Christopher Neyor, a senatorial candidate for Montserrado County, opened what promises to be an intense and expensive mid-term election last Thursday, with a statement that tries to define his opponents as “deceptive campaigners.”Neyor, an electrical engineer-turned-politician said, he was describing his opponents’ campaigns as “deceptive” because, according to him, they are telling “too many lies to be trusted in the National Legislature.”Montserrado County is already one of the nation’s prime battlefields in the Special Senatorial Election, and is also home to one of the most competitive campaigns for the National Legislature. “Should we allow them to bring their deceptive campaign that they are the best candidates for this county?” Neyor asked. “I think that’s a ‘no’. We must defeat them.”He made the assertion when he kicked-off his campaign on Thursday, November 20, in his birth place, in Mount Barclay outside of Monrovia.Neyor stated that his opponents were engaging in “deceptive politic”, just to favor their way into winning the senatorial seat in the county.However, he went on to say that his campaign, which he described as a “Crusader for Change”, would seek to end the reign of deceptive politicians who are misleading ordinary people to vote for them.“As our crusade flourishes, we will be able to strengthen the belief that ordinary people can do what our lawmakers cannot do,” he noted.“Let us not be party to a mechanism to provide legitimacy to a select few, who create false impressions of change. If we allow them to prosper again, expect the present and future lawmakers to be mere rubber stamps to favor their own agenda and interest,” he emphasized.Neyor, who has previously served as CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and as managing director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) told his constituency that he is the best candidate that would ensure the protection of the oil and its revenue are evenly distributed. “Oil is the only God-given natural resource that we have to improve our lives and to develop Liberia, because our past blessings, like iron ore, rubber, have been mismanaged by deceptive campaigners, who have been profiting at our expense,” Neyor maintained.Montserrado County has been represented by the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) incumbent, Senator Joyce Freeman Sumo, who is contesting the seat to challenge her political leader, Ambassador George M. Weah, as well as Liberty Party candidate Ben Snavee, Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh and independent candidate Robert A. Sirleaf, who also happens to be one of the sons of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Because the county is evenly split and because the President’s son is running, the race has drawn support and interest from outside the county.CDC smells a chance to widen its lead to win the senatorial slot because most of the heavyweights in the House of Representatives have pledged support to Ambassador Weah, especially in fund raising.Christopher Z. Neyor is the founder, president and CEO of the Morweh Energy Group, an energy consulting and Investment Company based in Monrovia. He has done advisory work as an energy expert and consultant in several countries and was co-author of a recent book on environmental cost-benefit analysis published in 2013 by the New York University.Neyor was up to February 2012, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).He served as senior advisor on Energy, Environment and Climate to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and spearheaded development of Liberia National Energy Policy which outlined strategy for power sector development and review of Liberia’s petroleum laws including the act creating NOCAL and development of human capacity across the energy sector.He has led Liberia climate change negotiation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Neyor was managing director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) before the start of Liberia civil war in 1990, shortly after which he became a visiting scholar at the Center for Energy and the Environment at the University of Pennsylvania teaching in the early 90s.He graduated from the Monrovia College as class valedictorian and did undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, obtaining a Bachelor of Science (BSC).He did his graduate studies in energy economics, at the University of Denver and management with a Master’s and at Stanford University‘Graduate School of Business, from where he was awarded an MBA.On the sports side, he was appointed as interim leader of the Mighty Barrolle Sport Association in 1987, where his leadership led the football club winning the Liberia Football Association Championship.He was later elected president of the Association in 1997, but had to leave the country for political reasons, following the 1997 presidential elections.Neyor has a track record of caring and giving back to the community, especially the empowerment of young people. He expanded the scholarship program at the LEC and other parts of the World.At NOCAL he launched a scholarship program that recruited 12 students from each of 15 counties of Liberia for the future management of the country’s oil industry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
