Teachers, Students Urged to End ‘Sex for Grades’

first_imgThe appalling condition of the educational sector due to mass failure of Liberian students in regional and university exams has sparked a debate on who is responsible.  Some blame students, while others hold teachers and the Liberian government responsible.The debate was recently fueled when over 10,000 students were placed under probation at the University of Liberia for scoring low grades.Mr. Nathaniel Gbaba, Chief Operating Officer of the New Millennium Oil and Gas Company, the only Liberian company which has leased Oil Blocl 16, said teachers should not condone or practice “sex for grades.”Gbaba said such a practice contributes to the shamed educational sector as well as the health sector, to the extent of having bad nurses.He made the statement on Saturday, May 16 during the 16th Pinning and Acceptance of graduates from the First Aid Department of the Helthon Community Health Training Institute in Nyanfor Town, Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.Gbaba, also a lecturer at the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), said the exploitation of students using sex for grades should be shunned by all teachers as their way of making them to study to earn their achievement.He cautioned students not to engage in such practice because it can spoil their integrity and ruin their honest learning.“This has to stop; the Education Ministry has beefed up her mechanism,” Mr. Gbaba said.He urged administrators, parents and guardians to play their respective roles to change the situation for the better.The Helthon Community Health Training Institute was founded in 2004 by the late Dr. Anthony Jota and over 500 students have graduated from the health school.Prior to his current position, Gbaba served as National Program Officer of the UNDP, Special Assistant to the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and the Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: August 10, 2015

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More Than Me Back to the Rescue

first_imgOn August 14- 19, 2015, the Minister of Education, More Than Me (MTM) and Shelter for Life International went on a five day scoping tour to visit some of the Liberian schools tucked away in remote locations.The trip covered 10 of Liberia’s 15 counties and enabled representatives from the Ministry of Education, MTM and its tour partners to see for themselves the conditions of over more than 12 schools in Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Bong, Margibi and Montserrado Counties.“I hope the world sees the emergency that Liberia’s education state is in and I hope that I can help bring attention and real change to it,” Katie Meyler remarked. “Liberia needs as much help as possible. Until Liberia builds their education system, how can we re-build any other part of the country?”Katie Meyler, founder of MTM, is no stranger to Liberia’s school sector. Since 2009, Katie has with strong determination and passion, changed the future and lives of scores of girls living in West Point. To date, more than 150 girls living in and around WestPoint, including 11 orphans are being impacted by MTM’s higher learning program.“We provide full services to our children which includes a social working department, clinic in and outside of the school and also a feeding program,” stated Laura Smith, Principle and country director of MTM.During the uproar and heat of the Ebola outbreak, MTM stepped in with services that helped quarantined homes receive the necessities that would allow them to stay put. The Ebola task forces in most of the communities were given allowances and training to help them effectively track and trace those infected; not to mention the aid that was given to the Liberian government by MTM.This time around, Katie feels highly connected and eager in seeing the best for Liberia and its pupils.“I hope to be as much of support to the Minister of Education as possible. MTM wants to work with him. We’re not coming on our own to do anything but rather to see how we can be most supportive,” Katie noted.For the meantime, Laura Smith, MTM’s principal says that their interest in making such a trip was to see for themselves the needs of other schools around Liberia. During the visit, in most of the schools visited, there were leaking roofs, lack of infrastructure, broken or no chairs at all, as well as the issue of the lack of school text books.“We’re at the very beginning stages to get a general idea of what’s going on in the counties. We will be able to go back and talk with each other, other organizations and talk about these needs and how we can all come together and help,” Laura shared.During the visitation at the government schools, Sam Herring, MTM’s Special Projects Program Manager was there with a mobile phone mapping all of the schools. It is a mapping system that he says will enable MTM to visit the schools individually, a second time.“We’re conducting a community survey as well as a survey of school administrators and that includes the GPS. We’re mapping all the schools we may possibly work with to know exactly where they are, how we can access them and what the challenges are,” he stated.“The GPS will give us directions and show us the location of the school whether a structured building is there or not. Google has done well for us with its Google Earth Search Software. It won’t be 100% accurate especially in the rural areas,but we’ve been using it. I’m capturing the GPS coordinates and when you put the latitude and longitude, Google will let us know exactly where these schools are,” he shared.According to Sam, such a tour or interest by MTM does not mean that the organization wants to be in the forefront, but rather just an extra hand.“It’s not a hostile take over. We want to know what are the needs, what they are doing well that could be used in other schools as well and what MTM can bring to the table,” he assured.Meanwhile, representatives working closely along the Minister of Education say MTM’s program in itself is ‘good’ and the government has talked about possible partnerships with the award-winning academy.“We met with MTM in New York and met a lot of donors. Katie has the platform and credibility to get money on our behalf and put it into our schools. The idea is to identify some schools that the government can replicate into MTM,” stated a rep from the Ministry.“Shelter for Life International has access within the US department of agriculture, which has about US$50 million in food aid. If they were to put together a good program with Liberia, they could give us that amount because the World Food Program has been lobbying the Ministry of Education,” they further added.In as much, Katie knows that she can help in yet another fight; a fight that involves infrastructure, fixing broken pieces that have caused the education sector to be troubling sector. “What we’ve been good at in the short amount of years we’ve existed is getting things done. Understanding and listening to the people and communicating with others out there are our strengthening points. Hopefully we’ll use what we’re good at and be a part of the community to come together and support the ministry of education. I don’t like a lot of talking because I want to see action. There’s some things we don’t need to talk about like the fact that there’s basic human rights for people, some of which we hope we can gather funding around,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WaterAid Report: 72% of Liberians without Toilet Facilities

