Save the Children International, (SCI), one of lead international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Margibi County, has constructed a school building in Kakata, the Margibi capital.SCI Education Project Manager, Augustine Kullie, is quoted as telling the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent, Richard Baysah, that “the Margibi All-Girls School,” built by SCI management, is intended to be used exclusively for teen mothers and girls in Margibi County.According to Mr. Kullie, the Margibi All-Girls School was constructed under a program called, “Hope for Africa,” and is funded by Save the Children International of South Korea.“Building of the school was also intended to increase girl’s access and improved quality of education for Liberian children, especially girls,” Mr. Kullie said.He observed that there was a very serious issue when it came to girls’ education, due to gender disparity almost at all levels of the society, but mainly beginning with the primary school level.The school building, which is located the main campus of the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI), was constructed at a cost over US$120.000, is built in accordance with the Ministry of Education (MOE) prescribed standard design of schools in Liberia.The newly dedicated school comprises the primary annex, which runs from grade one to fourth grade, and the early childhood development block that is primarily targeting teen mothers whose excuse over the years had been that “there is nobody to take care of our child/children while they are in school.”But with the construction of the Margibi All-Girls School, Mr. Kullie is of the opinion that both the boys and girls will take advantage by helping to significantly address the issue of educational disparity among them.An educational survey shows the ratio of boys to girls is 50-50, but going beyond the primary level, the ratio of boys to girls indicates that the boys have the advantage to remain in school as compared to girls.Continuing up to grade nine, Kullie said, there is a huge gap in disparity as three or at least five out of 15 girls sometimes remain in school until they complete the secondary education.Quoting the global index survey on girl’s education in 2011 as reported by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) there were 28 million children out of school particularly in sub-Sahara Africa and “more than 50 percent accounted for girls out of school children.”In Liberia, he said, the same UNICEF report indicated that half a million children were out of school, and more than half of that number was again girls. This, he said, has become an increasing concern to SCI in addressing the huge disparity between boys and girls.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which calls for the reduction in gender disparity by 2005, did not materialize up to 2015, Kullie disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Danny Simpson Leicester City defender Danny Simpson has returned to training and could feature against Burnley on Saturday.The Englishman injured his hamstring during the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend and missed Wednesday’s Champions League win over Brugge.Initially it had been feared that the right-back could be out for a number of weeks, but now Claudio Ranieri has revealed the defender could feature on Saturday against Burnley at the King Power.“Danny Simpson is training very well and he is ready to play,” said Ranieri.However, while Simpson maybe back in contention, both Nampalys Mendy and Matty James are sidelined for tomorrow’s match.
Tottenham Hotspur midfield star Mousa Dembele has rubbished claims the team will struggle at Wembley Stadium this season, and feels they will adapt quickly.Spurs will play all their home matches in north west London this campaign as they build a new arena, which is due to open next year.In recent years, the club hasn’t had the best record at Wembley, winning just two out of their last 10 competitive matches there.But Dembele insists this run isn’t bothering him or his colleagues, and believes critics should consider performances at the stadium, not just results.He told talkSPORT: “To be honest, obviously we had some games that were not the best but I think there were games where we played really good, even against Chelsea [in the FA Cup semi-final] and the year before as well [in the League Cup final].“In the last game against Juventus we had a good game so I don’t think it’s something in our heads, and with the way we play I think we will adapt very quickly.“In our team, no one is scared of that. It’s what people try to say. The statistics say we don’t play very well, and of course statistics are a big thing, but we don’t believe in that.“We know we’re going to do well at Wembley. We’re not concerned about this.”
