Margibi Apportions County Funds; Elects PMC Chair, Others

first_imgRep. Ben Fofana, Margibi County Legislative Caucus Chair.As a means of fast-tracking development projects in Margibi County, residents there have apportioned the development fund in the 2018/2019 national budget to various sectors, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) has reported.According to LINA Margibi County Correspondent, Richard Baysah, delegates at the just ended county sitting organized by the county legislative caucus under the leadership of district #4 Representative Ben Fofana decided through a resolution that the amount of US$232,666 be divided to benefit the five electoral districts, and other arrears of priority.The 147 delegates resolved that each district gets US$15,000, US$23,000 for the Project Management Committee (PMC), which constitutes 10 percent of the total fund.Additionally, the delegates agreed that an amount of US$17,500 goes towards outstanding debts owed by the county during the previous county meet, and US$25,000 for the upcoming 2018/2019 county meet.An amount of US$7,166 was also allotted to the office of the superintendent for “emergency operations.”Earlier, the secretary of the Legislative Caucus Margibi County District #2 Representative, Ivar K. Jones, informed the delegates that the county was heavily indebted to the tone of US$27,500 during the County Sitting.Rep Jones also said that there was an amount of US$450,000 left in the county’s account. He named series of challenging issues within various districts including scholarships and the incomplete Unification Town (Smell-No-Taste) project.He informed the delegates that an amount of US$207,666 was allotted in the National Budget as County Development Fund, and US$25,000 for Social Development Fund, totaling US$232,666 for the county.Margibi Superintendent Jerry Varnie also told the delegates that he inherited a zero balance account when he took over the County early this year. He said that his administration has initiated an audit of the past administration, noting that there were several projects funded by the CDF, which are yet to be completed.He named the Unification Town Hall project, the BWI multipurpose projects yet to be completed even though funds were given to contractors.Varnie has meanwhile called for collective efforts in speeding up developments in the county.In a related development, Rep. Fofana, who chairs the County Legislative Caucus commended the delegates for a peaceful and successful sitting. He added that other outstanding issues will be addressed in subsequent County Sitting.Moreover some of the delegates overwhelmingly elected Thomason M. Nanah, as chairman of the Project Management Committee (PMC), while Baysah Kollie, and Nah A. Daniel were elected on white ballots as Comptroller and Treasure respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Real-life mean girls prove words can hurt

