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James C. Dennis, Sr., Oldest Liberian Journalist and PUL’s Longest Serving President, Turns 86…

first_imgA Partial ReprintWhen President Tubman Was Alive the Two Shared the Birthday CelebrationMr. James Cambric Dennis, the longest serving president of the Press Union of Liberia (1966-1980), turns 86 on Sunday, November 30, 2014. He was born on November 30, 1929, to the union of Mr. Charles C. Dennis, Sr. of Monrovia, and his wife Mrs. Isabel Mary Thompson Dennis of Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County.Jimmy, like his younger brother, C. Cecil Dennis, Jr., received his early education at their mother’s knees in Louisiana, a St. Paul River (Up River) settlement in Montserrado County, Liberia, where Mr. and Mrs. Dennis had a farm.  The father was then appointed to positions in the nation’s interior service, starting in Tappita, then in the Central Province, now in Nimba County.                 Lorma-made BootsHe served also in Lofa County.  It was there that Mr. Dennis, Sr. discovered that the Lorma people were making their own shoes and boots.  He reported this to President Edwin J. Barclay, who became highly impressed and immediately ordered a consignment of boots and shoes for the soldiers of the Liberia Frontier Force (FFL), now Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).  That is when, for the first time, the ordinary soldiers, the enlisted men, started wearing shoes every day.  Before then, only the officers wore shoes, while enlisted men went barefooted, wearing only thick socks with their uniform. From Lofa, Mr. Dennis, Sr. was assigned to Grand Cape Mount County.  But shortly after Tubman got elected President in 1943, things started changing because it was believed that Tubman did not want too many Barclay people in the interior service.Barclay had opened a Government Store Down Water Side, where some of the interior people could bring their manufactured goods, including the Lormas’ boots and shoes, for sale.  Barclay felt that this would encourage others to emulate the Lormas’ example.   Edwin Barclay’s Interior PolicyOne of President Edwin Barclay’s interior policies was that foreign traders should be limited to Monrovia and reach not beyond Kakata.  That, he felt, would give Liberians the opportunity to do business in the interior and thereby better control the country’s economy. But shortly after Tubman became President he closed the government store and at the same time launched the Open Door Policy, which allowed foreigners the permission to trade any and everywhere in Liberia.  That immediately began the slow but steady decline of Liberian entrepreneurial capacity.  Everyone can see the result of that today: Liberia’s economy is firmly under the control of foreign business people.CWAJimmy and his younger brother Cecil then entered Monrovia’s   College of West Africa    (CWA), both in the 4th grade.  They   graduated together                                                                                                                                                  from high school in 1949.  Their classmates were Maude and Spriggs Parker, T. Edwin Lomax, Julia Gibson and Billy Gibson; Ayo Taylor Cummings, Hilda Luke, Dr. Edwin Jallah and Sam Richelieu Watkins. Jimmy recalls that during their high school days he and others went to see their classmate, Edwin Lomax, who lived with his uncle-in-law, President Barclay.   President Edwin Barclay.  Barclay, the intellectual, once showed some microscopes he had at his home at the corner of Broad and Randall Streets, just where the Executive Pavilion sits. Frequently President Barclay had them investigating various organisms through the microscopes. In 1950, shortly after graduation, Jimmy and his brother traveled to the USA for further studies, Cecil for Law, and Jimmy, Medicine.That same year Mr. Dennis, Sr. and his wife Isabela started Liberia’s first daily newspaper, the Daily Listener.The Switch from Medicine In 1952 in the USA Jimmy married his high school sweetheart, Hilda Luke, and the marriage, though   short-lived, was blessed with two sons.In 1952 the American government, seeing the interest generated by the Dennis family’s newspaper, The Listener, extended an invitation to C.C. Dennis under the “Leaders Grant” program to tour America to acquaint themselves with the operations of large and small US newspapers.  He traveled to 22 states.  But first he went to Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania (PA), to see his sons, Jimmy and Cecil, who were both enrolled there.  The purpose of Mr. Dennis, Sr.’s visit was to convince Jimmy to travel along with him around the USA.  The reason: C.C. Dennis, as the father was commonly called, earnestly wanted Jimmy to leave Medicine and study Journalism, so that one day he would take over the Daily Listener. “We went through 22 states and by the time we got through half of them, my mind was made up,” Jimmy Dennis told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview. After a summer of travel around the country with his father, Jimmy then switched from Medicine to Journalism.  He entered the other Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri (MI), where he graduated with the Bachelor of Journalism (BJ) degree.  He then found employment with the Argus newspaper and later the St. Louis American newspaper, both in St. Louis, MI.  It was at the Argus Newspaper that Jimmy met his second wife, Doris J. Cole Dennis, a petite (small) African American beauty working for the same paper.   That union was blessed with three children, a girl, Peta J., Charles C. Dennis III and Roger Cambric Dennis.    The Return Home: Wife Doris’ PursuasionBut Jimmy was enjoying his journalism career in the USA, where the press was free. Being aware of the difficulties under which the press fared during the Tubman administration, Jimmy said he was reluctant to return home.  It took four trips by Mr. C.C. Dennis and his wife Isabela to the USA to persuade their son to return home and take over The Listener.  But it was Jimmy’s wife Doris that envisioned the need to return home and help lift Liberian journalism to a new level.  She persuaded her husband to take the challenge and Jimmy agreed.They departed America and landed in Liberia in June, 1962 with their   only daughter Peta.The first morning at the Daily Listener, Jimmy discovered to his utter surprise that while he had been helping to run a 48- page newspaper in the States, his father’s newspaper was only four pages!  “That was a shock!  And,” he said, “you could hardly read  the archaic (ancient) type faces.  The idea of computers was then not even a dream.  Newspapers were type-set by either the linotype or by hand, using old type-faces that had to be placed letter by letter.  But worse yet, the staff quickly informed their new boss, Jimmy, that they had not been paid for four months!Jimmy Takes Over The Listener“It was at that point that I called a meeting with my parents and asked my father to completely step aside and let me take over the newspaper, with my mother’s assistance.  