Call me a snob – an intellectual snob, if you please- but there’s nothing I enjoy better than hearing a young person, be it student, athlete, or otherwise speaking in what in my day was called “The Queen’s English.” I had the pleasure of speaking in an interview to national 400m champion Javon Francis recently, and while there were phrases in which he used the vernacular, for the most part, he spoke in complete sentences, using the English language. It was evident that this was a young man who wished to represent himself well, and the way to do that, for him, was to speak in standard English. Admittedly there are some things that are just easier to say in patois, and I use it often. However, it is grating to the ears to listen to some of our young students speak, and it is clear that they speak that way, not because they find it easier to express themselves in patois, but because they can do no better. And I’m not talking about speaking with a faux-accent either. Children as young as three and four, at a time when language is just being formed and it is imperative to speak to them in grammatical sentences, churning out words which I don’t even use in my living room. Is it then any wonder that when we hear them as 14, 15, or 16-year-olds doing interviews with the media that they can barely conduct themselves? The formative years when they should have been getting the practice needed by holding developmentally-appropriate conversations with their parents and other caregivers, their speech was being totally neglected. I have had this discussion many times with friends of mine. It’s just not something you would hear from say an American athlete at the same age. I spoke with World Youth 100m and 200m champion, Candace Hill, in Cali, Colombia last year, and although she was only 17, the young lady was able to express herself perfectly. She was leaps and bounds ahead of many of her Jamaican counterparts. I know many of us came from a generation when “children should be seen and not heard”, and self-expression is a practical skill. It is through the holding of conversations that one learns to converse. Some would say reading is important because it helps also to build a vocabulary, but I’ve heard many an adult use words which it was clear they had only ever encountered on a page.
A view of the internal road modernization of the Free Port of Monrovia.-Dedicates internal road and modernization project at the NPAPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that development in every country requires time and cannot happen overnight, as she dedicated the internal road and modernization project at the National Port Authority (NPA).The project includes the construction of rigid pavements, drainages, sidewalks, streetlights (some as high as 60 meters) as well as parking lots outside the concession area of the Dutch company, APM Terminals, which has a 25-year concession agreement with the National Port Authority (NPA) to manage the Freeport of Monrovia.President Sirleaf, who spoke at the dedication ceremony on Friday, told citizens that development takes a long time, commitment and dedication, “and takes hard work. It doesn’t happen in any other way.”“We have come a long way, and every endeavor which we have undertaken; there are challenges not doubt, but my 12-year in power has developed our country amidst huge international donor assistance.“And the only ones to develop a nation are the citizens of the country themselves. Unless they take responsibility, primary responsibility the country will never achieve its development goals,” she added.Reflecting on her ascendancy to the presidency in 2006, President Sirleaf said that the country was undeveloped in all aspects something that allowed her administration to involve the private sector to accelerate the transformation of the country, including the APM Terminals.She said the government is also encouraging other private investors and partners to take over some functions of the government, such as petroleum, as in Conex.President Sirleaf, however, extolled APM Terminals and Conex for their rapid involvement in developing the Free Port of Monrovia that will allow it to efficiently contribute to the country’s economy.She maintained that the Free Port has improved since the intervention of APM Terminals, which has enabled the NPA management to provide batter services in the direction of to the country’s development drive.Sirleaf, who has barely a month to handover to the next elected government, urged Liberians to know these things, and blamed local radio stations for not giving much airtime to development issues.The just dedicated and completed Freeport Modernization project is the latest in a series of projects President Sirleaf has been dedicating in the past few months as her tenure runs out.Hailing the National Port Authority—“Talk less, do more”– President Sirleaf wished that “all Liberians will take it to heart.”