At Inter-high School Debates, Ngafuan Raps Liberian Students

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has called on Liberian students not to only rely on classrooms lessons, but to get involved with extra-curriculum activities.Such activities, according to Minister Ngafuan, will include students’ participations in intellectual debates, drama, speech deliberations, amongst others.Minister Ngafuan made the comment when he delivered a keynote address at the Centennial Pavilion on the theme, “Building a Scholarly Character in the Liberian Student,” at program marking the launch of the Inter-High School National Debate.The ceremony brought together representatives of over 30 high schools and other institutions of learning across the country.The ‘Mock debate’ held on the topic: “The Importance of WAEC before and after Graduation,” was organized by Building Emergency Leaders Firm, Inc. under the auspices of the Ministry of Education (MOE).“My acceptance of the invitation is informed by my belief that the institutionalization of the culture of debates among high school students by no less than the (MOE) is a record breaking accomplishment that will go a long way in solidifying the foundations of education and intellectualism in our country and transforming many a young person from mediocrity to excellence; hence, I could not afford not to be supportive of this transformation initiative,” Minister Ngafuan declared.Quoting from a phrase of the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela, Minister Ngafuan informed the students that no country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.Therefore, he said, education or proper intellectual cultivation is not only acquired within the rectangular walls of a classroom, but comes from years of positive socialization and conditioning acquired from different sources; experiences and places.Earlier, the organizer of the debates, managing partner of BEL Firm, Chupee W.G. Howe said, the Liberian civil crises rendered its educational opportunities scarce.As such, the government through the MOE established as its goal the provision of equal access to education opportunities and facilities for all citizens to the extent of available resources, regardless of age, disability, and gender.According to Mrs. Howe, despite all of MOE’s efforts, the educational system is confronted with numerous challenges particularly with the issue of retention; the dropout rates as well as overage students.To address some of challenges, she said, her organization designed a new and system of education that would involve debates and intellectual activities bringing together the student populace.Students who participated in yesterday’s ‘mock debates’ included Hector G. Toe, Celine Gray, Gifty E. Kordor, Israel Samuels, Romena Dennis and Amos Holder.Officials of education including the Deputy Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll-Kotchi and Assistant Minister T. Wilson Gaye were among the guests that attended the ceremony.Others in attendance included the ambassadors of Cameroun, Beng’Yela Augustine Gang, La Côte d’Ivoire, Kapieletien Soro, Ghana, Kojo Asimeng Wadee and Guinea, Alhaji Abdoulaye Doré, and a representative from the Nigeria Embassy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rio Hondo’s Mendez is hoping to pull college `out of the mud’

first_imgWHITTIER – Politics is politics, newly re-elected Rio Hondo College trustee Gary Mendez says – and now that this year’s elections are over, it’s time to “get out of the mud” and move the hilltop college forward. And Mendez, 38, who bested opponent Alma Martinez by nearly 300 votes in Tuesday’s election, says he hopes he’s not the only one thinking that way, given the controversy that erupted over Mendez’s recent public remarks on the retirement of former Rio Hondo President Rose Marie Joyce. “I’m very grateful to voters for electing me to another four years,” he said. “And I think it’s time to dust ourselves off, and for the college to be focused on how we can deliver programs and services for our community.” Mendez’s remarks were enough to prompt the board to schedule a Nov. 1 special meeting to discuss censuring him a second time, but only trustee Andre Quintero and board President Maria Elena Martinez showed up. “The fact that nothing happened at that meeting was enough for me,” Mendez said. “Andre and Maria Elena were the ones pushing it, but they didn’t get a response and I certainly hope that message resonated.” However, Quintero said as far as he knows, the censure discussion will be on the agenda at the next board meeting. “We haven’t received any legal advice on the potential exposure of the college,” Quintero said. “He still has to, at some point, be held accountable for his reckless comments.” As the about 20,000-student college goes through its accreditation, Quintero said one area that’s examined is adherence to board policy. “And one of our board policies is an ethics policy, and (Mendez) flagrantly disregarded that.” On the other hand, board Vice President Angela Acosta-Salazar said the most important thing was for the governing panel to “move forward with our board goals and what’s in the best interest of our district. That’s what I feel strongly about.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Mendez, who has served on the board for eight years, came under fire two weeks ago for publicly claiming that Joyce did not voluntarily retire last year but was secretly forced out by the board – a scenario Joyce has vehemently denied. He also claimed a confrontation with Joyce that resulted in his censure in summer 2006 took place because Joyce was upset about being forced out – not because he was upset over hotel accommodations for a conference trip in Hawaii. As a result, the college’s faculty association – who endorsed Martinez – blasted Mendez for rehashing the circumstances and chaos surrounding his censure. But on Wednesday, Rio Hondo Faculty Association President Jim Newman said the group was prepared to work with Mendez to “re-establish a working relationship.” “That’s the name of the tune,” Newman said. “He’s the elected guy, and it’s in the best interest of the students and college to work with the person who was elected.” last_img read more

