Performance of Liberians in Chinese Language Motivates Instructors

first_imgTwo instructors of the Confucius Institute (CI) have expressed their excitement over the achievements of Liberians undergoing Chinese Language and cultural learning in Monrovia and at the University of Liberia.“Chinese Language is altogether different and difficult. To get the students to understand, I design various activities to add to the students’ interest. By that, they are taking in the lesson,” Xiong Yuxian, one of the instructors said.Xiong said “Liberians are so talented and quick to take in, and just the few times spent with them have resulted in many of them reciting poems in Chinese, singing and dancing Chinese songs, and perform other cultural activities the instructors have taught them.”The CI is exclusively based at the University of Liberia and is engaged in teaching Chinese Language and Culture through which many students have proven their abilities in the lessons. Through their achievements some of the students have travelled to China and interacted with the Chinese through cultural exchange programs.The institute also provides lessons for other interested people who are not attending the UL. CI is also conducting a class for officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and the Liberia National Police. The reason is to get those officers acquainted with the language since they are often assigned at the various ports of entry through which Chinese and other nationals enter the country.Xiong said both university and non university students were learning at the same pace in understanding the Chinese language and cultural activities.She added that from calls they received during their program on the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), many more people continue to express interest in learning the language.Xiong, in line with her colleague Tang Xaowei said learning the language is important for building a bridge for China-Liberia relations, adding that the most important thing is for both countries to harmoniously coexist to seek their citizens’ welfare.In separate statements, Xiong and her colleague noted that members of the Chinese Cultural Troupe that visited Monrovia about a month ago were astonished by what they saw their Liberian counterparts doing.According to the instructors, the two groups mingled, ate and performed the rest of the activities together, beyond the expectations of the Chinese Cultural Troupe.Giving highlights of her work, Xiong said they are basically involved in teaching Chinese Language and Culture, and teach over a hundred students from diverse backgrounds.The lesson is taught at levels ranging from 1 to 4, and those who complete are awarded certificates of achievement.Xiong Yuxian was born in 1992 and came to Liberia in July 2015 as a volunteer teacher to teach Chinese at the Confucius Institute.Before coming to Liberia, she was doing her master’s degree program at the Changsha University of Science & Technology in Central China.She has been a volunteer teacher in China for years, teaching in some poor mountainous schools.For Tang Xiaowei when she heard information about the volunteer teacher program she quickly applied to be a guest lecturer.She was among the lucky ones selected for the work that entered Liberia on July 14, 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Johnsonville Suffers ‘Worst Flooding’

first_imgBarely two weeks into the heavy downpour this year, residents of Pipeline and Johnsonville in Paynesville outside Monrovia, are starting to see something shocking. Now that the heavy rains have commenced, cars and residential areas are deeply submerged in flood waters along the route.“It was swooping in,” said a female resident only identified as Patricia, talking about the rain. “It was like it just ran in.”A resident, Fedesco Luogon, suffered the worst of the flood as his entire house has been submerged. He is not the only one who is so seriously affected by the heavy rains. Other nearby residents have complained of the flood water that has poured into their homes.As the result of the severe flooding in the area, several motorbikes plying the route are reportedly overcharging their passengers because the two government-owned (National Transit Authority (NTA) Feeder Road Buses assigned on the route have reportedly slowed commuting due to the bad condition of the road.One of the drivers told the Daily Observer yesterday on condition of anonymity that the road has become so flooded that if no intervention is forthcoming to remedy the situation before the rainy season reaches its peak, they would stop plying the route.Yesterday morning, several homes were under water to the extent that, “we were trying to get the family out of the home,” a community head, T. Emmanuel Cole said about his submerged house. According to Mr. Cole, since the heavy rains started about two weeks ago, residents along the route have experienced flooding because of the deplorable condition of the road.“When cars are speeding in, the water moves them over, and the drivers would often go into nearby ditches,” another resident explained angrily.Some of the worst affected communities are the New Israel, Lorma Quarter, Cook Spoon Hill near Whein Town, as well as the community connecting Logan Town with Kpelle Town Junction.Many of the residents have lived in the Whein Town and neighboring communities near Johnsonville for 20 years. They and their families are now stuck, thinking about what is standing between them and their water-filled homes.Mr. Luogon now needs a ‘boat’ to go through the community he has called home for so many years.The two weeks up to yesterday, “in all reality, it’s been a nightmare,” Mr. Luogon said.It is a nightmare no one seems to be able to wake-up from as residents continued battling the water up to noon, at which time the Daily Observer had to return to base.“Floods happen, but I have never had flood water come up so far that I have had to leave my house, and I have never had flood water come this early except this year,” one affected female lamented.She remembers going to bed last night with no water around her house but woke up yesterday seeing water everywhere.“It’s heartbreaking. Then, when you look around and the news, no one is here. I know everyone has the same problems we are going through,” she told our reporter with tears rolling down her cheeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charter schools founder indicted

