Westbrook gets fine, tech for confronting Gobert

first_imgView comments Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after loosing the ball as Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale, left, Donovan Mitchell (45) and Ricky Rubio, right, defend in the first half during Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 23, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on Monday.The league made the announcement Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ricky Rubio’s play points to winning ways in NBA postseason Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came onto the court as a substitution following a stoppage with 7:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 113-96 Game 4 loss to the Jazz. He intervened in an incident between Gobert and Oklahoma City backup point guard Raymond Felton.Westbrook committed four fouls in the first half and finished with five. He had 23 points and 14 rebounds, but had just three assists and made 7 of 18 shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Thunder trail the Jazz 3-1 and host Utah on Wednesday in an elimination game. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Stars of Manila shine their way to 2nd place

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spitfire guard Chris Bitoon joined forces with Kyles Lao in an explosive finish as Manila repulsed Parañaque, 98-88, on Wednesday night to grab second place in the MPBL Datu Cup at Valenzuela Astrodome.Bitoon poured nine of his 22 points in the second half, while Lao came off the bench to finish with 14 points as the Stars rallied in the fourth period to hike their record to 11-2 in the North division.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Later, Bacoor ruined former player Mikee Reyes’ debut with Valenzuela as the Strikers overcame the Classic, 88-81.Leo de Vera delivered a breakout performance with 11 points and 17 rebounds, while Rama Morales stepped up for the struggling Gab Banal, tallying a career-best 23 points for the Strikers, who improved to 8-5 for solo third in the South division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPlaying his first game since he was traded by Bacoor for Rocky Acidre, Reyes took only one shot and ended up scoreless, but finished with 12 assists, five rebounds and three steals. The former University of the Philippines guard also missed two potential game tying free throws down the stretch.Morales got off to a blistering start, unloading 16 points in the opening half, before fouling out midway in the fourth quarter. LATEST STORIES De Vera nailed a jumper with 1:13 remaining for a four-point cushion for the Strikers, who also drew a solid performance from Samboy de Leon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Three teams target third win View commentslast_img read more

NOCAL STEPS UP EBOLA FIGHT, Provides Quarter-million US Dollars

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has stepped up its support towards efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia. The company has now contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars in cash and essential health materials since the outbreak of the virus in Liberia more than six months ago. The Public Engagement Manager of NOCAL, Mr. Jonathan Sogbie,  made the disclosure when the company presented a consignment of assorted food items and clothing to the Ebola Treatment Unit-2 at ELWA and residents of district #6 affected by Ebola. The company also presented similar items to the John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital’s Ebola Treatment Unit. The NOCAL official said the latest contributions are part of the company’s efforts to identify with Liberians during the public health emergency the country is experiencing. “We all need to join the government in eradicating this disease from Liberia,” he urged.On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of NOCAL, Mr. Sogbie praised the personal sacrifices health personnel continue to make in helping to save lives. He admonished all Liberians and others residing within the country to adhere to health tips issued by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare to help contain the virus.Mr. Sogbie gave the assurance that NOCAL will continue to support government’s efforts aimed at containing the spread of the virus.The head of the ELWA treatment Unit, Dr. Jerry Brown, welcomed the donation by NOCAL and appealed for more medication to help treat patients. He admonished Liberians to continue to support and respect health workers as they perform their duties.Dr. Brown said the fight against Ebola will only succeed if Liberians follow health safety measures and demonstrate appreciation towards health workers. He recalled an incident when a doctor working at the Emergency Treatment Unit was evicted from his residence by a landlord for fear that the doctor may infect other tenants. Such behavior, Dr. Brown, cautioned, does not help the fight against Ebola.Montserrado County Representative, Edwin M. Snowe, also commended NOCAL for supporting efforts of the District Task Force in caring for residents quarantined in their homes.The latest presentation by NOCAL brings the oil company’s total contribution towards the Ebola fight to US$291,500.Two weeks ago, NOCAL presented a check for US$ 150,000 towards the Ebola Trust Fund.  The company recently presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, worth over US $84,000. NOCAL also contributed US$27,500 to help airlift a consignment of essential medical supplies being brought into the country by Chevron-Liberia, Ltd., and its international partner, International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC).  The National Task Force has since taken delivery of the items worth more than US $240,000.Recently, NOCAL presented several materials to a local Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Feed the Future’, in its effort to tackle the Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EDUBUNTU: The Free and Open Source Software Liberian Educators and Policy Makers Should Consider…

