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US$200,000 IBIS ‘Post-Ebola Program’Launched in 4 Counties

first_imgThe project is also aimed at propping-up the country’s post-recovery efforts, specifically in the governance and education sectors.Known as the Ebola Response Programme, the project will be executed in partnership with the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Partners for Democratic Development  (NAYMOTE), the Coalition for Transparency and  Accountability in Education (COTAE) and the Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI). An international Danish charity organization, IBIS, has launched a six-month Ebola Response Project in four counties to support the eradication of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Liberia. Estimated at a cost of  US$200,000, the project will be implemented in Montserrado, Sinoe, River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties.center_img Th deputy governance programme director for IBIS-Liberia, Morris W. Gbessagee, said the project was launched in early December particularly to assist the education sector response through support to the joint country-wide assessment of the preconditions for the reopening of schools, facilitation of civil society inputs into the national and county plans for school reopening, the resumption of quality education, and support to the development of national and county school health action plans to allow for a safe return of students and teachers  to school.According to Mr. Gbessagee,  the project would also support Ebola community awareness and outreach in the counties.Mr. Gbessagee further said IBIS and its partners intend to ensure that citizens and civil society are better able to support the containment of the virus and participate actively in the planning, implementation and monitoring of a quality evidence-based national emergency and recovery response.“I travel around the country and I see all the distribution of buckets and hygiene materials and that is fine. But we also have to remember that there will be a post-Ebola period of rebuilding and getting back on track with the development of the country,” Mr. Gbessagee said.“Children will come back to school and the situation will be different from what it was before. Should we install sanitation facilities in all the schools? How will hygiene and the fear of infection be managed? What if a child gets sick? At IBIS, we are working to help ensure that these processes, such as the eventual reopening of schools, become free of trouble and stress.”Since 2005, IBIS has worked in Liberia supporting and implementing projects in the education and governance sectors in those four counties. But in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, IBIS refocused its efforts to contribute to the national Ebola response and  under it a new program was launched to tackle challenges in the education and governance sectors caused by the outbreak.“Although largely considered a public health crisis, the Ebola outbreak has also severely strained government systems and processes, testing the trust between citizens and the government,” Mr. Gbessagee noted. “Basic services, including education for over a million children and youth, came to a standstill. With the new Ebola Response Project, IBIS and its partners will help ensure that communities and civil society are able to identify needs and solutions, both in terms of the health response and the longer-term recovery process.According to Mr. Gbessagee,  concrete and urgent action plans are developed and rolled out for the safe resumption of education services.”The IBIS-Liberia country director is Ms. Anne Catherine Bajard and the global vision for IBIS is: “Working for a just world in which all people have equal access to education, influence and resources.”  Together with partners, IBIS combats global inequality and poverty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Remembrance Day Activities at the Fort St. John Legion

first_imgThe map below shows the route of the Remembrance Day Parade in Fort St. John View Fort St. John Remembrance Day Parade in a larger map – Advertisement -As in past years, Moose-FM Radio will present a two hour special Remembrance Day program beginning at 9am and, followed by the traditional two minutes silence at 11. Other Northeast BC Remembrance Day ServicesTaylorAdvertisement A Church Service is scheduled for 10am, which will be followed by a traditional service at 11am.  There will also be a reception at the Community Hall after 11amDawson CreekA service will take place at Unchaga Hall starting at 10:30am.  The service will include a minute of silence at 11am, the Kiwanis Band, the Legion Colour Guard and the RCMP;Hudson’s HopeAdvertisement Tomorrow Canadians will pause again to commemorate the war time sacrifices, past and present, of members of the armed forces and civilians.Local Remembrance Day Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 10:00am, with the annual parade which will head down 100th street to 103rd avenue and then over to 102nd street and back to the Legion. Any organization is welcome to participate in the parade and is asked to be in front of the legion by 9:50am.The Parade will be followed by the traditional ceremonies at the cenotaph in the Legion parking lot and, then the annual service at the Legion hall. The remainder of the day will be full of socializing in the Legion lounge, including games, a supper and dance. Of course the entire day is open to the public and are encouraged to attend this important day of Remembrance. The community will gather starting at 10:45am at the Hudson’s Hope Cenotaph.  Following the service, refreshments will be available at the Community Hall.  There will also be a dinner at 6pm that evening.Tumbler RidgeStarting at 10am, a march will take place from the Legion to the High School.  A service will follow at 10:40amPouce CoupeThe service is planned for 10:45am at the Pouce Coupe Legion at 10:45am with an event to follow later in the day from 6pm to 8pmAdvertisementlast_img read more

