Scholarship Scheme for 120 Montserrado Students Launched

first_imgShortly after the launch, some of the scholarship beneficiaries danced with Rep. Morris in the community.Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris on Monday, October 8, launched a four-year scholarship scheme for 120 students in the district as a pilot project.The life span of the project will, accordingly, depend on the ability of the students to excel academically, which would allow each student to remain on the scholarship until he/she can graduate from university.Morris said the future of any country lies in the hands of serious-minded young people who would eventually play leadership roles.As a lawmaker, Rep. Morris said he strongly believes in the development of young people through education, “because when the minds of the youth are developed, the future of the country becomes secured, while all other development programs follow.”    He said the scholarship scheme is part of campaign promises he made to his constituency during the 2017 legislative election.“I depend on nothing else to lead you; put God first and education second, because if education could make me successful today, then I need to empower the youth with education to reach my level and even beyond. The bottom line is to see Liberia is developed,” Rep. Morris told the gathering.He said he initially decided to educate 50 students through the scheme but, looking at the yearning for education across the district, his office increased the number of beneficiaries to 120, including at least two or three students from each community.“This is something that will bring joy not only to me, but to our district and country at large. I therefore urge every beneficiary student to study and earn a grade point average above two points to stay on the scholarship,” he said.Community leaders and representatives of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to Rep. Morris for the scholarship. They also hailed him as a “lover of education” that has come to empower school-going pupils to pursue higher education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fivestar fighters punch their way to success in Grande Prairie

first_imgNelson Zenner (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Logan Mackinnon (Red Deer Boxing Club, Red Deer AB) 60lbsDouble Winners (Fun Box)Ella Cameron (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Gabby Sanderson (Precision Boxing Club, Nanaimo BC) 95lbsDouble Winners (Fun Box)Damya Bow (Warrior Strong, Grande Prairie AB) vs Alaya McCormick (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 112lbsDouble Winners (Fun Box)Joshua Sallano (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Eddie Scarfo (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 112lbsWinner Eddie Scarfo via TKOMarcus Leung (Red Deer Boxing Club, Red Deer AB) vs Zack Bower (Warrior Strong, Grande Prairie AB) 78lbsWinner Zach Bower via Unanimous DecisionAaron Boyd (Marshall Boxing, Edmonton AB) vs Brayden Sims (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 132lbsWinner Brayden Sims via Unanimous DecisionFausto Santoro (Marshall Boxing, Edmonton AB) vs Jerome Leroyer (Precision Boxing Club, Nanaimo BC) 132lbsDrawKyle Oliver (Lethbridge Boxing Club, Lethbridge AB) vs Dominic Barbossa (Salmon Arm Bulldogs, Salmon Arm BC) 135lbsWinner Kyle Oliver via Split DecisionJesse Cartwright (Alliance Boxing Club, Edmonton AB) vs Ken Kapeller (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) 200lbsWinner Jesse Cartwright via TKOJustin Lemire (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Brylee Gladue (Alliance Boxing Club, Edmonton AB) 178lbsWinner Justin Lemire via Unanimous DecisionJesse Mackie (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Nick Dragovich (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 145lbsWinner Nick Dragojevich via Split DecisionMackena Kansley (Alliance Boxing Club, Edmonton AB) vs Jordyn Konrad (Salmon Arm Bulldogs, Salmon Arm BC) 126lbsWinner Mackena Kansley via Split DecisionCole Brander (Marshall Boxing, Edmonton AB) vs Hammid Hussein (Queensborough Boxing, Vancouver BC) 112lbsWinner Cole Brander via Unanimous DecJosh Peck (Lethbridge Boxing Club, Lethbridge AB) vs Nick Young (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 150lbsWinner Josh Peck via Split DecisionMissy Dempsey (Alliance Boxing Club, Edmonton AB) vs Krishan Lysenko (Precision Boxing Club, Nanaimo BC) 150lbsWinner Missy Dempsey via Split Decision GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Fivestar fighters returned home two weekends ago after a successful tournament in Grand Prairie versus Albertan competitors.Justin Donally who runs and trains a number of participants at the Fivestar Gym in Fort St. John, saw his fighters finish the B.C. vs Alberta tournament with a 5-1 record. Nick Young suffered his first loss of his career after a wardrobe malfunction allowing his opponent, Josh Peck, to take advantage and win by Split Decision in the 150 pound division. Young added, “My performance wasn’t usually how it is, I had a pretty bad malfunction with my headgear which led to me gassing out and getting hurt in the second round. I was able to rebound in the last round.”Brayden Sims also competed at the event and he improved to 6-2 after defeating Aaron Boyd by Unanimous Decision in the 112-pound division, was also awarded the Best Junior Boxer of the weekend. He said, “I think I fought really well, I felt comfortable in the ring and landing my punches. I was really surprised by the award as it was the first time I’ve ever received it.”- Advertisement -Donally added, “Overall we had a very good weekend, I was very pleased. Other than Nick having to battle a headgear piece slide over his eyes for most of the fight, I thought he did really well. With Nick we achieved his goal of getting to 10-0 and we knew at some point there would be losses along the road. As for another one of the winners, Eddie Scarfo who is twelve years old got his first TKO versus Joshua Sallano, which was pretty special for him.”Next up for Donally’s crew is a trip to Quesnel for B.C. Bronze Gloves on November 23rd and 24th.The full list of winners from the event can be viewed below:Advertisementlast_img read more

