The unpublished image of Lionel Messi this Wednesday, after passing the tests of the Covid-19 in the Ciutat Esportiva del Barça, becomes covers this Thursday in all the Catalan sports newspapers (Mundo Deportivo, Sport, L’Esportiu) and some generalists like La Vanguardia. It is the image of the new normality of football if it wants to resume at the end of next June. Messi and the rest of his teammates will receive their tests this Thursday and from tomorrow the Barça players, who also passed a general medical examination, could start training individually.Few more news in the newspapers of Barcelona, if Newcastle could be Coutinho’s destination, or at least that’s what Barça dreams of if the American Hanry Mauriss or the Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman finally buy the Magpies.
The Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) has resolved to continue their ‘strike action’ despite assurances from Defense Minister, J. Brownie Samukai to resolve the impasse.Minister Samukai has been coordinating the affairs of the state in consultation with the office Vice President, while President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is out of the country.Despite the effort, the MCSSTA remains committed to holding onto its go-slow strike action.The secretary-general of the Association, Samuel M. Nyenuh on Wednesday, alleged among other things, that the government has downplayed the plight of teachers, particularly those under the banner of the MCSSTA.According to him, since their leadership held two separate meetings with authorities of the MCSS, and representatives from the government, no concrete steps have been taken concerning the demands put forth by the aggrieved teachers.He disclosed that all that was achieved from the meeting with Minister Samukai was an ordinary appeal for teachers to see reason to return to the classrooms, while efforts were being made at the ministries of Education and Finance to address the problem.The two entities are yet to comment.However, Mr. Nyenuh said their demands for the retroactive salaries and other benefits were some of the things that are long overdue.“The administration must adhere to our demands, and we challenge it to make any attempt to bring people from outside to administer the students’ final exams for this semester,” the MCSSTA S/G threatened.He said their leadership has resolved to receive the payments of their salaries and benefits before they return to the classrooms.“Teachers’ plights have been ignored by the government over the years, and therefore, we will not compromise anything, but to get proper redress before we return to the classrooms.”The MCSS teachers’ strike action in demand of salary and work benefits began on Monday, June 2, 2014.According to the teachers, they are taking the action due to the failure of MCSS authorities to adhere to demands they made early this year. In a three-count resolution to the MCSS authorities, the teachers want amongst other things, seven months’ retroactive salaries for over 80 newly employed teachers.The teachers were employed and tallied in the 2013/2014 Fiscal Budget. They are reported to have benefited from the February 2014 salary disbursement — seven months after they were included on the payroll.The MCSS teachers want US$50 transportation allowance for all to enhance “efficiency and effectiveness” on their jobs.The teachers complained that due to lack of buses to transport them to their respective campuses, they are compelled to board commercial vehicles—a situation which they claimed has contributed to teachers’ late arrival for classes.The Association’s president, A. Henry G. Woyea, said that on May 26 that they met in a joint session comprising faculty representative council, and executives of the aggrieved teachers on the G.W. Gibson High School campus, where a resolution was passed demanding that if their issues are not addressed by government within three days’ time, they would resort to a ‘nonstop strike action’ across the MCSS.Mr. Woyea has therefore called on all MCSS employees including janitors and other support staff to lay down their education materials, and stay away from work places until their demands are addressed.“The issue is very important and we are not going to take it for play. We are professional people who will not allow anyone to just play on us,” Mr. Woyea emphasized.When contacted, the Superintendent of MCSS, Benjamin Jacobs, confirmed the teachers’ claims, but said he has advised them not to carry out any strike action because that was untimely as the school calendar was about to come to an end for the current semester.Reacting to the three demands, Mr. Jacobs said modalities are being worked out to address the issue of retroactive salaries, but that it was a matter of a few days’ time.Regarding the US$50 transportation allowance, Mr. Jacobs said that was ‘unthinkable.’ He added that in the midst of ‘budget shortfalls and economic hardship’ the government is unable to yield to such a demand.He said, with only a month to the end of the budget year (2013/2014), he sees it impossible that the system could find about US$600,000 per month as transportation allowance.He then ruled out any possibility of MCSS providing buses to transport the employees, noting “This is a very huge task.”He argued that to provide buses for its teachers will even create more delay for them to reach on campuses, citing traffic, maintenance and timely access to the buses by all those entitled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Advertisement – The severed finger Another documented gender based hate crime against a lesbian woman who lives openly gay, marks a rise in the number of attacks against homosexuals in Liberia.In this new case, the woman, who has asked not be named, was allegedly attacked because her neighbors are reportedly not comfortable with her physical appearance and masculinity, “and they have done everything since we have been neighbors to show me how much they hate me,” she added.What started as a neighborly bicker resulted in the chewing off of one of her fingers, crippling her ability to work since the incident happened two weeks ago.