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Cummings Foundation Reimburses WAEC Fees for 28 Top Performing Liberian Schools

first_imgAs part of its WAEC Fees Payment Project, the Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) has announced that it would underwrite the WAEC fees for 28 schools that took the May 2016 High School Certificate Exam. The schools were selected based on performance (98 -100% pass rate per class, highest percentage at the county level, and diversity (religion, location and poverty level of school location). In a statement issued January 30, CAF said that it will also cover the cost of exam preparation for the students from the select number of schools identified prior to their sitting of the exams, as a means of bolstering their performance during the exams. The objective of targeting schools with 98% -100% pass rate, highest scores in county and diversity in the May 2016 WAEC Exam, is to foster a culture of excellence in the educational system in Liberia. The process takes immediate effect from January 30 thru September 15, 2017, upon validation and confirmation from WAEC.The WAEC Fees Payment Project is one of the foundation’s signature projects. CAF said it views the WAEC team an instrumental player in the success of this project intervention, given the knowledge, experience and expertise of WAEC in exam administration, and its relationships with schools throughout the country. WAEC also has a time-tested system and technology in place for student registration, making it the most logical and rational choice for partnership with Cummings Africa Foundation.As part of the partnership, WAEC is expected to provide a dedicated team all 15 counties to ensure the data being submitted by the targeted schools are accurate for registration of students from the 28 schools identified. An estimated number of students (1310) are expected to benefit from this exercise.WAEC will also provide other technical support and data where necessary to ensure accuracy in targeting and success of the intervention.Going forward, CAF will be responsible to implement a public information and communication plan that will ensure that targeted high schools in the 15 counties receive adequate information in advance of the registration period, to ensure maximum registration of targeted students. The foundation will also ensure that students and parents who have already paid for the WAEC Registration receive reimbursement for their registration fees.In 2016, CAF said it paid WAEC fees and provided tutorial support for 2322 students from 21 schools across the country – a total cost of US$106,000. Cummings Africa Foundation is founded and Chaired by Alexander Cummings to uplift Africa and Africans in the areas of Education and Development, Health and Agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Online visa system launched for South Africans visiting UK

first_imgAfter success in countries like China and India, the online visa application service to the UK, Access UK, has been expanded to South Africa. If you’re planning a British holiday you can now apply for your visa, make an appointment, and pay online.Access UK, an online visa application system for visitors to the UK, launches for South Africans on 22 April 2016. (Image: Pixabay)Access UK, an online visa application service, has been launched for South Africans wanting to visit the UK.After being successful in China and India, the portal has been extended to Russia, Belarus, Turkey, Nigeria, Benin and South Africa. “Over 270 000 applicants have already used Access UK and feedback is really positive,” the UK Home Office said.The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application system has been expanded to South Africa https://t.co/jpZ60cMc2P pic.twitter.com/sObxZcijtp— UK in South Africa (@UKinSouthAfrica) April 22, 2016Applicants can use the website to apply, book an appointment and pay for their submission through the standard, priority or super-priority visa service, where applicable.People are able to review, revise or download partially finalised applications before submission, with the visa fee displayed in rands, according to travel news site Traveller24.The following visas can be applied for:Standard visitorGeneral and FamilyChildBusinessEntrepreneurReligionSportspersonsCreativePrivate medical treatment (six months)Visitors undertaking the PLAB test, objective structured clinical examination, clinical attachment and dental observationsVisitor – marriage and civil partnershipVisitor – permitted paid engagementPricesPrices vary depending on the visa required. Standard visas are £87 (about R1 920). The longer the visa, the higher the cost:Two years: £330 (about R7 288)Five years: £600 (about R13 250)Ten years: £752 (about R16 610)The new service is running parallel with the old system, Visa4UK. New applicants will be directed to the new improved Access UK service. Users will not be charged when changing services, said the UK home office. Sources: Traveller24 and UK Home OfficeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Exceptional walleye hatch recorded for Lake Erie’s central basin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Preliminary results from the fall trawl survey in Ohio’s portion of the central basin of Lake Erie show an exceptional hatch of walleye and an average hatch of yellow perch, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s results from the 2018 survey indicate that young-of-the-year walleye catch rates were the highest recorded in the past 20 years of the central basin trawl survey (32 fish per hectare). This year’s results, combined with the excellent 2015 year-class, will ensure adult walleye abundance in the central basin will continue to increase.Trawl survey results for yellow perch indicate the hatch was the highest observed since 2014 (40 fish per hectare) and just below the long-term average (45 fish per hectare) for the central basin. In the individual management units, the western portion of the central basin (Huron to Fairport) index was 28 fish per hectare, below the average of 42 per hectare. The index in the eastern portion of the central basin (Fairport to Conneaut) was 51 fish per hectare, above the average of 41 per hectare.Because of low oxygen conditions that are often present in the central basin, trawl surveys are conducted later in the year than in the western basin of Lake Erie. Annual trawl surveys assess fish communities from Vermilion to Conneaut. Specific target species for the fall surveys include young-of-the-year and yearling yellow perch and walleye. Ohio central basin survey results, along with data collected by agencies from New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada, provide biologists with an initial estimate of how many young fish will enter the fishable population two years later.During the upcoming months, assessment data from all Lake Erie agencies will be combined to estimate the hatches and population size of walleye (lakewide) and yellow perch (individual basins) of Lake Erie. These estimates will be utilized in the process to determine jurisdictional quotas.Information on the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie research and management programs, fisheries resources, fishing reports, maps and more are available at wildohio.gov.last_img read more

Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she’s suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship.And the No. 1 ranking, too.ADVERTISEMENT 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 “I didn’t know even if I (was) going to play tennis again,” Kvitova said. “It’s been a long journey.”Against Collins, a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Virginia who was 0-5 at Slams until this one, Kvitova was more aggressive throughout, mixing big lefty forehands and well-timed pushes forward to the tune of a 30-9 edge in total winners.But the key to the outcome might very well have been what happened at 4-all after 35 minutes of action: That’s when the decision finally was made to close the 15,000-seat stadium’s cover, drawing cheers of approval from broiling spectators.Kvitova probably wanted to applaud, too.“I was happier than the fans that the roof closed,” she said afterward. “I like to play indoors. It helped me a little bit.”She’s made clear over the years she is not a huge fan of playing in stifling heat. Not too many people truly are, of course, but Collins is OK with it and thought the roof should have stayed open.“I grew up in Florida and am used to it being really hot all the time. So I kind of embrace that very well,” Collins said. “Indoor tennis is a different game. Certainly had its effect.”When play resumed after a five-minute delay, it went from being completely even to tilted in Kvitova’s favor. She dominated the tiebreaker and the second set to stretch her winning streak to 11 matches.Osaka, meanwhile, extended her Slam run to 13 matches while putting a stop to Pliskova’s 10-0 start to the season.Osaka accumulated a 56-20 advantage in winners — and held on when it all could have slipped away. Blake Griffin pours 37 as Pistons defeat Anthony David-less Pelicans ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Osaka moved one victory away from adding the Australian Open trophy to the one she collected 4½ months ago at the U.S. Open, using her smooth power to produce 15 aces and groundstroke winners at will while beating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals Thursday.“I just told myself to regroup in the third set and just try as hard as I can,” said Osaka, who saved four break points in the last set and finished the match with an ace at 115 mph (185 kph).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was so scared serving second serves. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Please!” Osaka said. “Somehow, I made it. I guess that’s experience.”A day after erasing four match points and a 5-1 deficit in the third set to stun Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, Pliskova could not produce the same kind of comeback. Instead it is Osaka, the only Japanese woman to win a major singles title, who will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday.The winner will rise to the top of the WTA rankings for the first time; Osaka is currently No. 4, Kvitova is No. 6.Osaka’s fourth-round finish at Melbourne Park a year ago was her best showing at a major until last year’s U.S. Open, where she outplayed Williams in the final. A victory over Kvitova would make Osaka the first woman to win two Slams in a row since Williams claimed four straight across the 2014-15 seasons.Two years ago, Kvitova missed the Australian Open, just weeks after her left hand was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic. Back at her best during what she calls her “second career,” Kvitova surged to a 7-6 (2), 6-0 victory against 35th-ranked American Danielle Collins after Rod Laver Arena’s retractable roof was closed as the temperature soared toward 105 degrees (40 Celsius).Kvitova reached her first major final since the December 2016 knife attack that led to hours of surgery on the hand she holds her racket with — and first since winning Wimbledon for the second time in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She began the day having won 58 matches in a row after taking the first set, but that seemed in danger when Pliskova broke to end the second and had three break points to go up 2-0 in the third.But Osaka steeled herself there, erasing the first break chance with a huge forehand, the second with a down-the-line backhand winner. On the third, another terrific backhand forced a forehand error into the net by Pliskova, who cracked her racket against the blue court. When Pliskova netted a return of an 83 mph (133 kph) second serve to make it 1-all, Osaka tugged at the brim of her pink visor and let out a big exhale.The match would continue for another 28 minutes, but it basically was done, then and there. That stretch began a nine-point, three-game run for Osaka, and she was on her way. She would face one last break point at 4-3, but saved it with a 108 mph (174 kph) ace.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more