5 life lessons from famous TV mothers

first_imgHow can we ever really repay our mothers? They’ve been there for us throughout our lives. They’ve made us laugh, comforted us, and supported us through life’s ups and downs. There are many words of wisdom our mothers have given us that we can apply to our personal and work lives. In addition to our real life moms, there are many mothers from television whom we’ve grown up with and who have inspired us along the way. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five famous TV moms and the life lessons they’ve given us.“The Dick Van Dyke Show”“I realize you have to do what you think is right. I wouldn’t respect you if you let yourself get pushed around by anyone, including me.” – Laura Petrie, played by Mary Tyler Moore“Family Guy”“Ya know, I wanted us to live in a place with real family values, but values don’t come from where you live or who your friends are. They come from inside, from your own beliefs.” – Lois Griffin, voiced by Alex Borstein“Malcolm in the Middle”“There’s nothing wrong with being smart. There’s nothing wrong with being cut from the herd, either. It makes you the one buffalo who isn’t there when the Indians run the rest of them off the cliff.” – Lois Wilkerson, played by Jane Kaczmarek“The Cosby Show”“Theo, we never said become a doctor, become a lawyer, we say go to school, we say study, we say become something.” – Clair Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashad“Everybody Loves Raymond”“You know, actually, this could be a good lesson for me. To learn to be content with what is and not hope for what could be.” – Marie Barone, played by Doris Roberts 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Paul Merson backs Chelsea to win Premier League title in ‘next four years’ after Timo Werner agrees deal

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jun 2020 9:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.6kShares Paul Merson backs Chelsea to win Premier League title in ‘next four years’ after Timo Werner agrees deal Paul Merson has hailed Chelsea’s decision to sign Timo Werner (Picture: Getty / Sky Sports)Paul Merson expects Chelsea to win the Premier League title in the ‘next four years’ after they agreed a deal to sign Germany striker Timo Werner.Chelsea have seen off competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool to secure a deal for Werner, with the RB Leipzig star set to sign a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge worth around £150,000-a-week.Werner has scored 92 goals in 156 appearances for Leipzig and Merson says his signing is a ‘game-changer’ for Chelsea, who are currently fourth in the Premier League.‘Signing Timo Werner shows Chelsea are back – and I’d be shocked if they don’t win the league in the next four years now,’ the Arsenal legend wrote in a column for Starsport.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a sign of what a great businessman Roman Abramovich is that he’s doing this now, when other clubs are going to be hit hard by the coronavirus.‘I think over the last few years he’s looked at it and wondered if there was any point to trying to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.‘The way things were going it would have cost £400-500m just to get close to them. But he’s looked at what’s happening financially with the virus and thought: “This is the time.” Advertisement Frank Lampard is set to welcome Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘He’s a winner. He wants Chelsea to be a threat again. And he’s realised if he spends now, they have a chance to close the gap. I think it’s clever.‘I think they will challenge now. I think they will close the gap. Abramovich believes they will be major challengers or he wouldn’t be spending the money.’As well as signing Werner, Chelsea are also set to welcome Morocco international Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge this summer, and are now turning their attentions to Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell.Merson added: ‘This is a young Chelsea team as well. Werner is 24, Hakim Ziyech is 27. The young players who are already there will only get better.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But Werner is a game changer. He’s a massive signing. If you look at the way Chelsea play, they like to break quickly – and he has got pace.‘With Werner, I think Chelsea become major players again, at just the right time. I’d be shocked if they don’t win the title in the next four years.’Lampard’s side travel to relegation-battlers Aston Villa on Sunday for their first game back following a lengthy break due to the coronavirus pandemic.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Bayer Leverkusen chief opens door for Kai Havertz to leave club amid Chelsea linksMORE: Timo Werner gives up Champions League glory to speed up Chelsea transferlast_img read more

