KEEP Dedicates Reading Room, Computer Lab on Du Port Road

first_imgThe Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) on Saturday May 14, 2016 dedicated and turned over both a reading room & computer resource center to the New Life Christian Academy after a year of working on the facility for the community school. The computer lab has been equipped with 10 desktop computers which will provide free computer literacy trainings to both the students of the school and other students in the community. “As a human resource professional, I have observed that many of the Liberian students graduate from high school without knowing how to operate a computer, research online and utilize the internet to help educate themselves and broaden their knowledge,” said KEEP founder Brenda Brewer Moore. KEEP is the brainchild of Brenda Brewer Moore and her husband Ransford. “One of our goals at KEEP is to promote reading, particularly at the Early Childhood Development (ECD) level and the reading room will provide an opportunity to encourage developing the habit of reading among young learners,” she told the audience that comprised officials from the Ministry of Education, the private sector, foreign guests and members of the community. Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Romelle Horton, Deputy Minister for Instruction, pledged an entire collection of books, based on the Liberian curriculum, for the reading room, “so that the students can keep up with their studies while they are out of school.” Visibly impressed by what she saw, Dr. Horton observed that the reading room and computer center “are situated right within the community, which means, I’m hoping, that it will have an impact on the community, that you have children living in the community making use of this facility — reading and getting into a culture of reading — to love to read and want to learn. So I’m really hoping that they are going to see this as an anchor to bring the community together and train them not only how to ready but how to use the computer.” At one point, the Assistant Minister for Eearly Childhood Education (MOE), Yukikho Amnon, called out to all the community dwellers in a very loud voice: “My people, this is for your children. This place is for free so your children can learn and be better for you for tomorrow. Please make use of it and don’t let this facility go to waste. This is for you.” The New Life Christian Academy (NLCA) was founded in a mat shack in 2008 by Rev. and Mrs. William Barjebo, who observed when they returned home from exile in Ghana in 2005 that, “children were loitering around the community during school hours. We asked them and they said their parents did not have the money to send them to school. So I spoke with some of the parents and found that most of them were not able to afford the L$15,000 or L$20,000 tuition that most schools required. And most of these kids, these are not their biological parents. The kids are just staying with them and some are street sellers. “So I said to them, ‘If I open the school and invite the kids to come to school, would you allow them to come?’ They said, ‘Why not’. So that brought the passion and burden on me to open the school,” Rev. Barjebo said. “See, we preach the Gospel and so we also have to practicalize what we preach.” Rev. Barjebo, who is also the principal of the school, got in touch with KEEP during the Ebola epidemic when NLCA hosted Youth Connect, an organization called that came to their community to do Ebola sensitization. Voicing his desire for home schooling for the kids, since the Government of Liberia had declared all schools closed during the epidemic, the Youth Connect official told him about KEEP and immediately connected them. “Immediately when we connected with Brenda, she brought us 250 parcels of learning materials for the kids and we started to distribute them,” he said. The New Life Christian Academy currently schools 789 kids in morning and afternoon sessions, and hosts adult literacy nights. “New Life has given relief to many kids coming to school, who would have not otherwise had the opportunity; and KEEP coming in to buttress, that is, to brighten the minds of the children, creating a reading room and a computer lab to make available more resources for them, has really strengthened our impact,” Rev. Barjebo said. The facility has been named the Michelle Tooley Resource Center in honor of an educator who donated the initial cash to start the construction of the center and later died from cancer. KEEP’s work piqued Michelle Tooley’s interest when she initially learned about their acitivies, Brenda says, and left in her will the initial US$2,000, with which the reading room and computer lab were established. Tooley also played host to Public Works Minister Guyde Moore and two other foreign students while they attend college in the United States. Brenda Moore says her new-found talent for “begging” helped KEEP gather all the materials needed for the facility — from desks, chairs and books for the kids to the computers, paint and tiles, even a generator. The program sheet was inundated with donors and sponsors — institutions and individuals who contributed to the successful make-ready of the facility. Among them present were Price Waterhouse Coopers, APM Terminals, The Liberia Telecommunications Authority and ActionAid Liberia. The set of refurbished computers were donated by the Christian Association for Regional Development (CARD) Europe. StarZ Institute of Technology has pledged to send interns to train teachers at the facility how to use the computers; while Cammepa Productions (Liberia Fashion Week) donated books and games. Commerce Minister and Mrs. Axel Addy donated US$250 worth of books and Public Works Minister and Mrs. Guyde Moore pledged “an mount equivalent to what Ms. Tooley donated” toward an identical facility to be established in Duazohn. “One Down, two more to 2016,” Brenda exclaimed in a facebook post. The other two are planned to be established in Duazohn, along the Robertsfield Highway and in Gbarpolu County. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police unearth 22 lbs ganja at Mahdia

first_imgA miner was on Monday morning arrested following the discovery of some 10.9 kilograms (over 22 pounds) of compressed marijuana at his residence at 111 Miles Mahdia, Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).The marijuana was found concealed in two 10-gallon plastic pailsThe marijuana was found concealed in two 10-gallon plastic pails.Police in a statement related that the miner called “Glasses” has been on the Police radar for quite some time. He remains in custody, and is expected to answer to the charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking when he appears at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today.last_img