CC was completely shocked at Jimmy’s proposal, but reluctantly accepted it, especially since he saw that his wife was on her son’s side. CC also knew that that was the saving grace for the newspaper.“We reorganized the paper and had two signatories, unlike in the past, when my father was the sole signatory, strutting around town with the checkbook in his pocket.” Within three months Jimmy, the new publisher, had paid the staff off, and the paper had been increased to eight pages.  Within a year, the size was increased to 16, then 32, then 48 pages.    48-page Paper“How did it get to 48 pages, the Daily Observer asked Jimmy?”“Realizing that a newspaper is a business that cannot operate without advertising,” Jimmy replied, “we then began to solicit and educate business houses to support the newspaper, a suggestion which they willingly accepted. It was at that time that we introduced the concept of welcoming   President Tubman whenever he returned from visits abroad.“The first 48 pages we published followed a most auspicious visit, that of President and Mrs. William V.S. Tubman from their state visit to Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburg, Prince Phillip, in 1962. “It was the first time the President and most people had seen a local newspaper of that volume.  It was at that point that I began to receive invitations from foreign governments to visit their respective countries and publish activities that might attract local interest.   And this stimulated my interest to move further to establish Palm Magazine in the year 1964.”  Palm was a monthly.  Encouragement to KYB“What you have come through, Kenneth, is a most courageous feat.   When I came home in 2004 after many years in the States, I found you very busy trying to put your old establishment back together.  The awards and recognitions you have received, are most certainly deserving.  I am proud to sit with you and discuss the kind of journalism that needs to be practiced in our country.  I am the oldest journalist in Liberia.  But you can say that you are the oldest practicing Liberian journalist.     “May the good Lord continue to strengthen, guide and protect you to practice this profession, which is the only way of promoting our country to the world.“Sitting at your desk this afternoon has re-inspired me to reflect that I, too, once sat in a similar seat.“My wife Kathryn Louise White-Dennis joins me in wishing you and your family and staff good luck, long life and happiness throughout your endeavor in trying to keep Liberia in the forefront of this world of ours.  Congratulations!”Thanking Mr. Dennis, the Daily Observer publisher said he was  humbled by those kind and encouraging words from an elder colleague who has himself been there in the hot seat.  This will be seen later in Jimmy’s fascinating story.Life in the Press UnionJimmy Dennis, like K.Y.  Best, was a founding member of the Press Union of Liberia, 1964.  Its first president was Henry B. Cole, then editor of the Liberian Age, the news organ of the ruling True Whig Party (TWP).  Mr. Cole wanted to be president for only a year; so in the following election, 1965, Tuan Wreh, a journalist who had been persecuted by the Tubman administration during the political crisis of 1955, was elected the union’s second president.  In 1966 Jimmy Dennis, managing editor of the Daily Listener and publisher of Palm Magazine, founded by him and his wife Doris,  was elected the third president of the PUL.  Jimmy went on to become the longest serving PUL president in the organization’s history.  He remained president until 1980 when the bloody military coup d’état occurred, killing the President and many of his topmost officials.    Jimmy’s younger  brother C. Cecil Dennis, Jr., Tolbert’s Foreign Minister, was among the 13 top officials that were executed by firing squad on April 22, 1980.          Upon Jimmy’s election as PUL president in 1966, President Tubman invited the entire PUL to the Executive Mansion for the installation ceremonies.  It was a full blast affair, with all senior members of government, the full diplomatic corps and other prominent personalities in the society in attendance.PUL Prexy’s First Test from TubmanBut not long following these joyous installation festivities, something serious happened.Tuan Wreh wrote something in one of the newspapers that made President Tubman very angry; so, as usual, one Friday morning he had the journalist locked up, for the second time, and the President promptly took off for his Totota farm.That was the weekend and you know, it  meant spending the entire weekend in the cell at South Beach, until Monday morning.  For who would stand your bond if the President had ordered you locked up?  Nobody!But Jimmy Dennis knew that as PUL president, he had to act, and act fast.  He fired off a cable to the President at his farm.  President Tubman promptly replied saying that he would handle the matter on his return on Monday morning.  But the President’s telegram did not reach the PUL president.  So Jimmy, accompanied by another senior journalist, James (Jimmy) Marshall, assistant editor of the Liberian Age, drove off to Totota.  They stopped at Coocoo’s Nest, the motel which the President had built and named after his daughter, Mrs. Wilhelmina Coocoo Tucker. The two Jimmys proceeded to the bar to have a drink, awaiting the President, who they knew would be coming down to have drinks with friends at around 5 p.m.  The President did indeed show up at five p.m. He saw both men, whom he knew, sitting at the bar, and passed them without saying a word. After a few drinks the President departed for his farm home on the hill.  This made the two Jimmies very nervous and they knew they were in trouble.  About an hour later they heard sirens.  Suddenly in came some strapping (big and strong) police officers announcing that the President had sent for them.  The two Jimmies were petrified (scared stiff).  Jimmy Marshall, who stammered (stuttered) all his life, became speechless, striving in vain to utter a single word.But Jimmy Dennis told his colleague to take courage and answer the President’s call.  So they went along with the officers.On arrival, President Tubman greeted the PUL leader thus: “Good evening, Mr. President.  Jimmy Dennis’ retort was immediate and decisive: “No, Mr. President!  As far as I know there is only one President in the Republic of Liberia, and that’s you, Sir!”That outburst of humility and political savvy was a brave attempt to put Tubman at ease, but it wasn’t enough.  After offering the two men a seat, President Tubman put the question straight to Jimmy Dennis.   “Did you not receive my cable telling you to await my return to Monrovia on Monday?  Then why did you come up here?” Jimmy Dennis bounced from his seat and told the President he had not received the cable.  “Do you think, Mr.President, that I would be so defiant to have received your cable and then come up here?  That would have been defiance, Mr. President, and I could never do that.  Please forgive me, Mr. President, but I did not receive your cable.”The Liberian leader beckoned (signaled)  the PUL president to sit.Then the President, apparently impressed by Jimmy’s contrite (apologetic, sorry) demeanor (behavior),  ordered drinks and the three sat the whole evening drinking until it was dinner time.  