BRAC Completes ECD Training for 100 Teachers

first_imgThe Bangladeshi agro-based organization, BRAC-Liberia, has concluded a week long Early Childhood Development (ECD) workshop for 100 teachers and ten caregivers from ten selected communities at the St. Martin Catholic Pastoral Center from January 23-27 in Gbarnga, Bong County.Project Manager for the program Benedict Sekey said his organization implemented the ECD Project for the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) to test new intervention approaches to early childhood development in Bong, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties.Mr. Sekey said BRAC is a development organization dedicated to the alleviation of poverty by empowering the poor to realize their potential and bring about positive change in their lives.“Our approach, therefore, is comprehensive with services in areas of education, health care, social and economic empowerment, finance and enterprise development, human rights and legal aid, agriculture and food security, as well as environmental sustainability and disaster preparedness,” Mr. Sekey explained.He said BRAC-Liberia has launched successful programs in microfinance, health, agriculture, livestock and poultry, reaching over 640,490 of the poorest Liberians.Mr. Sekey said BRAC-Liberia will develop community based early childhood development centers in the above listed counties to recruit children between the ages of 3 to 5 to prepare them for primary education, as his organization shifts from the old to contemporary ECD approach. He narrated that BRAC-Liberia will work in ten communities in each county, targeting 300 children per community, and that the selection will be done by community residents alongside County Education Officers and District Education Officers.Mr. Sekey further said the objective of the exercise is to see how impactful BRAC-Liberia can be preparing the children for primary school while encouraging their parents to be major players in their children’s education.He said at the end of the pilot project, he anticipates parental involvement in ECD to change from one level to another, for an increase in community stakeholder involvement, and the development of a new teaching methodology.He said a similar training took place in Grand Bassa County a week ago and another is taking place in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.The ECD BRAC-Liberia Project Manager disclosed that his organization also distributed copy books, pencils and other school supplies to the selected communities in the three counties.Assistant Minister in the Bureau of Early Childhood Development at the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Florence Allen Jones, lauded BRAC-Liberia for organizing the training.Madam Jones said in the recent past, it was common for children older than six to be enrolled as beginners, which is no longer the case, and commended BRAC-Liberia and UNICEF for the initiative and funding, respectively.For their part, participants at the workshop also thanked the two organizations, and the Ministry of Education for the training.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John Women’s Soccer League concluding this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Teams with the Fort St. John Women’s Soccer League will be saying goodbye to another season this weekend. They’ll be at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse for their year end tournament which begins on Friday.Five teams will be battling in the competitive division while eight will be going at it in the recreational division.Games will begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow with the finals expected to take place Sunday from 2-4 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img

Chinese firms go shopping

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A delegation of Chinese business leaders on Wednesday committed to buying $4.3 billion in U.S. technology, hoping to soften a political backlash to the massive trade imbalance dividing two of the world’s economic powers. The agreements were trumpeted at a ceremony staged two weeks before the scheduled start of government talks in Washington, where leaders will try to tackle the United States’ $232 billion trade deficit with China and other prickly issues. California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi hailed 27 contracts signed Wednesday as an “important step in furthering the deep relationship between this state, this country and China.” But the event’s timing spurred immediate skepticism about the sincerity of China’s efforts to narrow a trade gap that has tormented the U.S. for years. “You can put me in the skeptical category,” Lardy said. Much of the criticism over China’s trade policies revolves around government restrictions that have helped keep the country’s currency, the yuan, well below the U.S. dollar. The spread fuels the trade imbalance between the two countries by making China’s exports to the United States cheaper while raising the prices of the U.S. exports to China. The exasperation with China’s handling of the yuan surfaced again in Washington on Wednesday, when U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., convened an unusual joint hearing of three House subcommittees to address the currency policies of both China and Japan. Levin, chairman of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, said he believes the yuan has been undervalued by as much as 10 percent to 50 percent because of the Chinese government’s manipulation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They are not going to change their ways. This is all part of a political smoke screen,” said Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland and the former chief economist for the U.S. International Trade Commission. To underscore China’s resolve to explore more U.S. investments, executives from more than 200 Chinese companies are meeting with their U.S. counterparts in 24 cities scattered across 23 states, said Ma Xiuhong, vice minister of China’s Ministry of Commerce. In its first stop, just north of Silicon Valley’s high-tech heartland, the Chinese coalition primarily sealed deals with computer software, semiconductor and telecommunications companies. The U.S. beneficiaries included high-tech bellwethers Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. Already boasting the world’s largest population, China has become an increasingly attractive market for makers of high-tech gear as the country’s rapid economic growth feeds the demand for more powerful computers and more sophisticated mobile phones. China’s previous shopping sprees in the United States have had little impact because of perceptions that the country’s companies were merely bundling together deals that were going to be made anyway, said Nicholas Lardy, a China expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. last_img read more

