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School Reopening Excites Students, Parents

first_imgExcitement yesterday characterized the resumption of academic activities, particularly in Central Monrovia, as several schools reopened their doors.Yesterday’s activities came contrary to earlier reports of the delay experienced three times for the resumption of academic activities, which caused the postponement thereof until Monday, February 16.With the excitement in and around monrovia, reports coming from other parts of the country speak of poor  preparations as of yesterday, towards the reopening of schools.Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh had earlier informed school authorities, parents and school age children that schools would reopen February 16, which contradicted her administration’s earlier guideline, which had February 2 as the date for the resumption of academic activities, given the decline of the Ebola crisis.The registration of students, orientation of teachers and other related preliminary activities that would have paved the way for the reopening of schools by February 2, began on January 12.Politics, confusionHowever, a meeting of the Legislative Joint Committees on Education and Health with the Ministry of Education caused a delay, as the legislative body suggested that schools open no earlier than March 2, to give enough time for schools to prepare for students, and for parents to get their children registered and logistically prepared for school.Minister Tarpeh told President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the last cabinet retreat that schools would not wait until March to reopen, but would commence classes as of February 16.  In agreement, the President responded that the Legislature should simply let the Executive do its job.  The Minister however noted that any delay from any school administration to reopen would not face any disciplinary action.The Liberian government ordered all schools closed in July last year due to the Ebola outbreak and later announced in January, this year that schools would reopen on February 2. “The truth is that schools will be opening on February 16 as we have indicated, and I think there was some confusion with some of the information that went out, unfortunately. And so we are trying to correct that,” she told a foreign-based news organ over the weekend.Tarpeh said she realized the confusion the new information might have caused, but claimed it was not intentional.  The MOE has a “mode of operation” which states that no official policy or statement is released unless the Minister of Education has seen and approved it.Minister Tarpeh said the official who put out the wrong information has since been reprimanded and said official subsequently apologized.On the other hand, Tarpeh said the MOE is very conscious about the concerns of parents, some of whom have said that they might not be able to get all materials necessary to register their children by February 16.“So we’re making it like a roll-out kind of opening so that even with the opening on the 16th, people will still be able to register and get into school. Hopefully, whenever they are able to obtain all that their children need, they will not be denied entry into schools,” the Minister said.A group of Liberian lawmakers recently called for a delay in the reopening of schools, because they said the MOE had not delivered Ebola prevention equipment, such as temperature checking devices, hand pumps and sanitary accessories, to schools across the country.At the height of the Ebola outbreak, some schools were used as Ebola Treatment Centers (ETUs), including the campus of the M. V. Massaquoi Elementary on Bushrod Island. With this, too, Minister Tarpeh said school renovations would be ongoing even after schools are in session.Up to yesterday, most school administrators were saying that having Ebola prevention measures in place on the campuses remained one of the biggest challenges the MOE faced prior to resumption of classes.UNICEF, USAID to the rescueUNICEF announced in a press release yesterday that it has provided over 7,000 Ebola prevention kits, in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), that are currently being distributed to over 4,000 schools in all 98 school districts across the Liberia.With the support of UNICEF, and other international partners, the Government of Liberia has developed protocols for the safe re-opening of schools. Among other steps, these protocols call for setting up hand-washing stations, checking the temperature of anyone entering the school, establishing an isolation area for children and staff who may fall ill, and having in place a system of referral to the nearest health facility.The infection prevention kits, as well as training on the protocols provided by UNICEF, will help schools, parent-teacher associations (PTAs), and communities further minimize the risk of infection from Ebola, UNICEF says.“Our biggest focus is to ensure that school facilities are adequate and they are in the condition that we would like for the children to be as safe as possible, with all the anti-Ebola protocols in place,” Minister Tarpeh said.  “This includes training of teachers, community leaders and the PTAs (Parent-Teacher Associations) and ensuring that they all learn to work together to support school activities of their children.”The MOE has also instructed school administrators to understand students’ situations when they return to school. This means, school authorities should not send students home for lack of proper uniform or the full tuition, at least for the first semester.”Students ExcitedMeanwhile, students across the greater Monrovia area showed great excitement as they returned to classes yesterday.On the campus of government-run Newport Junior High School in Monrovia, euphoric students queued up as early as 7 a.m. to go through their regular Ebola test before entering classes.“They patiently stood in queues to wash their hands before entering the iron sealed gates, then remained in line for individual temperature checking as part of the preventive measures,” Vice Principal for Student Affairs, Abraham B. Barrolle, disclosed.According to him, students are anxious to enter classes and “We are getting good cooperation from them in their numbers.”To continue the Ebola preventive measures the government, in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued every school six pieces of the non-contact thermometers for temperature taking on campuses, as well as what is referred to as, “Making Schools Safe Places for Learning Implementation of the Safe School Protocols flipbook.”In the flipbook guideline, students and teachers are being told to keep on disseminating the awareness information to protect themselves, their family members, their schools, etc.All the students’ health related issues at Newport Junior High will understandably be forwarded to Mr. Moses U-Joe Weidehgar. Mr. Weidehgar is an instructor, who is also attending the A.M. Dogliotti Medical College at the University of Liberia.Mr. Weidehgar told the Daily Observer that “preventive measures remain one of the most important goals of the school.  The aim is to avoid any outbreak.”For B.W. Harris Episcopal School Principal, Lurleen King Falla, the first day of reopening, “is very interesting as the students themselves know the Ebola preventive rules.”Despite students going by the preventive measures, her administration has for now disallowed any outsiders to come and sell to the students, especially those in the beginning classes.At the Cathedral Catholic School on Snapper Hill, the elation about the return to school was visible on the faces of students who trooped to classes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Must Liberia Always Be at the Receiving End?