“I blocked an open space between my neighbors and myself so they can stop harassing me and polluting my porch with their dog feces . The family kept removing the barrier each night and when I tried to ask them to stop, the mother came on my porch and hit me with a stick. When I tried to turn, it was at that point a woman named Ophelia Woods grabbed my left hand and chewed part of my long finger off. I took the case to the police and following investigation, she was proven wrong and placed in jail and the case is presently in court,” said the victim.For now, violence against members of the LGBT (Lesbians, gays, bisexual and transvestites) community goes unreported because of shame or being arrested for admitting that ‘I am gay, and so and so happened as a result.’ A couple of years ago, the brutal stoning and assault of a young man from the Camp Johnson Road community flared up tension but no one was arrested for the act. Today ‘Boo’ has to live with the multiple scars and missing teeth as a result of the frequent beatings he gets whenever ‘someone thinks I like them.’ Now Boo only comes out at night, dressed as a woman to keep away from the constant attempts many have made on his life.The tension of not feeling safe in the community amplified when it was reported that three young men on different occasions died as a result of gang rape, fear of going to the hospital and neglect that led to an infection that went untreated. All passed away as a result. The rumor of each death spread like wildfire, but media houses and advocacy groups kept a tight lip on them.The advocacy group LEGAL was created not long after the attempt to petition the Liberian Legislature in January 2012 to protect the rights of members of the LGBT community fell on deaf ears and received discouraging words from the then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler. He told journalists in January 2012 that his colleagues have already criticized the petition.“I am a Methodist and traditionalist. I will never support a gay bill because it is damaging to the survival of the country,” he said, and was recorded as saying that any LGBT rights bill introduced in the House “will be thrown in the Du or Montserrado River.”LEGAL came in as a safe haven for LGBTs, with one of them saying “We just want to be left alone to live our lives despite the law that stops us from performing same sex acts, but not from looking gay.”In Section 14.74 on Voluntary Sodomy, a person who engages in deviant sexual intercourse under circumstances not stated in Section 14.72 (relating to aggravated involuntary sodomy) or 14.73 (relating to involuntary sodomy) has committed a first degree misdemeanor.Section 14.79 has definitions relating to sections on sexual crimes against a person. In this sub-chapter: (a) “sexual intercourse” occurs upon penetration, however slight; ejaculation is not required; (b) “deviate sexual intercourse” means sexual contact between human beings who are not husband and wife or living together as man and wife though not legally married, consisting of contact between the penis and the anus, the mouth and the penis, or the mouth and vulva; (c) “sexual contact” means any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.So far only one man has been recorded for serving one year in jail under this act. He was released two years ago. No one has been legally punished for dressing or acting like the opposite sex, and the majority of members of the gay community feel that they are being punished for this rather then committing same sex acts.“When people see you looking like a man and you are a woman, or you like dressing like a woman and you are a man, they go crazy and decide in the heat of the moment to do all kinds of things to let you know they are not comfortable with the way you look. Just because a man looks like a woman and he comes in the same room with you, that does not mean he wants you and should not give you a reason to just jump up and start beating on this man,” added the victim who is also a member of LEGAL.Meanwhile, a month after former Speaker Alex Tyler stepped on the bill, CDC’s now vice standard bearer, Madam Jewel Howard-Taylor, tried to implement something strongly looked down on as a violation of human rights.Despite Chapter 50 of the Penal Code of Liberia specifying the penalties for violating the preceding laws, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, the former wife of former President Charles Taylor, introduced legislation that would make same sex relations a first degree felony with a maximum punishment of death. A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Clarence K. Massaquoi in early February 2012, except that the offense would be a second degree felony.In Section 50.7, on sentence to imprisonment for misdemeanor, a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor may be sentenced to imprisonment for the following terms:(a) For a misdemeanor of the first degree, to a definite term of imprisonment to be fixed by the court at no more than one year. Section 50.9 authorizes fines and