Protest rocks Nasarawa FA electionEmmanuel Ukumba in LafiaElections into the Executive Committees of the Football Associations in the 36 States and the FCT will hold as from next week.However, all is not well in Nasarawa as protests letters are flying over the composition of the electoral committee constituted to conduct election into the association. The first stop will be Rivers State, where the Elective Congress has been set for Port Harcourt on Thursday, 30th January, before Ogun State takes the baton a week later on 6th February and Kano State follows three days after, on 9th February.Elections will hold in Niger and Ekiti states on 9th February, while FCT will be the next on 11th February and Kebbi State will take its turn on 12thFebruary.Benue, Zamfara and Plateau States will hold their elective congresses on 13th February. Kwara State will take the stage on 14th February and Nasarawa State will be the next on 15th February.Bauchi, Kaduna and Kogi States have all opted for 19th February, with Gombe and Osun States in focus on 20th February and Imo and Taraba States to follow on 21st February.Yobe States will hold its elections on 23rd February while Ebonyi State has fixed 26th February for its own congress.Meanwhile, a contestant in the upcoming Nasarawa FA election, Ibrahim Shigafarta, has kicked against the composition of the electoral committee in a protest letter he personally signed and made available to journalists on Sunday in Lafia.Shigafarta alleged that the membership of Abdulhamid Babanrabi in the electoral committee was a gross violation of fairness, justice and due process in the electoral process because Babanrabi is also currently the secretary of the Nasarawa FA making it difficult to not to see him as unbias or trust his actions in the electoral process.He added that the fact that Babanrabi was appointed as secretary of both the FA and electoral committee by the state FA chairman, Muhammed Alkali, and the fact that the chairman is also contesting in the election makes it extremely difficult that the process will not be swayed to favour the incumbent chairman and his supporters.But the Nasarawa FA chairman, Muhammed Alkali, said Babanrabi was appointed as a member and secretary of the electoral committee because as stipulated in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) statues with regards to elections into FAs across the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
B. Naming of facilitiesThe board will consider requests from school and community groups to name an athletic or other school activity facility, building or a portion thereof for a person provided the proposed name has special significance and/or the person has made an outstanding contribution to the school or the school system.The board shall consider naming requests after they are recommended by the superintendent.When a new school or facility is to be named or an existing school or facility renamed, the board shall consider all suggested names utilizing the following criteria:If the naming or renaming is suggested by a district patron:1. Suggestions for naming or renaming a facility shall be submitted to the superintendent in writing;2. Suggestions shall require a minimum of 100 signatures of district patrons of voting age.It is mandatory that any district owned buildings or facilities not be named after person(s) who are currently employed by the school district or are currently serving on the board until 5 years after retirement or association with the district of five years after their death.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Subsequently, the board took no action on the John Gifford Field name proposal thereafter on the agenda. With the policy in place, the field cannot be renamed in his honor until the year 2019.The board drafted the policy at a work session held in April.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢In other business:â€¢Breakfast prices were set for the 2014-15 school year: $2 for adults; $1.50 for students and students reduced to 30 cents. Lunch prices will not be available until July.â€¢Rita Oâ€™Bryan was named The Golden Apple award presented by Raj Sharma, Special Education recognition.â€¢The board had no discussion on the USD 353 Safe and Secure Bond Project. A new Facebook page has been designed to promote the project. It can be seen here. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wellington-KS-Public-Schools/1488119981399539?ref=br_tfâ€¢A special meeting was set for Wednesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. to discuss handbooks and the redistricting of elementary schools.â€¢USD 619 Special Education Services â€” for students identified as exceptional children â€” functional classroom may be in peril, said Larry Roth, assistant superintendent. The services assist children who are disabled, gifted or talented â€” from five school districts including Argonia, Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Oxford and Wellington. Roth said due to the lack of state funding, the group is in negotiation to see how to keep the classroom open.â€œIt is about 50-50,â€ Roth said. â€œTimes are tough for everybody.â€Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (16) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Redress · 326 weeks ago Sure lets approve a policy after everyone wanted to rename the football field where a man dedicated his time for 40 yrs. So wait tell a person dies or 5 yrs. Why couldn’t a person enjoy something of importance to him/her before that time. Just uncalled for and selfish. But you all do what you want to do!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Big Negative · 326 weeks ago Always having to post something negative Redress. If you can’t say something nice maybe you should not even post. John Gifford is very deserving of the field being named after him, and we can rest assured it will be renamed. Coach will not lose any sleep over it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 326 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Sally · 326 weeks ago I disagree with redress. It is very common practice at levels of government to name a building after someone is deceased or several years after they have left office. It is very rare to have named anything for a US President or member of congress till many years after his death or he has left office. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Crusader pride · 326 weeks ago Ok everyone this is not a presidential thing…it’s a football field. The whole reason that the board looked at the policy was because of the people wanting it renamed. They also wanted to buy a NEW scoreboard with his name on it. Guess that should wait five years. There are several coaches that have been given that satisfaction..if I am not right doesn’t the caoch of the much loved KSU Wildcats coach on a field named after him. It was simple they could have grandfather this exception in and then set the policy for future candidates. This was a fail…but not to anyone’s surprise. Report Reply 1 reply · active 326 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Lovin Wellington · 326 weeks ago im perplex . What difference does it make if we honor someone now or wait 5 years. if jon Gifford is deserving now than lets honor him now. I think the crusader club was wanting to buy a score board w his name on it. i may be mistaken but if true lets git er done. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 326 weeks ago I bet for the right amount of money it can be worked out. Always does. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Sally · 326 weeks ago We don’t have to wait 5 years. We can nominate Jerry Wilson today, who has been retired for over 5 years, to have some school facility after him and show our gratitude for his incredible service to Wellington schools. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down becca sue · 326 weeks ago Coach Giff retired from the district in 2000 and went to South Haven. He then returned to Wellington to service in the school and to coach. Is this some type of possible “loophole” we could use? According to the text of the policy on this site, “It is mandatory that any district owned buildings or facilities not be named after person(s) who are currently employed by the school district or are currently serving on the board until 5 years after retirement or association with the district of five years after their death.” If we use the “5 yr after retirement” portion of the text”, Coach Giff would have been eligible for the renaming 2005. In the text (on this site) it NEVER says that it has to be the latter of the two. It just has to be 5 years after retiring. I’m sure there are records of his resignation/retirement from the school district. Therefore all that is needed is 100 signatures and a recommendation by the superintendent. Easy Peasy. Report Reply 1 reply · active 326 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Big Red · 326 weeks ago Would it not be better if we all could not come together and do the right thing and honor them while we have the chance to take pictures of them standing by their monuments. Neither of these guys mentioned deserve any less than a 100% backing by the Crusader Nation. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down WHSALUM · 326 weeks ago Dear school board- Why always a road block? Please take care of the items that need your attention not something like this. THIS IS WHAT OUR COMMUNITY WANTS- it costs you nothing? So again I ask…WHY? WHATS THE PROBLEM? Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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The new policy was enacted after a growing number of requests by school patrons, wanting to rename the football field after Wellington High School assistant coach John Gifford, who served the football program for over four decades.The new policy, unanimously approved by the board members, would require that any district owned buildings or facilities not be named after a person(s), who are currently employed by the school district or are currently serving on the board until five years after retirement or association with the district or five years after their death.The board also addressed permanent memorials at USD 353 stating that school sites should not serve as the main venue for permeant memorials for students or staff.The full policy is read as follows:Â MEMORIALS AND NAMING OF DISTRICT FACILITIES:Â A. MemorialsÂ As places designed primarily to support learning, school sites should not serve as the main venue for permanent memorials for students or staff. Permanent memorials for deceased students or staff shall be limited in form or perpetual awards or scholarships for district students.Any permanent memorials in existence before the adoption of this policy can only be removed by board action.
We wonder whether President Sirleaf ever reads the Observer Farmer Column which this newspaper has been producing every Thursday for many years. Dr. Cyril Broderick, professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry, was the preeminent Observer Farmer in the late 1980s. Now we have another highly committed, motivated Observer Farmer, Judoemue Kollie who, though he has not yet even finished college, is faithful, productive and even indefatigable in covering the Farm Sector all over the country.The President, the World Bank people, indeed all Liberians, especially those involved or interested in farming, should read Judoemu’s farm column which, as usual, appeared in the Thursday,—that’s yesterday’s—edition of the Daily Observer. The Observer Farmer column contained three very important stories. The first was a story which, though highlighted in Wednesday’s edition, Judoemue felt compelled to mention on his Farm Page yesterday: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s serious and emphatic pledge to help Liberia in the recovery of its agriculture sector.Remember we said in yesterday’s editorial that AGRICULTURE was the FIRST thing President Kim mentioned while outlining his multi-faceted recovery plan for Liberia in the post-Ebola period. The WBG leader explained why he is targeting this sector first: “Agriculture is a key pillar of the Liberian economy,” he noted. The second story on yesterday’s Farm Page highlighted a most encouraging and innovative initiative undertaken by 24 women farmers in Clay Ashland, Montserrado County. These women have organized themselves under an umbrella called the New Generation