New Middle Level School Dedicated in Monrovia

first_imgA new middle level school (K1-8th grade) with international standards was over the weekend dedicated in Monrovia to complement the Ministry of Education (MOE’s) efforts to take the country’s education system from “mess to best.”The Cyber-Ed Christian School of Excellence (CSS), which operates on the motto, “Striving for Excellence in Learning and Life,” is a private international school based on Christian principles, according to the founder, Soni Karnga Williams.Mrs. Williams is not alone in the running of the school. She works with her co-founder, Michelle Wento, and a partner, Dr. Clarice Kulah. To ensure that the school achieves its objective of maintaining international standards, the three Liberian women have hired highly qualified instructors, including J. Emmett Chapin. Mr. Chapin, a Liberian, was referred to by CSS administration as the “pioneer” teacher, because about two years ago he was one of those who started the process that led to Friday’s dedication. Other instructors are Emmanuel Carford, a science teacher, Nada Gorsaka London, self-contained K-Classes teacher and Tomah Kennedy a Liberian responsible for first graders. Defang Gladys, a Cameroonian, will teach Bible and French, Amelia Richards serves as Assistant Administrator and a teacher for Arts and Crafts, and Mercy Jackson is assigned to teach Language Arts. “We utilize technology based online educational programs as well as the arts and more traditional methods to teach Kindergarten to 8th core curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the development of strong communication skills,” founder Williams explained.“This blended and holistic approach to education,” Williams said, “allows our students to successfully compete with their counterparts in the rest of the world and develop a lifelong love of learning in academics and the arts.”The goal of CSS is to help catapult Liberia into the 21st century by offering students the opportunity to acquire the highest quality education in a rich environment of challenging courses.“Our flexible approach utilizes a combination of animated lessons and interactive activities through web-based programs and the arts to make learning dynamic and fun,” Dr. Kulah interjected.She said CSS’s mission is to help each child come into confident possession of his/her innate talents, acquire the skills needed for success in college anywhere in the world, and establish values that will allow him/her to be a God fearing, disciplined, self-confident contributor to the advancement of his/her community. CSS philosophy is based on the core beliefs that the Bible is God’s written word which is infallible and authoritative and is the only rule for Christian faith and conduct, and the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Americans embrace debit cards, online transactions

first_img Checks down in favor of plastic In some cases, consumers may still write a check, but increasingly, merchants are scanning those checks and converting them to an electronic payment. The Federal Reserve counts those checks as electronic payments and not as checks; paychecks electronically deposited in employees’ bank accounts are also included as electronic payments. Converting checks to electronic payments allows merchants to get paid quicker, and it may help reduce the number of insufficient-funds checks businesses have to deal with. Processing checks electronically is also cheaper. In 2003, about 8.9billion converted checks were reported, accounting for about 11percent of all noncash payments. At some stores that process checks electronically, such as Wal-Mart and clothing retailers the Gap and Banana Republic, the clerk hands the check back to the consumer with their receipt after scanning it and claiming an electronic payment for the store. Consumers might not realize that many of the checks they write to utilities, mortgage companies and other businesses are also being converted to electronic payments when the companies receive them, said Terri Bradford, a payments researcher with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The decline in check writing, combined with the increase in electronic check processing, prompted the Federal Reserve to dramatically reduce the size of its check-processing department, whose operations are covered by the processing fees it charges for handling checks and electronic transfers. Since 2003, the Fed has closed more than half of its 45 check-processing centers. By the end of 2008, only 18 will remain. Checking writing isn’t going away, though. Some transactions are still better suited to checks, such as paying the kid who mows the lawn, making a contribution to a church to have a record of charitable donations at tax time, or payments such as real-estate closings, Bradford said. Demographics also plays a role. Joe Abboud, 90, wrote a check for his groceries at Hy-Vee recently because that’s what he always does. He said he occasionally uses a credit card, but checks are just more comfortable. Another grocery customer, Cheryl Carlson, said she uses checks to keep track of her spending. When she writes a check, she always writes the amount down in her register. With the debit card, that step is easy to forget. “The only time I use my debit card is when I leave the checkbook at home,” said Carlson, who is in her 40s. Fed closes processing centers But paper isn’t going away Suited to checks Some business payments might also be better suited to checks, Bradford said. For example, writing a check instead of authorizing a wire transfer or making some other electronic payment may help a business better manage its cash flow because there is still some delay between when the check is written and when it is received. “From a cash-management purpose, I imagine some businesses would still prefer checks because of the float,” Bradford said. She doesn’t expect checks to entirely vanish. “There’s a certain segment of the population that’s going to write checks,” Bradford said. “You probably get stuck behind them in the check-out aisle.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The growing popularity of plastic is the biggest factor. From 2000 to 2003, the number of debit-card transactions nearly doubled from 8.3billion to 15.6billion, and the number of credit-card transactions jumped from 15.6billion to 19billion. Increasingly, checks also are being converted into electronic payments by merchants who prefer electronic transfers to dealing with the paper checks. For Julie O’Neill of Omaha, her credit card is simply more convenient, and all her spending is compiled on a single statement at the end of the month. When it comes time to pay bills, she turns on her computer rather than digging for stamps. “I procrastinate, so then I can go online and not have to go through snail mail,” she said. Together, credit and debit card use accounted for 43percent of all noncash payments in 2003, up from 33percent in 2000. Richard Kesterson slid his debit card out of his wallet before the grocery store cashier rang up his total. Like millions of Americans, the Omaha, Neb., man didn’t even consider paying by check. Using a debit card or paying online through his bank’s bill-pay system is easier, he said – and his bank keeps track of his spending instead. “I haven’t balanced my account in 10 years,” Kesterson said. Check writing has declined sharply since 1995. The Federal Reserve estimates that 49.5billion checks were paid in the United States in 1995; that figure dropped to 36.6billion checks paid in 2003, according to the most recent Fed studies. last_img read more

