first_imgThe Ministry of Education (MOE) has disclosed that Rivercess County has the highest gender disparity in Early Childhood Education (ECE) enrollment in Liberia.According to the report, 54 percent of the 9,641 students in early childhood education in Rivercess County are male despite all attempts to encourage girls to enroll and remain in the classroom.The report also indicated that Nimba and Montserrado counties have the highest enrolment of early childhood education of over 40,000 each.  However, the lowest ECE enrollment is found in the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) the report indicates.Nationally, public schools carry the bulk of ECE students with nearly 215,000 enrollments while 36,000 are found in private schools in the country, according to the report which also shows that over 88 percent of ECE students are over-aged.  More than 90 percent of the over-aged students were identified in Sinoe, Rivercess, Grand Kru and Bong Counties, while Grand Gedeh has the lowest percentage of over-aged students in the country.The Education Ministry report also shows that there are more female than male students at the primary school level in Montserrado County.Most of the female students are found in the Monrovia Consolidated School system (MCSS).According to the report, there are 373,722 primary school students and 2,785 primary schools in Liberia, with persistent gender disparity, between 3,000 to 5,000 more males than females in each grade level.The report pointed out that more than 65,000 primary school students are found in Nimba and Montserrado Counties each, while there is a total of 35,000 in the other counties.The report also indicated that gender disparity of the students is present in counties such as Rivercess, Grand Kru, River Gee, Bong, Gbarpolu and Sinoe, where greater than 55%of primary school students are male.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– says banking rates one of several hurdles local businesses have to overcomeThe 16 per cent interest rate being offered by commercial banks when businesses apply for loans has been cited as one of several challenges that face local businesses in Guyana when seeking start-up capital or even maintaining their businesses.GCCI Executive Timothy TuckerDuring the launch of their Business Development Forum at its Waterloo Street office on Tuesday, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Executive Timothy Tucker spoke to these challenges.“The biggest problem we have, apart from electric it costs in manufacturing, is financing a business. At 16 per cent interest rate on a commercial loan, it’s ridiculous for us to be competitive in any sense of the word competitive”.“And that’s the banking sector. That relies completely on how much it costs to borrow. We cannot blame anybody for that, but we’re saying it’s uncompetitive for us to take 16 per cent and try to develop a business,” Tucker added.He cited some other sources of capital that businesses use in this modern age. Some examples he used were crowdfunding, equity, venture capital and Initial Public Offerings (IPO). Crowdfunding involves a business raising money from large number of people in an open space, usually internet-based.Equity is using the difference in the value of an asset, for example land, and the value of the liabilities, such as the remaining mortgage, in order to raise money. Venture capital has been described as private equity. On the other hand, an IPO is the act of raising money through offering shares of a company on the stock market.But the difficulty in getting affordable commercial loans will ring familiar for many, particularly those familiar with the Guyana Agriculture and Industrial Development Bank (GAIBANK). This bank was initially established as a State-owned development bank that focused on providing financing for the Agricultural and Industrial sectors.The bank was initially supposed to address the difficulty in accessing affordable loans by offering sometimes concessionary loans. While the coalition Government has previously said its reestablishment was on the cards, these talks soon petered out.Government has for some time touted the financing provided by its Small Business Bureau (SBB), which recently got a new board headed by former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who stepped down from this post this year by virtue of being a dual citizen.The former Minister took over from previous Chair and Jamaican businesswoman, Valerie Grant. Other members of the council include local entrepreneur and Founder of Girls+ Tech, Evie Kanhai-Gurcharan.Kanhai-Gurcharan, who also manages Java café and is a former participant in the United States-sponsored Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Professional Fellows Programme, uses Girl + Tech to get more women involved in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.Meanwhile, the council will have representatives from the Business Ministry, Ministry of Finance, the Linden, West Berbice, Essequibo and Region Three Chambers of Commerce. Also present on the council are representatives from the Bankers Association, and the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED); the Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Bureau (SBB); a youth representative and Dason Anthony.last_img read more

