first_imgThe consistency in cleaning the beaches in the New Kru Town area has made it possible for its hosting, for the first time, of a beach soccer tournament by the Liberia Football Association.This weekend, the second edition of the LFA Guinness Beach Soccer Tournament will be held at the New Kru Town Lagoon Beach. The first tournament was held in the Township of West Point’s Serie A sports pitch, with PHP winning the two-day tournament.The tournament, according to the Liberia Football Association (LFA), is part of its preparation for the winning side to represent Liberia in the forthcoming beach soccer tournament to be held in Nigeria later this year.This weekend’s tournament will run from May 28 to 29. Four teams will participate, including the original three that played the inaugural game in West Point, along with a team from New Kru Town.The teams are PHP, West Point, Ambassadors and New Kru Town. Buzzi Quarters, which took part in the inaugural tournament, is not part of the second tournament.So, what should soccer fans expect from the two days? The LFA said the tournament is being played on a knockout basis, with the winners advancing to the finals on the second day.The Beaches & Waterways Project, embarked on by the Liberian government, has ensured that beaches in New Kru and West Point, among others, are cleaned regularly to enable those who want to visit the beaches to do so with their families.The Beaches & Waterways Project under George A. Young that operates in Monrovia communities is a Liberian government sponsored project that provides income for residents of slum communities to clean the beaches.Mr. Young told the Daily Observer that for the Liberia Football Association to deem it wise to begin its beach soccer tournament on beaches managed by his group demonstrates the success of the project.“As workers of the Beaches and Waterways Project we are glad that our work is bearing fruit; and now, a national association can host such an important tournament on our beaches,” he said.He called on the President of the LFA, Mr. Musa Bility, through Mr. Musa Shannon, who is responsible for the tournament, to identify with the workers who are committed to ensure that “our beaches remain safe and clean for all Liberians to enjoy.”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_imgWHITTIER – Test results released Wednesday showed larger numbers of English-language learners at local K-12 schools scoring at advanced levels in English proficiency during testing last year. On average among nine Whittier-area school districts, nearly half of English-learners scored at the highest levels on the 2005 California English Language Development Test – right in line with statewide trends. The CELDT assesses listening and speaking skills for kindergarten and first grades, and listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for grades 2-12. It’s the state’s primary measure for determining English proficiency among English learners. The best results were seen at the Whittier Union High School District, where 78 percent of these students scored in the “early advanced” or “advanced” categories, which are the highest levels. Assistant Superintendent Ron Carruth attributed the success to having an Expanded Horizons office at every school, which devotes a full-time staffer to monitoring the grades of English learners and making sure they’re in the right classes. About 15 percent of enrolled students are English learners at the Whittier Union High School District, officials said. But even at districts that posted the lowest numbers in these categories, educators said the test still indicated overall improvement among all English-learners. The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District had only 37percent of its English learners score at advanced levels. But Director of Student Services Herman Mendez said the overall CELDT results were favorable. “The state has an extra accountability measure for English learners that we have to meet, and they’re called Annual Measurable Academic Objectives,” Mendez said. “Two of three AMAO’s are specific to the CELDT – they require that we improve fluency and that a certain percentage be reclassified every year as fluent English students – and we exceeded both of those. So it’s looking favorable.” “But like with any program, especially now with the Olympics going on, even those who are in top form always say they can do better.” The situation is similar at the Whittier City School District. Only 32 percent of English learners scored at the advanced levels, but Superintendent Carmella Franco said this year’s CELDT shows more upward movement by students in the lower levels. “Fewer students were tested this year – from 1,800 to 1,692 – but we noticed our beginning levels are moving up to the early intermediate category, and we’re also increasing our numbers in the intermediate levels,” Franco said. “Of course, our focus will be on moving these groups, if they’re still here with us in the next few years, into the early advanced and advanced levels,” Franco said. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell cautioned against year-to-year comparisons of CELDT results, saying each year the populations of English learners in a school or school district can change dramatically. For example, officials said, top English-learner performers can be reclassified as fluent and in their place come a different group of English learners just starting to progress toward proficiency. “If California is to maintain its competitive edge in the global economy, we must prepare all students with strong communication and analytical skills,” O’Connell said in a statement. “I commend our schools for remaining focused on helping English learners become proficient in English.” Complete test results can be viewed at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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_img1 Josh Harrop celebrates his goal against Crystal Palace Ajax v Man United is live on talkSPORT on Wednesday 24 May at 19:45.Some trivia for Man United fans: Who became the 100th different Man United player to score a Premier League goal? It’s Josh Harrop.It was a youthful looking starting line-up from Man United manager Jose Mourinho, who clearly had the Europa League final in mind when choosing his team for the Crystal Palace match in what was the final game of the league season.However, that was to the benefit of 21-year-old Harrop, who scored against the Eagles.And in doing so he became the 100th different United player to score a Premier League goal for the club (excluding own goals.)last_img read more

first_imgRally fans across Co Donegal have been left in shock after a horrific crash at a rally in neighbouring Co Cavan.Initial reports say a man and a young girl have been killed.It is understood one of the vehicles lost control and crashed into a fence outside a house near Bailieborough, close to where some spectators were standing. At least five other people were injured in the accident, which happened at about 11:30am.Racing at the Cavan Stages Rally was suspended following the crash.It is believed the man who died was a photographer.Matthew McMahon, who was at the scene, said: “All I saw was the car go over the crest then I heard the skid and people screaming. “All hell broke loose, basically – people were crying and you could see something serious had happened.” DONEGAL RALLY FANS LEFT SHOCKED AFTER HORRIFIC CAVAN CRASH KILLS TWO was last modified: May 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:CAVAN STAGES RALLYcrashTWO DEADlast_img read more

first_imgJoesph Duffy made a stunning return to MMA action last night with a fantastic victory over Damien Lapilus at The Helix in Dublin.The Meenbanad native hasn’t fought in a professional MMA fight for over three years, but he looked like he’d never been away from the Octagon last night, as he delivered an assured and highly impressive performance.Duffy had huge support at the Dublin venue last night, with a large contingent of supporters travelling from Donegal to cheer on the popular fighter. Duffy showed his brief foray into professional boxing has helped his striking game in the cage, he delivered a succession of solid strikes to the head of Lapilus in the opening two rounds.In truth Duffy controlled the fight throughout, and in the last round Duffy locked his arm under the Frenchman’s chin and Lapilus was then forced to tap out from the choke.Duffy received widespread coverage ahead of his comeback to the cage for notably being the last opponent to defeat current UFC stars Norman Parke and Conor McGregor.If Duffy continues to perform like he did last night it won’t be long until he’s firmly back on the UFC’S radar. DONEGAL CAGE FIGHTER DUFFY MAKES STUNNING RETURN TO MMA was last modified: August 17th, 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:donegaldublinJoesph DuffyMMAnewsSportThe HelixUFClast_img read more

first_imgThe Rajasthan State Election Commission has postponed by-elections to 11 panchayat samitis and one zila parishad scheduled for October 27, while citing “practical difficulties” in holding the polls even after the nominations were filed by the candidates. The political parties were looking forward to the bypolls which were very close to the December 7 State Assembly elections.As many as 11 District Collectors, who are also the District Returning Officers, had earlier written to the government with the request to postpone the panchayat bypolls because of the upcoming Assembly elections. They had apprised the State Election Commission of their difficulties and said they were preoccupied with the arrangements for the Assembly polls.Poll process The State Election Commission had already initiated the poll process by issuing the notification on October 12, while the nominations began on October 15. A holiday was also declared in the areas of bypolls on polling day and dry days were announced on the polling and counting days.Chief Election Officer Chandrashekhar Mutha said n Tuesday that the process for by-elections had been stayed till further orders and instructions issued to the officers concerned to keep the related documents in the sealed covers with proper security arrangements. “Both the polling and counting of votes have been postponed after careful consideration of the letters received from the District Returning Officers,” he said.Interestingly, the Rajasthan High Court had recently dismissed a writ petition filed by an activist, Bhagwat Gaur, seeking postponement of the panchayat bypolls with the contention that they would amount to an “opinion poll” which could influence the voters just before the Assembly elections. On this ground, the bypolls could later be even countermanded, he had argued.The by-elections were to be held for choosing a member of the Alwar Zila Parishad and the members of panchayat samitis of Mandalgarh (Bhilwara), Sujangarh and Bidasar (Churu), Lawan (Dausa), Alsisar (Jhunjhunu), Nadoti (Karauli), Ladpura (Kota), Merta (Nagaur), Jaitaran (Pali), Piprali (Sikar) and Bari (Dholpur).last_img read more