first_imgOstensibly, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have significantly permeated our society, yet their integration in our educational system has not been achieved. The glaring disparity among students who are ICT literate and those who are not, is evidence of this. Understandably though, there are several priorities and challenges that may be responsible for the slow progress in this area. Fortunately for us, we have a few Liberians in our educational system who possess the dynamism needed to bring significant changes. However, these changes must parallel those of the global community’s. In doing so, we will effectively be eliminating one of the barriers that young Liberians graduating from high school face when they submit applications for employment; the ubiquitous, “must be computer literate” listed as a job requirement. In today’s article, I will discuss how EDUBUNTU, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), can help us integrate ICTs in schools to achieve some level of equilibrium with regard to basic ICT literacy among Liberian students.A few years ago, the lack of a proper infrastructure and capacity were the two major challenges that prevented the integration of ICTs in our schools. However, in recent years we have progressed in many ways: The Liberian Electricity Corporation has increased its reach; LIBTELCO has expanded its services, and we have several Internet Service Providers and mobile operators that are now installing modern technologies which hitherto this article, were unimaginable in Liberia. Furthermore, our foreign donors and the Government of Liberia have been contributing significantly in terms of funding. Granted that the strides achieved so far may not have extended to rural areas, at the very least we have something that gives us hope. So, why then are we dawdling to achieve a reasonable level of ICTs integration in our schools? Could it be that our education sector is still being strangulated by our “traditional and fundamental” problems?Unfortunately, I would have to answer – to the latter – in the affirmative. We are incontrovertibly, still plagued by some of the traditional and fundamental problems: students can barely read and write well; their performance on STEM (Science, Technology, Environment Education or Engineering, and Math) subjects is poor, if not horrible; teachers are not properly trained with many of them oblivious to ICTs; the practice of accepting money and sex from students for grades (as has been reported in the local dailies) lingers; just to name a few. What are our solutions then?I believe that a paradigm shift is particularly what we need; one that involves an assertive and ubiquitous use of ICTs to eradicate some of the problems in our educational system. This paradigm shift will involve the use of computer-based testing to prevent students from cheating on tests, and instructors from gaining leverage to extort money and sex from students for grades. This paradigm shift will provide instructors the means of determining whether their students did honest work, or simply copied their work off the Internet. Most importantly, this paradigm shift will allow instructors to garner skills from their contemporaries in the global spectrum through collaboration via distance learning, social networking, and other professional development initiatives. With such a paradigm shift, we will be preparing today’s student for a digital Liberia. To achieve this, we must be creative and innovative and therefore, explore all options. It is in this light that I am asking Liberian educators and policy makers to explore EDUBUNTU, the Open Source community’s contribution to education.EDUBUNTU is the solution to the quintessential African educational problem; the lack of educational resources. It is an operating system designed with education in mind. It is based on UBUNTU- an operating system that uses the Linux Kernel- and is freely available to the public. It is designed for educators and school personnel to use in a networked environment and for home users to use on a standalone bases to educate the younger ones. The word UBUNTU mentioned above comes from the Zulu and Xhosa languages in South Africa. It refers to an ethical ideology that focuses on peoples’ allegiances and relations with each other. It is pronounced OO-Boon-Too. EDUBUNTU includes several educational applications including Kalzium for science, Tuxmath, Tux Typing, GCompris for kids between 2-10, Parley for vocabulary, Libre Office (a full office suite), and hundreds of other educational software that can be added. For example, SchoolTool, which is a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) that can be used for administrative purposes. On their website, EDUBUNTU has a server (weblive-appserv01) that allows users to try the software without having to install it. You should consider trying it!Globally, Free and Open Source Software solutions such as EDUBUNTU have been accepted; now is the time we integrate them into our society as well. UNESCO’s education portal has a section on Free Open Source Software (FOSS), which provides a categorized list of hundreds of such software. The portal is located at: http://www.unesco-ci.org/cgi-bin/portals/foss/page.cgi?g=index.html;d=1  and it contains a variety of resources related to the use of Free and Open Source Software in education.To achieve the goal of ICT integration in education in Liberia we must first set up a national ICT integration initiative that subsumes several things including: improving the competence of teachers through the provision of ICT training; improving the learning process by enhancing the quality of teaching materials and strengthening the curriculum; and improving the efficiency in management and administration in order to focus more time on providing improved education services to students. We can certainly enliven the educational process by incorporating new ideas and methods.Let us ensure the issue of ICTs in education is not simply a matter of words penned on policy papers instead of a full implementation that will yield tangible results; results that will enable us to meet the challenges and changes of the 21st century. To do this, we need an “all hands on deck” approach and the willingness of our leaders to “think outside of the box.” I am therefore calling on all ICT professionals in Liberia and yonder to work with the Government of Liberia and its partners to contribute in some way toward the formulation of policies and the implementation of strategies. The time has come for us to help provide strategies that offer empirical and practical experience of how ICTs can be applied in an educational context and to delineate the value of ICT in helping to achieve educational objectives.Over the years, through my writings, I have trumpeted loudly the impact of Open Source Software in economic development. A few decades ago, Open Source Software was started with purely idealistic leanings, but it gradually evolved and embraced practicable business models that are now having a profound impact on all industries. Our need for solutions to challenges and problems can be met through new innovations in Open Source Software architectures, and this is why I am optimistic that incorporating EDUBUNTU in our educational system will bring results of gargantuan proportions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Duncan Wilson to defend welterweight championship in Fivestar Fight League 14 main event

