Education officials to meet with North East Comprehensive School’s PTA next week

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet EducationLocalNewsSecondary Education officials to meet with North East Comprehensive School’s PTA next week by: – November 24, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 17 Views   no discussions Image via: spschool.orgThe Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has extended an invitation to the executive members of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and principal of the North East Comprehensive School (NECS) to meet with senior education officials on Monday November 28th to discuss their concerns.The Parents Teachers Association staged protest action on Monday claiming that their children have been enduring poor learning conditions in an unsafe environment at the school.According to a release by the Ministry of Education, officials will dialogue with stakeholders to address their most pressing issues in relation to the physical environment of the school, and outline the ministry’s plan for the continued development of the NECS.The policy of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development is that education is not a privilege but a right of every Dominican child. Therefore, the ministry will continue to provide support to all educational institutions in Dominica.The report states that as part of ongoing schools’ maintenance, work on the technical block of the NECS, funded by the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) in the amount of EC$813,417.00 is near completion. An additional amount of EC$114, 766.00 has been approved by the BNTF for its completion.Improvement works under the Dominica Education Enhancement Project (DEEP) began in August 2011, at a cost of EC$112. 882.00. Plumbing works in the Food and Nutrition Room and installation of curtains and a mirror in the Clothing and Textile room have been completed as well as metal works in the Food and Nutrition, Technical Drawing and Auto Mechanic rooms.The report further states that “additional works are ongoing on the construction and installation of storage cabinets to the Technical and Auto Mechanic rooms and installation of electricity in the Technical Drawing room”.In June 2011, seventy chairs were supplied to the school and fifty more will be delivered by next week.In 2007 twenty (20) new computers were donated to the school and in 2009 thirty (30) additional new computers were provided under the ICT Development Project. The school was also equipped with a fully functional server and network. The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will, during the Christmas holidays undertake phased work at the NECS to replace damaged windows. This will involve the installation of twenty-four windows on the western classroom block and two windows on the administrative block. Work on the walkway, linking the classroom block to the other parts of the school compound, will commence during the summer of 2012. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

AFCON 2021 qualifier: Osimhen, Kalu fire Eagles past Squirrels

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking Goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu were all the Super Eagles needed to sail past the Squirrels of Benin in the AFCON 2021 qualifier opening group game at the Goodwill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday. The Nigerian side came from behind to beat Benin 2-1 to top Group L, while Sierra Leone and Lesotho shared spoils in Freetown. Nigeria suffered a blow after just three minutes in when sloppy defending allowed Stephane Sessegnon beat Daniel Akpeyi to put the visitors ahead. Nigeria levelled scores from the spot, after Ola Aina was hacked down in the vital area. Osimhen stepped up and sent Fabien Farnolle the wrong way. The Nigerian lads upped their ante after the restart and sustained pressure on the opposition before Kalu beat the goalkeeper with a low strike into the bottom left corner in the 63rd minute. The Squirrels, however, nearly grabbed an equaliser late on when Jordel Dossou pranced through the Nigerian defence and crashed a powerful shot off the under side of the crossbar. At the other end, Farnolle also palmed away a sizzling drive from Alex Iwobi in the closing stages as Nigeria opened their qualifying adventure with a victory.Tags: AFCON 2021alex iwobiSamuel KaluSuper EaglesVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

