Alfalit-Liberia, MOE Sign Adult Literacy MOU

first_imgOne of Liberia’s foremost adult literacy entities, Alfalit-Liberia and the Ministry of Education (MOE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting adult literacy in the country.Speaking at the signing ceremony Tuesday, May 27, at MOE’s Computer Training Center, Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh called for the translation of the signed document into a practical context that would enhance the learning process of adults in the country.Minister Tarpeh also stressed the hope that the MOE’s collaboration with Alfalit-International Liberia will build a vibrant educational system at the grass-roots level for the nation’s adult population.The Education Minister wishes that her relationship with Alfalit-Liberia will also promote and enhance productivity in the educational system of the country.“No one person at the MOE would be able to do all the adult literacy work in this country.  It should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, irrespective of background,” Minister Tarpeh declared.She further admitted that many adult literacy organizations have tried in many ways, but perhaps their initiatives were not highly successful owing to the condition in the country at that time.She urged adult literacy entities operating in the country to train adult learners also in some basic negotiation skills that further empower them not only in reading and writing, but in carrying out successful business activities. The Ministry of Education head also underscored the need for the teaching of local languages in the adult education sector as an alternative for the better understanding of the subject matter. She also urged adult literacy groups in the country to include in their training manuals the training of marketable skills to the adult literacy learners.Minister Tarpeh in closing congratulated Alfalit-Liberia’s staff for their commitment, resilience and determination over years in training adult Liberians in literacy.In a special statement, the chairman of Alfalit-Liberia’s Board of Directors, Kenneth Y. Best, gave the overview of the adult literacy entity since it was established in Liberia in 2006.Chairman Best explained that Alfalit-Liberia has trained about 55,000 adult literacy learners in Liberia and adult literacy centers have been established in all 15 counties of Liberia.Mr. Best, who is also Publisher and  Managing Director of the Daily Observer  newspaper, recalled chat he once had with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, that the nation could achieve functional literacy in five years.  However, he maintained that in order to accomplish this goal, “All stakeholders have to be on board.” These include the Liberian government, especially the Ministry of Education, all schools and educational institutions around the country, civil society organizations and the development partners.Mr. Best thanked Education Minister Tarpeh and her staff for accepting Alfalit-Liberia as a solid partner with the MOE in promoting adult literacy.Chairman Best also narrated a passionate success story of Alfalit-Liberia’s education initiative that transformed the life of a market woman into a productive adult literacy reader and writer.For her part, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  Education Team Leader, Dr. Julia B. Richards, acknowledged the huge challenges of the MOE in meeting many with its demands in the country.She pointed out that no skill would serve better than empowering adult literacy learners with the knowledge to read and write good English.Dr. Richards also commended Alfalit-Liberia for its determination in enhancing the adult literacy program in the country.She underscored the need for civil society organizations and other major stakeholders in education to work together as a united team to promote adult literacy.Earlier, the Policy Advisor to Minister Tarpeh, Dr. Albert Coleman, welcomed the Alfalit-Liberia’s officials and staff to the signing ceremony and hoped that both parties would live up to the terms and conditions of the MOU.In brief remarks, the Executive Director of Alfalit-Liberia, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings said the signing of the MOU with the MOE marks a significant breakthrough in the nation’s adult literacy program.The MOE and Alfalit-Liberia’s MOU signing was also attended by one of the board members, Mrs. Helen Roberts Evans, who also works at the Ministry of Education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two Genetic Codes Are Better Than One

first_img(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If a genetic language written in DNA is a problem for Darwinism, how about two languages written in the same sequence of letters?An “overlapping language” has been found in the genetic code, according to HealthDay News at MedLine Plus from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Since the genetic code was first deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have believed it was used solely to write information about proteins. But this new study from University of Washington scientists found that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages.One language describes how proteins are made, and the other helps direct genetic activity in cells. One language is written on top of the other, which is why this other language went undiscovered for so long, according to the report in the Dec. 13 issue of Science.Up till now, scientists have “missed half of the picture,” the team lead from the University of Washington said.  Another thing this means is that changes to the code for proteins can also alter the regulatory code, leading to disease.  This appears to make the genetic code more fragile, less likely to lead to evolutionary progress when mutations (the raw material of neo-Darwinism) occur.According to a press release from the University of Washington, “UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages.”  This “second code hiding within DNA” gives “double meaning to the genetic code,” the article says.The study, part of the ENCODE project (see 9/06/12), was published in the Dec. 13 issue of Science.  A Perspective piece in the same issue of Science by Weatheritt and Babu, “The Hidden Codes that Shape Protein Evolution,” actually said very little about evolution, other than that the finding “may influence codon choice and, consequently, protein evolution.”  Indeed, the piece makes it harder on evolution by suggesting additional codes may reside within DNA:Future research will need to determine the number of overlapping codes that can be tolerated by the genetic code. There is also the question of possible trade-offs, in terms of maintaining regulation and functionality, that have been made to accommodate coexistence of codes and whether this can lead to nonoptimal or deleterious consequences. For instance, protein-coding regions that cannot tolerate mutations due to multiple overlapping codes may be exploited by pathogens during host infection. The investigation of overlapping codes opens new vistas on the functional interpretation of variation in coding regions and makes it clear that the story of the genetic code has not yet run its course.The original paper by Stergachis et al. also begs the question of Darwinian progress.  It has more to say about “evolutionary constraints” of the overlapping codes than evolution itself.  Conservation and tolerance to change weigh heavily in the analysis.  The only mention of “natural selection” in the concluding paragraph assumes an improbable thing: that evolution “exploited” the phenomenon:Our results indicate that simultaneous encoding of amino acid and regulatory information within exons is a major functional feature of complex genomes. The information architecture of the received genetic code is optimized for superimposition of additional information, and this intrinsic flexibility has been extensively exploited by natural selection. Although TF [transcription factor] binding within exons may serve multiple functional roles, our analyses above is agnostic to these roles, which may be complex.Clearly, the kind of natural selection that constrains or eliminates change (purifying selection) is not helpful for creating new organs or functions.  Instead, the words information, architecture, optimized, and function are more friendly to intelligent design. On Dec. 20, Evolution News & Views explained the significance of this paper for evolutionary theory.Darwinians have known for so long that life is too complex to explain by unguided physical processes, this one just makes their rubble bounce.  Yet they stand on their rubble heap, shouting epithets at design advocates, bullying those who don’t take orders from them (example), and sneering at the despised “creationists” most of all.  They can’t run on fumes much longer.  Accelerate regime change by sharing this entry on your social media.last_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

