SHADE Embarks on Tree Planting in Voinjama

first_imgDue to the frequent occurrence of rainstorms in Lofa County, Support Humanity Against Destruction of the Environment (SHADE), has embarked on planting trees in Voinjama City to prevent wind damage to vulnerable properties. The trees serve as wind breakers to lessen the destructive impact of windstorms on properties and the environment.The disclosure was made by the executive director of SHADE, Peter Dorbor in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Voinjama City recently.Director Dorbor said to that date, SHADE has planted 1,500 trees in Voinjama City.He said in order to extend the tree planting to other rainstorm affected areas SHADE needs U$50,000 as operational cost.He explained that SHADE wants to plant trees in Quardu Gboni, Foya and Kolahun.Director Dorbor said several thousand species of trees have been put on nurseries for the upcoming tree planting activity.“We want to extend our tree planting activities to other affected areas once we are able to secure funding,” he said.He said his organization is prepared to work with the county administration to speed up the tree planting effort.He intimated that the tree planting process started years back while its implementation began in December 2013 in the Monument Community in Voinjama City.Director Dorbor said SHADE intends to nurse 2,500 seeds of different varieties of indigenous and exotic trees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bridge CSO May Affirms Support to Girls Education in Liberia

first_imgShannon May, Bridge Academy’s Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), said the visit of the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, to Liberia yesterday is a show of support for girls’ education. Ms May said the visit of Mrs. Obama is an effort the Liberia government has already begun to bridge the gap in male and female enrollment, “and improve the quality of education for our children.” The reports for the education sector, according to Bridge Academy release, show that at primary level, there is an estimated 1:1 ratio for boys and girls; but as they go forward in school, the ratio drops substantially becoming 3:1, indicating that for every three males in a class room, there is either one or no female. “The ratio drops almost to zero as young people proceed through secondary school and to college. These variations send us a message: that as our girls grow up, the barriers they encounter are inhibiting: early marriage, sexual exploitation and abuse within the school, family and community settings, the results of which may be teenage pregnancy, chronic ailments and lack of sanitation at school. All of these (conditions) account for the drop in the male-female enrolment ratio as they move to higher grades in school,” the release said.Recognizing the enormous challenges facing education, and the inhibiting barriers there are to girls’ education, the Liberian government has moved to initiate Partnership Schools with the aim to bring global expertise to bear on the intractable issues that haunt Liberia’s education system. The government’s aim is to ensure that as Liberia rebuilds and moves towards the attainment of a middle income status in the years ahead, the girls are not left behind, the release noted. “It is thus incumbent upon us to break the barriers and ensure that as our girls enter school, they do remain in school and become whatever they aspire to. The retention of our girls in school is a national imperative. This responsibility falls on every Liberian, on every parent and on all of us who seek a betterLiberia for our children and generations yet unborn. The better Liberia we seek cannot be better if it will not be a place where we create more Ellen Johnson Sirleafs and more Michelle Obamas,” the release stated.According to the release, “Bridge Partnership Schools, as a committed and trusted partner of the GOL, and an ardent champion of girls’ education around the world, commemorates Mrs. Obama’s visit with this symbolic event to demonstrate the commitments in our hearts to promote education for all girls in Liberia. Bridge Partnership Schools is part of the national movement to dramatically improve education in Liberia. We are, together with the government and other partners creating powerful public schools, which are trusted and safe places of learning. Our commitment is thus to ensure that every child, irrespective of gender and other backgrounds, can reach their full potentials within the school setting. We are creating schools where our girls can find safety and security as they make themselves for the future, the release said.“As you join us in this effort, by writing the names of one girl so dear to your heart, you make a commitment today, to stand up for girls’ education everywhere. You will make sure that girl will be a point of contact for all girls within your reach. Together, we break barriers to girls’ education in Liberia and add our voices to First Lady Michelle Obama’s and say #LetGirlsLearn.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City employees ratify new contract, wage increase

first_imgWith the assistance of a mediator, the parties were able to reach a three year agreement, that will expire on December 31, 2014. The deal includes a one per cent wage increase, retroactive to January 1, 2012, and a 2.25 per cent increase as of June 1, 2012. There is also Cost of Living Adjustment clause for years two and three, to protect against inflation if it goes beyond 3.5 per cent. The agreement also includes significant increases to dental and chiropractor/massage benefits, and improvements in allowances for glasses. Further details about the contract and how many employees voted for/against the contract are not immediately available. We will update once we receive more information.- Advertisement –last_img

