LeBron’s 3rd visit speaks of his love for hoops-crazy Philippines, says Alapag

first_imgLeBron James interacts with Jimmy Alapag’s son Ian Maximus during the Strive for Greatness tour. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeBron James has returned to the Philippines for the third time on Saturday and in the eyes of Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag, this speaks volumes for the NBA superstar’s appreciation for this country.“The fact that he came here to Manila to share some brief moments with everyone here at home…I think he understands how passionate we are about the game of basketball,” said Alapag Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena as James wrapped up another showcase before Filipino fans.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay It would’ve been James’ fourth tour in the country had his “Battle the Doubt Night” show in 2016 pushed through.But much like his in two previous visits, James once shared the floor with up-and-coming stars and national team members in a brief exhibition game for the “Strive for Greatness” show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Alapag, one of the key Gilas players in the last decade, showed he can still duke it out in the parquet floor—against one of the best NBA players ever no less—even a year into retirement.Saturday night was extra special, though, as he got to play again with his batch’s Gilas Pilipinas squad that include Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio, among others. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu ‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success “What made it more special was being with my Gilas brothers because you know these guys are family for life,” said Alapag.But he also got to bring his real family with him to the bench to meet the King.His eldest child Ian Maximus, who has the same second name as LeBron’s youngest son Bryce, even got to keep LeBron’s arms sleeves.“My son will have to grow into it because it’s a little big right now and I’m just glad my kids could be here to experience it with me,” said Alapag.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Ingram’s 3-pointer lifts Lakers over 76ers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? On the winning play, Ball drove to the basket before dishing back to Ingram on the right wing. After a timeout, Richaun Holmes’ tying attempt at the buzzer was way off.The winning basket sent Ball’s dad, LaVar, into a wild celebration in a suite.The game was the first for the Lakers since LaVar Ball criticized coach Luke Walton and the Lakers offense in a radio interview, saying son Lonzo was “very disgusted.” It has been a tumultuous week for the Ball family, as LaVar withdrew another son, LiAngelo, from UCLA stemming from his suspension by the school for his involvement in a shoplifting incident in China.Lonzo Ball was loudly booed every time he touched the ball. And Philadelphia fans gave the elder Ball even worse treatment when he began hooting and hollering from his suite in the fourth quarter.Lonzo Ball finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LeBron says his talent gets taken for granted at times: ‘It looks easy, but it’s not’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Lakers: Former Villanova standout Josh Hart had four points in 9 minutes. . Los Angeles improved to 3-8 on the road. . The Lakers won despite shooting 12 for 24 from the free-throw line. . They entered averaging 17.5 turnovers per game, including 18.4 during the losing streak, but finished with just 11 against Philadelphia.76ers: The triple-double was the third of Simmons’ career. . F Dario Saric didn’t play after suffering a left eye laceration in Wednesday’s practice. . G T.J. McConnell returned after missing three games due to a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and went scoreless in 17 minutes. . Embiid had 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks in the 76ers’ 115-109 win in Los Angeles on Nov. 15.UP NEXTLakers: Play second of four-game trip at Charlotte on Saturday night.76ers: Play at Cleveland on Saturday night, looking to avenge a 113-91 home loss last month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Ingram scored 21 points including the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson added 16 points apiece for the Lakers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.Joel Embiid scored 33 points and Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists for Philadelphia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe 76ers battled back from a 16-point second-half deficit to tie the game on Embiid’s two free throws with 39.8 seconds remaining.Lonzo Ball missed a 3 on Los Angeles’ ensuing possession and Embiid then missed a chance to give Philadelphia the lead. The game matched the top two picks of the 2016 draft, with No. 1 selection Simmons facing off with No. 2 pick Ingram.Simmons drew “oohs” and “ahhs” in the third quarter when he spun left before throwing down an emphatic right-handed dunk.But Ingram got the last laugh.The Lakers were in control most of the game and extended their lead to 71-55 on Larry Nance Jr.’s dunk with 5:26 left in the third