Reno relieved to escape relegation

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:It all looked good when Girvon Brown tapped home from close range to give UWI FC a 60th minute lead against FC Reno in yesterday’s Red Stripe Premier League match at the Frome Sports Complex.Although the university team went on to win 2-1, they failed in their objective to land a semi-final spot.The result was equally bittersweet for UWI and FC Reno, the latter, in particular, because of their struggle to avoid relegation, which neither Rivoli United nor Cavalier SC were able to accomplish.It was palpable relief for Michael Graham, the Reno coach, after news filtered through that Cavalier had lost 0-1 to Tivoli Gardens FC.”I can’t tell you how relieved we are to know we are still in the league. We started as planned in this game, but lost our way after not taking advantage of that missed penalty opportunity,” said Graham.”It was a good enough game for us to win, but we just never got that second goal we wanted so badly. I am still grateful because next season will see us in the league,” added Graham.PENALTY SAVEDReno should have opened the scoring when the usually reliable Rondel Morris had his penalty kicked easily saved by national invitee Amal Knight for UWI in the 40th minute.He would regret missing from the spot as Brown was on hand for a simple tap-in at the 60th minute.Reno were again awarded a penalty, but this time the responsibility fell to Afiba Chambers and he found the equaliser in the 62nd minute.Just as Reno were looking at scoring another to take the game away from UWI, the visitors pounced. Anthony Greenland found space at the top of the Reno penalty area and he struck a beautiful curling shot that left the Reno goalkeeper beaten in the 75th minute.Marcus Gayle, UWI’s head coach, was disappointed as 49 points was only good enough for fifth, while Reno’s 34 points was as lucky as it gets, keeping them in tenth place.”Although disappointed at not making the semis, I think it was a terrific, wonderful first season in the league for us. Now we can build on this and become a major force in years to come,” stated Gayle.last_img read more

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Fixing Our Educational System

first_imgThe Ministry of Education last  week launched an Operational Plan – 2014-2016 aimed at ensuring quality education for all and redirecting the nation’s future.Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh said the Plan “proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving quality educational services to ensure that all young people within Liberia’s borders are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing regional and global environment.”In setting its strategic direction for the next three years, she noted, the Ministry “has been very mindful to ensure the manageability and sustainability of the activities it undertakes. The plan calls for pooling of scarce resources and working more strategically with Donors and Private Sector.  It covers all areas of education except higher education.  These include: Early Childhood Development/Education (ECDE), Basic and Secondary Education, Teacher Training, Student Personnel Services, Vocational andTechnical Education and Training and Education Governance and Management.Our Education Correspondent, C.Y. Kwanue, said the cost of implementation within the three-year period is US$180 million, while the cost of implementation for the first year is US$59 million.Given the seriousness of this Plan, developed against the background of the drastic  decline over the past several years in the nation’s educational system, we pray that government will find the money to make this all important Plan workable, so that it may be able fully to achieve its aims and objectives.In launching the plan, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on her Ministers and Deputy Ministers, beginning with those at the Ministry of Education, to take time off from their busy schedules and go into the nation’s classrooms and teach.  This is an innovative idea that we welcome because it would give our top officials an opportunity to return to their counties and villages and help the nation’s teachers in the classroom.  We don’t know how many Ministers take their annual leave, but this would be a good time for them to do so,  and spend useful time teaching at home teaching.The President also suggested that seniors at the University of Liberia’s Teachers College be required, before graduation, to spend time teaching in the rural parts.This, too, calls for the outlay of some capital to provide not only accommodations for the student teachers but classroom materials, including science lab equipment for the science teachers, so that they may be effective in their instruction.This leads us to ask whether  the Operational Plan 2014-2016 has specific plans for libraries and laboratory equipment in all our schools.  These are crucial if our students must be encouraged  to read and be able to apply in laboratories the science they learn in textbooks.We understand that the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has undertaken to equip Liberian schools with science lab equipment.  We commend NOCAL president Dr. Randolph McClain, himself a chemical engineer, his Board of Directors and staff for this worthy initiative, and trust that the Education Ministry will ensure that NOCAL’s intervention will bear fruit. In its teacher training endeavor, the Ministry must pay special attention to Science teachers.We believe the listing of nursery and kindgarten education and the emphasis on vocational and technical education are crucial.  We trust that the Ministry will give our children throughout the country a head start by sharpening their intellectual and social skills as they begin in their educational journey.The Ministry should also  ensure the  effective operation of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) and the improvement and expansion,  too, of the nation’s premiere vocational and technical training school, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI).Two last concerns: what does the Plan say about high-tech instruction?And does the new curriculum include CIVICS? We strongly believe that these two are crucial.  Our students must be introduced to technology early.  The parents have already begun by giving their children cell phones.  The Ministry must follow, ensuring   an early start in technology.Liberian students must also start studying CIVICS again.  They must study the Constitution and the learn about the structure and function of their government.  We believe this will help them become more patriotic.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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‘Missing’ 14-year-old girl found at Essequibo Coast bar

