146th Open Championship gets underway this morning

first_imgPadraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug when the famous old tournament last visited the Southport course, and goes out in the group immediately after Clarke’s.Shane Lowry’s another morning starter, taking to the course at 10.20.While out-of-form Rory McIlroy remains convinced he’s just one round from turning his year around – he’s out just before ten-to-3 in a group that also contains world number one Dustin Johnson. Photo © – Tipp FM The 146th Open Championship gets underway this morning.Mark O’Meara – who won at Royal Birkdale in 1998 – is first to tee off at 6.35 this morning.Darren Clarke is the first Irish player out, teeing off at 9.25.last_img

‘62% of Public School Teachers Not Qualified,’ World Bank Reports

first_imgWorld Bank representatives at the joint review. Over 5,000 teachers, which made up 62 percent of all teachers that are assigned in government-owned primary schools across the country, do not hold a grade “C” certificate, which is the minimum teaching qualification, the World Bank has disclosed.According to a World Bank report, at the secondary level, teacher quality is low, with only a third of secondary teachers having the minimum qualification for their position, which requires a university degree or “A” certificate as described in the education policy.The World Bank is also partnering with the Liberian government to strengthen or improve the country’s education system.At the end of the November 9 Joint Education Sector Review in Ganta, Nimba County, the Bank said: “A lack of qualified teachers and a low quality of teaching are driving low learning outcomes in the country.”Minister Kessely, Dep Min. for Planning, Research and DevelopmentIt was reported that the national Student to Teacher Ratio in senior high school is 13.1 but, according to the report, the low number of qualified teachers means a Pupil to Qualified Teachers Ratio of 48.1 for senior secondary schools.“Mathematics and science teachers are severely under–represented and those in schools have not received any professional development or continued education since entering the service,” the report said.It was also disclosed that schools in poor, rural and remote areas are less likely to have qualified teachers than schools in more wealthy or urban areas.The MoE and partners spent a week in Ganta to jointly review the education sector in the statistics presented by the Bank; it was revealed that limited access to and a lack of quality of Early Childhood Education (ECE) are bottlenecks to improving the country’s education sector.The World Bank also outlined some of the challenges hampering the education sector, such as lack of permanent structures for some or all classrooms for about 30 percent of public primary schools; lack of a comprehensive national monitoring system to track the progress of students; and resource allocation.It also observed that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions struggle to prepare students in demand of jobs or self–employment.“Although Liberia’s higher education system absorbs 30 percent of the public education budget, it is poorly equipped to meet an increase in demand,” the report said. “The higher education institutions have significant academic staffing and financial autonomy, yet they lack any governance of quality assurance and accountability.”However, the ministry and its partners, shortly after the review, resolved to improve the gaps by making the education system the best.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Frankel claims record

first_imgCarrying high-weight of 120pounds, Balance had to circle to the far outside entering the stretch after being blocked behind a wall of horses. “Every time I tried to go somewhere, somebody covered me up,” Espinoza said. “At the top of the stretch, I was able to swing out and I had a ton of horse.” Also: Bwana Bull made the list of Kentucky Derby hopefuls, sweeping past Freesgood in mid-stretch en route to a one-length victory in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows Racecourse. It was the third straight win for the son of Holy Bull. … Circular Quay came from well back in the field of eight 3-year-olds to win the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Circular Quay, the 8-5 favorite, beat local favorite Ketchikan by 2 lengths, covering 11/16 miles in 1:43.01. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Frankel promptly added to his record when Brilliant Cut won the fourth race. Both horses were ridden by David Flores. Frankel, a 65-year-old Brooklyn native, has 3,429 victories in a 41-year career that began in 1966, when he saddled his first winner at New York’s Aqueduct. Bobby Frankel became the winningest trainer in Santa Anita history Saturday with his 870th victory. In the Woods won a $46,000 maiden race by 5 lengths to help Frankel break the mark of 869 set by fellow Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham. center_img Nearly 28 percent of his wins have come at Santa Anita, where he arrived in 1972. Frankel splits his time between New York and Southern California. The five-time Eclipse Award winner has ranked among the nation’s top 20 trainers in money earned every year since 1971. “It’s a big deal because Charlie is a legend,” Frankel said Wednesday, when he tied Whittingham’s record. Frankel wasn’t in the winner’s circle Saturday. Keeping her Balance: Balance edged Ermine by a half-length in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Balance covered 11/8 miles in 1:49.25 and paid $3.60, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite. last_img read more

Sandy Munro Admits Tesla Is A Cult More Than An Automaker Video

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 4, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla is shutting down stores to build a cheaper Model 3. What’s the story here?Of course, Bloomberg Technology and most of mainstream media has voiced the fact that it’s once again unhappy with Tesla. “Build the base Tesla Model 3 quickly or we’ll destroy your credibility. Wait, don’t build it if you have to adjust finances. You must show a profit even if it means building less cars. Wait, if you build less cars we’re coming to get you!”Related Coverage: Counterpoint To Munro’s Negative Analysis Of Tesla Model 3 Body Design Tesla Model 3 Teardown Expert Munro Divulges New Profit Details Bloomberg Says Jaguar I-Pace Is A Sexier Tesla Model X Source: Electric Vehicle News Yes, as most of you know, the mainstream press related to Tesla is just about 100-percent negative. In fact, the company is under so much scrutiny that there’s absolutely nothing it can do (most of which is one every day by legacy OEMs, but goes unnoticed and unreported) to prove success to the media.Industry expert Sandy Munro tore down a Model 3 early on and seemed disgusted. Since then, he’s changed his tune so much that he even appears to be a Tesla supporter. However, in a recent interview with Bloomberg regarding Tesla’s plans for store closures and potential job cuts, he calls Tesla a cult.Whether or not Munro is enamored with the Model 3 from a design standpoint, he’s may not be so sure about the company as a whole. In fact, he says Tesla is not even an automaker, but instead, a cult. As Bloomberg sees it, this is an outright negative.However, the truth is, Munro sees that the electric automaker can sell its cars without having stores, since Tesla and Elon Musk simply attract people in a way that no other automaker has achieved. No other company CEO is so well-known. No automaker has secrets and tricks up its sleeves like that of Tesla. Munro is so impressed to say that most people won’t even settle for a $35,000 Model 3 because Tesla offers so many appealing option and add-ons.Still, while a cult is great for marketing, it can always backfire. For this reason, it can work to make investors and car shoppers uneasy, which is clearly the case in the present.We’d love to read your thoughts on this phenomenon in the comment section  below.Video Description via Bloomberg Technology on YouTube:Sandy Munro Says Tesla Isn’t a Car Company, It’s a CultMar.01 — Sandy Munro, chief executive officer of Munro & Associates, and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Max Chafkin discuss investor reaction to Tesla Inc.’s plan to shut many of its stores to help deliver a new Model 3 for $35,000. They speak with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”last_img read more