UNESCO Holds Research Methodology Training for University Lecturers

first_imgThe United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last week held a three-day training in research methodology for university lecturers. The training focused on sharpening the skills and techniques of university instructors in the methods of research in order to enhance their classroom presentations.“It is important as a lecturer to engage in research (of the subject matter) before making presentations and that helps to equip the students also.”Making the remark yesterday at the UL main campus during the opening session, the Deputy Secretary General of Liberian National Commission for UNESCO, representing the Ministry of Education (MOE), said the workshop was part of UNESCO’s commitment to contribute to the education sector of Liberia.He explained that UNESCO, the intellectual arm of the United Nations, is engaged in building the capacity of educators and strengthening university lecturers is part of that goal.The initiative came about when several UL professors wrote a proposal requesting the training through the Ministry of Education to UNESCO’s head office. UNESCO accepted the proposal and organized the workshop, aimed at sharpening the research skills of over 45 lecturers from leading universities in the country.We hope that they can take advantage of the research methodology program and build their interests in the area of research in preparing their classroom presentations, said Mr.  Harris, adding that at the end of the workshop, the instructors are expected to be more confident in delivering their classroom lectures and other teaching activities.“One of the functions of UNESCO is human capacity building and we will continue to support teachers to be well equipped in presenting their lessons,” said Mr. Harris.Also speaking, the executive secretary of the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU) and lead facilitator, Dr. Saaim Wisseh Naame, said the workshop would focus on qualitative research.  He hoped that all the participants will leave the workshop with the necessary expertise in research.Stressing the need for knowledge in quantities research and teaching methodology, he said many university lecturers are performing below the requisite capacity to teach. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hit the sales to honor our presidents

first_imgOur history is freighted with bigger events to commemorate than recalling 40-some presidents. Presidents Day has become a major marketing tool. Advertisers for virtually everything roll out their annual sales pitch tied to the holiday. For some time it has been associated with bargain-basement prices: television sets for one cent, followed by a mad rush and crush at the store’s opening. It literally cheapens the day. President’s Day? Who exactly are we honoring? The hypocrisy is that this holiday routinely ennobles all those who have held the office, regardless of merit. Is this a celebration of honesty? Grant and the Indian scandals of the 1860s and ’70s come to mind. Morality? Think of Clinton, Harding and Cleveland. Should this holiday remind us of the need to honor the Constitution and the laws of the land? Perhaps Watergate, Iran-Contra or a questionable suspension of civil rights occurs to you. (I was thinking of Lincoln on that last one, not more recent commanders-in-chief, but I guess Presidents’ Day honors them, too.) IT’S that time of year again: The day when banks close, the mail doesn’t come and public schools take a holiday to honor our chief executives, past and present. Yet the event’s so unimportant that we haven’t figured out how to punctuate the subject we honor on this holiday. Check the newspaper ads. Is it Presidents Day? President’s Day? Or Presidents’ Day? Most school kids have another day off this month to salute Abraham Lincoln. If the teachers union could figure out a way to nudge Lincoln’s and George Washington’s birthdays closer together to make a four-day weekend, they’d do it. I enjoyed the day off when teaching. Our history department used it as an opportunity to camp out at Joshua Tree or Red Rock Canyon. But from the standpoint of commemorating anything, this holiday is a waste. I hate President(s, ‘s, s’ ) Day. What was once a day to honor the “father of our country” has now been lost in mealy mouthed political correctness and crass commercialism. So instead of the traditional cherry tree and dollar-across-the-Potomac tidbits, what do we get now? Basically, nothing. George will hardly be mentioned. And no one wants to talk about Polk, Tyler or Silent Cal. There may be something deeper at work here. Call it what you will, but it’s a subtle form of brainwashing by the in crowd. Honor Washington and a little of it rubs off on whoever is in office now. Use George to spread a blanket of roses over all his successors, including the incumbent. America may need heroic icons. Some may even say we are obsessed with them. But glorified dead presidents needn’t be among them. Ralph E. Shaffer is professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly Pomona. Write to him by e-mail at reshaffer@csupomona.edu. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Calls for Wolfowitz ouster run deep

