San Jose OKs ordinance boosting airport safety

first_imgPassengers from Metro Manila disembark at the Antique Airport in San Jose town last week. Mayor Elmer Untaran said the Sangguniang Bayan has approved the Public Safety and Security Ordinance to ensure the safety of aircraft, passengers and residents at the province’s airport. PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE No laser beams or other bright lights shall be directed at an aircraft as it may distract or cause temporary flash blindness to the pilot during the critical phase of the flight such as landing or takeoff.The measure also adopts the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ rules and regulations that prohibit the operation of drones over 400 feet above ground level. These shall stay clear of populated areas and there would be no flying at night unless authorized. “The ordinance stipulates prohibited acts such as kite flying within the distance of eight-kilometer radius from the center of the airport,” he said. SAN JOSE, Antique – An ordinance that will ensure safety of aircraft, passengers and residents at the vicinity of the lone airport in this province is expected to take effect in August.Antique Airport – also known as Evelio Javier Airport – is located in this capital town.San Jose town Mayor Elmer Untaran said on Monday the Antique Airport Public Safety and Security Ordinance authored by Councilor Nestor Israel was approved by the Sangguniang Bayan last July 9 and will take effect 15 days after its publication in a local newspaper.center_img “No burning of materials within a 12-kilometer radius from the airport as such activity will lower or cause to lower the visibility in the airport,” Untaran added. Violators will be meted the following fines or penalties: P500 for first offense; P1,000 and four hours of community service for second offense; and P2,500 and six-month to one-year imprisonment at the discretion of the court for third offense.Untaran emphasized the ordinance is necessary considering that the airport has just resumed flights on July 15. Its operations stopped starting last March 16 as part of the enhanced community quarantine orders to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. Philippine Airlines (PAL) flew passengers in this province from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last July 15 following the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s lifting of travel ban for LSIs.PAL is the only aircraft carrier operating commercial flights in this province so far./PNlast_img read more

Rodgers: Sterling suffering from fatigue

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels the demands of the season have taken their toll on teenage star Raheem Sterling. He added: “We have to nurture that and, at times, he has to have the mentality to keep learning. “If he didn’t kick another ball this season, he’s had a good one. “But what you are seeing now is more tiredness of the legs when before he could go up to people and take them on. “That zip has gone and it’s down to fatigue. Was that to be expected? Yes it was.” center_img The 18-year-old winger has made a huge impact since being handed his full Barclays Premier League debut by Rodgers last August. His progress earned him an England cap against Sweden last November and a new five-year contract but he has not completed a full 90 minutes since December. Rodgers believes fatigue is a factor and he told reporters: “This is a kid we’re talking about, so we have to take a wee step back. It is so mentally and physically draining, this league. It hurts experienced professionals and this boy has stepped up from the academy, played football and earned a contract off that.” last_img read more

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals some of the star signings that got away

first_img Press Association In his latest book ‘Leading’, Sir Alex Ferguson discusses a number of targets he tried and failed to sign for Manchester United. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the players that got away from the Scot. RONALDO: Ferguson reveals Muller signed a deal with Bayern Munich the day after United started watching him as a 10-year-old. SERGIO AGUERO: United were priced out of a move for the Argentinian, who instead joined Manchester City from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011. “His agent was demanding a price we were not prepared to pay,” Ferguson said. VINCENT KOMPANY: A United “discussion document” on “squad composition” from a 2004 board meeting is included in Ferguson’s book. Among the list of potential defensive targets is Kompany, who was playing for Anderlecht at the time. The defender now, of course, captains United’s local rivals, City. RAPHAEL VARANE: Ferguson says he “hurtled” down to Lille to talk with the French defender in 2011, but United ended up being thwarted in their attempts to sign the player. “(Real Madrid ambassador) Zinedine Zidane got wind of this and somehow scooped him up,” Ferguson writes. Ferguson developed one Ronaldo into a star, and had he got his way, he would have coached another one too. Ferguson wanted to sign the Brazilian Ronaldo when he was at Cruzeiro in 1994, but United were unable to get a work permit and the striker signed for PSV Eindhoven instead. PETR CECH: United scouted Cech while he was at Rennes in 2003 but decided against bidding for the then 21-year-old goalkeeper because he thought he was “a bit young for the bruisers of the Premier League,” according to Ferguson. The following year Cech signed for Chelsea and then went on to become one of the Premier League’s greatest ever goalkeepers. LUCAS MOURA: Before the start of Ferguson’s final year in charge, United were interested in signing the Brazilian from Sao Paulo, Ferguson reveals. The former United manager says Paris St Germain bid £45million – £10million more than he was offering – and the forward went to the French club instead. DIDIER DROGBA: Ferguson admits his indecision meant United lost out to Chelsea in the hunt for Drogba. United scouted the player while he was at Marseille. While Ferguson contemplated whether the £25million fee was good value, Chelsea met the asking price and he went to Stamford Bridge. THOMAS MULLER: last_img read more