Meanwhile, the President sent a cable to the Attorney General, Joseph Francis Jefferson Chesson, ordering Tuan Wreh’s immediate release from prison!The two journalists were more than thrilled to be invited by the President of Liberia to his dinner table.  It was a happy ending to a very tense and scary evening in Totota. Fond Memories from  StockholmThe following year, 1967, the PUL was invited to participate in a meeting of the International Association of Journalists (IAJ), held in Stockholm, the Swedish capital.   During that meeting, the PUL was formally admitted to membership in the IAJ, which made President Tubman very proud.    On the other hand, Ghana was expelled from the organization.  It was during the Nkrumah era, when press freedom was an anathema (something hated) to that defacto (actual) one-party regime.  Mark you, Liberia was not that much different, except that it was a dejure (not by law) one-party state, where press freedom was not welcomed either.  But Kwame Nkrumah appeared in the eyes of the international community to be much more rigid.  And don’t forget, Liberia was staunchly pro-Western.  Also, LAMCO, the Swedish iron ore mining company in Yekepa, Nimba County, was in full swing.President Tubman was at the time in Zurich, Switzerland on his annual medical vacation.  He sent for the entire PUL delegation from Stockholm.  The delegation included PUL president Dennis, Stanton Peabody, assistant editor of the Liberian Age, T. Kla Williams and J. Milton Greaves, both senior executives of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS). The PUL delegation  met with the President at the Doldergrande Hotel in Zurich, where he congratulated them on their successful mission to Stockholm and invited them to have dinner with him.  And, in the typical Tubman tradition, he gave each of them a purse (some money).   Jimmy Dennis told the Daily Observer a lighter but more joyful and memorable story of their visit to Stockholm.  One evening following the end of the IAJ conference, he and the delegation went to a bar.  As they sat there  drinking, they spotted a spectacularly beautiful Swede lady who walked in and sat alone at a table.  Jimmy, always a socialite like his father,   said he immediately asked the bartender to order her a drink.  She graciously accepted the gesture and, on receiving it, toasted to him from a distance.  He responded, and invited her over to join them at the bar, which she did. At a certain point, the Swedish beauty told her newly found African drinking friends, “Why are we sitting at a bar? Let’s go to my home.”They joyfully agreed and proceeded to her plush Stockholm residence not far away.  There they found that she had three bars in her the house: the first was filled with nothing but champagne; the second, nothing but whiskey; and the third an assortment of every imaginable kind of drink, the wines, the whiskies, the brandies, you name it!  It was all theirs, she told her distinguished Liberian guests.She then informed them that she was calling over some of friends to join the party.  Within minutes,  in came three other Swedish beauties and the party continued into the wee hours of the following morning. There was eating, drinking, dancing and everything else, to quote Jimmy directly!Press Club of LiberiaDuring Mr. Dennis’ PUL presidency there was one other important accomplishment.  A Press Club was established at the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel.  The hotel management was persuaded to give us a room with a bar, where drinks were sold to journalists at discounted prices.  Distinguished international visitors were interviewed at the Press Club.  Among these who came in the 1970s were Abba Eban, the Israeli Foreign Minister, and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  The first chairman was T. Minors Kla-Williams and the last, Kenneth Y. Best, who served through most of the 1970s.          The Family ManJimmy Dennis married two other times.  His third wife was Elnora  Simpson Dennis, niece of Mrs. Eugenia Simpson Cooper, a wealthy Monrovia mother, educator and devout church worker.  Jimmy’s current wife is Mrs. Kathryn White- Dennis.Jimmy’s children are Ricky C. Dennis, Mrs. Peta Jeimmye Murrey,   Charles C. Dennis III,  Roger C. Dennis and Cambric Ion Dennis.Kathryn’s children are Dr. Albert T. White, MD, Andy, Seta White- Holder, William, Litwete, Mydea and Essie White-Clarke.The Last Hurrah with TubmanJimmy Dennis’ last important encounter with President Tubman was during the week of November 29, 1970, the day the Liberian   leader celebrated his Diamond Jubilee, his  75th birthday, in his hometown, Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County.  It was an international event, with people coming from many parts of the world to join in the auspicious celebrations. At the end of the second day of the    festivities in Harper, Jimmy Dennis found his way to the President’s imposing palace on the beach overlooking the Atlantic.While seated with President Tubman upstairs on the back porch overlooking the ocean, Jimmy was asked, “What’s on your mind?”“Nothing, Mr. President,” Jimmy  replied.  “I’m just sitting here enjoying your company and looking at the ocean waves.”          “But what’s really on your mind?” Tubman persisted.  Embolden by the President’s entreaty (plea, urge), Jimmy replied, “You know something, Mr. President?”“What is it, Jimmy?”“Today is my birthday, but I never get to celebrate it because we are always so busy celebrating yours.”“For true? Today is your birthday, Jimmy?”“Yes sir, Mr. President,” Jimmy cheerfully responded.   “Well, by Jimminee! We’re going to celebrate it right now! “Jimmy,” Tubman shouted out, calling his trusted Butler, Jimmy Barrolle.  The butler immediately appeared.  “Bring the champagne.  We are celebrating Mr. Dennis’ birthday right now!”The champagne flowed through the evening until dinner time.  But during the sipping, President Tubman sent for Mrs. Tubman and informed her that Mr. Jimmy Dennis, president of the Press Union of Liberia, would be their dinner guest that evening.  “We’re celebrating his birthday, which is today, the day after mine!”“Happy birthday, Jimmy!” Mrs. Tubman said.“Thank you, Mrs. Tubman!” Jimmy responded gratefully.   That is how Jimmy Dennis, for once, got to celebrate his own birthday.  He did so in the grandest of styles—as dinner guest of the President of Liberia and the First Lady, Mrs. Antoinette Tubman, at their palatial beachside home in Harper, Cape Palmas!James C. Dennis spent his younger years as an active member of several social and civic organizations, including the YMCA, Boy Scouts of Liberia, the Go-Getters Social Club and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.  He is also a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has served as right worshipful honorary deputy grand master, 33 degrees, past master, oriental Lodge Number 1, Order of Easter Star.In 2013 he was honored by his church, the First United Methodist Church of Monrovia, as Father of the Year.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-sugar worker conquers adversity

