UL’s Prolonged Closure Pricks FLY

first_imgThe indefinite closure of the University of Liberia (UL) has claimed the attention of the leadership of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY).As such, FLY is therefore seeking the intervention of the Visitor to the University, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.At a press conference Monday, January 20, in Monrovia, FLY secretary-general Flamah Howard called on the leadership of the University of Liberia Student Union to also liaise (coordinate, communicate) with President Sirleaf in seeking for the immediate and unconditional reopening of the UL to enhance the smooth learning of the over 30,000 students.FLY leadership, however, acknowledged the role the UP-led administration has played and continued to play along with the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as other stakeholders in fostering the wellbeing of the youths across the country.Meanwhile, UL has announced Sunday, January 19, that with the approval of the Board of Trustees, and in consultation with the Faculty Association (ULFA), the Administration, faculty and staff are therefore, asked to resume normal duties effective yesterday, Monday, January 2014 and that “classeson all campuses of the University will reopen on Tuesday, January 21,2014.”According to a statement released from the office of the vice president for UL Relations, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, Sr., the special investigative committee given the urgency of the situation of a temporary suspension of classes has submitted a partial report to the executive committee of the UL Board of Trustees.Accordingly, the full Board met Monday and discussed the report followed by a meeting with President Sirleaf.     “The Board of Trustees, together with the UL Administration appreciates the continuous patience and understanding of the faculty staff, students and the public, especially the eagerness of the students to return to their respective classes in pursuit of relevant academic preparedness for their future and the country,” the statement noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exporting Guinea’s Iron Ore through Liberia: Great Economic Integration Opportunity

first_imgIt has been long in the making, but is finally here.  Finance Minister Amara Konneh announced last week that an agreement had been signed between ArcelorMittal and Sable, one of the companies mining iron ore on the Guinean side of Mount Nimba.Liberia, which borders Guinea, has an existing rail link to the Buchanan port in the Atlantic and offers a far shorter export route from deposits such as the giant Simandou project and Mount Nimba in Guinea. This is vital for mines to be profitable.The rail line is currently operated by ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker.“ArcelorMittal is open to the multi-use of the rail because it is enshrined in the mineral development agreement signed with them. The government of Liberia would like to use its rail as much as possible for economic integration that is going to benefit both sides,” Minister Konneh told Reuters.“So this year I will be travelling between Guinea and Liberia bringing all the stakeholders together so that we can close this deal (between Sable and ArcelorMittal).” The Guinean government has so far granted permission to export through Liberia only to Sable Mining (SBLM.L), which is aiming to start production in 2015 and hit 5 million tonnes per year output after that.To allow more companies to use the line, more works need  to be undertaken to expand the rail’s capacity.Adding a second rail line is also an option, the Minister said. There is a short and direct route from the Guinean mines to the Port of Buchanan, making it far cheaper than shipping the ore all the way to Conakry,  the Guinean capital.This agreement will benefit both Guinea and Liberia.  Guinea will gain faster and cheaper means of shipping its iron ore to world markets; while Liberia will earn modest financial resources from the cost of shipping the ore throughLiberia on its railway.  This is a win-win situation for economic integration between the two sister countries, who are both members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and, closer home, the Mano River Union (MRU).  There are vast iron ore deposits in Guinea’s Mount Nimba; so the deal promise a long term means of cooperation between the two sisterly nations.This deal has been long in the making.  Discussions began between the two nations in the 1980s, following the death in 1984 of Guinea’s first President, Ahmed Sekou Toure, when the government of PresidentConteh began eying the exploitation of the Mount Nimba ore.  But that politically and economically chaotic decade in Liberia, that swiftly led to the civil war, was clearly no time for such serious bilateral deals.Does this teach anyone in Liberia today a lesson about the importance of political stability—especially those who, because they have differences with the present regime, have been calling for regime change?  Who doesn’t have differences with this government? Could such an agreement as that sealed last week have been possible in such a chaotic environment?  Who would enter any agreement with people they do not know and in an atmosphere of instability?The promise of economic integration between Guinea and Liberia is further enhanced not only by the possible installation of another rail line between Mount Nimba and Buchanan.  Rail transportation could open avenues for other forms trade, such as agriculture and timber. Minister Konneh has already hinted to the possibility of a second rail line to accommodate other companies mining in Mount Nimba.If carefully planned, the rail between Guinea and Liberia could also include passenger transportation, making it far easier for Guinean and Liberian market women and other businesspeople to traverse (navigate, pass through) the two countries. This would be yet another boost to economic integration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Underestimated Bassa

