Girls Encouraged to Consider Roles in Government

first_imgStory and photos by Jenna O’Donnell | TINTON FALLS – On Friday, several dozen high school girls sat down and chose an issue they cared about, then stood up and argued for it in front of a hypothetical school board.One of the issues was inspired by a team member’s frustration at her local high school, where the boys’ soccer fields are far superior to the one where the girls play. The team rallied around the cause and made an argument for a literal equal playing field.“We are proposing a new field that will benefit the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams equally,” a student from the group argued. Their platform: Women for the WIN.Running and Winning was the theme of the day­ – and the name of the event – an annual workshop held at Monmouth Regional High School, during which high school girls spend a nonpartisan day hearing from women in government before breaking into groups to take on the issues themselves.“Girls don’t always see role models in government,” said Marian Wattenbarger, a member of the American Association of University Woman (AAUW) of Northern Monmouth County who co-chaired the workshop on March 17. “So this is an opportunity.” AAUW, along with The League of Women Voters of Greater Red Bank, the Junior League of Monmouth County and the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah sponsored the event, which is now in its eleventh year.“We started the day with the statistics of how poorly represented women are in government,” said Wattenbarger.That statistic shows that while more than half of the United States population is made up of women, the number of women in elected positions are far surpassed by men, particularly in New Jersey.“It does not reflect us,” said Linda Bricker, a member of the Junior League of Monmouth County and a chairperson on the steering committee for the event. “We’re just not represented the way we should be.”Workshop organizers would like to change that status quo, and they hope this event will inspire young women to take an interest in public life and politics, and give them the confidence to seek out leadership positions.Preparing their arguments for their chosen issue were (clockwise from left) Claire Hayes, 17, of Rumson Fair Haven High School; Rachel Lam, 17, of Middletown High School South; Deja Caton, 16, of Matawan Regional High School, and Shannon Ross, 17, of Ocean Township High School.During the workshop, 60 young women from ten local high schools gathered at Monmouth Regional High School to learn about how to get involved in public life from women who successfully won positions as mayors, councilwomen, county clerks, assemblywomen, state senators and more. Students spent the morning interviewing female leaders, including New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Joann Downey, and Janice Fuller, Chief of Staff for Congressman Frank Pallone, on what it takes to run for office, how to face their fears and overcome challenges and how to choose positions on the issues.The girls then had an opportunity to take a position of their own. Students broke up into small groups for a “Finding Your Voice” exercise during which they chose an issue to be presented to a fictional school board. After taking a position, accounting for the pros and cons of their argument and proposing changes, the teams stood up and campaigned on platforms that included “Less HW=Less Stress,” “Press for Equal Dress,” “Earth Without Art is Just Eh,” and “Less Stress Leads to Success,” among others.“The only thing in common was that the issue was coming before a school board,” said Bricker. “The idea is to pick something in your community, which is your school, decide what your issues are and how you are going to make your argument.”Girls argued, sometimes passionately, for less restrictive dress codes at their schools, more free time to pursue their dreams and personal interests, and proposed a less stressful high school experience for overworked students.One group, arguing for more focus on creativity, asked their “school board” to protect funding for the arts.“We’re asking you to put a spotlight on creativity,” one student said. “Because you can memorize all the words in the dictionary, but if you lack creativity you cannot put them together in a sentence.”For organizers, the group sessions are a key part of the day in helping students from all different backgrounds find common ground and work together on an issue. They asked participating schools to send not the girls who were already in student leadership positions, but the ones who had the potential to lead.At the annual Running and Winning workshop, high school girls were encouraged to “find their voice.”“We look for the girl who, through this type of experience, might find her voice,” Bricker said, noting that her own daughter, who participated in the workshop several years prior, left with the confidence to run for student government at her large university. “We hope this kind of a day might tap into something.”Young women finished the day with a new grasp on the possibilities that lie ahead. Claire Haynes, 16, of Rumson Fair Haven High School said she most enjoyed speaking to women leaders during the morning session.“It made me want to get involved,” Haynes said, of the experience. “And It taught me a lot about local government. I didn’t know too much about it before.”This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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21st Century Cracks: Pacheco, Xabi’s outstanding student

