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Education Minister Faces House Tuesday

first_imgThe House of Representatives’ Education Committee has described Education Minister George Werner as ‘disrespectful’ and had accused him of always failing to honor the Committee’s invitations.Sinoe County District # 3 Representative Matthew Zarzar, who is also the Chairman on the House Education Committee, said the Minister has constantly, deliberately and disappointedly refused to cooperate with them when probing educational issues, which immensely affected their work. Following the harsh accusation from the House’s Education Committee Chairman, and the resolution from the Italian Scholarship Beneficiaries Parents Association (ISBPA), the House has summoned Minister Werner to appear before Plenary on Tuesday, April 19 in their Chambers at about 11 a.m.The Education Minister is expected to explain to the 73 lawmakers issues surrounding students on the Italian Government Scholarship, provide information on the new educational reform known as Private Public Partnership (PPP), and why he has been ‘disrespectful’ to the House’s Education Committee.According to the resolution of the ISBPA, of which a copy is in possession of the Daily Observer, the parents narrated that the Liberian government in collaboration with the government of Italy announced through the Ministry of Education the availability of scholarships for students in grades 8 and 9 and ages ranging from 14 to 18 years.The parents said out of the 64 students who sat for the tests, 27 passed successfully in 2014, while the then Minister of Education, Etmonia David Tarpeh, in the same year wrote the then Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan to considerably request for a Note Verbale, which he immediately did to the Italian Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire.“Upon this communication to the Italian Embassy, the children were taken to Cote d’Ivoire for said requested visa issuance on February 26, 2016 and subsequently returned on March 6, 2015 after the completion of the visa process.“Henceforth, the parents were cited at the Ministry of Education Conference Hall and informed that their children would have left Liberia for Italy by March 14, 2015 especially after they would have been presented to the President of Liberia, who initiated the scholarships. It is interesting to note that, as of the said timing and now, nothing has been revealed as to what has happened to the entire process,” the parents expressed their frustration through the resolution.They concluded: “The Minister of Education should immediately reverse his decision to allow the traveling of these children to further their studies in Italy. The Ministry of Education should begin the arrangement for the children to leave Liberia for Italy not than May 2016.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liverpool beat Bayern to reach UCL quarters

first_img0Shares0000Mane scored twice as Liverpool eased past Bayern© AFP GUENTER SCHIFFMANNMUNICH, Germany, March 14 – Sadio Mane scored twice to steer Liverpool into the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich dumped out the German champions.Having missed the goalless first leg at Anfield three weeks ago through suspension, Virgil van Dijk’s long pass led to Mane’s superb first-half goal at the Allianz Arena. Dutch centre-back Van Dijk then headed Liverpool into a 2-1 lead from a James Milner corner on 69 minutes after Joel Matip’s own goal had handed Bayern a first-half equaliser.Mane made absolutely sure of Liverpool’s place in the quarter-final draw by nodded in six minutes from time.Liverpool’s 3-1 aggregate victory means they join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United in the quarter-finals, completing a clean sweep of English sides reaching the last eight for the first time since 2008/09.It is a bleaker picture in Germany as Bayern’s exit leaves no Bundesliga club in the quarters for the first time since 2005/06, as Borussia Dortmund and Schalke also bowed out in the last 16 — to Tottenham and Man City respectively.This is the first time since 2011 that Bayern have failed to make the quarter-finals.Milner was preferred to Fabinho in Liverpool’s midfield, but Jurgen Klopp was forced into an early change when captain Jordan Henderson hobbled off on 12 minutes.Brazilian Fabinho made an early entrance and Milner took the skipper’s armband.Klopp had urged his side to “be brave on the ball” and it was that, combined with an amazing piece of skill by Mane, which gave them the lead.Van Dijk headed home the crucial goal which put Liverpool 2-1 ahead© AFP Christof StacheVan Dijk’s pin-point pass over 40 metres found Mane in the Bayern box with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer off his line.Mane spun away and looped his shot inside the far post to give the visitors a valuable away goal in the 26th minute.The bravery Klopp wanted flowed through the Liverpool ranks and Milner, winning the midfield battle, set Firmino free in the box, but the Brazilian blasted his shot at Neuer.However, the hosts drew level six minutes before the break when Serge Gnabry slipped his marker Andrew Robertson and hit a cross intended for Robert Lewandowski.The ball went in off Matip, who was focused on marking the Polish striker, to the despair of the Liverpool centre-back and the delight of the home crowd.The tempo of the game dropped sharply after the restart, but Bayern wasted a chance on the hour mark when Gnabry fired in a cross, only for Lewandowski to mistime his slide.Liverpool were heading for the quarter-finals when Milner swung in the second of two corners in quick succession and Van Dijk powered a header past Neuer.Mane scored his second when Mohamed Salah’s chip found him at the far post to head home as Liverpool’s travelling fans started singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, while the Bayern supporters began to slip away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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ON YER BIKE! AN POST DUNGLOE TO LETTERKENNY CHARITY CYCLE – IN PICTURES!

