The ongoing fight to improve Liberia’s educational system has experienced a setback following the revelation that authorities at the Ministry of Education were paying more money to teachers that are being classified as “untrained” than those who are “trained” to teach. The Director-General of the National Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Michael P, Slawon made the disclosure during a presentation Wednesday, April 23, at a one-day national symposium on higher education and early childhood development. The day-long symposium was hosted by the MOE under the theme, “Higher Education and Early Childhood Development—the Awakening.” Dr. Slawon presented a paper on the topic, “Higher Education in Liberia: A Destination for Early Childhood Development.” According to him, too few students graduating from the nation’s high schools are prepared for tertiary education. This situation made Dr. Slawon question the role of educational authorities regarding the improvement of early childhood education in the country.He narrated his experience leading to the discovery of difficulties and expense of upgrading the credentials of teachers at the pre-primary and primary levels.He said the early grade reading assessment data has shown that too few students graduating from the nation’s high schools are prepared for tertiary education; with 100 percent of 25,000 high school graduates who took the University of Liberia’s (UL) last administered entrance exam failing. “No student who sat last year’s examination administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for Liberian high schools scored in Division 1, and only 100 achieved a Division two pass. In the other WAEC countries, only Division 1 and 2 students are considered prepared for tertiary education.” He noted that qualified and dedicated teachers are the most important elements in educating students.“In Liberia,” Dr. Slawon said, “the shortage of qualified teachers is a major impediment to reforming the nation’s education system.”He proposed that all teachers and school administrators become eligible to hold their positions through an itemized system. He said teachers should only be licensed to teach after meeting requirements such as a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or its equivalent and an A-Certificate; for Upper Basic Education (Junior Secondary) Teachers and Administrators.“At least an Associate’s Degree from a recognized teacher training institute and a B-Certificate from the authority established under the educational Act empowered to issue Teachers’ Certificates should be required,” he said.He continued, “For Lower Basic Education (Primary Schools) teachers and administrators,” Dr. Slawon said, “at least an Associate Degree for grades (4-6), and a high school diploma with a year of post-secondary teacher training at a recognized teacher training institution; the person must also possess a minimum B or C-Certificate, because the overwhelming number of students are in the pre-primary and primary grades.” Reading from 2012 Public School Census data, Dr. Slawon reported that there was a total of 1, 593 schools, with 9, 655 teachers assigned. Of those teachers, he said, 38.5 percent of them are “trained,” while 37.5 are untrained; leaving the rest in an unknown category.Of the “trained” teachers, 0.7 percent holds an A.A. Certificate; 2.6 percent B. Certificate; 36.2 C. Certificate; with only 0.2 percent holding University degrees, but the rest were placed in an unknown category. “Most teachers are under-educated. The overwhelming numbers of students in these primary grades are in classes with too many students to achieve optimum results,” he explained.Other individuals who presented papers included the president of the Stella Maris Polytecnic University, Sister Mary Laurine Brown, and deputy Education Minister for Planning, Research and Development, Dr. Kalipha Bility among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas. As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, email@example.com. (Click on image to enlarge) And here’s your “cute quote” for the day… Since their normal update day…the 20th of the month, falls on a Saturday…The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with their March numbers on Friday…and it showed that they purchased another 200,000 troy ounces of gold for their reserves, which now sit at 31.6 million ounces…very close to the 1,000 tonne mark. Nick Laird’s most excellent chart below reflects that change. (Click on image to enlarge) Looking at the world today, I’m sure not looking forward to the ‘end of all things’ when that day finally does arrive…and the closer we get, the worse it looks. And as I’ve said before, I hope we’ve done enough advance preparation that we survive it. I leave you on that cheery note…and I’ll see you on Tuesday. Even though silver finished the day virtually unchanged, most of its associated equities finished in positive territory as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.63%. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s the longer-term silver chart, so you can put the current price action in some sort of context. Yesterday, my good friend Richard Nachbar sent me the chart posted below, which updates the wholesale premiums bid by dealers for 90% U.S. silver coinage. As you can tell, it’s taken quite a jump in the last week. [Richard, keep these Friday reports coming! Thanks in advance. – Ed] There is a major disconnect between the price of the physical precious metals and the paper precious metals. The sudden twenty-five dollar price spike in gold around 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…along with the commensurate price spikes in the other three precious metals…was the only price activity of note everywhere on Planet Earth on Friday. After that spike, the gold price slowly got sold off…and shortly before the 1:30 p.m. Comex close in New York, the price was back to where it had closed at on Thursday afternoon. However, the subsequent rally after that, put the gold price firmly