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Dr. Menjay Appeals for Emergency Education Reform

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, has stressed the need to restructure Liberia’s education system with urgency.According to Dr. Menjay, Liberia has an emergency for education reform which demands an immediate and urgent action to achieve the reform process.“This emergency requires radical actions and therefore must be treated as a life time or death situation where we have no time to play around,” he said.He believes that anything short of this, the future of our existence as a country will be miserable.Dr. Menjay, who is also Principal of Ricks Institute, a Baptist high school, made the disclosure recently in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his office in Virginia, outside Monrovia.   He observed that the education crisis in country is now becoming a crisis for the entire economy, endangering the country’s prospects for a brighter future.He called on stakeholders to create a critical awareness of the country’s social reality through reflection and actions.According to him, to improve and transform Liberian education, everyone, including state actors, “must recognize our imperfection by acknowledging our own deficiency.”As a school administrator, Dr. Menjay said it pains his heart when 95 percent of passes made in examinations administered annually by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for Liberia’s high schools are very weak passes.He said a scale from one to eight with eight being the limited passing mark, over 95 percent of the students who passed, made eight on the scale.As such, he observed, “It is worrisome to know that in Liberia, only a single student passed the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Exams (WASSCE).”It is annoying to know that the country does not have adequate textbooks for students, said Dr. Menjay, adding that it is critical because there is no future without quality education.Rev. Mejay is also vice president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and Principal/Chief Administrative Officer of Ricks Institute, one of Liberia’s premier institutions of learning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barry Scott wins class A gold panning title

first_img‘C’ Adult:1) Jim Kittle Sr.2) Andrew Argo3) Jim Kittle Jr.‘C’ Juvenile:1) Luella Barrett2) Rhys Tyrer3) Carson FreemanJuvenile Open:1) Aurora Davis2) Jennifer Finnie3) Jenna WiggleworthCelebrity Challenge:1) Rob Fraser2) Larry Evans3) Raven PurdenAdvertisement TAYLOR, B.C. – The World’s Invitational Gold Panning Championships were held in Taylor last weekend.Barry Scott was the big winner as he scored 24 points in the class “A” final. Scott found 20 gold flakes in two rounds as well as a gold nugget to secure his victory.Also featured at the event was a celebrity challenge which saw Taylor’s Mayor Rob Fraser knock off Councillor Larry Evans to win the title.- Advertisement -The full results from the event are shown below:‘A’ Adult:1) Barry Scott2) Michael Gunderson3) Dave Coupland‘B’ Adult:1) Megan Giebelhaus2) Cameron Argo3) Terry BeatonAdvertisementlast_img read more

