‘Evil Spirits’ on MOE Payroll

first_imgThe Assistant Minister for Teachers’ Education at the Ministry of Education (MOE) said he has unearthed names of those he claimed are “ghosts and evil spirits” on the payroll of the Ministry of Education.The alleged recent discovery, according to Assistant Minister Moses Blonkanjay Jackson, has resulted into making the country’s education system becoming the ‘staggering situation’ where the students are grossly affected.The Assistant Minister vowed to bring to the attention of authorities at the Ministry of Finance and CSA what he termed as “evil spirits,” than the usual suspected “ghosts names,” that have always appeared on the payroll.“The issue of ghost names on MOE payroll has formed part of common conversation in various circles. Unfortunately, while the MOE is chasing ghosts in the schools, there are ghosts right under its very eyes at the central offices on 3rd Street in Sinkor,” Assistant Minister Blonkanjay Jackson disclosed. The Assistant Education Minister made the revelation Sunday, May 18, when he served as guest speaker at program marking the 14th Commencement Convocation of the Liberia Educational Action for Development (LEAD) National Teachers Training Program where 24 trainees graduated in the various methods of teaching.  He spoke on the topic, “Legacy of Liberia: Staggering Education with all Kinds of Teachers.”The teachers’ training program is instituted by LEAD to complement government’s strive at revamping the education sector. But in the mind of Assistant Minister Jackson, these people—who the MOE authorities claimed to be ghosts, are not ghosts, but ‘evil spirits’ that need to be uprooted entirely from the education sector. “These evil spirits,” he observed, “go to work each working day and accomplish nothing, but to sit behind their computers, play games and watch movies until it was time to go home.” Although they do not work, he asserted that they are on MOE payroll and receiving all their benefits; “they never miss lunch time, and they are the first to leave their respective offices each day; they never get deleted from the payroll, because they are not considered to be ghosts. “Unfortunately,” he said, “some officials from the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and the Ministry of Finance’s paymasters, who have no clue of the excruciating pain that our poor teachers go through to get on payroll, think it is funny to withhold teachers’ checks or delete their names, because they are not physically present at a time and place to answer to roll call.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Adult Intercity Bowling Tournament held in FSJ

first_img**SubmittedThis weekend Fort Bowling Lanes hosted the Adult Intercity tournament with 113 adults from Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Prince George, Grande Prairie, Fairview, and Whitecourt competing for 6 banners.  Fort St John won the banners for Ladies Single, Ladies Team, Mixed Team, and Aggregate.  Dawson Creek won the banner for Men’s Single and Men’s Team.  A great time was had by all.- Advertisement –last_img

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Coyotes leave little doubt

first_imgThey have been ranked first in the West Region the last three weeks but that is likely to change this week due to their loss to Cal Poly Pomona. “Out main focus is on what we have to do,” senior forward Chet Johnson said. “We can’t afford to slip up. If we start paying too much attention to other teams, that will happen.” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver used 12 players and all of them figured in the scoring. Five finished in double figures with Yoseph Yaisrael’s career-high 18 leading the way. Chet Johnson had 17, while Ivan Johnson contributed 16. Then came Prentice Harris and David Reichel with 14 and 13, respectively. It was the third time the Coyotes surpassed the 100-point barrier. The Coyotes never trailed, scoring the game’s first 10 points and 19 of the first 22. SAN BERNARDINO – The first time Cal State San Bernardino played Monterey Bay, the Coyotes held on after blowing a 21-point lead and won by four. So when the men’s basketball teams squared off for the second time, the Coyotes weren’t about to let that happen again. It didn’t. This time the Coyotes finished the job with a 105-81 rout Saturday at Coussoulis Arena. With the win, the Coyotes stayed one game behind California Collegiate Athletic Association frontrunner Humboldt State, which slipped past UC San Diego 61-59 on Saturday. But with six games remaining, the No. 17 Coyotes insist they’re not scoreboard watching. Both Cal State (16-5, 12-4) and Humboldt have four of their final six games on the road. center_img The Otters (11-10, 8-8) cut their deficit to 51-36 at the half and were slightly closer early in the second half at 53-41. But the contest didn’t get any closer. “We know they’re a team that makes runs,” Yaisrael said. “They’re a team that doesn’t give up so we had to keep plugging away and do what we did to get that big lead.” The Coyotes shot 60.7 percent (37 for 61), including 11 for 22 from long distance. Marlon Pierce had seven assists. “We’re happy with where we are but we know we can still play better,” Chet Johnson said. “We just have to win these last six games and see what happens.” Cal State women 63, Monterey Bay 40 Vanessa Wilt scored 28 points, got 12 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the host Coyotes. It was the fourth straight win for the Coyotes (15-6, 11-5), who are ranked eighth in the West Region. Krystal Urzua and Mariqueta Starling both added nine off the bench with Starling adding six rebounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pick these players Rodgers! The stars Liverpool are more likely to win with

