Etebo Joins Galatasaray on Loan

first_imgNigeran International, Oghenekaro Etebo has joined Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray on a one year loan deal.The Stoke City player announced his one year loan at Galatasaray on Twitter on Wednesday.“I am very happy to come to such a big and historic club. I thank our president and our vice presidents for their warm welcome. I really felt at home. See you at the championship at the end of the season,”Etebo told the club’s official website. “On this occasion, I would like to thank our President, all technical staff and all our fans for a warm welcome. ”The 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Spanish club Getafe.Etebo joined Stoke City from Portuguese Primeira Liga club CD Feirense in 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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COMMENTARY: Red Bank Charter School

first_imgBy Meredith Pennotti, PrincipalWhen Red Bank Charter School opened its doors in 1997, it was a result of parents and community stakeholders coming together to meet the demand for higher-quality school options than what was available in the public district schools at the time. Since then, Red Bank Charter School has operated with fidelity to the New Jersey Charter School Act of 1995, which requires the school to provide access to an alternative program for the diverse population of every school-age child of Red Bank. The diverse student body and strong school culture provide an optimal environment for learning and social development. Red Bank Charter school outperforms 73% of all (traditional and charter) elementary schools in the state of New Jersey and has been classified as a Tier 1 school by the NJ Department of Education (DOE).Ranked 7th among N.J. charter schools and in the top 25% of Monmouth County public schools, Red Bank Charter School has the potential to offer tremendous opportunity to Red Bank’s children. In order to serve more students, Red Bank Charter School submitted an amendment request to the DOE to educate an additional 200 children in Red Bank with the implementation of a weighted lottery that preferences economically disadvantaged students in order to more-closely represent the Red Bank demographics. We are committed to our community, and every child within it. It is the right of every child to have access to a high-quality education and there is sound evidence to support expansion of our Tier 1, tuition-free, public school. Red Bank Charter School has demonstrated academic achievement and success, it proposes a weighted lottery, parents have a right to choose, facility availability, and financial resources are all factors that support Red Bank Charter School’s expansion.ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTWhile Red Bank Charter School is one of the highest-performing charter schools in the state, we are also one of the smallest. Our size hampers our ability to effect change for Red Bank’s children. Our most recent PARCC data illustrates that Red Bank Charter School students outperformed Borough students in 10 out the 12 PARCC assessments taken in grades 3-8 in 2015 (5 out of 6 in ELA; 5 out of 6 in Math). In Grades 4-7, Red Bank Charter School students more than doubled the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the Math assessment as compared to Red Bank Borough and the 49% of Red Bank Charter School students in grades 3-8 met or exceeded expectations on the ELA assessment. In the first year of PARCC, Red Bank Charter School scored within one point of the statewide average in both ELA and Math and on the previous NJ ASK exams, Red Bank Charter School students not only outperformed district peers, but also outperformed their peers statewide closing the achievement gap.Our desire is not to compare students in one school versus another—although the DOE requires charter schools to outperform district schools in order to remain open and continue educating students—a standard to which no public school is held accountable. Our goal is to ensure that every Red Bank child is provided the academic environment and opportunity to succeed. It is the reason Red Bank Charter School was established in 1997 and why we seek expansion now. The student population of the district has grown and our enrollment is limited to 200 students. Expansion not only serves the children of Red Bank, it also provides needed reprieve to the Red Bank Borough School District which is overcrowded.WEIGHTED LOTTERY & PARENT PREFERENCEEducation should not be left to chance, parents must be free to exercise choice, and educational funding belongs to the student, not the school. Yet, each year Red Bank Charter School is filled to capacity at 200 students with a robust waiting list. The current 200-student cap effectively removes choice from parents and limits the academic impact Red Bank Charter School can have for students in the community. For this reason, we have requested a weighted lottery in our charter amendment. This will allow us to more closely represent the demographics of Red Bank and its resident population and provide economically disadvantaged students with increased opportunity to attend Red Bank Charter School. As educational innovators, it is incumbent upon us to be responsive to parents and children who want to exercise their right to school choice.FACILITIESNew Jersey’s charter schools must finance their facilities out of the monies they receive from their general funding, whereas school districts are provided facilities. This small but important distinction means that the Red Bank Charter School must identify, acquire and pay for any facility it plans to use. Charter schools cannot build new facilities or have a referendum as the district can, which is why the district’s gymnasium is one of the state’s largest and Red Bank Charter School students do not have gymnasium access. We must find and finance all of our land and buildings.Last year, we secured lease space at 135 Monmouth Street for a STEM lab and additional classrooms. Although facilities often present enormous hurdles for many charter schools, Red Bank Charter School is prepared to accommodate a growing population with ample instructional space and sufficient parking. This building will also be able to provide a gymnasium for the students.SUCCESS Red Bank Charter School’s success is evident in its ability to educate students, meet the standards set forth in the Charter School Performance Framework (a state accountability measure), and demonstrate academic, operational, and fiscal excellence. As a result of this success, we have been encouraged and implored to expand to better serve more of Red Bank’s children, and heed the Department of Education’s recommendation to expand for every child in Red Bank.A FINAL WORD ON FUNDINGThe money must follow the student to whichever public school they elect to attend. For students attending Red Bank Charter School, the monies paid by Red Bank Borough to the charter have decreased $128,959 over the past 6 years (source: Red Bank Charter School State Aid Summaries, 2007-2015) and the Charter School saves residents an additional $480,176 that would need to be recouped in the form of a tax levy if the Charter School did not exist (sources: Red Bank Borough Public Schools user-friendly budgets 2007-2015 and Red Bank Charter School State Aid Summaries, 2007-2016).When facility, tax, and budget issues are stripped away, we must fight for the education of every child. The evidence is clear that Red Bank Charter School is prepared and eager to offer alternative public school opportunity to more children in Red Bank. The time for expansion is now. Our goal is to make that option available to more children in Red Bank. Our focus is on children and we believe every child can learn, every child must care about themselves and others, and every child must be engaged in their community.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 17, 2015