(L-r) APM Terminals MD, George Adjei, President Sirleaf and NPA Managing Director David F. Williams.The internal road pavement, something that has not been done in the past 30 years, is expected to address the long-running issue of flooding within the Free Port of Monrovia during Liberia’s rainy season, according to port authorities.NPA Managing Director David Williams said that the cost of the project has come from the corporation’s coffers, without taking any loans.He said achieving the project came as a result of dedication, and commitment to the infrastructure development of the country.Williams said the project will enhance the operations of the port as it serves as a gateway to the country’s economy.He disclosed that the Free Port of Monrovia is now providing 24-hour service instead of the previous 12 hours of operations, adding that the second seaport of Buchanan, which is some 88 miles from Monrovia, is now operating on a 24-hour basis as well.The NPA boss also disclosed that under his two-year administration at National Port Authority, the Free Port of Monrovia – including Grand Bassa, Sinoe and Maryland – is better of than it used to be, emphasizing that such an achievement was done through the collective effort of the management team.He further narrated that the improvement of the Free Port of Monrovia will reduce cost making business with the NPA.The Free Port of Monrovia Modernization project is part of the Sirleaf administration’s development blueprint code-named, “The Agenda for Transformation” under the seaport sector.Few years ago, the NPA entered into a concession agreement with APM Terminals, which has in recent times constructed a 600-meter quay at the port, which is said to have a 50-year warranty.The quay project is said to cost US$50 million, and is in line with the Concession Agreement signed by the Liberian government.The Terminal Modernization project is also said to have cost US$34.5 million.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SAN FRANCISCO – Calling two 100-pound plus dogs that fatally mauled a San Francisco woman in 2001 “predatory killing machines,” a prosecutor Tuesday asked the California Supreme Court to uphold a second-degree murder conviction against a lawyer who owned the dogs. “The defendants were fully on notice they had wild, uncontrollable dogs who were virtually certain to attack,” said Amy Haddix, a deputy state attorney general who argued that a judge erred in reducing Marjorie Knoller’s conviction to manslaughter. Knoller’s lawyer, Dennis Riordan, disagreed, saying his client had to know the Presa Canarios, Bane and Hera, were more than just dangerous – she had to know they were going to kill someone. In reviewing Knoller’s murder conviction, the high court’s seven justices were asked to more clearly define the concept of implied malice. Is it enough to consciously disregard someone’s safety? Or must a defendant know an action is likely to cause death? The fatal attack took place in the hallway of a Pacific Heights apartment building where Knoller and her husband lived down the hall from Diane Whipple, 33, a college lacrosse coach. Whipple was returning to her apartment Jan. 26, 2001, with groceries when the pair of muscular hounds pulled their owner down the hallway to attack her. They tore her clothes off and left her bleeding to death. The case quickly became national news because of the viciousness of the attack and the seemingly cavalier attitudes of Knoller and her law partner and husband, Robert Noel, who blamed Whipple for the incident. They also said they were keeping the canines on behalf of a white supremacist accused of running an attack dog ring from his state prison cell. The couple eventually adopted the prisoner, Paul “Cornfed” Schneider, as their son. A jury convicted Knoller of second-degree murder and Noel of manslaughter, but a judge quickly overturned Knoller’s verdict, saying she didn’t realize her actions were likely to cause Whipple’s death. But the 1st District Court of Appeal disagreed and reinstated the conviction. Knoller appealed that decision, sending the case to the high court. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Agredano addressed his legal issues at the March 15 school board meeting. In addition to thanking district staff and parents, he stated: “I am innocent and that I will be found innocent of all charges against me. “Throughout all this ordeal I have never stopped working diligently for our students, staff, teachers and parents of our district.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 BELLFLOWER – Felipe Agredano, president of the Garvey School District, will return to court April 16 after his arraignment was continued from Tuesday in Bellflower courthouse, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Agredano is facing three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and committing a hit-and-run. Agredano, 37, was arrested Jan. 20 in Lakewood and released after posting $5,000 bail. He was elected to the board in 2005 and named president in December. Board members of the 6,000-student district threw their support behind Agredano and said that judgment should be reserved until the case his heard. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It was a major embarrassment for Argentina and raises questions about their ability to claim football’s biggest prize for the first time since 1986.As Diego Maradona looked on at Moscow’s Spartak stadium, Messi also failed to respond to his rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick for Portugal against Spain a day earlier.Messi is yet to win a major international tournament and time is running out with his 31st birthday looming.While the result was not on the scale of that Iceland produced to eliminate England from Euro 2016, it was a major boost for the tiny nation, who retain hopes of advancing from a group that also includes Nigeria and Croatia.The island nation of 330,000 is the smallest country to ever qualify for the finals but emphatically showed they can mix it with the heavyweights.Lionel MessiIn front of a raucous crowd at the 45,000-capacity venue, Iceland launched into some early physical challenges and rattled Argentina.They hit on the counter and gave Argentina a scare when Bjorn Sigurdarson pounced on a loose ball only to rifle his shot just wide of the post.Aguero settled Argentine nerves in the 19th minute when he latched onto Marcos Rojo’s pass in the box, turned and hammered home with his left foot.True to form, Iceland fought back and Finnbogason netted the equaliser four minutes later, pouncing when Argentine keeper Wilfredo Caballero parried away Gylfi Sigurdsson’s shot for a classic poacher’s goal.Argentina continued to press but Messi was subdued in the face of muscular Icelandic defence and the teams went into the break on even terms.Messi looked furious as he led his team out for the second half but the Argentines still struggled to dominate.They appeared to have secured a breakthrough when Polish referee Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot after Rurik Gislason brought Maximiliano Meza down in the 63rd minute.Messi stepped up for the kick but Hannes Halldorsson guessed correctly and palmed away the Argentine skipper’s side-footed effort.His free-kick in the final moments of the game was deflected off the Iceland wall and the Barcelona talisman trudged off the pitch dejected.Argentina must regroup before facing Croatia on Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, while Iceland face Nigeria in Volgograd on June 22.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after his penalty was saved during the match against Iceland in Moscow© AFP Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russia, June 16 – Argentina were held to a draw by World Cup debutants Iceland Saturday, with Lionel Messi blowing a gilt-edged opportunity for victory when he missed a penalty.Sergio Aguero scored an eye-catching opener for the two-time world champions in the 19th minute but it was almost immediately cancelled out by Alfred Finnbogason, whose team then held on in the face of immense pressure.
Arsenal fell agonisingly short of producing a ‘miracle in Monaco’ as goals from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey were not enough to prevent the Gunners from crashing out of the Champions League.Monaco were second best at the Stade Louis II but their 3-1 first leg victory at the Emirates Stadium was enough to see them through to the last eight on away goals.Arsene Wenger’s men had a host of chances before Giroud eventually opened the scoring on 36 minutes with a precise angled strike to give his side hope.They continued to pile forward after the break but were frustrated by the French side’s stubborn defence, and they had to wait until substitute Ramsey’s 79th minute thunderbolt for the Gunners to really dream.Monaco had to dig in during a frantic finale and resulted to brute force to keep the north London side at bay, as the hosts managed to hold on to seal their progression.The hosts started the brighter of the teams but couldn’t turn their possession into goalscoring chances, and after a dominant opening ten minutes it was all Arsenal as the Premier League side looked to spark a comeback.Giroud, who was guilty of a number of misses in the first clash, could have had a hat-trick in the opening half, with the Frenchman glancing a free header just wide of the post with his side’s first chance on goal.Laurent Koscielny, who has a knack of scoring in big games, then hit the crossbar with a close-range volley on the turn, and while the linesman’s flag was raised for offside for the defender’s effort, replays showed the flick on came from a Monaco player.Arsenal were soon presented with their chance, however, and they gratefully took it with both hands as Giroud gave the Gunners hope with the breakthrough goal.The usually razor-sharp Monaco back four were caught napping as Giroud broke free, and though the Frenchman’s first effort was well blocked by onrushing goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, the rebound fell kindly to the striker, who hammered high into the net at the second attempt.The Gunners were inches away from a second goal moment later when Danny Welbeck found room on the edge of the box, but his low drive was deflected just wide of the post with the goalkeeper stranded.There was a flurry of chances as the half-time break approached, with Giroud firing a point blank header straight at the keeper while Welbeck saw an angled drive well smothered, and Croatian shot-stopper Subasic was called into action again moments after the break to deny Mesut Ozil’s dipping free-kick.Monaco were forced to sit back to withstand the bombardment on their box, but the hosts soon flustered Arsenal’s defensive line, who almost hit self-destruct again with three shanked attempted clearances, though they did eventually manage to get the ball away after two efforts from Joao Moutinho were blocked.Wenger