first_imgThe logic is clear that whenever an individual reaches a stage of maturity, that person takes his or her own responsibility and relate to others in interdependent ways since no man is an island. Interdependence is a reciprocal relation between individuals, entities, groups or nations (American English Dictionary). In instances where a mature individual continues to depend on his or her parents for care and protection, that individual is often described as a carefree, indolent (lazy) and irresponsible person.The above premise draws us to Liberia’s situation as the oldest independent republic on the African continent still relying on charity to exist. During our national Independence Day celebrations, we Liberians boast with pride, of our country’s long years of existence in Africa. We are proud of the fact that our country has enjoyed long years of independence and inspired colonized African nations to gain independence likewise.Liberians usually speak with pride of their nation’s endowment with a rich trove of natural resources such as iron ore, diamonds, gold, rainforest and fertile soil that lends to food production.Alas, this 171 year-old country, endowed with such valuable resources, is yet to secure its footing and space on the global development agenda. Instead Liberia remains entrenched among the most corrupt countries in Africa and one of the least in human and infrastructural development. Worse still, Liberians still rely heavily on food aid from other countries despite the fertile soil and weather conditions characterized by equal periods of abundant sunshine and rainfall.According to World Development Index report, Liberia is the third poorest country in Africa with an employment rate of 15%, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita $900, and 85% of the population living below $1.00 a day.The United Nations Human Development report puts Liberia in sixth place among the world’s poorest countries; yet the country has all the natural and mineral resources that other similarly poor countries do not have.Shamelessly, the Liberian Government boasts of signing a US$2.7 million food assistance agreement with Japan, a country that is poorly endowed with natural resources and which is faced with deadly environmental challenges and has a population of 127,103,522 people. According to a release from the Liberian Foreign Ministry, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said the Government of Japan will provide the $2.7 million worth of rice to Liberia to be sold at a minimum cost in an effort to alleviate hunger in the country.This is not the first time Japan has provided food assistance to Liberia. During the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, Japan rendered similar gestures to Liberia by providing the Ministry of Agriculture some seed rice to boost rice production.Whether or not the intended goal of self-sufficiency was accomplished under the Florence Chenoweth Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture is another story.There was also a time that the Government of Japan provided petroleum products to be sold to enhance food security efforts. The Japanese Government is currently carrying on a US$100 million road project on the Somalia Drive Road, while at the same time it is providing grants to non-governmental organizations headed by Liberians to implement agricultural projects.Interdependence, as emphasized earlier, implies exchanging assistance between and among partners in times of need, but Liberia as an independent state has continued to always be at the receiving end. Japan, which provided $2.7 million food assistance few days ago, recently faced a disastrous earthquake last month wherein a lot of Japanese lost their lives and homes.What did Liberia contribute to address the humanitarian crisis its bilateral partner faced?We thought to flag this situation to remind our government that, instead of being a perennial recipient of donor largesse, we should strive towards self-sufficiency in food production to give others also. It is quite dishonorable for a country that has turned 171 years to depend on others for almost everything. Our government, the key decision maker in this country, must realize that relying on charity is self-enslavement and granting of its own blessings to others. This reminds us of the philosopher who said “Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery.”There are countries in Africa that are relying on tourism, culture, fisheries and arts to generate income to support their economies. South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda are some countries generating income from tourism on the continent. The natural geographical features and wildlife that those countries have, Liberia possesses in even more bespoke fashion. Unlike most of these mentioned countries which are faced with challenges such as drought, floods and poor soils, Liberia has adequate sunshine and rainfall and good soil conditions that serve to enhance food production. Why do we still find pleasure in receiving charity without producing to give to others?Let our government begin now to support local farmers by providing them loans, improve seeds and tools and extension services to provide expert advice to local farmers in a bid to encourage citizens to prioritize locally produced food.In this way, we will be helping to lift your citizens out of poverty, making Liberia self-sufficient in food production and capacitating ourselves to be a giver and not always a receiver.There is a wise saying that goes “Blessed is the hand that giveth than the hand that receiveth.” Being always at the receiving end is a reproach; therefore, our leaders should do all they can to ensure that Liberia graduates from reliance on charity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Couple busted with gun, ammo, drugs

