The People’s Republic of China has been very generous to Liberia. They built and later rehabilitated the S.K.D Sports Complex; they resumed and completed the new Health and Social Welfare Ministry Building.They have given US$10 million to revamp and expand the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC). In the biggest assistance initiative of all, they have pledged US$60 million to build a ministerial complex to house the government’s ministries. But this important project has been stalled because of the quarrel over location. That, believe it or not, relates directly to the theme of this editorial–the cost of dependency.What do we mean?The Chinese insist on visibility and the Liberian government seems to want to please this totally unnecessary wish. Monrovia is a relatively small city, where nothing can hide. First, they wanted the complex built at ELWA compound right on the Robertsfield Highway. Because of the controversy that it provoked, the government started leaning to the most logical and suitable place for the complex, the Buzzi Quarter area, which is next to the center of power—the Legislature, Executive Mansion and the Temple of Justice. The people there said they welcomed the ministerial complex in their area and were willing to be relocated. No, the government changed again, saying they wanted to locate the complex at Peace Island. But the thousands who reside there, mostly non-combatants and their families, say they are not moving anywhere.Why the government feels it has to answer to whatever the Chinese want beats most Liberians; but GOL feels that this is part of the cost of dependency, forgetting that we are a sovereign nation and those who want to help us should do so on our terms, not their own. But dependency often breeds subservience, though it does not have to be that way.Another tangible indication of the cost of subservience is the attitude of the Chinese in Liberia. Many of them feel they can do anything here and get away with it. Many are involved in petty trading, which should be the exclusive preserve of Liberians.Last week en route to Sinoe, the President herself saw Chinese gold miners preparing for mining operations, even though they had not yet secured a license for that. They were even mining sand in the Cestos River, undermining the free flow of the river and endangering the structure of the Cestos Bridge.President Sirleaf was incensed by this and ordered an immediate halt to the Chinese operations. She was gentle with them; she could have ordered their arrest, since they were violating the law, for which country can one enter and start mining gold without first obtaining an official permit to do so?But this is part of the cost of dependency. Some Chinese feel that because their country is helping Liberia, they can come here and do anything and get away with it.That is why Liberians should work harder at everything they do, be more creative, more patriotic and strive to make our country stronger and more self-reliant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Detectives from G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) are probing the circumstances surrounding the death of an Essequibo Coast man, whose body was found on a farm at Good Hope.The dead man was identified as Sakishnu Kissoon, 52, of Cotton Field, Essequibo Coast.Kissoon’s body was discovered by a farmer, Mahadeo Dryram, who later summoned Police.Based on reports reaching this newspaper, the body, which is at the Suddie Mortuary, bore a single mark on the chest.The dead man’s sister, Deerain Chan, positively identified the body as Kissoon’s.She said after she had received news that a body was found at Good Hope, she visited the Police station and was escorted to the Suddie Mortuary, where she identified the body as that of her brother.According to the distraught woman, after becoming separated from his wife and children some time back, her brother became an alcoholic, which led to him suffering a mental breakdown.She claimed that on a day-to-day basis he would wander aimlessly in different villages and would sometime retire to sleep anywhere he felt comfortable. Good Hope residents said they saw Kissoon walking in the village earlier before the discovery of his body.A post-mortem examination is expected shortly to determine the cause of death.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tiffanie Peterson is a member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster. She posted this story May 18 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. For all the Harry Potter fans in the Antelope Valley, the Rotary Club of Lancaster is presenting Sonorus 2007 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. June 9 in the John P. Eliopulos Event Center, 43404 30th St. W., Lancaster. It will be an evening of Harry Potter discussions featuring John Granger, author of “Looking for God in Harry Potter,” and Steve Vander Ark, creator of “The Harry Potter Lexicon.” Emmy-winning screenwriter Judy Burns (“Star Trek” episode “Tholian Web”) will also be present to talk about adapting the Harry Potter books to film. There will be numerous Harry Potter-themed vendors and artists making their merchandise available at this event. Admission is $60, which includes dinner. For more information, go to www.sonorus2007.org
