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UNICEF Newly Constructed School Delights Students in Fofee Town

first_imgCaldwell dwellers in the Fofee Town community over the week jubilated after a newly constructed and furnished school was handed over to the Ministry of Education (MOE) by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for use by students in the town and neighboring communities.Students of the Fofee Town Primary School, which has 180 pupils, (83 males and 96 females) from six communities say they will benefit tremendously from the new school.“Every month my mother spends L$1,500 for me to cross the river in a canoe to be able to attend school. As you can see, the school was in a poor condition with no bathroom. But this new school that has everything inside will give us all the zeal and something to look forward to when we come to school now,” added Princess Khran, a student of the 6thgrade.Principal Morris Dixon Fofee says that he is overwhelmed by the commitment of the government and looks forward to working with the MOE further. “This is a dream we’ve had. The school started with a study class and the people saw the need to build a school here. PLAN International had a quick impact project and built this school in 2008. Due to the poor condition we wrote the government and told them that there was a need for a new school to be built and luckily for us it happened,” he said.UNICEF managed the construction of the new school, which was funded by the government of Japan. The school has chairs, black boards, desk, library room, teachers lounge, administration office, bathroom and equipment.“The children of Fofee Town will be able to continue their education in a safe learning environment designed for their needs in mind. The school includes seven new classrooms, toilets for boys and girls, hand washing facility and a separate hand pump for clean water,” stated UNICEF’s brief media briefing note.Also, the facility, which is the latest to be launched under a grant from the Government of Japan who is facilitating the construction or rehabilitation of 90 schools in 11 counties across Liberia, has a unique feature.“For the very first time, the school also features a reading room, and a principal’s office and a teachers’ lounge which will serve to enhance the school administration and provide teachers with a dedicated workspace,” the briefing stated.Meanwhile, UNICEF’s representative during the handover ceremony, Sheldon Yett, stated that UNICEF looks forward to further working with the dynamic leader in the educational sector and is optimistic and looking forward to it.Mr. Yett, who said he was present during another handing over ceremony in the same Louisiana months earlier, said:“We have a whole new set of buildings here, buildings where an old school existed before, a school that had no working doors, no plumbing, no toilets, no water and sanitation. This week with the MOE we’ll be distributing over 700,000 kits of basic teaching supplies for all the schools because UNICEF believes in the future of education.“Thanks to the generosity of Japan. Parents do whatever you can to keep these girls in the classroom, make sure that they’re fit and given time to study because studying is essential. Teachers have an important role to play, teach them, ask them questions; the future of this country is in your hands,” Mr. Yett added.Furthermore, the Minister of Education, Hon. George K. Werner added that the Fofee community gave the land free of charge to the GOL and holds it accountable in making sure to deliver on the promise of education.“We have a shared responsibility, the community owns what’s on the land and that means you should protect it along with your students so they can have a conducive atmosphere for learning. We thank the community for giving the free piece of land to educate children in this community,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister Werner added that MOE is interested in promoting education for all, especially for girls.“The enrollment here is more girls than boys, I’m happy to see that. We need to empower our girls and help them to stay on course until graduation. MOE will be monitoring this school to support these girls through graduation,” he disclosed. “We’re at the point of this coalition to change the direction of education. We’ll work with Fofee Town Primary School to make this school what it was meant to be.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ian Cathro: No reason to fear directors of football

first_img“(At) some clubs (the) director is more in the business, some are more in the football, it will always be slightly different. But it is like many things when something is new here.“We all freak out and throw our toys all over the place and get scared as if it is a witch-hunt and some crazy thing is coming into town that we don’t understand and it is not.”Cathro added: “It is football. It is 2017. Football is big business, it is completely normal.“I don’t think football will ever be entirely the same in every club. But there is just a lack of understanding and experience of that model in our country and obviously we know best about our game and so on. “I think debate comes from the lack of understanding.” He said: “I have not noticed what exactly the debate is but, if there is debate about it, it is probably because you don’t understand it.“Ultimately it is a model of how a football club is run. There is a model like this, a model like that. Pick one and get on with it.“Some clubs will operate slightly differently in what a director of football does.”He continued: “Some clubs will operate with just a head of recruitment which takes a focus on just those things. Ian Cathro says Scottish football should not fear the director of football model, insisting the role is not “some crazy thing is coming into town”.The Hearts head coach works under director of football Craig Levein at Tynecastle and also has experience of sporting directors during his time in Portugal and Spain.Earlier this week, Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson announced a director of football was required to make the Ibrox side “a modern club”.The idea has some detractors but Cathro feels any worries are misplaced.last_img read more