first_imgNimba County football coach, Muta Fofana, has said that he lost the County Meet soccer finals to Grand Bassa because his boys underestimated their opponents.He was speaking for the first time since the team lost the finals 1-2 to the champions, Grand Bassa in the 2013-2014 National County Meet.He said, “I think we were so overconfident for victory so when our boys made up their minds it was too late to recover.” “I always told my boys not to underestimate any team,” he said, “but they failed to adhere to my advice.”Under Coach Fofana, Nimba became the only undefeatable team and didn’t draw any of her games in the last County Meet. The team only suffered its 1-2 defeat to Grand Bassa in the finals.He has meanwhile called on the leadership of Nimba County to give all necessary support for preparation of the next County Meet in early August, this year. He commended his players for reaching the finals, since only the best teams reach the finals.Nimba County reached the soccer finals of the County Meet, and only lost to eventual champions, Grand Bassa County in match that brought the best in Liberian County Meet football.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thank you, China

first_imgDear Editor,I read with much interest in the June 25, 2018 edition of a national newspaper that the 13th Chinese Medical Brigade had completed its mission and was being commended for its continued service to Guyana. To my knowledge, the medical brigade would have helped tens of thousands of Guyanese over the decades during its operations in Guyana. The Chinese Medical Brigade would have provided doctors, but also medicine and expensive equipment, which many Third World nations like Guyana cannot afford. This was and continues to be a great initiative conducted by one of the most advanced economies in the world, China.As a patriot and investor in Guyana, I believe our partnership with our Chinese friends has proven to be fruitful. The countless scholarship opportunities for our young people in areas of agriculture, medicine, architecture, engineering, and administration have advanced our educational infrastructure to produce professionals which competently serve our Public and Private Sectors locally. Periodically, Chinese corporations would even sponsor visits of youths from Guyana and other Third World nations to China in order to open their understanding of the Chinese civilisation. My own son, Dr Rosh Khan, went to one such conference last year and this trip changed his entire perspective on life, technology and the world.Several signed agreements between Governments and foreign Chinese businesses would have resuscitated our dying economy in many instances, re: In 2008, during the global economic crisis was taking place, foreign direct investments, commerce and trade with China helped to keep Guyana afloat along with several other key sectors. Currently in our economy, the Chinese supply affordable building materials, clothing and food at competitive prices which have allowed all classes of our society greater spending power. The Chinese in retrospect have liberated our local market.Globally, the Chinese are known to be military strategist, scholars, scientists, philosophers, inventors, doctors, farmers etc. A key hallmark of its civilisation has been to protect its land but never invade or harm foreigners or their land. Their philosophy has remained peace and harmony. Having visited China twice before, it is still not enough to learn of the great history, magnificence and the contribution of their people.The image of China is becoming like that of a Sci-Fi fantasy, having been to the Shanghai Expo, Guang Hazhou, Hebei and other parts of New and Old Beijing and seeing the contrast between the old and the new. I recall one night I was invited to participate in a folk dance and cultural evening. This inspired me to advise the Guyanese Government to open the Botanical Gardens daily, decorate it with lights and allow musicians and artists to display their decent, creative work.I wish to commend the Chinese populace for the great example they continue to be to the world, historically and even contemporarily.Welcome to Guyana, 14th Chinese Medical Brigade, the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese Government. We should recognise also, that they have one of the largest technological firms, Huawei, and it would be amazing if this company can partner with some youths to take Guyana to the next level. I even wish to add that we should partner with the Chinese in forsaken areas and to make access to medical treatment easier in the interior. Guyana will soon become a greater tourist attraction and so, investing in resorts and play parks will see great profits, the Chinese industrialists could play a significant role in its design and construction.China’s humanity is so deep, and their discipline is amazing. Thank you China!Yours sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

