first_imgHundreds of community members in Upper Careysburg and Kendeja in Montserrado County thronged the premises of their respective primary school campuses which are under Bridge Partnership to witness the opening ceremonies of the schools. The schools are among 24 others that are now under the supervision of the global education organization, Bridge International Academies, which now has a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Liberian government to bring a radical transformation to public education in the country. Bridge International Academies is among eight other partners supporting government in this initiative.At Upper Careysburg and Kendeja, residents across the eight counties where Bridge has operations, parents, teachers and students came out to attend the opening ceremonies of the Bridge Partnership Schools. The ceremonies were held barely five days to the reopening of schools for academic year 2016/2017. The Bridge partnership opening ceremonies came after months of intensive work the organization undertook by training over 300 teachers. Bridge launched a two week teacher training for the more than 300 teachers, who were already graduates of government-run teacher training institutes. Eighty-five of the teachers who completed Bridge’s two intensive trainings at the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) were already on government’s payroll. An additional 149 teachers, who participated in the training, were subsequently absorbed on government’s payroll after they were qualified following the training, which ran from July 28 to Augusts 12. During the dedicatory ceremonies euphoria was visible on the faces of hundreds of parents, teachers and students who gathered at the Upper Careysburg Public School for the program yesterday. The same reaction was witnessed across the counties including Bomi where communities were also excited and in high gear for the ceremony. Jefferson P. Jackson, vice principal for instruction at Upper Careysburg Public School told the gathering that the training he got from Bridge along with his friends has transformed the way he would present lessons as the school year begins. Jackson recounted, “For the past years, we have been teaching at this Upper Careysburg Primary School, never have we had access to technology in the way we deliver our lessons. During the recent two weeks’ training, we learned how to use technology to deliver our lessons, to prepare our lesson plans and to monitor the way the lessons are being delivered. I used to teach in this school. We have had many problems with lesson planning in the past. Teachers would forget their lesson plans and leave them at home and then it becomes a problem for the lesson during a particular day. Now going forward, we have our lessons being delivered to us through our teacher computers and our students can be assured of receiving quality education as the new school year begins.” Upper Careysburg Principal, George K. Commandine, appreciated the community for the level of support his team has received since returning from the training. One of the Bridge Partnership Teachers, George P. Blahpue, now assigned at the Upper Careysburg Public School added, “The enrolment here may be more than the school can accommodate. Parents have brought their children from other schools and have enrolled them at the Upper Careysburg Primary School. PTA Chairman, Daniel Logan said the community was proud to be host to a Bridge Partnership School, noting, “We are proud that you elected to work in our community. We will give you all the support you need to make sure that our children learn and that the school performs in a better way.The opening programs were done simultaneously across the eight counties and 24 public primary schools, which have now been placed under the management of Bridge International. On behalf of the organization, the Deputy Country Director, Joe K. Gbasakollie, said the moment was one of excitement to see hundreds of community members converge across all the 24 schools in the eight counties where Bridge is operating and should send the message that the parents want quality education for their children.Mr. Gbasakollie continued, “Never a time have we seen such excitement as we are seeing today. Teachers are excited that they have been relieved of the stress of preparing lesson plans, and will now concentrate on delivering lessons and ensuring that children are actually learning.“Students attending Bridge Partnership Schools all across the country are assured of free uniforms per child including books, readers and learning supplementary kits in Math and Science,” Josh Nathan, Bridge Academic Director assured the parents.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_imgThe new Sterling Products outlet at the Enmore Mall, East Coast Demerara, is now in full operation as patrons and passers-by have found the ice-cream parlour to be a place of interest for the family, especially since it has the magic of sweet treats.The new location seeks to create fun, positive human engagements and community spirit within the area.The new venture has quickly become a top-quality meeting spot for everyone, since patrons can unwind in a pleasant environment and enjoy the numerous flavours of ice-cream offered.Sterling Products Ltd Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramsay Ali has revealed that the launching of the Enmore Igloo Ice Cream facility was the continuous flow of a successful business model whereby the company would take its ice-cream to selected locations and make a positive social contribution by getting people from different cultural backgrounds to merge and mix, based on their shared love of sweet treats.The CEO further stated that the Enmore outlet was practically a duplicate of Igloo Ice Cream’s successful outlet at Providence, along the East Bank of Demerara.“What you have seen at Providence is exactly what is happening at Enmore … families are coming out on weekends, especially in the afternoons. They are bringing their children; they are buying ice-cream products and they are using the play area to have some fun…,” Ali said.The CEO elaborated that his company’s business development model had a strong communal aspect that aimed at developing and enhancing communities and family ties.He also explained that the company had plans to establish similar outlets across Guyana, and East Berbice was targeted to be one of the locations next year. In addition, each facility is built and operated according to strict hygienic and safety standards. The Enmore facility’s children’s play-park complies with the highest standards of comfort and safety.last_img read more

