Protesters demanding the immediate resignations of the Minister of Education and the Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) stormed the grounds at the Ministry of Education yesterday.The protestors were teachers who told journalists that they are demanding the resignations of Minister George K. Werner and Superintendent Benjamin Jacobs because Werner’s educational reform has failed, besides his dismissing teachers and that Jacobs’s educational qualifications are questionable.Spokesman Cyrus T. Kortu said the protesting teachers were from the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association, the National Teachers Association of Liberia, and other local teachers’ unions.Mr. Kortu said they are demanding Minister Werners’ resignation because of his role in bringing the Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the introduction of the Bridge Academies that he said lacks what it takes to reform the Liberian school system.‘’The Public Private Partnership is now collecting over L$3000 per student in the primary level and there are many unqualified teachers teaching our children,” Mr. Kortu said.According to him, Bridge Academies, the foreign private education company the government has outsourced the education system to, has no success story in all the countries it has served.Mr. Kortu is the president of the MoE Scholarship Program at the William V. S. Tubman College of the University of Liberia. He said Minister Werner lacks leadership skills and Supt. Jacobs lacks quality academic credentials to manage education in the country.Ms. Susan P. Nagbeh, a member of the MCSS Teachers Association, said once there is no satisfaction for everyone in all the sectors, including education, there will be no peace.‘’We will make sure that all government school teachers lay their chalk down until Werner and Jacobs resign,’’ Nagbeh said. “Many children are not going to school due to Bridge Academies’ policies which is a great violation of their human rights.”Responding to the teachers concern, acting Communications Director at the Ministry of Education, Mr. J. Shannor Goe, said the teachers are at liberty to express their feelings but should understand that Minister Werner is not the problem in the education reform process.‘’It is unfortunate that the teachers are demanding the resignation of the Minister. Minister Werner is working with specific mandates and if he should go it must be based on his violation of those mandates,’’ he said.Mr. Goe further said that reform is not a unilateral decision of Werner but the government in line with plans within the international best practices.He admitted that Bridge Academies failed in Kenya and Uganda but said “it does not mean they can also fail in Liberia.”On students not enrolled in school due to Bridge’s policy of having a minimum size of students in a classroom, Mr. Goe said the choice is for parents to send their children to other schools.The aggrieved teachers, who termed yesterday as day one of their peaceful protest vowed not to stop until Werner and Jacobs resign from their jobs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials at Brooke Army Medical Center are concerned about the prospect that one or more San Antonio-area hospitals will develop a new trauma center, a move likely to cut into patient loads at Brooke’s emergency room and hamper its medical training mission. Brooke, located on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, serves as a training hub for combat physicians. Its emergency room logs 80,000 visits a year — 80 percent of them civilians, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Last week, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Johnson, Brooke’s commanding general, told the San Antonio City Council that plans by two local hospitals to build trauma centers would threaten medical readiness and the quality of care at Brooke.“I think how I would describe the risk is our ability, as the [DOD’s] only Level I trauma center, it is the jewel for where trauma training can take place,” Johnson said. “There is no other place in the DOD that can do it. So, if we were to lose the ability to train trauma, and sustain medical skills inside of trauma, our providers, our health professionals, would no longer be able to, on Day One, be able to meet our nation’s needs in a deployed setting.”A top executive with University Health System, which operates the only other Level 1 trauma center in San Antonio, echoed Johnson’s concerns. “We should not underestimate this warning,” Dr. Bryan Alsip, University’s executive vice president and chief medical officer, told the council. “If our community cannot provide the commitment necessary to defend BAMC’s ability to maintain their mission readiness, our nation’s leaders will not hesitate to find another location that will be happy to welcome our military medical infrastructure.”On Thursday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other council members expressed concern that the threat to trauma care at Brooke could jeopardize the medical training mission in San Antonio in a future BRAC round. They said they opposed expansion of trauma facilities by other hospitals, and the council approved a resolution supporting Brooke’s mission.
