Duport Road Residents Undertake Drainage Project

first_imgSeveral residents of Duport Road East community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia on Saturday, April 12, completed a drainage project that would address the challenges presented by flooding in the area.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer after the exercise, Augustine Boakai, the project’s manager, said the initiative was funded by residents in the community. He went on to praise them for their level of cooperation.“We communicated with the acting Mayor of Paynesville for assistance; unfortunately we have not heard anything from her, until now,” he added, “It was only the community’s members that supported the project.”Boakai said residents would continue to engage stakeholders, including the Paynesville City Acting Mayor, to help them address the problem of the bridge that was constructed by District #10.“Since the construction of the bridge, almost every home in the community has been seriously affected by flooding. When even a little rain falls, the entire area becomes flooded due to the drainages and waterways being obstructed by the bridge,” Mr. Boakai explained.The Duport East project manager said if the bridge is not attended to by government, he would mobilize the community to remove it.“We are not threatening the government, but want them to know that we are tired of flooding as a result of the bridge,” he clarified.He called on the acting city mayor to help residents find solutions to solve the drainage problem once and for all.“We realized that this presented an opportunity to improve the health and sanitation conditions of the area as well,” he said of the drainage project he and other Duport Road residents undertook.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Football Topped By Campbell On The Road

first_img VALPARAISO (Homecoming) 10/10/2015 – 1:00 PM Andy Rice BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University limited the Drake University football team, who averaged nearly 400 yards a game, to 154 yards of total offense as the Fighting Camels came away with a 24-14 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday night in Barker-Lane Stadium”It was a fun football game to be a part of because it was between two good football teams, but they executed when they needed to and we didn’t,” said head coach Rick Fox.Fifth-year senior quarterback Andy Rice returned to the starting lineup after missing the last two games, but was never able to get comfortable in the pocket as he was sacked nine times. Rice competed 12-of-27 passes for 114 yards and threw two touchdowns.Fifth-year senior Michael Hudson caught both of Rice’s touchdown passes and finished the game with three receptions for 33 yards.Drake’s defense held the Camels to 3-of-12 on third down conversions and allowed 300 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs limited Campbell, who averaged over 200 yards rushing  going into the game, to just 112 yards rushing.  Fifth-year senior John Hugunin led the squad with 11 tackles (4 solo) and forced and recovered a fumble, while fifth-year senior Bob Quilico tallied 19 tackles.Midway through the opening quarter, Campbell scored the first points of the game on a 46-yard field goal.Two possessions later, Rice orchestrated a six-play 41 yard touchdown drive to put the Bulldogs up 7-3 at the 14:13 mark in the second quarter. Rice completed an eight-yard slant pass to Hudson.Drake had a chance to extend its lead to two scores but the Bulldogs missed a 25-yard field goal near the end of the second quarter. The Camels capitalized on the Bulldogs missed opportunity by putting together an 80-yard touchdown drive, and retaking the lead for a 10-7 advantage at the end of the first half.On Drake’s second drive of the third quarter, Rice completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Hudson, capping off a seven-play 49-yard drive and putting the Bulldogs back on top, 14-10, with 5:21 left in the period.The Camels used a trick play to score right before the end of the third quarter. Wide receiver Ben Bolling received the ball on an end around and completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis to give the Camels a 17-14 lead going into the final quarter.Campbell then put the game out of reach for Drake when Kameron Bryant completed 55 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Blockmon with 2:56 remaining in the game.With a 10-point lead and under three minutes to play, Campbell’s defensive line knew Drake had to pass the ball and sacked Rice three times to close out the game, 24-14.The Bulldogs return to Drake Stadium on Oct. 10 and will welcome Valparaiso for their annual homecoming game.Print Friendly Version John Hugunin Story Links Next Game: Stats center_img Michael Hudson Preview Full Schedule Roster Rick Fox Bob Quilico last_img read more

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE STATION HOUSE WITH CHAMPAGNE AND ‘OFF THE CUFF’

first_imgLETTERKENNY’S Station House Hotel is celebrating the New Year in style.Their New Year’s Eve gala buffet will be supported with music provided by OFF the CUFF, a champagne toast and a piper to welcome 2014 in style.And you can then dance into the New Year with a disco. Doors open 9pm and tickets are available at the hotel reception priced €15.Promoted Post RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE STATION HOUSE WITH CHAMPAGNE AND ‘OFF THE CUFF’ was last modified: December 30th, 2013 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:champagneletterkennyNew Year’s EveStation House Hotellast_img read more

