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The Moral & Educational Problems of Our Society


first_imgSome years ago, I listened to a conversation between my instructor and his colleague at a local university. He said to my instructor, “there would come a time when in Liberia we will have more university graduates then less educated people.” This conversation brings us to the educational aspect of our discussion. The poor performance of students in schools –and at the same time the high number of students graduating from schools –both grade schools and universities –the recent mass failure of students in public exams and university entrances are self-evidence to this assertion. Lack of interest to learning on the part of students is causing many students to perform poorly in Liberian schools and evidently this lackadaisical attitude is causing more and more students to flunk in public tests. Many students today do not devote much time to things that do matter most to learning. Instead, they do devote much times to television and the internet which are negatively impacting their lives. Although technological advancement is cardinal to the growth and development of any nation, it is beneficial when it is used for the good of the individual and the society at large. Contrarily, in Liberia today, many students devote most of their time to television, Facebook, Youtube, and the like just for amusement. These and other social media outlets can have adverse effects on the learning of students when they are used latently.Another point –for parents –there are times when their lives are straight as a spear, but instead of letting their children be placed in the hand of God by prayer, to be developed by Him into their unique potential, they try to force them into a particular direction. Some parents overindulge their children, giving them a profusion of wealth. This mistake can be disastrous. Take for example, a classroom teacher once told me some years ago that one of his fifth grade students carried as much as $100USD to school. He then seized the money and contacted the child’s mother to ascertain as to whether she was aware of the money. The mother replied that yes she was the one who gave the student the money for her recess. Some parents even go to the far extreme by giving teachers cash to give their child/children grades that they do not deserve, thereby creating the impression that they love them so much. As these children develop, they become accustomed to this kind of attitude and live with it in the greater society.The teachers have had their own share of this educational debauchery in our society. A lot of times the public is concerned over the poor performance of students. As a result it blames the teachers for ineffectiveness and/or incompetency, as the cause of the mass failure of students. While this assertion might incomprehensive, here is another side of the coin –some of the people today found in the classrooms are not qualified to teach. Being a graduate from high school or university does not make him/her qualified to teach. Teaching is a profession, indeed a noble one; therefore, those who want to teach must be trained to do so, for it is a delusional for today’s graduates who are not trained to teach in the very system that created them.Furthermore, just like the authority of the parents which was strong in the seventies and eighties is now weak and ineffective, so like the authority of the teachers today. Often, teachers are compelled to circumvent the ethical values that guide the profession. This becomes lucid when some school administrators and/or proprietors instruct teachers not to fail too many students as this might scare away students and would-be students, as a decrease in student enrollment means decline in revenue generation. This situation which arguably occurs in the private school system undermines the manifest function of the educational institution of our society.In addition to the foregoing, as we think about why our system of education has become a mess. A former US President once said, “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot, so well do, for themselves –in their separate, and individual capacities.” Putting this into context, it is the responsibility of the Liberian government –and this government –to provide for its citizen’s quality education. But it had failed to provide conducive, learning environment for this generation. For example, government institutions lack modern learning facilities –equipped laboratories and libraries as well as internet connectivity just to name a few. The fact that government itself lacks these essentials makes her unable to mandate private institutions to have them, thus creating an education gap between the old and the young. As I summed up this discussion, what we –your generation and my –must do now is to discover who we really are, where we come from, where we are, and how we got here. When this is done, honestly, we can then get out of where we are and move forward. We need to understand and accept why our generation as an extraordinary and different from all that have gone before it. For example, it got us into the longest and most devastating civil war, it has created a society with so much crime in it that the streets are no longer safe for decent people, and worse of all, our ‘institutions’––do almost nothing to improve conditions.In concluding this discussion, I am going to say one final thing which many (old and young) may not agree with. We are made to always stick-on to illusion. By this we are made to believe that by changing leaderships we will make Liberia a better place to live –utopia. Yet the world does need changing, society needs changing, the nation needs changing, but under this sky, we are never going to change it until we ourselves are changed. And we are never going to change until we look into the mirror of ourselves, and face the reality with honesty, what we really are inside, and accept change. Until that happens, our effort to ride our society of social problems would be like migrants travelling in a little boat that cannot get beyond shallow water and ill-luck.An African proverb says: ‘The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second-best time is now.’ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


