first_imgDear Editor,Heartbreaking best describes the death of seven-year-old fire victim, Shaniya Persaud.While the doctors tried their best, in the end, an angel soared into heaven.Shaniya fought bravely and valiantly and her spirit and courage will write the epitaph of a champion.Rest in peace little girl and my condolences to the grieving family and friends.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img


Senate Recommends March 2nd for Reopening Schools

first_imgThe Joint Legislative Committee on Health and Education of the Liberian Senate has recommended that schools in the country reopen on March 2, 2015, instead of the February 2, 2015 as was announced by authorities of the Ministry of Education.The nine-member joint committee chaired by Senators Peter Coleman for the Committee on Health, and Dallas A.V. Gueh for Education, recommended to the plenary yesterday, that the reopening of schools for instructional purposes be delayed for one month to allow adequate preparation of the facilities, and the delivery of all needed sanitation kits to the 5,181 schools within the Republic of Liberia.During this period, the committee recommended that renovation of 500 schools targeted must commence and most likely made ready for reopening.The committee in its five-page document advised that the registration process remain ongoing to enable parents do the registration of their kids in a much more flexible manner; and further recommended that schools must not be allowed to have on their information sheets any fees attached to acquiring Ebola-related materials and violators to be sanctioned administratively by the Ministry of Education.The recommendation is the outcome of findings from a hearing conducted by the joint committee on January 27, 2015 on the level of preparedness of the two sectorial ministries towards the reopening of schools.In the findings, the joint committee was reportedly informed by the Ministry of Health that it had concluded jointly with the Ministry of Education that a protocol for the reopening of schools is ready which, if followed, will ensure a safe and Ebola-free environment for the students, as well as instructional and administrative staff.The Ministry of Health during the hearing, also disclosed that all hygiene and sanitation materials as well as temperature monitoring devices were available in the country, and were in the process to being distributed, but was not very sure that all will be distributed before February 2nd date of reopening.For its part, the Ministry of Education informed the joint committee that the training of County Education Officers (CEOs), District Education Officers (DEOs) and administrators is ongoing, but will not be completed before the February 2 date of reopening throughout the country.The committee further gathered from the Ministry of Education that the 500 schools targeted for rehabilitation on a quick impact project basis have yet to commence and that, if works should begin, will surely not be completed before February 2, 2015. Similarly, the provision of hand pumps and sanitary accessories to schools around the country is ongoing, but cannot be completed on time.On the issue of request for additional subsidies for private and faith-based schools, Ministry of Education said the matter is still under discussion and that it is a major challenge faced by that ministry as institutions are the larger part of schools within the country.“Initial discussions had a US$3 Million (United States Three Million Dollars) figure, but that has been rounded to US$17 million; it is not feasible that the discussion will be concluded and financed before Monday, February 2, 2015. There is however, a need for assistance to be provided the private and faith based schools.”Concluding, the committee informed the Senate plenary that information gathered from various parts of the country, as stated by various lawmakers from both Houses of the Legislature, has revealed that many schools are in a serious deplorable condition and will not be ready for the reopening on February 2nd; and that most of the protocols instituted by the ministries of Education and Health, have not trickled down to rural Liberia.Speaking for the first time since his recent induction, Montserrado County Senator George Manneh Weah who signed as member of the nine-member committee argued that the two ministries were not ready for the February 2nd date for schools reopening.Senator Weah observed out of 23 activities, only one had been carried out in preparation for the reopening of schools. He however did not elaborate.The sitting then voted to adopt the recommendation and requested the joint committee to once again meet with authorities of the two sector ministries for final decision, and return to plenary for action.Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Senate was requested to write and inform President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about the Legislature’s recommendation.   It may be recalled that Senators Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence and Geraldine Doe-Sherif, respectively, recently wrote the Senate plenary in which they raised a four-point concern that they needed to be addressed in the wake of the announcement by the Ministry of Education that schools would reopen on February 2, 2015.The two Senators wanted 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 Senators also raised concerns about parents’ preparation to pay tuition with such short notice; and whether schools, especially private ones, have enough time to mobilize resources in the absence of salaries for private school teachers for the past seven (7) months, for the reopening of schools in February.Members of the committee include Senators Peter S. Coleman, Chair, Committee on Health; Dallas A.V. Gueh, Chair, Committee on Education; Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Armah Zolu Jallah, Jewel Howard-Taylor and Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence, all under Committee on Health.Also on the joint committee under Education are Senators Edward B. Dagoseh, Jewel Howard-Taylor, and George Manneh Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Stunning overhead kick by defender you MUST SEE!