(NOTE: CLASS has a location in Wilmington at 50-T Concord Street.)LAWRENCE, MA — CLASS, a nonprofit in Lawrence that provides services to people with disabilities, recently announced that Alfred J. Frugoli has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the organization.Frugoli, who joined CLASS three years ago as chief operations officer, succeeds Robert Harris, who retired after 38 years with CLASS, having served as president and CEO since 1990.“This is the perfect time for Al Frugoli to become CLASS’s next chief executive officer,” said board chair Timothy Allen. “We’ve selected a very strong leader at a time when CLASS is in a very strong position. Our next president and CEO needs to be capable of accelerating what already is working very well for CLASS, and recognizing what needs to change in order to respond to present economic conditions.“As CLASS’s chief operations officer for two years, Al capably translated mission and vision to programming and services, staff training, and team building to drive results. He is a champion of the CLASS culture and has an incredible ability to inspire, energize, and connect with individuals in CLASS programs, employees, partners and collaborators, and local businesses.”Frugoli helped lead and execute the organization’s “2020 Vision” strategic plan, including expansion of a program that supports adults with dual diagnoses of mental health challenges and an intellectual or developmental disability. He also is a key architect of the company’s strategy for employment services, which supports adults with disabilities on job searches, job matching, and continuing career services.“The future that lies ahead for CLASS is enormous, and the opportunity to lead this next chapter is incredibly exhilarating. At a time when nonprofits are facing more disruption and financial challenges than we’ve ever encountered, I couldn’t be more confident in our ability to persevere, or more honored to lead CLASS into the future,” said Frugoli.Before joining CLASS Frugoli was the site manager for Element Care in Methuen, where he led a team of managers and staff through the state and federal approval process for a new PACE center and integrated operations of an existing adult day health center acquired by Element Care to become a blended ADH/PACE Center.Frugoli began his career in 1995 at Seven Hills Family Services in Worcester County, where he held progressively responsible positions leading up to area director, managing programs of family and respite supports, shared living, self advocacy, and other supports.Frugoli holds a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services from Springfield College and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Worcester State University.During his tenure, Harris expanded CLASS from an organization with $100,000 in annual revenue to its current $12 million, employing 170, and originally serving 14 people to its current enrollment of more than 450 families from the Merrimack Valley and northeastern Massachusetts.In 2003, Harris established CLASS as an affiliate of The Arc, as the Arc of Greater Lawrence, to strengthen the agency’s advocacy for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.Founded in 1976 as the Citizen’s League for Adult Special Services, CLASS today provides employment, autism services support, day habilitation, community based day services, family resources and advocacy, adult family care, clinical & case management support, and transportation services.(NOTE: The above press release is from CLASS, Inc. via Mass Non-Profit News.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s CLASS Inc. Receives $200,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Community”BUSINESS BRIEF: Lowell Five Bank Pledges $30,000 To Strongwater FarmIn “Business”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 1)In “5 Quick Questions”
See All I’m heartbroken about what’s happening in my country. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. It’s time for good people with different views to stop finger pointing and come together to address this violence for the good of our country.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 4, 2019 reading • Tim Cook slams ‘insanity’ of US inactivity on gun violence after two mass shootings Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Post a comment Share your voice Tags Tech Industry Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tim Cook Apple 0 Apple Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier A shooting Saturday at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, initially killed 20 people and wounded more than two dozen. On Monday morning, another victim died, bringing the death toll to 21. A shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, left 9 dead and 27 injured.Cook is no stranger to voicing criticism of government activity he sees as detrimental to the US. In 2017, Cook spoke up against President Donald Trump’s effort to close the US to immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, telling employees in a memo that, “It is not a policy we support.”A year earlier, Cook was among more than 90 business executives who spoke out against a North Carolina law that would force transgender students to use school toilets “inconsistent with their gender identity.”The number of mass shootings across the US so far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group. There have been 251 mass shootings in the US this year as of Sunday, which was the 216th day of the year, according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks every mass shooting in the country.Originally published Aug. 4 at 12:57 p.m. PTUpdate, Aug. 5 at 9:40 a.m. PT: Updates the death toll in El Paso. Apple CEO Tim Cook said he’s “heartbroken” by US legislators’ inactivity on gun violence. Josh Miller/CNET Apple CEO Tim Cook said Sunday he’s “heartbroken” by the “insanity” of legislative inactivity regarding gun violence in the US after two mass shootings in two cities within 24 hours left 30 dead.”I’m heartbroken about what’s happening in my country,” Cook said in tweet Sunday. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. It’s time for good people with different views to stop finger pointing and come together to address this violence for the good of our country.” Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? •