first_imgFar Eastern tangles with also-ran Jose Rizal University at 1:30 p.m. with a win giving the Tamaraws No. 3 seeding in Group B at best as they will win a potential tiebreak with the Falcons, whom they beat, 66-63, in the eliminations.Aljun Melecio, Andrei Caracut and Justine Baltazar will banner La Salle, while RK Ilagan, JM Calma and Alvin Capobres will provide the firepower for the Stags.In the lone high school match of the day, the UST Tiger Cubs go up against undefeated Nazareth School of National University Bullpups at 6:45 in the evening.For the 11-Under Division, Claret faces Xavier at 8 a.m. while San Sebastian battles LSGH at 9 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle and San Sebastian, powers in different collegiate leagues, collide on Friday for No. 2 ranking in Group A of the Filoil Flying V Preseason men’s tournament at the league’s permanent home in San Juan.Game time is at 5 p.m. with the winner obviously getting better position in the playoffs and the advantage of facing a lower-ranked opponent.ADVERTISEMENT The Archers and the Stags are at 4-2, with reigning NCAA champion San Beda to top the group no matter the result of its 3:15 p.m. clash with University of Santo Tomas.Adamson will have the same goal in Group B when the Soaring Falcons, who made a sorry exit in the Final Four of the UAAP last season, slug it out with ousted National University in the 11:45 p.m. game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAn Adamson win would put the Falcons at 5-2 and will win a tiebreaker with idle Letran College as the Falcons beat the Knights, 89-85, in their only elimination round clash.San Beda is undefeated after six games and will be gunning for a sweep of the classification phase against the Growling Tigers, who have bombed out of further competition and will be coming into this game seeking nothing more than bragging rights. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Felipe keeps sights fixed on Tokyocenter_img Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgAs the first trailer of Mohenjo Daro hit the web, one sat back and thought – what exactly has happened to Ashutosh Gowariker? The awful special effects, the convenient time period of 2016 BC, the hideous Cleopatra-esque costumes and headgear. Lack of attention to detail, is not something you associate with Ashutosh Gowariker. And yet, he looks out of his depth, in his comfort zone, i.e. period dramas.The story Mohenjo Daro is woven around the Indus Valley civilisationRecently, Gowariker’s Lagaan completed 15 years. It remains one of the best films to have come out of India since 2000, and that has nothing to do with the Academy Award nomination. The film saw the ascension of the actor-turned director, whose first two films had not done too well. Unfortunate for Gowariker, as anyone who has seen Baazi starring Aamir Khan and its Die Hard-esque climax, will tell you about his routine as the no-nonsense cop before Sarfarosh.Lagaan was a tremendous success on both critical and commercial fronts.When Gowariker was about to make Lagaan, there were a lot of odds against the film, except for the one positive that he was re-uniting with his lead actor. The audience had always been hostile to films involving sports. Nobody knew what Lagaan meant. The film was going to show the ‘hero’ dressed in dhoti, speaking with a heavy rural accent. And yet, it was made with absolute love, as explained in ?hale Chalo. The attention to detail in costumes (Bhanu Athaiya) and sets (Nitin Desai, Ashutosh Gowariker) was something that translated to the authenticity we saw on screen.advertisementSwades features arguably SRK’s best performance as Mohan Bharagav.Lagaan was released and as the cliche goes, the rest was history. It made money, swept the award ceremonies, was campaigned enough during the Oscar season to make it to the Best Foreign Film category. Gowariker followed that up with two spectacular movies – Swades and Jodha Akbar. Swades arguably remains Shah Rukh Khan’s best performance in recent time (another contender being Chak De India), as he completely inhabits the role of NRI Mohan Bhargav. The film follows a NASA scientist as he returns to India to visit his childhood-nanny, who is old now. The film got the critical acclaim it deserved; however, failed to make the money everyone expected from Shah Rukh Khan. The director however was in top form, as he established his mastery over his material with that one scene, where Mohan declares why he doesn’t believe India is the greatest country in the world. Or the scene where he gives the five-rupee coin to the boy selling drinking water.Jodha Akbar managed to be both a spectacle and an intimate love story.His next film Jodha Akbar was pretty much a repeat of Lagaan, slaying critical acclaim and the audience with equal aplomb. The film showcasing the love-story of Mughal emperor Akbar and Rajput-princess Jodha Bai was beautifully made. Gowariker delivers a spectacle (just look at how he filmed Azeem-o-Shaan Shahanshah’ or the climax battle sequence) and yet keeps these small nuggets of beauty in the story, like that sexually-charged sword fight between the two title characters when they meet for the first time or that scene when Jodha teaches the emperor to read his own name. Jodha Akbar was the director’s Everest. After that, he began experimenting.This bloated romantic comedy found favour with no one.Gowariker’s next film was his stab at a romantic comedy – What’s Your Rashee. The film featured Harman Baweja, who meets a Priyanka Chopra from each ‘rashee’ (zodiac sign). Why did they have to be played by the same actor? Because Bollywood logic. The duration of the film, at 3 hours and 31 minutes, left everyone exhausted. What’s Your Rashee, along with some help from his debut film Love Story 2050, destroyed Harman Baweja’s career. The