Elevating Our Students from the Floors to Chairs: “To Whom Much Is Given,…

first_imgWho is Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh?  We do not remember ever doing a story on this caring and patriotic parent.  But last Thursday our Health Correspondent, Alaskai Johnson, caught him doing a great deed: providing 78 armchairs to students of the John Payne Mitchell Elementary and Junior High School in Marshall, Margibi County.   Johnson dutifully covered the event and put Mr. Tarponweh suddenly in the news.Alaskai’s photos were graphic enough.  He showed students sitting on cement blocks, with their second grade teacher looking on with concern, and the new armchairs provided by donor Tarponweh. There are at least three things that make this story important.  The first is the students who, eager to learn, are prepared to make any sacrifice, including sitting on the floor, to attend school.    The second is the ineptitude (incompetence, ineffectiveness) of the Ministry of Education, in allowing students, in this day and age, to sit on the classroom floor or on broken concrete blocks.  The Ministry has forgotten what President Sirleaf did a few years back when she paid a surprise visit to the William Gabriel Kpoleh School in Bardnersville and found students sitting on the floor: in anger, she suspended Education Minister Joseph Korto and all his deputies!  The third important thing about Alaskai’s story is the neighborhood in which the school exists. Right across the street from it are the imposing mansions of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler—a man who hails from an equally impoverished rural Liberian town—Arthington in Montserrado County.Why do we have to mention the Speaker?  First, because Alaskai did in his story.  The inquisitive reporter that he is, he could not help but look across the street and see the Speaker’s imposing mansions, in stark contrast to this deprived and impoverished school training pupils who are just beginning their educational journey into the future, when one of them would one day be a national leader like Speaker Tyler. But let us quickly digress, for one particular reason: to remind these students—indeed all Liberian students—that we do not want them to grow up dreaming of political leadership only.  They must remember that there is a whole lot one can do for his or her country without becoming president, speaker, senator, representative or chief justice. Many of us have been given, and are being given, an education to HELP MOVE LIBERIA FORWARD IN EVERY DIRECTION—in agriculture, architecture, business and finance, cartography (mapping), defense (immigration, police, soldier, etc), education (teaching, research and writing) engineering, geology and mining, health sciences and medicine, history (world, national, local, personal and professional, etc.), journalism, law, languages, political and other social sciences and pure science and technology.Speaker Tyler may not have known where this school is or what its needs are.  Nor may he have known after whom the school was named—John Payne Mitchell—former Education Secretary and the first Liberian to attain the Doctorate degree (PhD).We surely hope the students of this school will come to know who Dr. Mitchell was, so that some of them, too, may aspire to attain and indeed achieve this coveted academic credential, the PhD.No, the Speaker may not have known where this school is, for too many of our top officials and privileged people feel very comfortable in their air-conditioned, stained glass- windowed vehicles speeding past the poor, deprived and underprivileged on the dusty, muddy or water-logged streets and in slum neighborhoods.But that is why—remember? —Jesus walked most places He went—to experience for Himself as the incarnate One (in the flesh—God made man), the multitude of problems besetting suffering humanity—and not only to experience, but to DO something about   them! Remember, too, that Christ took pains to teach the people about GOOD NEIGHBORLINESS, telling them that their neighbor is “everyone, without exception.”We pray that Speaker Tyler will become a good neighbor to his poor, deprived and underprivileged community—and not him only, but all others who are building mansions in that beautiful Marshall strip, or anywhere else in Liberia.For that same Bible teaches, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Strange Animals and Stranger Facts About Them

