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Public Schools Remain Closed In Bong County

first_imgDespite the Ministry of Education’s pronouncement for the reopening of schools across the country on February 16, most public schools in Bong County are yet to resume classes.No official reasons have been provided so far to the Daily Observer up to press time last night.However, a survey conducted by the paper yesterday in Gbranga, Bong County’s Provincial City, established that most public schools’ doors were closed.At the Dolokelen Gboveh High School, the only public high school in Gbarnga, there were no students or teachers on campus as the school’s doors remained closed and debris seen blowing about had littered the vicinity.Other public institutions visited included the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi High School, the John Flomo Bakalu Junior High School and the Suakoko Central High School. They were all vacant with no signs of reopening.School authorities contacted by the Daily Observer said their failure to resume academic activities is due to the lack of instructional materials such as chalk, books as well as the Ebola preventive equipment, including hand sanitizers, hand washing buckets and temperature testing equipment.On the other hand, major private schools in the county, including St. Martin’s Catholic High School resumed classes in compliance with the MOE’s mandate.Education Ministry authorities in the county refused to speak on the matter when contacted by this paper.It may be recalled that the MOE recently suspended the acting Education Officer for Bong County, Madam Lydia Cooper, and several other principals of public schools for allegedly collecting extra school fees outside the ministry’s set fees.The MOE recently announced that public school students from grades 1-9 would enroll “free of charge,” while students in the senior high level would register with an affordable fee of L$700 which could be paid in three installments.Education Regional Coordinator for Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties, George S.S. Wuo told the Daily Observer recently that the acting CEO and the four principals were suspended for “time indefinite for violating the ministry’s policies.”He informed this paper that the ministry’s action to suspend the acting CEO and the four principals stemmed from persistent reports from human rights groups in the county who claim that the CEO and the principles in question were charging excessive fees.Meanwhile, some parents who spoke to this paper argued that the MOE authorities had not done much to ensure that the necessary anti-Ebola materials are provided before the reopening of schools.At the same time, human rights groups operating in the county who reported that schools were collecting additional fees have not commented on the failure of public schools to resume classes as mandated by the MOE.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspected bandit dead, another beaten

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force are probing the death of a 21-year-old man who was fatally shot in Pearl, East Bank Demerara (EBD), after it was reported that he, along with two others, allegedly attempted to rob a businessman on Saturday night.Police identified the dead man as Seon Clarke, called “Cash Money”, of Old Road, Land of Canaan, EBD.A Police report said that Clarke was shot while the other man was allegedly beaten by residents of the area.“Initial investigations revealed that about 14:00h (on Saturday) the deceased and a male went into a grocery store at Sarah Johanna, EBD, and was observed by the proprietor behaving suspiciously. The proprietor made his way to the public road and alarmed a Policeman who was passing at the time; the Police responded and in the process, he summoned other Policemen. The men fled into the bushes, and during the process, two loud explosions were heard. A search was conducted, but they were not found,” the Police report stated.It continued that about 22:30h that night “members of the community spotted the men on the Pearl Public Road and apprehended them; during the process, it was alleged that one of the public spirited citizens shot Clarke and inflicted a beating on his accomplice. The men were handed over to the Police, who rushed them to the Diamond Public Hospital, where Clarke was pronounced dead on arrival, whilst his accomplice was treated and taken into Police custody”.However, residents of the community have denied shooting or beating the men and claimed that it was the Police who apprehended theThe man who was shot deadrobbers and not the residents.Instead, residents related that a blue car pulled up alongside the business place and three men exited before jumping into the shop via an opening at the fence.One of the men, the residents claimed, was carrying a firearm and held the businessman and his wife at gunpoint. However, the businessman managed to escape, rushed onto the public road and raised an alarm. They claimed that the driver of the suspected “getaway” car drove off after residents began gathering.This alerted the men and they rushed to the back of the yard and escaped into the bushes. The residents said that persons were searching for the men but could not find them.Villagers claimed later that evening, two of the men were spotted in the neighbouring village of Pearl. The Police were summoned and apprehended the men.“We didn’t beat nobody… if we de beat them, then they wouldn’t still be alive,” the residents related.One person even went on to claim that Clarke was shot by his accomplice.“When the people start to gather around them, one of them had a gun and like he was trying to scare the people them away and he shoot the other one by mistake,” one resident told this newspaper.However, when contacted on Sunday evening, Crime Chief (ag) Hugh Jessemy told Guyana Times that investigators were still in the Sarah Johanna/Pearl area trying to determine exactly what transpired the night before.“Right now we are just trying to determine from everyone what really transpired… but we are looking at all the possibilities, we haven’t ruled anything out,” he stated.Meanwhile, Police sources explained to this newspaper that the suspect in custody was claiming that he and Clarke were beaten by the residents in the area before the 21-year-old was shot. The source added too that the suspect admitted to being in possession of a firearm and that they had gone to the shop with the intention of carrying out a robbery.At the time when this newspaper was in Sarah Johanna talking to the residents, several Police ranks had escorted the suspect to Pearl and he pointed them to the area where he disposed of the firearm.The Police were able to recover the weapon and are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Spurs target Villa off to Atletico