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The schoolyard harassment from years ago still plays out like a movie in her mind. There was the table of sweet-faced girls in the lunchroom, and the leader of their clique who told them to pick on another girl. And then there was her daughter, banished from the group when she wouldn’t go along with their hateful games. She became their next target, and then the daily torment began, said Acton mother Kathy Lively. The girls talked about her. They ostracized her. They made school miserable for the middle-school girl whose spirited personality withered over time from the pressure. After a few months of the abuse and after meetings with school officials who shrugged at the situation, her parents pulled her out of the school. “She was crushed and was going to change. We didn’t want that to happen. We found no other way but to remove her from that situation,” Lively said. “It’s a psychological warfare with girls. And it lingers.” Girl bullying often goes unnoticed at schools, largely because it doesn’t involve schoolyard brawls. It’s done through dirty looks, snarky remarks and rumors. Girls can be great friends one day and within 24 hours decide to leave one another in the dust with no explanation. It’s a type of fighting that doesn’t result in black eyes and bloody noses, but the scars it leaves are just as damaging. It’s a type of behavior that rarely sees consequences in schools. Kids don’t get suspended for starting rumors. They don’t get sent to the office for putdowns. It usually plays out covertly, quietly and behind a smiling face. But it is very real. One Acton mother who knew her child was the target of some mean girls at school stood in the back of the classroom one day to watch the room’s dynamics. She was outraged at what she saw. A girl quietly standing by her child’s desk suddenly sent all the papers, folders and pencils on it flying. Then the girl smiled and then flitted away as if nothing happened. “It’s much more of a silent aggression and is undetectable,” said Susan Rasmussen, a counselor with the Newhall School District. “You don’t see a lot of yelling or shouting.” Rasmussen said the behavior usually begins in fifth and sixth grades, around the time when kids form cliques and groups in school. Girls at that age will put up with the conduct, so they can still be included with the group – anything to avoid exclusion. One time a girl told Rasmussen that her friends demanded an apology, even though she hadn’t done anything to them. That didn’t matter much to the group. The girl had to either admit regret or lose her group of friends. So she apologized. Rasmussen admits that a lot of the behavior simply doesn’t make much sense. But at the same time, it brandishes a certain amount of power over the girls who are too young to deal with it and lack the self-esteem to find new friends. When she was in fifth grade, Valencia’s Natalia Schatz found herself on the outs with some friends a few times after she tried to patch up disagreements among them. After the fights resolved, the girls would turn around and ignore Natalia, sometimes calling her names and using putdowns that sent her home in tears. Sometimes her mother Elizabeth would intervene, hoping to untangle the issues and smooth out the friendships. She urged her daughter to find more friends. “It was so hurtful,” Elizabeth Schatz said. “It used to break my heart to see her that way.” Bullying among girls peaks in middle school, where groups that subtly came together in elementary school tend to solidify, and the issues they had back then are often carried over. The gossip, friend stealing, isolation and other behaviors continue, rarely breaking out into violence among the preteens. But psychologists are noticing a disturbing new trend – by the time they reach high school, girls are becoming become more violent. Rumors still continue, as do the glares and name calling, but girls are also threatening physical violence on others. “We’re starting to see more physical aggression. It’s not a major epidemic, but it’s a growing concern,” said Mary McGrath, school psychologist for the William S. Hart Union High School District. Although mom always said that bullies pick on others because they have low self-esteem, some psychologists are saying that’s simply not true. In fact, the last thing they need is an ego boost. Instead, bullies are considered popular and are often deemed as the cool kids, said Jaana Juvonen, University of California, Los Angeles, professor of psychology and adjunct behavioral scientist at Rand Center for Adolescent Health Promotion. “We’re not saying that they always feel good about themselves,” Juvonen said. “They feel good about themselves when they’re considered popular and cool.” Although most schools offer mediation between bullies and their targets, Juvonen said it takes more than that to stop the behavior. She said there needs to be a change in the peer culture that encourages it. Even kids who consider themselves innocent bystanders to the bullies – those who don’t confront them when the rumor mill begins to churn or those who go along with them when the other head games begin – contribute to bully’s behavior. But it’s the bullies who should be separated from the group, because it takes their social power away, experts say. And it takes an empowered group of kids to do it. Juvonen admits, that’s far easier said than done. “That’s what it takes to change the social culture of the school,” she said. “You have to take the mass, not just take out the bullies or the chronic victims. This is a collective problem.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 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


first_imgThe launch has taken place of Cancer Connect Ireland – a Donegal/Derry lead project set up by Irish Cyclist Joe Barr.The project aim is to help children with Cancer connect with their school and friends via the use of smart technology such as iPads and the internet etc. The long term plan is to roll out a national program in Ireland North & South, in the years to come.DonegalTV was on hand for the launch.Simply click to play. DDTV: UNIQUE CANCER PROJECT LAUNCHED IN DONEGAL/DERRRY was last modified: December 19th, 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:cancercharityDerrydonegalJoe Barrlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal boxing sensation Jason Quigley has recorded a video message wishing Donegal all the best ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin on Sunday.The video was recorded at Michael Murphy’s new Sports & Lesiure shop in Letterkenny. Quigley had called in to wish Michael all the best with his new venture before voicing his support for Donegal this weekend.In the video Quigley reminds the players they put Donegal back on the map in 2012, and said it was time for them to do it again.Let’s hope Donegal can land the knockout blow to Dublin’s hopes on Sunday and take us to another All-Ireland final.The opening of Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure will also feature on the Donegal County Matters Show on Irish TV, (Sky 191) at 9pm tonight Video above courtesy of Jackson Media TV. DDTV: JASON QUIGLEY HOPES DONEGAL LAND DUBLIN WITH A KNOCKOUT BLOW ON SUNDAY was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVdonegalJason QuigleynewsSportsupportVideo messagelast_img read more


