PUL Headquarters Burglarized

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia’s headquarters on Clay Street in Monrovia was allegedly burglarized last Monday night, resulting in losses estimated at US$2,500.PUL Secretary General, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh in a release circulated yesterday mentioned that two media monitoring phones, an Acer laptop, three stabilizers, two video recorders, an amplifier and 11 other items were taken away.Police investigation has reportedly been launched into the burglary with pictures of the scene taken.  The physical outlook of the area indicates that the perpetrators broke into the building through one of the bathroom windows after removing the iron bar.Sengbeh said, “Staffs of the Union were shocked Tuesday morning when they arrived at work and observed that their offices had been burglarized and equipment were missing.”He described the incident as worrisome and a setback to the work of the PUL. He hoped Police will promptly trace the perpetrators and retrieve the stolen items. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Enrollment up at East Whittier school district

first_imgEAST WHITTIER – While local school districts continue to lose state money because of declining enrollment, the school district is enjoying an unexpected boost in the number of students on its campuses this year, officials said Friday. Enrollment for the 2007-08 school year – about 8,800 students at 13 campuses – has exceeded the district’s initial estimates by nearly 200 students, said Assistant Superintendent Linda Low. “We’re really excited about that,” Low said. “We’re up 18 kids over our actual enrollment last year,” she added. “And this year’s projections were lower than last year’s enrollment because we had been experiencing declining enrollment up to this point.” Much of the increase is due to changes in the policy for allowing out-of-district students to attend its schools on permits. Low said portable classrooms were added at East Whittier Middle and Ocean View Elementary, where officials usually have to turn down permit requests because there’s no space. “Even students in those schools’ attendance areas had to be moved to other schools in previous years,” Low said. “But we were able to add that extra space and take more students than we could before.” Plus, Low said, permit students now have more security during annual school registration. Previously, they were at the mercy of a lottery process. “Now, they have more assurance that they’ll likely be able to stay in the district all the way through once they get in,” Low said. Because more room was freed up at the schools, more teachers were hired to teach the extra classes, with the intent of keeping upper-grade class sizes under 30 students each. But that didn’t happen, said Madeline Shapiro, a fifth-grade teacher at Scott Avenue Elementary who is also president of the East Whittier Education Association, the union that represents the district’s teachers. “I know I had teachers who were disappointed that they didn’t get the lower class sizes, which is unfortunate,” Shapiro said. “That’s how you absorb having extra people,” she said. “But at the same time, if you don’t have declining enrollment, you get more money from the state, which is good. “And with that extra money, perhaps the district can make adjustments and get the lower class sizes.” But Low says the quality of its schools is the main reason the attracts so many students. “It’s critical that our instructional program is outstanding, and our test scores are skyrocketing,” Low added. “You want more students to come here, and we’re working hard on that, too.” East Whittier City School District tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgChloe Magee and the other Donegal Athletes Brendan Boyce 50k walk, Catriona Jennings Marathon and Patsy Mc Gonagle Athletics Manager, Sharon Madigan nutritionistFROM PATSY McGONAGLE WITH THE IRELAND OLYMPIC TEAM IN LONDON: It’s beginning to heat up now as continually athletes arrive in camp and to add to that the weather is to put it in Donegal terms ‘class ‘!It is really important for sessions in the local Bushy Park and Richmond Park plus on the track at St Mary’s which we share with South