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – The founder of one of California’s largest charter school networks was indicted Tuesday on 113 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, grand theft and tax evasion for allegedly siphoning millions in public school funds, San Bernardino County prosecutors said. C. Steven Cox, founder of the now-defunct California Charter Academy, was indicted on 56 counts of misappropriation of public funds and 56 counts of grand theft, said Michael Fermin, a supervising deputy district attorney. Cox was also accused of failing to file a state tax return, he said. Cox, 59, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was jailed with bail set at $1 million. The grand jury also indicted Tad Theron Honeycutt, a Hesperia city councilman, on 15 counts of misappropriation of funds, 15 counts of grand theft, three counts of failure to file a state tax return and one count of filing a false tax return. Honeycutt, 44, also entered a plea of not guilty to all charges and was jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail. San Bernardino County prosecutors began their investigation after the release of an 80-page state audit in 2004 that detailed serious problems with the finances and operations management at the Victorville-based network of schools. The audit charged that Cox routinely looted millions from public schools to enrich his friends and family, leading to the academy’s collapse. Auditors wrote that California Charter Academy and its private management firm, Educational Administrative Services Corp., spent millions on hefty executive salaries, perks and questionable contracts awarded to Cox’s friends and family.last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Downs GW and NIU To Open 2017 Season

first_img Drake 2-0 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,6) 1. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Marbach, Eric/Lundkvist, Georg (NIU) 6-1 3. Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) 4. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Hjertonsson, Tom (NIU) 6-3, 6-2 5. Clark, Ben (DU) def. William Tutecky (GW) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) In Drake’s nightcap against NIU, the Bulldogs once again won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. Gillespie put together a dominating performance to beat Georg Lundkvist, 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Barny Thorold won his first collegiate career singles match, beating Tom Hjertonsson 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4, to give Drake a 3-0 lead. Clark clinched the Bulldog victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Louis-Philipp Hamel at No. 6 singles. 3. Stride, Ben (DU) vs. Schweiger Muzar, Bor (NIU) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished 3. Clark, Ben/Hands, Tom (DU) def. Chris Fletcher/Jakub Behun (GW) 6-3 Story Links 1. #73 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 6-4 The Bulldogs worked quickly as Drake took care of the GW in just over two hours.Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch cruised to a 6-2 win, while Ben Clark and Tom Hands defeated Chris Fletcher and Jakub Behun, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point for the Bulldogs. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team opened the 2017 season with a pair of victories on Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated George Washington 6-1 and Northern Illinois 4-0 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake 6, George Washington 1Jan. 21, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) vs. Marbach, Eric (NIU) 6-7, 0-1, unfinished 6. Wood, Ben (DU) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-0, 7-5 2. Fernando Sala/C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) def. Stride, Ben/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 7-6 (7-2) Drake 4, Northern Illinois 0Jan. 21, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,1,5,2,3) 5. Hands, Tom (DU) vs. Manzanas, Carlos (NIU) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished Match Notes Singles competition Singles competition Box Score – vs. Northern Illinois Match Notes 1. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Julius Tverijonas/Chris Reynolds (GW) 6-2 1. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Lundkvist, Georg (NIU) 6-2, 6-3 2. Stride, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Schweiger Muzar, Bor/Manzanas, Carlos (NIU) 6-4 Hands kept his momentum from doubles into single as he rolled past Dennis Afanasev, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. At No. 6, Ben Wood won his first eight games enroute to a 6-0, 7-5 win, giving Drake a 3-0 lead. Gillespie, who is ranked 73rd nationally, sealed the win for the Bulldogs with strong 6-3, 6-4 victory. 3. Hamel, Louis-Philipp/Hjertonsson, Tom (NIU) def. Clark, Ben/Hands, Tom (DU) 5-4 6. Clark, Ben (DU) def. Hamel, Louis-Philipp (NIU) 6-3, 6-2 George Washington 0-1 Doubles competition The Bulldogs will head to the Lone Star State on Jan. 28 to take on host Texas in the first of two matches at the ITA Kick-off Weekend event. Drake will play either Rice or Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 29. 4. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Dennis Afanasev (GW) 6-2, 6-1 Box Score – vs. George Washington Drake 1-0 Doubles competition 2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Chris Reynolds (GW) 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Householders who have broadband with Vodafone are being hit with price hikes

