Severe flooding has reportedly taken place in Grand Cape Mount County, killing at least one person, destroying properties and leaving several residents homeless.A 16-year old boy of Nagbena Town reportedly drowned while attempting to flee from the rising tide that was surrounding the town.The flooding over the last 4 days has also left farms and crops destroyed, increasing the hardship of the residents, most of whom are unemployed.Many who survive on farming, hunting and fishing are now left vulnerable, the report said.According to a release from the WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia, the flood started last Thursday, September 17 following hours of heavy downpour.WASH reporters, who visited the county over the weekend, said they witnessed flooding in most of the communities including Tewor District up to Sunday, September 20.The flooded communities include Bo Waterside, Nagbena, Kobolia, Amina, Jaliebah, Bandor, Bombohun, Jenneh Liberia, Gambia and Gondama.The flooding is largely a result of the overflowing of the Mano River, due to the heavy rains.The area worst affected is the Baptist Compound in Bo- Waterside. The Compound established in 2011 has a hospital, senior high school, and residential quarters for nurses and teachers.All of the facilities in the compound were seriously flooded, damaging thousands of United States dollars worth of properties, including newly arrived medical equipment and drugs, educational materials and computers, among other supplies brought into the country.Authorities of the Baptist Compound described the flood as devastating and beyond imagination.Residents in the affected areas informed WASH reporters that the flooding was the first of its kind to take place in their communities. Some of them said, however, that such major flooding usually occurs every five to ten years.The residents have meanwhile called on the government, local and international organizations to assist the flood victims with relief items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Funeral Mass will be held this Monday for the late Father Frank McHugh, who sadly passed away on Friday, aged 88.Fr McHugh, formerly of 82 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, was a highly-regarded clergyman, author and musician.Born in Glasgow, he had close Donegal connections through his parents, Anton McHugh from Milford and Annie Kelly from New Mills. Growing up, Donegal was a ‘home from home’ for Frank and his family. He was ordained in 1956 and eventually moved to Letterkenny in 2004.Not only was he a priest, but he was highly-educated, had many creative talents and a passion for history. In 2017 he launched a book ‘Gleanings from Glendowan, Gartan, Glenveagh’, exploring the culture and folklore of his grandmother Bridget Kelly’s homeplace.Fr McHugh was also well-known for his outstanding singing voice. He was a regular performer in music halls and recorded a number of records.Father Francis McHugh With The James Masterton Quartet – Father Francis McHugh Sings For YouIn recent years, Fr McHugh remained an active member of the church and regularly assisted the clergy of St. Eunan’s Cathedral and the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Letterkenny. He passed away on Friday, 6th December in Archview Lodge Nursing Home, Letterkenny.Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballyraine on Monday, 9th December, at 12 noon. Interment afterwards to the family plot in Conwal Cemetery.House strictly private on the morning of the funeral to the immediate family. Funeral to be held for the late Fr. Frank McHugh was last modified: December 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
31 December 2014The 2014 matric exams were fair and credible, according to Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, despite incidents of copying in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.The council’s chairperson, Professor John Volmink, on Tuesday, 30 December, commended the Department of Basic Education for running a successful and credible examination process.Umalusi has approved the release of the exam results, which were written by 550 127 full-time and 138 533 part-time candidates. The results will be released next week.However, Volmink said Umalusi would not approve the release of the Grade 12 results of 39 centres in KwaZulu-Natal and 19 centres in the Eastern Cape.This was due to evidence of “group copying” in the two provinces shown by the department’s special investigative audit report.“Of the 74 centres identified for auditing in KwaZulu-Natal, 39 were implicated in cheating and of the 43 centres identified in the Eastern Cape, 19 were implicated in group copying,” he said. “Umalusi will therefore not approve the release of the results of these centres.”The organisation was of the view that strong action should be taken against those pupils and supervisors who had “made themselves guilty of these acts of dishonesty”, Volmink said.Gaining the approval of Umalusi for the release of results was determined by the examinations’ level of compliance with policies, directives and guidelines issued by Umalusi and each of the assessment bodies.These include the Department of Higher Education and Training, Benchmark, South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute and Independent Examinations Board.“Umalusi requires that each assessment body provides a report on irregularities,” Volmink said.There were 1 741 examination centres in KwaZulu-Natal and 924 in the Eastern Cape. The irregularities occurred in roughly 2% of the centres.In light of this, Volmink said Umalusi did not view this as compromising the integrity of the examination as a whole in these provinces or the country. Umalusi was satisfied that nothing had compromised the integrity or credibility of the examinations process.