Gebeh: “We are calling on humanitarian people to also support this initiative.” Michael Gebeh, Deputy Director for Administration at the Arthur and Zwannah First Autism School, has called on philanthropists and the government to help contribute to the well-being of autistic children and the smooth running of the institution.Autism is a complex developmental disorder that primarily affects the human brain and it is characterized by the inability of the affected persons to develop communication skills and normal social interactions, thereby hampering learning and other behaviors, according to a definition.Mr. Gebeh, who spoke to the Daily Observer recently in Monrovia, said if the Arthur and Zwannah Autism School is well supported by the national government and humanitarian groups, it will help create more awareness and enhance autism therapy as well as improve interaction for persons living with the disability.Arthur and Zwannah Autism social workers display placards for solidarity.“We are calling on humanitarian people to also support this initiative, because let us consider that these children who are the target groups need medical attention, vehicles and other assistance that will help us a lot in transforming their lives,” he said.“These children,” according to Mr. Gebeh, can be worked on or provide skills training as well as contribute to their own welfare, if they are trained.He added, “though you may not have them behave like a normal human beings, at least you will have them functioning very well, because the training will help them contribute to their own welfare and, by extension, it will help society.”Gebeh said that children with such challenges have lived in stigma, fear and as such have been denied education and equal parental love like the rest of the non-autistic children, but with the establishment of the institution in Liberia, we are trying our best to help them to overcome such challenges.”“It is time for all of us to accept children living with autism and give them the adequate resources needed to help them live an enabling life and that is why the Arthur and Zwannah Autism School has introduced a lot of awareness in communities to bring on these children on board.“For us at the school, our most cherished asset is the education and improved life of children living with autism and so we give them our best. We, therefore, develop programs to suit their interest,” he said.Some of the autistic kids and their parents at the occasion.Mr. Gebeh said that there were many parents who were keeping their autistic children at home for fear of being stigmatized and urged such parents to send their children to the school.He also commended Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for contributing to the institution and called for the support of individuals, philanthropists, and institutions to come to their aid.Gebeh said as part of the institution’s own way of transforming the lives of these children, they are also training social and psycho-social workers to help cater to them.Sonie Yassah Kennedy, a of the parent of an autistic child, commended the Arthur and Zwannah Autism School for their efforts because she said the school has helped to build the confidence of the children and given hope to the parents that their children have unique talents that can be developed.The school, which is established in the facility of Abundance Grace School in Paynesville by a local non-governmental organization, “Straight from the Heart (SFTH)” is currently catering to 25 autistic children.Meanwhile, the organization is supported by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
You can certainly see why a host of Premier League sides were competing to sign this young striker.After impressing for Northern Ireland Premiership side Cliftonville, the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Swansea were all competing to sign Northern Irish youngster Rory Donnelly, with the Welsh side winning the race.He failed to make a senior league appearance in two and a half years at the Liberty Stadium, however, and sealed a move to Gillingham this summer in a bid for more first team football.And the 23-year-old is already taking League One by storm, as evidenced by this scything run and deft chipped goal against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday.Check out the sublime finish above!
The Crested Cranes team that started against Ethiopia on Wednesday. (FUFA Photo)CAF Africa Qualifiers Women’s Tournament Olympics Games Tokyo 2020Ethiopia 3-2 UgandaNational Stadium, Addis Ababa Wednesday, 03-04-2019ADDIS ABABA- The Uganda Women’s National Football team, the Cranes were on Wednesday defeated 3-2 by Ethiopia in the first leg of their CAF Olympic qualifier preliminary round.Faridah Bulega’s side scored three times on the day but one was in their own net as they failed to stop Ethiopia from marching onto victory.Ethiopia took an early lead following an own goal by Aisha Namukisa, to send the home fans into a frenzy.Uganda got a glorious opportunity to level matters before halftime but Sandra Nabweteme’s penalty could only find the woodwork, ensuring that the home side heads into the break with a slender 1-0.Nabweteme missed a penalty on Wednesday. (file photo)After the break, the Crested Cranes tried their best to get an equalizer but it was Ethiopia who struck again on 78 minutes through Laza Abera.Moments later Serladdis Guta made it 3-0 to the home side, striking from close range.However Uganda would not lie down as they pulled one back immediately through a Tarikuwa Debiso own goal.Substitute Hasifah Nassuna ensured Bulega’s side will need only a single goal in the return leg to qualify for the next round, scoring a second late on in the game to see the match end 3-2 in the home side’s favour.The two sides will meet again on Saturday in the return leg of the preliminary round.The Crested Cranes will fly back from Ethiopia and arrive at Entebbe Airport at 1am on Thursday.Ethiopia are expected to jet into the country on later in afternoon.Crested Cranes Starting XI against Ethiopia:Ruth Aturo (GK/C), Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Aisha Namukisa, Shadia Nankya, Yudaya Nakayenze, Lililan Mutuuzo, Phiona Nabbumba, Shamira Nalugya (Fazila Ikwaput), Sandra Nabweteme (Hasifah Nassuna) and Zainah Namuleme (Fauzia Najjemba)Unused substitutes: Daisy Nakaziro (GK), Juliet Nalukenge, Raticia Nabbosa, Amagat Marrion, Tracy Jones Akiror and Nanziri RestyComments Tags: crested cranesHasifah NassunaSandra NabwetemeTokyo 2020 CAF Women Qualifierstop
