WAEC Maintains June 27 for 12th Grade Exams

first_imgYesterday the West African Examination Council’s Monrovia office announced June 27 to July 1 as the new schedule to administer this year’s WAEC tests to 12th graders across the country.Dele G. Gboto, WAEC Head of Test Administration, advised all registered 12th graders to remain calm, adding, “Come what may, the set June 27 to July 1 schedule will not be changed for any reason.”Mr. Gboto spoke via mobile phone with the Daily Observer after the newspaper reported unconfirmed claims of deferment of the exam to next year.Similarly, the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with the WAEC said it is constrained to inform the public that the Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) will be administered from Monday to Friday, June 27 to July 1.“Rumors circulating about the postponement or cancellation of the WAEC exams are untrue and misleading,” MOE said in a release. The ministry said education stakeholders including parents, candidates, school authorities, and the public are advised to adhere to the examination dates, which automatically will remain unchanged.WAEC, the release said, “is very confident of administering the exams from June 27 to July 1 as was previously scheduled.”MOE has also notified all 12th graders that no school administrations or candidates will be charged for the re-run of the exam.MOE further advised that there will be “No collection of flexibility fees; candidates should not be denied their WAEC identification card (ID) number for not paying project fees; candidates are encouraged to abide by all rules and regulations governing the exams.” Yesterday the Daily Observer reported the deferment of this year’s exam to next year. The paper’s report was based on comments WAEC Monrovia office, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., made via mobile phone with this newspaper on Saturday that his team of administrators is committed to administering the exam, but did not say when the exams would be administered. “We are still keeping to the exam schedule as everything is being done to avoid the reoccurrence of what we just experienced leading to the leakage of the tests,” Mr. Gayvolor told our reporter before hanging up.Up to press time last night, what was not clear was whether WAEC had secured the amount of US$300,000 required to reprint the exams, fueling speculations of the deferment to 2017. The excitement of thousands of 12th graders died down when it was announced that the WAEC examination was cancelled “because test materials have been stolen from their location at the Konola SDA high school campus.”Following the stunning disclosure, the MOE said the new dates are from June 27 to July 1. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tagging offers new online organization

first_imgThe people most likely to be taggers are typical early adopters, the survey found: They are under age 40, use broadband Internet and have above-average income and education. It was the first time Pew asked about tagging, so it couldn’t to say how fast the phenomenon is growing. In commentary accompanying the survey results, David Weinberger, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, contrasts the use of tagging to older methods of organizing information, such as the Dewey Decimal system used in libraries. The Dewey system is a hierarchal system in which each book belongs only to one category, while tagging lets users organize things in multiple categories that are useful to them. “You may want to tag, say, a Stephen King story as `horror,’ but maybe to me it’s `ghost story’ and to a literature professor it’s `pop culture,”‘ Weinberger writes. The beauty of the system is all those views can co-exist. The survey polled 2,373 adults Nov.30 to Dec.30 by phone, of which 1,623 were Internet users. It had a margin of sampling error of percentage points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Internet users are taking avidly to sites that let them label photos, movies and blogs with their own descriptive tags, providing a major new way of organizing information online, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The December survey, released Wednesday, found that 28percent of Internet users have tagged content; 7percent have done so on a typical day. Tagging is used to organize photos on Yahoo Inc.’s Flickr, Web site bookmarks on Yahoo’s del.icio.us and video on Google Inc.’s YouTube. Google’s Gmail e-mail service also uses a form of tagging, although its “labels” are for personal rather than group organizing. With tagging, a YouTube video of a python attacking rabbit gets tags such as “python, snake, rabbit, reptile, eat, devour, food, chain,” helping to guide people who search the site looking for any of those things. last_img