first_imgJon Pacheco (Elizondo, 2001) is an elegant left-handed center back for Real Sociedad who, at just 18 years old (now 19) he earned the confidence of Xabi Alonso to be indisputable as a starter in the subsidiary, who plays in Segunda B, despite the fact that by age he could still compete in the Youth category. In a position in defense as demanding as his, where experience counts more than in other demarcations, the young defender the responsibility of a category like the Second B has not weighed him, where he faces experienced forwards with many hours of flight behind him.Real Sociedad, aware of the enormous potential of this elegant 1.84m defender, made a strong commitment to it last summer: renewed until 2025. A necessary effort if they wanted him to continue in San Sebastían, because Barcelona was behind him. Jose Mari Bakero, a good connoisseur of the Real youth academy, was in talks with his family last year to try to recruit him for the Blaugrana subsidiary. Barça, however, encountered an insurmountable obstacle: the 30 million of its clause. La Real, far from negotiating with Barcelona (something that was not on the table), He negotiated with the player to extend his contract, something they finally got.To his good physique, Pacheco adds great ball handling. His good hitting with his left leg, both short and long, allows him to be very precise in the start from behind, one of the virtues that most attracted Barcelona’s interest. To these technical capacities is added the trade and toughness that he is acquiring with his participation in Segunda B, where he has already played 20 games this year. All this in preparation for their jump to the first team, which will not take long to occur …last_img read more

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Hold your horses: Too early to label Fajardo GOAT

first_imgExplosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Patrombon, Arcilla headline PPS Actifit Open In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Fajardo won his fifth MVP trophy last Sunday, eclipsing the record shared by former San Miguel Beer star Fernandez and long-time Purefoods franchise player Patrimonio.The 6-foot-10 Cebuano also shrugged off GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) suggestions, saying in Filipino the stars that came before him “accomplished more, especially in terms of championships.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCone also said the number of MVP awards does not automatically make one the greatest ever, a tag that has fueled a lot of debates in a team sport like basketball.“You know, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—who is my favorite player—he had six MVPs. But they don’t consider him the best of all time, because [he was] from a different era. Michael Jordan came later, LeBron (James) came later, Bill Russel before all of them. So it’s really difficult [to tell],” he added. Fajardo has also said he shouldn’t be considered the PBA greatest player.“There are legends who came before me,” he said in Filipino. “I think they should be considered as such (GOAT). They played here in the PBA and they have accomplished more, especially in terms of championships.”Fernandez, for example, has won a league record 19 championships.Cone, though, is willing to stand by the claim that Fajardo is the league’s most dominant player.“There’s no doubt. You don’t win five MVPs for nothing. He has been remarkably healthy for all the pounding that he takes. That itself is just worthy of being MVP. That’s another thing Alvin [also] had.“No doubt, right now, June Mar in the last four, five years, has been the most dominant in our league.”The debate is expected to rage on until Fajardo fills out his potential. With at least three to four peak years still ahead of him, Fajardo, if he stays healthy, has what it takes to end his mark by putting the MVP record beyond reach.By then, the debate may finally end.Or not.Cone reminded everyone how far-reaching the definition of “greatest ever” is, bringing up the legend who has had the most impact on the country’s basketball lore. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES June Mar Fajardo with his trophies which includes a fifth PBA MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA’s most decorated coach believes there’s too much history that needs to be weighed and eras that need to be broken down before anyone can award GOAT status to San Miguel Beer star and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo just yet.“I think it’s very difficult to compare eras,” Tim Cone said. “Ramon Fernandez was incredible. I coached Alvin Patrimonio for many years [and] he was incredible.”ADVERTISEMENT While MVP trophies indeed have never been a measure of greatness, the manner by which Fajardo won them is what opened up GOAT discussions: Fajardo collected MVP awards in consecutive fashion.Since entering the PBA, the 29-year-old Fajardo’s lone non-MVP year was his rookie season. His fourth MVP came in his fifth year in the PBA. Fernandez won his fourth MVP award 13 years after his PBA debut while it took Patrimonio almost a decade to collect his four trophies.“June Mar is the greatest of this era—maybe the best all time, but I’m not gonna say anything definitive who’s the best. I don’t have one. They’re all good,” said Cone, who himself is in the conversation when it comes to debates on the greatest PBA coach of all time—he is the only coach to have assembled two Grand Slam seasons.‘Legends before me’“If I say June Mar [is GOAT], then that’s saying something about Mon, that’s saying about Alvin,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT “Probably, maybe he may not be the best player, but the biggest personality? The most important player of all time? [Sonny Jaworski] He won an MVP, I believe… in terms of probably the most important person in the history of our league? It was Jaworski,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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SCI Constructs School for Girls

