Rep. Barshell Challenges School Administrators to Focus on Sciences

first_imgCeebe Barshell making remarks during the Science and Arts exhibition at Aware International SchoolHaving experienced shortage of medical doctors throughout the country, Montserrado County District#3 Representative Ceebee Barshell on Friday, March 1, 2019, said there was a need for school administrators to pay keen attention by including Science and Arts courses into their curriculum.Barshell said during so would encourage more students to develop interest in Science and Arts courses, through which many of students could become medical doctors.Barshell made the statement when the Aware International School conducted a Science and Arts Exhibition where participating students displayed their individual talents in Science and Arts.At Friday’s exhibition, students presented working models of their projects on global warming and its preventive measures, application of mathematical theories for daily use, as well as science and arts play for kids.The students also exhibited common plants and their health benefits, assessment of intentions and their working models, and a general tour of scientific and artistic displays.With the display of Arts, Barshell said there was a need for school authorities to concentrate mostly on the field of sciences. “But to achieve that, relevant government institutions, including the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), have to do more to reduce tariffs on the importation of science related equipment and materials.Another issue, Barshell observed, was for school authorities to mobilize their resources to jointly help the importation of said equipment and materials into Liberia.Indian Consul Gen. Jetty making remarks at the Science and Art Exhibition at Aware International SchoolAlso speaking, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, commonly known as “Jeety,” lauded the Aware International School administration for the initiative, and called on authorities at the Ministry of Education to follow the good “example of the school.”Jeety, a businessman and the Indian Consul General to Liberia, said the annual science and arts exhibition would make more students to get involved with the field of science and, thereafter, become future scientists for the country.According to him, the country has about 123 medical doctors for a population of over 4 million, which he said is a result of school administrators not making enough efforts to ensure that science laboratory was prioritized into their institution.This, he said would help to attract more students to the field of science and to become medical doctors in the future.Students of Aware International School demonstrating their science and arts projectsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Steelhead season showing signs of life

first_imgThat little shot of rain seems to have done the trick. For the first time this season, just about all of the coastal rivers are starting to see winter steelhead show up in decent numbers. From the Chetco to the Eel, the reports have all been good. Boats drifting the Chetco are landing one to three fish a day, with some scoring two-fish limits. After a couple weeks of tough fishing, the Smith bounced back over the weekend and fished well. In Humboldt, the Mad is full of steelhead, and back …last_img read more

Lions return to Great Karoo

first_imgLions disappeared from the Karoo in the 19th century, but have now returned,thanks to a Sanparks project that aims to re-establish the predator-prey balance.(Image: Luke Harwood)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Megan Taplin, Sanparksregional communications manager+27 83 650 8649 RELATED ARTICLES • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • 10-year plan to save Africa’s chimps • Wildlife poachers to be taken down • Call of the wild at Sabi Sand• SA gets new coastal conservancyJanine ErasmusEarlier in November 2010 a pride of eight lions was released into the Karoo National Park, marking the return of the free-ranging big cats to the area after an absence of 170 years.The four adults – two males and two females – and four cubs gained their freedom after a two-month stay in an enclosure in the park, where they adapted to their new environment.The 90 000ha Karoo National Park is managed by South African National Parks (Sanparks), the national parks authority. Sanparks introduced lions back into the park with the aim of re-establishing the large predator-based ecosystem that once existed.The lions will also boost tourism to the area and are expected to add some excitement to the usual atmosphere of tranquillity.According to Sanparks’ regional GM Lucius Moolman, the lions, as well as other activities such as 4×4 trails, will tempt visitors to extend their stay in the Karoo National Park from the usual one-night stopover to a two- or three-night holiday. Sanparks reports that lions were once widespread in the area, and that the last of the magnificent beasts was shot and killed at the nearby small town of Leeu-Gamka in 1842.Sanparks also suggests that the number of farm and river names based on the word “lion” is further evidence that the cats once roamed free across the land.The names of the area’s two main rivers, the Leeu and Gamka, are derived from the Afrikaans and ǀXam words respectively for lion. ǀXam is an extinct Khoisan language, also used for the South African national motto ǃke e: ǀxarra ǁke (diverse people unite).The new Karoo lions come from the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, where the predators were successfully introduced in 2003. Those animals, in turn, were taken from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park stock and were selected for the Karoo because of their genetic similarity to the Cape lions of old, and because they are free of disease.Visitors need not fear for their safety – low-level electric fences now surround the rest camp, its reception area, swimming pool and camp site, and the popular fossil trail. A lion-proof fence has been installed around the entire perimeter of the park to prevent the predators from wandering into neighbouring farms.Tracking collars around the animals’ necks will allow Sanparks to monitor their movements closely and observe their choice of habitat and prey.Great plainsThe Karoo National Park is located in the Great Karoo, the vast arid region of South Africa that extends over an area of 400 000 square kilometres in the interior of the country. The Karoo proper, South Africa’s largest ecosystem, is sub-divided into the Little Karoo in the south and the Great Karoo in the north, which was at one time in the distant past covered by a glacier.The San Bushmen wandered the great plains for hundreds of years, along with herds of antelope, zebra and other large mammals, and it wasn’t until the beginning of the 19th century that Europeans ventured into the interior. Once the Westerners had taken over, sheep and cattle eventually replaced the wild animals, which led to a drastic depletion of grass cover.The Karoo was also the setting for violent clashes between the forces of the English and the Afrikaners during the second Anglo-Boer War of 1899 – 1902. Remnants of the conflict are still visible, mainly in the form of blockhouses scattered throughout the region.Today sheep farming is still the region’s primary economic driver, but tourism is on the rise.Diversity of wildlifeProclaimed in 1979, the Karoo National Park is situated on the N1 route between Cape Town and the interior, near the town of Beaufort West. Visitors travel to see not only the park’s spectacular scenery, but also the variety of creatures which have adapted to the harsh environment.Many of the animals found here today, such as the vulnerable Cape mountain zebra and the critically endangered black rhino, are those which were once driven out by farmers and have made their way back to their original habitats.The park boasts a diverse range of birdlife, such as the booted and black eagles, rock kestrel, and Namaqua sandgrouse. It’s also home to a rich variety of reptiles, including tortoises, chameleons, geckos, skinks, snakes and one species of monitor lizard.The Karoo lions will not go hungry, with some 1 500 gemsbok, 1 400 red hartebeest, 400 eland, 700 kudu and 600 ostrich resident in the park. Sanparks estimates that the park will currently be able to sustain up to 20 lions.Since 1987 the Karoo National Park has been the scene of the Quagga selective breeding project, which attempts to bring back the extinct quagga, a sub-species of the plains zebra, by selective breeding with plains zebra stock. Quaggas – unusual brownish, partly striped zebras – were wiped out by hunters during the 19th century, and the last mare died in 1883 at the Amsterdam Zoo.last_img read more