24 days agoEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Everton

first_imgEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Evertonby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA former mentor of PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye says he was in contact when Everton blocked his move in January.Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, the founder of the Diambars Institute in Senegal, was one of Gueye’s junior mentors.He recalled: “I was often in touch with him at that moment – because I felt the big disappointment coming, I had to be there to discuss with him, to advise him, to reassure him that it was only part of the process. “It is said that the train never runs twice, but I was convinced that he was doing too well so that it would not happen one day or another. What happened this winter has reinforced the desire to work together on both sides.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoShearer says Liverpool team to beat in title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer says Liverpool team to beat in title raceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland legend Alan Shearer can’t see Liverpool being caught at the top of the Premier League table.He wrote for BBC Sport: “It is only the start of October, but Liverpool’s eight-point lead at the top of the table already looks ominous for Manchester City.”Yes, City’s injuries have hurt them – they have been nowhere near as solid as usual defensively, and they lacked a creative spark in Sunday’s shock home defeat by Wolves too.”But, regardless of what their rivals are doing, to come out and win their first eight Premier League games of the season has been a fantastic response from the Reds after they went so close to winning the title last term.”There has been no hint of a hangover from that near miss.”Instead, Jurgen Klopp’s side have thrown the gauntlet down to City, and now they are definitely the team to beat in the title race.” last_img read more

15 days agoReal Sociedad striker Isak: Spanish football suits me well

first_imgReal Sociedad striker Isak: Spanish football suits me wellby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Isak admits he’s enjoying his football with Real Sociedad.The young Swede moved to La Real this summer from Borussia Dortmund.Isak said, “Spanish football suits me well and I have been able to adapt well and I get a lot out of my game. “It feels good and it feels like I will be able to develop.”Isak admits he is a little surprised at Real Sociedad’s fine start to the season. The team is fifth in La Liga.”I’m a little surprised. I arrived fairly recently and did not have a great look. Although I know it is a good team, the start has been surprisingly good.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN The Magazine Makes College Football Playoff, National Title Prediction

first_imgESPN PlayoffESPN PlayoffThe college football preview of ESPN The Magazine has been released. In the magazine are a number of predictions for the 2016 season.  Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.Among them: a College Football Playoff forecast. ESPN college football expert Brad Edwards has made his prediction for the playoff and the New Year’s Six bowls. Here’s ESPN The Magazine‘s College Football Playoff:No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 WashingtonNo. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 ClemsonHere’s ESPN The Magazine‘s national championship:No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 3 Clemson. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowls:Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Houston vs. Notre DameCapital One Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. AlabamaRose Bowl: Michigan vs. USCAllstate Sugar Bowl: Tennessee vs. TCUThe full magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]last_img read more