first_imgMcLAUGHLIN TRIO HERE FOR OPENING DAY STAKES            World-class trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has three for the money at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26: multiple graded stakes winner Cavorting for the Grade I La Brea Stakes, and undefeated Marking and Watershed for the Grade I Malibu Stakes.All are progeny of Bernardini, three-year-old champion colt of 2006 who stands at Darley Stud in Lexington, Ky. for $100,000. Each is scheduled to breeze Friday morning under the direction of Kiaran’s brother, Neal, who also will saddle the trio on opening day. The horses arrived at Santa Anita last Sunday.The Malibu and the La Brea each offers $300,000 in purse money and will be decided at seven furlongs, the La Brea restricted to three-year-old fillies and the Malibu to three-year-olds.Cavorting, owned by Stonestreet Stables LLC, won the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 8 and the Grade II Prioress at Saratoga Sept. 6, but was an eventful fourth as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland on Oct. 31.“The race shape wasn’t great for her in the Breeders’ Cup,” said Kiaran McLaughlin. “She drew the 14 post position and we thought that would be fine going seven eighths, but she ended up getting shuffled back to last and made a big run while wide to finish a good fourth.“Marking won his only two races easily and is very talented. He was entered in the (Grade I) Cigar Mile (won by Tonalist on Nov. 28) but drew the one post against older horses, so we decided to scratch and go in the Malibu.”Marking broke his maiden by 2 ¾ lengths at Belmont on Sept. 23, then won by 5 ½ at Aqueduct on Nov. 4.“Watershed was fourth in the Kings Bishop,” said McLaughin, 55, who guided the Argentine-bred Invasor to Horse of the Year honors in 2006. “The Malibu is an important race and the timing is good for both horses.”Both colts are owned by Godolphin Racing. Joel Rosario will ride Watershed.“All three horses have adapted well since arriving here,” said McLaughlin’s exercise rider of eight years, Pat Correa, a native of Ecuador, who came in from Palm Meadows in Florida. “They’re feeling good and ate up well. They walked Monday after arriving, galloped Tuesday and will work tomorrow, probably a half-mile for Cavorting and five-eighths for the colts.”First post time opening day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. MATHIS BROTHERS GIVE BOOST TO RACING AT SANTA ANITA            The recently inaugurated Mathis Brothers Mile for three-year-olds on opening day is not only proving popular with horsemen, but the Grade II race with $200,000 in purse money is providing Santa Anita with welcome and wider exposure that could bode well for the future.            The newly inaugurated Mathis Brothers Mile for three-year-olds on Opening Day is not only proving popular with horsemen, but the Grade II race with $200,000 in pursed money is providing Santa Anita with welcome exposure that could bode well for the future.“We are thrilled to continue to grow our Opening Day partnership with Mathis Brothers,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing. “They are sponsoring the race but we’ve also developed a marketing partnership with promotions, contests, and giveaways that drive traffic to Santa Anita as well as the Mathis Brothers’ flagship store just a few miles away in Ontario.