SA-developed HIV vaccines being tested

first_imgClinical testing of two locally developed HIV vaccines has begun in Cape Town and Johannesburg, as part of the Medical Research Council’s South African Aids Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI). The safety trial, being conducted jointly with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will test the two vaccines that were developed by the University of Cape Town through joint funding from SAAVI and the NIAID. Professor Anna-lise Williamson, head of the vaccine development team and joint staff member of UCT’s Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and the National Health Laboratory Services, explained that the transition from laboratory to human testing would not have been possible without the support of a large team from the University of Cape Town, together with national and international collaborators. The trial has been reviewed by the US Food and Drug Administration, who allowed the trial to move forward through the usual review process. It has also been approved by the South African Medicines Control Council and the Directorate of Biosafety in the Department of Agriculture, which approves products using genetically modified organisms. “If data from this clinical trial is promising, we intend to move into the next phase of trials, which will involve about 200 participants and will look at further safety and immunogenicity data.” Further trials SAAVI director Elise Levendal said the start of the safety trial was made possible by the excellent collaboration between researchers, scientists and communities. Regulatory approvals Vaccine design, manufacture “An effective vaccine against HIV/Aids remains a top global health priority, and it is our hope that the evaluation of these vaccines in clinical trial will provide some important answers that will bring us closer towards this goal,” she said. The vaccines will be tested in a prime-boost approach, with the SAAVI DNA-C2 vaccine being given to prime the immune response and the SAAVI MVA-C vaccine to boost or enhance the immune response. Research collaboration “Both the Cape Town and Johannesburg sites have been preparing communities, potential recruits and undergoing site preparation for some time,” she said, adding that the sites had been preparing for many months in order to recruit the most suitable people. Institutional review boards or research ethics committees at each participating institution have also reviewed and approved the trial. “The vaccine designs are based on HIV subtype C, the dominant strain circulating in southern Africa,” he said. “They are the first HIV test vaccines developed in Africa to make it into human clinical trials.” In a statement this week, MRC president Anthony Mbewu said that the development of the vaccines was the culmination of eight years of research and development that involved scientists from across South Africa and the rest of the globe. Successful vaccination Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, principal investigator for the Cape Town trial site and director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, said researchers had been eagerly awaiting the go-ahead to begin recruiting participants for the landmark study. 22 July 2009 The test vaccines, called SAAVI MVA-C and SAAVI DNA-C2, have shown promising results in animal testing. The DNA vaccine was constructed in South Africa using a plasmid backbone provided by the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center of NIAID and manufactured in the US by Althea Technologies, while the MVA vaccine was designed by the team at UCT and constructed and manufactured in the US by Therion Biologics. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The tests follow the successful enrolment and vaccination of 12 volunteers in Boston, USA, and the local researchers plan to recruit 36 participants from the Crossroads Clinic in Cape Town and the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg.last_img read more

Facebook India Gets Voice Updates

first_imgAccording to Digitizor, users can post the update directly to their own wall or on the wall of their friends. Sounds a bit like a really simple version of Cinch, doesn’t it?Here is Facebook’s comment: Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web Aircel launched the Facebook Voice Updates with our support. Here is Aircel’s release for your reference. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook users in India now have a new and easy way to update their Facebook status – simply call in, record a voice message and it will be posted to their wall. Never mind complicated voice and speech recognition software, the feature is dead simple and posts the update directly to Facebook as an audio recording.What do you think? Is this a feature you would want to see here in the U.S. or other countries?Before you go crying “foul”, the primary reason for the feature is likely that smartphone adoption in India is at around 10% in the 15-24 age range. The U.S. is at three times that with 33%, whereas Italy, the country with the highest rate of smartphone adoption, is at 47%.According to tech blog Digitizor, the feature is provided in association with Indian mobile service provider Aircel. Aircel users can call 51555, enter their credentials and update their wall from there. Take a look at the update: Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Video: John Calipari After Towns’ Technical Foul Against LSU: “I Hope We Lose”

first_imgCoach Cal reacting to a Kentucky game.LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a foul against his team during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kentucky pulled out a big win at LSU tonight to push its record to 24-0, but if you believe John Calipari, there were times tonight when he would have welcomed 23-1. Karl-Anthony Towns’ was called for a technical for hanging on the rim midway through the second half, which led to this amazing post-game moment on ESPN. As much fun as that videobomb is, Calipari was livid about the foul, at that point in the game. In the interview he said that he told the team that he hoped they would lose after the foul, and reiterated that point to open his post-game press conference. Calipari goes on to praise his talented freshman as a player and a person, but clearly this mistake, which could have proven incredibly costly in what wound up being a two point game, really bothered him.Kentucky hosts South Carolina this Saturday at 2 p.m.last_img read more

