first_imgThe Association of Catholic Teachers and Staff (ACTS) in the Monrovia Archdiocese of the Catholic Church said they have planned to go-slow due to what they described as “mockery of their profession” by authorities at the Catholic Educational Secretariat (CES).The ACTS officials told the Daily Observer Sunday, March 9, there were two things driving them to go-slow. First, according to them, is a long overdue salary increment and second, harmonization of the teachers’ payroll across all Catholic Schools.Concerning the increment, Ernest Belleh, acting president of ACTS, said when they raised the issue last school year the CES had spoken with them and then initiated a tripartite committee comprising of representatives of ACTS, CES and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA). The committee was headed by Mr. D. Ambrose Nmah, Director-General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).A member of ACTS, who spoke with the Observer said Mr. Nmah’s committee did a “beautiful piece of documentation” and presented it to the CES, which then promised to act on the recommendations within.According to this member, who asked not to be named, the document contained “important things” in relation to the teachers’ welfare. However, since it was submitted to the CES it has been downplayed by the Archdiocesan Educational Council, the educational board for the Archdiocese, our source said.According to this source, one of the recommendations included a retroactive payment to the teachers. “We had asked for 25 percent retroactive payment beginning September, 2013. They said that they would only give us 10 percent, which we would immediately receive at the beginning of the second semester of 2013/2014 school year,” he stated.The second semester began in February 2014 and nothing has been done towards the teachers’ demands.  Instead, “they decided to increase the schools’ administrators’ salaries from L$14,000 for ‘C’ certificate level holders to L$20,000 for Master’s level holders,” he said. Our source stated they only made the discovery of the increment when a copy of this document was leaked to them.“This is what made teachers angry. We are the ones making money for the Catholic School System and yet they treat us like we are slaves?” our source asked, rhetorically.Our source said after they saw the leaked document, officials of ACTS went back to the CES and it was agreed upon that the retroactive payment would begin by February and end in June, 2014. “Unfortunately, after we agreed they later told us that they would do the retroactive in two installments. They would pay one in this academic school year and another in the 2014/2015 academic school year; this is a total mockery of our profession.”Our source and Ernest Belleh also disclosed that presently the Catholic School System’s salary structure for teachers ranges from L$7,000 to L$10,000 for bachelor degree holders and “this depends on what discipline you got your bachelors in,” Belleh was quick to add. He said that if it is in Education, then you might be around the L$10,000 mark.Belleh, who is a teacher at the St. Cathleen McGuire Memorial Catholic School in the Rehab Community, explained further to the Observer the teachers had also requested there be harmonization of the payroll for all teachers within the Catholic School System.“If a BSc holder at McGuire would be paid a certain amount, that should be the same amount paid to another BSc holder at Cathedral Catholic School on Ashmun Street or St. Teresa Convent on Randall Street. This should happen because the tuition for each of these institutions is the same for all schools within the Monrovia Archdiocese,” he further disclosed.Belleh said they had instructed all their members to report to their various campuses and just sign in but not go to classes. “They are to remain on campus until after the official school hours and then leave,” he added. He said they would continue their action until their demands are met.The Daily Observer contacted Rev. Father Sumo Varfee Mulbah, a senior official at the CES.Father Mulbah did not confirm nor deny the teachers’ claim. He rather extended an invitation to the Daily Observer to meet him at his office for the CES’ official response, today, Monday, March 9.The Catholic Church in Liberia has one of the best school systems in the country, and as such, many parents and guardians prefer to send their children to their institutions across Liberia. But with this latest action coming from the teachers, this could be a nose dive for the rating of the Catholic schools, especially the ones in the Monrovia Archdiocese.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_imgTown Clerk Royston King has said that persons vending throughout the city during the upcoming Easter weekend would not have to pay for spots, since no discussions were held at the level of the Mayor and City Council to initiate this process.King explained that without the approval or recommendation of the Council’s Social Development Committee, the implementation of vending fees cannot be carried out.However, Mayor Patricia Chase Green was adamant that the fees be charged. She pointed out that the Council needed the revenue to offset expenses incurred such as for cleaning following the holiday weekend.But the Town Clerk posited that it was too late at this point in time to go ahead with this process, noting that any system put in place would only be limited.