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Manning’s no problem for STETHS

first_imgWestern Bureau: Forward Michael Kerr sparkled for St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) yesterday scoring four goals in their 8-1 rout of The Manning’s School to breeze into the semi-finals of the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup and a set date against Dinthill. The other semi-final will see Manchester take aim at Lennon. Kerr, who has been sizzling all season, took his goal-scoring feat for the season to 27 goals with his hat-trick plus one, while Demar James and Shawn Genus struck a brace each to condemn Manning’s to a most lopsided defeat. “This victory is a very pleasing one to me. It made a statement of intent that we want to return to the winners’ circle,” said Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS coach. “We continue to show class and work hard every day, which, as I always say, is how we approach every game,” he added. Wedderburn told The Gleaner that being in the semi-finals is reason to be happy but noted that the work is only half done. He said getting back to the final and erasing last year’s defeat to Clarendon College was firmly in their thoughts. “Not that we care too much about the past, but that was a lesson we learnt, and now we have a chance from here on to change that,” Wedderburn said, adding that his players continued to amaze him as they play to instructions and take nothing for granted. STETHS advance with maximum nine points from three quarter-final matches, while Vere Technical finished their season on a good note by edging Marcus Garvey High 1-0. They ended with six points and showed signs along the way that they could be in the running come next year, all things being equal.last_img read more

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Young Boyz drawn in ‘Group of Death’

first_imgNational Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards says the young Reggae Boyz face a daunting task if they intend to get something from their games against USA or Mexico and advance from what he calls the ‘group of death’ at the CONCACAF Under-17 championship to be staged in Panama in April and May. At the draw in Panama on Tuesday, the Jamaicans were placed in Group C alongside Mexico, USA and El Salvador. Group A contains the host, Panama, Honduras, Curacao and Haiti; while Group B will be contested by Costa Rica, Canada, Cuba and Suriname. On April 23, Jamaica open their campaign against USA, who defeated them 3-0 and 4-0 in friendlies in November. They then take on El Salvador in their second game on April 26, before closing off against Mexico on April 29. Edwards admits that his team faces a tough challenge, but thinks the Boyz can achieve their objectives with the right effort. “This is easily the group of death; a very difficult group and one in which we will have to perform above and beyond anything we have done to get something out of those two games. “Being drawn alongside CONCACAF powerhouses Mexico and USA is certainly a very daunting task, and it will make our passage to (qualifying for) the FIFA World Cup much more difficult if we can be successful,” Edwards said. Despite convincing losses to USA in their friendly games in November, Edwards believes the team will be competitive and says they will be targeting the Americans in their opening match. “This is football, and we have the capacity to develop our team sufficiently to create a few surprises, and definitely, we will be targeting the first game against the USA. We recently lost two practice matches to that team, but we will go in (to game against them) in a very determined and focused way to get a positive result and try to propel ourselves forward from there,” he said. Meanwhile, in an effort to give the team more competitive matches, a structure was designed for the tournament, which will see the top two teams from each group advancing to the Classification Stage. In this stage, the teams will be placed in two groups of three and will play on a round-robin basis. The top four teams from this round will qualify as CONCACAF’s representatives at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, while the top two teams from each classification group will play a final on May 7. FEW SURPRISESlast_img read more

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MOE Pays ‘Untrained Teachers’ More Money