first_imgIt was a goal fit to win any football match, so there can be no complaint over Paulao’s stunning overhead kick that inspired Internacional to a 1-0 victory over Goias at the weekend.With the match seemingly heading for a draw, just 10 minutes were remaining when the DEFENDER – in the Goias box for a corner – leapt up and hooked the incredible effort into the top corner to send the Internacional fans wild.last_img


Han doesn’t let up, claims Office Depot

first_imgRANCHO PALOS VERDES — Hee-Won Han started out Monday the way she had played her previous two full rounds at the Office Depot Championship pedal to the metal. The 27-year-old fourth-year LPGA Tour player from Seoul, South Korea, birdied her first two holes to forge a quick three-stroke lead, added another birdie four holes later and won by two strokes over fellow South Korean Soo-Yun Kang at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. Han, who led or shared the lead at the conclusion of every round, had to return for the final 10 holes of her third round Monday morning and secured her fourth tour victory by negotiating that stretch bogey-free. She had absorbed her only final-round bogey and just her third of the tournament Sunday in cold and windy weather before darkness halted play with all 79 cut survivors on the course. “I just hit the fairway and the green,” said Han, whose accuracy helped her avoid the bad bounces that hurt many of her competitors on the scenic, oceanside course. “She did a great job,” said Kang (71-66-66203), who had the best score of the final round, then treated her former teammate on the South Korean national team to a celebratory spray of champagne on the 18th green following Han’s closing par. “We are all very close friends,” Kang said with the help of translation from her sister, Hyun-Jung, “So like the time when I won (at the Safeway Classic in August, for her first tour victory), they did it for me. So I did it for her.” Han, who opened play with a 65 that wound up sharing low round of the tournament, added a 68 in the fog-and wind-delayed second round that took parts of two days, then finished with another 68 Monday in another round spread over two days. Catriona Matthew (68) took third at 205, Natalie Gulbis (71) and Karine Icher (73) shared fourth at 206, and second-round co-leader Jeong Jang (74) and former Pepperdine University golfer Katherine Hill (69) shared sixth at 207, a shot ahead of Marisa Baena (71-208). center_img Han’s 12-under-par total of 201 earned her $195,000 and her fourth tour victory in the Office Depot’s first appearance at Trump National. The annual Los Angeles-area LPGA Tour event was played the past three years at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. Annika Sorenstam, who won the past two Office Depot titles at Tarzana’s El Caballero Country Club, never challenged at Trump National, finishing tied for ninth at 209 after a closing 70. The 63-time LPGA Tour winner exited with an appreciation of the course’s beauty while also frustrated by a slow pace of play that contributed to tournament rounds being carried over three consecutive days because of darkness. “I’ve been giving this some thought,” she said. “I think logistically this course is not set up for a competition like this, and especially for the fans. It’s very difficult to walk. “The greens today, they were great, they were smooth, and the views are fantastic. There’s a lot of positives. But it’s very tough to put, I think, a professional golf tournament especially stroke play when you have a course like this. There’s fairway, and there’s about six feet of rough and then there’s out of bounds, pretty much, so it makes it pretty difficult.” Han solved the difficulty mostly by avoiding it during a tournament in which she said she focused on hitting fairways and greens. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more



first_imgDonegal’s chief fire officer Joseph McTaggart.Donegal Chief Fire Officer Joseph McTaggart is urging the public to be cautious following a recent nationwide fire safety alert in the UK on the risk of fires caused by exploding e-cigarette chargers. This nationwide fire safety alert in the UK has been issued on foot of a spate of fires which is believed were caused by exploding e-cigarette chargers.It is believed that fires are taking place because some smokers are not using compatible chargers. This means too much current goes into the batteries and they overheat and eventually explode. Battery material shoots out – up to two to three metres in distance and can cause a fire if it lands on anything combustible. Latest reported figures from fire services in the UK show that since 2012 they have attended 113 calls to e-cigarette related incidences. In 2012 there were just 8 calls but this increased to 43 in 2013 and there were at least 62 in 2014.Chief Fire Officer in Donegal Joseph McTaggart warns that the increase in the number of fires relating to e-cigarettes is worrying and it is likely that a similar trend is emerging in Ireland.He is urging members of the public to be extra vigilant and advises e-cigarette users to follow these safety tips when charging:• Always use the correct charger and follow the manufacturer’s instructions• Never charge a battery that has signs of damage, that has been dropped, or has been subjected to impact• Never plug a charger into a non-approved mains power transformer• Check that your e-cigarette battery has overcharge or over heat protection• Remove the battery from charge when complete – don’t overcharge• Never leave a battery on charge unattended• Don’t use if wet or exposed to water• Do not over tighten the atomiser when connecting to charger• Ensure that you dispose of batteries correctly. DONEGAL’S CHIEF FIRE OFFICER ISSUES WARNING OVER EXPLODING E-CIGARETTE CHARGERS was last modified: July 27th, 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)last_img read more