made his move with 20 minutes remaining with the introductions of Ramsey and Theo Walcott, and the substitutes combined for the Gunners’ second goal. Walcott’s low effort was denied by the post but Monaco’s clearance only found Ramsey on the edge of the area, with the Welshman thumping a strong drive into the bottom corner.Arsenal then had a glorious chance to seal a dramatic fightback but Giroud and Alexis Sanchez got in each other’s way, knocking Giroud off balance as he rose for a header which Subasic managed to claw off his line.Wenger’s men kept up their spirited display until the final whistle but their efforts proved to be in vain, with that late third goal conceded at the Emirates costing them a place in the next round.Elsewhere, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid edged past Bayer Leverkusen to reach the last eight after their encounter went to penalties.Mario Suarez’s first half goal drew the scores level on aggregate after Leverkusen won the first leg 1-0 in Germany, and the La Liga holders prevailed 3-2 in the shootout after extra time. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud 1
HAPPY HOUR: Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top are celebrating their customer appreciation day by SLASHING fuel prices from 3pm to 5pm.Kelly’s Centra have been running offers all week to show how appreciative they are of their customers loyal support.Management have decided to continue that trend by running a HAPPY HOUR fuel special from 3pm to 5pm. Manager of Kelly’s Centra Mairtin Kelly said, “To celebrate our customer appreciation day from 3-5 today, we are taking off 5c per litre at the pumps.“The new price of UNLEADED will be 133.9 and DIESEL will be 1.24.9 and it will be 70c for Kero.Remember prices go back to normal at 5pm SHARP, so get up to Kelly’s Centra between 3pm and 5pm and fill her up. 🙂HAPPY HOUR – KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP SLASHING FUEL PRICES FROM 3PM-5PM was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesKelly’s Centranews
SANTA MARIA, Calif. – A Greyhound bus with 44 people aboard ran off the freeway, rolled onto its side and slid at least 100 yards before hitting a tree Sunday, killing a pregnant woman and a man while injuring dozens of others. Authorities said driver fatigue may have contributed to the 7 a.m. crash along Highway 101 in Santa Maria, about 75 miles north of Santa Barbara. Dozens of passengers aboard the San Francisco-bound bus were hurt, including seven with major injuries. Four survivors were trapped in the wreckage. To rescue them, authorities used hydraulic equipment to cut away seats and the metal frame of the bus. Kim Plaskett, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based bus line, said Greyhound drivers are trained in fatigue management and are told to immediately pull over if they are too tired to drive. “We are voluntarily stricter on hours of service than the Department of Transportation requires,” Plaskett said. “They require 10 hours between driving assignments. We require 11.” Greyhound drivers also are limited to 9 hours of service for a 24-hour period. Plaskett said the drive from Fresno to Los Angeles is about 4 hours, from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo about four hours. At the crash scene, about 50 rescuers from county and city fire departments worked to help victims. Helicopters airlifted the most seriously injured to the hospital. Firefighters were unable to save Contreras’ fetus because the woman was trapped by a support beam under the bottom of the bus, said Capt. Keith Cullom, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Firefighters had to cut through nearly all the framework of the bus before they could reach Contreras. “They were dead before we ever got to them,” Cullom said. Both northbound lanes of Highway 101, one of the state’s major corridors, were shut down after the crash and remained closed until mid-afternoon as the CHP investigated. The closure caused a backup that stretched for two miles, officials said. Three relief buses were sent to Santa Maria to carry passengers able to continue the trip. Statewide, 56 people were killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend, from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Sunday, according to the CHP. In 2004, there were 48 fatalities during the same period.,160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Faro Jahani, 50, of San Francisco, and Martha Contreras, a 23-year-old Santa Maria resident who was seven months pregnant, were killed, said Lt. Dan Minor of the California Highway Patrol. Authorities said a preliminary investigation did not reveal any mechanical problems on the bus, and it did not appear the driver had been impaired by alcohol or drugs. “But we do have reason to believe that driver fatigue may have been a significant factor in the cause of this accident,” Minor said. The driver was identified as Samuel Henry Bishop, 63, of Fresno. He suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria. Authorities said Bishop had traveled from Fresno to Los Angeles the previous night and was en route early Sunday from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo, where another driver would replace him. The Greyhound bus departed Los Angeles at 3:15 a.m.
