A group of University students under the banner, Progressive Students Association of Nimba (PSAN), has taken issue with the county’s Legislative Caucus by calling on them to desist from pushing for the resignation of Superintendent Fong Zuagele. The students, in a statement, expressed concern about their lawmakers’ quest for the resignation of the superintendent in the wake of the violent crisis that occurred at the ArcelorMittal concession area in Nimba two weeks ago. The students stressed that the legislative caucus wants the Supreintendent’s removal only to get them achieve their selfish intentions. According to the students, members of the caucus and some “senior” citizens of the county recently held a meeting that ended in deadlock at Senator Thomas Grupee’s residence, where they called for the dismissal of the Superintendent.The student group, quoting the lawmakers, said they (lawmakers) had threatened that failure on the part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to dismiss Superintendent Zuagele would lead to their noncompliance in supporting bills submitted by the President, or halt the legislative work by boycotting sessions.The students alleged that the lawmakers claimed the President failed to consult them before appointing the Superintendent, while the Superintendent himself unilaterally suspended Clinton Laywhee, the county’s Public Management Committee (PMC) chair.The students also said the lawmakers alleged that the Superintendent had provoked the recent riot in the county, and masterminded the arrests of many citizens during the violence.Regarding the President’s failure to consult them before appointing the Superintendent, the students said, “We are constrained to ask our lawmakers where had they have ever read that the President must consult the Legislature before making appointment executive appointments.”On the issue of Mr. Laywhee’s suspension, the students said, they are beginning to suspect that the lawmakers are connected to the unjustifiable US$300,000 withdrawn from the county’s account in a day’s time as alleged by the Superintendent for which he suspended Mr. Laywhee.“We are afraid that the lawmakers are using the recent violence as a scape goat to quiet the Superintendent on his investigation,” the students said.As per Supt Zuagele provoking violence and masterminding the arrests of several other citizens as claimed by the lawmakers, “we want to make it categorically clear that though the Superintendent had some missed steps in the process, equally so, some of the lawmakers played direct and clandestine roles in the arrest, detention and incarceration of some of those arrested.”The students disclosed in their statement that Superintendent Zuagele had made significant efforts in ensuring that some of those arrested were released. “We urged all parties to proceed to Nimba so that our elders, women, youths and all relevant authorities can intervene and have this problem resolved as it was done in the Teeko VS. Lawmakers’ case,” the students pleaded.They then called on their lawmakers to immediately disengage as the resignation or dismissal of the Superintendent is not the way forward in resolving the numerous problems in Nimba.When a member of the Nimba Legislative Caucus was contacted shortly after the students presented the statement, Representative R. Matenokay Tingban, described the student group as “misinformed people,” who have been incited to do things they do not know about.According to the Nimba District #9 Representative, members of the caucus have resolved not to work with the Superintendent, because he has “grossly disrespected us.”Representative Tingban alleged that the Superintendent does not communicate with them, because they refused him a loan from the county’s coffer to purchase his vehicle.On the issue of the suspension of the Project Management Committee head, Clinton Laywehyee, Representative Tingban said the Superintendent, the caucus, and even the President does not have the power to suspend him, but the council that set up the PMC.At the same time, Superintendent Zuagele has refuted claims by the Legislative caucus that he has grossly disrespected them. When he spoke via mobile phone to this newspaper, Mr. Zuagele said, if members of the caucus feel he is part of the recent trouble in the county, they should prove evidence and take him to task, “but not to lie on me.”He disclosed that they want him to compromise fraud in the county; something he said, he has consistently rejected, and that is why they are seeking his dismissal.“I suspended the PMC head for fraud, and he should be investigated. Fraud is a crime that was committed and in such a case the suspected person should undergo investigation,” Mr. Zuagele concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