Duterte: ‘Fraternity hazing impossible to stop’

first_img“Ikaw pumasok ka, pag nahuli ka, sorry ka,” says President Rodrigo Duterte, admitting that hazing is embedded in the culture of fraternities and it could be difficult to put an end to the practice. MANILA – Despite signing a law thatbanned hazing n the culture of fraternities, President Rodrigo Duterte admittedit would be impossible to stop these barbaric initiation rites. “Di na tala matanggal ‘yan unless you ban fraternities for all time; make it criminal offense but it will raise many constitutional issues,” President Duterte said. ‘Di talaga mapigilan ‘yan, pero dapat ‘yung tama tama lang, pag madala sa ospital mabuhay.” The Chief Executive also recalled that he himself went through a brutal beating when he joined the Lex Talionis fraternity in San Beda Law School. Duterte added: “hazing that’s carried too far,human degradation, you order the plebes to perform mga oral sex, hindi trabahong lalaki ‘yan. Hiyain mo sa isang session, pag mga ka-brod mo na, ano na tingin mo sakanya? Ano tingin sa ‘yo? Thatwill create lifetime animosity.” In a speech before his departure for a state visit in Russia on Tuesday night, President Duterte said that banning fraternities in the country or make hazing a criminal offense could be options but it will cause constitutional issues. In June 2018,Duterte had signed the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 or Republic Act No. 11053, whichbans all forms of hazing. “Ikaw pumasok ka, pag nahuli ka, sorry ka. ‘Wag lang sumobra. Pag sinobrahan mo, there are rules to follow: you break the rules, you go to jail. Ganoon lang ‘yan or you die. Those are simple matters in life,” he said. Prior to thepassage of this law, hazing was prohibited only when there’s no prior writtennotice to school authorities or the organization head./PNlast_img read more

I’m going nowhere – Pardew

first_img It was the manager’s first comment since the circus which has accompanied Kinnear’s unveiling as the new senior executive in charge of all football-related matters at St James’ Park pitched tent on Gallowgate. Pardew and Kinnear met for the first time since the 66-year-old Irishman was appointed on Tuesday, and Press Association Sport understands the initial talks were amicable. But it remains to be seen whether or not he and highly rated chief scout Graham Carr can forge a working partnership with a man who has a high opinion of his own abilities, but whose return to St James’, where he was manager for less than six months during the 2008-09 season, has been greeted with incredulity by the club’s fans. Llambias, however, has already voted with his feet and decided the time was right to end his five-year stay on Tyneside. The former casino boss has played a key role in the day-to-day running of the club and was heavily involved in its transfer business, although some of those duties have now passed to Kinnear. Llambias’ departure was announced in a statement issued at around 8.40am, 20 minutes before the fixtures for the new season, which handed the Magpies a tough start away at Manchester City, were due to be published. It said: “The club can announce that managing director Derek Llambias has resigned from his position with immediate effect.” Llambias, who is currently out of the country, was diplomatic in his comments less than 24 hours after he had welcomed Kinnear to the club. He said: “I have had an incredible journey during my five years at the club, including some challenging times. I will reflect with great fondness on my time in the North East and in me, Newcastle United have a lifelong supporter. I want to thank the staff for their hard work, our fans for their support of the club, and wish them all well for the future.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has insisted he is going nowhere after the resignation of managing director Derek Llambias plunged the club into fresh chaos. The 51-year-old confirmed his intention in a brief message to the city’s evening newspaper as news of Llambias’ departure, which came in the wake of Joe Kinnear’s controversial arrival as director of football, emerged. Pardew told The Chronicle: “I’m staying – to take the club up the league.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

NFL mock draft 2021: Predicting where Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields & other top prospects will go