first_imgThe telecoms giant is increasing prices by up to €84 a year and it is ending some of its older mobile phone plan deals.The company confirmed that broadband prices are rising by between €5 and €7 a month from November on wards.In a statement, the company said: “This adjustment is in response to increased operational costs, primarily due to the rise in wholesale prices.”It added that the price of its recently added TV, broadband, home and mobile package will not be affected by the increase.A spokesperson said: “Customers have the option of changing their plan and should contact a Vodafone customer service agent for details.”Vodafone is also ending some low-priced mobile phone plans.“A small number of customers who are currently on old, outdated plans are currently being moved to the new Vodafone Red 30 Day plan as Vodafone upgrades its internal systems,” a spokesperson said.“Vodafone has been in contact with affected customers to inform them of the move.”Managing director of price comparison site, Eoin Clarke, said: “In June, Open Eir confirmed an increase of €3.50 a month in its fibre broadband prices for wholesale customers.“Now, we’re seeing Vodafone raise its prices by between €5 and €7 per month as a result of costs associated with this wholesale hike – although not all customers are affected.”He warned that we could see price increases from other broadband providers too.Sky, Eir and Virgin have already increased prices for their services this year. Householders who have broadband with Vodafone are being hit with price hikes was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Rosebud Andrea dons her sash for Rose of Tralee!

first_img10-year-old Andrea Slevin from Knock, Ballybofey, has had an incredibly exciting week as she has been selected to be a Rosebud for the upcoming Rose of Tralee Festival!Each year, 64 of Ireland’s loveliest little ladies are chosen to participate alongside the Roses in Kerry.When Andrea and mum Anna put her name forward in April, they never dreamt that she would be selected. “It’s a dream come true. I am really looking forward to taking part in the parades and spending time with the Roses for the week,” beams Andrea.Andrea will accompany the Southern California Rose, Ms Claire McManamon during the week of the festival. Originally from Mayo, 24-year-old GAA fan Claire is working as an accountant in sunny Southern California with Glanbia.Andrea and her 63 Rosebud friends will be treated to VIP treatment throughout the week; they will get to don their very own sash, take part in the parade, and even attend a glitzy exclusive party with the Roses.The much anticipated Rose of Tralee Festival begins today, with Roses, Rosebuds, and Escorts having a jam-packed schedule until the crowning cabaret on Tuesday. Beginning in 2009, Rosebuds were selected to include the younger generation as they bloom into potential Roses.Excited for her week in Kerry, Andrea will be spending the week with mum and dad Anna and Drew, and little sister Leona.Andrea says she is also looking forward to meeting Donegal Rose, Amy Kate Callaghan, and wishes her all the best in the competition.Perhaps in another few years Andrea will don the Donegal sash!Rosebud Andrea dons her sash for Rose of Tralee! was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:andrew slevinBallybofeydonegalRose of Traleerosebudlast_img read more

