first_imgAs Liberia begins an unusually introspective line up of activities marking this year’s Independence Day, Catholic Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has stated that Liberians have to individually reflect and divert from activities that have negative impact on the country.Speaking in an exclusive interview following the National Intercessory Prayer service on Sunday, July 20, Archbishop Zeigler said every Liberian is responsible for the wrong in the society and not just a single group or person.According to the Catholic Archbishop, Liberians are quick to take advantage of situation to do what will harm their fellowmen, and if the country is to go in the desirable direction that people yearn for, each individual should see reason to examine himself/herself and stop pointing finger at another person.Making reference to the current financial crisis facing the country, the Liberian prelate said Liberians are deliberately inflicting prices of locally and imported commodities in the country and attributing it to high exchange rate between the Liberian and US dollars.He noted that corruption though is endemic here, individual Liberian is responsible and should not point at only those in positions.The Liberian dollar is depreciating against the United States dollar with the current rate standing at 87L$ to 1US$, after reaching 92L$ last week.As the rate increases, prices of locally produced commodities and services increase likewise.  Businesspeople and service providers attribute the increase in prices to the rate.As a result of this economic condition, L$5, which is the smallest denomination, can no longer purchase anything substantial.Destinations to which commuters paid L$10 before now cost L$20 and above.Archbishop Zeigler, who is renowned for preaching against societal ills, told this paper that while laws are there for people to obey, they (people) tend to do their own things to the detriment of the rule of law.He stressed that it takes each person’s contribution in the society to make the country the way Liberians want it, noting, “We have to individually examine ourselves and clear off our own faults before pointing at others for theirs.”Commenting on the reason for the declaration that this year’s Independence Day is to be characterized by intercessory prayers in churches and mosques, Archbishop Zeigler said it was necessary that Liberians pray because strange disasters, including the deadly Ebola disease, are springing up in the country, and no one knows why such things are happening.He disclosed things happen to serve as signs for certain things God wants people to change, and as such Liberians should see the current events as warnings and have the consciousness to change.Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has over the last year spoken against the increase in homosexual and lesbian activities in Liberia and said it was against God’s will.  At the same time he spoke against the rampant corruption in government and private places, which he noted was causing many Liberians to face poverty.He intoned that the declaration for national intercessory prayer was expedient because Liberians, being a people with different ways of life from other peoples of the world, need God’s intervention to rescue them.This year’s Independence Day celebration will be characterized by prayers. The will be no parties or receptions as is customary.Government had earlier suggested the program to be held in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, as other counties had hosted the celebration in previous years. The plan was cancelled, however, due to the spread of Ebola.Over the last fees weeks, Liberians including former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods had suggested the day be observed as a national prayer day to seek God’s intervention in upholding the peace of the country, as vices such as corruption have become rampant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img– Advertisement -Games one and two will be played in Grande Prairie on Saturday, August 23 at 12:00 and 4:00 (Alberta time). The Fort St. John Paladin Black Sox will begin their best of fivechampionship series against Grande Prairie this coming weekend. Games three and four will be played in Fort St. John on Sunday, August 24 at 11:00 and 3:00.Game 5 site & time to be determined later.last_img


first_imgJohn Obi Mikel equalised for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time in Paris after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s deflected free-kick had put Paris St-Germain ahead.Chelsea weathered an early storm and then almost took the lead in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg when Diego Costa’s header from Baba Rahman’s cross was tipped on to the bar by keeper Kevin Trapp.But they went behind when Ibrahimovic’s strike hit Mikel – who conceded the free-kick with a needless foul on Lucas Moura – and wrongfooted Thibaut Courtois.However, Mikel redeemed himself by firing home after Costa had flicked on Willian’s corner – only the Nigerian’s sixth goal for Chelsea in almost 10 years at the club.Chelsea were on the back foot in the opening 20 minutes as PSG dominated possession – Marco Verratti’s 25-yard effort was parried by Blues keeper Courtois and Lucas’ shot flashed wide of his post.With Chelsea skipper John Terry and Kurt Zouma out injured, Branislav Ivanovic was moved into the centre of defence with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-back and Baba coming in at left-back.Azpilicueta produced a fine challenge to deny Lucas inside the penalty area as the hosts continued to press. But for all their early possession, PSG struggled to create clear-cut chances before Trapp’s superb save to deny Costa.At the other end, Ibrahimovic made a mess of a great chance just after the half-hour mark when Lucas’ right-wing cross found him unmarked and he could only head the ball into the ground and up into Courtois’ arms.The Swedish striker enjoyed a slice of good fortune five minutes before the break, but his goal was cancelled out by Mikel in the final seconds of the half.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Mikel; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Kenedy, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — Although the Warriors’ 104-98 preseason loss to the Lakers Monday lacked star power, the night will mostly be remembered for LeBron James’ criticism of Daryl Morey’s “clearly misinformed” tweet about China that has sent the NBA into a tailspin over the last couple of weeks.With the Lakers scheduled to play just two days after returning from China, both teams used the quick turnaround to rest some of their key …last_img read more