first_img“FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of the player David Villa to the Madrid club,” said Barca in a statement.“The operation will cost a maximum of 5.1 million euros, made up of 2.1 million euros this season, two million more if the player remains at Atletico in 2014/15 and another million if he extends his contract until 2015/16.“In the meantime Barcelona retain the rights to 50 percent of any future transfer of the player.”Villa will henceforth fill the void left by Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s transfer from Atletico to Monaco.Villa began his career at Sporting Gijon before moving on to Real Zaragoza and then Valencia in 2005.He scored 108 goals in 166 league games for Valencia, becoming one of the hottest strikers in Spanish football.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, July 8 – Atletico Madrid have reached a deal in principle to sign Spain striker David Villa from Barcelona, the Catalans said Monday.Having signed for Barca in a 40 million euro ($51.5 million) deal from Valencia in 2010, the 31-year-old, who struggled to hold down a regular first team place at the Camp Nou last season, will cost Atletico just 5.1 million euros.last_img read more

2nd Annual Norman Yahey Memorial Rodeo takes place this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2nd Annual Norman Yahey Memorial Rodeo takes place this weekend at the Blueberry First Nations Rodeo Grounds.The rodeo will start at 1:00 p.m. on both July 29th and 30th.Events include Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding (19+), Bareback, Ladies Barrels, Ladies Breakaway, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping, Jr. Steer Riding, Jr. Bulls, Jr. Barrels, Peewee Barrels and Calf Scramble.- Advertisement -Daily rate admission is $5 per person.Organizers are asking that you show your fight against cancer by wearing Green on Saturday and Purple on Sunday.For more information, contact Marvin Yahey at (250) 262-6613.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chandpur step out in style to win two YesChef Awards

first_imgDonegal’s number one Indian Restaurant has scooped two accolades at the YesChef Ireland 2019 awards.The gala awards on Tuesday night announced Chandpur as the winner of Best Indian Restaurant Ulster. Plus, owner and Head Chef Rana Miah wowed the judges with his style to win Best Dressed Man!Rana Miah wins Best Dressed Male at the YesChef Ireland awardsChandpur is a renowned Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant which has earned a highly decorated list of achievements since it opened in the main street car park Donegal Town in 2012. Their authentic world cuisine is popular with locals, tourists and celebrities alike. Chandpur holds the number one stop of Donegal Town’s best restaurants on and they have a Hall of Fame award for earning five Five Star Certificates of Excellence.Owners Susan and Rana Miah were once again buzzing with excitement over their success at the YesChef 2019 awards, which were revealed in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Sligo.Chandpur wins Best Indian Restaurant Ulster in the YesChef awards 2019The Yes Chef awards were set up by NI Media, the publishers of the highly regarded YesChef magazine, to recognise and celebrate the very finest talent in a variety of categories.Chandpur step out in style to win two YesChef Awards was last modified: October 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Chandpur Indian RestaurantDonegal Townyeschef awardslast_img read more

Summer festival kicks off May 18 Cultural events

first_imgAt 2 p.m. May 21, the Palmdale Youth and Community Choirs will sing songs including “Isle of Hope,” “Irish Prayer,” “The Presidents Song,” “Dreams,” “Appalachian Dancing” and the Spanish folk song “Que Llueva.” Tickets for the dance, orchestra and choir performances are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, military, students and youth 12 and under and can be purchased by calling the box office at (661) 267-5685. For more information, call the 24-hour recorded information line at (661) 267-ARTS.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Youth and community dancers, orchestras and choirs will perform in the annual Summer Celebration May 18-21 at the Palmdale Playhouse. “The variety of performances and the affordability of tickets make this weekend perfect for parents who want to introduce their children to the performing arts,” said Cultural Arts/Theatre Manager Dea McAllister. The Palmdale Writers’ Roundtable poetry presentation will kick off the celebration with a free event at 7:30 p.m. May 18. The winners of the ninth annual poetry contest will be announced and their winning poems will be read. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventLight refreshments will be provided. The Palmdale Youth and Community Dance Company performs at 7:30 p.m. May 19 and at 2 p.m. May 20. Ballet company members will perform the “Pas de Quatre,” a dance for four people. Additional pieces include “Thunderbird,” an ensemble dance set to Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and done especially for this show by New York choreographer Abel Costa. Jazz and tap company members present an exciting and innovative dance to the music of Blue Man Group. At 7:30 p.m. May 20, the Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will perform movie music including selections from “Star Wars,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Harry Potter,” and “West Side Story.” last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino blasts Pep Guardiola over ‘Harry Kane team’ jibe