back in the black, with gold finally closing above the $1,400 spot price mark. Gold closed the week at $1,406.50 spot…up $14.40 from Thursday’s close. Gold volumes were way up there once again, this time it was 207,000 contracts. I don’t have a huge number of stories for you today, which suits me fine…and probably you as well. But the ones I do have, especially those relating to unprecedented world-wide retail demand for precious metals, are all worth reading. For now, all we can conclude is this: There is definitely a striking psychological disconnect growing between the buyers of physical gold and silver, and the financial community that trades precious metals through ETF’s and futures contracts. While the latter have ostensibly turned their backs on gold (see the plethora of negative sentiment expressed by various pundits over the past three days), the former group has been spurred into action as if they know something the other group does not. Certainly we wouldn’t expect individuals to be buying these metals if they believed the price was going to drop further, or perhaps they don’t care either way and simply want to own something tangible. Nonetheless, it is a wholly peculiar phenomenon, and it is definitely not the same investment behaviour we have seen before. – David Baker, Sprott Asset Management…19 April 2013 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ was the first number one hit of The Association the year I graduated from high school in 1966. You’ll know it instantly…and the link is here. The classical offering today is a bit more obscure, but any Jean Sibelius fan will know it instantly. It’s a short piece entitled “Valse triste, Op. 44“…and the link is here. This is a particularly stunning performance…and it’s just too bad that the youtube.com audio track is not up to producing the full fidelity of the orchestra. I’m not sure what, if anything, should be read into yesterday’s price action in all the precious metals, but I have to agree totally with what David Baker over at Sprott had to say in the above quote…and that there is a major disconnect between the price of the physical precious metals and the paper precious metals. It’s a situation that remains unresolved, but I doubt very much that it will remain that way for long. Like David, I was somewhat taken aback by the mind set of the buyers that have been showing up at the bullion store all week. Things really are different this time…and if the buyers are out in force on a $200 price decline, one can only imagine what the buying frenzy will be like as the precious metals being their inevitable rallies back to new highs…especially in silver. I’m sure that “the powers that be” are just as surprised, as they certainly would have been caught even more off-guard than we were…and how this resolves itself in the days and weeks ahead will be interesting to watch. This is not just a North American phenomenon…it’s world-wide…and amazing to read about in the stories posted in today’s column. It’s still my opinion that somewhere in the not-too-distant future, we’ll see a shockingly high price for all the precious metals…but whether it’s by edict, or market action, is still unknown. The other real concern I have is what appears [at least to me] to be the deliberate falsification of data in the Non-Commercial and Commercial categories of yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report. But I will give the CFTC the benefit of the doubt until Tuesday to see if they correct their figures, because what is posted in that report, just cannot be…considering the price action on Friday of last week and Monday of this week. Before heading off to bed, here’s one last chart from Nick Laird…and it’s the usual “Total PMs Pool” graph that I post every week that shows the amounts and dollar values of all known precious metals in all known depositories. The value figure has taken a huge hit…but the total ounces have barely moved. Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index closed in New York late Thursday afternoon at 82.55…and then didn’t do much until 8:00 a.m. in New York. The dollar had a small double bottom between then and around 9:30 a.m. Eastern time…and then a rally of sorts developed, which sort of faded in the last thirty minutes of the trading day. The index closed at 82.77…up 22 basis points on the day. The gold stocks gapped up at the open, but couldn’t hold those gains in the face of the shallow, but relentless price decline. However, once gold hit its low tick of the day shortly before the Comex close, a decent rally ensued…and the HUI close up a respectable 1.56%. The silver price action was very similar, but the intraday price move showed more ‘volatility’ than did gold…almost a dollar from high tick to low tick. The low of the day [$22.83 spot] came at the 1:25 p.m. Comex close…which is five minutes sooner than the Comex close for gold. After that, silver rallied as well, closing the day at 23.29…up a penny on the day…and right in the 3 cent gap between Wednesday’s closing price and Thursday’s closing price…and only 5 cents below Monday’s closing price. Whoever was riding shotgun over the silver price must have nothing better to do at the end of the trading day. Silver’s net volume was pretty decent as well…around 37,000 contracts. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Friday showed that 42 gold and 10 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday…and with the exception of a handful of contracts issued by Marex in both metals…it was all “the usual suspects” as short/issuers and long/stoppers. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The withdrawals from GLD just don’t stop, as an authorized participant withdrew another 319,167 troy ounces yesterday. And as of 11:55 p.m. Eastern time yesterday evening, there were no reported withdrawals from SLV. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday. They sold 14,500 ounces of gold eagles…and 2,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. No silver eagles were reported sold. Month-to-date the mint has sold 167,500 ounces of gold eagles…21,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 2,387,000 silver eagles. Based on these sales the silver/gold sales ratio for the month so far is only around 13 to 1. I would guess the ratio is low for three possible reasons, a] they aren’t meeting their production quota on silver eagles, and b] in lieu of not having any silver eagles to buy, customers are buying gold instead, and c] I would guess that a large portion of the gold sales from this month went overseas…especially the two tonnes of gold eagles that were reported sold on one day earlier this week. Thursday was another big day over at the Comex-approved depositories. They reported receiving 1,807,345 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 904,002 troy ounces out the door. It was another monster week for in/out movement at these depositories…and I’m sure Ted Butler will have more to say in his weekly commentary to his paying subscribers later today. The link to yesterday’s activity is here. Well, I took one look at the numbers in yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report and knew immediately they weren’t right. They weren’t even close to what they should have been…in either silver, copper, or gold. Even Ted had to admit that he didn’t know what to make of them. But he did point out that the numbers in the Nonreportable category appeared to be what one might expect considering the price action of the reporting week…and I agreed. But the numbers that appeared in the Non-Commercial and Commercial categories were simply not believable…and unless it was a just huge reporting mistake, which they’ll correct on Monday, it’s my belief that the report has been tampered with. Ted certainly didn’t rule that out, but was obviously not happy that it might have come to this…and I’ll be more than interested in what he has to say about it later today. But if you wish to look them over, the link to the legacy COT report is here…and I’ll have more to say about this in Tuesday’s column. Yesterday was the biggest sales day in the bullion store’s history, even though we only had silver maple leafs and 100 oz. silver bars to sell…as these are the only two items that we were able to order and get delivery of in a timely manner. Over-the-counter sales were decent, but it was the huge order-in sales that were the standout. Then at 2:00 p.m. local time, our supplier called us to say that silver maple leafs were no longer available…and from that point on, we only were selling the 100 ounce bars. But faced with buying that large a bar, or walking away empty handed, our customers bought them like they were party favours! Even when silver was approaching $50 the ounce back in April 2011, we’ve never had a week like we’ve had this past week. The psychology of the buyer today is totally different from what they were thinking two years ago. Back then they were buying to [hopefully] make a quick buck…now it’s the Cyprus thingy, no interest on bank deposits, along with the new ‘bail in’ provisions for Canada’s ‘too big to fail’ banks that showed up in Canada’s recent budget. The people are finally starting to wake up…and not just in this country. Here’s an e-mail sent to a friend of Casey Research’s own Dennis Miller earlier this week…and I can tell you that it’s already out of date, because NTR isn’t taking orders for anything now, either.
Best Of Express Advertising Advertising Taking stock of monsoon rain Australian model avoids US prison sentence after fracas on international flight Adani group entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the Abbot Point port near Bowen in the north. (Representational image)The premier of Australia’s Queensland state on Wednesday asked India’s energy giant Adani to sit down with the environment regulator to work out a “definitive timeframe” to obtain approvals for its controversial coal mine project in the state. The massive coal mine in Queensland state has been a controversial topic, with the project expected to produce 2.3 billion tonnes of low-quality coal.In addition to its impact on climate change, environmentalists have argued the mine could do serious damage to Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.Another major concern about the environmental impacts of the proposed mine has been that it would wipe out the most important habitat of the threatened black-throated finch.Speaking at a press conference, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she would appoint her Coordinator-General to oversee approvals of the mine. “I think that the community is fed up with the processes, I know I’m fed up with the processes, I know my local members are fed up with the processes.”“I’m asking for the two parties, Adani and the independent regulator (DES) to sit down with the Coordinator-General and I want them to meet tomorrow actually. I want them to sit down and work out a definitive timeframe on decisions around these reports. We’re up for this challenge, we work every day focusing on jobs,” she added.“We need some certainty and we need some timeframes — enough is enough,” she said.Adani is currently waiting on approval of two of its environmental management plans — one concerning the black-throated finch, the other related to the management of groundwater at the site.Last month, the Federal Government granted its final environmental approvals for the project days before the election was called.Adani mining chief executive Lucas Dow said he was cautiously optimistic about the Queensland Government’s change of tone. By PTI |Melbourne | Published: May 22, 2019 3:44:09 pm Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 “I’m encouraged to hear that the Premier’s finally said enough is enough, but the reality is what we’ve now got is simply another process,” Dow said.“If these approvals are not provided within the next two weeks, this new process that the Premier has described is simply nothing more than a further political delaying tactic.”Dow said the mining company was ready to begin construction as soon as the project was approved.“We think it’s more than reasonable that this gets wrapped up in the next couple of weeks — the process has been exhaustive, and the scrutiny has been appropriate,” he said.“It’s now time to finalise these and allow us to get on with the job.”Dow said that the “ball is entirely in the Queensland Government’s court”.“We’ve written to them, we’ve provided responses to their requests on the black-throated finch, that’s now sitting with the Queensland Government,” Dow said.Voicing support for Adani’s Carmichael coal and mine project in central Queensland, Mayor of Rockhampton council in the region has sought a “fair go” for the company.Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said Adani should “be given the proper treatment and allowed to proceed, for the Galilee Basin to open, for those jobs to flow so that we as a community can start to build a long-term future”.State Greens MP Michael Berkman described Palaszczuk’s decision as a “disappointing backflip” that would only hurt regional Queenslanders long-term.“Queensland Labor intends to fast track Adani’s approvals for the Carmichael Coal project. This says to me that they’ve quite devastatingly really misinterpreted the results of the federal election,” he said.Australians re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison-led conservative coalition government in the federal polls. The coalition benefited from a stronger-than-expected showing in Queensland where Adani Group is developing large Carmichael coal mine.“This is really unwelcome interference with the Environment Department. Chandrayaan-2 gets new launch date days after being called off It comes days after Labor suffered a poor voter turnout across the state in the federal election, which has been widely attributed to the party’s position on Adani’s Carmichael mine project.The move also comes after Queensland Government ministers spent weeks saying the Department of Environment and Science (DES) would not be rushed on making decisions.Adani group entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the Abbot Point port near Bowen in the north. P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies Australian govt seeks information about man detained in North Korea More Explained Related News Australian student missing in North Korea is released Advertising “More importantly this fast-tracking of approvals for Adani is not going to help the communities she thinks it will. 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30 March 2009The chief executive of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC), Danny Jordaan, gave the Union of European Football (Uefa) Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark a comprehensive update on the country’s World Cup preparations last week.Thirteen of the 32 World Cup places will be filled by teams from Europe, and Jordaan’s briefing was well received by some of the key figures in world football.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup is of interest to all associations,” Uefa president Michel Platini said as he welcomed Jordaan on stage at the congress on Wednesday.Jordaan told Uefa’s member associations that South Africa’s World Cup stadiums were on course to be completed by October, in line with Fifa’s deadlines.He also updated them on the country’s transport, safety and fan park plans for the first African World Cup, and on preparations for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup kicking off in June this year, which will feature reigning Uefa champions Spain and reigning world champions Italy.“Not only will Europe bring the highest number of teams to South Africa in 2010, but the European football associations also have well established fan clubs, and we need to work with them to bring those fans to South Africa next year,” Jordaan said after his address.A substantial number of the anticipated 450 000 international visitors who will travel to South Africa for the World Cup are expected to come from Europe, with the likes of England, the Netherlands and Germany traditionally having among the largest fan bases at World Cup tournaments.“Already well over 800 000 applications have been received for the 743 000 tickets that have been made available in this first round of ticket sales, many of them coming from fans in Europe,” Jordaan said. “This means that the tournament is already oversubscribed, but it is still of utmost importance that the associations know exactly what to expect in South Africa in 2010.”Geoff Thompson, England’s former Football Association chairman, who was re-elected as Uefa’s vice-president at the congress, had high praise for Jordaan’s briefing.“The stadiums look superb, and we are also very impressed by the number of security personnel that will be deployed to secure the event and by the country’s track record in hosting major events,” Thompson said.“To have a World Cup in Africa is something many of us have dreamed of for years and without a doubt entrusting South Africa with the 2010 Fifa World Cup has been well placed.”Thompson said that the number of tickets already purchased by UK fans was evidence that English fans are gearing up in their thousands to travel with their team next year.There were also warm words for South Africa’s 2010 preparations from German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, a current Fifa executive member who was chairman of Germany’s 2006 Fifa World Cup organising committee.“I am convinced that it will be a wonderful World Cup,” Beckenbauer said. “With the organising talent that South Africa has, the country has nothing to worry about.”Beckenbauer’s compatriot, German Football Association secretary-general Wolfgang Niersbach, said South Africa “must host its own World Cup, reflective of its people and the continent. I believe the event will go along way to changing the world’s perceptions about Africa.”SAinfo reporter and the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising CommitteeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material