Let Californians have a say on Iraq war

first_img(But) Is there any bigger challenge for the country than the Iraq war? And shouldn’t Californians have an opportunity to speak out in a democratic way? Schwarzenegger hasn’t indicated whether he’ll sign or veto SB 924, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata of Oakland. ? Political insiders think he’ll wait until the last minute to announce his decision. When he does, he should be bold and put the war in Iraq on the ballot. – San Jose Mercury News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California is paying a high price for the Iraq war. No single fact is more persuasive than this: Of the 3,752 U.S. soldiers killed there, 401 – more than 10 percent – have been Californians. All states and U.S. territories have lost sons and daughters in the controversial war, and based on population, our sacrifice is not disproportionate. But it is significant. And that gives Californians both the right and the responsibility to take a stand. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can help them exercise that right. He should agree with the Legislature and allow an advisory measure about the war to appear on the February ballot. ? Normally, we don’t support the use of the ballot in this way. States don’t make foreign policy. ? last_img read more

Schools, center on the way

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Construction could begin as early as September on a long-awaited preschool, kindergarten and youth ministry center at St. Peter Claver Church in Simi Valley. After four years, parishioners have collected about $2.5 million for the center, which is expected to cost $3 million to $4 million. Church officials hope to have the 9,407-square-foot Spanish-mission style building, which will include four classrooms and a youth room, complete by summer 2007. “I get about two calls a week asking, ‘When is the preschool getting built?’ ” said Jim Carper, parish development director. “This will be the first Catholic preschool in the Simi Valley-Moorpark area.” Donors who contribute $125 can have their names or personal messages engraved on bricks that will be placed in a walkway to the church. The church also is selling copies of a cookbook, among other activities. With more than 3,500 families in the parish, the church, which sits close to 1,000 people, feels a special commitment to its youngest members. “Our future is our 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds,” Carper said. “They deserve our attention. The future lies in the hands of our toddlers. I truly think it’s the young people who make that difference.” For more information, call Jim Carper at 526-6448. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event The school will be able to serve 80 students and will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The city’s Planning Commission recently approved the project in a 4-0 vote, said Sean Gibson, a city associate planner. The neighborhood council also embraced the idea. The expansion is the latest for the parish, which was formed in the 1970s and was housed in a multipurpose building for more than two decades. After leading a six-year fundraising drive for a new $3.2 million sanctuary, the chapel at 5649 E. Pittman St. at the east end of town opened in 1998. Church officials plan several fundraisers to raise the final money for the new youth center’s completion. last_img read more


