Alfalit Liberia Trains 216 Literacy Teachers

first_imgMr. Williams lectures at the start of the training in Montserrado County.Alfalit-Liberia has trained 216 teachers from Montserrado, Bong, Bomi, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties for its 2019 Adults Literacy Program. The newly recruited teachers were trained as part of Alfalit-Liberia’s preparation for the 2019 cycle that is expected to enroll 4,000 adult learners.The new teachers are being trained in the use of the Alfalit Model of teaching adult learners, lesson presentation from the Alfalit literacy books, while their colleagues that were previously in the system are being refreshed in all of the literacy materials including teacher evaluation.Alfalit-Liberia’s monitor, Madam Marie Morris, described the teachers training as critical to achieving the learning goals of the students, because it better enhances the teaching methodologies of the trainees in the classrooms.The training department, supervised by Jerome Williams concluded the Montserrado phase of the training, benefiting 140 facilitators (teachers), while the Grand Bassa training targeted 16 facilitators; Bong, 17; Margibi, 22; while Bomi had 13 teachers and eight partner institutions.Meanwhile, Alfalit-Liberia has announced an increase in the number of literacy centers this year from 51 to 75 centers with the establishment of 24 new centers in communities across the counties. The new centers were made available based on request from community dwellers and organizations.Alfalit-Liberia, founded in 2006, is an Associate of Alfalit International based in Miami, Florida USA. The Institution is a faith-based Christian origination that teaches illiterate youths and adults, who missed out on the basic education teaching them to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The mission of Alfalit is “to eradicate human suffering caused by illiteracy.”Alfalit-Liberia currently operates 52 literacy centers benefiting over 3,000 adult learners and 201 teachers in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Bong, Bomi and Margibi counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mias Accessories Wire Headband – tartan check print wire head scarf usagi headband – Love this quirky item and because it’s wired it just

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-11-25 08:35:22Reviewed Item Wire Headband – Red tartan check print wire head scarf usagi headband.Rating 4.4 / 5  stars, based on  9  reviewsPrice£1.99 Great fun for burns night bash. Love this quirky item and because it’s wired it just. Love this quirky item and because it’s wired it just mouldy and stays put where you like,i’ve used as headband also wrapped round my pony tail even my little niece found a use for it and wrapped it round her wrist as a bracelet then i found she’d tied it to the bell on her new xmas bike. Was a joke xmas fun gift which was a huge hit and used for so many different things yet it is just actually supposed to be a headband. So our uses were just random family fun. (don’t try this at home) great cheap item. Thi is so cute and easy to wear. The red is not as bright as shown in the picture, but still pretty. Here are the specifications for the Mias Accessories Wire Headband – tartan check print wire head scarf usagi headband:Flexible wire for custom moulded hair designsGreat look, quick and simple stylish hair tieCottonHA29430Latest trend tartan design Love this quirky item and because it’s wired it just. Love this quirky item and because it’s wired it just mouldy and stays put where you like,i’ve used as headband also wrapped round my pony tail even my little niece found a use for it and wrapped it round her wrist as a bracelet then i found she’d tied it to the bell on her new xmas bike. Was a joke xmas fun gift which was a huge hit and used for so many different things yet it is just actually supposed to be a headband. So our uses were just random family fun. (don’t try this at home) great cheap item. Thi is so cute and easy to wear. The red is not as bright as shown in the picture, but still pretty. Reviews from purchasers :Love this quirky item and because it’s wired it just Low cost ! Good value. Great while doing your make up. Great fun for burns night bash. Great while doing your make up. last_img read more

