‘Is There a National Plan for Development?’

first_imgThe Chairman on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Joseph Nagbe, is proposing a national dialogue of planners and legislators to begin to sit together and determine how to develop Liberia.The Sinoe County Senator speaking on the floor of the Senate Chamber recently during that body’s debate over the House of Representatives US$73 Million Bill for concurrence, among other things wondered as to whether the country has a national plan for development. “Since I entered this Government from the 52nd Legislature to the present, I hold a question in my heart, and I am yet to find the answer, and perhaps it is the discussion that we are beginning. The question is, is there a national plan for development? Do we have that plan; if we have that plan where it is?”Senator Nagbe described slain former President William R. Tolbert, Jr., as a leader who had plan for Liberia. He carried the nickname ‘Speedy or Total Involvement for Higher Heights.’ “When he announced the fight against illiteracy, he strengthened all the teachers’ training institutions in this country, that is what we went through and it was free; you went to university and you were trained up to PhD level, came back and taught in Liberia, that was example of a national plan.”Amidst a noisy background from among his colleagues in Chamber, Sen. Nagbe reminded them that what the country was doing now is ‘try-and-error method.’ “We talk about country development and no plan, but still we give counties money, and as a result of that, they are doing little or nothing in our respective counties.”“In my mind, if there is a national plan how to develop this country, then we will be left as Legislators to decide what we do with the budget; but because there is no such plan, our meager financial resources are being fragmented all the time. As a result, the impact of development on our people is limited and woefully inadequate,” Sen. Nagbe asserted.He observed that the Government’s method of spending the national resources on development is causing the problem the country is presently facing. “How do you build a nation,  we have not got the spirit as a government, and I am saying this and I am taking responsibility for it; the way we are spending our financial national resources on development is causing us the problem we have. Here we are in the Senate now talking about US$73 million, some proposing 15 percent of the national budget; to do what with that money?”Now that they (Legislators) are so moved to begin to think the way some of them are beginning to think about the country, Sen. Nagbe maintained that the country needs a national plan; but was quick to warn that in the absence of that, any money that is appropriated, or disbursed to counties will be the same story like the US$200,000 that cannot be accounted for so easily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fire destroys Vigilance home, 3 homeless

first_imgThree persons were on Saturday morning rendered homeless after a fire of unknown origin obliterated their Lot 55 Vigilance, East Coast Demerara home. According to Adela Duncan, an occupant who resided with her husband Dennis Bagot in one of the two apartments, she was in the kitchen at around 11:00h when she heard an explosion followed by large flames erupting at the front of the home. “This morning I was cooking, and I hear something mek pow! This thing bust. From the time I hear this thing bust, when I look, I see fire in front ah the house. If you see this thing!” the visibly shaken woman relayed.The destroyed home at Vigilance, East Coast DemeraraAdela DuncanDuncan noted that upon seeing the blaze, she quickly ran out of the home and began shouting to alert neighbours.“I run downstairs and starting shouting for Les. I said Les, Les watch, watch fire and when Les watch he said oh Jesus Christ,” she recapped.The woman told Guyana Times that she was home alone at the time, and was unable to save anything since the flames engulfed quickly.“Everything I loss. Is just wa I got on right now. All me money that I save, all my papers, my daughter papers that she give me to keep. Everything gone,” the grieving woman wailed.The Guyana Fire Service was alerted but despite valiant efforts by the firefighters and residents, the building was completely burnt.An investigation has since been launched.last_img read more

Chelsea agree deal to sign Romanian wonderkid in January

first_img Cristian Manea [left] 1 Chelsea have agreed a deal for young defender Cristian Manea, according to reports in Romania.The Blues have reportedly forked out £2.3m to bring the 17-year-old to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens again in January.According to outlet Dolce Sport, Manea will join from Romanian club Viitorul Constanta before being loaned out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.Manea, who usually operates as a right-back, became the youngest player to ever represent Romania after making his international debut against Albania in May.last_img read more