Barcelona receive PSG money to free up Neymar

first_img0Shares0000Neymar takes part in a training session with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates on August 11, 2017 © AFP / ALAIN JOCARDPARIS, France, Aug 11 – Neymar is free to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut at Guingamp on Sunday after Barcelona confirmed on Friday the Sh27.3bn ($261mn) cheque used to pay his buyout clause had cleared.“The cheque has cleared and therefore puts in motion the process of the transfer,” said a Barcelona club source. The French Football Federation (FFF) and French league (LFP) confirmed to AFP on Friday that the player’s transfer certificate had been received from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).That will allow him to be registered for the game at the Stade du Roudourou.“Neymar’s contract will be ratified during the afternoon. He will be able to play on Sunday,” said the LFP.Neymar’s move to the French giants that smashed the world record transfer fee was announced on August 3.However, he had to watch last weekend’s 2-0 win over Amiens from the stands as the administrative formalities of the deal were not completed in time.FFF president Noel Le Graet had earlier stated his confidence that Neymar would be able to make his bow in Brittany.“There is no reason for this hold-up to continue,” he told French sports daily L’Equipe.“I do not doubt that this will be quickly solved.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chicharito dreaming of ‘the impossible’

first_img0Shares0000Javier Hernandez scored his 50th international goal for MexicoYEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 26 – Javier Hernandez said on Tuesday that a buoyant Mexico want to “accomplish the impossible” and win the World Cup in Russia, on the eve of their clash with Sweden.The Mexicans have repeatedly failed to go beyond the last 16 in recent decades, but the West Ham United striker nicknamed Chicharito wants this time to be different. Mexico have one foot in the last 16 once more having won both their Group F matches, and Hernandez told reporters: “The best things about dreams is to share them, share them with people like you who are dreamers.“Like you, were are not just dreamers, but work hard to make those dreams come true.”He added: “We want to accomplish the impossible.”The 30-year-old striker’s goal in the 2-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday made him the first Mexican player to score 50 goals for his country (in 104 appearances).It was also further evidence — coupled with a 1-0 victory over reigning world champions Germany — that Mexico can erase the pain of recent history.They have never won the World Cup and the last time they went beyond the last 16 was in 1986, on home turf, when they were beaten on penalties in the quarter-finals by what was then West Germany.That equalled the best appearance by Mexico at a World Cup.Mexico must finish the job in the group stages against Sweden on Wednesday at Yekaterinburg Arena, where a point will be enough to see them through.Mexico have six points and are top of the group with their opponents Sweden and Germany battling it out on three.“We still have not qualified but who would have said we would have six points by now?” asked Hernandez, a former Manchester United forward who always appears happiest wearing the green of his country.“I try to look at life as a great opportunity, it is going to be a great match.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Avire, Kasumba top Oktay’s Gor wish-list

