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first_imgOpen ArmsBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarIt took many soft hearts like flying cottonThat welcomes the broken and in painsRoom and board for a common strangerWith no known story of if a ghost or realGood hearts brought forth a blissful unionFree to many weary meals fixed with praysAs was told they reflect a good SamaritanOpen ArmsIt will not take away from you but raiseThat perfumes a desolate desperate soulRoom for wisdom free just desire humilityWither quickly as vapor for failure to learnGoodness as grease flows perpetuallyFreedom looms richly near airy fingersAppease any with a warm wide welcomeOpen ArmsDiscourage But Not DefeatedBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarHave the zest to be a force to compete withFaint from the shame that played out beforeLet it loose for you are not the first to stumbleEars fill of the echoes of the many versionsStill and focused to make the win before allWill not easily let go of my dreams plus wantsSurely…..Discouraged But Not DefeatedGot energy to trample those nagging pestsSome with fans of wicked edges that woundsLuring innocent hearts so frail not to rise againSet back by chance still too weak to stand upEnlightened by a touch so divine it lifts higherShall not be dissuaded by the market place noisePurely….Discouraged But Not DefeatedMorning MistBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarMorning MistRefreshing gust of heavens dewSoothing the age lines of yesterdayOn my color coated working faceThe cool morning rain sprinkledMoist stringed droplets right on meA glass hand that hangs on the windDoused my day in calm and beautyI glee for the chance to fell the MasterMorning Mist  REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM NAH DIXONBy Togba-Nah TipotehYou, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Godly SonHailed from the County of RivercessAs a Child of God and nothing lessThe Rivercess of peopleWho are in body feebleBecause they smell their wealthTorturing their daily health Yet they do not taste their wealthTo build up their daily healthYes, the people do not tasteWhat few others use as wasteThis too is the Country called LiberiaWith all of its malariaThe Country of Smell No TasteWhere big shots are in no hasteTo end the massive povertyThat is still Liberia’s realityThen enters you, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Rivercess SonWith a running visionSet on a burning visionNot for yourself But for otherself Starting a long time ago Exactly some fifty years ago You built the School for the Deaf and Dumb While few others damaged Liberia with their bomb Seeing the people starving When few others were greeding You, ArchBishop William Nah Dixon A Rivercess Son Set out to Feed The People No matter how feeble Then the Civil War came With no better name, it came And made Liberia worse Giving Liberia a curse Then you, ArchBishop William Nah Dixon> A Patriotic Rivercess Son Joined hands with other patriotic Liberians Taking action together as Muslims and Christians To put an end to the Civil War With the people saying NO MORE WARWE WANT PEACE PEACE WITHOUT CEASE You, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Peaceful Rivercess Son Set on a Peace Mission  Directly by your Godly Vision Spoke on the radio wave With the voice to you that God gave This was the voice of the people No matter how feeble The voice that brought Liberia to a standstillWithout any violent societal illOn January 10, 1997With Blessings from HeavenOpening up the People’s GateBringing in Liberia’s most democratic event to dateAs over one million Liberians stayed homeThey were no where in the streets to roamThey stayed home, voting for peace over warAnd the Civil War ended, as we all sawNow, let us memorialize ArchBishop William Nah DixonA  Patriotic Rivercess SonBy taking action together for justiceWithout any form of prejudiceBecause it is only justice that brings peaceThe peace that comes without cease Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Herman named Teacher of Year

first_imgHe teaches Advanced Placement calculus and algebra and serves as an instructional coach. Principal Stacy Bryant said Herman is a “forward-thinking” teacher who believes every child can learn. “He believes it is his job to take a student from where they are at in their ability and move them forward. He meets the child wherever they are at,” Bryant said. Bryant recalled her first encounter with Herman four years ago when she visited his freshman algebra class. “He was doing his first day’s speech to the class. It was a bunch of freshmen and they were scared to death,” Bryant said. “He said, `You will not fail this class. I will not let you. I will do everything I can to help.’ PALMDALE – A 23-year veteran in education, Highland High School math instructor Eric Herman never meant to make teaching a career. When he took his first job at a Los Angeles junior high school, where he taught in a wood shop because there was no classroom available, his plan was to make enough money to go to graduate school and study history. “I fell in love with teaching after that first year of teaching and decided that’s what I was going to do,” said Herman, 45, of Quartz Hill. Herman, who last week was named Antelope Valley Union High School District’s 2007 Teacher of the Year, began teaching at Highland 17 years ago when the school opened. “He has turned a lot of people into lovers of math, and the kids love him.” Former student Mario Salguero, who graduated in 2004, said Herman’s “passion to see you learn and understand the subject matter is what sets him apart in my memory, and causes me to regard him as one of the best teachers I had in 12 years of schooling.” Math department chairman for a decade until two years ago, Herman also is credited with getting teachers to give common assessments, which helped determine student performance levels and improve achievement. As a result, students’ pass rates on the math portion of the high school exit exam went from 46 percent the first time they took it to 78 percent the following year. To get students, especially those who struggle, to learn math, Herman said, a teacher has to break the cycle of failure. “The kids who don’t like math generally don’t like it because they haven’t been successful. You have to teach them to believe first they can be successful,” Herman said. With some freshmen performing at just a fourth-grade level in math, Herman said his goal is to start them at a low enough level that they can succeed. “They can take home a paper with an `A’ on it to show Mom and Dad. It makes them want to come back the next day. It takes humor and human contact,” Herman said. The son of a preschool teacher and a mechanical engineer, Herman grew up helping other kids with their math and history homework. The pattern continued in college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he majored in history. After graduation, he needed a job and was hired at a job fair by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which had a math teacher shortage. “I showed up. They said, `You’re breathing,’ and that’s how I got started,” Herman said. He began at Virgil Junior High in downtown Los Angeles, where his brother also taught. “That’s where I really learned how to teach,” Herman said. His classroom was a wood shop, and lessons were interrupted when someone would come in, turn on the buzz saw and cut a piece of wood. Herman’s wife, Laura, taught calculus at Highland before becoming vice principal at Quartz Hill High School. The couple have two sons, Nathan, 13, and Daniel, 12. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Sweden boss baffled by Ibrahimovic talk

