Post Ebola Free School Inaugurated

first_imgAs the post Ebola recovery process remains cardinal to government and international partners, an international foundation has jumped-started the effort to raise the standard of education in Liberia.  Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation, a U.S. based not for profit organization last Tuesday inaugurated the first modern, free school in Liberia’s second city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.  The primary school, intended to provide quality education to less fortunate community children in the Sugar Cane Farm community, opens its doors for the first time to scores of underprivileged and possibly Ebola affected children.  Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy established in 2011 by Saya Doe Sio, a certified Public Accountant, began academic 2014/2015 with one kindergarten and two first grade classes with at least four “highly qualified” teachers.  The intent of having just three classes at the moment, Madam Doe Sio explained, “Is to brew our own students in order to fit in our curriculum already approved by the Ministry of Education. “We have seventy five students at the moment, 25 in each class and the recruitment exercise was based on a child per household. We chose one student per house through a well organized vetting process because we feel that every underprivileged child must have access to quality primary education,” Madam Doe Sio pointed out.On the motive behind the foundation’s engagement in primary education, Madam Doe Sio stressed on the importance of developing children’s minds at an early stage, adding; “When children receive a quality foundation in their educational sojourn, the future is extremely bright because future challenges will already have roots in their minds that will certainly guide them along the way.“Liberia should not be labeled as an EBOLA regime but remembered by community crusaders, like the late Annie T. Doe, a missionary of great virtue whose dream to educate Liberia and Africa’s children is being realized through the Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy today in Buchanan.” During the opening, less fortunate children expressed delight in the foundation’s effort to “restore hope” for their future through the establishment of the school. Parents could not hold back their enthusiasm, indicating that the “school satisfied our quest when we were in search of where to send our children for better education after Ebola damaged our plans and savings,” Mrs. Freeman, a mother of one of the kids joyfully told  reporters Tuesday.  The foundation and partners on Monday distributed uniforms, copybooks and bags among other essential materials to the children to enhance their learning experience.  Founded in 2011 by Saya Doe Sio, CPA, PMP, MBA, in honor of her late mother and to give back to Liberia, her native land, the dream was awakened when Saya visited Liberia in December, 2010 from the U.S.The foundation is supported by individuals in the USA, mainly residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, inspired with a vision to provide free primary education to underserved children, free women’s empowerment programs and basic healthcare services.It is built on a 6,000 square foot plot of land on the compound where Saya was born and raised and it has the capacity to educate up to 300 students up to 6 grade.Students’ ages range from 5 to 13 years, majority of whom have never been to school since birth. Sixty percent of the population comprises girls while boys’ make up the remaining 40%, according to the administrator.The foundation is appealing for assistance from local and international communities to sustain the school, pay teachers, support students, computer programs and other educational activities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Construction of Region 5 duplexes begins

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority last week commenced construction of town houses in the Bath Settlement/Experiment New Housing Scheme area of the West Coast of Berbice (WCB).Contracts given for the construction works are of three-month duration, and the works are expected to be completed in February.The ten buildings which are in the structural stage of construction are two-bedroomed, elevated, concrete houses.According to Clerk of Works of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Mohammed Shameer Khan, contracts for construction of the houses were given to four contractors, who is each expected to ensure the buildings are built according to specification.A total of 114 units are expected to be constructed at Perseverance, East Bank Demerara; 80 at Experiment, West Coast Berbice; 60 at Ordnance-Fortland in East Canje, Berbice; and another 80 are expected to be built in another Region Six community (East Berbice/Corentyne).The units would be constructed in either concrete or wood, and would either be flat or elevated duplexes or townhouses. Each duplex would accommodate three units of 800 square feet of living space which would feature two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and washroom facilities.The Communities Ministry has been given the green-light to immediately start construction of over 700 housing units across the country to accommodate low-income and State employees. This project would see the Guyana Government expending billions of dollars.Over the next two years, Government will be rolling out more housing developments in several other communities within the country.last_img read more

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“Boy” chopped me twice to the head – Grove man tells jury