A’s trade Jurickson Profar to Padres, acquire left-handed hitting catcher

first_imgThe Oakland Athletics traded infielder Jurickson Profar to the San Diego Padres for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later on Monday.Sources: #Padres acquire Jurickson Profar.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 2, 2019 The 26-year-old infielder, acquired in a three-team trade from the Texas Rangers last offseason, struggled in his season with the A’s. He slashed .218/.301/.410 in 2019 and couldn’t find consistency defensively, often misfiring throws from …last_img


Brand South Africa website hits new record

first_imgBrand South Africa’s official website –http://www.southafrica.info/– posted record figures last month, achieving 2.5 million page impressions in March.Page impressions record the number of pages that were viewed by visitors – translating into hundreds of millions of hits, as each object downloaded on a page is counted as a hit.And in another record, the number of unique visitors going to the site, which is managed by BigMedia, increased to a record 247 000 in March.In comparison, figures from the Online Publishers Association (for October-December 2006) show that http://www.southafrica.info/ was more popular than sites such as:SundayTimes.co.za (Average of 2.2 million page impressions and 211 000 unique visitors). SuperSport.co.za (Average of 1.3 million page impressions and 201 000 unique visitors). BusinessDay.co.za (Average of 1.1 million page impressions and 182 000 unique visitors).Chantal Wellington, the IMC’s e-Communication Manager attributes the popularity of http://www.southafrica.info/ to “its vibe and freshness – at least five new articles are added each day.”In addition to daily updates, http://www.southafrica.info/ contains comprehensive information for foreign and local tourists and investors as well as South Africans living at home and overseas.“The site is both a source of practical ‘how to’ information as well as a comprehensive upbeat commentary of how Alive with Possibility South Africa is,” says Wellington.ENDSDeveloped by Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of the International Marketing Council of South AfricaFor more information, please contact Tumelo Kumalo, IMC Media RelationsTelephone: 011 483 0122/ 084 962 5829Email: tumelok@meropa.org.zalast_img read more


Brownlee admits Ginebra got outplayed in Game 2, vows next game will be different

first_imgLATEST STORIES “They just came out aggressive. They just came out like they needed to win,” said Brownlee after a 103-96 loss.TNT took an 18-point lead early in the second quarter before Ginebra mounted a rally and made it interesting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We kind of countered their aggression in the second quarter, but they were just really focused, and whatever their game plan was, they executed it very well, gave us a problem tonight.” The KaTropa took the Kings’ best shot and rolled through the punches with Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro delivering in the crucial stages. Rice and Castro combined for 41 points. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The pivotal Game 3 is on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Game 3 is going to be different. We’re definitely going to be ready.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Castro held TNT together in the third quarter when Rice had to sit on the bench the entire third quarter with four fouls.A well-rested Rice, then, flourished in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of his 21 points.“They just came out very physical. Early, we didn’t match it, but I think in that second quarter, we battled them pretty good. But I think they were just very focused on the details, on how they were guarding certain players,” said Brownlee, who topscored with 25 points.Rookie Roger Pogoy served as one of TNT’s anchors defensively that caused problems for Ginebra’s execution and disrupted the Kings’ offensive flow.“I think that’s a conference-low for us. I think we definitely need to move the ball better,” said Brownlee, referring to Ginebra’s 20 assists. “They did a good job, they were pressuring on the passing lanes, so I have to give a lot of credit to Talk ‘N Text.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Saddled with foul trouble, Rice had no doubt TNT locals could get job done PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee praised TNT for its execution on both ends of the floor in Game 2 of their semifinals series.Aiming to avoid facing a 0-2 hole in a best-of-5, the KaTropa played with a sense of urgency and it showed from the onset.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more