quarter. Philadelphia closed within 79-70 entering the fourth, but the Lakers upped their lead to 15 with consecutive 3-pointers to start the final period.Philadelphia clawed within 90-86 on Holmes’ three-point play with 6:56 left, drawing such a loud reaction from the sold-out crowd that it sounded like the glory days of Allen Iverson exciting the 76ers faithful. And Holmes’ dunk with 2:22 remaining tied it at 101.But the 76ers never could go in front.OKAFOR TRADEDEarlier Thursday, Philadelphia traded Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets. The deal ended a stalemate that had kept Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, on the bench for all but two games this season.The Sixers also sent seldom-used guard Nik Stauskas, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 draft, and a 2019 second-round pick to the Nets for forward Trevor Booker. Booker, the 23rd overall pick of the 2010 draft by Washington, averaged 10.1 points with the Nets.TIP-INSlast_img read more

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich signals to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Monday, April 9, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details.ADVERTISEMENT Golovkin gets opponent for May 5 fight in Martirosyan P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGregg Popovich has coach San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday. They Warriors lead the series 2-0. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

Gov’t, Partners Develop Handbook for Effective Mother and Newborn Health Care in Liberia

first_imgNews that the Liberian Government and some of its partners had developed a handbook to guide the activities of health workers as to how services should be delivered to mothers and newborns at the community level, has been highly welcomed by health practitioners in the country.Health workers and other stakeholders in the sector have termed the initiative a “big relief” for newborns and their mothers as well as health service providers.It is noticeable in Liberia that inadequately trained health workers and a lack of data and country-specific health literature such as manuals and handbooks, are a big challenge for delivery of effective and efficient health care services in Liberia— especially for mothers and babies in remote and hard to reach areas. To remedy this situation (the lack of guideline for service delivery), the Liberia government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoH&SW) United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), with technical and financial support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has developed a handbook on new-born and child care for community health workers in the country.On Tuesday February 4, 2014, over 30 community health workers; technical officers from Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), MoHSW; county health directors and MCH officers from UNICEF, WHO, USAID, Save the Children and other NGOs, gathered at the opening of  a three-day workshop at a local resort to field question about and test the new handbook.    According to organizers, the workshop will sensitize participants about the various interventions or packages on newborn and child care in communities and also highlight its benefits. It will also guide the participants to choose packages that are appropriate to specific county needs and requirements.Speaking during the opening session in Monrovia, UNICEF Liberia Representative, Sheldon Yett, emphasized skilled front-line health workers as the key for prompt and effective delivery of new-born and child health services in remote and underserved communities.Rep. Yett said that a trained workforce should be supported with timely supervision and supply of adequate medicines, vaccines and equipment to treat common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria, notorious for killing newborn and under five year-olds.The UNICEF boss noted that, though Liberia has successfully reduced chronic malnutrition from 42 to 36%, almost one-third of under-five child deaths is attributed to malnutrition.Statistic shows that an estimated 12,000 children still die every year from preventable and treatable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. This is about 32 children daily.Mr. Yett noted that in 2013, UNICEF supported the Government of Liberia to further strengthen and expand community health structures in 769 communities by training 230 general Community Health Volunteers (gCHVs) in Maryland and Grand Gedeh counties.