Foreign Service Students Push for Updated Library

first_imgStudents of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are requesting an updated library that would help keep them informed.The students’ request was raised during the time of their recently held election which bought into power Roger T. Suah as president; Paula L. Mcborough as vice president, Julius Kanubah as secretary general; Deddeh Tokpah as financial secretary; Theresa N. Perwehn as Treasure and Alfreda Sambola Tozay as Chaplain.The election chairman, Alfred W. Nyanaso, said in an interview that students raised concerns during the campaign about having the needed books on hand for their use.“Although there are books in the library, it needs to be upgraded with the latest books to help students have access to recent information,” Mr. Nyanaso said.In addition to the need for books, Mr. Nyanaso said students are also concerned about the relationship existing between the Foreign Service Institute and the Ministry of Internal Affairs; the relationship between the Foreign Service Institute and Liberian diplomats abroad, and between the Institute and foreign diplomats serving in Liberia.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an interview on Sunday, April 6, the president-elect, Roger T. Suah, said while there are books in the library, they still lack books published by Liberian writers about the country’ foreign service.He said because of the lack of Liberian written textbooks, they do not have much information on Liberian Foreign Service.He noted that as he and his co-workers take the leadership position, they would consult with the entire student body to identify challenges in the institution and embark on finding solutions to solve them.On the issue of relationships, the newly elected Foreign Service Institute’s president said he would strategize means to ask administration to bring in foreign mission guests serving in Liberia to have lecture series with the students.He said this would help them gain some intellectual capacity to enhance their understanding in diplomatic missions.He further indicated that the career in Foreign Service is not about becoming a rich man, but a matter of passion and serving one’s country.The Foreign Service Institute student election on April 5 was monitored by members of the National Elections Commission.A representative of NEC at the election told the students that the process was important. He said in spite of many people’s education, they still cannot easily understand the processes associated with elections.The representative said having elections in an institution like the Foreign Service is important because it allows people to understand the electoral process from the grass roots.There were 43 students that registered to partake in the election, while 41 cast ballots.Conductors of the election praised the process and said students exercised maturity at all levels without commotion or discontentment over results.Gabriel L. Dennis of the Foreign Service Institute is in a post graduate program in the Foreign Ministry that trains Liberians in Foreign Service and diplomacy.Enrollment requires that a person obtains his/her first university degree, receives police clearance and undergoes three testing sessions (multiple choice, essay and a face to face interview) before admission based on the result.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

One month later, M&CC still awaiting “green light” from MPI

first_imgOne month after the Town Clerk announced that the commencement of the Stabroek Market wharf’s restoration is awaiting the “green light” of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green said she is reiterating the same.Chase Green told Guyana Times that the Council was unable to carry out the project on its own and so the assistance of the Public Infrastructure Ministry was solicited. However, they are yet to give the “go ahead” for construction to begin at the deteriorated structure.“We’re working with the Ministry of Infrastructure. City Hall alone cannot do it. We’re doing works with the Ministry of Infrastructure and it will be looked at, at the earliest opportunity,” she related.At the beginning of the year, Town Clerk Royston King had announced that there will be a “massive upgrade” at the facility.However, when this publication visited the area on Monday last, no work had yet commenced and vendors registered their disappointment at the delay in restoration.Meanwhile, during the latter part of June, King had declared that the Mayor and City Council requested the assistance of the Public Infrastructure Ministry and is still waiting on the “go ahead” to begin the rehabilitation on the Stabroek Market Wharf.King acknowledged the deterioration of the wharf and so related that preparations are being made to have the vendors relocated, while further highlighting that the market office will be temporarily transferred to the Kitty Market.Vendors at the Stabroek Market wharf and its environs have complained bitterly about the condition of the facility where they have to ply their trade.last_img read more