SA men get state pensions earlier

first_img16 July 2008Legislation which gradually lowers the age of eligibility for a state pension for men from the current 65 years to 60 years – similar to that required of women – has been signed into law, said Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya.“This is certainly welcome news as it will bring much needed relief to over 125 000 senior citizens,” he said in Pretoria last week.“It is especially good news in the context of rising food, petrol and others basic commodities.”As of this week, men aged 63 and 64 will be able to apply for a state pension through the amended Social Assistance Act. Men who turn 61 and 62 this year will be able to apply for the pension as from April 2009, and by 2010 the eligibility age will be equal between men and women.Around 450 000 men will benefit from the passing of this legislation, with approximately 121 000 coming on board this year alone.The value of the old age pension was now R940, said Skweyiya, adding that the government had set aside R800-million to extend the pensions to those who qualify as a result of the amended law.Vital source of incomePoverty and unemployment caused many families to rely on pensions for their survival especially, where social grants were the only source of income in a household.Pensioners were also instrumental in caring for the needs of their children, grandchildren and orphans as a result of the HIV/Aids, and the Department of Social Development said that the legislation was aimed at acknowledging the role pensioners played in society.Constitution stipulates equalityEarlier this year, Skweyiya reported that during the many public meetings he had attended, people had asked him why men were only eligible for the old age grant from the age of 65, while women received the grant from 60 years, especially if the country’s Constitution stipulated equality between men and women.This led to Skweyiya introducing the Social Assistance Amendment Bill in Parliament in March this year.“In terms of the implementation, it is all systems go and I encourage those who qualify to visit their nearest South African Social Security Agency’s offices,” he said.Independent tribunal for appealsThe second objective of the amended legislation was focused on ensuring that access to grants, which are handled by the South African Social Security Agency, occurred in a fair and equitable manner.Where the department previously had no say in the processing of grant applications, the amended legislation allowed for the minister to appoint an independent tribunal to consider all appeals against the decisions of the agency.An independent tribunal consisting of appeals officers, to develop policies, and enlisted panel members to adjudicate decisions is being piloted in KwaZulu-Natal.There would be two phases of adjudication – at the pre-adjudication phase a matter would be investigated by medical practitioners and attorneys, after which civil society would provide specific contexts like poor socio-economic conditions.The independent tribunal would serve as a mechanism allowing citizens the opportunity to appeal the rejection of their social grant applications without the need to undertake a costly legal process.Social security has expanded from a coverage rate of 2.5-million in 1994 to over 12.7-million in 2008.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brady is all ears for national deaf team

first_imgSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksDeaf team a possiblity By BEN HARRISAn historic milestone could be achieved at next year’s X-Blades National Touch League tournament if David Brady gets his way.Touch Football Australia’s general manager of business operations is hoping to set-up an Australian deaf team to play at the 2014 national competition.Brady is deaf himself and has to rely on two hearing aids.He has been hearing impaired since he was born but his disability doesn’t stop him from doing day-to-day tasks or participate at this year’s National Touch League.Brady is playing in the men’s 40s division for the ACT Pirates.After orchestrating a very successful inaugural Deaf Touch Football Australian National Championships in January, Brady wants to take that next step by establishing an Aussie representative team.“Next year we hope to have an Australian deaf team here at the tournament,” Brady said.“Already I can see it will be an interesting challenge. It will be completely different for the referees and the opposition but we have to get it together and hopefully this message goes out to all the kids out there, the boys and the girls, we will try and get a team together and come to this fantastic tournament.”Brady said touch football has a distinct advantage over many other sports in the country as it can be played by anybody.“If you can’t play footy anymore when you get to the masters you are able to still play with the ball in hand,” he said.“But more importantly for the kids, a lot of kids who have cochlear implants can’t play contact sport. Touch football is one of those sports that they can aspire to. “If their brothers or sisters play rugby or rugby union and feel left out, touch football is a way of being included and being part of it.“Anybody who is deaf or hard of hearing, get yourself to a touch team and keep on trying. Nothing is impossible.”Unable to hear while playing is very difficult but Brady said he manages.“Playing in the deaf games… it was completely different with styles and tactics and coming into a hearing competition, you see how organised they are and there is a big difference between the communications. It is a big learning curve.Brady is not the only deaf person playing at this year’s NTLs.Greg Quinn is playing for the Pirates in the men’s 45s.“Greg is one of the best players but he has a harder job because he plays in the middle and I play on the wing so I’ve probably got an easier job,” Brady said.“Greg has got to make more calls, try to work out what is happening with his teammates. He is one of the smartest players I’ve met in my life.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.aulast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek

first_imgReal Madrid in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatekby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.AS says sources close to the player have confirmed the approach.This contact claimed that conversations have taken place between Real Madrid and the Genoa striker’s representatives and that the Bernabéu “is following him” closely.These same sources also stated that they have been talking with “many great clubs” that are interested in the 23-year-old.However confirmed that Barcelona was not amongst those clubs, and that, as of yet, no formal offer has been made by any clubs. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: LSU Student On Jeopardy Can’t Answer Questions About Derrick Henry, Steve Spurrier