Sliabh Liag tourism project to officially open on Monday

first_imgThe official opening of the Sliabh Liag Strategic Development Project will take place on Monday.Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill. are set to open one of the county’s anticipated tourism projects.The project will be officially open at 3pm. The opening of the visitor’s centre last month was aimed at attracting more people to the famous sea cliffs, where tourism has blossomed in recent years.Over 164,000 tourists visited the cliffs in 2017.Last month, Sliabh Liag Distillers in Ardara is to submit a planning application to build a new €6 million distillery, which would bring Irish whiskey production back to the county for the first time in 177 years.Sliabh Liag, which produces An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey, submit the application to Donegal County Council today. Subject to approval, the construction of the distillery in Ardara is expected to start later this year, with distilling operations beginning in 2020.Led by company directors James and Moria Doherty and James Keith, the site will employ at least 40 people and has received the support of the community.Sliabh Liag tourism project to officially open on Monday was last modified: May 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:sliabh liaglast_img read more

Fire damages property at Army camp near LoC

first_imgThe Army on Tuesday said a fire broke out in north Kashmir’s Machil Sector, resulting in the damage of infrastructure. An Army spokesman said the fire broke out at 2 p.m. and was brought under control. “Some damage to property took place,” said the spokesman, without divulging any details.Unofficial reports suggest an entire Army camp was taken over by the flames located close to the Line of Control in the Machil Sector in Kupwara. It housed the soldiers of the Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles headquartered at Hamar Gali in the Machil sector.The fire damaged large parts of the camp, which housed oil barrels and some ammunition. However, the Army has been silent over the details of the damage. “There was no loss of life. The cause of the fire is being ascertained,” said the Army spokesman.last_img read more

Neighbour held for rape

first_imgA 30-year-old has been arrested for raping his 7-year-old neighbour in Sahibabad, the police said on Wednesday. The accused will be produced in a city court on Thursday.A senior officer said the incident happened on November 11 in Sahibabad’s Shalimar Garden. The girl’s mother complained to the police on Wednesday night. The police lodged an FIR and sent the victim for medical examination. They also recorded her statement. The final medical report is awaited but the initial report has confirmed rape, the police said. The accused allegedly lured the victim to a room and threatened her with dire consequences after the rape. The girl revealed her ordeal to the mother recently.last_img

TNT sticks with Smith

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide With no movement as the deadline for player changes elapsed, TNT KaTropa will stick it out with the mammoth import that took the Texters this deep in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, as they try to turn the tables on the rock-solid, fancied San Miguel Beermen.TNT will come in as the underdog in the best-of-seven title series starting with the 7 p.m. opening contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, and the Texters have embraced that tag even more so with Joshua Smith functioning on only one good foot and the Beermen looking as sharp as ever.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Defense sorely lacking in Horn’s fight blueprint Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jason Castro is the biggest local weapon of the Texters, and the fleet-footed guard showed that much by pumping in 38 points in Game 4 of the Ginebra series.But Castro was quick to downplay the role he will play in this series, insisting that individuality has no place in their team.“When we play together as a team, good things always happen,” Castro said. “It will not be Jason Castro against anyone in the San Miguel lineup, we will need total team effort to beat San Miguel.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View commentscenter_img June Mar Fajardo and import Charles Rhodes will be the main concerns of the TNT defense, and once this duo dominates the inside, TNT could be in for a heap of trouble when they clog the lanes with Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and a whole lot of others there to make the outside shot.If Smith comes out healthier than he did in the last two games of the Ginebra series, the Texters stand a good chance to upset the Beermen as he could more or less make life difficult for Fajardo because of his size and leave the locals to try and handle Rhodes.San Miguel has the hunger factor despite this being the Beermen’s fifth trip in the title series in the last eight conferences. The winningest team in the league has not won this tournament since 2000, a 17-year thirst the Beermen would want to quench.After winning the Philippine Cup in all of the last three seasons, the Beermen have been unlucky in this conference owing to import problems.They have none of that here, with Rhodes displaying utmost professionalism and jiving with the star-studded local roster.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Team sources told the Inquirer on Tuesday afternoon that the local players had asked coaches, led by Nash Racela, to play Smith in the series opener, knowing that the entire team owes the 6-foot-9, 330-pound banger something for taking them past No. 1 ranked Barangay Ginebra in the Final Four.No one in authority confirmed this news, though, but it seems logical since TNT has opted not to tap standby import Mike Myers—at least for Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel will be shooting for the second jewel of a coveted Triple Crown sweep and the Beermen have the roster that can pull it off.In their Final Four with sister team Star, the Beermen won the last three games with contributions coming from everywhere. What ‘missteps’?last_img read more