State funds for freeway work fall short

first_imgJustifying the commission’s recommendations, the report stated the estimated construction date of the San Gabriel Valley projects – 2011 – was relatively late compared to other candidate projects. But the work on the 605-10 interchange is 20 years overdue, and congestion there is leading to increased traffic and pedestrian accidents on Baldwin Park’s streets, Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said. An average of 438,000 vehicles use the 605/10 interchange daily, making it the 19th busiest in the state, according to Caltrans statistics. “Our fight is not going to stop, and we will continue to lobby and meet with the people we need to meet to get this funded,” said Garcia, who leads an interchange task force composed of at least eight cities along the 10 corridor. “The traffic is not going to go away.” She said she will join Mayor Manuel Lozano and council members Anthony Bejarano and Ricardo Pacheco on a lobbying trip to Sacramento on Tuesday to ask the Transportation Commission to reinstate funding for the project. “If not, we want them to assure us that this project will be funded in the near future,” she said. “But for us, even the near future is too far away.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An upgrade to the congested San Bernardino (10) and San Gabriel River (605) freeway interchange will not receive funding until at least 2008, according to a draft report released Friday by the agency tasked with allocating state transportation money. Staffers for the California Transportation Commission are recommending approval of less than a quarter of the total $435.5 million in freeway improvements being sought for the San Gabriel Valley. Among the projects being rejected for funding are a $70.5 million flyover connector between the southbound 605 and the eastbound 10 and a $191.5 million extension of the 10 Freeway carpool lane between Citrus Avenue in West Covina and the Orange (57) Freeway. The first phase of the carpool-lane extension, from Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park to Citrus, will get a little more than half of the $173.5 million total cost of the project, according to the report. The report also left open the possibility that the second phase could be funded in 2008. The report’s recommendations, which will be debated by the commission on Tuesday, will be used as a basis to allocate a total of $2.8 billion for statewide freeway projects, part of the $20 billion transportation bond approved by California voters last November. Local officials said Friday the state’s recommendations shortchange not just the San Gabriel Valley but all of Los Angeles County, the most populous in the state. “There’s not much good news there,” said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, chairman of the transportation committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, a local municipal lobbying group. A COG analysis of the state’s funding recommendations shows Los Angeles County received 11.8 percent of the total freeway funds available, despite comprising nearly 28 percent of the state’s population. Orange County, with 8.3 percent of the population, got 13 percent of the funding. Fasana noted that even Los Angeles’ politically powerful Westside came out on the losing end of the recommendations, with the state rejecting a bid for $730 million to add an extra carpool lane on the busy San Diego (405) Freeway between the 10 and the Ventura (101) Freeway. “Even the projects they recommend are only partially funded, leaving significant shortfalls,” Fasana said. last_img read more

Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona – reports

first_imgThe reported agreement would see him pick up £346,000 a week, almost double what he earns at United.The Sun claims the former Juventus star — who joined United for a then world-record fee of £89 million in 2016 — has demanded the Premier League side increase his wages from £180,000 to £380,000 a week so he is paid almost on a par with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, otherwise he will leave.United, though, would be most reluctant to sell him, with the Daily Mail reporting they have already rejected a bid by Barcelona of £44.5 million plus Colombian central defender Yerry Mina and Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes.Mourinho has expressed his frustration over the club’s transfer policy, and Pogba’s departure would leave little time for executive chairman Ed Woodward to find a suitable replacement with the Premier League transfer window due to close on Thursday.The club has had to deny the claim that Pogba sent a text message to Woodward demanding he be allowed to leave.The Frenchman is keen to move to Barcelona — the Spanish transfer window does not shut till the end of the month — to play with Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, while his close friend and former Juventus team-mate Arturo Vidal also recently moved to the Catalan giants.– ‘Pogba needs to play his part’ –Essentially, though, Pogba’s unhappiness stems from the deterioration in his relationship with Mourinho, who not only does he blame for his muted performances for United since his move but also for his qualified praise of his performances for France at the World Cup.“Paul was like the (France) team. He started average and ended top,” Mourinho told beIN Sports on United’s unhappy tour of the United States last week.Pogba, though, is believed to have been more upset by what followed in the interview as Mourinho implied being in an enclosed environment over six weeks ensured he focused just on football and not on outside matters such as commercial contracts.Pogba’s super agent Mino Raiola — who was also instrumental in bringing Romelu Lukaku to United last summer — has remained out of the fray, refusing to comment on links with Barcelona.“I will never make declarations about Paul,” said the Dutch-Italian agent, who is reported to have earned just over £40 million when Pogba moved to United.“You have to speak to Manchester United,” added Raiola.Former United star Rio Ferdinand told Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Mail that Mourinho needed to fit the team around Pogba’s sublime talent, but accepted the player needed to adapt too.“It’s down to the manager to get the best out of him, setting the team up and setting Pogba up in the right way to achieve the best,” said the former England central defender.“But Pogba needs to play his part in that.“It’s a case of the player and manager getting an understanding for each other and getting the best out of the player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba reportedly wants to move to Barcelona from Manchester United © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – France World Cup star Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports on Wednesday.The 25-year-old — who scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia — has agreed terms with Barcelona for a deal worth £89.5 million over five years, according to the Daily Mail.last_img read more

More good news for Gooners? Arsenal star reveals conversation with Wenger

first_img Mikel Arteta wants to stay at Arsenal 1 Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has dismissed rumours that he could leave the club this summer, insisting that he is happy with life at the Emirates.The Spaniard, who was speaking at the launch of Arsenal’s new Puma kits, where he modelled the new home strip dubbed the ‘forever’ edition, said that he is relishing the level of responsibility handed to him by boss Arsene Wenger and is looking to repay that faith next season.“I can’t stop the rumours, but what I am certain is that I’m really happy here, I feel valued, I have been given a lot of responsibility and I like it. Until they think something different about me, I’m happy.“I had a conversation with the manager. He knows my opinion and we’re fine,” he said.It proved to be an evening of celebration for the club, after it was announced that Arsenal had landed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in a deal believed to be in the region of £33m.Arteta admitted his excitement at the signing and believes it is a statement of the club’s ambitions for next season.“I met him this morning and he looked excited. He had many options and he decided to join us which makes us very proud. He likes the sound of the Arsenal and I’m excited by his arrival.“It’s a big statement for the club to say early on [in the transfer window], ‘OK let’s go and get one of the best strikers in the world at the moment.’“They have convinced him to come and I can’t wait to see him play.”—————————————————————————–See top golfer and Arsenal fan Ian Poulter get a special send off ahead of The Open below…last_img read more