first_imgThe ongoing fight to improve Liberia’s educational system has experienced a setback following the revelation that authorities at the Ministry of Education were paying more money to teachers that are being classified as “untrained” than those who are “trained” to teach. The Director-General of the National Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Michael P, Slawon made the disclosure during a presentation Wednesday, April 23, at a one-day national symposium on higher education and early childhood development. The day-long symposium was hosted by the MOE under the theme, “Higher Education and Early Childhood Development—the Awakening.” Dr. Slawon presented a paper on the topic, “Higher Education in Liberia: A Destination for Early Childhood Development.” According to him, too few students graduating from the   nation’s high schools are prepared for tertiary education. This situation made Dr. Slawon question the role of educational authorities regarding the improvement of early childhood education in the country.He narrated his experience leading to the discovery of difficulties and expense of upgrading the credentials of teachers at the pre-primary and primary levels.He said the early grade reading assessment data has shown that too few students graduating from the nation’s high schools are prepared for tertiary education; with 100 percent of 25,000 high school graduates who took the University of Liberia’s (UL) last administered entrance exam failing. “No student who sat last year’s examination administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for Liberian high schools scored in Division 1, and only 100 achieved a Division two pass. In the other WAEC countries, only Division 1 and 2 students are considered prepared for tertiary education.” He noted that qualified and dedicated teachers are the most important elements in educating students.“In Liberia,” Dr. Slawon said, “the shortage of qualified teachers is a major impediment to reforming the nation’s education system.”He proposed that all teachers and school administrators become eligible to hold their positions through an itemized system. He said teachers should only be licensed to teach after meeting requirements such as a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or its equivalent and an A-Certificate; for Upper Basic Education (Junior Secondary) Teachers and Administrators.“At least an Associate’s Degree from a recognized teacher training institute and a B-Certificate from the authority established under the educational Act empowered to issue Teachers’ Certificates should be required,” he said.He continued, “For Lower Basic Education (Primary Schools) teachers and administrators,” Dr. Slawon said, “at least an Associate Degree for grades (4-6), and a high school diploma with a year of post-secondary teacher training at a recognized teacher training institution; the person must also possess a minimum B or C-Certificate, because the overwhelming number of students are in the pre-primary and primary grades.” Reading from 2012 Public School Census data, Dr. Slawon reported that there was a total of 1, 593 schools, with 9, 655 teachers assigned. Of those teachers, he said, 38.5 percent of them are “trained,” while 37.5 are untrained; leaving the rest in an unknown category.Of the “trained” teachers, 0.7 percent holds an A.A. Certificate; 2.6 percent B. Certificate; 36.2 C. Certificate; with only 0.2 percent holding University degrees, but the rest were placed in an unknown category. “Most teachers are under-educated. The overwhelming numbers of students in these primary grades are in classes with too many students to achieve optimum results,” he explained.Other individuals who presented papers included the president of the Stella Maris Polytecnic University, Sister Mary Laurine Brown, and deputy Education Minister for Planning, Research and Development, Dr. Kalipha Bility among others.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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AMEU President Promises to Maintain Academic Excellence

first_imgBishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr, (R) AMEU Board of Trustees, a student and Dr. Isaac cut the ribbon to the new facility. The president of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, has promised to maintain academic excellence at the university, lauding the faculty and staff for the strong support over the years.Dr. Isaac made the remarks yesterday, October 9, during the dedication of the Richardson Adams Learning Resource Center (RALRC), with the intention to provide a learning environment conducive for the pursuit of excellence while preparing people for national leadership and service.He said the dedication of the new facility marks an exciting moment for the university and the staffers, exemplifying a lot of good things that happen at the AME University.Dr. Isaac recounted that the building was first used as a clinic, which went out of business in 2014 before subsequently being renovated and refurbished.He said that with graduate programs being offered, a better learning environment must be created. As such, the new facility gives the university an opportunity to provide a better learning environment.He said the facility will play an important role as the university’s enrollment has increased to over 5,000 students from as low as 3,000, including the graduate school.“We will use this building to prepare our young people for leadership today, tomorrow and beyond,” Reverend Alvin E. Attah, Acting Vice President for administration, said in a welcome remark.Dr. Romelle A. Horton, interim vice president for Academic and Support Services, said in pursuit of excellence the university espouses the need for life-long professional development and an improved learning atmosphere.Dr. Horton said the university is expected to increase the level of scholarship/scholarly practice in the various academic fields or disciplines as well as advance teaching and learning proficiency.“We are blessed, so get ready for your minds to be expanded as soon as you step through these doors, for the mission of the center is to prepare, engage, and improve. The center is a home to the department of academic support services and most of its units,” Dr. Horton said.According to her, the facility has a full academic library that caters to students and community members, connecting individuals to resources and technology.In her overview, Dr. Horton said the center has a lab, several reading rooms and a center for teaching and learning. It also has a writing lab that will provide tutorials on writing reports, projects, resumes and research with the testing center attached.She said the Richardson Adams Learning Center is geared towards building the capacity of the university and its environs by integrating teaching, learning and scholarship through related academic and community initiatives.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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Labourer charged for killing biker

first_imgA labourer, who allegedly confessed to killing Patrick Matthew Fraser, also known as “White boy”, who was a biker, was on Tuesday slapped with the capital offence of murder and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Remanded: Kevin RoseKevin Rose of Lot 1058 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge stated that on May 9, 2019, at Norton Street, Bagotstown, EBD, while in the company of others, he murdered Fraser during an attempted robbery.The 22-year-old man was represented by Attorney-at-Law Everton Singh.Dead: Patrick Matthew FraserIn court on Tuesday, Police Prosecutor Nevin Jeffers said that the prosecution’s file is incomplete, adding that he is waiting for the ballistic results and post-mortem report. Rose was remanded to prison and the case will continue on June 4, 2019.Patrick Fraser was shot twice in the yard of a burnt house in Bagotstown, EBD, on May 9. He was picked up and rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he succumbed while receiving medical attention. Reports are Rose reportedly confessed to killing the teen. He allegedly told Police that he reportedly wanted a gun the biker had in his possession.last_img read more