first_img14 October 2005South African mining giants Anglo American and Kumba Resources have announced a major black economic empowerment (BEE) deal establishing the country’s largest wholly black owned, controlled and managed company, valued at some R16-billion.The transaction, announced on Thursday, will see the partial separation of Kumba’s iron ore assets from its non-iron assets into Kumba Iron Ore, a new company, and Newco, the reconstituted Kumba Resources in terms of the transaction.The deal will establish Newco as South Africa’s flagship empowerment mining company with an enterprise value of R16-billion. Newco will be controlled by broad-based BEE groups via BEE Holdco, a black-controlled company holding 55% of Newco.The South African Women in Mining Association will have a 17.8% effective and fully funded interest in BEE Holdco.Newco will be a diversified mining company well positioned strategically and financially to take advantage of growth opportunities in the mining sector in SA, Africa and globally, the companies said.Anglo American will retain a residual stake in Newco as a demonstration of its long-term commitment to the company. Newco will also acquire the entire issued share capital of Eyesizwe Coal from Eyesizwe Mining and the other shareholders. The shareholders will use most of the cash received to subscribe for shares in BEE Holdco.Kumba Iron Ore will be listed on the JSE with an enterprise value of some R14-billion which, through unbundling iron ore assets to all existing Kumba Resources shareholders, will hold the majority of Kumba Resources’ South African iron ore assets through Sishen Iron Ore Company, with Newco retaining a 20% stake in Sishen.“This transformational transaction, daring in its boldness and scale, creates two separate, sizeable and sustainable listed empowered companies,” said Lazarus Zim, CEO of Anglo American South Africa. “These new entities will be value accretive, breaking new ground in transformation and meeting the needs of stakeholders at every level.”Con Fauconnier, CEO of Kumba Resources, said the deal had been planned for some time.“Ever since Kumba Resources came into existence, Kumba has been exploring ways of creating a sustainable empowerment transaction reflective of South Africa’s demographics,” he said. “Today, Kumba has come of age,and through our symbiotic relationship with Eyesizwe we have created South Africa’s flagship empowerment company.”The transaction was hailed by Sipho Nkosi, chief executive of Eyesizwe Mining.“It is creating winners at every level – from the country that hosts the resources to the people that extract them to the communities that benefit,” Nkosi said.“The joining of Kumba and Eyesizwe represents a new force in South African mining: a R16-billion company with an exceptionally broad base of empowerment shareholders and the ideal vehicle to accelerate sectoral growth and development in South Africa.”Pinkie Ncetezo, chairperson of Basadi Ba Kopane, welcomed the significant element of participation by women’s groups in the transaction.“True transformation and broad-based empowerment addresses gender issues and community participation and we are confident that as partners going forward these two vital attributes will be achieved,” Ncetezo said. “We have the right calibre of women’s groupings in this transaction to hold the torch for other women to follow.”The deals are subject to the completion of satisfactory due diligence reviews, the requisite legal and funding agreements, regulatory and shareholder approval.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more


first_img22 November 2007Coca-cola, in partnership with the 46664 initiative, will randomly place one million empty coke bottles with encouraging messages from Nelson Mandela in them around South Africa in the run-up up to World Aids Day on 1 December, as part of their Message in a Bottle campaign.The campaign is already under way in the form of the “Hello” television commercials, showing a young boy who uses an empty Coca-cola bottle to transport his message around the world.The commercial ends with the voice of Nelson Mandela underlining just how massive the problem is and asking for everybody’s help. It encourages people to visit the 46664 website to find out more and to make a donation.“[HIV/Aids] is not a disease any more, it’s a human rights issue,” Mandela says in the advertisement.“Our ‘Message in a Bottle’ campaign is the culmination of four years of work driven by patience, passion and commitment,” Coca-Cola South Africa marketing manager Julian Bryant says in a statement on the 46664 website.“As an iconic brand which has the power to influence lives and change perceptions, it is important for Coca-Cola to have a voice and an opinion. Our ‘Hello’ campaign does just that.”Bryant says that while the pandemic brings about pain, loss and unbearable grief, the team behind the campaign purposely tried to set a tone that was positive, with the message that everyone can make a difference.It’s in your handsMandela’s message inside the bottle reads:Hello.All over the world a silent tragedy is unfolding. Today, especially in Africa, Aids is claiming as many lives as all the wars, famines and floods that have ravaged the continent. It is devastating families and communities, overwhelming and depleting healthcare services, and robbing schools of both students and teachers.This is not a disease any more, it’s a human rights issue. It’s time to break the silence.We need your help. 46664 and Coca-Cola are partnering to make a difference to the millions of people affected by this pandemic.To find out more about 46664 and how you can become involved, please go to www.46664.org.za or www.46664.com, or donate right now by sms-ing “hello” to 46664. An amount of R20.00 will be deducted from your account and channeled to our HIV AIDS campaign owned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Your donations will make a huge difference, so please give generously.It’s in our hands.