first_imgThe missing 14-year-old girl, Jessica Fidel, of Waiakabra on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway— who disappeared without a trace on July 7, 2019— was found alive at a bar at Aurora Village, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Jessica FidelReports are that Police located the teen Monday after acting on a tip off where the teen was found in the company of two women— who operate a bar at Aurora Village.The teen, who was reunited with her family, was questioned at Timehri Police Station and released into her family’s care. She will also be interviewed by the Welfare Department of the Child Care Protection Agency.The teen’s family is happy that she was found but believe that she was aided by a person or persons since she had never travelled anywhere on her own and had never been to Essequibo Coast.“We are happy that she was found safe. How she got to Essequibo remains a mystery. She isn’t saying much but we believe that she was aided by someone and the Police are investigating the matter,” a relative said.The Police will be questioning a few persons after welfare officers conclude their report.The family expressed appreciation to the ranks of the Timehri Police Station and the policing group who exercised patience and assisted in the teen being found.The teen was reportedly last seen with a male friend from her neighbourhood, who claimed that he only accompanied her to a neighbour’s house on the night she went missing.A missing person’s report was lodged at the Timehri Police Station and Kuru Kururu Police Outpost the following day.A relative of Fidel, who reached out to Guyana Times, stated that the young man was questioned and released but the neighbour had not been questioned.The relative stated that they had received certain information as to the girl’s whereabouts and provided the information to the Police in an effort to get them to act on it.last_img read more

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TIME TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN FOR RÉALT ULADH

first_imgSchool children from across the North West are to take part in the Réalt Uladh Irish language competition which will be held at LYIT, Letterkenny, on Saturday, March 2nd.The event boasts participants from Derry, Donegal, Antrim and Tyrone.“Without a doubt, our acknowledgement, sincere thanks and congratulations must go to all of the parents, teachers etc., who help prepare the children and young people so magnificently for their competitions”, said Caitlín Conluain, Stiúrthóir Réalt Uladh. “They are enriching our culture, music and heritage by keeping spoken Irish alive.”Réalt Uladh consists of thirty competitions which cover the full spectrum of poetry recitation, reading, writing, drama and singing.The competitions take place through the medium of Irish and are open to children and young people of all abilities (bun-ghrád and ard-ghrád), from pre-school to rang 6.The aims of Réalt Uladh are to provide children with the opportunity to improve their Irish, give them the confidence to speak Irish, to obtain fluency in the national language and to experience the diverse aspects of Irish culture. Primary school children can take part in all 10 competitions within their School Class Category. There is a beginners and advanced stage in the different poetry recitation categories. The categories are Pre-school, infant classes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th classes.For further information or to download a Réalt Uladh 2013 entry form, log on to: www.realtuladh.com or contact Caitlín at caitlin.conluain@lyit.ie or on Tel: 087-3232326.The closing date for all entries including postal and e-mail entries is Saturday February 2nd 2013 for all entries including postal and email entries.The Réalt Uladh Office will also be open on Friday February 1st from 3pm to 7pm in the LYIT to take entries or queries. No late entries will be accepted.The entry fee is 3 euro per competition. Cheques should be made payable to Réalt Uladh. For group entry fees, check www.realtuladh.com Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to the competitors.TIME TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN FOR RÉALT ULADH was last modified: January 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:TIME TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN FOR RÉALT ULADHlast_img read more

