Newly Dedicated Computer Lab Invigorates Bomi College

first_imgBomi County Superintendent Brown cuts the ribbon to declare the Computer Lab opened, as BCCC President Dr. Norman, second from left, and others look onA large number of students of the Bomi County Community College (BCCC) yesterday rejoiced at the dedication of a new computer lab at the school’s campus in Tubmanburg.Located in the same building that serves as the school’s auditorium, BCCC president Dr. Zobong B. Norman said the dedication was a great day for the students because the ratio of computers to the 30 students in the IT Department is one to one, instead of 1 to 10, as it was a year ago.He said each of the computers has a 250-gigabyte capacity, high memory and a 24,000 BTU air conditioning system that makes it extremely easy for each of the 30 students to gain computer knowledge that they would use after graduation to hold their own in the highly competitive field of technology.“Our goal is to make sure that the learning and teaching environment is conducive for every student in the department so that after you graduate from here you would have been computer literate to be able to compete in the technology-demanding skills out there,” he said.Dr. Norman said while learning is not all academic, the administration would break-ground for the construction of a Student Center on Friday, April 21.He noted that the administration subscribes to the various daily newspapers, which are available in the College library.  “We want you to know what is going around you and in the world so that you can hold intelligent conversations on national and world issues,” Dr. Norman said.He added that his administration will pretty soon provide a media center on campus where students can watch programs on television.Dr. Norman said the college will shortly receive 15 additional computers from his alma mater (Cornell University in the United States) to build an Internet center in Tubmanburg. “Discussions are going on with Bomi County authorities for a space for the project,” he added.Bomi County Superintendent Samuel F. Brown, overwhelmed by the fast pace of development at the BCCC, commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for sending Dr. Norman to head the college.Before cutting the ribbon to declare the computer lab officially opened, Superintendent Brown said words were inadequate to express Bomi County’s appreciation for the good work at the BCCC. He urged the students to take advantage of the new innovations at the BCCC aimed at preparing them to face the challenging world outside.Other speakers included Mr. Robert Gbangai, speaker of the Bomi County Traditional Council, who hails from the Mana Clan of Clay District.Gbangai said the county is impressed with the developments at the BCCC, including the completion of the computer laboratory, and urged students to make use of the opportunity.Ostensibly absent from the dedication were all the members of the Bomi County Legislative Caucus and the Board of Trustees, though the administration said they were invited.It was the third time that members of the two groups have stayed away from important programs at the college, located at Fatoma Compound. They were also absent from the recent commencement convocation exercise and the day President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced Dr. Norman as the new president, more than a year ago.Dissatisfied with their absence, President Sirleaf remarked that “if your house doesn’t sell you, strangers will not buy you,” a popular proverb that means although they are all from Bomi County, their absence showed scorn for her efforts to provide qualified Liberians to manage the college.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nine figure drop BC oil patch bonus bids

first_imgBC Government revenue from monthly sales of petroleum and natural gas rights is now running $100 million behind last year’s pace. The 2010 May sale resulted in the purchase of 92 parcels for nearly $77 million…and the 2010 June sale, went over $404 million. Yesterday’s April sale was the largest one this year resulting in $11 million 600 thousand in bonus bids.- Advertisement -However, it was less than 15 percent of last year’s April sale, which resulted in bonus bids of more than $85 million.So, it leaves the four month total at just over $28 million, as compared to more than $128 million for the same period in 2010.All 29 parcels offered yesterday were purchased, with an average price of $1281 per hectare.The next sale is set for May 25th, but based on what’s occurred so far this year, there’s little reason to assume the year-over-year bonus bids gap will narrow, in either of the next two months.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mack earns D-IV title

first_imgFor the first time in more than 30 years, the Panthers are section champions.The No. 2 seeded McKinleyville High softball team downed No. 5 St. Patrick-St. Vincent — Vallejo 11-1 in six innings in the North Coast Section Division-IV title game, Tuesday evening at McKinleyville High.Tuesday’s championship victory, the program’s first since 1988, finishes off a triple crown of sorts for the Panthers (23-3) as they end their 2019 campaign as champions of the Big 5 Conference, the Charles Lakin …last_img read more