Guardiola fears bans could derail City

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s team has three key players that are one yellow card away from earning suspensions © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 2 – Pep Guardiola admits he is concerned about potential suspensions when leaders Manchester City face West Ham United looking to equal a Premier League record on Sunday.Victory over West Ham would mark a 13th consecutive league victory for Guardiola’s team, equalling the record for the most straight wins in a single season, currently owned jointly by Chelsea last season and Arsenal in 2001-02. That Arsenal team went on to win a 14th game at the beginning of the following campaign and, should they beat West Ham, City will have the chance to tie that record when they travel to Old Trafford to face title rivals Manchester United seven days later.But three key players — midfielders Fernandinho and Leroy Sane, plus captain Vincent Kompany — are one yellow card away from earning suspensions that would rule them out of the eagerly-awaited Manchester derby.And that has raised the prospect of Guardiola resting one or more of those players for struggling West Ham’s visit to Eastlands.“We will see tomorrow in the training sessions what we will do. Of course they can play or rest,” said Guardiola, whose side are eight points clear at the top.“Vincent Kompany was two months injured, he played a game then again three days later.“Fernandinho played a lot of minutes but this is an important game, we can’t think about United.“I’m worried about the bookings but West Ham as well. We’ll see the team.“The last game we didn’t play David Silva from the beginning, I rotated and maybe I will again. Nine games in one month is a lot.”City will be hoping for a more routine victory against West Ham than in their last three games, all of which have required late winning goals from Raheem Sterling, who has already topped his best ever goalscoring season with 13.– Social issues –The City manager has been keen to credit Sterling for his dramatic improvement, but believes the England winger taking his advice and limiting his use of social media has been a key factor.“If the reason why he’s scored a lot of goals is because he’s out of social media then I’ll say it to all the players!” said Guardiola.“Before he was more active (on social media) and now he’s more passive.“Of course, they are free to do whatever they want but after that, they have 30 million comments and you can’t avoid it, people criticise you because you show a picture.“If you want to do it, fine. But people can criticise your family because of how they dress.“Enjoy it for yourself and nobody needs to know what they are doing in their private lives. There is no rule but we have our advice as a club.”David Moyes has endured a difficult start to life at West Ham and heads to City still looking for a first win in his fourth game since taking charge.“I was hoping it would be a bit easier, to be honest,” he said.“In football you just never know. It’s a big task and a big job, but it’s a good challenge and they have good players here.“I think we’ll be OK. We have got a good team.”The Hammers’ prospects of getting something from the game haven’t been helped by a lengthy injury list.Jose Fonte, James Collins, Sam Byram, Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez are all sidelined.West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart is ineligible to face parent club City, opening the door for Adrian to start.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man was fined €250 and banned from driving for being under the influence of cannabis while driving last year.Letterkenny court.Inspector John O’Toole told Letterkenny District Court that Damian Campbell, Killynure, Convoy was detected by Garda Patrick Geraghty at Raphoe Demesne on July 4 last year. Campbell was also banned from driving for a period of four years.The defendant had charges of possession of drugs and having drugs for sale and supply at Killynure Convoy on the same date, adjourned until September 2015 as long as he co-operated with the Probation Service.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client would be a suitable candidate for a community service orderGarda McNally discovered the drugs at the defendant’s home at Killynure, the court heard.A second charge of having drugs for sale and supply was struck out.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said there had been no accident as a result of his client’s driving.The 21 year-old was also pleading guilty to all charges.Judge Paul Kelly made an order for the destruction of the drugs.MAN FINED FOR BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF CANNABIS WHILE DRIVING was last modified: September 13th, 2014 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:cannabisconvoydonegalJudge Paul KellyPATRICK GERATHYlast_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Monday, May 29

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Monday’s Sports Bar show.They take calls on Arsenal’s FA Cup win and discuss whether Chelsea fans are concerned heading into next season, debate whether the Premier League needs to be slimmed down to 18 teams and there’s another top Swap Shop feature!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTuneslast_img


first_imgPaul DurcanDONEGAL goalkeeper Paul Durcan is celebrating tonight – after landing a Dublin club county championship.St Vincent’s dream of securing a third title in a row was shattered by Durcan’s club Ballyboden St Enda’s from the southside who claimed the title for the first time since 2009.St Vincent’s, who had won an All-Ireland club title and two Leinster crowns during their reign, started as 4/1 on favourites. But Ballyboden shocked the Marino side in the first half. An early goal from Andrew Kerin set the tone and it took St Vincent’s 22 minutes to register their first score.As the fog descended on Parnell Park Ballyboden already had one hand on the trophy as they led 1-7 to 0-3 at the break.They looked to have put the game beyond Vincent’s reach early in the third quarter when – after a foul on dual player Conal Keaney – Kerin notched his second goal, this time from the penalty spot. They added another point in the 37th minute to lead 2-8 to 0-4.St Vincent’s finally got their act together in the final quarter and began a spirited comeback. With Ballyboden content to defend their sizeable lead Vincent’s poured forward and hit six points without reply to narrow the gap to four points. But Ballyboden held their nerve. Even though they failed to score in the last 24 minutes crucially they didn’t concede a goal with former Four Masters man Durcan between the posts and held out for a 2-8 to 0-10 victory to capture the blue riband prize in Dublin football. They previously won the title in 1995 and 2009.Dublin midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley is a key figure for the winners who had Dublin hurlers Stephen Hiney and Conal Keaney in the side while David ‘Dotsie’ O’Callaghan came on as a substitute. PAUL DURCAN PART OF MAJOR UPSET AS CLUB LANDS DUBLIN COUNTY TITLE was last modified: November 1st, 2015 by John2Share 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:2015BallybodendublinDublin championsPaul Durcanlast_img read more