Dimitrov tests positive for COVID 19

first_img(BBC) – World number 19 Grigor Dimitrov, who played in both of Novak Djokovic’s recent Adria Tour events, has tested positive for coronavirus.The Bulgarian, 29, withdrew from the second tournament in Zadar, Croatia on Saturday with sickness after his opening loss to Borna Coric.“I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused,” he said.Sunday’s final, which would have featured world number one Djokovic, has been cancelled.Dimitrov, who also played in the first event in Belgrade last week, wrote on Instagram: “I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19. I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions.“I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy.”The tournaments were set up by world number one Djokovic to help players get back to match fitness after several weeks without competition because of the coronavirus pandemic. Several top-10 players have been competing including Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.The first event in Serbia attracted 4,000 fans, and several thousand attended in Zadar.With both Serbia and Croatia easing lockdown measures before the events, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules in either country and were seen embracing at the net at the end of their matchesPictures on the tournament’s social media from three days ago show Dimitrov playing basketball with Djokovic, Zverev and Marin Cilic, while he also put his arm around Coric before their match.Djokovic’s coach and event director Goran Ivanisevic told fans courtside the final was off because of Dimitrov’s positive test.Tournament organisers said the final was cancelled “as a precaution and to protect the health of all participants and visitors”.A statement read: “At all times we have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in place with the countries where the Adria Tour was organised.“None of the people involved in the organisation and who have been in contact with Grigor have any symptoms.“However, we are in close contact with health authorities in order to insure that all people who were in contact with Grigor will be tested tonight. Since we do not want to risk, we decided to cancel the final match.”There have been no professional tennis events organised by the main men’s and women’s tours since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The US Open will be held without fans from 31 August to 13 September, despite some players voicing concerns about travelling to New York.There have been handshakes and hugs. They have got up close and personal to play football and basketball, and celebrated the end of the first leg in Belgrade with some improvised limbo dancing in a nightclub.Crowds were made welcome by the authorities, but that does not mean social distancing should have been abandoned by the players, who had arrived from various different locations for the Adria Tour series.And then onwards to others. Dominic Thiem, who was part of the show in Belgrade last week, has been playing in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in the south of France this weekend.Most of those on the Adria Tour have sounded distinctly lukewarm about the prospect of travelling to New York for the US Open – and it has not been hard to empathise with some of their concerns.But when watching the pictures from Belgrade and now Zadar, the feeling is simply one of bemusement.last_img read more

Steven Shamblin, 30, Wellington: April 26, 1984 – June 16, 2014

first_imgSteven ShamblinSteven D. Shamblin died Monday, June 16, 2014 near Wellington at the age of 30. Steven was born the son of Ted and Janna (Singer) Shamblin on Thursday, April 26, 1984 in Wellington. He was a graduate of Wellington High School. Following high school, Steven enlisted in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq.Survivors include his mother, Janna Shamblin of Wellington; father, Ted Shamblin of Wellington; children, Alexaiver Farley, Christopher Martin, Trystan Cole, Hunter Martin, Scotty Martin and Benjamin Easter; a brother, Derrick Shamblin (Shelby) of El Dorado, KS; half-sisters, Rachel Galdamez (Flavio) of Rogers, AR, Christina Reiss (Clint) of Kismet, KS, Sabrina Sanders (Billy) of League City, TX and his grandparents: Stephen and Edna Shamblin of Wellington. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Buford D. and Leota Irene Singer. Steven’s family will hold memorial services at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 23, 2014 in the First Free Will Baptist Church, 1219 North Plum, Wellington, KS. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Steven Shamblin Memorial Fund, c/o Day Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, KS 67152. All contributions will be applied towards funeral costs. To share a memory or condolence, please visit Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Aaron Ñiguez, very close to committing to the CD Lugo

