first_imgMr. Editor:Please permit me a space in your most prestigious and informative medium to express my pain as regards the common place of drugs in our society.Liberia, a country decimated by a prolonged diabolical, devastating and senseless civil uprising that claimed the lives of nearly three hundred thousand persons cannot afford to fight another round of war — drugs — war amid the huge presence of security forces, including personnel of UNMIL, who are armed to their teeth.One may even be tempted to say why security officers should be paid by central government amid the continued proliferation of all kinds of illegal drugs in the country, which are seriously poising threat to national security and to our younger generation.Ghettos are erected in residential communities in the city to the annoyance of residents, but dare to speak the matter for the fear of their lives or be placed on these drugs’ users’ ‘black-list.’Thus, I write to challenge the required authority to go beyond seizing, burning these drugs at the various points of entries to look beyond where they are coming from and why and by what means.This is worrisome, and must be stopped to safeguard national security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — As Dee Ford revealed his medical history and listed one injury after the other, it didn’t paint a sunny forecast for the 49ers pass rusher who arrived at a high price this offseason.Listening closer to his words and tone, however, and there’s evidence why Ford could downplay his string of injuries.His production, after all, speaks quite well for his resiliency and pain threshold.The 49ers’ bye week comes at an opportune time for Ford to rest and further rehabilitate his left …last_img read more

first_imgToday marks the centennial day of Nelson Mandela and a day widely known as Mandela Day –  which calls on us all, to make the world a better place for all whilst celebrating Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change. Brand South Africa took to Alexandra(Alex)township to Mandela’s first home, in support of Gift of the Givers and Cake Masters to hand out food parcels, hot meals, wheelchairs and participate in a tour at the Heritage Site. The elders of Alex opened up the event in song and prayer, a way of showing gratitude and a reminder that all is well as the song sung Hayo mathata, Modimo ali teng (There are no problems, when God is present) reflected the mood for the day.  This was followed by the unveiling of an 8-meter-long cake baked by Cake Masters that captured milestones of Mandela’s life. “We wanted to encourage the community of Alex to stand up and make a difference, to be reminded of Mandela’s history and journey. That Alex was once home to Mandela and we must be proud”, said Mr Doctor Mokwena, founder of Cake Masters.Cake Masters is a company run and owned by two young men from Alex, they approached Gift of the Givers to propose the idea of baking a cake for Mandela Day and share it with the people of Alex. This was best fitting as every year Gift of the Givers spends Mandela day with the community of Alex. “Gift of the Givers has been at this house for the past 8 years on Mandela Day we’ve been feeding over 300 people in Alex, said founder of Gift of the Givers, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Dr Sooliman further adds, that “we are here today to highlight the skills of the people of Alex, we believe there are great opportunities for this place and when we were approached by the two gentlemen it created a catalyst to create something special”. The elders were entertained throughout the day and given food and a slice of the Mandela cake and parcels to take home. “I love Alex because this community has great potential for positive change and I think it is important that we celebrate Mandela Day by taking care of each other and working to see the change we want Alex”, said Gogo Mangi Follow the link to see the video of Mandela Day in Alexhttps://youtu.be/WEg2E1cQHI8Join the conversation:Facebook: PlayYourPart Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgGSA had made specific recommendationsThe new rule has a long and complicated history.DOE was required in a law passed in 2007 to identify a green certification system for rating federal buildings. The study fell to the GSA, which in 2008 said that LEED-Silver would meet legal tests. In 2011, DOE asked for comment on whether other green rating systems also would meet requirements of the law, and last year the GSA administrator recommended that federal agencies use either the 2009 LEED standard or the 2010 Green Globes program.If agencies choose LEED, they should get at least a Silver rating; if they use Green Globes, the GSA said they should be certified at the “two globes” level or better.In the most recent rule, the DOE “encourages” federal agencies to consider GSA’s 2013 recommendations on rating systems even if using one is optional.And that, writes Shari Shapiro at the Green Building Law blog, probably means LEED will be the favored system. “Sounds a lot like LEED to me,” she said of the DOE’s updated criteria, “so unless something else comes into the marketplace, Federal buildings are likely to use the LEED standard.”Shapiro found it interesting that GSA requires its own buildings to be certified to the LEED Gold standard.“Since the Final Rule does not have a recommended rating system, and most agencies are unlikely to parse whether a particular rating system other than LEED complies with these characteristics, the GSA’s recommendations are likely to become the Federal default,” she wrote. The U.S. Department of Energy won’t be directing federal agencies to use any particular green-building rating system when they design new buildings and plan major renovations. But whatever system they choose will have to meet certain criteria.Rather than choose the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED system or the competing Green Globes program — both of which have been found to be acceptable by the General Services Administration (GSA) — the rule leaves the choice to agency planners.“DOE is not approving by this rule any specific green building rating systems for use in new Federal buildings and major renovations,” the rule says. “Instead, DOE is specifying in regulation criteria for determining acceptable green building rating systems to allow agencies flexibility in choosing a rating system, including the possibility of using new or improved rating systems that are not currently available or known.“In this way, DOE is allowing Federal agencies to use the system most appropriate for their buildings.”New and substantially renovated federal buildings must meet certain energy standards, but the agencies planning them are not required to use a rating system such as LEED or Green Globes. But should agencies choose to use a rating system, it must meet these conditions:Auditors must be able to verify the criteria of the rating system independently.The certifying organization must be able to collect and use public comment.The standard should be developed with a consensus-based process.The rating system should be recognized in the industry.And it should include a provision for assessing the building’s energy and water conservation after it’s occupied.The final rule, issued by the department on October 14, goes into effect on November 13.last_img read more

