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first_imgEducation Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh has said that “quality education requires quality schools,” and as such there are urgent needs for government and partners to invest in the construction of more schools across the country.The Education Minister said the improvement of academic infrastructure and introduction of technologies in the school system will help Liberia returns to its pre-war academic status and as well help Liberian students compete with peers in the region and beyond.She spoke recently in Boe Town Morweh District in Rivercess County when she and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Country Director, Sheldon Yett, dedicated a newly constructed seven-classroom primary school in that rural town. The school is known as the Boe Town Public School.The school was constructed by UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Liberia. The project was funded by the Government of Japan. The school serves three communities and has an enrolment of 215 students, of which 100 are girls.Prior to its reconstruction, the school was a mud structure unfit for children.In 2010, the Japanese Government joined forces with UNICEF to decrease barriers to education with a US$ 8.6 million grant under which 90 schools in 11 of Liberia’s 15 counties would be constructed or renovated with people of Boe Town the latest beneficiaries.The school has not only been transformed into a modern structure, but also equipped with desks, chairs, blackboards and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, including gender separated latrines and a hand pump to guarantee students and teachers access to safe drinking water.”We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with UNICEF to ensure that more schools like this one are built, and most importantly, that within those schools, students gain relevant, appropriate knowledge and skills,” Minister Tarpeh said.“We are calling for quality education in Liberia, but this does not come without quality schools, quality teaching staffs and the requisite teaching materials, and we must strive to ensure that these things are available. This is why we want to be grateful to UNICEF and the Japanese people for this gift,” she said.She called on the community leadership to ensure that the students make use of the facility by constantly going to school. She challenged the community to protect the facility and keep it up to date.She noted that this will ensure UNICEF and Japanese government’s efforts won’t be wasted.Also speaking, Sheldon Yett of UNICEF said Boe Town Public School was a prime candidate for the UNICEF-supported project because of its remoteness. The town is difficult to access, the nearest paved road ends in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. From there it takes two hours to reach Boe Town by car via secondary dirt roads that can be rendered impassable during rainy season.“I am thrilled to be here today to hand over this school to the Boe Town community. But a building alone is not enough to ensure access to education for children. Dedicated teaching staff, sufficient educational materials and sustained support from the government and the community are crucial to any school’s success,” Mr. Yett said.“Today, UNICEF is calling on all of you to maintain this structure and ensure that it serves as an institute of learning,” he continued.Head of the Boe Town Women group, Sarah Bonoe, lauded UNICEF for the initiative and called on the children, especially the young women, to take full advantage of the opportunity.“We are happy that UNICEF has constructed this school here. When we were young some of us never had the opportunity to go to school. I happy that our children will have this beautiful building,” oldma Bonoe said through an interpreter.Meanwhile, despite government’s compulsory primary education legislation, many children remain outside the classroom. Some children lack access to adequate educational facilities; others begin formal schooling late, placing them at higher risk of drop-out. In 2013, over 90 percent of primary school students in the country were over the appropriate age for their grade level.Rivercess is one of Liberia’s most impoverished counties with some of its worst education indicators. Rivercess is tied with River Gee County with the fewest primary schools in the country and scores the lowest on gender parity (roughly 59 percent male students against 41 percent female).