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Vitello’s offers evening cabaret

first_imgSTUDIO CITY – If life is indeed a cabaret, then Michael Sterling’s about to start living. The producer, director, publicist and theater aficionado long dreamed the impossible dream of running his own nightclub. Next month, he’ll fulfill it by opening Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s, a joint atop the storied restaurant where chanteuses will belt and croon and piano men will tickle the ivories. The deal came together in a matter of weeks, but the velvet-voiced entrepreneur has kicked this idea around pretty much his entire life. “I was introduced to this music as a baby in the crib,” he said, relaxing at a round table next to the bandstand. “My mom’s favorite singer was Rosemary Clooney. She tried to sing me to sleep every night using Brahms’ “Lullaby,” but when she got tired of that, she’d put on a record of Rosemary singing the song. Every night, I fell asleep to that.” Ryan ran into Matt Epstein, who bought the restaurant a year ago and whose children attend the same school as Ryan’s. He showed her the jazz space. Ryan wanted to sing there. She called her manager, Sterling, who called Epstein, and the two turned out to have all sorts of roundabout connections. Sterling outlined his dream of a club that could attract singers like Johnny Mathis and Michael Feinstein. The three got to talking and soon worked out a deal. Two nights a week, the banquet room would become Sterling’s Upstairs, where patrons will munch and listen to music, live and loud. They’ll dine on a four-course meal for $25, then pay about $50 to hear the musical act. Ryan will be artist-in-residence, using the 100-seat space to try out new material. “From a singer’s standpoint, there’s not a lot of places in L.A. to do this,” she said. “But there’s fantastic theater coming to the Valley now. With all the things going on in NoHo, it really feels like things are finally coming this way.” Epstein, a big, gregarious guy who plays the drums and digs old cars, seems to think so, too. A real estate agent by trade, he bought the restaurant for its property value, then fell in love with its quirky ambiance. He recently installed a wax figure of actor Marlon Brando in his Don Corleone getup from “The Godfather,” courtesy of the shuttered Movieland Wax Museum, to watch over the cash register. “Blake put this on the map as the Italian restaurant where he took his wife for her, unfortunately, last meal,” Epstein said. “But when I bought it, it needed a tune-up. Not the food or anything – that was always great – but the paint, the booths, all sorts of stuff.” Some of that stuff comes in the form of big changes, like adding the cabaret. And some comes in rather odd ways, such as the so-called Miracle Manicotti. As the story goes, several months ago, a patron who’d been suffering from a bit of stomach distress came in seeking some comfort food. While forking through a plate of tube-shaped pasta, the diner glimpsed an image of Jesus Christ. He was cured, bought the plate on which he said the Lord appeared, the incident made “The Late Show with David Letterman” and Epstein had himself a legend on his hands. That’s the backdrop for Sterling’s lifelong ambition. He’ll announce the lineup sometime in the next week, then strike up the band for the first time on Friday, June 9. “I just always wanted to have my own nightclub,” he mused. “This is my passion… this is so cool, I can’t even tell you.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAs an adult, he road managed the famed songbird, represented singer/actor Robert Goulet and directed musical theater across Los Angeles. But he never satisfied his jones for a place of his own, where he could shine spotlights on singers offering standards and show tunes as diners sip wine. Cabaret occupies an unusual spot in American culture, with a small, but intensely loyal following concentrated on the East Coast and sprinkled throughout major cities. Generally composed of a singer and piano or small musical combo, the music thrives on the emotional bond between artist and audience – a bond Sterling loves but had never been able to replicate. That all changed due to a dinner date and a chance series of conversations that made a former storage room into a slickly tricked out jazz club, upstairs from a notorious booth where an actor’s wife ate her final dinner and above a kitchen that once served up some heavenly manicotti. To back up and explain a bit, Sterling has a professional relationship with Joan Ryan, a Studio City-based singer. She got her start singing at the Gardenia, one of the few Los Angeles clubs dedicated to the cabaret, and went on to win acclaim singing at the Hollywood Bowl and the Cinegrill. Several weeks ago, she had dinner at Vitello’s, her neighborhood Italian restaurant. The place, known for fine calamari and the prominent role it played in actor Robert Blake’s criminal and civil trials in the death of his wife, has hosted opera nights for years and offers jazz music upstairs in a converted storeroom. last_img read more

