minister of State McHugh for Buíon Ceoil Dhobhair Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., today announced that he has sanctioned a grant of €2,500 for Coiste Forbartha Dhobhair, An Bun Beag, to enable them to purchase new uniforms for Banna Ceoil Dhobhair.Announcing the grant, Minister of State McHugh said that he is delighted to provide this grant. Banna Ceoil Dhobhair will be taking part in next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. €2,500 CEADAITHE AG AN AIRE STÁIT McHUGH DO BHUÍON CEOIL DHOBHAIR was last modified: September 14th, 2015 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:dobhair bandfundingJoe McHughlast_img read more


Survey tracks goals for next LAUSD leader

first_imgNearly 3,500 respondents who participated in a voluntary survey want the next LAUSD superintendent to focus on student achievement, accountability and teacher retention, results released Monday show. The survey – mailed to more than 17,000 parents, educators and community leaders – listed 32 qualities desired in candidates to replace Superintendent Roy Romer, 77, who has announced he wants to leave this fall. The search firm Hamilton, Rabinovitz & Alschuler will use the results to help craft the job description that the board will use to advertise the search nationally. Board President Marlene Canter said she was interested to see the overwhelming emphasis placed on finding a visionary who understands urban issues rather than changing the district’s governance structure. “It’s always a challenge to find someone to run the L.A. schools, but this will make it more of a challenge.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 SURVEY SAYS … Here are the qualities and priorities most desired in the next LAUSD superintendent, according to a voluntary survey of parents and educators. Plan for improving student achievement. Articulate success needs and inspire stakeholders. Plan for attracting and retaining excellent teachers. Familiar with crucial issues facing urban districts. Provide effective instructional leadership. For complete results, see www.lausd.net.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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I thought it was really interesting that the priority was clearly on operating effectiveness and student outcomes and it wasn’t on the district structure and its relations with other civic institutions,” Canter said. In an aggressive yet tentative timeline, the school board is looking at making a first cut among applicants in mid-July, interviewing candidates in September and announcing a replacement in October. But some people believe that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s efforts to take control of the school district will discourage the best candidates from applying for the job. “It will be difficult for the district because I think it may deter several, if not many, good candidates from applying or even considering the possibility of accepting the job,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst and senior scholar at the school of policy, planning and development at the University of Southern California. “If there is a risk of being a superintendent of schools who will not be the primary decision-maker, the primary executive in the nation’s second-largest school system, why would you want the job unless you weren’t in a strong position to begin with? last_img read more


Latest: PSG 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgThibaut Courtois, back in the Chelsea side, kept out two early headers in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg in Paris. Courtois dived to his right to save Blaise Matuidi’s powerful header after Edinson Cavani had lifted the ball into the penalty area.Cavani then headed straight at the Blues keeper after Matuidi turned provider, drifting out to the left and serving up an excellent cross towards the PSG striker.As well as Courtois, Gary Cahill, Diego Costa and the fit-again Cesc Fabregas are back in the Chelsea starting line-up.David Luiz is playing for the home side, featuring in midfield for the first time since joining them from Chelsea last year. Chelsea Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Oscar, Cuadrado, Drogba, Remy. Paris St-Germain: Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell; David Luiz, Verratti, Matuidi; Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic, Cavani..Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Selling Evolution with Video Games and Stories