first_imgThe main event of Fivestar Fight League 14 on Friday at the Fort St. John Curling Club will pit welterweight champion Duncan Wilson against Aaron Shmyr. Wilson enters the bout with a record of 6-4, while Shmyr out of Rossburn, Manitoba has a mark of 5-4.Wilson admitted that he doesn’t know much about Shmyr but that hasn’t had an impact on his training, or his mindset leading up to the main event.“I don’t know anything about Aaron Shmyr. I’ve just been focusing on my camp and getting myself ready in all aspects. He has kind of a boxing and wrestling background. He’s a strong guy, so he’s going to try and lay it out there. I like to fight like that too so it should be an exciting fight.”- Advertisement -Things are a bit different for Wilson this time around compared to the last time he stepped into the cage in front of home town fans. Entering as the champion this time however, as oppose to feeling pressure to win the title as the challenger hasn’t affected the way he views the fight.“I treat every fight and every opponent like it’s the biggest one. I treat Aaron Shmyr like he’s 15-0 and this fight could get me into the UFC. Even though that’s not the case I treat every fight seriously. This one is the most important one to date and the next one will be more important than that.”As mentioned Fivestar Fight League 14 will be held at the Fort St. John Curling Club on Friday night. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by prelims at 6:30, and the main card at 7:30.Advertisement For ticket information you can contact Fivestar at 250-785-2736.last_img read more

Flyers win close game against Athletics

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers had a close game as they hosted the Grande Prairie Athletics on Friday night.At 4:13 into the game, Rick Cleaver shot one on the A’s with a feed from Joey Massingham and Reid Campbell making the score 1-0.Then with just shy of two minutes following the Flyers goal, Grande Prairie scored making it tied at one apiece.- Advertisement -Time would pass until another goal was scored as the Flyers battled for control of the puck.Eventually, at 3:45 left in the period, Rick Cleaver would make his second goal of the night on a power play with a double assist from Brandon Pfeil and Rylan Syderoff making the score 2-1.But then with 31 seconds following that goal, the Athletics would tie the score once again, making it 2-2.Advertisement But this closeness would not last as at 7:24 into the frame Tanner LaSaan put one into the net with an assist from Sam Brennan strengthening their lead 5-3.Then with 3:26 left in the game, the A’s made a goal putting them one point behind the Flyers.The Flyers won this game 5-4 over the Athletics.Flyers Head Coach, Andrew Leriger, says his team had to play hard when playing against Grande Prairie, an organization that currently sits at number one in the league.“Grande Prairie is a great team, they’re the number one team in the league right now, so we just had to play hard and when you play hard the way we did tonight you get banged up a little bit. We took a couple of injuries tonight, so hopefully, the guys will be good to go tomorrow, but we’ll see.”Advertisement In the second period, some penalties were handed out to both teams for a series of infractions.Then with 9:02 left in the frame, Kelly Loudoun broke the tie by scoring on the A’s with an assist by Tanner LaSaan.At 5:30 left in the period, the scoring would continue for the Flyers as Joey Massingham put one in the net with a feed from Rick Cleaver and Kelly Loudoun. This goal would make the score 4-2.In period three, the Athletics started to make some ground on the Flyers as they scored a goal at 4:58 into the period, making the score 4-3.Advertisementcenter_img As for the next game, scheduled against the Falher Pirates, Leriger expects to see more of the same in play and in the strength that the team had brought to the game.The Flyers will be facing the Falher Pirates tonight (Saturday) with another home game at the North Peace Arena with puck drop at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