first_imgJeopardy question asks what university Derrick Henry plays for.Twitter/@KenzieThirkillWhen college football is a category on Jeopardy, it almost never goes well. In the past, we’ve had a former LSU lineman say that Syracuse was in the Ivy League, contestants failed miserably on a question about the Big Ten, they’ve avoided a question about the sport’s stadium nicknames like the plague, and perhaps worst of all, one man thought Auburn is  called the “Crimson Tide.”College students from LSU, Northeastern, and Wright State competed on the show tonight, and you’d think someone at an SEC powerhouse would fare better when asked about the sport. You’d be very, very wrong. When asked questions about former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Alabama Heisman winner Derrick Henry, LSU student Kevin didn’t even try to give an answer. I. JUST. CAN’T. pic.twitter.com/Z8LBfGOQu9— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) February 3, 2016SEC fans on Twitter are ROASTING him, as you’d expect.the LSU senior on college jeopardy who couldn’t get a spurrier quote or where derrick henry went to college shouldn’t be allowed to graduate— arflora (@arflora) February 2, 2016An RA from LSU is on college Jeopardy! and failed to get “where did Derrick Henry play” and “who is the Head Ball Coach” and I’m mad.— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) February 3, 2016Kid on jeopardy enrolled at LSU and doesn’t know who Derrick Henry, 2015 Heisman trophy winning running back, played for.. Study less.— Luke Longfield (@Lukers17) February 3, 2016Ain’t NO WAY IN HELL the kid from LSU in College Jeopardy didn’t know Derek Henry went to Bama. He just didn’t want to say it— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) February 3, 2016Man the peeps on college @Jeopardy stink. Dude from LSU had no idea who Derrick Henry is. Really? What the hay?— Ben Spalding (@DangerSpalding) February 3, 2016An LSU student on Jeopardy doesn’t know who Steve Spurrier and Derrick Henry are? God this is mortifying. https://t.co/lewNR8x7su— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 3, 2016Maybe mix in a trip to Death Valley sometime, Kevin. You’ll probably enjoy it.last_img read more

New Zealand look to exploit Lankas Oval weakness

first_imgcolombo: New Zealand will be hoping to add to Sri Lanka’s poor record at their own Oval ground and level the series in the second and final Test starting Thursday. Unlike the spinner’s paradise at Galle and the batting haven that is the SSC, the Oval — the only ground in Asia where Don Bradman played — favours seam bowlers. Sri Lanka have been often exposed here by quality seam bowlers and one up in the two-match series, they will have New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Tim Southee — and possibly Neil Wagner — to contend with. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn the last 10 years, Sri Lanka have played seven games at The Oval and lost five, including once to New Zealand. In that game seven years ago, Southee claimed eight wickets while Boult finished with seven. “We have some fond memories from last time, and we managed to win that,” New Zealand wicketkeeper B.J. Watling said at a pre-match media briefing on Wednesday. “The boys like to talk about their wickets and there’s a few stunning catches from memory as well. Having good memories is always good, but it is a new game, a new day, and we need to be switched on,” Watling added. Left-arm quick Wagner claimed nine wickets in New Zealand’s last Test match and was unlucky to miss out in Galle as conditions heavily favoured spin.last_img read more

Commentary NFL playoffs divisional round has potential for great games and lopsided

