African stars coming for Racers Grand Prix

first_imgTwo of the world’s biggest names in athletics are expected to be announced as fellow headliners along with Usain Bolt at today’s JN Racers Grand Prix launch at the Jamaica Pegasus.The pair of stars, who hail from Africa are considered to be two of the most exciting athletes on the circuit, with both said to be extremely excited about competing in the island.The second instalment of the Glen Mills brainchild attracted some big names at last year’s inaugural staging, but checks within the international athletics community revealed that two African standouts will be making the trip to Jamaica for the June 10 meet, set for the National Stadium.Mills had announced a few days ago that four world record holders would be named as confirmed athletes at today’s media conference.Three of those, including Bolt are now expected to be highlighted at today’s event.The meet, which will be used to pay homage to Bolt, who is in his final competitive season after announcing that he will retiring following this Summer’s World Championships in London, will also feature several top local athletes such as Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Kemar Bailey-Cole among others.LAST RACEThis will be Bolt’s last competitive race on Jamaican soil with organisers planning a special tribute 100m to close off the meet.Mills, a few weeks ago, underlined the plan to ensure a wider range of top level competitors at the meet with the , 400 metre hurdles for women as well as the men’s 800m added to this year’s programme.”We have a wider span of stars in events that were not previously, and we have the top stars in the world, record holders, world championship … those events, even (jumpers) coming to participate in the triple jump,” Mills outlined at a recent meeting.last_img read more

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2 am curfew temporarily adjusted for Jubilee

first_imggiven the many events planned for Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations, over the coming celebratory days, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan has announced that, in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the 2:00 am curfew will be temporarily adjusted until May 30, 2016.According to a release from the Ministry, the curfew is now 4:00 am effective Friday, May 20, 2016.“(The Ministry) will temporarily relax the enforcement of the 2 am business deadline to 4 am for bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment. It is a time for celebration and knowing the Guyanese spirit, the Ministry has seen the need for this relaxation,” the release stated.Nevertheless, the ministry has cautioned businesses and individuals that the Police Force will continue to investigate and prosecute noise nuisance reports, drinking and driving, and other offences during this period.A similar adjusted was done during the Christmas season.Ever since the coalition APNU/AFC took office in May 2015, it enforced the curfew, which has faced a barrage of criticisms, with many persons describing it as antibusiness.However, Minister Ramjattan argued that the curfew was part of his crime fighting strategy.last_img read more

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Chronic Teacher Absence Hurts Liberia’s Education Sector

