As of yesterday, March 2, all schools across the country fully resumed academic activities in keeping with the 2014/2015 academic calendar of events released late January by authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE), and readjusted by the members of the National Legislature.The exercise to reopen all schools yesterday came against the backdrop of the “necessary” adjustment made in the official date of reopening schools based on government’s pronouncement two months ago, ordering the resumption of classes on February 2.The pronouncement at the time received mixed reactions with two different dates being contested for the reopening of schools.The government, through the MOE, announced the resumption of basic academic activities beginning Monday, January 12, with student registration followed by teacher orientation and other preparatory activities.Thereafter, instruction would have then commenced on Monday, February 2. With that pronouncement, school administrators and students were already urged to strictly observe the Ebola preventive measures that should have been mounted on all campuses.Early last year, schools throughout the country were ordered closed during the second outbreak of the EVD that claimed the lives of 9000 people.The action by the government to have schools reopened came as the result of the drastic decline now in the number of new Ebola cases across the country. Authorities at the MOE released the academic calendar for 2015, basing it on the February 2 set date.But while the exercise was progressing with students set to enter classrooms on February 2, the Joint Legislative Committee on Education, Public Administration and Health recommended that schools re-open on March 2, instead of February 2 as announced by the MOE.The Committee said the postponement was necessary to allow for adequate preparation of school facilities and to give the MOE, and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) ample time to deliver the necessary Ebola preventive facilities to the over 5,181 schools in the country.The extension, according to the Lawmakers, was also to enable parents to raise the money for school fees and uniforms.The Committee’s recommendation was contained in a report derived from a meeting held with authorities of the Ministries of Education and Health. According to the Joint Committee, it also held a series of consultations with stakeholders and public and private school administrations, who said the decision by government to reopen schools on February 2, 2015 was not realistic. Following the reading of the report, Plenary debated and resolved that it should be accepted, thereby leaving Speaker J. Alexander Tyler to mandate the chief clerk immediately to communicate the decision to authorities of the MOE and MOH/SW as to the March 2, 2015 date agreed to by members of the joint committee to reopen schools.Shortly after the information reached the MOE, its authorities adjusted the February 2 date by two weeks difference to Monday, February 16, 2005, for the resumption of classes.What was not clear then about the MOE’s February 16 reopening date was whether they reached an agreement with the Lawmakers on that reopening date. However, some schools, particularly private and faith-based institutions went ahead anyway and reopened for business.Also too, the MOE added that while the reopening of school would be delayed by two weeks, other academic activities, including registration of students, teachers’ orientation, cleaning up of campuses and installation of Ebola preventive facilities continued until yesterday when almost all the schools are now reopened.Meanwhile, University of Liberia (UL) has at long last announced the resumption of classes beginning Tuesday. March 17, 2015, the vice president for Public Relations, Norris Tweh, has announced.According to Mr. Tweh, the decision to reopen the institution came about after consulting with relevant government authorities seeking the solution for the speedy reopening of the university.He said that the government has meanwhile assured the UL authorities that classes will resume by next week in line with what the administration planned.Mr. Tweh disclosed that the government also assured the UL Administration that it would provide the necessary funding for the resumption of academic activities.He made the announcement over the weekend when he spoke in an interview with reporters at his office on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.“Even though the actual funding requested from the government by the UL for reopening and the smooth running of the university is not yet available, any amount that will be on hand will be managed so as to enable us to reopen on March 17 for the 2015 academic year,” Mr. Tweh assured.The UL official noted that the fund, if made available by the government, would be used to pay some of the outstanding instructors’ salary arrears for the past few months.Mr. Tweh disclosure comes on the heels of an earlier pronouncement by Dr. Dennis that there were no funds for the reopening of the institution.Dr. Dennis’ statement threatened the hopes of the over 30,000 students and there were reports that some students had decided to abandon seeking higher education at the UL.“As of early March, we will be conducting workshops for teachers, especially on the preventive measures so that our campuses can be safe, thus leading to the reopening of the school, Mr. Tweh said.His pronouncement has restored the nearly lost hopes of the students who are reportedly getting set to continue their studies.The UL as well as tertiary and other institutions of learning in the country were closed last year by the government as part of additional measures aimed at stopping the transmission of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News The Marvel Cinematic Universe, like the comics its based on, is pretty weird. What started as a semi-grounded superhero story about a rich man building himself a rocket suit turned into a galaxy-sprawling sci-fi franchise with a talking raccoon and a guy who wipes out half the universe with a snap. Even these movies have not yet begun to plumb the depths of weirdness Marvel is truly capable of. For now. Sony Pictures released a trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Wednesday that begins to dive into all the multi-verse stuff Marvel Comics likes to play with. So far to great effect.Oh holy crap, it looks so good. Damn, maybe it’s a good thing Disney didn’t get the full rights to Spider-Man back from Sony. I enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming more than some around here, but this looks so much better than that. It’s basically everything I’ve ever wanted out of a Spider-Man movie. The action is fluid and fast. I could watch this Spider-Man zip around New York forever. It also looks like it has plenty of humor throughout. I especially love Miles’ relationship with his dad. And that art style. 