Under-pressure Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits he is a big admirer of his potential successor Luis Enrique.Conte’s position at Stamford Bridge has been the subject of constant speculation, with Spaniard Enrique reportedly one of the prime candidates to replace him.The pair were opponents during their midfield playing days and have also been in opposing dugouts as managers.That occurred when Conte was at Juventus and while Enrique – who is currently on a break from management after leaving Barcelona – was in charge of their Serie A rivals Roma.Setting aside the persistent rumours, Conte said he regards Enrique extremely highly.“Yes, yes. I knew him. When I was the coach of Juventus, he was Roma’s coach. Yes. I have spoken with him,” said Conte.“We played against each other, and he’s a really good person. I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and he is a fantastic coach.“He reached his targets with Barcelona, and also with Roma, you could see a well organised team. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach.”Speculation that Conte could leave west London before his contract expires in summer 2019 has increased in the past fortnight following successive heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.The Premier League champions have failed to mount a substantial title defence and now face a battle to secure Champions League football for next season with a top-four finish.Conte will come under growing pressure should they fail to win at home to bottom club West Brom on Monday evening.The Italian, who has repeatedly expressed a desire to see out his existing deal, insists there will be no hard feelings towards Luis Enrique should he ultimately take his job.“We do this job, and our job is not ‘difficult’, but you must be open and understand the situation can change,” Conte added.“A club can take different decisions. It’s the same for me.“But, I repeat, I’m not jealous or envious of other managers. Everyone knows his job, his work.“I have, usually, a great respect.”The Blues remain without star striker Alvaro Morata due to a back injury, while midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will also sit out the Baggies game because of a one-match ban following his dismissal at Watford.Centre-back Andreas Christensen is a big doubt as he looks to overcome a hamstring problem, but recent signing Olivier Giroud could make his first start since arriving from Arsenal. 1 Luis Enrique has been praised by Antonio Conte
appointed Bayern Munich are reportedly weighing up a bid for Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno to replace veteran stopper Manuel Neuer.The German joined the north London club from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 and has firmly established himself as the club’s No.1 following the retirement of Petr Cech. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets Largely due to the poor performances of his defence in front of him, Leno has kept just eight clean sheets from 48 Premier League appearances since joining the club, but on the whole he has impressed between the sticks.The stopper still has four years remaining on his current contract, however, according to The Sun, the German champions will turn their attention to the Arsenal star in the summer.Neuer, who has made over 200 league appearances for the Bavarians, turns 34 in March and has only recently come back from metatarsal injury which ruled him out for nearly 10 months. statement LATEST 1 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman update Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti PEP TALK rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Leno is reportedly wanted by Bayern Munich LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS stalemate Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule on target Getty Images – Getty Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The Germany international star kept a clean sheet on Saturday as Bayern crushed rivals Bayern Munich 4-0 to move back to with four points of the Bundesliga summit.Caretaker manager Hansi Flick has taken charge of Bayern following the dismissal of Niko Kovac.He has won both of his matches in charge and club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he will remain at the helm until further notice.
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Philander had done the trick. South Africa had won the match, the series, and ascended to number one in the world rankings. Man of the matchThe man of the match at Lords, though, was Vernon Philander, who showed his all-round ability at test level for the first time. In South Africa’s first innings of 309 all out, he and JP Duminy shared the top score of 61, and he followed that up with 35, which was the third-highest score in the Proteas’ second knock. Former England captain Michael Atherton, at the post-match presentations, asked Smith about where he thought the difference was between the teams. “Moments like this make cricket what it is. It’s a great advert for test cricket, the way the game unfolded. It’s just a fantastic day for us,” Amla said in his post-match interview. “South Africa were the better side, not just in this test match, but over the course of the series and they thoroughly deserve their victory,” England captain Andrew Strauss said in a post-match interview. Just before the post-match presentations, Smith had written