“They were trained on integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of common childhood illnesses. An additional 315 gCHVs in River Gee and Sinoe counties will be trained during the first quarter of 2014,” he said.The Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, lauded partners, including UNICEF, who have help tirelessly in ensuring that the document becomes a reality. He enumerated several programs, including Kangaroo Mother Care, and treatment for babies’ cords, initiated by the Ministry of Health to save newborns from preventable diseases.Minister Nyenswah, who is also the deputy Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, said though the government and its partners have help to drastically reduced newborn and under five mortality rates, they should not be complacent with the achievement so far. Instead, they must ensure that it is brought down to the lowest level.According to the 2013 Health Management Information System (HMIS), approximately 40% of the estimated 4 million people in Liberia lack access to healthcare, defined as living more than five km from a health facility. UNICEF Liberia is supporting the government to implement high impact and low-cost health interventions especially in the most difficult-to-reach population in impoverished South East Liberia.At the end of the three-day workshop, it is anticipated that participants will develop an implementation action plan for newborn and child care in communities. The initiative will contribute to the country’s overall goal of accelerating reduction of under-5 child mortality rate as committed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the launch of ‘A Promise Renewed’ initiative in 2013.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Even Bill Gates Can’t Survive in George Weah’s West Point’

first_imgA group of emotionally-charged youths in the Township of West Point yesterday told our reporter that they (youth) of West Point were planning to petition government to name the township in honor of soccer legend George Manneh Weah.The youth, who numbered more than 30 people, paraded the streets of West Point and some parts of central Monrovia Saturday night, when results from polling centers started to filter in with indications that George Weah will be replacing outgoing former Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo for the Montserrado seat in the 53rd Senate.The group, headed by 21-year-old Mustapha Swaray, declared that almost 100% of residents of the township consider George Weah as a messiah who will finally redeem them from their neglected condition of education and sanitation.  He said further that even the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, cannot survive politically in West Point, which is considered the soccer icon’s dominion.“There is no need to argue with our resolve to stay with Manneh for better or worse; even Bill Gates who is the world’s richest man cannot politically survive in George Weah’s West Point, and it will be a futile venture for anyone to attempt to sway our loyalty away from him.”Swaray maintained that for the first time in recent elections, West Pointers attended a confusion-free electoral process, adding that past confusions were ignited by the government.Displaying ID cards with photo of George Weah, the youths said: “We beat his (Robert Sirleaf) mother in 2005 and 2011, and if that was not enough now she has sent her son; she will never try our resolve again.”Polling at all voting centers in the township started a little behind time. But by mid-morning, voters sometimes in groups of five or ten,  following the Ministry of Health’s Ebola regulation of washing hands and observing the election commissions’ request for voters to observe a-three feet space between electorates, started queuing up to cast their votes.Many political commentators are hailing what they believe is the first smooth and violence-free election in the Township of West Point.Thousands of the township’s residents are now bracing themselves in preparation for the announcement of a date for what they expect to be their biggest ever political victory march.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ICT Forecast For The Year 2016: Digital Explosion!

first_imgAnother year has begun and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, like all other sectors, anticipates a very hectic and exciting year. We expect to see a lot of big things happening in the sector based on previous works done by stakeholders (of the sector).Liberia has seen a proliferation of ICT, which has led to the exponential growth of the sector. ICTs are considered vital for socioeconomic development by many organizations, including the United Nations and the World Bank. Here, I refer to social development as that which involves education, social interactions and evolution of social customs, fashion and trends. On the other hand, my reference to economic development is in the context of the creation of (better paying) jobs, a widespread and sustained increase in the living standards of Liberians and accelerated economic activities. Being cognizant of the impact of ICT on socioeconomic development, our anticipation of new developments and improvements in the ICT sector becomes kindled. Hence, at the beginning of each year, we endeavor to inform our readers about what we expect to see happen in Liberia’s ICT sector in the New Year. In the following paragraphs I provide insight into what we expect to see in the ICT sector in the subsequent months. I have in the past months written extensively on e-government in an effort to inform you about the government of Liberia’s (GoL’s) e-government programs. In view of this, I will not bore you by reiterating the government’s e-government achievements; but rather, I will inform you of what we expect to see happen with the GoL’s e-government programs in 2016.First, we will see the adoption