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBlack Speech Media Group (BSMG), a leading multimedia producer and distributor of African Music in the United States has released “Carolina” a new single by Liberian Artist DSP.Produced and mixed by D Thompson, the single has elements of Afro‐Beat, with a great influence of Afro‐Zouk, and Afro‐pop. “The song is a combination of some personal experiences and because of the personal nature, I wanted it to represent beats that resonate with me and my upbringing in a culturally diverse society in Liberia,” said DSP.The single can be purchased on iTunes, and fans can also watch the video on YouTube or listen to the song at BSMG’s All Music Hub platform on Sound Cloud. Ernesto Dweh‐Sidi‐Papay‐2 Herbert, aka “DSP”, is an emerging contemporary artist who is at the forefront of the emerging Liberian music industry. Born during Liberia’s political unrest, DSP’s link to his country and culture was from his mother singing to him in her dialect Grebo while they were refugees in the Ivory Coast.After having to resettle to Ghana after a second civil war in Liberia, DSP found refuge in music. Influenced by artists such as NAS, Red Man, Method Man, Jay‐Z and an array of African Artists, DSP found his voice in mixing Western Pop with Afrobeats. Returning to Liberia in 2007 as a young scholar, DSP began pursuing his love for music professionally. After traveling and performing in Ghana, he was sponsored by MTN to release his music on a national scale. To date, he has released several songs including “Monrovia Style” which became popular for its use of Koloqua, a dialect in Liberia. He is currently working with international platforms to release his first full album “The Promise” in 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGolden Veroleum Liberia on Monday June 29 2015, hired 60 Liberians at its Po-River farm site and 32 at its Ylatwen community farm in Wedabo-Grand Cess Administrative District, totaling 92 employed this week in Grand Kru County. The move by the company is in line with the memorandum of understanding in cooperating social agreement signed with both communities. According to the MOU signed on August 22, 2014, with Po–River community, GVL is to employ approximately 200 community residents.The new employees, expected to start work 1 July 2015, will benefit from first-hand basic training in oil palm and sustainable development as part the company’s career development plans as it advances towards production stage in the southeast. The newly hired are the second batch employed since the palm oil developer started operations in Po-River while Ylatwen community hired marks the first batch of local employed by the company, a press release from GVL said. Earlier, the company recruited 45 local citizens in Po-River community making up a total of 105 in the area since operation began in February 2015.Presenting their letters of employment, GVL Human Resources Officer in Grand Kru County, Victor Kaydor, explained company’s policy and urged the new employees to remain steadfast and focused as they have greater task to perform in developing their communities. He further assured community residents that there will be more employment as land development continues in the area. The newly hired have completed their medical screening and will start work Wednesday July 1, 2015.Followed by Peter Doe-Sumah, GVL Manager for Human Resources, the GVL officials welcomed the new batch of Liberians and cautioned them to take their jobs important and serious. Mr. Doe-Sumah assured the new employees, saying, “GVL is committed to reducing and ending rural poverty in the southeast. This comes along with GVL commitment of providing job opportunities, quality healthcare, education and other basic infrastructure development to directly benefit these communities” said Doe-Sumah.Doe-Sumah explained that, as the Company’s operations expand, and more hectares are developed; more local citizens will be employed in the area. At present, he said, GVL has employed nearly 4,000 Liberians with Grand Kru accounting for more than 1,000. Earlier this year; GVL announced it would employ additional 1,000 Liberians. So far, it has employed over 300 in both Sinoe and Grand Kru following a year of the deadly Ebola ruin in the Country. The company, which has a concession agreement of 65 years, seeks to employ between 35,000 and 40,000 Liberians when fully operational, thereby ensuring a successful investment and meeting communities’ expectations.Currently, GVL has several vacant positions for qualified applicants, preferably Liberian citizens. To date, GVL boasts to be the largest employer in southeastern Liberia, with nearly 4,000 jobs, offering benefits of free housing, medical, education with 50kg unsubsidized monthly rice ration among others, in addition to employees’ wages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOn 9 December 2015 the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace & Security. The historical document is the first of its kind to recognize the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace and to lay out the need for governments and other stakeholders to support young people in this role. It represents a landmark for the participation of young people involved in transforming conflict, peacebuilding and countering violence.With a larger global youth population than ever before, there is a demographic and democratic imperative to meaningfully involve youth in matters of peace and security, especially considering how conflicts impact on young people’s lives and futures.At UNOY Peacebuilders we have been working intensively since 2012 to lay a path leading to this resolution. We have fostered dialogue between young peacebuilders and policy makers at the international level, bringing young peacebuilders to discuss with representatives at the UN in New York. At the same time, we have been working for the recognition of