Man pleads no contest in desert hit-and-run

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We couldn’t determine if he was outside or inside the white line on the roadway. The location where this occurred, it was dark, no lights. It would have been difficult for anyone to see the victim.” Eisele was charged in the Aug. 21, 2005, death of 65-year-old Russell Attwood of Lancaster, whose body was found near the Lancaster landfill after a 31/2-hour search because Eisele had driven to a friend’s house before calling authorities and didn’t know where he had hit him. California Highway Patrol officers said they got a call about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 21 from Eisele saying he thought he had hit someone on Challenger Way near Avenue F, which is 11/2 miles from where the dead man was found. CHP officers and sheriff’s deputies searched up and down the two-lane road looking for a victim. A passenger who had been in Eisele’s vehicle went along with them to try to point out the spot where the man had been hit. The body was found just after 6 a.m. on Division Street near Avenue F-6, CHP officers said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A drunk-driving suspect accused of hitting a man walking at night on a desert road pleaded no contest Wednesday to a vehicular-manslaughter charge. Leevon Eisele, 28, of Quartz Hill surrendered Wednesday to start serving a 360-day jail sentence and will be formally sentenced in April 2007 to ensure that he serves his entire sentence, prosecutors said. Eisele pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence but with intoxication. He was given the jail term plus three years’ probation and will be ordered to make restitution, the amount of which will be determined at a later hearing, prosecutors said. “There was some question about where the victim was when he was struck by the car,” Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. last_img read more

Conte fears Chelsea will miss out on transfer targets Koulibaly and Romagnoli

first_img Antonio Conte has bought in N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi so far Chelsea boss Antonio Conte fears he could be left frustrated in his bid to strengthen the Blues squad before the transfer window closes.Conte has brought in big-money signings in the shape of midfielder N’Golo Kante and forward Michy Batshuayi this summer but has yet to add the defensive reinforcements he desperately needs.The Blues have long been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly but have been unable to lure him away from Napoli, while AC Milan say they have knocked back a bid for Alessio Romagnoli.Conte admits his current squad is not deep enough and with Wednesday’s transfer deadline looming the Italian knows time is running out. “I must be honest, I think we’ll have a problem to reach our targets,” he said.“I hope, through this transfer market, to improve the squad but we understand our targets are very difficult to reach.“I think most important thing is to work to improve the squad and improve your players. You know that when you start the season it is already very tough.“It’s important to have many players to face these situations, but this market is very crazy and we are seeing that it’s very difficult to reach our targets.“I’ve been working with these players for only 40 days and we know we can improve a lot, but we also it’s important to have the right number of players in the squad to face all the other teams.“We know Chelsea is a great team and a great team must fight to the end for the title. But also we know last season the players were 10th. Not fourth, fifth or sixth, 10th! Don’t forget this.” 1last_img read more

Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year Is “Toxic”

first_imgOxford Dictionary just released its Word of the Year for 2018, and they went with . . . “toxic.”  And NOT because they just discovered the Britney Spears song from 15 years ago. Oxford’s runners up included gaslighting . . . incel . . . overtourism . . . and BIG D*** ENERGY. They say they went with “toxic” because it was the word that did the best job, quote, “reflecting the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and has lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.” “Toxic” DID come up a lot of different ways, from metaphorical use like “toxic political environment” and “toxic masculinity” to literal use like “toxic algae” and “toxic waste.” One day we’ll go back to a time when all of the dictionaries’ Words of the Year aren’t super depressing references to our modern dystopia.  One day.last_img read more

See Wolfram Alpha in Action: Our Screenshots

first_imgQuery #7: bob Example of a copy and paste dialog: frederic lardinois Query #1: internet users in Europe Related Posts Query #3: oakland Query #2: weather oakland Last weekend, we attended a web demo of Wolfram Alpha, a new “computational knowledge engine” based on the work of Stephen Wolfram. Some have dubbed Alpha a “Google killer,” but, in reality, it is very different from the standard search engines that we are all familiar with today.When we got the demo, Wolfram asked us to refrain from publishing any screenshots. Today, however, the Berkman Center posted a video of the public demo Wolfram gave earlier this week, so we think it’s only fair that we share our own screenshots with our readers at this point. Homepage Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#search#web Query #6: integrate x^3 sin^2 x dx 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Embedding Search Results: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Query #5: water 550C 3 atm Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… And if you really want a look behind the scenes, here is a look behind the scenes of the Wolfram Alpha datacenter: Query #4: uncle’s uncle’s brother’s son Here is the video of the public demo at the Berkman Center. It is a bit blurry, but it does show Wolfram Alpha in action:last_img read more

