February 2 School Reopening Concerns Senate

first_imgThe Senate plenary yesterday voted to set up a joint committee with the mandate to invite officials of the Ministries of Education and Health to ascertain from them whether it was feasible to commence academic activities, and return with their findings to plenary within one week.It is not, however, clear who the committee will be meeting with in committee room from the Ministry of Health, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently nominated Civil Service Agency Director General George Werner to replace aging and soon-to-be-retired former Minister of Health, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale. The Senate refused to confirm Mr. Werner, because they claim that he lacks the requisite qualification for the job.The Senators’ action was prompted by a communication from Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in which she raised a four-point concern that she believes needed to be addressed in the wake of announcement by the Ministry of Education that schools will start classes on February 2.Firstly, Senator Lawrence wants the Senate to ascertain whether schools should reopen before the country is declared Ebola free, and to know if the Ministry of Education has done adequate preparation for the reopening of schools.The Grand Bassa lawmaker is also concerned about parents’ preparation to pay tuition given the short notice ; and whether schools have enough time, especially private schools, to mobilize resources in the absence of salaries for teachers for seven months, for the reopening of schools in February.Senator Lawrence declared: “I therefore wish to request that plenary invite the Education Minister to present a plan of action with a timeline for the reopening of schools in February convincing us that the plan is workable and the Health Minister to report on the status of the Ebola crisis; and to guarantee the safety of our children and teachers for reopening of schools in February.”Senator Lawrence noted that the country has a very poor school system, which she said has resulted into poor performance of students in entrance examinations, West Africa Examination Council exam, and even classroom exams. It can be recalled that seven months ago, all schools and other institutions of higher learning were closed to protect students, faculty and staff against the deadly Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PNC retracts President’s anti-media statement

first_imgAmid mounting criticism over several anti-media statements made by President David Granger during a People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) General Council meeting, the party has now withdrawn those statements made by the Guyanese Head of State.On Wednesday, the PNCR said it retracted its previous press statement on the party’s General Council Meeting held on May 19, 2018, claiming that the quote made by President Granger regarding the media was “taken out of context”.In the previous press statement, Granger was quoted highlighting “the daily challenges faced by the coalition from some sections of the media”. However, this did not sit well with several media entities who are known to have been critical of Government in the past. The members of the fourth estate have since expressed feelings of being threatened by the President’s remark.In an effort to take attention off the controversial statement made by Granger, the PNCR said that the President has long been and will continue to be a strong advocate and defender of freedom of information.“The leaders and members of the PNCR strongly believe that free access to information is an inalienable right of every citizen. It is an indispensable condition of democratic society,” the statement said. The party did not stop there, but went on to state that citizens’ access to information was a democratic right and information was necessary for citizens’ informed participation in society.“The PNCR is committed also to non-interference in the independent media. Independent media act as watchdogs of the Government. They promote transparency by ensuring that information is provided to the public on the work of the Government,” the party also added.Further, the PNCR said private media companies were a source of valuable feedback on the effectiveness of the efforts of the Government. Therefore, there is no good reason for the State to interfere in the work of the private media, and it has committed to ensuring that that does not ever occur.Guyana Times threatMeanwhile, on Tuesday Guyana Times informed the country that it received a number of threats from persons who claimed to be agents of the Government to stop publishing news items which are critical of the Administration and its work.These persons have threatened that should the newspaper continue to pursue articles which are critical of the Government, its owners, management, and affiliate companies will face dire consequences.As an independent media house, this newspaper pointed out that it has striven to express the views of all Guyanese irrespective of religion, race, creed, or political background.“We are of the view that this threat is aimed at silencing us as a media house from performing our role as the fourth estate of democratic government…This media house, over the past 10 years, has stood firm as a watchdog of our democracy and against Government excesses.”In the past, Guyana Times has been threatened by Government officials. In particular one Government official called for the torching of Sanata Complex, Georgetown which houses, among other entities, the newspaper, Television Guyana (TVG-CH 28) and Radio Guyana Inc (RGI).The companies have all strengthened their resolve and stood their ground since the President’s comments and the threats which pre-dated and increased after his statement.last_img read more