The NFL’s divisional round playoff games this weekend are likely to range from close fought slugging matches between evenly matched teams, to complete and utter blowouts as some of the best and most overrated teams take to the field. Ravens at Broncos Saturday 4:30 p.m. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will square off Saturday as the Ravens travel to Mile High Stadium in Denver. There’s a long list of statistics that point to the Ravens having no shot whatsoever in this game. The Broncos have won 11 straight games. Manning has won nine in a row against the Ravens, including playoff games. Last week Baltimore gave up almost 300 passing yards Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck who was without his offensive coordinator, and the Ravens gave up those numbers at home. The Ravens are operating on a short week of rest against a Broncos team that has been off since late December, and when these two teams met less than a month ago the Broncos won 34-17. All these factors combined with an aging team could spell disaster for Baltimore, but there is some hope. Manning has never won a playoff game when the temperature at kickoff time was below 40 degrees. His numbers in those games are very un-Manning like, a combined 64 for 120 for 612 yards with one touchdown, seven interceptions and a record of 0-3. That being said, he’s still Peyton Manning and he’s had all season to get used to playing in Denver. The Broncos will probably roll over the Ravens and make it look fairly easy. Broncos win by 12. Packers at 49ers Saturday 8 p.m. This game contains some of the more interesting storylines of the weekend: two starting quarterbacks with roots in the opposing team’s area, and the classic matchup between explosive offense and hard-nosed defense. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is from the northern California city of Chico and grew up rooting for the San Francisco 49ers. Conversely, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is from Milwaukee, Wis., and grew up rooting for the Packers. Now the two will go to war against their childhood teams for a shot at the NFC Championship.  Green Bay’s offense, which finished the regular season ranked fifth in the league in points scored, will face a San Francisco defense that was second in points allowed. The Packers’ offensive output is even more impressive considering the injury problems they have faced throughout the season. They lost their top wide receiver, Greg Jennings, for half the season due to an abdominal tear, and starting running back Cedric Benson went down earlier in the year with a sprained left foot that required surgery. With Jennings back in the offense, Green Bay is even better than their top five rank would indicate. If the Packers can grab an early lead they will win this game easily. They have the fourth-most sacks in the league, and the 49ers allow the ninth-most sacks. If Kaepernick has to drop back a lot, the 49ers are in trouble. It’s also worth noting this is his first-ever NFL playoff game. However, if the 49ers can jump out in front early and let their elite running game and defense take over, then the Packers could struggle since their rushing defense is ranked in the bottom half of the league and allows an average of 118.5 yards a game. It’s either going to be a close 49ers win, or a solid Green Bay victory. I’m picking the upset and going with Rodgers’ experience and the Packers’ offense for this one. Green Bay wins by nine. Seahawks at Falcons Sunday 1:00 p.m.  This will almost certainly be the most competitive and exciting game to watch as the high-scoring Atlanta Falcons take a shot at the stingy Seattle Seahawks defense. Atlanta’s sixth-ranked passing offense will be hard-pressed to duplicate their regular season success against the Seahawks sixth-ranked passing defense. The two big questions in this game are, will the Falcons be able to get their passing game going and can Atlanta contain the Seattle running game? Seattle has two of the league’s biggest and most physical cornerbacks in Richard Sherman (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and Brandon Browner (6-foot-4, 221 pounds). They will be a handful for the Falcons’ top receivers Julio Jones (6-foot-3, 220 lbs) and Roddy White (6 feet, 211 lbs). Add in Seattle’s Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could have his hands full trying to find open receivers. Atlanta will need to find a way to get the ball downfield and get a lead early or the Seahawks third ranked running attack will chew up the weak Falcons’ rushing defense. If Atlanta can get out to a big early lead it’ll likely handle Seattle with no problem and win comfortably. However, in a close game look for the Falcons’ defense to get worn down against the run and give up big yardage in a Seahawk win. I don’t think the big plays will be there for Atlanta this week so getting an early advantage will be difficult. Seahawks win by six. Texans at Patriots Sunday 4:30 p.m.  This game can be summed up in one word. Yawn. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has had weeks to prepare for this game, and will throw wrinkles at Houston that they’ve likely never seen before. New England has the league’s best tight end in Rob Gronkowski back after he missed the Patriots blowout win against the Texans in Week 14. That game, which was in Houston, saw the Patriots embarrass the Texans and win by 28. While Houston will probably respond with some pride and lose by less than four touchdowns this time around, they simply don’t have much of a chance to win. The only way the Texans can even make it competitive is to control the ball and eat up clock by handing the ball off to running back Arian Foster a lot. If Foster has a huge game then there is a glimmer of hope for the Texans. However, it’s far more likely that Houston will be so far behind that Foster will not get a chance to have much of an impact on the game. Patriots win a snoozer by 14 or more. read more

