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BWI to Hire Qualified Teachers


first_imgThe principal of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Mr. Alexander M. Massey,  last Saturday disclosed that the Institute has embarked on the hiring of qualified teachers.“We recognize that our programs here at BWI are only as good as our teachers. As  such, we have begun the tedious task of hiring more qualified instructors to teach here at BWI.Delivering his academic report during the Institute’s Founder’s Day last Saturday, Mr. Massey said BWI was interested in highly qualified teachers with integrity, who are dedicated and committed to upholding our institution’s legacy and have our students’  best interest at heart.“I also hasten to say that this effort must be augmented with better teachers’ salaries and living accommodations.Teachers training, both short and long term, rank high on our list of proprieties,” Mr. Massey said.BWI’s current enrollment stands at 1,361 students down from a population of 1,755 of last school year.The ratio, he said, is roughly 25% females to 75% males of last school year remains the same in spite of some of the best efforts to narrow this gap. The gap is too wide and efforts are being made to narrow it, he said.The school is determined to provide a most conducive  learning environment for each of the students, he added.“Our ratio of 70% day students to that of 30% boarding students of last school year has changed to a roughly spilt of 50/50 this school year. The reason for this change in part can be attributed to the policy of returning BWI to the tradition of a boarding school.    Starting this school year, we made it mandatory that each freshman student lives on campus.“Although we have experienced a modest increase in the number of students making the honor roll this year over last year,” said Principal Massey, “we still have about 65% of our total enrollment failing two or more subjects going into the final exams.Last year two of the students were fortunate to have travelled to Berkley, California on an invitation from All-Power Laboratory to participate in a two-week   training program on the new generation of Gasifiers and Lister Machines in the Biomass Generators Program.“Similarly, if we can work out all of the modalities, another two of our students are scheduled to travel this  September to the State of Illinois in the USA to participate in a yearlong  student exchange program under the auspices of the Illinois Career Pathway and the Ralph C. Norman Foundation. This is the direction in which we want to turn, gaining more exposure for our students.”“We have also begun the process of upgrading and improving its existing facilities within the confines of a  limited budget. From the dormitories to the dining hall, the Institute’s clinic and the auditorium, we are making small progress.”The school has conducted a  comprehensive assessment of all costs attached to each of these facilities, and now intends to direct attention to the renovation and or modernization of our trade shops and classrooms along with acquiring adequate instructional equipment and materials for each section, the principal told the quests.BWI authorities have realized  that the Institute can no longer depend wholly and solely on GOL budgetary allocation for the school’s survival.“We must find alternatives sources of funding to enable us to achieve our goal of turning BWI into a center of excellence. We have committed ourselves to increasing our own internal revenue generation and have contracted the service of a professional fund raising consultant to help us find or develop creative ways of fund raising,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Byderabo woman stabbed by ‘berserk’ friend dies


first_img– husband, son remain in stable conditionOne day after being brutally stabbed by a family friend following a birthday celebration at Byderabo, Region Seven (Cuyuni Mazaruni), the 56-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The woman’s husband and her 15-year-old son were also attacked and injured by the suspect, who subsequently committed suicide. In addition, the now dead woman’s 14-year-old daughter was allegedly molested by the now dead man.It was reported that on Tuesday night, the now dead woman’s husband hosted his birthday celebration, and the suspect, 23-year-old Raphael Charles, along with others, was consuming alcohol.At about 02:30h on Wednesday, the woman and her husband, along with their daughter, retired to their bed, leaving their 15-year-old son and the suspect watching television.Shortly after, Charles allegedly armed himself with a knife and slashed the teen to his neck, before going to the bedroom which the boy’s parents and younger sister were occupying.Charles marched into the bedroom and dealt several stabs to the now dead woman and her husband. They, however, managed to escape, and ran out of the house, leaving their teenage daughter on the bed.According to the Police, the suspect allegedly sexually molested the girl, after which she managed to run out of the home. Soon after, the man was seen using a rope to hang himself from a beam inside the house.The injured persons were taken to the Bartica District Hospital, where they were admitted and then referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further medical attention.The suspect’s lifeless body was cut down; he is said to have been a mute.last_img read more