restitution as to individuals. Except as otherwise expressly provided, and subject to the limitation contained in paragraph 3, an individual who has been convicted of an offense may be sentenced to pay a fine which does not exceed: For a misdemeanor of the first degree, L$1,000 (US$11.61), or double the gain realized by the defendant. Section 50.10, on imposition of fines, the ability to pay: In determining the amount and the method of payment of a fine, the court shall, insofar as practicable, proportion the fine to the burden that payment will impose in view of the financial resources of the defendant; fine alone – When any other disposition is authorized by statute, the court shall not sentence an individual to pay a fine only unless, having regard to the nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and character of the defendant, it is of the opinion that the fine alone will suffice for the protection of the public; Fine in addition to sentence of imprisonment – The court shall not sentence a defendant to pay a fine in addition to a sentence of imprisonment or probation unless: (a) The defendant has derived a pecuniary gain from the crime; or (b) The court is of the opinion that a fine is specially adapted to deterrence of the crime involved.The LGBT community feels that there is no one to turn to when hate crimes against them continue to overwhelm their freedom to love who they want, when lawmakers who are there to protect them are implementing laws that could allow them to be murdered with impunity. And as a result, more and more victims will go unaccounted for and the crimes against them unreported.It can be recalled that the presidential press secretary, Jerolinmek Mathew Piah, said in a letter to the Guardian newspaper in response to rumors that the President is willing to pass laws that will brutally put the LGBT community in a vulnerable state:“There is no law referencing homosexuality in Liberia, so she could not be defending a law on homosexuality. She is on record as saying that any law brought before her regarding homosexuality will be vetoed. This also applies to an attempt by two members of the Liberian Legislature to introduce tougher laws targeting homosexuality. It is therefore very disappointing to see you report that President Sirleaf is defending laws criminalizing homosexuality. She and her government believe the current law on sexual practices sufficiently addresses the concerns of the majority of Liberians and guarantees respect for traditional values. The reality is that the status quo in Liberia has been one of tolerance, and no one has ever been prosecuted under that law. The President also thinks that with the unprecedented freedom of speech and expression Liberia enjoys today, our budding democracy will be strong enough to accommodate new ideas and debate both their values and Liberia’s laws with openness, respect and independence.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“You don’t enter a competition not to win it,” Young said. “That’s what we will be looking to do and take each game as it comes.“The next one is against Sevilla. That’s a tough away game like Huddersfield, like Newcastle away. That’s what the stadium is like. We just have to concentrate on ourselves.”Young also spoke of striker Romelu Lukaku, whose two goals against the Terriers in the FA Cup saw United into the quarter-finals, and who has four goals from six appearances in the group stage.“When you have a striker scoring goals, it’s always important,” Young said. “His hold-up play, his all-round game was fantastic at Huddersfield, and he’s done that all throughout the season.“He’s getting goals. When you’ve got someone who can hold up the ball like he can and get in the box it’s fantastic.“And you can see the combinations between them. Alexis [Sanchez] comes inside and Rom’s seen him and picked him up as well and they’re picking each other out and they have worked well together so far.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“You don’t enter a competition not to win it,” Young said. “That’s what we will be looking to do and take each game as it comes.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla, Manchester United’s Ashley Young believes they can go on to lift the trophy this season.United travel to Spain for the first leg of the round-of-16 encounter at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán having not won the competition since 2008, or reached the final since two defeats to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The mother and sister were critically injured, and the boy, Ayman Arif, died in a hospital the next night. LAPD Detective Bill Butos said the motorists were “cutting each other off, they were jockeying for position. They were tapping on the brakes, one of the vehicles was tapping on the brakes, trying to cause the other vehicle to ram into the vehicle. They cannot point to the other individual and say, well, that person started it.” Ayon remained at the crash scene and was immediately taken into custody. Barnes later surrendered at the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division, police said. Ayon is charged with murder and vehicular manslaughter and three counts of reckless driving causing injury. Along with one count of murder and three counts of reckless driving causing injury, Barnes is charged with vehicular manslaughter and three counts of leaving the scene of an accident. All of the charges are felonies. VAN NUYS – Two men are set to be arraigned today on murder and reckless driving charges for an alleged road-rage crash in Reseda that killed a 5-year-old boy and critically injured his mother and 2-month-old sister last week. Brian Gilbert Barnes, 44, of Northridge, and Armando Gamboa Ayon, 19, of Pacoima, were driving a Nissan Maxima and a Chevrolet Camaro on Oct. 9 on West Sherman Way, between Balboa Boulevard and Louise Avenue, when they got into a dispute, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Ayon’s Maxima plowed into the rear of a parked car, knocking it into a second parked car, authorities said. A 31-year-old woman and her two children — a 5-year-old boy and a 2- month-old girl — who were between the two parked cars, were crushed, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee. The two are jailed on just over $1 million bail each.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
