Mostar : XIII International Boxing Tournament on 25 April

first_imgBoxing club ‘Mostar’ is the host of the 13th International Youth Boxing Tournament – Mostar 2013 which will be held from 25 to 27 April in the great hall of University Sports Centre ‘Midhat Hujdur Hujka’ in the Northern camp, reports Fena.The opening ceremony and quarter-finals will be held on 25 April at 6 p.m., semi-finals on 26 April at 6 p.m. and finals on 27 April at 11 a.m.According to the manager of the boxing club ‘Mostar’ Samir Sefo, at the tournament apart from BiH, 12 other countries participate: The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Scotland, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia and for the first time Russia.Sefo noted that there were more applications for participation but the organisers could not organise bigger event.Manager of BC Mostar and coach Hamid Šemić noted that BiH team will be represented by all state champions that participated at the last championship which was held in Ilidža, and so Elvir Šendro from BC Mostar will participate at the tournament.‘It is a great honour to participate for our team. I am ready and I expect the same result as last year’s, when I won the first place’ said to journalists Šendro.The tournament is organised by BC Mostar and sponsored by Boxing Association of BIH according to the rules of the European Boxing Confederation.(photo:fflfitness)last_img read more

Bassa Dev-Supt identifies with Vulnerable Communities

first_imgGrand Bassa County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Adonie Z. Greaves, has identified with the “vulnerable communities” in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County by donating assorted food items and cash to them. Mr. Greaves donated assorted food donation including cash to the Buchanan Central Prison, Old Folks Home, Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), and ‘Group of 77’ or physically challenged people in Buchanan. He said the items donated were made available by him and the County Regional Development Officer, Tobias Weah, as a means of identifying with ‘vulnerable communities’ as Liberia celebrates her 168th Independence.At the Buchanan Central Prison, Mr. Greaves told the inmates that July 26 should be celebrated and observed by all Liberians irrespective of one’s present condition.“We want you to have something to eat too for this July 26 celebration,” he told the beneficiaries.He added that other citizens wish to celebrate the day in grand style, but many do not have the freedom. While some of them are spending their days behind bars, he said, others are being deprived due to the level of afflictions they suffered. “Among you people I know there are rapists, murderers, thieves, not withstanding, other people are behind bars for simple reasons that could have been settled at the community level,” he said.Mr. Greaves said that his meeting with the inmates was not to dignify crime, but to identify with and encourage them that if they are opportune to get out of the prison, they should become productive people in the society.Mr. Rufus G. Chea, who received the items on behalf of the prisoners, commended Mr. Greaves for the items received and promised that it will be used for the intended purpose. At another stop at the Old Folks Home, Moses Henry commended and thanked Mr. Greaves for identifying with them, especially during the celebration of Libeira’s 168th Independence Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Passes 2015 Electricity Law