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Detectives allege that Alcantara argued with Bennett then shot him in the head, dismembered the body in Whittier Narrows and disposed of the body in the dump. Bennett was last seen at the sanitation districts’ plant in Whittier Narrows on Feb. 16, 1983. Several witnesses reinterviewed by detectives in 2004 said Alcantara bragged about killing his boss. Alcantara was arrested Nov. 30, 2005. He will return to Norwalk Superior Court Dec. 10 for a hearing. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 17. Alcantara was being held at North County Correctional Facility in Saugus on $1 million bail. NORWALK – A judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss the case against a man accused of killing his boss and dumping the remains in the Puente Hills Landfill in 1983. John Alcantara, 52, of Downey has been charged with the murder of Robert Bennett, 51, of Azusa who disappeared Feb. 16, 1983. Bennett’s body has never been found. But investigators said his blood turned up in an overgrown area behind a sanitation plant in Whittier Narrows and in a dump truck. Both men worked for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. Alcantara was a gardener on a maintenance crew and Bennett was his supervisor. Todd Melnik, who represents Alcantara, argued that the prosecution waited too long to file the case and that the delay was prejudicial to his client because witnesses have died, evidence destroyed and people’s statements changed. Norwalk Superior Court Judge Thomas McKnew said there was no intent on the prosecution to gain tactical advantage or to deny Alcantara due process. He denied the defense’s motion to dismiss but told Melnik he could raise the issue again. “I will not preclude you from raising this again and I will not have a closed mind,” McKnew said. Melnik said even if there was no tactical advantage, it does not justify the 23-year delay. He pointed out the difficulties facing them in this case. Melnik said Miguel Davis, a co-worker of Alcantara who supports his alibi, is now dead. He read a 1983 police report where Davis stated that he and Alcantara cleared brush and branches, drove to the landfill, stopped at a market and returned to Whittier Narrows. “At no time did they drive in the area where the bloodstain was later found,” Melnik said. He said Davis was important because he shatters the prosecution’s theory. He said another man also confessed to a relative that he killed Bennett. However that relative doesn’t remember this now and the detective he talked to is now deceased. The blood test used is outdated and outmoded, Melnik added. “DNA testing obviously would have been so much better for both sides,” he said. Melnik said everything related to the crime scene is gone and several witnesses are all of a sudden remembering so much more after 23 years. “It is a purely circumstantial case,” Melnik said. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said the test results are still available and denied the defense’s claim that it is purely a circumstantial case. Lewin said they have witness statements that include Alcantara allegedly admitting to the killing which they didn’t have until 2004 and 2005. He said sheriff’s Homicide Detective Steve Davis was able to get these from the witnesses. Lewin said Miguel Davis wasn’t there when Bennett disappeared and that while he denied involvement, some of the statements he made are lies. Alcantara’s older sister, Abigail Alcantara of Whittier, attended Wednesday’s hearing. She doesn’t believe her brother killed Bennett. “If he did it, he would have admitted to it. There were other suspects,” she said. She said their 87-year-old mother, Alicia, has gotten sick since this started. “She’s very very ill,” Abigail Alcantara said. “I think she gets her strength waiting for her son to come home so she can die in peace.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want 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_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We need to find ways to get more volume through those terminals,” McKenna said. “There are a lot of things we can do to make that happen. Shift changes are one way, but not the only way.” McKenna’s suggestion comes as the PMA and ILWU prepare to negotiate a new labor contract for longshore workers. The current six-year contract is set to expire next year. Both sides said they hope to avert a repeat of the bitter 2002 labor dispute that eventually led to a 10-day lockout and shutdown of the ports, costing the national economy $58 billion. President Bush intervened by reopening the ports with a Taft-Hartley injunction. Craig Merrilees, communications director for the ILWU, declined to comment on the PMA’s shift-change proposal. “There is always a lot of speculation before bargaining begins, but the only thing that matters is what’s negotiated when it’s all over,” Merrilees said. “I expect we’ll hear all sorts of proposals between now and the time folks sit down.” By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER The Pacific Maritime Association is expected to ask that the early-morning “hoot” shift be eliminated at West Coast ports as one of several