International Literacy Day “Reading is fundamental even though technology has come and put a twist on things, I think we still have to continue to read. If people are to stay literate, they must continue to read and develop a habit if reading too as long as they live,” says Deputy Chief Librarian Nadine Moore.Moore has been working at the National Library for the past 20 years and says Guyanese need to continue to read more. She added that reading alone is not all, rather when one reads they must be able to comprehend and the National Library has been ensuring that programmes are in place to teach the skill of reading and comprehending.The world celebrated International Literacy Day on Saturday under the theme “Literacy and skills development”. This year, International Literacy Day, according to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), explores and highlights integrated approaches that simultaneously can support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s lives and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.Moore says that ILD is very important since it serves to remind leaders and the general population of the status of literacy and its importance in advancing a population. She said at the National Library, they have been providing free and equitable access to information to everyone, on various platforms, to help improve literacy.From left: Deputy Chief Librarian Nadine Moore, along with Senior Library Assistants Merle James and Dihanne SaulShe explained that one would think that a typical day at the library only involves them restocking and checking out books as well as offering advice but revealed that there are a lot of behind the scenes work that they are involved in.“We have to develop a collection based on demands and request of the general public as well as current affairs to keep our members informed so that is the first thing we try to put in place. We also have to acquire the materials in various forms and we have to process the materials and put them in the right subject so it is easily accessed. Apart from doing that we also have the behind the scenes work which is getting these materials shelf ready,” she explained.She noted that they are also preparing to go electronic by 2019.“In 2019 we will have resources with an online catalogue and have our rare books collection digitised… we have issues with bandwidth but that is being improved and we will provide advanced services to patrons with regard to resources and have staff technology ready,” Moore added.Additionally, the National Library has a number of continuous activities to promote literacy. Moore stated that over the years they have seen an increase in the number of young readers, adding that it shows that the younger generation is moving more to books despite the technological advancement.“We are really working hard to ensure that persons in the society are literate or become that way and reduce the level of illiteracy and the introduction of these programmes we would like to see a turn around the level of literacy. People really underestimate the power of reading and reading is fundamental… we have to read to be kept abreast with technology,” she advised.
(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Star Trek is out, scientists have found. Our bodies can’t take extended space travel.Science Daily reported, “Houston: we have a problem.” Italian scientists studied epithelial cells growing in the International Space Station and found them aging much more rapidly than on earth. “Space-flown cells differentially expressed more than 1,000 genes and secreted high amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines,” they discovered. “Ultimately, this induced significant oxidative stress, causing inflammation among endothelial cells, which in turn, led to atherosclerosis and cell senescence (biological aging).”So unless future space travelers have kids quick and train them well, long trips seem unlikely. And who knows what other deleterious effects will be found on the body during exposure to microgravity and cosmic rays? “We’ve evolved to rely on gravity to regulate our biology, and without it, our tissues become confused,” the journal editor remarked. “Worst of all: they age faster!”Good grief; we didn’t “evolve to” rely on gravity. We were created to thrive on the environment we were given. “The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man” (Psalm 116:15). But even with our feet on terra firma, we grow old, groaning under the curse (Romans 8).The only way to achieve star travel will be to get a new body in heaven that is not subject to aging and decay. The only way to qualify is to repent and believe the gospel (John 3,). For those of us who have accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation (see map), part of our inheritance will be a new, glorified body ( I Corinthians 15). What will it be like? We don’t know, except that Paul compares the old to a buried seed and the new to a sprouted plant. We will be like Christ, John said, because we will see Him as He is (I John 3:2). After His resurrection, Jesus was not limited by space and time; locked doors could not keep Him out, and He could appear and vanish at will. Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith speculated that these appearances sound like the resurrected Christ was walking in a higher dimension. Just as the inhabitants of Flatland would be baffled by footprints in their world, we would be flabbergasted by someone appearing out of nowhere and vanishing.In the new heavens and earth, there will be no more tears, sickness, or death, because we will be raised incorruptible (1 Peter 1:3-8). Although there will be a new earth, the saints may not be limited to it. Since we will be like the angels in heaven, as Jesus said (Matthew 22:30), we may have the universe open to us for exploration. Paul said that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, the things God has prepared for those who love Him (I Corinthians 2:9). Whatever we find, we know it will be fantastic beyond all imagination, most of all because we will see our Redeemer face to face and be overwhelmed with the glory of God, the Creator of all things. Will you be there? Don’t trust in mythical Star Trek hopes. You won’t live long enough to see a starship, even if one is ever deemed theoretically possible. If you rode on it, your body would age to death long before reaching the nearest star, even if you didn’t become demented (1/06/13). No one has observed physical beings traveling across the galaxy, but there are many eyewitnesses of the risen Christ (more than 500 at one time, I Cor. 15:6, many who were still living when Paul wrote about it). New Testament authors Peter, John, Matthew, James, Jude, and Paul were all eyewitnesses, not wavering in their testimony all the way to martyrdom, along with all the other apostles.In these pages we have repeatedly shown that true science falsifies Darwinian evolution and other secular origin myths. We have also demonstrated that true science is consistent with the Bible (e.g., 10/27/13). If you respect observation and evidence, it’s time to go where the evidence leads, like the skeptical atheist Lee Strobel did. When he examined the evidence, he found it so strong, he decided it took more faith to maintain his atheism than to become a Christian. See his story in The Case for a Creator (watch on YouTube) and The Case for Christ. We hope you enjoy our science reporting here, but don’t stop with mere knowledge. It’s time to grow out of Trekkie adolescence and embrace mature responsible choices between fact and fiction, between myth and reality, between life and death. Billy Graham, in his 95th birthday special airing this weekend, shares the message he has faithfully preached to millions of people for decades, a legacy that his son, daughter and grandson are continuing. His aging body is going the way of all the earth, but his soul is filled with living hope and confidence. The message is simple. It’s for everyone. It’s the answer. Come to the cross.