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These are the best sports video games of all time

first_imgAs the video game industry continues to propel itself into unprecedented levels of popularity, more and more genres are being released to suit the tastes of video game fans across the globe. From niche genres like survival horror to incredibly popular first person shooters and casino style games like those at House of Fun, the industry is constantly innovating to create novel experiences while bringing new dimensions to existing fan favorites. That said, of all the video game genres out there, sports is one that has amassed an incredible number of loyal fans that don’t appear to have been tempted to switch. Thanks to the enormous variety in titles on offer, which can provide hours of enjoyment for followers of almost every sport, these games have become some of the most well renowned in the industry’s history. Here are 3 of the most impressive sports titles to have ever been released.PongAs not only one of the first sports titles but in fact, one of the first video games ever to be released, Pong is definitely worthy of a place on this list. The virtual table tennis game rocketed to success in 1972. After being released in arcades, a home edition was created which saw it shoot to even greater levels of stardom. It’s creation had a profound effect on sports-based gameplay inspiring countless titles we still enjoy today. What’s more, the in-house edition of the game paved the way for developers to create more games playable from the comfort of your home.Wii SportsThe Nintendo Wii marks a pivotal point in the timeline of at home virtual reality gaming thanks to the revolutionary controller which saw players incorporate more dynamic movements into gameplay for the first time. Wii Sports allowed players to hold more control over the movement of their avatars and propelled gaming to an entirely new physical level. What’s more, as the game offered five different sports, boxing, bowling, golf, tennis and baseball, it appealed to players with a variety of sporting interests. As well as allowing gamers to compete against each other, making the Wii a more sociable gaming experience, it also banished the notion that gaming is primarily for younger players and appealed to every generation. The FIFA franchise There are only a handful of video games which have become as popular as the FIFA franchise since it was first introduced back in 1993. It offers gamers the chance to play through their favorite teams and players, with millions of fans jumping at the chance to emulate their heroes. What’s more, Fifa provides gamers with an almost infinite number of playing options thanks to the sheer number of players, leagues and teams available to compete with and against. Finally, FIFA’s ability to adapt to wider technological advancements is another reason it’s managed to retain its popularity. Taking gameplay online meant football fans could log on and battle it out using their favorite teams against other players around the world. That’s all in addition to incredible graphics, modes of play and a killer soundtrack.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

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Raiders should draft a QB and leave Carr as the starter

first_imgALAMEDA — From now until April 25, count on continued speculation that Raiders coach Jon Gruden has his eyes on a quarterback to replace Derek Carr this season.Here’s a possibility you probably haven’t considered — yes, the Raiders draft a quarterback in the first round.And Derek Carr remains the starter. The belief here for months is Gruden has been on the level in his praise of Carr and has little interest in starting over with someone new. Not after grooming Carr for an …last_img read more

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Energy Predictions vs. Energy Performance