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AgroExpo 2016: Where Agriculture Meets Innovation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgroExpo, hosted by AgroLiquid, will connect farmers, commodity groups, grower-led associations, and news makers in the agriculture industry. By highlighting vendors in various sectors of agriculture, with similar groups being assembled together, attendees will have the flexibility to visit areas of interest.The focus will be on innovative, professional farmers, who are seeking the latest advances in agriculture. From research and development of seed, crop protection and nutrient management, to the latest equipment and management technology, AgroExpo is sure to leave you motivated and full of ideas about the future of your farming operation. This is an opportunity for growth and expansion – both for agribusiness and for growers.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with AgroLiquid’s Ashley Davis about what to expect at the event, August 16th-18th, in St. Johns, Michigan.AgroLiquid Ashley Davis AgroExpolast_img read more

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Deadline extended: Enroll by June 22 for new dairy program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentUPDATE: USDA has extended the deadline for dairy producers to sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Margin Protection Program – Dairy (MPP) through Friday, June 22. All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period that ended in December 2017. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.PREVIOUSLY: Dairy farmers are being encouraged to enroll in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy now through June 1. MPP-Dairy changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 will provide better protections for producers from shifting milk and feed prices, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.It also is retroactive to cover all of 2018.Key changes to the new MPP-Dairy program include:Improving the ability for dairy farmers to use the Livestock Gross Margin (LGM-Dairy) program and other insurance options offered through USDAAdjusting the first tier of covered production to include each farm’s first 5 million pounds of annual milk production (about 217 cows) instead of 4 million poundsRaising the catastrophic coverage level from $4 to $5 for the first tier of covered production for all dairy farmersReducing the premium rates for the first 5 million pounds of production for more affordable coverageChanging the margin calculation from a bi-monthly to a monthly basisWaiving the annual $100 administrative fee for under-served farmers“We encourage dairy producers to review the provisions of the updated program, which Congress shaped with their feedback,” said USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue.John Newton, American Farm Bureau market intelligence director, said that the new MPP is a better safety net for dairy farmers than the previous one, largely because the catastrophic coverage level has increased from 4 to 5 million pounds and the program triggers monthly, instead of every two months.“Combined, it makes the program much more affordable and timelier in terms of delivering program payments to dairy farmers,” he said.Determining coverage levelsUSDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other platform.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Geocaching in the News – A Story Worth Telling

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching HQ Says Geocaching without Speaking a WordMay 11, 2015In “Community”Geocaching, the Gift of FriendshipMarch 11, 2013In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Your Geocaching Community Awaits…August 5, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos” Alaska Airlines article (click to read)Geocachers grab headlines around the world as Ambassadors of Adventure, Everyday Explorers or just those people doing that new outdoor tech thing. While geocaching is not new to us, more and more people are seeing geocaching in the news and in TV shows.Geocaching Co-Founder Bryan Roth speaks to the Swiss Magazine The Gentlemen’s Club. (click to read p33)You’re part of an emerging hobby that gets people outside and into adventure. Geocachers are a global band of tech-guided explorers some five million strong. Sometimes the geocaching adventure is just around the corner, other times the hunt delivers geocachers to the top of a mountain. But people always love to hear about the geocaching journey, especially in the media.In the past weeks and months, geocaching has appeared in publications around the globe. Geocaching was featured as a tool to see and experience the world in a new way in the USAToday video, “Want a modern day treasure hunt? Go geocaching.” Geocaching Co-Founder Bryan Roth helped Swiss readers of the magazine The Gentleman’s Guide (p.33) learn more about the addictive hobby. A police officer, who’s also a geocacher, used the Geocaching app to help find a lost hiker. The story made national news in the United States. Even airline passengers are reading about geocaching in the Alaska Airlines Magazine.USAToday video of Geocaching (click to watch)Geocaching delivers something most technologies cannot – and it’s worth writing about. Geocaching takes people outside to connect with each other. Every time you sign a log book or replace a geocache where you just found it, you’re adding to the story of that location. You connect to a community with each geocache you find. You also care for the environment along the way. It’s a newspaper article or television story that never gets old.You can continue reading too. You can always find geocaching in the news through this link.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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If You Are Being Out-Hustled