Long story short, not all games are created equal (see: 49ers vs. Saints thriller), not all NFL stadiums can last forever (so long, Coliseum) and not all NFL teams can relocate thrice (farewell, Raiders). On with my NFL picks for Week 15:Ravens 33, Jets 17: Lamar Jackson has a bad quadriceps. The Jets still have a bad feeling about this. Line: Jets +16 1/2Raiders 29, Jaguars 27: Whether or not Josh Jacobs’ cleats tear up the turf, would it be so bad if fans did afterward as a Coliseum …
Two men holding a banner reflecting the four leaders of the women who marched in 1956. Women dance at the Union Buildings, after the march. Men on bikes accompanied the march through town, showing their solidarity with women.(Images: Rudo Mungoshi)MEDIA CONTACTS • Nomazwe NtlokwanaDirector: Stakeholder Management, Media Liaisons and Strategy, Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation+27 83 507 8068.RELATED ARTICLES• Businesswomen leaving a legacy• Commemorating 1913 heroines• Women taking SA forward• Educated children help nation to growRudo MungoshiThe courageous women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against pass laws were honoured for their contribution in a colourful ceremony on the same day 57 years later, in Tshwane.These days, 9 August is National Women’s Day, and although its aim is to contribute to the empowerment of women in today’s society, its roots lie back in 1956 when 20 000 women sought to deliver petitions to then prime minister JG Strydom, and express their outrage at the demeaning legislation that forced black people to carry permits, or passbooks, when travelling outside their townships or designated areas.Even earlier, women a century ago protested in the Free State against the imposition of pass laws – those 1913 protests were led by Charlotte Maxeke.In 1956, the Union Buildings march was co-ordinated by the Federation of South African Women and led by Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn – the only one of the four leaders who is still living.Women throughout the country had put their names to these petitions indicating their anger and frustration at having their freedom of movement restricted by the hated official passes.Reliving the women’s marchGauteng MEC for agriculture and social development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, led hundreds of women, young people and community members on a 3.5-kilometre walk to the Union Buildings, the seat of the South African government.They relived the day by walking the same route as the women of 57 years ago.Mayathula-Khoza was joined by MEC for community safety, Faith Mazibuko and the MEC for sports, arts, culture and recreation, Lebogang Maile.The theme for this year’s celebration was Unity in Action for Women’s Socio-Economic Empowerment.At the Union Buildings, Mayathula-Khoza, on behalf of Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, addressed the crowd who had already gathered to celebrate Women’s Day.Mayathula-Khoza said gender based violence, poverty and joblessness remained the three biggest challenges facing women today.“Sexual violence against women and rape remains a huge challenge in our society. Poverty and poor living conditions have added to women’s vulnerability to violence and increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infection,” she said.Mayathula-Khoza said the government had strengthened victim support through the existing 200 victim empowerment centres, which offer psycho-social and medico-legal support services, among others.“We have continued placing focus on the Ikaya Lethemba Centre, as we appreciate the positive role the centre has played in helping abused women and children recover and get back on their feet again,” she said.Fighting against patriarchyTshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the fight against patriarchy was not yet over and was manifesting itself differently.“We must restore the dignity of our people and that’s why the struggle of women still remains important,” he said.Ramakgopa also implored young women to stay away from so-called sugar daddies, citing that they destroyed lives.Maile said the sacrifices made by the courageous women in 1956 had made it possible for the nation to make pilgrimages to the Union Buildings to honour their efforts.“Through their commitment, these women are role models for all women and have been a voice for some of our most at risk and marginalised people,” said Maile.The march was followed by performances from leading South African female singers, including Nadine, Mafikizolo, Rebecca and Zahara.