Card payments for SA’s spaza shops

first_img5 September 2013MasterCard has partnered with local company Blue Label Telecoms in a drive to equip 22 000 small traders and rural shops in South Africa with point of sale (POS) devices, enabling them to accept card payments for the first time.Blue Label currently provides thousands of POS terminals in South Africa, which are used predominantly to sell prepaid vouchers such as airtime and electricity. Servicing millions of customers in rural areas and under-served settlements, these traders have historically operated on a cash-only basis.“Over and above the estimated 100 000 spaza shops [small-scale, home-based grocery stores] spread across South Africa, there are tens of thousands of small- and medium-sized retailers and service providers,” Blue Label joint CEO Mark Levy said in a statement on Tuesday.“Through our partnership with MasterCard, we will introduce many of these businesses to the safety, security, and convenience of electronic payments, enabling financial inclusion in communities where consumers have largely been unable to use formal payment products.”MasterCard South Africa division president Philip Panaino said that, while the number of South Africans with access to formal banking products had increased significantly in the last year, the number of card acceptance locations – especially in rural and peri-urban areas – had not grown in tandem.Blue Label will introduce innovative solutions to increase the number of MasterCard card acceptance locations in South Africa’s townships and informal settlements, with the aim of rolling out more than 15 000 new EMV-certified, contactless-ready POS terminals.These will allow traders to accept chip and PIN and contactless payment cards for goods and services, as well as sell Blue Label’s prepaid vouchers, using a single device.Blue Label also plans to upgrade some 7 000 of its existing terminals used in smaller spaza stores using MasterCard Mobile software. The MasterCard Mobile payment platform will enable MasterCard holders to use PIN-based debit, cheque or credit cards issued by Standard Bank, Absa, Nedbank and the South African Social Security Agency, along with their mobile phones, to pay for their purchases in-store at selected merchants.“This is the first time MasterCard Mobile is made available to consumers in the physical retail environment,” Panaino said, adding: “This innovation is a cost-effective payment mechanism that doesn’t require customers to open another bank account.”Both of these payment solutions will help merchants to reduce the amount of cash they currently handle while increasing sales and improving cashflow. Merchants will also be able to offer cash-back and cash withdrawals to their customers, and provide them with the flexibility to pay the way they want to.Panaino said the new solutions, while responding directly to the needs of merchants, would increase the level of penetration of electronic payments in South Africa and help to stimulate economic growth.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Effectively Using Music to Enhance Corporate Videos

first_imgDiscover how and why royalty free music increases the engagement of your corporate and training video audience!Images via Shutterstock.Video is fast becoming the go-to way for training both employees and students. This method is becoming increasingly common due to the growing acceptance of distance learning and other non-traditional educational techniques in schools and the workplace. If you’re a video editor, producer, or educator that’s been tasked with creating such a project, you should know that the one factor that sets the best video training apart is the use of background music. This is true for the following reasons:1. Music Engages the Brain on Both Conscious and Subconscious LevelsThis is a truth that has long been recognized by advertisers, entertainers, and even politicians. Getting the trainee to engage the material in the video is the first and most essential step to an effective training experience.2. Music Sets the Tempo for the PresentationStudies show that students learn new material better when it is presented with a mildly upbeat, mid-tempo piece of music playing in the background. Classical music has been extensively studied in this regard. Other forms are effective as well, like softer forms of jazz.3. Music Signals Transition PointsIn order to convey any body of knowledge effectively, it must first be divided into categories or steps. Whenever this occurs, the mind of the learner must shift gears. Switching the video’s background music at those points facilitates this change without distracting the learner, guiding them through the learning process seamlessly and effectively.4. Music Both Relaxes and Focuses the BrainThis is, of course, highly dependent on the tracks used. Nobody is suggesting that Excel is best learned with heavy metal thundering over the instructor’s voice! However, studies have shown that properly selected musical pieces do have a conducive effect on the learning process.Royalty free music is a quick and inexpensive way to enhance your corporate and training videos. Check out PremiumBeat’s extensive library of royalty free corporate tracks and let us know if we can help you find the perfect track for your video project!last_img read more

Neymar already looking to extend his contract with PSG

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The father-agent said he wants Neymar to play for another 10 years “so it ends like we are today: Happy.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country directorcenter_img Brazilian player Neymar, center, watches the friendly soccer match between Brazil and Panama at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)SAO PAULO — Neymar’s father says the Brazil striker is already looking to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar da Silva Santos says in an interview published on Monday there is “a very big” likelihood his son will stay at the French club after his current contract ends. Neymar is in the second year of a five-year deal.ADVERTISEMENT Tri-factor duathlon championship SEA Games qualifier Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, says “we are already going for an extension with PSG.”“He is always among the (transfer) targets,” Santos told news website UOL. “But that doesn’t mean he is going to one club or to another.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“His name is part of speculations since age 17, when he had his professional debut. Neymar has two transfers in his life, but it has been 10 years of speculations. The likelihood that he doesn’t leave (PSG) is very big.”Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017. The 27-year-old Brazilian is recovering from a foot injury and is expected to return in April. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