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers recently commented that his side are capable of embarking on a similar winning run that saw the Redmen come within touching distance of the Premier League title last season.While there will be a number of contributing factors to such a potential run, one huge aspect will be selection.Here, we have taken a look at the Liverpool players with the best win percentages in the league this season.Click the arrow to see who features.*All stats correct up to 12 January 2015SEE THE PLAYERS LIVERPOOL ARE MORE LIKELY TO LOSE WITH HERE 3 3. Jordan Henderson has the third highest win rate percentage (45 per-cent) in the Premier League of Liverpool’s players this season* – Click the arrow to see which players have an even higher win rate for the Redmen! – Liverpool’s captain-elect, Jordan Henderson is very much on a learning curve as he prepares to take the armband from the departing Steven Gerrard. And while the Reds’ league fortunes are not currently living up to expectations, Henderson has been a constant, ending up on the winning side in 45 per-cent of the league matches he has featured in. 3 2. Emre Can and Javier Manquillo have been on the winning side in 50 per-cent of the Premier League games they have featured in so far this season. Click the arrow to see which Liverpool player has won more matches. – Two players very much in the developmental phases of their careers, Can and Manquillo have featured 10 times each in the Premier League this season. Both players boast respective 50 per-cent win rates when on the pitch. 1. Lucas Leiva – 63.6 per-cent of Premier League matches won this season – Ostracised for parts of last season and the current campaign, Lucas Leiva has proven to be something of a calming influence when selected by Brendan Rodgers. The Brazilian brings a degree of stability to Liverpool’s ranks and as such, when he has featured, he has emerged on the winning side on 63.6 per-cent of league matches. 3last_img read more

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Nicklas Bendtner pictured with the Ballon d’Or trophy

first_img 10 10 10 10 10 Today is the day FIFA award the Ballon d’Or to the world’s best footballer from 2015 and the shortlist is down to Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.That means one man will be conspicuous by his absence from the stage in Zurich tonight, and we don’t mean Sepp Blatter.Once again, Nicklas Bendtner has missed out on the game’s most prestigious individual award, but rest assured the internet will provide us with entertaining Bendtner/Ballon d’Or jokes and pictures.So allow us to oblige… 10center_img 10 10 10 10 FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: URRIS DEFEATED BY STEELSTOWN IN U14 FINAL

first_imgINISHOWEN U14B FINAL: Well done to our U14 boys who took part in the U14B Inishowen Final in Moville on Sunday night against Steelstown from Derry. Final score in Moville: Steelstown 3-14 Urris 1-10. Hard luck boys but you gave it your all. Onwards and upwards, great to reach a final. Thanks to Barney Friel, Sean Mc Daid, John Mc Carron & Kieran Kelly for all their hard work with this team. Thanks also to all who came along to support the boys on Sunday evening.SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Both teams home to Naomh Ultan on Saturday night. Please check our Face Book page for times. BINGO: CLUB Bingo every Thursday night at 9.00pm in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany. Please come along and support our weekly bingo, numbers have been dropping of late so bring a friend or two. Any funds raised goes directly into the club to help with day to day finances.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday May 12th: No jackpot winner: numbers drawn: 1, 2, 14 & 17.€15 winners:Porter Family, Rooskey.Conal & Sarah Doherty, Cleagh.Neil & Carmel Mc Laughlin, Isle of Doagh.Cathy Doherty, Tullagh.Danny Ranty, Urris.Jackpot next week €1,180. Thanks as ever to all our lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly lotto draw.UNDER AGE TRAINING SCHEDULE:U6 Boys & Girls every Friday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.U12 Boys (U12 girls welcome) every Thursday from 4 to 5pm.U14 Boys: Every Tuesday at 6.00pm.U12 & U14 Girls: Thursday at 5.45pm to 7pm.U16 Boys :Every Sunday at 11am.As times and days may change please check our Face Book page for details.FIXTURES FOR WEEK AHEAD:Tuesday: U12 Go Games home to Naomh Colmcille at 6.30pm.Friday: U8 Go Games home to Steelstown, Derry.As fixtures and times may change for various reasons please check our Face Book page for updates. DATE FOR THE DIARY: Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp in Straid from July 4th to 8th July. Please contact John Friel for more details on 0860523550.CLG Iorras wish all the boys and girls from our parish best wishes on their First Holy Communion this weekend. Hope you and your families have a lovely day.GAA NEWS: URRIS DEFEATED BY STEELSTOWN IN U14 FINAL was last modified: May 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportURRISlast_img read more

