Bridging the Digital Divide

first_imgThe Government of Liberia has disclosed that it has embarked upon a lofty Information Communication Technology (ICT) project to provide a modern computer lab at each public high school across the nation.According to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Dr. Frederick Norkeh, setting up each lab will cost the government between US$25,000 to US$35,000. He further stated that each school will have between 25 to 50 computers.The nation’s Post Master General further said the project is intended to “bridge the digital divide that exists between most young people in Monrovia and those in the hinterland.”Presently, according to Dr. Norkeh, as he was briefing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf concerning the project, three schools have now equipped. They include Sinoe Multilateral High (SMH) and Tubman High in Sinoe County, as well as the Central High School in Grand Kru County.At the SMH computer lab, which the President had gone to dedicate on Friday, July 24, the Minister Norkeh told the President that at the moment they had only installed the 25 brand new computers and in the coming months, they would connect all of them to the Internet to enhance the learning process for students at each of those high schools.Speaking with the Daily Observer at the Barclayville Central High School in Grand Kru County, Education Minister George K. Werner stated that he was grateful to the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) for partnering with the Ministries of Education and Posts and Telecommunications to undertake the project.Mr. Werner further said that his Ministry wants an educational system that produces Liberian students who can make meaningful contributions to the economy of the state, “not just for today, but tomorrow.”“So what this computer lab will do, it will give students the skills they need to navigate the World Wide Web but also to find opportunities for themselves,” he said.Min. Werner also stated that in a brief conversation he had with Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan on that day, he had asked the Foreign Minister if it would be possible for students and others to apply for passport or scholarships once the computers are hooked to the Internet without them coming down to Monrovia, as is the case at the moment. “So this opens up a lot of huge opportunities for students and people of the county,” he added.In order to keep the project alive and running, he disclosed that four students in the 12th grade, two boys and two girls, would be brought to Monrovia and trained and those students will come back to manage the labs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Langston Hughes event will appeal to fans of modern urban musicians

first_imgLangston Hughes once said, “Jazz is a montage of a dream deferred. A great big dream-yet to come-and always yet to become ultimately and finally true.” On Feb. 27 that “great big dream” Hughes referred to will harmoniously unravel in the multimedia concert performance the Langston Hughes Project “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz.” The event is presented by the COC Associated Student Government in honor of Black History Month. “Contemporary urban musical artists, such as Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas or Ludacris, owe a debt of gratitude to Langston Hughes, and those who listen to current music will want to attend The Langston Hughes Project,” said Floyd Moos, dean of fine and performing arts at College of the Canyons. “Hughes brought a new and important voice to the African-American experience,” stressed Moos, “and his work announced to the world that the 20th century inner city streets were filled with complex and exciting possibilities.” Dedicated to “the greatest horn blower of them all,” Louis Armstrong, “Ask Your Mama” was written by Hughes as an 800-line, twelve-part poetic suite. The intention was to transmit the mood created during the Harlem Renaissance by spoken word, a live jazz quartet and the use of visual illustrations onscreen of African-American artists and photographers such as Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks and Romare Bearden. Written in the 1960s as a visualization of the global struggle for freedom at the time, “Ask Your Mama” remained unfinished due to Hughes’ death in 1967. The recent recovery of the words, music and images made it possible to finish Hughes’ vision justly. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Music director and composer Ron McCurdy, in collaboration with Eli James Brueggemann, orchestrated the original music based on the music cues suggested by Hughes. The words, sounds and images in “Ask Your Mama” speak to all ages and re-create an unforgettable era in our cultural history, bridging the Harlem Renaissance, the post-World War II beat writers’ coffeehouse jazz poetry world and the Black Arts performance explosion of the 1960s. The performance will be at 7 p.m. at the COC Performing Arts Center, with tickets on sale for $10. For more information about the Langston Hughes Project “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz” and ticket purchasing, visit the COC performing arts center Web site at www.canyonsPAC.com. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com last_img read more