Hoover’s Sutterfield is district’s top teacher

first_img“She’s a very complete teacher,” she added, “and it’s very gratifying to know that she chose to work at our school for 37 years.” Sutterfield said she first realized she wanted to become a teacher while attending Whittier College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She was working in the college’s reading clinic, where she helped tutor struggling and disabled students in reading. “I was able to work with kids with special needs, some with Down syndrome and autism, and it really made me think, hey, this is what I want to do,” Sutterfield said. “I also had a brother who taught for 40 years, and a grandma who taught in a one-room schoolhouse,” she said. “But she only did that for one year – one year was enough for her!” Schmierer says part of the “joy” of Sutterfield’s tenure is that generations of families have passed through her classrooms at Hoover Elementary. “The parents will come and talk to me about it, how they were in her classroom and now their children are there,” Schmierer said. “It’s really a legacy that she’s given to our community.” But Sutterfield says she’s the one with the best end of the deal. “There’s not a day I don’t get a laugh, and no matter what’s happening in your own life, the kids give you something to smile about.” The moment that always brightens Sutterfield’s day is when a youngster ambles up to her and proclaims that she’s “the best teacher I’ve ever had in my whole life.” “I smile and I think, `But how many teachers could you have had by now?’ ” she said, chuckling. “But that’s what I love. It’s fun, and I get hugs, and they’re so happy to see you,” Sutterfield said. “It’s a neat job.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a great honor,” said Sutterfield, who has also taught first grade over the years. “Sometimes I still can’t believe it,” she said. “I keep looking at the little paper the district gave me that says I am the Teacher of the Year. “It’s on my fridge at home,” she said sheepishly. “I put it there, just like a little kid would.” But the honor was no surprise to Hoover Principal Kathy Schmierer, who said Sutterfield is “one of the most outstanding teachers, in terms of skills, that I have ever seen. “But on top of that, she also has a heart for her students,” Schmierer said. “She believes in helping them to grow into productive citizens who love learning and love coming to school. WHITTIER – With a career that has spanned nearly four decades, Sandy Sutterfield says not a day has gone by when she didn’t have at least a little bit of fun in her job – not to mention plenty of hugs, laughter or smiles. It’s one of the perks of being a teacher at Hoover Elementary School, says Sutterfield, 59, who kicked off her 38th year at the Uptown public school this month with a brand new second-grade class. But Sutterfield is enjoying a new perk this year – one that left her very flattered and appreciative of her chosen career as an educator. She was named the 2007-08 Teacher of the Year for the Whittier City School District. She will be recognized with other districts’ Teachers of the Year at a banquet later this month sponsored by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. last_img

Alan Brazil breakfast bite – Thursday, August 10: Premier League memories

first_imgAs the football returns, we celebrate 25 years of the Premier League, but how much can Dean Saunders remember about his appearance in the first ever televised Premier League game?last_img

Extra Time Weekend podcast with Tom Latchem and Ged Mills

first_imgListen to the best bits of Extra Time from the weekend with Tom Latchem and Ged Mills.This week the boys were discussing assistant producer Josh and his poltergeist-filled flat, paranormal expert Karin Beasant joined them on the show to try and explain what it all meant plus they took some calls of more weird activity around the UK.last_img