Liverpool youngster set to make early return from injury

first_img Kevin Stewart [right] in action for Liverpool Liverpool youngster Kevin Stewart has revealed he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an ankle ligament injury.The 22-year-old midfielder made his Premier League debut against Aston Villa last month but his progress was halted after he suffered the cruel injury just three days later in training.There were fears that Stewart would be ruled out for the rest of the season but the former Tottenham man is now back in light training and closing in on a return.“The rehab’s gone a lot quicker than expected,” he told the club’s official website.“I didn’t expect it to get better so quick but I’ve been out on the pitch for about a week now doing some running and passing.” 1last_img read more

Citigroup’s Prince quits; Rubin takes spot

first_imgNEW YORK – Citigroup Inc. said Sunday Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Prince, beset by the company’s billions of dollars in losses from investing in bad debt, has retired and is being replaced as chairman by former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. In an announcement following an emergency meeting of Citi’s board, the nation’s largest banking company also said Sir Win Bischoff, chairman of Citi Europe and a Member of the Citi management and operating committees, would serve as interim CEO. Rubin, a former co-chairman of Goldman, Sachs & Co., has served as the chairman of Citi’s executive committee. Prince’s resignation, which was secured at an emergency meeting of the Citi board Sunday, was expected after the nation’s largest banking company revealed it had to write down billions of dollars in bad debt. He joined former Merrill Lynch & Co. CEO Stan O’Neal, who resigned from the investment bank last month, as the highest-profile casualties of the debt crisis that has cost billions at other financial institutions as well. In a separate statement, Citi said it would take an additional $8 billion to $11 billion in writedowns. It has already said it was writing down $6.5 billion in assets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Prince, 57, became chief executive of Citigroup in October 2003. Many shareholders criticized him openly for much of his tenure, as Citigroup’s stock lagged its peers while Prince executed what was called an umbrella model of corporate organization, with several separate lines of business. Shares closed Friday at $37.73, about 20 percent below where they were when Prince became CEO. Prince’s position looked especially shaky after the company on Oct. 1 estimated that third-quarter profit would decline about 60 percent to some $2.2 billion after seeing nearly $6 billion in credit costs and write-downs of overly leveraged corporate debt and souring home mortgages. At that time, Prince said the bank’s earnings would return to normal in the fourth quarter. But when Citigroup released its third-quarter results two weeks later, the write-downs and credit costs exceeded $6 billion, and Chief Financial Officer Gary Crittenden indicated the outlook going forward wasn’t as upbeat as Prince had predicted. Citigroup wasn’t alone in its third-quarter turmoil. When borrowers with poor credit stopped paying their mortgages, many banks not only had to take losses on those subprime mortgages, they also saw instruments in their portfolios backed by mortgages plummet in value. But Citigroup’s stumbles were particularly grievous, given the bank’s size, history and CEO, who had been telling shareholders for years to give his strategy a chance. Even in October, Prince said in a call to analysts: “I think any fair-minded person would say that strategic plan is working.” The umbrella model that Sanford I. Weill created and Prince touted looked like a giant mess compared to its conglomerate counterpart JPMorgan Chase & Co. – now led by Weill’s former protege, Jamie Dimon. JPMorgan’s writedowns were smaller, and strength in asset management, security services, card services and commercial banking units made up for weakness in other areas. Having cut costs and built up cash reserves in previous quarters, the bank was better prepared for a tough lending climate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lancaster High joins roster of soccer teams hampered by injuries