first_imgJoe McHugh with his family casting their vote in Carrigart earlier.Joe McHugh has moved to reassure the people of Donegal that he will fight “tooth and nail” to ensure that Donegal’s hospitals remain open.The outgoing Fine Gael Minister and his party have faced criticism over proposed cutbacks at the county’s community hospitals.But McHugh has promised that he will continue to lobby to keep Donegal’s health services in full working order. “During this election, when I’m knocking on people’s doors, the concerns regarding the care centres are being raised with me, there’s no doubt that people are worried about the long term future of these centres in their communities.“I have been given repeated commitments by both the HSE and the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar that the centres will continue to provide their current services in the long term. Additional funding is absolutely necessary for this to happen and I am giving a commitment that if I am re-elected, I will work with the community groups and my fellow public representatives to ensure that this happens. I appreciate the genuine concerns the communities have about long term beds. I will work to ensure there is a mix of both long term and short term into the future.“This has also been about turning a political opportunity into a crisis. And parties have been prepared to use the most vulnerable (disabilities and elderly) as a weapon to seek power. I think that’s unacceptable and the worst type of opportunism.“As part of that same announcement, I want to remind people that there was an overall investment of €51.59 million in Donegal by 2021. This includes the funding of €2.82 million for Falcarragh Community Hospital and €2.61 million funding for Dungloe Community Hospital. This investment is greatly needed and I am pleased that these community hospitals will receive this funding.” McHugh admitted the election campaign is an extremely tight one referring to the new boundary changes, it has thrown up traditional patterns of support and voting and has opened up the platform for all the candidates running.But he added that just as he has grasped the Irish language, he will continue to work for the people of Donegal if elected.“I recall when the Taoiseach Enda Kenny appointed me Minister for the Gaeltacht, there was a lot of controversy around my level of Irish language, or lack of! However I immediately set about changing that, I went back to Irish College in Glencolmcille and gave it everything. As a result, despite all the criticism I received at the time, I believe I turned that around and reminded people that anyone can learn the language. I also showed just how stubborn I am when I put my mind to something. It is the same in my capacity as a public representative in Donegal, I work tooth and nail on behalf of my constituents to ensure that we get our fair share.”McHUGH ISSUES LAST MINUTE APPEAL TO VOTERS OVER DONEGAL’S HOSPITALS was last modified: February 26th, 2016 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)last_img read more

MTA ideas may ad up

first_img“At some point you have to ask what kind of message you are putting on the bus,” said John Fasana, an MTA board member, who in 2000 backed the agency’s ban on advertising in subway stations. Critics also say that if the MTA is trying to lure motorists out of their cars, it needs to make the ride a pleasant one. “Personally, I find it offensive when public agencies will take your fare money and treat you with no respect by overexposing you with an environment that is bombarded by ads,” said Tom Radulovich, a board member of Bay Area Rapid Transit, which runs the subway system in Northern California. Last year, BART began “wrapping” its subway cars with advertisements and also opened advertising spots along walls and floors of subway stations. Despite the increased advertising opportunities, officials say, revenue has actually fallen because a downturn in the market forced BART to reduce rates. But with the Los Angeles MTA scrounging to find ways to boost revenue, officials will be forced to consider what was once thought off-limits. Current MTA policy bans advertising for tobacco, alcohol or political campaigns or candidates – potentially lucrative sources of revenue. The wrapping of subway cars in advertisements is also forbidden – as it is in New York where officials say it poses a safety hazard. And the MTA allows no more than 200 of its 2,668 buses to be covered – or wrapped – in advertisements. But that wrapping is considered one of the most lucrative forms of advertisements, bringing in nearly 20 percent of the $17 million generated each year. On average, an MTA bus running during rush hours earns about $7,755, although officials said they could not provide a breakdown of how much each ad costs advertisers. Officials with CBS Outdoor, which handles the MTA’s advertising contract, did not return phone calls. “The trade-off is you don’t want mobile billboards running around everywhere but in reality it’s an easy way to generate revenue,” said Matt Raymond, an MTA spokesman. Since last year, the agency has installed miniature television screens on 1,700 buses, where riders watch commercials interspersed with news, weather and puzzles. Since being introduced last year, the program has generated about $100,000. But transit officials and marketing experts say opening up high-profile areas like subway stations could attract top-dollar advertisers. Diane Badame, associate professor of marketing at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, said ads on buses and subways would attract companies trying to reach a younger audience that relies more heavily on word-of-mouth and the Internet in making its buying decisions. “For Generation X and Generation Y, nontraditional forms of advertisements are the best way to go,” Badame said. “They don’t want to have ads in their face. They want to learn in different ways about products. They would rather interact with ads.” Kiosks at subway stations, clever ads along buses and other transit-oriented spaces allow for that interaction. Yet adding more ad space may not equal the windfall officials hope for. The MTA contracts its advertising with New York-based CBS Outdoor and for the past five years, the contract is based on a flat rate, so even if ads skyrocketed the MTA wouldn’t gain any money. Though the contract comes up for renewal this year, officials say that pursuing an ad-based contract could ultimately backfire. “(Now), we are protected from the ups and downs in the advertising industry, changes in the economy,” said Warren Morse, MTA marketing director. “The downside of the flat rates is we don’t get additional benefit of a strong ad market.” (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In New York, which has tripled ad revenues over the last decade – passengers boarding an airport shuttle are surrounded by murals depicting scenes from Italy or the Netherlands – travel ads paid for by airlines. On the BART system in San Francisco, passengers will soon be seeing ads on the back of their rail tickets and are being offered credit cards with transit rewards for spending. But while ads touting everything from iPods to attorneys can rake in millions of dollars, it’s only a small fraction of what the MTA and most other agencies need to fill funding gaps. MTA officials estimate they could boost the $17 million in ad revenue they now bring in by anywhere from $1 million to $10 million. And while that sounds like a lot, it’s hardly enough to sustain an agency that last month had to raid its reserve fund to cover a $110 million deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Some argue that the MTA and other agencies shouldn’t be subjecting their passengers – who are, in effect, captive audiences – to commercial messages. And others argue the money generated isn’t worth the visual pollution. Hoping to replicate the success of transit agencies nationwide, the financially strapped MTA is looking for innovative ways to sell space on its buses, trains and stations to bring in more advertising revenue. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, desperate to avert a fare hike, has directed its staff to report back later this month with ways to increase advertising, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa telling fellow board members it’s time to “think outside the box.” Other agencies around the country already have been doing that. The Chicago Transit Authority, for instance, sells ad space in its subway tunnels, which look like silent commercials to passengers on the speeding trains. last_img read more


