More Investment Needed in Education

first_imgThe Regional Program Officer of the Right To Play (RTP) based in Accra, Ghana has described education as the single most important investment that any nation can make for the wellbeing of its citizens.George Boakye-Yiadom noted that “education is a catalyst for sustainable change” and helps to stimulate economic growth, improve maternal, newborn and child health.He also observed that education deepens the foundation for good governance, stability and democracy and empowers women and girls.Boakye -Yiadom made the statements last Thursday at a one-day national consultation with officials of the Ministry of Education and partners for the RTP for the Advancement of Quality Education (PAQE) held in Monrovia.The program sought to address the educational needs of over two million vulnerable and marginalized children and youth.He indicated that the PAQE Program is a two-year pilot quality education program that is expected to kick off in October in eight countries – Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Pakistan.He explained that the purpose of the consultations is to provide the platform for partners to contribute to the development of a robust and realistic program implementation plan for PAQE.In remarks, Assistant Education Minister Felicia Doe- Somah expressed gratitude that Liberia has been selected to participate in the two-year pilot PAQE program to buttress government’s efforts to improve Liberia’s educational sector.Minister Doe-Somah said the Education Ministry will collaborate with RTP Liberia to successfully implement the program to enhance the learning capacity of Liberian children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boxers in limbo say AIBA as IOC mull Tokyo 2020 exclusion

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES “Boxers from around the world who have been training for years towards their Olympic dreams continue to be left in the dark about where, when and how they can qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” an AIBA statement said on Thursday.“AIBA has provided not one, but four comprehensive reports over the course of the last year to the IOC for review.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“(So) it is very surprising that the IOC are unable to provide a conclusive decision regarding boxing’s Olympic future at this time,” the statement said.Boxing’s inclusion in Tokyo depends on the outcome of an investigation into AIBA by the IOC, which has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Javee Mocon last-second tip lifts Rookies-Sophomores past Juniors View comments FILE – (R-L) Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos, USA’s Nico Miguel Hernandez, Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov and Colombia’s Yurberjen Herney Martinez pose with their medals after winning in the boxing matches in the Rio Olympics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZThe under-pressure International Boxing Federation (AIBA) criticized on Thursday the IOC’s decision to wait until late May before delivering their verdict on the sport’s Olympic fate as it fights for its place on the 2020 Tokyo roster after a storm of corruption allegations.AIBA said the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to comment on a wide-ranging audit for nearly another two months left their members “in limbo”.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img “The matter is being studied and we will make no comment for the moment,” IOC spokesperson Christian Klaue said on Thursday.“We will file a full report at the IOC Lausanne executive committee meeting on May 22,” he added.Gafur Rakhimov stepped down as head of AIBA last week, which the IOC deemed as merely the first step in a long march towards the required standards.AIBA made a plea to the IOC on Wednesday, saying “significant progress” had been made on their accounting and claiming that the body would collapse without IOC support.The IOC has suspended AIBA’s Olympic qualification and may take control of that process itself.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Ducking and weaving for its survival, the AIBA says it should be given the chance to turn things around.“Considering where we were one year ago, AIBA has made significant progress towards reducing its debt and has gone from a negative cash flow,” AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said in a report.Virgets said of the report that the AIBA “is dependent on the Olympic dollars” for its survival.Relations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.An internal investigation by AIBA has raised serious questions about the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with particular suspicion falling on a French official.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jazz Clip Knicks at Buzzer, 102-100

