Contrary to her early statement that the country’s education system was mess, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the new academic system put in place following careful investigation.According to her, recent mass failure of students in public examinations is attributed to the new, but tough system preventing students from bypassing the direct procedures as experienced in the past.The President made the observation yesterday when she met with media executives at her Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Monrovia.According to her, many persons who entered the education sector earlier, did so without going through any proper or competent process, but rather chose “unacceptable ways” to particularly enter the universities and other higher institutions of learning.Because of the stringent mechanisms being put into place by her administration at the various schools and universities to ensure quality education are achieved, people who want to enter universities through the back door are now finding it very difficult, if not impossible, to get into the system. We no longer have the old system that people were taking advantage by giving bribe before they are enrolled or graduated.In the past, the President recorded how people were buying grades, cheating or using any method contrary to merit, which her administration continues to resist so as to improve the system.“With the mass failure of students in the University of Liberia’s entrance and placement examinations, UL Test and Evaluation Coordinator Dorbor Jallah and others have been able to improve the sector to ensure quality education is achieved by the students,” the President said. According to her, there have been improvements within the education sector under her administration and will continue to ensure that more emphasis as well as support are provided to upgrade the sector.She said the education system is the microcosm of all the systems in the country, therefore her government will continue to contribute or support it so as to make its better.“We have commenced the training of teachers and bringing some of them from other countries, including Nigeria, Ghana and other places with the hope that we can expand the numbers at least to improve the system.”The Liberian leader was responding to question raised, concerning her earlier declaration that the system was “a mess and overloaded with failures,” as to what has her administration provided to make it better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The extension of the life of the Government following the successful passage of NCM and failure to hold elections within the stipulated timeframe needs to be urgently addressed. Each day that passes with no legal redress the Government continues to be illegal. Guyana is in a constitutional quagmire.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamed
… supports Ramjattan’s constitutional breachAlliance For Change (AFC) Vice Chairman Moses Nagamootoo claims he is not interested in occupying any leadership position but noted that he will be happy to continue serving as a national Executive Member of the political party.He also indicated support of incumbent AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan running for a third term, despite such an action being considered a breach in the party’s constitution.In the same breath, Nagamootoo expressed desires of seeing younger AFC members taking up the leadership roles in the party.According to the outgoing Vice Chairman, this is one of the main reasons why he will not be contesting for any senior positions within the AFC, despite having been nominated.The AFC’s National Executive Conference (NEC) opens today at the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School, where there is expected to be a major shakeup in the party’s leadership structure.Nagamootoo’s withdrawal from the race leaves the door open for either Ramjattan or AFC co-Founder Raphael Trotman to grab the highest leadership position in the party.It also gives Ramjattan, Trotman and Executive Member Catherine Hughes a wider chance of winning the position of AFC Chairman.“Big boy”Nagamootoo told media operatives on Friday that he wants to “come out of narrow partisan politics at the leadership level” but supporters want him to remain in the AFC top positions.“I didn’t go to the meeting where my region made nominations… I sent channa and I sent snacks that they asked me to send, they asked me to help out, and my wife and I who are delegates of Region Four didn’t go. I don’t want to place myself in a position where one can say I was lobbying delegates. My mere self as Prime Minister, the Prime Minister image has weight so I withdrew myself and allow the meeting to take place without my presence,” he explained.But he said his decline to contest for the top spots in the AFC was misinterpreted.“There was a misinterpretation of what I said which was I’d be available to serve in the Executive Committee as an ordinary member for where I can continue to give some guidance to the party. So that was interpreted to mean that Prime Minister was walking away from the party and then it had its own negative response that Prime Minister now is a ‘big boy and he ain got time for the party’… I don’t want that, that was never my intention. I want to continue to be like a guru and help to bring this party up,” he stated.ConstitutionNagamootoo also indicated that there is nothing irregular or inappropriate with the incumbent leader running for a third term, despite such a practice is advised against in the AFC’s constitution.“My interpretation is it is not mandatory. It says it ought to as far as possible and so if the party decides this is not the moment it ought to take place then a decision would be made and the leadership had already signalled its intention that it will not see this as mandatory and compulsory,” he stated.He further explained that the word the AFC constitution requires a “creative and political interpretation”.“I wouldn’t disagree with Mr Trotman, as a founder of the party. As much as possible isn’t a term that says it must happen. So there is again a lot of room for interpretation and I’m not going to shut out any interpretation. I don’t have a dogmatic approach to this issue,” he stated.Trotman, who played a role in the design of the AFC constitution, had expressed that the leadership position should be rotated in keeping with the spirit of the party’s laws.New bloodDespite supporting a third consecutive term for the incumbent leader, Nagamootoo said he wants the younger AFC members to take up senior positions within the party.