EPAG-ECD Trainees Showcase Competence

first_imgDeafening applause from the audience filled the Love Center Ministries Church on the Old Road last Friday as graduates from the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG), impressed their trainers, families and well-wishers by relaying what they learned from their seven-month training.The girls, 60 in number, were recruited for the teacher’s aide and care-giving training last year following a thorough screening.During Friday’s graduation ceremony, the trainees took turns in sharing their experiences and demonstrating how prepared they are to contend for the job market.The guests and trainers were not only impressed because the trainees are girls, but also by their use of grammar and how politely they conducted themselves on stage.Dressed in green and black uniforms, the girls explained and dramatized the roles of teacher’s aide and caregiver in simple but Standard English, which moved the guests to give the graduates resounding rounds of applause.The guest speaker, Ms. Florence Allen-Jones, Assistant Education Minister for Early Childhood Education, said EPAG is a successful program that has impacted the lives of girls and women in Liberia. “As we can see here today, development of girls and women means well for a country, and it should be a priority for government’s partners,” she said.Apart from Liberia, other countries including Nepal, Rwanda, Jordan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Laos and Haiti, have benefited from the program, according to Mrs. Jones.She praised the trainees for devoting time to undergo the tough, seven-month training, adding that all the stakeholders, including the trainees, are feeling the rewards of the effort.Meanwhile Mrs. Jones has cautioned the graduates to shun vices with negative effects, and to remain loyal and patriotic enough to pass on positive attitudes that contribute to nation building.Montserrado County District #10 Representative Julius F. Berrian said to enlighten girls is like a blind man who finally gained his sight.Berrian cautioned the graduates not to be creators of problems, but to be problem solvers instead.He also noted that there will come a time when Liberia will experience donor fatigue, and in order to prepare for such eventuality, there is a need for government to take ownership of the program by allotting a budget to sustain it.He said the program is essential because it helps to reduce social problems in the society.A Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection representative emphasized the need for training girls and women to improve society and to bridge the gap of inequality between male and female.Sceane Abdul-Baki then extended gratitude to EPAG on behalf of Minister Julia Duncan Cassell for training the 60 girls.The EPAG and Early Childhood Development program are implemented by the Child Assistance Program (CAP) and funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).Ministries of Education and Gender, Children and Social Protection are also collaborating partners.CAP’s Executive Director Mrs. Elizabeth B. Blama said 56 of the 60 girls have been assigned in various schools for internship, while the remaining four are operating their own businesses.The EPAG pilot project began in September 2009, with the first and second rounds ending in December 2012. These phases were funded by the Nike Foundation and the Government of Denmark. It targeted 2,500 adolescent girls and young women in Montserrado and Margibi counties.Round three was held from June 2013 to July 2014 and was funded by SIDA and implemented in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties, targeting 1,000 girls.This fourth round began in February 2016 and ended in January 2017. It consisted of six components including Business Development Skills; EPAG Boys Pilot; Early Childhood Development Job Skills Pilot; Development of EPAG alumni system and activities; Village Savings and Loans Association Pilot; and EPAG Round Four Quantitative and Qualitative Research.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgIt’s going to another cracking weekend at Letterkenny Super-pub Sister Sara’s.Tomorrow night, we’ve got Mark and Kevin McLean’s 40th birthday bash, which promises to be a terrific night’s entertainment.Music will be performed by Eldorado, Hugo McLaughlin, The Confederates and Hugo McLean. On Saturday it’s the super-pub disco with our resident DJ Marty Curran, he’ll lay all your club and chart favourites to get you in the party mood.On Sunday you can watch all the premiership action on any of the large HD Plasma TV’s located throughout the bar.So if you’re heading out this weekend, make sure and drop in to Letterkenny’s No.1 super-pub Sister Sara’s.SISTER SARA’S TO HOST 40TH BIRTHDAY BASH FOR MARK AND KEVIN MCLEAN was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’sWEEKEND LINE-UPlast_img read more

Plans for agri-food tariffs disastrous for sector – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has responded to the plans to introduce new arrangements for the border and to impose tariffs on products being exported from the Republic to the United Kingdom.The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture said this plan will have massive ramifications on the Republic’s Agri-food sector if allowed to be introduced.“I agree with the President of the IFA when he described the plans as “absolutely disastrous”. “I sincerely hope that this is a provocative attempt to persuade MPs to vote against a no deal scenario when they are asked over the next 24 hours in Westminster.“The EU will obviously have to respond to the plans to allow goods to travel freely between the Republic and Northern Ireland in the short term and the Irish government will have to elaborate on their own plans to respond to this plan. The uncertainty is causing massive anxiety with businesses both North and South and will cost jobs soon if not sorted out.He referred to a claim by the Taoiseach stated last week that Ireland is the most prepared country in Europe when it comes to Brexit.“He also promised to give us the latest figures for the levels of preparedness amongst business which go beyond the number of inquiries made. “The government needs to publish these figures and needs to outline immediately the full details on levels of preparedness.“We were previously told that the government has studied in detail the implications of different scenarios. The government should, without delay, publish the likely impact of these new tariffs and put a plan in place to respond,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Plans for agri-food tariffs disastrous for sector – McConalogue was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:agricultureCharlie McConaloguedonegaltariffslast_img read more