young people as actors of positive change with civil society partners including Search for Common Ground and World Vision, as well as key institutional partners through the Inter-Agency Working Group on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding.Shifting the conversationThe dominant policy discourse around youth has traditionally viewed young people as threats to global peace and security, or occasionally as vulnerable groups to be protected. In short, either as victims or perpetrators of violence. This is a harmful reduction of the role youth play in conflict and post-conflict settings and that’s why we have been calling for a third point of view – a point of view which sees youth as peacebuilders who deserved to have their efforts recognized and supported. It is this third point of view which is now being recognized by the UN Security Council. The new UN Security Council resolution outlines the duties of parties to armed conflicts to protect young people during conflict and in post-conflict contexts. Importantly, the resolution goes further and also calls on governments to promote youth participation in processes of peacebuilding and peacekeeping at all levels, including peace processes and dispute resolution mechanisms. The resolution calls on Member States to facilitate an enabling environment for youth to prevent violence, and to create policies which support youth socio-economic development and education for peace equipping youth with the ability to engage in political processes. It urges member states to support youth peace efforts in conflict and post-conflict settings, including through the work of UN bodies involved in peacebuilding and development. The resolution also encourages all those involved in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration to ensure that programs are designed to consider the special needs of youth in these processes.Finally, the resolution requests the UN General-Secretary to carry out a study on the impact of conflict on young people, as well as their contributions to peace, and to report to the Security Council on the implementation of the resolution in one year’s time.Not the end of the roadUN Security Council Resolution 2250 is a huge step forward in the right direction, recognizing and supporting young people’s contributions to building peace. However, a UN Security Council resolution is not the end of the road. Young peacebuilders around the world, youth-led and youth-focused organizations must now focus their efforts on ensuring that the resolution gets translated into real policies at regional, national and local levels.UNOY Peacebuilders welcomes the adoption of the declaration as a tool for young people’s empowerment and calls on every young peacebuilder to join us in the next steps. About UNOYUNOY is a global network strengthening sustainable youth-driven peacebuilding. We connect 60 youth peace organizations across 45 countries.Our goal is to create a world where young people have the opportunity and skills to contribute to peace. We work to strengthen youth-led peacebuilding initiatives, facilitate a safe space for dialogue and conflict transformation, develop the organizational capacities of our members and to bring the voices of young people to policy makers on a regional and global level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe current state of the site for the Indian Arrival Monument at Palmyra is being considered an embarrassment to not only East Indians but all Guyanese. This is the view of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop.The site was a topic of discussion at the Region Six Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting on Thursday last.The present state of the monument siteDeRoop posited that the Government has little recognition of immigrants to Guyana. In referring to the site at Palmyra where the base for the monument crumbled while still under construction, the Vice Chairman said he was personally embarrassed at what has transpired. As such, he referred to the fact that the Indian Government found it necessary to commit itself to providing the funds for the project since it seemed that the funds the Guyana Government had made available were all it was willing to put into the project although the project fell through after paying the contractor.The project was initially estimated at $97 million.“To me that is a true reflection of how much this government has recognised the immigrants to this country… A contract of $97 million and almost $80 million was paid …and I can’t see $8 million there and that is the reason why the Ministry of Public Infrastructure cannot find another contractor to go and complete the work,” the Vice Chairman said.Regional Councillor Zamal Hussain related that it seemed as though the Guyana Government was doing nothing to ensure it got back the money already paid.