first_img“I can openly say yes we want to sign him. I asked for six local players but unfortunately we have not managed to get any of them. One of the six I asked for is Avire and I have asked the chairman to try and talk with the people at his club. We know there are a lot of issues around him with a transfer to Egypt but we will try and see,” Oktay told Capital Sport.Oktay has openly stated his desire to sign the striker and last season after their game against the 2009 champions in Kisumu walked to him and asked him to consider joining them.While Avire’s situation might be tricky due to a long contract and possibly high demands in transfer fee from Sofapaka, Kasumba is a free agent after his contract with the club lapsed at the close of last season.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay chats with midfielder Francis Kahata before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor have signed young players for the new campaign and are yet to directly replace Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge who were an integral part of the team for the past three seasons.While Oktay admits his side will feel the absence of the two, he remains confident that they can find a replacement thogh he warns it might take time.“I have always said, players will come and go. We have promoted some players from the youth team and soon, they will be perfect replacements. We have very gifted and talented youth players and we are building something good for the future,”“Jack is a good player and definitely we will miss him. Kahata is a special player and I have said this before that it will take maybe 10 or 15 years before we see another player like him. He has gone to one of the best teams in the region and I think it is a good move for him,” Oktay added.Gor Mahia defender and skipper Harun Shakava goes in for a tackle against Everton’s Kieran Dowell during their SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, United Kingdom on November 6, 2018.At the same time, the tactician has asked captain Harun Shakava to decide whether or not he wants to remain with the club. Shajava was visibly missing from Wednesday afternoon’s training session and has continually been linked with an exit from the club after five years.Shakava is a transfer target for newly promoted Wazito FC and his contract with the club expires in December this year.“He is still part of the team; he is the captain, he is a Gor Mahia guy and it is up to him at the end of the day. If he wants to leave he can leave. He is a good player, a good captain with lots of experience experience but at the end of the day he has to make the decision on what he wants to do,” Oktay seemingly irritated from the tussle stated.The coach also confirmed that Dennis Oliech is still part of his plans for the new season and is scheduled to return to training once he returns after recovering from a broken arm he sustained during a tie against Ulinzi Stars last season.Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech vies for the ball with Posta Rangers’ Charles Odette during their Kenyan Premier League tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, the coach says he is impressed with the new signings that have landed at the club, saying they have shown potential to grow and be Gor legends in future.Though he says he didn’t want his side to travel to Rwanda for the CECAFA Kagame Cup, he said it gave him an opportunity to see most of the young players in action and says he wasn’t sad with the quarter finals exit as he missed many of his first team players.“Playing six games in two weeks is not easy especially because we started training late. But we were able to see our youth players and the new signings and this was important for me. They gained experience and we also had an opportunity to train in a good environment,” Oktay noted.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka striker John Avire celebrates his lone goal against Nzoia Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machaos on February 7, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay says he only needs to strengthen the team’s strike-force with one or two new players and he will be done in his transfer business ahead of the new campaign.Top on his list is Sofapaka striker John Avire and his former teammate Umaru Kasumba and Oktay says f he gets either of the two, he will be set for the season.last_img read more

Birmingham sign Diego Fabbrini from Watford in £1.5m deal

first_img1 Diego Fabbrini Watford have allowed out-of-favour midfielder Diego Fabbrini to join Birmingham in a £1.5million move.The Italian, who spent the end of last season on loan at St Andrew’s, has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.Birmingham announced the deal on their official website, stating: “Blues have today completed the permanent signing of Italian midfielder Diego Fabbrini from Premier League side Watford.”The 25-year-old had been on loan at Middlesbrough and was scheduled to stay until the end of the season, but his deal at the Riverside was cancelled by mutual consent.Fabbrini, who featured five times for Birmingham at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, made 26 appearances for Middlesbrough this season, scoring six goals.He has one full cap for Italy, where he began his career with Empoli before moving on to Udinese in 2011. He has also had loan spells at Palermo, Siena and Millwall.last_img read more

Temporary restraining order issued against Cadinal Mahony attacker

first_imgFor more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A day after news broke in the Daily News about an alleged attack that occurred this summer against Cardinal Roger Mahony, Catholic church officials today said they have requested a temporary restraining order against a man they say threatened him. Cardinal Roger Mahony told police Wednesday he was shoved to the ground and kicked by an angry man in a July attack but said he would not file a police report. Mahony told Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Paul Vernon by phone that he was dressed casually in a sports shirt as he walked toward a mailbox near Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral at dusk last summer. “A man approached him and said: `You’re the cardinal aren’t you?”‘ Vernon said Mahony told him. “The man shouted at him. It happened very quickly and the man just went off on him – shoved him, knocked him to the ground and kicked him a couple of times.” Mahony said that since he takes blood thinners, he bruises easily, but he didn’t feel the need to visit a hospital. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“In these types of confrontations that he’s had over the years across the state …, he prefers to not involve the police,” Vernon said. He added Mahony said he would call police if a Mass were disrupted. “`Lieutenant, to be honest with you, I don’t even remember what the man looked like,”‘ Vernon said Mahony told him. The Daily News reported Tuesday that Mahony revealed details of the attack to hundreds of priests at an October meeting while speaking about the church’s sexual abuse scandal, which resulted in a record $660 million settlement with hundreds of victims. Vernon said LAPD would not investigate further. “I counseled him that if he ever thought he was the victim of an ongoing campaign against him … that he he call the police,” Vernon said. “That would be a much different circumstance.” last_img