first_imgThe attempted murder trial of Andy Boodram, known as “Boy”, commenced before Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court in Georgetown on Monday as the chopping victim, Deonarine Prasad, called “Anil”, identified the accused as the one who chopped him to the head.Appearing before a 12-member jury, “Anil” explained that “Boy” chopped him twice on September 24, 2011 following a dispute that stemmed from Boodram playing his music loudly at his Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) residence, which also served as a business place.According to the Virtual Complainant (VC), “Boy”, whom he had known about nine months prior to the incident, operated a shop and would play music to entertain his customers. However, Prasad said that he came outside and asked him to lower the volume of the music as he and his wife had a young child. He claimed that they exchanged expletives for 15 minutes after Boodram told him that he was not “turning down no [expletive] music”.Afterwards, the VC told the courtroom, he was speaking with a woman called “Shirley”, who subsequently shouted: “Anil, run! Boy coming with a cutlass!”He said that he did not run at the said time, but when he turned around, he saw “Boy” swinging the cutlass. Prasad noted that after he was chopped to the right side of his head, he used his hand to block the accused and was dealt a chop to his hand.“”Boy” continued to broadside me even when I fell to the ground on my back,” he noted.The VC added that he lost consciousness and only regained his senses at the Georgetown Public Hospital. He said that he was hospitalised until October 4, 2011 with regular check-ups after. He added that he also had surgery six months after to fit three pieces of his skull that were preserved in his stomach back into place. He noted that swelling in his head had prevented doctors from immediately conducting the corrective procedure.Under cross-examination by Boodram’s lawyer, George Thomas, Prasad admitted that he became angry when the accused did not want to turn down his music. He, however, maintained that he did not attack Boodram.State Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs, Tiffini Lyken and Abigail Gibbs are appearing for the State.last_img read more

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Govt criticised for delaying setting up LGC

first_img– Former Minister says it exposes coalition’s “falsity”Government’s reluctance to establish the Local Government Commission (LGC) is seen as a deliberate attempt to trample on local democracy; and it exposes the coalition’s “falsity”, former Local Government Minister and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Ganga Persaud has said.Persaud said it is extremely disappointing that after all the statements and concerns expressed by the coalition Government, to enhance democracy and to rush bills while promising to give more autonomy to the local Government bodies, the LGC is yet to be established.“I think it has really exposed the real thinking behind this Government. When in Opposition, the local Government and establishing the Local Government Commission was the salvation for local democracy in this country. Now in Government, the Local Government Commission is seen as a monster that will eat away at local democracy,” Persaud told Guyana Times on Sunday.The former minister also chastised Government for its delay in appointing nominees for this important body, claiming that “it’s a deliberate ploy, because the minister wants to use their terms, he wants to be the control freak, to hug up all the sources of power and roll them up under his thumb.”Persaud went on to state that it is more unfortunate, given all the major promises made by the now Government to restore local democracy, give greater autonomy to people, and allow them to manage their own affairs, so that local Government can grow to the benefit of all Guyanese.“I don’t know how the minister Mr (Ronald) Bulkan can really rest; if he does get a chance to, knowing that his strong advocacy has all been exposed as falsity,” Persaud asserted.Another PPP Member of Parliament, Neil Kumar, has also accused the coalition Government of trying to do everything in its power to frustrate the smooth running of Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) after that party had been soundly thrashed at the March 2016 Local Government Elections.Kumar had also said that if the LGC is not established soon, the entire machinery of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) would be shut down, and the only function of the Elections Commission would be that of identification cards’ distribution at all the permanent centres.The Opposition indicated recently that it plans to convene consultation with members of the coalition Government. The Opposition is also prepared to resubmit a new list of nominees for the post of Gecom chairman.Although the parliamentary Opposition named its nominees to the LGC since last year, the Government has so far failed to make any nominations. This has resulted in a deadlock.In the 2016 budget estimates, some $30 million have been allocated by the Government to the non-functioning LGC. When asked, Bulkan had stated that this was to allow the Commission operate independently of Central Government.The LGC, when establish, will have oversight over the various local authority areas in the country. It would also be responsible for appointing officials in the NDC and local authority areas, as well as approving budgets for the NDCs.By law, the Commission is to be made up of eight members — four nominated by the Government, one from the unions, and three from the Leader of the Opposition.Former acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba and former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore were nominated as the PPP’s representatives on the LGC.In addition, the Committee on Appointments had recommended that Andrew Garnett of the Guyana Local Government Officers Union be appointed as the union representative. Government is the only stakeholder yet to fulfil its responsibilities to nominate representatives to the Commission.last_img read more

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Local paintballer excited to get professional paintball season started

first_imgThe CPPL is the top paintball league in the country. Sawyer says the league is based mostly in Western Canada.“We compete in the CPPL which is the Canadian Professional Paintball League. It’s mostly a Western Canadian League with teams coming from all over as far as Winnipeg,” he says. “We play in division one and we have a farm team under us the division three level.”Sawyer started off as someone who would play the game occasionally, but explains how he got involved in top league in the country.- Advertisement -“I played it very casually, then I moved up here about six years ago and found a couple people to practice with and ended up getting in touch with the group out of Grande Prairie,” he says. “They were going to all these tournaments in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver and I went to try out for their team, and got on.” The CPPL season runs from May through September.last_img read more

