‘African Dream Academy Bigger than District Politics,’ Enders Tells Critics

first_imgFlasback: Enders speaking at second closing ceremony of the African Dream Academy last year has vowed to make District #6 shineThe proprietor of the African Dream Academy, Rev. Samuel R. Enders said his African Dream that has brought into operations the African Dream Academy and its children’s clinic, among many other initiatives is greater and bigger than the politics of a district.Appearing on the Bumper Show recently, Enders said even though he is into politics to help restructure and improve the conditions of Montserrado electoral district #6, he has not lost sight of his primary mission that compelled him to return home after many years of struggles in the US.“I came back to help rebuild my country by investing in education and social structures that have the capacities to shape and better the living conditions of any population, regardless of place of origin or challenging economic status,” he said.He noted that during political times, many lose sight of the cardinal issues affecting society and focus on trivial matters such as demonizing people they know nothing about and many other things that are not worth giving attention to. “We came to deliver and our service took us to the establishment of the African Dream Academy that began with 144 students in its first year of operations. Today we have 1000 students from homes across the district and its environs that are directly benefiting from the African Dream,” Enders said, noting that whether he wins or loses, his African Dream institution which goes beyond Liberia will continue to deliver to any given population in district #6 and other communities nearby.“Because it is political season some candidates and their surrogates go around defaming other people’s reputations. They use this time to totally fabricate lies so as to uglify the mutual coexistence between or among people,” Enders said.He pointed out that 1500 women are now receiving skills training and development at the African Dream Academy and with the skills and knowledge they will be able to contribute to the transformation of their communities.“They are receiving the trainings in many different skills, including cosmetology, hair braiding and dressing, tie and dying, tailoring and catering and pastry on a free of charge basis. All we expect from them is to go back to their communities after the acquisition of said skills among many others and help do something with their learnings for the good of those communities they represent and the families,” he noted.About the African Dream Academy children’s clinic, he said it is and will remain a free of charge medical service center for the children of Liberians and other nationals. “The clinic is well equipped and staffed to serve all children from all backgrounds,” he said, noting further that his opponents’ statement that he (Enders) goes to America to beg on behalf of Liberian children so as to enrich himself are in error and should think of saying or doing something else better.“I was petitioned by over 5000 people in December of 2015, right after our success in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus to contest this District’s representative election come October 10, 2017. I did not beg for it, neither have I wished to enter into politics but I had no choice except to accept the call of these people who yearn for real change daily,” he said. He added that when elected as “it is already certain, the voices of the people of district #6 will drive his Legislative functions. “I will be the servant of the people to whose calls I must listen and carefully consider what will be good for the district. Continuous better education as already undergoing delivery by the ADA and other few standard schools and others to be improved within the district will be paramount and healthcare, reconciliation, security will top my office’s agenda for my people,” Enders assured.He meanwhile called on all his opponents in the legislative race to not see him as their enemy but as one opting to do what is right for district #6, which has not been done over the years. “We are not at war with each other, so let’s be civil and put the interest of our district above our selfish reasons,” he admonished.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GDF Captain nabbed with gun, ammo & ganja remanded to prison

first_imgGuyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain Dominic Gilpin was on Thursday remanded to prison on possession of gun, ammunition and narcotics charges while his alleged accomplice was granted bail when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Dominic GilpinThe 30-year-old Army rank was earlier this week nabbed by the Police in his private motor vehicle on the Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown with a large quantity of narcotics, a firearm that he was not licensed to carry, along with a matching magazine for the gun and several rounds of ammunition.Gilpin, a Coast Guard, and Paul Murray were jointly charged when they made their first court appearance before Magistrate Faith McGusty.They both pleaded not guilty to the trafficking charge which stated that on September 30, 2019, at the Avenue of the Republic, they had in their possession five kilograms (11 pounds) of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. The Police also stated that on the same day, Gilpin had in his possession one .32 Taurus pistol, but he was not the holder of a firearm licence in force at the time.Gilpin was also accused of having two rounds of .32 ammunition in his possession when he was not the holder of a firearm licence in force at the time.In court, Gilpin was represented by Attorney-at-Law Latchmi Rahamat while Murray was represented by Attorney-at-Law Patrice Henry.Paul MurrayBoth lawyers contended that their clients had unblemished criminal records and would adhere to any conditions the court may implement on granting bail.In presenting the facts to the court, Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman stated that on the day in question, acting on information, Police ranks intercepted motor car PXX 94 belonging to and driven by Gilpin. Murray was the lone passenger at the time.The ranks then approached the car, where Gilpin informed the Police that a gun with the matching rounds of ammunition was in the middle compartment.He then went on to tell the ranks that he was conducting business. The ranks conducted a search of the vehicle and the cannabis was unearthed. As such, both men were arrested and taken to the Brickdam Police Station.The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted.Murray was, however, granted bail in the sum of $250,000 while Gilpin was remanded to prison. Both men are slated to make their next court appearance on October 17, 2019.last_img read more