Men’s Tennis Falls At Purdue

first_imgWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Drake University men’s tennis team fell to Purdue, 4-0, on Sunday at the Basham Courts. Singles competition1. Ricky Medinilla (PUR_M) vs. #73 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 5-7, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished2. Gergely Madarasz (PUR_M) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-4, 6-13. Benjamin Ugarte (PUR_M) vs. Stride, Ben (DU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 0-1, unfinished4. Stephan Koenigsfest (PUR_M) def. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)5. Dominik Sochurek (PUR_M) vs. Hands, Tom (DU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 2-5, unfinished6. Athell Bennett (PUR_M) def. Wood, Ben (DU) 6-2, 7-5 Purdue secured the doubles point after Gergely Madarasz and Ricky Medinilla defeated Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch, 6-2 at No. 1 and Dominik Sochurek and Benjamin Ugarte beat Ben Stride and Ben Wood, 6-4 at No. 2.  Doubles competition1. Gergely Madarasz/Ricky Medinilla (PUR_M) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-22. Dominik Sochurek/Benjamin Ugarte (PUR_M) def. Stride, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 6-43. Athell Bennett/Stephan Koenigsfest (PUR_M) vs. Hands, Tom/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 5-4, unfinished The final three matches went unfinished with the Bulldogs leading two of them in the third set. Purdue 4, Drake 0center_img Match Notes:Drake 4-2Purdue 4-3Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,6,4)Match played indoors on the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.T-2:25 Drake returns to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 12 when the Bulldogs hosts Omaha and Middle Tennessee for a twinbill. In singles, Madarasz gave Purdue a 2-0 lead with a straight sets win, 6-4, 6-1 over MacGeoch at No. 2. Athell Bennett topped Wood 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6 to extend the Boilermakers’ lead to 3-0. Stephan Koenigsfest edged out DU’s Barny Thorold, 7-5, 7-6 to clinch the match for Purdue, 4-0.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgCiaran Bonner was in sensational form for Glenswilly in their Donegal SFC win over Bundoran.Glenswilly 6-16 Bundoran 0-09 Glenswilly bounced back from the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat to Kilcar, by hammering a lacklustre Bundoran side.Bundoran suffered a heavy away defeat to St Michaels last weekend and it was hoped they’d be a tougher proposition at home. Managed by Donegal GAA legend Brian McEniff, Bundoran had no answer to a rampant Glenswilly who were hungry, ruthless and clinical throughout the entire match.Goals from Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy in the opening period ensured a comfortable win for Glenswilly.They added four more goals in the second-half which may prove crucial, as it could come down to the scoring difference to see who advances to the last eight.Kilcar and Glenswilly are both on two points each, while St Michaels have four. Kilcar will be expected to defeat Bundoran which would them on four, while if Glenswilly defeat St Michaels next week that would leave all three teams on four points apiece.It’s going to be interesting next week in the so-called Group of Death.Mac Cumhaills 0-09 Four Masters 2-14Four Masters delivered an excellent and assured performance yesterday evening to defeat Mac Cumhaills.Four Masters were dominant throughout and goals from Peadar Espie and Kevin McBrearty ensured they would leave Mac Cumhaill Park with the crucial victory they desperately needed. Mac Cumhaills lost Rory Dunleavy brother of Cork City captain Johnny Dunleavy to a black card in first-half injury time.In truth Mac Cumhaills battled gamely but were outclassed by a Four Masters team that were well organised, determined and clinical.Four Masters now play Glenfin who exited the competition following their defeat to Ardara.A win for Four Masters next week would see them advance to the last eight of the Donegal SFC. DONEGAL SFC: FOUR MASTERS AND GLENSWILLY EARN BRILLIANT CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES was last modified: October 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ArdarabundoranDonegal SFCfour mastersGAAglenswillynewsSportlast_img read more