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card A collision ensued between Drenner – who was on the ground attempting to grab the ball – and Lopez, resulting in the Lancaster player’s left leg being bent at an awkward angle, before she collapsed to the ground in obvious pain. “I heard it crack,” Drenner said. “It was horrible.” The game was stopped for nearly 30 minutes as Lopez lay on the ground at Lancaster High while being attended to by coach Rick Acuna, the school’s athletic trainer and eventually the paramedics. Lopez’s left leg was placed in a splint and she was carried off the field on a stretcher before being transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. “I feel terrible for that poor girl,” Highland coach Juan Paolo said. “You never want to see that happen.” Although Paolo hasn’t had to deal with anything as serious as Lopez’s injury this season, the path to back-to-back league titles hasn’t been completely smooth for the second-year coach, who was without Krystal Perkins (right knee) and Kaylee Sandefer (runner’s knees) for Thursday’s game. Finding a way to battle through injuries is nothing new for the elite girls’ soccer teams in the Golden League, which have relied on their depth to survive the rigors of the 12-game league schedule in preparation for the upcoming Southern Section Division II playoffs. Quartz Hill and Highland have both juggled their lineups on several occasions to compensate for the loss of starters who have been sidelined with injuries. A week before the opening round of the playoffs, Lancaster might now be faced with the same challenge. In the 52nd minute of Thursday night’s regular-season finale against Highland, Lancaster junior forward Jennifer Lopez was attempting to run on to a ball in the penalty area, which was saved by Bulldogs goalkeeper Kellie Drenner. Fortunately for Paolo, Cynthia Argote and Terry Solis proved to be strong replacements, helping Highland defeat Lancaster, 1-0, to remain unbeaten in its past 20 league games. The Bulldogs (20-2-3, 11-0-1) are 22-1-1 the past two years in league competition. Quartz Hill had to compensate for the absence of two of its top offensive players, Shannon Cox and Aja Mandrell, for most of the first half of the season. Cox was recovering from a broken fibula and tibia last May, which caused her to have a 14-inch rod placed in her shin. Mandrell had a nonmalignant tumor pushing up under the nail on her left big toe, resulting in surgery that kept her sidelined for almost six weeks. The absence of Cox and Mandrell allowed players such as Stephanie Galarze to take on added responsibility in the midfield. With its full lineup together, Quartz Hill (11-5-5, 8-1-4) finished in a second-place tie with Lancaster (17-2-4, 8-2-2). On a roll: Paraclete of Lancaster (17-6-3, 9-0-1) clinched the Alpha League title with Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Archer School of Los Angeles. The game, which featured goals from Merakka Augenstein, Chelsea Kelly and Liz Ottersen, was a sharp contrast from the first meeting between the teams, a 9-5 Spirits victory Jan. 24. Paraclete will play host to a first-round home game in the Southern Section Div. V playoffs Feb. 18 against an opponent to be determined Monday. So close: Desert Christian of Lancaster (16-1-1, 12-1-1) defeated Frazier Mountain of Lebec, 6-0, in Thursday’s regular-season finale, but the Knights’ bid to share the High Desert League title with rival Bishop Union came up short. The Broncos (16-2-2, 13-0-1) recorded a 1-0 victory over Mammoth of Mammoth Lakes to clinch the title outright. Desert Christian won the league title last season with a 13-1 record, ahead of Bishop, which finished 12-1-1. With its six-goal output, Desert Christian finished the regular season outscoring opponents 135-3. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MOVILLE U13 GIRLS FACE ST EUNAN’S IN COUNTY-FINAL THIS SATURDAY

first_imgMoville GAA NotesLOTTOThere was No jackpot winner his week, the €50 runner up prize goes to Mary Doherty. The numbers were 3, 10, 14 and 23. Next week’s jackpot will be €6,200.U13 GIRLS COUNTY FINALThe U13 girls county final against St. Eunan’s will take place in Colaiste Ailigh in Letterkenny on Saturday with throw in at 1:30pm.Please come along and support the girls. The pitch is on Business Park Road near the Swilly School of Motoring.DATES FOR YOUR DIARY5th December – the club AGM will take place in the clubhouse at 9pm sharp.24th January – the club dinner dance will take place, more details to follow at a later date.MINOR LADIES The minor ladies will contest the ulster championship quarter final with a gama away from home against St. Paul’s of Antrim on Sunday 23rd November; throw in at 2pm.All support on the day would be greatly appreciated for such an important game for the ladies.CONGRATULATIONSWell done to Brendan Mc Clenaghan, Seamy Mc Laughlin, Simon Mc Guinness, Ronan Farren, Ross Hamilton, Ryan Kelly, Mark Doherty, Vernon Kelly and Evan Hudner who all represented the club in Celtic Park on Saturday when they played against a P6 class from Derry. It was a Great experience for these young lads. Well done to all.UNDERAGE TRAININGUnderage training continues on the following days and times. GAGA for GAA (toddlers), U6 and U8 boys and girls on Saturday mornings from 10-11am.U10 boys from 11-12. U10 and U12 girls from 11-12. U12 boys on Wednesdays from 7-8pm. New players are always more than welcome.Underage players of the week last week were U8: Elouise Craig and Cormac Reynolds. U10: Shannon Leech. Well done!CLUB MERCHANDISEWhy not contact Brigid Harkin for some club merchandise in the run up to Christmas. It would make a great stocking filler, orders for merchandise should be in ASAP to guarantee they’ll be in time for Christmas.GAA NEWS: MOVILLE U13 GIRLS FACE ST EUNAN’S IN COUNTY-FINAL THIS SATURDAY was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAmovilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