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Second StrongStart Centre Opens in School District 60

first_imgPhoto:  Richard Neufeld, Gordon Anderson, Larry Espe and Robert Ogilvie Principle Lucy Gibbson enjoy circle time at the new StrongStart Centre – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caSchool District 60 and the Province have officially opened another Strongstart Centre in Peace River North. The official opening was held Thursday morning at Robert Ogilvie School. – Advertisement -The centre is a free drop-in early learning program for preschool-aged children accompanied by a parent or caregiver. This is the second Strongstart Centre in School District 60 with the first opened last year at Duncan Cran School. School District Superintendent of Schools Larry Espe says the demand at Duncan Cran required them to open another centre. [asset|aid=611|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b2bee3c1beb2c41668777868bf5be565-LARRY ESPE – 1 – STRONG START_1_Pub.mp3] MLA Richard Neufeld was also on hand for the opening of the second centre and will meet with School District 60 tomorrow to discuss issues in the District. [asset|aid=612|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b2bee3c1beb2c41668777868bf5be565-Richard Neufeld – 1 – Strong Start_1_Pub.mp3] For more on the Centre and how you and your child can benefit call Robert Ogilvie at 250-785-3704last_img read more

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$167 million hole in L.A.’s budget

first_imgAn appellate court ruling that the city illegally hiked cell phone taxes leaves a $167million hole in next year’s city budget – and the gap could widen if the courts strike down a second tax that voters did not approve. The state Court of Appeal decision issued last week said the city violated the California Constitution when it imposed what amounted to a unilateral tax increase on cell phone use without first receiving the voter approval required by Proposition218. That leaves the city without $167million it had counted on for the fiscal year that will begin July1. An additional $100million is threatened by a ruling affecting the telephone excise tax levied on Los Angeles residents. “We have to look at this as the potential loss of a major source of revenue now,” said City Councilman Bernard Parks, who chairs the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, which is reviewing the $7.8billion budget Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proposed. Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service has announced it will discontinue the federal excise tax on time-only long-distance services. The city’s telephone-tax ordinance is linked to this federal tax, which means roughly $100million in city revenue may be at risk. Nearly every city agency has been told to cut expenses, with only the Los Angeles Police Department receiving more money as it tries to boost its ranks. And some officials have voiced concerns that Villaraigosa may have underestimated – by nearly $30million – how much employee pay raises and overtime for police and firefighters will cost. With the budget picture worsening, Parks said Los Angeles officials and residents need to steel themselves for cuts. “This is a road map for us,” Parks said. “We need to use this 2007-08 budget as a way to prepare us for the future. You can’t just come across that kind of money unless there’s a sudden windfall.” As part of the deliberations on the upcoming budget, Parks has asked for a report on how much money could be saved this year by imposing a partial hiring freeze and rescheduling training for LAPD recruits. Chief Legislative Analyst Gerald Miller is scheduled to release recommendations today for next year’s budget, including an analysis of the cell phone tax ruling. The mayor’s aides said Villaraigosa is reviewing the budget, and he also is debating whether to appeal the ruling to the California Supreme Court. “This certainly adds to the uncertain environment we live in,” Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said. “The mayor was concerned with this, and that’s why he held the line on spending in this budget, is increasing the reserve fund and is looking to eliminate the structural deficit over five years.” City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson acknowledged the ruling will cost the city revenue in the short term, but she said it might be in the city’s interest to let the decision stand. “What the court did was throw out a portion of the tax,” Sisson said. “We want to go back and look at the ruling to determine, one, if there are grounds for appeal and also whether we can live with the decision.” Originally, officials were concerned the entire tax would be invalidated, resulting in the loss of $270million a year. Los Angeles has taxed cell phone use since 1993, initially levying 10percent on users’ monthly charges. City officials changed the method in 2002 and began calculating the tax based on a customer’s airtime – a switch that generated millions more in revenue. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think we have to look at this as a way to begin saving today so we can be ready if we do have to take this hit. “I think, in a worst-case scenario, you are looking at dramatic cuts in services, freezes and even employee layoffs.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who co-chairs the committee, said the panel had been briefed on its options. “Right now, we have to look at what will be in the best interests of the city and whether that is to appeal or accept the ruling,” Greuel said. “We are trying to be as fiscally responsible as we can with this budget for next year to reduce the pressure in following years.” The loss of the cell phone money adds to city government’s difficulty trying to erase a $143million structural deficit – the difference between revenues and expenditures – and overcome the loss of a $30million transfer from the Department of Water and Power that a separate court has blocked. last_img read more