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Kings are a team going nowhere this season. That doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun along the way. The Kings, with the worst record in the Western Conference, beat the Nashville Predators, the best team in the West, 4-1 Saturday night. The Kings, who own the NHL’s worst road record (8-18-2), are 2-0-3 in their last five games. Anze Kopitar scored twice and Brian Willsie and Michael Cammalleri added goals for the Kings. Sean Burke made 21 saves. “It was a classic total team effort for us,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “We knew we had to keep our composure. That’s always the way you have to play against teams that have as much talent as the Predators have.” Dan Hamhuis scored for Nashville, which had a franchise-record eight-game home winning streak snapped. Kopitar said the Kings were motivated by their last visit to Nashville, a 7-0 loss on Dec.23. “We knew we had to come out strong, and we did,” Kopitar said. “Our last game here we got beat pretty bad. We paid attention to details. We executed and that brought the success in this game.” The Predators avoided the shutout at 10:14 of the third period when Hamhuis scored. center_img 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

first_img0Shares0000US President Donald Trump on Tuesday jokingly tossed a red card in the direction of members of the media during a meeting with FIFA and U.S. Soccer officials in the Oval Office. Photo/COURTESYWASHINGTON, United States, Aug 29 – President Donald Trump welcomed FIFA boss Gianni Infantino to the White House on Tuesday, congratulating football’s governing body for awarding the 2026 World Cup to North America before jokingly waving a red card at journalists.“I very much appreciate the fact that we have won a very important event, the World Cup in 2026,” said Trump, who had backed the joint USA-Mexico-Canada bid which triumphed over Morocco at a vote in Moscow on June. Trump meanwhile revealed that his 12-year-old son Barron was a keen football fan while describing the World Cup as “maybe the biggest sporting event in the world.”“Soccer is a game, I guess you call it football,” Trump added.“But over here, maybe at some point they’ll change the name, I’m not sure. But we’ll see. It’s working very well either way.”Trump meanwhile noted that he would be out of office by the time the 48-team tournament arrived in North America.“I won’t be here. Maybe they’ll extend the term,” he said to laughter, as he gestured towards media. “Because I know they’d love to see that. If they don’t extend the term, the media is going to be very boring, they’ll all be out of business I guess.”Infantino meanwhile said FIFA was confident of helping produce a “fantastic” tournament in 2026, before presenting Trump with two soccer jerseys — one bearing his name and the number 26 (referring to 2026) and other with the number 45, denoting Trump’s status as the 45th US President.Infantino then handed Trump a pair of referee’s yellow and red cards, before explaining their meaning.Trump duly seized the red card and directed it at members of the press.“So this will be useful, I don’t know, that’s for your next media session,” Infantino joked.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Manchester United are being backed for the title after their new signings starred on Sunday against QPR to earn Louis van Gaal his first competitive victory since taking the reins.He also looks at the likelihood of Alan Pardew losing his job at Newcastle, discusses Aston Villa’s prospects this season after their impressive start and reveals in-form Chelsea striker Diego Costa is red-hot favourite to be top goalscorer in the Premier League this season.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Upside down feeling: Toulouse midfielder Yannick Cahuzac sees Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar take a tumble © AFP / PASCAL PAVANIPARIS, France, Feb 24 – Frustrated Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim demanded VAR video assistance be introduced in French Ligue 1 after a controversial penalty saw his team squander two points in a 3-3 draw at struggling Toulouse on Saturday.Monaco could find themselves 14 points behind runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain by the end of the weekend and Jardim insisted the referee did his team no favours by awarding a penalty in the 78th minute when his side were leading 3-1. Polish defender Kamil Glik was punished for bringing down Yaya Sanogo in the area in the 78th minute, allowing Andy Delort to score from the spot.Former Arsenal striker Sanogo then grabbed a late equaliser as Toulouse shared the points.“We were in control but then something happened that nobody can control,” said Jardim.“The players are very angry and that’s why I am going to say again that I am very much in favour of VAR.“With VAR, Monaco would have four more points from our last few matches. In Marseille, there was an offside by two metres and today a penalty.“VAR would give the tournament more credibility and help referees make the right decisions.”The point dragged relegation-threatened Toulouse two points clear of the bottom three, while reigning champions Monaco remain 11 points adrift of PSG.Marseille visit PSG on Sunday, when Rudi Garcia’s men will be hoping to end a 15-match winless streak against their arch rivals to leapfrog Monaco into second.Jardim’s principality side took an eighth-minute lead at the Stadium Municipal on Saturday as Rony Lopes grabbed his sixth league goal of the season.Keita Balde, who has hit some excellent form in recent weeks, caused havoc in the Toulouse defence after chasing down a long ball, before squaring for the onrushing Lopes to score.But the hosts didn’t take long to find an equaliser, as midfielder Ibrahim Sangare sidefooted a shot through the grasp of Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to notch his first-ever Ligue 1 goal midway through the second period.Monaco were dealt another blow before half-time, as Senegalese youngster Balde hobbled off injured to