first_imgLiberia has a past marred in recent years by the civil war and Ebola. The country’s public education system is ineffective, and in an effort to rebuild it, the government has reached across the Atlantic for assistance – hiring a U.S.-based for-profit company whose model is “school in a box.” Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro of PBS NEWSHOUR reports on the controversial plan. Fred’s reporting is a partnership with the Under-Told Stories Project at University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.JUDY Woodruff: But first: how one for-profit school model is being tested to help revitalize a school system in West Africa.Today, the government is trying to rebuild a shattered nation, but a move to employ a for-profit American education company has drawn controversy.Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports as part of our weekly education series on “Making the Grade.”Lazaro: It’s Friday morning, and the children at this public elementary school are singing patriotic songs that honor their country’s founding by freed American slaves.And as the U.S.-inspired flag is being raised, so too are hopes about how public education can be quickly and dramatically improved. These students are part of a grand experiment to see if a private for-profit U.S.-based company can turn things around in a nationutterly destroyed by a 14-year long civil war and a recent battle with Ebola.The president of Liberia has called the country’s education system a mess. What did she mean? Consider this statistic: In 2013, not one of 25,000 high school graduates in this country managed to pass the college entrance exam for the University of Liberia.The experiment to bring in private partners was designed by Education Minister George Werner, who took office 15 months ago, hired by the President, he says, to act quickly.George Werner: If we stayed the course, followed the traditional ways of doing things, we wouldn’t catch up with our neighboring counterparts.Lazaro: Werner had been impressed during a visit to Kenya, where the U.S. company Bridge International Academies operates more than 350 private schools.In Liberia, where average annual household income is less than $500, Werner knew most families could not afford the monthly $6 fee that Bridge charges per child in those other countries. But he had an idea.Werner: What if we had a hybrid for public and private? There are certain things that the private sector does better than the public sector. Government can come up with the policies, but management systems and service delivery, often, the private sector does betterthan the government.Lazaro: Werner hired seven private organizations to run a total of 94 primary schools. Bridge, the only for-profit, runs 24 of them. Josh Nathan is the company’s academic director.Josh Nathan, Academic Director, Bridge International Academies: What the government has done in Liberia is quite courageous. They’ve said, “we’re struggling with providing children this basic right, so what we want to do is look around, look inside Liberia and outsideLiberia, at other people who are succeeding in providing children with an excellent education.”Lazaro: The government agreed to pay the companies directly, so education remains free for families. The companies also provide uniforms, which are required at public schools and whose cost keeps many from attending. When we visited the Bridge school in Kendaja, the semester was only two weeks underway, and many of the uniforms had not yet arrived.Magdalene Brown, Principal, Bridge School, Kendaja: Today is a wonderful day for us, too.Lazaro: Principal Magdalene Brown said the improvements were already very apparent. For one thing, there’s a much longer school day. Last year, it was just four hours a day.Brown: Bridge has us come to school much earlier, like we at 7:30, and then Bridge have us stay on until 3:30 every day. And that means the children will learn better.Lazaro: Even the students seem to like it more, including 15-year-old Mercy Freeman.Mercy Freeman, Teachers Union: We come to school on time. We sit in class.Lazaro: And school actually runs like a school?Freeman: Yes.Lazaro: There are also new rules, such as no more corporal punishment. And along with new textbooks, every teacher is given a computer tablet and is required to stick to pre-loaded lesson plans.Critics of this so-called school-in-a-box approach say it encourages robotic teaching and has allowed Bridge in other countries to hire cheaper, less qualified instructors. That’s less of an issue in Liberia, where Bridge schools retrain teachers who are already working in the school system and where many had their own education disrupted by the civil war.In this building, teachers seemed grateful for the guidance.Amos Jumanine has taught for seven years, but says he was a late bloomer.Jumanine, Teacher: I was 17 years when I started ABCs.Lazaro: You went to kindergarten learning your ABCs when you were 17?Jumanine: Yeah, 17.Lazaro: He is hopeful the new partnership will be good for the students. But he is adamant on one thing that needs to change: Teachers need to be paid more money, especially now that they’re required to work longer hours.Jumanine: I cannot afford to buy food for myself.Lazaro: Financially, it’s very difficult?Jumanine: Yes, financially.Lazaro: Very difficult.Jumanine: Very difficult.Lazaro: Teachers in Liberia earn about $100 a month, and many say they take second jobs just to make ends meet. That contributes to one of the biggest problems in Liberian schools: chronic teacher absenteeism.Not only are teachers routinely absent. Many really never existed, just their names on paychecks issued by the schools.Education Minister Werner says he’s purged about 1,300 so-called ghost teachers, saving $2 million that was being siphoned away in fraud.Josh Nathan: The president herself has acknowledged that this is a system that is really a mess.Lazaro: Josh Nathan says the Bridge schools use software in the teachers’ tablets to track their daily attendance.Nathan: We think this is incredibly important to creating accountability and being able to watch every single day, where are our teachers, are they where they need to be?Lazaro: For their part, the teachers union is strongly opposed to the partnership program. It points out that these new schools have smaller class size, around 45 to 55 pupils, and receive about $10 to $15 more per student than regular public schools.Union leaders say their teachers could get even better outcomes than Bridge if they were given that extra money and smaller classes.If you had the right conditions and a better salary, a lot of the problem would be solved?Mary Mulbah, Teachers Union: Yes.Lazaro: And when you argued this, what were you told?Mulbah: The ministry, they’re not even listening to the teachers.Lazaro: Mary Mulbah blames corruption at the ministry for hiring the ghost teachers and alleges the ministry is using its purges to target union activists.Immanuel Morris, who was in a government program to train and hire new teachers, says his name was deleted.Are you a ghost?Immanuel Morris, Union Activist: I’m not a ghost, and I can prove that.Lazaro: They’re calling you a ghost.Morris: That is what I’m saying.Lazaro: And you’re not a ghost?Morris: I’m not a ghost.Lazaro: Union leaders also question whether such programs could be scaled up to serve the 2,750 elementary schools across the country. Minister Werner knows there are risks, but says the government has a moral obligation to take drastic measures.Werner: It’s not a panacea. And it may just not work. But we should not just fold our arms and do nothing.Lazaro: Sixty-one-year-old Marie Jaynes couldn’t agree more. She herself had to drop out of school in fourth grade. She now sells water at the side of the road to support her three grandchildren, their parents killed in the civil war.Jaynes says the new school will give her grandchildren a better life than she has had.Marie Jaynes, Grandparent: What hope for them is to go far in school, for them to know the importance of school.Lazaro: They are the first of three generations in her family that might enjoy the privileges of at least a primary school education. (Source PBS NEWSHOUR)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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Corentyne man killed by speeding car