a message on his shirt for Mark Boucher, who had been forced out of the series by a career-ending eye injury. He explained it to Atherton. “I know that he is watching,” he said to cheers from the crowd. Terrific fightbackEngland, though, fought back terrifically, with Jonny Bairstow, called up in place of the controversial Kevin Pietersen, following up his first innings’ top score of 95 with a sparkling 54 off only 47 balls. Jonathan Trott also showed attacking intent, making 63, before Dale Steyn removed him. “It’s a message from all of us. He’s been an integral part of the Proteas for 147 games. This was meant to be his 150th test match, so we really wanted to let him know that he’s here with us today and this series victory was for him and everything he’s done for the Proteas.” His 121 in the second innings at Lords, the highest score in the match, was crucial to South Africa’s 51-run victory. After Philander had reduced them to 16 for 2 on Sunday, that task looked as if it would be beyond them. When he added the wicket of Ian Bell for four, with the total on 34 on Monday, it appeared the game wouldn’t become much of a contest. ‘A great feeling’Looking back on the tour of England, he added: “It’s a long two months here for this test series – three test matches – it’s a long time to stay mentally focused and to deal with the pressure of playing England in England, and to have won the series 2-0 is a great feeling.” “Yeah, I’m not even the second best batsman in my team, so I don’t think the rankings really matter too much, but I’m just glad to be doing well for the team,” the ever-modest Amla replied. Man of the seriesHashim Amla was named man of the series. Not only was his total of 482 runs over 200 runs more than any other batsman on either side managed in the series, his 311 in the first test was better than any other batsman managed in the entire series. 21 August 2012South Africa celebrated Graeme Smith’s world record-equalling 93rd test as captain with a 51-run victory over England at Lords on Monday, which secured the number one ranking in test cricket for the Proteas. England, who led by six runs on the first innings, had been set a challenging 346 for victory after South Africa posted 351 in their second innings. Atherton pointed out that Amla is now number two in the test batting rankings and number one in the one-day international rankings. “You’ve come a long way,” he suggested. On top of that, he was the toughest bowler to get away throughout the match, and the game’s most successful bowler, claiming 2 for 48 in 24 overs in the first innings and 5 for 30 in the second off 14.5 overs. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Facing an old ball, but with the threat of a new one on the way, the pair played their shots, including some superb reverse sweeps by Prior off of the leg-spinner Imran Tahir. As they bravely challenged the Proteas’ bowlers, so the vocal support of the crowd picked up. With the score on 282, James Anderson joined Prior in the middle. The wicketkeeper, the established man at the crease, had to continue playing his shots and that led to him finding a thick outside edge as he attempted to drive. Sprinting in from deep, Duminy took the catch and it seemed the match was in the bag for South Africa at last. ‘They deserve every accolade’“The entire squad, including all the players and team management, deserve every accolade they will undoubtedly receive,’ Cricket South Africa Acting CEO Jacques Faul said in a statement. Partnership brokenAfter the pair had added 74 runs, the partnership was finally broken. A moment’s hesitation by Swann on a quick run did him in as Jacques Rudolph fired the ball in to Tahir, who threw down the stumps from a metre away to just beat Swann’s attempt to make it into the crease. Turned to PhilanderFinally, the new ball arrived, but Prior, looking solid, managed a ferocious four off Steyn’s first over. Proteas’ skipper Smith turned to Philander to make a breakthrough. The very next delivery, to last man in Steven Finn, went to second slip where Jacques Kallis bagged the catch to end the contest and the series. More drama followed, however, as umpire Simon Taufel asked for a review of Morne Morkel’s delivery and the slo-mo revealed the big fast bowler had overstepped and sent down a no ball. Prior, who had almost reached the boundary, was called back and returned to the crease to rowdy cheers from the crowd. “I think we were able to post totals in this series,” Smith said. “We were able to build partnerships and get scores on the board that were substantial and allowed our bowlers to bowl with maybe a bit more freedom, and allowed them to attack and get the rewards.” “They have made the entire country extremely proud and it has been a wonderful period for South African sport coming after the impressive performance of Team SA at the Olympic Games and Ernie Els’s victory at the British Open Golf Championship.” Then Matt Prior and Stuart Broad took the game to the Proteas. Broad, playing with gay abandon, was always likely to offer an opportunity or two and he was eventually dismissed for 37, caught by Amla off the bowling of Kallis. Unfortunately for South Africa the onslaught did not slow, it grew as Graeme Swann joined Prior out in the middle. With his fourth ball, he nipped one away and found the edge of Prior’s bat to all but wrap up the series as the wicketkeeper departed for a very well played 73.