She later transitioned into accounting, and currently holds the position of Utilities Clerk.Photo: Steve McLain (right) accepts his 15 year award on Monday night – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caPhoto: Mayor Bruce Lantz awards Naomi Gallant her five year long-service award – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca Photo: Mayor Bruce Lantz (left) hands Jim Rogers his award for 20 years of service – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThree city workers were handed long service awards on Monday night. Director of Facilities and Protective Services, Jim Rogers was awarded for his 20 years of service. – Advertisement -Rogers started with the city as a part-time maintenance manager in 1989, and in March 2004, he took on the roll of Director of Protective Services. Because of his knowledge of facilities, he was granted Director of Facilities and Protective Services. Meanwhile, Facilities Maintenance Manager Steve McLain was awarded for his 15 years of service.McLain began in 1994 as a part time maintenance worker. He worked his way up to Facilities Maintenance Manager and has fulfilled that roll for the past five years. Naomi Gallant was also honored for her five years with the city. Gallant started in 2004 as a part-time aquatic supervisor at the North Peace Leisure Pool.Advertisement
England failed to get out of their group in Brazil in 2014 and were humiliated by tiny Iceland in Euro 2016 in France but Southgate insisted his side were only looking to the future.“They’ve got to be thinking about what’s possible, the players of the past and the opportunities of the past are gone,” said SouthgateThe manager explained why he believed this World Cup could be a turning point for the England as they prepare to face Tunisia in their Group G opener on Monday.“This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way,” he said.“The first thing is to have a really clear understanding of how we want to play because when you’re in tense moments of games everybody knows they’re in their individual role and the team are connected on the pitch,” said Southgate.“You have to stick to your beliefs, we saw Spain and Portugal other night — whatever the stage of the game they stuck to what they do well. We’ve got to have that strength of character to do that.”England are captained by prolific goalscorer Harry Kane who promised his side would go be fearless in going forward against the north Africans.Harry Kane should provide England’s attacking thrust against Tunisia © AFP / Ian KINGTON“First and foremost we are going to want to attack the game, we feel like we are going to have a lot of possession of the ball,” the Tottenham striker said.– ‘A good perspective’ –Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul earlier rated England among the favourites to win the World Cup despite their abject record in recent major tournaments.“I was in the stadium when they played Iceland (in 2016),” he said. “Now they are a stronger side. The result is not going to be the same tomorrow.”Maaloul is aware of the firepower England possess in Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard but singled out Dele Alli as the player the north Africans must stop.“He is a great player,” said Maaloul. “He is a midfielder who can play anywhere — centre, forward or deep midfield, up front on his own or wide on the left.“We know how easily Alli and Kane can find each other and their understanding so we must divide them. The most dangerous thing for me is the way he sees the match and plays the last pass.”The 45,500-seater stadium for Monday’s match stands on one of the major battlefields of World War II, in the city formerly known as Stalingrad.Two million people died during the Battle of Stalingrad and the new Volgograd Arena is within a short walk of the famous 85-metre-high Mamayev Kurgan, or “Motherland Calls” monument, the tallest statue in Europe.Southgate said the statue, which dominates the hillside overlooking the stadium, was a poignant reminder of the city’s history — thousands of human bones had to be removed when the foundations were excavated.“It’s a reminder some things are bigger than football,” he said. “It’s a good perspective for us all.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gareth Southgate says his young England side can avoid the errors of their predecessors © AFP / Mark RALSTONVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Gareth Southgate says his young side are ready to ditch their tag as chokers that has haunted England at previous major tournaments.“This team shouldn’t be burdened with that because they’re a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps, so the future is all ahead of them,” Southgate told reporters at the Volgograd Arena on Sunday.
Punters at the Meydan Races in Dubai may have felt somebody got the cards mixed up yesterday.The second race on the card was called the Donegal Football Team Cup.No, the county board hasn’t gone and sponsored the race card ahead of some of the world’s richest men. We’re reliably informed the race was named after Jim McGuinness and the boys who are on a well-deserved break there.Word has it that Colm McFadden had fifty quid on the winning horse! THE DONEGAL HANDICAP WORTH A FLUTTER IN DUBAI! was last modified: January 4th, 2013 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)
“We have provided multiple opportunities for kids to go to tutoring specifically to work on (the exit exam). We even provide special classes for kids after, before and during school. Some kids have not taken advantage of that,” Woodard said. Because of legislation passed in January, special education students received a one-time exemption this year from the requirement under certain circumstances. The exemption applies to students with disabilities who were identified to be on track for graduation in 2006, have an individual education plan, completed or are about to complete other graduation requirements, received tutoring, and have taken the exit exam at least twice after 10th grade, including once during their senior year. Of the 210 students who have not passed the English portion of the exit exam, 50 at this point have sufficient credits and, assuming they complete other graduation requirements such as the senior project, are otherwise on track to graduate were it not for the exit exam. Of the 335 who have not passed the math section, 94 are on track to graduate. Of the district’s 503 English-language learners who are seniors, 324, or 64 percent, have passed the English portion, and 320, or 63 percent, have passed the math. Of the 166 English-learning students who have not passed the English portion, 51 are on track for graduation; of the 170 who have not passed math, 47 are on track to graduate. Of 588 special education students, 210 have passed the English section, and 188 have passed the math. Of the 378 special education students who have not passed the English, 102 are on track to graduate; of the 400 who have not passed math, 123 are on track to graduate. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – At least 90 percent of seniors in the Antelope Valley Union High School District have passed the state high school exit exam required this year for the first time to earn a diploma. Of 3,489 seniors, 94 percent have passed the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam, while 90.4 percent have passed the math section. “Obviously we are very optimistic about the fact that 90 percent can pass. My concern is that gap – where are those students?” said Brent Woodard, director of curriculum and instruction. “Part of that 10 percent wouldn’t graduate anyway because of lack of credits, senior project or other issues. Five percent will not pass only because of (the exit exam). That’s a great concern. We don’t want it to be a barrier.” The class of 2006 is the first to be required to pass the exit exam in order to graduate. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Authorized by state lawmakers in 1999, the exit exam was originally to take effect in 2004. It was delayed until this year because of questions over whether students were adequately prepared and knew about the test. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, nearly 20 percent of seniors have not yet passed the test, officials said. High school students have six chances to pass the exam. They can it take once in their sophomore year, twice in their junior year and three times in their senior year. Seniors who have not passed the exit exam yet can take the test for the last time on March 21 and 22. In the event they do not pass, options are being weighed that would allow students more chances to get a diploma, including adult education, independent study, extra instruction including during the summer, or returning for a fifth year of high school.
A new video has been published which follows a Donegal man’s quest to find a famous hidden waterfall.The secret waterfall has been photographed by adventurous photographers of late, but the location is a closely-guarded secret.Locals and photographers do not publicise directions to the waterfall in order to preserve it as a hidden haven. It is also in a dangerous place along the coastline that requires careful climbing to reach it. TG4 presenter and Letterkenny native Michael Carey set out to find the magnificent waterfall during the summer. He documented his journey in a vlog which was posted today. (Click on settings for English subtitles)Video via: BLOCThe video shows Michael travelling around South Donegal searching for the cave that harbors the waterfall. He remains loyal to the local secret and does not disclose the location, but his discovery of the site makes for awesome footage.Michael firstly attempts to find the waterfall around the Sliabh Liag cliffs, scaling frightening heights on his quest for an entrance or pathway. Fear creeps in for the presenter as he climbs into uncharted territory. “If I’m never seen again, my Netflix account is all yours Mum,” he says at one point!Michael gives up on Sliabh Liag and tries another route. This one is a success. He eventually finds the cave after some careful climbing over rocks at low tide.The hidden waterfall is a breathtaking scene on video. Michael himself is in awe at the natural wonder.“Oh my God! I can’t actually describe what it is like without being here. It’s stunning,” he says.He doesn’t get long to admire the spectacle though, as the tide threatens to come into the cave. The thrilling vlog is also a fantastic promotion of Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way as Michael showcases the amazing Sliabh Liag cliffs and beaches in the area.Eas Thír Chonaill is the the second episode of the Michael Amú series on Bloc, where he documents journeys to places less-visited across Ireland.Bloc is TG4’s new online-only platform. The social media network aims to represent young people in Ireland and internationally by commissioning vloggers, content creators, snappers, animators and general ‘BLOCers’ to create top content for the community.TG4’s in-house team collaborate with BLOCers weekly to bring viewers the best in comedy, fashion, gaming, lifestyle, social affairs, political affairs and extraordinary affairs which are posted on platforms including the BLOC Facebook: www.facebook.com/BLOCTG4 WATCH: Adventurous TV presenter discovers secret Donegal waterfall was last modified: November 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:blocmichael careysliabh liagTG4tourismTravelwaterfallWild Atlantic Way
The Warriors are on a roll, having won their last nine games after Thursday’s win over the Washington Wizards. Stephen Curry is still shooting the lights out. DeMarcus Cousins is playing up to par. And Draymond Green is back to being Draymond Green.Adding to the good vibes, the Warriors met up with an old friend, President Barack Obama during their lone visit to our nation’s capital.How do the Warriors sustain their play? Logan Murdock and Dieter Kurtenbach break it all down in the latest …
