Several Teachers Abandon Classes In Search of Pay

first_imgSeveral of the teachers assigned in northwest Liberia, particularly in Lofa County, have reportedly abandoned classes to follow up their salary account numbers at the Ministry of Finance in Monrovia. The sudden departure of the teachers for Monrovia is seriously interrupting the students’ academic progress, mainly those attending government schools that are now preparing to sit for their second marking period tests. The teachers’ action comes about two months into classes following the reopening of schools across the country after remaining shut for months as a measure to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak.When contacted, the Human Resource Officer assigned at the Lofa County Education Office, on Wednesday confirmed the teachers’ action. According to him, the teachers were permitted to go to the Ministry of Finance by the county’s education board in order to run after their salary accounts. Mr. Antonio Zayzay said the departure of the teachers was affecting academic activities in the county to the extent that most of the students have turned to farming activities. He, however, clarified that the Ministry of Education has the teachers’ names on payroll, “only that their money was not coming directly into the respective bank accounts. Zayzay noted that if the problems of the teachers are not urgently resolved, academic activities will come to a standstill and could affect the smooth running of schools in that part of the country. As part of reforms to curb fraud in salary payment to government employees, the Ministry of Finance and the Civil Service Agency have employed the use of banks to disburse salaries, compelling workers to open bank accounts In a related development, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) has reported that Teachers assigned at the Daoplay Public School in   Luoguatuo, Gbehlay Geh Statutory District in Nimba County, have rallied to purchase instructional materials to continue academic activities. Over 500 pupils are being enrolled at the junior high school in the district alone, LINA has reported. LINA quoted Principal Behtay Beh as saying last week that since academic activities commenced in February, authorities at the Ministry of Education were yet to supply instructional materials to the school, which she said was a major constraint facing the institution. Mr. Beh noted that to keep the school open and functional, “our instructors have willingly collected about LD10,000 among themselves to purchase basic instructional materials, including chalks, pens, markers and ledgers.” However, the County Education Officer (CEO) of Nimba, Wleh T Sailah, responding to the report on the issue, said his office lacks a vehicle to transport school materials to every school in the district. He said the Ministry of Education’s sub-office has asked principals through the District Education Officers to take possession of school supplies brought into the county capital, Sanniquellie by government and its partners.He then appealed to government and partners to consider the idea of providing vehicles to the EOs throughout the country to make activities of rural education proactive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Canada Post union rep opposing cuts to door-to-door delivery

first_img“Mail delivery is a public service, it should be something that everybody has the right to have,” says Savage. “We’ve been making money for 18 out of the last 20 years, and any money we make over-and-above goes into the government.”Savage adds, “There’s no reason for people to lose their door-to-door delivery with the amount of money they made to pre-tax profit of $194 million, there really isn’t any reason to remove door-to-door delivery from South Vancouver – or anywhere else in the country for that matter.”She adds the union isn’t ready to give up the fight against the service cancellation, and it wants Canada post to get more public feedback before its ready to label the decision as anything but unfounded. It’s comes at a time when the crown corporation is phasing out home delivery in many areas of the country, including Fort St. John.The postal service has credited a higher volume of parcel delivery, higher postage fees, and lower costs from employee benefits for a year-over-year turnaround.The 2014 profit followed a before-tax loss in the previous year of $125 million, and core mail delivery business continues to shrink.- Advertisement -In fact the CBC has reported Canada Post now delivers 28 per cent less mail than it did in 2006.However, as reported earlier, last year for the first time ever, the corporation also shipped parcels worth $1 billion in Canada, and that total jumped to $1.5 billion when its international shipment numbers were included.Thus the Canadian Union of Postal Workers President Jennifer Savage in South Vancouver – another area targeted to lose home delivery – calls the cancellation outrageous.Advertisementlast_img read more

