40 Liberian Teenagers to Study in Italy

first_imgAbout 40 Liberian youths will be afforded the opportunity to attend high schools in Italy thanks to the generosity of the creator and international coordinator of the Pitagora Mundus Project, the Calabrian Institute of International Politics (IsCaPI), which has provided the government of Liberian these scholarship slots.According to a recent dispatch from Italy, the offer was announced by the Institute’s President, Dr. Salvatore La Porta, at a meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her recent visit to Rome, Italy.Selected teenagers between the ages of 14 to 16 will benefit from this scholarship. They will also be taught professional courses to compliment the academic criteria.Briefing President Sirleaf on the scholarships, Dr. La Porta said the 20 selected teenagers would attend Italian high schools in the 2014/2015 academic year; while the remaining 20 students would attend during the 2015/2016 academic year.“They will be admitted to professional courses, in order to acquire a specific qualification in one of the following sectors: agriculture, industry, wood industry and tourism,” he said.Dr. La Porta said the project, which is expected to last for three years, would enable Italian and Liberian students to interact with each other and peers from different cultures, lifestyles, religions, languages and customs, enriching their knowledge while becoming global citizens.The project is renewable for two additional years upon the completion of the initial time frame if the need arises. The responsibility of the government under this arrangement is to guarantee the presence of at least one tutor for the 20 students, who would assume the role of linguistic and cultural mediator.The tutor would be responsible to accompany the students for the entire duration of the school year and give out round trip air tickets for students provided by the Government. The Government would provide the tutor accompanying each batch of students a monthly remuneration for the duration of that particular school year. Government is to provide an annual flat-rate funding of €1,000 per student, to be administered by IsCaPI, aimed at organizing extracurricular activities and supplementary courses of the Italian language, in addition to administrative support and coordination; funding for medical insurance coverage and residence permits.The IsCaPi boss noted the schools that the students are to attend have committed themselves to provision of education and training according to the guidelines defined by the new regulations of upper secondary schools; report the outcome to the Liberian partner regarding the learning process and behavior of students in correspondence with the feedback given by the school; provide to the tutor a monthly report in reference to attendance and absences of any nature and causes of delays regarding students.He said the Municipalities (the local government) would provide the students’ meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), lodging, transportation, laundry, room cleaning, internet, electricity, and supply water and heating, even during holiday periods and/or suspension of educational activities.The IsCaPI would guarantee the general coordination of the Project in Italy and coordinate the mediation of cultural, linguistic, social and extracurricular activities in the area; including administrative and logistic assistance to students.President Sirleaf thanked Dr. La Porta for the scholarships and promised that deserving Liberians would take advantage of the opportunity through a competitive process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

College football player pleads not guilty in fatal shooting

first_imgLANCASTER – Suspended University of Montana cornerback Jimmy Wilson pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge stemming from the shooting death of his aunt’s 29-year-old boyfriend. Wilson is charged in the June 3 shooting death of Kevin I. Smoot in Lancaster, about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The player also faces a special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a rifle. Wilson’s aunt and Smoot had been fighting the night Smoot was shot, authorities said. Wilson, from Pasadena, remained in custody in a Los Angeles jail on $2 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again for a pretrial hearing Sept. 27. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wilson surrendered to California authorities June 12 and was suspended from the Montana football team a few days later.last_img read more