“I want to see fresh blood in the leadership, even if it’s incremental, one at a time,” he explained.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“I’m very proud of the kids … they were able to go out there and perform really well and I’m happy for them,” Wilson coach Ricardo Recinos said. Corona, who is playing in only his first season of high school soccer, scored first for the Wildcats in the 21st minute. Corona received a pass while in midair and then turned and volleyed the ball into the upper corner of the net. “You know, I see him do some amazing things,” Recinos said. “He turned around in the air and put it right in the corner; an incredible goal.” Freshman halfback Marvin Martinez gave Wilson a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute when he knocked in a rebound from a shot by another freshman, Mirra Valdez. HACIENDA HEIGHTS – As rivalries go, Los Altos and Wilson high schools are among the Valley’s best in nearly any sport. Wilson’s boys soccer team defeated Los Altos, 4-1, Thursday night at Wilson in Miramonte League play. The Wildcats (7-4-4, 1-1) were led by junior forward Jonathan Corona, who scored his first hat trick of the season and assisted on the team’s other goal. Corona leads the team with nine goals. Los Altos (3-4, 0-2) got back into the game early in the second half when senior defender Juan Morales took a pass from senior midfielder Devin Koba and scored in the 45th minute. Wilson added to its lead when Corona scored twice within two minutes. “Koba and Adam (Molina senior midfielder) are the heart of our team and try to run the middle,” Conquerors coach Jeff Hess said. “But they have a lot of young guys around them and they just got frustrated.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Andy Dawson and James Brown bring you a light-hearted look back on a busy day of sporting action.This week, the boys chat to former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Phil Babb, discuss Bed Racing in Knaresborough, plus Andy reveals he has been approached to become an ambassador for Sunderland’s 2021 City of Culture bid.Get all that and MORE in the latest Late Tackle Podcast!Have a listen, above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.
Bellerin has made the right-back position his own since his debut in 2014 1 Hector Bellerin is a reported target for Italian giants Juventus.Juve have kept tabs on the former Barcelona academy player since he made his debut in 2014.However, Arsene Wenger has always rated the Spaniard extremely highly and sees him as a key part of the club’s future.According to Tuttosport, Juve are monitoring the situation of the 22-year-old in case he decides to leave The Emirates.Juventus look set to confirm Champions League football for next season, while Arsenal could miss out for the second year running.It was reported in November that Juventus were put off by the £40 million valuation Arsenal placed on the defender.Bellerin has not asked for a move away, although the Italian giants believe the offer of playing in Europe’s top competition could tempt the right-back.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The subject measure is not an initiative, or referendum, or “local government-sponsored measure.” It is a local ballot measure sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The City Council neither “sponsored,” “approved” nor “proposed” the measure itself. It merely passed through the measure and approved putting the measure on the ballot. The City Council’s rule is not a “proposal” as referred to in Article II, Section 3(b) of the California Constitution, nor is it an Article XVIII, Section 1 proposal. Notwithstanding what the measure is not and how it originated, the question becomes one of whether the constitutionally established mandate of the “single subject” rule is applicable to this measure. The ballot measure may not be a unique way of presenting issues to a public vote; however, it is akin to an “initiative” process and as such must comply with fundamental voter protection processes, such as the “single subject” rule. As the court notes, the subject matter of “term limits” has been, and is, a broad-based public issue, nationally and locally. It is an issue that is continuously debated at all political levels and in legal and other media genres. Moreover, as the court notes, the issue of ethics within political circles and within public offices is, and has been, the subject of much discussion, controversy and continuous changes in the laws pertaining thereto. Each of these subjects are separate from the other and present clearly different public policy questions. One does not encompass another. Nor are they together reasonably related, or germane to each other or to a common theme, purpose or subject. Terms limits simply have to do with limiting the amount of time an officeholder may hold office. Ethic reform has to do with controlling conduct of officeholders while they serve the public. The fact that Real Party and intervenors opines that the combined proposal will “reduce the influence of lobbyists and special interests” does not make it so. The ethics reform portion of the measure certainly, on its fact, may affect such influence, but it is not apparent that increasing term limits will. Voters who favor ethics reform may not want increased term limits and vice-versa. These voters are stuck – they must take both or none at all. Although this type of choice is common in legislation passed by a legislative body, it is anathema to a general public vote of a measure proposed by citizen groups and merely passed through the legislative body to the electorate. Since it is clear that the measure violates the “single subject” rule, this pre-election review is called for. Petition granted. The court has signed the Peremptory Writ of Mandate and Order directing issuance of the mandate. (Signed) Robert H. O’Brien Judge of the Superior Court160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here is the text of the ruling issued Thursday invalidating Proposition R, the city’s ethics reform/term limits package: Neil A. Donner, petitioner, vs. Conny McComack, County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk; Frank Martinez, city of Los Angeles city clerk, respondents. City of Los Angeles City Council and Does 51-100, inclusive, real parties in interest. The court sustains all hearsay objections, overruling the rest.
Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST RANKED REVEALED targets Latest Transfer News Marouane Fellaini could leave Manchester United in January Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is the subject of an imminent bid from Turkish club Fenerbahce, according to reports.The Belgian, who was a regular under former United boss Jose Mourinho, does not appear to be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans at Old Trafford. And according to AMK Spor, Fenerbahce are ready to pounce by offering him a huge €7.5million for an 18-month contract.Reports in Turkey suggest that Fellaini, whose current contract expires in 2021, would be keen on a move to the Yellow Canaries. targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The 31-year-old has seen just three minutes of Premier League game time since Mourinho was sacked last month.In fact, Fellaini wasn’t even in the matchday squad for the 2-0 victory at Newcastle last night and his Red Devils future looks increasingly bleak.Solskjaer is desperate to bring exciting football back to Old Trafford, and it would seem Fellaini does not fit into his free-flowing philosophy. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on
1 getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED no dice Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF shining Emma Hayes believes it is only a matter of time before we see a woman coaching in men’s football in England.The Chelsea Women manager was asked about when we should expect to see a female referee take charge of a Premier League game in her press conference ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Lyon. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? It was announced on Thursday that Stephanie Frappart would become the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 match when the official takes charge of Amiens vs Strasbourg on Sunday.Frappart will not be the first woman to take charge of a match in a top European league, though. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 🗣 “I don’t think it will be long at all” ⏳@ChelseaFCW boss Emma Hayes believes it’s only a matter of time until female coaches are introduced to the men’s game… ⚽️🔝#CFCW 🔵Full press conference 👉 https://t.co/LNalBDgX60 pic.twitter.com/SbJRemSXyv— Hayters TV (@HaytersTV) April 26, 2019Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus refereed a match in the Bundesliga between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen.England, Spain and Italy are still waiting for a female to take charge of a top-flight match. REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Hayes said: “I can say that Sian Massey is the best lineswoman and linesperson by a country mile.“I think she’s outstanding every time I watch her.“I don’t think it will be long at all (before a woman referees a Premier League game). I think it is only a matter of time.“As much as it is a matter of time before there is a female coach in the men’s game.”
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker 2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 37, but he is still scoring outrageous goals.The striker scored another sensational bicycle kick for LA Galaxy in their MLS match with New England Revolution. The former Sweden international controlled the ball with his chest in a crowded penalty area before hooking it in the air away from a defender.The ball went high in and slightly behind him but, with Zlatan being Zlatan, he simply pulled off a spectacular bicycle kick to score. REPLY Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored another sensational goal for LA Galaxy Twitter @LAGalaxy LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The goal turned out to be little more than a consolation for LA Galaxy, though, as New England Revolution won 2-1.Cristian Penilla opened the scoring for the Boston-based side just before half-time before Teal Banbury doubled their lead in the second half. no dice Ibrahimovic produced yet another spectacular strike Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January shining 2 Getty Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Galaxy have now lost six of their 16 games but still sit second in the Western Conference.They are nine points behind city rivals Los Angeles FC who have only been beaten once this season.The bicycle kick was Ibrahimovic’s 10th goal for the club this campaign adding to the 22 he netted last year. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense deals