first_img (247Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/be/ca/marvin-wilson-247sports-ftr_128n56x9l2fqm13k6uqk8jm07g.jpg?t=-85877759&w=500&quality=80 21. Pittsburgh SteelersJaylen Waddle, WR, AlabamaThere’s a feeling the Steelers may not re-sign JuJu Smith-Schuster, who’s in the final year of his rookie contract. Should that scenario develop, they can go after Waddle (5-10, 182 pounds), who should produce a lot more big plays from 33 catches, 560 yards and 6 TDs with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III gone to the NFL.22. Green Bay PackersJay Tufele, DT, USCThe Packers may not be able to re-sign Kenny Clark, who becomes a free agent in 2021 and need some more pop for Mike Pettine’s three-man front regardlessl Tufele (6-3, 305 pounds) posted 4.5 sacks for the Trojans last season.23. Indianapolis ColtsIsrael Mukuamu, CB, South CarolinaThe Colts will need to address cornerback early next year after not doing so in 2020. Mukuamu offers a huge frame (6-4, 205 pounds) and had 4 interceptions for the Gamecocks last season.24. Seattle SeahawksJoe Tryon, EDGE/OLB, WashingtonThe Seahawks addressed the pass rush in the 2020 draft as expected (Darrell Taylor) with Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah not re-signing, but they should still be in the market for someone else to get to the quarterback but also has some second-level versatility. They can stay in Seattle for Tryon (6-5, 262 pounds), a rising explosive athlete who had 8 sacks last season.MORE: Most painful NFL Draft slides of last 20 years25. Buffalo BillsCade Mays, G, Tennessee.The versatile run blocker Mays (6-6, 318 pounds), a Georgia transfer, would be much more appealing solution at right guard over Jon Feliciano (free agent in 2021 and Spencer Long (club option in 2021).26. Philadelphia EaglesTyson Campbell, CB, GeorgiaThe Eagles have five cornerbacks set to become unrestricted free agents next year. Campbell (6-2, 185 pounds) is another nice-sized cover man from the SEC East who can help replace them to support Darius Slay.27. New England PatriotsDeonte Brown, G, AlabamaThe Patriots brought back Joe Thuney on the franchise tag but they might not re-sign him long-term. They can simply roll with this promising Tide run-blocking prospect as Brown is a sturdy 6-4, 338 pounds.28. Tampa Bay BuccaneersTravis Etienne, RB, ClemsonThe Bucs went with more of a power back type to pair with Ronald Jones in third-round rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn but should be in the market for a more dynamic complement to Vaught who can replace Jones to be a real force in the passing game. Etienne (5-10, 210 pounds) is returning to school to build on his 2,046 scrimmage yards and 23 touchdowns as a open-field home-run hitter. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9e/a0/trevor-lawrence-102519-getty-ftrjpg_tk24cshgdgf016kpikpu0vutx.jpg?t=-1659163151&w=500&quality=80 NFL mock draft 20211. Jacksonville JaguarsQB Trevor Lawrence, ClemsonThe Jaguars may be sticking with Gardner Minshew. And with more potential departures to shake up their offensive and defensive rebuild, there’s a fair chance they will have the clear shot at Lawrence. Lawrence (6-6, 220 pounds) has lived up to the hype of being the best college talent at the position since John Elway with his arm, athleticism, accuracy and winning qualities. Already a top passer, he found his groove as a runner last season.2. Washington Redskins Penei Sewell, OT, OregonTrent Williams won’t be coming back to Washington after being trade to the 49ers during the 2020 draft. Here’s a rock of a replacement in the 6-6, 325-pound Sewell, who should remain in the top tier of tackles from the class.3. Cincinnati BengalsGregory Rousseau, EDGE, MiamiThe Bengals took Burrow instead of Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young in 2020, but next year might bring their chance to add explosiveness up front with a mind on replacing Carlos Dunlap, who will be 32 next February and is signed only through 2021. Rousseau (6-6, 260 pounds) ripped through offensive lines for 15.5 sacks last season.4. Miami DolphinsJa’Marr Chase, WR, LSUThe Dolphins didn’t draft a wide receiver to help DeVante Parker and Preston Williams early in the 2020 draft. This makes Chase a must-have playmaker in 2021. Chase (6-1, 200 pounds) reeled off 1,780 yards and 20 TDs on only 84 catches with Burrow during the Tigers’ national championship season. He would