first_imgSave the Children International, (SCI), one of lead international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Margibi County, has constructed a school building in Kakata, the Margibi capital.SCI Education Project Manager, Augustine Kullie, is quoted as telling the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent, Richard Baysah, that “the Margibi All-Girls School,” built by SCI management, is intended to be  used exclusively for teen mothers and girls in Margibi County.According to Mr. Kullie, the Margibi All-Girls School was constructed under a program called, “Hope for Africa,” and is funded by Save the Children International of South Korea.“Building of the school was also intended to increase girl’s access and improved quality of education for Liberian children, especially girls,” Mr. Kullie said.He observed that there was a very serious issue when it came to girls’ education, due to gender disparity almost at all levels of the society, but mainly beginning with the primary school level.The school building, which is located the main campus of the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI), was constructed at a cost over US$120.000, is built in accordance with the Ministry of Education (MOE) prescribed standard design of schools in Liberia.The newly dedicated school comprises the primary annex, which runs from grade one to fourth grade, and the early childhood development block that is primarily targeting teen mothers whose excuse over the years had been that “there is nobody to take care of our child/children while they are in school.”But with the construction of the Margibi All-Girls School, Mr. Kullie is of the opinion that both the boys and girls will take advantage by helping to significantly address the issue of educational disparity among them.An educational survey shows  the ratio of boys to girls is 50-50, but going beyond the primary level, the ratio of boys to girls indicates that the boys have the advantage to remain in school as compared to girls.Continuing up to grade nine, Kullie said, there is a huge gap in disparity as three or at least five out of 15 girls sometimes remain in school until they complete the secondary education.Quoting the global index survey on girl’s education in 2011 as reported by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) there were 28 million children out of school particularly in sub-Sahara Africa and “more than 50 percent accounted for girls out of school children.”In Liberia, he said, the same UNICEF report indicated that half a million children were out of school, and more than half of that number was again girls.  This, he said, has become an increasing concern to SCI in addressing the huge disparity between boys and girls.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which calls for the reduction in gender disparity by 2005, did not materialize up to 2015, Kullie disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Barbeque fudraiser for single parents in need of support

first_imgThe Centre is already known around the community as a support centre for parents in crisis and unable to meet the needs of their children, whether it is a need for diapers, formula or clothing.“Crisis happens anytime,” Executive Director of the North Peace Pregnancy Centre, Lise Klafsen said.There will be hamburgers, hotdogs and soda at the barbeque and those attending are asked to make any donation they fell appropriate, no matter how small or large.- Advertisement -“You grab a hot dog and a pop, and you decide how much that’s worth to you,” added Klafsen.The event is being held outside the Save On Foods parking lot between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Liverpool line-up v West Brom – NO Sturridge and time to rest Sterling? Good idea?