Report finds poorer families relying on grandparents for childcare

first_imgFamilies are more likely to rely on grandparents to provide childcare, a new report has found.Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has defended the fact that the supports are only targeted at those using creches or childminders which are registered with Tusla.Now the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found following a report that less well-off families are unlikely to use creches.A spokesman for Minister Zappone has claimed that the findings of the report from the ESRI “prove the minister’s point”.“For many people on low incomes, childcare is not an option,” he said. “The findings do support the policy.”Ms Zappone has said that the scheme is the first step in reforming the childcare situation in Ireland, she said the funding would allow people to move away from relying on relatives for childcare.‘Cherishing All of the Children Equally?’ – the report by the ESRI noted: “State investment in early care and education for children aged three and under…has been very, very low. The private sector dominates the market and costs to most parents are very expensive.”Similar to earlier research, the report showed again that relatives (usually grandparents) were the most common form of childcare in Ireland, while childminders were the second most common, followed by centre-based care, such as creches.Children from advantaged backgrounds were more likely to be cared for by childminders or creches.“Class differences in access to care and education are marked in the early years in Ireland, partly linked to the relatively high cost of childcare for parents,” the report has added.The supports introduced by Ms Zappone include a universal payment of up to €80 per month toward childcare.A means tested subsidy scheme is also due to come into effect, which will see low-income earners benefit from subsidised payments of up to €5.38 per hour. The measures have been met with mixed reactions following the announcement of Budget 2017.The National Women’s Council of Ireland this week welcomed the funding allocation, which they said would help get women back to work.Meanwhile, CEO of the National Childminding Association, Teresa Heeney, has warned that the new measures could force this type of provider out of the market.Childminders can register with Tusla, which will make their clients eligible to apply for the supports. However, at the moment less than 1% are registered. Report finds poorer families relying on grandparents for childcare was last modified: October 13th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Minister Daly awakes but Donegal is not fooled – Letter to the Editor