The community spirit is strong among staff and volunteers from Greencastle Community Centre who will be heading off soon to Kilkenny as finalists of the prestigious IPB Pride of Place Awards – which takes place on Saturday 30th November 2019.The IPB Pride of Place Awards is a national competition which started in 2003 and celebrates community group contributions to local society and the creation of civic pride. Susan McAleer, Manager of Greencastle Community Centre, said it is a fantastic achievement to have been selected as a finalist in this year’s competition – and that the trip to Kilkenny will cap off a ‘hugely successful’ year for the group that has a strong tradition of community involvement, volunteerism and action. “We’re really delighted and excited to be traveling to Kilkenny as a finalist in this year’s Pride of Place Awards – which is such a huge achievement for our centre and a great example of how the staff, committee and volunteers have all come together to promote the work we do”, she said. “Indeed, the community spirit, friendly atmosphere, dedicated staff, Board of Directors, committee and volunteers have all contributed to making the past year such a huge success.“2019 has not only been a great year with the introduction of lots of new classes, hobby courses, accredited training and counselling at the centre, but also because of several successful fundraising campaigns which – as always – have been well- supported by the local community. “We’re also currently operating at full capacity – which is great because it tells us we’re providing the opportunities people from the local community need and want. “2019 has also seen the introduction and development of our new ‘Musical Memories Singing Group’ – the first one of its kind in Donegal and arguably the country – which is a wonderful group helping many local people living with Alzheimer’s. As well as offering support for family members, friends and carers, this hugely popular group has also been commended by specialists in Alzheimer’s care – and we’re so proud to facilitate the group here in the centre!Musical Memories Singing Group“We’re also really looking forward to 2020 when we’ll be welcoming another full-time tenant to the centre with the opening of a new childcare facility in January (including pre-school & afterschool activities) which will be a fantastic asset for our local community.”In July 2019, judges from the national Pride of Place competition visited the scenic fishing village where they met members of the development group to find out more about their determined drive to develop a multi-purpose community centre for the people of the local area. Pride of Place judges visited Greencastle Community CentreThe judges experienced first-hand the range of services provided in the centre including training and counselling services (all delivered by volunteers) and were treated to a choral performance by members of the newly formed Musical Memories Singing Group.Shauna McClenaghan, Joint CEO of Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), which supports a range of events and activities at Greencastle Community Centre, said it is a tremendous achievement to have been shortlisted for the finals of the national competition. “I’m really delighted Greencastle Community Centre has been selected as a finalist in this prestigious competition”, she said.“This well-deserved recognition is testament to the hard work and dedication of all the staff and volunteers from the centre who have done so much to transform it into a wonderful space for everyone to enjoy.“The Pride of Place Awards is about promoting and celebrating the best in community development – and it aims to recognise the selfless efforts of so many people who are making their areas better places to live, work and socialise.“I therefore hope the staff and volunteers really enjoy this very special evening! Indeed, they should all be very proud of themselves as they make their trip to Kilkenny for the gala awards ceremony – as they have all done so much to improve their community and instil a fantastic sense of civic pride in their local area. “Indeed, they all epitomise the amazing sense of community spirit that exists across the Inishowen peninsula – and are an excellent example of a local group committed to creating positive civic change!”Pride of Place final to cap off successful year for Greencastle Community Centre was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:pride of place awards
5 December 2012South Africa’s policy makers should debate the question of whether sign language should be added to the country’s list of official languages, says President Jacob Zuma.Zuma was speaking during a Siyahlola presidential monitoring programme visit to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Tuesday.During a community meeting at Bergvlam Primary School, people with disabilities and various organisations urged Zuma to add sign language as one of the country’s official languages.Scelo Dlamini from KwaZulu-Natal’s Deaf People Association told Zuma that deaf children suffered a lot in schools as they were taught by teachers who did not know sign language.“Please make sure that there’s training for teachers for sign language, including in early childhood development for deaf children to develop their language. Then they will know sign language better when they go to school,” Dlamini urged the President.A representative from South African Disability Alliance urged the Department of Basic Education to improve the use of sign language in schools. “Deaf learners are still not being taught in the medium of sign language. Academic curriculum for deaf children and intellectual learners is unsatisfactory,” he said.In response, Zuma said it was clear that the government needed to do something.