Deputy Minister of Education Ramses T. Kumbugah has made a call for private school owners to employ committed teachers in order to help Liberian students acquire quality education.He made the call when he spoke at a program marking the dedication of phase one of the newly-constructed Self-Help School Building project in New Kru Town Bushrod Island, Monrovia.The program brought together government officials, parents, community dwellers, and students of the institution.The Juah Sarwee Memorial Welfare Institute was named after President Ellen Johnson Sirleafs’ grandmother.The Minister said if teachers are not committed and willing to actively perform their duties, it becomes dangerous to the students and the country at-large.He pointed out, however, that teachers should not use the profession as a stepping stone to another profession; rather, one must become a teacher because of the love and passion for teaching.“In molding the minds of young people, there are skills required. And teachers should continue adding to their ability of being goods teachers, daily.“It becomes dangerous to our society if we don’t have qualified and willing educators in the sector. Quality education is not the responsibility of the public sector alone but of private institutions as well,” Deputy Minister Kumbugah said.According to him,“Teachers need to make use of training institutions around the country, to enhance their capacities.”He called on parents to help teachers, as it is not the responsibility of teachers alone.“Parents must be ready to make sacrifices for their children in ensuring that they are educated. Bringing up young children is not easy. So we need parents to get involved in the process; when the children leave school they go home. Parents need to serve as guardians to the children, make sure they study their lessons, do their home work, and make it to school on time.With all of these efforts, we know that we are headed somewhere when it comes to the upbringing of qualified and competent youths for tomorrow,” he stressed.“We as the public sector are making sure that quality education remains our priority. The challenges remain high for senior high schools when it comes to getting qualified teachers; however we remain committed to doing all we can to make sure that Liberian children get a good education,” he added.Minister Kumbugah concluded by encouraging students to take their education seriously and avoid too much play. He told the students that if they must achieve their goal of become future leaders and nation builders; they must be ready to pass through the tough times of education.“Becoming big people in society is done through education. Without education, you cannot make a serious contribution the country. So if all of you students want to become a part of Liberia’s transformation process, you must be educated”, he pointed out.The first phase of the newly-constructed school building consists of 17 class rooms, a laboratory and a library.Giving a short speech, the school principal, Mr. Robert B. Teah, said the school has a total of 2,080 students for this academic 2014/2014.He added that the school is still in need of a generator and 740 arm chairs.“The school is almost tuition free; students only pay LRD$800.00 per school year. We are able to pay our teachers and run the affairs of the school through what we raise from partners, friend, and other good will ambassadors.For the completion of this school, we still needUS$23,803.00 because the total cost of the project was a little over US$100.000”, he said.“We need both materials or cash contributions and support from philanthropic individuals, charitable and humanitarian institutions, to enable us complete the entire two-storey modern building project to help bring to our students the quality education they deserve—and will get, should they apply themselves,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… repercussions of tax on electricity, water will be disastrousThe National Assembly will from Monday commence what is expected to be an intensely heated debate over the 2017 National Estimates, presented to the nation on November 28, 2016, by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.Opposition MP Irfaan AliGuyana Times has since invited Chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, Irfaan Ali to give his take on the growing voices of opposition with regard many measures that were announced by the Finance Minister, including the restructured Value Added Tax (VAT) regime being applied to electricity, water, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and services.In relation to pharmaceutical and medical supplies, Ali told this publication not only will the cost of accessing private medical service increase dramatically, but medical staff such as nurses, medics, laboratory technicians and others may face the risk of losing their jobs, since patients will now be forced to seek medical service from public hospitals.This, he said, could lead to the closure of several private operations threatening literally hundeads of jobs in that field.Ali noted too another of the possible effects of taxes being applied to drugs, medical supplies and services is the fact that it will inherently lead to increased overcrowding at public hospitals will lead to an increase in the death rate.