first_imgA Patentia, West Bank of Demerara (WBD) couple was busted by Police with a gun, matching ammunition and a quantity of cannabis.Based on intelligence received, Police swooped down on the couple’s Patentia Squatting Area, popularly known as “Skull City”, home.During the search the officers unearthed the unlicensed pistol with twelve live rounds in a magazine and 325 grams of cannabis, packaged in small-sized Ziploc bags.The items were lodged, and the duo are being processed for Court.last_img

Castaic’s kids await decision

first_imgMercado also asked officials to look into the possibility of adding enough portable classrooms at West Ranch High to keep Castaic students on one campus. Mercado said she thought the district could get the portables at much less than the original estimate of about $3million. “I did some research, and I think we can get portables for less than we estimated,” Mercado said. But that option is fast becoming obsolete because of cost and timing. Temporary buildings probably could not be in place until October – two months into the semester. The idea of changing school boundaries also was suggested. Board member Paul Strickland proposed sending West Ranch students who live south of Pico Canyon Road to Hart High School, which has unfilled capacity. Students from that area used to attend Hart, he noted. Strickland said effort is owed to the Castaic students, who over the years have been bounced around various campuses. “When the boundaries were changed, we promised Castaic students would be kept together until Castaic was built in 2010,” Strickland said. “It’s about keeping your word.” The Hart board is expected to make a decision at its next board meeting. Castaic resident Flo Lawrence said she hopes the board will make the decision with the kids’ interest – not the bottom line – as the top priority. “Move the portables, not our kids,” she said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – Hundreds of Castaic youths could face a tough decision six months from now – whether to attend high school with their siblings or their friends. At least that’s what would happen with one proposal offered as a solution to overcrowding at West Ranch High, which Castaic students now attend. Hart Union High School District officials are looking at splitting Castaic students between West Ranch and Valencia high schools until 2010, when a Castaic campus is to be built. Castaic resident Lori Meottel fears such a decision would be tough on her son, now an eighth-grader at Castaic Middle School. “His best friend since kindergarten has an older brother who goes to West Ranch, so this means that my son will have to go to high school without him,” Meottel said. The recommendation is among 11 options Hart district officials are studying. For the next two years, incoming ninth-graders from Castaic would be sent to Valencia High under the plan. In the subsequent two years, incoming Castaic-area freshmen would go to West Ranch High. Students would remain at the same high school for four years, Hart spokeswoman Pat Willett said. Siblings would be kept at the same school, and open enrollment would be allowed in any school with room. “That option comes at no cost because the portables are already in place at Valencia,” Willett said. “Not only is Valencia fairly close to Castaic, but Castaic students have had a history of going to Valencia in the past.” This recommendation came after the school board dropped a controversial option to send Castaic students to Golden Valley High School, 17 miles away. “On so many levels – cost, safety, hardship on Castaic families – that is not an acceptable option,” district board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine said. last_img read more