“Accordingly, we hereby approve the release of the results of the National Senior Certificate Examinations administered by the Department of Basic Education.”Volmink said Umalusi received irregularity reports from the various assessment bodies and it was pleased that there had been no reports or evidence of leakages of examination papers in any of the examinations.New curriculum put to the testWith the new national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) programme being tested for the first time at matric level this year, Volmink said it was widely accepted that the CAPS curriculum had strengthened the National Curriculum Statement.CAPS was phased in in 2012 for Grade 10, 2013 for Grade 11, and 2014 for Grade 12.While many subjects had not experienced dramatic content changes from the previous curriculum, Volmink said a number of subjects had undergone significant changes in content or in shifts in format.In total, 58 subjects were presented for standardisation.“After moderation, raw marks were accepted for 35 subjects. This figure represents 60.3% of the subjects. Of the remaining 23 subjects, moderation with some upward shifts towards the average historical learner performance profile was effected on 13 of the subjects; moderation with some downward shifts towards the average historical learner performance profile was effected on 10 subjects,” he said.Maths, science marks fallUmalusi was also reported to have said that the results for mathematics, mathematics literacy and physical science were worse than in 2013.Mathematics had undergone major changes in content with the inclusion of Euclidean geometry and probability, Volmink said in Pretoria on Tuesday, 30 December.He said the curriculum would prove a challenge to most pupils. “This was shown in the learner performance in that there is a significant increase in the failure rate compared with 2013.“However, learners at the top experienced the mathematics examination much easier.”In mathematics literacy pupils did “significantly worse” in 2014 than in any previous year. Upward adjustments were made to the marks at all levels for mathematics literacy. Normal mathematics had no adjustment at the bottom end and a slight downward adjustment at the top end.SAinfo reporter and SANews
by Jessica Beckendorf and Bob Bertsch, MFLN Network LiteracyPhoto: “You are power…step by step”, Bob Bertsch, CC BY 4.0Over the last several weeks, we’ve been working on our cultural competence. Through the 2018 Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference and the accompanying Storytelling for Cultural Competence experience, we have begun to better understand our own cultural stories, gained insights into the stories of others, and become more aware of our privilege. All of that, however, is just a small step in a cultural competence journey. To make it a bigger step, to make it transformational, we need to move from understanding to action.We created the Advocacy Action Plan to help us make that move. We wanted to help ourselves and others by providing a framework for developing an action plan and by supporting cultural competence journeys through validation, co-learning and peer support. When we started work on the plan, we struggled to find other action plans or lists of competencies that we could relate to as individuals. All of the advocacy plans we found were for organizations and most of the competency lists we found were written from an organizational perspective. We wanted a plan that we could make a personal connection with, one that could reflect our personal experience and be adjusted to our own pace. We couldn’t find one, so we set out to create it.We relied on several resources, but one was especially important. “Strategies for Cultural Competency in Indian Health Care” by Mim Dixon and Pamela E. Iron is a collection of case studies of cultural competence programs in healthcare organization serving Indians and Alaska Natives. The programs described in the book were implemented for organizations created to serve people from a specific culture. Many organizations were located on reservations. Many of the healthcare providers were in the cultural minority. As a result, cultural competence was extremely important to delivering effective care, and people from the culture that healthcare providers were trying to understand were deeply involved in the design and delivery of the cultural competence programs.The stories of these programs were a rich source for the example competencies we included in the Advocacy Action Plan. They were also the inspiration for the 5 spheres of cultural competence included in the plan: seeking out stories, practicing humility, listening,asking questions and engaging others. Within each of those sphere the plan holds space for us to:Reflect on ideas and questions related to that sphereChoose the competencies we want to work onFind specific ways to practice our competenciesExplore how the sphere relates to our experiencesPrepare to practice your competenciesWe are not experts in cultural competence. As two white people from the upper Midwest, we do not intend to lead people along this path. Hopefully we can help people along their way by sharing what we have learned about positive psychology and behavior change, telling the story of our own journeys, and practicing vulnerability. Shay Huff says “Vulnerability is contagious.” We hope that’s true because we believe sharing our stories can change the way we think and act, and by changing the way we think and act, we can deliver more effective support and care to those we serve. We’d like to invite you to check out the Advocacy Action Plan as a way to move from understanding to action and continue your cultural competence journey. Like any journey, this one will likely be filled with stops and starts, frustrations and revelations, pain and progress. Please take it at your own pace, forgive your mistakes, and keep moving forward.