and/or endorsement of the proposed E-Government Strategy of 2014 by the Cabinet. We will then see the strategy implemented where the GoL will adopt the usage of electronic information technology based systems. These systems will increasingly replace and/or change traditional methods of government information and service delivery. We refer to this as e-government or electronic government. E-government is a major step in transforming the relationship between government and citizens. By enabling changes that lead to greater efficiency, access to information and better service delivery, electronic government will contribute to greater citizen participation in government and greater accountability and transparency in the decisions and actions of the government.We will see a “revised” national telecommunications and ICT policy document that will guide the sector for the next five years. This “revised” policy document will help us successfully integrate ICTs into our economy and bolster technological deployment with the goal of supporting productivity gains and new business development.In addition to the policy, we might see several infrastructural initiatives occur this year. These initiatives, considered priority projects core to the sector, include, but are not limited to, the building of a Metro Fiber Network, a Shared Services Center and/or a National Data Center. Discussions are being held with external funding partners to ensure that these projects are implemented. As you may already be aware, the National Telecommunications and ICT Policy 2010-2015 mandates both the Chief Information Office (through the Chief Information Officer), or CIO, and the Project/Programs Management Office (PMO) to monitor, govern and implement all of the GoL’s e-government programs. These “units” have been virtually “handicapped” due to the lack of resources (Human and Financial Resources). In 2016, we expect to see both “units” well “resourced” in order to efficiently and effectively carry out their respective mandates. There have been previous suggestions and discussions on the creation of a Ministry of Science and Technology, or a National Information Technology Agency – an entity that will have a seat at the “Executive” level to “champion” ICT development in Liberia. This year, there will be a reemergence of that discourse; and perhaps, we might see significant efforts made toward its creation. We will see more efforts by local colleges to provide the best ICT skills for the sector. There are discussions about the need for colleges to assign their students to perform surveys to understand the needs of the sector in order to design and prepare ICT programs tailored to suit the sector. For example, the sector needs more programmers and developers to address the needs of software and content development in the country. A lot of Liberians are convinced that ICT (information and communication technology) in early childhood education provides multiple possibilities for young children. There are two ways ICT can be used to impact early learning: The use of ICT in supporting basic ICT skills and attitudes and the use of ICT to support contents and individual learning needs. We will see a lot of primary and secondary schools integrate ICT at their schools and in their curricula. The GoL, through the Ministries of Posts and Telecommunications, Education and LIBTELCO, has begun deploying Internet-computers at public schools. We should continue to see more of that this year. We will see the Internet Society of Liberia (ISOC-Liberia) become more effective in building Liberia’s Internet community. This will be done through digital literacy programs intended to be introduced in Liberia. We may also see increases in E-Education activities (e-Learning, Computer Aided testing, etc.). Furthermore, talks of the formation of ICT research centers will gain momentum and we will see a lot of national ICT competitions that will be used to encourage users and developers to be “prosumers” instead of “consumers.”We look forward to seeing our online presence increase as we approach national elections. The need for candidates to provide information about themselves and their campaigns will be the driver for our enhanced web presence. We will see local operators provide more innovative services and products to gain more customers. Local operators will provide these services and products at reduced cost with better quality. Overall, we intend to experience growth in the sector in the areas of human resources, infrastructure and innovation. The ICT sector will continue to grow until we achieve both a knowledge society and finally, a “digital Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Major Part of the Whole: Viewing Access to Education as a Pillar of…