14 June 2010It was not just the 84 490 fans seated in Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium that celebrated the start of Africa’s historic World Cup on Friday. Aside from the estimated 500-million global television viewers, more than 400 000 fans celebrated at the 16 official Fan Fests and other public viewing areas both in South Africa and abroad.The opening match between South Africa and Mexico was followed by 300 000 enthusiasts at the Fan Fests in the host nation, while over 100 000 people attended the six international Fan Fests in Rome, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.The largest spectator groups were at the Fan Fests in Johannesburg and Soweto, with over 75 000 apiece. In Mexico City, meanwhile, 50 000 gathered at Zocalo to support El Tri against Bafana Bafana.‘We are the lucky generation’At Elkah Stadium, the official Fifa Fan Fest in Soweto, 40 000 fans gathered to celebrate the first game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. As the whistle blew to begin play on the pitch, a cacophany of sound emanated from the fans – the 2010 Fifa World Cup had officially started.In Thokoza Park, a public viewing area near Elkah Stadium, thousands of residents stood dancing, blowing their vuvuzelas and waving South African flags. “I am so happy this day has arrived,” said Matthew Jabula. “We are the lucky generation! It feels so great to be out with everyone celebrating South Africa’s World Cup.”‘I’ve never seen anything like it’John Kretlow is from the USA, but for the opening game he was supporting Mexico in Thokoza Park. “We were the only Mexico fans in the crowd, I think,” said Kretlow. “But everyone was super nice and wanted to know where we were from and get to know us.”Kretlow travelled to the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany, but has never experienced anything like the South African football spirit. “I’ve never seen anything like it. The people here really know how to live it, it’s totally different, I’ve never seen so much excitement in my life.”Cape Town goes crazyThe tournament may have kicked off in Johannesburg, but Cape Town certainly showed that the Mother City can throw a party – in both the Fan Fests and at Green Point Stadium, which hosted France vs Uruguay.Cape Town crowds exploded at the Grand Parade, which is host to the Fifa Fan Fest, as 18 000 people watched Bafana Bafana and Mexico open the first match. And after the final whistle the crowds made their way toward Green Point stadium for Cape Town’s opening match.A French supporter, who introduced himself as Jacques, said: “I’ve been here for three days and I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen. The stadium looks beautiful, and I hope my team wins tonight!”Fifa Fan FestsThe Fifa Fan Fests were an enormous success story at Germany 2006, when millions of people of all genders, religions, races and ages watched the matches peacefully together.The Fan Fests are continuing in 2010 as the recommended alternative for fans who do not have a ticket to the stadium. They also offer supporters around the globe the opportunity to watch all 64 South Africa 2010 matches and feel truly part of the tournament.The International Fifa Fan Fests are organized at six iconic locations around the world:Berlin – Olympic Stadium (11-18 June) / Strasse des 17. Juni (23 June-11 July)Rome – Piazza di Siena, in Vila BorgheseParis – Les Jardins du TrocaderoRio de Janeiro – Copacabana beachMexico City – ZocaloSydney – Darling HarbourSource: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Using orange and avocado peels, a 16-year-old South African could hold the solution to the country’s water woes.Kiara Nirghin, who is from Johannesburg, has won the Google Science Fair Community Impact Award in the Africa/Middle East region with her entry, “No More Thirsty Crops”. She is also one of the 16 global finalists for the annual awards, to be held at the Google headquarters in the US in September.Kiara, a St Martin’s High School pupil, admitted she had a natural curiosity and questioning nature which had led her down the path of science.