first_imgPV estimates are closeAs for the actual solar PV generation (8,189 kWh), it pretty well split the difference between the installer’s predicted 9,300 kWh/year and the PHPP prediction of 7,321 kWh/year. I think this past year was on the cloudier side for sure. We had a lot of rain in the spring and even more in the fall, which is very unusual. Followed by an extremely early snowfall, which seriously cut into our PV generation (see October – brutal). It probably would be closer to the installer’s prediction on a typical year. (We’ll have to see what 2017 brings.)Still, based on the actual numbers, our solar panels did cover nearly 45% of our overall energy use for 2016. We would, however, need to double the number of our solar panels (add another 6.2-kW array) to meet net zero consistently. Who knows, maybe in the coming years the costs will drop more and perhaps government incentives will increase. One can hope.Comparing our house to the average Saskatchewan home consumption of 30,555 kWh, we did very well. We used 37% less energy then the average home. And when you take into account the solar energy generated, that drops us further, to 65% less energy then the average house! Sweetness.Considering that we are completely on electric energy, it makes sense to make the house as energy-efficient as possible. The cost of electricity for us is $0.12224/kWh (while the cost of natural gas power is about $0.04/kWh equivalent), which works out to an electricity bill of $1,321.54/year (10,811 kWh x 0.12224).We do, however, have to pay a basic service fee of $32.61/month (even when we are net positive in a month), which sucks, and then 5% tax. That brings our absolute costs for the year to $1,798.50/year or $149.88/month, which is about half the cost of our previous homes power and electricity bill.I’m OK with that. Actual energy consumption and PV generationJanuary: Solar generated = 315 kWh vs. energy use = 3,323 kWh.Yikes! I was a pretty worried when I saw this. That being said, January was very cold and has very short, dark days (-20° to -30°Celsius most days, or -4° to -22° F. We kept the house around 71°F).February: Solar generated = 553 kWh vs. energy use = 2,706 kWh.February is always a cold month. Although you can see the solar was getting a bit more sunlight already as the days lengthened.March: Solar generated = 603 kWh vs. energy use = 1,716 kWh.This was getting a bit better still. I lowered the house temperature to 69°F. It was getting warmer outside and we were getting more solar gain.April: Solar generated = 979 kWh vs. energy use = 1,385 kWh.April was warm and sunny. Nice spring weather. Started to not need the in-floor heat on at all during the day, but still ran it during the night.May: Solar generated = 960 kWh vs. energy use = 1,029 kWh.Almost net zero for the month. It was a very nice month. We were running our river pump frequently to water new grass, which I think increased energy use quite a lot.June: Solar generated = 1,434 kWh vs. energy use = 989 kWh.Net positive in a big way. Beautiful month. Obviously the longest days of the year.July: Solar generated = 956 kWh vs. energy use = 511 kWh.The first two weeks of July were cloudy and rainy which is unusual for July.August: Solar generated = 950 kWh vs. energy use = 645 kWh.This month was very rainy as well, which again, is not normal. August is usually very hot.September: Solar generated = 778 kWh vs. energy use = 611 kWh.Cool and cloudy. I replanted grass seed and was running the river pump a lot again.October: Solar generated = 315 kWh vs. energy use = 1,478 kWh.October sucked! 315 kWh is the same as January! It snowed on October 4. We had to turn the heat back on. There were only two or three sunny days all month.November: Solar generated = 390 kWh vs. energy use = 1,750 kWhCloudy month, but we had some mild days mid-month with above-freezing temperatures. Still, we generated more solar in November than we did in October, which should not happen.December: Solar generated = 229 kWh vs. energy use = 2,857 kWhShortest days of the year and extremely cold (-40°F). What do you expect?Actual totals:Actual solar PV generated = 8,189 kWh.Actual household energy consumed = 19,000 kWh.Actual total net energy used (consumption – PV) = 10,811 kWh. Energy use was less than expectedI’m extremely pleased with these numbers! I’ve been waiting for two and a half years to know what our actual energy use would be.The annual output of the 6.2 kW solar array at the Canadian superinsulated home of Kent and Darcie Earle was close to predictions and, overall, supplied about 45% of total energy use.We actually used less overall energy then was predicted by either the HOT2000 (19,328 kWh/year, although it was close) and a lot less than was predicted by PHPP (22,868 kWh/year), which is surprising. It makes me wonder how close we would be to meeting the Passive House standard given that our actual energy use is 3,868 kWh less than it predicted… Hmm. Maybe we should have tried to hit that airtightness target of 0.6 ach50 after all. Oh well.Nonetheless, the overall energy use of 19,000 kWh is very good (and such a nice round number, too!). We did not do anything different in terms of our behavior, except to just be smart and not be wasteful. I still baked bread every weekend and we used our larger appliances just like we normally would. We have two refrigerators and two deep freezers in the house. All the lights are LEDs. We try to hang our clothes to dry. We used our wood stove occasionally, maybe two or three times per week, but mostly just for ambiance and occasionally on the extremely cold days.That being said, based on the predicted numbers, the heating energy likely accounts for about 50% of our overall energy use. That makes me wonder, too, how much better we could do if we burned wood a bit more often? We had spent a lot of time planning and designing a house that would be energy-efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective. This is a fine balance to try to find. However, it really is a big guessing game until you actually live in the space and track its performance. You can run all of the computer programs you want, but you really don’t know how things will be until you’ve moved in and you’re living your normal life.We had installed PV panels on the house to compensate for some of our energy use, with the hope that someday we could work towards a net-zero energy home. But this, too, seemed to be a big guess as to how well it would perform. In the planning and designing stages of the house we ran a couple different energy models on the house. The first is called the HOT2000 program. This is an energy simulation and design tool for low-rise residential buildings. The software is widely used across Canada to support program, policy, and regulatory development and implementation. HOT2000 is developed and managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). It was originally designed for use with the R2000 energy efficiency program, which was an early promoter of green home building in Canada.We later used the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), which is now a widely used software program for building highly efficient homes worldwide.My intent with this article is to report the varying predictions of the these two programs, as well as our predicted solar generation, and also to show our actual energy use for the year of 2016 – our first full year in the new house. I’ll also report some considerations and possible options for the future. Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, documented construction of their superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies in a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus. GBA published a number of those posts in a series that wrapped up last year. Recently, Kent wrote to say he has been monitoring energy use at the house and offered this followup.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Pre-build energy modelingI had been very curious about this when we were in the early stages of planning the house. Most of what I read concerned predicted energy use in various homes, but I’d only come across one house that actually tracked and reported its energy use — the Mill Creek Net Zero House in Edmonton, Alberta. Although it used exceptionally little energy, it did not meet its net-zero target. That being said, it was very close.I fully did not expect our home to be anywhere close to net zero, but we hoped that over the next number of years we could gradually build our solar panel array (as costs come down) to eventually reach our goal.OK, let’s get to the numbers:HOT2000 Predictions:Annual space heating energy consumption: 7,159 kilowatt-hours (kWh).Annual domestic hot water (DHW) energy consumption: 3,409 kWh.Annual appliance energy consumption: 8,760 kWh.TOTAL = 19,328 kWh/year.PHPP Predictions:Annual space heating energy consumption: 7,584 kWh.Annual DHW energy consumption: 3,974 kWh.Annual appliance energy consumption: 11,310 kWh.TOTAL = 22,868 kWh/year.PV Array Predictions (6.2 kW)PHPP estimation: 7,321 kWh/year.Solar installer’s estimation: 9,300 kWh/year.So obviously there are discrepancies between the HOT2000 and the PHPP. Although their predictions of heating and DHW are quite close, surprisingly the appliance use was significantly different. Also, surprising, was the discrepancy in the solar predictions – I was a bit disconcerted by the drastic difference of 2,000 kWh/year!For comparison’s sake, according to Stats Canada website’s most recent 2011 home energy use data, a Saskatchewan home consumes an average of 30,555 kWh/year (110 GJ), of which electricity for appliance use is 8,889 kWh/year (32 GJ). Energy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateEnergy Modeling SoftwareIs Modeling a Four-Letter Word?Energy Modeling Has a Very Fast Payback Drum roll, pleaseActually, first some clarifications. All I have is our actual overall energy use. I cannot separate out heating vs. DHW vs. appliances, unfortunately, although this would be interesting. The following information is taken from the solar panel’s generation and the electrical meter. I tracked each month and have recorded it below.OK, now the drum roll.last_img read more