Mata salvages draw as Man United open N. American tour

first_img0Shares0000Juan Mata of Manchester United takes photos with fans after their International Champions Cup game against the Club America, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on July 19, 2018 © GETTY/AFP / Christian PetersenLOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 20 – Juan Mata grabbed the 78th minute equalizer as Manchester United opened their pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Club America on Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona.A header from Henry Martin in the 59th minute — past substitute goalkeeper Joel Pereira — had put Mexican outfit America in the lead at University of Phoenix Stadium. The English Premiership giants pulled level 12 minutes from time after a cross from youngster Tahith Chong found Ander Herrera, whose header hit the post.The ball rebounded to Mata, whose volley snuck through the legs of substitute goalkeeper Oscar Jiminez.It was a lively start from both sides despite temperatures of 40 C in Phoenix. Anthony Martial was unlucky not to receive a penalty in the ninth minute after he appeared to be tripped in the area.Four minutes later the Frenchman fired a curling shot over the crossbar, and United came close again minutes later as Mata loosed a shot that bounced off the upright.Martial saw another shot tipped around the post, before America threatened at the other end — where Lee Grant, who started in goal for United, was called on to stop a shot from Club America’s Paul Aguilar.Manchester United were without a host of stars still resting after the World Cup in Russia, including Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford.David de Gea, Nemanja Matic and new signing Fred are expected to join the team next week, while Chilean Alexis Sanchez was thought to be arriving soon after resolving his visa issues.“We knew it was going to be difficult because they have been training for more weeks than us, so I think they are in a better condition,” Mata said. “Mexican teams are always intense, they press a lot, they are quick and they showed that today. But we managed to get one goal so we are happy with that.“We are also happy that there were no injuries and we will keep going in our process,” he added as United looked toward the next stop on their tour, against Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch 90-year-old great-grandmother shows off her skills

first_imgWatch this amazing video of a 90-year-old great-grandmother showing off her incredible skills.Asa Marie has had a passion for football her whole life and loves to practice doing keepy-ups around the house.Let us know what you think in the comments below!last_img

38 Leaving Cert students have results withheld over suspected cheating

first_imgA number of Leaving Certificate students this year have not yet received their results due to an investigation into suspected cheating.38 students who sat the exams in June did not get their full results on the official results day on Wednesday past. The State Examinations Commission withheld the marks over breaches of regulations, a spokesperson has told the Irish Times.There are a number of students who did not get results for any papers, while others have had specific marks withheld which are under investigation. The students’ identities, the schools, and the subjects will not be made public to protect the privacy of candidates, the SEC said. A further 34 results from other exam papers were also being “provisionally” held back pending further communication with the relevant schools and students.A spokesperson said: “A total of 38 Leaving Certificate results have been permanently withheld at the 2017 Leaving Certificate. This includes full results withheld, or marks withheld, from candidates found to be in breach of the SEC’s examinations regulations.”There has been a noticeable increase in the use of technology – smartphones and social media – to cheat in state exams, the spokesperson said, as students have been caught in the past checking notes on phones and hiding phones in their socks during exams. Concealed paper notes are also still in practice as cheating aids.If proven true, a breach of regulations could lead to students having their results withheld for a specific subject, or in serious cases, all results could be withheld and the student could be prohibited from repeating examinations. 38 Leaving Cert students have results withheld over suspected cheating was last modified: August 22nd, 2017 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)last_img read more