Guyana to release commemorative stamps in celebration

first_imgGandhi’s 149th birth anniversaryAs Guyana joins India and the rest of the world to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, commemorative stamps will be printed in celebration.This announcement was made by Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam during a commemorative ceremony at the Promenade Gardens, Georgetown on Tuesday. He added that the Government of India was seeking to take Gandhi’s birth anniversary celebrations to a larger scale.October 2, 2018 marks the 149th birth anniversary of the great Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence. A large gathering made their way to the Promenade Gardens to celebrate the birth anniversary of Gandhi, who greatly impacted the world with his philosophy of peace and non-violence.In addition to the releasing of Gandhi’s commemorative stamps, other activitiesPersons gathered at the Mahatma Gandhi monument in the Promenade Gardens, Georgetown on Tuesday during his birth anniversary celebrationplanned include the publishing of a Mahatma Gandhi anthology; a vegetarian food festival; planting trees on June 5, 2019 – World Environmental Day; showcasing digital projects featuring Mahatma Gandhi, which are presently showing at the Giftland Mall, and reaching out to schoolchildren from various schools. Meanwhile, 31 students across four schools in Guyana also participated in a Mahatma Gandhi essay competition. Outstanding essays were written by Aleysha Ally and two other students who received certificates, presented by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Tuesday.Among those who were at the event on Tuesday were Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, Minister Lawrence, former President Donald Ramotar and prominent entrepreneur Yesu Persaud.Gandhi was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India. He died on January 30, 1948, in Delhi. He was an Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. As such, he came to be considered the father of his country. Gandhi is internationally esteemed for his doctrine of non-violent protest (satyagraha) to achieve political and social progress.last_img read more

Weiss targeted by recall drive

first_img“I will continue to focus on my priorities of public safety and what’s best for my district,” Weiss said. “I am proud of my record and proud that two years ago three out of four voters asked me to continue to do this job. I am not going to change for one group.” The last council recall attempt was in 1984, when residents tried unsuccessfully to remove City Councilman Art Snyder from office. Under city procedures, the recall group must develop a statement for the recall to serve on Weiss. He will have 14 days in which to publish a response to the notice. The recall group will then be able to circulate petitions to try to qualify for the ballot. City election officials estimated that the group would need about 23,000 signatures of registered voters from the district to qualify the recall. An election would be held 60 days to 110 days after the petitions are approved. Part of the dispute between the homeowners and Weiss centers on a mitigation fund established by JMB Realty Corp., which plans to build a 47-story tower in Century City. Weiss created a fund that called for two $2.5 million deposits spread over phases of construction, with expenditures from the mitigation fund subject to City Council approval. Eveloff said the community had negotiated what it believed was a better deal, with $5 million that would be deposited into a special fund that would be allocated based on a formula developed by the homeowner groups. Weiss said he believed that the proposal would have allowed one group of homeowners complete control, with no council review. Eveloff said the efforts of the committee have been limited to the Westside, but he hopes to reach out to San Fernando Valley residents, who make up 25 percent of the district. Richard Close of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association said some recall backers were at a recent meeting of his group, but it was yet to take a position on the issue. Rabbi Daniel Kolobkin said the groups were putting too much blame on Weiss. “I don’t know how you can hold one person accountable for all the growth in the city,” Kolobkin said. “Jack Weiss has done all he can to deal with the growth.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A group of Westside homeowners officially launched a recall drive Tuesday against City Councilman Jack Weiss as part of a long-running dispute over development in their neighborhoods. The Recall Jack Weiss Committee announced it will serve him with the notification of a recall, the first step in a difficult process to qualify a recall for the ballot. “We are seeking the recall of Jack Weiss due to his extraordinary disdain of residents and his refusal to act in an open and transparent manner,” software engineer Mike Eveloff said at a morning news conference. “This has resulted in overdevelopment and increased traffic on our roads.” But Weiss said he would not be distracted by the group’s effort. last_img read more

