An inter – high school’s sport tournament, involving 13 senior high schools kicked off in Nimba County commercial city of Ganta.Michel Nagba, a representative of Liberia Football Association subcommittee in Ganta said the game is intended to bring the schools together as part of rebuilding the social aspect of students which was affected due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.He said the schools are encountering one another in both football and kickball.This is the first tournament in Ganta since the Ebola outbreak, over one year ago.The beginning of every school year is marked by sporting activities organized by the LFA Sub – Association in Ganta as a means of reawakening students’ social spirit.This year’s tournament is in high gear with all the participating schools eager to take the championship.At the opening on the 13th April, the boys of St. Lawrence Catholic crushed the YMCA boys 2-0; the second game gave United Methodist boys 4 – 1 over Harriet Parkinson High school.On April 16 the Ganta’s J. W. Pearson went down to Faith Academy High school 2- 1 while the girls of Pearson defeated Faith Academic in kickball.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2018 NGSA results Despite the implementation of a series of measures aimed at improving students’ performance in the core subject areas, Mathematics continues to record low pass rates at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).This was revealed when Education Minister Nicolette Henry announced the 2018 NGSA results on Thursday. During an overview of pupils’ performance at this year’s examination, which was written in March, it was highlighted that 38 per cent of the pupils who wrote the NGSA exam this year gained 50 per cent or more compared to 45 per cent last year.A section of the gathering at Thursday’s press conference when the 2018 NGSA results were announcedAccording to Minister Henry, exam pass rates usually fluctuate and it always becomes a cause for concern when that percentage drops below what was obtained previously. To this end, she noted that the Ministry will have to continue what it started last year, that is, mainstreaming methodology that were used in the emergency intervention.“Last year as you are aware, it was an intervention year… so what we have to do is sustain… There is no subject area that is below the Maths 38 per cent, which was considered high for Mathematics,” she said, while adding that they want those days to be a thing of the past, whereby subject pass rate percentages are in the 20s, teens or even lower.Following disturbing low performances in 2016, Cabinet had mandated in October that year that a strategy be established targeting improvements in students’ performance in the core subject areas. That plan was subsequently approved and implemented. Among the measures that were recommended are training of teachers in content and methodology, developing learning communities where teachers were able to share information and experiences regarding mathematical concepts and recruitment of monitors and coordinators to ensure that the emergency plan was implemented.While these may not have achieved the desired results for Maths, the overall pass rate in English has since been improving. In fact, there was a six per cent increase pupils who gained 50 per cent or more at this year’s NGSA exams, that is, a historic 60 per cent compared to 54 per cent in 2017.“I’ve also been guided by my officers that achieving 60 per cent is the highest percentage we’ve been able to achieve to date in any of the four subject areas offered by the National Grade Six Assessment,” the Minister said.She further highlighted too that all of the administrative regions recorded improved performances in English, with Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) showing significant improvement.Henry was heartened by these achievements, noting that these were as a result of increased investments by her administration in the education sector.“We recognised that we have to invest in our people and so that required us recruiting additional supporting staff, developing and strengthening the existing programmes to result in the kind of results that you see today… It is very important you understand that results comes out of process, it just doesn’t appear and it is representative of the hard work of a lot of people,” the Minister said, adding that she looks forward to even more improved performances going forward.With regards to the other two subject areas, Social Studies saw 46 per cent of the pupils who wrote the exam obtaining 50 per cent or more compared to 47 per cent last year. Meanwhile, in Science, 46 per cent of the pupils gained 50 per cent or more this year, which is the same as 2017.Apart from the overall subject pass rates, another issue that was highlighted in reviewing this year’s NGSA results was the continued disparity in the performance of hinterland schools compared to those on the coastland.Meanwhile, the gender gap was also brought into focus, with the Ministry saying that of the total 174 candidates in this year’s top one per cent, 104 are females compared to 70 males. The officials could not give, at the time, the overall gender ratio of the candidates who wrote the 2018 NGSA exams.
