first_imgThe management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry yesterday announced a sharp increase in the prices of gasoline and fuel.The new petroleum price ceiling which was jointly signed by the Managing Director of the LPRC, Prof. Sumo G. Kupee, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry , Axel Addy, took effect May 4, 2015.The new prices according to LPRC were circulated using the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) approved exchange rate of US$1 to L$85.According to a statement from LPRC, the retail pump price for a gallon of gasoline has been increased from US$3.01 to US$3.16 (L$270) — a US$0.15 increment — while the retail pump price for a gallon of fuel is also been increased from US$3.06 to US$3.21 (L$270).The decision to increase the prices of petroleum products is based on the upward change in the price of these products on the world market, which normally affects other pricing perimeters in Liberia. Henceforth, the circular has informed the public to cooperate with inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce who will closely monitor the approved ceiling to avoid arbitrary hikes.The inspection exercise is to ensure that importers do not undercut fellow competitors on the market.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgListen 00:00 /04:00 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Harvard professor and author Todd Rose recently talked about the idea of the end of averages in education at the Houston A+ Challenge speaker series.In school, students often get graded on a bell curve. Most of them land in the middle with an average grade.But Harvard University professor Todd Rose says that schools should learn from other sciences: that there’s no such thing as average. News 88.7 Education Reporter Laura Isensee talked with Rose about that and other education matters when he recently visited Texas as part of the Houston A+ Challenge speaker series.Here are three highlights from the conversation:Why is there no such thing as average: “It sounds like bumper sticker slogan, right? But it’s a deep idea from science, that when you use group averages around anything, it almost always represents next to nobody. It tends to be an artifact. We’ve based our society around this idea that there’s an average person when in fact there’s not.What other fields have gotten away from averages: “Most of our history we’ve thought there was an average pathway for most cancers, right? And we made treatment based on that. Now that we get away from averages there and focus on individuality, we’ve realized there’s always more than one pathway for any given cancer. And it’s allowed us to increase treatment and survival rates beyond what we could have ever done before.”What does personalized learning mean to him: “I’m a professor at Harvard now. But I also fell out of high school with a 0.9 GPA and ended up on welfare and married with two kids, working minimum wage jobs for a few years before trying to turn my life around. That turning my life around included getting a GED and believing in the redeeming power of education to change lives and life outcomes. My ability to change who I was as a learner and therefore change my life’s trajectory fundamentally came down to knowing myself, for who I was as a learner. It didn’t matter on average what people said learning should be like. I found very quickly if I didn’t know who I was, as an individual, I couldn’t make choices that were good for me.” Xlast_img read more