first_imgIn light of facing adversity, a laid off sugar worker has utilized the resources present around him in order to create a new livelihood for himself and his family. Afzal Deendial, a former GUYSUCO worker, had served the institution with hard work and dedication for some 21 years before he was laid off when the Enmore estate was abruptly closed. Instead of allowing this disappointment to burden or frustrate him, Deendial took it upon himself to find a new means of income.In an effort to maintain his economic viability, Deendial ventured into the fields of barbering and farming. He established the ‘Classy Touch Barber Shop’, which isMs Genevieve Allen and Afzal Deendial (center) surrounded by memebers of the RDClocated at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara where he lives with his family. His cash crop farm is also located in this area. “I was disappointed when the estate closed as I had 21 long years working there. However, I refuse to give up as I have a family to care and feed and I can’t allow that situation to get me weak,” the ambitious man stated.However, Deendial did not stop at that, the laid off sugar worker has been pursuing ways in which he can improve and expand his businesses. The man had heard about the Self Reliance Business Workshops for women and as such approached the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Region Four with hopes to join the workshops. He made a simple request of being allowed to take part in the workshop so as to attain knowledge and benefit from some business related training. He noted that all he wanted was the little ‘know how’ on how to get started officially and tips on running the business.Deendial humble request was granted and he elatedly expressed gratitude to not only the First Lady of Guyana Mrs. Sandra Granger, but also to the Regional Chairman, Ms. Genevieve Allen for initiating the workshops and allowing him to be a part of it. “I will use this training to further grow my barber shop and cash crop farm as hopefully it may even create employment for others,” a thankful Deendial stated.last_img read more