Magnusson does concede however that a reduction in value will still affect the northeast – which he predicts will continue into late 2016.Magnusson says the North Peace is stuck in a “landlocked asset” if LNG development doesn’t begin shortly.“Unless we are prepared to make significant investment, at some point and time [it] will be a depleted resource,” Magnusson concludes. “It will be a lost opportunity for the North Peace area that I’m not so sure we can get back.” “Longer term, we need to find a way to move our natural gas into a position where we can ship it and move it into, particularly countries like Japan, where the price of natural gas – through the LNG – is just far superior to what were are getting here in North America,” says Magnusson.These comments come after hosting Industry Outlook 2015 at Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Hotel. Magnusson says those in attendance did have some innovative ideas to help get the LNG industry off the ground.“Essentially what you would have is a very, very large ship instead of building an LNG plant,” explains Magnusson. “You would simply have one float in and convert that natural gas based on a tanker, that tanker would convert that natural gas into LNG, and then we can ship it [abroad].”- Advertisement -Magnusson says a potential downside to this method is capacity and cost-effectiveness.The additional production coming out the U.S. is having an affect on development right across Canada, but here in northeast B.C., the diversity of our resources gives us a short-term advantage, according to Magnusson.“We are benefiting in the North Peace area from the wet gas, and that would be of course the additional butane, the propane, and the methane, that we have additional to sell out of those wells.”Advertisement
Klopp blamed Liverpool’s lack of Champions League experience in recent seasons for the way they folded after a Roberto Firmino double either side of Sadio Mane’s header had given them a 3-0 lead inside half an hour.“It is not perfect tonight but it is not a general problem,” said the German.“It just happened. In this atmosphere we need to get more and more experience.“Could we have done better? 100 percent, but do I think it is a mentality problem? 100 percent not.”Wissam Ben Yedder headed home Ever Banega’s free-kick and then slotted home from the penalty spot to reduce the arrears, before Guido Pizarro prodded home a stoppage-time equaliser to extend Sevilla’s year-long unbeaten run at home amid delirious scenes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.“Hope AC Milan watched it,” Ben Yedder cheekily posted on Twitter in reference to Liverpool’s stunning fightback from 3-0 down at half-time to win the 2005 Champions League final on penalties.“It was an incredible, memorable match,” said Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo.“We managed to transform all pessimism into optimism and appeal to the heart and soul of the team.”Klopp, meanwhile, was left to rue the latest in a series of defensive collapses that have dogged his two years in charge at Anfield.“They are human beings,” he said of his players’ complacency after half-time.“Maybe it was misjudgement in controlling the game. You cannot become passive in a game like this because the second half is too long.“It is not the first time it has happened in football, it will not be the last time.“We already did similar things at home using our crowd and atmosphere.“Sevilla had to show character. If this is Anfield and we are 3-0 up it is different, but it was here and we let them come back in the game and that is our main mistake.”Both sides remain in control of their own destiny to reach the knockout stages with a point also enough for Sevilla to progress when they travel to Maribor on matchday six.“From tomorrow on we will know we have a point more,” added Klopp.“It feels like we’ve lost the game, we haven’t, but just ask Sevilla because they feel like they’ve won the game and they didn’t.”Sevilla will qualify no matter what they do in Slovenia as long as Spartak don’t win at Anfield and Berizzo hopes his side’s late equaliser forces a backlash from Liverpool.“Our draw conditions the game between Liverpool and Spartak.“Liverpool aren’t qualified and need to go to win the game, but we have to try to win in Maribor no matter what happens in the other match.“The point and the performance today has to strengthen and stimulate us to show that playing like this is possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp pictured during a team training session at the club’s Melwood training complex in Liverpool, north west England, on September 12, 2017SEVILLE, Spain, Nov 22 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended his side’s mental strength despite crumbling under the pressure of an inspired second-half Sevilla comeback to throw away a three-goal lead in Spain on Tuesday.A thrilling 3-3 draw leaves Liverpool still on top of Champions League Group E, but means they still require a point when the English side host Spartak Moscow on December 6 to book their place in the last 16 for the first time in nine seasons.