Former Ohio State linebacker Jordan Whiting still chasing NFL dreams

Jordan Whiting could be playing for an Ohio State football team that won all 12 of its games last season, or playing for a Louisville team that upset Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Formerly an OSU linebacker, Whiting transferred to Louisville prior to the 2012 season. He was not eligible to play for the Cardinals last season, due to NCAA rules requiring players who transfer between Football Bowl Subdivision schools to sit out one year before playing for their new school. His career at Louisville, however, ended before it even began because of a failed drug test. “When I first got here, I was hanging out with a buddy of mine, and unfortunately, hanging out with him, not really thinking too clearly, I decided to take a few hits of marijuana,” Whiting told The Lantern in January. “I failed my first drug test of my college career.” This wasn’t the first time Whiting made a mistake that affected his college football career. On Dec. 23, 2010, Whiting received a one-game ban as one of six OSU football players suspended for receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Those violations, dubbed “Tattoo-Gate” by many, eventually resulted in the Buckeyes vacating the results of their 2010 season, being banned from postseason play in 2012 and losing nine scholarships over a three-year period. Whiting said his violation came as a result of accepting a discount on a tattoo and said he did not realize he was receiving a discount at the time. “It’s a learning experience and unfortunately some rules, even though we don’t necessarily agree with them, they still are rules,” Whiting said. Whiting said the hardest part of the situation was dealing with the criticism he and his suspended teammates received. “I learned that some people can be very cruel,” Whiting said. “A lot of the guys, not necessarily me, but some guys were getting death wishes via email. “None of those athletes, including myself, ever would bring harm to any other person out here,” Whiting added. Whiting has tattoos on both of his arms, his chest and his back, which he said “mean everything” to him. “My tattoos are all religion and family,” Whiting said. “I don’t have one tattoo that you could look at and be like, ‘What does that mean?’ or ‘Why would you get that tatted on you?’ or anything like that. “I love tattoos,” Whiting added. “I guess you could say it’s somewhat of an addiction.” Whiting remained with the Buckeyes in 2011 after serving his suspension but transferred to Louisville that spring. His three-year career at OSU consisted of one redshirt year and two playing seasons, but only one career tackle. Whiting said he became more mature as a result of his experience at OSU. “It was a growing pain that I had to go through,” Whiting said. “I think me being at Ohio State, it wasn’t for me to shine as an athlete, it was for me to grow up as a man.” By blowing his opportunity to play at Louisville with his failed drug test, Whiting said he disappointed himself and his family. “I made a bad decision, and unfortunately that bad decision did lead to me not being a part of the team anymore,” Whiting said. “I don’t blame them for that decision, I don’t blame anybody else but myself, but you live and you learn and you move on, and that’s the only thing you can do.” Whiting hasn’t given up on his football dreams quite yet. He said he is continuing to pursue a career in professional football. He told The Lantern earlier this month that he had not yet received interest from NFL teams leading up to the 2013 NFL draft. “I’m not ready to tell the game goodbye, and not under these circumstances,” Whiting said. “I’d rather tell the game goodbye under circumstances that I cannot control. Whether it be because I got hurt, or whether it be because I got cut from a team, or retirement … I can accept that, but I cannot accept telling the game goodbye off of my bad decisions. I feel like I have a lot to bring to a team.” OSU assistant coach Luke Fickell said it is critical for Whiting to take advantage of any opportunity he gets if he is going to make it at the next level. “He’s a guy that’s got some physical tools and ability, and you know, anybody that finds the right place and the right situation and at the right time has a chance to be successful,” Fickell said. “You have a chance and you get an opportunity, the window is slight and you got to take advantage of all those opportunities.” Etienne Sabino, who is pursuing his own NFL dreams and could be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft as an outside linebacker, played with Whiting at OSU from 2009-2011. He said Whiting “looked good in drills,” although Whiting did not get much chance to play. “He definitely had a lot of ability,” Sabino said. “He has a lot of potential, and I know he’s a strong kid so I wish him the best of luck.” Whiting said it would mean “the world” to him if he gets a chance to play in the NFL, but he is also working on other pursuits. He is enrolled to resume classes at OSU this summer and work toward completing his degree in marketing. He is also a founder of a marketing consulting company (J. Infinity LLC) and is writing a book, which he said is titled “A Developing Man.” Whiting said he also wants to start a foundation to benefit and mentor low-income children. Whiting said he “would never make the same mistake twice,” has learned from his mistakes and hopes young athletes can also learn from his story. “I’ve played over 17 years of football and I’ve been a part of five different organizations,” Whiting said. “I’ve earned 12 championship rings, 10 in high school, 2 in college. I’ve been to three BCS bowl games and I was one season away from what I would like to see as my blowout season. But one thing that prevented all that from happening was one bad decision. And that’s all it takes.” read more

Police search for missing 81yearold man with dementia

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Police search for missing 81-year-old man with dementia May 2, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police sought the public’s help Wednesday to find a missing 81-year-old man from San Diego who suffers from early-onset dementia and hasn’t been seen since walking away from Viejas Casino in Alpine.Abby Khouli was described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 120 pounds. He was last seen Tuesday afternoon when he was wearing brown pants, a brown jacket and a black hat.Police said Khouli went missing once before, about one year ago, before being located in Los Angeles.Khouli can speak and understand English and Arabic.Anyone with information about Khouli was asked to call the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 Posted: May 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more