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HURLING: UNDERAGE LEAGUES MAKE A RETURN

first_imgUnderage Hurling made a welcome return on Thursday evening as the U 14 and minor Leagues began.In the minor league holders Buncrana were far too strong for Letterkenny Gaels and had a facile victory over them in Scarvey. This is an exceptional Buncrana team who are going to be very difficult to beat this season and are the benchmark for all other teams in the county.In the game of the night Carndonagh after a terrific battle with Burt at home won out by the narrowest of margins on a 1.11 to 2.7 scoreline. This was a great start to the league for the Carn lads who captured the B title in 2015. There was another terrific game in Mc Cumhaill Park, where a very talented home side caused something of a surprise beating St Eunans 5.7 to 4.5. The Ballybofey lads showed that they are a team to look out for this season.In the final league game in Setanta, a very young Aodh Ruadh team had a good victory over a never say die Setanta team on a 4.14 to 1.6 score line.In Division 1 of the U 14 League Buncrana followed up on their recent capture of the County Feile title with a comprehensive win over Burt in Hibernian Park on a 3.11 to 1.3 score line. This victory coupled with the minor’s success shows the huge work being put into hurling in Scarvey and they really are the yardstick for all other clubs in the county.In Division 2 of the U 14 league Aodh Ruadh had a comfortable win over Dungloe/Gaothdobhair 7.11 to 5.1, it was their ability to score points in Fr Tierney Park that proved the difference in this game, finishing off a good week for them as they had claimed the County B Feile title last Sunday. HURLING: UNDERAGE LEAGUES MAKE A RETURN was last modified: March 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHURLINGlast_img read more

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World Cup ‘bringing people together’

first_img22 June 2010Black people, white people, rich people, poor people, locals, foreigners – at places like Lucky’s Bar in Phokeng township outside Rustenburg, South Africa’s unique Fifa World Cup is bringing people from all walks of life together.The Royal Bafokeng Stadium is situated in Phokeng, which gives the local pubs an opportunity to host fans in the hours leading up to the games as well after them.With ample outside sitting space, Lucky’s Bar is one of the favourites for fans who can enjoy a bite to eat and a few beers as they soak up the sun.A jovial Tshepang Bogatsu drifts from table to table entertaining the many Australian fans before their match against Ghana on Saturday.‘I’m an ambassador for my country’“I stay here in Phokeng,” says Bogatsu. “I am a friend of the owner. He is very busy these days and always going out to get new stock, so he asked me to take care of these people.“I’m an ambassador for my country, so why not?” says Bogatsu. “I chat to the people, I show them around if they want to. I just want to show the people the warm hands of South Africans.“If there is one person who is benefiting from the World Cup, that person is Tshepeng Bogatsu.”‘The country is for all of us’A Lucky’s regular, John Lekenyane, is happy to see the diverse mix of people now frequenting the pub during the World Cup.“Some places you get black people, some places you get white people. It’s boring,” says Lekenyane. “I wish it could always be like this, you know. This country’s not only for whites, its not only for blacks, it is for all of us.”“My wish is only one thing – for things to be like this forever.”People from all walks of lifeEnglishman Mark can vouch for the warmth of the local people. “We were here for the England-USA game last week, and one of the families who live close to the stadium opened up their living room to us and other strangers and we all watched the game together. It was fantastic.”As he enjoyed his local meal of braai (barbecue) meat, Mark commented on the uniqueness of Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.“I think the last time anyone could experience the World Cup like this was when Mexico hosted it in 1986. When a non-first world country hosts this tournament, the supporters have an opportunity to really see how the other half live.“That’s why you see us all here tonight: we’re fascinated. It is a place like Lucky’s Bar which allows for people from all walks of life to come together, even if it is just for a brief moment.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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SA makes presence felt at Cannes