first_img 1 1 Mario Balotelli is expect to lead the line for Liverpool again West Brom are the league leaders of goals from corners this season with three, and the Baggies look particularly dangerous from crosses as well, so expect Rodgers to stick with Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren, over Kolo Toure and the out-of-favour Mamadou Sakho.Central midfield appears to be an area of concern with Steven Gerrard looking visibly laboured during midweek and doubts over the effectiveness of Lucas Leiva. One of the criticisms levelled at Liverpool surrounds ball retention, and Gerrard is better suited at that aspect than Lucas. This approach could also see Philippe Coutinho drafted in to play a more central role.With Sturridge seemingly set to miss out, Balotelli will be expected to lead the line. Rodgers offered a constructive criticism of the Italian, urging him to ‘do more’ for his team-mates, while he continues to struggle to find the net.Rodgers could opt to give him a strike partner in the shape of Fabio Borini, but we think that he will continue with Adam Lallana in a wide role and perhaps Lazar Markovic in place of Raheem Sterling, who seems in need of a rest, on the opposite side.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against West Brom? Comment below… Their defeat against Basel in the Champions League may have dashed spirits, but Liverpool will need to bounce back in the perfect fashion as they prepare to take on a West Brom side that are on the up.Alan Irvine’s side head to Anfield off the back of two very good victories, and they will certainly fancy their chances against Liverpool on Saturday.Brendan Rodgers has warned against the threat the Baggies will bring, and while he commented on his side’s ‘softness’ as they surrendered in Switzerland, the Kop boss will be confident that his side can finally turn the tide prior to the international break.While questions continue to surround Daniel Sturridge’s fitness, the biggest positive to extrapolate from Rodgers’ pre-match press conference was that there are no new injury concerns.When drawn onto the question of striker’s availability, Rodgers was coy, saying ‘we’ll have to wait and see’, a suggestion that he may be in contention to feature. Whether he does make an appearance is debateable, but it seems almost certain that he will not play a major role on Saturday and that it will be down to Mario Balotelli to lead the line once again.Below is how Liverpool could line-up against West Brom:last_img read more

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Benitez: ‘Not enough’ so far but Newcastle ‘will fight to the last minute’

first_imgRafael Benitez has warned his Newcastle players that the first two games under his charge have shown promise, but “not enough”.The Spaniard saw his side strike late at St James’ Park to avoid a seventh successive derby defeat by arch-rivals Sunderland and snatch a 1-1 draw.However, he remains confident that if the improvement he has seen in his first two games at the helm continues, they can drag themselves out of trouble.When it was suggested to him that the table – which shows the Magpies are three points adrift of safety with eight games remaining – looked scary, Benitez said: “It was scary before.“I am here because I have to give the team confidence and we have to improve things. Again I will say at Leicester, you could see a lot of good things; still not enough. Today in the second half, a lot of good things; not enough.“We have eight games to play and we know they will be incredibly difficult. We know it will be difficult, for sure. I knew before.“We are creating chances, we are attacking and we can be there, so we have to improve this part of the game and create more chances and [Aleksandar] Mitrovic or Papiss Cisse or the other strikers will score more goals and we will be fine.“But I can maybe say that we will have to fight until the last game and the last minute, so we have to do it.” Rafael Benitez is under no illusions about the task ahead at Newcastle 1last_img read more

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DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012