first_imgUP to 30 local haulage drivers could lose their jobs after the company they work for moved to the North.Bradley transport, based in Buncrana, has pulled the plug on its operations here because of rising taxes.Peter Bradley from the family-owned business in Buncrana told Jobs Minister Richard Bruton that they’d been left with no choice because of the massive costs and taxes on the haulage industry on this side of the Border. “The move is saving €150,000 alone in road taxes,” said Mr Bradley.“I have 40 drivers. Thirty of them are from here in Donegal and ten are from Derry.“But I’m now being told the staff from Donegal cannot continue to work for us in the North.”Mr Bruton expressed shock at the claim which was made during his visit to Letterkenny. He told Mr Bradley – whose sister Michelle is an outgoing Buncrana town councillor –  that freedom of movement of workers under European rules would prevent the UK authorities from making that ruling.Bur Mr Bradley said that’s what he had been told, casting a doubt over the future of his 30 Donegal-based employees.The shock news emerged at the minister took questions from local business people at a conference at the Station House Hotel yesterday.A number of new jobs initiatives were shared with the crowd, including a large range of tax breaks for companies, some of which have never been claimed by businesses here.There were a number of complaints about high rates, high taxes and the re-introduction of the higher rate of PRSI in January. Vincent McNamee, owner of the Wonder Years creche at Rossbracken in Letterkenny, said this had put a huge strain on his business, costing tens of thousands of euro.FEARS FOR 30 DONEGAL JOBS AS LOCAL TRANSPORT COMPANY MOVES TO THE NORTH was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Bradley Transportbuncranalast_img read more

New footage shows just how incredible Tottenham’s new stadium is going to be

first_imgThe video, released on the club’s official social media platforms, gives a first-person tour of the stadium as it nears completion.With a huge capacity of over 62,000 supporters expected to fill the arena, fans are beginning to get excited as the impressive single-tier south stand edges closer to completion.Although Spurs are set to play their first few games away from home this season, the wait will certainly be worth it. 🏟️ In we go… 👀#SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/KcwdYTqNLt— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 13, 2018 Tottenham Hotspur have released footage of their new stadium ahead of the return of the Premier League.With just a month to go until England’s top-flight competition returns, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will undoubtedly be raring to go in their new home.And it’s not hard to see why. With several England stars set to feature for Spurs next season, the feel-good factor at the new and improved ground will be immense.Will this be the year this young Lilywhites team finally get their hands on some silverware? Check out the video below! 2center_img The pitch at Spurs’ new ground is currently being laid An on-site microbrewery run by Beavertown will ensure supporters can quench their thirst 2last_img read more

Hands Named Summit League Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgHands posted 2-0 records in both singles and doubles match during the week. He clinched both of Drake’s victories with straight-set wins at No. 3 singles. Hands defeated Wichita State’s Marius Frosa, 6-3, 6-1 and teamed for a 6-4 doubles win at the No. 3 spot in the team’s 4-0 triumph. He then bested Valparaiso’s Brandon Ancona, 6-2, 6-2, and combined for a 6-2 No. 3 doubles win. ELMHURST, Ill. – Drake University’s Tom Hands was named Summit League Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced on Tuesday. Hands owns a 15-10 singles record and 18-9 doubles mark this season.center_img Hands and the rest of the Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Nebraska. First serve is set for 5 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal boat-owners have been warned to be vigilant after a spate of engine thefts.The stolen Honda boat engine taken from Inver last Friday.The latest robbery took place in Inver on Friday night when a €2,000 Honda engine was taken from a boat at low tide.Last summer a number of similar thefts took place across the county. The owner of the engine has appealed for anyone who knows of its whereabouts to contact them.Not only has the engine been robbed, but the fishermen who use the engine have now been robbed of their livelihood.“The engine was worth €2000, and not only have the thieves stolen their engine, they’ve taken their livelihood along with it, no engine, no fishing. It was a low tide, so there was easy access to the boats, the thieves may have got lucky, but more than likely knew what they were at,” said the owner.The stolen engine was a 20hp Honda Outboard 2008, and it was taken between 1.30am – 8am from the The Port, Inver.  CRIME ALERT: BOAT OWNERS WARNED AFTER €2,000 ENGINE TAKEN was last modified: April 12th, 2015 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) Tags:donegalengineHondainverstolenlast_img read more