first_imgAntetokounmpo still rushes out of Bucks dugout after bad games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes And it was there where the 2004 Most Valuable Player gave advice to the 2017 Most Improved Player.“He always told me that whatever you do, it’s all about the mentality and that was good advice,” said Antetokounmpo.And though Antetokounmpo faced Garnett in the twilight of the legend’s career, the Greek Freak said he still experienced the verbal competitiveness of the Big Ticket. The two played against each other five times from 2013 until Garnett’s retirement year in 2016.“He didn’t talk trash to me but he was talking trash in general,” said Antetokoumpo.ADVERTISEMENT And back in December Garnett gave Antetokoumpo a bit of advice on how to achieve icon status.“He gave me some few words, he told me it’s all about the mentality,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability Sunday at Fairmont Makati for his charity event with King Bally Entertainment Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The way you approach the game, the way you see the game, it’s all about mentality. If you have the killer instinct, and you think you’re the best at what you’re doing, and you’re going to do it, you will be good.” Garnett, who’s now retired after almost two decades in the NBA, joined the Bucks in practice in December. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RELATED VIDEO View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and future Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett have distinct similarities both in appearance and accolades.Both are listed at 6-foot-11, though they sometimes look an inch or two taller than their height, and the two have led their respective teams in all five major statistical categories for one season.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’944 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

first_imgDistrict Attorney Jerry D. Jones at his desk discussing the dropped charges of Alabama football players.KNOE.comAlabama football got huge news this afternoon, when Monroe, La. district attorney Jerry Jones announced that he has dropped the drug and gun charges against Cam Robinson, one of the nation’s best tackles, and reserve safety Hootie Jones. KNOE News has more from Jones, including a very interesting quote regarding this decision.Jones says, “I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”In the station’s video report on the story, reporter Nicholas Picht says that the DA could not prove who, between Robinson, Jones, and two other men arrested with them, was in possession of the marijuana or the gun, and cited a 2001 case that necessitates a connection between the two offenses.We’ll continue to update this story as more is released.[KNOE]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