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The world is decorated with an astonishing diversity of animals.  Here are some new discoveries about a few of them.Squid rangefinder:  Why are portions of the squid eyeball out of focus?  Scientists noticed the squid bobbing their heads, and deduced that the “defect” has a purpose.  In the low-contrast deep waters of their hunting grounds, the retina and behavior provides them a kind of rangefinder, allowing them to “catch prey with remarkable speed and precision,” a new paper in Current Biology says.Mantis shrimp eyes :  The weirdly-patterned eyes of the mantis shrimp, moving atop stalks, look like something out of science fiction.  What are the vertical bands and spots in the centers of the eyes?  Nature News and Live Science talked about a new paper in Science Magazine that analyzes how the physiology and 12 kinds of photoreceptors gives the crustaceans “extraordinary color vision” (see also the Perspective article in the same issue that says these eyes that see “color in a fundamentally different way” are “unique in the animal kingdom“).  The vertical bands are designed for detecting circularly polarized light and ultraviolet, as well as sharpening color spectrum in 12 spectral channels.  “The upper and lower halves of each eye also have overlapping visual fields, so that each eye can act as a stereoscopic rangefinder, at least for close distances.”  Live Science posted a gallery of different species of clown-colored mantis shrimp with their “googly eyes.”  Nature News included a video clip that shows the mantis shrimp rotating and moving its eyes on the stalks.Under the sea ice:  Add this to the list of unexpected places to find life.  A robotic submersible measuring ocean currents under the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  When its camera looked under the sea ice, it made “a startling discovery,” reported Live Science.  “Clinging upside-down from crannies in the ice shelf with their tentacles dangling into the icy water were thousands and thousands of tiny sea anemones.”  They must feed on nutrients upwelling in currents.  How they live without freezing is not known; Live Science added a video from the NSF that shows the creatures.  That’s not all they found: “fish that swim upside down, marine worms that live in the icy melt, crustaceans called amphipods and a strange creature resembling a sea cucumber, which they nicknamed ‘the eggroll.’”Hookworm genes:  The hookworm parasite undergoes a “fantastic voyage” once inside the body, Live Science relates.  “These parasites start their lives in soil, and enter the human body through the foot, where they embark on a fantastic voyage through the blood vessels, to the heart, then into the lungs and trachea before being coughed up and swallowed and carried to their final home in the small intestine.” There, they feed on blood, causing host symptoms including anemia and lassitude.  The genome of the hookworm has just been published, providing hope for understanding their lifestyles to reduce infections in poor countries with inadequate sanitation.  The infections are not all bad: usually not deadly, they give the victim’s immune system a “vigorous workout,” reducing risk of allergies and autoimmune diseases.  In fact, some medical researchers are finding good success with “helminth therapy” for treating these diseases (7/13/04, 2/04/12).Spots & stripes:  Scientists may just be beginning to get a grip on how animal patterns arise.  Science Magazine has a video clip that shows two types of skin cells, dark melanophores and light xanthophores, having a kind of race in the embryos of zebrafish.  When they make contact, one type moves and the other follows in “hot pursuit.”  This may lead to the colored bands in the adult.Dinosaur gigantism:  Imagine the problems of being an animal weighing 80 tons.  Scientists are trying to figure out how the big sauropods regulated their body temperature, Science Daily says.  “The gigantism of these vertebrates, unique in the history of Earth, raises many questions, such as why no other land creatures have ever achieved this size and what their bauplan, physiology, and life cycle would have been like.”  The story includes links to three open-access papers in PLoS ONE exploring the physiology of dinosaur gigantism.Sloth-fulness:  The sloth truly deserves its name, PhysOrgs says.  It nibbles on its own fur when too lazy to hunt, and only comes down out of the tree once a week to defecate on the ground.  The animal almost acts like a hanging terrarium.  Cracks in its hair catch rainwater, providing a microhabitat for algae growth.  Moths lay their eggs in its fur to live off the algae.  “This complex (symbiosis)… reinforces fundamental aspects of the sloth’s behaviour and life history, and may reinforce the slothfulness of sloths,” scientists said.Bat olympics:  The BBC reported on a bat that crossed the English Channel – an “incredible journey” for a bat.  It’s the first time the crossing has been documented.  The little creature is the size of a human thumb.  One scientist remarked, “it’s incredible to think that this little bat has flown a distance of at least 600km, avoiding hazards like roads and wind turbines, and for it to safely cross the sea is remarkable.”Dog paddle:  What could be more common than the dog paddle?  Yet Live Science called it a “mystery” that scientists are diving into.  Frank Fish at West Chester University (Pennsylvania) is taking underwater videos (see sample in the article) of various breeds swimming to understand this instinctive behavior of dogs, armadillos, and some humans.  It’s kind of like an underwater trot, he found; “Despite all these different dogs having different terrestrial gaits, they all basically focus in on one gait when they’re swimming.”  Then came an evolution commercial:Fish says he’s trying to understand what natural selection factors were in play for animals that were just beginning to swim. Although dogs aren’t direct predecessors of cetaceans — the category that includes dolphins, whales and porpoises — aquatic mammals did evolve from longed-legged quadrupeds that moved into the water, and over time dropped their paws in favor of fins.Scientists estimate that the first aquatic mammals probably flopped into the water around 60 million years ago, and it took 20 million years for them to evolve flukes and flippers like modern-day whales and dolphins.In between factual observations with tanks and flumes, Fish says “I still want to know what animals have to give up as they’re going along evolutionarily from terrestrial to aquatic.”  He’s even pondering what it would take for a dolphin to evolve the ability to move on land.The strangest creature of all is the human evolutionary scientist.  He can look at design all around and attribute it to blind, unguided processes.  From there he turns his  imagination into overdrive and wanders into mythical worlds with walking dolphins.  This is called “going along evolutionarily.”  It’s like stumbling in the dark.last_img read more