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Indoor tennis is typical of Europe where, in winters, the snow cover is thick and the winds are chilly. The obvious choice was to play on indoor carpets or indoor hard surfaces with no interruption from nature.In the good old days at Wimbledon, players had to as much fear the surface as the weather because the combination of the two could make it so difficult on slick grass.Times have changed – literally.When the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club decided that a retractable roof was a must for the Centre Court, reactions were mixed. But now it is accepted that Centre Court is fine to play on even under cover.In an age when tennis players have the next week’s schedule fixed months in advance, nobody wants to stay beyond a fortnight at Wimbledon. And another reason is that players did feel the pressure of playing more than one match in a day in case rain delays wrought havoc.Thanks to the retractable roof at Wimbledon, this fortnight we have seen marquee matches on the Centre Court despite sharp showers outside. On Tuesday, for instance while the big players continued with their matches under lights, a total of 43 matches got washed out.So efficient is the referee’s office at Wimbledon that matches are rearranged for the next day and the time lost is made up. However, a suggestion has already been made that in the next expansion plan at the All England Club, Court One should also have a retractable roof! A local paper reported that this proposal will be discussed later in 2012 after the London Olympics, though reactions have been muffled.advertisementTENNIS at Wimbledon has undergone as big change, as I had written last week. Grasscourt specialists are extinct and if today some players do approach the net for volleys, it’s more a strategy to negate the opponent.And that’s how, on Friday, we got to see the huge Jo- Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic engage in net duels.Former Wimbledon champions like Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek have played on the slower Wimbledon this fortnight in the seniors’ event on Centre Court, with a bewildered look on their faces.The grass is slower and, when the retractable roof is pulled back, it looks nice. Yet, the purists don’t really like this.So how does the next proposal to make Court One playable in all kinds of weather work? Insiders say nothing is going to be done till the end of the Olympics in 2012.There is just a three- week gap between the end of The Championships and the Olympic tennis competition. The bigger charm for participating nations is that the Olympics will be played on grass.In the normal course, one would have imagined, with the wear- and- tear on grass, it would be impossible to get the courts ready for the Olympics.One cannot forget that towards the end of July in 2012, there is as much chance of rain as now. But nobody is worried about how the courts will be readied for the Olympics as the ground staff efficiency at Wimbledon is of a high order.Tennis was never a high- profile event at the Olympics when it was reintroduced as medal sport at Seoul in 1988. In that year, Steffi Graf won all the Grand Slam titles and the Olympic gold to make it a ‘ Golden Slam’. From Roger Federer to Venus and Serena Williams, each one has spoke about the romance which Wimbledon will again offer next year, though it’s about the Olympics.Past greats like John McEnroe feel Federer will bounce back and win more Grand Slam titles if he can sustain his hunger. But I am certain Federer craves for an Olympic singles medal and next year again assumes significance. AT A time when the playing surface at Wimbledon has offered no huge surprises, there has been predictability. Bad bounce is not to be seen and the ball comes at a height and pace where any player can adjust his strokes.Some of the clay-court specialists and hard-court tennis lovers play on Wimbledon with the same comfort, though the smarter ones believe in bending their knees to execute shots with more grace.Unlike The Championships, the Olympic draw is very different.It is not a draw of 128 but half the size in singles. But what’s more important in this is, all the top players don’t get into the singles and doubles draws as the emphasis is more on country representation.advertisementRomantic relics like Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are hoping they can play their fifth Olympics together, having first played at Atlanta in 1996. If someone says they are a medal prospect, take it with a table spoon full of salt.Then again, based on the ATP and WTA rankings in June 2012, we will get to know in which draws Sania Mirza, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna get in.Am I thinking too early about it? Not so, since from the Williams sisters to lesser- known tennis journeymen, the Olympic tennis event is already being discussed.