first_imgGALLAGHERThe death has taken place of Philip Gallagher, of The Commins, Killybegs. Removal on Sunday at 12 noon to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mountcharles, for Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.MOORE The death has taken place at Altnagelvin Hospital of William Moore (Willie). Rateen, St Johnston. Funeral tomorrow, Sunday, in Monreagh Presbyterian Church at 2.30pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to the Alzheiner’s Society – C/o Mrs Ruth Haye, 100 Spencer Road, Derry.MOOREJOHNSTONThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Alan Johnston, Burtonport and formerly of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Dublin. Removal from the hospice this (Saturday) afternoon at 3 o’clock going to his home in Burtonport. Funeral arrangements later. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the North west Cancer Group or the Donegal Hospice.JOHNSTON (LONDON) The death has taken place in Hackney, East London of Anthony Johnston, formerly of Rossbeag, Portnoo. Removal from Shovlin’s Funeral Home, Sandfield, Ardara, today at 6.15pm going to St Conal’s Church. Kilclooney,  via Rossbeag and Portnoo, to arrive at 7.15pm. Funeral mass tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 11 o’clock, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.DAVISThe death has taken place at Nazareth House, Fahan of Annie Davis, Ballycrampsey, Malin. Remains reposing at her home. Funeral from there tomorrow, Sunday at 2pm for Service in Lagg Presbyterian Church. Burial afterwards in the adjoining burial ground. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012 was last modified: January 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAYJANUARY 28last_img read more

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Abdallah Mubiru named interim Cranes coach

first_imgMubiru was the man in charge of the 2019 COSAFA Cranes. (PHOTOS/File)MENGO – Police FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru has been handed the task to guide the Uganda Cranes on an interim basis.The tactician replaces Sebastien Desabre who terminated his contract following the Cranes’ exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.The announcement of Mubiru’s appointment was made on on Wednesday, June 10th, at the Federation of Uganda Football Association ( FUFA) weekly press conference.“After an executive meeting, Abdallah Mubiru has been the head coach of the Uganda Cranes on an interim basis. Announced FUFA president Moses Magogo on Wednesday.“He will be in charge for a period of time as we search for a new coach.The Cranes top role fell vacant this past Sunday after Desabre decided to terminate his contract by Mutual Consent.The Frenchman has been the head coach of the Uganda National Men’s football team since December 2017.In his tenure, he guided Uganda at two major tournaments including the 2018 CHAN championships in Morocco and the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Desabre was in charge of the Cranes at two major tournaments.At CHAN, Uganda was eliminated at the group stage after losing two and drawing the other of their three games.For the 2019 AFCON, they finished second in Group A before they were eliminated at the round of 16 after losing to Senegal 0-1.A day after leaving his role with the Cranes, Desabre was unveiled as head coach of Egyptian Premier League side Pyramids FC with whom he signed a two-year deal.Desabre (right) was unveiled as Pyramids FC head coach this past Monday.With the Cranes set to take on Somalia in the CHAN 2020 qualifiers later this month, FUFA had to act quickly and find a temporary replacement for Desabre, thus naming Mubiru.Mubiru who was also in charge of the Cranes team that participated in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa will be assisted by Charles Livingstone Mbabazi along with Sadiq Wassa and Geoffrey Masa.All four were in South Africa last month as the Cranes were eliminated from the competition at the quarter-final stage.At the press conference on Wednesday, it was also announced that applications for the Cranes head role were officially open.It has been a while since a Ugandan was fully in charge of the Cranes and it remains to be seen whether one will take the job but after two Europeans have seen the team make two back to back AFCON appearances, it is likely that the job will be given to another non-Ugandan.Comments Tags: abdallah mubiruAFCON 2019CHAN 2019FUFAMoses MagogoSebastien DesabreSenegaltopUganda Craneslast_img read more

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Terrific Team Illistrin powers through to the CU Schools Quiz Finals

first_imgA bright team of pupils from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin have progressed to the next round of the Credit Union Schools Quiz.The schoolchildren’s quiz was held locally at the Mount Errigal Letterkenny on Saturday, 3rd March 2018.The regional final of the Chapter 1 under 11 category was won by Illistrin NS students Johnny Boyle, Tara Burke, Eoghan McFadden and Matthew Larkin. The brainy team beat off stiff competition from schools across North Donegal and East Derry to progress to the National Finals in the RDS in Dublin on 8th April.Team Illistrin NS with Principal Luke KilcoyneTerrific Team Illistrin powers through to the CU Schools Quiz Finals was last modified: March 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Credit Union Schools QuizIllistrin NSScoil Naomh Fiachralast_img read more

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