Joey Bart hits first Cactus League home run

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–A prospect’s first big league camp is often an overwhelming experience. The stage is bigger, the competition is better and the stakes are higher.Joey Bart is not overwhelmed.The Giants’ 2018 first round draft choice has just 51 minor league games under his belt, but he has wasted little time emerging as one of the early bright spots in major league camp.In the eighth inning of the Giants’ 15-2 win over the Royals Wednesday, Bart led off with an opposite field double to …last_img

Athletics pitcher glad to see Warriors leave Oakland; salivates over Raiders’ locker room

first_imgSome of the enmity … A’s reliever Liam Hendriks has a message for the dear departed Warriors: Don’t let door hit you in the fanny pack on the way out of town.The Warriors will set up shop in San Francisco’s Chase Center in October after 47 years in Oracle Arena.Hendriks is thrilled. He’s not a big fan, and says he’s not alone in that sentiment.“I don’t follow the Warriors,” Hendriks told The Athletic. “They treated us like (expletive) over here. So we don’t care for them much.”last_img

Nature Alerts Researchers to Threat of Intelligent Design Movement

first_imgIt can’t be ignored anymore, reported Nature in two articles this week.  Geoff Brumfiel1 asked academic researchers, “Who has designs on your students’ minds?”  He reported on the rise of IDEA Clubs (Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness, such as the first one at UC San Diego), highlighting the story of Salvador Cordova’s prospering IDEA club at George Mason University (Virginia).  Noting that “the turnout was surprisingly good” at a cold March meeting, he discussed the rise in student interest in intelligent design (ID) and delved into the reactions of scientists and some theologians who are opposed to it.    Although ID leader Stephen Meyer got a few words in the article, most of those quoted were critical.  Bruce Alberts, head of the AAAS, got several sentences in, including this one: “To me it doesn’t deserve any attention, because it doesn’t make any sense.”  The criticisms centered around supposed connections of ID to creationism and the Christian Right.  While mentioning problems with the fossil record and complex molecular machines, Brumfiel allowed critics to dismiss them with claims that science is making progress explaining them, whereas ID supposedly stops further investigation by invoking the supernatural.    The lead editorial in Nature2 made no attempt to give a balanced presentation; it assumed ID is a threat to science.  It flashed a red alarm to the science community and discussed strategies to deal with ID.  “Rather than ignoring it, scientists need to understand its appeal and help students recognize the alternatives.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)  The old strategy of pretending it will go away won’t work, the editorial says:Scientists tend to tune out when they hear the words ‘intelligent design’.  The concept, which endeavours to show God’s hand shaping the course of evolution, is being promoted in parts of Europe and, more significantly, has recently become popular among Christian fundamentalists who want religion taught in US secondary schools.  To most researchers it sounds like politics rather than science, and like someone else’s problem.The editorial portrays ID as antique rather than cutting-edge: “the concept is a throwback to the days when natural philosophers pursued pseudoscientific disciplines such as alchemy,” it continues.  But scientists should not ignore it, Nature says, because it is gaining popularity on many campuses.  The editorial is convinced it stems from religious beliefs of students, but feels ID is more insidious than creationism (“bad news for researchers”), because of its scientific rather than Biblical arguments.  “This approach makes it less theologically heavy-handed than its predecessor, but it also poses a threat to the very core of scientific reason.”  This is because “Most contemporary researchers believe that it is better to keep science and theology firmly separated.”    So what strategy does Nature recommend?  Certainly not a frontal assault: “attacking or dismissing intelligent design is likely to aggravate the rift between science and faith that causes students to become interested in intelligent design in the first place,” it continues.  Though “Some will be troubled by the suggestion that they discuss these issues in the classroom,” it must be dealt with:Scientists would do better to offer some constructive thoughts of their own.  For religious scientists, this may involve taking the time to talk to students about how they personally reconcile their beliefs with their research.  Secular researchers should talk to others in order to understand how faiths have come to terms with science.  All scientists whose classes are faced with such concerns should familiarize themselves with some basic arguments as to why evolution, cosmology and geology are not competing with religion.  