“From today we can argue it better – whether in Parliament or Cabinet – to say that this must happen. Children with disabilities go to school and are taught by teachers who don’t understand the language – you can imagine the difficulty,” he said.He said learning sign language should be included in teachers’ training.Disability Awareness MonthZuma’s visit was the culmination of Disability Awareness Month, held in November under the theme, “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”, as proclaimed by the United Nations for the International Day for Persons with Disability held on 3 December.Responding to the challenges raised by people with albinism, including being teased, Zuma urged South Africans to respect their rights and stop calling them names.“There should be no more calling them by different names … We have to respect the rights of all citizens, we might outlaw these names … so that we can caution society and accord them the respect that they deserve,” Zuma said.People with disabilities also called on the government to ensure that departments fast-tracked the implementation of a 2% employment quota for people with disabilities, as they also wanted to be part of the country’s growing economy.Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana promised to follow up on the matter, and others raised during the meeting, with Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. She also committed to call on other government departments to adhere to the 2% employment quota.“We already know the problems relating to access to transport and housing, and we are discussing these issues with relevant ministers including the Department of Labour.“We will sit down and speak with the arts and culture minister to recognise the issue of sign language. The basic education minister heard all the issues regarding education, and we will pass a request to the health minister about the access to hearing aids,” Xingwana said.Source: SANews.gov.za
Frontier Advisory CEO Martyn Davies (left), Siobhana Cleary of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (middle) and Mark Jennings, investment principal at Investec Asset Management (right) discuss capital markets, the stock exchange and private equity in Africa at the African Frontiers Forum.(Image: Tiisetso Tlelima) From left, President Dilma Rousseff of Brasil, Russian president Vladimir Putin, President Manmohan Singh of India, Chinese president Hu Jintao and SOuth Africa’s president Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Mexico in 2012.(Image: 2013 Brics summit)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122 Tiisetso TlelimaThe 2013 Brics summit, which takes place from 25 to 27 March in Durban, was the main topic of discussion at Frontier Advisory’s monthly seminar held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Thursday.The objective of the Africa Frontiers Forum is to promote an understanding of the business environment in Africa and to raise strategic issues impacting on the continent.The seminar is attended by leading figures from the realm of business and government who give their insights on a designated topic. It is also a platform for knowledge sharing and networking.Chaired by Frontier Advisory CEO Martin Davies, the conversation at this month’s seminar was centred on the Brics nations and what member states can expect from the upcoming summit.The Development Bank of Southern Africa’s (DBSA) regional manager for development planning, Dr Michele Ruiters, told forum attendees that the bank will hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Brics summit to discuss two main issues. The meeting will highlight collaboration on green economy issues, something that Brazil, India, Russia and China have shown interest in; and infrastructure delivery as infrastructure development is important in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.The DBSA is the largest regional infrastructure bank within the SADC region and it invests 20% of its loan book in the region, according to Ruiters.She further stipulated that the DBSA is a reference bank within Brics, meaning that it’s a member of a financial mechanism forum within the bloc that discusses all the financial issues that might arise in collaboration on the African continent.Establishing a joint development bank“Our main focus is on unblocking regional projects which is where the Brics could play a role, that is, around collaboration on co-financing and finding new ways of financing large infrastructure cross-border projects, specifically because we find that most of the blockages that exist around infrastructure delivery are those on the cross-border list,” explained Ruiters.“This is because it’s much easier to fund country to country, but when there are three or more countries involved in a financial deal is more difficult.”She added that setting up a Brics bank – a joint development bank – would cater for these cross-border infrastructure delivery projects.A Brics bank, which will have a starting capital of US$50-billion (R443-billion), would pool resources from partners to unlock infrastructure delivery in Africa.“What we’re hoping from the summit is that we solidify and formulate our collaboration even more,” Ruiters said.Russian ambassador Mikhail Petrakov, however, told delegates that Brics should not be viewed merely in terms of concrete issues such as the development bank, but also as a collaboration on strategic political issues and as an opportunity to create a new world.“But for the time being, Brics is obviously concentrated on the issues of the economy,” said Petrakov. “I presume that discussions at the summit this year will be around key international issues.”He added that Russia was working hard with other Brics partners because the coalition is a priority and one of the country’s key foreign policies.The Brics summit will concentrate on Africa and there will be outreach projects following the summit, he said. “By doing this kind of outreach we attract attention from outside to Brics and we can incorporate other regions in Africa.”He drew attention to the fact that Brics is a young initiative, having only been around for five years, and it has taken a lot of effort to make the forum more structured.Moving from a socialist philosophy to free marketsMark Casey, head of the China-Africa Services Group and Deloitte’s technology, media and telecoms industry leader, who has travelled to the other four territories, said the Brics nations shared developmental goals and objectives.Their ideologies and perspectives are similar, and they experience the same challenges, explained Casey.