High-Performance Dehumidification

first_imgThe basement of our well-insulated and air-sealed 100+ year old home is dry, but enough moisture (as vapor) makes its way through our concrete walls and slab that dehumidification is a must from about April through October. Dehumidification comes with a pretty big energy penalty, so I am proactive in managing this load: when I see that the weather and forecast is for a dry day, I start the day by opening up our half-dozen basement hopper windows, and then close them up at the end of the day (see Image #1 at the top of the page). This just takes a couple of minutes, and Mother Nature manages our basement humidity. But there are many non-heating-season days when we manage the basement humidity with our off-the-shelf 50-pint Whirlpool dehumidifier (see Image #2 in the image gallery). It has done a fine job, but I got to wondering just how old the unit was, and how its efficiency was faring. The unit also seemed quite noisy (but honestly, maybe it was always that way).RELATED ARTICLESAll About DehumidifiersThe Pros and Cons of Running a DehumidifierDo Humidifiers Create IAQ Problems?Preventing Water Entry Into a Home I took the housing off the face of the dehumidifier unit to inspect the coils (see Image #3) and to check out the specs (see Image #4). The coils were a bit dirty, but easily cleaned. What really surprised me was that the unit was quite a bit older than I thought (manufactured in 2003, since the “P” in the serial number stands for a manufacturing date of 2003; see Whirlpool Date Codes) and its Energy Factor was just 1.35 (L/kWh: liters per kilowatt-hour) — not even Energy Star. How has this unit’s efficiency held up over the many years? Benchtop measurement of a dehumidifier’s Energy Factor There is of course a standard test for Energy Factor; it used to be ASTM C 749 (as cited on the Whirlpool unit’s spec label — Image #4) but now is ANSI/AHAM DH-1 (as detailed in Appendix X to Subpart B of Part 430 – Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Dehumidifiers). My version of the test was to hook up a Kill A Watt meter to the dehumidifier, and collect the condensate over a 24-hour period. I did that for the Whirlpool unit in our basement under these conditions: Initial basement temperature and relative humidity: 78°F/68% (as measured by a HOBO datalogger; see Image #5) Intermittent operation over the 24 hours, with constant operation “setting” Average operating power: 590 watts (see Image #6) Test period: 6 a.m. August 14 through 6 a.m. August 15 Output: 6.3 liters Input: 4.32 kWh Conclusion: The benchtop Energy Factor is 1.47 L/kWh. Wow – pretty impressive efficiency considering the unit’s age. But it started out as pretty unimpressive. (A current version of this same Whirlpool dehumidifier would be the Whirlpool WHAD501AW. It’s EF is 2.0 and it retails for about $200.) There is a long list of conditions that make my benchtop test different than a laboratory test done to all the specifications of a standard. The most meaningful comparison will be to the new high-performance dehumidifier, coming up next. High-performance dehumidifier For the last twenty years at least, the U.S. company Thermastor has been a key contributor to the Building America program, quietly but steadily educating builders about the importance of managing latent load, particularly in efficient homes with longer shoulder seasons. As part of my work with Hanley Wood University’s Homebuilding Crossroads workshops , I have been doing a lot of tech-talk with Nikki Krueger at Thermastor. When she asked how I was keeping my own basement dry and I described my aged Whirlpool unit, she said, “Want to give our new Santa Fe Advance 100 a try?” I could see GBA benchtop testing written all over this offer. So, earlier this week I installed the Santa Fe Advance 100 (a dehumidifier that retails for $1,799) in our basement (see Image #7). I did an identical benchtop Energy Factor test with the Advance 100: Initial basement temperature and relative humidity: 78F/68% (as measured by a HOBO datalogger; see Image #8) Intermittent operation over the 24 hours, with setting RH = 60% Average operating power: 660 watts (see Image 9) Test period: 6 a.m. August 15 through 6 a.m. August 16 Output: 13.5 liters Input: 5.04 kWh Conclusion: The benchtop Energy Factor is 2.68 L/kWh. Pretty impressive efficiency. And pretty much inline with the EF reported on the SF Advance 100 spec sheet (see Image #10). But how else is the Advance 100 different or better than an off-the-shelf standard dehumidifier, such as the Whirlpool I had in my basement for all those years? Beyond straight dehumidification You can go to the Santa Fe website and get their version of the differences, but here is what I found: Much quieter operation – the fan motors are higher quality, with less vibration; Made mostly of metal, not plastic – the Advance 100 is a sturdier (and heavier) unit; Includes air filtration – MERV 8 pleated filter is very easy to change out; Includes “circulation” mode – a mode that pushes the fan to high speed to increase mixing and to even out the space’s relative humidity and temperature; Can be ducted – the unit is designed for and capable of being ducted so that the unit can be in a different space than the space it serves; Accurate sensors – the LED readout-panel on the Advance 100 was always within 1°F and 1% RH of the Hobo data logger in my basement; Remote internet-based operation (more on this below); Made in U.S.A. – pretty rare these days, and for me it translates into very responsive technical service. As with most modern new appliances, the Advance 100 is tied to the internet. You download the Santa Fe Connect app, and from your phone you can see and set the operation of your Advance 100. Every half hour it updates weather conditions for your zip code, and the app sends alerts if there is anything awry regarding your setpoint and current RH (see Images #11 and #12). Very cool! Now if I can just get an app that will open and close my basement windows when the weather is nice and dry…last_img read more