All eyes on Spud: The Movie

first_imgSpud and his Crazy 8 gang.  The Guv and Spud share a moment.(Images: Spud: The Movie)MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor CrightonPublicist+27 83 652 7713April McAlisterBased on the best-selling book series by John van de Ruit, Spud: The Movie hits the South African circuit on 3 December 2010 and is billed as a film not to be missed.The first Spud novel became an instant hit, breaking all South African publishing records in 2005, and recently came in as number 11 on Exclusive Books’ list of 101 Books to Read Before You Die.Two more Spuds have followed since then, with another one in the pipeline.The first book sold over 200 000 copies, with an estimated readership of 600 000 in South Africa alone. It launched internationally in 2007 to great acclaim and has been published in the US, Italy, Russia, Brazil, the UK, India, and other Commonwealth countries.The film, which is set to launch internationally in February 2011, was produced by Cape Town-based Rogue Star Films and BLM Productions in Durban, and premiered at selected cinemas in November.Coming of ageThe 13-year-old John Milton wins a cricket scholarship and enrolls at Michaelhouse, a prestigious all-boys boarding school where author Van de Ruit spent his secondary school years, in the year 1990.With Nelson Mandela’s release imminent, this is a time of change for his country as well as for the boy. The school, and his odd new assortment of friends, prove to be daunting and challenging.Milton is nicknamed Spud because of his late development, but despite this unfortunate situation he manages to attract the attention of the opposite sex. Dealing with strange emotions causes a few awkward moments and results in hard decisions.An only child who suffers from dysfunctional middle class parents, a senile granny and a domestic worker who has more sense than his parents, Spud faces some embarrassing but hilarious situations.Fresh from his role as young Logan in the blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 14-year-old Troye Sivan, South African-born and now living in Australia, plays the title role. His experience as Oliver in a theatre production proved useful as Spud lands the lead role in the school production of Oliver under the guidance of the burly Viking, his drama teacher.His friends, known as The Crazy 8, run the gamut from the subdued to gregarious, with names like Mad Dog, Boggo, Gecko, Rambo and Fatty. We are led through the fast-paced trials of teenage boys and the mischievous stunts they perform.The role of the Guv, a cantankerous and eccentric English teacher, was given to none other than British film veteran John Cleese, who is perfectly cast. The Guv soon spots Spud’s talent for writing and recognises something of himself in the lad. A bond forms between the two and they share memorable lunchtimes discussing women while the Guv consumes copious quantities of wine.In an interview Cleese said that he thoroughly enjoyed working on Spud and would do it again if the producers decide on a sequel.“The last time that I saw a script that I liked as much as this was in 1995 for Clockwise,” he said.Local talentThe rest of the cast is drawn from local talent. All but one of the Crazy 8 gang are pupils from local schools, and the eighth is studying for a degree in theatre and performance at Cape Town University.Lehasa Moloi plays PJ Luthuli, the head of house, who commands respect and is Spud’s hero figure. Luthuli is aware of the political significance of the goings-on around him and helps Spud to see the darker side of South African history.Debbie “the Mermaid”, who steals Spud’s heart forever, is played by young Genna Blair; Charlbi Dean is Amanda, who seduces Spud; and Tanit Phoenix plays the sultry Eve, the housemaster’s wife.Adaptation of the novel for the big screen began in 2008 when Rogue Star Films founder Ross Garland brought writer/director Donovan Marsh onto the project. The team has worked closely with Van de Ruit, which has helped them to keep the high-paced script true to the story of Spud.Rogue Star has produced other notable films such as U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, a modern-day African version of Bizet’s dramatic 19th century opera Carmen. U-Carmen eKhayalitsha scooped the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival and was in the selection at the Cannes Film Festival Tous les Cinemas du Monde, Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, Ebert Film Festival, Dublin Film Festival and the Pusan Film Festival.Films like Neill Blomkamp’s Oscar-nominated District 9, Regardt van den Berg’s Faith Like Potatoes and Jann Turner’s White Wedding have been received well locally and internationally, showing that the calibre of the filmmaking industry is on the up.Spud and White Wedding both show that South Africans have the ability to laugh at themselves in an easy manner and are able to see the humorous side to life in most respects.With world-class crew and production companies, and local talent such as Troye Sivan, Sharlto Copley, Rapulana Seiphemo, Arnold Vosloo and Frank Rautenbach, South Africa’s film sector is proving to be competitive and more in demand than ever before.last_img read more