Wenger rules out Sanchez and Ozil exits in January

first_imgOzil has been linked with a move to Barcelona while Sanchez almost joined Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window, only for Arsenal to pull the plug when they failed to land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as his replacement.Wenger says he has no concerns over the commitment of the pair, with Sanchez scoring a last-gasp penalty as the Gunners won 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday to move into the Premier League top four.Arsenal host Huddersfield on Wednesday, with Ozil likely to be missing because of the illness that ruled him out at Turf Moor but Wenger believes the influential pair will not be sold in January — even though they could then walk away from the club for free six months later.“Yes, I rule it out,” Wenger said at his pre-match press conference when asked about potential departures.“I do not think about that every day. At the moment, as long as they are here, they have to give their best for the team and for the club.“In my head, they stay until the end of the season and that’s a decision that was taken at the start of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens, I can’t see why that would change.”– No assurances –However, Wenger could not offer Arsenal supporters assurances that either player would be tempted to sign new deals and extend their stays beyond 2018.“They’re into the final year of their contract,” he said. “Will they stay longer? That’s impossible to answer today because I don’t know. They have a contract until the end of the season.“I am not the only one who can decide that. They have a part to play in that as well. If it’s my decision, yes (they would stay longer).”Another player whose contract expires at the end of the season is England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been restricted to just three substitute appearances in the Premier League.“He’s a football man and I will always decide what is best for him. That is my first priority no matter what kind of decision I make,” Wenger said. “I have to consider the interests of Jack Wilshere and Arsenal Football Club together.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil (left) and Alexis Sanchez both have 18 months left on their present dealsLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 28 – Arsene Wenger has ruled out January departures for Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil unless “something unbelievable” happens even as the clock ticks down on their contracts.The players are out of contract at the end of the season as both have so far refused to sign new deals at the Emirates.last_img read more

Owner of school bus with 49 defects is fined

first_imgA bus driver who collected dozens of schoolchildren each day had 49 defects on his vehicle including seven which were classed as ‘dangerous.’Martin Hewitt appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal facing a number of charges after his bus was inspected by Gardai. It followed concerns expressed by the Road Safety Authority that they had been made aware of a defective bus which was doing school runs.Garda Sgt Vincent Muldoon said that on February 22nd, last year he went to Murlog National School in Lifford and saw 30 schoolchildren getting off a bus.He spoke to the driver Martin Hewitt and informed him the RSA wanted the bus to be inspected at a local garage in Letterkenny.Sgt Muldoon told the court that having tested the vehicle, mechanics found a total of 49 defects of which seven were classed as “dangerous.”These included an emergency door which would not open properly as well as the floor which he said “moved.”The court heard that Hewitt has bought the bus for £3,000 Stg in Northern Ireland a few months earlier and it was covered by a test of roadworthiness.Solicitor for Hewitt, Donough Cleary, said this test had expired in January and that Hewitt had brought the bus to McDaid’s Garage in Letterkenny who outlined a number of areas of work which needed to be completed.He said his client accepted that the work should have been done and that he should have tested the vehicle as soon as he brought it across the border into Donegal.He said the bus has since been scrapped.Hewitt did not have any contracts with Bus Eireann for school runs but carried out the bus run for children who did not qualify for free school transport in the area.He had been running such a service for 12 years.However, Judge Paul Kelly said what Hewitt, a father of four of Clonleigh Park Lifford, was doing was dangerous.“It seems extraordinary that this bus was allowed on the road. He was driving for close to two months without a certificate of roadworthiness to collect schoolchildren. It was a very dangerous situation,” he said.He fined Hewitt €250.Owner of school bus with 49 defects is fined was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:buscourtdefectsGardaiLiffordMartin HewittRSASCHOOLlast_img read more