first_imgON YER BIKE! AN POST DUNGLOE TO LETTERKENNY CHARITY CYCLE – IN PICTURES! was last modified: September 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MAN APPEARS IN COURT AGAIN CHARGED WITH MURDERING PARENTS

first_imgA man is to appear again in court on December 19th charged with murdering his parents.Julian Cuddihy appeared in court today. Pic by Northwest News Pix.Julian Cuddihy, 42, appeared at a court at Castlerea Prison today. Cuddihy, from Churchtown in Carndonagh, did not appear in court.Judge Geoffrey Browne remanded him to appear to Harristown Court on December 19th next.MAN APPEARS IN COURT AGAIN CHARGED WITH MURDERING PARENTS was last modified: November 28th, 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:CarndonaghdonegalJulian CuddihymurderPARENTSlast_img read more

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WOW! INCREDIBLE PIX OF NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGAL

first_imgTHESE are the incredible pictures taken tonight of the Northern Lights over Co Donegal.They were taken by snapper Adam Porter, chairman of the Buncrana Camera Club, who spent the evening waiting for the Aurora show.The pix were taken at Urris in Inishowen. It follows reports from local astronomers that tonight would be one of the best ever to see the incredible spectacle.Earlier donegaldaily.com reader John Harkin told us: “I was in Ballyliffin this evening and you can make out the northern lights on the horizon.“I know it’s nothing like the pictures you can see on YouTube but it is an incredible sight.“You need to be well away from light pollution and you can just make it out on the horizon but this is the first time I’ve seen it and it is lovely.” Seamus McGlinchey also spotted the northern lights off Culdaff around 8.30pm. He told us: “I brought my telescope and a flask. It was worth the wait and I plan to stay around for a few more hours. There’s a bit of cloud around now so it might not be worth it, but we’ll see.”The sightings come just hours after local astronomer Brendan Alexander said this evening offered the best chance to see the Northern Lights.https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/01/22/northern-lights-alert-from-donegal-skies/© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comWOW! INCREDIBLE PIX OF NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGAL was last modified: January 23rd, 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:WOW! INCREDIBLE PIX OF NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGALlast_img read more

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Realtors plan to fight government

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Typically cheery real estate agents were seething Friday as they discussed the government’s attempts to force them to share home listings – the bread and butter of the realty business – with Web-based competitors. At their annual conference, executives from the National Association of Realtors, which claims to be the largest trade association in the U.S., said they are planning a vigorous fight against a lawsuit filed last month by the U.S. Department of Justice. DOJ says the association would stifle competition if it goes ahead with a plan to allow members the option of withholding home listings from competitors’ Web sites. Many of those competitors are nontraditional online services, which might “offer better services and lower costs,” the agency said in a statement. “There’s not another business that is required to give their product to their (competitor) across the street,” said Terry McDermott, the association’s outgoing executive officer. “Apparently, the government thinks the Internet is some magical wonderland.” 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The dispute comes as the real estate boom that’s helped drive the U.S. economy is threatened by rising interest rates. Housing prices in many markets are at record highs and some home buyers and sellers have begun looking for ways to avoid real estate agent fees, usually about 6 percent, by turning to nontraditional brokerage methods. Most of the government’s complaints with the association are focused on the rules governing Multiple Listing Services, which are groups of competing brokers who agree to share real estate listings. Participation allows a real estate agent to show customers all the homes for sale in a given market. last_img read more