Help soon for border residents

first_imgA study group has been set up by the government to examine the problems faced by people residing near the International Border (IB) and and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of regular ceasefire violations by Pakistan, an official said.The group will meet people living in the border areas of J&K, security forces deployed there, district administration officials and local public representatives, and submit its report within two months.“The competent authority has approved the constitution of a study group for considering various problems being faced by the people residing near the IB and LoC, in the wake of regular threats of cross border firing,” an order issued by the Home Ministry said.Rina Mitra, Special Secretary in the Home Ministry, will head the team. The Principal Secretary (Home) in the J&K government, the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu, and the Divisional Commissioner of Srinagar, are members. The Joint Secretary (J&K) in the Home Ministry is the Member-Secretary of the group.The study group will prepare a detailed report on the issues faced by people living near the IB and LoC, and submit its recommendations on the remedial action needed to address these issues, the order said.India shares a 3,323 km-long border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in J&K.There has been a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in recent times. Till September 30, there were over 600 violations in which eight civilians and 16 security personnel were killed.last_img read more

Asian Games 2010: Bajrang Lal Takhar wins first rowing gold for India

first_imgBajrang Lal Takhar created history by becoming the first ever Indian rower to win a gold medal in the Asian Games by winning the men’s singles sculls competition in Guangzhou on Friday.Starting in lane 3, the Indian Army officer, led the 2000m race right from the start and went on to take gold with a timing of 7:04.78.Chinese Taipei’s Wang Ming Hui (7:07.33) took the silver while Iraq’s Haeider Hamarasheid (7:10.10) won the bronze with a third place finish.Takhar had also become the first Indian to win a silver medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006. He had also won the gold medal at the Asian Championships in Korea last year.With Takhar’s feat, India’s wait to get its second gold medal at this edition of the Asian Games also ended.Cueist Pankaj Advani had won the first gold early in the competition.On Thursday, the rowers had won two silver medals for India.Anil Kumar, Saji Thomas, Ranjit Singh and Jenil Krishnan had combined to win the silver in the men’s rowing four team while the quartet of Lokesh Kumar, Manjeet Singh, Rajesh Kumar Yadav and Satish Joshi won silver in men’s lightweight four event final.About the final race, in which he beat back the challenge of Taipei and Iraq, Bajrang Lal said he kept increasing the lead after the halfway mark marginally to come out comfortable victor.”At the first 1000m I was leading by 2 seconds. After the 1500m I was leading by four seconds and I knew nobody could beat me then. It was my event today,” he said.advertisementLater the women’s duo of Pratima Puhana and Pramila Minz, both in their teens, grabbed the pairs bronze in 7 minutes and 47.50 seconds, well behind gold medal winners China, who crossed the finish line far ahead in 7:22.06.The silver went to Kazakhstan.It was a close fight for the bronze in which the Indian women edged out Indonesia with less than a minute to spare.The rowing event came to a finale with the Indian men’s eight team clinching the silver, by clocking 5:49.50, way behind hosts China who timed 5:37.44, but well ahead of bronze medal winners Uzbekistan (5:55.96).The three teams had finished the heats in the same order though China had returned a better time while India clocked 5:52.56 which they bettered today.The Indians — Lokesh Kumar, Satish Joshi, Saji Thomas, Jenil Krishnan, Anil Kumar, Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Manjeet Singh and Girraj Singh — finished more than a boat and half length ahead of the third-placed team.Lokesh, Joshi, Yadav and Manjeet won the lightweight men’s four silver yesterday while Krishnan, Thomas, Anil Kumar and Ranjit Singh won the men’s four event.Bajrang Lal was the most favoured finalist for the single sculls gold and won the race from a fast-finishing Wang Ming Hui of Taipei.The Taipei rower, who was in last position at one stage, passed four scullers on his way to the silver, finishing half a boat length ahead of bronze medal winner Haieder who provided Iraq with their first-ever rowing medal in Games history and their first medal here.But the last day was again dominated by China who won four more gold medals in brisk cross-tailwind conditions, never seriously challenged in winning all of them.In the remaining three finals, including the race in which Bajrang Lal took the gold, there was no Chinese presence.Indian duo Pratima and Pramila gave India their first ever women’s rowing medal, which was a surprise, behind China’s Lin Hong and Sun Zhengping (gold) and the Kazakh pair of Oxana Nazarova and Svetlana Germanovich.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