Ronaldo sparks Champions League dreams ahead of Juventus unveiling


first_img0Shares0000Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo gave the thumbs up to Juventus fans before signing a four-year contract with the Italian giants © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINARome, Italy, Jul 16 – Juventus are dreaming of Champions League glory ahead of the official unveiling Monday of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Serie A champions’ superstar summer signing from European kings Real Madrid.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be presented to the world media at a press conference scheduled for 6:30 pm (1630 GMT). Juventus fans gave the 33-year-old a rousing welcome during a brief appearance ahead of his medical Monday morning. Hundreds of fans gathered outside the Allianz Stadium in Turin from early morning singing “Ronaldo, bring us the Champions (League)” as the European competition’s most lethal striker of all time emerged from the club’s medical centre to sign autographs and shake hands amid raucous chants.Juventus later published a video of Ronaldo chanting “Juve, Juve” as he went back inside to undergo tests.After passing his medical he met club directors, coach Massimiliano Allegri and his new teammates, saving a warm hug for Italian international defender Giorgio Chiellini, a scene filmed in official club footage.Ronaldo fever hit Turin after the announcement last week of his 100 million-euro ($117 million) transfer from European champions Real Madrid. Italian media reports the attacker will earn 30 million euros a season and the deal will cost Juve a total of 350 million euros.Many of the youngsters who came out to greet their new hero were wearing Juventus shirts emblazoned with “Ronaldo” and the number 7, which have been selling quickly in Turin. Others wore t-shirts with the message “Bem-vindo” — “welcome” in Portuguese — which 5,000 shopkeepers put up posters ahead of Ronaldo’s arrival late Sunday.One local ice-cream parlour has even created a “CR7” cone, featuring a Portuguese cherry liquor and chocolate shavings.The mood of joy was not universal. The costly signing upset leaders of one minority union at an automobile plant in southern Italy owned by Fiat-Chrysler — in turn owned by the same holding company as Juventus.They called a protest strike for Monday but only five of the plant’s 1,700 workers turned out at a protest in support of the action dismissed as a “stunt” by bigger unions representing the workers in Melfi, in the Basilicata region.– ‘Repay us with interest’ –Juventus fans are hoping that Ronaldo’s arrival will push them to a coveted Champions League title, the continent’s holy grail.Fresh from their seventh Serie A title in as many years and four straight domestic doubles, the Old Lady of Italian football have struggled to turn Italian dominance into European trophies. “Our hope is to win the Champions League that for now is the only objective that we’ve not been able to conquer,” says Francesco, 38, from the Tuscan city of Pisa.“Ronaldo coming will only bring good things to Juventus… He’ll help others to learn things that only champions like him can do.”Ronaldo has scored 120 Champions League goals, more than anyone else in the history of the competition, and won four out of the last five editions with Real Madrid.Juve haven’t won the competition since 1996 but reached the final in 2015 and 2017, where they were bested respectively by Barcelona and Ronaldo’s former club.Mario, 47, from Brescia in Lombardy, got up at 0430 (0230 GMT) to be at the stadium in time to see Ronaldo.Juventus fans gathered outside the club’s medical centre to greet Cristiano Ronaldo. © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINAHe was at the Allianz Stadium for the first leg of last season’s Champions League quarter-final — won 3-0 by Madrid — when Juve fans rose to their feet to applaud Ronaldo’s outrageous bicycle kick goal. Massimiliano Allegri’s side were effectively knocked out of the Champions League by Ronaldo in the last two seasons, with the Portuguese scoring a brace in the 2017 final and slotting home the controversial stoppage-time penalty that thwarted an incredible Juve comeback from three goals down and saw them exit at the quarter-final stage.“I applauded him because he scored a spectacular goal. Now we can enjoy watching him,” says Mario.“I went to Cardiff for the 2017 Champions League final where he gave us a slap. Now he has to repay us with interest.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Programs fall by wayside