Florent Malouda 1 Former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda is back training with his first pro club Chateauroux as he bids to find a new team.The 34-year-old, who played for Chelsea between 2007 and 2013, has been without a club since his contract at Trabzonspor was terminated earlier this month.He was reportedly offered to Premier League new boys Leicester during the summer while Crystal Palace were also linked with a move for the Frenchman.But he is now training with Ligue 2 side Chateauroux, where he made his name between 1996 and 2000.
Aston Villa new boy Rudy Gestede has thanked the club’s fans for inspiring his match-winning debut.The super sub, a summer signing from Blackburn, crashed home a header to earn his side maximum points on the opening day against Bournemouth.“It was an amazing feeling to celebrate with the fans,” Gestede said.“They came in big numbers to support us. They made a lot of noise. It was very loud.“I thank them because they helped me a lot when I came on the pitch – they created a big atmosphere. They deserved the win.”The 26-year-old is now in line to make his full debut for the club at home on Friday night against Manchester United.And he added: “I can’t wait for Friday now. I am looking forward to it. I have heard the Villa fans at Villa Park are great. I want to see this.” Rudy Gestede 1
Florian Thauvin 1 Newcastle have renewed their interest in signing Florian Thauvin from Marseille, claim reports in France.The Magpies have been tracking the highly-rated winger this summer but their chances of luring the 22-year-old to St.James’ Park looked slim after Marseille declared the player was not for sale.However, according to French radio station RMC, the Ligue 1 side are now open to the idea of letting Thauvin go.Marseille will accept £12m for the French youth international and a deal could also involve a loan move in the opposite direction for Remy Cabella.Cabella appears to have fallen out of favour with new Toon boss Steve McClaren and a switch back to his native France could be on the cards.
5 5 1. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – see more of the latest transfer rumours on Manchester United by clicking the arrow above, right – United’s interest in Bale stretches back to David Moyes’ short tenure in Manchester, and he firmly remains on their transfer wish list under Louis van Gaal. The Wales ace won’t come cheap, but having been cash-friendly over the past two seasons, it’s not too farfetched to think the Red Devils could go all out and test the resolve of Real. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Red Devils to tempt Portuguese back to Old Trafford? – Bale isn’t the only player from the Santiago Bernabeu the Red Devils are monitoring, but this one is slightly more familiar. Ronaldo is constantly linked with a return to Old Trafford and, as with Bale, United are currently preparing a lucrative offer for the Portugal captain. The 31-year-old has recently insisted he is happy with Los Blancos, but it doesn’t seem to have deterred interest. 5 Manchester United could address their ‘boring’ style of football in the January transfer window, should the reports be believed.It has recently been claimed the Red Devils want to add ‘two elite players’ to their squad.Could it be Gareth Bale and Neymar?Click the arrow above, right, to find out along with all the other rumours.MAN UNITED TEAM NEWS: PREDICTED SIDE TO PLAY BOURNEMOUTH IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE 5 5 3. John Stones (Everton) – United to make Toffees star world’s most expensive defender? – Look away now, Chelsea fans! Nearing the end of the summer transfer window, Stones handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Stamford Bridge. The Toffees stood firm, however, and it now seems the Blues will have to compete with more clubs should their interest remain. United are allegedly readying a record-breaking £50m offer, which if accepted, would make the 21-year-old the most expensive defender in the world. 4. Neymar (Barcelona) – La Liga giants to be tested with £150m bid in January? – The Red Devils have been linked with a staggering £150m move for Neymar, and are even prepared to table the world-record bid in January. However, reports suggest that United are worried the intensity of the Premier League may not appeal to the forward. 5. Wayne Rooney – United captain to move abroad? – It seems the England international’s Old Trafford exit could happen sooner rather than later. Reports claim that Chinese side Shanghai SIPG are the latest club interested in prising Rooney away from the Premier League, and they are preparing an offer of £25m per-year over three years to tempt him the striker to sign a deal.