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‘So much love’: Ozil thanks Arsenal fans after Germany racism row

first_img0Shares0000Ozil watched Arsenal’s penalties defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday from the bench but he received one of the biggest cheers of the night when his image was flashed up on the big screen.SINGAPORE, Singapore, July 27 – Mesut Ozil thanked Arsenal fans for their “love” at a pre-season friendly after a torrid week following his racism allegations against Germany’s football body.Ozil watched Arsenal’s penalties defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday from the bench but he received one of the biggest cheers of the night when his image was flashed up on the big screen. “Thanks to the Gunners in Singapore for showing so much love tonight,” the 29-year-old German midfielder tweeted, with a picture of him waving to the crowd.Arsenal fans dominated the audience of 23,000 who watched the London team go down 3-1 on penalties to Atletico in the International Champions Cup, after normal time ended at 1-1.Ozil, benched after his late return to training following the World Cup, sent shockwaves through German football when he quit the national team, complaining of “racism and disrespect”.German football chief Reinhard Grindel rejected the racism charge but admitted he should have defended Ozil after the playmaker was abused for having a photograph taken with Turkey’s strongman president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Ozil, who was born in Germany to Turkish-origin parents and lifted the World Cup in 2014, also felt he was unfairly singled out for their shock group-stage exit at this year’s tournament.Arsenal’s new head coach, Unai Emery, and players have rallied round Ozil on their pre-season tour, while the hashtags #StandWithOzil and #SayNoToRacism have been popular on social media.“Of course everybody supports Mesut. We’re with him, we’re trying to help him,” Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan told AFP this week.“Everyone knows that Arsenal is a team with a lot of foreign players and foreign employees. It doesn’t matter which country you represent, it’s like family and we support each other.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mourinho shoots down talk of Chelsea emulating Arsenal’s Invincibles

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho shot down suggestions his side could emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles of 2003/04 and go the entire Premier League season unbeaten.The Blues cruised to a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points after Manchester City had earlier closed the gap with a 4-1 win over Tottenham.Chelsea have only dropped points in the 1-1 draw at City this season after eight games, but the Portuguese manager is unconvinced they will maintain that form for the remaining 30 matches.When asked if he could emulate Arsene Wenger’s impressive Gunners outfit a decade ago, Mourinho said: “I don’t think it’s possible. It’s not a goal, obviously it’s not a goal.“I think it’s not possible. Football has changed a lot, the Premier League has changed a lot.“Ten years is a long time. What was possible ten years ago is not possible anymore.”last_img read more

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Mahrez dedicates Wembley winner to tragic Leicester owner

first_img0Shares0000The Algeria winger enjoyed a good relationship with the charismatic Vichai before moving to City ahead of the current campaign.London, United Kingdom, Oct 30 – Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez dedicated his Wembley winner against Tottenham to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the “heart-breaking” death of the Leicester owner.Vichai died on Saturday when his helicopter crashed just moments after taking off from Leicester’s King Power Stadium following their match against West Ham. The football world was stunned by the tragic accident and it was especially hard to take for Mahrez, who spent over four years with Leicester and was a key figure in their remarkable Premier League title triumph in 2016.The Algeria winger enjoyed a good relationship with the charismatic Vichai before moving to City ahead of the current campaign.Devastated Mahrez admitted he was torn about whether to play for City against Tottenham, but went ahead because he believed Vichai would have wanted him to.After scoring the only goal of the game in the sixth minute, Mahrez celebrated by raising his fingers to the sky in tribute to Vichai.“It has been very, very difficult for me. It is not easy to have this type of stuff. The ‘Boss’ was very special to me,” Mahrez told Sky Sports.“I spent four and a half years there and have many memories with him. He was such a good person.“I am very, very sad. That is why when I scored I put my hands in the sky for him. He did a lot for me and Leicester and it is difficult to speak about. It is very sad.”Mahrez flourished at Leicester and was voted PFA Player of the Year for his dazzling displays in their title triumph.The 27-year-old insisted he wouldn’t have been able to rise to the top without the support of Vichai, who bought Leicester in 2010.“He was like a dad. He was very special. He was such a good person, a big heart and it was heart-breaking and shocking for me to hear this news and for all of the other people who died with him,” Mahrez said.“It is a difficult situation I am with Leicester and the family of the victims.“I always wanted to play. I know he would have wanted me to play. He was passionate about football.“It was difficult (to play against Tottenham) but I kept thinking about him. It was difficult to sleep as well.”City manager Pep Guardiola praised Mahrez for maintaining his focus against Tottenham despite such a harrowing few days.“He knew the owner. It’s a big loss for all the families in Leicester. He was part of them for many years,” Guardiola said.“I didn’t ask if he wanted to play because I know how competitive he is. Sometimes to play a game helps you, not forget it, but to think in a better way.“He did really good, he was focused and did a great job.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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