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now If there is one thing that is 100 percent within your control, it is your effort.You control how hard you work. Not your manager. Not your leader. Not anyone else. No one can or will stop you from working hard. The effort you make here is yours alone. If it isn’t enough, it’s all you.You control how many hours you work, too. The time you invest in work each day has nothing to do with your scheduled hours. It has nothing to do with whether you are paid hourly, salary, or straight commission. You can work as much as you want—or as little.The work that you decide to do is all up to you. This is true even if you have a day job. You can do your life’s work at 5:00 AM in the morning, when there is no one on earth who wants your time. You can work at 10:00 PM when other people are going to sleep. Like effort and time, the work you do is all you.If you are being out-hustled, it’s because you are allowing it.If someone is working harder than you are, they’re likely to produce more and better results. Even if they aren’t as smart, talented, educated, or well-connected as you.That someone who is working more hours doesn’t have one single hour more than you do each day. It’s just that they are investing their hours differently. Everyone has things that they have to do. And they always find time for the things they believe are most important. Right now, how you are spending your time is an indication of what is most important.There are very few things in life that are 100 percent within your control. Your belief system is one of them. Your attitude is another. What kind of effort you make is also one of the few things you can control.last_img read more

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Suzuki Plans Third Auto Plant

first_imgSuzuki is planning a third vehicle plant with annual production capacity of 250,000 in India to meet exploding demand. Suzuki holds a controlling 54 percent stake in Maruti Suzuki Ltd., India’s largest car maker, which holds nearly half the country’s auto market. But its share is slipping, from 53.3 percent in the April to July quarter in 2009 to 47.7 this year.The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers estimates car sales this fiscal year will top 1.7 million, up from 1.5 million last year.  Related Itemslast_img

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Global IT Spending to Grow 3.2% in 2019: Gartner

first_imgOverall global IT spending in 2019 will be less than 2018, the lowest in three years, Gartner said in its new forecast.Gartner said in its forecast that worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.8 trillion in 2019, an increase of 3.2 percent from expected spending of $3.7 trillion in 2018.According to the forecast, the overall IT sector, which advanced 3.9 percent in 2017 and 4.5 percent in 2018, will only see a growth of 3.2 percent in 2019. When compared to 2018, sectors like enterprise software, IT services, data center systems, and communication services will see a much lesser growth than the current year.“While currency volatility and the potential for trade wars are still playing a part in the outlook for IT spending, it is the shift from ownership to service that is sending ripples through every segment of the forecast,” Gartner said.IT services, which increased 5.9 percent this year will only see a rise of 4.7 percent next year, quite like enterprise software which will see a growth of only 8.3 percent in 2019 from 9.9 percent in 2018. IT services will be a key driver for IT spending in 2019 as the market is forecast to reach $1 trillion in 2019, an increase of 4.7 percent from 2018. In a recent Gartner study, 46 percent of organizations indicated that IT services and supplier consolidation was their top three most-effective cost-optimization approach.“An expected global slowdown in economic prosperity, paired with internal pressures to cut spending, is driving organizations to optimize enterprise external spend for business services such as consulting,” the report said.According to Statista, Indian IT spending will increase from $10.5 billion in 2018 to $11.6 billion in 2019.In the wake of new-age digitalization, worldwide spending for devices — PCs, tablets, and mobile phones is forecast to grow 2.4 percent in 2019, reaching $706 billion, up from $689 billion in 2018. Demand for PCs in the corporate sector has been strong, driven by Windows 10 PC hardware upgrades that should continue until 2020, Gartner said.“PCs, laptops, and tablets have reached a new equilibrium state. These markets currently have stable demand from consumers and enterprises. Vendors have only subtle technology differentiation, which is pushing them to offer PC as a Service (PCaaS) to lock clients into multiyear recurring revenue streams and offer new bundles service options”, John-David Lovelock, Research Vice President at Gartner said.For the ongoing financial year, Indian IT trade body, Nasscom has projected a growth of 7-9 percent for Indian IT exports. Sangeeta Gupta, Nasscom’s senior vice president said that global shift to a ’pay-for-use’ model may not have a high impact on the Indian IT sector as the country’s IT hub is a source of a myriad of services to their clients and not just counseling. She added given how the first half of the year has turned out for Indian IT companies, we expect to achieve the higher end of the guidance,” the Times of India quoted her as saying.Earlier this week, India’s top software exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) became the only Indian company to be spotted in the top 10 list to get foreign labor certification for H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2018. According to official data, TCS received over 20,000 such certifications. Related Itemslast_img read more

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