We will face hostile crowd in Tunis- Shakava

first_img“It was very tough and what I have told the players is that we have to be mentally prepared for a tough game on and off the pitch,” Shakava noted.He added; “The have very hostile fans who light up flares the entire game and support the team with so much noise from the first to last minute. It is a huge stadium and can sometimes fill up to its 70,000 capacity,” the defender said.Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I have told the players that we should calm our nerves because most of us are not used to playing in front of such a crowd. It is a big game and we should rise to the occasion as big players.”Though he knows it will not be a walk in the park, Shakava however, does not expect a big thrashing like they had four years back and in fact says they have the ability to match the Tunisians and can pull off a surprising result in Rades.“Football changes a lot and I believe we have a stronger squad with experienced players compared to 2014. As players we have matured, we know what is needed in such a big game anbd we are going there to battle. It will be 11 versus 11 on the pitch,” the defender noted.“We have to ensure we keep a clean sheet. We played very well in the first leg and only got unlucky with chances to score. We expect them to come very strong in the first 15 minutes but if we can be able to contain them, that will be good for us,” adds the skipper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava defending well against Esperance defender. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15- Having been part of the team that lost 5-0 against Esperance in 2014, Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava has warned his team-mates to be prepared for a hostile crowd at the Stade Olympique de Radès when they face the Tunisians on Sunday.Shakava, who was just in his second year at Gor Mahia then, scored one of the two goals at home in the 3-2 loss, but partnering David Owino (now with Zesco in Zambia) in defence for the return tie, they endured a torrid evening.last_img read more


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Leaving Cert maths failures ‘alarming’ – Director of Principals Association

first_imgThe director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), Clive Byrne, has today offered his congratulations to Leaving Certificate students receiving their exam results today.Mr Byrne said the number of students that failed their Leaving Cert Maths was concerning, this follows figures this morning showed that almost 4,000 students failed their subject.Commenting, Mr Byrne said: “On behalf of all Irish principals, deputy principals and the NAPD, I’d like to offer my congratulations to everyone receiving their Leaving Certificate results today. It is great to see 31pc of students take higher level Maths, however, it is alarming to see that more than 3,700 students in total failed their Maths paper. “I also need to highlight that the number of students taking higher-level subjects has reached a new record, a result of the change in the grading system introduced last year. It is now important that everyone in the education system looks at measures to help all students reach their maximum potential and eliminate the failure figures we see for maths every year.”“The Leaving Certificate is an important milestone in every Irish student’s life, and today is the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifices. Hopefully, for many today, those sacrifices have paid off and their chosen path to further education or career has opened up to them.“Passing your Leaving Certificate provides an extremely good foundation for further personal and professional development. Even if you haven’t received the results or points you hoped for, there are many other pathways to third level and a successful career. What matters now is that you continue to apply yourself to whatever it is that you do in life and constantly strive to hone your skills and talents.”“As students absorb their results today, there will be some students and parents who may have questions about the results, particularly what they mean for the allocation of college places on Monday next. The NAPD would advise such students and parents to speak with their teacher or school principal today in the first instance. There is also helpful advice on the State Examinations Commission website at www.examinations.ie or they can call the National Parents Council dedicated exam helpline on 1800 265 165.” Leaving Cert maths failures ‘alarming’ – Director of Principals Association was last modified: August 15th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:educationLeaving Cert Resultsnewslast_img read more

Open Africa Initiative shines at Davos 2018

first_imgThe Open Africa Initiative, a programme aimed at advancing the concept of intra-Africa economic and cultural integration – while boosting the continent’s young entrepreneurs – had a strong presence at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The Open Africa Initiative, which was founded by the Africa50 Global Shapers in May 2017, is making strides in its quest to advocate a better future for young Africans through increased intra-Africa trade. (Image: Open Africa Initiative)The programme, which was founded by Africa50 Global Shapers in 2017, sent four representatives to Davos to participate in panel discussions on African economic integration and the benefits it would bring to Africa’s up and coming entrepreneurs.Open Africa representatives included Ghanaian social entrepreneur Foster Akugri, the youngest participant in this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) at the age of 23; Tanzanian edutainment entrepreneur Doreen Kessy; software developer Tinashe Mashungu from Zimbabwe; and South African water engineering prodigy Shamiso Kumbirai.More than 20 African countries have lent their support to Open Africa, which has a presence in 30 African cities. It engages with several trade bodies, as well as the African Union’s Continental Free Trade Area team and Agenda 2063.Participation at Davos this year was the culmination of a grassroots project that started in September 2017. An Open Africa bus journey taken by some of the continent’s best business minds travelled to 12 Africa countries, to research the economic trends of the continent and attempt to address challenges of cross-border trade, particularly for small goods traders and young entrepreneurs.The Davos participants shared insights from the journey, particularly on key impediments to the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area. A key objective was to advocate for African governments to adopt the free trade area and to create an African business collaboration platform.Traditionally, the WEF gathering, which features business, political and cultural participants from around the world, aims to develop a shared global narrative to improve the state of the world. This year was no different, and the programme, initiatives and projects of the meeting were focused on creating a “shared future in a fractured world”.Open Africa used the WEF platform to give a voice to African business and to shape the future of Africa by joining the global effort in co-design, co-create and collaborate.Source: Open Africa Initiative  Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more