first_imgSixty-six-year-old Latchman Sukhu, a Rural Constable attached to the Mibicuri Police Station and late resident of Lot 86 Mibicuri North, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne Berbice, was struck from the bicycle he was riding by an allegedly speeding car on the village public road on Thursday at about 09:40h, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mibicuri Public Hospital, where he was rushed after the incident.According to reports, motor car HB 8230, being driven by a 35-year-old male of Belvedere, Corentyne, was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the public road allegedly at a fast rate when it collided with the cyclist, who reportedly rode out from a street in the area.A breathalyzer test conducted on the driver found no trace of alcohol in his blood. He, however, remains in custody assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

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Group representing low-income residents join PVLA court case

first_imgThe federal and provincial approval of the project was given without the recommended regulatory oversight.The PVLA case will be heard by the B.C. Supreme Court on April 20, 2015, and by the Federal Court during the week of July 20, 2015. They’re also looking to intervene in the PVLA challenge against provincial approval in the B.C. Supreme Court.“We are very pleased that the residential ratepayer groups wish to intervene in support of our legal challenges to the Site C approvals,” writes PVLA president Ken Boon. “They are experienced in utility regulation, and they share our concern that government has failed to address the very real questions about the need for and cost of the Site C project in an open and transparent process.”In their motion, the center argues those low income ratepayers are often before the B.C. Utilities Commission regarding proposed infrastructure projects.- Advertisement -“Between 15 – 20% of BC Hydro’s residential customers are low-income,” writes Gudrun Langolf, Vice President of the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of B.C. “Since the Site C Project is currently estimated to cost $8.775 billion, we want to ensure that people who can least afford further rate increases aren’t left paying the bill for a project that hasn’t had a thorough economic review.”The center is represented by a number of groups including Active Support Against Poverty, British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization, Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C., Disability Alliance B.C. and Together Against Poverty Society.The PVLA legal challenges seek to quash the federal and provincial approvals of Site C on the basis that the only independent review of the project to date by the federal/provincial Joint Review Panel concluded that fundamental questions of cost, need and alternatives to the project are not settled, and require further independent and public review by the B.C. Utilities Commission before the project is built.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Chelsea edge out Swansea as Conte sees red