audience couldn’t believe that Ashutosh ‘Lagaan’ Gowariker had made a movie as terrible as this. But then, everyone let it pass considering it was the law of averages catching up with the maverick director. After all, everyone’s made a bad film once in a while.This was Gowariker’s second debacle in a row.Only the audience was in for a rude shock. Gowariker’s next film, a period drama on the 1930 Chittagong uprising called Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se, was unanimously trashed. Most of the audience coming out of the theatres claimed how the film felt like a boring history lesson. The cardboard performances of Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, again, did nothing to elevate the film.advertisementHrithik Roshan plays the role of an indigo farmer, Sarman.It’s been six years since that debacle. And as we see a Hrithik Roshan (bathed in bronze) take on Kabir Bedi with peculiar headgear, you wonder which Ashutosh Gowariker made this movie. The director who was at the helm of movies like Lagaan, Jodha Akbar? Or the one who made What’s Your Rashee? Will the great director ever get back to his brilliant ways? Or will this film write the obituary of a once-great filmmaker? Mohenjo Daro has a lot to answer for.last_img read more

first_imgIt was family time for Indian cricket team at Diwali ahead of the one day international series against New Zealand starting October 22 in Mumbai. Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh were among a host of Indian cricket stars to celebrate Diwali with their families.”A very Happy Diwali to everyone,” India captain Virat Kohli tweeted along with posting a few pictures on the micro-blogging site.A very Happy Diwali to everyone. ?????? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 19, 2017Harbhajan Singh tweeted a photograph with his wife and daughter as the family wished their fans on the auspicious day.Aap sabko happy #Diwali! Hope everyone has a happy, safe and wonderful Diwali! Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 19, 2017″May Laxmi Mata always bring happiness health and prosperity to your homes ?? wishing everyone a very happy Diwali ?? love from the singh family,” Yuvraj Singh said on Instagram.#shotoniphone8plus !Laxmi Pujan !Shubh Deepawali! Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 19, 2017May the festival of lights brighten up your life with beauty, love & joy. Wishing you a very #HappyDiwali cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) October 19, 2017#HappyDiwali ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) October 19, 2017Happy Diwali everyone!!?? Love and Light. ??????? K L Rahul (@klrahul11) October 19, 2017Wish you a very Happy & safe Diwali?º?º???? #HappyDiwali Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 19, 2017India host New Zealand in a three-match ODI series which will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals.last_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not, at least for now, implement the Central Information Commission’s ruling, which directs the Board to fall under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.The CIC on Monday had ruled that the Board is answerable to the people of the nation and hence “the RTI Act should be made applicable to the BCCI along with its entire constituent member cricketing associations.”However, the BCCI has written back to the CIC that it will not be able to implement the ruling since the matter is subjudice before the Madras High Court, which had put a stay on the issue following BCCI’s petition in May.”The BCCI has informed the CIC that it will not be able to implement the ruling of the Central Information Commission. The Board had taken a stay from the Madras High Court, somewhere in the month of May, over a similar issue of BCCI falling under the RTI ambit,” a senior BCCI official told India Today.”We have consistently maintained that the BCCI is not a government funded body and we have already moved the Madras High Court on this. So we will inform the Court that the matter is already there before the Madras High Court, which has put a stay on the matter as of now,” he added.READ – BCCI office bearers question COA role, to challenge RTI verdictThe entire issue snowballed when an RTI applicant Geeta Rani had sought information on the provisions and guidelines under which the BCCI, a private body, was selecting players for the Indian team and representing the country. The information was sought from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, which could not give a satisfactory response following which the issue landed up at the doors of CIC, the appellant body in RTI matters.advertisementThe CIC not only asked the BCCI to come up with a response to Geeta Rani’s queries within 10 days, but also directed the Board to put in place online and offline mechanisms within 15 days to receive applications on information under the RTI Act.READ – BCCI brought under RTI Act by Central Information Commission”The BCCI should have been held accountable under all circumstances for any violations of basic human rights of the stake holders. As on today, there is no mechanism to question such violations, except filing a general writ petition in constitutional courts,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu wrote in his 37-page order.Acharyulu also cited a Law Commission Report and said: “It not only affirmatively recognised the economic (monopoly) nature of the BCCI acting as a sports federation for cricket but also outlined the power and ability of such a body to impact the human rights of athletes and potential athletes,” he added.last_img read more