Hanli Prinsloo: ‘Fall in love with the ocean, to save it’

first_imgSouth African Hanli Prinsloo travels the world to capture images of life in the sea. She gives public talks about falling in love with the ocean, a necessary step to protect it. She also heads I Am Water, an organisation that teaches children about ocean conservation. Besides running projects to teach children about ocean conservation in South Africa, Hanli Prinsloo also works in Bermuda and Ecuador. As part of her desire to educate people about marine life, she makes films about protecting sharks (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) • How much do you know about the ocean? •Gallery: Celebrate Marine Month in South Africa • Top 50 Brands in South Africa named • Teen campaigns organ donation through social media • Sandton goes car-free for a month Compiled by Melissa JavanThe success of each of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) would be the success of all, Hanli Prinsloo recently said at the World Economic Forum (WEF).The 17 SDGs include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy. They were agreed for the world by the United Nations in August to continue from the Millennium Development Goals.Prinsloo, the chief executive officer of I Am Water Ocean Conservation Trust, said Goal 14 – on “life below water” – resonated with why she devoted her life and work to ocean conservation. “But as a woman and an African, every single one of the 17 SDGs will affect some part of my life,” she wrote on the WEF’s site.We are waterPrinsloo is an 11 times South African freediving record holder, filmmaker and avid ocean adventurer. In a TED Talk, she said: “I am nothing without the water inside me and the water around me.”TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged. Today TED Talks cover almost all topics, from science to business to global issues. It is owned by a non-profit, non-partisan foundation that believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.Prinsloo reminded her TED audience that one’s body consisted of more than 70% water. “This is even though we focus on air moving in and out of us, we are water. We move around in a world of air so we believe we are air.“Now we have become so used to breathing that we think it’s all we’ve done. But our first nine months of our lives we were in a watery world and we were born into this fantastically exciting world of smells and sights and sounds and air. All this air around us and then we forget about that watery world we come from,” she added.Using just one breathe, Prinsloo said, she could swim to a depth of 56m in the ocean, just using her arms and legs. “On one breathe I’ve held my breath in water for over six minutes and I am not the best in the world. Using weights to assist us and floatation devices to come back up, free divers have been down to up to 200m.“The most difficult thing I have learned is to trust myself and to trust what my body can do in water… The world record for men is over 11 minutes and that is not breathing pure oxygen. We know water; your body remembers water there’s a memory of water in us that we have just forgotten.”She challenged the audience to “spend some time in the water inside of you, in the water we have at our disposal and yes come on in the water is good”.“We are representatives of the ocean. I even see that with people who can’t swim who stand there and say to me: ‘I can’t swim but I love staring at the ocean.’ If you are an ocean gazer or explorer you’ve got that in you.”Watch Prinsloo pledge to protect the ocean, and explain why she was moved to do so:Why protect the ocean?In her report to the WEF, Prinsloo spoke about a study by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London, which said 40% of marine populations had halved since 1970. Many of the fish humans ate had posted a staggering 74% drop in population.“Oceans are the lifeblood,” she stressed. “Not only do 2.6 billion people depend on them for their primary source of protein, but more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by the salty masses, while they absorb over 30% of CO2.”Chapter 5 of South Africa’s National Development Plan talks about protecting and enhancing the country’s environmental assets and natural resources. Prinsloo’s activism promotes this outcome of the plan. But it is not only a national issue; Goal 14 of the SDGs, she pointed out, had seven main targets, including a reduction of all kinds of marine pollution. It particularly mentioned land activities that resulted in marine pollution. Another target focused on community fishing practices and poverty.“As an ocean advocate, I have to believe that we can achieve SDG14.”More needed to be done to improve collaboration on this issue, especially between non-governmental organisations and governments, stakeholders and activists. “We know the challenges. The hard work now is to ensure that we work together to achieve the SDG14 targets – for the sake of the ocean and the planet.”I Am WaterI Am Water Ocean Conservation Trust was founded in South Africa in 2010. Its mandate is that humans and nature cannot survive without each other. “We believe ocean degradation is fundamentally due to human disconnect,” reads its website, “and the way to change the course for our oceans is engaging and educating individuals on their role for a healthy planet.”The aim for Prinsloo and her team is to make people fall in love with the ocean so that they will want to protect it. The trust’s projects include taking children from previously disadvantaged communities such as Masiphumelele township in Cape Town to the beach, teaching them to swim, and educating them about marine life and how to protect the ocean.Another project is raising awareness of the plight of shark populations around the world.Watch Prinsloo explain the importance of protecting sharks:Watch Prinsloo and others swim alongside sharks:last_img read more