“What is so shocking is that not that the Indian Government will be doing the project now, the whole issue here is what will be done to recuperate the funds that were paid out to the contractor and the Government is telling taxpayers that it is the PPP [People’s Progressive Party] that should be blamed for the design. Every single thing in this country has a [Commission of Inquiry] CoI or it is being rejected. Why is there not an investigation into the project?” Hussain asked.On April 26, 2017, the Indian Arrival Monument base at Palmyra crumbled two days before a three-ton $35 million bronze monument could have been erected on it.The $97 million construction was unveiled by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Indian High Commissioner to Guyana Venkatachalam Mahalingham in March last year. The bronze monument, which was built in India, arrived in Guyana in May 2016 and was expected to be in place in time for Arrival Day 2017.The six-foot statue depicts six bronze figures – three men, two women and a child – illustrating Indians in their everyday life.Last month, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson led a team, which included two other Government Ministers and a representative of the High Commissioner of India, to the location.Minister Patterson told the media that a soil test showed that the 17-ton statue was too heavy to lay on the swamp-land. The area was formerly used as a cane field while Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said the coalition Government inherited a design from the former PPP/Civic Administration and work commenced based on that plan. He added that the mistake was to assume that that design would have worked.However, DeRoop believes that Minister Patterson was very bold in his actions.“I am surprised that some of our Ministers accompanied the Indian High Commission officials there. They don’t have no pride to see what a mess they have made here and to go with the Indians and to say that the Government of India will now complete this project. If I was Minister Patterson, I would have buried my head in the sand there. He has no pride and then going and speak with the press; he should have been hiding from the press,” DeRoop told the RDC.He also criticised Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, who had given a commitment that the project would have been completed in time for May 5, this year. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fourth Annual Battle of the Peace Tournament is taking place this weekend, September 22, in Farmington.The Battle of the Peace is a one-day, two-round Professional Disc Golf Association tournament and this year, it will be a PDGA C-tier event.According to Clint Warkentin, of the FSJ Disc Sports Club, players from the clubs of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Grande Prairie come together to compete in this Tournament on a temporary course which is located on neutral grounds.- Advertisement -Warkentin says they set up a temporary course on neutral grounds in order to prevent any team from having a home-field advantage.Also taking part in this year’s Tournament will be 2018 World Champion Disc Golfer, Gregg Barsby during his Peace Region Tour.Additional games in the Tournament will include Ace Pot, Poker Run, and Ring of Fire.Advertisement The Fourth Annual Battle of the Peace Tournament takes place Sunday, September 22 at the Farmington Fairways.last_img read more

first_imgYou could forgive Arsenal for having one eye on their must-win Champions League clash with Monaco on Tuesday, but boss Arsene Wenger will be warning his side against complacency as they play host to a West Ham side more than capable of denting the Gunners’ top four aspirations.When these two sides met earlier in the season, it was the North Londoners who emerged triumphant, but they will face an altogether different challenge this time around.West Ham are enduring a barren run of late, with the Hammers having lost three and drawn three of their last six in the Premier League, with their last league victory coming against Hull in the middle of January.Arsenal on the other hand are enjoying a rich vein of form, having won five and lost one during the same period.If Wenger is to extend that run and further close the gap on second-placed Man City, then he will have to do it without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will be out for the next three-to-four weeks with a hamstring injury.Out too is Jack Wilshere, who is still recovering from an ankle problem, and Mikel Arteta who, while back in training, is still around three weeks from action.There is good news from Mathieu Flamini, who Wenger confirmed is available for selection and perhaps more importantly, centre-back Gabriel. The January signing missed the FA Cup victory over Man United, but is expected to be back in time for Tuesday’s trip to Monaco.Below is how Arsenal could line-up this weekend:Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line up this weekend? Comment below… Theo Walcott could make a rare start for Arsenal 1last_img read more