first_imgWASHINGTON – When President George W. Bush appointed Paul D. Wolfowitz as the president of the World Bank two years ago, the White House had to put down an insurrection among European nations that viewed the administration’s best-known neoconservative as a symbol of American unilateralism and arrogance. For a while, Wolfowitz seemed to defuse those fears, even taking on the Bush administration over how best to aid the poorest nations of Africa. But now it is clear that the chorus of calls in recent days for Wolfowitz’s ouster is only partially about his involvement in setting up a comfortable job, with a big pay raise, for a bank officer who is Wolfowitz’s companion. At its core, the fight about whether Wolfowitz should stay on at the bank is a debate about Bush and his tumultuous relationship with the rest of the world, particularly the bank, the United Nations, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which have viewed themselves – at various moments since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – as being at war with the Bush White House and its agenda. As finance ministers gathered in Washington on Friday for the bank’s weekend meeting, Wolfowitz worked behind the scenes, seeking support for keeping his job. But there were few endorsements of his leadership beyond those offered by the Bush administration. In foreign capitals, and among the bank’s staff, it has been noted that Wolfowitz’s passion for fighting corruption, which he has said saps economic life from the world’s poorest nations, seemed to evaporate when it came to reviewing lending to Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, three countries that the United States considers strategically vital. It was also noted that Wolfowitz relied most heavily not on experts in international development, but on a pair of aides who served with him at the Pentagon. Such decisions have contributed to what Nancy Birdsall, the president of the Center for Global Development, a group that monitors aid to the world’s poorest nations, described as “real doubts about Wolfowitz’s judgment.” Foreign officials on the bank’s board say they came to regard Wolfowitz’s approach as mirroring the Bush administration’s missteps. Wolfowitz came to the bank with heavy political baggage. By tradition since the bank was set up at the end of World War II, its president has always been an American, a fact that has engendered increasing resentment over time. That reaction was compounded when Bush selected Wolfowitz, who had served as deputy secretary of defense and an architect of the Iraq war. “It took a huge amount of effort to quiet this down,” a member of the bank’s Board of Governors and an early supporter of Wolfowitz, recalled Friday of the early insurrection. “And you would think, knowing that he was going into an institution that was deeply suspicious of him and the Bush administration, that he would have done everything he could to allay those concerns.” At first, Wolfowitz did so. He made Africa his first priority. He displayed a passion and energy for the work – much as he did as ambassador to Indonesia many years ago, where he immersed himself in the culture and took on a dictator, Suharto. Wolfowitz’s campaign against corruption was intellectually unassailable and quintessentially American, and he was certainly right as far as the facts were concerned, members of the bank’s staff and leadership say. But eventually his focus on that issue put him at odds with career officials at an institution that is famously resistant to outside influence, and which believes that fighting poverty has to come first, even if that means dealing with countries whose leaders are not above skimming a few millions of dollars along the way.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nsimbe not throwing in towel on title chase