first_imgThe British charity WaterAid has launched a global sanitation report in Liberia as part of this year’s World Toilet Day celebration held on November 19, revealing that in Liberia, over 1.6 million people – approximately one-third of the nation’s population — practice open defecation as a result of lack of access to sanitation, such as toilets. The report, “Overflowing Cities: The State of the World’s Toilets 2016,” reveals that in addition to the 1,620,000 (one million, six hundred twenty thousand) people in Liberia practicing open defecation, urban dwellers living without improved sanitation is equivalent to 72 percent, while 500 plus children died from preventable diseases.The report examines the state of urban sanitation around the world as an issue that is becoming more pressing as two-thirds of the global population is reportedly expected to live in towns and cities by 2050. This year’s program was held under theme, “Toilets and Jobs,” with focus on how sanitation or the lack of it can impact people’s livelihoods.In Liberia, the report said 32 percent of children under five are stunted as a result of diseases associated with poor sanitation.The Team Leader of WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma, called on the national government to ensure that everyone living in urban areas, including slums, have toilet facilities.Mr. Selma wants increased budgets from governments and donors on sanitation, clean water and hygiene for the urban poor; he also stressed the need for coordination among government, partners and residents to ensure improved sanitation services are provided.He also urged corporate organizations to play a pivotal role in society by supporting initiatives aimed at raising the profile of slum dwellers when it comes to sanitation.Selma then used the occasion to admonish Liberians from all walks of life to give sanitation workers respect, better incentives and decent salariesHe said India ranks tops for having the greatest number of urbanites living without a safe, private toilet – 157 million – as well as the most urban dwellers practicing open defecation – 41 million. “Africa’s biggest economy, Nigeria, is falling far behind in reaching its urban population with a toilet, while China is making some strides in reaching its urban population with sanitation,” Mr. Selma said.From statistics, Mr. Selma said, around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhea, which is caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day or one child every two minutes.“War-ravaged South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, is the worst country in the world for urban sanitation in percentage terms. An estimated 84 percent of urbanites have no access to a toilet and every other urban-dweller there practices open defecation,” he said. He said the report examines the problems facing more than 700 million urban dwellers around the world living without decent sanitation. Selma added that an estimated 100 million of these have no choice but to defecate in the open, using roadsides, railway tracks and even plastic bags, dubbed “flying toilets.”“One child dies every two minutes from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and hygiene. Globally 159 million children under five have their physical and cognitive developments stunted; many of such cases are caused from repeated bouts of diarrhea attributed to dirty water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene,” Selma said.The WaterAid report coincided with programs marking this year’s World Toilet Day, which also talked about taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. The report named South Sudan, Madagascar, Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Ethiopia, Liberia, DR Congo and Uganda as the 10 countries topping the list with the greatest percentage of the urban population living without safe toilets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cardiff close in on Wanyama