Harambee Stars lose to Thailand in Bangkok

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before facing Thailand in a friendly match in Bangkok on October 8, 2017. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 8- Teerasil Dangda’s 62nd minute goal earned 137th ranked Thailand a 1-0 win over Kenya in Bangkok as the Harambee Stars wound up their Asian tour of friendly matches with an empty basket having lost 2-1 to Iraq on Thursday in Basra.The twin losses will now almost guarantee Kenya a drop in FIFA rankings over the next release, having already dropped eight places in the last rankings released on September 14. This is the third loss for Stanley Okumbi’s men over the last four matches. They lost 2-1 to Sierra Leone in an African Cup of Nations qualifier, drew 1-1 with Mozambique in a friendly, then lost to Iraq and now the Thais, nicknamed The War Elephants.Stars had a much better performance compared to last Thursday’s match against Iraq, and this was attributed to several changes that First Coach Stanley Okumbi made. However, they dipped in energy in the second half.Boniface Oluoch started in between the sticks ahead of Patrick Matasi while Musa Mohammed who came on as a second half substituted against Iraq started in central defense, partnering his former mate at Gor Mahia David Owino.The change saw Jockins Atudo move to the right side of defense. Clifton Miheso, John Mark Makwatta and Masud Juma all who came off as second half substitutes against Iraq started with Samuel Onyango and Jesse Were started on the bench while Ernest Wendo sat out injured.–Muguna starts-Harambee Stars players line up before their match against Thailand in Bangkok on October 8, 2017. PHOTO/FKFIn Wendo’s place, his Gor Mahia teammate Kenneth Muguna started, partnering teddy Akumu in the middle of the pack.It was the two Buildcon FC players who had Kenya’s first two efforts at goal. In the 10th minute, Makwatta found shooting space inside the box after some fancy step-overs created him space, but his eventual shot from the right went wide.A minute later, Miheso drifted to the edge of the box from the right and unleashed a low shot on his weaker left foot but Thailand keeper Kawin Thamsatchanan made a full stretch save to turn the ball behind for a corner.Thamsatchanan was at hand to deny Kenya again, this time doing well to hold firmly to a shot from range by Makwatta.Thailand, just like Iraq on Thursday were playing short swift passes, but different was that the Kenyan defense was more astute.The Thais however found some space in the 16th minute when Mongkol Tossakrai shot wide from the left after a dummy left skipper Owino on the ground having picked up a defense splitting through pass from Teerasil Dangda.Michael Olunga who had for most parts of the opening minutes remained silent started being more prominent and he had two chances back to back in the 19th minute, first with a curling freekick from the edge of the box which went straight to the keeper.A minute later, he rose up well at the edge of the six yard box to meet up a Jockins Atudo cross but his glancing header bounced wide off target.–Olunga shot-Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga in action against Thailand. PHOTO/FKFAgain in the 38th minute, he had a better chance on his favorite left foot after slamming a shot from distance, but the Thai keeper made a superb reflex save to tip the ball over.The hosts came close to breaking the deadlock at the stroke of halftime but Boniface Oluoch made a decisive save to deny substitute Bodin Phala one on one after he had been put through by Dangda.Thailand stepped up attacks in the second half and Phala tested Oluoch with a shot from distance which the Kenyan keeper collected cleanly.On the hour mark, Oluoch was once again called into another save, this time fully stretching to push the ball against the upright from a Thitipan Puangchan shot from distance after Kenya had lost the ball cheaply.-Dangda goal-Harambee Stars Musa Mohammed in action against Thailand. PHOTO/FKFThe Kenyan shot stopper was collecting the ball from his net two minutes later when he spilled a shot from Phala and Dangda was well placed to pick up the rebound, tapping it cleanly into the net.The goal prompted Okumbi into his first change, bringing off Masud for Jesse Were.Thailand remained offensive and Siroch Chatthong came close with a header in the 71st minute from a Dangda cross but it went straight to Oluoch.Okumbi made further changes bringing out Makwatta and Akumu for KPL top scorer Stephen Waru and Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Patillah Omotto respectively. With three minutes remaining, Miheso was also hauled off for Samuel Onyango.However, Stars could not get to plant the ball into the net despite concerted efforts to open up the Thailand defense.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