key changes during contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Replacing the current three-shift workday, which includes the 3 to 8 a.m. hoot shift, with two 10-hour shifts would better accommodate anticipated growth at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to Jim McKenna, president of the PMA. The hoot shift is seen as a critical component in quickly moving cargo to and from the twin port complex because truckers at that time don’t get stuck in traffic on the Long Beach (710) Freeway. Critics of the hoot shift, however, say the related labor costs are a big drawback. ILWU workers get paid the equivalent of eight hours at nearly $30 per hour to work the five-hour, early-morning shift. But McKenna said he’s more concerned about port efficiencies than saving money. “It’s about finding a way for the terminals to become more efficient, not labor costs,” McKenna said. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handled a combined total of nearly 15.8 million cargo containers last year. That number is expected to nearly double over the next decade, and shippers must find a way to handle the increased load, McKenna said. “If those projections are correct, then we have to do something fundamentally different to handle it,” McKenna said. “Otherwise the cargo will be directed to other ports and we’ll lose out.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want 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_imgSnow, a star wide receiver for the Rams from 1965-75 and a longtime team broadcaster, died Monday night, the club said. He was 62. Snow had been hospitalized on and off for the past two months with a blood-borne staph infection. His family was with him when he died at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, said Duane Lewis, a team spokesman. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“He was a great teammate, one of the hardest-working guys that I played with,” Jones said. “A terrible loss, a terrible shocker. Jack was a young man.” Snow, the father of Gold Glove first baseman J.T. Snow, was an analyst on the Rams’ radio broadcasts, moving to St. Louis with the team 10 years ago. His last game in the booth was Nov. 20 during the Rams’ home loss to Arizona. Snow was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1967 and still ranks among the team leaders in several receiving categories. He had 340 receptions for 6,012 yards – a 17.7-yard average – and 45 touchdowns in 150 career regular-season games for the Rams. In 1967, he averaged 26.3 yards on 28 receptions and scored eight TDs. “The guy ran the best patterns of any receiver during our period,” Jones said. “He was one of the few guys we had that would go across the middle and catch that football. He was tough – tough as nails.” ST. LOUIS – Jack Snow could always be counted on to make big receptions for the Los Angeles Rams. Over the middle, down the sideline or in the open field, Snow simply had a knack for catching the football. “Jack had the greatest hands in that time period,” Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones said. “You won’t talk about his speed, but his speed was deceiving. He would catch that slant pattern over the middle and I’ve seen him outrun some guys that we thought were fast.” center_img After an All-America career at Notre Dame, Snow was drafted eighth overall by the Minnesota Vikings in 1965 but soon traded to Los Angeles, where he spent his entire 11-year NFL career. “This is a very sad time for all of us,” Rams owner Georgia Frontiere said. “Jack was a special part of the Rams’ family for many years. It’s very painful when a loved one is taken from us, but fortunately we are left with so many exciting and beautiful memories that we shared with Jack on and off the field.” In addition to Snow’s broadcast duties, he helped out during practice, voluntarily. “Jack was a true professional,” said Lawrence McCutcheon, the Rams’ director of player personnel, who played with Snow from 1972-75. 160Want 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_imgThe priest who will bury one of two young men killed in yesterday’s horrific road crash has pleaded with other young people to learn lessons from their deaths.Shaun and MatthewTragic Shaun Graham, 19, and Matthew Crawford, 21, died when the car in which they were passengers hit a tree outside Rathmullan.The two young Letterkenny men were killed instantly while two others in the car are being treated at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital. Last night Fr Eamonn McLaughlin, who will celebrate the funeral mass of Shaun Graham tomorrow at St Eunan’s Cathedral, appealed to young people not to think they are invincible.Matthew Crawford will also be buried following funeral mass at the Church of the Irish Martyrs.Fr McLaughlin said “It’s heartbreaking. It’s horrifying. It’s frightening. The young are our future but we are seeing our future disappear before our very eyes.“We need to get the message out that we cannot afford to lose any more young people. “Young people – you are irreplaceable. You are not invincible. We need you. Look after each other.“The life of everyone is a beautiful gift and treasure from the Lord. We are not machines though. We are flesh and bone.On the whole we have great cars and relatively good roads. But we are only human and we must take care of ourselves and each other.