be a great pairing with Tua Tagovailoa.5. Carolina PanthersJustin Fields, QB, Ohio StateThe Panthers gave Teddy Bridgewater a three-year deal but they can get out of the contract rather easily after 2021 if he disappoints as their veteran replacement for Cam Newton. Should they finish worse in 2020 under Matt Rhule and Joe Brady with Bridgewater, it would imply they must upgrade in a younger direction at the positon. Fields is hard to ignore as a dynamic dual threat at 6-3, 233 pounds. He confidently put up prolific all-around numbers during his first season with Ryan Day in Columbus.MORE: Top 10 quarterbacks to know in 2021, from Trevor Lawrence to Ian Book6. New York JetsPatrick Surtain II, CB, AlabamaThe Jets didn’t address corner early in the 2020 draft, reaching for a positional switch with safety Ashtyn Davis instead. Surtain, with his size (6-2, 203 pounds) and ballhawking skills, has the potential to be a true shutdown player in Gregg Williams’ defense.7. New York GiantsShaun Wade, CB, Ohio StateThe Giants didn’t tap heavily into cornerback in the 2020 class, having signed James Bradberry and having used a first-rounder on DeAndre Baker just last year. But Baker might not be the answer outside while Wade (6-1, 194 pounds) can follow college teammate Jeff Okudah nicely into the NFL with his active, instinctive coverage.8. Detroit LionsJustyn Ross, WR, ClemsonThe Lions will have a need here as Marvin Jones is unlikely to be re-signed as a 31-year-old free agent opposite Kenny Golladay next year. Ross (6-4, 205 pounds) is a big target who was very productive for Lawrence running sound routes all over the field. He put up 66 catches for 865 yards and 8 TDs last season.9. Las Vegas RaidersWalker Little, OT, StanfordThe Raiders have had disappointing tackle play from the combination of Kolton MIller and Trent Brown, and have a dead-money free out from Brown’s contract after the 2020 season. Little would be a nice replacement at 6-7, 309 pounds. He could have come out in this class but will stand out more with fellow Pac-12 product Sewell next year.10. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)Alex Leatherwood, OT, AlabamaThe Dolphins addressed tackle in 2020 with Austin Jackson, but in some form, they need to consider upgrading the other edge next year. At 6-6, 310 pounds, Leatherwood is an elite athlete who can become a top overall blocker should he keep working on his strength and technique. 29. New Orleans SaintsJamie Newman, QB, GeorgiaThe Saints don’t have any more 2020 draft picks with which to address QB behind Drew Brees but can’t be totally sold on Taysom Hill as a regular future franchise passer. Newman (6-4, 230 pounds), the dual-threat transfer from Wake Forest, could enjoy the same prospect rise as Burrow and Jordan Love with his ideal frame, big arm and athleticism. He may follow former Bulldog Fields right into first-round consideration.30. Baltimore RavensBrevin Jordan, TE, MiamiThe Ravens have loaded themselves more at running back and wide receiver in the 2020 draft, but they could use an upgrade to pair with Mark Andrews at tight end. Jordan, a terrific blocker, is still coming into his own as a receiver for the Hurricanes at 6-3, 245 pounds, but he is set up to channel the program’s strong positional tradition.31. San Francisco 49ers (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ef/d0/jamie-newman-getty-011120-ftrjpg_1ts5xe3dkuhmc1p0v4npv2g4qq.jpg?t=-1785098153&w=500&quality=80 Paulson Adebo, CB, StanfordRichard Sherman, K’Waun Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon all are set to become unrestricted free agents in 2021. The Niners can turn to Sherman’s old program to get Adebo, who at 6-1, 184 pounds, offers great ball skills and instincts to develop into a shutdown player. He has 8 interceptions in only 22 college games.32. Kansas City ChiefsDeVonta Smith, WR, AlabamaSmith and Waddle will be next year’s Jeudy and Ruggs in the first round. The Chiefs will be looking for wideout help to support Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman for Patrick Mahomes with Sammy Watkins and DeMarcus Robinson in contract years. Smith (6-1, 175 pounds) posted 68 catches for 1,256 yards and 14 TDs last season, making his big share of big plays all over the field in a loaded receiving corps. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c2/7d/jaylen-waddle-062619-getty-ftr_dk9o7m505jdl19kl01yvuprsv.jpg?t=-1804268973&w=500&quality=80 The order for this mock draft is based on current consensus odds to win Super Bowl 55. Here’s how things might play out for the first round in Cleveland a year from now:NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD:Top 50 players in the 2021 draft class 11. Arizona CardinalsMarvin Wilson, DT, Florida StateThe Cardinals will look for younger pass-rush pop in their three-man front after signing Jordan Phillips in free agency this year and knowing Corey Peters will be a free agent next year. Wilson (6-5, 311 pounds) easily could have come out and gone in the first round this year coming off a highly disruptive 5-sack season for the Seminoles. 12. Los Angeles ChargersSamuel Cosmi, OT, TexasThe Chargers didn’t get an offensive tackle they need in the first two days of the 2020 draft, making that position a higher priority in front of Justin Herbert for 2021. Cosmi (6-7, 300 pounds) is a massive prospect for the position with nimble feet to match. 13. Denver BroncosMicah Parsons, LB, Penn StateThe Broncos could use an upgrade to Todd Davis inside with an active, rangy playmaker of this quality. Parsons (6-3, 245 pounds) had 109 total tackles including 5 sacks last season for the Nittany Lions.14. Atlanta FalconsCreed Humphrey, C/G, OklahomaThe Falcons took a shot at upgrading left guard in the 2020 draft with Matt Hennessey, but interior line is also a high priority next year, given center Alex Mack will turn 34 later this year and becomes a free agent in 2021. Humphrey (6-4, 312 pounds) is a good hand fighter who has great athleticism for the position to fit nicely in their zone blocking scheme. 15. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)LaBryan Ray, DT, AlabamaThe Jaguars strongly consider linebacker, edge rusher and secondary in the 2020 draft, so it follows they would be more into this defensive position in 2021, looking to give third-round rookie Davon Hamilton a strong complement. Look for Ray to dominate during his final season with the Crimson Tide at 6-5, 292 pounds.MORE: The biggest busts in NFL Draft history16. Cleveland BrownsDylan Moses, LB, AlabamaThe Browns did their best to replace Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey on the second level, but with other positions taking precedence this year before a flyer on Jacob Phillips, they should be in the market for an active, rangy playmaker next year. Moses probably goes in this year’s first round without the knee injury that wiped out his entire 2019 season in Tuscaloosa. Two seasons ago, he posted 86 tackles with 3.5 sacks.17. Chicago BearsTrey Smith, G, TennesseeThe Bears got their short-term replacement for retired Kyle Long by signing Germain Ifedi to a one-year deal, but Smith has many of the same qualities at 6-6, 325 pounds, to be a long-term solution.18. Tennessee TitansChuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma StateWould the Titans let Derrick Henry walk as a free agent after franchise-tagging him to return this season? That possibility exists until there’s a long-term extension in place. For now, that means Hubbard (6-1, 207 pounds) is a good early-down option. Hubbard chose to return to school after posting 2,094 rushing yards and 21 TDs. The Titans could move on well with a committee of Hubbard and rookie Darrynton Evans.19. Minnesota VikingsQuincy Roche, EDGE, MiamiThe Vikings should be looking for pass-rushing help opposite Danielle Hunter with Everson Griffen gone. Landing a more situational type in the 2020 draft, Roche can give them a better every-down player. The 6-4, 235-pound transfer had 13 sacks in his final season at Temple.20. Dallas CowboysRichard LeCounte, S, GeorgiaThe Cowboys tabled safety in the short term with Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix replacing Jeff Heath, but Xavier Woods is a free agent in 2021. LeCounte (5-11, 190 pounds) is a strong cover man who had 4 interceptions last season. It’s never too early to think about the next NFL Draft. Now that the 2020 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror, the clock immediately starts ticking for the top prospects in 2021. As you might expect, that near-future class, like LSU’s Joe Burrow now, has a surefire No. 1 overall player at quarterback, one who also has won a college national championship. That would be Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, the no-brainer pick for the team with the qualifying worst record.last_img read more