MediaNews, ADVO join new partnership

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe new arrangement also will offer advertisers the capability of targeting their in-home print advertising at the sub-ZIP-code level across a combined newspaper/mail platform. The combined “late week” package will be produced by the Los Angeles Times at its printing, production, packaging and distribution center in Irwindale. “Insert programs remain one of the most important marketing strategies for advertisers. The richer and more varied content of our packages, along with the flexibility of two weekly in-home dates, will benefit advertisers in this dynamic market,” said S. Scott Harding, chief executive officer, ADVO. “The agreement also significantly accelerates the financial progress we have been making with the late-week mailing program we launched 18 months ago. We are very pleased to be working with the Los Angeles Times and MediaNews Group in this important growth market.” Gerald Grilly, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group and executive vice president and chief operating officer of MediaNews Group, said the arrangement should benefit advertisers. “Advertisers continue to look for ways to reach their targeted household,” Grilly said. “This program allows the opportunity to refine that reach, at a sub-ZIP code level, with both the desired paid (newspaper) subscriber and direct mail.” ADVO is the nation’s leading direct mail media company, with annual revenues of nearly $1.4 billion. Serving 17,000 national, regional and local retailers, the company reaches 114 million households – more than 90 percent of the nation’s homes – with its ShopWise shared mail advertising. The company’s industry-leading targeting technology, coupled with its unparalleled logistics capabilities, enable retailers seeking superior return on investment to target, version and deliver their print advertising directly to consumers most likely to respond. In addition to the Daily News, LANG includes the Long Beach Press-Telegram, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News, San Bernardino Sun, Redlands Daily Facts and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Daily News’ parent and ADVO Inc. announced Monday that they will team with the Los Angeles Times to jointly distribute advertising inserts targeting five million Southern California households twice a week. The programs will be sold independently by each organization. Beginning in August, a new “late week” co-branded “Local Community Values Shop Wise” package of insert advertisements will be created in conjunction with the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which is owned by MediaNews Group and is comprised of the Daily News and seven other newspapers in Southern California. The inserts combine advertising from leading retailers from across the region into one package. They will be delivered to subscribers of LANG newspapers and the Times as well as to nonsubscribers via mail each Friday. “Early week” delivery, which began last May, will continue for LANG subscribers and will be joined by the Times as well. last_img read more

Predicted Newcastle line-up to face Arsenal

first_img 2 DeAndre Yedlin scored his side’s goal at Man City Newcastle continue their tough start to the 2018/19 season with a match against Arsenal this weekend, live on talkSPORT 2.The Magpies have picked up just one point from their first four games of the new campaign and lost their last two fixtures. 2center_img Rafael Benitez has said he is quite optimistic that Jonjo Shelvey will return to the side for the Arsenal match after resuming training with the first team this week.However, Matt Ritchie, is still with the physio, so Ayoze Perez may start on Newcastle’s left again with Kenedy switched to the right.Florian Lejeune remains a long-term absentee and we are yet to hear news on Javi Manquillo.It is also worth noting that the final games of DeAndre Yedlin and Salomon Rondon’s international breaks kicked off in the early hours of Wednesday morning UK time.Rondon was with Venezuela in Panama while Yedlin was with the USA.Both face long journeys back and so might be hard-pressed to start on Saturday, though at this stage we have included them in our XI regardless. Rafael Benitez’s side began the season with a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham. They then drew 0-0 at Cardiff before consecutive losses against Chelsea and Manchester City.Below is how we expect Newcastle to line up:last_img read more

College site advances

first_img The college now holds Palmdale classes in part of a leased office building on Palmdale Boulevard. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The contract will be considered at 4:30 p.m. today in room 151 of the college’s Student Services building at 3041 W. Avenue K. The Palmdale college campus is to be built along 37th Street East, south of Barrel Springs Road. The campus is part of the 540-acre College Park project, a proposed 800-home housing development. The college site had been owned by Bushnell Binoculars founder David Bushnell, who died in March. The land for the campus is being donated by a development partnership of Bushnell Enterprises and Schoellerman Investments. The balance of the College Park land is being acquired by Western Pacific Housing, a division of D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest home builder. The $5 million agreement will be between the college and Western Pacific. Bushnell had first proposed providing the property as part of a housing development 13 years ago. PALMDALE – Antelope Valley College’s board will meet tonight to approve an agreement for the development of a Palmdale campus that will eventually serve thousands of south valley residents. The contract will commit the college to providing $5 million to Western Pacific Housing toward improvements such as roads and utilities that are needed for the campus, a component of a master-planned community. If trustees approve the development contract, the college could open classes in modular buildings at the site as early as fall 2007, said college spokesman Steve Standerfer. The contract is the second of two agreements needed for the Palmdale campus to go forward. In October, officials approved an agreement in which the college will receive 70 acres for the campus. last_img read more