“The Los Angeles Unified School District is a highly transient district and we are working aggressively to reduce our dropout rate through better data, new dropout prevention counselors, and expanded alternative-education programs,” Cox said. But LAUSD officials said they are focusing on outreach programs including a new campaign to reach at-risk students and re-enroll those who have dropped out. Federal lawmakers haven’t focused much attention on the problem. The No Child Left Behind education law, for example, pays much more attention to educating younger students. But that appears to be changing. House and Senate proposals to renew the five-year-old No Child law would give high schools more federal money and put more pressure on them to improve, and the Bush administration supports the idea. The current law imposes serious consequences on schools that report low scores on math and reading tests, such as having to replace teachers or principals, but it lacks the same kind of teeth when it comes to graduation rates. Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma. For Hispanic and black students, the proportion drops to about half. The legislative proposals would: Make sure schools report their graduation rates by racial, ethnic and other subgroups and are judged on those. That’s to ensure schools aren’t just graduating white students in high numbers, but also are working to ensure minority students get diplomas. Get states to build data systems to keep track of students throughout their school years and more accurately measure graduation and dropout rates. Ensure states count graduation rates in a uniform way. States have used a variety of formulas, including counting the percentage of entering seniors who get a diploma. That measurement ignores the fact that kids who drop out typically do so before their senior year. Create strong progress goals for graduation rates and impose sanctions on schools that miss them. Most states currently lack meaningful goals, according to The Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for poor and minority children. The current law requires testing in reading and math once in high school, and those tests take on added importance because of serious consequences for a school that fails. Critics say that creates a perverse incentive for schools to encourage kids to drop out before they bring down a school’s scores. “The vast majority of educators do not want to push out kids, but the pressures to raise test scores above all else are intense,” said Bethany Little, vice president for policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group focused on high schools. “To know if a high school is doing its job, we need to consider test scores and graduation rates equally.” Little said some students pushed out of high schools are encouraged to enroll in programs that prepare them to take the GED exam. People who pass that test get certificates indicating they have high-school level academic skills. But the research shows getting a GED doesn’t lead to the kind of job or college success associated with a regular diploma. Loretta Singletary, 17, enrolled in a GED program after dropping out of a Washington, D.C., high school that she describes as huge, chaotic and violent. “Girls got jumped, boys got jumped, teachers (were) fighting and hitting students,” she said. She said teachers had low expectations for students, which led to dull classes. “They were teaching me stuff I already knew … basic nouns, simple adjectives.” Singletary said she loved science but wasn’t offered it and her complaints to administrators went unanswered. “I was interested in experiments,” she said. “I didn’t have science in ninth or 10th grade.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s a nickname no principal could be proud of: “Dropout Factory,” a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That dubious distinction applies to more than one in 10 high schools across America. “If you’re born in a neighborhood or town where the only high school is one where graduation is not the norm, how is this living in the land of equal opportunity?” asks Bob Balfanz, the researcher at Johns Hopkins University who defines such a school as a “dropout factory.” There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools nationwide that fit that description, according to an analysis of Education Department data conducted by Johns Hopkins for The Associated Press. That’s 12 percent of all such schools, no more than a decade ago but no less, either. While some of the missing students transferred, most dropped out, Balfanz says. The data tracked senior classes for three years in a row – 2004, 2005 and 2006 – to make sure local events like plant closures weren’t to blame for the low retention rates. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The highest concentration of dropout factories is in large cities or high-poverty rural areas in the South and Southwest. Most have high proportions of minority students. These schools are tougher to turn around, because their students face challenges well beyond the academic ones – the need to work as well as go to school, for example, or a need for social services. Utah, which has low poverty rates and fewer minorities than most states, is the only state without a dropout factory. Florida and South Carolina have the highest percentages. About half of high schools in those states classify as dropout factories. “Part of the problem we’ve had here is we live in a state that culturally and traditionally has not valued a high school education,” said Jim Foster, a spokesman for South Carolina’s Department of Education. He noted that South Carolina residents once could get good jobs in textile mills without a high school degree, but that those jobs are now much harder to come by. Los Angeles Unified School District was not specifically mentioned in the study, but its dropout rate has been pegged at anywhere from 24 percent to more than 50 percent. District officials said Monday that they do not have a system in place to track students if they move to another city and enroll in a different school district, district spokeswoman Susan Cox said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA – Cancer isn’t the last chapter of their 35-year love story.Walter Allen III and his wife, Patricia, are opening a new chapter of their lives with Allen’s announced retirement from the job of “top cop” for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.Patricia, 54, has stage 4 breast cancer, and Allen will stay home to care for her.“It was an easy decision to make (to retire), because she comes first,” Allen, 55, said. “She’s supported my career all along.”When Allen wakes up on Feb. 1 he will be a civilian, a man with choices to make. One decision Allen said he is very carefully considering is a comeback bid for the Covina City Council, where he served from 1997 to 2004, with one year as mayor.“I might be interested,” Allen said.Allen said when – not if – Patricia shows signs of improvement, he will likely throw his hat into a future election race for council.But for now, Allen is determined to pull Patricia through the disease.“I’m at her beck and call,” Allen said.Patricia beams at the thought of having her man around the house again.“It’ll be a big change,” she said. “He’s always been traveling.”Allen has been commuting from his Covina home to Sacramento since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him chief of the California Youth Authority in 2003.The job required attempting to reform the state’s youth prison system. Allen advocated therapy and rehabilitation for young offenders.From the outset, Allen said the institution could not likely be rehabilitated and would be better off abandoned altogether. And that’s exactly what eventually happened.“I basically kind of worked myself out of a job.”In July, the CYA was folded into the Department of Corrections as part of a major overhaul of the state’s adult and youth prison systems.State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-East Los Angeles, was a major advocate of CYA reform and held Allen’s feet to the fire.“Walt was a positive force for reform,” Romero said. “We worked together in moving the department toward an emphasis on rehabilitation and education for juvenile offenders.”Romero said she was saddened to hear of Patricia Allen’s condition.Patricia Allen said people can learn from her experience.“Stay on top of it, do a monthly self-exam,” she said. “If you have a history of it in your family, please get checked.” firstname.lastname@example.org(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717
1 Nasri made just four Premier League starts for City last season Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been placed on the transfer list, according to reports in France.The 29-year-old made just four Premier League starts last season and he has been linked with a move away from the Etihad since May.That transfer talk has intensified in recent weeks after new boss Pep Guardiola forced Nasri to train alone because he returned from his holiday overweight.And now it appears that Manchester City are ready to cut their loses as, according to L’Equipe, they are now open to offers for the Frenchman.Nasri joined City from Arsenal in 2011 for £24million, but the Premier League club are now willing to listen to offers of around £17m and a number of sides have already made concrete approaches.AC Milan and Inter Milan are both interested, while Roma and teams from the Middle East are open to holding talks with Nasri too.