Manziel’s playbook: hanging with Justin Bieber

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers’ Dri Archer, wearing a white visor with hands up, and Ryan Shazier, behind Archer, photo bomb Cleveland Browns’ Johnny Manziel as he talks to the media during an NFL football Play 60 youth event at the Cleveland Browns practice facility Friday, June 27, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. The AFC rookies took part in the NFL’s annual Rookie Symposium. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel went from hanging out with the Browns to hanging with the Biebs.Cleveland’s rookie quarterback, whose social life has overshadowed his NFL arrival, posted photographs on Twitter of him and Justin Bieber.Manziel promised last week he wouldn’t tone down his well-documented weekend living despite advice from Hall of Famers Emmett Smith, Joe Montana and Warren Moon.The 22-year-old not only kept his word but seemed to flaunt his celebrity by posting the photos with the pop star heartthrob as well as boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and others.Manziel is free from football for the next few weeks. The Browns open training camp July 26, when Manziel will resume his competition with Brian Hoyer for the starting job. Manziel spent last week attending the NFL’s rookie symposium with Cleveland’s other first-year players.On Friday, Manziel addressed the clamor caused by his social life — he has been filmed spraying champagne on partygoers in Las Vegas, photographed floating on an inflatable swan raft drinking champagne and seen in a video talking on a fake money phone.Manziel defended his right to party.“I’m not going to change who I am for anybody,” he said. “I’m growing up and continuing to learn from my mistakes and trying not to make the same ones over and over again, but am I going to live in a shell or am I just going to hide from everybody and not do anything? I don’t think that’s the way I should live my life and I’m not going to do it.“I’m here. I’m very committed to football. I’m committed to my job, but on the weekends, I’m going to enjoy my time off.”Manziel says he’s tired of all the talk about how he spends his free time, and he doesn’t believe he’s endangering his career or chances of beating out Hoyer.“Everybody goes out on the weekends and enjoys their life and lives their life and just for them,” he said. “They don’t have people that when they walk into a place pull out their phones and all they want to do is follow me around and record everything. … Everybody goes out and has fun. Everybody goes out and does that and I’m not doing anything that’s putting myself in a harmful situation. I’m not doing anything that’s putting my team or jeopardizing what I do here throughout the week, or what I’m looking forward to doing this season.”After attending the three-day symposium, Manziel visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday and spent Sunday in Cleveland filming a TV commercial. But by Monday, he was back in the limelight.Browns coach Mike Pettine has said he won’t speak to Manziel — or any of his other players — about their off-the-field affairs unless they get involved in criminal activities or it affects their jobs.To this point, Manziel’s only offense seems to be a reluctance to avoid the spotlight.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Barnesville Anti-Ebola Team Introduces ‘New Methods’, Awareness Is not Enough: Contact Tracing Is Key

first_imgTo deal decisively with the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) and prevent it, once and for all, from further spreading,  residents of Barnesville, outside Monrovia, have developed a well coordinated ‘new method’ to carry out their interventions.This comes against the backdrop of the intensity of the fight against the EVD across the country. In Barnesville, one of the housing estates off Somalia Drive, several community leaders have equally created their own interventions to eliminate the disease.One person through whose personal financial intervention empowered leaders of the 17 communities there to develop their own methods to let go of the EVD, is the country’s the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr.Mr. Samukai has single-handedly outsourced the fight through the provision of over US$4,000, which he earlier donated to the team for the initiative to go out into the estate and help the people to protect themselves from the deadly virus.The township’s general chairman, Nathaniel T. Solo, has organized ‘hardworking’ groups under the auspices of the Barnesville Ebola Awareness (Taskforce).Mr. Solo started his interview with the Daily Observer Tuesday by first expressing gratitude to Minister Samuakai for his intervention and creative idea to infuse a new philosophy into members of the taskforce, backed by a substantial cash donation.Mr. Solo then told our reporter that  instead of just creating awareness and sensitizing through messages as it is often done in other communities across the country, “we are involved with tracing of suspected cases, disease surveillance (close watch), and then quarantining family members of those victimized by Ebola.”“After these processes, we often feed those quarantined for 21 days with help from Minister Samukai. The Minister has also provided 17 pieces of the non-contact thermometers to each leader of the communities. We also acknowledged the US$100 assistance from “Villagers” led  by Dee Zoe Lake,” daughter of the man who lived to be 103 before he answered the Lord’s call a few years ago.According to Mr. Solo, he has,  in collaboration with leaders of each community group, devised a means whereby each of the 17 communities is represented by two persons who serve on the team as chair and co-chair, respectively.He named some of Barnesville communities as Behwein, Palm Field, 1407 Block ‘C’, 1603, Kpan Town, E.J Goodride Estate, etc.Solo said members of each group are protected from rainfall, “because each one is dressed up in a rain coat, but not allowed to come into  physical contact with suspected persons, due to the severity of the disease.”Earlier, members of the team participated in a two-day  workshop, facilitated by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) working with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Dr. Josiah George. As a result of setting up the Community Taskforce, Mr. Solo observed that community dwellers who once harbored sick relatives are now cooperating with the team,  thereby bringing their sick ones to the public for assistance.According to Mr. Solo, what is more encouraging about the team’s interventions is that each member is compensated on a daily basis.However, for the continuity of the exercise until Liberia is declared Ebola-free in the shortest period of time, Mr. Solo has appealed to the National Taskforce to buttress  Minister Samukai’s efforts, by giving whatever other assistance the National Task Force can to keep this good work ongoing. Clearly, the efforts of Minister Samukai, Mr. Solo, Dr. Josiah George and the entire people of Barnersville‘s 17 communities need support to maintain the effective work they are doing to defeat Ebola in that part of Monrovia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