When they walk into the lecture hall, they should be prepared to talk about what science can and cannot do, and how it fits in with different religious beliefs.This gentler one-on-one discipleship could be more fruitful than engaging in campus-wide ‘Darwin vs. Design’ debates, Nature suggests, because “ill-prepared scientific lectures can sometimes lack the superficial impact of design advocates’ carefully crafted talking points.”  Influencing individual students in the classroom setting can be powerful:Indeed, it is not the job of a science teacher to meddle with the way their students are brought up or to attack their core personal beliefs.  Rather, the goal should be to point to options other than intelligent design for reconciling science and belief.    Even if they manage to sway just a few students, researchers in the United States can have a disproportionate effect on the national debate over science in the classroom.  Students often return to their home communities and become teachers, doctors and engineers.  It is as local community leaders that those students will become invaluable allies when more conservative religious groups try to halt the teaching of scientific theories in schools.1Geoff Brumfiel, “Intelligent design:  Who has designs on your students’ minds?”, Nature 434, 1062-1065 (28 April 2005), doi: 10.1038/4341062a2Editorial, “Dealing with Design,” Nature 434, 1053 (28 April 2005), doi: 10.1038/4341053a.3Martin Jones and Mark Blaxter, “Evolutionary biology: Animal roots and shoots,” Nature, 434, 1076 (28 April 2005), doi: 10.1038/4341076a.This should be read as a victory for the ID movement, akin to Sennacherib’s boast that he had Hezekiah locked up in Jerusalem like a bird in a cage when in fact his army had been decimated.  It’s a victory because ID is finally getting beyond the stage where the scientific establishment can just ignore it, and more importantly, because it demonstrates that the opposition has no answers.  Like Sennacherib, the Kingdom of Charlie boasts great things, but falls flat before the power of design arguments.  Retreating, it has to change its strategy.  Rather than addressing the evidence and facing the issues squarely, it resorts to propaganda tactics and empty boasts.    Noticeably absent from either of these two articles was any enlightened response to the claims of ID that Darwinian evolution is woefully inadequate to explain the complexity of life and the explosion of complex body plans in the fossil record.  All they could say was the bluffing statement worthy of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week, “Scientists know that natural selection can explain the awe-inspiring complexities of organisms, and should be prepared to explain how.”  But did they explain how?  No!  In fact, in the same issue (see footnote 3 above), another paper on Darwin’s Tree of Life admitted in the first sentence, “Despite the comforting certainty of textbooks and 150 years of argument, the true relationships of the major groups (phyla) of animals remain contentious.”    The opposition to ID is running scared.  They have no answers, and they know it, so they just try to pigeonhole design arguments as “religion vs science” by using the loaded words Christian fundamentalists, faith, belief, pseudoscience, alchemy, religious right etc.  They are scared because they don’t want to debate and tell us all those good reasons why natural selection can explain the awe-inspiring complexities of organisms.  They are scared because they see that Darwinism is on the way out due to its own inherent failings, and they are afraid of ID the Future.    Like Hezekiah’s army facing formidable odds, the ID leaders do not need power in numbers.  They need power in evidence: to have a case that matches what the observations show, and to present it forthrightly and persistently.  The power of the ID movement is not in the personalities of its leaders, but in the strength of the arguments.  When given the opportunity to hear both sides, most people who have not previously been brainwashed find ID arguments convincing and reasonable.  Too bad that does not include Bruce Alberts, Mr. Molecular Machine himself, who should know better (see 01/09/2002 entry).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 31st, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean Harvest Slowly Wrapping UpRains were relatively light but the effects of a wet fall persisted, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 30. Light showers kept harvest of corn and soybeans to a slow pace. Green stalks along with muddy fields were the main obstacles to finishing soybean harvest. Some frosts were noted, but more will be needed to firm up the ground and kill stalks. Cover crops and wheat benefited from the elevation in temperature and soil moisture. Moisture levels of grain harvested over the week averaged 19 percent for corn and 13 percent for soybeans.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more