6,000 Residents in St. Ann Receive Potable Piped Water

first_imgSome 6,000 residents of Cascade, White Sands and Bohemia, in the parish of St. Ann, have been provided with potable water, piped into their homes.On February 14, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, commissioned into service the water supply system at Cascade, built at a cost of approximately $45 million.In his address at the ceremony, the Minister urged the residents to play their part in protecting the infrastructure, and to pay their bills, so that the system can be properly maintained. He pointed out that $15 billion is currently owed to the National Water Commission (NWC) in outstanding bills, a situation “which cannot be allowed to continue.”“We have done our part in providing you with this water, and now you must play your part to ensure that you continue to receive the water you need on a daily basis. I urge you to give the operators of the system your fullest co-operation, pay your bills, so that the system can be maintained and you can get water for years to come,” he told the residents.Mr. Pickersgill also implored them to protect the water source (Cascade River), by keeping it free from garbage and pollution.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board for Rural Water Supply Limited, John-Paul White, said since 2004, the number of households receiving potable water has increased from 45 per cent to 50 per cent.He added that for fiscal year 2012/13, some $270 million is expected to be spent by the organisation to upgrade rural water supply systems, which will directly benefit approximately 43,000 residents.last_img read more

Ontario judge strikes down enforcement powers of OSPCA as unconstitutional

first_imgA judge has found the enforcement powers held by Ontario’s private animal welfare agency to be unconstitutional, saying the province must re-write laws governing the organization to remedy the situation.Justice Timothy Minnema said the provincial government was wrong to grant police powers to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals without also imposing accountability and transparency standards on the agency. The OSPCA, a private charity that receives millions of taxpayer dollars as well as private donations, has had police powers since the OSPCA Act became law in 1919. It is responsible for enforcing both provincial and Criminal Code animal cruelty laws.“Although charged with law enforcement responsibilities, the OSPCA is opaque, insular, unaccountable, and potentially subject to external influence, and as such Ontarians cannot be confident that the laws it enforces will be fairly and impartially administered,” Minnema, a judge with Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, wrote in a decision released Wednesday.Minnema pointed to the lack of oversight and transparency as key in his decision. The OSPCA is not accountable like police forces across the province that must comply with the Police Services Act, the Ombudsman Act and freedom-of-information laws, the judge noted.“Overall the OSPCA appears to be an organization that operates in a way that is shielded from public view while at the same time fulfilling clearly public functions,” Minnema wrote.The OSPCA said it respects the court’s decision and remains committed to protecting animals across the province.“This is an issue for the government of Ontario to address,” said spokeswoman Alison Cross. “The Ontario SPCA will continue to provide animal protection services while the government determines how they wish to proceed.”A spokesman for the Ministry of the Attorney General said the government is reviewing the decision.“As this matter is in the appeal period, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” said Philip Klassen.Jeffrey Bogaerts, a paralegal with an interest in animal law welfare, launched the constitutional challenge over the OSPCA’s powers five years ago.He, along with his lawyer Kurtis Andrews, also argued the OSPCA violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms through its searches of homes and seizures of animals. They lost those arguments.“But we won the big argument,” Andrews said, adding that he and his client were ecstatic over the judge’s ruling.In his decision, Minnema said the case had established a new principle of fundamental justice that “law enforcement bodies must be subject to reasonable standards of transparency and accountability.” Minnema found that the OSPCA Act contravenes that new principle.Bogaerts’ lawyer said the judge’s recognition of the new principle was significant.“You can probably count the number of principles on your fingers and toes that have been recognized since 1982 when the charter came out,” he said.Animal Justice, a national animal advocacy organization, intervened in the case and argued the main point about transparency, oversight and accountability alongside Bogaerts.“Animal protection laws are the only laws still enforced by private agencies, and the court ruled that private enforcement without transparency and accountability is unacceptable,” said executive director Camille Labchuk.The court has given the Ontario government a year to re-write the legislation governing the OSPCA.“The declaration taking effect immediately could deprive animals of the protections afforded by the OSPCA Act while the province considers its next step,” Minnema wrote.The judge said he doesn’t see how the relevant sections could be easily modified to make them compliant with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He noted 21 sections of the OSPCA Act that are “of no force and effect” and suggested the act might have to be re-written from scratch.The court decision comes a few months after the OSPCA told its frontline officers it planned to pull back from investigating cruelty cases involving livestock and horses and would also no longer euthanize dogs involved in attacks as required by law. It has floated the idea of handing off those responsibilities to the government and police.Those changes are part of what the OSPCA calls a restructuring effort to deal with years-long funding shortage. The policy changes, however, have been criticized by both the province and animal activists.Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PCO Clerk fears somebodys going to be shot during coming election campaign