Tweetmeme Serving 500M Buttons Daily, Adds Language and Translation Support

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#international#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification While the majority of Twitter users reside within the United States, there is also a massive international population of users sharing info and links in various languages around the world. Tweetmeme, a service for sharing and tracking links on Twitter, announced today that it serves a half of a billion retweet button impressions each day on nearly 200,000 websites worldwide. To keep up with this growth, and the international Twitter community, the service is rolling out support for languages on buttons as well as automatic translation for retweets made on its site.The buttons now support seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese. For international users, the words “tweets” and “retweet” have been translated into these various languages, making the process of retweeting links via Tweetmeme more accessible. According to a blog post today, the service will include more languages in the future, and it plans to leverage its community of international users to help them do so. Additionally, using Google Translate, Tweetmeme will now automatically translate tweets users wish to share in their native language. “This automatically detects if translation is required and prompts you when it has made the change, it is a simple one-click to revert the translation if that is not what you desire,” said Tweetmeme in a blog post today.It’s encouraging to see language support reaching more third-party services as the international Twitter community grows. Personally I am still waiting for the popular desktop and mobile applications to begin automatically translating tweets from users I follow who tweet in multiple languages. This, of course, is challenging due to the shorthand slang that Twitter’s character limit produces, but it would be an invaluable feature to users like myself who happen to follow people who often tweet in a language other than my own. chris cameron A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh directs ministers to draw action plan

first_imgWith his government completing its half-term, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday directed his ministers to formulate a comprehensive action plan for their respective departments and engage more closely with legislators to give further impetus to the development work in their regions. The Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers discussed the progress made by the government over the past 30 months and the way forward as they geared up to take the State’s development plans forward, an official statement said here. Mr. Singh expressed satisfaction over the work done so far by all the departments, despite the severe financial crunch faced by his government as a result of the gross mismanagement of the State by the SAD-BJP coalition in the 10 years of their rule. Terming the half-way mark of his government as “an occasion to stop and review the work of the past and to draw out a detailed strategy for the second half”, he underlined the need to go forward with focussed action plan. He asked the ministers to work closely with the MLAs in their respective areas to get their inputs and feedback on a regular basis. Mr. Singh directed them to pay special attention to the development work identified or initiated by the MLAs in their constituencies. He said it was important to look at the future strategy from both political and administrative viewpoints. “Politically, we need to identify how to engage better with the people, take our achievements to them and prioritise their issues that need urgent attention,” Mr. Singh stressed. Underpinning the administrative aspect of the government’s role, he urged the ministers to review their work of the past 30 months from the perspective of the progress made with respect to implementation of the poll promises and the manifesto announcements. In this context, he asked them to take particular note of the performance on the flagship government of India programmes and the new legislations or policies of the government. Restructuring of the departments and recruitment of critical manpower for smooth and timely execution of policies and projects were identified by the Chief Minister as a crucial focus area for all the ministers, as the government prepared to move forward even more pro-actively and aggressively towards the development of the State. He was of the view that every department should check and review its achievements holistically with a focus on issues that had not been addressed very effectively so far or were yet to be taken up by the government. Mr. Singh emphasised on the importance of ensuring that the aspirations of the people, who continue to have high hopes from the government, are fulfilled completely. He said while every member of the government had shown exemplary performance in these 30 months, it was time now to scale up the levels even further. While 140 of the 161 announcements of the government had been implemented already, the remaining were also in the process of execution, he said. Mr. Singh called for concerted measures to bring Punjab back on the track as India’s leading State in terms of overall development and across the key indices of health, education, industrialisation, agriculture and law and order. While considerable progress had been made on every count, his government was committed to ensuring the highest levels of all-round development for the State and every section of its people, the Chief Minister said.last_img read more