Caribbean school cricket teams learn from their CPL idols

first_imgDigicel and the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) toured the Region for the Digicel Youth Cricket Series Coaching Clinics over the past three months, inspiring young cricketers and teaching them the finer points of the game.West Indies and Barbados Tridents skipper Jason Holder were among the ambassadors in the 2018 Digicel/CPL Coaching ClinicStudents from six schools, one per participating CPL country, were coached by their local CPL Coaches and got to meet and interact with a CPL player from their local team.Starting with Barbados and then travelling to Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and finishing off in Guyana, approximately 360 students across the Region had one-on-one time with their cricket idols as part of the Coaching Clinics.Zishan Motara, from St Michael School in Barbados, was able to meet and learn from Jason Holder, Captain of the Barbados Tridents. “I learnt a lot and I believe my bowling and catching improved. I’m really glad for this opportunity and I want to thank Digicel and Jason Holder,” Motara said.Digicel Group Sponsorship Manager Tari Lovell said, “Watching the kids interact with their favourite cricket heroes reinforced to us just how important it is that we continue to invest in budding talent across the Region.“They were inspired and motivated hearing from the cricketers first hand; Jason Holder, for example, was able to work with his alma mater, St Michael School, as the school that had won the coaching session in Barbados. The next phase of the series will see us taking the game to the beach or the street for a day of fun with local youth cricket clubs.”During the 2018 CPL competition period, each participating country will host a fun, informal game of cricket with the players and coaches and 20 children from a local cricket club and/or special needs organisation with an active cricket programme. These children will get to meet and play with their favourite CPL stars while learning the best cricket techniques.Across the Caribbean, cricket fans, young and old, come together to celebrate “The Biggest Party in Sport” and cheer for their local teams. Since 2013, Digicel and the CPL have worked together to cultivate the carnival atmosphere that has made CPL approachable and exciting for so many.Digicel has also played a fundamental role in bringing CPL to a wider audience through its mobile, social and television platforms across the Region. Fans of the game can download PlayGo for free and tune into the dedicated CPL channel to watch live coverage of the 2018 tournament and past CPL games.last_img read more

Court says B.C. can’t restrict oil shipments

first_imgNewbury also says the legislation is not just an environmental law of “general application,” but is targeted at one substance in one interprovincial pipeline: the Trans Mountain expansion project. VANCOUVER –The British Columbia Court of Appeal says the province cannot restrict oil shipments through its borders in a decision that marks a win for the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The province filed a constitutional reference question to the court that asked whether it had the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wished to increase their flow of diluted bitumen.- Advertisement -B.C. argued that its proposed legislation was meant to protect its environment from a hazardous substance, while the federal government and Alberta argued the goal was to block the Trans Mountain project.A five-judge Appeal Court panel agreed unanimously that the proposed B.C. legislation is not constitutional because it interferes with the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.Justice Mary Newbury wrote on behalf of the panel that the substance of the proposed law was to place conditions on and, if necessary, prohibit the movement of heavy oil through a federal undertaking.Advertisementlast_img read more

Don’t sell Oscar! Mourinho urged to keep hold of Chelsea playmaker

first_imgBolo Zenden has questioned why Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would want to sell Oscar this summer.Mourinho is reportedly planning to ditch the playmaker, a £25million signing from Internacional in 2012, to make way for a new arrival having grown frustrated with his inconsistent performances.But Zenden, a former Blues players and assistant boss, believes the 23-year-old, who only signed a new long-term contract last year, still has plenty to offer the Premier League champions-elect.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Netherlands international said: “I obviously worked with Oscar and I think he is a great player.“When he first came over he had to adapt to the Premier League and he wasn’t very strong physically, but he can put a shift in, he runs a lot, he works hard, he scores his goals, he sets up his teammates. He is a fantastic player.“I wouldn’t sell him. It is not for nothing that Oscat plays for Brazil as well, which is a massive, strong side.”last_img read more