‘SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD INTERVENTIONS ON THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL WOMEN COOPERATIVES’


first_imgSustainable livelihood initiatives are sets of activities that rural dwellers engage especially women in economic activities that have the propensity to adverting individual subsistence farming approach to a collaborative cooperative sector approach in order to increase productivity. This approach is unique since individual approach is a contributing factor to these women being poor. Poverty is pervasive and particularly acute in rural areas of the country. It has many dimensions, which include low levels of income and consumption, poor nutrition, and food insecurity; as such, according to UNDP Report 2004, 86% of the poor people in Liberia live in rural areas. Many of them are women and other vulnerable groups.These less fortune population are largely confined with numerous problems which include: limited participation in decision making processes, low or no income earning at all and high illiteracy rate among women and subsistence farming due to very limited access to seeds, tools and improved agricultural techniques.Rural Liberian women‘s economic deprivation is perpetuated by high illiteracy rate among other factors. These rural women need collective approach in achieving the level of self-confidence and self-actualization that promote their participation in community-decision making and enhancing their capacities to short-run livelihood activities, such as savings and credit facilities. There is an emerging need to positively engage these rural women who have some potential in making meaningful contributions to the socio-economic development and life sustaining progress or programs.Efforts are been exerted by different stakeholders to accelerate the initiatives of women of such nature in various women empowerment initiatives. These interventions are all endeavor to empower local communities through sustainable economic initiatives and toward erasing the social barriers that hinder their day-to-day improvement. Life being the matter of climbing the ladder step-by-step, and the Integrated Rural Development being standardized, the Suakoko women would soon see their roles as a meaningful one. A number rural cooperative have thus far emerged in the far and reach has received a number of boosts (technical capacity support) from relevant agencies and international partners in the areas of women and community development programs.Regardless of the level of development achieved by the respective economies, women play a pivotal role in agriculture and in rural development in most countries of the Asia-Pacific Region. Evidently there are serious constraints which mitigate against the promotion of an effective role for women in development in those societies which were bound by age-old traditions and beliefs. Patriarchal modes and practices motivated by cultures and/or interpretations of religious sanctions and illiteracy hinder women’s freedom to opt for various choices to assert greater mobility in social interactions. Resulting from these situations, women’s contribution to agriculture and other sectors in the economy remain concealed and unaccounted for in monitoring economic performance measurement. Consequently, they are generally invisible in plans and programs. They were, in fact, discriminated against by stereotypes which restrict them to a reproductive role, and denied access to resources which could eventually enhance their social and economic contribution to the society.In developing countries, among the poor, rural women are the poorest and more vulnerable. Empirical evidences suggest that women in rural areas are more adversely affected by poverty than men. The incidence of poverty among rural women is on the rise in most of the developing countries. The issues of gender bias and equity point to the double burden women have to bear – that on being poor and being a woman. Further strategies and programs for development had largely overlooked the question of gender equity. Projects aiming to reduce poverty view the poor rural women as the recipient of benefits of development, instead of active participant and still poor rural women have the least access to basic needs such as food, health and education.Not only do women produce and process agricultural products but they are also responsible for much of the trade in these and other goods in many parts of the third world. In many parts of the world, women continue to play an important role as rural information sources and providers of food to urban areas. This may involve food from the sea as well as from the land. Although women rarely work as fisher people they are often involved in net-making and the preparation and sale of the catch. Women’s roles and status all over the world are generally determined by social institutions and norms, religious ideologies, eco-systems and by class positions. The Indian social systems exhibit such grave disparities. Indian women are not a homogeneous group. Their traditional roles are not identical in all strata of society.Norms and taboos governing their roles and behaviors within and outside the family, the structure of family organizations and social practices and the positions accorded to women in a community differ considerably across regions, cultures and levels of socio-economic development. It is needless to emphasis on the significant contribution of