20 held for Naseerpur communal clash

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have arrested 20 people on charges of murder and rioting after communal violence rocked Naseerpur village in Muzaffarnagar on Monday. One person was killed and over a dozen were injured in the violence that was triggered by a petty fight over overflowing water from a sewage line. The Naseerpur violence is the second such incident in less than a week in the district. On Saturday, hundreds of agitated villagers of Sherpur clashed with the police and burnt their vehicles after rumours of cow slaughter spread in the area.Twenty-two-year-old Akash died of a gun shot injury in the Naseerpur violence. Three hundred people have been booked. According to the police, Iqbal was on his way to the local mosque on Monday when he got into an argument with one Brijpal over an over flowing drain. The issue was sorted out in the afternoon at a meeting of the village elders, who persuaded them to arrive at a compromise. But by the evening, the issue flared up again and led to a violent clash in which people attacked each other with firearms and stones. Brijpal and his son Akash were injured in the firing. Akash succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.Village head arrestedThe police arrested the Naseerpur village head, Sabir on Thursday after he was named in an FIR filed by Brijpal. Sabir, however, told The Hindu that he had nothing to do with the clash. “I had organised a panchayat, where the village elders brought about a compromise between Iqbal and Brijpal. But the same evening, they started fighting once again,” he said. Superintendent of Police (city) Muzaffrnafar Rakesh Kumar Singh told The Hindu that paramilitary forces and Provincial Armed Constabulary had been deployed in the village and the situation was “under control.” Many fledMany Muslim families have reportedly fled the area fearing retaliation after an angry mob, despite the police deployment, set the house of a person accused of firing at Akash. BJP leaders, including Union Minister and the local MP Sanjeev Baliyan, met the family of Akash on Wednesday. They also talked on the phone to Chief Minister Adityanath, who they said had agreed to ensure that the victim’s family was granted ₹20 lakh in compensation and a government job for one of its members.last_img read more

Flood-hit Muzaffarpur in pictures

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Star escapes

first_imgPBA IMAGESAldrech Ramos put order in Star’s tentative finish on Saturday night, draining the dagger triple with 12.8 seconds remaining as the Hotshots held off San Miguel Beer, 109-105, in Game 1 of their Final Four series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots almost blew a 13-point lead going into the final two minutes as they lapsed into miscues and needed Ramos to convert that triple from top of the key off a Paul Lee set-up as Star drew first blood in their best-of-five series.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pocari sweat coach expecting more from Rivers in Game 2 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES “That’s why he’s there,” said Star coach Chito Victolero, referring to the game-sealing bucket. “That’s what I keep telling my players, for them to shoot when they’re open.”Victolero is aware of what to expect on Game 2 set Monday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They (Beermen) will keep fighting, they’re a champion team,” he said as he guns for the first Finals appearance of his young coaching career after falling just a win short against Barangay Ginebra in this season’s Philippine Cup.“We (coaching staff) will review the game tape and see what we can still do,” he went on. “San Miguel will never give up.” Ricardo Ratliffe scored 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds before fouling out in the dying seconds while Allein Maliksi also fired 26.Lee struggled against the San Miguel defense to finish with just four and eight assists.Charles Rhodes had 34 points and reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo had 24 for the Beermen, who beat the Hotshots in the eliminations, 103-97.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments 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 MOST READ What ‘missteps’?last_img read more