Draymond Green makes his DPOY case vs. Utah Jazz

first_imgThere’s only one Draymond GreenIf … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceKevin Durant scored 28 points, Stephen Curry heated up in the fourth quarter and scored 24, Andre Iguodala knocked down all three of his 3-point field goal attempts and the Warriors pulled away from a plucky Jazz team to win their final home game before the All-Star break 115-108.Here were my three big takeaways from the Warriors’ 16th win in their last 17 games:last_img

Drawing on Madiba’s influence

first_imgA life-size cartoon Mandela reads hisbirthday cards in the foyer of theFoundation’s auditorium.(Image: Janine Erasmus) A selection of the cartoons on exhibition.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Zapiro at work.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Jonathan Shapiro – Zapiro.(Image: UKZN Centre for Creative Arts)Janine ErasmusYou either love him or you hate him, but you cannot ignore political cartoonist Zapiro. The award-winning artist’s latest exhibition, a tribute to former president Nelson Mandela, is currently running at the offices of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.The last of six exhibitions that pay homage to the revered elder statesman who turned a remarkable 90 in July 2008, Zapiro’s Mandela tribute runs until March 2009. Speaking at the opening, the artist said, after reading Mandela’s 90th birthday cartoon to him, “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Nelson Mandela Foundation for presenting me with the honour of being part of the 90th year celebrations.”Mandela has been portrayed in Zapiro cartoons in a multitude of incarnations. He has appeared as David slaying the Goliath of apartheid, as Moses leading the people back to the promised land, as the wind blowing South Africa’s double rugby world champions the Springboks to victory, as a paper doll with interchangeable clothes of the national rugby, cricket and football teams, as a cowboy riding with his lady into the unset (referring to Mandela’s much-publicised romance and marriage to Graça Machel), and as the conscience of the nation.A right to freedom of expressionZapiro fiercely defends his right to free expression. Not only cartoonists, he says, but also society in general must engage with those in authority in a critical fashion. This attitude has earned him both praise and scorn, not to mention death threats.However, not even Nelson Mandela has been spared Zapiro’s pen. Where it has appeared, though, the cartoonist’s criticism has always been tempered with great respect and Mandela himself, according to archivist Verne Harris of the Foundation’s Centre of Memory, has encouraged it.Mail & Guardian editor Ferial Haffajee, herself a formidable journalist of integrity, described Zapiro as “a cutting and stern critic of the South African political landscape”, while Moegsien Williams, editor of The Star, called Zapiro unstoppable, “even by a tsunami”.Haffajee has likened South Africa’s political cartoonists to imbongi, or praise singers, who actually do not always praise but do have the responsibility of speaking the truth, good or bad, to those in power without fearing for their lives. “The greater the freedom of the cartoonist, the higher the democratic quotient of a society,” said Haffajee.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has commended Zapiro for his “passionate desire to will this country and its extraordinary people into realising their potential.” Tutu also received his own cartoon for his 75th birthday in 2006 and said, “I am always intrigued because if you will notice, Zapiro always draws my nose peeping into my mouth.” The Arch added that he was deeply touched and lacked words to express his appreciation.Telling the truth as he sees itWidely admired and highly controversial, Zapiro aka Jonathan Shapiro is a Cape Town native who initially studied architecture at Cape Town University but was not happy with this choice. He changed to studying graphic design at the Michaelis School of Art, which meant that he forfeited his South African army draft deferment and had no choice but to enlist. In the army, military authorities didn’t look kindly on Shapiro’s vehement anti-apartheid stance and refusal to carry arms, and the young activist was monitored and even once arrested under the Illegal Gatherings Act.These political activities formed the germ of his future career as a cartoonist. After his discharge from the army he worked for a number of newspapers and organisations before taking up a Fulbright Scholarship in 1988 to study media arts at New York’s School of Visual Arts.Shapiro returned to South Africa in 1991, three years before the dawn of democracy, and immediately became involved with organisations such as Story Circle, producing educational comics for social causes, before embarking on his fulltime career as a political cartoonist.Since then he has worked for leading South African newspapers including the Sowetan and the Cape Argus. His work is currently featured in the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury, and the Pretoria News.There are no sacred cows for Shapiro, and his cartoons have targeted leading figures ranging from Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki, George W. Bush and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to Bill Clinton and Mandela. They have brought him death threats and intense criticism but also the adulation of the local and international media, a huge fan base comprising many diverse ethnicities, and a host of awards and exhibitions.Shapiro has also been guest speaker at cartoon events around the world and for four years was a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. His work has been featured in Newsweek, The Economist, Le Monde, The Observer, The Scotsman, and the International Journal of Comic Art, among many others. He has published 12 books of comics.In 2001 Shapiro became the first cartoonist to win a category prize in CNN’s African Journalist of the Year Awards. Besides his many other accolades, in 2005 he received the prestigious principal award, worth €100,000, from the Netherlands-based Prince Claus Fund for culture and development. The theme that year was Humour and Satire, and the award was bestowed on Shapiro for his “ability to make people laugh – even when it is at their own expense”.In 2008 two Africans were named as winners of Prince Claus Awards – they are sculptor extraordinaire Ousmane Sow from Senegal, and Nigerian photographer James Iroha Uchechukwu. The theme was The Human Body and the principal award went to Indian writer Indira Goswami.At home Shapiro has won numerous awards, including the first Mondi Shanduka South African Journalist of the Year Award and the first Vodacom Cartoonist of the Year Award, both in 2006. In 2007 he won another international award for cartoonists sponsored partly by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and adjudicated by, among others, Kenyan Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai. In the same year he received the annual Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from the US Cartoonist Rights Network.Shapiro works with pen and Indian ink, drawing his cartoons free hand. He is married to photographer Karina Turok.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Useful linksZapiroNelson Mandela FoundationPrince Claus FundMail & GuardianCartoonists Rights Network Internationallast_img read more