“Out of desperation, the vulnerable might now be forced to seek alternative medicine, hence putting their lives in additional danger,” he suggested.This past week the Private Sector Commission had also lamented the move on the part of Government to apply VAT to medicines and medical services.According to Chairperson of the PSC Committee on Economics and Financial Affairs, Ramesh Persaud, essential drugs and medical supplies will now be attracting VAT, and as such, this means that a patient will not only have to pay VAT on their doctor’s visit at a private hospital but any prescriptions to be filled will become more expensive.This obtains since drugs will also now be attracting a 14 per cent VAT, inherently driving up the costs to be paid by consumers.According to Persaud, “it is a significant challenge,” even as he called on behalf of the PSC for Government to revisit is new VAT regime.Persaud was of the view that should the new VAT regime as indicated by Government were to go ahead then it will inherently drive up prices and the inflation rate in the country.Hocus Pocus budgetMeanwhile, Ali in his interview with Guyana Times said the “hocus pocus 2017 budget provides no remedy to remove our economy from the midst of the labyrinth.”He said too that the bearish sentiment about the country’s economic prospects for the rest of the year by Finance Minister Jordan, “remains rife.”On the matter of VAT, Ali told this newspaper it is his considered opinion that application of the tax will directly cost the people of this nation an additional $14 billion in addition to the indirect hardships to be placed on Guyanese and local businesses.During his interview, Ali sought to make it clear that the application of VAT on electricity and water runs contrary to any optimal taxation system.Ali said electricity and water are considered basic human rights and that the entire regime as proposed is, “regressive and highly convolute.”He told this newspaper that Minster Jordan seemed inept to correctly comprehend how the adjustments will work, which points to the glaring fact that he is completely “buried in oblivion, of the detrimental and disastrous ripple effects that will follow.”According to Ali, VAT on water will cost the people of this nation approximately GY$110 million, given that approximately 9000 persons, on average that pay $1500 or more per month on water charges.On the matter of the application of VAT on electricity, Ali used as example the operations of a small sawmill operator and pointed to monthly electricity costs which if calculated at today’s rate could be in the vicinity of $900,000 monthly. Ali said that with the application of VAT on the electricity bill, it will skyrocket to in excess of $1 million monthly; a cost that will no doubt have to be passed on to customers. He said the ripple effect from that single sawmill operations would see an increase cost of lumber, which could induce presumed homeowners to use less lumber and more cement.Ali noted that this is among the very sectors that Government is looking gather momentum in 2017, but it will certainly encounter a slew of additional hardship.According to Ali, “the increase in electricity cost for a mall will increase, prompting an increase in the overall cost for renting boutiques, hence further prompting an increase in the price of clothes.”Ali said too that manufacturing and commercial activities, including a significant amount of private residents will be equally affected, from a reduction in disposable income.“The ripple effect that will follow will lead to reduction in private consumption and ultimately increase in non-performing loans… Is this the good life the Government has envisioned?”He told Guyana Times that during his presentation to this year’s debate he intends to point out too the effects of the tentacles of VAT being extended “to leach off our Internet service, pharmaceutical and medical supplies.”According to Ali, “given the inelasticity of demand by consumers for these services, this additional burden would inevitably have to be passed on to consumers, a counterproductive measure that would certainly impede growth in the ICT sector.”