women to agricultural production and household food security. In the process of production, handling and preparation of food, women play a multiple role throughout the sequence. They are said to be “feeding the world”. Do women really feed the world? Let us consider the evidence. On a global scale, women produce more than half of all the food that is grown. In sub-Sahara Africa and the Caribbean, they produce up to 80% of basic foodstuffs. In Asia, they provide from 50 to 90% of the labor for rice cultivation. And in Southeast Asia and the Pacific as well as Latin America, women’s home gardens represent some of the most complex agricultural systems known. In countries in transition, the percentage of rural women working in agriculture ranges from about a third in Bosnia and Herzegovina to more than half in Poland. Across much of the developing world, rural women provide most of the labor for farming, from soil preparation to harvest. After the harvest, they are almost entirely responsible for operations such as storage, handling, stocking, marketing and processing. Women in rural areas generally bear primary responsibility for the nutrition of their children, from gestation through weaning and throughout the critical period of growth. In addition, they are the principal food producers and preparers for the rest of the family.Despite their contributions to food security, women tend to be invisible actors in development. All too often, their work is not recorded in statistics or mentioned in reports. As a result, their contribution is poorly understood and often underestimated. There are many reasons for this. Work in the household is often considered to be part of a woman’s duties as wife and mother, rather than an occupation to be accounted for in both the household and the national economy. Outside the household, a great deal of rural women labor — whether regular or seasonal – goes unpaid and is, therefore, rarely taken into account in official statistics (Prakash, Women & Food Security Issues).In most countries, women do not own the land they cultivate. Discriminatory laws and practices for inheritance of and access and ownership to land are still widespread. Land that women do own tends to consist of smaller, less valuable plots that are also frequently overlooked in statistics. Furthermore, women are usually responsible for the food crops destined for immediate consumption by the household, that is, for subsistence crops rather than cash crops. Also, when data is collected for national statistics, gender is often ignored or the data is biased in the sense that it is collected only from males, who are assumed to be the heads of households. These handicaps have contributed to an increasing “feminization” of poverty. Since the 1970s, the number of women living below the poverty line has increased by 50%, in comparison with 30% for their male counterparts. Women may feed the world today, but, given this formidable lists of obstacles placed in their path, will they be able to produce the additional food needed for a world population expected to grow by three billion in 2030 (NATTCCO, Gender Sensitivity Training for Cooperatives)?During the FAO-sponsored World Food summit of 1996, world leaders from 186 countries adopted the Rome Declaration on World Food Security and a Plan of Action. These international agreements specified that the role of women in agriculture and food security must be emphasized, in order to create the enabling political, social and economic environment required for the eradication of hunger and poverty. Under Commitment-I of the World Food Summit Plan of Action agenda, governments committed themselves to:– Support and implement commitments made at the 4th World Conference on Women that a gender perspective is mainstreamed in all policies;– Promote women’s full and equal participation in the economy…including secure and equal access to and control over credit, land and water;– Ensure that institutions provide equal access for women;– Provide equal gender opportunities for education and training in food production, processing and marketing;– Tailor extension and technical services to women producers and increase the number of women advisors and agents;– Improve the collection, dissemination and use of gender-disaggregated data [which distinguishes between males and females];– Focus research efforts on the division of labor and on income access and control within the household; and– Gather information on women’s traditional knowledge and skills in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and natural resources management.About the AuthorJohn M. Willie is a cooperative development specialist, who has a wealth of experience in cooperative society development in Liberia. A 1978 graduate of the Booker Washington Institute also studied at Plunke Foundation for Cooperative Study in England in 1979. From 1975 to 1985, he worked as Cooperative Manager at the Bong County Agriculture Development Project (BCADP). He has been a staff at various levels up to the office of Acting Registrar from 1985 to 1989 of the state-operated Cooperative Development Agency (CDA). The Author is currently the Deputy Secretary General of the Liberia National Federation of Cooperative Society. He has contributed immensely to the establishment and sustainability of scores of cooperative societies in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Women’s Basketball Set to Host Two Home Games this Weekend