first_img1 Pep Guardiola with Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at Pep Guardiola’s assessment of Tottenham as ‘the Harry Kane team’ by pointing out he never called his Barcelona side ‘the Lionel Messi team’.Pochettino also branded Guardiola’s comments, made before the international break, as “very disrespectful” and “sad” but insisted his Spurs players only laughed when they heard the Manchester City manager’s remark.Kane has scored 11 goals in his last six appearances for Tottenham, and Guardiola, speaking a fortnight ago after City had just beaten Chelsea, said: “We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals.”On Friday, Pochettino said: “That didn’t affect me but the reality is it was very disrespectful for many people.“It’s difficult to understand because he was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best, and I never said it was ‘the Messi team’. I always said it was Barcelona or Pep Guardiola.“I think everyone deserves to be recognised as part of the success of the team. But I think many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club, and for many players that are here I think it’s a strange situation.”Tottenham, who host Bournemouth on Saturday, trail City by five points in the Premier League table and Pochettino said his players would not be affected by Guardiola’s jibe.He also pointedly suggested Guardiola could have been over-excited by City’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.“When it’s exciting after an amazing victory against Chelsea, sometimes [he] can struggle to keep his position and be a gentleman,” Pochettino said.“I think it’s a sad comment because the players laugh about that. If you’re a manager you must show more, no? To be above this type of comment.“That is my opinion like I respect his opinion but I think the players, more motivated or less motivated? I think it’s the same.“It’s sad and it’s not right in football. Today we want to show respect, fair play and everything.”Asked if he had spoken to Guardiola personally since, Pochettino said: “No, of course not. He hasn’t called me yet.“Maybe after the press conference he calls me. I’m sure I will reply.”On the pitch, Pochettino has Danny Rose and Erik Lamela back in training although he indicated they might need another “few weeks” before being ready for competitive action. Rose told the Sun in August he would be open to a move away from Spurs but Pochettino laughed off suggestions his absence from the club’s 2018 calendar could be significant.“He came to see me asking, ‘Gaffer why am I not in the calendar?’” Pochettino said.“I said, ‘Because you were first of all in Central Park in New York doing your recovery, no time to put the new kit on’. I’m sure he will appear in the next few days.”Mousa Dembele is still struggling with an ankle injury but could be back in time for the Champions League trip to Real Madrid next week.last_img read more

Muroc copes with enrollment drop

first_imgNORTH EDWARDS – While other Antelope Valley school districts are trying to figure out how to pay for new schools, Muroc Joint Unified School District officials are looking at how to lessen the financial impact of declining enrollment. Muroc’s options include reassigning surplus teachers as permanent substitute instructors and moving one teacher to the continuation high school rather than have layoffs. “Muroc is going through a phase of declining enrollment because of military downsizing,” Superintendent Rob Challinor said. “We are having to look at strategies to mitigate the loss of students and revenue that they generate.” As Edwards Air Force Base’s military work force decreased in the past couple of years, Muroc schools have lost about 250 students whose active-duty parents lived on base. Another idea is to assign one of the teachers to Robert McGowan High School, an alternative school, and create a second class to serve struggling students, Challinor said. “It would provide better services and keep students in the district,” he said. No decisions have been made yet. “We are looking at a variety of strategies and sharing ideas with the board,” Challinor said. “We are not at the point of making any recommendations.” There are no options to boost enrollment at Muroc, whose standardized test scores are regularly at the top among Antelope Valley schools. There has been discussion of a joint effort between the district and Edwards Air Force Base to create a before- and after-school program that would provide mentoring and tutoring services to students. Such a program might draw in children of Edwards’ civilian employees who live outside the district, Challinor said. District officials earlier this year forecast a drop in annual federal impact aid from $4.8 million to $4 million because there are fewer students whose parents are military personnel. The purpose of the impact aid is to provide a source of revenue because the 301,000-acre base and its residents are exempt from local taxes, district officials said. Muroc has had budget deficits for the past five years, a not-uncommon fiscal condition because 522 districts, more than half of the districts in the state, are deficit-spending. (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’More base jobs once done by Air Force personnel are being done by civilians as a result of privatization efforts, and military housing on base has been reduced as a result. An additional 100 students are expected to leave Muroc schools after the Christmas holidays. “That’s the process that the military uses. They select two times out of the year, after the holidays and after June, to rotate people out,” Challinor said. The district’s current enrollment is 2,240 at seven schools. With the loss of students, the district potentially might have a surplus of four teachers, Challinor said. One plan would entail not using daily substitute instructors and switching the surplus teachers to permanent substitute status for which they would still receive the same pay, Challinor said. last_img read more