REDCASTLE Lady Captain, Gill Eakin, will host her first Charity Open competition on Monday next, May 9th, in aid of Cancer Research N.I. The competition has been kindly sponsored by Total Golf.A time sheet is in operation and those wishing to book times should ring the Lady Captain on 07708702350 or competition secretary on: 086-8361333Meanwhile, results from the Redcastle Cup competition staged on Monday, April 25th – 1, Una Smyth (26) 39 points; 2, Lyn McOwan (20) 38; 3, Rosie Agnew (21) 37. REDCASTLE LADIES GOLF NOTES was last modified: May 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
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The entire travel party loaded the buses and made the short drive to the home of the Pope. The group was able to head right into the grounds and avoid the massive line of tourists. The group was blessed with an excellent tour guide, Latizia, who covered the Vatican’s rich history while we toured the cultural and religious sites, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Following the tour of the Vatican, the team was able to split off on its own to enjoy an afternoon of free time in the heart of Rome. Tonight is our last night in the capital city of Italy with a meal set for this evening. In the morning, we will stop at the Coliseum before heading to Florence. Be sure to continue to follow our journey via #DogCiao, the trip central page and the Tumblr blog for a perspective from our student-athletes! #DogCiao Print Friendly Version Tuesday was another busy day for the Drake University women’s basketball team in Italy. After a solid first night of sleep after a long plane ride Sunday into Monday, the Bulldogs headed out for day two of their trip with a short drive across Rome to see one of the world’s most visited sites. Vatican City State.
St Eunans College from Letterkenny got a top prize for marketing and sponsorship.Fusion F1 of St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny have scooped a top prize at the Tech Week 2015 F1 in schools competition. Competing against 23 other schools, Fusion F1 won the award for Best Team Sponsorship and Marketing.The competition which involved racing on a 20-metre track, with model cars reaching scale speeds of up to 350km/h was hotly contested by some truly innovative designs. The F1 in Schools challenge is not all about speed, competing teams are also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, resource management, portfolio, media skills, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work.The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, and exciting way.Organised by the Irish Computer Society, Tech Week 2015 involved over 90,000 primary and post-primary pupils all over Ireland in a huge range of fun activities. It is supported by the SFI Discover programme and tech industry sponsors including Salesforce, Google, Lero and Púca.Tech Week provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology are shaping every area of life. The aim is to stimulate thinking around future opportunities for study and careers in technology, through learning in the wider areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. Jim Friars, CEO, Irish Computer Society said, “We are delighted that so many students took part in Tech Week. We hope that they learned a lot during the week, and gained confidence in their ability to make technology a part of their future.”“Tech Week is a fun festival of technology with a serious ambition. Ireland needs over 45,000 skilled new ICT professionals by 2018 to fuel the continuing growth of our economy. The current generation of children and teens are ‘digital natives’ but instead of just using technology it’s important for them to understand that it can enable and enrich their lives through their own productivity and creativity. We want young people and parents to understand the opportunity that exists and to figure out if technology is for them at an early stage. They can then choose the right subjects and make college decisions on an informed basis around all that technology has to offer.”Tech Week 2015 aimed to encourage female students in particular to explore technology. Currently less than 20% of computing students are female which is truly surprising as the tech sector is full of equal opportunities. Tech Week 2015 has created a series of videos of technology industry participants which can be accessed through www.techweek.ieDuring Tech Week, Dublin Castle was the venue for super events and finals on 29th and 30th April including the F1 in Schools finals (pupils use CAD to design and race model F1 cars), National Young Tech Entrepreneur finals, Scratch Coding Finals and a myriad of gadgets, gizmos, talks and technology.ST EUNANS IN POLE POSITION AT TECH WEEK! was last modified: May 11th, 2015 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)