Father, 3 kids found alive in snowy ravine

first_imgPARADISE, Calif. – A father and his three children who had been missing since heading into the mountains over the weekend to cut a Christmas tree were plucked Wednesday from a snowy ravine, providing a Christmas miracle just as another storm was bearing down. “I’m just amazed how well they did,” Lisa Sams said after seeing her children and ex-husband for the first time since they were found. “It was like butterflies in my stomach, like if you were going to go on a very-first date.” The four appeared to be in good shape as they bounded from a California Highway Patrol helicopter that made successive flights to bring them to safety. The father smiled as he stepped out of the chopper to cheers from family and friends, then was whisked to a nearby hospital with his children. The four left for the tree hunt Sunday but were not reported missing until late Monday. By then, a fierce storm had dumped more than a foot of snow in the mountains, about 100 miles north of Sacramento, and dropped temperatures into the 20s. “Our hearts are all full right now,” said Cory Stahl, who owns a pest-control business where the father works. “It’s a very merry Christmas now.” Clouds had prevented an aerial search until a brief lifting of them Wednesday afternoon allowed a CHP helicopter to join the effort. Flight officer David White said it was the last opportunity for the helicopter to land, with snow falling heavily as it descended. He said the four were wet and cold but otherwise seemed fine. They had survived wearing only jeans, sweat shirts and coats by huddling in a culvert beneath a bridge, sheltered from the outside by a makeshift wall of twigs and tree branches. Her younger children were pushed deepest into the shelter, with the father and eldest child blocking the wind, Sams recounted after visiting them at the hospital. She said they told of huddling together and telling jokes and singing to pass the time in the first couple of days, before beginning to grow scared and depressed in the last 24 hours. They had found water to drink and did not eat snow because their father remembered reading that it could cause hypothermia. Frederick also had taken off his shirt, torn up the fabric and wrapped it around his children’s feet, hoping to stave off frostbite. Sams said Alexis’ toes had grown black, but Frederick had kept rubbing them to try to keep them warm. Sams said color had begun to return to the girl’s toes in the hospital. The father and children – found less than a mile and a half from the road – said they had become confused by going from pine tree to pine tree, trying to find the perfect Christmas tree, before realizing they were lost. Sams said they told her they did not try to venture from the shelter because they knew she was a “worrywart” and would send a search crew. “I knew that they would pull together,” Sams said. “We’re a really close family.” The four were taken to Feather River Hospital in Paradise, where they were being checked for dehydration, hypothermia and frostbite. Treating physician Kurt Bower said all four were doing well – walking, talking and drinking hot chocolate. Because Dominguez had custody of his children at the time, his ex-wife did not know they were missing until she discovered that her youngest child failed to show up at school Monday. Authorities were alerted at 8 p.m. Monday and immediately began a search.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHope of finding the four alive seemed to dim as the week wore on and meteorologists warned of another storm sweeping into Northern California late Wednesday. Wind-driven snowdrifts reached 7 feet high in the heavily wooded, canyon-crossed foothill region where the family was trapped. “As each hour and day unfolds, you get less and less optimistic,” said Mike Lerch, principal of Paradise High School. “This is a big sense of relief to the community.” Frederick Dominguez, 38, and his children – Christopher, 18, Alexis, 15, and Joshua, 12 – had been missing some 25 miles northeast of Chico, in the mostly rural north-central region of the state. The break in the search came in midafternoon Wednesday when a California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted the father atop a small bridge and landed nearby, sinking into 2 feet of snow. The family also had used tree branches to write the word “Help” into the snow. last_img read more

Mourinho ‘insists Man United sign Real Madrid ace’ – not Gareth Bale

first_img REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer He has been instrumental in Real’s three consecutive Champions League successes, while the 28-year-old has also been a key figure in the German national set-up since making his debut in 2010.However, if Jose Mourinho gets his way, Kroos’ time in Madrid will be coming to an end this summer with the Manchester United manager keen on bringing the former Bayern Munich midfielder to England.According to AS, Mourinho has had to pass on one of his dream signings, Gareth Bale, as the Wales winger is set to be a key part of new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui’s squad at the Bernabeu. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Mourinho’s other focus in the final weeks of the transfer window is to bring a new centre-half to Old Trafford, having stopped his interest in signing a left-back.talkSPORT told you last week that Harry Maguire, the Leicester and England star, is one of the players on Mourinho’s radar, with the Red Devils considering a £65million move for the 25-year-old. three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets 2 2 Latest transfer news Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kroos has established himself as one of the finest midfielders since joining Real RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Manchester United want to sign Real Madrid star Toni Kroos this summer, according to reports.Kroos, the Germany midfielder, is set to enter his fifth season at the Bernabeu, enjoying a trophy-laden spell in Spain’s capital. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? IN DEMAND With no deal for Bale possible, Mourinho has turned his attentions to the forward’s Real team-mate Kroos, and he’s reportedly ‘insisted’ on United buying the player before the transfer window closes next month.However, Real have no intention to lose Kroos, who they bought for just £26million back in 2014. Los Blancos will not negotiate with United over the transfer of the midfielder, and they’ll only sell Kroos’ if his release clause is triggered; said clause is estimated at around £446million (€500m). targets Kroos was part of the Germany squad that were knocked out the World Cup at the group stage TOP WORK last_img read more