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OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – TUESDAY, JULY 5TH

first_imgO’CONNORThe sudden death has taken place of Paddy O’Connor, The Roughan, Lifford. His remains will repose at his late residence from 4pm today. Funeral from there on Thursday morning at 10.30 for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Murlog, Lifford, followed by burial in Ardmore Cemetery, Waterside, Derry. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny House private please from 11pm to 11am.GALLAGHER The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Vincent Patrick Gallagher, Foyfin, Castlefinn, and formerly of Ardara. Removal from the Chapel of Rest, Letterkenny General Hospital this (Tues) afternoon at 3PM going to his son Paul’s residence at 141 Laurel Drive, Strabane. Funeral from there on Thursday morning at 10.15 for 11am Requiem Mass in St Columba’s Church, Doneyloop, followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o William Kee Funeral Director, 1A Finn View, Strabane, or any family member.KYLEThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Margaret Kyle, Greenhill, Letterkenny Removal from the hospice this (Tues) evening at 6PM going to her daughter Patricia Patton’s residence at Greenhill Requiem Mass on Thursday morning at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Ramelton, followed by burial in Killydonnell Graveyard Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member.MULHERN The death has occurred at the Donegal Hospice of Philomena Mulhern, Cashel, Ardara Remains reposing at her late residence. Removal from there tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 10.30 for 11am funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery House private from 11pm tonight and also tomorrow morning. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice, c/o Derek Mc Cabe, Funeral Director, Ardara.CONNELLYThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Raymond Connelly, St Joseph’s Terrace, Rathmullan. His remains are reposing at his home. Requiem Mass tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 11am in St Josephs Church, Rathmullan, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. House private please from 11pm to 10am.McCALLIONThe sudden death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Rose McCallion, Kilmackelvenny, Burnfoot. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 10.15am, going to St Muras Church, Fahan for 11AM Requiem Mass followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please between 11pm and 10am. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Keri’s Search for Sight c/o any family member. McDERMOTTThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice, Knocknamona, Letterkenny of Dorothy McDermott, 298 Ard McCarron, Ballybofey. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 1030 for 11 o clock requiem mass in St Marys Church, Stranorlar followed by interment in Drumboe Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member. Family time from 11pm until 10am.OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – TUESDAY, JULY 5TH was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal death noticesdonegaldaily.comJULY 5THOBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – TUESDAYlast_img read more

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Rockets 135, Warriors 134: James Harden buries Warriors with game-winner

first_imgIt did not matter. James Harden still sank a dagger … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND — The Warriors tell themselves never to reach. They remind themselves not to fall for the pump fakes. And they try to position themselves to deny an inch of space either to hoist a shot or draw a foul.last_img