West Indies to consider Pakistan day-night Test proposal

first_imgThe West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is mulling over a proposal from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play a Test under lights during the Caribbean side’s tour this year.The West Indies are set to play two Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20s against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates starting in October. The PCB has proposed that one of the Tests be played as a day-night affair, reports Caribbean Media Corporation.The proposal will be under consideration when the WICB executive committee meets here this weekend. This has been driven in part by the International Cricket Council’s recent call for member bodies to “embrace the innovation” of the day-night concept.The PCB is hoping the West Indies agree to the proposal as it would add a new dimension to the series which is expected to be otherwise played in front of empty stands.In addition, the game would allow Pakistan important match practice with the pink ball as they gear up for their ‘pink-ball’ Test against Australia in Brisbane in December.The PCB is keen on reviving their cricket which has suffered from their inability to host matches because of the security situation in Pakistan.Their offer to host their first game in seven years on Pakistani soil was rejected by the WICB this month.Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who is also an advisor to the PCB’s cricket committee, said it was important that Pakistan played a Test under lights before taking on Australia.He said even if the West Indies night Test did not materialise, there were plans to play day-night fixtures in the Pakistan first class championship in order to help players familiarise with the new concept.advertisementlast_img read more

Spurs’ Champions League campaign is nearly over, says Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino said Tottenham do not deserve to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds after they failed to translate a dominant performance at PSV into victory.Spurs were 2-1 up and coasting only to lose Hugo Lloris to a 79th-minute red card after a charge outside his area and foul on Hirving Lozano. The 10 men would concede a late equaliser to Luuk de Jong to leave the Spurs manager admitting it was “nearly over” in terms of progress from the group. His team have taken only one point from their first three games.Pochettino was unhappy at the decision to show a straight red card to Lloris while the Slovenian referee, Slavko Vincic, also disallowed a first‑half Davinson Sánchez effort for offside against Harry Kane. The Spurs striker did not look to be interfering with play. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest news Share on WhatsApp Mauricio Pochettino Champions League Read more PSV Eindhoven Topics Share on Facebook Reuse this content European club football Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn But Pochettino said his team only had themselves to blame. He lamented their lack of clinical edge in front of goal and how they took their foot off the pace in the closing stages, suddenly slowing the tempo and losing their aggression up front.“If you don’t win this type of game it’s difficult to deserve to qualify,” Pochettino said. We completely dominated and we had the chances to kill the game. We need to be more aggressive and score more than two because you can always concede when the result is tight.“It’s not difficult to analyse the game. That’s the reality. We didn’t deserve [it]. We didn’t force it and that’s why our feeling is so bad. It was under control, we were playing well and the PSV fans were disappointed. But we played to keep possession [towards the end] and not to be aggressive in the last third.“In football you cannot allow your opponent the time to be alive. If you do, you pay. When you play so much better and dominate the game and create the best chances, if you cannot kill the game and it’s open, you can concede.”Pochettino refused to blame Lloris and he preferred to complain about the decision to dismiss him. “In my opinion, no [it was not a red card] but we can’t blame the referee. Why should Hugo apologise? No. One day, when I was young, I made a big mistake and my manager said to me: ‘You don’t need to apologise.’ Only those on the pitch can make a mistake. Anyway, it wasn’t a mistake – it was an action and a sending-off. It can happen in football.”Tottenham finish their Group B campaign with the return against PSV at Wembley, another home tie against Internazionale and a trip to Barcelona. “It is nearly over,” Pochettino said. “We only have one point. It will be very difficult. We need to win the three games we have to play and also have some results that help us.”The midfielder Christian Eriksen said: “It feels like a defeat. We should have finished the game off with all the chances we created. A few mistakes led to their equaliser. The referee didn’t want to give us a goal, it was a proper goal [by Sánchez]. I know Harry wasn’t offside. Everything went against us. With the referee today, anything could have happened. It went against us but we should have finished the game off – we made it difficult for ourselves.“There are not many games to play in the Champions Leagueand we threw it away. We played good football but if you can’t finish the game off then every game is going to be really tough. It was a must-win and we didn’t get the win. Our hopes of qualification are very far off.” Hugo Lloris sees red as PSV thwart Tottenham in Champions League draw Share on Twitter Share via Emaillast_img read more