“Please use our roads and our vehicles with care,” he said.Gardai are still carrying out an investigation into the cause of the crash which saw the young men’s Honda Integra car hit a tree at Barr’s Cottage in Rathmullan flipping it over onto its roof. The men had earlier attended the Rathmullan Festival and were traveling to a house party when the accident happened.Meanwhile Fr McLaughlin has appealed to anyone who may have lost loved ones through road carnage to reach out to the devastated families of Shaun and Matthew.“I would encourage families who have been through tragedy of this sort to share your time, love and experience with these families now.“Help them. Send them a letter, give them a call, pay them a visit in the weeks and months ahead. “Let Shaun and Matthew speak to us all in our hearts and minds, especially to our young, and let us listen quietly,” he said.PRIEST ASKS YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN LESSONS FROM DEATHS OF LETTERKENNY MEN was last modified: August 4th, 2013 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)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe new requirements, which vary based upon the strength of the radioactivity, also include lock and key systems, alarms and other devices to prevent unauthorized access to radioactive materials, Dricks said. Some of the most tightly regulated academic sources are the approximately 50 research and test reactors in universities around the country, two-thirds of which are operational. Caltech does not have a reactor, but has many much smaller sources of radioactivity on campus. Radioactivity has numerous applications in fields from biology to physics to geology. Its uses range from mimicking the low-level radiation that some rocks receive over millions of years to labeling chemical compounds in reactions. Most of these sources, though, are too weak to be affected by the tightening regulation. PASADENA – New regulations for the use of radioactivity at universities include a background check on researchers, a prospect that has some Caltech scientists concerned that their work – or that of their students – will become mired in red tape. “It’s hard to assess what the real risk is. I don’t want to blow it out of proportion, but we don’t want to be inundated in useless paperwork either,” said Caltech Provost Paul Jennings. The strengthened rules, a requirement of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are a product of increased concerns over homeland security. “Prior to 9/11, the NRC had strict regulations regarding the security, storage and the use of radioactive materials,” said NRC spokesman Victor Dricks. “Since that time we’ve made many changes, and we continue to review aspects of our program where we could improve safety.” “There is just not enough plutonium out there in teaching labs to put together a bomb,” said Caltech physicist Eric Black. “If you really want to do some damage, you’d have to go to every university physics lab in the country and scour any source we have,” he said. Black runs a undergraduate physics class in which students use the element Californium to study neutron physics. The changing rules have not had any impact on the class, he said. In other departments, though, the sources of radioactivity are larger and the rules stricter. Caltech’s Caz Scislowicz, director of the Environment, Health and Safety Office, declined for security reasons to give any details about the regulations or the number of labs on campus that would be affected by them. He predicted, though, that the new rules would not slow the pace of research on campus. The information needed for the background checks, he said, was already documented in other places on campus such as employment or admissions applications. (626) 578-6300160Want 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_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Because of incorrect information provided to the Daily News, the wrong Web site address was published May 25 about a summer job program for teenagers. The correct address is A story Friday incorrectly reported that animal rights activists Dr. Jerry Vlasak and Pamelyn Ferdin were convicted of targeted trespassing. In fact, each was convicted of targeted demonstration against a city employee, and a charge of simple trespassing against Vlasak was dismissed. Vlasak is 48; Ferdin is 46.last_img read more

first_imgGeocachers celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching by embarking on a grand #Geocaching15 adventure over the Alps(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen)Last week we reported on three geocachers – Alexander Monsky (Berufsgeocacher), Tim Krüger (psycho_vm) and Benjamin Gorentschitz (MudMen_GER) – and their plans to cross the Alps on foot. Read the full article here.After almost seven days and many miles they send us some of the highlights of their trip fixed on film. Enjoy their #Geocaching15 #GCTransAlps photo album below! Share with your Friends:More <>center_img SharePrint RelatedChronicle Your Road Trip with #Geocaching15 Photos!June 4, 2015In “15 Years”Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 – Ain’t no Mountain High Enough… for GeocachersJune 9, 2015In “15 Years”15 Awesome #Geocaching15 Photos from the Geocaching Road Trip ’15September 2, 2015In “15 Years”last_img read more