RUN DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K ON APRIL 3 WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR SHARON’S GIRLS

first_imgThe popular Rundonegal Women’s 5k was launched at a gathering at Finn Valley A.C. this evening.The event which has supported various charitable causes over the years since its inception under Race Director Grace Boyle at the LYIT some years ago.On this occasion Sharon’s Girls will be in receipt of the funds to help raise much needed support and indeed awareness of this local cause. Sharon Alexander passed away in the Donegal Hospice in early November, just two years after her former partner, and the children’s’ father, died tragically.She left behind three daughters – Shannon (15), Amy (14) and Kayleigh (12). Following the death of their mother, the girls were forced to give up their council house in Castlefinn.As Amy has Down Syndrome, and is currently on a waiting list for heart surgery, she is being cared for by her aunt and uncle at their home in Killygordon.Meanwhile, Shannon and Kayleigh have been taken in by another aunt and uncle in Drumkeen. To compound matters, the Drumkeen bungalow is too small and the girls have to, literally, live out of their suitcases. The Killygordon house has no downstairs bedroom, which Amy requires due to her special needs. Family and friends set up the charity ‘Sharon’s Girls’ to raise enough funds to extend the Drumkeen house and to build a downstairs bedroom for Amy in Killygordon.The event hits the road on April 3rd at 11am with pre-registration at Finn Valley A.C. in the next few weeks. The invitation is out there to the women of the North West to walk/jog/run to help this deserving cause. €10 entry fee with beautiful T-shirts for the first 300 registered.RUN DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K ON APRIL 3 WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR SHARON’S GIRLS was last modified: February 25th, 2016 by John2Share 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 Valley ACRunDonegal 5ksharon’s girlslast_img read more

HUNDREDS PAY THEIR FINAL RESPECTS TO WELL-KNOWN ACCIDENT VICTIM

first_imgThe funeral takes place today of Patrick ‘Packie’ Gildea, the Glenties man killed in a road traffic accident on New Year’s day.The well-known and fondly-remembered 39 year old died after his jeep struck a wall between Ballybofey and Fintown.The esteem in which Packie was held in the local community was evident by the hundreds of people who have called to his home at Straboy in recent days. Packie, a single man, was a farmer who worked on his father Gerry’s farm.Many recalled Packie’s gentle nature and how he always had time to chat to old and young alike.A fine underage footballer with Naomh Conail, there was no prouder Donegal man than Packie when Michael Murphy held aloft the Sam Maguire Cup at Croke Park in September.Packie is survived by his father Gerry, brothers John, Gerard and Joseph and his sister Ann, sister-in-law Sharon, brother-in-law Declan and nephews Fionn, Tadhg and Oisin. He was predeceased by his loving and fondly-remembered mother Sarah who passed away six years ago.The last time Donegal Daily met Packie was in March when he threw himself into the world record attempt for most leprechauns in one place.He was in great form and delighted to be part of a community effort and in the middle of the craic.A picture of Packie in full leprechaun attire with nephew Oisin sat proudly beside his coffin last night at his home.Our deepest sympathy is extended to dad Gerry and Packie’s brothers and sister. But we now that, although he’s gone, he’ll be shouting on McGuinness and the boys along with Sarah with all the true spirit of a Glenties and Donegal supporter.His funeral mass takes place at St Connell’s Church in Glenties at 11am.May you rest in peace Packie.HUNDREDS PAY THEIR FINAL RESPECTS TO WELL-KNOWN ACCIDENT VICTIM was last modified: January 4th, 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:funeralGlentiesPatrick Packie Gildearoad crashlast_img read more