first_img22 May 2013 South Africa is making its presence felt at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, where three SA features have been well received, the first image of the highly anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic has gone public, and crime thriller Zulu, set and filmed in SA, is due to close the festival. Backed by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), three South African films receive market screenings at Cannes this week: Diprente Productions’ comedy Blitz Patrollie, Triggerfish Animation’s new feature Khumba, and Ten10Films ‘Black South Easter. Speaking to the NFVF after the screening of Khumba, an animated story about a young zebra’s quest to “gain his stripes”, Australian attendee Veronique she said she was deeply touched. “It’s an emotional, heart-warming story which will resonate with all the audiences. I also noticed that the stripes on all the zebras are uniquely different. Congratulations to South Africa on this beautiful story”. Kirsten Barwise of producers Triggerfish said the attention that both Khumba and Adventures in Zambezia, the company’s first animated feature, were receiving in Cannes had been phenomenal. “Both the films have been bought by France, and Adventures in Zambezia will be releasing in France in August 2013,” Barwise told the NFVF. Blitz Patrollie, for its part, has caught the attention of Germany, according to the NFVF. “This partnership comes as outstanding news, as South Africa and Germany have a co-production treaty, which could open doors to Diprente Production’s future co-production projects with Germany.” South African company Videovision Entertainment, meanwhile, has had a busy week at Cannes. On Monday, the company released the first image of Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. The teaser poster, the first of a series of images that will be rolled out in the coming weeks, was released at an event at Cannes attended by producer Anant Singh and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, which has acquired the film for distribution in the United States. The film is due for release in South Africa later this year. Videovision has also acquired, for distribution in South Africa, two films that are in competition at Cannes – The Immigrant and Only God Forgives – as well as Blood Ties, which is screening out of competition. In February, Videovision also acquired distribution rights for the film selected to close this year’s festival, the crime thriller Zulu. Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom as two policemen called in to investigate the gruesome murder of a national rugby hero’s daughter in post-apartheid South Africa, Zulu was filmed on location in Cape Town. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Feeling at home at Jamie’s Italian in South Africa