Because of the political situation in Somalia, Buckley decided to shoot it in South Africa, which is increasingly being recognised as a favourable film production destination. “[The result is] a film whose entire cast is made up of refugees who fled to South Africa,” Jarjoura says. The film’s leading actors, Harun and Ali Mohammed, were illiterate when filming started. “They came from a family of 16 children who had fled war-torn Somalia to South Africa six months earlier,” Buckley says. “No they had the daunting task of memorising 19 pages of dialogue in front of a camera with a director who didn’t know how to say anything but ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in Somali. “And yet, five long shoot days later, we ended up capturing a little bit of these boys’ spirit. And a little bit of a forgotten country’s soul.” SAinfo reporter 17 January 2013 South African-set short film Asad, featuring Somali refugees living in Cape Town, has a fully stocked trophy cabinet but is looking to pick up one more award after being nominated for an Oscar in the “best short film” category. The film has already scooped up 13 awards from festivals around the world, including the Tribeca, Raindance and Los Angeles film festivals, for its portrayal of a Somali boy refugee named Asad. Shot in Paternoster on the Cape west coast, which was transformed into what looked like a traditional Somali fishing village, the story follows the lives of ordinary Somalis who fled their war-torn homeland. The film was a collaboration between American director Bryan Buckley’s Hungry Man Films company and Cape Town producer Rafiq Samsodien from The Asylum. Buckley decided to do the film after he worked with the United Nations Human Rights Council in Kenya in 2010, when he shot a documentary called No Autographs to raise awareness about increasing numbers of refugees. “Upon returning to the United States, we made it our mission to continue to tell their untold stories, to shed light on the people of Somalia and their unfathomable struggles,” Asad producer Mino Jarjoura sayd on the film’s website.
21 February 2013 Researchers from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed the world’s first injectable medicine from a tobacco plant – an antidote for rabies which could change the way the deadly viral disease is treated worldwide. The new liquid antidote, RabiVir, is made from the leaves of the Nicotiana benthamiana plant, a cousin of the commercial cigarette tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum. Through genetic engineering, antibodies known to work against rabies were introduced to the N. benthamiana tobacco variety. The product is a collaborative effort of CSIR scientists, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Kentucky Bioprocessing and MAPP Biopharmaceuticals. The liquid antidote is a breakthrough in the treatment of rabies, says senior scientist and research group leader of the CSIR Biosciences plant expression group Dr Ereck Chakauya. The product is not only much cheaper to manufacture, but potentially far more effective than current treatments. “This product is a liquid cocktail that attacks the virus more effectively by targeting two different regions on the virus,” he explains, adding that RabiVir reduces the risk of resistance to treatment. “When you expose a virus to drugs, after a while it can become tolerant to it, and the new vaccine reduces this.”Ideal for developing countries Chakauya says the liquid antidote is ideal for treating victims of dog bites, particularly in developing countries. Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of rabid animals, most often dogs. According to WHO statistics, about 95% of human rabies deaths occur in Asia and Africa. “Deaths caused by rabies are vastly underestimated, especially since developing countries often have stray dog overpopulation,” he says. “By my approximation there are about nine-million dogs in South Africa, and some researchers say there may be up to 2 000 bites per day.” Many of the victims are children. If victims aren’t treated soon after a bite, before flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and tiredness start showing, the disease is fatal. Many deaths also go unnoticed because rabies is often mistaken for cerebral malaria. Recently high profile rabies cases have helped to bring the disease into the public eye, but more awareness and better treatment solutions are needed to save lives. RabiVir is an alternative to the antibody component of existing post-exposure treatment. When someone is bitten by a rabid dog, what follows is a lengthy treatment process which first involves taking a cocktail of antibodies, followed by a vaccine. However, the problem lies with the antibody treatment as it is produced from human blood. In developing countries not enough human blood is donated to make the antibodies, and the blood that is available is prioritised for life-saving transfusions. Some countries in Africa and Asia use horse blood to manufacture antibodies, but this can cause allergic reactions. The practice of using human blood-based products is also prohibited by certain religious groups. Chakauya explains that the manufacturing process is very cumbersome, which adds to the cost of the product. “All blood donated first needs a complete viral clearance for HIV and hepatitis B,” he says.Cost effective The tobacco alternative can significantly reduce the cost of the antibody component to just R200 (US$23), and still be profitable to make. Chakauya explains the antibody dosage is determined by a person’s weight, and an average adult male would need about five doses of 2ml each, which would cost about R3 000 ($339). Then, a patient has to receive four injections of the vaccine, and each jab costs about R300 ($34). “Instead of an expensive blood-based antibody, RabiVir could replace this, and treat rabies at the same level or even