first_imgMackay is also looking to hold further talks with Blackpool winger Tom Ince after having an £8m bid accepted for the England Under 21 player.The Kenyan international is at the centre of a £12million tug of war between Cardiff City and Southampton but could still join up the the Bhoys on their summer trip to Germany.The 21-year-old’s dad, Noah Wanyama – whose other son McDonald Mariga plays for Inter Milan – told the Evening Times he expects Victor’s future to be decided one way or the other this week.He said: “My son will make a sober decision. Be patient, he will make a decision in the coming days.“I have talked to him and, while I am not going to interfere in any way with his decision about his future, it is my place to advise him.“But I make it a point never to interfere with my sons’ professional affairs. They are mature enough to make sensible decisions.“All I do is to give them fatherly advice to ensure they are not carried away by their status.“My sons have never let me down. Their discipline has been great. I ensured they grew up the way I taught them. I am a disciplinarian, and self-control was instilled in them.“They may think they are celebrities on account of their achievements, but they have to maintain family values. They understand their future in football solely rides on how disciplined they are.“I was a player once, so I understand what it takes to make real achievements in football.”“Some other parents, and I don’t blame them, would have asked their sons to concentrate on education, but I told my sons to decide what they wanted to do.“Sports is a career, my sons have sufficiently proved that. I couldn’t be more proud of them. The boys make me happy and proud to be their father.”– Report by Daily Mail/Wales Online0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, July 4- Newly promoted Welshi side Cardiff City are hopeful of sealing an £11m (Sh1.446b) deal for Celtic midfielder and Harambee Stars skipper, Victor Wanyama.Talks were expected to resume between the two clubs with manager Malky Mackay close to landing the 21-year-old Kenyan.last_img read more

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2014: The Football Edition

first_imgEvery year John Lewis release a viral television commercial to capture the hearts of the nation in the run up to Christmas.And this year we decided to add a bit of football magic to this year’s offering.If you’ve ever wondered what Steven Gerrard, Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger want for Christmas, then this is the video for you.For more funny videos, make sure you subscribe to talkSPORT on YouTube here.last_img

Southampton flop could rescue career after impressive Liverpool cameo

first_imgSouthampton boss Ronald Koeman says Gaston Ramirez could still have a future at the club.The Uruguay international, a £12million signing in 2012, has struggled to make any impact under Koeman or his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.His agent, Pablo Betancourt, suggested last week that Ramirez could be on his way out of St Mary’s in January, with a host of Italian sides keen on his signature.But Ramirez could still rescue his Saints career after making a surprise appearance against Liverpool on Sunday.The 24-year-old was introduced with ten minutes left of the Premier League clash at Anfield and set up Sadio Mane’s late equaliser in an impressive cameo.“He’s working hard and he’s trying to take his opportunity,” Koeman said.“With injuries to Shane [Long] and Jay [Rodriguez] he’s knocking on the door and then I give Gaston that opportunity.” 1 Ronald Koeman last_img read more

Southampton star scores brace v Man United, Liverpool fans predict summer bid

first_img1 Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice against Manchester United in the EFL Cup final Liverpool fans have identified the next Southampton star they want their club to sign.Watching the EFL Cup final on Sunday afternoon, which was won by Manchester United, fans of the Reds were treated to a superb display by Manolo Gabbiadini.The Italian striker – signed by the Saints in January – scored twice and had another goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.And this performance whetted the appetite of the watching Liverpool fans, who know their club have a history of raiding St Mary’s for signings.Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are three players to have made the move from the south coast to Anfield in recent years, and Reds supporters reacted on social media to Gabbiadini’s performance – highlighting him as Jurgen Klopp’s next target.last_img read more

Streamlined Wendy’s gets back to serious business of burgers

first_img“It’s struggled for brand image,” said Sherri Daye Scott, editor of QSR magazine, which covers the fast-food industry. “Most people will tell you that after the passing of Dave Thomas, the company didn’t have an anchor.” Wendy’s, based in suburban Columbus, is selling the Baja Fresh chain after buying it in 2002 for $275 million. Second-quarter losses of $29.1 million, or 25 cents per share, were blamed partially on the chain of 300 restaurants in 25 states. “They sold it for a song,” Daye Scott said. The Baja Fresh chain was hurt by several leadership changes over the last few years, Anderson said. It’s best for Baja Fresh to have a new owner and for Wendy’s to concentrate on Wendy’s, she said. The West Coast group buying the chain is led by investor David Kim and owns brands including Sweet Factory, Cinnabon and Denny’s.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wendy’s International Inc. introduced a strategy Thursday to revive its brand by introducing new menu items and emphasizing product quality. Part of the plan by the nation’s third-largest hamburger chain includes an agreement to sell its underperforming Baja Fresh Mexican Grill chain to a consortium of investment firms for $31 million. Wendy’s, which spun off its coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons last month, has been under pressure from some shareholders to shed its extra businesses and return to its hamburger roots. The company, known for its square, made-to-order burgers, is trying to keep recent momentum after a tough 2005 in which sales at locations open more than a year fell for the first time in 18 years as a customer falsely claimed she found part of a finger in her chili. “Over time, we have kind of not focused on what business we’re in and we’re in the core hamburger business,” interim Chief Executive Officer and President Kerrii Anderson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. The stock has reached record levels recently. On Thursday, it rose $1.39, or 4.1 percent, to close at $35.11 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company said it expects same-store sales, one of the best indicators of a company’s strength, to continue to increase by 3 percent to 4 percent over last year, but it warned that third-quarter profits due out Oct. 26 would be affected by several factors, including the cost of closing 30 to 40 restaurants and writing down the value of its Cafe Express chain. The company also is on target to meet previously announced plans to cut costs by $100 million, Anderson said. Those cuts include reducing corporate jobs. Analysts say that one of Wendy’s strengths is the quality of its products, which was a focus of founder Dave Thomas. He was a big part of Wendy’s marketing before he died in 2002. last_img read more