Transnet offers bursaries to engineering students

first_imgTransnet is fully owned by the South African government but operates as a corporate entity. It has five operating divisions: Transnet freight rail, Transnet rail engineering, Transnet national ports authority, Transnet port terminals, and Transnet pipelines. (Image:• Viwe Tlaleane Media LiaisonTransnet+27 11 308• A boost for engineering skills • Investing in African youth • Maths and science the fun way • Can drive raises R8.5m for education • More women engineers for South AfricaMelissa Jane CookOver the centuries, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World have inspired people with their engineering feats. They have motivated generations to create their own enormous structures that are both beautiful and functional.But it is not all about inspiration; there is also a lot of hard work involved. The first step to constructing such ventures is a sound education in engineering. Transnet, which needs infrastructure for the smooth running of transport across the country, needs engineers. With this in mind, it offers bursaries in the engineering disciplines of civil, electrical (heavy current), electronics, mechanical, mechatronics, industrial, and metallurgy (physical).The number of bursaries awarded by the enterprise each year is determined by the employment needs of Transnet and its capital investment programme, the Market Demand Strategy. Engineering students who receive Transnet bursaries are potential employees, depending on what vacancies are available in the parastatal once they have successfully completed their studies. In the financial year to March 2013, it continued to sponsor more than 300 students in their second, third and fourth years of study. It also awarded 122 full-time engineering bursaries to first-year students in various disciplines, compared to 60 in the previous financial year.Skills development is an important pillar of Transnet’s R307-billion ($27-billion) Market Demand Strategy, which covers its investment in infrastructure. It places a specific emphasis on developing and training engineers, technicians and artisans. There are as many as 2 000 apprentices undergoing training at any given time.“The company will spend R8.275-billion on training by 2018/19, including R4.7-billion on bursaries and grants,” says the group chief executive, Brian Molefe.Freight logisticsThe parastatal is the largest and most crucial part of the freight logistics chain in the country, and is behind South Africa’s national transport businesses, including ports and rail. Transnet is fully owned by the South African government but operates as a corporate entity. It has five operating divisions: Transnet freight rail, Transnet rail engineering, Transnet national ports authority, Transnet port terminals, and Transnet pipelines.In the financial year to March 2013, Transnet had 64 352 employees. The company has operations in all nine provinces. “The five operating divisions, supported by company-wide specialist functions, give meaning to our philosophy of ‘One Company, One Vision,’” Molefe says. “State-owned companies and major business have a responsibility to step forward, invest and create jobs.”Matriculants who qualify for tertiary level studies in engineering are encouraged to apply for a bursary to study at a South African institution. Requirements include:• Grade 12/matric;• Pure mathematics with a minimum pass of 60%;• Physical science with a minimum pass of 60%; and,• Pre-entry medicals.The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation and meals, book allowance, a computer from second year if required, and on-the-job training. Applicants are screened based on their academic results at school or at tertiary level, as well as their medical fitness. This means that students who are in their second year onwards can also – and are encouraged to – apply.Work experienceBased on academic performance, candidates are then invited to an interview. Students awarded university bursaries are required to work for Transnet for the equal number of years they are sponsored. The bursary may be renewed annually, depending on the student’s academic performance.Transnet also offers holiday work during the mid-year and end-of-year holidays. Those wanting to apply for a post during the holidays must indicate their preferred periods and cities. The parastatal also provides work integrated learning, or internships, to help students at universities of technology to complete the qualification requirements set by their respective training institutions.These students who get internships may be considered for permanent employment if there are vacancies at the company when they qualify. The bursary scheme is an opportunity for students to study and be exposed to the work environment. The parastatal takes on more students that it requires, so that it contributes to the national pool of skilled people.Applications for bursaries close on 31 July annually for the following year.last_img read more