first_imgFormer Arsenal’s midfielder Jack Wilshere left Arsenal to Chelsea a few days ago and his former boss Unai Emery has revealed why   Wilshere ended his 17-year stay at Arsenal.After Wilshere moved to West Ham, he revealed his thoughts in an emotional message to fans on social media while admitting that Emery had made it clear he won’t have him in his plans for next season.However, Emery on his own revealed how the England international star departed, describing it as a ‘tactical and technical decision’.“The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation,” said Emery via Football London.“I explained to him my opinion and how I want to create the team and that I’m not sure he would play in the 11 players.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“And also he explained to me that the decision was not easy for him but he wanted to choose the best option for him.“I know this player is important for the supporters and he grew up here in Arsenal, but I don’t give him one spot in the eleven who start.“So for that, he chooses to leave and I respect this.”When asked if Wilshere’s past injury record had played a part in his thinking, Emery added simply: “It was a tactical, technical decision.”last_img read more

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly considering whether or not to recall young goalkeeper Aro MuricThe 19-year-old is currently on loan at Dutch side NAC Breda in order to gain some valuable first-team experience.But City are now short of goalkeeping options having lost Claudio Bravo to a ruptured Achilles tendon and selling Joe Hart to Burnley earlier this month.This means that the Premier League champions only have the untested Daniel Grimshaw as a backup option, should anything happen to regular number one Ederson.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Now the Telegraph reports that City are considering bringing back Muric to the Etihad Stadium.The Montenegro Under-21 international made his senior debut for Breda last weekend and managed to keep a clean sheet in the club’s 3-0 win over De Graafschap in the Eredivisie.Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen has also been linked through an emergency loan deal, despite the English transfer window now being shut.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal forward Danny Welbeck will reportedly join teammate Aaron Ramsey in leaving the club as a free agent in the summerThe England international’s existing contract with Arsenal will expire at the end of the season, much like Ramsey’s own predicament.Welbeck has been on a good run of form lately and expressed his hope that manager Unai Emery will hand him more opportunities to play.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But now the Daily Mirror claims that talks between Welbeck’s representatives and Arsenal are nowhere near close to completion and now he seems set to leave the Emirates Stadium next summer.The 27-year-old will be free to sign with a foreign club in January and previously attracted the interest of Turkish giants Galatasaray in August.Welbeck has scored four goals in seven appearances for Arsenal this season, but is yet to start a single game in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_imgYoutube screengrabThe IIT-JEE has always been a source of nightmare for a majority of Indian students studying in classes 11 and 12. The intimidation they face as well as the pressure makes the teenagers want to run the other way.Clearing the JEE is the first step to get into the Indian Institute of Technology, which the most prestigious university in India.Surprisingly, Australian professors who took a look at the JEE question papers also called the questions “tricky and intimidating”.A video of Australian professors reacting to the questions went viral on social media, with the professors talking about how intimidating the questions were and that the test was literally a race against time. Six Australian professors, including two of Indian origin, were interviewed for the video, posted by a YouTuber, ‘Tibees’.In the video, a Chemistry professor, Dr James Hutchison, said that he will be surprised if a school going student will not find the questions intimidating since he found them slightly so. “I’d probably, you know, leave the exam room crying if I was in year 12 and I had to do this. Yeah, good luck, good luck,” he said.He added that the topics discussed in the examination are usually taught at the university level.Professor Barry Hughes, a mathematician, pointed out how answering the questions was a race against time. He also spoke about access to training for these types of examinations.”We all know that in any educational system if you go to a good school, well resourced, with the best teachers and so on like that, you expect a better outcome… But with these race-against-the-clock-style examinations, there’s a trade-off between the student’s ability in the subject, natural intelligence, and their having been trained to deal with examinations of this type,” he said. Other professors interviewed in the video said that most of the questions here depend on memorizing facts instead of applying concepts. They added that passing the test doesn’t necessarily mean they will turn out to be good engineers.last_img read more