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Homeless shelter runs afoul of city

first_imgWhen the Rio Hondo Temporary Home’s board of directors removed Councilman Owen Newcomer as a member for missing six meetings, the action kicked off a process that could eventually cost the homeless shelter $40,000. The move prompted city officials, including Councilman Bob Henderson, to looking into the board’s operation. Officials decided they did not like what they found. “A regular board is supposed to be nine members – minimum. But at present time they have five,” Henderson said. “I found board meetings to be run unprofessional and on sort of an ad hoc basis. They seem to be more like a club than a business.” As a result, Whittier City Council members voted this week to give the shelter just $10,000 in subsidies. The shelter had been set to receive $50,000 from the city this fiscal year. Reached by telephone Thursday, Laura Miller, the shelter’s executive director, declined to comment on the council’s action. Henderson said the next move is up to the shelter’s board, adding that the city might reconsider restoring full funding if changes are made. “We’re now asking them to bring the board up to compliance within the next three months,” he said. “We’ll then get a report back to see if they’re in compliance.” Henderson said he wanted to provide the program with at least some funding now, because the shelter appears to be doing a good job. “That’s the reason I didn’t suggest that we take our money and go home,” he said. Newcomer cited a number of reasons he missed board meetings, including a conflict with his job teaching at Whittier College, summer vacation and a trip to China. And there were some meetings he did not even know about, Newcomer said. He added that the shelter’s board never contacted him about the missed meetings before notifying him by mail that he had been removed. It is not the first time that shelter officials have come into conflict with the city. In 2000, shelter officials refused to allow a council member to serve on the board of directors, even though its funding comes from Whittier and other cities. Eventually, an agreement was reached to keep a Whittier city councilman on the board. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want 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

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Predicting the quarter finals: Who will reach the AFCON last 4?