first_imgChelsea weren’t troubled by their manager’s absence from the bench and clinched the points early in the second half when Germany defender Antonio Rudiger headed his first league goal since his pre-season move from Roma.Despite recording a fifth win in their last six league games, third placed Chelsea remain well behind leaders Manchester City and it will take a major surge for the champions to successfully defend the title.With a host of matches against teams outside the top half of the table coming up in December, they will hope to at least close the gap on City heading into the new year.Swansea stay second bottom as the pressure mounts on boss Paul Clement, whose team are without a win in six league games and haven’t scored in their last four.It was far from a vintage display from Chelsea, with Conte’s decision to rest Eden Hazard after his fine performance in Saturday’s draw at Liverpool depriving the Blues of their creative catalyst.Hazard wasn’t the only one given a breather by Conte as defender Cesar Azpilicueta was out of the Chelsea starting line-up in a league game for the first time since December 2015.After a sluggish start on a freezing evening, Chelsea should have had a penalty when Alvaro Morata was grabbed by the neck and wrestled to the turf by Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn.Despite Morata’s complaints, Swarbrick waved play on, but Chelsea were back on the attack moments later as Willian whipped an inswinging free-kick just wide.Conte this week warned the players he has used sparingly this season not to grumble about their lack of opportunities.Pedro, among those played less frequently by Conte, wasted a chance to catch the eye when he shot too close to Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from a good position.– Angry tirade –Swansea were utterly toothless without Tammy Abraham, the young striker on loan from Chelsea who had scored four times this season but wasn’t allowed to play against his parent club.Chelsea went close again when Cesc Fabregas chipped a pass towards Morata, who was facing away from goal but quickly shifted his body for an agile volley that Fabianski tipped over.When Willian drilled in a low cross that Swansea defender Alfie Mawson nearly deflected into his own net, it seemed only a matter of time before Chelsea took the lead.But Swarbrick awarded a goal-kick instead of a corner for that incident and Conte responded with his angry tirade at Mason.Sent off by Swarbrick, Conte retreated to the seats behind the Chelsea bench, where he continued to shout towards Mason before eventually calming down.If Conte had struggled to keep his blood pressure down in the first half, the Italian must have been cursing again soon after the interval when Pedro wastefully blazed over from Willian’s cross.But Conte’s mood was finally lifted as Rudiger broke the deadlock in the 55th minute.N’Golo Kante’s shot from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection off Swansea’s Wilfried Bony and Rudiger reacted smartly to head home from close-range.Morata almost finished off Swansea with a towering header that forced an excellent save from Fabianski, but despite their lack of killer instinct Chelsea had done enough.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea earned a fourth straight home win on Wednesday evening as Swansea City were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 29 – Chelsea kept alive their Premier League title hopes with a 1-0 win over Swansea as Blues boss Antonio Conte was sent to the stands for a furious touchline rant.Conte lost his cool late in the first half at Stamford Bridge, earning his marching orders after blasting fourth official Lee Mason following referee Neil Swarbrick’s failure to award Chelsea a clear corner.last_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers responds to questions about possible Celtic bid for Balotelli

first_imgBrendan Rodgers admits Mario Balotelli’s Liverpool career may be over, but has seemingly ruled out a move from Celtic to sign the flopped striker.Balotelli, who has scored just four goals for the Reds, is expected to leave Anfield this summer after being told by Jurgen Klopp he has no future at the club.The 25-year-old Italian has been linked with moves back to his homeland, with Sampdoria and newly-promoted Serie A side Crotone confirming their interest in recent weeks.And former boss Rodgers, who decided to bring the enigmatic frontman to Merseyside for £16million two years ago, admits he needs regular game and a manager’s backing to rediscover his best form.When asked about the out-of-favour striker, Rodgers told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “The thing for any player is that they want to play, you want game time.“But it’s pretty clear over the last couple of seasons for Mario that he’s not in the manager’s plans.“So hopefully he can find a home and settle and get back to using his talent, because the boy’s a big talent.”Breakfast co-host Ray Parlour then quizzed the ex-Reds boss about whether new club Celtic would be interested in giving the Italian striker another chance.But the Northern Irishman just laughed off the question.Guess that’s a no, then?Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Brendan Rodgers IN FULL above!last_img read more

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Neymar writes emotional message after Brazil’s World Cup exit