Team Tardi wins Mens gold medal title at Curling Classic in Vernon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Sterling Middleton and his team, Team Tardi, were in Vernon on the weekend, October 4 to the 6, to compete in the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic.During the Classic, Team Tardi played a very good start and quickly made their way to Final on Sunday afternoon where they faced Team Cotter.Team Tardi managed to win the gold medal game with a final score of 8-5 over Cotter, sweeping the Classic with a record of 6-0.- Advertisement -Tardi last won on the World Curling Tour back in September 2018 at the King Cash Spiel.last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgFor more information, call (213) 922-7456 or send e-mail to monksd@metro.net. Children’s Day will be May 19 SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is hosting Children’s Day Saturday, May 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at Heritage Park, located at 12100 Mora Dr. Children will be able to go back in time to the 1800s and participate in hands-on activities including arts and crafts, a pie-eating contest, panning for gold, butter churning, games, and races. A petting zoo and pony rides will also be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 946-6476. Miss Whittier to be crowned WHITTIER – Come out and see the crowning of both Miss Whittier and Miss Teen Whittier Sunday, May 20, at 5 p.m. at The Radission Hotel, located at 7320 Greenleaf Ave. Admission for adults is $15 and $10 for children. All proceeds go to the cost of the pageant and the $500 scholarship for Miss Whittier. For more information, call (562) 698-3272. Kiwanis Club will host car show SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe Springs Heritage is hosting a car show at the Sculpture Garden, located on the corner of Telegraph Road and Norwalk Boulevard, Sunday, May 20. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vehicle entries are open to pre-1973 cars, hot rods, customs, classics, trucks and exotic cars. Entry fee is $40 and car clubs are welcome. Admission is free. For registration information, call (562) 943-6163. Gingrich to visit Nixon Library YORBA LINDA – Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Birthplace on May 24 at 6 p.m. for the West Coast launch of his latest book “Pearl Harbor.” To reserve your autographed book, call (714) 993-5075. Signed books will be mailed the day after his appearance. To order tickets to the lecture, call (714) 993-3393. The library is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Spiritt Family Services Colors Family Support Program is hosting a Mother’s Day and Care Giver’s Day celebration Friday from 7-9:30 p.m. at Parnell Park, located at 15390 Lambert Rd. It’s an event to honor both moms and care-givers for all they do. Children’s activities, raffles and refreshments will be available. Admission is free, but you must RSVP. To RSVP or for more information, call (562) 777-1410. Grade separation due for review MONTEBELLO – The public is invited to review and comment on the railroad grade separation options for the city Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 p.m. at the Montebello Senior Center, located at 115 S. Taylor Ave. Three grade separation options will be reviewed at the workshop. These options would separate car and train traffic along the Union Pacific Railroad in Montebello. WHITTIER – The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to spend $15,638 on an Independence Day celebration at Parnell Park and a public safety education campaign. The celebration will be an old-fashioned family picnic with games and entertainment. “It’s a modest figure,” Mayor Owen Newcomer said of the money. “It’s so important that we have some celebration. This is money well- spent.” Mother’s Day bash set at Parnell Park last_img read more