10 months agoToshack urges Arsenal midfielder Ramsey to learn Italian ahead of Juventus move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Toshack urges Arsenal midfielder Ramsey to learn Italian ahead of Juventus moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wales coach John Toshack says Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey must quickly learn Italian to make the most of his move to Juventus.Ramsey is now on the brink of signing for Juve.Toshack says, “I would recommend to everyone, football players or not, to go abroad,” assured Toshack. “I’ve made it a point of my management career to go out and get to know new cultures. I can assure you that for British players, it’s not easy to move abroad.“It’s crucial that Aaron doesn’t make the same mistake that Bale did at Madrid. He needs to learn the local language straight away. That might also be why it’s best he join Juve in the summer and not in January.“In any case, this makes the Welsh very proud to see Ramsey join the same club where the great John Charles played. Charles was there on the day of my debut, as I was only a kid and he was teaching me how to head the ball. He’d tell me marvellous stories about him, Omar Sivori and the wise Giampiero Boniperti.“Once, when I was playing for Liverpool, he told me: ‘You and Kevin Keegan are good, but me and Omar were better…’ I consider Charles the greatest of all time. Yes, greater than CR7.” last_img read more

Soldier shot in Ottawa Parliament Hill in lockdown

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – A man believed to be a soldier has been shot in Ottawa Wednesday at the War Memorial and the shooter is believed to have ran to Parliament Hill where reports of gun shots were heard inside centre block.The War Memorial, a few hundred metres from Parliament, is guarded by two soliders daily. It’s believed to be one of those soldiers who was shot.Construction worker Scott Walsh, 21, was in a ‎manhole in front of Parliament Hill when he heard the shots. When he came out he saw a man with a double-barreled shotgun run past and hijack what is believed to be a security vehicle on Parliament Hill and head towards Centre Block.Walsh said he hit the ground and described the man as sort of dark skinned with long black hair with a scarf around his face.After the shooting, the gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament.Inside centre block, MPs and parliament hill staff are describing a chaotic scene. Newfoundland MP Gerry Byrne says he heard nearly a dozen shots fired inside centre block which houses MPs offices, the Senate and the House of Commons.Police and soldiers have parliament hill surrounded as the search continues. It believed police are now focussing on the east block.More to come.last_img read more