first_imgDrake is on the verge of its fifth-straight 20-win season. The impressive streak began in 2014-15 with a 20-11 record followed by records of 23-10 (2015-16), 28-5 (2016-17) and last season at 26-8. It will be just the third time in the program’s history that five straight 20-win seasons take place. Drake recorded six-straight 20-win seasons from 1996-2002 and 10-straight 20-win seasons from 1976-1986. Indiana State ESPN+ Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team is set to host two of its annual games this weekend at the Knapp Center. Evansville Game Notes Drake Game Notes Drake (19-5, 11-1 MVC) starts the weekend Friday against Evansville (3-21, 1-12 MVC) at 6 p.m. for its Pink Game presented by Mercy One before it closes the weekend Sunday against Indiana State (11-13, 5-8 MVC) at 2 p.m. for its Alumni Game. Both games will be streamed on ESPN+. Buy Tickets Live Stats Evansville claimed its first MVC win since March 4, 2017, with its 77-65 victory over Valparaiso Feb. 15. The home victory snapped a conference record 29-game MVC regular season losing streak. Indiana State nearly beat Drake in the first meeting between the teams in Terre Haute. The Bulldogs rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit after Rhine made two free throws with four seconds left and the Sycamores missed a pair of free throws with .08 seconds left as Drake won 70-68. Evansville ESPN+ Following this weekend, Drake goes on the road for its final two away games of the regular season. The Bulldogs start the trip March 1 at SIU at 6 p.m. before they visit Missouri State March 3 at  2 p.m. Both games will be on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version In its lone game last week, Drake, which reentered both top 25 polls this week at No. 24 in each, defeated UNI, 76-61. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures led by Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) with 19 points. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) each scored 14 points while Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) added a career-high 13 points behind a career-best three three-pointers. Monahan also handed out seven assists. The Bulldogs improved to 64-24 all-time against the Panthers and have won eight-straight in the series that started in 1975.last_img read more


John Stevenson passed away


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John A. Stevenson, 82, of Circleville, passed away October 29, 2015, from a ruptured brain aneurysm. John was born March 12, 1933, to the late John Beryl and Florence Adah Grimes Stevenson in Circleville, Ohio. He graduated from Circleville High School in 1951 and Ohio State University in 1955, where he joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. In 1955 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served as a fighter interceptor pilot flying F-86D jets during the Cold War.To Ohio agriculture, John was well known for his work on his family farm in Pickaway County and his countless hours spent in service to the industry. John served agriculture in many capacities, including Farm Bureau, county campaign manager for Jim Rhodes, president of Circleville Chamber of Commerce, founder and president of Ohio Corn Growers Association, president National Corn Growers Association, state executive director USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, federal associate director USDA ASCS, state executive director USDA Farm Service Agency, agricultural specialist for office of Congressman Boehner, agricultural affairs liaison for Senator Voinovich, agriculture specialist for Ohio EPA, and division chief for Ohio Department of Agriculture.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Circleville Presbyterian Church,134 East Mound Street, Circleville Ohio 43113 or Forest Cemetery, 905 North Court Street, Circleville, Ohio 43113. Calling hours will be at Wellman Funeral Home on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 3:00-7:00 p.m.at the Wellman Funeral Home, Circleville. Funeral service will be at the Circleville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Forest Cemetery. A gathering and meal will follow at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Online condolences can be made to www.wellmanfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more