Video Highlights: England Under-21s 3-1 Portugal Under-21s

first_imgEngland Under-21s recorded an impressive victory against Portugal at Turf Moor with local boy Danny Ings netting twice in a clinical display.It may turn out to be an important psychological boost for Gareth Southgate’s team, who face Portugal in their opening match of the European Under-21 Championships next summer.England opened the scoring after six minutes when Ings, who was preferred to the in-form Harry Kane up-front, tucked home Tom Ince’s cross after good work from Nathan Redmond.Jenkinson added the second before half-time with a composed finish from 12 yards against a Portuguese side who had won all 10 of their qualification matches ahead of next summer’s tournament.And Portugal showed their class early in the second half with a well deserved goal when Bernardo Silva stroked the ball through the legs of England keeper Jack Butland.But England’s two goal cushion was re-established on 58 minutes when Ings latched onto a low cross from the influential Redmond to seal a convincing win.Watch the highlights above and leave your thoughts on England’s youngsters below…last_img read more

Armed standoff unfolding in Whittier

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re still trying to get more information,” sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Romo. “We’re going to make an announcement for him to come out.” http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime WHITTIER – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report Friday evening that a man armed with a shotgun and under the influence of drugs was holed up in a motel room in the 8200 Block of Pioneer Blvd. Deputies surrounded the Motel 6 building and set up a command post at nearby Pioneer High School, 10800 Ben Avon Street. A witness stated that the man was high on methamphetamine and had locked himself in another person’s motel room, which contained a loaded shotgun. At 6:40, deputies were preparing to evacuate people from the motel. last_img read more

WATCH! Former Newcastle star scores sensational solo goal

first_imgHatem Ben Arfa seems to be enjoying life in Ligue 1 with Nice.Having scored a fine solo goal for the French club earlier in the season, the former Newcastle playmaker netted an even better one against Saint-Etienne at the weekend.It was a goal that Lionel Messi would have been proud of, as Ben Arfa bamboozled four defenders before firing home with his right foot.last_img

Amgen’s earnings slump 82 percent

first_imgPhysician groups are appealing the decision, and Amgen said Wednesday that it was hopeful a compromise can be reached. Amgen has been struggling with the effects of that decision and a patent dispute with Swiss drug company Roche. A jury in Boston on Tuesday found that Roche violated 11 Amgen patents in formulating its own anemia drug, Mircera. Amgen said it would ask the court for an injunction to prevent Roche from selling Mircera in the United States, where it would challenge Aranesp, Amgen’s top-selling drug. Roche said it is considering an appeal. Amgen said Wednesday that its previously announced restructuring plan, which includes a 12percent to 14percent cut in staffing, will result in 2007 restructuring charges of $775million to $850million, up from earlier estimates of $600million to $700million. The company said the additional costs are the result of a decision to postpone the building of a manufacturing plant in Ireland and the closure of a manufacturing facility in Thousand Oaks. Still, the company said it was on track to deliver earnings in the range of $4.13 to $4.23 as previously announced.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Biotech company Amgen Inc. on Wednesday reported flat revenue and lower profit in the third quarter as the drug maker continued to deal with a blow to its business that had been dealt by federal regulators. The Thousand Oaks-based company reported net income of $201million, or 18 cents per share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down 82percent from $1.1billion, or 94cents per share, in the same period last year. This year’s profits were hit by write-offs of nearly $1billion stemming from an acquisition and restructuring costs. Revenue in the quarter was unchanged at $3.61billion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Excluding one-time charges and stock options expenses, the company said it would have reported earnings of $1.08 per share, a slight increase over the $1.04 per share in the same period last year. On that basis, analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected per share earnings of $1.03. Worldwide sales of its anemia-treating drug Aranesp decreased 23percent, to $818million, in the third quarter in reaction to the Food and Drug Administration finding the drug should carry a stronger warning label when used by cancer patients with anemia. The warning label addition called for doctors to use the lowest possible dose of the drug. U.S. sales dropped 36 percent, to $460 million. last_img read more

