Self-balancing scooters, commonly known as hoverboards, are now banned from on-campus residence halls and university-owned housing, according to an email to students sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry Thursday evening.“Due to the recent fire concerns surrounding hoverboards … the University has decided to prohibit their use and possession in University owned residence halls, apartments and houses,” Carry said in the email.There have been several documented incidents of the lithium-ion batteries inside hoverboards exploding, in some cases leading to extensive property damage. Just last month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission sent a letter to manufacturers and distributors of hoverboards in which they said, “Consumers risk serious injury or death if their self-balancing scooters ignite and burn.” According to the letter, between Dec. 1, 2015 and Feb. 17, 2016, the CPSC received 52 reports of scooter fires resulting in $2 million of property damage.The decision to ban the scooters at USC was made in consultation with USC Student Affairs, Housing, Environmental Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Department of Public Safety and Risk Management, according to the email. Carry said in the email that this ban was made in order to protect students and prevent property damage.“There will be no penalty [for possessing a hoverboard],” Carry said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “Think of it this way: in our residence halls, we don’t allow candles. They’re a fire hazard; if you light it, you can burn the building down. Similarly, we won’t allow hoverboards in the residence halls.”To enforce the ban, Residential Assistants will be making sure that residents are not using hoverboards in the dorms, according to Carry. But Carry also said that RAs will work with students to either get rid of their hoverboards or store them safely.“The RAs will work with the students to either ship the hoverboards back home or store them elsewhere,” Carry said.John Landi, a senior studying communication and business, agreed with the ban.“It’s acceptable to ride [a hoverboard] on campus, but when you have them in the residence halls, it’s very unnecessary,” Landi said. “I don’t see why they’re even in residence halls in the first place. They have a tendency to explode and catch fire.”Carry reiterated that — despite still allowing use of hoverboards on campus — the ban is a student safety issue.“What’s the trade off? We’re trying to prevent a residence hall of 600 students from burning down,” Carry said.
Vice Chancellor of the University of West Indies (UWI) Professor Hilary Beckles says regional governments are clearing arrears to the institution.During a press conference on Thursday at the UWI’s Cave Hill campus in Barbados, Beckles said progress is being made in recouping millions of dollars. He revealed the selection made by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders for Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St. Kitts Nevis to negotiate settlement of the receivables with fellow prime ministers was working well. “In the last four months, Prime Minister Harris has spoken to all the Prime Ministers. He has put in place a system where his office is engaging all of them to speak about how to get these receivables made available to the UWI.Significant strides made “So far he has made significant strides. A number of countries, especially in the Eastern Caribbean [have] paid significant blocks of revenue into to us as a result of his shuttle diplomacy,” Sir Hilary disclosed.Beckles noted that although Barbados is experiencing serious economic challenges, it is treating the money owed to the university as a national debt with a pledge never to renege on its financial obligation Performing assets accepted The Vice Chancellor noted that the methodology which the university had presented to the Government leaders proposed that where they could not give cash, performing assets would suffice to strengthen the UWI’s balance sheets and improve future revenues.“After his engagement with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister [Keith] Rowley, who is a great supporter of this… in fact, in that meeting with the heads, Prime Minister Rowley is one of those who said “we have to make good… our financial relations with the UWI.”Sir Hilary told reporters that Rowley also signed an agreement with the university to transfer a brand new state-of-the-art public hospital in East Trinidad as a performing asset.The UWI Vice Chancellor also said that other Caribbean countries are working through other strategies.He also disclosed that the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne has committed to writing a cheque every month for the next six months to the university. read more
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington wrestling team went up to Circle Thursday and secured a 45-18 victory. The Crusaders complete an undefeated Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV season – the first league championship since 2005.Individual scores with Wellington wrestlers listed were:106 – Tim Schmidt won by forfeit.113- Double forfeit.120 – Blake Bale lost 13-11 in overtime.126 – Caden Heacock lost 7-1.132 – Andrew Wolff won by forfeit.138 – Nick Reyes lost by fall.145 – Nick Hawkins lost 9-7.152 – Shane Hughes lost 7-5.160 – Braden Struble won by forfeit.170 – Aaron Schoemann won 3-2.182 – Drake Alcorn won by forfeit.195 – Ian Groom won by forfeit.220 – Jace Lowe won by forfeit.285 – Miguel Lujan won by forfeit.Wellington will participate in the Remington tournament on Saturday before preparing for the Class 4A Regional in Rose Hill next Friday and Saturday.â€”â€”â€”â€” In other news, the Wellington Middle School wrestlers were victorious at home with a 72-33 victory over Haysville and a 72-28 win over Prairie Hills.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments read more
LFA president, Mustapha RajiIt appears the Liberia Football Association, under the leadership of Mustapha Raji, is leaving no stone unturned on transparency and accountability.The latest revelation, which has highlighted his good governance drive, was the full disclosure of income generated from Liberia’s matches in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Samuel Kanyon Doe sports complex in Paynesville.According to Raji, US$7,620 was generated from the match against Congo-Brazzaville, which Liberia won 1-0 on October 16, 2018, due to a free gate declared by Chief Patron of Sports, President George Weah.A 10 percent tax of US$726.20 was paid to the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), while US$381 was paid to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as its five-percent share, which should have actually been US$1,800 depending on the gate intake.Gatekeepers were paid US$1,846, bringing the balance to US$4,631, which was deposited into the national team’s account.“We used the balance funding to support our national team’s training program,” Raji told a news conference on 18 January.A total of US$36,792 was generated from the match with Zimbabwe on 18 November 2018 with the support of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and other security forces.This amount, according to Raji, would have swelled further if not for the production of fake tickets by dishonest individuals.A fine of US$2,500 was paid to CAF for Liberia’s withdrawal from the West African Football Union (Wafu) under-17 championship in Senegal in September 2018.A CAF five-percent share of US$1,839 was also paid from the gate intake.A 10 percent tax of US$3,679.20 was paid to LRA while the sports ministry received US$7,358.20 as its share.A counterfeit note of US$100 was detected while the balance US$23,815 was deposited in the team’s account at Ecobank.“We are using that balance to provide support to our national team. They are currently undergoing training ahead of the crucial match away to DR Congo.“So we are using that money for feeding, transportation and medical. We used that same money to purchase a vehicle for the national team coach,” Raji explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more