Hull City 0-2 Derby (3-2 agg): Tigers hold on to book play-off final place

first_imgHull City set up a Championship play-off final meeting with Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley with a 3-2 aggregate win over Derby. The Rams won 2-0 on the night at the KC, but they were left to pay after losing so heavily to Steve Bruce’s side on Saturday.County came flying out the traps and they looked like they meant business as Johnny Russell opened the scoring after seven minutes. A dangerous cross was sent into the box on 36 minutes and Hull defender Andrew Robertson put the ball into his own net from six yards. The east Yorkshire crowd were on edge as Derby went for a third, but it eluded them and the Tigers are one match away from a Premier League return. The play-off final will take place at 5pm on Saturday, May 28.Knowing the odds were stacked against them, Derby began at a high tempo and took the lead when Hull failed to deal with a cross to the back post from Cyrus Christie.The ball was headed down by Chris Martin and Russell saw his first shot blocked but forced home the rebound from a couple of yards.Ten minutes later Russell curled a free-kick just wide as Hull continued to soak up pressure and it took 25 minutes for the home side to have a shot when Jake Livermore fired well over.With the break less than ten minutes away, Derby got their second when a low cross from the left by Andreas Weimann was met by Robertson and sent past Eldin Jakupovic.Hull had a penalty appeal turned down when Moses Odubajo went to ground and the same player saw his shot deflected wide for a corner as Derby continued to be solid at the back.With the tie finely balanced both sides began the second half in search of the next goal, Derby being denied in a goalmouth scramble by some hurried Hull defending.Derby looked composed in midfield but were not quite able to make the most of their possession, Will Hughes firing over after one period of concerted pressure and Martin then tested Eldin Jakupovic with a shot which the Hull keeper beat away with his fists. Hull City’s Andrew Robertson puts the ball into his own net 1last_img read more

Ajax wonderkid wakes from year-long coma after pitch collapse

first_imgAjax starlet Abdelhak Nouri has woken from a year-long coma and can communicate with his family using gestures.Nouri suffered permanent brain damage after collapsing on the pitch in July 2017 during an Ajax match against Werder Bremen. Nouri featured in Ajax’s run to the Europa League final in 2017 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 3 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Nouri was airlifted to hospital (Getty) silverware Nouri collapsed on the pitch in July 2017 (Getty) 3 3 NEW ERA smart causal Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Ajax admitted they provided ‘inadequate care’ for Nouri on the pitch after an investigation discovered that a defibrillator should’ve been used sooner.General manager Edwin Van der Sar said in June: “For a long time we were convinced that Abdelhak had received the best possible care on the field.“Had this [earlier use of defibrillator] happened, it’s possible that Abdelhak would have come out in a better condition.” impact highlights gameday Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ALTERED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The 21-year-old experienced a heart attack due to cardiac arrhythmia and was airlifted to hospital.His brother has confirmed that the player’s condition is now improving, and although he cannot move his body yet, he has been helped out of bed and sat in his wheelchair.Abderrahim Nouri, 25, said: “His neurological condition is better than a few months ago. Physically, it’s hard. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “He does not move the body, just the head, but sometimes he gets out of bed to sit in his wheelchair. You can communicate with him.“In the beginning we were not allowed to stay with him for a long time. Those are the hospital’s rules. You have visiting hours. But after a while the doctors saw that we as family had a lot of influence on Abdelhak.“He became calmer. He recognised us. We reassure him, he hears a familiar voice. Since then we can, and do, stay with him 24 hours a day. Because it does him good.”His family can give him instructions such as to open his mouth or raise his eyebrow and Nouri is able to respond accordingly. possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man who said heroin is getting more common in Co Donegal has been jailed for ten years for possession of the drug.Bernard Alcorn was caught with the drug in Stradone, Cavan in April, 2010.Alcorn of 17 Cluain Ard, Letterkenny had pleaded guilty to the sale or supply of the drug. Cavan Circuit Court heard how Alcorn had been stopped in a van in which more than €20,000 of the drug was found.The Court heard that Alcorn had left Letterkenny on 22nd April 2010 to collect Heroin in Dublin. Members of the Drugs Unit at Letterkenny had followed him, assisted by Drugs officers in Cavan and Monaghan.At 7pm on 22/4/10 Alcorn was observed at the Lavey Inn, Stradone, Co. Cavan removing items from his van. As Gardai approached he was observed throwing a bag into nearby shrubbery.The bag was recovered and contained €18,790 worth of Heroin. Alcorn was arrested and detained at Cavan Garda Station. He did not co-opetrate with the Gardai. He was subsequently charged with Possession of drugs for sale or supply Judge John O’Hagan said his hands were tied in the matterHe was aware that Alcorn received a 2 year sentence at Letterkenny Circuit Court on the 10.02.12 for possession of HEROIN for SALE/SUPPLY. For the Section 15a Offence Judge Hagan stated that his hands were tied, there was no co-operation with Gardai from Alcorn.The Court heard from investigating Gardai that Alcorn had 38 previous convictions, including Possession of Drugs for Sale/Supply (4), Numerous RTA Offences, Burglary, Theft, Public Order and Assault. DONEGAL DRUG DEALER JAILED FOR 10 YEARS was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:BERNARD ALCORNdrugsletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness is to make an impassioned plea to the county committee tonight to suspend the first round of county championship games.There are eight games featuring some of Donegal’s biggest clubs down for decision this weekend.But McGuinness is to ask for the games to be suspended to allow his county stars to be at their freshest for the Ulster Final against Down in three weeks time.  MCGUINNESS TO APPEAL TO COUNTY BOARD TO SUSPEND GAMES was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPJim McGuinnessUlster Finallast_img read more