first_imgA young Donegal man died on an island after a pint glass was smashed over his head and the broken glass then stuck into his neck.The late Paul BoyleLetterkenny Coroner’s Court heard today how 19 year old Paul Boyle was attacked at Early’s Bar on Arranmore Island on October 3rd, 2009. The court heard graphic details of the attack which cost Paul Boyle his life.Mr Boyle’s family wept in court as the details of the attack and the dead man’s injuries were revealed.Mr Boyle, of Plohogue, Arranmore, had been socialising with friends when he was set upon just after a band had finished playing the national anthem at 2.30am.He fell to the floor and was bleeding heavily.The injured man’s sister Tara had heard people screaming and went into the part of the bar where her brother was.“Paul was just lying on the floor. He was covered in blood,” she said.Paul received treatment form trained medical personnel who had been visiting the island before being rushed to the mainland by the Arranmore Lifeboat.He was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but died at 10.20am from his injuries.Garda Edward Griffin revealed that he carried out a full investigation into the attack.He said he witnessed the scene of the attack immediately afterwards and said Mr Boyle had lost a considerable amount of blood.In a later criminal trial, Stephen Boyle (no relation) pleaded guilty to the manslaughter but not guilty to the murder of Paul Boyle.The court heard how Paul Boyle had lost 60% of his blood.Boyle, who had an address at Ballintra, Arranmore, was sentenced to six years year in April 2012.Today’s inquest found that Paul died as a result of profuse bleeding as a result of the severance of the left internal jugular vein.Coroner John Cannon offered his sympathy to the Boyle family after saying their son and brother was “struck down in a cold blooded assault.”EndsINQUEST HEARS OF HORRIFIC DETAILS OF YOUNG ISLANDER’S GRUESOME DEATH was last modified: April 25th, 2013 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:Arranmore IslandEarly’s BarPaul BoyleStephen Boylelast_img read more