Women Farmers Group, within which they have started a Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA). Recently, with the help of some international donors, these women distributed LD286,820 among themselves to expand their farming efforts, especially cassava production.Can the government and other able parties help these women with farm implements to make their work easier? Can the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) assist them in providing improved cassava varieties and lend technical support, such as deploying some of its staff to advise the women on proper cassava and other crop cultivation?Judoemue’s third story is the most important one: he featured a rice farmer in Foya, Lofa County named Franklin Tengbeh, who has successfully cultivated 14.7 hectares of high yielding rice. Mr. Tengbeh is now harvesting his rice, some of which he intends to pass on to other area farmers as seeds.But, Judoemue pointed out, Farmer Tengbeh is faced with a number of very serious challenges: lack of storage, transportation, thrashers and drying floor, among others. Herein, we think, lies an excellent opportunity for President Sirleaf’s urgent intervention. She needs to find an expert and send him or her to Foya to see Mr. Tengbeh and what he is doing, and find out how he can be helped.Foya has long been known for its superior agricultural productivity. Ever since the legendary Foya Paramount Chief Tamba Taylor, beginning in the 1950s, taught his people to farm, they have been self-sufficient not only in rice and vegetables but also meat. They grow their own cattle, goats, poultry, pigs and sheep. The Foya farmers are once again giving the Liberian government another opportunity to redeem itself by reaching out to these enterprising people. This time, the government should be very focused and do ALL it can to help Farmer Tengbeh and others to succeed and, in the process, to feed Liberia.Judoemue mentioned in his World Bank story a very important historical fact, which most people have forgotten. He started by saying that in the last National Budget, only 2.4% was allocated to Agriculture. Yet, 10 years ago, African leaders met in Maputo, Mozambique and adopted the Maputo Declaration which called on African governments to allocate at least 10% of their annual budgets to Agriculture.Now we see why Liberia faces a serious threat of food insecurity. Now we see why our people are poor. This stems from two main problems: first, we have not invested sufficiently in agriculture; and second, most unfortunately, many of our Agriculture Ministers have failed us. We must find a solution to these two problems and jumpstart our nationwide farm program again—in vegetables, tree crops (coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, cashew nuts, mangoes, etc.), in rice, our staple, in banana and plantain and in meat (cattle, goats, poultry, pigs and sheep), all of which also grow well in Foya.Let us remember what we said in yesterday’s editorial: the World Bank and many others are prepared to help us, especially in the post-Ebola period. But none of this help will amount to much if we do not help ourselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has called on the Government to fulfil its pledge to introduce a new personal microcredit scheme to assist people who have no or limited access to loan finance.Pearse Doherty TDThe proposed scheme, which has yet to be formally introduced, was advocated in a report by the Social Finance Foundation and the Central Bank of Ireland, and envisages making loans of between €500 up to €2,000 available to anyone currently ineligible for mainstream banking or credit union loans, subject to repayment capability. The document also proposes that such a scheme be administered through the credit union movement.Deputy Doherty said there are thousands of families and households across this state that are unable to access credit for relatively small amounts which they need to meet sudden financial requirements and unexpected bills. “Scenarios such as the family car breaking down, home repair bills or back-to-school costs can often be a nightmare for families particularly if they have been refused a loan by an institution due to pre-existing debts, a poor credit rating or a perceived inability to repay.”“These families are left with little or no choice but to borrow money from moneylenders at extortionately high interest rates, with even licenced moneylenders charging borrowers as much as 260% interest per annum.”“The report also highlighted statistics which have been handed over to the Department of Social Protection showing that 54.4% of households are unable to afford what is classified as an ‘unexpected expense’, while also claiming that 17% of households are becoming indebted due to the imposition of ‘ordinary living expenses.’”“Sinn Féin believes that a microloan scheme is urgently required to cater for the thousands of people who so desperately rely on different types of moneylenders to meet their financial obligations and to cover the costs of essential expenditure.” “Such schemes exist and operate quite successfully in other jurisdictions and they have been designed to reduce dependency on unregulated moneylending and high interest lenders.”“My party colleague Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh raised this very issue with the Minister before the Dáil summer recess as it’s our belief that a suitable scheme which aims to give financial relief to the thousands who are trapped in this debt cycle must be a priority for any government which is serious about tackling this issue.”“While such a scheme would be of great benefit, it must also be fair to the borrower. This is why when the Dáil resumes next week, I intend to raise this matter with the Social Protection Minister where I will be asking her to give a definitive timeframe as to when she envisages a scheme will be introduced, and for her to clearly outline the specifics of any such scheme including the average term for loans as well as the monthly interest rates which will be applied to them.”MICRO-LENDING SCHEME MUST BE DELIVERED – DOHERTY was last modified: September 17th, 2015 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:donegalGovernmentloansPearse Doherty