Africa and China.Caitriona Jennings is the latest to arrive while Chloe Magee, Brendan Boyce are well settled as is our nutritionist Sharon Madigan from Letterkenny. Tori Pena arrives today via Germany where she has been finalising preparations.I’m on the move in a few hours to the village to not only take in the opening ceremony Friday but to check out a few aspects of the weeks ahead and 14 athletes will join me today to also participate  in The Parade.Last evening a reception was held at St Mary’s for the teams and one of the speakers was former student, former world 10,000m record holder David Bedford.I briefly caught up with him as we were on the same team in 1971/72 in the interim he has been until this year Director of the London Marathon.Yesterday was particularly busy as I dealt with RTE radio and television around the unfortunate relay 4 x 4 selection outcome and the final word on it which was Catriona Cuddihy appeal to Olympic council being upheld. This team is now as of midday Wednesday in camp. Have met up with Darren and Grainne O Dea ,Raphoe on a few occassions both living locally working for Pace which Ricky Simms of course heads up.Ricky in Birmingham yesterday checking all grand with the main man Usain ,the Jamacian team are based there!The local Teddington community delighted and excited to have an Olympic team base here and are excited not only by that but the fact that the roads round here are being used for the road cycle events and this in tandem with pretty much everything poses logistical and security issues.Watched the Donegal on a big screen on Sunday specially organised and that had a positive outcome!Tomorrow is Friday it is then the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. It seemed so far away some years ago but like everything in life it went to months to weeks and now to days and hours. The biggest sports show on Earth is about to begin and 4 Donegal athletes and 2 officials are a part of it – the other official is Daniel Magee Badminton manager.PATSY McGONAGLE’S DONEGALDAILY OLYMPIC BLOG was last modified: July 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:PATSY McGONAGLE’S DONEGALDAILY OLYMPIC BLOGlast_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes:Tipperary Cup:The senior team claimed the first trophy of the year last Saturday at Ruislip, but unfortunately no game was played as Fulham Irish failed to field a team. Not the way you want to lift a trophy but this seems to be the trend this year as so many teams are giving walkovers, lets hope things improve in the coming weeks. Fixtures:Thursday 12th June, RFL, TCG v Fulham Irish @ Greenford 7.30pm.Saturday 14th June, RFL, TCG v Parnells @ Greenford 4.30pmTuesday 17th June, JFL Div3, TCG v Moindearg @ Greenford 7.30pmFootball Championships:The fixtures for the championship for all of our teams can be found on the club website,Sunday 6th July, Senior’s V Neasden Gaels.Saturday 5th July, Junior’s V Dulwich.ABCs:The annual British underage competition takes place at the club on the weekend of 11th – 13th July .The event attracts clubs from all over Britain and Ireland with up to two thousand youths expected over the weekend, the club will require many volunteers to help out on the day, please contact secretary Stephen McLoughlin for more details.Guinness World Record:At this years ABC tournament at Greenford in July, the Gaels of Britain will again be attempting to break the world recordat having the most amount of people on a pitch playing a game of football. Club member Michael Kingston is the man who is organising the challenge, more details to follow. Lottery:Lotto results for 05/06/2014.Jackpot £2,100 Numbers drawn 4-9-19-24 No jackpot winners.£25 lucky dip winners, Adrian Byrne, Carrick, Co Donegal, Stevie Keane, c/o TCG, Tom Tobin, Three Wishes bar, c/o Tom O’Connor, Maurice Carr, c/o TCG.This weeks draw takes place in the club on Thursday 12th June with a Jackpot of £2,150.Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.com   GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLAIM TIPPERARY CUP AFTER BEING AWARDED WALKOVER was last modified: June 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANoticesSportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more