‘It is unbelievable!’ – Pellegrini bemoans Manchester City’s fixture list

first_img Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is incredulous over why his team have to play three days before Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid.Pellegrini believes the scheduling of his side’s Premier League game at Southampton at 4.30pm on Sunday hampers their hopes of reaching the final of Europe’s leading club competition.Real will have four days to prepare for the clash at the Bernabeu after their La Liga game at Real Sociedad on Saturday and Pellegrini thinks City’s game should have been brought forward to correspond.The club made enquiries as to whether that was possible, but it is understood an official request was not submitted as it was felt it would be unlikely to succeed for a televised fixture.“For me it is unbelievable,” said Pellegrini, whose side will have all to play for in Spain after a goalless draw in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium.“If you see other leagues, including Italy, the teams that play Champions League play their domestic games on a Friday.“We are representing England and I think it’s important not to give any advantage to the other team.”It is the second time this season City have been frustrated by fixture scheduling ahead of a European game.The first leg of their last-16 tie at Dynamo Kiev came three days after their FA Cup fifth-round clash at Chelsea. City were angry that a request to have that game moved failed and they consequently fielded an under-strength side at Stamford Bridge.That will not happen in this instance as City need points to tighten their grip on a top-four spot in the Premier League, but Pellegrini is likely to make changes.The Chilean said: “In the Premier League, I don’t understand why, when having so many games, and they all have the same interest, we can’t play one day before to have 24 hours (more rest), at least having the same as Real Madrid.“We knew we had to play eight games in 30 days. It is a lot of games for this squad, so I am making rotations in every game, and changes.“But the best way to make a good game on Wednesday is to win on Sunday and have trust in the performance of different players.”City will be without playmaker David Silva for the trip to Madrid after the Spaniard suffered a hamstring injury in midweek.Pellegrini said: “He will not be fit for this week. He will need two or three weeks to recover. He will play in the final – that is the target!”Pellegrini, speaking at his pre-match press conference, delivered a more positive update on midfielder Yaya Toure, who is now back in training. The Ivorian will not play at Southampton, but could be back in contention for Madrid.“In this moment we don’t know, but he has some options,” said Pellegrini. 1last_img read more