first_imgThe band player who was looking for the CD Lugo would already be a reality. As Álvaro Lorenzo reported in Sports COPE Lugo, the chosen one would be the ilicitano end Aarón Ñiguez, actually no equipment after finishing abruptly his adventure in the Johor Darul Takzim of the Malaysian Super League. The former teams like Almeria, Elche, Tenerife or Real Oviedo would be a few days on trial training with the team before joining as a full member to the discipline of Curro Torres. Aaron’s arrival in Lugo would come after a bad player experience in Malaysia, where he arrived after leaving Real Oviedo. In the Johor Darul it started being indisputable but after a short period of time He was relegated by his coach to train with the subsidiary of the Malaysian team. Due to the lack of minutes and the null treatment, Ñiguez decided to terminate the contract forgiving even the second year of the card that he had to fulfill.With the arrival of Aaron Ñiguez the Lugo would complete his payroll of band players and, after the arrival of Kravets, he would focus on signing a midfielder to complete the template. It is not ruled out that this arrival could produce some exit since with Ñiguez the Lucense wings would be overpopulated with Iriome, Gerard Valentín, Rahmani, and Tete Morente. The latter could be one of the outputs in this winter market as it accumulates two games outside the calls of Curro Torres.last_img read more

Moore named captain of combined martial arts team

first_imgAdrian Moore was recently named captain of the 2017 Jamaica combined martial arts team, becoming the first graduate of the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School Martial Arts League to skipper the unit. A former Jamaica College fighter, Moore takes over the reins from Nicholas Dusard, who is away studying in Trinidad. He is the third captain of the combined martial arts team, founded in 2001 by its first captain, now manager, Jason McKay. “It’s really a great honour, and I am grateful to be the first graduate of the high-school programme to be named captain. I have had great mentors such as Olympian Kenneth Edwards, Nicholas Dusard, and Mr McKay himself, who sponsors the high-school programme,” said 25-year-old Moore. “Coming out of that programme, it moulded me to be the person I am, being able to balance studies with training,” he added. The highly successful combined martial arts team selects the best fighters based on points gained internationally and on the local-tournament circuit in addition to adding promising fighters as invitees each year end. Moore has been a member of the squad for five years, senior only by former captain McKay, Dusard, and Edwards, who now resides overseas part time. SUCCESSFUL TENURE Dusard had an extremely successful tenure, leading the team to its greatest-ever achievement, winning the International Taekwondo Federation World Cup on home soil, Montego Bay 2014, despite being in the hot seat when Jamaica lost to New Zealand at Gold Cup 2016 in Orlando two years later. McKay described Dusard’s tenure as “incredibly successful”. “The Gold Cup is important and we have won it on numerous occasions, but he took Jamaica to a World Cup title, which we had never before achieved,” he pointed out. The former captain said that Moore’s appointment was fitting, based on seniority. “He is expected to do a fine job, though I would have liked to see Edwards as captain before he retires. It’s just that every time he is in line to be appointed, he is not available due to his international training schedule,” he said.last_img read more

U.S. Promises Help for Liberia’s Financial Intelligence Unit

first_imgThe Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) of the United States Department of Treasury has pledged to help Liberia’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to implement the anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in Liberia.The pledge followed an assessment visit by the OTA’s Economic Crimes Team (ECT) to Monrovia to hold high level discussions from July 13-17 with several governmental agencies, who collaborated with the FIU on the AML/CFT regime.According to a FIU release, ECT Senior Advisor Carol A. Kelly, joined by Lilieth R. Whyte, Economic Officer of the US Embassy in Monrovia, met FIU Chief Executive Officer, Alex Cuffy for a joint session of the AML/CFT Inter-Ministerial Committee chaired by Deputy Finance and Development Planning Minister, Dr. James F. Kollie and FIU board chair Charles E. Sirleaf, who is also a deputy governor at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).The ECT also met high level officials of CBL’s Supervision Department, Liberia Revenue Authority, National Security Agency, Liberia National Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, Transnational Crime Unit, Judge James Jones of the Judiciary and Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Executive Chairman Cllr. James N. Verdier.The ECT came to Monrovia to discuss in greater detail its prospects for technical assistance collaboration following a visit paid by Mr. Cuffy to Washington in September 2014 in furtherance of a discussion President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf held with US Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen in May 2014.Before his visit, Mr. Cuffy had written the Treasury Department for technical assistance in which he unveiled a four-prong strategic goal of ensuring a fully functioning FIU; building capacity and creating awareness and sensitization; enhancing the legal and regulatory framework; and enhancing national, regional and international cooperation.OTA acknowledged receipt of the letter and commended the FIU for its well-considered strategic goals and work plans as well as the holistic approach it is taking to ensure close collaboration between key partner institutions.The FIU was created by an act of the Legislature on April 30, 2013 and published by the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 2, 2013 to serve as the central national agency for receiving, requesting, conducting preliminary investigations, analyzing and disseminating information concerning suspected proceeds of crime and terrorist property.Liberia is a member of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in West Africa (GIABA), a specialized institution of ECOWAS responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of AML/CFT measures in West Africa.Liberia scored high marks at a GIABA Plenary in Ivory Coast from May 18-23 where it was commended for its significant steps in the fight against AML/CFT. The plenary retained Liberia on the regular expedited follow-up process and requested it to submit its fifth follow-up report to GIABA Secretariat before May 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Free (and Open Source) Software for Colleges and Universities to Use in Their Strive…