Shkodran Mustafi is a major doubt for the FA Cup final Arsenal face going into Saturday’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea with THREE key central defenders missing.Captain Laurent Koscielny is out through suspension after being sent off against Everton on the final day of the Premier League season.Arsene Wenger has now confirmed Gabriel will also miss the Wembley clash after suffering knee ligament damage against Everton, while Shkodran Mustafi is a major doubt having yet to recover from a concussion.Wenger said: “With Shkodran Mustafi we have some worry because he is sick and has not trained yet.“We are hit hard in a position where we have to be strong on Saturday.”Wenger may be forced to play Per Mertesacker, who has not started a single game all season and only came on as an emergency substitute for his first appearance on Sunday.There was more positive news, however, regarding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is back in training after recovering from a hamstring injury, and Alexis Sanchez, who limped off against Everton but is expected to pull through.“Alexis needs to go through some tests,” Wenger said.“We’ll see how well he comes out of that but knowing the player, his character and his commitment to the club, which I don’t question at all, he will make absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday.” 1
Finn Harps threw away an early lead to surrender all three points to Wexford Youths this evening.Harps started brightly and after a fine passage of play out of defence Sean McCarron was left with a simple tap-in to make it 1-0 in the 17th minute.However Wexford rallied after the goal and Joe Mulcahy went close for the home side just a few minutes later. Peter Hutton’s side looked like they had weathered the storm when Wexford struck just before the break through Mulcahy.Both sides had chances after the restart but it was the home side who made the decisive breakthrough when Aidan Keenan netted to make it 2-1.Harps buckled down and tried to level the score again.They were thrown a lifeline when Wexford were reduced to ten men when Thomas Croke was red carded. But as hard as they tried they could not find the Wexford net.After two impressive displays against Mervue in the league and Derry City in the League Cup, Harps will be disappointed to have dropped all three points. HARPS DON’T HAVE ‘YOUTH’ ON THEIR SIDE AS THEY LOSE 2-1 IN WEXFORD was last modified: May 24th, 2013 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:finn harpswexford youths
One of the unwritten rules of playoff hockey is to keep an even keel. You donʼt want to get too high and you donʼt want to get too low. You win, and itʼs on to the next game. The same goes when you lose.Itʼs a hard skill to master, especially when youʼve lost the last two and given up 11 goals in the process. When a team has lost two in a row in a seven-game series, the mood around the team gets serious. Self-doubt and frustration might seep into the room. It is imperative that the coaches of …
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… For months, we’ve been fielding rumors (and filtering out the facts) about MySpace’s proposed redesign and rebranding.Tonight’s report on TechCrunch outlines a few minor details of the overall plan to stop the site’s hemorrhaging users and stem its financial decline. As we’ve known (and as we predicted last year), the site will shift its emphasis from pure social networking to content discovery and recommendation. The site’s tagline is expected to change to “Discover and Be Discovered.” But is that really enough to bring users back? What would it take for you to start regularly using MySpace again?Disclosure: The writer of this post has been privy to a great deal of internal information about the redesign due to personal connections in the L.A. and S.F. offices. Because of confidentiality issues and NDAs, much of that information cannot currently be published here. We will do our best to let you know official MySpace news as it breaks.With the abrupt firing of CEO Owen Van Natta two weeks ago, we are reminded of his initial duties when he was hired less than a year ago. In addition to dealing with internal politics and negotiating the end of MySpace’s ad deal with Google, Van Natta was expected to give MySpace much-needed boost in the areas of technology, branding and features.While it’s unknown exactly how much of the forthcoming “new” MySpace will represent Van Natta’s vision, we do wonder if anything is enough to save that sinking ship. Of course, the site still has a large userbase, particularly in the international market. But what do techies want to see before they start using the site again?The outlook isn’t good, to say the least. We conducted an informal poll on Twitter, asking what folks would need to call themselves MySpace users. While a slew of respondents said bribes – from money to puppies to MacBooks – would do the trick, the noble @EricBurgess replied “They couldn’t even pay me.” @_Tycho_ wrote that the site would have to “be easier to use than Facebook, and then convince my friends to all go back on.” A tall order, indeed, and one echoed by several others.But usability and attrition/retention aside, many users gave a common ultimatum: MySpace would have to do anything they try – from social networking to content and beyond – better than Pandora, Facebook or Twitter do the same things. Granted, in terms of content discovery, Facebook’s not particularly kind on musicians or filmmakers; as evidence, you can check out some of the remaining MySpace users. If you’ve visited the site lately, your list of active friends might look like a wasteland of struggling bands. But is a new content recommendation engine packed with multimedia goodies and intuitive discovery tools enough to regain the public’s love and trust?What do you think – is a site redesign enough to make you want to use MySpace again? Can the site succeed as a content platform rather than a social network? Or is MySpace doomed to sink like the Titanic, regardless of the products or features they roll out?Let us know your opinions in the comments. Tags:#MySpace#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit