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Tottenham title pursuit goes on

first_imgLONDON (AP): Tottenham kept up their pursuit of Premier League leaders Leicester by rallying to a 2-1 victory over Swansea, thanks to two goals in eight minutes yesterday. Left back Danny Rose was the surprise match-winner for Spurs, scoring in the 77th minute after Swansea failed to clear a corner properly. Tottenham had 34 attempts on goal, prompting their manager Mauricio Pochettino to tell Spurs TV: “What more you need to do for (to) score? … This is the way that we want to play and you know sometimes football is not mathematical.” Nacer Chadli cancelled out Swansea’s opener by Alberto Paloschi in the 19th minute as the visitors paid for their defensive approach in the second half at White Hart Lane. Pochettino praised Spurs fans for lifting the team after Swansea went ahead. “This was very important for us,” Pochettino said. “‘Thank you’, our supporters. They were brilliant. And ‘thank you’, the players, because the performance and the effort was unbelievable after that Europa League game (Thursday) against Fiorentina.”last_img read more

Investigation launched into marijuana smoking at Corentyne school

first_imgThe Tagore Memorial Secondary School Board of Directors are eagerly awaiting the findings of a probe into allegations that a school teacher has been using and offering marijuana to students of the school.Tagore Memorial Secondary SchoolChairman of the Board, Charlie Amar is confident that the investigation, when completed, will reveal the truth.Senior management of the school, which is located at Number 63 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), had denied the allegations when they first surfaced a few weeks ago. However, some teachers told this publication that the teacher has been smoking in the vicinity of the school and has offered the drug to some students.Several teachers are of the view that the investigation will not reveal the truth.According to one teacher, they will be victimised if they were to say what has been taking place at Tagore Memorial Secondary School.Another said that teachers who enjoy the privilege of having time off to attend University during instructional time could lose that privilege if they were to issue a statement against the teacher in question.Regional Education Officer Volika Jaikishoon said following a meeting with the Board on Monday, a decision was taken to have the investigation launched.Amar is of the view that the investigation would be conducted fairly.Meanwhile, complaints were made to the Headteacher of the school, but no action was taken until parents called in the Department of Education.last_img read more

Strategizing to Combat the Spread of Marijuana, a Dangerous Trend for Liberian Youth

first_imgNearly every week in recent times the media have carried major stories on the seizure of marijuana somewhere in Liberia. Yesterday’s back page lead story on Daily Observer’s was no exception.  Our reporter   Alvin Worzi told the nation in that story yesterday that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had over the weekend discovered L$600,000 worth of marijuana in the ELWA Community. Even more alarming was DEA Director Anthony Souh’s declaration that supply of the contraband (illegal goods) in the country was widespread, to the extent that it was being grown on several farms around the country.  There are indications that such farms are located, for starts, right here in Montserrado, but also in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties.  This suggests that this nation is in for a long, tough, intractable battle with marijuana suppliers, if our youth are to be protected from this most dangerous scourge.  Many studies over the years have confirmed extremely harmful effects of marijuana on the brain, especially of young people.  That is why the drug has been banned for decades in the United States and many other parts of the world.A study published last Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience through the collaborative effort between Northwestern University’s Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain.Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found.”What we’re seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with,” said co-senior study author Dr. Hans Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University.In particular, the study identified changes to the nucleus accumbens and the nucleus amygdala, regions of the brain that are key to regulating emotion and motivation, in marijuana users who smoke between one and seven joints a week.The researchers found changes to the volume, shape and density of those brain regions. But more studies are needed to determine how those changes may have long-term consequences and whether they can be fixed with abstinence, Beiter said.At this low stage of Liberia’s development, when so many newer nations are far ahead of us in so many respects, and our educational system is confronted with so many rudimentary challenges, we cannot afford this further distraction that could destroy the thinking faculties and the normal function of our children’s brains.But this is a challenge not for the government alone; all educational, religious, civic and social organizations must get involved in the fight against this blight which, if not tackled immediately, could have a devastating effect on our youth and our national progress.The Ministries of Justice, Education, Health and Social Welfare, the National Drug Enforcement Agency, the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU), the National Students Christian Council   (NSCC) and other related Non-Governmental Organizations need to join forces and develop a coherent and workable strategy to combat the spread of marijuana in our country.This is an urgent challenge.    The sooner we can organize the forces to begin strategizing to arrest this scourge, the better for our nation’s future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three-star Reus targets World Cup after Dortmund leveller

first_imgHaving missed Germany’s 2014 World Cup victory with torn ankle ligaments and Euro 2016 with a groin injury, the fleet-footed Reus is even more determined to help defend the global title at Russia 2018.“I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t think about the World Cup and really want to be there,” he told Bundesliga.com before kick-off.“I won’t make a secret of the fact it’s a big goal of mine to be there. I know I’ve got a good chance, if I’m playing well.”Reus was a constant threat on Saturday and involved in the build up when striker Michy Batshuayi tapped home on 16 minutes, but Andre Schuerrle, who supplied the final pass, was offside.Leipzig took the lead when Liverpool-bound Naby Keita, back after a thigh injury, played a pass through Dortmund’s defence which Jean-Kevin Augustin tucked away on 29 minutes.Having also had an earlier goal flagged for offside, Reus made no mistake at the second attempt, sprinting onto Batshuayi’s well-timed pass and equalised seven minutes from half time.With an hour gone, Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, bungled the chance to grab the winner with the goal at his mercy.Leipzig, who picked up a point after three defeats, stay sixth.– Unbeaten Stoeger –Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger is unbeaten in his ten league games in charge.“I am happy with the 90 minutes, we are in the group fighting for Champions League places, it’ll stay that way until the end of the season, and our goal is to qualify,” said the Austrian.The result leaves Dortmund third after Schalke had earlier snatched second spot with a 1-0 home win against Hertha Berlin.Marko Pjaca, on loan from Juventus, claimed his second goal in five league games when Daniel Caligiuri whipped in a cross and Franco di Santo let the ball roll to Pjaca, who scored on 37 minutes.Schalke are 17 points behind runaway leaders Bayern, who play mid-table Freiburg on Sunday.Reports Bayern approached Freiburg boss Christian Streich last month to replace Jupp Heynckes as head coach next season have added extra spice to the game.Eintracht Frankfurt are fourth after their 1-0 win at home to mid-table Hanover as defender Danny da Costa scored their winner.Argentina striker Lucas Alario converted a first-half penalty and Julian Brandt scored with a superb chip as Bayer Leverkusen consolidated fifth place with a 2-1 win at ten-man Wolfsburg.Admir Mehmedi scored the consolation effort for Wolfsburg against his former club.The hosts finished with ten men when Brazilian left-back William was sent off for a second yellow card in added time.– Hamburg need ‘miracle’ –It finished goalless, but there was plenty of drama in Hamburg’s basement battle at home to Mainz.Hamburg winger Filip Kostic hit the woodwork and had a goal ruled off side in the first half.Mainz had Nigeria defender Leon Balogun sent off for a second yellow card when he fouled Luca Waldschmidt in the area on 61 minutes.The referee pointed to the spot, but Kostic’s weak attempt was saved by goalkeeper Florian Mueller on his Bundesliga debut.Hamburg are now seven points behind 16th-placed Mainz and on course for a first relegation in the club’s history.“Giving up is not in my nature, but we need a small miracle,” admitted Hamburg coach Bernd Hollerbach.Having been booed by his own fans last weekend, the pressure eased on Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann with a 2-0 win at Augsburg.Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric scored for the fifth match in a row before Germany winger Serge Gnabry added a superb second after the break.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco on the mark: Dortmund´s Marco Reus scored in the 1-1 draw with Leipzig on Saturday © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELBERLIN, Germany, Mar 3 – Marco Reus underlined his brilliant return from a serious knee injury by scoring in his third straight Bundesliga game on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 at RB Leipzig.After eight months sidelined having torn his cruciate knee ligament in last May’s German Cup final, Germany winger Reus now has three goals in four games.last_img read more

‘Still a long way to go’ – Leicester star plays down title chances on talkSPORT

first_imgDanny Simpson insists Leicester are taking nothing for granted as they close in on a remarkable Premier League triumph.The Foxes – relegation favourites at the start of the season – are five points clear at the top of table with nine games left to go.With struggling Crystal Palace and Newcastle  up next, they have a great chance to maintain their title charge.But Simpson says the players are not getting carried away and insists all their remaining opponents will provide tough challenges.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the full-back said: “There is still a long way to go. We are taking it game by game. “Newcastle and Palace are fighting for points, so there is no way it is going to be easy.“People will look at the table and think it is going to be be easy, but we are not seeing it like that. They are going to be tough games.”last_img read more

Phil Neville EXCLUSIVE: I want to be a manager and I could never turn down Man U

first_imgHaving spent a few years learning the ropes in a backroom role, Neville now wants to branch out and start his management career properly – although he has admitted he would never be able to turn down Manchester United if they offered him an assistant role.He added: “You could never turn down going back to Man United, but Jose’s got his own staff and there are staff already at United. I’m sure that won’t happen – and I’ve not had the call anyway!“In terms of my next step, unless it’s something really special, I think I’d like to go on my own and do my own thing.“I went out to Valencia to create my own pathway and to keep my individual learning going, and that’s where I see it really.“Rather than going back in as an assistant or a first-team coach, even though there may be opportunities to do that, in my ideal world I’d like to be on my own and continue my development on my own.”Phil Neville met England fans at The Three Lions pub in Manchester as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions’ campaign. Carlsberg will be substituting pub names and renaming them ‘The Three Lions’ across England ahead of UEFA EURO 2016™. Follow @CarlsbergUK to discover how Carlsberg will be substituting the ordinary for the extraordinary for England fans in the build-up to the tournament. 1 Phil Neville has told talkSPORT he wants to take on a managerial role, although he has admitted he could never turn down Manchester United if he was approached to be an assistant.The former Red Devils defender started his coaching career in 2013, working under David Moyes at Old Trafford, before taking up a similar role with La Liga side Valencia.The 39-year-old was promoted to assistant manager when Gary Neville was named boss, but following the ending of the season, and the confirmation that Pako Ayestaran will remain head coach next season, Neville has confirmed he will leave Valencia.Speaking at the The Three Lions pub as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions’ campaign, the ex-England international said: “They have named Pako Ayestaran as the new head coach, so I’ll be leaving Valencia.“It’s been a fantastic year, but when a new manager comes in he obviously wants to bring his own staff. As good as it’s been, I understand you need to bring your own staff in, so I think I’ll be leaving Valencia in the next week or two.“It’s been a fantastic year, and I’ve learned so much.”last_img read more

REVEALED: HSE IS PAYING €86,400 A YEAR TO RENT NOWDOC OFFICES IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe building in Letterkenny which houses the NowDoc offices.The HSE is spending €86,400 a year renting the NowDoc building in Letterkenny, auction documents have shown.Auction details of the building at Oldtown Road has revealed that the HSE has paid rent on the building for the past decade.A reduced rent of €59,000 is currently being negotiated between the HSE and the current owner. Details of the rental agreement are contained in an All-Sop auction brochure which was published last night.The NowDoc offices is one of two joint-buildings to go under the hammer as one lot at the auction in Dublin on October 22nd.The other building is the Dizzy Rascals play centre which has a rent of €15,000 each year.The current combined rent from the 14,000 sq ft warehouse is €101,400. The reserve price on the warehouse office unit has been put at between €490,000 and €540,000.The tenant information posted with the All-Sop brochure for prospective buyers says “The HSE is a public sector organisation with an annual budget of approximately €13 billion, it is also Ireland’s largest employer with approximately 67,000 employees.”There are a total of three Donegal properties for auction at the All-Sop auction.The other two include the Magnolia Restaurant in Letterkenny which has a reserve price of €30,000 and also a half acre of land in Bridgend with a reserve price of €5,000. REVEALED: HSE IS PAYING €86,400 A YEAR TO RENT NOWDOC OFFICES IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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) Tags:All SopauctiondonegalHSEletterkennyNowDocrentlast_img read more

DD BOOKS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLOTTE

first_imgToday marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë.Born in Yorkshire, Brontë’s first published and best-known novel, Jane Eyre, was an instant bestseller in 1847 and has never been out of print.This classic novel shocked its 19th-century audience with its undertone of sexual tension, destitution, madness and depiction of the harsh regime at an all-girls boarding school. But Jane Eyre is much more than a Cinderella love story.Charlotte Brontë allows her character, Jane, to go against the limitations of her time.Charlotte was the third of the six children born to clergyman, Patrick Brontë, and his wife, Maria, who died when Charlotte was five.That death was followed less than four years later by those of her two elder sisters, leaving Charlotte, her brother, Branwell, and sisters Emily and Anne living with their father at Haworth parsonage, on the edge of the Yorkshire moors.She died on March 31st 1855, aged 38, three weeks before her 39th birthday. In her engaging biography of Brontë, Claire Harman tells us of this young, progressive woman who expressed her frustration of a woman’s lot through her writing.Harman also shows what a pioneering writer Charlotte actually was in “Jane Eyre”.She describes how Charlotte had to suppress her own hopes because of Victorian society’s view of women.She challenges these conventions in Jane Eyre with its themes of gender equality, identity and passionate, sexual women.Writing for the BBC about the 200th anniversary, Harman said: “Jane Eyre ceases to be a distant Victorian classic, but a woman whose messages about equality and independence have yet to be taken on board properly.Her famous speech to Rochester, “I am no bird, and no net ensnares me”, was never meant to be just a motto on a commemorative mug. “….But there’s another kind of fire in Jane Eyre, too, of righteous anger, stringent morals and passionate advocacy. It’s the inflammatory nature of Jane’s ‘rebel slave’ outbursts against authority and rage at her own powerlessness that scandalised some of the novel’s first readers in 1847 and made them mark the book down as dangerously subversive.“In an age which claims to have solved certain issues such as equal rights and promotes ’empowerment’ through striptease, Jane Eyre reproaches our complacency about social and sexual politics on almost every page”.Harman goes on to say that Jane Eyre will never lose its power to disturb people.Claire Harman’s Charlotte Brontë: A Life is out now in paperback, published by Penguin Books. Quotes from Jane Eyre:*Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel.”* “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart.”* “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.”* “I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.”* “Reader, I married him.”Jane Eyre has been adapted in TV and big screen movies.Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are pictured in the 2011 movieDD BOOKS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLOTTE was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by John2Share 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:birthdaybooksCharlotte BrontëJane Eyrelast_img read more

Westly, Angelides vie to take on Arnold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HERE’S one big reason why Tuesday’s California primary election now commands national attention: With his job approval ratings barely topping 40 percent, every poll this spring indicates Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger might be beatable in November. He didn’t look that way in the summer of 2005, when Phil Angelides and Steve Westly, the state treasurer and controller, decided to challenge him. But suddenly this spring the Democratic nomination for governor is worth fighting for. That’s why Californians have seen almost $40 million worth of negative television ads during the last month. That’s why early eBay executive Westly put more than $30 million of his own cash into his campaign (so far), and it’s why Angelides’ mentor and former partner, Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, and his family have so far spent almost $9 million on an “independent expenditure” campaign for him. It’s also why Angelides and Westly now seem to spend all of their time bashing each other. Ask either Democrat how he’d govern differently from the other, and you get invective. “Both Westly and Arnold are incapable of keeping their word,” Angelides said in an interview before he began running last-minute ads portraying Westly and Schwarzenegger as virtual twins. “They are not guys you can count on. But what I say is what I will do. I will stand up for kids and college students against big corporations and the rich. They won’t.” Westly, in a separate interview: “Phil can’t even manage his campaign efficiently. As governor, you need to ask what’s cost-effective. I know Phil doesn’t do that, and I don’t believe Arnold does that. I am not seeing where either one of them wants to take the state.” It’s easy to say there are few differences between these Democrats: Both are multimillionaires with attractive families. Each is so green, the Sierra Club couldn’t choose between them and endorsed both. Each says he’d look out for consumers more than Schwarzenegger, clamping down on big businesses in the process. But the two differ in two big areas: Who’s paying for their campaigns and how they say they’d keep their promises. Angelides vows to “tax the rich” (including himself), promising to raise $10 billion and use the money to roll back state college and university tuition and fees that are up almost 50 percent in the last six years. Westly says Angelides “never saw a tax increase he didn’t like,” and promises to hire 100,000 new teachers, using money saved by clamping down on tax cheats and by shortening state procurement practices. “We can save up to $1 billion on the procurement process alone,” says the man who has written all state checks for most of the last four years. “We need more state tax auditors since each of them brings in four to seven times their salary.” Angelides scoffs that scores of candidates, including Schwarzenegger, have promised to cut government waste and close tax loopholes. He wonders why Westly didn’t do all that auditing as controller. Westly responds that he did as much as possible and tried to hire more auditors, “but Schwarzenegger vetoed those bills.” Then there’s campaign financing, a sensitive issue because whichever Democrat wins will surely try to use Schwarzenegger’s prolific fundraising and his relationships with big donors against him. Angelides’ ads implied this spring that Westly is trying to “buy the office,” comparing him to other wealthy Californians who have sought high office including onetime Democratic gubernatorial candidate Al “Checkbook” Checchi, the Northwest Airlines mogul who invested $40 million in an unsuccessful 1998 campaign for governor, and Michael Huffington, the Republican heir to a Texas oil fortune who spent $30 million of his own cash in an unsuccessful 1994 run for the U.S. Senate. One question voters may be answering Tuesday: Is it better to try to buy an office for yourself or to let one of your pals try to buy it for you? A later question, if Westly should win the primary: When you have plenty of money, is it better to spend your own cash, thus steering clear of special interests, or is it better to raise all the campaign donations you can and keep your money in your own pocket (the way Schwarzenegger prefers to operate)? Both Westly and Schwarzenegger possess personal fortunes estimated to top $200 million. Another question, relevant if Angelides should win on Tuesday: Is it better to let your list of donors be dominated by a single past partner and by labor unions, like Angelides, or by corporations, like Schwarzenegger? Democrats will decide a similar question in their primary, where Angelides was endorsed early by almost every significant labor union in California, as well as by Democratic Party leaders like Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, while Westly had to make do with a few desultory endorsements, like one from the National Organization for Women. Is it better to be the candidate of union bosses and party leaders or to run almost strictly on your own? If Angelides loses, meanwhile, he might have a serious gripe against the very union leaders who back him. They saw to it that he won the endorsement of the state Democratic Party convention early this spring and then promised to keep his campaign afloat financially. But unions have invested only about $3 million to help Angelides since then, seeming to hang onto their resources for the fall run against Schwarzenegger, who fought them bitterly in his special election last November. Says Art Pulaski, chief of the California Labor Federation, “Phil is ahead by 34 points among union members, and in a low-turnout election like we expect this one to be, that should put him over the top.” But is his edge within labor really enough to carry Angelides and make up for the financial advantage of Westly, who calmly says, “Whatever we need, we’ll have”? All of which makes this a more important primary than it may seem on the surface, with real policy differences between the candidates and major differences in who’s paying for what they do. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. 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Around Whittier

first_imgLA MIRADA – A man suffered a broken arm and minor injuries after falling asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and crashing into a train early Sunday morning.The man in his 30s from Cypress, who police would not identify, was driving a white Ford Probe northbound on Valley View Avenue in La Mirada around 6:55 a.m. Sunday when he fell asleep, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Angela Shepherd of the Norwalk station. The car drove through a crossing arm, smashing into an Burlington Northern freight train that was traveling eastbound parallel to Stage Road.The impact caused the vehicle to spin around, and it landed on the westbound tracks, Shepherd said. As a westbound Burlington Northern train moved toward the vehicle, onlookers yelled to the driver to get out of his car. Shepherd said the driver was able to get out of his car and move to a safe place before the freight train struck his vehicle, demolishing it.The driver suffered a broken arm and lacerations to his legs and was transported to a nearby hospital, Shepherd said. Big rig crash leads to sticky situation NORWALK – A big rig turned over early Sunday morning, spilling 28,000 pounds of bananas across the southbound Carmenita Road offramp of the southbound 5 Freeway.California Highway Patrol Officer Tariq Johnson of the agency’s Transportation Management Center said the CHP is still investigating what caused the big rig truck to turn over around 6:50 a.m. Sunday. He said the vehicle was exiting the Carmenita offramp after traveling southbound on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway when the accident occurred.The on- and off-ramps for Carmenita exit of the freeway were shut down for just shy of five hours Sunday while Caltrans cleaned up the bananas. Santa Fe Springs CHP is still investigating. Local skate park available for parties WHITTIER – The Whittier Skatepark, adjacent to the Community Center at 7630 Washington Ave., is available for private group rental packages for such activities as birthday parties. In addition to Skatepark rental, the packages could include a room at the adjacent Community Center for a party.The Skatepark is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, for drop-in use. Any use of the skatepark requires that all participants wear safety equipment – helmets, knee pads and elbow pads.For more information, call the Community Center, (562) 464-3430. S.A.F.E. program has openings WHITTIER – The Sheriff’s Whittier County Community Sub-Station, 13525 Telegraph Road, is accepting applications from senior citizens living in the Whittier county area for the Seniors and Friends Everywhere (S.A.F.E.) Program.The program helps senior citizens live safely and feel secure in their residences. Sub-station personnel will make daily (Monday-Friday) telephone calls to the resident to check on their well-being and alert proper authorities, if required.To sign up for the free service, call (562) 903-1874. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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