first_imgAbstractThere is plethora to espouse on in establishing the significant linkages of education to any society. No matter what form it may take, however, knowing that education is important is one fold where as having access is another.Hence, this paper describes sustainable development from a global perspective and particularly identifies how implications of access to education will either undermine or boost the achievement of the agenda in Liberia. A crux of the argument is “manifest necessities” situating technical capacity as expressed in faculty and infrastructure as engendered in physical facilities asserting that neither without the other can ensure the achievement of an educated society which have positive marriages with the achievement of the SDGs, especially, goal four focused at ensuring inclusive and equitable education and promotion of lifelong opportunities for all. BackgroundThe term sustainable development has for decades formed parts of key policy documents and scholarly literatures. Taking a look at Sustainable Development whether in the new context of the post 2015 global agenda having 17 goals and about 169 targets or the original outlook from the Brundltland Commission, pertains to the survival capacities and incessant needs of populations in ways that cannot be overemphasized.Its significance have spread across cultures and civilizations widely accepted as an appropriate approach that incorporates measures poised to address the present challenges and safeguard present generations to the transition of forth coming generations. The Brundltland Commission defined Sustainable Development to mean development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs (Brundltland Comission Report, 1987).Further conceptualized in the post 2015 SDGs, it can be established that countries especially at the periphery of the international political economy suffering some of the worst vices confronting mankind should consider aligning national development plans with pillars that concern them the most. Liberia has taken a key step by making a launch of the agenda and subsequently selecting priority areas. As in the case of Liberia which is still categorized as a post conflict society striving to breed a stable economy as well as a long term vision of middle class; focusing on the rigid gradation of the education sector is crucial.Key assumptionsWith protracted lapses in the education system of Liberia, lack of political will can be a factor or over layer whereas evidences of incapacity at various levels demonstrate under preparedness to transform an endemic complex shade which has shadowed education in Liberia. System or structural break down appears at the apex. This can be justified by under research and publication by faculty of institutions of higher learning and low zest of students to engage into academic activities alike.Therefore complex webs of challenges have created a circle of inefficiency and ineffectiveness which have not only given a dysfunctional label to the sector, but pragmatically undermined proficiency and professional standards albeit not messy as it has been overemphasized in some instances.AnalysisPortions of the published speech delivered by Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Fifth Session of the 53rd Legislature on January 25, 2016 show progress in the sector as the inferential statistics were indicative of the development in the educational sector (5,571 public and private schools educating more than 1,579,058). However, the recent population estimates which account for more than 4 million persons most of whom basic or continued education needed may be argued. This further raises more questions than answers with some of the popular ones to be how policies of reform cut across the country especially in rural areas? How physical infrastructure is bridging technical abilities and faculty capacity to result to quality environments of learning?For the former it does not require an expert opinion as most parts of the country are without learning facilities at the higher level adversely leading to huge concentrations of students at the University of Liberia and private universities in Monrovia. This suggests that there exists glaring inconceivable distress where hospitality and convenience should be demonstrated as a result of congestions not only at school campuses but also in transportation services (school buses).On the other hand, physical facilities here are focused on assets of Information technology and laboratory equipment as necessary conditions for contemporary learning to enable state of the art learning. Under any painstaking approach, to ensure access to quality education by ignoring these will not make any difference from a joke.Thus, if the progress of a given society is based on its population, then it cannot be erraticism that failure or stagnation will also be resultant of the same. Hence, formulating and adopting policies(frameworks) like the SDGs as well as other factors for propelling and harnessing growth and development are not distant from conducive learning and they can only make more impacts when a greater portion of the population have access.Conclusion and recommendationsThe paper described sustainable development and provided snapshots of challenges in the education sector as well as assumptions about the existential nature of the same. It contends that education is a crucial national interest to Liberia but inequitably accessible across the country at all levels including technical vocational education, which when not adequately addressed an incessant gap in achieving the SDGs is foreseeable.Hence, more subsidies must be given to faith based organizations to support rural education as it can be agreed that earliest establishments of schools were initiated by faith based institutions like Catholic, Methodist etc. Government must design policies which mandate local government administrations through county development funds to massively support rural education.The university faculties must be leading forces of research, innovation and publication depicting the socio economic, political and cultural issues of Liberia and the relationships with the rest of the world.Support to infrastructure especially laboratory and information technology facilities which are important factors of contemporary learning must be accepted as core. 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Glut of horses in Kentucky