College readiness studied

first_imgWHITTIER – California sends a smaller percentage of high school students to four-year colleges than any other state but Mississippi – a trend that experts blame on too few counselors, teachers and college preparatory courses, a new study says. And the roadblocks to college are even larger in schools with high percentages of poor students and English-language learners, according to the 2006 California Educational Opportunity Report prepared by UCLA. The average high school counselor in California is expected to serve 790 students, the worst ratio in the nation, said UCLA Professor Jeannie Oakes, who oversaw the study. Ninety-one percent of the state’s high schools have more students per teacher than the national average and more than 25 percent assign improperly trained teachers to college prep classes, particularly math. And less than half of California high schools offer enough classes so that all students can complete a college prep curriculum. As a result, the study said, only 23 percent of California high school seniors enroll in a four-year college or university. That compares with 21 percent in Mississippi and 47 percent in Massachusetts, the best in the nation. “These roadblocks exist in every school in California, and one in every eight has all of these, making it extraordinarily difficult for students to prepare for college,” Oakes said. The study focused primarily on enrollment at University of California and California State University campuses. Oakes acknowledged that many California students begin their path to a bachelor’s degree in community college, but said transfer rates remain low. California ranks 37th in the nation in the number of students who earn a bachelor’s degree within six years of their high school graduation. The study segregated the data by state Assembly and Senate districts, which Oakes said was done because educational infrastructure will require legislative action to fix. California ranks 11th in per capita income, but ranks 43rd in per capita spending per student, after adjusting for regional cost differences. Ron Carruth, assistant superintendent for the Whittier Union High School District, said the study failed to take into account families’ economic situations. “We have seen the number of students going to two-year colleges increase recently,” Carruth said. “I’m sure families are finding it very hard to pay for four-year college. We’ve seen some significant hikes in tuition and the federal government has cut student loan programs. “It’s a real economic issue in California because of the cost of housing and cost of living.” He speculated that more students are taking advantage of transfer agreements between community colleges and the California State University and University of California systems. At community colleges, students are able to earn most of their general education requirements for a fraction of the cost, then transfer to four-year colleges, reducing their overall education costs. Although the Whittier Union High School District sends 25.3 percent of students to four-year colleges – slightly higher than the statewide percentage – the district does so despite having a high concentration of low-income minority students who are English learners, Carruth said. More than half of Whittier-area schools have 90 to 100 percent minority students, according to the UCLA study. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said California must do a more aggressive job of preparing students for college-level work. “(WUHSD) is a classic example of high expectations,” O’Connell said. “They encourage students to attend college, even first-generation students. They go out of their way to reach out to those students who are the first members of their family to go to college.” O’Connell cited the district’s Advancement Via Individual Determination as a successful model. According to the district, 94 percent of students enrolled in AVID are on track for acceptance to four-year universities, while the national average is 35 percent. Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District sent 25 percent of its students to four-year colleges, while the El Rancho Unified School District stood well above the state average with 38 percent. Julie Ellis, principal at El Rancho High School said a strong literacy intervention program that early on identifies students who are at risk academically helps improve their reading comprehension so much that they can slide into a college track while in high school. “Our emphasis in the last five years has been in academics, so as many fulfill the requirements for the UC and CSU system in order for them to be able to exercise their options after high school,” Ellis said. Carruth said WUHSD also uses the Puente Project, which identifies students in ninth grade who come from families with no history of college and mentors them through high school. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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_imgFinn Harps 5k 28/09/2014Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 202 18.47 Dermot McElchar SM Finn Valley A C 2 162 19.46 Donal Haughey M40 Tír Chonaill A C3 183 20.18 Peter McMenamin SM Individual4 163 20.26 Lochlann O’Rourke M40 Individual5 165 20.33 Michael Gallagher SM Individual 6 263 20.52 James Boyle SM Individual7 169 21.02 P.J. Friel M40 Individual8 179 21.13 Anthony Murray M40 Individual9 229 21.16 Mark McCafferty M40 FVLC Begin to Run10 232 21.17 Christopher Gallagher JM Castlefinn Runners 11 164 21.25 Adrian Devine SM Castlefinn Runners12 209 21.31 Sean McMenmin SM Aghyaran Athletics13 230 21.33 Sean O’Leary M40 Finn Valley A C14 208 21.34 Andy Scanlon SM Finn Valley A C 15 31 21.49 Noel Duffy M40 Individual16 240 22.08 John McElwaine M40 Lifford A C17 212 22.13 Seamus Curran M40 Finn Valley A C18 251 22.36 Maurice O’Donnell SM Individual19 253 22.42 Ryan Galvin JM Finn Valley A C20 33 22.49 Joseph Casey SM Individual21 187 23.18 Joanne Campbell W40 Finn Valley A C22 254 23.23 Aine McElchar SW FV Fit4Life23 260 23.28 Declan Carlin M40 Finn Valley A C24 211 23.28 Martin Anderson M40 Finn Valley A C25 213 23.34 Gloria Donaghy W40 Finn Valley A C26 207 23.42 Clara Carroll SW FV Fit4Life27 258 23.45 Pat McCrudden M40 Finn Valley A C28 259 23.48 Michael Floyd SM Individual29 238 23.51 Joel Walsh JM Individual30 184 24.06 Denise McGahern W40 FV Fit4Life31 171 24.29 Paddy Doherty SM Individual32 199 24.32 Melanie Sweeney SW Castlefinn Runners33 188 24.37 Paul Gallen M40 Individual34 200 24.39 Gary Gallen M40 Individual35 168 24.50 Darragh Morrison JM Individual36 167 24.53 Seamus Morrison SM Individual37 225 25.01 Marcella McBride W40 Castlefinn Runners38 248 25.12 Marie McColgan W40 Finn Valley A C39 204 25.19 Joey O’Leary M40 Castlefinn Runners40 161 25.22 Paula Jansen SW Finn Valley A C41 170 25.22 Noreen Bonner W40 Finn Valley A C42 178 25.57 Jim Hynes M40 Finn Valley A C43 239 26.07 Sean Gormley