first_imgDr. Darren WilkinsBy Dr. Darren Wilkins (Email: DWilkins@SaharaTechnology.Com  Tel: 0777129092 & 0886703789)The digitization of education is a phenomenon that has transformed the education sector globally, while Liberia continues to play “catch up”.  Nowadays, academic institutions explore the potential for digitizing education through, virtual universities, online courses (AME University recently ran a pilot project), education portals, courseware and so forth. Furthermore, the advent of the Internet and its technologies has kindled more opportunities to combine educational and economic goals on a common, globally accessible platform. But such a platform requires extensive technical support to create and sustain the software infrastructure on which digital education primarily depends.In Liberia, many of our colleges and universities continue to struggle with the integration of ICTs in their institutions. This is primarily due to the lack of resources (financial and technical) and to some extent, the lack of will and vision on the part of some of our leaders. To address this (in my own way), I have invited a group of ten students to come to my training and development lab to apprise them of the thousands of free and open source academic resources, (especially educational software) that are available on the Internet. The second reason is to train them in the use and development of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), and create an environment that allows them to test, develop, deploy and use open source software at their various colleges and universities. The third reason for inviting these kids is to build a team of evangelists who will go out and evangelize the need for the infusion of ICTs in our colleges, universities and the entire nation, so as to leapfrog social and economic development.As I mentioned above, one of the main reasons why technology integration has been slow in the Liberian education sector, is the lack of resources; both financial and technical. The lack of equipment (computer labs, testing environment, and internet), the lack of qualified instructors and the lack of a robust Educational Technology Policy or Plan to guide the sector in its efforts to improve pedagogy through a paradigm shift that leverages ICTs, are some of the challenges that sector faces. But as they say, where there is a will, there can always be a way. We know that the cost of software has always been prohibitive, thus denying ICT managers the resources required to provide much needed ICT services to their users. In worst cases, the prohibitive cost of software is one of the main reasons ICT managers install PIRATED SOFTWARE in their environment; something that can bring litigation from vendors. Hence, we try to suggest the use of FOSS where applicable. Another option is to go to the CLOUD. But that’s a different topic for a different day. Let’s focus on FOSS today!Before going further, let me attempt to provide a succinct description of what FOSS is. FOSS is software that can be used for free. It also provides the source code of the software for the user to tinker with. There is also a commercial version which also provides the source code to the user for tinkering. For the purpose of this article, FOSS refers to both free and commercial software that make their source code available for user to tinker with. Below, I discuss a few FOSS that colleges and universities could use for School Management System (SMS) or School ERP, Online Learning Management System (LMS), FOSS for instructors and students to use for teaching, learning and doing assignments, Web Development, as well as software for teaching a Computer Science or Engineering Program. School Management SystemsFedena is an open-source university management software that largely focuses on handling records. It is a school ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software that offers unlimited administration and student logins to use their system, along with unlimited courses and batches. The system includes, admission, course management, faculty messaging, attendance tracking, student information, dashboards human resources, a calendar, financial management, examination management, and student/parent logins. Fedena has free version and a commercial version. The commercial version obviously adds more features and provides a better level of support.Gibbon: This education ERP software can be used to manage the administration department and post all student-related information like admission information, staff management, payroll, invoicing, scheduling, gradebooks, rubrics, assessments, library catalogues, examination details and timetables. It also comes equipped with tools like assessments and planners which can be used to enhance the teaching experience for the teachers. Gibbon has a clear user interface for ease of use. One thing to note about Gibbon is that maintenance is quite technical, requiring coding knowledge, which is standard for open-source software. Support is limited to online guides for administrators, teachers, and parentsThere are other SMSes both Free and Open Source and commercial or proprietary. Ascend SMS, Smart Edu, EduKiran, are a few commercial/proprietary SMSes. Learning Management SystemsLMS tools are used mostly to create and manage learning content on the web. Some of the most widely used LMS tools are MOODLE, Bodginton, Sakai, Claroline, Dokeos, ATutor, OLAT. Of all the LMSes, I prefer MOODLE; not only because I have deployed, managed and used the platform, but because it is what I used as a student in college. MOODLE is downloaded about 500 times a day. It is installed on more than 28,000 registered sites, over a million courses are being offered though MOODLE, and it has a learning community of 10 million users in 175 countries.There are also several commercial or proprietary LMSes: WebCT, Blackboard, ANGEL Learning, and Desire2Learn. Depending on your institution’s resources, you can decide on which platform to use. Teaching Computer Programming and EngineeringColleges and universities that run IT/ICT/Computer Science programs can teach programming, operating system, database management, Web Development, using the following: Python, C/C++, Java , SQL, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, JavaScript. Since these are open source software, improving Open Source programs can be a realistic assignment. If the community accepts their additions, they’ll have OSS experience they can note as credit toward their professional careers.Web developmentThe IT/ICT department can use the following to develop their colleges or universities’ website or portals.- ZEND framework, PHP, Apache web server, MySQL MariaDB database, etc. They can use LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, and PERL or Python) as their web development platform. Drupal is another open source content management software that many, if not all Ivy League schools use for their websites.For Instructors and StudentsInstructors’ lesson plans and students’ assignments and presentations can be done using LibreOffice or OpenOffice. Instructors teaching Accounting can use GNU or LibreOffice Calc spreadsheet solutions. Instructors teaching Engineering, or Architecture can use CAD or DIA to give students a practical experience.Open educational resources (OERs)Open educational resources (OERs) are online resources that provide free applications and learning materials for academic institutions. Some Open Educational Resources include but not limited to:Open educational resources are available from the following initiatives:Connexions provides instructional material for primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels, as well as the industrial sector.MIT OpenCourseWare makes undergraduate and graduate course materials from MIT available on the Internet. This initiative has not damaged the university’s reputation but instead has encouraged other institutions to publish their courses online as well.Finally, I have briefly discussed a few software that can be used at our colleges and universities at little or no cost. These institutions will need a paradigm shift to be able to integrate ICTs in their learning environment. And this paradigm shift has begun as some colleges, universities and schools in Liberia, have begun hiring CIOs or Vice Presidents for ICT or IT or Technology to lead transformation to a digital learning and research environment. Liberia has 55% of the ACE fiber optic cable capacity. I believe 10% of that capacity is alloted for Education. It is time we leverage that 10% capacity and build a broadband network and name it; “Liberian Universities Broadband Network”, or LUBNET. This network will connect ALL universities and colleges for learning and research purposes. With FOSS and a broadband network, we can improve our education sector, particularly at the tertiary levShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prem Misir resigns as University of Fiji Vice Chancellor