Members note: Club Annual General Meeting and elections Wednesday 7:30 Pm at Northern Lights College, Room 2-115 in the new wing. – Advertisement -Photo – Peter King racing in the Blizzard 15-mile race on Sunday – submitted Photo. Bob Andrews made it three wins in a row for the Blizzard 15 Mile trophy on Sunday. He had a time of 43:51 minutes on the new Montney Highway route, under very windy and cool conditions. Roger St. Jean was second at 45:29. Kevin Shaw and Peter King tied at 45:36 for third spot. Tim Gladysz had 47:06 for 4th and Gord Harris 47:15 for 5th.Sandy McDonald made it two Women’s Phoenix 15 Mile trophy wins in a row at 46:49. Jolea Bilodeau was second at 48:58, and 2008 winner Barb Polehoykie was third at 50:31. Six-time trophy winner Lisa Verbisky was 4th at 58:40.Other times were Richard Wood 47:37, Ken Nix 48:47, August Battiston 50:28, Dean Lowry 52:11, Owen Giebelhaus 56:14, Rob Churchill 56:25 and Andrew Spence 57:48.Next week is a Tuesday Baldonnel duathlon at 7 pm. Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm and Sunday’s ‘King of Spring’ road race at 10:00 am.Advertisement -submitted story
The local area norm for July, which is the month with the highest Fort St. John precipitation average, is 83.2 millimetres. This year we’ve already recorded more than three and a half times as much rain as we did in July of last year, when the total was only 22.1 millimetres. We’ve also nearly doubled, in the last two months, the amount we recorded in June and July of last year. 201.9 is the total this year, as compared to just 106.6 in 2012,which of course followed a record total of 321 in June and July of 2011.- Advertisement –
Email me at: email@example.comSee you next weekend!Kristen This weekend was full of tons of exciting events all over Fort St John! We had beautiful days on Friday and Sunday and though Saturday gave us a little rain, that never stops anyone in Fort St John – We truly are the energetic city!Friday night saw the Grand Opening of Museum Renovations as well as the Comedy Detour Show at the Lido in addition to all the garage sales around town. I also stopped in to visit the SPCA and made a new friend, Celine the cat.Even though the weather was bleak, the spirits of everyone in Fort St John were high and there was still tons to do all around town! The curling rink hosted the Farmer’s Market, as well as the Cadet Ceremonial Review. The round robin portion of the FSJ Slo-Pitch Icebreaker tournament was underway, despite the pools of water all over the diamond! Saturday also saw the annual Bluey Day ‘Be Brave and Shave’ event in support of the FSJ Hospital Foundation. Over $92,000 was raised at the event, which will go towards the purchase of cancer treatment and diagnostic equipment for the Fort St John Hospital. The Heroes Mess Dinner for local emergency services and members of the armed forces was also held on Saturday evening.- Advertisement -On Sunday, it was another beautiful day. Perfect for a picnic at the park and a great day to spend some time outside. Everyone in the playoffs at the FSJ Slo-Pitch Icebreaker Tournament were thankful for the great weather. The first ‘Tapping Into Talent’ event was held at their new venue, the North Peace Senior Housing Society Apt 3, and showcased tons of amazing local talent. To cap off an fantastic weekend, the Doc Walker show was held at the Cultural Center in support of their new album, The 8th.Thanks to all the event organizers and everyone who came out to participate! To find out what’s happening next weekend, stay tuned to 100.1 Moose FM or check out Events on Energeticcity.ca! I’ll be out again next weekend in the Hair Bin Summer Cruiser letting you know what’s happening in the Peace.If you have an event you would like me to attend, please let me know!Advertisement
DDTV: It was a night to remember for Irish womens athletics with the trio of Kerry O’Flaherty, Michelle Finn and Sara Treacy all securing qualification standards in the 3000m steeplechase for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the Letterkenny International Track & Field Meeting. O’Flaherty of Newcastle AC and Finn of Leevale AC also secured qualification standards for the World Athletics Championships in Beijing next month with times of 9:42.61 and 9:43.34 respectively.Dunboyne AC’s Treacy came agonisingly close to the World standard with 9:44.14, just 0.14 outside the standard.The race was won by Jamie Cheever of USA in an Irish All Comers record and seasons best time of 9:40.99, with Lennie Waite of Scotland in 5th place also coming close to the Olympic standard with a personal best of 9:45.94.The race also produced the 5 fastest times ever run on Irish soil in the steeplechase, creating an amazing atmosphere helped on by the roaring Letterkenny crowd. It was non-stop action all evening at the Danny McDaid Athletics track with some fine performances