TRIO SET FOR NON-STOP DRIVE FROM MALIN TO SPAIN IN AID OF IRISH CANCER SOCIETY

first_imgSeamus McLaughlin, Inishowen Motors pictured with three shopping centre managers Kevin Doyle, Laois Shopping Centre, Brian McCracken, Letterkenny Shopping Centre and Páraic Naughton, Galway Shopping Centre. The three shopping centre managers will undertake a non-stop charity drive from Malin Head to Tarifa in Spain, in a KIA Sorento sponsored by Inishowen Motors. All funds will go towards the Irish Cancer Society and Relay for Life, DonegalGabriel Duffy, Top Oil, Ena Barrett and Robert O’Connor, Relay For Life, Seamus McLaughlin Inishowen Motors, Mayor of Letterkenny, Michael McBride and Emma McHugh from Atlantic Travel pictured at the launch of the charity drive from Malin Head to Tarifa, Spain at the Mount Errigal Hotel last night. Also pictured are the three shopping centre managers Kevin Doyle, Laois Shopping Centre, Brian McCracken, Letterkenny Shopping Centre and Páraic Naughton, Galway Shopping Centre with their new KIA Sorento, sponsored by Inishowen Motors.A trio of businessmen are set to embark on a non-stop drive from Malin Head to Tarifa, Spain as part of a charity fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society.The fundraiser is the brainchild of Letterkenny Shopping Centre manager, Brian McCracken and two of his colleagues, Páraic Naughton from Galway Shopping Centre and Kevin Doyle from Laois Shopping Centre.The trio will undertake a non-stop charity drive from Donegal to Spain in a Kia Sorento, sponsored by Inishowen Motors. The non-stop charity challenge will take place on Tuesday, 5th May and the trio will start their journey at Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head and drive to Spain’s most southerly point, Tarifa.The journey is expected to last around 37 hours and the three shopping centre managers will take it in turns to drive the Kia Sorento throughout the trip.CEO of Irish Cancer Society, John McCormack and Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising at the Irish Cancer Society, will meet the three men at Dublin Port, to wish them well on their charity challenge, before they board the ferry to Holyhead.After the two hour sailing Brian, Páraic and Kevin will make the journey across the UK to Dover, Kent where they will board another ferry to Calais, France. They’ll continue to drive across France and into Spain for the final stage of the 1,932 mile trek to Tarifa.This is the third year that the trio have come together to raise money for charities and they have raised over €20,000 to date.Since 2013, the men have climbed Mt. Killimanjaro, pushed a trolley from Letterkenny to Laois, via Galway, cycled a trandem (3 man bike) from Malin to Mizen as well as trekking 115km of the Sahara Desert.Brian McCracken, manager of Letterkenny Shopping Centre, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Irish Cancer Society this year.“We were over the moon when Seamus McLaughlin from Inishowen Motors agreed to provide us with the Kia Sorento for our charity challenge– it was a real boost towards a great cause. “We’re also very grateful to Atlantic Travel Letterkenny for arranging sponsorship from Irish Ferries and P&O Ferries for our trip and to Top Oil for arranging fuel sponsorship.“We know how hard it is for charities out there, so we’re just trying to raise some awareness and funds to help support the great work of the Irish Cancer Society.”Robert O’Connor, chairperson of Relay For Life Donegal said: “It’s great to see new and innovative charity challenges like this one taking place.“Every penny counts for the Irish Cancer Society and Relay For Life Donegal and the funds go towards much needed help with research, clinical trials, specialist nurses and palliative care. “We wish Brian, Páraic and Kevin all the best on their journey to Tarifa and we thank them for undertaking this charity drive on our behalf”.John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: ‘We would like to wish Brian, Páraic and Kevin the best of luck with their non-stop drive and express our sincere thanks to them and to their sponsors for their support.“With cancer incidence in Donegal and across Ireland increasing, we rely on initiatives such as this to continue to fund collaborative cancer research work and to provide vital cancer services.’Adding to this, Seamus McLaughlin, Inishowen Motors, said, “We’re happy to support the efforts of Brian and his colleagues.“When they came to us earlier this year and told us that they were trying to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society, we were only too happy to offer one of our Kia Sorento’s for their journey.“The new Kia Sorento is the perfect vehicle to make this trip and the whole team at Inishowen Motors wishes Brian and the boys all the best.“We look forward to following their adventures in May.”The Irish Cancer Society is the national cancer charity providing free services to cancer patients and their families as well as funding collaborative cancer research.TRIO SET FOR NON-STOP DRIVE FROM MALIN TO SPAIN IN AID OF IRISH CANCER SOCIETY was last modified: April 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Charity DriveFeaturesIrish Cancer SocietyMalin HeadnewsspainTarifalast_img read more