3D computer animation painted like 2D makes it look like a comic panel came to life. This is going to look absolutely gorgeous on the big screen.In addition to the awesome trailer, Sony also announced the full voice cast of the movie, and there are some great actors in this thing. We already knew Shameik Moore would play Miles Morales/Spider-Man, but now we know Jake Johnson will play Peter Parker, who acts as Miles’ mentor in this movie. That’s super exciting to me, as I really loved the arc in the comics where Peter went into parent mode teaching Miles how to Spider-Man (“Did you finish your homework? Did you eat a snack?”). Also joining the cast is Liev Schreiber will play the Kingpin, meaning he’ll finally be in a good comic book movie. Mahershala Ali plays Miles’ uncle Aaron, and you almost couldn’t ask for a better actor to be in your movie.Just as exciting though, Hailee Steinfeld is playing Spider-Gwen. That’s how deep into the Marvel canon this one is going. Not that Spider-Gwen is super obscure or anything, but that’s further into the Marvel multiverse than the MCU is willing to go at this point. Steinfeld is also a pretty big get. She’s starring in the upcoming Bumblebee Transformers spinoff. As good as that movie looks (really), she’s probably about to become a huge star. Also, Lily Tomlin plays Aunt May. Yes. Yes. A million times yes. Can this just come out now?Spider-Man: Into the Multiverse arrives theaters later this year on December 14.That movie, however does not take place in the MCU. But that doesn’t mean Miles doesn’t exist in the MCU. In fact, Spider-Man: Homecoming went out if its way to include Miles’ uncle in the movie. He’s there, and many fans, us in particular, really hope he makes an official debut before too long. One artist imagined what that might look like. Stephen Byrne posted a couple of fan comics to Twitter detailing exactly what happened to the rest of the Marvel universe after Thanos murdered half of it. Most of it’s really sad, but this one, part two if Byrne’s “After the Snap” series, ends on a hopeful note. After the Snap 2. SPOILERS. pic.twitter.com/ATfWJjDQzm— Stephen Byrne (@StephenByrne86) June 3, 2018God the image of Aunt May watching the news, knowing the worst has happened as Peter failed to come home. I don’t know what’s sadder, her or Ned staring at an empty lunch chair without his best friend. And then there’s Miles. Forced into action after watching his uncle disintegrate right in front of him. Nothing creates a superhero faster than trauma. These comics are so well done, I wish they were canon. You couldn’t ask for a better MCU origin for Miles’ Spider-Man. If he does ever join the MCU, this probably won’t be how. We can dream, though.There is some possibly big Avengers 4 news out today, though. A graphic purporting to be some leaked concept art from the film has surfaced, and if it’s legit, it could hint at some major plot points from the upcoming movie. It comes from ScreenRant, which has not confirmed whether it’s real or not, so you know, grain of salt and all that. If it is real though, the movie is already shaping up to be really cool.Via ScreenRant, Hero XIf that isn’t actual concept art from Avengers 4, it’s a real good fake. If we assume it is though, it gives us some fascinating insight into the plot of the next movie. Let’s take a look at who’s there. All the surviving Avengers are charging into battle, presumably against Thanos. That means this happens before they bring back everyone the Mad Titan erased. (Which, let’s be honest, they will. Most of the disappeared heroes have sequels to make.) Ant-Man and Captain Marvel are there, but we knew they would be. Hawkeye is in the picture, which is what’s really making me hope this is real. Where was he in Infinity War? Did it really take half the universe dusting out of existence for him to come out of family-induced retirement?Most fascinating though, is Hulk. Not only is he wearing clothes, he looks oddly different. If this art is indeed real, that could be a new form of the Hulk. Infinity War certainly hinted at a transformation of some kind. As Banner tried to get angry to force the green guy into a fight, all that happened was a loud “no.” It’s possible the movie was setting up Professor Hulk, a kind of merging of Banner and Hulk’s personalities in the comics. That certainly seemed to be how the Hulk would have preferred things in the last movie. Plus, it explains the sudden ability to wear clothes. Unless those are just an excuse for Marvel to continue not having to animate the giant green dong only hinted at in Thor: Ragnarok. Show us the Hulk Hog, Marvel!Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth in Thor (Photo via Marvel)Finally, a fan theory started making the rounds on the internet that sounds pretty plausible. One of the early signs that the MCU would eventually build up to something like Infinity War was the presence of the Infinity Gauntlet in Odin’s hall in the first Thor. Then, in Thor: The Dark World, it was revealed that the Tesseract and the Aether were both Infinity Stones. Much later, in Thor: Ragnarok, we learned that the Infinity Gauntlet in the hall was a fake. So why did Odin have a fake Infinity Gauntlet? And how did he know so much of the Reality Stone? Redditor DraftDraw posted a very convincing theory.Odin, the theory goes, originally had similar goals in mind to Thanos. We know he used to be a bloodthirsty conquerer before something turned him into the kindly ruler we meet in Thor. Odin used to crave power, and what better way to get it than to collect all six Infinity Stones. According to the theory, Odin learned about the stones from his father, and when he became king, he set out with Hela to collect all six. He’s the one that commissioned Nidavellir to make a control for the stones, the Infinity Gauntlet. While the real one was being made, Nidavellir made a prototype, which is the “fake” on display in Odin’s hall.What stopped him from collecting all the stones and becoming even more of a god? The Soul Stone. Acquiring it requires sacrificing someone you love. And unlike Thanos, Odin couldn’t pay that price. Realizing the true cost of absolute power caused Odin to rethink everything. He became a peaceful king, fought with Hela and banished her to Hell. The theory states he may have used the Space Stone to do it, thereby violating the natural order by sending a living being to Hell, and ensuring Asgard’s destruction in Ragnarok. I love fan theories like this, where all the little pieces fit together. It makes a ton of sense, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was at least 90 percent right. Now I just want to see how well it all lines up. Man, I just finished my MCU marathon before Infinity War came out. Now I have to start it all over again. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.