“Plus, we love working with people like Bill Mathis who is a horse owner and enthusiastic racing fan. It makes these types of partnerships more fun and generally more beneficial for both companies.”Among others, the Mathis Brothers Mile is expected to attract Ocho Ocho Ocho, who also was being considered for the Malibu.“It wasn’t that it was necessarily an easier spot than the Malibu,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “It was more about his fitness, and with where he’s at right now in that regard, the turf race will be better for him than the dirt. And besides, a mile turf is right up his alley.”Ocho Ocho Ocho, a three-year-old son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, was fourth, beaten a length, in his grass debut, which occurred in his last start, the Penn Mile at Penn National on May 30. KIARAN McLAUGHLIN HAS THREE FOR THE GRADE I MONEYPOPULARITY OF THE MATHIS BROTHERS MILE IS TWO-FOLDCAN EXAGGERATOR TRUMP TEXAS RED IN SAN VICENTE?POPULAR SANTA ANITA WALL CALENDAR FREE OPENING DAY DESORMEAUX EYES SAN VICENTE FOR EXAGGERATORTrainer Keith Desormeaux has an itinerary set for several of his stakes horses, including Exaggerator, winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot.“We’re planning to run Exaggerator in the San Vicente on Feb. 15,” Desormeaux said, speaking of the Grade II, $200,000 race for three-year-olds at seven furlongs, which Desormeaux ran second in last year with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red.“Texas Red is here, but he’s going to need two or three months before he’s ready. Swipe is going to be off for a couple months,” Desormeaux said.“Right There, who won the Landaluce, could go in an allowance race on Jan. 8. Decked Out, who was third in the Grade III Schuylerville at Saratoga last July, might run in the Santa Ynez on Jan. 2.” FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will once again give away its popular full color Wall Calendar free on opening day to all fans at the track with paid admission while supplies last. The theme of the 2016 calendar is “What’s in a name,” describing how some Thoroughbreds come by their peculiar monikers . . . The first 20,000 paid attendees will receive a $100 Mathis Brothers Furniture gift certificate, and the first 5,000 kids 17 and under accompanied by a paid adult will get a plush, mini-Thoroughbred toy, courtesy of the Mathis Brothers . . . Santa Anita will offer an opening day Trackside Package that includes special trackside seating, a free first drink, and an officially licensed American Pharoah T-shirt commemorating the first-ever Grand Slam champion of horse racing. Use promo code PHAROAH for $5 off the package price . . . There will be a $1 million guaranteed pool on the Late Pick 4 opening day, and a $150,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick 6. Each Thursday, Friday and on holiday Mondays, there will be $300,000 guaranteed in the Late Pick 4, and Saturdays and Sundays, it will jump up to $500,000, while the Pick 6 guarantee will remain at $150,000 . . . Bad Read Sanchez, last seen in the Santa Anita Derby, is scheduled to start in the Malibu Stakes under jockey Mario Gutierrez, agent Tom Knust reports . . . Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who could face Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual Stakes, worked five furlongs Thursday for Bob Baffert in 1:00.40 . . . Los Angeles Turf Club Chairman Keith Brackpool has announced that all visitors to Clockers’ Corner throughout the meet will receive their first cup of coffee free, cream and sugar included.last_img read more