first_imgFamed British chef Jamie Oliver has made another addition to his Jamie’s Italian restaurant chain. The newest branch, in Johannesburg, opened to diners in December.Jamie’s Italian opens in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on 15 December 2016. (Image: Mary Alexander)Priya PitamberThe words that come to mind when walking into Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Melrose Arch are homely yet vibrant and bustling. It’s no wonder, really, because it is lunch time at the newly opened establishment in Johannesburg.The spacious setting can seat up to 300 people, but it is easy to feel at home with the warm, earthy tones of the décor, the wooden tables, the rustic chandeliers in the private dining area, and the assortment of pictures hanging on the walls.Jack de Wet, head of design and development for the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group in the UK, has drawn influence from South Africa’s heritage for the design. Originally from the Western Cape, De Wet has a post-graduate degree in architecture from the University of Cape Town.“South Africa has an abundance of material to work with,” he says. “The centre of it all, Joburg, is known as the city of gold with a nod to the industrialisation of the gold mining industry.“We have used these elements in the materials, patterns and detailing of the design, without it being too obvious. This can be seen in the intricate metalwork balustrade and screen details.”Leanne van Wyk, the marketing manager, says the Jamie’s Italian restaurants all over the world incorporate regional touches into their design. “By drawing inspiration from indigenous prints, national colours and key industries, Jamie’s Italian aims to become part of the culture and vibe of South Africa but also contribute to it,” she says.The opening, the menu and the ethosIts doors officially opened on 15 December 2016 after months of hype and anticipation, Van Wyk says.“The opening was an incredible moment for staff and guests alike, with the brand being warmly received by locals (as is our culture as a nation, to be welcoming) and this is something which continues to this day.”In keeping with Oliver’s well-known cooking style, only the freshest ingredients are bought and used in the restaurant, and fresh pasta is made daily on the premises.Pasta chef Emma Svusvu makes fresh pasta every day at Jamie’s Italian in Johannesburg. (Image: Mary Alexander)Sticking to the Jamie Oliver ethos, only the freshest local produce is used in the restaurant. (Images: Mary Alexander)There are three daily specials in addition to the standard menu, and this where head chef Shane Smit is able to incorporate a South African flare into the meals.So far, the most popular dish is the prawn linguine. Van Wyk describes it as one of the hero dishes across the brand.Local suppliers are also used and staff members went through an intensive training programme, says Van Wyk.The menu is rustic and family orientated, containing items such as breads, pastas, pizza and a variety of Italian desserts. The children’s menu is innovatively packaged into a view-finder, complete with 3D images. Even adults cannot resist picking it up and flipping through the options.Sizwe Ngwenya (left) and Arnold Khumalo whip up fresh pizzas at Jamie’s Italian. (Image: Mary Alexander)Children can read the menu through an innovative view-finder, which adults also find delightful. (Image: Mary Alexander)Why South Africa?South Africans, Van Wyk says, have shown a significant interest in local and international cuisine and have a bigger interest in Italian cuisine. This spurred Oliver to open up a branch of his chain in Johannesburg.“South Africa is blessed with authentic foods and tastes, a fantastic climate, amazing people and a sense of untouched beauty,” she says. “All this is attractive and appealing to the Jamie brand, which contributes to our message of love, passion and verve for food, family and life itself.”To embrace the vibe and culture of the country, Melrose Arch was chosen as the location. “As Joburg is fast-paced, vibrant and on trend, what better place than Melrose Arch to establish our first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in South Africa?”Embracing diversityGiven South Africa’s diversity, Jamie’s Italian has an ethos to be inclusive and accessible to all. Van Wyk says the restaurant tries to accommodate all dietary requirements.“[We] strive to make them feel at home through fresh, wholesome cooking and attentive service,” she says.And that is achieved with genuine warmth. After all, that is the South African way.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Glenn Spencer’s Tweet Game is Strong

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 Spencer posts to twitter weekly what seems to be a motivating story for the game each weekend. He posted his scouting report titled “UT” yesterday which features an anecdote about Sparta.UT pic.twitter.com/hTeuArSZeX— Glenn Spencer (@Glenn_Spencer) September 24, 2015Sounds like Spencer is ready to go to war on Saturday.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd fullback Shaw: I’ll repay contract faith

first_imgMan Utd fullback Shaw: I’ll repay contract faithby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuke Shaw is determined to repay Manchester United’s faith in signing him to a lucrative five-year contract. A strong start to the season earned the 23-year-old a brand new contract.After falling out with Jose Mourinho towards the end of his rein, Shaw wants to become a regular contributor under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I signed a new contract and I want to be playing every game and trying to help the team as much as possible,” he said. “Hopefully I keep playing games and keep myself in the team.”I haven’t had many injuries recently so that’s good. I need to stay fit and keep helping the team and maybe win a cup this season.”We are not where we want to be and not where we should be, so we have a very important second half of the season. Our aim is to get back into the top four because United without Champions League isn’t good. That’s where we want to be and what we are fighting for.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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