first_img State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during local coffee hours in April.“Getting feedback from my community is a crucial aspect of being a representative,” Iden said.  “I look forward to hearing what is on people’s minds, and am grateful for those who take the time to share what is most important to them.”The coffee hours take place at the following times and locations:Friday, April 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Feed the World Café, 7000 Stadium Dr. in Kalamazoo; andFriday, April 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, 6800 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage.No appointment is necessary.  Those unable to attend are invited to contact Rep. Iden’s Lansing office at 517-373-1774 or at BrandtIden@house.mi.gov.  Coffee hours are subject to change, please call the office for the most up to date information. Categories: Iden News,News 02Apr Rep. Iden announces coffee hourslast_img read more

first_imgTelecom Italia increased its TV customer base by 107% last year, with a total of 530,000 TV customers at the end of the year. The figure was boosted by strong uptake of its TIM Sky offering in December, with an additional 18,000 customers taking this package. Total TIM Sky customer stood at 42,000 at the end of the year.In the final quarter, 130,000 of Telecom Italia’s convergent customers opted for a TV service, helping boost the numbers. Customers for new premium offerings TIM Sky and TIM Vision Mobile together totalled 155,000 at the year-end, while TIM Vision fixed TV customers numbered 375,000.Telecom Italia has said convergence and multimedia entertainment will be at the heart of its strategic plan over the next few years, with a target of 1.5 million converged customers by 2018, and a strengthening of the company’s position in delivering video, music and gaming entertainment services.Telecom Italia has committed to invest around €12 billion in Italy, including €6.7 billion in innovation, with a plan to cover 84% of the population of the country with fibre by 2018. The company has a target of reducing fixed line customer losses to zero by 2018.Separately, French media giant Vivendi, which holds a 20% voting stake in Telecom Italia, this week strengthened its influence in the Italian operator’s management, securing the appointment of Vivendi nominee Felicité Herzog to the company’s control and risk committee and the appointment of Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine and chief operating officer Stéphane Roussel to its nomination and remuneration committee.Vivendi secured the appointment of four additional representatives – Herzog, De Puyfontaine, Roussel and chief financial officer Hervé Philippe – on the Telecom Italia board at the end of last year and saw off a challenge to reduce its voting stake via a threatened conversion of so-called ‘savings shares’ into ordinary shares.Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré is reportedly keen to extend his influence over the group, including pressing for the sale of Telecom Italia’s operation in Brazil, where it faces considerable macroeconomic challenges. Vivendi initially secured a 14.8% stake in Telecom Italia last summer after the sale of its own Brazilian operation, GVT, to Telefónica.Telecom Italia’s overall revenues for 2015 amounted to €19.7 billion, down 4.6%, including €15 billion from the Italian market, down 2.3%. Revenues from its Brazilian unit amounted to €4.6 billion, down 12.1%. Reported EBITDA was €7 billion, down 20.3%.last_img read more

first_imgIn recent years, Orange, with more than 236 million customers in over 30 countries, has established itself as a key player in the multiscreen OTT TV environment, delivering cutting-edge TV services, in addition to their telephony and broadband services.This case study examines:How partnering with Viaccess-Orca enabled Orange to launch innovative TV services on every screen, across multiple countries such as Spain, France and PolandThe way in which VO’s Voyage, TV Everywhere solution, helped Orange build a solid foundation for success in multiscreen TVThe current blueprint of results in each Orange-VO project, for each countrylast_img read more