Worried Legislators Want Schools Reopened, Education, Health Ministers Summoned

first_imgLegislators in the House of Representatives are concerned about the future of Liberian children as the closure of schools in the country continues due to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).As the Ebola virus spread uncontrollably throughout the country, the Liberian government through the Education Ministry in July ordered the closure of all schools until otherwise notified.The legislators said that the closure of educational institutions due to Ebola is troubling and worry that the previous 14 years of civil strife had already put Liberian children behind academically.  Being cognizant that education is the key to development and provides the skills and competencies students require in order to become productive participants in the country’s economic and social development, the legislators are seeking a way forward to reopen the nation’s schools.Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted for Education and Health Ministers Etmonia David Tarpeh and Dr. Walter Gwenigale to be summoned to discuss the conditions for reopening the schools.The two officials are to appear before the Committees on Health and Education on Thursday and thereafter the Committees will later report to the House Plenary.The Committees’ judgment to invite the Education and Health Ministers was due to the mandate from the Plenary predicated upon a communication from Rivercess County Lawmaker, Rep. Francis S. Paye, to find a way forward to reopen the schools.Rep. Paye hopes that Min. Tarpeh can provide the Health and Education Committee a briefing on current developments within the educational sector. “This, we believe, would also allow the Education Minister to hold consultations with other stakeholders for amicable solutions,” wrote Rep. Paye.However, Grand Bassa County Representative Gabriel B. Smith amended the motion for the inclusion of Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale which was accepted by his fellow lawmakers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

9-year-old killed during beach outing

first_img…allegedly struck in water by jet skiA young boy lost his life after an alleged freak accident at the Number 63, Beach, Berbice, during an Emancipation Day outing.Dead is Daniel Mootoosammy, 9, a grade four student of Yakasary Primary and of Lot 1 South Yakasary, Black Bush Polder, Berbice.Reports are that the child, two of his brothers and an uncle went to the beach and were in the water when tragedy struck. Speaking with Guyana Times the dead child’s sister, Varshtie Mootoosammy, said she was toldDead: Daniel Mootoosammythat her brother was hit by a Jet Ski.According to her, Daniel was pronounced dead on arrival at the Skeldon Hospital where he was taken following the accident. Meanwhile, Police have since arrested an excavator operator of Crabwood Creek, Skeldon, Berbice, who was using the Jet Ski at the time the child was struck.The uncle, who took Daniel and his 13- and 12-year-old brothers, was too traumatised to speak. The child’s father, Veren Mootosammy told this publication that his son was having fun in the water when the incident occurred.The grieving father said it was the third time he had allowed the boy to go to the beach with his uncle. “Normally they would go in the corner of the water and bathe and play ball when they go to the beach,” he stated.He said the two elder brothers would visit the beach frequently with their uncle.Little Daniel leaves to mourn his parents, three brothers and three sisters.Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Seller’s fast gain cues probe into nonprofit

first_imgBURBANK – The Burbank Housing Corp., which uses public dollars to create affordable housing by buying and renovating old buildings, is being audited by the city for a deal that saw one property owner make $365,000 in just 10 days. The independent nonprofit chartered by the city of Burbank purchased an eight-unit building at 261 W. Verdugo Ave. in December for $1.4 million, an amount approved by the City Council. Seller David Augustine had only acquired the property 10 days before the sale, and made a $365,000 profit, prompting questions about the nonprofit’s operation. Councilman David Golonski, who has proposed rescinding the sale, said an audit of the group’s procedures will help clear the air. “Burbank Housing Corp. is doing fantastic work, but when something like this happen, it creates a bad perception,” he said Thursday. “We all have to be very certain that there is full disclosure and everything is transparent.” Judith Arandes, the group’s executive director, said she welcomes the scrutiny. The audit is expected to begin later this year and could last up to two months. “I don’t think that it should be seen as hunting for something that’s been done wrong,” she said. “It’s just looking at our procedures and to make sure everything is OK. We’ll be more than happy to cooperate.” Since it was formed in 1997, the housing corporation has acquired more than 200 rental units and refurbished them as low-income housing, primarily with federal and local tax dollars on loan from the city Redevelopment Agency. It also oversees day-to-day management of the properties and four activity centers – about $22 million in property assets. Though autonomous from City Hall, the nonprofit’s nine-member board includes two who are appointed by the city, which reviews the group’s books each year. Arandes said her group has been eyeing the Verdugo property for four years and did not know it was for sale until Augustine put it on the market. The $1.4 million sale price was backed by an appraisal ordered by the redevelopment agency, acting as the lender, she said. “We were not judging what the previous owner paid for it,” Arandes said. “Our understanding is, he had paid below market price.” A phone message left for Augustine was not returned, but a letter from his attorney, Lawrence P. Brennan Jr., addressed to the city said the sale was conducted openly. “Any insinuation to the contrary is defamatory and we are evaluating Mr. Augustine’s options in that regard,” he wrote. Arandes said better disclosure between the buyers and the city could head off further problems. “We never thought what somebody else paid for it is an issue if what we’re paying for (property) is reasonable,” she said. “I think we can disclose it and make those decisions together.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want 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