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says the Government should NOT force schools to close for elections and referenda.Dozens of schools across Donegal have closed today to b used as polling stations.Dozens of schools cross Donegal are closed today as the country votes on two referenda and a bye-election.Deputy McConalogue, FF’s Spokesman on Education, said the practice of using schools as polling stations was acceptable when there were no other suitable venues available. “However the past decade we have seen sports centres and community halls built in almost every community across the country. These venues are modern and accessible and would provide an ideal alternative to our primary schools.“The closure of hundreds of primary schools causes unnecessary difficulties for parents who either have to take the day off work or find childcare for their kids who are off school. These children are also losing out on school days every time there is an election or referendum. County Registrars should be forced to look at alternative options for polling stations instead of continuing to use school halls and classrooms,” he said.He said the Department of the Environment should show some leadership and order County Registrars to carry out a full review of polling stations to identify other possible venues.“The large prevalence of community centres, sports facilities and parish halls across the country should provide a range of options for polling stations and would relieve the pressure on parents who are forced to make alternative arrangements when schools are closed on polling days”. SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT CLOSE FOR POLLING DAYS, SLAMS McCONALOGUE was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Charloe McConloaguedonegalpollingschoolslast_img read more

Skills boost for businesswomen

first_img18 July 2006Auditing and advisory firm KPMG has launched the South African chapter of the KPMG Network of Women (Know), an initiative aimed at increasing the number of skilled professional women in key business areas in the country.Aligning itself closely with the government’s drive to improve the skills of South Africans, Know will seek to increase access to professional skills development for South African women.According to KPMG, Know has spread to 31 states across the US and benefited over 8 500 female executives since its launch in 2002.Speaking at the launch of the local branch in Johannesburg in June, KPMG executive director Tshidi Mokgabudi said KPMG would begin by employing 20 unemployed women graduates for 12 months in project management and information technology services “to ensure adequate exposure, knowledge, experience, exposure and skills development.”Women make up 52% of South Africa’s adult population, yet comprise only 41% of the working population and a mere 4.7% of all executive managerial positions, according to the latest Businesswomen’s Association census.Addressing guests at the launch, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said it was common knowledge that South Africa had a shortage of chartered accountants and project managers.Mlambo-Ngcuka – who heads up the government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) – challenged the country’s accounting sector “to look at itself and how it has contributed to ensuring that the lives of young people become better in our country.”Asgi-SA has identified SA’s shortage of skilled labour as one of the main constraints to its goal of boosting the country’s economic growth to 6%.“I am on record as saying that the scarcity of skills is a global challenge,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “The financial sector is one of the affected sectors. South Africa has an army of youth who must be trained and absorbed into the mainstream economy.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more