South African poet takes African women’s message to the world

first_imgPoet Koleka Putuma is a South African cultural icon-in-waiting. Her straight-talking multimedia poetry tackles racism, sexism and social ills head-on, giving young African women a formidable global voice.Koleka Putuma is a South African spoken word poet who uses poetry, music and the power of the internet to give African women a voice. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonPutuma’s words are never minced and are delivered without formula or platitude. Whether in spoken word format or written, her poetry tackles serious issues with the gravity they deserve.Following her win at the inaugural South African National Poetry Slam in 2014, as well as a 2016 PEN SA Student Writing Prize, Putuma released her first anthology of poetry in April 2017, titled Collective Amnesia. The book has gone on to sell more than 2,000 copies; this in a local literary market where poetry books rarely sell more than 100 copies.The anthology is a top seller in a number of South Africa’s most popular independent bookstores, but what makes Putuma’s success different is her approach to delivering her work to the world.Embracing new media such as video and social media, she delivers her voice directly to the people.Collaborating with video artist Jarryd Kleinhans and photographer Andiswa Mkosi, Putuma presents visual interpretations of her work through online video-sharing sites. The effect is immediate and collaborative, changing poetry from being a monologue into an interactive dialogue.However, to read her words in print, in book form or through her social media postings, the full effect of her use of language and metaphor offers a closer exploration of her work.Following an intense three-month book launch performance tour to 13 centres across the country, and as it is about to enter its third print run, Collective Amnesia has been chosen as a prescribed text for second-year university students. Putuma is turning South African poetry into the new rock ‘n’ roll.Born a year before South African post-apartheid democracy, Putuma is of a generation that doesn’t have a living memory of apartheid, yet she still feels and can articulate the repercussions ingrained in modern social ills of gender violence, entrenched patriarchy and ongoing discrimination.Milisuthando Bongela, cultural editor of the Mail & Guardian, praises her precocious talent, saying: “This person who was born in 1993 was never meant to experience apartheid or any sort of discrimination, has now written a book that archives her experiences in this so-called free country that we live in.”Her performances are delivered in an idiosyncratic and eccentric style, a very modern mix of meme-culture, quirky slang and unapologetic youth coolness.The poem 1994: A Love Poem is an acidic tongue-in-cheek take on South Africa’s middle-class obsession with Nelson Mandela and how it is very different in real life interactions between black and white South Africans: “I want someone who’s going to look at me and love me the way white people look at and love Mandela. You don’t know love until you’ve been loved like Mandela/ You don’t know betrayal until you’ve been loved like Mandela/ You don’t know [expletive] until you’ve been loved like Mandela.”Koleka Putuma is a South African spoken word poet who uses poetry, music and the power of the internet to give African women a voice. (Image: Andiswa Mkosi)Her poems celebrate young Africanness, yet mourn the deep-rooted problems of gender politics. In the poem Black Solidarity, Putuma explores the hypocrisy of sexism and patriarchy, particularly in social and political activism: “How come your revolution always wants to go rummaging through my underwear?… How come references to your revolution are limited to Biko and Fanon and Malcolm?/ Do you read?/ Your solidarity, it seems, is anchored by undermining black woman’s struggle.”Speaking during a Johannesburg launch of her book at the end of June 2017, Putuma explained her position: “I used to look at my mother and my auntie’s choices and think, ‘Why would you stay? Why would you choose that in that particular situation?’ But after writing this book and having experienced things as a black woman, I learned that, in that particular situation, your mother and aunt chose silence so that they could live, or so that there could be peace in the house, so that they could eat.”Established South African poet Lebo Mashile calls Putuma a revolutionary new voice in South African poetry. “She’s exploding the model of South African literature, which is a wonderful thing. She is emerging, and with authority, to claim her space and audience. The work that [she is] doing is very necessary. [She is] opening the way for [young people, particularly girls and young women to find their voices]. Ten to 15 years from now, they will reference and thank [her].”For a more in-depth look at Putuma’s work, visit her website and Facebook page.Source: Okay AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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FBI Seizes Online Poker Sites