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The Potwine Passivhaus Gets Insulation and Drywall

first_imgAs they set out to build a single-family Passivhaus on Potwine Lane in Amherst, Massachusetts, Alexi Arango and LeeAnn Kim asked themselves, “Is it possible to live without burning fossil fuels?” One measure of success would be meeting their goal of net-zero energy performance. This is the eleventh blog in a series. The fiberglass is blown in through holes in the mesh until the stud cavity is completely filled and the fiberglass is compacted, creating an interesting artsy wall with a quilted look. The standing-seam roof is beautiful, mostlyAt first, the standing-seam roof looked amazing, with a deep rich gray color and thin sleek seams widely placed apart. I was glad we went with the more expensive 24-gauge steel which is thicker, formed in the field, and doesn’t have the more industrial-looking ribbing. But then I noticed that when the sun is high up in the sky, which happens to be a common occurrence, the roof material looks like a tin can about to crumple – kind of a cheap look for an expensive roof. Apparently, this is a common occurrence with standing-seam roofs; it’s a tradeoff for the extra durability and sleek look. By and large, the roof looks great from almost every angle — just not from the road during midday. The blower-door test: the ultimate reckoningThe blower-door test is like a baseball pitcher’s earned run average (ERA): it’s the ultimate measure of the builder’s prowess. Everyone was anxious about how the test would turn out.A critical part of the Passivhaus concept is to seal the envelope of the building in order to prevent hot air from seeping out, and to avoid drafts of cold air from seeping in, which tend to be unpleasant in the winter. To verify the degree to which the house has been sealed up, we need to measure the flow of air passing through all of the little unsealed cracks in the envelope.To do this, we replace the front door with a fan and use it to blow air out of the house, and then measure how much air passes through the fan. The flow of air passing through the fan must be equal to the flow of air through all the little breaks in the envelope; there is no other place for the air to go. Presumably (I’m guessing here), the fan is calibrated such that the air flow can be determined from the fan speed, at a given pressure between the inside and the outside. The measured flow is not necessarily the real air leakage, however. The standard pressure difference used for the test is 50 Pascals, which is substantially greater than you would normally get from wind or your ventilation system, but it serves to make sure everyone is testing under the same conditions. What’s the purpose of drywall?No offense to the drywall crew, but drywall strikes me as completely useless. The amount of material used is enormous. It’s bulky and heavy and takes forever to install. It uses up space and, after it was installed, it made the rooms feel smaller. Why not just tack up a thin paneling material?It’s a good thing we enlarged the window to the stairway, and also good that it’s an operable window — otherwise it would have been impossible to get the massive drywall panels upstairs. Passing them through the window was still a major exercise. There must have been four or five loads, each as massive as the one you can see in the image below. RELATED ARTICLES The Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstCold Weather Slows Progress at the Potwine PassivhausPlacing Concrete for a Passivhaus FoundationFraming Begins at the Potwine PassivhausAttaching SIPs to Structural 2×6 StudsSetting Roof Trusses at the Potwine Passivhaus Roof Sheathing and Window Bucks for the Potwine PassivhausConnecting to the Grid Can Be Expensive A Heat-Recovery Ventilation System for the Potwine PassivhausTilt/Turn Windows Are Fabulous Window trimming and starting the sidingMost of the week was spent finishing the window frames, a long and arduous process that seems to have taken 99% of the time spent building the house. I’ll have to write a dedicated post in the future describing the window trimming. Each window required so much measuring and cutting and fitting things together — it’s like building a delicate piece of furniture, but the piece is hanging one story up in the sky and you need a ladder to access it. To keep the mesh from bulging outward, it is stapled at the studs, which makes for a cool stitch pattern. Too bad the walls are going to get covered with drywall. A spectacular “air changes per hour” (ach) number, then a good achAfter plugging everything up, we got a final flow measurement, in units of cubic feet per minute (cfm). The certification guy (Mark Newey, of CET) then calculated the number of air changes per hour, meaning the fraction of air that would leak out of the house during an hour, arriving at 0.23 ach at 50 Pascals, an unbelievably awesome number! The Passivhaus target is 0.6 ach50, and almost nobody gets down near 0.2 ach50. We high-fived each other and went home. Only later, when I relayed the information to the architect, did we realize that we were using the wrong number for the volume of the home. In reality, the result came to 0.34 ach50 — still an excellent number and a huge testament to the amazing craftsmanship of Don the carpenter and the rest of the Integrity team. The first step is to put up a mesh (an air-permeable membrane). The drywall really makes the rooms feel closed-in and small, but apparently once the rooms get painted they open up again. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. The upstairs hallway is starting to feel like a super nice spot in the home. It feels luxuriously large for a small home — almost too large — but I think we made the right decision to keep it big. For a while I played with tightening up the hallway to give more room for the bedrooms. In the end, the bedrooms indeed came out tiny, but that’s fine. For someone like me who struggles with insomnia, you want to keep your bedroom for sleeping, a dedicated space without distractions. The hallway, on the other hand, gets a lot more usage and impacts the feel of the home in a greater way: it’s your first impression as you walk up the stairs and it’s a common space that gets a lot of traffic. Alexi Arango is an assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he and his students conduct research on next-generation photovoltaic cells. Arango teaches a joint physics/environmental studies course on renewable energy. Arango’s blog is called Potwine Passive House. August 5, 2014: Roof, blower-door test, insulation, and drywallSo much for my plan to update the blog every week. I’ve been super busy, but at the same time the project slowed down to a crawl, so I’ve bunched up the past month and a half into a single post. The builder had other jobs. We were waiting for this and that. Sadly, carpenter Don came down with Lyme disease, but he’s doing better already after a round of antibiotics. After a month and a half, we got the roofing on (1 day), the blower-door test done (2 hours), the rough plumbing and electrical work (3 days), the insulation (3 days), the drywall mostly up (1 week), and the exterior window trimming mostly done (lots of time). Here’s a shot of the furring strips that will keep the siding offset from the walls. The little gap between the siding and the wall allows air to flow from under the siding up into the space just below the roof, rising at it warms up and serving to prevent the buildup of moisture that can lead to rot. The aluminum flashing was formed by Don in the field and carefully cut and wedged into place. The blown-in fiberglass insulationAt the last minute, GO Logic was running through their heating demand calculations and realized that the home wasn’t going to meet the 15 kWh/m2 per year goal set by the Passivhaus standard. We decided to increase the thickness of the inner stud wall from 4 inches to 6 inches and to use blown-in fiberglass instead of blown-in cellulose, for its better R-value. Cellulose is often recycled, but there is some concern about the fact that it is treated with chemical fire retardants, so I was glad to not have to worry about that. The fiberglass is made of recycled glass and does not need to be treated with fire retardants. Here’s a look at how sharp the drywall edges came out, which really helps give the windows a crisp modern look. Plugging up holes around the HRVWe hooked everything up and started measuring the flow, then ran around the house feeling for drafts to plug up. We found a couple of spots in the attic around the HRV where the exhaust and inlet ducts penetrate the air barrier. It seems that the HRV got positioned too close to the wall so it was difficult to tape around the duct adequately. Also, the angle at which the ducts cross the sheathing is not ideal. It’s always tough dealing with subcontractors: they don’t have much interest in making sure the air barrier will be easy to seal. Finishing the drywallFinishing the drywall took one guy over a week, being careful with the corners and sanding down everything nicely.last_img read more