Crops growing fast around Ohio


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dan Uetrecht, Warren Co.Things are looking really good. The corn just keeps going. It has had the rain, the sun and the heat. We have been hot but it is just starting to pollinate. We’ve had some cooler nights and we’ve had enough rain that it is keeping those silks moist. It started tasseling right around the Fourth of July. Most everybody’s corn around here was tasseling when we were out running wheat. The silks are out and I think it could be an early harvest. I was talking to an older farmer and he said he hasn’t seen a year like this where everything is so far ahead. Normally an early harvest is not a good sign but everything is growing so fast. This is abnormal but good.The early beans did fine with all of the rain we’d gotten. Some of the smaller beans had some light green pockets but now they have grown out of it. We have a good crop growing right now.The wheat was what I thought it would be: average. Our first wheat was on some high ground and it went over 80 and I was really tickled. But as we got back closer to the home farm on better soil, lower low ground and later planted wheat, we went into the 60s. We had a 20-bushel difference based on that different planting date and high ground versus low ground. The last planted wheat around the 22nd of October didn’t tiller out well and we didn’t have the population we needed to get 100-bushel wheat.We got the double-crops in. They had great moisture and heat. They were up in five days and they look really nice.We are going to start spreading compost and lime on our last 40 acres of wheat ground. We’ll work that in and plant our cover crop. We’ll put in crimson clover, radishes and rye. It is beautiful and it gives those cover crops time to grow. We’ll have radishes that look like baseball bats by winter. We’re going to bale our second cutting hay this afternoon and it looks like we’ll have that up with no rain on it.With the rain and good growing conditions we have fought weeds. We have some grass and broadleaves coming that we’ll have to touch up. I think I’ll go ahead and put a foliar down with that and then we’ll be done spraying other than the double-crops.We are really not seeing much disease in the beans and the next thing I need to do is walk some corn fields. It is getting to be the time to think about fungicides on that. We have good subsoil moisture and if we can get another couple good rains this corn will be made.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more


Share Your Trackable Stories


first_imgShare with your Friends:More SDFD fire patch bug travels from coast to coast in the USThis is your chance to share your favorite Trackable stories. Trackables have completed missions to travel the globe, find famous landmarks and compete in Travel Bug races.An example of an powerful Trackable story was recently sent to Groundspeak.buttaskotch emailed the story of SDFD fire patch bug. She wrote in the log, “I am very thankful and honored that I was able to complete this Travel Bug’s mission.”In January of 2010 caduckhunter placed the Travel Bug in a California, USA cache. It’s mission was to travel to New York City to be hand delivered to a FDNY. It traveled more than 7000 miles before fulfilling it’s goal on Septmeber 8, 2011.SDFD fire patch bug routePost a comment below telling other geocachers about your favorite Trackable experience.The story with the most likes will be highlighted at the end of the week of September 12th, 2011. The author of the comment will receive a special gift of Trackables. Please leave your Geocaching.com username.Editor’s note: Both Binrat and vante will receive a set of Trackables for submitting their Trackable stories. Thank you to all those who submitted stories. Look for Trackable Week again on the Latitude 47 blog in coming months. SharePrint RelatedBecome Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community”Trackable Stories of the WeekSeptember 16, 2011In “Community”The Center of the Trackable UniverseSeptember 15, 2011In “Community”last_img read more


Hizbul Mujahideen militants held after encounter


first_imgTwo local Hizbul Mujahideen militants, who escaped at the end of a day-long encounter in Kulgam’s Qazigund area on Tuesday, were arrested from two separate spots on Wednesday.A police official said combing operation in the Kund Nowbug area around the encounter site was resumed in the morning. A soldier and a militant were killed in the gun battle on Tuesday. A police official said a local militant, Aqib Iqbal Malik alias Talha Bhai, a resident of Ringet Noorabad, was arrested from the area. Malik, who joined militancy earlier this year, had been injured.Another militant, who is also believed to have fled from the encounter site in Kulgam, was apprehended as he was trying to board a train in the morning. He has been identified as Shams Waqar, said a police official.Meanwhile, the Army has identified the deceased soldier as sepoy Manjinder Singh. Singh, 22, joined the army in 2015 and was a resident of Punjab’s Mansa area.Mirwaiz, Malik arrestedSeparatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, addressed a small rally in Srinagar on Wednesday. They called for a shutdown on November 27 against the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids and ongoing “crackdown of civilian population” during counter-insurgency operations in the Valley.The Mirwaiz and Mr. Malik, along with 30 supporters, were arrested when they tried to lead a protest march towards the city centre Lal Chowk.Earlier, Mr. Geelani addressed a rally on the phone. The Mirwaiz and Mr. Malik were present at Abi Guzar to jointly address the media. “This puppet government has crossed all limits of oppression. If they thinks they can break our resolve and unity, they are mistaken. We are not going to surrender under any circumstance,” said Mr. Malik. ‘Fabricated cases’He alleged that NIA raids and the security agencies’ operation against civilian population in south and north Kashmir “is aimed at forcing us to surrender.” The trio said the shutdown on November 27 was also against the “maltreatment of detainees and the fabricated cases being slapped on leaders and supporters.” For many months now, separatists in Kashmir have been barred from holding public rallies.last_img read more