HUGE CROWD MARCH TO SHOW THEIR OPPOSITION TO ABORTION BILL

first_imgMore than 1,000 people marched in Letterkenny yesterday to show their opposition to the AbortionMore than 1,000 people marched through Letterkenny yesterday for a special vigil against the current abortion Bill.St Eunan’s Cathedral was bursting at the seams causing an overflow outside.People gathered from across the county to show their resounding opposition to the proposed legislation. Although there were none of Donegal’s TDs present, a number of councillors attended including outgoing Mayor Frank McBrearty who marched at the top of the protest.MEPs Pat The Cope Gallagher, Marian Harkin and Senator Brian O’Domhnaill were also present.The crowd quietly walked through the town, flying flags and holding banners as the chatted along.According to Fr Eamonn McLaughlin, one of the organisers, the speakers were “inspirational” with their “enthusiasm for the life of mothers and the unborn, and also challenging in their stark message about this legislation and its gruesomeness.” The legal expert on the panel, Caroline Simons, said the “grave injustice and deceit that this piece of legislation entails and how it is does nothing to support or enhance the safety and well being of mothers and their children.”Senator Ronan Mullen began by paying tribute, to a sustained applause, to women who have been “hurt by abortion and who are now speaking out.”He said: “These women are the true unsung heroes of the abortion debate.The prolife movement  is a resounding YES to life and to mothers and their children. Our NO is to hurt, pain and loss of life”.Senator Mullen also attacked local TDs.“We should expect support for our values from our local TDs and Senators, but they remain silent,” he said. He encouraged all to be “courteous and respectful” to their TDs but “let them know that we do not support the legislation and that we will be around for the next election.”He went on: “Anyone who says that there is no effect to women mentally or emotionally as a result of an abortion, could not have been proven more wrong after hearing the personal testimony from Kathleen, of ‘Silent No More’, a brave and emotional young woman who, in tears, shared her hurt, pain and healing after having aborted her own child in the UK, many years ago.”Bernadette Smyth encouraged all to “never lose hope, to be strong in faith and to know that, although we are doing what we can for the unborn and their mothers, that it is God’s fight in the end.”Ms Smyth claimed that as a result of their campaign “the Marie Stoppes in Northern Ireland is the only Abortion Clinic in the world that does not and cannot provide abortions.” Medical veteran Dr John Monaghan Obstetrician from Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe said: “Our Taosieach states that this act does not introduce abortion, and that it is simply fulfilling a requirement of the Supreme Court.“This is not true. For the first time, at least since the death penalty was abolished in this country, somebody like me, is mandated to directly kill another human being. The Minister for Health said last week: “It is clear in the law – a woman in this law has a right to have a termination where life, as opposed to her health, is at risk. That does not confer any right on her or anybody else to end the life of the baby. The baby will be supported – and if it’s viable, that baby will be born.”Dr John responded by saying, Minister, that is not what it says in the act. Section 22 states: “it shall be an offence to intentionally destroy unborn life.” Yet section 7 (allows a termination of pregnancy for medical illness), 8 (allows a termination of pregnancy in emergency) and 9 (allows the termination of pregnancy for suicidal reasons) say the opposite. For all these reasons, Dr Monaghan said, it is permitted to intentionally destroy unborn life.Of the various methods used to carry this out, the Dr said that for children nearing viability, the recommended practise is to lethally inject the baby’s heart using potassium chloride, the same drug used in lethal executions.The government has proceeded, he said, with the suicide issue despite the overwhelming evidence of lack of benefit to women during the many days of Oireachtas hearings.“There is overwhelming evidence of this clause being abused in every country where is has been introduced. I know of no country where it has not been widely abused. And the Minister for Health has recently conceded that the new laws would probably result in more babies being delivered having suffered damage due to their premature delivery.“Am I living on planet earth?’, exclaimed the medic.He went on to point out that “if a baby is born at 24 weeks of pregnancy, there is at least a 20% chance that it will be left with a permanent disability such as cerebral palsy or blindness.”Fr Eamonn McLaughlin added “As one passerby in the park asked: what’s the celebration? I responded: you and me. Simply the joy of living.”HUGE CROWD MARCH TO SHOW THEIR OPPOSITION TO ABORTION BILL was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Abortion BillFr Eamonn McLaughlinletterkennylast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs score nine runs in the sixth, storm past Auburn Wildcats in 11-7 win

first_imgBy Danny Penzadpenza@times-standard.com @penzatopaper on TwitterARCATA >> Just as the temperature at the Arcata Ball Park started to drop, the Crabs’ bats caught fire again.Much like they have done throughout their current win streak, the Crabs’ offense poured it on against the opposition. They might not have dropped a 10-spot in one inning like in Sunday’s 16-0 win, but it was close, as Humboldt scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth after falling behind 5-0 en route to an 11-7 victory …last_img