first_imgSenegal defeated Uganda to reach the quarter finals(PHOTOS/Courtesy)The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarter finals will be played on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th, July 2019.Eight round of 16 winners will square off for a place in the last four.The 2019 edition in Egypt has already treated us to a few shocks and several pre-tournament favourites have already been eliminated including host Egypt, Morocc9 and defending champions Cameroon.PML Daily Sports editor, Shaban Lubega predicts who will make it to the semi finals.-Senegal vs Benin30 June Air Defence Stadium, CairoWednesday, 10-07-2019Senegal have so far lived up to the hype and are the odds on favourites to walk away with the 2019 AFCON title.After two victories and one loss at the group stages, the Lions of Teranga defeated Uganda 1-0 in the round of 16 to book a quarter final spot.In the last 16 against Uganda, Senegal produced a professional performance and despite the fact that they did not dominate throughout, they never looked like slipping up.Star player Sadio Mane looks to finally be hitting top gear as he has scored three goals already and will be looking to improve on his tally.However, he missed his second penalty of the competition and it remains to be seen whether Aliou Cisse will maintain him as the primary penalty-taker.Senegal possess a host of stars including Ismaila Sarr, Balde Keita, M’baye Niang and Idrissa Gana Gueye who are very much capable of stepping up incase Mane plays a ‘missing in action’ role.For Senegal’s opponents-Benin, they have so far gone past where they would have realistically wanted.The Squirrels who are taking part in only their fourth AFCON tournament produced a spirited display on Friday as they eliminated star-studded Morocco.No one expected them to be here but they should not be taken lightly either as they are here solely because of themselves.Drawn in a group that featured the likes of Ghana and Cameroon, not so many gave Benin a chance of reaching the knockout stages and despite the fact that they yet to win a game in 90 minutes, they have not lost either.Benin are yet to win a game in 90 minutes.If they are to produce another shock and eliminate Senegal, Benin’s goalkeeper Surtanin Allagbe who saved a last minute Hakim Ziyech penalty in the last round, will be expected to produce similar heroics. The other players who will need to be at their best include captain Stephen Sessegnon and Michael Poku.Last meeting: Benin 1-2 Senegal (16-01-2008)Prediction: Senegal 1-0 Benin-Nigeria vs South Africa Cairo International Stadium, CairoWednesday, 10-07-2019This is arguably the clash of the quarter finals as two African football heavyweights clash on Wednesday.Nigeria must be in high spirits after coming from behind to defeat 2017 champions Cameroon in the quarter finals.It was a game of twists and turns as the Super Eagles led early but found themselves trailing 1-2 at the break. They then scored two unanswered second half goals so as to storm the last 8.Nigeria came from behind to eliminate Cameroon.The game against the Indomitable Lions is the biggest task that Nigeria has had to negotiate so far, after winning two and losing the other of their three group games.However, the 0-2 loss to Madagascar in their last group B game was not a game to that saw Nigeria over powered as they rested several of their key players due to the fact that they had already sealed a round of 16 spot.Currently, Nigeria are ranked as one of the favourites to win this years title. They have in the past won it three times, in 1982, 1994 and 2013.Their key players in the quarter finals will have to be Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa.Nigeria’s opposition on Wednesday comes in form of South Africa.The Bafana Bafana are responsible for eliminating hosts Egypt in the last round, requiring a Thembinkosi Lorch 85 minute goal to get the job done.South Africa defeated Egypt 1-0 in the round og 16.South Africa were lucky to reach the last 16 after losing two of their three group games and qualifying as the fourth best third placed team.However, they produced a magnificent performance against Egypt, continuously taking the game to the Pharaohs and were worthy winners in the end.Having won their first and only AFCON title 23 years ago, Stuart Baxter’s side must be hungry for a second but will require Lorch, Percy Tau and Lebo Mothiba to be sharp so as to go past the Super Eagles.Last meeting: South Africa 1-1 Nigeria (17-11-2018)Prediction: Nigeria 1-1 South Africa (Nigeria wins on penalties)-Ivory Coast vs AlgeriaSuez Stadium, SuezThursday, 11-07-2019Another clash to look forward to will be between Ivory Coast and Algeria as two of the best footballing nations on the continent do battle.It has so far been a disappointing tournament for Ivory Coast despite reaching the last 8.The Elephants were lucky as they defeated Mali 1-0 in the last round with Wilfred Zaha’s second half goal enough to see them win the contest.Zaha (9) scores the winner against Mali on Monday.The game was dominated by Mali but the Elephants were lucky not to concede as custodian Sylivia Gbohouo was at his best.This was a reflection of how the Elephants struggled en route to finishing second in their group despite winning two of the three games.Their confidence going into the game will come in form of Zaha as the forward has picked up form at the right time, scoring two goals in his last two games. Ivory Coast also have Jonathan Kodjia, Nicholas Pepe and Serge Aurier as the other players who can help them overcome Algeria.For Algeria, they continue to impress. After winning all their group games, the Atlas Lions defeated Guinea 3-0 in the last round to maintain their winning streak.Currently, they are the only side yet to concede a goal and their tally of nine scored is the most by any side at the finals.Algeria are yet to concede a goal at AFCON 2019.The victory over Guinea highlighted how formidable Algeria are as they dominated the game from start to finish.Riyad Mahrez, Youcef Belaili and Adam Ounas scored the goals for Algeria in the last round and will be the ones to watch once again.Last meeting: Ivory Coast 3-1 Algeria (01-02-2015)Prediction: Ivory Coast 1-1 Algeria (Algeria win in extra time)-Madagascar vs TunisiaAl Salaam Stadium, CairoThursday, 11-07-2019Tunisia are currently struggling in the tournament as they have so far failed to win any of their games in 90 minutes.Along with Benin, they are the only two sides that reached the round of 16 without winning any of their group games and that trend continued as they required penalties to take care of Ghana in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw in normal time.Tunisia have not won a game in 90 minutes.The Eagles of Carthage drew all their group games, 1-1 with Angola, 1-1 with Mali and then 0-0 verses lowly Mauritania.Against Ghana, they struggled at the start but found their feet after captain Wahbi Khazri came on in the second half.Alian Giresse’s side will once again look up to Khazri, Naim Sliti and Youssef Msakni for inspiration against Madagascar as they bid to reach the last 4.For Madagascar, they have upset the odds already, finishing top of Group B and then overcoming DR Congo in the round of 16.Madagascar eliminated DR Congo at the round of 16.The game against DR Congo showcased how resolute Madagascar are and Tunisia will have to be at their best come Thursday, that is if they can finally end the minors’ dreams.Despite a gulf in quality between the two sides, Madagascar will look to the likes of Faneva Imà Andriatsima and Paulin Voavy to cause yet another earthquake on the African continent.Last meeting: Madagascar 0-2 Tunisia (05-05-2001) Prediction: Madagascar 1-2 TunisiaComments Tags: AFCON 2019AlgeriaBeninivory coastMadagascarNigeriaSenegalSouth AfricatopTunisialast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Winter steelhead season coming to a close

first_imgLast weekend’s storms brought a little more rain than expected, with enough falling to keep the majority of the coastal rivers high and off color leading into the final week of steelhead season. As of Wednesday, only the Smith, Chetco, and the very upper reaches of the South Fork Eel were green. And it looks like those are the only rivers that will fish prior to the season closing after Saturday. The South Fork Eel could fish down to the Miranda area on Saturday if it drops as predicted.As we …last_img read more

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San Jose Sharks re-sign two restricted free agents

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks signed two more of their restricted free-agent forwards Thursday, giving Dylan Gambrell a two-year contract extension and Antti Suomela a one-year deal.Gambrell, San Jose’s second-round draft pick in 2016, played just eight games with the Sharks this past season. He became just the second Sharks player ever to score his first NHL goal in the playoffs when he scored in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues. Marcel Goc — in 2004 — was the …last_img read more

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