M40 Aghyaran Athletics44 231 26.08 Anthony Gallagher M40 Castlefinn Runners45 185 26.19 Cathy Kelly W40 FV Fit4Life46 172 26.20 Mary Martin W40 Finn Valley A C47 173 26.25 Cora Harvey SW Finn Valley A C48 255 26.57 Rosemary Parkinson SW Convoy Runners49 182 27.12 Evan Long JM Individual50 174 27.44 Ciaran Chaney JM Individual51 34 28.24 John Viray SM Individual52 205 28.35 Trevor Gordon SM Individual53 181 28.37 Evan Campbell JM Individual54 201 28.51 Marie Gallagher SW Finn Valley A C55 210 29.14 Ashleen Temple SW Individual56 197 29.43 Helen Logue M40 Finn Valley A C57 250 29.52 Betty Gallen W40 Finn Valley A C58 233 30.00 Kevin McHugh M40 Aghyaran Athletics59 186 30.01 Hugo Maguire M40 Aghyaran Athletics60 256 30.26 Hannah Parkinson JW Convoy Runners61 249 31.02 Annette Gildea SW Individual62 214 31.22 Pauric McCrory M40 Individual63 226 31.59 Teresa McMenamin SW Aghyaran Athletics64 261 32.17 Christine Lynch W40 FVLC Begin to Run65 177 32.33 Ursula Chaney SW Individual66 223 32.48 Angela McLaughlin SM Individual67 262 33.03 Chantelle Grant SW Individual68 166 33.54 Shane Elliott SM Finn Harps FC69 160 34.36 Amer Quiambao SW Individual70 36 34.37 Felix Robledor SM Individual71 198 40.08 Anouska Mulrine SW Finn Valley A C72 237 40.13 John Walsh M40 Individual73 189 40.17 Kathleen O’Leary W40 Individual74 190 40.17 Marie Houston W40 Individual75 191 40.17 Julie McConnell W40 Individual76 235 43.20 Ronan Roddy M40 FVLC Begin to Run77 234 46.17 Mary Bruton W40 Individual78 195 46.17 Oiin Doherty JM Individual79 194 46.41 Cian Doherty JM Inishowen A C80 192 47.07 Joe Doherty SM Individual81 193 47.28 Caroline Doherty SW Inishowen A C82 257 47.28 Alan Galvin SM Individual83 175 47.28 Brid O’Hagan W40 Individual84 176 47.37 Sonia Campbell SW Individual85 227 47.38 Geraldine Barron W40 Individual86 203 47.47 Claire O’Leary W40 Individual87 228 47.47 Timothy Browne SM Individual88 236 47.57 Denise Harkin W40 Individual89 196 47.58 Brendan Phair SM Individual90 222 48.30 Geraldine Phair W40 Individual91 206 48.30 Mary Dunnion SW Individual92 35 48.30 Ronald Tuliao SM Individual93 252 48.32 Anne Barhan SW Individual94 224 49.42 Brid McClafferty SW Individual95 180 49.42 John Campbell M40 Individual96 32 52.06 Laura Dees SW IndividualTotal Runners; 96WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE FINN HARPS 5K? was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club NotesThe underage football presentation evening for U-6 to U-12 takes place this Saturday from 4.15pm at the club house at the Glebe. Michael Murphy will be making the presentations. Refreshments will be served afterwards.The GAA National Draw tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from any club member. Along with the prizes listed on the tickets the County Board have also included prizes to the value of €2500 while Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn have included 5 Club Donegal Cards for tickets sold within the club. This is a great fundraiser for the club as all proceeds from the sale of these tickets stays with the club. Our AGM took place at the weekend. Positions filled for the coming season are as follows: President:Norma Emery, Chairman:Dan Harnett, Assistant Chairman:James Frain, Secretary:Jim Mc Glynn, Assistant Secretary:Shelia Sweeney, Treasurer:John Mc Dermott, PRO:Mark Mc Fadden, Registrar:Sharon Harnett,Children’s Officer:Jim Farrell, Players Rep:Brendan O’Brien, Coaching Officers:Oisin Cannon & Sean Mc Brearty, Scór Co-ordinator:Maura O’Baoil, Schools Liaison Officer:Aideen Quinn, Health & Wellbeing Officer:Jim Farrell, Coiste Pairc na nGael:Mark Mc Fadden, Dan Harnett, James Frain, Michelle Kelly, Aideen Quinn, Sean Mc Brearty, Vincent Hanley, Brendan O’Brien, Oisin Cannon, Pat Doherty, John Mc Gilloway, Underage Football Sub Committee:James Frain(Chairman), Brian Sweeney(Secretary), Underage Hurling Sub Committee:Roisin Kerr(Chairperson), Sharon Harnett(Secretary), Willie O’Donnell(PRO), Underage Camogie Sub Committee:Brid Doherty(Chairperson), Aideen Quinn(Secretary), Ann Marie Gibbons(PRO), Delegates to County Committee:Jim Mc Glynn & Seamus Bradley, Delegates to County Convention:Jim Mc Glynn, Charlie Cannon, Dan Harnett & Oisin Cannon, Glebe Sports Directors:Tom Murray, James Frain, John Mc Dermott & Dan Harnett. Thanks to all the parents who attended the recent Foundation Football coaching course.Underage football coaching continues this Friday for U-6 (6-6.45pm) & U-8 (6.45-7.30pm) in the hall at Woodlands School & U-10 & U-12 is in the Aura from 7.30-8.30pm. New members welcome.Indoor Camogie continues every Monday evening at the Aura Leisure Centre from 7-8 pm for 5th & 6th class girls and Wednesday evenings at the LYIT sports hall from 6-7pm for 4th class & younger. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome.Our Club Dinner Dance will be held on the 28th December at The Radisson Hotel. In light of the clubs success this year this should be a memorable and enjoyable night.Hurling training for U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 continues every Thursday at the Aura from 6.30pm-7.30pm. This is open to boys and girls from 4 to 13 years.Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information.Sympathy is extended to Willie O’Donnell & family on their recent bereavement. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: MICHAEL MURPHY THE SPECIAL GUEST AT LETTERKENNY GAELS UNDERAGE PRESENTATION EVENING was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

What do Group H results mean for England in World Cup knockout rounds?

first_img 3 3 Who will England now play in the round of 16, in what city and when?If England beat Belgium on Thursday night, or draw and do not pick up more disciplinary points than their opponents in Kaliningrad, they go through as Group G winners and face Japan in Rostov on July 2.If England lose to Belgium, or draw and pick up two more disciplinary points, they go through as Group G runners-up and face Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday July 3. How did Group H finish? 3 Why are Japan through and not Senegal?Japan and Senegal finished with identical records – both teams won one, drew one and lost one, scoring four and conceding four.To make matters more complicated, they also drew their game 2-2, meaning disciplinary records had to be used to separate the teams.Japan’s four yellow cards sent them through, as Senegal picked up six in their three games. Colombia and Japan advanced from Group H on Thursday, and one will face England in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.Yerry Mina’s goal saw Colombia past Senegal in Samara, while Japan fell to Poland but still progressed by virtue of having fewer yellow cards than the Africans. Southampton’s Jan Bednarek struck a winning goal for already-eliminated Poland against Japan in Volgograd Yerry Mina’s header saw Colombia top Group H last_img read more

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