The Most Favorited Geocaches in the World by Geocache Type

first_imgEditor’s note: These were the most favorited geocaches in the world as of June 22, 2015. To see the current caches topping the charts, try out Worldwide Search on Geocaching.com.There are many reasons why geocachers award favorite points to geocaches. Sometimes it’s the stunning view at the geocache. Other times it’s the unique container that makes your jaw drop. Whatever the reason, favorite points are a great way for geocachers to award top-notch hides.Favorited geocaches tend to be higher quality caches, and with the help of the new search, it’s easy to find and sort geocaches by favorite points.The following geocaches are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the pick of the litter, the top dogs, the big cheese… well, you get the idea. And they all have one thing in common: lots and lots of favorite points. Geocache Type: TraditionalGC Number: GC13Y2YGeocache Name: Lego – einer ist zuvielNumber of favorite points: 5,787Geocache Type: Multi-CacheGC Number: GC18182Geocache Name: Voss-MargarineNumber of favorite points: 3,936 SharePrint RelatedEverything you always wanted to know about Favorite pointsApril 2, 2019In “News”Four tips for hiding quality geocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 13, 2011July 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Geocache Type: WebcamGC Number:  GC6F12Geocache Name: London – Beatles Abbey RoadNumber of favorite points: 609Geocache Type: WherigoGC Number: GC356P2Geocache Name: Die Jagd nach dem Grünen Diamanten (D+Engl)Number of favorite points: 1,175DCIM100GOPROInspired yet? It’s time for you to go and find a highly-favorited geocache and earn a cool souvenir. With the most recent update to the Geocaching Intro App, you can now search for any cache type. And don’t forget to spread the favorite point love. Share with your Friends:More Geocache Type: EarthCacheGC Number: GCZ8H7Geocache Name: The Cologne Cathedral – A Geological Point of ViewNumber of favorite points: 846Geocache Type: MysteryGC Number: GC2J9J5Geocache Name: Schatz des AlberichNumber of favorite points: 2,857Geocache Type: LetterboxGC Number: GC3QM4XGeocache Name: Seebrücke BinzNumber of favorite points: 1,349Geocache Type: VirtualGC Number: GC9A6EGeocache Name: Historic WordsNumber of favorite points: 1,299last_img read more

The Whipsaw

first_imgIf you ever feel you are being pulled in two directions:Get more meetings. But don’t spend time with prospects that aren’t qualified.Follow the sales process. But also help the buyer where they are in their process.Don’t miss a meeting. But make sure you are in the field.Spend time with your clients. But answer my emails in real time.Share an insight. But make sure to tell them about our new product initiatives.Develop your business acumen and situational knowledge. But stick to the approved messaging.Be more entrepreneurial. But don’t do anything that we haven’t provided you.Don’t talk too much. But make sure you share all of the things that differentiate us.Control the process. But don’t risk challenging the client.Develop a relationship. But don’t invest in a relationship.Don’t pitch. But use the slide deck marketing approved.Be consultative. But make sure you pin the prospect down an agreed upon closing date, so I can forecast the deal.Focus on what’s most important. Update your CRM and get me that report. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