31 women trained in early childhood development

first_imgThirty-one women on Friday graduated from First Lady Sandra Granger’s Early Childhood Development Workshop, at a simple ceremony hosted in the Baridi Benab at State House. The workshop, the second and final one of its kind for 2018, drew participants from the Buxton Day Care Centre, the Central Islamic Organisation, the St John Bosco’s Orphanage, Women Across Differences (WAD), the Office of the First Lady and from as far as Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).Graduates of the Early Childhood Development Workshop proudly display their certificates at State House. Also in photo are Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, Patrice LaFleur and Secretary General of the Guyana Red Cross Society, Dorothy FraserSecretary General of the National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Patrice La Fleur, who delivered the feature remarks, lauded the First Lady for starting the initiative.  “We are quite aware that many parents, mothers and fathers are unaware of the importance of the early stages of development of children, hence there is now education for parents, childcare workers etc, providing information of its importance and what parents, teachers and other caregivers must address in their interaction with children,” she said.Secretary General of the Guyana Red Cross Society (GRCS), Dorothy Fraser AA, expressed similar sentiments, noting that the First Lady has done tremendous work to foster the development of women and girls in Guyana.  “She continues to give support and guidance and seeks to helps find ways to increase knowledge and experience and development of our women… She really has gone all the way to make sure young women are able to develop and grow and do a great job in moving forward,” Fraser said.Meanwhile, the graduates said they were overjoyed to have completed the intense programme.  Anecia Austin, who hails from Boerasirie, West Coast Demerara, said the workshop has helped her to recommit to her goal of becoming a physiologist.To date, over 150 women have graduated from the Early Childhood Development Workshop, which is a joint collaboration between the Office of the First Lady and the Social Protection Ministry. This is the fifth workshop held from the inception of the programme. Graduates must complete all components of the three-week long programme, which includes two modules of Early Childhood Development training and one module of First Aid, which is conducted at the GRCS.last_img read more

Privacy Commissioner slams Province for deleting emails regarding Highway of Tears

first_imgCommissioner Denham reportedly also found breaches in both the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Premier’s office, and has handed over a file to the RCMP.Advertisement The “Highway of Tears” murder story, one the biggest tragedies in the history of this region along a 450 mile stretch of Highway 16 is back in the news headlines.It involves more than four decades of unsolved deaths and disappearances of young women from Prince George to Prince Rupert between 1969 and 2011.While police list the number of victims, at nineteen, aboriginal organization estimates, include women who disappeared greater distances from the highway, and they run into the forties.- Advertisement -Among them was an 18-year-old Hudson’s Hope victim, who was last seen in 1970 by two other women, who gave her a ride, and then dropped her off, at the gates of Tompkins Ranch, between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope.Now, BC’s Privacy Commissioner has handed over a file to the RCMP after a former government staffer admitted to triple deletion last November of government emails requested under Freedom of Information related to the Highway of Tears case.Elizabeth Denham launched her investigation after former Ministry of Transportation staffer Tim Duncan alleged his colleague George Gretes grabbed his computer keyboard and deleted the emails.Advertisement That’s led to opposition criticism that her report has exposed a culture of deception within the Liberal government, and this is NDP Freedom of Information Critic, Doug Routley:For her part Premier Clark responded to the report during a visit to Merritt on Friday at the official opening of a new trades training building, promising to embrace all of the recommendations in the Commissioner’s report.Courtesy of CHNL, here’s part of what she said:Although she’s called in Loukadelis to help right the government ship, the Premier has refused to consider calls for the resignation of Technology Minister Amrik Virk.There’s also speculation her response may very well have been worded to ward off challenges presented by her remarks in 2011 from a video on the Province of BC’s YouTube account.Advertisement Duncan spoke with CKNW’s Shelby Thom.Commissioner Denham says Gretes lied under oath but later admitted, he did in fact, “on occasion,” triple delete emails, and has resigned as an assistant to the Transportation Minister.That’s resulted in predictable reactions from the relatives of Highway of Tears victims and we now hear in order from Gladys Radek, an aunt of a 22-year-old woman who went missing while hitch hiking near Prince Rupert in 2005 – and Tribal Chief Terry Teegee with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council who lost a cousin along Highway 16 more than 20 years ago. Here’s what she said then:last_img read more

Granada Hills man convicted in body-in-barrel murder

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champJurors also convicted Steinberg of six other counts, including attempted murder and assault with a semi-automatic firearm involving the off-duty deputy. He was acquitted of a charge that he made a terrorist threat against another alleged victim. A separate jury remains in deliberations in the case against a second man, Jeffrey Weaver, 37, charged in Walsh’s killing. Prosecutors contended during the trial that Steinberg shot Walsh multiple times and that Weaver finished him off with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim’s body was found in the storage unit the following month. If convicted, Weaver also is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Granada Hills man was convicted today of first-degree murder in the slaying of a former friend whose decomposing remains were found inside a barrel in a Van Nuys self-storage unit. After a nearly two-month trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, the jury found David Michael Steinberg, 40, guilty in the June 2003 killing of Christopher Walsh, 37. The panel also found that Steinberg was lying in wait, which means he now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Feb. 5. The jury deadlocked on another special-circumstance allegation that Walsh was killed because he witnessed Steinberg shoot at an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in January 2003. last_img read more