first_imgDear Editor,I am relieved that the statement from the Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital action group finally awoke the Junior Minister Jim Daly from his slumber of the last 137 days.You could say that one can only surmise that the Junior Minister must have put too much coal on the fires of his political career and fell asleep on this issue but, this question on the Donegal Community Hospitals is far too serious an issue and is simply not going to go away conveniently for this Government. The reality is Junior Minister Daly’s incompetence in relation to the ongoing Community hospitals’ crisis in Co. Donegal is seriously concerning and frighteningly worrying but it is no different to the overall incompetence and ineptitude of this entire Government to Health matters and more particularly to health matters concerning the elderly and those living in rural areas especially.This Government has consistently failed those living on the margins within our country – record homelessness, record numbers awaiting treatments in our hospitals, record waiting lists for social houses, record poverty levels, especially child poverty – every record for the marginalised has been twice if not three times smashed by this Government but alas does the Dublin 4 focused media care? Perhaps not, but we here in Donegal do care and we will continue to care.On the 1st August 2017 last, Junior Minister Daly went on a local radio news programme to deliver a sound bite in what was a bizarre and unprecedented move in the history of the state to confirm that an answer given to a Dail question over future of three community hospitals in Donegal was the wrong one, it was inaccurate maybe even the information was outdated – it was a latter day Sir Humphrey moment in politics.This was in response to a question tabled the previous week by Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, where in Dail Eireann Minister Daly said the proposed nursing unit in Letterkenny would replace existing long-stay accommodation provided at St Joseph’s in Stranorlar, and Ramelton and Lifford Community Hospitals. Minister Daly went onto the local radio news programme to say that he had been given “outdated information” on the matter… yet the reporter in questioning the Minister asked, “so the long stay care at those hospitals is secure well into the future”, junior Minister Daly responded with a lot of waffle.Minister Daly visited the county and addressed a Fine Gael public information meeting and was bizarrely attended by senior officials from the HSE in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey. Both at the meeting and when the following day he went on the local radio current affairs programme the Nine ’til Noon Show on Highland Radio, Minister Daly refused to give any specific commitments or guarantees on the show for the long term beds, dementia or indeed the Short stay beds at the 3 community hospitals.Junior Minister Jim Daly failed to respond to calls to correct the Dail Record from July 2017, that the proposed nursing unit in Letterkenny would replace existing long-stay residential and dementia accommodation provided at St Joseph’s in Stranorlar, and long stay residential in Ramelton and Lifford Community Hospitals.On the evening of Tuesday 20th February last, as Minister Daly was on his way into Jackson’s hotel, Ballybofey, in an attempt to destroy for narrow political purposes the Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital action group’s campaign and it’s objectives, his colleague in the Department of Health, Minister Catherine Byrne was on the floor of Dail Eireann reinforcing what Minister Jim Daly stated on the Record of Dail Eireann in July 2017 and the Government policy announced by Minister Kathleen Lynch on 26th January 2016, to replace existing long-stay, dementia and short stay accommodation provided at St Joseph’s in Stranorlar, and and Ramelton and Lifford Community Hospitals with a new public/private community Hospital at Letterkenny.We can see from a parliamentary reply from Junior Minister Daly to Leas Ceann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher as late the last fortnight, that there are no plans in place for the future of St. Joseph’s hospital Stranorlar, Ramelton or Lifford as Community Nursing units for long stay residential and dementia care. Junior Minister Daly in his response to my recent statement was clearly awoken from his 137 political slumber – to do what he does best, to respond to the crisis facing our 3 community nursing units by saying a whole lot of nothings, by spoofing the same old rubbish, holding the line until he gets the new PPP community hospital at Letterkenny over the line.There was neither reason or rhyme to the Ministers statement of response to our action groups charge that the Government had attempted to hoodwink the people and were only paying lip service to St. Joseph’s hospital. The Junior Minister’s response showed no purpose or intent. All he was doing was trying to reinvent and trot out the same old lines that the people are sickened of hearing since 26th January 2016, such lines will not wash with the people of Donegal.Junior Minister Daly has got off with attempting on a local radio news programme to claim that he accidentally mislead Dail Eireann in July 2017. Nothing could be further from the truth.He told the truth in Dail Eireann in July 2017, and he and his colleagues have several times in the Dail since and in over 100 parliamentary replies to Leas Ceann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher, Deputies Pearse Doherty, Charlie Mc Conalogue and Tomas Pringle that Government policy does not have a role for St. Joseph’s, Stranorlar, Lifford and Ramelton community nursing units/ hospitals to be providers of long term/residential, or dementia or short stay bed providers in the post 2021 scenario in Co. Donegal and/or when the PPP Community Hospital in Letterkenny operational. Junior Minister Daly attempted not only to hoodwink the people of Donegal with sound bites and another overdose of political spin.I now believe the Minister of State is an embarrassment once again to his Government and moreover to himself – gone is the day when we the people will listen to empty political tripe spouting out from an empty vessel and especially one that knows no greater good than saving his political career only . It is time Minister Daly you took a decision that made a real contribution to Irish society – be gone with you for you can no longer do this state any good or service.Let your colleagues also please take note, as we declare publicly “ we will continue our fight till the end – and our end will be victory for our people and our community Hospitals cause , no Government of whatever political persuasion will defeat the people “. The long stay residential and dementia accommodation units in these three Donegal hospitals will not be privatised, or centralised into one unit – what we have we will hold.Yours sincerely,Fr John Joe Duffy.Chairperson Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital action group.Minister Daly awakes but Donegal is not fooled – Letter to the Editor was last modified: July 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital Action Grouplast_img read more