better,’ he explains. All their tests so far have confirmed how well the liquid vaccine works. Locally, the product was tested on animals and found to be successful, and two international tests also confirmed these results. Chakauya says the next phase of the project involves testing the vaccine on humans. “This part of the project will be complex, but it is more risky,” he says. As this is also the first product of its kind worldwide, regulatory procedures are also more complicated. “There are examples of oral medication from plants, but not the injectable kind which makes it an entire new area to regulate,” he explains. If the vaccine is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and the WHO, it can be used in other countries too. “Many countries still use very old technologies and this is a major new approach.” Chakauya says the uses for tobacco in medicine doesn’t end with rabies, the technology can also be applied to other areas of human and animal health. He is already working on using tobacco to develop vaccines for important animal diseases such as African horse sickness; pulpy kidney, a bacterial disease affecting young sheep and goats; and blue tongue, a viral disease in cattle. There are also applications for tobacco in the treatment of HIV and diabetes. “This is good technology. It will make a huge difference to health care.” First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
India, the winners of Group B, will face Sri Lanka in the other final four match. South Africa, though, are without Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel and they deserve praise for their fortitude in performing well without the three world class players. It is doubtful any other team, if they had three players of such proven quality, would have performed as well as the Proteas have. 18 June 2013 “What makes me more happy is that I thought we played really good cricket most of the game today.” ‘It feels great’It was more a case of relief than triumph for the Proteas in Cardiff. “It feels great. We’ve been on the wrong side of these kinds of matches in the past quite a few times and I have been part of a few teams that’ve been on the wrong side,” South African captain AB de Villiers said at the post-match press conference. Up against a team that includes some of the most devastating strikers in the shorter forms of the game, including Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, De Villiers turned to fast bowler Dale Steyn, back in the team after missing their first two matches with injury, to blunt the West Indians’ big hitting. Steyn responded well and played a major role in denying the islanders victory. Amla struck 81 off 97 deliveries against Pakistan, weighed in 23 off 27 against the West Indies and 22 off 15 against India, but will no doubt be looking for more in the Proteas’ remaining matches. Colin Ingram and David Miller, who have in the past been more on the fringes of than in the team, have both so far played their part in helping South Africa reach the semi-finals. Ingram was man of the match in the win over the West Indies, with 73 off only 63 balls at the top of the innings, while Miller weighed in with 38 off 29 deliveries. His innings included three sixes. The premier fast bowler of his generationHaving Steyn back is a huge plus for the Proteas ahead of their showdown with England on Wednesday at The Oval. The cricketing world is pretty much united in its belief that he is the premier fast bowler of his generation. “He handled the pressure well and the way he gave his best for the team was very inspiring.” De Villiers has looked in excellent form, but would surely like to push on from the good results he so far produced: 68 off 72 balls against India, 31 off 31 versus Pakistan, and 37 off 26 against the West Indies. In the absence of Smith and Kallis, De Villiers has been more than happy with his team’s batting. “I don’t think our batting can get much better than it is now,” he told the media in Cardiff. ‘A lot of strength in our batting’“We know there is a lot of strength in our batting line-up and I am looking forward to seeing that come through in the next knockout games.” Established starsHowever, for South Africa to progress to the final and win the title, established stars Hashim Amla and captain De Villiers will need to shine. “He is definitely an X-factor for us,” De Villiers reckoned. “I called on him a few times today, especially the last spell into the wind and he picked up a wicket. After a string of disappointments in major tournaments over the years, cricket’s fortunes favoured the Proteas as they advanced to a semi-finals showdown with England after a wicket off of what turned out to be the last ball of the match pulled them level with the West Indians. Bottom lineThe bottom line, though, is that cricket is a team game and it will take a team effort to win. South Africa secured a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy after a tie with the West Indies on Friday in Cardiff on the Duckworth/Lewis Method. The Proteas’ better net run rate saw them finish second ahead of the islanders in Group B. In the absence of Kallis, Ryan McLaren has done a fine job as an all-rounder. His outputs include an unbeaten 71 against India and a haul of 4 for 19 against Pakistan. JP Duminy has also delivered in the all-rounder’s role, mostly by keeping the opposition’s run rate down with his off-spin bowling. Just two victories stand between the Proteas and their first major ICC trophy victory in 15 years. The last (and only) one happened in 1998 in the very first Champions Trophy. On that occasion Gary Kirsten was a member of the winning side and it would be a fitting way to see him off in his last duty as a very successful coach of the Proteas. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material