JiQA: introducing an ‘intelligent browser’

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 24 June 2009 South African company JiQA has released a new tool that promises to transform traditional web browsing. JiQA’s “intelligent browser” determines the value of web pages to both individual users, and a user community, to help people find the information they really want in the ever-expanding jungle of online content. “The system is so dynamic that we think of it as live browsing,” says JiQA co-founder Kevin Davie. “It is like being in a group sharing newspapers and magazines and pointing out the best stuff to others to read.” Co-founder Chandra Dake says JiQA puts humans back in the driving seat. He explains that, unlike the major search engines that employ computer crawlers to trawl the internet for content, JiQA is entirely driven by people deciding which content they want to browse. JiQA has at its core an “intelligent browser” that determines the value of a web page to the user and stores information about the page on the user’s computer. This means that previously browsed pages can be quickly retrieved, by ranking and a keyword, from the user’s hard drive. At the same time, JiQA sends the page’s ranking to a central server, where the rankings of all users are pooled and made available – paving the way for what Davie calls “collaborative browsing”. “The system is entirely anonymous,” says Davie. “No private information is collected, and neither do we track user behaviour through cookies or IP (internet protocol) addresses.” Should users prefer not to share their browsing, they can simply activate a privacy feature on their JiQA browser. According to the founders of the company, JiQA addresses the explosion of social media and the endless expansion of internet content it has spawned. “The internet is making it hard for us to keep up with the flood of new information which is created all the time,” says Davie. “JiQA’s shared browsing function makes it very easy for users to access fresh pages which are constantly being sifted by the user base of browsers.” Dake says that JiQA does not seek to replace traditional search engines; rather, it combines search with browsing in a new, powerful way. “JiQA works like any browser. You can use it to search your favourite search engine, but as you browse the searched pages, you are both keeping a memory of these pages on your hard drive, and sharing the browsing, so that others can benefit from the time you spent sifting through the results pages.” The JiQA browser comes with the key features that internet users have come to expect: it is fast, secure, blocks pop-ups, and offers tabbed browsing and favourites. JiQA’s beta release is Windows-only, meaning that it runs on PCs and newer Macs. For more information, and a free download, visit www.jiqa.com.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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