36 goals in 69 games – why Newcastle are prepared to pay £13m (video)

first_imgNewcastle have signed Aleksander Mitrovic from Anderlecht.The move is subject to a work permit, but the 20-year-old is expecting to be a Magpie soon, saying: “I visited the stadium and it is amazing. I have played in a lot of impressive stadiums in my career but St. James’ Park is so big, I can’t wait to play my first game here.”EXPERT VIEW ON MITROVICThe Serbia international has been at Belgian club Anderlecht since 2013 and in the two seasons following his move from Partizan, scored 36 goals in 69 games. He was also on hand to score against Arsenal in November at the Emirates in the Champions League group stage where his side fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3.Check out some of his other highlights for Anderlecht here…last_img

GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgRoyal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 24/06/2012 were 4, 7, 10 & 22. There was no winner, consolation prizes went to Anne Kennedy, Brian McNern, Castleview & Roy Adair.  Next week’s jackpot now stands at a massive €4900. The club annual Cul Camp, now sponsored by Kelloggs, takes place from the 2nd to 6th of July. Registration can be done online on their website or on the first day of the camp. Prices this year start at €55, and discounts apply for a second child (€45), and a third & forth and so on (€40). The club are trying to put forward the idea of a day allocated for SDC Heart scans to take place in the clubhouse. It would be open to all club members and would cost in the region of €40 to €60. It will be put towards all adult players in the meantime but it any person from the parish is interested please do not hesitate to contact any club executive. The clubs clothes bank is now situated in the grounds of the club and is now very easily accessed as it has benn built into the the outer fencing of the grounds on the roadside. There was no adult football over the weekend but next week sees the seniors play twice, Friday and Sunday, against Robert Emmets and Naomh Colmcille respectively, both games being away from home. Emmets have no reserve team so the reserves have one game on the Sunday. Our U14 side sadly lost out to Killybegs in the divisional final on Wednesday last, after a poor first half performance, they fought back brilliantly to change a 21 point deficit to 4 points but just ran out out of time. Final score was 4-14 to 4-8. Wednesday night sees the team play Naomh Brid in the first round of the Championship.GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Newcastle team news: Predicted XI to face Bournemouth in the Premier League

first_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? revealed 2 Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez with DeAndre Yedlin. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? TOP WORK huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Newcastle are likely to be without Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto.Lascelles (shoulder), Shelvey (muscle injury) and Muto (calf) all left the pitch during last weekend’s 1-0 win over Watford and although Lascelles has done some light training, the other two have not and all three are major doubts. Most Popular Premier League Storiescenter_img gameday cracker Is this how Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United team will look against Bournemouth? changes predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Finally, Newcastle United have a Premier League win this season and they will be hoping to take the momentum of their 1-0 win over Watford into their Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.The Magpies will want to capitalise, especially having seen the Cherries lose their unbeaten run against Manchester United last time out. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Where can I listen?You can listen to exclusive commentary of Newcastle vs Bournemouth live on talkSPORT2, kick-off 3pm. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 tense last_img read more

‘Von Ryan’s Express’ author David Westheimer dies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In 1965, Westheimer wrote “My Sweet Charlie,” which dealt with racial tensions in a Texas town. The story focuses on a bond that develops between a black civil-rights activist and a white teen who is pregnant but not married. The book was made into a successful play, which was produced on Broadway in 1966. It was later made into a television movie that earned an Emmy Award for actress Patty Duke. Other books written by Westheimer include “Summer on the Water,” “Sitting It Out” and “Delay En Route.” He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dody; sons Fred and Eric; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Novelist David Westheimer, who wrote “My Sweet Charlie” and “Von Ryan’s Express,” which was turned into a movie starring Frank Sinatra, has died. He was 88. Westheimer died Tuesday of heart failure at UCLA Medical Center, according to his son Fred. Born in Houston, Westheimer graduated from Rice University in 1937 and joined the Houston Post, where he was an editor and columnist. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces and was a navigator aboard a B-24 bomber that was shot down by Italian fighter planes. He spent 28 months as a prisoner of war and was released in 1945. He drew upon the experience and wrote “Von Ryan’s Express,” a story about an American POW leading his fellow prisoners on a daring escape from the Germans in Italy. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best sound effects. last_img read more