first_imgDanny O Carroll ( Buster) with Liverpool and Ireland internationals Ray Houghton and Ronnie Wheelan who turned waiters along with a host of TV and sporting stars to support Danny O Carroll’s Charity Christmas Party in Co Donegal in aid of Lurgybrack National School autism unit and they Paediatric Ward at Letterkenny General Hospital. Photo Brian McDaidHE’S a Dub who has made Donegal his home.And last night (and in the early hours of this morning) Danny O’Carroll got huge amounts of people to make massive donations to two Donegal charities at a wonderful Christmas dinner event at Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal Hotel. Everyone who was anyone was there.Super soccer stars Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton (he kept going on about how he was a Buncrana man) joined stars from Mrs Brown’s Boys, Adam (Ian Beale from Eastenders), rugby legend Shane Byrne and ex-world champ Bernard Dunne for the superb charity night.All the money went to Letterkenny General’s paediatric unit and Lurgbybrack school’s autistic department.The food was wonderful and the music was fabulous. And everyone there enjoyed themselves.Donegal Daily snapped up a pair of signed football boots from our own Seamus Coleman…the pair he wore when he scored against Man U (who are they?)It was the best €800 we ever spent!We’d like to now auction those boots to the highest bidder – with every cent going to St Vincent de Paul here in Donegal this Christmas….Want them? email your bid to Danny O Carroll ( Buster) with liverpool and Ireland internationals Ray Houghton and Ronnie Wheelan who turn waiters with host of TV and sporting stars who turn out to Support Danny O Carroll (Buster) Charity CHristmas PArty in Co Donegal in aid of a autism unity at the local school and they Peadiatric Ward at Letterkenny General Hospital. Photo Brian McDaidAmanda Woods from Miss Brown’s Boys with Mary Mc Cartney former Miss North Ireland, Rosin Mc Devitt from Fermanagh, Rosin Ball former Miss Donegal, Judeth Grey Miss Northern Ireland, and Emma Kane, Miss Donegal Danny O Carroll’s Charity Christmas Party in Lettterkenny Co. Donegal. Photo Brian McDaid PICTURE SPECIAL: SUPER DANNY’S INCREDIBLE CHARITY NIGHT SHOW was last modified: December 6th, 2014 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:BustercelebrityDanny O’Carrolldonegallast_img read more

Vipers unveil squad for 2018/19 season

first_img Tags: vipers sc The Vipers Squad pose for a group photo on Tuesday (Photo by Rachael Tebandeke)With just days to the start of the 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League, Vipers SC have unveiled a squad of 28 players that will feature in their title defence.At a ceremony on Tuesday, the Venoms who won last season’s league title presented the players to the media but surprisingly, new recruit Henry Katongole was absent.Katongole who was signed as a free agent from SC Villa did not grace the ceremony due to unclear circumstances.The squad which was presented to the media sees  the glamorous shirt 10, previously won by Tonny Odur, taken over by Abraham Ndugwa. The former Masavu FC captain joined the Venoms in June after a failed move to Kenya’s AFC Leopards.Some of the other changes have seen Duncan Sseninde take over shirt 11 which was previously worn by Erisa Sekisambu, further solidifying the claims that the former Express FC and SC Villa forward will not be a Venom next season.Meanwhile Nicholas Wadada’s shirt 14 is now worn by new signing Davis Kasirye who also previously played for SC villa.Last season’s league top scorer Dan Muzeyi Serunkuma who previously had shirt 13 has left it for summer signing Noah Wafula and he will be donning 08.Another signing, Rahmat Senfuka who was purchased from police FC has been handed the shirt 12 that Deus Bukenya wore last season.Shirt 19 that was Ismail Watenga’s will be worn by Okwi Dickens while Shafic bakaki’s 04 has been taken over Livingstone Mulondo who was signed from Kirinya JSS.The league kicks off on the 28th with Vipers playing at home against Fufa Big League champions and new top tier entrants Ndejje University at the newly refurbished St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.The Vipers’ players and their shirt numbers:Goalkeepers:Fabien Mutombora 01Bashir Ssekagya 30Derrick Ochan 24Defenders:Fred Okot 02Ibrahim Kiyemba 05Livingstone Mulondo 04Halid Lwaliwa 21Bashir Asiku 22Geofrey Wasswa 28Yayo Lutimba 23Aggrey Madoi 03Midfielders:Tadeo Lwanga 17Rahmat Ssenfuka 12Sefu Thomson 16Brian Nkuubi 18Duncan Sseninde 11Moses Waiswa 06Tom Masiko 07Abraham Ndugwa 10Noah Wafula 13Frank Tumwesigye 15Forwards:Joseph Janjali 25Steven Mukwala 09Okwir Dickens 19Davis Kasirye 14Brian Kalumba 26Tito Okello 20Dan Sserunkuma 08Comments last_img read more