first_imgSweden Sweden boss Andersson: It’s unbelievable we’re talking about Ibrahimovic Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:52 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ibrahimovic-cropped Getty Images Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy v Sweden Italy WC Qualification Europe The striker dominated post-match talk, but the manager preferred to focus on the players who sealed Sweden’s World Cup berth A baffled Janne Andersson dismissed talk of former captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming out of retirement to re-join Sweden after the country qualified for the 2018 World Cup at the expense of Italy.Sweden produced a gritty defensive effort to hold four-time world champions Italy to a goalless draw in Milan on Monday — securing a 1-0 aggregate victory.Sweden 66/1 to win World Cup 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 It was a win that defied the odds and condemned Italy to miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958, but talk quickly turned to the possible return of Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer Ibrahimovic, who walked away from international football following Euro 2016.The 36-year-old Manchester United striker — who has not played since April due to a knee ligament injury — dominated the post-match news conference, but Sweden head coach Andersson preferred to focus on the group of players who sealed the country’s passage to Russia next year.We are Zweden pic.twitter.com/rDXzRImev4— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2017″This is incredible! This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him,” Andersson told reporters post-match.”Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.”On the match itself at San Siro, Andersson added: “What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the play-offs.”We have many heroes tonight. I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result.””When Ibrahimovic was here with us we played a different style of football,” he continued. “Considering that he has decided to leave international football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style.”last_img read more

Moodys Downgrades CMA CGM due to Weakened Liquidity

first_imgzoomImage by Navingo The corporate family rating of French shipping major CMA CGM was downgraded to B2 from B1 amid the company’s weakened liquidity profile, according to rating agency Moody’s.Additionally, CMA CGM’s probability default rating was set to B2-PD from B1-PD, senior unsecured ratings were downgraded to Caa1 from B3, while the outlook was changed to stable from negative.“Today’s rating action reflects that CMA CGM’s liquidity profile has weakened materially in the last 12 months as a consequence of the acquisition of CEVA Logistics AG, although expected by Moody’s to improve somewhat in 2020,” Daniel Harlid, Assistant Vice President — Analyst and lead analyst for CMA CGM, said.The downgrade of CMA CGM’s rating follows the acquisition of CEVA Logistics, that together with the a large capex programme and difficult, albeit stable, market environment has and will continue to put pressure on the company’s liquidity profile.Given Moody’s base case, where the free cash flow generation of the company leaves very limited room for debt reduction, Moody’s now expects adjusted debt/EBITDA to be sustained above 5x and adjusted FFO Interest coverage to be sustained below 3x during the next 12-18 months.Moody’s notes that CMA GCM has historically shown “good access to capital and that there is some optionality when it comes to delay capex which would improve the current liquidity profile.”Also, Moody’s understands the company is planning to sell a minority stake in Ceva and divest terminals, both of which would improve liquidity.Nevertheless, the rating action reflects that available liquidity has decreased substantially since June 2018, when the company had USD 1.6 billion of cash on balance sheet and USD 1.2 billion of undrawn RCFs. This is in stark contrast with the liquidity position in June 2019, consisting of USD 1.5 billion (of which USD 270 million is at a Ceva level) and only around USD 280 million in undrawn RCFs.As Moody’s currently have a stable outlook on the container shipping sector, expectations on CMA CGM’s operating performance for the next 12-18 months reflects volumes growing with low single digits coupled with some further improvements in operating expenses per TEU (excluding bunker costs).This translates to a Moody’s-adjusted EBIT margin in the range of 3.5%-4.0% and Moody’s-adjusted debt/EBITDA of 5.6x-5.1x. The stable outlook is also based on a successful divestment of terminals for a total amount of at least USD 500 million.last_img read more