Warnock thanks ‘amazing’ Cardiff fans as he prepares for last year in football

first_imgWarnock told talkSPORT he had considered ending his near 40-year career in management there and then, and explains he would have done had the club stayed in the Premier League.However, the 70-year-old ultimately decided to see out one final season to repay fans for their support during his three years in charge of the Welsh club.Asked if he expects this to be his last season in football, Warnock told the Sports Breakfast on Friday: “Absolutely.“We’ve always said we can’t just keep going on.“If we stayed up it would have been ideal to call it a day, and then I would have enjoyed it even more, but it wasn’t to be. New job If anyone can do it, Warnock can.The veteran coach holds the record for the most promotions achieved in professional football in England with eight – and for seven different clubs.So can he end his storied career with promotion number nine?“They [Cardiff chiefs] would like us to get straight back up, but I do reiterate to them it’s easier said than done. TROPHY Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Luton vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTSalford City vs Stevenage (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Brentford vs Birmingham (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Nottingham Forest vs West Brom (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Liverpool (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Leeds United (Sunday, 4:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 The new Championship season kicks off this weekend and talkSPORT will bring you extensive coverage: Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions targets 2 FAREWELL 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star latest Neil Warnock guided Cardiff to second place in the Championship and promotion back to the Premier League in his second season in charge in Wales deals MOST-VIEWED FOOTBALL HEADLINES LIVE on talkSPORT Nathaniel Mendez-Laing gave Cardiff fans something to celebrate with both goals in their 2-0 win at Old Trafford REVEALED getty getty Neil Warnock has confirmed this season will be his last in football, telling talkSPORT he wanted to complete one final campaign as a thank you to Cardiff City’s ‘amazing’ fans.The Bluebirds were relegated after an incredibly tough season on and off the field, which was turned upside down by the tragic death of their record signing Emiliano Sala in February.The team were shaken by the events surrounding the striker’s aircraft accident, yet Cardiff kept their pursuit for top flight safety going until the final few matches but were eventually relegated by three points – despite beating Manchester United 2-0 on the final day of the season. “I think if I can steady the ship this year and just repay the faith the fans have had in me from day one, it would be nice to leave the club on a high and in a good place for another three years to come.“You don’t want to leave on a sad note. The fans have been great, I’ve never had anything like this ever in my life.“The fans have almost taken it on themselves to regroup the club, the whole club is together and every game is like a day out.“I just felt I couldn’t leave them like that with somebody new straight away. Usually relegated teams have difficult starts to the campaign, so if I can steady the ship up to Christmas and see where we are and obviously at the same time the club will be looking for their next manager.” Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested “Look at last year – the three teams that came down where nowhere near.“And you look at the teams around us and some have spent large quite amounts of money and we’ve lost quite a lot of players, but we’ve signed six players to replace them.“We needed freshening up I think and the lads who have come in have done that and we’re all looking forward to it.“The Championship is not the end of the world, it’s a great league. I love it. That blood and thunder, and you don’t know one result from the next; I like that type of management.”Listen back to Neil Warnock on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL abovelast_img read more

David Beckham’s MLS stadium site contaminated by arsenic, says report

first_img David Beckham could be hit with a £41million fine AFP or licensors scrap The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest Melreese golf course has been closed until further notice by Miami’s city council after the findings.Commission Chairman Ken Russell said: “This is the largest contaminated park in the city’s portfolio. This is a concern.”Environmental firm EE&G, hired by Inter Miami, took more than 140 soil samples over the last few months. As well as the arsenic, it found barium and lead levels above legal limits.EE&G concluded: “The debris included fragments of tile, metal and glass, mixed with fine-grain sands, which often exhibited a rusty colour.David Moyes confirms he is willing to manage David Beckham’s MLS side Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos David Beckham’s Miami dream could become a nightmare after his proposed stadium site for Inter Miami CF was found to have arsenic contamination levels more than twice the legal limit, says an environmental report.The former England captain is currently preparing his new side into MLS. But, according to the Miami Herald, his plans for a $1billion stadium and commercial complex have hit a snare.The aforementioned environmental report has concluded the contamination surrounding the site has hit more than twice the legal limit and hazardous debris in surface-level soil samples at the Melreese golf course. revealed SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 1 ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane “Intermittent wood fragments were encountered along with concrete and other non-native materials, but not evidence of municipal garbage.”Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is pleased the site was tested and insists the city has chosen another consulting firm, AECOM, to conduct its own tests. The firm will also be paid by Inter Miami.Suarez said: “Basically, the site has significantly more contamination than what is commercially reasonable.”An Inter Miami spokesperson said: “Miami Freedom Park has continued to move forward with the various studies needed for the redevelopment of the site. PAYBACK Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion LATEST Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:42Loaded: 9.68%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen David Moyes on playing with David Beckham at Preston“Our legal team and engineers have been meeting with city commissioners and staff about the environmental report our consultants conducted on the city’s land.“We will be working with the city to implement a remediation plan that is thorough, and provides residents and visitors a destination that is safe for all to enjoy.”last_img read more