first_imgNeymar has posted an emotional message on his official Instagram account after Brazil’s exit from the 2018 World Cup.The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who was meant to be one of the stars of the show in Russia, infuriated fans with his ‘play-acting’ and came in for criticism following the country’s failure to live up to their billing as the tournament favourites. A 2-1 defeat at the hands of Belgium sent the Selecao packing at the quarter-final stage, leaving Neymar to lament what could have been.On his personal Instagram account, the 26-year-old said: “I can tell you that this is the saddest moment of my career.“The pain is very big because we knew we could have gone far.“We knew we had the opportunity to go further, to make history, but it was not to be this time.“It’s difficult to find the strength to want to play football again, but I’m sure God will give me enough strength to face anything. “I’ll never stop thanking God, even in defeat because I know that your way is much better than mine.“I’m very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of everyone. Thy interrupted our dream but they did not remove it from our heads or our hearts.”On his Instagram story, Neymar added: “Thank you to everyone who sent messages and cheered us.”The forwards’s future has been the focus of many back page gossip columns this summer, with suggestions the Brazilian could be off to Real Madrid.However, Los Blancos quickly moved to quash rumours linking them with a move for the former Santos star. 2 Brazil star Neymar celebrates scoring the second goal of the game against Costa Rica in the group stages. Neymar spent 14 minutes on the floor in pain during the World Cup 2last_img read more

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Paul Gascoigne pleads innocence after being charged with sexual assault

first_img RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Getty Gascoigne has been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has been charged with one count of sexual assault following an incident on a train in August.The 51-year-old has been accused of inappropriate touching during a journey from York to Durham, British Transport Police have revealed. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE October 1998: Admitted to hospital and starts therapy afer drinking 32 shots of whisky on night outSeptember 2008: Sectioned under the Mental Health Act after overdosing on alcohol and drugsFebruary 2010: Arrested for a disturbance outside a takeawayMarch 2010: Charged with drunk driving, driving without a license and driving without insuranceJuly 2010: Appears on the scene of stand-off between police and fugitive Raoul MoatJuly 2013: Arrested for assaulting a railway security guardOctober 2014: Police called to his home after a drink bingeJanuary 2017: Enters rehab again in a serious effort to stay ‘alcohol free’ A spokeswoman for BTP said: “A man is due to appear in court next month charged in connection with the sexual assault of a woman on board a train from York to Durham.“Paul Gascoigne, of Amy Street, Leicester, was charged via postal requisition with one count of sexual assault by touching, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.“The charge relates to an incident on board a train on August 20 this year.” Gascoigne took to Twitter to plead his innocence in posts which have since been deleted, claiming he did nothing wrong and the police who arrested him asked for ‘selfies and an autograph’.He wrote: “Hi as u know ive been charged with a sexual assault from 4 mths ago plus the police who charged me asked me for selfies & an autograph? Why if I did wrong ok I’m sticking up 4 myself my manager SHANE said say nothing leave it 2 the lawyers no I’m my own lawyer I did f*** all wrong.”A further entry on Twitter claimed that when officers had been to visit him in Newcastle to talk about the case they had “asked for a selfie”. He said: “I suppose there only doing there job but deep inside I’m hurting”.A final Tweet read: “Ok I’m crying my eyes out last tweet I will f****** guarantee YOU’S I DO NOT ACCUSE ABUSE OR USE WOMEN IVE SOOOO MUCH RESPECT FOR WOMEN AND MYSELF X BIG HUGS FROM GAZZA OH INFACT I BETTER NOT SAY THAT.”Gazza also posted on his Facebook page, writing: “I deny this offence but on the advice of my legal team I will not comment any further at this stage.” The former Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers man will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on December 11.Gascoigne, who shot to fame at the 1990 World Cup and made 57 appearances for England, has been fighting an alcohol addiction for the last 20 years.The charge is the latest in a string of scandals which have come to dominate his private life. REVEALED Gascoigne’s personal struggles MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News 2 no dice BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

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PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: WORKMAN HAS LUCKY ESCAPE IN VAN BLAZE

first_imgThe van catches fire as the fire service arrivesA workman had a lucky escape when he van suddenly caught fire in Letterkenny this afternoon.The dramatic incident happened in the Ashbrook area of the town just after 1pm.The workman was forced to jump from the van but had time to empty his belongings from the van before it caught fire fully. Firemen bring the blaze under controlOur exclusive pictures show the van becoming engulfed in flames just seconds before members of the fire service arrived.Firemen wearing breathing apparatus managed to put the fire out.Gardai arrived and kept members of the public at a safety distance from the flames.An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway.  PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: WORKMAN HAS LUCKY ESCAPE IN VAN BLAZE was last modified: November 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ashbrookblazefireletterkennyvanlast_img read more

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