Bear Mountain Wind Park gets first blade

first_imgThe Bear Mountain Wind Park in Dawson Creek is one step closer to reality, after it received its first blade for a tower this week.The 41 metre-long blade was shipped all the way from Thunder Bay, Ontario via train cars. Top sections of the 78-meter towers were manufactured in Saskatchewan and traveled by a flatbed truck.The project started taking form last year, when concrete foundations were poured and electrical connections were installed.- Advertisement -Once it is completed this November, it will be the first operational Wind Park in BC. It is expected to generate 102 MW of power. The Wind Park is owned by Calgary-based AltaGas and was initiated by Peace Energy Cooperative.last_img

Man kills woman, self with circular saw

first_imgShe didn’t know if the two dead people were related to each other or to anyone else in the house. She said people were renting rooms there. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA – Authorities say a man decapitated a woman with a circular saw then used it on himself Tuesday. La Habra Police are calling it an apparent murder-suicide. The motive behind the slaying is still unknown. The couple hadn’t been identified by Tuesday afternoon. Officers responding to a 911 call about a family disturbance in the 700 block of East Pinehurst Avenue found the bodies at 5:41 a.m. in one of the bedrooms. “The door was closed. The officers had to break down the door,” according to police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp. Knapp said the woman’s body was lying on one of the bed. She had been decapitated. The man’s body was on an adjacent bed and he had sustained severe trauma to the neck. “He used a circular saw on her and turned the weapon on himself,” Knapp said. The saw was discovered on the bed next to the man. She said there were three other adults and a boy in the house. One was the owner of the house. last_img read more