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FD Early Intervention Webinar: Enriching Social Emotional Literacy

first_imgSocial Emotional Development in the Early Years: Enriching Social Emotional LiteracyDate:  December 3, 2015Time:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm EasternLocation: Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Enriching Social Emotional LiteracyCreative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Reading with Daddy by Madgerly, April 26, 2010]Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, and Kimberly Hile will discuss the importance of supporting children’s social emotional development by building their early social emotional literacy and vocabulary skills.  Specific topics will include:Research evidence on the importance of early social emotional literacy and vocabulary skills on children’s social emotional well-being.Selecting age-, developmentally-, and culturally-appropriate books for children to support their social emotional development.  We will highlight topics that may be relevant to military families, such as: loneliness, friendships, understanding and acceptance of disability, separation, transitioning to new locations, bonding, dealing with family stressors, and grieving.Evidence-based strategies for embedding early literacy activities to support children with disabilities within their typical routines and home, school, and in the community.Parent coaching strategies to support parents’ and caregivers’ implementation of early social emotional literacy and vocabulary activities to facilitate the children’s social emotional development. MFLN FD Early Intervention webinars offer CE Credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois. The EI team is actively pursuing more CE opportunities in states other than Illinois. Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, & Virginia participants can obtain a certificate of completion to submit to their credentialing agencies for review for CE credits. Please check back frequently to the webinar Learn Event web page to receive updates on our progress. Access to the webinar Learn Event page can be found, here.For more information on future presentations for MFLN Family Development, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

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