first_imgAfter several public hearings, followed by weeks of work in committee rooms culminating in a final debate yesterday, the Senate unanimously voted during its 5th day of extraordinary sitting to pass the 2015 Electricity Law of Liberia.The bill entitled: “2015 Electricity Law of Liberia,” was submitted to the Legislature for consideration in July by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. It was subsequently sent to the Joint Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment; and Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petition.Another bill with similar content was also sent to the lawmakers by a civil society electricity advocacy group, BRESCELCO, a month earlier.According to the Senate Committees’ findings, the main crux of the President’s bill seeks to liberalize the electricity sector as a means of driving competition which could improve access, quality and lower costs of electricity.The act also establishes, according to the committees, the legal and regulatory framework for the generation, transmission, distribution and retail sale of electricity and for import and export which it said will create an enabling environment for private sector investment in the country’s energy sector.Based on findings as a result of the hearings and contentions raised by members of the Senate plenary prior to yesterday’s debate, the 14-member Joint Committee submitted a seven-point recommendation to plenary which was adopted.The joint committee recommended that in addition to its role as the transmission system operator and the national grid company, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) should continue to be involved in the power generation business.It further stated that from the effective date of the proposal, LEC should be considered to be automatically licensed provisionally to engage in power generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity.The three committees further recommended that the regulatory functions should rest with the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy MLM&E) for a period of two years from the effective date of the law which “will allow time for the European Union-sponsored capacity building project in the Department of Energy at the Ministry to be implemented.”The Royal Government of Norway, the committees disclosed, also has a capacity-building project with the MLM&E in the electricity sector, and will help to train the staff of the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC).‘The Chairperson and the other two members of LERC should be appointed no later than one year after the effective date of this law,” the committees recommended.No later than the end of the first year, which marks the beginning of a two-year transitional period, the committees said the MLM&E and the Regulatory Commission shall constitute a transitional committee composed of the commissioners of the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) and staff of LM&E to develop a detailed transition plan, which will guide the implementation of the transition from LM&E to the IRC.“At the end of the two-year transition, the IRC should be fully established and completely separated from the MLM&E and housed outside of it.”Giving a summary of the report before submission to plenary, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Albert Tugbe Chie, said the recommendations will go a long way to enhancing the provision of cheap and reliable electricity.Senator Chie allayed the fears of most of his colleagues that government involvement as regulator will drive away investors from venturing into the electricity sector.He reminded them that despite the government serving as regulator in the mineral and other sectors, investors are still coming to the country.The Grand Kru County Lawmaker said building the capacity of regulators will take over a year and must not be treated as an emergency. Other senators suggested however that Liberians in the Diaspora, who have capacity in that area, should be encouraged to come home.The LEC was created by an Act of the Legislature in 1973, and although it does not have monopoly by law, the corporation has been in charge of generation, transmission and distribution of electricity services.At US$0.54 cents per kilo watt hour, Liberia has the highest tariff for electricity in the world. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Greek immersion works well

first_imgThe English-Greek bilingual program in Lalor North Primary School is now in its 33rd year.The significance of such a program in a state school becomes even more profound while the national campaign by Greek communities is intensifying with the aim of securing the inclusion of the Greek language in the national curriculum. The curriculum is currently being developed by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA).Lalor North Primary School presents the only Greek bilingual program in Victoria and it was founded by teacher Dimitris Politis. After Mr Politis’ retirement three years ago, Ana Koutsouroupas took over as the co-ordinator of the program.It’s a partial immersion program where the Greek language is taught using the Victorian curriculum from prep until Year 6.For example, children are taught maths in Greek from prep until Year 2 and in English thereafter. Mrs Koutsouroupa clarified that this shouldn’t discourage anyone thinking that it might be more difficult. “After all maths are the same no matter in which language you’re taught,” she said.The program can be identified as intensive Greek language teaching with 13 hours dedicated per week from prep to Year 2 and 8 hours a week from Year 2 – Year 6. Children become competent in Greek reading and writing even by Year 2.There are currently 52 students attending the English-Greek bilingual program compared to almost 100 ten years ago, which according to Mrs Koutsouroupa can be attributed to demographic reasons as many Greeks have left the area. Mrs Koutsouroupa does also underscore the “lack of interest on the part of many second generation Greek Australians to push their kids towards the Greek language”; coupled with a erroneous belief that children get confused when they are exposed to two languages once they start talking. “Children who are bilingual become lateral thinkers,” Mrs Koutsouroupa emphasised also echoing the findings of many studies which highlight the benefits of bilingualism.Bilingualism was one of the attractions for mother Chris Filippou who sends her son Anastasis and her daughter Maria to Lalor North Primary School. “The more they learn the better it is for them,” Mrs Filippou said. The preservation of the Greek language and culture is of paramount importance for her. “I remember with pride when my grandmother could communicate with her great grand children in Greek.” “I find it very sad when grandparents are struggling to communicate in English with their grandchildren,” Mrs Filippou added.The emphasis on Greek traditions and culture is multi-faceted in the bilingual program of Lalor North Primary school from an hour of Greek dancing each week to other Greek school celebrations and activities. Although a possible exclusion of Greek from the national curriculum may not have a direct effect on the program, as Mrs Koutsouroupa explained, nobody is clear on what the exact implications will be if it does not become part of the ACARA sanctioned National Curriculum.Neos Kosmos is running a petition to have Modern Greek included into the National Curriculum go to page 5. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more