Leeds vs Preston: Championship preview and predicted line-ups

first_img goalless 2 Bielsa’s side have made an excellent start to the Championship season Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship stalemate REPLY EFL result Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack ROUND-UP impact Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Alex Neil (Preston North End): “Football is simple, you go through difficult spells at times and have good times. We finished seventh last season and have not started this season well. But it doesn’t mean that these players have gone from being good players to bad. It doesn’t mean the way we have been playing has gone from good to bad. What we have to do is stick our chests out and say, ‘Let’s prove people wrong and show what we can do’. If we don’t have that kind of mentality, we are in the wrong business.”Where can you listen to the match?You can hear live commentary of Leeds vs Preston on talkSPORT2 from 7.30pm.The channel is available through most DAB radios, via the talkSPORT mobile app and our web player.Team newsMarcelo Bielsa has named an unchanged line-up from their draw at Millwall at the weekend while Preston have made two changes from their defeat to Reading at the weekend. Latest Championship news Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Leeds United are looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season when they host Preston North End on Tuesday night.Marcelo Bielsa’s side remain the only Championship side yet to suffer a league defeat this term, and they sit top of the table – one point ahead of Brentford, Bristol City and Middlesbrough. GREAT NEWS Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Douglas, Phillips, Harrison, Samuel, Klich, Alioski, RobertsSubs: Forshaw, Dallas, Pearce, Blackman, Baker, Edmondson, ClarkePreston North End: Rudd, Fisher, Clarke, Davies, Earl, Browne, Johnson, Barkhuizen, Harrop, Robinson, MoultSubs: Gallagher, Hughes, Burke, Barker, Maxwell, Huntington, Nmecha Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off 2 Bamford has been ruled out until the new year Unlike Leeds, Preston have started the campaign woefully, having secured just a single win from their seven matches to date. With only five points to their name, the Lilywhites sit second bottom of the table; only winless Ipswich are below them.However, Preston have already secured a win against Leeds this season, beating the Elland Road club in the Carabao Cup last month.What the managers are sayingMarcelo Bielsa (Leeds United): “They are a special team. Preston’s players have the skills to move the ball but they also have the aggression of teams with less skill. It’s a mix between skills and aggression and it’s an attractive mix. They have a position in the table they do not deserve.”We all think that when we make early conclusions, it means we have a lot of knowledge. You can’t anticipate the results in football. The day when you can predict the results in football, football won’t be that attractive. Technology is trying to make many efforts and I don’t think we should go this way. Football is famous because of it’s unpredictability.”last_img read more

Vincent Posts Fastest Collegiate 100-Meter Qualifying Time On Friday At the Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee

first_img 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Des Moines, Iowa Friday, April 29, 2016 Drake Individual Women’s Results 100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) 12. Mary Young, 13.76 23. Destani Welch, 14.18 4×200-Meters 9. Rolle, Rettig, Welch, Ahmed-Green, 1:40.94 400-Meter Hurdles 10. Virginia Hill, 59.44 25. Mary Young, 63.24 High Jump 22. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-4.25 Long Jump 10. Kayla Bell, 19-1.5 DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University senior Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) recorded the fastest time of the day in the preliminary heats of the men’s university division 100 meters on Friday at the 107th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.Vincent outraced the field with a time of 10.26 to win his heat and advance to Saturday’s finals. If not for a 3.4 m/s tailwind, Vincent’s time would have registered as the second fastest in school history.”I wanted to just get to Saturday. I was focused on the start and came out well and it came together for me,” Vincent said. “I feel like I’m at a good point, I’ve been working my butt off all year and the results are showing. I’m ready to go faster each time and I’m going to try to keep it up.”That performance was part of a busy day for the sprinter as he anchored the team’s 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays. The latter finished fourth in 1:25.70 to rack up Hy-Vee Cup points. He was joined in that effort by Kendall Owens, Demetrius Shelton and Aaron Chier.The women’s team’s efforts were highlighted by Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) finishing 10th in the long jump with a mark of 19-1.5.Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) also turned in a top-10 performance with a 59.44 finish in the 400-meter hurdles to take 10th place. The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday for the final day of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. At 2:25 p.m. Vincent will aim to become the first Bulldog to become a Relays champion in the sprints since 1990 when he steps into the blocks for the 100-meter finals.Saturday’s action will be broadcast via USATF.tv while NBC Sports Network will televise the action live from 2-4 p.m. Friday Results (PDF) Friday Results (HTML) 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Des Moines, Iowa Friday, April 29, 2016 Drake Individual Men’s Results 100 Meters (Prelims) 1. Pierce Vincent, 10.26 18. Demetrius Shelton, 10.62 27. Aaron Chier, 10.89 28. Kendall Owens, 11.02 4×100-Meter Relay (Prelims) 14. Owens, Shelton, Chier, Vincent, 41.00 4×200-Meter Relay 4. Owens, Shelton, Chier, Vincent, 1:25.70 Triple Jump 17. Johnathan Osifuye, 47-2.5 Shot Put 26. Ryan Lemke, 49-10 Javelin 14. David Silkman, 187-1 Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Derby boss blames full-backs for defeat