first_imgElection candidate John Watson has claimed new rules governing the allocation of Special Needs Assistants could see a medical card style cull of SNA supports in Donegal schools.Fianna Fail’s John WatsonThe Fianna Fail candidate was commenting on a circular from the Department of Education outlining strict new rules on SNA supports, including constant reviews that could result in children losing support with little warning.The Letterkenny businessman said this appears to be putting huge amount of red tape in the way of access to special needs supports. “Schools will be buried in paperwork trying to ensure that children with needs get the help that they need to develop within the classroom setting.“The allocation of a Special Needs Assistants will be subject to an annual review and time bound to 3 years subject to these annual reviews. It means that parents and schools will be forced to go through constant reviews, re-applications and appeals processes. This is an unnecessary burden on already overstretched teachers and parents.”The circular also says that in order to get SNA support ‘the care needs outlined must be of such significance that they are beyond that which would normally be expected to be provided to a child by the child’s class teacher’.“It is clear from this that the bar will be extremely high for a child with special needs to get any access to a SNA supports. “Schools will also be required to put in place a Personal Pupil Plan outlining the pupil’s special care needs and showing how the SNA will be deployed to assist the pupil. The circular does not offer any real definition of what should be in a Personal Pupil Plan.“At secondary level, it seems that it will be more or less impossible to access any SNA support. The Department says that ‘only students with chronic and serious care needs’ should need SNA support and that ‘continued and ongoing access to SNA support is generally not desirable for post-primary students’. The tone of this statement is deeply unsympathetic.”He concluded that this is alarming for those responsible for the care of children with special needs.“We have already seen how the application of bureaucracy and red tape to the discretionary medical card process has caused distress and led to thousands of very sick and disabled people losing their medical card without warning.“I fear that the same underhand tactics are now being applied to children with special educational needs and will result in covert cull of SNA supports in our schools,” he added. ELECTION 2014: WATSON WARNS OF MEDICAL CARD STYLE CUTS TO SNA PROVISION was last modified: May 19th, 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:donegalelectionJOhn WatsonSNAlast_img read more

Flying forecasters favor Trojans today

first_imgHACIENDA HEIGHTS – If you think football predictions are for the birds, then go with USC.USC has the edge over UCLA in today’s grudge match, according to predictions made by two local pigeons.In a flight Friday from a radio tower in Burbank to their home in Hacienda Heights, a homing pigeon representing the Trojans beat out the Bruin bird by just a few seconds, said Luthor Nelson, owner of the birds and of White Dove Release.“Each time, we’ve been accurate,” Nelson said, adding his pigeons predicted George W. Bush would win more votes than John Kerry, and correctly predicted the results of the last Super Bowl and “American Idol” contest.Nelson and his wife, Susie, had their first date at a UCLA-USC game, he said.Susie Nelson, who attended UCLA, was not thrilled with the results of Friday’s race, Luthor Nelson said. Shirley Hsu AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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