Marshfield softball holds off Wausau West for fifth win in a row

first_imgCorozolla homers for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Rhiannon Corozolla hit a home run, and Melissa Roberts drove in a pair of runs to lift the Marshfield softball team to its fifth-straight victory, a 5-3 win over Wausau West in a Wisconsin Valley Conference matchup Tuesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Megan Donahue earned the win on the mound, striking out five and walking four in a complete-game effort for the Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference).Jenna Jakobi led off the bottom of the first for Marshfield with a walk, and she scored all the way from first on Morgan Nordbeck’s bunt that West fielded and threw into right field. Nordbeck later scored on a double steal to put the Tigers up 2-0.West (5-6, 2-3 WVC) rallied to tie the game with a pair runs in the third inning before Marshfield regained the lead.Corozolla homered in the fourth, and Roberts had a two-run single in the fifth to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead.West scored once in the top of the seventh before Donahue was able to finish off the win.Marshfield hosts Antigo for a nonconference game Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 5, Warriors 3Wausau West 002 000 1 – 3 9 2Marshfield 200 120 x – 5 5 3WP: Megan Donahue. LP: Gwidt.SO: Gwidt 7; Donahue 5. BB: Gwidt 1; Donahue 4.Top hitters: WW, Olivia Mrotek 2×3, 2B; Alicia Pfiffner 2 RBIs; Shaelyn Talley 2B, run. M, Morgan Nordbeck 2×2, 2 runs; Melissa Roberts 2 RBIs; Rhiannon Corozolla HR.Records: Wausau West 5-6, 2-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 7-1, 4-1 WVC.last_img read more

India vs England: India need to beat England to qualify for tri-series decider

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have lost two of their three matches.An under-fire India will be hoping to get their act together in the virtual semi-final against a better-placed England in the final league match of the Carlton tri-series in Perth on Friday.Lucky to share two points with Australia, who are already in the final, in the washed off game in Sydney, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side will not only try to address its bowling worries but also try to pull up its batting socks.Failing to register a win so far, the Indian bowlers were unable to defend their 267 runs in their first match, while the team was shot for 153 in the second game against England.All eyes were on Rohit Sharma’s fitness after the opener failed to take part in the last two ODIs post a fluent 138 in the team’s opener against the hosts but the team management is not looking to risk his strained hamstring so close to the World Cup.Ajinkya Rahane has shown flexibility with the think-tank still tinkering with the team’s batting order as Ambati Rayudu looks uncomfortable at the number three position.Shikhar Dhawan’s form has also contributed to India’s dismal showing. The rest of the cast has also not been consistent and Virat Kohli is still trying to find his groove at the No.4 spot that the Indian think-tank seems to be settling him into.While Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami still trying to find the right length all through the Australian summer, spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin found little help from the fast-paced tracks.advertisementEngland’s Steven Finn (right) is in great form.England have had a patchy run in this tournament so far, but have certainly looked much better than India on the field. Getting a bonus point against Dhoni and company in the ninewicket win in Brisbane has been their high-point so far as they lost both their ODIs against arch-rivals Australia.last_img read more