first_imgTODAY’S Division 2 clash between Donegal Ladies and Armagh Ladies has been cancelled.The pitch in Glenfin is covered in ice and snow and a decision was taken this morning to postpone the match to another date.  URGENT NOTICE: DONEGAL LADIES V ARMAGH MATCH CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW was last modified: February 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Armagh Ladiesdonegal ladiesGAAlast_img read more

QPR legend hits out at United boss

first_imgComments made on Twitter by popular former QPR defender Bob Hazell are reported in today’s Daily Mirror.Hazell hit out at Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for criticising Rio Ferdinand and other players for refusing to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt at the weekend.“My admiration for Joleon Lescott, Jason Roberts and Rio Ferdinand having the balls to take a stand, where I and my generation of cowards never would,” Hazell tweeted.“Me & my generation spoke about “ignoring it” and claimed “it inspires us to play better”. We never spoke of feeling hurt devalued and f****** angry.“It should be support through choice. Sir Alex Ferguson has not experienced what these guys have so he has no right to demand they support.”Meanwhile, The Daily Mail say QPR chairman Tony Fernandes will show his support for manager Mark Hughes by making a special trip to London for Saturday’s game with Arsenal.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Extension adding resources to help farmers with water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since last fall, 6,586 growers and producers responsible for farming some 1 million acres of Buckeye State farmland have gone through fertilizer applicator certification training offered by researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University as part of the college’s efforts to continue to improve Ohio water quality.Taught by Ohio State University Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program staff, the training is designed to help farmers increase crop yields using less fertilizer more efficiently, thus reducing the potential for phosphorus runoff into the state’s watersheds.The ultimate goal of the training is to keep nutrient runoff from fertilizers, especially phosphorus, out of Ohio’s waters, said Greg LaBarge, an OSU Extension field specialist and co-leader of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team.The training, which meets the educational needs of Ohio’s new agricultural fertilization law, is just one aspect of the work Ohio State is doing to continue to improve water quality. The new law requires farmers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres to become certified.The training supplements the college’s Field to Faucet water quality program announced in September 2014 and launched in March designed to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector. The program already has five initial projects up and running, said Jay Martin, an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, who was chosen to lead Field to Faucet.Field to Faucet projects include:•An app is being developed that will allow farmers to record nutrient application rates and methods. Future plans include developing further apps geared toward nutrient stewardship.• A project will develop a geospatial data warehouse with controlled access that will allow producers and researchers to secure and share publicly available data. It is likely the project will later serve as a model approach for a national program.• Researchers are studying how best to remove phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and from anaerobic digester discharge before these materials are applied to fields. This effort would especially benefit the watershed around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio, where there are a large number of livestock farms.• A project will use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to provide real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters. Microcystin is a toxin made by certain harmful algal blooms.• A sensor will be developed to detect real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.Field to Faucet also involves researchers from multiple Ohio State colleges and other regional universities, Martin said, with three additional research projects supported by Field to Faucet now underway:• A Regional Conservation Partnership Program with a U.S. Department of Agriculture award of $17.5 million is creating a tri-state cost-share program to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. Ohio, Michigan and Indiana farmers in designated watersheds can get assistance in instituting a variety of best management practices that will keep nutrients on fields and improve water quality.• Working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one project will create a weather risk management tool that combines weather forecasting with Ohio-specific land use data to warn farmers of impending storms to lessen runoff risks before nutrient applications.• A Best Management Practices Handbook is being developed that will allow farmers to determine the best farming practices to use based on their specific crops, fields, topography and region, among other considerations, to reduce nutrients coming off fields into Ohio watersheds.“We need to find ways to protect downstream ecosystem and water quality, while also preserving food production across the landscape,” Martin said. “We will strive to accelerate the applications of research.“It’s great to write theses and dissertations and publish journal articles, but we need to link with Extension and farmers to get the information in the hands of people who can use it to improve things.”last_img read more

Additional States to Adopt Google Apps in Schools

first_imgTags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkinscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Following trailblazer Oregon, two more U.S. states are adopting Google Apps in their educational systems statewide. Colorado and Iowa join Oregon in Google Apps for Education, which offers Gmail, Docs, Sites, Video and Groups to elementary school, junior high and high school students across both states.Part of the motivation for states adopting Google Apps is financial. In a tight time software licensing fees are no doubt a wonderful thing to leave off. Oregon, Google said, would save $1.5 million in the change-over. The other motivations include keeping students current and leveraging new technologies for learning. The latter was stressed by Colorado’s Governor, Bill Ritter.“By leveraging the Internet, educators are able to bring new ways of learning to the classroom and connect with students in exciting and challenging ways.” Google is also introducing a “set of training solutions” to leverage Google Apps in an educational environment. last_img read more

Hakim new Kolkata Mayor

first_imgWest Bengal Urban Development Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim was elected Mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Monday. Mr. Hakim, the first Muslim Mayor of the city’s civic body since Independence, was nominated for the contest by TMC chairperson Mamata Banerjee after Sovan Chatterjee resigned from the post.Mr. Hakim secured votes of 121 councillors in the 144-member KMC to win the election. BJP candidate Meena Devi Purohit could manage the support of only five councillors from her own party. The councillors of the Left parties and the Congress did not participate. Mr. Hakim said that his primary objective will be to serve the people of the city.last_img read more