first_imgNEW YORK — Trey Burke was so deep in the corner, so well defended, that Carmelo Anthony was sure the game would continue. “There’s no way that’s going in,” he thought. “Let’s just get the rebound and go to overtime.”But Burke has done this before, and he knew better. “It looked good as soon as it left my hand,” he said.Burke made a jumper from the corner as time expired, giving the Utah Jazz a 102-100 victory Nov. 14 over the New York Knicks, who got an NBA season-high 46 points from Anthony.Anthony’s 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left tied it at 100 and put the Knicks in triple digits for the first time this season. But Burke caught the ball near the Jazz bench, faded back to get his shot over the hand of J.R. Smith, and nailed the jumper before stepping back over the sideline into hugs from his teammates.The Knicks lost their seventh straight game.Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 33 points for the Jazz, and Derrick Favors added 21 points and 12 rebounds.Hayward hit a jumper at the buzzer to beat Cleveland last week, but this time the Jazz went to Burke, the former college player of the year who made a deep 3-pointer to force overtime in a victory over Kansas during Michigan’s run to the national title game in 2013.He also made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in a victory over Orlando last season.“Trey is the guy that’s been known for hitting big shots,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I think he’s one of those guys that gets excited when he gets the ball and Gordon’s been like that, too.”Pablo Prigioni scored 13 points for the Knicks, who lost Iman Shumpert to a bruised right hip in the opening minute of the game, landing him on an injured list that already included Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani.But they almost won anyway because of a brilliant performance from Anthony, who had 17 points in the final period. He could only smile in disbelief at the end, knowing Burke’s shot would stand even before the replay review was concluded.“I just couldn’t believe it,” Anthony said. “I had to smile that one off.”Burke finished with 13 points and eight assists for the Jazz, who stopped a six-game skid against the Knicks.Utah was outscored 9-1 to open the fourth and fell behind 81-76, before a three-point play by Hayward started an 11-0 burst by the Jazz that Favors capped with a dunk for an 87-81 advantage. But Anthony kept muscling his way to the basket or drawing fouls to keep the Knicks close enough until his deep jumper over Favors knotted it up.Shumpert was hurt when Jazz center Enes Kanter banged into him on a drive to the basket. With Amare Stoudemire sitting out to rest, it left the NBA’s No. 29 team in points per game without its Nos. 2 and 3 scorers. Shumpert was averaging 13.8 points and Stoudemire 10.9.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tom Brady Doesnt Need Gronk — Or Moss Or Welker — To