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Tourists are main targets at Bourda, Stabroek Markets – Chief Constable

first_imgAs the City Constabulary has branded the Stabroek and Bourda Markets as two criminal hotspots, they are now seen as key areas for tourists and foreigners to be robbed on a daily basis.This is according to the Chief Constable, Andrew Foo, who told Guyana Times during an interview, that many tourists do not report these incidents and as such, the robbers continue plying their trade.“Stabroek and the Bourda are two areas that continue to be prime areas for criminal elements to operate. Based on the fact that you have economic activities for persons who are selling and who are buying. Persons are conducting their trade and in keeping with that, you have key elements every day.”“There’s a trend emerging where I would say what is termed to be ‘soft targets’. They tend to look at persons who may be possibly foreigners or tourists, because, in most cases, when they’re robbed, some don’t make official or formal Police reports. They tend to just leave the country,” he said.Foo noted that while these persons – mostly Cubans and Venezuelans — are the main targets, there are citizens who are marked by these criminals at key locations which are busy throughout the day. He stated that for these incidents to decrease, those who are mugged or robbed must report the offence.“We have information where you have small networks that are operating. We tend to focus on those persons. Sometimes, there are persons who are robbed. Those persons don’t want to pursue matters.”Meanwhile, the Chief Constable also related that the network of robbers usually operated in gangs, using cellphones as the main medium of communication.“They have networks that I believe that they’re utilising because we’re in the age of technology. There are times when these persons are using their cellphones to communicate with each other,” he said.While systems were put in place to monitor these occurrences at all costs, the city lacks Police ranks to carry out these patrols and other functions. Some measures have also been taken to address these issues.“We have a responsibility of ensuring that those areas are kept safe. It’s my desire for there to be an increase in our numbers, so as to ensure that we have effective public safety and security around the municipal locations,” the Chief Constable said.“We’ve been having reports in relation to those activities. Again, in keeping with what we have, we’ve been implementing measures to treat these reports, to have a presence where necessary to arrest and prosecute those persons who are responsible,” he added.last_img read more

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GLENSWILLY MANAGER GARY MCDAID SET TO JOIN RORY GALLAGHER’S BACKROOM TEAM

first_imgGlenswilly manager Gary McDaid is expected to join Rory Gallagher’s backroom team with Donegal.Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid is expected to become part of Rory Gallagher’s backroom team with Donegal.McDaid is regarded as one of the brightest young managers within the county and that has been evidenced by his success at Glenswilly.McDaid has led Glenswilly to two Donegal SFC titles in 2011 and 2013. His attempts to land back-to-back Donegal SFC titles were halted by Maxi Curran’s St Eunan’s side in this year’s final.McDaid also led Glenswilly to the Ulster SFC final last year, but his side were narrowly defeated by Ballinderry.It is expected that Maxi Curran will also be added to Gallagher’s backroom team as he aims to finalize his staff ahead of the forthcoming 2015 season.It is also believed that Gallagher has called up a number of players who he was impressed with during the recent Donegal SFC for a series of trial games over the next few weeks. Those who impress may be blooded in the pre-season Dr McKenna Cup competition before the Allianz National League starts on January 31st.  GLENSWILLY MANAGER GARY MCDAID SET TO JOIN RORY GALLAGHER’S BACKROOM TEAM was last modified: November 19th, 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:donegalDonegal SFCGary McDaidglenswillyHome-page SportnewsRory Gallagherlast_img read more

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‘Jacks win CCAA opener

first_imgHumboldt State University’s volleyball team snapped a 29-game conference losing streak Wednesday night with a win over visiting CSU Monterey Bay at Lumberjack Arena.After falling in the first set 25-15 the ‘Jacks charged back and won the following two sets 25-17 and 25-20.Monterey pushed the final set into extra-frames but the home team held on to win 27-25. Humboldt’s Lenox Loving gave her team match-point with her team-high 15th kill of the night before the ‘Jacks won the final point on a …last_img

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Warriors use 10th starting lineup in unprecedented start to the season