Open Data: Rise of the Rogue Citizen Developer and End-User Application Development

first_imgCitizen Developers are users who are not directly responsible for or authorized to build software applications or tools for an organization.  They are members of the organization who typicallyare motivated by a need to automate a task, improve the user interface, or derive or visualize information that wasn’t possible with the standard software set made available by the organization.  Often the citizen developer will create a business application that mashes up or combines data stored within existing applications.  In other cases, citizen developers create entirely new business applications to fill a gap in the capabilities of the standard software used by the organization.  Reduced IT budgets and IT initiatives are also driving end users to find solutions on their own.Gartner has used the term citizen developer since at least 2009 when Gartner’s Erik Knipp first began writing and speaking about the phenomenon.  The term citizen developer is similar to citizen journalist which describes people who are not employed as journalists but who take it on their own to document and report on events by writing blogs and creating videos and making their stories available via the internet.The term citizen developer is also frequently being applied to describe developers who create and make widely available applications based on Open Data sets provided by governments and other organizations.Rather than citizen developer, from an IT perspective, a more apt description of these users are rogue developers.  Citizen developers often don’t consider issues like security as part of  their development to the dismay of IT departments.  Knipp warns that “CIOs who attempt to block citizen developers are fighting a losing battle.”Ian Finley, research vice president at Gartner. said that “End-user application development (EUAD) is nothing new, but the risks and opportunities it presents have become much greater in recent years.  In the past, EUAD posed limited risks to the organization because it was typically limited to a single user or workgroup. However, end users can now build departmental, enterprise and even public applications. While this change enables organizations to empower end users and releases IT resources, it also heightens the risks of EUAD.”While there are issues and problems with citizen-based software developement, there are also benefits.  Knipp said that “citizen development introduces the opportunity for end users to address projects that IT has never had time to get to — a vast expanse of departmental and situational projects that have lain beneath the surface.”Erik Knipp predicts that by 2014 as much as 25 percent of software used by an organization will have originated by citizen developers.  That was his estimated published by Gartner in 2009 and now again in 2011.eWeek quotes Knipp as saying “The bottom line lies in encouraging citizen developers to take on application development projects that free IT resources to work on more complex problems.  Citizen development skills are suited for creating situational and departmental applications like the ones often created in Excel or Access today. However, complex distributed applications and low-level, fine-grained developer decisions will remain in the hands of IT, while line-of-business applications will likely fit between the two and need to be carefully managed.last_img read more

Grand Slams planning to cut seeds from 32 back to 16 in 2019

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Going back to 16 seeds in 2019 would, in theory anyway, make early upsets more likely. That’s because if all of the highest-ranked players enter the field, whoever is No. 1 could wind up facing whoever is No. 17 in the opening round.With 32 seeds, none was forced to play someone ranked higher than No. 33 before the third round.The changes with regard to first-round withdrawals, retirements and lack of full effort appear to be in response to what happened at Wimbledon this year. Novak Djokovic’s first-round match at Centre Court lasted all of 40 minutes, and Roger Federer’s went 43, before their opponents stopped playing because of pre-existing injuries. Two other men also stopped mid-match that day, bringing the first-round retirement total to seven and sparking discussion about whether spectators were being shortchanged.The rule changes issued Tuesday, and taking effect next year, let players collect half of the first-round prize money at a Grand Slam tournament if they are “unfit to play” and withdraw onsite after noon on Thursday but before the main draw begins. The person replacing them in the field — a “lucky loser” who failed to advance out of the qualifying rounds — will get the other half of that money, plus whatever they might accumulate by winning matches.The reasoning: Injured or ill players won’t start a match simply to collect their prize money before quitting.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout UE sacks Derrick Pumaren View commentscenter_img — A player who retires from a first-round match or “performs below professional standards” could face a fine as high as the entire prize money due a loser in that round.— A 25-second serve clock will be tried out at the Australian Open in January, but like at this year’s U.S. Open, not during main-draw matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening— Players could be fined up to $20,000 for violating “strictly enforced” prematch timing, which will give them one minute to meet at the net after walking on the court, five minutes for warming up, followed by one minute to be ready for play to begin.The four Grand Slam tournaments — the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open — doubled the number of seeded players to 32 in June 2001. That decision was made partly in response to complaints from clay-court specialists that they wanted more draw protection at Wimbledon, the only major tournament played on grass. Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017.Rafael Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADGrand Slam tournaments are planning to return to seeding only 16 players, instead of 32, as of 2019, and now will give a player who is a late withdrawal because of an injury 50 percent of the first-round prize money.Also among the announcements by the Grand Slam Board on Tuesday after two days of meetings in London last week:ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The 25-second serve clock gives players 5 more seconds than ATP rules currently allow on the men’s tour.But Grand Slam Board Director Bill Babcock said the clock will be used at the 2018 Australian Open on a trial basis the way it was at the U.S. Open, which tested it only for events such as qualifying and junior matches.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Travel Without the Tangle With These Tech Accessory Travel Organizers