Agoura makes statement with tournament win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We knew they were going to key on (Cal-bound star Meghan) Corso,” Rosenthal said. Corso, the area’s top player, was the Marmonte League’s leading scorer last season. Agoura (13-3) used its depth to dominate Santa Barbara, as five players scored two goals each. Great win, but what does it mean? “We beat them once,” Rosenthal said. “It doesn’t mean we can beat them a second time. It won’t be that easy.” Agoura and Santa Barbara have a lasting rivalry. The Dons beat Agoura by one goal in the 2000 final, and Agoura won the showdown in the 2001 title game. Santa Barbara won semifinal meetings in 2002 and 2005. The Chargers were bounced to the consolation bracket at the Santa Barbara tournament after losing 5-4 to Whittier, No. 1 in Div. III, then rebounded with wins over Carlsbad, Wilson of Long Beach and Santa Barbara. The Chargers, ranked No. 1 by the Daily News, made a big statement last weekend, routing defending Div. IV champion Santa Barbara 10-1 at the Dons’ tournament. It was for the consolation championship, but the victory was sweet for Agoura and coach Jason Rosenthal. The big question in Southern Section Div. IV girls’ water polo this season: Who can beat Santa Barbara High? Answer: Agoura. center_img “That game (against Whittier) was right after our (Marmonte League victory over No. 2 Thousand Oaks),” Rosenthal said. “We had a bit of a letdown. We didn’t play as good as we could have.” Resurging Royal: No. 3 Royal of Simi Valley gets a second shot at Agoura on Thursday in the Chargers’ pool. The Highlanders (7-3) lost 13-9 in the first meeting, but they have steadily improved in all areas since. “The whole team is playing better together,” Royal coach Devin Hurst said. “Kathrine Price and Agnes Konopka are playing well, and our drivers, Angie Rampton and Kelly Palmberg, are starting to come alive.” Royal will be looking to keep the game tight early. Agoura took a 5-0 lead last time before the Highlanders rallied to make the game interesting. Playing ‘D’: No. 5 Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta is starting to play tough defense, and that could lead to a deeper playoff run than in previous years. In a 13-2 romp Friday over Hoover of Glendale, the Falcons had 31 steals, and goalkeeper Rebecca Kandilian stopped 21 shots. “We took everything away from the the inside,” Crescenta Valley coach Jan Sakonju said. “We forced them to take 7-foot shots. (Kandilian has) has been outstanding.” Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 nate.brown@dailynews.com DAILY NEWS TOP 10 1. Agoura (13-3) 2. Thousand Oaks (12-5) 3. Royal (7-3) 4 Rio Mesa (15-1) 5. Newbury Park (10-4) 6. Crescenta Valley (10-2) 7. Malibu (10-6) 8. Alemany (10-4) 9. Harvard-Westlake (7-7) 10. Louisville (13-5) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

KIND-HEARTED DANIEL PAYS SURPRISE VISIT TO MOTHER-OF-TWO BATTLING CANCER

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has again shown just why he is just so loved and revered all over Ireland and the UK – by surprising a mother-of-two who is currently battling cancer.Daniel took time out of his exhausting Strictly Come Dancing schedule to make an appearance at her coffee morning in Luton. Michelle Canny was left gobsmacked when the talented crooner walked into her coffee morning on Saturday.Michelle told The Irish Post, “He is the nicest, most genuine down to earth fella you could meet.”The Irish woman, whose parents are from Mohill in Co. Leitrim and whose husband Liam is from Donegal, revealed the star spent time talking to her about his wife Majella’s own battle with the disease.She couldn’t believe her eyes when Daniel O’Donnell walked in,” her Derry-based sister Fiona Shortt added. “As her younger sister, she is an absolute inspiration. “She continues to fight her battle with a positive and humbling attitude that makes us all so proud.“Michelle always puts others before herself with a genuine smile whilst facing the ‘C’ word and with such strong friends, family and a fighting spirit, we are sure she is going to beat this!”Over £3,000 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support on the day.KIND-HEARTED DANIEL PAYS SURPRISE VISIT TO MOTHER-OF-TWO BATTLING CANCER was last modified: September 21st, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Locals’ sex offender penalty bills vetoed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bermudez, D-Norwalk, said he too favors stronger restrictions, but said the governor still should have signed his bill. “It was a loophole in the law that we were trying to fill,’ he said. “You can never do enough to protect children.’ Schwarzenegger, in vetoing Assemblywoman Judy Chu’s AB 622, which would have created the board to manage sex offenders, said her bill did nothing to protect children and women from sexual predators. “Rather than putting the focus on protecting kids and others from sexual offenders, AB 632 simply grows government,’ he stated in his veto message. “Under this bill not one sexual offender will spend one day longer in prison, not one sexual offender will be prohibited from living near schools, not one sexual offender will be monitored by GPS, not one sexual offender will incur more time on parole, not one parent will be given information to keep their children safe, and not one more peace officer will be given resources or tools to protect our communities,’ the governor stated. But Chu, D-Monterey Park, said that Schwarzenegger missed the point of her bill. “It took people who were already in key positions,’ such as representatives from the Departments of Corrections and Mental Health, Board of Prison Terms, law enforcement, and district attorneys, and used them “to coordinate strategies in a chaotic system,’ Chu said. Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at mike.sprague@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday vetoed two bills by local legislators that would have barred violent sex offenders from living within half a mile of schools and would have created a Sex Offender Management Board. Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez’s AB 240, which would have barred registered sex offenders on parole from living within a quarter mile of high schools. “AB 240 does not broadly protect California’s children to the level that they deserve but instead simply puts a Band-Aid on a growing problem,’ stated Schwarzenegger in his veto message. “I call on the Legislature to quickly send my sponsored bills, AB 231 and SB 588, which will do more to protect children than placing limited restrictions on one small segment of the parolee population,’ he stated. “My bills would place more stringent restrictions on 9,231 parolees and monitor them’ through a global positioning system. last_img read more