Maths Improvement Programme Being Piloted in Five Primary Schools

first_imgStory Highlights The institutions are Allman Town, Clan Clarthy, and John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High in Kingston and St. Andrew; Devon Primary in Manchester; and Mineral Heights Primary in Clarendon. Five primary schools are benefiting from a three-year Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP) being piloted by The Mico University College, which is aimed at improving student achievement in the subject. At a press briefing at The Mico’s Marescaux Road headquarters earlier this week, the institution’s principal, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, expressed the hope that the programme will help students to develop a love for maths and inspire them towards higher achievement. Five primary schools are benefiting from a three-year Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP) being piloted by The Mico University College, which is aimed at improving student achievement in the subject.The institutions are Allman Town, Clan Clarthy, and John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High in Kingston and St. Andrew; Devon Primary in Manchester; and Mineral Heights Primary in Clarendon.The programme, which got under way in September 2017, incorporates innovative strategies observed in mathematically high-achieving countries such as Hungary, Finland, Singapore, Russia and Japan, to impact the teaching and learning of mathematics at the primary level of the education system.Students in 15 grade-one classes in the five primary schools are currently benefiting from the programme. Thereafter, it will be piloted in 15 grade-two classes and 15 grade-three classes in the same schools, commencing in 2018 and 2019, respectively.At the end of the pilot project, a comparative analysis will be done to determine its impact and whether it can be expanded to other schools.MEP is being administrated through the Caribbean Centre of Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (CCEMaT) at The Mico.The Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CiMT) at Plymouth University in the United Kingston (UK), which developed the MEP concept, is also assisting in its implementation locally.At a press briefing at The Mico’s Marescaux Road headquarters earlier this week, the institution’s principal, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, expressed the hope that the programme will help students to develop a love for maths and inspire them towards higher achievement.He said mastery of maths will open new job prospects for the country’s young people.“Mathematics plays an important role in the fields of science and technology and, of course, engineering, No longer are we thinking about the traditional medicine and law, but we are looking for the new jobs,” he contended.Director, CiMT, Professor David Burghes, said he is excited to bring the programme to Jamaica, and he hopes the country’s students and educators will benefit in a major way.“We are a maths centre. We’re dedicated to trying to help teachers particularly, but also learners, to enhance their mathematics. It’s great that we will be working with CCEMaT. We have worked with them before, and although this is a small project, I think it’s one of great significance,” he noted.He said that Jamaica has a general problem-solving issue with mathematics, which he hopes the project will address.“I think we do need to look at problem-solving as a whole and be quite specific by what we mean by it. We need to do mathematics as well as read and write. I do think you have some good teachers, because I’ve seen them and have been in their classrooms,” Professor Burghes said.MEP will ensure that teachers’ subject knowledge in mathematics is fully developed before commencing the programme, and provide all participating teachers with continuing professional development to ensure that they are equipped with the requisite skills to effectively integrate the MEP resources in their mathematics lessons.It will also provide each student with individualised MEP materials and resources and provide teachers with access to an online database furnished with supporting materials, suggested learning activities and lessons, to effectively integrate MEP in their classrooms.last_img read more

Justices of the Peace Play Important Role Under State of Emergency

first_imgThe more than 700 justices of the peace (JPs) in St. James have a key role to play in ensuring that the rights of citizens are upheld, as required by law, during the State of Public Emergency currently under way in the parish.“Generally speaking, a justice of the peace is there to maintain and to keep the peace,” JP and veteran mediator, Courtney Hume, told JIS News. “As it relates to the detainees, our responsibility is to make sure that all the rights that are afforded or accorded to them under the Constitution are upheld during the process of the investigation or the processes they go through when they are detained by the police, for whatever reasons,” he noted.“Our responsibility is to not to rubber-stamp what the police are doing and not to interfere with what the police are doing, but to ensure that all the rights that we were taught, trained to look out for – the conditions under which (persons) are held, the rules that  govern question and answering sessions – are abided by,” he further outlined.Mr. Hume explained that once a person is detained, the law allows him/her to be held for a maximum of three days, unless there are other circumstances, such as the current State of Public Emergency, which would then warrant an adjustment by the authorities to extend the detention period.   He said that upon being detained, persons have a right to contact their family members to let them know that they are in the custody of the police, and to know what they are being charged for, if they are being charged, or when they will be released. He noted that detainees have a right to food, clothing and basic human necessities, and in any case where these are not provided, the JPs have a responsibility to intervene and pursue all avenues necessary to ensure that those matters are dealt with in the shortest possible time.Mr. Hume told JIS News that under the State of Public Emergency, the number of persons being detained will increase, so the process will require greater monitoring by JPs.He assured, however, that “once we do our jobs, I don’t believe that we should have much problems”.“As long as JPs fulfil their obligations to the State, citizens can rest assured that their relatives will come to no harm,” he added.Mr. Hume is encouraging persons who need assistance for detained family members to contact their local JP. “Find your JP; get to know them, and justices of the peace, make extra effort now to go out into your communities and be known in  your communities for the work that you rightly signed up to do,” he implored.last_img read more