Cooper will be back to guide Astros

first_imgFrom news services Cecil Cooper will return as manager of the Houston Astros after receiving a two-year contract Friday that runs through the 2009 season. The 57-year-old was named interim manager when he replaced the fired Phil Garner on Aug. 27. The announcement was made before the Astros opened their final series of the season, against Atlanta. “It’s a great thrill for me,” Cooper said. “I’m very confident I can do this. I know I can do it. We’re going to get it done.” Cooper had worked as Houston’s bench coach since 2005. His promotion comes a week after the Astros named Ed Wade their new general manager to replace Tim Purpura. “I became very comfortable, very quickly being around Coop,” Wade said. “I look forward to a long association.” Houston has gone 13-15 since Cooper took over. Cooper, a first-time big league manager, is the first black manager in Astros history. Red Sox shelve Buchholz Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz won’t pitch for the rest of the year and will miss the postseason because of shoulder fatigue. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore on Sept. 1 in his second major league start, then was sent to the bullpen and made a relief appearance on Sept. 6. He had just one outing after that, starting and losing at Toronto on Sept. 19. Surprise would-be ball savior If Gilbert Arenas has his way, the baseball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th career homer will never be branded with an asterisk. Arenas’ solution? He wants to buy the ball. Fashion designer Marc Ecko bought the ball in an online auction, then set up a Web site so people could vote to determine its fate. Ecko announced the winning choice this week: branding the ball with an asterisk before it’s sent to the Hall of Fame. “I don’t think he should mess up history like that,” Arenas said. “It’s history. It’s still history.” Later Friday, Arenas posted an entry on his blog making the same point. “I’ll buy the ball from you Ecko for $800,000. If Barry Bonds is found guilty, I’ll give it back to you. I’m not going to let you go around like some little superhero,” the blog says. “I’ll put it in my hall of fame. The Gilbert Hall of Fame for Athletes no matter what you did.” Around the leagues Tigers: Carlos Guillen will shift from shortstop to first base next season. “It’s OK,” Guillen said. “I don’t have any problems. I want to help this team get better. We were in the World Series last year, and I want to bring us back.” Manager Jim Leyland said the team was making the move with Guillen’s health in mind. Guillen has been on the disabled list five times since 1999 and has played more than 140 games only once in his career. He agreed in March to a $48 million, four-year contract extension through 2011. Nationals: Washington exercised the 2009 option on Manager Manny Acta’s contract. The 38-year-old Acta, the youngest skipper in the major leagues, has led the Nationals to a 72-87 record going into the final weekend against the Phillies. Yankees: New York completed its buyout of Stephen Swindal, once George Steinbrenner’s designated successor as the team’s boss. Jennifer Steinbrenner, one of the owner’s daughters, filed for divorce from Swindal in March, a month after her husband was arrested early on Feb. 15 and charged with driving under the influence. Swindal was a Yankees general partner and chairman of Yankee Global Enterprises LLC, the holding company for the team and its stake in the YES Network. Hal Steinbrenner, one of the owner’s sons, succeeded Swindal as chairman on Yankee Global Enterprises, a sign of his increased influence in the team’s operations. Hal Steinbrenner also is a director of YES and chief executive officer of Steinbrenner Hotel Properties. Brewers: The commissioner’s office reversed course and revoked the three-game suspension assessed a day earlier Milwaukee reliever Seth McClung. The players’ union appealed the penalty. McClung and Manager Ned Yost were ejected Wednesday night after the pitcher hit Albert Pujols of St. Louis during the eighth inning of a 7-3 loss. John McHale, executive VP of administration, heard McClung’s appeal Friday during a video conference. McClung wrote out his comments for the appeal and had a videotape of the pitch that showed a hitch in his delivery – indicating bad mechanics rather than intent to throw at Pujols. Yost served a one-game suspension Thursday.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

SOCCER: SWILLY U14’S EARN SUPERB WIN OVER KEADUE ROVERS

first_imgSwilly Rovers F.C. News: Swilly Lotto Results Sunday September 13th. Numbers drawn: 3, 7, 17, 21. No Jackpot Winner. Five 3 Number Winners €20 each. John Hanlon, Newmill Leigha Murray, An Sruthan, Mark Daly, Ballyare, Mary McGettigan, Milford, Pauric Curly, Milford. Jackpot Next Week: €1500 and the draw will be held in Durkans Bar, Sunday 20th September. Thanks for your support. The senior side lost away to Letterkenny Rovers 6-1 on Sunday with the Swilly goal coming from Laurence Toland late on. The senior next game is again away in Letterkenny but this time they travel to face Bonagee United on Sunday with kick off at 2pm.The under 12 side lost 4-1 away to Glenea United on Saturday with Ian Kerr getting the goal for Swilly.The under 14 A’s continued their impressive start to the season with another convincing victory, this time defeating Keadue Rovers in Swilly Park 8-2. The Swilly goals came from Frankie Campbell (2), Eoin Logue (2), Kyle McMullan, Matthew McLaughlin, Jack McCauley and Tyler Durning.The under 14 B’s began their season with 4-1 win at home to Mulroy Academy. Danielle Hynd (2), Tiernan McElwee and Jaime Fermaso. The under 16 A’s defeated Bonagee United 2-1 in Swilly Park with goals coming from Ryan Toye with both.The under 16 B’s began their season away to Ballyraine Celtic in the Community Center, Letterkenny, with Swilly losing 2-0 on the night.The Donegal youth league began on Saturday with Swilly playing away to Bonagee. The game finished 1-1 with the Swilly goal coming from Oran Higgins.The club done a bag pack fundraiser in Tesco’s on Saturday with club raising €500. The club would like to thank everyone who contributed and helped the club on the day.SOCCER: SWILLY U14’S EARN SUPERB WIN OVER KEADUE ROVERS was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Sportlast_img read more