By 2010 — a down year by New England’s standards but the first year of the Pats’ experiment with two-tight end jumbo packages — 31 percent of Brady’s passing yards were coming on play-action passes; rookies Gronkowski and Hernandez helped the Patriots to the highest rate in the league, a stark contrast from 2006 when Brady ranked 29th out of 32 qualified passers.The unpredictability goes for other supposed Brady calling cards, like consistent yards after the catch. Brady typically rates among the league leaders in YAC per completion, but he dipped to 24th out of 33 qualified passers in 2014, a season in which the Pats went 12-4 and won the Super Bowl.There’s no telling how long Brady will keep making it deep into the postseason, but just as compelling as wondering how long the old man can keep this up is waiting to see what sort of offense he’ll bring with him if he does.VIDEO: The Patriots better worry about Julio Jones Related: Hot Takedown When the New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams in Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl, way back in 2002, Brady was throwing passes to Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown and David Patten. By 2008, he was throwing to the greatest wide receiver of all time, backed by a deep, talented receiving corps. Once Randy Moss left town, the Pats retooled with perhaps the best tight end in NFL history — and again once that tight end was repeatedly lost to injury. These were all very different players with very different strengths, but the Patriots found success with all of them.One of the more remarkable things about Brady appearing in his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons at age 39 is how many different styles of offense he has found success in. It’s rare enough to find a quarterback who can make all of the throws, let alone one who can do it to so many different players with so many different game plans.Brady isn’t going to beat anyone with his legs (although he’s an effective sneaker), but the Patriots are unmatched in tweaking their offensive strategy for the personnel on hand. New England has had great offensive seasons in which over 70 percent of passing yards went to wide receivers, a high rate for the NFL. The Patriots have also had great seasons when WRs caught half of their yards or less, a rarity in the league. Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker was greatly responsible for some of the Patriots’ most concentrated (and successful) passing seasons, eating up yards alongside Moss and Gronkowski. During his four best years, the Patriots were truly a star-driven passing offense, with fourth and fifth options like Jabar Gaffney and Danny Woodhead making a comparatively small impact in the passing game. In 2011, New England’s most top-heavy season of the Brady era, Welker, Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez accounted for 33 of Brady’s 39 receiving touchdowns and over 70 percent of the team’s receiving yards.But the Pats don’t need stars in order to succeed. In 2005, Deion Branch, David Givens and Troy Brown caught just a little over 50 percent of the Pats’ receiving yards, with Ben Watson, Tim Dwight and Kevin Faulk adding contributions. An injury to Edelman in 2015 led to a similar situation – Gronk was the only player to crack 700 receiving yards, but eight players had at least 250. Of course, it helps to have some talent — the 2006 Patriots didn’t get much happening in their passing game with Reche Caldwell as WR1.That success with diverse sets of receivers has also come with diverse sets of game plans. Unlike, say, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rolling left or Cardinals signal-caller Carson Palmer gunning the deep ball, conventional wisdom says that Brady’s game morphs to fit his personnel.One way we can test whether that’s true is to look at whether the things Brady was known for early in his career have continued to be central to his game as his career has progressed. At one point, the nearest thing he had to a specialty (besides those QB sneaks) was the play-action pass. Play-action is an effective part of any offense, and certain quarterbacks tend to rely on it more than others. But while Brady mastered it alongside future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, it has drifted in and out of his game over the years.ESPN’s more advanced passing data only goes back as far as 2006, after Brady had already established himself as a top quarterback — but a year before Moss and Welker showed up and the Pats began breaking passing records. Even picking up then, we can see drastic shifts in how often the Pats have gone to the run fake and how much of the passing offense it has made up. The 2016 Pats are light on wide receivers, although not exceptionally so for a Brady-led team. Julian Edelman topped 1,000 yards, and Chris Hogan established himself as a useful second receiver, but Danny Amendola mostly disappeared (putting up 243 yards in 12 games), and Malcolm Mitchell wasn’t exactly devastating. Meanwhile, tight ends Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski (in eight games) combined for 1,241 yards, while running back James White chipped in another 551 in receiving.But, thanks in part to the Patriots, these positional distinctions don’t mean as much as they used to. Gronk isn’t a WR like Randy Moss was, but he is still more or less used as a receiver (a distinction that is, as Seahawks pass-catcher Jimmy Graham found, worth a lot of money in the pay scale). Perhaps a better way of looking at Brady’s versatility is how he does in the presence or absence of top targets. And while the Pats’ best seasons have come with major weapons at their disposal, they do just fine without them, thank you. Hot Takedown’s Super Bowl Special read more

50000 donated by Wine Cellar

first_img Related Items:fishing, golf, tournament, youth, youth center This year’s 6th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament attracted 12 golfers and six fishing teams to compete in events which raised major money for the two youth charities. More than eighteen thousand dollars was presented in prizes and it was announced that twenty percent of proceeds would be split between The Youth Center and the Sailing Club. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA super $50,000 in donation cheques was presented to the Edward Garland Youth Center and TCI Sailing Club yesterday by the Wine Cellar.  With $25,000 going to each organization and some $163,000 donated over the past six years, event organizers were pleased and expressed gratitude to everyone who showed support and allowed these sizable contributions to be made in the development of young people. Youth Department spearheading anti-violence workshop for Boys Skippings says Youth needs respect, not concerts Tax Hikeslast_img read more

