NTAL President Mary Mulbah Nyumah.At least 200 delegates from the 15 branches of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) have converged in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, to participate in the 65th national delegates’ convention.The convention, which runs from August 12 to 15, 2018, is hosted under the theme, “Quality Education Transforms a Nation.” It is expected to be graced by the presence of the Association’s partners from the United States of America and Europe.The convention, according to its authorities, is mandatory in keeping with the NTAL’s Constitution, which requires the holding of a convention after every four-year, during which time a new corps of officers are elected to govern the affairs of the association.Delegates at the convention will review the past activities of the association, and formulate development plans for the next four years.They will also discuss membership education, recruitment, retention of new members and improve communication with its members as well as the development of membership database for the association.Other issues that will be highlighted by the delegates include the review of the dues rate, the recruitment of a full-time staff on the branch level and the quadrennial report. Delegates will also review the financial and audit report, the four-year strategic plan as well as the association’s constitution in a bid to amend some of the portions in the Constitution.Delegates will then discuss the association’s four-year budget, both at the county and national levels, and consider the amount to be paid as dues to support the programs and activities.“The ongoing construction works on the Association’s National headquarters project will also be highlighted during the convention to know the level of progress made thus far,” the release said.The delegates, according to the release, will also review the Association’s credit union loan scheme, to know how many teachers benefited from it since it was established.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Embed from Getty ImagesSteve McClaren urged his players to do themselves justice against Watford in the FA Cup fifth round after QPR’s replay victory over Portsmouth.Rangers will face the Premier League side at Loftus Road, where second-half goals from Nahki Wells and Matt Smith saw off Pompey.Rangers are in the last 16 for the first time in 22 years.And McClaren believes they are capable of causing an upset a week on Friday and securing a place in the quarter-finals.The R’s boss said: “It’s the FA Cup and anything can happen.“We’re at home, it’s Friday night under the lights and it’s an opportunity for certain individuals and the team to show themselves against Premier League opponents.“Watford are a very good team and we’ll have to put in a top performance to get any kind of result.“I just hope we put a performance in that justifies what we’ve been doing.“This is an opportunity. We’ll be underdogs. I just want to make sure that the team gives a great performance.”Embed from Getty ImagesMcClaren’s side had to be patient against Pompey, who troubled Rangers at Fratton Park but this time were very much second best and rode their luck before Wells broke the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining.Darnell Furlong had headed against the bar as the hosts dominated large spells of the game.It was therefore a win McClaren felt they thoroughly deserved.“I think so. I would say it was a very professional performance,” he said.“We started off very, very well. Pompey are a very good team and it took us a long while to break them down but in the end I thought our patience, discipline and attitude were really good.“The fans have been talking about this game for about three weeks and it put a lot of pressure on us to win this.“It was a tough one at Fratton Park and we’ve brought them back here and done the job.“I’m delighted for the supporters because the FA Cup is important to them.”See also:QPR boss McClaren still believes in GossQPR see off Pompey to reach fifth roundQPR v Portsmouth player ratingsSmith ‘a valuable member’ of QPR squadHemed still ‘two or three weeks away’ from fitnessQPR extend Hamalainen’s contract ahead of loan moveThe major positives to emerge from QPR’s FA Cup win Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.comUndoOrganic WelcomeThe 7 Worst Foods For Your Brain That Might Shock YouOrganic WelcomeUndoWomenArticle.comThe Top 10 Cheapest Countries To Buy a HomeWomenArticle.comUndoActive Feel7 Common Foods To Clean Your ColonActive FeelUndoActive Feel11 Warning Body Signs You Shouldn’t IgnoreActive FeelUndo
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The next time the Giants have an off day, they’ll fly to San Diego in preparation for their season-opening, four-game series against the Padres.There’s still plenty to sort out over the next eight days and a number of roster spots that remain up for grabs.The Giants have unsettled competitions in the outfield and the bullpen as well as a desire to add an additional bat to the roster at the end of …
9 February 2009France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was crowned 2009 South African Tennis Open champion, pocketing the R800 000 winner’s cheque at Montecasino in Johannesburg on Sunday.Even on a day when the top-seeded Muhammad Ali look-alike battled to find his rhythm in difficult high altitude conditions, he wore down fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on his way to a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory.Tsonga said afterwards that inexperience counted heavily against his countryman on the day. “I think Jeremy played well, but was let down by lack of experience when it mattered most.‘He took a lot of risks’“There were times when he took a lot of risks, and it did not always come good for him. This was his first ATP World Tour final; he now has the experience of playing in a final and I am sure he will do well in the future.“It is always hard starting the match on serve, but what is important is that I improved as the match progressed.“This result is good for me as it keeps me on course; for me to get in the top ten, I have to win at least two tournaments and now that I have the SA Tennis Open in the bag so early in the year, I can now play the rest of the year without too much pressure,” he added.ImpressedTsonga, who is very proud of his African origins (his father is Ivorian) was impressed with the organisation and facilities at the event. “I think the tournament was well prepared for a first time edition. Everything was great and the only notable problem for me was the high altitude, but that is the nature of tennis; one has to adapt in different weather conditions.Victory for Tsonga was a well-deserved reward for the support he had shown the SA Tennis Open. He flew to South Africa to promote the tournament and then, during the tournament, took time out to hold a coaching clinic in Soweto.Chardy said his unforced errors came about because of the risks he took in order to impose himself on the game. “I try to make winners but in doing so I make mistakes,” he explained. “If the chances I take come off then I have winners instead of mistakes.”Doubles finalIn the doubles final, American James Cerretani and Dick Norman of Belgium registered a 6-7, 6-2, 14-12 win against local star and Davis Cup veteran Rik de Voest, who partnered Australian Ashley Fisher.The result was hard on the De Voest/Fisher combination which had a championship look about it in the second set, which they won emphatically, to force the contest into a tie-breaker. However, it was Cerretani and Norman who walked away with the coveted Kudu horn trophies and a flattering purse of R250 500.Source: South African Tennis Association