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Always on the road? Always looking to stay organized? This investment-level tech case really is made for first-class world travelers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it on the daily for your quick-moving commute.Shop NowNow that you’ve got your tech organized for your trip, why not slip into some of the best clothes for travel too? The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Shinola probably makes at least one of your favorite leather watches, so it’s only fitting that they’ve turned that same design expertise toward one hell of a leather tech portfolio. It’s a seriously upgraded way to store your crucial tech accessories.Shop NowStow First Class Leather Tech Case – $500 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go For the office and the road, you need some of the best tech accessories money can buy, like this tailored, handsome work folio from Bellroy. It’s the perfect way to transport your gear to your next big meeting, whether that’s across the office or across the continent.Shop NowShinola Leather Tech Portfolio – $395 Blending functionality and form with minimal design, this tech pouch from Peak Designs is made with all the utility you’d expect from a brand that got its start by building photography and camera bags on Kickstarter. The brand also offers a killer travel bag to pair this pouch with. Shop NowThis Is Ground Plug Pack – $135center_img Chief among brands that make some of the best tech accessories just might be This Is Ground. It’s a design company that just so happens to craft excellent leather goods primarily focused on travel and the brand’s Plug Pack is no exception. Shop NowBellroy A5 Work Folio – $199 There’s the old way of storing your cords and tech accessories (which pretty much consists of chucking a bunch of stuff into a bag and praying it doesn’t result in a Gordian knot of cords) and then there’s the new way. And that new way involves being better prepared. Which means you need a tech accessory travel organizer. Featuring gear picks both large and small, expensive and affordable, we prove there’s a much better way to get organized as you hit the road or tackle your morning commute. The best travel organizers get the job done in style, so you can do yours. See all our favorites below.Mark & Graham Leather Charger Roll-Up – $49The small touches make all the difference when it comes to your everyday carry essentials, and Mark & Graham proves that to be true with the brand’s Charger Roll-Up organizer. In terms of the best tech accessories, it’s stylish, refined, functional, and made from premium leather. It’s a much better way to store cords and tech gear than stuffing it all in a drawstring bag and hoping for the best.Shop NowPeak Designs Tech Pouch – $60 The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

GIS Day Exposition at UWI Nov. 14

first_img The National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is inviting the public to attend its 16th annual national Geographic Information System (GIS) Day Exposition, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Wednesday, November 14. Story Highlights The National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is inviting the public to attend its 16th annual national Geographic Information System (GIS) Day Exposition, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Wednesday, November 14.To be staged under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Driving Logistics and Transportation’, the exposition will feature schools and public- and private-sector entities showcasing their use of geospatial technologies such as GIS and global positioning systems (GPS) in carrying out daily operations.“Infrastructure managers, engineers, architects, business persons – everybody can use GIS. Whether you are from business, public sector, secondary schools, tertiary institutions, we invite you to come out and learn as much as you can about geospatial technologies and see how they can aid you in some area or another,” said Senior GIS Manager and Trainer at the NSDMD, Simone Lloyd.Ms. Lloyd was speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’ to launch a series of activities to commemorate Geography Awareness Week.The GIS Day Exposition at the Assembly Hall, at the UWI, Mona, will entail more than an exhibition from participants. There will be several competitions throughout the day to engage the more than 2,000 secondary and tertiary students expected to attend the event.“There will be a big geography and ‘GIS Bee’ competition in which students will answer questions from the CSEC and CAPE curricula and other predetermined material. They will also be asked questions about how the Government and private-sector entities at the exposition utilise GIS to carry out their work,” Ms. Lloyd said.“There will also be a big fashion show competition around the theme and a spatial application competition where we engage the students in how to create a spatial app for a particular purpose.There will be tours of the campus throughout the day,” she added.The exposition is the largest event being hosted by the NSDMD in recognition of Geography Awareness Week and is being held on International GIS Day. The two-week span of activities, ending on November 16, have been sponsored by the HEART Trust/NTA and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU). The observance will end with a GIS Symposium at the CMU on November 16.center_img To be staged under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Driving Logistics and Transportation’, the exposition will feature schools and public- and private-sector entities showcasing their use of geospatial technologies such as GIS and global positioning systems (GPS) in carrying out daily operations.last_img read more