L.A. kids still in U.S. cellar in grades 4 and 8

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Looking at the trend, we’re going in the right direction, but we still have a lot to do,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent of planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. “The work that we’ve done and the focus continues to show at least promising practices in what we need to do.” The NAEP assessment, based on district achievement trends on standardized tests, compared 2005 test scores with 2003 data. It found the average math score for LAUSD fourth-graders was 221 out of 500 – up slightly from 216 the previous year but still below the large central-city average of 230 and the national average of 239. Among eighth-graders, the score rose to 257 – up from 245 the previous year but also still lower than the large-city average of 269 and national average of 280. Los Angeles students fared even worse in reading – averaging 196, up slightly but still below the large central-city average of 208 and national average of 220. Math and reading scores of Los Angeles Unified’s fourth- and eighth-graders showed no improvement over last year and continue to lag behind both state and national averages, according to a national report released today. In reading, performance of students in fourth and eighth grades in the Los Angeles Unified School District was the worst among 11 of the nation’s largest urban school districts, according to the report card by the National Assessment of Education Progress. In math, fourth-graders ranked eighth among peers in districts including Boston, Houston and New York, while eighth-graders fared better than peers in just two districts: the District of Columbia and Atlanta. But LAUSD officials said Wednesday that a review of the district’s performance over four years shows it is making gains that outpace those in the 10 comparable school districts. And while eighth-graders scored 240 in reading, that was still 10 points below the large central-city average and 21 points below the national average. Meanwhile, LAUSD’s African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander and white students saw no significant change in their NAEP average score. Latino and lower-income students were the only groups to buck the trend and boast a higher average score over the years compared. While LAUSD has the highest percentage of Latino students of all the large districts studied – about 75 percent in both grade levels – the improvements in that group could be because the district focused on underperforming students, district officials said. “Our improvement strategy has been to use standard-based, rigorous and coherent curricula that are supported by research, and to focus on expanding and deepening teachers’ understanding and use of high-quality instruction that meets the needs of English learners, standard English learners, students with disabilities, and all other students in all classrooms,” LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer said. “As a result of our efforts, we are seeing a steady rise in our reading scores and in the performance of English learners.” And the improvements are noteworthy, Wong said – particularly since, of the 11 districts studied, LAUSD has the highest percentage of English-language learners. In the fourth grade, 48 percent of students are English learners, while the national average is 11 percent; in the eighth grade, LAUSD’s 28 percent compares with 7 percent nationally. “These increases are amazing considering we include almost all of our English learners in the testing sample, as well as our students with disabilities,” Wong said. Any comparison of LAUSD with other districts also should take into account the fact that California has broad testing requirements that other districts might not have, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools. “Keep in mind, in making those comparisons, that not only does L.A. test a higher proportion of kids by far, but the city has the highest combined enrollment of poor kids and English learners in all of the districts in this project,” Casserly said. “This testing is really the first time we’ve had a multiyear trend line in a way that means anything.” The NAEP reading and math assessments were administered by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year in districts that volunteered. Most of the 11 districts continued to gain in math, but progress in reading was less consistent and more modest. And the achievement gap between racial and ethnic groups remained a challenge. “Performance in the participating districts varies. Some are above the national averages for different groups of students and some are below,” said Darvin M. Winick, chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for NAEP. “There is still quite a bit of room for improvement. But on average, when demographics are considered, student performance in the (participating) districts is similar to the performance of their peers nationwide.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education. [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want 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