first_imgWhat Now for (Online) Gaming?ESPN‘s Gary Wise has a lengthy assessment on the implications for the gambling industry – online and offline. He contends that the indictments will transfer the momentum back to land-based casinos, operators that have stayed outside the U.S. market, and to gaming companies that have restricted themselves to non-money play. Wise notes that “Zynga appears to be in good shape to capitalize on Friday’s developments.”The three companies in question have announced they’re ceasing their operations in the U.S., but outside the country, in thewords of PokerStars, it’s “business as usual.” To sidestep the .com seizues, PokerStars and Full Tilt Power moved to a .eu domain.But options to continue gaming aside, it’s their money that many players are concerned about. Both of these companies have issued statements saying that players’ funds are safe, and that they’ll be able to withdraw their money. Tags:#gaming#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… On Friday, the FBI shut down three of the world’s most popular online gambling sites, replacing their websites with an announcement that “This domain name has been seized by the FBI pursuant to an Arrest Warrant.”Marking the largest crackdown since Congress banned online gambling in 2006, authorities unsealed indictments against executives from Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker, accusing the companies of illegal gambling, money laundering and bank fraud. In addition to the indictments and domain seizures, Friday’s federal actions were accompanied by a civil lawsuit seeking the forfeiture of $3 billion in ill-gotten gains from the money laundering – 1.5 billion from the PokerStars; $1 billion from the Full Tilt Poker; and $500 million from the Absolute Poker.Although there have been renewed efforts recently to legalize online gaming, it remains illegal in the U.S., one of the few countries where that remains the law. Some challenge the idea that poker is really gambling, arguing it’s a game of skill not chance.Regardless of the legalities, it hasn’t stopped U.S. players from betting real money on these sites. Many have opted to process their transactions via banks outside the U.S. But according to the charges unsealed on Friday, these three online poker sites in question had also masked payments from players, misrepresenting the kinds of funds that were being processed by U.S. banks. Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App audrey watters 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Colourful opening ceremony marks start of 20th FIFA World Cup

first_imgClaudia Leitte, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull during the ceremony.With all of the issues and questions leading up to the World Cup, Itaquerao Stadium shone under blue skies as Brazil kicked off its home World Cup with a football-style carnival.Jennifer Lopez, rapper Pitbull and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte bounced around a giant stage resembling a peeled melon singing “We Are One” on Brazil’s Valentine’s Day.The opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo.Brazil is ready to samba, and plans to teach the world to join in for the coming month during soccer’s showcase tournament.The field was covered in bright colours for the opening ceremony, which cost $8 million, or about 18 million Brazilian reais.Dancers perform at the opening ceremony at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo.In a bid to celebrate nature, people dressed up as flowers, trees and raindrops danced around a spinning LED ball that swirled and glowed in many hues and later transformed into the tournament’s official ball, the Brazuca. At the end, it opened out and became a stage on which Pitbull, Lopez and Leitte performed.last_img read more

Denver Broncos Champ Bailey to Sit Out Season Opener

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who has a left foot sprain, will sit out the team’s Thursday night NFL season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.This is another significant loss for the Broncos who will also be playing without their top pass-rusher. Linebacker Von Miller was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.Bailey sprained his foot two weeks ago and attempted to return to practice Tuesday, but didn’t participate in the session. When asked if his foot was feeling any better, Bailey responded: “Yeah, yeah. Every day, every day.”On Monday Bailey said he was “very close” to being ready to play, but the date of his return remained “up in the air” because of the injury. read more