“I have always had a great love for chemistry since I was young,” she told the Google Science Fair. “I vividly remember at the age of seven experimenting with vinegar and baking soda solutions in plastic cups.”Food and chemistry were linked in the intertwined science web, she added. “I love molecular gastronomy and the application of scientific principles in food creation.”It seemed natural then that she could have found a possible solution to South Africa’s drought in, what else, but food.Kiara created an absorbent polymer from orange and avocado peels that was able to act as a water retainer in soil.According to the Google Science Fair website, it should be able to “to retain large amounts of water and combat the effects of drought on crops by retaining soil moisture, whilst still recycling waste products of the juice manufacturing industry”.See more:She hopes because it is low cost, it will be able to help farmers save both money and crops.If she won the competition, Kiara said she would be wonderfully elated. “With the prize I will hope to continue my studies in science, but also further the scientific development and application of my idea, and in addition extend scientific progress in elevating the problems that South Africa faces in food security and sustainable agricultural development,” she said.Source: Google Science FairWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Patricia P. “Patty” DeBruin, age 62, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at her home on Saturday, March 31, 2019. Patty was passionate about agriculture; she served as the Southeast Women’s Trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and was a member of the executive board of the organization for 12 years.She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on September 12, 1956 and was the daughter of Robert Parham and Carole (Walter) Eckhardt, who survive her. Patty is also survived by her husband, Steven DeBruin, with whom she traveled the world and shared a loving marriage for 41 years.Patty graduated from The Ohio State University in 1978 with a B.S. in Home Economics and went on to teach the subject at Amanda-Clearcreek High School and Fisher Catholic High School. She was the office manager of Feeder Creek Veterinary Svcs. in Millersport for 35 years and advocated for small business through the National Federation of Independent Business and the Buckeye Lake Chamber of Commerce. She also served as a 4-H advisor, member of the Ohio Cattlewomen’s Assoc., member of the auxiliary committee for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Assoc., and a participant in Ohio State’s LEAD program.In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Lung Cancer Research Fund at The James OSU Cancer Hospital (https://www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/OnlineGivingDonation.aspx?Source_Code=DEV_AG-MED_CHRI-JamesWeb-ON-S&Fund=3060590) or to the Patty DeBruin Scholarship account at Commodore Bank.Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 3 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Johnson-Smith Funeral Home in Baltimore, Ohio. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Buckeye Lake, with Fr. William A. Hritsko Celebrant.To make an online condolence, and sign the guestbook, please visit www.funeralhome.com.
Barcelona scored twice in the last three minutes to edge past lowly Rayo Vallecano 3-2 and open up a four-point lead at the top of LaLiga.A third straight league win moves Ernesto Valverde’s side clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, but their advantage will be reduced back to one point if Alaves beat Eibar on Sunday.Luis Suarez put the visitors ahead in the 11th minute, but Vallecano looked like they would record just their second win of the season as Jose Pozo and Alvaro Garcia netted either side of the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Catalan giants produced a stirring last-gasp comeback, though, with Ousmane Dembele drawing them level in the 87th minute and then Suarez delivering the decisive blow three minutes later.It’s all over in Vallecas!Comeback and three points!Rayo Vallecano 2-3 FC BarcelonaPozo and Álvaro / @LuisSuarez9 (x2) and @DembouzStill top! pic.twitter.com/SU5lybmSur— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 3, 2018Any hopes Vallecano had of containing their illustrious opponents – 5-1 El Clasico victors last weekend – were obliterated after just 11 minutes.Jordi Alba latched onto Ivan Rakitic’s stunning cross-field pass and pulled the ball back for Suarez to slot in his eighth league goal of the campaign from six yards.The hosts should have drawn level just after the half-hour mark, Pozo firing wide from 10 yards after a blistering counter-attack