first_imgFormer Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Prem Misir has resigned as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Fiji some three years after taking up the post.Former University of Guyana Pro Chancellor, Prem MisirMisir gave no reason for his resignation on June 7, 2018, but, according to the Fiji Sun, there was high drama since the scholar’s appointment to the post.Misir was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Fiji on June 1, 2015, and it is alleged that the sudden act was provoked by animosity within the Management Department of the institution.The Fiji Sun reported that the University’s senior management has been embroiled in employment issues regarding senior members of the University academic faculty. The University is owned by the Arya Samaj Organisation and according to the Chairman of the University’s Council, Anil Tikaram, “The VC has resigned on his free will and there were no other factors which led to his resignation.”It was reported that there were members of staff who did not like Professor Misir. When he applied for a work permit extension himself, five employees complained to the Immigration Department. He had to seek help from the Prime Minister’s office. The Fiji Immigration Department is said to have been reluctant to provide another work permit to Professor Misir.Misir resigned after that, but later reconsidered. However, he was informed that his resignation letter had been accepted.There are three employment cases pending against the University. The former staff members claimed they were wrongfully terminated.Misir is the holder of a PhD (University of Hull, England); MPH (University of Manchester, England); MPhil (University of Surrey, England); BSc (Honours) (Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom); Postdoctoral programme in Public Health (Columbia University, New York); and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH).Misir is also the former Pro Chancellor of the University of Guyana.While acting as Pro Chancellor, he had an affiliation with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Guyana, teaching Research Methodology and Biostatistics.After leaving the University of Guyana, he accepted the appointment of Executive Director of the Health Sector Development Unit (HSDU), Ministry of Health, Government of Guyana, managing the Global Fund in the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.He also was the Head of the Press and Publicity Unit, Office of the President, Government of Guyana.The Professor was a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University College of Dentistry; Associate Public Health Epidemiologist at the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Assistant Professor and Primary Care Coordinator at Interfaith Medical Centre/State University of New York Health Services Centre Brooklyn; Research and Evaluation Coordinator – graduate medical education, United Hospitals Medical Centre/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.In addition, he is the author of nine books with the most recent being HIV&AIDS Knowledge And Stigma in Guyana.last_img read more