1 Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost 5-1 on aggregate Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes his young side have learned a valuable lesson in their Europa League exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.Spurs were beaten 2-1 on the night – 5-1 on aggregate – by the side sitting second in the Bundesliga.Pochettino hopes to be leading his side into games against opponents of the same calibre more often next season by qualifying for the Champions League and believes nights like this one will be an important education for his players.He told BT Sport 1: “I’m very disappointed we’re out of the Europa League but we need to recognise we played against a very good team (playing at) a Champions League level, because Borussia Dortmund is one of the best teams in Europe.“I think we improved a lot, learned a lot from last week in Germany. We competed and we need to take positives.“We have a lot of young players that need to feel what it means to compete in Europe and I think for the team it was a good test and we can take positive things.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for Dortmund, while Son Heung-min netted a consolation for the hosts following a defensive error from Neven Subotic.Pochettino admitted Aubameyang’s opener all but ended Tottenham’s chances.He added: “Your expectation is to turn the tie but against a very good team it was difficult. We tried to score and they score an unbelievable goal from Aubameyang and this killed a little bit our possibility to come into the tie.”
The late Kevin McNamara.RIPIt was with considerable regret that natives of Ballina learned of the untimely passing of Kevin McNamara, son of Eileen and Padraic McNamara, Bohernasup, Ballina.At the time of his passing, Kevin was in his 11th year of service as Chaplain to Letterkenny Hospital where he was much loved and renowned for his patient kindness and willingness to serve his patients.Educated at St. Muredach’s College, Ballina he studied theology subsequently at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth before attending the Angelicum University in Rome where he obtained a Bachelors in Sacred Theology. Imbued with a charitable and caring nature, he was devoted to his profession and always went the extra mile with his patients in their time of need. The night before his unexpected passing from his grieving family and friends he attended three separate wakes to comfort the bereaved in surrounding Letterkenny, little knowing the favor would so soon be returned in earnest by those he had comforted.He loved his work, was deeply conscientious in the execution of his Christian duties and did so with little account of the many hours giving without counting and the personal cost his dedication required of him. In return, the affection returned by his many patients, friends and colleagues brought him great joy, and the scenes of grief that accompanied his sudden passing were a testament to the esteem and affection in which all held him. He found his continued role as Catholic Chaplain deeply fulfilling, and he brought much laughter and solace to many a bedside with his ability to relate funny stories and items of news to distract from their suffering and pain.His charitable endeavors did not end with the onerous duties of a hospital chaplain. He also volunteered his able services to the local Mary’s Meals Group and entered into this role with equal selflessness and a spirit of giving. His arrival brought a smile to many a face, and he befriended the old and disabled with sincere affection and took a personal interest in their spiritual wellbeing.A former Mayor of Letterkenny, Paschal Blake said ‘Kevin’s passing at so young an age leaves a huge void in the lives of so many people. Kevin always carried out his pastoral duties in a quiet and dignified manner. He was a great support to patients and families in often tough circumstances’. His remains reposed at the Letterkenny Hospital Chapel, where he spent many an hour in prayer followed by a Mass the following morning. The hospital by all account came to a standstill, and the large crowds were a testimony to the esteem in which his adopted community held Kevin.He was a regular visitor to his home in Ballina and renewed his cherished familial bonds with his mother Eileen and father Padraic. He had planned several trips over the coming months to include a trip to Canada with his beloved parents to visit his brother Patrick, a doctor in Toronto. These plans are regrettably not to be, leaving a great void in the lives of his extended family.May the Lord reward him for his many services and may he rest in peace.OBITUARY – KEVIN MC NAMARA, LATE CHAPLAIN OF LETTERKENNY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)