A sign of the times on way for speeding motorists in Kilmacrennan

first_imgPlans for flashing signs telling drivers what speed they are doing entering a Donegal village are among proposals to reduce speed in the area.The suggestion was made at the latest meeting of Letterkenny Municipal Authority by Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr John O’Donnell.He said he had been approached by a number of residents in Kilmacrennan about people coming off the new stretch of road at speed into the village. He said the area was like the famous racing track Brand’s Hatch.He said people are using a very new stretch of road and have built up speed before having to brake suddenly when they realise the speed limit has been reduced from 100kph to 50kph.Seconding the motion, Cllr Michael McBride said flashing signs to allow motorists to know what speed they are doing and warning them to slow down may work in the area.“They have worked in other parts of the country and I think it could be a good idea,” he said.  A sign of the times on way for speeding motorists in Kilmacrennan was last modified: October 10th, 2019 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:councildonegalkilmacrennansignsSpeedlast_img read more

49ers on hunt for offensive tackle help after Coleman’s ankle surgery

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Shon Coleman had surgery Sunday morning to repair a fractured fibula and dislocated right ankle, meaning the 49ers need a new offensive tackle to emerge as the primary backup to Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey this season.Coleman got injured when guard Najee Toran inadverntly fell into the back of Coleman’s leg, on the fourth snap of Saturday night’s exhibition-opening win over the Dallas Cowboys.Acquired in a trade last year from the Cleveland Browns, Coleman was not active …last_img

Does Your Facebook Profile Make People Think You’re Boring And Ugly?

first_imgcormac foster The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Even if your resume is perfect, your references are in tip-top and your job skills are up to date, new research suggests employers and others could still find reasons to dislike you.Last month, Seoyeon Hong, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, released a study about user perception of Facebook profile pictures. The study, originally published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, evaluated the influence of user comments and internal “social cues” and found they had a significant impact on perceptions of physical, social and professional attractiveness. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Active Pictures Are Better LikedAccording to the author, “People tend to rely more on other-generated information than self-generated information when forming impressions.” In short, most people want to be told what to think. You can start the ball rolling with “social cues” that give a peek into the outrageously interesting person you are – maybe a picture of yourself with a guitar or a surfboard.Bait the hook, and users will bite. According to the report, the author “found that people with Facebook profile photos that include social cues were perceived as more physically and socially attractive than people with profile photos that were plain headshots.” I do things, therefore you will like me. Bam.Positive Comments Will Make Strangers Like YouBut don’t stop there. There’s safety in numbers, so to get the herd mentality working in your favor, you’ll want to conscript legions of friends into your positive-comment gang. “No matter what the profile owner does to tailor their Facebook page, comments left on their page from other users should be monitored as well. Positive comments are very helpful, but negative remarks can be very damaging, even if they are silly or sarcastic.” So yes on the “OMG Luv the Hair!” but nix the snarky comments from your frat brothers.[ http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=86941594 ]Beyond the pruning the obvious offenders (like deleting inflammatory posts from crazy exes), should any of this matter to you? Do you really need to cultivate a comment network and turn every Facebook photo into your own private Yelp?Will It Keep You From Getting The Job?To find out, I showed the report to an human resources director with more than 20 years of recruiting experience – who asked not to be named. Her reaction was fairly dismissive:I think that the recruiter/hiring manager could certainly not help but get an impression from the profile photo (or other photos of the candidate), but I would not expect ‘comments on profile photos’ to be any strong special determining factor. It just seems really hard to generalize, and I don’t doubt those Missouri people were able to get the results they got in a test lab setting, but I wonder about how significant their findings are for the real world.It seems the comments angle might be overblown, and recruiters, at least, ought to be able to resist peer pressure.Be True To YourselfBut what about the internal social cues? Could semi-subliminal messaging really work? Let’s say you do decide to roll the dice and tweak your profile pics, just in case. Here’s a tip from a PR pro: don’t try too hard or you’ll let people down.According to Diane Schreiber, Senior Managing Director at Sparkpr, “In today’s social world, it is best to provide a true perception of you. If you try to PR your profile photo and it doesn’t reflect who you are, its just going to be a disappointment in the end.”So, assuming you actually like rock-climbing – a shot of you at the climbing gym might make you seem athletic. But that picture of you BASE jumping with a beer in your hand? That just makes you look like a tool. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more