F2, Cignal in interesting collision

first_img“We fell short,” said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga, vowing that they will do everything to bounce back against the Cargo Movers.“But the battle is still far from over. We can still bounce back against F2 Logistics. We have to double our effort because we know that they are a very talented team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez calls for unity in PH volleyball PLAY LIST 00:47Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez calls for unity in PH volleyball00:42Inquirer Varsity Seven: La Salle’s Kim Dy03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IOC, OCA step in to right local Olympic body mess Cignal will come into the contest still licking the wounds of a bitter five-set loss to defending champion Petron a few nights back.Meanwhile, Generika-Ayala tries to improve its 2-1 record when it battles struggling Sta. Lucia in the 4:15 p.m. curtain raiser.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFilipino-American spiker Kalei Mau has made a big difference for the Cargo Movers.Mau, the former Arizona star who joined the Cargo Movers following the disbandment of United VC, erupted for 21 attacks and two blocks in their 25-21, 17-25, 27-25, 25-19 creaming of bitter rival Petron last week. “Kalei is really a huge addition for us as we finally have a go-to-guy at crunch time,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, who is also drawing inspired performances from the support crew of Ara Galang, Aby Maraño, Michelle Cobb and Dawn Macandili.“But she still has more to learn, especially in choosing when to attack. She’s more of a power attacker and attacking smartly and wisely is something we can teach [her] along the way.”The HD Spikers will not be pushovers in this match, with Cignal also trying to gather steam with its lineup also shored up by the addition of May Luna and Norielle Ipac, two of de Jesus’ vital cogs at De La Salle University, as well as Alohi Robins-Hardy, who played with Mau at United VC.Aside from Luna, Ipac and Robins-Hardy, the HD Spikers also have tested weapons in veterans Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga.The HD Spikers made instant impact in their first two matches, but ran out of steam against the seasoned Blaze Spikers in a 20-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16, 14-16 loss.ADVERTISEMENT PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READcenter_img View comments World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting CADIZ City–F2 Logistics puts its unbeaten record on the line Tuesday when the Cargo Movers tackle dangerous and determined Cignal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Cadiz City Arena in this bustling city north of Bacolod.The first serve is at 7 p.m., with the Cargo Movers looking to chalk up win No. 5 and deal the HD Spikers a second straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

Swasthya Sathi project should be role model for Ayushman Bharat scheme Santanu

first_imgKolkata: Dr Santanu Sen, Rajya Sabha MP from Trinamool Congress on Monday strongly advocated in favour of Swasthya Sathi project run by the Bengal government and urged the members of the committee saying that it can be adopted as a role model.During the First Parliamentary Health Standing Committee Meeting in Delhi, Dr Sen pointed questions before the committee on various health related issues. Stressing on Swasthya Sathi, a brain child of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and one of the most successful projects in the state, Dr Sen pointed out the Centre must come up with a health scheme similar to the Swasthya Sathi. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn reply to a question raised by CEO Ayushman Bharat Indu Bhushan, Dr Sen asked why people in Bengal were receiving post cards with photographs of the Prime Minister claiming the Ayushman Bharat as the Centre’s scheme. Sen also pointed out that state government used to bear 40 per cent of the total cost. During the meeting, Bhushan claimed Bengal continued Ayushman Bharat for 3 to 4 months, then suddenly discontinued just before Parliament Election because of unknown reason. Dr Sen reacted sharply to Bhushan and presented counter facts. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe meeting was conducted on the topic of Ayushman Bharat where senior officials of the Union Health Ministry were also present. Bhushan said that even in China no health policy is portable but Ayushman is portable. Dr Sen on the other hand said that China spends 5.5% of GDP on health while India spends 1.1 % and it should follow China in this aspect. Sen raised a series of questions which include as why there was no grievance redressal system, if there is a gross fallacy in selecting beneficiaries or if there is any clear budgetary allocation for Aysuhman Bharat. He also questioned on the necessity of involving insurance companies. If there is no strict claim settlement policy then small to medium level hospitals cannot sustain for long as they might not have much funds to survive, he pointed out.last_img read more

Khashoggi murder happened under my watch Saudi Prince

first_imgWashington DC: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince appeared to accept responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, telling US television a few months later that it “happened under my watch,” but denying any prior knowledge. “It happened under my watch,” Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a reporter in December 2018, according to quotes released ahead of a new PBS documentary to be aired next week. “I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch,” the heir to the Gulf kingdom’s throne is quoted as saying, following the October 2 murder. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPrince Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has come under huge international pressure after the US-based writer was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi’s body was never found. Asked during a conversation at a car race track outside Riyadh in December 2018 why he did not know about the murder, the prince replied: “We have 20 million people. We have three million government employees.” And pressed on how a team could take one of the royal planes to Istanbul to carry out the killing, he said: “I have officials, ministers to follow things, and they’re responsible, they have the authority to do that.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsRiyadh has repeatedly denied that Prince Mohammed was behind the murder of Khashoggi — a royal family insider turned critic — who was killed in what Saudi authorities have described as a rogue operation. And in the PBS comments, Prince Mohammed — better known by his initials MBS — insisted the killing was executed without his knowledge. A report by a UN human rights expert, who conducted an independent probe, said there was “credible evidence” linking the crown prince to the murder and an attempted cover up. The CIA has also reportedly said the killing was likely ordered by Prince Mohammed. But Saudi prosecutors have absolved the prince and said around two dozen people implicated in the murder are in custody, with death penalties sought against five men.last_img read more