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Create Animated Titles in After Effects

first_imgHave any tips for creating animated titles in After Effects? Share in the comments below. Learn how to design animated corporate titles in After Effects for your video production projects.Whether you are a video producer or an editor, if you work on corporate or explainer videos, you may need to overlay titles to share information that does not come across through dialogue. Corporate titles are a great way to communicate visual information, and they can lend a stylistic touch to your content.Creating corporate titles is easy, but the design can make or break your project. If you have to share information through overlaid titles, make sure the animation is not distracting and the design flows with your video. The last thing you want is a title that draws attention from your video content. Keep your information short and to the point.Download Free Animated Titles Project FileTo download the free animated titles project file from the tutorial above. Simply click the following download button.DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED TITLES AFTER EFFECTS PROJECTThe Keys to Creating Clean Corporate TitlesThe following points can help you create effective titles for your videos:Use a clean typeface that is minimalistic and easy to read.If necessary, use two variations of a font style, like “light” and “bold” to highlight specific information.If you work with shape layers, try to use the primary color of your logo.Keep the title and shape animation subtle. “Easy Ease” keyframes work best.Great Title TemplatesPressed for time to create your own Corporate titles? Check out these two great templates from RocketStock.com.Designer TitlesDesigner Titles is a fantastic resource if you need versatile titles for your next video project.VenueVenue is another great template for quickly adding minimal titles to your scene. It’s perfect for modern corporate videos.24 Free Lower ThirdsIf you want to download an amazing collection of free lower thirds for After Effects, check out this free 4k template, ready for your high-res project.last_img read more

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