Falkirk 1-2 Dundee United: Late drama puts United in final

first_imgThe hosts had taken the lead for the first time in the tie after a crisp move. Right-back Aaron Muirhead played it into John Baird’s feet and the striker laid it off to Craigen, who arrowed a 20-yard drive which went in off the far post.Falkirk were buoyed by the goal and had some good passages of play inside the United half with former Tannadice midfielder Mark Kerr making them tick but United were getting forward too and they created their first clear chance when Dixon’s cross found Thomas Mikkelsen in space. The Dane headed over from 10 yards.Murray twice fluffed chances to shoot from about 18 yards before some balls over the top caught out Falkirk, but Mikkelsen could not find Murray from the first break and curled not far over from 20 yards from another opening.There was controversy in the 50th minute when referee Kevin Clancy blew for a very soft free-kick just as William Edjenguele volleyed in off the bar following a corner. Mikkelsen had placed his hand on Watson before heading the ball on but the defender went down very easily. United kept up the pressure and Andreu stabbed wide following a cutback by Murray, who soon had a header saved by Robbie Thomson.Falkirk responded and Craigen and Luke Leahy twice linked up well to threaten.Thomson got down well to save from Murray but the Bairns were now keeping United at arm’s length and visiting manager Ray McKinnon made a tactical switch midway through the half, taking off striker Mikkelsen and bringing on midfielder Scot Fraser and moving to a 4-2-3-1.The equaliser came from a simple diagonal ball from Fraser from inside his own half. Blair Spittal won it in the air and Murray got the ball amid some hesitant defending from Muirhead before calmly slotting home.Spittal took a yellow card to stop Myles Hippolyte on a dangerous break and the Falkirk substitute could not clear the wall from the free-kick.Extra time looked likely but Dixon soon struck to spark wild celebrations among the visiting fans. Paul Dixon headed a late winner as Dundee United came from behind to beat Falkirk and reach the Ladbrokes Premiership play-off final.Dixon’s goal sealed a 2-1 victory at a sold-out Falkirk Stadium and a 4-3 aggregate triumph to keep alive United’s hopes of returning to the top flight at the first time of asking.James Craigen fired home his second goal of the tie inside 11 minutes and the game remained nicely poised, although Falkirk appeared to have taken control before Simon Murray levelled with 14 minutes left after the hosts failed to deal with a simple ball forward.And United completed the comeback with three minutes left to set up another two-legged affair next week against either Inverness or Hamilton. Substitute Alex Nicholls collected the ball from a throw-in on the right and had space to cross to the back post, where Dixon beat Tom Taiwo to loop a header into the far corner.last_img read more

Watch: You’ll never believe what’s on John Watson’s Valentine’s gift list!

first_imgJohn Watson of Watson Hire Letterkenny is feeling the love this Valentine’s Weekend.Many lovebirds struggle to find the perfect romantic gift, but there’s no shortage of inspiration at this local hardware store.John stocks a massive range of homeware, DIY tools and accessories… and with the right attitude, he believes anything can be an ideal gift for a special someone. Watch the gift guide here: John’s latest video suggests unique gifts for him and her including steamy irons, fashionable wellies, cosy teapots and other items for the more adventurous!Included at the end of the video is a special competition where viewers can win a romantic meal for two at Backstage Bar & Grill Letterkenny, just click here to enter:   Watch: You’ll never believe what’s on John Watson’s Valentine’s gift list! was last modified: February 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:competitionJOhn WatsonValentines DayWatson Hirelast_img read more