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Decathlon duel begins Friday for state trophy

first_imgTeam members from Taft said Wednesday they remain determined to keep the state and possibly even the national trophies in Woodland Hills. And with the national championship in Honolulu next month, winning the top prize would be an extra-sweet victory. “We’re working as hard as we can and we’re looking forward to having a good time,” said Taft senior Brittany Gorin. “Hawaii is definitely a big incentive.” The Los Angeles teams will compete against those from across the state, including Moorpark and Oxnard high schools from Ventura County and private-school winner Bishop Alemany High School from Mission Hills. Competition begins Friday with essay and objective tests before moving to the Super Quiz competition Saturday at UCLA. Winners will be announced Sunday. High school academic decathlon teams from across California will face off beginning Friday for the coveted state championship trophy that will earn the winners a ticket to national competitions in Hawaii. This year’s Los Angeles Unified School District champs from Granada Hills Charter will be joined by wild-card teams from El Camino Real, North Hollywood, Marshall, Garfield, Palisades Charter, Taft and Narbonne high schools. This is the first time Granada Hills has won the LAUSD trophy, edging out reigning national champ Taft High School of Woodland Hills, which finished in seventh place. The nine-member team from Granada Hills scored 49,775 of a possible 60,000 points. California has won 13 of 25 national championships, with nine of those earned by LAUSD teams. Last year, Taft won its third national championship. Taft also won in 1988 and 1993. Four-time national champion El Camino Real, also of Woodland Hills, came in second in the district this year, with 48,880.6 of a possible 60,000 points. Last year, El Camino also placed second to Taft. El Camino took the top national prize in 2005. The Academic Decathlon consists of multiple-choice tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science, as well as the Super Quiz oral relay and written contests, interviews, speech and essay competitions. Although teams can compete with as few as six students, each typically has nine: three with grade-point averages of 3.75 to 4.00; three with GPAs of 3.00 to 3.74; and three with GPAs below 3.00. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 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

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Kenney meets caucus, says election win already rippling through Alberta economy

first_imgHe has also promised to immediately proclaim Bill 12, which was passed by the legislature under Notley, but never formally made into law. The bill allows Alberta to reduce oil and gas shipments to British Columbia as leverage against the province’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.B.C. has already challenged Bill 12 in court, but saw its case tossed out because _ given the bill hadn’t been proclaimed _ there was no law to challenge.Notley said Kenny, by proclaiming Bill 12, gains no strategic advantage by reopening that debate.“The proclamation of Bill 12 next week is simply political posturing and bluster,” she said. “It amounts to blowing up your biggest weapon on the launch pad ,and Albertans deserve better.”The Trans Mountain project would double the existing line from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. It would allow Alberta to ship more oil at a better price, but has become a symbol of the debate over growing the national economy versus pursuing a greener energy future.Advertisement Ottawa approved the project in late 2016, but it has since been stymied by legal challenges and a Federal Court decision last year mandating more consultations. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta’s incoming premier, Jason Kenney, met with his caucus Friday and told members that their United Conservative election win is already starting to ripple through the economy.“All week long, I’ve been receiving calls from CEOs from major corporations across Canada and around the world who want to invest in Alberta now,” Kenney said in a speech Friday bookended by standing ovations at Edmonton’s Federal Building.“People are making real, tangible life decisions _ buying new houses, investing, unfreezing business decisions _ because of the decision that Albertans made on election day.”- Advertisement -Kenney and his cabinet will be sworn in Tuesday.His United Conservatives won 63 seats and 55 per cent of the vote in last week’s election, defeating Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP.The NDP took the remaining 24 seats _ all but four of them in and around Edmonton. The party will become the official Opposition when the legislature resumes sitting in the third week of May.Advertisement “I know without question that this much larger group is going to be a historic force in this legislature,” she said. “And we are going to be the strongest Opposition that this province has ever seen.”Kenney takes the rudder of a fragile economy, with unemployment rates in Calgary and Edmonton above seven per cent, due to a multi-year slump in oil prices.Kenney won on a promise to slash taxes, cut red tape and reduce minimum wage for youth to embolden entrepreneurs and create jobs.He also promised to take on all foes of Alberta’s oil and gas sector, with an energy war room to counter misleading stories on the industry.There will also be lawsuits against the federal carbon tax and on Bill C-69, which is proposed federal legislation to revamp energy project approvals. Kenney has called the bill an unconstitutional encroachment on provincial jurisdiction.Advertisement Notley met with her caucus members later Friday in their first get together since the election loss.Notley worked her way around the room, hugging and chatting with her MLAs _ many of them soon-to-be former cabinet ministers _ before making a speech and taking questions from reporters.“Obviously, no one likes losing and I wish that we had not,” Notley said. “But we also know, and I think all of us know, that it’s really about how you move forward that matters. And every one of us here is looking forward.”She noted that before gaining power in 2015, the NDP caucus had just four members in the house.Advertisementlast_img read more