Harvest Moon Festival to start reaping bounty

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Tickets are $14 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens, military, students and children 12 and under. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. five-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon will perform in “Blueprint of a Lady,” using song and spoken word to tell about jazz great Billie Holiday. 2005 is the 90th anniversary of Holiday’s birth. Tickets for Freelon’s concert are $20 for adults, and $15 for senior citizens, military, students and children 12 and under. The festival will continue Sunday with a 2 p.m. matinee performance of Super Scientific Circus, whose demonstrations involve boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bullwhips, magic and mime. Tickets for Super Scientific Circus are $12 for adults, and $10 for senior citizens, military, students and children 12 and under. “Student rush” specials are available for any show: Students with identification can purchase tickets at half price 30 minutes before the show. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (661) 267-5685. PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse will celebrate the spirit of Americana with a three-day festival of dance, story, song and even science during the ninth annual Harvest Moon Festival. Running tonight through Sunday, the festival celebrates the American tradition of community members gathering to celebrate the conclusion of the growing season and the harvesting of summer’s last bounty. “All of the performances in the Harvest Moon Festival present a spectacular view of Americana through story, music, song and dance,” explained Cultural Arts/Theatre Manager Dea McAllister. “The Playhouse is proud to offer the opportunity for the community to celebrate the spirit and diversity of America through live theater.” The festival will kick off at 7:30 p.m. today with Printz Dance Project, which blends athletic, modern, hip-hop and jazz dance with a wide range of music. last_img read more

Dungloe chef to represent Donegal at All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off

first_imgDungloe-based chef Joe Clinton will be hoping his famous seafood chowder can land a national crown for Donegal again next year when he heads to Kinsale to represent the county in the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off.Joe, who is head chef at the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe, won the Donegal Chowder competition at the Hooked Festival in Killybegs last week, just pipping Gary and Linda Boyle from Fusion Bistro in Killybegs for the coveted Donegal title.Donegal has enjoyed tremendous success at the national competition in recent years and Joe says he can’t wait to go to Kinsale to compete for the title. “I was delighted to bring my personal Seafood Chowder recipe to the  Killybegs Hooked Festival Chowder Competition on behalf of the Waterfront Hotel.  We are very proud of our chowder and it was amazing to win against such tough competition from within the county,” said Joe.While the Waterfront Hotel chef will have one eye on the national finals in Kinsale, he has urged local chefs and restaurants to mark the Donegal contest in their diary for 2020 and to continue to engage with Food Coast Donegal whose support is vital for the Donegal finalist in Kinsale.Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise in Donegal says The Food Coast is about helping businesses to work together to highlight the developing food culture in the county.Participants at the recent Donegal Chowder contest at the Hooked Festival in Killybegs.“The Food Coast Initiative gives new and existing food businesses in Donegal the opportunity to connect with fellow businesses while building the profile of Donegal. The ambition for the Local Enterprise Office is to encourage new food start-ups and the development of established businesses. “We already have a strong network of businesses on board and we’re inviting anyone with an interest in the county’s food sector to join, from start-up businesses to established primary producers, farmers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs.”Food businesses interested in finding out more about the Food Coast or seeking to join Donegal’s Food Coast Network should contact Margaret Campbell at the Local Enterprise Office 074-9160735 or visit their website www.localenterprise.ie/donegalLocal Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or phone 0749160735.  Dungloe chef to represent Donegal at All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more