(signed) Nelson Mandela.A million empty bottlesCoca-Cola will also be donating R1-million to the 46664 initiative and giving their support to the 46664 concert on World Aids Day, 1 December, by selling limited-edition “Style my Coke” bottles, the proceeds of which will all go to the cause.46664 international director Tim Massey said the Hello campaign illustrated the power of partnerships between corporates and charities to realise a common goal, in this case to increase awareness about HIV/Aids.“Coca Cola’s generous donation will be used to fund the 46664 outreach activities, while the TV commercial and the outdoor activation will ensure that the 46664 campaign remains highly visible, and that Mr Mandela’s appeal for help is heard by most South Africans,” he says.Readers can find out more about the 46664 initiative and on how to become involved by going to either of the initiative’s websites – see the box on the right above. Also, South African residents can donate R20 to the cause by sending an SMS to 46664.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alayna DeMartiniEven with higher rates of poverty in Ohio’s major cities, urban school districts are outperforming rural districts, a recent study by The Ohio State University shows.Rural schools, particularly in Appalachia, tend to have lower average test scores than schools in urban areas, despite city districts having higher poverty rates and a larger proportion of students with limited English proficiency, said Mark Partridge, a professor at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and one of the study’s authors.On average, school districts with more minority students and more poverty require additional money to achieve the same academic standards as districts with larger shares of white and affluent student populations, Partridge said.“Given the characteristics of their student body, urban schools are doing really well. Rural areas could be doing better,” said Partridge, who is also chair of the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy within CFAES.Ohio has made advances, particularly in the past decade, in giving more per-pupil funding to districts with higher rates of poverty, but there’s still a wide gap, Partridge said.How to reduce those inequities has been debated since 1997 when the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that the state’s method for funding public education was unconstitutional.Districts in Ohio’s major cities and rural areas don’t receive the funding they need to bring up the performance of their students to match that of students in other districts, Partridge said.That’s because schools are funded in large part by local property taxes, so the highest-valued homes generate the greatest amount of tax money for a school district. State funding helps offset the differences.It’s not enough, however, Partridge said.“We’re not anywhere close to balancing out the inequities,” said Partridge, who co-authored the new study with Bo Feng, an assistant professor at West Virginia’s Marshall University and former research associate for the Swank program, and Rodrigo Perez Silva, who received his PhD from CFAES and is currently an assistant professor at the Universidad Mayor in Chile.The study, which examined school funding in 2017, determined that 329,742 students in 34 school districts across the state require additional funds to help them achieve a passing grade. The average funding gap per pupil, according to the study, is $32,251, which amounts to $10.6 billion a year for the state.“That’s clearly not feasible,” Partridge said. “It’s too much money given all of the state’s other needs.”The Ohio legislature currently is considering a proposal presented in March by Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, that would increase overall state funding by $700 million over two years. While nearly half of U.S. states have reduced per-pupil spending in the last eight years, Ohio increased its spending by 5.8% between 2008 and 2016, the study shows.Compared to other states, Ohio’s per-pupil spending is close to the national average, the study found. In 2016, the state spent $13,552 per pupil annually — $6,000 less than New York, the highest-spending state and $6,000 more than Utah and Idaho, the lowest-spending states. Ohio spent more per pupil than neighboring states including Michigan, which spent $12,506 a year per pupil.Still, additional aid for Ohio’s poorest school districts will not only likely improve school performance but also help spur the growth of businesses in those areas of the state, Partridge said. A good public school system is critical to drawing and keeping businesses, he said.For rural areas especially, a strong public school system can increase the likelihood that people move to the area, he said.“Rural areas are not going to keep all their young people,” Partridge said. “But the kind of people who are more inclined to move to rural areas are in their 30s and 40s, with a family, and are interested in the local school system.”last_img read more


first_imgAs the admission process to undergraduate courses at Delhi University (DU) for the session 2014-15 is all set to begin from June 2, 2014,  it advised students to fill the actual marks obtained in their board exams and not to deduct or add marks, as per news reports.  Also, as per the admission guidelines this year, the university has notified that if a student, who has not studied a particular subject in class 12 , wants to study the subject then there would be a deduction of two per cent from the aggregate of best-four subjects.For instance, in the case of students who studied elective English, they would have an advantage of two per cent.A DU official said that the university guidelines require students to fill in the actual marks obtained and leave it to colleges to deduct or add marks. Besides, the university informed students to fill in the names of all five subjects they have studied in the optical mark recognition (OMR) forms.Students who have cleared their class 12 board exams and are interested in pursuing UG programmes from the university can obtain the registration forms from the dedicated registration centers till June 16, 2014.There are 77 colleges under the varsity of Delhi University. These colleges will bring out five cut-off lists for the general category and the first list will be out on June 24, the day admissions begin.Candidates can apply for admissions to undergraduate programmes both online and offline. With the introduction of centralised admission process, there will be no sale of forms in individual colleges, except for those candidates applying under sports and extracurricular activities categories.last_img read more