15 July 2014The Springbok Women began finalising their preparations for next month’s IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup on Monday as the squad assembled in Cape Town for their World Cup holding camp.All 26 players named in the South African Rugby World Cup squad reported for duty, including Springbok Women’s captain Mandisa Williams, who was withdrawn from their warm-up tour of England and France due to a knee injury, and centres Marithy Pienaar and Ziyanda Tywaleni, who missed the tour due to knee and hamstring injuries respectively.The World Cup will be hosted in Marcoussis, outside of Paris, from 1 to 17 August, with the Springbok Women set to face Australia, France and Wales in the pool stages.‘Pleasing’Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka was pleased to welcome back his players for their final training camp and said: “It is good to have the team back together and it is pleasing to see the players fresh and ready for the big challenge that lies ahead.“It is also satisfying to welcome Marithy and Ziyanda to the squad following their injury layoffs.“The team realises that this is the last chance to work on the big things before the World Cup and they are all in the right frame of mind to achieve this.”Training goalsSephaka said one of his main main goals before the team departs for France is to work on the areas of their game that let them down against the Nomads and France.“We took several positives from our warm-up tour, particularly our defence and ability to score tries against the Nomads, and our encouraging performance all around in the second half against France,” said Sephaka. “But there are areas we have to work on, which includes converting the pressure on attack into points and improving our scrummaging, so we have hard work ahead in the next two weeks.”The Springbok squad will have a World Cup capping ceremony and send-off function on the eve of their departure on 26 July at The Garden Court, Nelson Mandela Boulevard.Springbok Women’s Rugby World Cup squadForwards: Celeste Adonis (Western Province), Nolusindiso Booi (Border), Nomathamsanqa Faleni (Eastern Province), Rachelle Geldenhuys (Blue Bulls), Portia Jonga (Eastern Province), Cebisa Kula (Eastern Province), Thantaswa Macingwana (Border), Lamla Momoti (Border), Nwabisa Ngxatu (Border), Asithandile Ntoyanto (Border), Vuyolwethu Vazi (Blue Bulls), Denita Wentzel (Western Province), Shona-Leah Weston (Blue Bulls), Mandisa Williams (Border, captain). Backs: Siviwe Basweni (Border), Lorinda Brown (Eastern Province), Cindy Cant (Blue Bulls), Phumeza Gadu (Eastern Province), Veroeshka Grain (Western Province), Zenay Jordaan (Border), Tayla Kinsey (KwaZulu-Natal), Benele Makwezela (Western Province), Fundiswa Plaatjie (Border), Marithy Pienaar (Blue Bulls), Siphosethu Tshingana (Eastern Province), Ziyanda Tywaleni (Border).Springbok Women’s 2014 WRWC Pool FixturesFriday, 1 Aug: SA vs Australia, MarcoussisTuesday, 5 Aug: SA vs France, MarcoussisSaturday, 9 Aug: SA vs Wales, MarcoussisSAinfo reporter
A letter from the Archbishop of New Delhi asking priests to “pray” for India in the midst of what he called threats to the country’s democracy in a “turbulent political atmosphere” has raised the ire of Hindu nationalist politicians and even prompted one politician to call for India to sever ties with the Vatican.On Tuesday, a May 8 letter from Archbishop Anil Joseph Couto, the head of the Catholic Church in India’s capital, to local churches surfaced suggesting priests start a prayer campaign this month before the national elections due in May next year.“We are witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our constitution and the secular fabric of our nation,” Couto wrote in the letter. Suggested language of a prayer was also added that included the lines, “This is our cry, Heavenly Father, in these troubled times as we see the clouds eclipsing the light of truth, justice and freedom.”The letter provoked immediate outrage from the Bharatiya Janata Party, the governing party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has often been accused of attempting to split the country along religious lines to appeal to its Hindu majority base. Christians make up less than 2 percent of mostly Hindu India, while Muslims are 14 percent of the population.“No one should say such things,” party president Amit Shah chided.Subramanian Swamy, a rabble-rousing member of India’s upper house of Parliament, tweeted late Tuesday that India should even consider cutting ties with the Vatican.“The PM must direct MEA [India’s foreign ministry] to scrap the diplomatic relations with Vatican and seal the its [sic] Embassy in Chanakyapuri because the Archbishop is a formal nominee of the Vatican,” Swamy wrote.India has seen an increase in religious tension and hate-related violence in recent years, including an increase of lynchings of Muslims and lower-caste victims by Hindu mobs on suspicion of possessing or slaughtering cows, which are sacred to the Hindu faith. During recent state elections in the southern state of Karnataka, both the BJP and loyalists of the main opposition Indian National Congress party were accused of spreading false and divisive content on social media.A spokesman for Couto did not immediately return calls for comment. However, Couto defended his comments to the Indian TV channel News18.“Prayer for country is always there and it is a very private matter. We have only asked our churches to spend one day a week to pray and it’s a private matter and no one can interfere with it. We are concerned with atmosphere, issues plaguing the country. It’s only a request from various people to pray for the country,” Couto said.He also said that the letter was not referring to the Modi government and he was merely “raising concerns” as a citizen of India over religious tension.In its 2018 report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom said religious freedom was continuing on a “downward trend” in India, citing attempts by Hindu nationalist groups to “Saffronize” India through violence, intimidation and harassment of religious and other minorities, including “cow protection” lynch mobs that killed 10.“At the federal level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made statements decrying mob violence, but members of his own political party have affiliations with Hindu extremist groups and many have used discriminatory language about religious minorities,” the report noted.Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters Tuesday that he had not seen the letter but “I want to say India is one of those countries where minorities are safe and no one is allowed to discriminate on the basis of caste and religion.”(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related Items