first_imgAt one time, Whittier had a first-time home buyer program that would provide up to $60,000 to help families bridge the gap between what they could afford to pay and the actual price of the home they were buying. The program helped as many as 10 families a year. But those days are over. With skyrocketing home prices, Whittier and other cities are phasing out first-time home buyer programs, unable to keep up with the average price of homes in Los Angeles County. Last week, the Whittier City Council voted to formally suspend the down-payment assistance program. “The program has become obsolete,” said Jeff Collier, Whittier’s director of community development. “We now have to give $250,000 to $300,000 to plug the gap between the price and the family. We can’t afford to do that.” Other cities are encountering the same problem. Typically financed by city redevelopment funds, down-payment assistance programs were originally created to help lower-income households afford to buy homes. Such households could not earn more than 120 percent of the county’s median income – or not more than $66,100 a year for a family of four, according to state guidelines governing the programs. Today, however, a family of four earning $66,100 a year can qualify for a mortgage loan of a slightly more than $200,000. No homes are available in today’s Southern California housing market at that price. The programs typically are financed by city redevelopment agencies, which use property tax revenues they take in to offer the loan assistance. Twenty percent of property taxes taken by the agencies must be used to provide low- and moderate-income housing, state law mandates. In Whittier, Collier said officials are looking at other ways to help first-time home buyers. One way would be to use redevelopment money to provide larger amounts to lower-income home buyers. However, once the buyer sells the property, they must share any gains with the city. The city’s share of such profits could then be used to extend financial help to other first-time, low-income buyers, Collier said. La Mirada and Santa Fe Springs do not offer down-payment assistance programs. Instead, the cities are reselling homes they acquired in the 1990s – at 1990s prices. In Santa Fe Springs, the city has acquired three such homes. Officials plans to fix them up and resell them, said Paul Ashworth, director of housing. But the homes could be the last to be resold by the city at a huge discount, Ashworth said. In today’s market, if the city were to purchase a home for $500,000, for example, it would still be required to offer the house for $225,000 in order for a family with a moderate income to be able to afford it, he said. “That’s a pretty big subsidy,” he said. In La Mirada, the city has acquired properties it is reselling to moderate-income households. During the early 1990s, 45 condominiums were developed and then sold at affordable prices in the Hillsborough complex. Those families were required to sign agreements giving the city the first right to purchase the properties and at an affordable price. This week, a condominium was sold to a family for about $164,000. The city had purchased it for a little over $100,000, said Eileen Y. Cheng, administrative analyst for La Mirada. Cheng said the city has acquired other units in the same way and will be selling them to other families who meet the financial requirements. In addition, some of the homes that will be constructed at what is now the Alondra Center North Shopping Center also will be sold at affordable rates, Cheng said. Redevelopment funds will be paid to the center’s developer as an incentive to provide the less-expensive homes, she added. But La Mirada cannot afford to offer a straight-forward, down-payment assistance program, she said. “The required subsidy would be too big,” she said. “Our city used to have a down-payment assistance program. It doesn’t work any more.” Pico Rivera relies on a Los Angeles County program and two other programs operated in conjunction with a consortium of cities to provide various way of assisting families in buying homes, said Bill Shannon, the city’s former director of housing services. In one program, people can rent a home for 41 months in order to qualify to receive title to the house. A county program allows homeowners to get a tax credit instead of a tax deduction on the interest paid. That gives families ability to qualify for a larger mortgage, Shannon said. But even these programs are not enough, Shannon said. “The best way is when you can broker with developers to artificially lower the cost of the homes,” he said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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


CHAN 2020 Qualifiers: Provisional squad for Burundi second leg named


first_img Tags: CHAN 2020topUganda Cranes Uganda defeated Burundi 3-0 in the first leg. (PHOTO/File)CHAN 2020 Qualifiers-Second Round (Return Leg)Uganda vs BurundiStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 19-10-2019 @4pmThe Uganda Cranes CHAN team that will face Burundi in the return leg of the second round of qualifiers was named this past weekend.A squad of 25 players was named but it is understood to that it will be trimmed ahead of the game on Saturday afternoon.They started non-residential training on Sunday at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Uganda is attempting to reach a fifth consecutive CHAN tournament.After losing to Tanzania in the second round of qualification and in the process, failing to reach the first edition of the finals in 2009, the Cranes have not failed to seal a spot in any of the last four finals (2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018).To reach the last edition in Morocco, Uganda defeated South Sudan 5-1 on aggregate in the first round of qualifiers before hanging on to overcome Rwanda 3-2 in the second round.For Burundi, they are attempting to reach a second CHAN finals’ tournament having done so in South Africa 2014 where they were eliminated in the group stages after finishing third in Group D.To reach the second round, Uganda took care of Somali while Burundi eliminated South Sudan.Uganda defeated Burundi 3-0 in the first leg played in Bujumbura and are odds on favorites to reach the finals in Cameroon next year.Summoned TeamGoalkeepersCharles Lukwago (KCCA), James Alitho (URA), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume)DefendersPaul Willa (Police), Ashraf Mandela (URA), Arafat Galiwango (Police), John Revita (KCCA), Mustapha Kizza (KCCA), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Paul Mbowa (URA), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline)MidfieldersNicholas Kasozi (KCCA), Said Kyeyune (URA), Yusuf Ssozi (Police), David Owori (SC Villa), Kirizestom Ntambi (Wakiso Giants),  Allan Okello (KCCA), Shafique Kagimu (URA), Vianne Ssekajjugo (Wakiso Giants), Karim Watambala (Vipers), Bright Anukani (Proline), Ibrahim Orit (Mbarara City)StrikersFahad Bayo (Vipers), Dan Sserunkuma (Vipers),  Mike Mutyaba (KCCA)Comments last_img read more