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FREE POPCORN FOR ALL DONEGAL DAILY READERS AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS!

first_imgIt’s hard to beat munching on popcorn when you’re watching the latest film at the cinema.Staff at the Eclipse Cinemas in Lifford/Strabane want to make sure that everyone can munch away – for FREE!If you are going to the cinema this week, just mention you’re a Donegal Daily reader and you will get a medium popcorn for FREE – not strings attached! The offer runs until next Sunday, November 10th.Just mention Donegal Daily and you’ll get your FREE popcorn!And if you’re planning on catching more than one great movie between today and Sunday – mention Donegal Daily again and you can have more popcorn for FREE!We can’t say fairer than that! Happy munching at Eclipse Cinemas.  FREE POPCORN FOR ALL DONEGAL DAILY READERS AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS! was last modified: November 5th, 2013 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:Eclipse CinemasLiffordpopcornlast_img read more

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Military unintelligence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event This ban seems to be an overreaction to well-intentioned acts by people who want the same things the Army presumably wants – to keep soldiers safe as they do the dangerous work of securing democracy in Iraq. It’s great if the military is able to provide better body armor for all its soldiers. But as yet, that hasn’t been demonstrated to be the case. Until then, the Pentagon owes it to the families who have proudly sent their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers or sisters to Iraq to find some middle ground. IN the early stages of the Iraq war, the military was criticized for sending soldiers into battle with substandard equipment. The body armor was a particular cause for upset among some soldiers’ families. And military officials admitted that some of those troops in Iraq had protective gear of a lesser quality than others. In addition, a Pentagon study earlier this year found that many soldiers who died would have been saved by better protective gear. The families and friends of soldiers responded in a very American way – they raised money to buy body armor and ship it overseas to protect their loved ones. On Thursday, however, the Pentagon said that soldiers will no longer be able to wear privately purchased body armor. The reason: Military officials are concerned that some of the armor being sent by families isn’t up to military standards, though they have offered no evidence. 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

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MY DONEGAL ……….WITH CHARLIE MULGREW

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most prolific gaelic football talents Charlie Mulgrew is this week’s choice for ‘My Donegal’. Having captained Donegal to success in the Mc Kenna Cup in 1991, Charlie Mulgrew was then a member of the heroic panel in the 1992 All-Ireland Final.His managing career has led St. Eunan’s to a county championship final and Fermanagh to the All-Ireland semi-final in 2004. With both football and business endeavours in the county, Charlie Mulgrew has great love and respect for Donegal. By Caoimhe Ni ChathailWhat is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Forland Heights , Gweedore , it overlooks Tory Island ; great view over west coast of Donegal. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The weather!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Dr. Jimmy McDaid, he has been a great doctor for Letterkenny and surrounding areas, also Minister for Tourism and Sport, did a lot of good for the county.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel O Donnell.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? Winning the Ulster Championship 2011.What was Donegal’s saddest moment?The day mum died.What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Highland Bakery potato bread.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Anthony Arthurs, no matter where he goes, he always brings a smile to everyone’s faces.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Jerry McCarter.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Daniel McDaid.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Yellow Pepper.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden eagles.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Brian McBearty.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“How’s she cutting?”MY DONEGAL ……….WITH CHARLIE MULGREW was last modified: July 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHARLIE MULGREWMY DONEGALlast_img read more