first_imgMICHAEL Murphy completed a remarkable week by captaining Ireland to victory over Australia in the international rules match at Croke Park this evening.Donegal’s Paddy McBrearty and Neil McGee also played magnificently in the game as Ireland mauled the visitors by 116 to 37 – a huge 101-point aggregate win.Goals from Ciaran McManus and Jack McCaffrey gave Ireland a 27-8 first quarter advantage, and a Ciaran Kilkenny six-pointer had them ahead by 53-16 at half-time. McManus netted his second to send Ireland into the final quarter with a 78-25 lead, and they won with plenty to spare despite late consolation goals from Eddie Betts and Jake Neade.Murphy grabbed goal a second in the closing stages to complete the highest ever points total in the history of the series….and complete a wonderful week for the Glenswilly player, man of the match for his club in last week’s county final.MURPHY CAPTAINS IRELAND TO MASSIVE VICTORY OVER AUSSIES was last modified: October 26th, 2013 by John2Share 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:IrelandMurphylast_img read more

first_img Registrar-Recorder Conny McCormack said the city of Los Angeles has software the county could use to screen campaign contributions for potential violations and refer those cases to prosecutors. McCormack has proposed adding a manager to oversee workers who would scan into computers the thousands of campaign finance documents generated by races for the county’s eight elected offices – the five supervisors, district attorney, sheriff and assessor. McCormack’s office also handles campaign finance reports received from more than 8,000 committees in connection with candidates and measures and about 700 officeholders in schools, community college and special districts. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After learning that a 1996 campaign-finance law contains flaws that make it difficult to prosecute violators, Los Angeles County supervisors directed officials Tuesday to fix the problems. Since voters approved Proposition B – designed to reduce the influence of campaign contributions on county government and elected officials’ decisions – no candidate or official has been prosecuted or fined for violating its rules. “This is ridiculous,” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. “Every other jurisdiction that has a campaign finance law has an enforcement component. If the district attorney can’t do it, maybe we need to contract with the attorney general.” In a letter to the supervisors, District Attorney Steve Cooley wrote there are few investigative tools available to establish whether a candidate in county races has violated the law. County Counsel Ray Fortner said it’s difficult for prosecutors to charge suspected violators of exceeding contribution limits – or accepting contributions from registered lobbyists – because of a limited ability to obtain evidence. “They do not have the power in misdemeanor cases to issue search warrants or subpoena for bank records,” Fortner said. The board’s discussion followed reports that more than two dozen contribution violations occurred in 2003-04, including instances involving Cooley and Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Don Knabe. The Daily News reported last month that Knabe had accepted two contributions totaling $1,500 from a Marina del Rey lessee, exceeding the $1,000 annual limit. Marina boat owners have filed five lawsuits against the county alleging they are being squeezed out by politically connected developers who need their parking spaces to build luxury residential complexes. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A physics teacher has exclusively revealed to Donegal Daily that a mini earthquake has been recorded in Donegal in recent days.Brendan O’Donoghue, a physic’s teacher at St Columba’s College, Stranorlar was stunned where he discovered that a mini earthquake had taken place in Donegal.A seismometer placed in the school’s physics lab registered the shaking and the signal was recorded on the PC’s hard drive – but nobody seems to have felt it. The small tremor shook the ground in St Columba’s College, Stranorlar at 6:34am on Tuesday, December 9th.O’Donoghue told Donegal Daily, “Our seismometer records events from all over the world, but unless they are big enough to see on the screen you can miss them.The Geophysics section of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies sent notification to St Columba’s eight days after the event to corroborate the signal they had obtained from the IDGL seismometer buried on Inch Island.Signals from several stations are needed to plot epicentres and magnitudes accurately. Sure enough, the data was there, buried, too, this time in the background noise of the Earth’s many small vibrations due to weather and waves, traffic and people.“It was fortunate the event was so early. An hour or two later and the day’s normal activity would produce enough noise to drown out such a weak signal”, said O’Donoghue.The event seems to have been centred in the vicinity of Milford / Ramelton / Rathmullan, and to have had a modest magnitude of 0.6.“We do get small earthquakes here from time to time. The Earth’s crust in Northern Europe is still rising after the last ice age, when the weight of the ice would have pressed down on the crust.“The earthquakes are generally small as the energy released is thousands to millions of times smaller than those released by colliding plates elsewhere on the Earth’s surface. MINI EARTHQUAKE RECORDED IN DONEGAL! was last modified: December 18th, 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:Brendan O’DonoghuedonegalHome-page NewsLabMini EarthquakePhysics TeacherRecordinglast_img read more