Football Ohio StateMichigan rivalry continues overseas

Ohio State self-defense instructor Mark Karman (right) and Ohio State Navy ROTC member Scott Wostiac (left) aboard the USS Enterprise. Credit: Courtesy of Mark Karman.Imagine being an Ohio State fan thousands of miles away from Columbus while deployed and stationed on a military base. Now imagine your deployment is during the biggest college football rivalry game of the year. What do you do? How do you manage to watch the game? Who do you watch it with?For some military members affiliated with Ohio State, this scenario is all too real. Yet, those members of the armed forces are resilient in their effort to watch their beloved Buckeyes take on Michigan. From watch parties to finding Ohio State sports bars in foreign cities, the strategies of finding a way to watch the biggest game in college football seemingly never end while overseas.Ohio State self-defense instructor and lieutenant colonel Mark Karman’s experience watching the game differed depending where he was located, but the process of finding Buckeye and Wolverine fans was always the same.“You knew who was from Michigan because it would come out naturally,” Karman said.During his deployment in Africa and Iraq, Karman said he needed people to pick up his watch shifts in order to see the game. He also said watch parties often formed among Ohio State and Michigan military members. There was always some sort of food set-up, like chips and dip or other leftovers scrounged up from dinner before the game started. Each team’s fans would watch in a separate room, just close enough where they could hear the other group cheering and yelling. When Karman was stationed in South Korea, the experience vastly differed. On the night of the game, he and other Buckeye fans in his squadron were led into town to watch the game at a local bar. As they entered the bar, it didn’t take long to realize this bar was unlike any other in South Korea. Hundreds of Ohio State fans packed the small sports bar, anxiously waiting for kickoff at 2 a.m. Korea Standard Time. Karman said it was unlike anything he had seen before overseas, and the atmosphere was “electric.” When asked if the time zone difference played a factor, Karman shrugged it off and said that those determined to watch the game found a way no matter the time zone. The game was always watchable via the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a service network that offers ESPN and other channels streamed to troops anywhere. Ohio State strength and conditioning instructor and retired staff sergeant Jason Sturgill remembered dedicating the entire month of November to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry during his time stationed at Guantanamo Bay for the military police. Sturgill said his military unit was from Ohio and there were always a few units from Michigan that made their presence known. From flying flags outside tents to repping school colors while off-duty, everyone on base knew who was from Ohio and who was from Michigan. Though he was not able to watch the game, Sturgill said his unit would usually watch the game from inside this huge tent on base that would fit between 500 and 1,000 people. On the day of the game, the tent was filled with both Ohio State and Michigan fans. Sometimes the rowdiness of the fans forced the game to be viewed in separate tents. Sturgill said his time at Guantanamo Bay was filled with small pranks and bets between the schools’ followers. He recalled how the flags of each school often flew over their respective tents leading up to the game.“We would steal [Michigan’s] flag the night before, and give it back the next day,” Sturgill said. One popular bet among the two groups was that the losing school’s unit would fly the winning school’s flag after the game.Sturgill also said another bet from the Michigan units was a push-up wager. The unit supporting the losing team would have to do the same amount of push-ups the winning team scored during the game.“So if Michigan scored 48 points on us and won, the Ohio guys had to do 48 push-ups,” Sturgill said.Karman and Sturgill said the overall tone of the rivalry overseas between the two schools was a friendly rivalry. They stressed how, even though there was animosity between the schools, everyone stationed overseas was there for the same reason: to serve and protect the United States and the rest of the world. Of course the rivalry can get intense at times, but sometimes fans have to take a step back from the feud in order to accomplish something greater. Ohio State fans usually don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, but they sure do give a damn about the whole military and its time and sacrifice. read more

Aleksandr Golovin agrees to join AS Monaco

first_imgAS Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow in a €30m dealThe Russia international impressed at the World Cup this summer and proved to be an important member of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 48 years.Golovin has been linked with a move to Chelsea over the past couple of months, but he has instead opted for the French Riviera with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev suggesting that they could offer the 22-year-old something their rivals could not – regular playing time.“Monaco and CSKA this afternoon finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin,” said Vasilyev, according to Metro.“They really were complicated. Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer.’Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In addition to Chelsea, there was Juventus for Golovin. In early May this year I heard from one the leaders of the Turin club that Aleksandr’s transfer to their team was a done deal.“However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin. Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great respect. However, the midfield in the English team is overloaded.“In my opinion, Golovin will definitely play in any of the leading clubs in the world. But it will him some time, a transition stage.”Golovin is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.last_img read more

Lucas I was right to ditch Neymar PSG for Tottenham

first_imgFormer PSG winger Lucas Moura says he took the right decision in leaving Neymar behind at Paris Saint-Germain as he hopes to “make history” with Tottenham.The winger saw his game time at PSG reduce after Neymar’s arrival last season, which made him opt for Spurs in a £25 million ($32.8m) in January.Neymar is like my brother,’ he told the Mail on Sunday. “I love him and we have a very good close relationship. It was a little bit sad to leave him and Paris because I like the life there. But I had been there for five years and it was time to have a new challenge.“I wanted to play in another championship and coming here was a big opportunity for me to play in the best league in the world.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Tottenham are a big club. They are probably bigger in structure than PSG. I am impressed by this and I was happy to come here.“Now I am ready to give my best because I will do the whole pre-season with the team. That is important because here is very different – the Premier League is very hard – so I will be more ready to show my talent.”Lucas is enjoying his shine as he scored twice in Spurs’ International Champions Cup opener against Roma before impressing again against Barcelona and says he has a good relationship with Spurs boss.“The relationship with him is very good. I believe we can have a big season, win a trophy,” he added.“That’s why I am here, to win a trophy because I believe in the team, the project. We have the capacity to make history here.”last_img read more