first_imgTwo recent articles cast doubt on the claim that evolutionists rely on factual information to teach students their theory.  When computers are programmed to make evolution happen on a screen, does it convey to what really happens in the wild?Cloudy computing:  PhysOrg reported that educators at the University of Buffalo are using “cloud computing” (software that accesses free internet resources) to make evolution more visually stimulating for students.  An application alarmingly called Pop! World is the key to taking the video game culture and selling evolution with it:“Pop! World gives students the visual background they need to understand complex mathematical problems,” Dittmar adds.  “And it works kind of like a video game, which serves the current population of undergrads well.”    That visual appeal is also expected to go far with middle-school and high-school biology students, groups the UB team hopes to excite about evolution; by spring, they expect to have completed a modified version for them as well.    By making evolutionary biology more visually appealing and, thus, more accessible, Poulin hopes that Pop! World will make evolution itself a more appealing subject for secondary schools to teach.    “There’s a huge disconnect,” she says.  “The universities all accept evolution as fact.  It’s not a question.  But many high schools and middle schools don’t want to touch it.  They don’t want to deal with the politics of it.”    Her hope is that the visual and educational appeal of Pop! World and the ease of using it will begin to change that situation.Pop! World uses digital lizards in a flash application to simulate red and green lizards evolving (see demo at popworld15.appspot.com).  The gamey intro heavily emphasizes the visualization of the computer world.Adami still playing games:  Christoph Adami has not quit his addiction with Avida (05/08/2003), an evo-simulator that has been roundly debunked by scientists in the intelligent design community (see example at Evolution News & Views).  New Scientist shows Adami and fellow astrobiologist Chris McKay coming up with “telltale chemistry” that might “betray ET,” and testing amino acid samples input into his software.  McKay calls the search for alien amino acids the “Lego principle” blurring the distinction between scientific empiricism and toy modeling.New Scientist quoted a critic finding a lot of uncertainty in the claim, but gave the tip of the hat to McKay, who made his philosophical assumption clear: “What we see on Earth is not a quirk of Earth biology but a universal principle.”  No earthling knows that by observation.In the Baloney Detector, visualization is one of several categories that can be good or bad depending on how it is used.  Any teacher or student knows the value of positive visualization.  A picture is worth a thousand words; the ability to simplify a concept by analogy and illustration is invaluable as a stepping stone to deeper understanding.  But a picture can also be worth a thousand blurs.  It can obfuscate, oversimplify, omit pertinent details, add half-truths, distract, and deceive as easily as can a big lie.    That is what is being done with Pop! World.  The authors are intentionally appealing to the baser video-game instincts of students rather than their intellect, character, or understanding.  They attempt to slide a controversial world-view into their minds by making it sound fun and easy.  But what they leave out of their visualized evolution screen is far more important than what they put in: e.g., (1) no gains in genetic information can come from random, unguided processes; (2) lizard color changes are mere horizontal variations rather than upward gains in complexity; (3) mutations are more likely to kill off a population than make it more fit (whatever fitness means); and more.    Darwin’s disciples have long survived on the junk food of visualization (see cartoon).  The 10-year anniversary series by Jonathan Wells about his book Icons of Evolution makes that abundantly clear.  Pop! World is appropriately named at least; it is an extension of the Popeye Theory of Evolution (see 03/11/2005 and 10/31/2010 commentaries).  Adami’s “Tell-tale chemistry” would more appropriately be called “Tall-tale chemistry.”    The Darwin Propaganda Machine is a storytelling empire, with evolution its mystery religion, full of magic and mysticism, adoring its own gods and goddesses like the Bearded Buddha (12/31/2009, 02/19/2009, 06/28/2007), the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws (09/05/2008), and Tinker Bell (03/08/2005).  Just today on a TV Nature program, an announcer commented about a population of birds ready for “evolution to work its magic.”  And you thought science was a repudiation of superstition.    If high school biology teachers must satisfy their students’ craving for video games, let them use the more realistic Mendel’s Accountant.  This simulator doesn’t accept Darwinism as a given, but takes actual properties of genetic mutations and follows them faithfully through a population.  Unfortunately for Darwin-lovers, evolution doesn’t fare so well on that screen.  Better teach them some realism before they reach the University, where the witless novitiates become thoroughly brainwashed by the priesthood (“The universities all accept evolution as fact,” as if facts have any meaning by that stage of indoctrination).(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Chinese government pledges billions to industrialise Africa

first_img21 October 2015The Chinese government reiterated its commitment to support industrialisation in South Africa and the rest of the African continent by pledging $50-billion (R668- billion) towards industrialisation projects.According to a press release, the pledge was announced during a courtesy visit by China’s commerce vice-minister, Zhang Xiangchen, to Lionel October, the director-general in the Department of Trade and Industry, in Pretoria this week.The courtesy visit also focused on the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Co- operation (Focac), which will be hosted in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 December.Initiatives like these fall in line with South Africa’s National Development Plan that has as its aim an improved country and continent. Its goals are to end poverty and build a strong, resilient and smart economy.Xiangchen said there were several new measures that the Chinese government was finalising to further promote industrialisation and development of the African continent as a whole.“China-Africa industrialisation partnerships will be at the forefront of any development in the continent followed by agricultural activities. China will also increase investments in Africa especially in the special economic zones and provide training in those sectors,” said Xiangchen.His government would provide 50 technical experts in building and upgrading of industrial parks and new power plants, 200 000 industrial managers to train and develop local industrial managers, as well as 40 000 training opportunities in different sectors.October welcomed the pledge and praised China for its efforts to support the African cause.China had remained an inspiration to most developing countries, especially those in Africa, for the last forty years, he said. Even though the continent was underdeveloped, summits such as Focac could bring progress in industrialisation.The first Ministerial Conference of Focac was held in Beijing in October 2000. After that meeting, China cancelled 10.9-billion renminbi (about R23-billion today) of debts for 31 heavily indebted poor countries or least developed countries in Africa.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more


Brand South Africa congratulates team South Africa for their achievements in their respective sporting fields

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 16 July 2018 – As we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary this month, the country is reminded of some of Mandela’s passions that unify citizens and contribute towards building a better world for all, one of which is sport.In the words of the great statesman, “Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.” Brand South Africa congratulates our sports women and men for their sporting achievements over the weekend. Sport is a great way of building the image and reputation of the nation brand and its attractiveness on a global stage. It is with this notion that the importance of good performance in sport is acknowledged as a positive construct to position the nation brand for competitive advantage.“Thank you team South Africa, the country’s prowess in sport is and continues to reach great stature because of your dedication”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret.Some of the weekend sporting achievements include;Record-breaking tennis playoffs by Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen and Kgothatso Montjane at WimbledonIn golf, Justin Harding carded a one-under-par 71 to secure his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Indonesia Open and Brandon Stone for winning the Scottish Open by four strokesA first-ever win in motorsport,for Brad Binder at the Moto2 race in Germany at the Sachsenring circuitCaster Semenya set a new South African record in Athletics at Rabat Diamond League in Morocco“It is truly fitting that our sports men and women did us proud during Mandela service month, when we are all urged to be the legacy. I believe there are many young people who have been encouraged to persevere and chase their dreams. Brand South Africa hails all South Africans who represented us across the globe, this past weekend” adds Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.BrandSouthAfrica and @Brand_SATo set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: 011 712 5071Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more