Gussying up garage becomes hot trend

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“It’s ironic that the one room of the house where the door is open daily for the whole world to see tends to be the most unsightly, poorly utilized and neglected,” said Barry Izsak, president of National Association of Professional Organizers. “The garage becomes the family dumping ground … I kind of liken the garage to purgatory, in a way.” Robin Levinson chose to spend money on her home garage in swanky downtown Fort Lauderdale. The floor is clean, except for a motorcycle and two kayaks. There’s bikes, ladders and tennis rackets hanging on hooks attached to the attractive light brown paneling. “It’s an extension of how you live; when I show the house I make sure people see the garage,” said Levinson, who hired HouseWall for her garage remodeling but wouldn’t say how much she spent. The National Association of Home Builders reported in 2004 that 91 percent of new homes have garages and 83 percent have a two-car garage or larger. Meanwhile, garage organization is a fast-growing segment within the $7 billion home-organization sector, according to statistics provided by Peachtree Consulting to GarageTek. HomeWorld Business’ Houseware Census published annually in January show retail sales of garage organization products increased an estimated 38 percent from 2001 to 2005, from $498 million to $688 million. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Golf bags, bicycles, old trophies, power tools, boxes of moldy books – Americans’ garages are filled with stuff, stuff and more stuff. Just one thing is often missing: cars. Several companies, including GarageTek in Syosset, N.Y. and HouseWall Garage System in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. are helping people get the junk out of the way so the cars can come back in. These companies also are taking advantage of the multibillion-dollar home-remodeling industry, and the trend of turning garages into multiuse rooms. These companies offer specially designed wall paneling that allows easy installation of hooks to hang bikes and ladders, and elevated cabinets for storage. Flooring, lighting, workbenches and other accessories make the garage a place for work, play and entertaining, with projects ranging from the high hundreds to thousands of dollars. “People don’t want to do it themselves anymore,” said Michael Dagen, who started HouseWall two years ago. “They don’t have the time or the effort or the skill.” Early fixtures in the garage-reorganization industry include Coleman garage furniture – currently licensed from Jarden Corp.’s The Coleman Co. by O’Sullivan Furniture – and Gladiator GarageWorks by Whirlpool Corp. Coleman provides workbenches with power outlets for the garage and Gladiator offers sleek-looking refrigerators and a trash compactor. Another prominent company is GarageTek, which has reached 50 markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom since 2001. It has a goal of eventually reaching 110 markets, said marketing director Barbara Butensky. HouseWall already has eight franchises in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri, Dagen said. He wants to have 20 franchises by the end of the year. Its customers call a local franchise and a team comes to the home, inspects the garage and recommends a remodeling plan using a 3-D computer rendering. Workers then install the wall paneling, hooks, shelves, racks, cabinets and other accessories, with hundreds of possible combinations. “You don’t have to do anything. If you get more toys, you can get more hooks,” said Levinson, who owns a jewelry company with her husband. Still, this process does bring an expenditure that’s usually more than if a family dedicates a weekend to do it themselves by just throwing out old belongings, installing shelves and restacking boxes. Home-improvement giants such as Home Depot and Lowe’s rely on the do-it-yourself approach to sell shelves, cabinets and wall hooks to individuals, while also offering installation services. Butensky said GarageTek targets the top 20 percent of home value in its markets and shapes its message to reach women who want a “neat, safe room.” GarageTek even offers lighting to accentuate the look of the room. Housewall’s projects range from $800 to $17,000, Dagen said. The cost includes a professional organizer to suggest how to stack and sort. However, Izsak said the industry can satisfy any price point as Americans keep buying more stuff. For example, retirees with fixed incomes who have trouble moving around can employ these companies to do work they can’t.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