Amit Shah likely to be arrested in Prajapati fake encounter case

first_imgFormer Gujarat minister of state for home, Amit Shah, is likely to be arrested again as the investigation in Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case reaches a decisive phase.It is learnt that the CBI has stumbled upon crucial evidence which may spell serious trouble for Shah, who was arrested last year in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.The CBI maintains that the killing of Prajapati was a sequel to Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter involving senior police officers of Gujarat and Rajasthan and was carried out to destroy evidence.The investigating agency has further alleged that Shah had conspired with the policemen to eliminate Prajapati as he was the main witness in the fake encounter.Sohrabuddin was allegedly running an extortion racket on behalf of the then Ahmedabad DCP (crime) Abhay Chudasama, who was allegedly Shah’s point man. He was also involved in blackmailing the marble lobby of Rajasthan and was killed in a staged encounter by the Gujarat Police on November 26, 2005.Chudasama was later arrested by the CBI. Sources said that Shah not only conspired to eliminate Prajapati but also allegedly orchestrated his killing. “Just before Prajapati was killed, D.G. Vanzara was posted as DIG (Border Range) at Banaskantha. It was an out of turn posting,” the source said, adding that Prajapati was killed within ten days of Vanzara taking over the charge.”Such senior posting has to be cleared by the MoS (home), who at that point was Amit Shah. The question that comes up is what caused such an out of turn posting,” the source said, adding that the CBI has found evidence of collusion between Shah and Vanzara for this posting.advertisementPrajapati, who was lodged in the Udaipur Jail, was reportedly attacked in the prison on March 25, 2006.Within days of Vanzara taking over, summonses were issued to the Rajasthan Police asking Tulsi to be present in the Ahmedabad court in connection with the Popular Builder shooting case. On his way back to Rajasthan on December 27, 2006, Tulsi was shot dead near the Rajasthan border.The state police had filed a chargesheet in the Prajapati encounter case three-and-ahalf years after the incident. It is learnt that the CBI is also probing the role of the state CID, which was allegedly used to mislead the investigation.Interestingly, the CBI in its chargesheet filed in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case had maintained that the shootout at Popular Builders office in Ahmedabad was also stage managed by the Gujarat Police in December 2004 to allegedly create a viable criminal ground justifying Sohrabuddin’s killing.The Gujarat Police had named the Patel brothers – owners of Popular Builders – as the main accused in the case and had also implicated Prajapati and Sylvestor, associates of Sohrabuddin.The CBI had also said that the motive behind implicating them was merely to extort money from the Patel brothers at the behest of Shah, Vanzara and Chudasama.The investigating agency had reiterated its allegations once again before the Supreme Court in March this year when it sought merger of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases.The Supreme Court had barred Shah from entering Gujarat after he was released on bail in October last year, fearing he might influence the witnesses.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more


NSWCCC take the 18’s Boys title

first_imgNew South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges have survived a late comeback from the Queensland Secondary Schools Touch side to win the title at the 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships.CCC got out to a three touchdown lead before QSST hit back to level the game with minutes remaining.QSST had the opportunity to again level the scores late in the game when CCC’s Edan Price got sent to the sin bin with less than two minutes remaining, but were unable to capitalise, with the NSW boys taking the game by one touchdown. QSST got off to a great start when Ryley Jacks dived across the line in the opening set of six to give his side the early lead. It wasn’t long before CCC hit back, with Alex Franklin on the receiving end off a great flick pass from Daniel Chiddy, to level the scores at 1-all.Edrick Lee put QSST back in front five minutes later when he crossed over in the corner to give his side a 2-1 lead. But it was Scott Daley’s touchdown in the ninth minute, set up by Sam Brisby, which leveled the scores up again. CCC then hit the lead for the first time in the game when Simon Lang’s dive for the try line gave his side a 3-2 lead.CCC extended their lead four minutes later when a cut out pass from Brisby set up Alex Franklin for his second to give his side a three touchdown lead with minutes remaining in the first half.But QSST weren’t finished for the half, with Jacks crossing for second touchdown just before half-time to go to the break down by two, 5-3. CCC was back on the attack just after half-time, and extended their lead back to three touchdowns when Ben Dosseter scored in the first set of six. QSST’s Kade Bonner was the next to score, and brought his side back within two touchdowns with 13 minutes remaining, and when Lee crossed for his second, the Queensland boys were back in the game.Adam Pryde’s touchdown leveled the scores for QSST, but it was short lived, with Nicholas Good scoring off the next set of six off the back of some great work by Matt Moylan to steal the lead back, 7-6.Price was sent to the bin with two minutes remaining to give the QSST boys a chance to hit back, but it was too little too late, with CCC running away with the title.CCC was rewarded for their consistent carnival, with Moylan being named Player of the Match, and Good being named Player of the Series.  NSWCCC Captain Dan Mahoney paid tribute to his team mates in the presentations after the game. “We’re all mates and that’s what it’s all about, that’s why we play touch,” Mahoney said.last_img read more