Between the Rows kicks off the 2016 growing season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jevon Rockwell, Erie CountyWe have about 300 acres of corn and 100 acres of beans in. We started on April 20 with corn and the 21st with beans. It is actually a little wet and the soil temperature is still pretty cold, which is why we have held off on planting progress.It was a really mild winter. It seems like our sandy soils are really holding the moisture this spring. Our heavier black ground seems to have dried off better. The sand always stays colder too.The soil conditions are pretty good considering the rain and snow we had three weeks ago. My brother and I are fourth generation and we work with our dad. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat. We have backed off on wheat and have about 250 acres this year. We don’t bale the straw and inter-seed our wheat with soybeans. It makes a nice rotation. We plant the beans right around the end of May and there have been times when those beans have yielded the same as our other beans. We plant beans in 15-inch rows and put the wheat in 15-inch rows with a Great Plains drill. We have tried short-season beans and found that a fuller season works better. We have been doing that for eight or 10 years and it is really a timing factor to get it right.We are 95% conventional tillage. Last fall we did a lot of deep tillage and needed to get the ground worked up. It helps get the ground warmed up and dried out a little earlier. Our sand always stays wet and cold and tillage helps with the insects too.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

Feeling Sick? Tweet It And Help Track Outbreaks

first_imgchristina ortiz Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img You know it’s flu season when everyone on Twitter is talking about runny noses, germ-filled subway rides and obsessing over the effectiveness of their Purell.While potentially annoying, these kinds of tweets may help predict and monitor how illnesses like influenza are moving across the country. A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (yes, that’s real) from Brigham Young University’s Computer Science department has been able to track illness trends by analyzing the location data of tweets referencing illness. Location, Location, Location…The BYU team did not track any certain sickness during this trial, instead concentrating on location data. The ultimate goal of the study was to encourage the creation of a program that health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and even smaller city-based organizations could use to track the progression of any disease across the nation. This would give health officials a heads up if a outbreak is headed their way.  Other online services track disease too, such Google Flu Trends, which uses search terms and results, as well as data from the CDC to specifically track the flu. Another site, MappyHealth, uses location data from Twitter to track illnesses ranging from pertussis to STDs. While these sites are similar to the work done at BYU, the research team mainly sees them as validation to what it originally thought was possible with tweet tracking.Associate Professor of Computer Science at BYU and lead researcher Christophe Giraud-Carrier said in an email that the method his research team developed can pick up epidemics up to two weeks before the CDC can. “That kind of lead time would greatly help put the resources where they are most needed and in a more timely fashion.”Those two weeks can make a big difference. The influenza vaccine takes about two weeks to be effective at preventing the flu. If health officials were have that kind of lead time, vaccinations could be targeted at areas that seem to be outbreak locations. Why Twitter? With all of the different types of social media, why choose Twitter? Tweets are public by default, which makes them easier to monitor. The site provides independent researchers a way to monitor users without having to engage them, require them to remember anything or take a test. No one was asked to turn on the location option for their tweets, so the location data that is gathered should be an accurate portrayal of the country.The site’s terms and conditions when it comes to its application programming interface (API) also made it very easy for the research team to follow tweets en masse: 24 million tweets by 10 million different users were tracked by the research team. Location data wasn’t gathered from tweets themselves. Only about 2% of users actually tagged their location in their tweets. Researchers found a better option to decipher location: User profiles. About 17% of the tweets monitored had users that provided location data on their profile. While some users had fake locations like “a cube world in Minecraft,” 88% of the time the provided location data was accurate and useful because it provided a distribution of geolocated tweets across the country. This correlated with the overall distribution of the overall U.S. population. Of the tweets tracked, 15% contained specific location data. This may not seem like much, but Giraud-Carrier explained that this percentage is actually very good: “15% is indeed relatively small. But with over 312 million Americans, it still gives us a lot of people to look at/listen to. The fact that the distribution is consistent with the population is also encouraging. We do not want to overstate what is possible, but there seems to be a critical mass here that should allow useful things to be done.”Giraud-Carrier wants the study to serve as proof of the quality and value of geolocation data on Twitter, adding that social media should be used not only as a means of prevention, but also intervention. Image courtesy of Brigham Young University. Tags:#health#twitter A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more