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — In 14 games this season, the Warriors have used almost as many different starting lineups.With guard D’Angelo Russell the latest among a rash of injuries, the Warriors used their 10th unique starting lineup against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Guard Alec Burks will join Glenn Robinson III, rookie forward Eric Paschall, forward Draymond Green and center Willie Cauley-Stein.Last season, the Warriors used a total of 20 different starting lineups, putting into context the …last_img

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CSIR Conference focuses on SMME programmes

first_imgDelegates heard about the growth of and challenges in the industries relating to science and innovation at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s sixth biannual conference in Pretoria.Besides various panel discussions, the CSIR Conference features live demonstrations of CSIR-developed technologies that are benefitting an array of sectors from mining to energy, to aerospace and defence. (Image: CSIR, Facebook)Melissa JavanA total of 181 new permanent jobs were created through 22 enterprises that were supported by the Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) programme of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said Daniel Visser, a speaker at the biannual CSIR Conference.The two-day event, taking place on 5 and 6 October, was held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The theme of the conference was “Ideas that work for industrial development”.CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini said the event celebrated some of the work the council undertook with public and private sector partners to contribute to industrial development.Developing biomanufacturing in South AfricaThe BIDC programme had supported many small-, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa, mostly in Gauteng, said Visser, research and development strategy manager at the CSIR. “The majority of the SMMEs we’ve supported are black owned.”They include OptimusBio, which creates an industrial biologics product; Mamoa Trading Enterprise, which creates a cosmetics product; Sliek, which creates lactose-free products; and Golden Goose, which creates a traditional beverage product.Since 2013, the BIDC has trained 72 interns – between 20 and 25 interns per year. The programme has also created 201 temporary jobs and 20 permanent staff are employed. A total of 75 new products were transferred to enterprises.According to the council, the programme provides access to infrastructure, expertise and skilled human capital. The initiative is in line with the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Policy Action Plan and the Department of Science and Technology’s Bioeconomy Strategy.Biomanufacturing is a small sector, said Visser, although it crossed a lot of industries.South Africa’s global competitivenessThe UK and South Africa had a lot of similarities when it came to the bioeconomy sector, said Kris Wadrop, director of industrial biotechnology and biorefining in that country’s Centre for Process Innovation.He was speaking in the “Industrial development of SMMEs in the bioeconomy sector” session. “What Christo (Fourie) of the Industrial Development Corporation said is applicable to the UK. We seem to be learning and going through the same experiences all over the world.”His company was a bit like the CSIR. “It’s not as big as the CSIR, but it is has four business units.”Wadrop advised that collaborations were very important when it came to bringing an idea to product, and then the product to market. “You need a lot of different skills to get that product to the market. If an SMME only has two staff members, it’s going to be difficult to finish the project (if you do not collaborate with others).”Visser and Wadrop were also on the panel discussion “Local pharmaceutical manufacturing: what can South Africa’s competitive advantage be?”.On that panel, Makekele Sono-Tladi, managing director of Elvema Nutrition, said SMMEs needed to master the route to commercialisation of a product. “You need to educate the consumers before you even take the product to the (shop’s) shelves. You need to introduce the product to the people.“This industry can be booming if we just master the commercialisation route.”Regarding funding, Dr Sibongile Gumbi, founder and CEO of iVac Biotherapeutics, said: “Be strategic in how you are going to get funding. We were fortunate enough to get funding from a private investor.”Ross Norton, chairman of the chemical company SA Bioproducts, said the “Overseas is better than local” mindset of consumers should be addressed. “We should challenge local people who don’t want to buy local goods.”Panel discussion on what role can science, technology and innovation play in industrial development #CSIRconf2017 pic.twitter.com/pQsg1LoUpa— CSIR (@CSIR) October 5, 2017Minister of trade and industry giving the key note address #CSIRConf2017 pic.twitter.com/eRR1v7m8Rk— Green-STEMfoundation (@Green_STEMorg) October 5, 2017Get more children in to the ECD centres #CSIRConf2017 Sizwe Nxasana— Khethiwe Ngema (@KGN9) October 5, 2017What to do with chicken feather waste…interesting applications explained by Prof Bruce Sithole #CSIRConf2017 pic.twitter.com/1GeFPOZB7j— Dr Lorren Haywood (@LorrenHaywood) October 5, 2017Reduce the barriers to access in the biotech industry, especially for startups – Dr Gumbi #CSIRConf2017— Bathong Wena… (@TheeRorisang) October 5, 2017Minister Pandor of @dstgovza compliments @CSIR on 72nd anniversary & challenges experts to drive ‘transformative innovations’ #CSIRConf2017— GrowSA (@GrowSANet) October 5, 2017Source: Council for Scientific and Industrial ResearchWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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You Get What You Pay For. More Or Less.