State’s students rank low in math, reading

first_img • Nation’s Repord Card Website • Interactive: Math scores improve; Reading mixed State education officials said California’s poor showing had more to do with its vast numbers of English-learning students — the most in the nation — than a faulty education system. According to the New York Times, the 2005 National Assessment of Education Progress is the first nationwide test to appraise President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, which has emphasized math and reading over other subjects. Nationally, the tests yielded mixed results. For More Info “California’s poor showing … in reading is at least in part due to the fact that California has the highest proportion of English learners in the nation and also that we assessed a higher proportion of our English-learner students than any other state,” said state Superintendent Jack O’Connell in a prepared statement. California excluded just 12 percent of its English-learning students, whereas Texas excluded 37.5 percent and New York excluded 29 percent. The NAEP, a comprehensive reading and math examination given to hundreds of thousands of students periodically since 1990, including in 2003 and last spring, was the first nationwide exam to allow a direct comparison between two successive test administrations since Bush signed the law in January 2002. President Bush, meeting with Education Secretary Margaret Spellings at the White House on Wednesday, called the report encouraging because results show that children from low-income groups are improving and in some cases closing the gap with high-income white students. “It shows there’s an achievement gap in America that is closing,” Bush said. Similar to 2003, test results showed that 50 percent of California’s fourth-graders lacked basic reading skills. Eighth-graders slipped a percentage point in reading since 2003, with 40 percent of them demonstrating below basic reading skills. Educators say that while the results offer a national perspective on reading and writing skills, standards for testing vary from state to state, and various factors in the way data is culled must be taken into consideration. “The results should be taken as another indicator and measure nationwide, to see where we stand as a state,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent of planning, assessment and research for the Los Angeles Unified School District. “This is valid in that it gives you a national picture, but it’s a snapshot in time.” Others say the results show that while teachers are succeeding in boosting reading and math scores in grades K-3, policy-makers can do more to expand programs as children get older, specifically in middle schools. “Generally speaking, we’re heading in the right direction, but we’re a work in progress,” said Judy Burton, president for the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization that runs four public schools in low income, overcrowded communities in Los Angeles. “We have to expand the perimeters to be able to make change, which isn’t happening fast enough,” she said. “Across the country, as long as we have huge and impersonal middle schools, you’re not going to see any improvements.” — Wire services contributed to this story. Susan Abram can be reached at (818) 713-3664 or by e-mail at susan.abram@dailynews.com.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Math scores were up slightly, but eighth-grade reading showed a decline, and there was only modest progress toward closing the achievement gap between white and minority students, which is one of the Bush administration’s primary goals. In many categories, the results indicated, the gap remains as wide as it was in the early 1990s. “The absence of really bad news isn’t the same as good news, and if you’re concerned about education and closing achievement gaps, there’s simply not enough good news in these national results,” Ross Wiener, policy director of the Education Trust, a group that seeks to bring attention to the needs of poor and minority students and has consistently supported No Child Left Behind, told the Times. Only fourth-graders in Mississippi and the District of Columbia scored lower than California students in reading on the 2005 National Assessment of Education Progress. Just five states scored lower than California fourth-graders in math. Overall, the national leader was Massachusetts, followed by students at schools operated by the Department of Defense, New Hampshire and Delaware. The worst performers were Alabama, California, Idaho, Arizona, Maryland, Virginia and Kentucky. California’s fourth- and eighth-graders continue to rank near the bottom in reading and math proficiency compared with students nationwide, according to a national report card released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education.last_img read more