first_imgSTAFFORDSVILLE, Ky. – The bidding for the black pony started at $500, then took a nosedive. There were no takers at $300, $200, even $100. With a high bid of just $75, the auctioneer gave the seller the choice of taking the animal off the auction block. But the seller said no. “I can’t feed a horse,” the man said. “I can’t even feed myself.” Kentucky, the horse capital of the world, famous for its sleek thoroughbreds, is being overrun with thousands of horses no one wants – some of them perfectly healthy, but many of them starving, broken-down nags. Other parts of the country are overwhelmed, too. It is legal in all states for owners to shoot their unwanted horses, and some Web sites offer instructions on doing it with little pain. But some horse owners do not have the stomach for that. At the same time, it can cost as much as $150 for a veterinarian to put a horse down. And disposing of the carcass can be costly, too. Some counties in Kentucky, relying on a mix of private and public funding, will pick up and dispose of a dead horse for a nominal fee. The cost is much higher other places, and many places ban the burying of horses altogether because of pollution fears. Sending horses off to the glue factory is not an option anymore. Adhesives are mostly synthetic formulations nowadays, according to Lawrence Sloan, president of the Adhesive and Sealant Council. And because of public opposition, horse meat is no longer turned into dog food either, said Chris Heyde of the Society for Animal Protective Legislation. Eventually, anti-slaughter groups insist, the market will sort itself out, and owners will breed their horses less often, meaning fewer unwanted horses. Nelson Francis, who raises gaited horses, a rare, brawny breed found in the Appalachian mountains, said the prices they command are getting so low, he might have to turn some loose. He houses about 57 of them, double his typical number. “I can’t absorb the price,” Francis said. “You try to hang on until the price changes, but it looks like it’s not going to change. … What do I do? I’ve got good quality horses I can’t market because of the has-been horse.” “Kill buyers” used to pay pennies a pound for unwanted horses, then pack them into crowded trucks bound for slaughterhouses that would ship the meat to Europe and Asia. However, public opposition to the eating of horse meat has caused the number of horses slaughtered each year by American companies to drop from over 300,000 in 1990 to around 90,000 in 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only one U.S. slaughterhouse – in Illinois – still butchers horses for human consumption. “What do you do with them all?” said Lori Neagle, executive director of the new Kentucky Equine Humane Center in Lexington. “What do you do with 90,000 head of horses? That’s something that has to be addressed. It’ll be interesting to see if people financially can do the right thing or if they will leave their horses to starve.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The reason: growing opposition in the U.S. to the slaughter of horses for human consumption overseas. With new laws making it difficult to send horses off to the slaughterhouse when they are no longer suitable for racing or work, auction houses are glutted with horses they can barely sell, and rescue organizations have run out of room. Some owners who cannot get rid of their horses are letting them starve; others are turning them loose in the countryside. Some people who live near the strip mines in the mountains of impoverished eastern Kentucky say that while horses have long been left to roam free there, the number now may be in the thousands, and they are seeing herds three times bigger than they did just five years ago. “There’s horses over there that’s lame, that’s blind,” said Doug Kidd, who owns 30 horses in Lackey, Ky. “They’re taking them over there for a graveyard because they have nowhere to move them.” last_img read more