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14- Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe is still holding on to the final straws of an otherwise disastrous season, keeping faith that the Brewers can still race up a 14 point gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia with 11 rounds of matches remaining.Nsimbe’s charges revived their faintest title hopes on Wednesday with a 2-1 home win over resilient Zoo Kericho with the win taking them to 33 points and ending a three-match winless streak. “This is a marathon and we can’t give up. This is a great win for us and maybe this is the touch of luck we were looking for. This might be the turning point. We are not giving up and we will fight to the end. I still believe we can catch up,” a confident Nsimbe told Capital Sport.The Ugandan tactician, who joined Tusker at the beginning of the season, has also said he is confident the club’s management still has self-belief in him despite an otherwise underwhelming season.Tusker were eliminated from the GOtv Shield, a title they won for the first time in 23 years last season while their league defense campaign now seems in tatters.“I am a qualified coach and I know the club has confidence in me. I should have more time to make this team great. This season we have not been very lucky but I still believe we can do something in future,” Nsimbe added.-Sofapaka title hunt-Sofapaka FC players walk out of the pitch after a past Kenyan Premier League match.Meanwhile, second placed Sofapaka saw their title charge slowed down with a 2-1 loss at the hands of another title hopeful, Ulinzi Stars.However, the silver lining in Sofapaka’s loss was that Ugandan forward Umaru Kassumba struck his 11th goal in seven matches, moving joint top of the goal scorers’ chart with Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru.With a game at hand, the soldiers moved to fifth with 36 points, nine short of leaders Gor Mahia.“We played well and I see the rhythm is coming back slowly. We have been faced with a tough run of fixtures and getting to pick a win against a team on form like Sofapaka is a big boost for us. We will also give our best in the remaining 12 games and see whether we can challenge for the title,” Ulinzi head coach Benjamin Nyangweso said.Sofapaka assistant coach John Baraza was gracious in defeat and affirmed the team will not be deterred by the loss, instead focusing more energy to bridge the gap between them and the leaders.-Relegation battle-Mathare United striker Elijah Mwanzia strips his jersey to celebrate his late winner against Western Stima at the Ruaraka Complex on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWhile the battle at the top remained intense, the fight for survival at the bottom equally made interesting twists.Mathare United who had earlier not lost a single match in the second leg found themselves dragged back into the murky waters of relegation after an astounding 3-0 loss at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks.The Premier League new boys completed a home and away whitewash of the Slum Boys, a classic example of the apprentice outwitting the master.Not only have most of the Kariobangi Sharks players come through the Mathare system but their head coach William Muluya is a coaching student of Mathare United’s Francis Kimanzi.The victory took Sharks to fourth in the standings, much keeping to William Muluya’s ambition of a top five finishThe battle for survival is set to go down the wire with Western Stima and Thika United both dropping points at home while Muhoroni Youth picked one away.Muhoroni who were promoted to top tier football in 2012 stay confident they will remain in the league despite being placed bottom with 20 points, seven off safety.“There are 11 games remaining and I need to win only five of those. The gap between us and safety is not big. I am confident the players can get something despite the fact that we are going through tough times especially on finances,” head coach James Omondi told Capital Sport.KPL midweek results:Western Stima 0 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Mathare United 0 Kariobangi Sharks 3 (Narok), Nzoia Sugar 3 Bandari 0 (Sudi, Bungoma), Thika United 2 Nakumatt 2 (Thika), Posta Rangers 0 Muhoroni Youth 0, Tusker FC 2 Zoo Kericho 1 (Ruaraka Complex), AFC Leopards 0 SoNy Sugar 1, Ulinzi Stars 2 Sofapaka 1 (Kericho Stadium).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuain, according to the bookies

first_imgChelsea are strong favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus this summer.The Argentine striker has been heavily-linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, along with his Juve team-mate Daniele Rugani, after the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as the new manager. RANKED targets 2 IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The bookies expect Higuain to sign for Chelsea REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Higuain at the World Cup for Argentina LIVING THE DREAM targets 2center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on With Cristiano Ronaldo sealing his £99m move to Turin, the talk is that the striker will be sold and it’s not only Chelsea in the frame. Spurs are also said to be interested, though reports in Italy say Juventus are yet to receive any bids for the 30-year-old.Higuain has a superb goal record, having scored 55 goals in just 105 matches for Juventus and it’s the Blues who appear to be favourites to land him.Odds on Higuain’s next club:Chelsea: 1/4Inter Milan: 7/1Tottenham: 12/1Manchester United: 14/1(via BetStars) Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Higuain played under the new boss at Napoli, scoring 36 goals in 35 league games in the 2015/16 season. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

Leeds, Aston Villa and Derby among clubs threatening breakaway from EFL

first_img REVEALED RANKED The new TV deal is set to begin next season 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY shining According to the report, the clubs have been given until next week to reconsider their position, with some believing they should earn as much as double the contracted amount.Sky currently show 148 live matches per season, with the new deal increasing that number to 183. They also have rights for play-off matches and finals, and have started to show games via their red button service. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Leeds United, Aston Villa and Derby County are among 15 Championship clubs at war with the EFL over a planned new TV deal.A five-year deal with Sky was due to be signed off last month, worth £119 million compared to the £90m valuation of the current contract. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF MONEY Latest Football News League One and League Two clubs back the new deal, but a host of second tier sides refused to put pen to paper.And, according to The Sun, when a meeting of all 24 clubs was held, 15 of the biggest sides threatened to breakaway from the EFL unless they were given a better deal.Leeds, Villa and Derby are said to be among those disappointed at the new deal only earning Championship clubs £2.95million each, with a further £17.7million in appearance fees shared.The current deal sees Championship sides earn £2.3million each. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