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s top public servant says he is worried someone will be assassinated during the coming federal election campaign given the disturbing tenor of recent public discussion.Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick is telling the House of Commons justice committee today he is deeply concerned about Canada’s politics and where things are headed.Wernick has been asked by the committee to address the SNC-Lavalin controversy dogging the Liberal government, but he is also voicing grave worries about the overall state of public political dialogue.He says he is concerned about the rising tide of incitements to violence, with people using terms like treason and traitor in open discussions.Wernick says those are words that lead to assassination, and he is worried somebody is going to be shot in Canada during the coming federal election campaign.He also expresses dismay about what he calls the trolling from the vomitorium of social media entering the open media arena.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NFL Week 12 Playoff Implications Show The Cardinals Some Respect

UPDATE (Nov. 21, 12:24 p.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the result of Thursday night’s Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs match-up, and that game has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).After an upset-filled Week 11, the NFL playoff picture has shifted, but the outlook is as murky as ever. The Atlanta Falcons, at 4-6, were among the week’s winners, and have somehow found themselves atop the NFC South after a victory over the Carolina Panthers and a rare home loss by the New Orleans Saints. The Houston Texans — after their win over the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday night loss — saw their playoff chances double, to 24 percent.As for the losers, the Browns in a single week went from first to worst in the AFC North (and the Oakland Raiders, crossed out in the interactive above, became the first team to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention). The Colts have all but squandered any chance at a first-round bye, having dropped games to current Nos. 1 and 2 seeds the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. And the Saints seem determined to keep the race for the NFC South title interesting.Just two weeks ago, a Saints division title seemed very likely. Now New Orleans has ceded the lead to Atlanta, a team that has yet to win a game outside of the NFC South.1Although nothing to brag about, Atlanta’s poor record outside the NFC South doesn’t hurt their division tiebreakers. So, how bad could it get in the division? How about an NFC South victor with only five regular-season wins? It’s a mathematical possibility, although remote. Of the 50,000 simulations that form the basis for this weekly feature, nine resulted in the Panthers finishing 5-10-1 and atop the NFC South (granted, that’s just a probability of 0.02 percent). And there is about a 1-in-5 chance the division winner will finish with a losing record.Last week, we introduced the use of Gini coefficients to measure playoff uncertainty, specifically the uncertainty of each divisional race. Traditionally used to measure income inequality, Gini coefficients quantify how equally a resource (e.g. playoff probabilities) is distributed. We can also extend this approach to each conference’s overall playoff race.2The lower the Gini coefficient, the more equally allocated the playoff probabilities. As the regular-season progresses, one would expect the conference Gini coefficient to increase as teams begin to drop out of playoff contention — the have-nots ceding their wealth to the haves. By season’s end, the coefficient will reach its maximum value of two-thirds, corresponding to the six playoff berths being shared equally among six of the 16 teams in each conference.The chart below tracks the Gini coefficient by week for the AFC and NFC. There is an upward progression to both lines, but you can see that things have stagnated somewhat in the NFC, with the Gini coefficient declining after a chaotic Week 11.Looking ahead to Week 12, the game with the highest amount of “swing” features the Baltimore Ravens, who are traveling to the Superdome to play the Saints. A total of 87 percentage points of playoff probability is at stake, spread among 15 teams.The matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Broncos results in some conflicting allegiances for two teams in the AFC West. A Broncos victory would help the San Diego Chargers’ and Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff hopes, because both teams are competing with Miami for the two AFC wild card berths. But a Broncos victory would also hurt those teams’ chances of winning the AFC West title. I would imagine a Chiefs fan would prefer to aim high and root for the Broncos to lose. Chargers fans should probably be more pragmatic. An AFC West title is highly unlikely, making a Dolphins loss the more attractive outcome for San Diego’s slim playoff hopes.The most compelling divisional matchup takes place Sunday afternoon, when the Arizona Cardinals visit the Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals, despite their NFL-best 9-1 record, have rarely cracked the top 10 in the betting market-based rankings used for this feature (see below). They are seven-point underdogs to the Seahawks, a team Arizona leads by three games in the standings. A win by the Cardinals would give them a 94 percent chance of winning the NFC West title — an outcome that was almost unthinkable at the outset of this season. Back then, most would have assumed a dogfight between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. read more