Turns Out Running A Baseball Team Is Hard

Some people daydream about becoming professional baseball players. Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller daydream about being general managers. The two co-host the “Effectively Wild” podcast for Baseball Prospectus (Ben is also a writer for this site), and last summer they learned that one of their listeners was the media relations director for the Sonoma Stompers, an independent minor-league baseball team in California. Lindbergh and Miller floated the idea that the Stompers should let them act as general managers for the team, advising on player personnel and strategy. The Stompers bit.Their new book, “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work,” chronicles a summer spent trying out their weirdest analytics-driven ideas on the actual playing field.On this week’s What’s The Point, Ben Lindbergh discusses his summer with the Stompers, and the larger lessons about what it’s like to try to use data to change a team’s culture.Stream or download the full episode above, or subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Read an excerpt from the book here. Here is a transcript of a highlight from the conversation. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of What’s The Point, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and please leave a rating/review — that helps spread the word to other listeners. And be sure to check out our sports show Hot Takedown as well. Have something to say about this episode, or have an idea for a future show? Get in touch by email, on Twitter, or in the comments.What’s The Point’s music was composed by Hrishikesh Hirway, host of the “Song Exploder” podcast. Download our theme music. Ben Lindbergh: These players were far enough from the majors that they were willing to mix things up. Someone who is at AAA, one step from the big leagues, would’ve said, “I’ve gotten this far with what I’ve done, and I’m not willing to do something new.” But these guys were getting desperate enough that they were willing to listen.Jody Avirgan: That’s the key — you have to find a community that is desperate enough to listen to what you have to say. That’s actually the key to this podcast.But, what was your relationship with Sam [Miller] like? You host the podcast every day, I assume that you’re friends. Now all of a sudden you were thrust into a working relationship.Lindbergh: There was some tension. Usually we are separated by a continent and we get along just fine. But when we were in the same place, running this team and writing this book, we definitely had some philosophical differences.I remember on Opening Day I wanted to march into the manager’s office and say, “Here’s the batting order for today’s game.” Sam didn’t want to do that because he thought we would alienate the manager, and it would have a ripple effect, and we’d be fighting for the rest of the season. I thought we had to assert our authority [right away].Avirgan: And who won that battle?Lindbergh: I don’t know if there was a conclusive winner. Eventually Sam moved towards my side of the spectrum, but there were things he saved me from doing throughout the season.Avirgan: Overall, do you feel like this project was a success, not just in that it was fun … but in that it taught you larger lessons about the work that you’re going to continue to do?Lindbergh: I think it taught us about selling yourself, and storytelling. We probably could have packaged this book as “what baseball can teach us about business” or something, and sold a million more copies.Avirgan: You could have done a TED Talk!Lindbergh: Shoot, we should have done that. But, really — it is about management and finding a way to present your message to people who may or may not be receptive to it. You may have the spreadsheets, but don’t always show the spreadsheets. Make it fun and exciting.Take your conclusion, one that’s sound and driven by the data … but don’t always show your math. Know your audience. So we learned a lot about how to present our findings, and that can be applicable in any field. By Jody Avirgan read more

We are confident now Yuto Nagatomo

first_imgAccording to the Japanese defender, his team had a very difficult match against Turkmenistan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Japan barely defeated Turkmenistan 3-2 in their Group F match in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo, the team learned from that and will be ready for the next challenges.“We struggled against Turkmenistan but it was very important for us players to know what the AFC Asian Cup is,” Nagatomo told Ghana Soccernet.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.“We will use the experience gained against Turkmenistan to good effect. We have had three days to prepare for our next match against Oman (on Sunday) and we are confident of a better showing.”“We saw a recording of the match and we know that they are very good in counter attacks and have speedy players. Oman will be a difficult team to beat,” he added.“Having said that, we are also a good team and we have the players who can get us a positive result. We will prepare accordingly for Oman.”“It doesn’t make a difference whether we qualify after the second or third match as long as we qualify for the knockout stage,” he concluded.last_img read more