Cross Country Prepared To Race At NCAA Midwest Regional

first_img Midwest Regional Central The Midwest Regionals, along with other regional championships conducted throughout the country, will determine which teams athletes will qualify to compete in the NCAA Championships set to take place in Terre Haute, Ind., next weekend. The top two teams from each region and top four individuals not on qualifying teams from each region will advance to the NCAA Championships.The women’s 6k is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the men’s 10k race following at noon as the Ashton Cross Country Course. The race will be the first 10k of the season for the Drake men’s team. With nine states making up the Midwest Region, Drake will see plenty of competition and a deep field vying for a potential spot in the NCAA field.  The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to appear at the annual NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 11 in Iowa City, Iowa. Story Links Junior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) leads Drake’s woman’s team in the Regional meet. Cofer recently finished 28th at the MVC Championship in the 5-kilometer course. For the bulk of the women’s team, this will be their first NCAA Regional competition as Cofer has helped lead a roster that features seven underclassmen. Last year at the NCAA Regionals, Cofer was the fifth Bulldog across the finish line on a veteran-laden team.  Drake senior, Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) has led the men’s team this season and recently won the 2016 MVC Championships. With the conference title, Fischer became the 13th Bulldog to become an MVC Cross Country Champion and earned the MVC Elite 18 award. Last year, Fischer finished 20th at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in the men’s 10-kilometer event with a time of 24:31.8.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

“Black card is ruining football in a very real and terrible way” – Jim McGuinness

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has called for the controversial black card ‘has to go’ as he feels it is ruining football. The topic of the black card unfortunately dominated a lot of the post-match analysis of the All-Ireland Final between Dublin and Mayo.Mayo star player Lee Keegan and Dublin defender Johnny Cooper both received black cards in the first-half. However, McGuinness said both fouls merited free kicks at best, and said it was terrible that the game was robbed of two star players in the biggest match of their lives.In his column with The Irish Times, McGuinness wrote, “I remember jotting a note down also: “Jonny Cooper absolutely excellent. Best player on field. Taking game to Mayo. Getting in front of his man and really transitioning”. Then I looked up and I couldn’t see Cooper anywhere and James Horan told me he had just been black- carded. I couldn’t believe it. Lee Keegan followed him shortly afterwards.“So in a very real and terrible way, the black card dominated the All-Ireland football final. Kevin McLoughlin was fortunate, I felt, not to go for his tackle on Kevin McManamon and as I mentioned, John Small was blessed.“But the Lee Keegan decision proved without question that the black card is flawed. Eugene McGee, one of its architects, has said that it has cleaned up the game. In my opinion, the black card is ruining the game. You simply cannot have two of the best players in the sport leaving the game in an All-Ireland final – the biggest game of their lives – for what were, at best, fouls that merited free kicks. “It has to go. The sin bin is not a perfect solution but at least it doesn’t ruin a player’s day or a team’s chances. He loses 10 – or even 15 – minutes; he has to go; the team is punished. But he gets to come back in and atone for it. The Keegan- Connolly duel was beginning to enter a new realm on Saturday. And we will never know how it should have turned out.”<a href=”https://secserv.adtech.de/adlink|3.0|826.0|6282472|0|170|ADTECH;loc=300;alias=;cookie=info;kvinline=1″ target=”_blank” target=”_blank”><img src=”https://secserv.adtech.de/adserv|3.0|826.0|6282472|0|170|ADTECH;loc=300;alias=;cookie=info;kvinline=1″ border=”0″></a><a href=”https://secserv.adtech.de/adlink|3.0|826.0|6282472|0|170|ADTECH;loc=300;alias=;cookie=info;kvinline=2″ target=”_blank” target=”_blank”><img src=”https://secserv.adtech.de/adserv|3.0|826.0|6282472|0|170|ADTECH;loc=300;alias=;cookie=info;kvinline=2″ border=”0″></a&amp“Black card is ruining football in a very real and terrible way” – Jim McGuinness was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Norwich 2

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesScott Malone conceded two penalties in the first half to leave Fulham in trouble at the break.Graham Dorrans converted both spot-kicks after Malone first brought down Jacob Murphy and was later adjudged to have pulled Cameron Jerome to the ground.However, Fulham hotly contested the second decision, with Malone and skipper Scott Parker both booked in the aftermath.Norwich had twice gone close from corners, while at the other end Sone Aluko’s effort was tipped behind by Canaries keeper Michael McGovern.Malone’s first transgression came on 16 minutes, his foul on Murphy giving Dorrans the chance to open the scoring, and six minutes before half-time he was penalised again as Norwich doubled their lead.Fulham had a few half chances but were too often crowded out inside the box, although Chris Martin directed the ball on to the outside of the post. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more