Dr Damian Ruth received the Richard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award at Massey University’s College of Business. Here he is congratulated by Jennifer, Buchanan’s wife. Photo: Massey University 4 November 2013Dr Damian Ruth, a South African who is a management lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand, has won the College of Business’ Richard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award.The judging committee recognised Dr Ruth’s enthusiasm, energy and commitment to finding innovative ways of teaching students.Dr Ruth, who has worked at the university for seven years, described his job as a vocation and says when he teaches he wants to “ignite, provoke, enthuse and excite”.Describing his teaching as direct and forthright, he says most students want to be constructively challenged. One student told him his frame of reference had been exploded. “If I have done that then I am doing a good job,” says Dr Ruth.Dr Ruth has worked in education for more than 20 years and now teaches undergraduates and postgraduates in the School of Management on the Wellington campus as well as teaching in the MBA programme. “I don’t have a specific teaching qualification. I’m just one of a number of highly committed good teachers at Massey and I don’t see myself as particularly special,” he says.He grew up in South Africa, where he graduated with a degree in arts and humanities from the University of Cape Town. He left South Africa after the 1976 riots but returned as a teacher. “I decided to become an educator, that would be my contribution to the struggle. If you get a handle on the education system you get a handle not just on the current generation but the next one as well.”He did a Master’s in social science, followed years later by a PhD in research, education and management at the University of Sheffield. Next year, he will teach the new 300-level paper Strategy and Change, which he has co-designed.Originally published by Global South Africans: A network of extraordinary people
zoom P&O Ferries has handled the highest volume of freight in five years on its Larne-Cairnryan service in 2016.The ferry and logistics company, which operates the shortest and most frequent crossings between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain, handled 206,700 freight units on the route during the last 12 months. This figure represents a 7.5 per cent increase on the previous year (192,200 units).In a further indicator of the reliability of P&O Ferries’ service, 2016 was the first ever year in which none of the 4,774 sailings scheduled from the port of Larne was cancelled, with 97 per cent of departures within ten minutes of their published time.P&O Ferries operates seven sailings a day between Larne and Cairnryan in Scotland. The regular daily service provides a bridge for goods being transported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and Britain, and also on to the continent via its connecting services from Dover, Tilbury, Hull and Teesport.P&O Ferries is a pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.It operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.
APTN National NewsThe hobbled Missing Women Inquiry continues in Vancouver.On the stand this week are families of the victims and of those still missing.APTN National News reporter Tina House was there and has this report.
Portugal Telecom ended March with 1.111 million pay TV customers following its strongest quarter for over two years.The telco attracted 69,000 new Meo pay TV subs in the first quarter, and a total of 235,000 in the 12-month period.PT also saw strong growth in its broadband business, with numbers up 12% year-on-year to 1.141 million. Its triple-play customer base was up 32% to 728,000.
BT is to aggressively target the UK hospitality market by making its three premium sports channels available from £77 (€96) a month to commercial premises, with two months available free of charge for those who sign up before November 24.According to BT, its offer will mean that a 65 bed hotel will be able to save 83% per annum when compared to rival offering Sky Sport.For hotels wishing to add the BT Sport service to their room, the three channels can be added for an incremental £3 per room per month.The 65-room hotel cited by BT would be charged £134 a month for a bar-only subscription, compared with £803 for a matching Sky subscription, according to BT.Hotels with fewer than 10 rooms would be charged £77 a month for a bar-only subscription.
HBO Europe’s latest original drama is Blinded by the Lights, a Polish-originated six-parter about a Warsaw cocaine dealer.HBO Europe has been pushing more heavily into original programming in recent times and also said today that it has recommissioned Wataha, which was its first ever original series, as reported by our sister title TBI, back in 2013.Blinded by the Lights is set in Warsaw in the run-up to Christmas, and follows a cocaine dealer working in the Polish capital, who is planning to leave for Argentina but needs to get through a hectic and hedonistic few days in Warsaw’s twilight world of clubs and drugs.The show will run to six one-hour episodes.The series is based on a novel by Jakub Żulczyk, who also co-wrote the script. The other co-writer is Krzysztof Skonieczny who will also direct.“We believe Blinded by the lights, a story set in Warsaw’s demi-monde and showing off the city in a wholly new way, will not only appeal to Polish audiences but also to our subscribers all around the HBO Europe region,” said Antony Root, executive VP, original programming and production HBO Europe. “We are confident it will equally excite audiences internationally.”Meanwhile, shooting on season two of Wataha, about a border guard unit based in the remote Bieszczady Mountains on the Polish border with Ukraine, is underway.The series rated well in Poland, and was also on Channel 4’s Walter Presents streaming service in the UK.“Wataha, set in the rugged Bieszczady Mountains, has already proved its appeal to viewers having achieved huge ratings in Poland for its first season,” Root said.“It also played extremely successfully in the other HBO Europe territories and has sold in foreign markets.“We are very excited by this new chapter and the way the writers explore some of the challenges now faced on Europe’s longest border.”