Brookfield Infrastructure posts 125million profit amid investment spree

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.’s recent spending spree helped the company land a $125 million net profit in its second quarter.The owner and operator of energy, freight and data networks, which reports earnings in U.S. dollars, said Thursday that the profit was a sharp increase from the $5 million it made the year before and was largely fuelled by recent investments.Days before, it had announced it will acquire home heating and cooling company Enercare Inc. for $4.3 billion and in early July, it said it scooped up Enbridge’s Western Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business for $3.3 billion.On Thursday, executives from the company seemed optimistic that both investments would prove increasingly valuable for Brookfield because they said that Enbridge had not exploited all of the opportunities Brookfield intends to, particularly in the liquids industry.“(The Enbridge deal) is an ideal platform to establish our midstream presence in Canada as it is competitively positioned for growth given the highly economic acreage throughout the Montney region (of British Columbia and Alberta),” said Sam Pollock, CEO of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.“We believe the region’s massive scale and low breakeven cost will ensure that it continues to be a focal point for development by top-tier producers with over 40 years of anticipated economic drilling inventory at current price levels.”Pollock and other executives on the company’s earning call said they see the biggest opportunities for the company coming from its fibre and data operations. It recently signed an agreement to acquire Texas-based AT&T’s large-scale data centre business for $1.1 billion, growing its asset portfolio to include centres on five continents, 11 countries and 26 metropolitan markets with the vast majority located in the U.S.Roberto Marcogliese, Brookfield’s deputy chief investment officer for infrastructure, trumpeted the deal, saying he expects the data field to experience strong growth and the acquisition to place the company in an ideal position to capture some of that growth with minimal capital investments.“We have been evaluating the data centre sector for some time now and we believe we have a scalable business and an attractive portfolio,” he said.Earlier in the call, Brookfield said a loss of income from the sale of assets and the time it has taken the company to redeploy money into new investments has resulted in a slight decline in funds from operations, which fell to $294 million from $295 million the quarter before.The company also revealed its revenues also took a tumble, decreasing to $1.04 billion from $2.06 billion.On an adjusted basis, Brookfield earned 21 cents per share in the most recent quarter, beating analyst expectations for 12 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.(Companies in this story: TSX:BIP)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed comments by Sam Pollock.last_img read more

Plane crash in Belgium kills 11

first_imgBRUSSELS- The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, in south-east Belgium.A small tourist plane carrying parachutists crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing 11 people aboard.The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, 75 kilometers from south-east Belgium.Mayor of the nearby town of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul said 10 parachutists and one pilot were killed in the plane crash.Eyewitnesses said the plane lost a wing and hit the ground. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said he shared the sorrow with the families of the victims.last_img

Moroccan Classrooms Go Interactive

first_imgTahannaout- Saloua Ben Fethalla is a math teacher at Almajd School in Tahannaout, Morocco, a picturesque rural town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Her 13-year-old students are just beginning middle school.Until recently, the class of over 40 students would sit in rows, straining to listen as Fethalla lectured. With classes this size, it was difficult for students to work in teams and for teachers to provide one-on-one coaching to students. Traditional  rote learning, not comprehension, was the norm.With USAID assistance, the situation has changed for the better. USAID’s Improving Training Quality to Advance National Education project in Morocco is reducing middle school dropout rates by improving teacher performance and creating a better environment for learning. At the start of the last school year, in April 2012, Fethalla attended a series of USAID-organized trainings showing teachers how to create a more interactive classroom. Now, her students collaborate in groups, and she has more time to focus on their individual needs and unique learning styles. Fethalla now uses everyday examples from the children’s lives to give context and realism to her lessons.During basic trigonometry lessons, students are organized in groups around the classroom. They eagerly raise their hands, hoping to be called upon to answer questions.  Before this program began, quiet children could get lost in large classes. Now, their teacher draws them out. Fethalla recounts that she used to explain things through one-way communication. “Now the students learn on their own,” she says. “I’m just the coach.”Like Fethalla, 70 percent of teachers who received the USAID training have improved their classroom techniques. Their students have scored up to seven points higher on tests, including Arabic, compared with students whose teachers did not receive the training.Source: USAID Moroccolast_img read more