Gordon holds lead in raising campaign cash

first_imgBURBANK – With an election to fill the seat vacated by former Councilwoman Stacey Murphy a couple of weeks away, a local optometrist leads the campaign fundraising pack, followed by a former Burbank mayor. Since September, David Gordon has raised just over $13,000, followed by businessman Bill Wiggins, who’s raised $10,100. Attorney Vahe Hovanessian has brought in almost $4,200, and the other two candidates, attorney Amy Lawrence and former air traffic controller Michael Dontanville, both have filed papers saying they won’t raise any campaign cash. “I’m very pleased because I didn’t anticipate such strong support for my campaign at the beginning,” said Gordon, whose total war chest includes his own $4,000 loan. “People from across the community have stepped forward to support my campaign.” Wiggins, a former mayor and current Bob Hope Airport commissioner, said even though voters will choose a new council member soon, the race is far from over. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I think we got an election to go through,” said Wiggins, who’s money came from Burbank residents and business owners. “We’ll wait and see how it ends up. I feel real good when I walk and talk with people, but the Christmas holidays are here and the ballots haven’t gone out yet. We’ll wait and see what happens.” The candidates will report their contributions twice more before the election period ends Jan. 24. City officials will mail ballots Jan. 3 for the all-mail special election to more than 54,000 registered voters. The open seat was vacated by Murphy, who resigned Aug. 30 after being charged with drug possession and child endangerment in a case connected to the Vineland Boys gang. Hovanessian said most of his campaign money so far has come from family loans. “To me, this is a content-based campaign,” he said. “It’s not about the money.” Wiggins said when he first ran for council in the early 1990s, he amassed nearly $60,000. It was a time when the city had no limits on how much an individual could kick in to a campaign. Since then, the city has imposed new rules, limiting individual contributions to $250 per person. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gardai catch TWO drivers speeding at 156kph

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny yesterday nabbed two drivers speeding at 156kph.Both drivers were 56kph in excess of the 100kph speed zone for the area they were in.The two drivers were caught on the same stretch of road. Both will appear at a future sitting of the local court. Gardai catch TWO drivers speeding at 156kph was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Kevin Durant leaves Game 5 with another right leg injury

first_imgIn his first game since missing the previous with 14 with a strained right calf, Durant left with 9:46 left in the second quarter of Game 5 on Monday after falling to the ground and favoring … KD taken out of the game after re-injuring his calf. pic.twitter.com/i3y9EfQfdG— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 11, 2019TORONTO — Kevin Durant went to the floor clutching his lower right leg again Monday, apparently aggravating a right calf injury that sidelined him for the past month.last_img

Fish Evolved by Sunbathing

first_img(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new slant on how the first land creatures evolved is found in New Scientist: sunbathing fish received more energy, and this made them better predators.  In all seriousness, James Randerson writes,Our distant fishy ancestors first hauled themselves on to land in order to warm up in the Sun.  So claims a team that says basking would have provided an energy boost that made the fish more agile in the water, improving their chances of snaring prey.  It was also an evolutionary milestone that heralded the rise of all land vertebrates, including us.”Jennifer Clack, Ms. tetrapod evolution (see 08/09/2003 and 07/03/2002 headlines), is apparently a convert to this suggestion.  Presumably the new fad of sun-worshipping started a land rush, and all the fish tried to get the best spots on the beach.  Our ancestors were the ones that remembered to pack the umbrellas and sunscreen.Does anyone need better evidence that Darwinism is not so much a scientific theory as the eternal quest for a good story?  (See 12/22/2003 headline).  The best candidates are those that lend themselves to cartoons by Johnny Hart and Gary Larson.  How the destructive energy of raw sunlight was able to generate lungs and legs and other specialized organs for land habitation is inconsequential, as long as the plot has possibilities for visualization.  Write here with your suggested caption:Roll me over, Melba, I’m done on this side.Charlie Tuna here, out to catch some rays, and shrimp, too.Now you know why they call us sunfish.That’s not skin cancer; it’s an evolving leg.Let’s try another beach; there’s nothing to eat here (see 04/30/2002 headline).The original fish fry.Storm the beach: the marines are looking for a few good men.last_img read more