Shaban scores on return to Onduparaka as KCCA FC are held in Arua

first_imgKCCA FC team in action against Onduparaka FC (COURTESY PHOTO)Azam Uganda Premier leagueOnduparaka 1-1 KCCA FCBetWay Stadium, AruaTuesday, 17-04-2018Teenage striker shaban Muhamaad scored on his maiden return to the BetWay GreenLight stadium in Arua as his KCCA FC side drew 1-1 with Onduparaka in the Azam Uganda premier league.Shaban scored in the seventh minute to put the two times league defending champions, KCCA into an early lead.The ever green Viani Ssekajugo made sure that the home side don’t leave empty handed on the day as he scored a second half equalizer which sent KCCA third on the log.The game started at a high speed as both sides attacked from the onset and it was the away side that struck the first blow as Muhammad Shaban raced onto an Allan Okello through ball and delightfully lobbed Onduparaka goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato to make it 1-0.The Home side picked themselves up and pressed for an equalizer but KCCA goalkeeper Charles Lukwago twice denied Catapillers captain Rashid Toha by pulling off two excellent stops from the tall defender’s double set of free-kicks.In between the two saves, Onduparaka were denied a penalty after Denis Okot brought down Viani Ssekajugo in the area as he tried to finish off an excellent move that involved a long ball from Toha at the half way line.The rest of the first half was uneventful as KCCA went into the break with a 1-0 lead.The Second half saw Onduparaka throw everything they had to KCCA in an attempt to square the matters and it wasn’t until the 71st minute that they managed to get their reward.Onduparaka’s Viani Ssekajugo fails to control the ball under pressure from a watchful Charles LukwagoA defensive mix up played Ceaser Ochuti in on goal and somehow he lost control of the ball which fell into the path of Viani Ssekajugo who unleashed a shot from inside the box, kissed the up –right before going in, much to the delight of hundreds of Onduparaka fans in attendance.Onduparaka could have won it in injury time only for Ochuti to fail to beat Lukwago one on one and the ball bounced off the custodian for a corner.What the coaches said after the game.Simon Masaba, Onduparaka head coach:“It’s a game we had to win given our second half performance,” started Onduparaka FC coach Simeone Masaba shortly after the game.“KCCA FC is a big team, well organized but we gave them a huge run for their money, so I should say that a draw is not a bad result.”Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC head coach:“We played a very good football match for the fans that came to watch the game.“It is a pity that we didn’t get all three points but we will keep on fighting until the end.KCCA FC now slip to third with 45 points, following Vipers’ win in Masaka but have a game in hand.The point sees Onduparaka FC displace Kirinya Jinja SS in fourth as the Catterpillars have collected 38 points from 24 games.Other games played on Tuesday.SC Villa 0-1 Vipers SCExpress 2-0 UPDFProline 3-1 PoliceComments Tags: Azam UPLKCCA FCOnduparakaShaban MuhammadUgandalast_img read more

West London Pole Vault girl wins South of England Under-15 title

first_imgWest London Pole Vault squad member Stephanie Broomhead, from Harrow, won the South of England Under-15 Championships in 3.36 metres.It was a new personal best and cemented her place as the number one in her age group in the UK.West London Pole Vault coach, former British champion Ellie Spain said: “Steph is a dedicated, hardworking and talented young athlete.“She is a testament to the fact that hard work plus ability equals success and has a bright future ahead of her in the sport.”Click here for more information about West London Pole Vault.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sensational new twist in Colombian football crash

first_imgThe investigation into a  Colombian plane crash that wiped out a football team has taken a sensational new turn with the claims the pilot-in-command did not spend enough hours training to satisfy the requirements for a commercial pilot’s licence.The November 29 crash near the Colombian city of Medellin of the LaMia charter flight killed 71 people, including most members of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense. The British Aerospace Avro RJ85, travelling from Santa Cruz in Bolivia,  appears to have run out of fuel as it tried to land at Medellin after making the trip without a usual fuel stop and as it approached the edge of its range.  The situation became critical after the LaMIa aircraft was placed in a holding pattern after another plane with a technical problem was given priority to land.Final transmissions from the plane included a desperate plea for landing instructions accompanied by a warning of an electrical failure and a lack of fuel.Bolivian authorities have accused the small airline of disregarding rules on fuel reserves, suspended its license and arrested its manager. It has also replaced the management of its aviation authority, saying it needs to ensure a transparent investigation.Reports have now emerged from Bolivian news agency ABI and Agence France-Presse that the pilot in charge did not have enough hours to qualify as a commercial pilot.”We have been able to demonstrate that pilot Miguel Quiroga had not completed the training hours required” to fly commercially, ABI quoted Omar Duran, attorney for the family of copilot Fernando Goytia, as saying. Both pilots were killed in the crash.”Apparently in 2013, some falsified information was relayed and despite the fact authorities verify that (Quiroga) did not have the flight hours required he got his license,” in Bolivia.Duran  also disclosed that the co- pilot was aware of the deficiency but did not tell authorities to protect the airline’s reputation.According to the latest International Civil Aviation Organsiation audit,  Bolivia is below the world average in five of the eight audit categories, including licensing. The other categories in which it falls short are: legislation, organisation, airworthiness, and air navigation services. It is above the world average in aerodromes,  operations and accident investigation.The startling news came after a footballer who survived the crash s revealed he had changed seats at the last minute at the bidding of a team-mate.Reuters reported that Chapecoense full-back Alan Ruschel was sitting near the back of the plane when club director Cadu Gaucho asked him to move to let journalists sit together. “I didn’t want to but then I saw (goalkeeper Jackson) Follman and he insisted that I sit beside him,” Ruschel said. “Only God can explain why I survived the accident. He grabbed me and gave me a second chance.”Follman also survived but had part of his leg amputated.Ruschel said he did not remember anything about the accident and it had seemed like a nightmare when he was told about it.“Little by little they’ve been telling me what happened and I’m starting to understand,’’ he said. “I try not to speak of the accident, I avoid the news, but from the little I’ve seen I think it was greed on the pilot’s part.”last_img read more