LA would support a US Winter Games, but it’s complicated


first_img2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.” MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


N Srinivasan-led TNCA’s surplus up by Rs 7 crore


first_imgN SrinivasanDespite continuing to face various political and administrative roadblocks, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has a reason to smile, albeit in an entirely different area.The N. Srinivasan-headed TNCA improved upon its financial might in the year 2013-14. It earned a surplus of `15.28 crore during the year, despite being involved in cases with government agencies over several issues.This surplus was `6.8 crore more than it earned in 2012-13, which was `8.48 crore. And it was a handsome `12.90 crore more than the total surplus budgeted, according to the TNCAs annual report 2013-14, which is strictly meant for circulation amongst members only??.TNCAs problems did not end with the financial year. The Chennai Municipal Corporation did not allow TNCA to stage any IPL match in 2014 at the M. Chidambaram Stadium over the use of its three contentious spectator stands. Its impact would reflect in the 2014-15 balance sheet.TNCA officials would be feeling proud that the income in 2013-14 exceeded their expectations. For instance, under the head receipts from the BCCI, which is associations share of the Boards income from the media rights and IPL, the TNCA had budget of `26 crore. But it actually received `37.14 crore `11.14 crore more than it expected.The other source from which the eventual income exceeded its expectation was the interest. TNCA had budgeted `50 lakh for 2013-14, but received `1.08 lakh. This was `58.88 lakh more than they had anticipated.Under the head expenditure, depreciation occupied the biggest chunk. It was `8.06 crore in 2013-14.The next biggest spending was on development, and the areas under this head included the TNCA academy, consumption of cricket materials by districts and others, assistance and grants to districts, coaching schemes, coaches salaries, and ground expenses etc.advertisementThe total amount under this section was In 2013-14, Tamil Nadus surplus was `15.28cr, up by almost `7cr `3.58 crore, which was `1.08 crore more than in 2013-13. TNCA spent a lot of money on its various state-level tournaments these include interschool meets, under-14 to under-25 tournaments, TNCA League and Buchi Babu tournament etc., all of which are meticulously organised.The total expenditure on these was `2.74 crore. And on nationallevel tournaments, like the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and the various age-group competitions, the TNCA spent `3.44 crore.TNCAs administrative expenses during 2013-14 was `2.66 crore, which included `1.22 crore spent on salaries alone. And the amount shown under other expenses section was `56.56 lakh.The association, however, has not painted a rosy picture in the 2014-15 budget.last_img

TKO semi-final draw announced


first_imgKaizer Chiefs Kaizer Chiefs pitted against Bidvest Wits in TKO semi-finals Ernest Makhaya Last updated 2 years ago 23:59 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thulani Hlatshwayo & Bernard Parker Gallo Images Kaizer Chiefs League Cup Bidvest Wits Polokwane City Bloemfontein Celtic The draw for the semi-finals was conducted at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon Kaizer Chiefs have been drawn against Bidvest Wits in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.Amakhosi booked their place in the Last 4 after beating Chippa United 1-0 on Sunday afternoon through a Bernard Parker strike.As difficult the encounter away to the Students will be, Steve Komphela will fancy his chances for a place in the final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 50-year-old mentor guided Chiefs to the final of the same competition in his first season in charge, only to lose to Mamelodi Sundowns.Meanwhile, Polokwane City will be at home against Bloemfontein Celtic in the other semi-final clash.Rise and Shine upset the odds to book their place in the semi-finals, thanks to their 4-2 penalty shootout win over Orlando Pirates on Saturday. This will be City’s first semi-final appearance since gaining promotion to the elite league, while Celtic are the former TKO champions.The two matches will take place on the weekend of November 18 and 19, 2017.However, the PSL will release the official dates, venues and kick-off times in due course.last_img read more