across a range of events. American Jon Peterson won the feature event, the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event in a time of 4:00.41, agonisingly close to producing his first ever sub 4 minute mile.The popular American has run 4:00 two years in a row in Letterkenny, so he will no doubt return and hope that it will be third time lucky for him next year.Julian Oakley of New Zealand and Clemens Bleistein of Germany were 2nd and 3rd respectively in 4:01.45, and 4:01.65. Letterkenny man Danny Mooney was best of the Irish in 4:08.89.The Mens 800m produced a 1:49.72 clocking with Sam Ellison of USA holding off Germany’s Patrick Schoenball with 1:50.15.Junior athlete Garry Campbell of Dunleer AC was 3rd in 1:54.46. In the Mens 3000m, it was another victory for America as Carl Stones moved into the lead at an early stage of the race, and won convincingly in 8:27.28. City of Derry Spartans JP Williamson led the Irish charge in 2nd place with 8:35.16 and Glaslough Harrier Conor Duffy was 3rd in 8:38.82.Lebakeng Sesele of South Africa took the Mens 100m in a swift 10.53 ahead of Tatenda Tsumba of Zimbabwe in 10.75 with Philip Redrick of USA in 10.99.Tsumba took the win in the Mens 200m in 21.28, narrowly pipping Sesele who ran 21.29 with Redrick 3rd in 22.68. Another race which needed a photo finish was the Mens 400m with 4 athletes within 0.24 seconds of each other.Armand Van Zyl of South Africa took the win in 49.53 ahead of Lagan Valley’s Ben Maze in 49.54, with Evan McGuire of Galway City Harriers and Richard Beardsall of England being given the exact same time of 49.77 in 3rd and 4th place respectively.In the Womens 400m, Sinead Denny of Dundrum South Dublin took the honours in 55.45 ahead of Donegal girl Kate McGowan of Tirchonaill AC in 57.79, with 800m specialist Rachel Gibson 3rd in 59.50.The Womens 200m also produced a great battle up the home straight with Kilkenny City Harrier’s Louise Holmes 1st in 25.50, followed by Italy’s Alessandra Feudatari running for Corran AC in 25.81, and Mullingar Harrier’s Vicky Harris in 25.56. One of the performances of the night also came in the Mens Javelin where Joe Dunderdale of England smashed the meeting record with an impressive throw of 67.16m.Sean McBride of Strabane Track Club improved on his personal best with a throw of 62.23m for 2nd place with North Down AC’s Niall McGrattan 3rd in 48.60m.In other field event action, the Womens Long Jump was won by Vivian Fleischer of Celbridge AC in 5.54m with City of Lisburn’s Karyn Dumigan 2nd in 5.03m and Laura Frey of Lagan Valley 3rd in 4.57m.The crowd gathered around the Danny McDaid Track in Letterkenny on Friday night will remember this one for a long time, as never before have three Irish women qualified for an Olympic Games at the same race meeting.And for this to happen in Ireland made it even more special for O’Flaherty, Finn and Treacy.The race has brought womens steeplechasing to a whole new level in Irish athletics, and will put the Letterkenny International Athletics Meeting to the fore of the European athletics calendar in only its third year of running.Full Results available on www.lac.ieDDTV: WATCH LETTERKENNY AC SUB FOUR-MINUTE MILE CHALLENGE EVENT was last modified: July 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSport
OAKLAND — Chad Pinder led off the ninth inning with a single and Ramon Laureano placed a ground ball perfectly enough to force White Sox shortstop Jose Rondon into a throwing error to score Pinder for a walk-off 3-2, series-sweeping victory on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. The A’s have won 10 of their last 12 games and are 12 games above .500.The walk-off Gatorade bath must have felt extra refreshing following a tense eighth that left the score tied 2-2. That inning began with Matt Chapman …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warmer than normal weather early in the week helped push crop maturity, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 6. Most locales saw temperatures in the high 80s or low 90s which was much warmer than normal. This warmth was welcomed given the lack of crop maturity. Farmers kept an eye on the forecast and hoped for a later than normal killing frost as late planted corn and soybeans was still immature relative to normal. Some growers harvested their earliest planted corn and soybeans. Moisture levels were reported to be high. Corn silage was also harvested. The winter wheat crop was being planted much more quickly than normal due in large part to fields being available because they were not planted to other commodities this year. Pasture conditions were highly variable across the State. In the northern and central parts of the State, adequate rainfall was beneficial, while lack of rainfall in the southern part of the State was negatively affecting pastures and hay regrowth. Read the full report here.