be replace by Stevan Jovetic.The Montenegrin international should have finished off a wonderful, sweeping move early in the second half, but after his effort bounced back off the post, Portuguese winger Lopes was on hand to lash into the roof of the net to complete a brace.Jovetic made no mistake when he was given another opportunity in the 72nd minute, as he combined with Rachid Ghezzal before stabbing in his third goal in two games, after his initial chip was saved by Alban Lafont.But former Wigan and Caen striker Delort gave Toulouse hope of a comeback with his 78th-minute penalty, and Sanogo had the final say.The much-maligned 25-year-old, who only scored one goal in 20 Arsenal appearances before joining Toulouse last year, fired in an 87th-minute leveller with his second league goal for the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Sunday’s big game between Liverpool and Manchester United is live on talkSPORT and Clare says the home side are narrow favourites for victory, at 6/5, with the visitors priced at 23/10.There’s also a look at some of the other top-flight games, with Tottenham fully expected to beat Sunderland at odds of 30/100 and surprise title challengers Leicester backed to see of struggling Aston Villa at Villa Park at 23/20.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM is Donegal’s BIGGEST news source.And that’s thanks to all of you for logging on in your hundreds and hundreds of thousands every month.But now we need YOUR help. We want each and every one of you to feel part of what we do. Many of you do send in pictures and stories every day.And we get community notes and reports on sports matches from so many of you.Now we want even more. We want YOUR stories and pictures so that we can expand our coverage of County Donegal even further.This is YOUR donegaldaily.com. Be a part of it.All submissions from volunteer reporters should be sent to info@donegaldaily.com.* Main Picture taken by Kei Patterson, Dungloe, covering the gorse fire story in May – Kei is a donegaldaily.com reader.DONEGALDAILY.COM: WANT TO BE A CORRESPONDENT? was last modified: September 11th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

first_img(First posted January 4) A four part nostalgic documentary series for TG4, chronicling the history of Ulster’s railways and featuring some fascinating personal stories about events that took place before these lines disappeared forever, will be broadcast tonight.The series tells the story of four railway lines which were once part of Ulster’s network including: The Derry and Lough Swilly Railway, The Clogher Valley Railway The Belfast and County Down Railway and The Ballycastle Railway.Using a mixture of expert interviews, personal stories, narration and beautiful archive we learn about the history of each of these railway lines and how they changed the lives of the communities they served.The series starts in Counties Derry and Donegal where the story of the Derry and Lough Swilly Railway is illustrated through poignant personal stories and archive. We learn about the impact the railway had on everyday life, the effect the introduction of customs had on a line that crossed the newly formed border, the tragedy of the railway disaster at the Owencarrow Viaduct in 1925.Other stories featured throughout the series include the tale of a clever goat that strayed on to the Clogher Valley railway line, The 1945 Ballymacarrett railway accident in Belfast and the impact of the severe snow on the Ballycastle railway in 1947.The series is shot on location throughout Ulster including Co. Derry, Co. Donegal, Co. Fermanagh, Co. Tyrone and Co. Antrim.The series will be broadcast on TG4 on Thursdays at 8.00pm starting tonight and repeated on Sundays at 7.30pm.Iarnród Uladh is narrated by Póilín Ní Chiaráin.We’ve included some footage of a railway journey to Burtonport in the 1940s.  DDTV: IARNRÓD ULADH – TG4 TO SCREEN POIGNANT FILM ON DONEGAL RAILWAYS was last modified: January 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:lough swilly railway companyTG4last_img read more

first_imgAge and Opportunity Ireland and Go for Life have been providing opportunities for our older population to participate in sport and physical activity games for the past decade and have again developed an adapted games programme for older adults.With the support of the Donegal Sports Partnership and the Health Promotion Department of the HSE the first ever leader training for Go for Life Games was delivered in the Greencastle Community Centre today Wednesday by Go for Life Senior Tutor Frank Fahey.Thirty six leaders participated in the practical games training from community groups from Muff, Moville, Malin, Greencastle, Clonmany and Culdaff and these groups will now look to develop participation in their own communities. The game names of Flisk, Lobbers and Scidil may not be familiar to people in Donegal but through the work of the support agencies it is hoped that through time many of our older population will have an awareness of this exciting games programme.Dublin City University was the host centre for last year’s Go for Life Games national celebration and it is hoped that for 2015 that Donegal will have a representative team.Further information on the programme is available from Karen Guthrie, Community Sports Development Officer at Donegal Sports Partnership and also via the Age and Opportunity web page www.ageandopportunity.ie   DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH ‘GO FOR LIFE GAMES’ IN INISHOWEN was last modified: October 31st, 2014 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:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPFeaturesGet go gamesnewsNoticesSportlast_img read more