had torn Barca’s backline apart.The former Almeria man made amends 10 minutes before the interval, however, whipping a wonderful strike in off Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s left-hand post from 25 yards.Barca came agonisingly close to restoring their advantage moments before the break when Suarez’s curled effort crashed off the outside of the upright.That near-miss was brought into sharp focus after 57 minutes when substitute Garcia powered home from close range after Raul de Tomas’ header had fallen kindly to him off the post.Vallecano were unable to hold on for a famous win, however. Dembele pulled Barca level with a crisp half-volley from Gerard Pique’s headed knockdown before Suarez stole in at the back post to prod past goalkeeper Alberto Garcia for a dramatic late winner. What it means? Barca show fighting spiritIt was not pretty, but Barcelona showed enough grit in those final stages to maintain the momentum of their stunning win over Real Madrid. It is five wins on the spin in all competitions now for Valverde’s side and with Lionel Messi set to return imminently, it looks ominous for their LaLiga rivals. Vallecano, meanwhile, remain rooted in 19th after just one win all season.Suarez the difference againFresh from his hat-trick against Madrid, Suarez was once again the talisman for his side. The Uruguayan now has nine league goals this season and is showing no signs of slowing down in front of goal.Rafinha proves ineffectiveThe Brazilian had a game to forget. Moments after flashing well wide from a good position early in the second half, he was replaced by Dembele, whose fine finish late on set up a remarkable finale.What’s next?Barca travel to Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday where they will hope to welcome back Messi from his broken arm, while Vallecano’s next match is at home to Villarreal next Sunday in LaLiga. read more
United hasn’t challenged for the title since winning its record-extending 20th championship in 2013, Alex Ferguson’s last year in charge, but back-to-back 4-0 wins sent a powerful early-season message to its rivals.Swansea was on the end of United’s power and new-found clinical edge on Saturday, with Eric Bailly scoring in the first half before Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all netted in a devastating four-minute passage from the 80th.“There was happiness in our play,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “There was no need to close the door. Just let the horses run freely.”As United’s attackers poured forward in the final 10 minutes, scoring at will and in stylish fashion too, memories flooded back to the entertaining teams that Ferguson molded. United was profligate last season, the lowest scorer by far in the top seven with 54 goals, but that seems to be a thing of the past in Mourinho’s second year in charge.“36 more games like this please,” United midfielder Juan Mata tweeted. United beat West Ham 4-0 on the opening weekend.Mane scores as Liverpool beats Palace 1-0 in Premier LeagueLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Sadio Mane capitalized on defensive uncertainty to score a scruffy winner as a depleted Liverpool team beat Crystal Palace 1-0 Saturday for its first victory in the Premier League.Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic lost possession on the edge of his own area before the ball ricocheted into the path of Mane, who prodded home a shot on the stretch in the 73rd minute at Anfield.Liverpool made five changes to its lineup, with this match coming between the two legs of its Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim, and record signing Mo Salah was among those to start on the bench.The Reds started the season with a 3-3 draw at Watford, when the team’s defensive frailties were exposed once again. This clean sheet will be welcomed by manager Juergen Klopp, as will the fact that no injuries were picked up ahead of the second leg against Hoffenheim, with Liverpool holding a 2-1 lead.Palace has started the season with back-to-back defeats under new manager Frank De Boer, having lost 3-0 at home to Huddersfield on the opening weekend.Former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke missed Palace’s best chance when he shot wide from close range.Southampton scored a penalty in the third minute of injury time to beat 10-man West Ham 3-2, having thrown away a two-goal lead, and there were also wins for West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Leicester.Players in the Premier League wore black armbands as a mark of respect following the attacks in Spain this week.Saturday Summaries from English football (home teams listed first):English Premier LeagueSwansea 0, Manchester United 4Manchester United: Eric Bailly (45), Romelu Lukaku (80), Paul Pogba (82), Anthony Martial (84).Halftime: 0-1.Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 0Liverpool: Sadio Mane (73).Halftime: 0-0.Southampton 3, West Ham 2Southampton: Manolo Gabbiadini (11), Dusan Tadic (38, pen.), Charlie Austin (90, pen.).West Ham: Chicharito (45, 74).Halftime: 2-1.Burnley 0, West Bromwich Albion 1West Bromwich Albion: Hal Robson-Kanu (71).Halftime: 0-0.Bournemouth 0, Watford 2Watford: Richarlison (73), Etienne Capoue (86).Halftime: 0-0.Leicester 2, Brighton 0Leicester: Shinji Okazaki (1), Harry Maguire (54).Halftime: 1-0.England ChampionshipSheffield United 1, Barnsley 0Sheffield United: Billy Sharp (17).Halftime: 1-0.Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1Sheffield Wednesday: Steven Fletcher (64).Halftime: 0-0.Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 1Nottingham Forest: Barrie McKay (16), Daryl Murphy (79, pen.).Middlesbrough: Ben Gibson (83).Halftime: 1-0.Bolton 1, Derby 2Bolton: Gary Madine (90).Derby: David Nugent (8, 21).Halftime: 0-2.Ipswich 2, Brentford 0Ipswich: Martyn Waghorn (35), Joe Garner (51).Halftime: 1-0.Queens Park Rangers 2, Hull 1Queens Park Rangers: Matt Smith (74), Idrissa Sylla (90).Hull: Jarrod Bowen (35).Halftime: 0-1.Aston Villa 4, Norwich 2Aston Villa: Conor Hourihane (22, 68), Andre Green (42, 85).Norwich: Josh Murphy (60), Nelson Oliveira (79).Halftime: 2-0.Bristol City 0, Millwall 0Halftime: 0-0.Wolverhampton 1, Cardiff 2Wolverhampton: Leo Bonatini (67).Cardiff: Joe Ralls (54), Nathanie Mendez-Laing (77).Halftime: 0-0.Preston 1, Reading 0Preston: Jordan Hugill (22).Halftime: 1-0.England League OneScunthorpe 1, Oxford United 0Scunthorpe: Josh Morris (83).Halftime: 0-0.Charlton 4, Northampton 1Charlton: Josh Magennis (2), Ricky Holmes (61), Jake Forster-Caskey (90, 90).Northampton: Marc Richards (79).Halftime: 1-0.Doncaster 3, Blackpool 3Doncaster: Ryan Allsop (37, og.), John Marquis (45), Alfie May (75).Blackpool: Sean Longstaff (38), Ollie Turton (65), Callum Cooke (76).Halftime: 2-1.Bury 2, Bristol Rovers 3Bury: Jermaine Beckford (90), Nicky Ajose (90).Bristol Rovers: Tom Lockyer (55), Billy Bodin (73, 85).Halftime: 0-0.Milton Keynes Dons 1, Gillingham 0Milton Keynes Dons: Osman Sow (47).Halftime: 0-0.Oldham 0, Wigan 2Wigan: Ivan Toney (8), Michael Jacobs (16).Halftime: 0-2.Shrewsbury 3, Rochdale 2Shrewsbury: Shaun Whalley (30, pen.), Carlton Morris (33), Stefan Payne (74).Rochdale: Steven Davies (17, pen., 63, pen.).Halftime: 2-1.Bradford 0, Blackburn 1Blackburn: Dominic Samuel (47).Halftime: 0-0.Southend 1, Plymouth 1Southend: Sonny Bradley (6, og.).Plymouth: Ryan Edwards (61).Halftime: 1-0.Portsmouth 1, Walsall 1Portsmouth: Brett Pitman (74, pen.).Walsall: Luke Leahy (47).Halftime: 0-0.Peterborough 2, Rotherham 1Peterborough: Jack Marriott (47, 75).Rotherham: Kieffer Moore (55).Halftime: 0-0.Fleetwood Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 0Fleetwood Town: Devante Cole (19, 57).Halftime: 1-0.England League TwoCarlisle 3, Cheltenham 0Carlisle: Harry Pell (5, og.), Reggie Lambe (18), Shaun Miller (60).Halftime: 2-0.Accrington Stanley 2, Mansfield Town 1Accrington Stanley: Kayden Jackson (10), Billy Kee (90).Mansfield Town: Lee Angol (25).Halftime: 1-1.Crawley Town 0, Cambridge United 1Cambridge United: Jabo Ibehre (63).Halftime: 0-0.Stevenage 3, Grimsby Town 1Stevenage: Danny Newton (37), Jonathan Smith (45), Ben Kennedy (65).Grimsby Town: Danny Collins (81).Halftime: 2-0.Wycombe 2, Notts County 4Wycombe: Nick Freeman (49), Joe Jacobson (68).Notts County: Richard Duffy (14), Adam El-Abd (15, og.), Jonathan Forte (84), Lewis Alessandra (89).Halftime: 0-2.Chesterfield 2, Port Vale 0Chesterfield: Kristian Dennis (38), Jordan Sinnott (43).Halftime: 2-0.Exeter 1, Lincoln City 0Exeter: Reuben Reid (42).Halftime: 1-0.Morecambe 0, Swindon 1Swindon: Donal McDermott (13).Halftime: 0-1.Crewe 1, Barnet 0Crewe: Chris Porter (75).Halftime: 0-0.Coventry 0, Newport County 1Newport County: Reece Cole (53).Halftime: 0-0.Luton Town 3, Colchester 0Luton Town: Oliver Lee (45), James Collins (52), Dan Potts (83).Halftime: 1-0.Forest Green Rovers 4, Yeovil 3Forest Green Rovers: Christian Doidge (23), Reece Brown (45), Charlie Cooper (49), Omar Bugiel (79).Yeovil: Olufela Olomola (9), Otis Khan (14, pen.), Francois Zoko (35).Halftime: 2-3.TweetPinShare0 Shares