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Cheap isn’t about value creation. It’s about the absence of value. It’s true that some segment of customers, regardless of any protestations to the contrary, uses price as their primary decision-making criteria. All things being equal, they’re right to choose price. But all things being unequal, buying on price alone is dangerously short-sighted and foolish.Less Than What You Paid ForYou do get what you pay for. But you also get less than what you pay for when your buy on price alone. You get a lower standard of quality when there isn’t enough profit to deliver craftsmanship. You get a lower standard of care when the price doesn’t allow people to give you their time and attention. You lessen the likelihood that you’ll get the outcomes that you really want, and you get less certainty when it comes to risks.You get what you pay for . . . and less. You’ve undoubtedly had this experience, haven’t you?More Than You Paid ForA higher price doesn’t automatically translate to a greater value creation, but much of the time it’s a darn useful heuristic. A higher price is normally the result of greater value creation. Things cost more because they produce a better result, a better experience, a better outcome. It costs more to deliver craftsmanship. It costs more to deliver a greater level of care. It takes more time and energy.You’ve had this experience too, haven’t you? You’ve been thrilled or delighted with the surprise of buying something that completely exceeded your already high expectations.Battle Lines Being DrawnRight now, commercial markets are drawing lines.There are those who believe that everything is transactional. Their goal is to drive costs out of the business, disintermediate the middle man, and pass those savings off to their clients.There are others who believe that there are customers and clients who are willing to pay more for something of greater value. Instead of trying to find a way to cut costs from the business, their goals are to make the necessary investments to create greater value.You get what you pay for. More or less. And so do your clients. What does that mean about who you are and what you sell?last_img read more

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Schoolgirl who cried over felled trees made Manipur green ambassador

first_imgThe Manipur government has appointed a nine-year-old girl as the State’s green ambassador, less than a week after a video of her crying for two trees axed for a road-widening project went viral.An order from H. Balkrisna Singh, Manipur’s Director of Information and Public Relations, on August 7 said Elangbam Valentina Devi of Hiyanglam Makha Leikai in Kakching district had been made the brand ambassador for the Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission and all official tree-plantation activities taken up in the State.This, the order said, was in recognition of her immense love and affection for trees and for generating mass awareness on conservation of the environment for a “period of one year from the date of issuing the order.”A Class V student of Amutombi Divine Life English School in Kakching town, about 45 km southeast of Manipur’s capital Imphal, she had planted the saplings of two Gulmohar (royal poinciana) trees by the side of a river when she was in Class I. She had been tending to the saplings, which grew up into healthy trees in about four years.On Saturday, the two trees, along with other vegetation, were axed for a project to widen a road beside the river. A videographer filmed her crying over the trees.“I saw the video of this girl crying like anything, as if someone very near to her had passed away. Her feeling for two felled trees, which we adults would probably not think much about, moved me. I asked Yengkhom Victoria, the district’s Superintendent of Police to meet her, console her and give her at least 20 saplings to plant at a suitable place,” Manipur’s Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren told The Hindu on Thursday.But he felt this was not enough.“Later, I realised there could not be a better ambassador than her for the Green Manipur Mission we had launched in June. Her passion for trees at such a young age was so infectious that I took a decision to have an order issued and hand it over through government officials to her,” he said.The order says Valentina, the daughter of Elangbam Premkumar Singh, will be part of all such advertisements and campaigns that promote an increase in Manipur’s green cover. “She will be provided honorarium at government rates, transportation facilities, food and lodging facilities at admissible rates by the sponsoring government department,” the order said.last_img read more

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