Half schools meet goals

first_img The student population with a primary language other than English has grown from 150 to 600 in two years at Westside, Rossall said. In the Palmdale School District, 12 of 25 schools met state targets, the same number as last year. “I think we continue to make good progress based on providing good staff development and making sure schools address state standards,” said Raul Maldonado, Palmdale’s director of biliteracy programs and assessment. A school’s annual growth target is set at 5 percent of the difference between the school’s base API and the statewide performance target of 800. In addition, each “numerically significant” group of ethnic or socioeconomically-disadvantaged students must go up least 80 percent as much as the overall school’s growth target. Beginning with the 2005 API Base report to be released in March 2006, two new subgroups will be added: English learners and students with disabilities. With this addition, the subgroups in state and federal academic accountability systems will be aligned. Created by a 1999 state law, the API is designed to show how California schools rate against each other. Each school received a single score – between 200 and 1,000 – based on student test scores. The API rankings are used to determine whether schools are meeting federal guidelines contained in President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. Statewide, 68 percent of California’s public schools met all of their state-required academic growth targets for the 2004-05 school year, a 20-point gain over 2003-04, indicating significant improvement by schools and by minority groups and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. An even greater proportion of schools, 83 percent, showed increases in overall academic growth compared with last year’s 64 percent. In addition, the percentage of schools at or above the statewide performance target of 800 is at an all-time high of 28 percent. “These results show our schools are improving in nearly every subject and grade level,” state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said in a written statement. “I am particularly pleased to see progress made by all students and in each subgroup of students. While we clearly still have a long way to go, this shows our schools’ focus on California’s standards-based curriculum is paying dividends in improved student achievement.” As in previous years, elementary schools are showing the highest overall performance, with a median API of 752, followed by middle schools with a median API of 716, and high schools with a median API of 696. High schools, however, posted the highest gain of 36 points from 2004 in median API performance. The percentage of schools meeting their subgroup growth targets increased from last year by 17.1 percent for the socioeconomically disadvantaged subgroup, 15.9 percent for the Hispanic subgroup, 14.2 percent for the white subgroup, 11.2 percent for the African American subgroup, and 5.8 percent for the Asian subgroup. The percentage of schools meeting their schoolwide growth targets increased from last year by 17 percent, from 64.2 percent in 2004 to 81.2 percent in 2005. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – About half of Antelope Valley schools met state-set goals for improving their Academic Performance Index scores, state results released Thursday show. Forty of the 85 schools for which results were available met their API growth targets by increasing scores both schoolwide and among socioeconomic and ethnic subgroups of students. Twenty-two additional schools also improved their scores, but did not meet state goals because the gains were not high enough or did not include all the student subgroups. At 21 other schools, API scores remained the same or declined. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week No results were available for 10 schools in the Muroc Joint Unified School District and the Southern Kern Unified School District because they were changing their data. The scores will be available in January. More than 1,600 schools statewide did not receive 2004-05 API growth scores for a variety of reasons, including data corrections, excessive parent waivers, testing irregularities and, because of very small school enrollment, lack of at least 11 valid scores. In the Westside Union School District, all 10 schools met schoolwide targets, but five were considered not to have met state goals because gains among subgroups of students were not big enough. Westside Superintendent Regina Rossall said the number of English-language learners in the district has doubled in the last year. “So those are kids who are new to our system,” Rossall said. “I think that you see us needing to adjust our instructional program, which we are doing, because of that shift from kids mostly speaking English to having a number of kids who don’t speak English as their primary language.” last_img read more