The breeding ground

first_imgWrestler Anita celebrates after winning gold.Over a dozen of the gold medals India won at the 19th Commonwealth Games came from athletes from Haryana which has made sports an attractive career option by offering a viable support system to sportspersons. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government has, in the past two,Wrestler Anita celebrates after winning gold.Over a dozen of the gold medals India won at the 19th Commonwealth Games came from athletes from Haryana which has made sports an attractive career option by offering a viable support system to sportspersons. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government has, in the past two years, directly appointed 11 deputy superintendent and inspector level officers in the state police from the pool of sportspersons who have done well at international stage.The latest is wrestler Sushil Kumar who won gold at the World Wrestling Championship in Moscow this year. The Government’s cash prizes are not only for athletes but also for coaches. Apart from this, various academies and specialised training venues have been developed.Wrestler Geeta celebrates after winning gold.”We have developed 171 rural stadiums in Haryana,” says Hooda as he watches from the gallery an all-Jat women discus team do a clean sweep. Arjun Awardees from the state also get a monthly pension of Rs 5,000.It is, of course, ironic, that in a largely feudal social system, fathers encourage their daughters to take up sports, like the 55-kg freestyle wrestling gold medalist Geeta who along with her sister, was mentored by their father. Jawaharlal Nehru University sociology professor Surinder S. Jodhka feels that the sporting culture is not alien to rural India and tribal areas.Krishna Poonia and Harwant KaurSports like archery are age-old traditions among the tribes in Jharkhand while akharas are ideal training ground for budding wrestlers in Haryana. Greater connectivity, television and phones have ensured that rural youth, both boys and girls, are at the heart of this change.Talent is all around and regional universities play a great role in harvesting them. “If we can integrate local activities with national level sports, the take-off point will soon be reached in Indian sports history,” says Jodhka.advertisementlast_img read more

Cheerleaders challenge India’s strictly cricket tradition

first_imgTraditionally, when a batsman hits a six into the crowd, he lifts his bat to acknowledge the applause.But when Delhi Capitals star batsman Rishabh Pant bashes a ball into the stand, he unleashes an explosion of music, smoke and flying pom-poms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe dancers who come from Britain, Brazil, Canada, Russia, South Africa and other countries keep grinning and kicking even when temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).When the IPL dancers started in 2008, some politicians wanted them banned because their skimpy outfits were considered un-Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore now have more soberly dressed, mixed male-female cheerleaders. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Image: AFP/Dibyangshu SarkarThey smile and jump in short skirts and tight tops in front of frenzied crowds — but this is cricket. Not a Bollywood set or a Mumbai nightclub.They may not know the rules of Twenty20 cricket, but the cheerleaders who follow the eight Indian Premier League teams have become a key part of the success of the world’s wealthiest cricket tournament that will stage a new final on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Steph or Seth? Coin flip to decide who mom, dad represent Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIEScenter_img “As far as Indian men go, personally it doesn’t bother me. That’s just my mentality, some people I am sure have a different way of thinking. We are here to do a job professionally.”The IPL put up a firewall around players after an illegal gambling scandal in 2013 that saw three players arrested and two teams banned from the league.Even a hint of scandal worries the cricket establishment now.From a distance, the women have to make do with giving nicknames like “Muscle Russell” for West Indies star batsman Andre Russell. And they adore “our number four” Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer.Knowing when to fire up the crowd has been a tough lesson for some, however.“Someone in my podium who was here for the IPL last year knew what to do. Literally, we had no idea about the game until our very first match here,” said Bobi Dorrington from England.“We’d sit there waiting for her to say if it’s a four or a six. We learned as we watched, now we understand the game.” HM/JBRELATED STORIES:Finally, cheerleading is a sportSri Lanka’s Galle cricket stadium faces axe over Dutch fort DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ While a metal fence separates the women from fans in stadiums, they still get trolled online. And the sexist jibes from the crowd can be daunting.Charlie Chaeppela said someone created a fake social media account to taunt her.“They used a picture of me while I was cheerleading, they threatened me and asked me why I was in India,” she said.India was thrust into the global spotlight when a 23-year-old woman student was brutally gang-raped and killed in 2012, prompting nationwide protests within the nation.Politicians brought in tougher penalties against sexual offenders and accelerated trials, but campaigners claimed the legislation failed to stem the tide of violence against women.More than 100 rapes a day are reported in India, according to the most recent official government statistics in 2016.But Chaeppela said she still took the job because it was an “incredible opportunity.”“My mom got me a book on India and on the Delhi page, it said it was the worst for women,” Chaeppela said.“But on second thoughts if you look at it, it could happen anywhere in the world.”“I have only done cheerleading in India. The culture, the people, the craziness, it’s so cool,” said Canadian Linda Lopatynski. But there are few complaints now.The troupes follow the teams on a grueling crisscross schedule across India for eight weeks each year. The players get luxury flights and hotels, while the women take the budget version.“There are a lot of rules. Don’t look at them, don’t smile at them,” English cheerleader Kelly Smith said of the dancers’ relations with the players.“We help them win the games in a way, we should be able to meet and interact with them,” added the 24-year-old, one of a dozen women in the Delhi Capitals cheerleaders team.Five days of thisADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more