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Brad Phaisan Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#Facebook#Internet of Things#IoT#Mixed reality#OmniVirt#virtual reality#VR Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Last week, Facebook once again created buzz in the AR/VR industry with a series of announcements at the F8 Developer Conference. With 2 billion active users on Facebook and a mission to be the leader of next wave technologies, there is no doubt that the industry is watching Facebook’s movements in this space closely.See also: Adobe sees VR as the next great travel disruptorYou may have heard about the broad range of AR/VR discussions this past week, from the first AR camera platform to the first Facebook social VR app. However, with marketers looking to take advantage of these new interactive mediums it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand when and how to employ these new technologies.Is AR better for marketing than VR? Or is it the other way around? When should I use AR? When should I use VR? What do these executions look like? These are just some of the questions we receive from our customers on a weekly basis. As someone very passionate about this space, I would love to share some of my thoughts and insights below:Use VR for immersive storytellingWhen to use AR and when to use VR?The simple answer is AR allows you to enhance the world around you while VR immerses you in a world that has been fully created for you. From a marketers perspective, both mediums have their distinct advantages, but which to use relies on what your creative objective is. How important is your audience’s real-world surrounding to the story-arc you are looking to deliver? Or is your objective to immerse this viewer in a narrative that you have created for them?As mentioned, AR can enhance the world around the viewer, but in doing so it often sacrifices story and narrative to create space for the real world context. In contrast, VR brings its audience into a fully immersive experience where the marketer and storyteller can take that viewer through its narrative arc.Let’s take a look at a hypothetical example: Imagine you are releasing the new Iron Man film. What would an AR experience look like and what would a VR experience look like?For AR, you could invite your audience to take selfies of themselves dressed as the Iron Man character or you could all of a sudden have Tony Stark standing in your room. With VR, you can bring your audience into the film and have them actively participate as a character, maybe flying next to Iron Man as he returns to his beautiful mansion property. As you can see, the same movie can employ both technologies to market the film as each technology has a different focus.But as a marketer it is important to understand after investing in this new form of creative, how will you get people to see it?Where are the eyeballs for AR and VR today?For marketers, getting eyeballs and engagement on your creative is of paramount importance. The reality for AR is that the majority of digital information we consume today doesn’t require your real-world surroundings. We mostly consume information through displays, not lenses. As a result, distribution for AR is still quite limited. Summary table below:As you can see above, while both mediums are still emerging, AR is still in its early days. In contrast, VR has witnessed the emergence of a standard format in the 360° VR Video that has given marketers the ability to deliver these content experiences to the eyeballs they need.What do we see in the future of AR and VR?There is no doubt that both AR and VR will be great computing platforms, but what remains to be seen is how marketers can fully take advantage of these technologies. From my perspective, VR appears to be following a trend familiar to the world of media. Just as newspapers transitioned to the more visual medium of television, it feels only natural that the next consumption platform would be even more interactive and engaging, hence VR.In parallel, AR appears to be following a trend we have seen around querying information. Just as we are seeing an evolution from text search to voice search. AR can open up a new way to get enhanced information through a smartphone lens.As an advertising platform who is directly involved with marketers and publishers, we are very excited for the future to come.OmniVirt is 360 Video and Virtual Reality advertising platform founded by former Google and YouTube employees. The company has received funding from top venture capitalists including Andreessen Horowitz, Greycroft, BDMI, Horizon Media, First Round Capital and many others. OmniVirt’s technology distributes 360° VR across top publisher websites like The New York Times, AOL, Time Inc, Gannet, Wall Street Journal, Vice Media and more. These experiences are customizable and interactive, with detailed performance reporting showcasing where audiences are engaging in the immersive experience. The company has powered multiple high-profile campaigns for clients like Toyota, Infiniti, Samsung, Chevron, Universal Pictures and Johnnie Walker.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. 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