Firefighter replies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As an L.A. city firefighter who spent a few days at the Topanga Fire, I would like to thank all the people who brought us food, cookies and drinks and the people who opened their homes to us for showers and a place to sleep or to make a quick call home are amazing in my eyes. Wal-Mart also gets a well-deserved thanks for all the pallets of snacks and goods; also thanks to Union Ice Co. and more. Sorry I don’t have all the names of companies that donated but rest assured it does not go unnoticed by the firefighters. A heartfelt thanks goes out to you all. Mike McCrea Northridge Visiting heroes Re “Firefighters control giant Topanga Fire”” (Oct. 1): Perhaps the “Governator” needs to “step away from the movie” and stop reminding us of his movie parts. I think the firefighters would prefer action on maintaining or increasing benefits rather than empty platitudes about being “action heroes.” The veterans of Chatsworth Fire 2005 worked tirelessly in their attack on the flames, saving lives and property throughout the West Valley. Perhaps we should be happy that we had real-life firefighters on the lines rather than an actor who just played one. Leigh Datzker Chatsworth Are you kidding? Re “Consumers speak their minds” (Oct. 2): Sunday’s paper has left me shaking my head in disbelief. The comment by an Oak Park resident that gas prices have kept him from washing his newer SUV but twice a month cracked me up. Please! Anyone who knows the housing market in Oak Park, knows the cost of one of those SUVs and knows a contractor’s salary was laughing with me. Sir, you can indeed wash your car as often as you like. Go into your front yard, turn on the hose and get out the sponge. And the guy who owns a 2004 Harley that suddenly can’t afford to drive to the “bars” anymore isn’t all bad. Drinking and driving is against the law anyhow. Are these really necessities? Cristy McNay Newbury Park Longer, costlier Re “Test ride on the busway offers riders a new view of the Valley” (Oct. 1): I was extremely troubled to learn what Supervisor Yaroslavsky had conceived for the Valley on the back of a napkin: A $330 million busway, which would take passengers a distance of 14 miles in 40 minutes along a pre-existing train track, and all for $1.25 one way. How much saving in time and money is it for the average commuter? A commute by car from Woodland Hills to Pasadena during rush hour (a trip I make daily) is about 45 minutes. A car that gets an average 20 miles per gallon will make the 14-mile trip from Woodland Hills to North Hollywood for about the same (probably less) time, for $2.10 at $3 per gallon. A saving of a whopping 85 cents per trip, not accounting for the drive to the bus stop. Sharon Kedar West Hills Teacher probation Re “Teachers rebelling” (Your Opinions, Oct. 3): As a newly retired teacher from LAUSD, who was first hired in 1956, I wish to correct errors stated in Don Nigherbon’s letter. The probationary period was three years, not 10. Eventually, it was changed to the two years. The requirements to advance on the pay scale are the same as before: You advance by years and by having to take educational courses. The unions have sought not only better pay and working conditions for teachers, but to ensure that the district puts more money into the local schools and classrooms rather than into administrative bureaucracy. Barbara Ultan Northridge Doesn’t cover costs Re “Illegal aliens” (Your Opinions, Oct. 3): The fact is that not all illegal aliens come here to work. Up to one-third of our prison population are illegal aliens who cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year to house. It costs about $10,000 a year to educate one illegal alien’s child. Many of these children are born in county hospitals on the taxpayers’ back. These “anchor babies” are then eligible for all sorts of welfare benefits. Those of us who don’t have nannies or gardeners are paying for others to get that “cut-rate” employee. Taxes on “meager salaries” are hardly enough to cover the costs. James T. Streeter North Hollywood If it’s important Re “Newdow ought to thank God” (Viewpoint, Oct. 2): So, Chris Weinkopf, if religious freedom is nonexistent in Communist China why is a religious and free democratic USA heavily (very heavily) financially wheeling and dealing with an intolerant communist entity like China? Shouldn’t Communist China be treated like Communist Cuba? Dante F. Rochetti West Hills Pledge background Neither Chris Weinkopf nor Dick Meister (Viewpoint, Oct. 2) directly addressed whether the 1954 insertion of “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance was constitutional. That year the Knights of Columbus conducted an intensive campaign to make the pledge “more religious” by adding those words, arguing that it answered the Soviet Union’s “godless communism.” President Dwight Eisenhower, and Congress, knew that state and local education codes required recitation of the pledge on a daily basis. They knew that the revised pledge would be a proclamation of dedication to “God” imposed on our schoolchildren, that teachers would be required to teach it and not to question it. What they did was to establish a religious practice, contrary to the First Amendment’s establishment clause. That, Weinkopf, is how “the pledge would fit the bill.” Kenneth H. Bonnell Eagle Rock Keep it simple Re “Atheists’ rights trampled” and “Newdow ought to thank God” (Viewpoint, Oct. 2): Why all this fuss about the Pledge of Allegiance? Keep it as it is, and tell anyone who does not want to say the words “Under God” to not say them and let those who do, say them. Simple. Free speech. Costs nothing. Lila Orme Chatsworth No harm Re “O’Connell: No change in science” (Sept. 29): What is to fear in the teaching of “Intelligent Design” in California’s public schools? It would only add academic honesty to the theory of evolution. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and others, relax, there is no viable threat to students in science classrooms. Teaching Intelligent Design would give students the opportunity to intellectually decipher the theories of the origin of the universe and its inhabitants. Martha Akin Reseda Salt on wounds My gas bill for heating my home went up 20 percent in September. The city of Los Angeles charges 10 percent of the total bill so the tax went up 20 percent. Natural gas is expected to increase 71 percent during the coming months and maybe even higher, giving the city an extra windfall of revenue. If the city would tax the per-therm amount instead of the total amount, it might be fairer. Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council should look into this and change the way they tax us, the ratepayers. John Bunte Sunland Stop him As a former member of the Join Arnold team, I am asking you to stop Arnold. Props. 74 and 75 are both misleading. Teachers can already be fired, even tenured teachers. Prop. 74 takes away teachers’ rights to a hearing. Imagine your child’s favorite teacher fired because the new principal has a personal problem. You would have no opportunity to voice support for that teacher if 74 passes. Additionally, Prop. 75 claims teacher-union dues are used without permission for political action. This is also a lie. Union workers are automatically given the chance to pull union dues away from political arenas and give them to charities instead. Ted Murcray Riversidelast_img read more

EPA providing refinery exemptions for RFS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has improperly handled the administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by lowering total volume requirements and granting “hardship waivers” to large corporations, according to biofuels supporters.“EPA continues to take actions that undermine the RFS and contradict President Trump’s commitments to America’s corn farmers. EPA is clearly overstepping its bounds, and we ask Administrator Pruitt to stop granting these waivers and damaging the RFS behind closed doors,” said Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).Recent reports indicate that the EPA — that sets RFS volume obligations and ensures compliance with the law — has allowed major oil refiners to skirt the law. Reuters reported that EPA granted 25 exemptions to oil refineries in 2017, roughly three to four times the amount that previous administrations granted on a yearly basis. In fact, three “hardship waivers” were given to refineries owned by Andeavor, a corporation who took in $1.5 billion in profits last year.“This improper application of the small refinery hardship exemption is yet another example of EPA actions that destroy demand for ethanol and corn,” Skunes said. “EPA reportedly has more than 30 petitions under consideration, and up to 25 waivers may have been handed out in secrecy last year. Granting this number of exemptions would remove a significant amount of renewable fuel gallons from the RFS volume requirement. This would have a direct impact on corn demand and corn prices at a time when net farm income has already decreased more than 50% over the past four years. EPA needs to stop granting these waivers and fully weigh the impact of these decisions on rural communities and America’s corn farmers.”National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson noted it is EPA’s responsibility to ensure transportation fuel sold in the U.S. includes a certain amount of renewable fuel. Congress set these volume obligations and gave EPA limited authority to reduce the amount. Since 2016, the agency set volumes below their statutory levels in order to make them “reasonably attainable” to meet for the oil industry. Importantly, said Johnson, EPA lowered the obligations and found the new levels would not have significant economic impacts on small oil refiners.The RFS statute allows small refineries an exemption from complying with annual RFS requirements, and an extension of this exemption if the refinery can demonstrate that compliance with the RFS will cause them “disproportionate economic hardship.”“What’s troubling is the EPA would lower volume obligations, say they are attainable to small refineries, and then grant small refineries waivers when they say the levels are not attainable,” Johnson said.Johnson also took issue with the agency’s lack of transparency. The RFS statute requires public notice and comment for waivers under the statute, but EPA is granting these exemptions (and therefore waivers) without any public input. “This Administration has provided little, if any, information on small refinery exemptions, which is causing speculation and market disruptions that they have indicated need to be addressed,” he said. “Exempting refiners from RFS compliance essentially waives away demand for corn at a time when family farmers need to significantly cut into corn oversupply. And it is certainly contrary to the intent of the RFS.”last_img read more