A gruelling season of the DLF-Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) Annual Senior Division Football League might have just ended on Tuesday, but Delhi United skipper Rishi Kapur has already set his sights on the upcoming Durand Cup.At 35, Kapur is definitely not one of the quickest on the pitch, but his dedication and enthusiasm can put even players half his age to shame. Delhi United won the league and thus automatically entered the Durand qualifiers, and Kapur doesn’t want the team to rest on its laurels.”This is just the beginning. The professionalism at this club has really impressed me and, while I might not be a youngster anymore, I want this club to reach great heights. We aren’t ready to rest on our laurels,” Kapur told MAIL TODAY.”Our aim is to win the Durand Cup and make Delhi football proud. I know it is easier said than done, but with the kind of players we have and the attitude of the management, we will definitely look to go as far as possible.”Commenting on playing at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Kapur said that the atmosphere was festive and it was a joy to play at the venue, built to host netball events during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.”It is after 25 years that the league has been held outside the Ambedkar Stadium, so we were a bit sceptical as to whether or not we will have people coming in to watch the matches. As we all know, Old Delhi has a football fan-base and initially we were expecting not too many people.advertisement”But I must confess that we have been pleasantly surprised. Not only have people come in to watch all the matches, even the mood has been festive. Even my family has been there on all match days and they have had a great time. The facilities here are top-class,” he said.Kapur feels that for Delhi football to flourish, it is important that more home-grown players are given a chance to showcase their talent in the league.”Indian football has definitely had a problem of foreign players – from African nations – coming in and plying their trade in the country.”It is surprising that a club like Shahdara FC had just one Delhi player in their ranks, and yet they are playing in the final of the DSA league. There should be a proper mix so that the local talent pool gets a boost,” Kapur said.
Next Abreshmina S Quadri BaselMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 22:57 IST Swiss Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth was up against world No.2 Shi Yuqi of China in the final. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSB Sai Praneeth lost 21-19, 18-21, 12-21 to Shi Yuqi in Swiss Open finalIt took 68 minutes for world No.2 Yuqi to beat PraneethThis was Praneeth’s chance to win his first title in 2 yearsB Sai Praneeth faultered at the final stage of Swiss Open 2019 as he lost 21-19, 18-21, 12-21 to world No.2 Shi Yuqi of China on Sunday. Despite starting on a high note and dominating Yuqi for half of the match, errors creeped in for Praneeth towards the second half of the match as Yuqi took the title.This was Praneeth’s chance to bag his first title in two years and especially after the kind of form he was in throughout the tournament – he had not dropped a single game.Praneeth was in top form coming into the final as he absolutely outplayed Olympic champion Chen Long in the semi-final to set up the final date with Yuqi.However, it came down to fitness and ability to carry on for longer on the court where Yuqi took the cake.Praneeth showed the flair of the semi-final in the first game and his cross court shots were doing the job again.Within 10 minutes, Praneeth went into the break with an 11-9 lead in the first game.Praneeth had found his rhythm while Yuqi was struggling to read the deception Praneeth was playing with.Praneeth showed some exceptional control at the net and raced off to an 18-12 lead after the break.Yuqi, however, was not giving up as expected and kept Praneeth’s on his toes.Despite having a 19-16 lead, Yuqi stormed right back to make it 19-19 only for Praneeth to hold his nerves and close out the game 21-19 in 21 minutes.advertisementPraneeth began the second in a similar manner, finding the lines and troubling Yuqi with his all-court play.Praneeth had a good lead and was looking primed to take it but Yuqi shifted gears and began to take control.Errors began to creep in for Praneeth and Yuqi took the second game 21-18 in 26 minutes to force the decider.A third game is known to be a bit of achilles’ heel for Praneeth and the same showed up in Basel as Yuqi began to stay on top of Praneeth in the decider.Praneeth kept making errors and looked exhausted while Yuqi had found his reserve energy to carry on strong.In 13 minutes, Yuqi took an 11-7 lead into the break and never looked back from there.Praneeth attempted but in the end, Shi Yuqi was just too good. Yuqi took the decider in 21 minutes and won the title in 68 minutes.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Swiss Open 2019Follow B Sai PraneethFollow Shi Yuqi Swiss Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth settles for silver after final loss to Shi YuqiSwiss Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth could not upstage the world No.2 Shi Yuqi of China and lost 21-19, 18-21, 12-21 in the final at Basel on Sunday.advertisement