first_imgDerby boss Steve McClaren blamed his full-backs for the defeat at Fulham.The Rams boss said the 2-0 loss at Craven Cottage was “a full-back’s game” – and his lacked the quality required to get a result.McClaren replaced both right and left full-backs at half-time, with Johnny Russell and Jake Buxton coming on for Jesse Lingaard and Cyrus Christie.“They played a diamond and it was tight in midfield so it was a full-back’s game – but ours did not do enough,” he said.“They didn’t combine well with the forwards, they didn’t overlap, they didn’t go around, and were caught in possession. They had no quality today and that’s what we lacked.“It’s disappointing but this is a tough league – anyone can beat anyone – and Fulham have Premier League players. They were fifth bottom with the quality they’ve got.“It’s a long season and we’ve been playing at high level for the majority of it, and that’s why we are where we are, but we came up against a Fulham side who must have looked at the league table and thought ‘”We’re in trouble and we need a result’.”See also:Fulham beat Derby to boost survival bidFulham to assess new Christensen injuryFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Photos: Collection of favorite Kevin Durant moments before his Achilles injury

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAs Kevin Durant begins his recovery from his Achilles surgery today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite images I have taken of him throughout my career.Durant stated on his Instagram account: “My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way,” Durant wrote on Instagram about the injury he suffered against …last_img

SA armoured vehicles a hit abroad

first_img23 November 2005South African armoured vehicle manufacturer Land Systems OMC has won a US$120-million order to supply the Canadian Army with 50 mine-protected troop carriers, along with an $11-million order from the United Arab Emirates armed forces – the fifth major export deal secured by the firm in 2005.In May, Land Systems announced a $10-million order for 30 of its RG-12 public-order vehicles from the Italian Carabinieri and a $28-million order for 100 of its RG-32M light armoured vehicles for the Swedish Defence Force.In February the US Army placed an order with the company for 148 RG-31 vehicles worth around $78-million.The RG-31 and its sister vehicle, the RG-12, are world-renowned mine-protected armoured personnel carriers in service globally with various peace-keeping organisations and armies.Thanks, praise from survivorsThe order from the US Army came after an incident in 2004 in which a RG-31 in Afghanistan was destroyed by a mine. Five US soldiers were able to exit the vehicle with only light injuries. The soldiers wrote a letter of thanks to Land Systems OMC, saying the vehicle had saved their lives.“If it was not for its superior design and manufacturing we would not be able to write this letter today,” the soldiers wrote.“This is a magnificent endorsement of South African capability in design, engineering and technology,” Land Systems MD Johan Steyn said when announcing the Italian contract, adding that the orders would create additional jobs at the firm’s Johannesburg manufacturing plant.Land Systems OMC is a division of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa, which is a business unit of BAE Systems Land Systems of the United Kingdom.World’s most heavily mined regionNews of the Canadian order came from The Canadian Press, which reported that the Canadian army is expecting delivery of its 50 South African-made armoured vehicles early in 2006 for use by its soldiers in southern Afghanistan.The Canadian army is reportedly purchasing the RG-12s “off the shelf,” without any special requirements. According to The Canadian Press, the vehicles are considered essential to Canada’s mission in the desert and mountains near Kandahar, one of the most heavily mined regions of the most heavily mined country in the world.The RG-12 is a multi-purpose 4×4 armoured vehicle with an all-steel, welded armour, monocoque hull capable of protecting the crew against small arms fire, firebombs and hand grenades.Initially designed as an anti-riot vehicle, the RG-12 is readily adaptable to a variety of roles. In public order policing configuration, 12 fully equipped police officers can operate in the fully air-conditioned vehicle for extended periods.Combat-proven technologyFor the United Arab Emirates armed forces, the smaller, mine-protected RG-31 4×4 armoured vehicle is being customised with Stanag (standard Nato agreement) level 2 protection against armour-piercing ammunition, a more powerful engine, upgraded air-conditioning and additional side doors.According to the SA Press Association (Sapa), UAE armed forces officers who visited Land Systems’ production facilities in Benoni, near Johannesburg, were impressed with the agility and response of the company’s combat-proven mine-protection technology.The UAE delivery is scheduled for the first and second quarters of 2006.The RG-31 is used by other peacekeeping operations in the Middle East, while the RG-12 is successfully deployed in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.Sapa reports that in 2002, prior to the company’s 2004 purchase by BAE Systems, Land Systems OMC (then Alvis OMC) sold a number of RG-12 armoured personnel carriers to the Dubai Police Force.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more