Blues ‘watching Lukaku’s brother’


first_imgChelsea are again showing an interest in CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev amid doubts over Petr Cech’s long-term future, according to the Daily Mail.The Russia international was on their radar 18 months ago and they have since teenage Belgian Thibaut Courtois.The Mail also say Chelsea’s scouts are watching Romelu Lukaku’s younger brother Jordan. The 17-year-old left-back has previously been monitored by Arsenal.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror report that Fulham are chasing Anderlecht’s Congolese striker Dieumerci Mbokani, who has scored seven times in his last 10 appearances.The Mirror also say former QPR boss Neil Warnock has been lined up for a return to Huddersfield, who sacked Lee Clark yesterday. Warnock managed the Terriers between 1993 and 1995.And the Daily Express say QPR’s players have been told this week’s trip to Portugal is more boot camp than a mid-season jolly.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Chelsea youngsters draw with Manchester City in opening game


first_imgChelsea’s Under-21 side began their Premier League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Manchester City at Brentford’s Griffin Park.Blues striker Patrick Bamford missed an early chance to open the scoring before testing Eirik Johansen with a rasping 25-yard shot the City keeper did well to keep out.At the other end, Jamal Blackman produced good saves to deny Marco Lopes and Albert Henshall.Bamford, fit again after injury, was replaced by Thorgan Hazard during a second half in which Lucas Piazon went close for Chelsea.A low cross from Hazard then led to City’s Reece Wabara almost scoring a late own goal, before Billy Clifford came within inches of breaking the deadlock.Clifford raced on to Hazard’s clever back-heel and was unlucky to see his delicate chip over Johansen hit the bar.Click here for the Wigan v Chelsea quizSee also:Chelsea Under-21 boss hails new set-upChelsea starlet tipped to shine – with help from TorresThorgan Hazard makes loan moveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


How Indian Travellers Can Rescue Middle East’s Tourism Goals


first_imgFor decades, the lure of tax-free gold and cheap flights made the Emirates, particularly Dubai, a hot favourite with Indians. While the stringent norms in Middle East, safety concerns and the rise of low-budget family destinations in South east Asia dented this popularity to some extent, a Colliers International research states: “tourist arrivals from India into the GCC have witnessed constant progression year on year”.Read it at TD Related Itemslast_img


Banned by IOC, Vitaly Mutko resigns as Russia Football Union boss


first_imgRussian Football Union president Vitaly Mutko has stepped down from his post as president, just days after he was banned for life from the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over allegations that Russia created a “state-sponsored doping program.””I have decided to file the claim in the CAS tomorrow,” The Straits Times quoted Mutko as saying.According to local Russian media, Mutko announced the suspension from his post during Russia’s RFS football federation executive board meeting.However, the Russian deputy Prime Minister said that he will continue his duties in the government as well as preparing the World Cup which is being staged in Russia this summer.”Regarding the issues of relationship with Fifa and the organising committee, as long as the president (Vladimir Putin) trusts me, I continue to work as deputy premier and oversee the preparations for the world championships,” he said.The deputy prime minister had been banned from the Rio 2016 Games. This month he was banned for life from all Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee said he was involved in a state-backed doping programme.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more


Samsung Galaxy S10+ live image spotted, shows wide display hole for dual selfie cameras


first_imgThe Galaxy S10+ is rumoured to offer a large Infinity-O display, with a wider cutout in the screen compared to the regular Galaxy S10. This is because the Galaxy S10+ is the only phone among the three upcoming Galaxy S10 models to get dual front-facing cameras. We have seen renders of what this pill-shaped hole will look like, but this week we have a real-life image of what looks to be the Galaxy S10+ being used by someone.The live image of the Galaxy S10+ was posted on SlashLeaks and it shows the flagship’s front-facia. The image is not sharp but it is clear enough to notice the display hole on the top right corner of the screen. This is where Samsung will house dual front-facing cameras, which would be a first for the Galaxy S-series. The edges of the device seems to be covered on purpose so it is hard to tell the exact design, but it is pretty evident that the bezels have been reduced quite a bit all around.The live image suggests that Galaxy S10+ will offer a large and immersive display, but it will be interesting to see whether the wide cutout will be more distracting compared to the regular punch-hole display. The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 E will fall below the Plus-sized model and will both offer smaller, rounded cutouts on the display as they both will get a single selfie camera. Apar from a big display, the Galaxy S10+ is also said to get a large 4,000mAh battery like the Galaxy Note 9.advertisementSamsung will announce the Galaxy S10, S10 E and S10+ on February 20 ahead of MWC 2019. All three phones are expected to come with the latest Exynos 9820/ Snapdragon 855 chipset. They are also rumoured to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Galaxy S10+, in particular, is tipped to come with quad cameras on the back. This along with dual selfie cameras menas the phone will offer a total of six cameras.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10+ with Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM gets benchmarked with impressive resultsALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 live image reveals punch hole camera and thinner bezelslast_img read more