Huawei says US ban will significantly harm American jobs companies

first_imgUS actions against Huawei will “affect tens of thousands of American jobs,” according to the company. Alain Jocard/Getty Images Chinese tech giant Huawei says its blacklisting by the US will harm jobs, industry and economics in the states.”This decision is in no one’s interest,” Huawei said in a statement Thursday. “It will do significant economic harm to the American companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of thousands of American jobs and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist on the global supply chain.”Huawei added that it will immediately seek remedies against the decision and “find a resolution.”The company had been added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List late Wednesday, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks. Among other things, the Entity List applies to companies engaging in “activities contrary to US national security and/or foreign policy interests,” according to the bureau’s website. Post a comment 0 Share your voice The Huawei controversy: Everything you need to know Weighing Huaweicenter_img Tags The core issue with Huawei has been concerns over its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. The CIA has reportedly warned intelligence officials that Huawei receives funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network.Trump’s executive order declared that foreign adversary threats to communications networks, technology and services are a national emergency. Huawei has repeatedly denied that its products pose a security threat, following Australia banning Huawei from 5G in August.In its statement Thursday, Huawei called itself “the unparalleled leader in 5G” and said the US ban would lead to the states “lagging behind” in deployment of the next-generation networking technology.”We are ready and willing to engage with the US government and come up with effective measures to ensure product security,” Huawei said. “Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives.”Read: Samsung has the most to gain from Google putting Huawei on iceIs the threat real?Huawei denies it has strong ties to the Chinese government. But even if the allegations were true, company officials told CNET in an interview that the security threat is still minimal simply because of the way communications networks are built. “We don’t control the customer network,” Andy Purdy, Huawei’s chief security officer, said in an interview with CNET. “The carriers do. China can order us to do whatever the hell they want. But if we don’t have access to the customer data, we can’t send it back to China.”He went on to explain that mobile operators source their equipment from multiple vendors, which isn’t only a good cyber security practice but also makes good business sense. Francis Dinha, CEO of the security software company OpenVPN, agrees that operators use equipment from multiple vendors and said it’s the wireless operators who are ultimately responsible for securing their networks. “You shouldn’t trust any equipment manufacturer, no matter where the company is from, in terms of security,” he said. “Operators are not stupid. They know they need to build a different layer of security to really cope with these problems.”Still, Dinha acknowledges that lawmakers and national security policy experts have valid concerns about Huawei’s relationship with China, even though the company says it can’t be compelled to spy for the Chinese government. “I’m not saying that you should trust China and simply take their word that they can’t be ordered to do something malicious,” he said. “You shouldn’t. But there are ways to mitigate these risks by building in layers of security.”Huawei’s Purdy said that the company is open to discussing how it can work with US officials to ensure that 5G networks are protected, but so far no one is willing to talk. “Because of the hostility against Huawei, there is a lack of willingness to let the experts talk about the facts,” he said. “There are new standards in risk mitigation capabilities that are out there, we can address the risk.”He said he’s hopeful those lines of communication will open soon. The cost of not doing business with HuaweiDon Morrissey, head of Congressional, State and Local Government Affairs for Huawei, said it’s in the best interest of the US to find a way to work with Huawei. He said that limiting access to an important 5G vendor for equipment will limit competition, which will raise costs for building these networks. Providers will ultimately pass those costs on to consumers. He also added there are other economic concerns as Huawei sources some of its components from US companies.  “We spent $11 billion with American companies last year,” he said. “That’s American companies in Idaho, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona, California and New York.”CNET’s Steven Musil contributed to this report.Updated 2:44 pm PT: Added comments from Huawei executives and Francis Dinha of OpenVPN. Mobile Phones Politics Huaweilast_img read more

Will Local Leaders Get Behind Pres Trumps Immigration Plan

first_imgManuel Balce Ceneta/APAs NPR has been reporting, the White House has laid out President Trump’s immigration plan. It includes a path to citizenship for nearly two million immigrants, but it also proposes changes to the legal immigration system.But is the plan something local leaders and Congressional representatives can get behind?Houston Matters talks it over with Rep. Gene Green, a Democrat who represents the 29th District of Texas, Jeronimo Cortina, an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, and Cesar Espinosa, executive director of FIEL Houston. Sharelast_img