Theophane’s reign ended by shock defeat

first_imgAshley Theophane lost his British light-welterweight title to late stand-in Darren Hamilton in a big upset in Liverpool.Hamilton, a replacement for Steve Williams, who pulled out for medical reasons, won a unanimous points decision to dethrone the Kilburn fighter.It was the third defence of the title for Theophane and a victory would have seen him keep the coveted Londsale belt outright.A win would also have boosted his chances of securing a shot at a world championship, making it a painful as well as surprise defeat for the 31-year-old.He never got going against the Bristolian, who was determined to seize his chance and did enough to sway the three judges, who scored the bout 117-112 115-113 118-113 in his favour.See also:Hatton: Theophane deserves world title shotFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SME Indaba calls for business investment in South Africa

first_imgThe first SME Indaba organised by AHI South Africa discussed why big and small businesses should work together.Former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas (left) and AHI South Africa president Bernard Swanepoel. Jonas was a speaker at the SME Indaba on 5 April 2017. He says bringing small and big business together is a powerful tool. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanPay invoices on time, AHI South Africa president Bernard Swanepoel challenged owners of big corporates, the government and members of his organisation. “Think small [businesses] first. Consider the effects on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).”Swanepoel gave the welcoming address of AHI South Africa’s first SME Indaba, held in Centurion on 5 April 2017. The theme of the one-day conference was “Creating jobs against all odds”.Swanepoel’s second challenge was that his members commit this year to creating two entry level jobs. “Take your business and create a job.”He added: “If there is no growth in your business, it will die. You cannot stagnate as a business… Invest in your businesses. Invest in the future of the country.”Businesses, get involvedFormer deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas was the keynote speaker. He said the future of the country was in South Africans’ hands. “We need to strengthen leadership.”There was a need for the business sector to be involved in and to collaborate with government programmes, especially when it came to training emerging entrepreneurs, he said.Jonas also urged businesses to invest in doing research so that relevant training could be given to students. Businesses should go to where students who needed relevant industry training were, in colleges and universities.Members should not underestimate the power of an organisation such as the AHI, he said. “[An organisation like this] can provide a stronger network of enterprises. Bringing small and big business together is a powerful tool.“You can see how you can use the supply chain to promote growth – you enhance growth where there is an organisation of big and small business.”The AHI is a national multisectoral, inclusive business organisation consisting of corporate, medium and small enterprises and affiliated business chambers. It represents more than 100 business chambers, more than 4,000 businesses and has trained 740 entrepreneurs, it says.The AHI’s mission is to promote the economic and business interests of its members and to facilitate networks and interaction between businesses and the government.DowngradeAsked about South Africa being downgraded to junk status by ratings agency S&P Global Ratings on 5 April, Jonas said: “We will bounce back as a country but it will require that we become more robust. We need to boost things such as our agricultural programmes and other programmes that are working.”He added: “We need to do more about scaling.”A national dialogue was needed so we could talk about where we should be going as a country. “I fear that if we don’t have a national dialogue we’ll be replacing the white elite with the black elite. That is not right.”Chief executive officer of AHI South Africa, Dr. Ernest Messina, Prof. Edith Vries of the Department: Small Business Development and Ashraf Adam of the South Africa Local Government Association are panellists discussing “How national and local governments enable or stifle SMEs” at the SME Indaba on 5 April 2017. (Image: Melissa Javan)SMMEs’ challengesBusiness Unity South Africa (Busa) had found the number one barrier for many SMEs was access to skilled staff, said Tanya Cohen, the organisation’s CEO. She spoke about the challenges SMEs faced.Skills training and relevant transformation was necessary, said Cohen. It was important that the South African economy was open to all. “We need to do this; [South Africa must be] inclusive of black people, women, people with disabilities and those living in rural areas.”Cohen also spoke about the country’s minimum wage and its effect on SMMEs. A quarter of small, medium and micro enterprises were able to afford the minimum wage, but three-quarters of SMMEs “are going to struggle to pay [it]”.Negotiations were ongoing to exempt SMMEs from paying the minimum wage. “It’s something that we will have to continue to motivate for.”It was Busa’s mission to secure conditions so that business could thrive, Cohen said. “Our focus is what we can do for business.”Other discussionsEntrepreneurs on the panel “Negotiating the minefield of regulation and bureaucracy affecting SMEs”, had advice for businesses:Paul Marias: “My best investment advice is read, read and read. Also comply with the legislation.”Octavia Motloa: “A lot of people think that if they are a small business they can do mediocre work. No, it shouldn’t be. The quality of your work must be exceptional. As you excel in that it creates opportunities.”Annie Malan: “Continuously ask yourself ‘how do I re-evaluate myself?’ You have to stay ahead [of the game].” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more