John Deere introduces 4640 Universal Display for tractors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new John Deere 4640 Universal Display raises the bar for performance, uptime and cost of operation as part of the latest John Deere Generation 4 Operating System. For customers, this translates into better data collection, increased application functionality, and greater choice for monitoring and managing many tractor-driven field operations.The new 4640 Universal Display enables customers to use the most common and popular John Deere applications, including AutoTrac, documentation, and Section Control, in a portable display that has the latest internal components, design and user interface.“The new 4640 Universal Display provides a transportable, easy-to-operate solution for customers with the John Deere Generation 4 operating system,” said John Mishler, production and precision ag marketing manager for John Deere. “Some enhancements built into the display include more on-screen help and diagnostic information to keep operators running and informed of their display capabilities; simplified Work Setup app with page-by-page navigation; and greater user customization of run pages.”When it comes to performance, the 4640 Universal Display provides improved documentation for high-speed planting and nutrient applications, coupled with the latest data syncing functionalities for increased on-board/off-board flexibility. Additional enhancements include the ability to more accurately map and operate Section Control to precisely apply multiple products simultaneously with individual coverage maps and application points.The display is designed to import new customer and product information without the risk of overwriting existing client/farm/field and guidance line information. It also has an expanded suite of Precision Ag Core applications, including AutoTrac, Section Control and documentation, as well as wireless data transfer (WDT) with the “data sync” feature for automatic transmission of work documentation to the John Deere Operations Center.The time it takes operators to set up and start up the display has been reduced and display navigation has been improved. This equates to more uptime for the user, as a quickly learnable display results in reduced training time, more time working, and fewer operator mistakes.Cost of operation also is lower with the 4640 Display. Improved Gen 4 applications such as AutoTrac, Section Control, and documentation increase customer profitability by helping users work more efficiently, reduce overlap and skips, and maximize inputs and field operations. Combined with Gen 4 Section Control, operators can optimize field performance using distance and speed-based turning with the ability to dial in more quickly and accurately the desired settings.In addition, a power button has been added to the back of the 4640 Display so operators can shut the display off or reboot without powering down the tractor. The display is compatible with the Gen 4 Extended Monitor, which increases the number of run pages visible to the operator, giving easier access to more operation information.Mishler adds that precision ag software for the display is available as either one- or five-year subscription durations and in two levels, either AutoTrac only or as Precision Ag Core that includes not only AutoTrac but also documentation and Section Control. This gives customers the flexibility to match the right software subscription level and duration to their needs.“John Deere is the only supplier to offer machine-based precision ag subscriptions that allow customers to select the software they want and the duration of the subscription,” he said. “This gives customers a lower cost of entry into these precision ag applications and the ability to try new applications without having to buy permanent software licenses.”The 4640 Universal Display is available to order now. It is compatible with John Deere 30-Series to the latest 6R, 7R, 8R and 9R Series Tractors, as well as AutoTrac Universal and AutoTrac Controller compatible competitive tractors. Software update 17-2 is required for functionality. Precision ag application compatibility for implements and controllers, and for general applications, is limited to the latest Gen 4 OS software available.last_img read more