“All territories in Brics are moving along an evolutionary continuum from a socialism philosophy to a free market one and I think that makes sense from the unique situation each country is in. I think all of them have a desire to accelerate progress towards that free market goal. Capital flow and investor confidence is high.”The importance of Africa producing products and not just being mere suppliers was also discussed at the seminar.“My biggest fear is that we’ve just been suppliers and not partners, and we hope that this is something that will change,” said Casey. “Africa needs to re-establish itself through partnerships and diversify its economy in the long term future.”South Africa’s inclusionSouth Africa was invited to join the Brics nations in December 2010 and Brand South Africa was involved in facilitating the process that led to the country being part of the coalition.South Africa’s inclusion into Brics has been criticised with some saying Nigeria should have been included instead.According to Brand South Africa’s research manager Petrus de Kock, the criticism is largely based on South Africa’s market size.“We’ve got just over 50-million people and when you compare that to other Brics nations there is no comparison in terms of population size,” explained De Kock.But he asserted that South Africa ranked higher than the other Brics nations in most of the categories of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index.“For me, one of the hopeful outcomes of the summit is business leadership, civil society and political leadership that come to the country to just have that direct exposure, and for Brand South Africa to take that opportunity to not only build our reputation but to actively build on previous experiences and mistakes,” said De Kock.He added that it would be important for South Africa to share its multicultural experience with other Brics member states and he hopes that South Africa will play a much stronger role in the future of the organisation.“The key outcome for me would be heightened awareness of each one of us, of who we are and what our societies look like, and a sense of the unique opportunities as well as challenges.”
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Would you like to consolidate a hefty chunk of your browser’s bookmark bar real estate? Quix is an interesting application that allows users to create an all-in-one solution for bookmarklets and bookmarks, as well as a handy toolkit that will let users shorten links and post to multiple locations, all from any browser.Check out the demo, give the app a test drive, and let us know what you think.Quix is an extensible bookmarklet that allows users to access all their bookmarks and bookmarklets across all browsers, while maintaining the necessary shortcuts in just one spot. In essence, Quix acts like like a command line for the browser.Commands run the gamut from basic web searches and functions to social utilities to searches and SEO/webmaster functions – the range of functionality for Internet power users is truly mind-boggling. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Quix bookmarklet comes ready-made with a decent gallery of commands, but the best part of the app is that users and developers can extend its functions using custom commands files. Once a user has made his own custom commands file available online, he can simply go to the Quix extensions page to create a bookmarklet that will work with that file.The only downside is having to remember all the commands.In many senses, this reminds of of Mozilla’s Ubiquity, the add-on/UI we raved about back in the mists of time and that allowed users to apply textual commands to any page they were browsing. Ubiquity isn’t dead, but it seems to run silent and deep. We hope this conceptual revival from Quix will fare better.Quix comes from Joost de Valk, a seeming one-man web dev shop based in the Netherlands. Let us know what you think of this app in the comments. Tags:#Product Reviews#web
All 30 students from Patna-based Super-30 coaching institute on Sunday cracked the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) this year.Significantly, most of the students who have got success in the IIT-JEE examination from Super 30 coaching institute are from the Bihar School Examination Board which has been under regular controversy for toppers scam and the pass percentage from last few years. This year only 35 per cent of the students had passed the Bihar board Std XII exam and had brought massive embarrassment to the state government.With this year’s hundred per cent result, Super 30 also completed its 15 years on journey sending altogether 396 students to IIT since its inception from 2002 providing free food and accommodation to the students coming from poor and underprivileged strata of the society.“Once again history repeated its success rate at Super 30 giving us reasons to be glad and feel proud…but, now time has come to make expansion of the institute…we’ll organize tests for selecting the students in different parts of the country as well and give details on the website”, Anand Kumar, founder of the Super 30 told The Hindu.Not surprisingly this year too, several students from poor families have cracked the IIT-JEE from Super 30.The story of Kelvin, son of an unemployed father, or Arbaaz Alam, son of a roadside egg seller, Arjun, a farm labourer’s son or landless farmer’s son Abhishek are similar. They all stand tall having overcome odds of poverty and deprivation to make it to IIT.“I’d heard of Super 30 almost 10 years ago and since that day I dreamt of seeing my son here to realize my dream… today my son has realized my dream just because of Super 30 and Anand Sir”, said Deepak, father of Kelvin. “Anand Sir made me feel confident about my abilities… he boosted my confidence…now, I think it is a matter of few years when my father will not have to sell eggs braving the chilly winds of winter nights”, Arbaaz said whose father sells eggs by roadside in Biharsharief of Nalanda district.Altogether 19 out 20 students from Super 30 run by Abhayanand (he goes by just one name), former state police chief and Physics teacher too have cracked the IIT-JEE from the state with good ranks. Shahsi Kumar with 298, Keshav Raj with 487, Shreyesh Raj with 562 have cleared the toughest engineering test of the country.
Chin music versus the kings of tweak could be an ideal way to describe India’s Super Eights clash with Australia here on Friday. In the build-up to the game, Australian pacer Pat Cummins spoke about serving up the short-pitched stuff to the famed Indian batting line-up, but that’s as predictable as MS Dhoni opting for more spinners to counter the threat of the pace-loving Aussies.Dhoni did, however, go against his norm on Thursday when he declared at the prematch press conference that he would be playing five specialist bowlers. That means one of the two biggest guns of the batting line-up – Virender Sehwag or Yuvraj Singh – will have to sit out.”We most probably will play with five bowlers, but the combination will depend on conditions and the wicket, which will be a fresh one. Definitely it’s one of the toughest decisions I’ve taken so far, but we have to see what fits the combination the best,” said Dhoni.The game will be the second of the day on the pitch, and it won’t be a stretch to imagine Dhoni going in with two seamers and all three specialist spinners in the squad – offies R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla. That means a toss-up between the out-of-form Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipathy Balaji, unless the skipper sticks to the three pacers and two spinners combination that worked wonders against England on Sunday.Irfan Pathan will be the key man, since he will have to live up to his ‘allrounder’ tag and shoulder the responsibility of the main medium-pacer and the seventh batsman.advertisementAustralia already have that luxury in the form of Shane Watson, who has come up with man-of-the-match-winning efforts in both their group games.Watson has played the role of the senior seamer to perfection, getting key wickets and complementing the young Cummins and Mitchell Starc with the new ball.With the bat, he has been his usual destructive self, and David Warner has joined him in giving the team flying starts.Michael Hussey’s presence at one-drop is reassuring, but if the Indians do make early inroads into their line-up, the Aussies might rue the lack of experience and time in the middle.India have history stacked against them. Since lifting the inaugural trophy in 2007, they haven’t won a single Super Eights game, losing all six matches in the 2009 and 2010 tournaments in England and West Indies respectively.But things look different this time around. The spinners are in good form, as are most of the batsmen, and the Premadasa wicket is expected to turn a bit, handing the advantage to the Men in Blue.With Group 2 looking by far the tougher one to qualify from, given that all the teams finished unbeaten in the league stage, an early victory will give either team the upper hand and confidence for the rest of the games.And the choices India make on the team selection front might turn out to be the biggest factor in the match.India vs Australia, Live from Colombo, on STAR Cricket from 7:30 pm
From H S RaoLondon, May 4 (PTI)Tata Communications, the official connectivity provider of Formula One, has been selected by Sky sports to live broadcast feeds of all 21 Grands Prix motor racing matches.The deal, which is a part of Skys strategy to create Europes leading entertainment company following its acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, will ensure a seamless race experience for viewers in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, regardless of Grand Prix location, Sky sports said in a statement.All video feeds of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship season will be distributed live in high- definition to Sky viewers using Tata Communications Video Connect service.Sky teams based in the UK, Germany and Italy will work in close collaboration with Tata Communications experts at race tracks and its remote operations teams, ensuring a seamless delivery of each race to people at home, it said.”The integration of our operations in Europe is focused on accelerating innovation and serving our viewers better ? and Tata Communications global fibre network will help us do just that,” says Keith Lane, Director of Operations at Sky.With half a billion viewers globally, F1 is the worlds most popular annual sporting series ? but with races in locations as diverse as the streets of Singapore, the hills of Sao Paulo and the deserts of Abu Dhabi, it is also a hugely challenging environment for broadcasters, says Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1 Business at Tata Communications. PTI HSR UZM